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Pagp6A NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla., Sunday, June 30,1974 i K«I • •'"'•'•'•W.WKWM'.W^ 1 NEWS-HERALD " "Just Like It Says on TV - Delicious!" 123 W. 5TH ST. 7«3«7«21 Panama City, Florida A Florida Freedom Newspaper This newspaper is dedicated to furnishing information to our readers so that they can better promote and preserve their own freedom and encourage others to see its blessings. Only when man is free to control himself and all he produces, can he develop to his utmost capabilities. w w H w W ? 9 H We believe that freedom is a gift from God and not a H political grant from government. Freedom is neither license i$! nor anarchy. It is self control. No more. No less. It must ;| be consistent with the truths expressed in such great moral guides as, the Coveting Commandment, the Golden Rule i$ and the Declaration of Independence. Skepticism, A Detergent Within limits, skepticism has a cleansing effect. The reader has been a witness to the purifying consequence in the last several years. It proceeded by stages. Here they are as we review them: First, Rep. Richard Nixon ran afoul of the liberal media by exposing Alger Hiss. That was in 1948. Second, the liberal media struck back at Senator Nixon by exposing the private fund that was set up for him by political backers. This was in 1952, during General Eisenhower's campaign for the Presidency. Nixon turned the exposure to his own benefit by the famous "Checkers" broadcast. Thrid, the liberal media struck again in 1960, by assisting John Kennedy's presidential victory, and again in 1962 by contributing to Nixon's guvernatorial defeat. Fourth, in 1968, the liberal media took a dim view of the Vietnam war. Press and television applied a label to President Johnson's gift for expedience. This was the "credibility gap." This was the grand entry of skepticism onto the political stage. Following his victory in 1968, Nixon with the help of Spiro Agnew hammered at biased ; reporting, especially on television. The media staggered for a few months, but took up the battle. The Vice President was exposed for converting donations to personal use and not reporting them as income., The President was implicated in an alleged conspiracy to obstruct justice by allegedly authorizing payment to prevent testimony. The heat on the administration reached a degree that the major networks and Washington press corps sensed a bad reaction; namely, that members of the public were beginning to believe that the news media were behaving as a prosecutor. At this point, the Washington news corps corrected its behavior. After reporting that Mrs. Nixon had received jewels as a gift from a foreign potentate, the newsmen found that they could hardly withhold the fact that Hubert Humphrey's wife, Senator William Fulbright's wife, and the wife of former Secretary of State William Rogers had done the same. So far no evidence has been produced to indicate that any of the gifts influenced the conduct of foreign policy. However, none was necessary. By this time press and public alike were sensitive enough to understand that receipt of gifts, if retained, imply reciprocity The grand result is that newsmen are more skeptical of politicians, (even those of their own party), that politicians are more wary of newsmen (even those of their own ideology), and that observant members of the public are more skeptical of both. Such mutual vigilance should have a deterrent effect on gross impropriety. Maybe the purification doesn't change the heart, but it certainly inhibits indefensible conduct. Question Box Question: What plan or plans do those who oppose Social Security recommend? Is their philosophy; "If you can't provide for your old age security—tough]"? Anyone against Social Security has to be much more against welfare of- any kind. Welfare is .a complete handout; Social Security is not. Come on, News-Herald and you others who don't like Social Security, what do you propose as an alteernative? Otto A. Hansen. Ansiwer: We cannot answer for any except ourselves. We prefer freedom of choice for individuals to any coercive program such as Social Security and other government welfare programs. The late R.C. Hoiles, founding president of Freedom Newspapers and co-publisher of The 'News-Herald, when asked for an alternative to a government taxing program, used to respond with something like,"We do not need to suggest an alternative to theft." And taxation is theft, if theft is depriving an individual of earnings or property without the owner's consent. There are alternatives to the present Social Security program, which once was sold to the American people as an insurance plan, but the pretence of insurance is long since gone. Even the " 1 iberal" U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the program was a tax and that the tax