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Editorial-Opinion Page T/ie Public Merest Is The First Concern Ot This Newspaper 4A Â· SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1974 Ford Guards Against A Future Scandal Injurious To Your Health. Gun controls, after the fashion of 'cam- Â· ;; .paign reform and congressional reorganiza- Â· :Â·'tion legislation, is an area where the mind 1 somehow seems to leave off -- where there is no common ground between pragmatism and the ideal. We rather imagine the unhappy case of ex-president Richard Nixon's waywardness will, soon enough join this group of instances where something logically ought to be done, but for practical reasons won't. We mention this in connection with a novel new approach to the daily calamity of senseless killings - and maiming by pistol shot, being offered fay the Commerce Clearing House of Chicago, HI. CCH is a reporting agency on lax and legal affairs. 'Just recently it has petitioned the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the open sale of bullets for handguns. CPSC is the government agency that cuts back on such things as aerosol cans and deodorant concoctions if found to be significantly hazardous to the public health, welfare and ._ safety. ; Bullets obviously are a hazard to public "Â·safety, says CCH, and it wants a ruling. :.-,It concedes that bullets can properly be dis- i/pensed to police, security personnel, the '/military, and authorized gun clubs and com- fpetitive functions. But the Committee con- ;Â· tends that handgun bullets, are "hazardous ; ;substances" under definition of the Federal Â·; Hazardous Substances Act. ;Â·; Under law the CPSC may schedule a Mrf Buchwald public hearing on the matter or conduct appropriate investigations into the contentions. It niust act, however, in 120 days or face a civil suit to compel action. It'll be interesting to hear what the bureaucratic conclusion is on this. Fact And Fancy The Pine Bluff Commercial noted the other day what it calls the "understatement of the week," coming from Charles Venus, former UA faculty member who now works for a Little Rock community planning project AND a capital city bank. Venus, who has been active in recent weeks promoting an amendment to remove the state's 10 per cent constitutional usury limit, says, according to' the Gommercial editor, that the state Bank Department's latest report shows that the total assets of state-chartered banks are up 186 per cent. Venus allows that this information, "weakens, at least," the argument that capital is fleeing the state. "Weakens," comments the Commercial, "this latest find weakens that assertion by about 186 per cent, which doesn't leave much left." We trust this little piece of information will be recalled when arguing gets thicker and heavier this fall, leading up to the election. There are persuasions pro and con on the issue, but the facts need to be kept out where both sides can enjoy them. The Price Of A Swimming Pool ;',-; EDITOR'S NOTE: In order vto permit President Ford to f -'have an order'ely transition of " government. Art Buchwald has ;. gone on vacation. He left behind '"some of his favorite columns.) By ART BUCHWALD : As part of my war on poverty, I decided to install a swimming pool in a new house I bought. I didn't realize how complicated the purchase of a swimming pool can 'be. Next to used-car dealers, swimming pool salesmen are the most sincere of all businessmen, and one tends to beb'eve everything they tell you. - , . I interviewed a swimming ^ Billy Graham's Answer ',"' What's your advice to con- ... Â·: r ques temptation? I should stop .o seeing this girl, but I seem al; ways at the m e r c y of her i. charms. T.C. i*. -Let me answer this first by Preferring to a legend about the Â·:Â·.Â· Greek musician Orpheus. When .Â·;the Argonauts passed the island *' of the Sirens, Orpheus on board ri:-the ship loudly chanted, the i Â·- praise of gods and heroes--so *'/ as to drown out the Siren voices i;-on shore. Voices- which would \f have lured them to death. The i'* moral is simply that those pleasures, which begin in simple '.vignorance and end in cruel de- tÂ£ struct ion, must be denied. And ^ this is accomplished often by |!,. a counter measure which offsets 'Â·/ temptations are commonplace, !i As Paul reports it, Christ as- f.j-sures His followers that all [ybut that a way to escape is t v 'always provided--if we look for Jvit. (1 Corinthians 10:13.) '? I have the impression that ^you are the victim of this girl's i-icharms, because you w a nt to '^be. You know what's right, Ifj but have taken little or no mea- ,sures to do right. fr I suggest you reread the ac- i^count of our Lord's temptation n;in the wilderness. Then, using ^vthe same technique of God's v\Vord and personal resolution of ] .will watch the temptation i'-dwindle and disappear. I AUG. 31 BILLY GRAHAM .-" I have recently experienced '. the death of my husband. While ;'in a sense I expected it, bei cause his was a terminal case, ; 'yet it was a shock. Mr. Gra' : ham, I have no patience with /people who say, "Well, he's 'really still alive," as if I should .'have no sorrow at the loss of Â· his physical body. L.V. Not enough people know of a little volume entitled "A Grief ' 'Observed" by C. S. Lewis. He #wrote it under a pseudonym While he writes with humility and faith, yet he strives to he very honest and very realistic, your question reminds me of this quote from that book. "It is hard to have patience with people who say, 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.' Thre is death. 