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editorials Page 4 I lly Trlrgrnm Wedn«sda^, August 14, 1963 Big Balls of Mud "D esponsible criticism of govfcrnment Is one thing. Name-calling invective is another. For years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has •wavered between the two, but lately seemed to be veering toward the side of objectivity, or at least of sweet reasonableness. The Chamber's president, a Delaware banker, this week punchnred that balloon with a speech worthy of a candidate for governor of Mississippi. He said Congressmen have been turned into "bagmen," which is a slang description of a person who collects cash for racketeers. He accused voters of accepting bribes for their ballots in form of local public improvements with federal financing. He accused both parties of buying votes, and of immorality. He particularly criticized spending for the Area Redevelopment program, and its retaining efforts for the unemployed, although he ignored participation by many local Chamber of Commerce in this effort. What any . lobbyist, which the president of the U.S. Chamber essentially is, hopes to achieve by hurling such big balls of mud without specifying a target is difficult to fathom. Certainly he will win no friends in Congress for the Chamber's program. Certainly he will not win sympathy from voters who are accused of casting their ballots tinder the spell of a Congressman's magic dollar wand. The real difficulty with such statements, however, is that they point fingers in all directions except toward solution of national problems, and offer no suggestions except to shut up shop and dissolve into anarchy. The president of the U.S. Chamber has done himself, his organization, and the nation a disservice. Near-Sic/hfedness ^ county commissioner in Reno County voted against his county's new budget because it contained a l-mill levy for a new jail. His stand, he claimed, reflected the wishes of his rural constituents against spending money on what might become a city-county jail. This attitude is much too typical. Many citizens Mink in the restrictive confines of their own pastures., and their vision fails to focus across the fences. Those serving on local governing bodies often wear a chip on their shoulder. More often than not a sense of competition and even bitterness develops between governing groups. Lost in the short-sightedness is the over-all picture of using the tax dollars, which come from the same pockets, for the benefit of all and more efficiently. Why shouldn't one jail serve both the city and county. We have advocated it for Garden City and Finney County — a move which will save both the city and rural taxpayer money over the long haul. It makes so much sense that one wonders why we continue, as citizens, to let the present situation continue. The cry for decreased spending and more efficiency in government is heard from every corner. Yet these same taxpayers who voice so much concern over a misspent dollar will vscream at the thought of such n sound suggestion as a city-county jail. It's easy to cry from the wilderness against the relatively-remote actions in Washington. But it appears to be almost impossible to change. Uli ie WHEN IT comes right down to it, the thing that bothers IKS most about the quarrels and battles between our children is having to listen to all the conflicting reports on "who started it." * * * FIVE BLACK, fluffy kittens are ready to give away at the C. T. Bennett home, 410 North Third. (Phone 6-4896). They are two months old, housetrained, and pretty. Their mother is Siamese. * * * ABOUT TWO weeks ago a class ring was found by Mrs. Austin Kiohl. It has the letter "D" on it (Dighton, Dodge, Deerfield?), and as nearly as can be mode out the initials inside are "M. S." It's a girls ring and has a blue stone. If it's yours, call 6-1275 daytimes or 6-4270 in the evening. * * * IN A small Colorado town we saw a grocery store painted so very purple it'd turn Harold Stoner green, * + * "JUST BECAUSE the Declaration d. h. °f Independence says everyone is entitled to the pursuit of happine.ss, it doesn't mean the government should finance the chase." — A. W. Quattk'buum in the Pike County Journal, Zebulon, Ga. * * * AS WE pulled the sprinkler to another browning 1 spot of blue grass and cursed the hot ol' summertime, there came wafting acmss the heat wave an uncertain, but loud, trumpet bleating out "We Three Kings of Orient Are." The incongruity of it was enough to make us shift from an August "Bah! Humbug" to "Ho Ho Ho." * * * IN IPSWICH, England, an application of tenants to change the name of their road to Cowper-Close was turned down by the housing committee. So their address remains Maiidy-Close even though the staid residents feel that's too close to Mandy Kice-Davies. 