The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 18, 1974 · Page 2
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Saturday, May 18, 1974
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OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1974 EdilOfi«ls written t>v J»<nn Gray ina Ch«rl« Underwood Editorial Comment, Despite drama, trial does not make national scene This week the Wounded Knee trial survived another dramatic maneuver concocted and put into play by the defense team. On Wednesday the two defendants, American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means suddenly announced that they had fired their attorneys and wanted to represent themselves. The attorneys threatened to leave the courtroom but U.S. District Judge Fred Nichol forbade this as possible contempt of court. After some moves and counter-moves a compromise offered by Judge Nichol was accepted by the defendants. They could retain their attorneys but both Means and Banks would be allowed to cross- examine government witnesses, although none of the defense attorneys would be permitted to question the same witnesses. Being given some rights to represent themselves as lawyers-in-their-own-behalf was a victory for the defendants. Apparently there never was any dissension between the defendants and their counsel and the "firing" stratagem was designed to accomplish what it did. William Kunstler and his colleagues are indeed brilliant legal practitioners. From the beginning the Wounded Knee trial could be seen as litigating two separate cases. On the one hand the government has been prosecuting on the narrow grounds of specific criminal charges, while on the other hand the AIM defendants have been using the courtroom as a vehicle to champion the cause of Indian tribal rights as opposed to ancient and recent government conspiracies to discredit them. AIM'S hope has been that the trial could be made to dramatize their plight and enlist, through widespread publicity, public sympathy for the broad aspects of their case. In this regard, it has given us satisfaction to note that the trial has been treated to very little nationwide attention. The TV networks have given the case scant time, and few big-circulation newspapers (outside the Twin Cities) and the chief national news magazines have not devoted much space to the story. Unfortunately for AIM, the Wounded Knee trial came along at an inopportune time. The impeachment inquiry and trials of former high administration officials have completely eclipsed the case being tried in St. Paul. AIM leaders Means and Banks and their attorneys, will have to come up with something quite outrageous—or innovative—to command much national attention at this time. In this one instance we're pleased that Washington is making such a spectacle of itself. One-step farm service proceeding on target High-tor cigaret ban not approved WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted 3 to 2 that it cannot ban high-tar cigarettes under the 1960 Hazardous Substances Act. The ban had been sought in a petition filed Feb. 1 by Sen. Frank E. Moss, D-Utah, and the American Public Health Association. The possibility of the ban had been raised last August by Richard 0. Simpson, commission chairman. Simpson had said it was an open question whether the commission could act against cigarettes under the hazardous substances act, despite the specific exclusion of tobacco products by the Consumer Product Safety Act, which set up the commission a year ago. Action on Smoking and Health, a Washington-based anti-smoking group, termed the commission decision "incorrect and premature." "Taking such precipitous action on a vital matter affecting the public health without benefit of a public hearing was contrary to established administrative procedure and a very bad omen for consumers relying on the commission," said John Banzhaf, director of the group. He said his group probably will ask the commission to reconsider its decision and hold a public hearing. Simpson's statement last year had brought down a stream of criticism from tobacco state legislators including Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C., who sought an opinion on a possible ban from the General Accounting Office. It responded that "an outright ban on high-tar cigarettes involves a major policy decision which the Congress has not delegated to any regulatory agency." The petition had requested that all cigarettes containing 22 milligrams or more of tar be banned as hazardous substances. This would have included 27 brands accounting for 15 per cent of the cigarettes sold annually. 