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June 20, 1976

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GAZETTE-MAIL Editorials New CIA Start Needed We suspect that few Americans realize that the "Central" in Central Intelligence Agency has literal meaning. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was created to centralize intelligence operations. It didn't, however. It simply added one more agency to the list of those already operating. It is the kind of thing that happens in government. During the Barron administration in West Virginia, somebody came up with the appealing idea of eliminating the publicists on the payrolls of practically every department of the state government. A pool of flacks was created. Theoretically, a department in need of public relations would draw .from the pool. That isn't what happened. Every department kept its own publicists. The pool publicists stayed on, too, burdening the taxpayers en masse until they finally were disbursed to places where they could burden the taxpayers singly. Just as public relations persons have been known to create news, so has the CIA been known to create justification for its own spending. After the 1948 Communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the CIA's Office of Planning Coordination expanded in three Most Innocent Victim 'Martha Mitchell wasn't exactly a perfect angel. When she first moved into the Nixon administration with her husband, a bond lawyer turned attorney general, she showed herself capable of rudeness and venom rarely displayed by Southern ladies. .. She conducted a one-woman vendetta against Sen. William Fulbright, who represented her home state of Arkansas. She consistently referred to Fulbright, an Oxford scholar, as "Sen. Halfbright." The Agnewian phrase didn't even have the virtue of being funny. But when Martha Mitchell began to discover the truths about the administration of which her husband was a part, she showed that she wasn't cut from the same sleazy cloth as that of the crowd into which John Mitchell brought her. A desire for truthfulness overcame personal loyalty in the case of Martha Mitchell, and she became intolerable to the Nixon White House gang. She was abandoned and left to die without family or friend. In the light of what has been discovered about the company her husband kept, it is entirely possible to believe that she was once bound and drugged, as she asserted, to keep her from talking. She remained scrappy to the end, however, and doubtless would have been delighted by the funeral flowers sent by an unknown admirer and bearing the message, "Martha Was Right." She was the most innocent victim of Watergate. years from 302 to 6,000 persons. This enormous growth was necessary, the CIA told sympathetic congressmen, to keep the CIA ready for any further Communist aggression. That was just the beginning for an agency whose charter specified that it was to function as a gatherer and classifier of information. Eventually the CIA was to spend billions of dollars on covert operations and main^ tain its own private army in Indo- China. The CIA's information gathering function was subverted to its new role as a cold war weapon in the hands of politicians. Putting aside all the illegalities and invasions of constitutional rights attributed in recent months to the CIA, we should look at this agency as an enormous and expanding bureaucracy which spends vast fortunes in public money daily. Many Americans are peeved by much smaller bureaucratic spending, such as the outlays by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare for social and educational projects, some admittedly of dubious merit. But HEW has never spent millions to recover from the ocean floor a Russian submarine of outmoded design in order to learn "secrets" of an earlier decade. Perhaps a crash effort should be made to make the CIA truly a "central" intelligence agency, eliminating duplicating bureaucracies. At the same time, sensible spending limits Jenkin L. Jones Attending a Rock Festival (c) Los Angelei Times How come me to be in that rock festival There's this player, for instance, who was on account of I was looking for the climbes up on a high place and the spots ball game but there wasn't no scene. The pick him up and he lets go with his sax. park is dark and a broom pusher tells me Just one saxophone, mind you, but he's got that last night's storm knocked out the' a mike tucked right down into the barrel lights, so I'm splitting for home when I and 500 feet away the walls bulge out. The come across this huge parking lot stuffed with cars. Well, there's a dude without a shirt kin- da holding up a girl in a loose halter who's got the giggle-wobbles, and I says what's going on and he says a rock festival and I says any good? and he says outa sight. So here I am at the ticket window in the huge exposition building and I says how much and the girl says something and I shouts how much? and she shouts back "eight dollars." Man, the noise coming out of that place you wouldn't believe. WELL, IF I'D known it was going to be eight bucks I'd be home by now, but I stampede easy, so I pay. The gatekeepers eyeball me real good, what with my short gray hair and clean shirt and pants, and I feel like a live lobster in the holy water This is almost as dark as the ball park .