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Thursday, May 16, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page Tlie Public JiTfercsf fs The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · Thursday, May 16, 1974 Impeachment Inquiry: Inept, Inadequate Political Preference In NWA . A good deal is being made of polls in this corner of. the stale, showing rankings of various candidates for the major offices being contested in this spring's primaries. Little of the information can he categorized as surprising, in our view. At least not the data on the candidates. What docs confound us though, is an incidental finding having to do with political preferences of Northwest Arkansas electors. According to the sample, 17 per cent of those interviewed list themselves as Republicans; 32 per cent as Democrats, and 47 per cent as INDEPENDENTS. This is a stunning rejection, it seems to us, hy a near majority of local voters of the fundamental basis of representative government and political accountability. What the "independent voter" seems not to realize is t h a t when his candidate loses, he is left with no forum by which to continue to espouse and work for those ideals that he believes to he in society's host interests. Only through party organization can a "loyal opposilion" fund ion effectively, both in terms of keeping the winners accountable, and in establishing a program of appeal designed to win the popular vote in the next election. The advantages, indeed, the fundamental nature of the two-party system in this country is at least as well known by Republicans as Democrats. The GOP is responding to tlie moral challenge of Watergate as much as the Democrats -- and Republicans are at pains to distinguish between party, and the "independent" forces of the Committee To Re-Elect the President. The GOP is all too well aware thai President Nixon's disassociation from the Republican, Party is a contributing element to excesses that led to Watergate. Under a strong two- party system, the extent of the Watergate scandals would have been considerably less, because through the parly system there is a vast network of accountability. Noteworthy in this regard are comments in relation to the "independent voter" recently made by J. L. Auspitz of Harvard, in an essay expanding on themes initially raised by the Ripon Society. The independent voter, observes Aus- John I. Smith pilz, views party loyalty "as mindless, which in a literal sense it is, since like loyalty to friends and family, it requires obligations to those who may hotly disagree with him. Therefore he votes for the man rather than the party and prefers ideological movements to avowedly partisan ones. "In sum he puts impossible and inconsistent demands on the political system. He insists on moral leadership, yet is revolted by the very reconciling of interests that is the basis of politics. He demands of the politician the very highest talent, yet wants to deprive the political sector of the resources that attract such talent to profit- making and tax-exempt activities... (No proposed reform for honesty in politics, says Auspitz, would have better effect than to discard the generally spurious tax collector's distinction between partisan and non-partisan political activities.) The independent voter, Auspitz goes on, "laments that 'better people' do not hold office, yet insists on a recruiting system so stringent that no one hut a sharp lawyer would j u m p in, for fear that a trivial infraction of some campaign-contribution law will land him in court. He wants special interests to lake a lesser role in politics, yet favors multiplying regulatory policies that make their heavy investment in influencing government officials inevitable. "He deplores the red tape and impersonality of bureacracy, yet holds himself aloof from the face-to-face politics that is the major alternative to bureaucracy. By polarizing all questions as those of objective facts or transcendent values, he is often unable to see the contingent facts and to mediate the values the balancing of which is the very rationale of the political process. . ." In other words, the independent voter becomes a significant contributor to the very breakdown in political morality that he deplores. The greatness of the American system, says, Auspitz, is in its spirit of free and open politics. The trouble, though, is that without the give and take of political partisanship the safeguard of accountability is lost, and in the process, so is representation. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH The April issue of "Poultry and Egg Situation" has reached us, and it gives some trends which should be of i m p o r t a n c e to our farmer.producers and to the industry. All poultry itc'in.s in this article have been taken from the above authority. The broiler production in pounds of meal for the first quarter of thi syear was 7 per cent above t h a t of the same months of last year. Some of this unexpected increase was due to t h e t i e - u p in iruck t r r m s - portaiion d u r i n " til clatter days of last year, which caused chickens to stay in tho bourses longer and to grow to heavier weights. The held-back chickens were turner! loose on the market in the iirsi quarter of this yea r. For the second quarter of this year it is expected that the pounds marketed, will be a little above that of the second C I I I : I : S T of lii^t yc-ar. but not by as great a percc'iitage as in (he first quarter. The slaughter and destruction of several million broilers in Mississippi (from the contamination with the pestcidc. dieldrin) will reduce Hie output for the pre- .