Page 4 article text (OCR)
Jlortljtoest Editorial-Opinion Pago The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 Â· Tuesday, May 14, 1974 'Baronial Splendor At 10 Cents A Stamp What Seniority Does Mean Prelly much as expected -- in the opposition camp, anyway -- Gov. Dale Bumpers eschews debate and, as much as possible, substantive comment through early stages of his race for the U.S. Senate. The ongoing supposition is that his campaign will hew to this course until the last week or so, when a massive advertising blitz will seek to sweep up the bulk of "undecideds" which in any close election are the ones who, in effect, do the deciding. There was little reason to suppose, in view of this, that the governor would agree to debate Sen. Bill Fulbright. There is little reason to expect him to plunge at any depth into matters of state, national and international importance, either. The supposition, in fact, is that the greatest danger Mr. Bumpers faces in the closing stages of his primary campaign is in forgetting these tactics, and speaking up on something. We have for example his examination of the seniority question during a visit to Forrest City a few days ago. True enough, the governor has been minimizing the value of seniority throughout the campaign. Mostly, though, he has done it by innuendo and inflection, rather than case in point. At Forrest City he provided some specifics. And it is easy to see why it would be better if he hadn't. The governor's comments are exceedingly naive on the subject of legislative leverage. He says that Sen. Fulbright's seniority is of less value to constituents in Arkansas than those of Sen. McClellan, for instance, or Rep. Wilbur Mills. He bases this conclusion on the fact that Sen. Fulbright is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which only deals with such relatively minor matters as war, peace and balance of payments. "I think possibly the people (of Arkansas) might identify with Sen. McClellan's seniority on the Appropriations Committee," says Bumpers. "After all, that's where the money's being passed out. The same is true of Chairman Mills on the Ways and Means Committee. But I don't think the people identify with nor can they point to anything t h a t has been done for Arkansas by virtue of seniority on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee." Mr. Bumpers' total lack of grasp of his subject in this context is stunning. Leaving aside the fact t h a t the Foreign Relations Committee is the most prestigous in the Senate, the governor's observations show a glaring lack of appreciation for the mechanics of legislative influence. For the governor's information, Sen. Ful- bright, in his role as committee chairman, is annually a major witness testifying before the Appropriations Committee, and while that committee eventually makes its own recommendations, it is frequently amended, lobbied for, and eventually passed by ALL members of the Senate. THAT is where the money is passed out -- not in committee. There is a sad inference in what Mr. Bumpers takes to be most important, too, in this comment. Money, he seems to think --the public dole -- is the name of the congressional game. And he's the fellow who started out talking about "leadership." As a clincher, the governor says that a newcomer can gain quick effectiveness in the Senate. He points to John F. Kennedy as an example. Surely, though, Mr. Bumpers, who pleads that he can't make ends meet as a governor, is aware that John Fitzgerald Kennedy took with him to the Senate enormous family prestige which could open doors to the most distinguished councils of finance, law, and government; and that Kennedy also enjoyed a working relationship with his peers, bred of Eastern, Harvard background, that simply isn't available to a Charleston, Ark., attorney. Not that Bumpers isn't a fine enough gentleman. It is just that any wistful picturing himself as another Kennedy is unrealistic to the point of fantasy. You'd expect a farm boy from Charleston to know better than to rap Sen. Fulbright's work in the area of Arkansas farm export markets, too, a direct connection of state and foreign relations if there ever was one. Through Mr. Fulbright's work, farm exports last year amounted to more than the trade deficit created by importation of oil -- $9.3 billion. Much of it, as is well known, involves Arkansas chickens, rice, soybeans, cotton, wood products, beef and canned produce. The U.S. "Food for Peace Program," which utilizes great numbers of Arkansas chickens is one of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman's projects, by the way. But what really gets us about this off- the-cuff critique by Gov. Bumpers is his lack of sensitivity to the working relationships between centers of influence within i the Congress. When a job needs doing, whether it be sewers in Flippin or an end to the Vietnam war, a man who is perhaps the most widely known and respected major committee chairman in the Senate (Mr. Fulbright) will always get the attention of the proper officials more quickly than any freshman -- including the late JFK. From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO A special ejection will be held J u n e 16 in Springdalc to refer t h e sanitation ordinance, adopted March 30 by the City Council to the votors, A telephoned bomb threat at 9:15 this morning emptied the University Business Admitiis- 50 '-'EARS AGO Forcing entrance through the front door