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'That reminds me, Senator - how do gun controls? 9 you stand on FANNY SElLER-Affairs of State The Kennedys Are Coming Democratic Gubernatorial candidate John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV got some good publicity for West Virginia and himself last week at the nominating session of the Democratic National Committee. But knowledgeable 1 politicians think Rockefeller will reap other benefits from the new presidential ticket of George McGovern and R. Sargent Shriver, a long-time friend of Rockefeller since the Peace Corps days for both of them. Shriver will obviously campaign in West Virginia as often as possible. Shriver's close ties with the Kennedy family through his wife, Eunice, won't be overlooked as an asset in West Virginia where the Kennedy name still seems to have a kind of magic. SEN. EDWARD KENNEDY will be a likely campaigner in the state. Although no one at Rockefeller headquarters will admit it, it is understood that firm dates have already been arranged for Teddy Kennedy to come to West Virginia on Rockefeller's behalf. For some in the Rockefeller camp, a Kennedy tour this year will be the third one they have arranged in West Virginia. In 1960, Teddy was in the state for the histiric primary in which John Kennedy start- ed his climb to the White House. Teddy appeared to Charleston, Logan and Clarks- That year Eunice Kennedy Becktey for an 1-64 segment in southern West Virginia. . . ^ e^^ oper . at «* budgets and employ- Shriver spent about six weeks ment of additional personnel, in Cabell County along with the hiring of private consult- her husband working for John " - - Kennedy. In 1968, a tour for Robert Rockefeller at the Democratic and Laurita are close friends National Convention in Miami and the Post has been a good Kennedy while he was running ants continues to be the order-of-the-day among several major state agencies. . . Tom Hanna, recent law graduate, for the presidential nomina- has been hired by the Public tion, produced large crowds. """ ' " It took Robert Kennedy over an hour to leave the city of Logan after a day of speaking at the courthouse. Twice he was pulled from the trunk of the car by admirers. Some of the Kennedy children have been working with McGovern, and some political watchers believe the Me- Govern-Shriver ticket will run a lot stronger than most people think. It's their belief that any mistake by President Nix- Service Commision to take over railroad safety. . . Republican County Court member Henry C. Shores reportedly has urged fellow candidates for county office to attack Sheriff Johnson over the jail commissary but has yet to say anything about it himself. Beach. . . The Republican county chairman from the Republican County of Preston didn't attend the Republican state convention. Only three Republicans did from Preston County. . . Workmen's Compensation Commissioner Edgar "Hike" Heiskell was off work last week with a back injury. He is improving and hopes to return to work Monday. Heiskell also is the Republican candidate for secretary of state. . . Ruby Shott, secretary to Health Director N. H. Dyer was hit by a car recently on a Charleston supporter of Gov. Moore. . . The Alcohol Beverage Control Commission overspent i t s budget last fiscal year and drew $22,000 from the Governor's contingent fund to help out. Part of the problem included $70,000 that it cost to computerize liquor inventoriers and receipts and unanticipated bugs in the state's computer center. . . Reports indicate there's still a split between Kanawha County Prosecutor Pat Casey and John Coyne, one of two too men in the staff of the Purchasing, Practices cans in the legislature for a special session of the legislature. If one is called, it might be adjourned in less time than on will give McGovern a good five days necessary to pass a chance to win even though he constitutional amendment. . . The Department of Highways There's" no sentiment by street. She is recoveringjfiwtt and Procedures Commission, either Democrats or Republi- sprains and bruises. .·'QfAle%, watchdog is starting far behind. It is also their belief that Rockefeller and McGovern in the executive chairs and Shriver as vice president would "be a boon for West Virginia." O n e thing seems sure: West Virginia will be brought to the forefront of national politics again this year. C^GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, August 13, 1972 Vol. 15 No. 31 Page 2D Are These Trips Necessary? SHORTS--Old time Democrats can't remember when their party was so unified with Sen. Robert C. Byrd accepting an invitation to speak at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner Aug. 19. Byrd is the party's top vote getter. . . Donovan McClure, former Rockefeller press secretary, is reported to have joined the Shriver campaign. . . Jay Rockefeller continues to receive warm reception a s h e tours the state. . . There are rumblings the Department of Highways is seeking every means possible to get another touchdown location other than spent m years before it found someone responsible for one- fourth acre of the Harpers Ferry national park it needed to make improvements to Route 340. The one-fourth acre was a brier patch, say highway officials, and even Gov. Moore made a trip to try to get the matter resolved on Alstat Hill to straighten one mile o f roadway. . . The Sheriff's department used to get i t s uniforms from Weiners Uniforms, but thename has been changed to Sonny's Mod Shop. hoi Beverage Control Commissioner J. Richard Barber will be moving his office about Oct. 1 to the industrial