· and all I see is acres and acres of sprawled bodies on the steel floor except over at one corner where there are some stands and beyond them a stage. · Now, as everyone should know, a rock concert is a kind of relay in which one combo blows itself out and then another .comes on, and there are two gimmicks, the lights and the.amplifiers. kids go wild. There's singing too, of course, but I don't get any of the words, just gasps and howls, so I turn my attention to the crowd. Like I say most are just sprawled on the floor, some on top of each other, and there are styrofoam coolers everywhere and beer cans by the hill. The formal guys have t-shirts or motorcycle jackets, but the real hips have no shirts and wear chains around their necks. Some of the hot pants on the girls would be rated X and a few have on bikini tops and get whistles. Only about a tenth of the crowd can get in the stands and these all stand up and rock and scream, and once when some guy down front lights his lighter and holds it up in ten seconds there are 100 lighters being waved. You get the impression everyone is looking for a leader to tell them to do something. NOW OF COURSE the beat from the stage is a go-to-hell beat, and it seems to say nuts to the old man, nuts to the fuzz, who cares if school keeps and if the rent ain't paid. But our young city editor, he says that the older generation misjudges these kids, that they're not rebellious, only passive The rock crowd, says he, don't struggle- it only wants to float. They're sheep, he ing smells mighty funny and as I pass around I see some of the kids ducking their weeds like I must be a narc. Well, the lights they wheel around mak- lt O my Wa ni5 10 uuai. mey ic oncey, uc ing the combo look purple and orange and say S) an d while they bawl at their heroes yellow and so on and this is supposed to be up there on the stage-and the dirtier and a big turn-on. But the main thing is the louder the better--most of the crowd sound, and, man, they've got that gain wouldn't hurt a fly. wound TO so tight you'd think/Snjackham- About this time it dawns ojjyne that mer was a lullaby. some of that thick smoke I've1a3n smell- I DON'T WANT to be a wet blanket and besides my ears hurt so after about 20 minutes I head for the door which grieves me in a way because that figures to 40 cents a minute. Outside, this cat looks at me in some surprise and says, "How'd you like the music, pop?" and I says, "What music?" and he says, "What did you come for?" and I says, "I guess to look at the crowd, and, tell me, what percentage of the kids in there were smoking pot?" and he says, "About 75, but some like me are real straight." "One more question," says I. "In case the balloon should ever go up and this country would have to fight a war do you suppose that crowd in there could ever win a battle?" The kid says, "Pop, we ain't ever going to fight the kind of a war you old people got in mind. We'll argue it out." And I says, "Suppose the other side don't just want to argue." And the kid says, "Oh, they will, because we figure kids are the same all over the world." So I drive away, wondering where 1 can buy some Russian bonds. p should be imposed. Wild spending done with the justification of national security is still wild spending. They Call It 'Professional' A professional baseball team owner has sold some of his star players to other clubs for a total of $3.5 million. Was he applauded for his astute profit-taking in the American capitalist society to which the chamber of commerce and other ail-American institutions pay tribute? He was not. He was roundly denounced by baseball owners not involved in the deal, and sports writers across the breadth of the land gave him unshirted hell. Sales of such magnitude will ruin the game, the many critics of Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley moaned in unison. What's the matter with .these people? Don't they believe in the American system? And they call it "professional" baseball, don't they? __-- -- · ]Vo Easy Donation... West Virginia's Bicentennial automobile license plates, being mailed early this year, bring with them a request for a contribution of §1 to help defray the cost of the massive early mailing. A reader reports that he, wishing to do his bit, took a $1 check to the- Department of Motor Vehicles but found no one willing to accept it. After being shunted from window to window he finally wound up in the office of an executive of the department. 