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4 (Sattsbufa Rfjaliter »Mqjj,, GQlesbufg, III. Wed,, July 18, 1973 Bumper Crop EDITORIAL Comment and Review There Is No Cause So Noble So many times during the turbulent sixties and the early seventies protesters rampaging through the streets for equal rights or burning flags, draft cards and government buildings to end the war in Vietnam excused their actions with a familiar philosophy: If violence and unlawful acts are the only means with which a change in this country can be achieved, then so be it. That premise was even employed by Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo jvhen they released classified government documents concerning U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. And all the while, the United States government, under three presidents, condemned such action as a mockery of constitutional rights and the Democratic process. The governhient threw the protesters in jail, or at least 'tried to, and we believed it right. Even though their cause may have been just, those who resorted to violence or lawlessness had to face the consequences. And now comes John Mitchell. Once the chief law officer of the United States, he has acknowledged, first, being aware of the commission of illegal acts, and then participating in their cover-up. He has based his justification for placing political expediency before official responsibilities on the rock of his devotion to the President: . . the re-election of Richard Nixon compared with what was available on the other side was so much more important. . ." The end, Mr. Mitchell told the Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair, justified the means. The cause was so noble, the law had to be disregarded. A familiar cant. During the early stages of the Watergate investigation, the affair took on the complexion of a bad dream that the American people would soon awaken from and be able to forget. Mr, Mitchell's testimony and that which has preceded him has turned it into a horrible nightmare that will scar this country for years to come. Those who have witnessed the growth of our nation's government into a bureaucratic monster no one man or group of men can control have been guardedly' aware that the government was slipping from the hands of the public. Slowly, but steadily, the people have been losing their ability to rule the bureaucracy while the bureaucracy has been learning to rule the people. But few assumed that our government had become so dictatorial that the law and the constitution were no more than symbol of bygone days to those who governed us. Mr. Mitchell's testimony suggests that is true. He suggests that sometime during the first term of President Nixon, someone took our constitutional rights and put them through the White House shredding machine. There was obviously no intention within the White House inner circle to permit the American people to select their own president in 1972 and what more basic right do we have. There is a little comfort in the words of President Nixon in his address to the nation on Watergate last April. "The lesson is c^ear," the chief executive declared. "America in its political campaigns must not again fall into the trap of letting the end, however great that end is, justify the means." The horror of Watergate remains with us, however, despite the lesson Mr. Nixon learned. His remarks suggest that he was unaware of the activities of his subordinates and, therefore, had little or no control over his campaign or his administration. There is not much to suggest that he does now. If President Nixon did have a tight reign over his underlings, then he knew what was going on and did nothing to prevent it. That makes him worse than Mr. Mitchell Amelia Earhart would have been 75 years old next Tuesday. And she would have been the first woman to circumnavigate the world by airplane, if her daring attempt had not been cut short by tragedy so close to completion. Thirty-six years ago, on July 2, 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred J. Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific on the last leg of a journey that had started a month earlier in Miami. Before she tried her luck on that last fateful mission, Amelia Earhart had an impressive list of "first woman" accomplishments under her belt and a world-wide audience of fans. In 1928, she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane and four years later she did it alone. In 1933 she was the first woman to make'a The Earhart Legend nonstop flight across the United States and in 1935 to fly the Pacific from Hawaii to California. The twin-engine Lockheed Electia carrying Noonan and Earhart was 2,500 miles from California when it vanished. "Gas is running low . . . unable to reach you by radio ... we are circling but cannot see you," were the last words heard by trackers on Howland Island. Scores of ships and planes combed 200,000 square miles of ocean for 15 days, but they found nothing. For years the rumor persisted that the two were captured and executed by the Japanese. A new twist to the Earhart mystery was added in 1970 by two former Air Force officers who wrote a book claiming that, as the title said, "Amelia Earhart Lives." Supply Will Govern Prices of Future WASHINGTON (NEA) - If this country is to have any mtasurt of price stability in the years ahead, tome far- reaching agreements