gdumfiti Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest It The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4A Â« SUNDAY, JULY 28, 1974 Judiciary GOPersTake Nixon's Cues Of Citizen Interest While the fate of the city's old Post Office building on the Square in Downtown Fayetteville is a matter that must be settled by official agencies of government -- HUD, the city Board and the Housing Authority -credit for gaining a sympathetic and cooperative review of the crucial plan belongs to a group of conscientious, dedicated and energetic citizens led by Frank Sharp of Fayettevple Downtown Unlimited, and Prof. Cyrus Sutherland, of the University department of architecture. The point was made emphatically by both HUD and the Housing Authority at a public meeting last week, that had the public been as concerned and interested in certain features of the Urban Renewal plan a couple of years ago, changes could more easily have been made. Not to belabor this point, but it is our recollection that suggestions to preserve the building were frequently made in the formative months of present design plans, and just as frequently subjected to benign neglect. Several public leaders of that time were also quoted as calling the building "ugly" and ''obsolete." The Housing Authority, as we recall it, campaigned for an "open area" plan, as exemplified by urban renewalized communities that had been visited. It is easy enough at this stage to blame public apathy or lack of acuity for plans to demolish the Post Office. It can be asked legitimately, though: did City Hall and the Housing Authority stress sufficiently and objectively the city's options, and was a sufficient consensus achieved? Could a vote have focused greater attention on the issue? The prevailing notion at the moment, we gather, is that the law leaves the city with little room for maneuvering. The best chance may well be delay, with the presumption that time solves things in a fashion no amount of on-the-spot cerebrating can match. We presume city leaders will explore all reasonable channels of action. The imminence of the bulldozer, though, is scarcely yet reduced. Whatever the outcome, we have an idea the experience will have its good side-effects. Coalescence of purpose doesn't come easy for Fayetteville, though too much we think for reasons only of custom. It is good that our residents in this case find a common cause worthy of marching on City Hall. And may prove even more instructive for many to find how welcome citizens are when they get there. This, we have an idea, will have a posi- '. live, if not necessarily demonstrable effect on availability of candidates for, as well as eventual preferencse of electors in, the November city elections. It is an appropriate time, even if for some reason the Post Office can't be preserved, for Fayetteville to experience a new flush of positive self-interest. From The Readers Viewpoint Why? To the Editor: Since Urban Renewal paid $235,400 to Fayetteville Business Unlimited for the old post office building why can't F.B.U. use that same money to buy the post office building back? A lease-purchase agreement can then be made with the city. (Name Withheld by Request) Fayetteville No Joke! To the Editor: I have just returned home from attending the public meeting on the fate of the Old Post Office Building. Listening to city and HUD officials debate the problem reminds of the old story about three men riding on a streetcar. The first man turns to the second and asks: "What time is it?" The second man looks at his wrist and declares: "Why, it is Thursday." Whereupon the third man rises to his feet and says: "Gracious, I had no idea it was so late. I have to get off at the next corner." Wew! Name Witheld By Request Fayetteville Disappointed To the Editor: The following is a copy of a letter to Mr. Donald M. Spalding, superintendent of the Buffalo National River, P. O. Box 1173. Harrison (72001), that I am sending with this posting. If others feel as I do I suggest they write their sentiments to Sup't. Spalding prior to Aug. 5, 1974, so that their comments can be made part of the record. Dear Sir: I am extremely disappointed and highly incensed with the Parks Service proposals to significantly expand and develop the Buffalo River Area beyond its current facilities. Such proposals are not in the public interest of perser- ving the Buffalo as a free flowing stream and the conservation of its character. Development and or construction of roads, pit toilets, parking lots, camping sites, shelter, etc. will only serve to attract an increasing number of people to the area resulting in