Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on September 11, 1976 · Page 4
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Garden City, Kansas
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Saturday, September 11, 1976
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Public Pulse Page 4 Garden City Telegram Saturday, Sept. 11,1976 .Uk If Dogs Controlled? Why Not Noisy Cats? If the power of the press had any power, we unfortunate people of Garden City would not have a dog to our names. The two half pages of trivia about the dog dilemma leaves me cold and bitter. Bitter, because there seems no end to laws, rules, and regulations controlling "man's best friend." Cold, because I would have been denied the devotion and unquestioning friendship of my canine friends had some people had their way. I have been fortunate enough, all my life, to have had the trust and love of dogs of all makes and models. May I suggest that your well read reporter turn her attention to felines. In my neighborhood, cats seem to take a great pleasure in emitting unearthly yowls, about bedtime, or soon afterwards. They seem to roam the alleys and streets and yards without restriction, killing birds and disturbing peoples' sleep. Surely, if dogs are such a menace to society, and warrant all kinds of regulations, then cats should be treated equally. Please turn the power of your press toward an ordinance by our governing body to control the yowling, bird-killing cat. — BILL FOSTER, 702 Pat's Dr. Too Much Drilling? It cannot rain. All the irrigation drillers are busy as bees putting down new wells. We have had to pull our pump last year and this year too which means you have to go deeper and deeper after the elusive water. Pulling a pump is a costly operation, over a thousand dollars and when you don't get much rent its bad. Spacing the wells does no good, but stopping the drilling until the water level comes back might. Does this interest you? Oh well, ghost towns are interesting. Such places as McDonalds and Fish & Chips would survive because ,they largely cater to the travel or tourist trade. If I should wake up some morning and find this ditch full of water I would faint and they would have to send for the doctor. Well what are you going to do about it? Continue to bury your respective'heads in 'the sand? .—*"MfcS. PETE MEEKMA', Eminence Rt. By d. h. Crossword By Eugene DAYLIGHT, on these September morns, seems as reluctant to get up and with it as a lot of the rest of us. Fall fever? * * * A FAMOUS New Yorker cartoon has a portly matron under a beach umbrella saying to her husband who is sprawled on the sand: "Norman, I want to talk to you about Christmas." * * * A LOT OF unsolicited catalog mailers and Christmas greeting peddlers have been wanting to talk to us about Christmas, too. Bug off. * * * "REMEMBER Halloween?" the 15- year-old asked the three-year-old. The question was prompted by a display of Halloween stuff in the supermarket. "Un huh," replied the young one, "I do." We cook eggs and paint them." Why not? * * * "IF DESIGNERS have their way," a fashion writer threatens, "American women will be going to work, to lunch, to the supermarket or to the symphony dressed for all the world as if they were late for a costume party." Year-around Halloween. That really hits close to home to one whose wardrobe has been ravaged regularly by kids who wanted to look funny or weird at a party. * * * A TIRED patriot says he can't wait until Jan. 1, 1977. He wants to say "Bye-bye-centennial." * * * IT IS easy to resist temptation, says a newspaper wit, it you have a proper upbringing, a sound set of values — and witnesses. * * * IF YOU garden grudgingly, plant cumin. "You must curse the cumin seed when sowing if you want a good crop," according to Joseph Wood Krutch's book, "Herbal." - ACROSS 1 Hatteras or Fear 5 linen robe 8 Deep cut 12 Astringent 13 Noon on some clocks 14 Silkworm 15 Answer to a problem 17 Become rancid 18 Loki's daughter 19 Charged atom 20 River of Virginia 21 Jewel 22 Dull finish 23 Glutted 26 English chemist 30 Border on 31 Country dance 32 Climbing stem 33 Business, director 35 Entreaties 36 Cuba libre ingredient 37 "Sunbonnet - " 38 Wooden shoe 41 Kolinsky, for one 42 Dawn goddess 45 Name in baseball 46 Apropos 48 Ponce de — 49 Pish 50 City in Italy 51 Watch over 52 Beginning for mouth or wood 53 English public school DOWN 1 — and carry 2 Bitter drug 3 Influence (slang) 4 Large bird 5 Maxim 6 Social celebrity 7 Beginning for ate or go 8 Accessible 9 Calla lily, for one 10 Male parent 11 — Christian Anderson 16 Bound up 20 Jolt A vg. solution time: 22 min. ecia nm msmw mm® Siffl@[ffl Kli^l HHSg mmm sura WSM Answer to yesterday's puzzle. Sheffer 21 Circumvent 22 Merry month 23 Former Senator Ervin 24 Lawyers' org. 25 Large cask 26 Word with fetched or flung 27 Stop functioning 28 Miscellany 29 Word of assent 31 Garment border 34 Source for sutures 38 Word with cellar or peter 39 On the sheltered side 40 Welcome benefit 41 Touch 42 Orient 43 Preposition 44 British gun to Dem. 47 Letter We Can't Count on Exports Forever By Stuart Awbrey For Harris Newspapers A quirk of this presidential campaign is that while we fuss over whether $113 billions is an expensive enough security blanket to ward off those dreadful Russkies, we also are making the American wheat farmer dependent on the Communists. Or, let's be sure we can kill 'em, several times. But let's feed 'em first. Both super-powers are admitting failures in food production. The Russians are confessing that their crops