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TheJdahoKree Press The News-Tribune. Saturday. March 13.1970-t Op non Today's editorial Retain tax office ); Closing the Nani|. field office of the J,Slate Tax Commissio' «-ould force a lot . more people to gq a Uu more miles for lax !;services than proponents of the "cost- Having" measure assert. f The State Tax Commission, as well as f. Democrats who support the governor's {budget proposal to close Ihe office, point J-out the Boise office is only 20 miles from ' Nampa by freeway and could provide the 7 same services lo the people now using Ihe {Nampa office. I What these groups fail lo mention is that r the Nampa office serves a far larger area i lhan just the city itself. Don Tuckntss. ; manager of Ihe Nampa office, has pointed ;oul it serves all of Gem. Adams, jWashington. Payette, Canyon and Valley .Counties, parts of Boise', Owyhee and ! Idaho counties and Eastern Oregon - a · total service area of 26,000 square miles. · That is Ihe largest geographical area .covered by any of Ihe six field offices and Jthe population served is also near Ihe top. jTuckness said. The Nampa office includes .an approximate population of 10G.6G9. Jcompared to 108.000 for the Pocatello field Joffice. which is (he highest in Ihe slate. · Thus, if the Nampa office is closed, Imany people would have lo drive much ;more than 20 miles to make use of Ihe ;Boise Central office. Even from Nampa, .the drive is becoming more and more Jcostly because of rising prices of gas. ^Those price increases will be heightened ·by the gas tax increase recently passed by .'the legislature. Politics A phone call on a lax problem often won't solve it. Clients want personal service and have become used lo Ihe smaller, more personal, less bureaucratic Nilmpa office. It would be all loo easy for clients of the N'ampa office lo be passed off or cursorily dealt with in a larger Boisa operation. Then loo, Ihc senior citizen group is one which very often seeks out these tax services. A drive to Boise would mean a real hardship for them, especially in winter, when weather conditions and roads ore poor. F i n a l l y . the Join! Finance- Appropriations Committee of the legislature apparently did not agree with the governor's budget cut of $118.000 -mainly to eliminate the Nampa office. That committee added $130,000 to (he executive budget and the committee chairman. Sen. Richard High. R-Twin Falls, says there is enough money to continue operating Ihe field offices, including the one at Nampa. al present levels. Although Ihe letter opposing Ihe closure of (he Nampa office which was placed in the Senate and House journals does not have any legal force, il does represent an expression of Ihe majority of Ihe legislators. The Slate Tax Commission should take heed of this expression and follow il. There are better ways to save SI 18,000 lhan by depriving people of needed services. Letters 'Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.' -- Barbara Tuchman The Idahb compass New kind of bribe? Random thoughts By Joseph C. Karsch The Chrislian Science Monitor News Service j. The New England round of primaries '(New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and IVermonU have been of more lhan local ;mtaning -- bearing in mind, of course, that New England is probably the least typical geographic segment of the L'niled States. | The biggest difference they made was on jhe Republican side where Gerald Ford ·,was established, for the first time, as a .politician who could do well outside of Grand Rapids, Mich. Considering that Republicans in New England, particularly )n Massachusetts, tend lo be well over on the conservative side of the party Mr. Ford's Iwo-lo-one win over Ronald Reagan In Massachusetts converted Mr. Ford from a temporary occupant of the presidency into a confirmed politician of national stature. ' It would also seem lo indicate thai Ihe anti-Washington syndrome is not proving lo be quite as big a factor in the campaign is some politicians from outside of Washington havt been hoping. Was that possibly implied in the relatively poor showing of Georgia's Jimmy Carter in Massachusetts? His 14 per cent of the Democratic vote was respectable for a southerner who had spent negligible time $nd money in Massachusetts, bul it was still a disappointing surprise lo Mr. Carter himself who acknowledged thai he had Counted on doing better after his excellent showing in New Hampshire. · The strong showing of Sen. Henry Jackson in Massachusetls proved two things. His own heavy investment of time and money in Massachusetls could and did produce results at the polls. And. organized labor, certainly in New England, has picked him as its preferred political vehicle over Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, who has also specialized in cultivating