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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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Tin I the good new* --' FANNY SEILER: Affain of State Jay's Shape a Worry Professional politkians who supported Jay Rockefeller in 1972 are alarmed that their man may find himself in worse shape than he is now if he remains detached in Upshur County until 1975 while Jim Sprouse backers are busy building a base for the gubernatorial race in 1976. At the moment. Rockefeller, the president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Sprouse. a justice of the State Supreme Court, are seen as the two most viable candidates. Treasurer John Kelly is a potential third candidate. Kelly has been trying to raise money to pay "off the Democratic party's $82,000 debt The debt has bejn a sore spot with some rank and file members who hold it against Sprouse because the debt dates back to the 1968 guber- t natonal campaign. However, $20,000 of it is from the 1972 election. » THERE IS A feeling in the party that Rockefeller would hurt his chances in 1976 if he . didn't do anything to help raise money. As soon as the recently elected Democratic county chairmen are .certified. State Chairman J.C. Dillon and Kelly Castteberry, finance chairman of the executive committee, are going to contact each one to urge them to have local fund-raising events. Part of proceeds would go to the payment of the debt and the re- GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, July 7,1974 2E Vol. 18 No. 27 Needs Updating i :The National Youth Science Camp existence of the camp. inlPocahontas County is a worthwhile The camp conditions which present- West Virginia contribution to the na- ly mitigate against young women iional good. Every West Virginian can campers can be corrected, it seems to bet proud of the science camp pro- us, without great hardship. If consi- gr£m, which also does much to ele- derable expense is involved in con- in a sense, who, when the occasion arises, correct those who believe West Virginia is the western part of Virginia. It would profit the state, we believe strongly, if it were to put aside ration- mainder would stay in the county. Dillon is generally believed by Rockefeller supporters to be closer to Sprouse, which causes some alarm in the Rockefeller ranks. State Sen. Robert Hatfield. D-Putnam. who is Democratic county chairman in Putnam County and a close friend of Sprouse, and the West Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, is regarded by the Rockefeller people as more pro-Sprouse than Rockefeller. Rockefeller backers point this out privately in frustration because their candidate is away from all the issues, running a college and detached from politics. What's more, they fret that Rockefeller and Sprouse might get themselves man- uevered into a primary fight that will be so divisive that the wounds won't heal in time for the general election in November, 1976. » SHORTS - Democratic State Chairman J.C. Dillon appointed Treasurer John Kelly chairman of the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, and Jay Rockefeller, the titular head of the party, paid Kelly a visit to discuss the dinner.. . Supreme Court Justice Charles Haden II is leaning more toward running for reelection than for governor in 1976, at this time . . . Charles Haden III and Tim Haden, sons of the court justice, are working as custodians this summer in the Department of Finance and Administration . .. A politician who worked for Bobby Kennedy in West Virginia, predicts that Teddy Kennedy will run for president in 1976. . . Sen. Jennings Randolph, DW. Va., received the Neil J. Curry award for his work in the development of safe, modern highways at a meeting last month in Washington, D.C. The award sponsored by the American Trucking Assn., is considered the highest of . transportation awards... One reason Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Pat Fanning. D-McDowell, declined to give the State Department of Highways $7.5 million from surplus was because money requested last fiscal year for various needs wasn't used. The committee has been pointed in its questioning of Commissioner William Ritchie Jr., about specific needs. son. D-Randolph, cochairman: Sen. Warren McGraw. D-Wyoming; Sen. Walter Neeley, D-Harrison; Sen. John Poffenbarger. R-Kanawha and Sen. William Gilligan, R- Tyler from the Senate. House members are Del. Robert Dinsmore, D-Monongalia, cochairman; Del. Sarah Neal. rxireeabrier; Del. Ted Stacy. D-Raleich; Del. Michael Shaw, R-Mason and Del. James Copenhaver. R-Kanawha, The next interim committee meetings are Aug. 44. There was an outcry recently in Weston over the planting of electric poles for rewiring work at Westoa State Hospital, but Deputy Director James dowser declined to stop the contractors and switch plans from poles to underground cable. He found that burying the cable was both expensive and not all that successful. ' JENKIN L. JONES Reverse Twist Vale the state's status among scien- verting the camp to coeducational sta- alizations for maintaining the science "' ' ' ' " camp as a male preserve and, instead, begin work at once to insure that both young men and