Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 30, 1973 · Page 12
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 12

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, June 30, 1973
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?l AIL EDITIONS 'Establishment' or not, Watergate hearings are essential Editor, The Arizona Republic: I .must take exception to your editorial of Julie 5 entitled "The show goes on." You criticize the "Eastern establishment" for continuing the Senate Water* gate hearings. ^graphically, Senator Weicker of Connecticut, a fine man, might be con- sidered a member of your "Eastern establishment." Senators Irvin, Baker, Talmadge and Ourney are from the South. Despite the fact that 1 am 84 years old, even I learned in school that the world is round; so, by traveling far enough east, we could come to Hawaii and New Mexico, the home states of the two remaining members of the Watergate panel. Perhaps you meant that working in Washington made one part of the "Eastern establishment," a theory which would surprise Senators tannin and Gold water who, I am sure, consider themselves part of the "Western establishment," By a unanimous -vote of 77-0, the U.S. Senate voted to conduct the Watergate hearings. And it was the unanimous decision of the seven members of the Watergate panel, both Democrats and Republicans, to continue the hearings as scheduled, despite the request of Mr. Cox to wait until after his investigation. Again you have deliberately tried to mislead your readers, some of whom are less gullible than you believe. It is not important that those involved in the Watergage mess be fined or imprisoned. It is important that these people, using Gestapo or Politburo tactics, have created chaos at home and abroad and that the American people should have the opportunity to witness what a group of power-mad, arrogant individuals have done to our country. The Teapot Dome scandal investigation, which t rememer quite well, lasted six years; so, brace yourself. BARBARA FRtTCHEY Phoenix police officer gives facts on pay raise Phoenix, Sat., .tune 30, 1973 The Arttona Republic Page 7 . It is obvious that the Phoenix City Council Has done an excellent job of snowing the citizens of Phoenix and the editor of the state's largest newspaper. In your editorial, "Unneeded tough .talk," you made mention of the city •council's "fair and equitable" 12 per .cent pay increase given police officers Jn the City of Phoenix. • : • I am a police officer with two years in the department and I say, "What 12 per ,cent raise?" };/ The facts are this: ' ~' r ^Approximately 368 police officers will ^receive a 11.7 per cent increase in pay. 'These are patrolmen with five or more "years in the department. V',.-6ver 600, patrolmen with less than five ,,years in the department will receive a 4.6 per cent cost of living and a 1 per cent raise. My pay will increase from $804 to a ^ whopping $852 a month. It doesn't take 'much of a mathematician to figure out that that is not a 12 per cent increase. What the city council has keenly done with their sharp pencils is attempt to split the police officers by giving to one and not the other. Due to this fact, morale in the Phoenix Police Department has never been lower; and this includes supervisory personnel.' You also mistakenly stated we have more benefits than do officers of the Depar|inent of Public Safety. Phoenix police officers are expected to maintain thejr uniforms on $150 a year. DPS officers receive $25 a month. DPS officers also have the privilege of taking home their own patrol cars, thus receiving savings on gas and repair bills. What the city council has done is cause the citizens of Phoenix to believe their police officers have received a 12 per cent pay increase and suddenly become a bunch of short-hair malcontents because they didn't receive a 15.5 per cent pay raise. PHILIP W. WALTON President's not above the law Telephone service defended In regard to Mrs. Jeff Krumperman's u - letter on "lousy telephone service" I T would-like to make a few comments. : I have worked for the telephone company for three years and in this time I -have come to see that the telephone company does its best to give the public i the best possible service. In my every\- day contacts with customers, I have r been presented with about every imagi- . ,nable problem that a person can have .'with their telephone. All complaints and ^problems are handled with the understanding that if there is a solution, it ''will be found to the customer's satisfaction"; ' ^ Mrs. Krumperman mentions operator assistance on direct dialed calls. There are different types of equipment in operation on these calls. If the operator asks - for your number, it is for the specific purpose of getting the call billed to the •right "account. Also, the touch tone service is something that is relatively new. A vast amount of special equipment is 'needed to handle it. New construction includes this equipment and the revamp- : ing of old equipment takes time at great expense. New items usually take time to >• be perfected. x The Phoenix area is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. and covers a •• vast territory. People are . constantly moving in, out and around. Telephone .usage here is about the highest any,- where. When this is taken into account, you can imagine some of the problems that can arise that would never occur in f Sink or swim The Watergate scandal has put the -: conservative Republicans in a unique predicament, has it not? X The conservatives have leaped into the '"'forefront of the battle against crime, sin -and corruption. The Republic continually • cites the danger of coddling criminals, -'while criticizing the Supreme Court's i liberal interpretation of "due process." We applaud The Republic for taking the hard - line, conservative stand in favor of swift, firm justice, especially for John Dean, for example. -'•• We also find the go - down - with - the - ship loyalty to our Republican presidential administration admirable, espe- v cially when so many of the President's political associates have chosen to • "abandon ship" rather than go to jail. It is a disgrace to see so many Republicans finking on each other . , , and on • network television to boot. Why haven't some of those people who , have been publicly accused of illegal and unethical conduct filed suits against their accusers, anyway? Surely some of "those accusations are untrue. DRUE BATES How to go broke ' We are already paying 100 senators • and 435 representatives $22,737,500 in -'salaries, to which they wish' to add an•• other $6,687,500, in addition to their $3,000 yearly rent subsidies, travel ex' penses, office expenses, nepotism, moon• lighting writing and speaking fees, as well as continuing to look after their • own private business interests. I think that is pretty good income for a three- to-four day week. And in the meantime we pay $22 billion in interest alone on money that had to be borrowed to cover the cost of their deficit spending. If a man ran his private business the way Cotigress runs the country, he would soon be bankrupt. P. C. BROWN Florence a smaller more stable community. ."We may be the only telephone company in this area, but our only job is to giye our customers the best possible service they deserve. MARY M. BOEKEMEIER, Service Representative Bah! Humbug! Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, .Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate, Watergate. Bah! Humbug! KEN NELSON Be fair Let's be fair! Senator Jackson (D- Wash) said the other day "he doesn't feel the climate is right for the Russian leader to be here during the Watergate scandal" ... the Nixon administration might give in too much . Guess he forgets that this same Russian is probably green with envy, while he is here, at our Skylab success, too. Doesn't anyone think of the wonderful things this country is accomplishing with this adventure into space? You gotta take the good with the bad in a democracy such as ours. Sure, we have scandals, but we've had beauts before and we'll no doubt have them again and we'll all survive with a sense of humor, I trust, but let's be fair in our public statements. MRS. CHARLES DOMOS Position questioned Your editorial of June 20 supports the principle that beneficiaries of federal programs should bear the costs, and condemns the "liberal" position that costs of government should be spread among the general populace. You point with approval to the emphasis of the National Water Commission on user charges. I assume that this means that you oppose the massive federal appropriations which would make possible the Central Arizona Project, and which made possible other reclamation projects upon which the economy of Arizona is based. Or are you "liberal" when you benefit from federal projects and "conservative" the rest of the time? WILLIAM C. CANBY JR. Terope Disappointed fan I do not own a newspaper. I should, after having subscribed to The Republic and/or various newspapers since 1941. I'm loyal to The Republic, very loyal, but today I'm burned up. With only one Reg Manning in the whole wide world and his gorgeous cartoon of June 14, "The most beautiful sight in the world," why-in heavens name was it not in color? Are you afraid of the patriotism it might stir up? Why, oh why, oh why? It's bad enough that his cartoons can't be on the front page where they belong, but to make our flag in black and white and on Flag Day, well, I'm let down. MRS. ELSIE M. BURANDT 'I do not agree with a word that you «ay, but I will defend to the death your right to say iC — (attributed to Voltaire) 'Keep yer money. 1 want that roast beef sandwich? Nicholas Von Hoffman New photography intrigues WASHINGTON Since the decline in the belief in wit- craft, people observed talking to the flowers have been judged harmlessly dotty. In the last few years, however, a whole school of gardeners has been encouraging the idea that we should talk to our plants, even play music to them. Anthropopathism of" vegetation has gone so far that a few gardenres maintain that plants are capable of feeling fear and affection. By wiring up their plants with galvanometers they claim they can detect and measure the emotional life of carrots and petunias. There being no hypothesis generally known to Western science to explain such strange opinions, most of us whisper sweet thoughts to our plants on the QT while wondering if we haven't fallen victim to a newly manufactured superstition. The belief that you can get a geranium to grow by talking to it is but an aspect of the much older notion that some people are endowed with green thumbs just as others are cursed with brown thumbs which blight whatever they touch. If botany has decidedly different ideas about plant life, there are now a few researchers around the world who think they have some scientifically respectable evidence suggesting that some people do have green thumbs and that plants may respond to tender loving care as much as to water and fertilizer. The basis of these peculiar ideas is a foi-m of photography perfected by Semyon and Valentina Kirlian and known variously as electrography, radiation field photography, or high frequency photography. The pictures taken by this method don't show the surface of an object, nor