organized labor interests and had been hoping for more of a reward for past services lhan is so far indicated by any voting pattern. Massachusetts also proved fairly decisively thai the organized intellectual "liberals." particularly those from the academic communities, have settled on Morris Udall of Arizona over the various olher Democrats vying with Mr. Udall for Ihe position. Thus Ihc Democrats emerge from New England wilh Senator Jackson as the presumptive candidate of organized labor, Senator Udall as Ihe confirmed candidate of Democratic "liberals," and George Wallace, of course, as the candidate of the anlibusing community. This left an interesting problem for the followers of Ihe Democratic also-rans. The combined vote of Shriver, Harris, Bayh, and Shapp in Massachusetts precisely equaled (at 23 per cent] the vole of the Avinner,-Henry Jackson.Mf those four all drop out of tb'e race, as their performance so far would seem to indicate as the course of realism, their supporters could convert any one of the (our still powerful Democrats (Carter. Jackson, Udall. and Wallace] inlo a decisive leader. But if all four do drop out il would seem unlikely that Iheir followers would all turn in the same direction. Bayh followers mighl weli splil between Udall and Jackson. Some Harris followers might go over lo Wallace. Shriver voters might split several ways. The Shapp vole might incline to Carter. The present prospect therefore, among Democrats, is for a long struggle among Carter, Jackson. Udall, and Wallace for bargaining power al the convention. Certainly New England made it seem unlikely that any one of the four is about to emerge as a decisive front-runner. II also raises an interesting question about (he value of whal kind of identification. Whereas Jackson is clearly identified now as the favorite of organized labor. L'dall of the "liberals" and Wallace of the anlibusers. Carter is presently unidentified in similar fashion. He has avoided commitments. So far, Ihis seems to be to his disadvantage. His rivals have tagged him as a man who has avoided positions, hence, by mental suggestion, indecisive, unsure, unknown. Can thai type of negative identification be converted inlo an asset? To be uncommitted is also to be independent. To hf t r u l y independent has usually beer; regarded in American political history as a "good" thing. If Mr. Carter is going to gel his campaign into high speed again after its side skid in Massachusetts he will probably have to convert unknown inlo independent. If he can do that he still tould gel a decisive lead over his major rivals. If be can't -- Hubert Humphrey may well be the ultimate beneficiary at the Democratic A front uage story in newspaper featured four Boise tycoons of big business. The headline read "Elhics Concern Executives." This time the popular anti-business issue arises from Ihe alleged bribes of Lockheed Aircrafl Corp. lo foreign government officials. Kor Idahoans, al least, the most recent accusations have emanated from Senator Frank Church, whose committee currently is investigating the CIA. Church, a longtime critic of business, has also been campaigning for president of the Unilea Stales for some time. The four tycoons interviewed are heads of their respective corporations: Jitn McClary of Morrison-Knudsen, John Kery of Boise Cascade, Bob Pederson of Ore-Ida and Bob Bolinder of Albertson Stores, all headquarlered''in 1 .Bf!)se. . ''='.' Space, of course, prohibits restatement and much more, than cursory Irealment of the views of Ihe Boise executives' rather in-depth interviews, but some are worthy of nole. .. This writer held his brealh for fear of some further apology for free enterprise that the corporate gisnts might make, since that is Ihe usual bill of fare one hears nowadays all across America. Although the main thrusl of their remarks was indeed a mixed bag il was not so bad as I had expected. Bad, but not ALL bad, depending oil the reader's " viewpoint. A few examples may help. Fery said, "If the payoff affects the profitability of the company it violates good business conduct and should not be condoned," Balderdash, I say. If il does nol benefit the company the payer should be fired for stupidity. And anyway, except for Ihe substantial part his company played in ramming urban renewal diwn the throats of Boise citizens a few years ago t without a vote, yetl his company seems lo be performing a splendid task of producing a multitude of products and jobs in a free entcrpirse market. Pederson: "Business must tell its story, and the public will respond." Thai's a laugh, they've BEEN telling Iheir story, paying for it wilh lax- deductible gifts lo educators who, by and large, hate Iheir guts. A kind of corporate masochism, the demise of which is long overdue. McClary: "M-K has been successful in getting