Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on June 28, 1972 · Page 7
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 7

Pampa, Texas
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Wednesday, June 28, 1972
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Linda J«nn«ft Is challenging Gtorg* McGov«rn, Hubtrf Humphrey om* ftfctard Nixon for fh« hfetott offlcft In fht fond, luf ih« rfdfttit't •xjttct fo win. tor on« tnlng, iht'i too yovnf according to tnt Constitution, and In fact She'd Rather Be Revolutionary Than Be President By RALPH NOVAK BOSTON-(NEA)-It's not an unusual crowd for a political rally in 1972. Mostly young people, from early teens to mid 20s, simmering and fidgeting with the excitement of oeing involved, nervously anxious as they wait to hear a talk by their presidential candidate. But this meeting, in a bright, clean hall that seems incongruous in the dingy area around South Station, is in the local headquarters of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). And the party's candidate for president in 1972 is Linda Jenness, who bears as much resemblance to George McGovern or Hubert Humphrey or Richard Nixon as your local Good Humor man does to the chairman of the board of General Motors. For one thing, Ms. Jenness (she prefers just plain "Jenness") does not insist that she will win. For another, she knows that even if some electoral miracle happened and she did win the election, she could not legally be president, since she is only 31 years old and the Constitution says you have to be 35 to be president. And finally, when you get right down to it, Ms. Jenness does not even want to be president. "We don't have any illusions about changing this country through the electoral system," she says. "This campaign is just an opportunity for us to gain some new members, to challenge some restrictive election laws and generally to alert people to the undemocratic nature of the whole capitalist society." •• •• The SWP is, after all, a revolutionary socialist party. Its goal is to end private ownership of factories and resources — the "means of production." Marxism has been downplayed in the party's use of the electoral system to attack the Vietnam war, sexism, racism, inflation and the rest of the catalogue of ills that confouhd even Americans who can't tell dialectical materialism from the chicken pox. But nobody denies that the party is revolutionary. Jeanne Lafferty, an SWP candidate for Congress from a Massachusetts district says, "Everybody thinks we want to storm the White House with rifles and take over. We would if we could but we know that it would be absurd to try that right now, so we use the electoral system instead." Ms. Jenness dresses conservatively and looks like a schoolteacher, which creates a nonrevolutionary image she says she has to overcome when talking to radicals. She is no rookie, however. She ran as the SWP candidate for governor of Georgia (1970) and mayor of Atlanta (1969). And she emerged undaunted even after getting knocked off the ballot at the last minute both times by what she calls "discriminatory election laws designed to keep everybody but the Democrats and Republicans off the ballot." A former secretary, Ms. Jenness was raised in a middle class Oklahoma family (her father, a veterinarian, is "still a reactionary," she says, shrugging) but was alerted to the problems in American society by the early civil rights movement and has been finding things wrong ever since. Her nomination came at the SWP convention in " Cleveland last August. She has secured a place on the November ballot in three states already and says she expects to be on about 27 more. She can avoid the Constitutional age limit in most states oecause voters actually pick electors PAMCA DAILY NtWS 7 PAMPA.TEX AS 661HYEAR Wednesday, June 28,1972 Can Coyote Outthink Mam !•>•¥£> CflBn it..<..>!._ >.._... .lo^^xl in* if/vtlr l<wt onH ran tv> ivnr«p OtCS. So What I who are pledged to vote for a candidate, not the candidate himself, and in others the party will use the names of eligible candidates on the ballot to substitute for her and her running mate, Andrew Pulley, a 21-year-old black. In any case, for Ms. Jenness getting there is more than half the fun, it is all of it. She is campaigning nationwide, armed with an impressive memory for facts and figures and a speaking style that is unexciting but earnest. She and nearly 100 local SWP candidates in 15 states are backed by a campaign fund of about $500,000 (the money comes from speaking engagements — at $500 per speech for Ms. Jenness — collections and individual contributions from individuals and sympathetic groups), a slick publicity operation and a hard core party membership of about 4,000. Her appearance here drew about 200 people, ranging from the mildly interested to the fanatic. One of them was a 59-year-old plumber, a socialist for 36 years, who kept saying, "I've never seen anything like it" as the young SWP leaders celebrated the successful end of a three-w e e k petitioning drive to place their candidates on the ballot in Massachusetts. The drive ended, the leaders said, with more than 100,000 signatures. Most of the signers were not socialists, of course. Ms. Jenness, in fact, says that at best, with somebody other than George McGovern running as the Democratic candidate in November, she would expect to get no more than 250,000 votes nationwide. Even that would be an achievement of sorts. But Ms. Jenness and the rest of the SWP — no doubt aware of the fact that all of history's revolutions have started among small, elitist groups — are optimistic beyond all bounds of reasonable expectation. "We are going through a period of tremendous radicalization in this country," she says. "People are becoming more and more aware that there is a group of 30,000 or 40,000 people who make all the decisions about everything that happens in this country. And they will see that with the profit motive as the end-all and be-all of existence, all the problems of war, poverty, racism and sexism we have are not just an accident, they are inevitable." Maybe you can ignore her. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Show Your Colors On This Holiday! SWP" Gloss House Paint Glotsy appearance gives outstanding protection. Tough, durable traditional finish. Trim colors also available — higher priced. A-100" Latex House Paint • Easy-to-apply and clean-up features. • Soft, attractive sheen is popular today. • Brilliant white and beautiful colors. Sale Ends July 8th No Cxtn Chtrgt For Tinting. LAWIENCE KST™ LATEI HOUSE PAINT LAWKNCE KST" UTEX WALL MINT White only available at this low price. Inside wall finish. Choose from attractive colors. Our low price . . . SHMRWIN-WILLIAMS QUALITY PAINTS AT EVERY PRICE 2109 N. Hobart 665-5822 PAMPA OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY By ROBERT E. FORD AMMMctf Preii Writer Possibly the world's most lonesome sound can be heard throughout the West provided the listener is at the right place at the right time. This is anywhere in rough country on a clear night. Prom somewhere far away comes a cry, rising and falling, as if the heart were being torn from something living. Actually, it is nothing more than coyote trying out his vocal cords. The Indians believed he was the smartest animal around, and created legends about him. The coyote possesses many of the traits that the Indian needed before he was forced onto reservations. He was intelligent, clever, an expert on hit and run raids, and could melt away into the wilderness so that his enemies couldn't find him. Mr. Coyote is having one of his good times right now, and we'll wager that he's in his den right now laughing his furry head off at his latest victory. This is because the federal government has switched over to his side, in effect. So now a new howl is heard in the land—coming from ranchers and chicken raisers. They howl pretty good, too. This triumph for what the encyclopedia calls the Prarie Wolf came this year when President Nixon banned use of coyote poison on federal land and the Environmental Protection Agency stopped interstate shipment of predator „ control poinsons. For, smart as he is, the coyote isn't a very good chemist and can't distinguish a poison from a non-poison. Particularly he hasn't learned to cope with a device which, when he takes a tug at a piece of meat, flips poison into his throat far enough down so that he can't spit it out. Ranchers, particularly sheep and goat raisers, protested loudly in Washington against the ban of poison. They estimate that coyotes, even with widespread use of poison, cost them $17 million in 1970 in animal losses. They offered another deal to the government: Pay them damages if poisons are completely banned. They estimate the coyote population will explode to the point that their losses will be 50 million annually. The government, in the person of Nathaniel Reed, assistant secretary of the Interior Department, said poison really isn't necessary. Advised Reed: use packs of killer dogs or airborne hunters to control the coyote population. This sounds very good on paper. But it just doesn't work that way. Killer dogs do not stop killing just because they've chased the coyotes away. They turn to kill- ing stock, too, and can be worse than coyotes. Or take the experience a few years ago of a rancher-farmer on the edge of the Wichita Breaks between Seymour and Wichita Falls. He got tired of coyotes and bought several greyhounds who surely could outrun a coyote and kill it. The greyhounds drove the coyotes deep into the breaks for a time. Then the dogs disappeared. The rancher-farmer never knew whether the dogs: l.Were killed by the coyotes, 2.decided to run away, or 3.joined the coyotes. Asst. Secy. Reed apparently doesn't know much about coyote habits, else he wouldn't have suggested shooting them from the air. Eagles can be shot from the air, as bird lovers know, but coyotes are not birds of the same feather. They prowl at night mostly, and until riflemen develop night eyes there isn't much chance of seeing one so they can shoot. In daylight, coyotes mainly hide in dens or other places where they can't be seen. Seeing a coyote is somewhat unusual. Out in West Texas you probably could get another western type war started between ranchers and farmers over coyotes. One time the ranchers pretty well rid Baylor County of coy- . So what moved in? Jackrabbits. The rabbits started chewing on the farmers' crops—there being no coyotes around to catch the fast little beasts. So the farmers had to organize great rabbit drives to save their crops. The balance of nature is very delicate. So what are you going . to save—livestock or crops? Environmentalists say the coyotes do not inflict damage heavy enough on ranchers to warrant their destruction through poison. And we can just see an angry rancher waving that f 17 million loss bill in their faces. W. M.Sims of San Angelo told a congressional committee last April that 80 per cent of all predators killed were destroyed by poison. Others said shooting and trapping simply could not keep the coyote population within bounds. Most of the poison-ban objections made in the congressional hearing came from ranchers, but the farm housewife should have her say, too. A coyote can pretty well clean out a hen house any night. Only the turkey knows how to protect itself. This must be because he grew up with the coyote over whatever eons they existed together in America. Give a turkey the chance and it will roost in the highest tree around and never on the ground. 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