The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 13, 1968 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 13, 1968
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Pip ftn- BIyfierfll* (Ark.) Courier New - Saturday, April II, IMS LBJ's Bombing Curtailment Surprised Hanoi By BILL BAGGS Editor of The Miami News Copyright 1968, The Miami News HANOI, North Vietnam (Delayed) (AP) — It was an uncommon week in these parts, since there was more talk of peace than of continued war. I morning, the available distilla- Ition of news from Washington, i received by fellow guests at the I hotel, by way of shortwave radio, was that President Johnson had announced a severe restriction of the bombing policy. The happy initial assumption here was a simple one: Hanoi wasn't going to be bombed any more. * * * It was obvious that the presi- Reduced to the most personal of terms, this raised the hopes of a . visiting reporter that he may I dential pronouncement had not again be bombed out of the | caught the government of North bathtub by his fellow countrymen. Vietnam by surprise. The ministers met in protracted session "The American bombers came for two days in:an environment in the bottom of the night, and of urgency and skepticism, one of their violent deliveries which iinally yielded to guarded landed on the banks of the Red River. The blastwaves rode the short distance into the city and almost shook the windows out of the bathroom in the old Thong Nhat Hotel. The ancient. tub heaved and shuddered, and this dripping reporter promptly evacuated his rare accummula- tion of precious hot water. The ludicrous scene may be a footnote to history. Sirens have not sounded again in Hanoi lince. At about 9 a.m. the next optimism in recognition of the monumental fact that LBJ had stamped his new bombing policy with his own withdrawal from the presidential race. The Johnson announcement reached here Monday, April 1, and not until Wednesday afternoon did the government .of North Vietnam make a response —arid with it released the news to their own people that there was now a chance that the unusual silence in-the skies might continue. . The top ministers of the government again convened in long sessions to figure out how to arrange the meeting President Johnson proposed. It is not as simple as it may seem to bring together two hostile parties, each deeply suspicious of the other. The ministers finally agreed on the sense and language of a message by Friday afternoon. And it was dispatched in a zig-zag way to Washington. After extended conversations with those politicians who might be described as the appropriate parties in Hanoi, this reporter has concluded that the North Vietnamese are willing to discuss anything with the United States.. .almost.. . * * .* • And after these many conversations, the reporter came away convinced that these people are not going to enter into any serious, talks of peace until they see the end of the bombing of their country. Hoang Tung, who is editor of the official newspaper here, and the spokesman for Ho Chi Minh, founder and president of the country, said: "We want peace. But the bombing must stop. As you can see, we have had our difficulties, but life goes on, We have managed. • "We do not wish to continue the war, but we can carry on for many years, if necessary. Peace is what we want, but first the bombing must stop." Mr. Tung and other leaders in Hanoi are understandably obsessed with the bombing of their territory. Aside from the natural reaction to the loss of lives and property, they consider the bombing a unilateral act of aggression by the United States. To yield on the point, in their view, is to negotiate a surrender and not a peace. Every visitor here 'is impressed that these people mean what they say.. .That no step toward a negotiated settlement is possible until .the aerial bombardment of North Vietnam is ended. * * * Thus, the Johnson proclama- tion of restricting the bombing could be described as a large gesture but it was still an incomplete one, in the view of the North Viets. We had a sure indication that the government was beginning to believe that Lyndon Johnson meant what he said when daylight travel around the provinces of the north was approved. Before, day travel was limited to only the most essential transportation. Otherwise you were permitted only to travel at night. Now the roads were open to us by day. * * *•• . When it was finally realized that the massive bombing of the North actually had ended, there were all sorts of talk and gossip about peace. Diplomats from the various missions here traded rumors and hopes. The North Viets on the sidewalk asked what it all meant. The foreign peace activists, sometimes iden- ified as "peaceniks", smiled and expressed the hope that' a new day had arrived. The bombers come and come and come. But mostly they destroy bridges and insert large holes in the highways and knock out, temporarily, the'small electric power stations all over the countryside. There are no large industrial targets, such as those in Germany during World War II. North Vietnam acquires its heavy war goods from other countries and manages to pump it through to the south. Soldiers move at night, in relatively small numbers, using not.only the darkness but also the jungles to hide them. These factors, plus the intense nationalism here, explain the ability of these people to survive the