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Editorial-Opinion PagÂ« Tht Public Merest It The First Concern O) This Neuupaper 4 * FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1974 NATO Leaders Suspicious Of 'Detente' That City Lawsuit A complex suit against the city, under way this week in Chancery Court, may well wind up in the state Supreme Court. It covers important ground for local government, certainly, in that it challenges part of (he traditional municipal tax base. It would seem to us that a "voluntary tax," one that is not voted on by the public nor specifically authorized by law, is a proper matter for judicial clarification. Indeed, the only cure for inconsistencies (or inequities) in governmental function is often the courts rather than either executive or legislative arms of that government. This isn't to say -- let us make it very plain -- that voluntary taxes are not imposed for perfectly proper causes. One can support one's fire department, however, without approving of the techniques used to raise f u n d s to support it. We hold to the conviction that public confidence in government is part and parcel to government doing its business under the law, rather than above or to the flank of it. If need be, laws can be changed. Never, though, is it to society's advantage to sweep. laws under the carpet of expediency. For this reason it is eminently proper that the present suit is having its day in court, rather than being settled in compromise between plaintiffs and the city. City Board member Paul Noland is absolutely right, we believe, when he counsels his fellow Board members to pursue the suit to its legal conclusion, as an act of responsibility to residents of the city. The matter needs a clear and final determination -- for the state in some respects, as well as for our own community. If the full course requires appeal, then we would hope that occurs, too. There are, of course, additional bends and kinks in the matter at suit. They bear not only on specifics of City Hall practices and plans but on more subtle additudes and relationships which have not quite been so fully defined in the past, perhaps, as they will be from now on. That, too, we hope will help. From Tke Readers' Viewpoint Forward . . . To the Editor: The thousands of automobile insurers in Arkansas were suddenly hit bluntly through the mail with a new package no fault - freedom of choice insurance coverage. The majority of policyholders understood t h e package called or went by their agent's office for an explanation. Now. let's look closely at this package. It is rot true nn-fault and it was not meant to be, it was simply set up to provide immediate cash to the insured lo cover immediate expenses for medical bills, death or dismemberment, and a weekly income to pay the bills. These things are necessities, this cash is needed at once and the no- fault package does this without going to court. This package is for you to accept or turn down. The other half of this package does not deny you the right to sue the other party for permanent injury you may have received, however this could take months to receive any From Our Files; How Time Flies] JO YEARS AGO Proponents of a permanent voter registration law by initiative amendment may have leaped the first hurdle. Petitions hearing 47.7-!!) signatures -- including ir.any Fayetteville names, were filed yesterday with Secretary of Slate Kelly Bryant. the average daily attendance in schools throughout the county increased by about five oer so VEARS AGO Judge John E. Martineau. candidate for governor, said here today he will veto the University of A r k a n s a s removal bill if elected. A bus Jin? between Fort (00 YEARS AGO At 8 p.m. on Friday last the College at Cane Hill was filled to over/lowing with ladies and gentlemen. The exercises were opened with music from the Cincinnati Cornet Band and then students delivered orations. There was a high moral tone pervading each production thai clearly indicated the superior moral influence brought to cent, the past school year. County School Supervisor J. R,. Kennan said today. The Fayetteville City Council will meet at noon Tuesday ht the Mountain Inn to select an engineer for a long-range sewer improvement program. Proposals for a study of the city's needs, will be presented by'at least four consulting engineer- inp firms. Smith and Fayetteville is in operation. The first run was made June 20. "God's Floucr Garden", a children's program will be presented Sunday at the First Bap- list Church. bear on the students of this school. At the conclusion of the e x e r c i s e s President F,arle delivered a diploma to Mr. William Vates, the only graduate this year, conferring the degree A.B. The celebration here on the Fourth of July bids fair to be a grand thing, from tile preparations now being made. They'll Do It Every Time LIKES W WHEN OOCTOfi TO THINK EVEUy fASKEP A3SON r FWlErJT IS / TROOSIE, i'THATSYOu