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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Oj Tfeis Newspaper 4 · SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1974 kepLanning For The Planners Directors of the eight regional planning and development districts of the state declare themselves mightily unimpressed with a recent proposal for their reorganization by the University division of city planning and community affairs. The reaction is not unlike that of the White House regarding recent House impeachment debate, we might note; There is a lack of specificity (a word that has gained popularity in the official government idiom rivaling that of "this place in time"), say the planners, as well as an absence of "clear and convincing" evidence. W. K. Powell, acting director of the Western Arkansas District (Fort Smith) even sounds a bit like Rep. Charley Sandman, R-N.J., in his critique of the critique --' if we may carry the impeachment hearings that one step farther. "This paper," says Powell with the same sort of visible dis- tain that Sandman is so adroit at displaying, "might be dismissed out of hand, given no 'more attention than such a poorly documented, incredibly narrow approach deserves, were it not for its authority, by association, and the possibilities of those .in decision- making positions giving it credence. Ernanat- ing from the University of Arkansas, it has, in effect,.the 'Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.' "This is not to reflect on the academic standards of the University," Powell continues, "but to recognize that individuals and departments can and sometimes do, shield low-quality scholarship with a university label. The public generally "will accept unsubstantiated opinion as fact when the source is apparently the voice of a respected institution. Universities are human in producing as much garbage as any other organization." These are strong words, we submit, so it gqes-without saying that the University reorganization report obviously has penetrated some skin, Actually, the issue is not rais,- ed by the University report alone. A number of critics of the Development District setup, including state Sen. Bill Walmsley of Bates-,.; ville, have spoken energetically against the autocracy of Planning and Development Districts. : -' ' The problem, basic to almost all criticism of PDDs is the fact that they operate within the decision-making framework of state and local government, yet are private, non-profit agencies without direct answerability to the voter. It is significant, we believe, that while Gov. Dale Bumpers has not actively joined the critics of the FDD system, he has rather plainly worked around the issue in areas \vheie jurisdiction overlaps. It wouldn't be fair, of course, to say that PDDs are without benefit to their districts and to the state. What critics such as Walmsley say, and what the University report more or less appears to suggest, is that the PDD system needs to be more closely integrated to local government needs and controls. There is a good deal of logic to this position it seems to us, and we would hope that Sen. Walmsley carries on with his campaign for legislative review. We'd go a step farther, even, and suggest that Gov.-nominee David Pryor put this consideration high on his work sheet for the next session of the General Assembly. Pryor has evidenced mild pique at the present governor for spending the state's surplus funds in special session this year, thus depriving him of a chance to "govern" next year. Pryor isn't without substantive challenges for a legislative program next year, this being but one case in point. From Our Files; How Time F ties] 10 YEARS AGO Dr. Edward Teller, nuclear scientist, who helped develop the H-Bomb, told a group in Fayetteville S a t u r d a y that applied science in the U.S. is "quite weak", but that the country leads the world in pure science research. .An order stopping burning permits was issued this morning by Fayetteville fire chief Burl Skelton who said the so VEARS AGO Half a thousand kiddles will take part in a musical interpretation of Hiawatha's childhood made up of I n d i a n melodies harmonized by Bessie Whitely, to be given here by the Parent- Teachers Association, for the purpose of raising funds with which to purchase pianos for all public schools. · Vole in the coming election and vole only for the man who is pledged to uphold the Vol- TOO YEARS AGO We understand that the Granges of this county contemplate a grand celebration at some point in the county at no very distant date. We predict that the affair will be a grand success and advantageous lo the organization. The colored folks give a bar- mounting fire danger caused by drouth forced the action. The city's chemical fogging machine was hit from the rear and a fireman thrown from the open vehicle in a two-car crash on Hwy. 62 West late Saturday night. Everett Bell, 26, who was assisting in the operation of the insect - spraying apparatus, was taken to City Hospital lor treatment. stead law. Bishop James Cannon of Washington, D.C. today urged t h o s e attending the Social Service - Temperance Conference being held at Wester Methodist Assembly. Two hundred fruit men from Missouri and northwest Arkansas met yesterday at Rogers to confer upon grape-growing in this section. It was estimated that 400 cars of grapes will be shipped by the Association. becue today in honor of tha emancipalion of slavery in Ihe West Indies. We learn that Capt. W.O. Laltimore is the orator of the day. The News says it is rumored that Judge Ham is going into the banking business here. Bible Verse "If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?" Psalms 130:3 This is another way of saying, "Who would have a chance if the Lord was unwilling to forget and forgive." If He is willing to forgive