Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 9, 1976 · Page 4
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Editorial Page 4 Garden City Telegram Friday, July 9,1976 Nice Arrangement The Washington Post has raked more muck, the latest chapter involving members, of Congress who holiday abroad lavishly at taxpayer expense. The news is hardly welcome and alas, not surprising. But it is necessary to know the quirks of a system wide open to abuse, in Topeka as well as Washington. The chief flaw both places is -that lawmakers are charged with approving their own travel expenses. The Topeka system involves yearly allocations of hundreds of thousands of dollars for travel, office help and furnishings — from paper clips to sofas and lamps. Who controls it? Lawmakers' expenses are reviewed by the powerful Legislative Coordinating Council, comprising five Republican and two Democrat members of the House and Senate leadership. Expense vouchers are processed and paid by the department of legislative services on order of the coordinating council. The council approves some remodeling projects. It says who may and may not travel and for how much; who may buy that new dictaphone, carpet or desk. Occasionally the Topeka system proves interesting. In 1974, two council members, Sen. Joseph Harder and House Speaker Pete McGill were allowed more than $7000 in state funds for furniture and art objects for their private statehouse offices. During the 1975 legislature, council members allowed themselves state- financed telephones at their Topeka apartments and motel rooms. Since last July, lawmakers and their staff have spent at least $37,000 in public funds for travel out-of-state. Some of the trips are necessary. Some aren't. It is difficult to find all expenses because they can be hidden easily. Example: Legislative services records show the state paid less than $10,000 for 13 lawmakers and six staff to attend*" an October clambake at Philadelphia. Another two dozen vouchers and $6000 in expenses had been stashed with the revisor of statutes and charged to an obscure board called the Commission on Interstate Cooperation. Another trick is to submit several .vouchers for one trip, and spread the payments over two or more billing periods. Ad nauseum. Those who would be asked to tidy this mess are the persons who may benefit most from it—an unfortunate note this election year. — John Marshall \\\ A. h. EVEN WHEN it was too wet for the harvest or too dry for the corn, there has been some fun down on the farm. Courtesy of the U.S. Congress. An abundance of suggestions and comments and revisions have cropped up in connection with OSHA's requirements for essential facilities for farm workers. * * * OUR NEBRASKA brother-in-law, an attorney, and his cohorts are spending their coffee times re-working the OSHA booklets with ribaldry and ridicule. To start with they are meddling with the name of the outfit, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, thinking they can come up with a better acronym, than OSHA. * * * THE "OLE SHARECROPPER" in Holcomb penned us a letter regarding "recent disclosures on Capitol Hill" and telling us of a get-rich scheme he has in that connection. We may divulge the contents of his letter here when and if we can determine that it is fit for a family newspaper. * * * MORE SHOW biz: Gary Weber, another graduate of GCHS and the Community College who was active in drama, is employed full-time this summer in theater work. He is technical director of the Pittsburg State College Summer Theatre. He is the son of Bobbie Weber. Sandy Lewis, daughter of Mary and William R. Lewis, about whom we wrote earlier this week also is a Community College graduate and drama student. She is with the Wichita State University Theatre. * * * OF COURSE we didn't see the "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" season-ender, but we have read about it. Mary comes unglued as she is interviewed about consumer products on the David Susskind show. She goes mad and is committed. It's funny and sad and pure soap opera. * * * IN TEXAS a woman was crowned "Miss Vacant Lot." Ain't fame wonderful? Jack Anderson Crossword By Eugene Sheffer Lockheed Chases Auditors WASHINGTON—The incredible Lockheed Corp., plagued with mismanagement, on the brink of bankruptcy, under fire for bribery, had the temerity recently to chase federal auditors from its door. The industrial colossus is dependent upon the Pentagon for a whopping $2 billion worth of business a year. The corporate managers brought the company to