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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern 01 This Newspaper 14 · SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1974 Traditions ^ And The Law Associate District Judge Charles E. Steele of Okmulgee, Okla., lifted a ban on cameras in his courtroom recently during formal charging of a suspect in that court.:.. A Tulsa newspaper the next day featured a."/ camera shot of His Honor reading the charges and explaining the rights of the accused, to 4he .defendant. ';;; The judge, a retired lieutenant colonel ' with legal advisory service to the^A'rniy'on ; .| his'tecord, advised the court that-hei believes· ·'· in'.living in the world of today .-+- '.'not 50 , years ago." He added that had the defendant and his family objected to the cameras he would not have allowed them. He also admonished photographers that he would,tol-, erate no disruption or disturbances in his courtroom. According to eyewitness reports, things went smooth as glass. Not permanently, though. By weekend the judge was in hot water with any number of Sooner barristers, who cite Canon 35 of the legal code of ethics, which says a camera in a courtroom is a no-no. The Canon says that photography is a distraction to the judicial process andjhat while pictures may not Actually !l}ejthW.can and do create mis- . Conception's; : J and' ; therefore should not be allowed.' "'..-· : ' C a m e r a s in the courtroom, no more than cameras . i n the Congress, however, are not necessarily contrary to the t cause of justice and the Bill of Rights in every instance. Granted that such changes take time. But a step here, and a little onei there, might open more of our system of public affairs to public view. And that, we think, would be good. To prove that even the courts can change as times and attitudes modify, consider* if you will the case of Judge Carl Stanley of Albany, Ore. Just last week he agreed to lift a long-standing ban on women wearing pants suits to jury duty. , : Scratch, th'ait canon.. From The Readers Viewpoint The Mail To the Editor: Upon return from a recent absence the voluminous accumulation of mail, mostly in the computerized, bulk, junk, third class categories, caused me to . separate the latter into a single pile with the idea of counting it in comparison with the smaller slack of legitimate first class letters of interest and concern (bills, cussings, comments, and notes from relatives). But the first stack ended up in the waslebasket because the second one was so overwhelming. This reminds me that Jack Anderson, columnist for the TIMES, has recently been writing about Nixon's Postmaster General Klassen and the nation's postal service. W h a t Anderson has to report could be said of the Nixon presidency itself; incredible extravagancies, both personal and official. And now comes Powerful Congressman Wilbur Mills with proposed legislation to undo the Nixon Business Postal-.: Mono- · poly, with the Idea of restoring the old system, keeping any advantages of the new one, while rnakjng tbe. Post'.Office once again a public" service' operation, instead of a moriopoly-pro- fit-orientated one. Surely somebody has given Wilbur the word, and it probably was not just the Jack Andersons and the Re uberi IThomisSsl? i-· £ :'·'"·'' WilbuPs b lick? if : Well again, · to be sure, but lots of folks are on his back about his 'program of Npn-Tax-Reform; his consuming concern .for corporate, interests; and.their interests in their investment in Wilbur! To say. nothing of that 'feisty Republican Female Can- 'didate for Congress .who won't .hush her big mouth about the Milk Matter! And now the Ervin Committee, too! ! '·'"· ·" Maybe .Wilbur's postal diver; sion will be so popular that the other matters will fade away by comparison. But also maybe not. Reuben Thomas Fayetteville. Plowed To .the Editor: You have seen fit to criticize a down-state Congressman for the way he wears his hair. What Others Say... KEY TO FORGIVING You know who we like? We like whoever it was who first designed a hotel or motel room key that has one of those tags on it that says " D r o p in any mail box. We g"arantee postage." We like that person because they just must have been a person of great tolerance. M o r e than that, they must have been (maybe still are) of a wonderfully forgiving nature. Or just very practical and realistic, you say? Well, maybe so, but whichever, we like them for sort of accepting us as we are-- a little careless, a little forgetful, a little prone to not be ininking quite straight sometimes, a little inclined toward cluttered pockets and purses. For. at least one lime out of three or four, we d j indeed walk away, drive away w i t h , one of their keys in our pocket, or in the pocket or piu-se of one of the family. We do indeed discover it an hour or two, a day or two, a week or two later and we are contrite. But