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Page 4 Garden City Telegram Saturday, December 3, 1977 Other Editors! Start Yelling Back! What's all this talk about "rights"? Is it a "right" when one's will is imposed on another? Is it right to demand "rights" at the expense of others? Hustler publisher Larry Flynt claimed a constitutional "right" to purvey filth — and even though he now claims Christianity, subjected this country to but one more perversion of "rights," during his heyday. We now are hearing much about so- called "rights" of homosexuals to be perverted; of feminists to flaunt family fidelity — in fact, of all sorts of special interest groups to have their "rights" recognized. Let's get down to basics. With the problems our society faces — of overpopulation, government intervention and assorted pollution — the "needs" of these groups have slipped completely off the scale of priorities. If people are so all-fired "fired up" about vocalizing, why can't they be constructive in their zeal? If the "gays" contributed something beneficial to society, acceptance would come about naturally; if the women libbers had anything going for them but their mouths, they also would find approval. There are as many areas of need in this country as there are diversities of ideas — and groups that feel they are maligned might for once try helping others, instead of begging for sufferance themselves. Poverty could be eliminated, education for all achieved, and slimy, sick social ills like child abuse, juvenile mayhem and the poisoned political process be brought under control — if we just could direct these energies onto a productive path. We are becoming a nation of "sickies" — selfish and grasping, cold and unconcerned — while those around us are crying for help. Rather than encouraging the pitiful demands for "equality" for these pious, protected, perverse performers, we should instead concur that our own rights have suffered sufficiently. And instead of continuing to condone the mewlings of these misanthropic miscasts, we should say "enough's enough". . . and start yelling back! — BILL BOYER, Scott City News Chronicle. A RELIGIOUS book club lists as a selection for Christmas giving "The If I Can't Be Ordained I'll Cook Book" by Sandra and Martin Hintz. • A COUNTRY boy says he's going to quit coming into town to watch cable TV at our house unless we start displaying a "Farmer's Strike" sticker on our homestead. • A LOCAL farmer would like to join the tractorcade to Topeka but he doesn't think his tractor has that many good miles left. • A SMALL grocer called to tell us. . . A definition for a Roman Catholic rectory is "a home for unwed fathers." And about the losing football coach who took sick (really sick) at the end of the season. His board of education sent him a card wishing him a speedy recovery. . . by a vote of three to two. • A DRAMA student points out that there is a Biblical play by the name of "The Prodigal Daughter." • A LOCAL Scrooge observes that a lot of folks are out getting their exercise by running up their Master Charges. • A CARTOON caption says "Maturity is a feeling that comes over you when you look back on your life and realize you were wrong on just about everything." • A STUDY shows that far more than half of all beef is sold as hamburger. How now, ground cow? A WOMAN who does the Christmas shopping for a long list of relatives and friends says she is entangled with so many mail order outfits and their computers, she may never see another clear day. Conservative View Garden City Telegram day. Published daily except Sundays ana New Year's day. Memorial 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 No Place for Bush Leaguers By JAMES J. KILPATRICK WASHINGTON — These are times of acute embarrassment for some of the old professionals of the press who work their beats on Embassy Row. First in the Middle East, then in Rhodesia, important events have passed them by. In the eyes of the world, the United States has been made to look, in the scornful word: bush. The metaphor comes out of baseball. You have the major leagues, the minor leagues, and the bush leagues. On the playing fields of diplomacy, the same rules apply. Some leaders have class; some don't. The painful impression becomes more vivid with every passing month: The Carter team is little more than a bunch of thumb-fingered sandlotters who couldn't hit their way out of a wet paper bag. No wonder the old timers are wincing. Let me speak especially to the matter of Rhodesia, for Rhodesia is a matter I know nothing about. Before I visited Rhodesia, for the