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4 Gdlflsburo fteai_fer*Mail, Golesbura».HK. Tues, f .Junt,.,.1,.gi1973 Let's Check Consumer Honesty He's Watagan, Sir. Says We Can't Dump Our Trash On His Land EDITORIAL Comment and Review No-Fault Nears Passage The House of Representatives may take action in Springfield in the next two weeks on a no-fault insurance bill. The IUjnois legislators have two basic no-fault plans before them. We consider one to be a sound program that, if amended, would virtually guarantee a small reduction in insurance premiums. The other is a poor excuse for no-fault insurance and threatens to increase those premiums. Earlier this year, we endorsed the plan introduced in the Senate by Sen. William Harris of Pontiac. The Harris proposal, approved by the Senate and sent to the House, appears to meet the Illinois Supreme Court objections to legislation adopted last year and contains the provisions necessary to alleviate 90 per cent of the lawsuits resulting from bodily injuries. Those legal proceedings have tied up the court system for years and have forced the cost of insurance policies up. : Basically, no-fault auto insurance provides for the payment of auto accident claims by the driver's own insurance company, and prohibits small court claims. But it permits legal recourse for major . bodily injuries or death. The alternative to the Harris bill is one sponsored by Sen. Harris W. Fawell, R- NaperviUe. The Fawell legislation is supported by the Illinois Trial Lawyers and some Illinois bar associations. That legislation contains no provisions to reduce the number of minor injury claims, but it does require the driver's own insurance company to pay off after an accident. The result of such legislation can only mean a continuation of the financial boon realized by trial lawyers in this field, especially in Cook County, and not much else. Its supporters contend that motorists won't mind paying a little bit more on their insurance premiums if they are guaranteed speedy payments on their claims. What its supporters don't telj. you, however, is that most claims in downstate Illinois are not delayed for excessive periods of time and that the safe-driving motorist who isn't in court every few months seeking injury damages is the one who will be penalized under the Fawell bill. The good driver will have to pay the increased premiums, but he won't get additional coverage and he won't get better service, because he doesn't hurt people when he drives. There is room for a compromise in that canyon between the Harris and Fawell bills, but the approach to no-fault insurance the Illinois General Assembly must take is very clear. If there must be compromise to satisfy the intense lobby of the trial lawyers, we hope that it can be accomplished without doing too much harm to the Harris legislation. Canadian Pipeline Feasible Ever since the price of gas started to climb, Congress has been considering two proposals that would give this country access to the oil reserves in Alaska and Canada. The most controversial proposal caVls for the construction of nearly 800 miles of pipeline through the rugged Alaska interior from Prudhoe Bay to the coastal town of Valdez. On the coast, the oil would be loaded onto tankers and shipped the 2,000 miles to Los Angeles and San Fran- Timely Quotes I think the Democratic party has moved farther to the left now than at any time in my lifetime. It's left the mainstream of the people. The Republican Party has moved from the right and now represents the broad spectrum of activities in the political arena. —John B. ConnalJy, former Treasury secretary and governor of Texas, announcing bis change of parties. Peace will come in the Mideast when foe Arabs love their children more than they hate us. And, when peace does come, we will perhaps—in time—be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons. However, it will be more difficult for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. —Israeli Premier Golda Meir. People who make a living doing what (hey don't enjoy wouldn't even be happy with a one-day workweek. -Duke Elliijgton. Cisco and the 1,200 mi\es to Seattle. The trans-Alaska pipeline idea is controversial because it would cross a highly earthquake-prone area of the Alaskan frontier, leaving open the likelihood of oil spills there and along the Pacific Coast where the oil would be transported by tanker. Another disadvantage is that the West Coast of the United States doesn't need the oil as badly as the Midwest and East Coast. The far more advantageous plan, we believe, is the trans-Canadian pipeline which would carry the oil reserves in Alaska and Canada to Edmonton, Alberta, where it would be piped