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Editorial-Opinion Page The PuMfc Merest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 1974 Nixon Foundation Makes One 'Grant' The Senate Reconsiders A good deal of rationalizing surrounds the curious case of the state Senate and its ouster of Guy "Mutt" Jones of Conway last Thursday. It was explained in the instance of the Senate vote which failed to unseat the convicted tax evader three weeks ago during special session, that to do so would deprive his constituents of representation -- and, besides, Senator Jones never served time, so is hardly to be compared with a REAL fel- Oii. There was the talk, too, of the essential qualities of justice that require clear and compelling evidence, plus a two-thirds majority, which, among friends is not always that simple. After the 20-day recess, however, during which time a lot of the folks back home discussed their thoughts with fill 'Er Up, Mister? '· Major oil companies, fresh from explaining why prices are high, supplies low and a crisis impending, are now said to be putting the arm on their dealers to get busy and start selling a surplus that has somehow accumulated into the summer vacation season. · The explanation is, as we get it, that the industry doesn't have adequate storage facilities. Having cranked up production, the refiners now nave nowhere to put it -- except, of course, in the inflation-pinched motorist's gas tank. Or so they say. The odd thing about this is that American oil companies are still busy spending great sums of money on a national advertising campaign aimed at conservation. Meanwhile, dealers are being advised, according to the Associated Press, that if they don't boost sales, they could face possible their elected representatives in the Senate, the rationale shifted a -bit. .The plot to do away with Jones is blamed variously on the press, the Republicans and a public disenchanted with Watergate. But, as one senator, quoted anonymously in a wire service re- S ort puts it, "The Senate vote on (Sen. Guy) ones was hurting my business." . Thus, the mood last Thursday as legislators convened to adjourn was soberly attentive to the business at hand. A move to delay so that the absent Sen. Jones could speak in his own behalf was shunted aside and a prompt and decisive vote taken. No one seemed a bit happy about it, but occasionally circumstances are such that government can he made to function in a representative fashion in spite of its mostly unrepresentative ethics and traditions. loss of their leases. One oil man, according to the AP, explains it this way: "We're still a competitive business . . . we still have a long-term energy problem and we 'still believe people should not waste it, but as long as we've got it to sell, we want people to buy it from us, not the other guy. That's a dilemma we're going to have to live with." On the basis of that philosophy reports are -corning in of "gas wars" here and there around the country. Not that we object to gasoline wai-s, of course, but there's something much more wrong with this situation than a shortage of an oil company's storage tanks. Energy is a vital element of the national welfare.-- and the conclusion grows with the developments of the recent ephmer- al "crisis" that if the industry can't control itself, it ought to have help. Repression In K?reci EDITOR'S NOTE -- The following is the first of a two- part report on South Korea written by R. B. Leflar of Fay- elteville, who has recently completed study in 'Japan on a fellowship sponsored by the local Rotary International organization. By ROBERT B. LEFLAH ' HONG KONG (July 15, 1974) -- The screws have tightened in South Korea since my last report from Seoul in April 1973. President Park Chung Hee has issued a series of four "Emergency Decrees" making it illegal, to "propose or petition for revision or repeal" of the constitution which in effect makes Eark president for life. The consequence for offenders: military court-martial. Punishments, as of this writing: over 80 people, including six Christian ministers, have received sentences ranging from ten years to life. Fourteen, including well-known poet Kim Young-il, have been sentenced to death. The Park government attempts to justify these moves on the grounds that South Korea is crawling with subversives and Communist spy rings. But almost all of those sentenced are known to be not Communists but reformers. To accuse Christian leaders, for instance, of support for Communism, when hundreds of thousands of North Korean Christians have left their homes and fled to the South to escape C o m m u n i s t suppression o f Christianity, borders on the ridiculous. ...The 'actual target of the ·government's crackdown is a . peaceful, legal movement to revise the Constitution and restore democracy to South Billy Graham's Answer ; Twenty'years ago, I became the owner of a valuable antique watch. Recently, I took It to a supposedly honest jeweler to have it cleaned. Well, the man removed the original movement with the ruby jewels, as well as my gold cahin. I know the lordly way to handle it, but . !