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JJortfttoe^t Editorial-Opinion Pago Th« Public Interest Is The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 6 « WEDNESDAY, J U N E 19, 1974 Senators Fiddle While The Voters Burn New Fees For The Lake The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes lo charge a $10 permit fee for docks and other private floating facilities on all lakes and rivers under its jurisdiction. There would also be an annual So inspection foe. The regulation will take effect the first of next month, pending further review. The Engineers are soliciting comments on the regulations from individuals, organizations and other government agencies, lo be received by July 15. Comments should be addressed 'to (lie Little Rock Corps of Engineers. Box 867, Little Rock, Ark., 72203. The regulations would affect almost 400 lakes nationally, as well as flood control facilities on major streams, such as the Arkansas River. Beaver Lake would be among the projects affected. It seems to us that the enforcement of standards of safety and maintenance on facilities on public waterways is a proper government function. But one is tempted to wonder about the Corps' timing. There is a very limited time provided for public response or debate. The regulations go into effect in less than two weeks. In the interest of public relations a better "selling job" should have been undertaken, especially in view of the Corps' abortive effort to set up an exlen- Art Buchwald sivc "fee sysfem"for use of its public access areas last year. That set of regulations came a cropper in a revised act of Congress, precipitated by strong public protest. Coming so quickly on the heels of its earlier f a i l u r e to clamp fees on lake users, this bid by the Corps seems precipitous if not necessarily unreasonable, particularly in conjunction with another Corps regulation that will force a n u m b e r of private docking facility owners to move their docks from various "zoned" areas around Corps-administered lakes. It goes without saying, we believe, that public waterways require a good deal of planning and regulation. There are health, safety and traffic control problems as well as lake use and facility codes to be considered. We wonder, though, if all these functions shouldn't be better coordinated through some more unified system of control than to spread conflicting and overlapping authorities out among the Corps, the county, the Health Department, the sheriff's office, EPA, the Game and Fish Commission, and the Coast Guard, among others? The Department of the Interior might be a more appropriate administrator of inland waterway recreational areas than an arm of the nation's military machine. Write Your Own Column By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- The mailman keeps coming in every day delivering [otters which indicale the country is polarizing on I! e impeachment issue. The Nixon supporters Waine the whole Ihintf on the press. The Nixon detractors say the press hasn't been tough enough. What to do? As somehow who is always trying to please everyone. 1 believe I have a solution, 1 got it from the "inaudibles" on the presidential tapes. This column is the first one printed in a newspaper w h i c h will lake care of bnth the; pro-Nixon and anii- is'ixon forces. You fill in the blanks any way you w a n t lo. which should .satisfy everyone's desire for fairness. Richard M. Nixon is prohab';.' the greatest in A m e r i c a n h i s t o r y . He hr-gan his political life as a -- . When he was senator. Dwi^hl Eisenhower chose him to be his Vice \From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Voting in a special referendum election yesterday. S p r i n g - oale voters cleared the road for compulsory collection of trash and garbage. A relatively tougn sanitation ordinance drawn up by the City Council won approval 978 lo SfiG. What appeared to be (lie heaviest rain to strike Northwest Arkansas in more t h a n so VEARS AGO Herman Baby, University of Arkansas athlete, will go to Paris for the Olympic meet, due to a donation of $500 from a member of the University faculty. Because of finances. 