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Jlmtlitucst Sttansas (Time?; Editorial-Opinion PogÂ« The Public Interest It The First Concern Oj This Newspaper SATURDAY, JUNE t, 1974 'Professional' Viewpoint The Northwest Arkansas Architects Council puts it well, we think, regarding a burgeoning \of.\ project to preserve the Old Post Office building on the Fayctteville Square. "We support, in principle," declares the NWAAC statement, "the development into a pedestrian mall of a large portion of the Fayetteville Square which is now devoted to vehicular traffic." The architects, then declare that they believe the failure to include the Old Post Office building, and adapt it to use, is a serious judgmental error which will destroy the mature trees around the Square and demolish a building of great material value which potentially will bring far greater revenue-producing traffic to the Square than will the open plaza, without the building." The professional group also endorses the thought that while use of the building for city governmental purposes is quite proper in the near term, consideration needs to be given, too, to uses of a broader community application. There is no note of sour grapes in this, in our view, even though the talents of local designers have been less used and recognized than their degree of talent in most cases would justify. In the current stage of this area's development, it is a sad but accurate observation that the hack from Chicago Is accorded much more attention in such matters than the exceptional talent just down the street. Times are changing even in this, though, as several recent major federally financed projects have been conceived and designed by local architects. For this reason, among others, their views merit a close look. In a brief statement on behalf of the NWAAC, during presentation of petitions to the City Board of Directors this week, local architect Ernie Jacks adds a couple of vital points and suggests additional potential functions for the central Square edifice. "If viability, revitalization and renewal of the Square is the issue," says Jacks, then we "must find ways to bring people to the Square for a purpose, not to just sit and look." A cosmetic approach will not be sufficient, in Jacks' view. "The Square," Jacks contends, "must retain its special identity if citizens of Fayetteville are to react favorably and make use of their Square." He goes on to suggest that such uses as a postal station, restaurant, craft shops, museum and related community service offices might well be incorporated in the building at future dates. It is significant to find professional groups rallying to the local cause. Certainly the amassing of more than 5,000 signatures in the space of about two weeks tells a dramatic story of the city's sentiments. On the basis of public goodwill and citizens druthers, it seems clear enough at this point that Housing Authority and city government authorities are obliged to "investigate some course of accommodation. From Oar Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Fayelteville Jaycees will hold their annual vehicle safety check campaign Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week with check lanes at Evelyn Hills Shopping Center and at Lewis Ford Company in downtown Fayetteville. Twenty-four 4-H Club members from Lucas county, Iowa and three adult leaders will be so VEARS AGO Wooden signs have been nailed OB poleÂ» throughout the city directing tourists to the new campground. Both the Maple street entrance and the northeast entrance through the city park have been completed. The new roof on the St. Paul's Episcopal Church on EÂ«st Ave- (00 YEARS AGO Those indebted to us w i l l please come forward and ."square up", as we are going to make some additions to our office in the way of material and will need all the money due us. Trustees - The following named gentlemen now compose 'ihe Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Industrial University: guests in Washington County the week of June 23, repaying a visit 4-H membern of Washington County made to Iowa last summer. Two Fort Smith boys were being held in Fayettevlfle city jail this morning after leading police and firemen on a chase through downtown alleys Sunday nigh I. nue, has just been completed and the red composition shingles add greatly to the appearance of the church. T h e a n n u a l Washington County Teacher Institute cloned a week's course at the University yesterday. Over 200 teachers enrolled for the courses offered. D. E. Jones, Lafayette Gregg, M. F. LÂ»lce. B. C. Walker, Wood E. Thompson, a n d Jas. M. Johnson. The Ozark Institute being church property is exempt from taxation by legislative enactment. Any pretended tax title thereto will be treated accordingly. Thank You To the Editor: I wish to thank the persons who were very helpful and kind to my son Mike and me on the afternoon of Wednesday May 29. I turned too quickly behind the Taco Hut on North College and landed in the ditch. Within minutes the Rev. H.D. McCarty and others came to my assistance, I failed to get the names of all who stopped to help me, for I was blocking traffic and once out of the ditch had to move quickly. It is really nice to live in a town like' Fayetteville where one can know that in times of need others will care and not be too busy to help. Thank you again. Mrs. Donald H. Taylor Fayetteville Suggestions To the Editor: Please pass on the following STRONG suggestions to the people who arrange polling place locations in Washington County: (1) Print CLEAR and concise directions as to precinct locations, and at which location each precinct is to vote. Monday's directions were quite confusing. 2) M O S T ESSENTIAL: Inform ALL personnel working at the polls where the precincts a n d corresponding polling places are located. They SHOULD be able to relay accurate information to the voter. It is very discouraging and aggravating to be sent to three different locations before one can vote especially after having been urged to vole numerous times. An Irate Voter (Josephine Rose) Fayetteville P.S.: I FINALLY DID cast my vote! Egypt Is Nixon Country Thoughts Of Chairman Fulbright WASHINGTON (ERR) -President Nixon plans a visit to the Middle East starting around June 10. PRESIDENT NIXON might well wish that George Gallup and Louis Harris were in his party when he visits Cairo. Egyptians seem puzzled that so many Americans are calling tor the President's resignation or impeachment. It was Nixon, they point out, and especially his secretary of state, Henry A. Kissinger, who brought peace to the area. Moreover, Egyptians feel that the Nixon administration is the first since Israel's birth in 1948 to recognize the Arabs are not America's enemy -- and the first which has not tried to impose Isreal's demands on the rest of the Middle East. In short, Egyptians now seem confident that the United Stales is willing to treat the Arab cause with at least a degree of fairness. The reapproachment has not been a one-sided affair. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has, in the words of Ambassador F. Hermann Eilts Jr., been willing and eager to foster the "Copernican change" in U.S.- Egyptian relations. Efforts on both sides resulted in the resumption of diplomatic relations last November, EGYPT, under then President Gamal Abdel Nasser, had severed ties with the U n i t e d States in June 1967 because he believed, erroneously, that American forces were fighting for Isreal in the Six-Day War. During the October 1973 hostilities, on the other hand, Sadat refused to adopt a strong anti- American position despite massive U.S. military assistance to Israel. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Jr. (D-LA.) described the new Arab - American relationship during a visit to t h e Middle East in January. "I was really amazed at the degree of friendliness toward Americans," he said. ". . .Friendliness from a personal standpoint, the handshakes, the smiles frm both the high-ranking part of the Arab land and from the people on the street. This was particularly pointed in Egypt. . . ." As U.S. - Egyptian relations have improved., Cairo's reliance on the Soviet Union has lessened. Sadat's decision to resume diplomatic relations with the United States, like his decision to expel Soviet military advisers in July 1972. presumably was based on belief that Washington, not Moscow, holds the key to peace in the Middle East. OTHER REASONS for the shift in Egyptian policy from a pro-Soviet to a non-aligned or even a pro-American tilt include the heavy-handedness of Soviet advisers in Egypt, their demand for control in exchange for their aid, and resentment over the Russian's lack of understanding of the deep religiosity of the Egyptian people. Despite the growing friendship between Washington a n d Cairo, many problems remain. President Nixon, for example, has asked Congress for $250 million in economic assistance for Egypt. This sum does not compare with the billions given by t h e Soviet Union. Unless Cairo can attract foreign investment from other sources, the United States will be pressured to give more. Cairo also fears that if Nixon is forced from office, pro-Zionists--who the Arabs believe are in control of the American mass media--will work to undo the current rapprochement. As the President will find when he touches down in Cairo, Egypt is Nixon country. King Fnturv S/ndkaU Art Buchwald Role Of Husband WASHINGTON -- The one question I keep getting asked when I'm on the road is "What kind of husband will Henry Kissinger make?" It's a hard one to answer, but on the basis