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j^ortljtucst Arkansas Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 « SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1974 Two Who Wouldn't Give In .' By JACK ANDERSON ' WASHINGTON -- President 'Nixon's top aide, H. R. Haldeman, ordered tax audits on a s dozen White House targets, but the Treasury official assigned the hatchet job ripped up the list in revulsion. In passing on the order for .the audit, which would have ".violated Internal Revenue Service rules, Haldeman stated or implied he was acting on President Nixon's personal orders, according to then White House 'aide Clark Mollenhoff. : "Either Haldeman told me 1 the President wanted (the -'audits) done or that was the implication," said Mollenhoff, a vpulitzer prize-winning reporter. "I was just the conduit." he 'said. As Mollenhoff remembers it. Haldeman called him in March ; or April 1970, and informed him he would be getting a list of names on which a "routine examination--or audit" was to be done. Shortly thereafter, either Hal'-. deman himself or the late Murray Chotiner, also a White House aide, delivered the list of abou.t a dozen names. Molten-' : hoff had made a few tax inquiries at IRS btfpre, but he told us tiiat "this time, it was one of those things when there was sbmethin gdifferent. Nevertheless, he forwar4ed the names to IRS Commissioner" Randolph Thrower with a request that they be examined. Thrower told us that if the last had. been backed u pwith specific data, he would have sent it to the field as he is required to do. But, he said, "I certainly did not want to do it," with only a list of handpicked targets. In milder, but final words, he told Mollenhoff he wouldn't go through with the deal, and backed It up with a memo. Far from slacking off, the While House tried a second approach.* This time, Chotiner was. the "conduit" to Treasury. Ironically, his own income taxes had been relentlessly audited during the two previous Democratic administrations. But Chotiner summoned the Treasury Department's highly respected · law enforcement director, Martin Pollner, to the White House. "I got this call that he wanted to speak to me," recalled Pollner, now a New York lawyer. "He told me, 'if it's'possible as a public service (since) anyone can be audited, these are people I suggest.' " Without further ado, Chotiner produced an envelope and Critical States Of Wheat Heavy spring rains and a smaller than-predicted winter wheat crop forced the Agriculture Department on June 24 to reduce its estimate of the 1974 wheat harvest by some 17 million bushels. Production estimates may be pulled down even further on Thursday, July 11, when the department releases its first report on the harvest in the spring wheat states. These four states--North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana an dSoutti Dakota--grow one-quarter of the nation's wheat. The current level of. U.S. reserves is a. source of concern to food analysts around the world. Henry Labouisse, executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund, said In May that the threat of severe malnutrition now facts 400 million to 500 million children in the poorer countries. And the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, in a report prepared for the"^World Food Conference to be held in Rome next November, said that the world food situation is "more difficult and uncertain than at any time since the years following the devastation of the Second World War." So tfhis year's wheat crop in: the United States may well affect the survival of millions of people overseas. From Our Files; How Time Flies] handed it to Pollner. In it were about a dozen names typed on paper with no letterhead. "I felt it was an improper /approach," Pollner said, explaining his distress.. Yet, he was also aware of the dangers of refusing White House orders. .'Badly shaken, he left Chotiner to return to his own office just across the street. But once outside of Chotiner's sight his resolve hardened. He took out the list and "I ripped it up and threw it away," as best he recalls in a trash can near the White House. Still, the White House was determined. Chotiner called Pollner at least twice to .rtmind him of the audits. Pollner said he fended Chotiner off by saying, "I've got a couple of other things I'm doing." While neither Mollenhoff nor Pollner say they can remember the names, Thrower, reached by my associate Les Whitten in Atlanta, says he recollects they (were definitely not names ' of administration figures simply - being checked out. Both Mollenhoff and Thrower have given their stories to Watergate investigators but Pollner told us they have never contacted him. "I'd as soon it was never mentioed," he sighed. Chotiner made his peace with Watergate sleuths last December, a few weeks before he was killed in an auto accident, He confided to them that he had been given "a list of people with a requtst to perform tax audits on these persons." Ghoti- ner said he passed on "this list of 10 or 12 names (to) Mollenhoff and to Martin Pollner." . Footnote:-Haldeman could not be reached, and the While House has denied the President personally tried to misuse the IRS. However, in a previously reported incident. While House counsel John 'Dean attempted ; to get then IRS Commissioner Johnnie Walters to audit White House "enemies." He, too, balked. 