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Page 4 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, November 30,1977 Editorial ' Bennett's War Gov. Bennett ended whatever suspense there was about his political plans with the announcement he would run for reelection instead of the Senate. One of the reasons he gave for his decision was that he can do more as governor to fight the encroachment of "new federalism" upon the states. That has a nice ring, because Washington is a convenient target, but what it translates to only the governor knows. What we do know is that Uncle Sam, with all his red tape and with all the frustrations of dealing with his bloated bureaucracies, cares more about the needs of local government in Kansas than does the governor. Bennett has been adamant about turning more state dollars back to financially squeezed cities and counties. He says local government should stand on its own feet. In this community alone, federal dollars (revenue sharing and community development funds) have built Exhibition Hall, helped pay for a golf course, park improvements, a sewer lift station and an enlarged disposal plant, part of the Mary street construction. The list is long. Without federal dollars, it is doubtful the community could have afforded these many improvements because the property tax — local government's prime source of revenue — has reached the point it has become confiscatory. Cities and counties that have benefitted from federal aid must wonder about the governor's declaration of war on their chief source of outside income. ff^ ia e |{\ (I. h. WHY don't we wonder why there's so little guilt around? RESEARCH psychiatrist Dr. Robert Coles, author of "Children of Crisis," asked "this question'in a speech he gave at a National Education Association conference recently. ^ HE GAVE the case history of a boy who, at the age of 10, questioned the low wages and substandard living conditions of the workers employed on his father's large holdings in Florida. When he voiced his opinions in class, the teacher was disturbed and the school principal was dismayed. They told the boy's father. The family held a conference and hired a psychiatrist. After two years of regular appointments with the professional, the boy was pronounced "cured." He doesn't feel the conflicts now*hat he did at 10. He is a "normal" person. He knows how to "cope" with his conscience and with the prevailing powers and principalities. 0 "WHY," Dr. Coles asked, "doesn't Dr. Spock spend more time with moral sensibility instead of just telling parents how to ease up sometimes on their children so they are not burdened with guilt. "Is it our job," he wonders, "to attenuate people's guilts, or would it be a better world if some of us were a little more guilty and worried and conflicted?" SUCH things as sensitivity groups, est, TM and the like tell us what to think and feel and help make us cool and collected with the result that we are a people mired in malignant self-centeredness. "The endless dwelling on one's own feelings and fantasies characterizes too much of the population that's called privileged in this society," Coles charged. "WHAT WE might be better off with in this country is more inner conflict, more conflicted and anguished people. Remember Abraham Lincoln in anguish?" he asked. "How fortunate this nation is that he wasn't sent off to some group sensitivity session to get over it." SOMETHING is wrong, the psychiatrist believes, with a society whose members are endlessly preoccupied with feeling better, rather than obsessed with making the world better. IN SHORT. . . what we need are fewer "well-adjusted" people. "IT wouldn't be bad if we had a few more obsessions — those things we're all trying to get rid of — and if some of us began to think it's important to sacrifice, to struggle, to be in conflict .within a society that is itself in conflict, to know pain, even the pain of others, and be moved to struggle on behalf of others." 