Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 18, 1974 · Page 4
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 18, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest Is Tht First Concern Oj T/iis Newspaper 4 · TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 1974 Hucksters Transplant Jeremiah's Bones \A Canadian Viewpoint (EDITOR'S KOTE : The fallowing editorial is reprinted from the prestigious Toronto Globe and Mail. It reflects a recurring international reaction io recent Arkansas political events.) BUT THE TRUTH GOES MARCHING ON Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas has been described as "tho closest thing to a public philosopher in Congress'. His committed internationalism, his sweeping intelligence, his gritty integrity, and his acute awareness of the limitations of American "power and American wisdom have enabled ·.him to give unique stature and reach to the -:office of Chairman of the Senate Foreign 'Relations Committee, which he has held since 1959. His defeat by Governor Dale ;Bumpcrs in the Arkansas Democratic pri- .mary is a tragic loss to public life, not only ·in the United Slates, but also in the world 'community. Men who can sec their country's policies l a n d actions in the perspective of humanity .as a whole are rare in any time and any ; country. The loss of such a man froni the · capital of the most powerful nation in the world is a blow especially severe. ; The voice of William Fulbright has been , ; a courageous, and often lonely, countervail' i n g force when the need has been greatest. 'He stood up, alone at first, against the poi- isonous witch-hunting of Senator Joseph Me' Carthy. And when McCarthy's red-baiting had left most American politicians paralyzed by fear of being called "soft on communism," he spoke out insistently on tho need for normal relations with China, the Soviet Union and Cuba. Above all, he challenged the tragic American error that grew out of Washington's blinkered view of communism in China, the war in Vietnam. At a time when the worth of American political institutions was increasingly coming into question, it was William Fulbright who moved the main force of the fight against the war out of the streets and into the Congress of the United States. Now the voters of his home state have chosen to replace this man who speaks for all humanity with a man who speaks for Arkansas. The choice may, in one sense, be a vindication of the lonely stands Mr. Fulbright has taken in the past. The validity of his warnings has become too painfully evident. Americans are only too aware, now, that their country is not all powerful, that their ways are not always the best for all mankind or even for themselves, and that they can do the greatest damage when they most believe that their cause is good. From trying to save the world they turned to an anxious effort to save their own country, a country shaken by Vietnam, divided by poverty, crime and decay at home, and shamed by Watergate. Mr. Fulbright's beliefs have prevailed. But the evidence of their validity has made Americans eager to forget their role as the most powerful nation in the world, above all to forget where this role led them in Southeast Asia, and to focus instead on cultivating their own gardens. In this new isolationism an internationalist like Mr. Fulbright is out of place, perhaps an awkward reminder of past mistakes. Many Arkansas Democrats described the primary as a contest between "a great man" and "a good man." But these are times uncongenial for greatness. To a man who saw his country from a global perspective, and with a wise skepticism toward dreams of the perfectibility of mankind, they preferred a man who is undeniably decent and capable but who above all shares their wave-length and will articulate their high hopes for Arkansas. From The Readers Viewpoint Quote To the Editor: In the current issue (June 15) of The New Republic, TRB ·expresses our need for a parliamentary form of government: "We are trained to honor the office (of president) like the flag, from kindergarten, A politician takes a simple oath on the steps of the Capitol at noon on a winter's day and suddenly he is sacrosanct, wrapped in majesty. "The tragic victims of Water- gale are the rained young men. They came lo serve the President and were corrupted by their superiors. Some were innocents but most were of the corruptible type, crowd - follow- ers , tea m - pi a yers, ge n u flec- tors lo authority. They were socially poised, from comfortable backgrounds, Ihe typo that Mr. Nixon admired from his own awkward, graceless uj bringing. Bart Porter, 36, clean- cut, a nice face, a wife and all that: 30 days in jail. Bud Krogh, 34, straight as an arrow, loyal, patriotic, now in prison. Gordon Strachan, aquiline features, sensitive face, he told y o u n g people to stay away from politics when he faced criminal indictment. They were loyal to the President even while he was quietly stashing away a fortune from unpaid taxes. "The older ones were tougher and knew better what it was From Oar Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO .. Construction of the Engi- heering Building al the university resumed this morning as .differences which prompted the toalkout Monday by union car- fp e n t e r s apparently was resolved. ^50 YEARS AGO »~ Tom J. Terral has arranged .jto speak at Fayetteville, *pringdale and Prairie Grove aionclay, June 23rd. Mr. Terral. -« friend of the University, who Insists that lie is the only candi- t 100 YEARS AGO - Farmers, do your duty on xiext Tuesday. Let every man Avho wants less