'RABIES.'" Dear Minnie, Seven days in the so-called merry month of May with rain every day. Ugh, and what can we do but complain? Grass needs mowing, garden is too mushy to spade and all kinds of spring chore.; lined up for Ed are going to have him in a frenzy. Farmers really are having it bad trying to get their seed planted and I shouldn't fuss. Those weather forecasters who say we may be heading into another drouth should be feeling all wet about now. I)o the drouth years of the 1930's seem like about last week to you? Well, admit it, you're getting on. Thinking about Opperman l,ake being bone dry in those days helps a little with the suffering through a dreary rainy spell. Did you have a happy Syt- tende Mai? Could you find a way to celebrate? The only event here is a church supper that always gets a big crowd for meatballs and rommegrot. With all the Norskies around it's too bad there isn't dancing and fiddling in the park or a parade of Norwegians in costume. Ed said he had a hunger for lutefisk when he took off for Schmidt's Bridge this morning to celebrate the opening day of fishing. It's not such a big deal State GOP chairman surveyed on support for President Nixon By The Associated Press Not one of the 50 state chairmen of the Republican party believes President Nixon should resign, and two-thirds of them expressed some degree of Business News By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A controversial plan by the Agriculture Department to consolidate field offices of four major agencies into "service centers" to give farmers one-step service is proceeding on target, officials say. The plan was announced Nov. 21 and immediately drew protests from many members of Congress and local officials that it would result in USDA offices being closed in many counties. Although department officials concede some counties will not have full service centers representing all agencies, they say the plan will not mean widespread abandonment of existing offices. Joseph R. Wright Jr., assistant secretary of agriculture for administration, said rumors that the consolidation plan had been abandoned were not true. But there have been problems in getting full-scale consolidation plans approved at the state level, he told a reporter. As a result, Wright said, state administrative committees have been asked to submit consolidation plans for counties that already have been agreed upon, meaning that ''the more difficult cases" will be worked out later. Consolidation of county field offices in the USDA network has been going on for many years. But the service center concept announced last fall served notice that consolidation would be undertaken on a broad scale, with no county immune to the possibility of having some of its facilities combined with those in others. Wright said no new service center has yet begun operation as result of the new plan, but he estimated that about 100 would be functioning by June 30 and that by the end of this year about 500 would be in operation. The plan involves these USDA agencies: the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, the Soil Conservation Service, the Farmers Home Administration and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. As announced, the four agencies employ upwards of 34,000 fulltinie employes. In all, USDA has about 80,000 employees, with 80 per cent of them working in approximately 15,000 field offices. WASHINGTON ( AP) - More than 20 farm and commodity organizations have asked for quick action on a trade bill now bottled up in Congress, The bill, which passed the House last December, would give the President larger authority to negotiate trade agreements. It now is in the Senate Finance Committee, where hearings were held last month. Robert N. Hampton, vice president of marketing and international trade for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said if action is not taken soon the bill might wither as Congress turns to other matters, including impeachment proceedings. "Actions must be taken now so that negotiations can reach a meaningful stage before another oil or feed crunch develops, and at least by the time the next administration comes to office," Hampton said in a statement Fridav. Walt Spidahl joins Cooper's Supply staff Cooper's Office Supply, 210 W. Lincoln, has announced the addition of Walt Spidahl to the staff. He is in charge of the office products division, handling office furniture, machines and supplies. He has had considerable sales experience and has just completed office products seminars in Pittsburgh and Chicago. The Spidahl family returned to Fergus Falls recently after living for several years in Tacoma, Wash., where he was general manager of the Crystal Ski Company. Chiropractors attend state convention Dr. Walter Christiansen, Dr. Frederic Theurer, Dr. Wallace Cole and Dr. Roger Nelson and their wives attended the 66th annual Minnesota Chiropractic Association convention at Arrowwood Ixxlge, Alexandria, May 9 to 11. Theme of the convention was "Steady and Progressive through Unity and Concern" with emphsis on the role of chiropractic in the delivery of health care. Main speaker was Dr. Stephen E. Owens, West Hertford, Conn., president of the American Chiropractic Association. The longest hunger strike recorded was one of 94 days by nine inmates of Cork Prison, Ireland, from Aug. 11 to Nov 12, 1920. Fergus Falls employment shows .gain Fergus Falls employment in April increased by 86 from March for a total that is 253 higher than April last year, the Department of Employment Services office in Fergus Falls has reported. All categories showed an increase except for public utilities which showed a slight decline. The largest increase was in manufacturing. The April figure for Fergus Falls employment is 385 higher than in 1970, 354 higher than in 1971 and 233 higher than in 1970. Total employment is expected to increase in retail trade, construction and manufacturing but will be partially offset by decreased employment in other industries. The office reports a steady increase in the demand