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Sunday, August 16, 1970
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I )o not t,$ru rith a itor) tfitt you sty, but I Mil hjeri i* the fatk ynr rifit to say it ... Voltairt —- THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Split-Level Warfare Sunday, Aug. 16, 1979 Page? The People Speak A Unified Rescue Squadron Opposed By Final Co. Sheriff Editor, The Arizona Republic: I would like to take exception to the Aug. 9 comments by your columnist Paul Dean regarding his proposal of a unified search program by the Department of Public Safety. Surely most people of the State of Arizona have heard about, read about or saw on television the seemingly useless and disastrous loss of lives in the desert near Phoenix last week; lives of people who had every right to live. My deepest sympathy goes out to the relatives and loved ones of those left stranded on the desert and their lives smothered out by the extreme heat. I am sure there are many questions that have to be answered before a true picture can be revealed as to why nothing was done for so long a time before reporting to or calling upon the sheriff's Cannot Agree Ben Avery's column of Aug. 13 doesn't set well with me. I have been a resident of Arizona for 45 years, a resident of Final County for 18 years where I am employed by Casa Grande Union High School as a teacher. I FOR ONE would rather have our county organizations such as our sheriff posses of Florence, Coolidge, and Casa Grande, our motorized posses of Superior, and our motorized conquistadors of Casa Grande looking for someone in this county instead of an agency out of Phoenix. In my opinion, no agency on the state level could possibly do the job as well as we, the citizens under our sheriff's department, can do. They can have many competent men at any spot in our county in a very short time. Men who have spent years on this desert. Men who know every fence, gate, abandoned mine, water hole, trail, roads, etc., in this county, and at no iuaus, cii;., in uiia UU expense to the taxpayer. I CANNOT AGREE that we need another state agency to support. If such an agency were established I would bet even money that the head of this agency would be a man who made the highest mark on a written examination, not one who has spent most bthis life in the desert. HUGH D. CRAWFORD, President, West Final Sheriff Posse, Casa Grande Babylonian Mixup Evangelist Billy James Hargis in his annual state of the union message to the 12th annual session of the Christian Crusade, said if America didn't take action against "our New Left isolationists ... we can expect to see our military alliance destroyed within the next five years and face an armed invasion coming at us from the North, East, South and West." Evangelist Hargis won't convince me i that he is for winning the Vietnam war unless he goes near enough to the fighting lines to be able to see the color of l the eyes of the enemy. Only then will he' become a bona fide supporter of the war. I could find as much evangelism in Evangelist Hargis as one could find pork in a can of pork and beans. Evangelist Hargis is pursuing a clever propaganda, a la Goebbels, that in case, we will win the Vietnam war, he could claim that he supported the war efforts. If we would suffer an adverse outcome, then he could charge it to the liberals. In my opinion, the whole tbjng amounts ton Babylonian mixup. ALEXFLINK office in Phoenix for help. The 20-hour delay in reporting the incident could very well have been the fatal mistake. I HAVE BEEN on many similar searches right here in Final County. In some 6f them we were successful in finding the lost individuals in time to save them. In Some, regretfully, we were not. • One such incident was near Picacho Peaks when a. family, traveling through Final County 'from out of state, stopped to rest at a roadside park. While the family was enjoying the respite from the tedious driving, their little, son and daughter decided to go exploring the desert. They became lost. Less than 20 hours from the time they were reported missing, my department, together with our search and rescue teams, found them. Unfortunately extreme heat and exhaustion showed no favors and two more lives were snuffed out. I believe that "any department or its representatives should not be criticized for what may seem to the public as a time lapse or a lack of efficiency when it is doing everything possible in its power to overcome every obstacle, knowing that time is of the utmost importance. The sole thought of every deputy and every volunteer participating in a search and rescue mission is to locate the missing or stranded person in time to save the life. I BELIEVE that I have, in my sheriff's posse and search and rescue teams, men who are second to none in this type of volunteer work. We have available at a moment's notice men who know every area of Final County. We have portable power units for lighting and power supply, 4-wheel jeeps and trucks, horses, diving equipment,: portable kitchens, ambulances, etc., that can be activated immediately. Therefore I cannot agree with columnist Dean's comments regarding a coordinated rescue squadron directed by the Department of Public Safety which, no doubt, would be directed from Phoenix. COY K. De ARMAN, "•--•' • Sheriff, Final County Violated Land At this moment Kennecott Copper Company is beginning to strip mine coal on Black Mesa, about 150 miles north of Flagstaff. This