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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern 0\ This Newspaper 4 · TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1974 Terrorists Use Uncle Sam's Weapons It's A Citizens Responsibility We are pleased with the solid support given an Act 9 of 1960 bond issue proposal here last week. A vote of 807 in favor vs. 64 opposed is a convincing majority. Less convincing is the relatively few voters who exercised their franchise at the polls. : We have asked several voters what they believe to be the reason for the light turnout, and have been advised almost uniformly that newspaper stories to the effect that the issue was without controversy; without effect upon the local citizen; and pretty much taken care of by the .company for which the bonds were to be issued, rendered Voter "concern" unnecessary. "Why vote when there is no need?" we were told. We take a measure of pride in the fact that these citizens admit to reading and believing what they read in their local newspaper. Beyond that, however, we are concerned that too few of our citizens are accepting the fundamental responsibility of citizenship -- to exercise their voting franchise at each and every opportunity. Voting is the consumation of the good citizen's awareness of issues in community, county, state and nation. A good citizen needs to keep himself informed. While this newspaper did endorse the Act 9 bond issue for Baldwin Piano and Organ Company's plant expansion, it did so because of such various factors as the company's cooperative relationship with the community, its contribution to the city's diversified economic base, its vigor economically, and its prospects as a solid neighbor for years to come. These, we believe, are reasons to cast one's ballot on such an issue, rather than reasons to stay hoine and let someone else handle the responsibility. On some occasions. a non-vote becomes a "ho" vote. And THAT amounts to a lurking danger to the public interest. W / i a t Others S a y . . . ONE OF HAM'S JOKES Jim Ham just got back from a trip to the mountains and he says he made a discovery while up there.-It has to do w i t h these signs you see that instinct motorists to "Watch out for Falling Rock." "The story goes," he said, "that there were two little Indian boys -- Little Feather and Falling Rock. They welt out t o g e t h e r one day and got lost in Ihe mountains. A s c o u t i n g party was organized and eventually they found Little Feather, but they were never able to find Falling Rock. That's 'he reason you see so many signs in the mountains that request people tc "Watch for Falling Rock." . Now. don't blame me lor that. Remember. I told you it is one of Ham's jokes. -William R. Bradford, Jr. In the Fort Mill (S.C.) Times OLD MAYORS Former mayors, like old soldiers, never die. They wind up with their own television or radio programs. Los Angeles' Sam Yorty , yaks t h r o u g h the smog ' on morning radio. Carl Stokes traded Cleveland's city hall for a New York television studio. A n d when NBC' s "AM America" program premiers in January,' John Lindsay, New York's former finest, will be doing interviews and commentary. There seems to be a trend here, perhaps provin" that it's much easier to talk a!out urban problems than to solve them. You'll know trend is firm when Richard Daley leaves Chicago to join Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football. --Charlotte (N.C.) Observer A FISHY STORY When Billy Arthur was editor of the Ons!ow County News and Views he published, this story:A local fisherman was telling about catching a 50-pound bass in New River. He swore it weighed that much. Not to be outdone, a friend countered with a yarn a b o u t pulling a brass lantern ihat was lost off a boatplying the New River more than 100 years ago. And the lantern was still lit. No one believed the lantern story and the narrator was told to make it a little bit more reasonable. "All right." he offpred, "if he'll take 45 pounds off that fish,I'll blow out the lantern." --Carl Goerch in Ihe Nashville (N.C.) Graphic 'POWER'-TO SPARE Of late there's been considerable debate, about how much "power" the nation's governors do or don't have. But some unsung political punster in Frankfort, Ky., has pointed out that Gov. Wendell H. Ford is one governor who has "power" to spire these days. It seems that when a tornado knocked out electricity in much of Frankfort, the governor's office was in the dark -- literally. Ford stayed on the job but had to coordinate emergency efforts by candlelight. Candles, however, shouldn't be needed in the governor's office ever again. With an eye to a possible repeat of what happened when the tornado hit. Ford directed that his office be ticd-in to an emergency generator used by Civil Defense. We can't help but suspect thai the governor wishes he had the "power" to solve all his other I From Our Files; How Time Fliesl JO YEARS AGO Enrollment in Fayettcville schools reached a record 4,497 when students reported Wednesday for the first day of school. ;. Building permits hit $111,301) 'in Fayetteville during August. ·50 VEARS AGO ; County schools will get an additional $15,000 this year. The ;per capita apportionment is 54.90 this year and the number .of students is 13,380. . A total of 1,125 books were loaned to adults and 430 to ·100 YEARS AGO ; The Clarksville stage is now making splendid time, arriving '.here generally about noon. A young man is spending his here generally about noon. This ' brings total permits for new residences up to 134 for the year. The new federal minimum wage of $1.15 per hour went into effect today. children, reports Miss Lila