Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 4, 1974 · Page 4
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 4, 1974
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CimcS Editorial-Opinion Pag* The Public Merest I« Th« First Concern OJ This Newspaper 4 · TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1974 President Happy With Arkansas Election 'Happy Hour And The Press The inherent absurdity of the state's liquor code, as it applies to advertising, is well illustrated in charges and hearings, before the Alcoholic Beverage Control admtni- itrator, R. E. Brians, last week. It all started when a college newspaper, the ESSENCE, published by University of Arkansas at Little Rock students, printed a news article on "bargain drinks" in the capital city. State law prohibits the advertising of prices for liquor. In the case in question, the editors o£ the ESSENCE, as a feature for their paper, compiled a list of watering holes in the campus area offering "happy hours," which are periods of reduced charge for beverages. Prices were quoted. One such place, for instance, offered "Cold Duck for a buck." This, the ABC decided, is clearly a case of price advertising. So complaints were registered against the offending establishments. At a hearing last week evidence was introduced that the pricing information in the newspaper was unsolicited by the various business establishments; that the information was contained in a "news" story; that no considerations of value were exchanged on behalf of the information (indeed, th« beverage establishments testify they were unaware of the paper article until after publication); and that the student editors originated the article as a service to student readers. A curious conclusion seems to be drawn by the ABC, in the course of making its case, as to the legal definition of an "advertisement." The state law prohibits "advertising" of prices. In prosecution of its violation citations, the ABC attorney attempts to prove that an "inducement" to attract a customer (lower prices for drinks), amounts to an advertisement. If the inducement is publicized, ergo, a violation. ABC administrator Brians, in taking the citations under advisement, observes that under the law any newspaper can jeopardize any liquor permit holder by gratuitously printing some of that business's prices. If this column mentioned that the Fayetteville Country Club is running a special on Silver Bullets at 75 cents each, for instance, presumably the ABC would be obliged to close "em down. "I recognize," says Brians, "the position any publication can put an establishment in. But if the permit-holder honors the prices "he becames a party of responsibilty. Brians adds that he hopes the whole thing "can be resolved by avoiding a situation that would totally undermine the law itself." To that end he has decided to pass final action, for the indefinite future. Meanwhile, ESSENCE Editors intend to broaden their coverage of "happy hour" inducements in the notion that to do so benefits the buyer, rather than the seller. Like a good newspaper should, too. The law is not only in direct violation of the First Amendment, but an insult to the general public. By JACK A N D E R S O N W A S II I N G T O N -- Over brandy and H cigar aboard the president];!! yacht Sequoia. President Nixon appealed to a dozen conservative congressmen the other evening to t a k e a stand on impeachment. "IF you believe I am innocent," he urged, "vote against impeachment in the House. Don't pass the buck to the Senate." He reportedly fears many representatives may try to get off the hook by c a s t i n g a procedural vole for impeachment. They could explain they didn't mean to judge the President but merely wanted to bring the case before the Senate for a decision. This rationale could produce an overwhelming House vole in favor of impeachment. The psychological impact, he is said to foci, could influence senators to vole lo remove him from office. So as the Sequoia cruised down the rain - s w e p t Potomac, the President asked his conservative House friends to settle the impeachment issue in the House, He assured them llial he has cooperated as far as he could w i t h the House J u d i c i a r y Com- nullee, which is inquiring inio impeachment. H e couldn't The Washington Merry-Go-Round From The Readers Viewpoint Tote It Up To Uie Editor: When Dr. Kissinger and Le Due Tno reached the "peace with honor" agreement in Paris, American taxpayers learned with amazement that a part ot the agreement involved paying approximately $5 billion in reparations to repair war damage in North Viet Nam. . When Dr. Kissinger's success in a r r a n g i n g a disengagement was announced it was said that parts of the agreement would not be made known to the American people at this time. Got a pencil handy? Jot down these figures and tote 'em up before we start shouting hallelujahs for the Nixon-Kissinger checkbook diplomacy and share the tax dollar detente. P u t down $2,200,000.000 From Our F'des; How Time Fliesl 10 YEARS AGO Burglars smashed the glass front door of Colliers' D r u g Store on Hivy. 16 east and escaped with $252 early this morning, Sheriff A r t h u r Davidson said. A petition for the annexation of the 20-acre Oaks M a n o r development to the city of Fay- etlcville was filed in the office of County Clerk Ruth Roberti so VEARS AGO The hearing of Ihe railroad commission on the Fayetteville petition for a new depot, and on the petilion of the citizens of the St. Paul branch for beller train service, will be given here tomorrow. No (race has been found of