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4 Gcilesbu Reaister-Mail, Galesbur Hey! 't You Read?" EDITORIAL Comment and Review Help for Guard, Reserves The of shifting to a long-awaited ay-volunteer armed iorces, but the government may need some help getting the job done. By next year, the Department of Defense hopes to maintain an active force of 2.3 million men, the lowest on record since the pre-Korean War days of the early 1950s, and well over a million below the peak periods of the Vietnam War in 1968.' To do that, the Defense Department is stepping up its recruiting program, trying to make military life more attractive to young men and women and paying •the volunteers a salary competitive with the private labor market. The government also is concentrating its efforts on building full-strength National Guard and Reserve units, those former havens for draft-eligible men who had no intention of serving in the jungles of Southeast Asia. While young men were breaking down the doors of National Guard and Reserve recruiters four years ago, this year the Guard and Reserves are lagging behind the congressional]^ mandated force level of just under 980,000- To offset the trend, President Nixon appointed a national committee for employer support of the Guard and Reserve, and the Defense Department is stepping up advertising for the two units and is lobby- ^ ing for legislation granting members im- F proved benefits. The success of the all-volunteer armed forces depends on an effective Guard and Reserve system, but the Defense Department's efforts cannot fill the bill unless the nation's employers cooperate. Thus far the employers of nearly 25 per cent of the total national work force have registered their support of the Guard and Reserves by assuring their employes that participation will not mean a sacrifice of vacation time or pay. Such assurances are not too much to ask of employers, since the success or failure of the National Guard and the Reserves hinges on the ability of the country to minimize the economic and personal sacrifices required of the enlistees. You're Offside* Coach Alexander the Great banned long hair and beards on his soldiers in order to deny the enemy a convenient handhold. A football coach in Texas would extend the ban to the athletic field, but for a somewhat different reason. Long hair on boys and men is the sign of a sissy, according to Tony Simpson, head football coach at a suburban Houston high school, writing in the Texas High School Coaches Assn. magazine. Not only that, but God made man to dominate woman, says Simpson, and therefore meant for him to wear short hair. The coach will get no argument about the latter sentiment (except maybe from a few tens of millions of women). But he treads on shaky ground when he goes on to say: "The only reason males are free 9 to look like females and their coaches are free to permit it is because we had real men that were not cute, not sweet and not pretty with courage and sense enough to kill our enemies on battlefields all over the globe." Coach Simpson has evidently never looked closely at a dollar bitf, which carries the portrait of one of the chief authors of the nation's freedom, whose 200th anniversary we will celebrate in a few years. George Washington wore a curled wig both in and out of battle. He was an aristocrat, of course. The ordinary fighting man of 1776 made do simply by clubbing his long hair into a knot at the back, often securing it with a ribbon. The coach has apparently never bothered to consider what's under the hair either. Watergate's Rating Viewer reaction to the Senate's televised Watergate hearings suggests that even the Second Coming would upset a lot of people if it occurred in prime time or interrupted afternoon soap operas. Timely Quotes I don't want Oamibosdia or 'Laos to become tanotte Vietnam. —Sen. Johai McClellau, D-Ark. The issue oi free press has been settled to years to come. —Osborn Elliott, editor of Newsweek magazine, crediting the "old journalism" for breaktog the Watergate Stations in cities across the nation report that most people writing or calling in have protested the preemption of their favorite programs. It's true that people are always readier to complain about something they don't like than to praise something they do like. It's also true that a lot of people may simply be fed up with Watergate. But it may also be wondered how many of those who consistently criticize the medium for being devoted solely to peddling detergents and deodorants to the greatest number have taken the trouble to let their local outlets know that they appreciate this effort to provide a public service. Dirty WASHINGTON (NEA) - The irony of 1972 is supreme: Above all in U.S. election history, it will go down as the Year of the Greatest Dirty Tricks. Yet tlhe evidence seems overwhelming that President Nixon's smashing defeat of Sen. George McGovertt represented the voters' measure of ihieir relative competence to serve in the White House. Respected polling orgamina­ tions' soundings among voters on candidate protfites indicated consistently that, despite some strong reservations ©bout the President's handling of certain domestic issues, people broadly approved his performance. Most striking, and noted pointedly in tflie campaign, was the finding that Mr. Nixon, not the avowed dove McGovern, was generally perceived 'as tihe "peace candidate." This