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April 29, 1974

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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 · MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974 Record Biz No Gravy Train For Artist Obstacles Of Registration One of five major national goals, as listed by a majority of the nation's governors recently, is to devise- ways and means of getting more people registered to vote. This contrasts somewhat with failure of a stu- 'dent group at the University to obtain a campus registration booth this spring. In the local instance, it isn't the principle of the thing, we imagine, as much as it is the · particulars. There is no conspiracy against voting, certainly. Nor against voters. County Clerk Ruth Roberts, whose chore · it would be to set up a campus voting booth, · has been in the voter registration business ' for as long as the law has been in effect in ; the state, and can be presumed to know first ; hand how it works, and what its shortcom: ings as well as its aggravations are. She ; points to the inopportune timing of register; ing students who will, in many cases, be gone by the May 28 preferential primary, · and if not then, most likely by the June 11 runoff. But this seems to be precisely the point the governors' conference is calling attention to. There remains too much of the "poll tax" system of calculated selective voter registration, in the nation. It isn't that Ruth Roberts is denying registration to anyone. (We checked with a recent registeree and found that the Clerk's office couldn't have been nicer, nor more efficient in the process.) The problem isn't at the Courthouse. It is contained in the fact that no national, state or local effort is expended toward making registration not only easy, but the sort of civic ritual that saluting the flag is, or observing the Fourth of July. There is a bill presently before Congress that would make registration for federal of- ficR elections possible by mail. The idea appears to be one whose time has come. Opponents contend such a plan would open the door to massive opportunities for fraud. But more and more conscionable observers are coming to the conclusion that fraud is a danger that can be easier met than a lack of citizens at the polling place. All these considerations are pertinent here, it strikes us, in view of the fact that recent statistical analysis of voting patterns in Arkansas shows Washington County dead last among the 75 counties in the state, in per cent of eligible voters registered. This is NOT a mark that the county can be proud of. And it is NOT a record that suggests the county's registrar is doing even as much as is being done in other parts of the state. In Ruth Roberts' defense, we might observe that over in Craighead County, where Arkansas State U. is located, the percentage of registered eligible voters is very near the bottom of the list, too, in good measure due to the problem of dislocated citizenship represented by a sizeable student body. But the mere fact of a transient population doesn't excuse either Washington or Craighead Counties. Rather it illustrates that students do represent a special registration problem, that obviously requires better handling. From. The Readers' Viewpoint Sam's Case To the Editor: Too bad you changed your mind about the matter of the special prosecutor to be outside the executive; you were right in the first place. Not only should the principle apply, according lo Senator Sam Ervin, who surely is as competent to judge as Professor Cox. but the entire Department of Justice ought to be made independent of the Presidency, like the Federal Reserve or the GAO. Cox says the Ervin proposal would be unw'je, wasteful, probably unconstitutional, and* would tend to relieve the President of actual and moral responsibility for his actions. Which is right? Senator Sam is right, seen from this corner, forced as we are to choose between two of the greatest, most highly respected, popular and properly famous, lawyer-statesmen in the land, who are at loggerheads over an issue so vital to democracy aud justice in America. But for the Ervin Committee From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO With only one day remaining for candidates to file for office, no last-minute filing flurry was evident at the Courthouse this. morning. The University of Arkansas swept a double-header from Central Missouri State 7-5 and so VEARS AGO "Anyone who would even suggest moving the Stale University from its beautiful artistic, and inspiring s i t e knows little of the atmosphere spirit, and genuis that must envelop a great educational institution," Bishop Sam Hay, of the M.E. Church South for Arkansas, declared Sunday before an audience that taxed the capacity of Central Methodist Church. Indications are for one of the 100 YEARS AGO The Odd Fellows' celebration at this place on Saturday last was a success in every particular. The procession was formed at the Hall and headed by the F a y e t t e v i l l e Brass Band, paraded the principal streets to the Methodist Church, where appropriate addresses were delivered. 