The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 19, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 31 BLTTHEVJLLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 1968 14 PAGES W CENTS Plan Quickens Medics' Pulse Dramatic new concepts in medicine may be forthcoming in Blytheville, Kennett and Hayti, a Blytheville physician said yesterday. "Everything now is tentative. Nothing, is definite, but I'will report some of the projects which are being studied," Dr. John Hard told members of Blytheville's Rotary Club. Hard then outlined what might constitute Blytheville's parteipation in a new federal? ly-assistedI medical program. It could be nearly revolutionary in its impact on the prac- POINTING THE WAY—Dr. John Easley/president of the Phillips County Community College, tells members of the Mississippi County Junior College Study Committee what has been accomplished in the field of community college education, not only, in Arkansas, but throughout the nation. Easley cited figures • showing that junior colleges have been springing up across the United States at an average .rate of one each week for the last three years By establishing an institution of this type in Mississippi County, Easley said residents of the area would be put in a better position to compete for industries seeking to locate in northeast Arkansas. (Courier News Photo) Dr. Easley Lists JuCo Advantages April 19 A COUNTERFEIT |20 BILL was passed last night at the Kream Kastle Drive-in,- according the Police Chief George Ford. An unidentified carhop became suspicious when two men asked for change for the bill, Ford said, and she notified police. . Immediately after receiving their change the men departed and are now being sought, according to Ford. The bogus bill is a 1950 D series note drawn on the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Ga., serial number F-48101931 B, with the faceplate number L-235 and back- plate number 958, Ford said. Any person who suspects he has one of these counterfeit notes should contact, the Blytheville Police Department, Ford added. Numerous leads based on the carhop's description of the men, their car, and the car's license number have been referred to U. S. Treasury Deparlmen toffi c-ials in Little Rock, and Blytheville police have begun checking with local merchants and banks to determine if any more of the bogus bills have been-passed in this area, Ford-said. Other discrepancies to watch for on the bills, Ford said, is that the size of the .counterfeit note is slightly smaller than an actual note, and the back of the bill will appear to: be either too light or 1 too. dark in color. ROY L. ASHABRANNER of Manila filed yesterday for the legislative post held by State/Rep. Walter Day of Blytheville. The 51-year«ild Ashabranner will oppose Day for the District 18 slot during the Democratic primary. A WORKSHOP FOR NURSING HOME personnel will be sponsored Tuesday and Wednesday of next week at the Drummer'Boy Restaurant by the Arkansas League for Nursing. . Instructor will be Mrs, Nell'T. Balkman, director of continuing education for the league. ' . Guest speakers will include Dr. Joe Beasley, medical director of the Mississippi County Health Department. ' .'•' ... •'.•'.'" •.•"..••• THE MISSISSIPPI COUNTY DISTRICT Boy Scout Camporee will be held at Crowley Ridge State Park in Walcott, Ark,, this Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m., according to Dickie Nokes, chairman of the district camping and activities committee. About 250 to 300 Scouts are expected to participate in the annual spring event which will end noon Sunday, Nokessaid. All troops within the district will compete in numerous contests dealing with.different phases of Scouting activities during the camporee, Nokes. said. •;.-. , A BURGLARY IN HOLLAND, MO., Wednesday night Ksulted to the theft of six, five-gallon cans of a farm Set ROUNDUP «• Paft S By Webb Laseter in Staff Writer Persons representing every school district in Mississippi County heard Dr. John Easley tell thVMissisippi County Junior College Study Committee Oast night that the question "is not if a community college will be initiated in Mississippi County, but when, because I think you will definitely start one sometime in the future." Easley, a native of Burdette who is now president of Phillips County Community College, said "I didn't come here tonight to try to convince you that this is a good idea for your county. 