Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 30, 1976 · Page 4
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 4

Garden City, Kansas
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Monday, August 30, 1976
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Editorial 1,1 Page 4 Garden City Telegram Monday, August 30,1976 How Much Protection? Gov. Bennett has asked that the death penalty be reinstated in Kansas .for certain crimes, namely first-degree murder, aggravated kidnaping, treason and air piracy. Other states are looking in the same direction now that the Supreme Court has spelled out some ground rules. If the Legislature heeds the governor, supporters of the death penalty may feel a little more secure in their beds because of the protection of capital punishment. The trouble is that the death penalty hasn't proved a deterrent yet, and even if it were a 100 percent deterrent, it wouldn't appreciably reduce the number of killings in Kansas or elsewhere. It can only be applied in certain cases of premeditated murder, which represent only a fraction of the homicides. You have a better chance of being killed by someone you know, even a loved one in the heat of passion. Who says so? Listen to Judge Marvin E. Aspen of Chicago, veteran Cook County jurist: "Statistics show that almost three out of four murders evolve out of domestic quarrels or between persons who know one another. Three-fourths of all murderers have never broken the law before." Crimes of passion are not punishable by death. How does the death penalty protect those victims, who are just as dead as the victims of pre-meditated crime? Other Editors! Paid for Support Candor is always refreshing but candor in a political campaign is doubly refreshing. This is why we were so taken with the statement by the Rev. L. L. Richards of Oakland, one of four black ministers in the bay area who reportedly took money for backing Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter in the California primary election:, : , The Rev. Richards, with unabashed candor, told the Los Angeles Times: "When a preacher stands up in his church and talks about Jimmy Carter he's working for Jimmy Carter as far as I'm concerned, and he should be paid for it. . . I don't work for no damn politician for nothing." ;.. Pastor Richards is one of those rare men of the cloth who knows when he is working for the Kingdom — and when he is not. — The Sacramento Bee. The Distaff Side Withd.h. IN CALIFORNIA, 100 bartenders, hairdressers and cab drivers will be trained as counselors to help them help the people who tell them their troubles. Remember "Shave and a haircut, six bits." Now, it's "Perm and a head shrink, 20 bucks." * * * AT A MEAL time discussion we were talking about jobs and salaries, and someone mentioned a position that paid about $14,000 a year. "Oh, hey," the teenager chimed in, "that's the same as Elizabeth Ray's salary." A lot of people who can't name the Secretary of State know about Ms. Ray and her working conditions. * * * A DOWNTOWN businessman sess the influence of the women's liberation movement in the way women dress. "They're wearing things that feel good," he explained. "No needle-toed, spike-heeled shoes. Waist-pinchers. Liberation means comfort. . . " "How long," he asked, "since you've heard a woman say 'My girdle's killing me'?" Well, now that you mention it, it's been a good, long while. * * * THE NEW president of the Kansas Education Assn. is on a year's leave of absence from his first grade classroom in Healy. He is Dennis Doris who attended school in Garden City for 14 years and was drum major of the GCHS band. Doris who spoke to teachers here last week explained that educators will endorse a Presidential candidate this year. The choice will be made by 9,000 representative teacher voters. "Educators and education need a friend in the Oval office," he said. * * * THE WORD IS out that hick is chic. But that doesn't make it rhyme. Jack Anderson Crossword By Eugene Sbeffer Justice Unjust to FBI WASHINGTON — We have had our brushes with the FBI which, in times past, has sometimes transgressed, the law in the name of law and order. But the Justice Department is now going too far in its efforts to nail more than 30 field agents for those transgressions. They are under investigation for allegedly breaking into private residences, tapping telephones and opening mail without legal authority. We have established that the FBI agents, who carried out these assignments, were merely obeying orders. They were under tight discipline. In each instance, the agent received the approval of the section chief, who got his authorization from Washington. Top FBI officials, furthermore, kept the Justice Department fully informed of these dubious and devious