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Editorial-Opinion Page The PuiKc Interest Is Tto First Concern 01 This Nwspaper 4 · TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1974 Foreign Police Infiltrated By CIA Would You Believe $182 Million? As state Sen. Morriss Henry warned a couple of weeks ago, the actual cost of the ·recently approved state Capitol office build- l : ing annex may well exceed the estimated $74 million figure used to promte the pro- ,'ject before the Legislative Council. Bond Attorney Herschel Friday, who is handling 1 ·.details of the financing for Gov. Dale Bump- ;ers' Public Building Authority, confirmed ;Sen. Henry's worst fears, a couple of days ' ago. Sen. Henry is fearful that the venture could run up a price tag of something like S100 million. Now Friday admits that with an unfavorable interest rate the project can cost as presently approved as much as $182 million, over 30-years, plus... The "plus" is an interesting feature, also, which really makes the deal a candidate for champion state boondoggle of all times. The construction and financing costs are to be paid for with revenue bonds, which are to be recovered by charging the state rent. In other words, if the bonds carry the maximum allowable 7.5 per cent interest, (which isn't inconceivable), rent will come to $5.56 a square foot for every state agency obliged to use the space. We don't know how such a rent compares with present charges, but you can bet your boots the new figure will be a good deal higher than it would have been without the annex. The problem at the moment is that the Public Building Authority takes the position that the Legislative Council's 18-9 vote in favor of the project a couple of weeks ago is a go-ahead to get crackin' on the complex. As aTesiiircontracts are benig let and material ordered, and $650,000 has already been expended. The Legislative Council meets again this week, and at least nine of its members want to re-open discussion of some of the open-ended features of the project. Issuance of bonds will be delayed until the full legislative body convenes next year (in the event more surplus funds can be applied so as to reduce overall bonded indebtedness). For that reason it makes sense, too, that the Council hold off on brick and mortar work until the entire General Assembly has a chance to review and decide. We wish Sen. Henry luck in his efforts. Wkat Others Say RENEGADE BISHOPS Another of those many emerging inevitabilities Western civilization has been heir to since the beginning o[ the modern era sent a rather large bubble to the surface the other day in Philadelphia. In what w a s described as a "renegade ordination," four dissident Episcopal bishops de- etied official church policy and ordained 11 women as priests. The action, also described as "lovink defiance," g i v e s Rt. Rev. John M. Allin, the Arkansas native who is presiding bishop of the 3.3. million-member denomination, his first real test of leadership and authority. Without implying recommendation, we suspect that Allin will moderate his way through this insurrection without knocking off any bishops' miters. To begin with, it is already fairly certain that the 1976 general convention of the church will finally get around to approving the ordination of women, so the women and their bishops will be in a "renegade" ..glance for only little more thajc a year;,,. And. as history tellf.-there is-no fuss like a bishops' fuss. That particular quarrel can get eccesiastically b l o o d y , for, among disputing bishops, each disputant claims nobody less than God Himself as his warranting agent. We suspect that Allin, who knows that fact well, won't be too starchy. The larger issue, however, remains - and, in fact, will remain even after 1976, when the Episcopal Church Is expected to endorse the ordination of women priests. That Issue has to do with the extent to which a civilization that, from its inception to the present, has been largly patriarchial can forego that posture and truly equalize, as it were, the male and female genders. To be sure, we have the peripheral issues that go under the general headings of "women's rights," "male chauvinism" or the "freedom to be one's self." And these are legitimate concerns, legitimately expressed in various movements as women move into traditionally male roles and claim rights and privileges that traditionally have been rserved for the male of the species. Yet each of these peripheral issues, like a single thread on the outer fringe of a crocheted doily, leads through an enormous unraveling to the very core of W e s t e r n civilization. Ultimately, one raises the question whether gender, i.e. maleness and femaleness, is a n y longer serviceable, whether it is not an essentially temporary stage in a