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Editorial-Opinion Pag* The Public Merest I* The Firtt Concern Oj This Newtpaper 4 Â· SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1974 fa Favor Of The 'Known' -*v Reform is the staple ingredient of po- ijitical promise. Politicians love to talk about ; it; the public loves to hear about it. Promise, though, is not the same thing as performance, and there is a clear understanding in American politics that while reform 3* great in theory, it needs to be handled with enormous caution in practice. It is Â£isky; it might not work; and it could do '^considerable harm where it hasn't hurt already. 'Â· The last half-dozen years of consumer- Ism in this country offer a flood of evidence. Jt is difficult to find a congressman who doesn't advocate a better break for 'the taxpayer and the little man (the consumer), and just as tough to find one who votes consistently to that end. Â· Or take an example, closer home. Last year's General Assembly beat back a variety of reform measures, yet a majority of those legislative candidates responding to questions this year on the same topics (by Arkansas Consumer Research) say they favor them. Just a few days ago, to cite another example, the House of Representatives had one of the best chances it has had this century to speak up on behalf of reform. What happened, however, is that House Democrats decided to hold a secret vote, which may ultimately block a serious bipartisan proposal to balance the House's creaky committee system, which is the basis for existing centers of power in the lower chamfer. In the showdown, the status quo proved a most potent factor. It isn't just the politician, either, who consistently chooses the known in preference to the uncertainly of change. The great American public is even more strongly dedicated to the status quo than its elected representatives. To begin with, if the public showed very much dissatisfaction with the prudence of its leadership, new leaders would soon accommodate. The opposite, for the most part, is the case, however, and vote after vote across the country proves the point. The great difficulty of constitutional amendment, on state as well as national level, is illustrative; as are school bond and lax increase referendum defeats that occur with regularity. For what It is worth -- and we have an idea that it may amount to more than many are giving it credit for this spring -- the status quo if followed in the U.S. Senate race, would leave Bill Fulbright in his present seat in the Congress. This obviously is a status quo that Arkansas is not only familiar with, but reasonably comfortable (30 years worth), as well. Gov. Dale Bumpers offers pleasant enough prospect for a change, and there are many who will doubtless favor that option. But Gov. Bumpers, although an incumbent in the statehouse, is not a certain quality for national leadership and representation by any means. Significantly, we think, in spite of polls showing a great dissatisfaction with government on the part of the American people, almost all Democratic incumbents are winning re-election in various votes this spring around the country. When things aren't going loo well, it is even more risky than usual to opt for change -- and Arkansas voters have always recognized that about as well as any. From The Â· Bookshelf [ President: I. just wonder if (Magruder) believes (unintelligible). Does he believe it, John? Ehrlichman: No. He tape-recorded this thing. Higby handled it so well that Ma- 'gruder has closed all his doors now with this tape. President: -.What good will that do, John? Ehrlichman: Sir, it beats the socks oif him if he ever gets off the reservation. President: 'Can you use the tape? Ehrlichman: Well, no. We can use Â·Â·Higby. President: Why not-- Haldeman: No, it's not. Jt is 'not. President: Don't you have to tell somebody-- Ehrlichjnan: Put a beeper. Haldeman: There is no beeper required. Â£heck the Washington law. President: Yeah. Haldemau: District of Columbia is under federal law and the federal law floes not require disclosure to the other party of the record- 'ing of phone conversations. ; --Excerpt from Submission of Recorded Presidential ,J Conversations to the Committee on the Judiciary ;* of the House of Representatives by President ; Richard Nixon (Government Printing Office book) Bible Verse "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble." Psalms 9:9 Be sure ot this, God has a place for us to go when the pressures of life get too much for us. "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." Psalms 73:28 The best thing that we can do for ourselves right now is to drop what we are doing and draw near to God. *'And Jesus said unto the centurion. Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour." Matthew 8:13 We all are hurting in some area of our lives at one time or another and Jesus is the healer who walks among us with the cure for every ailment. There Is No New Nixon By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- 1 received * call the other night from a former White House aide whom I'll call "Deep Toei." He said he had to meet me right away and he gave me the address of an abandoned garage in Chevy Chase. When I arrived he took me over to a wall and we sat down on the h a r d cement. He lit a. cigarette. "I got something very important to tell vou." "What is it?" 1 said excitedly. "You know you've b e e n writing about the New Nixon and Old Nixon for the last five years? Well there is no New Nixon and there never was." "You've got to be kidding. I saw the New Nixon with my own eyes. The whole country saw him in 1969, 1970. 