we make the -mailbox 'drop .quite' forthrightly 1 --^without shame -- and ev-:m in the knowledge that they'll probably have us back -- just r.L we are -- even at the risk that we will do precisely the same thing again -- walk off with t h e key. ' " · · ' ' , ' ; · · " ' · ' . There just aren't : manv places' left any more where you can be assured of such automatic forgiveness. This old world could do with a lot more of that "drop in any mailbox" understanding --Oak Ridge (Tann ) 0*k Rodger Whiie : his hair piece may not 1 fit, it is "his, to wear the way he wants it. And if you want to discuss hair, look around you on the streets and in the posloffice, and over at the University of "·" Arkansas, where hair is something else. You will find it neat, styled, dressed and lovely to look at the hair - t h e y looked r not be styled at all, dirty, unkempt, never combed, tied with a colored siring or just flowing in the wind. Still, the young, shes like it. The down-state Congressman is a nice looking young fellow. I think he handled himself very well before the TV cameras. In' fact, i if you had been sitting " t h e r e .beside him,, making the · decisions on all the questions that came up, the TV might just have showed you up. Old time gun-slingers did not look at the hair - they looked at the eyes. Watch the eyes, '··'·? they -said,-not the hands or the hair. If they had been looking at you, they would likely have seen one eye, round, like a golf ball, seeing only the Country Golf Courses and such. The other eye, not round, but rambling, with a far away look, like it was looking at Washington, D.C. or a shoal on Buffalo River. Now ifu had ta third eye, Now if you had a third eye. It would probably be on the food table, but it just might be used to look around here, down on Dickson Street, where the grass .is growing up through the side, walks, and where odd colored paints have been smeared on. the .buildings. ",'~ : Where used to be downtown;, to the University Folks, and Schuler T o w n to Fayetteville people, it has run down at the heels, gone to vacant buildings and to pot. Used to be grocery stores, mens clothing, restaurants where you could get a good meal, a bank and a hotel. Well, it ain't that now. Plowed under ancl levelled out H might make a good place for your new Civic Center! Write on this, and let the down state man alone. Jimmy Lloyd . . . Fayetteville Trends In Beach Apparel WASHINGTON {ERR) -"The public has won," said Mrs. Paul F. Arnereich of West Los Angeles after the momentous 'vote. '"The citizens oMhis- country 1 " Under the terms of the Founding Fathers have won. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are still intact." Mrs. Arnereich was not speaking of anything done by the Supreme Court or the House J u d i c i a r y Committee. Her remarks came in response to a 12-to-l decision of the Los Angeles City Council to bar nudity at municipal beaches. ;,," Two .weeks earlier, the count cil had tentatively voted to permit nudity on certain stretches of beach designated as "clothing-optional" areas. But a massive public outcry forced an about-face. The crowning touch came when a young man removed his clothes in the council chamber shortly before the vote was taken. He was later identified as none other than the streaker who flashed across the nation's television screens during April's Academy .' Awards /ce.remony. THOSE WHO RECOIL from the Idea of nudity at the beach may be surprised to learn that skinny-dipping once was the norm. For centuries, it was widely believed that: immersion in seawaler was . unhealthy. .. Then, .in the. -early 1700s, Sir John Floyer and .Edward Baynard undertook to . persuade their fellow Englishmen t h a t cold-water baths prevented and cured a host of ills. . ; The message gat across. · · Before long, Englishmen were stepping into bathing machines -- horse-drawn changing rooms -- where they removed their clothes and plunged naked into the brine. The bathing suit did .not come until later. ·Not every one took to the bathing suit with alacrity. "In Japan, according to one story, the Emperor, seeking to introduce Western bathing costumes, ordered his subjects to wear swimsuits when in the sea," two contributors to Smithsonian magazine recently wrote. "So they sunned on the beaches in the nude and dutifully put on garments before entering the water." Inch By Inch .,, ..THE ..TREND! toward, nudity on.public beaches has gone forward slowly but inexorably since the turn of the century. Little by little; the bulky swim- wear in vogue at that time has been streamlined. The stockings, skirts -and bonnets that were de rigeu'r for women gave way to the form-fitting, one- piece outfit. Men's swimwear.underwent a ·similar process., of-' attrition.