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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Editqriq|-0pjnion Pag? The Public Itiicresi Is The First Conpern Of This Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1974 Forcf Moves To 'Spa re' A Shaken Nixon Major Test For The President A clue, it seems to us, to a proper per-; tjpn pf many of tlie great issups presently facing the nation is contained in a recent story out of the nation's capital, President Ford, as is by now fairly well known, likes to take a swim whenever he can --· for exercise as well as relaxation and enjoyment. Unfortunately, the old swimmin' hole at the White House has been covered up -- in order to make extra accommodations for the press corps. The "cover-tip joh" \yas done, naturally, by the Nixon administration. While this might seem to be a considerable concession for the former administration to make to members of the Fourth Estate, the press response was typically suspicious. A great many of the press corps remain con-, vincecl that the move was made not to accommodate reporters ,but to move them away from the lobby of the West Wing of the White House where they could keep tabs on the president's visitors. In any event, the presidential pool is still there, just as Franklin Delan.o Rp.qse- velt liaH'it built, back iu 1933. Tlie go.vern- ment estimates Hie FDr} pool cost sbpu* $2i,OQO. fjierein lies the clue, \yill th,e Ford Adrnjnistr'atip'n settle for uncovering the existing, already "paic| for-" po.ol, and thereby set an adniiraple example of ''nii^k- ing dp" in the fight against inflatipn (re- ineintjer, l\Ir. Ford has asked all the government's employees to forego post-of-living raises on behalf of the economy)? Or, will it accept the siiggestipn of the Rational Swiniming Pool Institnte which has recently designed a $500iPOP sports complex, complete with pool, patio and saun.a, for the White House? At last report the NSPI proppsal wa,s under study by t'je President, an,d a spec-t ialiy appointed swimmjn,g pool ta^k force at the White House. We anxiously aw^jt their official verdict -- it'll tell us spmething, we believe, ab'put the future course of the GOP battle against inflatipn. From. Tke Readers Viewpoint Conscience To the Editor: On amnesty; from a Korean war veteran. Oft time I have attempted to express my opinions on various subjects in an editorial. However, I have always found excuses from doing so. Now I would like to relate on this matter of amnesty. First o f f , I would like to, say that war is an evil thing; also communism is an evil thing and capitalism also is an evil thing, although a lesser evil than communism. It angers me to read or hear someone say that America is a capitalist country and that without capitalism we cannot exist. This is wrong. Our country is a type of a democracy, or free enterprise system, tha,t in order to exist has to have a 'blending of capitalism, socialism and one whole lot of individualism. Wars' are' usually fought because of greed. However some wars are fought because oppressed peoples dtsire freedom or desire to protect this freedom once they attain it. I believe the Revolutionary War, World Wars 1 and 2 and the Korean War fall under the latter category. Since the Eisenhower Administration and on through the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon Administrations our country has leaned toward capitalism and has suppressed socialism and individuals and corporations, has reached the state it is in now. The Vietnam War was a war that we should never have been involved in, as greed of certain idividuals and corporations, was was apparently involved. Now I know many men joined the National Guard fpr the express purpose of keeping out of Vietnam! The only difference between these men and many of those who left the country to evade the draft, is that the latter had the intestinal fortitude to stand up and say that th'ey believed the Vietnam War was against the principals they believed in, therefore they would not be a part of it. The question 'remains, which of these draff dodgers really evaded the draft because of their deep convictions. 