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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest Is The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4 ·; WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1974 Meanwhile... Klassen's Still On Job The Biggest Game In Town ! The biggest game in the Capital : City ;this past week --considering the poor state ·Qf preparedness of the redoubtable Redskins iand the unbecoming absence of professional "baseball, there -- has been, who'll be the, .·next vice president? .; The list of possibles extends anywhere '' from half a dozen to all the Republicans who iare out of jail, plus a few fence-straddling : Democrats. President B'ord (President Ford, ;Ford, Ford... the juxtaposition has an un- . ; familiar ring to it, still) is conferring with ;all the GOP leaders. Names are popping in ! the hat and -- according to "usually reliable '; sources inside the White House," and it is i ; worth noting in this instance that President. :iFord has kept on most of the old reliable : Nixon staff, (with the notable exception of Ronny 'Ziegler) -- is considering almost everyone, including several women. Sen. Barry Goldwater, who appears to -be one of the closest members of Congress Jo the new President, when asked about the ^chances of a female vice president, said that that would be fine with him as long as she "can cook and gets home on time." (Mrs. Goldwater should wash out his mouth with Duz.) Gov. Nelson ^Rockefeller is regarded as a prime choice, but then he always is, and never seems to quite make it. Goy. Ronny Reagan is listed as a favorite, too, along with the aforementioned Goldwater. Somewhere down the line we would guess someone has nominated John Wayne, and we'd hate to think Ford's fellow Michigander, George Rornney, is out of the running. The odds are, though, that the new veep will be neither female nor Democrat, in spite ;. . ,of early'balloons hinting at such possibili- ' · ' · :ties.::Not that a lady Democrat wouldn't grace the office ... and, indeed, strengthen the ticket for '76. If we judge the character and instincts of the President correctly, however,- he'll be doing something a good deal less funky, him being one of the genuine "straights" on the national scene. We'll be surprised, in fact, if he comes up with a choice that doesn't provide the conventional mixture of geographic balance, ideological compatability, down-the-line GOP acceptability, plus a nice touch of personality ; contrastv^the sort of choice,-in. other words,"th'aT the executive committee would make with an eye riveted on the convention and election campaign of two years hence. George Bush, maybe. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The clamor last week [or Richard Nixon to evacuate the While House was accompanied by a move modest demand that Ted Kiassen leave ' the Postal Service. Several Postal Union officials, having read our exposes of the postmaster general, have called for his resignation. They have now been joined, significantly, by Rep. Morris Udall, D-Ariz., a powerful member of the House Post Office Committee. In response lo all this pressure, Kiassen decided to : give himself a raise. He cajoled the Board of Governors into sweetening his expense allowance and guaranteeing him a : $15,000 annual retirement if ha should choose to step down. '· Earlier- this year, after we started writing about his mismanagement, he wangled .a job security clause in his new contract. The Board of Governors amazingly agreed to pay him a full $60,000 a year salary for the rest of his life if he should be fired. In other words, -the tax payers- will be stuck with paying Kiassen no matter what he does -- $60,000 a year if he hangs on, $60,000 a year if he is fired or $15,000 a year if he resigns. Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating our charges against Kiassen, with particular attention to our report that 1 he received a $22,917 fee f r o m . a postal contractor. As long as. he holds out. in his postal penthouse above Bond Dealers' Bonanza... ; The extent to which our state : , governmental bureaucracy has '.;. grown in recent times is vividly ·_' indicated in plans for nearly $76 '« million worth of new buildings ''" on the Capitol grounds in Little Hock. ' We question, for one thing, whether all this construction is '' actually needed. And, too, we · question the haste with which the Legislative Council approved issuance of $75.7 million : in bonds to pay for the construction. '·'· The vote was 18 to 9 in favor. ': Apparently the issuance of Ihe ' bonds will follow, and the people of Arkansas being saddled with