Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 4, 1974 · Page 4
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 4, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Publte Interest I* The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 « WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1974 Ford Lays Plans For Cabinet Overhaul The New Dale Moves On Stage Gov. Dale Bumpers hasn't really been himself since his successful primary campaign against Sen. Bill Fulbright. The old Bumpers, the one the state had grown accustomed to and the one who headed up a winning primary election drive last spring, was one that temporized, obfuscated, gee-ed and hawed, and more often than not seemed to vaporize when in the vicinity of a tight corner. Since the election, though, he has revealed a New Dale, one given to pungent critiques of the press and unpolitical views on in-state political issues. Not too long ago, in a talk Up East (the New Dale is working hard these days at being a national rather than provincial character), Mr. Bumpers let it be known that Arkansas doesn't really want too much industrialization, or at least isn't issuing a blanket invitation north of the Mason-Dixon line to manufacturers to resettle down this- away. Used to be, you'll recall, the governor was taking all the credit he could get for landing an occasional new plant for the state (much credit for which, incidentally, surely belongs to the work of the late Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller). Latest pronouncement from the governor is that he won't support an amendment Art Buchwald calling for a change in the state's usury limitation. To be truthful, he never has shown much enthusiasm for the amendment, but it must be noted too that he didn't actually make up his mind on the matter during the period when state financial interests (the people backing the usury change amendment) were kicking in almost $23,000 in contributions to his senatorial campaign. Mr. Bumpers also says -- now -- that he would favor a change in the 1953 law that allows a public utility to charge and collect rate increases before they are approved by the Public Service Commission. We wish he'd have pushed that particular idea back when he was in a better position to influence the Legislature. As it happens, we agree with Mr. Bumpers on the utility rate charge statute. And we have the gravest sort of reservations about turning over interest rate hikes to the General Assembly's capricious whims. We even admire the'Oregonian-like stance he seems to be adopting regarding preservation of Arkansas' natural assets. What we wonder, though, is if the New Dale is just the "senator's" face for the folks back home, whereas the Old Dale will surface and take over on Capitol Hill next January. Dinner At The White House BY ART BUCHWALD M A R T H A ' S VINEYARD Mass. -- I was .sitting on the porch of our rented house on Martha's Vineyard reading "Six Crises" for the seventh time when the call from Washington came. It was my secretary Ellie who said in a breathless voice. "The White House just telephonerl. President and Mrs. Ford want you to come to a state dinner Friday night." "Oh, my God," I said. "What is it?" my wife said when she saw my [ace. "What's wrong?" "President Ford wants us to come to dinner Friday night." "Hurry up and get off the phone." she said: "I have to call Oscar de la Renta and order a new evening gown." "Wait a minute, social climber." I said. "Not so fast. We have to think this one out. I told Ellie I would c a l l her hack." "What is there to think out?" my wife said. "We've been invited by the President of the United States for dinner. We have to go." "IT'S NOT THAT simple. Don't- you see what they're trying to do? It's the old 'invite the columnist to the White House trick.' They're out to get me." "How can you say that?" she demanded. "I've NEVER been invited to the White House -- not by John F. Kennedy, not by Lyndon Baines Johnson, not EVEN by Richard Nixon. The title of my last book was 'I Never Danced at the White House.' I've made my living standing on the outside, hanging on the bars of the iron fence looking in. Now the Fords are trying to destroy me by asking us to break bread with them." "You're being paranoid," my wife said. "Maybe they don't know many people in Washington, and they've heard what a great dancer you are." "I wish that was all there was to it. But I believe someone in the Ford Administration has it in for me. Can't you see what this will do for me? If we go to that dinner, it will be reported in the