the robbers who took $13,01)1) in checks and cash from the Mcll- roy Banking Company Sunday 100 YEARS AGO On Saturday last, the friends of the Federal dead, buried in National Cemetery, assembled to pay tribute to their memories. About 2,000 persons were present to witness and lake part in the exercises. Wanted -- Ten good hands during h a r v e s t to whom liberal wages will be paid, I have 150 today. Judge Arthur Martin has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for June 29. Escpanded facilities at t h e Community Adult Center were pul to use for the first time recently when art classes met in the new room designed For that purpose. The Center now includes a game room, auditorium, library and kitchen facilities. night. Patrons who deposited checks Saturday after 11 a.m. are asked to make this kno;vn. In a letter to Chamber of Commerce secretaries and civic organization. George G, Becker, chief inspector of the slate plant b o a r d , asks t h e i r cooperation in stopping the spread of destructive pear blight in northwest Arkansas. acres of wheat, 100 acres of oats and 50 acres of meadow -- and new and the latest machinery to be used in cuttinf it. Capt. Billy Wilson (living near Rheas' Mill). The civil rights bill, as passed by Congress, will be found in today's paper. They'll Do It Every Time BSPOWE w VER/RJSS/ ABOJrwiw m "emergency military loans" to Israel during the October War. When Congress approved that amount it was specified that $700 million was to be repaid. High sources in the Adminislra- tion now concede that all of the "loans" will be considered as a free g i f t to Tel Aviv. (Courtesy of Dr. Kissinger's drawing on your tax account.) Jot down 5250.000,000, the cost of renewing diplomatic relations with Egypt which took the initiative in severing relalions with U.S., 6'/2 years ago. In the past 2 years alone, some $34-million in American lax dollars has gone to Cairo with whom we were not on diplomatic speaking terms. We are currently spending $20 million dollars of our taxes to clear mines and war debris from the Suez Canal, put there by the Egyptians to close the canal to navigation. Add to the above for Egypt, $80 million for farm and industrial credit sales and $150 million to rebuild war damaged Egyptian property. When the Suez is reopened for naviagtion we must keep an eye on Russian warships passing through the canal en roule to Ihe Indian Ocean. To lo this it is proposed to spend $29 million Eo build and fortify a U.S. military installation on a tiny speck of land in the Indian Ocean called Diego Garcia. Now, under "security assistance to Israel" arid S50 million and another $300 million as "military credit sales." Make note of $207,500.000 for foreign aid to Jordan. $100 million of this as an outright m i l i t a r y aid gift, with $30 million as military credits and $77.5 million as economic aid. Dr. Kissinger has a petty cash account labeled "Special Requirements Fund," amounting to $100 m i l l i o n . This will help support the U.iV.'s "peacekeeping force; provide aid to refugees; and various development projects. There are other "low profile accounts," fucked away in the massive State Department budget; those above are the larger ones. This adds up to $3.136,000.000 known tax dollars being syphoned from the U.S. Treasury into the Middle East. We do not know what Syria has been promised but it won't be peanuts. In his FY 75 budget. President Nixon p r o p o s e s $5.180,000,000 in foreign aid as "the minimum essential support the responsible and constructive American role of international l e a d e r s h i p . " This is a staggering 72 per cent increase over present foreign aid spending levels. If this is Ihe "minimum" Heaven help the bcleagured American worker and taxpayer if Dr. Kissinger's crew asks for Ihe m a x i m u m to buy more "detente victories." Our national debt is now approaching \'i trillion dollars. The interest on that is terrific and buys us nothing but the use of money we borrow from international bankers. Let's get letters off to our Arkansas Congressional delegation telling them we want a stop put to this checkbook diplomacy. NOW! Maybe we did th* rest of America a great disfavor Tuesday when we retired Senator Fulbright. Col. Robert E. Lee Masters (Ret.) Sprinfdal* release tapes and documents, which might damage U.S. rela- lions with other nations, he said. He explained that he had had a number of privale conversa-r lions with olher heads of stale. It would seriously violate international protocol, he said, if these conversations should be divulged. The president's shipboard dinner companions were too polite lo ask how Ihese conyer- salions could be compromised by release of Ihe Watergate lapes. Presumably, he didn't discuss his Watergate woes with other world leaders. The President, obviously cheered by the success of peace negotiations in the Middle Easl. was in a bantering, bouyant mood throughout the three-hour dinner cruise. He joked with his guests about r u n n i n g Secretary of Stale Henry Kissinger [or Ihe Senate. Kissinger could be groomed for the seat of retiring Sen. Norris Cotton, R-H.H., and a bipartisan campaign could be organized to make Kissinger c h a i r m a n of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the President speculated gleefully. He suggested that the re- sourceful Kissinger, as a Senat* c h a i r m a n , might even be abte to negotiate peaceful relations between the Senate and the White House. The President gloated over Ihe defeat of Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., which will r e m o v e him as Senate Foreign Relations chairman. As next in line. Sen. John Sparkman. D-Ala., would have to give up the Senate Banking Chairmanship to take over Fulbright's chair. The president said he hoped Sparkman will choose the foreign Relations chairmanship, which he has now said he will do. And this would make Sen. William Proxmirc. D-Wis., the new Senate Banking chairman. "Those bankers are beside themselves," chortled Nixon. "The bankers don't want Proxmire." Speaking seriously, Nixon told his dinner guests that two days before the Syrian-Israeli truce, "I wouldn't have given a 50-50 chance of an agreement. 