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August 27, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

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Itchy Trigger Fingers FANNY SEILER-AfMrs of State Tips From Sen. Byrd When Sen. Robert Byrd spoke to Democrats a week ago his under riding theme was to pull together from extremes toward middle ground if the party was going to win. Byrd, himself, signified another type of unity. By his words and his action, he got behind Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Jennings Randolph with more force than any oldtimers can remember Byrd doing for anyone before. Byrd is considered by party regulars as a successful Democrat who goes his own way more than he goes about party business. When he went out of his way to refer to Rockefeller to praise Rockefeller's capabilities as the party's gubernatorial nominee, it became significant because there has been a coolness between the two men that might better be described as iceberg temperature. Rockefeller was happy with Byrd's speech and his face showed it. Rockefeller especially liked Byrd's reference to his late grandfather. Byrd quoted John D. Rockefeller Jr. as saying: "I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty." And that, said Byrd, proved that deep down, underneath '.he grandfather's Republican I?GAZETTE -MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, August 27, 1972 Page 2D Vol. 15 No. 27 Council Needs Moore Now image, "there beat the heart of a good American Democrat. "I know little of the intricacies of heredity or the science of genetics, but it is gratifying to know that the desires that were then latent in the grandfather have since surfaced in the grandson," Byrd said. Sharon Percy Rockefeller nodded in approval when Byrd said "I suspect that in" Sen. Chuck Percy's secret heart "he is delighted to have, in Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat in the (Republican) Percy family." Byrd publicly expressed his deep gratitude to the Rockefellers for their hospitality to Byrd and his wife, whom he affectionately c a l l e d Lady Byrd, and said he hoped when Rockefeller moved to the mr- ecutive mansion, they could come back and do it over again. The Byrds had been guests of honor at the Rockefeller's home earlier in the day. Byrd noted to his audience that Rockefeller had nodded in the affirmative to his suggestion. I n s i d e r s at Democratic headquarters say Byrd will campaign at least on behalf of Rockfeller and Randolph. Byrd suggested a slogan for the two candidates. "We have the stars in the two J. R.'s" and "We have the winner in the two J. R.'s.'. Byrd, who has put together the winning formula, wasn't being flip when he cautioned the party to avoid the pitfalls of the extremism of the right and the radicalism of the left. He apparently was letting someone in on his winning formula, and his campaign appearances are estimated to be worth several thousand votes. »· SHORTS--Carmine C a n n , first vice president of the Democratic Executive Committee was seen attending a. fund-raising dinner for Gov. Moore in Clarksburg. Cann, an attorney, is retained by Consolidation Coal.. .There reportedly was a $500 a plate dinner in Clarksburg for Gov. Moore attended primarily by strip mine operators, and then the $50 a plate dinner similar to others held around the state with Governors from other states as speakers. Two top officials of Consolidation Coal were seen in the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, a fund raising affair for the Democratic party . . . Mary Walton will soon Tecome an assistant to Maxine Cheshire on the Washington Post in the n a t i o n 's capital.. .Charles "Chuck" Carpenter, assistant news editor on the Gazette, has accepted the news editor's job with the Huntington Advertiser.. .There is a story told about Jay Rockefeller in a town that didn't have a restaurant. Rockefeller was looking for a place to eat breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and inquired of a woman he saw sitting on her porch where he could find a restaurant. The woman said right here and prepared breakfast... Jay and Sharon Rockefeller and Sen. Robert Byrd and his wife didn't get to leave the speaker's platform of the J-J dinner until 11:30 p.m., two hours after the dinner was over. They were kept busy shaking hands and signing autographs . . . The vote on a minority report to put abolition of strip mining in the Democratic party's platform was close, but the vote to put strip mining in wasn't close at all at the state convention last weekend . . . House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, may have tough sledding for re-election to the speakership ... The name of Albert Sommerville is mentioned from time to time for speaker or for chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Sommerville is a former member of the House, running for re-election as an abolitionist ... Former House M a j o r i t y Leader Marion Shifflet, who was defeated two years ago, is expected by political watchers to win in his bid for two years in the House again. Shifflet reportedly has mended his political fences and his name pops up as a likely candidate for majority leader Del. Larry Tucker, D-Nicholas, has ambitions to become House speaker and reportedly