The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 6, 1974 · Page 4
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, March 6, 1974
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fjt ^WO//UJOUntO/ Nixon *o propose campaign reform "•—^" • 111 A CUT Mr*'I'CIV* i A it v 1.1 L _ i _i i .,.. OPINION PAGE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1974 Ea-'c' : 4's -%' ileno,- Jd-rrt Gray. CnarIM UncefAooo. RODWI DrKnsel Editorial Comment ___^__i^__ Regionalizing control of the state hospital A proposal now being considered to place Fergus Falls State Hospital under the control of a regional board instead of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is worthy of serious study but not hasty action. The idea, which originated in and is promoted by Otter Tail County, was discussed here late last month by DPW and state hospital officials plus representatives from 15 of the hospital's 17 receiving area counties. Basically, the proposal would create a board with members from each of the 17 counties. The board would administer the hospital, hire staff and establish programs. The idea would be tried as a pilot project at Fergus Falls State Hospital only. Now Otter Tail County's board of commissioners is inviting each of the other 16 counties to appoint one person to a committee to study the entire matter. We believe the first questions that committee should ask — and answer — are questions raised at last month's meeting by hospital administrator Robert Hoffmann. Hoffmann argued that three major questions should be satisfactorily answered before consideration is given to disturbing the status quo: —what are the existing problems with the present system? —can those problems be solved within the existing system? —could a change to regional control solve those problems? Adopting the change simply for obtaining more local control and less state control, he said, is not by itself enough reason for change. Or, as one person at the meeting correctly pointed out, the whole question of local control vs state control deals with emotion, not facts. We can see merit in the idea. But the main question which must be answered before the change is implemented is whether or not the community will be better served. Some county commissioners at the meeting last month brazenly asserted that they had no doubt that they were entirely capable of making policy decisions about which mental health programs are good and successful and which are not. Such talk is at the very least premature. It presupposes an answer to a question which really goes to the heart of the matter. Local control is a justifiable issue. Yes, control has flowed away from local hands and into state and federal hands. Yes, DPW's long-range plans do call for the type of decentralization now considered for Fergus Falls. But we hope the study committee will rid itself as much as possible of local control emotions and stick to the major questions posed by Hoffmann. If study proves that the change is warranted and will mean better service for the area, the community will stand to gain in every way. •Strictly Personali Fashion changes hard to fathom By Sydney H. Harris "When those big-heeled shoes first came out, I laughed," said one of my daughters the other night, "and now I'm wearing them." Then she asked, "Has anyone ever figured out how fashion changes, and how it gets to people who never thought they'd change?" I had no answer to this. Fashion is an epidemic disease, and the psychological germ that spreads it has never been identified or labeled. Who would have imagined ten years ago that dockers and 'truck drivers would be wearing the long hair and sideburns of the effete youth they were then deriding? Nobody knows what makes a fashion go. Sometimes it is started by one famous person wearing bobbed hair or a short skirt; but whether such a fad catches on or not is in the lap of the gods. With millions of dollars spent for publicity and advertising, women still refused to buy those "midi" dresses of a few years ago. Actually, fads are not limited to wearing apparel and personal adornments. There are discernible trends — ebbs and flows — even in the popularity of the pets we have. Over my lifetime, different breeds of dogs have waxed and waned in popularity, for no objective reason that anyone can ascertain. Leafing through a receni book of John Held Jr.'s cartoons of the '20s, I came across the dated expression: "Don't be an airedale!" In that decade, the airedale was one of the most chic and popular breed of dogs; then just as suddenly it vanished, except for a few- bench trials and kennel shows. Now, some 40 years later, the breed is reviving in popularity; I know of three families who bought airedales last year. In the 1940s, the cocker spaniel was fantastically popular — so much so that professional breeders nearly ruined them by mating siblings, and turned cockers into a nervous and inbred type. Their vogue went out fast, and poodles came in. Then German shepherds, and Labrador retrievers, who were a relatively scarce breed when I was growing up. The numerous chows and spitzes of my youth have virtually- disappeared from sight, and you scarcely see the once popular bull terrier around any more, or the English bulldog. This now seems to be the era of the guard dog — dictated not by fashion, but by fear. People are buying dogs, as they rarely did before, the protection: a good Doberman is worth three times what it was a few years ago, largely because of its menacing air. But when the WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon plans to ask Congress Friday