Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 22, 1975 · Page 4
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The Idaho Free Press The News-Tribune. Saturday. Kebruary22.1975-.I Opinion Today's editorial An overreaction Kederal Ueservo Hoard Chairman Arthur Burns is a pretty level-headed practitioner of economics, which he often refers lo as "the dismal science." He is respected throughout the financial and business world for his fiscal knowledge. Some recent remarks of his. which may not have had the prominence deserved because of the urgency of other news, are worthy of consideration. Burns feels that some of Ihe predictions coming from administration economic experts are unduly pessimistic when (hoy predict two years of high unemployment and continuing inflation at an intolerable rate. His comment was, "Why do people put out figures like Ihat when 'they don't know what they are talking about'.'" The chairman also considers inflation, not economic recession. Ihe most dangerous of the trends which we are experiencing. If Burns is coned in downgrading Ihe severity of (he recession underway--and we have great respecl for his expertise- there is then danger of greal psychological harm being done by over-grave predictions. President Franklin I). Roosevelt referred lo this psychological threat in one of his most famous depression speeches The Hayakowa column when he said. "The only thing we have lo fear, is fear itself." We think there are loo many prophets of doom and gloom about the land. Some pundits both in electronic and print media seem lo take an inordinale pleasure oul of recounting bad news. There are, however, pockets of business where there is little or no recession, and areas where unemployment is less than 8 per cent, and Idaho lies in one of those pockets. If everyone (ells each other (hat things are terrible, then before loo long they will be lerrible as consumers slop buying and a domino-effect retrenchment sets in. Hums has taken a strong stand against excessive pump-priming and weakening of the currency lo offset recession, believing thai inflation is the greater danger. And we aarce with thai. II is our belief Ihat we have been experiencing a market reaction to prices which had gone far loo high. And when these prices become reasonable--as they seemingly did wilh auto rebates-people will again start lo buy. Governmental over-compensation will only slow down the play of strong economic roac'lion to excessively high pricing. What Dewey understood ByS.l.ll. A story with a Washington dateline says. "Senator Jesse Helms urged conservatives to begin now to build a third party Ihat can go to the voters next year if Ihc Republicans and Democrats fail lo produce 'a program of freedom.'" A headline in Ihe San Francisco Examiner says. "Third Party Haunts California GOP." Third party advocates arc, as a rule, zealots. If they are conservatives, they want to make no concessions to liberalism. If Ihey are liberals, they want no compromises with conservatism. The folly of Ibis way of thinking was shown by Thomas E. Dewey who, as .former governor of Hie State of "Now York; (twice Republican candidate., for .the presidency; and chief strategist for the ·nomination of Dwighl'Eis6hho\ycr a! the 1952 Republican National Convention, certainly knew what he was talking about. "Under our two-party system," Dewey wrote in 1950, "we have none of the instabilities of Ihe multi-party system, but we do achieve our own kind of coalitions. We make our coalitions within the parlies and instead of making them after election, as most European parliaments do. we make them before election. "Every four years the National Conventions of the two parties present deep and bitter controversies. There are those who 'lake a walk' from Ihe convention, either publicly or quietly. Bui finally Ihe coalition is achieved and the parly goes on to fight the election. "Why do Ihe parties have these bilter internal fights?. . .Because each parly really represenls a composite spectrum of roughly similar interests. Each contains farmers; each contains industrial workers; each includes businessmen: each attracts men and women from every walk and station of life...Each party is lo some extent a reflection of the other. "The result is that...the parlies have not Know your lawmakers Senator Frank Church Room ZtH Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510 Senator James McClure 2106 Dirkscn Building Washington. D.C.. 20510 Rep. Sieve Symms Room H10 l.ongworlh Building Washington. D.C., 20315 Congressman George Ilansen 1125 Longworth Mouse Office fildg. Washington. D.C.. 20515 ayakawa been too far apart on most fundamentals of our system. This means thai Ihe choice of one or the other parly during this period isincc the Civil War) has not represented anything like a revolution...As a people we have learned to distrust and avoid extremes of principles anrl of interests in our public life." Dewey therefore