'Ine executive accepted the donation, and said that the donor should have mailed it. Presumably, rigid office discipline doesn't permit hand-earned contributions. We suggest an immediate change to provide for the acceptance of dollar bills and checks carried to DMV offices. When you solicit donations, you don t make it tough for the donor. Product of Sick Minds The reputation of St. Albans as a civilized community was shaken last week when a cross was burned at the home of a black family. A note left at the scene said the cross-burning was the work of the Ku · Klux Klan. It probably wasn't. The organized Klan is no less bigoted than it ever was, but (1) it desperately seeks respectability, and (2) it doesn't leave notes which betray its disreputable acts. The note suggests, however, that the cross-burning was at least inspired by the Klan, which gained strength in this area when the textbook controversy seethed. St. Albans police, we are sure, are; making every effort to track down the- contemptible person or persons who burned the cross and damaged the automobile of the black family. Assaults undertaken in secret and in the dead of night are typical of co wardly and sick minds. Fanny Seller: Affairs of State Industry, UMW Poles Apart STBSR. MTRFERE WfTH THE AUTOS 'SoMuch For that Problem' Any advancement in coal mine safety isn't going to be easy if the first meeting of a legislature study subcommittee on coal mine law and safety is any indication. Watching the industry's representatives' was a lot like watching someone with his -feet planted in concrete. They didn't budge much. The industry and the United Mine Workers Union are poles apart. Industry, in essence, wants the Department of Mines to turn over its safety inspection to the federal government as a way to eliminate duplication. *· THE UNION wants the state department not only to stay in business, but to do a better job and have more authority. It's really a long way between abolishing a department and making it a first class operation with teeth like a shark. Even if the industry and union representatives-there are four of each-got somewhere near middle ground there are 10 legislators who will be voting when policy decisions are made by the subcommittee. The union can, at best, count on a tie if it makes a motion for any major change being fought by the industry. That would require all of the more prominer legislators to be present. »· THE ATTENDANCE at the first meeting last week wasn't too indicative of enthusiasm on the part of legislators. Only two of 10 were present. Neither cochairman was there. They are too diverse. Sen. Alan Susman, D-Raleigh, is generally thought of as being more pro industry because he has investments in a number of private enterprises. Del. Donald Kopp, D-Harrison, has for years been a labor spokesman, although not always, publicly taking the same positions as organized labor. The first meeting left bystanders with the impression that the study subcommittee wouldn't get any farther than the comprehensive mine safety bill got in the regular session. If attitudes don't change, a lot of people are going through wasted motion. That's a pity because, at the end of the line, a lot of lives are waiting. ». SHORTS - Commerce Commissioner Ralph Albertazzie may be leaving the Moore administration in the fall. He's got a number of options open to him, and is trying to make up his mind which one to take . . . There is speculation that unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Sprouse might be nominated to take John A. Field Jr.'s place as circuit judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The vacancy "would have to be held open until a Democratic governor could nominate him, unless West Virginia's senators had influence at the White House... Some political observers say Finance Commissioner Cleveland Benedict is beginning to look like he's running for agriculture commissioner. The spot is open on the Republican ticket . . . P. G. Hoye is working part time at City National Bank since he retured from the Department of Public Institutions where he. was acting commissioner following the death of Don C l a r k . . . The name of Del. Jack Canfield, D-Kanawha, pops up as a likely candidate for majority leader in the next session of the legislature... Most of Rep. Harley Staggers' family will be active in the Democratic National Convention. He was elected and so was his daughter as delegates, and his son-in-law, Del. Hawey Wells, D-Mercer, was named an alternate. A letter was submitted to have Mrs. Staggers named to one of the appointed at-large seats. However, she wasn't... Circuit Clerk Phyllis Rutledge tied for the last alternate to the Democratic convention, and finally lost out to Tom W i n n e r . . . Vol. 20, No. 50 Charleston, West Virginia Sunday Gazette-Mail June 20, 1976 DEMOCRATIC gubernatorial nominee Jay Rockefeller's strategy calls for a low key campaign until Sept. 1.. . Larry Barker, secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, served as chairman of the nominating committee for the Democratic Executive Committee, as he had done under previous gubernatorial nominees although his man in the primary lost... The folks in Spencer say Donna Frum, wife of gubernatorial aide Dick Frum, is working in volunteer services at Spencer" State Hospital. . . Florence Thompson Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. For} rest Jones of Charleston has been appointed a page by Jack Rockefeller for the Democratic National Convention. She ha3 finished 32nd in her race for delegate to the convention... (Please turn to Page 12E) ; Letters to the Editor Image Poor One Page 2E Editor: The full page picture entitled "School's Out, Fun's In" in the June 13 Sunday Gazette-Mail presents a sex stereotyped image of children at play. Seven boys are pictured actively