Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Mon..June 6,13" Page 4 Pause and Ponder MY grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness, Most gladly therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -- II Corinthians 12:9 A lapse in compassion Don't bite the hand... Never look a gift horse... The shoemaker's child... There must be an adage concerning it. A couple of weeks ago representation of the nation's handicapped went to Washington, D.C., for a Presidential conference. While there each state's delegation met with the state's Congressmen. And they invited each Congressman to partake in their conference. Pat Schroeder, always one to know which side of her bread is butter, responded wholeheartedly. Other Colorado Congressmen, tied up with equally important business, sent representatives or declined altogether. Congressman Frank Evans was one of those who could not take part. Congressman Jim Johnson sent an aide. And, bless her heart. Tribune columnist Carol Ann Moore took each to task for their actions; We know how much Miss Moore, and others in Greeley. have done to make life a little more bearable for the handicapped. We appreciate beyond words that they are doing and commend them for taking their time to go to Washington in an effort to get benefits, in the form of federal recognition of handicapped rights, for all handicapped persons. We do disagree with their lapse of compassion, which only these individuals can show so well, in their not understanding that these congressmen, too. are human and need the support of each of us. We can't say what Congressman Evans had on his mind when he said, ''I am not interested." or words to that effect. We can tell you what Congressman Johnson has done and likely will continue to do for the handicapped. He has supported even' piece of legislation that has been of benefit to the handicapped. And, knowing Congressman Johnson, he will not feel any less kindly toward those delegates for their chiding him. This is not to judge the action of the delegates who were miffed by what they felt was a snub. It is hoped that they can take this in the light of what it is intended to be -- good advice. We have seen many just causes go down to defeat because over zealous persons have tried too hard. You, of all people, know what patience can do. Please don't lose that all important virtue. Too many 'warnings' ByPAULHARVEY (c) 1977, Los Angeles Times Syndicate Americans are increasingly suspicious of too many government "warnings.." Historically, governments have sought to sQence oissent and rally popular support by the specter of some "foreign threat." Perhaps we are not tending to equate that former political device with our recent emphasis on protecting us from ourselves. The Calorie Control Council admittedly represents food and drink makers who would like to use saccharine for their products. The council could be expected to favor deregulstion. It is this council which recently conducted a telephone survey which, we are told, reveals that Americans are 69 per cent fed up with government telling them everything they eat and drink is bad for their health. If the'Calorie Control Council were our only source for this reported reaction, we Editorial samplings By United Press International Scripps-Howard Newspapers A loophole in the law will be dosed this July when the armed forces, for the first time, begin deducting state income taxes from military paychecks. Servicemen, who move often, have been able to avoid such taxes because there was no easy way to track them down. Now the Pentagon has been ordered to make deductions and 34 states are asking that it be done. Among states that expect to benefit from the new withholding policy are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Studies indicate that states are losing as much as S100 million a year in taxes not paid by servicemen. That's not fair to other taxpayers who've been paying full share. Greeley Daily Tribune The Greeley Republican might set it aside as insignificant. But in my own travels -- two and three cities each week -- I am hearing the proliferation of government health and safety regulations elicit laughter. UPI's professional observer, Mike Conlon, says the American people are getting "shell-shocked" as a result of all these government warnings. It seems nothing is safe to eat, drink, drive, smoke or wear. One problem is that laboratory research tends to confirm that cancer can be caused by "too much of anything." That goes for asbestos from fireplace logs, red dye in soda pop, breathing benzene or eating bacon. Mother's milk contains toxic chemicals. And even the air we hreathe. The EPA and the EDA, the CPSC. the NCI and OSHA -- all have been created by Congress with a mandate to search