2ft men, including Bagby had been eliminated from the team. He was reinstated and sailed for France yesterday. The a n n u a l University of Arkansas summer school opened 100 YEARS AGO The speaking on the convention at Maguires on Wednesday the 2-tth was largely attended: there were more ladies present t h a n we ever saw at any polili- cal gathering since Baxter. Brooks Find Ciayton spoke at Fayettcvillc. There was no house large- enough to hold half the audience, so they adjourned to the Grove, Judge David Walker Ie;l r f f the gathering at Maguires with (wo years bc'?;m f a l l i n g well before daylight today and before noon more t h a n threa inches had neen recorded by gauges over a wide area. An IB-year-old auto theft suspect, Richard I,. Richardson, made bis second escape from BenLon County's ancient county jail last night in as many months, accompanied by his cell mate. yesterday with unusually large enrollment. A number of other students arc expected today, to m a k e the enrollment the largest in the history of t h e school. Thieves entering the back door of the Wide Awake rest a u r a n t on the south side of the square Sunday ni'ght took $1-1.7:1 from the cash drawer and the popcorn till. The little eating horse is operated by Mrs, I.ona Krester. a one-hour speech 1 hat had a t e l l i n g effect, A goodly number were heard lo say after the meeting, that nt all the men offering their services ;is Delegates to Ihe Cojistituional Con- v e n t i o n , none were belter qualified or more lo he trusted t h a n he. Let every Democrat and conservative be certain that "For Convention" is un his ticket before he deposits ft in Tues- dav's election. They'll Do It Every Time THE SIGHT MAN FOR THE THANKLESS CLUB POST- YEAH.' EUCTHIM WHILE H65 OUTA THE ROOM SO HE CAtff S*Y NO! NOMINATE BWTS CHAIR/KAN Of THE HOUSE COMMITTcS MAN KK THE. .MS.' IN HrSR»SrfT MJNP hOOU? By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON' -- Throughout the Senate side of Ihe Capitol. Ihe Ihrce-bcll a l a r m clamored urgently, summoning senators lo the chamber. Into the great oval, its antique desks arranged in a graceful arc. they -shuffled. A f t e r answering t o their names, some barged off again with the harried lonks of men having more important duties. Others lingered on. waiting for the debate to begin. .Many profound issues cried foi Senate attention: impeachment, detenle, inflation, the energy crisis. The two opposing senators shitted nervously on Ihcjr feet as they braced for another lest in Ihe world's foremost forensic arena. There was Sen. John Tower, R-Tcx.. sandy-faced, his short, husky slalure giving him the appearance of a larger man standing in a well. -A few desks away was Sen. Harry Goldwater. R-Ariz.. a look of stern amiability upon his familiar face. From the thronelike leather chair behind the marble rostrum, the presiding senator intoned: "The senator from Arizona is recognized." For the next several minutes, Goldwater and Tower solemnly debated the merits of Arizona vs. Texas chili beans. They agreed to settle their differences in the way of the West, with a chili cook-off. The scene was not at all u n c o m m o n . Wilh Ihe government in crisis, the people's elected representatives often The Washington Merry-Go-Round President. After working with Mr. Nixon for several years Eisenhower Ihoughl he was Mr, Nixon r;m for governor of California in 1%2. When he was defeated he vowed he wnulrl . In 1!H7 he ran Tor Pre.sirlcn! of Ihe U n i l r d Stales on the Republican ticket. At lliat lime he promised the American people to and -- and -- - .After being elected President he was able to and and . In 1971 President. Nixon decided lo rim again. To assure his reelection he told his staff lo . The slaff. determined lo show Ihcir loyalty lo the President, took off after the Democratic hopefuls by . Thpv \vcnl so far as lo . MR. NIXON was o! what they were doing. The organization set up to make sure Mr. Nixon would \vin was Ihe Committee for Ihe Ro- Kleclion of Ihe President. It raised S million. Some of this money was Riven by . some of it came from and a lot of it was raised in cusli by . Al this point in lime, five men were arrested breaking into Democratic headquarters at Ihe Watergate. When President Nixon heard about it on he was . The Walergalc break-in led to a series of investigations by the FBI. (he Senale and a federal grand jury. When Ihe results of these investigations were brought to the President's at- tpiilion he immediately - -. Then he with members of his staff. Conflicting testimony by members of the White [douse staff led eventually to an impeachment inquiry by the House. The key evidence, as it turned out. did not come from Joliri Dean, who is a -- --. but from tapes of conversations between the President and his staff. The Prcsidenl