total evolutionary process and one that, in the present century, we are at last beginning to abandon. "We''-are not about to invite : the deluge that would follow our either endorsing or bemoaning the action of the bishops' in Philadelphia. We would, however, stand by our premise that what happened there, as' in other manifestations of "women's rights," has to do ultimately with much more than wine and wafers. It has to do with the ontological question of who we are in the 20th Century and who, in succeeding centuries, we will become. And it appears more and more that we will understand ourselves less and less in terms of the male-female dichotomy. This may not be where we wish to go. Yet .increasingly, It appears that this is where, in fact, we are going. --Arkansas Democrat From The Readers Viewpoint Rate Increase To the Editor: The Fayctteville Board of Directors will consider Tuesday night a rate increase request from Warner Cable Company. Since Warner is oprating with monopoly power (for practical purposes to most Fayetteville citizens), the Board of Directors should consider carefully the public interest at stake in this request. One of the factors that should be evaluated is whether the owner is making a fair profit. In this case, the local company Is owned by a corporation headquartered in New York. This corporation, Warner Communications Corporation. earned over $50 million in 1973. An investment advisory service recently predicted "a big year for Warner" in 1974, to be reflected by an increase in per- share earnings of over twenty per cent. This hardly seems to be a company is' desperate need of a rate increase. It can be assumed that the company will attempt to impress the Board with adverse local operating figures. The Board whould examine such figures very carefully, for non- certified overhead allocations from New York and accelerated depreciation can make a good picture look bad. Also, I suggest that the Board add penalty clauses for poor service to the rate contract if it is reopened. The citizens of Fayetteville deserve reimbursement from Warner for the frustrations and costs of poor service. John.T. Todd Fayetteville NON-POLITICIANS This may be the year of the non-politician. That possibility is not going unnoticed by candidates for Congress and for state offices. Gov. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas boy wonder, won handily a seat in the U.S. Senate partially because he appeared to be a non-politician. He won the governorship a few years back after starting off as a nobody, and he captured a Senate seat because he was untainted by Watergate. People may be looking to the non-politician now because they blame current pols for getting us i n t o this mess. , Some candidates for governor itanaVilieutenant governor,, in "Georgfa are advertising --· almost flaunting -- their nonpolitical looks. . ,It used to be that the candidate who "out- segged" the others had the best chance of winning; now it may be the one who out-cleans tha others. This seems to be truer in Congressional races than in. state contests. Congress at one time was close to sources of power; it stayed in touch with the mood and attitude of the people. Rotation in office was extraordinary: 95 per cent of the officeholders had served less than five terms. Today, more than SO per cent of the members of the U.S. House have served more than five terms. Congress is knee-deep in professional politicians. Things may be changing. --Gainesville (Ga.) Times By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The Central Intelligence Agency h a s ad- vale letter to Sen. William Ful- vate letter to Sen. William Ful bright, D-Ark., that the agency has penetrated the police forces of friendly foreign countries. The remarkable confession by CIA Director William Colby came in the course of a discreet but intensive lobbying effort to keep alive U.S. support for foreign police programs. Colby told Fulbright that the "relationships" built up with policemen through these programs have been highly useful in "obtaining foreign intelligence" from foreign constabularies. The friendly foreign cops, like national police everywhere, are privy to their nation's darkest secrets. And while Colby does not say so, our government sources tell us the foreigners are not above trading a national secret or two for a little CIA cash. Colby, in his message to Fulbright. delicately skirts the matter of corrupting foreign police, conceding only that the liaisons bring the CIA vital information on "illicit narcotics traffic, international terrorism and hijacking." Colby's covert lobbying was directed against a bill by Sen. James Abourezk, D-S.D.. t h a t would kill U.S aid to foreign police and prison operations. The measure was drafted after shocking abuses were disclosed