reflected his steady winding down of the Vietnam -war and his highly visible moves toward disarmament <and toward detente with Peking and Moscow. Conversely, McGovern was seen as muddled and indecisive. Set the Year Since he evidently could not command She 'peace issue which was the basic underpinning of his candidacy, this Image of incompetence was a heightened factor. fflghplaced Democrats told me often that influential party supporters were dismiss* McGovertf on this main ing count. In these sharply drawn circumstances, one large question is pertinent: Did the administration'^ incredibly tangled su rvejll ance-and-sat>otage pi an d a-ma-ge McGovern's election prospects critically? On tfie basis of tihe known evidence* the answer has to be "no" not critically. Why qualify the answer? Because an anonymous telephone tip to a news organization began the quest for Sen. Thomas Eagleton's medical record, with his secret hospitalization for mental-emotional troubles.' A Watergate^tyle operator could have passed the tip. The news outfit gave McGovern's people advance word of what it unearthed 'about his vice-president nominee. staff also got its own tip. Without the tips, whose source is still unidentified, would the story and Eagleton's removal from the parly ticket have developed? There is no way to be sure. Obviously the mere fact of the Bagieton affair did McGovern huge damage. But he caused Wmself much difficulty, telling Apart ^ conflicting storks of h\s Intent, letting a loosetfieincd staff talk unconvindniglly and to;> much. Furthermore, U was not the ad m intetraitofft bu t McGovern who a toiled a week or more in public over Eagleton's substitute, who first proposed and then scuitffed a coitfustag welfare grant scheme, and offered ilt-emoe&ved defense cuts. No GOP plotter could have foreseen McGovern's kehte preparation for Sen. Hubert Humphrey's wounding challenge to Ills California delegates — or that the nominee would let the fall campaign slip into near- total disorder. Given no Bagfeton mess, the race could have been closer, but not crucially so. The voters' mind-set against McGovern was determined aarly, by his issue failures and fuzzy image. The "Watergate" manipulators did not decide 1972. Mr. Nixon's positive markings and McGovern's drawbacks did it. Nor did the plotters "nominate" McGovern. In feat fight, he had the skills, the dedicated help, the drive his rivals lacked. 4 h GAO Runs Administration Obstacle Course WASHINGTON - The Watergate cover-up., apparently has become the style throughout the Nixon Administration. Government auditors have been encountering "increasing difficulties" in gaining access to records of fraud, waste and mismanagement. This is the report we get from inside the General Accounting Office, which is the investigative arm of Congress. Under the law, the GAO has a legal right "to examine any books, docu- records of ments, any . . Yet papers, or , department." obstacles have been raised, in apparent violation of this law, to hamstring GAO investigations. Comptroller General Elmer Staats confirmed to my associate Joseph Spear that his auditors have noticed a "distinct tightening up" of their access to documents. AS STAATS put it, ment aeencies have govern- become agencies "supercautious," thereby causing "tremendous delays" in GAO's investigations. Worst offenders: the State, Defense and Treasury Departments, State's Agency for International Development, for example, ordered its employes not to disclose any "recommendations or planning data" to the GAO. Treasury's Internal Revenue Service simply refuses to let the GAO look at its books, although IRS records are made available to other agencies. "As a practical matter," Staats told Spear, "we don't see why they should cooperate with so many others and not cooperate with the GAO." Even scope" of GAO's authority and that they, therefore, "declined to pursue the matter." PRESIDENT NIXON himself set the pattern by invoking executive privilege to block {he GAO from examining "internal working documents" for military assistance and foreign aid spending. What the President once promised would be an "open" Administration has become a cover-up Administration. FOOTNOTE: Staats feels the situation is so serious that he is asking Congress for authority to take uncooperative agencies to Defends Business the for Corporation Public Broadcasting, a quasi- governmental agency, has refused to open its files to the auditors. Last fall, the GAO requested some records, but CPB responded by circulating a confidential memo to its officers instructing them not to cooperate. They were told to say that the inquiries were "beyond the Editor, Register-Mail; \ In reading the last issue of your paper I notice that the "Billboard Ban Ordinance" will come before the Council on Thursday for final reading. It strikes me as quite un-American to have one man use the power of his office to force a company out of business after 40 years in Galesburg. This sets a dangerous precedent and should be thought about by the i Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Lacking in caution 5 Think 1 1U On the protected side 11 Charivari (coll.) 14 Objective 15 Region in Turkey 16 Calmness as Half-ems 4 Atlantic island, Saint 5 Flat shallow vessel 6 Moisten 7 Daughter of Cadmus (myth.) 8 Biblical spy 1* Scottish city (poet.) 11 Uttered Answers to Previous Puzzle HSldH I Otiiraa I MK3L -3 25 Entreaty