-pnt ( u r a r ' e r . These changes in pounds of biTiiU'r nU'iU produced and sold have 1 not been excessively heavy or excessively light and have not brought any alarming changes in the market price. From. Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Three bomb threats yc?terdav harassed city police/ firemen and University o f f i c i a l s . One so VEARS AGO Fifty-three senior? (if the Fayetteville High School will receive diplomrts at thr O^ark Theatre ihis evening at the 100 YEARS AGO Pic-Nic? are all the so. We learn th:!t t h e Sabbath Schools of this city will unite in a grand incident involved Fulbright Hall on campus. a n n u a l commencement exer- d?rs for the 27 girls and 26 bov.-. pic-nic to-day at some point near the city. They'll Do It Every Time The average price (wholesale) in 9 leading market centers was ,19 cents per [xinnd during this f i r s t quarter. Due to the slightly lower production in tlie present second quarter the price is expected to he a little higher, but not much higher. THE BROILER feeding industrv. like the feeding of cattle, is still handicapped by the price of feed. While soybean meal has materially declined from an average high of $290.0!) per ton of last summer to S120.00 per ton at Decatur, Illinois, last month, corn, the major ingredient in broiler feed, has declined only a little below the above S3.00 per bushel level. As the corn producing season and harvest developed, the orice of corn can materially decline, but it has not done so yet. As long as feed slays high, the broiler producers and the industry must get a f a i r price for broilers. The industry must lake the s'"ns to limit 'he production of what the market will take at a profitable price. Arkansas continues to gain ground, not lose, in its first place position with other states in broiler producion. The production of 501.8 million broilers in 1973 was approximately 90 million ahead of t h a t of Georgia with -!13 million. Alabama held a close third with a producion of 399 million broilers. The egg situation is a little d i f f e r e n t f r o m (hat of broilers. Tile producers brought forth about 14 million extra pullet layers in the control of the Newcastle outbreak in California last year. Thus, production has since increased, and the price has come down from the high of Um year. The price could go lower, but not much low-er. The producers can always practice force molting and culling and keep t h e i r good layers. This practice cuts down the total production, but makes more e f f i c i e n t tho whole plant. There i- liule reason for the egg producers to get into a serious over-production situation. No doubt, they might have to u?e the heavy culling and force molting in the latter half of his year. THE T U R K E Y situation is c!o.-e to an over-production phase. The number produced has been rising rapidly for several years. As for this first quarter of 197-1, a third more turkeys were marketed t h a n during the same quarter of 1973. The first quarter is a l w a y s a light marketing quarter, and it is not expected t h a t this same third increa : e will last throughout this year. Such a heavy ir:cre::=e would break the market disastrously. Some turkey producers are already in the loss column, and some steps already have been taken to reduce the poults for future marketing. A Substantial decline in feed prices uould help the turkey producers to stay out of trouble. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- With the House impeachment hearings In f u l l swing, the mighty, 101- member staff still hasn't completed its homework. We reported last January that the lawyers hadn't interviewed a single witness, that many s t a f f members were assigned merely to answer routine impeachment mail and that some investigators spent their time reading newspapers and novels. The pace picked up only slightly as the hearings approached. Not until the last few weeks have major Watergate figures been interviewed. Sources close to the investigation say the interviews have been inept and inadequate. For instance, silent, stoic G. Gordon Liddy, the mastermind of the Watergate break-in, recently was ushered into the committee headquarters in handcuffs. As he entered the long, sterile hallway. Liddy was directed to sign the log hook. True to form, he refused to write his name until his lawyer persuaded him to relent. The only information Liddy gave the investigators was his signature accompanied by a note to the effect he had signed "only on advice of counsel and under duress." His co-conspirator. E. Howard Hunt, who demanded and got White House hush money, caused a stir when he appeared before committee investigators. One young aide asked Hunt to autograph a copy of one of his The Washington Merry-Go-Round spy navels. Hunt noted that the book was stamped the property of the Library of Congress. The staff membe pleaded with him to sign anyway and Hunt grudgingly gave his autograph. When the staff hauled in the President's personal attorney. Herbert Kalmbach. the atmosphere again was more that of a carnival than a serious inquiry. Kalmbach's presence caused so much excitement that the interview was constantly i n t e r r u p t e d by committee employes entering and leaving the room. Other Watergate figures, such as Jeb Magruder and Judge Matthew