in South Vietnamese prisons constructed with the U.S. tax payers' funds. They'll Do It Every Time iteeoTv^YTHiMste AftWVM MIPSe7STH6 32. M-f?H. now oo THYTOP EACH OTH6R? The Washington Merry-Go-Round THE WORM PROBLEM Yadkin County has a worm problem. According to Sam Bray, a county commissioner, t h e worms are crawling all over an area about a mile square in the vicinity of the Mountain Crest development south of Arlington. The worms, he says, are about the size of a match stem, brownish grey looking and fuzzy like a caterpillar. "I'm telling you the truth, I saw a peck bucket full. They're going up and down trees, crawling on houses and all over the grass." One woman, he says, swept her front porch for half an hour and they still kept coming. "If you could use these worms for fishing, therc'd be enough for every fisherman in the state." --Elkin-Jonesville (N.C.) Tribune Billy Graham This Is My Answer The vyhole story of the birth of Christ elicits a profound reverence. 11 obliges a chaste and holy reserve in the presence of a mystery. The virgin birth has been a favorite target of the critics. It is an account either wholly real or wholly imaginary. It is either wholly true or entirely false. The structure of Christianity, however, does indeed rest on its historical accuracy. Now let me define parthenogenesis -- lest some reader not understand. It simply means reproduction by an unfertilized cell. . I n the ' Incarnation of Jesus Christ, there was a new creative contact of God with the race. The Holy Spirit "overshadowed" the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35) and the Son of God w a s 'Mm. The CIA director, who as a lop U.S. hand in Vietnam saw the abuses first hand, never the less, said, that the Abourezk measure would "appear to restrict activities...by the CIA." The main cutback would be in "obtaining foreign intelligence information" from friendly espionage services and agents "within national police forces...," Colby went on. Some of the agents in foreign police forces, Colby indicated, had been developed during "specialized training and other support" given by the CIA. In sum, concluded Colby, the CIA r e c o m m e n d e d that the Abourezk bill "not be adopted." Colby's lobbying proved effective. In secret session, the committee permitted the CIA to go on supporting foreign police operations. Insiders suspect that Colby's effort to defeat the Abourezk provision was actually aimed at preserving the International Police Academy, an institution dear to the hearts of the spooks. According to Victor Marchelti and John Marks, authors of "The GIA and ahe Cult of Intelligence," the agency has funded training of foreign police at the academy and recruited spies there. Colby hrmself wrote to Abourezk last January that the academy, ostensibly run by the State Department, had "called on us in the past for some support for their program. But," he added, "all such. support has been terminated." We also reported last September that the CIA was involved in a Texas bomb school where the academy trained foreign policemen o nexplosive devices. A State Department official later admitted the CIA provided "guest lecturers" for the course which has now been moved to Edgewood Arsenal, Md. Footnote: Both the CIA and the academy say no CIA funds are now going into the school. Colby has also personally said support by the CIA for the school has been terminated. HISTORY LESSON: Famed historian Daniel J. Boorstin ' used some $65,000 in government employes' time and federal facilities to help him write his Pulitzer Prizewinning book, "The American -- The Democratic Experience." According to government attorneys, the use of taxpayers money for such private activities is against regulations. Boorstin claims it is common practice for universities to allow scholars use of students, researchers and office space. Boorstin, director of the Smithsonian Museum of History Technology, used two of the museum's historian researchers, Peter Marzio and Louis Gorr, to work on the book. They alternately shared the duties over a three-year period. Their salaries, while on the project, totaled more than $35,000. Boorstin's personal secretary also helped the enterprhlnj prize winner. She typed away on his handwritten manuscript for the better part of » year. In addition, some $15,000 in federal funds were spent to convert a conference room into a private library for the prestigious author. Boorstin conceded that none of his royalties will be used to reimburse the U.S. treasury. He told my reporter Ed Tropeano that he divided his work day between his .book and museum matters, and that his project had the approval of tha Smithsonian, WASHINGTON WHIRL: Tha Senate Deepwater Ports Committee, succumbing to lobbying by the dredging interests, has approved a