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{Rmeg Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1974 President Keeps Books On His Jewelry That North-South Freeway Where a new north-south highway through this part of the state ought to go depends a lot on who you talk to. There are some who would just as soon let Oklahoma have the honor. Just the same, a lot of studying of the subject has been done, and a lot of pressure applied from grassroots all the way to Washington. And now, it looks like something is about to happen. The Arkansas Highway Commission, at its monthly meeting last week issued an order for a study to determine the state's needs for additional interstate freeways. According to the announcement, one study will involve a north-south route that would link west central Missouri (Kansas City) with south central Louisiana (Baton Rouge). That route might include the Fayetteville area. Or, it might swing east through the Harrison area. A second study will involve a route from the Kansas City area toward Georgia that would involve Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas. Most such study data has already been collected by the Highway Department, The main task will he to coalesce the data and report it to the federal Department of Transportation within the next 90 days. If that report passes muster, a new route could then be in the congressional hopper next January. According to the AHD, criteria upon which the new study is to be based include service to the areas in question; travel; cost; and overall effects on the areas. An environmental impact statement, presumably, would occur only after tentative selection of a proposed route. The possibilities in the north-south route are several -- five, in all -- besides Art Buckwald the much discussed one through this area. We remain somewhat uncertain as to just where such a facility is being recommended from regional transportation leaders. One oft mentioned idea is to overlap a north- south route on the present Fayetteville bypass. It is plain enough, however, to our way of thinking that no "interstate" is going to overlay an existing segment of highway. Under the 1973 Highway Act, Congress authorized 10 additional interstate-type routes for the national system. Arkansas fig-, ures prominently in this formulation, with two potential new routes earmarked for additional study. This area's chances of acquiring approval for the new route would strike us at least as good as for one that would extend from Harrison through Little Rock and on to El Dorado and central Louisiana. The burgeoning growth areas of Fort Smith and Fayetteyille-Springdale-Rogevs are, in more serious need for a nearby transport outlet than Little Rock, with its maze of interconnecting freeways already something of. a snarl. From the standpoint of north-south "interstate" linkage, there is a major gap, east- west, from the Mississippi River all the way to Oklahoma City. On balance, the best compromise among competing needs, it seems to us, would be through western Arkansas. And THAT euold be the way it eventually works out. Such a decision, in addition, would relieve pressure for additional state highways from here to Van Buren, through the Boston Mountains. Of course, the potential for that might have its influence in another direction, too. Pressure, in any event, on this decision will be heavy, all the way to your local congressman's office. A Do-Nothing Executive By AET BUCHWAtB ·WASHINGTON -- The thrust of President Nixon's new economic policy is to do nothing. The Administration's economic advisers have decided that, except r blaming the Americfa-- for blaming t h e American people for inflation, it would be much wiser just to sit out the e c o n o m i c storms swirling around the nation and see what happens. The director of the Economic Office of Doing Nothing is Mr. Chauncey Armageddon and, since he doesn't have much to do, he very kindly agreed to Billy Graham's Answer I'm puzzled over the matter of transcendentalism. In our little town, I see postesr everywhere advocating transcendental meditation. B.J. The prevalence of cults based ' on eastern religions is a contemporary phenomenon. People want an answer to spiritual questions. They seek peace of mind and purpose in living. When this is not found in the Word of God -- the Bible the seeking mind turns to human philosophy. It is said that once when Abraham Lincoln was on the Ohio River, he asked, "What is this transcendentalism that we hear so much about?" The answer came, "You see those swallows digging holes in yonder bank? Well, lake awav the bank from around those holes, and what is left is transcendentalism." I am not faulting the practice of contemplation or romantic idealistic meditation. 1 am saying that in the quest for spiritual truth, we've got to latch on to something of substance. It is not enough to talk as the transcendenlalists do of "being," "unity" and "goodness 1 'if our sins are still unfor- given and heaven unsecured. If an inquiry into nature leads one to the God and Christ behind the observable world (as it did. in Psalms 8), then it is worthwhile. A friend of mine contends that after you come into a knowledge of the truth, you can sin as you please. That is. God will forgive you over and over. Something doesn't add up there. Can you enlighten me? C.H. First of all, I'm assuming that when you say a "knowledge of the truth" you mean, the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Let me proceed on that basis. Paiil faced this issue centuries ago. He asks in Romans 6, "Shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness?" His