'I am here to show you what has .been accomplished in Phillips County and let you make that decision for your -.'self." Citing the advantages he saw in a community' college program, Easley said, "The biggest advantage is the fact that it enables a 17 or 18-year-old youngster to remain either at home or close to home during the first two years of his college.'career.' "Many-youngsters are.not mature enough at this age to leave home yet, and by having these two years • of college study in a hometown atmosphere, he is . able to adjust, mature, and better prepare himself for his junior and senior years at an insti- , tution such as a university. "I would estimate that 75 per- : cent of'student failures in college can be attributed to this lack of maturity and the inability to cope with the situation he' discovers . at. a larger college;", Easley said. "A second distinct advantage is one of economics. A community college is an industry in itself that any area should strive to-attract. • ..... : ..... "Indirectly a junior college will serve to attract other industries, as companies'look t» .the educational facilities of a community as one of the factors which .will draw them to locate in a particular area. . "Student spending is another factor which cannot be discounted, as this is a definite advantage to the business community," Easley said. "Finally, a community college can provide the training necessary for (how itudenti SM EASLEY M Page 1 tice of medicine. Under the plan, Memphis would be this city's nearest regional health center, although Blytheville's Chickasawba Hospital possibly would work with the Little Rock Center, too. Broady speaking, this new National Institute of Health (NIH) project will provide funds for sophisticated new equipment, training of personnel and intensified communication between satellite hospitals (such as Chickasawba, Dunklin and Pemiscot County hospitals) and the big medical centers (such as Memphis) where the more dramatic advances in medicine are taking place. For example, Chickasawba Hospital might be linked, Hard said, by closed circuit television with Memphis. "This would allow doctors here to have direct consultation with Memphis specialists. It would allow our physicians to hear lectures and to continue their education just as if they were in a major medical center," Hard noted. Hopefully, Chickasawba may qualify for this program coin- cidentally with a hospital expansion program. If so, the NIH assistance would be quite useful in providing some superb medical equipment for the expansion, Hard said. "We have a poor doctor-population ratio in Mississippi County," Hard- stated. "It is about one doctor for each 2,500 people. This means that your physician can not practice preventive medicine as he would like. Instead, he stays busy practicing therapeutic medicine. 'We are fortunate in having a fine county health unit whicfc does a good job in preventive medicine, but all of us would like to make further contributions in the form of masi screening for such things -'sui heart disease and cancer be* cause it is so important -t« catch these things in the early 'New diagnostic equipment; new, highly skilled personnel (including some of the present paramedical personnel who will be scheduled for new training) in new, especially designed fa- See PLAN on Page 2 -.-;.: Heaviest Raids of the Year N. Viets Raked by Jets By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U. S. warplanes made their heaviest raids of the year on North Vietnam Thursday, flying the larges number of missions in nearly four months, military spokesmen announced today. Hitting targets in the southern panhandle in accordance with President Johnson's curtailment order, U.S. pilots took advantage of clearing weather to fly 145 missions, one more than a year's previous record oh Jan. 6. It was the largest number since Dec. 26, when 150 were flown. ' • • : The total was nearly triple the average number of missions the Americans flew against enemy Supply routes,, convoys .and gun positions in the southern part ol North Vietnam before Johnson on April 1 ordered them to stay south of the 20th parallel of latitude. Ten days later the President, in a move never publicly announced, put the northern limit for bombings raids at the 19th parallel, 170 miles north of the demilitarized zone. The curtailment was. aimed at inducing the North Vietnamese to open peace negotiations. The deepest reported penetration Thursday was a raid by Navy A4 Skyhawks from the carrier Enterprise on a railroad bridge one mile below the 19th parallel and 169 miles north of the demilitarized zone. Some U.S. sources say that despite Johnson's curtailment order allowing the North Vietnamese to move war supplies with impunity down to the 19th parallel, a distance of 140 miles from Hanoi, there has been very little change in enemy truck traffic in the southern panhandle. The U.S. Command said a limited damage assessment showed the raiders