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Friday, April 26, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Pago The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper A · FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1974 Rockwell Has Friends In High Places K Qf Statistical Patterns 5 ' "Insights," the periodic newsletter published by The Institute of Polities in Arkansas (at Conway), takes a close look at the Senate race in its current issue. The survey compares state voting results in Sen. Bill Fulbright's 1968 reelection campaign with those of Gov. Dale Bumpers' 1972 primary .race. «** Obviously the situations are not precisely comparable, but some interesting patterns do emerge. "The primary races were chosen," the .publication explains, "because the electorate that votes in the Democratic primary is slightly different from the General Election 5 electorate. Gov. Bumpers' 1972 primary was ''"chosen instead of his maiden 1970 contest because, by 1972, he had achieved statewide name recognition and visibility comparable to Sen. Fulbright's standing in 1968. ,, "A strong word of caution should be ' issued, however,!" Insights notes. "The county-by-county percentages cannot be compared on an absolute basis as a predictor of ultimate strength. First, Gov. Bumpers *^_was seeking a second term ... which voters ""-have traditionally been willing to grant . . . therefore, it safely can be assumed that Sen. Fulbright's county percentages are somewhat 'firmer' and that (Bumpers') . . . are somewhat 'softer.'" One significant assumption drawn from the statistical review is that the key to the Senate race very likely is contained in the relative strengths of the candidates in Wash- ington, Pulaski and Mississippi Counties. These three counties accounted for almost 20 per cent of the votes in 1972, and on the basis of the survey, have given generous support to both candidates in past elections. The question, of course, is how the voters will choose when they are faced with that May 28 choice. Eleven counties in the state, including Washington, are ranked in the "pro" column for both candidates. It is in these areas that E rimary campaign work may well prove to e most crucial. Gov. Bumpers' apparent strength is urban, and south central. Sen. Fulbright's traditional strength is from rural areas, and north of the Arkansas River. However, as "Insights" points out, past voting data is only an indication of where the votes are, and not how they'll vote next month. The major thing such data tells us, is those areas where it should be most profitable for the candidates to do their stumping. Fulton County, for instance, doesn't figure to get too much attention from either candidate. It ranked 72nd (among the 75) in support of Bumpers two years ago; and 70th for the Senator, four years ago. And the county only produces .5 per cent of the state primary vote. Pulaski County, on the other hand, is a stronghold for the Senator, and perhaps pivotal for the Governor. And it has 13.1 per cent of the total electorate. A Journalist Reports On Amtrak Ride ( E D I T O R ' S NOTE: T h e following article is written by P au 1 Greenberg, editorial writer for the Pine Bluff Commercial, following a recent trip on the new Arntrak service through Arkansas to Texas. The article is titled, "On A Slow Train Through Texas, or Why to give Amtrak a try.") By PAUL GREENBERG Here are eight reasons to ride Amtrak compiled during a round trip between Little Rock, Ark., and McGregor, Tex., over a weekend. '(1) The shape of railroad windows. They allow the view to flow by at a civilized pace. Can you imagine Thomas Wolfe -jhapsodizing about an In- iterstate? Automobiles offer a panoramic view, but even the m o s t scenery-conscious of d r i v e r s develop the dis- concerting habit of watching traffic out of the corner of the eye. There is no relaxation in an automobile; even passengers have been known to start pressing down on imaginary brakes. Buses have been known to vibrate and emit fumes. On the airplane, scenery becomes a matter of deciphering g e o m e t r i c patterns. T h e railroad window gently focuses attention. Like a movie screen. (2) The scenery. It's a question which is tne b e t t e r viewing. t h e conventional countryside or the backsides of cityscapes that only railroad passengers get to see at that, angle and speed. Country and city alternate nicely on a trip through Texas, about 5 parts country to 1 part city. Like' a good martini. Though personal preferences vary widely. My From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Qualified legal electors of the Farmington school district are being asked to make a scholastic decision: either annex to