park in Kanawha City where the ABC w a r e h o u s e a n d o t h e r s t a f f has and is relo- CATING. . . Mayor Hutcnin- son says he is pleased with the positive way Charlestoni- ans responded to the garbage strike. . . The city of Charleston is paving Chesterfield Avenue all the way to MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City. . . The Department of Employment Security reported an unemployment figure of 8.4 per cent in Cabell and Wayne counties, and 6 per cent for Charleston. Economists consider 4 per cent full employment. . . Based on that formu- of corruption in state government. . . If a prominent Democrat is indicted as a result of the Purchasing, Practices, and Procedures Commission as the political campaign gets into full swing, look for moves to be made in the legislature to dissolve it. It's a hot potato. . . Summer employes at the statehouse were all invited to a picnic at the governor's mansion last Tuesday night. . . The Department of Education recently asked the question: Will taxes have to be enacted to pay off the $200 million school bond issue that is on the balloe i n November? Any taxpayer knows the answer to that. Where else will the money come from?. . . One of the items to be auc- One-time Republican gub- la anything like 8.4 per cent is tioned off at the Jefferson- ernatorial candidate Peter Be- catastrophic. . . It's a little Jackson Day Dinner is an au- odd that the editor of the tographed copy of a speech Republican Morgantown Post Sen. Edward Kennedy gave at would be appoined to the ap- t h e Democratic National Con- peals board of the Department vention... Jim Kee has written of Public Safety since all sthe- all his congressional colleagues, morale problem in the ranks requesting them to send signed of the state police reportedly started in Morgantown over the bombing of Monongalia County Prosecutor Joe Laurita and tile murders of two coeds. Editor John Qirigley ter was at the American party convention in Louisville. His middle name is David. . . Jay Rockefeller got a letter from an admirer who said "don't let any more "Mudd" get thrown on you by that guy named --. What goes in the blank can be found in barnyards. The letter was in reference to an interview CBS newsman Roger Mudd did of messages to his daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Peagle. Kee, dislodged from his House seat by Ken Hechler, said t h e messages would be preserved f o r his grandchildren. We're sure the people of West Virginia--and of the world, for that matter--will rest easier in knowing this: ^-Between Feb. 26 and March 13, 1971, Rep. Robert H. Mollohan of the West Virginia First District traveled through England, Germany, Italy, Greece, Ethiopia, Iran, and Spain on "official business for the Armed Services Subcommittee on Defense Communications"--at government expense; and from Aug. 20 through Sept. 4 he traveled through Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Germany, and Switzerland on "official business for the Subcommittee on Western Europe, Middle East, and North Africa"-government expense. *0r that Rep. James Kee of West Virginia Fifth District was in Spain from Oct. 28 to Nov. 6 to attend the Lead and Zinc Conference for the Interior Committee-Haiti Arms Aid Silly A C?4-«i--« I**-. J.__. _. i · · . _ _ ^" A State Department mission recently visited Haiti to study a plea for military equipment and training funds. No decision yet has been made to grant the request which, says one report, is between $5 and $10 million. That's chickenfeed--scarcely a sum to deplete the American treasury. But Haiti needs military assistance about as sorely as the United States needs a cholera epidemic. Its population is among the world's poorest and increasing every day. Its government is slightly improved since Duvalier, after declaring himself emperor forever at the same time he proclaimed his imperishability, proved he was as mortal as his countless victims by dying. But Dtivalier'a successor son still serves the elite to the detriment of the masses. The sole use to which the present dictatorship could put American arms is to terrorize its own subjects. Possibility of outside aggression is nil. None of Haiti's West Indies neighbors seeks to seize this French-speaking Negro society. Resources are so few, worth so little, Haiti's problems so multiple and so harrowing, that no dim-witted, tinhorn despot with territorial ambitions would take the land of voodoo were it handed to him on a silver platter. Why then should Washington even consider supplying Haiti military aid? What's the point? Where's the logic in providing a penniless people weapons of war and training to repulse an alien army that will never materialize. Clearly, justification for military support isn't available. But the State Department, in cooperation with the Defense Department, will dredge up some specious rationale to furnish Haiti what Haiti doesn't need and has no business receiving. Having stockpiled numberless impoverished countries with extravagant, wasteful, superfluous armaments, the United States, it is ridiculous to suppose, will discriminate against Haiti and stop a nasty practice that shouldn't have been initiated in the first place. Stern Words Welcome You won't be hearing the following 30-second commercial cut by movie actor Burt Lancaster for the Stern Fund, on your favorite television station: "I'd like to talk to you about a drug problem called Excedrin, Em- pirin, Anacin, Cope, Vanquish and Bufferin. The American Medical Assn. has found remedies like these to be either irrational, not recommended, or unsound . . . Next time you buy