Editorial-Opinion Poge The Public interest Is The First Concern O/ Tin's Newspaper 4 Â· THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1974 What Kind Of A President, Gerry Ford? iC/ii/i And Vanilla Ice Cream Â· A recent Associated Press news story Â·'[reports that many newspapers across the na- Ition are cutting back on size due to the ^Â·zooming cost of paper. Noting this, a read- '-Â·er writes: ;: "If you are contemplating a reduction ;jin the size of your paper, why not start Â·out by saving a whole page by eliminating ryour editorials and those long-winded let- 'Â·ters from youknowwho!" j The suggestion not only has a touch Â·;of logic to it, but indicates a reader of both Â·^persistence and perception. The letter, in '. 'short, deserves a reply. *Â·_ We admit at the outset that from a 'apariety of perspectives the editorial page probably does seem one of the most ob- vjously expendable in any newspaper. It cloesn r t carry advertising, thus is a non- revenue producer, and it can't possibly please all the readers, even if it avoids mentioning controversial issues altogether. If it ventures opinions, as editorials and . letters to the editor often do, then it is a cinch to aggravate a substantial segment of it's readership. What other f e a t u r e of a rfewspaper survives so stubbornly in the fyce of popular disagreement? L So, why indeed protect the editorial pbge in the face of rising production costs? Â· There are a couple of reasons, we be- ifeve, grounded in performance as well as tradition. Opinions are the spices that give contrast, dimension and flavor to the flow of news. We would all soon tire of a steady Â· diet of gruel, we imagine -- or even vanilla ite cream, if that's all our menu afforded. j/o/in /. Smith Even the gentle cater (reader) who hates tomato sauce in his chili, would dash catsup on a bowl in response to an unrelieved diet of soft-boiled eggs. In essence, an editorial page for most newspapers is a depository for comments on the news; it is a diligently guarded preserve where "opinion" can parade as exactly that, without fear or favor, or reflection on other pages of the paper. It is a loophole as well as a conscience, and even though it rarely f u l f i l l s its greatest promise, you'll not likely find many newspaper publishers willing 'to forego their most obvious and legitimate avenue of comment on the public scene. We are chided in our wayward ways, perhaps, but the proof is in the pudding of opinions expressed. Not only the reader who disagrees, but those who occasionally do not. To t h a t end, we extend our thanks to the many readers who have taken the time in the last month or two to write this page, expressing their sentiments on the election campaign, as well as local affairs. We have been able to print almost every letter addressed to us during the recent campaign. Regretfully, at the very last minute we ended up with two letters -- in type -- which we couldn't find room for on election eve. We apologize for that. Both were good letters -- one dealing with hunting, and the other Sen. Fulbright's campaign r e p o r t i n g -- and we solicit f u t u r e comments from both writers. Why have an editorial page? For comments like this, for one thing. Area Farming ; By JOHN J. SMITH JTne pastures of Washington County. according to the cimments of the farmers, have been better this spring t h a n ufiual. While the cattle prices have declined, the gains have b^en good. The condition of cattle coming into the sale rings has beeti satisfactory. Good pastures always pay in good cattle gains. Hay harvest has beguti. and the 'yields have been good. Yields of 100 bales per acre have been reported. The costs of haloing, however, is higher t h a n usual heavier labor costs, fuel cosls, mid especially bale-twine costs. Yol. in some way. hay m a k i n g must go on, if we are to feed all the cattle we now have on the farms. We notice that all the major ma n u f a c t ur o r s of f a r m machinery arc placing on the m a r k e t their version of machines to produce the big round bates -- in t h e 1501) pound range. It will be several years From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO When Powell M. Rhea of Fay- ettevillo (rear admiral U.S. Navy, roliro'" ' '^ hack lo June 6, 20 yeart ago he recalls standing 01. ..._ ,..dj!e of the U.S.S. Nevada, helping lo blast away through the Nazi defense on the coast of Normandy. Adm. Rhea is one of many Fayetteville veterans marking the 20th anniversary of D-Day. 50 YEARS AGO Tomorrow at 8:25 will descend upon Fayettevillc as her guests for 45 minutes some 200 or more Shriners returning to Dallas. Tex. from a convention in Kansas City. Fayetteville will be "sold to them while they are here." Letters were mailed at the post office here at the rate of 100 YEARS AGO There will be a meeting at the Courthouse at 3 o'clock this evening, to perfect arrangements for the grand 4th of July celebration in this city. All interested are invited to attend, The removal of Maj. H.C.C. Botefuhr from the board of trustees of the University and the appointment of J.M. Johnson in his place is not approved by our citizens, Maj. Botefuhr made a good, f a i t h f u l and hon- The FaycltcviUc City Council will consider a proposed ordinance Monday night which would impose a 11 'p.m. curfew