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5 i Qqltsbufg Realster-Majl, Galesburg, III, Thurs., July 19, 1973 . t&A iff EDITORIAL Comment and Review 3 Freeway ;/ r \ Gov. Daniel Walker's prediction that there will be "screams and squawks" over .„ his use of the veto this week on $870 million worth of appropriations approved by _ the Illinois General Assembly may be the understatement of his administration. The state's chief executive made the comment Tuesday after cutting legislative appropriations in 71 different areas, the most questionable being education and transportation. Gov. Walker lopped $139 million off the Assembly's budget for the Department of Transportation and nearly all of that amount was earmarked for the supplemental freeway program begun under the administration of Gov. Richard B.. Ogilvie. Earlier this year the legislators, under pressure from their home districts, expanded the administration's immediate plans to construct a supplemental freeway network throughout Illinois by more than doubling the 1973-74 appropriation for the freeways and adding a number of projects that Walker had put on the back burner. Utilizing his item veto, Gov. Walker has apparently wiped away the six months of work the Assembly put into its highway program. Sources in Springfield have told us the governor plans to simply veto items in the legislative program until it looks exactly like what he proposed before the Assembly began working on it. The screams and squawks will undoubtedly come from the legislators who will resent having their work ignored, and the thousands of citizens, especially in Western Illinois, who are in dire need of 4-lane, interstate type highways, but apparently are not going to get them unless , the legislature takes the initiative and overrides the gubernatorial veto. Preliminary indications are tnat the administration has effectively axed three supplemental freeway programs in Western Illinois including segments of a north-south route between the Quad-Cities and the St. Louis area, an east-west freeway between Follies Galesburg and Burlington, Iowa, and segments of a Chicago to Kansas City express* way running through Canton and Macomb. The governor will argue that he had to cut the legislative program or force an income tax hike on the taxpayers of Illinois and that he would rather avoid that than make a lot of political friends by building more roads. Mr. Walker is going to have an extremely difficult time selling that story to residents of Western Illinois, however. To begin with, facts available, from his own Department of Transportation verify that traffic densities on segments of the proposed routes in this area are greater than densities on routes he has included in his highway program. An example is the Galesburg to Monmouth stretch of the proposed east-west freeway. That 15-mile segment is parallel to U.S. 34 which has more traffic per day than non-interstate highways in half the counties in Illinois. The administration apparently did not spend much time analyzing the economic conditions in Western Illinois or the serious traffic problems building up around communities such as Macomb, which is virtually isolated from a regional transportation standpoint. The administration apparently did not even take into consideration the possibility of constructing small segments of any of the freeway routes in Western Illinois as a boost to the area until the remainder of the program could be financed. Surely a minimal program here would not warrant a tax increase of any kind. Gov. Walker will probably scream and squawk if the General, Assembly overrides his veto of its highway program, but the General Assembly will better be able to justify its actions. And regardless of how many thousands of dollars in taxpayers funds the governor uses to fly around the state trying to convince Illinoisans he is the white knight in shining armor, the facts will remain, and hopefully they will' prevail. First came soybeans and then algae and now it's cottonseed science tells us may be 'the world's salvation from threatened protein famine. Yes cottonseed, which has long been widely used as an inexpensive feed for livestock but contains a substance, gossypol, which does not agree with one-stomach ' animals or the human type. But now, according to a New York Times report, the Agriculture Department's Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans has developed a process to remove the gossypol, and produce a palatable crttonseed flour 60 to 70 per cent pure protein, far richer than expensive meat and fish (16 to 20 per cent) and even topping currently scarce soybean flour (50 per cent). In addition to being so protein rich, researchers say, cottonseed flour has the added advantage of a bland taste that Sloiv Down Science should make it more acceptable than soybeans and other familiar substitutes. At first, cottonseed is likely to edge into diets as an additive to other foods — baked goods, ground meats, soft drinks and the like. But in the not too distant future it is expected to appear in the supermarkets, packaged for home use. An especially advantageous characteristic is that -cotton is a crop common to much of the world, so that cottonseed is readily available in those parts — Southern Asia, Africa and parts of Latin America — that are most immediately confronted with mass hunger. It may well be, then, that cottonseed biscuits will soon be a popular addition to American menus and a new staff of life for much of the rest of the worW. But