activities. Sources familiar with the operation say the Attorney General, himself, not only knew what the FBI was doing but gave his general authorization. It will be interesting to see whether the Justice Department can now prosecute lowly agents for carrying out the orders of its i/wn high muck-a- mucks. Footnote! The targets of most of the FBI break-ins were the Socialist Workers Party and the radical Weathermen. There is evidence that the Weathermen traveled between the United States and Cuba, that they received financial support from Fidel Castro's government arid that they were responsible for several bombings in the United States. Under the law, the FBI could conduct warrantless searches and wiretaps if the action was directed against people who were a threat to national security or were connected with a foreign government. POLITICAL DEAL? The day before Tom Kleppe resigned as small business chief to take over the Interior Department, he did a quiet, multi-million-dollar favor for friends in the oil business. Kleppe arbitrarily overruled his staff at the Small Business Administration to allow eight large refineries to qualify for preferential treatment. The decision gives them access to $20 million in government oil. It was a last-minute ruling that has the sour smell of politics. For one of the eight beneficiaries, Powerine Oil, a California company, is represented in Washington by the law firm of President Ford's close friend, Robert Collier. In fact, Collier was among the few friends the President invited to his swearing-in ceremony two years ago. Powerine had become too large to qualify as a small business under the SBA standards for refineries. Therefore, it was about to lose the opportunity to purchase cheap government oil, which is set aside for small refineries. The government receives oil from the major oil companies as a royalty for drilling on government land. This cheap royalty oil is made available to small companies to help them compete with the giants. . After Powerine outgrew its status as a small business, it tried to get the standards changed so it would still be eligible for the royalty oil. But the SBA staff recommended strongly against it. The cheap oil should be reserved, the staff urged, for firms that refined less than 30,000 barrels per day. "To increase the capacity standard at a time when royalty oil is in limited supply," the staff cautioned, "would severely diminish the share now going to each small business to a point where (they) may lose economic effectiveness." Nevertheless, Kleppe raised the standard to 45,000 barrels per day. By an interesting 'coincidence, Powerine refines 44,120 barrels per day. It looks almost as if the new standard was set to accomodate the company with the White House connection.. However, seven other refineries also will benefit from the ruling. The day after Kleppe made his multi-million-dollar adjustment in the small business standards, he resigned from the SBA to become the new Interior Secretary. Kleppe claims he made the decision simply to resolve the matter before leaving SBA. He selected the 45,000 figure, he said, as a compromise between the 30,000 his staff recommended and the 60,000 sought by the refineries. The eight companies that will benefit from Kleppe's decision are hardly small. The smallest among them does an annual $171 million worth of business. Nor was Kleppe unaware of the friendship between the President and Collier. Our SBA sources say Kleppe had full knowledge that his decision would benefit a presidential crony. ACROSS 1 Belgian resort 4 Lions -and ..tigers 8 Golfer's cry 12 Air: comb, form 13 Medicinal plant 14 Assert 15 One of the Gershwins 16 Obstruction 18 Medicinal cigarette ingredient 20 Toddler 21 Ascend 24 Flies aloft 28 Hah clasp 32 Unruly tumult 33 Greek letter 34 Master (Hindu) 36 Noah (N.T.) 37 Specks 39 Features of pubs 41 Freshet 43 Man's name 44 Spanish gold 46 Roman official 50 English trial lawyer 55 Herd of whales 56 An astringent 57 Bulrush 58 Egg: comb, form 59 Pokes fun at 60 Wife of Geraint 61 Soak flax solution DOWN 1 Levantine ketch 2 Home of the Inca 3 Semite 4 Taxi drivers 5 Ending for imp 6 High hill 7 Spanish painter 8 An agent 9 Eggs 10 Flushed 11 Before 17 Bombycid moths time: 27 min. Answer to Saturday's puzzle. 19 Blunder 22 Pierce 23 Allen or Frome 25 Certain Japanese (var.) 26 Chamber 27 Saintes (abbr.) , 28 Couches 29 Above 30 Polynesian chestnut 31 Ireland 35 Set with thorny plants 38 Rages 40. Ancient 42 Son of Gad 45 Bone: comb. form 47 Musical prince 48 Wash 49 Discharge 50 Obstacle 51 Boxing champ 52 Massage;. 