Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 30
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 30

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 23, 1972
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'Exactly-weHl sit out the rest of this century.' FANNY SEILER-Affairs of State Ad Costs Pinch Candidates C a n d i d a t e s who are accustomed to campaigns say costs in the primary were up SO per cent over the 1970 election and major culprits are television and newspapers who demand high prices for advertising. The only way to put on a good campaign, some candidates feel, is to have personal wealth or have a sponsor, which means obligations to special interest groups. Otherwise, the candidates are left to make the best of it or borrow money which may mean mortgaging a home. Some effort has been made by the Federal Communications Commission to require television to charge local rates instead of higher national rates for political advertising. But one candidate found this year some television stations made up for that by charging higher production costs for p r o d u c i n g the "spot," or commercial. ANOTHER CANDIDATE tells the story of his experience in a southern county where he has a retail store and does advertising business with the newspaper in his hometown. His political ads cost three times the amount his store ads cost. A third candidate found that ^GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, July 23, 1972 Page 2C Vol. 15 No. 28 Pentagon Just Insatiable In his latest letter to constituents Rep. John Slack remarked upon a biennial fact of life: no tax increase this election year but a whopping increase next year regardless of who wins the presidency or which party controls the Congress. Indeed, Congress ah-eady has hiked Social Security benefits, starting in the autumn before the election. And, to offset this raise, it has made certain that working stiffs and all their employers will be paying substantially more into the Social Security fund, beginning next January. But the rise in Social Security payments is small potatoes. To balance federal accounts, taxes will have to be upped sharply. Rep. Bogus Issues Don't Help Surely the West Virginia gubei 1 - natorial race will produce more substantive morsels for voters to ingest than the unchoice cuts flung at them this past week. Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. accused his adversary of being in the hip pocket of AFL-CIO President Miles C. Stanley. Moore neglected to furnish any evidence to support the charge. Tax Refunds Inflationary? A worthwhile economic proposal has been made by Arthur Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, as an answer to a rather unusual problem. The unusual problem is that the government is collecting too much income tax, and unless somebody comes up with an acceptable solution, record refunds will be made next spring. What's wrong with refunds? Nothing, when they are made in the usual amounts. But the present circumstances indicate that they will have a bad inflationary effect. We believe the Burns proposal is the best of several offered the House Ways and Means Committee. Burns would attempt to persuade taxpayers to accept their refunds in high-interest treasury bonds. In addition to its anti-inflation aspects the Burns proposal would bring many working Americans into the world of capitalism. Such an event could very well trigger a "trickle-up" condition which could strengthen America economically. Stanley promptly rushed to the defense of Moore's opponent, saying he owned no one. Then, taking his cue from the Governor, Stanley fouled Moore. Using an old rhetorical ploy that has never received the debater's seal of approval from the Fair Campaign Practices Committee, Stanley said he could, but wouldn't, charge the Governor with being a captive of a certain large corporation based in the northern end of West Virginia--thus doing exactly what he said he wouldn't do. Meanwhile, John D. Rockefeller IV, the Democratic nominee for Clarksburg audience, said among other thrusts at Moore that too many West Virginians are riding over narrow, crooked two-lane highways. The inference was that Moore hasn't paid sufficient attention to the state's antiquated secondary road system. No governor in the United States is immune from criticism. All governors and their administrations have shortcomings of which both they an dthe electorate should be made aware. The Moore road building record, however, cannot be fairly faulted, even that part of it including secondary roads. More West Virginians today are near decent highways- than they have ever been. If they aren't within commuting distance of an interstate, they are close to an Appalachian highway, and these programs are proceeding faster than was the case under any prior stale administration. Bogus issues do not enrich democratic processes, enhance election campaigns, or further ideals of good government. Slack's estimate is $40 billion more a year. And Rep. Slack knows whereof he speaks, because he is a member with considerable seniority of the House Appropriations Committee, whose primary responsibility is dealing