Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 13, 1976 · Page 4
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Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, March 13, 1976
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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Sat., March 13.1970 P«ge4 Pause and Ponder The longing to be somebody -- somebody who brings glory to God. "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ." --Philippians 3:14 Farmers show faith despite problems The GnarlyTrombone' By Mike Peters ·Fran in 1871 ClnlnnU nlmpiffi, utikh impiinM Hi THtane 1 ! mine in I nen ll Farming has been beset by a number of economic problems that might discourage a young man from wishing to pursue it as an occupation. Yet Homer C. Folks, associate dean of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, reports that enrollments last fall in 70 of the nation's colleges of agriculture were up 11.9 per cent over those in 1974. Some of the agricultural college graduates will enter careers in agribusiness, animal science, veterinary medicine and forestry. But many will take up farming even though if they came off a farm or talked to farmers they could find enough reasons to think about doing otherwise. Just off hand one would gather young men on farms haven't been getting a great deal of encouragement from their parents, if a poll of 1,000 farmers across the nation by International Harvester's Farm Forum magazine is indicative of farmers' beliefs in general. Seventy-eight per cent of the farmers polled did not think their sons or daughters had any obligation to take over the farm to keep it in the family. And 43 per cent felt there were better income opportunities for youth off the farm in occupations not related to agriculture. This compared with 31 per cent who believed the best income opportunities were on the farm. The farmers polled were asked, "What's the number one thing you dislike about farming?"' Forty-seven per cent replied that it was the uncertainty of prices received for farm products sold and 24 per cent said government interference. The respondents were really not hopeful for a betterment of economic conditions. Almost half -48 per cent -- were of the opinion skyrocketing operating costs will put the farmer in an even more serious cost-price squeeze. In addition, 28 per cent believed that government manipulation of markets would be a major challenge or problem in the next few years. Although only six per cent said it was impossible for a young person to get started in farming today, there was general agreement that it was extremely difficult, required great sacrifice and often necessitated help from relatives. Then what would inspire a young man to enter farming in face of rather discouraging economic outlook? Perhaps it is the motivations that have kept farmers going despite all their adversities -faith and devotion to their work and their happiness with it. . When asked what the number one thing was that they liked about farming, 30 per cent of the respondents -- the largest group -- said, "A great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment." And while most felt there was better money off the farm, 03 per cent would encourage their children to enter farming as a career and 79 per cent would help their children financially if they wanted to farm. Despite the problems, 59 per cent believed that farming has a bright future and two-thirds of those I'll lake mine in front of the Tribune office. You can put up a sign that says "Reserved Parking ... G. Trombone." Then I can have my o\vn parking space like our county officials have in Ihe 900 block of 9th Street. You see, the county officials used lo park in the lot between the courthouse and the jail building, but because of construction, they had to move their parking spaces out onto the street. The public street. Where the public must limit their parking to two-hour shifts, or they'll get one of those crummy pink tickets. But Ihe county officials don't have to limit their parking in their own special parking spaces. They can park in their reserved spaces all day long, if they want to I bet they don't even know what one of those crummy pink tickets looks like. If they would like to see one, 1 have a complete collection. Because I don't have a Reserved Parking Space, like some people do. Now -- I wouldn't be getting all upset about this if it weren't for one thing. The county commissioners recently leased a narking lot for county employes for $200 per month. The parking lot is about four blocks from the courthouse, but it was leased so the county employes could keep their cars off the streets in the downtown area. Now -- they've reserved 11 spaces in the downtown area so the higher-ranking county officials don't have to walk so far. And the city is not charging the county anything for the parking spaces. I guess we should be happy that the city isn't requiring the county to spend our tax money to pay for the reserved parking spaces. But I'm not happy. If I have to fight for a parking space each morning, and keep an eye out for the meter maids, so I can move my car to avoid a pink