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JJortfctoesfc Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Iniorast Is The First Concern 01 This Newspaper 4 « TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 1974 Xmas Stamps A 'First Class Gift Tunnel Lights Up . , . Again We keep reading that the economy is certain to be about as significant a campaign Issue this year as Watergate. We've already had a pretty good reading on Watergate by way of Democratic victories in half a dozen special congressional elections around the country. To date, Watergate has been the issue attacked most directly by Democratic candidates. But the economy continues to be a smoldering, lurking issue with the cost of living index and the rate of inflation climbing at a rate that regularly exceeds what the Nixon administration is predicting. The latest view from inside the tunnel, of what's up ahead, comes from the President, himself, in a rousing speech at Jack- · son, Miss. Mr. Nixon pulled out all the stops to a wildly cheering throng of about 12,000, late last week. One can guess that the chief was perhaps carried away by the crowd's enthusiasm for his comments -- a circumstance which encourages hyperbole even amongst the rhetorically fastidious -- but for the most part the talk was by text, so we conclude his basic premise is clearly a calculated one. The President's observations on the economy, something less than penetrating on earlier occasions when he was more thoroughly preoccupied with foreign affairs, nowadays bears closer attention. For one thing, the President recently named himself head of his own economic advisory council, and can thus be expected to be 'more accountable in his observations. What Mr. Nixon says is that the worst of inflation is over, and that the economy will really get going the last half of this year. He then expansively predicts that '75 will be even better, and that 197G will be "THE BEST YEAR IN OUR HISTORY." Against that background, Democrats in Congress last week were scurrying around looking for some way to deal with inflation and mounting signs of recession, in the face of an administration that apparently is oblivious. The Democrats would prefer controls on prices and wages. But the President doesn't. This means that the Democratic Congress is now being forced to take its appeal on behalf of a more stable economy to the voters this fall. If things don't get a heap better in a hurry, as Mr. Nixon predicts, administration defenders such as Rep. John Hammerschmidt may have to explain a recession, as well as Watergate. From Tke Readers Viewpoint 1, 4, 5-T Rat Tale To the Editor:: The New Yorker for March 25. in commenting on the use of the dangerous chemical 2,4,5- . T In the Vietnam war, says that "It appears that those who brought about the herbicidal destruction in South Vietnam consider themselves beyond accountability for their acts", and, further, that "In the military appropriations request for . the fiscal year 1974, one item' concerned the financing erf research into ways of m a k i n g existing military herbicides even faster-acting than they are at present"--defined by the Department of Defense as "We are continuing investigations in the area of vegetation control in an effort to significantly improve our current capability"! "In 1969, a resolution declaring that the Geneva Protocol did prohibit herbicidal warfare was approved in the U n i t e d National General Assembly's Political Committee by a vote of 58 to 3. with the United against "In 1970, President Nixon resubmitted [he Protocol to the Senate, but with the suggestion that the Administration considered neither herbicidal warfare nor the use of tear gas to be prohibited by the treaty " The article further states that in April, 1971, Senator Fulbri'ht wrote to President Nixon asking mm to reconsider the Administration's position on herbicidal warfare in relation to the Protocol, but that no answer has as yet been received. It now appears that Kissinger may be reconsidering the question. "If he can succeed in altering the Administration's present position, the move will surely constitute what Senator Fulbright writing in 1972 about the possibility of such a policy change, called the single geratest contribution which our nation could make now to the creation of truly effective and universal barriers against one of the most repugnant of all forms of warfare." 