to enact a package of campaign reform proposals that would sharply limit individual contributions and prohibit direct donations to candidates by organized labor or business groups. Nixon's recommendations, to be submitted in a special message, were outlined in advance Tuesday by a high White House official who said they reflect many hours of presidential work and represent "vintage Nixon." The source, who declined to be quoted by name, said the proposals also would call for shortened presidential campaigns, federal laws against "dirty tricks," and legislation that would make it easier for public figures to sue when subjected to "slanderous attacks." Nixon's package will run head-on into strong congressional support for public financing of campaigns and over-all limits on campaign spending. The source said Nixon opposes public financing and believes spending curbs would be unfair and benefit incumbents. Under Nixon's plan, each candidate in a federal election would finance his campaign through a single committee that would maintain but one bank account and make full disclosure of donations. All contributions of $50 or more would have to be made by check, the source said. Campaign committees would be barred from accepting more than $15,000 in contributions from one individual in a presidential race and 53,000 in Senate and House contests. Organizations like the AF1,- ClO's Committee on Political Education or such business groups as the Associated Milk Producers Inc. would be barred , by law from contributing to any ' individual campaign. They could make donations to the national committees of major parties or to Senate and House campaign committees but would be barred from asking that their money be spent in any particular race or races. The presidential campaign season would be abbreviated by legislating May 1 as the earliest date that a primary election Elevator consumed by fire MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — A raging fire in a giant grain elevator cast a red glow over the sky of northeast Minneapolis in the pre-dawn hours, as the blaze consumed the Republic Elevator. No injuries were reported. The danger of spread of the blaze from windblown fiery embers was slight. The embers picked up by strong southwesterly winds were falling on predominantly open areas in the Burlington Northern rail yards. There was no immediate estimate of damage and no report on the cause of the four-alarm blaze, which was discovered about 1 a.m. Flames were still out of control more than six hours later. The flames shot about 100 feet in the air in the first hours of the blaze. Fire officials said there was an unconfirmed report that an explosion of some sort preceded the fire. Fire Department personnel also received dozens of calls from residents throughout Minneapolis and northern suburbs, who phoned in reports of the red glow. fear subsides, fashion will reign again, and even the low-slung dachshund will come into its own again. As the French say. "Plus ca change, plus c'est la mcme chose" — the more things change, the more they are the same. would be held. The major parties would be asked to delay their national nominating conventions until September. The official said tactics that would become federal offenses as improper campaign practices would include the misrepresentation of a candidate's voting record or the use of paid demonstrators to disrupt rallies. He said Nixon would make it easier for public officials to sue for libel and slander on grounds this might encourage more Americans to seek public office. •Merry-Go-Round« American Legion under suspicion By Jack Anderson "A GOOP GENIE 1$ WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN OIL THESE DAYS." They'll Do It Every Time OVERLOOKING THE PUTTI MS-OUT-THE-TRASH PETAIL ifANY60PywouLP TAKE IT OUT- BUT YOU ALL WALK6P AROUNP IT/ WHATS THE IP£A Of WAVING THE &M28A6E THIWJ THE MIPPU6 Of THE KITCHEN? Ellsberg talks in Grand Forks GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the pentagon papers, said the latest Watergate grand jury indictments strengthen the impeachment case against the President. Ellsberg was in Grand Forks Tuesday to speak to University of North Dakota students, he said, "It is clear from the indictments that the grand jury regards the president as having been involved in acts that were criminal." Ellsberg said Nixon was an accessory to a criminal act by not informing law enforcemt officials about the break-in at Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office. Ellsberg said Nixon has acknowledged he knew of the break-in on March 17, 1D73, but the court prosecuting Ellsberg for stealing the Pentagon papers didn't get the information until April 27. He said law enforcement officials should have been informed much earlier. Two weeks after the court found out about the break-in, charges against Ellsberg were dismissed. Ellsberg also blasted the President's privacy panel. He called it a panel of government officials who would protect only their own privacy not that of the individual. "We must change the presidency from an office that is not accountable to the courts, the congress or the people," he said calling for "the republican form of government envisioned in the American Revolution." Here's how they voted WASHINGTON (AP) - Here is how Senators from Minnesota and the Dakotas voted Tuesday when the Senate voted 66-28 to kill an amendment to the minimum wage bill to repeal wage and price controls. For Tabling: Abourezk, D- S.D.; Burdick. D-N.D.; Humphrey, D-Minn.; McGovern. D-S.D.. Young. R- N.D. Panel opposed road fund impoundments