1'believe that the learned and fair men that President B^ord appointed to review these cases will take everything involved into account, and render a fair and just decision. I also feel that all people and all organizations will and should back and support thtse decisions. Richard D. Heed Fayetteville Tke Last American. ROW? For at least one American, the nation's longest war isn't over yet. Emmet Kay, 47, a civilian pilot for a small charter airline based in Indochina, is America's last Hnown prisoner of war. Captured on May 7, 1073, when his plane landed in Communist - controlled territory in Laos with Laotian t r o o p s aboard, K a y h a s been held ever since in the Pathct Lao capital of Sam Neua. Under an agreement signed in late Ausnst, the Pathet Lao and the Laotian government will begin a series of prisoner exchanges on Thursday, Sept. 19, at several locations in Laos. However, "If some fp.rtune teller says the 19th is an unlucky day, it may be rescheduled," said a U.S. . Slate Department spokesman. Kay, a North Carolina 'native whose wife and' daughter now live in Honolulu, is due to be released at a c h o s e n site in the Plain of Jars. He was piloting an aircraft for Continental Air Services, Inc., which reportedly conducts more legitimate charter operations than does Air America, which is known to have close connections to the Centra] Intelligence Agency. The Pathet Lao plans to swap Kay, along with some 10(1 Thai prisoners and an unknown numoer of Laotian government troops, for several hundred of their own men and an unknown number of North Vietnamese. The North Vietnamese prisoners have been called the "forgotten men of the war" because their government has never admitted that'll sent any itroops into Laos. For that reason, the prisoner exchange is not likely tp take place with much fanfare of ' publicity, according 'to the State Pepart- ment spokesman, because "for the Laotian government to turn over several thousand NVA prisoners would greatly embarrass the North Vietnamese." About 1.31W Americans still are officially listed as "missing in action" in Indochina, and there is always the" chance that another one of them will turn up alive. "There are constant rumors of Americans being seen here or there," the S!ate Department spokesman told Editorial Research Reports, "and its always possible that back in spme remote village in the hills there may be some whites being held! A lot of local warlords over there run their own areas pretty much as they please." Poor communications, limited transportation and the high degree of local autonomy in s o m e parts of Indochina make it possible, if unlike'y, that Emmet Kay is not the last American POW. -(ERR) They'll Do It Every Time fOR TO M6M5K WITH THE- NEAT65T LAWN-AM AWARP TO OTIS R RAKE- terMe TELL YOU ASOUT a 1 OTIS'" toRN'IN I?2S"e.TC-TC- IN y Trl AW" speA| 66T5 ON 6ZKM AWARP excepr Bad Hole To the Editor: There is a hole in the sidewalk on the south side of the Square in the area of Davison's Shoe Store and the Salvation Army's outlet place. I understand many P co ple have fallen and hurt themselves because of it. One lap'y broke an arm -somebody paid her hospital bi|j but the arm still ails her some. Another young lady fell with her baby. Countless others have gone down at the same spot. It seems to 'me that after accident' (preferably before, of course) spme of the powers- that-be in town would have fixed the sidewalk there. Today while looking at the window displays and walking along, I twisted my ank|e in that' same "hole-in-the-cpn- crete" a n d ' w a s down before I could blink my eyes. People rushed to my'side sympathetically, some of them mumbling about that I ought to sue . . . . Happily, I am only stiff in a few places. However, had I landed squarely on the end of my spinal column, I am sure the city would hace had a death on its hands. I a,m not trying tci 'sound,' gruesome -- it is simply a fact due to a former accident. Ahs'way, if this letter cures that hole, I'm glad I fell so that it might prevent future falls. \Yhp-s responsible for that spot? Someone ' s a i d ' URBAN RENEWAL."'!' don't know. But if NO ONE RESPONSIBLE wants to fix it, if someone in authority will 'grant my husband permission, he said he \vill be h'a,ppy' to mend the'walk. " Mildred Biggins Fayetteville (Rt. 5) The Dangers To the Editor: I scorn of Nixon's pets such as Rocky, Aggie and Ford, for they are all chips off the same block. The little old man that I've often spoken of in nrry writeups, asks: "Do they have apy fear of the hereafter?" I answer, "I answer, "Nick, R p c k y have made their deal with the Devil." I can visualize Ford saying to Nixon, "If you can fool the American people you can sure fool the Devil, fpr I am sure that we pleased him. 1 ' The little old man looked at me and said, "I think that Nixon planted a bomb when he left Ford in charge. h°P! n g that the Republicans keep office next election Ford asks the American people to have sympathy. The little old man asks why would Ford uphold Nixon "unless there is a payoff behind iron curtains?" There s never been a problem without an answer; the answer is to go Democratic in the next election. We shouldn't get stuck by Nixon's angels a g a i n . The only way out is to register, vote and vote Democratic. I am not against good honest Republicans, but unfortunately there are some others. The dangerous age we are living in requires independent thought by each of us. The "wolf