'Jim Bishop: Reporter- A Matter of Elimination Ed Feely has a tolerant eye for Kojak. Telly Savalas is fun to watch, but lieutenants are never insolent to their superiors. Feely was assistant chief inspector in charge of Homicide Manhattan East. His men addressed him with respect, even when they thought he was wrong. There are more than one million people living and working in Manhattan East. Ed brought a good sense of humor to his work, which was murder. If he was unable to laugh, he might have been taken away. His district ranged from the lower East Side, where the desperately poor kill for profit, on up through well- heeled Sutton Place and Park Avenue, where the same crime may be done for love — or lack of it, on up to Harlem, where it can be accomplished for being overdue on a loan payment. Ed Feely enjoyed mathematics. When a murder was committed, all the chief had to do was eliminate 999,999 persons and he had his man. Or woman. No burning of rubber skidding around corners. No rooftop races roaring "Freeze!" No sarcasm. He was lying in bed one night thinking of a little black girl. Her name was Robin Joyner. She was four years " old. She clung to her mother because she didn't remember her father. Robin lived in a flat at Seventh Avenue and 146th Street. The neighborhood women said she was a sweet girl. Whatever momma told her was gospel. After school she went out to play. The weather was chilly. Robin wore a brown cloth coat. She grabbed the hand of her cousin and edged out between two parked cars. • The cousin saw the taxi coming. It was fast. He dropped Robin's hand and leaned back against a fender. The cab hit Robin and she skidded down the pavement on her face. The driver stopped. He jumped out. People were watching. He was a big Negro. "Don't worry," he said. "She ain't hurt bad. I'll take her to the hospital." He picked up a 35- pound doll. He got in and drove off. It was a good gesture. The cousin ran upstairs and told Mrs. Joyner. She ran to the street. She was a plump woman. Tears made satin furrows in her skin. She ran to the nearest hospital. Nurses soothed her hysteria. They had no little black girl; no taxi driver. Robin's momma tried all the hospitals along the East Side. No one had seen her child. She went home. Two hours later, police called. They had found Robin. Someone had placed her body in front of the rear wheels of a parked truck. If the driver had moved the vehicle, he would have sworn he killed a youngster. The medical examiner said that Robin would have died in 30 minutes of internal hemorrage in any case. It had been an accident. However, the taxi driver had tried to place the blame on a truck driver. He had not taken the child to a hospital. That's hit- and-run. Hit-and-run can be homicide. Feely sat behind his command desk and began the game of mathematics. He had seven witnesses to the accident. Each was positive. The cab was a Chevy. It was Fairlane. It was a Plymouth. The driver was six feet and dark. He was six-four and light. He was nervous. He was compassionate. He wore a sweater. A long coal. The chief called his assistants. They eliminated 975,000 persons who do not drive taxis in Manhattan East. They were down to 25,000 persons. They cut out 17,000 while drivers. They were down to 8,000. They called the laxi companies and eliminated all drivers who were not working that afternoon between four and five. They also discarded all black drivers who had old hacks and those who drove in boroughs other than Manhattan. "Okay," Feely said. "We have 140 suspects." His detectives questioned those and narrowed the field to 26 drivers who cruised the Harlem area in the afternoon. The detectives were ordered to find these men and demand alibis. Airtight alibis. The suspects began to sweat. The late afternoon had been slow in Harlem. All of them had trip records which showed fares picked up and discharged. On the other hand, much of their lime was spent cruising slowly up one street and down another. There was no record of thai. The alibis were weak. Only one of Ihe 26 could truly ac- counl for Ihe whole afternoon. He was a big man who had spent the hours between three and five in Ihe cab company garage washing and waxing his hack. No one remembered seeing him. Feely smiled. "Bring me the guy with the perfect alibi," he said. He gol his man. It's a dull business... lesseD are eace- Public Pulse Taxes Due Should Be Put in Writing " . . . for they shall be called |ARABIC EXPLETIVES DaETTO|!!!" Jack Anderson Carter Losing His Zeal In one way I agreed wilh your editorial of Friday Ihe 25th. There should be more publicity on what home buyers must be accountable to pay and this was lacking and a large number of recent home buyers were caught up in assessments that had not been explained from any source. It would clear up such misunderstandings, if it was mandatory that the developer or seller, when not the same, was held accountable to put in writing lo the buyer that any and all assessments not yet paid was presented and explained. When I bought our house it was in our contract that