the Fayetteville school district, or vote for a 70 mill tax to support Farmington schools. The 1964 state convention of Arkansas Young Democrats, a 50 YEARS AGO Sen. Joe T. Robinson told citi- 7ens at the Apple Blossom Festival in Rogers yesterday that "I am grateful for the support given me by my people, but I will not be a candidate for president." The University of Arkansas has been recommended for 100 YEARS AGO Notwithstanding the rivers were booming full on Saturday last, the Clarksville mail came in on time. The driver left his stage, mounted a horse and swam every stream he came ,{0, bringing the mail through safe and dry. The second Concert for the benefit of the University Band will be given at the Hall of full-dress affair expected to draw Gov. Faubus and other top-ranked party members, will be held at the Mountain Inn Motor Lodge. May 8-9. Petite Helen Hackney, a bine- eyed blonde from Camden. is the University's 1964 Agri Queen. rating of an honor roll college in military art and in view of this fact, the military department will get two new officers. Judge Ben Lndsey of Denver and Gov. Henry Allen of Kansas are two of next year's Lyceum attractions booked by the Fayetteville Lyceum committee. the University on Friday Professor Botefuhr, in whose charge these concerts are, spares no pains to make them pleasant entertainments. The meeting in the Christian Church still continues. The membership of the church has been increased several during the week. They'll Do It Every Time HERE W, AR£-HOv£ THIS ONE 9 ACCEPT THAT one? of cuss NOT- CWT K 6IU,V! wife -- a Texas girl -- let the tall pines and dogwood slide by without comment. But once the scenery dried up like a slide presentation of erosion, the trees grew stunted and the vegetation bare, she was ecstatic: "Oh, look at the bluebonnets and the Indian paintbrushes! How beautiful!" ail depends on what you've grown up with. When the Siberian poet Yevgeny Yev- tushenko , visited this country, they asked him what part of America he liked best. He replied: Alaska. (3) PERSONAL SERVICE still exists on trains. (4) The food was good. Railroad travel heightens the appetite. Like a picnic. The dining facilities are crowded at peak hours, hut having to wait adds to the flavor. My pancakes were beautifully old-fashioned, though the maple syrup came encased in one of those little plastic containers instead of real glass. Don't expect the old elegance -- white tablecloths, cut flowers, crystal. But seating in the dining car is comfortable, clean and washable. One long counter and some tables And remember the old maxim for a long trip by r a i l : Take one bag of clothes and another of currency? That's gone, too. The prices in the dining car were a pleasant surprise: 53.50 for the most expensive of four- dinners, (5) The kids loved it. The seats that become beds, the shoe locker with the corridor, t h e differences between s l e e p i n g cars, roomettes (terrible modern word) end coach, the compactness and ingenuity of the arrangements . .it fascinates them. After the fun of discovering and explaining it all, one realizes it fascinates adults, too (6) RAILROAD TRAVEL allows the apssenger time to adjust to his destination. No jet lag. The trip from Little Rock to McGregor, Tex., if for some mysterious reason you should want to go to McGregor Tex takes 12 hours. A leisurely overnight trip. Unless you're one of those u n f o r t u n a t e who cannot sleep on a train despite its l u l l i n g sway. Warning: The sense of adventure is known to keep small c h i l d r e n up a little later than usual. Schedules are relaxed. (7) One has a choice of complete solitude in a compartment, or conviviality in the parlor car. Each complements the other. (8) The fare is a bargain for a f a m i l y of four with one child under five -- Slid less than air Of course there are tips. But there s no charge for p a r k i n g at The Train Station (that's now Its official name) in Little RfJCk. And plenty of parking space, except on weekends ·when there's a crowd for the adjoining bar and restaurant, which looked like a good place to start a train trip T H E DRAWBACKS arc charming if taken in the right spirit. The heating system seemed to work slowly and irregularly, but satisfactorily. I he lights in the dining car went out after the food was served, making it impossible to add up the bill. The best of both possible worlds. Bia ole tram stations like the one in Little Rock are awash with nostalgia. And tho little one at McGregor, which seems shut down most of the time, is something out of "The Last Picture Show." The disadvantages of railroall ti;ivc-t a r e only material, t h e advantages esthetic. S? thorn's no real choice. Not if