The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 6, 1975 · Page 49
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 49

Provo, Utah
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Sunday, April 6, 1975
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Dedicated to the Progreft* And Growth of Central Utah Sunday, April 6, 1975, Prove. Utah-Page 49 Beautification: You Bet! The city of Santaquin in southern Utah County has announced a cleanup and beautification campaign for May 3-10 to spruce up the community for the 1976 bicentennial. Beautification drives are excellent and every city and town should have one. Keying the projects to the bicentennial is good also but getting ready for 76 is going to require a continuing effort, maybe with a number of cleanup projects. We commend Santaquin on being one of the early-bird cities to get plans going to beautification and urge others to follow the example. Let's be ready in 76. In the meantime what we do now in improving the landscape — whether it be residential sections or the downtown districts — can enrich our living in the present and engender extra civic pride by everyone. Cleanup and beautify — you bet! And don't spare the horses. Hathaway Suited for Post President Ford's reported choice of former Wyoming Governor Stanley K. Hathaway to succeed Rogers B. Morton as Secretary of the Interior would be a propitious one. Hathaway served as governor of the plains state for eight years and could undoubtedly have been elected again had he chosen to continue in the office. When elected for his second term in 1970 the popular Republican carried all but one county in the state in an election which also saw Wyoming vote strongly to return a democrat, Gale McGee, to the Senate. Hathaway would conform with the tradition of the country having a Secretary of the Interior from a western state. In Wyoming more than half of the state is federal land. Hence a governor is more acutely aware of the problems of the Interior Department, than would be one from the Eastern seaboard, for instance. In his eight years as governor, Hathaway was receiving practical schooling in the problems of the interior and particularly in the areas of development of natural resources, coupled with protection of the environment. In addition to its agricultural side, Wyoming is a large oil producer and has vast deposits of low sulphur coal, which is most economically mined by the strip method, in most cases. It also has large deposits of uranium, trona, low-grade iron ore and other minerals. It is uniquely a state in which the development of natural resources and the maintenance of a high-grade environment are daily facts of life. Hathaway has had an intense education in these problems, which coupled with his record of being an excellent governor makes him superbly suited to this new assignment. /./*>// tt»Jti^rir+*4c£*r~~~~' DUlribultd by t.A. Timfi Syndicate Paul Harvey Pruning Time on the Hill Roberts. Allen The sneakiest device which Congress employs to get you to pay for something you don't want is to hide the appropriation as a "rider," an addendum to some totally unrelated money bill. For example, members of Congress who wanted to help corn, wheat and cotton farmers had to vote yes to a bill which also provided food stamps to strikers. Then there was the "upholstery needle bill," which had to do with lowering the tariff on upholstery needles. That bill was saddled with 12 different riders — things as unrelated as changing taxation on real estate investment trusts and granting tax-empt status to certain political organizations. I recall the Cambodian bombing bill was wrapped up with payments to Social Security recipients. Congress and its committees and its legislative practices have become so cumbersome that the next government scandal is likely to emerge from that morass at the "other end" of Pennsylvania Ave. Twenty years ago the Senate and the House had combined staffs of 5,600 people; today 16,000. The staffs of congressional members have grown six times faster than the number of people they represent. Congress' ability to spend money on itself is one of the few government powers neither checked nor balanced by our Constitution. Congress alone decides how much of your money to appropriate for its own operations. Recently, the House created another committee to study the problems of the aged; the House Policy Failure Augurs Remember When Kissinger's Departure WASHINGTON - Fate is closing in on Secretary Henry Kissinger. Increasingly and forebodingly the high-riding diplomatic wheeler-dealer is under fire on all sides — in the U.S., abroad, in Congress and, particularly menacing for him, in inner presidential councils. There for the first time, Kissinger's views and policies are being sharply scrutinized and challenged. Revealing instance: President Ford's foreign policy address to a joint session of Congress next week was conceived in the White House — not by Kissinger. He was told about it after the decision was made, but not consulted on whether