THAN HE /V-MS/ POC"TC is-- / \ FIMP our.' HsVJMILO-WrWARe voy WING HERE' f CHECKUP-" HOW A30UT YOU, ARSON? benefits so you need money to meet everyday expenses and medical bills or death cost and this is what the no fault package furnishes - immediate cash. Should you receive permanent injury and a settlement at a later date, then the advance money you received to meet everyday expenses, etc. would be withheld from your final settlement, which is as it should be. Many people have gone deeply into debt and were forced to lose their home, t-heir automobiles, etc., because of an automobile accident, which caused a disability or death, running up large hospital bills, doctor bills, loss of income and so forth. Now, if you have this no-fault package it will immediately furnish you some benefits, maybe not the best, but it is a step forward in the right direction and you don't'. have to go through a court battle to get it. A bird in t h e hand is better than two in the bush. Max Leichner Fayetteville Fact 'n Fantasy To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor* of two area daily newspapers complained of lack of trash service in an area southeast of Springdale and about the use of "public equipment" on "private property." The letter, signed by Mrs. Billy E. Wood of Route 5, Springdale, contained a few facts and a great deal of fantasy. It is a fact that the area is without trash service. Harold Duggar, who supervises the county trash pickup program, has offered to place one of the receptacles near the Wood's home, but there is no one there to supervise it and collect t h e fee. The nearest receptacle is about two miles away. It is a fact that the county maintains a 25-foot wide road on property owned by a Springdale City Councilman. The road is kept open to give six families access to Highway 265 and is used by the U.S. Postal Service Carrier as a mail service route. Mrs. Wood has attempted to have the road closed because of Ihe dust these six families generate. It is a fact that a load of dirt was dumped on a garden next to her property. When we excavated the building site for (he new County Health Unit, we dumped about 5,000 cubic yards of soil anywhere anyone would let us put it. It is fantasy when Mrs. Wood writes that county equipment littered the "adjacent property" for "nearly a year". While the equipment may have been of the same type as that used by the county, it was not county- owned equipment. It belonged to two county employes who were briefly in the private contracting business. When and where the equipment was located and relocated was not a matter over which the County Jucrge had jurisdiction. I do not intend to answer every letter or allegation that arises just because some individual is mad at me for trying to provide the greatest service to the greatest number of people. Such distortion is to be expected in a political election I do challenge Â«ny of you to ask any County Highway Department employe whether private use of public equipment has increased, remained constant or decreased sjnce I%9 knm " e the P* 05 * 1 * * ho would By JACK ANDERSON' WASHINGTON - On his way lo Moscow, President Nixon stopped off in Brussels lo sign a NATO charter and lo smile for Ihe cameras. But behind the show ol cordiality, our NATO friends are secretly worried that the President will give more than he will gain at the Moscow summit meeting. This nagging concern appears in confidential draft reports prepared for the North Atlantic Assembly, which gathered in Washington earlier this month. The reports reveal that some NATO leaders believe the President has already signed away the Western military advantage. The result "could give the koviel union tremendous super- lonly in numbers of warheads a n d total 'throw^weight,'" warns one report. NATO leaders are frankly suspicious of detente. "Detente in Soviet eyes." slates anolher report. 'In clearly lo achieve recognition by the West of the political situation in Eastern Lurope and to secure for the East as much economic and technological benefit as can be gained." Unfortunately. a d d s t h e report, the political softening has been accompanied by a military tightening throughout the Soviet bloc. "Hence t h e price of detente in the political sphere." the report warns, "is increased readiness and vigilance in the military sphere." A report on "Atlantic Political Problems" takes blunt notice of Ihe "domestic problems ' besetting President Nixon. These, according to the report, "threaten to severely handicap his...authority " Declares the confidential document: "Most people would now acknowledge that above all. the President needs a major foreign policy initiative to counter the domestic issues that threaten to engulf him. "This in turn increases the The Washington Merry-Go-Round suspicion of his critics that he will seek a major agreement with the Soviet Union that will have more to do with domestic prestige than the