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Page 4 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, November 23, 1977 Editorial A Surfeit of Lawsuits Attorney General Griffin Bell says "an explosion" of lawsuits has hit the federal courts and threatens the quality of justice. Federal judges on all levels are overworked because of the case loads and the entire judicial system is bogged down. Bell suggests several ways to ease the case loads, including arbitration of minor cases limiting federal jurisdiction. The drawback with these solutions is that it tosses part of the caseload back on state courts, which also overburdened. In the federal courts, the government itself is causing much of the problem. Almost daily agency rules and regulations printed by petty bureaucrats are challenged in the courts by private citizens, cities, school boards and even states feeling the bite of over-regulation. These court cases range from agencies citing businesses for discrimination to HEW taking on school districts to force busing. Few can disagree with the attorney general that we have a problem in the courts. But the place to start should be obvious to anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with that maze on the banks of the Potomac. Restaurant Stamps? Before the last controversy on food stamps was settled, another bobbed up. Should the stamps be used in restaurants? Hawaii says yes. It authorized the stamps for cafes two years ago. Oregon is experimenting with such use by the elderly poor. The idea has bugs. You can't get as much nutrition for your dollar at a restaurant as at a grocery. Authorizing yet another group to handle the stamps would increase administrative costs. Nonetheless, it may be the most practical way for the elderly to get the nutrition they need. Some, particularly the crippled and arthritic, can't prepare their own meals. "Meals on wheels," which can use the stamps, fill some of the gap, but not every community has this program. At the least, the idea deserves study. s taff^) ia l<\ rl.li. SOME Quickies. . . A FELLOW says he will have Thanksgiving dinner with his wife, four children and three television sets around the table. • FOR something Christmas-y, a food editor suggests green noodles with tomato sauce. • FOR something low-calorie, serve "Skinny Dip" — dry onion soup mixed with plain yogurt. • OR SPINACH Dip, aka "Le Popeye,". . . thaw frozen spinach, squeeze out the water and add mayonnaise. • WHAT WAS Captain Hook's name before the alligator bit his hand off? • AT A "New Old-Fashioned Christmas show" in the American Spirit gallery in a mall at Washington D.C.'s Watergate, 28 artists are exhibiting. Among them is Grandma Moses' great-grandson. He paints. • IF YOU are a painter, perhaps you will want for Christmas a white cloth painter's cap with "Van Gogh" printed on it ($7.95). • ALSC TO be had (for $125) are gold- plated hard hats with the name of the wearer engraved. • WHAT DO you say to an athiest when he sneezes? • IF YOU'RE making your list, check these suggestions: a Farrah Fawcett- Majors bean bag chair, a dyed skunk vest, and a special pillow to leave teeth in for the tooth fairy. • PEOPLE who are wild about the King Tut exhibits now in this country have been called "Tutnuts." ;• GEMS FOR two seasons: A "winter diamond" can be had for a lot of ice — $45,000; and a "spring sapphire" will cost $23,500 in long green. • WATCH FOR a book, "The Power of Positive Nonsense." Art Buchwald Writes:- Explaining Thanksgiving (About 10 years ago, a Bedouin tribesman stumbled into a cave near the Dead Sea. Much to his surprise he found a dozen scrolls dating from 70 A.D. But more important he came across an ancient column showing how Americans -in those days explained Thanksgiving Day to the French. It was considered the archaeological find of the century.) One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Dormant. Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims (Pelerins) who fled from L'Angleterre before the McCarran Act to found a colony in the New World (le Nouveau Monde), where they could shoot Indians (Les Peaux-Rouges) and eat turkey (dinde) to their hearts content. They landed at a place called Plymouth (now a famous voiture Americaine in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower or Fleur de Mai in 1620. But while the Pelerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing the Pelerins, and there were several hard winters ahead for both of them. The only way the Peaux-Rouges helped the Pelerins was when they taught them to grow corn (mais). The reason they did this was because they liked corn with their Pelerins. In 1623, after another harsh year, the Pelerins' crops were so good that they decided to have a celebration and give thanks because more mais was raised by the Pelerins then Pelerins were killed by Peaux-Rogues. Every year on le Jour de Merci Donnant parents tell their children an amusing story about the first celebration. It concerns a brave capitaine named Miles Standish (known in France as Kilometres Deboutish and a young, shy lieutenant named Jean