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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Js The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, JUNE 21 1974 P.O. Operation Not Exactly Immaculate Prelude To The Confrontation. Bill Clinton has Rep. John Hammer' Schmidt's attention, obviously, now that the . young Fayetteville law professor is the of,- , ficial Democratic nominee for the Third Dis- -,r trict congressional position. Clinton posted ;'· a better than two-to-one victory in the recent ';''· run-off primary, and demonstrated consid- - erable vote-getting potential in the process. Rep. Harnmerschmidt recognizes his .v challenger in a fashion that suggests, more ' ; than anything else, that he plans to take ; him quite seriously from now until next November. The incumbent is hardly complacent about his elective office. His office remains at great pains to announce federal ·'·'· grants and programs, no matter how far '., removed from John Paul's personal efforts, ',-_' and he is positively Rotarian in his attendance at District functions and honorariums. Heretofore, though, he has faced less : than well-organized opposition, and has had the luxury of conducting issueless, patron..'. izing campaigns. He recognizes though, one -., must conclude, that the battle may have a Art Buchwald different cast this time around. The incumbent's remarks on the Clinton nomination tell a great deal about the probable complexion of the race as it takes form in late summer and early fall. Hammerschmidt notes initially that there appears to have been "a great deal of labor money" among the Democratic candidate's contributors; and he is at pains to link Clinton with "special interests." Indeed, Mr. Hammerschmidt not only awards complete "special interest" backing to his opponent, but notes also that he personally is a target of the "special interests," because of his concern for the common man. In the past, perhaps, this sort of unspecified, tenuous lavishing of pejoration on an opponent would he enough to carry the day. We doubt if it will work quite so well this corning campaign, in a context of public suspicion of old-fashioned political rhetoric, plus the certainty of an articulate deliniation of issues (arid the Hammerschmidt record) by Mr. Clinton. The Conversion Of C. Colson By ART BUCHWALD W A S H I N G T O N -- When Charles Colson got religion, fie first person he wanted to break the news to was his grandmother--the very same grandmother he had vowed to run over in 1972 to get Richard Nixon re-elected President. He knocked on the door and cried, "Granny, it's me, Char' les." "You go away, Charley." his /grandmother said, "and take your car with you." "Granny, you don't understand. I'm not here to run over you. I've got religion now. I've come to pray with you." Colson's grandmother opened the door a couple incites. "You're joshing me, Charley boy." "It'i true. Granny, I'm no longer the mean, dirty, rotten, unscrupulous trickster you used to bounce on your knee. I've been reborn, Granny." She hesitated. "How do I know this ain't one of your tricks to get me out in the street so you can go vroom, vrooooomm with your motor again?" "I have Sen. Harold Hughes with me. He'll tell you I m^an it." THAT'S RIGHT, Granny," Sen. Hughes said. "Charley has made his peace and he's asking everyone to f o r g i v e him his sins." "1 ain't so sure I'm ready to forgive h i m . You know I was flat on my back for six months after the 1972 election." "Granny, please let me in. I want to show you I'm a new \From Oar Files; How Time Fliesl 10 YEARS AGO While making a routine traffic arrest yesterday. Fayelte- ville police turned up w h a t appears to be a drug ring · operation in Washington and Benton counties. A quantity of narcotics was seized here and "· Benton County law officers seized about 10.000 illegal pills . in Gentry. ; ' A p p a r e n t l y the topless bathing suit for women, intro; duced into the fashion world ·. so VEARS AGO i The gavel used by the presi- ; dent of the Arkansas Slate Senate when the University I removal bill was defeated in ; 1922 has just been presenled to J. F. Moore, president of the ; Fayetteville Chamber of Coni- i merce by Senator Claude i Thompson, president of the Sen- · ate at that time. Following their first day of ; rather informal meetings,' (he visiting newspaper men got ; down to business today for a : : 100 YEARS AGO ·; ·'.· Washington, D. C. Col. Tlip- '. '.'