Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 19, 1974 · Page 4
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Monday, August 19, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1974 The New President Practices Frugality Joo Much An Asset To Lose ··' Paradise Valley Golf Club, located along :-Jiud Creek at the intersection of Joyce Street ^·jind Old Missouri Road in the northeast '.tfUandrant of the city, has a "for sale" sign : : ttanging out this late summer. ;»£ Owner, operator and resident head pro- ;f?ssional Ellis Bogan, whose vision, patience 'ind persistence created the facility, prefers ·to sell the property as a golf course, but ·Circumstances are such that he is listening "Jo whatever offers he can get, he says, no Tifiatter what the eventual use the land is put :'td. For obvious reasons, such extensively 'landscaped property would be a pulm for re- Development. £* Reacting to Bogan's decision last week, "Snembers of the city Parks and Recreation Commission, along with the Chamber of ^.Commerce committee on Parks joined to Jielp out with a petition drive requesting 'that officials of the University and both Springdale and Fayetteville look for ways [and means of acquiring the course as a joint public facility. Petitions were placed in cir: culation over the weekend. ,'· C Value of the property is placed at $650,- ·000, unquestionably a steep price in terms ;pf residential subdivision. In terms of a ma- .turing golf course, however, it is unarguably /a" considerable bargain. On the basis of cur- '·rent interest, property, labor, equipment and material costs the facility could not be duplicated for $1 million, even by conservative estimates. This newspaper has no hesitation, .therefore, in adding its endorsement to that ; Of the petitioners for review by local offi- :cials of ways in which the facility might : pe added to the area's inventory of publicly owned assets. A number of factors contribute, it seems to us, to the exceptional quality of the property as a public links. It is ideally located m terms of accessability to both Springdale and Fayetteville, conveniently situated just off the soon-tp-be-paved State Hwy. 265 N. It is also quite close to the Lake Fayetteville park property, providing further diversification for that development. It is of community value, too, that the property is located in the heart of an area destined for rapid residential development pressures from both Springdale and Fayetteville, 1 and will offer utilitarian open space for the future of that section. In addition to its geographic advantages, Paradise Valley golf course provides metropolitan areas of Springdale and Fayetteville, and the sizeable University community, with a much needed recreational facility. Springdale and Fayetteville Country Club serve their memberships, but there would be a considerable gap from there to the 9-hole layout at Razorback Park, if Paradise Valley should close. Just petitioning for consideration of the acquisition of the property, of course, won't produce an amount of money that will be needed to make the transaction. Hopefully some measure of federal assistance can be obtained, a move that will require municipal initiative. It is thought that at least half of the bill could be underwritten with revenue bonds. A good hard study of options and alternatives would be in order, once local officials are persuaded that such a move is in the public interest and in response to a broad concern. That is the purpose of the petitions. W / i a f Others Say... ENVIRONMENT V. INFLATION In the final week of July, President Nixon and two of his top economic advisers launched a co-ordinated attack on environmental controls because of their alleged contribution to inflation. Office of Management and Budget Director Hoy Ash indicated that the Administration has undertaken a comprehensive review of environmen- · tal protection laws and will . request legislative action by Congress to reduce the burden they impose on industry. Following a meeting July 23rd at San Clemente of business leaders and Presidential advisers, chief economic counsellor Kenneth Rush told reporters of the substantial "concern expressed at the large amount of capital investment going into environmental controls that are not productive in terms of in- · creased, production. They are ; also deeply concerned over the . large amount of capital investment that has had to be taken out of the productive stream . because of environmental con- 1 · trols." Citing an estimate that in some industries 20 per cent of total expenditures a r e absorbed by "nonproductive" pollution controls, Rush said that several leaders had urged requirements. Rush did not respond to a reporter's question about the amount of capital loss resulting from environmental damage. Two days later, in a televised appearance before a conference sponsored by California business groups, President Nixon addressed the Nation on the state of the economy. One of t h e "critical measures" required to stem inflation, the President announced, is a thorough review and modification of environmental protection laws that hamper production. Conceding it "a very sensitive political point," he said: 'It is time for us to reevaluate the trade-off between increasing supplies, increasing production, and certain other objectives that are worthwhile, such as improving the environment and increasing safety. These goals are important, but we too often, recently, have had a tendency to push particular social-goals Billy Graham's Answer You keep repeating "The '. Bible says,.." and I know you base all your messages on thai ; But the Bible is a very hard ', book for me to understand. In ' some places, I get the idea that · the Bible is like a past history ' book. It hasn't any relation to · the "now" way of experience i over theology. R.B. ', What I say here is not meant ·; to be a defense of the Scrip- r tures. No man needs to dp that, because it is self-justifying. It is breathed through with the ; Holy Spirit of God. '; You call it a "history" book and so it is. I mean not only are the 17 books of the Old Testament labeled as historical. 