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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is Tht First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 · TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1974 Pull The String And Rep. Herbert Twitches The Fulbright 'Distinction "In national terms," writes James (Scot- tyl Hcston in the New York Times, "this (the Democratic primary contest between Sen. Bilt Fulbrighl and Gov. Dale Bumpers) could be the most important race of the midterm elections." Boston analyzes the race, and anticipates some of the senator's problems. Fulbright is SO, says Reslon, but that "is not a venerable age" in the Senate. Fulbright can be blunt and outspoken, too, he concedes, and that tends to make ideological enemies in (he course of 30 years. For example, the columnist observes, Fulbrighl's voting record is generally conservative on domestic issues and liberal on foreign affairs. Thus, he sometimes is paradoxically branded liberal back home, where he isn't, and conservative among many Eastern liberals, where he isn't, either. Fulbright is also up against a public distress over Watergate, this election year. Congress is at a low ebb in public opinion, notes the Times columnist, "which works in favor of new figures like Governor Bumpers." In foreign affairs, Reslon says, Fulbright is distinguished for his knowledge and un- destanding of complex international relationships, but in the Mid-East conflict he has earned considerable opposition from pro-Israeli forces, because his temperate position is wrongly seen as pro-Arab. On the credit side, significantly, Reston lists "seniority" as most obvious and most important. "Arkansas," he says, "has one per cent of the population of the country, but its two senators rank in the first five in seniority in the Senate. Mr. Fulbright is not only chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but he is also on the powerful Finance and Joint Economic Committees, and Senator John McClellan of Arkansas is chairman of Appropriations and is on the Government Operations and Judiciary Committees. . "Thus seniority gives Arkansas an influence well beyond iis size and undoubtedly helps the state's economy. Arkansas is particularly dependent on the sale of its products in overseas markets. Last year it was the first state in the production of poultry, second in cotton, and about f i f t h in soybeans -- all vital export crops, bringing in over $1 billion a year to the state. "What is at stake here, of course, is not only the economy or the influence of Arkansas in the Senate, but the future leadership of the Foreign Relations Committee. "The Administration, of course, will do whatever it can to influence the primary in Governor Bumpers' favor. Mr. Fulbright and Mr. Nixon served together in the House and in the Senate but were never close, and Senator Fulbrighl's opposition to the war and his campaign against the "arrogance of power" of the presidency have made reconciliation between these two men extremely unlikely. "This is not true, however, in the relations between Messrs. Fulbright and Kissinger. The senator did not get along well with either Secretary of Slate Rusk or Secretary of State Rogers -- though they were all personal friends -- again mainly because of his opposition to Vietnam, but even in the first Nixon Administration, when Mr. Kissinger was in the White House, Messrs. Kissinger and Fulbright kept in touch and acquired a respect for one another that has flourished into a close and trusting relationship since Mr. Kissinger became Secretary . . . At a time of unusual critical instability both at home and abroad, this is undoubtedly a factor very much in Mr. Fulbright's favor. "Still he is clearly fighting the most critical battle of his long career. 'There is clearly a feeling of dissatisfaction with Washington,' he says, 'and it's up to me to make a distinction between Mr. Nixon and Watergate on the one hand and my own activities on the o t h e r . ' . . . " The Fulbright "distinction," as Reston himself suggests, is to be found in part in the fact that much of the junior senator from Arkansas' time in recent years has been devoted to supplying congressional leadership in matters of constitutional integrity, as well as h u m a n i s m , a search for peace, and a better life for the average American. It is a "distinction" that surely will not go unheeded by Arkansas voters on May 28. From Our Files; How Time Flies JO YEARS AGO The University disciplinary c o m m i t t e e suspended two