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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The first Concern Of This Newspaper 4A * SUNDAY, MAY S, 1974 ITT Dealings-A Prelude To Watergate Rally 'Round The E ggs, Boys Washington County Democrats will hold a breakfast get-together with state and local candidates Saturday, May 11, at the P'ayette- ville High School cafetorium. Admittedly the site isn't as stimulating for wayward, wavering or doubtful Democrats as an outdoor setting replete with sailor straw hats, candy- striped coals, and an ice cream bar. (Or, as they freqjuenlly recreate the scene in a tee- vee commercial, with kegs of that good old- fashioned brew.) County Democratic Central Committee chairperson Ann Henry points lo the d i f f i c u l ties in securing a convenient outdoor sile, however the vagaries of Ozark weather at this lime of year (what does one do with an outdoor ice cream bar when it begins lo pour rlow nrain?), as reasons for Ihe committee's compromise on Fayetleville High. Better a nice breakfast, certainly, than a wet barbecue. The breakfast session will be informal and will extend from 8:30 until 11 a.m. Coming as it does on the heels of a Benlon County Rally the evening before, the local gathering assures ilsclf of its first objective -- attracting a representative number of major candidates. Art Buchwatd The next objective is to encourage as many residents of the area (county) as possible to attend, in order to meet and visit with standard bears of the Democratic Party. The roster of major candidates has a distinctive hometown flavor this year, too, which should bolster interest in the rally. Sen. Fulbright hails from Fayetteville. Bill Clinton lives here as a member of the University faculty. Jim Scanlon is from Greenland. And David Pryor is a former UA student whose wife Barbara (Lunsford) is a Fayetleville girl. These are candidates who deserve local recognition and encouragement, though not party endorsement until after the primaries. Sponsors for the breakfast anticipate a good-sized crowd. We hope so. It is one indication o fparty interest that is extremely important, we believe, in the context of attracting tjjualified candidates for political office at every level of government, and in pooling and accomodating diverse and well- intended propositions for the betterment of conim'inilv. region and nation. AVe'd be specially encouraged to sec a few "independents" show up for coffee, loo. Anything To Make A Sale J!y .LACK A.\IKHSOX W A S H I N G T O N ' -- W h i l e the l)i;! jinns c o n c e n t r a t e t h e i r f i r e on the \V;iUM|!utc cm'crup. a liuusc subcommittee is q u i e t l y looking i n t o t h u e a r l i e r ITT coverup. For the Watergate c r i m e s wi-re but an e l a b u r a t i o n of the basic approach used d u r i n g the ITT p r e l i m i n a r i e s . Kx-Whitc 1 House counsel John Dean was the stage manager for- the ITT coverup. just as he was for the later Watergate covciup. Last y e a r , he was c a l l e d behind closed doors to testify about his ITT role. We have now obtained a t r a n script of his secret testimony. He c a l m l y related to the Special Subcommittee on Investigations how his office had collected for safekeeping all While House documents dealing with ITT. "One of the tilings they had done was collect--I d i d n ' t do it personally, another member of my s t a f f did all the documents in the W h i t e House, any documents dealing with ITT," testified Dean. "To llic best of my recollection anci knowledge," he added, "tho:se documents are s t i l l in a file in my former office. There were sensitive documents among those..." "What kind of politically sensitive documents are you referring to?" asked chief counsel Daniel M a n e l l i . "Just n a m e s of individuals at the W h i t e House h a v i n g correspondence w i t h v a r i o u s people at ITT," replied Dean. "1 can't .specifically tell you of any one document right now, but 1 can recall during Ihe hearings the man in Hie office who d i r t collect them, Fred Pickling, saying, 'Buy, yon ought to see the one we caught today,' and him relating what it was." Not u n t i l long afler the Senate ITT hearings had ended did we learn t h a t suppressed documents linked former Vice The Washington Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON 1 --It WHS reported in the press that c e r t a i n car dealers have been bugging their automobile showrooms so that they can hear what people are saying \vhcn they're out of earshot of the salesman. This, of course, makes it easier f o r the salesman to know w h a t the prospective buyers are t h i n k i n g , and therefore he can make a belter pitch to sell a car. Let's go into o n e of these showrooms. The couple has been looking at the cars on the [loor alone for about 20 minutes. The salesman comes out of the back office and says: "Well, Fanny, how do you like our new Mark II Panda?" The woman looks startled. "How did you know my n a m e was F a n n y ? " The salesman gulps. "Your husband JIcKinley told mo." The husband says. "I never tolt! you her name was Fanny. And how did you know my f i r s t name was McKinley?" Tile salesman says. 