with other nations will have to be made to answer the following nagging questions now plaguing admin* istration planners: As the United States becomes more heavily dependent on greater supplies of Middle East oil, what happens to the multi- billions of excess dollars in the hands of a few small countries? Will they be used specula' tively to drive the dollar down at irregular intervals? Will they be used for heavy investment in the United States and for control of some important segments of the oil distribution system in this nation? Will this oil dependency enable these Middle East lands to drive the cost of gasoline ard fuel oil up to intolerable levels? As our unfavorable balance of trade continues, will the large supply of dollars accumulating in foreign hands induce periodic speculation on the U.S. and world commodity and securities markets on a scale which will make price stability in this country almost impossible? Prices of wool, rubber, nonferrous metals and other com* modttiee were thus, driven up heavily by speculation by foreign operators in recent years. Must the American consumer pay through the nose In the form of serious inflation for periodic worldwide crises in food and agriculture production—as when this country, as in 1972, makes up for crop failures in a dozen countries at once? Last year's heavy demand on U.S. wheat by Russia and other countries and the effect cn wheat prices is well known. Though the present outlook' for U.S. wheat is good, with expectations for a considerable increase over 1972, a world shortage of rice makes certain a continued heavy demand for wheat. The world supply of feed pro* teins became critical in 1972 Comment By Ray Cromley when the Peruvian fish harvest (hopped sharply, flshmeal being the world's richest source of protein feed. Early this year Peru suspended fishing for anchovies for a period not yet clearly defined. This has put a heavy load on feeds. Within the past year, cotton prices have been driven up by heavy foreign bidding. U. S. lumber prices have gone tip sharply. How much higher would they have skyrocketed had the large Increase In tarn* bet imports last year not been prssible. During the decade ahead titen, how is this country to In* eure a flow of essential commodities and raw materials at reasonable prices - reasonable enough, that is, to not fores unbearable inflation? How can this country help to a?aure some sort of insurance against worldwide crop failures so serious they drive food prices out of sight and cause starvation in many places? There is a great deal of talk these days about agreements to help maintain the stability of the dollar, and proposals for some new type of International currency system. But our basic underlying problem is the growing shortage of a wide variety of commodities. ' This is the issue which must be solved if we are to bring inflation under control. • i (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Stein Loses Heated Price Control Debate WASHINGTON— A secret debate affecting the pocketbook of every housewife is raging behind the Byzantine walls of the old Executive Office Building next to the White House. The outcome, expected this week, wiii determine whether prices will start spiralling again at the shopping center. Those who are opposed to a controlled economy, ironically, have been arguing for the strictest controls. They believe tough market controls would cause food shortages and black markets, which would sour the consumers on government management of the economy. THE ARCHITECT OF the secret plan to tighten the screws on the economy is Dr. Herbert Steln l the President's chief economic adviser, who is philosophically opposed to a controlled market. Opinion polls, however, show the public favors controls to hold down prices. Stein and his backers, therefore, wanted to impose such strict controls that they would backfire and create public discontent. Food producers, however, have been screaming for relief from the price freeze. The dairy, bakery and poultry industries, in particular, have been hard .hit by rising costs, which they have been unable to add to their prices. Some producers have found it cheaper to kill their milk cows and baby chicks. AFTER A MEETING with industry leaders, Stein's aide, J. D. Darroch, reported in a memo meant for the eyes only of the President's economic advisers: "The food industry representatives were adamant that the freeze be ended immediately to prevent serious market dislocations and shortages of consumer products. ..." They were supported in the policymaking councils by Trea- Comment By Jack Anderson sury Secretary George Shultz and Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz, who opposed the Stein plan. Agriculture Department sources say the showdown came on July 9 in Butz' glass-enclosed office overlooking the Smithsonian Institution. A Stein emissary, Gary Seevers of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, asked Butz to go along with Stein's scheme to create deliberate shortages. THIS WOULD mean no more than token increases in food prices and regulation of raw agricultural products. But Butz turned Seevers down, advocating instead an immediate return to free market pricing. Butz added that he would oppose the Stein plan the next day at a Cabinet meeting with President Nixon. At the two-hour, dosed-door Cabinet meeting, the Stein plan was rejected in favor of returning