members of the Tlazorback fool ball team ami put \ third · on probation yesterday as a result of an incident Saturday evening t h a t apparently involved "some drinking" and "entering a women's dormitory." Tht Washington County Board of Kducation wil] t'oiisuler two proposed annexations at a so VEARS AGO An ordinance levying assessment on real properly in South School Improvement district was passed by the City Council at its regular meeting Monday n i g h t ; all objections to assessments in the West Lafayette district were refused. · "If you h a v e to speed across the railroad tracks at more t h a n six miles an hour, you'd better go around and over the 100 YEARS AGO ' Local politicians smile a sickly kind it" smile w h e n they reflect t h a t a new election is upon us and tin? Grangers of Washington County will poll ·Some r i x u - f n h u n d r e d solid, honest, horny-handed votes. ,. Dr. R. B. Horton has removed his d e n t a l office to the front, east room over Cox's D r u g Store. The Dr. has litted his regular meeting June 11, in- e l u d i n g the controversial Fannington annexation and a petition from patrons in the Hound Mountain and May field areas. The largest number of confirmed cases of rabies in the state are in Washington County and four new cases were reported today by public health officials. who regard the situation as extremely serious. bridge at Leveret t street or else see police judge Stirman." is the w a r n i n g sounded by police and railroad officials at the Frisco crossing on Dickson Street. Hearingmof the petition For a new depot will not. be heldMay new depot will not be held May 2.1. but postponed to J u n o , a c c o r d i n g t o information received from the Arkansas Railroad Commission today. office up in good style and would be pleased to see all in want of any work in the dental line. A young man bv tht n a m e of Chastine killed Dr. Wtlbern last week near Double Spring in Boone County. Chasline's wife charged Wilbern with having outraged Jier person, which caused her husband to kill h i m . They'll Do It Every Time PLETHOSA-MW KNOW THE V 0'K/, USM ZW AYERPALE- LET / VAXINE. f II HIM KNOW I THINK HE'S REAU VAXIN= GAL W- Pi. ETHOS A TO ?= TALKING TO HIM AT YOU TOLP AYERPALE r U K E P H I M ! SO EtfSARRAS6£P IN ALL MY LIFE. 1 HECAMERISHTUPTO ME ANP HE SAIP THAT y^i yny you SAIP" LISTEN TO VAXINE WAX HP1SNANT NOW"' From. The Readers Viewpoint Honest Man To the Editor: Where was Mr. J. W. Fulbright, Senator from Arkansas, when they passed the Tonkin Resolution to give Pres. Johnson Ihe right to go into Vietnam? Did il ever occur to anyone that while he was spilling spit about, {he Vietnam War, his lumber company in Kayctteville was making gun stocks and boxes for that very .same war? He was responsible for the rise in poultry prices lo support Ihe processor. Tyson's of norlh- wesl Arkansas showed the best profit they have ever had the past t\vo quarers - the farmer's past two quarters - the farmer's price remained Ihe same - the consumer blamed t h e farmer for the price hike. You figure that out. . The last two years we have exported rice, w'heat, soybeans - where was Senaor Fulbright five years ago when the farmer needed this help desperately? Now lie sends a telegram to Secretary Butz about the cattle situation - the catleman is talready bankrup - he needed a help a year ago and this need continues. But then - this is the election year. Suddenly we see his similing face on TV ads - we haven't seen him in Arkansas except for this election year: and we haven't -seen him in Washington either, Ijccausc he is so busy making speeches around the country with a return to him of 3.000 lo 5.000 dollars each. I like an honest man and one who has a little more respect for the voter's intelligence. Stanley Winford Siloam Springs (R. 1) Bible Verse "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippiahs 4:19 This not only makes for good reading but it is for real. State your ned. release your faith and stand on this great promise. He said that "He honors His Word above His name." "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh f i n d e t h ; and to him that knock- cih it shall be opened." Matthew 7:8 You don't have to be someone special to get an answer. All we have to do is find a promise that He has made and ask in faith for its fulfillment. He will honor His Word. "Jesus said, If ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it." Hy JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Crusty old Rep. F. Edward Herbert. D-I.a.. commands the House Armed Services Committee from the center of a two-tiered curved desk, with two small American flags f l a n k i n g his place. From this command post, he rules his committee with the stern hand of a drill sergeant. His critics have charged, and he has consistently denied, that he is (he Pentagon's puppel. He has now provided his own documentation thai his critics are right. The old curmudgeon has just presented to the House his reasons for bequeathing another whopping $!.