somehow we wish science wouldn't rush these things too much. We were just getting used to soybeans and algae. Aides Saved Nixon for Watergate Brand WASHINGTON (NEA) - One cannot look at the long sweep of events from 1971 to mid-1973 withbut being struck by the high-intensity light focused upon President Nixon, and the painfully ironic consequences of that attention. Endlessly, as the nation moved toward the presidential election of 1972, leading Democrats said with thundering conviction and sometimes furious emotion that the outstanding need, not just for their party but for the good of the country, was "the defeat of Richard Nixon." And now we have heard from former Attorney General John Mitchell (and presumably will get the same from other top aides), that the re-election of Mr. Nixon was of such paramount importance that it justified not telling him the whole sordid tale of the Watergate scandal. Mitchell's presumption, of course, was that the President would "lower the boom" on the alleged culprits and thereby cost himself the election. So there you have it: The Democrats saying really that the United States could not survive another four years of Richard Nixon, and at least one high-placed Republican saying that the nation could not survive without him. Thereupon, the Democrats preceded to indulge in one of the strangest, most enervating and most self-centered of all their many bouts of internal warfare—and wound up with a 1972 nominee Mr. Nixon was able to crush toy more than 18.5 million votes in winning 49 Of the 50 states. Where, in their almost mindless self-entanglements, went the Democrats' great resolve to defeat Richard Nixori "at all costs?" Meantime, if one is to judge from Mitchell's testimony to the Ervin Senate committee, the President's political managers could perceive none of the advantages steadily accruing to them from Democratic chaos and the clear emergence of crushable George McGovern as Mr. Nixon's adversary. To the contrary, at a late hour they still exhibited the fears and obsessions which led Comment to the concoction of Watergate in the first place—notions growing out of the President's status as leader of a minority party, and his own seemingly conspiratorial View of most criticism directed against him. In this frame of mind, according to Mitchell, he and others chose not to lay Watergate fully before Mr. Nixon. Enter the deep irony. For, whatever effect thelf withhold* ing of information (if that is the fact) had upon his election outlook, Mitchell and others thereby assured that — more than ever in his long public life — the President should thereafter become the object of deep distrust and suspicion among the American people. So, the President indeed "sur^ vived" in the narrow sense his managers conceived in 1971-72, by winning re-election. But the long unfolding disclosures of Watergate and its cover-Up left him severely damaged as chief executive, may have deeply wounded him as a man, and sullied his great office. The President's "election plane landed safely, but he walked away a cripple. Again, then, the Democrats,, failed. dismally in their self- proclaimed obsessive attempt to get Mr. Nixon out. And the key Republicans saved him as President in name, but at a conceivably shattering cost to him, his office, and the nation. All this ought to be enough irony for one season. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Coison-Hunt Tape Tells Payoff Story WASHINGTON - Not long after the November election, Watergate ringleader E. Howard Hunt telephoned Charles Colson in the White House and put the squeeze on him for money. "The cheapest commodity available is money," said Hunt, reminding the presidential troubleshooter that "we're protecting the guys who are really responsible." Hunt complained about the paralysis inside the White House over Watergate. "I would hope," he said, "that. . .the people who were paralyzed initially by this within the White House could now start to give some' creative thinking to the affair and some affirmative action, for Ohrissake." "That's true," agreed Colson. "I THINK NOW is the time for it," pressed Hunt. "We expect it now, and we want it. The election is out of the way, the initial terror of a number of people has subsided. ... A few good people ought to really be able to concentrate on this and get the G d thing out of the way for once and for all. ... I don't want to bore you with what it's been like, but it hasn't been pleasant for any of us." "J: Ch , I know it," Colson sympathized. "I hope you're doing some writing to keep yourself busy." "Oh, I am," said the spy- novelist, "I don't know if anything will ever come of it, but it's a good. . .it keeps my mind from my plight, let's put it that way." Then Hunt got down to the purpose of his call. "One of the initial outputs that I have read about," he said, "is that while this is done by a bunch of wild- assed guys. . .well, that's fine for we're protecting the guys who are really responsible. . . Comment By Jack Anderson and, of course, that's a continuing requirement. "But at the same time, this is a two-way street. As I say and as I said before, we think now is the time when the move should be made and surely the cheapest commodity available is money. "THESE LAWYERS have not been paid: There are large sums of" money outstanding. That's the principal thing. Living allowances which are due again on the 31st of the month, we want that stuff well in hand for some months in advance. I think these are all reasonable requests. They're