'And whatever it is, matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter. I look up Â· at the night sky. Is anything more certain that in all those vast times and spaces, if I were allowed to search them, I should nowhere find her face, her voice, her touch? She died." Those in grief are entitled to face the reality of t h e i r bereavement. What the Gospel of Christ does, however, is to give *he bright hope of reunion, and assure the blessedness of the departed in a world where death will never intrude. ( R e a d I Thessalonians 4.) Bible Verse "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life. He does not corne into judgement, but has passed from death to life." John 6:24 These are strong words of Jesus assuring us of strength for today and security forever. Our part is simply to put our faith in His word. "My word shall not pass away." They'll Do It Every Time YAS-TO A NICE 1 OLP COUPi-e SUEPY THE- RENTERS WHO WERE COMING IN NEXT POOR SOUNPEP JUST FINE REHTEP our VOUR PLACE f AUGUST fitÂ£N WILKINSON, CORONAOO, CfJUf. THEM TH6Y MOVg IN" pool. salesman, and you can't imagine what an education it .was: After looking over the property he said, "I can put in a pool--complete--for $8,400." "That includes everything?" I.:asked. . ;"0f course. That's my price- complete." "Well, .it is a little high," I said, "but perhaps I can make it. I'd like a rectangular pool.' "A rectangular pool? I wish :-. you had told me that before. That's 5600 extra. You see, "it's yery difficult to dig a rectangle in the ground." "That brings it up to $9,000," I said. "Yes, but that will be complete with everything. Now I'd like to ask you a few questons." "Yes sir." "Did you plan on putting water in the pool?" he asked. "I thought it would be fun." .."THAT WILL BE an extra $450. You see, if we put water in the pool, we have to get a permit from the District of Columbia and that takes a great deal of time." "I knew I shouldn't have asked for water," I said. "Did you want concrete in the pool?" "I think so. Why do you ask?" "Well, the pool gets so muddy otherwise. The concrete will be $350 extra. Of course, if you want Gunile, it will be $500." "What's the difference?" "If you use regular concrete, the pool will leak." He wrote everything down in his book. "Let me ask you this," he continued. "Had you planned on filtering the water?" "I guess so. What are the advantages?" "Well, if you filter the water, there is less chance of the children's catching typhoid or yellow fever. We can give you an excellent filler for $950." "I guess in the long run it would be cheaper," I said. "Now what about the steps to get out of the pool?" "Couldn't the people just climb over the side?" I inquired. "They could but that would mean we'd have to build coping around the pool. The steps cost $200, the coping $550." "You'd better give us steps." "What had you planned to put around the pool?" he asked. "I don't know. What do you put around a pool?" "We could give you a concrete walk for $870." "It sounds like you're losing money on the job," I said. . "THAT'S OUR problem," he replied. "Now what about tree leaves in the pool?" "I don't want any leaves in the poo'," I said, hoping to save gome money, "We don't put leaves in the pool," he said. "We take them out. You'll want a skimmer for $520. Did you plan on a diving board?" "Sure, why not?" "That will be 51,000,' he said. . "A thousand dollars for a diving board?" I asked incredulously. "Not just for a diving board," he said. "If you're goirrg to have a diving board, you'll need deep water. The price I gave you was for a shallow pool. I thought you understood that. Why don't you get anything I say straight?" "I'm sorry," I apologized. "Will you ever forgive me?" He wrote down $1,000 in his notebook. "Just this once. But let's have no -more haggling." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Time* By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- President Gerald Ford has been searching for seven elusive boxes of Watergate documents which he fears may contain damaging information about former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Until a few weeks ago, it appeared certain the boxes had been burned on orders of Nixon campaign aides prior to the 1972 presidential elections. But during the past week, as Ford mulled over his choice for the vice presidency, his "transition team" quietly sought the missing cartons. Their purpose: to make absolutely sure that there is no Agnew scandal in Ford's future. According to sworn testimony the boxes, containing an estimated 7,000 documents, were destroyed. But new reports suggest they may have been cached Instead in a locked vault. The reports are now considered firm enough to have brought the special Watergate prosecutor into the probe. The hearsay evidence in their possession, which is similar to that reaching E"ord, is that Rockefeller helped bankroll a standby team of Nixon loughs for the 1972 Democratic convention. The ex-New York governor's office had denied the charge as "absolutely untrue" arid offered to open the campaign books to prove it is false, The boxes, once in the custody of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, were hauled away by a Nixon loyalist named Roy Sheppard after the Water- gale break-in in June 1972. In August 1972, we came The Washington Merry-Go-Round withing an ace of getting them through Sheppard's lawyer, who was troubled about their hidden secrets. But Sheppard adamantly refused to give them up. He later testified that he had burned them in his furnace on orders of Nixon campaign aides. There the matter stood until a montli ago. At that time, we received