involved in sports; playing ball, swimming, and riding skateboards. The lone girl on the page is shown cuddling a dog--not her own dog but that of a neighbor--and the dog reminds her of Robert Redford. Contrast this with the typical romping, roaming portrayal of a boy and his dog. Do all little girls really spend entire summers cuddling dogs and dreaming of movie stars? A quick glance at most neighborhoods and playgrounds will tell even a casual observer that both girls and boys are active in sports and games, that both boys and girls gently cuddle pets, and that the real world does not normally contain seven males for each female. A photo series showing seven girls and one quiet, gentle boy would be equally unrealistic. However, it is unlikely that a photographer would assemble such a series or that a newspaper would publish it, because it would not conform to our society's stereotyped expectaion of how proper girls and boys ought to behave. Last year the NOW Task Force on the Media did a one week study of Charleston newspapers, and found that 60 per cent of all photos were of males, while only 19 per cent were of females. The objection was raised that newspapers do not make news, but only report it. This is only partially true. From thousands of daily happenings, newspaper editors must select for publication only those relatively few which are obvious public concern that they must be included, but many items leave editors considerable latitude for inclusion or exclusion. Choices must be made as to subject matter, writing style, length or format. Certainly in instances such as this photo series a more realistic and representative sample of children's fun could have been shown. Children have been bombarded with images of active boys and passive girls in book, in magazines, in newspapers, on toy packaging and on TV. The economic, psychological and social consequences of sex role stereotyping are well documented, and have been shown to be harmful to both girls and boys. We regret that local newspapers continue to use their considerable influence to perpetuate and reinforce these stereotypes. Sharon Burton, coordinator, Task Force on Education, Nancy Kenish, coordinator, Task Force on the Media, 910 Woodside Dr., St, Albans Nojoy Editor: After I was jolted awake again this past Sunday morning by finding no Sunday Gazette-Mail on the porch, I hustled down to the Charleston Newspapers vending machines at the corner of McFarland and'Vir- ginia streets to purchase a Sunday paper. Arriving back home I deciad that I wouldn't let poor humor ruin this Sunday just because the paper wasn't there to soothe me in the early hours of this truly spectacular day. Certainly I could forgive the culprit of this unintentional mistake today and let the sun warm the day as 1 settled into a leisurely reading of the paper. ; So, I turned the other cheek and read on. As I began my eyes caught the words oh the masthead: "West Virginia's most complete newspaper with two great magazines and the world's best comics." "Hmm," I smirked. The world's best comics without Doonesbury. Never! For some time, I've been trying to figure out why the Gazette doesn't carry Doonesbu- ry. I know the Daily Mail publishes the comic strip. That's not good enough. I happen to like to read Doonesbury with my coffee and breakfast. The day always seems more together. But to top it all off, and to get to the reason that prompted me to write this letter, why does the Sunday paper only carry Doonesbury once in a while. I have combed the "world's best comics" on more than one Sunday to get my weekly hit from Trudeau. Nothing. The only thing that might be worse is the situation I found in a town in South Dakota which published a weekly newspaper. Every Sunday it published a whole week's worth of Doonesbury. That causes a very bad case of overdose on Sunday and serious withdrawal come Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Can there be a logical reason why the Gazette can't get this straightened out? Please help make my Sundays the joy they once were. Teresa Petrovic, 1423 Virginia St. E, City Patient Editor: R e g a r d i n g the May 30 editorial, "Haunted by Good Works," I do agree that Jay Rockefeller has a "good many other things on his mind." Do you know that coal is a prime ingredient in our economy? Do you know that West Virginia probably has more coal reserves than all the rest of the world put together? · To quote Lewis McManus, "Coal is the pole star, the foundation of our economy." If there is one thing that the Rockefellers don't control completely, it is the coal industry. Many have wondered why John D. Rockefeller IV would aspire to be governor of the small mountain state of West Virginia. As governor, John D. Rockefeller-IV would surely have his foot in the door of the coal industry. The Rockefellers are patient planners, even planning from one generation to another and without being able to elaborate, their plans to bring about a one world government which they will rule, don't include the free enterprise system that made America great. As John D. Rockefeller Sr. said: "Competition is a sin." Linda J. Hoal, Rt. 2. Box 6A, St.

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