such a state that the government had to bail it out with a $200 million federal loan guarantee. It developed, meanwhile, that the firm had diverted millions to bribe foreign officials. Yet company officials, according to a Lockheed memo intended for corporate eyes only, refused to grant government auditors access to the books. The auditors were trying to determine whether Lockheed had taken unwarranted and excessive profits on a number of Pentagon contracts, which is strictly forbidden by lawn. Despite limited access to Lockheed's books, examiners for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) discovered that the corporation may have taken $83 million too much profit during fiscal 1972. The DCAA auditors found, for example, that Lockheed improperly charged the government $36.6 million for contributions, advertisements, sales promotions and entertainment. DCAA documents also contend that the firm charged Uncle Sam "almost $2 million" for questionable "overhead costs:" Normally the Renegotiation Board, not the DCAA, polices military contracts. The board is a toothless tiger that, more often than not, accepts the contractor's 'figures without bothering to verify them. Lockheed's books had aroused such notoriety, however, that the board asked the DCAA for help. This apparently upset the corporate brass. "DCAA did attempt to pursue such audit activities in two of our divisions," reported Thomas J. O'Hara, a corporate vice president, in an April 1 memo, "but I refused to grant them access." He contended that the Renegotiation Board should be conducting the audit, declaring militantly: "The industry must line up its argument as to why the DCAA's role in renegotiation is ill-advised, illegal and-or improper." The documents reveal why defense contractors would rather deal with the Renegotiation Board.. In the Lockheed case, the board was about to approve the company's figures without question until one nervous member, Goodwin Chase, raised objections. He wanted the DCAA to check the books. The request brought an immediate protest from board member Christopher Sylvester, whose pro-industry bias had been unshaken by Lockheed's misfeasance. "The contractor must be considered as a satisfactory performer," argued Sylvester with quixotic logic. "Were it otherwise, Lockheed would not be. the nation's largest defense contractor today." Nevertheless, the DCAA examiners were brought in. It didn't take them long to discover $83 million in misused money that the Renegotiation Board was about to overlook. Meanwhile, Rep. Joseph Minish, D.-N.J., has pushed legislation through the House that would give DCAA a larger role in examining the books of defense contractors. The bill is bitterly opposed by Lockheed, as an internal "Oh. Dear Lord .. . please Icll m (his isonl\ a hail drriim!" Jim Bishop: Reporter memorandum makes clear. "It has passed the House and is hopefully stalled in the Senate. . ." states the memo. "June 30 is the drop dead date." But the bill didn't quite expire on June 30, no thanks to Senate Finance Chaiman Russell Long, D-La., who has let it gather cobwebs in his committee. NO GO GOER—In a confidential study, the General Accounting Office (GAO) has confirmed our'assessment of two years ago that the Army's celebrated aquatic truck, known in military circles as the GOER, belongs in the Pentagon's hall of horrors. Two years ago, we reported the brass hats had spent $90 million to develop and produce the swimming truck. But on test runs, the drivers frequently found themselves in water above their ankles. On one unhappy occasion, according to confidential Army reports, a GOER was driven into the Chesapeake Bay for a trial run. With the brass ^ proudly watching, the vehcile "swamped and sank." The GOER'S inability to swim, however, was merely its most obvious shortcoming. It also had bad brakes, faulty steering and an inadequate alternator, transmission, front axle and frame. ACROSS 1 High peak 4 A chaise 8 Legal rules 12 Early auto 13 Main part of a church 14 Again 35 Clue 36 Theater- boxes 37 Money (slang) 40 Part of the leg 41 Rich soil Its personnel heater didn't 15 Pocahontas' 42 Colonist work, the noise level was a father Miles — "health hazard" and the truck 17 Roster 46 Pelion lurched so violently that it 18 Mourning and — made the drivers feel like rite 47 — plate throwing up. Army 19 Fiesta (baseball) spokesmen, nevertheless, 20 Throttle 48 French bravely defended the sad 22 Its capital coin GOER. is Fort- 49 Existed Now the GAO, it turns out, Lamy 50 Ogles has found that we un- 24 Inventor 51 Farm derestimated the deficiencies, of sewing animal Among the truck's other machine problems, the governments 25 Indian auditors found these: of the —The GOER's "bounce Southwest prevents the operator from 29 Chimpanzee, maintiaining foot contact with for one the accelerator." 