payer acquired no vested interest in future payments. For one thing, it has been suggested that the first step in improving Social Security would be lo make, it voluntary. Thus the young people how entering the labor market would riot be forced to finance the payments for the oldsters. We suspect that if a voluntary program' were initiated, there soon would not be sufficient social security tax uioney coming in to continue the payments as scheduled, or the politicians would start levying a higher direct tax on all—perhaps a form of sales tax. Under the voluntary program we would suggest that benefit payments should be tied directly with the amount of contributions paid by the individual. We know many individuals who believe that if they had been allowed to save and invest the money taken from them in Social Security taxes they would have considerably more in retirement pay that they qualify in Social Security payments. Insurance companies have retirement programs, and we believe they would proliferate if individuals were free to choose them instead of being required to pay Social Security taxes. We know one man who has paid Social Security taxes since the program started in 1937, much of the time having paid in the maximum tax, while his employer matched the amount. He has observed others who paid in far less than he who have been collecting as much or nearly as much as he is eligible for. Another invested only a comparatively small amount in a company which has expanded nicely and pays him as much as he would be eligible to collect from Social Security. Still others have company retirement systems and others are collecting on savings and insurance investments. As to those who for some reason cannot or will not save for the future, we believe it is up to them to so live that in their hour of need their friends, families, churches, or other eleemosynary institutions will help them over their time of tribulation, in true charity. Some churches do help their members greatly. Others can and would, we believe, if the government coercive programs were removed.-. SUNDAY. JUNK 3D Your birthday today: Begins a year of major challenge, in which special and general limitations are close enough at hand to require- genuine sustained effort to transcend them. Late in the year you commence to prevail and rise well on your THE r FAMILY^ LAWYER School 's "Long Arm" Big Eddie, an oversized teenager, liked to bully the girls on their way home from school. When several parents finally complained to school officials, Eddie was placed on probation. But at that point, his own parents decided to take a hand. Filing a lawsuit against the school, they claimed their son's punishment was illegal. "All of these incidents happened after school, away from school grounds," they pointed out. "Therefore, the whole matter was outside the school's jurisdiction. Problems of this kind ought to be handled by the parents, not by the school." However, the court upheld the probation order against Eddie. The court said schools have a "long arm" reaching any misconduct by students, even away from school, that disrupts the educational process. Said the judge: "The true test (is) not the time or place of the offense, but its effect upon the morale or efficiency of the school." Still, to justify disciplinary action, the harm to the school must be substantial. Thus, another court voided the suspension of a high school athlete who had been found in a car containing several bottles of beer. The bottles were not his. He had not been drinking. And the incident took place during vacation. The court said there was not enough harm to the educational process to justify the penalty. In a third case, two students were suspended for publishing an "underground" newspaper, which they had distributed off school premises. Evidence in a court hearing indicated that the newspaper did indeed contain criticism of the school. But the criticism was not 1) libellous; 2) inflammatory; or 3) obscene. The court thereupon lifted the suspension, saying that school authorities had overreacted. They should have been particularly wary, said the court, of infringing on the constitutional right of freedom of the press. A public service feature of The Floridu Bur and the American Bur Associiition. Writ Ion by Will Bernard. C' 1974 American Bar Association Your Horoscope By /«an« Dixon way to better things, taking your relationships with you. Today's natives bring a magnetic personality to bear along a straight and narrow way. Aries I March 21-April 19 1: The minimum is the optimum this Sunday. Give others a rest from your 'energy and suggestions. Concentrate on your own concerns, perhaps future plans. Taurus I April 20-May 201: Relaxation and light recreation arc in order once you've finished the Sunday customs of your community. See what you can do towards family felicity. Gemini I May 