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Jlorfljtoest Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 · SATURDAY, APRIl 27, 1974 Onward, Upward Witk The Arts We are pleased to note the awarding of ,'a $1,500 matching grant to the North Arkansas Symphony Society by the Arkansas Arts and Humanities Council for the 1974-1975 season. North and Northwest Arkansas have done less well, we believe, in gaining support from the state Council than the area's art activities deserve, and this indication of support is welcome in terms of its recognition as well as its practical application. · Such projects as the North Arkansas :Symphony require enormous amounts of love and affection, too, of course, but cash Art Buchwald is also indispensable. Anticipation of budget support is a great stimulator of effective planning and programming. We remain somewhat distressed by the low estate of "arts and humanities" enterprise in this area -- such onetime favorite community affairs as Little Theater, summer band concerts, all-season galleries and permanent municipal museum collections -but are nat at all convinced that a renaissance of sorts is out of the question. The North Arkansas Symphony proves it CAN be done. The $266 Million Misunderstanding By ART BUCHWALD | WASHINGTON -- It received Ihardly a mention in the newspapers, but the Pentagon last ;week just happened to "find" · $266 million it didn't know it 'had. It seems that the Defense De- .partment had asked for $1.6 billion for aid to South Vietnam. but Congress aad voted only ; .$1.2 billion. Instead of the Pentagon getting upset by the cut in funds it announced that it had "foivid" $266 million which could make up the difference. How did the Pentagon find the money? It's a very interesting story. Two weeks ago two cleaning women in the Pentagon were working late at night in the basement of the building. One of the ladies was a new em- ploye and she opened w h a t she thought was a broom closet. Instead of brooms and mops she saw neatly piled stacks of brand-new $100 bills. "Henrietta." she said to the lady she was working with, "there ain't no brooms or mops in that closet. Kow am I supposed to get my work done when all they keep in there is money?" Henrietta came over and looked in. "Heavens to Betsy, you're right. They expect us to clean the floors, mop and the halls and dust the furniture and they don't even give us the tools to do it with. Let's find the supervisor." From. Our Files; How Time Flies JO YEARS AGO No new cases of rabies have been reported since last Wednesday when lab tests confirmed the disease in the f i f t h -animal in the area this year. Joe Hubbard, a gubernatorial candidate, to!d a district Young Democrats meeting in Fayetteville Saturday that the present so VEARS AGO A six passenger B u 1 c k t o u r i n g car stolen from Don C. Fuller of Fayetteville at the Rogers Festival was recovered yesterday, about four blocks outside the city limits of Rogers. It is impossible to properly protect Fayetteville's heavy property values by direct hydrant streams and the city tOO YEARS AGO The condition of affairs at Little Rock presents unmistakably the effects of usurpation. Had the vote of the people been strictly adhered to at the first, and Joseph Brooks, the legally elected governor, given his seat, our State would now be quiet instead of being threatened with a revolution. Pursuant to a call recently published for a meeting of the ex-soJdiers and friends of the administration in Arkansas has "completely missed the burning issue confronting Arkansas today -- human rights." A semi-trailer truck was damaged and its load of meat scorched when a tire ignited after being driven while flat on Hwy. 71 north about 2:30 this morning. needs a high-powered pumping machine, according to assistant engineer Curtis Jones of the Fire Prevention Bureau. The University of Arkansas baseball team will leave Fayetteville tomorrow for a weeklong swing through Texas, meeting, the leading conference nines there. U.S. Army, residing in Northwest Arkansas, a large number of citizens convened at the Court house in the 18th inst. Hon. E. D. Ham was elected chairman. The Clairosophic Society meets at the University this evening, The programme is unusually good and those who wish to while away a pleasant hour should not fail to attend. THEY B R O U G H T t h e supervisor back. He peered into the closet and became angry. "If I told them once I told them 100 times the only thing I want to see in broom closets is brooms. I'm going to get the duty officer." The duty officer, a colonel, was asked to come to the basement. When he showed up he couldn't believe his eyes. "How much money do you think is in that closet?" ." 