10-9 to closeout its 1961 baseball season here yesterday afternoon. The Washington County grand j u r y organized yesterday morning with Marvin Murphy as foreman and began hearing testimony today. greatest fruit years in the history of Arkansas fruit belt, if the next 10 days pass without a frost. Edward Hamm of Lonoke, who holds the world interscholastic record in the running broad jump, was a spectacular participant in tract events at the second Invitational Inter- scholaslic meet at the University. The first of Prof. Thurston's serie-s of Lectures - Subject: "The Farm and Its Work" was delivered at University Hall Thursday afternoon. Quite a number of our citizens were present, together with the enlire body of sludenls and all gave the Lecture a very attentive hearing. Jheyll Do It Every Time / THE NEW CATTY- COWER STRIPE \WITH CONTRASTIM6 \~ COLLAR. ONLY TREArep HIMSELF TO THE LATEST Toe*/ HE PROUPLY WEARS JTTO rue office-- the While House Cover-up of Watergate would not have been exposed, and the Watergate Syndrome--cancer of corruption still would be eat-away at the vitals of government. Without the Cox-Richardson massacre, brought on by the Cox ability, courage, and devotion to justice, the prosecution and conviction of the guilty would have been aborted by this President instead of coming to probable impeachment and constitutional eviction from office. It was a close thing, and must not be allowed to happen again. Swely every sensible citizen ought to be sufficiently involved and concerned to give the matter the careful thought and intense study it deserves. Irrespective of ideology, party, status, age or condition, or any other consideration, the cause of fairness, equity, open institutions, and basic justice, has unparalled potential impact on every living citizen, not to mention all posterity, everywhere. Essentially, t h o u g h , t h e problem is not one to be left to the lawyers and the managers, important as are their respective areas of expertise. The basic issue simply boils down to the fallibility of human beings and the fact that our system invitably, in the nature of things and by the law of averages, will elevate untrustworthy politicians to the highest offices in the land, including the presidency. Important as principles of organization and management, assignments of authority and responsibility, separation of powers, propriety of privileges and prerogatives, etc., may be, democracy does not, never has, and never can insure that future A.Gs will be more devoted to justice t h a n to political expediency, and more to to the people than to whatever politician happens to occupy the White House. Wise old Sam Ervin, scholar in history as well as law, philosopher and student of institutions as well as of the strengths and weaknesses of men, simply wants to make sure that f u t u r e presidents cannot with impunity make their brothers or their campaign managers, their business a s s o c i a t e s o r partisan ideologues, qualified or unqualified, the attorney General and Chief Law Officer of the land, subject only to the will of any president, now or later. And Senator Edvin is RIGHT Professor Cox, also learned and wise in his way, and as surely devoted to justice and the public interest, nonetheless is less competent and relatively inexperienced in -men and politics; more influenced by |pg- alisms, and by scholarly theories, than by actualities antl practice of government There is no way curb a Richard Nixon with a landslide mandate, short of forcible, legal, constitutional, actron. Left to a John Mitchell a Richard Kieindic-nst, a H*rry M. Dauijherty, far too much damage can occur before action can be taken:under the N E X T Nixon, who can tell? Now is the time to make the correction, before Watergate fades into history, and while public consciousness is alive to the new; The Congress is mostly lawyers, to be ure, and mostly lawyers, to be sure, and gate, nut lawyers more than most now are keenly a w a r e of how close we came to disaster, and the practical politicians among them hopefully will support the view of Senator Sam instead of Professor Ar- D ° SOMKTI ' JNG By JACK ANDKRSON WASHINGTON-ln 11 scries of columns two years ago, wo exposed a pnyoip scandal in tlio billion-dollar record industry involving payoffs In drugs, women and old-fashioned cash. Our stories resulted in n Federal Communications Commission investigation and cleanup. Now a new. if less spec- t a c u l a r outrage, needs to be aired: It's the way America's record industry is ripping off the performers who make the hits. Gullible teen-agers imagine their rock 'n 1 pop stars are glamorous figures, reaping fortunes from the 55.98 "albums" and cheaper "singles." And a few superstars like Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond are doing all right, (hank you. They have the clout to demand and get fail- pay for their frenetic work Some of them also make a fortune on public appearances, T- shirls and posters. But for many new hit artists. a:i they net on a gaudy $5 08 album is a paltry 15 cents. The rest goes lo companies, distributors, stores, agents, managers, lawyers, studios and, to some extent, corrupt radio station music directors and disc jockeys. Record industry insiders have confided to us how the squeeze play works, eroding the performers' profits down to nickels and climes. A typical album lists for $5.98 although it often retails for far The Washington Merry-Go-Round loss, The record company sells it io u distributor [or about $2/10. He soils It lo Ihc "rack jobber" for $2,90, who sells it to the retailer [or $3.05 to $3.10. Out of Hie record company's $2.