Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 61
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 61

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 19, 1974
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RICHARD L. STROUT Watergate Takes Our Mind Off Trouble If it weren't for the impeachment story we would be worrying about double digit inflation. The beauty of Watergate is that it takes our mind off our troubles. It is giving America the best melodrama since Joe McCarthy. What fun. People are tossed back a n d f o r t h l i k e trees swaying in a breeze. What would the newspapers and TV do without it? Don't think a lot of congressmen aren't aware of a d v a n t a g e s . Few are watching them. Reform bills are smothered while people read the transcripts. Debate is ignored. I went to a hearing last week chaired by Hubert Humphrey and at the end of the session there were present one senator, one witness, two reporters and seven tourists who had drifted in off the corridor. Witness was asserting that at the end of the year U.S. inflation, after a lull, will be bounding up again. Better not think of it. There's always Watergate. It is possible of course, it is just possible, that out of Watergate will come changes, constitutional amendments and all that. Rarely has the situation been more malleable. But don't count on Congress for reforms; if they come, public anger will bring them, channeled not by political parties but by public interest groups, Common Cause, A D A , R a l p h N a d e r , t h e League of Women Voters and organizations like that which are more and more doing what political parties are supposed to do. »· LET'S RUN down the list. If there's one thing Watergate proves it's that campaign spending must be regulated. The Senate passed a moderate reform bill, April 11. 53-32. over a last-ditch filibuster by Sen. James Allen, D-Ala., but now it's stuck in the House where Rep. Wayne Hays, D- Ohio, has stalled a similar effort for 16 months. He promised to have a bill out in March. Why should Congressmen, half from safe seats, who follow the crowd, who 3E -- Mav 19, 1974 have been voting funds for the Vietnam slaughter for years, who are appalled at great is- Pity the Poor Mosquito Technology Goes Sadistic I have been worried almost to death, ever since the invention of running water, that technology would go too far one day. It has now arrived at the point of no return with the electronic mosquito chaser. I just read, in a state of some shock, an advertisement in a national magazine. It says this electronic mosquito chaser is a wonderful thing for the boater, fisherman, the camper, anybody who likes to get back to nature in the great outdoors. Its makers claim this little contraption, which you can clip on your belt, waistband, purse, pillow, chair, has a battery with 200 hours of life, and it sends out a tone that repels the mosquito. As I understand it, you're sitting out there in the midst of nature, see, in what little of the magnificent wilderness is left to us, and this mosquito spots you. He sizes you up as a ,dandy place for dinner without a cover charge. He goes into a deep dive, heading for your succelent calf, and then, a few feet away from the entre'e, he runs into this Satanic tone which sets his teeth on edge, puts him into a manic-depressive state, makes him go into a deep banking turn and return to his base, unfulfilled,- starving. »~ NOW THEN. What is a mosquito to do? It's not his fault that he is constituted to hunger after the human calf, just as it's not your fault that you're constituted to long for a T-bone, or the cat's fault that he is constituted to compulsively toy with mice. There is no way for the mosquito to follow his instincts without running through this horrible manmade electronic buzzing zone and thus risking an incurable" psychological disturbance. I am opposed to the electronic mosquito chaser, just as I am opposed to hot wires for starlings, ankle-breaking bear traps, and the fish shocker. I think we ought to confine our technology to instru- Otherwise *.. Tom Fesperman ments of our own destruction, and leave nature's other children free to do their thing, whatever that thing might be. ' *· I THINK when we decide to go back to the great outdoors, to commune again with the'untamed, we ought, to go on nature's terms and not on terms of our own fiendish design. I see no point in pretending to return to the natural garden of the wilderness, to go back to the life our pioneering ancestors once lived, and doing it in a pseudo-camper with wall-to-wall carpeting, color TV, air-conditioned all- electric kitchen and sundry-technical devices of sadism such as the electronic mosquito chaser. It is a beautiful thing to go back out there and seek again the life of Lewis and Clark and Boone and those old boys, but we're being, less than honest if we wire ourselves to %ard off the mosquito bite, the bee sting, the chiggers, the thorns and the cockleburs that were all a part of that life. In fact, you haven't done it right until you've jumped, naked as a jaybird, into a swift little creek and come up with a stone bruise. sues that sweep the nation and threaten their comfortable rise through seniority -- why should they approve federal limits on campaign funds, let alone (God forbid) public financing that might aid their rivals? This is the frightened flock that oddly enough now threatens Nixon; poor man, what a fate, to be run over by stampeding sheep. The indignant public may reform Congress; Congress w o n ' t r e f o r m i t s e l f . T h e House committee structure hasn't been modernized since 1946 and power has drifted into the hands of a few big committees of which the most important is ways and means, under senior satrap Rep. Wilbur Mills, D-Ark. If we are to have an effective counterweight to the imperial presidency the House committee structure must be reformed. Speaker Carl Albert, D-Okla., asked Rep. Richard Boiling, D-Mo., to try to do it. He got a first-rate 10-man committee of five Democrats and five Republicans that unanimously r e c o m m e n d e d sweeping changes. What happened? The Democratic caucus just considered the reform and voted it down (or sidetracked it) 111 to 95, in a clever secret vote so that nobody could tell how they lined up. These were not Republicans, mind you, these were Democrats, who are unctuously condemning Watergate and waiting for an anti-Nixon landslide this fall. They will probably get it, and won't deserve it. · OR TAKE another reform, postcard registration, backed by such a subversive organization as the League of Women Voters, plus organized labor and others, and already through the Senate. Yes, but easier registration might bring riffraff to the polls, blacks and the poor. Voting percentages have declined steadily for 16 years; 64 per cent of eligible voters voted in 1960; only 55 per cent in 1972. Five or six states already use the system. Canada uses it. (The Canadians are now preparing to do most of the things in their parliamentary elections under their new Election Expenses Act that seem so radical to the timid USA). The House killed easier registration 204 to 197, Democrats voting 177 to 44 for the reform, Republicans 20 to 160 against. Again, ask yourself, how far can we rely on this body to counterbalance the arrogant executive? The list is too long. We have roaring inflation. Congress after 200 years still doesn't have a system whereby it can weigh income against outgo. "We simply cannot constrain inflation in this country until the. Congress gets its fiscal houSe in order!'" testified John Dunlop, director of the Cost of Living Council. He calls it "the single most important structural change needed in government." Congress talks about getting around to it. Every other industrial country has a national system of health insurance and Congress has talked about establishing such a system this year: But Teddy Kennedy (and we don't blame him too much) has decided that his fellows won't override a Nixon veto (or maybe a Jerry Ford veto) and has cut back his ambitious proposal WE AREN'T at all certain the Democrats will win in 1976. They have no discernible organized doctrine. They are split. Republicans elected Hayes despite the Grant scandals, and Coolidge despite the Harding scandals. 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