us our trespasses, then we ought also to be willing to forgive others. "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." Acts 16:28 Everyday this same spiritual crises is re-lived in the lives of multitudes. Don't turn Hm away, Today just say, "Lord I believe" - forever you will be glad. "But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and ' beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him and said unto him, 0 thou of little faith, where fore didst thou doubt?" Matthew 14:30,31 J e s u s still walks upon the deep- waters of our ives with an outstretched hand. Take it now and be saved forever. "But your iniquitcs have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.'"Isaiah 59:2 Could this be the reason that many of our prayers go unanswered? "If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us . . ." TV's Eye On Events In Congress WASHINGTON (ERR) -- The House of Representatives Is ex. pected to begin debate on the impeachment or President Nixon on or about Aug. 12. ALTHOUGH THE nation's voters will not deliver their verdict until November, political commentators, generally agree that the 38 members of the House Judiciary Committee handled themselves well during the televised debate on President Nixon's impeachment. "The earlier fears that television would transform solemn deliberations into a partisan political carnival have been unfounded," Haynes- Johnson wrote in The Washington Post. "....It may well be that television, the politicians and public have come of age at precisely the right moment:. when they were forced to share in t h e " .most'critical judgment.c* a/Jlf e-.v time." ' . ' ' "·' ' - " · :'.' : Now the impeachment question moves on to the full House and then, perhaps, to the Senate for final disposition. Jt is riot yet known whether television coverage of the House proceedings will be permitted. But Senate leaders Mike Mansfield (D Mont.) and Hugh Scott (R- Pa.) agree that a Senate trial of the. President should be televised in a discreet manner. Mansfield wants the TV · cameras to focus only on the area where \vitnesses. House .prosecutors and ' White House defense attorneys sit. "We Have A New Plan To Keep The Wolf From The Door. We're Going To Call It A Dog" TELEVISING OF the Judic i a r y . Committee's debate shattered a durable rule of politics. "Political assemblies are televised only as far as they are not deliberative,'-'''. 'John Whale w r o t e - i n . a : .television andj=.politics in Britain and America. "When they have an issue of substance to decide, the bar comes down. Television is held inimical to decision." More to the point, perhaps, television can destroy carefully built political reputations. The late Sen.. Joseph R. McCarthy's swift fall from grace after the n a t i o n a l l y televised Army- McCarthy hearings of 1954 is the best remembered case in point. At that time, the powerful impact of television was only dimly · understood by McCarthy....and his fellow members of.-Congress. '··· ' - "Evasive-tactics,' even the ones thought most · useful in politics were clearly shown up as such on television," Bernard Rubin wrote in his book, Political Television. "Furthermore, when every eye twitch and finger tap sped across, the land, the trivial became important, arid the important became seemingly trivial. No -mystery or aura of dignity withstood the klieg lights." WELL BEFORE the impeachment inquiry reached the point of decision, Congress was debating whether to open floor proceedings to radio and television coverage. "With the revolution of. communications in this ·country," Sen. Mansfield ., argued,. "the whole notion of .' : .the separation of powers has _' been significantly diminished by the'.inordinate imput that the executive branch, through the President and the cabinet officers, has on television." Rep. Jack Brooks (D Texas) retorted that "Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the proceedings would be similar to continuous coverage of hospital operating rooms for the purpose of improving .the image and understanding of. .the medical profession." It; all boils down to the.. question of - whether- the public would -find broadened media .coverage of Congress instructive or boring. Much would depend on what is being televised. Impeachment is inherently dramatic, · but fortunately it is a procedure that Co n g r e s s undertakes only rarely. Foreign Investments In U. S. By DAVID BOORSTIN .(Editorial Research Reports). WASHINGTON (ERR)' -- ;' Only a few years ago a flood tide of American investments abroad brought anguished cries from Europeans who feared their national economies would be engulfed in Yankee dollars and dominated by faraway home offices. Their cries have since been muffled, if not entirely silenced, by grave new economic problems on both sides of the Atlantic--and by a reverse How of investments from overseas into the United States. This flow has risen in recent years from a trickle to a sizable current. Foreign-owned business assets in the United States still amount to only about one-sixth as much as American corporations hold overseas--?16-$17 billion versus perhaps $100 billion or so. But since 1968 the rate of increase has surpassed that of U.S. direct investment overseas. "Direct" investment--in contrast to private "portfolio" in^ vestment in corporate and go. vernment securities--means investment by foreign companies that set up or acquire American subsidiaries. A spate of purchases in the p a s t year has given rise to concern in the . press and in congress. THE AMERICAN business community generally encourages foreign investment in the United States. Its position is reflected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and by the federal government t h r o u g h t h e Moreover, many state industrial development loffiees actively pursue foreign