'Well, honestly, I didn't know, but I took a w i l d (Uless. You LOOK like a Fanny and a JIcKinley. Now let's t a l k ahonl t h e car. You're in the market for a h a r d t o p in maroon w i t h brown leather seats." Fanny and McKinley look at each oilier in astonishment. "WE A R E L O O K I N G for that color," Fanny says. "You must be a mind reader." "After you've been in this business as long as I have, you Bet to know that certain people like certain colors. Now we do have a four-door Fanda in maroon with bucket seats. I'm sorry it doesn't come with a stick shift, McKinley, but you From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO A p r e l i m i n a r y cook-off among W a s h i n g t o n County '!-H Chili members in a district broiler harhccueing contest win Ix? held at Ihe F a i r g r o u n d s Saturday. The l a s t " f i r s t crate" of strawberries to a t t r a c t a p r e m i u m price on the Spring- date M a r k e t was sold yesterday so VEARS AGO Plans for the local school elcciion have been marie by (he county board of education. Two schools board members, a proposed bond issue and the amount of tile school t a x will be decided -May 17. State superintendant of Public Instruction, A. B. Hill, will 100 YEARS AGO The few BaMeriles at Renton- ville have been w r i t i n g to the Gazette t h a t Renton C o u n t y is solid for RaMcr. A prominent and responsible ffenUenvm of this county h a s iK'C-n over a portion of Hcnton d u r i n g the past few d a y s and he says t h a t the masses of the democratic p a r l y of that comity are not for the deposed usurper, b u t say Brooks war- elected and should hold the office. for "about $50" according to Hilton Lewis, Chamber of Commerce executive secretary. L.D. Traegcr, \vlio organised and developed an o u t s t a n d i n g placement service for grad u a t i n g sluilents at the University, is r e s i g n i n g as placement director for personal reasons. deliver the high school commencement address here at 0 -/ a r k Theatre, Thursday evening. May 15. Delegates from Arkansas to Ihe Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month include J. W. Gabriel and Judge B. F. Campbell of Fayetleville. The Messrs. .McClung and Ripple left on Monday last for the silver mines in Sevier county. The news from parties from this place, who have been d o u n there for some time is quite favorable. They say that beyond a doubt the precious metal is there and in paying q u a n t i t i e s . \Ve acknowledge a call this week from Mr. Chas. F. Harvey of Van Buren. They'll Do It Every Time WsNT AUL OUT TO RAIS6 A P£T PLANT-NO DICE-- BJT HOW 60££ IT WiTH THAT O.9 TK£ 5TUWP HE'S TO£7 TO 6£T KID CV \.O WW Yf? k n o w Fanny doesn't like a stick shift, and I t h i n k s : ou should fonw to her wishes." I know Fanny doesn't l i k e a stick shift and she knows she doesn't like a slick s h i f t , hut how Ihc hell do you know she doesn't l i k e a stick .shin?" The salesman laughs nervously. "By Hie \vny she's carrying her handbag." "Let's get out of here," F a n n y says to McKinley. "Wait," the salesman says. "I want to he very honest with you. You two don't t h i n k you can afford a Panda, what with the orthodontist's hill for Nicky's teeth, and your daughter Frifda going off to Oherlin ne.xt f a l l , and Fanny's mother h a v i n g to have that operation. Well, let me tell yon. Wilh a trade-in on your 1969 Ford Mustang, the Panda will still cost you loss than $5,000." McKINI.BY ASKS the salesman, "lias someone told you about us?" "Of course not. You're perfect strangers. This is the first time I've seen you, Slio\v me a F a n n y and a McKinley who don't have a son n a m e d Nicky and a daughter named Frieda going (p Oherlin in the fall!" ilcKinlcy asks, "Can I talk to my wife alone?" "Of course," Hie salesman replies and retires to the hack office. "This is a real weird place. Fanny, fie knows more about us than our next-door neiehhors do." "I know," Fanny \\hispcrs. "Let's toil him we'll think it over and be back next Tuesday." The salesman rushes out of "Could you m a k e il Wednesday? I don't work on Tuesday, and I'd hate to lose the sak-." (C) 1914, Los Angeles Times What Others Say W I L n L I F E PRESERVA- T I O N . Jeari Craiglicad George, "This Fraaile Menagerie* Han^s by a Thread." N a t i o n a l W i l d l i f e (special issue on endangered snccies). April-May 197-1. p, ti- "Al f f i c present lime, no less t h a n 1 f)E) s pcei es of A m e r ica n w i l d l i f e arc in imminent danger of extinction, including 17 m a m m a l s . 