The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 22, 1976 · Page 6
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WtjJournal OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1974 r Editors' Notebook f Jaon Or i, «x> CMrm UM* nod •Merry-Go-Round« Trident probe . hampered? By JACK ANDERSON wlthLESWHriTEN Our congratulations to Wayne Homing and Paul Gust Jr., the newly elected school board members. We hope they are enjoying the warm glow of victory because these moments are fleeting. Ere too many days go by they will be caught up in the demanding work of serving School District ,544. We were not too surprised at the winners chosen by the voters , but we were startled by their commanding lead over the rest of the field. There was a total of 2,420 voters who went to the polls Tuesday, most of whom probably exercised their right to vote for two candidates. Together, Messrs. Gust and Ronning got 2,490 votes, which means that almost every voter cast at least one of their votes for one of the winners. Their margin should leave them with the confident feeling that they have solid backing from the community as they go about the business of continuing to provide a good educational system. With 12 candidates running, there had been some talk that a primary — to reduce the slate to four — would have been a good idea. As it turned out, a primary wasn't necessary. It would have been wasted motion since the bulk of the votes were not fragmented, as some people thought might happen. Usually we find ourselves chiding the voters for an apathetic showing but this. school election was different. It was heartening to see the heaviest voter turnout since 1964, especially since there were no big emotional or flaming issues stirring up the populace. We compliment aU the public-spirited non-winning citizens who filed. All together they were responsible for generating the interest leading up to a noteworthy election. •*••••••• How do you feed the 11,000 hungry athletes who will be at the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, this summer? The answer is: with 173,000 pounds of beef, 74,500 pounds of pork, 41,500 pounds of fish, 31,250 dozen eggs and an occasional prayer. And not to be forgotten, there will be 700 gallons of catsup for one of the bigger feeding operations of the year. A food staff of 1,221 will be able to serve 10,000 meals in 90 minutes. It includes 39 chefs for hot foods, 50 for cold foods and another 50 short order cooks. All steaks will be done to order. And there will be food for all tasles, all religions, all needs. Dieticians have planned a superdiet for the athletes — 5,090 calories a day. There will be masses of protein for everyone. •••••••*• There are many little ways in which we can be considerate. A lot of us ignore them, just out of thoughtlessness. A woman who called this, off ice the other day had one suggestion to make on a way to show consideration. Her complaint was about garage sales, which are numerous in neighborhoods around town — including her own neighborhood. She said patrons of the sales seem to ignore the rights of residents by parking in a way that blocks .driveways. She suggested visitors at all homes make certain they do not block driveways. She certainly has a point. And we might add that the point is also applicable to all occasions that draw traffic to residential areas — not just rummage sales. Doing a bit of investigative reporting, a Journal staffer called a local bar Tuesday to see if bars were required to close because of the school election. "When is the election?" . asked the voice at the other end of the line. Many strange news items come to the Daily Journal through the mail. This one this week is intriguing. Donna J. Schroeder, University of North Carolina, has been given a grant-in-aid to research award to assist her in her study of "Whistled song as communication in the tufted titmouse." The news release came from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America. Schroeder may have a Fergus Falls connection but there is no indication in the release. But it goes on to explain Sigma Xi makes a number of grants to promising scientists at critical 'points in their research careers. •••*••••• For seven years, most of the country has observed Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. For many years the holiday was May 39 but this was changed by the federal government and most states in order to give the public a three-day holiday. This year New York is going to break ranks with other states. Governor Casey has signed a bill making Sunday, May 30 and not the following day the slate's Memorial Day. FERGUS JOURNALCOMPANY Established 1673 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Wlarotteck, Business Mgr.Oames Gray, News Ed. Glenn E.Olson, Advertising Mgr. i ?M'V*3 tl frrjs, jCv'nal Co al *U E Oa^l r*3 Feff.S Pans. V-n Mil?. <Jj !/ fTCW'S'XXHYiA'-aHC' i*,\ SKOr-3c'ISSCCS'*5f pi 1 »'• r f*.S Pa H V rjl SU6SCGIPTIGS3ATES WASHINGTON-In scathing language that has been carefully classified,' the General Accounting Office has blasted the Navy for hampering its investigation of th« 116 billion Trident submarine program. The GAO's broadside was accompanied by a separate, blistering letter to Navy Secretary J. William Middendorf II, complaining about the attempt to scuttle the investigation. The nuclear-powered, missile-carrying Trident submarines are intended to supplement and eventually replace the Polaris and Poseidon subs, which now comprise our strategic underwater fleet. As Congress' chief investigative arm, the GAO is supposed to make sure that the taxpayers are getting their money's worth from government programs. Members of Congress depend heavily on GAO reports to guide them in voting for appropriations'. But in the case of the Trident submarines, the