you're even the smallest bit of a train nut. Ky JACK A N D E R S O N WASHINGTON--Kockwell International, the corporate g i a n t , has demonstrated a strange knack for wangling government favors. The pattern is described by Investigators for Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y., in nn unpublished staff report. Alleging a "government lilt toward Rockwell," the report makes these explosive accusations: --When the Federal Aviation Administration wanted to modernize Us air fleet, then Transportation Secretary John Volpe allegedly served notice that "he would approve the acquisition of the aircraft only on the condition that they come from Rockwell International." --The Coast Guard is also rebuilding its air fleet with Rockwell Sabre liners. Yet "there was no competitive program established by the Coast Guard to guarantee that ths best aircraft was selected for the least amount of money," charges the report. Independent engineers, called in by Murphy to study the program, estimate "a minimum cost overrun of $32 million with a possibility of the overrun reaching $50 million." --When complaints began reaching Congress of government favoritism toward Rockwell, the report alleges, "Several companies were warned that punitive action w o u l d b e taken in the future if they did not "get the hell off" this line of approach." --The report cites the findings of a House civil service investigation that the Transportation Department was guilty of "cronyism" and "favoritism" The Washington Merry-Go-Round In loading Its professional stuff w l l l i employes who Imd once worked !it Rockwell. --In nn curlier column, wo lolt how Rockwell unloaded on the taxpayers n Invisli, oul-of- thc-wny 520 million building it couldn't use. We reported Unit the General Services Administration has agreed to tnko over the unoccupied Laguna Nignel, Calif., building in exchange for more desirable, government- owned property, which the corporation is eager to acquire. GSA boss A r t h u r Sampson, in rcbuttnl, called the exchange a "once-in-a-lifetime" bargain. We spoke to Volpc In Rome, where lie is now the U.S. ambassador. The former transportation secretary denied ordering the FAA to do business with Rockwell. "I am damn sure I never did any such thiog,' 1 Volpe told ns. "My conscience wouldn't allow me to do it." Volpe's former FAA chief, John Shaffer, agreed emphatically that he had never been ordered to buy Rockwell planes. The contract was awarded. nevertheless, without competitive bidding. FOOTNOTE: The Murphy investigators got their information, one of them told us, from a witness who had heard Volpe issue the Rockwell order. Three other witnesses privy to the arrangement also confirmed it, said the investigator. DARK DOINGS: The energy crisis has made one thing perfectly clear: bureaucrats don't trust each other to turn off lights. .Ever s i n c e - t h e government acknowledged there is an energy shortage, the (ionoriil Services Administration h a a been sending crews mound l remove excess light Imllw. The experts prmvl through offices and corridors with (heir light meters. Wlicti they flml someone enjoying nn extra lumen or two, they hustle in with Ihntr ladders ami start yanking bulbs. The great b u l b raW, however, 1ms created a storage problem. The GSA has accumulated 1,2 million fluorescent lumps and hasn't the room to keep them. The federal rnidcrs, therefore, have devised a grading system: the "bad" ones (though they were burning hrlghlly when removed, are discarded; the "intermediate" ones are either donated lo state agencies or put up for sale at government surplus stores: the "good" ones arc stacked in warehouses. LUCKY LUCKMAN: A mys- t e r i o u s , handwritten note, initialed by embattled Veterans Administrator Donald Johnson, directs that all the Veterans Administration's architectural contracts in California should be awarded to a Los Angeles engineering firm- We have obtained a copy of the terse, handwritten order, which declares: "All A-E work i n California (except L a m a Linda) until further notice is to Lnckman Associates-" The document is dated 12-17-71. The instructions, according to our investigation, w e r e not obeyed. At least six other contract awards have gone to firms other than Luckman since t h e memo was written. But Luck- King Features Syndicate State Of Affairs . . . And Now, Back To Washington By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON - George Shultz, the greatest secretary of the treasury since John Connally, his immediate predecessor, is leaving the government in something less than a blaze of glory. The- news about the appointment of William E. Simon as his successor was topped by the headlines reporting