Alden. Both of them were in love with a flower of Plymouth called Priscilla Mullens (no translation). The vieux capitaine said to the jeune lieutenant: "Go to the damsel Priscilla (allez tres vite chez Priscilla), the loveliest maiden of Plymouth (la plus jolie demoiselle de Plymouth). Say that a blunt old captain, a man not of words but of action (un vieux Fanfan la Tulipe), offers his hand and his heart, the hand and heart of a soldier. Not in these words, you know, but this, in short, is my meaning. "I am a maker of war (je suis un fabricant de la guerre) and not a maker of phrases. You, bred as a scholar (vous, qui etes pain comme un etudiant), can say it in elegant language, such as you read in your books of the pleadings and wooings of lovers, such as you think best adapted to win the heart of the maiden." Although Jean was fit to be tied (com/enable a etre em- balle), friendship prevailed over love and he went to his duty. But instead of using elegant language, he blurted out his mission. Priscilla was muted with amazement and sorrow (rendue muette par I'etonnement et la tristesse). At length she exclaimed, interrupting the ominous silence: "If the great captain of Plymouth is so very eager to wed me, why does he not come himself and take the trouble to woo me?" (Ou est- il, le vieyx Kilometres? Pourquoi ne ient-il pas aupres de moi pour tenter sa chance?) Jean said that Kilometres Deboutish was very busy and didn't have time for those things. He staggered on, telling what a wonderful husband Kilometres would make. Finally Priscilla arched her eyebrows and said in a tremulous voice: "Why don't you speak for yourself, Jean?" (Chacun a son gout.) And so, on the fourth Thursday in November, American families sit down at a large table brimming with tasty dishes, and for the only time during the year eat better than the French do. No one can deny that le Jour de Merci Donnant is a grand fete and no matter how well fed American families are, they never forget to give thanks to Kilometres Deboutish, who made this great day possible. Jack Anderson Coffee Buyers FillAmin's Coffers WASHINGTON Americans who drink Maxwell House, Nescafe, Taster's Choice, Yuban and Sanka coffee are unwittingly helping to prop up the repressive regime of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. For years, more than 35 Amerian companies have been buying coffee beans from the Ugandan government. Last year, more than 86 percent of Uganda's export earnings came from the sale of coffee, much of it to the United States. In the first half of this year alone, U.S. coffee firms funneled $150 million into Amin's coffers. Most of the money, our sources say, is used to finance Amin's soldiers and policemen, who have reportedly slaughtered at least 150,000 Ugandans. We have obtained a secret list of American companies which have been buying coffee from Uganda. During 1975 and 1976, the biggest American buyer of Amin's beans was the Folger Coffee Co., a subsidiary of Procter and Gamble. The firm paid Uganda $33 million for 53 million pounds of coffee. General Foods Corp., which markets such popular brands as Maxwell House, Yuban, Sanka and Brim, forked over $28 million for 45 million pounds of coffee.The Nestle Co. Inc., the well-known chocolate company, has paid the Amin regime $15 million for coffee for its Nescafe, Taster's Choice and Nestle brands. Spokesmen for Folger and General Foods said they would comply with any government ban on Ugandan coffee. A Nestle spokesman told us the company was "aware of the atrocities committed by the Amin regime." He insisted, however, that a ban on Ugandan imports would "strengthen the hand" of Latin American nations which have jacked up coffee prices. Coca Cola, Hills Bros., Green Giant, ACLI Sugar, Saks International and 28 other firms also have purchased coffee from Uganda, according to the secret list. Rep. Don Pease, D.-Ohio, who is fighting for a ban on all U.S. imports of Ugandan coffee, plans to make the list public soon. However, the outraged Pease was rebuffed when he tried to convince the Carter 'administration to support a boycott of Ugandan coffee. "A boycott would certainly be consistent with the Administration's worldwide human rights commitment," declared Assistant Secretary of State Douglas Bennet in a private letter to Pease, but it "would be neither advisable nor likely to be effective." Amin would try to exploit a boycott to his own advantage, the State Department fears, by making himself "appear to be a Third World target of Western pressure and selective morality." Added Bennel: "Amin himself would certainly attempt to portray a boycott in his light." U.S. Officials are also worried that a boycot might prompt Amin to retaliate against the 240 Americans living in Uganda. The coffee companies, meanwhile, claim that Ugandan imports hold down the cost of coffee from other nations. But the Agriculture I Public Pulse Sebelius Hasn't Been Listening Department has privately concluded that the effect on U.S. prices "would most likely not be very great." Most informed sources believe that a U.S. boycott of Ugandan