Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 2, 1974 · Page 23
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 23

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Johnson Of Louisiana Senator Balances Duties, Politics _PAVID C. MARTIN WASHINGTON (AP) .-- Thel junior senator from Louisiana hangs up his telephone with a sigh and looks at the ceiling. "Damn." ne breathes. Bennett Johnston has just spent a halt hour telling a fel low senator why his pet provi sion is being cut from legisla tion Johnston plans to introduce later in the day. As Johnston hangs up, his personal secretary enters to tell him that two Democratic col leagues, Sens. Edmund S. Mus kie of Maine and Adlai E. Ste venson III of Illinois, want to discuss legislative strategy over lunch at 12:30. This creates a problem since John ston is scheduled to . presid' over the Senate for an hour be ginning at one o'clock. But th secretary already has taken care of that with a phone cal to Sen. Floyd Haskell. who ha agreed to take Johnston'; place on the floor. . "AH right," Johnston says "Now I don't want anybody t interrupt me for the nex hour." He said the same thin about an hour ago, · but th: time he looks like he means it Between his recalcitrant co league and a string of unsched uled visitors and callers, John ston has yet to prepare th statement he will, deliver in few hours on the floor of t h Senate when he introduces h bill to establish a system standby w a g e and price con trols.- .. · Johnston. 41, cays this probably the single most impo tant piece of legislation he h handled in his two plus years in e Senate. For that reason, he \-plains, today is not entirely .·pical of what an average day like for him. BALANCING ACT But still this day does have je basic ingredients of any ther day, requiring him to bal- nce his legislative duties, ei- ler in committee or on the oor, with enough down home rolitickirg . t o keep the folks ack in Louisiana happy. "You an spend all your time polili- kirig." Johnston says, but "i: ou're doing your job right ou're either in committee or n the floor." But today his sponsorship ol standby economic controls goes against the grain of most of his constituents, particularly some .ouisiana businessmen wh happen to be in town. There i going to be some explaining I do this evening when he attend i Chamber of Commerce cock ail party. "One of the most difficu! hings up here is to tr- to ge .he story across back home, le says. This morning, for instance n influential constituent calle .o ask why the senator was ac vocating an immediate and in definite freeze on all wages an prices. He wasn't. The bigges frustration in being a senate Johnston says, is "being.almo t o t a l l y misunderstood a n seeming almost powerless to d anything about it." Another frustration is the u wanted but unavoidable inte ruptions that occur during evi the best-planned of days. Ea orning when he arrives in his, ·flice, Johnston is handed a 5-1 S -inch pink slip and a 3-by-5 reen card, both outlining his chedule for the day. He keeps the pink slip on his esk and carries the green card round with him in his coat ocket. Johnston puts in a call to Ste ensoh and starts working his ay through the "IN" box on : - desk when his secretary omes in with word that a man rom the Baton Rouge Chamber f Commerce is outside. The senator hustles out to .'here the man is waiting in the uler office. "Today's a big daj or us." he warns, before lap ing into a moment of pleas mtries about how members o he Baton Rouge delegatioi managed to miss their plane. NECESSARY COLLOQUY Johnston returns to his gold carpeted inner sanctum wher a call from Stevenson is wai ng. The two spend a few min utes planning a floor exchang that will explain the etfec standby controls would have o he health care industry. Th canned debate, officially know as a "colloquy," is necessary I establish the legislative inten of the bill should it becom law, Johnston explains. Hanging up the phone, turns to a job he says is "wors than anything else in th world" -- answering mail. H staff already has drafted th needed replies, "but they ju don't quite sound right.' So h dictates them again. Next a phone call from Louisiana reporter who wan know what Johnston will be ing on the floor this after- oon. It is now 10:45 and Johnston ,s just issued a ban on further terruptions. No sooner said han the phone rings, carrying He insistent voice of his friend ith the deleted provision.. By 1:30 the conversation is over nd the second order against nlerruptions has gone out. He spends the next hour die ating the floor statement now cheduled for 3 p.m.. then rush s to keep his lunch date with tcvenson and Muskie. Two Itps out the door, he stops ticks his head back in and sks where the luncheon i ieing held. Back in tlie office short! ifter two. Johnston reads hi toor statement aloud to his leg slative assistant -- "You lik that little allusion to' an eco nomic ambush?' 3 -- and then or the first time loday, head or the Senate floor. Stepping off the .elevator - a the entrance to the chamber h runs into a trio of labor lobbyists who make one last effor .o convince him of the folly c his ways in backing standb controls. LAUNCHES APPEAL Passing into the Chambe Johnston, "the distinguishef gentleman from Louisiana," a he's now called, takes a se front row center, and short launches into his appeal. Only few senators are present an the press gallery is almo empty. But over in the spectator gal- ries, his wife, Mary, has just ought in a high school group om Shreveport, to watch their nalor in action. Thirty minutes later, John on is finished and Muskie kes over, elaborating further n the inescapable need for thi! gislation. Then opponents o le measure rise to describe a ngth the havoc it would bring It's almost six o'clock now he high school group has loni ince departed, and the gal eries are all but deserted. Be ides Johnston, three senator ire on the floor. The Senate adjourns for th lay and Johnston heads back t lis office, trying to explai vhal has