Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 26, 1974 · Page 5
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 26, 1974
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JJortljtocst editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 6 · WEDNESDAY, J U K E 26, 1974 A New CIA-Watergate Link Turns Up PSC And The Little Flint Southwestern Electric Power Co., and Us p a r t n e r in the project, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., are advised by the stale Public Service Commission that their environmental impact statement on a proposed coal-fired generating plant at Gentry is deficient. The PSC's statement of deficiency is 14 pages long, and contains 62 specific items t h a t need to be cleared up to the state's satisfaction. We aren't too familiar with procedures that transpire in the course of applying for a power generating plant permit. It goes without saying, though, that there is always a certain amount of geeing and hawing in the normal functioning of every bureaucracy. Add to that the testiness of environmentalists, belter versed today than ever in tactics as well as the data of confrontation. So i( might be in error lo judge loo " quickly the weight of the d e m u r r e r expressed by the PSC at SWEPCO's E.I.S. But on quick reading, it does strike us as subs t a n t i a l , and leads one to wonder how the plant sponsors happened to lei themselves :n for what looks on paper lo be a considerable put-down. There would seem to have been loo little attenlion given lo alternate sites in the E.I.S., for one thing. This, we would judge, is faulty paperwork more Ihan a lack of industry on the part of the sponsors. We have a good idea thai SWEPCO and Ihe Coop people did a lol of looking al alternatives before getting on with actual selection of a site. The report doesn't indicate it, however, and the PSC quile properly raises Ihe question. The PSC's queries seem pertinent, too, in regard to the i m p o u n d m e n t of Little Flint Creek in a 500-acre lake. Local knowledge is sufficient lo accurately predict great variation in flow of small Ozark Mountain streams. In dry weather, such streams tend to vanish almost altogelher, while in wet weather, flooding and washouts arc the nor- mal course of events. (As Siloam Springs can dramatically testify.) The PSC mentions it this way: "The geology of the proposed lake site appears highly unsuitable for the retention of impounded water, and grouting of 530 acres does not appear practical. The effects of seepage from the lake should be further addressed." Such questions are eminently proper, considering the importance and potenlial impact of such a plant on Northwest Arkansas We do have one slight quarrel with the PSC's statement, though. In Hem No. One, the report lakes pains to declare: "While it is generally accepted that the demand for power will continue to increase in the years lo come, it is becoming increasingly apparent thai the rate of increase may not continue lo grow at the presenl rale. Applicants' need to examine factors such as the substitution of energy conservation advertising for promotional advertising, rising electricity prices, a flat-charge rate structure ami increased charges for peak- load power, in order to assess how the uses of electricity may be effected by such factors and what effect these would have on applicants' peak-load and upon applicants' overall rate of increase in demand." There is no quarrel with the PSC's suggestion that input on new plant consideration should take into account the exegen- cies of long-range energy sufficiencies. It is regrettable to us though, to find the PSC continuing to push itself as an advertising regulatory body. The PSC proposed a year or so ago that it be allowed to control utility advertising. It still seems bent in that direction. In the present instance it seems the resolution of the problem of environmental impact, up on Little Flint, would be better served by slicking to that issue, and letting PSC's argument with the First Amendment be worked out in some less critical context. From Oar Files; How Time Flies Last Load 10 YEARS AGO LiRlils were oiil m a portion of North Fayetieville last, night for an hour anci 10 minutes. Power wtjnl off when a N a t i o n a l Guard van pulled off Hwy. 71 North and struck a guy wire to a power pole. Twenty-six junior and senior high