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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Monday, September 2, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1974 Eastland Modifies Position On Pot Industry Faces New Set Of Rules An article in a recent issue of Wall Street Journal cites a squabble between industry and the public over the nation's growing concern for the "environment." Rules are changing, the story concludes--"the present furor over a plant site in northern Minnesota may well be a warning to industry," says the Journal headline. The Minnesota case involves the mining of iron ore near Lake Superior, and the dumping of tailings (the refuse of the mining operation) into the lake. It has been done for years, and iron ore mining in the Mesabi Range has supplied an economic base for residents of the area for years. Times, though, do change, and residents around Silver Bay, Minn., are contending that mining pollutes their lake. They are presently involved in a legal struggle that has been in the courts a year: and may be there another year or two yet, before all appeals are exhausted. A great many issues must be settled, the Journal predicts in light of environmental impact, no matter how the courts ultimately find. The Wall Street Journal makes this observation: "... The case is significant far beyond the scenic wilds of northern Minnesota. By any yardstick it is a milestone in the changing environment in which U.S. industry operates these days -- a classic illustration of how shifting public opinion, changing laws and new scientific discoveries can make a plant that is perfectly acceptable today an outlawed despoiler of the environment and threat to public health only a few years down the road." The Minnesota Environmental Protection Agency puts the issue even more bluntly, according to the article. The agency's deputy director, John Olin, is quoted as saying: "'The question is whether the environment is going to be compromised when you have heavy dollars involved (and 3,000 jobs at stake) . . . We say, no, that the time has come when we must protect the environment at all cost. It would be disastrous to environmental efforts if we couldn't prevail here." There is an obvious parallel in the Minnesota controversy with that presently being faced on the upper Illinois River here in Northwest Arkansas. A knowledgeable expert in the field of water resources advised us recently that this area is at a crossroads. Residents must make up their minds whether to have growth and pollution of both water and air, or set about the much more difficult task of growth curtailment and conservation. "You can't have it both ways," he warns. Changing times are forcing a tough decision upon us What Others Say... CANDOR AT MED CENTER The people of Arkansas are indebted to James G. Price of · Brush, Colorado, for some candid comments about the commitment to family medicine at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. Dr. Price is in an excellent position to comment since he is now serving as president of the American Academy of Family Practice--a medical organization of some 35,000 members. Which makes . it second in size only to the American Medical Association. Dr. Price clearly did not come to Arkansas just to spread platitudes. He had some direct words about a "lack of commitment to the concepts of family medicine" at the Medical Center. He estimated that, at the Medical Center's current rate, it might take five or maybe ten years for it to produce the number of family physicians so badly needed in this state. That judgment is saddening, coming after the taxpayers have invested so much in the Medical Center with the assurance that it would make a real effort to turn out the general practitioners the state is crying for. Dr. Price traced the trouble to the attitude of department heads at the center: "If you have department heads who feel threatened by a new specialty and arc dubious in their own thinking · about whether family practice is for real, we're in trouble." That evaluation is all the more disturbing because so many people have put so much of themselves into trying to produce more family doctors in Arkansas. As D r . Price himself ob- servcd:You've got the obvious support of legislators and the willingness of local family physicians to help you, and you've got what I believe to be the support of the top administration. The only thing that's lacking is a commitment on the part of the department heads to the concepts of family medi- ' cine ..." Dr. Price didn't stop with his diagnosis but went on to men. lion a drastic cure for the problem: "In one of the Northern states, a turnover in department heads was the solution. I hardly suggest that, but that is the way other states have solved it." If that's the only thing that'll do the job here, then the Medical Center should consider it. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE M e d i c a l Center--James L. Dennis--sprang to the center's defense after Dr. Price's From Oar Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGC A bid of $294,370 for construction of an -18-room elementary school was approved last night by the Springdale School Board. The Arkansas Razor backs 50 YEARS AGO Pres. and Mrs. J. C. Futrall have relurned home after a two month tour of the Eastern States and Canada. Harvey Wilkinson, veteran mail carrier celebrated his 21st 100 YEARS AGO Col. O.C. Gray of St. John's College. Little Rock, has b e e n appointed to a professorship in Ihe Industrial University. opened their two-a-day football practices Tuesday. Sgt. Alvin C. York, legendary hero of World War I died today. anniversary today with the postal service. He started September 1903. Arkansas Minerals,", a booklet issued by A. W. Parke of Ihe Arkansas now available. An organization should he gotten up to make Washington County so hot lor horse theives thai the scoundrels would stay clear of us. They'll Do It Every Time THE COM/HUT£/?