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CimeS Editorial-Opinion Paga Tht Public Interest It The First Concern 0] This Newspaper 4 * WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1974 Not Much Muscle In House Reform Bill Anyone For Bunburgers? A news release, from one of the big food conglomerates of the country, crossed our desk a couple of days ago. Being close to lunch time, we took a look. This particular dispatch was touting something called the "Bunburger." Although basically a cheeseburger on the traditional bun, the recipe suggested that the innovative homemaker doll up the pedestrian 'burger with, among other things, two cups of crushed breakfast cereal. If this sounds like grandma's meatloaf, so who is to say the young cook of today can't profit by some of granny's tricks in the kitchen? What brings us up short, though, is not the liberty being taken with a great American kitchen classic (the uncomplicated cheeseburger), but the footnote fossed in by an over-enthusiastic home economist on the food firm's staff. "The budget-minder," the footnote reads, "will appreciate this idea, too. By adding the ... (breakfast cereal) ... to extend the meat mixture, ground meat that would normally serve six is stretched to serve eight." By golly, that's great. Except that a real, honest-to-goodness budget minder would check the "unit price" on the box of breakfast cereal in question and, by the standard of local prices, the extender would be found to cost about 15 cents more per pound than the plain old ground meat. We aren't holding it against the company, and its news release writer, though. What probably confused the writer is the size of box a breakfast cereal comes in. From a distance, it really DOES look like a better deal than a teensy-weensy pound package of hamburger. Bv JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- We have set up a special watch on Watergate reforms to keep the public posted on what Congress is doing to prevent future Watergates. Here Is our latest report: Â· Â· With a great outpouring of piety, the House Administration Committee last week finally turned loose the clean election bill. The lofty language, however, was merely the incense that disguised the smell. Most members of Congress, having been scorched by the Watergate scandals, would like to absolve themselves of these sins before going home to face the voters in November. But they are most reluctant to reform the political system that brought them to power. If they can get away with it, therefore, they would like to placate the public with remedies that give the appearance rather than the substance of reforms. The most important reform is the clean election bill. The Senate version contains some strong provisions, which would go a long way toward preventing future Watergate abuses. T h e r e is an unspoken arrangement on Capitol Hill, however, for handling unwanted reforms, the reforms will sail through the Senate with banners flying only to languish and die in the House. Then in the next session; the process starts all over again. The Washington Merry-Go-Round Chaos In The Classroom? Gov. Dale Bumpers warned.state school administrators last-week during the annual workshop of the group, that the public is greatly concerned about student discipline. "The learning process simply cannot occur In an atmosphere of chaos and fear," he declared. : . The governor cited a recent Gallup poll on public attitudes toward public education for iiis conclusions. That poll finds the problem list in public education as follows: 1. lack of discipline; 2. integration-segregation problems; 3. an insufficiency of finances; ..' 4. difficulty in getting good teachers; 5. drugsj 6. size of school and classroom; 7. poor curriculum; 8. lack of patron interest; 9. lack of proper facilities; and 10. school board policies. We suppose there are a number of schools with portions of these problems in Arkansas. Certainly the state's spending for education rates near the bottom in the. nation. But overall, in this community at least, the list serves less to -create anxieties about our problems than to emphasize what an exceptional, well functioning school system we do have. The governor's concern, of course, is well taken as a generality. The specifics of it, though, seem less appropriate for us. From The Readers Viewpoint All Around To the Editor: It increasingly appears that incompetence, if not outright criminality, is a problem that effects not only the federal government, but also our own county and municipal governments. . Â·Â· Witness the article "McCann Discusses Facts About Shotgun Gifts," (Times, Saturday, July 27, p. 12); here we appear to ."get a glimpse of the remarkable generosity of Lonnie Gilhow in giving (!) county property, paid for by you and me, to select, fortunate municipal public officials, including Mr. Spencer, Chief of P o l i c e , and Mr. Stout, retired Assistant Chief. "Spencer said that in 1969 Gilbow came to the police department, saying he had a gun he wished to give Spencer." (Wonder what Mr. Spencer's answer was? Think about that, especially in light of the next sentence.) "Spencer said he went to his car one evening and found the gun in the back seat, still in its box. Spencer said he was sure the gun h a d come from Gilbow." Why didn't Mr. Spencer, if he was so sure of the source of the gun, take the trouble to confirm this matter instead of just taking the gun and placing it "in his closet at home"? Personally, if I