reports that Sheppard had not burned the papers and once again we tried to find them. Ford's "transition team" also heard of the documents and assigned a crack lawyer to track them down. The lawyer worked through last weekend chasing clues. He satisfied himself there was at least a slim chance the boxes exist, although neither he nor anyone else was sure what they might contain. Acting on White House orders, the lawyer immediately turned his clues over to assistant special prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste, who quickly r e opened the investigation. Ben- Veniste has now been given the name of the town where the boxes are supposedly located. He also has clues to the identification of the alleged custodian of the boxes, provided by one of Sheppard's friends, Hal O'Brien. At O'Brien's urging, we have learned, the special prosecutor intends to give Sheppard immunity from prosecution if the boxes are found intact. Footnote: Actually, the special prosecutor is not as interested in the Rockefeller material as he is in other rumored 'contents of the boxes. Reportedly, there is evidence of Mafia campaign influence and answers to other unresolved Watergate questions. Sheppard, when asked about the boxes by my associate Les Whilten, said, "I don't know what you're talking about." FIREAKMS FRACAS: T h e Treasury Departments firearm regulators got caught with their powder wet by Rep. Mike Harrington, D-Mass. Harrington, who Wants to ban all private handguns, accused Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of using faulty figures to show that 70 per cent of pistols used by criminals are cheap "Saturday Night Specials." This figure plays right into the hands of the big domestic gun manufacturers who want the public to believe that costlier \yeapons aren't often used in crimes. Kxactly the opposite is true. Harrington complained to the bureau's director, Rex Davis, that such phony figures make it look like banning Saturday Night Specials will end the slaughter on America's streets. Davis promised to "re-examine the figures." Actually, the figures were known to be wrong from the start, as we now know from 'Look -- Why don't you re-open the pool for yourself, and re-open regular WHITE HOUSE PRESS ROOM /SWIMMING! From The Readers Viewpoint Required To the Editor: Justice and the welfare of this country require that the prosecution of Mr. Nixon be carried to its deliberate conclusion for the disclosure of all possible evidence. Northing short of the proper court proceedings can suffice. Any personal or political considerations are improper to this investigation. The present orgy of emotionalism, however sincere is wholly irrelevant and in itself becomes a cover up. An Observer Fayetteville About Pets To the Editor: The Society was pleased to see your editorial on the growing problem of unwanted pets in Fayetteville. We would, however, like to comment on some aspects of the problem which were not mentioned. First, the problem of enforcement. It is readily apparent that the current leash law is not being strictly enforced. Sufficient funding is simply n o t availible at this lime to provide the equipment a n d personnel which such enforcement would require. The best we can do is to respond to specific complaints (even this often takes a couple of days), and impound at random when the time is availible. We seem to average some 15 complaints per d a y while the leash law is in effect and each complaint requires at least 20 minutes. Second, the problem of care. Our current shelter has a capacity of approximately 60 animals thanks to the recent addition which doubled the availible space.,We are receiving around 20' animals per day, and we hold stray animals 5 days to allow the owners a chance to claim them. Owners of animals wearing tags are contacted immediately. Naturally, the cost of maintaining this number of animals is a significant part of the shelter's budgel. Third, the rool cause of Ihe problem. The real problem, as we see it, is nol the family net, but rather the unwanted animals. For every animal we receive which shows signs of care (such as tags, flee collar, clipped nails), we receive at least 5 animals which are starving, mangy, wormy, and lick infected. The only solution is the nutering of pets, especially the spaying of females. Unfortunately, the current cost is high ($25-35) and most of the veterinarians we have talked with have shown no interest in establishing a low-cost spaying clinic. There is some hope for chemical birth control in the future, but it is still 5 to 10 years, off. We believe that if an owner is unable to afford to have a female animal spay- ed, that the owner is simply unable to afford to have an animal. Finally, I'd like to mention the fine job being done by Dr. Drain, the animal control officer. Mr. Drain works under the most adverse of situations. He is required to selectively enforce an unenforceable law. He naturally receives the everlasting enmity of those owners who have lost the gamble of violating a law which everyone violates, He receives verbal abuse and physical threats. He is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as the situation requires. He is expecteosb-qotN: quires. He is expected to subdue vicious dogs and capture wary ones. A mosl unenviable job. Don Donner (Fayetteville Humane Society) P.S. The Sociely has outstanding mixed breed pets available for adoption at the Shelter. From The Bookshelf .. .Watergate happened because some of us who served the President served him poorly. It is not enough to hlame the atmosphere he created. No one forced me or the others to