Rol- lislon, librarian. Henry D. Tovey has returned from a summer trip to Chicago and Bayview, Mich., where he appeared in several concerts. honeymoon in jail. He committed a theft Saturday night, was married Sunday night and Monday morning he was arrested. They'll Do It Every Time FOMEXJE- TUKNSCN TH5 CHARM FOR HIS TECHNICIAN TOCW/? MY/ THE GOOP DOC 6UE6 HAS AN £Y6 FOR BEAUTY. PRETTY ASSISTANT BDTHOW HCWANTIC. tAN ONE 66, HFR6, MISS PATOOTIS- POLISH THE UPPERS problems as easily. --Huntihgton (W.Va.) Herald Dispatch SIGHT TO SEE And then there was Ihe earthshaking news from L o o k o u t Mountain, Tennessee. Rock City Gardens, believe it or not, is changing its image tc 'be in step with concern for the environment. , That means it will no longer be'placing advertising on ' rooftops, along highways or on billboards. Born again for some; culture shock for others. --Atlanta (Ga.) Journal H I G H W A Y FUNDS F O R BIKES Getting there soon may be much more than half the fun for bicyclists in Massachusetts, with $1.4 million of federal funds authorized for construction of bike paths throughout the state in the next year. The great popularity of bike riding -- there are now two million riders in the state --· makes this kind of expenditure eminently sensible. In many places there simply are no safe and convenient places to ride. I.t is fitting, too. that the money for bike paths comes out of the Federal Highway Fund. After all, it is the automobile that has preempted the public ways at the expense of the bicycle. No new federal funds are entailed in the program. The plan simply makes available for a new use money already allocated to states from the federal fund, on a 70 to 30 matching ratio of federal to state money to be expended. Boston and vicinity would be granted nine and a half miles of paths according to the plan, if local officials can work out ways of establishing t h e m alongside existing streets. We hope it can be done; urban areas have a greater need of bike paths than suburbs and rural communities. The bicycle has taken a serious place In short-distance travel for many people and a relatively modest expenditure for good, safe riding paths can bring untold benefits to numbers of people for years to come. We hope construction of the paths, in the city and In other places where the money is available, will begin right away. --Boston Herald American FOR BRIGHTER MORNINGS Congress appears to be ready to return the nation to standard time for four months this fall and winter to help farmers and make it safer for youngsters to get Ihe s c h o o I. The bill is a reasonable compromise. The experiment with year- round daylight saving time worked as well as could be expected. Federal energy officials estimated a fuel savings of l per cent, which was what they had forecast. While (the number of) morning traffic deaths among school children increased. . .it was more than offset by a decline in afternoon fatalities. But complaints continued to come in. The public, generally, wants to start the day with brighter mornings. Responding to the public mood, as it should, Congress is proposing that the clocks he set back one hour from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in February. Most of the fuel savings were achieved during March a n d April. A n d , by then, the days are getting long enough to relieve the early morning darkness. So (he bill should satisfy almost everyone. COMMERCIAL APPEAL (ME COMMERCIAL APPEAL (MEMPHtS) Bible Verse "The next day ho saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29 Keep in mind that Jesus came for the specific purpose of dealing with sin, and He alone can deliver from it's terrible consequences. "Except ye believe ye shall all likewise perish." By JACK ANDERSON And LES WHITTEN WASHINGTON --From the guerrilla camps of Lebanon to the Vietcong-occupied forests of Vietnam, terrorists are fighting with weapons paid for by the U.S, taxpayer and intended for use of American GIs. In our own travels we have seen ragamuffins cavorting among live Army artillery shells, belts of machine gun ammunition lying unprotected Hi an Air Force base and untended tanks and jeeps ready lo he driven away by intruders. In Southeast Asia, recently, hundreds of thousands of rounds of U.S. rifle "ammo," bombs, mines and artillery fuses were reported stolen from sea-going munitions barges. No case, however, better illustrates the holes in Americ's arms cornucopia than the U.S. depot at Miseau,, West Germany, and the nearby Weilerbach storage area near Kaiserslautern. For years, the depot'had been losing munitions at an alarming rate. Thousands of rounds of ammunition, from .22 caliber bullets to mortar shells, cases of dynamite and blasting caps, hand grenades and missiles had simply disappeared. But no one knew how bad the problem actually was until February 1972, when Army investigators received a tip "that a group of Third-Country Nationals' 'had stolen "critical munitions" from Miseau, The The Washington Merry-Go-Round resulting investigation, outlined in reports stamped "Confidei tial," which \ye have obtained; is still continuing. The three "nationals," the Army found, were Polish-born employes of Uncle Sam. The trio had made off with fifteen GO mm anti-tank rockets a n d three 2.75 inch air-lo-surface rockets. Ttiey also had their eyes on anti-aircraft Red Eye -missiles, the report said. One of the thieves, moreover, previously had been investigated tor "larceny of U.S. government property." No one, apparently, had bothered to check his file when he was hired. Further investigation revealed that 32 additional U.S. government employes, many of them security guards, had seamy records. Two were suspected