10 YEARS AGO David Pyles. a resident of Wesley, yesterday shot snd kilted a bobcat on his farm, about 3.5 miles from Wesley. so VEARS AGO Only the best of luck averted a serious accident last night when a Ford car driven by Earl Coe and Merrill Poik crashed into the big 20-ton steel concrete mixer of the Moreno-Burkham Construction Company on West Dickson Street at its Jntersec- TOO YEARS AGO Commencement Week Con- .cert given at University Hall, Tuesday evening in charge of Prof. Botefuhr, was decidedly v the best entertainment the Professor has yet given us. The Pyles, an employe at the Uni-' versity, said the bobcat may have on. th "somthing" that had been killing his chickens. tion with Arkansas Avenue. The trial of Alfred Robinson, charged with abandoning his wife and two small children, scheduled for today, has been continued indefinitely due to the failure of Mrs. Robinson, the prosecuting witness, to appear. selections were of the highest order and from he most celebrated authors, and were rendered in excellent taste by the young ladies. . composing the music class. POWER PLAY -- At a time when .the power industry is most in need of strong regulation. President Nixon has named a minor, Watergate figure as one of its federal regulators. He. is Dan Kingsley, a former White House personnel chief still on the White" House staff. He was nominated to replace Federal Power Commissioner Albert Brooke. The Serrate Commerce Corn- · mittee. when it looks into the nomination, is certain to. ques- "tion Kingsley about his role in the notorious -"Responsiveness" program set un bv political plotters John Mitchell, H.R. HnMeman and Fred Malek. "Responsiveness" was a fancy name for using the entire m a c h i n e r y . o f government, including grants and oatronase. to drum up political support for President Nixon. The snecial · prosecutor's office is now inves- iipitinrr it. Confidential mcmos reveal that Kingsley. whilo not a knv fiffure. cooperated willingly .with fhe scheme. Two of his staffers were busy henchmen f"r "Responsiveness." nnd Kintjslev carried out several project"! for the Mitchell-Hnlde- man Malek f.roiko.' In an agonized talk with us. Kin^sl^v said ho had Hone no more than any presidential subordinate wo"'d rln. "I am my own man,' Kingsley said. From. The Readers Viewpoint Postscript To the Editor: Admittedly, one reason for my quick departure from Arkansas the day after the Dem. primary was deep distress, bor- · dering upon disgust, at the Bumpers landslide defeat of Bill Fulbright. The other reason was a too-long deferred check-up at the Mayo Clinic, and visit to see my children and grandchildren in Ohio, later extended to the World Fair at Spokane, Glacier - Yellowstone - Grand Tcton-Park Complex, and a visit with family in Texas. " A c t u a l l y , although thus missing the mainstream of postmortems in the media here -the mourning, the gloating, and the Monday morning ; quarter; hacking "-- a sizeable residue seemed to have accumulated in the .mass of mail awaiting, and in telephone calls and conversations since my return. My apologies for thus personalizing, though the circumstances and what will follow seem to justify it. My friends may welcome it, some others having hoped that .this time others may, be disappointed, Thomas was gone for good. Which leads to the main point:. How could Bill Fulbright's home-town-University a r e a desert him in the fiasco of defeat, much less so many seemingly join, in the gloating over, the tesult? I search in vain for any rational explanation. But. any who hope or believe that .they have ended the Fulbright career are deluding themselves, and had best brace their egos for a rude shock, a bitter disappointment. In a distinct way, the Fulbright ability, genius, learning, tangible achievements, and great wisdom, always have . Seen .like the proverbial "pearls ..before .swine" here .and throughout the' ' : Sbiith, especially. But that great heart, : power 7. andl.,wisdom, .though deprived of a valuable forum at the most inopportune possible time, for humanity, now are freed from confinements and restrictions of public officialdom, and are limited ;only by the conscience and high sense of public duty (which characterize Bill always) perhaps for the very first time in his long and distinguished career. Thus the Fulbright star, -brilliant always, now is freed to" move on up to a'.zenith of service to freedom and welfare of his people and all mankind, ' i n actuality as well as histo'ric- .ally. Undoubtedly, always basically and fundamentally the teacher-education advocate of reason, and now perhaps the best qualified one yet alive, he will be impelled to operate in that area, speaking, lecturing, writing, advising, counselling, challenging, arguing -- all in response to endless demands, invitations, pleas. More than most. Bill Ful' .bright certainly would be en. titled to rest upon his laurels, . basking in the glow of nearly universal admiration. But that is not his nature, now nor ever -- especially with that superbly conditioned body, mind, and . ''."spirit, "and that burning desire .