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June 24, 1974

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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest Is Tht First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 « MONDAY, JUNE 24, 1974 Conversations With The President.... New President For The UA The University has settled on Dr. Charles E. Bishop, chancellor of the University of. Maryland, as new president of the University of Arkansas. Dr. Bishop accepted the position last week, at something like the same -.salary he was getting in Maryland. On paper · he is taking a pay cut, but the difference Js being made up from private educational ;improvement fund sources, which presuni- ^ably ara adequate for the present. There "is good reason, though, for the Legislature 'to consider adjustment by way of state ."funds in the future. A competent admini- "stralor is worth an adequate salary, and the stale can well afford to have competent leadership for its complex of higher educational institutions. .; , Leaving salary considerations aside, we like to think that the precise last dollar and odd number of cents involved is more a prestige factor than an ultimate inducement for settling down in Fayetteville. There is an admirable quality of living here, and an attractive campus and locale, that can't help but make the challenge for the new president a more than normally attractive one. It is noteworthy, we believe, that Dr. .Bishop has an agricultural background, and 'that he is fresh from a successful adventure in coordination of state institutions of higher education in Maryland. Both areas of expertise will stand him in good stead in Arkansas, unquestionably. Arkansas, educationally, is still something of a frontier state. 'There is a great loyalty and confidence in public schools in Arkansas, from elementary through graduate school levels. Up East, this confidence has suffered erosion in recent years, with a resulting pinch in general finances. Perhaps the combination of challenge, opportunity and broad public support appeals to the new chief administrator. Certainly at 53 he is young enough to relish the considerable chance afforded by Arkansas' potential for educational achievement. It is interesting to note among Dr. Bishop's other credentials that he served at one point as executive secretary to the National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty (1967-68, under appointment by President Johnson). It can be assumed that he is knowledgeable of and has an appreciation for the ways in which education can serve as an economically uplifting force, which is all to the good for Arkansas, too. Dr. Bishop is due on campus in time for the fall semester. He is characterized by sources in College Park as cautious businesslike, affable, smart and tough. We look forward with great optimism to his administration, with the confident anticipation of an extremely smooth transition of authority. We've mentioned it before, but it is worth noting again, that the University's apparatus is in remarkably good shape for the new president, thanks -to the recent stewardships of retired President David Mullins and acting President Charles Oxford. That very fact, we imagine, must have helped persuade Dr. Bishop to cast his lot with Arkansas. From The Readers Viewpoint Odd Coin's On To the Editor: In reading recently concerning sale of County property, one is reminded of many episodes regarding such property of which the public should also he informed. Having lived in rural Springdale (Route 5) for nearly three years has truly been a revelation. Specifically the PRIVATE use of " public equipment. My first comments pertain to sitting at our d i n n e r table and w a t c h i n g a truck, plainly marked "Washington County" dump fertilizer, lop soil or something of that nature on the garden of a residence adjoining our property line. Living outside the city limits as we do -- there is of course -- no law enforcement of any consequence; no trash pickup -- or even one of the strategic a 11 y located dumpsters provided by the County. Forty to fifty homes in this immediate . vicinity could well use one. ' However, these are only facts leading to further comments on public equipment. Upon seeing trash being loaded on a Washington County truck at this previously mentioned residence, I personally called the County Judge and requested provision of this service for our entire neighborhood. His reply to me w a s, "It does not work that way" -- so we must continue paying for private hauling -- while a chosen element receive it for i from Oar Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO The decision on whether to call for a bond issue anrt millage increase was postponed last night by the Springdnle School Board when two of its members failed to show up for a key meeting. Two Oklahoma men entered pleas of guilty to charges of 50 YEARS AGO Full telegraph service on the ballots of the Democratic national convention in New York this week will he received by the Democrat. The messages will be placed on the Democrat bulletin board as fast as they are received. A powerful sermon \vas - delivered by the Rev. John E. Brown, noted evangelist and 100 YEARS AGO - The closing exercises of Mrs, ' Sutton's juvenile school was ' held at the Christian Church on - Thursday evening last. The - house was crowded to ovor- - flowing with the patrons and friend-; of the school. The children acquitted themselves creditably in their recitations. The Fayetteville cornet band was present and enlivened the illegal possession of drugs in Municipal Court today, but Judge James Ptak delayed pronouncement of sentence to lake the matters under advisement. L o c a l amateur