ST. PAUL. Minn. (AP i - The chairmen of the Minnesota House and Senate Transportation Committees have returned from Washington, where they opposed President Nixon's SIS billion proposal for transportation aids, including mass transit in urban areas. Rep. Bernard Carlson, DFL- Cloquet, and Sen. Roger I,au- ferberger. DFL l^ewiston, said they feared the proposal might lead to a phasing out by 1977 of federal highway trust funds dedicated to highway construction only. The two chairmen flew to Letters to the Editor County attorney serving well To the Editor: After reading the letter published on Feb. 25 with reference to the County Attorney's office, I feel moved to comment. First, I have a high regard for the man who now holds that office. He has served the people of this county well. He has worked untiringly and unselfishly to give us law and order. 1 have never known him to compromise by putting his personal business before those matters concerning his elected office. Secondly, I deplore the thought of losing the right to cast my vote to fill such an important office. Most of us sliould feel ashamed of ourselves for sitting back and letting some group or another, covertly and quietly, take away these rights, on the pretense of offering something better. Nothing will ever be better than the system we now enjoy... the right to vote and to vote as we wish. May God help us keep it that way! Joe Peloquin Henning West Alcott problem needs attention To the Editor: I have spoken to the city engineer, the mayor, the chief of police and one of the councilmen about the parking and traffic on West Alcott Avenue. When I read in a past issue of the Daily Journal that thought has now been given to different possibilities for changes on West Alcott or other avenues I was very pleased. However, the last line of the article bothers me. I do not remember it word for word but it went something like "or we can do nothing and leave it as it is." I would like to urge all the people who come into Fergus Falls weaving around parked cars and on-coming traffic on West Aleott Avenue to attend the meeting at City Hall on Monday. March 11. at 7 p.m.'s see to it that something is done to improve this undesirable situation. Mrs. Alvin Schmidt Feraus Falls Route 4 Washington last Thursday to meet with the state's congressional delegation and with"federal officials. In a joint statement Tuesday. Carlson and I^ufenberger said they also protested the federal impoundment of $100 million in road funds for Minnesota. DFL boycott of meeting 'a new low' To the Editor;.. An effort to amend Minnesota's ballot rotation law apparently died last Saturday when DFl^ers boycotted the last committee meeting where the issue could have been raised. The amendment would have rotated the name of each candidate on the top of the ballot an equal number of times which is the only fair way to do it. The committee met shortly after noon with ten of its fifteen members present and dealt with three bills, two minor and another involving a one miljion dollar extension of the state highway system to reach the site of the state zoo in Dakota County. As soon as the zoo bill was approved which was sponsored by DFL Senator George Conzemius, four DFLers slipped out of the committee room. That left only five Republicans and the DFL Vice Chairman. It takes eight members for a quorum and Saturday was the deadline for committee action. 1 was surprised to learn that our own young Senator Olhoft was one of the four DFLers who slipped out of the committee room. Apparently Senator Olhoft does well in following the orders of his DFL bosses. I would like to know why he wouldn't stay at the meeting and if he opposed the fair rotation of names on the ballot to vote against it. Obviously, he did not favor the amendment or he would have stayed to vote for it. This action was a new low in the Minnesota Legislature and I am ashamed that our own Senator was a part of it. Andy Anderson 1010 F,. ML Faith Fergus Falls. WASHINGTON - The Watergate prosecutors have been investigating, of all groups, the American legion on suspicion that the White House used legionnaires to stand up to left-wing demonstrators. To the bewilderment of National Adjutant William Hauck, who has been a determinedly nonpartisan friend of presidents since 1952, he was called in for interrogation by the prosecutors. Hauck duly appeared before a stern, young lawyer named Nick Ackerman who, ironically, won the American Legion "Voice of Democracy" award at high school in 1965. Ackerman wanted to know whether the White House had tried to get the legion to bus in members for the funeral of J. Edgar Hoover. The prosecutors apparently thought the White House tried to recruit legionnaires to square off with left-wing demonstrators at the funeral, thereby stirring up sentiment against President Nixon's enemies on the left. It's known that the Cuban Watergate burglary team was sent to squabble with the demonstrators. The long-suffereing Hauck was also interrogated about the legion's history and its stand on the Pentagon Papers case. He was even questioned, astonishingly, about the White House tapes. Hauck confided to us that he was "dumbfounded" at the questioning. Nevertheless, he patiently denied that the White House had contacted the legion about the Hoover funeral or meddled in legion policies. He also checked with other top legionnaires and wrote a private letter to Ackerman, stating they also had received no call "urging the influx of busloads of American Legionnaires to attend Mr. Hoover's funeral." At the Watergate Special Prosecutor's pffivc, a spokesman