1 ' He. told of the dramatic cables Kissinger had sent from the Middle East. Turning to his staff chief Alexander Haig. the President cracked: "If those State Of Affairs In Defense Of Detente By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- The White House should welcome a news- w o r t h y independent report which reveals how Moscow helped tlie Nixon Administra- t i o n .achieve the Vietnam cease- fire agreement of J a n u a r y , 1073. ft will aid the President and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in defending their cietcntc with Russia against mounting criticism. One of the more unforlunale side effects of Walergate is that . it has damaged the credibility of the President on the foreign as well as domestic front, which is why there is so much skepticism over his assurances t h a i Moscow has generally lived up to the Nixon-Brezhnev agreement of 1S72. Those opposing Mr. Nixon's e f f o r t s to restore normal trading relations with Russia have successfully raised public doubts about Ihe delenfe by contending that it has turned i n t o a unilateral pact, with only Ihe United States acting in good failh. Mr. Nixon for many years was one of America's most slri- dent anti-Communists, but lie now finds himself in the strange, uncomfortable role of being called soft on Communist Russia, although there is solid evidence to support his contention that Moscow has been working with the United Slates in important ways, especially in the area of peace. THE PRESIDENT'S problem is lhal. at a t i m e when confidence in his word is at a low ebb. he has not been wholly at liberty to disclose some of the helpful t h i n g s Russia has done. In a column on April 3. I had occasion lo write: "it can he surmised t h a t behind the scenes Moscow has done a number of Ihings to further detente which, for diplomatic reasons, it cannot afford to talk about publicly and which, therefore, cannot be cited by Mr. N'ixon in defending himself against charges that detente has been a one-way proposilion." One of Ihe sub rosa things Russia did is not revealed by Tad Szulc. in the latest issue of the knowledgeable quarterly, Foreign Policy. His account is full of inlriguing details, but the gist is that Ihe lurning point in Ihe Vielnam peace negotiations came not in Paris but in Moscow, courtesy of Brezhnev. The report revolves around two secret Kissinger visits to Brezhnev which, according lo Szulc. "broke the logjam and led to a major change in Hanoi's position" on the Vietnam The secret arrangements apparently were made without first consulting President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam. That example of co-operation is consistent with Russia's actions preceding last October's Arab-Israeli war. despite charges to the contrary. One of Ihe major counls of Ihe neo-colci warriors against detente is that Moscow scuttled it by inciting tbe Egyptians to go to war against Israel last fall, thereby wrecking hopes for peace in the Middle East. This is still widely believed even though it is now known from the personal testimony of E g y p t ' s president. Anwar Sadat, that the opposite is the truth. It wasn't until months after the Middle East War that Sadat spoke up, but as a result of his startling, if belated, candor the world finally learned that the act of war was "a 100 per cent Egyptian decision agains the will" of Russia as well as the United Slates. Bolh superpowers. Sadat said, felt that any attempt to Egypt to liberate the occupied lands would be suicidal. As far as the Russians were concerned, he added, military action was out. In short, he charged, Moscow conspired with Washington to prevent the war that broke out anyway. MOREOVER, SADAT said · with brutal frankness, the Russians tried to trick him into a premature cease-fire after the fighting had started. The Soviet ambassador lo Egypt. he charged, had falsely informer! him that Egypt's ally, Syria, was requesting an immediate cease-fire. Russia, in effect. w a s playing Washington's game, not his. It is questionable, however, whether either Sadat's or Tad Szulc's revelations will make much of an impression on America's confirmed anti-Communists. They are impervious to the fact that Moscow swallowed the U.S. m i n i n g of Haiphong harbor, [ h a t it has cased tensions over Berlin and West Germany, and that it has joined the United Slates in the. first steps toward arms limitations. It has been plain all along that Moscow, if it were so bent, had the power to obstruct the efforts of Dr. Kissinger to arrange peace negotiations between Syria and Israel. Just before Ihe new agreement was announced several days ago, the Syrian president. Hafez Assad, met for four hours with Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet foreign minister. Is it likely that Kissinger could have prevailed without the acquiescence of Russia? II is lime to give Mr. Nixon the benefit of the doubt on detente, if nothing else. