The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 1, 1966 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, October 1, 1966
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• It to Joe^Please <Uya, dudnj? thin f thkt ; -sp»c« would b» ifricr * momant It oceuwed to'"fliem that 'tlisy wel'e reading the Biflton, Ark., Courier and nbt th« B!y- theVille, Ark., Courier. This is because, outside his hometown of Binton, J6e' Purcell, Democratic nominee for attorney general, probably had no moYe liberal support in his bid for th* 'Democratic nomination than he had ,^lr. Purce'll is w«H worth til* supporting. He began his campaign against incumbent Bruce Bennett as a political unknown, fife had much to loiiT(in time and money arid patience, jiUtt to touch a few bases) and very liftiti to gain ($5,060 per year and all •thjr prestige one .can- muster from the titft). He was taking on an old Ar- kajTsas political favorite, whose navn* onjthfc ballot held a mystical magne- ti£M for the voter's pencil. ITHaving risked so much (at the be- .hejt of friends over the state) in order-to improve 'the political climate of stjkte government, Mr. Purcell is mor« tt*ti ever worthy of voter support and recognition. "^However, Democratic Campaign Manager Joe Base-re did nothing to . lend dignity to the Purcell cause this week when he trotted out a tired bromide about the latter's Republican op- pWHtitm — Jerry Thoniasson. Mr. Thismasson, Mr. Basore carefully not- eJTis not qualified to practice before IBS, United States Supreme Court. It's ii&j this one was put to rest in Arkan- r: Any lawyer recognized »y the Arkansas Bar can be Qualified to practice b«or» th« Supreme Court if he's will, ing to take a couple 6f days from his practice and go to Washington. It is a simple thing, a mechanical thing and it is every bit as significant as the Color of a candidate's eyes, insofar as it relates to a campaign for office (or to the workaday practice of law, for that matter). In the past, this meaningless trumpeting Of a candidate's ineligibility t* practice before the nation's highest court has been noised about in such a fashion as to deprive th* state of some able public servants; for, though the voting public can be very wise about some things, it can be very gullible •bout many Other things. Mr. Basore's problem is that Republican ThomasSon has called attention to the fact that Mr. Basore and his father- in-law, John Cooper, who is state treasurer of the Democratic. Party, are in the business of selling lots (which they do very well) in Cherokee Village; the state has built seven miles of highway through the area; Mr. Thomasson thinks th« voters should be outraged; Mr. Basore personally is outraged about Mr. Thomasson's allegation that politics played a role in the building of the highway. And what does all this have to do with the office of attorney general ? Nothing. Mr. Purcell's friends might do well to leave the campaigning for attorney general to Mr.' Purcell, who has had admirable success in this regard. ' .,,,... ....... ...».»« •€••••• ........ ••••••§» Show Beat by Dick Kleiner By DICK KLEINER Newspaper Enterprise Ann. TOKYO, Japan - (NEA) Remember James Bond's jazzy Aston Martin with all those deadly in 'Goldfinger"? They're trying to tap that with a Japanese - built job in the new Bond picture, "You Only Live Twice," which is currently being filmed here. Capitalizing on the Japanese electronics skill, the new car is equipped with more gadgetry than a Tokyo transistor radio store. At the moment, its arma- men is strictly peaceful, because the Japanese are very strict about guns and things these days. But, when the company returns to England to finish th* film, chances are that the car will hav« some extra added attractions, the kind of murderous gimmicks that only the Bond films can dream up. The car was designed, built Fisher-North Llttl« Rock Time* and delivered in four weeks by one of the biggest Japanese automobile manufacturers, Toyota. They started with a Toyota GT-2000, a new sports car which will soon be Introduced around the world. But this has a roof and the script called for a convertible. So the GT-2000 was converti- blized for the film. Now it is sleek and roofless. In the picture, it is driven flrrt by Akl, e pretty (naturally) Japanese Secret Service agent. Playing the ro'e is < Japanese actress, Akiko Wakabayashi. For her spying, she has had e few gee-gaws added, besides the l«-m.p.h. top speed and the engine displacement of 131.3 cubic Inches. Examples: A videotape recording unit, which shoots pictures of whatever the car is following (or being followed by) and records them on tape in a console tucked in b e h i n d the seat. Also a color television receiver in the dashboard. Also a two-way radio. Also a voice tape recorder. The whole thing is something like a recording studio on wheels. Toyota Is hopeful that "You Only Livt Twice" will do as much for its product as "Goldfinger" did for Aston Martin. That respectable English firm was making four cars a week when "Goldfinger" featured its car — and today, they're hard- pressed to fill 100 orderi a week, at $15,000 per car. The Toyota GT-2000 will sell in the United States for around $5,500. That doesn't include Aklko Wakabayashi. Blythevilie (Ark-.) curler