Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 1, 1974 · Page 4
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, August 1, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Pogi Tht Public Interest It Tht First Concern Ot This Newspaper 4 · THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1974 Prosecutors Closing In On Rebozo Ah... What's The Harry Chum? Col. Bill Miller, acting head of the state Department of Public Safety, calls the news to task this vacation travel month for indicating that the state's 55 mile-an-hour speed limit is not being enforced. Colonel Miller doesn't deny that a lot of drivers exceed the limit -- he notes, in that connection, that the same also was true when the limit was higher -- but he points to the fact that State Police have made 32,000 arrests for speeding in the first five months of the year, compared to about 21,500 for the corresponding period in 1973. Media musings, in regard to speed limits, that Colonel Miller apparently has reference to involve editorial comment on the relatively few who appear to be observing the 55 mph limit when the editorial observer takes to the road. We plead guilty to that charge ourselves. The colonel has a good point, though, it seems to us. For one thing, the'55 mile- an-hour driver on an Interstate journey to Little Rock, for instance, gets to see all the speeders who pass him, but he never gets to see other 55 mile-an-hour drivers because if they are in front of him he can never catch up with them, and if they are behind him, they'll never catch him. We have noticed, ourselves, a number of peevish, righteous sounding newspaper John I. Smith items on the apparent public disregard of the national 55 mph limit. As we admit, we've even written a couple. "Observe it, or change it back where it ought to be!" is a standard editorial declaration. Such exhortations do miss a couple of crucial points, on calm, shadetree reflection. First of all, relatively slower open highway speeds (it must be conceded that a good many drivers DO observe the posted speed limit maximums) are resulting in dramatically lower accident and fatality rates. This is more than enough reason to keep tho law a permanent fixture, as far as we are concerned. In addition, it needs to be borne in mind that the reason for a lower speed limit in the first place was the ugly spectre of gasoline shortages. This "crisis" may have receded in the driver's consciousness, but the long- fall of the energy shortage is still with us, as is an apparently permanently inflated price per gallon. These, too, are important reasons to favor rather than oppose revision of the speed limit. · And, of course, there is that other good reason. That's the one mentioned by Colonel Miller. His boys ARE out there, issuing more speeding tickets than ever before, and that can be pretty effective argument, too. Area . Farming By JOHN I. SMITH Fayetteville now has an organized Farmers' Market, that is to say, a place and a time when farmers can bring fresh quality vegetables and o t h e r farm products and sell them to the urban people. . This is an organized and supervised movement, not just an isolated, vacant lot where any producer can bring products, good or .bad, and leave the spot cluttered up after he is through his day's efforts. The most prominent place --the old Post Office curb of the Public Square -- has been given over to this project. It is a facet of government procedure in dealing with farmers, in a business way, to ask them to organize - to handle as much of the detail work as possible on a cooperative basis. The EGA (Economic Opportunity Agency) is supporting this movement, and the work is being handled by Miss Marcella Thompson. The farmers, in keeping with this policy, organized the Rural Mountain Producers Exchange. It has its board of directors, and by-laws to regulate the operations. No farmer can just drive up with a load of produce and start selling. He must first join this organ iaztion and learn the puoced- ures he must follow. This movement has the support of Downtown Fayetteville Unlimited, an organization of businessmen who want to see the city and the associated rural people prosper. We asked From Oar Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Dr. H.D. Luck of Arkadelphia, state chairman of the Voter Registration Committee met Tuesday night with local residents to start organizing a local movement to promote the * proposed initiative amendment for permanent registration. Twelve wedding rings with a , retail value of 53,000 were stolen yesterday from Gardenhire 50 VEARS AGO B e c a u s e Fayetteville is growing faster than the Bell Telephone Company can supply telephones, work has begun on $13,500 worth of Improvements on the local plant. The local exchange is now caring for 2,750 patrons, but demands from from Mt. Sequoyah and the Mt. Sequoyah and the Guner addition have taxed the plant's capacity. Bishop Warren A. Candle, senior bishop of the Methodist- Episcopal Church, South and : 100 YEARS AGO Some enterprising Little Rock thief on Friday night of last week, entered the room where Hon. T. W. Thomason was sleeping and robbed him of all the money he had in his packets -- twenty dollars in gold, thirty- five dollars in greenbacks, and one hundred dollars in state scrip. Jewelry just off the Fayetteville Square. Mrs. Lowell Gardenhire said the tray containing the rings was in a showcase. Alfred Wade Bishop, postmaster at Lincoln, yesterday pleaded guilty in Federal District Court at Little Rock to charges of failing to file income tax returns for 1959. 