radio operators will lake part in a nationwide drill this weekend for the first time. founder of the John E. Brown College at Siloam Springs, at the Methodist Church last evening. ·· A committee of good roads enthusiasts has been invited lo attend a special good roads meeting in Muskogee Friday, June 27. If possible a couple of cars from Fayetteville with a delegation will attend. occasion with some of their sweetest airs. Prof. Botefuhr requests us to state the concert at the University on next Tuesday e v c n i n g will commence promptly at 8 o'clock. Those who wish to secure seats had better go early. Col. J. R. Petti grew and lady returned on Friday last from a bridal trip to St. Louis, nothing -- by use of public equipment. For nearly a year -- nrior to disclosures by the Grand J u r y -- this adjacent property was littered with County equipment -- including r o a d graders .. which were not moved in that time. It might be added though that when the Grand Jury findings were made public -- the County Judge, personally in much haste -- like a man possessed, directed operations and got all of (hat equipment out of here in a hurry that was visible to the eye. Coincidence? Another issue is Ihe use of County equipment to scrape private property owned hv a SPRINGDALE ' CITY COUNCILMAN. This property Is so smalt it does not meet criteria for a County road -- b u t is used as such -- with the apparent blessing and maintenance of the County Judge. At the same time refusing to use this equipment to maintain or even open up the County road which, runs into this hazardous and destructive strip of privately owned property. Of course -- this is only part of the story for our small area -- but considering Washington County as a whole -- one does wonder just what the entire case may be. It could possibly be worth the time to write a b o o k entitled "Washington County Confidential*'. Mrs. Billy E. Wood Springdale Write FCC They'll Do It Every Time CUTTING DOWN IN THE ALL-ELECTRIC HOME- ' ' TDLP YOU HOTVUHTIUW, «UTHE noose'.' m eora HOU? POWNON THE euecTKC HES TURNING Off £VSKYTHI«3 ' ASK A8OT TERMITES. 1 NOW THEY WAHTTO USHTS. 1 £'R£ AU- 60INSTO EA.Y: To the Editor: William Winter observes: RESIGNATION NOW INADVISABLE. "Those of us who had urged Nixon lo resign months ago are now moving toward agreement that he ought lo experience impeachment instead. At this late hour, so much public passion has been engendered that resignation would split the country. There are many who believe Nixon is being unfairly persecuted, that nothing he reportedly said shows his personal involvement, that his - foreign policy should be considered as overbalancing any shortcomings in domestic action, etc. If he resigned, even though it would save us the agony of the impeachment process, the verdict would be clouded. His adversaries would claim it was an admission of guilt, his supporters would fay he had been hounded out of office. The controversy mi'ht go on for years. There would be no clear-cut delermination. "What is most horrible about Ihe Watergate mess is not the iMxoman foul language, or even the bribery and policical favoritism, but the fact that Nixon expanded Presidential powers 'to the point of becoming a d i c t a t o r , of hounding newsmen who criticised him, of using government agencies lo harass political opponents- he brought the nation perilously close to fascism. "That is the supreme danger which Ihe Walergate exposures have averted. That must be fully recognized and his connection with it fully demonstrated. Therefore impeachment -- a public airing of all the charges and all the evidence -- and a final verdict by the Senate, would clear Ihe a'ir as a court trial and jurv verdict usually settles the question of guilt. Public passion should not be allowed to lead to a public lynching. Nixon is entitled to due process of law. And so it the country. , Ella Polee WinsJow By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Former While House special counsel Charles Colson has told House impeachment investigalors he warned President Nixon twice by mid-February 1973 that Nixon confidants were involved in Ihe Watergate scandal. That was five weeks before March 32, the day Nixon insists he first became aware that the scandal touched his own staff. On that day. said Colson, he suggested to the President that he immediately call in a distinguished outside lawver to investigate the case for him, a recommendation Nixon did not take. While Colson's statements do not technically contradict the President's, h i s testimony clearly shows that Nixon faltered in pursuing the avenues open lo him. We have obtained a draft of testimony prepared by Colson. H parallels what Colson has already told the House impeachment panel's chief counsel John Doar. In January 1973, Colson said, he became convinced that people close lo the Prcsidenl, including John Mitchell and Jch Magruder, were involved in Watergate. He talked about his concern lo White House chief of slaff H.R. (Bob) Haldcman, and lo Nixon. "I'm not sure of the exact lime sequence but [ believe it was after my first conversations w i t h Mr. Haldeman that I determined il my responsibility to express lo Ihe President The Washington Merry-Go-Round my belief that certain persons in Ihe campaign organization, namely Messrs. Mitchell and Magruder, must have been involved in the Watergate," Colson said. "I told (the President) that whoever it was who had ordered the Watergate had 'ill- served him.' I did not discuss any specific information about Mitchell. Magrudcr or others because frankly I had no hard evidence that they were involved, hut I did express anger that my friend (E. Howard) Hunt, would be punished while others who