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The Messenger Madison villt. Tuesday, July 22, 175 INFLATION RNAU.Y 6CT1IN6 TO THE UTIlE GUY! fcAfWr Forecasting STORE ZTbe Ttlcsscnger Then Some! The content of this pa tie presents many views not necessarily thai of The Messenger but for your benefit. Those articles labeled Editorials-our opinion" are the views and stands of The Messenger. T. OHMS WASHINGTON.
I'unlisher WAYNE KEY! CLARK McC'LL'filiAN dertising Director TK.W ISI'VTTKRSON Press Room Foreman JIM WAI.KKK Editor IIKVKV TOI TZ Production Mgr. irculation Mgr. MII1H I wdkrson Bookkeeping All Bignn Copyright (O l7J MaOIMflvm ru Co, Inc Earl's Beat An Upturn In The Economy NEW YORK AP A ration nale for forecasting an upturn in the economy is contained in the soaring personal income and personal savings figures for June, although you'll still find many people with a "show me" attitude. Spurred by lower income tax withholding and by tax rebates, both figures indicate that con sumers now are in a position to go out and buy houses and cares and other big ticket items. Disposable personal income after tax income jumped $63 3 billion in the second quarter, or nearly 10 times the increase that had occured during the first three months of the year Savings soared to an annual rate of $114 6 billion, which meant consumers were able to put away an astounding 10 6 per cent of their disposable income It was the ighest savings rate in 29 years A perspective on that level of savings is obtained by compar ing it with the rate for other years During the past 25 years, for instance, the rate has ranged between 4 9 percent and 8.1 percent.
Business Mirror Returning Government To American People? Coply News Service Jim Bishop: Reporter We All Share Nixon 's Guilt GAMBLIN All candidates for political offices are running around promising that if they are elected they will return the government to the people. This prospect really excited me. So much so that I rushed out to see what old John Ij. Public thought about this revolutionary promise "Hey, John I cried. "Have you heard the exciting news that's being proclaimed all over the country?" "What exciting news?" John asked.
"All the political candidates are promising to return the government to the peoples if they are elected." I replied with great en thusiasm. "Big deal," John Q. snapped. "Let me know when they promise to cease spouting so much bull'" "You mean to tell me that you're not the least bil excited about the politicians returning the government to you?" I asked. "Not the least," John Q.
snapped. "All that means is that now thai they have loused up the government that they want us poor slobs to take it off their hands If I want a lemon. I 'll go to a produce stand'" "Don't be such a cynic," I admonished. "If they want to give the government back to the people, be grateful for it! Bcggers can't be choosers! I didn't realize I was begging for anything? John Q. commented "Just because someone wants to give you something doesn't mean that it's a bargain! Some of the biggest duds I ever received were gifts!" "What could be so wrong with a govern men! that would make you feel so strongly opposed to accepting it as a gift that doesn't work around the house' "Hold on," I cried.
"People have to make governments. People you and me-will have to work in government when we get it back! "Ah Ha! John Q. cried "So that's the real reason behind it!" "Reason for what?" I asked. "For the politicians wanting to give the government back to us," John raved. "They don't want to work it anymore!" the press.
We applauded. But somehow, we missed the point President Nixon saw the press as (he sole independent enemy which could tumble him from power. So he flogged newspapers and used television as though he alone could command prime lime lo tell us how virtuous and farseeing he was. His "secret" way of getting us out of Vietnam remained secret for almost four years When he was up for re-eleciion, he truckled to the North Vietnamese and got us out as a throughly defeated military power. Peace with honor? Ask any Vietnam veteran.
The price and wage index, which began lo rise in the lasi year of Lyndon Johnson's Administration, began to jump Ihe hedges under Nixon. We underwent several "phases" of control, non of which worked. Out attention was diverted from out internal bleeding with trimphal lours to Moscow and China. In 1972, as a reward, we re-elected Nixon with 47.167,319 votes. We did it you and I SLEEPING THROUGH SCANDAL When scandal chipped the White House walls, many of us thought the White House press corps was trying to "get" ihe President.