1860 ,and 1961. brother of Asa Candler. millionaire philanthropist, has arrived in Fayetteville and is registered at the Washington Hotel. The bishop is considered one of the greatest divines in the country and will address the Assembly tonight at 8 p.m. on Mount Sequoyah. Sunday service has been granted by the Frisco railroad on the St. Paul and Pettigrew branch, giving every-day service on that road. Flour is selling here at J2.50 per hundred. Married; In this city on the 2)st of July, 1874, at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. W. A. Sample, Mr. T. J. Hamnet of Fort Smith to Miss M. Lizzie Lea of this city. By JACK ANDERSON ' WASHINGTON -- The Watergate prosecutors have picked up the investigation of President Nixon's friend, Bebe Rebozo, where the Senate investigators left off. Prosecutors working on the case, say our sources, believe they already have enough evidence to seek an indictmnt. ' The Joint Congressional Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, which investigated President Nixon's tax returns, may also start digging into Rebozo's financial dealings with the President. Chairman Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., is considering an in-depth investigation. Both Mills and the prosecutors are particularly interested in our report of May 28 that Rebozo paid some of the President's personal bills. We traced an $11,978.84 payment, for example, to a Florida firm for work on-Nixon's Key Biscayne vacation home. We reported that Reoozo also paid for a swimming pool, pool table and architectural services for the President. The Senate Watergate Committee in its closing hours confirmed that Rebozo had expended funds for the President, ranging from $45,621 for improvements on the Key Biscayne properties to much of the They'll Do It Every Time rVAITINeKOMAU. CUAR? TOWS MXJCAM 60HOME- PcC EPSOM WASTES HO TIMEWrWBO IN OOTTHE81U5 TO HIS FM1ENTS- IAM6eNPlH3 THEM OUT VEAH-YEAH' LET'EM WAIT,' IlM A P06TOR, NOTASOOK- POCUX-YOO HAveTOFIU. OOTTHOSe HOSPnAUZATON AND COMPENSATION FORMS? ;ABOW MAIUt*? IN INSURANCE W68SKK The Washington Merry-Go-Round the leader of the Downtown Fayetteville Unlimited how the market Is progressing. "Great guns," he replied. Then, the figures from Miss Thompson's office showed immense gains in the second and third Saturdays over the first one. In addition to enabling small truck farmers to have some extra cash, and the urban people good f r e s h vegetables, this movement might develop some outstanding producers of truck crops, these larger ones which we have visualized as being developed might someday be sniping produce all over t h e Nation, as producers of Northwest Arkansas once did. Thus, this movement does not oppose commercial farming; it supports big farming. Now, the producers who sell at this market must consider the wishes of their buye'rs, or they will have no buyers. In addition to freshness, he must gather some items in the tender stage. Okra, corn, string beans, and a large number of other vegetables must not be allowed to stay in the garden too long and produce fiber, Then, too, the vegetable and fruit crops, which now might be pulled green several hundred miles away and allowed to ripen in transit must here be allowed to ripen on the wine or on the tree. Tomatoes, peaches, and apples are examples. Good quality will make this project, go; poor quality will kill it. The buyers must also consider the position of the sellers. They must not expect vine-ripened, high quality products also to he dirt cheap. The sellers must secure a volume of sales on the day they sell not only equal to that day's wages, but equal to the wages for the days they produced and harvested the products, and something for rent on their land. Otherwise they can not stay in business. Thus, the promoters of .this move must discipline the sellers, to produce quality products, and we, the ones who buy, must expect to pay the prices that quality products should bring. It might be that this movement has began in a bad year, i.e. a dry one. But it is perhaps better to begin in a hard year and drift into better ones than to begin in a good year a n d not be able to survive the bad ones which are sure to follow. Therefore, the producers must take this fact into consideration and look for better y e a r s to come. Bible Verse "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance . . . Then Peter said unto them repent, and be baptized every on of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:4, 38 Too many are trying to define this experience in preference to discovering it. $5,650 spent on birthday earrings for the First Lady. The money to pay the President's expenses, the committee charged, had been deposited in the form of $100 bills in secret trust accounts. The circumstan-. tial evidence suggested that Rebozo had used cash campaign contributions to pay the President's bills. We reported on August 6, 1971, for example, that billionaire Howard Hughes had dispatched $100,000 in $100 bills to Rebozo for the President's use. The first ' $50,000 Uiuule -was turned over to Rebozo, to the best recollection · of those who delivered it, in the summer of 1969. This' coincides with Rebozo's expenditures in behalf of the President. . The Senate Watergate Committee sought to determine who was telling the truth about the disposition of Hughes' $100,000 cash gift. Rebozo testified that he had left the money untouched in a safe deposit box. But other witnesses, including the President's former attorney Herbert Kalmbacli, suggested the money had been distributed to the President's secretary Rose Mary Woods and to his brothers, Donald and Edward Nixon. NUCLEAR DEFECTS; The Atomic Energy Commission has found serious defects in n^ 1 " 1 equipment manufactured by we nation's largest builder of AEC esti- ev motors designed for: nuclear reactors. Furthermore West.