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May 13, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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EditoriaUOpinion The Public Interest li The Firit Concern Of Thi» Newspaper 4 f) MUndcy, May 13, 1974 Grand Jury Checks 'Responsiveness Plan Mr. Pryor Favors Highways · Gubernatorial hopeful David Pryor was ·in Northwest Arkansas during the week, 'sharing hot dogs and handshakes with ^ friends and potential constituents. He is a i candidate who comes across better in per- .son, it seems to us, than on radio, televis- ·ion or in the press. Thus, his campaign is geared to public meetings as much as tir- · cumstances allow. Pryor, we believe, stands to be a rea- ·sonably good friend of this area, should he ;be elected. We, of course,-have Orval Fau- ·bus' record to examine as far as patronage -and a helping hand are concerned, areawise. · (And it deserves to be said that Bob Riley, 'the third candidate for governor, is well- · known, well-liked and highly-regarded as a ^friend of the University and environs.) Being friendly, however, isn't always the ;answer to tough questions for a candidate. iPrypr got himself caught in a tough spot ;during his visit here at mid-week, last, on ·the question of transportation. A governor, ·of course, doesn't have a handle on the · state Highway Commission (though he appoints its members, and in the case of Gov. :bale Bumpers, has a few out on the hustings · working for him) as a matter of patronage. 'But his sentiments ARE considered influential. And his support is of value. 1 So, one of the points pressed on Mr. :Pryor during his visit to the area is the imatter of a north-south federal highway ."corridor" through the state. The next gov- Art Buchwald ernor won't decide where it should go, nor will the Highway Commission. But their combined recommendations will carry weight when the decision IS made at the federal level. Mr. Pryor's handling of the potato is a lesson in the difficulties of being friendly to everyone. Asked if he was committed to a central corridor, Pryor at first allowed as how he wasn't "committed" to any highway, and that he sure enough DID recognize the transportation problems of western Arkansas. He mentioned the restrictions of the state's Mack-Blackwell Amendment, too, which takes highway matters out of politics (sort of). The point was pressed, though, and Pryor was asked about a statement he made in El Dorado a few days earlier, a locale where the "corridor" topic is also a hot one. . Pryor thought back and recalled that he had, in fact, endorsed the central Arkansas location as far back as his days as a congressman in 1966. He hastily added, though, that he also thought something needed to be done for Northwest Arkansas. In summary, he came up with the idea that maybe the state could get a central corridor and a four-lane highway from Missouri to Fort Smith, and promised to work for both if elected, Mack-Blackwell notwithstanding, presumably. Of such stuff are campaigns made. The Chairman Of The Bored By ART BUCHWALD · WASHINGTON -- We know « lot about the presidential transcripts now, but we slill do not know much as to how they were transcribed. A friend of mine who was nt Ihe White House told me the story involved with getting out the 1.308 pages and 200,000 words in time for the President's ipcech on Tuesday night. This, according to him is what happened. "We got the word on Friday that the President had decided to turn over transcripts of the tapes to the House Judiciary Committee and the call went out for 30 secretaries who could type and listen to tapes at the same time." "Why didn't they ask Rose Mary Woods to transcribe them?" I asked. "She's not very good at using \ From Our Files; How Time Fliesl 10 YEARS AGO · T h e annual Washington County Dairy Princess contest Is slated for Thursday evening at the Fairgrounds beginning with a pot-luck dinner at 7:30 p.m. - An apartment complex, long ^planned, win be constructed on North Garland Avenue in about the 1800 block by Tom Conley '50 YEARS AGO "The greatest dance of the entire year" was Ihe vote of Arkansas Co-eds following the Alt-Hen Ball given in the University Armory S?turday night. About a hundred of the men swarmed outside the windows and threatened to take the armory by storm. The "Model Home" for Better Homes week will be open to the public from J to 5 p.m. 100 YEARS AGO Street commissioner Robinson had his force on .Meadow Street this week. This is a very wise move, for it was in a dreadful fix; and when improved, it will be a main thoroughfare to and from the University. Business around town has seemed distressingly dull this week. One great trouble is, our of Springdale. and will consist of six units of eight apartments each. FayetteviMe p o l i c e have caught twice as many speeders and collected about {1,700 more in fines this month than last due to the new portable radar set. each afternoon this week. The new home of Bruce Holcomb on University street, half a block south of Dickson has been granted for use. Work of remodeling the Wait Phillips filling station, East and Meadow Streets, was started today under the supervision of T. W. Guinn, construction engineer for the Phillips company. business men don't advertise enough. If they don't wake