companies looking for plant sites. Those who argue lor increased foreign investment like to recall that European financing helped to develop this, country. The American colonies prospered with infusions of British, Dutch and Spanish money. France, and to a lesser extend Holland and Spain, helped finance the War of Independence. The · end of the Revolution marked the beginning of a new flow of foreign funds into the ' United States--a flow which has ·· continued, 7 down ,to the present ' despite the interruptions of panics, crises and wars. The Louisiana Purchase was funded .from London, Paris and Amsterdam, and the Erie Canal was made possible by the sale of bonds in London. Indeed, as the nation grew, its roads, bridges, canals, banks and' finally railroads were financed largely from bonds sold overseas. By late in the last century, British money was prevalent in American cattle ranching and, with the invention of the automobile, foreign oil companies gained a substantial place in the United States. · Only since World War I has this 'country been a net exporter of capital.. The war worked a sudden and drastic change in capital flows. Europe piled up .a mountain of debts while New York became, and remained, the credit capital of the world. AMERICAN investments in Europe and Canada reached re- cord proportions in the 1950s and 1960s, and-dominated entire industries. The Economist of London was moved to inquire in a headline, only halt-facetiously, "Will Ford 'Close 'Down Britain?" But the shoe is now on the other-foot. Or at pinche? American and foreigner ..alike,' And Americans seem to be un= decided how they f eel -about it 1 .,: While there is little support in Congress for prompt enact^ ment of restrictive legislation; many lawmakers are disturbed at the possibility of vaslXsums of Arab oil money being'used to buy into and perhaps control . large segments of American ·In- dustry. "The Arabs may end up in. control of most of the big companies of this country,":Henry Ford II'has said. "It's a very serious possibility." Arab' ; oil money has been ; used to buy shares in many gigantic.Arnerj: can corporations, although without taking over the man' .'agerhent. Most experts . thinlj that the U.S. economy and capital markets are big enough to absorb billions of outside dol- r lars from the outside without difficulty. . - . ' , . ' . In fact, financial circles seem, to be more concerned.' about long-term capital bec'pming scarce. With stock declining the world over 'and inflation striking everywhere,-investors have become extremely wary about long-term commitments. In this situation, Arab oil m o n e y is more coveted than ever. Arkansas Editors Comment On State Constitution And (Natch) Sen, Jones PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL It's a toss-up which has reached the lower level: The defense of Mutt Jones in the Arkansas legislature or that of Richard Nixon in the House Judiciary Committee. The apologists for Senator Jones, who appears to have had a more cooperative group of judges, cited everything from states' rights (he was after all. found guilty only in a federal court) down to his good ole boyhood. And thanks to the Great Coinplicators in the Arkansas Senate, Mutt Jones got away with it. TODAY S T A T E Senator Jones, a s t a n d i n g insult to those ordinary Arkansans who are expected to pay their taxes and obey the law. As long as Mutt Jones remains a state senator, it will be diffi- And why anyone would w a n t the "honor" of serving in the state Senate with him will be something of a mystery -- a mystery that can only further lower the standards of representative government in Arkansas by discouraging good citizens from entering public life. The Mutt Jones Defense is a hard one to tnp, or lather bottom. But Sam Garrison has done it. Mr. Garrison is the new counsel for the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee because the o l d one (Albert Jenner) didn't p r o v e partisan enough. Last week, Mr. Garrison argued for judging the United States v. Nixon not on the basis of tha law and evidence hut "the best interests of- the country." Like the apologists and com- plicators in the Arkansas Sen- ate. Mr. Garrison made justice conspicious by its absence from his presentation. His was the most blatant appeal for expediency over justice since the Dreyfus case, and even those 1 French generals who advocated railroading an innocent man on behalf of their concept of the National Interest did so only in private. Shame was not completely foreign to them. WHICH BRINGS to mind a pitable fund-raising letter from the Republican National Finance Committee, which accuses "some .leading Democrats" of favoring "impeachment of President Nixon (or forced resignation) regardless of guilt or innocence." However, fair Wat charge, it is clear that the new Republican counsel to the Judiciary Committee believes that t h e President should be acquitted regardless of guilt or innocence. It is an argument unworthy of a society based, or supposed to be based, on law. It is a sad competition between state and federal levels, between 'the apologists and complicalors for Mutt Jones in the Arkansas Senate and the Sam Garrisons who preach the National Interest liber alles, unaware of the bare possibility that justice might be in the national interest. PARAGOULD PRESS Faced once a g a i n with a choice b e t w e e n common sense and absurdity, the state Senate thumbed its nose at the people of this state and voted to let Sen. Guy "Mutt" Jones stay in the Senate chamber. Jones, a convicted felon, is a flamboyant figure. He is known primarily for four things: The rose he constantly wears in his lapel; his short stature; his unquestionable knowledge of parlimentary procedure; and his uncanny ability to bring chaos out of order on the Senate floor. Jones, who