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· Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · MONDAY, JULY 29, 1974 Nixon Has 'Understanding With Ford Arkansas In The Spotlight · We rather wish Rep. Ray Thornton, Arkansas' representative on the House Judiciary Committee, did his hair another way. On national television prime time the other evening, it looked for all the world as if the distinguished Arkansan was getting his locks trimmed with the use of a soup bowl. : Had Mr. Thornton come on with a corn- pone drawl and some of the less sagacious arguments of the Nixon apologists, an image of the Southern demagogue would have been dang near complete. But Congressman Thornton is no regionalist, nor any sort on demagogue. He is, although a freshman and next to last in ranking on the Committee among the Democrats, a most thoughtful, reasonable and judicious man. In his quiet, meticulous way, we have an idea, he has had a degree of influence on the manifestly sober and scrupulous manner of impeachment hearings. It is noteworthy that Mr. Thornton was long regarded as "undecided" on impeach- ment--a swing vote. As he explains, though, he was undecided only in the fashion that every proper juror should be until the evidence is in. At that point, he has resolved the question in about as straightforward a manner as one could wish. No flash, just a wholesome regard for the facts as he sees them. It is significant, too, we think, that Rep. Thornton opposed open (televised) hearings during evidenciary stages of the procedure. He felt fairness dictated a degree of protection from too much publicity in the gathering of evidence. But he promptly endorsed open hearings for the matters of debate and voting on the evidence and the articles of impeachment, in the public's right to know whereof the eventual decision. That, too, is a most responsible position for the former state attorney general. We are proud of his performance, to date. Maybe, if he could find another barber From The Readers Viewpoint Dec. 7ers To the Editor A Charter for a Chapter No. 2 for the PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION was signed by 14 survivors in Fort S m i t h , Ark. July 14, 1974. this chapter is for the convenience of all Survivors in the Northwest part of Ark. and Northeast Okla the first chapter is at Little Rock, Ark. All survivors are welcome. We are trying to find any person that was in the military service on or within three miles ot the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Dec. 7th 1941 between the hours of 7:55 A.M. and 9:45 A.M. during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Any man or woman who meets these qualifications can join the PHSA. This organization is well-established and has Chapters in all 50 states. We are not a bunch of booze-hounds, trying to get a place to meet others, but a band of men and women that was "there" when it happened, and enjoy seeing old 'buddies and shipmates' and talk over old times. We also enjoy having picnics for the wife and kids to attend. Even though you have no intentions of joining the PHSA nlease write us, for the PHSA wants to find all survivors -for like the "old Confederate soldiers" we are fading out and can not be replaced. If interested, write to: H e n r y B. Hawkins, Co" * Chairman 5119 S. 2Bth St. Fort Smith, Ark. 72901 The Square To the Editor: FACTS ARE FACTS. LEGALISMS ARE LEGALISMS. BUT VALUES ARE NOT VALUES. After a citizen's meeting From Oar Files; How Time Flies] 10 YEARS AGO : Fayettevillc D e m o c r a t s elected Hugh R. Kincaid the party's city attorney nominee and endorsed alderman Grover C. Thomas in yesterday's municipal balloting. Kincaid piled up strong leads in wards III and IV in defeating his opponent, Tom Pearson Jr. Political newcomer Gene Thrasher, long a party worker. 50 YEARS AGO .Hon. J. V. Walker, Hon. H. L'. Ponder, Congressman John N. Tillman and Hon. Claude A. Fuller, will feature the program of the 27th Annual Confederate Reunion and home coming to be held in Prairie Grove Aug. 7th-8th. The University has a deserted look today. The summer school 100 YEARS AGO City items; Streets are dusty. Shower baths at Kidds'. Look out for mad dogs. B u t t e r 15 cents a pound. Merchants are complaining. The don't believe in advertising. Croquet and moonlight is the thing. Work on the University goes on. but never before a candidate, dumped veteran campaigner Paul C. Davis by a vyide majority in yesterday's light primary vole in the county judge's race. Incumbent Sheriff Arthur Davidson fought off an attempt by former deputy Bill Lankford and captured the Democratic nomination for sheriff in yesterday's voting. session, which opened Monday, June 16, closed Saturday, alter a successful six weeks with the largest enrollment in the history of the school. What is expected to be the most inspirational session of the M o u n t Sequoyah sessions opened here yesterday with Dr. I. L. Russell of Nashviie, Tenn. in charge. Paper collars won't stand 93 degrees in the shade. A nice frame residence is being constructed on University Hill. Col. E. I. Stirman and lady left on Monday for a visit to Kentucky. Tight-lacing is again coming into fashion. This will be good news for short-armed fellows. They'll Do It Every Time called for Monday