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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is Tht First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 « THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974 Cost-Cutting Not A 'Military Maneuver' White House Further Enhanced President Gerald Ford's nomination of ··- Gov. Nelson Rockefeller for vice president is, we believe, an act of considerable self- t-confidence as well as one of considered £ judgment. 3 A man less comfortable with his enor- 5 mous new responsibilities might well have ^ opted, for a more obvious "second banana" 5 to play second banana around the White *;House.. Instead, President Ford has chosen ». the most prestigious and personally influen- 5 s tial candidate for the office available to him. V Only Sen. Barry Goldwater casts a more t- imposing shadow across the Republican Par; ty these days, and Goldwater, his party's Welder statesman and one-time presidential * nominee, isn't plausible as a veep, even if :L-he hadn't taken himself out of the race at * the outset. His influence, his leadership ca* pacities and his strong personal points of view would be far less effective, as he knows and the President knows, under restraints " of the vice presidency. : : So, President Ford's job has been to c proceed with a certain patience, so as to ' hear out the party leadership's various suggestions, meanwhile persuading the New York governor to accept the assignment. Rockefeller's credentials as a decent, open, hard-working public servant of good intention are well above those of most others ·_' prominently mentioned as favorites for the ·,, post, we believe. Sen. Howard Baker, for instance, has little to recommend him other than a sudden popularity with soap opera fans, by way of the televised Watergate hearings. His legislative record isn't terribly impressive. Texan George Bush, one-time congressman from ; Houston who lost a bid for the Senate amid John I. Smith some campaign hanky-panky and was rewarded for the effort by President Nixon with the UN ambassadorship, has almost no credentials at all. Third District Congressman John Hammerschmidt favored the Bush nomination, interestingly enough, on grounds of personal friendship. To Hammerschrnidt's credit, he conceded that Rockefeller was his next choice, Although,. again, the basis was a close association with the late Arkansas gov-, ernor, Winthrop Rockefeller. Friends are important, but look where they got the last President. We have the notion that Mr. Ford looked well beyond "clp?e association" in his weighing, of vice presidential qualifications, as well he should. Ponder what might have happened if the rug hadn't slipped out from under Spiro Agnew. And Spiro was a good enough "friend" inside his party to earn the Miami Convention nomination. Not to draw too fine a line on others* qualifications, but Rockefeller's are altogether imposing. Not only is he a proven administrator with great experience with the problems of government finance, but he has been more or. less constantly in the mainstream of top level government decision-making as a presidential candidate and a chief executive of the nation's largest state for almost a generation. His major political liability has always been an inability to win wide support outside the liberal wing of his party. With Ford, that won't hurt much. President Ford says ,he is looking forward to having "a strong ' -team" with Nels. He's talking about right now, of course. But he could just as well be refen-ing to the campaign of '76. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH Last Friday, R.J. Hildreth, of the Farm Foundation, spoke to the Department of Agricultural Economics and its associates at the College of Agriculture. His theme was "The Legitimacy of Agricultural Economics." In essence "Legitimacy" is his language means the acceptance by the public of a given group, and he stated: "A person or .a profession that loses it (legitimacy) can no longer sustain itself in a social system. No amount of wealth or power can keep a profession or organization alive if there is widespread denial of the legitimacy of its role in society." , Later, he stated, "If a profession provides a society with a good payoff relative to inputs, its legitimacy will increase From. Oar Files; How Time Flies] 10 YEARS AGO The resusfacing of West Dickson Street -- necessary because of a University construction project -- will be done by the city. More than one utility concern plans expansion in Fayetteville. Details unavailable because they are in the process of being so VEARS AGO The residue of the local sports, indoor and outdoor, who were not inveighed out to the . dance at Riverside, last night were treated to a galaxy of jabs, uppercuts, feints, hooks and rabbit-punches in an assorted display of the manly art at the American Legion fisticuff festival held in University Gym. The next time the Legion cpn- . vention meets in Faytteville 100 YEARS AGO "Farmer" Durham, of the Van Buren Press, thinks he sees a new party building up for the coming campailgn. Everybody (hat does not see the old usurper Baxter through farmer Dunham's cross-eyed goggles is straying off from the party! Rack along Press. The "new party" will give you a worse drubbing than the "bull of the woods" did recently. In consequence of the time and trouble incident to the removal of a printing office, we worked out -- at headquarters in another town. Mrs. Maupin Cummings left this morning by plane for Atlantic