bill increasing dangers to harbors from oil spills. An internal staff report calls the bill "sloppy legislation' because it would make it easier for huge tankers to crowd,into already congested ports, instead of opening the way for oil to come in through safer offshore platform ports...Contract bridge Life Master Ralph Webber, of St. Louis, was up and down the East Coast for trjurneys recently and recalled his easiest conquest was Adolf Hitler in a game at Berchtesgadcn almost 40 years ago. The 86-year-old Webber found the Scourge of Europe a "timid, cautious bidder" who played "backnum- ber bridge." Ironically, tha toughest amateur Webber ever faced was retired General Allied Gruenther, whose World War II exploits helped trump Hitler's aces. --United Feature Syndicate Not Your Fanciest Model, But . . . A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought CANCER CURE? Alan Anderson Jr., "The Politics of Cancer; How do you get the M e d i c a l Establishment to Listen?" New York, July 29, 1974, pp. 42-47. . ' · / . · : · " ' ; ' : .: ' "' "Dr. Lawrence Burton and ' Frank Friedman, of the Hodgkin's Disease Research Laboratory at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, were asked again to demonstrate what had come to be regarded by some as witchcraft....Like most science reporters, I have developed an avoidance reaction to 'cancer cures.' Yet I saw a tumorous mass subside from nearly 1,000 cubic millimeters to less than 200 cu mm in 45 minutes, sagging from its original hardness to squishy soft." "Compared with other anticancer potions for which extravagant claims have been made...the composition of the Friedman-Burton substance is prosaic in a way: it is found in the blood serum (the cell-free blood fluid) of all their mice -- and in humans. Largely by trial and error, they learned how to identify it and two other blood components, or fractions. They are: (1) a peptide chain that attacks tumor; (2) a chemically undefined substance that blocks the activity of the attacker; and (3) a protein that neutralizes, or de-blocks, the blocker.... The essence of their 'cure' is to reduce the amount of blocker and-or increase the tumor attacker and de-blocker." During the last few months Friedman and Burton have discovered a second, more powerful tumor-killing substance, as well as a second and perhaps a third blocking substance. Burton says they have endured so much scorn along the way that he now tends to keep silent." ENVIRONMENTAL GUILT. Calvin Trillin, "U.S. Journal: Spokane, Wash. -- Thoughts of a Fair-Trotter," The New Yorker, Aug. 5, 1974, pp. 60-64. "Ths International competi- tion for environmental villainy is fierce at Expo '74. The German film claims for the Federal Republic 'polluted air, contaminated water, mountains of garbage, and incessant noise.' The United States displays its success in slaughtering an impressive number of its most worthy wild beasts at the same time concrete was being poured on a significant percentage of its virgin land. Japan counters with a string of displays that show water pollution...agricultural and soil pollution, and a map of Japan featuring the scenes of four important pollution disasters." "A quick analysis of the foreign countries with official pavilions at Expo '74 indicates what most of them have in common: They are the countries we can count on in World War III. Spending up to twenty dollars a square foot to display one's urban blight in Spokane is obviously the penultimate act of loyalty to the United States. Our allies are there: the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Iran, Chiang Kai-shek's version of China, and, of course, the Soviet Union." ANTI- NUCLEAR POWER McKinley C. Olson, "The Hot River Valley," The Nation, Aug. 3, 1974, pp. 69-85. "Philadelphia Electric Company has applied for a permit to build two more nuclear reactors across the river from the three existing reactors at its Peach Bottom complex, the newest two of which are among two proposed reactor stations would compare in size and output to these giants. And the utility already talks of building two additional atomic power plants a relatively short distance downstream from these." "The electricity generated by these nuclear plants is to serve the Philadelphia area, 65 miles to the north. That is a bone of contention for the residents of York and Lancaster Court* ties, which face each other across the Susquehanna and share this nuclear development. They sense that they are being required to assume all the risks of nuclear power while being denied any of the benefits." "Together, the merely uneasy and the bitterly opposed have joined forces in a local coalition to pit their meager resources against the nuclear establishment. These contestants, the sponsors of nuclear power and those who oppose