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Friday, August 30, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page Thf Public Merest Is The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1974 Justice Finds No Home In SE Asia Politics Edges Back On Stage With September just around the corner, politics is making a comeback in Arkansas. Not that it has ever really gone away, but like the grass during July's dry spell, it hasn't intruded much on our spare time this summer. With cooler weather, though, and school and county fair time at hand again, the signs are all around. Rep. Wilbur Mills, for instance, is back in the state making important tax pronouncements, including the astounding information that under his leadership the Middle American's tax load has been reduced more than 50 per cent (Wilbur IS good with figures), and Rep. John Hammerschmidt, we see, has lined up a number of in-person Third District visitations. Both congressmen have active opposition, which lends itself to a quickening pace for state politics, quite obviously. Wilbur's problem is Mrs. Judy Petty, a Little Rock Republican who has been running all summer as if she expects to win. Mrs. Petty's most aggravating practice to date has been in reminding voters of Mr. Mills' unsightly hand- Art Buchwald ling of illegal campaign contributions in the "72 presidential race. Just the other day she bounced into the headlines again with word that Gov. Ronald Reagan, one o£ the most colorful of GOP stumpers, will visit the state. He will attend a September luncheon for the comely Mrs. Petty. Few, of course, figure Mills will lose in November. But the fever of his opposition also suggests that the closeness of the final outcome could be an embarrassment to the old pro. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton of Fayetteville is keeping the Northwest Arkansas campaign trail hot with a constant round of voter solicitations, and a bigger and bigger role in his party's affairs. Clinton is an accomplished campaigner and speaker and an indication of his developing political luminosity is the fact that he has just been tabbed as speaker and temporary chairman of the soon-to-be-held state Democratic Convention. Polities -- it looks as if -- should take up the heat this fall where the summer leaves it off. White Rats Have All The Fun By ART BUCHWALD The key to man's survival on earth seems to be the white rat. Most experiments being conducted these days to see what effect our environment has on human beings ara first conducted on white rats. Only after we know what happens to white rats will we take any action to protect the human race. Nobody has bothered to find out how the rats feel about this. In man's ever-questing search for truth, I visited a large government laboratory the other evening around midnight and recorded what the white rats were saying to each other. "Zelda, you look so thin." "They've had me on cyclamates. I must have lost three ounces in a week. What have you been doing?" I've been taking monosodium glutamate. It's tasty, but it gives mu headaches. Oh,v~? Horace, v.ill you slop cough 1 ' ing." "Ack, ack, ack. I can't help it. They've got me smoking a pack of cigarettes a day." "Why don't you g i v e them up?" "I'd like to, but they won't let me." "What on earth is Sheldon doing? He's staggering all over his cage." "He's Involved in the mari- juana experiments. He goes on a trip every night." "THAT'S WHAT I call luck. How can I get off cyclamatcs and in the pot program?" "You have Jo know somebody. Every rat in the lab wants to go on pot." "I don't. I feel you have to face reality and not seek escape. That's why I'm proud to be associated with the air pollution project." "How can you stand it?" "It's not bad. Every day they drive me around New York City and I just breathe. If I die, they know the air polution count is too high. If I live, 1 get to see the city." ' ' Y o u ' r e probably right, Bettina. I volunteered for air pollution, but some computer assigned me to water pollution. I'm getting sick of drinking dh. ty water every day." "What's the matter with _W_hilney? He seems awfully, -quiet tonight." "He's been eating grapes with DDT on them for a week, and I guess it's finally getting to him." "I told him to boycott grapes." "They won't give him anything else to eat, so he has no choice." "Wheres Alvin?" "Didn't you hear? They transplanted his heart today into Hazel. Hers gave out during the automobile exhaust tests." "Poor Alvin." "HE DIDN'T seem to mind. He was involved in the tranquilizer experiments, and when they asked him for his heart, he said he couldn't care less." "Who's crying?" "Sandra. They have her 1 taking the birth control pill. She wants babies in the worst way." "Well, at least she's having some f u n , which is more than I can say for what I'm doing." "I'm working for NASA to see the effect of weightlessness. I vomit all the time." "But the space program at least has some glamor to it. They keep injecting me with flu germs." "I guess Sampson has the best job of any of us." "What is he doing?" "They put him in front ot a color television set all day long to see how much radiation he absorbs. He's the only white rat I know who gets to watch Laugh-In." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times From. Oar Files; How Time Flies What Others Say 10 YEARS AGO An engine company maved into the wing fire station on Harold Street in the Maplecrcst addition, off Hwy. 71 north this morning. The new Central Fire Station on Center street was occupied earlier this summer. 