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JJortijtoest Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest It The First Concern Of TM» Netospaper 6 · WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1974 Bebe Chips In On Behalf Of Friend Dick Hey, Gals... They N eed You! Since the draft officially ended almost one year ago, the army has been having trouble getting enough volunteers. As of February 1974, the army had recruited only 187,000, or 87 per cent, of the 215,000 persons it needed to keep it up to its authorized strength of 804,000. There is, however, one bright spot in the recruitment picture -women are volunteering for military service in unprecedented numbers. In June 1972 there were approximately 13,320 women on active duty in the army. By the following year that figure had risen to about 16,800 and today there are 23,388 women in army dress. The army hopes to bring that figure to 50,000 by fiscal year 1979. A spokesman for Brig. Gen. Mildred C. Bailey, director of the Women's Army Corps, told Editorial Research Reports that the WAG rarely has trouble meeting its monthly quotas even though the standards for female recruits are higher than those for men. Women who want to enlist must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Men need not. The drive to enlist more women has been accompanied by an expansion of job opportunities and benefits available to them. A year ago, on May 14, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that military women married to civilians are entitled to the same housing and health benefits for their families as servicemen have always received for theirs. Previously, married seryicewomen had to show they were contributing more than half of their husband's support before they could receive such benefits. When they return to civilian life, women are eligible for the same veterans' benefits granted men. These include monthly payments while attending school and low-cost housing loans. In early 1972, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 35 per cent of all military job classifications were open to women. Most of these were clerical, administrative, medical or communications positions. Today, women are eligible for about 81 per cent of all service jobs, including truck driver, welder, electrician, fire fighter and military intelligence analyst. The only jobs still tagged "for men only" are in combat-related areas. But despite the new image, most WACs still occupy traditional jobs. Gen. Bailey believes this is because the women are afraid they won't be able to use the other skills when they return to civilian life. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- ' At the same lime that Bcbe Rebozo was collecting secret cash contributions for . President Nixon the presidential crony also paid some of the President's bills. We have now traved to Rebo- zo's personal account an $11,978.84 check, which went to pay for improvements on the President's property at Key Biscayne. Flo. Reliable sources also claim that Rebozo paid for a swimming pool, a pool table and architectural services for the President. We have not seen the canceled checks, however, tor these expenditures. Th $11,978.84 check, dated Aug. 6. 1965. and signed by Rebozo, was made out to Babcock Company, a Florida firm. A Babcock official, confirming receipt o! the check, saiil it was payment for electrical, air conditioning and painting work on the Nixon home at 516 Bay Lane. The official also confirmed receipt of two other payments for work at the presidential compound. On Aug. 7, 1969, an $11.307.12 cashier's check was delivered to the company. The cashier's check, drawn on Rebozo's Key Biscayne Bank, bears Richard Nixon's name as t h e remitter. We have established, h o w e v e r , that Nixon was not in Florida at the time. Again, on Oct. 9. 1969, Babcock received payment for a $6,299.44 bill, which the company had submitted to Rebozo for replacing a roof and air conditioning ducts at another of The Washington Merry-Go-Round From The Readers Viewpoint 'Poorhomes' To the Editor: Mr. Joseph Weslon, the Republican hopeful, has thrown serious doubt as to his ability to articulate the needs of the people of the state of Arkansas in a recent statement. I, and many others I am sure, are thouroughly indignant at his recent criticism of nursing homes in the state. 1 neither own nor have any interest attendant upon nursing home operations. I am sure that my case is not unique. An aged aunt in my family would be dead at this writing were it not for such nursing institutions to aid her. It would be of extreme interest to myself and other citizens of the state of Arkansas to hear Weslon's proposed replacement for such vitally needed services. Mr. Weston seems to be confusing the "poorhouse" with today's modern homes for our senior citizens. Perhaps all concerned persons faced with the need for the care of elderly people should follow Mr. Weston's advice and leave them to themselves (and death) while merrily counting the money thereby saved. Finally I sincerely wish that if a time comes when our older citizens cannot have the support such homes give then I pray we all be faced in our own last years with ingratitude, silence, and desertion. Steve Gunter Payettcville I From Our fifes? How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO The decoration of tho graves of Ihc Southern dead at the Confederate Cemetery in this city, on Thursday last, was the grandest day ever known in the city of Faycttevillo. The number of persons present were estimated at four to five thousand. Work