Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 1974 · Page 38
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 38

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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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Arkan»a» TIMES, Sun., May 26, T974 r*Y«TTiviiLf, ARKANSAS House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearings Said Changing Their Lives Donald StUwtll of F»jr«tt«vil!» ·as named to the director's oner roll at Oklahoma State ech. SUIwell maintained a 3.5 rade point and was graduated rom the Industrial drafting rogram on May 23. By FBEDERICK 1.. BERN'S TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON 1 -- To them, it Is more than a committee, and sitting on it is more than a duty. The House Judiciary Committee, to most of its 38 members, is the unit around which (heir lives now revolve. Day by day. as the impeachment inquiry continues, it is changing their responsibilities and public exposure. And, most of all, it is chang- ; ing their lives. It is because of Ihc committee that Rep. Robert Dririan CD- Mass.) often stays at his office until nearly 2 a.m. -- reading, studying, thinking. It is because of the committee that Rep. Thomas Railsback (R-lll.), once unknown even in his own district, receives 150 etters a day and a torrent of clcphone calls from across the nation. And it is because of the committee that the calls from TV. radio, newspapers and magazines daily pour into the office of Robert Kastenmeier Wis.). And that Charles Wiggins (I)-Cal.) devotes his square mo. nents to reading books about British history and Andrew Johnson. For tliesc [our and the other members of what has become the most publicized and ap ^lauded and criticized committee in history, this is both a memorable and forgettable time. It is a time when there is no time. THICK REPORTS There are s t a f f reports a: thick as telephone books to b read. There is n flood of pres: nd public inquiries about clo- .ed door meetings. There are charges to answer from polit- cal opponents back home who claim that the congressman has r orgotlen about his district. Family life is limited and so s leisure time -- lime once devoted to golf and theater and friends. Lunch and dinner a r e not the meals they once were -- they wiches are cafeteria sand- between committee meetings, fast order chop suey delivered from restaurants few ever knew existed. All of this for. as one member put it. "the opportunity to make .1 difference. To appear, as Wiggins h a s , three times on the CBS morning news, twice on NBC's "Today Show," anc once, via satellite, on the BBC in England. To bfi remembered. Drinan calls it "sitting in the POW Widow Sees His Burial In Arlington After Eight Years ' WASHINGTON (AP) -- The widow of a Navy flier who died in North Vietnamese captivity eight years ago saw his body laid to rest Friday in Arlington National Cemetery. Her travel expenses were paid under a 1 law she was instrumental in having passed. Cecile Abbott of Sacramento, Calif., and her son Jay, 12. fo lowed a horse-drawn caisson to ' the burial plot and blinked back tears during hour-long military · ceremonies. Her husband. Capt. John Abbott, suffered fatal injuries when he ejected from his crippled fighter plane over : North Vietnam in April 1965. ! His body and those of 22 olh- · ' «r U.S. se'rvicomcn who died as · prisoners of war were returned to this country two months ago Mrs. Abbott learned that al ; though hundreds of POWs who [ returned home alive were flown _to the White House for a reception, no provision was made to cover burial travel expenses for "the families of dead POWs. In a letter to the Washington Post published on March 22 he wrote that the situation eemed inequitable. 'Just because men come omo in a coffin does not make icm any less heroes than the ·ies who came hack alive,' ie said. Her letter drew the attentioi f Sen. Robert .1. Dole, R-Kan. 