Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 28, 1977 · Page 4
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 4

Garden City, Kansas
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Monday, November 28, 1977
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I'upe 4 (iarden ('icy Telegram Monday, (November 28, 1977 Editorial) Consolidation? Phooey Consolidation of counties has reared its ugly head again. This time the call conies from the student newspaper at Kansas State University, with a strong endorsement from an eastern Kansas editor, who says change is needed in the public interest. The pro-consolidation editorial cited these tired old arguments: — Only four states in the country have more counties than Kansas. — County government has become more of an institution than an efficient level of government. — County lines should be drawn on population not area. — In some western parts of the state finding a town suitable for a county seat is difficult. — Consolidation could reduce costs and lead to government more efficient and responsive. Phooey. How in tarnation do you make local government more responsive by moving it greater distances from people it is supposed to serve? County consolidation in Western Kansas would put many citizens 60 to 70 miles or more from their courthouses. That would be an especially brilliant move in view of the energy-crunch and the rising costs of fuel. Take away the courthouses in sparsely populated counties like Greeley, Wichita, Hamilton, Johnson, Kearny and others and you effectively kill the town, the county seat. A way of life is destroyed. That makes for better government? That's in the public interest? We wonder what they are teaching the kids today. i 6 taff^ iat \\\ (I. h. st. OF COURSE he is in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment, says our irascible brother-in-law from Nebraska, if it means a man will be allowed to shoot hen pheasants. A BAKERY in McCook, Nebr., greeted customers Friday morning with a game day special — cookies in the shape of the state, inscribed with red icing: "Go Big Red." Sweet, but it didn't spell defeat for Oklahoma. TWO PICKUP trucks with Scott County licenses were seen with bumper stickers that didn't mince words: "Let the Bastards Starve," they said. SOME TIME back we listed interesting names of hair cutting and styling shops. Here are more: Hair, Inc., Flashback, Bogart, Head Start, Cutaway, Scissorsmith, Supercut, and Upstairs Downstairs. • "THE JOY of Cooking" is the name of a time-honored cookbook by Irma Rombauer. A decade or so ago a California musical group appropriated the name. Now the group has reorganized under a shortened name, "The Joy." OUR MOM had to admit that the Thanksgiving Day turkey was something of an anti-climax. She'd been on the senior citizen rounds of meeting and eating and already had had four turkey-and-dressing dinners. AFTER A trip through the southwest, including a stop in Las Vegas, she says the games of chance she sampled make the hometown card games seem a little dull. . . and sort of take the zing out of Bingo. NOTHING makes a 10-speed bike become so obsolete as a 16th birthday and an unrestricted driver's license. Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays anu New Year's day. Memorial day Independence day. Thanksgiving day. Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-7105 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 Prazier Le Koy Allnian Editor Managing Editor Ad and Business Manager 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 $2.18 a month plus applicable sales tax. By mail $27.81 a year including postage and applicable sales tax. Local and area college students $15.45, 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 or special dispatches are also reserved. Jim Bishop: Reporter The Trials of Holy Horatio One of the many losing combinations for a man is to be obsessed with a strong conscience and a weak will. This type cannot resist any of the attractive sins and, having recovered from the pleasure, flogs himself to death with guilt. Usually, he is friendless. Horatio Alger is a good example. He wrote stories for boys. They opened with a poor but honest youngster shivering in the snow as he tried to sell a few newspapers so that his mother could afford potatoes to drop into a cauldron of hot water. They closed with the triumph of virtue over avarice; the kid became famous and rich and married the shy, beautiful daughter of the banker. Alger wasn't anything like his heroes. He was, at best, an immoral coward — the worst kind. He was born in Revere, Mass., in January 1834. His father, Dr. Horatio Alger, was a puritanical minister. Anything the boy wanted to do was sinful, and the kid was precocious for openers. His father said that "Holy Horatio" would become a minister. Dr. Alger was showing his son scriptures; the devil was showing dirty pictures. The boy went off to Harvard Divinity School. While trying to save the soul of a jezebel, he tried to marry her. Pop saved him from himself. Horatio dropped out of school and into bad company. The sight of women set him into a frenzy. In 1860, when the South was talking tough and the North was still listening, Alger fled to Paris. He was 26. Whatever it lakes, he had. He prowled the Left Bank in the gaslit nights hunting his prey while, of course, the prey was hunting Horatio. He sinned all night and punched his chest hollow all day. Something had to give. It was his chest. The Civil War was ending when Horatio returned to Brewsler, Mass., and had himself ordained. The Rev. got himself a church but found that he was still revved