found a gun in my car, I would certainly check around to determine who placed it there and for what reason; if my efforts were unsuccessful, I would report the matter to the law. Why? Because I would like to rule out the possibility that the gun had been stolen (as, effectively, if 'not legally, was the case in this situation) along wilh the possibility of being guilty of possessing stolon property that's why! (I suppose that Mr. Spencer, by viri- tue of his position, understands the law better than I, however; if such a circumstance should arise, I'll follow his example of sound, qualified judgment.) ". . . Sheriff Bill Long knew they (three guns) were missing, but had no evidence as to their whereabouts." That is easily understandable, considering the great difficulty Bill has in keeping track of who's in his jail and who isn't; but, after all, if the sheriff had only sent out a description of the guns to other area law enforcement agencies, he would have quickly found two in the hands of the two ranking police officers of this city. (Assuming they responded to his information.) In concluding, I must say that I am rather envious of Mr. Spencer and Mr. Stout's obvious skill in establishing such profit- able friendships with persons such as Mr. Gilbow. (I've wanted a jeep for years.) I personally dislike reading letters that do not identify the writer but, on the other hand, I like having police cars sitting outside my house and constantly tailgating me when I'm driving even less, so I'll ask the Editor to sign this one . "Anonymous"' Fayetteville CIA Story Billy Graham's Answer What the Bible teaches doesn't seem to correspond with what Christians do. I'm bothered by this sort of failure. A Reader If you're disturbed by the contrast between lofty principle and low practice, then God is even more so. The Bible says He's perfectly righteous and holy. Hence, He's the only one with the right to be "bothered by...failure." The marvel, however, of the Gospel is that He loves us d e s p i t e o u r shortcomings. Through personal faith, His plan is to exchange our "failure" for His "success." Two Bible references, however, seem to speak to your question. The first is irom the Sermon on the Moust where the Lord warned against a proud and hypocritical spirit. He asked, "Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye, and never notice the plank in your own?" (Matthew 7:3,) Â·Then the word to Peler when he questioned the conduct of John is significant. Jesus cautioned, "What is that to you? You follow me." (John 21:22.) They'll Do It Every Time LINOLEUM"-H ,-M'HA"' SIR.'NW AM OUT OFOWIHZINSST Hype AMP cenyvu- WW/i This time the House will pass the r e f o r m s , which will suddenly encounter procedural obstacles in t h e Senate. Thus, the individual members of both houses are able to vote for reforms in full confidence that they will never be adopted. Under this arrangement, the Senate clean election bill struck a snag many months ago in the House Administration Committee. Chairman Wayne Hays. D-Ohio, bumped the bill along like a frog filled w i t h buckshot. "He dawdled, fussed, fumed and screamed," one committee member confided to my reporter Jim Moorhead. "I did the best I could," Hays countered. The pressures of the Watergate disclosures compelled him at last to let the bill out of his clutches. But it is now safely lodged in the logjam of the House im- neachment debate. "I wouldn't despair if the bill didn't come up until September," says Hays. He promised that it won't go down the drain." Even if the House bill should pass, however, it h a s been neatly tailored to protect the incumbents. For appearances sake, it contains most of the strong Senate provisions. But the reforms would be enforced by officials who take their orders from the people they would be expected to regulate. Under the House bill, the supervisory board would include the clerk vof the House and the secretary of the Senate. Not only are they subject lo the will of the incumbents they would supervise, but they would have no power to prosecute violators. The regulations of the supervisory board would also be subject to a Senate-House veto. We will continue to keep Â« watch on these reforms and to report to the voters before November what their elected representatives do about them. For we believe there is nothing wrong with the political system that a good election won't cure. S O V I E T COOPERATION: The Soviets, not wishing to jeopardize their ties with world revolutionary movements, have opposed strong international anti-hijacking a c t i o n . But behind the scenes, the Soviets are cooperating with the West to waylay air terrorists. S o v i e t officials alerted W e s t e r n governments, f o r example, on the movements of three Japanese terrorists, one of them a member of the extremist "Japanese Red Army.' who were allegedly plotting a hijacking. Â·The story of this undercover Soviet cooperation is contained to secret intelligence reports obtained by Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y., 'who is seeking strong"Relatively Speaking, I'm Not Doing So Bad" To the Editor: Thank you for featuring on FROM THE BOOKSHELF that really significant excerpt from The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence by Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks. These fellows know whereof they speak, and their book is required reading for all who are concerned about REAL national security. The authors had to overcome incredible odds