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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is Tfte First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1974 Co/umrust Looks For Bicentennial Slogan The Campaign Is Joined Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt was in ^Northwest Arkansas, last week inspecting · fences, and officially opening his fall cam- gpaign for reelection. He says that he is nev- f.er complacent about his opposition, but ^downgrades the strength of this year's Dem- tlocratic nominee, Bill Clinton, a University ;ilaw professor and former Rhodes scholar. ''J Hammerschmidt bases his estimate of '!his opponent's political strength on the fact 'ithat Clinton drew fewer votes in the primary 5than Guy Hatfield, the Democratic nominee 5two years ago (which was during a presiden- ·tial year when registration AND voting are -/traditionally higher than in an "off year" ·'election). · ' On more topical matters, the Harrison ^solon portrays himself as a warm friend of ·President Ford and an optimist as to Ford's /.generally conservative political bent. He '·'opined at one Northwest Arkansas gathering that the President possesses a "sense of fair play and understanding." This was'be- fore the President's unconditional pardoning 'of ex-President Nixon, but we assume Mr. .v Hammerschmidt, himself a longtime devotee '"'of the Nixon administration, still sees Ford 'in the same kindly light. : It will be something of a bother, none- ·theless, we imagine, to have Mr. Ford speaking (and acting) in favor of amnesty when John Paul, taking his cue from "conserva- V'tive" elements in his district, is "totally op- '· posed" to general or even conditional amnesty. The consistency of his values will be sorely tested, it strikes us, as he seeks to approve of the presidential pardon while holding his hardline on Vietnam. - Additionally, Rep. Hammerschmidt tells · ~a gathering of Benton County friends that 'on the subject of amnesty his only concession would be to give deserters and draft dodgers the right to a fair trial based on the merits of each case, a condition, clearly, that would have well suited the Nixon situation. Although in the light of the presidential pardon before the fact one is left with John L Smith doubt as to the "fairness and equality of justice" in this country under Republican administration, we must point out to Rep. Hammerschmidf that it is EVERY person's right, under the Constitution, to a fair and speedy trial. It is a bit gratuitous of him to be okaying the Sixth Amendment. EXCEPT IN THEIR context with the stunning Nixon pardon, most of Rep. Hammerschmidt's comments have been orthodox, partisan ritual for this time of the . campaign. He professes confidence, and he refers abstractly to his record. We might, therefore, be inclined to accept Mr. Hammerschmidt's cool for what 'he claims it to be except for one amazing statement made in Fort Smith last week. Democratic nominee Clinton, said Hammerschmidt, has "a radical left-wing philosophy that has been played down." This, coming from the right wing, is about as awful an accusation as can be imagined. It isn't, it seems to us, a charge that comes from a foundation of great confidence and cool. Significantly, too, the basis for Hammerschmidt's charge is that Clinton worked for Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, i.e., against Nixon. Aside from the fact that support for McGovern for many looks a lot smarter now than two years ago, it must be noted that Hammerschmidt is branding Clinton for a act of loyalty to his national party. If that's a flaw, John Paul would be better off, for obvious reasons, not mentioning it. It is in the nature of the charge (of leftist radical) that Rep. Hammerschmidt reveals a couple of interesting insights. First of all, the incumbent must believe that the Democratic nominee is running well in the Third District; and second, the tone he thus sets is not one of an enlightened discussion of the issues, but rather one of sloganeering, innuendo and accusation. We had hoped for better. . Area Farming (EDITOR'S NOTE -- Area ^Farming is written by Joe Gas-., --ton of the Soil Conservation'- Service this week. Regular columnist John I. Smith is expected to resume his weekly comments next Thursday.) By JOE L. GASTON The high cost of nitrogen fer- tilizer makes it profitable for - the cattleman 7 to establish a , legume in a grass pasture. A good stand of white clover will add the equivalent of approximately 100 pounds of nitrogen per acre which is worts in excess of $20 per acre if purchased in commercial fertilizer. A method of white clover establishment in a good stand of From Our Files; How Time Flies] 10 YEARS AGO Some 63 delegates and priests from eight Catholic parishes a t t e n d e d t h e Northwest Arkansas Deanery meeting at th Mountain Inn. The Uitarian Fellowship, organized here 12 years ago, will hold its first services in 50 YEARS AGO The Standard Oil Co. of Indiana today announced a cut in the price of gasoline from 2-3 cents per gallon in 11 middle-western states. The new price was announced as 16 cents per gallon. Headquarters for National 100 YEARS AGO Work has again commenced on the Episcopal Church building and will be pushed forward as fast as funds can be raised. T h e y say that the grasshopper of today can clear a wheatfield in the time that his the new building Sunday. The