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The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri · Page 4

Chillicothe, Missouri
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Monday, July 21, 1980
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PAGE 4-CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI-M601 CHILLICOTHE CONSTITUTION-TRIBUNE, MONDAY, JULY 21, 1»M reflections by bill plummer A C-T editorial-- One of his parishoners tells us that during that hot, dry weather in late June that the pastor, Father Alexis Saathoff, announced at the St. Columban's church Sunday service that a congregational meeting had been scheduled for the following night to pray for rain. That Sunday night there was more than an inch of rain. The congregation, though, went on with the Monday night rain service anyway, giving thanks for the rain. Then this Sunday, as July drought and 100-degree temperatures continued, Father Alexis announced a congregational meeting for tonight, again to pray for rain. Well, you know what happened. Overnight the rains came, and the skies cooled. And the parishoner gave assurance that members of the congregation will be back at the church tonight, once again having a rain meeting, once again giving thanks for it. "Somebody ought to put him on a salary," suggested a citizen who heard the story of the pastor and the drought- breaking rains. Watching the televised coverage of the Republican national convention last week, we observed that an awful lot of people lost their travelers checks during the week. Opinions on the street by chuck haney I was pleased upon returning to Chillicothe during the weekend to note the success of the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair. With a few people being gone on vacation last week, the people in the C-T news department did one great job on coverage of our county fair and it was nice to hear the many fine .words of praise from some of the fair folks. This newspaper realizes the value of agriculture to this area and the outstanding job the fair people do and we are more than pleased to work with those people to see that our fair is successful and the young people fully recognized. The Haney family spent a few days in St. Louis where I attended the annual meeting of Smith Newspapers, Inc. One of the highlights was a visit with the Doug Pearson family who made the long trip from Jasper, Ala. The Pearsons send their best to all of their many friends in Chillicothe and hope within the next year to return here for a visit. It was really like old home week. In addition to Doug and his family, we enjoyed seeing again and having.good visits with Craig Watkins, Jerome Wassmann and Steve Russell, who were present at the group's annual newspaper seminar. Since all five of us were here at the C-T at one time and it had been a while since we had all been together, there was a lot of news to catch up on. Naturally, Doug had some individual messages for me to carry back and I plan to personally deliver those either by telephone or in person. By the way, Doug said it is all great down South and the Pearsons are enjoying their new home in Jasper. Doug thought he was getting out of hot weather in leaving Missouri, but Alabama is having high temperatures in the 90s and has had a shortage of moisture. Doug thought the 90s were okay after he was told the 110- and 112-degree readings we had been having in Chillicothe. At any rate, we all enjoyed the trip and the good times and the Russells returned with me on Saturday afternoon for a short visit with their families here and at Dawn before heading back to Lake Village, Ark. My wife and children returned a day earlier and when I arrived I was hit with good news from daughter Kathy and son Kevin. Kathy had won a new stereo in a contest at Brown's for Her and Kevin had pitched a shutout for the Red Raiders Legion team. It was good to welcome back Betty Phillips and Bill Plummer to the C-T today after each had enjoyed a few days of needed vacation time. jack anderson WASHINGTON--Senate Investigators have just heard some startling new revelations from financial freebooter Robert Vesco. He told them that, in return for keeping silent about a white House scandal, he was promised in 1978 that the ban would be lifted on some airliners sought by his friend, Libyan dictator Muammar.Qaddafi. Not long afterward, the White House overruled the objections of then-Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and delivered two Boeing 727 airliners to the Libyan government, which paid Vesco "a substantial sum of money" for their release. Vesco was questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee in Nassau, where he is on the lam from the law. His startling testimony was buttressed by an all-day lie detector test. The polygraph operator, Fred Cain, of International Investigations, Inc., certified to the committee that Vesco had answered all the relevant questions truthfully. The fugitive financier admitted that he had transferred a block of stock, worth $10 million to $12 million, to a group of Georgians in 1977. In return, they had offered to fix his legal problems through Spencer Lee IV, an Albany, Ga., attonrey who is a bosom buddy of White House aides Hamilton Jordan and Richard Harden. Lee later swore to a federal grand jury that Harden had persuaded him to pull out of the conspiracy in February 1977. This was affirmed under oath by Harden who also testified that he had reported the plot to President Carter, the president, thereafter, wrote a note of introduction for Lee and appointed him to a judicial nominating committee to help select federal judges. Yet Vesco insisted to the Senate investigators that he had remained in contact with Lee long after February 1977--a state- 1 ment that registered true on the polygraph machine. This contrasts with a lie detector test that the Justice Department persuaded Lee to take. He not only failed the test but tried again and failed the second time, too. The lie detector test suggests that both Lee and Harden may have committed perjury before the grand jury. Then where does this leave President Carter? He not only had been informed of a criminal conspiracy, which he failed to report to the Justice Department, but he rewarded one of the conspirators by allowing him to help screen federal judicial