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GAZETTE-MAIL Editorials White Collar Crook Still Crook As its contribution to America's MOth birthday, the Peoples Bicentennial Commission last fall offered a 125,000 reward to secretaries for furnishing evidence of a criminal nature that leads to the arrest, conviction, Agnew Coming Clean? Crook Spiro Agnew has written a novel about greed and power in the nation's capital, a subject about which he should have considerable knowledge. Crook Spiro Agnew also recently made a guest appearance on the Today: Show, where he declined to an- swej- any questions about his criminal activities while serving the citizens of Baltimore as county judge, the citizen* of Maryland as governor, and the citizens of the United astates as vice president. In addition, crook Spiro Agnew has told NeieiKeek that when he was vice president he never accepted the $10,000 bribe the Justice Department said it was prepared to prove he accepted in its lengthy statement provided after Agnew pleaded nob) con- tendere to chiseling on his income tax. All these matters, crook Spiro Agnew told Newsweek, will be cleared up in another book he is writing about his life as a public servant. We can hardly wait. and imprisonment of a chief executive of a corporation qualifying for Fortune's 500 list. Earlier this month Tie New York Timet editorially attacked this splendid idea, referring to it as organizing an internal spying system within the business community. Here in Charleston, the Catttte said pretty much the same thing. But what is wrong with "internal spying" if it brings to the bar of justice American businessmen who are cheating on their income taxes or otherwise making a mockery of the law of the land? Are The New York Timet and the against individuals who offer can't run The risk Of having It leak out To the U.S. Taxpayers 9 rewards for the apprehension and conviction of a jewel thief? Do The New IWfc Time* and the Ca- 1*11* criticize the business firm that puts up a cash award for the apprehension and conviction of a gang of thieves who have robbed that business? ' Do The New York Time* and the Ca- tette argue that society should come down hard on uncouth criminals but wink at corporate criminals? Is law and order to be upheld vigorously on the street, where informers regularly are rewarded for information, and gingerly in plush executive suites? As Jerry Rifkin of the Peoples Bicentennial Commission observes: "The fact is, anyone having knowledge of such criminal wrongdoing relating to kickbacks, embezzlement, bribes, stock fraud, tax evasions, etc., etc., is obligated to make such information available to the proper authorities or they become an accomplice in concealing the criminal act." Rifkin further observes that four- fifths of all crime committed in the United States last year was white collar crime, not street crime. We don't know where he got his figures -- and we don't believe them -- but that's an irrelevancy. Regardless of how much white collar crime was committed last year it no more should be condoned than street crime. Right on, then, Peoples Bicentennial Commission. A crook's a crook no matter how he is dressed and no matter where he breaks the law. A Clue to the Profits... A postal patron in Nitro provides this tale, which, although unconfirmed, is hardly the kind of story one fabricates from the whok cloth: The postal patron received notice of the arrival of packages with C.O.D. charges due. .. . Because she had already paid for the merchandise in the packafes, sne inquired f the charges might be for postage due. She was told by a post office employe she could cone down and see for She did. The charges were for postage due io the amount of $M7, for wfcch she tendered a CO bill. , M The post office employe thereupon told her he didn't have cfcange for $M and that she was supposed to have the exact change. She had never heard of such a regulation. In any event, she was left to wonder how she was expected to bring along the exact payment before she was advised of the charge. This story may provide a due to the increasing profits of private parcel delivery firms. · Westmoreland a Loser The chief difficulty with A Soldier Report* is that retired Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the author, apparently thinks his side won in Vietnam, to wit: "Viewing the conduct and achievements of the military services in Vietnam in an over-all context, the record, for all the necessity of a long learning curve, was remarkable: the mammoth logistical buildup; various tactical expedients and innovations; the advisory effort; civic action programs; but perhaps most impressive of all, the accomplishment for the first time in military history of a true airmobility on the battlefield. 