is trying to get Jay Rockefeller interested in his cause. But some members in the House still haven't forgotten that he voted with the minority party during the last regular session . . . A Republican spokesman for Gov. Moore in the legislature tried to find put last week if the Purchasing, Practices and Procedures investigator had enough evidence for suspension of Calhoun County road supervisor James R. Jones from his job. Jones is accused of using state road men and state equipment to build his expensive home and develop a park on his private property ... Norman Miller, the reporter who wrote the Wall Street Journal article on Gov. Moore and Jay Rockefeller, was denied the privilege of talking with the Governor. He didn't say that in his story ... Lt. Jack Gribben says he's at fault for the error on State Police Supt. R. L. Bonar's expenditure reimbursmcnt voucher ... A. P. Stanley, former state policeman who recently quit as a deputy sheriff, reportedly has applied for reinstatement to the Department of Public Safety... If Gov. Moore is re-elected, is there a job on the Teachers' Retirement Board staff for Senate President Hans McCourt, D-Webster? ... Miami, Fla., newspapers quote Chamber of Commerce officials, and businessmen, to the effect that Republicans are much bigger spenders than Democrats. One of the underground papers h e a d l i n e d "Welcome to San Diego" ... Reba Franco, this year's "Miss Puerto Rico," was a guest last week at the Saxony Hotel in Miami Beach, where the Republican state delegation was quartered. At the Doral Beach Hotel, headquarters for Committee to Re- Elect the President, committee members were advised to de- stroy "sensitive papers" in a papar shredder provided for that purpose ... The door of Gov. Moore'i room at the Saxony was decorated with a Wild, Wonderful West Virginia poster . . . Jay Rockefeller people say Gov. Moore was in error when he said recently Rockefeller's medical program followed Moore's own by two days. Rockefeller's p r o g r a m for health services, they say, was outlined in a program taped two weeks before Gov. Moore announced his, and was aired three days before the Governor made his announcement ... Sen. Robert Byrd spent seven hours earlier this month with a Nader task force investigating Congress, more than airy other senator, the Nader- ites told Byrd's staff ... People in Upper Falls-St. Albans need money for their water project but they are hesitant to ask the Governor for state funds. Bob Handley, an officer in the group, is president of Citizens to Abolish Strip Mining ... A big pile of campaign cards for Robert Conaty, Republican candidate for Supreme Court, were on display at Canaan Valley goH course, but Natural Resources Director Ira "Sandy" Latemer says he doesn't think public parks are proper places for that type of literature and ordered its removal... Sam Kusic, aide to GOT. Moore, is going back to Wellsburg where he is running for State Senate . . . Cy Siffing, Charleston architect, has been employed to design the state's science and cultural center . . . Demolition for the center between Quarrier and Virginia streets will be completed in the next 10 days ... A Democrat told friends that Gov. Moore predicted to him that a significant federal indictment would be returned around early September involving someone in the Democratic party and to stay away from this person. Moore is said to have plans to use the indictment to smear his opponent although his opponent isn't connected. Gov. Moore's negative position on funding; of the Southern West Virginia Health Council is untenable. It richly deserves unfavorable review. A new report shows clearly that Appalachia Regional Commission funds have been flowing- abundantly to the council while state money lias moved at the rate of something less than a trickle. *DURING THREE YEARS of operation, ending July 31, 1971, ARC funding amounted to more than .$13 million while the state made no major commitment. A similar pattern of funding has continued since that date. Records show that the State Health Department made an initial grant of ?43,000 in 1968, before the phenomenon of the Moore administration descended on the state. Also, the state weighed in this year with just under $9,000 for matching funds in Monroe County. And that's about it as far as direct grants from the state are concerned. Public Could Get It A a i n At its earliest opportunity the West Virginia Legislature has some unfinished business to attend to: plugging a loophole in the state's bribery statute that was overhauled drastically two years Honesty Poll Seems Shadv*/ A pair of University of Connecticut psychologists recently interviewed in-depth 400 people to find out how they evaluated 20 occupations as lo their practitioners' honesty and integrity. Results of the survey placed newspaper columnists No. Ifi in the scale of 20. Here are (ho ratings: 1. Physicians: 2. Clergymen; 3. Dentists: 4. -fudges: 5. Psychologists; fi. College professors: 7. Psychiatrists: 8. High school teachers: 9. Lawyers*: 10. Law enforcement officials: 11. TV News reporters: 12. Plumbers; n. Business executives: 14. IT. S. Army generals: 15. TV repairmen; 16. As aforementioned: 17. Auto repairmen: is. Labor union officials: IP. Politicians: 20. Used car salesmen. Politicians, it