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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest Is The First Concern Oj This JVeicspaper 4 Â· Friday, May 17, 1974 Bebe May Have Set Up Special Slush Fund t *in nnn fn* IIP 'Nixon ca Drive Shorter-Stay longer Vacation time is upon us. If warm weather and the close of school don't tell the story, the state's campaign to KEEP ARKANSAS RESIDENTS IN ARKANSAS this year surely docs. Promotions in the media advise us to take a trip closer to home this year. Make it a shorter drive, they say -- and stay longer. A few short months ago there was serious concern for the vacation-travel industry in this corner of the state. With gasoline in short supply, and service stations closed, for the most part, on Sunday, predictions were cautious if not pessimistic. That dark cloud has moved on, fortunately, and while the price per gallon isn't what some might prefer, fuel IS available. And even on Sundays. What the gasoline situation accomplishes is to lend extra logic to the suggestion for shorter trips. A visit to Blanehard Caverns, with stopovers at Buffalo National Park and Eureka -Springs, for instance, might well be as rewarding a trip as a race to the West Coast to see relatives for a couple of days, and back. It'll sure take less gas. In this immediate Northwest Arkansas area, prospects are good for a banner year for travel-related industries, according to what we hear. Most of those in the business expect more traffic this year than last, when travel experienced something of a pro-crisis shortfall. Nowdays, people have a better Art Buchwald idea of what to expect, an Ozark Playgrounds Association spokeman explains. "There was a lot of uncertainty last year that hurt the region -- this year, travel figures to be up." In terms of NWA's balance of economy, that's good. Keep It Slow There apparently is sufficient gasoline available for the summer vacation season, according to John Sawhill, the federal energy chief, but not by much. In an interview with U.S. News and World Report this week, Mr. Sawhill expresses qualified optimism. There should be enough gasoline to go around, he says, I F . . . . . . . .IF, the American consumer continues to practice the kind of conservation that helped get the nation through the tough days of last winter's shortages. This includes, says Mr. Sawhill, strict adherence to the 55 mph limit on highways; elimination of unnecessary trips; keeping the air- conditioning a notch above usual, and using as many energy-conservative measures as possible in everyday life. In other words, the "crisis" is no longer that, but the problem lingers on. The prudent thing, then, is to make conservation a way of life rather than an emergency measure. (At least for the next year or two.) What Happens Next? By AFT BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- Everyone has liis own theory as to what will happen to President Nixon in the next few months. Tlie o b v i o u s choices a r e i m - peachment, resignation or finish out his term. But there is still another choice, and while it is unthinkable, everything that's' been happening Is unthinkable and, therefore, cannot be ruled oul. 11 is July 1. 197-1. Gen. Al Haig comes into the Oval Office. "Here are the latest Gallup and Harris polls. Only 2 per cent of the people in the United -States still believe you've told From. Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Wyalt Tee Walker, a leader in t h e Negro voter registration campaign in Hie South and chief of staff to Dr. Martin Luther K i n g . Jr.. will be guest lecturer for University law students and guests tonight. Linda James, a IQ-ycai'-old blonde, was named Washington 50 YEARS AGO (From the High School Supplement) Faculty members at FHS are 100 percent college trained. The high efficiency and professional preparation of the high school f a c u l t y was a large factor in e s t i m a t i n g eligibility of the FHS for accreditation. W i t h F.ast Center street being opened for t r a f f i c tonight, with asphalt work being rushed on 100 YEARS AGO The 28th is the day agreed upon for the decoration of the graves of the Confederate soldiers. The ladies of the S.M.A. ask that all f r i e n d s of the "Lost Cause" be present. Let all persons h o l d i n g a place in their hearts sacred to these buried hopes and buried heroes come w i t h their tribute of t e a r s and [lowers and lay them as County Dairy Princess for 1964 last night in the annual contest. The fifth annual Northwest A r k a n s a s District Poultry Festival opens tomorrow morning at Springdale with a 4-H Club- sponsored barbecue contest at 9:30 o'clock. College Avenue now, and with the concrete base being laid on West Dickson street. Fayctlc- ville is having another big slice of pavement opened for traffic. With the stage all set, the a n n u a l ROTC formal military ball will be staged in t h e Armory of the University tonight. a heart-offering on the graves of our Southern dead. Mr. W.P. Owen, dealer in Musical Instruments. Neosho, Mo., is in our city Uiis week. Those in want of anything in t h a t l i n e can do as well at his house as they can at St. Louis. Circuit Court is in session at Bentonville this week. By JACK ANDERSON W A S H I N G T O N -- Senate W a t e r g a t e investigators have pieced together evidence, still strictly circumstantial. that Bebe Rebozo collected a slush fund for President Nixon's personal use. Rebozo accepted both cash and checks in the President's behalf. Investigators have