exten- Billy Graham's Answer Do you think hypnosis could help me? I'm so sick and tired of being pushed around. The meek are supposed to inherit the earth. Well, I'm tired of waiting. I need to be more aggressive, instead of sitting like a bump on a log. A.B.R. First, let me comment on that statement in Matthew 5:5 to which you referred. Jesus was here commending meekness toward both men a n d God. The word includes humility, but it's more than that. It's the attitude of the disciple to the teacher when teaching -- or of the son to the father when exercising paternal authority. The meek man is not given to retaliate for injuries, but rather to forgive. Well, look at the life of Christ. There's the supreme example of the willingness to take wrong patieotlv -- and a gentleness in dealing with others. True meekness is a grace -- a fruit of the Holy Spirit. You may be humanly meek, implying dullness, timidity and a weakness of character. But true meekness is strong. It displays strength of purpose and self-control. Now will hypnosis help you? I doubt it. That operates at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state. Hypnosis cannot force a person to do things against his will -- and you need will power in massive doses. Let faith in Christ motivate you to the proper kind of aggressiveness. When you wait on God, you move fast to spiritual success. They'll Do It Every Time STIX PARAPIPPLE ^m^^-i^t. OSES OHM TWO PKUIASjJPgfeS^gills iun Ufa /ISCAT... ^g^y^Mk^T! INSTRUMENTS AMP He'S AWFUL- sive pollution the Park Service supposedly is dedicated to avoid. A portion of the way' of life on the Buffalo certainly includes outboard motors. The 9V4 HP. Mercury. Johnson, or Evinrude Is a familiar sight along the river providing the necessary power for the larger Jon boats used by many commercial float services and individuals. Without the outboards, and the Jon b o a t s many people, some handicapped, would be denied the pelasnre of floating. In addition the out-, board powered Jon boats have proven invaluable during times of emergencies involving rescue and accident missions. I will actively oppose, and encourage- others to oppose, any extensive development plans you have or may propose for tho Buffalo National River. Joe Upchurch Fayetteville Hank And JWF To the Editor: Last Sunday on nationwide TV, Senator Fulbright seemed to brush aside all consideration of an Ambassadorial post, though not only querried, but pressed, by his interviewers. But, maybe significantly, he. avoided ruling out the possibility. It now seems possible, if not likely, that the Senator is under serious consideration, if not personal pressure, from Secretary Kissinger, to accept the top ambassadorship of all, to the Court of St. James! Certainly no American is better qualified nor more deserving, and none could be more' effective in terms of the national prestige and welfare. Especially concerning Peace on Earth, and good will between men and nations. According to NEW TIMES for 26 July, Secretary Kissinger Is quietly working toward the nomination, but is blocked by VVhite House impeachment politics; somebody there wants to trade the appointment for Bill's note against impeachment, according to the report; "The British Ambassadorship: a case of Blackmail?". Now Henry Kissinger, though an imperialist, a liar, and an ambition-ridden and unscrupulous opportunist (all now documented beyond reasonable doubt), also happens to be the best, and may be the only, member of the present administration, capable of salvaging anything significant from the Watergate fiasco's wrecking of Detente, and of any valid p r o s p e c t of SALT ever amounting to anything but an Acronym. Without Kissinger, everything would revert to Cold War status; the phony Vietnam 'peace' would collapse formally . as well as actually; and the ' M i d - E a s t accommodation, tottery at best, would lose its only real prop. Bill Fulbright knows all this, maybe better than anybody else around. And Bill Fulbright also is a realist, a devoted patriot, and probably a better judge of the politics of foreign policy, and of the men and the morality involved, than any man alive today. And so, now freed from Senatorial obligations as of January, it surely would be a splendid thing for all concerned if Nixon would have the intelligence to go along with Kissinger in this matter, on its merits, and withdraw any natural blackmailing proclivities which could only kill it, as far as BUI Fulbright is concerned. . I n c i d e n t a l l y , those n o t reading the NEW TIMES arc By JACK ANDERSON ' WASHINGTON - It looks as if most Republicans' on the House Judiciary