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Editorial Page 4 Garden City Telegram Friday, July 30,1976 Beyond Our World We don't want to dull the excitement created by Viking I's incredibly successful mission to Mars, but a word of caution is in order. The recent history of our space program has been marked by narrow- minded and short-sighted criticism, mostly by those who see simple solutions to complex, long-standing problems. The usual criticism is that millions spent on space venture could be better used to solve some of our nagging problems on earth. It comes up after every space mission, as inevitably as weeds after a rain shower. It is argued that anything from school busing to housing the poor could be solved by diverting funds from space exploration to social programs. There are flaws to this and other arguments. The most heard anti-space argument implies that if you throw enough money at social programs the problems will vanish and the good old U.S.A. will become Utopia. It has already been proved that money alone is not the answer, as witness the problems remaining after pouring billions into social programs. Secondly, there is a beneficial spin-off from space exploration. The money supports research and development of new technology, especially in the field of medicine. New goods have been developed. A notable illustration is the pocket calculator. But there are many others. The space program has meant more jobs on earth. And so on. Finally, there is a need to explore the unknown. Our earthly expansion is approaching its finite limits; most of the resources remaining to be discovered are literally out of this world. In short, we need to maintain our vision about what lies beyond our world and continue to seek answers that will benefit all mankind. It's How That Counts Bob Dole's office is passing out copies of a memorandum which says he missed only one vote during the last 100 called on the Senate floor,... ,. This gives him a 99 percent voting record, says the memo from Ed Beach, staff director of the Senate Republican policy committee. And, he says, Dole's attendance record compares with an "average Democrat" attendance of 86.93 percent during the last 100 votes. Does this mean Dole is better than the average Democrat senator? How often a senator — Democrat or Republican — votes is one matter. How a senator votes is quite another. — John Marshall. Public Pulse Keep the Old Pool I would like to add my support to everything Mrs. Bertholf said in her letter last week about the swimming pool. Recently I overheard a group of boys, who were visiting Garden City for the first time, marveling at a town this size having such a great swimming pool, and they were amazed when they learned it was free. I also go swimming almost every day and I'm sure as I count the people enjoying our pool, it would be very crowded if that same group had to be content with an Olympic size pool. I have been told by a person in authority, that if the swimming pool was ever given any money, its problems could be easily taken care of and the dressing rooms fixed up. I have wanted to write all summer but I wasn't sure anyone in Garden City cared what happens to our pool. We objected to turning Stevens Park into a parking lot — and won. I do wish we could find a way to keep the one thing Garden City is famous for —• our swimming pool. —- MRS. JOE NICHOLS, 607 Price. Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sunday* and New Year's day. Memorial day. Independence dey, Thanksgiving day. Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-71(6 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 Fred Brooks John Frailer Li Roy Allmsir Editor Maoaglof Editor Ad and Buasien Mutf *r By d. h. POPULAR local barber, Jerry Goetz, had a cool, quiet Fourth of July. * * ,* HE WAS drifting downstream on a raft far up in the wilds of Alaska. There were no crowds, no fireworks, no television, no parades. . . just the hushed quiet of the wilderness, and lots of fishing and visiting with three young companions, his son, Ricky, and former Garden Citians, Rod Conley and Buddy VanDam. * * * A BUSH pilot flew them from Anchorage to within three-quarters of a mile from a lake. Jerry doesn't know how far north that took them, but it was an hour- and-a-half flight. They back-packed in to the lake where they set up the raft to go downstream to another lake where the pilot was to pick them up three days later. "The kids were real good to me," Jerry says. "They carried all the heavy stuff and kept assuring me that they knew what they were doing. The pilot made it clear that if we strayed from plans and weren't there to meet him, a helicopter would be sent in for us and that it'd cost a bunch. "I'll admit about 30 minutes after the plane left, I thought maybe God had forgotten me." * * * JERRY WAS full of praise for the recent Alaskans, Rod and Buddy, and the way they handled the raft. They took only a few rapids, going around the rest, and maneuvered easily under the "sweepers" (overhanging trees). He doesn't know how many miles they rafted. They travelled at