was challenged because of conviction on four federal felony income tax charges, received a vote of "confidence" by his colleagues. The vote was 21 in lavor of expulsion. Jones blamed public pressure for the lopsided vote. "There wouldn't have been that many votes against me If they could have voted their personal feei- ings," he told newsmen after the vote. Perhaps Jones is right. Perhaps if the people of this state had not raised an outcry against the senator, a vote would have never been taken. The Senate is a close - knit organization. Its members dislike being put on the spot, being scrutinized in minute detail by the populus. Yet 21 Senators chose to slap tradition In the face with a vote of expulsion. We only wish the other 12 senators would have ma d c it unanimous and voted to oust Jones. II is the 12 senators who supported Jones who must answer to the people. But, meanwhile it is the people.of Arkansas who must suffer for their mistake. And Mult Jones? He's free to continue to do his large part in making the Arkansas Legislature a laughing stock for the nation for its lack of efficiency and effectiveness. We have only ourselves to : blame.. BENTON COURIER David Pryor, the Democratic nominee for governor, said in his campaign-opener speech in Benton on April 17 that he was for a "sound highway system that, includes not only highways but also adequate farm to-market roads." There is a method we feel, that could be u 6 e d to accont- plish that goal merely by expanding an existing program, and Mr. Pryor would 'do .well to .consider that as part of his first legislative package f o r presentation to the general assembly in January. There is a program now in existence under which counties foot 40 per cent of the bill and the state picks up 60 per cent of the lab for certain road projects on county roads, but it is too small in scope. Expanding that program would be a major boon to the people of Arkansas. In Saline County we h a v e some county roads that are in miserable shape but in comparison to some other counties we hardly know what "bad roads" means. The major traffic artery system in Arkansas is in pretty good shape for anyone that wants to go across the state or get out of the state, but too many of the local roads in too many counties look more like neglected wagon roads than roads meant for automobiles. Here in Saline County there are places where you c o u l d leave ana drive to Little Rock on the Interstate faster t h a n you could travel on some of the worse county roads and reach a friend's home that is much closer. But if we think we have it bad, we should take a cross- country trip in some of t h e northern counties, such as Stone County, where you can spend a couple of hours making a short trip at about seven miles p e r hour on some of the really bad roads. The expansion of state - county participation, in the expense f6r work on local roads seems an excellent way to get- t h e roads in our counties into good shape. We would suggest that Mr. Pryor look into the idea. It would do a great deal of good and probably would be a major measure that would have t h e backing of most legislators. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS Belatedly, Governor Dale Bumpers has pointed out'to the people of of the prime -- and there are many -- weaknesses of the Arkansas Constitution of 1874. Bumpers lised a good example. 0 n e of the governor's environmental preservation bills was passed by the Arkansas House, 60 to 15. . The constitution, which is just one of five Arkansas has had since it was admitted to statehood in 1836, provides that certain bills must receive the affirmative votes of three-fourths of '·· both houses. That means that 75 legislators would have had to vole for the measure. If one more member of the 100-menv her legislature had been absent for the environmental bill vote. There would not h a v e been enough votes present in the entire chamber to m o v e th ebill forward to the Senate where nine'members c o u l d ; have killed it -.under the struc- · lures pi the Arkansas Constitution J either by voting against 'it or by being absent from the . chamber when the roll w a s called. ' . - · · · . · Bumpers believes t h a t "Ihe vast .majority of the people in this state obviously favored the bills and understood the motives behind them...they didn't pass because of the anarchronism of ' Ihe Constitution." Bumpers probably is correct In his estimate. There are reasons to believe that the peopla ' of Arkansas are becoming awar eof the treasure which if theirs in the form of the state's rivers, woods and unspoiled hills. Bumpers' bills would have appropriated funds for' preserving wilderness areas. . . · : " What is apparent is that jh$ peculiar language of the .Arkansas Constitution o f ' 1974 ..'i» beginning to subvert the will of the people. · . ' " · . . ' FOUDYCE NEWS ADVOCATE Senator Guy Jones, for a little while, at least, remains the senator representing Faulkner and a portion of other north central Arkansas counties.' - ~ ·His senatorial colleagues after deciding that he could fta removed from the senate only by a two-thirds vole, were trtus spared the task of removing him from office. ' -;'(· We shall be interested to see if the senator remains in -the August body after Jariuaryv 1 -- when at least a : portion · the senatorial personnel and membership will be changed: C In a nutshell, the senate said it couldn't be sure that income tax evasion, the felony ot which the goodly Senator Jones'stands convicted, is an "infamous crime." '·' ' . If reports are true; however, that Senator Jones, a distinguished and prosperous member, of the bar, reported income o f ' less than $280 a month ·- then he probably can't be accused of an "Infamous .crime" - just a stupid one. · . · ·

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