night, July 22. to save the Old Post Office from the imminent demolition planned for it by HUD, Mayor Russell Purdy said, "We are Just where we started. If we want the property we have to pay a fair price-" Mr. Sterling Cockrill, Little Rock acting director of the area HUD office, suggested there may be » combination of approaches, but added that practical experience indicates it will not be much less than $240,000. (HUD has had "practical experience" with such situations before.) Mr. Cockrill explained t h a t Urban Renewal is bound by laws d e s i g n e d to protect property rights of Americans. "You can't take a building and give it to a governmental agency. You can dispose of it by sale at a fair market price." (But you can demolish it, at a large expense, and institute a replacement, at a large expense, all against the wishes of American citizens.) M r . Cyrus Sutherland, spokesman for the citizen's group organized in- May to block demolition of the building, said, "It would be wanton destruction of urban wealth lo tear it down." Mr. Cockrill said: "HUD is in sympathy with preservation and had it been presented in 1969 they would certainly have considered it. If this had been done, we wouldn't be here tonight." I am reminded of a recent statement of Mr. Herbert Stein, chairman of Mr. Nixon's Council of Economic Advisers, that the inflation is the fault of the American people. HUD had the means, we are sure (and paid sufficient for the plan presented) to command the best city planning abilities. Yet HUD accepts no respon- sility for presenting a plan that r e c e i v e d no enthusiasm. Finally, HUD gave an edict, accept the plan or have nothing. Fayetteville knew that something had to be worked out for the viability of the Square and it could not refuse the funds- It recognized the error in time, s e v e r a l -months before demolition was to begin. Yet HUD refused to correct the error and continued to plan for the demolition of a building that has been nominated to the National Register of Historical Places. Mr. Paul Noland, a city director, said, "Many are beginning to visualize what the Square will look like without a building and arc having second thoughts." Mr. Sutherland said, "A building with a plaza is better than a plaza without a building...." He maintained that the building concept makes better economic sense and an adaptive use would serve as a magnet to bring pedestrian traffic to the core of the town. He said THE PLANNING WHICH CALLS FOR DEMOLITION IS A MAJOR PLANNING ERROR W H I C H MANY FEEL S T R O N G L Y SHOULD BE CORRECTED. At the time the plan for the Square was publicized, a 6th year architectural student said. This is a hell of a thing lo happen to $500,000." The 5000 citizens who signed the petitions n °w appear lo be in agreement. Mr. Roy Clinlon, a housing commissioner, e x p r e s s e d concern about the work now under way in the area under Urban Renewal, and his suggestion lhat funds could be returned to HUD brought wild applause from, the crowd. From Mr. Cockrill it brought the comment, "If you give us back J2 million we will call it even." It speaks for itself. HOD is there to spend the money, not to carry out responsibility for Ella Polee By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Sources close to Vice President Gerald Ford say he has reached a private underslandit/g wilh President Nixon. The Vies President, who is effective in the backrooms, has agreed to work quietly on Capitol Hill against impeachment. As one source put it, Ford "doesn't believe that the President is guiltless but only that it hasn't reached an impeachable level." The President, in turn, has offered to help groom Ford as his successor. To help ovevcome Ford's weakness in foreign af- f a i r s , f o r example, t h e president · will probably send him on a foreign tour after the November elections. The understanding between the nation's top two leaders, says one source, has developed from several informal conver- sallons. Another source stressed that the understanding has been more tacit than explicit- "There is no quid pro quo," he said. "I don't think lhat is the way they do business." The idea of a vice prejiden- tial trip, for example, was discussed shortly after Ford's appointment. It has come up from time to time in their private conversations. Ford likely will visit the Soviet Union, Middle East, Western Europe and Far East. He has already gone to Communist China. Now he would like to visit Taiwan and Japan. He is also ea'ger to spend some time The Washington Merry-Go-Round in Israel and Egypt. He has also talked to the President about stopping at NATO headquarters. The Vice President doesn t want to take a whirlwind tour. He would like to stop in each country long enough to learn something about it. Ford still tells friends that he isn't seeking the presidency. But he is nol unaware that he now leads the polls as .the favorite for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. WATERGATE VICTIM: The Watergate steamroller has run over a veteran civil servant, Mike Acree, who has been accused of helping Pres'dent Nixon persecute his .enemies through tax audits. The doughty Acree has served the government faithfully for 37 years. He almost died of a heart ailment in 1970, but came back to win the National