·· mas M. Guntcr was sworn in · - - a s a member of the 43rd Con: '';'· gress today about noon: the ;. ·;.resolution declaring him the . '.': rightful representative from the ; ·', noble North West was adopted '· unanimously. Not a single ;· 'member of 293 dared put him- · · »elf on record against h i m . I . It is well k n o w n that only two persons were candidates for ; . Congress from the 3rd district earlier this week, will make its appearance in Fayetteville soon. But it won't be a public appearance, according to police officers. University officials, and the mayor. Dr. Robert F. Kruh. 39, who moved to Arkansas in 1952, will become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University July 1, succeeding Dr. Guerdon D. Nichols. day of constructive newspaper education. Following the session this afternoon, the editors will be taken on a drive and inspection tour over the state university plant. A full and most interesting musical program for Mount Sequoyah this session is planned by U» West Methodist Association concert group under the direction of Henry D. Tavey. of Arkansas, Col. Thomas M Gunler and W. W. Wilshirc. The r e t u r n s showed that Col. Gunler received less voles, but the votes for "Guntle." "Gunlher." "T. oRss Gunlher," and other m a n u f a c t u r e d changes of the name were not counted. The fact of the matler was. they were all cast for Thomas SI. Gunler. f a i r and square, and the returns showing otherwise was a trick. They'll Do It Every Time TME 6000 SAMARITANS-" CANPRWEHIM WHERE VCU BUMS HANG OUT!! KKt IT.'/ LOSHWEU'S HOT KiUH5 SOGOOP.60 WEPSOV6 Ht LUSHWELL YUSSAY1N6HOWHIS Hf £ WOULD MAKE HUM Atf EGGS FOR IX MOW WHERE? *W OL UP/ B60NNAK CHOW i WE SHOW* PUT HIM IN A CM! man." "All right," Colson's grandmother said, "but leave your car keys out on the stoop." Colson came into the house with Sen. Hughes. "Shall we kneel together?" Colson asked. "Not me," his grandmother replied. "I haven't been able to kneel since you screamed at me, 'Four more years!' and then put your Oldsmobile into drive.' "That's all in the p a s t , Granny. As a matter of fact I've pleaded guilty a n d I'm going to be a witness against Nixon." "Don't blame you for that: turns out the President didn't think too much of you. He called you a name-dropper and used to laugh at you with Dean, Ehrlichman and Haldeman. My, Charley, T never thought anyone would play you for a sucker the way Nixon dod." "I have to forgive him. too. Granny. Since my conversion I can feel no animosity toward anyone, not even the President of^ the United States." "Buy gum, C h a r l e y y o u really may be a changed man. Its hard for me lo believe, of course, after w h a t I've been through. "I want to make it up to you. Granny. I want to cleanse my soul. The devil was in me in 1972. You understand that, don t you?" "I understand it, because you re my grandson. But what about all the other people yiu played dirty tricks on? What about the political ads and the forged telegrams and the enemies list?" "I'm going to become a government witness. Granny, and make amends. I'm going' to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth " "So help you God," Hughes added. '·Anybody want a n y cider?" Poison s grandmother asked ... 'N°. we've got to be going, we have miles to go before we sleep. All I want lo know. Granny, is do you forgive me?" "All right, Charley, 1 forgive you. But no more getting involved in presidenlial campaigns, you hear?" Colson smiled for the first time. "Cross my heart and hope to die." (C) 1974, LM Angeles Times Bible Verse "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not reciemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." 1 Peter 1:18,19 The only assurance that we can have eternal life is (hat we believe He came to earth and died for our sins. Believe and receive] "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be tho'u removed, and be thou cast into the sea: and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall nave whatsoever he s a i t h " Mark 11:23 "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than hi? lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also." John 15:20 Let every believer know t h a t with the possibility of persecution there is always the power lo overcome. "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Postmaster General Ted Klassen has c o l l e c t e d several thousand dollars in secret fees from a firm doing business with the Postal Service. ·While he was Deputy Postmaster General, he intervened personally to help the .Martin E. Segal Company earn a 15 per cent commission on a half- million-dollar postal contract. Then he moved up to t;ie Board of Governors, which controls the Postal Service. Unknown to the other