OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1974 S wrillen By JamK Gray i"4 CIWIK Ul«<T*«>0 Inflation and interest predictions are difficult Editorial Comment Viet vets deserve more educational benefits After increasing attacks from congressmen and from veterans' organizations (not to mention veterans themselves), Donald E. Johnson is out as head of the Veterans Administration (VA). The VA is the third largest federal spending agency with a budget of more than $13 billion a year. In recent months there have been increasing complaints of inefficiency within the agency which provides benefits for 29 million veterans. And Johnson, among other things, had the temerity to appoint his next-door neighbor to the top VA fiscal job, and to award a fat consulting contract to a friend who lives across the street from him. This contract was granted without seeking competitive bids. Mr. Johnson's departure comes at a time when there is considerable national impetus to give Vietnam vets a much-needed boost in educational benefits. President Nixon has called attention to the "staggering" costs of tuition, although he has been requesting only an 8 per cent cost-of-living increase for vets. Recently the College Entrance Examination Board released a report based on a survey of 2,200 institutions of higher education. The report says the average cost of a college education will soar by 9.4 per cent in the coming academic year. It will cost $4,039 for the student living on the campus of the average private institution; at public colleges and universities, $2,400. How will the Vietnam vet make it? Now, without dependents, he receives a lump-sum educational allotment of $220 a month, or $1,980 for an academic year. Eight per cent more would bring that up only to about $2,140. For the single veteran of World War II the Federal Government paid tuition, books and fees up to $500, which met the much lower costs at almost all schools then. It also gave the vet a monthly living allowance of $75, which was also worth a good deal more a few years ago than now. It seems to us that the timing of Mr. Johnson's resignation, under pressure, came none too soon. It also seems that the time has come to equalize educational benefits for Vietnam vets with those received by the men and women who served their country in World War II and Korea. Business News By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - The standard or consensus forecast, made up of the views of private and government forecasters, seems to favor a decline in the rate of inflation and interest rates later this year. In the recent past those hopes remained unfulfilled, so forecasters are under greater pressure now to state their case in specifics rather than general-, ities. Here are some of the specifics that support their view: —Much of the huge increase in oil has now worked its way through the production process to the point of sale. It is unlikely that any future increases will be of the same magnitude. —Commodity price increases, although they continue, aren't of the same magnitude as they were during the past year. —The world's harvests show signs of being more abundant than in the past year or so, indicating some lessening of pressure on food prices. —Removal of price controls, while it might cause some immediate price increases, will lend to make some products more available and thus cause a levelling of prices over a period of months. —There are indications that •Merry-Go-Roundi 'Responsiveness Plan' probed By Jack Anderson Dieseth low bidder on Highway 10 job Dieseth Specialty Company of Fergus Falls made the apparent low bid of $50,317 on signs and related work on Highway 10 near Perham when bids were received by the Minnesota Highway Department in St. Paul April 26. The project calls for about 2,800 square feet of sign panels from nearly four miles southeast of TH 78 to four miles northwest of that Junction at Perham. The work, slated to begin July 1, is to be done within 25 working days. H & L Hardware notes anniversary H & L OK Hardware, 120 W. Cavour, which opened in Fergus Falls a year ago, will celebrate its first anniversary next week. •Since opening the store owners Don Ijihman and Ray Heise have expanded the space and have added a lawn and garden department. The store carries a complete line of hardware and appliances. World Book names area manager Thomas Hagen has been appointed by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation as an area manager in Fergus Falls. The company published the World Book Encyclopedia and Childcraft. Hagen and his wife, Glynette, and their family lived at 415 X. Union. Al's Repair named Tecumseh dealer The parts depot division of Tecumseh Products Company. Grafton, Wise., has announced the appointment of Al's Repair. Ashby, as an authorized Tecumesh engine service dealer. The shop will carry a complete line of parts for the servicing, under factory warranty, of Tecumseh products. Getscnel honored for achievement Arnold J. Getschel. Fergus Falls, was cited for outstanding life insurance service at the annual convention of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Coun- sellors which met May 3 in Madison, Wis. He is district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans. He was awarded certificates of recognition for quality service ,-inil priiiluction in 1973. Smedsrud to testify in Washington, D.C. M. E. Smedsrud, president of the Smedsrud Agency in Fergus Falls, will testify in Washington May 28 on the Mills-Kennedy Bill involving national health insurance. He will represent the Creamery Association which is made up of a membership in people in