of "working with Polish Intelligence Service." Another was a "suspected Yugoslavian Intelligence active'; yet another had been employed "by Hungarian Intelligence Service." One subject was found to be a "devout Communist." And one man's record, astoundingly, indicated he was "at one time a general in the Russian army." A confidential report circulated by the German Federal Criminal Bureau had Indicated that "a number of Arab agents were operating in (Germany) with the intent to attack U.S, installations." Upon checking on government employes working in the area, Army investigators found that 19 Syrians had been hired or fired "in the Kaiserslautern area Curing the period June -*Oct.'72." There was evidence of very real terrorist activity' tied to the loss of arms and poor security at the depot. · Thousands of Red Eye missiles are stockpiles at Miseau and VVeilerbach. The American equivalent of the Russian Strella, they are the perfect terrorist weapon -light, compact, heat-seeking, shoulder-fired. One August afternoon, discloses a report stamped "For Official Use Only," Army investigators 'happened by the railhead at Miseau and "found whal they believed to be a pallet containing 4 R e d Eye missiles.;.placed. in open storage...." J · , . This sparked a probe of the Red Eye stocks and accounting system at Miseau. The Results were -frightening. "The inventory established the presence of 3776 missiles ' stored in earth-covered magazines...," states the confidential findings "235 can be accounted for by receipt documentation. No records could be found to "Couid Be I'm Hooked, Too . State Of Affairs Wrong Cause; Wrong Cure By CLAYTON FR1TCHEY WASHINGTON -- . On. the novel but welcome theory that diagnosis of a national ailment ought lo recede the treatment of it, President Ford has assigned to his "summit conference" on inflation the task of determining what is causing the problem. The conference, scheduled for Sept. 27-28 in Washington, with t h e President personally presiding, is to have a five-point goal, with the goal of "Wen; tifying Ihe causes of inflation" as Point No. 2. The only thing better would have been to make it Point No. 1. One reason that it should have such high priority is that Mr. Ford himself appears to need further education on this particular point. The new President says he is approaching the conference with an open mind, but the views he expressed at his. first formal press conference indicate that his mind is already made up about some aspects of bolh cause and cure. He has, for instance, flatly ruled out the rcimposition of wage and price controls, even though some of the notables invited to the conference undoubtedly will recommend them in one f o i m or another. Mr. Ford has also indicated mat he largely shares the conviction of the Nixon Administration that inflation is primarily a matter of too much money chasing too few goods. The "old-time religion" of Nixon and his economic advisers called for slowing down the economy, cutting the budget and eliminating jobs as a means of curbing consumer spending, thus supposedly reducing over- demand on undersupply. IN THE F.YEg of Ihe resigned President and his team, the cause of inflation was traced not lo their mistakes but lo the American people. Dr. Herbert Stein, who has just quit as chairman of t h e , White House Council of Economic Advisers, blamed the public for not demanding higher taxes. Treasury Secretary William- Simon says, "The demands of the American people (for a higher standard of living) go far beyond the capacity of the economy." Arguing that the demand for goods has been pushed beyond the nation's ability to produce, he said, "Our eyes have been bigger than our stomachs." N i x o n ' s last contribution before leaving office was to call on the people to save an extra 15 cents for every $10 they spend. Arthur Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, would slash purchasing power by cutting the U.S. budget by public should "tighten its belt." $10 million. Mr. Ford also thinks the In considering Ihe origins of inflation, he seems to have embraced the views of the Nixon advisers he has inherited, but before he commits himself further he would do, well to submit the whole question of cause to a full-fledged, open-minded review at the coming summit conference. It's just possible that the President will learn that, despite the conventional wisdom, much of the problem is one. of loo many goods chasing loo few dollars, ralher than Ihe reverse. If Gardner Ackley, who was chairman of the Council of Ecq. nomic Advisers under President Johnson, is invited to the conference, Mr. Ford will hear why "further weakening of an already weak economy" is no effective cure for inflation. "Slowing down an already soft economy," Ackley recently told Congress, "increasing an already high level of unemployment, creating new excess capacity when there is already more than enough will have exceedingly littie effect in slowing down an inflation already under way." ALL' THIS HAS been so repeatedly demonstrated that Ackley said he was surprised . it needed any further proof. Yet apparently it does, for all kinds of economic myths are re- sently in circulation. Oil, , for example, is rated an important cause of rising prices, w h i c h it is, but not because the public is buying more than can be produced. On the contrary, oil is now in such large surplus that Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are slashing production in an effort to keep up Ihe price artificially. Food is another big inflation ilem, but again not because of U.S. demand exceeding supply. The major crops Ihis year are all at record or near-record levels, far more than