Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 11, 1974 · Page 4
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, August 11, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Pag* The Public Interest It The First Concern 0) TftU Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1974 A Little fetched, Maybe, But Faithful The Great $$$ Raid 7ED SUN TWO GREAT 3-36X State Sen. Morriss Henry is mightily perturbed over a recent Legislative Council decision to approve a monstrous office building complex on the state Capitol grounds in Little Rock. The project is tentatively ticketed at about $100 million, but is open-ended and could cost even more. Meanwhile, $15 million is already in the kitty, and isn't even being counted as a down payment, From what we've been able to glean of the circumstances, we don't blame Sen. Henry one bit for being upset. We wouldn't blame every taxpayer in the state for being downright disturbed, either. The whole project smacks of politics, and downstate politics at that. To be sure, there has been a problem with inadequate quarters for Vnost state agencies for more than a decade. Gov. Dale Bumpers' organization plan helped emphasize that fact, and it has been an overriding responsibility of his administration to seek a remedy. Therefore, when it was proposed to the Legislature a year ago that a state Public Building Authority be created, the lawmakers went along. They even kicked in $15 million'o£ the Treasury to make sure the Authority could function properly. Next thing you know, about two weeks ago, the Legislative Council was confronted by the PBA -- with the urgings of the governor -- with an urgent request to okay issuance of $75.7 million in tax-exempt bonds for a Capitol annex. Little time was given most of the Council, and a hasty vote demanded. Without quite knowing what the proposal fully amounted to, the vote was recorded in the affirmative, 16-9. To the credit of the opposition, they protested vigorously. Senator Henry is still protesting, though he says the die is cast unless the public hearing can be aroused Art BiLchwald sufficiently to demand a more adequate hearing, o ra statewide vote, Henry calls the project the greatest raid on the state's Treasury In history, and is profoundly disturbed by the devious way in which the massive bond issue has been maneuvered past a review by either the public or the full Legislature. In effect, 16 persons have obligated the state for 30 years, and no one knows how much tax money. According to current estimates, the complex may run in excess of $100,000,000. There is no fixed figure, Meanwhile, the initial bond issue will carry $11.6 million in interest, with $1,6 million reserved just for bond issue expenses. State taxpayers can be excused for wondering if the state really needs something THAT grand. .And that's not the sum o£ it, either. Additionally significant is the fact that the complex will consolidate and tie down, rather permanently, a great many state offices and personnel which might otherwise have been spread out across the state, nearer to their actual constituencies. We seem to remember Gov. Bumpers declaring on an occasion or two that he hoped to take the government to the people, to decentralize where possible. This is hardly a step in that ' direction, and it bids well to benefit Little Rock at enormous cost, for years and years to come, to the rest of the state. The public, unfortunately, may not immediately see the disservice that the Capitol annex project, as presently planned, will render to them. Only when the enormity of the tax obligation becomes apparent will that sink in, and of course, by then it will be much too late. A footnote to this affair is the fact that Sen. Ivan Rose of Rogers voted in favor of the project. A Visit With Checkers · By ART BUCHWALD W h e n President Nixon dropped his latest bombshell on the American people, I was so shaken up I didn't know what to do. So 1 went to the graveside of Checkers, the Nixons* cocker spaniel, and sat on the stone. "Well, Checkers," I said, "Your master has had it. He's got to resign -- or they're going to kick him out of office. You saved him once, but you can't save him this time . , . I know Billy Graham's Answer I am so mixed up. You see, I was recently divorced, but I am still deeply in love with my husband. In the past months, I have seen the things I was doing wrong. I told this to him, but he continues to say, '"Give it more time." I spend hours every day crying -- wanting to call him and hold him. Why can't I stop loving him? C.D. Facing reality .is often one of our most difficult obligations In life. Now, in the aftermath of the divorce proceedings, the lull import of the separation, is settling on you, and it appears unbearable. Occasionally, a divorced couple do remarry each other. But, it is ill-advised, unless each has matured through the p r o c e s s , and approach marriage again with newly defined roles, and belter techniques for handling incompala- bllities. God is displeased with every bankruptcy of marriage -- a relationship that He designed to bo beautiful, successful and permanent, From all appearances, however, your marriage has died -- being broken by the adultery of your husband. If now, in regret, self-pity and wishful thinking, you indulge the idea of recreating the past, you will consign yourself to untold misery. Faith in Christ can help you reconstruct your life. It will give you new purpose in living, and help to soften the sharp edge of memory. Fellowship in the church will afford rewarding friendships. For the sake of your children, determine to perform your role as solo parent in a positive productive way. When I was a little girl, my mother talked a great deal about homosexuality. .1 suppose she did it to w a r n us about abnormal sex. Now I have children of my own, but I have a great fear of speaking about perversion. How old should children be to learn of these things? M.E.G. The wisdom writer, Solomon left us these words in Proverbs 22:6. