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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 6

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Wednesday, July 24, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 6 · WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974 Greeks' Breath Stronger Than Army The Washington Merry-Go-Round Pros And Cons On The Buffalo About 100 or so people attended the public hearing Friday at Harrison on the National Park Service's Environmental Impact Statement regarding development o£ the Buffalo River National Park. The hearing, along with a similar one in Little Rock the day before, was in response to an injunction obtained by land owners opposing acquisition of private farmlands along the river. Public statements appeared to be about in balance, with the expected opposition coming from the land owners' organization, and support for the NFS plan coming from those who have labored for more than a decade to save the Buffalo as a free-flowing stream. Of interest is a tentative response from the regional director of the NFS,, Joseph Rumburg of Sante Fe, N.M., who agrees that there is probably some room for compromise between the opposing points of view. That is to say, the Park Service is endowed with a measure of flexibility in its establishment and management of the park. And THAT may allow for taking scenic easements in some cases, rather than insisting on fee title. It has been stated before by the Park Service that both purchase and easement methods have been tried at various times in the past, and in the NFS view, experience shows quite clearly that the acquisition of title makes for far'fewer long-range management problems. Perhaps, though,i long-range' development plans for the park can best be served through compromise rather than long, acrimonious legal battles between the principals. We would hope so. It is worth noting, in this respect, that had plans gone through for a series of dams along the Buffalo'-- and there is little question.that-at least'one and possibly two would be there by now -- the "bottom land" along the river would be under water and a moot matter as far as easements are concerned. As things now stand, the land owners along the river can live out their lives on their present property if they desire, which would hardly have been the case had the river been flooded by Corps of Engineer Art Buchwald projects. (Ask the folks who used to live along the White River from Blue Springs to Beaver about that.) Eminent domain is contrary to a long American tradition of unlimited land and resources and legal protection of private property, but just as surely as land use planning is an inevitable necessity for future . land resource management, so too are cases where the land's management can best be served through public ownership. Wayne Morse The complexion of American politics has experienced a profound change during the Nixon years that is as much coincidence as contrivance. To be sure, the President is at some pains to alter the makeup of the Supreme Court, and his stewardship of the executive branch of government has placed enormous strain on many bureaus from Justice to Management and Budget. But time is the essential factor in a changing of the guard that has removed such robust figures as Ernest Gruening and Wayne Morse from the center stage of public service. Morse, who died this week while campaigning for a return to the Senate floor he graced so long and well as Republican and Independent, as well as Democrat, may have been a maverick politically, but he was uncompromisingly a patriot. He is best known, probably, for having voted against the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, an act which appears to be his epitaph. But his judgment and political acumen ran deep in other areas. He earned his place in history, too, when he broke with President Eisenhower, after having supported Ike as presidential candidate, and wound up renouncing his affiliation with the Republican Party on one account --· he opposed Eisenhower's selection of Sen. Richard M. Nixon as vice presidential running mate. ,-· ' How many other Americans, that long ago, could guess at the national debacle-that is the Nixon legacy? The nation loses a remarkable and unique servant in Wayne Morse. Old Numbers Game WASHINGTON -- Safeway Stores has just announced a" new pricing policy. It says it will only sta:np one price on a box or can of food and vyill not change the price while it's on the shelves. While some people consider this a breakthrough in supermarket shopping, there * are others who feel this will lake the thrill out of grocery huying. My friend Milton Wallach was highly critical of the Safeway proposal. "The thing I liked about going to a supermarket is that it was like going to a casino iti Las Vegas. The big gamble was to get out of the .