up and shake off some of the "old fogeyism" everything will go to the dogs, that's all. Gen. Bishop left last week for Washington. He will attend the Agricultural Congress which meets at Atlanta, Ga. this week. They'll Do It Every Time a tape machine. And w« didn't want to go through that whol« dreary explanation again about why long portions of th« tape were erased." "Did you hurt her feelings when you told her she couldn't do it?" "She was rather miffed at first, but to make it up to her we let her type the speech the President gave on TV explaining why he transcripts would show he was innocent. "So then what happened?' "WE SET CP a room m the bottom of the White House with tape machines, typewriters, coffee and Danish. "We explained to the girls that they were part of history and what they typed on the weekend could make or break the President of the United States." "We told them that they would be locked In for the weekend and work eight-hour shifts. We had set up cots in .lolm Dean's old office where they could catch up on sleep when they weren't working." "Dean would have liked that," I said. "The first shift started typing at midnight on Friday. In the beginning the girbs thought it would be a lark, but. as they started listening to the tapes, some of them went white. One girl said to me 'This must be the wrong tape. Someone's cursing on it.' I told her it was the right tape and that the voice they heard was the President cursing. She didn't believe me and thought I was joking so I made a speech to all the girls. "I told them they would hear a lot of foul language on the tapes, out these were really code words the President used for national security reasons. I instructed them to type in an 'expletive deleted' or an 'inaudible' when they heard a bad word. Otherwise the Russians would be able to break our code." "They accepted that?" I atted. THEY DID AT first, but pretty soon it started to get to them- Several of them broke down and started to cry, so wt had to send in new girls every half-hour. The language was too much for them. "One girl said 'It isn't the expletives or the inaudible* that bother me. I've heard them before. But it's the unintelligible 5 that I just can't take.' "By Saturday afternoon, the girls were refusing to type the transcript! and I was starting jo worry. Then I got a brilliant idea if I must say so myself.' "What did you do?" "I called up Billy Graham and asked him if he would come right over. He did and I explained the problem to him. He understood it right away and said he would help." "How? 1 "He gave absolution to all the girls transcribing the tapes. He '.If God didn't want a President to curse He would have never c r e a t e d Sony recording machines.' " C 1174, Laa Alerts* By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The Watergate (rand jury is considering action against 1972 Nixon campaigners for using federal funds to badger votes from Chicanos, b l a c k s and other minority groups. The master plan for gearing government machinery a n d money to vote-getting is laid out In a memo, as we reported earlier, stamped "Eyes Only" and written Feb. 17, 1972, by White House efficiency expert, Fred Malek. Malek's main co-workers were then White House aides H. R. "Bob" Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Charles Colson, plus John Mitchell, the attorney general who was soon to become the generalissimo of the 1972 campaign. As laid out by Malek, the White House crew would see that administration "programs are responsive to and coordinated with campaign needs." Although Malek insisted to us that the "Responsiveness Plan" was never fully put into operation, we have now obtained evidence that among blacks and Spanish-Americans, at least, the program was in full swing. The grand jury, for instance, has zeroes in on the case of Leveo Sanchez, a Spanish- American businessman with a f i r m called Development A s s o c i a t e : s in Washington. Sanchez, who was getting Small Business Administration help, had the audacity to refuse to kick in to the Nixon campaign. After the refusal, Sanchez was asked to lunch by former White House Spanish-American aide William Marumato, who reportedly was unhappy with the turndown. Memos in the hands of Watergate sleuths show Marumato then conferred The Washington Merry-Go-Round with S6A officials and within days Sanchez was cut off. There is some evidence, however, that SBA acted before Marumato could get to them. The Watergate prosecuters under Leon Jaworski have also g a t h e r e d data on the "Responsiveness Plan" from both the Senate Watergate staff and a House Banking subcommittee. Among the House material, mostly assembled by subcommittee investigator Curtis Prins, is the case of Aceco Tool Company, headed by Joe Aceves. then chairman of Democrats for Nixon in central California. The fortunate Aceves got the l a r g e s t single business d e v e l o p m e n t grant ever awarded by the SBA, despite objections from the SBA professional s t a f f . Aceves ' denied to my associate Jack Clonerty that politics was involved. Another case now under the Watergate prosecutors' scrutiny is a lucrative, noncompetitive wrecking contract given by SBA to a Washington firm) which had not previously done a n y wrecking work. It did not even h a v e a wrecking