it should be done. Also highly insignificant, the address is being formulated by the President's own staff and not the State Department. It is being prepared under the direction of Robert Hartmann, the President's most influential adviser and head of his speechwriting staff. Kissinger won't even be present when this talk "covering the entire range" of U.S. foreign policy is delivered. He will be in Latin America on a ten-day swing through five countries. There are other telltale manifestations of the gradual but definite change in Kissinger's status and continuance as all-powerful Secretary of State. The claque of adulatory newsmen and "commentators" who were so unfailingly zealous in sounding his praises and acclaiming his deeds are now a lot less so. And in Congress, where once he was viturally sacrosanct, they are zeroing in on him — so far mostly privately but increasingly out in the open. 1 This ominous background doesn't mean Kissinger's replacement is imminent. For one thing, President Ford doesn't operate that way — as evidenced by the months it has taken him to recast the Nixon cabinet, some of whose most controversial members are still around. Eventually they, too, will be axed, but when is conjectural. Only thing sure is it will be before the President actively starts campaigning for reelection. That certainly also applies to Kissinger. Definitely he will not be in the cabinet when the President takes to the hustings. In 1972, Kissinger was a crowning electioneering asset for President Nixon. Kissinger's world-hailed announcement on the eve of the balloting of the signing of the Vietnam "peace" agreement (now a disaster-shattered shambles) drove the final nail in the McGovern coffin. But there are no prospects of similar glowing "pie in the sky" Kissinger- wrought triumphs this time. In fact, grimly quite the opposite. Throughout the globe, his record is somberly scarred by stark failures and sinister calamities — Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Greece-Turkey, Middle East, Red China-Taiwan, Panama, where he is covertly in the process of giving up U.S. sovereignty over the Panama Canal which has already engendered fierce congressional opposition with 37 Republican and Democratic Senators publicly pledged to block it. Approval of such a giveaway requires a two-thirds Senate vote; 37 is more than enough to kill it. That explains why a high White House official told this column: "Henry has just about outlived his usefulness, and I would say he knows that. He is temperamental and egotistical, but he is also smart. He is well aware that times and conditions have drastically changed, and that he has lost his magic touch. His glamor and charisma are sadly tarnished. "So he will be moving on — undoubtedly to write it all up, from his point of view, for a lot of money. As a guess, I would say that has probably already been arranged. This won't happen right away, or next week or next month. But it positively will happen by next year this time. You can give odds on that, because Henry definitely won't be around when the President starts campaigning." Illustrative of the public barraging Kissinger is encountering on Capitol Hill is Sen. Jesse Helms's blistering demand that he resign. Characteristically mincing no words, the North Carolina Republican declared: "Dr. Kissinger's usefulness as a negotiator is ended. His diplomacy is in ruins. His credibility with both the Arabs and Israelis has collapsed. I quite agree the time has come for reassessment of U.S. foreign policy. But it must be made by someone who has the confidence of all sides, including the confidence of the American people. "Events are now too grave, the situation in every corner of the world too delicate, for our international affairs to be directed by a man of proven failure. I suggest that the Secretary of State and President Ford consider whether now is the time for Dr. Kissinger to quietly quit the scene." From the pages of the Herald, a compiled list by Lynn Tilton JO Years Ago April 6,1965 The House Rules Committee launched President Johnson's sweeping health care bill toward expected House passage later by clearing the measure for a floor vote. The committee voted 10 to 5 for the bill which would provide a $6 billion package of welfare benefits, including a medical insurance plan for persons 65 years of age and over. On the local scene, four survivors in a plane wreck above Bridal Veil Falls were safely taken to Provo after Richard Martin of Boise climbed down the falls during a snowstorm and led rescuers to the wrecked plane. 25 Years Ago April 6,1950 Republican statesman John Foster Dulles agreed to serve as a consultant to Secretary of State Dean Acheson. The Dulles appointment was another move by the administration to close the breach with the Republican party on the bipartisan foreign issue. Ninety-five-year-old Parley P. Willey of Bountiful visited Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Willey of Payson. He was said to be the oldest graduate of the University of Utah and had been a colonizer in Utah, Arizona and Idaho. Lehi Jaycees began planning for their third Easter Party, Glen Wanlass was party chairman. He was helped be Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Cooper and Mr. and Mrs. Milo Johnson. 