Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 11, 1974 · Page 4
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Editorial-Opinion Pagt The Public Interest Is Th« First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4 · THURSDAY, JUIY 11, 1974 'The- River Killers' Shy About Charge Tempus (And Assembly) Figits The state Legislature is getting along on its third week, and the worst thing that could have happened to it seems to be happening. It is heading for maybe another week. As we noted just before the lawmakers convened, the best thing they could do would be to vote some pay raises; give the colleges enough money to get on with needed con- . struction; fund the wilderness preserve program (at least to the extent on making it a viable agency), and settle up the Mutt Jones affair. ' No need, we said, to bother with the Grant Cooper case--or flights of fantasy involving loyalty oaths among the unwashed educators and state employees in our midst. (If a loyalty oath is such a good thing why not adopt a bill that forces every resident of the state to swear? This would be easy, could be easily attached to the income tax statement.) So far our legislators have been busy mostly with poutish display of "independence" from lame duck governor, Dale Bumpers. There is much talk about compro- 1 raise and counter-offer in regard to pay raises, but the governor's plan remains the best option, it strikes us, for now and next year, when the subject presumably will crop up again. John /. Smith As for the wilderness thing, it is hard to figure how so many elected officials are so insensitive to an issue so clearly in the general public interest. It seems to be a case of getting back at a governor who won't be around in '75. That's a cheap shot by the General Assembly, if that be the case,' but that is the sort of silly finagling that comes when you take a month to do a week's work. / Drive Under Way A fund solicitation on behalf of Abilities Unlimited gets under way this week. A goal of approximately $23,000 has been set. The fund will serve as local matching money for state and federal grants of about $73,000 whcih will be used to construct a new, modern office and training headquarters here in Fayetteville. . Since its creation about six years ago Abilities Unlimited has trained more than 100 area residents to overcome handicaps and take a useful place in their communities. Solicitations will be conducted in major cities of Washington and Benton Counties, the area served by the agency. The program is worthy of prompt, adequate support. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH . The June issue of "Poultry and Egg Situation" shows that the producers of poultry (chickens, eggs, broilers, and turkeys) earned' in 1973 a total of $6.7 billion. This was J2.6 billion more than they earned in 1972. In few agricultural endeavors can we expect a repetition or such favorable income in the From Our Files; How Time Flies I 10 YEARS AGO Three men, two of them wanted on felony charge; in Oklahoma, broke out of Fayetteville's time-worn jail last night just ten days befo-e a s c h e d u l e d move to nw "escape-proof" facilities. Today was-movi.i? day for the Fayetteville Fire Department. With most of the equip-' 1 ment installed in advance, it took less than three' minutes for four fire engines and a chief's car to move to the new facility 50 YEARS AGO Tom Carter, aged 19 years, of South Tahlequah, wiu was brought here last ni'iit bv Deputy W. R. Maddock. accompanied by the sheriff from Tahlequah has confessed to be.nj one of the three bandits who recently robbed .the P r a:re Grove First National EarJc, escaping with $3,500 after a chase by posses and officers, during which a deputy wa r ; shut and seriously injured. Charged with ^breach of the i; 100 YEARS AGO ;?; Of Interest To Farmer: W? .'·-, are requested 'to give no"ce 'i',, that Mr. Peterson Parks, for- :·*. merly of Chariton, M o , will '/» deliver a lecture at MM it Co'fi- H- fort on Saturday evening the ?··; 25th on the subject of ·'. cattle. Mr. Parks prlooses in "·'- his lecture to go back to the ·'~t days of Noah and trace the .-*' different breeds of caWe up to '!·-· the present. Mr. Lewis of Kentucky is In on Center Street from the old station on Block. Four companies will be housed in the central station, with F oir others in the department's outlying stations. "The Red Cross manifests our visible concern for anr.t'nc- in time of need," Dr. Ethel Pris- lon Trice, speaker and newly- eletted chairman of t!;e Washington County Red Cross chapter, told 140 guests -:t the annual meeting last ni^tit. peace and tried before a jury in the court of Justice of the Peace W. B. Smith, yes .ar lay afternoon, Mrs. Louis's R. Collins was found guilty and fined $5 and costs, mailing the total $39.50. She was charged with using insulting and abujive language to R. N. MeKissick, a tenant on her farm, and with threatening him. B. F. Campbell was elected president of the Chambe.