'ho introduced a compensator ill that afternoon. Withii ours it passed the Senate b; oice vote. Throe days later, the House oncurrecl and President Nixon igned the measure into law be ore the week was out. Strange Names JACKSONVILLE. Fla. (AP) n 34 years with the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics, Everett Williams has recordet some strange names on birth certificates. How about Emancipation Proclamation Cogshell, Sport, Model Iligginbotham, Starligh Cauliflower Shaw, or Ma Aroni? Williams issued a list of In 150 most unusual names he ha encountered on his job. He di it, he said, to inject a little In mor into his work. Some parents, he said, mus also have a sense of h u m o r , o else a grudge against, the! child. He's recorded such names fo twins as Pete and Kepeat. Ear ly and Curly. A.C. and D.C and Bigamy and Larceny. ockpit of history." It was Drian, the outspoken Jesuit ricst, w h o First introduced a 'xon impeacgment resolution nto Congress. And it was Drinan, sitting ith a reporter this week he- ind a desk stacked high with ommittee reports and docum nts, who called the impeach mcnt inquiry "a terrible bur- en, . an awesome responsi- ility." WEARING CHORE It is, the Massachusetts Con- ressman added, a "wearing" chore to sit through day long ommittee sessions and then re- urn to pore through whal Tiembers call the "black jocks"-- volumes of staff xrt5 on various facets of the nvestigation. Then, too, there are the long wurs of outside research anc moments of contemplation. "If we dp remove him from office," Drinan asks himself oud. "what would be the re iilt?" It is a question that Drinan often ponders -- alone -- durini he late hours in his office. "He sits in there hours afte he rest, of the staff's gon home," an aide remarked, "li the entire House Office Build ng, it's just him, the guard and the maids." Drinan is accustomed to Ion hours, but Railsback is ui accustomed to his share of the publicity. "A lot of people, even bac! home, never knew him." Keif Syfert,, a Railsback assistan recalled. "This has changed that." That fact is.evident bv walk ing into his ofice, cluttered ; it is with boxes of mail froi unknown experts in cities lik Tucson. Ariz. Piled two deck high on his desk are response to be signed -- polite note ritten by aides informing the "tier writers that "I haven't ade up my mind yet on the mpeachment issue." TIME IS SHORT No longer docs the congress- nan respond to the flood of etters from outside his district - the free time is too short, he volume of letters too heavy. 1c uses the precious time U CALLS FLOOD IN Kaslenraeier is not the flood's only victim. Wiggins 'office one afternoon received a total of 28 calls from broadcast and print media reporters. "Some say I'm an expert, that said ead through nd briefs. The books I'm informed," Wiggins in an interview. "But stacks of books are analytical e.g.. Raoul Berger's Impeachment. The Constitutional Pro- )lems) and the briefs are re- earch works prepared by groups as diverse as the AFL y l O - a n d Common Cause, the Jew York Bar Association and Yale Law School. The public exposure, bolstered by a recent appearance on 'Face the Nation," has been velcomed both by the congressman and his staff. But there s concern in the Railsback of- ice about the November elec- .ion, when he will be matched against a local lawyer w h o s e criticism of the incumbent becomes more loud as Railsback's ;imc on the Judiciary Committee increases. "There is fear," Syfert admitted, "that we may be sacrificing this election." There is, however, little time for committee members to ponder their re-election chances. It is thoughts of presidential impeachment that rivet their attention. "It's the kind of thing t h a t you can't turn olf when you leave the office." said Kaz Oshiki, the press secretary for Kastenmeier.- "Kastenmeier thinks of it all the time." Put 'Se congressman's biggest headache," Oshiki contended, is (he flood of inquiries and requests for interviews from the media. there's no TIME to be fully in formed." Wiggins is another of the committee member unaccusl omcd to publicity. "There was a time when we couldn't even get on TV stations that showed nothing but old movies and "Beany and Cecil." said Patric Roland, a Wiggins assistant. Wiggins says that all of his time out of committee is taken up with reading and reporters. The reading consists of more than the staff reports and re- seach materials. Included, too, are books about Andrew John, son, the last president who faced impeachment, and works about government procedure and operations in England a