'Want To Transfer To My School, Kid?" feftftfea' Hal Boyle Soys: It's Time Again to Brush Up On Conversational Double-Talk NEW YORK (AP) _ It's time to brush up on your double talk. Double talk, you will recall, is one of the highest art form., of modern civilization. It is the ability to say one thing clearly and convincingly— while actually you are thinking just th c opposite. Anyone today who says exactly what he means, and means exactly what he says, is hopelessly neanderthal or wildly eccentric. To get along with the other fellow, you tell him what he wants to hear — and keep your honest opinions to yourself. Truth is for polar bears; people can't stand the strain of it. They prefer the illusion of truth. for those who haven't learned how to play the game, here are a few examples of double talk- followed, parenthetically, by literal translations: "It's a lovehy roast, but I think I've had plenty." (Cut me another piece, stupid, or are you try- Ing to save it all for th e dog?) "Oh, here comes the waiter now with the bill Shall we go dutch, Mabel?" '(Pick up the check, 'you henna-haired Midas. You know I bought lunch the last time). "Yep, reverend, that was a real inspirational sermon. I got a lot out of it." (What the devil was he mumbling about, anyway?) "What a cute kid! He's a splitting image of you, Bill." (What do you call him—'slobbering Wlllie'?) "It's not just the money, boss, I feel I deserve a raise as a matter of principle." (It' s the money). Gee, Mortens*, I could just sit and look at you al] evening." "(But how about a little action, baby? I'm slowly falling alseep.) "It is now my pleasure to yield the floor to my esteemed colleague—." (Old blabbermouth always has to get his two cents Worth in.) "Well, I guess I will have just one more for the road, Bob. Make it light." (But at least wet the bottom of the glass this time. You pour liquor like it wa s priceless glue.) "Please stop,' Hector, or I'll scream." (Thank heavens, I've got laryngitis.) "I think a little extra weight on a man makes him look more attractive." But not when he %1- ready looks like a walrus.) "Wonderful party. Where'd you find so many interesting people to invite?" (Th c zoo? The bowery: The city dump?) —Whether buying or selling, use Want Adsl Garden City Telegram Published Dully Exe»pt Sunday «nd Fiv-e Holidays Tearlr by The Telegram Publishing Company at 117 East _ _ __ Chestnut ' ____ __ Bill Brown ...'. ____ ™ _____ .IT.. ____ ...... Kdltot Marvin Smith .. Adrertliilng M»n«t*t Member ol the AmoclMed Treti The Associated Press Is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all the local news printed In this newspaper a* well as all AP new* and dispatches. All rights of publlcat- also reserved. Terms of SnbicMptlon By carrier a month In Garden City, J1.65, payable t o carrier In advanc*. By carrier In other cities whert service Is available, 30c per w«ek. By mall to other addresses In Tinner. Lnne, Scott, Wichita, Greeley, Ham,.ton, Kearay, Grant. Haskell aad Gray counties. $9.00 per year; elsewhere $16.00 per year. Second class postage paid at warden City Hanson. If Tdlegram motor carrier service Is required to hav« publication-day delivery by mall In cities that have local carrier service, local carrier . fttea apply. PciTT Drew Pearson Reports Late Senator Kefauver Never Bowed to Bosses By JACK ANDERSON (Editor's Note: Drew Pearson has gone abroad to interview world leaders and report on th« prospects for p e ace. The Washington scene is covered by his associate, Jack Anderson.) WASHINGTON — If President Kennedy should choose to expand his book, "Profiles In COUP ago," I suggest he write about the only man who ever bested him in politics, who took the vice presidential nomination away from him in 195G: the late Sen. Estcs Kefauver (D-Tcnn.). . This Lincoln of a man. homespun, ungainly, often stood alone in the United States Senate. But he stood tall. Consider these flashbacks: Flashback, 195G — Kefauver dug deep into his own pocket, mortgaging his home and hiring out as a lecturer, to pay off old campaign bills. Yet as a presidential candidate in 1956, despite hi s campaign poverty, he refused a $10,000 contribution with strings attached. All he had to do was condemn, in a public speech, a United Nations pronouncement against Israel. This would be worth $10,000 to his destitute campaign, he was told. But Kefauver, though pro-Israel, refused to bargain for his contributions. Flashback, 1954 — the late Senator Joe McCarthy threatened to attack Kofavuer in Tennesee, painting him as a political pink, if Kefauver accepted an invitation to speak aganst McCarthy in Wisconsin. Elites took up Hip warning with his staff, listened silently as each one bogged him not to pick a fight with McCarthy on the eve of the Tennessee elections. He thanked them for their advice, then quietly announced his decision: MlCarlhy is bad for the country. 1 reckon I'll have to say so." Flashback, 1954 — Stung by charges thi\v were soft on Communism, Democratic Senators introduced a bill' to outlaw the Communist Party and dared the Republicans to vote for it. This would have subjected people to prosecution because of their political beliefs. But the Republicans accepted the challenge and lined up unanimously with the democrats for the bill. Only Kefauver, refusing to play polities, stood against it. His anguished political. advisers warned that his stand would be misinterpreted back home, Evangelist Billy Graham To Start Crusade in LA LOS ANGKLKS (AP)—Evangelist Billy Graham, in Los Angeles to begin a crusade Thursday, told a news conference: "The fact that so many people are praying together and working together is going to be reflected in results here." He saiii Los Angeles "has the •nost affluent society and the highest standard of living on record, and yet its divorce courts are filled, its juvenile hall facilities taxed, and if Los Angeles had a real spiritual awakening it would influence the world." that h e would be called a Red. He would return from Chss Somx? seven million pigs are fattened annually in Denmark. "The least you can do," begged a friend, phoning from Tennessee, "is duck out on the vote." Brit the