1 The New Yorker article is enlightening for two reasons: it points out a mistake in our country's military policy, and 11 "? tr , ates Senator Fulbright's attitude toward correcting such mistakes. We need our senators continuing effectiveness. Mrs. Laird Archer Fayettevllle To (he Editor: Our sixth grade at Central Elementary School has received four male rats from the National Dairy Council. We are performing an experiment with the rats. The control rats have a nutritious diet. The experimental rats are getting the same diet, except we've taken away the dairy products and replaced them with chocolate cookies and 7-Up. We are noting the differences in the rats' weight gain. The reason for using rats is because they have a shorter life span than other animals and becaus 6 they have similar digestive systems to human beings. If anyone would like to come and see the- differences in the rats' weight gain, they may. The rats will be gone May Shelly Pack . (6th Grade Science) Spnngdale Arkansas Way To the Editor: An article in Wednesday's paper concerning the placement or voter registration booths at the UA was of great interest to me. I must question the decision to deny placement of these booths, along with other actions I have observed by our present County Clerk. It seems c u r i o u s that an elected official who is r u n n i n g for re-election should have the power to determine Just where people may register to vote. The stated reason was that students register to vote and then move away before the election It seems possible that the registrars could stress this idea to the prospective voters, and could thus screen out those who would be leaving. Having to go · to the county courthouse makes it d i f f i c u l t for the student who is without transporattion. I recently made my way to the courthouse, through all the t r a f f i c and past all the non-existent parking spaces, and did manage to register. I was very surprised to see campaign material for the present County Clerk on th efront desk of her office, right there where every prospective Fayetteville voter must go in order to register. I was even more surprised to see this literature being handed out to an elderly couple who had apparently Just registered. It They'll Do It Every Time WHEM AR YOOTW00NNA START RAISINS , would seem to me that If we are lo be limiled to this one location for registering, then the office itself should not be bedecked with campaign material of the person who has determined t h a t one must register in this certain spot. This seems u n f a i r to the clerk's opponents and lo the voters as well. I will say that I was not offered any of this campaign material. I will also say that I was less than overwhelmed by any friendliness or courtesy on the- part of the registrar. Perhaps the clerk did not want my vote. I must admit thai I have been a. resident of Fayetteville for only a year, and am not completely accustomed to the ways of Arkansas. But this particular situation, to me, needs some explanation. Mark D. Sanders Fayetleville Blind Alley ' To Ihe Edilor: Los Angeles, originally onr^ of the most favorable spots in the world, became a nightmare-the smog, Hie traflic, the whole atmosphere, the tota! lack of any kind of control and planning. But w h a t made it more nightmarish was that instead of a reversal of the trends t h a t brought it about, they were supported and encouraged, while the situation continued to go from bad to worse. Our United States, so bountiful and with a democracy that was the hope and promise of the world, has reached a summit of destrucliveness in Nixonism thai bids f a i r to culminate in a breakdown, into chaos and violence. It has been said that revolution is the result of reform too long delayed. Yet the powers-that-be seek only to go on w i t h more of it, at whatever cost, while, like an avalanche, it reaches an accelerated pace that threalens lo take all before it. Insecurity and fc-ar have become inherent '.