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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 6

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Newspaper Comment On Kennedy By The Associated Press Newspapers had these editorial comrncnts Saturday on Senator F',dward M. Kennedy's television appearance in which he C'ive his account of the events surrounding the dealh of Mary .Jo Kopechne: The New York Times: "Senator Mdward M. Kennedy's,televised explanation . . . raises more questions than it artswers . . . Personal and political sympathy aside, his emotion-charged address Friday night leaves us less than satisfied with his partial explanations for a gross failure of responsibility and more than ever convinced that the concerned town, county and state officials of Massachusetts have also failed in their duty thoroughly In investigate." Denver Post: "We would not want to underrate the capacity of Ihe American electorate for forgiveness. A nation that elected Andrew .lackson. who had killed a man, and Grover Cleveland, who had fathered an illegitimate child, might find a way to overlook whatever il is that Kennedy-has done." Christian Science Monitor: "It is doubtful if what is often spoken of as the Kennedy aura can ever he won hack." Baltimore. Md., Kvpning Sun: "Nothing that Senator Kennedy said lasl night explains that conduct convincingly. He remains a man who failed badly in long hours, not just a moment, of crisis." Kansas City Slur: "It was a deeply moving performance on television by an attractive and obviously deeply troubled man His 'confession' and- appeal arc sure to win him much sympathy among the millions who watched. But the statement did not 'excuse Kennedy's strange reactions after the fatal plunge of his car into a pond, nor did it answer all the still- unanswored questions in connection with that event." Washington Star: ". . . The Senator's televised broadcast . . . leaves several important, questions unanswered. For Ihe believers, the senator has said enough. For those who do not sharp this belief, and we are among them, this tragic case is far from closed." Hartford, fnnn.. Coiiranl: "It seems In us the senator failed In level on exactly what happened lhat night. We cannot, see why the girl's body'should have been left in the car under the waicr. especially after he had dived several times to save her. and then brought two friends from the Vookouf In try to j;cl In her ... It would seem to us that so long as the senator, a lawyer, has not seen fit to explain this night's events, that further investigation might he necessary." Richmond, Va. Times-Dispatch: "Many Americans would Mew with great fear Ihe prospect of the highest office in the bind, with its awesome crises and responsibilities, being held by a'man who reacted as Senator Kennedy did to his automobile accident." Detroit Free Press: "We cannot share the glee of Kenne- dy-hatcrs who gloat over this misfortune . . . hut Ihe harsh realities of politics must cause Ihe king-makers of both parties to take a new look at the future. The smart money -- if there is such a thing three years in advance — has already gone, to .Senator Muskic." Washington Post: "Senator Edward Kennedy did not answer all questions that, have been asked about the traffic accident ... so, inevitably, his performance had some quality of contrivance, some of the marks of a public man maneuvering to preserve his position in public life. New York Post: "There were moments when his words seemed wholly convincing and others when they appeared contrived. Rut what shadowed the recital more than anything he said or failed to say was the sense that such a statement should have been issued many days ago. It may be. argued that the impact of the tragedy had rendered him incapable of so extensive and public a declaration until now. Yet the failure of those in charge' of the inquiry to'ask' the'most obvious questions and their acceptance of his fragmentary initial account as a satisfying story remains as inexcusable as il it is injurious to the senator's position." New York Daily News: "The speech cleared up many (if the mysteries surrounding Miss Kopechne's death. There was, however, one thing which he explained only lamely, so it seems .to us; namely, why he spent the week following the tragedy in virtual seclusion." Atlanta Constitution: "A brave performance — perhaps brave enough to win him another chance. We do not subscribe to the idea that his career is finished. We do believe that he will have-to start all over." Chicago Daily News: "His extraordinary report to the people surely earned him high marks for courage as well as stage presence . . . yet for all its drama and sincere humility ... . the statement, raised as many questions as it answered . the hours in which the fatal accident went unrcported are still not wholly accounted for ... No one who has not undergone such a painful experience can be certain, of course, what he would do ... Our hope is that he can finish out his term in the Senate and leave it up to the voters of Massachusetts next year as to whether he should return." CUTBACK ON BOMB STRIKES Leased Wire to The Register SAIGON, SOUTH VIETNAM -- A Pentagon order to cut hack B-52 strikes as of July J was put into effect just a "'few'! days" ago. military sources' said Saturday. The reduction coincided with | an expected visit here by President Nixon. The