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Editorial-Opinion Tht Public interest It Th« First Concern Oj Thil Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, JUNC 2, 1974 Jacobsen 'Flushes Out' An Old Crony The Congressional Runoff The primary campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Third Congressional District has gone a long way toward acquainting voters with the candidates. There were four good challengers for the nomination leading into the preferential primary, and the combined exposure, we imagine, will work to the eventual benefit of the final survivor in terms of voter recognition and awareness of issues. Bill Clinton, the University law professor of Fayetleville and Gene Rainwater, veteran state legislator from Fort Smith, are now gearing up for the runoff primary. Rainwater, with strong backing from conservative constituents in Fort Smith, faces the runoff with the district's most populous county (Sebastian) backing him. Clinton, meanwhile, has a base of support in Washington County, where he lives, and in Garland County, where his parents reside, and where he was reared. The match-up, then, will turn on how well the two candidates do among district voters with whom they are getting acquainted for the first time. The Rainwater camp contends that their man will gather up almost all the votes accorded David Stewart in the first go-round. "Clinton has already gotten about all the votes he can get," says one of Rainwater's advisers. This opinion, however, reflects the Sebastian County viewpoint -- which pictures Clinton as dangerously liberal and Rainwater as reassuringly conservative -- more than the district as a whole. Clinton contends, meanwhile, that he isn't particularly liberal in his views, and he doubts that the right- left issue will be a deciding factor with many of the uncommitted voters at this stage of the campaign. What Clinton has going for him, it strikes us, is an enormously appealing presentation (he is a GOOD campaigner) and the same sort of comforting image that has done so well for Mssrs. Bumpers, Pryor and Purcell. It is no accident that Clinton claimed a good plurality of the votes against three able and attractive candidates in the first primary. We rather expect him to claim a majority the next time around. Folk Center The Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View is now open for the summer season, with new attractions, admission charges revised downward, and a somewhat streamlined administration. Financing the Center remains a problem, clearly, for the state Parks and Travel Commission, the sponsoring agency. This summer's operation will go a long way toward defining the dimensions of the money requirement for the next regular session of the General Assembly. Considerable effort has gone into revamping the Center's potential for a better financial showing this season, extending from travel promotion literature to the building of an authentic one-room log cabin typical of the first homes built by north Arkansas settlers. It remains to be seen if attendance climbs this year, and if relations can be improved or stabilized between opposing elements o£ the Mountain View political and artistic community. This will be the first season for the Center as a side attraction for Blanchard Caverns, complete "with improved access by way of state Hwy. 14. Crafts exhibits are regarded by some to have been a weak aspect of the Center's lure for family visitation. Efforts have been made to bolster quality and quantity of crafts, a matter which awaits judgment. Meantime, the musicales, which are the heart of the Center's operation, continue to feature excellent and abundant talent, Our best wishes go to Jimmy Driftwood and his Rackensackers at the Center. They deserve good crowds, and a successful year. By JACK ANDERSON W A S H I N O T O N - Dairy lobbyist Jake Jacobscn has described as .sordid a scene, if his secret confession is trm;. as ever has occurred in the Treasury Department's hinhest office. Among Watergate investigators privy to Jacobsen's account, the episode has bc»me k n o w n as the "toilet incident." It happened when John C o n n a l l y was Secretary of.- the Treasury. The hold, booming Texan -- "Big John." h i s friends call him -- was then the rage in Washington. AlTnost everyone agreed he was presidential limber. lie let everyone around him k n o w he was serving at a sacrifice. His government salary didn't, provide him with enough pocket money, he complained, to live in the high style to y^iich he had become accustomed: He would have to start selling o f f his investments, he bemoaned, if he stayed around Washington for long. His lament did not go unheeded. His close f r i e n d .Jake Jacobsen picked up $10,000 firom the Associated Milk Producers. Inc.. stashed half of it in a .safe deposit box and browght the remaining $5,000 to the Treasury Department, As Jacobscn has described [he incident to Watergate investigators, he handed over the cash in five crisp. $1,0(15 packets to Connally. The smriling secretary carefully removed the wrappers, strode into his private bathroom and flushed 1 the telltale wrappers down the The Washington Merry-Go-Round From The Bookshelf Much has been said and written about the collective wisdom and good sense of the American people; that somehow by some mysterious osmosis the voters sift through all the political propaganda and select the best men to lead the country. That notion has