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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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J^ortfitoatf Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern O/ TJiis Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1974 Security Lax At Eight Major Airports The Washington Merry-Go-Round :\ Review Would Seem Proper Reactions ranging from 'cautious concern to consternation greet the state's new multi-million dollar Capitol grounds office buidl'ng complex. State Sen. Morriss Henry, : one of the nine members of the Legislative Council to vote against immediate persual of the project a couple of weeks ago, is talking about a taxpayers suit seeking a tern- '· porary injunction against additional con struction until the General Assembly can review proposed plans. As things now stand, the state is committed to a building program that will cost at least §74 million, and .possibly as much as §182 million. Cost "over-runs" are not being mentioned, but realistically, the possibility for that exists, too. We share Sen. Henry's concern over the magnitude of the project, and we are troubled particularly over the somewhat devious fashion in which the project has been fashioned. No one facet can be cited as improper, but the entire package has been concocted ever so quietly and run past its only legislative point of review somewhat like the "streaker." It zipped through the Legislative Council, according to Sen. Henry, with representatives of Gov. Dale Bumpers, who championed authorization of a Public Buildings Authority last year, hollering something like, "Don't Look, Ethel!" The result was that Art Buchwald an affirmative vote of only a dozen and a half legislators obligated the state for millions upon millions of dollars without the sifting quality of a General Assembly review. There's not too much, perhaps, that can be done to stop the project now, and, indeed, we aren't quite in favor' of so drastic a step. We would like for the project to be slowed down spine, though, even if it takes a taxpayers suit to do it. There is almost certainly some fat in the proposal that ought to be trimmed out. There is almost positively too much bureaucracy in state government as it is, and overbuilding will enlarge this extravagance, not correct it. We notice, for instance, that the Game and Fish Commission will benefit in the pro- · gram from a §470,000 remodeling of existing quarters; §300,000 for purchase of additional land, and §2,385,000 for additional facil-, ities. We don't say for a minute that the GFC folks aren't in cramped quarters. But we'd like it better if.the Legislature could check over such a plan and make sure the GFC folks really need $3 million in improvements. We'd feel better about a review, too, of an estimated $39.5 million for new library, museum, archives and related offices. Who knows, a keen eye might figure how to do it for $30 million? Or less? First, You Read The Instructions EDITOR'S NOTE: .In order to permit President Ford to have an orderly transition of government, Art Buchwald has gone on vacation. He left behind some of his favorite columns. By ART BUCHWALD There are so many different kinds of clothes made of miracle fibers that one is hard put to remember the instructions on how to launder and clean them. Each new piece of clothing now comes with a long list of instructions explaining how the garment must be treated, plus many warnings about what will happen if the instructions aren't adhered to. One day I carne home to find my wife washing -my 45 per cent prymnon, 30 per cent cotton turtleneck sweater. I was -· horrified to discover that she was washing it the wrong way. "You're supposed to wash that / sweater in cold lamb's milk, · and you're washing it in warm lamb's milk." "No," she said. "I read the instructions quite -clearly. You wash it in warm lamb's milk and then you rinse it in cold." "You're thinking about my 10.0 per cent all-kozel undershirts. My turtleneck sweater is just the opposite." I was right, because as we were talking the turtleneck started to disintegrate before my eyes. '"That sweater cost me $12," I cried. "I can't keep all these washing instructions straight," she said angily. "What are you going to do now?" "I'm going to wash your 89.3 per cent rogiflex wash T n' dry shirt.' "You have to use fresh essence of lime -mixed with dist i l l e d underground spring water," I reminded her. "Are you sure? It seems to From Our Files; How Time Flies 1(1 YEARS AGO . The Junior Civic League completed plans for the I2th annual Christinas Card Tea at the home of Mrs. Bryce Davis. A three-block area on W. Dickson will be resurfaced. W. Dickson has been closed to 50 YEARS AGO Frisco Number 5 was delayed .'