1 ' So what? When the last helicopter had flown its last mission, who owned the battlefield? At the beginning of the war, writes Westmoreland, Vietnam had one miserable deep-draft port. At the end seven such ports had been built from scratch. At the war's beginning, Westmoreland further notes, but three Vietnamese airfields could handle jet aircraft. By the end eight could, and 84 tactical airstrips could receive and dispatch propeller-driven transport planes and helicopters. Other comparisons Westmoreland makes are equally eloquent. Yet, despite all the flashy evidence the general advances to confirm South Vietnam's transformation into a mechanized monster, history works of the future will record that the monster lost and that thote determined little men in black pajamas and in coarse uniforms, ill-armed and malnourished, won. The war, it is true, could have been won by us, had we chosen to atomize Vietnam, but that's one obscenity we wisely didn't commit. Thus, the United States lost its first war. The general who commanded there longer than any U.S. general can write a thousand books, but history won't herald Westmoreland a winner. Nor should it. 'He was part of the American problem in Vietnam. The efficient, complex war machine, of which he was so inordinately proud, never had a chance against the guerrilla farmers fighting for their final freedom from colonialism -- a truth Westmoreland still doesn't understand. Affairs of State: Fanny Seller Fire Consumed Talents Jenkin Lloyd Jones The Class of '80 · " . · · (C) tw Angelei Tim ft · The college class of 76 is now graduated. :or about to be, and if you want to be cynical you can say that that's spilt milk and whether it got the education it should have had is moot for there's nothing that can be done now. . - But the Class of '80 will be on the campuses in September and this would be an '..excellent time to consider its intellectual care and feeding, as it were, with a view toward correcting past mistakes and opening new opportunities. . The April 26 Newsweek magazine devoted a large section to the current state of American education under the shock heading, "Who Needs College?" \ + IT POINTED OUT thtt the unemployment rate for liberal art? graduates is running twice that of the general work force. Would-be schoolteachers are drugs on the market in the face of a still-falling birthrate. Persons who majored in speech, art history and sociology are encountering . yawning personnel managers. The widespread American theory that the route to the country club leads across the campus is still strong. A third of all youths between 18 and 21 are in college. If, as some college critics claim, more tb» half of them have been shoved there by parental pressure we could have one of the biggest frauds in history. Because whereas in 1969 the starting salary of a college grad was 24 per cent above that of the average American worker it is now down to 5 per cent above and may go lower. The bright kid who shunned the ivy. learned a useful trade, banked his surplus and acquired four years of seniority might well stay ahead of the baccalaureate theoretician^ ^ What seems to have happened is that in those citadels of teaming where the words "meaningful" and "relevant" were repeated ad nauseam both Kntantngfulness and relevance began to escape academia ttself. WE WERE PLUNGING into a highly technical age in which people who could do things for and to complicated electronic and mechanical gizmos were in short supply, while many colleges were still cranking out grads steeped in airy ideas but who could hardly tie their shoelaces. "Liberal arts" became especially suspect as the cafeteria dishes available to the undergraduate sampler proliferated. Broad areas of common culture vanished. Courses were sometimes invented as an excuse to sell a textbook version of the professor's doctoral thesis. Dozens of universities succumbed to faddism, for example: "black studies," which usually turned out to be combinations of myth and polemics and were soon shunned by students of all colors. Dean Henry Rosovsky of Harvard has put it well. He said: "Each year at graduation we say 'We welcome you to the community of educated men and women.' This should mean something, but at the moment it doesn't mean anything. It may mean that you've designed your own curriculum. It may mean that you know all about urban this or rural that. But there is no longer a common denominator." So the mere fact that young men and women are college graduates has lost much of its mystique with employers, and the ruder question. "But what can you do?", arises more often. Thus there are now 1.000 junior colleges, mostly devoted to what-to-do. There are a vast number of public and private technical apd trade fc\ schools. There is increased enthusiasm among youth for on-the-jota training. All this points to at least the temporary end of mushroom growth among the universities. Yet the 'Rev. Daniel O'Connell, president of St. Louis University, sounds a word of caution. "The inordinate pursuit of professionalism," he says, "leads to much narrow-minded bigotry." HOW CAN WE, in four short years, produce people with baccalaureate degrees who know bow to produce something which the world will find useful, and still have enough culture to understand, in a general way, the broad issues facing modern civilization? "Survey courses" are often scorned by professor-specialists who regard them as superficial. But instead of a semester course on the Victorian British poets, wouldn't it be smarter to give the average student an overview of 19th-century literature? Instead of a semester on bits of national history, how about the same time devoted to the end of medievalism and the rise of the'Renaissance? This writer emerged from Dr. Alexander Meikeljohn's ill-fated Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin half-baked and only browned at the edges, but in two years there was an effort made to trace the triumphs and failings of human institutions that proved imrr.e: 1 ."