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'All right, fellas--lufs try it again' FANNY SEILER-Affairs of State A Lesson for This Year Gov. Moore's initial decision to have $35 million or 10 to 12 per cent of his proposed $250 million road bond amendment go toward completion of the Appalachian highway system raises the question: Where will the remainder of the money come from for completion of the system? There is enough money left in the $350 million bond amendment adopted in 1968 to match federal funds and build about 240 miles--give or take a few miles because of spiraling inflation. But there are about 417 miles in the system, leaving 180 miles which have no funding from the state at this point. Using the present federal- state ratio as a base to calcu- lalte the cost of the 180 miles, the state needs about $110 million with which to match about $180 million to $190 million in federal funds. That's considerably more than $35 million. It may be that Congress or the federal government will provide more federal dollars by increasing the matching ratio which now averages out to 55 federal and 45 state. The amount of federal dollars varies between 50-50 and 70 federal-30 state depending on whether the highway is two or four lanes. West Virginia has GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, August 6, 1972 Page 2C Vol. 15 No. 30 The Right, Costly, Move Reasonable men may disagree as to whether Sen. Thomas Eagleton should have stayed on or resigned from the Democratic ticket. But the McGovern candidacy was hurt no matter which alternative finally was adopted. The predicament was unfortunate for everybody, save perhaps Mr. Nixon. Indeed, if the mess proves to be the determinant in his re-election, even he may come to wish it never had arisen, since that's a pretty thin, unwholesome issue to return him to the White House. Eagleton's fitness to be vice president is scarcely what's bothering millions of Americans, Issue Finally Raised Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern is confident the Defense Department receives a disproportionate share of the national treasure. He contends the military can survive satisfactorily on leaner rations and has supplied the Pentagon a budget scaling down arms expense. For his trouble Mr. McGovern is accused of selling out his country. He is told he doesn't have the essential information to draw up a realistic defense budget. And he is advised that the one he has proposed is superficial, unworkable and useless. Most Americans recognize the disloyalty charge as hogwash--a smear not worth answering. The argument that the South Dakota senator doesn't have the essential knowledge to draft blueprints for military spending, however, no doubt is convincing to many Americans. Such documents Red Faces Fit Both A Georgia congressman, notes the National Review in its For the Record column, is urging the Justice Department to prosecute actress Jane Fonda, recently returned from Hanoi on charges of treason. Then, the magazine unchivalrous- ly adds: "Meanwhile, La Fonda being terribly embarrassed by revelation that she was official 'Miss Army Recruiter of 1962,. . ." Could be. But, if she's embarrassed, how about the U.S. Army? The military service, it strikes us, has as much reason to suffer embarrassment as does Miss Fonda. are voluminous, rather recondite, and touch upon subjects to which few Americans give much thought. Yet, as Robert Sherrill points out in The New York Times Magazine, preparing a budget for the Pentagon isn't so difficult that any intelligent person willing to put his mind and energies to the task can't do it. Critics of the McGovern budget are correct in believing he didn't compose the document bearing his name, any more than the Defense Department's official budget handed the Congress is assembled by Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird or Adm. Thomas Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or other high ranking officers throughout the armed services. The McGovern budget was written by John Holum, the senator's 31-year-old legislative assistant, and Don R. Brazier, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense in the comptroller's office, grudgingly admits Holum did a pretty decent job- Brazier told Sherrill that "although we think it's a major bust on cost--tinderpriced by $10 billion--it's really about the first of these analyses where somebody has laid out their assumptions reasonably well, that you could track, and that you could then get a pricing on and say: '0. K., his conclusions are right, if that's the kind of defense you want.'" The basic disagreement between President Nixon and Sen. McGovern involves how many billions ought to be earmarked toward military purposes to assure the United States adequate protection. McGovern's budget postulates that the Pentagon can manage on less money, the President's that the Pentagon must have more funds. That's the issue the McGovern budget raises, and it's an issue whose time has arrived. and it would be a shame were the true problems confronting this society not to decide who wins in November. James Reston of The New York Times wrote of the Eagleton affair compassionately