with the budget. This raises another issue. What have Rep. Slack and his committee colleagues done over the years to avert the fiscal crisis Mr. Slack predicts is immediately ahead ? Very little. The biggest single consumer of the taxpayer's dollar is the military and its suppliers, the nation's munitions manufacturers. Despite overwhelming evidence that Pentagon profligacy has been spreading like a wild cancer cell, the House Appropriations Committee continues to indulge the military's every whim. "A major effort," warns The New York Times editorially, "will be needed to keep defense spending from rising sharply." The Christian Science Monitor is urging". . . an earnest, nonpartisan search for ways to cut back the insatiable appetite of the Pentagon for tax dollars." Such a search cannot be trusted to the House Appropriations Committee, although it is the obvious public body that should be protecting the people's purse. The defense establishment, reports the Brookings Institution, is anticipating a $100 billion budget by 1977. With that sum to throw around, the nation no doubt will be seeing some real waste. Rep. Slack in his message from Washington -- supposedly "not printed at government expense" but mailed at government expense under the congressman's franking privilege -- says .nothing .about placing limits on Pentagon spending or eliminating present extravagance. No relief is in sight for American taxpayers as long aa American lawmakers, particularly those on appropriations committees, favor, albeit reluctantly, ever increasing taxes in preference to putting a stop to Defense Department boondoggling. he had to pay the same for advertising in a Sunday newspaper with about half the circulation as another Sunday newspaper where he also placed ads. As the costs keep going up there has been increased interest in how to combat it. New federal and state laws allow personal income taxpayers to claim a deduction for political contributions. State Sen. Robert Nelson, D-Cabell, says something definitely needs to be done about the high advertising costs. It's really bad for a candidate Nelson says, when a newspaper owns a television station in one town and isn't of the same political faith, and has a policy of slanting news stories to candidates of the paper's party affiliation. Monongalia County Prosecutor Joseph Laurita says "people giving money is beautiful" but most persons think candidates have all the money they need. It will take an educational program just to let the voters know how they can help. "Some want to help but don't krfow how," he said. Laurita spent--about $45,000 --the most of any candidate for attorney general, and Nelson probably spent less than any statewise candidate--between $3,000 and $4,000--who waged a strong campaign around the state. As long as the present situation prevails, Nelson says the candidates are at the mercy of the advertising media. Joe Snyder, a buyer in the purchasing division, was hospitalized in serious condition last week...Motor Vehicles Commissioner H o m e r R. Shields attended a conference in White Sulphur Springs last week....The latest rumor on candidates for House speaker include Larry Tucker and Ervin Queen...The decline of the State Senate is of great concern to the D e m o c r a t i c party...Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner J. Richard Barber doesn't plan to name a director of stores to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of Lional Herrald. Barber says there's no need to name one...Broken windows at Pi- pestem have been replaced and most of the cost was paid by the contractor at a savings of $6,000 to the state....The Moore administration is having cars checked in state parking lots to see whcih ones have Jay Rockefeller stickers on them. State employes in a g e n c i e s with Republican chiefs will hear about it if they have "Jay" stickers. RECENTLY ' PICTURES. were taken of state employes who accepted "Jay" buttons that were being handed out on the street at the Capitol..A "Republican for Jay" movement is gaining support of persons prominent in the GOP....Del. D. P. "Sheriff" Given, D-Wesbster, said R i c h a r d Benson of Elkins, who beat Given for the Democratic nomination in the 12th Senatorial District, spent a ridiculous amount of money in the primary "almost to the point of insanity." Given says Benson's f i n a n c i a l statement showed almost $10,000 but that didn't include anything for poll workers and other items which made it look like an $80,000 campaign Sen. Ralph Williams, D-Greenbrier has gotten a reputation as a hard working senator and he and the "rebel" group could play a strong part in the naming of the next Senate president... Gov. Moore's response to unflattering news such as the Calhoun County road supervisor's use of state men and equipment on his property and Moore's appointment of a man who testified he paid into- Barren dummy corporations is to ignore it... The adjutant general's annual report lists $197 as the cost to the state for active duty and missions in support of the Cherry River Homecoming--an all-white institu- t i o n . . . . T h e Natonal Guard spent $1,962 in state money