-. tne lives of our people, from top to bottom. Yet the only course offered is more of the same. A reversal c a n n o t be started as long as our people adhere to It, believing that the prosperity and affluence they have enjoyed came from it and would be lost by the control and planning that are essential. It is driven home lo us now by the candidacy of an Arkansan who seeks n a t i o n a l leadership, who gives as his pronouncement that Nixon, indi- v i d u a l l y , should not be held responsible for I h u illegal acts of others, (others who were placed in power by him lo do exactly what they did) and who. supported and encouraged by the e c o n o m i c powers-that-be, sought to give the United Slalps an Imperial form of government, silencing all dissent from Congress, from the media, from our people. This is t h e u n a l - terable rc-ason for his removal. Arkansas gave to the nation and the world a leader who could not be corrupted, who sought to stop and reverse what he saw happening, from w h i c h we are more and more s u f - f c r ^ n c the consr.-rfiiencos. Will it now replace him with a freshman senator who aspires to national leadership, who is driven by ambition, who ran offer only n c o n t i n u a t i o n of the blind leading Ihe blind, c u r l i n g in a blind alley? ff the ncoplc mrterstnnd Ihe issues, they w i l l keep Sen, J. W. Fulbright where ho belongs. Ella Polce Win slow By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - Postmaster General IS. T. Klasson soaked tho taxpayers $40.001,10 lasl C h r i s t m a s for 350 fancy s t a m p albums, which he gave away as Christmas presents to friends find officials. This is another example of tlio eMravngnnco which bus driven up the price tho public must pay for mailing letters. In a scries of columns, we linvc been reporting on misspending and mismanagement. In the Postal Service. The procurement director, Conrad Trahcrn, was so startled over Hie order for 350 Christmas stamp a l b u m s lhat he bngan asking questions. This gol back to Assistant Postmaster General Robert McCutcheon, who fired off u sharp memo to Trahern. demanding to know who was poking into K I a s s c n ' s Christmas boondoggle. Inquiries Imd been made, wrote McCutcheon indignantly, about "some souvenir stamp albums prepared tor Ihe Postmaster General. Questions were asked as to how 'many were bought, what the costs were and what (hey were used for. Please advise as to why this inquiry was made and who w a s r e q u e s t i n g t h e - infor- ination . . . what was the information to be used f o r ? " McCutcheon got back a straightforward reply. "I was the one who was asking the questions," wrote Trahern. "Since I am responsible for procurement, I have always made it my business lo know what is going on in my organization. For the present time, the information is lo be used for only my personal knowledge." The Washington Merry-Go-Round Sparkmnn w.ts pleased w i t h Imsclf. "It w a s Iho same Tho details, thorom'lor, were suppressed by Ihe postal brass. Nevertheless, wo luivo obtained a complolo breakdown of Iho $·18.091.10 It cost the taxpayers f o r Klasson's Christinas presents. FOOTNOT10: The Postal Service did not respond to our request for comment, Trahcrn, who has left Iho Postal Service, refused lo comment on postal mailers. SPARKMAN'S STYLE: Son. John Spavkmnn. D-Ala.. a Southern gentlemen who likes lo travel in style, saved 18 colleagues and their wives the indignity of flying homo from Paris after Easier in a cramped and unadorned plane. The senator from Alabama telephoned the White House from Paris and demanded a more suitable plane to return t h e nine senators. 