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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 31, 1967
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The Cruel Revolution Th« agricultural technological revolution has been cruel at times. Perhaps this is the price of progress. Generally, it has been a good thing: good for the farmer, certainly, in that lie has become more efficient; good for the nation in that more and less expensive farm produce is available; and, in the long run, good for those families who were displaced on the farm because many have now made an adjustment to urban life and many more are well along in making that adjustment. But it has not been a happy thing, this business of uprooting families who have riade their homes on the farm for many years. Most of them scarcely knew how to live in an urban environment, let alone subsist at a decent level. Extension of the federal minimum wage law to cover farmews this year may precipitate the cruelest dislocation of any witnessed in this area, however, because it promises to be instant. That other revolution was quite fast enough, but it stretched out over decades. This new one is running on a timetable and time has about run out. Once more, the farmer will be forced to make adjustments, but in the past he's been resourceful and he's had some of the best talent in both the private (agricultural chemicals) and public (the various USDA services) going for him. But this does little to solve the dilemma posed by the displacement of 1,000 families (according to the Arkansas Employment Security Division estimates) in eastern Arkansas. It may be worth noting that the BSD figures undoubtedly do not include the untold thousands who are not on £Tie farm, but who annually offer themselves for farm work. These are the chronically unemployed (and, some fear, unemployable) who are now urbanites, in a sense, but who have not completed the transition and who look forward to the several hundred dollars they earn each year on the farm. For them, this represents a rare opportunity to get not only cash but the measure of self-respect which accrues from gainful employment. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller is hoping that emergency measures may be brought into play to relieve the situation. He has asked for additional federal assistance in feeding and training the displaced workers. Thankfully, most farmers are continuing to let the families live in on- the-farm houses. This generosity should not go unnoticed, but at the same time sooner or later the problem of housing these people is going to have to be faced. Editor 6 note The other day they movtd the grave of John F. Kennedy. This physical relocation, could not have troubled the spirit of the late president a bit, since the exhumers scarcely have put the tools of their trade aside far even a moment since the assassination. John Kennedy was « youthful, refreshing figure in the White House. He demonstrated a certain ability in foreign affairs and held promise of becoming a competent, if not great, leader. There really is little more to be said about the man as president. The tragedy in Dallas, historically, precludes John Kennedy from entering his batting average in the same league record books with FDR, HST and others. He never had enough official tunes at bat. This month, the reaction to the studiously- biased pro-JFK biographies set in. It may be chronic. In the March 23 edition of The Reporter, Editor Max Ascoli (a native of Italy and naturalized citizen) in a strange bit of logic, speaks of Mussolini, post - revolutionary France, the loss of various freedoms and the Kennedy family. Ascoli talks about "restoration," "succession," and "new legitimacy," and rather darkly. You should get the idea: there's a dynasty aborning. If you don't get the idea, purchase the April edition of Esquire and you certainly will get it. You also may get slightly nauseated (i.e., photos of the late president's hair superimposed on RFK's face in one of the most tasteless displays of journalism in this decade). Once past this, you will be ready for Gore Vidal's expose on the designs the Kennedy family has on your nation (or as Ascoli would put it, "their America"). Vidal reaches further back in history than did Ascoli. His parenthetical descriptions of Jackie Kennedy (isis-Aphrodite-Madonna) and Bobby Kennedy (Ares and perhaps Christ-to-be) set the tone, which is fraught with Papal and Royalist counterpoint. Let us examine a few points of Vidal s exacerbations: A JFK remark to his father (who was complaining, scholars - not Vidal — tell us about the high cost of politicking) that the "only solution is to have Dad work harder." Vidal reports this with a straight literary face. Historians (and not Arthur Schlessinger) have noted it as an example of JFK humor. "If it is