to remove junked automobiles under a nine-county pilot project, and $1,060 last Labor Day weekend to help patrol the highways...Del. Warren McGraw, D-Wyoming, isn't a candidate for Senate president as rumored. His support is pledged to a candidate who already has indicated his interest in that off ice... Jay and Sharon Rockefeller decided last weekend they would spend Sunday--the only Sunday they would have off before the election--at the Greenbrier. It was really Sharon's idea but as it turnedy out, Ja y spent Sunday talking with employes at the resort, starting,; in the kitchen and going through the basements . and service areas. Employes there say that was the first time in 20 years a candidate took time to talk with them. SHORTS--Kanawha County Prosecutor Pat Casey sent an investigator to talk with State Police Supt. - R. L. Bonar about" a trip the superintendent and gubernatorial aide Bill Loy made to the Bahamas in search of John Davis, former law partner of ex-Gov. Barron. There reportedly is some interest in presenting that matter to the grand jury, but how Casey feels isn't known ... Sgt. Joe Shrout has retired from the Department of Public Safety and has moved to Washington, D. C. .. There's a strong feeling at the Capitol that Col. Bonar and his second in command, Lt. Col. R. L. Craft, would like to retire before January ... Gov. Moore visited' Deputy Labor Commissioner Noel Poling at his home in Ripiey where Poling is recovering from a heart attack . .. Roger Wood, head of the public information office in the Department of Highways, attended a week-long public information workshop in Milwaukee, Wis., sponsored by the American Highway Assn. STATE EMPLOYMENT has increased by 13,200 in nine years .. . Four songs have been recorded on the Buffalo Creek disaster, including ones by former West Virginian Michael McClister and Charleston lawyer George D a u g h e r t y . . . There has been a lot of interest in recreation land put up for sale in the Eastern Panhandle by the State Soil Conservation Committee . . . The Department of Commerce has signed another contract with the Robert Goodman Agency Inc., of Baltimore-the firm Gov. Moore used in his 1968 campaign--to promote and advertise tourist and industrial development from July 1 to June 30, 1973 for an amount not to exceed $323,400. Gov. Moore's political team is now turning its attention on Bob McDonpugh, Jay Rockefeller's political adviser whose bruising political fights have acquired him as many enemies as friends. The GOP tactic will be to unleash a bevy of c h a r g e s against McDonough, hoping that will rub off on Rockefeller. Rockefeller is his own man, reaching decisions after listening to all sides quickly and decisively ... A television crew which filmed Gov. Moore's news conference last Monday wasn't known to the local press. Attempts to find out their mission from the crew and Moore were answered with evasiveness. One of the crew said he didn't know who was the sponsor was and only the director knew what they were doing. The crew member did say he thought their filming had something to do with an educational program, and similar filming was being done in other states. In an election year the evasiveness fired speculation. The West Virginia Bar Assn. will hold its annual meeting this year in Nassau in an effort to try to get more attorneys interested . . . Parks and Recreation Director Kermit McKeever says the rainy weather cut into the number of tourists at state parks and discouraged swimmers ... Jean Block, secretary to Jack Canfield, gave birth to a baby boy recently. Canfield is Jay Rockefeller's press secretary . .. The three members of the Kanawha County Court have spent a lot of time out of their office this summer. Kelly Castleberry went early to the Democratic National Convention and came back late. Dewey Kuhns was out of town on business periodically. Hoppy Shores was in town but didn't spend much time in the office MARY McGRORY What Did Meany Do to Meany? WASHINGTON - G e o r g e Meany had his way. He ground out his cigar in George McGovern's face. Labor has no candidate for the presidency. For a man who has spent his life getting people registered Democratic and prodding them to the polls on election day, to turn cop-out at 77 is a rather grave matter. But Meany looked radiant as he stumped into the room, wreathed in cigar smoke, surrounded by his faithful lieutenants. Only three of the executive council had brooked his will. Revenge is sweet, and George Meany enjoyed every minute. He had shown George McGovern who runs the shop. He had bidden the winds of change to die down and the revolution to go away. He had protected the temple from the barbarian hordes who have taken over the Democratic party. He had, in the process, gladdened the heart of Richard Nixon, who six months ago was "the No. 1 stunt man" and a politician he had given years of his life to defeating. But Meany was happy. He is as alienated as a member of the SDS which he so deplores, and his alienation is the official doctrine of the AFL-CIO, which will support only House and Senate contenders. George McGovern, he said --despite a 93 per cent right labor voting