agriculture and agribusiness throughout the Midwest. If passed the Mills-Kennedy Bill would become effective Jan. 1,1976. Congressman Mills introduced President Nixon's plan to the House Feb. 6. He also introduced an amendment to the bill April 2 along with a bill introduced by Senator Kennedy the same day. Fenner attends insurance meeting James R. Fenner, district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood in Fergus Falls. attended the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Life Underwriters in Minneapolis last week. Fenner is currently president of the West Central Minnesota Association of Life Underwriters. Tne association serves life insurance agents in northwestern Minnesota with about 70 members. Benjamin Franklin said. "He that hath a trade, hath an estate." WASHINGTON - The Watergate grand jury is considering action against 1972 Nixon campaigners for using federal funds to badger votes from Chicanos, blacks and other minority groups. The master plan for gearing government machinery and money to vote-getting is laid out in a memo, as we reported earlier, stamped "Eyes Only" and written Feb. 17, 1972, by White House efficiency expert, Fred Malek. Malek's main co-workers were then White House aides H. H. "Bob" Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Charles Colson, plus John Mitchell, the attorney general who was soon to become the generalissimo of the 1972 campaign. As laid out by Malek, the White House crew would see that administration "programs are responsive to and coordinated with campaign needs." Although Malek insisted to us that the "Responsiveness Plan" was never fully put into operation, we have now obtained evidence that among blacks and Spanish-Americans, at least, the program was in full swing. The grand jury, for instance, has zeroed in on the case of Leveo Sanchez, a Spanish- American businessman with a firm called Development Associates in Washington. Sanchez, who was getting Small Business Administration Help, had the audacity to refuse to kick in to the Nixon Campaign. After the refusal, Sanchez was asked to lunch by former White House Spanish-American aide William Marumato, who reportedly was unhappy with the turndown. Memos in the hands of Watergate sleuths show Marumato then conferred with SBA officials and within days Sanchez was cut off. There is some evidence, however, that SBA acted before Marumato could get to them. The Watergate prosecuters under Leon Jaworski have also gathered data on the "Responsiveness Plan" from both the Senate Watergate staff and a House Banking subcommittee. Among the House material, mostly assembled by subcommittee investigator Curtis Prins, is the case of Aceco Tool Company, headed by Joe Aceves, then chairman of Democrats for Nixon in central California. The fortunate Aceves got the largest single business development grant ever awarded by the SBA, despite objections from the SBA professional staff. Aceves denied to by associate Jack Cloherty that politics was involved. Another case now under the Watergate prosecutors' They'll Do It Every Time scrutiny is a lucrative, noncompetitive wrecking contract given by SBA to a Washington firm which had not previously done any wrecking work. It did not even have a wrecking yard. How ever, it shared office space and worked closely with the pro-Nixon "Black Silent Majority" group. The House investigators also turned up a dubious SBA handling of Cade Services, Inc., of Los Angeles, whose secretary-treasurer is the former top White House Black, Robert Brown. A local SBA official asked for an audit of Cade's relationship with an SBA-funded management firm. SBA in Washington killed the audit. Besides the valuable help from the House subcommittee, the Jaworski probers have been poring over hearings on "Responsiveness" held by the Senate Watergate Committee. The little publicized hearings show the White House used everything from a promise of a federal judgeship to a prominent Chicano to federally supported campaign trips by Nixon's daughters to get minority groups to vote for the President. Footnote: SBA'Administrator Tom Kleppe has repeatedly denied any knowledge that his agency was used for political purposes. Marumato has denied all wrongdoing in- testimony before the Watergate Committee. Ex-White House aide Brown did not return our calls. Malek told us his plan was mostly a "talking paper." TAPE TROUBLE: The sanitized transcript of the White House conversations, showing tantalizing statements as "unintelligible" and "inaudible" flies in the face of testimony by the man who set up the taping system. He is Alexander Butterfield, a former White House aide who is now federal aviation administrator. On July 16, 1973, before the Senate Watergate Committee, Butterfield said that the equipment in the President's offices would pick up "any and all conversations no matter where the conversations took place in the room and no matter how soft the conversations might have been." Butterfield also swore the machines were "checked at least daily" and were "always working properly." Yet the White House has been trying to convince the public that the recordings were made on makeshift equipment that frequently malfunctioned. WASHINGTON WHIRL: The new all-volunteer armed services marched to New Orleans a few days ago to urge 12,000 school counselors to help them recruit students. With some 550,000 inexhibits and 200 servicemen, the Pentagon sought to pressure the American Personnel and Guidance Association convention into passing the word that service life is just another form of university life...Grover Cleveland once ran on the slogan. "We love him