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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, July 23, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest is Th» first. Concern Of This Newspaper 4 ·' TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1974 St. Clair Partner Front Man For CIA The Baldwin Bond Vote A special election is to be held next month -- Tuesday, Aug. 27 -- on a $2 million Act 9 bond issue; the money to be used for expansion of the Baldwin Piano and Organ Co. plant in southwestern Fayetteville. .. . . Decision to set the election date was made by the city Board at its last regular session. A minimum of fanfaru and discussion attended the action, which speaks about as well as anything, we suppose, for the general amiable endorsement of the propo- If the issue is approved -- it will be the first such vote for Fayetteville -- the money will aid in the construction of an estimated 100 000 square foot addition to the present plant on Beechwood Avenue. According to arrangements with the city, the special election would be underwritten by the company.'No taxation change is involved, and the city is not liable for the bonds, if and when they are issued. Although, under Act 9, the proposed expansion would have an exemption from local assessment, the company is also agreeing to pay its regular share of city, county and school district taxes. The Baldwin operation, we believe, is a model one, in terms of its industry-community relationships, and we are encouraged that the company desires to expand its local facilities. We urge a favorable response on the part of the city's electorate. City Looks Again To Special Re-Election By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- A law partner of President Nixon's impeachment attorney, James St. Clair, was a front man until last year for the Central Intelligence Agency. Paul F. Hellmuth, the managing partner of St. Glair's Boston law firm, lias been associated over the past decade with an industrial security company called Anderson Security Consultants, Inc. We first learned of Anderson Security's CIA connections from confidential tape recordings of f o r m e r presidential aide Charles Colson. He described the company as "wholly owned" by Ihe CIA. Insiders at the CIA, he said, "call it an agency proprietary." We located two former Anderson Security associates ,who completely confirmed Colson's charges. Ostensibly, the firm distributed document shredders, con- ucted security sweeps and planned surveillance programs for industrial concerns. But behind this facade, Anderson Security also funneled money to support the CIA's clandestine operations. The former associates told us that mysterious checks, written for large amounts, would frequently arrive at the office of the firm's secretary-treasurer, Virginia attorney L. Lee Bean, who would deposit the money in a local bank and disperse it upon instructions. The secret instructions often came, say our sources, from The Washington Merry-Go-Round Speaking o£ elections, Mayor Russell Purdy is talking special election for members of the Board of Directors again. The Board is on record as favoring such an election, though it hasn't previously decided when. Mayor Purdy is thinking in terms of the November general election and the County Election Commission concurs. At the general election the city can now be assured of a generous turnout, for one thing. And arrangements are easier and less expensive, for another. The new election will find only three candidates for the Board running at large, by way of residency, whereas all seven of the present members are presently thus qualified. In addition, four members would have to file from wards of residency, and would be so designated on the ballot. The theory behind this is that such a system will be a slightly more representative form of municipal government. (As things now stand, six of seven board members are from a single ward.) The city involved itself in a flap over redistricting some time ago to no substantial purpose (ward lines will require periodic readjustment, regardless of where they are presently placed) other than to leave the board apparently too miffed to move ahead with the re-election project. Fortunately, for City Hall's peace of mind, the Election Commission, prior to spring primaries, established an overlay of 10 voting precincts that mollifies most of the malcontents. The Commission assuredly merits praise for that bit of business, just as Mayor Purdy does, for getting on with implementation of the charter reform. From The Readers Viewpoint Endangered To the Editor: Does the present trend presage another class of vanishing American? This time the small farmer. With the price of cattle continuing to drop, while the consumer hardly notices a lowering of prices, something has to be wrong in the thinking of our economic planners. The . feed lot owners who are primary cause of supplying the market with high grade beef, already are floundering, despite a token effort by the government to support more debts or them. The small farmer with 10 to 100 or more cows will seemingly be supplying the beef direct to the middle men for processing and sale when the feed lots finally make their last gasp. The consumer already being programmed into the idea of accepting a poorer grade, or substitute, of beef at very little, if any. reduction in price, will have little choice but to accept the poorer grade. We are a nation of beef eaters and soy beans or no, those of us who appreciate a good s t e a k or roast, will