'Bout $266 million," Henrietta said. "Now what about our mops?" The colonel rushed off to call his superior at home. "General, the cleaning women just found $266 million in a broom closet in the basement." The general was furious. "Why are you bothering me at home at this hour about $266 million? Turn it over to Lost- and-Found." "Yes, sir," the colonel said. The next day the Lost-and- Found officer put out notices on all the bulletin boards in the Pentagon which read: "If anyone has lost $2o6 million in new $100 bills, kindly pick it up as soon as possible at Lost- and-Found. If the money is not claimed within the week, it will be turned over to the South Vietnamese government." ALTHOUGH THERE a rG thousands of people working in the Pentagon, no one admitted to owning the money. This caused some wild speculation. The Army said the Navy had hidden the cash in the broom closet so they could buy an extra submarine when no one was looking. The Navy said the Air Force had stashed it away for the next overrun on a new Lockheed cargo plane. In any case, no one claimed the cash and it was turned over to six cadets of the South Vietnamese marine corps who were r e t u r n i n g to Saigon after a visit to Parris Island. But the discovery of the money caused a storm at the Pentagon. The secretary of defense, in a very tough memo to all personnel, said, "There will be no more storing of unaccounted funds in broom closets. "These closets will be used in the future solely for cleaning utensils. If there is one thing I will not stand for as long as I am secretary it's a dirty Pentagon." (C) 1971, Los Angeles Times Looking Back At Kent State WASHINGTON ( E R R ) -May 4 marks the f o u r t h Anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University in which four students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen. Internal Job U N L I K E OLD soldiers, old ghosts sometimes never fade away. Four years after the Kent State killings, the case is slowly being reopened to official scrutiny. Lust niontli. right men who were N a t i o n a l Guardsmen on the campus that spring day in 1970 were indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland. They were charged with "violating the constitutional rights" of student demonstrators as a result of the 11-second fusillade that left four persons dead and nine wounded. This month, the Supreme Court ruled that high state officials, including ex Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes, may be sued by families of the slain students. These double findings stand in stark contrast to the official action taken -- and not taken -- at the t i m e of the incident. Then, a state grand jury condemned the students, not the guardsmen. At the federal level, then - Attorney General John N. Mitchell conceded that t h e killings w e r e "unwarranted." Nevertheless, he said "every possible action to serve justice had been taken." THAT REASONING must have puzzled the FBI, for its exhaustive report concluded that the guardsmen fabricated their story of student provocation after the shooting. Mitchell had read the FBI report, but evidently was not impressed' with it. Neither was the state grand jury, which never bothered to consider the FBI's findings. The case didn't die as suddenly as the students, however. It seemed to surface periodically and haunt the public conscience with each new appeal from parents and relatives and with every article and bood that quarreled with t h e official findings, Lester, a presidential commission fueled additional doubts when it challenged the official interpretation of the shooting incident. It remained for the Justice Department's John S. Pottinger to reopen the case shortly after his appointment last year as head of the Civil Rights Division. "At that time." he recalled recently, "Kent State to me was just an event I remembered." But examination of the 8,000-page FBI report convinced him that the case merited a closer look, and he s o o n persuaded Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson to mount a new investigation. THE SIGNIFICANCE of the Kent State tragedy obviously goes beyond determination of the guilt or innocence of the participants. The killings were the penultimate chapter in a highly charged political era -succeeded only by brief but massive protests against the killings themselves and by the May Day protests of 1971 Afterwards, the anti-war movement quickly spent itself in fear and frustration. Measured in the conventional sense, it doesn't seem as though four years have passed since the Kent State shootings As with all traumatic events, this one can he recalled with a clarity that belies the passage of time. But when measured by the mood on campuses across the country, the violent protests of that spring seem ages rather than years removed from the serenity and frivolity of campus life today. The old SDS "dare to win" motto has given way now to the "dare to bare" shouts of streakers. Four years and four deaths make a lot of difference. From The Readers' Viewpoint A Challenge To the Editor: I feel that the deteriorating situation in the world today is a challenge to the popular idea that material "solutions" come