through existing lines to Seattle and the Chicago area. While there is a sljm possibility that international snags with the Canadian government could surface under this proposal and not the other, the pipeline across North America minimizes the risk of oil spills since neither earthquakes or tanker mishaps would be factors to consider, and it gets the oil to where it is needed the most in the fastest possible time. Fortunately, the Canadian government has been receptive to the pipeline concept, and has not indicated any intent to leave the United States at a disadvantage in hammering out an agreement. The Canadians, in fact, appear eager to reach accord with this country over a continental pipeline to avoid the dangers of oil spills on its shores by American tankers travelling from Alaska to the West Coast. It may be useful, in this era of strong ccwtimerism movement, to »6 reminded that there Is a counterpart to the old warning of "caveat emptor" — let the buyer beware. This is "caveat vendor" — let (the seller also keep an eye out for sharp customers. Net only does the consumer not always wear a halo as the innocent victim of rapacious retailers, but many of his actions, whether careless or deliberate, actually contribute to the high prices we all complain about. Shoplifting is obviously the No. 1 cause. The National Retail Merchants Assn. estimates that the cost of shoplifting and related theft is about $3.5 billion a year. Shoplifters ultimately rob the average family of something between $30 and $60 a year. This is the surcharge a family pays in higher prices to cover business losses due to shoplifting. But even those who would never consider stealing an item from a store may be guilty of practices (that amount to a form of theft, charges Beverly Henderson, a consumer economics specialist at the University of WisconsinrExtensiion. One of these tricks, she points Comment By Don Oakley out, lis switching price labels from low-priced to higher priced items. As a result, to the annoyance of honest customers, stores have retaliated by using sticky labels that are almost impossible to get off. Then there's the classic example of the person who buys merchandise — a fondue set, say — and uses it for a special occasion. Then she returns it to the store, saying it was not suitable. Such used merchandise will probably be sold at a reduced price, and again other customers share the cost of Uils loss to the store. It's hot unusual to see someone handling and squeezing fresh fruit and other produce In the supermarket, says Miss Henderson. Damaged food spoils quickly, and if some unsuspecting consumer doesn't buy it, it will be marked down for quick sale or thrown out. Maybe you've seen a misplaced package of frozen food on a shelf. Some thoughtless consumer changed her mind about the purchase and didn't bother to return It to the frozen food case. Anotlier common practice is to open a jar or package of food sample it, and put it back on the shelf. (Often the person doing this takes another jar or package that hasn't been opened.) This results in contamination or spoilage of some foods. The customer who buys it may be the loser, or if she returns to tbo store and gets a refund or replacement, this adds to the store's operation costs. "Cartnaping" is another problem for supermarkets. Some stores report losing one out of every five carts they own, at a cost of about $35 each. (Continued on Page 9) Mr. Impeccable Goes After Senator Sam WASHINGTON — The administration ostensibly brought Mr. Impeccable, Archibald Cox, down from his Harvard Law School professoriate to prosecute the Waterbuggers — but the man with the bow tie and the stiff neck seems more interested in putting Sen. Sam Ervin in jail. Falling in step with Spiro Agnew and a host of other disinterested people whose only concern is justice, Mr. Impeccable contends tot televising Sen. Sam and his committee at work will make a speedy, fair and impartial trial impossible. Appearances to the contrary, Mr. Impeccable isn't the administration's ally, only its unknowing tool. The special prosecutor is the genuine article: those ties he wears aren't clip- ons, he knots them himself; and if he allows himself to be fashioned into the only weapon the Nixon people would dare use against Sen. Sam, it's because he acts out of a pridef uil, brainy scorn that can't simply be attributed to a place on the Harvard Law faulty. MR. IMPECCABLE is so deeply read in the law and so imperiously oblivious to its reasonable application that he believes there should be no difference between the way Watergate is handled, and the prosecution of a liquor store holdup. The rules of criminal procedure say that pre-trial publicity can hamper the selection