The press corps, in truth, was sound asleep. Two cub reporters Woodward and Bernstein broke ihe story and brought the President down. He named men to his Cabinet and seldom met them. His minions drew up a list of enemies I'm not proud of being oh it and some were tapped, some were investigated to death by the Internal Revenue Service. Now Nixon asks the s.
District Court for his Presidential papers and tapes. So far, the government has refused on the grounds that some may be required for future prosecutions Perhaps The government could, if it chose, make certified copies of tapes and photo-copy all the documents important to future court trials. Nixon did not make himself President. We did. li hurts to admit it, but we put him on the highest pedestal of all.
When he crashed, few of us were willing to face our personal In a few weeks, you will be reading about the first an niversary of the Decline and Fall of Richard Nixon. The story, I feel, lies not in the conscienceless grab for power of one man-it is time for American to search its own soul and ask itself why it elected this man twice. In 1968, almost 32 million of us voted for him Mr. Nixon pointed to Lyndon Johnson and asked, time after time. "Can you stand four more years of this'''' We said no We said it loudly.
He had a way, he said, of getting us oulof Vietnam. "Peace of honor." We believed that, too, even though Lyndon Johnson muttered that if any American citizen had found a way out of Vietnam, it was his duty as a citizen in inform the White House Nixon also favored a smaller central government. We agreed with that, too. He pointed gleefully to a little girl carrying a sign: "Bring Us Together He would do that, too. So 31,785.480 of us voted him in as President of the United States.
We have been so busy, these past two years, finding out what was wrong with him that we haven't had lime to ask what is wrong with us. POPULARITY' CONTEST A lot is wrong. We are naive. We need heroes and villains. The Presidency has become a popularity contest.
We seldom vote for the man best suited for the office. We instinctively "like" one man and "dislike" or "mistrust" another. On the record, our judgement is bad. We wanted Nixon and Agnew and we stuck both barrels in out mouths and pulled the triggers, we overlooked the little indices. President Nixon put the White House police in new uniforms-burnished helmets and Student Prince costumes.
We turned away when he ordered the arrest and prosecution of a boy who broke through police lines with a pad and pencil, asking for an autograph His monumental fits of wage were hiddent from us. We rejoiced when the President turned a vitriolic Vice President loose to attack the press. It was precisely what most of us wished we had the nerve to do tumble the lords of In the view of many economists, including some in Washington, the high level of savings means that the con sumer is poised for a buying assault that soon will bring the range back to "normal'' levels Others point out, however, that the figures also mean the comsumer hasn't been buying, although he is in a position to do so Houses, autos and many retail items remain unsold The truth is that nobody can say with certainty just what a high level of savings means Only a study of consumer psychology, of the mental disposition of consumers, gives even a hint. As the dean of consumer psychologists, George Katona. observes, a buying situation is created only when consumers have both the ability and the willingness to spend It isn't enough to have money; you must have the mood too.
The mood of many Americans is one of insecurity, it seems safe to say. The jobless rate is extemely high. Inflation, while coming under better control, is still a menace in the minds of most people. Pressing Press, Outer Space In their narrow circle of omnipotence, they resent the necessary immunities that make possible the institutions that preserve freedom immunities traditionally given the family, the church, the university, the doctors, the press. Other like Chief Justice Warren Burger with his talk of "pipsqueak reporters" regard the press that has embarrassed the Establishment as a menace to be put in its place 1 L.M.