Newi Saturday, October 1, 1968 Page Four ••ill Strictly a Matter of Opinion Marked* Tree Tribune The criminal element we al-|a. far cry from what is needed ways have with us. The real tragedy of our days Is that we have not always realized that we could rehabilitate many of the unfortunate people who do not need to become members of that element and thus contain the growth of this human blight. Last week's developments at Cummins Prison farm in Arkansas pointed up our state's shortcomings in this area. For almost a year now there has been criticism of the state of affairs in our prison system. It is worthy of noting that an Arkansas Democrat political writer wrote in his column last Sunday that he had mentioned knowledge of some of the thing now revealed to Governor Faubus early this year and received a severe rebuss from the governor. This writer went on to say that the possibility that the He- publican party now planned to mal?e some revelations concerning affairs in our state prisons may have triggered last weekends' firings, inquiries and attempt, to shore up what is obviously a dismal situation. We think the observation is correct. We also believe the stopgap measures now being taken are Marked Tree Tribune Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Johnson spent a good deal of time"in his Democratic Convex tion speech la,st week'in a'slur- to correct this situation. We have noted here before that criminals rehabilitation and prison reform ar« no always a cause espoused by politicians or sought by the electorate but if a taste and its people are to live in relative security and to know reasonable progress it must face up to its responsibilitie in regard to this problem. We believe tht only way this can be done is to staff our prisons with professional penologists and work toward removing such posts from the "political reward" category. What we are dealing with here are human lives and the question of whether they will Continue to cost us tax money to keep behind bars or whether some of them will be restored to the point that they can maka a positive . contribution socially and materially to the community. These ara theu.ghts every responsible citizen Should ponder as he weighs thoughts regarding the administrations that will next be charged with the responsibility of dtir prison syrtarn and as he considers th« proposals offered by that potential admin- srtiation to meet this challenge. The Democrat-Argus CarutbersvUle, Mo. . Seldom., is there a time when any school board is not the center, of some type of..conflict in any community and the Caruthersville School Board is not any different. If it is not parents, It is teachers. If it isn't teachers, it is businessmen. If il isn't businessmen it is the state govern, ment and if not them the federal government. You can be money from convicts, prisoners Daily Dunklin Democrat Kennett, Mo. Wfc r« flighted that Sautfe. western Ball Telsphons Go. has installed special equipment in the Bootheel area to trace an- ring altadc on Kie character and noying and obscene telephone personality of his opponenet in! calls with amazing accuracy the r4'ee for governor, Winthrop Eockefeller. While "inviting people to join him in championing the cause of Christian ideals, he did in that Sotion'deny the basic teaching o'f Jesus Christ, who never attacked a foe in his brief lite, an,d"who exhorted all men "to do unto others as you would havft"them do unto you." For that matter, Mr. Johnson seemed to deny some of his own words tpokftn on the night of August' 8,' 1966, after he had won th« Democratic runoff primary.' Reflecting on that race Snd some of the things that had been S»ld of him in the campaign, Jim Johnson said to a television audlsnce. "Servics speaks louder than all tht cruel words people can say." . . . Wt •would recommend to Can- did«t» Eockeftllor that these are tht only words, of Jim Johnson he ne«ds to heed; and we Ijopt Mr. RocktftUer will con- tinu* to run on hit word of ser- vict to our tujtt and to run for Arkww »nU lit pofcmttljl for growth «nd not a$*lnit any mm and speed. The equipment hat earlier been installed in large cities, where such calls are much more frequent a nt proved extremely vajua.ble in tracing calls to those who wouk use the telephone as an instrument of terror and indecency. In announcing the success of the equipment here, Bel] zone manager Howard Hawes of Kennett noted that the' special equipment has already brought about the apprehension of a Caruthersville c a 11 s r who was spreading anonymous terror. Other Bootheel communities have also been the scene «f similar - type anonymous calls but those days should .now be over — tbanks to the new Btll equipment. Persons receiving these calls should immediately notify their local Bell office and cooperate fully with telephone and police officials who can quickly apprehend those who would abuse public decency. We commend Southwestern Bell Telephone for it* speWy installation of this sptcitl equipment, Tht company has acted in tht bttt lattrtfti of'Its cut- tomtit witi thii iavtftmtnL < sure it is no big favor to be elected to the school board for it is a job with plenty of headaches and no pay. We do feel that thest people — Noel C. Dean, Mrs. Martha James, Johnny Mitchum, John R. Fowlkes, Bill Crysler and Robert Morgan — deserve recognition for the work they are doing in the interest of the community. There is plenty of work with which they are faced, many decisions to mak«. The decisions are often not easy to make and seldom nwet with universal approval, but they are mad« and we f«al they are made objectively in most cases. These school band members deserve credit for their tireless efforts. 