young women are enrolled at the 1975 session. For those so far removed from reality that they believe strict separatism prevails at educational institutions, we suggest a visit to any nearby college dormitory. Times and customs change. This is a fact that should be well known to those who are charged with operation of the National Youth and scholars throughout the jiajion. · *Iwould be a dreadful pity if the pro- gr£m is clouded by controversy requiting from its males-only policy. Al- yepdy, one state, Wisconsin, has Jiephned to participate because of this J»itent injustice to females. ! »We believe it is plainly and simply wrong to exclude young women from Jtfiejprogram and don't urge their admittance to the camp out of deference tus, and if the necessary monies cannot be obtained by means of one or more of the multitudinous federal grant programs, they should be forthcoming from the state government. Every camper who returns to his home bears with him warm memories of our state, our people, and our institutions. And every camper acknowledges that his store of knowledge in the field of science has been supplemented by the West Virginia experi- jtirpublic relations. But public rela- ence. It is conceivable that campers, Science Camp. ttons is an important secondary fac- when they return to their own corn- tor,'vitally important to the continued muni ties, become intelligence agents, Exploitation e Your Own Censor Main Trouble C afoul of community standards in ·AKjany, Ga. |;%here a jury ruled that the film is although it had been shown Feeling ecurity Knowledge," a motion pic- elsewhere, including Charleston, jture acknowledged by students of the without much attention being shown :rileflium to have some artistic merit, it, one way or another. The Albany case slowly wound its way upward to the U.S. Supreme Court, which only last year had decided that community standards should prevail in judgments regarding allegations of obscenity. Thus, a foolish decision returned to annoy the justices who should have known that community standards differ so widely in America that equal application of law,, in obscenity cases, is out of the question. The high court thereupon returned to the business of making case-by- case decisions. It overturned the Albany ruling. The decision was unanimous, but every justice had a different reason for his vote.' One could have predicted some such absurd result of the awkward 1973 effort of the court to satisfy everybody on the subject of obscenity. The truth is that the court has no answer. Nor do we. But we have a suggestion: Let every adult be responsible for his own conduct and that of his underage children. Relieve both courts and IDn June 7, when President Nixon ·Announced he would travel to the ^Middle East, a generally lethargic ^tock market was rejuvenated. The -Bow-Jones industrial averages adv- ianeed 15 points. -:The President actually departed LWC June 25, and on that day, follow- 'ifig upon two weeks of steady decline. the Dow-Jones averages moved Upward by \1 l k points. It would be fair to say, judging [from the figures, that investors feel rtiere secure when Richard Nixon is JwJ of the country. - ', The stock market is in a bad way. !Fh"e two spurts mentioned above ttave been the only hopeful signs :*ahin a year. Perhaps Mr. Nixon's jBcpnomic advisers can summon the Courage to tell him where his obvious duty lies. :JK he supports the business ccft- jntpity, be will move to another cjwiitry. JACK CANFIELD, Democratic candidate for the House from Kanawha County, isn't superstitious about the figure 13. He won in the primary by coming in 13th place, and his campaign contributions totaled $1313. On top of that, he and his wife, June, who is secretary to House Majority Leader T. E. Myles, D-Fayette, are celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary this month. . . One of the faculty members at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies has his attorney working on an appeal to the Board of Regents. . . Republicans with prominence in their party say Gov. Moore can't run for a third term, in their opinion... A recent directive prohibits parking attendants from sitting on the shelf of flower planters at. entrances to the Capitol on California and Duffy streets.. Voting on the Morris Harvey issue in the Senate was a . . . . . , tough job for Sen. Warren Mc- A solicitation letter has arrived in Graw, D-Wyoming, because our office which emphasizes whatls n « w *s graduated from the wrong with present tax laws. sch ° o1 · · On ·! ul y 8 . tne To corporation executives the letter Js County which leads°to Wa- offers for sale a regular service that toga State Park will be named is designed to boost after tax income. tne . Thomas Edgar Memorial Here's what the service supposedly Ed^ 63 ^* 6 ^ 6 ^ 1 '^ 1 ? 