·! billion in military assistance upon South Vietnam. He simply borrowed the a r g u - menls, almost word for word, from the Pentagon. The Pentagon's chief witness in favor of m i l i t a r y aid lo Saigon. Maj. Gen. William B. Calcl- well. appeared before Hebert's commilteo on March 26. He testified solemnly: "The objeclivcs of our milit- ar yassistance lo Soulh Vietnam are limited but absolutely essential. We seek to help the GVN (Government of Vietnam) to maintain an effective military deterrent in the face of the considerable threat posed by the North Vietnamese forces within the Republic of Vietnam...," Herbert gave Caldwell's testimony ponderous study for nearly two months. On May 10. Hebert's committee submitted its carefully considered conclusions to the House. States the report: The Washington Merry-Go-Round "The objectives of our military assistance lo South Vietnam are Itmilcil bul absolulcly essential. The Government- of the United States wishes to help the Government of South Vietnam to maintain an effective military deterrent in the face of the considerable threat posed by the North Vietnamese forces within the Republic of Vietnam...." For paragraph after paragraph. Caldwell's testimony and the commillee's conclusions agree so precisely lhal only an occasional word has been change:!. ' The Penlagon: "Evenls in Vietnam over the past year have laughl us lhal a lasting peace is possible only if there is a stable balance of power between the opposing sides. A military equilibrium will, we believe, deter new offensives and gradually induce a shift in priorities away from war." Hebert: "Events in Vietnam over the past year have laughl us lhat a lasling peace is possible only if there is a slable balance of power between the opposing sides. It is the view of Ihe Committee on Armed Servicies that a military equilibrium in that area of the world will deter new offensives and gradually induce a general shifl in priorities by the contending forces away from war. The Pentagon: "While the North Vietnamese have increased the conventional capability of tile main forces, the cost has been great, and the Government of Vietnam has thus far managed to turn back all their challenges in the past vear." Hebert: "While the North Vietnamese have increased the conventional capability of the main forces, the cost has been great, and the Government of Vietnam has thus far managed to lur nback all their challenges in the past year." Clearly, the Hebert committee did little m o r e than reprint portions of the Pentagon's prepared statement and present it as its own. The question that begs an , answer is, what do we need Congress for? The Pentagon also made the claim, faithfully reproduced in Hcbert's report, that South Vietnam during the past year had "limited itself to justifiable acts of self-defense." Yet miraculously, the Saigon f o r c e s wound up with more territory. Changes in "territorial and population control," explained the Hebert-Petnagon report, had been resolved "in favor of the Government forces." Footnote: The Armed Services Committee's chief counsel, Frank Slalinshek, candidly admitted to us that he had lilted portions of the Defense Department's own testimony for the Hebert report. The Pentagon's statement, said Slatin- shck. "says it all , and ^the committee subscriber! to it." ·.. H E A D L I N E S A N D 'After All, What's A Few Cents A Gallon'' Mfc r\l All^lt-f The Unduckable Uf Affairs Resp0 nsibiiity By CLAYTON FSilTCHEY WASHINGTON -- The Democratic majority in Congress, says Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois, "has responded to the challenge of a chronically sick economy with shopworn rhc- loric and discredited timeworn proposals." Percy, of course, is a Republican, but nonetheless what he says can't be entirely shrugged off. Some of the Democrats, troubled by their party's negativism, have been aimlessly talking about cutting taxes for low-income families. They also made a feeble effort to maintain wage-price controls on a standby basis, but nothing came of it. So now everything