Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on February 19, 1964 · Page 3
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 3

Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, February 19, 1964
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editorials Pag* 4 f*nr«lf»n I llv Wednesday, Ftb. 19, 1964 Justifiably Miffed Pearson became indignant, and rightly so, over the way his revelations about Senate witness Don Reynolds were greeted by some of the na, tion's newspapers. Some of the papers which do not carry Pearson and hence did not carry the original charges, front* . papfd the allegation (hat all this data was somewhat .trickily leaked out by the White House to discredit the witness. Pearson's associate. Jack Anderson, refuted those charges recently, and in last Friday's column, Pear" ROD went into more detail about how routine investigating — such as merely going into newspaper files — produced the data which the New York Times' Arthur Krock claims was handed him in a bit of • White House skulduggery. Pearson is justifiably miffed, although, as he points out, he's become somewhat used to such rebuffs. With fair regularity, he comes up with the type of hard-digging reportage that influences the course of events and wins Pulitzer Prizes — for somebody else. He points ouit in a letter to editors that, it was V.just such treatment which was cited in a New Eng•• land Society of Newspaper Editors .survey as a factor which hurt public confidence in the press. In that „, case, Pearson's expose of a $205,000 loan to Don Nix: on was practically suppressed while the Nixon denial got top play. Pearson and his associates have a propensity for •""digging into the dark corners which gentler members - of the presis corps prefer to let remain undisturbed. It's vital that we have such men, even if they do make life uncomfortable. d. h. A LOCAL service club makes no bones about discouraging "bar flies" in its clubrooms. The rule is that auxiliary members are welcome but if they come unescorted they must sit at a table or in a booth — not at the bar I * * •*> PROM E. H. Bosworth in Reno, Nev., comes a note about an elephant that is no joke. Bertha (the elephant), he says, performs twice a niphit, seven nights a week, at the Circus Room Threatre restaurant in the Nugprett Casino in East Reno. "Her act ia wonderful," he writes, "and Bertha is always the star of every show." Some folks want to run her for president (on the Republican ticket, natch). We'll let someone else handle that campaign. What we are thinking of ia getting up a collection to send the Editor to Reno to meet Bertha. Think of them telling one another elephant jokes on the nightclub circuit! * * * SIMILE: "As impossible as trying to nail a custard pie to the wall." » * •*• IN DENVER there's a Timberline Club. It's for tall people. Men members must be 6 feet or more. Women must be at leasit 5 feet 10. But if you are a member and marry someone who doesn't measure up to club requirements your bride (or groom) is accepted as a "member by marriage." •*r •+ "DO YOU like Beatle music?" a Beatlenik who lives here asked- us. Well, what good would our opinion be? We cannot comment on modern music. Good grief we're way back in the dark ages with "Sentimental Journey" and "Stardust". * * * BUT WE overheard our eldest daughter singing an old familiar song the other day. When she grows up, she was saying, she'll live in just a room that'll be cleaned by a maid. And she won't get married so she won't have to cook or wash or iron, etc. That was my favorite tune at one time. Hal Boyle Soyt — Americans Live High; Not Rich NEW YOHK (AP) _ Curbstone comments of a Pavement Plato: Why aren't there more financially successful people in America? If it is true, as much of the rest of the world suspects, that we are a dollar-mad nation, why aren't more of us rich? While as a country we are astonishingly wealthy, the individual man of vast wealth is still something of a rarity to most of us. The favorite native American legend is the Horatio Alger success story, the tale of the poor boy who claws and paws his way to the big money by hard work and other virtues. Became ef mli rags-to-riches legend, foreigners often conclude that this is the main goal and dream of most Americans —to become Horatio Alger-type heroes themselves. The chiof jjoal of most Americans is better expressed in the popular wisecrack, "I don't want to be a millionaire—I just want to live like one." Many of us enjoy creature comforts unavailable to millionaires only a generation or so ago, and all of us have pleasures unknown even to kings of the 18th century. The average U.S. old age pensioner today owns a better- fitting pair of false teeth than King George HI could buy with all the gold in the British treasury. He can also sit at home and watch a baseball game on television, a privilege