The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 28, 1976 · Page 2
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, April 28, 1976
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Will Journal Steven Solioh found innocent OPINION PAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 1976 Editorial Comment. Demands growing for national food policy Political parties seem bound to focus attention on a national food policy as campaigns develop. Consumers and producers are only a few of the groups calling for a policy. A national policy is advocated by members of the Minnesota delegation attending the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland this week. And separate efforts are being made by the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Alliance for Food, a joint project of the National Farmers Union and the United Auto Workers. Methodists in Minnesota, noting that a recommended priority of the United Methodist Church is helping abate world hunger, seeks the support of other religious bodies in implementing a national food policy. It's ranked in importance with a national energy policy and a national defense policy. A realistic international policy has to involve food and the mistakes of the energy crisis can't be repeated, says Cy Carpenter, Minnesota Farmers Union president. An international grain reserve system and multi-nation commodity agreements are features of a seven-point program offered. Improved agricultural research and crop and livestock reporting along with a short-term export control policy if critically short food supplies are predicted are also advocated. The Alliance for Food's director, Bill Walker, says the surprises farmers and consumers are exposed to are cruel and a program must be designed that does not pit farmer against consumer but relies on their mutual benefit. A food commission made up of farmers, economists and consumers that would establish program goals for farm production and reserves is suggested by the Farmers Union. Methodists propose inclusion of educators, theologians and persons in government as well to identify essential elements of a national food policy. It's obvious that a food policy involves moral obligations to alleviate hunger and there are economic reasons for farmers and consumers who are affected by shortages and short-range solutions. Food has become a resource for battling Communism when this country escapes drought. But there are limits to demands on American food supplies. A national food policy seems important but a policy needs to go beyond the United States. Cooperation with other countries with ideological differences is surely in this nation's interest. A stable and equitable food cost is essential to national and international consumers and suppliers. A national food policy is surely a step in the right direction since agriculture involves a basic part of the economy that needs stabilizing. •Strictly Personal SACRAMENTO. Calif. <AP) — Steven Soliah, judged innocent in a federal bank robbery (rial, may still face charges of harboring his underground lover, Palricia Hearst. Federal prosecutors in San Francisco refused Tuesday to rule out the possibility that charges of aiding the newspaper heiress would be reinstated against Die 27-year-old housepainter. "There are a number of possibilities," said Asst. U.S. Ally. David Bancroft. "We are evaluating all options and reviewing all evidence whkh has conie to light since Sept. It." Soliah, who has said he lived with Miss Hearst during her last days as a fugitive, was charged with harboring her when they were arrested in San Krancisco Sept. 18. But that charge was dropped after So- Hah was indicted here for allegedly helping steal $15,000 from a Crocker National Bank branch in suburban Camiichael on April 21,1975. A customer, Myrna Opsahl, was killed by a shotgun blast fired by one of the robbers. Prosecutors said Soliah was not the tnggerman. A jury of eight women and four men found Soliah innocent in the bank robbery case Tuesday after 6',6 hours of deliber- FERGUSJOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Wgr. '/:nr«M-a. 1 >r..l»00 irr ation. The verdict came moments after stale officials said a key witness for Soliah, Emily Toback, might not have been where she said she was on the morning of the robbery. Soliah said later the jury's decision was the "right thing. I didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad it happened." During the trial prosecutors produced two eyewitnesses who identified Soliah as one of Four bandits who entered the bank shortly after it opened at 9 a.m. They said he ran down the center of the bank, wielding a shotgun. But Soliah said he was in San Francisco when the robbery took place, and Miss Toback, a San Francisco masseuse, partially supported his story. She said Soliah was wilh her the night before and the night after the robber)'. But she said she couldn't remember whether Soliah was still at her home when she left that morning for a physics class at 11 a.m. Slate prison officials said Tuesday that a woman identifying herself as Emily Toback visited an inmate at Folsom prison from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the day of the robbery. Miss Toback denied the report, insisting that she was "at a class at the time." The prison is 95 mUes northeast of San Francisco and 10 miles from Carmichael. KDC gets grant The West Central Regional Development Commission will receive a grant of $25,000 from the Uppe* Great Lakes Regional Commission, Gov. Wendell R. Anderson has announced. Anderson said the grant will be used to conduct economic analyses and associated studies for the economic development planning