will ho noled. rank- next to la.st in the listings--one notch higher t h a n used car salesmen. And Ihaf g r a d i n g convinces us t h a t either the two U. of f. psychologists didn't know their business--note, too. how high up in the standings Hie,, arc--or (heir sample was unrenresentative of American puhlic opinion. Now really, whom would you rather buy a used car from-a used car salesman or the elected official who spends your money in Congress or West Virginia's state capitol? · That really smarts. ago following all the indictments of corrupt public sen-ants and venal entrepreneurs who soiled the undistinguished Barron-Smith administrations. Although the state today has a reasonably t i g h t prohibition against suborning elected or appointed officials and providing graft, the law says nothing about consultant contracts. Various state agencies and departments a n n u a l l y spend in toto millions hiring consultants. Consequently, here is an area ripe for exploitation from the unscrupulous inside and outside government. By now every West V i r g i n i a n ought to have learned t h a t his state c a n n o t leave any a v e n u e open to civic vice. Past history shows too clearly and p a i n f u l l y t h a i someone w i l l t a k e m a x i m u m a d vantage of the slightest chance to turn a dishonest d o l l a r at the taxpayer's expense. Consultants, it is t r u e , consider themselves professionals. But professionals have been known to steal j u s t as q u i c k l y and just, as r n u f h as persons of less celebrated credentials. Wasn't '!' a professional from Bache Co. Incorporated who in sworn t e s t i m o n y acknowledged p a y i n g a $50,000 "legal fee" on he- h a l f of Gov. Barron? ( R y the way, has anybody moved to indict, him or his company in t h i s great law and order society?) Consultant contracts better soon be subject to West Virginia's bribery law, lest the public be rooked again and most rookers go free be- ca.use no felony was committed. For the past three years, the council has been requesting $200,000 to $250,000 in state money and getting nothing but promises, which have failed to materialize in executive budgets. · LAST YEAR the chairman of the council's board of directors, Dr. Daniel Hale, was placed in the embarrassing position of pleading in Washington for continuance of Appalachian development funds while being denied fiscal support from his own state. Notwithstanding the state's strange lack of responsiveness to Dr. Male's cries for financial help, the council's program has moved forward under the most difficult circumstances. The generosity of the Appalachian agency, local contributions, and "in kind" services have made the program a success. The truth is, however, that it would have been much more of a success with state support. »· SURELY, MOORE can see the political and human value of open endorsement and financial aid to a program of this type, which reaches thousands of people in Monroe, Raleigh, Fayette, Logan, Mingo, Mercer, Wyoming, Summers and McDowell counties. Surely, he must have seen the light by this time. In fact, reports are that the governor may have something cooking on the back burner for the council, something which he may remove and spoon feed to the press and other media at the proper time. The council has fully demonstrated its value to the state. It deserves something from the state at any time of day or night and regardless of any man's weird intransigence or political ambitions. Gov. Moore should move promptly to assist Dr. Hale and his splendid organization which are doing so much to improve health facilities and advance medicine throughout nine southern West Virginia counties that hitherto have lacked these essential services. MARY McGRORY Veterans' 'Last Patrol' MIAMI BEACH - The Vietnam Veterans Against the War called it their "last patrol." Wearing their rag-tag uniforms, carrying their tattered banners, several hundred had straggled to the convention city from all over the country to gather at the gates of the Fontainebleau Hotel. They faced three solid lines of state troopers in riot gear there (on Tuesday). Occasionally and halfheartedly, they begged them to "join us." The troopers thought slightly better of the veterans than of the other demonstrators they were holding at bay here. The vets did not "trash," or burn flags. They policed themselves and picked up their litter. Some of them were in wheelchairs. *· THE DELEGATES made no distinction among those who caused traffic jams or shouted obscenities at them as they made their euphoric rounds. To them, they were all "those people" who will be perma- nently put in their place com* November. The principal speaker outside the gates was Ron Kovic of Los Angeles, a paralyzed e x -M a r i n e sergeant who talked from a wheelchair. He spoke with a passion and fire that had not been heard here in the cliche-ridden convention hall. "You delegates up there," he shouted into his handheld microphone, looking up at the huge white pleasure dome. "You hiding up there behind the silk curtains in your Brooks Brothers suits and your shiny shoes. You behind that wall of men with guns and bullets and helmets, listen to us. "We will not be silent. Too many of our brothers have died. Too many Vietnamese have been murdered. Too many b a b i