true that the medium is the message," Vidal writes.. .and writes somewhat incorrectly in quoting Marshall McLuhan's phrase, "The medium is the massage." Among politicians, Vidal says, "the Kennedys alone possess the money to maintain one of the most remarkable self-publicizing machines..." We submit that he'd better smile when he says that in the presence of an Arkie politician, one W. Rockefeller. Anent John Kennedy's generally acknowledged heroics act during World War II, Vidal says, ".. .the story merged into a blurred impression that somehow at some point a unique act of heroism had been committed..." He had a PT boat shot from under him, swam many miles, saved a fellow man's life. It seems the public regards this as, if not unique, then sufficiently meritorios to qualify the late president as a legitimate war hero. Vidal makes the startling revelation that Kennedy availed himself of public opinion polls. The most important thing to Joe Kennedy, Vidal tells us (quoting RFK), was the advancement of his children. How strange that Joe Kennedy should disregard the Ladies Home Journal hypothesis that Papa should make the money and let Mother look after the children. I think he's accusing the Kennedy patriarch of taking pride in his offspring .. .how sinister! Vidal also informs us that Bobby Kennedy inherited JFK's Senate seat. This conveniently overlooks the New York voter. * * * So much for Vidal's time tunnel tour, the point of which is that the Kennedys will be in the White House for the next quarter century (oh yes, son John-John is in the plan). It is a point which never becomes believable, although it will give much comfort to many people who have been predicting an American family dynasty for so many years (it was the Roosevelts at one time, you know). As events unfold, Vidal's thesis becomes more and more impractical. At the moment, no Kennedy is in a position of serious national political power. Robert Kennedy's appeal is genuine, but he has alienated large segments of the electorate. The man they better watch is Lyndon Johnson. His father liked him and the President himself reads opinion polls. -H.A.H We have lost culture because clothes are designed by men who detest women.—Mile. Garbrielle Chanel, 83, after a 50-year career in fashion. If you give a man a handout, you establish chain of dependence and lack of self-respect that won't be broken easily.—Freshman Sen. Edward Brooke, R-Mass. I say that if Lincoln were living today, he would turn over in his grave.—House miniority leader Rep. Gerald Ford, R-Mich., in a Lincoln Day rally at Stockton, Calif. I have never slowed down in my entire life. I never will. I can't do it.—Jean-Claude Killy, 23, champion skier from France. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••* Show Beat by Dick Kleiner on). HOLLYWOOD (NEA) IF IT WERE MY STUDIQ- —I'd take a look at the critical and box office success racked up by actors like James Coburn, Alan Arkin and Walter nose any, and he's fast becom- Young Steve Carlson has his nose to the grindstone, and it's paying off. It hasn't hurt his Matthau and thank my lucky stars. From now on I don't need t« go for fee empty-eyed collar ad leading men; I can use reel actors who look like (j, e p arl) » ^eve says. "I don't normal people. i w ant to be a Troy or a Tab or —I'd fire the next man who!a Race — I want to be around ing Universal's busiest yo u n g actor. Some say one of the best, too. "I don't want to be a flash in By RAY CROMLEY Washington Correspondent Newspaper Enterprise Assn WASHINGTON (NEA) Ellsworth Bunker's major assignment as the new US am- jassador to Vietnam will be to make certain Saigon's military unta turns the government over to civilian rule after the upcoming national elections Bunker has been told to make certain there are no sudden military coups by disgruntled Vietnamese army or air force :icers He has been ordered to sniff out any behind - the - scenes Vietnamese military pressures or roadblocks that would prevent the new civilian government from being effective. He has been authorized to talk to Vietnamese leaders 'like a Dutch uncle" It isn't Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky who worries President Johnson and his aides. It's some of the generals around Ky and some generals and colonels in opposition, who, Americans fear, might use the changeover to civilian government period for a take-over Ky, for all his JACOBY ON BRIDGE NORTH u V Q 10 8 6 4 EAST 49753 V9752 + 108J *Q WEST 4A42 VA3 • A85 *KJ1098 SOUTH (1>) 4.KQJ ' «KJ • KQD + A7143 Both vqtamtUr. We* Xcrtk PM Pw FM* 1* » N. T. Lead of King Sets Up Clubs Every book on the play «f the cards has a table of standard opening leads from various high bridge player should know these standard tables and follow them most of the time but no bridge player should follow them blindly. Thus, the