out and destroy anything potentially injurious to the public health, and almost everything Is. Dr. E. Cuvler Hammond of the National Cancer Society WHS among the earliest of those scientists who tried to warn us against the cigarette as a potential cancer causer. Now he is becoming concerned about the overkill. Too manv warnings mav result in deafening the consumer to all warnings. Dr. Hammond says, "vSome people are alarmed to a greater degree than is warranted by evidence now at hand." He says, "The best way to develop realistic attitudes is franky to admit our limitations and to try to distinguish .between what we know and what we only suspect." Rep.Paul Rogers (D-FiaJ. an influential health legislator in Congress, believes the FDA was too "hasty" in issuing its ban on saccharine. And it is going to discredit the government's watchdog health agencies if they continue to issue "sweeping bans against substances which "might cause cancer" while continuing to subsidize the growing of more tobacco, which (hey know can be blamed for a third of all cancers. Letters to the Tribune ie, Colo . i:;J! PKr.t 1 StcGr.! cljll PO*I*;F p*i(J j t G r f f l f f . Colo. Subscription ttlt:U'Apr month. Member of th Associated Press, United Press International, Los Angeles Times Syndicate features, Colorado Press Assn., Inland Daily Press Assn., Audit Bureau of Circulations. Issued to the Trtbune.Republiean Publishing Co. by Greeley Typo- . .4 -.,, graphical Union No. 526. Americans must be world's best buyers To The Tribune: We Americans have just got to be the best customers ever. That greatest of all circulation phenomenon, the American dollar; the greatest paper, blue sky and confidence operation ever to happen depents upon their bloated, floppy nitwit who can not understand the first principles of health protection. His wants are so many, his needs for money so great, his need for time to spend and to let others tell him how he should spend " are so great that he has little time for meditation. He travels in a haze of his own excrement. The smoke, drugs and flab from products he has consumed blur the picture. As a good customer he stays in debt and works less so he has plenty of time to spend. He watches wages, prices and profits climb. His national treasury sickens and his dollars and greed for goods do not balance out. 'This wonderful customer sits before his TV in a daze. Every few minutes he receives a "buy" injection. He can not resist. He must have beer can in hand and near by something which crackles, pops and crunches with vitality. He gest his exercise pressing buttons on a machine and watching athletes tear madly about. Stimulated by alcohol, nicotine and sugared soda water he sits and grows flabbier. His lungs slow down until he finds it difficult to breath. His circulation deteriorates and aches set in. He softens the aches with pills. When he wants to move he takes some speed when he wants to stop he lakes a tranquilizer. Meatime he and his doctor raid the public treasury vice medicare. The doctor closes, cuts splices and reams out. The doctor profits as the patient pays for poor health. The banker profits and the customer gets a murderous flab. The drug manufacturer profits and the customer gets an illusion. The tobacco companies profit and the customer gets a cancer or suffocates. This man, this woman in a living sacrifice, along with the great American dollar -- "In God We Trust," on the altar of an imagined prosperity. C.O. Plumb Greeley P.S. This of course does not include everybody. In fact there may be enough. people who still have their marbles to change things. C.O.P. Request of workers at Kenton outlined To The Tribune: You may be curious to know what the fuss about Union representation at Kenton Manor Nursing Home is all about. It is. in short, the desperate struggle for survival of a group of dedicated health workers against a huge multi-million, multi-national corporation incorporated in the state of Delaware with international headquarters in Philadelphia. As of now, the take-home paycheck of a nurse aid at Kenton Manor with seven years of experience is only Â£68 a week !