school teachers from all parts of Arkansas and 15 from July 4? so V AGO A total of '225 have registered for the Methodist Assembly Summer School Institute here and w i t h the beginning of classes ThurMlny morning, n record standard t r a i n i n g school will be started. Interested in the zoning of Fayetlcville business structures and in keeping inviolate ihe ,'h- sirHbliMiess of clmrch, school and r e s i d e n t i a l properties from incroachment by undesirable business structures, citizens of TOO YEARS AGO The canvass closes today at this place. The speaking at the d i f f e r e n t townships has not been very largely alt ended, on account of the farmers being busy at harvesting. The vote in t h i s county a I the present election will be the largest polled fur years. One More Wtek -- It is possible thai Mr. D o w n i n g will Oklahoma, Missouri. Texas. Nebraska and Michigan are participating in the University's Summer Science Institute on the Faycitcvillo campus. Eighl.v postmasters from Northwest- Arkansas, Northeast O k l a h o m a a n d Southwest Missouri will gather in Springdale tomorrow for a one-day postal seminar. Fayelteville wilt meet tonight in a mass meeting, called by I hose interested in preventing the 1 erect ion of a lumber yard adjacent lo Central Presbyterian Church. V i v i d l y portraying the causes and events leading up to the French Revolution, Ihe Metro super-picture. "Scaramoiiche," c o m f o r t a b l y filled the Victory Theatre both Monday and Tuesday nights, and will be shown lor the last time tonight. remove his Art Gallery lo Missouri in a week or so. Persons desiring work done by him will do well to come at once. Judge Ham returned home on T h u r s d a y las', from California. We learn t h a t lie is well pleased with the Golden State. Prof. James Mitchell of Cane Hill, was in the city this week. They'll Do It Every Time I/WOCTM.T 333- STALUNS THE CREWTOSS KK 30550-- I'M BESlHNfHSTOTWWK IT'S TIME TO LOOK FOR A M£W 303.' FONWE ASKE2 ME TO 60 RftRTHBRS WITH H!«···_/ LAST WE£K V/HEMI KNTE? P£5! -· H£ AWPS ME #y TV/OA\OmB t/o ·««·!. i IN AP/AMCE DH-P1WT THEY TELL YOU Bias ABE RMD ^ NINETY PAYS? SO/? STALL HIM! TELL HIMTOSU8WT ANOTHER HAS TO LIE FAST-6SKKS THE PMOMe The Fourth of July would seem like just another holiday without the popping ol fire crackers and the siz/.ling of sparklers, hut a quieter Independence Day may be in store for Americans a f t e r this year. The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to hold public hearings sometime after the holiday on a proposal to ban the sale of fireworks. Actually, the commission had decided on such a ban in Slay, but. it reversed itself when the fireworks industry objected. Citing potential revenue losses of up to $al) million, (he industry argued that the hazards of fireworks could he eliminated almost entirely, m a k i n g an outright ban u n j u s t and unnecessary. "The shot heard round the world" has been choed by fireworks on July 4 since the earliest days of the Republic. The first anniversary of American independence began with the adjournment of Congress and , was followed by a ceremonial dinner, fireworks displays, and Ihe ringing of bells. Later years saw the erection of Liberty Poles in public squares. They were meant to commemorate t h e Liberty Tree, w h i c h h a d s t o o d on Boston's Hanover Square and sheltered meetings of patriots until the British cut It down. Sometimes it seems h a r d lo hear in mind that the United ·Slates was born of rebellion and grew to greatness through revolution. But as h i s t o r i a n Henry S .Commager has noted: "The Declaration of Independence has some claim to be considered the most subversive document of modern history. .Members of the Daughters of Ihe American Revolution and the John Birch Society...would do well to han it from schools find public libraries." Thomas Jefferson observed that "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes." But his eloquent a f f i r - mation of Ihe right of a people to overturn their government if it fails to secure such rights as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" was a clear expression of Ihe revolutionary charier of American experience. By J A C K AN'DKKSON W A S H I N G T O N -- CIA front, man Robert Bennett, son uf veteran Sen. Wallace Bennett, R-Utah, lias conceded that \\i knew a White House b u r g l a