answer was abruptly plain. "Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don't For sin's power over us was broken when we became Christian." The key consideration here is that man is not an irresponsible ruler of his own nature. God has delegated the sovereignty that he has. When through faith in Christ, man acquires supernatural power, naturally, God expects then a new measure of self control and victory over evil. The counsel of the Bible is "Present yourselves." That is, move to forsaking the evil from which you have been forgiven. They'll Do It Every Time Business gfsKOM£T£K: WHO'S £AT/Hf megs? TO.THEM THIS IS SATIN' g(Jf WERE-seme A KTttZ CLASS Of executives, AMP THOUGHT tO 3%. TH£ SIS. SHOTS £AT1!J6 Wt, THIH65 ARE TtXJSH AU, OV6R- see me in the Executive Office Building of the White House. When I walked into his office he was making paper airplanes from economic reports and sailing them across the room. "Mr. Armageddon, you must have one of the toughest jobs in the Administration." "I should hope so," he said. "It isn't easy to do nothing about an economic crisis ul this proportion. But, fortunately. I've got the full backing of the President. I also have managed to put together an excellent staff of economists who believe in a laissez-faire philosophy." "What do you DO?" I asked. "I beg your pardon?" "HOW DO YOU do nothing about the economy?" "Oh," Armageddon chuckled, "I get you. Well, we do a lot of things. Our main function is to prevent other people in the government from doing anything. For example, when a report comes out that the cost of living has gone tip, we immediately contact the departments of Commerce and Agriculture and tell them to do nothing about it. If we see unemployment rising, we call in the Labor people and explain to them why it would be better to ignore it." "Ho wdo yon feel about high interest rates?" "We feel very strongly about them. That's why we're ^not doing anything about them." "What's your position on two- digit inflation?" "The President is very concerned about two-digit inflation, and he has instructed us to make it one of the highest priorities. He told rne personally that if we do nothing about anything it has to be inflation." "I imagine your office also c o n c e r n s itself with t a x reform." "We certainly do. If you have tax reform you'll be setting economic forces to work t h a t no one will be able to control. The Administration's position is (hat if we don't do anything about tax reform we will have made a major accomplishment toward the fight for a stable economy." "Mr. Armageddon, is there any point that you could foresee where the President might have to do something about the economic state of the country?" "I CAN'T SEE anything on the horizon. If we produce more and .buy less, then the marketplace will take care of itself. The key to a strong economy is the public's confidence in its leaders. "Since President Nixon has the confidence of the country, and they know he has neilhcr the time nor the intention of doing anything, the American people wil 1 solve Ihcir own problems, which is the way it should be. Nobody wants a President to tell him what to do when it comes to such personal matters as inflation, high prices and unemployment." "Your phone is ringing," I said to Armageddon. "I know, but I'm not going to answerit ," he replied. "Why not?" "It might be somebody who wants me to do something about an economic problem, and i f . I don't take the call I won't have to do anything about (C) 1374, Los Angeles Times By JACK ANDEKSON WASHINGTON -- President Ni.xon deals heavily in jewelry, which used to be catalogued for him by the distinguished Washington jewelers, Shaw and Dussinger. But a report in our column that the jewelers kept "thick books" listing all of the First F a m i l y ' s valuable genis brought Pat Nixon's cousin [lying to Washington to haul off the records to a s a f e r . hiding place. Sources close to the First Family say that the President "does a lot of wheeling and dealing in jewelry." His close crony,' Bebe Reboxo, was involved in the purchase of at least one $5,G50 earring set for the First Lady. The Senate W a t e r g a t e Committee h a s charged that Rcbozo paid for the earrings, ill part, with S100 bills. · We published the first news of the Nixon jewelry collection on February 15. Pholographs of the individual pieces were kept in "thick books," we wrote, "presumably so. they can be circulated to police if the gems are lost or stolen." On the same day our column appeared, Edward 0. Sullivan telephoned the jewelers from New York City and spoke to a partner, John Shaw. Sullivan said he was authorized by t h e Nixon family to pick up t h e hooks at once. In a matter of hours, he strode into the store, demanded the records and walked out with The Washington Merry-Go-Round them. "He came right down and picked up the books," recalled William Dussingor. Neither partner "lias seen or heard from him since." We have now identified Sullivan as Pat Nixon's cousin. He is also a New York insurance broker who reportedly insures all of the Nixon jewels. Except for confirming he is the First Lady's cousin and an insurance agent. Sullivan refused to comment on our findings. Richard Nixon has l i k e d to adorn his womenfolk with jewelry, say our sources, ever since be presented Pat with an engagement ring in a May Day basket on May 1, 1940. The First Lady has a taste . for small delicate jewelry. Both daughters, Tricia Cox and Julie Eisenhower,- also have expensive collections. Tricia's collection, according to our sources, is the largest. Even the President's