Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on February 12, 1964 · Page 3
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Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, February 12, 1964
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editorials Pflfl* 4 fiarttpft I'ltv Wednesday, Ftb. 12, 1964 "Jttst An Experiment Senator — At Tins Point, Anything's Worth A Try* Cling to the Past '"The Kansas Senate this week refused to take the office of state printer out of politics. It wa,s n clos« battle, with only a one-vote majority killing the proposal. But it showed that tradition still outweighs common sense with these Kansas politicians. Those voting "no'' could not have asked themselves such (iiiestions a.« why the state highway director is appointed but the state printer elected, or whether their constituents back home have any desire to vote on a state printer. Ninety-nine per cent of Kansans do not know who the state printer is, and almost that many care little whether he is a Democrat, Republican or Prohibitionist, The average Kansan only wants competent people in such jobs. This is why he should be hired on merit, jiwt AS should the state and county superintendents of public instruction, the sheriff of every county in thfe state, the state and county treasurers, and the county clerks and registers of deeds. But the cobwebs of the past cling fast In the thoughts of many. There are many office holders who oppose a "merit system" — knowing that they can perpetuate themselves in office through an ap- pathetic electorate, but could not hold the job on the basis of training or ability. So Knnsans will continue to elect state printers on political preference or whims. And it will matter little whether he is qualified for the job. Too many keep faith in the democratic ballot while the walls around them crumble. Ltttar fo the Editor Word to the Voters Mr. and Mrs. Voter: While talking to one of th« local lawmen recently, he mentioned the fact that the lawmen and the citizens were faced with a problem of juvenile delinquency which they as lawmen . could see no way to reduce as of now under present laws. Now is the time to contact your representative or senator and let them know that you will not vote to support them of either party if they do not give the law a power to control the culprits. They can pass laws allowing the printing of the juvenile names and compelling the parents to appear in court along with the juvenile and choose to serve the sentence or let the juvenile serve the seiitence. This would only be following the lead of other states which has such laws and they have proved to be a big reduction in juvenile crime. It did not take very many days for them to pass a law for their pay, and as I remember a pension. Hardily warmed their chairs. They put in several days passing a Sunday closing law, which any student taking civil government would have told them was unconstitutional. Why did the governor not veto this or was it for some more fuss for the lawyersf I have not heard of any of them being crippled from having their legs twisted or their arms pulled to make them run for these offices. So let us see a change of faces up there even if it has to be Joe the plumber or Jim the bricklayer. — A. L. HEBREW, Garden City. Hoi Boylt Soy> — Right Kind of Enemies Important the World Today Johnson Has Thin Skin, Critics Getting Under It By JAMES MARLOW Associated Prt»« Newt Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson has a thin skin and some of his critics are getting under it already. He hit back* He called them "bellyachers," although he didn't identify them. This evidence that Johnson can be irritated so early in a presidential campaign year will probably just encourage Republicans, who have been criticizing his handling of forign policy, to do more of the same. The degree of Johnson's irritation can be glimpsed from a part of a talk he made Tuesday to agents of the Internal Revenue Service. "When I became (Democratic) majority leader (in the Senate when President Eisenhower was president) I took the portion politics stopped at the water's edge." Johnson said. "We had but one president and one commander in chief. I would support his policies and pivp him strength and comfort, and I would not be aligning myself with any enemies of the l.nited States in criticizing him." That's pretty hard to digest In a country like this where the political football game traditionally has the out-party spending a lot of time criticizing a president and, in a campaign year like this, even more time. He said critics of an administration in office can be "almost as much of a problem as some of our other enemies." His talk at least had the effect of raising a pertinent question about himself. If he can get this hot this soon, what's his temperature going to be when ths presidential campaign really gets rolling? In the 1MO presidential campaign year—before he got the Democratic vice presidential nomination on the ticket with John F. Kennedy—Johnson was critical of Eisenhower's handling of foreign policy. And he was critical before that during those years of his majority leadership, which he mentioned Tuesday. If Johnson runs for election this year, as expected, and former Vice President Richard M. Nixon once again is the Republican presidential candidate, as he was in 1960, this will be the 1960 campaign in reverse. Among Republicans Nixon and Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, in particular, have ] taen Johnson critics. Although Goldwater is openly I seeking the nomination. Nixofl insists he is not a candidate wmie, at the same time, sounding more and more like one in his trips and speeches. He does | say he'd accept a draft. In that 1MO campaign Nixon, I after two terms as Eisenhower's | vice president, was