^ store before they changed the r '" price on you. You only had a half-hour to do it and excitement for me was running down the aisles pushing my cart, with a stockboy chasing after me trying to stamp my goods with a new price before I got to the checkout counter." Wallach, who has spent .a lot of time in supermarkets, said that in recent months there have been so many prices on food packages you could hardly read the labels. "I would go into the s t o r e and ask the clerk, "Where are the baked beans you advertised for 40 cents?' He would reply. From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO A 20-year-old Hunlsvtlle man was fined $101.50 in municipal court today less than two hours after he exposed himself on the University campus. September 2 has been set as so VEARS AGO Difficulty in laying the sidewalk to Mount Sequoyah lies with disinclination of some of the property owners between 100 YEARS AGO A. F. Son is petitioning lot a new road to commence at Ozark Road near Leonard Trammell's on White River and running in a westward direction to Fayetteville, crossing said the opening day for Fayetteville Schools. Election officials for the Washington County Democratic primary, Tuesday, July 28 were announced today. Willow and College, it was announced by the city council today. river at Bronsoti Ford and intersecting the road from Fay- elteville to Oxford Bend on a lire that divides lands of P, Hennysee and A. Miller. They'll Do It Every Time AW-IPOtfTTHINK ItL GO-LOOKS UKE RAIN- AH' I PON'T pea. eoop- voc ews GO By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Behind the Greek military posturing in the Medilerrancan, confidential NATO documents warn that the Greek armed forces are so divided and weak they couldn't whip the Turkish army in a .badminton match. . .· A May, 1974, draft report to the North Atlantic Assembly declares bluntly: "The effect upon the (Greek) armed forces , of ajmost seven years of dicta- t o r s h i p ; accompanied by periodic upheavals and a 1 " succession . of · savage purges, has been severely to distort their command structure and to create an atmosphere of suspicion and antagonism among factions of the officer corps with differing political. views and sharply divided loyalties." . Nevertheless, the Nixon .Administration has insisted upon backing the Greek junta. As late as June 26, Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger les-' tified before the Senate that "as far as the military .side of the alliance is concerned, Greece remains an effective member." This is disputed by confidential NATO information, which is available to Schlesinger. States one document: "There are growing doubts about the extent to w h i c h the Greek armed forces as a whole, disunited as they are. and' dissipated by police and supervisory functions, are capable of playing their part In the NATO defense strategy." .From other, classified documents and confidential sources, we have gleaned the following intelligence items about . the explosive situation in the Mediterranean: -- The Nixon Administration, KJ.J. 'Oh those must be the ones we raised to 55 cents this morning. They were marked down from 62 cents, 57 cents and 45 cents last week. You better get them right away because I think they're going up to 70 cents in 10 minutes;' " In his observation Wallach discovered that in every supermarket the manager makes his own decision on what to charge for an item. "I was in one store and I saw a box of crackers with 65 cents stamped on them, with 65 cents stamped on them. "THE MANAGER happened to walk by and saw one of his clerks perspiring. 'Is it hot out? 'he asked.the boy. " 'It's 92 degrees,' the clerk replied. "So the manager took out a rubber stamp and marked 92 cents on the crackers. "At.another store t h e manager kept a racing form at the counter. I had a package of meat in my basket marked $2.80. He stamped it $4.50 and I asked him why. 'That's what the winner in the 5th race at Aqueduct paid yesterday.' " Every store, says 'Wallach. has a different m e t h o d of raising prices. "Some send their stockboys down the aisles every 15 minutes stamping everything they can see. Others have their stampers waiting at key points and as soon as you pass they start stamping every-' thing in your basket. A few get carried away. In one store I was wearing white shoes and one of the lads had stamped $2.50, $4.50 and $6.50 on them. I complained to the manager who apologized and gave me a free can of white shoe cleaner which was marked 67 cents, 89 cents and $1.50." OCCASIONALLY W a l l a c h says there is a slip up and he'll find a package that doesn't have a price on it at all. "Last week I was in a supermarket and I found a box of blueberries that some price stamper had missed. I asked the man at the counter how much it was: He didn't know and sent me to the manager. The manager called up his broker and said, 'How much is IBM selling for today?' The broker told him 212, and so the manager stamped $2.12 cents on the box." · Wallach feels Safeway's new one-price policy will discourage people from going to the supermarket. "Buying food is the . biggest numbers game in the country." he said. "The average American still gets his kicks from trying to guess what a can of luna is going to cost him. If you can buy a can of tomato paste 15 minutes before the price goes up on it, your day is made. You may win some and you may lose some, but at least you had fun playing the game. "If Safeway takes the gamble out of grocery buying, many of its customers may decide the hell with it and go back into the slock market again." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times in the language of Secretary of Slate Henry Kissinger, is "tilting" toward the Greek officers who overthrew Archbishop Makarios in' Cypra s - Kissinger : realizes this is an unpopular position among State Department bureaucrats . and European allies.''Indeed, he . has already started leaking stories. . about how agonized he is by the necessity-to support military dictators.; But he, sees the new junta leader, Nikbs Sampson,-as preferable to-Makarios. -- The ruthless S a m p s o n , formerly a gflerrilla assassin, has been · receiving secret CIA financial support for years. Our, CIA sources say this is merely the intelligence agency's standard hedge of supporting both,: sides in a dispute. But.Samp- son, now a rich newspaperman, received money to support his p u b l i s h i n g empire through Savyas Konstantopoulos, publisher of the Alhens Free World. Konstantopoulos, say our sources, has long been on the - CIA payroll. ' · - "··,.'