appointments. Meanwhile, the Securities and exchange Commission learned that Vesco had transferred some of his stolen stock to the Georgians. This led to an SEC inquiry which sent one of the Georgians winging to Nassau, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee account, to urge Vesco "to maintain silence." As related to the Senate report, Vesco demanded, "Why should I be quiet?" then added, "If you guys can't stop the ex- tradition attempts, at least you can help my friends in Libya." This would help "make him whole," Vesco suggested. Explained the Senate report: "Apparently, Vesco was referring to the fact that he had transferred 10 million to 12 million dollars worth of stock in a transaction of transactions which had been uncovered by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Then Vesco asked for a release of the planes as a signal of the Carter admnistration's cooperation." A few months later--in September 1978--1 reported the offer to fix the Robert Vesco case, the 120 million to $12 million payoff in stock and the creation of a Bahamian company to launder the money. According to the Senate account, my stories brought renewed pressure on Vesco to keep, his mouth shut. "This was followed," states the Senate report, "by the release of three airliners to the Libyan government. (Actually, only two were released.) Vesco was unwilling to discuss this subject in detail but said that he regarded this as an attempt to keep him silent. He acknowledged that the Libyan government gave him credit for the release of the planes and paid him a substantial sum of money for his efforts. Further details will be reported in later columns. Footnote: The Vesco inquiry is directed by Sens. Dennis De Concini, D-Ariz., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The committee chairman, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has disassociated himself from the investigation because of his presidential rivalry with Jimmy Carter. MEDIA MAESTRO: John Anderson's hired giant-killer, David Garth, told a group of volunteers recently how the independent candidate plans to knock off the two major party goliaths in November. Garth's presentation at the closed-door session was a shrew- ed mixture of hype, hope and hypocrisy. Here are the highlights, gathered by my reporter Mike Abeshouse: ·The media whiz promised that a media blitz would begin in late summer, yet insisted that "we're not trying to reach the media with a message." ·Anderson has held up as a major contender--to Garth's confessed surprise. Instead of slipping in the polls after his announcement, as Garth expected, Anderson has maintained his momentum. If he can hang in there till Labor Day, "he'll be OK," Garth said. *The campaign chest is almost empty. Garth told the volunteers he has run campaigns for the New York governorship with more money than Anderson has. ·Garth, who's getting $30,000-plus per month, was applauded wildly when he said he's not getting rich from the Anderson campaign, but had been offered "two other campaigns in this race which could've offered retirement--for both me and the country." Hard work, area support makes fair outstanding The just-completed Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair just completed one of its most, if not the most successful fairs in its history. The success came despite sizzling heat and a time when this area was experiencing very dry conditions, and like the rest of the country, inflation problems. The success of the fair can be traced to two things-an outstanding job of organization and work by the parents, youth, 4-H, FFA and University Extension personnel and tremendous support from the public and business community. Examples of the fair's success in 1980 are pointed out by the near 1,000 persons who paid their way into the first annual Junior Rodeo; to the more than 800 who attended the country and western show headlined by Ernest Tubb and The Texas Troubadors; to the record $64,000-plus paid by individuals and business firms for ribbon-winning livestock at the fair's annual auction; and to the more than 40 individuals and business places with booths and displays at the fair. Two other highlights had to be the appreciation picnic for contributors and supporters of the fair, an event sponsored by the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair Association, and the first annual Rodeo and public picnic co- MONEY TALKS sponsored by the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce and Livingston County Pork Producers in recognition of our agriculture community. As one fair supporter and a member of the Chamber of C o m m e r c e stated/'Many other fair groups and communities marvel at the success of our county fair and the great response we get at our auction, but none, despite the effort, can approach what this fair group does or it gets done with the help of their business community." The Chillicothe State Bank paid a record $2.75 a pound and a record $3,671.25 for the grand champion steer and purchased a total of nine cattle for more than $10,000. Six other business places purchased three or more animals at the fair. This newspaper was proud to again be successful in purchasing the Grand Champion market hog and Grand Champion market lamb. With this kind of support during the auction and the support of the public along with the efforts by the fair planning group and fair association, the Livingston County Fair will always be a big success. Thanks to the fair groups for giving us such an event and congratulations to all of the youth on ribbon winning entries. What blacks really need is less, not more, government economic ' help' By Louis Rukeyser NEW YORK-The harried businessman and the unemployed black slumd- weller may eye each other with wary bitterness in this recession summer of 1980, but it could be that in reality they have the same economic enemy-an overprotective government. This insight, just offered in fresh d e t a i l by one of America's most b r i l l i a n t black economists, provides a useful perspective on the routine political controversy now swirling around Ronald Reagan and the conventional spokesmen f o r m i n o r i t y pressure groups. For whatever reason (he says it was a staff foulup), R e a g a n o f f e n d e d t h e N.A.A.C.P. by taking a brief pre-convention vacation in