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from It," In the matter you raise, the important phrase is, "the way he should go." In Hebrew, it accordance with his way." Obviously, children mature at different rates and to different degrees. A wise parent recognizes individual differences and inclinations. In matters of sex education, the parent should try to keep pace with the child's awareness and capacity. To be ahead or behind in this is to be Inadequate, If not harmful. Homosexuality, a l t h o u g h much more accepted and even endorsed by some in our society, yet remains Biblically a perversion to be Judged of God. Romans 1:28 brands it as a thing "not natural." You need not fear discussing perversion, as long as the correct view is presented simply and effectively. The more Informed children are, the less likely to tall into trouble. They'll Do It Every Time o USUAUy.PUlilH9AMIHI'80Ar? ISHAUUM6THE LEVIATHAN- HOY/CUM? By JACK ANDERSON Although G. Gordon Liddy's superiors in the White House considered him mentally unbalanced, they unleashed him against President Nixon's enemies and gave him a license, In effect, to violate the law. White House sources say t h e pistol-packing Liddy, whom they called the "Cowboy." was known to be a wild man. Apparently, the President learned- about Liddy's reputation shortly after the Watergate break-in. "He must be a little nuls, the President said of Liddy during a June 23, 1972, convcrsa-' tlon with staff chief H.R. Haldeman. "He is," agreed Haldeman. We have previously reported that Liddy on Jan. 6, 1971, invited a few associates to watch a Nazi propaganda film, featuring Adolf Hitter, at the National Archives. Liddy became so ox- cited over Hitler's strutting, a- cording to witnesses, that he rattled off a few impulsive remarks in German, Another t i m e , he held his hand over a flaming candle until he burned the nerve ends to prove his manliness to a female friend He also showed the startled wife of Republican official Robert Odle how to kill a man with a sharpened pencil. In his home neighborhood, he once hid on a garage roof waiting for some obstreperous youths and then. leaped down on them · like Batman. Liddy had a fascination for firearms and placed a brace of pistols on hts table before receiving a delegation of angry neighbors. While casing Sen. George Mc- what you're saying, 'How could it happen? How could a man who had the whole world in his hands blow it the way he did?' I can't answer that. "He did some great things, Checkers, even his worst enemies acknowledge that. He brought about a new relationship with China, and some sort of detente with Russia, and the whole world picture changed for the better under him. "But at the same time he tore the fabric of his own country to shreds. First his people tried to steal an election, an election he was certain of winning without one bit of skulduggery. Then he tried to cover up the crimes of the people who worked for him -- cheap, crummy crimes that a. fifth-rate p o l i t i c i a n would consider beneath him. "Why, Checkers, why? "THAT'S the question we'll i be a s k i n g for years to come. Why w o u l d a man with the p o w e r and the glory of the Presidency become involved with dirty tricks, · housebreaking, obstruction of justice and perjury? I'm not making this up, Checkers. It's all in the tapes , . . Oh, you don't know about the tapes? Well, you see soon after your master took over the Presidency he decided to record the conversations of everyone he · came in contact with -- without their knowledge, except for H.R. Haldeman. You don't know Haldeman? He was Mr. Nixon's closest aide -- he ran the White House with John Ehrlichman -- they've both been indicted for the same crimes that finally caught up with your master. "Anyway, the tapes were the only evidence that could convict Mr. Nixon, and he turned some over to the justice people, and he was ordered to turn over other tapes by the courts. I know what you're going to ask, 'Why didn't he burn the tapes?' Nobody knows the answer to that question, Checkers. Either he was stupid or he was so contemptuous of the laws of this country he didn't believe anyone would ever get to hear them. Once he was ordered to turn over the tapes that implicated hi m his goose was cooked. "BUT DO YOU want to know the worst thing your master did? He lied to the American people. He lied to his friends, his lawyers, his own party and everyone who believed in him. "Why, Checkers, w h y ? You knew him better than we did. Why would a man think the American people would keep him in office after he dccieved them time and time again? "Was it scorn for us that made him do it? Was it some insecurity in his character that kept him from playing by the rules? Or was it simply a case of a man who was a born loser even when he became President of the United States? "Well, I've got to be going now. The country will survive. Checkers. We're much better than your master thinks we are. And wo do have some consolation. If things hadn't worked out the way they did, Agnew might have become President and then we would have had to impeach him." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Time* The Washington Merry-Go-Round Govern's campaign headquarters for a possible burglary, Liddy whipped out a p i s t o l and shot out a street light. Then there was Iho time he misunderstood Job Magruder's crack that "it'd foe nice it we could get rid of Jack Anderson." L i d d y unhesitatingly started off to assassinate me but was stopped, happily, he- fore he got out. of the building. Yet this snme Liddy was kept on the President's payroll, with a mandate to commit bur- glar'iesj tap' telephones and otherwise violate the law, Now behind prison bars, where he promptly got into an altercation with another inmate over a hairbrush, Liddy has become known as the silent rnan of Watergate. But he has a dark humor about his plight, For instance, he recently agreed to meat with attorney Mitchell Rpgovln, who" wants to question him about a Watergate civil c a s e . Without promising to answere the ques- lons, Liddy wrote from jail: "As to convenience of place, we must take a virtue of necessity, i.e., the rotunda of the D.C. Jail . . . You may select a date at your convenience with the reasonable expectation that I shall be here when you arrive." . · ALTHOUGH THE resignation of President Nixon changes plans in the Congress for impeachment proceedings, had the Senate trial taken place it probably would have been the most widely watched television show in history. And arrangements were almost complete for the show this week when the President stepped down. ' · Though subject to fmaljJcnate approval, arrangements drafted by the Senate Rules Committee whose chairman, Howard Cannon, D-Ne'v.. sought to. balance- the public's right to know with the President's right to a fair "he confidenntial plan called for five cameras, which would have dislodged a few diploma s and other bigwigs from their traditional gallery seats. From three sides of the great oval . chambor, the. cameras would have 'oeen able to focus upon Chief Justice Warren Burger presiding from the throne- like leather chair behind he marble rostrum as well as the solemn senators seated in a graceful arc at their antique During the' closed-door negotiations some senators expressed concern that the cameras would concentrate on such Senate glamor figures as Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. The TV executives agreed to avoid singling out special senators, also never to show them in embarrassing poses. But the TV cameras would have been permitted to make "panning" shots of the senators in casual listening poses. The networks were to be permitted , to carry commercials during recesses and natural breaks. Cannon insisted that no "Patience--It Can't Keep On Burning At This Rate" State Of Affairs Fancy Farm commercial breaks should be allowed during the actual proceedings. , The TV reels, incidentally, would have been copied ana stored in the Library of Con gross for historical purposes.^ The TV people , agreed with Cannon, our sources say. that comment should be held to a minimum, simply letting- the trial figures speak for themsel- VC The hubbub off the Senate floor would be kept to * minimum by setting off a «P«ial area for interviewing. Letters To The Editor To the Editor: . Fulbright .to the London Embassy appear to offer th« essence of plausibility; everything fits perfectly. But their considered Judgment is not my idea of me dream role for the Senator. Assignment to the Court of Saint James was once prestltge personified, outranked only by the Secretariat of Slate itself, except tperhaps that rare oc-a- sion when some towering figure served in London under a less pre-eminent Secretary of State. The anticipated imminent vacancy in London is opportune; it twould offer a chance for reviving closer ties between the two "Anglo-Saxon" nations, and above all to plump even harder for American rappro- cliementtwith the British pwlla- mentatry systelm. The United Nations ambassadorship Is still not as strtong as it might be, American disfavor ;the sleep giantst (China, Russia, India) are of a lesser bred, still lacking in sophistication - no ,earls, no barons, no dukes. The Rhodes and Woodrow Wilson fellowships are the vehicles of foundations; the Fulbright tfellowships, serving the same intetllrgenttsta, underwritten by the peoples' money; they aim to draw totgethter tnte intellectual upper crustt of naion to natiton, with the ultimate goal, I should suppose, of providing for international from intellectuals to plebeians This all looks good, much like thte concoctors of tthe "marring de convenance." arranging for thte ideal union of Johnny and Janie. But ttlt believe Mr, F-u bright twould be much happier and perhaps more effective as a distinguished lectutrer, based at some prestitglous university. Such would provide the inde- pendance which is mandatory for him to breathe. At such a latet 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 bo his, and Kissinger and Nixon could take the bows - a possibly happy arrangement that It not novel. · , . , , Further, the price of bringing off this deal however,i»n't realistic. Like many a politician. Mr: Fulbright says that his vote Mr, Fulbright says that his vote is not for sale and indeed it does come very hrgh, But if you know your Nixon (and who doesn't) II isn't an impossibility. We have heard nothing of Mr,. Fulbright cruising on the Sequoia, but with a sharp dealing Nixon, there is always plenty of time - no rush in maneuvering; stall »n5 wait. We have to assume a minl- rnum price with Mr, Nixon asking '· nothing less than a vote against conviction (there are fewer needed than those against impeachment). II he could bring it off with the Liberal (?) Fulbrrght, he could possibly be home free ;but then again, the deal could: drive away some' otherwise secure voter in the Senate who derives the utmost, delight in being "ag'in' anything Senator Fulbright is "fcr" I say his beat bet is on the chautauqua trail. O.E. Jackson Pine Bluff FANCY FARM, Ky. -- In most parts of the country, the fall political campaign doesn't begin until after Labor Day, but in Kentucky they're off and running. Just as the first Saturday in May is always Derby Day In the Bluegrass State, the first Saturday in August is Fancy Farm Day, a unique . occasion w h i c h traditionally springs the barrier for Kentucky's political racing season. This year there was national as well as state interest in the 94lh renewal of the Fancy Farm rally, a 19th-century combination of church picnic and old-time give-'em-hell politicking, for it produced the first and probably last confrontation between two senatorial candidates whose contest is being closely watched by other congressional candidates all over the nation. The contestants, Democratic Gov.