had little patience with those who arc unable or unwilling lo form coalitions with those with whom (hey disagree: "These impractical theorists with a passion for neatness demand that our parlies he sharply divided, one againsl (he olbcr. in interest, membership and doctrine. They want to drive all moderates and liberals oul of Ihc Republican party and then have the remainder join forces wilh the conservative groups of the South. "Then they would have everything very neatly arranged, indeed. The Democratic parly would be (he liberal-to-radical parly. The Republican parly would be the coil- servative-to-reactionary parly. "The results would be neatly arranged loo. The Republicans would lose every election and the Democrats would win every election, tl may be a perfect theory but il would resull in a one-party system and finally tolalilaria'n government. As you may suspect. 1 am against it." The lessons of history--especially of recent hislory--are clear. Ideological liberals, dissatisfied with the moderate liberalism of Harry S Truman, ran Henry A. Wallace as their candidate on Ihe Progressive Parly ticket in 1948. They hardly made a dent on the final resull. Ideological conservatives of 1364 were delighted with Senator Barry Goldwater. Instead of forming a working coalition wilh moderale Republicans, thev vanquished (hem in order lo nominate Goldwater for Ihe presidency. Lyndon li. Johnson, seen by most voters as a man for (he middle, won easily, Ideological liberals rejected ihe moderate liberalism of Hubert Humphrey, rode rough-shod over the traditional machinery of (he Democratic parly, and nominated George "ticGovern for the presidency in 1972. A huge majority of voters, believing thai the Democratic parly bad been taken over by fanatics of Ihe Left, voted for Richard M. Nixon. The moral is clear. The genius of American politics lies in the art of making improbable coalitions: (he black Detroit auloworker joins the University of California professor and the bourbon- sipping Southern gentleman in the Democratic parly. The Nebraska dirt- farmer joins Ihe fried chicken franchise operator on U.S. Highway G6 and a director of the Chase Manhattan Bank in (he Republican Party. What Governor Dewey knew, we should remember. The News-Tribune and Ifelp fret f mi PwbUKed 1 eve-ting! eifiepi Su-dayo' 316 Tenth Ave Soulh. Nampc. Idaho 33651 by CQ-.JOC P-blnhmg Co Entered as seco"d dovs -inn*- ai ih« Pc,jr Office at Narrpo, Idaho, u^de/ at' c' 'Aaich 8 1877 AH noricei /equ"ed by 'aw or crder of ccuir of omp«'«nr jurisdiction lo be p'-b'uhed «*eV:y v. 'I be pvb'uhed in lh« Saturday mur o) rfm paper py- luanrlo led'On 60 108 1 C 1963 as added iht- e-o by Oap'er ] 6 4 I9J3 $-inon lo*i al Irfoho SUBSCRIPTION RATES Corner, per monlh .' . S3.25 Carrier, per year $39.00 BY MAIL: (Poid In advance) I monlh. , ,· $3,50 6monihs . J?0.00 3 months . .1)0.25 1-year. . . $39.00 Thli newipope' r«se*vM the .ghr io oiler expiration do!* of any paid .-· advance i scriplion should frtrc be an odplfner.t -ADAM J. KALB- P/esident'Publiiher THE NEWS-TRIBUNE Joseph R Parker, fluniesi Manager -- Ad* Dir*cior ffkf-ardCo'r'nio'V frjifor Sitr-ord Wilhami.Cir. Mgr IDAHO FREE PRESS Jeanra r Buiintn Monrjgtr lorry B. Gardner, EJifo' C Robert Bull, Adv. Diredor J. C. lindholm.Cir.Oir. Keirh Brlggi, CoTipoiing fore-nan Char'ei MCoy, Preu Foreman Forms of wildlife Cornerstone of a nation Paul Harvey comments A city's tribulation You can run but you can't hide. If Kort Lauderdale, Fla., has gonorrhea, then our nation's last Eden has been defiled. Forl l.;ui(lerdale is (he longtime retreat for refined Floi Lilians--just enough north of noisy Miami for gracious living. Hut llierc. and thereabouts in Broward County last year was an all-time record year for murders, including seven in one weekend. They were slabbed, beaten, bludgeoned, drowned, shot or slrangled-founri in ditches, floating in water, sprawled across beds or cul up in pieces. The Fort Lauderdale N'ews, seeking a pattern, found none. One policeman, three Hell's Angels, a go-go dancer, a union man. a secretary.... Six epidemics arc raging in Forl Lauderdale at Ihe same lime. They are goi;nrj-l!Lj, syphilis, scabies, flu, head lice and fleas. Two thousand cases of gonorrhea constitutecpidemic level.There were 4,000 reported cases in Fort Lauderdale last year am! an estimated 5,000 additional cases unreported. Health department nurses report heart lice in all county schools--another "epidemic." What is the source of Ibis infestation of ugly maladies in one of the world's loveliest cities'? Recent years there has been a steady influx of venereal vagrants in rag- windowed vans--rolling communes of The lighter side 'aiil llarvt'V young people--many or most on narcotics. Though Ihe cause-effect relationship is circumstantial, with (his invasion came the filth-associated epidemics, .skyrocketing unemployment and pyramiding crime. Crime nationally was up 1C per cent last year;_in