first time, ten years ago, I read great stacks of books on Africa — history, biography, treatises on tribal customs and tongues. When I set foot in Salisbury, I truly believed I knew something of Africa. What I began to discover was the depth of my ignorance. A second visit enlarged upon the first. A third unveiled areas of uncomprehension barely sketched before. After a decade of trying to master something of Africa, I am still in the sub-basement of learning, and not even at the threshold. Old China hands tell me that not even the inscrutable Orient presents difficulties more complex than those of the dark continent. Enter now Jimmy Carter of Georgia, accompanied by those eminent statesmen, Fritz Mondale and Andrew Young. The three of them swaggered into African affairs like three bush-league rubes on a beat-up bus. They had the help of Senator Dick Clark, the senior ignoramus from Iowa. Mr. Mondale brayed about "one man, one vole." Ambassador Flapjaw traveled about the continent, regaling his hosts with tales of how he worked things out in Alabama; and the ambassador did not understand why his hosts gave him such peculiar looks. In the matter of Rhodesia, Ambassador Young had a great idea. It came to him in the middle of the night. This was his idea: The Ian Smith government in Salisbury would surrender wholesale, in a kind of abject capitulation, to an exiled gang of terrorists, looters, arsonists, and plain opportunists led by Joshua Nkomo, an old Marxist hand whose principal qualification for high office is his total contempt for the democratic process. The ambassador pressed this marvelous idea upon Messrs. Carter and Mondale, and they were captivated by it. The British, who are rather more concerned with Rhodesian affairs than Mr. Carter could possibly be, regarded Mr. Young's stroke of brilliance with public equanimity and private consternation. Some subtle diplomacy, involving Rhodesian elections among other matters, continued between London and Salisbury. Certain overtures were made to the Rev. Ndabaninghi Sithole, a key figure in all this. Other moves were made toward Bishop Abel Muzorewa, to see if he and Sithole might be brought together. Weeks of careful maneuvering led to Ian Smith's statement of November 24, saying that his government is now prepared "to accept the principle of majority rule, based on adult suffrage." Secretary of State Cyrus Vance — remember him? — was brought in on some of these developments, but Vance is little more than an old utility infielder who spends most of his time drowsing in the dugout. Vance could not communicate to the White House any sense of immediacy. The train left the station with the Hon. Jimmy still on the platform. Smith made his statement. The British promptly responded with modest encouragement. Conferences already have begun among the principals. Maybe events move forward. I say "maybe" out of a sure sense of ignorance. Smith's principle of majority rule may not be the same principle that Sithole and Muzorewa have in mind. Ten thousand details will have to be worked out. But if, six months or a year from now, a transition of power takes place that preserves white capital, know-how, influence and safety, Rhodesia will have provided a model for a prosperous multiracial Africa. The important thing is for Mr. Carter to keep his clumsy hands off the ball. Africa is the bush country, but it is no place for bush leaguers. Art Buchwald Writes: up, buddy ... this is your protecting your rights!" Pitt Punctures Hot Air Balloon Fred Brooks John Frasler Le Itoy Adman Editor Manaitef Editor Ad and Business Manager By REED IRVINE WASHINGTON — A little tempest blew up in Pittsburgh recently when the Pittsburgh Press failed to run a Jack Anderson column which alleged that Beaver Valley, new Pittsburgh, was "slowly being poisoned." "Censorship!" cried Roy Fox of station KDKA. "If the Press is going to carry Jack Anderson then it should carry all of Jack Anderson's articles. . . whether they are accurate or not," added Fox's colleague, John Cigna. The editor of the Pittsburgh Press, John Troan, said: "I still can't believe my ears." Mr. Troan added, in a signed editorial: "At the Press we try to apply to Jack Anderson, and to every other syndicated writer, the same rule we apply to our own reporters: If we have good reason to doubt the accuracy of a story, we don't publish it." Mr. Troan did not claim that the Press was never wrong, but he said that they "never knowingly print something that's inaccurate." Mr. Troan explained that the Anderson column that they had refused to run was badly flawed. He