$ OH TH£ Z.AT£ AHOTTEUtN'My Wire V/OW.WT THE PRE5IPEWT Of PUNCH IT- . m RAILROAP LETTER TO UISHWEU. MORS6 CUAM HOUSE, HOBOKEN, N. 3. comments, but the defense would have been more persuasive if so much of it hadn't been devoted to criticizing Dr. Price simply for letting the people of Arkansas know what he was thinking. The problems of medical education should not be treated as a trade secret in Arkansas or elsev/here. The unmet challenge facing a public institution like the University Medical Center shouldn't have been papered over a day longer. Particularly by someone who believes lhat Ihe Medical Center is still five to 10 years away from meeting that challenge if it continues to poke along. Dr. Dennis was particularly unhappy that Dr. Price had voiced his criticism only a week or so after the new dean of the medical school, Thomas Bruce, had arrived on campus. Dr. Dennis called it "tragic." (Have you noticed how overused that term is these days? Everything from an academic fuss on up, or even down, is now a tragedy.) Dr. Dennis classed this parli- cular tragedy as a "tempest in a teapot" and deplored Dr. Price's liming: One of the reasons lhat we have been so delighted in our new dean, who has just gotten his feet wet, is that he has this concern for the state's needs and for the educational needs that academic institutions have. He is a rural Arkansas boy, warmly received, and this type of tempest in a teapot can stir up old flames at a time when the honeymoon has just started. It's shameful to have this emerge at this lime." Now, now, Dr. 'Dennis. If Dean Bush really is a good ole boy, he'll take all this in stride, and see to it that others do, too. And unfortunalely, the medical needs of this state cannot wait for a honeymoon. The new dean ought to hit the g r o u n d running--the w a y Herman B. Smith, the new chancellor at UA-PB, has. Dr. Dennis also indulged in the You're Another school of rebuttal, which scarcely raises the level of discussion: "We are so much farther ahead of his home state's effort in family medicine," said Dr. Dennis of Dr. Price, "that we feel he perhaps could exert some of these energies where they would be more appropriate." T h i s ' makes interesting rhetoric, on a preadolesccnt level, but scarcely reaches the subject under discussion. Which is not how well Arkansas compares to Colorado, but how well Arkansas is meeting its own needs. That is where the Medical Center's administration had better concentrate. And so had the people of this state. They have a real interest in the subject. And besides, medical education is too important a subject to be left to doctors. PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL Bible Verse "They were allowed to torlure them for five months, but not tc kill them, and their torture was like the torlure of a scorpion, when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death will fly from them." Revelation 9:5 ,6 Here is a picture of things to come on earth a f t e r Ihe second coming of Christ. The only way to miss it is to receive Him. Jesus said, "I will come again and receive you unto myself. : By JACK ANDERSON and LES WHITTEN WASHINGTON - James Eastlund of Sunflower County, Miss., one of the Senate's crustiest conservatives, is walking proof that an old dog can learn new tricks. m.tiee chairman is working mitlec chairmanis working quietly to relax marijuana laws so young students and workers and other "pot" smokers will not be jailed for simple posces- sion of the drug. Eastland, whose closest contact with drugs is a good cigar and a tot of whiskey, has become convinced that jailing those caught with · a few "joints" is not the way to stop marijuana traffic. The contumacious senator underwent his metamorphosis after his old friend, ex-Marine Commandant Lewis Walt, conducted a world survey on drugs for Eastland's Senate Internal Security subcommittee. After talking earnestly with Walt and listening to dozens of witnesses at various hearings, the senator came to the conclusion that "pof'may cause genetic, brain, lung and other damage. He also decided that traffickers still deserve stiff penalties aiid lhat even possession should not he completely "decriminalized." But the possibility of a year m jail and a $5,000 fine for The Washington Merry-Go-Round a youlli caught by federal a- gcnts with a single marijuana cigarette is excessive In East- laud's view. As a result, his Internal Security staff is conferring regularly with the Drug Enforcement Agency on possible legislation. Shortly after Labor Day, Senate staffers will meet with DEA's legal office to hammer out a formal draft/ Eastland has not made up his mind entirely, but he is toying with the idea of setting a fine for a first "possession" offense, and exnlicity banning jail. A second offense would bring a slif- fer fine. Since stale laws tend to follow federal statutes, and since Eastland's judiciary committee writes federal laws, il may be that a whole generaton of marijuana dabblers will praise Jim Eastland's name. F o o t n o t e : O n Easlland's Mississippi plantation, state narcotics agents fund a marijuana patch near the Sunflower River. The senator cooperated in a stake-out, but the "pot" planters, who had been harvesting by boat apparently learned of the surveillance and abandoned the crop. NATURAL GAS: In letters to many newspapers, the Ameri- can Petroleum Institute (API), whose members own much of the nation's natural gas, cites numerous figures to try to rils.