said these lapcs were . bul Ihe spec i a l prosecnior and the House Judiciary Committee said t h e y were . UXDER ttliEAT pressure, Ihe While House finally relcas«(J transcripts of the tapes which showed the President to be -- in the Watergate a f f a i r . They also indicated lhat President Nixon was a man of character. T li c President's lawyers announced that they would" not for Ihe impeachment pro- provide any further evidence ccedings. This has led some people to think tha President is and other people to t h i n k he is . There is no doubt in anybody's mind that Ihe President will be found of the charges made against him. In any case we can expect TM media to President N'ixon until the issue is resolved. Xmv is Ihis column doesn't s a t i s f y EVERYONE, then I'm going to Paris. (C) 1974, Los Angdet Times Bible Verse "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angeis for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by t h e grace of God should taste death for every man." Hebrews 2:9 The sacred story of the cross is t h a t Jesus died there. The simple and glorious story is lhat though our sins had a part in it all, there it yet pardon by only believinfi. pre-empt, the floors oF Congress to embark upon excursions into triviality. Most of UIG lime, it is true, they are engrossed in weightier matters, muJ perhaps a little comic relief should bo welcome. But day after day, they pause from the 'momentous problems of our times to honor the winner of a local talent contest or to proclaim Future Homemakers of America Week. They fiddle while the voters burn. Congress still hasn't completed its work on campaign reforms, w b i c h would hetp clean up politics and prevent future Watergates from happening. Congress is also dawdling over reorganizattonal reforms, which would put its own houses in order. Yot the members found lime for such antics as these: -- On a mad March morning, the House devoted almost its entire morning session (o thunderous oratory over actrees Jane Fonda's request for the use of a House hearing room. No less than 25 congressmen, wilh a great exercising oi lungs, joined in the polemics. Olhers who missed the chance to declaim kept the debate goirfg for two more days. Yet the issue was altogether mool, for Ihe actrces already h a d concluded her seminar in the hearing room several weeks earlier. -- The day after May Day. Rep. Ed Dcrwinski, R-JU., solemnly rose lo his feet to commemorate Constitution Day in Poland. Not to be outdone in their fealty lo (heir Polish constituents, a score or more congressmen scrabbled like spawning salmon for Ihe House microphones to add their praise of Poland. -- it is parl of the daily routine for members to wish one another a happy birthday, to congratulate one another on a new honor or, for no apparent reason at all, lo adorn one anolher with complimentary verbiage during public sessions. No issue before the Congress, no matter how urgent, is permitted to interfere with the p o l i t i c a l backslapniirg a n d backscratching. -- Accolades are also bestowed, willy nilly. upon random constituents. Sen. J. Glenn Bell Jr., R-Md.. in- t e r r u p l e d t h e Senate proceedings, for example, to i n f o r m his colleagues glowingly thai his high school coach was retiring. Rep. Mendel Davis. D- S.C., brought lo the attention of the House some essays written by school children back home. And a friend of ours, Rop. Claude Pepper, D-Fla., provided the House with a splendid account of what occurred at a luncheon we helped sponsor. The droning, oul-of-cunlcxL oratory on the Senate and House floors, of course, isn't 'Oops, Opps, And Away' State Of Affairs Deliver Kissinger From His Defenders By CLAYTON KRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- After » week of emotional debate, it appears that the argument over Secretary of Stale Henry Kissinger's role in the wiretapping of various officials and journalists will go on indefinitely and then wind up inconclusively. Meanwhile, his defenders are not (Icing the secretary of slate any service by picturing him as Ihe victim of a concerted and malicious press allack. The danger is that tfiey will provoke unnecessary difficulties for Dr. Kissinger with a media t h a t has consistently built him up as (he "most - admired" m a n in America. Nobody knows better than Henry Kissinger lhat he has had the best press of perhaps any Cabinet officer in t h i s century. Indeed, he has been the object of so much press adulation than envious White House colleagues and olber Nixon men are jealous of him. Personally as well as officially, the secretary has enjoyed Ihe f r i e n d s h i p and esteem of reporters, editors and publishers lo R n almost unprecedented degree. 