30 Great —"The bouncing also Western causes driver fatigue," which movie must be "monitored carefully 31 Rebel Irish to preclude errors." army —Because of the high noise 32 Football level in the cab, "crew team members must wear 'sound 34 Irritated DOWN 1 French painter 2 Zodiac sign 3 Conferred 4 River in Minnesota 5 111 will 6 Topaz hummingbird 7 Longing 8 City on the Rio Grande 9 Wild ox 10 Opposed to "Drys" 11 Ruth: Sultan of — Avg. solution time: 25 mln. attenuators.' state Answer to yesterday's puzzle. 16 Cod-like fish 19 Train passenger 20 Scorch 21 Famous comedian 22 Intone 23 Pea and guinea 25 Chatter (slang) 26 The opah 27 Large lake 28 Consumes 30 To sideslip 33 Priest or conjurer 34 Vended 36 Bowling alleys 37 Splash of color 38 Mrs. Kennedy 39 Relieve 40 Arrived 42 Haggard heroine 43 Trifle 44 Sault Saint Marie Canals 45 Keep close to <;AKI>KN CITY TKLKCIUAM Published dally except Sundays and New Year's day, Memorial day, Independence day, Thanksgiving day,. Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 276-3232 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 Fred Brooka John Frailer Le Roy Allman Manager Editor Managing Editor Ad and Bualneas TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City f'2.43 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. Public Pulse Can't Vote If Not Registered Volunteer members of R.O.C. (Reform Our Community) and C.C. (Cdncerned Citizens) are on a voter registration drive and what a drive! Thus far its proving to be fantastic. Our number one privilege as citizens of this country is the right and the freedom to register for all upcoming elections, be they city, state or federal..Number two priority is of course not just stopping after having registered but to carry that first step one important step further by going to the pools and VOTE! Only in this manner can we the people elect those people whom we wish to represent us and help make the changes in the government system that we so desire. Are you tired of corrupt government? You bet, we all are, but why sit back and criticize or have the attitude of, "To hell with it"! All the more reason why we the people should get our dandruff up and make sure that our form of government be returned back to the people where it has always belonged. What do you say fellow citizens?? Let's get on with it, together we can do it! Thus far the voters registration has been very rewarding and worthwhile, with such comments as, "Hey, now you're talking", or "Hey, why hadn't someone thought about this a long time ago", or "Oh boy, this will save me the trouble of trying-to sneak it in at lunch time." "Most of the time I forget or if I remember it's too late," or "Hey, this is terrific,". "I work at and I don't get in till way after hours." The volunteer members of such a drive are all dedicated people, dedicated to this 'cause. They all work on the drive after working hours or on their days off from their regular jobs. This is July and only about seven days before the books close. At this point for the primaries we have registered between 150 to 175 people. Once the books open again after the primaries, we will again be-out looking for you— Mr. and Mrs. America! This group is super great and we dare not let anyone excuse themselves for lack of communication. We have people on duty who speak English, Spanish, and yes, would you believe, German. Our American voters are telling us something and we're getting the message baby, they're out there and we're going after them. We're putting a special emphasis on our young citizens because they have the biggest prize at stake — this country. Come on let's do it America! Together we can make the difference now! — Adelante— Si Se Puede—PEDRO SANDOVAL, 1201 N. llth. 20 24 32 31. 21 58 19. 