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4 Galesburg Regi'stff-Moil. Goltsburfl. III. Friday, April 20. 1973 "Con You CoHOff This One Too?" EDITORIAL Comment and Review Why Spotlight Last fall, a band of amateur spies slipped into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel with the apparent intention of bugging the offices there. Since that incident, the investigations into who was responsible for it have produced one of the most volatile political situations in the past 10 years. The scandal has been dragging on for months, but new revelations during the past few weeks suggest that the magnitude of the case is just beginning to make itself known. Each day, evidence that the White House itself was involved in planning and financing the raid on the Democratic headquarters grows, and with it, the credibility of the government decays. It is not surprising that some Americans are becoming tired of the continuous ' publicity surrounding the Watergate episode and that the press is being accused of blowing the entire mess out of proportion. After all, only a few can relish the thought that the highest levels of this country's executive branch of government may be linked to illegal activities as felonious as spying and espionage, burglary and wiretapping. What is worse is that as the drama continues to unfold, the story bec<Mnes more disheartening and the publicity greater. By now, the Watergate affair seems to have a permanent place on the evening news and the front pages of newspapers across the country. While the Watergate is undeniably bad news and disquieting at best, it is important that the public continues to demand a full airing of the incident and keep abreast of the day-to-day events surrounding it. Why is it so important? Consider this: —At stake in this controversy are the rights of the individual and a political party to participate in the governmental process without infringement upon their rights of privacy and free speech by other individuals, parties or government agencies supposedly assigned to protect those rights. on Watergate —Also at stake is the credibility of the United States government. If a full disclosure of the facts reveaVs that individuals personally close to the President had a hand in illegal activities of any kind, this country's abilities to function will have been badly shaken internally and externally. It may finally bring an end to an accepted trend in some governmental.circles that any activity is all right as long as you don't get caught at it. —At stake is the very system of checks and balances in our form of government. Thus far, the administration has made it clear that it believes itself to be immune to Congressional demands for testimony, although some officials have agreed to testify in the Watergate case. If this premise is upheld, a vital legislative check on the executive branch will have been eliminated. The Watergate case cou\^ set a precedent here. —Last, but not least, is the citizen's right to free access to his government without the abusive use of a secrecy stamp which should be basically limited to matters of national defense. The open channels to the inner-workings of government are being plugged up at an ever-increasing rate. And the administration 's refusal to respond to public outcries over the Watergate case provides a glaring example. Those are some of the facets of the Watergate episode that make it important. There are many more. The entire fiasco has been thrown at the public in large quantities for months, and that may have been the intention of those in government who wanted the citizenry to tire of the subject and ignore it before the whole truth was brought to light. It has become apparent, however, that that isn't going to happen and finally, after months of phony trials and secret meetings, the real truth is within public grasp. Now, more than ever, the Watergate case demands the attention of anyone with an investment in our system of government. Brazilian Bees Coming The American Museum of Natural History in New York reports that an aggressive new strain of honeybee is now head* ing north at the rate of about 200 miles a year and could reach the United States by the 1980s. The Brazilian bee is a hybrid that resulted from interbreeding between the local Timely Quotes Education is the only constitutionally established responsibility in which people are asked to participate in the financing. We don't ask them to levy millage against themselves for highways or health services —only for schools. It's the oioly place people cm vent their frustrations, -Jokn F «rter, Mi«|i |aa State Sciund fiuiicfliiteflilcBt. bees and an African type that was imported into Brazil in 1956. The hybrid flies faster and works longer to amass honey than the native bees. But it is also highly aggressive, swarms in larger numbers and is much more easily aroused to attack. So far it has killed and injured a number of people as well as much livestock. Plans to check this undesirable immigrant are in the research stage. One idea is the possibility of creating a genetic barrier in the region of Panama using a yet-to-be-developed strain of bees so mild and inoffensive that any crossbreeding with the Brazilian interloper would create a new generation much less prone to attack. In other words, the hope is they would make honey, not war. White House Chief Okayed Sabotage WASMINOTON-White House chief of staff H. R. Maldeman, according to secret grand jury testimony, approved the hiring of Donald Segretti to be a po> litical saboteur during the 1972 presidential campaign. But former White House aides Gordon Strachan and Dwight Chapin swore under oath it Was their idea to employ Segretti. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seymour Glanzer asked, incredu* lously, whether the two junior aides had the authority to unleash Segretti on a sabotage campaign "just on your own initiative?" "Oh yes," replied Strachan, "we talked about that, just the two of us." "Did you go back," asked Glanzer, "and check with Mr. Maldeman to find out whether it was all right to engage in such (political sabotage)?" "Yes we did." "What did he say?" "He said, yes, go ahead," testified Strachan. THE YOUTHFUL Strachan also acknowledged that he had • put Segretti in touch with G. Gordon Liddy, the Watergate^ ringleader. As Strachan recalled the circumstances, L i d d y phoned him in agitation to report strange activities ui the field. Democratic and Republican candidates alike, Liddy reported, were encountering mysterious foul-ups. He suspected sabotage by a man he described as "about six foot . . . fairly good-sized." "That," said Strachan, "does not fit Don Segretti's descrip- ' tion. Don is a very small guy." But small Or tall, Liddy demanded to know who the Repub* « lican undercover operative was. "I want that information about that individual in the field," Strachan quoted Liddy as insisting. So, said Strachan, "I gave him Segrettl'a telephone number. He was quit« upset." Then Strachan ndtffled Segretti. "I called Don Segretti and I told him to expect a call from Gordon Liddy, that he was concerned about his activities in the field and that he should answer his questions." Both Strachan and Oiapin insisted that Segretti operated on his own and seldwn reported to them. "We thought we could pay him and forget him," explained Strachan. "Do you mean," asked the grand jury foreman, "you would give him a lump sum and let him go on his own?" "Yes," replied Strachan, "we wanted to set him up and get him started and not have to worry about him later." They heard from hhn, Strachan testified, "maybe once every six weeks." Assistant Attorney General Donald Campbell broke in. "Mr. Strachan..., let's just take one month, January of 72, During that month, there were 16 phone calls from Mr. Segretti to the White House. Now this is a little bit more frequently than once every six weeks." Campbell asked whether Strachan had "any explanation." The former Haldeman aide answered simply "No.'.' Later, he said sorrowfidly that hiruig Segretti "was a stupid decision and I sincerely regret it. But I did it. I don't know what else to say. It was dumb and the press, publications and so forth show it's dumb. But I did it." SLOW MAIL: Congressmen investigating the nation's slowpoke postal service.are furious over reports that local postmasters have been ordered not Comment By Jack Anderson to talk about their problems to members of Congress. Just last month, Postmaster General Elmer T. Klassen assured Congress that no "gag rule" had been imposed pro- hlbithig postal employes from speaking out. On the contrary, Klassen said he had personally urged his employes to be candid with Congress. The news, however, has failed to reach many postmasters. Representative Wayne Owens, D-Utah, for example, recently sent letters to some 240 postmasters throughout Utah. Owens, who pledged to keep the names of the postmasters confl* dential, simply wanted ideas on how mail deliveries might be speeded up. More than a month has gone by and Owens has received only a handful of replies. As one postmaster iexplained to Owens: "We have been told not to discus this very thing with our congressmen or senators .... A liaison officer has been selected by the (Post Office) department to do this." plied simply: "I wouldn't dare to put in print what I think of the service «nd donH even (|W >tl me saying that." Owens' complalnti have trig* gered an angry response frofh Rep. James Hanley, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Post Office subcommittee, tn a "Dear Ted" letter, sent to Klassen last week, Hanley said he found the complaints "especially annoying" because they apparently contradicted Klassen's testimony. Hanley added: "I would be pleased if you would transmit a directive to postmasters in accord with your testimony." Owens, meanwhile, has learned that a supervisor walked through a local Utah post office asking mail