new Fellowship House is located on the corner of Oakland and Cleveland Avenue. Eight sororities on the : -University of Ark'ansas ; campus named 239 pledges at the end of Rush week. Defense Test Day has 'been established in the building occupied by Cravens and Co. Col. E.M. Ratliff is provisional commander for the day. A speakers' platform has b e e n erected on the east side of the square and the square roped off from traffic. g r a n d f a t h e r would have required to sharpen his teeth. Thirty wagons and teams can get immediate employment in hauling lumber from Hendry's Old Mill to the University Building in this city. Apply to Z. Mayes at Fayetteville or at the mill. fescue requires the grass to be grazed very closely, disked lightly, and overseeded at the rate of 1 to 2 pounds of seed per acre. September is the best time for planting. Clover requires an ample supply of potash and lime to maintain a good stand. Annual applications of potash are often necessary on a soil low in potash. A soil test will provide information on the proper kind of fertilizer needed. The type of fertilizer can help to balance the grass-legume mixture in an established pasture. In a pasture which has · a n excess of clover, apply nitrogen and reduce the potash. Too much grass indicates potash and-or lime is needed. Of . course, moisture and time of year affects the amount of clover. They'll Do It Every Time KJMQUAT KTIKP, FIGURING ON A NEVERMIND THE WATCH! Trie MAIM THING IS,W6.'U, SP6NP ALL OJK TIME- $0 THEM WHAT POESMRS.K UP ANP PO? SEE VtXJ TOWI6HT.' I DON'T WANT TO B£ LATfcOM Trie NEW JOB) OH, PO THE WASH AT TH LAUNDRA- MAT, WILLYA? TIZ IMPROPERLY AND highly fertilized pasture may increase the chance of grass tetany in cattle. This nutritional disease is caused primarily by a shortage of magnesium in the diet. Clover has a high magnesium content and a balanced grass- legume mixture will usually prevent grass tetany. High rates of poultry manure increase the potassium content in the soil. Excess potassium interferes with the uptake of magnesium by grass. A soil test is useful in determining if the minerals are out of balance in the soil. There is some disagreement on how to prevent grass tetany. Probably the best method is to feed magnesium oxide in a mineral mix, but some cows may not get a steady intake of magnesium with this method. One to two ounces of magnesium oxide per head daily is recommended during the winter and early spring. The following salt-mineral mix is suggested as an aid in the prevention of grass tetany: 2 parts salt, 1 part magnesium oxide, 1 part deflorinated phosphate, and 1 part limestone. This mixture should be given free-choice and should be the only source of salt. GOVERNMENT COST shar. i n g i s still available f o r establishing and improving permanent pastures, pond construction, poultry disposal pits, forest planting and improvement, sediment control structures, and other conservation practices. Approximately one- half the cost of labor and material will be cost shared by the government if approved by the ASC county committee. Requests must be made at the county ASC office betora starling th practice. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- In times past, Americans have been able to distill the cause of the hour into a phrase, a rallying cry, a stirring slogan. To recite them is to review our history. Give me liberty or give me death...United we stand, divided we fall...Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute...Remember the Alamo...Government of the people, by the people and for the people... We must make the world safe for democracy...The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,..Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition . . . I have a dream...Ask not what your country can do for : you;;'ask what you can do fo your country. At this thime, as we emerge from the Watergate nightmare into the dawn's early light, as we near 200 years under a common flag as a free and progressing people, are there the The Washington Merry-Go-Round right words to reaffirm our faith in America? The Bicentennial has need of a slogan, which will capsulate the pan 200 years and ring down through the next 200 years. Amid all the hopes and conflicts that distract and divide us today, is there a unifying phrase, a grand motto for our Bicentennial year? The words ought not to be the forced effort of a political ghost writer but the spontaneous eruption of some grateful citizen, some struggler in the field. We, therefore, invite the citizens of America -- the school children, laborers, housewives, veterans--to express their feelings about America in a slogan. We have an anniversary to celebrate. If you have a motto for it, a phrase that can catch the spirit and the cause of America 1976, by all means send it to Jack Anderson, 1401 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; Such patriotic and civic organizations as the American Legion and the Jaycecs will help us screen the slogans. The best will be selected as the slogan for the Bicentennial. The Spirit of 1976 cannot be imposed upon the country by the government' but must come from the people. Putting into words our feelings about America may help us to shake off the dirt of Watergate and think constructively about our country. For a time,' it appeared that Watergate would rain on our Bicentennial parade. How could we celebrate the good old words, the hallowed guarantees. If each day wa sto disclose a new mockery of them? But we always thought, and sometimes wrote, I that Watergate would end in a re affirmation of the American system. .