53 hirds. 8 replilc*s and a m p h i b i a n s , and 31 fish. The roster of animals in jeopardy has increased steadily over the years, and dozens nf othpr creatures may he des- t i n e d to join it in t h e very nenr f u t u r e , not to mention l i t e r a l l y hundreds of plant sofcies," "What does it matter if a few more a n i m a l s , and p l a n t s , are sacrificed on the a l t a r of 'progress?' Quite a p a r t from e t h i c a l and philosophical considerations, therr are some e m i n e n t l y p r a c t i c a l answers to t h a t question, At the heart of the matter is a violent confrontation between man a n d n a t u r e f r o m which no winners can emerge." "When pollution soured tlie ponds in narts of Europe re-- cently. for example, the frog population fell off sharply a n d the number of insects skyrocketed, jeopardising n i n n y crops. Fn parts of South America not Ions a50. omc u i n f l e villages were racked witb disease- whon trapper? u i n n d out the spotted cats t h a t bad kept t h p rats u n d e r control. In a Tvnrlri in which all l i f e forms are m u U i a l l v dependent, t h e endangered species constitute a sensitive barometer of the liealtb of our entire ecosystem." President Spiro Agncw. Treas- u r y Secretary John Cotirially, Attorney General John Mitchell Enid even President N i x o n h i m self to ilie controversial ITT settlement. Muriel] i questioned Dean about Ihis. "There was a c o l u m n by Jack Anderson some time back say ing...Mr, Mitchell, Mr. Conn;ifly and, I believe, Vice President Agncw were involved in the politically sensitive files. Does t h a t at all refresh your recollection?" asked Manclli. "It doesn't," said Dean who was unable to recall any spec i f i c documents. In dozens of p a r t i c u l a r s -from tho shredding of incrimi- n a t i n g documents to the perjured testimony--the tactics used by the White House crowd to wriggle out of Watergate had been fully rehearsed during the ITT siege. This is significant, for it shows tlifil the conduct of the presidency in Watergate was not the spontaneous, m a k e s h i f t , reaction of otherwise honorable men trapped it) a d i l e m m a , but rather a standard operating pnxietlure developed and used wilh growing success u n t i l cautious confidence became heedless arrogance. Kven tile cast of c h a r a c t e r s was the same: John Dean. CM a rles Col son, E. I Iowa rd Hunt, 0. Gordon Lidily and James McCorcl, nol to mention olhcr- faceless White House aides. Dean directed the ITT coverup. taking his instructions from II. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. who remained behind the White House scenes. The dirty work was left to Li fitly a nd I lunt. Accord ing to the sworn testimony, L i d ; l y , spirited ITT star witness Dita Beard out of Washington before she could be subpoenaed to test i f y . When the FBI located her in" D e n v e r , Hunt rushed off to the Rockies to tell her what to say. He wore a preposterous C I A wifi as a disguise. Rc]. Jake Pickle. D-Tex.. tried to question Dean about this. "I have a copy of...a UP1 storv which reported that you were responsible for .sending Mr. K. Howard Hunt lo Denver to meet wilh DiU cfiard," re- counled Pickle. "It was suggested that the purpose of this trip was to develop a second Dita Beard memo which would c o n t r a d i c t the memo published by Jack Anderson.,." "I can tell you that statement, of my sending Howard Hunt to see Dita Beard is t o t a l l y inaccurate/' said Dean. "Did you semi Mr. Liddy?" asked Pickle. "Nobody," said Dean. "Do you know whether anyone was sent to Denver?" "Yes. I do," Dean replied. But he refused lo testify ahonl the incident, hccatiRG it might jeopardize his legal rights before the grand jury. C h a i r m a n Harlcy Staggers, D-W. Va., extracted testimony from Dean t h a i former SEC Chainrum W i l l i a m Casey had kept politically sensitive ITT documents away from the subcommittee by delivering them to the Justice Department. "Did Mr, Casey .suggest lo yon that ihc documents should be kept away from the snb- cominiUce u n t i l after the election?" demanded Staggers. "That was the general gist...." acknowledged Dean. "That was the way il c a m e up, if they go to a committee of Congress, it is likely they will go into the public domain from there." "Then y o u gathered, t h e y State Of Affairs should be kept away from ns u n t i l after the election?" asked Staggers. "That is correct...,*' agrwd Dean. "Whose idea was it," pressed Staggers, "that ttiese Tiles should be sent over to th* Justice Department? 