OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1976 Editors' Notebook Recently you may have been one of many who have been confronted downtown by a youthful, person hawking flowers, candy or Bicentennial buttons. The parking lots of the City Center Shopping Mall has been one of the popular places for this activity, although a rainy afternoon (like Thursday) encourages visitation to business and office buildings. These people generally are neat appearing and articulate — but above all they are persistent and persuasive. They are followers of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, members of his Unification Church, and they are dedicated to raising money for his church (or cult) and finding converts to Moon's brand of theology. Rev. Moon is a Korean, a self-styled prophet whose goal is to create a world "family" in which all religions, creeds and nationalities will be one mass of disciples serving God under Father Moon. He claims to have been born clairvoyant and has had visionary dialogues with Jesus, Moses, Buddha and other saints. He prefers to be known as "the Father" and h? ! s regarded as the "true parent" of his followers. Two things seem to bother people — us included — about Rev. Moon. One is money. His movement has raised enormous sums (an admitted $12-million gross income in 1975) and substantial amounts of this are channeled directly to him. The sect owns vast holdings in real estate, and due to its status as a church the Moonie empire is exempt from income taxes. Because of questions raised about the Father's methods and motives, the Internal Revenue Service is now investigating to see if the movement deserves this tax-exempt status. The other objection to the Moonie movement comes from parents whose kids have become converts. Newsweek magazine says that: "Several psychiatrists who have examined ex-Moonies claim they have found solid evidence that the sect systematically programs converts into a state of mental dependency upon Moon." In any event, if you are approached by one of these so-called "missionaries" to buy a flower you should know that your money is not going to help the poor, needy, hungry and disadvantaged of this world. You are assisting Rev. Moon's quest for wealth and converts. The Daily Journal's cartoonist, Bill Mauldin, has done a book review of John Ehrlichman's novel "The Company." Both author and reviewer live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Former asked the latter to write about his book. Mr. Mauldin says it b well-written — one of the best things he has ever read by an attorney. He says that lawyers-turned-author tend to remain "verbose and discursive," but that Mr. Ehrlichman has avoided this and kept his syntax tight and his story flowing. What the reviewer doesn't like is that the book continues a trend "towards clobbering well-known people through a transparent fictionalization of their names." He mentions Truman Capote's latest book as an example, and we could throw in Spiro Agnew's recent literary effort too — not to mention Elizabeth Ray's book, Washington Fringe Benefits, which already is available in Fergus Falls. Reviewer Mauldin describes "The Company" story, which is a bunch of plots, sub plots and counter plots involving high government officials. All the characters engaged in this intrigue are thinly disguised so the reader will be sure to recognize them by their real names. But we weren't so interested in the details about the book as we were in Bill Mauldin's conclusions about this kind of writing. He says: "The trouble with this sort of thing is that it opens up a whole cesspool of opportunity for unprincipled writing. It is why I have strong reservations about even the latest Woodward and Bernstein opus, in which they are so protective of their sources. So far, there is no reason to suspect these brave and bright young men of lying when they tell us so-and-so did or said this or that, but they don't give us much reason to believe them, either. Better they don't tell what they don't want to back up. "Trust us," they are saying when they announce lhat Nixon didn't sleep with his wife for a spell. "Trust me," Capote is saying when he describes everybody sleeping with everything. "TVusl us," says Time magazine, feeding us quote after quote without attribution. "Trust me," says Ehrlichman as he makes an outhouse of the White House. "Well, by God, I don't trust any of them. I wish fiction and non-fiction would go back to enjoying equal but separate accommodations on the bookshelf." Well said. Bill Mauldin. criticized ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul Attorney John Connolly, who Is running for the 4th District congressional seat, said Thursday political parties should be Judged not on how disciplined they are but by whether they are responsive to the needs of the people. Connolly made the remarks after Minnesota AFL-CIO President David Roe accused State Auditor Hobert Mattion of showing complete disregard for labor by running against the DFI^ndorsed candidate in the 4th District race. Roe