standard lead from king-jack-ten-nine is the jack. The reason is that if your partner shows up with the ace you can pickle the queen in declarer's hand, while if your partner does not show up with the ace you break even. This is all very good but there is one tim« when tie expert should lead the king. This is when It is obvious that your partner can't have the ace and when you are going to lead the suit in any event. In this extreme cue you open tht king because once in awhile someone will hold the singleton queen. West passes the one club opening to see what will happen He doesn't worry about the possibility of everyone passing because in that case he expects tc set the one club contract. He is rather surprised when South re bids two no-trump but he waits patiently to hear more bidding Needless t» say he is disappointed to have to d e f em against an undoubled two no trump but he realizes that hi; partner almost surely has i blank hand and that North an South can probably no pretty well in hearts. If West is an alert player he will realize that he will take an; tricks his side takes. Then Wes will open thi king of clubs. This will turn out to be a verj successful lead. He will pick u[ the singleton queen of clubs am will make four club tricks am his three aces. BIOSSAT AND CROMLEY IN WASHINGTON Bunkers Challenge: Easing Out Viet Military Rulers strong words in public, has so far demonstrated personally a willingness to co-operate with civilians. It is no secret Bunker was chosen for the Vietnam job because of his success in bring-, ing diverse elements together in the Dominican Republic, • thus making possible a workable government on that harassed island. It is no secret either that Eugene M. Locke was chosen as Bunker's principal deputy in Vietnam because he has been able to iron out very serious problems in US - Pakistan relations during his tenure as US ambassador in Rawalpindi. Locke's Pakistan job was especially difficult. It was carried out in a period when Pakistan was flirting strongly with Mao Tse-tung's Red China. Locke's key to success was in being very friendly 'but very frank." * * * The Johnson administration is putting great faith in the creation of the new South Vietnam national civilian government to be created under the newly written proposed constitution. The military junta has been a great embarrassment to U.S. diplomats. It has been difficult to explain that until the way could be paved for a civilian government, there had to be some government. Too - hurried establishment of civilian rule would have resulted in a goyer- ment without power. It could have been dictated to or overthrown by a military coup — over U.S. opposition. The problem has been to reason, cajole and argue with the military men until they were ready to assent to a change. . • * * * There has been only so much pressure the United States could lay on unless we were prepared to take over by force or walk out. To the administration, neither seemed the proper solution. The able work of the constitutional assembly and the willingness of the assembly members to stand up for what they believe indicate South Vietnam may be ready for the major step toward democratic self government that national elections will inaugurate. suggested I make a spy picture. Or a spy television series. That trend is dead, kaput, finished, over. —I'd do a series of films about LSD users: a psychedelic dance film, "Trip the Light Fantastic"; a psychedelic spy story, "Is This Trip Necessary?"; a psychedelic parachute - jumper tale, "Trip Cord," and a psychedelic fan- .tasy about a waiter, "No Tripping Allowed." —I'd have a long talk with whoever U picking out Barbra Streisand's songs. Lately, they're all to dramatic, too hysterical, too overarranged. I'd make sure her next couple «f records were simple tune, tastefully arranged, quietly performed. —I would not, under any circumstances, sign Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to costar in a film. My feeling is that the. public wants to see them appearing with other actors — how about Burton and Christie, for example, or Taylor and McQueen? —I'd sign a comic actor named Bernie Kopell, who has done some great bits on Get Smart, and then worry what to do with him — he has all kinds of talent. —I'd do a series of films based on famous forts — the one where the critics hole up after blasting, a play (Ft. Knocks); the one where the cheesemakers band together (Roque Fort); and the one the jrocers use (Ft. Numandmas- 15 Years Ago —In Blytheville Mrs. Dick Watson and Mrs. Marion Koehler were guests of flrs. Jerry Scrape when she entertained members of the TLE Club with a dessert bridge in the Pine Room of the Dixie Pig- . . • ' The Veteran's Administration Office in .Blytheville will be closed on April 30 it was announced yesterday in Little Rock by A. H. Hammann, manager