!? valuable. The Class of '80 has a right to know how to do something that will earn a meal ticket. But it also has a right to4hat exposure to human experience through 35 centuries of written history that will save it from swallowing hoary demagogoery and repeating old mistakes. This trick will be a challenge for the deans. . Del. James McNeely, D-Mercer, started, out in 1974 as a fireball who had memorized the House rules. But as time passes it seems he's got fire in his eyes that is consuming his talents. He might have been the conscience of right. McNeely rose on many occasions to decry the extravagance of pork barrel. One of the projects was the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the district which borders his. Others were the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Mother's Day Shrine which got more than it asked for two years straight. He questioned things; he prodded and then he. joined with enough other delegates in the House Education Committee to jerk control from Chairman Charles Lohr, D. Mercer, on certain issues. · · . · . GRADUALLY, however, he turned a majority of his fellow delegates off, and occasionally when he was talking there would be a mass walkout from the chamber until he sat down. Finance Chairman Billy Burke, D-Gilmer, finally declined to yield to him when McNeely had questions. More members would rise to rebut his arguments by saying they started out being opposed to whatever McNeely was opposing until he advanced his side of the issue, and his opposition convinced them to be for it. Even McNeely couldn't always be against pork barrel. He caused some chuckles when he temporarily laid aside his vigorous opposition to pork barrel in the 1976 session to rise to defend the expenditure of $100,000 to restore a historical church in his district. No matter how it's cut, the $100,000 was pork barrel. So it was that on May 14, when McNeely got up and opposed the expenditure of $10,000 for the state to belong to the Southern Interstate Nuclear Board, which researches, all forms of energy, Del. Irvine "K.O." bamron, D-Mingo, said he personally thought $100,000 was a lot to.give to a church in Summers County. parate letters to Highways Commissioner Bill Ritchie, asking him to repair a certain road. One student wrote: "If you fix the road, we will love you." An official in the department is going to see what the problem is.. .When Gov. Moore spoke at the Golden Horseshoe ceremony last Friday, he recognized "Supt. Taylor, Sen. Brotherton and Del. McManus." That must mean that Daniel Taylor, the school superin-- tendent, is in better graces than Senate President William Brotherton, D-Kanawha, and House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh. Or is that a signal for the special session Moore is expected to call this summer?. Del. Phyllis Given, D-Kanawha, ran a good race if she did come in third for secretary of state. She only spent about $7,500, and then a lot of people in Kanawha County said they couldn't vote for her because she hired her son-in-law. They had the wrong Phyllis. In addition she wasn't slated because she has always refused to give money to be slated.. .In Monroe County, 2,800 people voted on election day, and House Majority Leader Marion Shiflet, D-Monroe, got 2,300 votes... DAMRON ADDED that the more the gentleman from the 19th talked, the more he was convinced that the state should belong to the board to protect its coal industry, although he'd started out being against spending the $10,000. McNeely, during the weekend session, even took to the floor to attack, in the tradition of Spiro Agnew, the press and this columnist in particular, for the report about the originals of his 1974 campaign financial statements being missing from the secretary of state's office. He used the immunity of the House floor to say that a lie had been printed, when none was. He talked about "conspiracy" when no one had the slightest idea about what he was talking. If the voters of his district re-elelect him, and they have already renorninated him, perhaps the next speaker of the House can guide his many talents to constructive purposes and eliminate the obstructive results reaped by Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Ralelgh. *· SHORTS-Students in the second grade at Ashford-Rumble School wrote se- Vol 20, iVo. 46 Charlttlon. (Tent Virginia Sunday Gasette-Mail Afov 23. 