r y bugging team was on the prowl in advance of the celebrated Watergate break-in. A secret m e m o r a n d u m , written by his CIA case o f f i c e r , states lhat the senator's son w i t h h e l d vila! information from Iho authorities. In an inlei v i e w with my associate Lcs Whitten. Bennett acknowledged lie knew at least three days before the Watergate burglary that W h i t e House aide Hunt and his second-story crew had plotted lo break i n t o the campaign headquarters of Sen. George McCovern, D-S.D., and bug the place. Instead of reporting the conspiracy to the police, Bennett kept his m o u t h shut. He also confided to his-CIA contact that ho had held 'back i n f o r m a t i o n from the original Watergate prosecutors when t h e y latet questioned him about the Watergate break-in. Had Bennett informed the police of the plot to bust inr.o McGovern headquarters, as the law requires, the subsequent Watergate caper would have been aborted and the course of history might have been changed. The Washington Merry-Go-Round This episode is another link in the mysterious CIA involvement in Watergate. We uncovered the f i r s t piece of the puzzle as early as April 7, 1973, when we reported that lite ClA had "ordered its agents not to talk to Hie FBI about the explosive Watergate case." Thereafter, we published several reports about the CIA and Watergate, but the f u l l story still hasn't been told. The CIA used Bennett's public relations firm. -Mullen and Company, as a spy Front. On its payroll was none oilier than Howard Hunt, the Watergate conspirator, who came to the f i r m from the CIA and later moved over to tbe White House. Bennett's nephew referred a B r i g h a m Young University student, named Thomas Gregory, lo.Hunt who recruited the young man as a political spy. Gregory infiltrated into the campaigns of the President's two chief Democratic r i v a l s -- first, Sen. Edmund Muskie's staff, then Sen. George McGovcrn's s t a f f . But Gregory, a conscientious Mormon, became uneasy about his undercover work. He spoke to his bishop about it, who was_ concerned about the clhics of the job. Then Gregory went back to On The Trail Bennett and explained his mis' givings. As Bennett .related it. Gregory had been told by H u n t to work late one night a*. McGovcrn headquarters and leave a door o|cn so ttie While House burglars could sneak in. Gregory informed Bennett said he also felt Hunt w o u l d that Hunt was ··reporting lo someone h i g h e r up." Hunt's While House connections impressed young Gregory. Dennett do nothing illegal because "he had a full-time l a w y e r advising him." The lawyer, it turned out, was Hunt's co-conspirator, 'j. Gordon Liddy. Bennett said he advised Gregory "to gel out." The troubled student gav! Bennett, a letter of resignation lo deliver to H u n t . Two days later, the Hunt- I.iddy team broke i n t o the Watergate. Bennett was called in for questioning six limes by the original Watergate prosecutors. He held back Gregory's vital information out of loyally lo the youth, Bennett claims. But the prosecutors traced Bennett's long-distance telephone loll calls to Gregory. When Bennett learned this, he called the prosecutors and said: "Look, you've found Tommy. I'll tell you about Tommy." Art Buchwald The Louvre Revisited By ART BUCHWALD PARIS' -- One of the main reasons 1 came back to Paris ftvas lo celebrate the 20th ani- vcrsary of the breaking of the six-minute Louvre. It was exactly 20 years ago io the day l h a t a young American student named Peter Stone amazed the world by going through the Louvre museum in five minutes and 19 seconds. As everyone knows, there are only three things worth seeing in the Louvre museum -- the Venus de MHo, the Winged Victory and the Mona Lisa. The rest of the stuff is ail junk. For years tourists have hoen trying to get through I h e Louvre as quickly as possible, see those three things and then go out shopping again. Before World War II. the record for going through the Louvre was seven minutes and 1-1 seconds. But after the w a r , as clothes got lighter and cameras got smaller, people kept cutting down the time, and in 1948 a man known as the Swedish Cannonball, paced by his Welsh w i f e , did it in six minutes and 12 seconds. For the first time, there was serious talk of breaking the six-minute Louvre. BUT IT WAS to ho f o u r more yeirs. On June 18, 195-1, Peter Stone, under perfect t o u r - ist conditions, literally f l e w through the Louvre, aro'und the Venus de Milo, up past (he Winged Victory, down to the Mona Lisa and back out again into a waiting taxi. He achieved the impossible, bringing fame and wealth to himself and glory to his country. President Eisenhower personally sent him a telegram which read: "I rejoice with all Americans at your a m a z i n g feat. You're what the United States is all about.'