Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 7, 1974 · Page 4
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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J5ortf)taost Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is Tht First Concern Of This Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, JULY 7, 1974 Klassen Says No, But Facts Are Facts And The Fight Goes On On Friday, July 19, a public hearing on the government's Environmental Impact Statement for the Buffalo River Park will be conducted in Harrison. The hearing, to be held in the Council Room of the Harrison Community Building, is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. It will run through the day. (Those wishing to make statements in person, or in writing as part of the record, may do so, but should advise Park Supt. Donald M. Spalding ahead of time.) The Park Service's Impact Statement includes a detailed definition of the existing river, and of the Park Service's plans for developing various areas and facilities along the river's course. Not ail the Park planning will meet with the approval of the conscientious conservationist, we imagine, anymore than it will satisfy the misgivings of property owners facing dispossession. One can look forward, therefore, to some passionate declarations in the process of the hearings. The Buffalo River Conservation and Recreation Council, an organization of property owners fighting to hold their lands along the river, is certain to'press its case for an expanded system of "scenic easements," in lieu of title transfer of farmland along the river. The property owners, whose legal counter-maneuvers have led directly into this month's hearing, would persuade the National Parks Service to secure easements for critical strips along the river, while allowing normal agricultural pursuits to continue. It is the owners' contention that pertinent park authorization laws . allow Parks officials great latitude in arranging for park lands, boundaries, use definitions and eventual development. The owners contend that the park can be created just as easily by allowing farmers to remain in place, as long as sufficient controls are incorporated along the banks of the river and its tributaries. The Park Service is not unaware of the scope of its problems in putting together enough land to effectively develop the in- terlocking facilities it envisions in the way of future development. Not the least of these- problems is money -- not only money for outright purchase, but the expenses involved in securing lands from unwilling property owners. ..Nonetheless, Park Service sentiment, based on past experience, is that land which is purchased causes far less management problems for the future than does land secured through "scenic easement." Such arrangements, traditionally, are the exception not the rule, according to Supt. Spalding. We would presume, from early indications, that the property owners' group will take full advantage of day-long hearings in Little Rock (the preceding day), as well as in Harrison. For this reason it is especially important that. those who favor the sub- ' stance of the Parks Service E.I.S. show up, also, and express their approval. '.::' Unless the Parks Service emerges from these hearings with a good show of endorsement (for what it is proposing in the way of a national river park), there may be sufficient doubt raised to impede or sidetrack some of the plan's most desirable features. Dr. Joe Nix, persident of the Ozark Society, says it, plain vanilla: "It appears that our support of the Buffalo River must continue; passage of the legislation (by Congress)-was only the beginning. We must' now stand clearly, behind the efforts of. the Park Service to carry put the intent of the original legislation to insure that this resource can reach full potential." On behalf of one of the priceless assets of the Arkansas Ozarks, we hope the Ozark Society has plenty of help in advocating park development -- as planned. Surely a good many of the legions of local float enthusiasts who delight in the pleasures of the Buffalo River will find time (en route, perhaps, to a weekend float) to stop off arid also lend a Word of support for the Park plan. Even if one doesn't have a time reserved for statement, we imagine the hearing referee will at.commodate all who want to place an opinion'on the record. \From Our Files; How Time Fiiesl 10 YEARS AGO Confused about the poll tax, voter registration .and how to approach voting this summer and fall? Don't feel bad. Almost everyone is a little bewildered by the conflicting voter laws resulting from outlawing of the poll tax. The 116 residents of Fayelte- vil|e. including the 102 members of the high school band and chorus, traveling to Toronto, 50 YEARS AGO Two hundred and thirty-seven gallons of motor oil were given away at the opening days of Waite - Phillips service station Saturday, it was announced today, while 1,764 gallons of gasoline were sold by the company during Iheir opening. Arkansas is now an accredited state with the nursing fraternity, according U Miss Mary Fitzsimmon, county public health nurse, who has just returned from Detroit, where 100 YEARS AGO Contrary to the expectations of the most sanguine, the majority "For Convention" is overwhelming -- about seventy thousand. The opposition to a constitutional convention was not sufficient lo make the contest interesting. Never before, nor never again in the history of our state will there be such unanimity with the people of Arkansas upon any proposition. This speaks volumes. If Arkansas gets her share