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JlortljtoejSt Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 Â· THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1974 Agnew Maintains 0 ne Valuable Contact Enter Flood Insurance At its last meeting the Fayetteville Board of Directors approved an amendment to the building code of ordinances, an amendment that in the formulative process attracted little public interest and caused few ripples. That was before disaster, in the form of a flash flood, overwhelmed the Siloam Springs business district last Saturday afternoon. Hopefully, in the light of that disaster, the new amendment will be favored with greater interest. Because the two events are closely related, Fayetteville's ordinance change being aimed at -- among other things -- making low-cost, federally-subsidized flood insuranci available to properly owners. Who needs flood insurance in the mountains? Siioam Springs, for one. Large areas of Fayetteville for another. Fifty-three Arkansas communities have been identified as flood prone. Fayetteville is one of these communities -- as many south Fayetteville John I. Smith residents are prepared (o testify. In order to qualify for federal flood insurance local governments must, under federal law, adopt and enforce land use and control measures that guide development in flood prone areas to reduce future damage. Qualifying for federal insurance is vitally important because flood insurance isn't available in standard property insurance policies. Siloam Springs is a tragic example of this insurance shortfall. Sober assessment of the damage from last week's flood now places the loss in the vicinity of $15 million -- and not a cent of it covered bv insurance. The blow to the town's economy" is so heavy as to be almost past comprehension. Fayetteville's city directors have made it possible to avoid, at least partially, the fate that overtook so many in Siloam Springs. It is our hope and recommendation that Fayctteville citizens will benefit from the opportunity. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH The proposed (or planned ) rural water district to serve from Harmon, west Farmington, to Moffitt is in a peculiar position. It is very close to realization, but a little short, of the number of paid up patrons. The number required by the financing agency, the Farmers Home Administration, is 400. We have about 340 and need to have at least 60 more before any futher progress can be made. Enough additional prospective users have said t h a t they want the water, and they would give well over this needed additional number. It is to tbem that this additional appeal is being made. Those wlw really intend to tie onto the water system when it is installed should come forward now and help make the project a reality. Actually, the number 400 is a little short of what is needed, and this shortage of number has caused the F H A to refigure the proposed minimum monthly bill. However, at a recent meeting of the water users, the increase was accepted. Thus, it only remains necessary t h a t the a d - ditional water users pay the meter deposit and connection fee -- that is, give a deffinite answer of "yes" or "no." Those who need water need it badly. They need your help now, not after the system is built. As far as the above mentioned costs per month is concerned, it is Iwncd that enough additional ones will come along to provide a reducton in the monthly charge. It also is hoped that some federal grant assistance can be obtained. These are just hopes -- but good ones -- that can not be guaranteed by those who are working for the construction of this water system It should be here stated that none of those rural people who are worr.mg hard, and have worked for a long time, to bring about this rural improvement have ever received any compensation fo rtheir efforts. Nor will they ever receive any. It is just like church w o r k -something given because t h e y feel that it is right to give. From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO The Washington County Board of Education yesterday turned d own the propos ed me rge r of Farmington and Fayetteville school districts. In executive session, the hoard found t h a t the signatures on petitions brought by FarmingLon school district patrons did not constitute a "sufficient majority" of school district voters. Four Springdale men looking 50 YEARS AGO Â·Â· Fayetteville c i t i z e n s are talking about the nomination of President Calvin Coolidge as Republican candidate. He was nominated on the first ballot ot the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this afternoon. Herman Bagby, University or Arkansas track star from Pine Bluff and Lake Village, will sail 100 YEARS AGO The "Veterans oT the Mexican War" from this and Benton County have accepted an invitation to the celebration here on the 4ih of July and will is a body take a place in the procession. We are requested to say to those who are willing to contri- for a little fresh air and lots of exercise left here yesterday on a cross-county hike to Harrison -- an estimated 95 mountainous, heavily-wooded miles as the crow flies. Approximately ISO cars and trucks passed through safely check lanes operated by Fayetteville Jaycces -- with t h e help of volunteer mechanics. --Â· last night. for Paris Saturday to competle in the Olympic games three weeks from now. Free long distance telephone service for editors and press workers who attend the state convention of the Arkansas State Press Association will he provided here through the courtesy of the Southwestern Telephone Company. bute a hog or sheep or breadstuffs to the barbecue here on the -ith of July and will in a as early as possible, '.o Capt. E. B. Harrison, Ihe amount and kind they wish to contribute. Let every conservative voter in the county be at Ihe polls on the 30th inst. and vote "For Convention." They'll Do It Every Time ttw.