· can't --- being an elderly lady, I! also know Jesus said, "Vengeance is mine." How would you handle this? C.H.C. · It is never particularly Christian to be naive, or spineless or easily fooled. · As a matter of fact on one occasion (Luke 16:8) when Jesus was discussing prudence a'nd foresight, He commended those of the world who were '.more clever than the godly." ', If this experience had happened to me, I would first make Sure of the facts I would dig out whatever documents could prove the nature and value of the watch. Then if I cared enough about it, I would seek to correct the robbery perpetrated by this unscrupulous jeweler. I would confront h i m personally. If that yielded no satisfaction, I would take a second party as witness (Matthew 18:15, 16) and.request again'the replacement of parts removed. If that failed, I would report it to the police. In none of this, however, would I be vindictive. It's interesting that Paul sometimes invoked the law on his side (Acts 22) to offset some evil practice or to safeguard his own person and ministry. You see, love for the sinner does not oblige winkling at his untruths and wrongdoning. It was said of Jesus that He was full of not only grace, but truth. They'll Do It Every Time Ur'ftrc' ^ I THE/AWAVS £IU5 Or ASE5 41t I THE SAME QiP WEOUSHTTO COMPWINTO THE. CHOIR DIRECTOR- (SOT F6P OP WITH THE CHOIRS OU? REPRTOIR-- WOW THE/ CHAWTH6 UttPHVMNS 60 ,, EVERYTHIMS? THWXTO «OU LATIPO, YWN6STOWN, OHIO: Korea. Last Decemher a. petition to that effect reportedly ·gained: hundreds of thousands of signatures in the two weeks before the first three Emergency Decrees in January outlawed such activities. Then in March and early April, sporadic student protest activities were met by massive displays of government force -- police, KCIA agents, riot police, and military, armed to- the teeth and .by Emergency Measure 4, which decreed the death · penalty for anyone associated with anti-government activities. Since then, the democratization movement has been confined to hushed conversations in Seoul's tearooms and cultural activities such as the masked dance. The nation for whose freedom and Democracy Americans fought twenty-odd years ago is a good ways down the road to the Big Brother state. President Park is watching the Koreans: his portrait looms down from the office wall of every official of any importance. Police stop kids on the street and transform fashionably long hair into butch cuts. And the stifling presence of the Korean Central-Intelligence Agency (KCIA) is seldom seen but everywhere felt. The KCIA attained its present degree of international notoriety by kidnapping opposition.leader v - Kim Dae Jung from his Tokyo hotel in broad daylight last year and spiriting him to Seoul where he is now on trial for alleged election offenses such as warning against Park's "generalissimo system." But even before the kidnapping incident, the KCIA had placed censors in the offices of every newspaper, infiltrated almost every student organization, paid off university faculty, and sent spies into congregations on Sundays to report any anti-government heresies in ministers' sermons. My mail was slit open when I got it. I had to lake elementary precautions like making calls f r o m pay phones rather than through the hotel switchboard, where a KCIA girl is reportedly on duty. The KCIA's reach even extends to surveillance of Korean exchange slu- dents in American universities. The Park government deflects international criticism of its repression of internal dissent by pointing with pride to South Korea's economic indicators. And it is true that Ihe nation under Park has made enormous strides in increasing GNP and exports. At the same lime, however, the rich are very rich, the poor very poor and the gap is widening. The corrupt ties belween larger business, the government, and the army is the subject matter for biller jokes over barley tea in dimly-lit tea-houses by low-paid professors and journalists -- or at least those who aren't on the take the'n- selves.' The price of rice, the staple of the Korean diet, lias almost doubled in the last year; inflation is ealing up Ihe average worker's wages much faster lhan he can win salary raises. So despite economic growth, a great many average Koreans have entered a period of real suffering. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The Richard Nixon Foundation, w h i c h holds a lax exemption as a "charity." has made only one charitable grant in its four-year existence: $7,500 to buy a painting of Richard Nixon. The foundation has also bestowed $21,000 upon thu President's brother, Ed, to scout sites for a proposed Nixon library, thereby showing more charity to Ed Nixon than it has to the poor.. The foundation was established shorlly after President Nixon look office in 19S9. Its original board read like a Who's Who of business and government bigwigs. Since those hopeful days, the Nixon Foundation has suffered much the same fate as its illustrious namesake. Several of its founders, including former Nixon aides H. R. Haldcman, John Ehrllichman, John Mitch-: ell and Herbert Kalmbach, have been indicted or convicted in the Watergate case. The lone 1 grant was made to the Smithsonian Institution so it could buy a Norman Rockwell painting of Richard Nixon. The painting has been hanging proudly since 1972 in the National Portrait Gallery. Commented painter Hockwell: "Nixon is no fun to paint." Footnote: For a time, t.h e foundation was under audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Its accountant, Arthur Blech, assures us that it has been "completely cleared" by the IRS. The Washington Merry-Go-Round BIRD CHASER: S. Dillon R i'p 1 c y, the distinguished proprietor of the Smithsonian