break the law. Instead,.. .we ignored our better judgment out of a combination of ambition, loyalty, and partisan passion. We could have objected to what was happening or resigned in protest. Instead, we convinced ourselves that wrong was right, and plunged ahead. There is no way to justify burglary, wiretapping, perjury, and all the other elements of the cover-up. In my own case, I think I was guilty of a tremendous insensitivity to the basic tenets of democracy. I and others rationalized illegal actions on the grounds of "politics as usual" or "intelligence gathering" or "national security." We were completely, wrong, and only when we have admitted that and paid the public price of our mistakes can we expect the public at large to have much faith in our government or our political system. Stuart Magruder,/ln. American Life: One Man's Road to Watergate (1Q74) the secret memo directly from the bureau's own files. "If you v will but recall," wrota Davis' deputy, William Thompson, to the bureau's public affairs chief, Warren McConnell, "I challenged the process by which (the figures) were reached at the time." The statistics, wrote Thompson, contained "built-in errors (and) items which are inaccurate or incorrect." The report "does a disservice to the bureau as well as to the public," he snapped. "It gives me no pleasure to say, 'I told you so,' " wrote Thompson. "Quite the contrary, I hope that we will be able to prove our figures....are very nearly perfect." But, Thompson concluded, "the hastily taken shortcut has...cast doubt upon our cred- ibilily." Meanwhile, Director Davis, unaware that Harrington already has the secret memo, has written it will be "about two weeks" before he can fully answer Harrington. POAGE PRESSURE: Autocratic House Agriculture Chairman Bob Poage, D-Tex., is privately pressuring members of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee to gut t w o bills protecting streams a n d wetlands. Poage- wants to open up 150,00u miles of waterways to the bulldozers so his fatcat farmer and land developer friends can ' get rich. The taxpayer would foot the bill for the .destruction of marsh, streams and rivers where wildlife and fisli have been breeding . for centuries. England's Inflation' Hurts, Too EDITOR'S NOTE: _T.hs following report on inflation in Great Britain is by Yorick Blumenfield of Editorial Research R e p o r t s . Names are changed to protect the famiry'i identity.) CAMBRIDGE, E n g l a n d (ERR) -- "For the first time since the war I think our family has experienced a relative fall in our standard of living," said Richard Burwell, a scientific consultant.: The Burwells -Richard, his wife Sally, and their two children -- live on a combined annual income of 4,700 pounds ($10,500). That is 25 per cent more than the family earned last year, an increase made possible by Sally's new part-time job with the Cambridge University Press. .;: fNevertheless, the Burwells -'have had to do a lot of belt- .tightening. Since the February . election that returned the Labor Party to power, Britain's middle class has been hit harder by new taxes than any other group. In addition, retail prices are 17 per cent higher today than in August 1973. All in all, the Burwells and families like them are worse off Umn they were a year ago. The annual ! vacation abroad was the first luxury to go. The Burwells had been planning on a package tour to Greece, but the surcharge on fuel made the transportation cost prohibitive. They will go camping in Norfolk instead. IN APRIL THE Burwells took in a lodger in their four-bedroom home for the first time. The student, who pays $20 a week for his room, gives Sally's household budget some much- needed breathing room. "I never would have done this three years ago," she says. "It does sort of interfere with our family privaoV." Entertainment habits have changed, too. The Burwells haven't been to the theater in a year, and they have taken in only one movie. "For the time being, it's mostly television and the pub. Richard says he and Sally are buying more beer and less hard liquor, but that beer prices have been rising so'fast that they will have to cut down their visits to the local. To save on food, Richard now spends eight hours a Â· week tending his vegetable' garden. He grows squash, beans, peas, sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower on a plot alloted him by the local council. The net savings, he calculates, is $500 a year. The family diet how centers on liver, chicken, fish fingers and eg-gs, all of which are cheap at present. Sally buys in bulk when possible and stores the supplies in the freezer. WHAT HURTS the Burwells most are the rising charges for heating, electricity, the telephone, properly taxes, and private school fees for the older child. Although Richard is a law-abiding citizen, he has yet to pay the first installment of his local taxes, which are 40 per cent higher than a year ago. The instalment fell dua July 1, but he does not plan to pay up until Oct. 1. The price of heating oil for the boiler the Burwells installed in 1970 has almost doubled over the past 12 months. The fuel now costs 51.1 cents a -gallon, and could increase further. The telephone bills have been rising so fast that the Burwell children- are now restricted in tho number of calls they may make. When all accounts are added up, the Bunyells find that they must dip. into their modest savings at the rate of about $250 a year simply to break even. In 1970 Richard was able to save that much, and Sally wasn't working then. "I'don't think things will Improve until the oil starts flowing up North,"