first and spiritual considerations such as honesty and integrity a poor second . If all attempts to arrive at material solutions have failed, as seems to be the c a s e , is it not high time to consider placing true spiritual values at the very head of the list, and letting the chips fall where they may? Such a course probably would not find favour with some of the established institutions, perhaps even some which are supposedly religious in nature. But I am convinced it would provide the means for the emergence of a vitally . needed factor: a worldwide brotherhood of men and women united on the basis of a common dedication to the qualities of integrity and the sense of personal responsibility. I am the editor of a local weekly newspaper in the w e s t of Canada. I would be very happy to hear from anyone else who may be interested in this line of thought. All letters will be answered. Chris Foster Box 9 100 Mile House, B.C. Canada Uglinewal To The Editor: Like most of the people who read the Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Fayetteville is my hometown. In contrast to many, however. I have been away for almost twenty years. During this time, I lived in many towns. Few towns ever s u r passed Fayetteville in beauty or desirability. To me as to you, Fayetteville is home. Coming home should be a study in nostalgia. That is what I expected when I moved here last summer. Meeting different high school classmates, last seen when Uiey were just emerging from adolescence, I fell a twinge of regret. They, like me, had grown a little- older. That is only to be expected when the twenty year class reunion is already on schedule. You can't get much more nostalgic than that. Any homecoming worthy of its name includes visiting various parts of the city. Periodic visits home over the years had prepared me for changes. The mild shock of approaching Fayetteville from the South on Highway 71 and being vague-ly confused about which road led to my home was still fresh in my mind. However, I found that much of the town is relatively unchanged. North Washington Street and East Lafayette still rival city streets anywhere in , neautv. while Highway 71 from North to South would stand a good chance of winning any "ugly award." The cement on North College Avenue has crept a little further into the older residential sections of town, but time has brought little but improvement to the city's Wilson Park and Harmon Playfield. Certainly these places harbor no unpleasant surprises for the returning resident. On the other hand, when one drives up to the Square, which was once the hub of our town, the nostalgia is displaced by horror. Although it looks much the same- as always, we know that it is slated to be demolished -- wrecked in what must be the classic example of destruction for our generation. The old Post Office -- which in Europe- would be servicabte for several hundred years yet --' is doomed. The same fate applies to most of the stores there. All of this f u r r y nf acH- vvity is lumped under the eu- p h e m i s t i » label "urbnn renewal." What this really means is: The old must gn to make way for the new. In that theorv 'io s the provocation for this letter. What is the motivating force that leads us to systematically rip down and destroy various landmarks around our town? Do we really want a city t h a t is composed of glass and cement structures unidentifiable from those in a hundred other cities? Surely we would be wiser to become preservers rather than destroyers. Many of the older buildings in Fayetteville should be retained, not just as empty shrines but as part of our daily lives. A town with no respect for its past may well lose, its future. I hope that the citizens of Fayetteville will resist the pseudo-progress of the destroyers of our town. Let us save our town from a mindless conformity to a modern tradition of sameness. Buildings like the old Fayetteville Post Office, the Washington County Courthouse, the University's Old Main, and, yes, even Brown's Seed Store, have an irreplaceable share in. the tradition t h a t is unique to our town. They belong. Wanda Vaughn Fayetteville. Spring Snow To the Editor: We have been on the tv cablo in Fayetteville since 1956. U n d e r t h e management operating the cable system then, and until Warner Cable assumed charge, we had good reception from Tulsa Channel 2 (now on channel 8) and reasonably good reception on Channel 6. Now the picture on Channel 6 has been so badly obscured by very heavy "snow" that watching it has- become painfully unpleasant, and the "snow" on, Channel 8, though not quite as bad, still does not make for comfortable viewing. We had always been u n d e r the impression that the cable was the means of overcoming ·these difficulties, and that the Warner system was supposed to be a superior one. We have certainly not found this to be the case. Dr. Wilma C. Sacks Fayetteville Arkansas Editors Comment On Travel, Politics (Naturally) And Strawberries SOUTHWEST TIMES RECORD (Fort Smith) New optimism about the tourist season has been given to areas which depend heavily on visitors for their economy. The Federal Energy Office has said that if fuel conservation methods are continued, there should be no need for Americans to deprive themselves of vacation travel by car this summer. A spokesman said gasoline allocations would be raised for ail slates during the tourist season. These reassurances are important to all of Western and Northern A r k a n s a s because of the normally heavy tourist trade. Judging by present indications, the estimates should be about right. And it is probable that if one heads for an Ozarks vacation spot, he'd do well to have an advance reservation, just as before. ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT The state Supreme Court has voided a 1973 law that would have required city board members under the city manager form of government to run in p a r t y primaries. One of the main purposes of the manager form of government is to get the administration of the city out of party politics. That's why t!.e candidates for city boards were put In the general election. There they can run on issues and individual merit. One complaint about tha existing system is that it allows no runoffs, which allows persons to he elected by pluralities Instead of majorities when three or more are in the race. A I960 law provided for runoffs after general elections, but the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. With the proliferation of third parties and city manager governments, such a runoff is needed. The failure of the Arkansas constitution to provide for it is just one more example of how outdated that hundred- year-old document has become. But while that problem must be changed by constitutional amendment, another undesirable element in the city manager form of government can be changed by legislation. That is the provision that allows board members to be elected at large, which has resulted in many of the directors being from the same section of town. It would he better to select them from wards (of equal population) to assure that each section of the city has representation. (George Doulhit in the ROGERS NEWS) _ G o v . Dale Bumpers and Former Congressman David Pryor are the front runners in their respective races for the May 28 election. It is quite obvious they arc trying to "play it cool" and hold w h a t they have got. Bumpers' primary and only opponent is the incumbent, U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright. Pryor has two opponents but fit the moment only one is considered a major factor. He is Former Gov. Orval E. Faubus. Both Fulbright and Faubus are on the attack. If you're behind you try to catch up. If you're ahead you try to stay ahead. I understand the campaigns of Fulbright and Faubus but I can't quite comprehend the strategy of Bumpers and Pryor. Bumpers opened up his headquarters at Pine Bluff last week and I didn't even k n o w about it. I thought it was just me. But I found out most of the Little Rock press was ignored. Not long ago I wrote about how Pryor walked through a hotel lobby filled with people and went unnoticed and didn't shake a hand. A few days ago, late in the afternoon, through my rear view mirror I saw a car with Pryor signs overtaking me. As it passed me I recognized Pryor sitting in the back seat. I honked at him. He was engaged in conversation. I was ignored. Faubus and Fulbright are in their mid-60's. But they're trying like everything. Bumpers and Pryor are much younger but they arc taking their campaigns as "already in the bag" s t u f f . The A r k a n s a s voter is an independent t h i n k e r . He is never in the bag. He makes up his own mind. He is hard to figure out sometimes but you do know that he makes his own decisions. And often enough that is on election day just before he pulls the vote m a c h i n e lever or marks his ballot. So, the f a c t that Dumpers ant! Pryor arc both r u n n i n g well ahead of t h e i r opposition at this early stage should not be taken too seriously. Things could change. And they will unless Bumpers and Pryor shift into high gear... JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS At a t i m e it can least afford it. (he Arkansas Republican Party is in serious trouble, trouble which, to an extent, is its own making, but trouble that could prevent the state from developing a viable two-party system within the l i f e t i m e of most of us. The national GOP's woes probably won't affect the stale Republican Party that much since A r k a n s a s is a solidly democratic state anyway: however, the national party isn't helping the battered state party either. First was the sad fact that only 19 Republicans had filed to run for office in Arkansas as of the April 2 deadline. This reflects a dreadful decline. In 1970. 55 Republicans filed to run for the legislature. In 1072. 