50 YEARS AGO Features for Labor Day here will include snappy motorcycle races at the Fairgrounds and Riverside Park. Total enrollment of 2,000 is expected in city schools according to Prof. F.S. Root, 100 YEARS AGO The Fayelteville Planing Mill, operated by Botefuhr and Springer, makers of furniture, door sashes and blinds, advertises scroll work will be done to order. The Clyde Beatly-Cole Brothers Circus will open here Thursday. Donna Axum, Miss America and a student at the University of Arkansas, is visiting her parents at El Dorado. superintendent. This will surpass the past enrollment by 200. J. Wymand French has been appointed instructor in journalism and director of the University News Service. The party who went to the Sulphur Springs in Benton County last week, Messers, Eidson, Cravens, Pettigrew, Vanhoose, Denny and Beaty have all returned, looking in Improved health. They'll Do It Every Time m WAY BOLUSTER TELLS IT, UNCLE SAfA WILL HAVE TO 60 IN HOCK TO PAY TO PAY MORE V HIM BACK? INCOME TAX THAN I HAVE TO-IT PEELS G WAITlMS TD HEAR HIM WAIL WHEN IfS HIS TURMTO 60 SOOP TO OET THE BIS REflJMP 1 1 GLM WILKINSON 10 BOX l?2, COfiOKIAPO, CALIF. GOOD AFTERNOON .... Recently I ran up with a newspaper publisher acquaintance, far-away state, owns 24 papers, with his new wife. I had met him when his first wife was sick; she died a couple years ago. The new couple looked and acted very happy. Next day, in a talk with my publisher friend, he told me of meeting his second wife. "She was doing public relations work for a big hotel chain, iind, somehow or other, we met, I asked her out for dinner one evening, and she accepted. The next day, she sent me flowers, with appreciation note in the card attached. The flowers got my attention. And soon, we were wed." I didn't tell him, but this reminded me of the story of the North Carolina farmer, who bought a mule t h a t wouldn't gee, haw or ho when he spoke to him. He discussed his problem with a neighbor, who told him the first thing to do was to get the mule's attention. He went back home, and looking the mule square in the face, explained exactly what he wanted him to do; then he hitched the mule up and gave the command. Still no results. He got a length of two by four, three feet long, sidled up to the mule and smote him a mighty blow on the head, and thereby got his attention. Afterward, the mule geed when the farmer said "Gee" and hawed when he said "Haw." No more problems. Moral: females, like farmers, must command attention to get results. --Sanford (N.C.) Daily Herald END LITTERING Littering is still a problem in Hickory. For a while, at tha beginning of the ecology movement, it looked as if we were going (o beat it, hut a look at today's streets tells the same old story. That most unaesthetic object --the beer can -- still mars almost any available clear spot, Littering is not confined to official and unofficial dumps; few private yards or public parks escape the filth. All those who appreciate the beauty of nature should unite to fight this blight. Cleaning up once or twice a year is not enough; year around dedication to ending litter is necessary. --Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record By JACK ANDERSON And I-ES WHITTEN WASHINGTON -- Rumors of injustice and corruption In Saigon have always been rife, but only rarely do secret documents from South Vietnam's own leaders confirm the existence of such sordid conditions. The documents, directly from the files of Premier Tran Thien Kliiem, show that prisoners were held without trial for up to five years and that others were acquitted but remained locked up. In classified mernos begging his ministers ot justice and interior and the national police chief to discipline their underlings, the premier, a reputedly decent man, admits such horrors exist. "Persons have been indicted and held for exceedingly long periods ot time without being brought to trial," Khiem said. There are "191 Chau Doc re-education center; many have been held for two to five years without trial." Some suspects, including a "peasant woman from Ba Xuyen" were held without trial, then transferred to another camp where "they were virtually forgotten." Eventually, they were found not guilty. But even those proven guiltless may languish in prison, Khiem complained. "After being acquitted or given sus- The Washington Merry-Go-Round petidcd sentences {victims) were nonetheless held in prison (in) An Xuyen and Chau Doc provinces," Some of these abuses, wrote Khiem, can be eliminated if "dishonest ofti- cials" are fired. In a three-point program, the premier urges his interior, justice and national police aides to accord suspects their rights and come down on recalcitrant police who "decrease the honor ot the national police forces and prestige of the government." Footnote: In fairness, it should be said that the police and the prison system in Nortli Vietnam are worse. In our visits to Vietnam and talks with captured Communists, we have found littie evidence that Hano believes in the humane treatment of prisoners. And the torture stories of U.S POWs, for example, brought no call for prison reform from North Vietnamese leaders. BEATLE BLUES: In a case with Watergate overtones, px- Beatle John Lennon is being hustled out of the United States on a six-year-old hashish charge while more than a hundred aliens with similar or worse drug records remain. The singer-composer's major problem does not appear to be his 1968 guilty plea in England to unwitting possession of