Broward County il was up 40 per cenl. Unemployment nationally is 8.2 per cent; in Broward County it's ID per cenl plus. In the oncc-slaid streets of High-fashion stores is a proliferation of porno shops and massage parlors. Local newspaper editorials recount a steady exodus of Forl Lauderd.ile's longtime social elite, urge the city lo pull up ils socks. Personally, 1 am most reticent to remonstrate any city. Living in ihe glass house of Chicago I recognize lhal crime and disease slatisties may be pimples on an otherwise beautiful face. My recollection of Fort I.auderdalc is of palm and pine and red-leafed oleander and a rainbow of hibiscus, of a Baptist church wilh a thousand regulars in Sunday school. So my voice goes out not as a remon- slrance but as ar. expression of sympathy for n. sick friend. That other cities are rotting al the core, as much or more, is regrettable, but a pox on Forl Lauderdale is a mustache on the Mom Lisa! Mob anonymity WASHINGTON (UP!) - If you were Ihc recluse type and wanted to prolccl your anonymity; how would you go about il? Check one: i ) Move lo a desert island. I Start living in a cave. ( i Become a presidential candidate. According lo the National Academy of Sequestration, the first two methods offer the best meansof avoiding human contact. By Dick West Quirks. . . in the news Opinions *xpr*s»«d ftnly in "Today's Editoiiol" olumni F«pr«i«nl tht vitws of 'hit ntwipaptr. All olhtr cornmtnti »" hi fog« art iht opinion! of Iho wrirou, wh*rh«r mimlxn of iho nowtpapor't editorial boaid or no). Wo wotcomo l«Mon to th« »«Htor, but mutt Itmft fhom to 300 w»rdi. AH lotion mull bo ilgnorf, contain Ihe CjHi 1 .:: i-f «(:o ··. - or·' :rT .".u' 11 !.'-:! 'oapprooai by th« odilorial board. VKIiOXA. Italy (DIM) - A military court cnnvii'led IH army officers and .-olrliers recently of neglecting sentry (Inly al an ammunition depot lo go rafobil hunting, (iimfire caused ;in explosion al the depot, causing $1:10.000 in damages The court acquitted ; lieutenant on a charge of touching off Ihe explosion wilh a shot aimed al ,1 rabbit. It sentenced Ihe 18 ir.en lo prison terms ranging from SO days lo M months for dereliction of duly anil demoted seven of [hem. LOW. Italy il'l'fl - It looked like a fnreign invasion anil the Italian army octcil accordingly. Hut in the end Ihe Iranian army aviators came nut tin- scalhc-d Police said Iwo helicopters the Iranian arrnj purchased from Daly's Augusta company fiol Insl in thick fog on their way In the port of Hrinrlisi. where Ihey were lo he loaded on an Iranian ship, The Iranian crews --10 men nn one helicopter and six on (lie other --made emergency landings in Ihe Lodi area. One loucheii down a short distance from an oil refinery. Residents, alarmed by Ihc landings anil unable lo understand what Ihc Iranians were saying, called police and the army. Italian soldiers wilh submachine Runs surrounded Ihe helicopters. The Iranians. by nrnv somewhat worried, barricaded themselves inside and refused lo budge. Il was some lime before Ihe army found an inte.rpreler anil Ihe language harrier was broken. Officials said Ihe helicoplers would be taken I': J'-'ii'lis! by truck. But Ihe suresl way lo gel lost in it crowd is lo run for president. Someone recently asked Sen. Lloyd tienlsen, D-Tex.. whether his face was becoming familiar lo the American public. He replied lhal recogniliomvise lie had reached the point where people at Ihe airport in a slrange cily would look at him as if he were someone the; 1 should know. Bui that was before Ren(sen announced this week that he was entering the presidential campaign. From now on. he shouldn't have any trouble passing through strange airports unnoliced. licgrellably. 1 couldn'1 be here when Rentsen announced his candidacy. 1 was nut checking on a rumor lhal Howard Hughes was about lo gel into Ihe race. Word was going around Ihat Hughes was distressed over the frequency with which his name had appeared in the public prinl Hie past year or so. So (he seclusion-loving billionaire hired a public relations consultant lo help keep him out of the papers. And Ihc PR expert advised him lo throw his ha! in Ihc ring. "Then when Ihey mention your name, fairness will oblige them to mention the other presidential candidates as well. By (he time the readers wade through the whole list they will have forgotten about seeing your name," the consultant was reputed to have told Hughes. I cannot verify that such a conversation look place. All I know is thai, acling on an anonymous lip. I showed up al a small privale airport aboul 50 miles southwest of Washington. There, along with olhcrs present. 