something for your head, use your head. Buy the least expensive plain aspirin you can find." Network executives rejected it, because they fear that such spoofery might have a profound impact--bad --on regular advertisers. Phil M. Stern, author of "The Great Treasury Raid" and president of the Stern Fund, has appealed the refusal to the Federal Communications Commission. He wishes to aid the nation's consumer movement by throwing a critical light on some of tn« more flamboyant and preposterous advertising claims of various American companies. First, facts regarding specific commercials are developed by the Stern Community Law Firm, which is a public interest firm wholly funded by Stern. Next, the Stern Concern, based in Los Angeles, induces some celebrity to tape what Stern calls an 'uncommercial" commercial. After the spot is refused, which has been the case with distressing regularity, the Stern law firm promptly protests to the FCC to have the message aired. Another uncommercial, also starring Lancaster, warns owners of certain Chevrolet models that have been recalled. It begins like this: "If you have one of these cars get it to a Chevrolet serviceman-slowly." If Stern wins his fight, the Sunday Gazette-Mail's television critic, Jay Fredericks, no doubt will be spending more time in front of his television set and enjoying it greatly. So, we suspect, will many other viewers. at government expense. ""Or that Rep. John M. Slack of West Virginia's Third District traveled from Aug. 18 to Sept. ], 1971, through Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and England on "official business for the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Justice, Commerce and Judiciary"--at government expense. There's a curious little note dealing with Rep. Mollohan's travels. He was reported in London from Aug. 3 to Aug. 17, 1971, and this trip is listed as "vacation, personal expense." That means he was in London three days before he arrived in Spain for his six-country tour at government expense. Are we to believe that Rep. Mollohan flew back from London on Aug. 17 at his own expense, and then flew from Washington to Spain on Aug. 20 at government expense ? The report does not say. But a note of insight can be found in the charge of critics that the true cost of travel can be obscured, since expenses are not completely itemized or audited, and sometimes no cost of transportation is reported when transportation is furnished by the State Department or the Department of Defense. At any rate, Congressmen Mollohan, Kee and Slack did their share among the members of Congress, their office staffs and committee aides who spent $1,114,386 in public funds for travel abroad last year. The 1971 total was the highest for any year since Congressional Quarterly began its studies of foreign Congressional travel in 1966. West Virginia's senators weren't quite so travelconscious last year. Sen. Robert C. Byrd was in Mexico from May 27 to June 1 as a delegate to the Mexico-U. S. Interpar- liamentary Conference at government expense. Sen. Jennings Randolph's only trip out of the country was to Bermuda on Oct. 26 to address the American Motel and Hotel Association Convention--at association expense. And the state's two other representatives -- Ken Hechler of the Fourth District and Harley 0. Staggers of the Second District--reported no trips. Congressional Quarterly reports that at least 274 members -- 221 representatives and 53 senators- participated in 447 trips abroad at government expense last year, with Democrats and Republicans alike taking part in the fun. Can anybody believe that all these trips at the taxpayers' expense were necessary? Can anyone doubt that many were not simply junkets? MARY McGRORY Half Wake, Half Wedding WASHINGTON-The second Democratic convention of the year was half wake and half wedding. It imposed cruel demands on the participants, who were called upon to mourn the departed vice presidential candidate in terms of undiminished sorrow while welcoming his replacement with a rapture that had to transcend the fact that he had been, as he cheerfully noted, the seventh choice for the office. Tom Eagleton was not the specter at the feast, but indeed its popular favorite. He received far more acclaim that George McGovern, who had eased him off the ticket, or Sargent Shriver, who succeeded him. He looked pale, and once again evoked that great unease and sympathy which had made his dispatch so delicate and dangerous an undertaking. He said, with the macabre humor that marked his brief run as a running mate, that he had told George McGovern in Miami that Sargent Shriver was his second choice, too. The speakers all felt compelled to eulogize him as they would a Senate colleague for whom the Capitol flag flew at half-staff. Their tributes were so fulsome as to suggest that his cancellation had been a political tragedy or at least a clerical error. HUBERT H U M P H R E Y . moved under those frightful circumstances, as always, to seek some sentimental compromise, suggested that Eagleton and Shriver should both run for the vice presidency-"as a team." Shriver had been safely nominated, and the delegates gave themselves over to delirious applause. Jay Rockefeller, who seconded Shriver, made the evening's most honest statement. "We need Sargent Shriver as vice president," he said. It was God's truth. If Shriver had failed, the Democrats would have had to hold a third convention or concede. After the tally was announced, the Muzak--there was no band--burbled forth "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters. It was a far cry from the "Happy Days Are