Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on February 17, 1964 · Page 3
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editorials Poq* 4 fiitrifon rilv Trlogrnm Mftnday, Nbnrary 17, 1964 "Folks, I \tight Be Able To Get Some Of Hie Candidates To Drop By For A Few Words" the World Today >A Touchy Issue Cchool unification is a touchy issue in almost any county, and Finnsy County Ls no exception. We know that those on the county's planning hoard have done the best job they know how, and their findings and proposals came after long hours of study, discussion and consideration. They must have realized that no matter what they came up with, it would meet some objection. We aren't in a position'to say if their proposal is a pood one. Perhaps, under the circumstances, it's the most feasible. From a strictly objective viewpoint, we would say that a single unified district for the county would be best, keeping most of the existing schools in operation. Hut it's fllmost certain such a proposal would never be accepted by a majority of rural dwellers. A natural fear exists that unification with a city district such as Garden City will mean the closing of the smaller, rural school. Also, districts blessed with high valuation are reluctant to unify with poorer districts. At the present time, the richest district in the county has 20 times the taxable wealth per pupil as the poorest district. The stated purpose of the school unification bill is "to have a wiser use of public funds expended for the public school system of the state." With the ad valorem or property system of taxation, Kansas will never reach an equitable situation in school financing. Rut barring any unlikely reform in our taxing methods, unification appears to be the best answer toward better use of school«funds. There are some aspects of the present law we don't favor. A suit was filed last week challenging the constitutionality of the measure. But as of the present time the law is in effect. The planning board is carrying out the duties prescribe by this law. It's the duty of every Pinney Countian, and those in other counties, to look at unification in the light of what it will do in the education of their children. For the Good of All l^ansas legislators today began a special session devoted to reapportionment. This is a job the state's lawmakers must do, but shouldn't do. While reapportionment must be done, members of our state legislature aren't the persons to do it. Ideally, a group of outside experts should be brought in, given a map and population figures of every town and county, and told to set up state senatorial districts to give the most equal representation to Kansans as possible. Our own legislators are unable to look at the problem objectively, and their opinions are prejudiced by politics and their own political future. Rural forces have served notice that they will attempt to_ cut back membership in the House from the present 125 members to 105 — one per county. This would be a step backward. Kansas' growing population would have less representation as a result. But such a bill is due to be introduced. Although the senate was reapportioned last year, the eastern Kansas town of Leawood was omitted by error, and the measure was tossed out. Now the state senators who weren't pleased by that bill will attempt to amend it Representation of the people will have little to do with what is decided. Boundaries are drawn by political reasoning, and when a senator loses a county which has given him strong support, he will be against the plan. So with a cynical eye, we will watch with interest what our lawmakers do in the next week or possibly month. It is our prayer what they carry out the responsibility delegated to them by the constitution of our state, and work for the good of all Kansans. e AT LAST we are equipped for supermarket mathematics. Our New York City sister-in-law has sent wa a "Valumeter." It's a kind of slide rule for grocery shoppers. Simply by setting nn inner scale in line with an outer scale, you can tell in a wink that you save four cents by buying a 20-oz. "economy-size" package of detergent for 4-4 cents instead of a 12-oz. "family- size" box for 29 cents. * * AST W1LLMS is sorting through his World War II memories those days because of a questionnaire he received from a project group at Indiana University. lie has been asked to give his memories and opinions of the beloved war correspondent Krnie Pyle. Art was a B-26pilot in the Ninth Air Force (4%th Squadron, 494th Bomb Group). He flew 67 missions and was awarded the Air Medal and Flying Cross. Sometime during the war he spent a night and a day with Ernie Pyle in England, and Ernie sent back to the States a little item about a young pilot, Frank (Art) Willma of Coffeyville, Kan. The item was concerned mostly about Art's hair — which stood straight up. Art jokingly told the correspondent that he'd been so scared on his first mission that his hair stood on end and he couldn't get it to comb back down. - w * THE ITEM was typical of thousands that Ernie sent back from the front lines — ordinary, homey little bits of news about the ordinary soldiers, the "Gl Joes." The questionnaires from Ernie's Alma Mater apparently are being sent to the men who were mentioned in the