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Editorial-Opinion Page The PubUe Merest I* Th« First Concern O/ TJifa Newspaper 4 · THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1974 Camping Reservation System A Mess The Issue Now Is How The crusher for President Nixon, it appears, was that 8-0 Supreme Court vote on the unreleased Watergate tapes. The tapes, as has been widely suspected, pretty much spill the balance of the presidential beans. Not even his hand-picked court could help him in the showdown. And now the President confesses. Not that reasonable and prudent men couldn't have reached a consensus on Mr. Nixon's complicity without the extra evidence, but the evidence and the confession must come as a profoundly distasteful experience for staunchly blind defenders of executive privilege and the Nixon mandate. One of the most faithful and longstanding allies of the Nixon administration has been Rep. John Hammerschmidt of Arkansas Third Congressional District. Rep. Hammerschmidt says he is considering strongly voting for impeachment, as if there isn't, even yet, quite enough to cinch the deal. But he is tilting, and he wants it known. Rep. Hammerschmidt, a generous contributor to the President's hopes until just .recently that the whole ugly thing might be somehow gotten through, adds that it is high time Congress got busy and did something about the Watergate business. "We should have done It a year ago," he declares. Of course, had Congress tried a year ago it would have been over the writhing, clawing, fighting forms of such diehards as Congressman Sandman, Wiggins, Griffin and John I. Smith Hammerschmidt. What we seem to have at the present writing is an accelerating debate in Congress as to how best the system can proceed to do justice in regard to the President. Few now protest his immunity. There are some who are pressing for resignation. Others insist on the full impeachment process. Some favor a prompt, no debate vote -- a quickie impeachment in order to get on with the affairs of state -- and some, mindful not only of historical precedent, but of available tee- vee time at hand, are insisting on a. full dress hearing. With Mr. Nixon having divulged his own complicity in the coverup, and apparently pondering remaining options, a Senate trial may still be possible. Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, for one, suggests that the only fair way to dispose o fthe matter, at this "point in time," is to go through with an introduction of the evidence in the Senate and a formal vote. As o£ the moment it appears that Mr. Nixon might resign before the House debate, which is scheduled for teeyee. That would be an ironic twist to the affair in view of the. fact that Mr. Nixon, by most estimates, is the first of the nation's chief executives to have taken fullest advantage of the potential of the electronic media for political advantage. In the windup, will he choose to thwart what would have been one of the top teevee shows of the country? Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH About 35 interested persons attended the demonstration of dry bean production on the Main University of Arkansas farm last Friday, August 2. The results of the planting of six or eight varieties indicate that the small white bean (Navy), pinto bean, kidney bean, and a new variety will all d» well here. Since about 50 thousand tons are used by Northwest Arkan- sas earners each year, it Is evident that farmers here should consider dry beans as a fairly good cash crop. The canners present stated that transportation from Michigan, California, and other states was becoming a costly item, and that the farmers here could help solve the problem and probably make some money. Farmers should contact the canneis before seriously considering the planting of these beans. Billy Graham's Answer Paul explains here and else- " where that the salient facts of Christ's life His death, burial and resurrection -- get copied into the experience of the regenerated soul. Sin is to be progressively overcome. Unlimited evil? There's no permission for that in Christian living. I admit I have a few b a d habits. They are, however, hurting nobody else. After all, if I want to run my life a certain way, I have a God given prerogative to do so. don't I? V.M. One of the greatest delusions a person can have is thai his vices don't hurt anyone else. After all, as the writer John Donne told us, "No man is an island." Our evil drags down many others, as sin runs its progressive course. Take Herod for example. When he laid aside his self-respect (Matthew 14), and allowed his passions to be controlled by a wanton woman, he was not conscious of injuring anyone. But before the sun set that day, his terrible error had ruined the sacred iife of John well as ourselves. Later, this same Herod sacrificed a greater than John, and was still unconscious of the enormity of his guilt. You have no prerogative to do evil. Furthermore, you need to see the great importance of preliminaries. When you do not act on the light you have, you Don't trifle with God's holiness by indulging even the slightest bad habit. The other night I accepted an invitation for a show from a fellow of Japanese nationality. My father said it was against the Bible, and was furious. You tell me, Billy Gra-. ham, is it against God's will to go out with a - d i f f e r e n t . n a - tionality than your own? D.G. In one of Paul's sermons (Acts 17), he said of God, "From one man, he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth." Paul says here that man is the offspring of God, of one blood,' accountable to God and under his providential care. There is no reference in the Bible where God suggests that prejudicial attitudes are permitted, or that one race, nationality or people is inferior God loves all peoples, and we say the ground is level at the foot of Christ's cross. .