are so flaky they must import. The Americans are confessing that our marketing system is so gummed up we must rely on others, particularly the Russians, to bail us out. Today's question: have we gone overboard in reliance on foreign customers, principally Japan. The Russians have shown how hard-nosed they can be in trading. We have not. The Russians are concerned first with their self-interest. We have been concerned first with political advantage for one party or the other. Just 20 years ago, our government would not even consider such trade with the Communists. Until 1955, when Roswell Garth, Iowa farmer, led a delegation of American farmers to the Soviet Union, we hadn't even talked to them about agriculture. That indifference changed abruptly with detente and the 1972 campaign. Richard Nixon and his Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, realized the political advantages of surplus grain sales and. the end of acreage farm exports? • ;'_ controls. They gave the big So long as one nation is food- international grain firms to Other Editor One Wonders The annual Labor Day weekend Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy association is a magnificent thing, headed by Jerry Lewis, a magnificently compassionate man. Through the years, it has raised millions of dollars to fight a terrible disease. It is almost impossible to over-praise the gifts of time, talent and money involved in this effort. Still, one wonders. One" wonders why such a lavish production is necessary to extract money from Americans who are supposed to be so generous to their afflicted brethren. One wonders what kind of support is being given to the fights against other horrible ailments such as cancer, heart disease, emphysema and diabetes, whose sponsors lack the services of such a super- salesman as Jerry Lewis. One wonders why the federal government doesn't do more in these fields, considering the fact it obviously has billions of dollars to waste on the military services and on such "civil servants" as Elizabeth Ray, and on bungling, wasteful and out-dated bureaucracies. One wonders why such important projects should still have to depend upon the uncertainties of public charity. One wonders, in short, whether our priorities aren't bent all out of shape. — Salina Journal. Where to Write Sen. James B. Pearson 5313 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Sen. Robert Dole 4213 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Rep. Keith G. Sebelius 1211 Longworth, House Office Building Washington. D.C. 20515 * * Western Kansas Governor's Office Betty Jo Roberts 402 N. 7th Garden City, Kan. Ph. 276-3423 poor and another is food-rich, this trade is good for the world. The guard that must be posted is protection of domestic interests, not only for the farmer but also for the consumer and for our friendly every encouragement swing some deals, even to the point of providing export subsidies. It's not quite so easy today. The subsidies have been ended. Export sales now must be reported soon after completed. But government still tries to sell every bushel abroad that is available. From a dollar standpoint, that is healthy. Today's wheat price, depressed as it is, likely would be much lower without our exports. Just a few years ago, we shipped out about half of the wheat we produced. This year, we probably will export about two-thirds. We even became so lightheaded about our exports that some politicians started talking about food as Arabs do about oil. Ronald Reagan urged that until the Russians behaved themselves in Angola, we shouldn't send them any more grain. We forgot that food is universal, but oil is isolated. Despite our tremendous production and sales, 90 percent of the world's food still is grown where it is consumed. The' 'Russians survived, somehow, for 40 years without our wheat, and they could do so again. We have had good crops since that first big Soviet sale. Without the exports, prices would have plummeted, surpluses would have grown, allotments would have been re-imposed. But we cannot count on exports forever. Leonid Brezhnev already is talking about better Soviet grain production and less Russian buying. The dizzy changes in food yields are well illustrated in India, where production gyrates annually from near failure to near abundance. Both political parties today are talking about export markets as though 1972 could repeat itself endlessly. The politicians ignore two basics: 1. The export market is not a sure thing, not even with Japan. 2. The drive for more and more exports overlooks our deep interests in the real rural problems — the need for stability in both prices and supply, the need to provide food for the starving peoples of the world, and the need to strengthen rural communities. (This is the fourth of a series discussing farm politics and economics. Monday: how over- zealousness in export trade can damage Rural America.) Jack Anderson s The Federal'Whale' WASHINGTON — The late President John F. Kennedy once compared the federal bureaucracy to a giant whale. He tried to grapple with it, he said, but could never seem to get a firm hold on the blubber. The federal whale keeps largely submerged, producing few waves. As long as the taxpayers feed it regularly, it remains reasonably content and benevolent. But it performs pretty much as it pleases, indifferent to its caretakers in the White House and on Capitol Hill, This, therefore, is a routine tale of a modern Jonah and the whale. There are thousands of stories like it. The Senate Subcommittee on