n d elsewhere. Describing a typical day re cently. Wiggins' account echoed that of other Committee mem hers. "1 got home late and talked with my wife for about 14 min utes." he recalled. "And then fell asleep reading Supreme lourt briefs that might relate o impeachment." WORK CONTINUES Morning until night, day afte day, the process continues -he committee sessions, tn nterviews. the readings. Th outine changes not only th congressmen; it changes the of ices. Once quiet and orderly, th offices are now activity centers where the telephones don't sto ringing the mail doesn't sto coming, the conversation abou the man and his commitle doesn't stop flowing. Conspic uous by t h e i r absence a to the committee room. It is in their often empty of fices that the mail piles up next to the books and document that the congressmen will rea -- if ever and whenever the return. The worn faces of staff mei hers reflect the long hours and the tension of the fir presidential impeachment 11 quiry in more than a centur Aider, speak excitedly, of th committee, of the exposure. . the place that even they migl occupy in history. 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There was a 122 per cent average increase in food costs and a 300 per cent hike in lumber costs. The cost of gasoline and diesel fuel rose 00 per cent, he said. The cost of fertilizer for farm operations rose 93 per cent Seed costs rose 25 per cenl chemical prices went up 31 per cent and feed prices soared 7£ per cent. Terrell Don Hutto, orrection commissioner, and Marshal Rush of Pine Bluff. Correction Board chairman, could be con tacted for comment. in Springdale SEEBURG MUFFLER NOW OPEN HEAVY DUTY MUFFLER Installed MFETPIK GUARANTEE FAST SERVICE S E E B U R G MUFFLER ffll?bw»y 71 Norti (M NIWT* City Limits) ft li:v4»Jkk.£. ARKANSAS Our regular 4-month program only $9,50 pw month. The next 4-month Alagic Alirror figure salons Westgate Shopping Center Hwy. 62 W. 71 By-Pass 8:30 lo 8:30 p.m. Monday Ihni Friday 9 to 4 p.m. on Saturday! Team up will · friend and splft the cost during Magic Mirror's fantastic 1 iSALEI SEVEN OF THE REASONS I WANT TO BE YOUR SHERIFF 1. Efficient records 2. 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Full cooperation with all organizations that are interested in sound law enforcement I PERSONALLY AND SINCERELY ASK FOR YOUR VOTE AND INFLUENCE PAUL PEEVY Political Ad Paid for By Paul Peevy, Springdale ATTENTION FELLOW HUNTERS OCTOBER 13--ANIMAL LIBERATION DAY PROCLAMATION WiHfREAS--non-humans are deserving of respect and love: and "WHEREAS--it is'the obligation of humans to see to it that no undue harm: shall t, ; inflicted upon non-humans by humans; and WHEREAS--each year millions oC animals are the unnecessary victims of cruel traps, guns, contests, and many other human-inflicted tortures; and WHEREAS--Preservation of the individual wild animal is oC growing concern in America today: .NOW THEREFORE--We, Governors and Mayors of American States and Cities, do hereby proclaim October 13, 1973 asAnimalLiberationEay.forthepra-, vention of crucify to all animals, wild or domestic, and to call upon all citizens to refrain from participating in cruel aclivUies.and.sports which lead to such cruelty during this period, and throughout years to come, A R K A N S A S Friends of Animals is the only national organization with action programs to halt animal exploit ation.Yoa are needed to realize the goal of animal.liberation. Please return this coupon i n d i c a t i n g y o u r support, both moral and financial. 7JUENDS OF ANIMALS, JNi 11 West 60th Strict. New Yor: M » » f t i r ~,,j f .*,r.t*m «r« (Ux-d help liberMAlht animals. PIf Astmakr f l! me I r CiW.SiKK-.. .ZipC«U_ Ad appearing ia Oct. 7 ituc «(New York Tinea. Dale Bumpers signed this "Friends of Animals" Proclamation According to the president of "Friends of Animals", Ms. Alice Herrington: "I favor a law that would divide all sportsmen into two armies and let them shoot at each other. That would be fair. The only news that cheers me during hunting season is when one hunter kills another hunter." [ -Arkansas Gazette, May 10, 1974 Think About It When You Vote May 28th M Mi. P»W r*«r By Bill WWtfWrf, Bill WMttorford and B«my 5hr«v«

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