40 Years Ago April 6,1935 A new work-relief bill to put seven million men to work waited for President Roosevelt to sign the new measure which would spend $11 million a day. It was stated the president would direct the expenditure which many expected would remove up to 15 million from relief roles. This became known as the CCC. Beth Warnick and Richard Keigley, Brigham Young University High School debaters, won first honors in the debate tournament held in connection with the annual speech tournament. T. Earl Pardoe was in charge. The Provo High School affirmative team of Paul Boyer and George Sheya, tied for second and third. Ladies' Easter hats sold for as low as 98 cents with frocks selling for $4.98. already had 21 other committees with some jurisdiction in that area. It's pruning time on the Hill, but Congress keeps planting instead. One reason for the proliferation of committees is that each new one gives some congressman a larger staff which can be diverted to publicizing himself. The environmental movement has been great for this purpose, so Congress has six new subcommittees in this field. If all this malignant expansion of activities resulted in improving efficiency it might be justified; on the contrary, Congress in 1973 wrote 247 new laws — 10 fewer than in 1963 when its staff was half present size. Congress' public approval rating last year; 21, was lower than Mr. Nixon's lowest. There is no proper overview of congressional operations, no surveillance to encourage efficiency. The General Accounting Office (GAO) has come authority over executive agencies; it should have authority to identify extravagance, waste, duplication in all government operations. As is, it does nothing to correct the mysterious overstaffing practice. The House recently tripled the number of professional employees on committee staffs. And the House, comparatively, is the "poor rent district" on the Hill. After the last election a bunch of lame duck congressmen took off on taxpayer-paid vacations abroad, a flagrant abuse of public money and public trust. Every gxcess is its own undoing; Congress will prune itself or be pruned. Berry's World Barbs By PHIL PASTORET Has anyone checked the thermostat settings on air conditioners in the energy office lately? One way NOT to save on gas, energy, time or dollars is to fly a plancful of know-how to a speecbmaklng dinner. 1975 by NEA. Inc For gosh sates/ We can't afford that! Do I look like an oil-rich Arab? Bye Line by Jensen Preserving A Newspaper If you have ever saved newspapers or newspaper clippings, you know that age will eventually discolor the newsprint which in turn, makes it very hard to read. If you're one of those folks that likes to save clippings or newspapers but don't want the expense of preserving them in plastic, I have some good news for you. An assistant professor at the University of Washington has come up with a simple recipe for preserving a newspaper for as long as 200 years. That's right, 200 years. And it's very simple to do. First you dissolve a milk of magnesia tablet in a quart of club soda overnight. Pour into pan large enough to accomodate the flattened newspaper. Soak newspaper one hour, remove, and pat dry. Estimated life: 200 years. *** Boy, I think that's great. Just imagine preserving a copy of The 01' Daily Bugle for 200 years. Not only will you be able to read it the rest of your life but if you ever suffer from irregularity, you can just rip off a page and eat it. The magnesia should solve the irregularity problem. And with that problem solved, you can rip-off another page and use it for .... Well, let's let it go at that. **» In reading some recently released statistics on purchases by wives and husbands, I found a couple of interesting things. For instance, there would be no doubt that 82% of the wives buy baby food while only 18% of the dads do. And there would be little doubt that 59% of the husbands purchase the beer. However, an interesting statistic on wine purchases shows that"52% of the wives buy the wine while only 48% of the husbands purchase the nectar of the grape. I wonder if that means we have more women winos than men. Suppose? Naw, everybody knows women use it for cooking. *«* Here's another startling fact: more wives buy after shave lotion than husbands. But when it comes to buying a black and white TV set, it's split down the middle, 50-50. Purchasing color TV sets are different. 