Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 16, 1973 · Page 74
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 74

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I 1 he voices of America's opinion makers have a message for the nation—and a call for change, a recognition of change, is part of that message. But it is a very carefully controlled and moderated kind of change they are talking about. One of the strongest sounds these voices make is the call for freedom— with responsibility. Perhaps it will be surprising to some that newspapermen don't think they have ail the answers-and they are as divided as other Americans on the answers to difficult social problems. But they aren't fixed or frozen in the ideas of past decades, either. And if Alexis de Tocqueville, the "If any congressman cares to help financially pinched Americans, he might note that 60 percent of these opinion makers say thatihe dollars spent sending sons and daughters to college should be tax exempt!" Frenchman who came to this country 142 years ago to see how America worked, were to tread across the continent again, he might come to the same conclusions he came to then: "They all consider society as a body in a state of improvement, humanity as a changing scene, in which nothing is, or ought to be, permanent; and they admit that what appears to them today to be good, may be superseded by something better tomorrow." What do the opinion leaders of our newspapers-288 strong-think about the issues troubling the nation? FAMILY WEEKLY decided the way to find out was to ask. We sent questionnaires asking for opinions on our 4 • FAMILY WEEKLY, September 16, 1973 changing society, national and foreign affairs, health and medicine, and the media. These questions went to 625 publishers, editors and general managers of FAMILY WEEKLY'S 288 influential daily newspapers. The men and women who responded comprise a group from 48 states: from Key West. Fla., to Bellingham, Wash.; from Bangor, Maine, to San Diego County, Fla. They're a unique group, trained not only to voice their opinions to the public, but to listen. They can be "conservative": 80 percent rejected ttie idea that the so-called free life-style could produce a better quality of morality in America. They maybe"liberar '-neariytwo- thirds thought that the U.S. should reestablish normal diplomatic relations with Cuba. They have our traditional faith in our youth. Mosf of the men and women of the press said that young people entering their own business today are better equipped than old- timers. They are at home with newer ideas: Most said a wroman executive can manage a staff of man and women as well as a man. And there's a certain hope that the old institutions will survive: 53 percent thought that marriage at an institution would not become less important in future years, but one- third thought it would. The remainder weren't sure. The newspapermen overwhelmingly picked inflation as the major problem before the nalk>n -and they overwhelmingly supported more stringent government efforts to curb pollution of our land and water and air. And they can be just as divided as any group in the nation on difficult questions—such as gun control and compulsory health insurance. Forty- nine percent of those responding to the FAMILY WEEKLY surray felt tough gun control was needed- but 44 percent said no. There were 43 percent who saM no to compulsory health insurance, while 42 percent said yes. But the theme that'keeps reappearing in the answers is the call for freedom, always allied with responsibility.

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