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MlbutQ Rgdisfer-MqiJ, Golesburg, 111, Sot., Aug. 11. 1973 'Forget the Cash, Just Fill 'er Up!" IP EDITORIAL Comment and Review T/ie Cambodia Lies 2 Democracy is a form of government in 2which the people — the ruled — choose prose who ruje them. *j But if in practice the rulers do not tell SUie people what they are doing, or if they '"do the opposite of what they tell the people $hey are doing, then to the extent of that ^deception the citizens of that democracy are living under a rule hardly different from the ^dictatorships they abhor in other lands. '3? Americans have been deceived before in fihistory, of course. Or to put it more acceptably, things have been kept from them. «?The Manhattan Project, which developed Ithe atom bomb, is the best example of gnecessary secrecy which excluded all but a •Jhandful of people. ja To paraphrase Lincoln, it is necessary ^to fool all of the people some of the time, "and there has probably never been a president who has not been faced with such a decision. \ But never before the administration of ' Richard M. Nixon have the American people | been lied to so consistently, for so long a ' time and to so little ultimate service to the i nation as they have* been over Cambodia. t Even while professing the strictest adherence to Cambodian neutrality in 1969 and „ 1970, the administration was sending Ameri* can bombers on regular sorties. It has now a been revealed that American ground troops • made excursions into Cambodia long before , the 1970 invasion. ' The American people were Ved to. The ; parents of those soldiers who died in Cam- v bodia were lied to. Congress was lied to. Even the secretary of the Air Force was lied to. Why was Cambodia kept so secret? At the time Prince Sihanouk still ruled the country, it almost appears that he, the North Vietnamese and we had a gentlemen's agreement: They would not blow the whistlp on our violations of Cambodian neutrality if we wouldn't complain too much about theirs. This ended with the toppling of Sihanouk by the army and President Nixon's decision to knock out the Cambodian sanctuary in one fell blow. We can see now, however, that all it accomplished was to seal the doom of Cambodia. The situation finally came to a head this year when Congress, in a belated display of courage and conviction and exercise of its constitutional duties, ordered a bombing cut - off date of Aug. 15. Already the administration is attempting to saddle Congress with the blame for the expected fall of the Lon Nol government— a government that did not, does not now and never would exist without the support of American bombers. One hopes Congress' shoulders are strong enough to shoulder this responsibility. One also hopes that the accidental obliteration of the town of Neak Luong by American bombers, one of the few towns in Cambodia not held by the Communists, is the last such tragedy in a decade of tragedies in Southeast Asia. One hopes, finally, that we are reaching an end to the lying. Wall Still Problem On the very day that Walter Ulbricht, * the architect of the Berlin Wall, was laid , in his grave, a dozen or more of his * erstwhile East German subjects escaped «from the country. As many others plotted * an escape in the future. J Since an East-West agreement went * into effect in June 1972, under which East j Germany agreed to permit free travel on the four highways linking West Germany ! with Berlin, 110 miles inside East Ger* many, the flow of refugees to the West ; has doubled. It now averages about 500 a , month. * Out of 3,000 East Germans registered j^s refugees by the Bonn government in the Sfirst six months of this year, 2,000 stated Sthat they had taken the highway route, ««ither hidden in the trunks of automobiles ^registered in the West or by using false Spassports. S Though the refugee flow is a tiny trickle •compared to what it was before the Wail, ••Berlin is still a leaking human sieve, and •{the situation is causing concern in both SGermanies. * In the East, the reason is obvious. In *»the West, the government is being placed E the uphappy position of having to crack wn on those who assist East Germans violation of the Berlin pact, despite its natural sympathies for the former refugees. It could close its eyes to the traffic, but only at the risk of East Germany reinstating, as it has threatened to do, the strict controls that existed before the agreement. According to the East German Communist newspaper "Neues Deutschland," East Germans are being smuggled out of the country by "international gangster syndicates" who charge enormous sums — $30,000 to $40,000 — for each person. This is really a remarkable admission. Any East