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Jlorfbtoast Editorial-Opinion Pag* ThÂ« Public Interest It Tht Firtt Concern Oj Thfc Neuupaper 4 * SATURDAY, J UNI 15, 1974 Nixon s Middle Eastern Trip Risky Saving The W/ia/es "Save the Whales -- Boycott Japanese Goods!" has become the latest battle cry of the Animal Welfare Institute and 12 other conservation groups in the United States. The Japanese refuse to abide by international requests for a moratorium on whale hunting, and some species of the huge mammal are threatened with extinction. As a form of protest, the conservation groups are urging citizens to boycott all Japanese imports, which include automobiles, cameras, electrical appliances, watches and cosmetics. The Institute is eagerly mailing out bumper stickers, posters and buttons promoting the boycott, and Save the Whales T-shirts are available for $3.50. Conservationists and whalers both agree that the whale population is dwindling. It is estimated that more than two million whales have been killed in the past 50 years to make such products as soap, paint and margarine, and there are now no more than a few hundred thousand whales left. Together with the Russians, the Japanese are responsible for almost 90 per cent of the whales killed each year. Many blame this situation on the International Whaling Commission, a group composed of whaling industry spokesmen from 14 nations. Since the 1960s, scientists and conservationists have been urging the IWC to establish a 10-year moratorium on whaling to give the mammals time to propagate. It was not until 1972, however, that the IWC finally decided to vote on such a motion. Predictably enough, it was blocked by Japan and the Soviet Union. In 1973, the moratorium proposal passed the committee stage, but finally was defeated by a narrow vote. In June, the IWC will meet to set quotas for next season, and the moratorium issue no doubt will be debated once again. Feeling the pressure, Japan's whaling commissioners met with American officials in late May to debate the situation. Bills have been introduced in Congress to impose an official boycott of Japanese goods. The movement may gain strength from the international symposium now meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the entire issue of threatened and endangered species. If so, public opinion may yet prevent the whale from going the way of the buffalo. What Others Say While Congress and effete Easterners make hasle slowly, the go-ahead cilizens of California have galloped over labor, business, and other opposition to take a national lead in campaign reform. Some two dozen other states are moving in the same direction, and their progress, too. is encouraging. But California is remarkable in the scope and stringency of its legislation, and in the more than two-lo-one majority thai endorsed it in last week's election. As If to set a seal ot urgency on the need for reform, Presi- d e n t Nixon's scheduled departure abroad today was preceded by a weekend full of admonilory news. A m e r i c a learned that its current President had b e c o m e the first to be voted by a grand j u r y as an unindicted co-conspirator in crime. Also t h e country debated the minim u m s u s p e n d e d sentence for Richard Kleindienst. its first attorney general to be convicted of a crime. Then a federal judge raised the possibility that the President was in contempt of court or had obstructed justice by not following through From Our Files; How Time Flies] 10 YEARS AGO Voters will go to the polls in Springdale tomorrow in a special election to approve or rejecl Ihe city's garbage collee- Â· tion and disposal ordinance. More than 200 Fayelteville Â· g i r l s weighed down by enough - baggage to supply an armored 50 YEARS AGO - Plans for the stale convlnlion of the American Legion are rapidly maturing and indi- ^cations are that the conclave will be the biggest ever held in Arkansas. A total of 3,000 delegates are expected in Fay- Â·clteville. T h e western Methodist Assembly on Mount Sequoyah is in readiness for the opening MOO YEARS AGO - We are requested to stale that '- on Saturday the 27th inst. at : 11 o'clock a.m., on the ground, . there will be sod at auction . 13 lots, belonging to St. Paul's Â· Parrish in (his city. This is a , good pportunily for those who speculate, who wish to speculate; and for thost who are willing to help finish the church division, took of yesterday for a week-long encampment at the Baptist Association Grounds near Siloam Springs. Yesterday was our birthday. With toriay"'s edition the TIMES begins its 105th year of publication. for Ihe summer session June 22. and all indications are for an unusually heavy allendatice. Applications have been filed with the University of Arkansas registrar for 40 degrees and certificates, requiremests for which will be completed in the University of Arkansas summer term, June 16 to July 26. according to the beauiiful plan, to gracefully do so. The Clariosophic Society holds its last meeting for Ihis session, lonight. Wl are told that the programme is good. An operatic Charade will be one of (he features of the evening. Our young frinds. Mr. I. C. Crose and lady, returned Ihis welk from their visit io Iowa, They'll Do It Every Time on an agreement to release White House evidence in behalf of Ellsberg defendant John Ehrltchman. And there were new reports of alleged White House efforts to make use of the federal bureaucracy for 1972 re-election purposes. The repetition of such lamentable headlines could be m i n i m i z e d by appropriate election reform now. On this subjecl Ihe resl of the country can learn more from Mr. Nixon's home territory than from the state t h a t rejected him. Massachusetts, w h e r e campaign reform remains under study, making no waves. Adding to California's thrust ..