Byrne, have been interviewed. But the investigators still haven't gotten around to some key witnesses. For example, aerosol valve king Robert Abplanalp, a presidential crony and financial benefactor, hasn't appeared before the staff. But the poor preparation probably won't prevent impeachment. The members of Congress are political weather- vanes and the winds of impeachment have shifted against the President. A reluctant Congress, it now appears, may be forced by an angry nation to impeach the President. POLITICAL FOOTBALL: Among the confidential documents that the Watergate investigators have now obtained from the White House is a report on an amazing scheme to recruit pro football stars for President Nixon's 1872 campaign team. The President's political aides tried to get the football heroes who had recorded anti-drug commercials to do political commercials for Nixon. "The Great Fumble." ns the plav might be called, was literally halted at the White House gates. The story is told in a confidential campaign memo from Herbert Porter to his boss, deputy campaign chief Jeb Magruder. The political image makers had been building up Nixon as the nation's No. 1 football fan. Porter on the eve of the 1972 campaign "instructed Bill Minshall to put together a plan on how to build a list of sports celebrities and athletes who might support the President." Young Minshall, a campaign aide and son ol Rep. William Minshall, R-Ohio. "in his eagerness to get a job done." decided to line up football stars who had volunteered to appear on anti- drug TV spots. "Minshall...felt that the football players participating in the televisetl Drug Abuse Program would be the logical persons to add to the list...," wrote Porter. "He telephoned the offices of Commissioner Pete Rozelle...(to get) the names of the players participating in the drug abuse ADRIFT? JONG FSATUBifi 5YMKCATB State Of Affairs Suppose Wallace Was In Ford's Shoes By CLAYTON PHITCHEY WASHINGTON -- Now t h a t George Wallace has b e e n assured of re-election as governor oi A l a b a m a by a large majority, he can give full attention to pursuing his national aspirations. If Mr. Nixon had only thought of it. he could probably have headed off impeachment by furthering the governor's ambitions. Instead of nominating Gerald Ford to succeed Spiro Agnew as Vice President, suppose Mr. Nixon had chosen Wallace for that role. And if the governor were in Ford's shoes today, who would vote to oust Mr. Nixon and make a know-nothing, hate-mongering. backwoods demagogue the leader of America and the Free World? The mere prospect of such an eventuality would have scared off even the Nixon haters in Congress. A f t e r all, Mr. Nixon does have brains and a command of world affairs, while Wallace has demonstrated during three terms as governor that he doesn't know how to run a mere state. At the time Mr. Nixon settled on Ford as Agnew's successor, it was obvious that the President was Icoking around for a l a c k l u s t e r Vice President. There were two things about Ford t h a t recommended him: He could win confirmation by She Senate and House, and it was unlikely t h a t he would outshine the President. THE ONLY .TROUBLE is, from t h e White H o u s e point of view. Ford has become acceptable, if not exciting, substitute in case the President is impeached. In short, very few members of Congress would shrink from removing Mr. Nixon simply to keep Ford out of the White House. But Wallace would have been another matter. It might be said that the governor would have encountered confirmation difficulties if he had been nominated for the Vice Presidency, but they were probably surmountable. Making Wallace Vice President by a majority confirmation vote would have been one thing, whi'e making him President by a two-thirds impeachment vote against Mr. Nixon would be something else. A f t e r all, the leaders of the Democratic Party have been cultivating Wallace ever since the 1972 election, and many of Nixon's hard-core republican supporters would, of course, have been delighted at formalizing the Nixon-Wallace coalition that produced a record majority in the last presidential election. When Mr. Nixon recently visited Alabama, it was Gov. Wallace who beamed on him and said, "Gocl bless you, Mr. President," which is more than he said wnen Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) also traveled flown to Alabama to pay a well- publicized call on the governor. The Alabaman has been playing a cagey game with the national Democrats. Privately he has welcomed and encouraged their attentions, but publicly he has been careful not to "bless" them. He is under no illusions about the northern Democrats. He knows that the patting he has been getting from the Democratic National Committee and its able chairman, Robert Strauss, is a form of saying "nice doggy" to a brute that might turn and bite you at any time. Wallace is a problem for the Democrats regardless of how he pursues his presidential ambitions. He can try blitzing the 1976 Democratic primaries) he can try making deals, or, if commercials." The word got back to the While House's Bill Rhatican, who had labored to keep lh« anti-drug commercials tough, effective and. above all, nonpolitical. He angrily called up Nixon campaign headquarters and roared: "Keep your (expletive deleted) hands out of this thins!" Porter hacked down and. wrote Rhatican a note of apology, blaming it all on "an 'overzealous' staff member." But this didn't cool the /eal