21-Junc 20 1: It isn't necessary to always be riding a wave of excitement—settle down for serious thought. Invite old friends for a reunion, but don't talk shop! Cancer Uune 21-July 22 1: You'll find plenty to do to fill your time, so no big schedule is feasible. Make your regular Sunday appearance punctually, however. Watch your diet! Leo I July 23-Aug. 22 1 : Letting well enough alone is half the solution today. Shared pastimes or a little sports competition offer satisfaction. Winning is less important than the achievement of' skills. Virgo I Aug. 23-Sept. 221: Self -composure should be your goal. Use the quiet, slow mood of this Sunday to help you listen to the silences within yourself, become more coherently yourself in so doing. Libra I Sept. 23-Oct. 22 1: Don't just do something, be more of yourself! Meditation brings inspiration. Extra rest supplies the energy to bring plans into sharp focus next week. Scorpio | Oct. 23-Nov. 21 1: Ongoing plans are to be pushed discreetly with no show of formality or haste. Fresh ventures are best postponed until current influences have run their course. Sagittarius I Nov. 22-Doc. 21 1 : Make this a social Sunday of low key activity. This gets you free of conflict. Let. somebody else dominate the public scene, catch the onus for doing so. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19 1 : In the calm of Sunday routines comes profound d, .dance from your inner sel. f you're receptive. Later hi jrs find you busily getting ready for an unusual week. Aquarius I Jan. 20-Feb. 18 1 : Use every available moment to regroup your mental and emotional resources. Re-. view your circumstances and what, may come of them, how you can improve yourself. Pisces I Feb. 19-March 20 1: Never mind being called lazy — it's better to sit around and think and talk than to overdo physically. Even light exercise has its drawbacks today. I News-Herald | Published Daily and Sunday by Florida Freedom New- spappers Inc. Second Class Postage Paid at Panama City, Florida: P.O. Box 1940, ZIP Code 32401. Direct successor to the Panama City News. Member Audit Bureau of Circulation. SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY CARRIER: Daily And Sunday, 1 year 39.00, 6 Mos. 19.50,3 Mos. 9.75,1 Mos. 3.25 BY MAIL Daily & Sunday, 1 Year 48.00 6 Mos., 24.00, 3 Mos. 12.00, 1 Mos. 4.00., Daily Only, 1 Year, 32.40, 6 Mos. 16.20, 3 Mos. 8.10,1 Mo. 2.70, Sunday Only 1 Year, 23.40, 6 Mos. 11.70, 3 Mos. 5.85. Represented in the general advertising field by Ward- Griffith Company, Inc. 575 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. Branch offices in principal cities. David Poling,D.D| Where are i the preachers? | By David Poling " The era of great preaching just about closed with the 'retirement of Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick in 1946. The maV jestlc pulpit of Riverside Church was the impressive symbol of an age: the power of preaching to shape, lead and guide millions of people. Linked with Fosdick, for almost half & century, were those bright, colorful and powerful voices of B reachers like Sockman, Buttrick, Maier, Bowie, Charles R; rown, Coffin, Peter Marshall, Crane, Newton, McCartney, Blackwood, James Stewart and Leslie Weatherhead. ; •< Throughout the cities of North America, these were the spokesmen for the church, shaping much of the thought and action of the Christian community. Now reaching into the last quarter of the 20th century, people are properly asking, where are the preachers? Of course, some of the famous and popular preachers remain in public view. Billy Graham, at 56, completes 25 years of evangelistic ministry in 1974. Norman Vincent Peale and Bishop Fulton J. Sheen show few signs of letting up. But change is in the works. Graham is insisting on a sharply reduced schedule, with one or two annual crusades after 74. Dr. Peale is 76 and must be pondering retirement after 42 years at Marble Church in Manhattan. Bishop Sheen is 79, cutting back on his program of conferences and broadcast* inc. So again, where are the preachers, the voices of today who truly create the visions of tomorrow? The normal, natural successors to those already mentioned did not appear. There are very few, well-known, nationally followed preachers and pastors in the age group of 45-60. The turmoil and tumult of the Sixties, with its era of disease in theology (how else to label the death of God debate?) and coupled with a decade of confrontation on Vietnam, Civil Rights and Black Power, took a necessary yet staggering toll within the ranks of Christian leaders. The result? A great emptiness, a large space, almost a generation lost between the old "princes of the pulpit" and their younger successors. Yet throughout the United States and Canada are the women and men who have emerged as the pastors, preachers, teachers of significant congregations. These new leaders are not