for the enemies he has made." The same could be said about Henry Kissinger and Sen. Frank Church. D-ldaho. who have recently been attacked by right-wing publicist Frank Capell. The attacks are part of a well-financed campaign to make Kissinger out to be a KGB agent and Church a Communist. Capell is a convicted briber and was indicted and pleaded no contest to conspiring to commit criminal defamation..We are proud of being listed among the enemies of the antique anti-Semite Gerald i.. K. Smith who recently was frothing in print over our exposes of what Smith considers the "patriotic vic- lirn.s" \vho caused Watergate. To write unkindly of the Watergate conspirators, opines Smith, is next to "treasonable." wage and benefit settlements in major labor contracts are likely to Ix: only moderate, a reaction to an anticipated rise in the unemployment rate. —Inflation and shrinking buying power is likely to convince many consumers that spending for big ticket items should be postponed. But there's still another side of the forecasts. A lot of hope still lies at the root of those assumptions, nourishing an optimism that isn't shared by all. Critics of the consensus point out that: —Harvests tend to be unpredictable. While the United States can look forward to a record wheat harvest, for example, can the same be said ot all the world's wheat and rice producers? Moreover, the increased demands for foods reflect a long- term situation—the rise in the world's population, coupled with a desire for more nutritional balance throughout the world. —Nobody can say for sure what effect the removal of price controls will have. Some of the increases already announced are in very basic areas, steel and automobiles, for example, which affect prices of other goods and services. —Despite high interest rates, business continues to lay plans for massive spending on plant and equipment. While this might make them more productive, more efficient over the long term, it could add to inflation and interest rates this year. —Some economists doubt that wage demands will remain moderate, especially since the buying power of wage earners is declining. They are, in fact, surprised at labor's stance. *1 HtfS NOTHING W 5HOULO HtAK HIM WHEN HE'S MAD' Report Continued from page 1 swears he heard the late Murray M. Chotiner, a former White House aide, tell Nelson that presidential adviser John I). Khrlichman wanted confirmation of the $2 million pledge in light of the upcoming price increase. Nelson is said to have agreed. The Agriculture Department announced the increase the next day. *Nixon Continued from page 1 Schweiker, R-Pa., who has frequently differed with Nixon, called for Nixon's resignation, saying the presidential transcripts "reveal a total disregard for the moral and ethical values upon which this nation was built." Camping rule is announced ST. PAUL, Minn. (API- Campers renting spaces in Minnesota state parks will have to abide by a new rule this year, requiring them to actually use a campsite the first night it is rented. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said th'e new rule is designed to thwart the practice of some campers who had rented a site in midweek as a way of reserving it for the weekend. Park managers said they often had to turn families away because all sites had been rented in a park, even though many sites showed no sign of occupancy. Park managers said they often were accused of saving campsites for friends as a result of the midweek rental practice. Parks near large population centers were most often the object of the now-forbidden practice, the DNR says. The new rule is expected to eliminate the problem. The DNR also announced one additional closed area for the opening of walleye and northern pike fishing next weekend. The newly-closed area is Pike Bay of l^ke Vermilion in St. Ijouis County. Several areas have been closed to protect concentrations of walleyes which have just completed spawning. Other areas where the opening will be delayed until May 25 are part of Black Bay on Rainy lake, including Rat Root Lake and part of the Rat Root River; the Seagull River in Cook County from Gull Lake to the Upper Barrier Falls, and the Cross River from Gunflint Lake to the Gunflint Trail. Dear Minnie: It's been bothering me for several days. Something seemed to be missing from my life and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. A safari to Africa, perhaps? A chat with Jackie on the deck of Ari's yacht as we sailed through Greek seas? An evening with Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in Monaco? The doorbell signaling the Avon lady? A nice warm sunny day? Nope, none of these things. Then the postman solved my quandry. He brought me a postcard in the mail today. Yup, just a plain old postcard. Some old friends of mine from St. Paul, who are visiting Miami Beach, sent it to me. Wasn't that nice of them? Of course it was. Specially since 5 can't remember the last person to send me a card. Nobody seems to bother any more. At least when they're on vacation. Otherwise folks seem to send cards for everything under the sun. Christmas stimulates the biggest flurry of card exchanging. 