1 but many others that give us : a reflection of the past. ' But now, the Bible also : relates intimately to everyday life. Any idea which exalts 1 experience to the exclusion of, · or even the depreciating of. the .revealed truth in the Bihl, is a serious error. It seems to me Bible statements about Immortality (I Corinthians 15), about death (I Corinthians 15), atout forgiveness (Hosea) makes it a pretty contemporary book. Difficulties of understanding the Bible are easy to correct. Get a newer version in modern speech, buy a Bible handbook that helps in study and above all, pray that God's Spirit who gave the Bible in the first place, will now guide you in understanding and application. If the virgin birth is the cornerstone of Christianity, why don't we accept the biological theory of parthenogenesis as being possible for the continuing development of t h e race? M.A.M. The Bible says "once" in the end of the age -- Christ has appeared. He had a special mission to perform and a special people fo redeem. No plan for another virgin born sinless c r e a t u r e i s contemplated, because none is needed. They'll Do It Every Time OPApennoM AGAINST TH6M6W- IN TOW- wiu. you SISN, W WANNA K££P THINGS AS IS. RIGHT, L so far and so fast that other important economic goals are unduly sacrificed, and consequently these policies must be reevaluated and adjusted to the new needs." Repudiating t h e principle of "limits of growth" endorsed by many conservationists and prominent economists, Mr. Nixon concluded:' ·· "Most important, we must restore the idea in America that the way to have more is to The next morning, the President's budget director Roy Ash said at a San Clemente news briefing that the pendulum of national affairs has swung too far to the side of environmental . p r o t e c t i o n , preventing "a proper balance between the environment a n d e c o n o m i c growth." He estimated that one- half of one per cent in the current inflation rate is 1 the result of anti-pollution measures, and that their contribution to inflation is increasing. "At what rate whould we reduce the environmental problems of the country?" Ash asked. "Sure we want to reduce them. We want to reduce them, to a very low level, but at what rate?" Ash suggested legislation to require "economic impact statements" comparable to the environmental impact statements mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act. "Why should the burden of proof be just on one side?" he asked. After reviewing these administration statements, one environmental observer speculated that "economic impact statements" might be beneficial if they forced consideration of the true costs to society of pollution, and the long-term economic necessity of environmental protection. Others noted that conservation of natural resources is not a "particular social goal" expendable as a luxury, but a requisite for health and life itself, as basic in the long run as food and shelter. If the President's economic recommendations are carried out, they well might have a profound effect upon environmental legislation before the Congress. Faced with the prospect of a possible veto, the economic policy could affect strip mining legislation now in conference, proposed increases in allocations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the establishment of park and recreation areas, and some fish and wildlife proposals. The Administration's economic policy also could have a material effect upon PROJECT INDEPENDENCE, or the development of a national energy policy now the subject of extensive field hearings being held by the Federal Energy Administration. "In the next 10 years we shall increase our wealth by 50 per cent. The profound question is: Docs this mean we will be 50 per cent richer in a real sense, 50 per cent better off, 50 per cent happier?" With t h e s e words. President Nixon announced in his ledxz?%V6n-cmzbm ed in his 1970 State of the Union Message a sweeping program to protect and restore the Nation's quality of life. "But clean air is not free, and neither is clean water," the President said at lhat time. "Through our years of past carelessness we incurred a debt to nature, and now that debt Is being called." Recent Administration statements now seem to question its commitment lo paying the debt. --NAT'L WILDLiFF, FED. "Conservation Report" By JACK ANDERSON W A S H I N G T O N - There wasn't a bit of hypocrisy in Gerald Ford's onslaught against "escalating federal spending" in his first address to Congress as President. Indeed, he's t h e country's most prominent, personal skinflint. While his generosity to his friends is unchallenged, Ford's wallet is so threadbare that he recently had to borrow three dollars for lunch from Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania. Ford dug into his pockets and came up with nothing but lint. Characteristically, he repaid Scott at the next weekly lunch- con of Republican congressional leaders without being reminded. The new President is expected to sit down often at the weekly lunches with his old cronies, who joke that he's just as interested in "saving a buck" on the cheap congressional menu as he is in keeping his political channels open. Ford's frugality also shows up In the confidential report prepared by the Internal Revenue Service for his vice presidential confirmation. "He was surprised himself to know that he can go through a week spending $5 or less" on lunches, said the report. As often as not, Ford was campaigning and settled for the chicken - and - peas menu provided as the only payment for his oratory. The then House minority lead- The Washington Merry-Go-Round er confided to the I.R.S. investigators that his ealing habits helped maintain both a trim budget and a trim waistline. "Mr. Ford stated, when asked about the number of times he cats at the House of Representatives Restaurant personally and the cost, that 'the House session starts at 12 noon and he only eats there two possibly three times a month.' "He also stated," said the study, "that the