·!() comes about 50 cents for the nlbuni cover. The company also must pay for pressing the disc, plus overhead costs and 11 payment to the artist pension fund. Last comes the artist's cut. This is where the sad music begins, Although a few superstars get as high as one dollar out of the company's $2.40. many get less than 15 cents. The cut depends on the generosity of the company and the demand (or the performer. The poor performer, however, doesn't pocket his entire share. His agent takes 10 per cent. His manager gets another 15 per cent. The recording studio gets $110 an hour. Since cutting a record may require eight hours per song, or more, with special effects using up extra hours, the artist can be in hock for $50,000 before his song even gets into production. Special album art or gimmickry--one album was sold in a zippcred cover--escalates the cost. Special promotions drive it stilt higher. So do the artists' lawyers. So even with a flat advance of $25,000, the performer may have to sell 200,000 records or more just to get back to zero. And sad to relate, about 75 per cenl of all records never recover their costs. "There Is nothing Illegal about any of this," one prominent Insider explained to us. "But it's Immoral, without a doubt." Small wonder, he sighed, that there are so many somber songs among today's teen-age lilts. FOOTNOTE: Spokesman for the big, reputable companies say their artists average 55 to 65 cents per album based on the $5.98 list price, with a decrease as the price drops. As in the payola scandal, the rich establishment companies have done little to self-police their industry. FREE LAND: A move to strip the railroads of free land, which they have illegally exploited, has run into a snag inside the Interior Department. The case could alter the ownership cf vast stretches of the West. For the railroads own about six per cent of the land area in the continental United States, most of it in the West. The free land was acquqired during the early development of tlie West. Sources close to the case say the railroads have violated the laws under which they obtained the free acreage. They are bound, therefore, to return it to the federal government, it is alleged. Billions are involved. For the railroads have struck it rich on the free land, selling it, farming "What a curious feeling! 7 ' said Alice. "I must be shutting up like a telescope." A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought r ,. ., ¥? ul)( =n n. Thoma* Fayettcvilfe -v RUSSIA'S ATOM POWER, Philip R. and Lucy T. Pryde. "-Soviet Nuclear Power." Environment, April, 1974, pp. 2634. "The Soviet Union has been interested in breeder reactors since IMS and now has about 15 years of experience in their construclion and opcralion.... The U.S.S.R.'s first commercial breeder reactor was recently completed and began lesting in November 1072." "The Soviet philosophy of safety with both breeder and convcnlional reactors places heavy emphasis on excellence of design, rcliabilily of equipment, and careful opcralinK procedures to prevent any releases of radioactivity (o the environment." "It is interesting to note lhal despite such assurances, there still exists some public concern about nuclear power plant safety in the Soviet Union. The extent of such concern is not known, hut in a book intended for widespread di.slribulinn. the editors stale t h a i Ihey hope the seclinn on radiation safely w i l l 'help to overcome Ihc popular misconceptions concerning [ho danger of atomic planls for the population.'" "Soviet authorities believe they have satisfactorily re- s o l v e d safely problems associated with nuclear reactors, and appear to he less concerned ahruii long-term waste disposal and unscheduled radioaclivp releases t h a n is the ensp in the U.S. W i l h n i n e major commercial reactors now operating anrl several more under cnnstruclion, the Soviet Union Intern!* to place Increasing reliance on nuclear energy lo supply Us expanding cleclricni nower needs." U.S. GOIMO SLOW. Puawasb He-port, "Despite Detente, A Mounting Danger to World Peace, Health and Securily," Science and Public Affairs--i Bulletin of Ihe Atomic Scientists, April, 1974, pp. 21-31. "Available data indicate that it is not necessary, on the grounds of a worldwide uranium shortage, to deploy breeder reactors in the next 30 to 50 years. (It must he noted that this conclusion was not unanimous.)" "No genera] solution for 'he isolation of long-lived radioactive wastes from the biosphere, for the necessary many thousands of years, is yet in hand: t h a t is. despite a wide variety of proposals, 'experts' still disagree on whether any of t h e m will Miffice....Il is impossible lo be complacent about expansion in the use of nuclear power without having a solulion in hand." "Catastrophic releases of radioaclivily from nuclear reactors and fuel reprocessing planls (and to a lesser degree waste shipments) arc possible in principle, as a result of accident, natural disaster, sabotage, or act of war." "The as yet unsolved problem of catastrophic releases of radioaclivity