Â·way., from Watergate-style politics were the Democrats' choice of Edmund Brown Jr., a known fighter for reform, as candidate for governor; and the R e p u b l i c a n s ' rejection of Lieutenant-Governor Reinecke, damaged by indictment on a perjury charge. A warning factor was the exceptionally low number of voters who bothered to go to the polls, especially among Republicans. It would be sad and dangerous for America if post- Watergate voter disillusionment should spread just when there seems a chance of checking the Watergale-exposed abuses of the democratic process which have contributed to such disillusionment. The low Republican turnout, also noted in other states, presents an additional problem -- preserving a strong two- party system. Even before the California returns. Republican strategist Kevin Phillips observed in his column that "a large minority of Republicans are so unhappy about the Nixon-Watergate imbroglio that they are refusing lo participate in GOP affairs." Mr. Phillips sees a possible threat io "the continued viability of the Republican rarty as a major political institution." The way for Republicans to restore their parly is not to withdraw from political participation. The United Stales needs the vigor and concern of citizens of every party -- and of no party _ as it tries to prevent repetition of all that is implied by Watergate. Legislation, of course, is only part of t h e answer. Indeed even California's ambilious campaign-reform p r o g r a m raises queslions. For example, In keeping an incumbent's spending ceiling only 10 per cent below that of a nonin- cumbenl, does Ihe law really give the outside aspirant s u f - ficient compensation for all the incumbent's built-in advantages? No law will be regarded as fair and effective by evervone. To legislation must be a'dded the basic individual integrity whose absence can lead to a Watergate no matter wrut the iaw may be. A p p r o p r i a t e l y enough. Republican standard bearer Gerald Ford is promoting the most essential rule for the kind of good politics whose r e c e n t counterfeit has alienated so many of his fellow party members. He writes in the latest Atlantic Monthly: .'.' Whi !f we are preoccupied with drafting new election reform laws and toucher campaign spending statutes, the fact remains that ordinary Decency, common courtesy and consideration for the rights and opinions of others can neither b* legislated nor enforced. Bat candidates and their campaign-followers can be measured against the age old standard of the Golden Rule Â«nd I commend it." The Christian Science Monitor By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- President Nixon's stubborn determination to visit the Middle Easl. in the opinion of experts, has placed him in the grealcst physical danger of his White House experience. He ignored secret intelligence warnings t h a t t h e Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an Arab lerrorisl ring, mighl attempt to assassinate him. They are believed to be equipped with shoulder-fired, heat seeking Soviet missiles, w h i c h could knock down Ihe presidential plane or blow up his ground transportation. The greatest security precautions in history have been taken, therefore, to protect the President as he lours the world's most volatile holspot. Most of the Sccrel Service protcclive force has been a i r l i f led to the Middle East to provide bodyguards for Nixon and to coordinate the security preparations of the host natio'ns. Intelligence teams departed a week ahead of the President and fanned out io every city on his itinerary. Secret Service chief Stuart Knight himself flew to the Middle Easl to direct the operations. In case of an attack upon Hie President, a. special medical team has been rushed to the Mediterranean and is now standing by on an aircraft carrier. The five-man team is led by Capt. William J. Fouty, chief of surgery at Ihe Bethesda Naval Hospital, and Dr. Myer The Washington Merry-Go-Round Rosenthul. head of the hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Ready to assist them are three crack Navy corpsmen. The carrier was chosen because of its excellent hospital facilities. The Secret Service considered the President's train trip from Cairo to Alexandria as the most dangerous time. The vulnerability of the train Ihrew the security experts into a near panic. The Egyptians, therefore, ila- tioned security police at every bend iu the track along the entire route. However, intelligence reports suggest that the terrorists, because of their good relations with Egypt and Syria, wouldn't want to embarrass them with an incident. They arc more likely to attempt an assassination in Israel or Jordan, the two countries most hated by the Palestinians. The intelligence reports warn, indeed, that the terrorists