Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 1, 1974 · Page 4
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, September 1, 1974
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JlortfjtooSt Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest It The First Concern Qj This Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1974 Klassen, A Bureaucrat W/io Gets Around Running Out The Strings It is proper in a government of law that due process be followed. Thus, we have a Circuit Court ruling in Pulaski County that Guy "Mutt" Jones of Conway, convicted felon and deposed state senator, is still entitled to receive his senatorial pay and privileges. The court finds that "procedure" has been violated. The court holds that Jones was illegally ousted at the close of- the recent special session of the General Assembly. The letter of the law, not having been followed, ergo, Mr. Jones is still legally entitled to his elected position. Attorney General Jim Guy Tucker is appealing to the Supreme Court. For practical purposes, "Senator" Jones' tenure in the General Assembly is at an end, in spite of these "procedural" activities. A waye of public indignation at Senate maneuverings which left him seated earlier this summer, led to the Senate's reconsideration of the matter. Jones first was 'allowed .to stay; then he was ousted. Jones' latest appeal is made on technical grounds, and to the extend that the law deserves faithful attention and compliance, we would judge it proper that this last rite be performed in the disposition of the case. If the Supreme Court doesn't find against Mr. Jones, the General Assembly will next January, and justice, as well as the law, Art Buchwald will have been served. In a way, the Jones ease parallels ongoing rumblings of Watergate. President Nixon has "retired" to San Clemente, and there is a wave of sentiment that having "suffered enough," he ought to be excused · from additional responsibilities at the bar of justice. But the rule of law demands, it seems to us, that a better disposition be made of the case in the interest of law and justice, for their own sake. A separate standard of justice will be all too obvious should Mr. Nixon be excused for having "suffered enough" while his assistants are called to the dock. These aren't particularly pleasant undertakings, nor necessarily the popular thing to do. But a respect for the law demands something better than letting well enough alone. Perhaps President Ford has come up with the best solution -- presidential pardon. Of course the ex-president will have to be placed in a position where he "legally" needs a pardon, but that shouldn't be too hard with the evidence at hand. After the law has been served, President Ford can spare Mr. Nixon further difficulties with a pardon. Not much less mil satisfy the demands of a society of laws rather than people. (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 It's very hard for many college students to live up to the roles they have been given by the mass media. What newspapers, magazines and television networks expect from students is more than most of them can deliver. I discovered this when I was speaking at a Midwestern campus not long ago. A student, whom I shall call Ronald Hoffman, seemed very troubled and I asked him what the problem was. "My parents are coming up next week, and I don't know what to do. "Well, you see, I told them I was living off campus with this coed in an apartment. But the truth Is that I'm living in the dormitory." "That shouldn't really disturb them." "Oh, but it will. They're very proud of me, and they think I should have a mind of my own. When my dad heard I was living off campus with a coed, he doubled my allowance becau_se, as he put it, 'Anyone who is .willing to spit in the eye of conformity deserves his father's support.' I don't know what he's going to say when he finds out I used the money to buy books." "It'll hurt him," I agreed. "What will your mother say?" "I DON'T know. She's been crying a lot since I wrote her about living with this coed, and Dad's been arguing with her that her trouble is s h e d o e s n ' t understand youth. Mom's likely to get pretty sore when she discovers she's been crying for nothing." "Not to mention how silly your father will look for making her cry." Ronald shook his head sadly. "The trouble with parents these days is they believe everything they read. Newsweek magazine, From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO T h e controversial Maple Street widening project was officially killed by the Fayetteville City Council last night. A surprise rain and wind s t o r m yesterday afternoon dumped up to 3 inches of rain in portions of Washington and so VEARS AGO Coach Jack Crangle, 200 pound assistant coach for the Razor backs, reported to the University today. Lightning struck the tower of the courthouse this afternoon during the thunderstorm, b u t caused little other damage. Shingles were torn off the East (00 YEARS AGO The oldest inhabitants say as dry a spell as the present cometh not In their recollections. Benton Counties but left the area south of Fayetteville almost bone dry. E. J. Ball, Fayetteville attorney was guest speaker at the C h a m b e r of Commerce's Teacher Appreciation luncheon yesterday. side of the tower and came down in a shower over the building. More than 2,000 cases of anthrax were reported during the recent outbreak of t h e disease by the siate veterinarian. Prairie