Canada, were in high spirits' this morning near Toledo, Ohio, and enjoying the trip, according to Harry Vandergriff, assistant superintendant of schools, who is one of 14 adults on the trip. It- looks like a long, hot, dry summer,- weatherman Howard Vetter observed today in a report that covered June weather and speculated on what can be anticipated during July. she attended t h e biennial national nursing convention held by the American Nurses Association, the League of Nursing Education and the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. August 7 and 8 have been set as dates for the annual reunion at the Bailie field of Prairie Grove. Since Civil War days the communily has observed a two-day gathering on the battle-scarred field for memorial services and family gatherings. of the money she is entitled to under the new currency bill which passed at the last session of Congress, we will have much better times in the way of money matters than we have seen for years. The ladies of the Southern M e t h o d i s t Association a r e requested to meet at the residence of Dr. T. J. Pollard, Thursday evening ncxl. Imporl- anl business will be brought before this meeting. They'll Do It Every Time THE 6AL WITH THE CONVENIENT BAPMEMORyl CANTENNA 6NT6RTAIN6P PORIMG WORIP WAR I-REMEMBER THE RATION STAMPS FOR 3ASAN'MEATAK' 61WF? 1 WAS IN SCHOOL WITH 1 OUST ROUGHRIPERS AT ·SAM HIU. \f M0 ASK M6- WORIPWAR I? OH, PEAR fM AFRAIP THAT WAS WAYSEfORg Commodity Inflation The price-raising techniques practiced by the oil-exporting nations are now being adopted by major producers of other raw materials. The latest country to join the parade is Morocco, which lias announced a 59 per cent increase in the price of phosphate, effective July 1. It will be the second such rise this year. In January the price of Moroccan phosphate was tripled, from $24 to '$42 a ton, Next month the posted price will be $63. In this instance, at least, the United States has little to worry about. Phosphate deposits in this country are abundant. American businessmen are far more concerned about the stiff tax increase Jamaica has imposed on bauxite, the ore from which aluminum is made. Last year, the six big American companies that mine Jamaican bauxite paid a tax of less than $2 a ton. Now the island's parliament has approved a tax of more than $11 a ton. The higher levy, combined with an anticipated royalty increase, is expected to produce $320 million in revenue over 15 months for Even banana producing coun- tin of 15.3 million tons of ore. In the past, Jamaica's income from these sources totaled about $5 million a year, tries have crowded into the act. Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama, three of the seven major banana producers, have imposed new taxes or. the fruit. Underdeveloped countries dependent ' on the export of a basic commodity have no choice except to try to raise its price. It is these countries that can least afford to pay Hie stiff new cost of Imported oil. In the case of scarce or essential primary products, the strategy of raising prices no doubt will be at least partially effective. HALF-NICKLE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS? What with the penny shortage worsening daily, there's an effort being nvade to convince the public that there really isn't a shortage, except the one created by the public's hoarding tactics. The hope that hoarders may sell their pennies at a profit later when tlw price of copper content exceeds the value of the penny has been characterized as a false one. Meanwhile, at least one group, the food chain people, is so plagued with problems that it has proposed the use of paper script to replace pennies. And the U.S. Mint is making a study that includes whether there's a need for a twoand-a- half cent piece to help relieve the pressure on the penny; Those may work. But can you imagine the vocalists singing "Paper Scripts from Heaven?" Or "A hnlf-nic- kel for your thoughts?" --Biloxi (Miss.) Daily Herald By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- In response to our investigative series on postal abuses, the postal authorities have been fencing with the facts. They have put on a dazzling display of dodging and thrusting. We reported, for example, tliat Postmaster General Ted Klassen had frequently dispatched his' chauffeur to pick up his. wife and bring her to postal liearlqi|arlers to dine with him in his private kitchen, with tlie ' t a x p a y e r s providing the cook antl waiter. The Postal Service assured inquiring congressmen that Mrs. Klassen "rarely has had lunch with the postmaster general." Quite true. She dines -- not lunches -- with him, as. we reported. , We also reported that Klas- seii's favorite chauffeur (he has two) ran so many overtime er- ' rands that lie doubled his regular salary. Responded the Postal Service: The chauffeur is entitled to, overtime pay "on the many'occasions when Mr. .Klassen is called upon t o . f u l f i l l . · postal engagements outside of regular working hours." A -typical occasion look place on Sunday, June 25, after we had written our story. A government chauffeur drove the Klassens to a department store where they purchased some curtain rods. The chauffeur · wailed outside in a no-parking 'zone, the car's c'nginc idling to · power liie air conditioner. When the Klassens emerged triumphantly with the curtain rods, the chauffeur popped, but, · deposited Ihe curtain rods in the trunk and, drove oft with tlie Klassens in a car that had been kept cool for them. Most of our charges, of course, were more serious. We, reported, for- example, that