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4 GM#sbuffl_Rflflj9tgr*MdiGalesburg, 111. Tuei, June 26, 1973 "Well, You Give a Little and You Take a Little!" Laird Will Make President Accessible Comment and Review *» *0 w Ml *• «* *• Ml 'W »!a * « ft m m w w m Mi t» » IV r* fa 5 J « ii Si «« Agnew's Poor Defense One is wejl advised to avoid tangling in debate with Spiro Agnew, a man of no mean forensic abilities. For once, however, the Vice President seems to have gotten the worst of it in a recent exchange of charges and countercharges regarding the Watergate hearings. Mr. Agnew started it off in a speech in St. Louis in which he accused the committee headed by Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C, of indulging in a "gross perversion of justice." By making both committee members and witnesses perform as players on "a spotlighted national stage," he said, the hearings are complicating the search for truth and may make it impossible for the Watergate guilty ever to be convicted. That is, they may have a good claim that because of all the pubjicity they cannot get a fair trial. Interestingly enough, one of the sharpest reactions came from a Republican member of the committee, Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. of Connecticut. In the year since the break-in of Democratic campaign headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex, he said, "What truth has emerged has come from the press, the courts and the Ervin committee. "Noticeably deficient from any contribution to the facts has been the President and the Vice President of the United States." Adding injury to insult, Weicker noted that the trial of Daniel Eljsberg, the White Panthers in Detroit, the "Camden 28" and 11 gambling, narcotics and bribery cases in Miami "were all prosecutions that were thrown out because of illegal conduct on the part of the executive branch." A milder statement was that of Republi­ can Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, who averred that the Ervin committee is doing "a fair and unbiased, nonpartisan job." On the Democratic side, Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana recalled that much of the information that led to convictions in the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s came from the Senate's investigation of the case, and he expects the same thing to happen this time. Said Mansfield's assistant, Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia: "If Jack Ruby, after shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in full view of millions of television viewers, could get a fair trial by an impartial, jury; if Sirhan Sirhan, physically overcome by Rosie Greer in full view of shocked millions following the shooting of Sen. Robert Kennedy, could get a fair trial by an impartial jury; surely it will not be impossible to select an impartial jury in a far less dramatic and less emotional case involving Watergate offenders. "Methinks," Byrd added, "the Vice President doth protest too much." Previously, numerous political observers had suggested that if the Vice President has hopes of a presidential nomination in 1976, his wisest course would be to maintain a discrete silence about and aloofness from the whole Watergate mess. Mr. Agnew has apparently chosen not to, no doubt from the highest motives, since he has been untouched by the spreading stain of Watergate and is in no danger of being touched. But the telling blasts he incurred after his St. Louis statement indicate that neither he nor the cause of truth will be well served by more forays on his part onto the body-strewn field of Watergate. A New Trial Balloon <* Since Watergate blossomed into a full* fledged scandal, the Nixon administration * and the Republican National Committee « have made numerous attempts to counter HI its impact with excuses ranging from national security to precedents set by previous Democrat administrations. Both the executive branch and the GOP Z committee have been sending up trial bal•it » loons in hopes that at least one of the * explanations will catch the public eye and Z draw sympathy to the Republicans or in- u tolerance with the Senate investigations. Unfortunately for the GOP, the trial balloons usually burst before they reach a respectable altitude. The Republican National Committee, however, has never been known as a defeatist organization. There's another balloon on the launching pad, and this time it is loaded with demands that someone investigate the campaign practices of the Democrats. The Republicans are quietly building *> at a* m «* «< to Si «t M Ml * m m «* # «* * «* up support for a shift in the attention from the Committee to Re-Elect the President to the Democratic National Committee and the primary campaign organizations of everyone from George McGovern to Hubert Humphrey. It is likely that this diversion will also fail, however. If the GOP is successful in obtaining a full-scale investigation of the Democrats, it is doubtful that it would turn up anything as dramatic as Watergate. That will make the Republicans look worse than they do now. If they are too insistent in their demands for an investigation, whether they get it or not, the move will diminish any arguments they have for subduing the current Senate Watergate hearings and may suggest to the public that their diversionary tactics are an admission of guilft. It doesn't happen