. here six or seven hours t h i s '· morning by a freight wreck at ',. Garfield, Bentoti county, in which several freight cars were derailed. Patricia Ryan, contralto, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Chapman of this place is 100 YEARS AGO Mr. A.' J. Blackwell, and family, have returned to Fay- elteville, having abandoned the idea of going to Calif. Jack says Fayetieville is good enough for him. The first hop of the season was given at the residence of Col. Gunter, last Wednesday through traffic due to construction at the University of Arkansas. The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus will be in FayeHevilie September 3. The circus is sponsored by the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club. making a successful appearance in the East in the role role of Carman, with the San Carlo Opera Company. A $10,000 home is being built here on Mount Nord park by C. L. French, superintendent of the Moreno-Burkham. t h e company "that has paved Fayetteville." evening. It is needless to say that all present enjoyed it immensely. The finest chewing tobacco this side of "old Virginny" can be found at Mcllroy and Ban- hoose's. Old 'pea"h and honey 1 is one of the brands. Drop in and try it. They'll Do It Every Time me that there was a warning attached to the shirt that if you u s e d distilled underground spring water the colors would run." "That applies only to shirts with French cuffs," I told her. "Of course." she said. "What an idiot I am for not keeping it straight." I started to put on a clean pair of socks. My large toe went right through the sock. "What the blazes did .you do with my socks?" ' · "Nothing. I put them in the washing machine, added virgin calf detergent, two tablespoons 'of chlorine and a cup of Epsom salts, according to the instructions sewn i n - t h e sock." I read the instructions. "Did you set the washing machine at seven and a half revolutions per minute?" "I tried to, but I had to hold it manually and my arm got tired," she confessed. "I guess at the end the machine was going nine revolutions per minute. But I figured it didn't matter." ;.'. I threw down the socks', in disgust. "If it didn't matter, why. would they sew the .instructions into the sock?" She started to sob. I felt bad and said, "It's all right. I'll buy another pair of socks that can be washed at nine revolutions per minute. Well, I think I'll put on my 100 per cent stay- prcssed-forever seersucker suit." I put on the pants. As I was inserting the bell, the legs, just below the hips, collapsed and fell to, my ankles. "What did you do to my suit?" I yelled. "I bad it dry-cleaned." "You're not upposed to dry- clean a slay-pressed-forever material," I screamed. "Look, it says right here in the coat that the only way to clean it is to place it over an air-conditioning unit for 24 hours." "I put your Nehru suit over the air-conditioning unit." "The Nehru suit has to be dipped in naphtha and airline hydraulic fuel." "It didn't say so in the coat." "The instructions were printed on the beads that came with the suit." "Don't yell at me," my wife yelled. "If you bought suits made of wool and shirts made of cotton, you'd have something to wear tonrght." "Yeah, but then look at the laundry and cleaning bills we'd have." (C) 1874, Los Angeles Times Bible Verse "Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in.holy array." Psalm 29:2 Isn't it strange we can feel so free to applaude man, but so reluctant to praise God. "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord." "He answered, "Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see." John 9:25 Here was a man who was enjoying the touch of the Master and was not ashamed to tell it. "Lord help us to believe you for the miraculous and share it with the multitude." "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto Salvation," WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has found grossly inadequate security at eight major foreign airports from which terrorists may fly for ji- jacking and bombing attacks in America. The eight "most vulnerable' airports were turned up by a secret Federal Aviation Administration survey which was obtained by Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y. As sponsor oJ a new anti-hijacking law, Murphy pointed put the results to Transportation Secretary Claude Brinegar with a request that he order suspension of U.S. air traffic to the eight countries unless they tighten security. The U.S. government sleuths, working undercover, named the eight airports us Beirut, New . D e l h i , Bangkok, Brussels, Rome, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and London. Here are the highlights of the FAA findings: --Beirut: "Arab terrorists continue to use Lebanon as a haven for murderers,' hijackers and terrorists....The Lebanese government affords them freedom of movement (and) diplomatic immunity....There is no; ! appreciation by security personnel at ;the airport of the dimensions, of the security threat posed by potential ter- orists...:" --London (Heathrow): "The English are v e r y bullheaded and have refused to institute proper security measures." The investigators found unlocked security doors, unarmed guards and inadequate airport fencing. --New Delhi: "Very poor screening. No officers around parked aircraft....The slow pace of the Indian police (means) a resolution- of these problems will not take place for some time." --Bangkok: "Security is poor lo non-exislent....There are unscreened .passengers in the ramp areas when....flights are boarding." The FAA praises Pan Am and TWA for doing well under these incredible conditions. --Brussels:' "Security is very poor and spotty. This is dangerous in view of the fact that Brussels airport has been the focal point of terrorist movement of weapons....Weapons, bombs,' etc., could easily be tra'nsferred-to passengers." · --Rome: "After the Dec. 1.7, 1 9 7 3 , commando-style fire bombing of a Pan Am flight in which 32 persons were killed, the Rome airport security improvement was only temporary. (There are) very poor s e r a c h procedures...,metal detectors were obviously inoperative...." --Buenos Aires: "Government security people do search, but they only search when they feel like it...One plane