and intelligently. The system by which we choose our presidential candidates, said Reston, was at fault. Eagleton's prior medical difficulties, Reston observed, didn't disbar the senator from serving as vice president, and therefore president too, but they ruled him out for any sensitive military or civil position. Moreover, a physical examination would have been required, had Eagleton, say, been an applicant to work in some federal hush-hush agency or to fill a command post in the military services. But as a candidate for high political office, no medical check was necessary. Consequently, Eagleton was eligible to occupy any elective office, including, ironically, one that would have situated him above other positions to which, due to his medical history, he couldn't appoint himself. (If that makes sense, so does a John Birch Society white paper.) Democratic nominee McGovern, by retracing his initially voiced 1,000 per cent vote of confidence in his running mate, has exposed himself to Republican harpoons. His real mistake was speaking out emphatically when he should have temporized. Yet McGovern's generous declaration of unqualified support was the natural, human response- In our opinion McGovern and Eagleton reached the right resolution to their dilemma. Eagleton, once his nervous breakdowns were general knowledge, added no security to an already insecure ticket and party. Mr. McGovern now can concentrate on issues he regards as dominant. The health of his partner no longer will be an irritant. Nevertheless, McGovern's oscillation on Eagleton could cost him the presidency. That's a further irony. Eagleton today is stronger with Missouri voters than he's ever been and probably can count on being re-elected to the Senate for many years hence. McGovern can count on nothing, and not the least of his problems is the man he originally tapped to be his vice president. emphasized four lams which brings in lees federal money. THE CALCULATIONS were made with the help of knowledgeable persons, but anything official in the way of costs, number of miles and other information isn't available!. It hasn't been prepared. The 1968 bond issue apparently was sold to the voters with different sales pitches around the state, based on the various opinions that are voiced about the use of the $350 million. Several million dollars were spent on resurfacing, normally classified as maintenance. But the amendment prohibited the use of the money for maintenance, and to get around that, roads frequently were widened about a foot at the berm and then resurfaced under the classification of construction. In the last two fiscal years, according to its annual report, State Department of Highways has spent about $17.5 million from bonds on "A" projects which is the designation for widening and resurfacing, and for repair of bridges and replacement of one-way bridges. The "A" projects caused a commotion in the legislature one year but didn't change anything. About 470 miles were Improved with new surfaces, and 66 bridges were widened or replaced under the "A" projects. While some persons didn't think the bond money was to be used that way, some individuals living hi rural counties thought they were going to benefit from the bond issue but haven't. The latter have complalined to their legisla- tors. Others thought the Appalachian system was to be completed first before any money went elsewhere. If there was to be misrepresentation of the issue in 1968, it can't help sell another bond issue. It all may be a lesson for 1972. SHORTS--On the subject of potholes in roads, Democratic gubernationial candidate Jay Rockefeller has received a lot of letters from persons offering to have their potholes used for his television spots. . .Gov. Moore's telegram to Rockefeller blasting the Democratic candidate for his pothole campaign was followed soon after by the proposed bond issue. Wonder what Moore's mail showed. Onward and upward with the son-in-law of West Virginia's former Democratic National Committeeman, John E. Amos: James L. Kolstad, who, we reported last week, was attached for more than a year to Vice President Agnew's staff, recently went to work for President Nixon. . .Jim Welden, press aide to Gov. Moore, will be married in mid-August to Joyce Laurita of Morgantown, sister of Republican Atty. Gen. candidate Joe Laurita. . .Arnold Lazarus, former Wheeling newspaperman, has won a consultant contract to "secure and prepare publicity for West Virginia Northern Community College" between July 15 and Sept. 30 at a cost of $3,000. Republicans had an estimated 2,200 at their state convention in Charleston this weekend. . .As 'part of the Democratic party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fund-raising program, there will be an auc- tion including mink stole and an 800-pound steer. The event will be held Aug. 18-19 in Charleston. . .Democratic candidate for secretary of state, Tom Winner, has revisited 24 counties including a swing last week in the Eastern Panhandle,'since the primary. . .The Department of Commerce's bumper stickers promoting "Almost Heaven West Virginia" apparently are popular. The supply has been exhausted in the middle of the tourist