al OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1974 Editorial! »T.1l«i bv J»m« Editorial Comment. •Merry-Go-Round« Cancer warning suppressed By Jack Anderson Off embargo worry ends Can't have it both ways It's too bad the White House tapes were ever made in the first place. And President Nixon would undoubtedly agree with that. Now we are thinking, not necessarily of what they reveal, but of the fact that these private and personal conversations were ever recorded. Mr. Nixon — publicly at least — lays great stress on confidentiality and in announcing the release of some of the transcripts said he had been confronted by this problem: "Unless a President can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs." A president couldn't get the advice he needs, either, if the participants in supposedly private and personal conversations knew their every word was being recorded. Mr. Nixon, therefore, did not tell the visitors to his Oval office they were being taped. Nonetheless, it was he who violated their confidentiality by the very act of surreptitiously recording words they assumed were meant for his ears alone. We do not know what the belated disclosure of the existence of the tapes has done for the quality of the advice the President has been getting lately. The way he's handling the Watergate affair suggests it has not been very good. » We do know, however, that the continuing arguments for the confidentiality of taped conversations have a hollow ring when they come from the man who did the taping. A name is a name Who are Alma, Becky, Carmen and Dolly? Give up? They are hurricanes. More accurately, they are the names designated for future hurricanes by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. And should the season be prolific, the alphabet would eventually yield the names Viola and Wilma. There are no Tom, Dick or Harrys in the world of hurricanes. These storms have taken the female gender. Why is this? Nobody knows. At least there is no acceptable scientific theory as to the reason it would sound phony (and ungrammatical) to hang a name like Robert, Gerald or Herman on a hurricane. Custom has something to do with it. Many objects always have been referred to as female. Ships, airplanes, trains, automobiles, and many other things are commonly known as "she" or "her". Who ever heard of the captain of a ship calling out, "Steady as he goes. Ease him up to the pier gently." No doubt, women libbers will storm about the continuing practice of taking female names for these fearful maelstroms. But to no avail. For this year, at least, the winds of change will not effect the Hurricane Center's naming policy. Revenue sharing funds unwanted By ROD DAVIS Associated Press Writer UNCERTAIN, Tex. (AP) It's 350 long Texas miles between here and Impact, two towns with federal revenue sharing problems. One gives money away, and the other can't get it. The distance is measured only from the East Texas fishing resort of Uncertain to the West Texas liquor oasis of Impact. Folks say it could be a little longer the other way because you might weave around a bit after visiting Impact, whose major industry is sup- piying alcohol to dry Abilene. What ties them together is that they are among 242 towns which the federal government says have not qualified for 1974 revenue sharing funds. Impact's revenue sharing attitude is much the same as one expressed by the people of Dycusburg, Ky., population 89, who said they don't want the government's money. But that attitude is not so certain in Uncertain. Patty Turner, secretary for the 200 population lakeside city, said Uncertain had sent in requests for revenue sharing funds to •'Washington, or Cleveland, or Chicago, or somewhere up North" in March, but has not received a dime. She said federal officials claimed to have mailed a check to Uncertain, and that it was returned. But she said "the postmaster in Karnack assured Weekly newspaper editor honored MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Weekly newspaper editor and publisher Cecil E. Newman has been given the National Brotherhood Award by the National Conference of Christians and Jews iNCCJ). Newman has been publishing weekly newspapers serving the black community in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, area since 1934. Newman was cited for "outstanding leadership in promoting the cause of good will and understanding." Newman is editor and publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder. me no such letter was ever delivered." Across the state things are a little different. Impact has gone to great lengths to get rid of the money it has received. With a population of 61, the town says it has gotten, and returned, four checks totaling $1,816. "We decided that the amount of money they were talking about wouldn't justify the time involved in filling out all the forms and plans that were required to spend it," said Mayor Dallas Perkins. "It would have required hiring somebody to do it. And the money wouldn't have even paid that, much less having anything left over, so we sent it back." But he said federal officials wrote back and said the city council had pass a resolution to refuse the funds, and pass another resolution every entitlement period or the checks would be sent again. The four checks were returned last July, and. in line with federal wishes, the Impact City Council voted again in January to continue its battle against the unwanted money. Which is wanted in Uncertain. WASHINGTON - A warning that oil pollution in seafood may encourage cancer, birth defects and other medical horrors has been censored from a scientific study of oil hazards. The 405-page study was prepared by the august National