this tremendous debt .until the year of 2004. Esti-' mated cost of the debt annually J- N is over five million dollars. It '· appears that this undertaking will be a bond dealer's bonanza. Rationalizalion for construction of additional buildings on the Capitol grounds is based on the fact that the state already is spending great sums of money on rent of accommodations for seversi state agencies. There is something to be said as to the advantages of renting space, rather lhan going into debt for $75.7 million for many years. There is another objection to increasing the number of office buildings on the Capitol grounds. The grounds are too crowded already, and the traffic conjestion around and on the grounds is "a frightful thing to experience. Also, consideration of the advantages of having state offices dispersed at several points in and around From. Oar Files; How Time Flies ' Little Rock. There is ample precedence'.for this already. The Forestry department has been on W e s t Roosevelt, in for years. The Highway Depart- state-owned accommodations,' ment functions in its own structure, built in recent, times, on the leg of the Interstate leading from Little Rock to Benton. One of the problems of present-day state" government in Arkansas come sform the fact that the 'governor and the Legislature have raised taxes so drastically the state treasury' has more money than it needs. The inevitable decision in cases of this kind seems to be, "Let's spend it now, quickly, even if we have to find projects that aren't really needed." So it seems to be in .this tremendous and costly new building program for the Capitol complex. --Fordyce News-Advocate 10 YEARS AGO The 60th annual Tontitown Grape Festival got underway this a.m. with a grape judging contest. The festival will be climaxed Friday night with the crowning of 1964's Queen Concordia Betty Shanallo. 'Construction of a $140,000 operations center for the city Water and Sewer Department 50 YEARS AGO With over half the returns in, but with most of the larger cities yet to be heard from, gubernatorial candidate Tom J. Terral at 2:30 this afternoon led Lee Cazort, his nearest opponent and Klan candidate, by 2600 out of 116,000 counted. Both camps are predicting victory. ·With complete returns from 36 out of 40 precincts in the county and with both second and third wards of Fayetteville still out, indications are that 100 YEARS AGO Maguire Institute: This institution of learning, located at Maguire's Store, in this county, will commence the Fall session on the 31st, inst. The Principal. Prof. George A. Vaughn, is well known to our people as a gentleman and a thorough scholar. The people of that section are determined to make this school a. success, and nothing would prove more beneficial to their section. may be started during the current fiscal year, which ends next July 31. A West Fork couple has filed a Circuit Court suit which, charges a Benlonville real estate agent with fraud. Kenneth and Michaline Rister are the plaintiffs and Carl W. Lee the defendant. Washington County had gone overwhelmingly for Congressman Tillman, that it had renominated County Judge Ernest Dowell, elected T. P. Harrison treasurer, and named Vol Walker. J.S. Holcomb and Hugh Evins for representatives. "The 40 and 8" are planning one of the hottest sessions ever slaged in Ihe state when the State Legion meets here the first part of next week. It is about time for candidates for county offices to begin to announce themselves. Trot yourselves out, gentlemen, the "dear people" want to inspect you closely this pull. Wheat, $1 a -bushel. Those in arrears for.-subscription" to the Democrat can settle up" with wheat if they wish; for which we will allow them one dollar a bushel. CHICKEN . KILLING ... It really does not pay to . raise chickens these days, what with the high price of feed -not for me, anyway. .But I still enjoy it as a hobby, mostly for having a few fresh eggs each day, hatching a few chickens with my little incubator a n d then killing "off the roosters when they are frying size. Kids wh grow up not knowing anything about how an egg hatches into a chick and how you kill 'a chicken these days miss a good part of life as it is really lived. To them chickens are something already-packaged in the super market and even milk is just something that comes in a pasteboard container. In the old days milk was something you pulled from file cows, the hard way, and if you wanted a drink of it you merely turned the tit in the direction of your mouth and squirted the hot milk in. --Nathan Bolton in .the Baslrop (La.) Daily Enlerprise They'll Do It Every Time PIPJA