of an impartial jury, so publicity should be suppressed. Therefore, according to this logic, Sen. Sam should either suspend his hearings or keep them secret until the last of the Watergate suspects is tried, which, at the rate Mr. Impeccable and the Justice Department are moving, will be around 1981. Comment By Nicholas Von Hoffman In 'the meantime, the public would be deprived of the most important information concerning the conduct of half the upper levels of 'the Executive Branch. Setting aside the conclusion that Watergate suggests major changes are needed not only in our election laws but in the organization of the White House, it is also true that some of the most serious accusations made against these freebooters may not even be indictable offenses. As unbelievable as some of the witnesses have been . to whom Sen. Sam has quoted poetry and Bible verse, most of tlie lying here in Washington hasn't been under oath. The pillaging, the polite extortions, the throwing around oif hundreds of thousands of dollars, even much of the wiretapping, and many of the other disreputable practices may be simultaneously legal and widely destructive. SENATOR SAM knows this and that's why he's said, "It is much more important for the Crossword Puzzle Variety Aniwtra to Previous Puxil* ACROSS a"Uncl8 Tom- character 6 36th US. president 13 Spanish courtesy title 14 Province of Cuba 15 Turkic tribesman 16 Having left a will 17 GI's address 18 Lohengrin's bride 20 Deity 21 Automotive group (ab.) 22 Scottish lak* 25 Avouch 4 Animals (comb, form) 5 Overdue payment 6 Iotas 7 Mountain nymphs 8 Possessive pronoun 9 Seine 10 Projecting tooth 11 Masculine appellation 12 Require 19 Southern general 21 Skins tanned with tannic acid 23 Auricle h * 1 r I T 1 g 28 Dinner coum % Click-beetle (pl_) 2$ Encourage 32 Mitigate 33 Hindu queen 34 Elude 36 Son o! 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They've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars paying their own people to shut up and go to jail. Jail is the tomb of truth. James M c C o r d knew this. That's why he grew feathers and turned canary. He knew that those promises of Executive clemency were worthless, that the moment they locked the doors on him in the Atlanta Federal Slam, he'd never be heard from again. What scares administration men like Agnew is just what they say: ". . .When a witness testifies to what some third party toW him, he frequently is then asked to elaborate on details of the hearsay statement and pressed to say whether his informant mentioned still another person." NO TESTIMONY of that sort is allowed in a law court and rightly so, but a law court seeks to pronounce a person guilty or not guilty of a particular crime. It has no other kind of truth in mind and needs none, but what we need to know is the larger, sloppier truth about the biggest and most dangerous political conspiracy in our history. To go the other way, to satisfy Mr. Impeccable's tastes, would be to freeze the Legislative Branch at a time when it should be awakening from its customary torpor while also impaneling a jury of such ignorance that even a Maurice Stans might slirink from submitting himself to their judgment. Let's say Sen. Sam is cut off right now and we have no more pre-trial publicity. Imagine the cretins who could say at this date, a year after Watergate, that they had never heard of the case and had formed no opinion about it. No one who looks back at the early 1950s, who remembers what Nixon himself did as a congressional investigator, can feel entirely at ease about unchecked, mob-ridden senatorial inquiries. But there are differences. Sen. Sam displays a regard for constitutional rights that Dick Nixon and Joe McCarthy didn't, and the putative culprits aren't a small bunch of disowned, isolated and universally despised Comimies being pursued by the press and all three branches of government; they're the President's men accused of committing acts paid for by the richest corporaUons and individuals in America. © 1973 by NEA, iK.^fjHjBtofc^. "Look, Buddy, stop buggin' me. If you're Insecure about Hank Aaron getting close to Babe Ruth's record, that's your hana'uol" 1 Qalestojrg lister-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galcsburg, Illinois, 81401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mull Exchange 343-7181 SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier In Clly of Galesbura 80c a Week II- of (NIW1WII tHTfMftlM A5JM.) Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, llnols, under Act of Congress ^ March 3, 1870. Dally except Sunday, and Holidays other than Washington'! Birthday, CoJumbua Day and Veterans Day. 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