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M Northwett Arkansas TIMES, Sun., June 2, 1974 ARKANSM It May Look Like Zigzagging, But. Ford Views Himself As A Good Broken Field Runner By SAUL PETT CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -The drive was long but in the wrong fairway. ' "I've got a lot of power but nol much direction." paid Gerry Ford, the golfer, which is the converse oF Gerald R. Ford, the vice president, who currently has no power but may have a helluva direction. "Keep your head down." the golfer kept reminding himself out loud d u r i n g the Kcnipcr Open. At that, the golfer did better than the vice president, who probably is the most apparent heir-apparent in American history. Â· Before the day was out. Gerald Rudolph Kord forgot to keep his head down and zigged or zaggcd or waggled or waffled. He had been saying that President Nixon should give the H o u s e Jidiciary Committee tapes and other materal relevant to Watergate and " t h e looner the belter." Wednesday night, at a mini- news conference in Birmingham. Ala., h e s a i d i t w a s 'proper" for the Prescient to keep the m a t e r i a l from the committee until it h a d thoroughly studied the evidence it Â· Ircnriy had and heard wt- Southgate Shopping Center nesses. Had he ziggcd or zagged? "I probably did a litlle of Loth, hut a goon" broken field runner has to be able to do joth," he said. Is that why he played center at the University of Michigan? The vice president laughed liard at t h a t a n d , subsiding, .urticd serious. "I don't think I deviated too much from what I've said be- f o r e . I still want the W h i l e House to cooperate with the committee, but it is a mutter of iming and substance." Tlie vice president brushed a hand through his sandy hair, which is t h i n n i n g up the mddle like a fainvay in August. Hour- bon and branch water in hand, tie open, he was relaxing on his plane during a laic night return to Washington. Since Dec. 6, when he was sworn in to replace Spiro T. Agncw. the vice president has flown 76.822 miles, appeared in 31 stales, logged 28 hours, 55 minutes in the air. given more than 100 news conferences and n e a r l y 150 speeches, not counting briel r e m a r k s here and there. He docs not complain aboul the long hours. T h e working conditions are something else As the vice president chosen 1 ersona!ly by the President he might replace, Gerald Ford valks a tightrope unique in his- .ory. "I don't worry about it, 11 he said. "1 just do what comes naturally, I admire the President personally, but on the other hand, I've always spoken up. "I am aware of the tightrope. Surveillance WAUHAM. Mass. ( A P ) -Advanced closed-circuit monitoring equipment is being installed in the Greater Boston area as part of a survcijlance and control system that is ex- peccd to improve t r a f f i c flow and safety conditions on three interstate highways. The system includes a computer that will evaluate t r a f f i c conditions and. among other things, change the message lo drivers on variable message signs. It will also assist in visual detection of highway accidents and problems and help determine the nature and extent, of rescue assistance needed. The equipment is being in stalled by GTE Sylvania of Waltham. You can't be unaware of it. But t isn't as restrictive as one might imagine. There are pressures, but not in the sense you might mean. Dean Burch (Ule President's counselor on political matters) brings me up to date on various White House at- .itudes, but it's more informa- ional than a case of somebody saying, 'Gerry, we want you to do th s.' do this." "The President does not reprimand me ... Ninety-nine per cent of the t i m e we are in agreement." And the other 1 per cent? Ford twisted in his chair. "The other times he tries to make me see his point of view. But there is no arm-twisting. Drawing on his pipe, he said .,, is personally satisfied that the President did not say,, as reported by Newsweek magazine, to Nelson Rockefeller "Can you see Gerald Ford sit ling in" this chair?" He said his relations with the President remain good. Publicly, he has said several times that their friendship was not strained by what appeared to be differences in whether the Judiciary Committee should get additional tapes. But privately, neither ne nor his aides have complainecMp e porters who recently have written of a widening gap be- 33 Workers Attend Training Sessions Thirty-three persons from Washington and Benton Coun- ies recently completed supervisory development training workshops for city and county personnel conducted by the 'ublie Service Careers Pro;ram of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District. Workshops were held in late May in Springdale and Rogers. The two day sessions are the : irst in a series of workshops which will be held throughout the year. The program is aimed at enhancing the supervisory capacity of county and city decision- making personnel. Instruction was given on leadership development, motivating employes i m p r o v i n g communication; skills, dealing with personnel problems and management by objectives. ween him and the President. He has spoken often of the President's "innocence" in Wa- ergate. He also has alluded to he country's "crisis of con- "idence." If Congress were to disagree with the vice president, if the Senate should find Richard Nixon guilty and remove him from office, would Ford's recent statements make it more difficult for the new President to restore faith in the office? Ford twisted a g a i n in his chair. "I don't think I should get involved in something that might or might not happen. That's too speculative. 1 will have no vote, no participation in any impeachment or trial of the President. In that, I'm simply a citizen who is free to give his opinions." Can he visualize a time when Graduates Seaman William M. Harrison Jr., son of Mrs. John Nelsor of Bentonville has graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center at Or lando, Fla. he vie* president might seek disassociate himself from the resident? The answer was uick. "I have not because I have to ake things in the real sense, hat I've seen, what I've read, 'o speculate would be ill-ad- ised. I don't know what's gong to happen. I've never been le kind of person who specula- es about things that may never appen. ". . .it would be unfair. This a very tenuous situation" Gerald Ford said his job was real challenge He said he en oys it. He said his "important function U to be Â» nicator and a conduit from the White House to thÂ« Congress and the American people, and back again to the White House. "It's a two-way street and I have to be frank both ways." When he thinks of the possibility of ascending to the presidency, what thoughts come to mind? 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