The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 23, 1968 · Page 12
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Ftflt Tw*lvt— Blythejfr (Ark.) Courier Newi - Tuesday, April M, Senators Polled On Viet Views By TOM TIEDE • NEA Staff Correspondent : WASHINGTON - (NEA) The morale of American combat force is perhaps the only aspect of the Vietnam war that is not open to argument. Morale is excellent. . That's the unanimous opinion of 25 members of Congress who have visited Southeat Asia and Who have responded to a Newspaper Enterprise Association survey of their impressions. : Not one of the lawmakers has •ny doubt of GI spirit. ? Rep. John. Erlenborn of niin- jris.says.it. is "high". Sen. Mike Maroney..of. Oklahoma says it is !'very high.": And A North Carolinian in: a burst Of enthusiasm outdoes everyone by saying it is ''amazingly high," • "I do think the soldiers would rather.be home,'.'.reflects freshman. Rep. James Smith, "but I didn't see any of them moping frboul it!" j. The question of U. S. troop morale was one of 18 Vietnam queries and it was the only one that legislators agreed on. j They are split over South Vietnamese morale. Nine believe the South's resolve to be acceptable, nine others believe it not acceptable and seven refuse to comment. S;As for enemy morale, nine lay it.is high, two say it is low and 14 others say they have no Idea what it is. A Midwest senator said, "I did not talk with Jhe enemy." ] Over-all, one West Coaster concludes, "I would say that, 'right now, the morale in South Vietnam is probably higher than It is here at home." : The officials polled are, of bourse, only part of the total congressional contingent to visit the war. The estimtae is that nearly 600 legislative trips have been made there in the past thres years. But those surveyed are representative of the total. The poll was conducted at random. Using then: combined itineraries as a. guide, the average lawmaker polled visited the war at least- once in the last two years; And several of them have been frequent visitors t o Southeast Asia over the decade. In 75 per cent of the cases the legislators. f.l.ew ; to Vietnam commercially, often paying for the trips privately. Only five of those .questioned traveled entirely by.military means. * - * * The officials spent an average of one week in Vietnam, most of them talking with both U. S. and Vietnamese combatants and most of them spending at least part of their journeys in the .Vietnam boondocks. "My purpose was twofold," explains one respondent. "One, to talk with nem orfmmattsy ;e to talk with men from my state; two, to get a better idea of what's going on." : In general, most of the 25 feel they got what they were after. Most agree that their questions to U. S. war participants: were answered satisfactorily. And most believe they were allowed to move about freely. Some, however, heavily criticize South Vietnamese officials for, as one of them (a southerner) puts it: "being pretty good with the bull." Eight visitors say their questions to Viet leaders were answered shallowly and only partially. One congresman complains of being "led around' and three others lament their contact with Vietnamese civilians. Without doubt, a few legislators surveyed are harshly resentful of the Vietnamese war commitment. A Georgian calls the Viets "inscrutable Asiatics" and pointedly wonders ab6ut the merits of that nation's involvement. Eighteen legislators report they observed instances of Vietnamese corruption, presumably centered around the ever-flourishing Saigon black market. Most of the lawmakers roundly denounce the practice. Corruption, says on lowan, "is absolutely rampant." And an Indiana congressdan, calling for increased U. S. watchdogging, says: "We simply aren't doing enough to discourage the black markets, etc." Likewise, a few wonder aloud about U. S. efforts at pacifying South Viets. Four think the nation is "Unfriendly." five doubt Saigon sincerity and one argues that anti-Americanism is grow - ing. "Mostly," sighs one critic, "the Vietnamese just ignored me." But if the legislative survey mirrors some deep concern with South Vietnamese people, it does not show the same worry about U. S. personnel. By and large, the 25 polled support the idea that U. S. representatives, military .and WE'LL SAVE YOU $ DOLLARS $ On Your Next Prescription ANNOUNCING . . . Effective now, we are inaugurating a new CASH AND CARRY PLAN of operation in this store. It means that new lower prices are now being charged on most every item throughout our drug store and reductions in prices will amount to tO% to 40%. From now on we will strive for low overhead & high volume to pass these savings on to you. Delivery Service, Gift Wrapping & Charge Accounts are not included. 