on the University building is progressing finely, 50 YEARS AGO Cyclones sweeping through Northwest Arkansas Wednesday night cost the life of one woman, wounded some 10 people, wrought heavy property damage and left parts of the fruit section practically demoralized. Wires arc down, communications broken and train service delayed. The worst of the many cyclones that were reported last 100 YEARS AGO Greenland school superintendent John Sullivan collected S75.000 and former Springdale superintendent $ 1 2 , 0 0 0 i n damages resulting from an accident near Mountainburg, when their car collided with a rural mail carrier's vehicle. Because the man was on duty, the- federal government was the defendant in the case, which was heard by U.S. District Messrs. Reed and Wright, in charge of the brick work, are wide-awake and stirring gentlemen and they will have their part of the contract finished on time. Our farmers are now complaining of a little too much "dryness." If it don't rain soon, the prospects for an abundant corn crop is not very flattering. night was near Farmington where Mrs. Elmer Carlton was killed. A limber was driven through her body by the wind, killing her almost instantly. Fruit losses in this section through the tornado of last right and a heavy hail which egisterert south of Springdale as far as Johnson and near Son's Chapel, will total thousands of dollars. Court Judge John Miller. Voters of the Decatur School District voted against a proposal to borrow $10,000 Irom the school revolivng fund to bunld a teachcrage to be rented to the school superintendent. Regislration is set for Monday, June I, for Fayetfeville High School's summer school session, which begins Wednesday, June 3. They'll Do It Every Time EFFICIENCY IN THE HOSPITAL SUPPLY DEPARTMENT OUTTH6SUP r«-potww 2JZUAME WANTS IT? Bureaucracy To the Editor: The Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1013 and gave he federal government the power to levy direct taxes on income. Those people ot grral wealth who, at that time, may have harbored feelings of revenge against the general populace for passing a law that threatened confiscation of their fortunes could, if they were still around, now dance with glee at the altainment of their revenge. The income tax has now come to rest with crushing weight on the shoulders of the average American citizen, while the rich, using legal loopholes, in many cases get off lightly. As these thoughts cross my mind, I am also thinking about letters to the Times from M. G. and C. B. in which they decry the destruction of the old post office building on the. square by that agency of official vandalism - Housing and Urban Development. I am thinking too about, the letter from the Robinson Community Improvement Club expressing alarm over the p r o p o s e d federally funded regional sewage treatment plant on the Illinois River that they fear will destroy the quality of their community and of their lives. I am thinking, as well, of a little group of self-interest promoters who are now hard at work again to try lo promote a regions! airport in spite of the fact it has twice been turned down by voters of the region. Their plans require federal money to largely underwrite the cost of a facility that will never be u s e d much by the population in general. I am thinking of school busing, of gun controls, of anti- fire works edicts, and a thousand other restrictions coming from federal bureaucracies, lhat rob us of lhat most precious of all human rights - freedom. What I am thinking about, overall, is waste, vast incomprehensible bureaucratic waste of our spiritual and our material resources. We may, with vast effort and quastion- able compromise, at the end, win an occasional victory ever this bureaucracy but we cannot - and are not - winning in general. There are many people who are properly alarmed at a general loss of patriotism in our country, especially among the young. To me, it is a wonder there is any patriotism left. After all, who can love a bureaucracy? What we must do, it seems to me. is to dismantle this monster, this federal bureaucracy, while we still have Ihe freedom to do it, if indeed we still do. I propose that the most practicable way to do this is to cut off the energy the bureaucracy operates on - tax money going to Washington. We must support politicians who will honestly work to radically reduce taxes and not just talk about it. I believe Bill Fulbright is one of these. He, as usual, is far ahead of the rest in seeing dangers to our freedoms, and I believe he sees more clearly than any other Arkansas politician the dangers we now face in bureaucracy. I do not believe Dale Bumpers sees this yet, even though he claims to. I do not believe that Wilbur Mills - stonewalling it as usual for the oil companies - really cares. If we as Amarican citizens cannot get the freedom suffocating monster of bureaucracy off our backs then we will be obligated to teach our children to say "My country tis of Thee Land of Bureaucracy," "^nry H. Hicks Fayeltevll!