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Editorial-Opinion Page The Publia Interest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 · WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1974 Jaworski Checking Oat Pat's Cousin lERA Issue Back In The News ': President Gerald Ford, in getting a grip on the nation's executive branch of government this late summer, has been ·touching more bases than the St. Louis Cardinals' peerless purloiner of bases, Lou Brock. The President, among other pressing duties last week met with feminine members : of , Congress, and in so doing helped re-focus national attention on a drive to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitu- Jion. J · The ERA has been approved by 33 slates. It needs five more to reach the required minimum for ratification. Arkansas is one of several states regarded at potential ratifiers, even though the General As- 'sembly last year -- in a squalid debate -- tnded up defeating the proposition. The measure will be re-introduced in next year's Legislature, and prospects are regarded as probably better than a year ago. · For one thing, Guy (Mutt) Jones, recently deposed as senator from Conway, will hot be on hand (apparently) to lead the opposition. Few members of the Legislature are likely to take so prominently biased a role in the affair as did Sen. Jones. In addition, the Legislative Council and the Joint Committee on Judiciary are now in possession of a detailed study of what ratification of the ERA will do to existing stale statutes. Hopefully, a more rational decision Art Buchwaid will now result on the part of a better informed General Assembly. There remains, of course, an argument that ERA is anti-female, to the extent that it will invalidate a number of statutes pertaining to women's legal rights in matters of divorce, child custody and property settlement. ERA proponents, however, contend that equity will continue to be a matter of individual right so that in no case will women be deprived of fair hearing and treatment under the law. Convention being what it is, we have every confidence that ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment will change little, if any, the fabric of family relationships and the proper imposition of legal as well as social restraints, as custom dictates. Interestingly enough, the state statute study suggests that a substantial portion of some 50 laws.on the books are in need either of clarification or elimination. What might be useful, in the Arkansas instance, is a careful weighing of the present study by Gov. David Pryor as well as the Assembly leadership, and a substantiated recommendation for action made well in advance of the 1975 legislative session. And the legislature should be prepared, if it should decide to once again disapprove the amendment, to offer an ERA-type reform package of its own to update existing inconsistencies in the law. Warranties I Have Known By ART BUCHWALD Betty Furness in a recent speech revealed something that the average consumer h a s known for years. It is that the warranties that come with most American products aren't worth the computer cards they're printed on. There may have been a lot of changes in Washington, b u t one thing you can be sure of: The American consumer is getting a shafting by the g r e a t free-enterprise system. Not long ago I went to McCarthy, Swaine and Klutz- knowlton, the appliance store, to return an electric can opener I had bought niy wife f o"r- V Christmas. "Why do you wish to return it?" the man asked. "Because it doesn't work." "Did you fill out the Green Warranty Card that came with it?' " "Yes, I did." "And what happened?" "The can opener still didn't work." "I see. Could you tell me how soon you filled out the Green Warranty Card aflcr you got the electric can opener?" "Maybe three days, a week. I'm not sure." "But it specifically says that the Green Warranty Card must be filled out 24 hours after purchasing the appliance." iS.CYES, BUT since it was a Christmas present, we didn't open up the package until From. Oar Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO An ordinance restricting truck traffic on certain city streets will be "strictly enforced" beginning -Monday, Police Chief Hollis Spencer said today. The special education class for junior high pupils, which 50 YEARS AGO Every member of the 1924 June graduating class in home economics, University of Arkansas, College of Agriculture has been placed as an instructor, at an average salary of $150 a month, it was learned today. Nightly dances at Riverside Park may cease to be after the first of September, Riverside dance officials said last