yard. However, it shared office space and worked closely with the p r o - N i x o n "Black Silent Majority* group. The House investigators also turned up a dubious SBA handling of Cade Services, Inc., of Los Angeles, whose secretary-treasurer is the former top White House black, Robert Brown. A local SBA official asked for an audit of Cade's relationship with an SBA-funded management firm. SBA in Washington killed the audit. Besides the valuable help from the House subcommittee, the Jaworski probers have been poring over hearings on "Responsiveness" held by th« Senate Watergate Committee. The little publicized hearings *how the White House used everything from a promise of a federal judgeship to a prominent Chicane to federally supported campaign trips by Nixon's daughters to get minority groups to vote for the President. FOOTNOTE: SBA Adminis- t r a t o r Tom Kleppe has repeatedly denied any knowledge that his agency was used for p o l i t i c a l purposes. Marumato has denied all wrongdoing in testimony before the Watergate Committee. Ex- White House aide Brown did not return our calls. Malek told us his plan was mostly a "talking paper." TAPE TROUBLE: The sanitized transcript of the White House conversatons, showing tantalizing statements as "unintelligible" and "inaudible" flics in the face of testimony by the man who set up the taping system. He is Alexander Buttertield, a former White House aide who is now federal aviation administrator. On July 16, 1973, before the Senate Watergate Committee, Butterfield said that the equipment in Wie President's offices would pick up "any and all conversations no matter where the conversations took place in the room and no matter how soft the conversations might have been.". Butterfield also swore the 'Wow--And This Is With The Cover On' From The Readers Viewpoint Illinois Plea To the Editor: To Whom It May Concern: We live in the Robinson Community just down stream from the proposed waste water treatment plant site near Savoy. In the 1%0's we joined a Rural Community Improvement Program. We at Robinson have worked very hard to improve our community and we feel we have made it a better place to live. We are proud of our accomplishments, and others in the state can tell you we have upgraded the community. We have some 15 awards on the wall of our Community Center; three from the Forestry Service; two special pasture awards from the State Plant Food Education Society; and special awards from the Arkansas Medical Society for the most oustanding Rural Community Health Project in Arkansas. Our community also has the distinction of being the Arkansas Rural Community of the Year, three times. We have earned these and other awards to go with them. The program has been discontinued on the state level, but Robinson still has an active Rural Community Improvement program. We like to live here on the Illinois River, and in our opinion such a sewage treatment plant as is proposed to suliub tjusstruramotemfp be built just upstream from us will have a detrimental effect on our lives, our farms, and our community in general. (Members of the Robinson Rural Community Improvement dub) Fiyettcvilk JU. 6) Names To the Editor: Recently your paper printed a story naming three youths charged with malicious mischief. The article left the impression with the public these · boys had court records. In actuality the damages were repaired and all charges dropped. I do not condone the boys actions, but I do not feel that it was necessary that they receive such publicity when in the past, articles concerning graver infractions, such as drug abuse, larceny, damages to schools, etc., by juveniles were printed and the offenders were not named. I would like to know why some articles printed name th» youths involved while others do not? I feel that the same policy should apply to all cases of this nature. Mrs. William H. Keen Fayeltevilie (EDITOR'S NOTE: A policy does indeed appy to newspaper use of t h e names of juvenile offenders -- a policy set by law. Newspapers are free to use the names of young people charged in Circuit Court and in Municipal Court. Those charged in Juvenile Court, however, fall under a state law prohibiting use of their names.) Hogwosh? To the Editor: I have a bone to pick about t h e revelation concerning payments of tax monies to Dale Bumpers to the tune of $121.500 above his constitutional salary. The Governor responded to the matter of these substantial payments to him personally hy saying that he did not file supporting documentation with the State Auditor's Office because there was no instrumentality for handling such things in the Auditor's Office. That's pure hogwash! It's hogwash because other payments -- not to Dale personally--are documented. And it's hogwash because Dale could have gotten the 1973 legislature to enact such procedures, if they were necessary. The famous Dale Bumpers' leadership -- is this the way it works? Clearly, the governor didn't bother to publicly document the expenditure of the public's money paid to him, nor did he bother to try to "correct" the system of such personal payments. We certainly don't need to replace Bill Fulbright with a gleaming young man who has a weakness for money. Dale's getting $52,000 a year in personal payments plus a house and other benefits, yet