always been poppycock; the Nixon- Agnevy experience merely documents it anew. Closer to the truth is the demonstrated fact that the American people -and the press that strives to discern for them who these rrssn are who seek to lead -- are poor judges of character, as vulnerable now to the trick mirrors of the television age as they have been to the age-old deceptions of men in politics. Spiro Agnew was a slick snake-oil salesman. Not everyone bought his product, but just about everyone bought him. The accepted wisdom, among political friend and foe alike, was that you might not agree with Agnew, but he was honest. The measure of his fall was in that misconception: in his greed, he squandered finally the one prime source of his political wealth, the belief that he was the exception in politics -- an honest man. --Richard M. Cohen and Jules Witcower, A Heartbeat Aioay (1974) Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunriav J u n e 2. the 153rd day of 1974. There are 212 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1953. Britain's Queen Elizabeth It was crowned in Westminster Abbey in London. On t h i s d a t e : In 1851. Maine became the First slate to enact a prohibition law. In 1886, President Grover Cleveland married his w a r d . Frances Kolsom, at a White House wedding ceremony. In 1924. Congress conferred citizenship upon all American Indians. In 1941. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a war meeting at Brennar Pass in (he Alps. In 1944, (he United States opened a bomber base in the Soviet Union to carry out shuttle raids against G e r m a n y . In 1961, President and Mrs. John Kennedy were wildly cheered on a visit to Paris. Ten years ago: The world's They'll Do It Every Time tUUfi MOT ME. 1 I COMTUKE TV/VOU6ET rr.' WH9 60S MiTHE 600P OW OF IT? first atomic-powered merchant ship, the S.S. Savannah, received a noisy xvelcome as it entered New York harbor for the first time, Five years ago: The Australian aircraft carrier. Melbourne, sliced through the U.S. destroyer. Frank E. Evans, during maneuvers in the South China Sea. Seventy-four American lives were lost. One year ago: An American cargo ship and a Belgian tanker collided in the Narrows of New York Harbor, with a loss of 18 lives. Today's birthdays: The exiled king of Greece. Constantino II, is 34 years old. Former astronaut Charles Conrad is 45. What Others Say PRECEDENT ABANDONED The U.S. Supreme Court, has dealt a blow to the poor -and to precedent. In 5 to 4 decision, the court ruler) that consumers who buy goods on time payment plans may have their property seized without hearing or a court order if the seller alleges a violation of the time-payment schedule. The ruling, by Justice Byron R. White, is a serious defeat for consumers because it flatly reverses a Supreme Court ruling of two years ago that decreed persons should Be provided due process before losing their property. In the earlier decision, the court interpreted due process to mean that consumers were entitled to notice t h a t their property was in danger and to a hearing before it could be seized. In dissenting from the opinion, Justice Potter Stewart bitterly pointed out t h a t the contradiction was a result of the new "conservation" posture of the court. "The majority has unmistakably overruled t h e consumer case of t\vo years ago without offering any factual justification," Stewart said, "except for (lie new makeup on the court." Dozens of states (not including Arkansas, fort u n a t e l y ) have rewritten their repossession laws based on the IS72 decision. Now these states' laws will have to be changed again. One of the principles of Anglo-American jurisprudence is- something called stare decisis.a Latin phrase that means simply that a precedent, once established, should not he broken unless it is demonstrated that the principle it was based on is wrong. As Justice Stewart pointed out. no such demonstration was made or even attempted. "Unless we respect the constitutional decisions of this court, we can hardly expect that others will do 50." he said. How true. If the court can't means (and especially if it keeps deciding on 5 to 4 basis.) How can Uie people be anything hot confused? This decision is not only confusing but irritating since it is against .the interest of the consumer. Quicker than anything, anger and bewilderment can lead to the mockery of th* law. -ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT toilet. Jacobsen has alleged. When we reached Connally for comment, he listened in uncharacteristic silence to the account of the toilet incident. Then he quietly repeated the denial he has made in the past. He said that he was twice offered the tlO.Wfl milk payment but that he twice rejected it The relucant Jacobscn has fold Watergate prosecutors, quite to the contrary, that he delivered the money to Connally in two $5.009 installments. After the milk scandal came under investigation, Jacobsen has related, a repentant Connally brought back the hot $10.000. The two friends agreed upon a cover story. Jacobsen promised to sav the milk money had been rejected by Connally and had been kept in a safe deposit box. But in his later confession. Jacobsen has now alleged that Connally became nervous that the bills could be traced. So he allegedly arranged to bring Jacobscn a second, substitute bundle in Austin. Tex. Meanwhile. Jacobsen was called before a g r a n d jury where he loyally repeated the cover story. Rut the FBI broke down his story, and the grand jury indicted him for perjury. He was also indicted about the same time in an unrelated savings-and-loan case. Jacobsen has an ailing wife who nced.s his constant attention. So in a bid for leniency, he offered to cooperate with the prosecutors and gave them the incriminating details against Connally. The FBI has now confirmed many of the details from bank records, travel vouchers and witnesses, such as the chauffeur who drove Connally in a limousine from Houston to Austin for the rendezvous with Jacobsen. The FBI has also established that Connally intervened in behalf of the milk producers both with the White House and with former Attorney General John Mitchell. THE RAINMAKERS: There were flat denials when we reported on March 18. 