ticket, then 1 think the county officials should do that too. A city official, when asked about the free reserved parking spaces for the county, said "It's only for a short time -about GO days. We gave the spaces to them free, because they have to have someplace to park, don't they?" So do I. Now -- I could say something about the judges' cars and the sheriff's department cars which have also been assigned free parking spaces on 9th Street. But the sheriff's department only parks official cars in the parking spaces. Not private cars like some people are doing. And if you think I'm going lo aay something that will make all Ihe judges in the county mad at me, you must think .I'm crazy. I may be stupid, but I'm not crazy. Shades of Watergate under 30 farming. felt optimistic about the future of Indira tough cookie--necessarily ByPAULHARVEY Self-government without self-discipline won't work. The new King of Spain wants to relax the Franco dictatorship but strikers won't let him. The Israeli government, to protect government secrets, prescribes jail for officials who leak them and for journalists who reveal them. When some people who are free misuse their freedom, then freedom gets curtailed for everybody. As in India. India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is a tough cookie -- necessarily. This diminutive woman's dainty fists hold a (aut rein on a politically polyglot population of GOO million, as disparate in their cultures, religions, language and dialects as a hundred nations. Her home-front prestige, which soared with the Pakistan conquest in 1071 and India's emergence as a nuclear power in 197-1. was subsequently threatened by strikes, legislative chaos and by extremist minorities of Hindus and Muslims. Though neither latter faction is credible with any significant portion of Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 13, the 73rd day of 1976. There are 293 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1868, impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate. He was acquitted on May 26lh. On this date: In 1567, the Regent of the Netherlands, Margaret of Parma, used German mercenaries lo annihilate 2,000 Calvinists. In 1925, a new law went into effect in Tennessee to forestall the teaching of evolution. In 1938, Nazi Germany annexed Austria after invading the country. In 1939, the Germans issued an ultimatum to Czechoslovakia. In 1942, British bombers pounded the German city of Cologne. In 1961, President John Kennedy called for an Alliance for Progress in the Western Hemisphere. Ten years ago: Vice President Hubert Humphrey stated that U.S. jKjlicy toward Communist China should be one of containment, without necessarily isolation. One year ago: Portugal's new military Revolutionary Council nationalized almost all of the country's hanks, except foreign ones. Today's birthdays: Hand leader Sammy Kayo is 66. Former U.S. Ambassador to Britain Walter An- ncnhcrg is 08. Thought for today: Relieve nothing and be on your guard against everything a I^lin proverb. India's population, one guerrilla group plotted civil disobedience, sabotage -and prepared to surround Madame Gandhi's quarters and physically force her to step down. In the name of "democracy," mind you, this ragtag unelected outfit sought to inflame and inflate some absurdly trifling grievances into an overthrow of her elected government. She lowered the boom! She sought, got and invoked dictatorial authority. Dissent was silenced, dissenters jailed. Sounds ruthless but, in the nine months since, crime in India is down 25 per cent. Historically lazy Indians arc back at work. Indeed, a worker one hour late is docked half a day's pay. Industries are beehives of activity; unprecedented for that country. Orderliness and cleanliness are beginning lo rival Singapore. Trains run on limp Inflation is reduced from 30 pur cent lo zero! And more significant, up and down and across India, from Punjab to Kerala, from Bombay to Calcutta, most peasants and prelates cither like her or at least recognize the need or her kind of rule. Again: Self-government without self- discipline won't work. We need lo remember this. Indeed, we have experienced it. Abraham Lincoln once suspended the American constitutional right to habeas corpus with these words: "I must, by my oath, abridge the law, that our government itself might not go !o pieces." He did and it didn't. (c) 197C, Us Angeles Times KyN'OltMAN COUSINS .