established that Rebw.o deposited all the checks and the small, receipted cash donations in a special account in his Key Bix- cayne. Fla., bank. This money eventually was delivered, all properly recorded, to the President's campaign organization. But curiously, the big cash contributions were never deposited in the special account and no record has been found that the money ever reached the campaign. There is no proof, of course, that any of the cash wound up in the President's pocket. But the circumstances are so suspicious that they require an airing. Here are the available facts: --Three yeare ago. a troubled White House source told us Rebozo was collecting cash contributions as "walking around money" for the President. The source said that no written records were kept but that the President sometimes would acknowledge the contributions by telephoning the donors. --We were able to trace only 5 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 , which billionaire Howard Hughes had skimmed They'll Do It Every Time LOOK WHO'S TALKING (PARÂ£U1AU PEUNQUftW PEPf.) MAYBS vooa CH11P2EN WHO UETDPtAYIN THE YARP WHILE WE TALK- OTHESOV-HHl KIPS A2Â£ REAL 8RATB- NOT L I K E The Washington Merry-Go-Round the whole story about Watergate. What really bothers me though is that there are no more 'undecideds.' " "That does it," the President s a y s . "Let's implement Operation B a n a n a Republic." "You mean the 82nd Airborne Division?" "Get them up here by tonight. You have the plans. I want them to take over the Capitol, the Supreme Court, The Waslungoon Post and all three television networks. I will make a speech tonight explaining what I've done." "Yes, sir." THE PRESIDENT goes on television that night and says. "My fellow Americans, what I have to tell you tonight is of utmost importance to each and every one of you. Because of recent events including character assassination, lies, distortions and vindictiveness by the media, the Congress and my own Vice President. I have had to take action tonight which some of you may feel is extreme. "I have promised you ever since the attacks on me that no matter what happened I would finish rny term of office as President of the United Stales. Because of recent events I have decided the only way I can stay in office is by a military takeover of the government. It isn't an easy decision I take tonight. There are some, and they have a right to their opinion, who say that this is a violation of the Constitution. But I have been assured by my own Jesuit priest. Dr. McLaughlin. t h a t w h a t I am doing is not only legal but necessary, if I intend to complete my term of office. "I would like to end tonight, my fellow Americans, on a personal note. If you don't like what I'm doing, you can lump it." The next morning Gen. Haig comes into the Oval Office with a Ions; face. "What's the matter, Al?" "Something's gone wrong, Mr. President." "What do you mean? We had a military takeover and not one drop of blood was spilled." "Nobody believes that you've taken over the government." "HOW CAN THEY not believe It? Isn't the 32nd Airborne all over the city?" "No one is impressed. We did an overnight poll and it t u r n s out your credibility is so low that the people don't even buy It when you say you're taking over the government by force." "But they've got to believe me," the President says angrily. "Don't they know I've arrested Congress?" "I'm sorry, sir. It won't work. You can't have a military takeover if the people aren't convinced that you've done it. Everyone we've talked to says it's just one more way of you trying to cover up your involvement with Watergate." Nixon hits his desk with his hand. "It's typical of my enemies. They won't even let me have a military coup. What do 1 do now?" Haig hands the President Â« sheet of paper, and says: "We have no choice." "This says I'm going to resign because I can't govern effectively any more?" "That," says Haig, "people will believe." (C) 1971, Lot Angela Times off his Las Vegas gambling operations for Nixon. It was delivered in two $50,000 bundles to the President's estates in San Clemente, Calif., and Key Biscayne, Fla. --Our August 6, 1971, column about the $100,000 Hughes gift led eventually to investigations by the Senate Watergate Committee, Internal Revenue Service and special prosecutors. Under questioning, Rebozo swore grimly that he had kept the money in a sate deposit box for three years and h a d never mentioned it to the President. --This was disputed by our White He-use source who said the President, as a generous gesture, had invited Rebozo to keep some of the Hughes money and to distribute the rest to the President's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, and brothers, Donald and Edward. --They categorically denied receiving any part of the $100,000. Since we lacked the subpoena power to get the proof, we offered our information to the Senate Watergate investigators. We suggested witsesscs to call and questions to ask. -- Our White House source told us, for instance, that the President had sent Rebozo to his personal attorney, Herbert Kalmbach, for legal advice. Kalmbach was finally com- pelled, under threat of contempt, to testify about his conversation with Rebozo. Kalmbach acknowledged that Rebozo had told him about distributing the money to the President's secretary and brothers. --Meanwhile, we were investigating another sizeable cash contribution, which Rebozo received from J. E. and A. D. Davis, the founders of the Winn- D i x i e supermarket chain. Although