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op 6a Friday, June 21, 1985 pat enjoys the 'hoof and mouth disease' William T. MalonePubllthar Bill SoutherlandEdltor Frank Farmer Editorial Pag Editor Aft The First Amendment to the Constitution Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the tree exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peacably to assemble, and to petition the government tor a redress of grievances. Tis a privilege to live in the Ozarks it is Interested in power, not "That's strong stuff," I said. "A Democratic candidate for the presidency would kill for that kind of endorsement from the White House." "Then the governor is not going to ask the President to make Buchanan knock off the rhetoric?" "On the contrary. We're trying to find, ways of making Pat keep it up until '88.

We want all his bile to be directed at Cuomo for the next two and a half years." "Suppose Buchanan realizes he's helping the governor and not hurting him. Do you think he'll then knock it off?" "Not Pat He's an ideological slugger, and Cuomo is a (. great target for him. If we planned our campaign to bring the governor along to this stage we couldn't have done it any better. As far as the Democrats are concerned, anyone who gets Pat Buchanan upset has to be one helluva guy." "I can see how delighted you are.

But there is something frightening about an official in the White House fulminat-' ing against a governor just because he doesn't agree with a tax reform plan." "Not to worry. Everyone knows that Pat has a short fuse. The more rage he shows the less people will take him seriously. From our viewpoint he can do no wrong. We're so grateful to him that when Buchanan gets canned for put-tlng his foot in his moutli, we're going to ask him to work for us." Art Buchwald's column of satire normally ap- pears Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

There was joy at 'he "Cuomo in '88" headquarters. Bellweather, one of Cuomo's political advisers, said, "Did you read the papers? Pat Buchanan has called the governor a 'glib, fast-talking lobbyist for a reactionary liberalism that would kill tax reform in Its "Gov. Cuomo's not upset by that?" I said. "He has to pretend he Is. But behind closed doors he's thrilled that Buchanan has selected him as his No.

1 target. Any Democratic candidate would give his eyetooth to be on the receiving end of so much name-calling." "I'm sure Pat isn't doing it just to get Cuomo nominated in 1988," I said. "Maybe yes, maybe no. We're not about to find out what causes Buchanan's temper tantrums. Listen to this from Pat, 'Cuomo's incessant invocations of the poor, the downtrodden, the ill, almost invariably turn up as preambles to budget requests that would augment the power of his own political class the welfare "What are welfare statists?" "I imagine they are people in a state of welfare.

The way we figure it, Buchanan considers Cuomo the President's most formidable enemy when it comes to tax reform. Reagan no longer wants to make state and city taxes deduct- ible. If the governor can rally support to permit people to keep their state and local tax deductions it would be a big defeat for the White HouseThat's why Buchanan is resorting to personal attacks on the governor." "The tax reform bill must mean a lot to Pat." "Frankly, the governor believes Buchanan couldn't care less about tax reform except that ijfjgives the President an opportunity to go out on the stumand maintain he's fighting a lonely battle against Washington. But the White House still needs a real person to attack. So Pat has declared Gov.

Cuomo the Administration's No. 1 Democratic devil. Gary Hart should be so lucky." "It's hard to believe that Buchanan, as smart as he is, would help Cuomo run for President." "AH I know is what I read in the papers," Bellweather said. "Let me read more of Buchanan, 'Your Governor is a statist, instinctively hostile to the idea that the people can manage themselves, instinctively cordial to the aggrandizement of government power. This President is a standing affront to that kind of politician.

Now we approach the wellsprings of Mario Cuomo's seemingly inchoate rage. The dirty little secret of the American Left is that Editorials Two women, two mysteries There is a frightening parallel between the disappearance this week of Jackie Johns of Nixa and the abduction in 1969 of Carol Blades of Nixa. Let's hasten to say we pray Jackie, Johns is found safe and well by the time these words appear. Carol Blades was 20 when she disappeared. She was last seen in a.

store when she bought some cookies. Later, her car was found parked alongside U.S. 160. An intensive search followed. About a year later, her remains were discovered beside a log on a Stone County farm.

Today, a similar intensive search is underway in Christian County for Jackie Johns, also 20. Ironically, her abandoned car was found beside U.S. 160 about a mile from where Carol Blades' car was abandoned. It is almost beyond the realm of reality that something like this could happen in the same community not once, but twice. How could either Carol Blades or Jackie Johns have been accosted and abducted almost before the very eyes of the community without someone having seen or heard something? So far the best clues in the case of Jackie Johns' Lexers disappearance have come from her car.

The clothing she wore was in it. Blood was splattered on the back seat, indicating a struggle may have occurred. People who knew and loved Carol Blades have never stopped wondering if her murderer was someone she knew, someone who lived in the community, and who has continued to live there these succeeding years with his horrible secret sealed in his breast. Now people who knew and loved Jackie Johns are surely asking similar questions. Did she know her If you want to express vour opinion, write to The Leader Press editor.