- to .enlighten and improve, not always appreciated but always there..always. Already thousands of Fulbright's students and admirers, young and old, are would-be emulators (Our own brilliant Bill Clinton, Democrat nominee for Congress, is a shining example). Now there will be others, swelling, thousands, everywhere, at home and . abroad, striving to leaven that massive ignorance and super- superstition which is the bane of all, mankind, indeed some of them worse even than us "pore ole arkies! But whatever Bill Fulbright decides upon -- I've not had the opportunity to ask him -it will be in the Fulbright tradition and State. Nation, and World will share the 'benefits. Reuben R. Thomas Fayetteville Gerry Ford's Soapbox Special ...For love Of The Sport? By MARY COSTELLO Editorial Research Reports WASHINGTON -- Professional team sports is a multi-billion dollar business. In recent years, spectators have spent well over ' $500 million annually for tickets to pro football, baseball, basketball and hockey games. Television has chipped in several hundred million more, team franchises are being sold for as much as 20 million and professional superstars are signing contracts for over $200,000 a year. Despite the apparent Uic.ra- tiveness of the pro sports industry, discontent among owners, players, fans and the general public is growing. Owners typically complain that they are fortunate to break even. Ticket sales and television revenues have not kept pace with i!ie inflationary cost of players' and office employees' salaries, travel, food and equipment. There is just not enough money, they argue, to support the large number of major pro teams: now 28 in the National Football League (NFL), 12 :n the World Football .League (WFL), 12 in baseball's National League and 12 in the American League, 18 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 10 in the American Basketball Assocaition (ABA),. 20 in the National Hockey League (NHL) and 12 in the World Hockey League (WHL), 15 in the North American Soccir League and 16 in the new World Team Tennis (WTT) League. Since professional teams, except for the few that are publicly owned, are not required to make any public disclosure of their profits, there is almost no way of knowing how lucrative team r ownership is. But even if half of all pro teams were losing money, owners of these - frachise fees can be deducted and wealthy team owners can apply .their losses against their personal or corporate income, thereby reducing their taxes. PLAYER -- WHO tend to scoff at owners' claims of near pauperism -^ are increasing their demands for higher salaries and better working conditions, the NFL Players Assoc- · ciation has placed a lengthy list of salary and "freedom" demands before the league's management Council and is threatening a July 1 strike if they are not met. Team owners claim that the salary demands would cost them more than S100 million and that the freedom demands tre "anarchy issues" which would prove much more ' expensive in the long run. Edward R. Garvey. executive director of the players association, replies: "We think the laws of supply and demand should rule as they do in other businesses. We call it free enterprise, which I guess is a startling concept of the owners." In the event of a strike, the players association says it will set up picket lines and. try to prevent rookies and free agents from' reporting to NFL teams. The associaton also plans to send veterans to each rookie training camp to persuade the new recruits not to cooperate with the owners. Other professional athletes are making similar demands. The team an'J league proliferation in recent years, by increasing the competition for players, has abliged owners to offer more to the players they recruit. However, many observers are wondering how many new franchises can be added and how many new leagues can be established before the whole professional sports tructure collapses. Two Brookings Institu- tion economists, Roger C. Noll and Benjamin A. Okner, argua that overextension has led several basketball and baseball teams to the brink of bankruptcy. Radio, and particularly television, money lias been a vital element in teams ana leagues proliferation. This 'revenue, which accounts for almost a third of all professional sports income, is essential to the survival of most teams. But there are those who believe that the televised pro sports market may - be close to saturation. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle acknowledged in an interview that "in television revenue, I would not expect to stfl the dramatic tscalation in the next decade that we have had in the last 10 or 12 years." THERE IS SOME indication that fans and the public are fed up, not only with the large dose of professional sporting viewing they receive but with the skyrocketing cobt of tickets the games and the. greed of -players who demand-siz-figuro salaries, plus enormous fringe benefits. The price of admission to NFL games is 'now .close to $10 per person, leading' to predictions that attendance at pro football games will becoma limited to the middle and upper classes. As William P. Lineberry pointed out in the Business of Sports (1973), the increasingly commercial orientation of professional sports has left the public wondering: "When all fia hustling is sei aside, when the commercial trappings and gimmicks are stripped away, when all the dollars have bean divided, distributed and pocketed, is there any love for the sport itself left, either on the field or in the stands?" Arkansas Editors Comment On The Jones Ouster, Taxes And The Legislature PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL The state Senate is appropriating $100,000 to decide whether someone found guilty of a felony qualifies for a seat in that body. Specifically, whether sate Senator Mutt Jones is still qualified to be state Senator Mutt Jones after having been found guilty of two counts' of income tax evasion and two more of filing false income tax returns. ' Somehow, that question never occurred to us as the kind that would drive even the Arkansas legislature to consult a Cardozo, let tlone to convent a wellrap- pointed court of uncommon pleas. THE TAXPAYERS can hope the senators won't spend this much, but it'll lake some money to do it up the way the senators have decided -- with "an impartial jurist of recognized ability" and a special counsel to advise the Senate. It's the kind of attention and payroll that not even the federal legislature summoned for cases like that of Adam Clayton Powell and Tom Dodd. There already has been a trial in this case --more than one, as we recall -- and there is a perfectly decipherable attorney general's opinion available for those seeking counsel. Why all the makings of a show trial? At the rate the Senate is organizing, the taxpayers will b« lucky if the appropriation doesn't include simultaneous translator!. IN THE MEANTIME, Mutt Jon :s is allowed to sit and voU on measure after measure, Just as he was during the last se- sion. The question of his qualifications will be put off till the end of the session -- another example of putting last that which should have been first. Those who question the fuss are told that this is all very complicated, involving questions of constitutionalism, un- precedentalism and skingame- ism. It's kind of explanation that would have done right by De Kingfish if Amos 'n' Andy were still allowed on the air in these ethnically sanitized times. What the state Senate needs to show is a higher regard for simple law and a lot less regard for lawyering. ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU Land use regulations are not new in this nation. As early as 1692 the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law forbidding nuisance industries in certain districts. In the early 1900's New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D. C., adopted rudimentary ordinances for building heights, fire districts and land use. Local "zoning," as it came to be known, provided a wide range of regulatory options, plus a process to achieve public consensus. After the Supreme Court gave Its blessing to "local zoning" in 1926, the.Issue became "what kind of regulation and where" rather than should there be any regulation. Only in the interest of protecting the public's "health and safety" were landowners' property right* allowed to. be restricted. The extensions of land use regulations to control all development including rural and agricultural' lands is a broadening of the "health and safety" principle. Proponents of this extension maintain that land use regulation is necessary for the conservation of resources and the control of environmental pollution. The theory of land use planning and regulation is to control the loss of agricultural lands to non-agricultural use and to reduce the adverse effects upon the environment resulting from uncoordinated developments in areas of critical environmnetal concern. Thus, the traditional American concept of land ownership and property rights is being challenged. It is labeled by some as the "quiet revolution" because the basic tools of change are new land use regulations. These regulations share one common theme: The demand to have increased public input into private land-use decisions. principle. We also support the right of peaceful protest. However, Dr. Cooper's actons in this instance were kept peaceful only by the common sense of the audience and by Rockefeller's calm reaction. There is a difference between dmon- stration and publicity-seeking disruption, and in our opinion, Dr. Cooper was engaged in the latter. The decision on Cooper's right to teach will, eventually be reached by the courts. Judg- emnl