Boyd Test For Laziness WfA i PEOPLES BANK TRUST CO. PRESENTS THE WEEKLY QUIZ IS PART OF THIS NEWSPAPER'S SCHOOL PROGRAM worldscope (10 pointi for each question answered correctly) 1 The (CHOOSE ONE: Soviet Union, U.S.) was the first nation to send a man into space orbit in 1961. uncovered by the press." Legislators in many states have passed "shield laws" to supplement the First Amendment in protecting reporters from harassment about their sources. But some prosecutors and judges wear the mantle of Richard Nixon, the king of coverup. Nixon was haunted by dark secrets and, in an attempt to hide them committed first the blunders and then the crimes that produced the greatest political scandal in American history Watergate.
A little of Watergate still lingers at all levels of government In California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, reporters have been subpoenaed -more than 50 in the past four months -and placed in varying degrees of jeopardy over this matter of confidential sources. We will cite three cases at random: In Fresno, four newsmen from the Fresno Bee have been sentenced to indefinite jail terms by Judge Denver Peckin-pah for refusing to disclose where they obtained grand jury evidence of local corruption. California has a shield law, which supposedly prevents judges from ordering reporters to divulge their sources. But Judge Peckinpah considers himself above that law, saying it intrudes on his prerogatives. Appeal pending.
In Moscow, Idaho, Jay Shelledy of the Lewiston Morning Tribune has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Roy Mosman for refusing to reveal a news source. Appeal pending. In Los Angeles, reporter William Fair awaits an appeals ruling on whether he will be returned to jail where he already has served 46 days -for refusing to reveal his sources to Judge Charles Older. Such judges are not necessarily corrupt Some are merely incompetent, others arrogant In their puffed -up importance, they demand that all considerations must yield to the majesty of their courts. by Jack Anderson with Les Whitten WASHINGTON In the American drama, reporters constantly try to uncover the misdeeds that the authorities cover up.
It is not surprising, therefore, that some officials want to muzzle cantankerous reporters The big weapon against the press today is the subpoena. It is used to wipe out the reporter's First Amendment right to conceal the identity of his sources. This is essentially an attack on investigative reporting, which cannot exist without confidential sources. Any reporter who divulges confidences obtained in his professional capacity will lose his sources. Most of our own condifidential informants are dedicated public servants, who become disturbed over mismanagement, misspending and corruption in their agencies.
To whom should they report the wrongdoing? Many come to us because they don't trust the government to investigate itself. They come in confidence because they fear reprisals from superiors who may be implicated in the misconduct. There is nothing devious about this process. It is precisely what our Founding Fathers intended. It is the reason, indeed, that they established in the First Amendment certain freedoms and immunities for the press.
The reporter's function is to give the people an alternate source of information so they are not dependent only upon official pronouncements; to expose and thus stop a particular bit of public mischief; to set in motion the reforms that will prevent its recurrence Only tangentially is the reporter concerned with the conviction of the guilty parties, which is the task not of the press but of the state. Good lawmen, prosecutors and judges welcome the help of the press in exposing corruption. So essential is this function that Sen Lowell Weicker. has said "With minor exceptions, every major scandal in public office over the past 20 years was 2 The Russian counterparts of the U.S. astronauts are called ijHCf ami K.
iH 3 Helsinki, the capital of will be the site of a July 30 summit meeting of the 35-nation European Security Conference. 4 A presidential compromise oil price control plan would (CHOOSE ONE: raise, lower) the price of gasoline. 5 Michael and Robert Meeropol will file suit to get access to documents which they believe will prove the innocence of their parents, Julius and Ethel who were executed 22 years ago as atomic spies. How can you tell whether somebody is lazy? Researchers at Illinois Institute of Technology think they've come up with the best test. If a person has a good vocabulary, but a poor record of accomplishment, they say that's proof said party is lazy.
They think a good vocabulary indicates high IQ. So the citizen who possesses same but still doesn't do much with it has to be the victim of laziness, they aver. Did you know that dahlias produce a sugar far superior either to cane or beet sugar? BLACKBIRD Q. "Was there really a pirate named Blackbeard?" A. Certainly was.