1971. t h a t Air Force rainmakers were seeding the clouds over the North Vietnamese spy trails "in an attempt to concentrate more rainfall upon the trails and to wine them out." Melvin Laird, who was questioned about this after he Became Secretary of Defense. testified before Congress on April 18. 1072: "We have never engaged in t h a t type of activity over North Vietnam." This was a bald-taccr! lie. The Defense Department has now admitted that the Air Force, indeed, conducted top secret rainmaking onerations over Ihe simply trails from 1967 to 1H7Z. In response, a sheepish Laird has corrected his testimony, explaining that he had been misinformed. He is claiming, in "What W[as Your House Going To Be Made Of?" Art Buc/iwa/d All-Purpose Speech For Vice President other worlds, that w« had better Pentagon sources than he aid. Flattering as this may be. it is untrue. In our story three years ag» we gave specific details of the hush-hush rainmaking project including its code name "Intermediary-Compatriot." We reported that the rainmaking experiments had started in 1967 and that the participants believed they hod "increased, the precipitation over the jungle roadways during the wet seasons.-" Our Pentagon sources say these details, which have now been o f f i c i a l l y confirmed by the. Defense Department, were, available to Larid. The public, ought to demand an end to official lying, even if it takes a few more perjury prosecutions to do it. Land Use: A Bone For The Courts CHICAGO (ERR) -- A conference on land use litigation will be held June 7-9 in Chicago, sponsored by the Urban Land-Institute, the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association. IN A FORTHCOMING novel set in the not so distant future, John Mersey describes a citizen waiting in an endless l i n e in order to petition his government for more open space. In that densely overpopulated world, each person is allowed only eight feet by twelve feet of living space, and there is a rumor that the authorities are about to reduce everyone's share. "Across the s t r e e t , " Mersey's citizen'reflects, "I can see the upper part of the wall enclosing the Green....The public is not admitted inside (ha wall. The Green -- green space. a museum of openness, The lines of citizens waiting on pavements to get to t h e windows in that wall, just (o gaz« at Hie emptiness within, are the longest in he whole city." In 1974. it requires a fanciful leap of the imagination to envision the day when open parks and green forests will be sealed off from the public, but the fact that it can be foreseen at all is a comment on the growing concern over our society's use of land and space* Land use planning has become a key phrase in today's environmental lexicon, but the using still precedes the planning most of the time. Granted, the pressures of population growth and housing requirements are enormous. According to a 1972 Senate report, by the year 2000 the nation must build again all that it has built before -- as many homes, schools and hospitals in the next three decades as have been built in the past three centuries. By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- Vice President Gerry Ford has been zigging and zagging on the question of impeachment for some time. It's a very difficult position for him to be in., and since he has to give so many speeches it's hard for him to remember what he said the; day before. Because 1 admire the Vice President very much I have written a standard speech for him which should cover all the bases. It goes like this: My fellow Americans, I would like to say before 1 begin that I am neither for impeachment nor against impeachment. I believe that a little impeachment never Jiurt anybody. But if impeactrenent gets out of hand and starts to a f f e c t the country, then we should take another look at it and decide whether there: is another way of resolving the issue which can accommodate the positions of those who are for it. as opposed to those : who are against it. Now let me say at the outset that on the basis of all I have read so fa' the President ii not guilty of any impeacJiable offenses. At the same time, if he is withholding evidence which could show that he should be impeached, then he should t u r n this evidence over to the House Judiciary Committee and settle his guilt or innocence once and for all. I HAVE TALKED to the President on this very suject and expressed my views ijuite clearly. He has expressed! hi» views to me. It's quite possible that on the basis of our discussions we may disagree. But the fact that we disagree does not mean that we dot not see the question in the same way. The President may have kis reasons