will hardly be able to resist attempting a spectacular stunt while the President is in Israel. White House sources say the President insisted on making the trip, despite the risk, because he is determined to carry out his diplomatic objectives in the Middle East. He told visitors that the danger wouldn't deter h i m . recalling his experience with a mob that besieged his vice presidential limousine in Venezuela in 1958. Perhaps he also remembered that he received a hero's welcome after his return from Venezuela. Some insiders won- End Of The Trail der whether he deliberately might now be courting danger in the Middle East, to win public sympathy on the eve of the impeachment hearings. W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: There is tentative talk inside the White House of extending President Nixon's travels to the Pacific. Congress would look bad trying to impeach the President, advisers feel, while he is traveling around the world in pursuit of peace....The President has lold friends he sometimes remembered, sometimes forgot that recorders were taping everything said in his office. Those who have listened to the tapes agree ho talked sometimes as if he d i d n ' t realize he was being hugged, other times as if he were making statements for the hidden microphones... .Former Vice President Spiro Agenw has told friends he'lt hold his tongue until President Nixon is out of the White House. But then, said Agnew. he'll have a story to tell....The decision to take the patrols along the U.S.-Mexican border away from the Customs Service. Commissioner Vernon Acrec complained to us. would cost the taxpayers SI.5 million. The budget managers h a v e ordered the Customs Service (o .surrender the border authority to the Immigration Service. "They were tripping over each other's sensor devices, and there were even -shoolouts." a budget official told us. . . The Federal Aviation Administration, which licenses pilots and carefully regulates flit, number of hours they can work, lets the airlines overwork flight attendants on international trips. Some have told us of working 25 hours without a b r e a k until they couldn't respond properly to a hijacking or ditching. An FAA spokesman told us there's "no justification" for licensing flight attend-, ants or regulating their working hours.... IN OUR JUNE 9 analysis of the American foreign aid program. we listed seven European countries which owe m o n e y to the U.S. In this" "deadbeat" class we listed, unfortunately, the nation of Finland. It is true that Finland has an outstanding debt of about $8.8 million. But Finnish A m b a s s a d o r Leo Tuominen has assured us th;it it is being paid off. with interest, in accordance with the loan agreements. "Finland is known around the world." he told us, "as a country which always pays her debts.".... In two columns last month; I revealed a secret .White House master plan to use government agencies to generate votes for President Nixon in I9T2. Not long afterwards, 1 appeared with White House aide Fred Malek. wtio drew up the pJan, on columnist Irv Kupcinel's television show. Unlike many other White House aides. Malek: was able to disagree without malice. The transcript shows hÂ« finally turned to me and said generously: "The White House may not like you, but we find you are accurate, which la more than we can say for man/ of your colleagues." Art Rurhwnlrl The Big Sw Â°P out Mf L DUC/lWaia , n The Mideast By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON --No one is quite certain w h a t kind of deals Henry Kissinger made lo get a settlement in the Middle East, but President Nixon probably is finding out this week. I can imagine a scene at a great reception given by President Sadat of Egypt where leaders from all the Arab lands have gathered to meet the President of the United States. Henry is standing next to President Nixon in Ihe receiving line and inlroducing the Arabs to the President. "Mr. President," Henry says, "Ihis is Sheik Kaleli Abrirn." Sheik Abrim shakes hands with Mr. Nixon. "My father sends his rcspecls and asks me 10 lhank you on behalf of our family for giving us the state of Rhode Island." President Nixon appears starlled and whispers lo Henry, "Did we give Rhode Island io the Abrim f a m i l y ? " Henry whispers back, "They wanted California, but I talked them into laking Rhode Island instead." "What did we get in exchange?" the President asks. "A steady, two-year supply of 011 at $H a barrel." "Hmmm." the President says, "I guess nobody will mind losing Rhode Island." THE SHEIK moves on a n d Henry introduces the next Arab leader. "This, Mr. President, is Hakim Assou. the Eyptian minister of public works." TVfr. Assou bows "It is a great honor I finally mctt the noble benefactor of Egypt." "What di d we give them?" the President whispers lo Henry- Henry replies. "The Ford Mo"In Egypt?" the President Henry blushes. "The Ford tor Co. Motor Co. in the United States. You see, in order to get a settlement in Syria we needed help from the Egyptian*. The only way we could get help from them was lo give Ihem something in exchange. I thought ilie F o r d Motor Co. would be a nice quid pro quo." "Has anyone told Henry Ford? " "Not yet. I didn't w a n t it to leak to the press." Mr. Assou moves on and Henry introduces Fata Fatima. the