the highest peacetime inflation in recent U.S. history and, along with it, the sharpest drop in the gross national product (GNP) since 1958. The s i m u l t a n e o u s combination of recession and inflation is the worst of all economic worlds. It is such a rare phenomenon that a new name ("stagflation") had 10 be coined after the Nixon Administration came in to describe it. The nation first got a taste of It in 1970-71, but now it is back with a vengeance. In naming Mr. Simon to succeed Mr. Shultz, the White House made it known that the new Treasury chief w i l l not have the broad powers supposedly enjoyed by his predecessor. From now on, it is intimated, the President himself will be calling the shots on the economic and fiscal fronts. The fact is. however, that Mr. Nixon will now only be doing openly what he has right along been doing behind the scenes. H suited Mr. Nixon's purposes to give Mr. Shultz the extra tit'e of presidential assistant and to picture him as the overall director of tho economic policy for the Administration. In practice, though, the President frequently disregarded Mr. Shultz on the big decisions, ami when he didn't he sometimes wished he had. From the beginning of his first term, Mr. Nixon has been torn between an ideological a nd political approach in dealing with the mammoth U.S. economy, which explains why the policy has been so erratic. Having used up three treasury secretaries already, Mr. Nixon is now starting on a fourth one. IN THE END, he has never listened to any of them very long, although he has always liked and respected Mr. Shultz even when disagreeing with him. But then, everybody likes George Shultz. His integrity commends him even to those wno question his mastery of economics. Mr. Nixon's first treasury secretary was David Kennedy, a rather unsophisticated Chicago banker whose political innocence q u i c k l y got him in trouble with the White House. Mr. Kennedy had the u n f o r t u n a t e htfbit of b l u r t i n g out tlie truth. W h e n i n f l a t i o n began overt a k i n g t h e now N i x o n Administration. Mr. Kennedy s t a r t e d talking about curing it with a little unemployment. Later, he further enraged the White House by suggesting wage and price controls might have 1 to be imposed. Since Mr. Nixon d u r i n g his l!)f8 campaign hai denounced controls as the work of the devil, Mr. Kennedy's indiscretion was the last, straw. In December, 1970. he was replaced by John Connally. t h e former governor of Texas, who didn't Hke controls any more t l i n n the President or George Shultz, then tho budget director. Nevertheless. Mr. Connally, being a politician above all else, took a hard look at tho public opinion polls and, perceiving t h a t u n e m p l o y m e n t and i n f l a - tion were wrecking tho Adm i n i s t r a t i o n ' s popular standing, recommended controls. Mr. Nixon at first was appalled. Mr Connally, in effect, said "Do you w a n t to be right or be President?" Against the advice of Shultz, the President suddenly went on television in the summer of 1971 and announced an instant, sweeping economic freeze, to be followed by the imposition of full wage and price controls. CONNALLY WAS hailed for a short period - as the Administration's economic czar. He devalued the currency, cut the U.S. dollar loose from gold and slapped stiff surcharges on foreign imports. The White House was a little disillusioned, though, when the first devaluation had to be followed by a second dose, and old a l l i e s ' a n - grily reacted against the Connally schock tactics. When the Texan resigned in May. 1972. he was succeeded by Shultz, who promptly began a campaign to abolish controls, which ho k n e w Mr. Nixon inherently disliked. The controls were so effective In reducing i n f l a t i o n , however, that Mr. Shultz did not prevail until early 1973. His "victory" turned into n disaster of still u n k n o w n proportions. At the t i m e the controls were abandoned tiie i n f l a t i o n niti was down to 3 per cent a n - nually. The liitc-sl report shows an awesome y e a r l y rntc of Ifl.B per cent, with the gross national product simultaneously sinking 5.8 per cent. It's not d i f f i c u l t in sco why Mr. Nixon Is disinclined to give Mr. Simon the k i n d of power Mr. Shultz enjoyed for a time. Considering the present state of tho economy, It's also easy to understand why the President thinks it needs more of hln per»nnnl attention. It. surely needs some- t h i n g , (C) 1974, IM Angclei Tlmr» limn Inmlcil liy fin' tho Inmost VA contracts In Cii Ifomln, tolnllnn jusl under $3 million. ThnHiKh « VA ,s|K)ko« Johnson snld ho li««l "" moe "o recollection «( II"' memo hut. d l i l not lim.v Us existence. Still, nny