been accomplished h o much debate before so fei people. "It has a certain educa ional value," he says, addin .hat other senators will rea portions of the debate in lomo: row's Congressional Record, Horace Clarke Sold BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Horace Clarke, the New Yoi Yankees' veteran second has man, was sold to the San Die, Padres in a straight cash dea' Basketball Victory VARISE,. Italy (AP) - It a breezed out to a 50-37 h a l f t i m lead and trounced Yugosla\ 8872 Friday nigh in a E ropean Cup of Nations bask ball game. NerlhwMt Arknmo. TIMIS, Sun., Juiw/7, 1774 FATtTTlVILLM. ««IUM«*» t Jt The Falls At Lake Sequoyah A wet winter, spring a n d early summer have kept the falls at Kayetlevllle's L a k e Sequoyali active this year, splashing musically down the broken rock formation which creates (hem. by Ken Good) (TIMESphtKo Rogers Man Killed In Army Hospital FT HOOD, Tex. CAP) -- Military police said today they shot to deftth a soldier who was threatening a hospital.attendant with a .22-caliber pistol. A spokesman for the huge Central Texas Army installation said Spec. 4 Fred erick Kepplcr, Rogers, Ark., ·as killed late Friday when he scuffled with military police- ·nan who were trying to disarm lim. The spokesman said Keppler, who had suffered a cut on a hand, appeared at Darnell Army Hospital on the base and asked for medical attention. Kepplcr displayed anger at a delay, the spokesman said, anc pulled a pistol and placed the muzzle against the head of an attendant. ·. . Military ^policemen said Ihey ,ried to talk the soldier into surrendering the weapon and .he fatal shooting occurred as :hey scuffled for the pistol. The shooting was witnessed by Keppler's wife, Joyce. The TIMES Is On Top of The News Seven Days a Week! TO 68 FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO EARNED A RECORD NUMBER OF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS The business leaders of Fayetteville proudly present these 68 young men and women, the 1974 Seniors, who richly deserve the congratulations of every citizen. We believe this is indisputable evidence of the excellence of our school system, and we join in saluting the students, their teach- ers, counselors, and school administrators for bringing this honor to our community, We wish the graduates well in their further pursuit of knowledge and, in later years, as leaders in their professions. Additional pictures on the following two pages. Sheila McWhorler Annette Kuroda ; Sheila McWhorter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McWhorter, recipient of a scholarship to U. of A. Annette Kuroda, daughter o* Dr. and Mrs. Paul Kuroda, recipient of a scholarship to U. of A. Bonanza Sirloin Pit Mcllroy Bank 2356 N. College Fayetteville Anne Bryan Hucke Freda Hepler Anne Bryan Hucke. daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S. T. Hucke, recipient of a scholarship from U: of A. Freda Hepler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hepler, recipient of a scholarship to U. of A. and a National Merit Achievement Scholarship. John Fouke John Fouke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Fouke, recipient of a scholarship from U. of A. Allen Brown Teresa Gail flynn Charlotte Black Rebecca Andrews Donna Vaughn C Allan Brown, co-valedic- Tercse Gail Flynn, daughter Charlotte Black, daughter of Rebecca Andrews, daughter Donna Vaughn, co-valedie- torian son of Mr. and Mrs. of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. D. Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Black, re- of Dr and Mrs. L, D. Andrews, torian, daughter of Mr. and Lans 0 Brown recipient of Flynn, recipient of a scholar- cipient of a scholarship from recipient of a scholarship Mrs. W. A. Vaughn, recipient a scholarship from U. of A. ship from U. of A. U. of A. from U. of A. of a scholarship from U. of A. Bowens Restaurant Bronson NWA Plaza Abstract Co., Inc. Center St. Enterprise Sight Sound Fayetteville Ozark Electric Troy's Refrigeration Perry's Jewelry Cooperative Inc. Home Appliance Center NWA pi aza -Ev e iyn m Fabric City A. J. Edwards Son Evelyn Hills NW Arkansas Plaza Fayetteville 2218 N. College r Thomas Woodgates Charles R. Dixon Kerry Lynn George Tom A. Morgan Carolyn lou Miller Dick McCutcheon larry Harness "'^ _ . _ _,..__ .. »,. ,, i ,,,,,, r.»TM-« rtauEhter Tmr, A. Morcan. son of Mr, Carolyn I.ou Miller, daughter Dick j IcC utcheon. son of Dr. Larry Harness, son of Erie Thomas Woodgates, son of Mm. Wandi I. *eodgates of Springdate an* a itaoent at FIB, recipient of a icholar- ·hrp from U. of A. Bowens Restaurant NWA Hozo Charles R. Dixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dixon, recipient of the Junior Science award from the Juntor Academy of Science, and a scholarship from Arkansas State University. Suzie Wong's Rice Bowl Foy»tt«vill« Kerry Lynn George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, James George, recipient of Kappa Kappa lota-Sigma Conclave scholarship and the Warner Communications - William V. Frankel Scholarship. freer Abstract IS E. Maodow Tom A. Morgan, son of Mr, and Mrs. Tom J. Morgan, re cipient of the Maud Young Scholarship at the College of Engineering, U. of A. Mcllroy Bank Fayettevill* Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Miller, recipient of a University of Arkansas scholarship where she plans to major in the general field of medicine. Dillard's NWA Plain Dick McCutcheon. son of Dr. Frank McCutcheon and Mrs. Betty McCutcheon, recipient of an athletic scholarship from North Texas State University at Denton, Tex. Clark Eoff 40 E, Center Larry Harness, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Harness, re cipient of » scholarsihp from the University of Arkansas where he plans to study medicine. Underwood Jewelry 611 We»» Dickson Carl Imhoff Carl fmhoff, co valedictorian, son of Dr; and Mrs. John Imhoff, recipient of a scholarship fromI'.the University of Arkansas where he plans to major in industrial engineering. Mcllroy Bank

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