Committee are taking their cues from the White House as the impeachment drama approaches its climax. President Nixon, for example, has been maneuvering behind the scenes for weeks to undercut the chief Republican Imp e a c h m e n t lawyer, Albert Jenner. Now the GOP minority has put Jenner's subordinate, Sam Garrison, in charge of the Republican staff. House GOP leader John Rhodes, meeting privately with Oie Judiciary Committee faithful early last May, told them the President "couldn't stand" Jenner. According to sources who were present, most Republican commilleemen were willing to depose the distinguished Chicago attorney whom they had chosen to handle their side of the impeachment case. Even Jenner's sponsor and fellow member of the Chicago bar, Rep- Roberf-McClory, .assured Rhodes pribately ; .that'he would support a move to oust Jenner. The backroom strategists agreed to wait for the best time to act against Jenner. This came after he was quoted in a Texas paper as calling for impeachment. The Texas clipping was posted on the wall of the Republican cloakroom and McCIory, took the lead in lining, up the votes .to shove The Washington Merry-Go-Round Jenner aside. In his place has stepped the man whom the While House preferred all along -- the tough, partisan, 32-year-old former aid to ex-Vice President Spiro Agnew, Sam Garrison. He was hired as a hatchet- man by.the committee's senior Republican and dog god Nixon supporter, Rep. Edward Hutchinson, E-Mich. We reported as early as February 26 that Hutchlnson has instructed Garrison "to react negatively to all Democratic proposals and never to initiate any. action of his own. 1 . The President's strategy has been to obstruct impeachment and, after it could no longer be dejayed, to portray it as a Democratic vendetta against him. Now, with liarnson stepping forth and leading the political revival, the President's supporters are trying to whip up partisan feelings and make a vote a g a i n s t impeachment a Â·Republican loyalty test. This has dismayed many Republicans who fear the party may be destroyed unless it divorces itself from the president. They believe it would be disastrous for a majority of Republicans to condone his activities by supporting the President. We have spoken to a'gonized GOP congressmen who privately believe the President should be impeached but confess they are under tremendous pressure to vote against it. Here are the points that trouble them: --The mountain of incriminating evidence is absolutely staggering in its dknensons. Several of the President's top aids already have . been convicted and sentenced for criminal conduct. Whether or not the President participated in these crimes, it was his constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully. Â· --The While House transcripts reveal a shocking failure on the President's part to express moral indignation over Watergate. The conversations Inside the oval office were sordid and ugly. --Out of the President's own mouth came incriminating statements that simply won't go way. "I don't give a shit what happens," he told top aides on March 22, 1973. "I want you all to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up or anything else if it'll save it -- save the plan. That's the whole point....We're going to protect our people, if we can.' Not only did the President thus call for a cover-up, but his aides carried out h i s instructions. Some of them are now going to jail for it. --A day earlier, the President spoke of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt's blackmail demand for $120,000. "You've got no choice with Hunt but the "Uh,-You re Not Quite In Tune With Us' A Potpourri Mr. Nice Guy vs. Mr. Whitewash By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- As the House Judiciary Committee reached the finale of the impeachment inquiry, Vice President Gerald Ford was still slavishly defending Mr. Nixon's debasement of the government as enthusiastically as he did at the time the hearings began many months ago- Instead of becoming Mister Clean, the Vice President has become Mister Whitewash. One of Ford's proudest boasts, is, "I am the first F,agle Scout Vice President of the United States." Loyalty is, and should be, a concern of all scouts, but the scout code does not put personal loyalties ahead of loyalty to county. Not long ago, the Vice President was asked if he could do j u s t ' o n e thing for the American people, what would he choose to do. His answer was restoration of "public credibility and faith in our 'government." Has he met that test? Ford is. and probably always will be, Mister Nice Guy, for that comes natural