'in recent months ths tusk has been unusually difficult for these people in view of the current problems in social reform. pose, to guarantee against the] Officials cited "indications," development of improper con- outside the prison might have duct at such an institution as a been involved — and that opens Baxter Bulletin Governor Faubus must be »s- prison, but there certainly ought speculation of a possible sorrier! signed a large share of t h e *A U. r.AMA ,.,„,< *>. *4:*.,*A1,A,. U r.! (, I-I , i nn tlrsr, if rtnll, "intldaTc" ' blamS fOP HOt haVIOP CXCrtcd I to be some way to discover it and remedy the situation before a long period of time has passed There has been no hint, so far as we have heard, that any untoward practices were in existence, until the announcement last week by Governor Faubus of the discovery of extortion of tion can race down every last i *' responsible for a state prison I to meeting foe recommended vestige of guilt and bring tne^f te . m that smacks ot Uie Mld - ; per-pupil expenditure in .public proper penalties down on every- ! ° Ie Age ' i elementary and secondary If tne people had been shock- schools should cause consider, ^ l] °&"& ,i n th , e cotton j able soul I - searching throughout suggest a need for some sort of P atches - b V a medieval concept; the Boothee! area. A map of suggest a neea tor some sort ot . being whipped in violation of regulations, and lack of maintenance of security measures — and a number of changes in personnel. In this case, a tip apparently someway got to officials and set off the inquiries. The prison superintendent evidently acted quickly to call for an investiga- But probably it isn't sufficient safeguard to depend on tips in such cases. If the prisoners are sufficiently intimidated to knuckle down for such wrongdoing, they're likely intimidated enough to keep their mouths Shut. Just what the eytent of the situation than if only "insiders' had had a part in it. It's to be hoped the investiga The Daily Dunklin Democrat This newspaper's disclosure: of the southern half of Missouri for not having exerted) that only one county in South-(stand in stark contrast to the | more reform, leadership, but the east Missouri - that, one being (area north of the Missouri Riv | people of Arkansas are primar- Dunklin County — comes close one involved And the whole incident should j ed continuing check, at frequent periods, to help guard against recurrences of the same sort of thing. Pine Bluff Commercial Question — Who is the publisher of The Arkansas Statesman? Clues — These are four of the five top headlines on the front j i of working convict labor for j those counties meeting their pub- profit and with an appalling dis- j lie school responsibilities in per- regard for rehabilitation needs, j pupil expenditure shows that on- it would have been politically ly a few counties south of the popular to remedy the situaion. Missouri River are providing But the people who have sufficient funds to support both cared have not been numerous i grade and high scbool curricu- and the politicians have left the I lums. prison farm to its own miserable devices. Hence it was possible that tion — and apparently every page of September 15's edition j wh f n _ a jrlsoner^ told a ^ court thing possible was done toward " ~ ' ~" ' '""' "" a quick solution. of The Arkansas Statesman: "Gov. Faubus Says Special Session Plans be Made Available to Both Nominees if Assembly is Summoned" "Faubus Hails AIDC Report As Best Yet" "Gov. Faubus to Kentucky for Regional Meet" "Slate Pemocratie Convention However, we feel they h a v e | anounced whether any state done a tremendous job in twol money or property might have ways. They arft meeting tha • • - necessary obligation of the school's role and 'at the same time trying most earnestly to keep the right perspective of the situation now at hand. They are trying to cooperate with government officials but at the same time protest the status of the schools as "institutions of learning rather than institutions of social reform." This is a difficult task in self. The board members have had and are still faced with many decisions which are not only difficult but also have them on Kie spot. Even more diffr cult is the fact that personal feelings must often be overcome in order to make the right decision and they have shown a most responsible attitude in this manner. wrongful practices as been ap-! to Hear Faubus Address Late parently wasn't known as thisjToday, Jim Johnson Talks Fri. was ritten, because the inquiry was continuing. Nor had it been day" Hint: He's the same man who often criticizes newspapers for not handling news in an objective way. Thair job is a difficult »n« to say the least and you might not agree witii them on their poll. cies, decisions or other matters but we will'sty now that th»y are to b« commended for thtir ifforts and what