activities of the West Central Region of Minnesota. Cardinals named VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Paul VI named 19 new cardinals Tuesday, including Archbishop William Wakefield Baum of Washington, D.C., further rejuvenating and internationalizing the Church body that elects popes — the Sacred College of Cardinals. The names of two additional new cardinals were kept secret. With Archbishop Baum, there will be 12 Americans in the college, more than any nationality except the Italians, who have 36. Specu ation that the next pope might be a non-Italian gained momementum as the new choices showed non-Italians continuing to outnumber Italians in the college. TTie new elevations increased •Merry-Go-Round" A national suggestion box By Jack Anderson FBI's tactics lack candor By Sydney H.Harris On the very same day last month, there appeared in my home town newspaper two stories. The first, on page 16, reported that Clarence Ketley, director of the FBI, deplored the public's "apathy" about the rise in U.S. crime. Speaking at a college symposium, Kelley described himself as "waiting for a cleansing tide of indignation and lawful action." The other story, headlined on page 1, reported that the FBI had burglarized the offices of the Socialist Workers Party and its affiliates more than 90 limes in a half-dozen years. This was disclosed only after the party had filed a J27 million suit charging unconstitutional harassment of legal political activities. Now you probably know nothing about the Socialist Workers Party, and may imagine it to be the sinister red hand of the Russian Communists, with a pipeline to Moscow—which might at least explain, if not justify, the FBI's undercover burglaries. In point of fact, the SWP is a faction known loosely as "Trotskyite," which has always bitterly opposed the Russian regime, and which long ago denounced Stalin as a butcher and the whole Bolshevik apparatus as a fascist despotism masquerading as the friend of the world's toilers. Moreover, it is a legally constituted party, on the ballot in those stales where it can summon enough strength to be recognized, this strength is about the equivalent of a butterfly's belch. The party is effective only in puncturing the pretensions and posturings of the communists here — and thus acts as a useful gadfly against Sonet propaganda. If the FBI had any political sense, it would have encouraged the SWP rather than browbeating it. But as I read the situation i especially in ihe fervid '60s), there were simply not enough genuine pro- Russian type Communists arour.d for j. Edgar Hoover to make a credible "crusade" again;'. So, ignoring the political realities and all ethical considerations, the FBI broadened Its breaking-and- entering base to include such impotent radicals as the SWP — in large part to justify its increasing budget. When Director Kelley calls for more public indignation against rising crime, he ignores the plain fact that people' are turned of f because crime seems to be a way of life on the national and international scenes. If the government can engage in acts that are dubious at the best, bow .can we condemn private crime? And if we don't start reform at the top, how can we expect public morality to seep down to the bottom? In more than 30 years of writing a daily column, I have never castigated the FBI, despite much uneasiness, because there was not enough hard evidence to justify breaking down public confidence. That confidence has now been shattered by its own lack of candor and common sense. WASHINGTON - Even as we celebrate the Bicentennial, some of us have an uneasy sense that government of, by and for the people is slipping away from us. Events daily reinforce this uneasiness. The tax bite grows ever bigger, except for favored interests, while public services decay. The rapist and robber are forever being let free to prowl again by a legal system that seems impervious to the public demand that dangerous criminals stay locked up. The residential neighborhood is regularly bulldozed under to make way for the office building or the highway extension, as though only the construction lobbies have the inside track on public decisions. • The businessman is almost hopelessly entangled in government red tape spun by a mindless process of bureaucratic accretion that all profess to deplore but none seem able to halt. Meanwhile, the government that so often seems rented out to the predators and power blocs also seems dried up of genuine ideas. Problems mount, but officialdom gibbers and offers no solutions. Despite failures that should humble the vainest, the bureaucracy grows more arrogant, more contemptuous of the public, more given to entrenching itself in a labyrinthine fortress wherein it is impenetrable to the people and uncontrollable even by presidents and Congresses. Thus has a tragic estrangement grown up between the citizenry and their government. A majority now believe that our institutions do not hear us, do not serve us and do not want to serve us. Have we built a robot so complicated we cannot run it and it runs us? It depends on what steps are taken now. Government can be made accountable, even if it has to be dismantled bureau by bureau. The voice of the individual can be made to register once again. True participation by the people in public decisions can be made not just a possibility but a prerequisite. Either we must now make these goals the key items on our national agenda, or we must write the epitaph of the American idea. As a beginning, we wish to They'll Do It Every Time S Z.v 6CY :6 CN THE SOOOu aWBSX, AMD \6 US WATCHWORD-- ^likm, offer a modest proposal. It' springs from the fact that we