very often, but at this point the GOP may be better off doing nothing. WASHINGTON '(NBA)—After watching Melvlh Laird in operation at the Pemtagoft for four years, it is easy to forecast that with Laird in the White Mouse, President Nixon will find it impossible to seclude himself with the yellow pad and pencil for interminable intervals, whatever his inclinations. One way or another, the gregarious Laird will get the recluse Nixon re* hictantly mixing with ifchose men and women Laird believes essential to getting the President's job done. The bouncy, politics-loving Laird will be a dominant figure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Already, Laird men arc in key posts. William Baroody, his legislative assisant in Congress i>nd Pentagon aide, is now a White House political adviser. Mr. Nixon's special counsel, Fred Buzhardt, was a Laird- picked man at Defense. Laird has had the reputation of being one of the few men in Washington able to say "no" to the President, Kissinger, Haldeman and Ehrlichmao all in the same week, and to make the "no" stick in each case. Over-all, despite exceptions, he had his own way in the Vietnam war. He ran the Defense Department with little effective interference. He came to the job on his own terms as a favor to Mr. Nixon and left at a time of his own choosing. Laird carries the heavy backing of the Republican party apparatus and the GOP block in Congress where he was long an influential figure. As never before, the President needs the help of orthodox Republicans. Laird's congressional friend- j-hips go wider than the Republican minority. Witness this success with the Defense budget last year when military spending was not in high favor. By contrast, Mr. Nixon has failed miserably in his own relationships with the legislators. As for corruption and hanky- panky, colleagues tell me that Laird, while in Congress, was unwilling to trade his vote for what another congressman wanted in return for something Comment Bv Kay Cromley he. Laird, desired for his district a straiWaccd attitude almost unheard of on Capitol Hill. There's no question Laird's move to the White House will lead to strong staff in-flighting ai.d an end to orderliness and quiet. There are bound to be serious White House tilts as three strong men — Laird, John Ccjinally and Treasury 8ceffr> lary George Shulz — "fry to mount one stool," each pushing vigorously his own views on bringing the economy into line. Laird will be no domestic Kissinger. Though he's long had a deep emotional attachment to health, welfare, education and labor problems, some liberals find the conservative Laird more liberal than they, he does not have the same kind of expertise in economics, money problems and general finance that Kissinger has in the foreign field. Though Laird Is an economic' conservative, men who know him well predicted .that his move to the White House would mean a return to stronger economic controls. Ho has, these men say, an unerring nose for political realities, and the pressures for tighter controls were building up in both the Senate and House. The President's announcement of a 60-day freeze and Phase IV prove Laird got his message through. Listed Person Has Trouble Finding Home WASHINGTON - In 1959 Victor Samuel Goldberg was banned. Everything about him was banned. Because he. was an officer of the Congress of Democrats, .the government of South Africa banned him from so much as going to cocktail parties, weddings and funerals. He had to obtain'government permission to talk to his ex-wAf.e, who was also a "listed person." Goldberg wrote to his government to inquire why he should be treated so and received a reply from the Secretary for Justice, which said, ". . . you attended or addressed, meetings, made utterances and took part in agitation as a result of which the Honorable the Minister (sic) is satisfied that in certain areas you advocated, advised, defended or encouraged the achievement of certain of the objects of Communism. . ." The letter explained that all the information "which induced the Honorable the Minister to issue the above mentioned no- fee (of banning) can, in his opinion, not be disciltosed' without detriment to public policy," but the Secretary for Justice did single out certain public utterances of Goldberg's which Comment By Nicholas Von Hoffman the Honorable the Minister thought were excuse enough to put Goldberg in Coventry. THEY INCLUDED saying such things as "Africans want to rule in their own country and they want freedom. . . We are slaves ,in the land of our birth. . - Most governments "have agreed, at least civilized governments, that human rights are something inalienable. . . Votes are being denied us. . . Apartheid is segregation and helps to develop white domination. . . We want a parliament © 1973 hi NEA, Inc. 'I'm sorry I ruined the weekend, but I forgot about the rule never to mention the name 'John Dean'!" (Jalesbuig Ifegisfer-Mafl Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, B1401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 Entered us Second Claw Matter at 1he Post Office at GalesburK. Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3. 