we were told the amount exceeded $50,000, we could ptn down only $10.000. T h r o u g h a n intermediary, Rebezo admitted accepting the $10,000 we could prove but denied receiving any additional cash from the Davis brothers. --We wrote up the $10.000 cash gift on January 23, 1974, but advised Senate investigators that the amount was higher. When they questioned Rebozo about our column, he admitted collecting an additional $50.000 from A. D. Davis. Rebozo claimed he delivered the money to Fred LaRue. a Nixon campaign official, who swore he never got it. --In contrast to the strange lack of any record of the Hughes and Davis cash contributions, we had little trouble tracing campaign checks that Rebozo handled. For instance, Jay Kislak and Alec Courtelis. partners in Atlantic Investors of Miami, gave Rebozo a check "There's Been A Lot Of Silly Talk That Our Position Is Eroding" from. The Readers Viewpoint RT's Reply To the Editor: In reply to query addressed to me by J.J. Holland in TIMES of May 14: The key fo the Holland view of history, per questions posed in his letter, is to be found in his final paragraph: ". . .this writer is an old soldier and Fulbrigbt's hatred of this country's armed forces w i l l always be green in his memory." The basic concept and premise. Ihen, are as far from those of Reuben Thomas, as are those of Senator Fulbright from these of the Joint Chiefs of staff of the Pentagon. ONE sees the uniform as sacred, due respect for itself alone, and military traditional authoritarianism as t h e acme of patriotic inviolability: t h e OTHER sees the men in the uniforms in all their bigotry, capacity for inhumanity, grossness of conceit, and blind dedication to solutions by force, not reason; and the total necessity for curbing their corruption (e.g. My Lai cover - up etc.), extravagances. wastes, and warlike proclivity and pervasive influences toward violence, if the eventual nuclear holocaust they thus invite is to be forestalled. Ltc. Holland accuses the Senator of 'hatred' of the U.S. Armed Forces, a charge surely tantamount to one of treason, as it is unproved, slanderous, and a bald lie. Surely the 'hatred' is in the heart and the mind of the accuser; and the obvious cause is the constant, p e r s i s t e n t , powerful, irrefutable, exposure by Fulbright, before the nation and the world, of the costs, dangers, fallacies, deceits, and mortal risks posed by Penlagonian Militarism, with its outdated. 19th century, concepts in the totally different, vastly more complicated, world ef today. NOT hatred; ONLY rational criticism! Colonel, your questions are unworthy of the space for reply. And I offer no apology for offering to serve again in China -- ths offer still holds -- in fact an accommodation with China had been urged by better men, including the Senator, long ahead of Nixon-Kissinger. My view of Richard Nixon, spectaculars and all., of over 30 years standing, has no bearing, though now vindicated beyond qeustion by reasonable men everywhere. But you are right about ONE thing. Colonel: Dale Bumpers is not going to use such silly arguments as you suggest in his effort to unseat the greatest Statesman ever from Arkansas. In fact Dale now shows t h a t he lacks not only the knowledge and the ability, but also the character and the guts, to take on the Senator in ANY meaningful debate on basic, substantive, vital, issues of the era. Reuben Thomas Fayeltevjlle DA Appointees To the Editor: Subject: Mr. Bumpers and his lack of interest in Higher education. (University of Ark. used for back ground study.) I was a freshman in College when Mr. Bumpers became Gov. I was proud of being a College Man, hence watched closely what Mr. Bumpers t h o u g h t a n d said about Colleges. Soon it began dawning on me that he was saying nothing about them- After more than 3 years he still has no concern for them. So I decided to make a little study- perhaps I should say "ask a few questions." Since the Univ. of Ark. is THE LAND GRANT COLLEGE in the State I decided to ask my questions about it- I feel sure what applies here would be true about the other Colleges in the Slate. 1 am going In deal with j u s t one subject- Who Runs The School other t h a n the paid employes. I want to make it clear that I have no ugly intentions about the Board of Trustees -- every comment I heard was complimentary. The thing I want to deal with Is the lack of representation of other areas. There are 10 Board for $10,000 for the Nixon campaign. The contribution was f a i t h f u l l y recorded a n d delivered. Rebozo also deposited other checks and small cash contributions in a special campaign account. --The White House had taken extraordinary steps to hide the Nixon-Hughes connection. When White House learned that his bumbling brother, Donald, was consorting with Hughes aides, an alarmed President Nixon had his brother tapped and --The White House also discovered that L a r r y O'Brien, when he was the Democratic National Chairman, had ties to the Hughes organization. This caused panic inside the White House that O'Brien might find out about the $100.000 Hughes gift to Nixon. H. R. Haldeman. then the White House staff chief, ordered an undercover investigation to f i n d out how close O'Brien was to the Hughes hierarchy. This was followed by the Watergate taps on O'Brien's telephone. Some Senate investigators believe one reason for the Watergate break- in was to monitor O'Brien s contacts with Hughes. The Watergate crew also planned to burglarize Las Vegas publisher