1971 and even 1972." Deep Toes shook his head. "It was the Old Nixon with makeup on. We dyed his hair, powdered his cheeks and put him in new suits. We had everybody fooled. You were Ihe biggest pat-sy of a l l . Any time we fed you something on the New Nixon you ate it up. We couldn't believe you'd be that stupid, but you were." "Whose idea was it to pat out the story there was a New Nixon?" CHUCK COLSON and John Dean cooked it up between them. They figured if they were going to resort to a lot at dirty stuff in Nixon's second term, it would be better to do it in the name of the New Nixon rather than the Old Nixon. You see, people would have been very wary , if they thought the Old Nixon was running for office." "What a damn fool I was," I said, hitting my head against the cement wall. "Was t h e President in on it?" "Of course he was in on it. He played along with the whole Â· thing. When he was in public he was the New Nixon, but when he talked to us privately he was the Old Nixon, cuss words and all." "He sure did a good job," I said. "He could have gotten away with it, too. if it hadn't been for Watergate." "What do you think the coverup was all about?" Deep Toes said. ' ' T h e President wasn't worried about national security or the Plumbers operation or Daniel Ellsberg. He was worried that Watergate would reveal that the Old Nixon was running the country. If it had come out before the election, he would have had a very tough time d e f e a t i n g George McGovern." "I suppose so. But what proof do I have that there was no New Nixon, except for your word?" D e e p Toes lit another cigarette. "Who do you think cooked up the tax deductions, the real estate deals with Bebe Rebozo, the milk fund business? Only the Old Nixon knew how to deal with those problems." "I forgot about that." "HAVE YOU READ the transcripts? Does that sound like a New Nixon? The Nixon on those tapes was the guy who shafted Jerry Voorhis and Helen Gahagan Douglas. When you hear them, you won't have any doubts about who lias been running the country for the last five years. Look, don't feel bad, you weren't the only one who thought there was a New Nixon. Even Hugh Scott believed it until a few weeks ago " "I guess you're right," I said. "But why are you telling me all this? This stuff could blow the President right out of the water." Deep Toes took a drag on his cigarette. "I'm getting back to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the guys on The Washington Post who broke the Watergate story." "You Wouldn't Let Down A Fellow Club Member, Would You?" From The Readers Viewpoint Right n' Left To the Editor: Arkansas voters are fortunate to have a clear cut choice between right and left in choosing between Orval Faubus and David Pryor. It is evident from the record that these two men are poles apart in their political philosophy. Faubus hard right of center and Pryor extreme left field. Unlike the presidential race of 1972 when the nation thought it was electing a conservative in Mr. Nixon but in reality was electing a McGovern in Nixon clothing, Arkansans are.sure of Mr. Faubus* intentions from past performance. He has served 12 years as governor, he is a conservative and he performs in a conservative manner, Mr. Pryor is a former congressman and a congressman's actions are not exposed to the glare of publicity as are those of local officials who must face daily the critical evaluation of their constituents. It therefore becomes necessary to examine Mr, Pryor's record in detail if we are to correctly assess his qualifications for the office of governor, A great big for instance is what was David Pryor doing back in 1968 getting involved in Mississippi's delegation fight before the credentials, committee in Chicago in which he became a spokesman for the liberals and was instrumental Â· in unseating the . regular Mississippi delegation. His participation and interference in Mississippi politics was not only an insult to our next door neighbors but an affront to Arkansans as well. Mr. Pryor's ' peculiar g un control ideas are also difficult to fathom. He objects to loaded firearms being carried in private vehicles within city limits. It is evident that citizens with loaded, firearms within city limits do not carry them in hopes of shooting squirrels off the top of city hall, they are obviously carried for self defense. Carrying unloaded firearms in American cities in these days of judicial irresponsibility makes about as much sense as h u n t i n g lions in darkest Africa with a BB gun. Mr. Pryor's thoughts on amnesty tor draft evaders and deserters are scarcely deserving of comment but suffice it to say that amnesty in any degree is not acceptable to those-who have considered the consequences o f wholesale desertions in time of a national emergency. The deterioration of the presidency and the lack of leadership in the C o n g r e s s necessitates the election oF hard headed genuine Americans in .state government. The times demand men who will act in the best interests of their state 'and defend it against the onslaught of meddling Washington bureaucrats. Orval Faubus 1 record bears witness that he is (he candidate best equipped ^and endowed with sufficient political acumen to successfully guide Arkansas through the trials of the next two years. Lyman E. Steele N Little Rock No Truth To the Editor: Your last night's edition carried a letter from a Mr. Stanley Winford. Route 1, Siloam Springs, in which he made a vitriolic attack on Sen. J. W. Fulbright Among other charges, he implied that the Senator's lumber company here in Fayetteville made gun stocks and boxes for the Vietnam War. I was part of the management of that company, the J. H. Phipps Lumber Co. (D-B-A Fulbright Wood Products Co.); through the Victnani War, and 1 can state unequivocally that our company made no gun stocks or boxes. Neither did we solicit or bid on any government contract or subcontract during that entire period. 