final roll call was 81 to 1; Kefauver was the lone dissenter. (Later, thc bill was pigeonholed after FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover joined Kefauver in warning that it not only would be unconstitutional but would drive tlwj Communists underground.) Flashback, 1952 — In the presidential race, Kefauver bucked the party bosses, beat all comers in the primaries, and entered the Democratic convention with the most pledged delegates. Still, he needed more support to win the nomination. Texas governor Allen Shivers, boss of the big Texas delegation, chose this crucial moment to pay a secret call on Kefauver. Shivers wanted to know how the Senator felt about turning the tidelands over to the states, so the big oil companies could drill for oil. Would Kefauver agree to let Congress decide the issue and not use the veto if he were elected President? No, said Kefauver. Would Kefauver agree to turn off shore oil over to the states wilh'n a three-mile limit? No, Keic'iuver said again. Thus Texas slipped irretrievably from his grasp. And he lost thc nomination on the third ballot after leading the first two. Flashback, 1950 — Digging into organized crime, Kefauver turned over a compost pile of gangland — political connections. Deep in the pile was a $2,500 contribution tii at crime ezar Frank Costello had given to the democratic National Committee in 1947. "Is this to be brought out at ho public hearings?" demanded Democratic leaders. "It is," said the Senator. And it was. Flashback, 1949 — Though a southerner, Kefauver managed to stir up the mighty wrath of the south by supporting Civil Rights legislation. Whan a resolution was offered to curb Senate filibusters, Kefauver at once announced support for it. Thus tlia Senate was treated to the unusual spectacle of a Senator speaking with southern accent, against the filibuster. Flashback 1920 — Kefauver came out of the Tennessee hills to the "Jnjversity of Tennessee, a straw suitcase in one hand, a cap perched atop his head. Tightly drawn against hi s huge bulk was an ill-fitting suit, which seemed red in one light, green in an- 01 lu r. Across his chest in a neat row were all the ribbons Est3s ha. accumulated for perfect at tendance at Sunday School. Hi was greeted by a cousin. Thomas Walker, who dutifiully brought Kefauver into his fraternity. That alternating red-ami- l.ri'in, mail-order suit offended the eyes of Estes' fraternity brothers. (Not to mention his yellow shoes, his shunken cap, his array of Sunday School pins.) Solemnly, they conspired to swipe Kefauver's colorful clothes and force him to buy a new wardrobe. Thus began the mystery of the missing duds, which was to puzzle Este s throughout his freshman year. to find a pair of orange socks gone. A week later his shoes disappeared. Then his cap. And one night, while he slept, the miracle suit of two colors vaulted into the night. From this unlikely beginning, Estes Kefauver went on to bt- comp editor of the college ne'.vs- papei president of the junior class, president of the All-Students Club, president of the Southern Federation of College Students, and a football star wh.j earned the affectionate nickname, "Old Ironsides." TJe continued on to Yale and academic glory. He became a corporation lawyer, a congressman, a senator find a presidential candidate. But he never lost touch with the Tennessee hills, with the everyday people who make up the Backbone of America. They are the ones now who will imiss him the most. PEACE CORPS PLACEMENT TEST (NON-COMPETITIVE) AUG. 24,1963-8:30 A. M. AT THE Garden City Post Office More than 4,000 Peace Corps Volunteers are needed to meet urgent requests from developing nations in South America, Africa and Asia. To be considered for training programs you should take the non-competitive placement test August 24. Either send a completed application to the Peace Corps before the test, or fill one out and submit it at the time you take the test, for an application, or more information, write the Peace Corps, or see your local Postmaster. PEACE CORPS Washington 25, D. C. ^ Published as a public service in cooperation with The Advertising Council Going on a Vacation? DON'T STOP YOUR PAPER! Use the "LAY-AWAY" or the "MAIL-AWAY" plan! These two Telegram vocation order plans assure you of the "home town" news at no extra charge while you enjoy your vacation. LAY-A-WAY If your vacation travels do not permit The Telegram to be mailed to your vacation address, let us "lay-away" your copies while you are gone. When you return home, phone TKe Telegram and all back copies will be delivered promptly. No copies will be left on your porch while you are away. They will be saved for you by the circulation department for delivery at one time when you return home. MAIL-A-WAY If your vacation plans call for a week or more at one address, have The Telegram mailed to your vacation address—and enjoy all the homo town news while you are away. Give your vacation mail address to the circulation department, phone BR 6-3232. Upon your return home, your carrier will resume delivery to your door. Vacationers . . . don't miss the happenings at home and the daily features of Th* Telegram while away on vacation ... use the "lay-away" or "mail-away" plan! There's no extra charge for these special service! . . . the regular rate applies to either plan. Contact The Telegram circulation department, phono BR 6-3232. , The Garden City Telegram

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