- --For that matter. Archbishop Makarios also collected CIA cash. Extremely reliable sources told us i that Makarios simply blackmailed the CIA. If the agency wanted to keep its extensive facilities on Cyprus, Makarios allegedly told them, they had to pay for the privilege. -- .President Nixon and Secretary Kissinger appear to be Ihe -last holdouts in Ihe free world in their support of the Greek and .-Cyprus juntas. According to one confidential NATO document, our European allies have been eager "to hasten the transfer of power from unsophisticated and parochial military a political government enjoying the confidence of the people." --Sources who have been reliable in the past say even the CIA has given up on the Greek junta and is secretly pulling its main facilities out of Greece. The CIA reportedly is transferring many important functions'from Athens to Teheran, in the apparent belief that the Shah of Iran is a safer bet than the Greek military die, tatorship. ... -Ii A Y S , HOLLERS: The terrible-tempered Rep. Wayne Hays, D-Ohio, has tried to kick m u c k r a k e r Ralph Nader's reporters out of public hearings. : "You're nothing but a crummy- thieving bunch of liars," roared Hays at a Nader reporter after a recent hearing. "If I'd known you were in there, I would have thrown you out." The Nader news bureau's stories about,, Hays have so infuriated him that he asked two subscribing papers to cancel . the service, he told us. From here on, he'll try to bar them from the press tables. INDISCREET MEMO: Housing Undersecretary F l o y d 'Hyde recently picked up his papers and left.the government to join McManis Associates consulting firm. Not long -afterward, his subcabinet colleague, · John Barnurn, sent a memo to his underlings suggesting, that they keep Hyde in mind "in case you have any problems for consultants that he might be able to help you with." In bureaucratic Washington, this is practically an order to hire Hyde's linn. Cautioned atiout t h e . impropriety, Barnum "How Can They Say He Hasn't Faithfully Executed The Law?" Checking Radiation Hazards Everyone on earth -- indeed, all life -- is constantly being bombarded by radiation. Visible light, infrared (heat) waves, ultraviolet rays, radio waves and X rays, from both cosmic and terrestrial sources, flood the entire planet every night and . day. Most of this natural radiation is harmless to h u m a n . beings, plants and animals, unless received in extremely high dosa'ges or f o r . unusually long exposures. As (or radiation released by . human activities, nuclear power plant wastes arc widely considered the greatest potential hazard. However, there are other kinds of man-made rays which also might be hazardous, even though they are non-ionizing -that is, they do not induce electrons to escape from the atoms of materials they strike and thus produce a highly reactive, or ionized, atom. These types of radiation include lasers, ultrasound, microwaves and magnetic fields, all of which are now achieving wider application in medicine, industry and in consumer products. As a result, more and more people are being exposed to them to unprecedented degrees. Are they, harmful? For short-term, low dosages, the answer seems to be no. How about long exposures or high dosages? The answer is that nobody knows "To prolonged exposure, there might be dangers," Dr. Padmakar Lele, professor of experimental m e d i c i n e a t Massachusetts I n s t i t u t e o f Technology,- to 1 d F,Iitorial Reports. "There is just not enough money around to do the necessary studies in a scientific manner. What is really needed are studies which nm the entire spectrum of exposures and dosages." Lelc, an M.D. with a Ph.D. in physics, is directing a seminar on the "Biological Effects, Hazards a n d Medical Uses of Non-ionizing Radiations" at MIT, July 29-Aug. 2. It will be attended by .doctors, engineers, radiation physicists, research ^scientists, industrial hygienists, health officers and marketing directors from many branches of government and industry. "The idea is to give the people who are involved in this field a background knowledge of what is known and what to look out for in the next few years," Lele said. A specialist in ultrasound, Lele commented that "It just Billy Graham's Answer My husband was a long distance truck driver before we married. I found out his truck had pictures of nude women painted on it. Now, as a Christian, he has a pickup truck with Biblical verses painted all over it. He places so much emphasis on this as part of his witness. I feel we should show the world what we are by our lives- What do you 'think? F.T. Occasionally, some great Biblical heroes used very unorthodox means to announce their faith in God. Isaiah, for example, once stripped down to a brief undergarment for three years to bring attention, to his message (Isaia 20). I would say your husband's tasle has greatly .improved. I would not fault hrme for his gospel advertising, but it seems to me that 'generally people arc not favorably impressed by the bizarre approach. It may even turn some off. Certianly, if a person's life did not support his witness, whatever'method was used, the whole impact for God could be nullified. hurried off a second letter nine days later saying he feared tha first one "may be misconstrued," thus, in effect, withdrawing it. SEX APPEALS: The brass hats at Ft. Hood, Tex., recently advertised for ."go-go dancers to perform in its 12 clubs for officers and noncoms. A spokesman assured us that the bikini- clad girls are paid from club profits. Not to be outdone, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mass., placed an ad for a