must have been responsible would not be. "During the conversation, I did express my compassion for Hunt's plight, particularly the fact that he had lost his wife upon whom he had relied so heavily and that he had four children to raise. I did not ask the President for clemency for Hunt. The President said that if I had any facts about the involvement of others in Watergate, I should bring (hem to him." At (hat time; Colson was preparing to leave the White House to join a Washington law firm. He said he discusstd the Watergate situation with his lawyer and partner-to-be, David I. Shapiro, in early February. "After reviewing all the information then available to me, Mr. Shapiro said the real problem for the White House d i d The Nixon Team not appear to be the Watergate break-in, per se, but rather the possibility that the White House might become involved in obstruction of justice. He urged me to get to the President at the first opportunity to explain the necessity for him to get 'out in front' of the situation. "On Feb. 24, 1 told the President of the extensive conversations I had been having with Mr. Shapiro. I told him that I thought whoever was involved at the Committee for the Reelection in ordering or authorizing the .Watergate would eventually be exposed. 1 told the President specifically that I thought John Mitchell had to accept the responsibility, that the facts would in due course come out. and that from the President's standpoint, t h e sooner the better . "The President again asked whether I had any evidence, t told him no, t h a t I merely had hearsay reports and my own suspicions. I recall that tht President reacted angrily. I can almost recall his precise words: 'Are you suggesting that J o h n Mitchell be held responsible or be made a scapgot? Mitchll has, after all. sworn he was not involved. I w a n t to get to the bottom of Watergate, but I cannot ask a possiblv innocent bystander to be a scapegoat.' " Colson said Nixnn told him to report to him directly if he learned any significant infor- mtmi n 11 1*1111 114, If If J Ssblm "Si^l^U I ^ ·Ki O .-· .. "o" ; '' : v^ King Fntucvi Syndicate A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought UNIVERSAL LIMITS. Timothy Ferris. "Where D o e s II All End?" Harper's, June 197-1. pp. 38-42. "One of the more unsetlling visions proffered by science lately is that of 'an edge of the universe,' as newspapers have headlined it... Not that the universe actually has an 'edge' -- nobody proposes that it comes to a slop in three-dimensional space--bul that it may have been born, may be evolving, and may consist of a finite, though huge, number of objects." "Now some astronomers believe they are very close to unlocking the secret. They are the advocates of evolutionary cosmology. Their assertion is that everything -- all mailer, all energy, all space and lime -- originated in a great blossoming eruption perhaps 10 or 20 billion years ffgo (an event known as the big bang, a term associated with Ihe joke- c r a c k i n g physicist George Gamow)." "An infinite, ageless universe is a discouraging place to try lo understand: an evolving universe spurs hope. We might, foi example, look backward in time and see something interesting... There should be a birth horizon, a point before which stars had not begun to shine. The edge." "There is apprehension that, should the universe prove to be finite, it would be diminished in grandeur... a deeper anxiety rests w i t h rlie old question of how far science should be pushed. To measure the span of the universe would be an audacious act," BLINKING TRUTH. William Lazarus, "The Eyes Have It," New Times, pp. 33-39. "After over 10 years of r e s e a r c h . D r . Frederick D a v i d s o n , a n assistant professor of psychology at Kent State University...is convinced that he can tell w h a t a person is thinking by merely shining a light in the subject's eyes. Relying on known scientific principles, some only a few years old, Davidson has worked w i t h police applicants, dying patients (including his mother), criminal suspects and thousands of volunteers. He has tested against the polygraph and convinced a trained polygraph operator that his way is better." " 'Early researchers had thought that a white color in the retina indicated perception and a red color showed no perception. I found that the red i n d i c a t e s a n emotionally charged perception while white indicates a non - emotional p e r c e p t i o n , ' Davidson explained. 'For example, if I ask your age and I get a red color indication, I know that your age · bothers you in some way no matter what you might say.'" "He determines the color change with a retinoscone, a medical tool similar lo a flashlight which is normally used to examine eyes and ears." "He examined this reporter's eyes as a demonstration... He a s k e d several personal questions 'and commented about m y subconscious feelings toward my brothers, my health and my family. In a similar demonstration in a Kent State journalism class, he asked a male student several questions, which were not answered orally, and was able to determine the student's feelings toward grades, his family and something about his moral Lfe." H U M A N UNIQUENESS G e o r g e Derfer, "Science. Poetry and 'Human Specificity' -- An Interview with J. Bronowski," The American Scholar, summer 197-1, pp. 386404. "I have been forming a new topic in biology and behavior during the 10 years that I have spent at the Salk Institute in America. And since it does not have a name. I have called il human specificity. I mean by that an attempt to characterize the h u m a n species by those biological and behavioral expressions which are unique, or almost unique. to human