Klassen collected a secret $22.917.87 fee from the Martin E. Segal Company in 1072 while he was. on Ihe Poslal Board of Governors. The previous year, he had 'personally intervened as deputy postmaster general to award a contract that the Segal firm sought for a client. Thanks to Klassen, the Segal company .was able to collect a generous 15 per cent fee. Then Klassen, after his promotion to the Postal Board, accepted a $22,917.67 consultant's fee from Ihe same firm. Klasseu, meanwhile, moved up the final notch r on the postal ladder -and became postmaster general. Thereafter, the Segal firm received a large postal contract to do a life insurance . study . ' K l a s s e n h a s n o w i s sued an indignant denial. He did not receive, any "secret" fees',-he has protested righteously. But if you read his denial closely, you will find he does . not deny taking the money but denies only that it was secret. No one on the Board of Governors knew Klassen had taken a fee from a postal contractor. We interview people at the highest level of the Poslal Ser- v i c e ; : they had no knowledge of the payments. Even Martin E. Segal himself, now retired . from his firm, told us he didn't know that the firm he founded · had paid'Klassen. ' '· [ '· Not until my associate Jack Cloherly confronted h i m , with the facts did Klassen ,'concede that he had pocketed the money. We believe the,transaction, indeed, was secret. But the real point is that Klassen collected $22,917.67 from a firm that- had received postal benefits. . Here are a few more examples of Post Office hair-splitting: , . ' - - . - , . . . : . The Postal Service denies that Klassen's office was "baronial," despite the fact that it is equipped with its own private dining area and a day bed. He also shares with the Postal Board an llth floor penthouse, replete with oak doors, plush carpeting,' : fancy chandeliers and a $50,000 kitchen. The hoard meets there once. a month; it is available to Klassen all the lime. --Klassen's press aides originally told us that only digni- Animal Farm, 1974 State Of Affairs Mr. Rush Leads The Leak Parade By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- People who live in White Houses, especially a glass one like Mr. Nixon's shouldn't throw slopes. There is always a good chance the rocks may be thrown back. Considering that a whole squad of Nixon aides -- Patrick Buchanan, Ken Clawson, Dean Burch, Gerald Warren, among others--have been furiously de- · nouncing Watergate "leaks" (on principle, naturally), it might be assumed that the presidential apologists would at least momentarily make sure that -their own house was in order. Such is not the case. One of the most unusual breaches of confidential, sensitive information -- an unprecedented one, in fact -- has just been made by Ihe President's new economic czar, Kenneth Rush, who recently gave up being undersecretary of state to go to the While House in a Cabinet-rank capacity. In launching their crusade against leaks, the President's spokesman attacked them on principle because they couldn't attack them on substance, since most of the leaks in question have turned out to be based either on presidential tapes and memos ' or on written reports by Mr. Nixon's own Justice Department and the FBI. Not so with Rush. He not only has turned over to Hie media information that no other While House official has ever been known to make available before but his action was manifestly self-serving politically, and it could be misleading as well. EVEN IF LATER but imcer- tain events certify the accuracy of Rush's inside dope, there is no justification for what he has done and, after the Senate's reaction to his performance, it's a good bet that the President's latest professional booster will not repeat Ihe mistake. As Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.), chairman of Ihe Joint Economic Committee, has informed his colleagues, Rush "has violated all the rules governing release of government econofic statistics." R u s h lipped off estimates of the changes in prices and real output for the year's second quarter. It is easy to see why, for if these estimates are correct they arc good news for the Administration politically, . since they show real output increasing rather than declining as in the first quarter and they indicate, too, a sharp drop in the rale of inflation. But can these figures be relied on? Unfortunately, says the well-informed Proxmire, "the answer is no." The second quarter was not even over when Rush leaked his numbers. As of now, nobody knows--or will know for some time--jusl how mucli change there was in output and prices. The figures Rush released are al'bcs trough confidential estimates made by the Commerce Department for ils own use. They are said to he not even the official preliminary csli- mates; which won't be available until around July 20. Moreover, these early eslimates hitherto have always been kept highly confidential. They arc not made available to the Congress: only a few within the Administration have access lo Ihem. THE ESTIMATES are so rough and the possibility of error so great, according to Proxmire, that they have little meaning. But even if they were suitable for exposure, says the senator, they should not have been released by a political appointee like Rush. The rules governing release of . economic data, it 'is pointed out, slate that such-release is lo be made by the. technical experts in the agency preparing Ihe dala. Under long-eslablished procedures, at least one hour is to elapse before any political appointee comments. The Joint Economic Commitlee, says