KNOW MANA6K KOV,'? YEAH! IT'S GOW'GKAT! HOWS WITH W-STiU. WATCHIM' PCTTY CASH? M-l 60TAYACHT NOW PAU PEPTIC- ANP TALKS HIS EAR OFF TAKS CARE Of //y CHECK, III/CATCH 6? WITH YOU UATeR- I'M WJ AT A WINS JP $2.50 W3RTHTO PEPTICS ON COP Of JAVA, COMES -m. FINAU TVwwro MWOH SMITH t?a eox 635 OEUVIM, JOWA The Washington Merry-Go-Round Washington's fashionable new L'Enfant Plaza, however, he is continuing unabashed to live in the high style", we have described in previous columns. His latest extravagance is a carpeted and paneled stairwell for his rare walks between the 10th and llth floors. He usually travels the distance in the fanciest executive elevator in town, which lifts him grandly from his reception room up to his penthouse. There have been occasions, - however, when he has · been obliged to use the back stairs. .. Not. one to trod on ordinary, barren steps, he has now installed plush carpeting, aluminum paneling and globe wall lights in the stairwell between the two floors. : · .. . We have already reported that the postmaster general spent $302,200 to furnish his loth-floor suite and an even more staggering $528,360 to outfit the penthouse for the Board of Governors. Since they rarely use it, he has simply added it to his lavish domain. Visitors enter Klassen's office through two sets of walnut doors, one emblazoned with the Post Office seal. Total cost: $3,671. The receptionist's desk cost $1,576, and Klassen's personal secretary sits at a cheaper. $1,014 model. His own desk, for traditional reasons, was hauled in from his former headquarters. But he has a convertible couch costing $1,143, seven chairs totaling $5748, a $1,141 conference table and .a -$194.50 telephone table. His carpet cost the taxpayer* $11,666, and the draperies came to $5,999. Not far away is a pantry, which cost · the taxpayers another $5,280. Upstairs, the food from the pantry can be prepared in a fabulous, $50,000 kitchen, which we mentioned in a earlier art!-, cle. Despite our stories about his extravagance, he treated himself to some new dinnerware on May ,15. He selected $6,147,25 worth of china, crystal, hollow ware and flatware. He ordered nothing but Ihe best, of course. He bought a tea cup and saucer set for $13.50 each, cream pitchers that cost $59.70 apiece, and sugar bowls that ran u p . t o '$53.23 apiece. He paid an incredible $229.52 for two water pitchers; The other offices in the postmaster general's complex are equipped with four settees totaling $3,297, two sofas costing $3,349, eight conference tables running $11,660 and 20 chairs for the tables .costing $9.642. There is also a $1,835 drum table, two credenzas worth $2.644 and 14 lounge chairs costing $5,559. Above it all hangs a $3,718 chandelier. There is no chandelier In the bathroom. But it contains an impressive, $800 marble countertop. The L'Enfant Plaza Building, FREE POSTAGE MIGHT BOOST GRIPE MAIL There may be a good reason for Congress forwning upon the possibility of free postage, or even lower postage, rales for the public. Rising postal costs have already affected the flow of mail material, from air mail and first class correspondence to fourth class material, but the possibility of reversing the cost may have the effect of encouraging more messages to Washington. A bill introduced by Rep Harold Froehlich (R.-Wis.) would provide postage-free mail service for people writing lo their elecled representatives in Washington. This would give the citizenry the same free postage rights that senators and congressmen have. It would open the door to more "input" from the public and more responsibility on the part of our elected representatives "in this e r a - o f distrust in government at all levels." There's little doubt that free postage would encourage .the sending of a lot more silly messages to Washington. The question is, how many of them would really be necessary and constructive? Despite inflation, if a person has a beef he thinks is important -- or even a compliment -- it would seem that he can slill afford a dime for a stamp. Anyway, nothing in this world is "free." To subsidize free mail to Washington, Ihe Postal Service would probably just have to turn around and raise the rates on all other mail. --Jackson (Miss.) Daily Newi Hostage which houses P purchased for $ cost the taxpayers another $8 million to brg the new postal headquarters up to Klassen a standards. ' . ' Since the building was purchased "as is," all repairs must be paid by the Postal-Service. Already, $357,500 has been laid out for additional architectural and engineering work. Now a leaky garage is going to cost another $150,000 to repair. . The