to avoid emasculation through CIA censorship, because the same official policy had to be confronted as in the matter of the Pentagon Papers, and now the Nixon Tapes. Practically none of the mass media is giving this area of national policy any significant attention, because of the "National Security" implications, although at this point in time "National Security" has become almost as much an abused and meaningless cliche as Nixonian " M a k i n g this absolutely clear," and t h a t "generation of peace". For those who would like to follow the pervasiveness of the CIA influence in current US Foreign Policy, and the documented worldwide interventionism directly resulting from that influence, see Nation Magazine of 15 June, Diplomats In Field Dress, NIXON'S ACTION AMBASSADORS, by Barry Rubin." -- a more shocking aspect of Nixon's Ambassadorial appointments has been the selection of many men who have had close ties to counter insurgency operations or to companies with major investments in the couiv tries where they are to serve... The Nation article, authentic and well documented, goes on to cite names, countries, connections, and career records of several of the more glaring examples of what can only be seen as a consistent policy of intervenlionism through collu- s i o n with undemocratic regimes, promoted by US g o v e r n m e n t officials" w h o believe in the inherent right of the United States to exercise its powers everywhere, clandes- t i n e 1 y when it seems necessary" although," . . in the long run non-interference and forthrighlness .would enhance America's international prestige and position." To be sure such matters, even the illegal massive bombing and cover-up by N i x o n .in Cambodia, and the, years of secret warfare in Laos, are being cut from the Nixon Impeachment articles. But it is wrong, wrong, to eliminate ' them, for doing so implies to all the world a continuing endorsement of such monstrous aspects of American Foreign Policy as the will of the Amerie a n people...the confused, deceived, misled, American People. Reuben Thomai Fayeltevilla Art Buchwa/d Dr. Seuss I Presume By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- My g o o d friend Dr. Seuss wrote a book a few years ago titled "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!" He.sent me a copy the other day and crossed out "Marvin K. Mooney" a n d replaced it wilh "Richard M. Nixon " It sounded like fun so I asked him if I could reprint it. Please read it aloud. "Richard M. Nixon will you please go now! ! The time has come. The time has come. The time is now. Just go. Go. Go! I don't care how. You can go by foot. You can go by cow. Richard M. Nixon will you please go now! You can go on skates. You can go on skis. You can go in a hat. Hut Please go. Please! I don't care. You can go By bike. You can go On a Zike-Bike If you like. If you like You can go In an old blue shoe. Just go, go, GO! ! Please do, do, do, DO! ! Richard M. Nixon Will you please GO NOW! You can go on stilts. You can go by fish. You can go in a Crunk-Car If you wish. If you wish You may go By lion's tail. Or stamp yourself And go by mail. Richard M. Nixon Don't you know The time has come To go, go, GO! Get on your way! Please Richard M.! You might like going in a Zumble-Zem. You can go by balloon. . i Or broomstick. You can go by camel In a bureau drawer. You can go by Bumble-Boat ... or jet. I don't care how you go. Just GET! Richard M. Nixon! I don't care HOW. Richard M. Nixon Will you please GO NOW! I said Go And Go 1 meant. . . ' The time had come So. . . Richard WENT." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times W/iat Others Say... Having watched too much of the Miss Universe pageant Saturday as it was televisej via satellite from the Philippines, we are almost prepared to propose a moratorium " on such events. A moratorium, that is, until we arrive at a more,diverse concept of what constitutes beauty, for what we saw from the Philippines was a line-up of Identical inflated dolls Any one of those girls could have had her hair done at KM same corner beauty s h o p , and any one of the wardrobes could have been thrown together From the same stack of bedsneeta and ostrich plumes. The Western women didn't ,Iook Western, and Eastern women didn't look Eastern the Latin women didn't look Latin etc. All of them looked ss if they were waiting for somebody to tell them who they were. Â· We realize, of course, thit such statements draw jeer* from those who always have long ears out for a "racist" statement, but we happen to think that black wor.irn ar? beautiful when they are black that oriental women are beautiful when they are oriental, that . L a t i n women are beautiful when they are Latin. Beauty is very much in tho eye of the beholder. A Swedish judge won't think much .if an Afro. A black judge won t thin 1 : much of blondes. A Latin judge won't think much of bleached complexions. An oriental judge won't think much of big round eyes. So how do you settle it? You choose a girl whose hair is black, but straight and ii least not blonde whose eye.