bombing from the air, the naval bombardments and the heavy and precise artillery barrages across the 'demilitarized zone down south. * * * Indeed, there is a kind of bragging confidence . among many of the persons you meet here that their country • can withstand anything the United Heart Transplant Legislation Moving By ROBERT GOtDENSTEIN AP Science Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Lawmakers in a half-dozen states have acted to clear away the legal obstacles that could block transplants of hearts and other organs, a nationwide survey by The Associated Press shows. StBar associations and medical Societies in some other states are studying the subject. ^However, the National Academy of Science's new Board of Medicine has urged the nation's surgeons to take a cautious approach in developing heart transplantation techniques. ' -"The procedure cannot as yet be regarded as an accepted form of therapy, even a heroic fine," the board said. "It must he viewed for what it is, a scientific exploration of the unknown." The board proposed guidelines that would restrict heart transplants to a "relatively small number" of minutely controlled operations performed at only the best qualified institutions and overseen by numerous independent experts. Some clergymen and other groups, in studying the complex ethical problems of heart transplants, have raised such questions as: .—What determines the time of the donor's death—the cessation of heart or brain action? —Who will determine among the many persons who need a new healthy heart which ones will receive the relatively few available? The legislatures have not gone into these questions and the laws passed or under consideration apply to the transplantation of all internal organs. Organ transplant bills were taken up by lawmakers this year in Virginia, California, Kansas, South Carolina, Maryland and Oklahoma. -The Virginia General Assembly passed a sweeping law, backed by the Medical Society of Virginia, that would make vital organs of the recently dead available for surgical transplant. The law, which becomes effective at the end of June, provides that the chief medical examiner or his deputies may release a vital organ from a dead person under their jurisdiction provided: .—A patient is in immediate need for an internal organ as a transplant. —There is insufficient time to contact the next of kin in order to maintain the health of the or- ; gan to be transplanted and noi known - objection is foreseen from the next of kin. —The organ removed from the dead person will not interfere with the medical examiner's investigation or autopsy. The dead persons under the medical examiner's jurisdiction would include those killed by accident, suicide or homicide, or those,wh» died suddenly when in apparent good health, or ,'when in prison, or when the " body is to be cremated. The Kansas Legislature adopted a bill providing that any competent person may donate body organs to another person. Upon death, the person's spouse, adult child or parent—in that order—may donate the dead person's heart or any other body organ if this has been requested by the person before death. "I am proud that Kansas had the foresight to see the'need for this law and acted positively," Gov. Robert- Docking said in signing it. "It is -the -first-attempt to clarify the legal implications involved in transplants of human organs—a controversy that began with the first transplant operation of a human heart." Three bills dealing with organ transplants are before lawmakers in California. Several assemblymen have urge.d that a joint Assembly-Senate committee be appointed to go into such questions as when is a person considered legally dead, or who has the right to authorize the transplant, or what problems will arise if the transplanted or- gan harms the recipient? In Los Angeles, Evelle Younger, district attorney, has formed a 15-member committee of doctors, clergymen, lawyers and laymen headed by president of California Institute of Technology, Lee DUbridge. The committee may recommend statutes to the legislature.. "There probably will be legal complaints in the future if a person dies or is seriously injured in transplant, and we. are not prepared legally at present for such complaints," Younger said. •' "Also, let's say two'people are in need of a transplant when a vital organ becomes available," Younger added. "How are we to decide who should get the or-1 gan? And who should make the decision? Should the state become involved or just the medical profession?" The Maryland Legislature passed a bill which would give the proposed donor of tissues and organs the exclusive right to evoke the decision. Present law gives the next of kin 72 hours after the proposed donor's death to revoke—too late for useful transplants in most cases. The South Carolina Senate and the Oklahoma House passed bills designed to remove any implied warranty that blood used in transfusions of organs used in transplants -are without defect. The legislation would protect surgeons from legal responsibility in the event of failure of transplanted organs or hepatitis after a blood transfusion. Surgeons still would be liable for damage suits for negligence or faulty procedures. Quick Quiz Q —Is maple sugar derived from a latex? A—No, it comes from the true sap of the tree. To get it, you have to tap through the bark into the sap wood, for an Ail-American team. Q-In