can be consumed by Americans. Only recently the big cattle interests descended on Washington to get $2 billion in loans because they had more beef than they could sell. The auto industry has just raised the price of its new models, but not because of excess demand. Sales last month were off 8 per cent; for all of 1974 they are off 22 per cent. In short, too many cars chasing too few dollars. What is true of goods is also true of services, with plenty of airline seats and hole! bedrooms, for instance, going emply. There are, of course, a number of exceptions to this, but the exceptions don't make the rule. Nothing triggers inflationary pressures faster than a shortage of manpower, but with 5.3 million Americans out of work, does the unemployment pool need to ba enlarged to curb inflation? (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Indicate the remaining 1471 missiles were ever received.. ·.. In short, the depot had:what auditors call an "overage" of Red Eyes. To the military, overages represent an even greater danger than shortages because there is no way of determining what is actually missing. The army investigators also surveyed Ihe physical security at Miseau and Weilerbach. Their findings: --The perimeter's chain link fence has oxidized to the point that it has lost its tensile strength and can be broken or crushed with the hand....The top and bottom weaves have rusted and broken loose..., holes ara beginning to appear.... --"The above-ground storage facilities have fallen into a poor state of maintenance and repair. The pre-fab concrete and fiber siding and roofs hava become brittle and can be damaged or broken with little effort. Numerous hinges and door hasps are rusted and in a weakened condition...; master keys must be considered compromised. --"It was also observed that 'select'. . .civilians are authoriz ed entry into the Miseau Storage Areas on the basis of German- American relations. The persons are purported to be berry- pickers and naturalists. These personnel were not escorted during their stays in Ihe ammunition storage areas," --A survey of the guard fores disclosed that during Ihe six- month period prior lo Ihe Army investigation, "a total of 254 infractions were recorded...." T h e s e involved "AWOL. drunkeness, sleeping on duty, performing guard duties without a weapon and false reporting by guard personnel." -- ' ' V a s t quantities of unguarded munitions were located in open storage at both...railheads. These items included, but were not limited to. 105 mm and 155 mm artillery rounds, rockets,...small arms ammunition, mines, fuzes and missiles." --Over i one-month period, ."an estimated 200 TOW missiles, a sensitive munitions list item, were observed in open, storage on the south side of (one) railhead. At no the course of approximately 3 weeks were these missiles under protection of a guard.". . --Two entire guided missile systems valued at $10,800 'were grenades, pistol and rifle rounds and other items sufficient lo etuiip a small army. Although Miseau's commanders sought to hinder the investigation, according 'to the report, there are indications they also nervously tightened security. Elsewhere, Pentagon security sources lell us, tha · situation remains acute. --United Feature Syndicate Will 70s . Be Period Of Drought? WASHINGTON (ERR) -Draw a line on the map straight north from a point a few miles above Laredo on the Rio Grande. The line will sever the panhandles' of Texas and Oklahoma from the vest of the two states, split off the western sections of Kansas and Nebraska, and bisect the Dakotas. · There you have the 100th meridian which runs through, the heart of Ihe Great Plains and, some say, marks tha beginning'of the Irue West, .a land distinguished by its dry- .ncss. From about the 100th meridian on to the western, slopes of Ihe Pacific mountain ranges the rainfall is 20 inchds or less in an average year. For many areas oh both sides of that imaginary line, Ihis has unfortunately been a.most un- average .year. l A \ ; summer drought, the worst in years, plain states, America's granary. The extent of the'damage was confirmed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest projections for this year's harr vests. The 1974 corn crop will b» 12 per cent below last year's, gripped vast expanses of t h a Ihe soybean crop would ba down 16 per cent and grain sorghum or milo (used for cattla feed) 24 per cent. Wheat fared better, falling slightly below earlier projections but slill holding 8 per cent above last year's pro due lion. IF THIS BAD news for farmers and ultimately grocery, buyers came without warning.' it shouldn't have. Drought cycles have been recorded a j occuring roughly in every other decade for almost as long as the plains have been tilled. It was the Dust Bowl as much as the depression lhat drove the Okies lo California in Ihe thirties. Then in Ihe 1950s cams another round of dry years. Back in 1896, the chief hydrc- grapher of Ihe U.S. Geological Survey wrote: "The Great Plains can be characterized as a r e g i o n of periodic famine....Year after year the water supply may be ample, the forage plants cover the ground with a rank growth, lha herds mulliply, the settlers extend their fields, when almost imperceptibly, lhe...rai'n clouds . . . disappear upon the horizon, and weeks lengthen ..into.months without a drop of moisture." INDF.ED, THE region was known to early mapmakers arid 19th century schoolboys as '-'The Great American Desert." Whether the farmer should ever have busted the weslern sod has been argued endlessly and is now a bygone question. The government is now urging him } ON PAGE flVEJ

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