1 was blindfolded and flown in a helicopter lo a point some two hours distant. Our blinds were removed in a huge, sumptuously appointed conference room. Presently we were joined by a man with a black hood over his head. "Perhaps you arc wondering why I asked you lo meet me here," Ihe hooded figure said. "1 am taking this opportunity to announce Ihat 1 am a candidate for President of Ihc United Stales." At a subsequent news conference, Ihc candidate declined lo identify himself. Rul I cauglil a glimpse of his cufflinks, which bore Ihe initials 1111. Who was thai masked man? Ifil wasn't Howard Hughes, gel ready lo hear a lol less of lliihcri Humphrey. The view from Harlem Hy Tom NEW YOI1K - iNEA - The view from a Harlem pigeon coop is not bad, provided one looks up. There, in a sky grey wilh winter but painted slightly by the last of a cold sun's glint, are the closest thing lo beauty in the ghetto. Half a dozen birds, homing creatures, released by an owning youngster who has never known such freedom himself, winging in flock across Ihc lop of Hie tenements. It's late for the pigeons, says Slick Valesquez. He observes them nervously. "When il gel dart I don't like 'cm out. They should be home when il gel dark. Like, anything can happen." lie closes (lie cage, lights a cigarette, loans againsl a circular vent -and looks down to the street at another form of tl-irlem wildlife. Il has been II years since a president of Ihc United Slates announced. "This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty." The resulting spending and programming doubtless shot some encouraging holes in the historic walls around lower-class ' privation. In 1950 mote than 18 per cent of the nation's whiles were officially classified poor: now the percentage is less (linn 9. In 1950 some 35.4 per cent of the country's dwellings were considered substandard: now the figure is about 8. The nation's education level has increased, nutrition is up. wages have skyrockclect-the suffering for some has heen almost remarkably eased. Yet here from the view of a Harlem pigeon coop, il is quite evident Ihc war on poverty ended in defeat. There lias been a change in the welfare benefits structure and more kids are receiving free lunches al school--otherwise the slum remains invincible. "We still got the junkies." says pigeon-owner Valesquez. "we still got the crooks." And ihey still have ihe statistics: Crime is twice, maybe three times Ihe oulside rate, one of four kids drop out of school before graduation, and over 20 per cenl of Hie people hold no employment This is not a temporary aberration, Ihe result of recession. This is Ihe norm in Harlem, and in liedford-Sluyvesant. Washington report Tiede Brownsville, St. Albans--and a hundred other intercity sores around the rfetion. "Everyday in everyway is awful," says a graffito in Ihc subway. Adds a social worker: "We not only have third 'generation welfare, but Ihird generation gang members, purse snatchers and jailbirds. 1 know a woman who was.rnped by a father and bis son--10 years apart." And this is Ihe difficult truth that Ihe reformers from Ihe oulside never,comprehend, as black author Haude Brown says il, thai errant conditions, a;d behavior are the standards in the ghetto, thai a murder a night is lo be expected, thai crime in Ihe slum pays because a crook is richer than a noncrook, 1 that whores dress belter than the chaste, that pushers earn more than corporation presidents. This is truth in the gheljp, this is real: all else is propaganda-and those who would change il wilh simplistic logic are doomed lo disappoint. The truth is we don't know (he answers lo the slums. Neither do the residents, · Money has failed, programs have failed, stimulation has failed. Streets that were cleaned and whitewashed by do-gooders in Ihe '60s, have since reverted lo type, and rats once again nibble babies in iheir cribs. Legal aid offices that were formed lo protect citizens' rights, have taught little else than Hie sarcastic truth that a good lawyer can gel you off. Government hopes have been- dashed, says Claude Brown, by a slum people that ..once believed "everybody steals, possibly even (he president: now (hey believe, especially (lie president." So il is, thus vulnerable, and with small hope, some in Harlem escape where they can. Slick Velasquez retreats to his rooftop pigeon coop. II is dark now and his birds have come in lo roost. Except one. One is missing. The youngster wails an "hour, then a lilllc more, in vain. He locks the door with a U-bolt, and shakes his head. A lot of people in the slum have guns, he says, walking down lo Ihe real world. "Maybe the birrl caught one." II happens. Appeal to hysteria ll.n Sieve Congressman. In case you haven't noticed. Ihe liberal community is renewing its efforts in behalf of gun control. Spurred on by the left- ranking makeup of the new Congress, the national media is stirring Ihc embers of emotion across America, with the aim of seeing harsh federal gun laws passed by Congress. The Washington. D.C., area has been literally deluged by orchestrated anti-gun propaganda. A typical example was a rccenl editorial entitled. "Handguns Musi Go!" in one of Washington's daily newspapers. The article begins. "All those who have so fruitfully labored againsl gun control