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Editorial-Opinion Page Tfte Public Merest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4A Â» SUNDAY, JULY 14, 1974 Senator Worries Over Turk's Poppies Decision At Mud Creek It is more or less in the natural order of things to have complicated traffic problems in areas of rapid economic and population growth. It does little good to look back and rail against public officials for allowing it to happen. Perhaps a little better judgment here and there could have alleviated isolated instances of congestion. Chances are, though, that had such judgment been exercised it would have served mostly to shuffle the sites of the problems, not ease the basic problems themselves. With these thoughts in mind, we sympathize with the city Planning Commission and its consultant Larry Wood in their studies of the burgeoning traffic headache in the vicinity of the Northwest Arkansas Plaza. A variety of ingredients go together to make up the problem, not the least of which is a high degree of prosperity in the area, which nobody would want to finger as a villain. The location midway between Springdale and Fayetteville, plus related topography and patterns of adjacent development play a part in the overall situation, too. As things now stand there is a real danger in traffic transfer from U.S. Hwy: 71 to the Mall parking area. Meanwhile, the Mall must seek to increase business, i.e., traffic, and is now moving toward additional development of its holdings in that area. The Planning Commission last week okayed a rezoning request for land west of the Mall toward this end, over the objections of consultant Wood. Mr. Wood, pointing to the high incidence of traffic presently being generated at the site, suggests that every means possible be Art Buchwald explored to ease the in and out flow of traffic from the shopping center before allowing additional development that will add to that flow. His point is well taken, except that it doesn't adequately measure enormous local pressures of economic momentum. The maxim is this: if it was convenient, it wouldn't be necessary. Part of the puzzle involves an access road extension through Nelson Funeral Home to the south of the Mall property. The property owner has suggested an alternate service road location and the city Board has this under advisement. There is a chance that the needed link for a service road adjacent to the highway will have to be condemned. The Planning Commission appears to favor this approach. Except for the additional complication that the parcels involved are hemmed in by Mud Creek and Clear Creek, south and north, which make continuous service road extensions prohibitively expensive, the Planning Commission's opting for the most logical procedure is proper enough. There seems to be no single happy answer at this juncture, which follows the aforementioned maxim. We .would trust, then, that the city Board'in making its eventual decision cocks one eye on what it anticipates for the future. The possibility of access to the area from north and west, for instance, could change traffic patterns significantly, and .that fact ought to be added to the formula. A little better overview in the past, in fact, might have modified a number of today's planning dilemmas. Lost Luggage By ART BUCHWALD PARIS -- One of the biggest problems of air travel is getting your luggage back at the end of the trip. For some reason more luggage is being lost now than ever before, and it's quite a headache for the airlines -not to mention the people who are flying. What makes the whole thing mysterious is that if you're traveling with your wife the airlines somehow manage to only lose HER bags, the ones she absolutely needs if she is going to survive the trip. There isn't a husband who has ever flown by air who hasn't faced this situation. You get off the plane dog tired and wait at the baggage gate. The carousel keeps turning and turning with everyone's luggage. You have all your bags in a matter of From. Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO The City of Fayetfeville will take its frght with the Greenland Water District In the State Supreme Court. Mayor Guy Brown said today an appeal Chancellor Thomas Butt's July 50 YEARS AGO Plans to complete Wesley Hall, the $65,000 educational building at Central Methodist Church, will be made tonight at a meeting of the offical hoard of the church, called by T. L. Hart, chairman. More than 50 prominent businessmen and bankers of Conway and Morrilton will be in Fayetteville tomorrow at the vanguard of the attendance 100 YEARS AGO The Constitutional Convention convened on Tuesday last. AH the delegates being present with the exception of six or eight and these appeared and look their seats by the close of the day. Honorable Grandison D. Rayston, of Hempstcad County, was elected president without opposition and Gen. N. B. Pcarce of this city was elected assistant secretary. So that by this time the work of framing 2 ruling will be filed soon. Alabama Gov. George Wallace comes to Arkansas today to have dinner with Gov. Orval Faubus and to campaign for unpledged presidential electors. upon the fertilizer school to open at the University of Arkansas Wednesday. One of the greatest contraltos in the world, and one whom opera directors have declaretd will succeed Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink as the worlds greatest contrallo. will sing on Mount Sequoyah here Saturday night, July 19th. She is Mme. Fiorena Hallberg, formerly of the Chicago