beings." "The primates, by and large, are unique mammals in not being able to oxidize uric acid in the individual cells; and one could [go through a spectrum of such examples. The traits that are specialized in human beings are fairly straightforward.' There are special biological peculiarities of the h u m a n brain, such as the great development of the frontal lobes, the fact that tie two halves of the brain have separate functions in many details, the fact that the h u m a n brain has special speech centers. Other specifically human trails are the upright gait: the face-lo-face altitude in communication...and i n sexual intercourse (which is a h u m a n cultural universal)." "I cannot think about h u m a n specificity without constantly Jiavmg an evolutionary picture in mind. What characters distinguish each animal species? How has evolution mediated these characters? And was evolution designed to reach what appears lo be its present ipex--the human species?" malion. After that February meting with the President. Colson went to Europe for t h r c e weeks lo ncgoliale the emigration of Jews from Russia to Israel. When he returned lo Washington, he said. Shapiro "told me that, in his view, the situation was getting serious. He said, 'For God's sake, the President has to get the fads. Who knows what's going on in that place. The fox may be guarding th» chickens.' "I reminded Mr. Shapiro that I had discussed my suspicions about John Mitchell on Feb. 14, but the President said t h a t Mitchell had sworn he was ino- ccnt. 1 said it was impossible to know what advice the President was getting.:,! further said that if I should now start warning the President about others without hard evidence, he might erroneously think that 1 was myself involved and was only trying to shift the blame to others." Colson said that Shapiro suggcsled impartial outside counsel for Ihe President and mentioned J. Lee R a n k i n . U.S. Solicitor Genera! during the Eisenhower Administration. Shapiro rnel with R a n k i n on March 22. 1973, lo sec if R a n k i n would take the job. "On the evening of March 21. the President called me at my home," Colson went on. "He asked for my recommendations with respect to Walergate. I told the Prcsidenl that I thought he could no longer rely upon any'of the people around him, many of whom might have some personal interest or involvement, and that he should consider retaining independent special counsel lo advise him. "T h e President seemed receptive. As I recall, he told me that he had lcen unable to get the facts, he had had a lot of conflicting reports..." Colson said he recommended Hankin. "The President asked what I thought of former deputy attorney general Larry Walsh. After discussing those names, the President ;isked that T submit other names..." ' ' T h e President seemed deeply troubled." Colson s H i d. "11 came as no surprise to ma when the President subsequently anounced that it was on March 31 t h a t he had decided to undertake the investigation itself." Who Gets The Profit On A Cow? .WASHINGTON' (ERR) -New U.S. Department ot Agriculture regulations, effective July 1, will prohibit joint ownership or operation of livestock feediob and meat-packing concerns. KOR DIAMETRICALLY opposed reasons, l i v e s t o c k producers and shoppers both ;ire complaining loudly about the price of meal. Cattlemen m a i n t a i n that prices arc so' depressed that they are losing up to $150 on each animal sold for slaughter. Hog breeders report comparable losses. Consumers, on the other hand, encounter little evidence of price depression when they shop for meat. In a survey r"f g r o c e r y - price movements between mid-April and mid- Jitnc in seven major cities, U.S. News World Report found t h a t the price of ground beef was higher in four cities, unchanged in one, and lower in only two. The prices of pork products were generally lower, however. Searching for an explanation of the wide gap between wholesale and retail prices, some observers have suggested that middlemen are reaping huge profits in the course of processing and moving meat from the feedlot to the supermarket. Agriculture Secretary Karl L. Butz disagrees. While middlemen's profit margins have risen since a year ago, he told a group of meat industry spokesmen, they were then handling meat "at zero margin, even at a loss." ONE FOB THK RECORD? The annual report on how congressmen spend tax money on foreign travel has been eliminated from the Congressional Record. Rep. Wayne Hays of Ohio told Atlanta Journal Washington correspondent Maurice Klicss that this was done a.» part of his campaign to cut trivia and junk" out of the Record to save money. For example, there is the extension of r e m a r k s to include in the record things never said on the floor. There is the reprinting of various articles of only local interest lo a congressman and his constitutenls. Tnere is even reprinting of newspaper editorials, .which we would like to think is not in the category of trivia and junk but nonetheless shouldn't he of how tax money is spent. Regular readers of the Congressional Record could t h i n k of a number of other items customary printed in the Record that are of less use than reports done at taxpayers expense. Rep. Hays hopes to rectify what he calls a mistake as a result of which this list is no longer available for public inspection in one central place. If this is done, the media can still help the public to pet information on congressional junkets without it having to he in the Congressional Record. However, it might hr worth reprinting as an extension of remarks if any congressman is interested. -- The Atlanta (Ga.) Journal

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