up. He was preaching against sin and drooling. Horatio told someone that he was losing his mind. He fled to New York. He may have been daffy, but he wasn't a hypocrite. Alger decided to become a fine novelist. He would write great books about the metropolis. The publishers read his manuscripts and held their noses. He moved to a cheap room on the East Side and offered to do charitable work at the Newsboys' Lodging House. He was in a rut. Once more he fled to Paris. There he fell in love with a girl who thought Horatio was the greatest in- vention since gunpowder. Shortly after the honeymoon, our hero was in a hospital classified as "temporarily insane." The word "temporarily" got him out. He skulked off to a sailing vessel and returned to New York. He wrote rags-to- riches novels about the poor newsboys. His books sold for three cents, then five cents in paperback. He wrote "Ragged Dick," "Luck and Pluck," "Tattered Tom," "From Canal Boy to President," "Frank's Campaign or What a Boy Can Do" and 114 others. He wrote as though he had pre-invented Xerox. Alger's books sold in the millions. In time, his conscience won the final battle. He earned a fortune and gave it away faster than the publishers could mail it. The money went to orphan boys and to women of the streets. He loved the city but he haled poverty. The world was harsh, but Horatio wanted to buy consideration, peace and love. He was, in sum, a bit around the bend. At the age of 62, he felt he could write no more. He was broke. His sister had a home in Nalick, Mass. She invited Holy Horatio to spend his final days with her. For three years, he walked the sand dunes. He was a lonely, graying figure wearing a heavy cape, the winter winds tearing at his face and the howl assailing his ears with a promise of punishment to come. He goes down in history as one of the minor mistakes of genetics. Had Horatio been born a hundred years later — 1934 — he would now be publishing his secret diaries. Alger could have become the porno king of the world. Today it would mean more than riches. Who knows? He might have become reborn. . . "The truth is, I'm neither Other Editors] Jack Anderson Senator Is Oil-Stained WASHINGTON - Balding, baby-faced Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Jr., D.-La., a darling of the oil industry, would like to remove some of the oil stain from his public image. This may be difficult to pull off for a senator who has consistently protected oil privileges on Capitol Hill. Only last month, he performed a major act of devotion to the oil and gas interests during the energy debate. Now he's afraid he may have too much oil on his face as he prepares lo confront the voters next year. The senator from Shreveport has decided, therefore, to strike a noble, new pose as a champion of the elderly. Accordingly, he dispatched his press secretary, Kirk Melancon, to develop the new image. Melancon huddled privately with Marcia McCord of the staff of the Senate aging subcommittee. Immodestly, the press agent said it had been his idea to wipe the oil off Johnston's face. "I've told him," said Melancon, "he's got to change his image from all this energy stuff." Melancon felt the "old people issue" would be an ideal way lo do it. The two aides discussed having Johnston join Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo., in holding congressional hearings. Urged Melancon eagerly: "We've got to find a good place a community center, a nursing home or a big nutrition project." He paused. "Now it can't be loo depressing," he cautioned. Ideally, he said, it should be only moderately depressing. "We'll have the senators eating lunch with old people," the press aide suggested. "The media loves that." McCord agreed. "The media will come," she predicted. "Eagleton's attractive. They love to see Ihe senator eating with old people." Of course, all would be losl if the momenlous evenl wasn'l covered on Ihe nelwork news shows. Proposed Melancon: "Now, we'll have the old people talk from 2 lo 4 (p.m.). Every one of Ihem will have a story, so we'll have to cut it short. If we go past 4, it's bye- bye to Ihe lube." Our reporter Julia Keller, afler verifying this fascinating conversation, went to the Iwo aides for their comments. She asked McCord whether Ihe senalors had scheduled Ihe hearing for publicity. "That's part of it," she admitted. But Melancon bristled at the suggestion lhal Johnston was molivated by anything but concern for Ihe elderly. "Thai's ridiculous!" he hissed. "I'm insulted al Ihe suggeslion. I'm nol surprised lhal Jack Anderson would come up wilh something like this!" When Keller confronted him with the exact words he had used, his voice softened. "I don't recall saying that." Then he became suddenly angry again, shouting: "I'm insulted! I am insulted!" SHAH'S SOLICITOR: In an earlier column, we reported thai the shah of Iran has left President Carler with a shopping list for additional jet fighters, radar planes, military transport planes and patrol boats. He is prepared to spend about $8 million in solid petrodollars for the new weaponry. He probably will get his dangerous new toys, although his military forces have been unable to absorb all the modern weapons that the United States has already delivered to Iran. Indeed, Iran has received more U.S. military equipment than any olher nation. The huge arms shipments and technical aid are helping Ihe shah transform his country into a world power. The shah's mililary build-up has upsel neighboring Saudi Arabia, whose oil is vital to U.S. security. The Saudis have sought responsibly to hold down world oil prices. In contrast, the shah originally