36 filed for the General Assembly, and this year only 12. Second is the continuing embarrassment over the candidacy of renegade newspaper publisher Joseph Woston. He tried to file for governor as a Republican, but was refused permission to do so by the stale party. He sued for the right to run 'as a Republican and he won. Now, we all know t h a t t h o Republican Party docs not nood Joe Weston, anrl the stale of Arkansas in p a r t i c u l a r tines ran need him as governor, but he should have I h e rijjhl lo run for office as a Republican if he w a n t s to even though it will damage the party more than Dale Bumpers ever could. The embarrassing squabble reflects a weakness in the state party which dictates that candidates be screened before being allowed to run as Republicans, Since when are political parties exclusive clubs? Since when should a prospective candidate have to discuss his interest in the party to the chairman before he files to run as a candidate of that party? This sounds more like the old democratic party than it does the Republican Party of Winthrop Rockefeller. Then there's the trouble with one of the candidates who filed to run for lieutenant governor. It seems that the state party Is out to remove him from the ballot because the check with which he paid his filing fee bounced twice. It may not be a -big deal, but it can't help any. Arkansas needs a strong two- party political system, but it looks as though it'll be a while before we develop such n system. One-party politics is loo easily conducive to corruption, special favors, and outright lawlessness. The majority party needs a strong minority party to keep the brakes on. to servo as a check, to give the voters an alternative, and to express an opposition view. We don't have that now. The stale GOP needs lo truly be an "open floor" parly. Tt isn't now. The state parly shouldn't he spending its time screening candidate.-; lo sec if they meet its approval before they can file, for office. If a bad egg (rets In, that's t h e breaks, that's politics. The way to prevent that from happening is by encouraging others to seek office as Republicans to defeat the bad eggs in the primaries, This can best be done by starling at the grass-roots level, which we are glad to note, the Arkansas party is now doing. Philosophically, A r k a n s a s should be ripe grounds for the Republican Party and when a m a x i m u m grass-roots effort is put forth the ground will yield their fruit. We hope that the state party can at least hold its own in this year's elections, and we hope it can bounce back between November 1974 and ID76 to really give the voters of the state an alternative. We need a two-party system in Arkansas. for voters to go for Bumpers, whom he considers indecisive l? s |£ ad ° f lhc seniority-laden I'ulbnght would he "lika g a turkey for a mock- THE BENTON COURIER Some folks tell us Ihey expect to see Sen. J. W. Fulbright get a ilckin' f r o m Gov. Dale Bumpers In the U.S. Senate race. We are aware thai there are a sizable number of old-time Fulbright cusscrs around, and We are told that some of the Vietnam veterans are itching to cast n vole against him. But to our way of t h i n k i n g , m,tybe "Witt" Stephens, former Arkla k i n g p i n , came close lo the trulh of the rmitler when he compared Ilnmpcrs' candidacy ngainsl Fulbright's by saying t h a t Bumpers wus like Ihe prize show bull whn was sterile; ho looked gond but couldn't produce. One of Sallno County'* politicians had his own n n n l o « y , however. Ills comment, was lhat ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT There is no higher calling than work lo assure an adequate supply of strawberries. So we join a grateful stats in paying tribute to the U of A A g r i c u l t u r a l Experiment Station for fighting the effects of the freezing weather this spring on the strawberry crop. Station w o r k e r s applied an insulating roam lo strawberries lo keep the lemperaliirc from dropping as fast as where not Insulated. l i e result was saving 04 per cent of one variety and 92 per cent of another variety that hrT .P. 1 ! 010010 ' 1 - Unprotected beds of the same varieties had survival rales of only 40 and h 8 per cent, respectively. he foam is a non-toxic pro- Icln-bnsccl agent t h n l Is designed to Inst 18 lo 20 hours at nonr-frcczlng and freezing temperatures. Its insulating effect Is | 0 kcc p ncnt , , h g g r o u n d u n d e r [he berries longer. U |, cffcclivR only ( l u r i n g short periods of freezing temperatures, We urge Iho experiment station to c o n t i n u e (his program with Kiislo At the snmo II mo! we note with approval tlmt (his substance, u n l i k e m a n y n R r l c u l - lurnl chemicals, h non-loxlo n-xf ns protein n fond-lypo mi, to ml. A qiie.sllmi arises. Would w h i p p e d cream w o r k ? A whflln field of alrmvbcrrlr* m.rl whippy cream is nn ox* clllng prospect.

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