Thursday destroyed or damaged 14 bridges, 13 trucks and 16, .boats, barges or sampans; cut bridges arid roads in many places, and touched off several secondary explosions and fires, indicating the planes hit fuel or ammunition dumps. The pilots reported antiaircraft fire was light to moderate. One of the worst helicopter crashes 'Of, the war occurred in South Vietnam. Two U.S. Army UH1 choppers collided in flight 59 miles southwest of the coastal city of Qui Nhon while on a combat operation. Eighteen South Vietnamese civilian irregulars and eight American military personnel were killed. There were no survivors. Over South Vietnam, Air Force 52 bombers made six more raids late Thursday and Friday on the North Vietnamese buildup In the A Shau Valley west of Hue. The eight-engine Stratofortresses .dropped an estimated 1,000 tons of bombs on troop concentrations, bunkers, truck parks and gun positions in the stronghold where U.S. officers think the North Vietnamese may be readying another big push against Hue. In the last three days, the big bombers have flowB»24"missions against the valley. In the ground war, the death toll rose higher in the biggest allied offensive of the war as U.S. forces reported killing 116 Viet Weather Forecast Scattered showers and thunderstorms spreading over the state tonight and ending west portions, and ending east Saturday. Warm through tonight and cooler Saturday. Low tonight 56 to 66. Mostly cloudy tonight and east half Saturday. Partly cloudy wet Saturday. Cong in two sharp clashes northeast of Saigon. Eleven Americans were killed and 21 wounded.' The fighting northeast of Saigon Thursday raised total enemy casualties to 937 killed and 293 captured since Operation Complete Victory was launched April 8. the U.S. Command said. Allied casualties include 84 Americans and 65 South Vietnamese killed and 427 Americans wounded. The Viet Cong used tear gas and rocket-propelled grenades to try to stop a mounted: troop of the U.S. 1st Infantry about 39 miles northeast of Saigon. The Ameircan tanks and: armored personnel carriers blasted the enemy base camp, and the enemy broke off the fight after about two hours leaving 57 bodies on the battlefield. Three Americans were killed and three wounded. About a mile away, three companies of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade took on an enemy froce of unknown size. Helicopter gunships and artillery were called in as fighting raged throughout Thursday. After dusk, flare ships lit up the battlefield and the enemy finally pulled back, leaving ! 59 bodies. The 1 American infantrymen reported eight dead and ill wounded. Operation Complete Victory has put 100,000 troops of five allied nations into the jungles and rice paddies o£ the 3rd Corps Area, the 11 provinces' west, north and east of Saigon. The of* fensive has produced no major sustained fighting so far, only ; 'jl" series of scattered clashes lik* those Thursday. Action Line . PO 3-4461 Police Chief Quizzed Four questions relating to.the efficiency and operation of the Blytheville Police Department prompted Action Line to contact Police Chief George Ford who gave his answers to these questions. "Where are the Blytheville police when people are running stop signs, and why aren't the stop signs illuminated so they can be seen at night?" Anonymous, City. In answering the first part of the question, Ford commented that, "The first thing people should realize is just how large an area we are trying to police. It is impossible to be in every area of Blytheville at one time and for this reason not all traffic violators are caught. "Law enforcement is not just the job of the police department, but should be a joint effort of the police and the rest of the community," Ford continued. "If a private citizen witnesses a traffic violation, such as a person running a stop sign, he should get the license number of the offending vehicle, report it to us,' swear out a warrant for his arrest, and be willing to testify against the violator in court, so that a conviction can be obtained. "During my years with the police department," Ford added, "I can remember only one instance in which a citizen of Blytheville has come forward to help enforce the traffic laws in this way. "If more people would co-operate with the department as this one person did, then perhaps fewer 'traffic violators would escape detection and ,. would escape detection and prosecution," Ford said. In regard to the last half of the question Ford explained that, "The older stop signs are being replaced with the new reflectorized type as quickly as money is available. "To replace one sign costs the city approximately $9 and since there are two stop signs at