* So here 1 was 20 years later at the Louvre museum with Peter Stone to relive that great moment in history. Stone, now middle-age, paunchy and slightly gray, went unrecognized by most of the tour- isls who were going through the Louvr«, As we went over thft same course, he noted, "It's all different now. There are very few American tourists any more, and it's only a matter of lime before the Japanese will take the record away from us." "Peter, I was there the day you broke the six-minute Louvre," t said. "I remember your telling me at the time lhat you were going Lo do it. What made you so sure?" "I had discovered something that nobody else knew," he said ns we walked a r o u n d (he Venus de Milo, "and that was you didn't have to pay admission on Sunday mornings to get into the Louvre- In that way, 1 could cut 20 seconds from my time. The second thing I did was WE WALKED UP t h e. camera. I carrier! less weight than olhnr tourists. Finally, I had developed a nonskid sneaker in the States so I could make the sharp turns around the Winged Victory without slipping on the marble." one Winged Victory, you've marble staircase past the \Vinged Victory. "This is where I made up 30 seconds," Peter said. "Most tourists look at the back of the Winged Victory, but I said to myself. 'If you've seen during the height of Hie cold seen them all/ and T just wlii7,7ed by without stopping." "What did you do after you broke the 6-minute Louvre?" 1 asked Peter. "I did some exhibition r u n - ning at the Prado in Spain and the Tate Gallery in r^ixEon. The Russians invited me to run through the Hermitage in Leningrad. It was the first lime the Soviets had ever asked an American to race through one of their museums, But it was during the height of the cold war and John Foster Duties wouldn't let me do it." So here it is 20 years later. W h a t happens to a Louvre champ as time goes on?" Peter replied: "The legs go first, then the wind and f i n a l l y the eyes. T doubt if I can get through the Louvre in 10 minutes now in any condition." "We arrived at where the Mona Lisa hung when Peter had broken the record. The Picture wasn't there! 1 asked an old guard, "Where is the Mona Lisa?" The guard shrugged his shoulders and replied: "In Japan." Tears came to Peter's eyes as lie said: "fl figures." .. (} 1974, Los Angeles Times What Others Say... MR. EZELLE AND MOTHERHOOD Curtis Ezelle of Wauchula, Kla., has made "one giant step" for womankind and mankind in being named Mother of the Year in his county. Ezelle, raising his daughter, !9, and a son, 21, singlchand- edly since the death of his wife eight years ago, gets up at 5:31) a.m. daily to cook, wash and iron before going to his tax collector's office at the county courthouse. Any woman who has gotten up at 2 a.m. to check a -child's temperature or j u s t to make sure he's still there, mopped the floor, diapered th« baby, prepared balanced meals and waited up anxiously for a leen- ager would agree with Ezelle's daughter, who said, "1 think my daddy would make an outstanding mother' ' Ezelle is indeed an outstanding mother, and probably there are others like him unrecognized. It should not be shameful for men to enjoy raising a f a m i l y or doing household chores. And who knows? Perhaps in some families someday, a man will not be ashamed to stay home and raise the family while his wife goes out each day to earn the bread. --: Macon (Ga.) New* This helped the prosecutor* to break the Watergate case. PKNTAGON' PUPPET: Ones again, we have caught Rep. F. Edward Hctert. I)-La., playing Charlie McCarthy to the Pentagon's Edgar Bcigcn. Perched upon the Defense Department's knee, ne opens his mouth and the m i l i t a r y speaks. A month ago, we reported t h a t Heberl. the i m p e r i o u s c h a i r m a n of the House Armed Service Committee, had presented to (he House a report on military aid to Saigon which was copied, virtually word for word, from Pentagon testimony. Now. tile crusty, old congressional "watchdog" has done it again. Included in his committee report on the Pentagon's supplemcnlal budget request is a section on the Navy's proposal for a permanent base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. It is practically a carbon copy of testimony offered by Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. the N a v y chief, before a House Foreign A f f a i r s subcommittee on March. 