53 Large cask 54 Hebrew priest Washington Watch Dole's Campaign Grip Explained By ANN COOPER Telegram's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Here are some Washington items of interest to Kansans: CAMPAIGN GRIP — Sen. Robert Dole's supporters wasted no time last week in circulating a lengthy explanation of the Kansas Republican's war wounds after President Ford named Dole as his vice presidential choice. The'flyer being passed out at Kemper Arena in Kansas City was a blaring headline, "You can sum up Senator Bob Dole with a 4-letter word: Guts." surrounding pictures of the senator and his left- handed campaign grip. The flyer, which was also used in Dole's close 1974 reelection campaign, also reprints an article from the Committee for the Handicapped Disabled Persons International. Handshaking is an important part of the life of a politician. To Senator Bob Dole of Kansas it does not come as naturally as to some. Not that he isn't an effective politician. It's just that he has no grip in his right hand. "But it wasn't always that way," continues the article, before explaining the Italian battle that left Dole paralyzed and in the hospital for months. One thing he never recovered was the ability to grasp with his right hand. Dole press- secretary Jane Anderson said a Kansas group of handicapped persons supporting the senator in 1974 first printed the flyer. "These must have been leftovers from that campaign," she said of the sheets being passed out in Kansas City last week. "We have found that when people ask about his hand, this is a useful thing to send," Anderson said. * * * SO MUCH FOR THE PUNDITS — No group has more of a heyday with political speculation than the Washington columnists who spout their thoughts in newspapers throughout • the land. And President Ford gave them plenty of grist for the mill with his long list of potential vice presidential running mates. Right away, they wanted to narrow down the two dozen or so names to a handful of front- runners. That handful sometimes — but not always — included the president's final choice, the senator from Kansas. One team of political pun- dits that apparently didn't take Dole too seriously as a contender was Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, The day before Ford announced his choice, Evans and Novak's syndicated column mentioned several contenders (not Dole) and concluded that Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker would "probably" get the nod. That column left at least one Dole staffer undaunted. "Evans and Novak didn't even. mention him yesterday. So we felt 'Dole still had a good chance," laughed Susan Hattan shortly after watching the president's announcement on television. Not everyone takes the columnists seriously. * * * WRONG STATION - Dole's Washington staff watched the announcement on a portable television set moved into his reception room for the occasion. When the television camera •crews that came to the office to record the staff's reaction grew tired of filming people, they shot some footage of the television screen. But when NBC aimed its camera at the television, it discovered that the staff was watching a different network. A request for a channel change was met, and the staff continued watching NBC's virtually identical coverage of the event. POSTAL PASSAGE PROBABLE - Small rural Kansas post offices are expected to get a reprieve this week when the Senate considers a postal reorganization bill 'that would put a moratorium on any post office closings or higher mailing rates. The future of several Kansas post offices has been threatened by Postal Service moves in recent months to shut down x its smallest operations. However, the service says it hasn't closed any post offices since July 1. An aide to the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee said the legislation is expected to pass, though several amendments will be offered on the Senate floor. (JAHDK.V CITY TKI.KC iHAM Published diily except Sundays ind New Year's day, Memorial day, Independence day, Thanksgiving day, Labor day and Chriitmaa. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-7105 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kan»a» 67846 Fred Brooks Job. Frailer Lc Roy Allman Manager Editor Manaflilf Editor Ad and Business TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City $2.43 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. Jim Bishop: Reporter Redesigning the Parties Responsible Republicans are discussing death — their party's. It is not a new topic; the party has been losing seats in the House and Senate, and governorships too. The grim talk among leaders is that if the G.O.P. is defeated in November, the party will be dead. For political balance, America requires a two-party system. Voters have always been divided in two classes — those who vote for a candidate; those who vote against a candidate. The citizens demand an option. Third parties have seldom been taken seriously. Once