it, are participating in what could well be a historic contest. Ralph Nader predicts that it will become the biggest citizens' battle of our time." PROVIDING PROTEIN. Dr. Arthur Humphrey, "Wastes Offer Answer for Coming Protein Shortage." Catalyst for Environmental Quality, Vol. IV, No. 2. pp. 17-20. "The demand for protein in the developing countries is increasing at the rate of 25 per cent per year.... It has been estimated that by the end of this decade, 1980, 60 million tons per year of food protein and 100 million tons per year of animal feed protein will be required." "Where will this protein come from? Obviously, much will come from cereal grain sources, particularly now that improved high protein varieties are being developed. However, it is clear that...we must turn to unconventional protein sources. These sources include leaf protein, fish meal, oil seed meal, and single cell protein. What is single cell protein (SCP)? SCP is derived from single cell microorganisms grown on renewal agricultural r e s o u r c e s , on agricultural wastes, or on fossil fuels, and, ' in the process, converting iror- ganic nitrogen to cellular protein. The protein in microbial cells is generally very high both in quantity and nutrition. Microbial cells often contain ai much is 65 per cent protein." President And Tke Economy WASHINGTON (ERR) -- Inside e v e r y economist beats the heart of an Ann Landers. As a group, economists lika nothing better than to dispense free advice, whether solicited or no 1. President F o r d is getting plenty of advice of both kinds as he prepares to do battle with inflation, "our domestic public enemy No. 1.".. If there is unanimous agreement on the enemy's identity, opinion is sharply divided on how to bring it to heel. As Vice President, Ford said: "The real culprit today, as it has been, is excessive demand. .Double- digit inflation is a result ot double-digit increased in money supply and double-digit budget deficits." He clearly implied that he favored a policy of monetary and fiscal restraint -an impression reinforced by his first address to Congress as President. John Kenneth Galbraith, t h e Harvard' economics professor who has advised Democratic Presidents, had this to say: "Mr. Ford at least starts from a zero base whereas Mr. Nixon began from a deeply minus point with Messrs. (George) Shultz and (Herbert) Stein, two of the finest 18th century minds in the country. If Mr. Ford continues with Nixon's policies the results will be the same. If he attacks inflation on a broad front using controls, increasing taxation on higher incomes and luxury goods, and of course continuing monetary restraint, instead of relying exclusively on , monetary policy, then we will have a chance for something better." . ,; W A L T E R W. HELLER, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, c a u t i o n s against excessive reliance on tight mo n e y and budget-cutting to combat inflation. In an open letter to the new President printed by The Wall Street Journal. Heller wrote: ;.. "The plain fact is that 1974 inflation, born of 1973's combiv nations of excessive demand and commodity crunches, is rapidly maturing i n t o a new spiral of wages chasing prices and prices chasing wages -into a self-propelling price-wag* spiral all to reminiscent of 196970 and all to resistant to a monetary-fiscal squeeze. The result? Further turns of t h e monetary and fiscal screws will wring less and less inflation and more and more life blood out of our economic recovery." . Another economist. Louis H. Bean, makes the point that a federal budget in balance or with a surplus does not necessarily curb i n f l a t i o n . Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Bean examined increases in the Consumer Price Index for the nine fiscal years since World War II when government receipts matched or^exceeded spending. "In the two years associated with surpluses of 4 and 6 per cent (of expenditures) prices advanced 3 and 1 per cent respectively," he found, "but in the three years associated with large surpluses of 17, 18, and 24 per cent, the price index advanced 8, 14, and 8 per cent respectively." ALREADY INUNDATED by advice from all quarters. Ford will receive still more when he presides over the "domestic summit meeting" on the economy sometime after Labor Day. His meeting with AFL-CIO President George ' Meany on Aug. 13 indicates that Ford is keenly aware of organized labor's complaints about being left out of economic decision- making in the Nixon administration. Although willing and eager to hear everyone's views, the President cannot possibly please everyone. But he and tha American people will be satisfied if he can achieve economic detente. That's w h a t summit meetings arc (or.

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