President, now in the Philippines on a world tour, is reported planning an unscheduled stop in Vietnam this week. : The decision to cut down on i the number of B-52 bombing : runs was made last April by 'Secretary of Defense Melyin R. Laird in response- to Nixon's call for "significant reductions' 1 in government spending. "Purely Budgetary" Military sources hero contended that Ihe reduction, which has lowered sorties (missions flown by each plane) i from an average of fid to 53 a day. was a purely budgetary move and not. a cutback of the i American war effort. The number of combat raids by the high-flying bombers is expected to remain about the same—about eight, a day. But. fewer planes will be flying in each mission. The normal complement is six B-52s. Since I9fi5 — although figures for 19H9 have not been compiled — Ihe B-52s have logged probably more than 50.000 sorties, blasting real or suspected enemy troop concentrations, staging areas Remarkable Remarks • • Dr. Christiana Barnard, the South African heart transplant pioneer, was asked on a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, if he considered himself a playboy. Barnard replied: "I think I am a food surgeon. One cannot be a good surgeon and at Ihe same time a good playboy." • U.S. Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg was described by a British magazine as "the prisoner of his advisers." The magazine, the Diplomatist, said things would be better: "If only he (Annenberg) were allowed to ; let his personality impress Itself upon all he meets in the same way as It has impressed j itself upon all those whom he has befriended j throughout his extraordinary career." • John Lindsay, mayor of New York City, told senators in Washington. D.C., that the nation is facing "the imminent collapse of publicly assisted housing production for low and middle income families." He said: "We can get a man from the earth to its moon, but we cannot free man from his slums and give him decent housing at rents that he can afford to pay." Deny McCarthy Divorce Action \ v D«J MoindJ Sunday R*gi«ter July 11, IW _• £* G«n«r«l Section RARNARD WASHINGTON, D.C. ( AP) - w Senator Eugene J. McCarthy's office denied Saturday he has started divorce proceedings but refused to comment on a report the senator's marriage is on the rocks. "The first five paragraphs of that column are false. I will not comment on the rest of. it," Les Higby, the Minnesota Democrat's press aide, said of the report in a column by Drew,.. Pe C!svwlng Star in Washing-! last wcek ""* candidac y for re " ton said McCarthy, 54, personal-j election to the Senate next year, ly denied the report in a tele- married (he 1 0 r m e r Abigail THE DAY IN WASHINGTON •UOtNC MtCAHTHY AtlQAlL MCCARTHY phone interview. It added he WASHINfttftN, 0.C. SMurdHy, Jol? M, 1»l» Presldint Continued world tour, met with Philippine President Marcos in Manila. Congress In weekend recess.. PINEAPPLE PRIZES DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) — Th* winner of ft high school five-mile marathon rare A Roman here co||cdcd $140 and a ton of and supply depots with a mil- ties when they attacked a Viet lion tons of bombs. Cong force 17 miles southwest of The bombers have been Saigon Friday evening. hilling infiltration routes in A government spokesman said Laos although this never has,U.S. infantry supported by tanks been admitted publicly by the.;killed 14 guerrillas while suffer- United States. There was no in-! ing one man wounded in an clication whether' the cutback would curb the Laotian strikes eight-hour battle which began Thursday night and ended after] dawn Friday 40 miles northwest of Saigon. as well. Ground Action In groud action, North Vietnamese troops attacked a U.S. base on the western slope of the A Shau Valley northwest of Da Nang Saturday, killing eight American paratroopers and ... , • , wounding 11, headquarters re- «>P ors in the mountains of '•I South Vietnam died Friday in P Six7cen North Vietnamese »" Arm .y *°* pita !', l . he "ll-f' soldiers were killed when the .Command disclosed today. Ihe beaten back! s « ldler - s P- 4 **W D - Alken RESCUED SOLDIER DIES SAIGON, SOUTH VIETNAM (SUNDAY) (AP) — A 20-year- old American soldier rescued from his North Vietnamese JNORTH ^VIETNAM Thakhek HAINAN ~ Dong Hoi JDemilitarized Zone CAMBODIA • Hti * u °-- ; Kritie Saigon'SOUTH "J VIETNAM A- v// Jjoiilh C/im«, J!V« a s s a u I t was beaten back, spokesmen said. The fighting near the Laos border 32 miles southwest of Hue was the heaviest reported across South Vietnam. Headquarters said an estimated two platoons of North Vietnamese army soldiers; opened up with automatic | weapons, rocket-propelled gre-1 nades and heavy small arms I fire. Paratroopers of the 101st j Airborne Division hit back witfi i their own weapons, supported' by artillery and a rapid-firing' AC-47 fixed-wing gunship. Headquarters said, "An unknown number of enemy penetrated the perimeter but were repulsed." ; In light action, 9th Infantry; i Division troops killed eight guer-; rillas while suffering no casual-j critically injured at the time of his rescue. The headquarters announcement said he "died of wounds sustained prior to being rescued. u c niddine" '' Catholic family, they have j pineapples and the runner-up McCarthy who renounced; three daughters and a son. i won half a ton of pineapples. 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