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not agree ifith a if ore that you say, fait J if ill to the leatk your ri$t to say if ... Voltaire THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC— TMwfc He'd Consider A Free Rein In Vietnam, Too? 9 Thursday, June 18, 1970 Page 7 The People Speak Education, Training Better Than Wasteful 9 Welfare Editor, The Arizona Republic: I do not believe that spending more of the hard - working taxpayer's money on welfare programs will ever work. There is no way that even one person can be helped out of poverty if he does not help himself and really want to get out of poverty. There is no incentive for him to want to as long as the government pays him more to stay on the welfare rolls. For as long as I have been able to stand reading about poverty programs, I have always seen how people are being helped, but never do I see where they are obliged in the slightest respect to help themselves. We have treated these people as sacred cows in our society who cannot be entrusted with responsibility for their own welfare and they have reacted accordingly. THE IDEA that more money will bring more people out of the poverty cycle is a fallacy from my standpoint. More money may assure more jobs in the field of welfare workers, especially administrators (at lucrative salaries) who will continue to work hard to maintain the welfare rolls and therefore their jobs. I can see helping provide food, clothing and shelter in a limited degree for those in dire straits, but cannot for the life of me see why we must support "goods and services" outside of these to the poor. WHY CAN'T the business world, which wants the money these people will spend, hire and train them to work for it? Is it more profitable for them to pay out taxes to the government, have the government re - cycle the money to the poor and get it back that way? My view is that charity will work best on the local community level with a stress on education and self - help for the recipients and personal voluntary involvement from the local community. In the April 1970 issue of Nation's Business, there is an article entitled "Opening Doors to Opportunity." This article concerns the Rev. Leon H. Sulli- Good Job Contrary to the opinion of the Rev. Jojjn Atwell of Apache Junction (letter June 3), we believe that the Rev. Tom Belt, Episcopal student chaplain at ASU, is doing a first-class job. He is in rapport with students and maintains meaningful dialogue with them. He is an exemplary teacher, leader of worship, and pastor for students of today. The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and congregations of many other communions have reason to be grateful to him and to his youth choir for the moving experiences in contemporary Christian worship they have provided for thousands all over Arizona and elsewhere. Clearly, it is a part of his job to speak relevantly to issues of vital concern to our college students. We support him in his difficult and important ministry. THE VERY REV. ELMER B. USHER, Dean, Trinity Cathedral THE REV. DONALD B. ROBINSON, Rector, St. Paul's Church „ THE REV. WILFRED R. STEWART, Vicar, Church of the Resurrection, Scottsdale THE: REV. WILLIAM A. POTTENBER, Rector, : St. Augustine's Church, ,. Tempe THE REV. HAROLD S. KNIGHT, Rector, St. Mark's Church, • Mesa Where Will It End? It seems to me everything in our life today is sanctioned with the "green light," or go ahead. The sky is the limit on "doing your own thing." There are a few of us left who believe in the Good Book, but what really amazes me is the fact that the only thing left that seems to really arouse any feelings among most of the people is the act of murder, Have you noticed that everything the Teh Commandments forbids, with the exception of the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," is reasoned away in man's mind, each finding his own excuse for his conscience? With this freedom of conscience, why, may I ask, are people so concerned over murder and war, which is the same thing under a different title? If life is so precious, then why is man leliling almost everything that is good? Man's pockelbook and selfishness are us lord, so where do you think it will all van, a Negro pastor who has led his people (as well as other underprivileged groups) out of the poverty cycle, successfully and profitably. That is - those that wanted out. HE HAS FOUNDED Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., and has educated, trained, and hired the hard - core unemployed (minus the government programs). What he has done is certainly more practical and feasible than any federal welfare program. He has created jobs in the real world and trained his people to use their God given ability and to develop skills needed by the nation's economy. Instead of liabilities, these people are assets to this great nation. Welfare has not worked out well for this society. It produces resentment on one side, and lack of pride and endless recipients on the other. It deprives recipients of incentive to work, and creates a deepening clash between the givers and the takers. MRS. CATHERINE GRAMES Jones Knew Did anyone seriously doubt the final decision of the board of regents on the Starsky matter? Gosh — Sen. Terry Jones could have told you months ago. ARTHUR McGAFFIC Net Worth Worthless What's this net worth issue all about? One of the aspirants to Senator Fannin's Senate seat has challenged him to expose his net worth. While doing this, the aspirant was declaring he was worth $1.6 million. During Senator Fannin's many years of public