-- S68 to buy food, to pay rent, buy gas, pay utilities, take care of dependents, etc. Since last July, employes have tried to improve their lot through collective bargaining, which was consistently stonewalled by professional negotiator Tom Saratovich. The Union asked for a modest $2.80 for a nurse's aide with seven years experience, along with some basic fringe benefits (sick leave, paid holidays and health insurance). Thecompany rejected these benefits and offered S2.70 per hour, take it or leave it. In effect, the company's response amounts to: "It's not that we are unable to increase wages, rather, we are unwilling to do so." The employes at Kenton Manor do not ask for a pie in the sky. They ask for a minimum standard with which to live. Let's get together and show their employer that the citizens of Greeley care! Paula McDonald 2010 28th Ave, Nixon show ends run By HARRIET VAN HORNEV c !S~. Los Angeles Times Syndicate NEW YORK CITY - And so UK million-dollar Richard Nixon Show has aided its nm, vanished into the long night of history. Frost plans an epilogue -- and encore from the dross on the cutting-room floor -- but nobody is on tippy-toes at the prospect. The Nixon ratings had a dying fall. The 20 million who watched opening night dwindled down, in the fourth week, to the clinically curious few. Opinion polls and man-in-lhe-street interviews registered scant sympathy for the fallen President. The commonest feeling was one of revulsion. If Variety, the show-biz weekly, were still writing its classic headlines, it would fairly state, "Vox Pop Nixes Nix." It certainly did. Now that we have viewed all four of Mr. Nixon's 90-minute talks with David Frost, the question that must be answered is: Did he stir sympathy, erase the stains from his reputation or enhance his place in history? The answer: Not likely. It's fair to say that millions of viewers hoped that the man they voted for would appear chastened, wise with regret. That he would, after two years in brooding exile, ?ee the past clearly and see it whole. "Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee." says the Bible. And out of Mr. Nixon's mouth came the words confirming the judgment of the world. This politician upon whip heaven smiled for so long has a twisted mind, a moral obtuseness and an appalling ignorance. We always knew it. But the TV series just ended has confirmed -- aye, underscored -- Uie sorry truth. A news magazine reported that Nixon agreed to the TV interviews for one reason: He needed the cash. Well, it may be said that he demeaned himself to earn it. As nothing in his office became him like the leaving of it. nothing in his two- year exile became him so well as his silence. Each heart-to-heart with David Frost brought its special shocks. Incredible, people said, that a former president could say such things! What sticks like a burr in some minds was Nixon's reference to himself as "the sovereign." Having thus enthroned himself, he went on to defend "the right divine of kings to govern wrong." Such is the Nixon rationale for redemption. The final program was shocking in the way Nixon defended former Vice President Spiro Agnew. It is reasonable to assume that had Agnew not been guilty of taking kickbacks from Baltimore contractors he would not have pleaded nolo contendere. "I am not going to sit here and judge Spiro Agnew." said a righteous Nixon. Alexander the Great once said, "Were I not Alexander I would be Diogenes." Richard Nixon was saying, in effect, "Were I not Nixon I'd be Agnew." And you can bet he would, too. When Diogenes was praised by "some wicked men." he made his famous reply, "I fear then that I have done some wicked deed." It may be some flinty Presbyterian righteousness in me, but when I hear Nixon praised I wonder what dirty little secrets the praiser has in his heart. We are always sorry for people who are jaught in the commission of our own sins -- real or fancied. If there is honor among thieves, an obligation not to rat on a comrade, the origin lies in the common guilt. It takes a rogue to admire a rogue. These were my troubled thoughts as 1 watched Barbara Walters' interview with Bob Hope. If Richard Nixon feels friendless out there in the silent splendor of San Clemente, he can replay a cassette of Barbara's chat with Bob about his old pal, Dick. Nixon has, in Hope's view, "one of the great minds that I've ever run into. And I was round him an awful lot... One of the sad, sad chapters in my life is... what happened to Richard Nixon." Hope added that he never "felt deceived" by his friend Dick. "Even after Watergate?" asked Miss Walters. "No," said Hope. "He did deceive the public," came the reminder. "Well, you know, that's a matter of progression," replied Hope. It's a puzzling remark, illuminated not at all by the next comment. "I think (he) was trying to help his staff." Hope also admitted -- or maybe boasted -- that he is still a good friend of Spiro Agnew. "We're friends and we play golf... And that was a very tough thing." The tough thing seemingly refers to Agnew's resignation and fall from grace. Every decision we make in life, my favorite professor used to say, is ultimately a moral decision. Does loyalty to a friend take moral precedence over all else? In some circles it does, and one must acknowledge a certain virtue in that position. But how often is the friend's rank the real determiant? Retain Hatch Act By ANDREW