grand opera. a new Constitution for our State has begun in earnest. We are requested to give notice that Elder Jasper Armstrong oF Tennessee will preach at the Christian Church in this city at 11 o'clock tomorrow a.m. Washington County has more big red apples, and prettier girls than any other county in the state. Another inducement to young men to "come west and build up with the country." They'll Do It Every Time PEANUT VÂ£MPO(? CAKHITTHEBtiUJS eye minutes. Your wife gets all her bags except for one -- the large garment bag with all her dresses, costume jewelry and underthings. You wait an hour staring at the carousel hoping against hope it will be the last piece of baggage off the plane. You don't dare speak to your wife. She finally speaks to you, "They lost my bag." "I guess they did." WHM ARE YOU going, to do about it?" she says, her lips pursed as if she's going to let out a scream. ' ' I am going to do SOMETHING about it," you say, knowing in your heart there isn't a damn thing you can do. But you have to show some machismo. You go up to a man in uniform. "See here, sir," you say in your sternest voice. "You people have lost my wife's bag." The man looks surprised. "I'm sorry. I'm the pilot of the plane." There is another official- looking man with a badge on his chest, "Sir," you say, "you people have committed one of the gravest crimes known to tourism. You have lost the luggage of an honest woman. Unless you produce my wife's bag in the next 30 minutes I shall have to report you to the president of your company." "I'm a Â· customs inspector," the man replies. "Go talk to someone from- the airline." Your wife who is over in Ihe corner twisting her handkerchief asks, "What did they say?" "I'm narrowing it down," you say. "The pilot of the plane doesn't know where your bag is and neither does the customs service. So it must be someone else." You are directed to a counter where one lone clerk is trying to cope with a large crowd of angry husbands. It is obviously t h e lost-luggage counter because all the women are huddled nearby waiiing and tearing their clothes. The clerk, hired for his masochistic tendencies, i s smiling as he fills out long s h e e t s of paper taking descriptions of the lost bags. YOU GET TO THE counter and ask the stupidest question any air traveler can pose: "Where is my wife's bag?" The masochist smiles "New Delhi, Bali, Rio De Janeiro. It could be anywhere." "I have a goood mind to slug you," you say. "Oh, would you please?" he gayd, "Most people just shout at me. but very few of them really hit me." "I wouldn't give you the satisfaction. What are we supRosed to do now?" "Why don't you go to your hotel and get a good night's sleep? If we find your luggage we'll have it delivered." "Suppose it's never found?" "Then you can come back here and I'll fill out another form." You return to your wife. "Well," you say, "it's no problem. They know exactly where the bag is and you'll have it in the morning.' ' This calms her down until wo get to the hotel. Then you make a mistake. As she's crawling into bed you ask. "Where's your nightie?" And she lets out a scream that can be heard all over tha roofs of Paris. .(C) 1374, Los Angeles Times By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The main victims of renewed Turkish opium cultivation may be the Children of America, with the likelihood of addiction even among 10-year-olds. This is the solemn view of Sen. Walter Mondale, D-Minn., whose Children and Youth subcommittee is considering the consequences of the Turkish decision to resume opium farming. The Turks, after agreeing three years ago to ban opium planting in return for $35 million in U.S. support payments, have now welshed and told their farmers to go back to business as usual. Since most American heroin comes from Turkish opium, this will reopen the narcotics floodgates. The preliminary Mondale study shows that the age of young heroin users was already creeping toward the preteens when the opium ban dried up much of the U.S. supply. Even during the resulting opium famine, there were still more than 1,000 herion overdose deaths a year. Ten per cent of these were teen-agers, the ' youngest 10-year-olds. Mondale found that, at the time the Turks stopped planting opium, heroin use had spread from traditional narcotics centers such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles into small towns and even rural communities. The cost of heroin addiction, the study shows, has doubled since the supply from Turkey dried up. It now costs an addict 551 a day to support his habit, The Washington Merry-Go-Round 1 thus putting the drug out of reach of all except accomplished thieves and peddlers. The Turkish ban, therefore, forced young' people to turn from heroin to other dangerous but less addictive drugs such as marijuana and pep pills. Now Mondale fears youngsters from 10 on up will return to heroin if it becomes readily available. Footnote: Mondale has asked his committee staff for more detailed statistics on .the entire economic and social effect of the Turkish opium reversal. One staff report will deal with how to keep the new heroin boom from reaching the preteens. .. CONTAMINATED YOUTHS: in two days after they go ra- aire J. Paul Getty has hired youths of 18 and older, worked them in radiation ares, and then allegedly cut them loose in two days after they got radiated. In some cases, environmentalists charge, the young people were never given forms telling them how much radiation they got, as required by the Atomic Energy Commission. The