longterm foreign policy interests of the country." In one report, the latest U.S. doctrine that "nuclear attack would be met by whatever scale of launch the circumstances demanded" is described as a "dangerous development." This permits "a theoretical approach to nuclear weapons which is out of touch with political reality," the document charges. "It implies the possibility of waging limited nuclear war and the expression of such a possibility is a regressive step." Not only do NATO leaders look with apprehension on the edge which President Nixon has already given the Soviet Union in missile numbers and payload, but the NATO partners are also concerned about the balance of troops arid equipment in Europe. The Soviet satellites, according to one report, could unleash a force of 925.000 . men. 15.500 tanks and 2.800 aircraft "with very little warning." As a defense, the NATO nations have only 770.000 men. 6.000 tanks and 2,700 aircraft. So despite appearances, our European allies aren't united behind the President as he sits down to bargain with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. MISUSED MILLIONS: The major airlines have stuffed $30 million, collected from passengers to combat hijacking, into their corporate coffers. The rip-ofr has been known to federal regulators for a year. But only after goading by "Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y., and a few others has the government stopped the airlines from misusing the antijijaclcing funds. The Civil Aeronautics'Board, however, has done nothing to recover the (30 million from the airlines. Here's how the air passengers have been t a k e n , with the conlvance of the CAB which is supposed to protect them: At the height of the hijackings in 1972, the government ordered airports and airlines to take special security precautions. The costs were supposed to be met by socking the passengers 59 cents per ticket. A 1973 audit, however, showed that the average airline spent only 35 cents per ticket on the new security set-up. The remaining 24 cents were merely added to the profits. At nearly a quarter a ticket, the extra revenue quickly mounted up to J30 million. The chief beneficiaries were American, Delta, Eastern, TWA and United. Only a few small lines, such as Alaska with ils far-flung stops, spent more than the allotted 59 cents per ticket. The CAB's negligence, however, has been matched by the Federal Aviation Administration's diligence. Although FAA head Alexander Butterfield has admitted in a frank letter to Murphy that "the state of the art has not provided us with metal detectors that are 100 per cent efficient." not a single passenger screened with the metal detectors has committed a hijacking since January 1973. The FAA also revealed a number of unpublicized incidents where air security held firm: --On Aug. 18, 1973. for example, a 16-year-old with 241 rounds of ammunition and an M-l carbine came to Dulles airport outside Washington .with plans to hijack a plane and to "Ma'am, Would You Mind Throwing Your Pocketbook At Him?" Art Buchwald Dinner In Paris Springdale Vol B. Lester (County Judge) By ART BUCHWALD PARIS -- The last time I was in Paris, six years argo, I wrote a column titled "Paris on $500 a Day." The thrust of the piece was that it was still possible to get by in the French capital on $500 if you passed up lunch. My French friends, as well as Americans living in France, thought the article was very funny. But they aren't laughing any more. When it comes to inflation, the United States is "Mary Poppins" and France is "Deep Throat." But if you don't worry about prices, you can still have a marvelous time in Paris. What you have to do is forget everything and just decide to live for the moment. I did this the firsl nrght I arrived in town. My wife and I went lo a small bistro that boasted two stars in the Guide Michelin. When the waiter gave us the menu, I thought he made a mistake. "I beg yoor pardon, mon-. sieur," I said. "But I believe you have made an error. You gave me the Bank of France's financial report for the month of May." "No, Monsieur, that la the carte pour dinner." MY WIFE WHO always gets nervous when she sees melon selling for more than $15 a portion, whispered to me, "Let's get out of here." "Don't be silly. We don't gel lo Paris very often. Let's enjoy it.' I studied the menu carefully. "Now we have our choice. We can have the white asparagus or send Joel to college in the fall." She said: "You mean to say that white asparagus costs as much as Joel's tuition?" "Yes," I replied, "but they're . the large white ones with Hollandaise sauce. You can only get them in the spring." "But,' my 'wife, always the practical one, said, "Joel had his heart set on goirrg to college." "Look, Joel can go to school any time. But how often do we come to France and have a chance to order white asparagus? 