war-time columns. Art Willms wonders if other "old soldiers" in Garden City have been asked to answer the questions about Ernie Pyle. The survey seems to be an attempt to evaluate the writings of the correspondent, Pyle died in April 1945, near the 'front, d. h. Johnson Faces Critical Decision in Viet Nam By JAMES MARLOW Associated Press News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — The American-backed war against Communists in South Viet Nam is not only dragging badly but Red assassins are trying to terrorize Americans, including women and children, far behind the lines. This is building to an anguished dilemma for President Johnson in this election year whrn he wants to look good in foreign affairs, the field in which would-be Republican presidential candidates criticize him most. In Saigon, the capital, assassins' bombs have killed ami wounded Americans in bars and a baseball stadium, American homes have been attacked with grenades. Sunday night the terrorists reached a peak. Outside a movie theater filled with about 500 servicemen and their families, a U.S. military policeman was shot to death. Then came the bomb blast. Two more servicemen were killed. 51 Americans were wounded or injured, including women and children, and outside the theater a number of Vietnamese were killed or wounded. d'ardon City Telegram Published Dully B»wpt Sunday and Five Hnlidnys Yearly hy Ttie Telegram Publisliliii; Company at 117 East rheatnut rRi.KrnoNF. nn e-nss 8lil~Browiir .~ZZ^T.~~_."~..""."Editor Jl:mln Smith .. Advcrtlnlna Manager Drew Pearson Reports Jordon Should Stage Probe of Don Reynolds Member of the A-noctlKed Preii Tim Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all the local IIPWS printed In this newspaper as well as all AP newi and dispatched. All rights of nubilcat- •Iso reserved. Term* ot SnbicMptlon By carrier a month in Garden City, 11.55. payable to carrier In advance. By carrier in othei cities whert •ervlce la a valid hie, 30c per week. By WASHINGTON - Memo to Sen. Everett Jordan, D-N. C., chairman of the Senate Rules Committee — If you contemplate doing a real investigation of Don Reynolds and his reliability as a witness, I should bo delighted to give you all government documents In my possession. I'm sure you can get them from various government agencies If you really try, but if not I'll be glad to supply them. In addition, here is a list of witnesses who can throw interesting light on Don Reynolds and his operations. John Lindsay of Newsweek, who when working for the Washington Post in the late summer of 1961 wrote a 25-page report on Reynolds which turned up many of the facts recently disclosed in government files. Lindsay had no trouble tracking down Reynolds' black-market operations during the war and his intrigues with German women which led to his troubles with the State Department. If on§ man, without the power of subpoena, could dig up the facts on Reynolds, I'm sure your committee with $85,000 to spend and the power of subpoena could have dug up more. Mrs. Miry D. Sloll, one of Reynolds' neighbors, who can testify regarding three brand- new cars in Reynolds' drive near the end of the war when new cars were hard to get. Their windows were covered with black paper. What was inside it anyone's guess. Mrs. Sally McCarthy, who knew Reynolds well. Leonard Bursten, the Miami attorney who volunteered information to your office some time ago. It is true that when he first called it was at 7 p.m. and yur committee counsel Major L. P. McLendon was tired. But Bursten has documented evidence which disputes some of Reynolds' sworn testimony. Bursten can also testify how Reynolds bragged of high-up Republican contacts — ranging from Nelson Rockefeller to the top executives of General Motors and Metropolitan Life — as if he was on intimate terms with them. There was another distinguished Senator from North Carolina, Clyde Hoey, who did a fair and thorough job of investigation during the Truman Administrate. He used a young attorney named William Rogers, who later became Eisenhower's attorney general. They did not wait for the government to supply them with confidential files, but went out and got the evidence on their own. With $85,000 expenses allocated to your committee, you should have no trouble doing the same. M«mo tp President Johnson — Next time you drop around to the New York Times offices in NYC for lunch, you should take along some of their own editorials about the use of unreliable witnesses and paid informers before Senate committees. Read them, for instance, this editorial of Feb. 5, 1955: "The shabby business of the paid professional informer . . . has reached new dimensions under government encouragement during the past few years." In view of the Times charge that you smeared Reynolds, it rajght be iutwesUng to ask the Times whether it ever re-read its editorials. Memo to William Miller, chairman of the Republican National Committee — You are mistaken about President Coolidge, a Republican, appointing Sen. Tom Walsh, the Montana Democrat, to probe the Teapot Dome scandal. Sen. Walsh had started his Senate investigation long before Coolidge wanted one; and with no help from the Executive branch of government dug out the fact that Albert Fall, Secretary of the Interior under