The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 27, 1976 · Page 2
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Groin inspection compromise seen OPINION PAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1974 Editorial Comment • WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation that would create a special agency to assure that foreign buyers get the quality and amount of grain they pay for may face a presidential veto. The measure, passed 52 to 19 by the Senate on Monday, is aimed at placing more government controls on the business of weighing and shipping grain Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says that the l ^«™e scandals involving policy of detente must be continued. He points out SfeSSfe* 0 * that relations between the United States and the "'^""6 and other abuses Soviet Union have deteriorated recently - primarily ™* Senate m a mwe far ' Military strength and detente go together due to Russian involvement in Angola —'but that the U.S. must not be deterred from the policy of seeking to reduce tensions with the U.S.S.R. Dr. Kissinger has vocal critics who complain that detente represents a "softness" towards communism that only leads to more Soviet aggression. At the same time there are serious questions being raised by leaders in this country about the U.S. slipping in military strength. Ronald Reagan, in his primary campaigning, warns of the dangers from letting the Soviet Union acquire military muscle that is out of proportion to our own. Mr. Reagan's critics point to our nuclear arsenal — at least equal to Russia's — and the apparent futility and cost of racing to stockpile conventional armaments. It is true that the U.S. has been fading in comparison to the Soviet Union. A just-released study by the Library of Congress said that "the quantitative reaching than a House bill, and a House-Senate conference panel will work out differences. President Ford said in Texas three weeks ago that he would veto the measure if il came to his desk in the form tbe.Senate finally approved. Despite that threat, Sen. Robert J. Dole, R-Kan., said he thought the conference com- Letters fo the Editor mittee would be able to come up with a final measure "that everyone can support." As it emerged from the Senate, the bill would end the present system under which private firms, many of them linked to the giant grain merchants, certify the quantity and quality of most U.S. grain bound for domestic mills and foreign customers. Some states have agencies that share those chores, all supervised on a spot basis by a small but growing corps of U.S. Department of Agriculture employes. The measure would allow only federal inspectors at ports and inland terminals where more than 50 million bushels a year are inspected. At roughly 100 smaller elevators, Site present system would remain, but no ties with grain merchants would be allowed and a federal training standard for inspectors would be in force, i The bill also would require inspectors to be rotated on a regular basis among- the inspection points to break up longtime associations between inspectors and grain .merchants. the legislation is a result of probes by federal grand juries at Gulf port cities in Texas and Louisiana that have produced since August 1974 indictments against more than 60 persons and seven grain firms. The Agriculture Department has strongly opposed the Senate measure, which was backed by a $500,000 General Accounting Office investigation. The Ford administration, claiming the bill would add $153 million to the federal budget by 1381,-prefers only stiffer conflict-of-interest regulations and an expanded supervisory corps as a solution to the grain scandal problems. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D- Minn., a sponsor of the bill, said, "This bill may be strong medicine, but it is our only realistic chance-... to end-the abuses that have hurt our producers and consumers." He and Sen. Dick Clark, D- Iowa;said the scandals reflect basic problems with the inspection system and that strong legislation is needed to restore U.S. grain-trade credibility abroad. Dote maintained that remedial legislation is needed but that more federal bureaus need not be created and that private and state inspectors inland need not be put out of business because of misdeeds at the ports. The Agriculture Committee, on which all three serve, estimated that the, measure would add J7.S million to next year's budget, with the cost dropping to $6 million in 1961. •Merry-Go-Round« Ford scuttles anti-trust bill fly Jack Anderson military balance since 1965 has shifted substantially CitV IsSUC in fnvnr nf thp Rnviot Tfnmn " Procumahlu fVio im. * being lost in balance would become even more accentuated if both countries continued at the same existing rates of military development. And it is also true that the Russians may have translated detente as a weakness qf our national will when they decided to go into Angola . But we're of the opinion that both detente and military equality go hand-in-hand. One complements the other. There is no reason why the U.S. can't be strong and tolerant at the same time. A United States that has modern weapons systems — and comparable in strength to the Soviets — is the best insurance to make detente a workable policy. Defusing troublesome flare-ups throughout the world, and seeking to lessen the tensions which