· ,, · Swimming'. trouser- .lengths, "bri T , r . ginally at'khee teyel or below, crept' steadily upward. The sleeveless top worn to cover the torso was eventually discarded. The real revolution c a m e after World War II, when France gave the world the biki- ' ni. This two-piece garment seemingly provided the maximum allowable exposure of the female body. Long considered scandalous in the United States, the bikini in all its variations -- the latest being the string .-·bikini'-- is. now fully accepted. American fashion designer Rudi Gernreich created a brief sensation'in 1964 with his topless bathing suit for women. Today, on many European beaches, the "monokini" is standard garb for both sexes. At others, the "nq-kini" prevails. Beyond that it is impossible to go. As for the future, universal nudity on the beaches simply is not in the cards. Mass nakedness is basically boring and antierotic. For the sake of esthetics, if not decency, the bathing suit is here to stay. Keeping Score On Watergate By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Some occasional scorekeeping,may h e l p the public keep up with the games that are played in Washington. For two years, the American people have been bombarded iwithi charges and denials. Now President-Nixon has confessed that he lied eyen to his own aides about his role in the . Watergate cover-up. Loyal White House aides were stunned,, say our sources, when they heard excerpts from the ' 6 4 suppressed tapes. One ; White House source told us grimly that no man should have his most intimate manipulations · exposed in such excruciating ^·detail as:the tapes reveal the -'"President. It's no secret, or course, that we have been in the forefront of those who have accused President Nixon of condoning lawlessness while he preached law and order. For our pains, we have been hounded by government gumshoes. The notorious "plum- -bers" posted my name on the wall of their While House hangout as their chief target in the spring of 1972. They arranged with the Justice Department's Security Division to stake out my house and tail me wherever I went. At least four people had their phones tapped because they were suspected of giving us information. Others were interrogated while strapped to lie detectors. One suspected source was browbeaten until he broke down and wept. My associate Les Whilten was arrested and handcuffed by FBI agents on phony charges that were quickly rejected by a grand jury. One of the '-'plumbers," G. Gordon Liddy, even . started off to gun me down until he was slopped by a horrified Jeb Mag ruder. Throughout it all, the White House assailed us with denials and denunciations. In light of the President's latest confession, now may be a g o o d time to publish the box score: · _ We reported "categorically" on April 26, 1973, that "President Nixon had no advance knowledge of the Watergate break-in and bugging." But we repeatedly charged, beginning as early as March 29,'1973 that he had 1 approved operation and the later cover- up. All of this is now confirmed in the White House tapes. -- As early as Jan. 11 and 15 1973. we revealed for the first time that E. Howard Hunt had access to mysterious cash and that he had offered to buy the. silence of Fellow Watergate conspirators. We later learned, the money had come from a $350,000 cash f u n d which, we reported on April 19, 1973, had been stashed in the apartment of White House aide Fred LaRue. This has now developed into one of the most serious c h a r g e s against President Nixon. -- We revealed on Aug. 6. 1971, that billionaire .Howard Hughes had sent a $100,000 cash gift to President Nixon. The money was delivered to his friend Bebe Rebozo who collected cash from-"other fatcats," we wrote on Jan. 23, 1973, including the founders of the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain. Tiiese facts have now been established beyond dispute. -- We tipped off Senate investigators that Rebozo had distributed the Hughes cash, in part, to the President's secretary." Rose Mary Woods, and his too- brothers, Donald and Edward.:, The investigators got confirma-1 tion under oath from the President's former attorney, Herbert-: Kalmback. To cover up t h i ' t _ misuse of the Hughes money, · the investigators believe, the White House took steps which", led to the original Watergate break-in. Their theory that ths Whole Watergate fiasco, grew out of an attempt to conceal the Hughes-Nixon connection, ' has been ".spelled out now in,,. a Senate Watergate Commiltea staff report. -- We revealed on Sept. 23,7".1972, while Former Atty. Ge'rt.". John Mitchell was still riding^ high, that he had received; copies of the Watergate wiretap reports. This was the first purx lie charge that he was linked" to the Watergate operation. ThV code name for the wiretap' reports, we later disclosed, was--, his involvement under oath.". "The first time I ever heard of Gemstone," he swore, "\v~ai. in Jack Anderson's column,"' But a grand jury has now indie-.: t«d him for conspiracy and perjury. ;.