- Wendell Ford and Republican Sen. Marlow Cook, are well matched. The race is expected to be close but, above all, it is expected to provide an early clue to just how effective an unabashed anti-Nixon campaign can be, for Ford is running against the President just as. hard as he is against Cook. In fact, in his opening speech here he virtually telescoped the two. A series of special elections in various parts of the country has already shown that in House races at least the strategy of focusing attention on Mr. Nixon and Watergate seems to. be a winning one. Whether it will work at the senatorial level remains to be gcen. MUCH OF THE interest in Fancy Farm this year was in seeing how an experienced, ar- ticulate incumbent like Sen. Cook would try to cope with the anti-Nixon theme, A lot of other GOP senators, also up for re-election this fall, are looking for guidance. Sen. Cook lost no time unveiling his counterstrategy. From start to finish he concentrated almost exclusively on Kentucky affairs and Gov. Ford's alleged mismanagement of them. Cook mentioned the President's name just once and then only in passing at the end of a long, tough speech. The rough debating, with the few holds barred, is a tradition at Fancy Farm and has b e e n since the beginning in 1870 w h e n the parishioners of the St. Jerome Catholic C h u r c h started the picnic-rally as an annual fund-raising event. Fancy Farm is a village of about 375 people in Graves County in the southwest corner of Kentucky, not far from Paducah, the old stamping ground of the late, revered Alben Barkley, former Vice President and former majority leader of the Senate. St. Jerome Church is the center of life in Fancy Farm, for the village Is a Catholic oasis in Protestant Bible bolt country. Political speaking may be seen as a bore elsewhere, but here it is regarded as entertainment. It is held on the church school grounds under an aged oak tree which is reputed to have "heard more lies than any other tree in Kentucky." , The speakers expect uninhibi-, ted heckling throughout their harangues, and they give back as good as they get. This year one of the most conspicuous members of the crowd was a large, splendidly dressed fellow, sporting w h i t e slacks, red · socks, white shoes and a while straw hat with a band saying "McGovem-Shriver" in Ted letters. AT THE EDGE of the crowd (numbering about 10 times Fancy Farms's normal population), a rock band struck up as the speaking began. In Kentucky, if a candidate can't drown out a mere band, he ought to take up some other career. In any event, the band didn't seem to faze Wendell Ford, a personable and popular governor, when he opened up by · describing Marlow Cook, who looks every inch a solon, as ·Mr, Nixon's "third strongest supporter in the Senate." He reminded the audience that Cook "presided at the inauguration of Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew." The speech in general was an indictment not only of Watergate but of the entire Nixon regime. After each count of his indictment of the Administration, Ford said, "And my opponent has been a part of it." After a while some of Ford's supporters picked up the refrain. Other Republican incumbents running this year may be Interested to hear that Cook countered not by defending the mess in Washington but by hammering away at what he charges is the mess in Kentucky. Will this save him? A few months ago the senator was definitely the underdog, but even some of the Democratic polls Uiink he has recently been gaining. That, of course, was before the latest Nixon-Watergate revelations, which have disturbed GOP candidates throughout 1 the country, (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Did A Do To the Editor; I salute the eleven Republicans who leaned backward (o impeachment of the President of these United Stages and sh'ame, shame on the twenty- seven Demos who proudly will bow-out and help to destroy the Democratic ticket' which really Is In my favor because before long it will prove Itself that mud-slinging is not in the makings. A special thanks to the hung r y news reporters and scheming strarying book writers 'and trouble seekers card and flag burning "kooks" who someday will appreciate the twenty-seven years of experience and a Job well done by Richard Nixon who Is still doing his job and carrying out orders and is still braving the dangerous missions and accomplishing a peace to the whole world, In November a lot of red faces will be shown even if you have a black and white T.V. Keep In mind you Can Not Undo A Did. Joseph J. Balsomics West Fork Bible Verse "Ever learning, and never able to coma to the knowledge Timothy 3:7 He Is no scholar who abhors simplicity. Of what good is It finally If we learn everything \ that man has to offer while ] Ignoring what the Lord has to say. "If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of the Lord who glveth to all men liberally."

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