taxes go to the tConvemion." Remember t h a t ^there will be no "scratching" ^and ballot-box stuffing in this Reconstruction of a five-mile stretch of Ihe Old Stonewall Road from Prairie Grove to Lincoln started yesterday. County Judge Arthur Martin s a i d today. date that is for the institution, will speak on the removal agitation, and promises a message that will convince all of his sincerity. election. Them kind of fellows are not running the machine now. Electors arc not required to be registered to vote at the election on T u e s d a y n e x t . Bear this in mind. They'll Do It Every Time all about. But they too were caught in the mystique of the monarch-minister presidency. Colson would 'walk over his grandmother' to serve Mr. Nixon before he got religion, and some will wonder now whether he can plea-bargain with God as he has with Judge Gcscll. T h e r e is Gen. Haig telling former Attorney General Richardson to obey the President _ 'the Commander-in- Ct'.ief orders you. What, a crew. And now there is even Father McLaughlin, a Jesuit, paid $30,000, living in the opulent Watergate aparlments, who lays beneficent hands on presidential acts. Well, why not? Rulers in the past had court jesters, why s h o u l d not an imperial President have a priest? "I think the Watergate inquiry has got off the track because it is concentrating on Mr. Nixon and not on the system lhat produced him. Jf a noncharismatic f i g u r e like Nixon can get so far, think what a real fuehrer could do. I hope that the Senate won't g e t the two-thirds vole necessary to convict (I iake H o u s e " impeachment f o r granted) so that America w i l l have a couple of years to consider the degrading situation of being led by a man condemned by a majority in both houses. Other countries can switch governments without disaster, why not America. Both Waller Mondale and .Ftep. Morris K. Udall have recently urged us to look carefully at aspects of the p a r l i a m e n t a r y system. James L. Sundquist of Brookings has worked out a plan for dismissal of a government through a parliamentary vote of 'no confidence.' A President to keep his office would have -to do more than keep himself free of indictable crime. Does the plan seem preposterous? Well, how long ago did impeachment i t s e I f seem preposterous? Watergate could be a blessing if it led us to put our constitutional house in order." Ella Potee Win slow N£K3H30K MUSHLE/fc ST7TONWK30M EVKVWEEK OR SO" , WL-I NEB; w« WAGON! 16CT» ttOK. SQH£t fU. GET » STUFF «K MX Genealogy I am writing a book (nearly completed) on the Clargett f a m i l y and its descendants bearing other names. An offshoot of this f a m i l y used to live in Washington Counly, and descendants may slill be there. If you would publish this letter asking living relatives, or any one h a v i n g knowledge of them, to get in t o u c h wilh me. I should be most grateful. Martin Vincent Tate (18441939), a native of Pennsylvania and a Clagett descendant, married Mary Duncan and lived at Elkins. Washington County. Their children were Lorin L. Tate. Ora (married a Mr. King, of Elkins). Htrgh, Fannie, and Elma (Mrs. C. G. Wallace). I know nothing f u r - ther. f am delermined to mak» Ihe part of my book thai will deal with Washington County history an.1 people as complete and accurate as I can. I should appreciate any help with this from your readers very much indeed. Brice M. Clagett Holly Hill Friendship, MJ 20758 By JACK ANDKRSON W A S H I N G T O N -- With actor Robert Redford as the chief pallbearer and TV cameras deployed to record the tender scene, the last remains of legendary mountain man and Indian fighter Jeremiah -Johnson were laid to rest the other rlay at Old Trail Town. Wyo. Warner Bros., which is now massively promoting Ihe Redford movie about Jercmi»h Johnson, happily provided the TV networks with film clips. Thus, a nationwide television audience was treated to a Redford portrayal of the old I n d i a n killer, as his moldy hones were lowered into their new grave. There was one problem, which was never rnenlioned in all the publicity. The removal of Jeremiah Johnson's bones from a less glamorous veteran's grave, apparently was quite illegal. Ttie idea of relocating liis mortal remains originated wilh some students at ttie Parkview Junior High School in Lan.ias- ler. Calif., which is 50 mites by freeway from t h e Warner Bros. lot. They discovered that Jeremiah, whose real name was John Johnston, had been buried around the turn of ttie century in a Los Angeles velcran's plot. They decided lhal the old "liver eater." as he was known in the Wild West, would be happier buried among the mounlains of Wyoming than the freeways of Los Angeles. The studenls presenled Iheir proposal lo Ihe Veterans AJ- The Washington Merry-Go-Round ministration, which agreed to the t r a n s f e r ot Jeremiah's remains lo the locate ot h i s legendary exploits. Rufus Wilson, the VA cemetery boss, explained lo us that the decision was "a real historic thing." Allegations of commercialism, he said, were u n f o u n d e d . The celebrated reburial was challenged, nevertheless, by Rep. John Melcher, D-Mont., who told us the Justice Department had informally advised him that the project appeared to violate regulations. The national cemetery regulations slate that burials are deemed to he "permanent and final." Disinterment is allowed on'.y for "cogent reasons.' 