11 is absurd for Republican leaders like Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona. Sen. Huah Scott of Pennsylvania, the minority leader. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina anri Sen. Edward Gurney of Florida, among others, to insinuate that Dr. Kissinger is in trouble because a hostile nresj is out to get him. The secretary's problem ori- gmated not with Ihe press but wilh a White House decision to wiretap various officials, including several on Kissinger's own staff, in an effort to identify the source of so-called national security "leaks." When the Walergate investigation brought the secret Up« to Irght. Dr. Kissinger told th« £«nate Foreign Relation! Omni i 11 ·· under oath that. although he acquiesced in the taps, he did not initiate them. Now, however, new evidence has emerged which appears to contradict Dr. Kissinger's testimony. Inevitably, this has raised questions about the secretary's veracity, which he rightly regards as a very serious matter. He lias asked for, and is entitled to, a definitive inquiry lo resolve the reamining douhls. .. PEMHN'G A NEW investigation by the Senale Foreign Relations Committee, Dr. Kissinger's senatorial defenders can best serve the secretary by not exacerbating the problem through angry, misdirected efforts to turn it into a feud with the media. "The media has gone wild again." Sen. Gurney says. "The irresponsible and vicious media attacks upon Secretary Kissinger," he charges, "can do nothing hut destroy our effectiveness in foreign relations." With the media, he adds, "anything goes, whether it destroys a man. our nation or indeed our hopes for worldwide peace." Sen. Goldwater went further. In his view, it was an "act of treason" for Hie press to publish the FBI documents that are in conflict with Dr. Kissinger's testimony that he did not initiate the wiretaps. Goldsvaler charged that the FBI papers were "stolen" (they weren't) and implied that The Washington .Post had nought them, which, of course, it didn't. The documents have for soroe time been in Ihe possession of special prosecutor Leon Jawor- «ki and the House Judiciary impeachment committee, and summaries were given the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They have been made available (leaked) to a number of papers besides The Washington Post, all of which published excerpu. In Washington then is no possibility of shutting off leaks when information is in Ihe hands of scores of people. ;is in Ihe present case. In any case, the information would soon come oul officially anyhow. Yet Minority Leader Scolt, in crilicinzing the news slories on Ihe controversy, said, "Lei's not Continue to hound, harass and pursue Ihc secretary of stale as he pursues Ihe foreign policy of the United Stales.' I look another Republican senator, Lowell Weicker of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Watergate investigating committee, to sec Scott straight .. DR. KISSINGER, Weicker said, "is not a victim of a biased media, (he Watergate or the House J u d i c i a r y committees. He is a victim of his own Administration, which has chosen to withhold information from the commitlee and the public.' Weicker pul his finger on Ihe crucial poinl. It was not the press but a presidential tape that revived the Kissinger controversy. The tape records Mr. i\ixon as seeming to say that it was Kissinger who initialed the wiretaps, rather than the President. lormer Alty Gen John Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover, former head of the FBI. It was not the press but Mr. Nixon's own Justice Department and FBI that wrote the report .on the wiretapping (and its genesis) that has embarrassed the secretary of ·tale. With his usual good sense. Dr. Kissinger concluded his Salzburg press conference by laying, "I do not want to turn this into a debate between myself and the news media." He said he was trying to call altention to "an objective problem- that exists, and to the dilfi- culty . . . o f conducting national policy in such an atmosphere." Fair enough. CO 1174. Lm Aifdo Tine* always a true reflection of th« veal workings of Congress. Individually. t h e avcrag. congressman puts in a 16-hour workday. He usually gives hi. constituents conscientious ser- Bu't collectively. Congress r e m a i n s hopelessly cumbersome. The seniority system holds back the brightest young men. whose leadership is needed in (his swift-moving lime. The old men who run Congress, honorably though they may have served in the past, are placing an intolerable brake on Ihe law-making machinery of Ihe national government, already in desperate need of overhaul. Never has the need of reforms been more urgent. But the members of Congress appear to he more interested in chili beans, Jane Fonda, and school children's essays. P .