- "Surely You Wouldn't Object To A Little Old Directional Sign For The Hungry/ Weary Traveler?" -«* ^^. / 4 / / · The Hoover State O/ Affairs o r FDR w ay By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- Former President Herbert Hoover, having been secretary of commerce, had a professional knowledge of businss and economics. -He was , so confident. , ;that ; hc persistedIvih;it to theV£ .-"·face of : the .nation's ";w6rsl, d«£ i'~?\ pression. He ended up being the only incumbent President to be defeated in the last 60 years. His successor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had little or no expertise in economics. Dogma was not for him. His tes.t,,was, whether a policy worked. If it didn't, he changed it, regardless of what the theoreticians said. He became America's only four-time President. It is a good bet that President Ford, who, like F.D.R., is more flexible , politician than-, .an Inflexible! economist, will : not invite the'same fate as the late President Hoover. After only the first of a series of White House Conferences on the economy, there are intimations that the new President won't persist for long in rigidly carrying on the "old-time religion" of Nixonofnics. If that is so, it signals at least . some movement away from earlier remarks which suggested that Mr. Ford was definitely sold on continuing the policy of tight money, rising unemployment and a very Spartan budget. IN HIS OPENING statement to the conference, the President said, "The people understand economics very, very well . . . ." It is doubtful that they do, but they certainly understand what works and what doesn't. They can sec, for instance, that after many months of tightening the nation's money supply the inflation rate has gone up instead of down. In short, it hasn't worked. Defenders of. the policy insist It will do the trick if tried long enough. Herbert Hoover went to his grave contending that his policy, too, would have worked in time--assuming the nation survived that long. Along with the money squeeze, Uie government.has also been slowing down the gross national product (GNP), thereby reducing employment and curbing purchasing power, a comblnalon that supposedly is guaranteed to halt inflation -Or at least that' swhat Mr. Ford has been told by the economic advisers he inherited from Mr. Nixon. Yet the only result so far has been still higher inflation. The conventional rebuttal is that the combination will work if applied harshly enough to make the puolic take notice. That is much like the old mule hand who was called on to train the itubbornest animal in Mis- '· soiiri. The old hand picked up . a sledgehammer and slugged the mule between the eyes, knocking him to his knees. "Hey," said the owner, W I asked you to train him, not kill him'." The trainer said. "Okay, but first I have to bet hi satten- tion." ' . ONE OK THE most prominent economists to speak at the White House conference last week was Prof. Milton Friedman, whose refrain is this: "It , is now widely recognized that - there is: no way to end inflation without a 'temporary slowdown in economic growth and a tem- orary increase in unemployment." That sounds plausible, but it would "be unfortunate if the Presidient took it literally without testing it against the actual performance of the U.S. economy. From 1960 to 1966 our e c o n o m i c growth (GNP) averaged a healthy, prosperous increase of 5.1 per cent annually. During that period of high employment and high productivity, prices were virtually stab- So it has. The Republla stands, stronger, more tested, than before, It stands amidst the ashes of numberless attempts at democratic government in other lands. For oui; people who had begun to doubt, for the world at large which hai usually given short shrift to free governments, the American Bicentennial has a potential impact that ought not be lost. Something we have -- a division of powers, an Idea that won't die, a faith deep in our souls -- has brought freedom with order, change with stability, dissent with unity, the hazards of the free market yet, for most, a decent home and full table. We have survived 200 yean ruled mostly by laws we collectively agreed to, rather than by the truncheons of unaccountable men; two centuries of comparaive unfetteredness that enabled us to unleash the greatest explosion of human energy and inventiveness in all history, We have developed an endemic statecraft, on praire. mountain and valley, that sprang up because people were allowed to practice it, a statecraft that democratized the energy explosion and largely civilized it. There has grown a chohering trust grounded in the belief that we have had our say, whether it prevailed or not, and wll have it again; a trust that has legitimized power here and permitted its peaceable transfer, by the book. Oh, there is much we have not caught up with -- swindling in our counting houses; crime, drugs and litter in our streets: a two-small share in our ghettos. But there are no tanks, no armored trucks hauling critics off to concentration camps, And in the main, Americans have a fairer share, a freer field, a better chance than was ever offered anywhere. So let us rest