is at a standstill in Washington on the economic front. Regardless of which party controls Capitol Hill, there is little Congress can do on its own to manage the economy. The initiative and direction must come from the executive branch. Only the White House can provide the necessary coordination of fiscal and monetary policy. Only it can determine, among other things, the right mix of spending, taxation, credit, controls and productivity. That's why the President ha» n quadriad of economic "w i s e men" composed of the secretary of the treasury, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and. very importantly, the chairman of the Reserve Board (Fed). Latterly, · the director of the Cost of Living Council might be added to (he group. UNFORTUNATELY, t h e group is not functioning effectively. Sen. Percy says he has *'never seen our economy and the conduct of our economic policy more uncertain or more adrift." Faced with (he worst peacetime inflation of the century, Ihe Administration has simply thrown up its hands in despair and elected to do .nothing. The quadriad is a disarray. George Shultz, supposedly Sir. Nixon's chief economic medicine man, has just resigned as secretary of the treasury. Herbert Stein, chairman of the CEA, is also retiring. John Dunlop, head of Ihe Cost of "We just don't know how to control inflation." Dr. Arthur Burns, chairman of the Fed, ttdds, "Inflation cannot IK: halted this year." Well, obviously it can't be halted unless there is a determined, synchronized effort to cope with it. But the Administration doesn't even pretend it has a "game plan." The President's advisers mostly go their own way. Dr. Burns was not even in Washington for the economic policy discussions at the White House earlier this month. He was in Moscow talking to Soviet stale bankers. Although appointed by President Nixon. Dr. Burns has a mind of his own. as can be seen by the way the Fed has stepped into the vacuum of economic leadership created by the breakdown of the quadriad and Mr. Nixon's abdication of responsibility. Despite Dr. Burns' vocal doubts about halting inflation this year, the Fed is currently acting as if it were out to do the job all by itself, regardless of what the rest of the government does or. rather, fails to do. If anything, t h i s kind of unilateral action could make the situation still worse In fact, it already has. Federal Reserve Governor Robert Holland publicly says the Fed must bear "a heavy share of the burden of fighting inflation for tli» very practical reason that no other public policy tool seems capable now of doing more ol the job." That monetary policy has driven the prime rate for bank loans above the dizzy height of 11 per cent. Housing has gone into a tailspin, and labor sees a "dire threat" to employment. Meanwhile, inflation continues to go up, not down. It is presently at the record level of 14.5 per cent a year. THE FF.D, of course, has a key role lo play, but not independently of the rest of the government. If the President doesn't act. Congress should. It's not a new situation- B a c k in 1965 when the Fed look it upon itself lo initiate a dubious money squeeze, Prof. J a m e · Tobin of Yale tartly said: "The Fed's Open Market Committee, the real high court of monetary policy in this country, does not even let the secretary of the treasury and the chairman of the Council of Eco- 1 nomic Advisers inside the door to explain the Administraion's economic and fiscal outlook and strategy." Prof. John Kenneth Galbraith followed up by recommending lo the House- Senate Joint Economic Committee "a simple resolution stating the concern of the Congress that there be a co-ordinated economic policy and affirming the ultimate aulhorily of the President for the rediscount rate and open market operations, as for other elements of lhat policy." In the present Washington climate, there is little disposition to enlarge any presidential powers, but In the management of the economy Ihere is no substitute for the man in the White House. More than 40 years ago, there was a Great Depression because another President, Herbert Hoover, ducked that unduckable responsibility. (C) 1974, Lot Aiceles Time* FOOTNOTES: About the time billionaire Howard Hughes sent $100.000 in cash to President Nixon's confidante and collector Bcbe Rebozo, Nevada's former Governor Paul Laxalt was offered $500,000 lo help a man with racket connections get a casino license. The message was delivered by Jimmy the Greek Snyder who told the Governor the cash would be laundered and