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Time* Bible Verse "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, t h a t Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." Trmoth 1:15 The person who is unwilling to admit that He is what God says he is. cannot have Salvation. "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" "in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.' 1 cables could b« published, they would make quite a book, wouldn't they?" He was optimistic about hit forthcoming summit meeting with Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow. The Presidenl said he would have more flexibility to negotiate than would Brezhnev- The Soviet leader is far more subservient to the nolitburo, said Nixon, than most Americans realize. , On the other hand, he said, the Founding Fathers had given^ the American president more" "maneuvering room" than other rulers possess. Earlier in the evening, Rep. Gillespie Montgomery, D-Miss., asked Nixon magnanimously: "Mr. President, what can w« do for you?" The President responded to this offer by urging his conservative guests to support his veto of "irresponsible spending bills." Government spending was spurring inflation, he said, which could become the nation's biggest headache. He also admonished them not to let the Pentagon sell them a m i l i t a r y force superior to t h a t of the Soviets. "All we need is to be equal," said the President, "don't you guys let th« military push you into superiority." F o o t n o t e : T h e President served Chateaubriand, with mushrooms, peas and a · spa- ghctti dish. He also passed out Sequoia matchbooks, which 1m autographed. This was th* second time in two weeks lliat he has laken conservative congressmen on a dinner cruise a part of his effort to gain support against impeachment. Watergate And The Mid - East WASHINGTON (ERR) _ American presidents, no less than the rest of us, like to b« identified with t r i u m p h a n t occasions, be they moon l a n d i n g s or an Israeli Syrian ceasefire on the Golan Heights. It is understandable that in President Nixon's case the impulse is overwhelming. Tire news f r o m abroad at the moment is vastly better than a n y t h i n g he has been hearing at home recently. An obviously elated President was the first to announce, ahead of any word from Jerusalem or Damascus, thai Henry A. Kissinger's shuttle diplomacy had worked after all. The tireless Secretary of State had succeeded in gelling Israelis and Syrians to agree to a military disengagement. "What was a major roadblock" to peaca settlement in the Middle East "has now been removed." Nixon said. NIXON CAN justifiably bask in his Secretary of Stale's success, however fleeting or lasting it may t u r n out lo be Afler all. Ihe' Middle Easl has been the larget of U.S. foreign policy initiatives since N i x o n came into office. His first Secretary of State, William P. Rogers, once spent almost as much time trying to unscramble the Arab-Israeli issues a Kissinger has lately. The puzzling aspect of it all is how the United Stales has conlinued to exert a leadership role in the world when fallout from Watergate scandals threatens the Nixon administration's ability to govern. Richard H. Rovcre offers his answer in a recent "Letter from Washington" in The New Yorker. "It is perhaps good fort u n e for us." he writes, "that we are enduring a period of instability at a lime when most other governments, bolh allies and adversaries, are going through much the same sorl of Ihing. though in only a few cases for reasons as squalid." In their various ways, western European countries as diverse as Britain, West Germany. France and Portugal have changed leaders within recent weeks. And so has Canada. In Italy, with its revolving- door governments, chronic economic troubles and social fissures have flared into outbursts of civil strife. "Something very serious is ailing the nations'of the West," Robert, P. Martin of U.S. Newn World Report writes. It is so serious, he adds, "that it is no longer usual to hear people wonder aloud whether democracy in the industrialized nations is disintegrating." It might be added that China and the Soviet Union show signs of s u f f e r i n g from the saint malaise. If misery loves company, leaders of the world's nations are in close communion. Almost everywhere, they seem lo hav« incurred Ihe distrust of the people. A European oconomist e x p r e s s e s this view: "...Governments are up against a worsening credibility gan -a feeling that politicians arc helpless in the battle against runaway inflation, unemploy- ·rnent, soaring tax burdens... 1 . Behind these economic ills are deeper .social and psychological causes...." "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you. that He will not hear." Isaiah 59:2. We cannot reach God until we take the step toward repentance and receive His Son as our Saviour. "Except ye repent, (truly be sorry of your sins) ve shall all likewise perish." IF .1 SPELL OF relaliv* tranquility can be brought l« the Middle East, then there is reason (or hope elsewhere. No place on earth has defied a political solution so stoutly * has the Middle East. There would also be * reward exclusively for the United States. A peace settlement in the Middle East instigated by the United States w o u l d , in Rovere's words, "go a long way toward re-estabtishing in t h e minds of other nations lh« desire of the United States, even in a period of almost unprecedented internal instability, lo use for constructive purposes the power it has so recently used for destructive onei."

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