the objects inside, but rather a wild light show of pattern, leaping, ever-changing colors which the Kirlians' fellow Russian scientists regard as some form of non-electrical energy. * * * IT'S THEIR OPINION that a Kirlian photograph of a leaf reveals the leaf's "bioplasmic body." Instead of the traditional energy body we have been taught to think of as the only form of matter that exists. . Some investigators believe this corona of blues, purples, oranges, reds and greens is none other than what the Hindus call "prana," and what Chinese philosophy and medicine call "chi'i," the polarized forces of yin and yang, whose harmonious balance is thought to induce life, health and happiness. The Western counterpart of this is the scientifically disreputable idea of vital- I am saddened and dismayed as I read the oft repeated myth that says: "Because of the sanctity of his office, we have some mystical obligation to support the president, no matter what he does." It is often implied that anyone who does not blindly support the president's questionable actions is himself of marginal loyalty and patriotism. This myth is closely akin to the Ma- chiavelli doctrine (circa 1500 AD) that rulers are diety and are therefore above human morality. Psuedo - intellectual excuses notwithstanding, if a president commits wrong, the sacred nature of the office he holds makes him more guilty, not less. To discerning Americans the real is- sue of the Watergate scandal is the alarming supporting evidence that President Nixon has again placed himself above the law. This Machiavellian practice has been increasingly evident in,his administration. Credible government, officials and others have voiced their concern over increasing presidential power and manipulation of the law. If the President has practiced selective otedience to the law previously, why is it difficult to believe the obvious Watergate implications? If we allow shy portion of the government to act outside the law, which of our constitutional rights will be inviolate? F. N. FARNSLEY Peoria Trading with Red China The people who are so enthusiastic about all the business we are going to be able to do with "China" should consider the following. The Red Chinese recognize that there are three kinds of goods, for which other goods may be obtained. First is "white goods," meaning grain, flour, sugar, and similar food products of the farm. They have none of these commodities to swap. Second is "yellow goods," meaning gold and silver. Any hoarded, small amount of these metals held by Peking has been obtained entirely by some form of trade for narcotic drugs. The third form of negotiable wealth is "black goods," meaning opium and opium products. This constitutes the sole value that the 700 million people of Red ' China, after 24 years under communism, have to offer the rest of the world for anything the rest of the world wants to sell them. ism, the teaching of which will get you hung up by the ears in any American university. Nevertheless, Thelma Moss, a bona-fide Ph.D. and assistant professor - of medical psychology at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, reports (the Osteopathic Physician, Oct. 1972) that, "If a leaf is plucked from a plant and photographed over time, the emanations which at first are brilliant and colorful gradually grow dimmer and eventually disappear, so that no photograph of the leaf can be taken — signifying, the death of the leaf, perhaps." American scientists have been able to take such pictures, but much more astonishing is the claim by Russian Scientist Victor Adamenko, who says that when up to 10 per cent of the leaf is cut away, the bioplasmic body of the leaf remains intact in the p h o t o g r a p h s. Americans have not been able to duplicate this, but then the Russians are years ahead of us in this technology and stingy about sharing it with us. Pictures . taken of the same person's finger vary according to relatively small changes in the subject's state of emotions and consciousness. The sex of the photographer, whether he is a stern figure or a jolly, informal one will make a difference in the corona or aura showing up on the films. There is, however, no correlation between the shifting patterns in the photographs and the standard indices of stress, like sweat, galvanic skin resistance or vasoconstriction. i * * * VAULTING EVEN FARTHER OUT into what may be new truth or old buncombe, Kirlian photographs have been taken of the fingers of "healers" while they were doing thejr strange work and when they've turned their magic powers off. The films seem to show that when they apply their powers to a maimed leaf they impart a rosy pink color to it. This happens even with people who don't claim to have any healing powers, but Dr. Moss says that, as a curious sidelight, we have obtained the opposite effect from certain people. Instead of suffusing the leaf with the rosy pink glow, the leaf fades into an indistinct blur, and sometimes is not even able to be photographed. Could this be the "green thumb-brown thumb" effect often discussed among garden enthusiasts? Kirlian photograpHy has set off other conjectures which make these seem tame. Unquestionably, many of them, maybe all of them, will be found to be nothing more than the byproducts of overly stimulated cortices. Still these areas, which not so long ago were con. signed to tea room-mediums, gypsies and nomadic hjpsters, are attracting the interest of less errant souls. Some are probably drawn to these inquiries because the ecology movement taught us that all things are connected in ways our science can't explain, As for there being any worthwhile business for