could lead to war, are admirable aims. And they can be realized if we negotiate from a position of strength. We hope that Congress sees fit to give Donald Rumsfeld's Department of Defense all the money it needs to achieve military equality with the Soviet Union. We'd also think it would be beneficial for the U.S. if Dr. Kissinger would continue to practice detente. •Strictly Personal Strange facts come to light By Sydney H. Harris Things I Learned While En RMte to Looting Up Other TKngs: — That some 100,000 dolphins drown to death each year in the oceans. — That, in Marseille, when motor vehicles other than taxis and buses were banned for a short time, carbon monoxide rates fell from 18 to 3 ppm, — That drops of water can be sustained in the atmosphere in temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero F. — That a radio signal "probe" from Arcturus, a star 36 light-years away from us, may have been circling the earth for the past 11,000 years. — That the greatest technological advances since World War II have been made in the field of — weaponry. (Nothing in the civilian field has proceeded with such speed, skill or rate of development.) — That the full record shows Nixon paid only J792 in federal income tax on an adjusted gross income of $262,942 in 1870; he paid only $876 on an adjusted gross income of $262,3W in 1971; and in 1972 (the year an IRS computer signaled an "abnormal" feature in his return) he paid M.288 on an adjusted gross income of $268,777. — That despite increased educational opportunities and higher educational attainment levels, the number of unskilled laborers aged IS to 24 has increased by a half-million in the last 20 years, while the number of older workers has shrunk by that amount. —That honey was used by the ancient Egyptians as an embalming fluid, and also was the only sweetening agent known in Biblical times up to the Middle Ages, when sugar was first accessible on European druggists' shelves as a costly medicinal. — That one of the principal reasons (ignored by the rubes) New YorX is broxe is that it annually sends about $M billion in taxes to Washington and gets only J2 billion in return. (Put that in your corncob and smoke it.) — That if 90 percent of our court cases were not kept from going to trial, by one slipper)' means or another, both our courts and our prisons would be flooded beyond all hope of operation. — That as the median age of the US. population continues to rise, ore out of every five Americans may expect to spend at least some time in a, nursing home bed. — That almost before the ink had dried on the First Amendment, the Alien and Sedition Acts were adopted by the U.S. Congress, which feared the. "radical" ideas of the French Revolution might subvert our new nation. Witch hunt unsuccessful MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) The state will not prosecute self-proclaimed witch Joann Denton, 38, who had been accused of accurately predicting another woman's death. Asst. Dist. Ally. Bob Grant said Monday there would be no prosecution because Mrs. Denton had not actually predicted the woman would die on a certain day, but rather felt the presence ofdeathataseance. (Catherine Carpenter had sworn out a warrant against Mrs. Denton, saying that she forecast at a seance March 20 that Mrs. Carpenter's mother, Dorothy Ramsey, would die on April 10. " The North Carolina law under which Mrs. Denton was charged makes it a mis- demanor to practice fortune telling, clairvoyance or phrenology or to predict character from the shape of the skull. controversy To the Editor: 1 had not expected to become embroiled in the local controversy, but the events of the last few days have really burned the old Norwegian's dander and I feel compelled to put forth a few facts as to who is calling the pot black. First of all it was my understanding that the issue was a violation of the open meeting law not the character assassination of honest citizens who are donating their time to serve on our city council. How many are aware that Mr. Korp does not live within the city limits — River Oaks is some distance beyond city limits, so in my opinion, has nothing to say about city politics nor should he be sitting on council committees. If memory doesn't fail me, I believe he is on the develop- • ment committee. Is his present vendetta against the council the best climate to attract new business? I think it behooves every businessman to take a clear-headed sobering look at what this type of scandal is doing to the shopping climate for our city. We are already known as Peyton Place, and this certainly is not doing the city any good.' 1 was shocked to read the article in the Minneapolis paper on Sunday that Mr: Mittelstadt was Mr. Neumann's uncle, that makes two relatives involved, as his lawyer I believe is not only a relative, but also a stockholder in the radio station. I feel that the council was only trying to save the man's reputation and had the old council terminated his employment when the question first arose rather than placing him on nine months probation, the present situation would never have arisen. The news coverage on Channel 7 Friday was a fine tour of the radio station, but had nothing to do with the open meeting law. As to the petition, as a native born and life-long resident and a registered voter, and yes, I always vote, I am asking that each name on that petition be certified as to residency and if they are voters, and voted in the last two city elections or the names should be stricken from the list Remember River Oaks, Woodland Heights, Swan Lake, Wall Lake and any suburb outside city limits are not eligible to participate in city politics. I was very upset by Mrs. Ryan's reckless remarks concerning city employees. As our alderman she did not do one constructive thing for our ward — that's an interesting committee (Citizens Advisory \\ f\ I I ***.»