service, he has retained his sensitivity and kindness as characteristics of his style. Senator Fannin has consistently exhibited a unique capacity to be what Arizona people demand: A willing, honebl and intelligent statesman always representing Arizona people in his elected office. Let us get on with the central issues of human life and the relationships of man to man. Well-qualified public office aspirants can afford to discard those periphery issues which only produce questionable public relations and image building suspicions. Regardless of party, it should always be statesmanship, not showmanship, for which the citizen votes. PAUL WESLEY OBERMEYER, Scottsdale Cheers For Regents Well, well, well, they fired dear old Professor Starsky! They ignored his tenure and his contract. He even felt that there were political reasons for his termination. What a shame!' I say hurray for the board of regents and anyone else who had a part in terminating Starsky. BUD HART, Kingman Examining Political Costs Of Cambodian Operations By JOSEPH KRAFT SAIGON — "We are crossing over into (he post-war era," President Nguyen Van Thieu told this columnist in an Interview here in Saigon the other day. And that comment unwittingly expresses the political cost of Cambodian border operations. They have induced among the South Vietnamese a mood of euphoria. And in that heavy spirit, the Saigon leaders are moving both to rule out a negotiated settlement of their own war and to drag the United Slates more deeply into the new conflict shaping up in Cambodia. The basic view of the South Vietnamese leadership is that the invasion of the enemy sanctuaries has pushed the war out of South Vietnam and into Cambodia. President Thieu and his associates are brimming with confidence about their capacity to run their own country free of serious challenge by the Communists. The president said that the enemy no longer presented "serious opposition" to his regime and could no longer launch "a serious attack." His best known commander. Gen. Do Cao Tri, told me that "The war is practically over." His prime minister, Tran Thanh Khiem, said in an interview that with the completion of Hamlet, provincial and national elections next year government au- A Tough Decision For The President By CHARLES BARTLETT WASHINGTON - The speculation is running ahead of the President as he wrestles with his prickly, momentous decision on the dispatch of aircraft to Israel. He has not, it seems, settled yet on any specific response. The search is still on for the compromise gesture that will serve Israel's security needs without impairing the pursuit of peace or alienating the Arab world. So far it is only clear that the President is unwilling to give the Israelis the full measure of support they are seeking. The notion of making aircraft available to replace lost Israeli planes or to compensate for additions to the enemy force holds appeal as one way to preserve the balance of forces. But the Arabs protest that whatever restrictions are placed on the use of these planes, this compromise will encourage the Israelis to attack more recklessly. * * * ANOTHER OPTION closely considered but little publicized would involve earmarking Phantom jets for Israel off American production lines. The planes would be held in American custody until officials here determined they were crucial to the survival of Israel. This idea has attractive variations, but the chief weakness of all of them is that they may not impart an adequate sense of security to the Israelis. The volatile implications of the decision have been conveyed to the President in many forms. The revolutionary outbreak in Jordan was a warning of what may come in all the so-called moderate Arab states if Washington aligns too tightly with Israel. The Libyans' cutback of Occidental Petroleum's oil production carried a hint of more severe measures in the future. Four ambassadors from friendly Arab nations visited Elliott Richardson during one of his last days as under secretary of State. Abdul Sharaf, the articulate ambassador from Jordan, said succinctly that a fresh award of aircraft to Israel would put "an intolerable strain" on relations between Washington and the four countries. He said these governments would try to maintain a thread of contact as long as possible but that President Nixon must be prepared to expect the worst. * * * THE FRAGILITY of the governments of Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia is undisputed by American experts. The Israeli issue permeates the Arab world so thoroughly that every Arab leader is threatened by revolutionaries. Even the small American presence in the Persian Gulf is certain to be awkward after the British withdraw. Mr. Nixon's decision is not facilitated by the analyses of Soviet intentions that are available to him. Moscow was obviously persuaded to undertake the air defense of Cairo, Alexandria, and the Aswan Dam by Premier Nasser's entreaties that unless the Russians did something he would go down the drain. Nasser is valuable to the Soviets because he thrives best, like them, in conditions of turmoil. The opportunistic aspect of the Soviets' gamble was their chance to force the United States more tightly into Israel's corner. They could count, in this ic.ovc, on help from Tel Aviv where the policy has long been to polarize the Middle East. So Mr. Nixon must estimate whether the Soviets will be content to play a defensive role or whether their defenses will incite the Arabs into new aggressions. There is no evidence yet that something more than defense is intended, but