we think has been an outstanding job. Southwest American The most striking point in the revelation of various types of mprojxr conduct at T u c k • r 'rison Farm, to our notion, is .he statement that some of it has been going on for almost a r e»r. Th*f« llB't <=i'*»?: "How will I kit* when these 'pm-tattertd' than an WCM wit?' last month that he was lashed with a leather strap for not pick-1 sourl'counties arVspending only While Dunklin County's public schools are providing an annual per-pupil expenditure of between $«0 to $500, the vast majority of public schools in Southeast Mis- ing enough okra, the state could reply that he was whipped in accordance with rules governing the use of the strap and that the convict's claim was a "frivolous" excuse. The prisoner contended that poor eyesight prevented his seeing all the'okra in the rows; the state replied that he and several others were lashed and then returned to the rows, "this time picking all that was supposed to be picked." We don't know whether the prisoner's eyesight is blurry or sharp; we do know that whipping of men to hasten the harvest of crops is or should be unconscionable in a modern society that professes adjerence to the Christian ethos. Earlier this year, U. S. Bis- $300 to $400 per student per year. Clearly, something is amiss, particularly in an age when public education must meet ever-increasing demands. Southeast Missouri and much er. A map of tiie efforts of school districts shows, quit* graphically, that there is » wide disparity between the fiscal efforts of these two areas of the state. One can only wonder why southern Missouri counties lag fa (ar behind Kieir counterparts in the northern half Of the state. The fact that Dunklin County is the only county in Southeast Missouri providing between $400 and $500 per student each year is also small consolation In view of the fact ftat some counties in the state, most notably in tha central and northwestern areas, are providing more than J500 per student per year. This is closer to the national average and is more nearly representative of the efforts being expended in other states where citizens have awakened to the needs of public education. While Missouri's per-pupil es- penditure is above that of Arkansas and Kentucky, the truth is that we are lagging behind Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Kan- While Missouri's perrstu- expenditure is $471 on a wide average, the state of Illinois has an expenditure average of $612. There is quite » trict Judge J. Smith Hsnley is-! the .rehabilitation of inmates whipping, and the irritated governor took back his assertion that the strap would be scrapped. The whole thing w a s a j "™. 1 classic in bungling, amateur pe- " nology. _ . , i a £c uj $oii. mere is ouiw a The ,mmecuate neeas are oh-1 djf[erence _ an(J fi dlf vious-. A professional petiologist | can be mM6ured jn , he • to direct the system and a halt 1 8he ,g h the m f > •. to the use of armed convicts to! mary and secondary edu(]a j ion | and the difference between pub- jlie education graduates in the stale of Missouri and Ilia state of Illinois. These figures provide a real challenge to the stale and tit supervise other convicts. whole -new public concept of a penitentiary in which at least one of the primary functions is sued a ruling on another pris- 8nd . in wllich «'« 8 oa ' ' s ""' « Southeast. Missouri, f 9r they nnA»'i- K.U;W,»I_M T.1... _i . * _ » * j nrnfit from prons. i _i i._ j_ •,,.,. ^ oner's whipping. He decreed that the whip constituted Cruel and unusual punishment unless the Penitentiary Board adopted an explicit set of rules for use of the long leather. The fact that the court chose not to be advenurous in ruling on , flogging is no good reason, however that the public should take a light view of it. A playoff of yaars of bad prison policy came last Thursday when Governor Faubus revealed a major scandal at the Tucker Prison Farm, involving, h« said, the extortion of money from prisoners by prison personnel "often through the ust of trusties," whippings and even traffic in liquor. He fired three wardens, removed the trustie guards, said the use of the strap for punishment would be abolished, and hastened to the penal farm to set matters straight himself. While he was down here, .a sit-down ttrike beg«n and 144 prisoners were sitting by week's end. The strike w»s endsd with tear gas, riflt ihoti ttA more profit from crops. Arkansas can take no W»-i I clearly demonstrate that we, a» the whip snd that the public is doing nothing to train and direct them toward ultimate useful lives in society. A prison program that is not a disgrace will cost some tax money, but t h e people ar* the long-haul losers by indifference to their responsibility. 15 Yeats Ago -In Blytheville Mrs. G. W. Dillahunty, Mrs. Harvey Kidd, Mrs. W. A. Dobyns, Mrs. Ross Stevens and Mrs. Monroe Grain ware in Jonesboro yesterday to attend a district meeting of the Women of the Presbyterian Church. Jim Roleson today announced that he has taken over active management of the Credit Bur- of Blytheville, Inc. Me «uc- cetds Mrs. Vernon Boyd as manager. ' for our children. *Ht ILYTHEmtl COURIER' NUWS THE COUItlSh NHWB CO 8 IV HAINES I'UHI.^HIig IIARilT A. 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