on his recent conduct is an individual' matter, and we deplore it. strangely quiet about Jones, whereas many of them were wild-eyed in their criticism of Agnew. HOT SPRINGS NEWS' The UALR professor who Is a member of the Progressive Labor Party managed to alienate even his staunchest supporters by interrupting a tribute to Winthrop Rockefeller with a demonstration directed against Nelson Rockefeller. As regular readers of this column know, we have consistently defended the principle of academic feedom and Dr. Cooper's right to teach under that YELLVILtE MT. ECHO Noticing in the news that the Arkansas Supreme Court is taking under advisement a recommendation for the disbarment of convicted felon, state Senator Guy H. (Mutt) Jones of Conway, this editor wonders why it's taking so long--where all the Arkansas nespapers editors and prominent persons are no\v, who were so outspoken in their criticism of and desire to get rid of former Vice President Agnew. Jones is a convicted felon, whereas Agnew was never convicted of anything. He pled "no contest," which is not an admission of guilt but simply a refusal to fight a charge, and there are many times when that is done even when one is not guilty. Possibly Agnew was guilty, but there is no doubt thst Jones is guilty. Yet the press and political leaders in the state are .MALVERN DAILY (RECORD While a surplus in state funds is certainly more satisfying than a shortage, we cannot see why Arkansas taxpayers should have been forced to fork up enough money to create a surplus that is expected to amount to $133 million or more this year. Nobody knows for sure at the moment just how great the surplus will be. Official estimates run from $128 million to $133 million. As we have commented numerous limes before, Arkansas taxpayers are being unnecessarily over-taxed. The (act shows up .quite plainly in the surplus that is expected. Example include the increases in state income tax and the gasoline tax -- both of which we opposed. Meanwhile, the "lame duck" legislature is being called into special session on June 24 to cut some hefty slices from the surplus pie. Some. 40 items on Governor Bumpers' tentative list for consideration will cost approximately $32 million. We wouldn't be a bit surprised that before the special session is over the surplus will be tapped for a great many more millions than that: A considerable portion of the anticipated $32 million will be for university and college construction, We woul dlike to hope that the General Assembly will take a very close look, indeed, at every institutional request ' for such funds. We hear too many reports of unnecessary construction on more than one tax-supported campus, or unwise constuction such as dormitories that cannot be filled while classrooms are overflowing with students. · What the legislature is obligated to do. but probably won't, is to consider means whereby stale taxes can be lowered. Certainly, the surplus will thus be reduced, but we see nothing bad about that whatever. In fact, it would be good. whittled, and unnecessary gfc vernmental programs,cut. Most of the foreign aid ought to go. The oil depletion allowance has not met the nation's energy needs an dought to be curtailed. The people themselves can help to control inflation by refusing to buy non-essential items which get too high in price. Demand still controls price. People also can put more emphasis on individual financial stability. But the real leadership must come from the federal government with a policy of financial restraint and a consistent, de- Icrmincd move toward a balanced budget. DUMAS CLARION Inflation, not Watergate, is the overriding concern of the American people. Thai's the reason that demands for fiscal restraint by the government are hitting a responsive public nerve these days. We are a long way from a balanced budget in this nation. The budget for fiscal 1975 beginning July 1 mirror a $11 billion deficit. But a start must be made somewhere. We cannot afford to wait and let the deficits pile up as the dollar grows more worthless. Part of the deficit is resulting from the energy crisis and the cost of overseas oil, hut we must not wait on fiscal restraint until the nalion is able to meet its own energy demands somewhere in the 1980s. The present, budget must b« McGEHEE TIMES At this writing, the special session of the Arkansas Legislature has not gotten around tothe two problems that have been hexing us for almost a year. Senator Guy "Mutt" Jones, a convicted felon, is still a state senator and apparently will be one until next January at least, when the regular session convenes. Dr. Grant Cooper, the self- a v o w e d Marxist history teacher, is still on the stata R ayroll and preaching the vio- :nt overthrow of the American Government. We sincerely hope that our legislators can gel around to those two problems in the special session, but if not, we implore them to take quick and immediate action on those two problems in the regular session in January,

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