never achieved by Genghis Khan, Peter the Great of Russia, or Kaiser Wilhclm of Germany. There it no mystery about becoming a millionaire. It is a wide open secret. Dozens of millionaires have written .memoirs in which they clearly chart the path to great personal wealth. The trouble with all these ree- Ipies is that they point Inevitably to the old truism—you don't get something for nothing. To make a million dollars the hard way, you have to sacrifice something else—leisure, friendship, loafing, or sporting with Amaryllis in the ihadc. Some millionaires later In life believe the great concentration of effort that made them rich was worthwhle. Others think what they lost was hardly worth the gain. But few really yearn to be poor again. (•union City Tolcgrum Published Dally Ehiotpt Sunday and Five Holidays Yearly by Tlie Tele. Brain Publishing Company »t 117 Ea«t riheatnut TKMSrilONK HB •-«« Drew Pearson Reports British Troops Couldn't Stop Cyprus War WASHINGTON - British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas Home talked very frankly to President Johnson about the weak strength of British troops on Cyprus and warned that Britain could only send 2,000 additional troops to that strife-torn Island. This was one reason why Undersecretary George Ball rushed off to the Mediterranean to head off war. Home explained to Johnson and to others In Washington that there are now between 5,000 and 6,000 British troops on Cyprus &nd that the additional battalion would not be able to prevent civil war. In fact the Prime Minister's aides confided that in case of civil war, British troops would be pulled Into their compounds away from any fighting and would let the Greeks and Turks kill each other off. "We have no pleasure in remaining in Cyprus to be shot down by both sides," the Prime Minister remarked during his stay in Washington. The extra battalion, he expleained would mean moving 2,000 troops from one side of NATO in Germany, to the other side in the Mediterranean, therefore would not be welching on Britain's NATO com- mittment. Note — the Greeks meanwhile had warned the United States and Britain in no uncertain terms that if the Turks sent troops to Cyprus, as they have a right under the treaty to protect their nationals, Greece would consider it ati act of war. This meant that Gteece would prob- aibly invade European Turkey through Thrace. What bothered the Johnson administration about Prime Minis- rtte World Today Supreme Court Decisions Help Strengthen Unity By JAMIS MAR LOW Pret* News Analyif WASHINGTON (AP) — H is almost 10 years since the Supreme Court, after watching Congress for half a century duck this country's most important social problem, decided to tackle the job itself. This was the May 17, 1954,, decision declaring segregation of Negroes unconstitutional. This, one of the most far-reaching court decisions in American history, began a social revolution still being fought out. Again, after watching Congress and state legislatures fail for generations to give voters fairer representation, the court moved into this vacuum with two landmark political decisions. In these—one in 1962, the second last Monday—the court said voting districts, from which representatives are sent to Congress and state legislatures, must be rearranged to make the population in each more equal. As it !s now, one district with, 900,000 people may have only one representative in Congress while' another, with only 200,000 people, also has one. These social and political decisions had the effect of legislation, a field supposedly reserved under the Constitution for the legislative branch of government. Nothing in the Constitution specifically gives the court the right to do this. But nothing in the Constitufion says it can't. And it's the court which interprets the Constitution. This is not the first time the court has assumed a right not spelled out. It has done that repeatedly, although for long periods haltingly. In 1803 it decided it had the power to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional; in 1821 it claimed the right to do the same about state legislation. The court was denounced at the time. But those decisions helped strengthen this country's unity. The 1821 decision—the power to knock out a state law—made it possible for the court in 1954 to knock out state segregation laws. Justice John Marshall Harlan, who got on the court too late to take part in the 1954 case, opposed the redistricting decisions of 1962 and this week. He warned last summer that if this kind of thing continued— when the legislative branch failed to act—there would be a "substantial transfer of legislative power to the courts." What's the alternative? If the legislative branch fails to correct an obvious wrong, must the court also do nothing even though it has power to act? By its decisions the court has rejected such