Here Again" of Miami, but it was appropriate for the occasion and the new partner. Shriver is indeed a bridge. He is as handsome as Eagleton, and as Catholic. He is as much of a Kennedy as the Democrats could hope for. He is acceptable to Mayor Richard Daley, whose telegram of congratulation was read aloud before the results were in, and presumably even on the Pedernales. He served Lyndon Johnson in three high posts. »· MELVIN R. LAIRD was quick to point out that as Richard Nixon's ambassador tc France, he endorsed Nixon's Vietnam policies longer though not, of course, longer than Henry Jackson,, who was present but not, from his dazed look, in spirit. The only person on the stage who could be contemplated without embarrassment was the new nominee's 90- year-old mother. A capacious, gray-haired lady in lavender and flame, she was a figure of matriarchal comfort amid the bad feelings, mixed emotions and throbbing egos ranged around her. Shriver said he wonder*!* what his brother-in-la«', Teddy Kennedy, was thinking about. The same could have been asked about Humphrey, or Ed Muskie, or Larry O'Brien, or about George McGovern, who before Eagleton was termed "too decent", but after was berated as "too cruel" to lead the Democrats. Shriver, who is the only other Democrat in the country who was dying to get on the ticket, looked genuinely radiant. He jumped over the net and into the hearts of the delegates with the first 10 minutes of his acceptance, which was a succession of captivating one-liners. But like every man who shares a platform with George McGovern, he obviously thought he could do it better and went on to explore every nook and cranny of the campaign at excessive length. But the delegates were delighted with him, as delighted as they might have been had he been chosen at the first convention. RALPH NADER-In the Public Interest Only Rich Can Afford Fight WASHINGTON - A dull letter with exciting possibilities for consumers was delivered privately a few days ago by the General Accounting Office (GAO) to the Federal Trade Commission -- the agency that is supposed to protect consumers and fight monopolies. The GAO, a Congressional watchdog over federal expenditures, advised the FTC that it had the authority to pay certain expenses of participants in its proceedings who cannot afford to bear these costs. This opinion clears the way for the FTC and other regulatory agencies to adopt a policy of facilitating citizen initiatives or intervention in the consumer, health and safety issues which have all too often been decided in favor of business lobbyists. Although the GAO letter advised the FTC that an intervening citizen's witness fees and costs, transcript charges and traveling expenses may be reimbursed by the Commission, the real importance of the opinion is to clear away legal hurdles for the Commission to exercise even broader "administrative discretion." Presumably, this discretion could extend to providing legal services similar to what is now provided by the state for poor people facing court trials. Federal regulatory agencies make decisions affecting electric, telephone and energy prices, consumer frauds and deception, and defects and other hazards of consumer products from autos to food. But their mystifying procedures are known largely to those special interests who can hire specialized lawyers and pay the costs to negotiate the legal labyrinths. In practice, this has meant over the years that only those who are ·veil-heeled could afford to fight for their interests. Consequently, corporations have had the field pretty much to themselves and it, indeed, has been a field day. WHAT LED TO the GAO opinion is a good illustration of the need for abolishing this pocket-book test for citizens to participate and advance their rights. About two years ago, a group of George Washington University law students, as part of their law course, petitioned the FTC to intervene in a case involving an alleged deceptive Firestone tire advertisement. The Commissios was about to issue its usual "cease and desist" order, colloquially known as a "go and sin no more" edict, against Firestone. The students' intervention, allowed by the FTC in a pioneering decision, asked that a corrective advertising order be issued so that deceived consumers would be informed of the deceptios by the company itself. The reason for then- request was that it would be just for consumers and be a strong deterrent against any further deception in advertising. As they carried forward their case, the students asked the Commission to reimburse expenses, such as witness fees, because they had no money to do so themselves. It was at this point that the FTC passed the buck to the GAO and asked for a legal opinion. For some 15 months, the GAO was urged to decide the matter one way or the other by various members of Congress. Fortunately, it came out in favor of the average citizen. Now two questions should be asked: Will the FTC issue guidelines which comprehensively open its doors to those without resources who wish to secure justice, or will it confine the GAO opinion to the Firestone case? And, secondly, how will other agencies, such as the Federal Power Commission, t h e Interstate Commerce Commission, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, react? Will they ignore the door opened by the GAO or will they help launch a major abolition of the financial obstacles that make most Americans less equal than a privileged few? It is in the interest of all citizens to make sure that the answers are not left entirely to the bureaucrats.

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