governors, he accepted "management consultant fees" from the Secal company while he was serving on the board. When my associate Jack Cloherty confronted him with our findings. Klassen admitted he had received around $20,000 from the firm. Our investigation determined that the payments totaled $22,917.67. The Board of Governors, meanwhile, elected Klassen as the nation's 60th Postmaster General. Not long afterwards, the Segal firm- was back angling for postal contracts. It landed a $50,000 contract, although its bid astonishingly was more than double the lowest entry. Ted Klassen is a tall, stern, impressive f i g u r e w r ith a tired, sagging face. He rose from office boy to president of American Can Company before President Nixon recruited him to bring his business skills to the Postal Service. Instead, we have exposed a record of misspending and mis- The Washington Merry-Go-Round management. Klassen cut back poslal workers and slowed down the mails d u r i n g the 1972 election campaign, we reported, in order to avoid raising postal rates and antagonizing the voters against Nixon. While the mail service deteriorated, we wrote, he lavished poslal funds on himself for everything from a penthouse dining room to Christmas presents for his friends. He also padded the postal payroll with his cronies and handed out contracts to favored companies. Although these boondoggles cost the taxpayers much more than the Segal company collected, Klassen's dealings with this firm constitute a clear conflict of interest and an apparent violation of the law. Here are the details: On March 5, 1970, the firm's founder and namesake, Martin E. Segal, wrote a personal letter to Klassen in behalf of a client. Retirement Advisers, Inc., which wanted a contract to produce retirement literature for postal employes. Postal employees already could get, all the retirement literature they needed from Ihe C i v i l Service Commission. Nevertheless, Klassen agreed to award Segal's client a five- year, half - million dollar contract. The Segal firm's take was 15 per cent. After Klassen already had agreed to the contract, he instructed personal aides to make out the paperwork that would justify the deal. Then he fried to hide the transaction by entrusting the Segal-file to a loyal aide who kept it under lock and key. (We got hold of the file anyway.) The following year, Klassen began colecting secret lets from the Segal company which retained him, he told us, because of his expertise as a labor relations expert. He insisted t h a t he could see nothing at all wrong with this. He also denied advance knowledge of the subsequent $50,000 contract which was awarded to the Segal firm in March 1973, when Klassen was PMG. Yet Ithe company got the contract eve though it was one of the iighest bidders. Martin S e g a l told us he earned no money personally from the company's good fortune. He said he is now an unpaid consultant to the company he founded. Footnote: Last week, the Washington Post documented in a series of articles now t h e Postal Service under Klassen io ridden with waste a n d mef- ficiency, resulting in higher costs and slower mail service. The series by Ronald Kessler, a painstaking reporter, showed that first-class mail users are overcharged and, therefore, are subsidizing the "junk mail." WASHINGTON WHIRL: The Watergate prosecutors have "Help! Call The Plumbers! Something's Been Leaked From A Congressional Committee" A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought NUCLEAR DIFFICULTIES. J a c k McWethy. "Atomic Power: A Bright Promise Fading?" U.S. News World Report, June 20 1974. pp. 43-36. "Many atomic generating . plants have, run smoothly for " years. But -just as many, experience shows, are plagued by poor design, sloppy workmanship and inadequate quality control. The result is one costly breakdown after another." "Some nuclear plants are 'down' for repairs about as much of the time as they are actually generating power. The costs involved run into billions of dollars a year which, in the final analysis, have to come out of consumers' pockets." "li late May, a new AEC report revealed that every reactor in the country had at least one 'abnormal occurrance' last year. These wer unplanned power cuts with causes ranging from radioactive steam leaks, to storm damage and operator errors." "In late May. a new AEC ting difficulties, the Atomic Energy Commission and the nuclear industry still feel that the atom will l i v e up to the bright future its supporters long have proclaimed for it. All t h a t is needed is time, they say. to work out the wrinkles of this vast