The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 27, 1967 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 27, 1967
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Pag* Twelve - BlySievllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, June », 1M7_ Which Way the Air War? By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) - Some top U. S. officials are beginning to think (he air war against North Vietnam is yielding diminishing gains while toughened ground defenses are raising the price in U. S. warplanes. Certain of them believe it might be a good idea to limit the bombing essentially to the supply routes running south through the narrow neck of North Vietnam and to cut down strikes against heavily defended industrial-type targets in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas. But other authorities argue that to do so would result in swelling the volume of supplies and equipment to Communist forces in South Vietnam. Those holding this general view say the Comunists have been emplacing many more antiaircraft guns in the 150-mile long North Vietnamese panhandle, and that concentrating attacks there would not likely reduce the toll of U. S. planes. Moreover, they contend that the movement of material should be interdicted not only the lower end of the funnel but at the top where it enters the infiltration pipeline. Officials inclined toward a slowdown in the air war are not all civilians. Some military men also have doubts about the effectiveness of the bombing. And those favor at least continuing the present level of air strikes — and possibly an intensification — are not all military. It is known, however, that (he Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimouus- ly and vigorously oppose any easing off of the air attacks on Communist military targets in North Vietnam. The Air Force and Navy were authorized last Feb. 22 to start hitting what one military source called more lucrative targets" of an industrial and economic nature. Now there are not many major targets left untouched. Yet the North Vietnamese continue to pusli their war effort in South Vietnam without any apparent letup. Many bombed facilities have been rebuilt or put back in shape for at least limited use. So U. S. raiders make repeated returns to hit them again. North Vietnam's biggest iron and steel complex, the Thai Nguyen steel mill 38 miles north of Hanoi, is reported to be completely out of production. But it took at least 10 raids to achieve this. One of three major MIG jet fields has been bombed and rnilitary officers nine times. But military officers do not claim that the Kep base, 37 miiles northeast of Hanoi, is out of action. They have seen too many examples of North Viietnamese ability to make quick repairs. The most important targets still uuntouched are Haiphong harbor and three MIG fields in the Hanoi-Haiphong area. It is U, S. Policy to spare Haiphong harbor and its ap^ proaches from attack for fear that raids might force the Soviet Union into a confrontation with the United States. The military chiefs long have urged closing Haiphong, through which an estimated two-thirds of North Vietnam's military and civilian imports are channeled, much of it in Soviet ships. The Communists claimed again this spring that U. S. planes bombed dikes in the Red River Valley. If the dike system were wiped out, great areas of rice-growing land would be flooded and spoiled, but not even the most hawk-like advocates of punishing North Vietnam advocate thus striking at the civilian food suppply. In about 2% years of sustained bombing, U. S. military sources said, it is calculated that these major results have been achieved: —More than 75 per cent of North Vietnam's petroleum and ammunition dumps and depots destroyed. —More than 75 per cent of its power plants ruined. The only one of North Vietnam's 12 major power plants which has not been bombed is at Lao Cai near the North Vietnam-Red China boundary. U. S. pilots are ordered to stay 25 to 30 miles from the border to prevent overflights of Chinese territory. —More than 50 per cent of North Vietnam's bridges are claimed to have been destroyed. However, the North Vietnamese have demonstrated skill at quickly replacing bridges with temporary spans. —More than 30 per cent of North Vietnam's cement plant capacity has been destroyed, officers said. Cement is used to repair roads and airfield runways, as well as shattered buildings. —More than 3,500 trucks destroyed and an eqqual numbe stroyed and an equal number sources estimate that U. S. planes have sunk more than 6,500 barges and other vessels and damaged more than 12,000. The tally of railroad rolling stock destroyed is pegged at more than 1,000 cars and engines. Another 2,000 are claimed as damaged. Despite the bombing of some industrial-type targets which have never been described officially, North Vietnam's economy continues to function. On June 6, it was said officially that U. S. planes had hit railroad yards some 35 miles northwest of Hanoi. What was not announced, sources revealed, was that the planes also clobbered the Viet Tri chemical plant adjoining those yards. The Air Force and Navy have been conducting more than 800 missions a week against North Vietnam. This translates into more than 2,400 sorties a week — a sortie being a single flight by a single plane. Much of the effort apppears concentrated on two major raiil lines between Hanoi and China. These lines carry Chinese supply stock of small arms, mortars, recoilless rifles and am- munitiion. They also bring in missiles and other sophisticated equip- ment transshipped from th« Soviet Union. Offiicers said they do not believe that the Chinese are holding up any of the Russian- suupplied gear, despite the Sino- Soviet political quarrel. Another area of bombing concentration is the panhandle and the roads through it which connect with the Ho Ci Min trail via Laos and the Sihanouk trail via Cambodia into South Vietnam. Informants said antiaircraft defenses in the panhandle have been reinforced