of Henry's recent behaviour. Mrs. Kissinger is going to discover that it isn't easy to be married to the super-negotiator of the world. This is the kind of situation that could come up. "Henry, I forgot to buy bread for the smoked salmon for our dinner party tonight. Would you go down to the supermarket and get a couple of loaves?" Henry replies, "Of course, my dear." He returns in a hslf-hour. "What kind of bread did you want, rye or white?" "It really doesn't matter, Henry. Either one will do." "It's not. going to be that easy. The supermarket has more white than it does rye and therefore they have put the white bread up in the front and the rye bread in the back. They're demanding guarantees that I buy two loaves of white for every loaf of rye. I've taken the position we should have the right to buy the rye bread without having to purchase the Â· white bread." "For heaven's sake, Henry, the guests are coming in 45 minutes. Will you go back and get the bread? HENRY COMES hack after 15 minutes. "The supermarket has agreed to sell me the rye without having to buy the white, but they raised the "problem of the size of the loaf. If we get the large loaf, we g e t lhTM cents off. but that means we'd only need a loaf and a half But if we get the small loaf, we'd need two and thq price would be prohibitive. What do 5ou suggest we do?" "Henry, I need bread f o r dinner. Would you please go back and bring some home?" Henry went back to the store and returned again. "I think I've worked out a compromise. Nancy. If we get rolls instead of bread we won't have the problem of choosing sizes. The supermarket has indicated it woul consier selling us rolls at a specia price providing we buy a jar of peanut butter that they're pushing as part of a 4th of July sale. T told them I would bring the offer back to you and lay it on the table." "Henry, I don't care if it's peanut butter or jelly or cream cheese as long as you get ihe bread." "They didn't raise the question of jelly or cream cheese, but I'll tell them you'd rather have that than peanut butter." BY THIS TIME several reporters who are standing outside the Kissinger home surround the secretary of stain. "Mr. Kissinger," one of the reporters asks, "we understand you're trying to buy bread for your dinner tonight. Do you think you'll be able to do it?" "There are still some last- minute details to be worked out," Henry says, "but I'm optimistic that there will be a deal." Bu when Henry returns from the supermarket he is glum and tells the reporters, "1 would be less than candid if I told you that I brought back bread. "The supermarket has raised some last-minute condiions on slicing that I'm not sure c a n be met. But after reporting to my wife I am going back and make one more effort to find a compromise which both sides can live with." By this time the guests are arriving and Nancy is crying. Everyone asks where Henry is and Nancy doesn't 'lave the nerve to tell them he's still out trying to buy bread for dinner. Just as they sit down to dinner Henry rushes in with three boxes under his arm. His face is flushed and he wnves them at Nancy. "Bread?" Nancy asks. "Ry-Krisp," Henry replies. "But at least it's a start." "By gum," says a reporter peeking through the window, "Henry's done it again." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Contemporary Comments WHERE WOMEN WORK. Elizabeth Waldman and Beverly J. McEaddy, "Where Women Work -- An Analysis by Industry and Occupation," Monthly Labor Review, May 1974, pp. 3-13. "Despite . . . changes, today's figures on the employment of women in American industry bear a striking resemblance to esterday. In'1970. just as in (be three previous census those of yes' years -- 1940, 1950, and 1960 -- the service industry ranked first in the employment of women." "Over this 30-year span, about 60 per cent of all employees in the service industry were women -- some 60 per cent of tha workers in educational services; about 75 per cent in the medical-health industry; and about 75 per cenl in personal services, including those in hotels and private homes. Within other major industrial categories, such as manufacturing and trade, certain subgroups remain as female-intensive today as they were ves- terdy." "The enormous expansion in the labor force participation of women has sometimes been referred to as the response of married women to the tidal wave of paperwork that occurred in the industrial world of the 1950s and 1960s. The population explosion of post-World War If contributed to the need for expanding all types of services - among them, medical, educational, person- TM a -3 ^ ea Ji? n . al ^. thu f, Â« enera -inS more jobs of Ihe types considered to be traditionally female." "Many jobs in the service industry can be described as extensions of what women do as homemiikers -- teach children and young adults, nurse the sick, prepare food." Arkansas Editors Comment On Whys And Wherefores Of The Election ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT If doubt still exists about the strength and health o! the Arkansas Republican Party then Tuesday's balloting should end it. The Republicans are sick unto death and are a party in name only. Less than 4,500 voters, statewide, cast ballots on the Republican side while Democrats turned out more than 584.000 strong to set a new primary record. The election cost the Republicans somewhere between $30.000 and S40.00(t. which figures out to be about 57 to $10 per vole. And to add salt to the. wound it was just an exercise in futility, despite the wasteful cost. Neither of the GOP nominees. Ken Coon for governor nor Leona Troxel Ifor lieutenant governor, has a prayer of winning in November against David Prvor a n d Joe Purcell. Once again the Republicans have performed their death-wish ritual of offering two sacrificial lambs to the gods of expediency and political tradition. Granted, there was more than normal reason for the voters to turn their backs on the GOP primary this year. Interest was high in the Democratic governor's race and it was white-hot in the senatorial contest. Both of these races attracted m a n y who in calmer days would have voted Republican, but the GOP itself offered only small incentive to keep its -members from bolting. Rather than encourage candidates all over the state to file for office and thus generate wide interest in a primary, the BcpublicJh leadership instead did all ia itf power to keep from even having a primary. Had it not been for maverick Joe Weston. the GOP would not have been heard from (even as a whisper) on primary day. All of which is sad. Arkansas needs a two-party system. It is ihe best guarantee of honest government. H is the best hope for decent leadership. But it will never come until the Republican party shifts its sights from the top and starts plowing the ground at the grass roots. This means that two or more candidates must be found for every county, district and state office on the slate and then pitted in the party's primary. This is the way leaders are found. It will not be easy. It will not come about overnight. But, with time and support, it can be done. Far better to follow this course than to wistfully sit back and long for a retur not the good old days when Rockefeller's millions fueled the machine. Dreaming of a Rockefeller second coming, instead of working at the community level, could be as fatal to Republican hopes as the sorry showing the party made this year. PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL back and long for a return of David Pryor. with his sure grasp of ttie unsure phrase, described his campaign on election eve as the dawn at a New Day in Arkansas politics. That day really began when Winthrop Rockefeller came down off the mountain to struggle in the valley, and to begin this state's climb back to higher That day grew brighter under the conciliatory leadership of Dale Bumpers, Mr. Pryor would inherit not only promise but years of arduous achievement. His is the responsibility not to begin but to continue as the noonday heat approaches. And his responsibility may he even greater, for the right decisions may no longer be as obvious. LOG CABIN DEMOCRAT (CoBway) There were some surprises in yesterday's b a l l o t i n g . T h e biggest, perhaps, was the margin by which Gov. Dale Bumpers defeated Sen. J. William Fulbright. There weren't many around here who truly believed that the veteran senator would win reelection, but with a few notable exceptions, everyone seemed to believe it would be a close contest right on up to the last returns. What did it prove, that historic conflict? For one thing, it testified to the enduring and perhaps still- growing confidence which the people of Arkansas have in Mr. Bumpers. It also proved once again Uiat a frank discussion of issues is not necessary in order to win public office. And perhaps it also proved that people are so sick and tired of what Mr. Bumpers described as the "mess" in Washington that anyone who iÂ» identified Â«i belonging in that vortex is teetering on the brink of disaster. . Mr. Bumpers -- effective n hÂ« bat been in persuading others to his point of view -has hi* work cut out for him as he sets out to "straighten out the mess in Washington.' The feeling had been for the past couple of weeks around here that former Gov. Orval Faubus and former Rep. David Pryor would wind up in a runoff for the gubernatorial nomination, with Lt. Gov. Bob Riley a weak third, Everyone thought it would be close, and it was if you relate closeness to the narrow margin by which Mr. Pryor won the nomination without haying to face Mr. Faubus again two