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June 29, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 70

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(GAZETTE-MAIL Editorial Fantasy of the Orderly Mind * * The size of the Democratic majority in Congress is deceptive. Southern Democrats, and other conservative Democrats align themselves with Re^ publicans as often as not, a fact which makes the "veto proof" Congress a figment of somebody's imagination. The Democratic leadership, which includes our own Sen. Robert C. Byrd, nonetheless is open to a great, deal o cnticism. It has.been almoll'crirm- nahy negligent on the energy problem, standing aside in this area while President Ford came through as something of a statesman willing to incur public displeasure in the national interest. It has supinely permitted the Pentagon to have its way on de- fense spending, rushing almost pell- meU to hand money to the admirals and generals. But those who had high hope? ^i watching a Democratic Congress override a Republican President's vetoes were indulging in fantasy. The interests represented in the Democtatic party are too diver? 0 to be urought Doggonit, Crime Really for Men Sociologist Freda Adler prefers the "Ms." in front of her name, but that isn't the only indication that she is sympathetic toward the women's rights movement. She has written a book, "Sisters in Crime," in which she establishes.sta- tistically that women are coming into their own as criminals, and may soon be expected to equal males in rascality. This is good news, we, uh, guess. But hear Ms. Adler: «.' "Although crimes by males still outnumber those by females by 5 to' 1, the Bpnnies have definitely started .catching up with the Clydes. The women are committing felonies at a rate that is climbing three times faster than the men's rate." Ms. Adler, a professor? A professo- ress? Who teacnes at Rutgers, seems pleased by her findings because: . "If anything, the crime statistics explode the myth of 'the little worn-, an,' the notion that women are gentler, more passive, weaker, and more moral than men." Thereupon, Ms. Adler documents her case with a number of lurid crimes, all the handiwork of females. For instance, there is the case of the Buffalo,-N. Y., woman who killed her lover and two children and then barricaded, herself in a house and shot it out with the cops. . We know .we ar.e .supposed to be pleased by all this, but chauvinists that we are. we cannot help thinking . in terms of male bastions being invaded. Doggonit, crime is man's business. into orderly combat against W r r 'ord. It was Will ROOT'S who ^a;d. "T \n not a rubber of an orgam/ccr political party; I'm a Democrat." Whether inis amalgam ot" interests is desirable or not is the subject of continuing debate. Republicans are resorting to television commercials in an effort to demonstrate a broad ap- pea! like that of the Democratic party. But in the meantime, a prominent Republican scholar, William Rusher, is calling for abolition of the GOP in favor of a party which. would; in effect, be the "conservative" party. it is the dream of orderly minds to have "conservative" and "liberal" parties in the' United States. But we believe "conservative" and "liberal" party members would be no more likely to hold fast to unwritten princi-- pies than the Democrats who have shown us the futility of .the "veto proof" daydream. A Few Signs Needed Under new state law, automobile drivers may turn right against a red traffic signal after coming to a stop and ascertaining that the way is clear. A l^ft :u n against a red signal may be taken after coming to a stup »f the iriver is turning from a one-way street onto another oiir-Aay .street- judging from the midtown Charleston traffic scene, very few drivers seem to be aware of the new and convenient regulations, which, if observed, could speed up automobile travel within the city. ' Perhaps these unaware drivers could be educated with a few signs, spelling out the new state law, placed at the most-used city intersections. A Strange Silenee Jack Anderson, reporting on the continued harassment of the press by public officials of the Nixonian mentality, concentrated on the better known cases, such as frameups and false arrests of newsmen who get too At a much lower level are thousands of cases, occurring daily throughout America, which aren't of lasting import but which demonstrate the protective aspects of the of ficeholder fraternity. : We refer to the suppression of news and the ultimate suppression of charges when a public official finds himself guilty of a minor infraction of the law. One of Charleston's most celebrated cases was the release of a prominent official after he was arrested for drunken driving by policemen who didn't recognize him. Other cases abound. Usually they involve drunkenness, speeding in automobiles and the like. ' A strange silence occurs in the lower judicial and higher police circles when officeholders run afoul of the law, and there really isn't much the press can do about it. . It would be wrong to disregard the occasional exception, however. Sometimes, to our great pleasure, an