press. Everyone will say I've gone in the bag for the President. My credibility as a lough, hard-driving, investi- g a t i v e reporter will b e destroyed. People will pick up the co'lumn and say, 'I wonder what the freeloader has to say about Mr. Ford today.' There From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Fayetteville lAhletic Boosters Club has been organized to support athletic activities at the high school. The Fayetteville Evening Lions Club is sponsoring a free 50 YEARS AGO "Valley View", a new residential section has been established by Trent and Conner, realty firm. It overlooks Boston Mountain Valley and faces south on Spring Street, between College Ave. and Willow and north and south on Conner Avenue, a new street to be opened 100 YEARS AGO We learn 10,000 bushels of wheat was raised within a radius of two miles of Boonsboro. vision screening program for pre-school children. The annual Labor Day Observances and 12th annual Clothesline Fair opens tomorrow at Prairie Grove Battlefield Park. by the developers. T w o acres of grapes, belonging to Mik« Flynn of Goshen Road, produced MOO five pound baskets of grapes. Data is being compiled for a rural directory of Washington County. Self - Help Clubs have sponsored (he directory for the past several years. Tutlle Grange is holding a picnic at Richland today. Addresses and a picnic dinner are the order of the day. They'll Do it Every Time I Tfe Kerieef ca*t£s M/we TO goos NftVHE SPENPSH6 TIME KEEPING OTHER PEOPLE. FROM W3RKIK5* ENOCH EXPECTS T08TAKEH10 UUMCH--H£US£P TO BRING -IT WHEM H£ WORKH? 1 BESTTr!IN6 EVER PIP WAS TO RETIRE.' NOMOR6 RAC- I -JOST THOUGHT fl? PROP WTtWAW SEE . OH-WE'RE 6U5IEK THAN By JACK ANDERSON. And LES WHITEN WASHINGTON -- in earnest talks with his friends in and outside government, President Ford is beginning to shape 'the cabinet he hopes will carry him through until January 1977. and beyond. While House insiders tell us Ford is now concentrating on replacements for Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Caspar Weinberger and, further along. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger. Others almost certain to be dislodged in the near future are Agriculture Secretary Earl Butu, Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary James Lynn, and White House budget chief Roy Ash. To head HEW and Defense, Ford is mulling over the names of Rep. Albert Quie, R-Minn., and Don Rumsfeld, the able ex- head of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Quie is a hard-headed conservative, who as ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor committee, is consulted by HEW every time the sprawling agency takes on a new program. But he may rot want to give up his safe district for Ihe HEW job which, in the past, has been a b o u t as secure as being spouse to Henry the Eighth. And Quie, while respected in Congress, lacks the warmth that many feel is needed for the job, a failing felt . acutely at HEW under -Weinberger. Schlesinger, on the other h a n d , has endeared himself to many of his associates, but has not had a good rapport with The Washington Merry-Go-Round is no way anyone can be objective after he's danced with the President's wife." "Well, you can't just refuse. You'd be insulting the office of the Presidency," my wife said as she started putting her hair in curlers. "We could go sailing. If we were out in a sailboat and they couldn't find us, we wouldn't be insulting anybody." "But you can't sail," she objected. "All you need is a good sea, strong canvas and a wind at your back. I read that somewhere." "I'M NOT GOING to risk drowning just because you don't want to go to dinner at the White House." "What option do we have?" 1 said. "The Fords haven't given us any choice. Do you realize a piece of roast beef in the East Room could destroy our way of life as we know it? Threats 1 can take. IRS audits I can deal with -- I don't even mind having my telephone tapped. But there is no way I can fight an invitation to a state dinner." "Then I can't call Oscar de la Renla?" she said crestfallen. "Not unless he makes yellow slickers for sailboats," I said. I called back Ellie. "Ellie, tell the White House that you can't reach us -- that we're somewhere between Nantucket and Cape Halteras on a boat. And one more thing -- do you have a dictionary there? Look up starbard, and tell me if it's the right side or the left side of a boat." (C) 1914, Los Angeles Times Billy Graham This Is Mv Answer Without my being specific as to one vice or another, can you give me any general rule for