1 wil1 do: Sarah Neal, D-Greenbrier', It will tell a family man how to will present the document slash his tax bill by shifting income to during the ceremony spon- members of his family, thus placing sored by the * otary Club ' everybody in a lower tax bracket. AUDITOR JOHN Gates in+ It describes the one step enabling jured his leg last Wednesday a company president to meet the cost and 8 ot some experience with of his daughter's or son's college tui- SSStive asStaX tt tion with tax dollars. state auditor, has lost 30 · It tells how proper timing of a va- pounds... When a letter went cation can allow the successful young executive to deduct from his income tax travel and meal expenses. ing the college into the state +· It outlines the two methods by y^m, iUdvised against the which executives can deduct expenses " ' " for their personal residence and further suggests how an executive's per- abuse divi 7 sionhaOT'tteen"get° sonal residence can be partially de- ting the 10 cents on each bottle preciated °^ '' t l uor so^ since a law was M .. ' , .. . passed years ago to earmark Needless to say none of the tax re- the money for the agency. A ducing ideas available in the service spokesman says the division would benefit white or blue collar ha sn'tcomeupwitha justifia- workers We P 1 " 0 ^ 3 " 1 · · · House Speak* j ix » · . - . . er Lewis McManus, D-Ra- And that s the principal trouble with feign, and Senate President s. They can be exploited by William Brotherton Jr., D It is time to raise the question whether some of our mass media, in their zeal to cure us of delusions of the past, are not producing delusions of the present. James Thurber, in "Fables for Our Time," told of the bear who used to get drunk, stagger home, knock over the furniture and scare the wife and children half to death. Then he got religion, became a health and sobriety evangelist and did violent calisthenics that knocked over the furniture and scared the wife and children half to death. Thurber's moral was that overcompensation gets us nowhere. Thus it was that I gazed pensively on June 11 upon a two- hour television drama concerning how in December 1945 a vicious U. S. military court in Manila, under the distant goading of Douglas MacArthur in Tokyo, kangarooed poor Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamshita and hanged him. It was a pretty weepy drama in which the brave, forthright and gentle Yamashita, fiercely defended by the U. S. military officers who risked their careers for justice, was thrown to the lions of hate. Damn the U. S. Army! PERSONALLY, I may have had some advantage over Norman Corwin, the writer of this epic. For I have visited the military cemetery in Singapore and noted on the simple gravestones of hundreds of Br.tiSh soldiers that most succumbed four to five months aft ' their capture of Yamashita, then called the Tiger of Malaya. Fou; to five months gave a calculated plan of slow starvation a chance to work. While underlings like the notorious Col. Tsuji may have been responsible for the chief atrocities in Singapore, we have the statement by Gen. Suzuki that he pleaded with Yamashita to punish these actions but that the latter "feigned ignorance." True, the Americans didn't try Yamashita for Singapore but for incidents occurring while he was Japanese commander-in-chief in the Philippines. Rapes and murders by Japanese naval personnel were the chief complaint, and Yamashita pleaded that while he had nominal command he had little control. Of course, we wouldn't hang him today. The war has faded.- Tempers have cooled. Many of Yamashita's accusers have died of old age. But to lead the young American TV-viewing audience into the belief that Yamashita wore a white hat and Douglas MacArthur a black one requires a pretty heavy dollop of New Think. » IN MY YOUTH there were no such things as good Indians. Cheap literature, Wild West tent shows and the early movies depicted all Indians as cruel and treacherous, and we moppets in the popcorn gallery cheered as they bit the dust. A libel? Certainly. But now there are no bad Indians. The chic of the times has put the black hats on the Seventh Cavalry. Young Americans are being taught that when Indians fought they fought only defensively. The scalpings, massacres, kidnap- ings and tortures have been effectively plowed under. I have been reading the military correspondence of Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne written on his ill-fated expedition that ended in the surrender at Saratoga in 1777. Burgoyne lamented to London how the Iroquois moved into his camp arrogantly de- manding whisky. He recounts that when he sought to punish individual Indians for atrocities such as the murder of Jane McCrea the tribesmen threatened to desert. Said Burgoyne: "I would rather lose every Indian than connive at their enormities." After his exchange, Burgoyne told the House of Com-: mons. "The Indian principle of war is at once odious and unavailing and if encouraged, I will venture to pronounce; its consequences will be severely repented by the present age and universally abhorred by posterity." *· THE FUNCTION of a historian is to perfect history. History written in later years should be better than journalism dealing with the near past, for in the passage of time, perspective should set in. Documents from both sides are available. The testimony is more reasoned and complete. ; But I am wondering if what our children are getting in some of these new assess- me ' of American history, particularly in the movies and on k e tube, is not only not perfection but actually a reverse twist. As in the case of the