officeholder who breaks the law stands up courageously and admits it instead of running for cover. He has our respect, and, more often than not, our vote. The Filial Throwaway Fanny Setter: Affairs of State -?. Turks Turn to Hechler .Richard Lee Strout Bee Left It Hanging WASHINGTON -- Just^tonremind you, President Nixon "left for Moscow a year ago and Vice President Ford told interviewers that he was sure the boss wouldn't be impeached and that the election of a · "yeto-proof" Congress would end the two- party system. Like a hooked tarpon Nixon made one final spectacular spring just before destruction all the way to Russia and told the nation about it on television, July X By Aug. 9, Jerry Ford was president, We think President Ford is a nice man, ''and probably the most conservative president since Herbetjf Hoover. Hoover, you .' remember, was secretary of commerce 50 years ago. We got to thinking about him after reading the recent Ford speech to small businessmen. It had a ring, a conviction, an emotion in attacking government "control that hasn't been heard around here in years. Ford is more conservative than Nixon, who really didn't believe in much of anything so long as he got elected and could smear opponents -- he was as adaptable as the bubble in the carpenter's level. In his Pat Moynihan-Disraeli phase Nixon .proposed a guaranteed income system (carefully saying it wasn't that) in his Family Assistance Program. It's hard to believe that Mr. Ford would offer anything like that. In fact, we can't remember a piece of positive social legislation he ever proposed. .Ford is going to free business from "the shackles of federal red tape" and says that /''vital decisions are made by the politicians while the private sector dries up and shrivels away," and that in this Bicentennial year we are "reversing the great prin- r ciples on which the United States were ^founded." *· · ' EISENHOWER was conservative, too, of course; but he watched the clock, he didn't try to set it back. This revived cult is a throw back to the 20's, Ogden Mills /saying that federal centralization is '" "striking at the very cornerstone of our institutions", Herbert Hoover exulting in , "the fundamental correctness of our economic system" (just before the crash), and ^Bruce Barton in his smash-hit, The Man .Nobody Knows saying that Jesus nad "picked up twelve men from the bottom ranks of business and forged them into an organization that conquered the world " Ford doesn't My that, of course, but he identifies with businessmen who see "government turned into an instrument of philanthropic collectivism, a legislated redistribution of wealth and income, and the prospect of productive citizens required by law to support a growing number of nonproductive citizens." That's scare talk, that's political table- banging, and it isn't demagogery because the man who says it believes it; it's from a man who fears (as he'says):that "Washington will become the Big Daddy of all citizens." President Ford doesn't have'a-merry twinkle in his eye when he offers such things, as the late Everett McKinley Dirksen (R) of Illinois used to do. He is straightforward and uncomplicated as when he praises the market economy, and says "Americans are proud of our system and pleased with what it has produced." It has produced, of course,^ million unem ployed just at present. Ford tells the businessmen, "I hear your cries of anguish and desperation; I will not let you be suffocated", and he cheers them up in the present slump reminding them that "difficulties sometimes accompany advantages in any system," along with "spells of unemployment" and a "temporary-slow down." Be of good cheer, he says, excessive federal intervention will be frustrated: he will help "get government off your back." *· THIS IS Alan Greenspan speaking -- Bill Simon, Earl Butz, Caspar Weinberger, one of the most conservative teams assembled round a chief executive in a generation. They believe, like Ford, that free enterprise is threatened by "philanthropic collectivism"^ Is he thinking about the vetoed strip mining bill? We think Ford will run for office next year!on a program of big. defense, big law enforcement and big tax breaks for business, and very likely get elected, too. The third anniversary of the discovery of Watergate came last week -- a little noticed story at the time which the New York Times carried, Sunday; June 18,1972 on page 38, a third of the way do tween furniture advertisements, with a mild four-column headline, "5 Charges With Burglary at Democratic Headquarters". The election was onand, on Oct 18, the despairing Democrat Study Group got out a four; page flier, ".The Most Corrupt Administration in'History". But who was u'stening'tp George McGovern? '.Next to^the revelation"of the tapes the most disturbing thing for many is the discovery of die perversion of the. intelligence and police forces? of the government whereby;the executive office can instigate the murder of foreign leaders, by wink or by direct command, through the agency of "executive privilege". If that is.so, executive privilege is the strongest force in our government. . " Watergate still rolls on and the special prosecutor's office still investigates. The Ervin Committee left the Bebe Rebozo melodrama hanging fire: it notes, "The transmittal of $~100~000 in $100 bills from Howard Hughes to the President's close friend, Charles G. 