Christian conduct? People in church tell me one thing, a n d at home another. I'm getting confused. A,R. Some things are approved by all men as proper. Others are universally condemned. We all know, of course, there is a gray area in between, and I suppose you raise the issue of the morality of such involvements, Paul had a question like this in the church at Corinth. (I Corinthians 8.) It concerned the eating of meat which had earlier been offered to idols. To some, this was no problem. Others saw the meat as somehow having been contaminated by idolatrous practices. Their conscience was stirred. Paul might have here appealed to the decision of the Council at Jerusalem, which had prohibited such meats. This, however, would have been contrary to Paul's method. Rather, he set forth principles which he taught readers to apply to all their problems. You read chapters 8-10 of the First Epistle to the Corinthians. While he discusses certain basic principles like hurting the weak, or hindering Christian work or identifying with the world, h i s summary statement in chapter 10, verse 31 is "do all to the glory of God." Even if you had no other guiding principle, this one alon* would suffice. Congress. Rumsfeld, it is felt, would close this gap. He is still remembered fondly for the courageous yet tactful lobbying he did to keep the Office of Economic Opportunity alive. At the Departments of Transportation and Labor, Secre- Brinegar and Peter Brennan are men "we don't have to worry about for the time being," one White House source sjiid. There is, however, considerable debate among White House aides over Atty. Gen. William Saxbe, even though Ford, we have learned, has assured Saxbe he can stay. Some White House aides feel his outspoken ways have touched a warm chord in the American people. Others feel he is a poor a.d- rhinistrator whose work is being done by Dep. Atty. Gen. Laurence Silber-man, and whose mouth has produced nolhing but trouble. GOLDEN YEARS: - A few months before he was kicked out by President Nixon as Economic Opportunity chief, Alvin Arnett squelched a favorite Nixon White House boondoggle. Now the FBI is looking into the "Federation of Experienced Americans," originally set up by former White House aide Charles Colson as a means of helping the 1972 Nixon campaign. The "Federation" 'got $2 million in government contracts, many of which were carried out .so poorly that the G e n e r a l Accounting Office found the organization "ineffective, deficient and often in violation of its contracts." One of Arnelt's discoveries was that the '"Federation's" director, David W.. Brody, was using federal grant money for personal expenses. The GAO probe charged that Brody spent $1,325 on a trip to Hawaii with his wife, and $15,000 for life and disability insurance for himself and his family. T h e purpose of the "Federation," the GAO found, was to siphon money away from liberal service groups for the elderly and put it into ths "Federation," which then used the funds to favor pro-Nixon contractors and to win over elderly fence-sitters. Arnett cut off all OEO funds for the "Federation" early this year and believes his decision . may have been a factor in his firing by Nixon. Now, we have learned that President Ford is considering Arnetl for a hrgh White House' domestic advisory job. Bordy did not return our calls. W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: When the second Watergate grand jury was sworn in, .tlxen Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox entered, shook the hands of all p r e s e n t, and said solemnly, "I hope you'll be' able to do the right thing." One of those "jurors" was actually a witness. Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, who got the And On The Card Put, Guns Don't People . . . " - PI JB»TCH A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought T R A D E M A R K BATTLE. "Combat in 'the Trademark Zone." Dun's, August 1974, pp. 42-45; 84c. "Hundreds of corporate policemen-- attorneys, public relations men and other executives as well--battle day after day to m a i n t a i n the purity and the power of the 500,000 plus trademarks that are registered with the U.S. Patent Office, never losing sight of the fact that what is at stake may well be the corporation's most substantial property. The Coca-Cola Co.. to cite one of the most famous names of a l l , places the value of its trademarks at over SI billion." "A trademark...dons not even have to be a name to be guaranteed protection. Among the trademarks that cannot be imitated for commercial purposes