World War II, what was "Operation Torch"? A — This was the code name for the invasion of North Africa by Anglo-American forces. ONE AND ONLY—Hearty laughs were enjoyed by Dr. Philip Blaiberg and his wife, Eileen, as ,he left the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Blaiberg is the only living recipient of another's heart. The operation, and others like it, have raised a host of questions that have legislators thinking overtime. Many states already have enacted laws in respect to heart transplants. First Lutheran Church 6th & Walnut Sis. The Only Lutheran Church in the County EASTER SERVICES 8:30 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Celebrating The Resurrection Of Jesus, The Savior. Nursery Provided At 11 A.M. Service Welcome To Church Rev. Marvin Haley SPECIAL EASTER SERVICES 9:45 GREAT SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY 11:00 "THE EMPTY TOMB" 1000 FREE EASTER EGGS! ALL CHILDREN WELCOME First Assembly Of God 7th AND ASH STREETS "Where the Difference Is Worth The Distance" States could do and that their country is stronger now than when the air war started. So now comes the Johnson gesture, and now, official contact lias been made and the messages are shuttling through diplomatic channels between Hanoi and Washington. But a visitor here is struck by the combination of hope and deter- mination. It is perhaps a warning against any easy negotiations in this war. This mixture was, perhaps, best described by a minister of the government who said: "We are prepared to talk of. peace. But we are not prepared to talk surrender. The bombing of our country must stop before we make any peace." DEATH AND RESURRECTION The records of death and resurrection in the New Testament are full of informative teaching. They were recorded for our instruction. The simplicity of their witness is such that their message cannot be misunderstood, unless that misunderstanding is willful and deliberate. When our Lord sent forth the twelve disciples to proclaim that heaven's government was impending, He commanded them to raise the dead (Matt. 10:7,8). This act was intended as a demonstration of what men could expect when He governs the world. This charge to raise* the dead appears in a list of other merciful acts such as heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; each one of which was a positive blessing. These acts delivered men from sickness, leprosy, demons, and death. This leads to numerous questions. If death is such a blessed state, why would anyone want to be delivered from it? If these dead were happy in heaven, why remove them from this blessed state and bring (hem back to this sin-cursed earth? Who would feel, grateful to anyone for having done them such a disfavor? Is it not plain that resurrection is no blessing if death is the entrance to a larger and fuller life?. In Luke 7:11-15 we have the record of the raising of the widow's son. From it we can learn much about death and resurrection. Each word needs to be carefully considered, so I ask the reader to go over it carefully in his own Bible. In it we are told, 'There was a dead man carried out." These are not the carelessly chosen words of a man: They are the verbally inspired words of God. When the Lord spoke to this young man He said, "Young man, I say unto thee arise". And the faithful record tells us that "he that was dead sat up." In view of these emphatic statements, let the following questions be honestly answered. Was this a dead man, or was if merely a dead body from which the man was gone? Was this man dead or alive? Was this resurrection or reincarnation? . There are many great truths to be learned from this positive record of the resurrection of one who was dead. There is an entirely erroneous conception of resurrection which makes it to be nothing more than the reclamation of elements which long ago were mingled with and lost in the dust. This is not the meaning of resurrection, and It should not dominate our thoughts of it. Resurrection has to do with restoring to life and activity the actual person who died. , ; , • The Biblical truth of resurrection does not demand that the very elements that made up a man at the time of his death shall be reassembled and formed into a body again. I am not today composed of the same elements as I was seven years ago. .Nevertheless, I am the same man. It is not necessary that I in resurrection shall be composed of the same elements I am at the rrloment of death. The important thing is that it be' Otis Q. Sellers, actually, literally, bodily. Our next message will be LIFE AFTER DEATH. Otis Q. Sellers This is message No. thirty in our Newspaper Evangelism Project. All previous messages are available without charge on request, A package of literature will be sent to all who desire it. You will not be visited. THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY P.O. Box 36093 Los Angeles, Calif. 90036 Fourth Annual Easter Egg Treasure Hunt Eggs worth 5c to $5.00 Each 600 Eggs to be hid. You keep all the Eggs and Money you find! To be held Easter, April U r 9:45 a..(n. Sponsored by — United Pentecostal Church West Rose at Maple Streets For FREE Ride Call PO 3-7768 PLEASE SEND YOUR EASTER OFFERING NOW SUPPORT YOUR MISSION "WHERE TE GOSPEL IS PREACHED & PRACTICED" THE DOWNTOWN ARM OF EVERY CHURCH MAIL YOUR OFFERING TO P. 0. BOX 1161 - BLYTHEVILLE

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