night. Instead of the nightly dance, the orchestra will concentrate on three big dances 100 YEARS AGO The traveling public are informed that a new line of hacks are now running between Fayetteville and Vinita. Indian Territory, (8fl miles, clear through in day light) connecting at ViniLa with the Atlantic and Pacific and the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railways. had been discontinued, has been reinstated and a qualified teacher employed. City police intend to impose a crackdown on underage drivers. a week. Some old timers in Fayetteville can remember when mail arrived in the billage semi- oecasionally in a wagon and a letter was several months in reaching the Pacific Coast. Then came the railroad and mail service was speeded tip until a letter could be sent to San Francisco in four days. And here comes the Air Mail! !Fayetteville folk may now send their letters through the air to California points in two days. Mrs. Lea and Daughters would announce to the public that they have opened a Shirt Manufactory at their residence in this city and are now prepared to do ail work in that line. Western railroad warning -Look out for the Indian when the bell rings. They'll Do It Every Time A SUMMER Of THIS RAT WATCHW THESE SUMMER COMMUTERS WKW'THIS MILK B THESE ZOMBI6S MAKES ME H NEEPASIX- MONTH REST CMM PI66£R.' AA CORE- Christmas morning and, therefore we didn't see the Green Warranty Card and have a chance to fill it out for a few days as we were loo busy trying to get the thing to work." "But if you didn't fill out and mail the Green Warranty Card within 24'hours of purchase, it's . hardly our fault that the electric can opener doesn't work, is it?" "I wouldn't nay that," I said. "I think I should get a new electric can opener." "We can't do that. The only- one who has the authority to give you. a *^ew electric can opener is our warranty department, which is located in Leavemvorth, Kan. But since you didn't send in the Green Warranty Card wiihin 24 hours · of purchase, they probably have no record of your buying an electric can opener in the first place." "You have a record of it. Here's my sales slip." '-'Yes, that's trite. WE know you purchased at] electric can opener, and YOU k n o w you purchased an electric can opener, but Leavenworth, Kan., doesn't know." "Look," I said, "I s h o u l d think you would -he worried for the good name of McCarthy, Swaine and Klutzknowlton." "But we're not owned by McCarthy. Swaine and Klutz- knowlton any more. We were bought out by Federated Pumps and Warehouses, which is a subsidiary of Drinkwater Fire and Theft, which is owned by Sable Hosiery and TV Antennas, which merged last monlh with Moon Orbiting Platforms, Inc." "THAT'S GREAT, but what about a new electric can opener? Just give me one, and I'll be on my way." "We can't. You see, we've discontinued making electric can openers." "How could you discontinue making them? I just bought this one for Christmas." "That's why we discontinued them. A lot of people bought them, and they didn't work. I guess our mistake was putting -the head of our tire division in charge of electric can openers." / "What do I do now?" "I'll take your name and see if there is some way of getting Leavenworth to accept your Green Warranty Card even if it was .sent in late." "And will that get me a can opener?" "Of course not. But it will put you on our mailing list for any new appliances we plan to put out this year." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Bible Verse ' ' J e s u s answereed him, "Truly, ttirly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 The new birlh is a great deal more t h a n becoming a member of a church. It is an invitation to the Lord to completely lake over our lives. "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature." "--Truly I say to yon, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:3 Every mail must have an encounter .with Christ, but only on this side of the grave can It mean eternal life. "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart." By JACK ANDERSON Ami LES W1HTTEN WASHINGTON - Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski is quietly looking into the activities of Pat Nixon's cousin Edward Sullivan and his connection with the Nixon family's jewelry, Sullivan, who was named to a cushy job on UNESCO's executive board by his famous in- law, former President Nixon, took custody of record books on the jewelry amid various probes into Ihe Nixon , family fortune. The books had' been 'meticulously maintained, complete · with pictures and appraisals of the gems, at Washington's Shaw and Dussinger jewelers. On February 15, the day we revealed the existence