about 10 miles an hour, but they stopped frequently at good beaches to fish. "We caught mostly trout," he said. "No big ones, but no small ones either. A six- pounder was the largest." The rafters cooked fish for breakfast and fish for supper and skipped lunch. They could fish until midnight, that's when the sun went down. * * * IT WAS Rod and Buddy, who spent a lot of their growing-up time in Garden City around Jerry's barber shop, who talked Jerry into the adventure in Alaska. "The boys kept in touch after they went to Alaska," Jerry explained. "And they kept calling and writing and inviting me. So Jack Anderson Crossword By Eugene Sbeffer I decided to take them up on it." "No," Jerry replied. "Alaska was never a place I particularly wanted to visit. But it was a great outing. I'd go again. I wouldn't want to live there. It's a young people's country. You don't see many older folks there — just the ones travelling through in big, luxury campers." * * * ROD AND Buddy are in concrete construction work. Ricky Goetz does the same kind of work in Garden City, so there was plenty of shop talk (concrete and barber) to fill the drifting hours. '•••*** : " THERE'S A lot of concrete construction work in Alaska, Jerry said. They anticipate more earthquakes and their building is done with that in mind. Anchorage is booming, the barber noted, and traffic is terrible. The streets are narrow. Traffic coming into Anchorage is backed up for miles at times. * * * ' PRICES ARE higher than at home, but Jerry thinks they are levelling off. Big Macs are $1.50 without fries, gasoline sells for 62 cents a gallon, milk for $1.39 a half-gallon, and hamburger is only 98 cents a pound. Rod and Buddy earn "better than $12 an hour and overtime," Jerry said. He heard that the women who do the flagging for the new highway construction earn $13 an hour. * * * "WHAT MADE our trip so satisfactory," Jerry says, "is we had a place to stay and someone to make all the arrangements for us." * * * A SIGHT he'll never forget, the barber recalls, is flying through the canyons up north of Anchorage and looking out on icebergs and seeing crevices cut by sliding bergs. All that ice and snow in July! * * * WEARING A life jacket and hearing the confidence of his young companions, Jerry said he didn't worry much about drowning while on the raft trip, but he wasn't sure he wouldn't freeze to death. It ranged from cool to cold on the raft, he said. * * * ALL IN ALL, though, rafting in the 49th state was a great way to^pend the .country's '200th birthday': 1 ''- 1 ''"•••• •: ' ' ACROSS 46 Indigenous 3 Annoyed I Tent of a 50 — Carson 4 Jewish sort 51 Claim on festivals 4 Secure property 5 Consumed 8 Allowance 52 Farmer, in 6 Baptismal for damage Canada basin 12 Chemical 56 Scoria 7 One entered suffix 57 Solar disk in a race 13 - and (var.) 8 Toil Harrow 58 - the mark 9 Garden tool 14 Rant 59 Air: comb. 10 Malicious 15 Inhabitant form U Certain 17 Alike 60 A cross playing 18 Half a fly 61 Terminus cards 19 Voyages DOWN «Believer in: 21 Verse 1 - for the a suffix 24 Biblical course 20 WWI army "yes" 2 Utilize 21 Fondles 25 Auricle 26 Droop 28 Girl, in Paris 32 Plural pronoun J4 Spider network ^^ W Grasslands |g|U n Its capital is Khartoum 19 Women's — II Rocket pioneer: — Braun 12 Pilfer t . , . M Give by will Answer to yesterday's puzzle, or lease Avg. solution time: 25 min. 22 Chief Hawaiian island 23 Deviate from an intended course 27 Jelly, glue, etc. 29 Cause to float in the air 30 Country bordering Vietnam 31 Hireling 33 Napoleonic victory in 1800 35 Bridge term 38 Name (Fr.) 40 "— to animals" 43 State in India 45 With (Ger.) 46 Actress Lancnester 47 Cleopatra's river 48 Costly 49 Roman patriot 53 Hoot 54 This goes with age and sense 55 Williams or Lewis CRYPTOQUIP WNB ELJHMBEXWMGH EXWGSZWL XUS ESULPXQSQ WMSJ'US WUPS WNG2L Yesterday's Cryptoqulp - SMART PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER CAN HELP PUBLISHING HOUSE SALES. (© 1976 King Features Syndicate, Inc.) Today's Cryptoquip clue: J equals Y th« Cryptoqulp 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. Hoffa 's Disappearance TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City (8.43 plus applicants sales tax. Payable U' the carrier -Jn advance. H> Tamer in other cities where service is available »J.B4 a month phis applicable whs tax. Uy mail 124.72 a year including postage and applicable sales lax. WASHINGTON-It was a year ago today that Jimmy. Hoffa, the tempestuous Teamster, disappeared without a trace from the Detroit environs. Federal investigators have told us Hoffa was murdered. They claim to know who did it and why. All they lack is the evidence. But part of the story can now be told. It's a story of violence that began after Hoffa's release from prison in 1971. His sentence for mail fraud and jury tampering was commuted by then-President Nixon. Under the terms of his release, Hoffa was supposed to stay out of Teamster politics until 1980. But the moment he hit the streets, he began maneuvering to return to power. His power base was Detroit's notorious Teamster local 299. The brawling