mails may be moving slower and postal worker! are having difficulty keeping up with the cost of living. But Ted Kiassen has it made. W A S H I N G T O N WHIRLi Father John McLaughlln, tha White House speech writer, took to the Voice of America to giva his defense of Eichard Nixon to lands around the world. Tha Jesuit priest said that "morally speaking" he was not offended greatly" by .the President's Watergate activities.. . McLaughlin r who had also put his imprimatur on the President's cursing and obscenities as revealed on the tapes, said "the rawest and most vulgar use of political power I've ever seen is in the ecclesiastical world"...B.J. "Joe" Tofani, for many years chief of the Army Corps of Engineers policy and analysis division,\ helped «hap» water projects worth billions to contractors. Now, he · has jumped the fencfe !nto industry and is working foi\.Bi« Wate? Resources -Congress whoss members include many seeking contracts and subcontracts for work originated by Tofanl'i old office. That Post- Watergate From The Readers Viewpoint Four Hours! To the Editor: Isn't it strange that the networks could give four hours of uninterrupted prime time to the network "stars" in order for them to drive the last nail inlo our President's coffin. It is my hope that this last tug at the hangman's noose will be their undoing and at long last, the average "news watcher" will see network news for what it is: biased, unfair and very partisan. ' (Mrs.) P.R. Huntley Fayettevlile Ladd's Mill? To the Editor: I am presently conducting a research project and need to know the location of Ladd's Mill. Apparently it was .located somewhere in the western part of Washington County around 1891. I searched through the publications of the Washington County Historical Society, but was unsuccessful. Any information which, your readers could provide would be greatly appreciated. Paul Kittle Fayetteville Dept. of Zoology U. of A. 72701 A Cop-Out To the Editor This is an open letter to the Arkansas Congressional dole-. gation. It is hoped that these views are -shared by thinking Arkansas citizens, who Will join in endorsing them to their representatives in Washington, The resignation of Richard Nixon, however desirable in some ways, can only be seen as a cop-out in the sense of nn evasion of due process, and of continued cover-up in tha sense of non-disclosure and cosmetic, unhealthy, hiding of evidence in a manner neither curative nor conductive lo prevention of recurrence of the disease which Nixon exemplifies. To be sure of resignation to avoid trial and probable conviction is tantamount to a plea of guilty to the high crimes and misdemeanors already- specified; but the ONLY penalty possible to ensue is removal · from office. That is ALL' the Founding Fathers had in mind--to. oust forever from public office a president who betrays his trust; and to return him to the common status of a private citizen, specifically without exemption from prosecution for his misdeeds. Thus, resignation without further penalty than loss of office, and attend and Implicit disgrace before the eyes of the world, would leave Nixon not only NOT brought before the bar of Justice like any other crimina.l would be, but rewarded by being left in full possession of all benefits and perquisites conferred upon all presidents honorably retired from office. These include a $60,000 lifetime pension, up to $96,000 for personal office and related expenses, and unlimited use of all desired U.S. Government owned facilities, military and civilian, at home and abroad (doctors, hospitals, reservations,, aides, airplanes, federal buildings, embassies, etc.) And now, in addition to all of this, injustice may be piled upon injustice. A 'bleeding heart' element in the Congress ' would pass a 'sense of Congress' resolution promoting immunity from criminal prosecution, in direct conflict with the, spirit and letter of the constitution. Though without legal force, such an act might influence the Special Prosecutor in arriving at his proper decision, and almost certainly would lead to amnesty or pardon of Nixon ·Morality WASHINGTON (ERK) "Hey, I'm depraved on account of I'm deprived!" exclaimed the youthful gang member in the Broadway musical, "West Side Story." He said so in the middle of the show-stopping comedy number, "Gee,- Officer Krupkel", which poked fun at the i d e a that juvenile- delinquents couldn't help themselves. If they broke the law, it was because they came from broken homes or a slum environment. Conservatives h a v e long derided such notions as softheaded claptrap. But now, in the wake of the Watergate tragedy, liberals are coming