is the sacred homeland of the Hopi people. If this sacred land, wfeich was entrusted to them by the Creator, is violated and the resources of the earth are used for selfish ends of the white man, the Hopi prophecies warn us of the consequences. The. great day of purification will come about and the Creator will set things all right upon this land. In these perilous days when men meddle so dangerously with the balance of nature, about which they know so little, may we look to the Indian people who have always lived in harmony on this land. They have been given the life pattern of the Creator for this and their leaders hold knowledge, of this and previous worlds.' , ' If coal mining continues on Black Mesa the Hopi Springs on which they depend for water will be running no longer. The water table will be lowered and they will no longer be able to grow their corn and melons and beans. How long can we ignore the wrongs still being done to our native people? They have so much to teach us. They do not shout. We must be humble to hear them, as they are humble. Listen to the Hopi before it is too late! HAZEL PFEFFER, Cotton wood Ai ru- Nixon Administration Trying To Be Both Slick And Moral By JAMES RESIGN New York Times Service WASHINGTON - The Nixon administration has been around long enough now so that, if you don't mind getting in a fight, you can generalize about its personality. It is cautious, tidy, industrious, and monumentally dull. It is a flypaper for efficient, well-meaning bores. It is engaged in some of the most exciting conflicts in'the history of the republic, but it has somehow managed to reduce them all to the level of a mathematical equation. It has all the figures but very little poetry. It deals with "poverty" but never quite manages to convey a sense of pity about the poor. It deals with war, but emphasizes not the American dead and wounded but the "decline" in our casualties and the "body count" of the enemy. This is odd, because this is an administration of decent honorable men, but it talks in graphs and trends and slogans, and somehow leaves out the human element and the dust and roar of life itself. * * * ONE OF THE INTERESTING things about all this is that President Nixon obviously recognizes the human element in politics. He knows that the people like good news, peace, sports, and smiling faces. So he is optimistic, emphasizes peace, calls up poor Vince Lombard! of the Washington Redskins who is fighting Aboi By JOSEPH ALSOP WASHINGTON - Despite the euphoria generated by the cease - fire, questions that are very dark and very big still have to be asked about Soviet aims in the Middle East. With just a hint of whistling in the graveyard, the State Department insists that the Soviets now want a "political settlement" of the Arab - Israeli conflict. No doubt this is perfectly true, but it is also perfectly meaningless. Any fool can imagine political settlements that would doom Israel —ifthe Israelis accepted them — just as surely as the Munich agreement doomed Czechoslovakia. Of course the Soviets and their Arab allies will be delighted by this kind of political settlement, but will they be satisfied with anything less? The Soviets and Egyptians have publicly said that they will not be, satisfied with anything less. The stated conditions in their recent joint communique are Israeli withdrawal frdm all the occupied territories, plus free readmission to Israel for all Palestinian refugees. The resulting combination of nearly indefensible frontiers with a multitude of enemies in their midst would surely mean doom for the Israelis. "Nothing but a bargaining position," murmurs the State Department about the Soviet - Egyptian communique. But is that all it is? We must wait to see the answer; but meanwhile, it is most unwise to ignore the grim potential meaning of the extraordinary moves the Soviets made in the 10 days before the when the cease-fire ends. . * * * THESE MOVES, first described in the two previous reports in this space, can be briefly recapitulated. First, the Soviets three times sent their own MIG- 21s, flown by Russian pilots, to attack Israeli aircraft operating on the Egyptian front. Second, the Soviets and Egyptians jointly moved forward SAM-2 and SAM-3 missile emplacements to within 15 kilometers of the bank of the Suez Canal. The SAM-3 missiles are of course exclusively operated by Russian crews. Thus the Soviets flatly and successfully defied Secretary of State Rogers' warning to Ambassador Anatoli Dobrynin that Soviet flyers and soldiers must stay at least 30 kilometers from the canal bank. The warning is now a dead letter, in the air and on the ground. Looking to the future, these Soviet .moves are very sinister indeed. As yet, the Israelis have not found the answer to the ground - to - air weapons system combining improved SAM-2s with SAM- 3s. In the air, their pilots have shown that they are much better than the Russian pilots; but Israeli pilots must be counted in tens, while Russian pilots are counted in thousands. Thus.the moves before the cease - fire were obviously intended, at a minimum, to warn the Israelis that they will have to expect terrible trouble if fighting is resumed when the ceaae - fire ends. Equally obviously, the aim was therefore to frighten the Israelis into accepting peace terms which they would otherwise reject with horror. Nor is that the -real end of the ugly story, by any means. The Soviets must believe — and believe with good reason — that on