belly dancing instructor. "It's for a physical education class for women,". said a spokesman. "There's quile a bit of physical fitness required for the fine art of belly dancing." caught on like wildfire. The medical uses of ultrasound, such as for diagnosis of pregnancy or localization of the placenta, have mushroomed in the past five years. And it has uses which, can never be foreseen for X rays." But he is cautious in declaring ultrasound completely safe. "So far it has not been shown to have hazards, but this has not been proved scientifically." I t s m e d i c a l usage is'likely to continue, however. "One has to weigh the risks against the benefits to the patient,' Lele concluded. What Others Say.... The Holy Spirit is charged with convicting the world of sin and judgment to come. (John 16:--) he uses a variety of means. If your husband [eels that after prayer and waiting on God for direction, this evangelistic truck is still his way of sharing Christ, let him do it. You witness as you feel it should bo done, and the partnership of both of you will make an effective team. Bible Verse "He that lialh pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again." Proverbs 19:17 The Lord regards our acts of kindness to each other as something that we are doing directly for Him. "Ye have done it unto me." Who can afford to pass up the opportunity of sharing with Him? The handwriting is on th« wall...Something must be dona: soon in Northwest Arkansas to bring the area into compliance, with new federal regulations, concernin gthe dumping of sew-:. age effluent into streams. Recent changes in regulations have set a deadline of July 1975 for sewage systems across.the nation to stop polluting streams with sewage effluent. The time element is short, but: it is the law. Up to this week the only workable solution had · been presented by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Piiin- l ning Commission (NWARPC). This - group has recommended the construction of a central sewage disposal s y s t e m by : which only two plants would handle the sewage of the entire, area.. · ; There has been heated opposition to the proposal, but it had' been the only proposal that was economical' feasable.. Even then the price tag is high.: Capital costs associated with, the construction of the system, would be near $13 million:, dollars if built today and tha; cost will go up with delays. But this week an' alternative plan was proposed- The plan was presented in a meeting in Siloam Springs on Tuesday night and again in Fayetteville: on Wednesday evening. We are not endorsing the proposal, because not enough data lias been presented to prove that it would be the best method of disposing of the area's sewage effluent. But on the other hand, enough ' material has been presented to show that the plan should be given indepth study. The proposal calls for using sewage effluent that has : received secondary treatment, for irrigation of the soil, instead, of pollution of the streams. Most treatment plants in the - area now have secondary treatment facilities. ·At the Siloam Springs meeting, John Marsh, a professional sanitary engineer from Norman, Okla., showed films of systems now in USQ and explained the proposal. He did riot try to tell the residents and officials of Northwest Arkansas how to administer tha plan, but left those decisions, up to the people of the area. However lie did point out that in other areas the effluent was being sold to individuals wishing to use the material for irrigation. This, he pointed out. could be \ done either directly : by the municipalities or through an agent established for that., purpose. ; Either-way; he jointed out,: there would be a return to tha, : . municipalities'· for the effluent,rather than just being a drain; on tax dollars. As explained by Marsh, ths effluent serves several pur-: poses. First, not only does the- .effluent provide a ready source" of irrigation water, but at tha: same time it fertilizes th eland.". In-use systems, he pointed out, have shown the fertilizer to be: · safe. Under the present system of-, disposing of effluent in streams and rivers, the water is lost to the area, as it travels tha- networks to the seas. Under the irrigation plan, tha- effluent cleanses itself through, same time it fertilizes the land, and eventually reaches tha water table clear, where it can be used again in this area. Last, but not least, tha streams of both the area and all those in the network t o ' t h a . sea, remain unpolluted. While not endorsing the plan at this time, we feel that indivi- 'duals and officials of Northwest Arkansas should strive to learn more of the proposal and its applications to this area, both as a money saving plan and one to improve the soil of the area, while keeping our waterways pure. The, NWARPC has set up a meeting at the Sprin^dale City Hall for July 25 to hear the · proposal- This meeting will be opcri to the public and we hopa the room is packed by residents oi this area. This is only one of many proposals that should be investigated by Northwest Arkansas on the "recycling!' of our wastes. It is known that our resources are limited and at. the present rate of consumption will be used up in the not too distant future. To maintain the things that we take for granted today, throughout the future, we are going to have to make provisions for usitrg our natural resources more than once. We must begin plans todfly. to recycle all our refuge. Since there is'a federal deadline on the sewage problem, it appears that this would be the logical place to bcffn investigating the recycling of one of our more troublesome wastes. --Rogers News

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