for workers. Some openings exist for sales people, truck drivers, carpenters, waitresses, farm hands and couples, baby sitters, cooks and dental assistants. Many students have registered for summer employment. Here are employment figures for March and April this year and April a year ago: March April April Category 1974 1974 1973 Retail Trade 899 901 Service 1191 Manufacturing 834 Whole. Trade 89 Public Util. 542 "I don't see my job as one of defending the President," said Don Adams of Illinois. "He's got able attorneys. I don't know whether he should resign or be impeached. I don't have the evidence. If he's guilty, he should be impeached. If he's innocent, he shouldn't be." California GOP chairman Gordon Luce refused to talk about resignation or impeachment. But he has said that after the June 4 state primary he expects some Republicans "will put as much distance as they can between themselves and the President ... Republicans are the minority party and they will have to appeal to hundreds of thousands of Democrats." "Impeachment is a long process," said William Barnstead of Massachusetts. "Looking at it from a very political point of view, resignation, in the next 30 days, would be far better. If there was some way to hustle impeachment, it would be preferable." Murray Ryan of New Mexico said the net effect of the White House transcripts on him was "disappointment and disenchantment ... I do think that the likelihood of the President regaining the confidence of the nation ... has diminished." David Gooselin of New Hampshire said release of the transcripts was an "unmitigated disaster... They serve no They'll Do It Every Time BlGPQME OUTFlTTE? u& COW>ANY TEAtt ,M THE 3EST CiNiFORV.5 Government Finance Construction Other Total 1230 219 160 29 5193 1195 896 89 537 1236 223 167 25 5279 916 1199 737 74 538 1132 195 200 25 5026 TWO MONTHS L UTER WHO'S O. GOT A PULL UNIFORM? Rasmusson attends meeting Gordon Rasmusson of Otter Tail Power Company is attending the national spring meeting of the American Power Dispatchers Association May 17-18 in Portland, Ore. Rasmusson is a member of the national board of trustees. Richfield bank promotes Borgen Jerry Borgen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvi Borgen of Fergus Falls, has been promoted to auditor of the Richfield Bank and Trust Company, Chester N. Eggen. president, has announced. A native of Ada, Borgen graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1967 and attended Fergus Falls Community College. He received a B.A. degree in accounting from Moorhead State College in 1972 and joined the Richfield bank as audit-trainee in May, 1973. support for him. A nationwide Associated Press survey of all the GOP state chairmen found 14 who expressed strong support for Nixon, 28 who said he should not resign and that impeachment proceedings should continue and 8 who were either highly disturbed about the President or declined any direct comment. Not one said Nixon should step down. Thirty-three of the 50 chairmen expressed support for the President. In addition to the 14 who reacted with immediate strong support, 19 of the 2S who said impeachment proceedings should continue also expressed support for Nixon. The other nine either didn't mention support, were noncommittal or were critical of Nixon. In all, there were 12 GOP chairmen who expressed concern about Nixon. The GOP chairmen were asked this week whether they still supported Nixon, whether he should resign or be impeached, if their opinion of Nixon had changed since the edited White House transcripts were released and whether they believed Watergate and the President would have an adverse effect on GOP chances in the fall elections. None said his opinion of Nixon had changed because of the transcripts, although at least 10 said they were bothered either by profanity in the transcripts or by what they called a lack of moral concern. Only a few said they wanted Nixon to campaign for their candidates in the November elections, but only four of the chairmen said they didn't want Nixon to campaign, with the remainder saying they would leave it up to the candidates. Almost all the chairmen said they believed their candidates would do well in November because the voters would not blame Watergate on Republicans. And all who commented , M ASW , 81M Prn , ", Ln M?",° A t"°^« directly on the subject said they were anxious to have the impeachment proceedings over with, but many said it was necessary that the House investigation continue to a conclusion so that Watergate could be ended. Of the 14 chairmen who expressed strong support for Nixon, 8 are from Southern states. "I feel stronger than ever behind the President," said Clarke Reed of Mississippi. "He's i Nixon) the victim of a group which would go to almost any ends to destroy the President in the minds of America," said Jess Cooksey of South Carolina. "It will be interesting to see how the Judiciary Conv mittee voles," said L.E."Thom- as of Florida. "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw- stones." Among those who were noncommittal was Larry Van Hoose, GOP chairman in Kentucky, who said he was "keeping an open mind. We have to deal with this politically; there are Congress and Senate campaigns this year... It's too early to tell about a Watergate effect. Every year is an uphill battle for us in Kentucky. We