leader of a splinter Maoist Paleslinian guerrilla band. FATIMA refuses to s h a k e hands with the P r e s i d e n t . He tells Henry. "I have been talking with my brothers and we have decided you tricked us when you offered us three squadrons of Phantom jets. We will not go to Geneva unless we receive three nuclear submarines." "What the devil?" the President says to Henry. Henry whispers, "Don't pay any attention to him. He's all talk. They'll take t h e three squadrons of Phantom jets." "Are you sure we want to give these people Phantom jets?" *'I had to give them something." Henry says defensively .you last week, in order to get .. THE NEXT Arab leader is Aleki Mossari. the Syrian minister of tourism. "Oh, Great One," Mossad says, "you have saved the Syrian tourist industry." The President looks questioningly at Henry. Henry says, "I forgot to tell you last wek, in order to get the Syrians off the Golan Vegas. We have to sign Ihe Heights I promised them Las deed after iunch." Before the President can meet the next Arab leader. President Sadat tells Mr. Nixon he has an urgent call from Golda Meir. After five minutes a rather upset President returns to the receiving line. He whispers to Henry, "Did yea (ivt Israel thÂ« Slandard Oil Co. of New Jersey?" "Come lo think of it." Henry says, "I did. Originally they demanded Alaska, b u l l told them it was out of the question." (C), Los Angeles Times Bible Verse "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me: and him thai comelh to me 1 will in no wise cast out." John 6:37 Never m i n d aboul what you think of yourself or even how others may rale you. The main item is lhat in spite of it all, He has agreed to receive you. "I am with you" - "I will never leave thec." "Knowing that he which raised up Ihe Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, anil shall present us with you." 2 Corinthians 4:14 What a future our Father has prepared for us. This speaks of a final gathering for the faithful. By simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, we have- the assurance thai Ihe circle will nol be broken. "And Jesus put f o r t h his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immedialely his leprosy was cleansed." Matthew 8:3 Jesus spent His time on earth touching the lives of people where they needed it the most. Today He is in touch with the hurt or need that we are experiencing and ready to minister to us as He did then. Nothing has changed. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." Exercise Lacking In. U.S. By KENNETH B. DALECKI TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Leaving lhÂ» television set long enough to walk lo the icebox for another can of beer can hardly be called an adequate exercisa program, yet millions of Americans apparently think it is. A government-financed survey conducted by o p i n i o n R e s e a r c h Corporation of Princeton, N.J., found that adults who do little or no exer- cise'nevertheless Uiink they get enough. Persons who exercise regularly often said they think they should get even more. Almost one in every two aduli Americans admitted they do no exercise of any kind. The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has developed a program aimed at getting those 50 million lethargic citizens and other barely active Americans out of their chairs and into health sports. ITS EFFORT - called lha Presidential Sports Award Program -- appeals to two old American virtues: Pride in performance and response to recognition. Vice President Jerry Ford, who at 60 years of age has added only lour pounds to his weight since his football days at the University of Michigan, helped launch the program at an inappropriately high-calorie luncheon at the National Presj Club. Ford, who arrived late and did not eat the sugarly cherry pie. reminded guests'I h at he saw more basketball courts in mainland China than he seej traveling about Ihe U.S. The Chinese participate in w h a t F o r d delicately termed "highly organized" exercise, programs which pose a challenge lo flabby Americans. Ford, an avid swimmer and skier, said he hopes millions ot Americans over 18 will be moli- ! vafcd by the awards program ' to improve (heir physical and mental heallh Ihrough exercise. Program participants can earn a red, while and blue cloth patch, a pin and a presidential ! certificate for completing a four-month program in one of 38 sports. PERSISTENCE rather than perfection is Ihe secret to succeeding at t h e adult program, according to organizers who modeled it after a similar program already offered to school children. Anyone can get an award, patch and pin by completing a "Personal Log Book" of participation in their chosen sport and sending (3 to awards officials. L o g b o o k s and awards requirements for all sports are available at colleges, recreation agencies. YMCA's. Monlgomery Ward stores or by writing to: Presidential Sports Award. P. 0. Box 129, Radio City Stalion. New York, N. Y. 10019. Among Ihose plugging the program is actor Charlton Heston who advises mom to put down her sewing and dad to turn off the TV long enough to spend time bowling or swimming or jogging or doing any of the oUier awards program sports. "Sure you need a little fun fn your life, but you also need some life in your fun," he say i in Â» promotional film.