GAO auditors charge that they have been obstructed by the Navy from getting all the facts. "We could not satisfy ourselves," declares the classified report, "thai the information contained in this report concerning the TRIDENT missile system is a current, complete assessment of the missile program's status." More specifically, the GAO alleged: "Under the restrictions placed on us, we were not permitted to discuss details with persons who, in our opinion, were more knowledgeable of the matters under discussion. "Therefore, we had no assurance that the questions we asked were accurately related to those persons or whether the answers we received were complete. In addition, we encountered unreasonable delays in receiving documents we requested for our independent review." The report, nevertheless, identified some technical problems within the Trident program and questioned whether the program- could meet its schedule. The auditors also claimed a whopping $44.5 millionhad been misplaced and should have been charged to the Trident program. In a confidential response, . the Navy pleaded that "extenuating circumstances" had justified the restrictions and delays. It was also the Navy's polky, staled the reply, "that only those managers with extensive knowledge of the (Trident) program could speak for that office. "This policy... is not limited to GAO . . . There is no indication that the policy was applied in a manner designed to withhold information to which GAO was otherwise entitled." A Navy spokesman, responding to questions from our associate Jim Grady, reiterated that the Navy had not sought to hamstring the auditors or to cover up anything. As for the Trident program, the spokesman said "several'problems have been identified and are being investigated." The Trident subs, he added, probably will come off the production line on schedule. FOLEY'S FOLLY: It takes months for a government agency to squeeze the most modest appropriation out of Congress. But the process speeds up considerably when a powerful committee chairman wants to improve the decor at his lunch table. On April 9, House Agriculture Chairman Thomas Foley, D- Wash, requested $1,798.60 to purchase 24 place settings and accessories. Of course, he wanted the finest Lenox china, suitable for serving the distinguished guests who drop ty the committee offices for lunch. A few days ' later, Foley remembered with horror that he had forgotten to order cups and saucers. He corrected this oversight on April 27, with a request for 24 tea cups and saucers at an additional cost of $496.60. It took three more days for the expenditure to get approval. House Administrator Chairman Wayne Hays, D- Ohk>, wrote back on April 30: "The House Administration Committee is pleased to grant your request. .." Foley and his guests are now eating in style. WHERE'S EVERYONE: The Bicentennial tourists have been flocXing into the Senate and House galleries to watch their elected representatives in action. The folks from back home often find no one paying attention to the droning, out-of- context oratory. Throughout the proceedings, congressmen suddenly appear on the floor, conduct their business and just as suddenly disappear. A few days ago, House Speaker Carl Albert finally asked the question the tourists have been wondering about. He looked up after the opening prayer and found the House floor virtually empty. Frowning, he turned to an aide and whispered, quite audibly: "Where the hell is everyone?" WASHINGTON WHIRL: The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration has spent almost $4.4 billion to fight crime, with no significant results. Our reports about LEAA's importe'nce have now been confirmed by independent studies, which recommend a major restructuring of the agency. — It is illegal for candidates to solicit campaign contributions from corporations. However, we have obtained a copy of a letter dated April 23, 1978, which President Ford sent to IBM asking the corporation to send "your maximum contribution in the enclosed envelope." A spokesman said the Congressional Campaign Committee had mailed the letter to IBM evidently by mistake. — Congress is now using a computer to handle the tax withholdings of its employes. Since the task was turned over to the electronic marvel, dozens • of checks have wound up at the wrong banks and mailboxes. *0kay—now Wing on fiie Business News Ron Birt attends workshop seminar Ron Burl of Lake Region Rehabilitation Industries attended a recent two-day rehabilitation workshop seminar in suburban St. Paul to team improved methods of bidding on projects from' private industry. Thirty-four rehabilitation center officials from throughout the state praticipated in the session held at the,3M Company under sponsorship of the Minnesota Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. Instructors from the 3M staff discussed manufacturing methods, work simplification, standard work practices, time study, learning curves, industrial safety, product assurance and preparation of bid costs. Pelican iaa n»ed air refresher dealer Robert Richardson, Pelican Rapids Route 3, has been appointed a star, dealer for decorative "3-Year" Air Refresher produced by Shangri-La Manufacturing Company, New Rochell, N.Y.' As territorial sales manager he will make efforts to insure complete product distribution in the area. Fergus Falls Tell elected head employment, ef iisvaice group shows gain Higer minted for plaHiag coiuil Roland JE. Viger, CLU, district agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, has been nominated as a member of the Red River Valley Estate Planning Council, Fargo. Membership of the council includes attornies, certified public accountants, trust officers and charter life underwriters who specialize in estate planning reviews. Each member must be nominated by two present members of a different profession! Viger is also a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters, a life and qualifying member ' of the Million Dollar Round Table. Dr. Page art HM kmred for service Dr. Leong Y. Horn and Dr. Carl O'Neal Page of Fergus Falls have received awards for meritorious service from the Rural Physician Association Program of the University of Minnesota Medical School Both doctors have been preceptors for one year, Dr. Page in the internal medicine portion of the program and Dr. Horn in family practice. BOND BONANZA • OAKI>ND,Cal.