the United States in Red China, that idea is totally a fraud of a delusion. Just consider that the citizens of the Republic of China on Taiwan had to start 23 years ago with practically nothing except the land itself which belonged to the native farmers. And today the 15 million of these free people already have a bona fide foreign trade running six to seven billion dollars this year, or at least 20 per cent more than the parallel figure for the whole 700 million of Mao's slaves on the mainland. And Taiwan has an incresingly favorable balance of payments each year, with a currency so sound that it makes the doilar look sick (which it is!) Under these conditions only a demagogue who has ot^er axes to grind would hold up the prospect of trade (now or later) as an incentive to maintain the Red China connection. \ Is there really cause for being enthusiastic about our trade with Red China? MYRNA WORKMAN Mesa Worse political scandal everi On a recent Meet the Press program the chairman of the Republican Party was asked whether he thought the Watergate affair wasn't the worst political scandal that we had ever had.,His reply pointed out a scandal so much worse in every way that it is astounding that it has hardly been mentioned: the stealing of the 1960 Nixon - Kennedy election. The New York Times and the Herald Tribune and Look Magazine printed articles showing evidence that criminal padding and falsification of votes in Texas and Illinois had certainly elected Kennedy. A recount would have been long and strenuously resisted. If Nixon had reacted as his blood - thirsty enemies are doing now, the government would certainly have been badly disrupted. To avoid this, Nixon asked the Herald Tribune to cancel a series of 12 articles showing the extent of the criminal acts. In Nixon's 1960 campaign he avoided tactics such as playing on religious prej- udice and racial discrimination, although he had opportunities, and it will not revealed until years later 'that the reason Eisenhower helped so little was that Mrs. Eisenhower and Ike's doctor; privately advised Nixon that Ike's health would not permit such activity. Nixon didn't tell anyone —and they call him "Tricky Dick"! As an afterthought, we now know that Nixon's choice of 1972 campaign manager was unfortunate, but the complete delegation of authority was logical .because of demanding international res- ponsibilites. Compare Ellsberg's crime, and the 1960 vote steal with the comic opera burglary and bugging, and see how vindictive but unjustified are the frenzied efforts to blacken Nixon,and negate the activites of the government at home and abroad! LESTER R. MacLEOD Chino Valley Watergate expose needed In the past week I have talked to many people, including my father, concerning the Watergate incident. The overall consensus was that people are not interested in hearing about Watergate. Most of them feel that Watergate is "Dirty Politics," and that it is just a waste of time and money. They know there is corruption in politics and are Phil's a caution That Phil Strassberg! Ain't he a caution 'with hie New York City ways? Suggesting that the laws be changed to extend drinking hours till 2 a.m. He should realize Arizona doesn't even have daylight saving time, Why ... it gets dark at 7:30 p.m. Shucks! We just start drinking earlier . . , that's a simple enough solution. Now if he could only get all those great night spots in the Valley to start their entertainment one hour earlier to keep us company, conventioneers and Valley residents alike would doff their hats in appreciation. I even think the attending New York conventioneers would find this a refreshing change from their way of life. MRS. BONNIE CHRISTIE LUchfield Park Required reading I read with interest your editorial of June 14, "Madness on Potomac." Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Did all our congressmen and senators receive a copy of that editorial? It should be repeated in every paj>er in the country. Many people don't realize such things can happen. MRS. L. T. McELVENNY Sun City willing to accept it. These people are more concerned with environmental problems such as rising food costs, fuel shortages, the cost of living which is skyrocketing and many would like to see government controls put on food prices. In my opinion their concern for rising prices is commendable but their dismissal of the Watergate affair as just "political" is wrong. We live in a democratic society and this gives us the right to question the actions of our government officials. We have the obligation as Americans iff demand reforms in our government and also removal from ^office of corrupt officials who are more interested in securing their job positions than completing their duties. As boring as the Watergate coverage may be to the general public, I feel it must be exploited and investigated to the fullest extent, and the guilty parties removed from office, \Vith this kind of disciplinary action an incident like this should never happen again. TERRI AVERBOOK Scottsdale No relationship The article entitled, "Methodists vote to back farm union," certainly shows how afar the church has drifted. Why should any church choose sides in a dispute between two unions? The article quotes a Will Hildebrand of Los Angeles, executive secretary of the Conference's Board of Missions as stating the United Methodists should support the UFW. I want everyone > to know that this particular Hildebrand is not any relation of mine. Also that I disagree with the resolution passed by the conference supporting amnesty for draft dodgers. W, F. WLPEBRAND S»n City

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