the street and curb and gutter was yet to be paid, and that the seller had the choice on the one he was to pay. However, none of Ihe other assessments were mentioned or discussed. A first time buyer of a home in a newly developed area could not be aware of these assessments, so that pul a lol of us in your slated "ignoranl" class. I have been forlunale lo have owned homes in Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iwo in Kansas, yes here in Garden City, and never fortunale enough to have a NEW home in a new area. Now, I am' called ignorant, which I resent, and for many of my good new neighbors. Seems benefit districts are set up at the City Hall, as Saturday's paper has a column on city commission decisions, wherein the east end of Harding Slreel expenses will be paid by Ihe cily at large. What happened lo Ihe stale law on who benefits were lo be assessed? This looks like Ihe "Old Shell Game" of now you see it and now you don't. I look forward lo your ex- planalion, as I am sure many others will be too. — R. L. (BUD) HUDSPETH, 1616 Anderson. (The editorial slaled: "In general, there is much ignorance about special taxes." No one was called "ignoranl." Cily hall says Ihe cosl of the bridge and connecting portion of Harding will be assessed lo Ihe cily al large because Ihe improvemenl will benefit the enlire cily traffic circulation pattern by hooking together two major through streets. — Ed.) WASHINGTON — President Carter's voice in the wilderness, defending the human rights of Ihe world's oppressed peoples, is losing ils zeal. He has been listening to the backroom counsel of his diplomatic advisers who claim moral posturing makes poor foreign policy. Here are a few examples: — The president has muted his criticism of the Kremlin's human rights record. A pleased Chairman Leonid Brezhnev has responded with a secret message agreeing lo slep up the disarmament negotialions. The message was delivered Nov. 18 by Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. — Carter also slroked the shah of Iran during their recent confabulation. Afterward, the president put out the word thai he was "encouraged" by Ihe improving human rights environment in Iran.The shah responded by ordering his secret police to crack down on dissidents. Police goons in civilian dress have attacked the shah's critics with guns, knives and truncheons. — The United States has provided Nicaragua's puffed- up dictator, Anastasio Somoza, with the munitions to keep his people in submission. Yet the Carter administration defended these military offerings on Capitol Hill and also sent a medical evacuation plane to Nicaragua last summer lo fly Somoza lo a Miami hospital for treatment. This made it clear to Nicaragua's oppressed people whose side Carter is on. — In a series of columns beginning June 4, 1975, we revealed-the first grim details of Cambodia's subjugation. We reported that communist firebrands had turned the country into a nation of cattle. Cities had been emptied and the population herded into the hinterland, we disclosed, with no thought for their welfare. Hundreds of thousands had fallen by the wayside. This must go down in history as the greatest atrocity since the Nazis herded Jews inlo Ihe gas chambers. Yel the Carter administration has rejected entrealies to awaken the world conscience to the Cambodian horror. — For years, we have been reporting on the atrocities of Uganda's grand sachem, Idi Amin, who appears to be a comic-opera figure but is no laughing matler. His goons have slaughtered an estimated 150,000 of his subjects, often for frivolous reasons. Yet we found out that a dozen of Amin's crack airborn police were gelling Iheir helicopter training in Texas. Now congressional investigators are running down evidence that some Ugandan trainees in this country are lied lo Amin's personal execution squad. In Uganda, this killer squad is known euphemistically as the Stale Research Bureau. Al leasl 21 Ugandans have received communicalions training, for example, in Melbourne, Fla. a secret staff memo, prepared for Reps. Don Bonker, D-Wash., and Don Pease, D-Ohio, alleges thai 13 of the 21 trainees worked for the notorious Stale Research Bureau. The memo claims four others were employed by the Ministry of Defense. Still anolher worked for Ihe Minislry of Information, although he may actually be an undercover agent for the Research Bureau. The memo, citing several sources, asserts lhat some trainees were in constant telephone contact with Ugandan officials at home in Kampala. There