* President Nixon's Key Biscayne houses. We have been unable, however, to determine whoss check was used in this transaction. Sources familiar with the financial records also say that Rebozo paid presidential pool, pool table and architectural services, but we have been unable lo obtain the exact figures. It is an interesting coincidence, however, that these expenditures coincided with the. delivery of the first of two $50,000 cash bundles which billionaire Howard Hughes sent to the President. Richard Danner, a Hughes henchman, told us he delivered the cash to Rebozo at his Key Biscayne bank. It could have been in the summer of 1969. Danner said, but he couldn't be sure. Hughes' former chief honcho, Robert Maheu, told us he was certain the first $50,000 was delivered in 1969. To the best of his recollection, he said, it was in August. F O O T N O T E : T h e White House did not respond to our inquiries. Hebozo. speaking through an intermediary, said he would have to check his financial records which he did not have'· at hand. We will be happy to publish their comments when we receive them. SMUGGLING SYNDICATE: Chinese opium mandarins have organized a smuggling syndicate similar lo the one run by the Corsican Mafia, which for years has supplied most ot the heroin on American streets. The Chinese smuggling ring has its headquarters in Taipei, the capital of trouble-ridden Taiwan. To the credit of Taiwan's police, they have kept the Chinese narcotics chieftains under close surveillance and are svorking with U,S. authorities to disrupt the opium opera- lion. But ironically, it has been good law enforcement that has driven the independent ethnic Chinese drug smugglers into o n e t i g h t l y disciplined organization. · In the last few months, Hong Kong narcotics agents have intercepted several .trawlers running opium to Hong Kong for conversion to heroin. These seizures slowed the heroin trade for six to seven weeks and forced up the price of heroin 100 per cent for awhile, according to intelligence sources. A Hong Kong agent also grabbed a supply of acetic anhydridge. the chemical used to process opium into heroin. The confiscated chemical had been labeled "Salt Fish" to sneak it into Hong Kong. The seizure was followed by police raids on three of Hong Kong's most important heroin laboralories. All this police action finally led to hectic efforts to form a Chinese smuggling syndicate based in Taiwan. The Chinese n a r c o t i c s dealers have developed a ruthlessly efficient organization, with tics to foreign banks. State Of Affairs What Next From Gold water? But the Taiwanese police have doggedly kept on the trad of the narcotics smugglers, using sophisticated equipment to bug their meetings and phone FOOTNOTE: The United States has also put the heat on South Vietnamese and Thai authorities to make more drug arrests. With Oriental guile, some police have arranged with cab drivers to stash marijuana in their hacks. When an American fare is picked up, the hacker signals the police who arrest the unsuspecting Americ a n for possession or. marijuana. This increases the number of arrests, although not quite in the way the United States had intended. - SADAT'S CHARITY: Without; congressional approval. President Nixon quietly authorized a $10 million grant recently to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's favorite charity: The $10 million contribution in U.S.-held Egyptian pounds was sent to Waafa Wa'l Amal,. the Loyalty and Hope Society,which is headed by Mrs. Anwar Sadat. ' . T . In a letter to Rep. Lester- Wolff, D-N.Y.. the State Department conceded that tne- grant had been authorized, "notwithstanding the absence at the time of formal diplomatic relations and the existence of other potentially applicable, prohibitons." :· But the money, though it may have violated the law, went for a good cause: relief efforts such as rehabilitating recent war casualties. Religion, Politics Don't Mix WASHINGTON (ERR) - Th» Rev. John J. McLaughlin has d e m o n s t r a t e d anew lhat religion and politics often make for a volatile mixture in the United States. McLaughlin. who joined the While House staff as a spcechwriter in 1971. has emerged us one of President Nixon's principal spokesmen since the edited tape transcripts were made public. But his elp- qucnl. forceful statements in support ot the President have disturbed ninny of hs fellow Jesuits, and he has been summoned by his religious superior to retire to Boston for a period of "prayer" and "reflection." McLaughlin is hardly the first or the only clergyman to . become entangled in politics. The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, also a Jesuit, was elected to Congress from Massachusetts in " 1970. and now sits on the House Judiciary Committee. He is among'the group of Democrats on the committee who have been most critical of Nixon's handling of Watergate. Yet another Jesuit, Ihe Rev. Daniel Bcrrigan, created a stir in 1MB when he and eight others burned draft records in Calonsvillc, Md., to protest American involvement in Ihe Vietnam war. The "Calonsville Nine" were convicted of the- crime and sentenced to prison. Berrigan proceeded to acquire fresh notoriely hy becoming a fugitive from justice for four months. By CLAYTON FR1TCHEY WASHINGTON -- T!ie more Mr. Nixon goes down, the more Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) goes up. After every damaging new revelation about ?/lr. Nixon, the press runs to the Arizonan to ask when he is goina to call on the President to resign, as if the senator had the power, not to say the will, to bring that about. The likabl e Goldwafer, despite his erratic views, is sometimes cannier than many realize. Tvcn before the recent publication of the White House tapes, the s e n a t o r was a.ready observing that the press if "trying to egg me into saying. 