Grove can now boast of a first class school under Ihe able management of Professor W.E. Rosser. They'll Do It Every Time V/IN6SAP PREACHES TO JUNIOR THU5UYOM SAFETY-· NEVfcf? POINT ANY KlNPOF A SUM. 1 .' IT'S A BAD PRACTICE/ in a 'Sex on the Campus' article, made it sound so easy to find a coed to live with. Well, let me tell you, for every girl who's playing house with a male student, there are a million coeds who won't even do the dishes." "Then all this talk of students living out of wedlock is exaggerated?" "Exaggerated? When I got here. I asked 10 girls if they wanted to live with me. The first one said she didn't come to college to iron shirts for the wrong guy. four told me frankly that it would hurt their chances of finding a husband, four told me to drop dead a n d : one reported me to t h e campus police. I was lucky to get a room in the dormitory." "I guess it's no fun for a young man to pretend he's a swinger." "YOU CAN SAY that again. Every time I go home, everybody wants to know about the pot parties and orgies I go to at school. The only thing taht's saved me is that I've seen 'Deep Throat' twice." "You have to depend on your imagination." "What college boy doesn't?" Ronald said. "There are more conscientious objectors among coeds in the sexual revolution than any modern sociologist would dare admit." "It's enough to destroy your laith in Hugh Hefner." I said. "Look, I'm not complaining," Ronald said. "I'm just trying to figure out how to explain it to my father. He's living his fantasies through me, and I hate to let him down." "Why don't you tell him the reason you can't introduce the coed you're living with is that she's going to have a baby?" "Hey," Ronald said, "that's a great idea. It might cause Mom to cry again, but it will make Dad awfully proud." (C) 1074, Los Angeles Times Bible Verse "I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." Revelation 3:8 When He opens the door you are apt to lose part of the victory if you try anticipating what is on the other side. Move on into faith. There is much ground to be possessed, thee." Hebrews 2:12 "I will proclaim thy name to my brethern, in the midst of the congregation I will parise thee.' Hebrews 2:12 Don't worry about people just let your praise go to God in song, word and spirit. Without hesitation we commend each other, much of it undeserved. Why not give God praise, honor and glory? He is worthy. Say it now together, "Thank you, Lord." Bur our PEEK HUNTIM6--6ETA fcOAP Of CK,' ff-HBY! WHATTA YA POIN'? ARE YA CRAZY? "The Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry to me?" Tell the people of Israel to go Forward." Exodus 14:15 There are evidently tiees when we need to pause long enough in our pleadings with God to catch His marching orders. Move forward in faith. He said, "I am with you." "Brethcrn, do not be weary in well-doing." 2 Thessalonians 3:13 Pray on! Work on, God loves you. He is watching -- He Cares. He will answer. Father, bless this one right today with the answer to their prayers in Jesus name, Amen. Thank Him for it! By JACK ANDERSON AND LES W1HTTEN WASHINGTON -- Postmaster General Ted Klassen has built himself the most luxurious office in Washington with taxpayer funds, but regularly leaves it for personal junkels, also courtesy of. Uncle Sam. The impulsive Klassen, who has just warned that the price of a stamp is going up again, spent $12,870 on 32 trips to 18 cities In 1933, a travel record that almost puts him in a class with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Kissinger has been exhaustedly settling wars; Klassen. on the other hand, has been visiting his various real estate holdings around the country. "I'm going to take a little trip and look at my property," the peripatetic postmaster is fond of telling colleagues just before a junket. He owns handsome properties In Florida, California and Connecticut, and cloaks his travel there as "official business." Although junketing by government officials is supposed to be on the public record, Klassen has refused to give us his vouchers for 1974. For fiscal 1973, however, we have tallied up at least $2,000 spent by Klassen on visits to the sites of his real estate. Most often he justified the 1973 trips to Florida, Hartford and the West Coast by saying he wanted to visit local postal officials. Mysteriously, his own records for 1973 show he visited The Washington Merry-Go-Round only one other local postal official, while he journeyed eight times to or near his far-flung properties. Even Klassen's wife gets in on the act. The Postal Service picked up a $340 tab when she was the guest of honor at the National Association of Postmasters convention in Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, the postal service is saddled with a $500 million deficit and service continues to decline. Unless Congress bails him out, the free-wheeling postmaster will ask for another rate hike soon. It may cost 13 cents to mail a letter and help underwrite Ted Klassen's royal way of life. RIGHTS R E B E L : Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Caspar Weinberger permitted the University of California to keep $50 million in federal contracts despite advice from a top HEW civil rights lawyer that his actions were illegal and would set a bad precedent. The giant university in Wein- b »er's home state had been / ;.' !sed for more than a year of discrimination against women and blacks in both academic and nonacademic jobs. When