(ichard Nixon lost his case with the American people the day he fired or forced Hie resignation of key officials of his A d m i n i s t r a t i o n , including E l l i o t Richardson and William Ruckelshaus, because they refused to carry out his orders to dismiss special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Within 24 hours after those ousters, the White House was inundated by a tidal wave of protest from Ihe American people. There were reports of more than 250,000 telegrams and telephone calls clogging the Washington wires. This outpouring forced Richard Nixon to change his mind about releasing the lapes. The President's own counsel, announcing the new policy on the tapes, candidly admitted that the President and his staff had completely underestimated the public rcaclion to the resignations anu firings over tin; L'OX episode. This failure lo understand the ability of the American people to make moral judgments was at the heart of the President's main miscalculations over Watergate. A somewhat similar situation now exists in (he attitude of Lockheed officials and Defense D e p a r t m e n t spokesmen about the public clamor created by the revelation that millions of dollars in bribes were paid lo officials of foreign governments to get them to buy Lockheed's planes. Lockheed representatives have complained that the prominent attention tiiveii tu llitsit; Jisdusurus has hurl then* business and lias embarrassed foreign governments. There is a nole of peevish Letters to the Tribune Commends performance of municipal judge To The Tribune: [ was in Municipal Court this past Monday and I was impressed with the quality of judgeship exhibited by Judge Harlan Steintjes. He was compassionate, fair and realistic. He wasn't out to assert his power but rather he listened to each case on its merits and he dealt with all the people in a humane and wise way. He is an example of how public servants can bring the government back to the people and back to decency. Erick Staub 2125 fith Ave. Weld County politics frustrating experience To The Tribune: If your tlierapist suggests an outside activity to engage your interest, don't get involved in politics in Weld County. It will he the most frustrating experience of your life. In the old days Republicans knew where they stood with Don Carpenler and Martin Field. The Democrats could rely on the integrity of Jim Shelton and his capable associates. Loyalty and dedication were recognized and you had little to fear from within your own party. It was the other guys who did the stabbing in I he back. Not so anymore! Norm Carlson was among the leaders who led the charge that trampled George Barber, perhaps Ihe most industrious and capable Republican Assessor Weld County ever had. A Republican DA and his Republican Deputy brought the house down on Ihe Republican sheriff. Now the Democrats are putting on the show. First Ihe Democratic County Chairperson nominates a Republican person for the Slate Highway Commission, and the governor appoints her. The governor next follows the suggestion of Weld County's Democratic state senalor and appoints Mrs. Kearns to the biggest patronage job in the county. Who's Mrs. Kearns? One of the new breed. She writes letters to the editor. My condolences to Jackie Murphy and Lydia Ruyle and the scores of other capable, dedicated female Democrats who fought John Love and Sam Telep for so many, many years. As for the state senator, the county chairperson, and the governor, shame on you. May your insensitivity keep Virginia Sears in office. John P. Donley 1115 llth Ave. More sidewalks needed in south part of city To The Tribune: Increased attention is being given everywhere to the needs and safety of pedestrians and bicycle riders. School districts are constructing sidewalks around school grounds and cities are requiring sidewalks in new subdivisions and are laying out bike routes. Because of the large number of students in the universily area who walk to school activities, sidewalks should be installed on l l t h Avenue from 20th Street to 24th Street and on 22nd Street between 10th and l l t h Avenues and in all streets east to 4th Avenue wherever sidewalks have not previously been constructed. Where older areas* uf Greeley lack sidewalks, sidewalk improvement districts could be created with priority of construction based on pedestrian numbers and needs. Where planting of shrubbery is adjacent lo curbs as in the area south of iiilh Street and west of 14th Avenue, maybe city park employees could help transplant those along curbs early in the spring or maybe sidewalks could be constructed lo circle around them. Some soluiion must be found so that children and others using sidewalks do not have to get out into [lie streets. In older pans of Greeley, sidewalks in residential areas were constructed five feet wide and three feet from the lot line, well back from Ihe street curb. But in later years, four feet wide sidewalks were permitted next lo the curb, and a little later, permission was given to construct curbs, gutters and four-feet- wide sidewalks as a contiguous unit, the drive-over Hollywood type so popular with subdivision developers. However, both kinds of curb sidewalks are considered dangerous for those using sidewalks and are now banned in many safety-conscious cities including Lincoln, Neb. Where, for some reason, sidewalks must be constructed next lo curbs, many cities require sidewalks lo be at least six feet wide. This is especially necessary where utility poles or ornamental street lights arc just inside the curb as they are in many parls of Greeley. Also, curb sidewalks present problems for pedestrians, those in wheelchairs, those using crutches or canes, and persons wearing bifocal glasses because there is a drop-off for each driveway, especially when slippery from compacted snow and after dark. Drive-over curbs are really not