'Rebozo, several years prior to the 1972 election" and then it goes on, in its final report, to ask questions and note discrepancies in evidence .given under oath.·-·:;.-·'... ''.-, ·';"··'.. ·':;;X'-' : ;- :: : "In early 1972," itsays, "Rebozo began receiving and accepting a variety, of contributions. .. At no time, however, did-he acknowledge; in writing to Hughes or his representatives the receipt of the f 100,000 nor did he ever notify, as he did with other contributions in 1972, any campaign officials (sic) the receipt of $100,000 until after the election". Rebozo, the Ervin report adds, "placed himself beyond thereach of the committee by traveling to Europe when he had reason to know that the remaining life of the committee precluded it from enforcing further subpoenas on him or others". . ' So what's the story? We don't know. The Ervin committee "finds it appropriate," it says in its report, July 1974, "that the matters set forth herein be pursued further by relevant investigative bodies." It's high time we. got the answer, The turks in the legislature have asked Rep Ken Hechler, D-W. Va., for ideas to make them a more viable force in the 1976 regular session A group of about 20 met during the extension of the 1975 session to lay the groundwork for a program which is to be given to the Democratic Caucus in the House, and possibly to the Senate as well. Del John '.'Si" Boettner Jr., D-Kanawha, wrote last Thursday to Hechler"Too long have the freshmen sat back for ,the first year and let the leadership and veterans of the House pide every movement. I feel we must move to make reforms now and be prepared when the next session convenes or if we are called back in session by the Governor this summer." Boettner noted that there is a congressional Democratic study group, and asked Hechler to provide any information he can about it. The group in the House of Delegates has deliberately stayed away from having a leader. Boettner and Del. Larry Sonis, D-Kanawha, will be drafting a tentative program., The broad topics they will be dealing with, are campaign election reform, tax relief -- probably in the form of exempting the sales tax from food, ethics legislation that provides for disclosure of financial aiid business matters, absentee landowners and taxation of their property, and the broad subject of medical schools and medical services. Any efforts in a special session will depend upon subjects which are in Gov. Moore's call to the legislature SHORTS -- The state police bus was seen recently at the Beckley Veterans Hospital where it dropped off American Legion members and their wives to visit patients ... The State Supreme Court will come down with an opinion, not just an order, this week in the budget case, based on a reliable source 1 . . The Air Argo plane that crashed last week was the same plane which the charter service provided for Agriculture-Commissioner Gus Douglass on numerous occasions. Douglass made two forced landings in it... Treasurer John Kelly reportedly looks at his upcoming trial as more important than protecting his retirement, and intends to stay in his job. That's the staff's impression. Kelly's trial date is July 14, and he's had information on past bank de- Sunday Gazette-Mail C.ltnrlfsion. Went Virginia Page2E Vi»l 19 No. 25 . 7975 bits and credits assembled for it . State Supreme Court Justice Richard Neely is writing an article on nuclear fusion for the Atlantic Monthly, and a piece for the Cornell Law Review which contains a blueprint for inflation control. Earlier he had an article published in The New York Times.. The story last week of the surv- eilance devices being purchased by police in West Virginia reminded me of something a state policeman told me a while back. He said a "bug" was found in the ceiling of one of the offices vacated by the Department of Public Safety when it moved to South Charleston. Wonder if he was being sarcastic or was he for real?.. The Purchasing, Practices and Procedures Commission had its old quarters swept for listening devices once by an independent firm, but didn't find anything. Senate President William T Brotherton Jr , D-Kanawha, said he had the state police go over the president's office when the Watergate bugging was in the news, but found nothing. If he'd had it tb do over, Brotherton said he wouldn't have bothered because he doesn't have anything to hide ... I want to thank the business manager of Andrew S. Rowan for pointing out last Sunday that it wasn't his hospital which hired the recreational director. It was Denmar State Hospital which hired the director at $570 a month, to provide recreation for employes. A legislative audit was made 'of both facilities, and I had them mixed.. State Sen. Warren.McGraw, D-Wyoming, is moving around the state on speaking engagements. He was at Martmsburg, Morgantown, Huntington and Boys State in a short period of time There's speculation he's interested