impossible to trace. Bui the honest Laxalt flatly turned down the offer. (In response to our inquiries, both · Laxalt and Jimmy the Greek confirmed the incident)..., In addition to the $100,001) from Hughes, Senate investigators have established that Rebozo collected another $50.000 in cash from A.D. and J.E. Davis, the founders of the Winn- Dixie supermarket chain. It i.i an interesting coincidence that the Davis brothers had been given an intensive tax audit, with half-a-dozen agents going over their financial records.... After we reported that th» Coast Guard was buying up to $120 million worth of jets from Rockwell International under a dubious sole-source contract, the Coast Guard notified Rep John Murphy, D-N.Y., lhat it is backing down on the costly contract and opening it up to competitive bidding....A few- days ago we quoted from secret P o w e r Commission staff papers, warning lhat the consumers would suffer from Penn- zoil's decision to divest itself of a huge gas pipeline companv. After our slory. the commissioners backed t h e consumers by a four-lo-nothing vola and ordered an in-depth investigation of the Pennzoil spin-oft Bananas Go Witk Weddings .WASHINGTON (F.BR) _ with this contract I thee wed and pay particular attention Lo Part II, Section 5(a) Americans, whose individualism with respect lo wedding ceremonies knows no hounds, have now perfected the marriage contract. Drawn up prior to the formal exchange of vows, this document sets forth in considerable detail the duties and responsibilities of each partner. These include such things as financial and housing arrangements, careers, household chores, and even the outline of a possible divorce settlement. Children often are part of t h e bargain, too. Daniel Henninger of The National Observer quoted a Boston couple as saying: "We're thinking about having two children. A year from now. we wil! decide whether or not to go ahead with this; and if so. when and how to do so." CONTRACT OR no, American coti[les keep finding ne\v ways Lo tic the marital knot. Four or f i v e years ago, barefoot wedding cc-remonias in meadows were all the rage. They a r e still popular, but tile truly avant garde have gone on to break fresh ground. Consider, for example. l h » ethnic wedding. Couples of, say, Japanese descent m a y ctioosc to marry in the traditional costumes of their ancestral land and treat their guests to Japanese refreshments a n d music- Some couples take a m o r e eclectic approach. When Georga and Linda Pate were married in California two years ago, they decided to draw attention lo IJae fact that he was a member of an old California family a n d she a student of folk dancing and ethnic culture. Accordingly, the groom dressed for the ceremony as an early California don. Afterwards, members of the Pomona Folk Arteers joined the newlyweds in performing Polish, Romanian and Lith- u a n i a n wedding dances. Ethnicism and food faddism have combined lo alter t h e fare traitionally offered guests at wedding receptions. Caterers report increasing demand for vegetable platters and whole- grain breads served with honey butter. A Los Angeles Times food reporter wrote that "A western-style wedding reception had the bridegroom lending lo a barbecue pit, whila the bride stirred beans. Great h u n k s of grainy, heavy bread were passed lo guests. "And while another bride draped in a lace tableclobh pranced amid daisies in a garden, wedding guests were washing own a no-recipe cupcake concoction of granola, grains and w h e a t germ with Cold Duck." PEOPLE WHO FIND s u c h goings-on bizarre ought to check out some of today's "traditional" weddings. In a book on American weddings published last year, Marcia Scligson wrote of a Los Angeles reception where the mashed potatoes wore dyed pink to match the bridesmaids' dresses and of a Miami Boach ceremony (aborted at the last minule) where the bride was to have emerged from a white m i s t created by a cloud-making machine as doves fluttered overhead. After sampling hundreds of weddings over a twoyear period. Seligman concluded that "whatever it is about weddings that makes people go a little bananas . . . it transcends ethnic division and crosses slat« lines." It r. beyond dispute, too, that weddings are big business Billions of dollars a r e spent each year on receptions, bridal apparel, rings, gifts, flowers, photographs, and honeymoon travel. All too often, tt is money wasted. About (oi» out of every 10 American marriages end in divorc*.

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