how often have we heard him say how "tough" it is to send his kids to college and live on the salary of Governor! This man understands" us folks caught In the inflation crunch? Hogwash! c . Eugene Rhodes Sherwood Bible Verse "Even a fool, when he hoMeth his peace, is counted wise; and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." Proverbs 17:2» Here is a good word for the person who is always rebuking himself for not speaking up, "He that hath knowMfa spareth bis words," machines were "checked af least daily" and were "always working properly." Yet the White House has been trying to convince the public that the recordings were made on makeshift equipment that frequently malfunctioned. WASHINGTON WHIRL: Th» new all-volunteer armed services marched to New Orleans a few days ago to urge 12,000 school counselors to help them recruit students- With s o m e $50,000 in exhibits and 200 servicemen, the Pentagon sought to pressure the American Personnel and Guidance Association convention into passing the word that s e r v i c · life is just a n o t h e r form of university life ... Grover Cleveland once ran on tha slogan, "We love him for the enemies he has made." Th« same could be said about Henry Kissinger and Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, who have recently been attacked by right- wing publicist Frank Capell. The attacks are part of a well- financed campaign to mak« Kissinger out to be a KGB agent and Church a Communist. Capell is a convicted briber and was indicted and pleaded no contest to conspiring to commit criminal defamation...We are proud of being listed among the enemies of the antique anti- Semite Gerald L. K. Smith who recently was frothing in print over our exposes of what Smith considers the "patriotic victims" who caused Watergate. To write unkindly of the Water, gate conspirators, opines Smith, is next to "treasonable." Parks Boss Optimistic For Future The A m e r i c a n outdoor recreation industry will mak» a healthy adjustment to the changing energy situation but "this summer may reveal th» greatest change in vacation patterns since World War II," National Park Service Director Ronald H. Walker said today. Speaking to the Fourth Annual American Family Camping Congress in Chicago. Walker said the "1974 visitor may drive a shorter distance to reach the park at lower speeds, and he may stay longer at the park when he reaches it." Walker said that outdoor travel is recognized as a useful and necessary part of the American economy and the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the I n t e r i o r , will work cooperatively to maintain the s t r e n g t h of the outdoor recreation industry. However, he said new developments would 'be in the context of a realization that both space and energy are limited. To save irreplaceable park space and resources Walker said that the National Park Service (NPS) will "encourage further construction of private c a m p g r o u n d s outside t h e parks." To help save gasoline and improve the visitor's experience NPS hopes to expand its campsite reservation system from six to 23 parks, Walker said. He noted the reservation system would be in effect only if the Congress passes legislation restoring the campsite fees system which was eliminated l a s t year. Walker predicted such legislation would be approved shortly and that the gas-wasting search for a vacant campsite would be eliminated. "About the same time t h a t the double-barreled price and energy crunch was building up on our horizons, another event had an important effect upon your campgrounds, and upon our status as a camping landlord." said Walker. "Public Law 9381 was enacted by the Congress of lh« United States. Aimed at preventing an Increase in launching r a m p , fee charges-the new law did things which not even its sponsors wanted it to do. It threw out the baby with the bath water, and suddenly last August it became impossible for the National Park Service to collect fees for camping facilities. "Public Law 93-81 had two big results--holh of them harmful. It deprived federal agencies of the campground user fee* w h i c h would have been a v a i l a b l e f o r campground operation and maintenance. In the case of the National Park Service, we would have suffered a loss of revenue estimated between six and seven million dollars a year in fees willingly paid by campers." On another topic, Walker observed that many parks will offer increared "interpretive" services to help the visitor get more from his longer park visits. "We want to present the quality experience which the nark visitor wants. We think for us that this is the most important and far-reaching benefit to come out of the energy crunch," he said. "There are 200 areas in the National Park System located w i t h i n 100 miles of a metropolitan area," he said, "so almost any kind of park experience,' historic, natural, cultural or recreational, is less than a tankful of gas away." Walker told the gathering --' sponsored by the Family Camping Federation of America, which represents all facets of the outdoor recreation industry -- that the National Park Service "will continue to wrl.-ome the family camper" through the maintenance of existing caapinf facilities in the parks.

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