all promised in advance and reaffirmed from time to time to my attorney and so forth. So, in turn, I've been giving commitments to the people who look to me." . "I'm reading you," replied Colson. "You don't have to be more specific." "I don't want to belabor it." "It isn't a question of that," said Colson. "It's just that the less specifics I know, the better off I am. . .we are, you are." Hunt went on to say that Kenneth Parkinson, an attorney for the President's campaign committee, "is out of town Until next Monday, at which time, a memorandum is going to be laid on him and he is going to be made aware." THEN HUNT asked Colson: "Would you be witting to receive a memorandum from me?. . . I think it might help you." , ; "Except," objected Colson, "there are things you might not want to teM me." "There's really nothing I don't want to tell you," said Hunt. "I would think you could! receive Ms memorandum, read it and destroy it." \ "Nope," Colson rejected the suggestion. "You couldn't do that?" asked Hunt. ; "Nope," Colson said again. "The reason I can't is the same reason your letter to me, when I got that and when I was asked by federal authorities had I had any communication and I said yes, I've received this letter arid here it is. . . You can't get in the position where you're perjuring." "Of course not," Hunt agreed. "And I'm afraid John Mitchell already has done." "The problem is, you see, I don't want to get in the position of knowing something that I don't now know." Colson emphasized, "for the reason that I want to be perfectly free to help THE MAILBOX Believes in Nixon Editor, Register-Mail: Please get well, Mr. Nixon. Crossword Puzzle Farmer's Market Aiiwtr to Previous halt ACROSS 1 Potherb 8 Artichoke leafstalks 13 Otalgia 14 Western cattle show 15 Large plate 16 Emissary 17 Feminine appellation 18 Redact 20 Numbers (ab.) 21 Correlative of neither 23 Number 25 Leader 29 Drive off 33 Cuckoo blackbird 34 Arctic sandpiper 36Poi ingredient 37 Canvas shelter 29 Raise vegetables 41 River (Sp.) 42 Pitchers 44 Native of Mecca 46 Oriental coin 49 Epoch 49 Bustle 52 Insect's larval stage 54 Hartebeest 58 Forgive 60 Senseless 62 Violin maker 63 Feign ignorance of 64 Ice pinnacle 65 Locks of hair DOWN 1 Social unit 2 Steep slope (Hawaii) 3 Persia 4 Floating 5 Deed 6 Comforting 7 Rabble 8 Southern< constellation 9 Domestic swine 10 Arabian gulf 11 City in Nevada 12 Periods 19 That thing 22 Sturdy tree 24 Seine 25 Delicacy 26 Afresh 27 Conifer 28 Girl's name 30 Raw silk weight 31 Assam silkworm 32 Diving bird 35 Bullfighter 38 Attempt 40 Armed conflict 43 Putrefactive 45 Wands 47 Greek letter 49 Brazilian macaws 50 Greek commune F 51 Persian tentmaker £3 Early invader of Great Britain 55 Elevator inventor 56 Lacerate 57 High cards 59 Greenland Eskimo 61 Chemical suffix We need you to carry on your good works. I know you have worried too much about all of us and your position. You take your position much more seriously than your opponents. They have made you and what ycu want for your country and people very difficult. But there are enough clean, good hearted, honest people who still believe in you. The people of our good old USA don't resize how lucky we are. We lake everything and give nothing in return; not all of us, but lots of us do. You can't do this and be a happy person. That little beast behind our teeth talks, lies and condemns too much. It's known as the tongue. We had a sermon in our church from a wonderful you and the only way I can help you is to remain as completely unknowing as I am." The two men then got into a discussion of the effect of Watergate on the presidential election. "It kept them from the real issues," suggested Hunt, referring to the futile attempt by ; the Democrats to raise the Watergate scandal as an issue in . the campaign. , "Well," responded Colson, "I've always thought when I write my memoirs of this cam- • paign that I'm going to say that the 1 Watergate was brilliantly conceived as an escapade that would divert the Democrats' "• attention from the real issues and,^therefore, permitted us , to win a landslide that we probably wouldn't have bad otherwise. . . ." ' "Whether you believe it or libt," said Hunt. 'WO, LISTEN," protested * Colson, "I think there's a good , bit of validity to that." • "I do, too," agreed Hunt. . "Dumb bastards were on an issue," said Colson,I "the public couldn't careless about." Footnote: The prosecutors have traced huge sums of mon- . ey, which were delivered to Hunt and his late wife in $100 f bills. The prosecutors have evidence that Hunt, instead of : passing it out to his fellow Watergate defendants, kept most :. of it himself. It's estimated that . he still has more than $100,000 of the Watergate cash stashed ".. away. (Copyright, 1973, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Letters to the Editor young man on this little bea$t. • It runs and makes lots of trouble, even wars, etc. There's nothing "worse than a liar who loves to lie about a good honest person just to bring him down to his level. Wake up and realize you can never break a good person. So get well Mr. Nixon. We love you. —Nova Goedeke, 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 Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE: NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher: Charles Marrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, asv sistant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith Co., lac, New York, Chicago. 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