cost of his usual lunch of cottage cheese and unsweetened grapefruit juice is very nominal." Not only is Ford tight-fisted with his own money, but he shows every sign of matching Lyndon Johnson's mania for cutting White House costs. Johnson cruised the executive halls turning out light bulbs, to the delight of the nation. Ford, when he was a congressman, balked at the installation of a costly telephone service in his office, even though many legislators accepted the system as a matter of right. It would have permitted direct dial calls anywhere in the nation from five p.m. to nine a.m. at the taxpayers' expense. But Ford thought the regular House system was doing the job adequately. . In short, the new chief executive's oldtime penny-pinching bears out his own self-effacing proclamation that "I'm a Ford, nol a Lincoln." TAX TORMENT: A Senate oversight committee has found that federal tax collectors have been treating ordinary citizens and small businessmen as if they were kingpins on the Nixon "enemies list." According to a confidential staff memo to the committee chairman, Sen. Joseph Montoya, D-N.M., . the Internal Revenue Service has repeatedly failed to give audited taxpayers a statement of their rights during the audit. The draft report also says the IRS neglected to tell taxpayers they can protest IRS actions in a "small case tax court" where they can file actions without lawyers. The Montoya report cites "jeopardy assessments" as one of the most flagrant areas of IRS abuse. Under this little- known rule." property is seized if the agent decides there is a possibility the government will lose the opportunity to collect," charges the report. In one such case described by the memo, a man was assessed $508,000 when "at no time was his original tax error..more than $25,000." The taxpayer won his case, but it hung over his head for five years and cost him $15,000 in one year alone for legal fees and other expenses. "I Hope They Can Find Us Up Here' Impeachment Clause , s Not Good Enough By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- After the President's spell of self-congratulation over how the Constitution and the "system" worked in removing Richard Nixon from the White House subsides, Jt may be in order to begin asking, with the future in mind, if it all worked well enough. When euphoria yields to a more sober appraisal of the cataclysmic events of the last three years, it ought to be possible to see whether we should rest content with the existing machinery for saving the country from a disastrous President, or whether we should start thinking about simpler, speedier and less drastic alternatives for the laborious, protracted, uncertain and essentially cumbersome process of impeachment. The comforting fact that all ended well this time is no guarantee that it always will. To the contrary. It is hard to imagine a more comprehensive or damning bill of particulars than the one developed against Richard Nixon, yet it took the better part of 1972, 1973 and 1974 to bring him to book, and even then he might well have survived had it not been for the incredible accident of the tapes. During the last year or so, various bills were introduced in Congress providing for substitute or alternative ways of removing the President, but they were hastily drawn, inadequately thought out and, in the orirushiirg sweep of Watergate events, got little or no serious attention. Now, however, there is plenty of time to rethink and debate this critical problem. WHILE THE founding fathers produced a wondrous Constitution, it has been notably improved by many of the amendments to it. Few articles gave the authors more trouble than impeachment and some of the delegates were clearly dissatisfied with the end result for reasons \ve now can more fully appreciate. In any case, 1974 Is not 1787, In an era when a country can crash from an untended economic crisis or from sudden nuclear war, impeachment is too slow a process for rescuing the nation from a President who has so totally lost public confidence that he no longer can provide the necessary leadership. v More than a year ago, at a time when enough evidence had a l r e a d y been accumulated against Nixon to sink any other leader of the Free World, Rep. Robert Drinan (D-Mass.) was generally considered a "nut" when he introduced the first impeachment resolution in the House. He seemed so far out at the time that no other congressman came forward to join him. If Watergate had happened in 1974 instead of 1972, Nixon probably could have lasted out his term. In any other democratic Nixon's derelictions, along with the deception of the public and his subversion of the government, would have triggered the downfall of the leader in a short time; for most parliamentary governments have fairly flexible machinery for changing their leaders quickly and usually smoothly when conditions clearly require it. IN MOST COUNTRIES it is assumed that the loader -whatever his other shortcomings -- is not, in Nixon's words, a "crook," so removal is usually reserved for loftier failures such as fatal misjudg- inent, intolerable incompetence or panic in a crisis. These are the kind of failures, rather than the Nixon aberration, that the United States, like other nations, must be prepared to deal with in the future. Aside from the sordidness of Watergate, and what might have been had it not been fortuitously discovered, the nation has weathered it extremely well, much better in fact that it weathered the creeping paralysis of the Herbert Hoover Presidency, which came close to plunging the United Statej into revolution. Few living Americans c a n now remember those fearful years when a bewildered, panic- stricken President sat frozen in the White House for almost four years while a despairing people, helpless to remove him, fell prey to mass unemployment, bankruptcy, despair and suicide. Hoover could not have lasted six months in any other representative democracy. The trouble with impeachment is that, even after Watergate, it still seems to many Americans like overkill for anything less than premeditated