on children unaccompanied by adults iti city parks. The Washington County Board of Education will meet next week to hear petitions and compare arguments in the Farm- Inglon annexation hassle. three a minute, day and n i g h U d u r i n g the month of May, records at the office show. The summer school of the Fayettcville Business College opened Monday w i t h a very heavy enrollment. A large number of former students returned, bringing the total tip to 277. est member and, for services rendered while on the board, should have been retained. The third of the scries of Concerts for the benefit of the- Ark a n s a s Industrial University band, u n r l r r the direction of Prof. Botefuhr. will be jjiven at University Hstll ton i tint. The p r o c l a i m me is decidedly t h e bet t h a t lias been presented this season. They'll Do It Every Time [A *eal . XXJK POO'S 3J.RMN6 B PlSTHSS- IH /AY 6LEEP.' 6TOP HIM OR. I'LL CALL THE C O P S j 00T LISTEN TO THEM SZEAKIHS THSOUWO BWZR1B2-- Xo eooc SUM! you COMEFKOMAPAA'.ll.y .... , . ^ , O F LIARS !60 LIVE *8j}^ WITÂ« before we know whether this method of liny harvest will play a big part in hay harvesting. But. it perhaps will. Of course, other equipment must go along w i 1 h this new method, especially i low-hoy stylo of hauling wagon. Some method, at some f u t u r e time, must be. found to cheapen the harvest of liay. One way to cut down on the h e a v y ' hay costs in winter is to grow more grass for the winter grazing. The successful cattleman will place tfoor! TiT"--- liircs, and more acrns of good pasture per cow, at the head of his program. A trip .toward Central Missouri shows that the farmers there have also adopted fescue as their main pasture grass. Their land surely is as good as that in Northwest Arkansas -- perhaps better -- hut their grass does not have the dark- green color that we find in the grass here. The difference which makes the grass darker here is Hio amount of fertility which we are applying. Do not neglect the fertility requirements of your pastures and hay meadows. Especially fertilize well those meadows which are mowed for hay. The grazing cows leave a lot of f e r t i l i t y on the ground; the mowing machines leave neaviy nothing. THIS COLUMN' takes no part, or little part, in politics. In several respects, wo like both of the recent candidates for U.S. Senate from Arkansas. However, the criticism of Mr. A ikon of Vermont, t h a t Mr. Fulbright would quarrel over a word or a comma is agreed. If the above charge is t r u e , let us ask for more people who do .so. More suits at law, more controversies, and even more wars are caused by misunderstood laws, regulations, and t rea t i es b et ween na ti on s. t h an by most any other caiise. While we" are on the above question, allow us to stole t h a t \vo wish to write in an understandable language. We often rt'iul a 20 to 30*page report from UK- USDA or from another authority and report it in two typewritten pa^cs. * We reduce 70 word sentences to 20 word sentences, or to several of them. IT \ve do not write in a clear manner, let us hear from you. Some down state editors are guilty of the use of these fit) to 80 word .sentences. One forgets the subject of such sentences by the time he reaches the predicate, and such writing is confusing. Bible Verse "I. even f. am ho that blot- teth out thy transgressions for mine own .sake, nnd will not remember thy sins." Isaiah 43:25 Are sins of the past staring you in the face and constantly destroying your peace of mind? Take another look at this ver?e and remember t h a t which He has taken care of, you need not and go f r e e . "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you u n t o m y s e l f ; that where 1 a m . t h e r e y e may be also." John U:3 Here is one of the many promises t h a t He is coming back. If He came today where would you be tomorrow? "Re ye also ready for in sucii an hour as ye t h i n k not the Son of Man cometh. 1 ' By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - What kind of president would Gerald Kurd m a k e ? This is a question we are often asked, as the impeachment of President Nixon becomes more likely. Kord would not be the brightest President to occupy the oval office, but he woukl be one of the most decent. There is nothing suave or subtle about him. He would bring an openness and a guilelessness to the White House. He could be trusted. He would not have as keen a grasp of the paperwork of tlie presidency as Richard Nixrm has. But probably more important, Ford would have a better feel for the human undercurrents. There is ;iho an all-American q u a l i t y about him. He has the common touch of Harry Truman, the easy m a n n e r and engaging sincerity of Dwight Eisenhower. Under Gerald Ford, the oval office wouIJ no longer be a storm cellar where the President is constantly engaged in plotting strategy to strike back at innumerable "enemies." When an aide brought Ford the first news from a UPI ticker ( h a t the \Vhitc House kept an "enemies list." Ford shook his head in disbelief. "If you buve so many enemies you The Washington Merry-Go-Round have to keep a list," he remarked, "you are In trouble." He would bring integrity to the White House. He has always refused to accept cash campaign contributions. He has insisted upon checks, which