from contemplating the betrayals of the dream, the exploitations of tha people, the chances lost. Let us, rather, reflect, reflect on that long, torturous ascent toward the unlikely goals set by tha Founding Fahevs: liberty, equality order -- not for on« city or one breed, but upon a continent whereon would dwell all the cantankerous races or We see a progress, fitful, faltering, backsliding but ever resilient, at length discernible and In the end majestic. --United Feature Syndicate le, rising only an average of 1.6 per cent a year. Today, after stunting the na- tin's growth, the GNP (in real dollars) has been brought to a standstill or less. But meanwhile the cost of living has shot up annually by 12 per cent, or about seven times the 1960-66 rate of increase. Th elesson is that restraining the economy can inflame inflation rather than ameliorate it. Another fallacy to which Mr. Ford is being exposed is that budget deficits are necessarily inflationary. If he reviews the World War II era, he will finid that the United States year after year ran awesome difiicits of more than $50 billion annually, or 25 per cent of the GNP, which then averaged only aoout $200 billion a year. Nevertheless, with the help of wage and price controls, the rate of inflation averaged only 4.5 per cent. Today the GNP is more than $1.2 trillion annually, with a budget deficit of only $5 billion, yet inflation is well over twice the World War II rate. If the deficit were now 25 per cent of the GNP (as in the 1940s), it would not be $5 billion. All of (hold on) $300 billion. All of which suggests that nobody, including the exports, knows very much about inflation. (C) 1974, Lo sAngeles Timef, From The Bookshelf The failure of our development activities on behalf of the poor, hungry world is above all a stern reminder that we have not grasped reality. Statistical data about the misery swirl around us every day in the mass media and the public debate, but we seem unable to comprehend the implications. We fail to identify with the suffering individuals behind the statistics on malnutrition and misery, we do not discern the faces behind the figures, now in the many millions. How many more millions of people will have to move into the shadow world of semi-starvation tefore we recognize the catastrophe? Hunger and poor individuals are hardly interested in the numbers game of the demographers, the foods of the future of the protein researchers; the castles in Spain the economists build, or the ready-made explanations of the sociologists. They are occupied with their own intolerable conditions. We must involve ourselves, every one of us, layman and expert, immediately, today. In the end it is our own future that is at stake. --Greg Borgstrom, Focal Points: A Global Food Strategy (1S73) From The Readers' Viewpoint Hands Tied T h e o S Office Building on the Fayetteville Square has been named to the National Re g is t e r of Historic Places. and in HUD circles there is it' (the designation) is removed no federal funds can be used to destroy the binlding It will tie our hands to this extent 1 says Mr. Robert Dugan, director of the .Fayetteville Housing Authority, which administers the Urban Renewal rjrojsram. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials at the slate office in Little Rock ara researching the situation to help determine what happens now. They cannot deviate, says Mr. ' Dugan If HUD cannot have its way, the building will be placed in limbo. No use can be made of it. . Two questions, he says, need answers. First, which Federal agencies rules will be given precedence - HUD vyhich has approved the demolition or the N a t i o n a l Historic Register which prohibits it. Secondly, can a property be designated to the register without prior knowledge and consent of tha owner for nominating. After a long struggle, officials in Washington who had the supreme arrogance to treat our national resources as their own private reserve, have been ousted. But HUD still claims ownership. The rnultimillion dollar private project, for which the plan was devised and given to Fayetteville on a take it or leave it basis -- accept it or have nothing -- must have precedence. If a way can be found, the will of the 5,000 citizens who signed petitions to preserve tha building, the others that is relfected thereby, and tha commitment of Fayetteville'* civic leaders, must be thwarted, While historic buildings went down the drain, whll« life-giving values were lost, while relentless anonymity spread over tha land, Fayetteville kept its character. It has something unique, t o m e t h i n g that can b« cherished, something that can be preserved for generations to come. But the demolition of tha historic (and much needed) building is only the beginning of what would follows. One who has lived in Faystte- ville for all of his eighty years, suggested instead of a fountain and sunken garden that tha Housing Authority «r»ct a tombstone inscribed, "Her* Lies the City of Fayetleville." In every aspect of our rational lift, our country is in crisis. For no reason except tha prevention, over the decades, of rational planning and control. Fayelteville is at the cross- Toads, engaged in a life and death struggle. What the outcome will be cannot yet be known; but the issues are clear, and that is a great advance. Ella Pote* Winslow

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