said it was "absolutely wrong" to say the legion was under investigation. "We have asked many patriotic Americans to cooperate with us and regret very much that anyone would assume this meant we were investigating them," said the spokesman. The spokesman's definition of investigation differs with the dictionary definition and the impression left on the legion BATTLE FOR BURMA: Tough Chinese Communist guerrillas are attacking settlements in remote mountains of neutralist Burma. As described by intelligence reports from the battle zone, the Chinese are led by officers in close touch with Peking. Their thrusts into the hills and towns of northern Burma threaten not only Burma but Thailand, which has close military ties with the United States. There are no reports, however, that American special forces in Thailand have • intervened in the spreading conflict. The transcript of an unusual Morse radio transmission from the northern Shan states of Burma tells of powerful Communist action against Shan opium armies and troops of the "KMT (Taiwan)," a Chinese Kuomintang force in Burma. Relayed by Shan rebel army tramsmitters, the message says: "CPB (Communist Party, Burma) attack KMT (Taiwan) in.MongSangon Jan. 21,1974, 0500 hours ... 15 KMT killedandmany wounded." The message claims many weapons were seized by the Communists. A second message reports: "CPB occupied Mong Sang . .. Shan United Army (a rebel anti-Communist group) and KMT (Taiwan) retreated." More clashes between the Communists and the Shan armies have been reported in the wireless transmissions of Hpa Heing, Chiang Lain, Om Tung, Kat I/of and Wan Ho Nar. From other intelligence sources, we have learned that the Communists now threaten the Burmese district capital of Keng Tung and may control the only road connecting it with the rest of Burma. Another message claims that the Chinese guerrillas probably hold "most of the area between the Nam Pang river and the Salween area" — a huge tract of misty mountains and deep gorges in northern Burma. Rep. Lester Wolff, D-N.Y., chairman of the House International Narcotics subcommittee, has established contracts with the Shan army to keep abreast of the opium trade. He has learned that the Chinese military moves may jeopardize his efforts to free two Russian doctors, who were kidnapped by Shan rebels from a Soviet mercy mission to Burma. The Russians have secretly asked Wolff's help in getting the doctors back. To Wolff's astonishment, he was called from a sick bed to meet with a Soviet diplomat on the matter. Wolff promised to do what he could. The congressman has used his contracts to smuggle two bottles of vodka to them via caravan routes into northern Burma. The vodka, Wolff has learned, was intercepted. But he has received unconfirmed reports that one of the doctors has now been sent southward in a jade caravan to freedom. The other, as far as can be determined, remains in Shan rebel hands without his vodka. He is being held hostage as part of a bizarre scheme to get talks going on Shan independence from Burma. Co-op sales disclosed SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —Farmers Union Central Exchange (CENEX) reported Tuesday its 1973 sales exceeded $300 million, the highest in the cooperative's 43-year history. Speaking at the co-op's annual meeting, John C. McKay, former CENEX president, said the sales volume of $300.2 million last year was an increase of 29 per cent over 1972 earnings of $68 million. He said 1973 net savings amounted to $21.5 million, an increase of $6.9 million or 47 per cent over 1972, another record. McKay said these savings will be distributed during 1974 to local cooperatives in proportion to their purchases from CENEX. FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1673 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck. Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed Glenn E.Olson, Advertising Mgr. SUBSCRIPTION R4TES Deliver«J Cy carrier. SPOOcer mo By ma ! in a3vsrct firnos SIM. 3 ires 5J 75 Olhpr 4'a'e5 1 yr S33 W ftr R OPTHEASSOCIATFDPRESS ^^ Twenty-five years ago 1949 City election to be lively i from the Daily Journal for March 18-24,1949) room by Sigurd Habberstad, custodian. Fergus Falls is facing one of its liveliest elections in years on April 5. There are three- cornered contests for mayor and two aldermen. Dr. Julius Theurer, M. 6. Brandon and Charles L. Alexander. H. E. Swenson. incumbent mayor, is not seeking re-election. In the First Ward Harold C. Featherstone, Ed Fossen and Guss Kantrud are candidates. Pat Fiedler is the only one to have filed in the Second Ward. In the Third Ward the race involves Harald 0. Beito, Paul Slender and Del Duren. Bjarne Svare and There Glende are the candidates in the Fourth Ward. COUNCIL MEETS UNTIL 1:30 A.M. The city council was in session until 1:3fl a.m. today. To break the monctony Alderman Harry Hord. who is retiring from the council, provided lunch at 11:30 p.m. It was served in the council OPERA SINGER TO GIVE CONCERT Frank Guarrera. baritone with the Metropolitan Opera Company, will give a concert in Fergus Falls March 26 in the concert association series. RECEIVERS APPOINTED H. E. Swenson and Knute Hanson have been appointed receivers for the Adelsman Foundry Company. The plant is locked up and a hearing on claims has been set for Aug. 27. SCHOOLNEEDS MORESPACE S-jpt'Leo Dominick is seeking quarters for the teacher training department of the Fergus Falls schools. The space used in Lincoln School will be needed for the increased grade school enrollment next fall. JHG

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