season. .. Dr. Harold Neely, director of the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections, wanted to return to the classroom to teach. He becomes director of grants- at Marshall University Aug. 15... The State Department of Highways fancy annual report doesn't have a union label. . . Demolition of buildings where the new cultural center is to be constructed started Friday and two houses were demolished by noon Friday. . . Political insiders say it looks like State Sen. Tracy Hylton, D-Wyoming, will run as the Republican candidate in the district where he was defeated by Del. Warren Me- Graw, D-Wyoming, hi the primary. If he does, that ties the Moore administration in more closely with the strip miners. McGraw ran on an abolition issue in the primary and he says he is ready to run on that issue again. In Wyoming County there are 5,600 registered Republicans and 15,600 registered Democrats. McGraw has won in the past by fighting the Democratic political organization and gaining the good will of both Republicans and Democrats. .. West Virginia Labor Feder- ation President Miles Stanley is out of the hospital and recovering. . .Former State father of elections division chief Ralph Bean Jr., is recovering from broken ribs suffered in a traffic accident. . . Asst. Atty. Gen. Victor Barone, although hindered by his office's lack of consumer protection statutes, makes it a practice to do everything possible to help consumer fraud victims. His initiative has gone far beyond the ordinary in handling such matters. . . Any special session to pass a constitutional amendment would require a minimum of five days at $10,000 a day. . . Asst. Atty. Gen. Frank. Ellisson hopes to get the State Supreme Court to come back from its summer recess to hear an appeal on the strip mine case from Kanawha County Circuit Court. Ellison said the appeal couldn't be made by last Tuesday when the recess started because the transcript wasn't ready. Neither had the judge's order been written, a job traditionally done by the winning attorneys which in this case were attorneys for coal companies who successfully sought to prevent the Reclamation Division from charging higher bonds and fees on old permits while they challenge the 1971 regulations. . . Troy Hendricks of Boone County is running for sergeant of arms in the State Senate. .. West Virginia is the only state east of Illinois that doesn't have some type of branch banking . . Banking Commissioner George Jordan gets a lot of complaints from women who claim they can't get bank loans. MARY McGRORY McGovern Gets a Chance Washington Star-News WASffiNGTON-The o n l y good' thing about George McGovern's situation is that it so bad. The Democratic National Committee decides that battered as he is, he is the only nominee they've got, and helps him look good at Convention II. He may, in the words of one weary aide "come from minus 8 back to zero again." McGovern has stumbled out of the Eagleton . earthquake with hardly a leg to stand on. He is one of the few politicians in history to be called a spineless brute. When the Eagleton "resignation" was fin a 11 y accomplished, McGovern was lambasted at once for being weak-kneed and ruthless toward that "candid and c o u r a g e o u s young man." Nothing in, the committee rules would in fact prevent a furious member of the committee from nominating Eagleton again--nothing in fact, but the realization that the time for playing games is long gene and that Richard Nixon, not George McGovern, is the enemy. *· MCGOVERN HAS BEEN glumly poring over the same list that he scrutinized in Miami. The Democratic party, in the 15 days since, has produced no previously unnoticed name and the only bright new star that was bom was Tom Eagleton, whose following at the moment is more emotional and vocal than George McGovern's. If he had Convention I to do over again, McGovern might k it differently. He might present the delegate with a handful of names to pass on. But he can't do that with Convention II, because those people who complain about his handling of the Eagleton disengagement will say he cannot make up his mind. His designation of Eagleton threw Convention I into a mood of mutiny and frivolity. It was out of keeping with the participatory politics he represents. But the fear of Edward Kennedy sweeping the balloting--no matter how powerful a disclaimer he had presented at the outset--forced him to offer Eagleton, who he finally got after seven hours of silly nomination. *THE NEW CHAIRMAN of the Democratic National Committee, Jean Westwood, who will preside over Convention II, says she finds the spirit among the 303 members "better than I expected." "They know how serious it is," she says. Mrs. Westwood has some fence-mending of her own to do. It was she who administered- the coup de grace to Eagleton the day before he "resigned," suggesting on national television that it would be "noble of him to do so." "It was awful to make my debut as a hatchet-woman," she signs. Now, she has a boiler-room operation going to call all 303 members, persuade them to attend the meeting and explain to them the rules under which they operate. They will be informed by telephone of his choice