Proxmire, has struggled for years to se elhat this rule is observed uniformly throughout the executive branch. Now, he laments, "It has been deliberately violated at the highest level." One reason for ' concern is that official economic statistics can powerfully affect the stock and commodity markets. Would Rush, Proxmire asks, have leaked confidential information if the information had looked bad for the Adminislra- lion? A n d - h e warns: "One .of the great dangers we face--a danger equal to Watergate in my opinion--is the corruption of our official statistics by political appointees for political purposes." So what should be done about Hush? After White House propagandist Ken Clawson 'attacked Ihe House Judiciary Commitlee, Clawson was asked what Rep. Peter Rodino (D-N. J.), chairman of the ccrm- mittee, should do lo halt leaks. The president's press agent replied, "He should fire the staff people who leaks." Should Mr. Nixon, Ihen, follow this advica with respect to Rush? (C) 1974 Los Anogles Times laries received fancy stamp albums from the postmaster general for Christmas. ,They had · to trim their sails, however, when we discovered that Klassen's personal 'friends' had also received stamp albums. -- The postal poobahs labeled as false our charge that the mails' are; moving slower~ now than they did three years ago. They cited their own studies bit did not mention that the studies were manipulated to make the ' m a i l look like it moved faster. Sometimes the; mail was specially handled 'so;as to .move more quickly for the benefit of the studies. ' '· ·' · ' ., . --Tlie Post Office denied our charge that the Bulk Mailinel- work had run into cost oven- runs. Since the denial, .however, the House Post Office Committee has verified our,charges. The Postal Service hasn't even attempted to refute our findings that Klassen has pack^ ed the postal payroll with his old friends. Many hold do-nothing jobs, pulling down as much as $40.000 a year, while postmasters around the nation are being told to lighten their Hep. Charles Wilson.'. D-Galif.; has now called Klassen and his cronies on the carpet for their wastrel ways. He might also instructive to study their dodges and denials'as a lesson in the Nixon Administration specialty of government; by public relations. Oil Money Is Difficult To Recycle By ART BUCHWALD .PARIS -- "There's your pro- · blem," said Francois as an Arab sheik walked by the, bar al the Hotel George V- We were talking about th» economy in Europe, and Francois was trying to explain it to me. "You mean there .are top many Arab sheiks?'' I asked : him. "No, I mean there are- not enough sheiks--oil sheiks to be specific. This shortage of Arab potentates is killing everyone." /'How's that?" "It's called recycling.. When you . A m e r i c a n s once had money, you.'come by the'.millions to Europe and spent it here. When you ran out -of money and the Japanese had it all, they came here to spend · it, We ajways complained about ' tourists, but it was one .of' the 'best ways to keep trie money in circulation. . . . ' . "Now," said Francois sadly, "the Arabs have all.the money and there are not enough of them lo spread it .around." ' I thought there were a' lot of Arabs in Ihe world." I said. "There are, 1 " replied Francois, "but they are not the right kind. Only a few of them have any of the oil money. The king of Saudi Arabia, for example, who must have made $21 billion on oil Ihis year, has about 132 sons-and nephews. That means each son or nephew would have to spend $160 million for th« rest of us lo get even." "That would be tough to do," I admitted. , "MOST OF THE oil' sheiks leave their wives-at home, so ·you don't get any business at Dior, Balenciaga- or Givenchy. They don't buy any art, and they're not known for their wine consumption. What can they spend their money on?" "Post cards?" "Exactly. Even if they at» at Maxim's twice a day, they wouldn't be able to use up all the money that's rolling in. Th« olher oil sheikdoms ar,e no bel- ter. I would say al the maximum there are about 1,000 Arab families who are responsible for recycling 540 billion a year. There is no way they can do it." "What's the answer, Francois?" "The oil kingdoms have ts produce more Arabs. We have to start a population explosion program in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kuwait s» the royal families will giv» . birth to more princes." "Won't that take time?" I asked. "Maybe, but if they start now at least we'll have a chang« in the '80s when our oil bill will be somewhere aronnd $100 billion." "How do you persuade th« Arab sheiks to have more children?" I asked Francois. "You give them free 'birth .explosion' pills. You set up an Unplanned Parenthood Agency whre you counsel them on th» joys of having very large families. You persuade the sheiks that the more mouths they have to feed tht easier it will be for them to get rid of their rhoney." "IT SOUNDS LIKE a dream. to me, Francois." "Perhaps," he replied, "but if it works I can see the day when Uiere will be nothing but Arab princes walking down th« Champs Elysees. The Place de la Concorde will be filled whh Cadillacs; the Folies Bergere will 'be jammed with burnooses, and there will be so many sheiks in Paris that Frenchmen will' scrawl in chalk on their walls, 'ARABIANS GO HOME!' The Arab sheik came into th» bar with three bodyguards, They ordered Coca-Colas. Francois whispered to me, "You see what I mean? How can you recycle a $21 billion oil bill when all they buy it four Coca-Colas?" C 1974 Los Angeles Times

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