Hank Greenspun's safe, which c o n t a i n e d some explosive Howard Hughes papers. --On October 18, 1973, Prcsi- Nixon directed his new staff chief. Alexander Haig. Jr.. to complain to Attorney General Elliot Richardson about Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox's investigation of Rebozo. Two days later, the President ordered Cox f i r e d . Some investigators believe it was Cox's snooping into the Rebozo-Hughes-Nixon a f f a i r that caused the President to act. Canadians Facing New Members and each serves for 10 years- So each year one man's term expires and the Gov. Appoints a replacement. At this time there arc 4 Lawyers, 3 Medical Doctors and 2 business men- Up until March there were 3 business men on, but one man's term expired and the Gov. has not replaced him- The way 1 got il Mr. Bumpers is waiting to see who will get the largest number of people to contibute a thousand dollars to his campaign and that man will be appointed. This delay in a replacement shows a lack of concern. Since Mr. Bumpers has been in office he has appointed a n o t h e r lawyer, another business man and another Dr. The Public School People asked him to appoint one of their members to the Board but he refused. I ask you WHO could make a bigger contribution to the needs and problems of a College or University than a person who works constantly with High School Students - and knows their thinking? This person could help the Univ. get ready for the Freshman' To me Mr. Bumpers' refusal to appoint a Board Member from the Public School ranks is an insult to every Teacher in Ark. Thrc should be a WOMAN on the Board of Trustees and efforts have been made to get Mr. Bumpers to appoint one but tie has refused. I am sure there are many women in the Sate who could serve the Board as well as his lawyer, his Business Man and his Dr. Agriculture b r i n g s more money to the State than any other Industry or business. The Division of Agri. at the Univ. has a broad program - With the Extension Service having a program in every County in the State, Experiment Stations scattered all over the State and the Teaching program on the campus many people are reached. All the Governors preceding Mr. Bumpers thought this program of great enough (cownnun) ON PACI i Elections OTTAWA (ERR) -- The parliamentary vote that plunged Canada into its second election in 20 months was as inevitable as the plot of a Greek drama The rules are that a government must step down as soon as it is defeated on a major issue in the House of Commons. Since Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau s L"enÂ»l Party commanded only 109 seats in the 262-seat House of Commons, it was obvious to everybody that lie would be tossed out sooner or later. The necessary "major issue" turned out to be the budget which Finance Minister John Turner brought down two days before the May 8 vote of no confidence. Even though the budget hit big corporations with higher taxes and cut out a ll-'fi per cent federal tax on clothing -- both popular moves -- the Liberals were voted down 137 to 124. Still, the defeat may have come as somewhat of a surprise. Trudeau had survived 19 no-confidence votes since Oct. 30. 1972. when he was returned to power with a minority. Since then, the Prime Minister had "bent" legislative proposals to make them acceptable to the 31-member New Democratic Party (NDP), led by David Lewis. In return, the NDP voted with the government and against the main opposition party -- the Progressive Conservatives led by Robert Stanfiekl. POLITICAL psychology had more to do with Trudeau's defeat than bad government. Support for the Liberals was creating a split within the NDP and damaging the party's c r e d i b i l i t y among voters. F i n a n c e Minister Turner summed up a widespread view when he commented that thÂ» NDP was determined to bring down the government "even before they saw the budget." Trudeau lost, no time in launching the election campaign. While the other party l e a d e r s were talking tn newsmen outside the Commons chamber. Trudeau went on nationwide television moments after the defeat. He termed tha election "unfortunate and unnecessary" and said his party would stand on its record. INFLATION WILL be ths overriding issue of the eight- week campaign. Prices havÂ» been rising at an annual rate of more than 10 per cent in Canada and food prices have been increasing at nearly double that. Indeed, inflation has been the root cause of a number of strikes hi transportation and the public services this spring. Rarely have the positions of the three major political parties on a campaign issue been so distinct. The Conservatives have been calling fo ra two-year wage and price freeze to douse the fnflationary fire. The New Democrats, meanwhile, advocate creation of a strong federal agency to ride herd on prices, able to compel the rollback of unwarranted increases. The government has argued tha*. i n f l a t i o n is a wor'clwide problem and nothing Canada can do will prevent it. So f a r , the government has rejected economic controls but has e x p r e s s e d a relucant willingness to use them if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, it has followed a policy of easing the impact of inflation for those least able to keep up with it. Unlike previous elections, few pundits are willing to predict the outcome of the July 8 vote. Columnist Geoffrey Stevens noted recently: "Never has the eight weeks of the campaign assumed such importance. Never has the outcome seemed so uncertain."