- inghouse made no effort to inform Hs .customers of these Haws, the AEC has charged. While the defects in Westinghouse's nuclear motors technically didn't . violate safety Requirements, an AEC spokesman said in response to our Inquiries, '"It. concerns us h" . a manufacturer Is telling utlH- ties that Its motor .will perform a certain way, and it aoeen i. Discussing the charges with my reporter .Howie Kurtz, a Westinghouse spokesman acknowledged that "we need some beefing up of our quality assurance program" but '..Pronged that the company is "king corrective action. He said only a small number of nuclear motors were found defective and these caused no hazard to the public." "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and In Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8 The same power that turned the first · century churches around is available today to turn each of us on. "The promise Is unto you." There are 80 Westinghous» nuclear reactors either under construction or g e n e r a t i n g power across the U.S. DENTAL DENIAL: If tht American Dental Association is as careless with the nation's teeth as rt is with the facts, then this will be a bumper year for tooth'decay. In our July 18 column, we reported that the Food and Drug Administration was taking a tentative new look at flouri- dation after respected scientists had raised questions about its safety arid effectiveness. The dental association, which has: laid. its reputation -on the line for fluorldatlon, rushed out a press release stating that unnamed FDA officials had assured them our column is simply not true." -.-; , The dentists' public relations chief, Peter Goulding, has now confessed to us that he; issued the press release without even speaking to the FDA Associate Commissioner, D r . ; , Lloyd Tepper, whom we quoted by name in our column. Nor had Goulding bothered to check with us or the scientists 'who had raised the fhioridation question. We again contacted Tepper, who vigorously reaffirmed that he has just asked for a scientists' study of the fluondation questions. · : _;. ' Our own evidence · indicates that fiuoridation is probably doth safe and effective,,. But with most Americans exposed to it at one time or another, the dentists should be the last people to object to a definitive, objective, nationwide study. State Of Affairs Where Have Our Businessmen Gone? By CLAYTON FR1TCHEY WASHINGTON -- It is no longer news that the Administration hasn't a clue what to d o about inflation and recession, but what may be as bad is that the leaders of American business haven't either. For the last few weeks the President has been putting on a show of dealing with the nation's economic plight by calling a series of conferences, attended chiefly by the top executives of industry and finance. This has produced prodigious publicity and TV exposure but few, if any, fresh or original ideas from the assembled tycoons. It is true that the distinguished guests at .these gatherings were not noticeably e n c o u r a g e d t o contribute recommendations -- Administration spokesmen did nearly all the talking -- but reporters who talked to the business leaders afterward found that most of them were content to be a claque for the President. They have all had post-White House opportunities to speak up, but the only ones heard from mainly echoed the White House line that the best course is just to support the Administration's do-nothing policy, which Mr. Nixon's press agents now like to describe as going back to "old-time religion" economically. M K . N I X O N ' S television speech of a few nights ago was, despite all the advance ballyhoo, a discouraging 'spectacle. Speaking to a cross-section of U.S. business leaders, the President talked to them like a revivalist, with the emphasis on achieving salvation by "old- fashioned" fundamentalist eco : nomic nostrums. There wasn't a fresh thought in the erilire sermon, but the business audience loved it, applauding with knee-jerk predictability promises to ban controls, hold down wages, balance the budget and cut expenditures for frivolous programs like health, education and welfare. In other words, the mixture as before. In one respect the White House conference on the West Coast was different from the preceding one in Washington, from which all representatives of labor were excluded. In California, Frank Fitzsimmons, head of the Teamsters, was allowed in but no other union figures. It is hard to understand why a President, who desperately needs the co-operation of labor in curbing inflation, would snub such leaders as George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, I.W. Abel, head of the United Steelworkers, and Leonard Woodcock, head of the United Auto Workers. In organized labor, Fitzsimmons is despised as a 1 mere While House stooge and the boss of a union that was ejected from the AFL-CIO for corruption. It must be conceded that Mcany has never shown any genius for economic leadership, but at least he doesn't hesitate to speak up and disagree openly with the White House, which is more than can he said for most of the tame cats of the big business community that Mr. Nixon is so assiduously cultivating. THE PUBLIC IS not accustomed to looking to union bosses for economic guidance, but traditionally it has expected leadership from the business world. There was a time when the nation's top bankers and industrialists were as famous as movie actors, and-their opinions were taken seriously by most people. Today, the big shots of business still have a lot of private clout, but popularly they have become