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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

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Sunday, June 16, 1974
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Time For Care And Fairness Arfcanm TIMES, Son., Jim* 16, 1974 · 5A *H«*N»«» A Worcf Of Caution From The Men W/io Broke Watergate By RICHARD J. MALOY TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- It was just two years ago this week that two young reporters on the local siaff of The Washington Post were assigned by their city editor to do a follow-up story on a burglary which had taken place the night before at the Watergate hotel and office complex here. Their names were Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein and today the whole world knows the result of thai routine assignment given these once- obscure newsmen. Almost alone they uncovered the true meaning of the burglary and bugging of Democratic National Headquarters by agents of the Committee for the Re-election of the President, in the wake of their journalistic disclosures a score of high Nixon Administration officials have been disgraced, indicted or pleaded guilty to criminal activity. Nixon himself is facing impeachment. , Two years after the June 17. 1972 burglary which started it all. Woodward and Bernstein are rich and famous. The American press feels vindicated by their efforts. Their example has prompted hundreds of stu- dents around the nation to enroll in journalism schools in hopes that they too can become crusading, investigative reporters. The two men at the center of all this attention are amazingly unchanged by their newfound fame and fortune. If anything they are sobered by it and on the rare occasions when they abandon their roles as working reporters to make public appearances it is For the purpose of delivering words of caution to their colleagues in [he press. Woodward, 31. a native of Walking Over Granny A Woman Mayor And . . . The Fight For Progress ALBUQUERQUE. N.M. (AT) -- The mayor of Jemez Springs sat on a handsome sofa in the spacious living room of her sister's home here and talked about the biggest thing in her life right now -- a -sewer f o r her native village. The subject seems somewhat incongruous for the gracious, gray-haired lady with regal Dr. Quinn To Retire From UA After 19 Years n r . James H. Quinn, professor of geology and for several years h e a d of the Geology Department at the University of Arkansas, has retired afier 19 years on the faculty. Dr. Quinn, a native of Nebraska, joined the UA faculty in 1055. He served as department chairman from 105!) until 1970, when he asked lo be relieved so as to devote full time lo teaching and research. Dr. Quinn has been involved for several years with research in the Peccary Cave in the wilds of Newton County near Ml. Jurica, which he believes h a s brought s o m e important new findings about pre-historic an'mals. Dr. Quinn's work at this site challenged previous s c i e n t i f i c t h i n k i n g aboiil the dates the certain animals became extinct. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 195^1. He returned lo college for his education after working for 17 years {1930-47) for the Department of Vertebrate Falcon lology of the Chicago Natura 'History Museum. His bachelor's degree was from the Universitj ' of Arizona, where he also taught one year before joining the UofA faculty. Dr. Quinn has done field work in Nebraska South Dakota. Colorado. Utah Texas and Arizona.. Fie has written numerous articles ant s c h o l a r l y a n d professiona publications. Dr. Quinn is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and a member of the Socielj of Vertebrate Paleontology, am the Southwestern Associalion o Naturalists. He is a mcmbe. of Sigma Xi. honorary scientific research society, and Sigmi G a m m a Epsilon, nationa geology honor society. Graduates Fireman Robert W. Dolan Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Rober Dolan of Fayetteville. has grad uated from recruit training a the Navel Training Center Orlando. Fla. josture and lively dark eyes, jut Josephine Shcpard is dead erious in her concern for her ·illage and the fight for a scw- T has been a big part of it. First elected to office in 1970, [nopposed, she soon instigated ilans for a sewer with her council. "The east side of Jemez Springs is ali clay, really, and he seepage is terrible," she lays. "The terrain doesn't stand ceching from the septic tanks. There were horrible odors, anks overflowing and it is especially hard on the few busi- icsses because land is so limit-'d and everyone had to keep tMiilding new septic tanks." When she decided to run igain in 1972, the sewer issue brought on a hot fighl. Though she's not certain of he nature of all the opposition. he mayor docs know some of it came from an unwillingness to FUNDING She. pointed out 80 per cent of he funding was from federal and slate grants "and we wore obligated to $125,000 worth of ·eveuuc bonds and some just don't realize the difference between general bonds and reve- uio bonds which will be paid rnm revenue from using the stwer." There were wild talcs about low much everyone would be assessed, she says, "but we won two to one in the election, md now, thrcc-and-a-half years atcr after negotiating and two law suits, we're ready to go." She was elected to" her third crni -- this one a four-year term -- March 5 by a 12 per cent majority. Davis To Preside At ICC Luncheon Dr. Grant M. Davis. O r c n Harris professor of transportation in the College of Business Administration at the Univcr sity of Arkansas, will preside at the noon luncheon of the Association of Interstate Commerce Commission practition crs Annual Clyde B. Alchison Kssay Award in the Copley Plaza Hotel at Boslon on June 20. The Clyde B. Atchison Essay Contest was established in memory of the laic Interslalc Commerce Commission Prac iitioner Clyde B. Alchison and the award is for S2.000. On June 13. Dr. Davis wil present the Committee or Education to Practice of Ihf Association's a n n u a l report to Ihe convention. The Association consists of individuals admitted to practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission. The 8 per cent opposition wa vrite-in and it doesn't bothe he official a bit. A two-story rock and mu louse "w i t h walls 22 inchc hick" is where Mrs. Shepar now lives with two brothers 'om and Marcel, and a sister fcirbara Abousleman, The home is on one side he town's general store and o be store's