said Wednesday the party showed a lack of discipline by not condemning Mattson's action. Mattson and Connolly are running against DFLren- dorsed candidate Bruce Vento. Roe said the labor movement believes in discipline. "We expect our labor-endorsed candidates to support other labor-endorsed candidates," he said. Letters to the Ed/for Rothsay festival a success To the Editor: June 18, 19, and 20 the Rothsay community held its "Booming Festival" Bicentennial celebration. We have noted that your newspaper coverage renamed our celebration "Prairie Chicken Days". Although it was incorrect we thank you for a fitting name for another "Festival". Whatever the title we found it gave the community an excellent opportunity to work together for a successful weekend. The cooperation of individuals who willingly chaired committee's and organizations which followed their lead are to be complimented for a job well done. Co-chairpersons of the Rothsay Bicentennial Com. Mrs. Richard Rudh Mrs. Ralph Ouse Merry-Go-Round Butz staffers add eloquence *Wc rnu* WASHINGTON Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz has always been the kind of public speaker who could make the Gettysburg Address sound like a crop report. But lately, he has been gathering steam on the stump. His flat, Midwestern monotone has risen to new rhetorical heights on behalf of President Ford's campaign. Unfortunately, Butz's newfound eloquence has dubious roots. Career mil servants, who are barred by law from political activities, have been writing the secretary's speeches. They have also been compelled to prepare background papers on agricultural issues (or the Fcrd campaign staff. The man who has been orchestrating this misuse of the civil service is Butz's deputy undersecretary, Paul Theis, whose specialty is political campaigning. For more than 16 years, he was director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is devoted to electing Republicans to Congress. In 1974, President Ford brought Theis into the White House. He moved early this year to the Agriculture Dept where he has now pressed three reluctant career employes into company. Families host international 4-H exchange About 300 Minnesota 4-H families will host exchangees this summer from 10 days to a month in one of the largest endeavors of the Minnesota 4-H international program in 23 years' exchange. From July 6 to Aug. 3, Minnesota will host 154 Norwegian 4-H members and leaders, ages 14 or older, as the return phase of a two-year program. There were 43 Minnesota 4-H'ers visiting Norway in 1975. Four Norske visitors will be living in West Otter Tail County, and the families they will stay with are the Leland Anderson's, Ken Kronemann's, and Ben Gerhafrdson's, all of Fergus Falls, and Ken Moss' of Underwood. From July 21 to Aug. 19, Minnesota will host 122 Japanese children, ages 11 through 17, and their language tutor-chaperones under the Japan Labor-Minnesota 4-H Exchange. This is the fourth year of a continuing exchange with Labo, a private foundation headquarterd in Tokyo. The two Japanese visitors to the County will stay with the Paul Business News F ERGUSJOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher G*orgeMaroiteck,BusinessMgr.-JamesGray, r-'°«s Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. SUBSCS'.PTICN S n 01 a'l total re*'. ,. ACCS^-i. »J4;il3 lives by the way politics affects their personal through jobs, taxes, foreign policy, etc. Interestingly enough, there were some comments on California Gov. Jerry Brown. One respondent said: "The choice we have is between incipient senility and infantilism, except for Jerry Brown who proves by his past interest, and present behavior, that he has a functioning brain — which could be an asset to a high public office. A native Californian vacationing in these parts had another view on Gov. Brown: "We would disqualify Gov .Jerry Brown on the basis of experience...We are wondering if he became President would he refuse to live in the While House. We have a beautiful hew governor's mansion (which is costing the taxpayers a great deal'of money to stand vacant) in Calif, lhat Jerry Brown refuses to move into for no reason except it was built in the Reagan administration..." We don't know what one writer meant by saying: "Let's all hope we will put a man in the White House with a head on his shoulders — not just hair." Someone else noted that age in itself didn't tell how "old" a person was, and that a man younger in years might not stand the gaff as well as another person who was older. But the real humdinger came from the person who wrote: "1 would vote for a cross-eyed, polka-dotted, one-legged, 109 year old, toothless, broken-winged buzzard on a crutch...who went to seven different churches seven days a week, if he would just tell the truth, do what he promises, and not allow himself to be merchandised by Madison Ave. and then bought and paid for by special interest groups or giant corporations." Fergus Falls bank debits up 21 pet. Bank debits in Fergus Falls during April showed an increase of 21 