of the books, Sullivan, an insurance man, hurriedly flew down from New York and hauled them off for safekeeping. On August 5, after we told of Sullivan's trip, the special p r o s e c u t o r ' s office began digging deeply into the case. Under assistant prosecutor Paul Mitchel. sleuths dropped by to talk with jeweler John Shaw. "They told me not to discuss it," Shaw politely told our associate Bob Owens. Sources close the the special prosecutor's office are doubtful that Sullivan is in any trouble with the law. The Watergate 'investigators are intrigued, however, with the possibility that his three recent trips to Geneva might have something to do with rumored Nixon money in Swiss bank accounts. But neitiicr we nor the probers have any evidence that any such accounts exist,-much less that Sullivan was a courier. His attorney, Myles Ambrose, detailed for us each Geneva The Washington Merry-Go-Round trip, one of which was a transit slop on his way to UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Ambrose said his client would cooperate fully with any investigators. "Wo have nothing to hide," said the attorney. Though the prosecutors may not be interested in Sullivan personally, they are concerned over what he knows about the Nixon family finances and how this affects Nixon's taxes. The large quantities of jewelry belonging to Mrs. Nixon, her daughters and Nixon's secretary Rose Mary Woods have raised questions on where the money came to buy it. F o r instance, there is testimony that some of the mysterious $100,000 'Howard Hughes gift to the Nixon campaign went to Rose Mary Woods. There are also allegations in the Senate Watergate committee report that in 1972 presidential friend Charles Bebe" Rebozo used capaign funds to pay for a $5,660 pair of earrings lor Pat Nixon's birthday. Sources close to the Nixons have now corne up with an explanation which we sought at the time on the earrings but were unable to get from the White House. We are now happy to publish belatedly their version of the earring incident. The sources say that Pat Nixon thought the earrings were a gift from her husband until she read in the newspapers that Rebozo had purchased them. The former President also thought he had paid for the jewelry out of his personal funds, White House friends say. As they explained it, Nixon had done many generous and thoughtful favors tor his friend Rebozo. Nixon had picked up the tab, for example, for trips that the two men made together to Europe in 1965, around the world in 1966 and to South America in 1967. Rebozo, wishing to repay the thoughtfulness, mentioned to a salesman for Harry Winston Jewelers, who' was a longtime friend - of the former First Family, that he would like to buy some nice jewelry for the Nixon women. The opportunity came when the jewelers told Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, about some jewelry that had been selected for the former First Lady. Our sources say Miss Woods alerted Rebozo who sent a check for the earrings but never mentioned to the Nixon's that he had paid for them. ' ' The President, meanwhile, had ordered jewelry as a birthday gift for his wife. He 'assumed, therefore, that the earrings were iiis own gift. Rebozo paid for the earrings from a fund that had also been used to pay political bills. But Rebozo had shelled out about $6,000 from his own pocket, according to our sources, for miscellaneous political expenses during the 1368 campaign. Our sources say that $6,000 of the campaign money, therefore, legitimately belonged to Rebozo. He was guilty, he felt, only of sloppy bookkeeping. TOURIST TIMM: Civil Aeronautics Chairman R o b e r t Timm's classic conflict of inter, est in junketing to Bermuda Cloud '76 C\l Alf-sv'irr Controls Heading Uf Affairs For A comeback By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- Notwithstanding what President P'ord has just said on the subject, economic controls could easily again become the order of the day well before the next presidential election. The new President has not only been sure-footed but sore- tongued in the first flush of his promising Administration. If, liowever, he has taken one position that he later may have to modify, it is his stand against wage and price controls as a means of curbing inflation. Mr. Ford's predecessor, it will he recalled, also promptly condemned controls when he. took office in 1969. Moreover, / when a worried Congress forced standby controls on him against his wishes in June, 1970, he swore he would never use them. Yet in August, 1971, when it a p p e a r e d that combined recession and inflation (or stagflation) threatened his hopes for re-election, Nixon