are the shape of a Haig Haig Pinch bottle or of a Coke bottle, the Playooy Bunny costume, the CBS Eye and the NBC chimes." "A trademark is distinct from a copyright, which protects a literary or artistic work, and from a patent, which protects an invention. Unlike a patent, which automatically expires in seventeen years, a trademark can be renewed indefinitely." "Part of the reasoning is that a t r a d e m a r k protects not only its creator but the consumer, because it enables the consumer to distinguish that product from a l l others and to determine where to complain if something goes wrong. The catch is this: A c o u r t may yank a w a y a trademark at almost any time relate to the original." ' ' T r a d e m a r k protectors shudder to contemplate that their valuable m a r k could go the way of the thermos." "King-Sccly lost the exclusive right to use 'thermos' in 19fi2 w h e n surveys showed t h a t 68 thought 'thermos' w a s simply an easy-to-remember synonym f o r a n y vacuum-insulated bottle." U.S. BUSINESS ABROAD. John B. Rhodes. "U.S. New Business Activities Abroad." The Columbia Journal of World Business, summer 1974, pp. 99105. "During 1973, Booz, Allen Hamilton found that 568 U.S. companies engaged in new business activities abroad; this is an 8 per cent increase over the 1972 number of 523. The total number of new establishments, expansions and licensing agreements also increased, out by a mere 5.7 per cent as compared to the 1971-72 increase of 18.8 per cent. "The groups of data reflect the same general patterns as found in previous years. New establishments continued to be the dominant type of activity, accounting for GfiO pr 77.8 per cent of the total 848 new activities during the past year; 3.1! per cent of the activities were expansions while 13.7 per cent were license arrangements." "Within the new establishments grouping. 60 per cent wore in the manufacturing sector. This is roughly consistent with the pattern prevailing in previous years although this year's f i g u r e of 660 represents a fairly substantial increase over the 1972 f i g u r e of 510 and a modest increase over the 12 year average of 637 new establishments during ISHU-1072." "The distribution of these new activities did not vary much with past patterns, but does represent a more complex picture than the data on type of activity. The general principle remains: Companies are drawn to those foreign regions and rations w h i c h they feel are the 'most promising and the 'most hospitable'." "From the point of view of economic, monetary, social and political considerations, the years immediately ahead would seem to present a mixture of complications not previously encountered by U.S. business." - INFLATED SOCCER. "Inflation Sport." Forbes, August 15. 1974, p. 45. "In all. you would still have to consider pro soccer a long shot. But it does have one big thing going for it--it's a cheap sport in an expensive age. That's what has the big investors excited." "Soccer teams have only two coaches and 18 players, who only get $4.000 each per season. Compare that with pro basketball, another 'cheap' sport, that has one coach per team and 12 players, who get around $90,0000 ea h per season." "The low overhead helps keep operating losses in check. True, a team can still drop $150.000 to $200,000 a year. But while 4hat is a lot of money to most people, it's just a usable tax write-off to the kind of well- heeled investors who are into soccer." "To top it o f f , the initial NASL (North American Soccer League) franchise fee to newcomers is just $100,000 in cash. In addition, they agree to waive any receipts that might arise from payments by a new franchise entering the league, in amounts up to $150,000. That's peanuts in comparison to around $16 million for a National Football League franchise or $8 million for a basketball franchise." "Tom McCloskey, who got his Philadelphia Atoms franchise for a bargain-basement {25.000 two years ago. figures it will command around $2 million in seven years or so: 'That's the way to make a capital gain. Get in when it's going for peanuts, '", same hand shak» ind Hunt confided to I frlend. that; he felt it best to bite his lip- a n d keep quiet...Pr»sid»nt, F o r d ' s budget-trimming" !»· taken to heart by *om» · in' thtf" bureaucracy. A t40;OM fly*-slate regional, conference'-'of! Department of Labor'employe* scheduled for El Pain, Texas.', has been canceled. .As .th«' assistant regional director;, in Dallas put it, "It would hxvr been damn .arrogant.of B« t» proceed with the economy i», the mess it's in."