City, N.J. where she will serve as an alternate delegate from Arkansas at the Democratic National Convention. the rooms committee is going to support a subcommittee on sheets, "And it ain't going to be no Klan affair, even at that," one of them said. Scott D. Hamilton, who, assisted by W. S. Gregson and W. F. D. Datjer, was in charge of yesterday's parade, is today being showered with congratulations over the success of this feature of legion week. will probably be compelled to ofer our readers but half sheet next week. Occasionally we receive l e t t e r s from a distance inquiring, "How much business is done in your city? How many business houses, Etc." And we forthwith send them a copy of the paper, from which they are to judge the town, from the advertising of merchants and other business men. Our old fogies will not be able to "see the p'int!" They'll Do it Every Time BOSSO HAS ULCERS AM? TH6 AMATEUR PIA6NOSTIOANS KHCW Wrf* IS FIGUKK? THIS WAV" " The above statement Is the crux of the whole theme'-- payoff, good advice. The profession of economics in question had lost some ground in recent years, he indicated, especially with the administrators of our · national government, because their .price predictdns had not been sufficiently accurate. Wea- . ther, government programs, world trade, monetary condi- . tions, and energy demands had made accurate predictions hard to come to pass. The man, however, was not critical. He believed that further analyses, proper data, and attention to the problems had yielded success in the past and would do so in the future. This column feels that our agricultural economists have done us a lot of good. ..THE RECENT RAINS have helped the farmers a lot -their hopes for a profitable season -- and has helped the feel-, ings and disposition of all our people. The ability to prepare ground for fall annual crops or permanent perennial grasses has been greatly enhanced. Our cow - calf program has grown rapidly in the last', few years -- perhaps too rapidly for the amount of good grass that we have. We still need more and better grass; we heed less undeveloped weedy pastures. A lot of planting of grass should be done fairly soon after these rains. ,If our first killing frost is late, we could have a fine crop of fall beans, field peas, turnips, collards, spinach, and a number of other food crops. No one knows if the season will be just exactly right, but if one doesn t try, he won't have these nne food crops. ONE WORKER on the proposed R D A water district reported that one of the first couple of days, he secured eight additional users. If all of them do that well, the district will go over wigh some to spare. Since some workers will not do that well, let everyone do his best. WE especially ask those who We especially ask those who comes by his house to sign up and help right now, or the line may never got by his house. Bible Verse "In my distress I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me" Psalm 120:1 There you are! Here is ample evidence that when you are on rock bottom, your eternal Father knows your faintest cry. He knows and He cares. God loves you and with that link through Christ He will pull you out of the valley and make you ready for Heaven. "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." I Peter 4:12-14. It may be a little hard at times to understand all that's going on with us. But if we fire the children of God we can · rest assured that it will work to our good. God loves you. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Congressmen are grumbling t h a i the message of inflation and frugality, is not getting through to our admirals, generals and a few administration high-livers. Legislators who drop by to chat with the brass h a t s at cocktail time, for instance, soon find that the military toasts being raised to belt-tightening are really 90-proof hogwash on the rocks. The congressmen s e e GI servants mixing the drinks, polishing the silver, hustling the canapes, mowing the law outside and chauffeuring the Pent a g o n panjandrums' wives home from their shopping. With such petty extravagance before their eyes, it is hard for the members to believe that the brass hats are being any more frugal with their multi-billion- dollar, budget. Actually, the hundreds of recruits assigned to such menial jobs are costing the taxpayers at least $5.4 million a year, even though Pentagon regulations bar the use of GIs as domestic servants for officers. Lately, House, appropriations chairman, George Mahon, D- Tex., who usually zips through military requests with the speed of a Polaris missile, has demanded to know why well- paid officers need GI servants. In reply, former Army Secretary Robert Froehlke explained that he didn't want his Chief The Washington Merry-Go-Round of Staff rushing home at five o'clock lo mow the lawn. Growled Mahon: "Well, he could hire his own help like the rest of us." At a recent party for 500 -including then-Vice President Gerald Ford -- Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Cushman dragooned local leathernecks to wash dishes and serve liquor without pay. Two of them were minors, which would have g o t t e n Cushman's license revoked if he were running a . bar. "This may have occurred inadvertently," a spokesman explained lamely. Like the other Joint Chiefs, Cushman is allotted five military servants for his personal convenience. At a GI salary of almost'$8,OW plus benefits, this means each Chief can top the taxpayers for $40,000 a year for his house-cleaning and