-- Beginning on Oct. 3. 1972,, we told in a series of columns' how President Nixon h^d. s q u a n d e r e d t h e taxpayers' money on his San Clemente and Key Blscayne estates. A confidential Sept. 28, 1972, merHo' describes how the General Sef- 1 vices Administration tried '.to. hide the facts from us. The' details were spread on the. record, completely confirming^ our reports, during the H6uw" impeachment debate. ,, ; Arkansas Editors Comment On Bike Safety, Conservation And Politics ROGERS NEWS In step w i t h most areas of the country, Rogers residents have been taking to bicycles in increasing numbers. There have been many reasons for the increased popularity of bicycle travel. An increase in concern for health, the environment and even the energy crisis have played brg parts in making bicycling a favorite pastime. Most, in fct would say that this has been a good year for bicycles, but a close look at the statistics shows that the opposite was true. Last year there were 1,150 deaths in the United States among the more than 40,000 car-bicycle collisions. This is up a* phenomenal 98 per cent from.the mid 60s. 'Although these deaths w e r e the worst aspects of bicycle riding, there were an .estimated 1,000.000 persons injured seriously enough to require medical treatment. Some experts go as far as estimating that almost one-half of the population of the nation, 100 million persons, use bicycles in some form. Although this percentage is probably high for Rogers; there fs'ia-growing number of persons riding the two-wheeled vehicles, like,.the rest of the nalion, Ro- gers-lias been having ils share of problems resulting from this increased use. Accidents between bicycles and automobiles have started to climb in the city. To date w» have been lucky and have not shared the national statistics concerning 'bicycle-accident deaths. With statistics what they are, unless bicycle riders are constantly mindful of all traffic regulations and o b e y them rigorously we can look for the law of averages to catch up with us on this phase, too. How can you knock down your chances of having an accident while cycling? Here are some brief tips from "Family Safety" magazine to aid the bicyclist. --Make certain the equipment fits the occasion. Children under 10 do not have the reach or strength to operate hand brakes safely. 'Highrise' handlebars and "Banana" seats which invite extra riders are major contributors to 'inslabH I'ty. --Brightly-colored c l o t h e s should be worn when riding on streets. --Perform routine maintenance on bicycles regularly.. --Obey all applicable .traffic regulations, signs,-,sifgnals and markings. Cyclists are subject to the same rules as motorists. --Keep right. Ride with traffic, not against it. Keep close to the curb, watching out for drain grates, soft shoulders, loose.sand or gravel. . --Be extremely careful at'in- terseetions; most accidents happen there. --Use hand signals to Indicate turning or stopping. --Ride defensively, Watch other vehicles and be prepared to lake defensive tclion, Cycling is fun. . .if you rems- ber the rules of safety. ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT Just about the time Little Rock laid to rest the slander that it was still a one-hourse town, along comes a flap that suggests that perhaps it is still a one-convention town, Last week officials of the Arkansas Education Association announced they were moving their annual convention from ..the[capital city to Hot Springs because, they didn't think convention facilities here were sufficient to accommodate them as well as the Miss Teenage America Pagent, which slightly overlaps the AEA's date in November. The teachers made much of the fact that they had agreed-to meet here long before the pageant was even thought of, and, therefore, deserved special treatment. The action is regrettable. Th« teachers' meeting is the year's .largest for Little Rock and will mean ah estimated loss of some $V50,pOO to local merchants. This is an extra hard blow to downtown business places struggling for all of the cash register music they can get. fn addition, there is a reason to regret starting an argumecnt over'the Miss Teenage Pagent, .which is being moved here for the first lime from Fort Worth. The pageant brings with it a prime-time, national TV Program along with other promotional advantages that ar» bound to enhance Llltje Rock'i image across the nalion. . And il is regrettable that the AEA found'need to act in haste. Given a fe.w days of calm deliberation on the problem, we are confident that city officials, pageant proomters an AEA officers could have worked out satisfactory, arrangements for all. Surely the new multi-million dollar convention complex, plus the several new hotels in t h e city, can provide facilities for more than one major gathering a t a time. . . . ; ; . · But 'maybe' we are overlooking ' a. factor .behind the move that has not surfaced or been spoken of. Perhaps the last group the teachers want to be around during a convention is teenagers. After all, one of Ihe reasons for coming to a convention is to get away from it all. However, they are not getting very far away. In our opinion, the AEA leaders who made this decision are acting as childish as their pupils. 