10 representatives, their spouses and purchases. At f i r s t , ' t h e White House told Sparkman all Ihe plush planes were in use. But someone close to (be President, possibly remembering that all those legislators ,in Paris soon will be voting on impeachment, had a f t e r t h o u g h t s . Sparkman gol a return call from the While House, offering him one of Vice -President Gerald Ford's planes. Ford was vacationing in Palm Springs, it was explained, and wouldn't be needing Hie plane over the weekend. The sleek jel made a special flight to Paris -- at the lax- payers' expense, of course -to pick up the congressional travelers. h i m . piano," ho boasted a f t e r w a r d . t h a t Lyndon Johnson used whrn lie was President." The congressional delegation traveled lo Europe ostensibly lo nttond the liitcr-Parliaiiienlnry Union meeting In Bucharest. Their wives went along, Sparkman explained lo us, "ns n mailer of protocol." All their travel and hotel bills were picked up, therefore, by Ibo taxpayers. An examination of Iholr itinerary suggests, however, t h a t the group spent more time Enslerlng In Athens and shopping in Paris then al- i e n 1 i n g Inter-parliamentary meetings. They bought so much loot, say our sources, t h a i they couldn't load il all aboard llic small plane, which originally had been dispatched lo haul lliem home from Paris, But Sparkman indignantly denied to us that he demanded a larger plane to accommodate the wives' Paris purchases. The smaller plane, lie insisted, was simply inadequate. It "didn't even have windows," he spultersd. . W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: Former Attorney General John Mitchell, who used to be consulted daily by President Nixon has been abandoned by tho White House in his hour of tribulation. But Mitchell, surprisingly, is not at all hitler. He has assured skeptical friends that the President is really a warm, compassionate man...The Russian literary great, Aleksandr Solzheiiitsyn. WNON'S A REM. KLUTZ».!/ STICKING HIS K10SE IN MICHIGAN'S B6HTH DISTRICT SCRAP WHEN HE HAS L£S$ POLmCAL THE NERVE OF TED KENNEDY, ASK1N' TUEM COMMiE STUDENTS THINGS ABOUT SOVIET PEPEMSE!? HE'S GONNA UPSET TAE DETENTE', THAT'S .THAT BUTJNSKl'S GONNA DO. 1 .' K i n g PL'a it's S y n d i c a t e State Of Affairs Hyenas Stand By . . . Patiently By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON - When t h e impending Nixon i m p e a c h m e n t proceedings a r e televised, a s they undoubtedly w i l l be, the whole nation w i l l he able to see for itself w h a t the political clitmate is like in Washington these days. Meanwhile, the pub- J" may be troubled by c o n f l i c t - ing reports presently coming out of the nation's capital. There is, for example, the indignant complaint of my esteemed colleague, Joseph Al5op, concerning the "reaction in political Washington" to President Nixon's W a l e r g a tc troubles. Mr. Alsop, who is the d e a n of Washington columnists and knows the capital extremely well, says the 'denizens" of the focal p o l i t i c a l world m o m e n t a r i l y "resemble hyenas at the k i l l , burrowing horribly in the entrails but occasionally r a i s i n g Wood- stained jaws to emit the c h a - racteristic hyena laugh. The k i l l is the President of the United Slates." The s i g h t , he says, "is not a pretty o n e " If it yore as bad as he reports, it would be worse t h a n not pretty, li would he degrading and d i s g u s t i n g -- s o m e t h i n g f o r t h e rest of t h e country lo worry a b o u t seriously. Fortunately, there are reasons to doubt t h a i , the mood In Washington is as dtnlorable as depicted. One of the most remarkable things about the whole Walcr- gatc episode is tin; p.itii'r.l, ' restrained. g e n e r a l l y r f s p o n Mble way most of t h f : W a s h i n g ton p o l i t i c i a n s 'in both pin-licY) have re'.pnndf.