Academy of Sciences, which is supposed to be out of reach of oil politics. Yet the cancer warning was deleted like one of President Nixon's expletives from the draft report. It may be only a coincidence that scientists from Shell and Chevron oil companies helped prepare the report. Until it is formally adopted, the study is stamped "Privileged information...Not for Publication...Do Not Quote or Cite." Nevertheless, we have obtained one of the 100 numbered copies of the confidential volume, including the censored cancer warning. There is evidence, declares this deleted passage, that oil pollution found in seafoods causes tumors in mice "even at low concentrations" and "may be the significant agents in human" cancer. The dangers of charcoal- broiled steaks have received wide publicity. But the suppressed section tells of far higher concentrations of cancer-causing oil chemicals in codfish, sardines, crustaceans and mussels. The suppressed passage cautiously notes that "the mechanism by which chemicals cause the induction of cancer is almost totally unknown and the situation is even worse with respect to the chemical induction of birth defects." The potential hazard can only be measured "in indirect ways," it stresses. But the censored section warns: "It can be postulated that any significant increase in the amount of ingested PAH (a cancer substance in oil) may increase cancer risk." PAH is also a suspected cancer-causer in cigarette smoke, burning refuse, power plant emissions, coke smoke and motor exhaust fumes. These sources blow more PAH into the environment than comes from oil pollution. But the censored section contends: "Even if the probability of cancer induction of an individual is very small, a society must not accept the risk." The research suggesting oil pollution possibly could cause cancer was omitted, without explanation, from the draft report. In its place, a powder- puff statement was substituted that "the effect of oil spills on human health appears to be negligible." This infuriated the author of the suppressed section, Dr. James Sullivan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, who fired off a letter to Richard Vetter, the staff chief in charge of preparing the oil pollution report. "Certainly," wrote Sullivan sharply, "the effects of marine oil pollution on human health should have been the primary concern and focus of this report." Not even the oily taste that seafoods pick up from petroleum pollution is sufficient warning, wrote Sullivan. For the taste buds may not always be able to detect the hidden health hazards in the edible flesh. The Academy, he protested, should "not obfuscate the issue with unsubstantiated conjecture." Footnote: Vetter vigorously denied there had been any censorship of the human hazards section. "It was never in there," he said of the cancer warning. When we tried to go into the substance of the report, he declined to discuss it. explaining: "I think I'm in a very delicate position." They'll Do It Every Time CH&9CW2 ASK&P HiS / Wfc CQUIP \f HAW.' NOT ME.' 1 tO&PiTAUROOAMATE / »UT IT-IROUR M IP^JLIKE TO 60 HAUFiES ON I 8iTS A PAY A TV.' YOO GET, A TV"- V EACH--- ./ \ IT/ A i v s jv^^ ^ DIRTY TRICKSTER - Kepublicans have tried desperately to divorce their party from the crimes of Watergate. The illegal activities, the claim, were those of President Nixon's re-election committee, not the Grand Old Party. But it now develops that Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kans., who headed the party during those turbulent times, has hired one of the President's dirty tricksters as a member of his own Senate staff. Dole faces a lough re-election battle against Kansas Democrat, Rep. Bill n°y- The Nixon campaign aide who joined Dole is Roger Stone. According to the Watergate testimony of another Nixon aide, Bart Porter, Stone donated money to the abortive presidential campaign of Rep. Pete McCloskey, R-Calif., in the name of left-wing groups such as the Young Marxist league. The purpose was to hurt McCloskey with conservative voters in the New Hampshire primary. Stone declined to discuss the substantive nature of the allegations against him. "I didn't do anything illegal; it was poor judgment," he said, "and I regret it." The 21-year- old Dole aide said he had cooperated with both the FBI and the Senate Watergate Committee. A spokesman for Dole said the Senator "did't know about (Stone's Watergate involvement) at the time" Stone was hired. "He's going off the payroll," said the spokesman. Footnote: Earlier this year, there were reports of another political operator in Dole's camp. Wayne Poucher, a political research consultant for a Tennessee public relations firm, showed up in Kansas digging for scandals to use against Gov. Robert Docking. At that time, Docking looked like Dole's opponent. Poucher's handwritten notes while he was in Kansas indicate close ties with Dole. "I will have to give Dole some kind of progress report on Sunday," Poucher wrote. Dole also denies there was a direct link between Poucher's undercover work and his compaign. Business News Adjusting firm opens office here Crawford and Company, a worldwide insurance adjusting firm, has opened an office at 107 1 - N. Mill St., in Fergus Falls. Bernie Gillund, who comes to Fergus Falls from Minot, is the adjuster in charge. He has worked for Crawford at its home office in Atlanta, in Grand Forts and Fargo as well as Minot. Gillund is a native of Fargo and received a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University. He is living at 529 W. Bancroft. He will adjust losses in a 70-mile radius of Fergus Falls for several insurance companies. Ttiorson named assistant manager Robin L. Thorson has been named assistant manager of the Stone Hearth Supper Club on Rose Lake near Frazee. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Thorson of Pelican Rapids, he is a 1973 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School. Thorson is a 1974 graduate of the Detroit Lakes Area Vocational-Technical Institute and has been head chef at Stone Hearth for a year. His title is now combined with his management position. By JEFFREY MILLS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) America's help in negotiating the Israeli-Syrian troop disengagement virtually eliminates the possibility of another Arab oil embargo, a U.S. energy expert says. "This agreement removes the major impediment to good relations between the United States and the Arabs," John Wilhelm, director of producer country affairs in the Federal Energy Office, said. Wilhelm's statement capped a day of good energy news for the country. The federal energy chief said electric utilities should have enough fuel to avoid power problems this summer, and it was reported that for the first time this year there are no gasoline shortages at the end of the month. The diplomatic breakthrough in the Mideast, achieved after 32 days of mediation by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, came just three days before the Arabs were scheduled to meet and review their oil-ex- IT SAYVYOUR NEAT MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT It WILL 6E IM WORTHED IRELAND/" $0 CHOW? 0W& FOR THE SET-- &UT WHO GETS ALL THE 600P OUT Of IT? MAYBE THERcS, AWIE ON- HERE'S A GOOP PROGRAM! 'KTCHA Ken Rose to attend national workshop Ken Rose. West Otter Tail County Extension Agent, will attend a national extension summer school for continuing education at Colorado State University at Fort Collins. Colo.. June 10-21. Rose has received a $100 scholarship from The Farmer magazine to attend the two-week workshop, which will provide academic training at the graduate level for professionals involved in extension education. In 1923 Harding became the first president to speak over the radio. Dear Minnie, It must be time to take a vote again on what should be the city flower. Maybe the water lily should be it if it's going to keep on raining, raining. About Memorial Day the flowering crab might have been the winner. Pink trees were a sight to behold especially out on East Summit and Mt. Faith. It looks as if lilacs are losing out. This might sound like sour grapes, but lots of good things like pink trees in the spring get overdone until a body gets tired of looking at the same thing. And maybe if we had a city flower everybody would get sick of zinnias, petunias or whatever. There still isn't a national flower. Did you know that? The late Senator F.verett Dirksen tried to promote the marigold and the late Geneva Tweten of Fergus Falls pushed for the corn tassel. Some newspapers have given readers a chance to vote on a national flower and the rose leads over the marigold two to one. Dandelions don't seem to have a chance. What worries me is that plastic tulips might become the national flower. Maybe they're artistic and practical but to me they are slightly horrible, especially in a cemetery. Now that it's June we can celebrate Dairy' Month and pay some attention to festivals like Svenskarnas Dag which means Swedish Day in case you're Norwegian and don't know the language. Speaking of Norwegians, and how can we help it, did you know that Elbow Lake is the only city in Minnesota with a Norwegian sister city? There'll be a celebration on June 15. But something has already happened there. Worm Lake at the edge of town has been renamed Flekkefjord in honor of the sister city. A 40-voice choir is coming there from Norway for the celebration June 15. Scandinavians have other celebrations that may have been kicked off by the Snoose Boulevard Festival in Minneapolis last week. Danes will have Ableskiver Days in Tyler June 14 and 15 and a Rutabaga Festival in Askov in August. Willmar's Kaffe Fest will be June 27-29. That reminds me of the latest Norwegian joke and I'm worried that you may not have heard it. Ole was ailing and he went to see a doctor who told him exercise would help him more than anything. So he told Ole he wanted him to walk 10 miles every day and then call him in a week to report how he felt. Ole called the doc a week later and said he was feeling fine but he had another problem. He was 70 miles from home. Now you're wondering why I'm picking on the Norwegians all the time. Well, they are really a jolly, bright bunch of people who tell jokes on themselves and they are not nearly as touchy as the Poles. At least I don't think they are and I know quite a few. Besides that my other friends arc Norwegian by association. Getting back to walking, the Census Bureau says over 54 million Americans walk every day for pleasure and there maybe more now who walk to save gasoline. If you want to know more about walking, John lees, an Englishman, in 1972 walked 2,876 miles from Los Angeles to New York in a little over 53 days. Fergus Falls has a few good walkers and some of them don't have lo worn' about the price of gasoline. Do you suppose any of them are keeping track of the miles they walk? Like the executive who lives way out on West Summit or the teacher who lives on East Channing? To show you I can still hoof it if I have to I'm going to put on my ground grippers and hike to the post office with this wretched weekly epistle. As Ever, Sadie Hearing on Galley set NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has set June 12 as the date to hear a Justice Department appeal that former Lt. William L. Calley Jr., be returned to prison. Last February, a federal court in Georgia ordered Calley, 30, released on bail pending an appeal of his conviction for the murder of Vietnamese villagers at My Lai. port policy. "I think with this impediment removed we can be reasonably assured that Arab oil production will increase, especially in Saudi Arabia," Wilhelm said. He had made a recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Libya and reported Arab willingness to increase oil shipments, but said it hinged on U.S.