contracts without bribes...But I want somebody lo define for me what a bribe is." Hooray for McClary. He mighl well have By Ralph Smeed an Idaho asked also for someone to define Ihe word ".commission," since it is just possible that those at Lockheed who may have paid foreign officials loo much lo help sell their airplanes were as sincere as Ihe politicians in Washington who voted government funds to avoid the company's bankruptcy. Perhaps both wanted to keep the aircraft workers from being out of work. Elsewhere in the interviews the press and news media came in for ever so mild criticism. But big government's role and the politician's role were only lightly touched save for a cluck cluck or two about "loo much regulation." Bolinder said, "...they are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. It is just impossible tocompeleunfairly." He forgot , lo add -.unless you have the. government on your side. '· ''W1 ! Still, businesses are indeec( harassed and intimidated by : bureaucrats and politicians. Perhaps they felt it'd be loo risky lo be lhat candid. Whal the corporate chieftains mighl well have related in complete candor is yet another form of bribery becoming more and more arrogant in America -- the political technique of buying votes wilh olher people's money and freedoms. Political vote buying is one of the oldest ploys in history. Using the first laborsaving device, quite honestly labeled robbery, (hoseseeking political office have reduced Greal Britain, for example, to financial shambles -- enough lo make (heir Robin Hood a piker by comparison. And moral decline is sure to follow. "Vote for me," say our own political Hobin Hoods, "and I'll increase your old age benefits, I'll slice up the corporate giants, I'll pass a law favoring you (he farmer, you the labor union, you the black, Mexican or Jewish minorily. My party is the champion of both the people without good houses AND the housing industry. Vote for us and WE will provide housing for you for almost no cost at all," etc. etc. Provided, of course, you have the political muscle to deliver the undefined bribe, i.e., votes. All, of course, at somebody else's expense. As Supreme Courl Juslicc Lewis Powell pointed oul in his famous Powell Memorandum, "Business and (he enterprise system are in deep trouble, and the hour is lale." Bui the system can be restored if .business will re-examine itself, do some long, long overdue homework and undertake radical new efforts to overcome the prevalent anti-capitalist mentality. Paul Harvey comments Might-have-beens The and H y l ' a i i l Harvey Pubt.shed e*emngi e»ccp= S^rda/ r-i 316 'cnih A,e Scuiti. Naiux) 'c-ro 83451 by Coiyon PuDlishmg Co Enie.-ed a* secci-a r'yis TO-IC- a 1 i»-e PCJ' GK-ce 01 NoTipo :d?n ^nde-a^o'Yc-ciiB, 1879 A'l "o'-te*. 't(ju *eJ b/ 'i.^ o- O'ce* ol co-j" o ( tompeien: jurisdKion -o r,e pt,b'«shed v/oen-/ will he pwbUil*ed -n -*c SaiL'day ssve of ihn ^aper po'V-nn' 10 W.-MV-I 60-108 If. 1963 oi added ^ere'c by Chaa'e' 164 1933 Sess en io*i of 'dchc SUBSCRIPTION RATES Carrier, per monrh $3.25 Carrier, per year $39.00 BYMAIl: (Paidinodvance) I month. . . S3.50 6 monlhs . $20.00 3 months. 510.25 I year. . .$39.00 This ne*jpope' reserves ihe 'igV ro olief expiration dare o' oiy po'd in advance l scriprton ihuu!d there be on ad|isifflen subscr.oiion roiei -ADAMJ. KALB- PfG", d*ni.Publisher THE NEWS-TRIBUNE . Porter. neii iV-anoger Adv. Dire Richard Coff/rrjn, Ed 'or IDAHO FREE PRESS Jeanne Iuiv. Business Mo-oger Lo'fy B Gordncr, Ediio' C RobcMBull.Ad* [Vecw JC. UndKoim.O' D.I. Ke.ih Br.QQl. Composing Foreman Chores McCoy. Prcii Foiemon The views of this newspaper appear only in "Today's editoiial," while all olher comments and opinions are those ol Ihe individual columnist. Rcadets' comments are encouraged in the form of letters that should not exceed 300 words in length. All letters must be signed and contain the address of Ihe writer. Letters should be typewritten and content is subject to approval or condensation by the editorial board. Rut for one choice al the crossroads and Hit destiny each patf: brings; fml for one choice at the crossronds kings mighl be poupcri and paupers mip.hl hi- kings. Had lie remained a Democrat, the most likely next president ol the United Slates v,ouid surely he -- ,tohn Connally. Americans don't seem lo care much who is the next president. During Bicentennial travels I hear no real enthusiasm for any of the candidates and Ihe professional pollsters say (he same thing. Cynically. Americans are shrugging, "Whal's (he difference?" This upcoming contest, in the minds of most, is a power struggle among a bunch of ambitious egocentrics. Patrick Caddcll's Cambridge Survey shows "tour out of id respondents say it doesn't make any difference who wins." Vietnam and Watergate plus generations of presidents and