the agricultural sector, at least, to the free market system. Notably tougher price regulations for manufactured goods, however, were tentatively approved. If this is finally adopted, it would mean manufacturers won't be allowed to pass on as much of their costs to consumers. Meanwhile, a price logjam is building up. Once prices are freed from government regulation, economists expect them to burst wide open. Pipeline Party: The government has just shelled out more than $13,000 on a small group of junketing congressmen to grease the way for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee sent six of its high fliers all the way THE MAILBOX Criticizes Coverage Editor, Register-Mail: I cannot understand the lack of support and cooperation by the Galesburg Register-Mail in regard to the Galesburg Jaycee Jets Track Club. It is a city track club and has represented Galesburg now for two years at many, many track meets. The number of articles appearing in the Galesburg Register-Mail regarding the track club and the meets they have Crossword Puzzle Literary Touch AMWK to Preview Pmle ACROSS 1 Stories 6 Fictional narrative U , ToBca , »or "Aida" 12 Obliterated 14 Air Force missile 15 Islands in South Pacific 17 East (Fr.) 18 Viscous substance Egypt 3 Man from Riga 4 Period of time 5 Seasonal visitor 6 Literary trend 7 Cetacean 8 Woe (Latin) 8 Jacob's 27 Eastern state brother (Bib.) (ab.) 10 Slow (music) 29 Irritates 13 Clock feature 20 Mormon state ie Exclamation 21 Woolly . of surprise 24 Palm leaf (var.) 25 Masculine nickname 28 Slander 30 Vaccinators 32 Commodity 36 Mountain in Boeotis 38 Serbs or Poles 39 Garments 41 Greek goddess of discord 42 Track circuit 45 Groups of three persons 47 Narrative poem 49 Dove sound ' 50 Jurisprudence 53 Zulu spear 1 56 Algerian city 58 Certain fishermen 59 Montaigne's forte 60 Desert shrub of Arabia 61 Wrangles (coll.) DOWN 1 Haul (coll.) 2 Sacred bull of 19 Reply (ab.) 21 Kind of poetry 22 Hindu weight 23 Corrodes 25 Hard wood 26 Born (coll) 31 Highlander 33 Vehicle 3458 (Roman) 35 Noun suffix 37 Rowing implement 40 Paulo (Brazil) 42 Meadow 43 Church ares 44 Puzzle 48 Medicinal quantities 48 Mercantile event 50 Mona— 51 Jewish month 52 Methods 54 Obtain 55 Exist 57 Poisonous serpent r participated in can be counted on one hand. We have submitted articles, but they do not get printed. Every week the results of . all the golf flights are printed. There are articles on fishing. Every night there are quite a few stories concerning baseball (national and local). The kids in the track club work hard every night of the week at long practice sessions. Yet to most of Galesburg, the Galesburg Jaycee Jets Track Club is unheard of. At the track meets, these kids do an outstanding job of representing Galesburg. A lot of the kids have real talent and watching them perform is a pleasure. . . . I do not understand the lack of interest by the Register-Mail Sports Department. Any good sports staff would be out getting the information and getting the results of the local track club meets. The Galesburg Jaycee' Jets run and compete against many tough track clubs (Peoria Pacettes, Belvidere, Moline, Oak Park's West Suburban, etc.) Several weeks ago our kids competed in the Jaycee's Regional track meet (held at Van Dyke Field) and last Sunday to Alaska during the Independence Day recess to survey the cool tundra. They took four of their Public Lands Subcommittee aides with them. Once in Alaska, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management picked up an |8,140.50 tab to charter an airliner for the touring congressional party. The BLM operates its own planes in Alaska, but they were not considered nearly plush enough for the distinguished visitors. The BLM did, however, provide a boat. During their stay, the congressmen and their aides were feted by former Interior Secretary Walter Hickel. They were wined and dined by the Alaska Pipeline Educational Committee and the Atlantic-Richfieid Oil Co. At ARCO's "base camp'' at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, the. . junketeers were put up in the oil company's hotel. Rep. Don Young, RnAlaska, an organizer of the soiree, told us the tab was picked up by the Bureau of Land Management. A BLM spokesman insisted, however, that the financial arrangements at the hotel were strictly between the oil company and the congressmen. Letters to the Editor they competed in the Junior Olympics State Track Meet in Peoria. Not once has an article been published regarding these or any other meets. Of course, if you would like to read about any of them, you can purchase the Peoria Journal Star. They have not missed publishing the results of any of the area AAU meets. . . . Please, let's support the Galesburg Jaycee Jets Track Club. The kids and the entire club need your backing and encouragement. . . . If you have a daughter or a son that is interested in track and would like information about becoming a member of the Galesburg Jaycee Jets Track Club, you can call 3435323, 343-1023 or 342-8778. -Mrs. John C. Chapman, Galesburg. 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, letters should not exceed 200 words in length, They will be subject to condensation. The Register- Mail 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. galesburg Register-Mail (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) 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