a philosophy. Even after the 1954 decision Congress has gone les s than all- out to end segregation. It passed two fairly mild civil rights bills —in 1957 and 1960. But now it is wrestling with a truly powerful antidiscrimination bill. It cannot be plausibly argued that Southern Democrats were solely responsible for the failure of Congress to act in behalf of Negroes' civil rights through all of the 20th century until 1957. They always were, and still are, a minority in Congress. The truth is that the rest of the members—always in a majority —never cared enough about the rights of Negro citizens to squelch the Southerners, as they could have, at any time. ter Home's determination to sefl busses plus factories to Cuba. was that his announcement came ton the same day the Organization of American States had officially found Cuba guilty of invading democratic Venezuela. Thus a great pillar of democracy, England, put itself in the position of supporting a dictatorship which had tried to overthrow another democracy by violence and sabotage. The United States had finally persuaded Canada to cut off its shipments of auto truck and bus parts to bolsttr Castro's decrepit transportation system, which depends chiefly on old worn out American automation products. The sale of British busses, plus the proposed sale of French trucks, will not only rescue Castro but will mean that Cuba is lost to the American auto industry for years to come. Tht backstage objection to Carl Rowan, able Negro diplomat and former newsman, as director of the U. S. Information Service, arises in part from the distribution of a 30-minute documentary on last summer's freedom march on Washington. Showing of this graphic civil rights demonstration by USlA to foreign audiences aroused the unanimous objection of the U.S. Information Advisory Committee, on which Clark Moltenhoff of the Des Moines Register is one of the most vocal and important members. "I was not against film clips of the march being distributed abroad because I think USIA should cover the news," says Mollenhoff, "but I do oppose foreign distribution of a long documentary without proper news commentary to explain the picture. To an American audience it was a fine dramatic picture. But foreign audiences are not sophisticated and we should not advertise our problems. We are not showing 'Tobacco Road' or "The Grapes of Wrath' abroad and we should not. have shown this." Carl Rowan, chosen by Johnson to be the new USIA director, is not being blamed for making this decision. He was serving with credit as ambassador to Finland at the time. But Mollenhoff says he does question Rowan's judgement on matters pertaining to face relations. While not enthusiastic over Rowan's appointment, Mollenhoff is not con- : ducting a crusade against him. ; Note — Rowan is certain to b« = confirmed by the Senate with no great opposition. Lt. 0«n. Julian Smith, commander of the Battle of Tarawa landing in World War II, is working hard to block a law to register firearms, such as that used in the assassination of President Kennedy. Speaking before the Frances Wallace Chapter of the DAR in Alexandria, Va., the rJoubtly general declared that if guns were registered, the communists could find where every gun is located when and if they took over the United States. The ladies present were shocked at the general's idea that the United States could so easily be subdued. The general said that Hitler was able to disarm Germany because he got hold of the registration of rifles and that the allies were able to disarm the Italians by going to city hall to get the registration of firearms. Some of the ladies remembered, that when Gen. Smith landed hit Marines at Tarawa he showed great courage but dubious wisdom. The Marines were slaughtered as they bucked high waves in small landing craft. When I called Gen. Smith to ask whether he really expected the communitst to take over the United States 50 easily, he quickly said no. Then he explained that assuming an atomic war will kill forty millon peonle there will be a hundred and fifty million left and they should have rifles." The good general did not explain how the remaining survivors were going to use their rifles in a country saturated wth radioactivity. Note — Gen. Smith Is on the executive committee of the National Rifle Assn. Hill Brown Marvin Smith , Kdltei Advertising Managci Member of the Anoclitetf Prcie The Associated Press it entitled •«• eJuaively to the u«« for reproduction of all the local new* printed in thit newspaper u well u all AP new* end dispatcher. All rljrhU ot publlcat- also reserved. Trrnn or SuliurlpttoB By carrier a month in Garden City, 11.55, payable t o carrier In advance. By carrier in other cities where •en-ice Is arguable, 30c per week. By mail to other addresses In Finnev. Lane. Scott. 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