- of Commerce at a mating of board of governors held touav. our city and comes wit'n the view of purchasing 12 of our 1400 acres of land in .his county for the purpose of going into the stock raising biisi.v;ss on a large scale. A man rf his experience and means will ba a valuable acquisition to Washington County. On Saturday last one 01 our lawyers was seen trying to hug for good sized grangers at the time. We hope his intentions were honorable. By JACK ANDERSON · WASHINGTON -- The Army '. Corps of Engineers have never learned that It's not nice to fool Mother Nature; But they're fast finding out that' they shouldn't mess around with Martin Heuvelmans. ' For more than a decade, this 71-year-old retired .businessman has been invest!gating the engineer corps' 151-year, $28 billion effort to facelift the American continent. H|s'findings have so · rattles'the bras hats that they have issued official orders on how to handle him. This remarkable tale began in 1959, .when Heuvelmans. a Belgian immigrant, bought , a small plot of land in southern Florida and settled down to fish away his sunset years. By day, Heuvelmans and his grandson angled the beautiful St. Lucie River for trout. In the evening, they dined on the day's catch. On occasion, he noticed, the rivci' turned muddy and the trout stopped running. He queried his neighbors. "Oh, " that's the Army engineers running mud through the dam,' they told him. Heuvelmans thought about it. The more he pondered, the angrier he got. He conducted his own private investigation and concluded that .the tons of sludge pouring down the river resulted, he said, from "the incompetent construction" of the St. Lucie Canal by the Army Corps of. Engineers. The corps, however, was too They'll Do It Every Time SENATOR seueve IN PROPPING A PIMEOFHISCWN INTO AN STRETCH 6P PALM- BUT THE TAX- IW£RS' POU0H 81U. KK THE EXPEHPITURt Of k 000,000 TO AIP THE OB656 iAREON 5PECIAI- PIT6! HE THROWS IT AROlNP-- The Washington Merry-Go-Round following year. An Increase in production always places from ample to more - than : ample products on the market in the following year.'During the shortages which occurred last year, and reached the low point in quantity'in August, this column stated that no one need fear ; starvation, that the farmers were able to take care of the situation. They now are taking care of the situation, and in some phases of the farming industry they are taking care of the situation entirely too Well - producing too much. It seems as if the poultry industry is one with which they are doing too much -- producing too much. Broiler meat production in the first half of 1974 has been up 6 per cent. That is too great an increase in production for the market to take, and the price of broilers has declined accordingly. As a result of high prices for turkey meat last fall the pro. due lion of turkeys likewise has taken an upswing. Of course, the turkey slaughter is never heavy in the first months of the year, but in the first four months of this year the pounds of turkey meat produced was up 40 per cent. The price has likewise declined. Frankly, the turkey producers have had ample warning against letting a litlle prosperity influence them toward too heavy production. The decline in egg prices began early, and the production of eggs already has been brought more in line with what the market will take. It will be some time however before any great ambition to overproduce will show up. The broiler growers are demanding fewer baby chicks from · the hatcheries, and the hatcheries for poults are setting fewer eggs. The cutting down in production of both of these poultry products always begins with the hatcheries. With broilers, the situation soon should be well in hand again. With turkeys also, the relief might not be long off. As a result of the present plentiful amount of broiler and turkey meats the storage houses are being filled, and a lot of meat is being exported. The January - April, 1974. ship- 'ments were up four to one over previous four months, and exports always goes up when prices are low. Then, too, the United States government is trying to help the bad poultry situation: "On June 13th. USDA announced plans to resume purchases of poultry after July 1st "for donation to the National School Lunch Program. Purchases will Include fresh frozen whole turkey, turkey rolls, and ground turkey, canned boned poultry, - either] turkey or foul - and fresh frozen cut-up chicken. These commodities will be donated for use in school lunches." It looks as if our American school children are blessed to live in a land of plenty and blessed to live, under generous leadership. Wy hope too that the farmer producers will benefit from this move. . busy damming rivers, filling swamps and digging canals to bother with the protests of a ' tesly old man who 'couldn't catch enough trout. So Heuvelmans. complained to some congressmen. Their form letters thanked him for writing arid assured him of the corps' concern for the public welfare. Incensed. Heuvelmans launched a full-scale probe of corps projects across the nation. After a decade of digging, his findings have now been published in a book, "The River Killers." It is bylined simply "Martin Heuvelmans, Citizen." The book describes how.the corps "defiled Florida's water- · ways" with silt, sludge .and slime. It attacks "the corps' wanton killing 'of America's rivers" from the Potomac to the Sacramento Delta. The corps survives, Heuvelmans charges, by spending $1.6 b'll'on annually of pork -barrel projects dear to the hearts of powerful congressmen. The civil works branch of the corps, Heuvelmans concludes, should be abolished. . H e u v e l m a n s ' publisher, Stackpole Books of Harrisburg, Pa. .arranged a publicity tour for'the septuagenarian author. To everyone's surprise, however, Army Corps of Engineers . spokesmen refused to appear on radio or television to reply to Heuvelmans. A general who had been scheduled to appear with ' Heuvelmans on Metro- media's Panorama television talk show in Washington, for example, backed out at the last minute. We have now found out why. An internal corps memo, en- Utlsd - "Policy Guidance, on Responding to Inquiries on Book 'The River Killers,' " explains it all. ' '·· Falsely charging that Heuvelmans had paid to get his own ' book published, the memo instructs corps employes: "Caution should be exercised to avoid helping the sale of the book. Debate with the author either in person, on radio, or on television" should nnot be sought, and avoided insofar -as possible." · The brass hats 'ordered ^'a conscious, effort" be made "to ' e m p h a s i z e the ' positive aspects...of Corps activities...A large number of Congressional inquiries regarding the book are anticipated. We are preparing a 'generalized response to the earliest of these, and will provide a copy to the .field^ for reference and consistency." We asked the engineers why they Had turned their bulldozrs against an old man whose only sin was to criticize them. An Army spokesman answered with a rhetorical question: "The guy is so biased, what. could we gain by contradicting what he says,' besides, helping him sell the book?" The corps does respond to "responsible" criticism, the spokesman added: "Lean Over So You' Backward Just A Little Bit More kl Appear In The Best Light" Psychomedidne 'fefe" 1 " By HELEN B. SHAFFER (Editorial Research Reports) W A S H I N G T O N -- T h e mystical interaction of . mind and body was recognized intuitively long before the advent of modern medicine. So it mould have been no surprise to the ancients to learn that men of science today are trying to "teach" patients how to relieve symptoms of physical illness by concentrating their mental faculties on that goal. This remarkable process is known as biofeedback, a term redolent of the age of technology although its effects -if validated -- are more suggestive of the age of black magic. According to some of its practitioners, a person may learn through biofeedback to control bodily functions long considered involuntary, that is, beyond control of the human will. Such functions-include the rate of h e a r t b e a t , blood pressure levels,, and the internal secretions of fluids. Biofeedback is related to the conditioning process familiar to animal trainers. Basically, it is a means of teaching a subject to perform in a desired way by rewarding success at each step in the learning process. Various techniques are used with human subjects. Usually individuals are hooked up to an electronic device that produces a particular sound or lights,up a certain color when they have -- by concentration -- produced the desired physiological effect. THE ANCIENTS would be equally appreciative of modern science's efforts to reduce mental and emotional miseries by dousing patients with sundry m i r a c u l o u s potions. Tranquilizers and stimulants -- often derived from herbs -- have been known for thousands of years. Even the cutting open of people's heads to relieve their anxieties would not be considered a startlingly novel procedure. Scientists today refer to these procedures as "psycho-pharmacology" a n d "psychosurgery" but' despite the scientific nomenclature, such medical practices have mystic overtones. These "advances" in modern m e d i c i n e coincide with biological research findings that are just beginning to open the door on the mysteries of connections between the central nervous system and physical or mental well-being. New discoveries about the brain and the nerves are drawing biological research into strange and unknown channels of exploration that could lead to new and unorthodov approaches to the healing arts.' "All- the best science has soft' edges, limits that are still obscure and extend...into areas that are wholly inexplicable," writes biologist Lyall Watson in his book Super- nature (1973). ONE RESULT OF these 'developments in what might be called "psychomedicine" is a growing respect for exotic t h e r a p e u t i c techniques developed outside the Western tradition. Modern physicians grant folk medicine a new respect it had lost in the era 'of "hard fact" research. This is well illustrated by the current Interest in acurfmeture, which has been practiced in China since 25DO B.C. Western scientists still cannot expain how and why ' acupuncture suppresses pain, but many are willing to recognize its analgesic effects, at least under some circumstances. The National Institutes of Health -- t h e government's major biomedical research agency --· has awarded grants to several universities to study the effectiveness of acupuncture as a pain-killer and as a treatment for hypertension. M o d e r n m e d i c i n e ' s penetration into these unorthodox pathways has led to rising concern over the use of human subjects in experiments that could affect the mind-body relationship. Afler months of debate on various proposals to control biomedical research using human subjects, Congress on June 28, 1974, approved a measure to establish a national commission to deal with the problem. The -commission .will be given two years to draw up ' · the basic ethical 'principles that should guide research involving human subjects and will conduct a special study of psychosurgery. Perhaps the most desirable side-effect of the new explorations into mind-body links is the encouragement of a "holistic" approach to medical practice. This means the patient is to be considered a total human creature -- a complex unit of physical, mental and emotional features, subject to unique personal, familial and social influences. Such a development would be a healthy antidote to the widely c r i t i c i z e d trends toward specialization and mechanization in modern medicine. Two -years ago. Martin Heuvelmans gave up his waterfront house on the turgid St.