e s have been burned. You have taken our bodies, but you have not taken our minds." It began to rain. "It's raining. We'll stay in the rain. It's raining bombs in Vietnam," Kovic said. No one ever mentioned the bombing at the convention hall, where Richard Nixon was limned by the hour in word and film as the peacemaker of the ages. "You can take all the people in the U.S. prisons and all the rapists and extortionists and murderers and they couldn't even compare to that bum up there who is going to be nominated tonight," Kovic cried. Richard Nixon was at that moment arriving at Miami International Airport amid the organized raptures of the Young Voters for the President. »· THE VETERANS negotiated with the troopers to send three of their number in wheelchairs through the lines and into the lobby, where they read "a letter to the President" to nobody in particular. The delegates glared at them. One Republican wearing a pink terry-cloth shirt and rose- colored pants growled, "They ought to smash them. I bet 99 per cent of them never served in the army. They probably blew themselves up." Outside, the veterans gathered up their empty Coke bottles, picked up the bottle caps, reformed their lines, hoisted their banners and marched off down Collins Avenue. Traffic resumed. »· WALTER HICKEL, the secretary of the interior who lost his job when he protested at the time of Cambodia, was one of a dozen people who seconded the nomination of the President. The only Vietnam veteran who spoke at the convention was John O'Neffl. He represented Vietnam Veterans for Peace. He wore a coat and a tie and he too seconded Richard Nixon's nomination. He got a big cheer. The Vietnam V e t e r a n s Against the War sat on the grass quietly in a protest area across the street and listened to David Bellinger and Jane Fonda and Daniel Ellsberg tell them they had to do more to stop the war. RALPH NADER-In the Public Interest Trains, Trucks in High Gear WASHINGTON-The corporate welfare system moved into high gear at the Congress last week as the railroads and trucking companies began pushing for passage of their authored bill, S.2362, known as the "Surface Transportation Act of 1972." Tliis legislation would provide $5 billion in financial assistance, easier railroad abandonment of lines, less competition, less corporate property and income taxes, and other props to hold up mismanaged transportation monopolies. It is being heavily lobbied by former Sen. George Smathers, who now represents the American Association of Railroads. Having balked at the Lockheed loan guarantee last year before approving it, the Congress is grumbling over this latest raid on the taxpayer by corporations who want the benefits of government privilege without the risks of private enterprise. Many conser- vative and liberal members of both parties in Congress are wondering how many billions of dollars in direct and indirect government and consumer subsidies will this burgeoning giveaway drive cost. Big companies don't go bankrupt anymore; they just go to Washington. *· ONE PROVISION in S.2362 gives to the secretary of the treasury virtually uncontrolled discretion to extend up to $5 billion in "loans" of possibly indefinite duration to railroads, trucking companies and barges. The tricky definition of the word "loan" includes "any extension of financial assistance, by loan or otherwise. . . " There are no seated criteria for granting such subsidies to insure that the public receives improved service, higher productivity or other benefits. There are no requirements in case of nonre- payment, if indeed the bill's vagueness about a supposed fifteen year term requires any repayment at all. This proposal follows other loan guarantees and tax breaks for many of these carriers in past years which have not resulted in improved service. The corporate beneficiaries of these added subsidies are transportation companies or subsidiaries of conglomerate parent corporations who already have the privileges of legal price fixing via formal cartels called rate bureaus. Furthermore, they are shielded from competition by federal regulatory agencies. Their conglomerate parent companies, especially in the railroad areas, are no longer interested in transporting passengers and servicing smaller shippers and farmers. What they are interested in doing is siphoning off capital from traditional railroad operations into land speculation, mining, financial activities and other in- vestments. »· THE SLEEPY Interstate C o m m e r c e Commission is awakened by these carriers to approve periodic rate increases. Compliantly, the ICC, which after 80 years still does not know who owns the railroads under its regulation, approves the increases. The Senate Commerce Committee in its current closed door sessions is rejecting whole segments of the surface transportation bill and narrowing other provisions. Perhaps, with a few more bills like S.2362, the word "welfare" will make people think of giant corporations and not just poor people. Over the past generation, a corporate welfare system has built itself up covering numerous industries. It now totals so many billions of dollars that Sen. Proxmire has a staff working week after week trying to find where it starts and where it stops.

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