other side are th ive and one-half acres of mi nicipally owned land where th old bathhouse and hot minera springs, firehouse and commu nity building stand. FAMILY BUSY Another brother, Fred, manager of the Jcmez Mour ain Electric Co-op and Iwo si .crs live out of town, Mrs. Li ian Sotel, formerly dent of the Jemez Spring .chool, in Albuquerque, an Mrs. Fred Nassour in Sant Rosa, Calif. The mayor graduated fioi the University of Alhuqucrqii ;tben College of St. Joseph'; Hid taught social studies i ligh school in Corralcs and Je mez Springs before marryin 3avid Shcpard and moving SI. Paul. Minn. After his death there almo 30 years ago. she moved bac ,o Jcmcz Springs again. She is a strong believer people who have time and d :ation serving in govcrnmei and has only missed one ler as a council member since th village was incorporated in (her brother Marcel is on tl present council and "gives rr more trouble than anyone"). She explains that the i corporation of the village cam iboul because the communi wanted its own high school i stead of sending its students miles by bus to Bernalillo Hig School, and "If you hadn't hi a high school before, you had incorporate to get one." SMAI.I, PROVINCE The mayor's province is narrow strip about four mill long inhabited by some 3 people and surrounded by 11 U.S. Forest Service, "grin people to get along with. have worked out an arrang ment whereby our marsh docs some patrolling for the too." Among the community's pro ects to which she points wi pride is the year-and-a-half-o medical clinic staffed by nurs practitioner Calhy Marques an two paramedics and housed space donated by the Presb terian Church. Other projects include the v lage police car. the resc truck which makes three four emergency runs a mont the two truck 20-nvm volunte fire department, and plans f a unique indoor-outdoor swim ming pool which will be fed mineral waters, with fund! from the N.M. Bureau of Oi door Recreation. icago and Yale graduate who rved five years as a naval "icer; and Bernstein, 30, who ew up in Washington and opped out of college to come a full-time reporter al e age of 19; spoke recently jout their feelings in a Urn- con appearance at the ational Press Club. FEELINGS DISCUSSED T h e occasion was the iblicatioh of their new book, T he President's Men," which s quickly become a best Her and is to be made into movie staring Robert Red- rd; thus making both Wuod- drd and Bernstein rich men. "1 don't Iwlieve this is t h e oudest hour of the American ess," said Bernstein, the most ticulate of the duo, in his iening remarks. "This is no ne for the press to indulge an orgy of self-congratula- ons." He then went on to quote the mous Dos Moines speech of former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in his opening, salvo against the press and his urging that the press occasionally turn criticism on itself. "There are all too many signs that the press has declared open season on the Nixon Administration. One thing we found was thai there were many very decent people who served in the administration. NEED FOR CARE "This is no time for herd journalism. There is a need for care, fairness and above all accuracy. Otherwise there will be a backlash against the press. Remember, if the press had been doing its job in the first place, there would have been no Watergate." His opening remarks were echoed by Woodward, w h o noted t h a t during the National Governors Conference that week the governors of Maryland and Virginia had both bitterly assailed the press «nd the reformers -- evidence of continued antagonism toward the press by Ihusc in power. Despite ils success in tin- covering the Watergate and related sandals, the press con- series of slorics done by he mid tinucs lo be on trial, according to Bernstein. He recalled the initial reaction lo the first series of slorics done by he and his partners Which established l i n k s between the Watergate burglars and the While House. "The basic response was always fo make the press Ihc issue, rather lhan the conduct of those e wercw writing about," recalled Bernstein. "That strategy worked lo a large extent because of a foiir- yoar effort by the administration to undermine the credibility of the press in general. In their hook, the two described the methods they used to slowly pry the lid off the Watergate burglary anil covcrup. They had no idea where their work would lead them, but painstakingly sought out officials and rank-^id-file employes in the administralion, tracked down the flow of niiincy through various banks, knocked on doors, tried to win the confidence of ordinary people who had knowledge of pieces of the conspiracy. NOT JUDGES Several times, during a question ]KM'iod, Woodward and Bernstein were asked about the meaning of some of the facts they had uncovered, or asked to make judgments about certain people involved in the case. In response they demonstrated that they regard themselves only as reporters and not as judges. "It would be improper for us lo draw any conclusions," said Woodward when asked if he felt President Nixon was guilty of any crime. ·"There arc all sorts of legally constituted bodies to draw those conclusions," he added. "Our job is lo he judicious in what we print, not judicial," chimed in Bernstein. They offered personal opinions on only one subject -- the the people's right to know. "The one t h i n g we feel strongly about is t h a t today we are in a position, as a country, where we can't stand not to know everything about Ihis case so lhat the public and legal bodies can make a valid assessment," said Woodward. Asked if they felt there was a media conspiracy against Mr. Nixon, the duo denied it, saying one reason they wrote their book was to help explain to the public exactly how journalists operate and to dispell the conspiracy theory. Concluded Bernstein: "T h e U.S. Constitution gives the press greater rights than any country in the world. Ouv responsibility is for self-restraint." , A TOBUlfel]) £/l%\ HLfilYW. Castles Cost Money ^ -^_ ^. J ^ especially DREAM Castles Well, we can't furnish the castle (Borgia model 21 A) But we can furnish the lot A 2/4 acre castle size lot On the highest hill in Hyland Park An Ozark ... up, up and away from it all Swimming pool, tennis courts, grounds maintenance IN FAYETTEVILLE CITY LIMITS ONLY $20,000 to $25,000 per 2 l /2 acre castle-size domain If you have king size dreams call JIM LINDSEY at LINDSEY ASSOCIATES 521-6611 Go to talkin' castles.

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