·Your question suggests other considerations, however. One is that often dating leads to courtship and courtship to marriage. In other words, dating is not a frivolous activity, because it may lead to matters of serious importance. A parent is always right to u r g e reflection and caution in affairs. The other consideration is that should dating lead to marriage the couple needs to face possible adverse reactions form the larger family relationship. All I'm saying is that the love between the two must not be blind to repercussions from other such as you got from your father. God's will is that you might come to know the full happy life of faith in Christ -- living for His glory and in His service. The planting dates here for dry beans are the same as for string beans from about April 35 lo May 20. The earlier part of Ihis period is the better. The fertilizer required is also about the- same as for string beans, 300 to 400 pounds of 10-20-10 per acre. The diseases of the dry beans are the same as for string beans; therefore, if one should plant them where string beans have been recently grown, he had better prepare to spray. The beans can be drilled and, therefore, harvested with a combine; or they may be placed in rows, cultivated, and irrigated (down the furrow), if water is available. A second fall crop is very risky, unless one does have irrigation. Good production was stated to be about an average of 1000 pounds per acre, and the returns in recent years brought as low as 15 cents per pound and as high as 50 cents. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of vacationers have been unable to reserve campsites at 21 national parks this summer because the telephone reservation system was handled by an inexperienced firm. The contract was awarded l6~ P a r k Reservation System, which was incorporated in Claremont, Calif,, on June 7 and began operations on June 23. By a curious coincidence, the firm's president, L. Donald Middlcton, happens to be a close friend of National Parks Director. Ronald V V a l k e . r . Spokesmen for both men deny that their friendship influenced the deal. It is a fact, nevertheless, that the company was organized for the sole purpose of handling the camping reservations contract. The executives of the new company had no real experience in the field. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D- Ohio, a member of the Senate Parks subcommittee, asked the General Accounting Office to investigate the firm's performance. Here are the preliminary findings: --One day, 25,000 of 29,464 callers got only a busy signal. A spot check by GAO investigators on July 18 disclosed that ' only one out' of every 20 calls got through the reservations switchboard. --Although the firm had raked in about $150,000 in reservations from campers by mid- July, it still hadn't -posted the $ 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 performance bond required to protect the government's take. --The Park Service, after promising "virtually instantaneous" service for campers, has now called upon them to make their reservations by cards and . letters. This slow service will be too late for many vacationers. The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time FINAGLES THE OTHER SOY TO PAY-' THE CATTLE MARKET this last week (we are speaking only of the Northwest Arkansas market) declined still further. The lighter and younger animals have declined more than those near slaughter size. Small calves, which must be fed calf slarler and later other concentrates, have declined the most. This is because they must be fed longest on very costly feeds. The 300 lo 400 pound calves have declined in price less lhan Ihe very small ones because they will be fed for a shorter period. The 600 to 800 pound animals are much closer to slaughter and must be fed still less and seemed to sell the best. Many of this size can be fed · for only a short while or not at all before slaughter. For the above reason, the cattlemen who have pasture (and few have ample pasture) can well afford to continue grazing his steers lo a much larger weight. We have a number of newspapers from a town in the Flint Hills of Kansas. These papers show that rain has been denied that section since about the second week in June and that the temperature has been higher lhan here. Unless rain comes soon (written Monday), we could be in serious trouble in the grazing section of the Southwesl. Bible Verse All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37 Here is a good W ord for the man who keeps dwelling on his failures with the feeling that no one cares or wants him. "He careth for you." --The ; Park Service has conceded, as a result of the foul-up, that "most parks are still receiving a fairly small number of reservations...resulting in many campgrounds no more than 10 to 15 per cent filled." Nevertheless, the Park Service has extended the contract into August. Footnote: Clark Powell, executive vice president. of the embattled reservations firm, defended its operation as "the greatest thing since sex, if they give us a / chance to the end of the year." "And they shall leach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying Know the Lord; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith Ihe Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." . . . It is so wrong for you to keep remembering what God has forgiven and forgotten. Simply acknowledge your sin to Him, accept Jesus as Saviour and move on to daily victory. SAVED BY SAM: President Nixon's closest crony, Bebe Rebozo, escaped a possible contempt citation only through the personal action of kindly old .Senate Watergate Chairman Sam Ervin, D-N.C. ' As one of the committee's, last acts, Ervin. subpoenaed Rebo- zo'6 financial, telephone and other records. But the secretive Rebozn resisted bitterly, even going to court to fight the subpoena. The showdown came behind the closed doors of Ervin's spacious Capitol hideaway. Rebozo sal by silently while his Miami