Please include your signature and full address. Letters of 250 words or less on topical subjects will receive priority. Rude treatment i On June 8 my daughter was involved, in an accident in your city. Her parked vehicle was hit by another at Hardee's on Sunshine. Since I work with the state of Alabama police she naturally thought of the police when she needed help.

She was informed by a woman dispatcher that they did not work wrecks on private property. Knowing that she would need some record for her insurance in Alabama," she asked for instructions. The woman was very rude and hateful, offered no information to a stranger in town and then when my daughter asked to speak to her superior, she hung up the phone. I hope this is not representative of your fair city and feel the people there should be aware of the image an incident like this can give. GAYNOR SANDERS Police communications Grove Hill, Ala.

Where is justice? Some people don't want to hear and some just don't want to know or care what happens to others just as long as it is not them. Lawyers write up divorce decrees they say don't ask for what you are entitled to even though there are laws that disagree. Judges set the rules and tell you "Yes" or "No," these answers count. But if women who have no children have medical terms and also get large amounts of. money to live on, and women with children get little or not enough to make ends meet, have no medical and have to fighfTor what's attacker, or attackers? Will he, or they, unlike Carol Blades assailant, be apprehended? All the Ozarks waits in suspense.

We know it could happen again, not just in Nixa but in any community. We are be reminded that while we live in a free society, no one is truly free until we have no fear of assault, kidnap or murder. Everyone, but especially young women and children, must, take everypossible precaution to prevent assault or abduction. Stay off the road at night unless someone knows where you are, or you are accompanied by an acquaintance. Make sure someone know when you are leaving your job or going on an errand.

Like it or not we must remember that while we live in a "civilized state," some human beings do not-conduct themselves in a civilized manner. The fact of Carol Blades death, and of Jackie Johns abduction Who was the greatest orator of all? are gruesome reminders of this fact. Good news from Cox Dick -their it is still a losing battle. Hooray for Cox Medical Center Norths How can a lawyer who writes up Officials have finally set the record straight on the fate of that respected institution at 1423 North Jefferson. And it is the kind of record thousands of peo-" pie in and around Springfield wanted to hear.

As long as people choose Cox Medical Center North, it will be there to serve them. It's as simDle as garet Thatcher. Nof would I quarrel with the assertion -that some of the nominees are more presuasive when addressing small groups than eloquent in lecturing to large crowds. Jackson, for example, proved himself highly presuasive in talks with foreign leaders, holding American prisoners. But when on the stump as a candidate for VS.

president, he must have been less elo-quent. Furthermore, it may be stated with reasonable accuracy that some of the nominees probably couldn't talk their way out of a paper bag if it were for their speech writers. I don't know how many of the 18 hire ghosts but I like to think that Demosthenes could have availed himself of the services of Diogenes, who is reputed to have walked the streets with a lantern looking for an honest man. Any orator adopting such an approach should go far in politics. And some of Demosthenes' most famous speeches were delivered after he was offered a gold crown.

That also sounds a lot like Diogenes, who lived in a tub. Dick West writes a column of good humor for United Press International. WASHINGTON In preparation for its annual convention in August, the International Platform Association has asked 300 politicians, schoolteachers, journalists and others in the communication field to pick five new members of the Orators Hall of Fame. I was invited, to participate but I rather doubt I will be mailing in a ballot. The reason is that I feel constricted by the list of nominees- chosen- by the "association'? board of To be eligible for enshrinement, an orator must be one -of 18 candidates selected by the governors.

That rules out Demosthenes, who to my thinking is well qualified and long overdue. Being alive and a native born American are not among the requirements. The nominees include several foreigners, some of whom are slightly defunct. They may not be as late as Demosthenes, who expired back in 322 B.C., but they are nevertheless as dead as they are ever going to be. So I feel no compunction about championing a long-gone Greek for the honor.

Demosthenes, as you know, gained fame as an orator after overcoming such handicaps as a harsh voice, weak lungs and awkward gesticulations. Had he been an American, he probably these decrees leave the children and women out of their needs? The state law says that if money is owned like on real estate, property can be held on liens. Money that a man earns as wages can be garnished. Even unemployment income is taxed. What's wrong with our system when someone can tell you to shut your mouth or you won't get anything, or don't ask for too much or the judge will think you are greedy.

All people want is what they deserve by the law of the state and our country, what they are entitled to regardless of race, creed and color, man, woman or child. How can the laws be turned around to protect the people from wrong doings? BETTY MITCHELL Springfield would have run for the Senate. But in ancient Athens, apparently, a speaker needed to overcome oratorical drawbacks before getting into politics. So Demosthenes could be heard orating above a booming surf with pebbles in his mouth. It may be argued that some of this year's Hall of Fame nominees are more likely to have rocks in the head than pebbles in the mouth.