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Of the 25 only one man says he would like to return. Today In History Today is Tuesday, April23, the 114th day of 1968. There are 252 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1838, the first regular .transatlantic steamship service was inaugurated as the "Sirius" and "Great Western" arrived in New York from England. : On this date: In 1564, William Shakespeare was born. He died on the same date in 1616. : In 1789, President-elect and Mrs. George Washington moved into the first presidential mansion at the corner of Franklf and Cherry streets in New Yor In 1792, the French nation;" anthem, La Marseillaise, w< written. In 1940, more than 200 person died in a dance hall fire "at Na chez, Miss. • In 1941, during World War I King George II of Greece flee to- the island of Crete. A Ge man armored division had brok en through the Thermopyla Pass. In 1946, a strike by govern ment employes in Palestin ended when the workers wer .granted higher wages. Ten years ago — The Frenc Ministry of Defense said ( rebels and 6,000 French troop had been killed since the star of the Algerian rebellion four years earlier. Five years ago — A whit demonstartor for Negro civ rights, William A. Moore, wa shot and killed on a road nea Attalla, Ala. One year ago — The Unite Auto Workers gave their exec utive board power to withdraw from the AFtCIO, Sound Aff ects Man Quick Quiz Q — Which comet appear most frequently? A — The comet with the short est period is Encke's come which travels around the su race in every three and one- bird years. Q — How old is the "Saturdaj Evening Post"? A — The publication was es ablished in 1728 by Benjamin i Franklin. Beautiful pretender! The look of silk Is miraculously mimicked in an exclusive broadcloth Lady Manhattan calls Dura • Smooth. A talented blend of 85% Dacron polyester, 35% Cotton. Quick drying, wrinkle- resistant, it needs little or no ironing. 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Supporting this notion are well - documented studies indi eating gradual hearing loss from chronic exposure to noise, he added Claims are even being made, "perhaps premature ly", of more far-reaching effects • that people are being steam- whistled into peptic ulcers, car- horned right out of their sex drives. To separate the well-founded from the imagined, the first National Conference on Noise is scheduled to convene in Washington June 13-14, with about 300 noise experts from indus try and government from the United States and some foreign countries expected to attend The result will be a pooling of information and perhaps the beginning of the end of the cacophony in which modern man has surrounded himself. "There's been quite a hulla- balloo about sonic booms, but actually they represent only one type of noise hazard," said Dr. Urban, who will be co-project officer of the conference along. with Dr. Alexander Cohen of the National Center for Urban and Industrial Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our whole noise environment is suspect, not just any one noise source'. Sonic booms have jrought the first meaningful niblic outcry, he said, but most people forget the street repairman with the jackhammer, or the woman in the home who subjects herself to the stereo set, TV, and the vacuum cleaner — either separately or all at once. "Studies have shown that people who live in relatively noise- free areas have less hearing loss in their later years thar people who live in noise,", said Dr. Urban "The delicate nerve elements of the inner ear can just take so much stimulation, and then they begin to give up." Less conclusive are implications of other physical and psy chological effects of noise but noise is strongly suspect in a host of modern ailments. Work impairment due to excessive noise, for example, is one of the more obvious possibilities. "Psychologically, I think a person's everyday working mechanism is going to be involved if they're in a high enough noise level," said Dr. Urban, "but I haven't got the scientific data to back that up. There just aren't enough facts -available at this time to justify some of these opinions." The conference, he added, will explore the validity of such claims, through presentation of papers; and panel discussions. :. The view ahead in the fight against sound pollution is not considered a hopeless one. Harnesses are already in sight for some of the mam offenders California's Northrop Corpor- aion claims on the basis of preliminary experiments that aviation's sonic boom may be avoided by projecting an electronic field ahead of supersonic planes to break a path through the.air molecules. Electric ground transportation — cars and rapid transit — suggest a lessening of city motor noise. And programmed and predetermined routes could do away with horn honking, reducing total traffic noise to a whir and a whisper Even the raucous jackhammer could be muffled right now if there was sufficient will to do so, says Dr Urban "It's already being done in Russia," lie said. "I think a lot of our everyday noise problems — within the''officei the home, or in the street — ctiuld be engineered out if though people would make enough fuss and demand it. A lot of things could be quieted down, but it would cost a lit!1« money." 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