the probability points to an escalating involvement. * * » SOVIET TROOPS, for example, will presumably be needed to defend Soviet SAM sites. The character of the Egyptians augurs that their army officers will be emboldened by the new presence. Soviet pride, already damaged by 1967, may be further piqued by chance encounters with crack Israeli pilots. So Mr. Nixon has an awesome choice that is not made easier by the bravado of a growing list of senators who are playing to the Jewish pressures. The policy of even-handedncss faces its ultimate test in his decision. By Hugo IN ORDER TO FIGHT RISINQ COSTS OF POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS IN THIS. ELECT/ON YEA?. I ...OUR NETWORK WILL PRO&RAM FOR LATE-NIGHT VIEWING-., THE OLD MOVIES THAT STAR CURRENT POLITICAL CONTESTANTS' thority would be extended to the point where the Communists "will lose the war." * * * BELIEVING themselves close to victory, the South Vietnamese are not inclined towards a compromise settlement with the other side. On the contrary, they are rapidly moving away from the Nixon administration's offer of a settlement by elections in which the Communists could participate. To that purpose, they are leaning hard on the clause in Article Four of the constitution which prevents Communists from standing for election. Prime Minister Khiem, for example, was asked whether he would amend the constitution to allow Communists to run for office. He replied: "Never." President Thieu was slightly more subtle. He said: "Let the Communists first win the election, then they can change the constitution." But the Saigon leaders are not content merely to slide off the hook on negotiations. They are now pressing the United States to extend to Cambodia the kind of help given the regime here in South Vietnam. President Thieu told this columnist that he had impressed upon both Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and a visiting presidential fact-finding commission the need for a strong American commitment to Cambodia. + * * THE NIXON administration is obviously trying to resist the pressures for further entanglement in Cambodia. Hence the President's decision to pull out American troops on June 30, and Secretary of State William Rogers' assertions that the United States has no commitment to the Lon Nol regime. But it is much easier to pronounce these resolutions in Washington than to make them stick here in southeast Asia. Take the President's order that American activity in Cambodia cease except for bombing of supplies and reinforcements designed to help the enemy here in South Vietnam. Ambassador Bunker and the chief American commander, Gen. Creighton Abrams, have relayed these rules of engagement to President Thieu. But the South Vietnamese are inarvelously adept at fuzzing up seemingly precise limitations. Already they are pointing out that almost all their equipment — ammunition, weapons, gasoline — comes from the United States. They are rightly skeptical that American help can be tightly limited. Similarly with a commitment to Cambodia. It sounds fine for American officials to claim now that the Cambodians can save themselves with help from their immediate neighbors. But how is that going to sound when the going gets tough, when the Communists seem about to take over? When President Nixon's great decision to go into the sanctuaries begins to look like a losing proposition, will American officials here and in Washington then be so stand-offish about a commitment to Cambodia? Personally, I have my doubts. * * ^ AS THINGS now stand, the force of events is dragging the Nixon administration, in spite of itself, into a commitment to Cambodia and a war that stretches on and on and on. The only good way to avoid that awful entanglement is through a fixed schedule for total withdrawal of American forces at an early date. Dangerous Provisions In Anti-Crime Bills r amMlli|«IMIMIIIIIIIllil3lllill«lliyil!IMiillllll!llMi Whisperings I o • I would like to congratulate the State Board of Regents for destroying ASU. It has accomplished more in that direction by firing Morris Starsky than any "campus demonstration" could without burning a building. As an ASU student I have been aware of the presence of the American Association of University Professors, whose representatives came as neutral observers to see that proceedings by the Faculty Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure were handled properly. Once the decision was made not to fire Starsky, it was disastrous for the regents to override that decision. Those who care about our education are watching the AAUP and waiting to see what steps will be taken on accreditation. We want to be certain that another university will not turn us down later because we attended ASU. BETSY HOSMER, Scottsdale Unloved Pets People who own horses are supposed to love them, yet many do not think about their comfort. In driving about Phoenix and its outskirts, one sees lot after lot with fenced-in horses and not one shade tree or a lean-to for protection from the broiling sun. People seldom slay out in the sun for any length of time, so what about these poor animals who are in it all day? People who don't love their pets, enough to see thai they are decently loH:fi I alt: Of iiiOL/idf] 1 ii;>V(--'OlHf'l. By SYDNEY J. HARRIS In all the furor about "crimes of violence" today, we ought to remind ourselves that while crimes against the person have risen in recent years, the ultimate violence is murder — and the U.S. murder rate was lower in 1969 than it was in 1933. * * * Japan, which "lost" the last