1976 DEL. HARRY MOATS, R-Ritchie, was made an honorary speaker of the House bar by the lawyers in the House last weekend. They gave him an inscribed keepsake in recognition of his many years of service. Moats is retiring from public office at the end of this term.. .Speaker McManus said it was the first time in his 12 years in the House that he remembers the House refusing to appoint a conference committee when it voted to refuse to send the mine-safety bill to conference. Del. Ernest Moore, D-McDowell, was right when he said the bill had "death" written on it the minute it got to the Senate. A conference committee wouldn't have turned the tide... The legislature was stalled so long last Sunday morning that the committee which notified the Governor of its adjournment found the chief executive had already gone to bed and had to call him on the telephone . . . That last day of the session, Speaker McManus started so early Saturday that when adjournment came at 2 a.m. Sunday, he'd been working for 19 hours straight ... There reportedly was a move in the Democratic caucus to let stand Gov. Moore's veto of the bill mandating the $1,000 pay raise. Proponents of that view were saying a Democratic governor would be in office in January, but too many delegates felt the Democrats in the legislature had their necks too far out on that issue to fail to override the veto ... through his Manpower office available to help the resort, which is why Kostelansky was involved ... The Department of Agriculture received bids on its $1 million laboratory facility, but they're a little high for the money available: It looks like the facility will go on a tract of land that is available for free in Jackson County. Gov. Moore reportedly favors that location, but there may be some resistance in the legislature . . . Based on a reliable report, several calls have come in to Democratic State Chairman J. C. Dillon from Democrats who say they can't support A. James Manchih for secretary of state. Dillon couldn't be reached for comment late last week . .". There's a rumor going around that Jewell Bailey may be replaced by Sally Richardson at the Democratic State Headquarters. Sally and her husband, Don, were on vacation last week, and ID were most of the other people who bad worked in the primary campaign ... Worth Beall, who filed the Central West Virginia Rockefeller for Governor financial statement, is Sen. Russell Beall' s brother. Worth Beall is a cattle broker who is very powerful in central West Virginia where he has bought cattle worth millions of dollars. Another brother, Roscoe, ran against Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass when Douglass was elected to his first term. The bitterness between Russell Beall and Douglass apparently goes back to that race. In a recent regular session of the legislature, Sen. Beall; D-Wood, was accused of bottling up Douglass' legislation . . . P«ge 2E THE LATEST bumper sticker in Washington, D.C., says the National Review's CATO, is: "Everybody Makes Mistakes: Agnew and Eagleton in '76"... The director of the Governor's Manpower office, Dave Kostelansky, has fired Laura Hopkins, the secretary .who was suspended when she smiled and'clasped her hands upon hearing that Gov. Moore couldn't run for a third straight term. Kostelansky said he dismissed her for, using abusive language, and not because she toM him his methods of operations stank as he was reported to have told some people. He mailed Mrs. Hopkins' dismissal letter to her while she was on vacation. Kostelansky. incidentally, says he doesn't drive a "Snowshoe Resort" vehicle as one caller complained. The vehicle, be said, sits in Manpower parking spot, but it isn't in very good shape to be driven with its back windows out. He said the vehicle was used by federal bankruptcy trustee Tom Denny to drive back and forth from the resort. The only tone he drove it Kostelansky said, was at the resort, from the top to the bottom of the hill. Gov. Moore made faids THE UNFUNDED LIABILITY in the state's retirement funds such as teachers and public employes, is said to be affecting the state's bend rating, since New York City's financial crisis. Another thing that has affected it for years, baaed on one official who has been close to the situation, is the political climate in West Virginia . . . Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner Richard Barber attended the National Alcohol Beverage Control Assn. meeting in Miami last week. He's vice president of the organization . . . Federal Judge Charles Haden's decision to establish his residence in Parkersburg was based partly on the fact that the city is between Wheeling and Huhtington where he also holds court. In addition, he wanted to use the courtroom which Judge Herbert Boreman had constructed when he was a sitting judge in West Virginia . . . After the canvasses, Del. Charles Lohr, D- Mercer, won renomination by 239 votes . . . State Police Supt. R. L. Bonar has written to Del. Sarah Neal, D-Greenbrier, saying he was amused by some statements made in the legislature's subcommittee studying the Department of Public Safety because they were "complete falsifications." Bonar said it was reported to him by an independent poll token, not by his orders, that the men voted 467 against the reorganiation bill the subcommittee recommended, and only four for the measure At the West Virginia University graduation ceremony it looked little like an Associated Press rewioB. There were reporter Herb Little watching his two daughters graduate, one with a law degree and the other a bachelor's, and Bill Crouch, chief of communications, watching his son get a degree in dentistry. Crouch's wife, by the way. got her degree the same weekend from West Virginia State. r- t

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