reformed bear, the furniture is still being knocked over. And the net effect of much of this rewriting is to diminsh American heroes, exalt their, enemies and to peddle the idea that much of what we have proudly hailed was really that for which we should have felt guilt and shame. If this keeps on long enough, we may come tip with a whole generation which decides that such a lousy country isn't worth defending. And guess who would love that? RALPH NADER Business Hurts WASHINGTpN, D. C. The crumbling ideology of big business is being hastened by the deeds and words of big business itself. For years, large corporations have built up big government as a bustling bazaar of accounts receivables, indirect tax subsidies and official insulations from market competition. Now a further dimension is being added to the construction of that corporate socialism which feeds off the aver? age taxpayer for handouts and manipulates government authority, such as import quo- bloated procurement contracts. This dimension is the bold and open rejection of the competitive enterprise system. Some recent developments will illustrate the point. ATT, needled by the new nect industry which sells cus- offornl letters - communities of the job of deciding the wealthy in such a manner as to in- what is proper for individual citizens creas « tWr actual wealth.. The tax «to study thetauio to took at or read. It is a job we!can do laws however, don't affond'froor peo- partment of Public Safety's better ourselves. pie a similar opportunity. administrative procedures. They are Sen. Richard Ben- lar competition means lower prices and better service. The report said that ATT's fight against these interlopers was obstructed by the public's "deeply held beliefs about the 'American way-of-life' namely, the inherent benefits of competition or 'free enterprise'... " "Monopoly is not a four-letter word" blares forth a full page advertisement by Delmarva Power, a Delaware utility. Apparently, such a monopoly of electric services in New York i from forcing the New York ing out a deteriorating and mismanaged company, is not restricted to railroads or utilities. Take the nation's 20th largest bank, Franklin National. Growing out of Long Island and into New York City in recent years, the bank overextended itself, made some bad investments and was heading for a collapse. Enter that lender of last resort for the banking industry, the Federal Reserve. In addition, urged by the Federal Reserve, a group of other New York City banks are moving to help save their corporate brother. Big companies don't go bankrupt anymore, they just go to Washington. The crucial factor of market risk as a disciplining force is falling as corporate politics push more corporate welfare impositions onto the fedearal treasury. »· OTHER BUSINESS behavior is topsy turyy to the supposed market ideology. So- called competitors, such as the steel companies, pursue lock-step price increases. When one of the steel giants announces a price increase, the other companies follow right on, presumably raising their prices to meet such competition. In the old days, prices were dropped to meet the competition, not raised. Also in the old days, when companies faced unused capacity or declining sales, prices were dropped to increase sates. The airlines do the opposite. Under their protective price fixer, the Civil Aeronautics Board, they confront declining volume or overbuilt capacity with price hikes, not price refections. And what some, like PanAm and TWA, get Mo trovMedw to sichfolicies plus recent feel cost increases, they more for sriisidies from Uncle Sam instead of re-examining their contempt for real competition for the consumer and fighting the oil industry cartel. Since October, General Motors' sales have declined 24.5 per cent over the prior year period. So what does GM do? Simply increase its 1974 delivered vehicle prices seven times, totaling an average vehicle surge of $550 (including optional equipment) over the 1973 models, according to Automotive News. THE PACE of establishing the government as insurer, lender, profit-guarantor and susidizer for the wealthiest economic institutions in the country is quickening. The massive corporate tax reductions three years ago, allegedly to induce more investment, are not enough, according to Treasury Secretary William Simon. He wants still more tax reductions for big business. Pretty soon the withering corporate tax contribution will offer no more opportunities to bribe business with these tax subsidies and a future Simon will recommend a special surcharge on ordinary taxpayers to pamper these goliaths. In an extensive recent poll, a majority of people thought big business should be broken up. Popular criticism of monopolistic practices and corporate collusion is at an all-time high, especially after the food and energy gouges. So what is the Justice Department's antitrust division doing with its antimonopoly laws? Going after the big boys? Not yet. The division has busied itself with fmbmenuls; it has obtained an indictment and filed a civil action against four manupctirers of wood IMlet seats for conspiring to fix prices over the past decade.

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