feel the candidates we have can overcome Watergate." useful purpose and are a detriment to the party." But he said resignation was a "cop out" because then Republicans in Congress won't have to make a decision about Nixon "in public." But Carla Coray of Hawaii said the transcripts put her "in a much more solid position" because now she is "absolutely convinced the President had no knowledge of the break-in or the coverup." "I've read the worst parts of the transcripts ... and that hasn't changed my mind," said Jack Ranson of Kansas. "I think Watergate is just a small par t of a 1 arge problem whichis really a liberal-conservative fight over who's going to control Congress and the administration." Many of the chairmen who expressed open support for Nixon said they were not surprised or shocked that he used profanity, saying many people did in their private conversations and pointing out that Democrat Harry S. Truman did in public. And many said they believed the transcripts showed Nixon innocent of any wrongdoing. Kent McGough of Ohio said he was not bothered by the language of the transcripts but by "the general tone ... It showed the operation around the White House ... not to be of the high plane I anticipated." FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. PLOI.sned by Fergus Journal Co at 9U El Channing. Fergus Falls. M nn 54537. daily f*ceol Sundays aid Holxjays Second class post age paid ai Fergus Fans. Wir.n SUBSCRIPTION RATES Delivered t>v carrier. S? 30pef no By mail nadvance M-nncsola. I yr . S'6 00 6rr.os M 50. Srr.os SJ 75 Olher states 1 yr .S3? 00. 6 rttgs .$17 00. 3:ncs . W 00 »l oo of All kxd! nev,s TELEPHONE Advert.sing Want Ads Subscrotions. AUOL-nts. 736 7513 Ne^'S Dcpl •J6 7511 Persona' S. S<Kial NPV.S 'W ?a01 for him as it used to be and he came back in a few hours with a fairly respectable northern. It was enough for a tasty lunch with hashbrowns and dandelion greens. Do you find yourself going out more for meals these days with all the variety of eating places? Do you go for decor and atmosphere, quick service, salads, pizza, steak or fancy hamburgers? Don't get your mouth to watering for lobster. Ed and I noticed a menu somewhere with no price for the lobster but words in fine print saying to ask the waitress about the cost. Is that to save the weak-hearted or to avoid weekly changes in the price? Ed thinks some restaurants try too hard to be hospitable by asking you before you're even sat down if you'd like coffee. If you don't want it right then the waitress keeps on asking until you break down. Ed likes his coffee with dessert. A few times he's stopped the questions by saying he'll drink buttermilk. Coffee seems to keep a lot of people going but I wonder how many have to have it as a primer for a meal. Then I suppose waitresses and restaurant folks have a few lieeves about their customers. Complaints about the coffee the waitress didn't make, yelling at her when she's serving someone else, never leading a tip and treating her like she's lower class must really bug them. It's never any fun eating alone but people who do and dally in a booth when people waiting for a place to sit must be annoying to restaurant owners. Then people who are waiting and glare at someone who is getting close to the end of a meal are not my favorite people, either. On the subject of life's little annoyances, isn't it irritating to you to hear a clerk in a store say, "I don't have that," when she should say "we"? Or the reverse of that by a nurse who will say to a patient, "Shall we have our breakfast now?" By "we" she means the poor, lonesome patient. How about men who get on the phone and say "This is Mr. Johnson"? Why the mister? Is his first name a big mystery? Ed and I have plans to see Otter Tail County first this year when we finally get the yard chores done at home. He's been studying an old plat book and finds lots of intriguing places. Then there are historic markers to find at old settlements like Ottertail City, Balmoral and the county seat in Tordenskjold. Have you ever looked at lake names? Mud, Round and Long might be the most used but there are some very unusual ones like Trowbridge and Heilberger. There's a Lake Five, I,ake Twelve and Lakes Sixteen. Bet you didn't know that. Maybe you think female names like Jessie, Lizzie, Anna, Emma Blanche, Mary, Alice, Marion and Annalaide are more common than men's names. Well, Olaf, John, Paul; Jim, Alfred, George, Pete and Oscar weren't forgotten. There's a Fairy I,ake but I can't tell if there's sex involved there or not. Of course we could eliminate that amount of gasoline by some walking tours around town. Ix>ts of folks could find a close look at the river interesting, I'm sure. And streets have sights to offer that are missed by people driving by. Right now this house is a sight to behold and I'd better turn to some housework. As ever, Sadie PLANNED USE REPORT GENERAL REVENUE SHARING Ger-e'al Reverse Shading p-o^des fede-al f'jr.ds d rectv to local and state gove^.n-e-l publish a ',?;•:•< cl Hi plans to' :>-e use at tho^c lundi to ir the money rrj;;-!t ;o be spent .-. tr-.e DOTO-CS -sled *c Tl-c la;v reqjnes cj;h. qove-nner.t to s c we-.- j •,{ 10 i-ccj-j.-e :• -c .• p.t>; c r.i: .- • i-~' ( iec a nr! how -n-er.i -nay cha^~e th.* sper.d nj p ar-.

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