Edward Teach was his real name. He claimed 14 wives. He murdered and looted along the Carolina and Virginia coasts between 1716 and 1718. An American crew caught up with him off North Carolina, finally. But how he fought! He took 25 wounds before he dropped.
They carried his head, only his head, back to Virginia on a pole. You say you already found out that a wild goose has about 12,000 muscles? But did you know that 10,000 of them do nothing but control that goose's feathers. Another reason you ought not eat a monarch butterfly is it's poisonous. Q. "What's 'Porn beer'?" A.
It's a Swedish beer that's sold in cans covered with naughty words and naked ladies. Graenges Breweries puts it out. Understand it's selling spectacularly. Two few people realize that those shooting stars we see flash across the sky usually are no bigger than wheat grains. Most of them burn out about 70 miles up.
Two-thirds of the food you eat serves no other purpose than to keep your body temperature at 98.6 degrees F. but that's purpose enough, what? Q. "Isn't breast enlargement the most popular plastic surgery in Tokyo now?" A. It's still No. 2 The westernization of the eyelids is No 1.
Q. "How long have those stamp collectors known as philatelists been A. Since 1840, I imagine. That's when England issued the world's first postage stamp, the renowned Penny Black. Q.
"How old was Johnny Miller when he first learned how to play A. Let's say age 5. At least, that's how old he was when nis father draped a piece of danvas across the family's basement in San Francisco to teach Johnny how to swing at a golf ball. Q. "Who should have the final decision as to twin beds or double bed, the husband or the wife?" A.
Our old-fashioned Love and War man likes the elderly notion that a woman should have the right to furnish her house as she sees fit. newsname (10 points if you can identify this parson in the news) newspicture (10 points if you answer this question correctly) President Ford has sent to Congress proposed highway legislation which would put a high priority on completing the Federal Ii terstate Highway System. The red, white and blue Interstate markers are (CHOOSE ONE: shield-shaped, round). sportlight (2 points for each question answered correctly) 1 (CHOOSE ONE: Johnny Miller, Tom Watson) won his first major golfing championship when he captured the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland. 2 David Thompson, three-time North Carolina State All-American, decided to join his college teammate, Monty Towe, on the Denver team of the American Basketball Association.
a-Nuggets b-Bullets c-Chiefs 3 The tradition of playing a major league baseball All-Star game is older than the World Series. True or False? As prime minister, I proposed tough pay and 1 pnee controls tor Great Britain. hoDinc to Dring aown an inna- THE BUREAUCRATS tion rate double that of most Western industrial countries. What's CLOSED for the All-Star team Hank Aaron has been selected times in his career a-10 b-15 c-25 matchwords (4 points for each correct match) 1 awesome a daring, bold 2 authentic ousing mingled respect. fear and wonder 3 audacious very simple, plain 4 audible genuine 5 austere a loud enough to be heard 5 After being soundly defeated by the Soviet Union, the U.S.
(CHOOSE ONE: swimming, track) team went on to beat Polish and Chechoslovakian teams in Prague. roundtable Today In History Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of the year. There are 162 days left in 1975. Today's highlights in history: On this date in 1933, Wiley Post completed the first round-the-world solo flight in his plane, the Winnie May In 1934, FBI agents in Chicago shot and killed John Dillinger. In 1937, the U.S.
Senate defeated PresidentFranklin Roosevelt's measure to reorganize and enlarge the Supreme Court. In 1943, in World War II, Allied forces occupied Palermo, capital of Sicily. Thought for today: Always try to believe the best in everbody. It saves a lot of trouble. Family discussion (no score) What characteristics make the United States different from other countries in the world? YOUR SCORE: 91 to 100 points l.u'd0- TOP SCORE! 81 to 90 points Excellent.
71 to 80 points Good. 61 to 70 points Fair 714 -75 Madison, Wisconsin ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAGE Copley Nut Servic 'They shut It down as unsafe ons of His employes tripped on a rug..
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