in attorney general ... Reports have it that Senate President Brotherton was feeling out certain Democrats about support for attorney general. Some rebuffed him . . . Incumbent Atty. Gen. Chauncey Browning Jr. is obviously going to run again, based on sips from his office,.. Gov Moore reportedly told Edgar Heiskell when he was secretary of state to cut out the calls to Washington telephone numbers when Heiskell was trying to get a job prior to Feb. 28. The Department of Natural Resources has been holding off improvements in recreation in the area of the proposed Stonewall Jackson Dam until a decision is made on the big reservoir. The DNR got an offer from a private recreational facility in Weston to take over the facility but Director Sandy Latimer says DNR is waiting . Steve LeRose, former assistant in the office of secretary of state, is thinking about running for House of Delegates if Del Larry Tucker, D-Nicholas, doesn't run for re-election. Supreme .Court Justice James Sprouse , has lost weight, and said he's been work- * ing out, getting in shape for the fights He used to be a, boxer, but chances are his "fights" will be political... Tom Barker, long-time stock clerk for the Treasury, is quitting July 11 to go back to the coal mines. A big state garbage truck keeps pulling in on the sidewalk on California Avenue so that pedestrians have to walk on the grass and traffic coming out of the loading ramp can't see around it.. Last Thursday was the one-year anniversary of the Claims Service Office in Workmen's Compensation and the girls celebrated One sign said, "You've Come a Long Way, Babies." Commissioner Rick Becker set up the office to help speed up the handling of complaints and inquiries .... George Daugherty entertained at the Department of Labor's staff appreciation banquet last week. He's a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 136; and calls himself the Earl of Elkview A total of 391 years of service were honored. Matt Johnson, who is retiring, went to work in the department jn 1947, Robert Coughenour in 1951 and Virginia Corder in 1953. Each received a gift Thirteen em- ployes had between 10 and 14 years service and 17 had between 5 and 9 years service. Employes who got key chains with the state's seal were Walter Harvey, Ramez Jorishie, R. D. Williams, Kermit Haines,, John Finley, George Hoffman, Eugene Woodford, George Narick, Felix Gaudy, Edward Hoskinson, Joseph Lanham, Samuel Stover and Joseph Lokmer, all with 10 to 14 years service .. ~. Among dignitaries on hand for the opening of Hatfields and McCoys at Grandview were acting Labor Commissioner Joseph Mills; Finance Commissioner Ronald Pearson, Secretary of State James McCartney, House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, Charleston Mayor John Hutchinson, and ex-Gov. pkey Patteson, who got a standing ovation, Beckley newspaper publisher Emile J. Hodel had his usual social event prior to the performance. Letters to the Editor Most Snobbish of Snobs Editor: . · ' Mr. L. T, Anderson, in a previous column which irritated me hot nearly so much as previous ramblings, has finally prompted, miy first letter to a newspaper; although I learned many years ago that you never win an argument with the man who has the floor. If there is a single consistent note in the writings (and I use that term very loosely), of Mr. Anderson, he consistently reveals that, with the possible exception.of Mr. James Dent, he is the most snobbish of the snobs: Mr. Anderson likes to identify with the poor and downtrodden against the Establishment, so he takes to task the "snobs'' of George Washington High School for their alleged invention of the term "creekers" and "hillers," etc. Mr. Anderson's writings (there's that loose word again) reek of educational and. intellectual snobbishness as he continually lords it over the common masses that they, unlike himself and Mr. Dent- do not know everything there is to know about all things. In his almost daily diatribes against the unenlightened masses who prefer that their children use as textbooks something remotely pertaining to the edu- ist those little barbs about the; protesters' alleged ignorance and poor taste. alleged ignorance and poor taste. I would like to interject the suggestion that none of these poor ignorant peasants turned down a well-to-do-family's offer to help them through school, and remind Mr. Anderson and Mr. Dent that it takes money to develop a taste for caviar and opera. It must be a comfortable feeling to. be right all the time. Paul L. Shaffer, 5306 David Dr., City !\o Appreciation Re: Madlyn Murray p'Hair. I didn't appreciate your article in Sunday, May 25 paper concerning the article about Mrs. P'Hair. It is my opinion that she should mind her own business about her opinions about who prays and who doesn't in our schools. If she wishes to believe that there is no God, it is her privilege, but we have the same privilege to believe that there is a living God. 'This country, was founded on thethought of freedom of religion according to the Constitution of the United States. Marjorie Cline, Glasgow

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