-;Lucie and moved into .a mobile home. He is catching no trout these days, but he is continuing his lonely battle : gainst the muckeri who dared pollute his river. ' Footnote: We have awarded the stubborn old :crusader, a brass ring, good for one frea ride on the .Washington Merry- Go-Hound. AGNEW ACRES: Former Vice President Spiro Agnew, disbarred from practicing .law and casting around for ways to turn .a .dollar, may become the front man for a condominium project at a Kentucky lake named for another former vice president, Alben Barkley. The deposed Agnew. despite profits from the sale 'of his Washington suburban home and his novel about a fictitious vice president, is worried about his financial prospects. · . : Ths has led him to use his political contacts and celebrity status to seek business deals. As we reported in an earlier column, he recently flew to tha Middle East in quest of'deals. . Now Agnew is linked with a group of speculators, including L o u i s v i l l e financier John McGiffen and Global Baseball · League founder Walter Dilbeck. They appear to have -gotten an option on the 550-acre Mason family estate at Lake Barkley. Agnew recently inspected the esUte, then met-with McGiffen and Dilbeck at a house not far away. McGiffen acknowledged the meeting, explaining-it was just a "preliminary discussion." The condominium project, he said, would have houses .along tha , lake, a golf course and riding stables. ' . : ' · · . "Agnew is the glamor factor, the front man,"'a source close to the transaction told us. "He doesn't have to put up any money. He'll probably get a cut for lending his name to it." "Footnote: We were unable to reach Agnew for comment. From 7/ie Readers Viewpoint In Contrast To the Editor: .. TV Specials play. a greater role in world affairs all' the time, in spite of limits in time, . which make for superficially and impressionism, instead of more reliable documentation, still better provided in the press. Politicians exploit this, of course, in every advanced nation. B u t : surely, by any objective standard of comparison, Super- Power Chieftains Leonid Brez- hnev and Richard Nixon came off : as a pair of clowns in comparison with two. mid-European Chiefs of State, Valery discard d'Estaing of France, and Helmut Schmidt of West Germany, last week. Two newcomers, After lengthy posturing at mid-stage of the World, exchanging compliments and gifts, avoiding : main iss\ies; signing great ceremonial b u t ' relatively inconsequential agreements and · declarations, resting at Historic . Yalta ( j ) ; arid tickling each others egos despite, irreconcil- · · able ideological .animosities and chauvinistic stalemates, they literally seemed to personify artificiality, crudity; and in- sincertiy · by. comparison with -, the cultured Frenchman and the versatile German, at least . to one interested ' observer. Even Kissinger showed his embarrassment! Nixon, especially, must have seemed. to impartial, observers more or less ridiculous, with liis repeatedly, redundantly, self-serving emphasis upon t h e . PERSONAL relationship of Nixon-Brezhnev, and ' its absolute essentiality to world peace! , .With Brezhnev, almost equally, .emphatically, going out of HIS, .way, to deny any such inference.. by .emphasizing how USA-USSR. , improvement in relations .. can continue and improve . .irrespective- of personalities! American commentators . of all .shades of opinion noticed.. this and commented upon it, none favorably that I heard Nixon .thereby removed all reasonable doubt that his mofi-. yation. was more Watergate- impeachment than peace, especially. . in .terms of the lethal arms., race; while Brezhnev could not .have more certainly emphasized · his hope to ' capitalize, -upon the Nixon uncertainty, and patent weakness. ·Then on Sunday came 'ths CBS. Charles CoIIingwood interviews with Giacard and Schmidt. -Both cultured, learned, poised.-.. bi-lingual, m o d e s t and sincere not about just problems and concerns, but the stale . of · the · world, the undeveloped nations, the fed and the starving, · the rich and the poor, war -and peace, and the harsh realities of the world economic · crisis all over. It surely is a sad commentary on the ··prospects of improvement in the affairs of mankind (hat such - a · contrast can, and does, exist. Will it be changed by force or by reason? By nuclear overkill capacity, or by demonstration of common sense and good will? . One answer was'suggested by Senator Fulbright, who met the press on the NBC, Sunday feature, where he did us proud as .always. Detente is being undermined by · · Congressional Hawks in collaboration with the Pentagon, and these join with Senator Jackson in effectively . undercutting whatever. promise may be held In the Nixon- Kissinger initiatives. ,\ Reuben Thomas Fayetteville

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