Berkeley still couldn't get its house in order by this March, HEW's Assistant Civil Rights counsel Theodore Miles wrote a detailed legal opinion for Weinberger. The school, said Miles, should be forced to show cause why its government contracts should not be canceled as is prescribed by law for t h o s e who discriminate. But Weinberger's general counsel, John Rhinelander, bucked the memo back to Miles, scrawling on it, "Either hold or destroy." Instead, it was slipped out of the files and into our hands. When we reached Rhinelander, he insisted that he had transmitted Miles' views to Weinberger verbally. He said he ordered the memo destroyed or pigeonholed only because it was no longer necessary. There was no intention to conceal the fact that Miles though Weinberger was acting illegally in not moving firmly against the University of California, he said. Miles, Rhinelander said, was simply overruled on legal grounds which had nothing to do with .Weinberger's personal political ambitions in California. HEW Civil Rights chief Peter Holmes also spoke up for Weinberger, saying Miles' view had been disputed by other HEW lawyers. Footnote: Although the University of California can s t i l l improve Its record on discrimination, it has made good progress under the threat of losing its S5D million. It is now hiring qualified blacks and women at a rate well above the national ...not a Model T... ...not a limousine liberal. State Of Affairs It's Time For Petersen To Go By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- In calling on President Ford to "depoliti- cize" the Justice Department, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark is more or less echoing the recommendations of gating Committee, which urged the establishment of a permanent independent special prosecutor and also raised the possibility of maikng the Justice Department independent of the President. . Now that Nixon has resigned and the Watergate crisis has begun to subside, it can be seen that the proposals of Clark and Sen. Sam Ervin (D-N.C.) have little chance of being enacted, but there is one thing that can -- and should -- be done that would quickly help restore confidence in the Justice Department. The next order of business should he a change at the top of the department's most powerful and sensitive section, the criminal division, headed by Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen, who achieved a dubious place in history by conspicuously failing to crack the Watergate case. While Nixon was still in office, any dismissal or transfer of Petersen would have been construed as a direct slap at the then President, for the assistant attorney general was his boy. It was Nixon who put Petersen in direct charge of the Watergate investigation (to head off the appointment of a special prosecutor), and it was Petersen who co-operated so enthusiastically with the While House that even the President was a little surprised. TODAY WITH THE accession of President Ford, there is no longer any practical or political reason to keep Peterson on as the head of the criminal division, which lost so much public confidence because of its feeble and questionable performance on the Watergate case. Petersen, of course, still insists that he personally was blameless. He says he called the shots as he saw them, without fear or favor to the White House. The White House tapes, however, reveal that Nixon himself was puzzled at the limited scope of the Watergate investigation while Petersen was in charge. Speaking in the privacy of the Oval Office to his own legal counsel, John Dean, the former President said, "Do you honestly feel he (Petersen) did an adequate job?" A few weeks later Nixon also remarked to his aides, John Ehrlichman and Ron Ziegler, "I've got Petersen on a short leash." And he apparently wasn't bragging. Petersen now serves under Attorney General William Saxbe who, since succeeding Elliott Richardson, has been making a series of inspirational speeches all over the country in a personal effort to restore public confidence in the U.S. system of criminal justice. He has made some progress, but he needs to suit action to the word by installing a new chief of the criminal division. Well over a year ago, Rep. Henry Reuss (D-Wis.) was already calling for the removal of Petersen as Nixon's Watergate investigator on the grounds that as far back as Sept. 29, 1972, the assistant attorney general had used his official influence in a successful effort to sidetrack the House Banking Committee from making the first congressional probe of Watergate. Reuss charged that Petersen average. CHURCH SMEA 14 : Not surprisingly, liberal Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, is being victimized by a vicious John Birch Society campaign. What is surprising is that Church's Republican opponent Bob Smith has not condemned the Birchers' smear. As many as 100,000. reprints of a Birch Society article are being circulated in an effort to discredit Church on Vietnam. The rightwing circular quotes Church as saying that America's Vietnam "commitments solemnly made must be kept, whether wisely of unwisely." However, it tops off Church's next sentence, "But there never, at any time, has been any commitment on the part of the United Slates to fight the war in South Vietnam." T h i s . is a little like quoting Abe Lincoln as saying he would carry on his work "with malice," without adding the words "toward none." Even Smith's own GOP primary challengers