in this century, something called the Bull Moose Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president. The Bull Moose split the Republican vote and put the Democratic professor, Woodrow Wilson, in the White House. When Franklin Roosevelt was elected in 1932, it became clear that there was a misalignment of parties — liberal Republicans voted with the Democrats; conservative Democrats voted for Republican measures. In 1944, the G.O.P. turned away from Wendell Willkie and nominated Thomas Dewey. Willkie became angry. Secretly, he sent Gifford Pinchot, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, to see FDR in the White House. The proposition was that, at some time "in the future," the liberals of both parties (Willkie and FDR) should form a political party. The conservatives would be forced to organize. "It was WiUkie's idea," said Roosevelt, speaking to Sam Rosenman, confidant and speech-writer. "Willkie has just been beaten by the conservatives in his own party who lined up in back of Dewey. Now there is no doubt, Sam, that the reactionaries in our own party are out for my scalp too—as you can see by what's going on in the South. "I agree with him 100 per cent, and the time is now — right after the election. We ought to have two real parties — one liberal, the other conservative. . . Of course I'm talking long-range politics — something that we can't accomplish this year. From the liberals of both parties, Willkie and I together can form a new party in America." Rosenman, who was devoting his energies to getting his boss nominated for a fourth term, wondered why the President was confiding in him. FDR asked him to arrange a secret meeting in New York. The President was declining in strength and acumen. He was given to ecstatic seizures. The meeting was held at the St. Regis Hotel. Rosenman arrived first. There was a soft knock and Willkie was admitted. Both looked through the small suite of rooms, under furniture and behind drapes. When a waiter arrived with lunch, Sam met him alone, although the servings were for two. Willkie emerged from a bedroom when the waiter departed. They ate and talked pleasantries. Rosenman said' that the President was pleased that Willkie had sent Pinchot to the White House with a new, realistic approach to American politics. Sam said the notion would have to be "tabled" until after the autumn elections. "After the war," Willkie said. The Republican began to eat well and speak well. When the war was over, he said, there would have to be a realignment, a showdown, in which "liberals an dinternationalists" would face "conservatives and isolationists." "You tell the President," Willkie said, "that I am ready to devote almost full time to this. The only thing I insist on is that I do not meet the President until after the election." Together they ran down a list of prominent politicians, industrialists and 'labor leaders who might join the new party. The notion failed in 1944 because Roosevelt was indiscreet. The war and the election were still pending when he wrote a "Dear Wendell" letter in which he violated the secret agreement. "I want to talk to you about the future, even the somewhat distant future. . . We can arrange a meeting here in Washington, or, if you prefer, at Hyde Park — wholly off the record or otherwise, just as you think best." FDR .was tired. After he dictated the letter, he requested that certain advisers come to his bedroom. They were Senator Kenneth McKellar, 79; Secretary Cordell Hull, 73; Secretary Henry Stimson, 77, and Gifford Pinchot, 79. The President grinned through his pince-nez. "Good morning kindergarten children," he said. That was not the proper time to redesign the two-party system. The time may be now. . . 2B 29 so 56 59 50 52 44 4Z 39 foO 23 53 31 46 2S '40 36 47 55 58 26 4-8 H K Y U N AKR CRYPTOQUIP ABALCKYU 8-3o T K Z C Y P V X P C B L P R T Z P C C N X K H I P K H K A I P V Saturday's Cryptoquip — PITCHBLENDE IS AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF MINERALS FOR BOMBS AND HOSPITAL USE. . : (© 1976 King Features Syndicate, Inc.) Today's Cryptoquip clue: H equals D The Cryptoquip is a simple substitution cipher in which each letter used stands for another. If you think that X equals 0, it will equal O 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. TUESDAY EVENING FOR LADIES ONLY PLEASE OLD FflSfllBNEB SPEEIflL LADIES FILET INCLUDES TEXAS TOAST AND CHOICE OF POTATO ^ ,. Serving Only USDABeelT •>, — NOCARRY OUTORDER& - - Gpambles GAMBLES TRUCKS ARE ON STRIKE Due to this, all of our sale merchandise has not arrived yet. We will give rain checks for any sale merchandise we do not have. We will appreciate your help. ^JJL Thank You Gpambles 314 N. MAIN 275-4233

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