when it is made. The first order of business, after the roll is called and the credentials disputes are re- 'solved will be the nomination of a vice president. Mrs. Westwood has no idea what will happen. The 'Women's Political Caucus could press for its choice of Sissy Faenthokt of Texas, the run- nerup to Eagleton at Convention I. Other groups may have other ideas. · BUT THE HOPE IS that George McGovern, who desperately needs to look like a leader, will be given his way. He will appear at the Sheraton Park Hotel at some time during the embarrassing proceedings. He is being urged to nominate his candidate himself and to make the speech he should have made at Miami, something of a rousting, partisan nature, reminding d e l e g a t e s he is running against Richard Nixon, not dissidents in his own party. Mrs. Westwood has scheduled a second day of workshop sessions, at which members will hear about registration drives, House and Senate races and other matters relating to the details of the campaign. It is hoped that their frustration and despair generated by the Eagleton fiasco will be dissipated in discussions of the fine points of political operations directed against the president. For McGovern, next. Tuesday offers the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge he has so far been offered to prove that his campaign is not the New York City of politics--an enterprise beset with power failures, strikes and nonstop catastro- phies. Before he can prove he can govern the country he must prove that he can govern the Democratc National Committee. RALPH NADER-l n the Public Interest Conspiracy Against Water WASHINGTON -Sometime before the end of the year, the soft drink industry expects to overtake coffee as the leading liquid beverage in the United States. Having zoomed past milk in 1966, the family'of Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up, etc. now is racing to outpace the only remaining liquid consumed in greater volume -- drinking water. The industry's psychology is revealed in these words from its trade journal Soft Drink Industry: "Significant in a study of beverage trends is the fact' that the total liquid intake of Americans appears to be stable, at a level estimated at two quarts per day. Thus, if one or more beverages shows appreciable growth in per capita consumption, ore or more other beverages must be expected to show a corresponding decline. Included in this give-and-take proposition is water which, while still consumed at a rate of close to 60 gallons a year per person, has been declining in the past decade and must now be considered vulnerable because of the widely publicized pollution problem The opportunity arises for substantial replacement cf water consumption by soft drinks in the future, thus expanding their ultimate market potential." *· GIVEN THIS grand design, several issues present themselves for consumers. First, to express glee over the sales gains by soft drinks due to contaminated drinking water is downright parasitic. Instead of trying to improve the quality of the nation's water, the industry's trade journal would have the public believe that sofe drinks suffer no s u c h contamination and should be purchased as a safeguard. What evidence is thare to back up such a recommendation that soft drinks are that pure? Second, what are consumers receiving nutritionally from their consumption of soft drinks at an ever increasing rate? Paul Austin, the head of Coca Cola, makes no nutritional claims for Coca Cola. He simply says that his company is selling "a refreshing drink, nothing more, nothing less." Although he denies that Cokes have any adverse effect, his claim merits closer scrutiny. To the extent that soft drinks like Coke replace more nutritious beverages in the diet (for example, skim milk and fruit juice), they replace such nutrients as calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C with empty calories. Obesity and other health problems can result. *· BECAUSE THE YOUNG are consuming such a large volume of soft drinks, they are cultivating a demand for sugar, for things sweet, for instant taste gratification that carries over to other parts of the diet. Moreover, the heavy sugar content of soft drinks in childrens' diets contributes to tooth decay in the judgment of a number of specialists. As the largest company in the industry, with over 42 percent of the total market, Coca Cola has a specinl responsibility to rethink its corporate direction. Is it beyond its capability to make both a nutritious and refreshing drink? The evidence is that it can do just that but so vested is its interest in selling Coke as it is that a conflict of interests has developed. Why pioneer the new, the better and the venturesome when the company can play it safe with the old, the diet-spoiler and the successful? Because the former is the right thing to do. And when you are the biggest company by far in an incredibly profitable industry, you can afford to pioneer. At the least, think of the hungry or malnourished children in this country and around the world, Mr. Austin, and of the pipeline of nutrition which you can extend to them.

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