\ R K IMPROVEMENT? Tourisls are lold that (he profits from the sale of postcards, bookk-is and olher mementos at national parks are spent on park improvement. Never mentioned is that lh« N a t i o n a l Parks Service demands 114 per cent of lha profits, which is euphemistically called a "donation," for a special entertainment fund. The purchasing public isn't told that (heir souvenir dollars help [lay for parties for tha bigwigs. Narcs Have Fingers Crossed WASHINGTON (ERR) American officials charged with enforcement of Ihe narcotics laws will have their fingers crossed from now until mitl- Seplcmber. Sometime during this period, the government of Turkey is expected lo announce whether il will continue its two- year-old Iran on cultivation of the opium poppy. The stakes are enormous for bolh cmmtries. Before the ban was imposed. Ihe U.S. Bureau of Narcolics and Dangerous Drugs estimated that lip to 80 per cent of the heroin entering Ihe U n i t e d States was produced from Turkish opium. Thus, any adverse decision by Turkey would deal a serious blow In American efforts lo combat heroin traffic. Turkish farmers are just as insistent lhat the ban bo lifted. Approximately 10,01)0 of Iheirr formerly grew poppies, and for many il was their sole cash crop. The planls were grown not only for opium but also for their seeds, which may be eaten or crushed for oil. Moreover, the seed residue makes a good callle fodder, and Ihe straw of the slalk is suitable for weaving and light basket work. IN NEGOTIATING tile poppy ban with Turkey, Ihe United Slales pledged lo provide $35 million in aid. Tho money was designed lo compensate Ihe Turkish government for legitimate exporl losses and lo develop programs lo replace Ihe income lost by Ihe farmers. But the farmers complain lhat Ibis aid has not reached them. Not surprisingly, the poppy ban was a major issue in last October's Turkish national eleclions. The two parties which make up Ihe new r u l i n g coaliliou -- Ihe Republican People's Party and Ihe National S a l v a t i o n Party -- bo',h promised during the campaign to pennil resumption of poppy growing. "There is a limit lo the siicrificcs Turkey can make for olher people and nations." Foreign Minister Turhan Gunes said. Thus, it was widely expected t h a t the newly installed govern- nicnt would announce lifting nf Ihe ban early this year. A number of news dispatches from Turkey reported, incorrectly, thai such action had in fact been lakcn. Instead, the mailer remains under consideration, with Turkey under heavy pressure from the United Males and olher countries la stand pat. American officials arc known to feel it would be particularly ujiwise lo l i f t t h e . ban at Ihis lime, for ils effccls are |u«t beginning o he fell. Because or stockpiling by farmeis heroin from Turkish opiurri Uniled Slales long aflcr poppy" growing was prohibilcd. TURKEV ITSELF has no drug problem worth mentioning --and no wonder. The penalties here for possession of or trafficking in drugs are stunningly severe, as a number of Americans have learned to uieir sorrow. In a widelv P u b l i c i z e d case, seven Americans wre arrested and publicized case, seven Americans were arreslcd and imprisoned in 1972 for smuggling hashish, a derivative of marijuana. Four of (hem eventually w e r e released, hut the re- m a i n i n g three w e r e sentenced to Hie imprisonmcnl. The .--cit e n c e s subsequently we-e reduced to 24 years, and efforts to obtain additional leniency ar« under way. Another Turkish drug case now being tried, promises to attract equal atlention. This one involves 11 U.S. airmen, 10 of whom are charged with possession and one with trafficking. Their guilt or innocence remains to be decided. Il j s obvious, Ihough, that numerous young Americans are guilty of ignorance of the harsh treatment accorded drug offenders in countries other than uw'r own.

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