denounced the Birch smear campaign. Now, we have discovered a clua to Bob Smith's timidity toward the Birchers, who once mounted the same kind of campaign a- galnst President Dwight Eisenhower. Smith has received handsome contributions of $1,000 each from Birch Society executive board members S.J. Agnew and Floyd Pacton. Smith was also once chief aide to Rep. Steve Symms, R-Idaho, a Birch darling who keynoted the group's convention in Chicago this June. --United Feature Syndicate What Makes, A Guy Like Evel Jump? POCATELLO, Ida. (ERR) -Evel Knieyel, the motorcycla daredevil, is the latest embodiment of a long American tradition of stuntsmanship. As everyone over the age of three surely knows by now, Knievel will attempt to cross Idaho's Snake River Canyon Sept. 8 in a rocket-powered "Skycycle." It is the first time such a feat has been attempted, and the risk involved is self-evident. 'Robert Truax, who designed the Skycycle. says Knievel will make a safe crossing "if the engine valve* work, if the vehicle doesn't roll over, if there's no major structural failure, if the parachutes deploy properly, if the cycle comes straight down and hits leve! ground and doesn't fold up around his neck." Knievel publicly rales his chances of survival as no better than 50-50, and he appears resigned to the possibility that his boldest stunt may also be his last. If disaster strikes, "I'll just get where we're all going quicker than you," he told an interviewer, "and I'll sit there having a beer while I'm waiting for you. v had "orchestrated the torpedoing of the committee's investigation." Petersen wanted the inquiry called off because "the public interesl in - ·"·"··· f. and successful prosecution may be impcr.l . cized hearings at this time/' Later Petersen was to agree with Nixon that the Senate inquiry would also be inadvisable. REP. REUSS FELT that "exchanging Petersen for Dean as the chief Watergate investigator does not remove a fox from guarding the henhouse -it simply changes foxes." In April, 1973, there were published reports that the Justice Department team of lawyers assigned to the Watergate probe had broken off contact with Petersen because of his close associations with Nixon, to whom he was supplying inside information on secret evidence obtained by the grand jury. Petersen's difficulties with the criminal division are not confined to Watergate. Only last 'month a federal grand jury refused to indict several associates of Howard Hughes when the Justice Department, on the orders of Petersen, insisted on excluding Hughes himself from the indictment. The department then gave in, and Hughes now stands indicted on charges of stock manipulation. There is some feeling, too, in the criminal division over the reported efforts of Petersen to block a recommendation of a Justice Department review team that the U.S. attorney in . San Diego be removed for what the FBI called "highly Improper conduct." The U.S. attorney is a protege of one of Nixon'· biggest financial backers, who also has been indicted. (C) 1974, Lot Anfelei Time* THAT is precisely the sort of statement that endears daredevils to their legions of fans. It is not enough that a stunt be dangerous; the man or woman attempting it must possess a certain panache. Knievel has panache to soare and so, apparently, did Sam Patch, one of the early great American stuntmen. Patch's speciality was jumping i-to bodies of water from high places. The apex of his brief career came on Oct. 12, 1829, when he leaned from the '·** of Niagara Falls and not only survived but swam to shore. One month later, on Friday, Nov. 13, Palch jumned frirn Genesee Falls at Rochester. N.Y. His bndv was no* found until the following March. Numerous sluntme" sinno Patch have also been drawn to Niagara Falls. One of 'he best known was Jean Francois Gravelet. a French tightrone walker who billed himself as The Great Wondin. Grav»let won worldwide renown when, on Jii"e 30. 1859. he traversed a 1,200-foot rope slung across the Niaeara Falls gorge in 17-112 minutes. Like all true stuntmen, Gra- velet was not content to rest on his laurels. He repeated his feat many limes over the years, always adding some embellishment. He crossed the gorge blindfolded and. on stilts, did somersaults and handstands, and pushed a wheelbarrow. On one crossing he even carried his business manager piggyback. And he came through all this in one piece. The same cannot be said of many of those who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The first to do so was Annie Edson Taylor, a Michigan schoolteacher who took the plunge in 1901. Upon b e i n g extricated from- her barrel, she said: "Nobody ought ever do that again." Her advice, alas, was not heeded. Several of the later falls-jumpers were killed. And most of those who survived seemed even afterward to lead tragic, jinx-ridden lives. G^EAT STUNTMEN, however, c a n n o t allow themselves to be intimidated by jinxes or super stitition. Shipwreck Kelly, the great flagpole-sitter of t h e 1920s and 1930s, made a point of staging some of his more daring stunts on Friday the 13th, On one occasion he stayed aloft 13 days, 13 hours, and 13 minutes. On another, he stood on his head and ate 13 hand-fed doughnuts to promote National Doughnut Week. No one knows what impels a Shipwreck Kelly or an Evel Knievel to do such outlandish things. All one can do is cross all fingers and fervently wish them luck.

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