murder. Right up to the release of the June 23, 1972, tape Chief Executive's supporters were arguing that he had not committed an impeachable offense under the Constitution. Even, ardent supporters of the Constitution, who were profoundly disturbed by Mr. Nixon's actions, feel the impeachment article is ambiguous and subject to different interpretations. Few would repeal the article, but Watergate has persuaded some that additional machinery should be considered to deal in a less ponderous, convulsive way with Presidents who have manifestly lost the confidence of the great majority of the citizenry, even though , they may not he guilty of any outright crimes. It's going to take a lot of lime and argument to hit upon an acceptable alternative for there are literally dozens of possibilities. One, but only one, would be to give Congress the power to initiate a presidential recall election under certain conditions. Recall, after all, is as American as apple pie; any number of the states and cities already employ it. As matters stand now, the lasting lesson of Watergate is that future Presidents, based on the Nixon experience, have little cause to fear removal unless they commit obvious crimes and also provide the evidence to convict themselves, (C) 1974, Los Angeles Time, In the report are horror stories from average taxpayers. Wrote one: "In short, my rights X life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been badly kicked around. The Gestapo just marched through.... Another writer charged that "during the past six months my wife and I have been through a terrible physical, mental and financial strain....We were contacted weekly by phone, demanding payment....We were told we must pay (or) close our business...." , When a tax expert sought ts fight back, he was charged $460 "just for a copy of the table of contents of the IRS manual...which tells agents in the field how to operate," said the study. Finally, he got a federal district court to order release of information, but according to the report, the IRS told him, "Oh, we don't pay any attention to that directive." To bring such abuses to a halt, Montoya and Sen. Lowell Weicker, R-Conn., are asking Congress to force IRS to go to court within five days to explain any jeopardy assessment. The senators would giva the taxpayer rights to a hearing within 10 days and force the IRS to prove that taxes could not be secured through normal legal steps. Footnote: The IRS insists the taxpayer abuse is extremely rare and that the few genuine cases are blown all out of proportion. The IRS poitns out that an internal inspection service investigates all reports of taxpayer harassment. From Tke Readers' Viewpoint Old v. Ugly To the Editor: I do not generally writa letters to the editor, but this subject is one which is noncon- troyersial in nature, and .in which the majority of ths people are or could be in agreement. It seems like we have done a satisfactory job in pre- s e r v i n g t h e Headquarters House, Ridge .House, and arrangements have been made to restore the old Stone Home and grounds, and even some suggestion has been made to preserve the Washington Avenue area. However, other old homes' like the ones on the North Side of Mount Nord, and the old I, a y f a y e t t e Gregg Home deserve our immediate atten tion, and a guarantee that they, will be preserved for the future; After all the old house at the corner of Gregg and Dixon is gone, as is the o 1 d Archibald Yell home, and in their place are distinctly ugly buildings: is this what we are to call progress? ; I think we need to work with the Washington County Historical Society to insure the preservation of Fayetteville's remaining historic structures, and prevent their wanton destruction, and preserve them for future generations. .Jerry W. Henbest Fayetteville Abrogation To the Editor: The Fayetteville Board of Directors approved last Tuesday night a $2,756,000 Water and Sewer Budget. I believe the citizens of Fayetteville who were not at the meetings serve a more complete explanation than was provided in the newspaper report. Not only the size of the budget makes the decision important but also the way in which the budget was approved by the Board. Legitimate'questions and concerns were expressed to the Board members both prior to and during the meeting. These items included the following: (1) Expenditure of Water and Sewer funds for recreational purposes ($63,000 plus an expected overrun). (2) Profits of approximately (2) Profits of approximately ciation) for the last two audited years. Is the 23 per cent profit margin excessive? (3) The form of the budget, (a mixture of cash and accrual) so that it is pratically useless for planning and control of both current operations and capital improvements. One example of the resulting distortions is contained in the newspaper report of the budgeted increase in salaries; the actual amount was approximately $50,000 rather than the $145,759 increase reported. As the city manager attempted to explain to the Board, that difference arises because "It's there now but It won't'wind up there." Even more important than these items to me was the nonchalance with which six members of the Board ignored the questions and approved the budget. One of the six justified nis decision on the basis of his faith in the 'experts" who prepared the budget (who in turn rely on other experts to fir rates, etc.). It Js fine to use experts in the budgeting process, but that does not relieve the Board of the Interests of the citizens,'. Such interests 'can only be' served if the Board demands'. that planning Information be presented to it in an under-, its responsibility to represent- standable form, reviews a n d revises these plans with consideration of both citizen and exx prt viewpoints, and later follows up by comparing per-; formance to approved plans. I do not believe city government,, in any form, allows abdication'' of Board responsibility In t h e ' overall planning and control of major city functions. --Concerned Citizen Fayetteville

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