for not turning over the tapes to the Judiciary Com- Tnittee. and 1 mav have my reasons for him to get the whole thing out in the open. Because the President is stonewalling Congress does not mean that I do not support his efforts to do the right thing no matter if I personally believe it's the wrong thing. , . I feel the House Judiciary Committee has enough evidence now to judge whether the President is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and they shouldn't ask for any more evidence unless they believe they need the evidence to find out if the President is guilty or not. If they need it, then the President should turn it over to them, though I think it would be a mistake if the President turned over the material and it was then decided it wasn't the proof they needed. FURTHERMORE, and I have said this many times, the fact that the President has decided to refuse to give more evidence to the Congress should not be interpreted to mean he is hiding anything. I do not know if he is hiding anything because I have not heard the tapes. And I do not want to hear the tapes because if I heard them I would have to make a judgment-as the President's innocence or guilt, which would be a mistake if at soroe future date I would be asked where I stand. I can tell you though that every time I have met with the President he has been in excellent health both mentally and physically, and 1 am impressed at his ability to see everything to clearly, although at times it doesn't seem very clear to me. In conclusion I would like to cay that I will continue to support the President, although I may may disagree with him. And I know be fupporU me. That's why he keeps calling me in to t a l k to him about why I am not supporting him. If he didn't respect me, he wouldn't try to change my mind. Would he? (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Bible Verse "Another parable put he forth onto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is l i k e to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field." Matthew 13:31 The Word of God is here to stay! Every believer has the opportunity of standing on its promises and a tiohligation to share its truth. "My Word shall not return unto me void." "Jesus saith unto him. I am - t h e way. the truth, and the l i f e ; no man cometh tinto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 A denomination cannot take the place of regeneration nor a church creed substitute for the Saviour. It is a reckless thing to become a member of any group without having met the Master. "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God." Psalms 62:11 I! you are looking for strength to see something through, remember the source of it all. Jesus .said, "All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth" -- so now we can say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Father, in Jesus' name, please show forth your power now. Amen. "Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me." Pulm* SI: 11 SUCH M O N U M E N T A L growth trends have met with determined resistance in some states and communities which have begun to question the benefits of unlimited development. Land use laws have been enacted in Vermont. Maine, Colorado, Florida and Hawaii, and many other states are con siriering similar legislation. But most experts agree that a strong federal land use bill is th'e only way to bring order to the hodge-podge of zoning regulations, sewer moratoriums, and population limitations which are springing up nationwide. The Senate in 1972 passed a bill to provide federal grants and technical aid to help state.s develop land use programs for areas of critical environmental concern, important facilities, regionally beneficial projects and large-scale developments. The House version was bogged down for months by committee controversies and parliamentary maneuverings, but is now slated for a House vote sometime in June. OPPONENTS OF THE measure argue that it is the first step toward "federal zoning" and would deprive private property owners of the traditional right to use their land as they please. They say the bill unduly emphasizes the n a t u r a l environment a n d neglects economic and social considerations. Furthermore, they contend that a federal land use law will deluge the courts with a steady stream of lawsuits and counter- suits by environmental groups and building firms fighting to determine how land shall be used. Rep. Sam Steiger (R- Ariz.) asserts that parts of the House bill "invite litigation on every line." Indeed, the courts are where the crunch will come in the land use battle. "Recent evidence indicates that litigation is rapidly becoming » decisive factor in land use development," says Syd Rasper of the Urban Land institute. For environmentalists, developers and their attorneys, going to court still beats standing in line. There is a great need for us to recognize the vital part of the Holy Spirit in regneration and renewal. "Grieve not the Spirit...quench not the Spirit." "It is not by might nor by power but my Spirit saith the Lord." "Restore unto me the joy ef Thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." Psalmi Sl:12 Who hasn't longed for that same feeling and release we had when we first released our faith to God, receiving Jesus ·i our Saviour? God has not changed. To have ttiat old time feeling, we need to get back to that first tube experience.

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