to feel the same way. The old idea that individuals should foe held strictly accountable . for. their misdeeds has acquired new stature. , ' . . . . . . ' . ' ' . ' Several of. the younger figures caught up in the Watergate scandals attributed their involvement to the "selge mentality' 'that prevailed, in the Nixon White House. Only afterward, .they said, did they realize that what they had done was morally questionable if- not patently illegal. To be sure, several major · Watergate figures have accep. ted full responsibility and blame for their acts. "We could have objected to what was happening or resigned in protest," wrote Jeb Stuart Magruder. "Instead, we convinced ourselves that wrong was right, and plunged ahead." At his sentencing to one to four years in prison, John W. Dean Til said: "I realize the wrongs I've done...but to say I'm sorry U really not enough." by President Gerald Ford; his · partisan disiple and friend. Surely this would contravene, ethically and morally, a basic premise of justice in a democracy--that all men are equal before the law. Any grant of immunity from due process, for even an ex-pre- ident, who is a confessed criminal; or any grant of Executive Clemency or pardon to such a man- especially one who has resigned in the face of other broader, deeper, more grave, alleged high crimes and'misde- meanors--would be a travesty; would betray the very essence of law in a democracy; would be a reversion virtually lo the monarchism from which the Revolution sought'escape; and probably would also be just as divisive and inflammatory, if not worse, than an open trial and conviction by the United States Senate. It would serve fo encourage any future president of like character and proclivities to take similar chances, perhaps more successfully due to hindsight on the bunglings of Nixon co. (And there will be others so tempted, make no legal mistake about it). It would confirm and justify the growing contempt for legal institulions .which condone such inequities and multiple standards in law and order. It would let off, scot- free and even rewarded handsomely by contrast, the very high official so direclly · and personally responsible for the disasters befalling the dozens of l o y a l subordinates whose crimes would never have occurred but for him and his example. · . · , ' If resignation would be a Nixon-cop-out, to allow immunity for Nixon from just criminal prosecution under such circumslances, would be an even worse cop-out by those who can prevent it, should they allow it to happen. Rueben Thoma« Fayettevilla BUT SOME MEN convicted of Watergate-related crimes continue to maintain that they are innocent or that they acted in the interest of national security. This groups includes most of the Watergale burglary team and former presidential adviser John'D. Ehrlichman. Ex-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew likewise denied, "flatly and categorically," all "assertions of illegal acts...(or) wrong-doing." He said that even after pleading no contest to a charge of income - tax evasion and resigning. ' A speechwriter who helped to draft Agnew's farewell speech recently wrote that Agnew "really did, and I presume still does, believe doggedly in his own innocence, no matter who else might disbelieve it or what damning evidence others might adduce;" He added that Agnew had "told^ a veteran Maryland pol early in Ihe kickback inves- ligation that 'they' were after him simply for doing what everyone has done in Maryland politics for. . .years." IN BIDDING THE nation farewell, Agnew complained f being a victim of "postWater- gate morality." Tt might be more accurate to, say that ha ran afoul of the'stricter morality of an earlier day, when the concept of sin was taken as seriously as that of crime. Karl Menninger, co-founder of Ihe Menninger Clinic, believes that a relurn to this way of thinking would be good for the nation s psychic health. "The present world miasma and depression are partly the result of our self-induced conviction that since, sin .has ceased to be, only the neurotics need to- be treated and the criminals punished," he wrote. He further argued that "...when no one Is 'responsible, no one 1 'is guilty, no moral questions are asked, when there is...just nothing to do, we sink to...helplessness." Menninger defined sin as "failure to realize in conduct and character the. moral ideal, · at least as fully as possible under existing circumstances; failure to do as one ought toward one's fellowman. If that is a formula for "post-Watergate morality," few could fail to support it,

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