the Suez front these new moves have gained And The Military Millipede Marches Right On! a decisive military upper hand for their Egyptian allies. • * * WHAT ELSE CAN they believe, when Israel's narrow margin on the Suez front used to depend on Israel's fragile air superiority? And on what occasion have the Soviets failed to go all out when they have thought they enjoyed a decisive military upper hand? These are also questions that deserve rather prayerful pondering before the prevailing euphoria in Washington gets quite beyond control. In pondering them, too, it will be wise to forget the fashionable argument that the Soviets "only want to protect their Arab clients." The fact is that the Soviets only acquired these expensive Arab clients as a way of attacking the Middle Eastern position of the Western powers, and particularly the American position. Furthermore, going all out against Israel will be the most effective means of driving home that attack until the whole Western position in the Middle East has been entirety liquidated. Logically, therefore, the Soviets must be expected t? go all out, unless they meet with much harder resistance than they have encountered as yet. And such resistance can only come from the United States. * • * THESE, THEN, are the circumstances in which highly placed Americans, in the government, in the press and in both political parties, are beginning to talk about Israel exactly as certain highly placed Englishmen talked about unhappy Czechoslovakia in the time before Munich. Their topic is the Small Power's duty to give away almost anything in order to serve the Great Power's convenience and comfort. Pray God, then, that the State Department is correct in its analysis of the Kremlin's aims and purposes. for his life and smiles constantly. But there is something calculated about all this and something mirthless about the frozen smiles. Still, these techniques are not entirely a deception. The President is working for peace, after his own political fashion; he has always admired Vince Lombard! and — believe it or not — once talked about Lombard) as a possible Republican vice presidential nominee. But there is something missing in the human approach of this administration which even members of the President's own cabinet and White House staff deplore. What is missing, I think, is the capacity of the President and his associates to convey to the people or even to themselves a deep feeling of conviction. The President has three fundamental problems: (1) How to withdraw from •Vietnam and reduce American commitments abroad without sliding into isolation; (2) How to brake inflation without stumbling into an economic depression; and (3) How to deal with the threat of , anarchy and revolution at home without defying the tradition of civil liberties within the nation. * • * BUT THE PERSONALITY of the Nixon administration is not quite in tune , with these problems, all of which are so difficult that they cannot be proved but have to rely upon good will and faith. The Nixon men think of themselves, quite seriously, as moral individuals, • working for good and even noble ends, but their means are still the techniques of Tammany Hall and Madison Avenue. No doubt this will work against a Democratic Party which is divided, leaderless, and just as cynical as the politicians around the President. But it • still does not deal with the President's ' main problems. He is still in trouble. There is something very good and important at the bottom of this Republican well, but the administration is relying on its tech- , niques rather than on its principles. It is not confident enough to state its plain intention, to define its war aims and its * policies and priorities on the home front. It has a good political defense. It is ' ; good at getting out of awkward situations, and events overseas are going to- ward peace in Vietnam and the Middle • East, and arms control in Vienna. Still, the Nixon administration has not ". established that sense of trust or affec- 1 tion necessary to carry the country" through the terrible ambiguous issues that often have to be taken on the personal word of the President. * * * IT IS TRYING to be both moral and "'' slick at the same time. It is good at fuzzing up issues and it obviously has the Democrats off balance. But it is still an ambiguous administration. It has not . even given its own cabinet or the civil ..-; service in Washington a sure sense of - 'where it is going. It believes in keeping everybody off balance — and in that, unfortunately, it ' is succeeding. v I . § Observations f By SYDNEY J. HARRIS The maxim most of those worthless "creative writing" classes ought to start with is Bernard Shaw's comment: "In literature, the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language; the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it." The Petitioners Misrepresented Intent Of Their Petitions Editor, The Arizona Republic: In our country we have the right to petition to try to change a law we don't agree with. House Bill 102, passed in an effort to do away with fly-by-night door-to-door salesmen, has now been blocked by a petition. Just as the right to freedom of speech has to have limitations, such as slander, u it fair that a petition be verbally, misrepresented? ON AUG It I was approached at a supermarket by a lady who asked if I was a registered voter. She then asked if I would sign her petition to do away with fly-by-nighters. I told her House