said: "The column dredged up unproven and disproven claims of radiation harm at Shippingport, where the Duquesne Light Co. has been operating a nuclear power plant for almost 20 years. It recounted a minor spillage of radioactive material which The Press reported last July 27, but which the column presented as a brand-new major expose. To top it off, the column intertwined references to nuclear plants and coal-fired plants in such a way that this mixed-up bag of pumpkins and oranges came out as a lemon." John Troan was in a good position to recognize the errors in this column by Anderson, since the community involved is near Pittsburgh. However, this and an earlier column by Anderson on the same subject were run by hundreds of newspapers throughout the country, whose editors did not know the facts. "Superheated vapors from the nuclear works below form the clouds which appear so white and innocent. But they hang'over Shippingport, Pa., like a pall," wrote Anderson. Those superheated vapors are simply steam. As one scientist put it, the water they contain is purer than the water Jack Anderson drinks. Skipping quickly from nuclear power to a coal-fired power plant in the area — too quickly, perhaps, for the careless reader to catch the transition — Anderson spoke of "deadly fallout (a term, associated with nuclear explosions) — the mineral dust and irradiated mist that rain down upon the community. We were shown calcium sulphate chunks the size of pie plates, which fell like flying saucers upon the countryside." The "deadly fallout" in this case was nothing more than coal ash that came from the \ smokestack of the conventional coal-fired power plant. This 950-foot smokestack is equipped with scrubbers to remove the sulfur from the smoke. This is one of the safeguards that the government now requires for environmental protection, along with high stacks. Unfortunately these scrubbers don't work too well, and in this case it had been necessary to halt operations to make some repairs. While the plant was out of operation some of the wet ash caked on the inside of the smokestack. When the furnaces were refired, this cracked and went up the chimney. Most of the material fell in the immediate vicinity of the plant. So much for the mysterious chunks that "fell like flying saucers upon the countryside." The minor spillage of radioactive material was portrayed by Anderson as a big disaster that he had "documented." His documentation may have been clippings from the Pittsburgh Press, since it had been reported months ago, as John Troan noted. What is more, the spill was not a big deal. The Nuclear Regulatory Project Director said that the spill was within EPA radioactivity limits in unrestricted waterways. (Reed Irvine is chairman of the board of Accuracy in Media, a news- monitoring organization based in Washington, D.C.) Howard in Jerusalem WASHINGTON - The role that Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters and John Chancellor played in the Sadat-Begin talks in Jerusalem cannot be underestimated. By bypassing the State Department and going directly to the three anchorpersons of American television, Sadat and Begin agreed to meet, which was the breakthrough that everyone had been hoping for. It might have been different, though, if Roone Arledge, the president of ABC News, had - chosen to have Howard Cosell conduct the interview between the two men instead of Barbara Walters. This is what I mean. "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. This is Howard Cosell bringing you an exclusive ABC Sports spectacular live and in color from the ringside here in Jerusalem. Tonight we are presenting another star- studded fight with the incomparable Egyptian heavyweight, Anwar Sadat, who is risking his title as champion of the Arab world, to meet with one of the toughest little sluggers in the Middle East, Prime Minister Manahem Begin, a comparatively unknown backbencher until he knocked out the formidable Yitzhak Rabin in the last Israeli elections. "I spoke to Anwar in the locker room in Cairo a few days ago, and he told me that he would go anywhere, any time, to meet with Menahem. I then passed this message on to Menahem, who revealed he was ready to take on Anwar even if it meant fighting his whole Israeli cabinet. "And so the two gladiators are here tonight, which I will have to admit, in all candor, I must take full credit for. "Anwar, forgive me for asking this question, but I feel it incumbent on my part to do so for the benefit of the TV audience. Why did you decide to fight Begin at this time?" "I decided to come to