Congresses pulling in opposite directions have combined lo create a mistrust of -- even an open hostility toward -- politics and politicians. There is widespread suspicion lhal Hie politicians, Instead of representing us, arc- 11 sin); us. 1'rosidmt ford is a nice guy with a lo! of good ideas hut he has never learned how lo punish. And, yes, that is an integral part of the polilicnl process. It is nol Hiat our nation is without men capable of making hard decisions plus Ihe persuasiveness lo win public and congressional supporl. I've been wondering aboul Ihc presidents lhat mighl have been. Mike Mansfield, said to be "loo old" a decade ago. has remained a polcnl leader even though he has announced lhal he is stepping down. Tom Dewey's gulsy track record in New York indicated he'd have been thai kind of national administrator. The acute need now is for men competent lo deal wilh the stubborn problems of the home fronts, and yet industry's leaders have become so gelded by federal regulation and stockholder intimidation that potentially the greatest training ground for administrators smothers (hem. Again, had he remained a Democrat Ihc most likely next presidenl of Ihc United States would surely be John Connally. There arc those who imagine lhat ho still mighl be a convention tie-breaker. I don't. Session disappointing To The Editor: I attended our city council meeting March 1, and was very disappointed In our mayor and councilmen when it cam* time lo discuss the budget for our Nampa Fire Department, All the citizens in.the audience were so astonished when the mayor and council really didn't pay too much attention to the people and firemen who were just trying to let them know why they didn't want the budget set at that lime. Mr. Fuller spoke up and said, quote -We would have to raise taxes in order to give our firemen more money, -- unquote. I didn't see one person in the room stand and say "No, we don't want our taxes raised." 1 feel our taxes will always rise for some reason or another, but will we always have our trained firemen?'I feel as many others did also that night that the mayor and council should have reconsidered the budget then instead of waiting for the people to finish their talks and then going right on ahead and voting on it. They still had one more council pii" 1 """ before closing the issue completely, it could have still been discussed between the mayor and council, , . We have good, dedicated rpen at our fire department and we want to keep them there instead of having our firemen go somewliwere else lo get higher paying jobs. I don't, want just anyone from off our streets to come to my home in time of need; most of you other people wouldn't either. I have never had an experience happen when I needed a fire truck or the rescue unit, but I do feel we should get but am support our fire department instead of jus sitting home and talking about it until we do need them and find out we don't have any firemen or E.M.T.'s left thai are experienced in their field of work. 1 want the. best firemen, and I hope al you other citizens in Nampa do also, so let's all get out and help support our Nampa firemen with their wages so we don't lose them to someone else. Sharon Mhoon Nampa Nampa firemen backed To The Editor: I attended Ihe Nampa city council meeting and would like to voice my support of our firemen. In my opinion, and 1 am sure the opinion of many others attending, it doesn't say much for the mayor and council on decision making and standing up to face the problem instead of just passing the budget behind the backs, as il were, of the members of Ihe fire department and the community of Nampa. The firemen started negotiations with the council several monlhs ago and their contract comes up for renewal April 1, 1976. The council evidentally put aside most of tlieir requesls and set the budget knowing that they were still in negotiations for Ihe upcoming year. What do they think they are doing? Do you want the council and mayor gambling with your lives and property without you having a proper chance lo stand up for yourselves? I am sure that there are businesses and families in Nampa that have had lo call on Ihe fire department for a fire in (heir place of business or their home. How about the people who have needed emergency medical Irealment and have nol been able lo reach a treatment center soon enough, who is there with Ihe help needed? The fire department squad truck 1 know as welt RS the mayor and council that there have been times when due to conditions the squad EMT's have nol been able to save the life of the suffering, bul we are not here to look at the negative side bul !o the many times (hay have saved lives or just helped out someone who had a hard time breathing. Now I put it to you the businessmen and residents of Nampa, gel out your pen