pushed harder than any other oil potenlale for stratospheric oil prices. Yet despite the misgivings of the Saudis and the economic damage the oil squeeze has caused the United States, the policymakers in Washington have courted the shah obsequiously. The shah, in turn, has courled U.S. policymakers. No olher embassy Ihrows more dazzling parlies for Washington officialdom than does the Iranian embassy. The shah has also developed an intimate personal relationship with the high and mighty in Washington. We wrote earlier about his close association wilh ex-CIA chief Richard Helms, who has now opened a consulling firm with an Iranian name. The shah's relationship with ex-Secretary of State William Rogers is even more curious. Al the State Department, he participated in building up the shah. It was Rogers' lofty purpose to assure that the fabulous oil fields of the Persian Gulf remain under friendly domination. But within three months after Rogers resigned as secretary of state, he turned up as a director of the shah's Pahlavi Foundation. He insisted to our associate Joe Spear at the time that there was no conflict of interest. He FBI Dirty Tricks Documents released this week detailing the FBI "dirty tricks" in Kansas during the late Sixties and early Seventies should have been startling to many. Yet, it was hardly surprising. It has been fairly common knowledge that late FBI kingpin J. Edgar Hoover perceived a danger in the antics and actions of "radicals" — meaning, in his view, most liberals. It is also common knowledge that the FBI, under Hoover's drive and direction, spent an inordinate amount of lime, money and energy calculating and carrying out methods to squash underground and liberal movements on campuses throughout the U.S. What the FBI effort entailed has not often been documented in detail, and still isn't in full, judging from the fact that only part of the "Coinlelpro" files were released (his week. Enough can be seen from the files that were released, however, to show that the vaunted G-men went far beyond the principals in an effort to divide the New Left groups at Kansas and Missouri universities. By mailing anonymous letters to parents of those the FBI wanted to muzzle and disgrace, it is likely that many families also were ripped apart. It should placate the minds of many to think that, with Hoover's death, the dirty tricks were reduced or abandoned. But (hat notion is difficult to buy. — Hays Dally News was merely handling "real estate work" for the foundation, he said. But six months later, in June 1974, we were tracking down rumors that the shah had funneled money into the Richard Nixon campaign. Suddenly out of the woodwork popped Rogers, who categorically denied the story. Nol only did Rogers call us in behalf of the shah but his law firm sent us a followup telegram, declaring that the firm "had been retained by the embassy of Iran" to communicate with us on the Nixon-Shah of Iran story. This intervention seemed to be somewhat removed from "real estate." It also raises two questions. Should Rogers have registered under the law as a foregn agent? And did he violate the law prohibiting former government employees for one year from representing corporations or foreign governments that had come under their jurisdiction? Public Pulse Letter Was Blasphemy (This letter replies to one written by Alex Heard, former Garden Cltian, now attending Vanderbllt University, Nashville, Tenn.) Just where in Sam Hill do you get off writing that piece of trash? You are nothing less than a blasphemer, for your information, wise guy, you still are a "typical smart aleck college student." Making fun of the Lord may be funny to you, but it isn't to me and thousands of other Garden Citians. I notice you write that kind of letter from a faraway big city. Scared maybe? — JOHN GURLEY, 1605 York. m m m :*Mv 1 m November 28 7:00 P.M. — CBS LOGAN'S RUN — A sandman who assumes the idenlily ol dead Runner Hal 14 to lure Logan and Jessica back to the City ol Domes encounters unexpected (rouble alter they all are detained by Matthew 12. the Provider in a dictatorial society. 7:00 P.M. — NBC LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE — At the annual lair ol Mankalo. Mary's shy but determined suitor. Patrick, becomes angry will) his boss and releases a hoi-air balloon, not knowing little Carrie is snoozing in the basket. 7:00 P.M. — ABC THE HONEYMOONERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Thanksgiving is over and Ihe Christmas season begins as Jackie Gleason. Art Carney. Audrey Meadows Jane Kean and Gale Gordon bring these classic comedy characters back to television wilh a version ol A Christmas Carol." 8:00 P.M. — NBC NBC MONDAY MOVIE — "The Hunted Lady 9:00 P.M. - CBS RAFFERTY — Dr. Sid Rallerly is delermined lo prove that a businessman who died in Ihe crash ol a pnvdie aircraft he was piloting did nol commit suicidr. 10:30 P.M. - CIS CBS LATE MOVIE — "McMillan & Wile No Hearts. Mr Flowers" Ch.6KTVCI.CBS) Ch. 11 KGLD (NBCI Ch. 13KUPKIABC) MttelV (In Ulyuo ind Johnson, cable-TV cuilonun receive Denver'! public TV •tattoo on channel 10.1 Monday Cable TV Channel 7 9 p.m. THE AGE OF UNCERTAINTY "The Metropolis" John Kenneth Galbraith takes a look at the modern city—where it came from and where it is going. 10 p.m. THE MERRY WIDOW Presented during FESTIVAL "77, this Moved operetta stars Beverly Sills, Allen Titus and Andrew Foldi. This all- new San Diego Opera Company production features English language lyrics. U a.m. THE DICK CAVETT SHOW Actress Joanne Woodward is the guest. 1 i I I I •:•:•!•: m 11 II

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