1 ' "I believe it was Mr. Casey who came to me . . .," Dean testified. Oilier sworn testimony also identified Casey as the official whose backstage maneuvering kept Hie enlightening ITT documents out of congressional hands. Subsequently. Casey was rewarded with .a promotion to be undersecretary of state. Ry CLAYTON 1 F R I T C H E Y WASHINGTON 1 -- It has been a strange wci'k abroad. Nothing, can hn counted on any more ---- not even, apparently, the? traditional pillars of a u t h o r i t a t i v e conservative government. In Portugal, the a r m y , of all iniMitnlion.T. overthrows the Inn 2 -established right-wing regime of on.sted Premier .Alai'collo Caetitno. In Chile, the R o m a n Catholic bishops who u.sed to bo regarded as the backbone of L a t i n American / i L i t h o r i t a r i a n i . s m . condemn t h n general? who o v e r t h r e w the elected government of the l a t e President Salvador Allonrtc GOPFPIIS. In E t h i o p i a , the armed forces rchrl a g a i n s t the absolute monarchy of t h a t olrl t y r a n t . Ha Me Selassie, and arrest his three top generals. As Wolcolt Gibbs once said in Time n i ^ c a x i n e style, where all t h i s is going to end. knows God (inly. S t i l l , while the end cannot lo foreseen, it is perm i s s i b l e to guess. Portugal, for i n s t a n c e , is next door to Spain, where there also appears to be some encouraging ferment, Kven duchesses have risked j a i l to criticize the Fascist regime of Generalissimo Francisco F ra nco, a nd. too. more and more bf shops hn ve been speaking up against him. AS TH?: EVKNTS in P o r t u g a l ?how, the written as well as the ?pokon word is s t i l l , reassuringly, often mightier t h a n the sword. The lessen of I^sbon ?eems to be t h a t armies should be encouraged to read -- anything -- even a book. The depo?eri government outlawed a free press but it made the f a t a l m i s t a k e of a l l o w i n g a c r i t i c a l book to be circulated -- and now look. The Caeiano government was thrown off guard by the credentials of the author, Gen. A n t o n i o de Spinola. who wa.s vice chairman of Portugal's join! cbicifs of siaff. The general also fought nn Gen. Franco's sicie in the Spanish Civil War and later f i n i s h e d his m i l i t a r y t r a i n i n g i n Nazi Germany. Nonetheless, somewhere along the line DC S p i n o 1 H been me fed up wifli P o r t u g a l ' s encifcss war to hold its African territories a n d . in the process, also soured on government diclatoi'.ship. He put these s u n - versive ideas in a book ca 11 ed " Portugal and the Future." which impressed the army, if not the government, and that was the beginning of the present rebellion and the pledge, of democratic elections. It is not dear yet just w h a t the long-range impact of all this will be on Portugese Guinea and the large, rebellious c o l o n i e s o f Angola a n d Mozambique, but it is surely not good news for the nearby white enclaves of Rhodesia and South A f r i c a . If Portugal offers self- determination (even within a f e d e r a t i o n ) to the 8 million people of Aiazambirimo, and then w i t h d r a w s its m i l i t a r y forces, the resulting situation would he ominous for the Rhodesia n whites, who are a l r e a d y outnumbered 20 to 1) by Rhodesian blacks. Such a development would also wipe out one of the buffer zones t h a t have helped protect the w h i t e government of South Africa. S E V E R A L YEARS ago. South Africa sent a police force to lirjp Rhodesia defend itself a g a i n s t g u e r r i l l a attacks from Zambia and T a n z a n i a . Does this suggest that (he South A f r i c a n government, under still greater provocation, would take the much more dangerous risk oF d i s p a t c h i n g an army i n f o . I\lc/ambiciue to fill any vacuum created by a departing Portu- gese army? The action of t h e Chilean R o m a n Catholic bishops in c o n d e m n i n g Chile's m i l i t a r y government for its assaults on civil and human r i g i h l s j s a welcome echo of a strong si and recently taken by the leaders of the U.S. Catholic Conference against the repressive regimes of both Chile and Brazil. The conference's Administrative. Council, headed by John Cardinal Krol of P h i l a d e l p h i a , a slmnich conservative, urged the U.S. government to weigh c a r e f u l l y whether lo continue and aid to right-wing m i l i t a r y g o v e r n m e n t s that violate human rights. The Congress has already responded. Only a few ( f a y s ago, (he Senate foreign Relations Committee q u i c k l y adopted an a m e n d m e n t offered by Sen. Hubert Humphrey (D- Minn.) to the State Department Authorization Act. which puts a new brake on additional aid to the South Vietnamese mili- t a r y government of President N g u y e n Van Thieu. The a m e n d m e n t also calls for the Administration to develop a plan for the phased reduction of e x i s t i n g aid to South Vietnam. This is consistent with related Senate efforts to shut oif f u r t h e r military assistance to the army j u n t a t h a t rules Greece, the birthplace of democracy. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Times You Can My Well Bet On It WASHINGTON ( E R R ) -- A N a t i o n a l Conference on Public Gaming will be held May 16-17 in Washington, D.C. TO CRITICS of gambling, there is something fundamentally indecent about making sport of I ho inscrutable mys- ierips of chance and f o r t u n e lhat seem to govern our lives. In their view. Ihe gambler is guilty of moral lassitude. Out if gambling is a vice, it's a widely practiced one. It flourishes despite all efforts lo stamp it out. Several states, indeed, have decided lo get a piece of the action themselves. Public gaming is well on the road to respectability. Nine states have established govern merit-operated lotteries, and more ore planning lo do so. They see legalized gaming as a l e g i t i m a t e and successful way of raising supplemental revenue for such purposes as public education. And lotteries are painless. Why raise f a x e s and tempers, legislators reason, when you cmi entertain and milk the t a x p a y e r s at the same time by appealing to their deep- seated urge to beat Ihe ortrts? Farmers are not atone in be Ireving that contented cows give the sweetest milk. AS WITH OTHtiR vices. gambling has its variations, but only lotteries are winning the race for public,acceptance. Off- track betting is legal in just one state. New York. Elsewhere, track owners have joined h a r d - l i n e moralists in a strange but effective alliance to restrict the practice. The owners don't w a n t to risk sharing the t a k e and the moralists don't want to make betting on the horses any easier than it is already. From time to time there is ialk of legalizing casino gambling. But this form of wagering has been t a i n t e d by association wilh organized crime. Any state lhat moved lo legalize i(, as Nevada has, would have a gigantic image problem. Lotteries may be the most re- speciabln form of gambling, but studies by the 2IHh Century Fund and (he Fund for the City of New York show that football ca r d s attract the most u-agerors. Few diehard sports addicts can resist the temp- talion of trying (o beat the point spread to enhance their game- viewing pleasure. ASIDE FROM their primary purpose of raising revenue, state lotteries have encouraged the hope t h a i (ho betting public can be weaned from gambling controlled by the underworld. If organized crime gets hit hard in the pockctbook. it is argued, the over-all crime rate .will drop. Former Washington Post Editor ,J. R. Wiggins doesn't buy this and other high-minded rationales. "What was a crime yesterday has become a legal enterprise of the state itself." he says. "...Government itself is now taking over from the underworld." Carl Fogelberg. a Wash- i n g t o n , D.C.. ,'iltorney who has been investigating gambling practices, concludes that stales arc not cutting into, the gambling constituency of organized crime so much as they ar« simply c r e a t i n g a new one. Real gamblers, he points out, go where the return is biggest. Despite t h e i r million - dollar drawings, lotteries provide a low return on the gambling dollar. Pvl can while, proponents of leg a l i z e d public gaming look w i s t f u l l y to L a s Vegas, the Mecca for gambling's true believers, ami dream of the day when the rest of the country attains (he Nirvana of Nevada. It's coming, say the faithful, you can bet on it. Bible Verse "And lliey clothed him with purple, am] platted a crown o 1 thorns, and put it about hii head." Mark 15:17 His cross and His care continues to reach out touching the untouchables and reaching the unreachahles. He is still not ashamed to take His place among the poor sinners whether Ihey are a part of the "down and out" or "Ihe up and out". He said, "for this cause came I into the world." "And I will say to my soul. Soul, t h o u hast much goods laid up for m a n y years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and he merry. But God said unto him. Thou fool, this night Ihy soul shall he required of thce: then whose shall those things he, which thou hast provided?" Luke 12:19, 20 This is the same voice of selfishness lhat has robbed many a man of earths true values. To get more out of life, get generous wilh God. You can never outgive Him,

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