faithful secretary, Rose Mary Woods, has several nice gems listed in the Nixon books. · TIMM'S TRIP: We made a mistake in our recent report on Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Robert Timm's all-expenses-paid golfing vacation in Bermuda. We made the mistake of accepting Timm's word that his host, United Aircraft, wasn't regulated by the Civil Aeronautics Board. We have now learned that the CAB regulates ,the San Francisco-Oakland Helicopter Airlines, which is partly owned by United Aircraft. Timm had to know about this, since he personally approved the sale of slock in the helicopter line to United Aircraft last summer. For that matter, a formal petition from United Aircraft is now pending before the CAB. The firm has asked Timm and his fellow commissioners not to include United Aircraft- in a CAB investigation into the relationship between airlines and investors. Timm has admitted to us that his Bermuda travel arrangements were made by United Aircraft's chief lobbyist, former Nixon aide Clark MacGregor, who also invited four airline executives along. United A i r- craft sells engines and accessories to these airlines. Thus Tirnm wound up spending a cozy weekend with the airline bigwigs, who have multimillion-dollar decisions awaiting CAB action. Two of tbe airlines, Pan American and Trans World Airlines, are also seeking millions in subsidies from Congress. Rep. John Jarman, D-Okla., whose House subcommittee is 'Remember, You Heard If Here First' State Of Affairs Bad News For Wallace By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- In all the gloomy post-mortems over the Supreme Court decision against interdistrict school busirfg to achieve racial balance, it seems to have gone unnoticed that there is an incidental but significant silver lining for the black community and liberals in general. There is .some question whether the decision on balance is a genuine setback to equality of education for black sludenls. Black leaders differ on that. There is no doubt,, however, that the court's action is a serious setback for the politician who has tried to ride tbe busing issue into the White House -- namely. Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. By defusing the busing controversy, the high court has stripped Wallace of what has been his one and only effective national issue. No doubt he will try to keep it alive, for he is a resourceful a'gitator, but with public fears put to rest by the court it is going to be difficult for Wallace to whip up emotions in 1976 as successfully as he . did in 1972. In Wflke of the court's ruling, the House has just passed an anti-busing bill that is much weaker than the one it first approved. It was a decisive victory for the moderates. Also, the d r i v e for a constitutional amendment against busing now appears to be locing momentum. MOREOVER, political lea- where Wallace exploited anti- busing passions so effectively in the 1972 presidential primaries are already reporting a relaxing of tensions since the high court put the issue on the back burner. National leaders of t h e Democratic Party have not yet fully recovered from the shock of watching Wallace two years ago win big in both the South and North by simply making the most tor worst) of anti- busing feelings. He carried states as far apart as Florida and Michigan. Had he entered enough primaries, had he not been shot, he would have been a formidable contender at the national convention. As it was, he already had 377 delegates when he was gunned down in May, 1972. In the light of'this, Wallace can hardly be faulted for thinking he would do even better in 1976. To appreciate the significance of the Supreme Court's decision ,it is only necessary to envisage what the situation would be if. in the hotly debated Detroit school case, the court had ruled the other way and upheld virtually unlimited city- suburban interdistrict busing for the nation's large metropolitan centers. Wallace's next campaign would have been made, for the whole issue would have been revived on an even more inflamed basis, with new drives for restrictive legislation, accompanied no doubt by renewed violence. But without (Ills issue, what can Wallace do? His backers say he is no longer a racist but a "populist," although Wallace himself can't seem to define that term. By making husiirg a code word for racism, he has in recent years been able to forgo his old way of campaigning openly for while supremacy and "segregation forever." IF BUSING NOW loses much o'. its political in agio Wallact PC Hi might he tempted to go back to his old .style, but even the Deep South times are changing. A new generation is taking over, with such moderates as Gov. Reubin Askew of Florida, Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Gov. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas leading the way. Bumpers' recently won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. None of the new leaders of the region has relied on race for his success. After all, school desegregation is virtually an accomplished fact in the South -- more than in the North -and hence there is little incentive these days to center political campaigns on it, especially now that extreme: busing has been outlawed. Wallace keeps warniifg that the Democratic Party had better broaden its base (whatever that means), but all the signs suggest that Wallace had better broaden his own base if he hopes to be a serious contender in 1976. Besides busing, the only thing he talks about is taxes. However, it is hard to tell whether he favors higher or lower'taxes, or whether he wants to soak the rich