-:! ID this ;;rcatrst of all American s r a n d n l s Kcl clom has there been so l i l t l o p a r t i s a n dema^of/uery emerging from n s i t u a t i o n that so obvii'i' 1 " Ini'ii"'' 'I MOST A M E R I C A N voters were slow to react to Water- gate-, but now, as a series of recent special congressional elections shows, the electorate seems lo be m o r e ferocious t h a n the politicians. For the f i r s t time in more t h a n 40 years. Michigan's strongly Ke.Hiblican eignth district has j u s t sent a Democrat to Con- Cress, despite personal campaigning in behalf of the Rep u b l i c a n candidate by Mr Nixon. If a candidate ever had j u s t i - f i c a t i o n for a little crowing, or perhaps even a slight non-hycria laugh, it was 'the winner. Bob Traxler. Yet when Rep. Traxler arrived in Washington, he could not have been more temperate when i n t e r v i e w e d a b o u t im- peachm/nt of the- President. II is a j u d i c i a l question, he said, and a d d e d r "1 perceive myself as a grand juror, s i l t i n g in the House. I w i l l read the committee's report ,-;n! m a k e a n independent det_T,r,inatinn as (r, w h e t h e r or not lie o u g h t " lo stand trial in the Senate." it is f a i r lo say that this is (ho sentiment of the great majority ol members on hoth side-: of t h e aisle... They arc determined, as shown by the v i r t u a l l y u n a n i m o u s decisions of (lie bipartisan House Judiciary Commilti'c. to give R i c h a r d Nixon no grounds for complaining l l i a t he- did not gel f a i r ami i m p a r t i a l t r e a t m e n t . Hr.|), Pelf.]- Rodilin fD-N.,1.). H i a i n n n n of the committee, nnd K' p l. K d i v a r d I l i j t d i i n s o n ( R - Mit-lu, HIP r a n k i n g Republican. novf hrcn ·.vorfcin,'? rjosoly togr-- f i i ' T in t r y i n g In pi'v out uf Hi'' W h i t e IIon;;r! Hi'e evlrlcncn they nerd U complete i h e i r i n v c s t l g a l l o n . T!ir ···· r n n s i s l c n l l y li/w- bcc-n p a t e n t and polite wlln 'lie T'rr-:;jrlinl IT WAS MUCH the r.nmn w i t h l h " Senatp W;itorgn'.v i n - vestigating committee by that courtly Democrat, Sen. Sam Ervin and that courteous R e p u b l i c a n . Sen. Howard liakcr. This bipartisan committee also a t t a i n e d a noteworthy u n a n i m i t y ; its conduct won very high ratings for fairness from the- public, as all the (lolls sliowed. It was a Republican judge John J. Sirica, who helped break W a t e r g a t e wide open. It was Sirica who. several days ago, issued a subpoena a g a i n s t the w h i t e House for more taric-s that special prosecutor Leer, Jaworski needs. The scrupulous J a u o r s k i . i n c i d e n t a l l y , .vas Hie While Housr's own choice (o succeed Archibald Co.v ; ,s the Walcrgiile prosecutor.' The first senator lo ca'l for the resignation of Mr. N i x o n was Sen. Edward Brookr- (R- Mass.), while the l a s t was Sun. James B u c k l e y , the Conservative-Republican f r o m N e w York. Their requests, however, wen-! m a d e more in sorrow t h a n in aii'!r.T. A few days ago. R o b e r t Strauss, c h a i r m a n of the Democratic National Committee, went to Chicago lo urge a conference of Democratic governors not to J u m p on Mr. Nixon and make a martyr of h i m . I t s t h r : s a m e advice hr h a s bC'Cti giving D e m o c r n l i c I f a d c - s in W a s h i n g t o n for many m o n t h s . It's obvious t l i i i l Sen. Mike M a n s f i R 1 1 \ ( I ) - M o n L ) . Urn m a j o r i i . v loarlor, n m l Sprakcr Carl A l b e r t (D Okla.) a g r e e w i t h h i m . Tlicy can hardly hi [lie tli«rr)f.rlvp.s to say a s h a r p word a b o u t tin; Prr;.".Monl. So. regardless of th«r motives, the W a r, li J U K I o n n i i l i l l c i a n s are Iranlnjr, ovnr n a c x w a r d to be f a i r to l l i n President. They t h i n k it's good nnlillcs, which is ono r r n s n n so fpw of thorn arc iiraini! li!:o "hyenas." (C) 1971, f,M Angoloj Tlmrn WHS distressed over U,S, press, reaction lo Ills open letter | 0 Soviet lomlm-s lusl Full, Sonij U.S. crlllcs snw pro-mithnri. lai'lan Kt'nllmenls In hi, innibiislu'il love of hl.i native Kussin. "I wns very .surprised," wrolo Sol/honllsyn In u privulo teller lo two U.S. eongi'css.'rmu "lo f i n d H i n t Ihls (loltci 1 ) wan Incorrectly unit s u p e r f l c l i i l l y liilorpi'eled by your country's press"... After we exposed llic liiuiird. oils, ramshackle conditions of mobile homes provided by Ili 0 federal government for vlclhns of Hurricane Agnes, nn effort wns miido to upgrada inspections. A secret report or Iho New York Public Interest Research Group, however, charges the effort has not been! successful,..J. Curtis Merge, l]i c biigman for $25.000 to $50,000 from ii milk coo|icrnlivc lo Ihe 1072 Nixon cmnmilgn, has been picked ns special assistant to I n I e r I o r Secretary Rogers Morton. Although t h e con- Inbulion was palonlly illegal, Ihe man who hired Herge Interior Solicitor Kent Frlzzcll,' insists Hergc's actions In accepting the cash were "in every way legal, moral and otherwisa acceptable." How Fast? How Far? (How High?) WASHINGTON (ERR) -, Roger Bannister, a London medical student, became the f i r s t man to break the four- minute barrier in the mile run 20 years ago -- on May 6. 