returned to the airport with-engine trouble and the passengers (roamed) at will and re-embarked without any search." --Copenhagen: "Security is almost non-existent. It is the most lax in the world....Guards at the access points pass anyone with any type of I.D....SAS should be forced to abide by a security program or give up its flights to. the U.S." The FAA survey was conducted during June, July and early this month. Airports showing the most improvement were in Hong Kong and West Germany. Overall, the report said, "the greatest danger lies in Mideast · air. terminals,:' except for Israel where security is good. Footnote: The Murphy anti- hijacking act provides that if foreign planes land at U.S. airfields, their own airports must, at a minimum, meet U.S. standards. Once warned, the , foreign violator must comply or lose permission to land its .planes ip the United States. JUNKETING SEASON: , The House',Science Committee will soon- usher -in : the -'fall: junket season^ with'"a'.' gala ' t o u r - t o Europe, where they can quaff English ales and cheer the death of Spanish bulls, all in the name of science. The congressmen, their pockets loaded with taxpayers' money.'will embark for London, Madrid and Amsterdam in a few days. An internal travel memo urges them to bring their wives, but discreetly suggests the spouses' expenses be .paid by the congressmen. To make sure the most luxurious military aircraft is available, the science committee is tying in with a junket by the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the Air Force. The cover for the trip is the Farnborough International Air Show outside London. In the memo, stamped in red "Important Committee Business," chief clerk Leon Drozd says the congressmen will "Peace Talks, Anyone?" State Of Affairs N e w Life F o r . . . . . Vietnam Amnesty By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- Thanks to · the debate over prosecuting former President Nixon, the highly controversial question of amnesty for war resisters and war exiles is suddenly back in the limelight -- and the light is noticeably more benign than heretofore. Although during the Vietnamese war countless bills were introduced in Congress to provide amnesty of one kind or another for the thousands of youths who resisted military service, the issue has been on the back burner for the last two years, partly because the .various sponsors could not a'gree on any one approach but chiefly because they all recognized that the climate was not yet favorable for positive action. Since the emotional resignation of Mr. Nixon, however, millions of Americans -- notably the hard-core supporters of the former President -- seem to be having second and more sympathetic thoughts about the whole notion of amnesty, forgiveness and immunity. Heretofore, many of these citizens were as rigidly opposed to the idea of amnesty as Mr. Nixon himself. It's hard to say what Nixon's latest thoughts on the subject are, especially · now that he himself is so badly in need of a little grace. Over the last three years his views have fluctuated with the shifts in public opinion. : Back in 1971 Mr. Nixon gave his flat, curt, unqualified "no" when asked about amnesty for those who, one way or another, had ducked out of Vietnam. Yet a few months later, after Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) took a more charitable position, the former President reversed himself, saying, "Wo always under our system provide amnesty," adding, that it could not be done until after the war. Then, he said, he "would be very liberal with regard to amnesty." STILL.LATER, at the height of his hard-line appeal during the 1972 presidential-campaign, Mr. Nixon switched back to his original stand. At a late October rally in Ohio he shouted to a crowd, "Don't worry -they are never, never going to get amnesty." He even barred any suggestions of compensatory public service by ruling put "a. junket in the Peace Corps or something like that." The price, he said, "is a criminal penalty for disobeying the laws of the United States." Regardless of what Nixon thinks today, Congress no longer has to worry about his opposition or the threat of a new amnesty bill being vetoed by him. Just what stand his successor, Gerald Ford, will ultimately fake is not yet clear, but his old friends on Capitol Hill look upon him as a humane, live-and-let-live kind of politician. Moreover, they are encouraged by the recent statements of former Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, who is regarded as one of the new President's most influential advisers. Laird criticized the widely varying penalties given draft evaders. Contrary to Nixon, he felt conditional amnesty linked to alternate service is the "most equitable solution to this problem." But the same position has been taken by another Nixon Cabinet officer, former Army Secretary Robert Froehlke, who recent!y told a House committee that it is impossible to distinguish the draft evaders who were motivated by sincere opposition to the Vietnamese war from those who defected for. selfish reasons, Hence, ha argued, amnesty should be offered to all. draft violaters ·'· willing to return and serve their country. HIS TESTIMONY prompted Rep. Robert Kastenmeier (D- Wis.) to note that the Administration was promoting foreign assistance for North Vietnam. "If we're ready to forgive our enemies," he remarked, "it might be time to consider forgiving our own sons." The growing pro-amnesty block in Congress has also been heartened by