'Resign, Mr. President," bu; I'm not about to do it." "I th ; nk," he added, "they are tjv'jig to set me up -- the liberal columnists who are figuring I might fall for this saying, 'Damn it. I can go down in luster".' Well, I don't want to go down in history that way." Nevertheless, as Time magazine icported a few days ago, GoMwaliT is still "chairman of everybody's imaginary deiega- tbn of Republican leaders who might someday call on Nixon and tell him to go." The senator, however, appears to haw a more realistic understanding than the press of both Mr. Nixon and his susceptibility '.o Paidwater advice. THERE IS A general impression that Air. Nixon and Goldwater are old buddies. They aren't. It is widely believed that the President and the former presidential candidate a re in close communication. They aren't. It is thought the While House con- sistently relies on the Arizonan for advice on policy and politics. It seldom docs, and then mostly for "stroking" purposes. Goldwater himself is under no illusions about his standing at the White House. Nobody knows better than he lhat Richard Nixon, in the final analysis, runs his own show. He is. in the words of the senator, "the most complete loner I've ever known. The man operates all by himself. We don't know whom he talks to ur there." Goldwafer told U.S. News fe World Report that Mr. Nixon has never used the political judgment of the Republican Party. "My feeling." the senator said, "is that he sits alone most of the time and makes his own decisions. All of which sheds some light on why Goldwater says he doesn't "have the power to persuade Mr. Nixon to resign." And finally, he observes, "If Anybody tried that right now, I think he'd tell them to go to hell.'' The senator is probably right. The former GOP leader doesn't say so, but there are other reasons why his advice would not be welcome at the White House. The senator has a notoriously* short memory, while the Nixon men seldom forget or forgive. It has not slipped their minds that Goldwater has frequently been sharply critical of the President's involvement in Water- gale. .. NOW THAT HE is once more speaking up for the President, the senator seems blithely oblivious that only last Jan. 22 ho was predicting* that Water- gate would cost every Republican candidate a "disastrous" 10 per cent of the vote Uiis year. He did not formally call on Mr. Nixon to remove himself, but Ihe implication was that only resignation could save the party. He could see "nothing wrong" with Gerald Ford becoming President if Mr. Nixon should step aside. Ford, said the senator, is "Mr. Clean. He's an Ail-American Boy. Everybody likes him." Last November, Goldwater was voicing dismay over the rating which he said "has reached an all-time low from which he may not be able to recover." Later he was to say, "It's just the question in people's minds of just how honest is this man?" M o r e recently, however, Goldwater has been saying that Mr. Nixon "is probably the best President we've had in this century," although e v e n more recently he also said, "I happen to think Harry Truman could well be the best President we've had 0»s century." In any case, the Arizonan now seems to think it is futile to press for Mr. Nixon's resignation until it is certain that he facea an impeachment trial. The chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. John B. Anderson of Illinois, disagrees. He says the time is row. "Once the impeachment rfsolution is voted on," he porrits out, "the lines may have hardened again, and the President may have been persuaded that he can last a little longer." .. (C) 1174, LM Aigelea Times THE POLITICAL activities of a Father McLaughlin or a Father Berrigan pale in comparison with those of the "radio priest" of Ihe 1930s, Father Charles Edward Coughlin of Royal Oak, Mich. In the early New years, Coughlin was like Huey Long, iin independent political force to be reckoned with. C o u g h I i n ' s broadcasting career began in 1926, shortly after he had taken over as pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flowers. By 1!H4 his radio program, "The Golden Hour of the Little Flower," was being br o a d c a s t nationwide.. He received at least 80,000 letters in the course of a normal week and, after certain discourses, as many as a million. At first, Coughlin was an ardent supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt. "I will never change my philosophy that the New Deal is Christ's Deal," he said in April 1934. But the honeymoon didn't last long. Before the end of FDR's first term Coughlin had become a shrill critic of New Deal programs, and some of his radio harangues had what many listeners felt were anti- Semitic overtones. In 1936 Coughlin organized the Union Party along with Gerald L. K. Smith and Dr. Francis E. Townseml, author of the Townscnrl Plan for old-age pensions. The party and its presidential candidate, Rep. Wiliam Lemke of North Dakota, were buried without a trace in that November's Roosevelt landslide. From then oh. it was all downhill for Coughlin. In 1942 he was commanded by his ecclesiastical superiors to cease his radio broadcasts. IN THE YEARS ..since Coughlin's heyday, clergymen generally have taken a nonpartisan approach to politics and politicians. The late Richard Cardinal Gushing was a family friend of John F. Kennedy's, but he did not presume to offer political advice. In like fashion, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and evangelist Billy Graham maintained friendly but discreet relationships with President-! Eisenhower and Nixon. It was Eisenhower who instiluted the Prayer Breakfast, held annually in Washington, D.C., and attended by the President and other prominent persons. For one day a year, at least, religion and politics can mingle freely without fear of embarrassment of either side.

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