Jerusalem to show I was interested in peace." "But surely, Anwar, EGYPT, with its Russian- made tanks, missiles and MIG airplanes, is a match for Israel. Are you trying to say, and correct me if I'm wrong, that you couldn't march into TelAviv at any time you wanted?' "That is not the point. The point is that war is no longer a solution to the problem of the Middle East." "It sounds to me, Anwar, that you're afraid of tiny Israel." "I am not afraid of Israel." "All right, Anwar, forgive me, but I have to tell it like it is. "Now, let's have a word with Begin. Menahem, I must say, in all frankness, that it has been said you have lost some of the spunk and verve that made you such a formidable threat during the memorable Mideast wars in 1948,1956 and 1967. You don't seem to be the same Begin that we all remember from the Irgun days." "I wish to say, Howard, I welcome Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem and I hope that we can find a peaceful solution to our differences." "And yet, if you don't mind my own observation, you told me only a few months ago that you could still go the whole distance and get to Cairo if you wanted to. Perhaps I'm speaking out of turn, but I wouldberemiss,if I didn't ask this question: Are you chickening out because you are not in condition?" "I am not chickening out of anything. Sadat knows I'm not chicken." "Anwar, are you ready to say in front of millions of people watching this telecast by satellite, that Menahem is not chicken?" "I don't think we should talk about chickens at this time. I am here to give my position and listen to the Israeli position." "If you don't mind my saying so, and I must intercede at this time, it appears lo me that we have Itere a total absence of aggression in both parties, which I perceive will disappoint everyone who has tuned in because we promised them a fight. , , "This is not the^phow we expected to bring yod from the Middle East. 3 "I hope that the World Boxing Commission will take note of it and hold up the purses of both Sadat and Begin until a full investigation is forthcoming. "This is Howard Cosell from Jerusalem telling it like it is." Tonight's IV HijUijIitt 7:00 P.M. — CBS BOB NEWHART — Emily- Hartley befriends her next- door neighbor, a delightfully mixed-up senior citizen who eschews the 1970's in favor of a kinder past, circa 1920. 7:00 P.M. — NBC BIONIC WOMAN — While Jaime is in the hospital lor surgery on her bionics, Max. the world's first bionic dog. is kidnapped and imprisoned in a warehouse laboratory. 7:00 P.M. — ABC FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND — Frosty the Snowman, the enchanting holiday character, lakes a wife in this musical sequel. Andy Griffith serves as the narrator and also sings in this special. 7:30 P.M. — CBS WE'VE GOT EACH OTHER — Dee Dee is viewing with great apprehension the arrival of her 12-year-old daughter Belinda, whom she hasn't seen in seven years, but her fear quickly changes to the joy of "instant motherhood." 8:00 P.M. — CBS THE JEFFERSONS — George must make a painful admission when he discovers he needs Florence for more than he could ever expect. 8:00 P.M. — NBC NBC SATURDAY MOVIE — "It's Deadly." 8:00 P.M. — ABC STARSKY & HUTCH — :'The Collector." The investigation of a loan sharking operation becomes a deadly game when Hutch's girllriend is used as bait to trap a ruthless collector. 12:30 P.M. — CBS CBS FILM FESTIVAL.— "My Father Sun-Sun Johnson." A dramatization by Veronica Cecil ol a story by C. Everard Palmer, which focuses on a family torn apart by varying values on the lush tropical island ol Jamaica. PublicTV I In Ulysses and Johnson, cable-TV customers receive Denver's public TV station on channel 10.) Saturday Cable TV Channel 7 3:30 p.m. THE LURE OF THE DOLPHIN This FESTIVAL '77 special explores the scientific studies-and possible militer uses- of this playful, entertainng and highly intelligent mammal, the dolphin. 7 p.m. IT'S HARD TO BE A PENGUIN This FESTIVAL '77 documentary about penguins captures their delightful antics while tracing their life cycle. 10 p.m. A GIFT TO LAST Melvyn Douglas stars as an aging grandfather who receives a touching gift from his grandson. This FESTIVAL '77 special focuses on remembrance of a Christmas from his own boyhood nearly 80 years ago, 11 p.m. SILENT NIGHT From one of Vienna's oldest churches the Vienna Boys Choir sings some of the most beautiful Christmas carols including "Silent Night," "Old Tannenbaum" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," during FESTIVAL '77._ m :¥& t m

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