war, is spending four times as much on education as on military services; while the U.S., which "won" it, has an educational budget (even including private schools) less than two-thirds the size of the military budget. If we could set up "special panels" to hear divorce cases, which would be taken out of the whole current judicial and adversary system, then the insufferable delays in the American courts could be more than cut in half — and a great unnecessary burden removed from the judges. * * * (A divorce should not be considered a "breach of contract," but a socio - psycho - medical problem, dealt with by the appropriate specialists in community and family life, not by lawyers and judges.) * * * Pretentiously mediocre music is more revolting to me than the avowedly bad: I can more easily stand the brayings of a junky four-piece rock band than the lush musical obscenities of a Mantoyani and his 4,600 velvet violins. * * * Those who protest (hat the wo<Jl was tHO lt» il <',(-;•; Jiiivr j/rjM-iali By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON — The American Bar Association didn't improve its reputation by its indifferent inquiries into two Supreme Court appointments that were rejected by the Senate, but the ABA is now showing surprising diligence and independence in opposing the administration's bill against organized crime. It is not surprising that various liberal groups are disturbed by repressive provisions in the bill which threaten individual rights, and which also are of doubtful constitutionality. The chronically conservative ABA, however, has now become equally critical, although its attention was called to the legislation in the first place by President Nixon himself, who besought ABA support in getting the bill through Congress. This bill is flawed by so many undesirable, and probably unenforceable, provisions, that it is hard now to believe that it could have passed the Senate by a vote of 73 to 1. The answer is that the Senate, panicked by the law-and-order clamor, simply stampeded, leaving to the House the thankless job of resisting this subversion of civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. # * * FORTUNATELY, there Is an unspoken understanding in Congoess that on some issues one branch will rescue the other when such stampedes occasionally occur. For instance, many senators who had misgivings over the organized crime bill, voted for it in the confident belief that the House Judiciary Committee would flag it down, and that is what has happened. The legislation was rushed through the Senate in three days with little or no debate. One member voiced the thought of all when he said, "Everyone's afraid of being called soft on crime." The senators could count, however, on two dedicated civil liberlarjaijs Hep Kinanuel (Vllt-f 'li'vYi HMli WlJlKjIII M(.('l|!|l.ictl diciary Committee, to subject the bill to searching examination. Conversely, the House itself, in a similar stampede vote, recently rushed through a separate crime bill for the District of Columbia, designed by the administration as a model for the nation. It, too, but in a different way, adds up to an assault on civil liberties.,, Senate conferees are now holding up its passage, just as the Celler committee is containing the organized crime bill. Nixon obviously does not like this, but he is not likely to get his bills without making some concessions. The organized crime bill has 10 provisions in all, five of which have just been disapproved by the criminal law section of the ABA. Its views are much the same as those of the New York City Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union. AMONG THE MOST dangerous provisions of the bill are the following: (1) giving grand juries the power to denounce public officials when there is not Washington Bird Lore: The Short Flying Finch sufficient evidence to indict; (2) permitting grand jury witnesses to be held in jail for up to three years for refusing to testify; (3) allowing judges to impose prison terms up to 30 years on so-called "dangerous special offenders" on the basis of information that might not be admissible as evidence in an ordinary criminal trial; (4) severely limiting a defendant's right to object to the use of evidence admittedly obtained by violating the Constitution, including wire taps, coerced confessions, and illegal searches. In the minds of most critics, the administration's "model" District of Columbia bill is even more objectionable. It introduces preventive detention, which would allow a judge to lock up a defendant pending trial if he thought (or, rather, guessed) he might commit another crime in the meantime. It also provides for "no-knock" police entry, which would permit police to break into a house without notice or identification. Also, a teenager charged with a serious offense would automatically be tried as an adult, and would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of any one of three felonies. Further, a policeman could arrest without warrant any person he believed was about to commit a crime. Finally, a citizen who sues for false arrest must pay for the policeman's attorney, even if the citizen wins the case. * * * A SOUTHERN conservative, Sen. Sam Ervin, Jr. (D-N.C.), who is chairman of the Constitutional Rights Subcommittee, describes the District bill "as full of unconstitutional, unjust and unwise provisions as a mangy hound dog is full of fleas." It is, he concludes, "a garbage pail of some of (lie most repressive, nenr- jnioli !am iiiila-'i .,nd vindictive

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