attorney, William F r a t e s , assailed the Watergate staff for harassing his client. The angry lawyer charged that Rebozo had been questioned repeatedly, that his bank had been pawed through, that unfavorable . se«ret testimony had been leaked to the press. O n c e lawmen rushed ia Hebbzo's Key Biscayne, Fla., bank to investigate a report that two suspicious men were casing it for a robbery. The two suspects turned out to be Watergate investigators. At one point, Frates reportedly refused to negotiate if committee investigator Scott ALL ABOARD! Armstrong was in the room. A general hubbub developed alter co-chairman Howard Baker, R- Tcnn., joined in the attack upon committee counsel Terry Lenz- ncr. Ervin restored order and twice sent the staff into a smaller hideaway belonging to Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, to work out an agreement. The negotiations dragged on until the staffers and Prates, their nerves raw, tell into bitter dispute. As two witnesses recall it, Frates called Armstrong a "rat fink." But minority counsel Fred Thompson and Lenzner finally reached an accord with Frates, who agreed to provide s u b s t a n t i a l material from ·Rebozo's files. Melting again with the senators, Frates agreed to sign a letter formalizing the accord. But first, he had to meet with the Watergate prosecutors, he said, promising he would be back. That was the last they saw of him. Instead of returning to Capitol Hill, he flew to Miami. A committee staffer was dispatched to Miami, but Frates refused to give up the promised material, complaining that still more damaging material had been leaked to the press. Despite the runaround, Ervin let the contempt question die at the, final meeting. The old constitutionalist explained to us that it was true "we were promised" the Rebozo material.* and "we didn't get it." But he said the committee was going out of business and "the Justice Department would have had to enforce the subpoena." Concluded Ervin: "I have never favored contempt pro- .ceedings." Footnote: .My associate Les Whitten reached Frates in Miami. He attacked our colmn, refused to listen to the ques- tions and hung up on Wnittea. Frates' friends said he was honestly disturbed by the news leaks and acted in what he considered the best interests of his client. The Dangers Of Switching Parties By CLAYTON FRITCHBY WASHINGTON -- On all sides it is now said that the indictment of former' Treasury Secretary John Connally on charges of bribery, perjury and obstruction of justice has wrecked his chances of being the next Republican presidential nominee, but in fact it was all over long before that. For all practical purposes, Connally started writing his ultimate political obituary when he organized and led the Democrats for Nixon presidential drive. In'1972 and then openly became a Republican convert in 1973. Never in modern U.S. political history has any figure switched party and then gone on to the White House, or seldom anywhere else for that matter. Even serving in the Administration of the opposition party has ended some careers, and · the fate of defectors is worse. Republican John Lindsay, at the height of his fame as New York's mayor, defected lo the Democrats in an effort to win that party's presidential nomination two years ago, but it was a dismal failure. Ogden Reid, an able New York congressman, also switched from the GOP to the Democrats, but his campaign this year to win the Democratic gubernatorial, nomination ' recently collapsed. And so it goes. Apostates are never fully trusted by their new parly and, of course, they are scorned by the party they deserted. WITH THE PRESUMED support of a supposedly grateful P r e s i d e n t , John Connally Ihought, however, he could be the exception. So, in all candor, did some of the best political observers. One described the Texan as the ablest man in American public life. Another, reporting on Connally's California debut a s , a Republican pre- sidential, prospect, said he showed "how thoroughly and spectacularly he can sell himself to the most inbred and insular Republican true believers." It was all a mirage. The former governor's standing with the President quickly collapsed when he starled giving Mr. Nixon advice about Watergate he didn't want to hear, such as recommending that the Chief Executive tell all, which was like urging him to jump off the Washington Monument. Connally made a temporary While House comeback by giving the President new counsel which the boss did like but which turned out to be worse than the original advice. This time around the former secretary of the treasury, who is a lawyer, discovered justification for presidential defiance of the Supreme Court. Specifically, he said: "We're leading ourselves/into believing the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of all disputes, and I don't believe it. 1 think there are times when the President of the United States would be right in not obeying a decision of the Supreme Court." That line of Ihought did not help the Texan's public .image, but it went over so well in the White House that soon thereafter many thought Mr. Nixon would appoint Connally to be Vice President when Spiro Agnew had to resign in disgrace. If that was the President's intention, he Ihought better of it when members of both parties on Capitol Hill made it clear that Connally was not persona grata with them. The former governor's best chance at the Presidency ac- tually'came in 1972'when Mr. Nixon, shortly before the GOP National Convention, was toying WASHINGTON WHIRL: Rumore have persisted for al ; most a month bhat Vice President Gerald Ford has secretly, asked former Alt. Gen. Elliot Richardson to become Vies President if President Nixon "is forced out of office. Both men deny it. But Richardson is making the grand lour of Mos-. cow and other points, in -the manner of men with an eye on high office....The U.S. In tor-; mation Agency must know something