1 don't question Mr. Winford's sincerity or honesty TM just his facts. He comes across to rrie as a person who feels he has been ill-used and put upon; hut who, having no clear target, strikes out wildly so as to r e l i e v e h i s frustration. Unhappily, Senator Â· Fulbright happened to be the one to eaten his flak. Frank G. Lee Fayetteville Progressive To the Editor: When we pick a Democratic candidate for governor in the May 28th primaries, there seems to be a choice between honestly progressing forward or slipping backwards. David Pryor's first concern lies in improving the quality of education by assuring adequate compensation for our teachers, plus curriculum and facility improvements. Strict and fair drug laws and education regarding drugs ride high on David Pryor's list of major concerns. David Pryor understands the importance of tourism to our stale, believes in preserving our natural resources, while en- couraging quality business and economic growth. David Pryor. believes in helping our senior citizens aid retired workers to have the means to enjoy a better way of life through adequate health care and medical facilities for every Arkansan. including more doctors and health professionals in the smaller communities of the state. Stephen D. Chyrchel Eureka Springs Arkansas Editors Comment On (What Else?) State Political Races '- ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT I Tn refusing to debate Sen. J. Â·William Fulbright on television. Gov. Dale B u in p e r s has landed the senator at least a minor viciory and the people a'major loss. ; Of course, the full extent of the benefit to Fulbright will not be known until the early hours of .May 29. If the senator wins re-nomination, surely the fact that Bumpers refused to face him will be chalked tip as part of the reason, ff he loses, then the reason will change to excuse. Â· But the public's loss is clear and immediate. By declining the offer of free TV lime to discuss and debate the issues in depth, Bumpers has denied the voters the opportunity for a side-by-Fid-2 judgment lhat is badly needed. ' This contest, which has been rather grandly dubbed, " t h e most important in America." has thus far generated more heat than light. Bumpers has talked in broad generalities about inflation, the cost of living, morality in government and the need for new leadership, but seldom saying what if anything, he could do about them. By contrast Fulbright has pointed to his long record of service and Ihe prestige and power it has brought (o him and Arkansas. The essence of the campaign should be issues. r#t personalities, Fulbright declares, but so far frustration, has been his only reward as he has attempted to confront Bumpers. - A n d the heart of the matter ta. pure politics. The polls show Bumpers in thÂ» lead and hiÂ» own instEnct and the advice of aides tell him not to rock the boat. A debate with Fulbright xvould be an all-loss, no-win proposition for the governor. While not debating may cost him a little, a poor snowing against Fulbright might c o s t him a lot. So Bumpers weighed the odds and took the expedient way out. In so doing he may have miscalculated both Ful- oright and the public. He has handed the senator a heavy weapon. Now his personal courage can be openly questioned. Now his lack of knowledge can be challenged. By virtue of his long record, Fulbright is a known quantity, in dealing with national and international problems, while Bumpers is not. By refusing to face Fulbright, Bumpers is asking the people to take him on face value alone. fn the past Arkansas voters have not been willing to buy a pig in a poke. If that turns out to be their decision this time, then Bumpers has just made the biggest mistake of his short political life. NORTH LITTLE ROCK TIMES The times today endorses David Pryor for the Democratic n o m i n a t i o n f o r governor because he promises to continue the progressive, public-interest administration that has brought Arkansas so far under Winthrop Rockefeller and Dale-Bumpers. As a lawyer, who has served in the state legislature and the Congress Mr. Pryor has the background and experience for the job. But moreover Mr. Pryor hai shown from his earliest day in politics concern over the state'* shortcomings and a desJre to correct them. It was Mr. Pryor.and a smalt band of colleagues in the General Assembly who became known as the Young Turks after they threw up a series of challenges to the Old Guard machine of then Governor Orval E. Faubus. As a congressman, Mr. Pryor, though cautious in his p o l i t i c a l pursuits, became known as a champion of programs for the elderly and he exposed scandalous condition in nursing homes. Then, two years ago. Mr, Pryor lost in a bitterly fought United States Senate race to John L. McClellan, but in that race Jlr. Pryor stood up for a concept of representative government that promised more responsiveness to ordinary people lhan to power brokers. What it all adds up to is that David Pryor has been clearly tuned in to the public interest during all of his years in politics... As for the third man in the race, Lieutenant Governor Bob Riley, while he is an entertaining speaker and likable fellow, his program is too hazy to make him a serious candidate. Moreover, he has irresponsibly proposed to allocate a fixed 10 per cent of the slate's general revenues to the cities and counties. This would play havoc with the state budgeting