allegedly were several telephone calls between Kampala and the Holiday Inn where the trainees stayed in Florida. Al leasl Iwice a monlh, Ihe Irainees were also visited by a Ugandan official who apparently is atlached lo Amin's United_ Nations delegation, the memo reports. Still another group of Ugandan's received commercial flight Iraining al Embry-Riddle Universily in Daylona Beach, Fla. They were sponsored, according to congressional evidence, by Amin's Police Air Wing. Guddie Boruku, one of the Ugandans still at Embry- Riddle, is identified in the congressional documents as an Amin relative, with lies lo Ihe State Research Bureau. Contends Ihe memo: "Boruku is in conslanl telephone communicalions wilh Kampala and makes visits there frequently." Still another group of Ugandans are taking flight training in Vero Beach, Fla., from an outfil called Flight Safety International. A spokesman for the firm told our associate Larry Kraf- lowilz thai Ihe Irainees are students, but investigalors. have information thai Ihe Irainees are members of Ihe Ugandan armed forces. The memo charges that U.S. officials have helped promote Ihe brutal repression in Uganda by its "lax" monitoring of training contracts and Ugandan credentials. Concludes the memo: "The U.S. is acting in a way which is totally inconsistent with its policy concerning human rights and its policy of withholding aid to the Government of Uganda." Footnote: A Stale Deparl- m'enl spokesman said as far as he was aware Ihe Irainees al Vero Beech and Melbourne came lo the United States as "government employees on official busines." Spokesmen for the flight schools said they were unaware of the backgrounds of Ihe Ugandan Irainees. Three of the Ugandans training at Melbourne, incidentally, asked for political asylum in the United States. The Ihree defectors, say our sources, were Ihe only Christians in Ihe group and feared dictator Amin's purge against Christians. 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 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 Brooki John Frailer Le Roy Allman Editor Managing Editor Ad and Buttons Mgr. .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 127.81 a year including postage and applicable sales tax. Local and area-college student! $15.45. including postage and applicable sales tax for 9-month school yean By motor car delivery per month 13.00 including applicable sales tax. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled ex. clusively 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. November 30 7:00 P.M. — CBS RUDOLPH. THE RED-NOSED REINDEER -Narrated by Burl Ives. Rudolph is down-and-out because his shiny nose has made him Ihe joke of all Christmasville. In desperation, he tuns away with another outcast, Hermy Ihe ell, who wants lo be a dentist rather than a toymaker. Chased by the Abominable Snqwmonster, Rudolph and Hermy journey into the Arctic wilderness and lake refuge on the island of Misfit Toys. 7:00 P.M. — NBC LIFE AND TIMES OF GRIZZLY ADAMS — "The Choice." Adams must leach a youngster the painful lesson of allowing his pet deer lo go free 8:00 P.M. — CBS BING CROSBY'S MERRIE OLDE CHRISTMAS - Blng Crosby stars in an imaginative hour of music, humor and warmth taped in London, live weeks prior lo his death. 9:00 P.M. — CBS JOHNNY CASH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - A musical nostalgic look al some of the most significant holidays in Johnny s personal and professional life 10:30 P.M. — CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 — Story about a narcotics ring that Five-0 Chief McGarrett tries lo break with Ihe help ol an underworld character who decides to turn stale's evidence. 11:30 P.M. — CBS CBS LATE MOVIE — "McCloud: A Little Plot al Tranquil Valley." 11:30 P.M. — ABC MYSTERY OF THE WEEK — "The Double Kill." Public JV (In Ulysses and Johnson, cable-TV customers receive Denver's public TV station on channel 10.) Cable TV Channel 7 10 p.m. GREAT PERFORMANCES: THEATER IN AMERICA "Sarah" Zoe Caldwell is Sarah Bernhardt in a lush and loving portrait of the legendary French actress, whose tempestuous moods and theatrical greatness made her the toasl of Iwo continents. 11:30 p.m. BOOK BEAT The Today Show by New York Times columnist Robert Mete is Ihe subjecl on tonight's literary exploration by host Bob Cromie. The author joins Cromie for this new season premiere. 12 a.m. THE DICK CAVETT SHOW Julian Bond, D-Georgia (State Senator), is Dick's guest. ¥:¥: X'X;

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