187!). Daily except .Sund.ivs and Holidays oilier thun Wellington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and geneial manager, Koiji-it Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Kepresentatives: Ward Cirlffith Co., Inc., New York, Chicago, Detroit, l.os Angeles, San K/ancisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUUIT BUREAU Of CIRCULATION ^ SUBSCRIPTION BATES By Carrier In City of Galesburg sue a Week Hy Hf'D mall in our retail trading zone; 1 Year S18 .00 3 Months «523 6 Months $ U.UO 1 Month $2.0U No mail subscriptions accepted in towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. Hy Carrier In retail trading zone outside City of Galesburg 50c a Week Hy mail outside retail trading zone in Illinois, lowu and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading /.one: 1 Year $22 00 ;i Months $6<>') (i Months $I2U0 1 Month J2.50 By mall outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: I Year *2fl 00 3 Months t; Months 11450 1 Month which shall be the people's parliament." Finally, Victor Samuel Gold-, 'berg fled his 'homeland with his lO-year.-oiId son for refuge in Israel. In February, 1970, while in London, he married Sylvia Johnson, a native-born American, and applied''for an immigration visa to the United States. Before his marriage, Victor Goldberg had also applied for an American visa, but had been turned down. When he reapplied our consular official told the new Mrs. Goldberg that there would toe no trouble, that the reason he had 'been turned down the first time had something to do with the immigration quotas. In fact, Goldberg had been denied a visa because the State Department had decided that the South African government was right and that the Congress of Democrats was a Comimunlst' organization. Neither Goldberg nor his wife was informed of this decision. They were left" in London to dangle for months. In July, 1971, the State Department told the staff member of • a -friendly Congressman who- had made inquiries that "due to the number of previous addresses Mr. Goldberg has had, it is taking longer than usual to complete the routine investigation." WHILE THE S t at c Department told its lies and messed up these people's lives, Goldberg's British visa expired and he had to return to Israel. A year later, as his wife tells it, "We still hadn't been contacted by the Tel Aviv Embassy. I went in to see them to inquire about the delay. First I was told by a clerk that my husband's file from London still hadn't arrived. Then a consular official saw me briefly and... I was told by this official that a decision had been made in London that my husband ineligible for any kind of visa ... I'm now exited from my own country unless you consid­ er it natural for me to go live in the States without my husr. . band.". There is one way Victor Goldberg can get in this country and that is if he claims "defector status." To do this Goldberg would have to show that for the last five : years he has been "actively opposed to the doctrine, program, principles and ideology" of the Congress of Democrats, his old South African political group. In other words, if Goldberg .writes 'the State' ..Department that he doesn't believe in the U.S. Constitution, if he swears he's a segregationist, that he hate's 1 .blacks and: believes in packing them all away in Ban- tustans, they'll let him in. Instead, he wrote to one of those selfless foreign service payroll- ers in the American Embassy in Tel Aviv that "I find it impossible to claim 'defector; status,' for you're asking me io defect 'from the belief in the right to equal rights and opportunities for all human beings which I worked for in South Africa." ACTUALLY, Victor Goldberg, would have an easier time if: he were a Communist, and a much better time if he were a rich and powerful Communist. Washington this week is crawling with Reds from out of town. The President is giving Mr* Big Pink himself fancy motor cars and toasting him dn champagne. That's all might. No sane person objects to that. Visitors and trade from Russia should be welcome and if we have to put up with the Red apparatchik and the Capitalist apparatchik making over each other like two 20th Century bureaucratic Czars, that's a small price to pay for peace. But Isn't there any way for one American woman to bring home her crummy, uncompromising, idealistic husband? No, probably not. He's not our kind of guy. He's proved it. When the going gets tough, he doesn't get going, Crossword Puzzle Olio Answers to Prsvioui Puzzlt 15 .80 •Wi ACROSS 1 African country 6 Panama or Suez 11 Mountain crests 13 Drowsy (rare) 14 Lace anew 15 30 (Fr.) IB Fiber knots 17 Give ear to 1!) Auricle 20 Koko's weapon 22 Pastry 23 Steamers (ab.) 24 Kind of cheese 26 Certain Asians 28 Be seated 30 Entangle 31 Threefold (comb, form) 32 Courtesy title 33 Spheres of action 36 Demolish 39 Biblical name 40 Morning moisture 42 Bell sound 44 Chum 45 Epochal 47 District Staff Officer (ab.) 48 Dweller 51 Sell In small Jots 53 Ecclesiastical laws 54 Fircpl»ce sh«lf 55 Choose by ballot 56 Those who (suffix) DOWN 1 Merits 2 Alabama county 3 Barked shrilly 4 School-home Kroup (ab,) 5 Technology (ab.) C Heart (anat.) 7 Primate 8 Nine times ten 0 Perfumes 10 Sly looks 12 Percolate slowly 13 Rivers 18 Purpose 21 Church fete 23 Petty prince 25 Demeanor 27 Den 29 Barterers 33 Moorish kettledrum 34 Put in new lining 35 Indian weight 37 Unruffled 38 More facile 39 Speedily 41 Genial 43 Lounges 46 Meadows 49 Medical man • (familiar) 50 Adjectival suffix 52 Powerful explp»ive (NIWSfAPU INTIRPRIU A55N )

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