- you sÂ«y VERMUTH? I ALWAYS As the rural sections Increase in population (and t h 9 increase is rapidC the pollution of the shallow strata of water becomes a more serious problem. Whetherorn ot not we like it or they like it, people w i l l eventually be forced for their own protection to construct a system which delivers treated water into their homes. While his system can not now be constructed for the same dollars that would have done the job when men first began, thinking about the matter, it probably can be done cheaper now that three years hence. One worker for this rural sys tern said, "I have a good well, 1 have had the water tested regualrly, but I know t h a t up tlxe draw from my well is a septic tank which some day wlil ruin my welL I'm frightened at the situation. I want this water system as soon as we can get it." If you who want water, but who are waiting until the system is constructed, will come forward now, y o u will do a lot of good for your community Israel Said Apprehensive A News Analysis By MAIXCUS ELIASON JERUSALEM CAP) -- The Israelis will greet President Nixon next week as one of their best friends, but they are apprehensive about the effect on them of the new Arab-American rapproachinent. Henry A. Kissinger's adroit diplomacy has not only disengaged the warring Middle East armies--it has revolutionized America's standing in the Arab world. The grass-roots fear in Israel is that the Jetwish naion will have to pay for this new standing in the form of territorial and diplomatic concessions to the Arabs. "Why else does Egypt suddenly love Nixon?" one Israeli argued. "Because it knows that only Nixon can squcze concessions out of us." A senior Israeli official, sounding more reserved, said thet new friendship betwcn the United States and the Arabs "might cause difficulties for us. but in the f i n a l summary it Is a positive developement. "I'd rather h a v e ' America giving the Arabs military aid than the Soviets." he added. Relations between the U. S. and Israeli governments have blossomed anew since Nixon took office. But now "a now chanter has begun," the official said, "and it is not yet clear where we are going." Differences may arise, he c o n t i n u e d , especially over Washington's reported wish to have Israel negotiate directly with Palestinian leaders. The Israeli government refuses to deal with those it refers to as "terrorists." "But we have a vital interest in continuing relations with the U.S. government." he added. "For us. President Nixon's visit Is an outstanding event.' The government is readying n m a m m o t h welcome for Nixon, the "first U.S. president to visit us in 2.000 years." one cabinet official said jokingly. Officials are showering the local newspapers wilh glowing summaries of U.S.-Israeli relations during Nixon's administration. Brighl lights are being strung along the route the President will take from the airport to Jerusalem. School authorities promise a large turnout of Hag-waving children. Police say t h a t despite the massive security net around the President "We have made sure the crowds will be able to actually see him." By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- In his fall from power, Spiro Agnew lc[t behind a valuable contact who is now helping him find business deals. The former vice president during his glory days arranged a job for one of his supporters, Tilton H. Dobbin, as assistant commerce secretary in charge of domestic and international business. This has put Dobbin in touch with some of the world's most powerful businessmen. Inside sources say he has used his position to open doors for the deposed Agnew. A forlorn figure, Agnew has lost his political career. He has been disharred from practicing law. The Internal Revenue SERVICE is squeezing him for hack taxes. The Justice Department is considering a suit to recover the bribe money allegedly paid him while he was a government official. Some firebrands at Justice even want to sue to recover his vice-presidential salary. Agnew tried to raise money by writing a novel. But after the reviews appeared, this no longer seemed a promising career. Almost in desperation, he turned to wheeling and dealing. He just returned from a swing throught the Middle East in search of deals. He visited his Greek homeland, Amman and Beirut, and then hit the The Washington Merry-Go-Round petroleum capilals. Tehran and Kuwait. The former vice president still had enough political gla- mor to gain audiences wilh the crown price in Jordan and the shah in Iran. But Agnew's main stop, in Saudi Arabia, had to be cancelled because his wife became ill. On the business side, according to our sources, Dobbin helped pave the way. He ad-mitted tÂ» us that he does financial favors for his former mentor. Agnew has called on him, Dobbin said, to "get a rundown on a person or a company, or to do a bank or credit check." But Dobbin denied the he arranged business contacts for Agnew on his latest odyssey. "I didn't even know he was going until I read about it." . . C U T T I N G CORNERS: Under pressure from House Speaker Carl Albert, Small Business Administrator Tom Kleppe violated regulations to bail out an electronics firm from Albert's home state of Oklahoma. The struggling company, Oklahoma Aerotronics. didn't qualify for a minority-business government contract. The firm also had money probelms, no the least of which was a negative worth of 5000,000 "To place contracts with Oklahoma Aci'otronius u n d e r existing conditions," Kleppe notified the speaker on Auguest 17. 