have a line of daily communication with 50 million readers in close to 1,000 newspapers, a line of communication that can be used to combat the individual citizen's despairing belief that no one in government is listening. We have established a National Suggestion Box which will receive your ideas for the solution of national problems and the righting of governmental wrongs. Millions of Americans have good ideas and valuable perspectives, which are sorely needed to revitalize the nation. . But they feel that they have no place to go with their ideas, for the government has s special talent for resisting outside suggestions and giving people the runaround. So if you have an idea, send it to the National Suggestion Box. Here's what we'll do with it We will publicize ideas of special merit. We will follow up these proposals, urging their adoption. We cannot demand that your proposals be accepted; we can merely demand that they be considered. To run this program, we have set up a small organization. President Edward Piszek of the Copernicus Society of America, a group devoted to good causes, has offered to help fund it. The rest is up to you. Write to us at the National Suggestion Box, Box 2009, Washington, D.C. 20013. As a'typical example, we have previously received suggestions that federal agencies should have to be renewed every four years. Those that become obsolete or unproductive should automatically die. This would require the federal agencies to justify their reestablishment. It would offer a real incentive for citizens' groups to monitor the bureaucracy and bring pressure to bear on Congress at the optimal time. The idea has now been put into legislative form by Sen. Edmund Muskie, D-Me. Similar ideas from the public should be presented and discussed. They may be grandiose schemes or small suggestions. Our intent if to open up a dialogue between the governed and their governors. What we seek to do, in a larger sense, is to return government to the people and encourage Americans to rise as never before to the status of true citizenship. We must be more than regular taxpayers and sometime voters. Wendell Berry, the Kentucky poet-farmer, has described what it will take to maintain a free and responsible society: "I have begun to understand citizenship in more complex terms. As 1 have come to see it, it requires devotion and dedication, and a certain inescapable bewilderment and suffering. "It needs all the virtues, all of one's attention, all the knowledge that one can gain and bring to bear, all the powers of one's imagination and conscience and feeling. It is the complete action. Rightly understood, its influence and concern permeate the whole society, from th« children's bedroom to the capitol." This is a tall order. But it may be the price of your freedom, and it is assuredly the price of your children's freedom. the college from 117 to 136, falling far short of the record 145 reached three years ago. This was the fifth consistory Pope Paul called in his 13-year-old reign. In addition to naming 19 prelates to the purple, making them princes of the Church, the 78-year-old pontiff held the names of two prelates "in pec- tore" — in his breast. In the past such new cardinals had Iheir names kept secret in this manner because they lived in Communist countries. The new cardinals will be installed May 24. If tradition holds true, the Pope may announce the names of the "in pectore" cardinals at that time. The new appointments gave cardinals for the first time to the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Uganda and Nigeria. The Vatican said in a statement that the Pope made "a significant choice proceeding with his desire of making the Sacred College of Cardinals a faithful image of the entire Church." The Italians drew three additional posts in the college, making their number 36 — the largest single group. But in keeping with the policy of internationalizing the college, non-Italians have outnumbered Italians, leading to the speculation that the next pope may be a non-Italian. The last non-Italian head of the Homan Catholic Church was Adrian VI, a Dutchman who reigned briefly in the 16lh century. Archbishop Baum, the only American on the list of new cardinals, was born in Dallas, Tex., on Nov. 21,1926, and was ordained a priest in 1951. Before taking over the Washington archdiocese, he was bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, in Missouri. In addition to his Washington church job, he currently is chancellor of Catholic University in Washington. Pope Paul namd him archbishop of Washington following the retirement of Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle in 1973. The announcement of the names said only "the Holy Father on t May 24 will hold a secret consistory in which" he will elevate to cardinal rank the following clergymen." The Pope will "formally create" the new cardinals in the secret consistory,, then will preside in a public consistory and give the new cardinals their "biretta," a three-cornered red hat symbolic of the princes of the Church. latex House &Trim GALLON REG.4W $ 2- $ 4off. ^ OlT« Fresh Cover indoor latex in 10 decorator colors. Goes on easily, dries in ','•• hour to a flat finish. Clean-ups rire easy with so;ipv water. 2 Oil. Exterior latex brightens any home with white. Kinc for wood, stucco, or masonry. Dries fast. Hands and loots clean up in a jiffy. One-coat paints. 7P GALLON REG It) 99, 11 » S4 off. Acrylic Latex exterior paint in 30 colors dries fast and resists blistering. Easy clean-up. $3 off. Gallery interior latex flat paint in 50 colors goes on smoothly, dries fast. Easy wash-up. 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