and complex technology." "Yet, the record thus far is disappointing." "Some of the incidents that led to shutdowns also posed safety questions, as small doses of radioactivity escaped the protective 'containment' area. No one has yet been injured by the radioactivity, but critics claim the industry has been fortunate thus far." D R I N K I N G WATER H4ZWDS. Robert H. Harris and Edward M. Brecher, "Is the Water Safe to Drink?" Consumer Reports, June 1974, pp. 436-443. "Almost everyone supposes that (community water) systems are under continuous surveillance by competent state and local health officials, that water samples are scrupulously tested at frequent intervals, that any flaws in a water system will be soon discovered and corrected--and that the water we drink therefore must be safe. Unfortunately, almost everyone supposes wrong." "True, our cities no longer suffer from large-scale recurring epidemics of typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and o t h e r waterbornc bacterial infections. It was those epidemics, with their ghastly death tolls traceable lo drinking water, that forced the establishment of community water supplies between the Civil War and World War I...But Today, many of the same water systems are overage, dilapidated, substandard in serious respects, and barely able to meet peak demands." "Their design is primitive, and they are typically staffed by people trained in an ou!inoci- ed tradition or not trained at all. As the level of pollution has risen in our sources of raw water, the techniques employed to make the polluted water safe for h u m a n consumption have become less and less adequate. Revolutionary advances in other fields of science and technology during recent decades are applicable lo d r i n k i n g water purification -- but they are not being applied. Instead of tooling up to meet today's environmental challenges, most community water systems remain geared to preventing bacterial epidemics alone." . HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. Melvin D. Cheitlin, H.D., "The Physician and Hypertension." Journal of the American Medical Association, June 3, 1974. pp. 1249-1250. "Hypertension is a disease affecting 23 million Americans--a public health menace of great magnitude. We have -the means lo control hypertension in the great majority of patients, and there is convincing evidence that such control ivill reduce morbidity a n d mortality. W i t h drafted a favorable, secret pre- sentencing report on ex-White House hatchetman Charles Colson, acknowledguit they would have had difficulty convicting him. The likelihood, therefore, is that he will get a light sentence . . . Washington s k e p t i c s suspect Colson's sudden embrace of Christianity was a scaffold conversion. But members of his prayer circle are convinced his heart has changed. They come lo his office daily for prayers. They also spent weeks helping him fill a huge scrapbook of clippings to dramatize lo Ihe court that he couldn't get a fair trial... Washington's controversial International Police Acadeny. which provides training for foreign police as part of our f o r e i g n a i d program, amazingly, also trains security guards for overseas corporations. Guards have been sent to the school from tha Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. of Liberia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Liberian-American Mining Co. and the Creola Petroleum Corp. of Venezuela. An AID spokesman assured us lhal, except for a $9 insurance premium for each student, tiia corporations reimburse the U.S. government for the training... Following our recent analysis of the foreign aid program, the agency's public information officers were provided with "guidance" in answering anticipated press inquiries. Th» official line was that the accuracy of our figures could not be challenged, only our "slant." Frightening Dilemma Of Terrorism WASHINGTON (ERR) _ The Bomb explosion in the British Houses of Parliament has to rank as one of the most spectacular terrorist acts of a decatla that has seen far too many of them. It brings to mind a similar bombing incident three years ago .in the U.S. Capitol. That blast caused more t h a n $300,000 worth of damage to seven rooms and sparked an intensive FBI search for the culprits. There is something deepiy frightening about such bombings, wtether the perpetrators be Insh, Palestinian, American or an yother nationality. T h e apparent senselessness and futility of the act, especially if death or personal injury are involved, stir feelings of impotence and. revenge among both law - enforcement officials and the general public. Terrorism also creates a serious dilemma for a democratic government. The problem is how to prevent depradations of a terrorist conspiracy without adopting measures so repressive as to damage the character of a free society. Over-reaction by the forces of law and order, as many have warned, can serve to justify the terrorists' cause, incite them to further violence, and win them sympathizers and adherents. such knowledge and capability, why do we still have 50 per cent of hypertensives unaware that they have the disease, while many others are not on adequate treatment (or any Ireatment)? Where lies the fault? With the patient, the doctor, or both?" "Many assumptions accepted as explanations for the lack of progress we have made against finding and controlling hypertension in our country have been challenged severely. One of the most prevalent is that 'most people never go to the Ehe doctor and so never have their blood pressure taken.' The survey says 'not true.' It appears that 67 per cent of the total population has been to the doctor or a clinic for a physical checkup in the last 12 months. Eight-three per cent were there in the last two years, and 92 per cent in the last five years!" ALASKA PIPELINE. Gladwin Hill, "In Alaska, Phase Two Begins," National Wildlife ' ' T o d a y , construction i s swinging into high" gear on the controversial pipeline that will transport oil down from Alaska's perpetually frozen North Slope to Valdez's ice-free port. And just 150 miles north of that rebuilt city, the pipeline will cross over the very same earthquake zone, the Denali fault, that triggered thp disaster in 19*4." To environmentalists., the speeler of another earthquake once the pipeline begins operation is a recurring nightmare. The pipeline planners themselves concede that a rupture night release well over .10 000 . gallons of oil i n t o the fragile ecosystem." "Happily, there is still tremendous scope for avoiding a major catastrophe in Alaska. Vigilance during the pipline's installation can minimize damage. Although the National Environmental Policy Act was suspended to permit commencement of the project, its principles still apply to project details." THE TERRORISTS'S two most feared weapons -- assasi- nation and bombing -- have long been associated with the theory of social organization known as anarchism. Anarchists look upon all law and government as invasive, the twin sources of nearly all social evils. They therefore advocate the abolition of all government except that originating in voluntary cooperation. Toward the end of the I9th century, anarchists turned increasingly to violence to achieve their ends. In the Haymarket Square Riot of 1886, in Chicago, a number of persons lost their lives in a bomb explosion. Eight professed teachers of anarchism were tried jnd convicted in the case. Moreover, anarchists accounted for the assasinalion of six heads of state, including President McKinley, in the two decades before World War I. And the assassination in 1914 of Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand -the spark that set off World War I -- was engineered by a secret society that advocated "terrorist action," rather than "intellectual propaganda." The wave of terrorism continued after the war ended. Packages containing time bombs were mailed in 1919 to 18 prominent Americans, including John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and three members of President Wilson's cabinet. On Sept. 16. 1920, a tremendous explosion rocked Wall Street, killing 40 persons and injuring 300 others. A batch of circulars posted j u s t before the explosion t h r e a t e n e d death unless "political prisoners" w e r e freed. The circulars were signed "American Anarchist Fighters." THE REASONS offered by terrorists to justify bombing n strike. Most persons as simpleminded and scarcely comprehensible. In an a r t i c 11 printed by the Harvard Crim son in 1969, a youth wrote that he felt a "desire" to blow up the White House, the Capitol, the Pentagon, the university and even whole cities because "blowing up buildings can show you're serious." He added that ' It will take a very concrete destruction of the wrongs »· ·re fighting before we are rid of them." Such reasoning ignores the fact that an organized society · will not willingly tolerate terrorism. It will hunt, the terrorists down -- peacefully if possible, savagely if need be. Experience has shown, lime and again, that the only probable consequence of terrorism is counter-terrorism.

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