in a politi-1 cal box He had to defend the Ki^nhower-Nixon foreign policy while Democrats were free to| bang at it. Johnson did his share of banging, although Kennedv did the mo>t of the talking. Now Johnson will have to defend his voli. y while Nixon is free to criticize. In doing it now he sounds, in a way, like Johnson of 1|S 60, which is one of those oddities in American politics which must make a foreigner wonder ho- Americans arc ever able to choose between their politicians. -Whether buying or selling, use| TP'C • im Want Ads! Drew Pearson Reports Press Protests Inspired By Professional Jealousy NEW YORK (AP)-Curbstone comments of a Pavement Plato One of the Important things in living is to pick the right kind of enemies. Few people take the trouble. Personal enmity, as • matter of fact, has fallen upon evil times in our day, and has become almost as flabby as international amity. The great feuds of the American past largely have degenerated into poltical name-calling or waspish gniddges in office and factory life. We retain the ability to dislike, but seem to ..have lost the strength to hate. Yet enmity, while not as . strong a force in life as love, still is an energizing factor we • can't aford to overlook. It adds . a perspective to the landscape, • > and helps round out our mortal •' being. It saves us from the penalty of too much milksop togetherness boredom. As most of our frienrtshios are made accidentally or by change, so are most of our enmities. Propinquity influences , G*rti>n niy Telegram ', Published Dally Emo-pl Sun any *nd Wv* Holiday* yearly by Tim T»t«- traro Publlslilne Company it 117 Eaat Pheatnut TK.I.frHONF. HB «-MSI RuIrdWi Marvin „. K«lt«f Adveriltlnc «»•»*»• , t ol Ike Aitovlated Prcai ,_j AMociated Press u entitled «»• ' olualvely to the use for reproduction el til tht local n«wii printed In thla •iwapaper aa well aj all AP newt Sod dl*patche* All rlghu 01 pub'tcal- llto r***rved. T.nna ol Sutiatrlpll.o carrier a month li. Garden City, payabls to farrier In advanc*. _. oanlm in othm cities wher* •ervlet la ave'.Iuble, S<V- per week- By piall to other addreuea In Plnni>v. Laua. Scutt. Wichita, Drttley. Ham- i.ton. Kf«my Gram Hmkell »n« Gray counties. 19.00 par year; •!*«• vha.K SK.tti per year. Second claaa i»stasr» paid *i uaraen II Tfleifruni motor earner «ervtc« it rMUlr*4 to bar* oubllcatloii-d»> delivery by mall in clues that htv« lac*) ca>rltr aervJca. local c«rri«l us chiefly. We tend to take as enemies the fellow who beats us out for a place on the football team, he who weds the girl we thought we' couldn't live without, or one who gets tht job we sought. Such bases for enmity are puerile and ephemeral. After all, who cares about football after schooldays are gone? The job your so-called enemy won may well become a dea<J ond, too, and the girl he took from you may turn into a frowzy fishwife. YOM can learn more from a good enemy than from a bad friend. That is why the selection of proper enemies is so important, and should never be haphazard. It is an error, for example, to pick as an enemy anyone who is a bum, a weakling or who suffers from • strking defect of character that will ruin him early. Enmities of this kind tend to evaporate in pity. Enemies should test your mettle, and compel you to improve yourself in order to compete with or excel them. Just at old friends are best, so are old enemies. You should make them while young so you can enjoy them longer. The danger, of course, In having an enemy over a long period of vears is that you get to know him pretty well, and when you come to understand anyone you usually wind up developing a fondness (or him. Thus you run the risk of discovering, that in • strange and mystic way, your lifelong enemy has become almost at nee- essarv to you as your nearest friend. If anvthlng should happen to htm, his loss would leave an emptv space la your Ife, • space verv hard to fill. But hn haa been of deep service to you. He hi* added teat to your living, spurred YOU on to achieve your own goali. (Editor's Note — The Washington Merry-Go-Round today Is written by Drew Pearton'i associate. Jack Anderson.) WASHINGTON — Having worked as an understudy in the press corps of Washington for quite a few years, I can report that newspapermen are peculiar people. They have eccentricities and prim a donna instincts, and this includes my boss, ai he will be the first to admit. Some of these prima donna eccentricities have been behind the recent hassle over who baked the damning documents regarding star witness Don Reynolds in the Bobby Baker case and why. The clear and pointed inference by such pillars of American journalism as the New York Times is that the White House leaked these documents to Pearson in order to discredit the No. 1 witness re the $542 stereo set given LBJ seven years ago. There has followed a lot of journalistic gnashing of teeth and breast beating about managed news, planted stories and confidential documents. Now I happen to know where these documents came from, and I should like to make some general observations on the point, My first observation is that for three years during the Kennedy administration, the New York T'lnes was the No. 1 news favorite around the White House. Almost every ambassadorial appointment, almost every sub- cabinet change, almost every piece of legislation Kennedy planned was leaked to the New York Times first. Kennedy deliberately and definitly used the Times as a means of launching trial balloons. So it's only natural that the Times seethes with professional jealousy when it sees another newsman apparently getting an inside track. This unquestionably was behind Arthur Krock's acid column inferring that publication of the Don Reynolds documents in the Washington Merry- Gv.