20. Apparently. Hebert's only disagreement with the Pentagon is over g r a m m a r , lie tinkered slightly with the Navy's paragraphing and punctuation. He also edited out some of Zuni- walL's "I's" and "Wo's" and substituted a few "observers." "I always knew Heuc-rl and. his boys were pushovers for ths Pentagon," one of HeberL's committee members told us; "but I never exacted them to prove it so decisively. 1 am ashamed to say that right now the commillee is nothing but a rubber stamp for the Pentar gon." Footnote: Repeated calls to the committee for comment have not been returned. Delicate Balance In Mideast BEIRUT (ERR) -- Beirut Is not called the Western outpost in the Arab Middle East for nothing. This cily, where English and French are heard a.i o f t e n as Arabic, boasts some of the world's most sophisticated shops and nightclubs, tha plushest apartments and hotels, atid a standard of living and literacy rale which arc the envy of Lebanon's Arab neighbors. The surface prosperity, however, mas' be misleading. Government economists are concerned about inflation and unemployment and are f e a r f u l that improving relations between the United States -and other A r a b states will persuade- American business interests In transfer their investments f r o m Lebanon to Egypt and perh'aps even to Syria. Arab Moslems complain t h a t Lebanon's so-called "democratic" government does not reflect their increasing birth rale in the last few decades. The Christian-Moslem religious balance, based on a 1932 census, has been maintained in tha selection of all public officials. Moslems are demanding that a new census be taken to confirm t h e i r new majority status and t h e i r right to more political power. LEBANON'S ATTEMPT lo avoid the political and econonii dislocations of the Arab Israeli wars has been made more d i f f i cult by the existence of some ·IIIO.OQI) Palestinian refugees in Ihe country. Officially, UIR government "actively supports the cause of the Palestinian people" and their right to a homeland. At the ssmc lime, the government has taken action against Palestinian commandos, condemned the terrorist activities of extremist groups within tha Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and refused to accept responsibility for guerrilla raids into Israel. Those commando raids hav» brought heavy Israeli retaliation oil Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Following the attack by members of ths radical Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PDPLP) on a schoolhouse at Maalot on May 15, Israel conducted raids for several days in Southern Lebanon and in the camps a r o u n d Beirut. Additional raids began as President Nixon wound up his tour of the Middle East. Israel claims lhat its retaliatory strikes are l i m i t e d to ."terrorist bases." But spokesmen for a Beirut-based organization called Americans - f o r Justice in the Middle East homes of 40D.OOO refugees and lhat the inhabitants tend to b« very young or very old. I.KRANESK O F F I C I A L S condemn the Israeli attacks and assert that Lebanon bears no responsibility for the actions of those who leave the country. But the government offers little but verbal resistance to the raids. Many observers believe that t h e government does not act because it is convinced that (he Israelis want to take over south Lebanon and would if provoked, proceed lo do so. The delicate balance that Lebanon maintains both internally and with its neighbors will depend to a large extent on a solution to the Palestinian prob- » C M!' £"."15 Minister Takieddin- al-boln told a group of American newsmen that there could ft "5 K ace .' n the ar « ""til the rights of the Palestinians a !'i e r 5 co « m »d and they are allowed to return home. Any other form of peace, he said, is merely a postponement for another war."

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