of the campaign aides. Early in 1372, they learned lhat Presi- Nixon was holding a reception lor (he athletes who had made the TV spots. The campaign aides rushed the two blocks to the White House gate and sought admission. Their plan was to buttonhole the athletes right under the President's nose and sign them to work on the Nixon campaign. But once again, Rhatican intervened. He personally notified the White House guards not to clear the campaign officials through the White House gates. Only after they swore they would not try to proselytize the football stars were the aides finally admitted. Footnote: A National Football League spokesman said the league strictly avoided any pressure on players to support candidates. M i n R h a 11 , now working in New York, refused all comment. Rhalican confirmed the basic accuracy of the Porter memo. Porter was in prison on Watergate related charges and could not be reached. thwarted, he can r u n again as an independent candidate and renew his attacks on "them liberals." So the party leaders have good reasons for f r y i n g to propitiate him up to a point. WALLACE HAS problems, too. He isn't sure, for instance, just where the "point" is. He suspects, rightly, t h a t it is this side of the presidential, or even vice presidential, nomination. In that case, is he to settle for a Cabinet post or a major ambassadorship? In the final analysis, his options are more limited than he likes to admit, for the alternative of being a th'rcl-party candidate is a hollow one, since it leads nowhere. His only rc'al hope for a piace on the national scene, which both he and his attractive wife unabashedly crave, is through a Democratic Party that is still essentially controlled by Ihe moderates and liberals who have been controlling it since 1932. They don't trust Wallace any more than he trusts them, so it all comes down to a question of accommodation. What price will the party pay to keep Wallace in line, and w h a t price will he. in the end, settle for? There is going to be a lot of jockeying on the governor's part during the next year as he feels his way tmvard a final strategy. In the inlerim, he has the tricky problem of talking tough enough to keep his "segregation forever" followers behind him, while at the same time speaking moderalely enough to make him acceptable, or at least bearable, to the mainstream of the party. If anybody can do it, Wallace can. for he's a master of double talk. No political reporter has yet been able to pin him down to a recognizable policy. (C) 1974, Lo» Anfdes Tinm from The Read ers Viewpoint Lest We Forget To the Editor: I hope we Arkansans will not forget that the chairmanship of the Semite Foreign Relations Committee E - the most prestigious leadership position in Congress, as well as one of the most important posts in our entire national government, and lhat it reflects great credit upon us all that Bill Fulbright of Arkansas holds that important post. I like Dale Bumpers but not well enough to vote for him to r?olace R'!' Fulbrirrhl in tlie Senate. I trust \vc A r k a n s a n s will think carefully about what it would mean to us, to our country, and fo the world if we did not "Re-Elect Fulbright." Walter L, Brown Fayetleville Save The P.O. To the Editor: Having been born and raised in Fayettevil'e, I am always nostalgic when I go "uptown." It saddens me to think this soon will all he gone. And why? Because some outsiders have came in ant! made plans for "urban renewal." Because they want to replace it with cement and fountains and benches where loafers can congregate. Do we want Fayetteville to look like every other town, or would we rather keep something (hat was our Fathers' and their fathers before them? And we can say to our children. "Here's the old Post Office building." And we can feel good a l l over because we have given our children something you can't buy. Must we s i n n d by and let them take it away? is it loo late? ai.G. Fayetteville Wake Up! To the Editor: Although I have only recently become a resident of Fayetle- ville, I would like to express my opinion about the tearins down of thn old Post Office buikjmg on (he Square. We completely rtijov the old- fashioned, re'axed atmosphere and beauty of downtown Fav- etteville and (he surrounding homes. It would be a shame, and I feel a disgrace, to crradi- cato ( h i s pnri replace it with masses of cement and glass or a nark full of d r u n k s . Please, pcnnle of Fayetteville. wake up! Surely you" can see what has happened to other towns when urban renewal takes over. Do you want another Los Angeles. Chicago. New York or San Francisco in your front yard? C.B. Fayetteville Biq Deal To the Editor: Dale Bumpers has marie 3 big deal about being interested in "domestic" issues while Senator Fulbright is concerned only about mere "foreian" problems like our sons dying and getting maimed in Vietnam, our getting cut off in the Middle East. anrl foreign markets for our agricultural and industrial goods. N'ow. we all know what Mr. B u m p e r s means about domestic" issues, namely, how to inflate the cash money paid to (he Governor from a mere SIO,000 a year to a "modest" $52.000 a year -- "to hell with the state constitution's limitation" -- "to hell with the Freedom of Information Act!" If we send Dale to Washington, how can he live on a mere $45.000 a year or so. without a house (and having to purchase oi obtain one)? M. Reagan LiUI« Rock

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