of the establishment, bandits last night robbed the post office at Durham, southeast of Fayetteville of $134 in cash. The College of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas \vill be represented soon by a stu- 100 YEARS AGO The University farm seems to be in fine condition and the crops well-advanced. This is the more gratifying as the work is done wholly by the students of the University, who are to be our f u t u r e farmers. The following ladies are requested by the Southern Memorial Association to gather tralion building while police and firemen searched for explosives. Yesterday afternoon. Fayetteville High School was evacuated after a caller told a secretary a bomb would go off at 2:20 p.m. dent paper, probably to be known as [he "Arkansas ?"arm and Fireside." A carload of grape baskets, to contain some 34,0)10 baskets, has been ordered by (he Fayetteville Grape Growers Association. flowers in their immediate neighborhoods, make them in bouquets and deliver them at Van Winkle's lumber yard in this city on the morning of the Confederate decoration. In Bentonville, Blake's new Hotel is about to be completed a n d will soon be opened for guests. They'll Do It Every Time foÂ«?WAE? ~:HT K ~ VJ VE. *m ^ 6ETWeÂ£P-SCRAMFOK 4 LoreiY'uwN-wecp- SCKAM.'SOSIMPLfTO THEN AMP HOW SIMPLE IS IT? "fÂ£ 'Herman fSaJm, Zt-7,3cKf6cO, Do not-use near flowers.Do rial allf children or pets on lawn far five days after applTcnt.ion.Dp not get on skin or near eyes. DO not inhale fnmes.Do not . etc, etc, etc..... Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday. May 14, the 134th day of 197-1. There are 231 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1787. a convention met in Philadelphia to draw up the U.S. Constitution. On this date: In 1643, Louis the XIV became King of France. In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from St. Louis on their expedition to the Pacific coast. In 1904. the first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened at St. Louis. In 1942, Congress established the WAACS - The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. In 1948, Britain ended its rule in Palestine, and the independent state of Israel was proclaimed. , In 1965. Britain's Queen Elizabeth dedicated a shrine in memory of the late President John Kennedy at Runnymede, England. Ten years ago: The United States tightened controls on trade with Cuba by ordering American exporters fo obtain licenses for the sale of food and drugs. Five years ago: In Malaysia, Prime Minister Abdul Rahman suspended the constitution during racial strife. One year ago: The first big American Skylab space station was launched. Today's birthday: Opera singer Patrice Munsel is 49. Thought for today: There is no education like adversity -Disraeli, British prime minister. 1804-1M1. Bible Verse "Be careful for nothing; but in every (hing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unlo God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ." Philippians 4:6.7 Go ahead and ask! Don't be afraid that you will stagger God with the big things on your prayer list. "He is able to do the exceeding and the abundant above all that we are able to ask or even think at." Praise His namel i By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Out of the higher postage thai the public must now pay, Postmaster General Elmer Klassen has squeezed thousands of dollars to improve his living style. He keeps two chauffeurs busy, at public expense, tooling his wife and himself around town. Their favorite driver put in so much overtime behind the wheel last year that he nearly doubled his government salary. Several times a week, a chauffeur fetches Mrs. Klassen to dine with her husband in baronial spelndor in the penthouse facility that he built at postal headquarters. This cost the taxpayers $50.000, which is a lot of postage stamps. The taxpayers also pay a cook and a waiter to prepare and serve Klassen's meals with fitting elegance, yet despite all this kingly treatment, the postmaster general still complains. Not long ago. a stern memo went out from the front office. "The two pedestal diningroom table delivered in the last few weeks for Mr. Klassen's use in the Postal Service is too massive," protested the memo "Mr. Klassen stated that he wants a smaller table that can be expanded if necessary...." The matter of the postmaster general's table was given top priority. Needless to say the memo added, "the Postal Service will assume any additional cost involved in transportation etc." The afer-fiours chauffeur, in- cidenally. also tends the garden at the Klassen home, but a postal spokesman swore to us that The Washington Merry-Go-Round Klassen pays for this out of his own pocket. Last year, Klassen became bored with the two official Cadillacs at his disposal and ordered a fancy, new Lincoln Continental. In order to avoid channels, he had a trusted aide, G e n . Robert McCutcheon, handle the details of making the car over into a limousine. But the energy crisis made it awkward for government bigwigs to be seen shuttling around in gas-guzzling limos. So (Classen quietly cancelled the Lincoln and ordered a more modest Chevrolet Caprice instead. But he is not one to carry economy too far. He ordered the Chevy seats ripped out and new power seats installed. The spokesman said the fancy seats were needed to accommodate Klassen's six- foot-five frame. We recently reported that Klassen passed out