a small amount ot "hash." Rather, his offense seems to be outspoken opposition to the Vietnam war and false rumors that he was going to lead a demonstration against Richard Nixon at the 1972 GOP convention. We have learned that Lennon's serious troubles with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a branch of the Justice Department, began after Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., began to find him troublesome. In early 1972, Thurmond wrote a note about Lennon's activities to his friend, then Ally. Gen. John Mitchell. The cantankerous but candid Thurmond conceded to us he wrote to Mitchell but explained it was an "informational" letter about Lennon, not one calling for action. Nevertheless, action swiftly followed the letter. Leon Wildes,. Lennon's lawyer and former president of the prestigious Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers, told us: "I intend to prove the letter resulted in instructions to then District Director Sol Marks (of Immigration in New York) to disregard Lennon's other equities and to scuttle any appli- State Of Affairs New Kind Of Black Power By CLAYTON FRITCHEY ' WASHINGTON -- It remains to be seen what, if anything, comes of the meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus with President Ford. Nonetheless, the very fact that the new Chief Executive invited the 16 Negro representatives to the White House so soon after taking office shows unmistakably how the leasership of the black community has changed in recent years. Not so long ago, America's blacks looked for leadership to a handful of charismatic private individuals who won fame or notoriety in the civil rights turmoil of the '60s. Since then most of them have literally been wiped out by assassination, fatal accidents, illness, old age, criminal prosecutions, exile and disgrace. In their stead has gradually emerged a new collective leadership that is personified by the expanding Black Caucus in the House and by the National Conference of Black M a y o r s . The old reliance on a few highly publicized personalities hardly exists these days, so it is no longer a crushing blow when one of them falters. A few years ago the indictment of Charles Evers, mayor of Fayctte. Miss,, and brother of martyred Medgar Evers, would have been a grievous blow to the black community, hut today there are a hundred other black mayors in the United States, many of them running such large cities as Washington, B.C., Newark, Detroit and Los Arrgeles, to say nothing of Grand Rapids, Mich., ' the home of President Ford. THE PERFORMANCE of most of them gives the lie to an angry statement made by the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Blaming political apathy on leadership failure, Abernathy said, "Every black leader t see is trying to get rich himself, and they are so full of trickery. . .and trying to get in the headlines, in the magazines or on the cover of Time." That, of course, Is n 'gross exaggeration, but it would fit Mayor Evers if the federal charges of tax evasion against him are upheld. He is accused of reporting only $20,000 of a $180,000 income between 1968 and 1970 at · a time when he was making $75 a month as mayor. Evers, denying the charges, says unnamed enemies are out to get him. Evers, however, had already raised questions about himself in the black world by sayirrg he could support Gov. George ("segregation forever") Wallace as the Democratic vice- presidential candidate in 1976. Ebony magazine published its a n n u a l list of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans" i t omitted E v e r s even though he is far better known than the great majority on the list. It is revealing to review a Harris poll on the list of leaders admired by blacks eight years ago. Martin Luther Kinrg Jr. led the list, followed by Roy Wilkins, head of the NAACP; Ralph Bunche; Dick Gregory: Thurgood Marshall; Whitney Young, director of the Urban League; Rep. Adam Clayton Powell; Floyd McKissick, head of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); A. Phillips Randolph; Stokcly Carmichacl, head of S t u d e n t Nonviolent Co-or- dinating ' .mittee (SNCC), and Malci,- '.. The Rev. *.ir. King and Malcolm were shot to death. Whitney Young drowned. Ralph Bunche died prematurely, and the revered Randolph (now 85) in inactive. Rep, Powell died after scandal wrecked his career. Carmichael left !he country, Gregory turned to lecturing and McKissick is busy with his own affairs. Marshall is on the Supreme Court. Only one of 11, Wilkins, carries on as before. In addition, drowning took George Wiley, the resourceful leader of the National Welfare Rights Organization. ' Rap Brown was jailed. Eldridge Cleaver, head of the Black Panthers, fled the country. THE NEW LEADERSHIP, composed mainly of officeholders, is more solidly anchored. Its members may not be as colorful as the old leaders, who depended primarily on publicity for their influence, but they do have the strength and authority of having been elected and having authentic constituencies. Moreover their numbers are steadily increasing, for locally the black vote is becoming ever more effective. Not long ago there were only a handful of elected blacks in the entire country, while today there are nearly 3,000. The time is coming when there will be at least twice as many in Congress, which can often give them the balance of power on close questions, including the leadership and the chairmanship of committees. Obviously the country has come a long way since 1966 when Carl Stokes was elected by Clevelan- ders as the first black mayor of a major American city. With more power has come more moderation. Few oi the new leaders engage in flamboyant rhetoric. They don't have to, for they are learning how to get things done politically, which is the path to real and lasting power. The members of the Black Caucus, for instance, went to the White House the other day in a friendly and cooperative spirit, but if President Ford merely tries to fob them of[ with sweet-talk, he will soon discover they know what they want and know how to fight for it. The Black Caucus, incidentally, now includes four women (all Democrats), three of whom have quickly become national figures: Ilep. Shirley Chisholm of New York; Rep. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke of California, whose brains and beauty made her a figure at her party's presidential convention in 1972, and Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas, who impressed everybody who saw her on television during the recent House impeachment hearings. Rep. Jordan could one day he a candidate for the Senate or even the Texas Statehouse. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times cations he might file until after he had been deported. Tho record Indeed shows that wilhin days of Thurmond s letter, a stay for Lennon was revoked and strick deportation proceedings began. . ,. Other records at Immigration show that more than 100 aliens with drug records have, unlike Lennon, been granted non- priority decisions" which permit them to stay m the United States indefinitely. Our investigation turned up aliens not only with heroin and marijuana convictions, but rape, murder, robbery, mir- elary auto theft, perjury and even bigamy. All have been allowed to stay in the United States for 'humanitarian reasons. . In one case, an alien had six different convictions, including drug violation and rape and seven other arrests. · Another was described in Immigration files as one of "the largest s u p p l i e r s o f marijuana and narcotics'.' in his area. At one time, an alien himself admitted to a "heroin habit costing $60 a day. Compared to these, Lennon looks like a choir boy. Unlike many other foreign stars who make big money in the United States and run, Lennon has begged for permission to remain here. His m u s i c a l enterprises have generated some $50 million worth of business and brought untold tax revenues to local, state and federal collectors. The legendary singing star has summed up his feelings about the immigration mess and his love for the United States this way: "...Nobody came to bug us, hustle us or shove us, so we decided to make (the U.S.) our home. If the Man wants to shove us out, we gonna jump and shout, 'The Statue of Liberty said, 'come!' " Footnote: A spokesman for Immigration chief Leonard Chapman said the Lennon case is being handled in a 'routine way.' Retired District Director Marks declined comment. --United Feature Syndicate From. The Readers Viewpoint Patriotism To the Editor: As we approach our 200th year in existence as a nation and as certain persons question the motives and costs of patriotism, may we all be reminded of the "Declarations of Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms," July 6, 1775. "We have counted the costs ot this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery. Honor, justice and humanity forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We can not endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage upon them. "Our cause is just. Our Union is perfect. Our internal resour- -es are great. We gratefully acknowledge, as signal instances of Divine favor towards us, that His Providence would not permit us to be called into this severe controversy until we are grown into our present strength, and been previously exercised in warlike action, and possessed of the means of defending ourselves. With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God, and the world, declare that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers which our beneficent Creator has graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have "been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will in defiance of every hazard, with una r 3ating firmness and pcrserverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die free men rather than slaves. "We fight not for glory or conquest. We exhibit to mankind the remarkable spectabls of a people attacked by unprovoked enemies, without any imputation or even suspicion of offense. They boast of their privileges and civilization, and yet proffer no milder conditions than servitude or death. "In our n a t i v e land, in defense of the freedom that is our birthright and which we enjoyed till the late violation of it; for the protection of our property, acquired solely by honest industry of our forefathers and ourselves; against violence actually offered; we have taken up arms. We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors and all the danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before!" Shame that we at times have forgotten -- honor -- life -liberty and atove all Creator. ,, ,. .,, Henry C. Coogan Fayetteville Cool It To the Editor: I had a cool breeze coming through my window this morn at my awakening: 62 degrees. Why do my ears hear? Air- conditioners! They have been running since the first week of July, or thereabouts. What about the energy crisis? ' Shame! (Name Withheld By Request) FayettevlllB

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