-, are hi?, and round, but at !east not blue whose complexio.1 is dart:, bu. not overmuch. That's one concept of beauty But we hope no bkrdes will run out now to get their hair dyed. And no orientul wpme.l will start drawing circle* around their eyes, beauty is being who you are. That's all. --Arkansas Pornocrat NOT SO POOR RICHARD A penny saved used to ha a penny earned. But that wai before shortages and inflation. Some banks and other bus! ness institutions are offering cash bonuses to customers who bring them pennies. Only l a s t week an Arkansas youth cashed in the 149,462 pennits ho had saved for $1,793.54 - a mturn of 20 percent on his investment. Poor Richard's proverb lasted two centuries, but inw faces burial under a pile of c.'pper pieces worth 1.2 cents. Consider the impact the current economic trtrrt can have on other time - honored American aphorisms: "Always leave until tomorrow th-af which you could do today. You can charge more for it." "A stitch in time saves nine, plus accumulated interest." Â·Where will it all end! --Commercial Appeal (Memphis) Â«r measures to cufb aif piracy. Soviet agents, according to one intelligence c a b l e , heard reports the Japanese Red Army activist, Okudalra Fusako, had gone to Hong Kong. They, reported that two other "Japanese radical youths, Okita Kown and Sasaki Michihiro" had made a mysterious trip from Tokyo to Bangkok. Although the Soviets couldn't substantiate all these reports, they obligingly g a v e them "wide dissemination" through "Soviet officials'.' overseas. The intelligence reports show that the n a m e s of the three p o t e n t i a l hijackers were divulged "in Malaysia, Laos and Senegal by Soviet Embassy and Aeroflot (airline) officials," all as a courtesy to these lands.- Obviously, the Russians had good information. On July 15, a 26-year-old Japanese hijacker, Akira Iwakoshi, held a Japanese airliner as ransom. His intent was to free the jailed leader of the Japanese Red Army. When he failed, he slit his throat. Footnote: In a letter to House Commerce Chairman Harley Staggers, D-W. Va., Murphy said he had received information from Federal Aviation Administration sources that four International airports are "wide open to terrorist attacks." Murphy identified them as London's Heathrow airfield, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires and Panama City,Cose Of An Impeached Governor WASHINGTON -- (ERR)' -Gov. William Sulzer of New York was openly disdainful of the, legislative investigating committee that sought to determine, in 1913, whether grounds existed for his impeachment* He branded the committee's secretary a "Tammany spy" and a "traitor." And he informed the panel's chairman that hs would hand over only those documents which he deemed "within the sphere flf its legislative powers" and would communicate only such facts and information as were not incompatible with the public interests." The committee pressed on nonetheless, and shortly it hit paydirt. Evidence came to light showing that Sulzer had failed . to report numerous campaign contributions. Not only that, ha had diverted large sums donated to his campaign to stock speculation on a margin basis. The committee also found that Sulzer, who had always claimed to be a poor man, had deposited more than $24,000 in his bank account during the campaign period. Many of the deposits were in substantial amounts of cash, whose source could not easily be traced. SULZER D E N I E D everything. "In filing my statement of receipts and disbursements with the secretary of state," he said, "I relied on information furnished me by the persons in immediate charge of my campaign, and in whom I had, and have, the most implicit confidence, and I believe.the statement furnished by them to be accurate and true." The governor offered no supporting . proof. On the evening of the day Sulzer proclaimed his innocence, the New York S t a t e Legislature convened to receive the committee's report. The panel acknowledged thai, it had not completed its work, but it urged the S e n a t e and the Assembly to take action a n y w a y in view of the seriousness of available evidence. Only two days later. the Assembly overwhelmingly approved eight articles of impeachment that charged Sulzer with, among other things, bribery, perjury, suppression of evidence, larceny, and filing of a false statement of campaign receipts and expenditures. Five weeks passed before the High Court of Impeachment assembled in the Senate chamber at the state capitol in Albany, In the interim, Sulzer's supporters mounted a campaign on his behalf. A typical argument was the Philadelphia Public Ledger's declaration that the real issue at stake was "the integrity of the executive office, not the financial integrity of the executive officer." Such statements proved unavailing. Sulzer was found guilty of the charges contained in three of the eight articles of impeachment--those having lo do with perjury, suppression of evidence, and filing a false campaign-spending report. The impeachment court, consisting of 48 senators and nine judges of the Court of Appeals, then voted to remove Sulzer from office. SULZER'S DOWNFALL w a s rightly preceived as a victory for Tammany Hall, the Democratic machine he dared to defy. But the disgraced ex- governor had the last laugh, after all. Returning to New Yorlc City, he received a hero's welcome and promptly launched a vigorous antl - Tammany crusade. It worked. A Fusion slate won control of the city's government in the November 1913 municipal election, while Republicans made inroads in Tammany strongholds upstate. Sulzer himself,.-.alter a spectacular fight, was elected to tht state Assembly. There are many lessons lo be learned from the saga of William Sulzer, but perhaps tha most important is this: Impeachment is indeed a fundamentally political proceeding, and one which politicians should enter into with the greatest caution.