German who would pay $40,000 to leave the country must really want to leave. Many are helped by friends and relatives in the West, but many others seem atye to afford to pay. West German statistics show that, as in the past, a large proportion of the refugees are professionals — doctors, dentists, etc. — those earning the best living in East Germany. Many changes have taken place in East Germany since Ulbricht's obscene monument was built 10 years ago. Many of them have been for the better. The country is today one of the economic showcases of the Communist world. But one fundamental thing is still lacking. The Germans call, it "Freiheit." In English, it's "freedom." LBJ Made His Peace With Bobby Baker WASHLVOTON^Thmmoftthi onore liynrai uonraon QMOI M Invited fr **r &ik *f to the LBJ Ranch for • quiet, ptfenatf n* union. It was *l firM tfrne the two men had Men or spoken to one another since Baker came under fire for wheeling and dealing in the early 1960s. The former President had a foreboding that death was near. We reported on September 36, 1972, thai tie was "cafcniy get* ting his affairs ill order for an early demtoe." As part of Ms preparations, he wanted to make his peace with Baker. In happter time, the bright* eyed, young Baker had been Johnson's lightning rod in the Senate. He had come to Capitol Hill as a 14-year-old page boy fresh from Pickens, S.C. He caught the fancy of the imperious Johnson, who had al» waft wanted a son. "You're Mti I S0n 10 mi, ifUIUMI WH Mm, "MBWM I don't Mm • met my em," •fomson nspsjirai mn BSS> ir the protege became Inatps* rati*, working together to INS* ter the Senate. Baker wis as sharp is Johnson was shrewd. There were few whispers in the Senate etoakrooms, lor instance, that Baker didn't ok* up and report at once to Johnson. BUT .THEN Biker began making business deals out of the backdoor of the Senate. These eventually were spread on the front pages. In a political panic, Johnson hastily out all ties with his protege. He complained privately that Baker had betrayed him by getting involved in shady business ventures. Bobby Baker knew most of I 'I Comment By Jack Anderson Johnson's personal and political secrets. It was whispered around Washington that he would use this information to keep out of prison. But he was convicted in 1917 of fraud, theft and tax evasion and was sen* timed to three years in the federal pokey. He began his sentence in 1071 and was paroled the Mkming year. Thnwgtout his ordeal, he remained silent. NOT UNTIL last October, however, did Johnson send tor the young man he once thought of as a son. Baker confirmed that he and his wife, Dorothy, were invited to the LBJ Ranch for an overnfight visit. "The President was warm and friend* ly ahd hospitable,'' said Baker. "We just talked over old times." On January 23, 1973, as he had anticipated, Lyndon John* son died. His widow, Lady Bird, is traveling in Europe end couldn't be reached for com* ment. 'Greatest Coach' Fails to Fit Pattern "Just give me a group of gentlemen who play the game clean but hard, and always on an upward path. The championships will take care of themselves."—John Wooden. The man who said these words is the greatest athletic coach who ever lived, of any country in the world, of any sport that ever existed. Rockns, Lombard?, Rupp were tops in their time. But John Wooden is in a class all by himself. Every year he has the best basketball team in the country, undefeated, almost unchallenged. Never before has one man so completely dominated a major sport, especially one in which there is so much cutthroat competition. He could paper the walls of his office with national championships. The finest teams in the land each year are judged on the basis of how close they were able to stay with Wooden's superplayers during a season in which it had been a veritable crusade with each one of them somehow to upset the Wizard of Westwood. WHAT PROMPTED me to write a sports column? I've been reading Wooden's autobiography, "They Call Me Coach." Here, believe it or not, are some of the things he is telling his UCLA athletes in this drug- ridden, sex-obsessed, psychedelic year 1973: "Sometimes I wonder if the good Lord isn't almost as much Comment the coach as I am. He certainly has smiled on me, and truly moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform." In sharp contrast to some of his coaching colleagues who rely on rough language to stimulate their charges: "The fact that I never heard my dad swear surely accounts for the fact that even today when I get mad, the strongest thing I can say is 'Goodness gracious sakes alive!' " And in a sports world seemingly crawling with Namath- types and swingers in general: "AH of my players have heard my lecture on drinking. I explain the problems it can cause The Almanac Today is Saturday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 1973 with 142 to follow. The moon is approaching its full phase. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus and Jupiter. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. American lawyer, orator and author Robert Ingersoll was born Aug. 11, 1833. Also on this day in history: In % 1909, the first radio SOS was received when the liner "Arapahoe" messaged for help off Cape Hatteras, N.C. In 1954, a formal peace announcement ended the seven- year Indochina War between France and victorious forces of the Communist Viet Minh. In 1965, Negroes' began rioting in the Watts section of Los Angeles. During the ensuing six days of violence, 34 persons were killed and 856 injured. In 1971, New York City Mayor John Lindsay switched from the Republican to the Democratic party. Crossword Puzzle Doggy Bit Answer te Preview Punic ACBOSS 1 —- retriever ! 7 The dhole is an——wild dog 13 Interstice 14 Sewing tool 15 Scat Mow 16 Disavows 17 Roulette bet 18 Spirited horse 50 Table scrap 21 European river » Thither 24 Coins of Thailand 25 Easy task (slang) ST Intense effort 51 Bounder 31 Auricle 32Choler 33 502 (Roman) 34 Fester 37 Promontory 40 Snake tooth 41 First woman 43 Soothsayer 45 Peculiar 46 Condition 41 Arab name 48 Fancy 51 Pulled 53 Privel 54 Hebrew ascetic 55 Doctrines 59 Part of g fishline t DOWN 1 Screen actress 2 Mountain, nymphs 3 Reduce 4 Female deer 5 Guido's notes 9 Smartly spruce 7 Notched g Requirement V Low haunt 10 Simpletons 11 Makes vigilant 12 Arboreal homes 19 Goddess of the dawn 22 Greyhounds are good at this 24 High homes 26 Certain area of land nrrr 28 Precipitation 30 Those who delete 34 Interweave 35 Of the Andes 36 Girl's name 38 Marked with > stamp 39 Goddess of the moon IT 40 Interpolate 42 Feminine appellation 44 Horseman 4f Let it stand (print.) 47 Relaxation 50 Hail! 52 Free nation (ab.) AT (NtWJfArlt (NT(irtl)! Attn.) for them, their university and forme:" SOUND MORE like a church deacon than a basketball coach? You're right. John Wooden for years has been deacon of Santa Monica's First Christian Church. He neither drinks nor smokes. He carries a worn little cross in his pocket wherever he goes, and he clutches it whenever he's tempted to lose his temper, chew out a player or chastise an official for a particularly randd call. In his spare time, he writes reWgious poetry. His favorite reading embraces the works of Zane Grey, "The Magnificent Obsession" and "The Robe." Surely he must be putting us on. Surely, too, in our brave new world of "X" movies, dirty radio talk shows, rotten politics and do-your-own-thing, a coach like this would be laughed off the court by his own players, derided and scoffed at, relegated to the quaint past of mustache cups and "Twenty^hree skid- doo!" It hasn't quite worked out that way, for some reason. Instead, Wooden's players regard him with a respectful mixture of awe and affection.. Gigantic superstars like Lew Alcindor- and BUI Walton, Gail Goodrich and Sidney Wicks snap to attention when their coach speaks. Black or white, they recognize the presence of authentic gen­ ius, end they respond to it heroically. More importantly, they know that fate has kindly cast them during a crucial period of their young lives into the company and under the tutelage of a truly good man. A STRANGE present-day phenomenon, Wooden. Hear his final comment on coaching: "No coach should be trusted with the tremendous responsibility of handling young men under the great mental, emotional and physical strain to which they are subjected unless he is spiritually strong." Amen to that, John Wooden of UCLA. The papers said you had a little trouble with your heart last winter. Whatever it was, it was neither hardness nor shallowness, and your own boys will fight anyone who says differently. Just the same, take care of yourself during the days end years ahead. God knows this warped old world could use a lot more men just like you. They "call you Coach" Indeed, and rightly so. No one ever lived who has lent such grace and luster to that title. Copyright 1973, Los Angeles Times Now You Know ... By United Press International There are 372 words in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. 0P 1»71 »y NCA, Inc. "While you were at your mother's, I decided U 99V6 on electricity by not using the dishwasher!" Qalesburg Register-Mail TaXlPMONI! NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7111 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post OHtce at Galetburg. Illinois, under Act ot Congress of March 3, 1879. 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