form) 28 Roman bronze 40 Articles 3 9 Sign of assent 12 Frequent 20 City in Morocco 22 Hat material 25 Revere 27 Skatelike fish 28 Let dogs lie 32 Sign of watchfulness (2 wds.) 35 New Zealand parrot 36 Scottish island 37 Is cautious 39 Cultivated fields 42 Pedal digit 43 Greek letter 44 Lacking in attentiveness 49 Refrain from, touching (2 wda.) 52 Wicked 53 Hear East principalities 54 Went on horseback 55 Trap 56 Plant ovule DOWN 1 Tattered attire (pi.) 2 Medicinal plant 3 Dry up suffix 13 Orient 17 At this moment 20 Aromatic shrub 21 High mountain 22 Theatrical abbreviation 23 Gentle blow 24 Cereal grass 28 Together (comb, form) 20 Presidential nickname 30 Masculine nickname 31 Aeriform fuel W 33 Nothing V 34 Greek goddess 1: of dawn 37 Garden tool SSCertaln fishermen 36 Fsx (comb. 41 Cato's language 42 Veyy (Fr.) 44 Canadian hillside 45 Chemical suffix 46 Cry of bacchanals 47 Be on the safe* 1 48 Winter vehicL 50 Constellation 51 Gibbon i i 43 62 S3 1 P to 61 court. If any agency should still refuse to cooperate, the GAO wants the legal right to cut off their funds. MILK PRICES: In the name of "consumer protection," the Senate Agriculture Committee has passed legislation that would raise milk prices and fatten the bank accounts of the big milk cooperatives. Even the two more shocking, language was drafted by milk co-ops that have been accused by tfte Justice Department of antitrust and coercion charges. The measure would give Associated Milk Producers, Inc., and Dairymen, Inc., together with their allies throughout America, the power to raise milk prices without serious government hindrance. It would also strike heavily at the nation's independent dairy farmers. The two big coops have been charged in federal civil antitrust suits with "coercion," "threats" and attempted boycotts of other milk producers. r Yet they were able to get their friends in the Senate to sJip the anticonsumer milk provision into the omnibus farm bill ironically entitled "Agricultural and Consumer Protection Act of 1973." THE MAILBOX citizens and businessmen of Galesburg. This time it is billboards the Mayor doesn't like. What will it be next? Rootbeer Drive Inns? Taverns? Gas Stations? or Used Car Lots? It seems the proper way to control business in a community is to write restrictive regulations which both protects the public and allows the business to operate. Outdoor Advertising is a permitted use of commercial and industrial property under the Federal Highway Act and also under the Illinois Highway Control Act. What would be your position if it was Newspapers the Mayor wanted to eliminate? Henry Carlson, President, Tri- City Posting Service, Inc. The sheer size of the bill made it easy for the two co-ops to weave language, worth millions to the milk industry, into the bill. The 110 witnesses in 14 days of hearings so bewildered some senators that .they left the final meeting not knowing exactly what they had voted for. Dairy contributions of more than $50,000 to seven committee members may also have helped mute senatorial objections. They are Sens. Richard Clark, D-Iowa, $7,500; Carl Curtis, R- Neb., $2,000; Robert Dole, R- Kan., $2,500; James, Eastland, D-Miss., $15,000; Jesse Helms, R-N.C, $1,000; Walter Huddleston, D-Ky., $18,000; Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., $4,100. senators, multimil- Consumer - minded who discovered the lion-dollar bonanza after it had already been approved by the committee, hope to remove it from the final bill on the Senate floor. Otherwise, they fear it not only would boost milk prices but would kill any chance that the antitrust suits can be prosecuted. FOOTNOTE: Milk importers have complained that the dairy lobby has so limited dairy imports that prices will go up anyway. (Copyright, 1973, by UNITED Feature Syndicate, Inc.) r For Visit Editor, Register-Mail: Much comment is being made at the present time, some pro, other con, in regard to Leonid Brezhnev's visit to the United States. This man is basing his political career on detente with the United States, even conducting a mild party "purge" of refusing to reissue party membership cards to prominent lead­ ers in the U.S.S.R. who oppose this policy. There are many who oppose negotiations with the Soviets because of anti-communist sentiment. But the practicalities of the dangerous balance of terror must override all considerations of returning to the Cold War. The convergence thesis that the world's superpowers may draw closer together because of similar economic needs may be unfolding before our eyes. The U.S.S.R. needs American technology and grain, we find ourselves in need of oil which they have a surplus of. To back up and restrain relations because our idealogies differ on ownership of production and the value of the in(Continued on Page 14) EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Register-Mail welcomes tempered, constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Register- Mail however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of space limitations, Jetlers should not exceed 200 words in length. They will be subject to condensation. The Register- Maji would prefer letters typed and double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's signature and address. Defamatory material Will be rejected. No letters can be returned. Office 140 Souih Prairie Street Galesburg. 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