Mexico rather than addressing the group's Miami convention. The candidate, anxious to avoid the impression that he was insensitive to black voters, has since apologized and promised to speak to the National Urban League in New York August 5. One hopes that he will use this opportunity, not just for standard politicking, but to tell these government-oriented associations a few truths they may not want to hear. Truth One would be that the interests of black and white Americans are closer than bigots (reverse or otherswise) customarily assume. Truth Two would be that promising ever more governmental intervention, ostensibly in behalf of underprivileged citizens, is the surest way to guarantee the perpetuation of th«»ir plight., One American who has seen this with unusual clarity is Walter E. Williams, associate professor of economics at P h i l a d e l p h i a ' s Temple University, who happens to be black but who long has recognized that the laws of economics-like the laws of arithmetic-do not vary according to one's pigmentation. (The insulting contrary theory may be one of the most degrading and debilitating contributions, however unconscious, of Twentieth Century "liberalism.") In a thoughtful presentation at M i c h i g a n ' s freedom- oriented Hillsdale College, Williams pointed out tren- c h a n t l y t h a t the poor- whatever their hue-are not actually the beneficiaries of the welfare state, but its "first victims." "There are numerous laws, regulations and ordinances in our country that are benign in racial intent but malevolant in racial effect," Williams said. "They rig the economic game against today's disadvantaged." Some examples: (1) The minimum-wage law, by making it uneconomical to offer beginning work experience to youths and other u n t r a i n e d a p p l i c a n t s , "encourages r a c i a l d i s c r i m i n a t i o n ' ' and"effectively discriminates against the employment of low-skilled workers." Williams agrees with the "militant" contention that the current rate of black teenaged unemployment (nearly 40 percent, versus about 16 percent for white youths) is "a national scandal." But he points out something the conventional shouters t would prefer to ignore: this is'an unprecedented phenomenon, produced entirely by misguided governmental efforts to be "helpful." Until 1954, despite open discrimination and grossly inferior educations, black teen-agers (indeed, blacks in every age group) were more active in the labor market than their white counterparts-the reverse of today's situation. (2) Federal, state and local occupational licensing and business regulation, by raising the cost of entry to a particular business of occupation, operate as another form of "collusion against the disadvantaged." Williams cited the effect of taxicab licensing in most U.S. cities, where the controlled market-which has sent the price of a license as high as $65,000-discriminates against those who have neither that kind of money or that kind of credit. (Such practices also discriminate against the consumer: in Washington, where entry is effectively unlimited, there are 12 taxis for every 1,000 people; New York, which has the highest density, has 2.3 per 1,000.) (3) S i m i l a r l y counterproductive effects are produced, W i l l i a m s said, by "government conferred uniori monopoly, state education monopoly and the destruction of housing choices through local rent-control laws, zoning ordinances and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's agency's policy." Such actions, however well- i n t e n t i o n e d a n d "progressive," w i n d up b e n e f i t t i n g m i d d l e - c l a s s bureaucrats-while making it harder for today's poor to escape poverty. "Jobs for the lowest-skilled person have all but been destroyed," Williams noted. "In this sense we have cut off the bottom rungs to the economic ladder...Poor people today need just what the poor of yeterday had: a life with government off their backs." Let's hope Reagan is listening. ISSOMcNaught Syndicate. Inc. QUOTE/UNQUOTE What people are saying.. Constitution=tribune CHUCK HANEY Editor and Publisher JULIE ASHBROOK Advertising Director WM. H. PLUMMER Assistant to the Publisher GARY OGLE Production Supt. Bart Reynolds Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune Owned and Published By Chillicothe Newspaper, Inc., 818 Washington St. Chillicothe, Missouri 64601 Phone (816) 646-2411 Second Class Postage Paid at Chillicothe, Mo. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP news dispatches! Daily Constitution-Tribune (published daily except Sunday and the following holidays: New Year's, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) in Chillicothe by carrier per year $32.09; monthly $2.75; by mail in Livingston and adjoining counties per year 129.00; by mail outside territory $37.00; outside U.S. $47.00. "One of the really shocking things is that I'm not very good in bed. I guess that's probably why I just keep trying." -- Bnrt Reynolds, actor noted for being a sex symbol. (ABC-TV) "Look man, this is the healthiest place in the world to live and even if we don't have television, nobody could ever be bored." -- Barend GeMenhuys, co- owner of the town of Middel- pm, in Johannesburg, South Africa. GeMenhuys has put the town, which has 40 residents, up for sale for $83,000. "A lot of people call us the Nuclear Polka Band, but our real name is Brave Combo. People come to hear us play, and they say, 'You guys sure are brave.'" -- Carl Finch, leader of the Texas band, Brave Combo, which specializes in polka versions of songs by the late acid-rocker Jimi Hendrix and soul singer James Brown. (Rolling Slant) "These aren't really methods but rather tricks that I invented. The conditioning of the mentally handicapped by violence is necessary to compel them to acquire a sense of responsibility. I assure you, my tricks worked." -- Rene Fabre, 69-year-old Roman Catholic priest in Montpellier, France, who used fear and punishment to "educate" young girls at a borne for the mentally handicapped. Fabre was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the suffocation of a girl who had disrupted a Mass with incoherent noises. The girl bad been placed in a straitjacket and hmg from a wall in a padded cell. send the C-T your opinions

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