we don't. Wit working busily 9n a film explaining to foreign lands how an American president comes to be removed from office. A rough-cut version of the movie shows . President Nixon in his historic talks with world leaders and then portrays him caught in the impeachment process. At USIA, .a spokesman said the final version won't be completed until after the Presi-: dent's fate is decided one way or the other....Watergate .is not President Nixon's only legal problem. Some 50 civil suits have been filed against him in federal courts, four times more than were filed against the late Lyndon Johnson. Although, a few are Watergate - related, most are, filed by individuals seeking redress from real or imagined ills. The Justice Department, as it has alwayi done, handles the suits. Unresolved Problems Of Mining i WASHINGTON (ERR) -- The . Uniled States Forest Service has set an Aug. 15 deadline for public comment on proposed're' gulations for, mining operatins on 140 million acres of federal land. . . . . . : . with the idea of dropping Agnew, as he later undoubtedly wished he had. Mr. Nixon, then at the peak of his power, unquestionably could have put Connally on the ticket even if the. p/irty was not keen about it. But the moment came and went .as the President temporized. E.V E N AFTER A second g r e a t disappointment t h e following year, when Ford not Connally was made Vice President, the Texan continued to push his candidacy through speeches around the country. "The more exposure he gets, the stronger he will be," said Gov. James Holshouser Jr. of North Carolina after a Connally appearance in that state. It turned out that just the opposite was true, and so without publicly abandoning his aspirations Connally went back to Texas, where as a three-lime governor he had for years been the No. 1. kin'gpin almost as much with Republicans as Democrats. Today, however, he is no longer a leader of either , party in his own state. The old-fashioned moral of this saga is that opportunism doesn't always pay. Connally, for example, has never been a genuine national Democrat. He backed the · party in 1960 and 1964 because . his great patron, the Late Lyndon John- .son, was running for President. He did very little for Hubert Humphrey in 1968, and then only at the last minute. For Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956 he did even less. Stevenson lost the state both limes. Connally is reputed to have made millions as an oil lawyer. For him now to be charged with accepting a mere $10,000 bribe Is n sad slate for a man endowed with so much intelligence and personal charm. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times. IN THE OLD DAYS, anyone with a pick, shovel and mule could go almost anywhere he wanted and mine for virtually anything in whalever manner he desired. 11 was not the land that mattered but, the'minerals within. The gold rush in California's Sierra Nevada, where t h e legendary "Forty-niners" .washed away whole hillsides. with torrents of'waler, nearly ruined the vast farmlands of the Sacramento Valley. Mud, sand and gravel surged down mouri- ain streams and filled up-river beds below,, causing frequent floods, crop failures and water contamination. It was not until 1874 that a federal .judge, in an unprecedented ruling, held that no industry could. use the land without regard for general public welfare. A CENTURY LATER, the mining induslr yand' the federal government are still wrangling over the rights and responsibilities of those who dig into Ihe earth for profit. Today the mineral is coal and the method is strip mining. The mining and power industries endorse more strip mining as the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to mine coal, which now supplies only 20 per cent of the nation's energy. Environmentalists argue' t h a t stripping devastates- the land and urge a relurn to underground mining. Indeed, the U.S. Bureau of Mines estimate's, that there are 45 billion tons Of coal ' which could be strip mined economically, compared to 355 billion Ions which could be deep mined. But strip mining is clearly here to stay. .The House of .Representatives in July overwhelmingly .rejected a proposal to abolish: the practice,.' and passed instead a 'bill to .establish a federal-state program to regulate strip mining and require reclamation of stripped lands. Now .begms a crucial conference w i t h ' . t h e . Senate, which passed a similar measure last fall. . - . . · RECLAMATION IS THE KEY ISSUE. "We can follow past .practices of unrestricted exploitation and in headlong fury rip. out the'coal, with; .a brutalizing disregard to natural resources and future generations," said John R .Quarles Jr., deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "Or we can proceed with careful planning to extract the coal almost as quickly but with very limited environmental damage." A 1974 report fro mthe Ford Foundation's Energy Policy Project said that reclamation problems differ greatly in the three regions where most U.S. coal is mined. It called reclamation "difficult, if not impossible" in much of mountainous Appalachia, "feasible" in flatter terrain of the Midwest, and "an unresolved problem" in the West -- not possible in arid regons with less than 10 inches of annual rainfall and costly on grassy plains and forested areas. The House .bill would outlaw strip mininm in the national I(f- rest system, but the Forest Service has proposed new regula* lions giving a break lo the in; dividual prospector or rock hound. All miners will be required to leave the land as close to its natural state as they found it, but those "with a hard pick and a pick-up truck" will be exempt from formal compliance. . . : Also exempt under the House bill -- until a National Academy of Sciences study is completed -- is the state of Alaska. So for strip miners or gold miners, there still are a few frontiers,

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