a nameless, faceless, often feckless, .group of men who may know how to make money but know little about the economy in a national, total sense. As the Watergate investigations of presidential election financing have shov/n so spectacularly, many, if not most, of . the nation's most prominent business leaders now seem to think the best wav to make a contribution to government is not through offering brains, ability and expert advice but through supplying millions pf dollars to influence-peddling campaign committees. Pcrhnos one result of the new reform laws against corporate slush funds is that the heads of the corporations will he encouraged to use their influence in a more open, popular way. Let us hope (C) 1914, Los Angeles Times Billy Graham Politics And The Economy This Is My Answer What do you think of a preacher saying he thinks it's OK for a young bdy and girl to live together not married I mean? I think it's terrible and against the Bible, If my answers were to be based on popular opinion, or current social trends, this column might endorse the practice you mention. That's because it seems, increasingly our society favors the weakening of moral standards and approves perverted and licentious conduct. You are correct! T h e Bible would be against such behavior -- assuming it involves sexual relationship. It calls it fornication, and under that term, includes every form of unchast- ity. From the beginning of the race, that has represented one of Satan's greatest temptations. In its uninhibited practice, nations become disintegrated and people become depraved. I w o n t judge this preacher, although he appears very un- Biblical. And, of course, I don't know all the facts. I do know, however, that if this young couple is serious about a long and happy married life together, they stand to risk it all by premarital indiscretions. God gives us the ability to be "overcomers" (see I Corinthians 10:13). And that includes the conquering of unlawful but otherwise natural inclinations. If this couple knows God through a personal faith in Christ, their commitment will enable them to practice continence and live apart until an official ceremony brings them together. WASHINGTON CERR) -Economic Forecasts are as important to government planners and businessmen as weather forecasts are to farmers »nd fishermen. Although total accuracy is impossible to achieve in either case, the years since World War II have brought steady improvement in t h e art of forecasting. Economic forecasters, by na. ture a cautious breed, grew steadily more confident of their Much of that confidence has now vanished. As the forecasters are the first to admit, fundamental changes in the world economy have challenged many of their basic assumptions. The old rules seem not to apply, or not as well, in a world subjected to double-digit inflation, shorties of basic materials, and huge flows of short-term capital from one country to another. "The basic technique of forecasting is to observe the past and look for clues to what will happen in the future," Business Week observed. "But there is nothing in the past comparabls to the inflation-ridden, shortage- ridden U.S. economy of today, The forecaster must work 'without analogies, which is to say, he must work in the dark." THAT MEANS that planners in 'government and private industry must work in the dark, too, for they rely on forecasts in arriving at long-range decisions. Auto makers, for instance, study numerous economic indicators before setting their production and sales goals. But inflation and last winter's fuel crisis knocked their carefuly drawn plans askew. Consumers suddenly were demanding more small cars than Detroit could produce, while larger models sat unsold in showrooms. The manufacturers have raised auto prices several times in 1974, in · contrast to the old practice of a single increase at the start of a new model year. A forecast in and of itself is nothing more than an academic exercise. Only when it forms a part of the basis for maklrrg government or private business policy does it become vital. To discuss forecasting thus means to discuss the poli- cal forces that guide the policymakers. No forecast can be mads without taking into consideration government fiscal and monetary policies and certain other factors. These factors may be influenced by economic forces but are not determined by them. The President's Council of Economic Advisers, much maligned of late, bases iU for- casts on the President's official estimation of what Congress should do, not necessarily on what it will do, with regard to taxes, appropriations or a variety of other matters. If Congress does not comply, th» forecast is affected accordingly. THE VIEW THAT economic forecasters and policymakers are hopelessly adrift is not universally shared. In its Monthly Economic Letter for July, the First National City Bank of New York asserted: "Th» nihilistic belief that the current inflation defies explanation according to the accustomed tenets of economic analysis i« unfounded. And jo too is th« corollary belief that nobody; knows how to stop inflation.: "The remedy involves follows irrg monetary and fiscal policies restrictive enough'to .maintain a significant degree of slack in the economy for i relatively long time. And this it the difficulty, for it means that itopplng inflation is essentially » political challenge." Meeting that challenge will be doubly difficult in an election y«ar given to impeachment concerns* President Nixon recently told the people they must curb their buying habits rather than look primarily to the govttnmeo* for * cure for Inflation,

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