-aided progress in the Arab-Israeli dispute. Wilhelm said he could not guess how fast or how far Arab oil production might be increased. Meanwhile, federal energy chief John C. Sawhill said the nation's electric utilities should have enough fuel oil to meet power needs this summer, provided the public and utilities continue to conserve energy. Sawhill announced that 89 utilities have been allocated 41.9 million barrels of residual fuel oil for June. If the supply remains at or above current levels, there should be no power shortages due to lack of fuel oil with the possible exception of the East Coast, Sawhill said. And the American Automobile Association said Memorial Day weekend travel and end-of- the-month gasoline allocation shortage failed to cause any deterioration in the nation's gasoline supplies this week. It was the first time this year that the AAA has reported no deterioration in gasoline supplies at the end of a month. The average price of premium fuel remained stationary at 59 cents a gallon, but regular gas went up another cent—to 56 cents. Kissinger gets High marks NEW YORK (AP) — Pollster Louis Harris says Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger scored a record 85 per cent good-to-excellent job rating in a nationwide survey taken before the Mideast agreement. Harris said Thursday that Kissinger's score was the highest job approval rating ever tallied by the polling organization for a member of the executive branch. Kissinger got negative marks from only 10 per cent of the 1,555 adults across the nation who were queried between May 4 and 7. The remaining 5 per cent were not sure. Contrasting Kissinger's standing with the public against President Nixon's rating of 32 per cent positive and 66 per cent negative, Harris said: "There is no doubt the continuing high marks accorded President Nixon in foreign policy matters are the core of his support, which has withstood the erosion of Watergate, and at least some of this is attributable directly to the deep reservoir of public confidence in his secretary of state." • Strictly Personali English food rates poorly By Sydney H. Harris After a discreet silence of more than 60 years, the Guide Michelin, the famous French handbook of eating places in Europe, has come out with its gastronomical reassessment of hotels and restaurants in England. And the verdict — unchanged in six decades — is: bloody awful. Not a single eating place in Shakespeare's sceptered isle received as much as a two-star rating indicating that it's worth making a detour for. And only two dozen among the more than 3,000 won a single star, which is as lowly decorated as you can get. Although born in London, and remaining something of an Anglophile, 1 am sadly forced to agree with this stern Gallic judgment. The British remain the most civilized people in the world-except in the matter of food, where their taste and criteria hover slightly below that of your average Australian bushman family. Ixmdon has indeed become the swingingest town in Europe in the last decade, and does now for the first time contain a dozen or so excellent restaurants—but none of them FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. P..D SJ-.«I Dr Pergus JOWM' Co a' 9<J E CnarT oq. Fefgus Fal ; s. M.r.n 56S37 da h except Sj-xjavsa^d HuJ.da>s Second class ooMage pa da* Feraus c ans v nn SUBSCRIPTIONRATES Oelivefttlbv Cdrr.er s; >: per r-o Byma Snrci MM 3n-os V 75 Ol-.f s'aTn ly 1 >r . S160C JrrOi SI OC VEVBERO 1 - 'HE TELEPHONE Adverlis 09. Wan Ads Subscr na'Sll Personal i ioc.a News 'MI&Cl pl-oni Accounts T36 ?S13 Ne*} in English. There are some good French restaurants, fine Italian ones, and splendid East Indian eating places; but the indigenous Savoy and Ritz (and even my own personal favorite, the Connaught) make Wimpy's taste like Escoffier. My wife went to London for a week last fall, and even armed with a few names I gave her (such as Mario's, the Caprice, and Mirabelle), she had a difficult time finding a meal that was both savory and digestible. Her favorite after- dinner drink there turned out to be Pepto-Bismol. Nobody knows why this is so. A few British items are superb, but they are usually to be found in little pubs tucked away in an obscure corner of Yorkshire. High tea is generally excellent; in fact, it's better than anything labeled a "meal" in Britain. If you can live on scones and tiny cucumber sandwiches, you can just make it gastronomically there. "Ethnic" food is the big rage in I/jndon, and it is easy to see land taste) why. But Englishness is a kind of ethnicity, too, and why haven't the British developed a native cuisine such as the French, the Italians, or the Hungarians? Maybe their famous sexual repression has carried over into the area of food, and they feel it would be immoral to prepare dishes that are sensually evocative. It's hard to slurp bouillabaisse with a stiff upper lip. Somehow, they can't even imitate other nations' favorites, Have you ever tried munching what passes for a "cheeseburger" there, or gulping down that pulverized chalk they call a "milk shake" ? Actually, if you don't dote on fish and chips, there's nothing in the way of a "snack" to be had there. The best you can find between meals is Turns.
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