known beyond the boundaries of their denominations - many are unknown beyond the bounds of their community - yet what (hey are saying and doing will forcefully shape the future of the Christian Church for the remainder of this century. It is our conviction that, with the help and counsel of Chris|, tians everywhere, we can locate and lift up those men and women who are the voices of today. From all across North America, we hope to receive the nominations and suggestions of readers who will provide us with the names of those K astors and preachers who up to now have been unknown eyond their parish - but outstanding in their calling. The new, emerging leadership will probably be in the 28-48 age group, some older and a Tew younger. During the remainder of 1974 we plan to present the personalities who make up the contemporary leadership of the Christian Church. And if where are the preachers is the first question, then what is being preached (and what they find significant in the Christian experience) must be a close second. This is a real clue to what the Church will be like tomorrow. Don Oakley Helium crisis not a lot of hot air By Don Oakley The Department of Interior has announced that holders of oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf must pay royalty fees to the department on natural gas that is vented to the atmosphere or is flared (burned), as well as on oil and gas lost in spills, blowouts and fires. While oil losses have been minimal in recent years, the department estimates that some 60-billion cubic feet of natural gas was vented or flared from continental shelf wells during 1973. This would have amounted to about $2 million in royalty revenues to the department. The new order, say officials, will help prevent waste of an important resource during the current energy shortage. with its other hand, however, the government is permitting the wasting of another resources which, while not figuring prominently in the present energy crisis, is considered irreplaceable in scientific research — helium. So charges an article in "Transmission," published by the Northern Natural Gas Co., headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Although helium is found In the atmosphere, the most economical recoverable source is natural gas, and not all natural gas contains helium. The richest proven source in the United States is the Hugoton Field, underlying parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. But natural gas from the Hugoton Field, like gas from other fields in the area, is being used to satisfy current demands. As natural gas reserves decline, so does the future supply of economical helium. When natural gas is consumed as fuel, the nonburning helium goes up the smokestack to be lost forever. In 1960, Congress passed the Helium Act Amendments, designed to conserve some 62-billion cubic feet of helium over a 22-year period. Northern Helex, a subsidiary of Northern Natural Gas, was the first of four private companies to be awarded a contract to extract and sell helium to the government for storage and resale. Administered by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Mines, the helium conservation program worked as planned for the first eight years, with nearly 3.5 billion cubic feet of helium annually going into storage for the future. Then in late 1969, the program started running into trouble. Unlike most other government conservation programs, the helium program was to be self-supporting. But with the phasing out of the space and missile projects, helium consumption began tapering off. In 1971, the helium conservation program became a victim of economics. Because it was losing money, the government issued contract termination notices. Since then the matter has been entangled in litigation, with Northern Helex claiming breach of contract and seeking damages. In the meantime, helium once destined for conservation is being vented to the Kansas air. Scientists warn that helium will be vital in meeting the nation's energy needs in the next century. Without helium, things like the production of energy from thermonuclear fusion, the transmission of electricity by superconducting power lines and the conversion of coal to gas in environmentally clean plants using magnetohydroynamic generators will be unlikely, if not impossible. The helium that has been wasted is gone, says "Transmission." Only future generations will be able to look back on this period in history and decide whether our continued waste of this gas was a costly error in judgment. © 1974 by NEA, Inc. "Here's your fare and some copper pennies. They're getting scarce, you know!" COMMUNITY CALENDAR 4 p.m.—Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Panama City Beach. FUNNY BUSINESS DIDHO0 HEAR TMfcT TUg LEAD By Roger Bolltn rr swsHE FEU-OrTP msenoee.

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