reversed himself overnight by imposing the first peacetime controls in the history of the country. And, despite all the later propaganda to the contrary, they worked so well that inflation was well in hand by. Election Day. in ·November, 1972. ·· Many signs point to a repetition of this scenario under Nixon's successor, although the next controls may ho more limited and more selective, depending on the changing situation and the advice Mr. Ford follows. It's the advice th,it troubles Presidents for, not being economists themselves, they don't know who to depend on when the experts disagree, as so many do when it comes to fighting inflation. I N T H E S E circumstances, Chief Executives are inclined to d r i f t as Nixon did until political consderatons forced him to try controls as a last resort. Now President F o r d , ' like Nixon before him, is planning to hold a so-called "summit meetin'g" of the experts in Washington soon, but the participants will include most of the economists and businessmen who have been advising the White House right along. Mr. Ford's panel will no doubt be broader than Nixon's, with a sprinkling of liberal economists and some representatives of labor, but the end result is not likely to be different. The chances are that the conclave will not even be able to agree on the cause of inflation, let alone its cure. If that is so, the outlook for a positive program in the near future is poor indeed. Mr. Ford has already shown himself to be more flexible and open-minded than most expected, so if the experts fail him as they did Nixon he may be tempted 'to listen to the people, among whom a consensus o n i n f l a t i o n does d e finitely exist. E v e r y public opinion poll shows that the people not only believe inflation to be the nation's paramount problem but also hold the government responsible for it. Above all, though, a substantial majority favors wage and price controls, a policy that is anathema to conservative economists, most business leaders and even some old-line labor bosses like George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, who can't seem to make up his mind what he wants. He's for controls one year, against them the next. It has been evident for years that the public, having no hang- ups on the subject, is more pragmatic about inflation than the experts, many of whom are so prejudiced against controls that they see them as un- American, if not downright subversive of the Jree-enterprisa system. The public, on the other hand, merely knows that controls have been tried three times (World War II, Korean war, plus under Nixon) with such uniform effectiveness that the conventional economists are still trying to explain away their success. The favorite argument is that even if they succeed for a time they won't in the long run -- whenever that is. THAT REASONING prompted Nixon to drop his controls in January, 1973, after 'getting inflation down to 3 per cent. Next to Watergate it was his worst mistake. Since then the. price explosion has quadrupled the rate of inflation to the highest in U.S. history. Sen. Adlai Stevenson III (D- III.), anticipating just such an explosion, warned months ago that when it happened the "pressure to reimpdse controls could again become irresistible." And he added: "If an inflation rate of under 5 per cent was enough to bring about controls in August of 1971, who can say that 15 per cent will not be enough in 1974?" President Ford's revival of the innocuous Cost of Living Council is officially described a s only a "monitoring" operation, hut experienced observers like C. Jackson Grayson Jr., former chairman of Nixon's Price Commission, see it as "increasing the odds of future mandatory controls." His view is shared by others who are too cautious to say so, just as a number of economists are too establishmentarian to admit that they privately share the opinion of Prof. John Kenneth Galhraith that "In a society of strong unions and corporations there is no way to run a program without controls." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times e with the air industry chieftains he regulates has earned him censure from House Commerce Chairman Harley Staggers, D- . W. Va. Now we've caught Timm doing the same thing in ; Europe. A few months ago, the tireless Timm whisked off to 11 European cities on a "business- trip" paid for by the taxplayers.- ; Some of his first week was spent playing golf in Portugal with TWA vice president Tom Taylor whose secretary made Timm's travel arrangements. The vacationing Taylor then flew with Timm, his chief regulator, to Rome for a few days ·; in the sun. Timm flitted on to Copenhagen But there the warm, glow Timm gets from talks with .;_ major scheduled airline officials chilled when a rival "nonsked executive tried to speak with .