can be properly recorded. He would be a partisan President, who would attend to his political chores. But he would be able to work in harness with Democratic leaders. As House Republican leader, he had a close working relationship with the Democrats, particularly Speakers John McCormack and Carl Albert. Incidentally, the Vice President took the time in Boston the other day to place a quiet, kindly phone call to the ancient and lonely McCormack. Watergate politics have put Ford in a squeeze. He gave President Nixon a pledge of loyalty before accepting the vice presidency. But he also promised party leaders that he would spearhead the campaign for Republican candidates this year. They needed a leader whom Republicans could rally around. For the President has become a millstone around t h o neck of the GOP. Ford, true to his pledge of loyalty, has tried tÂ» defend the President. Yet. at the same time, he has sought to divorcÂ« the party from Watergate. The President, according to our White House sources, has suggested to Ford that he tone down his criticism of the way the White House has handled Watergate. The Vice President, is response, has tried to support the President, without completely swallowing the White House line. Gerald Ford would not be a spectacular President. His style would be G r a n d Rapids, not Camelot. But he has the warm attributes, which would allow him to sit comfortably on the cold pedestal of power. T H E F O R G O T T E N SERGEANT: The Army's slick nesv advertising campaign, promising enlistees they'll be treated "with respect and dignity." doesn't mention what happened to Sgt. Charles Anthony. He's a 14 year Army veteran with a wife and eight young children. His wife is seriously ill and one of the children has a critical heart ailment. He received a routine transfer from Ft. Gordon. Ga.. to Ft. 'Does It Seem To You To Be Getting A Little Close In Here?" Art Buchwald They Stole My Stuff W A S H I N G T O N -- T h e paranoia in Washington gets worse and worse. Even 1 started feeling it, and I went to see a psychiatrist. "What seems to be the problem?" he asked. "Everyone is stealing my stuff," I said in anguish. "Can you be more specific?" he asked. "Well, you see a couple of years ago'things were very dull in Washington and there wasn't much to write about except impoundment and t h e SALT talks. So I decided to do something to jazz up the column. One (lay 1 was walking by the Watergate and I thought to myself, 'Wouldn't it he a gas if the Republicans bugged the headquarters of the Democratic Party?' " "When did you think of this?" "Sometime in J u n e of 1972. I thought it would make a very funny column. At first I decided to have one man hug the Democrats, but then f got worried thai some people might take me seriously so I decided to make it seven. It seemed more outrageous to have seven people get involved in something that stupid." "NO OXE IN their right mint! would have believed it," the psychiatrist agreed. "Well, the column was a big hit, so I decided to follow it up with another f u n n y column ahout the Committee lo Re- Elect the President being involved in the break-in, including the former attorney general of the United States." "I recall the piece. It was very amusing, particularly the part about all the money t h a t was spent on the campaign." the psychiatrist said. "Well, you can't imagine thÂ» success of Ihis column. It was so different from anything coming out of Washington. So I did a follow-up column where I just let my i m a g i n a t i o n go wild. I traced the break-in to the White House. 1 invented several characters whom I called H. R. Haldeman. John Ehrlichman, John Dean and Charles Colson. 7 decided it would be very funny if one of the characters, John Dean, blew the whistle on the President of the United States." "Weren't you afraid some people would believe you?'* the psychiatrist asked. "There is always the danger when you're writing satire that a few people will take you seriously. But since I was talking about the President, I was certain no one in his right mind would accept the tale as anything but pure fiction. Anyone with any brains would h a v e to know the whole thing was a big put-on. Frankly I wanted to stop the gag right there, but I had so many requests for further installments that I bad no choice but to continue the series. "I WAS REALLY stuck as to how lo make the thing even more outlandish until one day I was fooling around with my daughter's tape machine and suddenly I got the 'wildest idea of all. I decided to wrile that the President had taped ALL his conversations in the White House and that these tapes would implicate h i m in the Watergate scandal. T said with tongue in cheek, of course, that the evidence would lead to his impeachment. "I remember thai column," said the psychiatrist, "and frankly I thought you had gone too far." "Well," I said defensively, "people thought it was funny." " A l l right then," the psychiatrist said. "What seems to be the problem?" "Just this. Everyone is stealing my story. Like an idiot I never copyrighted it, and now every t i m e you pick up a paper or turn on Ihe TV they're using my characters and plot. I invented all those people. THEY BELONG TO ME. WATERGATE NEVER HAPPENED EXCEPT I M MY MIND. DOCTOR, YOU HAVE TO HELP ME." "Here's a prescription for some Valium. We"ll (alk more about it next week." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Belvoir. V*. He didnt talk Â»Â» the orders until the condition of both hit wife and child (raw worse. The doctor* uid they couldn't be moved. So Sgt. Anthony a s k e d *Â· Army's CompassJomrto RÂ«*wÂ» Board to let him stay Â«t Ft. Gordon. But the board. Us name notwithstanding, was lacking in compassion. DeÂ»pitÂ» letters of support from doctors at Ft. Gordon, the sergeant was turned down. He was ordered to report to Ft. Belvoir or take a hardship discharge that wouW cost Mm his retirement benefits. Woefully he obeyed the. orders and traveled the lonely 800 miles lo Ft. Belvoir. Still, he believed the Army he had loyally -served would realize its mistake and send him back to his family. Instead, he was informed flatly that b* was there to stay. Dr. Peter Cranston of Augusta, Ga.. the psychologist who attended the sergeants's wife. told us he warned the Compassionate Review Board that she might attempt suicide if her husband were forced to feavfc The board wouldn't listen and Mrs. Anthony attempted to take an overdose of sleepmz pillÂ« just as the doctor had feared. Fortunately, she was stopped in time. But the sergeant, alone and despondent 600 miles t r o m the family who needed him, suffered an emotional breakdown.- As we write this, he is hospitalized at the Army's Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. footnote: When we made Inquiries at the Compassionate Review Board, we heard a loud voice in the back ground shout: "Don't answer that!" But later the board explained that Anthony was assigned to Ft. Belvoir because of job openings and the nearness of Walter Reed. What Others Say... 'GOOD BUILDINGS' Post-Watergate cries to change the American governmental system should be sufficiently contradicted by the workings of that system in responding to Watergate without shattering the country. Now former Chief Justice Earl Warren, speaking at Morehouse College, has succinctly stated the case through what he called an old truism -- "We do not tear down good buildings merely because they have been occupied by bad tenants." Referring to sponsors of "half baked ideas" for changes in the executive branch, Mr. Warren made what is the crucial point -- that "the conditions they recoil against do not flow from public officials following constitutional procedures, but, on the contrary, from circumventing them." --Christian Science Monitor Prisons Resist Reform WASHINGTON (ERR) -- A Washington wag has suggested that Watergate could do wonders for prison reform by giving so many high government officials a firsthand look at the nation's deplorable prison system. The tongue-in-cheek remark is not completely implausible. A short prison term did indeed turn former Teamster union leader Jimmy Hoffa into a penal reformer. But most experts agree that the American prison system needs f a r more than a few sympathetic public figures to pull it out of its deep and destructive quagmire. The nation's prisons are almost universally recognized as terrible and getting worse. "Anyone not a criminal will bÂ» when he gets out of jail," Norman Carlson, director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. has said. Despite considerable expenditures on reform programs, many prisons remain seething cauldrons of frustration and resentment. Violent eruptions at Attica, San Quentin. Rahway, The Tombs and other institutions have riveted public attention on the prison issue -but only temporarily. When the rioting subsides, so does.much of the demand for prison reform. Last year author Jessica Mitford in a book titled Kind and Unusual Punishment called more attention than usual to prison conditions. She argued that prisons should simply be abolished. Her contention Is essentially that all crimes are political crimes and therefore all prisoners are political prisoners. Few other penal critics are willing to go that far, but many have recommended fundamental changes in the prison system. A (ask force report in 1973 from the National Advisory Commissioin on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals proposed that all prisons be co-educational and "demilitarized," that sentences be limited to five years except for murderers and repeated offenders, that prison factory workers receive full market wages, and that all states pass a "prisoners' bill of rights." The commission also asked that local and county jails be placed in the state prison system. The nation's 4.000 jails hold 45 per cent of all prisoners, yet are often ignored hy penÂ«l reformers. "Jails are the weakest, most neglected link in our criminal justice system." sayÂ» Richard Velde of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. "On the whole, jails Â»re bruUl, filthy cesspools of crime." This problem will be considered at a seminar on "Penal Reform and Community Corrections Service*" sponsored by the National Legislative Conference June 11-14 in DCS Momes, Iowa. State legislators from around the nation win explore innovative local approaches to prison and jail reform and take a look at the Â·yitem in Iowa. But visits to a prison, no matter how well-intentioned, Just aren't thÂ» aanÂ» as being locked inside.
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