and diversion of bomb grade material combine to create grave and Justified misgivings about the vast increase In the use of nuclear power that has been widely predicted. The wisdom of such an Increase must at the present lime be seriously questioned. It is evidently impossible to aban- rlnn fission altogether in Iho near future; hut every effort should he made to develop alternatives by accelerating re- s e a r c h on...cleaner energy sources." fJlKD BOOM. ..Rohjrt H, Phclps, "The Sonorous fiprlng," The New York Times Magazine, April 14, 197-1, pp. H-26. "Twelve years ago Rachel Carson jolted the nation with a chilling indictmenl of the indiscriminate use of chemicals to control insects, weuas and fungi. A scienlisl with impeccable credentials, as well as a gifted writer, Miss Carson warned in her besl-selling Silent Spring lhal pesticides wc-rc killing birds by Ihc millions and that Ihc poisoning of Ihe environment might be irreversible." "Miss Carson's timely warning undoubtedly player) a major role in awakening America to Ihc danger of pes- 'cides. ft is too early to say the battle has been won. but there is no doubt thai this is going to be ajnther noisy spring." "Despite the misuse of pesticides, unrestricted hunting, the draining of swamps, the destruction of forests, Ihc building of cities and pollulion of air and walcr, there is no proof that any species of bird has become extinct in the United Stales since the health hen disappeared in 1032. In fact, there arc indications that some endangered species--the brown pelican, for one--have stopped their downward slide. There is no question that many species, such as cardinals, titmice, evening grosbeaks, goshawks, blue Jays and f f a d w a l l s are ex- lending their range." "While there are no precise /ijjurcs. the experts estimate there arc, give or lake a few hundred million, five billion birds In the United Slates. Those environmentalists who thrive on tflonm anrl doom would he hard pressed to prov« that the number is dropping." it, lapping mineral deposit! and leasing out oil, gas and coil rights. FOOTNOTE: The Interior. Department denies squelchinf the case and blames its heavy workload for its (allure to act. f, spokesman predicted that the secretary would make a decision on the case In a matter of months. PREMATURE BOSS: Without waiting to be appointed, Dr. Gerald Roscnthal -has taken over as boss of the Health, Education and Welfare Department's Bureau of Health Services Research, His wife has even picked out thousands of dollars worth of fancy furniture--at the taxpayers' expense, of course--for his new offices. T h e Administration has hinted, but has not announced, Dr. Rosenthal's appointment. In fact, he is still awaiting Civil Service Commission clearance. His rush lo decorate his new domain, therefore, violates federal regulations. Mrs. Rosenthal has selected top-grain leather chairs, shimmering tables and a leather-blue sofa and chair costing $1,492 even with a 43 per cent government discount. The order was hurried through even though HEW's budget for the ailing, aged and poor is caught up in an austerity pinch. Dr. Rosenthal bristled when we questioned him about his improper purchases. He had been told it was all right to go ahead, he insisted. From 7/ie Readers Viewpoint Up And Went To the Editor: A few weeks ago. I requester! your help in locating a poem called "My Get Up And Go Has Got Up and Went". Today I received my 53rd and 54th reply. I have not yet had the opportunity to answer all of them and now I have another problem. My niece cleaned out my desk yesterday morning! As so often happens, she threw out- what I wished to keep and kept what I didn't want! So, please, express my deepest thanks to all thos« lovely people who wrote to me. Many of those who wrote wished to have their copies returned. Since that is now impossible, I'm enclosing a copy and asking you to reprint it for their benefit. Thank you so much. My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went How cto I know that my youth is all spent? Well, my get up and go has got up and went. But in spite of it all.I am ahlt to grin .'... ' When I recall where my get up has been. Old age is golden, so I've heard it said, But sometimes I wonder when I get into bed, With my ears in a drawer and my teeth in a cup My eyes on the table until I wake up. Ere steep dims my eyes I say to myself, Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf? And I'm happy to say as I clos» my door. My friends are the sam», perhaps even more. When I was young my slippen were rod. I could kick up my heels right over my head, When I grew older my slippen were blue, But still I could dancs th« whole night thru. But now I am old, my slipper* are black, I walk to the store and null my way back, The reason I know my youth is all spent-My get up and go has got up and went. But I really don't mind when I think with a grin. Of all the grand places my get up has been. Since I have retired from llfe'i competition I busy myself with complete repetition. I get up each morning, and dust off my wits. Pick up rny paper and rend the obits. If my name l.i missing, I know I m not dead So, I eat n good breakfast anil «o hack to bed. Mrs. Harold Gordon Yakima, Wash,

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