'DUMAS CLARIQN ; v ; · Governor Bumpers has h'a'8' remarkable success with his various legislative programs during nearly four years in office. In one area, however, he has not achieved what he wanted --some form of environmental preservation for Arkansas, He still regards this as an important need for the future, and an issue which cannot be sidestepped. Arkansas is a beautiful state and part o f . this beauty is its .unspoiled wilderrjess areas. Ha slreams ,and. mountain preser- The whole issue, of course, is one of land use. Land owners argue that their right sare important and they are. They declare that they alone have the right to determine how land shall be used. Environmentalists emphasize that the natural areas must be preserved and that individuals must be curbed from cutting over all the land and polluting the streams. Between these two extremes must come a path of action, even if it is necessary for the state or federal government lo purchase acres to preserve. Involved for the benefit of future generations, as now, are watersheds, wildlife habitats, forests and pure unpolluted slrc-ams -- a refuge for people, loo. Why is outdoor recreation so important these days? Because people seek, even if briefly, the peace of the outdoor areas. Gdvernor · Bumpers' chances at getting an environmental preservation legislation passed in the remainder of his term are diminishing, but the next governor ought to put this issue at the top of the legislative list. BLYTHEVILLE C O U R I E R · NEWS Predicting the ways of the voter is somewht more risky than attempting to establish a line on World Football League games. That notwithstanding, it probably is safe to say that the proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution which would, in effect, remove the current interest rate restrictions, will die of t h e voters' maligant neglect come November. It just might take with it any other constitutional amendments, too. The reasons are not difficult to arrive at. The average voter has a number of fixed negative opinions about . . . people with money to lend..proposed constitutional amendments and. . .the A r k a n s a s Legislature. T h e amendment has all these things working against it. The 1874 Arkansas Constitution remarkably has in its thousands .of words a proscription against interest rales above 10 per cent. This hasn'l made too much difference until credit, like gasoline and hamburger, went slightly crazy and got higher than a groupie at a grass festival. So now, while interest rales in Tennessee may he 15 per cent, in Arknsas they remain at 10. The ways of the money market are indeed arcane to most of us. Financiers mount learned arguments on the merits of removal of the interest rate ceiling. This likely will not have much effect. ·But it especially will have little effect on the voter when t h e latter considers his choices u n d e r the proposed , amendment, the matter of setting interest rates will be made the business of the Arkansas Legislature. Given his other biases, tha voler isn't going to buy that. PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL From his key listening post in Si loam Springs, state Representative Preston Bynum, says Congressman Ray Thornton is going to have a problem-, being re-elected after his vote- for the President's impeachment. Mr. Bynum might be on sounder ground if Mr. Thornton were one of the Father Drinans on the committee who had been arguing ior impeachment long before dear grounds for it emerged out of Watergate. Ray Thornton's conduct has been so judicious that he scarcely' even discu.ssed the case, before delivering his opinion last week. Rocky as Siloam Springs may be. Preston Bynurn's judgement of the Fourth District may b« founded on quicksand. : Even the chairman of the slate's Republican Party, Jim C aid well, echoed what ought to be a wide consensus when he said of Mr. Thornton: "I believe that he really agonized over this decision. I think that he very carefully evaluated the facts." : - . . . . Mr. Bynum's vision of the Fourth District rising up in arms against its congressman .is the sort'6ne might have to go up to the mountains to receive; it is difficult to get an inkling of it down here in tha flatlands. -'· ' ' ·;·,'· : i A zealot he's not, but Ray Thornton does have an appre- . ciaton of the importace of law in a free society, an appreciation that has been his hallmark ever since he entered politics. Which is why we suspect his (CONTOHUXD ON PAOC It ;

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