weeks from now. But frankly, we expected to see a run-off there. The most surpirsing thing about the race, however, was the tremendous effort put forth by Mr. Faubus. He crisscrossed this state with the vigor of a 21-year-old, and he himself described the effort as one of the best. Defeated he may be at the polls, but we'll have to tip our hats to a truly heroic effort, perhaps his last as a candidate for public office... BENTON COURIER Election night is one in which we always find ourselves alternately saving Hooray! and (expletive deleted) as the results roil in. Quit* evidently contrary to the opinion of the b u l k of Arkansas we were saddened to see the fall of U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright But on the other hand we were very happy to see David Pryor win the gubernatorial nomination and tot Purcell Ulu UM lieutenant governor slot for the Democratic Party. It was also a happy night for seeing Orval Faubus go down the tubes, hopefully forever. Gov. Dale Bumpers, in toppling Fulbright, firmly established his reputation as a political gaint-killer. What sort of senator he will make remains a large question mark, a question mark that we hope will not turn into a cipher as we see his performance. Bumpers will be stepping into a big pair of shoes, and we hope he will be able to walk in them. We wish him well. David Pryor, after a bitter defeat two years ago in a hot contest with U.S. Sen. John McClellan. more than deserved that sweet victory Tuesday night. We believe his election is an indicatin that the people of Arkansas are looking to the future and want to continue with progressive government. Joe Purcell of Benton - was there every any doubt he would win by a landslide? - has our heartiest congratulations and the b e s t wishes of virtually everyone in Saline County as he looks forward to taking his new post at the Capitol . . , JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS Arkansas voters have spoken. The final (and only really reliable) poll is now in. The results are known to all and, like it or not, many changes ara ahead for Arkansas and perhaps the nation as a result of the relative few who exercised their option yesterday. Senator Fulbright har, been retired. The junior senator hai been graceful in defeat. In fact. if the humility shown by Fulbright in defeat had been more evident throughout his career and the campaign, we think it's safe to say that he would have fared much better. We can think of no better example of what we're talking about than the appearance of Senate - elect Bumpers a n d citizen - elect Fulbright on the national television show. Issues and Answeres this past Sunday. Fulbright came across as irritating, arrogant and argumentative, while Bumpers seemed calm, self-assured and reasonable even when both commentators were needing him about the prospect of his being named to a national ticket in 1976. This is one reason why it has always been hard to understand Fulbright's being so anxious to engage Bumpers in a televised debate. He has known fhc governor too long to really believe those 'smile and shoestring' charges eminating from his headquarters. , . The other side of the coin is the great sadness all except the most adamant Fulbright. haters must feel at seeing his distinguished Senate career draw to a close. Fulbright's tenure in congress has been good for Arkansas and the nation. Notice that no reference fs made here to his career being closed. Fulbright is too well known and distinguished a politician to r e m a i n out of the limelight very long. We predict that Fulbright's sun has not yet set and more and perhaps even greater things are ahead for him in the next few years. For Bumpers and Arkansas the years should also be good. Each has a great measure of faith in the other. We hope both are well deserved. Bible Verse "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour." Acts 3:1 Have you been to a prayer meeting lately? The world can he thankful for the faithful who still come together and believe God for miracles. Make the time for prayer a must in your life. "ff ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7 Here is a blank check on all that God has for anyone who lays claim on His Word, and surrenders all to His will. "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that w i n n e t h souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30 Someday we will be sorry that we spent so much timÂ» with non-sense when there were so many souls at stake. "Work while it is day. the night cometh when no man can work." "Have not f commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord Ihy God is with thee witherso- ever thou goest." Joshua 1:1 The good word -from your Heavenly Fafer is "fear not". Hear it now and walk with confidence, "Have faith in God.."