record, against Richard Nixon's 13 per cent- is in his view no different from Nixon. Meany had a choice of heresies, and he chose what is in his mind the lesser. i» MEANY HAD NEVER been more masterful, more crusty, more sure he was doing what was right for the country or for labor. He could not be bothered with the details. He had not thought beyond the hour of retribution. If Richard Nixon wins, Teamsters President Frank Fitzsimmons, who has endorsed him, will be big labor in the White House. If George McGovern has the effrontery to triumph, then Jerry Wurf and Leonard Woodcock will be strolling up the driveway to the Oval Room, while Meany glowers across the park. George Meany thinks the Democrats don't deserve to win and so will not. "Did you witness that c6n- nention?" he asked a reporter who was probing for the roots of his rancor against George McGovern. What he meant was, what were all those people doing there? What were the dashikis and the miniskirts doing in the seats that belonged to the drip-dry suits and the little- finger diamond rings of the worthy labor officials? Why did the convention rise up against his orders to give California to Hubert Humphrey? Where was the labor bloc of 600 he had craftily foreseen as the monkey wrench to throw into the works if McGovern came too close? He had shown them all. He was telling them it hadn't happened. The Democratic party could not have nominated George McGovern when he had expressly told them, by various imperial winks and nods over the months, that he preferred Henry Jackson or Hubert Humphrey or, finally, even Edmund Muskie. - BUT THE TRIUMPH was turning brown at the edges as he spoke. What he never had seen was that it was not just the infidels, but his own, who had rejected his wisdom. Peace buttons bloomed in the shops in the primary states. Defense workers voted for McGovern in California. The union, to the members, was not everything. George Meany was not God. Unlike him, they wished to join the contemporary world. After Meany had said he wished Norman Thomas was still around, Floyd E. Smith, president of the machinists, and very red in the face, was saying his union had raised money for George McGovern and would spend it for him. What about contributions to COPE, which are voluntary? Would the dissenting unions reduce their contribution? Al Grospiron of the chemical workers, who had voted against Meany, said, carefully, decided. So, long after it is apparent what George Meany did to George McGovern, it may become clear what George Meany did to George Meany last week. He will still be an emperor, but a n - emperor barking out orders to empty halls in his marble palace, while the divisions on the frontiers melt away and the praetorian guard around him keep telling him that all is well and he will prevail. 'ETTERS TO THE EDITOR Abortion Law Deprives Poor \ Editor: When are our West Virginia legislators going to realize that our state's present abortion laws are antiquated and need to be liberalized? Of the more than 1 million out-of-hospital abortions each year, not more than a third are performed by doctors. The rest are brought about by the women themselves or by un- t r a i n e d abortionists under anything but safe medical conditions. It can be estimated that these procedures can be blamed for 8,COO maternal deaths per year. In contrast, only 8,000 to 10,000 therapeutic abortions--abortions in hospitals for purportedly life saving indications, and hence legal- are performed. The present system means in practice that a middle or upper class woman can usually get an abortion performed by a physician, no matter what the law says. She may have it in her own hospital with the procedure disguised under some other medical term or she can go to another state where the practice is more liberal. Is a woman, deeply'mixed in poverty, frantic with concern over what another baby will mean in an already over burdened household, given no family planning assistance--is this woman less entitled to access to abortion than the equally frantic middle aged woman of means who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant because of contraceptive failure at an age when she cannot think of coping with a baby. The poor are deprived of "equal protection of the law'' which is guaranteed by the 14th amendment? It is felt that abortion laws are unconstitutional because they impose cruel and unusual punishment on women who are forced to bear children they do not want. The decision whether an abortion should be performed should be a decision between the woman involved and her physician. Thomas F. Lambert, 30 Steiner Blvd., Barboursville Paying for Profanity Editor: In the Sunday Gazette-Mail of July 16, B. S. Palausky said, "We have laws to cover . . . use of obscenity in public." Yet in his column he tosses the word hell around liks he just, learned to pronounce it. Do you people have to pay writers (he's not alone) to do that? I can get someone to do it for free! A reminder--Hell Is the place us "religious fanatics" sre trying to keep you and other "fanatics" out of. Karl C. Priest, 603 Hillsdale Dr.,

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