expensive stamp albums to his friends at Christmas. We neglected to mention that the Postal Service also paid for two sets of Christmas cards mailed out by the Klassens. The first design displeased t h e pampered postmaster general, because the crimson color was "funereal," He ordered another batch designed -- at extra cost, of course, to the stamp-buying public. These were delivered so late that Klassesn had to pay his secretaries overtime to address the envelopes on a Saturday, so that the postmaster general could meet his own Christmas mailing deadline. Still, the Klassen Christmas story Isn't complete. He also ordered postal artists to design a special card for his grandchildren. It's the public who pays, mednwriiit, at ths Â·,-Â·Â·Â» window. WASHINGTON WHIRL: As part of a hush-hush operation called "Eagle Pull." some 3.000 crack Marines are on constant alert in the South Pacific. The task force, some of it seaborne, is armed with helicopters, light tanks, heavy howitzers and other Instant-strike weapons. Worried Marines have told us they fear they are being readied for a landing in Indochina. But Marine headquarters here insist the units are standing by to rescue Americans if Pnomh Penh or other Indochina cities fall to the Communists. . Â· We have been trying for m o n t h s to get an accounting of the "^e- cial Projects Fund," an annual, J1.5 million no strings-attached appropriation for the White House. When the Senate-House Appropriations committees couldn't even get an accounting, they cut off the money. The White House, astonishingly, was willing to give up 11.5 million a year rather than disclose how it had been spent...We alerted the congressmen, who invest!- From The Readers Viewpoint Memory Green To the Editor: This may be a voice crying in the wilderness, hut I'm sick and tired of the syrupy sycophancy expressed for Bill I would like Mr. Thomas to voice crying in the wilderness while I'm speaking for the majority according to the latest polls in our state. I would like Mr. Thoma sto comment on some of the following past history of his ivory tower idol, but please without the prolific reduncancy so characteristic of his usual letters to the editor. Mr. Thomas, you have written so many times of Fulbright's wisdom relative to our country's dealings in foreign affairs, what about his adamant advice and efforts to keep our country Â· from participating in the U.N.'s Action to free South Korea from Communistic aggression? What about Fulbright's tragic advice to President Kennedy to renege on his alleged promise to assist in freeing Cuba from Castro's communism? This neglect culminated in the dreadful "Bay of Pigs'.' fiasco. Many thousands of Cubans have since fled their homeland to escape Castro's cruel govern' rnent. What did we hear from Fuibright, or from any of his ultra-liberal followers, when the news broke of the communists torture of the Pueblo crew? What was Fulbright's attitude relative to the Senate's action to honor the bravery of the U.S. soldiers who attempted to free POWs by dropping into a North Vietnam POW camp? What peculiar friendship underlies that expressed by Palme for Fuibright? Remember that it was Palme's Swedish government which wannJy harbored our 'turn- coats and traitors. H o w would Fulbright vote if the question of amnesty ever should come up for U.S. Senate consideration? I recall that many years ago Fulbright was chiefly responsible for stopping the Array's efforts to disseminate information on communism to its troops. Why? Mr. Thomas, in paraphrasing a quotation from Rob't Southey, we find that unwise criticisms are like young chickens, they always come home to root. As witness your harsh criticism of Nixon in May 7 N.W. Ark. TIMES, wherein you belabored his "-Peace with honor, spectacular journeys to Moscow and Peking --." Now. who doesn't recall your long letter to the editor, in which you begged and beseeched Nixon to permit you to join his entourage to China. Remember? Mr. Bumpers seems to be loo much of a gentleman to resort to the wealth of material that he could use against his opponent in this current Senatorial primary race but this wirter is an old soldier and Fulbright's hatred of this country's Armed Services will always be green in his memory. Lie. J. J. Holland (Ret.) Fayetleville Next Time To the Editor: As a longtime resident of California visiting my native state of Arkansas in May 1974, I am particularly regretful that I cannot cast a vote to return J. William Fulbright as your senator to Washington. His intelligence, experience and statesmanlike qualities are needed now as t h e y seldom have been in our nation'! history. I believe the senator i* the most widely known and respected legislator in '-Wash- ington today. In pur exercise of our c h e r i s h e d privilege of "throwing the rascals out," it is imperative that we be careful who the "rascals" really are! I believe that serious consideration of this question will lead the voters of Arkansas to wait until next time around to send an inexperienced politician to Washington J. W. Woodruff Lafayette, Calif. In Review To the Editor: I have been confronted by an unusual group of people. One little man -- most sincere -with his eyes blinking asked: "What time and age in history are we living in?'' He declared sincerely that the monster is still running at large. "Who do you, mean?' I asked. "Nixon! He has paralyzed the vital center of our beloved America. He took the