recent opinion polls which show the definitely more forgiving attitude toward the war resisters. The latest Gallup Poll, for instance, reports that only 6 per cent of Americans now favor imprisonment of returning draft violators, and only 2 per cent favor fines. On the other hand, a majority, albeit a reduced one, still oppose unconditional amnesty. Even among this majority, however,- four out of five today favor some kind of public service, military or nonmilitary, over punishment. It is too late for congressional 'action this year, but the renewed interest on Capitol Hill is promising for 1975, particularly if, as expected, the next Congress is more liberal 'than the present one. Considerable interest already exists in a bill thai Sen. Philip Hart (D-Mich.) has been working on. Earlier in the year the senator had the novel idea of introducing h i s ; bill as an amendment to a. resolution posthumously restoring the citizenship rights of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who led the rebellious Confederate armies in the Civil War. Sen. Hart apparently thought better of it, but it would certainly have attracted some Southern votes. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times spend their four days in London at the plush Churchill Hotel. During most of their London visit, the members will be entertained by Lockheed, United Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas and other aircraft firms whose government contracts often come under committee jurisd'.c- From London, they will fly to Madrid, purportedly so they can visit a National Space and Aeronautics Administration tracking station 40 miles from the city. Ample time has been left free, however, for bullfights .and for shopping at Madrid s "Five members have already signed up for the trip. One is i n v . e t e r a t e junketeer.Rep. Richard Hanna, D-Cahf., a lame duck who will not even be back in January. Four staffers also hope to tag along Footnote: When our associate Bob Owens confronted him with the memo, Drozd gasped: How do you guys get. that stuff? He then quickly added that he memo was just some thoughts he had "put down on paper....We haven't committed ourselves to anything," . --United Feature Syndicat From The Readers' Viewpoint Alcohol To the Editor: Alcohol is the number o n e drug problem in our communities today. There are 93 million drinking persons in the U.b., and 9 million of these are alcoholics or have alcohol-related problems, . . Alcoholism is a disease, and people in our communities should realize this and not think of them as skid row bums. . Alcoholics can be anyone, doctors, lawyers, teachers, ditch diggers and even ministers. Yes, we have a problem! But it is a problem we can conquer. We have the sources available for help.'Labor Day is coming up and we want all the people of Washington County to do us a favor so that we may live to see another Labor Day. If they are. going to drink we ask that they do not drive. It anyone thinks they know someone who may have a drinking problem they may contact any of the area A.A. groups, the Ozark Guidance Center m Springdale, or call me, the Rev. Ronald Rheam, chaplin of the ·Farmington Jaycees (846-2916). Only the people can stop this senseless slaughter from the drunken driver. Please help. ,'. Rev. Ronald Rheam Farmington Dear Ones... To the Editor: Dear Ones... The Great Ozarks in which we live will soon be polluted if you don't help. Ask yourself -- am I helping to cause or 'ttght pollution? We, the Whiz-Kids try our hardest to fight pollution. Once we were just walking down Dickson Street and a man threw a Mr. Burger Chef cup out the window. We picked , it up and . said Umm...lhis , guy sure isn't helping. We try, so please you try. Maybe some day people will say Fayetteville is the cleanest town, and it will be. You help. ' ... The Whiz-Kids: Messie Michell, 10 Laila Greenwood, 10 Kevin Greenwood, 8 Tina Kehrer, 12 Billy Bailz, 12 Pete Bartz, 16 Bobby Bartz, 8 Debbie Michell, 11 Fayetteville No Mention To the Editor: I attended the races at the Fayetteville Speedway Friday night and was impressed with the calibre of the events. I have lived here about nine weeks and while looking through your sports section I am amazed that I find no mention of the snort. Surely, with the fine coverage you have of other sports, you could spare a reporter two or for these races. B.C. Albertson Fayetteville Me, Todd To the Editor: In this column Monday, you printed my letter about the Fayelteville Board of Directors' action on the Water and Sewer Budget. The printed letter was signed "Concerned Citizen". · It was not my intent to have my name removed from the letter. 1 do not believe in hiding behind a cover on issues that concern the citizens of Fayetteville. These issues should be discussed in an open manner In order to promote meaningful communication. A continuing dialogue between citizens and the Board of Directors (who are also citizens) is important if we are to have growth and understanding in our city. John Todd Fayetteville (EDITOR'S NOTE: Writer Todd's name, on the letterMn. question, was lost inadvertently from the body of type in the newspaper composing room, as this office explained to him earlier in the week. In order to run the tetter, as scheduled, it was necessary al the last moment to add tbe anonymous, but apt (we thought) non de plume. We regret any lack of credit that the missing nama may have caused the correspondent.)

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