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In dollars, Fergus Falls bank debits volume during April was $46,331,000. In the same month of 1975 the total figure was $38.401,000. For Minnesota the April volume of bank debits for reporting cities increased 13 percent from April of last year. For all of the Ninth Federal Reserve District the increase was 15 percent. Phillips attends Here are figures for other cities in this area. They show bank debits for this April, last April and the percentage of change. Alexandria $40,646,000; $34,040,000, up 19 percent. Detroit Lakes $40,950,000; $24,707,000, up 25 percent New York Mills $8,195,000; $5,996,000, up 37 percent Pelican Rapids $8,084,000; $7,038,000, up 21 percent Perham $9,764,000; $8,069,000, up 21 percent Wadena $20,548,000; $17,645,000, up 16 percent Elbow Uke $7,052,000; $5,066,000, up 39 percent Wheaton $9,693,00(1: $8,347,000, up 16 percent Barnesville $7,607,000; $4,555,000, up 67 percent Moorhead $94,394,000; $53,366,000, up 13 percent Breckenridge $16,334,000; $18,860,000, down 13 percent Robert Phillips, president of Northwestern National Bank, Fergus Falls, was among nearly 2,000 delegates who attended the SSth annual convention of the Minnesota Bankers Association in Minneapolis June 14-16. C. Paul I Jndhoun, senior vice president of Northwestern National Bank, Minneapolis, was installed as president of MBA. Delegates heard John D. Chisholm, 1875-76 MBA president, deliver a report on state and federal legislation affecting the banking industry. He said the recent veto of an electronic funds transfer bill demonstrated the lack of understanding of the needs of banking to provide convenient service to it customers. Johnson family and the Robert Harthun family, both of Fergus Falls. From Aug. 11 to Sept. 3, Minnesota will host five young farmers, ages 20 to 30, from the Soviet Union in the first 4-H exchange with that nation. Fifteen Soviets will arrive on June 19 to live on farms in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. A special training seminar for the 15 Soviets will be held at the University of Minnesota Aug. 1 to 11. Also on Augus 1 , 15 United States ex- changees, including one from Minnesota, win live and work on collective farms in the Soviet Union. Minnesota is hosting a young farmer from Australia and a 4- H leader from Jamaica under the International 4-H Youth Excnange(IFYE)until July 28. These will be followed by another exchange. Plans are underway for an exchange between Minnesota and Uruguayan 4-H leaders, sponsored by Minnesota 4-H and Partners of the Americas. Also, Minnesota 4-H may be receiving young Korean and .Filipino agricultural workers for several month stays in southern Minnesota. City employe ruling is 'big deal 1 in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Journal wins two awards Two awards for advertising excellence have been presented to the Fergus Falls Daily _ Journal. The award presen- the U.S." Supreme" Court's _. tation was part of the daily Uon striking down a federal law newspaper convention held this extending overtime pay and past weekend at Breezy Point other benefits to employes of Resort, north of Brainerd. state and local governments "is One plaque was given for the a very big deal" in Iowa, ad series, "Fergus Falls — The rhoi'c »k« ™n;™ «t r Full Service City," and the other was awarded for the recently published Autos 76 and Car Care" tabloid, prepared by the staff of the newspaper. The awards were presented That's the opinion of Donald Cleveland, executive director of ^ Iowa state Association of Counties i^ overtime rule had been appUed unevenly among the ^te, ciUes ^^ can^ of lowa . But Cleveland said that By JACK ANDERSON with LES WRITTEN _ A GS-14 civil servant, for example, wrote Butz's June 12 keynote address before the Michigan state Republican convention. It was entitled, "The Republican Revolution." In his droning monotone, Butz read the words prepared for him at the taxpayers' expense. "It was in the cold light of a New England spring morning," he began dramatically, "that the American Revolution began just over 200 years ago." That revolution continues, declared Butz, "under the clear light of reason within the Republican party. And under the leadership of President Gerald R. Ford." Having thus aligned Ford with the founding fathers, Butz moved to the climax of his speech. "What I'm going to do," he intoned, "is tell you flat out: President Ford deserves the Republican party nomination because he is the best possible candidate — and he is a winner." Butz always includes a pro- forma attack on the overgrown federal bureaucracy in his speeches. But he doesn't mention that he keeps at least three bureaucrats busy writing illegal political speeches and papers. Footnote: Theis acknowledged that a career civil servant worked on the June 12 speech. But Theis insisted that he added the language calling for Ford's nomination. He feels this is not improper since he is a political appointee. He also conceded that the Agriculture Dept has prepared background papers