process. The legislature should remain free to sot state spending priorities every two years. So becaase his opponents havt little or nothing to offer a n d because he himself p r o m i s e s stable, forward- looking and approachable state . government, vote for David Pryor in the Democratic primary two weeks from Tuesday. He can make Arkansas a governor to be proud of. ROGERS NEWS Candidates are busy slumping the state, bringing their platforms to the voting public. Of special interest in this year's election is the race for governor of Arkansas. Of the Democratic candidates for governor, one has laid out a platform that stands above the other two for the betterment of Arkansas and more specifically Northwest Arkansas. Orval Faubus has put forth a program that should be considered by all voters as the primaries near. One point going for the former six-term governor is that he is outspoken and willing to stand on and fight for what he believes is right. During his 12 y e a r s in the governor's office of Arkansas from 1954 to 1966 Faubus demonstrated to the people of Arkansas that they need not, wonder where he stands on a given issue. He isn't known for hemming and hawing, but rather for coming forward freely with his stand.... As far as experience goes, Faubus without question has the most experience for the job -12 years in the governor's office -- and there is no question that he knows what the job is all about and what is needed to fulfill it. Of the other two candidates, one has had approximately tht tarn* number of yean exper- ience, but they have been on the other side of the fence -on the legislative side asd not in the executive branch. The other has served as lieutenant governor for two terms or four years. A six-year "vacation" from politics seems to have had little effect on the former governor. Reports from across the state show- that he still has the ability to draw a crowd, as large throngs of persons have turned out at most of his appearances. is senator of that kind? We think not. HELENA WORLD , Arkansas has as many or more men and women who love to hunt as any other state in the United Slates, according to population. These men and women, with very few exceptions, are law abiding and only hunt for the pleasure they get from it. Of course there are some people who are against anything and everything. Now it has developed that such an organization has been formed (o do away with all hunting. An organization sponsored by a New York woman and a proclamation signed by our own Governor, Mr. Bumpers and two other governors last October calls for the doing away with ALL hunting any and everywhere. It was stated in the Governor's office that Governor Bumpers did not realize fully what he was asking. That no doubt is true. As a United States Senator Mr. Bumpers not knowing what a bill meant could very easily vote to give Arkansas to Russia and makt Dr. Cooper the head of slate. Does Arkansas want a man BENTON COURIER United States Senator J. William Fulbright has served Arkansas and the nation well during the past three decades, and if good sense prevails among the electorate on May 28, he will continue to do so for another six years. We know where he stands on the important issues that face the nation because he has told us without any shilly-shallying. We know of his abilities to produce result's for the benefit of Arkansas because he has demonstrated them for us, time and time again. We know of his integrity, his courage, his intelligence and his devotion to Arkansas, because they are reflected throughout his record. In the opposing corner we have Governor Dale Bumpers, an attractive man with a lot of charm, a good shoeshine and a nice wardrobe. He has a limited record ,of public service, but nevertheless somewhat im- pressure because his other attributes helped him start at the top of state-politics. But on closer examination, it seems the brighter spot in his record as governor, those on which he bases his claim for progressivism, are in no.small . part an extension of Winthrop Rockefeller's administration, measures left behind by WR and passed by a legislature more willing to cooperate with Â· Democratic governor. One of the more dustrubing penchants our governor has exhibited during the past four yean ii to duck controversy and run for the limelight af every opportunity. We don't believe he would find the Senate to his liking. Senators must take stands on 'controversial issues if they are to be effective. Bumpers has told us nothing in his campaign that convinces us he should replace Fulbright. He has done nothing to demonstrate that he has any potential to be a good senator. He has only told us he would like to be a senator. He has also told us he is conducting his campaign in such a manner that he is not attacking his opponent. He should have added, in honesty, that the reason he is not attacking his opponent is that opponent Fuj- bright offers no targets for logical or convincing attack. While the governor may talk about loss of faith in government, he can hardly blame any of that on Fulbright,since the senator is one of the few men in the United States government who stands unblemished by scandal and who has, to his detractors' chagrin, been proven right by history in even his most un popular stands. If there were more men 1ikÂ» Fulbright in Congress, the Congress would have a much higher degree of respect from the public. What we need is more of Fulbright. not less of him. On the basis of experience, proven abilities, service to the state, and any other valid criteria: BUI Fulbright puts the governor In the dark, dark shade, and that is why we endorse the -senator for another til-year Una.