coffee could weaken Amin's stranglehold on his country. TOUCH OF HEAVEN— On a government organization chart, the venerable Arthur Burns would rank his beloved Fed somewhere between the White House and the Kingdom of Heaven. The Fed, of course, is the Federal Reserve Board, which seems to have divine powers over monetary matters. Some congressmen, who would like to bring the Fed back down to earth, are trying to open its records to a General Accounting Office audit. This has outraged the pipe- puffing, professorial Burns who looks upon the move as sheer sacrilege. The House voted by an overwhelming 336 to 24, nevertheless, to subject the Fed to at least some legislation. The practical effect was to delay at least for a while the passage of any bill authorizing government auditors to inspect the Fed's books. GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM Published daily except Sundays and New Year's day, . Memorial day, Independence day. Thanksgiving day.' Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company • .'i» 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 Second class postage has been paid in Garden City, Kan. Publication Identification Number 213600 Fred Brooks John Frailer Le Roy Allman Editor Managing Editor Ad »nd Business Mgr. Congressman Keith Sebelius was vague in expressing his support for the agriculture farm strike at his Hays new conference (Nov. 14), but he did confirm one of the striker's premises: that Washington and current politicians there have been ineffective in solving farm and rural problems. After nine years in Congress, Mr. Sebelius likes to emphasis his political power by his senior membership on the agriculture committee and friends he has made in Congress; but he admits that most of his amendments to the 1977 farm bill were cut from the formal draft. What good has Mr. Sebelius's seniority and friendly influence been to Western Kansas? That bill seems to be a fair test of political power. At the conference, Mr. Keith G. Sebelius expressed concern that farmers across the nation have had to resort to "militant organizations" to try to achieve their parity goals, but refuses to candidly admit that he may be partially to blame for their last ditch efforts because of ineffective representation of their wishes. Slate Senator Norvell may have been correct in assessing that Mr. Sebelius's interest has not been with the farmer, but rather with special interests (probably groups like large grain brokers, for instance). Well, the Farm Strike is anything but a militant group of farmers. It is, rather, an outgrowth of hard-working people who have been stifled by an unresponsive, ineffective representation of their problems. Mr. Sebelius would like to ignore that. Farmers have been talking about parity problems for years...but no one was listening. Mr. Sebelius would like to ignore that, too. Mr. Keith G. Sebelius has been absent from Washington meetings frequently, so even if he had listened, he cut his time short to relay what he knew. Examine his attendance record on the House floor and committees. House floor and in committees. Mr. Sebelius wants another chance to represent us as Congressman, and who wouldn't try to justify his existence in a job that pays nearly $50,000 a year? But Mr. Sebelius has not been listening. Examine his voting record in an off-election year. He is our employee; we hire him to express our desires in Washington and make laws by which we can live...or at least, survive. Time has told us more about Mr. Sebelius than Mr. Sebelius ever will. He has had nine years to represent people instead of securing his political career. He has chosen to try to do the latter. We feel it is time for a Congressman who will listen, who owes no one political favors that come with time, who is not afraid to stand up to big interests in Washington, who will not stand for a government that suppresses the people's voice and who can say "let the people make the laws by which they must live." For what is good for the people will be good for a government of the people, but what is good for a government which will not listen will not always be good for the people. — MR. and MRS. STAN TEASLEY, 404 W. 8th, Hays, Ks.. Thereafter Percy, with Ribicoff's advice and consent, requested hearings on the .TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City $2.67 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. By carrier in other cities where service is available J2.18 a month plus applicable sales tax. , By mail (27.81 a year including postage an.d. applicable sales tax. Local and area-college students 115.45, including postage and applicable sales tax for 9-month school year.. By motor car delivery per month $3.00 including applicable sales tax. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP news and dispatches. All rights of publication of special .dispatches are also reserved. . Ttoi§ht's m A Tale of Two Meetings To the Women of Garden City: Two great forces of American women met in Houston Texas this weekend. Protecting the Unborn Again the cry goes out that the cutting off of welfare funds for abortions is discrimination against poor women. This protest comes, as usual, from the wealthy and influential who are considering the economic factor not the moral one. If they had any real compassion for the poor they would try to relieve their poverty by some means other than genocide. It is passing strange that, many who oppose capital punishment for convicted murders, favor capital punishment by any means and without a trial for our defenseless, innocent unborn, who by all biological standards are fully human and fully alive. Is it that the pro- abortionists do not accept the biological facts or, are they so callous toward human life that they adopt a "so what" attidude. We must stop our government from imposing the morals of the pro-abortionists upon our country for, that is what they are doing when they use our tax money to counsel and pay for abortions. Write your Representative asking him to vote for the Hyde amendment. It reads "None of the funds in this Act (H.E.W.) shall be used to perform abortions, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term." In the first district write Rep. Keith G. Sebelius, 1211 Longworth, House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515, before Nov. 27. — HAROLD STICKNEY, 2108 B. The one that met in the Colosseum was called the National Women's Conference. It was made possible by the appointment of Bella Abzug by the President, and the funding of $5,000,000 for its success. The delegates from the 50 states were chosen from earlier meetings held in each state earlier in this year. The proposals were presented to the women attending these meetings, they were not started there. The same porposals were voted on at this National Women's Conference and approved of by the majority of votes, made up of followers of Bella Abzug. This woman acquired the money from Congress with the stipulation that the proposals and the voters would be on the "equality for women" basis. This proved to be a hoax. This meeting was well covered by the press, both TV and Newspapers. The other meeting for American women was held in the Astroarena, a huge building that sits next to the Astrodome. There were 8,000 women seated another 2,000 women standing in the aisles and on the floor around the seating, and another 1,000 women outside the main room of the building (used for circus rings and such) and another 2,000 estimated that were outside the building that did not leave for those four hours, although they could not hear what was going on inside! When the roll of states was called, everyone was represented. This meeting was called in protest. Protest to the publicized thinking and action of Bella Abzug and her few followers who claim they want "Equal Rights for Women". This meeting was attended by all of these women and some men, who want our Nation to know that they do anot agree with Bella Abzug or her tactics. You who watched on TV could tell that she was not agreed with. The Pro-Family Rally was attended by 100 percent who want continued Freedom for women, privacy of established homes, and protection for the children already born, and those who may be in the future. — BEAULAH ASHBURN, 117 Hazel. 1 m Wft II 1 m m November 23 7:00 P.M. — CBS ONCE UPON A BROTHERS GRIMM,— Dean Jones, Paul Sand star in the story of the brothers who collected legends and lore that became world-famous fairy tales — incorporating many characters from the tales themselves — will be told with songs by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Mitch Leigh. 7:00 P.M. — ABC EIGHT IS ENOUGH — "All's Fair in Love and War." Tom's liberal attitudes are put to the test when he suspects a romance between his daughter, Mary, and the black son of an old Army pal. 8:00 P.M. — NBC NBC WEDNESDAY MOVIE — "The Last of the Mohicans." 9:00 P.M. — ABC BARETTA — "Hot Horse." Baretta's senior citizen friends, Sam and Leo, hide the world's most valuable race horse in their apartment after stealing the steed from a horsethief. 10:30 P.M. — CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 — When an infant is snatched from his stroller in Honolulu, McGarrett waits for a ransom demand. But when he doesn't receive one, he becomes suspicious and his investigation leads to a child- stealing racket organized by a "legitimate" attorney. 10:30 P.M. - »BC STARSKY & HUTCH — "Savage Sunday." Detectives Starsky and Hutch spend a frenzied Sunday afternoon in pursuit of two homicidal robbers who don't know their stolen car contains a powerful lime bomb set to explode later that day. 11:30 P.M. — CBS CBS LATE MOVIE — "She Cried Murder." 11:30 P.M. — ABC MYSTERY OF THE WEEK — "Nick and Nora." Ch.6KTVC(CBS) Ch. 11 KGLD(NBC) Ch. 13KUPKIABC) Public IV (In Ulysses and Johnson, cable-TV customers receive Denver's public TV station oo channel 10.) Wednesday Cable TV Channel 7 9 p.m. GREAT PERFORMANCES: THEATER IN AMERICA "The Seagull" Blythe Danner, Lee Grant, Frank Langella an dMariah Mercer star in Anton Chekov's late 19th century classic about man's propensity for destroying those he is closest to. m I

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