airplane to North Vietnam without the consent of our Congress, for if he got their consent they have lied to us. "Agnew, next under Nixon, had full control over what he has now been condemned of. We jerked his law license. Hat as a pancake." The little man, so sincere, asks "Where will he strike again?" Our forefathers would torn over in their grave*. The I l l o g i c a l i i m of Nixon's promotions. Haw on he be removed from office, since he has millions of doiUrs through contributions of suckers? We do not blame Democrat* or Republican* for the President's mistakes. Perhaps it is no less than God's fulfillment of Bible history. Allen Sweeten Ctw Sprinfi gated President Nixon's Income taxes, that the unexplained spending might have (one for the President's personal use. In answer to their inquiries, the White House stated that only $6.30 was taken from the special fund as reimbursement for light bulbs at San Clemente. This would indicate, at least, that a detailed accounting is available somewhere... We have been accused of reporting only unfavorable news about the President. The truth Is, of course, that we have written many favorable stories. We were the first, for example, to report categorically: "Our White House sources say the President certainly did not authorize anyone to send a burglary-bugging team into the Democratic lair." We published this on March 29, 1973. The following June 20, we report:! that th Prsidnt rfrrd tottttttttaa following June 20, we reported that the President referred to the Watergate planners as "stupid." Later we quoted him as calling them" (expletive deleted) idiots." All of this has now been verified In the White House transcripts... In its fight to avoid costly changes in radar standards, tha Pentagon has sneakily tried to discredit Dr, Milton Zaret. the scientist who has successfully linked radar exposure to servicemen's cataracts. Recently Zaret was criticized by a letter writer to the Honolulu Star- Bulletin who identified himself only as "Mark Grove," chairman of a scientific committee. Grove neglected to say he is a scientist at the Pentagon which as a multimillion dollar stake in knocking down Zaret's findings. 'Economics, Like Life, Is Unfair WASHINGTON (ERR) -- Ths U.S. economy is being tugged violently in two different directions. Government compiled statistics for the first quarter of 1974 show that labor productivity and "real" gross n a t i o n a l product declined sharply. At the same time, inflation and interest rates climbed to new peak*. Now that the Phase IV control program is only a memory, economists are divided on what course would lead to stability. The Federal Reserve Board has concluded that over- expansion of the nation's supply of money and credit is largely to blame for the high rate of inflation. Arhtur F. Bums, the Fed's chairman, told a news conference April 22 that the board will permit the money and credit supply to grow, "but only at a moderate rate." He added: "We are not going to sit back and clear a monetary path for severe and rapid inflation." Two days later, the Fed showed it meant business. It raised the discount rate -- the rate charged member banks to borrow money from the Federal Reserve--from 7Vi to 8 per cent, a record level. The effect on commercial lending rates was as swift i\s it was predictable. The prime interest rate charged by banks to their major corporate customers had reached the extraordinarily high level of 10.5 per cent a week before Burns spoke. It has since advanced to I I per cent -- again, a record--and may not have reached its peak. Donald B. Woolley, a vice president of the Bankers Trust C o m p a n y , predicts the prime rate could reach 11.5 per cent in the next month "but probably won't go much higher." SUCH WORDS ARE .cold comfort fo businessmen, who are continuing to clamor fnr loan money. "With the growth of cash flow slowing." a Chase Manhattan Bank newsletter observed, "business has had to turn to the money and capital markets for a sizable portion of its cash needs. Consequently, business loan demand has remained unusually heavy, and new issues of corporate bonds are up sharply. Normally, neither loan demand nor bond issues would be so strong during the slowing phase of a business cycle." New corporate bond issues have had trouble a trading investors despite rates of return that are unusually high for a period of general business slowdown. The reason is that their real" rate of return is low to negative at present. ThÂ« .'real" rate represents the interest rate and the inflation rate. WHILE ALL businesses have felt the credit crunch in varying degrees, the housing industry has been squeezed hardest. Individual savers have been switching their deposit* from savings and loan association passbook accounts to higher- paying time deposits, thus drying up the supply of mort- gale lending funds. Mearwiule, mortgate interest rates have broken through the per cent bamer in many areas of the country. The net effect of these developments is to discourage builders and buyers alike B u r n s acknowledged the proMems of the housing industry In his April a news conference, bat said: "To shape monetary policy wfth an eye to toe fortunes of homebuitdinf Â·nd to neglect the grave and very dangerous problem of inflation would be extremely unwise." A serious fight against inflation means that everyone suffers, although some suffer more than others. Economic policy, like Itfa itself, it unfair.