curbs at all because there is nothing to stop cars from running up on the sidewalk and into the yard. Besides, the slope up off the gulter is often flattened out so Ihe actual bldewalk U less than four feet wide. Curb sidewalks leave nr space for installing mail boxes and curbside boxes are now required in new subdivisions by tlie U. S. Postal Service so that mail delivery can be made from trucks without getting out. Drive-over sidewalks are especially dangerous for youngslers on bikes, trikcs, roller skates, skate boards or sleds who can easily veer off into the path of automobiles. Julius Thompson 2129 5lh Ave. surprise in I heir references to Ihe inability of the American press and people lo understand that bribery is the accepted way of doing business in a large part of the world. It was almost made to appear that the culprits are not those who did the bribing or those who accepted the bribes but those who wrote about or talked about the bribes. Statements by Defense Department officials follow along the same lines, causing many people to wonder whether U. S. sales of weapons and military equipment, like sales of planes, are lubricated by bribes coming out of U. S. taxpayers' dollars. Lockheed and Defense Department officials may understand how foreign bt,[eint) ^urk but il ib clear they have little understanding how the American system works. They view bribery as a normal part of doing business abroad whereas the American press and public find it is shocking and reprehensible. Why were Lockheed and Defense Departmentofficialssurprised? Did they really believe that the American press would lake news of massive bribery in its stride? Or did they think that the matter could be kept secret, in which case no one would be the wiser? In any case the episode proves, as did Watergate, that the costliest mistake American business can make is to imitate government leaders in believing that Ihe American people and press are indifferent to issues involving honesty and integrity. Addresses listed for senators and representatives Addresses of Senators and Congresspersons from Colorado for the Wlh Congress: Senators: Gary Hart, Room 4213. Dirksen Senate O f f i c e B u i l d i n g , Washington,!).(,'. 20510; Phone: 202 2245852. Kloyd K. Haskcll, Koom 204, Hussell Senate Oflice Building. Washington, D.C. 20510; Hhone: 202 224-5941. Congress persons: First District: Patricia Schroeder, Koom 1131. Longworlh House Office B u i l d i n g , Washington. D.C., 20515; Phone: 2022254431. Second District: Timothy E. Wirth, Koran 516, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, U.C., 20515; Phone: 202-225- 21C1. Third District: Frank E. Evans, Koom 2443, Kayburn House Office building, Washington,!).(:.. 20515: Phone 202 2254761. Fourth District: James P. Johnson, lloom 129. Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,20515; Phone: 2022254676. Fifth Districl: William I,. Armstrong, Koom 223, Cannon House Office Building, Washington. D.C., 20515; Phone 202 2254422. Dateline 1776 By Untied Press International CHARLESTON, S.C., March 13 The provincial congress resolved that no one could move out of the province unless he gave 10 days prior notice and obtained permission to leave. Active loyalists were permitted to engage in trade, except for arms and munitions. The American people have not been prepared by Iheir history to be casual about venality or corruption or dirty Iricks or underhanded tactics or bribery. They are now being officially reminded, in fact, that 200 years ago a small number of men came together in Philadelphia for the purpose of constructing a government on a moral base --a government in which, lo the fullest possible extent, the means would exist to force wrongdoing out into the open, and lo punish the violators no matter how high Ihe office they might hold. It is both startling and shocking, so soon after Watergate, to see that people high in public life should still no! understand that standards count, and that their departure from those standards will meet wilh an overwhelming reaction. True, many other nations have different standards, but [lie nuliun Ilia I lite American people should be expected to conform to those other standards is naive, unrealistic and incompetent. The same principles, of course, are involved in the examination of the actions of the CIA abroad. Nothing is more alien to the laws and institutions of this country than to undermine or subvert other governments--using as an excuse the fact that others are doing it and that we have no choice but to do the same. Here, again, we need to remind ourselves that the founding fathers came to these shores precisely because they didn't believe they had to imitate the nations ihey despised. They felt much more comfortable in creating a design that others might think was worth following, (c) [976, Norman Cousins nisi, by Los Angeles Times Syndicate Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Published every week day evening Monday through Friday *nd Saturday morning by the Tribune-Republican Publishing Co. Office, 714 llh St., Grpelc-v, Colo., (0*31. Phone IH-OIH. 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