Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 16, 1973 · Page 75
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 75

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Timely Issues: 1 km ^wspaper Editors and E:xeeulives See Our Chan^in^ World By the Editors of Family Weekly fo ^ DRAFT Even when they speak of their own business of journalism, this twin theme sounds strongly. These people of the newspaper world, for example, seem to feel overwhelmingly that freedom of tlie press is endangered by some Nixon Administration policies and practices. At the same time they are evenly split on whether they and their reporters should receive "unqualified legal immunity from revealing news sources." They are strongly opposed to monitors or censors for the media. Concern over individual freedom comes out again: Three-fourths IM- lieve that the privacy of the individual today is unduly threatened by the expanding accumulation of personal data through government dossiers, credit-bureau files, and other computerized information storage. Even on the most sensitive moral issues, the individual's right to choose is paramount: 51 percent said a doctor should have tlie option of ending the life of an incurable patient—but only by that patient's own decision. Only 16 percent thought the doctor alone should make this decision. And the strong demand for responsibility is unmistakable in these answers: • Neariy four-fifths believe the Federal Government should NOT guarantee a college education to youngsters. • 93 percent opposed compulsory voting for the Presidency. • A majority didn't accept the idea of free and easy credit as economically healthy, and three- fourths didn't lilce the idea of a shortened wori( week. In the strongest reaction to any question, 94 percent voted against a grant of unconditional amnesty to draft evaders living abroad. But Some Other Results Should the federal government In the next three years, which Should there be compulsory legislate that no-fault auto will rank as the nation's most health insurance for each insurance be available to all important problems? Weighted Scores' 542 citizen? Percent motorists? Percent Inflation Weighted Scores' 542 Yes 42 Yes No 54 32 Energy Crisis 266 No 43 Yes No 54 32 Inroads on Freedom 135 Not Sure 10 Not Sure 11 Crime 91 No Opinion, No Opinion, Pollution 82 No Answer 5 No Answer 3 Government Regulations 65 TOTAL 100% TOTAL 100% Military Involvement Narcotics 59 56 Should drug pushers be given Do you think a shorter work Morality Standards 49 the death sentence? week desirable for most jobs? Medical Care 42 the death sentence? Percent Percent Racial Strife 35 Yes 28 Yes 16 Public Transportation 35 No 57 No 73 Housing 20 Not Sure 11 Not Sure 8 Elderly People 14 No Opinion, No Opinion, 'Respondents were asked to rank ttie No Answer 4 No Answer 3 ttiree most Important problems. Weight of 3 given to 1st ranked problem; 2 to 2nd TOTAL 100% TOTAL 100% ranked and 1 to 3rd ranked. when the options w^e changed, 57 percent approved the granting of conditionai amnesty "providing they perform some sort of compensatory government service." Only 27 percent opposed this conditional amnesty. The drug culture has invaded their cities, but the opinion makers apparently would not be stampeded into harsh remedies; neariy three- fourths felt a marijuana user should NOT be criminally punished for a first offense. Only 28 percent felt drug pushers should be given the death sentence. Inflation, they said, is the nation's most serious problem. Two-tliirds believed President Nixon was partic- ulariy successful in international affairs. But only 16 percent, a distinct minority, thought he was particularly successful in dealing with domestic economics. And if any congressman cares to help financially pinched Americans, he might note that 60 percent of these opinion makers say that the dollars spent sending sons and daughters to college Aould be tax exempt! What does America face abroad? Most piciced the Middle East as the most sensitive trouble spot for our country in the next fiive years. Yet the editors and publishers aren't thoroughly convinced America is moving in the right direction there. Fifty-one percent said they agree with American policy in the Middle East-and only 15 percent disagreed -but a third of those responding said they weren't sure or just didn't know enough to answer. If anything, the FAMILY WEEKLY survey showed that these men and women of the press are still concerned about their freedom and about their duty, about the changes that are coming. The late Adlai Stevenson once said: "When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the nm breath of self-respect." lul FAMILY WEEKLY, September 16, 1973 • 5

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