AEC is now holding hearings on a request by Getty's Nuclear Fuel Services to expand the plant, which has been out of major operation since 1972. At present, the sprawling facility at West Valley, N.Y., is doing mainly waste burial, decontamination and storage work. Already, 1,300 residents ot the West Valley area have petitioned against the expansion, according tothe antinuclear National Interveners. The local Sierra Club's energy chief, physicist Dr. Marvin Resnikov, is collecting affidavits from some of the young people who worked in the Getty plant. Resnikov has already produced a horror Â·gallery of the plant inspection reports showing workers skin accidentally punctured by discarded plutomum needles, a worker whose head was so contaminated it left radiation on his pololw and other incidents. Spokesmen for the company insist that the plant is well run and safe, that the doses received by workers were well within the allowable lifetime range for radiation set by the AEC. Since its. reprocessing shutdown for expansion in 1972, the spokesman said, the plant has virtually no exposure problems, which previously were minimal, they insisted. The hiring of young people is done through a contractor, they explained, and all get close radiation monitoring. . .BEVERLY'S BARDELLO: Beverly Harrell, who converted a couple acres of barren government land on the Navada desert into a bardello, credits us for her fall into politics. She has been fighting for her Email business rights ever since we reported three years ago that she had set up her Cotton- "We've mismanaged the economy again, dear -- we didn't insist on paying more taxes" tail Ranch on federal land. She had stated honestly why she wanted the site, which the Interior Department rented to her for $100, thus making Interior Secretary Rogers Morton landlord for a house of pleasure. Morton was properly mortified and began legal action ,to evict her. She put up a ferocious battle for private enterprise, invoking her constitutional rights. But finally. Madam Harrell was compelled to move the thriving Cottontail Ranch, complete with house trailers and bunnies, to privately owned land nearby. She said the "harrassment she suffered from the government convinced her to run for office and reform the system. She is now one ot six Democratic candidates seeking a seat in the Nevada state legislature. "I can show them how to run an orderly house," she told us, with tongue only partly in cheek. For she is quite serious about her political fling. Her platform: She seeks government funds for a mill where small miners can process their ore at a fair price, more use of the giant tracts of federal land in Nevada and a massive educational attack on venereal diseases. At present, she is given a good chance. Her clients and her employes have promised to support her, and visitors to tha new cottontail Ranch are likely to get a campaign button, bumper sticker and Harrell literature as bonuses. "I'd like to shake your hand and say, 'thank you,' " she told us "If it hadn't been for you, Â· I wouldn't be running for the Assembly. If I win, the first telegram goes to you." FCC Eyes Common. Ownerships WASHINGTON (ERR) -- ThÂ» Federal Communications Commission has scheduled publia hearings July 24-26 on a proposal to ban common ownership oE publishing and broadcast media in the same marketing area. From. The Readers Viewpoint Surprises The element of surprise brings joy to life and leads us on in the pursuit of it. If you like people and are fascinated by the constant surprises digging and studying rocks can supply, then perhaps you'd like to give the Ozarks Gem and Mineral Club a try. We meet the second Tuesday (one coming right up on the 9fh) of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the City library. Rock specimens are often swapped: information traded and knowledge augmented. Field trips are fun as well as good exercise and a way to get acquainted with one's surroundings. Best of all, it's a hobby in which the whoe family can participate together. Come and see! Mildred Higgins The Rip Off To the Editor: July 16 may provide the last call for those who want to protect the land, streams and forests against the ravages of strip mining for coai. July 16 is the day when the House of Representatives begins to debate H.R. 11500, a strip mining bill which is so weak and shot through with loopholes that its passage will only raise false hopes. When the House of Representatives debates H.R 11500 on July 16. I will offer my bill, H.R. 15000 as a substitute. H.R. 15000 phases out the strip mining of coal in an orderly fashion -- in 6 months in the mountains, and in 18 months in relatively flat areas. Where would we get the ener- ing? From the deep mining gy if we abolished strip min- of coal, since there is at least 8 times as much decp-minable coal as slrippable coal. What about the accident rate in deep mining? U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel have proven, by safety records far better than any strip-mining company, that it is possible to mine underground coal safely. West Virginia has been ripped and raped by the strippers, to enrich a few special interests while impoverishing the people in the stripped areas. Nationwide, strip-mining is devastating 1,000 acres a week. The only way we can win this fight to save the land and the people is for every citizen to write, wire and telephone their Congressmen imploring them to support U.K. 15000. That's the only way iwe can keep Spac- ship Earth livable in the future. Rep. Ken Hechler (West Virginia) Washington, B.C. Vet Problem To the Managing Editor: Significant changes are needed in veterans' benefits laws and in the Veterans Administration, in regard to services for Vietnam-era veterans. I am a veteran who wants to see theset changes made, and I would like to locate other veterans who can contribute good ideas or useful energy in these directions. For example, certain changes in the laws could free thousands of veterans to pursue alternative learning experiences of all kinds, not necessarily related to working towards a degree. This could include such .things as carrying out a self-designed learning project, pursuing an apprenticeship in crafts, or starting an experimental living- learning community. These are only examples of the wide number of possibilities not yet explored, and currently denied to veterans. Other areas are equally important. I'm particularly Interested in setting up a nationwide skills-idcas-friendship exchange network among veterans. Such a network could lead to many good experiences, as well as to ways to get changes acomplished. If you are interested in these things, and are a veteran, I'd like to hear from you.,Lawrence Morgan Lawrence, Kan. 66044 (P.O. Box 865) Opportune? To the Editor: Those of us who see the inherent qualities of Senator Fulbright and the overwhelming need for such qualiifies in the senate, could not acknowledge, even to ourselves, that the stage was set for defeat. It now seems quite obvious that immediately after his victory over Winthrop Rockefeller, Mr. Bumpers saw the opportunity and knew that he would run against Fulbright. Mr. Bumpers was hailed as a representative of the New South; instead, he knew that the Old South would prevail. Arkansas was proud of its contribution nation-wide and world-wide; but when the test came the Old South spoke again. I am reminded of an observation from a friend in Montana: "Never did entirely accept that Bumpers at face value. Have seen too many oE his type, who arc destroyed by initial success, and, as Shakespeare says, turn to spoil on the field of battle while the vanquished foe escapes to reform in better order." Now that the dust has settled, we can see that it may have been opportune. Freed from his o f f i c i a l duties and the limitations placed upon him by his office, J. W. Fulbright can now speak out to the nation and the world on the desperate Issues of our time. Ella Potcs Winslow IN THE United States, freedom in the communications media is assumed to flow from diversity of ownership. But how much diversity is required _to ensure a forum for all who wish to be heard? At what point does concentration of 'media ownership pose a threat to the free flow of ideas? Congress, the Justice Department, and the Federal Communications Commission have been wrestling with these questions for years without arriving at a mutually satisfactory answer. They are still at it. Largely because of Justice Department prodding, the FCC has scheduled hearings July 24-26 on a proposal that owners of both publishing and broadcast media in the same area be given five years in Which to divest themselves of one or the other. In the past, the commission has judged such cases largely on their individual merits. The Justice Department contends that medit cross-ownership clearly violates anti-trust policy. "It doesn't make any difference to us if it's a good TV station or a crummy one," said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce B. Wilson in reference to newspaper-TV station combines. "We can't makÂ« judgments like that..I like to think., we are simply serving our mandate to preserve a competitive market." Many members of Congress take quite a differrent view. Legislation passed by the House May 1 would prohibit the FCC from revoking a broadcasting license at renewal time becausa of media cross-ownership even if the commission adopts a rule prohibiting newspapers from acquiring local stations in the future. The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled hearings on the bill July 23-25. BOTH SIDES in the dispute advance persuasive arguments. Those opposed to cross-ownership contend that it allows ona company to exert too much control over the news communicated in a given community, In some eases, citizens' or. ganizations have charged media conglomerates with failing to repreeent all the views of various community groups, and with preventing certain minorities from expressing their views. Publishers and broadcasters maintain that forced dlvestur* would be unfair. The FCC. thev point out, actually encouraged newspapers to take out broadcast licenses in the early 1940s, when television was in Its infancy. And since some newspapers rely on broadcast revenue to stay in business, divestiture would force more of them tÂ» close down and thus diminish the number and variety of media ouliels. IN THE END, the FCC may we.i decide to continue its cas*- by-case approach to cross-ownership. It already has a number of regulation* limiting the, numbfr of broadcasting outlets that a single owner may control in a given area and nationwide Under the 7-7-7 rule, for instance, an owner is allowed to operate no more than seven AM, seven FM, and seven television stations throughout thÂ« United States. Perhaps the entire debate iÂ» academic. Many communications experts believe that tha advent of cable television, city magazines, all-news radio stations and the like indicates that the media of the future will not produce conformity but rather will encourage and cater to individuality.