!— Quick: More stamps before we cr«h/* Telephone hearings resumed ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Hearings resume today on the request of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for a rate increase of nearly $50 million, with a new report calling for only 60 per cent of that. The staff of the Minnesota Public Service Department suggested late Monday that the utility's latest request be trimmed to $29.6 million per year. The hearings were due to continue until late May, as the Public Service Commission (PSC) takes more testimony. if the staff recommendation were adopted, it could result in an increase of between 6.6 and 8.8 per cent for phone customers in the Minneapolis-StPaul area, rather than the 19 per cent asked by Northwestern Bell. The basic one-party residential rate would go from $7.65 to $9.05 a month in the metro area ur.der the Bell proposal. Still hanging is a dispute between the company and the state over a rate case going back two years. The company and the PSC are at odds over a $8.6 million refund ordered by the PSC. after a series of ac- tions in District Court. The phone company has not announced whether it will pay the refund or appeal the order to the state Supreme Court. Under state law, telephone increases cannot take effect until final action by the PSC. In gas and electric utility cases, on the other hand, the companies are permitted to put higher rates into effect on a temporary basis, while hearings proceed. This may result in refunds later, such as a Northern States Power'Co. case in "recent months.' WASHlNGTON'-President Ford dropped his support of legislation to curb corporate mergers after his most prominent campaign fundraiser •complained about the bill to top White House and Treasury officials. The decision to scuttle the consumer measure was reached at a secret White House meeting after fundraiser Bernard Lasker intervened. Lasker, an investment banker and former head of the New York Stock Exchange, has been a key member of Ford's executive campaign finance committee since November. The amendment which so infuriated Lasker would Ime given the government a better chance to block major corporate mergers which often strangle competition and run up consumer prices. The Legislation could also cost the client's of Lasker's internationally known investment firm hundreds of millions of dollars. So, a few weeks ago Lasker began calling his friends in Washington to object to the antitrust bill as "inflexible." He spoke with Treasury and While House officials, including the President's top economic aide, William Seidman. Almost immediately, the matter was brought up at a closed meeting of the White House's powerful economic board. There, the Treasury officials whittled away at the arguments of the Justice Department's anti-trust chief Thomas Kauper. Finally, the Lasker view prevailed. To avoid making Kauper publicly back down, the White House had his boss, Deputy Attorney General Harold Tyler, convey the bad news to Senate Anti-Trust Chairman Philip Hart, D-Mish. . "The Administration," wrote Tyler, "does not support enactment of the pre-merger stay provision." The letter all but sounded the death knell for the bill because of the implicit threat of veto. Seidman, who acted as a fair- minded mediator in the matter, confirmed he had spoken to the powerful fundraiser, about the provision. Treasury officials also conceded they spoke with Lasker. Lasker did not return our call. Footnote: President Ford also flip-flopped on a previous anti-trust measure. After pressure from business groups, Ford reversed hinself on a bill to allow states to file anti-trust suits on behalf of their • consumers. BOOZE AND BOMBS: High ranking officers of the Navy's Flagship carrier Saratoga, on at least one occasion, used the ship's nuclear storage spaces to smuggle whisky and furniture past U.S. customs. The gold-braid smugglers correctly guessed that the customs inspectors, lacking nuclear clearance, wouldn't try to check the nuclear areas for contraband. For more than two years, the Saratoga crew, disciplined to protect nuclear secrets, has been even more tight-lipped about the booze that was stashed in the bomb spaces. The secret might never have leaked out if the top brass hadn't revoked the liberty privileges of scores of enlisted men for drunkeness. The indignant sailors got in touch with us to complain that their alcoholic trespasses were trivial compared to the escapades of certain top 'officers, including an admiral who turned out to be the secret owner of some confiscated spirits. We have carefully verified the complaints from eyewitnesses and Navy files. Here are UK fascinating facts: Just before the Saratoga pulled out of the Tonkin Gulf in winter 1973, some Navy bigwigs loaded crates of whisky into a nuclear storage room on the third deck below the hangar bay. Some rattan furniture from the