to him; but, like many other Vice Presidents, he seldom has stood up to the president. He knuckled missing something! Last week's (June 28), "In . pursuit of Richard Nixon: the Moby Dick of American Politics," is something else! "Will the Real Richard Nixon please stand up? Nixon has been like the white whale on the loose, a kind of frightening a n d tantalizing blank in the political sea." Reuben R. Thomas Fayetteville P.S.: Thank yon for that splendid quote from Bill Corson yesterday, in your "From the Bookshelf" Special. May this a p p r e c i a t i v e reader also recommend a selection from Tad Szulk, "How Kissinger Did It; behind the Vietnam Cease- Fire Agreement". , i n Foreign Policy, Number 15, July 1974, page 21. under in his first test on Watergate, and then, after several faint intimations of independence, he yielded again just as the impeachment-hearings were nearing their climax. ..BACK IN DECEMBER, when Ford was ; Sworn in as the first Vice President appointed under the 25th Amendment, many Republicans had high hopes that he would do for the party what Republican Calvin Coolidge did in the wake of the Teapot Dome scandal of the Warren Harding Administration. When Harding suddenly died, Coolidge became the Chief Executive and, as the Mister Clean of 1923, vrgorously investigated the malefactors of his own party. As a result, the GOP made a quick comeback, with Coolidge winning big in 1924. Mr. Ford, however, has shown no inclination to emulate Coolidge. On the contrary, he has time and again joined Mr. Nixon in trying to shove the Watergate scandal under the rug. It may be that he is sincere in saying he has no ambition to become President. Certainly his dogged defense of Mr. Nixon's massive subversion of the government would seem to reinforce that claim, for if the GOP 'hopes to win in 1976 it must have a nominee whom the public can count on to clean house. So far at least, Gerry Ford has shown no zeal for that task. In fairness to Ford, it must be conceded that it is not easy for any Vice President to be his own man. Ford's predecessor, Spiro Agnew, surely wasn't- The White House used him as both a hatchet m a n and an Administration apologist, Moreover, it lost no time casting Ford in the same role. The President's men quickly sent him out to defend Mr. Nixon on Watergate and even wrote the speech for him. That was his initial Farm Bureau talk when be blamed the continuous "ordeal of Watergate" on "A few extreme partisans,' hundred and twenty or wfcsteror it Is. Right?" demanded t h e President. Counsel John Dean agreed: "That's .right.' Then the President asked again: "Would you agree that that's a buy time thing you better damn well get that done, but fast?" Again Dean Agreed. "Well for Christ's aakes,' T said the President, "get It...," Subsequently, his aides paid hush money to Hunt. -- M a n y Republicans are deeply troubled over the President's .use of government agencies, including tho Internal Revenue Service, to harass his critics-- W h a t concerns some Republicans more than anything else is the President's refusal to respond to House Impeachment subpoenas. The Constitution gives; Congress the sole power to impeach the President. This implies access to the evidence. But Nixon is claiming, in effect, that he has the right to decide what evidence against himself that Congress will be permitted! to consider. If this principle should be applied to all defendants, thera would be precious few corjyic- tons. Most of the Republicans "wa interviewed a*greed, not for attribution, that the case for impeachment is overwhelming; Certainly, enough evidence has been developed to warrant a Senate trial to determine t h a President's guilt or innocence. F o o t n o t e : Hep. Rhodes, through a spokesman, denied having mentioned Nixon's animosity toward' Jenner, Tha House Republican leader suggested that back in May Nixon may not even have known who Jenner was. A Problem Of Security In Mideast CAIRO (ERR) -Â· Compromise is the name of tha game, in internatiinal politics as in life, and the players in the Middle East aren't being very good sports. The Israelis won't talk to the Palestinians and the Palestinians won't'talk to the Israelis unless the latter r e c o g n i z e their "national rights" to' at least part of .the Jewish state. The Arab governments act as if they would like the Palestinian problem to go away so they can rebuild their war-torn countries. Virtually everyone agrees that there can be no peace in the Middle East until the Palestinian problem is solved. Unfortunately, none of the proposed solutions is acceptable to all concerned. The proposals include a separate state on the West Bank : and an Gaza, federation 'with 'Jordan, creation of 'an, international .city in Jerusalem, repatriation and establishment of a secular state in Israel, arid assimilation of the ; refugees into the Arab countries where they are how living. Unless those directly involved are willing to soften their de- majtds and compromise on basic issues,.observers see l i t t l e possibility that .the Geneva Conference on the Middla East, scheduled to., convene in - October, can accomplish much. The p a r t i c i p a n t s a t . 