- prove our disclosures that Big Oil Is driving up natural gas prices with faked figures. It is. worth noting that we sent our own figure's to the API statisticians before we wrote our story. The API did not quibble wl them then, and does not now in its letter. In fact, the API ignores the crucial figures. To repeat them: Big Oil reported exploratory natural gas strikes from 7.9 to 9.4 per cent of the time off Louisiana until 1972 when they began to connive for price increases. Then, mysteriously, the strikes dropped to 2.4 per cent in 1972 and to a mere one per cent in 1973. This.allowed the oil companies to demand more consumer money, supposedly so they could carry out more exploration. It is small wonder that Federal Power Commission experts told us they had "never seen such a gross aberration" and the Senate Commerce Committee staff suggests the oil companies are "simply lying" in order to get more money. A few other figures are glaringly omitted from the API let-' ter: Some of its members with Weigh-In Ociln In Tfc* . * Ucrblock is taking a few weeks off to finish a book. A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought SOLVING INFLATION, Lincoln Caplan, "Woeful Economy," The New Republic, Aug. 10 and 17, 1974, pp. 12-14. "Outside the administration there is no shortage of suggestions about how to deal with inflation. Unfortunately, however, there's no consensus. Milton Friedman argues that unemployment is an inevitable side effect of curing inflation. He recommends price escalator or indexing clauses in the settlement of private and government contract disputes." "Others in the trade believe that the administration ought to go back to policies it has abandoned. John Kenneth Galbrailh admits that no definitive answer to the inflation issue exists, but wants the administration to reduce military spending, put higher taxes on luxury items and give a lax break to those with lower incomes." ' ' G e o r g e Perry of tjie Brookings Institution gives high marks to a wage-price controls in 1972 for curbing inflation and would offer a tax cut to labor to accept a national wage standard--a form of social contract. The tax cut would offset the increase in food anrl fuel prices which added significantly to an already inflationary trend in the economy." PROSPEROUS R E C O R D INDUSTRY. William Hoffcr, "Rooming Record Sales Call the Tune," Exchange (investor magazine of the New York Stock Exchange), Septemher 197-1, pp. 5-7. "In 1947 the United Stales record industry sold $224 million worth of records. Sales remained fairly level, as did the teenage market. By 1954 Ihe industry was selling only $213 million worth of records." "The industry grew sevenfold in 20 years. Sales in 1073 were a whopping $1,4 billion. To date business has been little .ffectqd by Ihe general economic turndown. In limes of recession, the home entertainment industry has generally remained strorrg as the public opts for inexpensive relaxation." "Great Britain, in fact, has continued as one of the most profitable foreign markets for the United States record companies despite the current dismal economy. "A problem thai has confronted the industry has been the shortage of a vital petrochemical produce known as polyvinyl chloride. Columbia Records, however, foresaw the possibility of a shortage and signed a long term supply contract with Tenneco." "RCA has also taken steps to assure a supply, and since these two firms press not only their own records hut those of other major companies, the price of pvc, not its availability, may be the big problem ..Most companies have reacted to inflation by raising the list prices of their popular LPs to $6.98-up about a dollar. They report no slackening in sales and a significant upturn in profits." 10URISTS STAY HOME. "The Year All the Tourists Stayed at Home," The Economist, Aug. 17, 1974, pp. 83; 86. "The Foreign Office is once again advising British holiday- makers to come home from Greece, a country that gels 16 per cent of all its export earnings from lourism. Since the trouble ' began in Cyprus a month ago, the number of tourists in Greece is estimated to have fallen by anything up to 50 per cent, with Corfu largely escaping the slump, and islands like Rhodes that are near Turkey getting the worst of it." "Up till then, the tourist business, which began the year a third down, had picked up a bit. The same was true of Cyprus. But even without a fihooling war, lourism was doomed to he the first major victim of the developing world recession," "The Americans are the most conspicuous absentees. France, a top American favorite, ex- peels seven to nine per cent fewer American visitors this year after a decline of 13 per cent in 1973. The absence of these traditional big spenders will mean a rise of only five to seven per cent in French tourist receipts, compared with 14.6 per cent last year. But with Inflalion at around 14 per cenl, reeeipls look like being down in real terms and could even lead to France's first deficit on tourist account since 1968." S C R A P METAL BOOM. Marilyn Wellemeyer, "For Scrapmen. These are 'Tinsel Days'," Fortune, August 1974, pp. 150-153, 232, 234, 236. "The scrap boom has been no fun at all...for the industry's customers. The principal customers for