Reports, Accounting and Management needed some innoucuous information about utility bills. The information was available deep within the whale's belly. The law also stipulates that the public is entitled to this information. After all, the utility companies know how much they charge, and their customers know how much they pay. Yet the subcommittee spent two years trying to extract information that the federal whale was reluctant to cough up. First, a staff member called the Federal Power Commission, He reached a bureaucrat who acknowledged that the FPC, indeed, possessed the desired information. But the information was intended, said the bureaucrat, for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was, therefore, confidential, he said inexplicably. The staff member tried the BLS, which confirmed that the utility data was confidential. The argument that this contradicted the law did not seem to impress the bureaucrats at the BLS. Repeated telephone conversations with the two agencies failed to pry the information from the bureaucratic labyrinth. Subcommittee Chairman Lee Metcalf, D-Mont., finally fired off a letter to BLS boss Julius Shiskin, complaining about the runaround. One month later, Metcalf hadn't heard from Shiskin, so he sent a terse, one-sentence reminder. Two more silent months passed. Then Metcalf appealed over Shiskin's head to then-Labor Secretary Peter Brennan. Copies of his letter, Metcalf noted, had gone to the congressional appropriations committees which handle the BLS budget. This tactic brought a hasty, apologetic response from Shiskin, who promised that the information requested five months earlier would be forthcoming. Several weeks later, the subcommittee received a jumble of figures from the FPC. The information was so confused that it was virtually indecipherable and, therefore, useless. The rate data that the subcommittee sought was simple enough. But there seems to be no comprehensible problem that the bureaucrats cannot make incomprehensible. Footnote: The FPC official in charge of the utility rate information couldn't explain the meaningless figures that were sent to Capitol Hill. "It didn't go through me," he assured us. "I have no recollection of any such incident. It's mysterious." A BLS spokesman explained that there had been "some confusion as to what was restricted." The subcommittee, he said, "got caught between two agencies." "What could have hap- pened," explained an FPC spokesman, "was confusion at the working level. We are here to serve." As for the Senate subcommittee, the need for the information has passed. It's too late now. But meanwhile, Senator Metcalf has asked the FPC for a new public access provision to its regulations. This would implement the law the bureaucracies ignored. The formal decision hasn't been made yet, but the FPC staff has endorsed Metcalf's proposal. Maybe next time, Jonah can fare better when he fights the whale. WRONG FIGURES: We have written a host of stories about Anastasio Somoza, the Nicaraguan strongman, who has turned Nicaragua virtually into a Somoza family estate. We have checked our facts carefully with both Nicaraguan and American sources. We have relied heavily on documentation in secret U.S. government files. But in all that we have written about Somoza, we think we committed one error, and we want to correct the record. We reported that Somoza had profited from the 1972 Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays and New Year'a day, Memorial day, Independence diy, Thanksgiving day. Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-7105 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 r red Brooks John Frailer Le Roy Allnao- Editor Managing Editor Ad and Business Manager TERMSOF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City $2.43 plus applicable sales tai. Payable to the carriv in advance. Local and area college students SI3.91, including postage and applicable sales tat for 9-month school year. By motor car delivery per month (2.76 including applicable tales tax. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP news and dispatches. All rights of publication of special dispatches are also reserved. 24 IS 21 25 36 34 31 46 49 5 '.I 26 41 37 JS 41 47 bO 53 42 41 44 CRYPTOQUIP ?-// EYPQYPWNYWJ WHDPENW FHDOO- WJ KWRO PRPPDRGQNW QY KWFG Yesterday's Cryptoquip — BEATNIK BOBBY-SOXER READJUSTED NOISY JUKEBOX. (£> 1976 Kinj Feature* Syndicate, Inc.) Today's Cryptoquip clue: G equals T 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 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. BEEF FOR ALL OCCASIONS 424 N. MAIN GARDEN CITY MEATS 275-6541 earthquake that leveled his capital city of Managua. Shortly after the disaster, he and his henchmen bought up land at a cheap price and sold it back to his government for housing projects at 10 times what they had paid. He also used cement produced by his own firm for reconstruction work. His son supervised the dispensation of relief supplies, much of which wound up on the black market. We stand by all these charges. But we also reported, based upon intelligence reports, that Somoza quickly recouped his own family losses by "ordering the National Insurance Company to pay off his mother. . . before any other clients" for buildings that had been destroyed. After interviewing U.S. government sources and perusing documents supplied by the insurance company itself, we are convinced that the intelligence reports were wrong and that the firm did not pay Mrs. Somoza first. 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