35, 30 25 50 22 2i 40 26 51 27 44 28 CRYPTOQUIP 7 RCM UPJCRJG KVCRU IJ KCVVJG VJCUP PXGM JGXIVJU? Yesterday's Cryptoquip - UNHAPPY SUIT INVOLVES LENGTHY LITIGATION. I© 197C) King Features Syndicate. Inc.) Today's Cryptoquip clue: M equals Y The Cryptoquip is a simple substitution cipher in which each letter used stands for another. If you think that X equals O, it will equal 0 throughout the puzzle. Single letters, short words, and words using an apostrophe can give you clues to locating vowels. Solution is accomplished by trial and error. HEINOLD O'CONNOR & CLOONAN MEMBER: Midwest Stock Exchange Chicago Board Options Exchange National Association of Security Dealers An affiliate company ol Heinold Commodities, Inc. INEZ PHILLIPS &.CLYDE DIBBENS NASD REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVES PHONE 316-275-9131 1511 E. FULTON GARDEN CITY, Ks. In Praise of Growing Up He had the right setting and he knew it. The old man played the scene like John Barrymore. It was his 84th birthday. The cheeks were lean and tan. The sky-blue eyes sparkled. He wore a navy blue suit and a pale tie! My old man was surrounded by great- grandchildren. The big ones hugged him. The tiny ones crawled and drooled on his collar. Big John was the star, the producer. Without him, there would have been none of these. He had two highballs and he began to speak as though he was Moses. "There is a time for children in life," he intoned, "and there is a time when they can make you very nervous. I am in the jittery stage but I ask you young parents not to take them away from me." One tiny girl seemed to be fascinated with his breath or perhaps his teeth, which seemed to remain clenched even when he was laughing. "I leave you one piece of advice," he said, as though he might take wing and depart in the next moment. "Don't ever lay a hand on your children. "It scars them forever. I never laid a finger on mine." My brother John began to stiffen. "You never beat the hell out of Jim and me?" Big John adorned his face with his foxy smile. "Not once, 11 he said. "Are you calling me a liar?" Well, yes. My old man shaved with a straight razor. The leather strop hung in the bathroom. When either of us was bad — which was frequently — he invited us into the John as his.guest. There is very little running room in the average bathroom. He held us by the back of the collar and wrapped that leather strop around the calves of our legs. He never hit higher, but he made big sweeping arcs that left raised welts which looked like hot tongues. Momma, to the contrary, was a slapper. She would accuse us of playing around bonfires, or not doing our homework, and would haul off and belt us on the face. She had a good working hand. While my father was playing his charade of being the indulgent great- grandfather, the thought occurred to me that my parents seldom praised us, even when we were doing well. Discipline was part of daily life. We washed the dishes, did the dusting on Saturday, ran to the markets, brought the correct change home, and never heard a thank you. When I began to write professionally, my parents switched to a competitive newspaper. "There was never a writer in either side of the family," my mother said. "Why don't you be a good boy and study law?" The ultimate pejorative from my father was sarcasm: "What the hell do you write — poetry?" Both of them read Collier's magazine until the week I became associate editor. Silently, they switched to the Saturday Evening Post. The night I finished a book called "The Day Lincoln Was .Shot," I visited them to play pinochle. Momma was almost blind. "Son," she said solemnly, "if .this book doesn't sell do you think you'll go out and look for a job?" And yet, all the way, I knew that they were in my corner. They loved me. They hoped I would make it big. It is an ironic truth that the Irish can relate to a pick and shovel, but they fear that writing is a shade effeminate. And yet, 26 years later, I won both of them at the same time. They were fearfully religious. I had written a book called "The Day Christ Died.' The dedication page read: To Jenny Tier Bishop Who Taught Us to Love Him She was blind. Momma couldn't read it. Every night, my old man had to mouth 10 pages aloud to her. When it was finished, he held his hand out. "Strange," he said softly, "but I think you've written a masterpiece." You can't take his word. He swore he never laid a glove on us. ... SPECIAL OFFER ON LAWN & GARDEN TRACTORS IT'S TIME TO BUY John Deere's 200 10 H.P. L&G tractor with 39 mower lists for $2,075.00. You can buy one now, for a limited time, for only $1,765.00. Similar savings on 12 and 14 H.P. 200's. See the 200 series tractors and also the new 8 H.P. 68 riding mowers with rear-mounted grass bag attachment. Both have unequalled features in design. Check our used mower trade-ins-good selection at affordable prices. AMERICAN IMPLEMENT, INC. WEST HIGHWAY 50 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS Phone 316-275-4114

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