Hoffa had slugged his way to the top of the local, which he used as a base for taking over the entire Teamsters International. He brought two henchmen, /' Prank Fitzsimmons and Dave Johnson, to power with him. When Hoffa was locked in the slammer, he left Fitzsimmons as caretaker of the international union and Johnson in charge of local 299. Fitzsimmons double- crossed Hoffa and took over the Teamsters as his own domain. Johnson, however, remained loyal to Hoffa. Another figure in' the backstage drama, Roland McMaster, joined the Fitzsimmons forces. McMaster is a strong-arm specialist who operates on both sides of the law. Ten years ago, he served a prison stretch for accepting a protection payoff. He has been indicted twice for violating labor laws. A Pittsburgh , grand jury is now in, vestigating a violent '^organizing campaign by McMaster. These former associates became bitter rivals after Hoffa got out of prison. His return to Detroit was followed by a series of violent incidents — bomb explosions, shotgun blasts, brutal beatings—which investigators say were intended to discourage him from resuming his Teamster activities. His loyal friend Dave Johnson, as president of local 299, was hit by a round of violence. His office windows were shattered by shotgun blasts. His cabin cruiser was bombed in a Michigan harbor while Johnson, happily, was in Florida. His union meetings frequently were disrupted. We have established that at least four of McMaster's goons were present at these meetings. We got admissions from three of the four that they were on hand at the time of the disruptions. The same strong-arm men are also under investigation by the Pittsburgh grand jury. Indictments are expected against some of them. McMaster denied to our reporters that he was trying to keep Hoffa out of the union but admitted attending meetings that were disrupted. The plot, according to our sources, was to knock Johnson out of power in local 299 and, thereby, to block Hoffa's comeback bid. For Johnson had pledged to appoint Hoffa to a high position in local 299 if the courts would permit it. Significantly, Atty. Gen. Edward Levi had advised President Ford that the clause restricting Hoffa's union activities appeared illegal. Hoffa seemed to be close to resuming full control of local 299 when he vanished a year ago. At one point, Hoffa had announced that he would accept the nomination for president of the local. If he won, Hoffa said he would let his friend Johnson serve in his place until he legally could take office. This move was blocked by the government and a comprise was struck last year. Johnson ran for the presidency but accepted Fitzsimmons' son, Richard, as his vice president. At .one point, the violent McMaster challenged Johnson for the presidency, but Frank Fitzsimmons ordered McMaster to stay out of the race. But the compromise, teaming Hoffa's man Johnson and Fitzsimmons' son Richard, didn't last. The violence continued on both sides. On July 10, 1975, Richard Fitzsimmons' union car was blown up while it was parked outside a Detroit bar. Frank Fitzsimmons was reported to be beside himself with fury. Twenty days later, Hoffa disappeared. Today, Dave Johnson is no longer president of local 299. He was never more than a stand-in for Hoffa. With his friend gone, it no longer matters to Johnson. But hear a final word about the violence he had been through. "McMaster has been harassing me for years," said Johnson. The violence in local 299 abruptly ended after Hoffa's disappearance. Both federal investigators and union officials agreed McMaster .takes his orders from Frank Fitzsimmons and Teamsters vice president Roy Williams. Footnote: The facts for this story were gathered chiefly by Dan Moldea, a veteran investigative reporter who has concentrated on probing the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. His expenses were shared by us and by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. He worked with our associate, Marc Smolonsky, in the final phases of the investigation. VOTE HARRISON SMITH Associate District Judge •fc,27'/2 Years Legal Experience 'A' Former County Attorney "A" Your present County, Juvenile, & Probate Judge. Pd. Pol. Ad.-Paid for by Elect Smith-Judge Committee HEINOLD O'CONNOR & CLOONAN MEMBER: Midwest Stock Exchange Chicago Board Options Exchange National Association of Security Dealers An affiliate company of Heinold Commodities, Inc. INEZ PHILLIPS & CLYDE DIBBENS NASD REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVES PHONE 316-275-9131 151 IE. FULTON GARDEN CITY, Ks. NOTICE Pierceville Township Patrons: Persons requesting the services of the Garden City Fire Department will now be personally held responsible for the charges incurred. The Pierceville Township will provide service at no charge to those living in its district. During the day, call 335-4141 At Night Call 335-2225 or 335-2835 * WHO LIVES HERE? "But firsl. I'd like to introduce my running mate for the November Olympics!" (Pd. Pol. Ad-Tom Walker Chrmn, Huschka lor Co. Commission)

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