54% of the husbands buy these and only 46% of the wives buy "'em." And what do all these statistics mean? It means it's dull reading and let's move on to something else. *** In talking to Gene Evans a while back, I mentioned the fact that I hadn't seen ol' "88" (Phil Odle) around for quite awhile. Gene informed me that Phil was running a restaurant in American Fork. I'm sure my reaction was the same as hundreds of other folks, "A restaurant? You got to be kidding!" He assured me it was no joke and the name of his place is "The Huddle," specializing in spaghetti. The name of the place doesn't surprise me. Knowing Phil, if he owned a roller rink he'd call it "The Huddle." But I sure didn't know he was a spaghetti-bender. And I understand from folks that have been there — he's a good one. Well, I haven't been there yet but I'm sure heading_that way. After spending a couple of years in Italy, I Intend to find out just how good a spaghetti-bender he is. And if you get there before I do, let me know will you? *»* In reading the latest issue of Nation's Business magazine, I see Crosby Industries of Provo, Utah, got a nice write-up. That kind of publicity in a national magazine has got to be good for Crosby and Provo, Utah. In case you don't know Crosby Industries, they're the folks who developed an automatic transmission for multispeed bikes. Sounds like a winner. *** That's enough. Have a nice day and keep smilm'. Richard Wilson Southeast Asian Dreams, Realities WASHINGTON, D.C. - In another month or two at the most, according to the pessimists here, Saigon and all of Vietnam will be under Hanoi's control. Without being olympian about it, Southeast Asia, the United States and the rest of the world aren't ready for such an epochal reversal of American policy. How little Southeast Asia is ready is outlined by Robert Shaplen, a respected analyst, in the April issue of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. He argues that the time gained by the American intervention and slow, phased withdrawal over a ten year period has not been put to good use. The base was not laid for representative government on broad popular foundations, free of external influence from Peking, Moscow or Washington. It was an impossible dream. Consequently, as the American-created simulation of a popular government in Saigon collapses, the rest of a vast area of Asia and the southern seas finds itself adrift. The Philippines, with a travesty of popular government, faces insurrectionary problems. It is the same all over. Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia have not created popular governments of nationalist origin which are proof against Communist takeover, as now so forcibly demonstrated in Vietnam. If the domino theory doesn't apply, certainly the ripply effects will wash away all the illusions which motivated the 20-year American purpose of creating a neutral area of the world where popular-based governments could escape Communist domination. Those governments don't exist. In Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, where they might have existed, they are vanishing altogether and in other parts of Southeast Asia there is little semblance of popular government. In the bitterness of the Vietnam era, it has been forgotten that our purposes were noble and that they had a basis in long-term national interests which at one time were universally recognized by those who later were to become the bitterest. Mobility of purpose does not condone failure so spectacular as those which have taken place in Southeast Asia on a stage so brilliantly illuminated. The whole world sees this and is affected by it, whatever shoulder shrugging there may be in friendly foreign capitals where diplomats are saying that Secretary Kissinger and President Ford are making too much of what was inevitable in Vietnam anyway. What was also inevitable was that in the friendly capitals wise diplomats would have to do a lot of rethinking on what they could expect of the United States in the future. Can it be seriously doubted that the Hanoi government's decision to go ahead with a major and conclusive offensive was not encouraged by its perception that Congress would not back President Ford on giving more military aid? Could Hanoi have failed to perceive that the United Sates was ready to let the Thieu government go down the drain? Could Hanoi have failed to assess the whole national atmosphere of this country as "we've had enough"? Of course the Hanoi government made those assessments. And, of course, the rest of the world will make its assessments on much the United States can be depended upon and they may not be flattering. What can be done about the collapse of South Vietnam's resistance, the abandonment of vast American military supplies including intact aircraft, and the demoralization of "Vietna- miied" armed forces which wouldn't fight? Probably nothing more than witnessing the debacle with a sense of horror and contempt, rather than the shame we might have felt if the South Vietnamese were going down in heroic defense of their homeland without our further help. When Congress comes back from its vacation and President Ford returns from his, there will be moves for humanitarian relief. But there is nothing the United States can now do to restore the illusion that Us actions could decisively affect the shape of events in Asia.

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