scrap are steel mills, copper smelters, and other producers of primary metals and alloys. Last year, when the prices the mills could charge for their products were held down by government conlrols, the prices they paid for scrap were shooting upward (most scrap dealers were small enough to be exempted from controls.") "At times, the prices of top- grade copper and a l u m i n u m scrap rose above what the mills could charge for the primary metals they produced. And even at high prices, the mills had trouble getting all the scrap they wanted; dealers shipped lots of scrap abroad, where prices were higher still." "When price controls w e r e r e l a x e d , domestic buyers competed even more fiercely for scrap and bid up the prices fnrlher. Last spring, Armco, Iho largest buyer of steel scrap in the U.S., accused the scrapmon of "opportunistic pricing,' b u t that had no discernible effect on tha market." natural gas holdings report profit increases in excess of 100 per cent since the energy crisis began. Such profits are possible because gasoline and natural gas prices are up from 60 to 100 per cent and likely to clinlb still higher. Critical Punishment: The federal judges in Baltimore who stepped uside in the Agncw case to avoiS any possible charges of cronyism have nevertheless tried to punish one of Agnew's most vocal critics. The target of their unsuccessful Hcti"n was John Banzhaf III, a prominent consumer advocate and law professor in Washington. The Baltimore judges were incensed because Banzhaf had announced in a press release that he had filed suit to block then-Vice President Agnew from subpoenaing reporters and to force appointment of a spe- qial Agnew procescutor. One of the ringleaders in the unusual effort to punish Banzhaf was Federal Judge C^ Stanley-Blair, an Agnew pal and aide who was given a lifetime judgeship by President Nixon at Agnew's bidding. The oilier was Judge Herbert Murray, personally cleared for his job in 1971 afler a 30-minute interview with Agnew. C a i m i n # Hanzhiif was in "apparent violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility," the Baltimore judges urged legal disciplinary authorities in Washington to investigate ·Ban- zhaf. After much waffling the Washington disciplinary unit threw the judges' request oul. BOOK PICKS: "The Palace Guard" by CBS newsmen Dan Rather and Gary Paul Gates expertly catches the piranha quality of the Nixon While House. There. H. R. Haldeman manipulates Spiro Agnew, John Ehrlichman sneers at honorable men like Bob '.''inch as "the Pasadena Hamlet" and Pat Moynihan as "our Oscar Wilde," and a Secret Service man loathingly confides "We say...come the revolution, he sure and save two bullets: one for Haldeman and one for Ehrlichman." "The Politician Primeval'..' by Hubert Humphrey's doctor and. advisor, Dr. Edgar Herman, is so outrageously candid about the press and politicians that the book took three months to clear the libel lawyers. Still, Herman omits one of his most ribald true tales: the names of the famed reporters who, on the way home from an Asian lour with Humphrey, had to be shot with massive doses of penicillin because they pursued Asian pleasures more zealously thari they did news stories. --United Feature Syndicate From The Readers' Viewpoint Letters To The Editor Letter* to th« editor and other opinion-related contribution* aro ·elicited. We reserve the right to edit all letters, but try to do so only for *pace requirements: In the interest* of Rood, taste and feneral public interest, and to avoid libel. We edit firammatio ally, only on behalf of. clarity, beinjj too inexpert to do otherwise, Lett en stand the best chanca of being printed If they ara double-spaced and typewritten, and of not much more than 200 words. We have rules, too, against personal attaclcs and out-and-out advertising (we have an ad department for that). Letter* should IK* signed by hand, but identity of writer will be withheld on request. · --The Editors Solution To the Editor: Don't really know just what the old Postoffice building could be used for - restrooms and lounge for visitors maybe, with information desk? Rest area for tired pedestrians? Rerhaps better than anything else it could still be used for an uptown post- office. Seems the city and county donated it to the Government for a fifty-cent piece back in 1907. They wanted a postoffice. Tho building cost the government something, maybe $60,000? It was never intended to be used in commerce. Would only ba fair if the Government deeded il back to the city for the 50 cents and the actual cost at the building at the time it was built. There is Fulbright, Bumpers, McCIellan, Hammerschmidt. and a number of others. Anyone with power enough to have the Government declare it surplus property and give it back? The suggeston from J.B. Mc- Connelli former banker and resident. Lloyd McConnell Fayetteville No Amnesty To the Editor: Your August 26lh edilorial commenls concerning "amnesty" for confederate veterans of the War Between Ihe States convince me that you need enlightenment about the fact that Southern servicemen were not draft dodgers o f . the United States, as they were no longer citizens in the Union at the time of the war. As loyal citizens of the Confederate States of America, they fought in self defense after Fed. ral aggressors attacked, en- eral aggressors attacked, en- back inlo.a nalion from which they had seceded. Confederate veterans had no need of amnesty, as they had done nothing wrong. Winifred Sharp Fayetteville

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