in order to preserve our right lo settle disputes wilh a handgun must be shown quickly and unequivocally thai such an alavislic recourse is no longer lo he tolerated." ' Characterizing pro-gun people as "mindless lobbyists." Ihe editorial went on 10 assert lhal. "There is not a single reason for anyone aside from policemen or Ihe military lo retain possession of a handgun. \'onc. II is a viciously slupid song Ihc opponents of control keep singing." The article endorsed legislation rccenlly introduced in the House which would ban the importation, manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns. II quoted the bill's author as saying. "We have an ethos in this country (hat you're not a human being unless you have a handgun. From Wyall Earp to (he Godfather, we mislead our young people who Ihink Ihey can secure (heir manhood Ihrougb the barrel of a gun." Il is precisely this kind of bogwash which we are hearing day after day, week after week, as a substitute for rational dialogue. 11 is on this level where the discussion about gun control is presently taking place. The same eastern liberals who like lo ihink of themselves as "intellectual sophisticates" ore spearheading a gun control drive which is based on rank ignorance and raw emotion. There is no denying Ihat our nation has a serious crime problem (although Idahoans are among (he last to blame for it). Politicians, particularly from urban districts, are being pressured lo do somelhing about it. The gun, therefore, has become Ihe convenient scapegoat and gun control Ihe quick and easy "answer " II is a particularly "easy out" for the metropolitan liberal community which is totally unfamiliar with guns and Iheir uses, and which looks scornfully upon Ihe and small-town lifestyle which is still Ihe basic pattern of American life. And so Ihey harangue about "Wyatt Earp syndromes" and slate flatly lhal there is no legitimate room for a private individual lo own a handgun. They have no idea, for example, (hat sidearms are widely used for hunting, for protection in the field and for target shooting. They have no conception of a handgun's use hy law-abiding citizens lo defend Iheir homes and families from criminal assault. There are many thousands of cases annually w here privale cili/cns have thwarted criminal aclion wilh handguns The gun-conlrol politicians do not im- dcrsland these things, anil arc not especially interested in learning about Symms First Dislricl (hem. either. With a smug closed- mindedness they plow ahead. irttenl upon stripping from us our Second Amendment rights. We will probably never get Ihe gun- haters lo like firearms or even lo appreciate Iheir many legitimate uses. Moreover, .since most of them are idealogical lib'crals who'worship (lib use of collective force, it isdoubtlul that they will recognize the righls of the gun owning minority. But what Ihey may perhaps succumb lo in lime, is a sober analysis of Ihe crime problem, «-ith Ihe ultitiia'le conclusion thai while gun control mighite an easy answer, il is also the wrong''an- swer In thi 1 crime dilemma. There are already an estimated 20,000 firearms taws in force throughout Ihe country which have shown no evidence uf curbing criminal activity. '.' New York City, for example, has had one of the stiffest gun laws on the booksrfcr over half a cenlury now. Oul ofra population of 7 million, only 564 jjisfcl licenses have been issued to persons^'tho "do not require them as a conditipjtif' employment." Yet the rate of crimi'Jn New York continues to rise uncheckictlo Ihe point where 21 per cenl of all.jie robberies in the United Slates now occiirtn lhal cily. £* Thereare two lessons to be learned.'frM New York's experience with gun crjSH and applied to similar measures on'/tSe federal level: l) Gun laws disarm Ihetfw- abiding citizens but not (be criminal -fjivis makmgcrime easier and less risky, aii*5') The enforcement of gun laws lies up'tife valuable lime of law officers who could otherwise be doing their usual job oivin- vcsligaling and preventing crimes - f f' There are perhaps 200 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. today, of vyh'ijifi only one sixth of one per cent are usei-ifi ihe commission of crimes annually Would severely restricting or confiscating tjt§« guns solve our crime problem? Har8ht The presence or absence of a gun is the last and leasl important factor in the commission of a crime. Long be/ore a criminal chooses his weapon, iho decision mustij he made to commit the crimeSt 1 discourage lhal decision vnu eilher*S force stricter taws againsl guns or slfie laws .igamsl criminals and crime ''"" makes more sense lo you? | Today's thought And hf began lo say unln (htm, This day Is Ihe scripture iulflllf d In your Mrs. l.ukt The Spiril of the Lord does bring Good News lo Die poor, liberty lo caplives and sight to Ihe blind, This Is the year when Ihe Lord will save his people.

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