museums and galleries, has been chasing rare birds around the world at the taxpayers' expense. At the same time, he also runs a private bird research business on Ihe side. He assured us, however, lhat his business is dcvoled to preserving rare sp.ecies at a financial loss to himself. Nevertheless, when he is in hot pursuit of a rare gull or goshawk, he travels In style and charges it to the Smithsonian. He might be found scanning the skies for wildfowl from a yacht in the blue Aegean or a safari In the high Himalayas. We reported in 1970 that Ripley had sailed the seas around Greece in a $480-a-day yacht, sampling lobsters and fine drink, while he inspected ancient ruins and chased a rare seagull, all at Smithsonian expense. Now we have learned that he roamed the world for 28 weeks in 1973, with the Smithsonian picking up at least $15.000 in travel bills And the final erst still hasn't been toted up. ' Unpublished documents turned up by Sens. Alan Bible, D~ Nev., and Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, show that Ripley's most extravagant expedition was "to observe the migration of birds through the Himalayas." For this ornithological adventure, Ripley was accompanied by his wife and two daughters. "They brought along more lhan 25 pieces of luggage containing tents, supplies and fancy clothes suitable for audiences with any oriental potentates they might encounter during the 12-week safari. Ripley paid his daughters' travel fares out of his own pock- el. But the taxpayers shelled out $2,244 in transportation and $464 in per diem for his wife. Explained the Smithsonian: She assisted her husband "in Ihe preparation and taxidermy of ornithological materials" In a sense that Ripley didn't anticipate, the safari turned out to be for the birds. He came down with dysentery in Bhutan and had to be helicoptered and jelled to India. The Indian government, which furnished the emergency military jet, has now asked politely who is going to pay for it. Footnote: In three long talks with us, Ripley ably defended his long absences from the Smithsonian. His critics concede that his \ n n i v a t i v e management has transformed Washington's famous mall and its museums into an exciting center for art, music and festivals. PAIN A N D PREJUDICE: Contrary to the angry accusations from the White House, the House Judiciary Committee was 'Gee, Doc, They Told Me You'd Cut Me To Pieces" Art Buchwald By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- Chairman: The clerk will read the Articles of Abdication. Clerk: Resolved that the Emperor violated his oath of office when he paraded down the streets under a canopy with no clothes on. That he made false and misleading statements to the effect that he was wearing clothes at the time, and that he was party to a coverup and interferred in a lawful investigation as to whether in effect he did on said day parade in the nude. CHAIRMAN: Each member of this committee will have 5 minutes for the purposes . of debate only. I recognize the courtier from Grazinda. GRAZINDA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The question we have been asked to vote on today -- a question that could affect the empire for generations to come is -- did the Emperor know he had no clothes on and what, did he do about it. Let me review the evidence. The Emperor, we can all agree, spent all the taxpayers' money on clothes for himself. He had a coat for every hour of the day. Now from the Emperor's own parchments we know that on June 17'two cheats arrived and claimed they were weavers and that they could make such magnificent clothes that they would become invisible to anyone who was unfit for the office he held. We know the Emperor or- dered a set of robes and gave a great deal of cash in advance to the cheats. The Emperor then sent one of his closest aides to confirm that they indeed were working on his clothes. When the aide went to see the cheats, he discovered they weren't wearing anything at all. The aide went back and lied to the Emperor. Then on March 21 the Emperor himself went to the weavers and he saw with Ill's own eyes that there was no cloth; there was no trousers; there was no robe. Did he arrest the weavers; Did he report them to the justice minister? No, Mr. Chairman. He praised them as two of the finest men he had ever known and he told the country they had woven him a magnificent set of clothes. That, gentlemen, was the beginning of t h e coverup; a coverup that continued until the very day when the Emperor walked down our streets in nothing more than his birthday suit. CHAIRMAN: Your time has expired. We will hear from the other side now. The courtier from Tearturnia. TEARTURNIA: Mr. Chairman, I can't b e l i e v e that I have been silting here for six m o n t h s and heard the same evidence as my learned friend from Grazinda. If you read the Emperor's parchments as I have done, you can only come to one conclusion. The Emperor was wearing clothes on the day in question. Now if you follow the story, the Emperor did not take the word of his aide concerning the weavers -- he sent another aide and this aide also reported back that the weavers had indeed made a magnificent robe for His Imperial Majesty. Let us - remcmbcrjthal at this point in time the Emperor was busy with affairs of state and could not devote time to his clothes. His closest advisers lied to him but, where, where in all the evidence is there anything