1 including a court order or the written consent of all close living relatives. After Melcher raised his objections, Wilson agreed to put a hold on the project. But the following day, he changed his mind and authorized the dis- i n t c r m e n t . He said '-he regulations had been incorrectly interpreted. Congressional experts f e a r the case could set a bad precedent. "Under (Wilson's) interpretation of the rules." said one aide, "the next thing we'd expect the Chamber of Commerce of General Pershing's home town asking tor his bones to be dug up." Hard Times footnote: A spokesman for Warner Bros, denied that t h e moviemakers promoted Jeremiah Johnson's reburial. calling the event a "fluky publicity break." As for Robert Redford, he lives in the mountains and has a genuine interest in t h e mountain man he portrayed. SENATE W H I S P E R S : There have been whispers in the Senate cloakroom that, » too many embarrassing tapes are subpoenaed at an impeacn- ment t r i a l , the President may release some of his taped conversations with individual senators. Sen. Barry Goldwalcr. R- Ariz acknowledged that he could be hurt by t h e release of his private t a l k s with the President, because he probably used "the most embarrassing language" of any senator on the White House tapes. If his conversations were released, said the candid Goldwater. "I would be sore'.y tempted -- although I would try lo resist -- to vote (against the White House) on that basis alone." Sen. Russell Long, D-La., said ho remembered the "high points bul not the low points" of his meetings with the President. If embarrassing conversations were made public, said the senator, "we'd have to s-.vy he (the President) lost stature in our sight." Most senators agreed witri Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott, who said Ihe release of presidential senatorial tapes "would push senators over to the other side." WASHINGTON W H I R L : The House impeachment staff still is relying upon the investigations of others to build tho case against President Nixon. House investigators haven't yst gotten around themselves to interviewing some of the key Watergate figures. The stair has placed great stress upon Ihe White House lapes, including those President Nixon is still refusing to hand over. Some committee members contend the staff is counting, foolishly on the President to hang himself..Justice Department specialists are worried about computer fraud. Embezzlers with A mastery of computers arc able to cheat banks and businesses by manipulating the right buttons. The crime is difficult to trace and to prove through the maze o f ' t a n g l n r t computer tapes... Ginger Allen, identifying herself as a "free lancer working on a deadline." picked up a. press copy of a study on the B-l bomber project the other day. She also attended a press conference on Capitol mil where she asked at least one question. We have now identified her as an employe of Rockwell International, which has a big financial stake in the B-l employe. Doug Larsen dispatched a messenger to Capitol Hill to pick up a copy ot the press release. The messenger delivered the document, however, to an Air Force office at the Pentagon. "I wanted to make sure they had the thing. Larsen told us. State Of Affairs By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- At a news conference in Los Angeles following the recent California election. Robert Strauss, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, hailed the overwhelming passage of a new state referendum which establishes the toughest campaign reform law in the country. It was not only California's answer to Watergate but a signal to Congress lo get on with a comparable bill. Now, said Strauss, "you're going to see the Democrtic Parly come up wilh arid pass campaign reform legislation during the 93rd Congress." There's a chance that the Strauss prediction may still come true, but not unless he starls putting pressure on the Democratic leadership to get a longdclayed reform bill out of the House Administration Committee headed up by Rep. Wayne Hays, D-Ohio. who for more t h a n ' a year has done all he could to sabotage it. During that year, the Senate passed three such bills, culminating this spring in legis- I a t i o n calling for public financing of both presidential and congressional elections. Despite the threat of a NM.xon veto and a filibuster effort, the final bill passed wilh more t h a n a two-thirds majorily. Such is Ihe influence of Watergate -in the Senate. The House is another matter, although the sentiment for campaign reform is strong (here, too. A private count shows 180 to 190 hard votes for a strong bill requiring public financing of congressional as well as presidential races. The proponents think ihey can count on another 60 votes If they can pry the bill out of the Administratimn Committee and get it to th« floor for a showdown. Only 218 votes at most are needed for passage. .. SUCH JS THE overweening power of committee chairmen, however, that Rep. Hays has been able lo stymie House action since the spring of 1973. He openly boasts that the House kill never pass a bill like Ihe Senate's. Ho was not impressed by the slatemenl of the House majority leader, Rep. Thomas O'Neill, D-Mass.. on Aug. 4. 1973. that "when the House returns from the summer recess, campaign financing must be at the very top of our agenda." The stalling of Rep. Hays since then is a classic example of how committee chairmen can circumvent the entire Congress. In October of last year, a f t e r months of delay. Hays finally started to hold hearings (or go through the motions) on a House bill, but only six sessions were held in the eight weeks before adjournment. Later, under pressure, he promised the leaders he would report on a bill before the end of February this year, but in practice he did not even begin the m a r k i n g up process u n t i l March 26. Today. 