1 know if we explan it to htm he'll understand." There were so many dishes to choose from after the first course that I couldn't make up my mind. Finally I said to Â·my wife, "Remember that house we were going to buy in Martha's Vineyard?" "The one overlooking to* ocean?" "That'Â» the one." I said. "Let's have the lobster Instead.' "YOU MEAN you'd rattier nave lobster than own a house on Martha's Vinyard?" "But this lobster is cooked in a special cream sauce of chef. It could be years before we have a lobster like this Â·gain. We have to think of our old age." "I don't know,' my wife said. "I had my heart set on that house." "Well, I have my heart set on lobster and, since they're both the same price I think our stomachs should come first. 1 The waiter handed roe the wine card. "There's a very nice Pouilly Firisse," I said. "Can we afford it?" my wife asked. "We can it we sell the car when we get back home." "I need a car,' she protected. "All right;' I said. "We'll order an inexpensive Sanccrre and cancel the orthodoniit's work on Connie's teeth." My wife was becoming agitated. "If it's costing thli much for dinner, how are we going to pay our hotel bill?" "Will you stop worring? What do you think the World Bank is for?" "Will you stop worrying? What demand BOO.OOO in ransom. An- thorities caught him before h* could go through with it. --On June 4, 1973, a man with a rifle walked into the Portland, Ore., airport and said he was broke, wanted lo charge his ticket and would shoot anyone who stopped him. A courageous policeman grabbed the rifle which went off but didn't kill anyone. As quickly as air security men come up with antihijaclc and antibomb solutions, the terrorists develop new techniques, as evidenced by classified Justice Department papers. They tell of interception of passengers with ingenious shotgun-shell devices for detonating bombs, and a homemade bomb made to look like artists' canvasses in which the only solid element that might show up on a metal detector or x-ray a r e a small battery, a bit of wire and a tiny blasting cap. Footnote: The airlines point out that they, too, played a prominent role in cutting down on hijacks. As to the $30 million, air industry spokesmen say the original surcharge of 59 cents was, after all, okayed by the CAB. It proved high because of unexpected increases in the umber of tickets sold, the spokesmen say. Japanese To Vote On July 7 TOKYO (ERR) - Japanese voters will choose 130 members ot the House of Councillors (upper house of parliament) in nationwide elections July 7. PUBLIC OPINION surveys indicate that Premier Kakuei Tanaka's popularity in Japan i no higher than President Nixon's in the United States. Nevertheless, Tanaka's rulirrg L i b e r a l Democratic Party (LDP) is expected to maintain control of the upper house in nationwide elections July 7. At stake are one-half of the 252 seats in the house, four vacancies also will be filled. Sin months ago, at the height of the energy crunch, the op- p o s i t i ' o n parties appeared almost certain to take over the u p p e r house. (The LDP currently holds a nine-seat majority.) That expectation assumed, however, that the major opposition parties would present a united front in the election. Instead, they have found it almost impossible to find common ground. A fragmented opposition stands little chance of overcoming the peculiarities of Japan's electoral system. F o r upper house elections, the country is divided into 7S constituencies, each of which elects a single member. Fifty additional members are chosen by the entire electorate in a so-called national constituency. To do-well under this system, the opposition must put up joint candidates in the marginal local constituencies, most of which are urban. In the national constituency, it is every party for itself, but experience shows that celebrities are the best vote-getters. These the LDP has in abundance this year. One of us candidates is Teru Miyata known as the Japanese Ted Mack because he is a host of televised amateur talent con- INFLATION AND .."moral education are the major issues in the election campaign. In the past 12 months wholesale pricei have increased by 36 per cent and retail prices by 24 per cent ;- 'he highest inflation rates in the industrialized world. But [he opposition's ability to exploit this issue was blunted when the government granted wage increases averaging 32 per cent in April, As for "moral education." Tanaka and the more conservative members of his party o move is under way to revise the penal code. The Tokvo Economic Review reported tha? one aim is "to broaden the sc of 'public offenses' such ' rres PÂ°nÂ»lÂ» r e p o r t i n g popular ts against enterpris^'for general^ C a ^ lnst Pollution generation), and leakage of corporate secrets, to maki 'hem criminal acts!" badly batte - , vital raw materials of its current economic \ ' a . wn retains j tÂ« population is another priceleti "Â«*t. Together with China and I n d i a . Japan will have much to do with shaping the Asia of tomorrow.