t« indicate the Emperor himself was part of the coverup? Now we have been speaking of evidence. The only evidence that the F,mperor wore no clothes came from a little boy who was sitting on his father's shoulders as the Emperor went fay. The boy said, and I quote from his testimony, "But he has nothing on." Now anybody can read anything they want into that statement. They can rend the Emperor had nothing on his hend. They can read he had nothing on for the evening. I defy anyone to show me whore the boy said, "He has no clothes on." And even if he did -- even if he did, I am asking this august hotly -- arc we going to believe the Word of a little boy or fire we tf^'ng to believe the word of our Emperor, the loader of llic gro-iost empire in the world. Mr. Chairman, if the Emneror says he had clothes on, it's good enough for me. Chuirman: The hearing is recessed until tomorrow at 10 a.m. (C) 1S74, Los Angeles Times not prejudiced against Presl-" dent Nixon. At the outset of the impeach-' ment inquiry ,all 17 Republicans were united behind th« President. At least three southern Democrats -- Alabama's Walter Flowers, Arkansas' Ray Thornton and South Carolina's James Mann--were also in the President's corner. They represented: solidly conservative districts which had voted overwhelming-: ly for the President in 1972. This gave the President a solid 20-to-18 edge when the im-. peachment inquiry began. Even among the . 18 anti-Nixon Democrats were some who felt impeachment was too drastic. Then Chairman Peter Rodino, DN.,1., closed the doors on the inquiry and let his staff present the evidence. The committee members were able to ask questions without the glare of publicity. Having published the first developments that leaked from the closed sessions, we are in a position to know what happened. We can report it was the evidence alone that finally persuaded the 10 Nixon loyalists to vole against their President. The 10 were subjected to extreme political pressure 16 slay in line. Local party leaders .bombarded Illinois' Robert Mcr Clory and Tom Railsback with anti-impeachment demands. One county organization refuse'd to raise money for Railsback's re-election unless ha voted against impeachment. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr., R.. N.Y., was assailed by his own father, who signed up with Rabr bi Baruch Korff's anti-impeachment crusade. But in the end the majority of Judiciary members voted their conscience. From The Readers' Viewpoint To the Editor: S p e c u l a t o r s who have vicariously nominated Senator Fulbright to the London Embassy appear to offer the essence of plausibility; everything fits perfectly. But their considered Judgment is not my idea of the dream role for the Senator. Assignment to the Court of Saint James was once prestige personified, outranked only by the Secretariat of State itself, except perhaps that rare occasion when some towering figure served in London under a less pre-eminent Secretary of State, The anticipated imminent vacancy in London is opportune; it would offer a chancy lor reviving closer lies between the two "Anglo-Saxon" nations, and above all to plump ever harder for American rapprochement .with the British parliamentary system. The United Nations ambassadorship is still not as strong as it might be; f r a u g h t with considerable American disfavor; the sleeping giants (China, Russia, India) are of a lesser breed, still lacking in sophistication -- ne earls, no barons, no dukes, ' The Rhodes and Wood row Wilson fellowships are the vehicles of foundations; the, Fulbright fellowships, serving fha same intelligentsia, underwritten by the people's money; they aim to draw together the intellectual upper crust of nation to nation, with the .ultimate goal, I should suppose, of providing for international understanding, trickling down from intellectuals to plebeians. ·. This all looks good, much like the concoctors of the "marriagB de convenance," arranging for , the ideal union of Johnny and Janie. , But I believe Mr. Fulbright would be much happier and perhaps more effective as a distinguished lecturer, based at some prestigious university. Such would provide the inde- pendanee which is mandatory Tor him to breathe. At such a late stage In life, could he serve as a subaltern? It isn't in his nature, unless there was some understanding that the substantive role should be his, and Kissinger and Nixon could take the hows - a possibly happy arrangement that is not novel. Further, the price of bringing off this deal however isn't realistic. Like many a politician, Mr. Fulbri'ghl says that his vote is not for sale; and indeed it does come very high. But it you know your Nixon (and wh9 doesn't) it isn't an impossibility. We have heard nothing of Mr. Fulbright cruising on fha Sequoia, but with a sharp- dealing Nixon, there is always plenty of time -- no rush in maneuvering; stall and wait. We have to assume a minimum price with Mr. Nixon asking - nothing less than a vote against conviction (there are fewer needed than those against impeachment). 1C ha could bring it off with the Liberal (?) Fulhright, he could possibly be home free; but then again, the deal could drive away some otherwise secure · voter In the Senate who derivei the utmost delight in being "ag'in" anything Senator Fuf bright !s "fer" I say his best bet is on the chautauqua trail. O.E. Jackson Fine Bluff

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