1854. Two days later Parry O'Brien, an American, became the first to surpass GO feet in shotput competition. ATHLETIC RECORDS aia meant to be broken, as Henry Aaron so recently reminded us. Although there must be a limit to the number of home runs ii man can hit in a season or career, or to Ihe speed with which he can run or swim a mile, it is not yet ill sight. As a contributor to the Yale A l u m n i Magazine observed last winter: "In those sports in which an athlete's skill can ba guaged willi a stopwatch or a tape measure -- especially swimming and track -- athlelic performance throughout the world has improved dramatically in recent years, as training techniques and equipment havo become more and more sophisticated." One key technique now widely applied by coaches of, Irack, swimming, and rowing ia "interval training." It works t h i s way: A n individual swimmer, say. is assigned to do. 10 laps of 100 yards and complete each within 90 seconds, llnexpired time be' ween- laps may be used for rest. In this way the swimmer -- or the runner or rower -- gradually increases his cardio-vas- c u l a r potential. All of thia t r a i n i n g e f f o r t pays off in competition. Today's run-of-the-mill swimmers and runners regularly post times that would have broken records two decades ago. THE FOUR-MINUTE mile provides an apt illustration. In 1M5 Guilder Haegg of Sweden set a world record time of -1 minutes, J.4 seconds for the mile. It seemed that someone, s o m e w h e r e , shortly would break through the four minute barrier. But Hae^g's mark ;:!ood for nine years. It was not until May C, 1954, that Roger Bannister of England ran the distance in six-tenths of a second less that four minutes. Sub-four-minute miles soon became almost commonplace. Today, speculation centers on who w i l l be the first r u n n e r (o cover the distance in under 3 minutes. 50 seconds. Tho esson seems lo be that t h e four-minute barrier was moro psychological t h a n physical I t s useless to try to predict the absolute l i m i t s of h u m a n performance," says Yale swimming coach Phil Moriarty. "Rcords will a l w a y s fall -there will be another (Don) Sehollantler, another (Mark) Spitz." UNFORTUNATELY, s o m e o u t s t a n d i n g athtelic performances are achieve:! with the aid of s t i m u l a n t s and other types of medication. George Burman of the Washington Redskins crojtted n stir last year when he asserted t h a t at least a dozen members of the learn were t a k i n g amphetamines not prescribed by the club physician. S i m i l a r charges involving members of the San Dj c g 0 Chargers had been leveled several years earlier. Such stories are old-lint in I'-uropc. w h i c h has had a n u m - ber of s c a n d a l s concerning use M a m p h e t a m i n e s by soccer playrn-s. An elabiu-aio system of dniK riftection was put 'into force tit Ihe loco World CUD eiiinijuliiion in Englnnd. Steroids -- chemical comp o u n d s conslsling of hormones v i t a m i n s , and oilier substance -- arc- c o m m o n l y and le«itilv ntlmlmslornrt lo aihlctr-s ami rn::e hows to e n h a n c e slrr-naili and .stamina. Tb : trouble- j s n , a t steroids m a y I m p a i r v l r l l i l v . Whitney Tower nnd W l l l l a n l I'' Hoed of Spoils Illustrated recently raised the possibility that mcdicntlnn may have contributor.] to Iho f e r l l l l t y problems of tout year's Trlnlo Crown winner. SecratarJat. What price, i-itlilolic s

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