dini'Kc "f favoritism, no declared, was " u n t r u e . Jim Luckimin, commenting on behalf of tho f i r m , said It had been awarded tho big- money contracts because of previous "efficient and cco- nomical"work for the VA. Of the Johnson memo. L u c k m u n said wryly: "I wish It were true " Informed sources suggest Uii't Johnson, an Intensely pnrtisian Nixon man, may have been Influenced by tho political support the f i r m ' s head, Charles Luckman has given to President Nixon. Luckman. tho former boy wonder of the Lever Brothers soap empire, c o n t r i b u t e d $13,000 lo the 1D72 Nixon campaign. The Toy Department Of Life WASHINGTON (ERR) -- In the days before professional athletes wore uniforms with their names printed across tho back, sellers of programs insisted that "you can't tell the players without a scqrecard." Today, the problem is somewhat different. What the nation's sports fans need now, and desperately, is a scorecard to keep track of the new leagues and new teams that are springing up all over the map. Take the curious by not atypical case of Washington, D.C. One year ago at this time, the nation's capital had only one major league team, the Redskins. The Bullets moved down from Baltimore last fall. And next year...yipes! At latest count it appears that Washington will have six professiona Isporls teams in 197S--in football, basketball, hockey, soccer (both indoor and outdoor), baseball, and lacrosse. That's right, lacrosse. A second foothill team touched down briefly but went winging off to Norfolk, Va., when it could not find a suitable stadium in the Washington area. For athletes, this is heaven. The a r r i v a l of, say. the World Football League means that older players in the National Football League can count on a few more years of playing time, disgruntled ones can jump to the new league for six-figure contracts, and younger players who have yet to establish a reputation can demand more money from whatever team employs them. T H E OWNERS a n d organizers of the new leagues and teams are happy, too. Some critics complain that the new generation of sports entrepreneurs consists of ego-tripping businessmen with bucks to burn. A more common-sense view holds t h a t , tax laws being what they are, a sports franchise is an almost sure-fire investment. So, the players are happy, the new owners are happy, but are the fans happy? The evidence to date is far from conclusive. Followers of tho two-time Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins obviously were disappointed when three of the team's star players -- Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield -- defected to the World Football League. At the same time, many of the same fans said they understood that the lure of million-dollar contracts was irresistible. "And yet there is...ambivalence." Sports Illustrated observed. "The players themselves, those who pay them and profit by them, and those who pay to watch, all admit, in various ways, to a vague uneasiness over what has become of sport. However understandable the reasons, the fun in sport seems to be fighting a losing battle with economic reality." TIIE ECONOMIC reality of major league sports centers on its two main sources of income, box-office receipts and sale of broadcasting rights. It is widely believed that the World Football League will stand or f a l l on its ability to attract radio-television revenue comparable to that of the established National Football League. For this soa- son, at least. WFL games will be carried by the indpendent TVS Sports Network. It's much too early to tell if pro football fans will w a r m to the Chicago Fire or the Southern California Sun, two of the new WFL t e a m s . C h a r l e s Maher, a n i r reverent sporuwrltcr f o r t h e Times, recently suggested a few more names for expansion teams in nny professional sport. They included the Philadelphia Lawyers, the Maine Drag, the Minnesota Fats, and the Flushing Johns, It all goes lo show that Howard Cosell was right, after a l l : Sports is the toy department of life. CORPORATE APPROACH Jim Martin of Waukegan, Illinois, has come up with an idea that, on the surface, appears intriguing. He wants to sell shares In himself for $1 apicco to raise $100,000 to run for Congress. Should ho be successful every shareholder would havo n vote on how Martin would vote on i m p o r t a n t legislation. Twicc-n-ycar meetings would ha held. Martin snld he is taking the corporate approach even though he lost $30.000 last s u m m e r trying to go Into business for himself, Wlv;n n i l ol«o falls... - Jacks o n v i l l e ( P i n . ) Florida Times- U n i o n »nd Journal

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