1971, "we would have to violate federal regulations and our national directive." Nevertheless, Albert called Kleppe up to Capitol. Hill for a personal meeting and repeated his hope that Kleppe "could f i n d some way" to provide the electronics firm with minority- business help. Despite the federal regulations, Kleppe caved in. He dispatched an aide to Oklahoma with orders to make the company fit the requirements, cosmetically if not legally. Not long afterwards, Oklahoma Aerotronics got its minority-business approval and landed a whopping $4 million worth of contracts. Footnote: Albert told us he had relied upon an aide who had handled the Oklahoma Aerotronics case for him. The speaker said he didn't intentionally seek to run roughshod over federal regulations. An SBA spokesman said that lire company became qualified in October of 1071 when a majority control was transferred to an 'Pack Up Your Troubles . From. The Readers Viewpoint On Half-Truths To the Editor: There have been many occasions when I foil a letter to the editor was sorely needed to correct some unfounded accusations or "half-truth" pre- strained my urge as I feel the editorial column is . not the sentation of an issue hut re- proper place for citizens to resolve issues. However, after reading Allan Gilbert's column in the Sunday Times I feel compelled to set the issue straight, and make quite clear for A l l a n and his unidentified neighbor ;n the board room the reason for any director "abstaining" in the roll call on an issue. My only such votes, or abstentions, are in cases where there is a question of "conflict of interest." (And here might bo the proper place to advise that my vote on the request for a meeting to discuss the old post office building was, "Aye.") I would also like to add that after almost four years as a director I have found most all of the directors with whom I have served were and arc very conscious of the public needs and have always been most responsive to the "majority" opinion. We are responsible for the taxpayers' money and attempt to get the most for our tax dollars and spend them where they will do the most good for all the citizens. At the first appearance of Mr. Sharp and some of his group at the May 21. 1974, meeting there were several matters of concern to the directors, the primary one being what costs to the city would be for purchase and renovation of tht old post office building, and this is still a major consideration to me. Finally, there seems to be too much emphasis of "freedom of the press" and too little consideration of "responsibility" to the public by many members of the press for accurately reporting the facts with much less editorializing. If. indeed, the slogan "The Public Interest is the F i r s t Concern of This Newspaper" reflects the policy of your organization then let's play Ihe game by this rule as you expect your public servants to do. Loris Stanton Member, Fayetteville Board of Directori Market Revisited To the Editor: On the editorial page of Fri- peared an editorial entitled day, June 7, 1974. there ap- "The Farmers Market Opens." We feel that it was an example of the most damaging k i n d of journalism and certainly not fitting of the TIMES. The editorial w a s filled with phrases such as "we are anxious to postpone judgment.. however" and "which isn't to say our first impression is an accurate one." To give you the history of the Farmers Market would take several pages. However, in brief, everyone has talked Farmers Market in Fayetteville. but no one has been willing to invest the time and money to make it a reality. Last year, t h e Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County. Inc.. allocated a small grant and adequate staff to develop a market. EOA and Downtown Kayetteville Unlimited, after several months of leg work and negotiations "got it together." The Rural Mountain Producers Exchange, Inc., was incorporated to operate the market. The City of Fayetteville declined to let us use space on the Square for the market and again Downtown Fayetteville Unlimited very kindly allowed us use of their lot at the corner of Church and Center Streets. The original objectives of the market were: (1) To give the rural people and small farmers who raise vegetables and make handicrafts an outlet to sell their wares locally; (2) To give the people of the Fayetteville area an opporunity fo purchase high quality farm fresh produce and native crafls at a reasonable price; (3) To boost business in downtown Fayetteville on market days; and (4) To increase the circulation of money within the community. The market was never intended to be on the scale of the Dallas Farmers Market. It may grow to that, but we hardly have the funds to build a multi-million dollar market facility. Since the market was intended to sell only locally produced goods, the amount of produce at any given market is totally dependent on local supply and other variable* such Â·s the weather. It may interest the TIMES to know that on June 8, the day after your editorial appeared, an estimated 500 people came by to buy, visit or just offer congratulations. This was despite the rain and your editorial. We were sold out by 1 p.m. The vegetables available were: green beans, beets, cabbage, swiss chard, carrots, cauliflower, kale, -three varieties of lettuce, mustard greens, onions, garden peas, poke, banana peppers, new potatoes, spinach, turnips and greens,and a variety of fresh herbs. We realize produce is limited this time of the season. That is why our announcements of the June 1 opening emphasized that the market would bo very limited for the first few Saturdays. This is a now business; even the most conservative banker would not expect a new business to be operating at full volume and with a profit the first day of business. We feel t h a t judgment on the market should at least be