or the poor. In Alabama itself there have been no spectacular tax reforms. For Hie last year, prominent Democrats, including candidates for the presidential nomination, have.been making nil- grimages to Alabama to court its governor. It's a good bet the traffic will become lighter now that the easing of the busing issua has largely deprived Wallace o fhis chief weapon. (C) 1974, Los Angclei Times considering these subsidies, was . also a guest on the Bermuda - JU \Vilh their wives, they golfed, swam and fished in a paradisi; cal setting. All the bills wer«. picked up by United Aircraft. . As we reported In our earlier column, former Federal Conv : ... municalions Chairman John. Doerfer was forced lo resign for vacationing aboard ths yacht of broadcaster Georgs Storer. . · :; Timm now tells us his appro? val of United Aircraft's purchase of stock in the helicopter company was "a singular action," which he considers to be "vastly different from regulation." If United Aircraft is still involved in the other cas« when it comes before the CAB, he promises, "I will review my position and act accordingly." He refused to say flatly that he would not pass judgment oh : his Bermuda host. ' : / W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: America's most disaffected and;.-, disadvantagcd veterans, the .men who fought in Vietnam, ··· are receiving orders to report ; . back to duty just as they are beginning lo adjust to civilian ' life. With the. end of the draft,', the A r m y reserves are no long-. ^. er attracting large numbers. ; The Army has been compelled. .;. therefore, lo tap Vietnam,-; veterans to conduct training , sessions...The National Retail . Merchants Association has fired -off a memo to all its members v urging Ihem to "act promptly" f. with letters to their senators · against the Consumer Prolec-.f, lion Agency. But not all retail?: merchants agree with the asso--. elation. As Montgomery Ward's/-; president Edward Donnell put :; ; it- "For business lo always- oppose whatever consumer,*-;, propose, strains the credibility-of our public statements that.' ; : for us the consumer always r' comes first." : Movies' Master Of Suspense WASHINGTON (ERR) Veteran film director Alfred Hitchcock will be 75 years old on Aug. IS ALFRED HITCHCOCK would, : never win a beauty contest, but*; his profile is as famous as John^ Barrymore's was in another^-day. Famous also is the Hitch-'S cock filmmaking style: a highly^ personal blend of suspense, wit, 1 ."and melodrama. Still going;:-; strong in a career that spalls-.? more than 50 years, "the portly,-master of ' the involunlary_'Y screen" is held in high esteem^-' by filmgoers and film critics_Jt. alike. ~-»"i Hitchcock's formative years'" gave little indication of what was to come, Born in England, he took courses at tbe University of London leading to a career in electrical engineering. He also studied art, navigation, and economics. In the end, Hitchcock abandoned technology for art. He took a job in the advertising office of a London department store and then, in 1920, signed on with the Famous Players- Lasky Co. (now Paramount Pictures) as a title writer and artist. Moving on to Gainsborough Pictures, he became * full-fledged director in 1925 with "The Pleasure Garden," a film shot in Germany. FLASHES OF THE distinc-" live Hitchcock style are evident .even in his early silent pictures. He did not truly hit his stride,-. _however, until the mict-1930s. In -' this period, he directed such ' classics of suspense as "The'-' Lady . Vanishes," "The 39" Steps" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." Hollywood : soon beckoned, arid in 1939.'Hitchcock set up permanent ; residence in this country. ' "· · "Rebecca,". Hitchcock's first : -%' American film, was named be'str' picture of 1940 by the Academy"tl of Motion Picture Arts and"/ -Sciences. Other hits' foIlowed,'C including Hitchcock's personal;" favorite, "Shadow of a Doubt." '. A string of four successive flops in the late 1940s gave rise to ' . speculation that the master had lost his touch. But he rebounded . in 1951 with "Strangers on 'a.-^ Train," which, some crificslT regard as his best film of all. r': Hitchcock's quirks and ebcen--" tricities have long since eplered the realm of folklore. His insistence on making a cameo appearance in each of his films. His predilection for blonde leading ladies (Joan Fontaine^Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly;-; 1 ; Kim Novak, et al). His oftenC" voiced opinion that actors are ' "cattle." With few exceptions- » however, the actors who have -' appeared in Hitchcock's films'- express nothing but the warm"--"est affection for him. "'£ NOW THAT Hitchcock is uni.C" versally recognized as o n e of" the great directors of all timeTM-- his work is subjected to minute"'"'scrutiny by film critics. Most^' w o u I d agree with this obse"r~° vation by Charles Thomas*: Samuels: "What Hitchcock has." supremely understood is th'alCT- the line between perception and^*i feeling can be manipulated by'.· the director, can he suspended- : or broken, quickened ! 6r retarded so that the spectator - ' feels only what the filmmaker intends. Moreover, he has-:., understood that no otheiC' medium can stimulate action with most of life's reality but none of its limitations." Hitchcock himself no doubt would concur. He never tires of .discussing his bottomless bag of tricks with film scholars. Asked on one occasion what he" wanted to do to movie audiences, he replied: "Give them pleasure. Same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare,"

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