errands. During interviews with the GI slaveys, my reporter Howie Kurtz found them serving as baby-sitters, pet walkers, cookie bakers for a general's children, boot-polishers, car waxers and bathroom floor scrubbers. When his general wants to summon him, one Air Force steward complained, he rings a bell. "The name should be changed from aide to maid," the steward grumbled. Although they are supposed to-get extra pay for serving at parties, most don't. And some brass hats loan their stewards around as if they were portable appliances. Until last year, these GI valets, cabin boys and grocery shoppers were sent to a training school to pursue such topics as The Correct Waitress, Ice Carving Made Easy, Use of Domestic Appliances, and The Army Wife. Now they learn on the job. In a still-confidential Genera! Accounting Office report, 675 enlisted men were found serving in the pantries and pool rooms of the military .mighty. Countless others also serve, it Is believed, but have gone undetected. The ethnic make-up of the GI servants smacks of racism. Two-thirds of the Marine servants are black, the GAO found. And 98 per cent of the Navy's stewards are Filipinos. The military, however, is simply following the royal example of the old Nixon White House, which seemd to have delusions that the "Mansion of the People" was really Versailles or the Imperial Palace. A total of 91 Navy stewards were assigned to the White House, the GAO discovered, almost all Filipinos. Another 65 Navy aides were forced to chauffeur staffers. "Nine military "housemaids" cleaned up the cigarette butts and empty glasses in the cabins at.Camp David. Others did menial tasks for the President, at San Cte- mente and Key Biscayne. When Nixon flew; to the California White House, for example, 15 or 20 Stewards ,w e r a rushed out to be. at his beck and call. Vice President* Spiro Agnew, before he was forced out of office, had two houseboys . assigned to him. Aboard the presidential yacht Sequoia, Navy aides served as janitors and waiters for partying staffers. During 1972, one steward told us, former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans used the yacht and -its Navy crew to entertain- GOP campaign contributors. Other stewards wash dishes in the White House staff mess. Several times a week, they.must also serve without pay as butlers at private parties in t h » homes of White House officials. Sen. William Proxmire, D- Wis., outraged by such reports, brought the GAO in to look into White -House, misuse/ of · GIs. The, GAO privately .informed ' Proxmire that they were stonewalled. "We have been unable to obtain permission from the White . House to examine the records or. . .to interview the personnel assigned to the staff mess," Proxmire was told. Nevertheless, the GAO watchdogs did find at least (L million was being spent by t h e White House to pay their GI eervants. Some, the : GAO reported, were working 60'hours a week. , , . " .'..:' - . Footnote: President 'Gerald Ford is unafflicted with - an Arabian potentate complex, and already there are signs t h a t fewer GI servants will be at the White House. Meanwhile, despite the new Pentagon regulations, most generals, a n d admirals are still using;.their orderlies as household servants. --United Feature Syndicate Art Buchwald Kid-Swapping In The United States (EDITOR'S NOTE: In order to permit President Fo.rd to Have an orderly transition of government, Art Buchwald has gone on vacation. He left behind some of his favorite columns.) By ART BUCHWALD Nobody likes to talk about it, but there is a lot of kid- swapping going on in the United States. It isn't going on just in the suburbs or the small towns but in the larger cities as well. I hadn't realized how prevalent kid-swapping was until I moved to Washington. One night I came home from the office and, instead of finding my dark-haired little beauties, I discovered a 7-year-old-blonde stranger doing the twist. . "Who's she?" I asked my wife. "That's Ann Lindsay. She's staying here for the night with Connie." "Where's Jennifer?" I asked. "She's sleeping at Priscilla's house because Ann Lindsay's sleeping here." "Who's Priscilla?" "Jennifer didn't know her last name, but she says she's her best friend." "That's nice. Where is Joel?" "HE'S SLEEPING AT his friend's -- B.J. He said if Jennifer can sleep somewhere else so can he." "Where does that leave us?" I asked my wife. "Well, we had three to start with, we got rid of two for the night, and we gained one, so we're only short one." "It saves on food," I agreed. "Not really," my wife said. "We had fish tonight, but Ann Lindsay doesn't like fish, so I had to go out and get her a steak. Then when Connie saw Ann was getting a steak, she wanted one, too." "I wouldn't mind having a steak myself," I said. "You can't. Somebody's got to eat the Hsh." The next weekend when I c a m e home Connie was missing, hut Jennifer had two friends and Joel had B.J. At 8 o'clock I ordered them all to bed. "B.J.'s father lets him watch television until midnight every night," Joel, who is 9 years old, said. "Is that true, B.J.?" I asked. "Sometimes later," B.J. said without batting an eye. When I stayed at B.J.'s last week," Joel said, "we didn't go to bed until 2 in the morning." "My parents don't like me to go to bed early," B.J. said, "because then I wake up early." "Well, why don't we just call up your parents and ask them what time you go to bed?" "Oh, you don't have to do that," B.J. said hurriedly. "They've probably gone out to a movie." Just then