TULLY Talk about malarkey. All that wringing of hands by Congressional "reformers" pimping for repeal of the Hatch Act is just another attempt to sell the plain citizen the gold brick. These self-styled freedom fighters would.open the gates to more corruption by making it possible for the party in power - Democratic or Republican and Big Labor to organize 2.8 million federal workers for political profit. They want to return to the good old crooked days when a federal worker could be fired, denied promotion and otherwise browbeaten by his superior into toeing the partisan line. The Hatch Act was passed in 1939, in the wake of public disgust over the stench of the 1938 election campaign. During that campaign, government officials openly forced their employes to support candidates, deducted political contributions from workers' paychecks, and handed out jobs to the "right" people. + -1-T The law prohibits all federal employes except top executives from running for public or party office and from participating in political campaigns. It also prohibits executives from using their "official authority or influence" to interfere with or affect the results of an election. Thus, under Hatch, the government worker's job is protected against political pressure. He needn't risk telling a superior or a union boss that he disagrees with a certain politico] position. He can say, simply, "Sorry, but I'm Hatched." Labor unions, some civil rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union support repeal of Hatch. They claim the laws prevents federal employes from exercising a "fundamental democratic right." Baloney. They have not been- disenfranchised, merely regulated for their own protection against coercion. Such regulation would seem required under the first amendment; the Supreme Court on three occasions has upheld Hatch's constitutionality. At any rate, federal service by definition imposes restriction on political activity. I do not wish to answer the door some night and find an agent from the Internal Revenue Service or the FBI complaining that something I wrote was unfair to his favorite candidate. Besides, if federal workers want to get involved in politics, they can do so. All they have to do is resign. Nobody is forced to keep a government job with all those neat fringe benefits. The guy at his desk at the Agriculture Department made his choice; he knew what the rules were. That guy also might note that Hatch repeal is opposed by both the Civil Service League and Common Cause, neither of which has ever come out in favor of oppressing the working man. Common Cause warns that the repeal bill increases "the potential for building a powerful political operation based on the use of government workers." Â· + + + Meanwhile, there is reason to question the purity of Big Labor's motives. During House debate a bipartisan majority added to the repeal bill an amendment which would prohibit unions from coercing the political activity of their members and from using members' dues for political purposes. Forthwith, Big Labor's lobbyists got the bill temporarily withdrawn until its supporters could regroup. Any more questions? Today In History out- By The Associated Press Today is Monday. June 6, the 157th day of 1977. There are 208 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1944, Allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches of France. It was DDay of World War II. On this date: In 1660. the Peace of Copenhagen ended war between Sweden and Denmark and opened the Baltic to foreign warships. In 1755, the American patriot, Nathan Hale, was born in Coventry, Connecticut. In 1871. Alsace was annexed to Germany after the French were defeated in the FrancoPrussian War. In 1942, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown was sunk in the Pacific War Battle of Midway. In 1966, the first black admitted to the U n i v e r s i t y of Mississippi, James Meredith, was slightly wounded by a gunman as Meredith marched along a I highway in Mississippi to protest racial policies. In 1973. West Germany completed ratification of a treaty to normalize relations wilh Communist East Germany. Ten years ago: Israeli forces carved a 30.mile front along Egypt's Mediterranean coast in the Six-Day War. Egypt closed the Suez Canal. Five years ago: At least 427 miners were killed in a coal mine explosion in Wankie, Rhodesia. One year ago: J. Paul Getty, who was reputed to have been the richest man in the world, died at the age of 83 at his mansion near London. Today's birthdays: The exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, is 42. U.S.. Comptroller General Elmer Slaals is 63. Thought for today: Debt and misery live on the same road. - A Russian proverb.
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