and paper and write to the mayor or lo the editor of this paper. Let [he mayor and council know how you feel about Ihe possibility of havir.g "untrained" people lake over the positions of well trained, experienced men. Sieve Lawley Nampa Appreciation expressed To The Editor: The members of the Woman's Century Club wish lo express our appreciation for the splendid job you did in writing up the history of our club for your special edition. We wish lo especially thank Marie Accuracy in media Galyean for the research she did. Marie Spink Corresponding Secretary Woman's Century Club Nampa NBC zaps o/7 firms WASHINGTON - Back in 1971, before he became a Supreme Court justice, Lewis F. Powell Jr.. wrote a memo in which he charged that much of our news media, especially television, were allowing the enemies of our free enterprise syslem lo use Iheir facilities to destroy our system. Powell said: "One of the bewildering paradoxes of our lime is Ihe extent lo which the enterprise system tolerates, if nol participates in, its own destruction." NBC recently provided an excellent illustration of what we mighl call "Ihe Powell paradox." WNBC-TV in New York City, which is owned and operated by NBC put on a series of five programs on its evening news that purported lo tell Ihe viewers why gasoline prices are as high as Ihey are. The series was largely an allack on Ihc oil induslry on Ihe basis of misinformation and a serious lack of understanding of and appreciation for the free enterprise system. II ended up as a pilch for support of proposals to force the major oil companies to "de-inlegrale." or should we say "disintegrate." The narrator thought lhal breaking up the big oil companies would te good for com- pclilion. but she did not note that oil is less concentrated lhan many other industries, including nclwork TV. I am happy to see lhat al leasl two of Ihe major oil companies, Mobil and Exxon, have blown the whistle on NBC's foul play. Bolh companies have dissected Ihe programs and have cited numerous factual errors and unfair statements. Mobil look out a full-page ad in The New York Times on March 5 lo bring its criticism of (he program lo public atlention. They also offered lo buy SOminules of time on WNBC lo tell their side of the story. Exxon indicated thai Ihcy would also like air time to respond lo the falsifications in Ihe program. Here are some samples. WNRCcreated the Impression thai (here was somelhing fishy about Ihe 1973 oil embargo. The narrator spoke nf "the ralher vague circumstances" lhal surrounded il. She brought up old and disprovcn rumors that during Ihe shortage large numbers of tankers were lying off New York Just wailing for prices to go up before discharging their cargoes. A typically uninformed "man-in-lhe-slreel" was shown opining that the crisis was a "rip-off." [Today's thought] "Enter by the jiirrow gait; jor o, . Ite Is wWe and (lie w«y It my, Ui»t Itidi to destruction, ind UIOM who enter ky II t, t many. For the gate If narrtw and the *«y Is hard, lhat kadi to life, and lh«M who find II art few." -- Matthew 7M1, U. "God asks no man wlielher he 1 will accept life. Th»t is not the choice. You must lake II. The only choice Is how." - Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman, By Rwd Irvine One would have thought that even the office boys at WNBC would have heard of the cartel formed by Ihe major oil exporting countries (OPEC), which has forced crude oil prices up fourfold by restricting production. Does anyone at WNBC think lhal such a huge price increase could have been absorbed by the oil companies withoul affecting Ihe price of their products? The "experts" at WNBC could have learned (hat those rumors aboul Ihe tankers were false simply by checking the New York Times. They" could also have found withoul loo much trouble that U.S. imports of oil during the embargo fell by as much as 30 per cent from pre-cmbargo levels. One of Ihe many dirty tricks in the series was the reeling off of dollar figures for the profits of three large oil companies, followed by the statement that critics called these profits "obscene." WNBC did nol relate these figures lo the capital invested in the industry. Had they done so, they would have had to inform their viewers that (here was nothing extraordinary, much less "obscene." about oil company profits in 1975. The rate of return on investment had fallen very sharply from 1974. KCA. which owns NBC, doubled ils profits between (he fourth quarter of 1974 and the fourth quarter of 1975. That does nol menn that RCA's profils.are high, nor docs il suggest thal-.i Ihis integrated firm, which produces TV ·! sets and controls a powerful TV network, ! ought lo be broken up. $ What should be broken up is the NBC I clique responsible for (his kind o f ! program.

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