'the , conference Â· are, the United States, the Soviet Union, Egypt. .Israel,: Jordan .and -Syria. The Palestinians will not be invited . unless all parties agree that they be allowed to attend. such as the AFL-CIO. ADA and o t h e r "powerful pressure groups," He didn't mention that much or most of the a'gilation for Mr. Nixon's resignation was coming from some of the nation's leading Republican newspapers and still is. ..A FRIENDLY PRESS, still honeymooning with the Vice President, has tried to encourage his occasional efforts to show a little independence, but when Mr. Nixon whistles, Ford comes running and invariably emerges from the White House echoing his master's voice, especially on Watergate. Compare hjs voice'with that of Sens. Lowell Weicker, J a m e s Buckley, Edward Brooke, even Hugh Scott, and other Republicans, who have not hesitated to express their outrage over the corruption in the government. Ford is a Lawyer. He knows the Constitution. Before Watergate, nobody more pointedly asserted that impeachment need not to be confined to narrow criminal grounds, as Mr. Nixon now insists. Recently the outpouring of documentary evidence against the President has been like an avalanche, but it still hasn't made a dent on the Vice President. After being called to San Clemente a week or two ago, Ford emerged from a long seance with Mr. Nixon insinuating that the House Judiciary Committee wasn't treating the President fairly and predicted the House as a whole would vindicate him because t h e "preponderance of the evidence" shows he is innocent of any wrongdoing. That is the kind of talk that might be expected of James D. St Clair the Chief Executive's defense lawyer, but it is depressing to hear it from t h e man who, if he succeeds to the Presidency, would be expected to restore moral leadership in the White House and enfoce tha highest standards of conduct on the entire government, 1074, Los' Angeles TIMES THE O F F I C I A L Israeli Â· position .on the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). the; multi-factioned group which claims to represent both the Palestinians inside Israel a n d the refugees who left, hardened after the terrorist raids in May and June. Premier Yitzhak Rabin told newsmen In Jerusalem on July 15 that his country would not negotiate with any tional Council agreed during its aim the' destruction of Israel." At the same time, the PLO position seemed to be softening somewhat. The Palestinian Na- tinal Council agreed during its June conference in Cairo to send representatives to Geneva and- meet with the Israelis if the "national rights" of the Palestinians were recognized and discussed at the meeting. And for the, first' tinie the PLO indicated it would settle for a national state comprising t h e West Bank and Gaza. T h e organization had previously demanded all of Israel. HIGH - BANKING American officials have avoided meeting with Palestinian leaders, choosing instead to deal with established governments. But Stata Department spokesmen have indicated that this policy is changing and that high-level contacts between the United States and Palestinian organizations could develop in tha next few months, Esther Cohen, a journalist w h o ' returned recently fro ma visit to the Mid- east, underlined the need for Palestinian participation in any settlement Washington devises "The U.S. hopes both to guarantee the survival of Israel and to placate the Arab states. Neither of these alms can be achieved without resolving the Palestinian issue," Mrs. Cohen wrote. "To negotiate peace. Nixon must negotiate concrete solutions. He has to find homes for a nation without them, at the same time securing the homes of the nation that already exists." But both Israel and Jordan, which suppressed the Palestinian commandoes in 1970, feet that their security would be directly threatened by the existence of an independent Palestinian state. And there is ni indication that the United tSates is willing or able to persuade either country to change i t i stand.
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