12 weeks later, only nine drafling sessions of less than two hours each have been held. If Hays can stall just awhile longer, the House will probably become so engaged with impeachment proceedings that no campaign financing legislation will be passed this year at all. If. (hough, the hill emerges from the Hays committee by Ihe end of Iho month, ils chances will still be good, and there is no valid reason for the committee not acting before June 3D. H depends on Strauss can activate the top leadership. Since his statement of last August. Majorily Leader O'Neill has not again been heard from. The atlilucte of Speaker Carl Albert (D-Okla.) remains one of benign neglccl. MOST HOUSK members are well aware thai. Watergate has inspired fervent public support for t a k i n g the financing of elections out of the h a n d s o special interests. The politicians were impressed by ttie very large vote for Hie California reform bill. They also tinted thai ttie jjsl-concluded Nalional Governors' Conference passed a slrong resolution on elhics in ·government. M o r e o v e r , despilo M r . Nixon's opposition lo Ihe Senale campaign reform bill, his own attorney general, William B. Saxbe, is now urging state and local governments lo enact lough campaign-spending rules modeled after Ihe law just passed in California, which forbids conlribulions from- lobbyists. On Capilol Hill today, the best guess is that a compromise bill will finally be enacted, allowing for government financing of presidential races but not for congressional o n e s . Some Republicans will probably go along with this on the assumption lhat the President will veto it anyhow. Mr. Nixon has denounced government financing as "a raid on the public treasury," but this has not impressed congressmen who recall t h a t Mr. Nixon raided the public treasury for $17 million to improva and secure his privale homes in California and Florida, and also deprived the treasury of $437.000 through improper income tax deductions, which h« i* now repaying. ·,, (C) 1974, Lot Aosele* Times Europe In State Of Flux LONDON (ERR) - Th« latest collapse of Italy's government serves as n totally 1111- needed reminder of the political t u r m o i l afflicting Western Eurofie. To be sure, the resignation of an Italian cabinet no longer elicits surprise. It is Ihe breadth of the European malaise that is causing concern. In certain tentative ways, the situation seems to be improving. Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, successor !o the resigned Willy Brandt, appears f i r m l y in control of West Germany. And France's new president. Valery Giscard d'Esuing. gives every indication of sweeping away the platitudes and rigid postures of the old Gaullist regime. Giscard contends that "tho process of building Europe depends on a thorough and considered relationship with Germany." The president and the chancellor get along well together, and Schmidt's cordial visit to Paris revived talk of a Franco-German axis. Not since the entente between Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle has there been such a close relationship between two Western European leaders. STILL, IT WILL take more lhan high-level diplomacy to citre Western Europe's myriad ills. For one thing, the huge balance-o[ payments deficits thai Britain and Italy expect this year are likely to affect tiic f u t u r e course of the Common Market. Italy already has introduced Irade restrictions to pare its payments deficit. The 'other Common Market countries approved the curbs reluctantly, f e a r i n g I h a I they set a dangerous precedent. Belgium, Denmark and Holland, ordinarily three of the most stable countries in Europe, are all governed hy minority coalitions elected in Ihe pasl year by disaffected volers. Ireland is preoccupied by the civil war in Ulster. H a r o l d Wilson's minority government in Britain is generally thought to be preparing for an a u t u m n election. Of the nine Common Market countries, only tiny Luxembourg has escaped the virus of political unrest. Giscard and Schmidt are firmly opposed to Wilson's proposal lhat the major terms of Britain's entry into the Common Market be renegotiated. Certainly Ihe timing is inopportune. "With so much gone wrong in Europe," The Economist of London stated, "it would not IK harsh at Herr Sch- m i d t and President Giscard d'Estaing to decide thai Britain can go hang." .. KOR THE United Stales, the shilling European political scene is full of promise. Giscard is expected lo refrain from the flagrant anti-Americanism of Galluisl days, and Schmidt has said lhat the political imifi- calion of Europe would be "in partnership with the United Stales." In his first speech lo the Bundestag as chancellor. Schmidt asserted that "the security of Western Europe remains, for the foreseeable future. dependent on the presence of U.S. troops in Europe." Giscard has made it clear lhat a joint stand with Germany on gold, trade and inflation will give Europe a stronger bargaining position when dealing with Washington on Ihese matters. He also favors greater coordination of European fiscal and monetary policies. Andre Fontaine, managing editor of the Paris newspaper I.C Monde, has written trwt Weslern Europe is divided between "conservatism a n d .socialism, between skepticism and hope...." Giscard and Schmidt cannot bridge the gap all by themselves, but clearly they are willing to make a start

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