carriers whether any had voted for Owens in the last election. Those who admitted for Owens allegedly were assigned extra deliveries that day. "It was probably no coincidence," Owens wrote Klassen, "that the prior day I had made a statement critical of the quality of service which the Postal Service Is now performing." Footnote: Representative Ken Heckler, D-W.Va., has also complained about poor treatment from the Post Office poobahs. Heckler has tried for weeks to discover the names of postmasters of five new counties added to his district. Heckler as'sured Klassen he did not intend to use the names for political purposes. Rather, Heckler said, the new postmasters would be helpful in locating rural constituents during emergencies. Klassen's men, however, refused to cooperate. (Copyright, 1973, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) The Ahnanac THE MAILBO.X . • • • • Letters to the Editor By United Press International Today is Friday, April 20, the 110th day of 1973 with 255 to follow. The moon is between its full phase and last quarter. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. 'The evening stars are Venus and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. Movie comedian Harold Lloyd was born April 20, 1894. On this day in history: In 1903, American industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave $1.5 million for construction of The Hague Peace Palace in the Netherlands. In 1926, a picturegram of a bank check transmitted from London to New York by RCA was honored and cashed. In 1968, a South African Airways jetliner crashed in South West Africa, killing 122. Galva Needs Help Editor, Register-Mail: This is a book review — without the book. Women like book reviews, and they do most of the reading, also, most of the talking in the family. The "City of Go" is in dire need of help. They wanted so badly to be a big city, especially the biggest one on R-180, to have a four-lane highway through their city, and with a few milHon of the state money to help them, make R-180 a real State Highway runnuig parallel to R-87 across the state only six miles apart. They forgot that our Democrat Governor was elected to save the taxpayers money. Furthermore, at our Township Election, just past, there were not enough democrats in this City to have one name on their printed ballot. The history of when R-34 was being laid out to come through this city, the Mayor then pleaded to have the Route miss the business section. But the merchants wouldn't consent to such an idea. Then the big problem was — which side of the "loop district" would it go? After long endless debates on the issue it was decided as it Is today. Again — assuming R - 180 will go through as a state road, how are they going to get around the "loop district?" Our educational system in this City seems to come up with more blank minds than they should. Boys given the privilege to drive a car, assuming they are qualified, drive the car around m a beautiful Park off the driveways when the frost is going out. Why? Young ladies, on riding horses, race them on the soft ground in the same Park. Why? Now these were not kids. They were young ladies and young men. They wouldn't have considered doing such an act on their own lawn. Congratulations to the High School English class in District 224, for standing by a good teacher when you do get one. They are a very scarce article these times. Don't let someone play the Double Standard Act to get her away from you. — W. E. Cardiff, Galva. Working Together Editor, Register-Mail: ^ To add a sobering thought To this serious controversy over meat prices and boycotts, how many of you heard the half hour interview April 8 over radio station WBBM, Chicago, with Mr. Kuhfuss, president of the American Farm Bureau and Mrs. Rosen, self appointed spokeswoman for the meat boycott movement in which she displayed a total ignorance of the agriculture economy but also espoused the Karl Marx line for a completely administered economy including, of course, her goal of a 25% roU- back in meat prices. I ask how many times will the public swallow this bait? We have seen the same play used so many times, the SDS versus the universities, the Chicago seven and the Democratic convention, youth versus the establishment, black vs. white, antiwar liberals vs. the Government, etc., etc. in which a cause which on its face has (Continued on page 21) Crossword Puzzle Cash AMtw ts PitiiMM tab part of iht MW iMptctioii fitoQ ^duml" C^alesbiirg l^sfer-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Str ««t Galesburg, lUlnois, moi TELEPHUNB NUMBER Register-Mall Exchange 343-71SI Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Conflreu ol March 3, 1879. Dally except Sunday* and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Colunnbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Prltchard, publisher: Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. 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