Philippines was also hidden in the secret nuclear area, according to our sources. The contraband, safe in its nuclear hiding place was snaked into the United States, • duty free. The commanding officer of the Sratoga at that time was Capt. James R. Sanderson. Last year, some Filipino stewards were also caught smuggling a load of booze aboard the Saratoga off the shfres of Rota, Spain. An alert Master at Arms spotted the stewards in the act of lugging the heavy crates and confiscated the bootleg liquor. He described the incident, in accordance with Navy regulations, in an investigative report. But the report was quietly' discarded after Rear Adm. Forrest Petersen angrily told Saratoga officers the booze belonged to him. In fact, he ordered the Saratoga's executive officer to personally return the liquor to the admiral's spacious cabin. Petersen, incidentally, likes sports almost as much as booze. For when the Saratoga anchored just off Casablanca during that some tour, he loaded his golf clubs into one of 1 the carrier's helicopters for a game with the Pasha of Mohammedea. Naturally, this didn't go over very well with the enlisted men, who were left behind to swab the decks. Footnote: Sanderson denied any knowledge of efforts to avoid the payment of legitimate import duties on furniture or liquor. He says he declared about $2,600 worth of goods to customs inspectors. Petersen said the stewards were bringing him only "two or three bottles of cooking sherry." He added that his helicopter trip to the golf course in Casablanca was for an official function. Too much Satan talk ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) The director of the charismatic Center for Renewal here, the Rev. Joseph Lange, says too much emphasis is being placed these days on the demonic. "In some circles, everything is the work of Satan," he says in a new book, "Freedom and Healing," issued by Paulist Press. "More time is spent talking about Satan than about Jesus." Committee) as it has some interesting members which I won't go into. This reminds me of the eighth chapter of St. John where the Lord says, Let him among you who is without sin let him cast the first stone. Let's get back to respectable city business and if you are not satisfied, then exercise your right to vote at the next election. If you aren't interested enough to get out and vote, let's not stoop to mud slinging later. Dorothy M.Noren Autopsy scheduled MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An autopsy was scheduled for today in an effort to determine the cause of death of Loyd Sova, 12, of suburban New Brighton. The son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sova had been fishing from a dock at his home on Pike Lake April 20 when he was found in about three feet of water. He died Monday at Hennepin County Medical Center. There was no sign of injury when the boy was admitted to a suburban hospital, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said. However, the boy had suffered an injury in a hockey game about one month before he apparently fell into the lake. FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY . Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher GewgeMarotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. They'll Do It Every Time F Fifty years ago — 1926 Another barn burns mysteriously (from the Daily Journal for May t-7,1926) Another mysterious bam fire, this time in Fergus Falls Township, took place Saturday- night when the barn on the Herman Gra ms farm three or four miles northeast of this city was destroyed. IJke all the other recent barn fires this one broke out shortly 'after midnight and the building was enveloped in flames when it was discovered. Twelve head of cattle and horses were burned to death in the fire, the origin of which is a profound mystery. In a recent fire in N'idaros Township Peter Niles did nol discover the barn was burned until he went out with his milk pails lo mifX the cows in the morning. It would be well for the state insurance commissioner to send a man here to investigate. TOP STUDENTS ANNOUNCED Supt. Walter Lippitt today announced that Mary Margaret Bumap with an average scholarship of 93 will be valedictorian of the Ngh school senior class. Isabelle Hallan will be salutatorian. SEVEN SEEK SHERIFFS POST J.S. Billings; who has been Ute Otter Tail County sheriff for 27 years, has decided he will not be a candidate for re-election. LL Riley and Herman Slatten are expected to file for the office. Candidates already in the field are Carl Umlaut, Claude Elliott, Frank Shaw, Oscar TVelen and C.A'. Hanson. ALIENS PASS THROUGH CITY Two carloads of aliens for deportation passed through the city yesterday bound for the port at New York from where they will be sent to the various countries they came from. They were assembled in Seattle and the cars were heavily barred with several detectives on watch. JHG WILKIN COUNTY PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE SUBJECT: Biflato River Watershed Expansion Prior to submitting a statement to the Minnesota Water Resources Board, the county will hoid two meetings with the public to discuss a proposed expansion of the Buffalo River Watershed: Tuesday, May 4 • 8:30 p.m. Hill in WolvertoM Thursday, May 6 • 8:30 p.m. School Cafeteria m Roth say John Waliap Wilkin County Highway Engineer

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