-· him. The CAB chairman-: refused even to chat with t h e ' , executive from the charter lines .; which he consistently votes,against. ; While Timm's tickets show ha was traveling coach, he submitted a travel voucher to CAB . for first class fares. His aides i; insist the boss was not trying.: to chisel on the difference in ; the fares. It was all a "mis-_; take," one told us. Footnote: We have discovered'· that Timm's trip to Bermuda-:. . was in part subsidized by Pan'-. Am officials. Pan Am founder ,: Juan Trippe, vice president;.. Charles Tuppe and another-", official, Ed Trippe, are princi-.-j. pal owners of the hotel whera-. · he stayed. The entire air Indus-'-try party and Timm, we ara', told, got'speeial rates. "-?.--United Feature Syndicate ". Tomorrow, 1 Today, Or | Yesf erday WASHINGTON (ERR) - Try this association test -- when'- you read the following word; what's the first word that . comes to mind. Ready? Here's'V the word: FUTURE. Quick"-: now, no fair thinking. 5^What did you say? PRO-:".: GRESS? That was a favorite ';. not so long ago. SHOCK? So ~ you've read the book. DOOMSDAY? That's beer? a hot one lately. The point is that a lot o f _ people don't know quite what""" to think about the future anymore. Our entire concept of tha-;; future seems to he changing.'*..In little more than ft decadef; tile future, in the minds ofc-; many Americans, has g o n e j " from bright to hazy, from-^ promising to ominous. Infla-jj_- tion, corruption, pollution, over-i' population and nuclear prolif-TJ eration have tarnished tom'or-i' row's image. As the title of a^, series of articles in Horizon""--; puts it, "The Future Isn't What*"' It Used To Be." -.::--.-; ..FUTUROLOGY, even so, haa£ become big business. People are anxious to know what lies ahead, good or ill, and they are willing to pay for predictions. Palm readers, psychics,* numerologists and other assort'-'; ed diviners all have devout foU.~ lowings, as do Ouija boards,.^ the I Ching and even lowly tea'*; leaves. Astrology is enjoying nn'-- unprecedented boom, according,, th the American Federation or.--; Astrologers, which boasts thous-'" ands of active members. Astro-"-^ loger Doris Thompson reported-"^ published charts last Fehru-'- ary predicting the day Presi-^ dent Nixon's resignaton. Meanwhile, the gypsy fortunetellers have been joined hy 1:0-_ vernment-sponsorcd think tank3^ with names like Rand Corpora'' tion and Hudson Institute. In-- dustry and academia have leril" respectability to star-gazingtv with such organizations as tha.l Commission on the Year 2000,*:-. sponsored by the prestigious.-; American Association of Arts;."-, and Sciences, and 'the Institute;*for the Future, formed toy a-;- consprtium of companies in-*.' chiding Monsanto, Du Pont and" ' Chase Manhattan. Abroad, (her Club of Rome, the FuturiolcsX"". of France, and England's Com?-;' mittee on the Next Thirty Yearslt earnestly prognosticate. Crystal"-' balls have been replaced by', computers, and instead of-\ soothsayers making prophecies, / we get systems theorists with'-. world models, statistical projec- * ; tipns and extrapolated scena- ·'· rios. ' THE FUTURE GAME, clear- '· ly a growth industry, has a sur- ;, prisingly short past. Primitive societies thought of the future ' simply as more of the present. ^The ancient Greeks ascribed ta Plato's theory of cycles, with ." every thing disappearing and'-. recurring every 72,000 years. St.-Augustine outlined the Christian'' idea of the future, along xvilh its end--Judgment day. The Renaissance saw a return of the cyclic concept, represented by the great wheel of the universe. The modern future, according, to Horizon editor Walter Karp,was born in 1770 when a Paris-'" ian writer named Louis- , Sebastien Mcrcicr wrote a book-.; called L'an 2f10 (The Y e a r""- 2440). For the first time, Mcr-. eier projected a continually- changing future on tiie basis of .'; contemporary trends. He Was ' followed by historians and philosophers who turned the future;:into product of change--Condor.'?- cct with his 10 stages of pro- _ gress, Comle with his law of.-' three stages to evolution, ant] £ Marx with his economic dialect-":" ics. Scientific predictions are s o m e t i m e s accurate--Jules Verne's submarine and H.G. Wells' atomic bombs come to mind but social, cultural or political forecasts are usually.' washouts. Perhaps the 'best ad-^", vice was that of Albert Einstein,"7- \vho once said: "I never think of the future. It comes soon,' enough." ·

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