each cross Intersection and one sign at each T intersection throughout Blytheville, this changeover amounts to a great amount of money," Ford said. "Because of the high cost involved, we are proceeding on a gradual basis, adding the new signs a few at a time over a See ACTION en Page 2 Viet Talks: Object of Futility By BRUCE BIOSSAT, NBA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NBA) When American representatives finally come to a meeting place for preliminary talks with Hanoi's designated conferees, they will encounter a reality as hard and insistent as the gunfire which crackled around the U.S. embassy in Saigon at the height of the Reds' Tet offensive. The first thing the Americans will learn is that the Communists will try to use the ordinarily simple business of setting an agenda as a means of accomplishing, in advance, their substantive goals. Indeed, in a tactic powerfully reminiscent of Red maneuvers In the Korean armistice talks at Kaesong and Panmunjom, Hanoi sought in jts first public offer of negotiations to determine the agenda even before sitting down at the table. Hanoi proposed talks to discuss only the full cessation of bombing against North Vietnam, and an end to all other acts of war against North Vietnam. . Set against careful reviews of Red negotiating practice as first established at Panmunjom, the Hanoi offer has its inevitable fascinations. • First off, our unqualified acceptance of the oHer will unquestionably be read in Hanoi as flat-out agreement by m that the first talks will concern an end to our bombing and other acts of war but absolutely nothing else. If we attempt to talk of other matters, or to ask of Hanoi some reciprocal military concession In'exchange for a bombing halt or an end to other war acts, we will be told that we have already agreed to Hanoi's terms. • Even should we make the perilous mistake of agreeing in fact, to Hanoi's agenda-with-conclusions, we would not be free of another trap contained in the original offer, Hanoi, following the Panmunjom pattern, is suro to attempt to define "other acts of war" In the broadest conceivable way. It is not far-fetched to imagine that the North Vietnamese will, at the outset at least, try to argue that It means all offensive military action against North Vietnamese forces In South Vietnam. Furthermore, this part of the Hanoi offer has-a "trap within a trap." On the bails of put Red negotiating .performance, wt must expect that, at some point in the initial talks, Hanoi might "surprise"'us'by suddenly giving up its insistence on a prior move by us to end "other acts of war." The inner trap would be that Hanoi never counted on winning that objective anyway but was interested mainly in a total cessation of the bombing. It was a standard Red device at Panmun- jom to demand something outrageous and then, upon yielding this unreasonable goal they never expected to attain, to say: '•'•'• "We have compromised. Now you compromise.".. Kenneth T. Young, former U.S. ambassador to Thailand, has just written a book called "Negotiating with the Chinese CorA- munists," which admirably complements the earlier, detailed report of Admiral C. Turner Joy, long our chief negotiator at Pan- munjom. Young and Joy agree that the Reds attempt by every trick of language and maneuver to win their major goals at the beginning, so that "negotiations" at the table thereafter become simply a pro forma settlement of the technical factors involved in carry- Ing out the "agreement." In an'earlier column drawing on studies of the Panmunjom talks, this reporter said flatly that there was not one moment in the entire two years of those meetings in which it could be claimed there was a genuine mutuality, a search for a common ground of action and understanding. ' Young's writings underscore the validity of that assertion. The armistice talks in Korea finally succeeded because the Reda found the United Nations military pressures, maintained throughout, an unendurable burden. ^....it American and North Vietnamese negotiators ever get past the "agenda phase" in the impending new confrontation, we clearly may expect the Panmunjom pattern to be repeated. There willt» no "negotiations" as normally understood, but months and maybt yean of alternating declarations of position by two sides. .-,r Outside events and pressures carry the only hope of producing real agreement. When the pressures are missing, as in tht "peaw talks" after the Korean armistice, nothing happens. There ls;n» peace agreement today. America's Vietnam negotiators wffl Ito gravely handicapped If they have no such preisuwa working for them. Their highest hop* then would

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