Civil Service League award for h.'S courage and integrity. He moved up from the Inter- pal Revenue Service in 1972 to become Customs chief. But today, he is hanging on to his job by frayed fingernails. Acree deserves to have his side of the story told. We have pieced it together from grand jury testimony, secret Senate iranscripls and interviews with the principals, including some of Acree's past bosses^ The grand jury testimony shows that Acree was summoned in 1971 to the White House annex by Jack Caulfield, the ex-detective who served as the White House liaison man with law agencies. It took two visits before Caufield finally got around to asking Acree, then the IRS inspections chief, how to initiate tax audits. Acree explained tersely that the procedures were laid out in IRS rules and could not be abridged. Unfortunately for Acree, according to the testimony, Caulfield tried to pump up his own importance in memos he wrote to his White House superiors. These old memos, many of them false and misleading, made Acree appear like a White House patsy. Caulfield claimed, for instance, that Acree agreed to help with an audit of News day reporter Bob Greene who had dared to criticize presidential crony Bebe Rebozo. Under penalty of perjury, Acree contradicted the charge. Caulfield also said that Acree met with him and presidential secretary Rose Mary Woods' brother, Joe, at the Fairfax Country Club to talk about a private sleuthing agency with a "black'bag" capacity. This could mean cash payoffs or Watergate-style break-ins. Acree acknowledged he had Summer Replacement For Gunsmoke? leV^UM"-*. JVWftHin i^!S"iffi77^ _ i - -» A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought SEMANTIC DISTORTIONS. James J. Kilpatrick, "The Highfalutin' and the Mighty." Nation's Business, July 1974, pp. 11-12. "It is one of the curious aspects of our Washington Wonderland that here words are used not to convey thought, but to muffle thought. We stumble about through forests of jargon, trying in vain to find our way. Often we are lost, for jargon is a parasitic growth: It gathers on the limbs of thought like Spanish m o s s on Charleston oaks: it does not altogether conceal, but it softens, disguises and blurs." "I am prompted toward these observations especially by what is going on in the world of education... It is becoming the w o r l d of Humpty-Dumpty, where words mean what a speaker chooses them to mean, and neither more nor less. The condition is characterized by what might tie termed the Highfalulin' Syndrome. T h e most ordinary ideas are decked out in party clothes. It is like putting bootees on a dachshund." "'Words are like pollen: They trigger allergic reactions. Such words as 'facility,' 'enriched' and 'dynamic' strike upon sensitive membranes; they produce intellectual hives. I walk into th egoldcn-rod prose . and emerge with a rash, walk into the golden-rod prose Mostly,..the usages are sham. They are pretentious, devious and fake. The idea is to impress city councilmen, Senators and ordinary citizens with the erudition of the educator. This is the hocus-pocus of the medicine man, whose skills embrace the art of mumbo jumbo." organizations mean little to him." CHESS CHAMPION. .Steve Englund, "A King Takes Himself Off the Board -Maybe," Sports Illustrated, July 15, 1974, pp .50-52. "There are few personalities in the history of sport like Robert J. Fischer. Arrogant, evasive, uncooperative, private and mysterious, he awes spectators, colleagues and opponents alike not so much by his genius for chess as by the force of his uncompromising will that stands in contrast to . that of the rest of the world." "His is a sporting world replete with Mark Spitz and Bobby Riggs types in a frenzy to cash in on any available jackpot, Bobby Fischer looms like some distant, unsealed peak... Fischer remains his own mai)." "He does not endorse, he is not managed, h e is not available he notoriously rejects advice and he has few friends... He is labelled a reclusive egotist, when in point of fact the world could learn some lessons from Fischer on the value of autonomy and solitude... For better or worse, Bobby has struck again -much to the chagrin of the managers of international chess...Seemingly out of the blue, and with nary a tear of regret, Fischer resigned what most people would have supposed to be his most precious possession, the title of world c h e s s champion, thereby proving once again that titles, power and pelf conferred by MERETRICIOUS RUBBISH. J e a n Stafford, "Wordman, Spare That Tree," Saturday Review-World, July 13, 1974, pp. 14-17. "Vastly too many books are published, and the blame for this lies heavily on the heads of the publishers. The book industry, as it literally is called, is as big and complicated as the automobile or 'the detergent industries. And its society is as stratified as that of ancient Rome. So the publishers have to make billions of dollars, and therefore they have to publish billions of books, a stunning percentage of which are meretricious rubbish." "I feel very strongly a'jout trees, looking on them as one of the kindest forms of life... By and large, trees don't do any harm u n t i l they are cut down to be used for the printed word. Think of the forests that have gone into all those awful striplease acts