reserved for the end of the season. The next meeting of the Board of Directors and members of the Rural Mountain Producers Exchange will be held after the market is sold out on July 6. which has been designated as our G r a n d Opening. We would be most happy to have the (editorial page) editor as our guest to meet the management and the members. Sincerely, THE RURAL MOUNTAIN 1 PRODUCERS EXCHANGE, I INC., BOARD OF DIREC- F TORS: Charles Johnson, r Glenn Smith, Marcella Thompson, John Squires, Ben Heynen. Editor's note: If we sounded as though we had made a hasty judgment on the Farmers Maret, we regret it. Like most of Fayetteville we support the market both in theory and practice, whole-heartedly. Bible Verse "And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately." Acts 9:34 The will of God is to make us a complete person. This He did in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Let Him pick up the broken pieces and make you whole. employe (rust. . . M I L I T A R Y SPENDING: The idea that boosting military spending creates jobs and ii good for tlie economy, according to an unrelcascd report, it a 'myth. On the contrary, for every billion dollars spent by the Pentagon, the nation actually loses 20,000 jobs. This is the finding of a four-month study by the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan, a Ralph Nader offshoot headquartered in Lansing. The researchers .directed by Marion Anderson, used the government's own figures and found that the Pentagon generates fewer jobs per billion dollars than any other form ot private or government spending with the single exception of the space program. Translating these statistics into jobs, the researchers discovered there is a net loss in employment when money is spent for military purposes, as compared with civilian spending or spending by stale and local governments. Tlic average Pentagon budget of $80 billion, the study alleges, results in the loss of at least 1,6(10,000 jobs each year acrosi the nation. The logical conclusion, therefore, is thai tho economy would benefit from a slasli in the military budget, "It would make nn difference." the study states, "whether the cut was all in defense contracts going to civilian industry or military personnel going to state and local governments, the .(jade-off would still mean a net increase of jobi for the economy." Footnote: A pentagon economist acknowledged that the "arithmetic" used by the research group was good but argued thai the statistics didn't support the conclusions. "About the only thing you can conclude from these figures," he said, "is that employes of state and loca| governments and in the civilian economy earn smaller salaries than do defense workers." The figures don't realistically reflect'' what woul happen, he said, if highly skilled defense workers were let off as a result of the budget slash. New Safety For Owners Of Homes By KENNETH B. DALECKI TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Americans buying new houses today are paying high prices for what somo later discover is shoddy workmanship. Now. however, help may bÂ« on the way. The experiences of home- buyers whose dream house has turned to disappointment has prompted the nation's biggest home builder's association to establish a 10-year warranty program that makes builders back their product after (he bill of sale is signed. Mrs. Virginia H. Knauer, President Nixon's consultant on consumer affairs, applauded (he National Association of Home Builders (NAIIB) at a press conference here this week at . which the warranty program was launched. It is the latest example of Industry self-regulation encouraged by the business-oriented Nixon Administralion. Like the major appliance industry and carpet and rug makers, the NAHB has awakened to the consumer age by trying (o police its own induslry to forestall government regulation. ITS PROGRAM, which is called the Home Owner's Warranty (HOW), would cost new home buyers $10 plus a onetime insurance premium of $2 per $1,0(10 of house. Insurance commissioners in York Enid Missouri -- have already approved the HOP plan. Ehree stales -- Florida, New York and Missouri -- have already approved the HOW NAHB members in those stales may now establish state and local councils to put HOW into effect. HOW would give buyers a 10- year warranty on the workmanship of the house, including basic construction, plumbing, heating, electrical and cooling systems. H is modeled after a highly successful home warranty program in England. Mrs. Knauer said most of the homeowner complaints she gets concern builders who fail to meet completion deadlines, HOW would not solve that problem, but it would give buyers who move into an incomplete house a solid legal document which would require the builder to finish the job. ALTHOUGH an estimated 75 per cent of the nation's residential home builders are affiliated with NAHB, any builder could offer customers a HOW contract. NAHB Chairman George C. Martin said chapters in 33 states have expressed a desire fo establish state and regional councils to administer the HOW program. These local HOW council! would inspect new homes -including condominiums but not mobile homes -- to be sure they meet local building codes. Unhappy homeowners couhl bring complaints to the local council, or, failing to get satisfaction there, to an independent arbitration board. Signing a HOW contract would forfeit rone of a homeowner's right! to seek relief in the courts. Martin said 52 per cent of the houses built this year could be under the HOW program if state insurance commissioners approve the plan and local NAHB affiliates establish councils. NAHB has appointed a 15- member HOW advisory board that includes an impressive number of consumer-oriel! ted professional!.