1 think this is because people know why they are sending Christmas cards. They send them because they plan to use this means to give friends and relatives a thumb nail sketch of the family's fortunes for the past year. You know how it hoes Minnie— you've written dozens of them at Christmastime something like this: "All of us send pur warmest greetings at this time of peace and good will. The past year has been full and rewarding for our family and we hope you have been blessed similarly. Jim Jr. won a letter in soccer and was named the most valuable player. The team won only 2 games out of 14 but they did win the big one of the season against Erhard Tech. Our little I^urie skipped a grade. Can you imagine that! You know- how unusual that is at the Grotto Lake Country Day School. And dear husband Herbie. He finally (it's only- been 15 years) got a promotion at the company. Only a tiny raise in salary but he moved into a bigger office and got the key for the executive washroom (and you know what that means). Of course there's me too. 1 was thrilled to be invited to join Women's Club, and I've found membership to be a rich learning experience. Oh yes, how could I forget, Boots had puppies last Nov. — and that wasn't very thrilling. Happy New Year " Then there are cards for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Easter, Valentine's Day. There are cards of sympathy, cards to cheer people up, get well cards. There are cards for when the cat has kittens (there must be a card for such an event). Cards are big business. People seem to be disappointed when they can't think of a reason to send someone a card. So why is the postcard going out of style? It can't be the cost. A penny postcard costs only 8 cents. Say, that reminds me, did you hear the reason for raising the postage rates? (Stop me, Art, if you've heard, this one). They needed more money to pay the rent on places the mail is stored before delivieing it. Anyway, I finally figured it out. It's never the right time for folks on vacation to write, even if its only a few words. Who wants to write when you could stretch out on a lounge in the sun? And no one can handle a pen while on the golf course or riding in a car. No way can you go sight-seeing or shopping and expect to tend to postcards too. Even vacationers with good intentions hardly ever manage to put a card in the mail. Just when a pen is needed, the (expletive deleted) thing has disappeared. Or there's no place handy to buy cards. Or there's the problem of what to say—and that often is a real problem. Anyway, I haven't got much more to say today either. Send me a postcard some day soon. Oh yes, Minnie, have a nice Mother's Day. As ever, Sadie. Hearing is scheduled FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. *VCi ^fed c» fefqi.s Jcwna' Cc ai 9U 6 Cftar.rvng Fer^u^cars Minn Sa53'. ca. v r«cec' S«rxja*5 a~^ no'-davs Second ciassoovageoa-aai ttr$^ r aus o-nn * PATES •n advance Mnresc»a 1 y SitOO .S3?00 *mos.51!«l ir^flS S7 OC VEMBERO* THE iSSOC'iTEO P I ASV SuC«r-pi-c for suspect SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Michigan man will appear in a Sacramento court May 15 in connection with an April double murder in Minnesota. Edward Richard Clark. 33. was sought by authorities in Blue Earth and I,e Sueur counties in connection with the killings last month of Michael Steve Jimenez and his wife Barbara. Clark was arrested Monday night in a Sacramento bar. Sacramento authorities said Clark has not sinned any extradition papcis. WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Judiciary Committee is expected to subpoena another White House tape next week, despite President Nixon's announced intention to turn over no more Watergate material. Committee sources said Friday that a subpoena probably will be issued for the tape of a pre-Watergate White House meeting in an effort to see if Nixon had advance knowledge of the plan to bug Democratic headquarters. Chief committee counsel John Doar said he would request a subpoena at the committee's next business session. The April 4, 1972 meeting involved Nixon; his former Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman; and former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell. It took place four days after Nixon's re-election cam- v paign aides had approved a plan for electronic surveillance of the Democrats, according to testimony by Jeb Stuart Magruder, an official of the re-election committee. Nixon has denied knowing in advance of the Watergate break-in. Nixon lawyer James D. St. Clair said this week that no more Watergate material would be delivered. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., said a day would be set aside next week for the committee to act on such business as the issuance of the subpoena. Checks with committee members indicate there would be little opposition to issuing it. The committee resumes closed hearings on Tuesday in its inquiry into possible grounds for impeachment. If a majority of the House votes to impeach Nixon, a two- thirds majority would then be needed in the Senate to convict. In other Watergate developments: —Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy was found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to be sworn in or to testify- before a House committee last year. U.S. District Judge John H. Pratt suspended a six-month sentence, noting other convictions against Liddy. —Another convicted Watergate conspirator, E. Howard Hunt, denied that he tried to blackmail President Nixon. Hunt said his requests for $120,000 from the administration were not on the condition that he maintain silence about the break-in. —Former White House appointments secretary Dwight L. Chapin pleaded with U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell to give him probation rather than jail. He was convicted of lying to the FBI in its investigation of dirty tricks against Democrats during the 1972 presidential primaries. The wettest spot on the earth is Mt. Waialeale, Hawaii, with the greatest average rainfall of 461) inches.
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