I'll not dispute that point. I'll simply duplicate the list and you can draw your conclusions: Charles de Gaulle, Vladimir Lenin, Mohandas Ghandi, Anwar Sadat, Huey Long, Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fidel Castro, Walter Cronkite, Mario Cuomo, Robert Dole, Jerry Falwell, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir, Pope John Paul II and Mar that, according to Neil C. Wortley, administrator of both Cox medical centers, and Jon Ames, administrator of the north facility. Speculation about the fate of the medical center arose several years ago when officials announced they would build a new state-of-the-art hospital on the south side of Springfield. It was feared the region could not support two such hospitals, and that the northside hospital would be closed.

But while the southside hospital was under construction, Wortley, Ames and other officials investigated alternative uses for the older hospital. This week at a meeting of the Northside Betterment Association they reiterated the uses of the hospital, and some planned alternatives, which include a center to treat diabetes and glandular diseases. Everything except pediatrics, the intensive care nursery and delivery rooms were retained at. Cox North. The emergency room had experienced about 30,000 visits a year and is down only about 10 percent after the opening of Cox South.

Furthermore, the officials found 85 percent of their patients lived north of Grand Street and that patients prefer a hospital in their residential area. We are delighted to know Cox officials have viable plans for the northside hospital and that a faithful following exists. Springfield physicians who have been reluctant to practice on the northside perhaps should take another look at the opportunities that abound at Cox Medical center North. New book examines the 'Reagan revolution' David Broder of the President. There are two implications in this analysis.

One is that if you accept the wave and seawall analogy, then you have to think that as long as the Republicans provide policy changes that meet the public mood (tax reduction and simplification, for example), they will continue to make inroads against the institutionalized Democrats. Second, once the sea has broken through, do not expect to see the same shoreline again soon. As the authors say, 'The terms of political debate and the course of public policy have been fundamentally transformed. economic downturn or a foreign policy reverse may rejuvenate the Democrats, but the policies they once espoused will not be as resilient Big deficits, strong defense commitments, and doubts about the welfare state will shape the political and policy future whatever the fate of parties or Presidents in particular elections." WASHINGTON I nominate "The New Direction of American Politics," a volume soon to be published by The Brookings Institution in Washington, a convincing interpretation of the Ronald Reagan era in American government. The 400-page study makes a persuasive case that what we are witnessing is historic.

The real value of their book is to lift the argument about the significance of "the Reagan revolution" out of the swamp of speculation about the 1986 and 1988 elections and deal with the phenomenon that has already occurred. They are particularly helpful in clearing up the puzzlement many have felt about the seeming immutability of the Democratic majorities in the House of Representatives and state and local government Their sensible suggestion is to think of an ocean wave breaking on a seawall. The wave is the tide of voter sentiment that throws one party out of office and installs the other. The leader of the incoming party (Reagan, in this case) has the responsibility to devise policies that meet the public demand. If he does as Reagan did in hit first term the first wave may be followed by another even more powerful.

The structure. In our early history, the shift of power from Washington's and Adams' Federalists to Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans was so traumatic that the air was filled with charges of treason, and institutions almost cracked. A bit later, the rise of the Republicans helped bring on the Civil War, and the Union dissolved. The second point is structural. Today, institutions are far more deeply entrenched and resistant to change.

The presidency and (to a lesser extent) the Senate become the immediate focus of change, because they are seen as the most powerful parts of the government. Contests for their control are so competitive that shifts in pdpular sentiment register quickly. By contrast, members of the House have built up individual defenses against national political tides, using their influence over districting decisions, office staffs, service functions, and access to communications and campaign finance to insulate themselves. State and local officials have gone even further by arranging, in most cases, that their elections not coincide with the choice 1984 election was that second wave. But even after that second wave, the Democrats are more strongly entrenched in the House and in state and local government than they were when Reagan was first elected.

How can this be a political realignment? Their answer is to think of the seawall as the institutional framework against which the big waves are pounding. The stronger the seawall, the longer it will take for the waves to break through. They make two pointt that really help clarify the picture and resolve the seeming paradox. The first is historical. The older the nation, the stronger its institutional Summertime livin' June is "busting out all over." Thanks to above-average rainfall this month (5.90 inches so far as opposed to the normal 3 inches), the grass, trees, flowers, gardens and farm crops seldom were more lush.

Boutiful harvests are promised at this stage. But thifois really a reminder that this is a special day. It is the first day of summer, 1985. Enjoy it to the utmost. You will never see it again.

I David Broder's column of opinion normally appears Monday and Friday. ft.

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