on the psychoanalyst's couch... Think of the acres of Scotch fir and black spruce, of poplar and hemlock and quaking aspen trees, that have been felled for fearless exposes and 'serious funky messages,' and the lowdown on the shenanigans in the W h i t e House kitchen!" "It occurs to me with woe and rage that thousands a n d . thousands of trees are being chopped down right now and being made into pulp and the pulp made into paper on which will be written hundreds of worthless and rottenly written books about why we must stop cutting down our trees." once talked to Caulticld tentatively about forming a legitimate detective agency but swore there had been no mention ot "black bags." Caulfield testified that Acree had showed him tax data or. the Rev. Billy Graham and actor John Wayne, both of whom had complained of his harassment. Caulfield said Acree also provided him with information on other actors for comparison. These statements, protested Acree, were false. He had not shown Caulfield .the Griham and Wayne tax data, and another IRS official drew up the comparisons, of., actors tax troubles strictly for internal IRS use, testified Acree. He asserted that the only checks he ran for the White House were on individuals seeking clearance for'appointments, and, in one case, on a man who wanted to give a wine cellar lo President Nixon's San Clemente home. To forestall embarrassing situations, checks on government appointees have been made by IRS for both Democratic and Republican presidents. Acree's defense, in fairness, should not be lost in the Watergate welter. Footnote: Caulfield told my associate Les Whitten that ha had given his entire story lo the grand- jury and other offi: cial investigators, and that ha had nothing more to add. "I told them the truth," insisted Caulfield- A Pray-In At The Capitol By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- They had a pray-in on the Capitol steps this week. Ardent Nixon supporters held the vigil to pray not only for the President but also for members of Congress. Each member wore a professionally prepared sandwich board with the name and photograph of a member of Congress or the President with the words "I AM PRAYING FOR---" boldly printed on it. It was-a rather scary moment for congressmen and senators who are used to being vilified but are not prepared to face up to people who are praying for them. The other day we saw Congressman Tliroggsmuttcm walk up the steps of the Capitol to - be suddenly confronted by a young man carrying a sand- .wich board with Throggs- mutton's picture on it. "I'm praying for you, Congressman.", ; Throggsmutton seemed shaken. "I have nothing to-hide. My private l i - f e is an open book," he protested. "I'm asking God to help you see the light on the President's impeachment." "I've said many limes that I will hear all the evidence before I make my decision." "Gad isn't going to like THAT," the young man said. "God'doesn't want Nixon to ba impeached." ' ' H o w do you know?" Throggsmutlon asked. Because I spoke to Him, God thinks the President is getting a raw deal by Congress and the media. He intends to punish anyone who votes against Nixon." "See here, young man. I go to church every Sunday and God has never indicated He is for or against impeachment. As a matter of fact, He hinted to me just last week that He would like to hear ALL the tapes before He makes up his mind." "I've spoken to God sinca then," the young man said, "and He thinks the whole procedure is a kangaroo court. He's very angry at John Doar and Albert Jenner for advocating impeachment. He told me that any fair minded person who reads the presidential transcipls in their entirety can only c o m e to one conclusion, and that is the President had no knowledge of Watergate, the coverup, the milk fund or any of the other charges that have been made against him. God told me He's going to get Doar and Jenner as soon as tha hearings are over." "That's ridiculous," Throggs- mutton said. "What can God 00 to Doar and Jenner?" "Well, for a start He's going to have their taxes audited. God is also going to get The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. Then he's going after the President's enemies in the House and Senate. He's really mad." Throggsmulton s a i d , "I respect your right to pray, but 1 nave to question your interpretation of what God does or does not want done about impeachment. Now I have to go to work. . YOU MEAN YOU w a n t me to tell God you won't stonewall it with the White House?" '··u A" 11 do mv own talking with God, thank you. I believe i have as good a line lo him as you do. I'm sure if God wants me to vote against impeachment, He'll give me some kind of sign. Why don't you just go pray for somebody else " I got here late," the young man said. "Yours was the only sandwich board they had left." Well, I want to thank you anyway," Throggsmulton said, in these times one needs all the prayers he can get. I'm sure whatever you're doing cannot cause any harm." .. /.wouldn't be too sure of inat, the young man said, uod told me if yon vote wrong He 5 not going, to l e t Gorry Ford come info your dis- r ' , , ,, and campaign for you this f f l l l . (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times

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