the phone rang. It was Mrs. Lindsay who said, "What time do you usually put Connie to bed?" "Eight o'clock," I said. "SHE SAID YOU let her stay up till midnight to watch television. I was a little worried." Mrs. Lindsay seerned relieved. Later that evening I said to my wife, "We've got to put a halt to this kid-swapping. Everyone on Cleveland Avenue is starting to talk." "Oh. it's harmless," my wife said, "and they get so much fun out of it." But I knew what I was talking about. A few weeks later I came home and found three kids at the dinner table -- none of them mine. "What happened?" I asked. My wife was rather embarrassed. "There's been 'a dreadful mix-up. Joel invited Francis over to sleep with him, but he forgot he'd accepted an invitation to sleep at Butch's. Jennifer and Connie were invited over to Karen's, but after they left Veronica and Mary Elirabeth showed up : and said they had been invited over here. I didn't have the heart to send them home." "So now we've 'got three kids that don't even belong to us," I said. "Yes," my wit esaid, "and guess what? They said their mothers let them stay up until midnight every night to watch television." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Timei. From The Bookshelf Some advantages obviously will accrue to some Democratic- candidates as a result of post-Watergate developments. These events focus public attention on a traditional Republican vulnerability--the influence of big money and corporate power within the Republican Party. A number of voters will hold the Republican Party as a whole'accountable for the transgressions of .the Nixon-Agnew administration. However, it would be a serious mistake to assume that Watergate alone a sufficient foundation on which to build an effective, durable new Democratic majority coalition. Basic changes in the party's presidential nominating system and in some attitudes and approaches to issues are still necessary within the Democratic Party or, Watergate or not, the Democratic presidential nominee in 1976 may have to bear those political burdens, and barriers to trust and communication, experienced by George McGovern in 1972. --Lanny J. Davis.TJte Emerging Demoratic Maiority(1974) The New National Pastime WASHINGTON (ERR) - A postage stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the introduction of lawn tennis .into the United States issued Aug. 31 at Forest Hill, N.Y., where the U.S. Open .Tennis Tournament will be in progress. NOT SO VERY long ago, the game of tennis was monochromatic. All of the players of note were white, as was their on- court attire. But as the Uennis- promoting Virginia Slims-people have said in another connection, "You've come a' long way, baby." Tennis is now played as avidly in black gheltoes-as it is in all-white country clubs, John Lucas, a black -All-American basketball star for the University of Maryland, is also one of the nation's top collegiate tennis players. Just as the skin-color barrier has been breached, so has the clothing -- color barrier! Pastel and two-tone outfits are now acceptable for both men and women players. The new look for women, if the stylists have their way, will feature a bare midriff. And to think that the tennis world once was scandalized because Gussie Moran wore lace panties on court. TENNIS h a s undergone remarkable growth in this country in the past few years. A c c o r d i n g t o Newsweek, "Repent surveys indicate that tennis, with its relatively modest demands on space and expenses, is surpassing golf in popularity, with ahout 20 million players -- ranging from the diehards who gather at 2 · a.m. on all-night courts to the kids.who are introduced to the game ,on mid-street courts in the ghettoes." Perhaps inevitably, this surge of interest i persuaded sports promoters that a professional tennis league could make a go of it. The result is World Team Tennis, consisting of IG teams in this country and . Canada, which began competition last May. Attendance at most matches has been disappointing, but WTT backers are convinced the league will be on firm footing in five years. Tennis purists are horrified at certain WTT innovations, such as simplified scoring and mid-match player substitutions. Moreover, the league encourages fans to vent their feelings in no uncertain terms. "The Hawaii Leis, whose nickname has inspired a series of bad jokes,...pass out megaphones to their fans," Joe Pares wrote in Sports Illustrated. "Pittsburgh has the Goolagongs, and the Boston Lobsters have a cheerleading mascot, a young fellow dressed up in an orange-red lobster outfit with -a racket in one claw and ' shocking pink parity hose : peeking out from under the tail." The players ' hav« mixed feelings about this, rah-rah approach. Many have grown used to the 'polite'':patter 0 ( Forest Kite and .find It diffucult to play in the midst of a din. Others, tike Bfflfe Jean King, crave a boisterous crowd. She got that, and more, in last year's top sporting nonevent. the match between her and male chauvinist Bobby Biggs in the Houston Astrodome. IT ALL GOES to show-that there is more than, .one way to play tennis. And while basic modest, well-heeled afkionaoV* can spend literally i a fortune on ancillary i items.: There is,' f o r instance, String Guard, described by a Los Angeles Times reporter as "a sort of hair spray (for racquet strings, to protect the gut from the heartbreak of moisture-warp." Tennis, it appears, is a sport for all season* and reasons.

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