have it if at all possible. What happens to the small farmer, paying prohibitive p r i c e s for feed, Implements, and other items relating to operating and maintaining a going cattle farm. He also must be prepared to go by the wayside. The small farmers of America arc not some isolated or indifferent group. These are the people who can conceivably be considered to be the backbone of our society. Usually hard working, independent, and although rarely roused to collective action, are still effective in retaining what we sometimes refer to as the 'good life'. They are a large segment of middle income Americans and will diminish to an alarmingly degree, unlss we have constructive action from those in Washington who are supposed From Our Files; How Time Flies] 10 YEARS AGO 100 Years ago July 23 The mad-dog season is here. Carry a hickory club and a horse pistol. H. M. Welch, superintendent of public instruction for Washington County will attend at so VEARS AGO An automobile filled with tourists, two of them being a mother and baby, went over the bank at the bridge over Town (00 YEARS AGO In a report to the city council Monday night, a Tulsa engineering f i r m recommended that the city go to Beaver Lake for more water "in two to three" years. Fayetteville for the purpose of e x a m i n i n ' g applicants for teacher's licenses. The brick wall around the National Cemetery at this place is fast approaching completion. Branch on the Greenland road bridge yesterday without injury to any of the party. Tom Duncan of the Department of the Interior said Wednesday that quantities of bass are in Beaver Reservoir. They'll Do It Every Time AN HOUR.'/ YOU'RE ALWAYS WSSIKO TO MAK6 TH SAME TKAIM! BUT irs HARP TO GST HER 60W-- WHO MAKES THE TRAIH AMP WHO POE5HT? CAR A BLOCK AWAY.V James St. Clalr's quiet law partner. Some of the mystery money was dispatched to Miami banks and was used allegedly to support the CIA's anti-Castro activities. Our sources say that the A n d e r s o n firm's industrial security business was also a front to hide another CIA activity. One of the firm's primary functions, the sources say, was to shred sensitive documents discarded by defense contractors "so the Russians wouldn t get them." This is a clear violation of the law. The National Security Act, which established the Central Intelligence Agency, specifically prohibits the agency from engaging in "internal security functions." Yet for over a decade, Anderson Security employes regularly visited defense contractors to destroy classified papers. They hauled around a portable shredder, mounted on trucks and on a jeep-pulled trailer. Hot documents were dumped into the machines, mixed with water and ground to a pulp. When the mess dried, it was cut into large, flat cakes and discarded. One real estate developer, affiliated with Anderson Security, wanted to use the super-secret pulp as insulation in the buildings he constructed, but the plan never worked out. Former officials of the Anderson firm Insist it was disbanded over a year ago. But CIA expert John Marks, coauthor of the controversial book, ine CIA and the Cult of Intelligence," who helped us with our investigation, learned that the company had apparently transferred its operations from Springfield. Va., to the Boston area a year ago. We have been unable to trace it fur her. We contacted Paul Hellmuth who refused to discuss Anderson Security's links with Uie CIA. But he insisted to my associate, Joe Spear, that James St. Calir didn't know "the first thing about, the security firm. Other lawyers close to He 1- mulh told us, however, it would 'greatly surprise" them it it- Clair were unaware of tne activities of his managing partner. The ethics of the profession, said our sources, would demand such disclosure among part- ' nt At'this writing, St. Clair has not our requests for comment. Attorney L. Lee Bean was vacationing in Austria and couldn't be reached. Wayne Aspinall, D-Colo., who A CIA spokesman informed^ us the agency would · have no comment." INSIDE MAN: Former Rep. Wayne Aspinall, D-Colo., who used to champion the mining industry as chairman of the House Interior Committee, has now turned up on their payroll to be taking care of their opportunity to earn their livelihood in their chosen way. They will soon be replaced by conglomerates and be forced to relinguish their farms. There seems to be only one way the small farmer can resist the trend of the times. Politics. It has been clearly demonstrated by various groups from organized labor and ethnic groups, to the womens lib, thai in unity they represent a voting block which the candidates will not ignore because it could .effectively alter the election of our representatives in Congress. Even welfare groups have made themselves felt in a political sense. So much so that two-thirds of the f u n d s appropriated for the Department of Agriculture has been diverted to welfare programs. We can expect little help from an administration fighting to preserve itself, or a Congress bending to the wind each time it blows from some organized group. The funds available are not unlimited and it appears that unless we are able to place people in Congress who will vote for the good of the country at large rather than counting the voters reaction in their particular constituency, the small farmer will be doomed. There is very little lime, none at all for indifference or indici- sion, if we are to have representation in Congress that will really be concerned over the plight of 'the small cattle farmer. What is necessary - right now - is that every candidate for Congress clearly and emphatically declare his position on the importing of foreign beef, and support for the cattle prices at the farm level. If not, you as a cattle grower and you as a consumer should give serious consideration to the one who does. Gus Ostmeyer Fayetteville Give It A Try To the Editor: Congratulation on your editorial of 15 July -- Pie (Or Sludge) In The Sky. I attended the meeting and thought that your editorial was a very fair representation of the goings on. It was rather ironic that Marsh chose to fell us about the system that has been designed for Norman, Oklahoma. Norman happens to be the perfect site for the type o f system Marsh was d e s c r i b i n g . However, a s McGoodwin pointed out, the parts of the Ozarks that sit on the Boone Chert formation are probably the worst places for Marsh's plan. But there are places that are not on this formation where the plan might work. In any event, it seemed to me that everyone was in agreement that further study was needed to evaluate the proposal. Mr. Marsh was not familiar with the topological and geological features of this area. I was glad to see that you also felt that the plan deserved merit and further study. If the plan can be implemented, then, as you aptly point out, waste water will be turned into a functional asset, rather than a costly waste problem. Let's give it a try. Kimberly Smith Fayeltevillo "You Clods Will Take What We Give You When We Decide To Give It To You" as a $l,750-a-month lobbyist on the strip-mining bill. In apparent violation of House rules which allow ex-congressmen on. the floor only It they are "not interested in any...bill pending before Congress," As- plnall has been genially arm- twisting his old pals right in the well of the House to vote against strip-mining controls. Aspinall's employer, American Metal Climax, has a major stake in strip-mining, and As- plnall has been lining up interviews with his ex-congressional colleagues for mining industry types. The House leadership,- of course, is winking at the illicit lobbying even though it is going on literally under their eyes. As for the leathery, 79-year-old Aspinall, he is as scrappy as ever. "Sure, I've been on the floor," he said. "But I'm not pinholing any members. I'm for a strip-mining bill that will have ecological protection and will permit, strip-mining. After all, nobody ever said Wayna Aspinall wasn't a conservationist." Actually, that is exactly what his environmentalist opponents have said for years, now more than ever as they sit in tha galleries and helplessly watch him at work on the floor below Cyprus, An Island Of Contention WASHINGTON (ERR) Some nations are fated by accidents of history and geography to be perpetual trouble spots, and Cyprus is one of them. Like Poland, it is a strategically situated country that .has often been overrun by its more powerful nleghbors. Like Ulster, its population is sharply divided along religious and ethnic lines. ' It is a wonder that the island has been able to maintain its independence, shaky though it maybe, for the past 14 years. Independence is a novel experience for Cyprus. Since t h e early days of recorded history, it has been c o v e t e d by every p o w e r that sought to d o m i n a le the eastern Mediterranean. In ancient lima Cyprus was ruled successively by Assyria. Egypt, Persia and Rome. Richard I of England captured the island during tha Crusades and then bestowed it on the deposed king of Jerusalem. Later still. Cyprus was part of the Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman, and British empires. The 800 years of rule by lha G r e e k - speaking. Orthodox Christian Byzantine Empire were crucial for Cyprus. It was during this period that the Greek character of the majority population was formed. The Turkish Cypriote represent a formerly dominant ·element: The Turks who came to the island after the then powerful Ottoman Empire captured Cyprus from the Venetians in 1571. State Of Affairs From Keynes To Greenspan By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- W h e n the Senate gets around to considering the qualifications of Alan Greenspan, a New York business consultant, as the new chairman of Mr. Nixon's Council of Economic Advisers, it needs to investigate not o n l y possible conflicts of interest but also the kind of economic future Greenspan ses and wants for America. There should be no g r e a t problem about a conflict of interest..Greenspan is both the chief owner and chief executive of Townsend, Greenspan a n d Co., but while he is in government he could, like others, put his shares in a blind trust, and no doubt that is what he will do. The more serious problem is what he has in mind for the country once he becomes the President's No. 1 economic adviser. The Senate had better find out about this sooner rather than later, for later may be much too late indeed. The most disturbing aspect of the Greenspan choice is that it tends to confirm the growing suspicion that the President, to use the favorite terminology of the White House, is now determined to "stonewall" the economy by fighting inflation with "old-time religion." All of the President's new financial, business and economic advisers are "fundamentalists" who in general believe the only reliable cure for inflation is donation -- which is to say, u n e m p l o y m e n t , reduced spending, a business slowdown, a pinched federal budget, tight money, higher interest rates, credit restraint and a general cooling o f f . In short, a