(AP) -Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp is giving i U.S. Savings Bond to one of its employes every day during the Bicentennial year. Bond denominations range from $100 to $5,000 and go to workers whose names are picked at random from a com-' puter list. -Total Fergus Falls employment increased 74 workers or 1.2 percent in April over March, the Fergus Falls office of the Department of Employment Services reports. The construction industry led in the increase. The overall employment picture continues to look better in relation to year ago totals. Every category has increases which total 325 positions or 5.5 percent. The local labor supply remains high with more than enough local labor to meet employer demands for most unskilled or semi-skilled workers. And the supply will irxjease as graduates from schools and colleges join the work force. In the past month employers placed 84 job openings and 62 were placed in jobs, 50 of them full-time. The Fergus Falls "mini- employment office" wil be sponsored again this year by the Chamber of Commerce, opening the week of June 7 in the Chamber of Commerce conference room. Here are employment figures for Fergus Falls in March and April Bus year and April a year ago. March April April 197t 1971 IRS Retail Trade 1352 1384 1327 Byron A. Tell, Fergus Falls, was elected president of the West Central Minnesota Association of Life Underwriters at its April meeting. The association is the kxal affiliate of the Minnesota and National.Associations of Life Underwriters, a professional association of career life and health insurance agents. Tell is an agent with Northwestern National Life , Insurance .Company. Service Manufacturing Whole. Trade PuWiclltU. Government Finance Construction Other Total 1452 1466 1381 757 762 740 122 127 108 595 M2~5B9 1470 1475 1359 249 240 229 125 157 Ut 48 SI' 42 6170 6244 5919 Hpa drivers get awards for safety Safe worker and safe driver awards were presented May 14 to employees of Hyman Freightways, formerly Raymond Motor Trans- •portation, of Fergus Falls. Harold Bergerud received an award for 40 years as safe worker and safe driver; Harry Drager, 22 years safe worker and safe driver; Mel Duenow, six years safe worker and five .years safe driver; Leonard Schwarr, four -years safe driver; Larry Waasdorp, two years safe worker and safe driver, and Dave Mandelke, one year safe driver. Bergenid was recognized for 42 years with the company. Awards were presented by Jim Erickson, safety director of Hyman Freightways, St. Paul. TUESDAY SPECIAL! Mtaty, Juicy HMbtrgers 25 Each QUIK STOP 4»W«I Lincoln Jensei participates . ii GMC drive-away Larry Jensen, Super GMC Truck Sales, has returned from me GMC Minneapolis Zone North Star Two Drive-Away conducted • from Pontiac Stadium, home of the Detroit IJons. ' i Approximately 175 new GMC medium duty trucks moved out of the stadium and taking to the expressways to Minnesota and other points west More than 70 dealer personnel from the Minneapolis zone participated. Trucks delivered in the drive- away are now on display at the Fergus Falls dealership. Letters to the Editor Criticism of crusade ^disturbing To the Editor: This is a reply to a later that appeared in The Journal under the date of May 18. I want to assure the 'Rev. Morltin that I will read the book "The Billy Graham Religion" as soon as I can obtain a copy. It is gratifying to see so many area churches collaborating in the "Lake Region Crusade for Christ." 1 assume that all area churches had an opportunity to participate in this great undertaking. However, some must have declined to take part. This was their prerogative. I was disturbed.to read the letter attempting 'to discredit the Crusade. There are some Christians in the United States today who have become victims of a censorious, critical and fault-finding spirit. These people spend their time digging up all the ugly things they can find out about other Christians. In Luke 9:4WO we read, "And John answered and said. Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy Name; and we forbade him, because he foUoweth not with us. And Jesus said unto him. Forbid him not: for he that-is not against us is for us." These Christians have forgotten that the one distinguishing mark of the Christian is Love. They have lost the meaning of I Corinthians 13, which gives the definition of love. Paul wrote, "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, 1 have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have a gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and it I have all faith, so to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And it I give all my possessions to feed the poof, and ii I deliver 'my body to be burned, but do not have love, it prof its me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous " For those who are promoting criticism, I can only quote the words of Jesus as written in the 23rd chapter of Luke, verse 34, " Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. George R. Bonewell Post Office Box 90 Pelican Rapids POOL CHEMICALS BIG JOB PATCH KIT No. 13203 FLEET.* 1.99 Col Jet ALGAECIOE LIQUID Extends chlorine lite and keeps »ater crystal clean. 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