-ltound was not dive to "reportorial enterprise and diligence." President Johnson went out of his way to have dinner with the r-.oguls of the Times in New York last week by way of appeasement. But it didn't rto any good. Twenty-four hours later they kicked him in the teeth with a double-truck front page story accusing him of leaking the Don Reynolds documents. . My second observation is that the Merry-Go-Round for years has specialized in ferreting out the transcripts of closed door hearings and documents which the bureaucrats have tried to suppress. This began long before I join- fd the column when Drew published the historic secret report of Ambassador William Phillius to FDR urging independence for India, a scoop which unquestionably hastened that nation's independence. The British embassy at that Ume put one of Us crack intelligence agents on Drew's •rail to track down his source. I rememgtr •<ietn«r column in Januarv 1951. giving the transcript of the ultra-secret conversation between Truman and MacArthur at Wake Island. Four months liter, in April 1861, tht New York Times published the same story — with less detail and no quotes — and got a Pulitzer Prize as a result. Pearson did not go around griping over this unfair award or claiming that the Times's story was a White House hand-out. He did not write, as did Arthur Krock last week, that the Times story was not due to "reportorial enterprise or diligence." Another secret document which Drew published only last week was the letter from Eisenhower's farm manager to the three oil men asking for more funds to support the Gettysburg farm. I'm surprised that Krock, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Star and others smitten with professional jealousy did not claim this was also a White House plant. Then ther waa the secret cable from the state department asking special theater tickets, night club reservations, etc., for Congressman Clayton Powell and two lady companions. The New York Times, the press associations and other Pearson competitors picked up this story without a word of credit and headlined it for days. It brought a move by other congressmen to curtail junkets and require strict future accounting of junkets. But there was no word of credit to the man who originally ferreted out this rather important secret document. Of course, if Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina or Rep. H. Carl Anderson of Minnesota or Rep. Durward Hall of Missouri denounce Drew on the floor of Congress, then the press associations are delighted to carry all the vitriol. My third observation Is that there was an extra reason why the lords of the press jumped on the Don Reynolds documents and lifted their hands in righteous indignation over the leak. The reason is very simple; this is an clfction year. The stereo set to Johnson looked like a good campaign Issue, even though it was given him seven years ago. And the fact that Don Reynolds had been chucked out of the State Department for deception and unreliability; plus the fact that he was about to be dropped from the Air Force for similar reasons — until Sen. Pat McCarran pressured the Air Force into giving him an honorable discharge — all this cut the ground out from under a promising camnaign issue. So some of the lords of the press veiled smear. Mv final observation is that the White House did not leak the documents on Don Reynolds. On the contrary Johnson's staff seemed rather timid and worried when they learned about the documents. I am certain of this be- causa I know where they came from. The Panama Canal opened its locks to global shippig o Aug. 15, 1914. The SO-mile-lon? ditch from deeo water to deep water sliced 8,000 mile off the New York-San Francisco sea trip. IF YOU are a woman in your thirties with several ohildren, you can be sure you are on one "best" Hat. The Super Market Institute Classifies you as "the best customer a food market can have." Because your time is limited, the Institute figures, you tend to do most of you shopping in one store! * " "ONE OF the most maddening parts of a woman's day," writes Helen Pierce in the High Plains Journal, is finding a time when her husband will listen to her long sad story about how the kids tramped mud over the living room carpet, the plumbing is clogged again, the cleaners didn't deliver the clothes, the toaster burned out, the man next door lost his job, Aunt Myrtle is in the hospital, the children have been exposed to the mumps, and Uncle Burt is getting a divorce. . . "And halfway through the recital friend husband beams, 'I think it's the thing to do.' Uh> huh, during the long, sad report, he has decided to trade cars." THE ENTERTAINMENT at a din. n*r party in Topeka has been announced as "George Washington Bridge," and it's got us to wondering. Is it bridge like the card game, or is it « London Bridge kind of game? WE'VE BEEN told'what the girls are talking about over the bridge tables these days: TW8 (the TV program), smoking (whether to quit or not and how), and traffic tickets (who got one and why and was she mad and whether or not the recent crackdown is a good thing). T * * A GENTLEMAN at the Mardi Grw Saturday night is said to have suggested a "tight skirt contest," but the C of C Women's Division leaders couldn't go along with it. Too many close decision*, no THE WESTERN AUTO STORE IS CLOSING OUT ON ALL FURNITURE & ^ APPLIANCES Model R.RC1 3 . Frost Fro* MOaei K.KVIJ vomninoiion, rr»»i n«w «*fc«m MB* 13 Ft. Refrigerator & Freeier $ 239.95 110 Lb. Frecior Combination * m *m j»ji 13 Ft Refrigerator & Freezer '199.88 Model RVO-02 4Mb. Freeier •••j k MX 10 Ft. Refrigerator $ 159.95 14 Ft. Freezer :.... '189.95 No Drip Top Lift OH Door ..•.», «*» 30" Electric Range '1*9.95 1 Only — Copptrtoito 30" Terrace Top Range '179.95 2 Only—Complete ...«.,•. .. 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