recession, or maybe worse. GREENSPAN IS only the latest recruit of this persuasion, but he will complete the change in Mr. Nixon's economic palace guard, which the President has recently transformed into a much more conservative and doctrinaire group than his origi- nal appointees. The retiring chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers is Dr. Herbert Stein. Before him there was Dr. Paul McCracken. Both are rather conservative, conventional economists, but they were more cheerleaders for the President than rigid ideological advisers. As secretary of the treasury Mr. Nixon has now installed William Simon, a Wall Street millionaire, who reportedly wants to cut the budget so severely that even some Adm i n i s t r a t i o n figures a r e shocked. Simon's targets f o r cutbacks are, as might be expected, outside the military-industrial complex. S i m o n succeeds George Shultz, a moderate onservative o f less-pronounced views. Shultz, a moderate conservative Before Shulfz, t h e r e was the mild David Kennedy, who inclined toward wage-price controls, and John Connally, who didn't like controls, but for political purposes persuaded Mr. Nixon to impose them in 1971. Another new figure is Kenneth Rush, former undersecretary of state, who has been installed at the White House as the "co-ordinator" of the President's quadriad of economic advisers. Rush is not an economist himself, but he apparently believes just as devoutly in the Bible Verse "Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the Lord hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah." 2 Kings 10:10 We can be sure that the Word of God is no idle talk. What He has said, He will also perform I medieval orthodoxies of Adam Smith as his colleagues. Finally, there are Roy Ash, who succeeded Shultz as dire- tor of the Office of Management and Budget, and Dr. Arthur Burns, chosen by Mr. Nixon to be chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Ash, like Rush, is not an economist. He Is simply by, of and for business, defense contractors. DR. BURNS, OF course, is the man who has been trying -- and failing -- to stop inflation by driving interest rates above any levels ever known in the United States before. So far, the higher the rates, the higher the inflation; yet neither Dr. Burns nor his patron, Mr. Nixon, shows any signs of giving up this "old-lime religion." Moreover, Dr. Burns now wants the President to cut the federal budget by $10 billion, which makes even Ash wince. Even though huge deficits, easy money and wage-price controls did much to re-elect Mr. Nixon, he was never really happy as a self-proclaimed convert to New Deal Keynesian economics. It is obvious that he is glad to embrace once more his old laisse?, faire philosophy. Even if the economy continues to falter, Mr. Nixon never has to face the voters again. He only has to worry about getting 34 conservative Senate votes to head off impeachment. Meanwhile, the President puls on a show of doing something by calling a White House conference on the state of the economy, to which he principally summoned a group of prominent businessmen, most of whom could be counted on to applaud Administration policy. Nolably absent were labor leaders like George Mcany and consumer spokesmen like Ralph Nader, who believe the chief thing wrong with the country is lack of leadership In the White House. (C) 1974, Los Angeles lme» RELATIONS B E T W E E N Greece and Turkey were strained even before the ouster of Archbishop Makarios as president of Cyprus. The earlier dispute, however, had to do with oil-drilling rights. Greece announced early this year that it had discovered offshore oil in the Aegean Sea. Turkey, meanwhile, gave oil- drilling concessions in Ihe Aegean lo a state-owned petroleum company. The Greek government immediately cried foul. It contended that Turkey had no right to explore for oil in the Aegean because the seabed was part of the continental shelf of the Greek islands, several of which arc close lo Ihe Turkish coasl. The Turks Insisled lhat the eastern Aegean seabed was an extension of Ihe continental shelf of the Turkish, mainland. For a time, a Greek-Turkish military clash over the oil issua seemed possible. Then, in early June, Greece bowed lo pressure from ils NATO allies and agreed to negotiate its differences. It remains to be seen if the coup on Cyrpus will serve to rekindle the oil dispute. IN THE SEARCH for a settle ment of the latest Cyprus crisis, Britain apears destined to play a pivotal role. The agreements that led to the creation of an independent Republic of Cyprus in 1960 designated Britain, Greece and Turkey as guarantors of Ihe republic's independence, territorial integrity, and security. Each is authorized to take Individual o r collective action to fulfill this obligation. Although Britain maintains two large military bases on Cyprus, It probably has little relish for a peacekeeping operation. The British public is weary of the 1 o n g and futile effort to bring peace to Northern Ireland. Moreover, Britain's effectiveness is open to question i_n view of its general loss of influence in the Mediterranean. Only two years ago, London became embroiled in an embarrassing quarrel over military-base rental with the government of the liny island of Malta. The ultimate danger is that the United States and the Soviet Union will be drawn directly into the Cyprus dispute. Both have vital strategic interests in the Mediterranean, and big wars have been fought over less,

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