...0ri« ef · th*^ Consumer Protection Act's most' outspoken sponsors has been- Sen, Charles Percy, R-I1!., who" was therefore astonished wherl he got an errant mailgrarrf . from the Chamber of Commerce thanking him for his "support'.' of a filibuster -that would kill the bill. Percy and others have -talked Majority, leader Mike Mansfield of Montana, into an almost unprecedented fourth cloture vote on the filibuster in mid-Septem-: ber...An unpublished General Accounting Office report says' no one knows whether public or private utilities »r« -gouged by the electrical equipment makers. None of these buyers can gain .access to manufac: turers' records, and not one'ef 41 state utility commission* queried had ever questioned Ih* cost of the expensive power equipment, the GAO found. -United Feature Sy»U»t« From The Readers' ; Viewpoint :.( Open Letter To thi Editor: OPEN LETTER TO MOTORS ISTS AND CYCLISTS.' Early afternoon of August.20, my 17-year-old son was involved in a motorcycle accident on : 01d Wire Road which resulted uj a battered leg that will requir* an estimated six-weeks of hospitalization. We are thankful t» God that he didn't lose.his life.- This is not intended primarily to be a defense for motorcyclists, for they often disregard traffic laws and the rights of others. I have long regarded motorcycles as dangerous, not only due to faults of cycle drivers, but. also because of the attitudes of other motorists toward them. Regrettably, because of his need of transportation to and from his job and the inability to afford an automobile, my son drove a motorcycle. , .:. The circumstances which proceeded his impact with the rock wall are all too commonplace: The motorists who pulled out into his path a "sorry, but 1 didn't see you." The boy, ,a.s. do most cyclists, encounters this situation with appalling frequency. Why is a noisy motorcycle! with its headlight shining, so invisible to the person behind an automobile steering wh.eiel? Was the cycle actually not seen', or would it be more factual to say that the thought simply 'did not register that it was a motor, vehicle that was bearing toward her at 35 miles-per-hour? Many drivers tend to merely glance left and right as 'they enter s right-of-way and often tend to forget that a motorcycle is a motor vehicle, required by law to be safety inspected and registered annually, and Ih'at they are to be accorded th« same right-of-way privileges a'i a full-size automobile. While it is true that visibility was restricted at the intersection of Old Wire Road and Stanton Avenue by a Too-Larger Sign and several trees and brush, there is a stop s i g n there. And, since the driver of the car resides on Stanton Aye ; nue and probably was familiar with this dangerous inter* section, shouldn't she IvaVi' exercised more caution? S I It might also be noted that the reporting officer failed tJ obtain a complete statement f r o m the boy. who was in pain; but fully conscious. The aceij dent report of his statement lists only that he was traveling south on Old Wire a n d . wat demonstrating anger toward thi driver who had pulled into his path, when he lost control' of. the motorcycle. However, ac,* cording to the boy; the drive? of the car which he had crossed into the left-hand lane to ayoid; rear-ending did not observe th* slop sign, but simply turned 1 slowly onto Old Wire Road. "Thi" woman could have been cited" for not yielding the righl-of? way. Also, the reporting officeiT- (reason unknown) has since left' the police force. I do not excuse the vulgar gesture, exhibited in anger toward the seemingly uncaring motorist, by my son, howeveiv I think his reaction was very- h u m a n and typical, given th'« circumstances. Another might have shaken a fist, or shouted,* or muttered a curse toward thj offending driver. · :··· It is my hope that this lelteij will cause all, motorists to b» more thoughtul and cautious 'm public streets; that the City' of Fayetteville will be more dllji gent in eliminating the nufner-; ous "blind" intersections withirl its limits. (Although the city;, has mowed the roadsides of. thft intersection since the accident;, the view is still obstructed by the Butterfield Addition sign' and several small trees which"! should be removed. Perhaps th« sign could be relocated to lh opposite side of Old Wire and; include an arrow pointing to' Slanton Avenue.), »nd that we all will exercise better control over our anger. And, by alf means cycists. KEEP YOUR' HANDS ON THE BARS. Mr«. B. A. Horn Fayetteville ;

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