Bill 102 was already passed for this purpose a/id V,afc fiOHlg JlilO <;Jit;Cl ijlOllly. I looked at her petition and found it was for the purpose of putting HB102 on the ballot; not to block fly-by-nighters. I told her that as far as I was concerned, she was giving false representation of her petition. She was surprised and stated that she had said what she was told to say, I THEN NOTICED two women signing a petition being circulated by a second lady. They started walking away, but I stopped them and asked if they knew what they just signed. They replied they had signed a petition to, <jlo away with fly-by-night door-to-door salesmen. I wonder How many people helped block a bill wlule thinking they were helping to pass it, because of misleading statements made to them. CHARLES JKtYU Potomac Fever By HARRY TURNER Democrats moan that it's bad enough being out of office ... but what's really tough is being out of office and out of money at the same time. • * • Barry Goldwater is thinking about retiring. He'd just like to get a Utt|e place with a garden that he can defoliate now and then. , After Strom Thurmond's blast, Dick Nixon plans to give his message on the state of the union early — while there still is one. By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON - If the Senate is sincere in its efforts to force the television networks to provide more time for Congress as an institution, its first order of business should be to open the Senate's proceedings to TV coverage. That would put the Senate on the map as nothing else could do. There is a legitimate need for the television industry to find some way of correcting the present imbalance, which makes it possible for the President to get as much free prime time as he wants (to attack Congress or anything else) but which denies Congress the time to answer back. There are encouraging signs that the network executives have at last come to realize this. Their testimony aUhe Senate hearings now going on, indicate some willingness to rethink the problem. However, they are entitled to wonder just how genuine the Senate's interest is, as long as that body continues to forbid live television coverage of its own proceedings. By Hugo _ ,'6 GC5TTD RE'ESTABUSH OUR RtSEAIKrt PRIORITIES.,. IT BE FIRST- POUUTION ? OVERPOPULATION ? " • * * NOW IS a good time to press for this change, which is long overdue. There are indications that the Republicans may be ready to take the lead. The GOP National Committee has proposed that Congress open its doors to television by a simple change in its working rules. In the hearings on Capitol Hill, Theodore Person, special counsel to the Republican Party on communications, said, "It is inconceivable to us that, if the Senate had called a two or three hour session in prime time to debate the Cambodian action, the networks could have been kept away — except by barring the doors, as you now do." The same could be said for debates on other dramatic issues in which there is great popular interest, such as the bills on housing and education which were recently vetoed by the President, and similar legislation on hospitals, tax reform, missiles, and the draft, to say nothing about such controversial matters as Supreme Court confirmations and the President's war-making powers. * * * AS IT IS NOW, most senators, rather than speak to a usually empty chamber, prefer to make their major speeches outside .the halls of Congress. Television coverage of the Senate, however, would quickly Change that. Meanwhile, regardless of what Congress does about this, the television networks not only have an obligation to find some formula for giving Congress a better break, but, perhaps even more important, giving the "out" party equal time to answer the president, who, up to now, has had virtually exclusive access to jji line time. The Columbia Broadcasting System / has taken the lead toward reform by offering the "loyal opposition" (in this case the Democrats) free time as a bal- ^ ance to time given the occupant of the : White House. It was originally indicated this would add up to at least four broad- * casts on prime time, but CBS now seems to be hedging this in the light of protests of Rep. Rogers Morton, chair- j-. man of the Republican National Com- •»..' mittee. After the first "opposition" broadcast, * featuring Larry O'Brien, chairman of ;'' the Democratic National Committee, the ' usually restrained Morton accused CBS of "trying to destroy the government by making the presidency a partisan office." He said Frank Stanton, president of CBS, had almost assumed the role of "a deputy chairman" of the Democratic , Party. Considering how much the Republi- ; • cans have suffered from the disadvan- ''. tage of unequal time when they were out of office, and that they could be out of office again in a few years, Morton's *• opposition may not prove a good long- range position. * * * - ; THERE IS OBVIOUS need for a full- "'. fledged review of television's large and ' growing place in politics. When Chef Huntley retired after many years, on the l ° air, he warned that changes must be ' made in the use of television by presi- v dential candidates. • *i. ( ' "If the government dosen't pass laws • to prohibit this type of campaign," he.' said, "television had better say, 'We're ' not going to permit campaigns like that.' If it doesn't change, the American : people won't be able to judge and evaluate a candidate."

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