considerably over the past two months, although the heaviest concentration still is around Hanoi and Haiphong. The lowest estimate shows some 8,0000 antiaircraft guns throughout North Vietnam, an increase of about a thousand since early spring. The North Vietnamese have had little success with their surface-to-air missiles. An estimated 3,000 SAM's have been fired at U.S. warpplanes so far and only about 2 or 3 per cent have scored kills. But American pilots say surface-to-air missiles have directly caused losses by forcing planes into evasion tactics which brought them to altitudes where conventional antiaircraft fire could reach them. Pentagon sources said this situation has been countered to some extent with better radar jaming. A total of 589 U.S. warplanes have been lost over North Viet- nam, 139 of them since the first of the year. The vast majority of the losses have been to 37mm, 57mm and 100mm antiaircraft guns fired by increasiingly skillful North Vietnamese gunners. Communist MIG'S, according to the freshest information available, have shot down 20 U. S. planes and scored two probable kills. American pilots have shot down 77 North Vietnamese MIGs, probably downed 9 more and destroyed at least 8 on the ground. In addition, there are numerous pilot reports of more MIGs smashed in bomb runs and shoot-ups of MIG bases at Hoa Lac, 19 miles west of Hanoi, and at Kep. Although the officially announced figure for the North Vietnamese air force stands at about 115 planes, sources said it actually is down to around 75 jets—about the size of the North Vietnamese air force before MIG fields were hit for the first time on April 24. Fifteen of the North Vietnamese jets are believed to be the MIG21 model, the best plane that Hanoi has received from the Soviet Union, and 60 are elderly MIG15 and MIG17 planes. Over the roughly 2% years o£ the air war, there have been a number of bombing pauses, some in hopes of bringing North Vietnam to the negotiating table, some in honor o£ holidays and some caused by weather. by Abigail Van Bnren Marriage Is Very Serious Business DEAR ABBY: I have a problem which I am sure I am not alone in. I have the sweetest, most wonderful girl in the world, and we're thinking of marriage, but when we're together, I'm the one who has to start everything. Like taking her hand to hold it, or putting my arm around her to draw her closer so I can kiss her. She's not cold or uncooperative, once I make the first move, but I sure wish she would make the first move once in a while. How can a guy get this across to his girl without turning her off? Some guys like a litte encouragement. DONNIE DEAR DONNIE: -And some guys feel that for a girl to take the initiative in Such matters is unfeminine, and it turns THEM off. (Maybe she thinks you are one of those guys.) If you are thinking of marriage, it's high time you started being perfectly frank with each other witK regard to what you like and what you don't like about the romantic part of your relationship. When a marriage goes on the rocks, the rocks can usually be found in the mattress. DEAR ABBY: A girl I'll call Grace is being married soon. Grace's mother and future mother-in-law are both expert cake bakers. The future mother-in-law has already been telling people about the kind of cake she plans to bake for the wedding! I happen to know that Grace's mother would very much like to bake the wedding cake, but she's the kind who prefers to sit back and let the other woman do it rather than make an issue of it, even tho she's been told that Astrological * Forecast *• By CARROLL RIGHTER- Io determine your lorecast, note paragraph opposite dates wmch Include your birth date. WEDNESDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES: A day of conflicting vibrations for beneath some surface benefits there are quite a number of pending problems to be solved that require a considerable amount of astute handling. Be aware that others have motives they do not wish you to do any prying into or they can get extremely upset. Be poised. ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Your responsibility toward mate or some business associate, etc., is important to executer right now, so postpone going out for fun. Be clever at this. Much happiness of a romantic nature can be yours in P.M. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Be tactful in handling that problematical affair at home or there is real trouble. The ideas of one in business differ to those of kin. Don't try to bring them together or there is bound to be much altercation. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) You have to schedule your time properly or your business affairs come in conflict with personal matters. Then get into the right kind of pleasure you like, Don't permit others to impose on you. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) Showing others that you have more than common sense can save you a good deal of money right now. Be very careful where investments are concerned. Recreation is fine provided you do not spend too much. LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) You can get out to social affairs, provided you do not irk those who live with you in one way or another. Use that particular charm of yours to gain prestige. This is especially true if 3'ou are in the entertainment field. VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Forget the personal right now and get into those important McNaught Syndicate Inc. business matters that need attention. Be sure to give assistance to one who looks to you for help. Rise above any pettiness in others. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Find way to save money in carrying through with certain practical affairs, and be sure you show you are devoted to good pals. Get out socially in P.M. Be with persons who are truly fond of you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Be very certain to handle certain responsibilities that are exclusively your own before you dash out for fun and interesting friends. Gain favor of higher- ups as well as good comrades. Be congenial. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Try not to do anything that will irk others, especially those at home, and improve Image. You have some big new interest that fascinates you. However, do not neglect other important duties as well. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan 20) Your friends cannot under stand the importance of some task you have to attend to, so don't try to explain but carry through quickly. Get routine work done, also. Avoid going off on tangents that way. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb 19) Avoid getting into some altercation with a partner or some higher-up, official or you really get into hot water. Don't spend that money without being sure associate first approves. Be careful and be safe. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) Forget dull routines and get into some new outlet that is very fascinating to you and can prove to be most successful. Get in touch with those out of town and tell them your aims. Fine results are possible. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY ... be sure to show early that when others speak harshly they are only expressing their own ineptitudes and therefore offense sould not be the bride's mother is supposed to provide the cake. There is no chance of having the two women do it together because the groom's mother is much too bossy. How can this be handled? INNOCENT BYSTANDER DEAR BYSTANDER: Since Grace's mother s "the kind who prefers to sit back and let the other woman do it rather than make an issue of it, " knowing that traditionally the bride's mother provides the cake, I say, let her sit back. I wouldn't presume to "handle" anything which is so obviously none of my business. And if you do, prepare to end up with egg (or cake) on your face. DEAR ABBY: As an ecumenical brpther to the Ohio minister, I, too, have swal- lowed my pride after officiating at a wedding or funeral, when someone asks me, "How much "do I owe you?" Rather than set an hourly rate for services rendered, in the case of a boor who would ask such a question, I put a return question, "How much was it worth to you?" MIDWEST CLERGYMAN CONFIDENTIAL T 0 "FIVE FOOT TWO AND FEELING BLUE": No matter what your past has been you have a spotless future. Everybody has a problem. What's yours? Write to Abby, Box 6S700, Los Angeles, Cal, 90069. For Abby's new B o o k 1 e t WHAT TEEN-AGERS WANT ABBY, Box 69700, Los Angeles Cal., 90069. PLENTY OF WATER mokes the difference Aadovrgoalu always to provide plenty of water... when and where youjieedU. Blytheville Water Co. NEW YORK (AP) - Jumping to conclusions: Insomnia is one of the big prices of success. The guy who's at the top of the latter, and trying to stay there, usually takes more sleeping pills than the one who has only a foot on the bottom rung. No one keeps a secret diary without a hidden hope that eventually someone else will read it— someone who really appreciates the diarist. One of the surest ways for a man to avoid promotion is to have his boss come in every morning and see him gulping his breakfast at his office desk. A guy this disorganized in his eating habits is probably just as disorganized about his job. You can't blame the preacher if there's always at least one lady singer in the choir who would like to run away from home with him. Few women go through life without thinking at sometime they're in love with their doctor, their minister, *.r their butcher. Flowers in a greenhouse nev.- look as lovely as they do in the hands of a girl carrying them home In the subway. The job we'd like most to have being a bill collector for the United Nations. Some girls will marry men even if they propose with garlic on their breath. If you're a bachelor, try this and find out for yourself. It is generally a waste of time to get involved in a cultural conversation with anyone who habitually douses his french-friend potatoes with half a bottle of ketchup. Nothing makes the electronics age seem more mysterious than listening to a television repair man explain which tube in your taken. Teach early to think objectively, if he or she is to be victorious over others. Ideal chart for professions that have to do with investigating, research, etc. set went blooey. If they weren't in the eduea-i tional field, most American unK versity presidents could earn «; good living selling oil stocks. It's amazing, isn't it, how few; big new night clubs have opened; up since the government started checking business entertainment accounts more closely? You'll never hatch your nest' egg if you lend it to a fellow who' carries a racing form in his pocket and wears sunglasses on rainy days. Few things thrill us more than getting something for nothing. A self-made millionaire never gets; as much fun out of spending money as a guy who inherits it uunexpectedly — and therefore feels he is ahead of the game. A woman invariably finds the best bargains in a department: store the day she discovers she left her charge plate at home. MEMBER OF THE WEDDING GIZA, Egypt (AP)-Seeklng fun, a villager attended a wedding party near his home to discover the bride was his own wife. He screamed: "Stop the cere* mony ... this is my wife. . . .", Police investigation disclosed that the wife had deserted hep husband for several month's without securing a divorce. » The police ruled the attempted second marriage false and the wife will be tried on charges of bigamy. Wont New Ask Deal's Interiors about FREE LABOR The labor on your draperies is free when the fabric you select is from 1.98 per yard or more and the draperies are 75" or longer. Deals Interiors Plaza Shopping Center — Ph. PO 3-9481 NOTICE Harlin Icenogle I would like to inform my friends and customers of I my move to Harry's Bar,l| her Shop located at 108 1 1 South Second Street. My i specialty is the flat top. j HARRY'S BARBER SHOP 106 So. 2nd St. BOONE CLEANERS-LAUNDRY 504 Park - Ph. 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