of the V. A office there. He explained the office will be closed because there is no longer enough demand for its services. Sunday School Lesson- We are a bundle of contradictions and honest people know it. Our real tragedy occurs when we simply accommodate ourselves to life without any sense of conflict. From the van- iage point of Easter we ought to look at our contradictions: Honest men have adamantly opposed any changes in the laws concerning abortion and yet, using the same logic, they bless war or, at least, d» not oppose it. How do yeu apply the standards concerning the sanctity of human life? There is a general support of any attempts which can encourage reduction of governmental expenditures until it affects us locally. Then we protest, even theugh the continuance «f the project may be wasteful. How do we apply the standards of honesty? We deplore growing crime rates and yet we tolerate slums, inferior housing and continue the conditions of poverty. How d» we apply the standards of concern for our neighbor? And who is my neighbor? A few years ago a national convention of one of our larger religious denomiiutiMis was delayed in its discussions for several hours because of a debate Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Friday, March 31,1967 Page Pour By RALPH W. LOEW, D.D. which arose out of one of its reports. The framers of the resolution had said that if a churchman prayed on Sunday that he should be rid of all hatred and prejudice and then went out of the church continuing the same prejudice as before, this prayer was blasphemy. The use of that word touched off the heated debate. Finally, the niatt&r was resolved by a rewording which stated that to continue the prejudice after praying that it be removed was a contradiction. So, blasphemy or contradiction, the issue is before each person. St Paul stated it in practical terms: "I often find that I have the will to do good, but not the power. That is, I don't accomplish the good I set out to do and the evil I don't really want to do I find I am always doing .. In my mind I am God's willing servant but in my own nation I am bound fast to the law of sin and death. It is an agonizing situation!" Paul found a way out of this situation by the very nature of his faith. Our danger is that these CM* tradictions will be accepted as normal. When we erode any consciousness of struggle or understanding of this paradox of our values, we've tome to the place where there is moral breakdown. Then sin is only a word and morality only a consensus of behavior. Recognizing this, those w h • proclaim the importance of a iaith which produces a new way i life have to take a look at *h; contradictions we tolerate. We may not rule them out of jfe. We can know the tension of the struggle, for the awareness of that tension can be the beginning of a new way of life. We won't be satisfied with the contradictions. WORLD ALMANAC FACTS More U. S. presidents were born in Virginia than in any other state. Eight chief executives—Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe,. William Henry Harrison, Tyler, Taylor and Wilson—were Virginians. The state vith the second greatest number of native- son presidents is Ohio with seven, says The World Almanac. Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Harding were born in Ohio. Copyright $ 18 "' Newspaper Enterprlie Asm. a long time. To do that, a man has to konw what he's doing." So you don't find Steve's name in the gossip columns, nor will he be in the crowd at The Daisy. Instead, he spends his off huors studying. Even on his days off, when he's working in a picture, he comes to the set anyway and watches the action. Thus far, the' s y s t e m has wrosed. Carlson has done a great deal of television at Universal and will soon start his third feature film. His first was "Deadlier Than the Male" (he was Riciiard Johnson's nephew, and will repeat in the expected sequel), then he worked in the soon - to - be - released "The Young Warriors^" and his next will be a lead in "The Winning Position." Steve is a good-looking blond youngster. He was born in Mississippi but grew up in Cheyenne Wyo. He got into show business through a side door — barber shop quartet singing, which led to solo singing, which led Jo television commercials, which led to acting. Now he's deadly serious about his career and works hard at it. He recognizes the fact that the competition for parts is stiff, and he wants to be a winner. So he works, studies, re a d s, watches. All work and no play may make Steve a dull boy, but a rich one. IHE COURIER NEWS THE couitich Nirws co. H. W. HAINES PUBLISE1RB HARRY «, HAINES Assistant ubllsher-Edltut FAUI, D. HUMAN • Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representative ' Wallace Witmer Co. New fork, Chicago. 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