for Ford but contended that the department has prepared similar reports for past presidents. WIRETAP FLAP: What started in bipartisan harmony at the White House three months ago is now ending in acrimony on Capitol Hill. Confidential White House minutes show that both Democratic and Republican leaders supported President Ford's wiretap legislation last March. > The President's bill would set up a seven-judge panel to approve wiretaps. Rep. Robert Kastenmeir, D-Wis., has now charged that the panel will be meaningless if the judges simply are going to rubberstamp Justice Dept requests. He wants the judges to have the power to investigate the evidence to determine whether it justifies wiretapping. He also wants to make it more difficult for the Justice Dept to tap the telephones of a U.S. citizen than those of a foreign national. The Democratic majority in Congress will probably add these provisions to the President's bill by the time it reaches his desk. This Democratic tinkering has upset some Republican leaders who thought they had a concensus at a closed-door White House meeting on March 23. And that's the way the confidential transcript of the meeting reads. "Time is of the essence," the President pleaded after Ally. Gen. Edward Lev! explained the bill. "A high degree of unanimity is important" Sea Edward Kennedy, D- Mass., praised Ford and Lev! for their outstanding leadership. "This step will move us a long way toward the kind of . by the Northwest Daily Press for 0^^ alone elimination Association at their annual ^ overt ime pay eligibility for summer meeting. Glenn Olson, advertising manager accepted the plaques in behalf of the paper. nonsupenrisory workers will cut county payrolls by a minimum $5 million a year. Last week in these colums we ware asking some political questions. Apart from political philosophy, how do you evaluate the frontrunning candidates who aspire to the White House? How much emphasis do you place on such difficult issues as age, experience and character? We asked our readers to write and share their opinions with us on these issues. Well, we were not inundated by an avalanche of replies. But those who did write were quite positive. Many emphasized the importance of honesty in government. We got the impression, though, that if our little survey was any indication, not many voters are going to reach a decision on the basis of age and character. Apparently a number of other factors are more important, and people are strongly influenced A rare boltle collection was uncovered recently during remodeling of an old depot at Lidgcrwood, N.D. The "dead soldiers" dropped inside (he wall years ago include a Fergus Beverage Company bottle. Hie 250 bottles apparently date back to Prohibition days. Bottled heer, it seems, was shipped in casks by some brewers to customers who picked them up at the depot Thirsty people at the depot would empty a bottle or (wo from the casks and drop the empties into the wall to avoid discovery by (he depot agen( or the customer. The bottles will be auctioned July 5 during I.idgerwood's 90th anniversary and Bicentennial celebration. Funds will be used (o equip the old depot which will be used as a community meeting place. Cillectors Associatioi Iwnrs Cirtis Has*) Curtis Hanson, owner of the Collection Bureau of Fergus Falls Inc., Friday, was awarded membersiuij in the International Fellowship of Certified Collectors of the American Collectors Association Inc. Announcement of the honor was made at the 37th annual convention of the association held at Walt Disney World, Fla. The fellowship recognize ACA members who have attained exceptional achievement in their businesses, communities and association. Hanson has been president and vice president of the North Dakota Collectors Association and held all offices in the Upper Midwest Collectors Conference. Hanson is a director of the Area Vocational Technical Institute at East Grand Forks and has been active in a number of organizations at Grand Forks. They'll Do It Every Time TRACKING THE GARBLE TRUCK. THAT CA«t£ protection the American people are entitled to," said the senator. The same Kastenmeier, who has now changed his tune, joined the harmonious chorus at the March 23 meeting. The only Democrat who raised any questions about the bill, according to the minutes, was Sen. James Abourezk, D- S.D. He objected to a waiver clause in the bill which would allow some wiretapping to go ahead without the panel's approval. "The disclaimer clause worries me," said Abourezk. "Some president may use it against his enemies." But Atty. Gen. Levi insisted that the National Security- Agency must be ab!e to Up the telephone of spies overseas without clearing it with a judicial panel back home. He also argued that the Justice Dept. must have the power, in an emergency case, to tap for 24 hours without approval. The Democrats may leave the waiver dause in the bill. But the President will have trouble recognizing his legislation when Congress delivers it back on his desk. 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