Harding, hud been bribed $100,000 by Edward Doheny, the big oil man, for drilling rights on the Navy'* oil lands. After Walsh revealed this, Coolidge appointed Atlee Pomerene, former Democratic Senator from Ohio, and Owen J. Roberts, a Republican attorney from Philadelphia, later appointed to the Supreme Court, to investigate. The Teapot Dome and Elk Hills Naval Reservei, worth several million dollars, were in no way comparable to a $542 stereo set given to a Senator by a Senate functionary. Nevertheless, I agree there should be a thorough investigation of the Baker-Reynolds case — using reliable witnesses. M*mo to HM WaihinfHn Star —Re your stories defending Reynolds, I suggest you re-read your editorial of May 11, 1950, regarding the danger of letting unreliable witnesses testify before Senate committees. You stated: "Nobody yet has been able to exj plain the mysterious processes of the human mind which elevate him above his fellows, give au thority to his testimony, allow him to smear and blacken for life the reputations of people. "How do we know they are really transformed by the curious alchemy of the times from liars to truthful men and women?" Memo to Congresswomen Katherine St. George, R-N. Y. — Regarding your fear that Don Reynolds and other witnesses will be discouraged from testifying before Congressional committees because of the use of government records giving their backgrounds, please note that Reynolds has long been a voluntary witness. He doesn't get discouraged easily. He worked with the late Joe McCarthy and volunteered such anti-Semitic and anti-Negro charges before the Senate Immigration Committee that your then Republican colleague, Sen. Arthur Watkins of Utah, shut him up. As the New York Times, which has forgotten to read iU own editorials, said of another Senate witness: "In the semi-political area, where the informer has been increasingly used in recent i, special caution is requir- ually have to be curbed, rather than encouraged. ..'ton, Kearny. Grant, Haskell aad Gray counties, J9.00 per year; else- whs; e S15.0U pe r year. Second class postage paid *t warden City Kansas. If Tck'ffrum motor carrier service is required to have oubllcatlon-day ID Ply. An Associated Press dispatch say recent Vietnamese intelligence reports indicate top level Communist terrorist and assassination squads from North Viet Nam started moving into Saigon Jan. 1. The attacks didn't get going well until this month. Now they are multiplying in ferocity. Ever since a bunch of South Vietnamese generals took over the government in a coup last Nov. 1, the course of the war has been uncertain and dilapidated. This developing chaos was compounded Jan. 29 when the generals who pulled off the Nov. 1 coup were bounced out in another coup by another bunch of generals, led by Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh. 36. A "dirty, tinlidy. disagreeable war," Secretary of State Dean Rusk has called it, although Johnson has said "we're not pulling out." Such a withdrawal would wreck American prestige in Southeast Asia where over many years now this country has spent American lives and billions in dollars to save the area from communism. The American pert in this war is a kind of myth. The United States is not supposed to be directly involved, because that might mean a war with Red China, which this country, after Korea, doesn't want. In the past three years about 185 Americans have been killed in Viet Nam—mostly in the fighting area but some in Saigon—and about 600 have been wounded or injured. In addition, this country has put over $5 billion in aid into South Viet Nam. No wonder the Communists- knowing this country's reluctance to get directly involved, since it might mean war with China—have taken advantage of the mounting uncertainties. Their purpose seems obvious enough: To embarrass Americans throughout Asia; to weaken the will of the South Vietnamese to resist by shaking their confi- dence in Americans and their own government: and to create dissension in the United State* over what to do. Sooner or later Johnson must make a tremendous decision: To stay and just dawdle along while American men and money are lost; to take more direct action, despite Uie risks; or to get out. 5 Killed on Kansas Roads By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Five persons were killed in traffic accidents in Kansas during the weekend. A two-car collision on U.S. 73 south of Hiawatha Sunday night killed Howard M. Huntzinger, Sr., 56, Omaha, and injured fiv« other persons. Mrs. Marieta Kirby, 65, of Syracuse, Kan., was killed Sunday three miles east of Dodge City. Her car hit a bridge ban- nister. Walter L. Patterson, 24, Abilene, was killed Saturday night by a Union Pacific train that hit his car about five miles east of Abilene. Kenneth E. Larreau, 37, Oberlin, was killed Friday night as he crossed highway 40 in Sharon Springs during a snowstorm. Janet Rogers, 10, was killed Friday night as she tried to cross Interstate 35 in Merriam. An autopsy on the body of Mrs. Hazel Young, 42, of Lawrence, was scheduled to determine whether she was a traffic accident victim. Her body was found on a street in Lawrenc* Saturday night after a motorist reported driving over it. 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