in sheep's clothing" I am sure cannot fool us again. Allen Svyeeten Cave Springs Bible Verse "And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness." Isaiah 51:11 ' I t is iri the returning to God that the release is sure tp cpmp! Too long have we all wandered in the wilderness of life. Let's hasten to the fountain before we faint. Jesus said, whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst. By JACK ANUEKSOty \VA.SHIN,G'rOr} 4- Special Watergate Prosecutor Leon' Jaworski would have sought ail 'i n l i c t in e 1 11 1 agah|s,t [p.rmer Presidpiit Ni?iP n n s TOSHpf of wepksj" According to sources faiiulijir' " \yith lt\P plans,' it President Ford hadn't inlerven 1 ed wHn a pard" 11 ' · 'fhese squrcps say (he specjal pfosbciitpr inlendbd to ' indict Nlxo,'n" ^pl'ply (pr p|strijption . of jiistice. Ja.wprski believed de . had ' ! a,'n, irpri-clad case" against the fprme'f Pre'sideiit ancfwbulc} get ail "alnipst certain ' cpnvip- ' ' The Washington Merry-Qo-Roynd . , ' The case wqujd liave b.eer\ based heayily lifjpn Nixojj's, own tapes', which |rfpyi(le priiiia'-fa- cie e\'i4eiice that he participated in the "Watergate coyer-up. Jaworski's deputy, James Nealj had already" arnjhge^ for Secret Service' technicians to testify - b' put the " taping sys.lem. p'ur 1 sources described Jaworski as, a nian with o ip'pp"fpi"l i n ' t h e 'judicial "processes: They say he simply cpuUl iipt ignore the verdict of the House' Judiciary Committee," which voted unanimously" to impeach Nlxori for' obstruction of justice, upr the will of the \Vater ga/te grand jury, which y 0 ,^ ^ to 0 to name him as an unindicted cp- conspirator. The grand ju,ry would, haye ' indicted, him las| March if J'a- worski had not counseled '.tliat a sitting F('esid,etit cpu|rtn.*t b,e legally indicted. " The threat pf indictment hung over the fpr^er' President' |)ke n'aiiiipcles' SAVpr$. Spurcc'is vvjip haye j^ access tfl him. ill »s seclusion, qt S,an fi emen,te describe him as "totally \veqfy, terrjb.|y'' depj'psseij flnd ' jJOfti-i plelply despondent'.' 1 ....... . Qiie spuvce fig's.' P,fen struck by 'the' ·'stark'" loneliness," " qf Richard Nixon! H,e W ''alisp]uleT ly ^Ifilje'|iin hjmself,'' the s'pi)fce exp,|ahis. ........ A,ll 'spOTces agree that he has completp pftiitrp,' of tys, faculties/ althoug ' sometime w yes seemeti . Njxph's psych? is so ''delicate," pur soijrces repprt, that his loyal aicje ' Ro^a|) Ziegler. and attorney Hprhe'rt "Jack" Miller'tppk' president Ford's representative, ' Attorney Benlon Becker, " 3side rjefprp putting him together v/\\\\ Nixon st San Clements. Tripy' 3?!ed 'he jucjt : cious Becker tq keep th e meeting informal. Becker refused to, Ap - - , - fls- llxpi) ev^n deyelpped a ^rajigu inability tp fepeat J^ \Vprs)vi's,' na,fflc- |li a pllPlie PPjiYersatipn Wlh Rep. 'p^n ftHy^tiflftlli H :T erffl ; t fpr' ex'andpje," tfie {pr|t\e'r Pfes): dpnf ifl\mlpled: "We've got pra-, p l e . m s wi}h. ttmf W ? on » year, Pepple d fpr n par- letp p f t i i t , , although 'his cp.iiversatiQ.n onders ^rid his per: ' 1 , pn the meeting, except tP say he fpund Nixp'n ~ "alert" aprt "por-4ial." The main cause of Nixon's anguish, according to our spur- es, was the "expectation ' that Ja\yprski would ask the grand ., " «V«S,» sajd N;ixqn. Others, have alsg reRprted t h a t ' t i e seems tP hW trpubla vvitli the"special prosecutor's h'arhe. ' We \\a\K establjshetl (hst President" Ford ' learned . of {fixon's mental ijta.te'anfl m TO- jipul iiidictmept. White House sources say the President feared the indictrn.ent cpylcj cause liis predecessor a n,P?YP u , s preak- uowh- 'Here are the oilier reasons, which finally' persuaded this President" to' move uuickjy fo granf; ffem a'-fu,!!, free 1 apd abspute" pardon: "--Fprd's legal advisers, Philip Buchen'an4 Rentqii Pecker, de- lermjned 1 that a p.^rdpn wag the president's'" p'rerpgrative and ll^d n$hjng tp tip" With equal justice. Lyniln Johnson, granted less than 200 pardons during his rive years in the White House, for example, while Harry Tru- Hardly Seems Possible, Folks, But There, They Are: Wages, Prices, Inflation And Rfcessipn" Uerblock is taking a Jew weeks ojj to )»f^ * Art An A QoQdbyt By ART BUCHWALD Dear Gerry, By the time you find this note I will be gone!' I don't' know how to tell yp ( U this, but the Honeymoon is over. I guess I should have known it wouldn't last forever, but I didn't think it would end so soon. How could you do. it, Gerry? I believed everything you told me. We were so happy together, and 1 was so proud when people would point us put and giggle, "They're on their honeymoon." What a glorious month we had. As far as 1 was concerned, you could do no wrong. I hung onto every word you said. After my bitter breakup v/i\t\ "ypu- know-who," I thought you were different. He lied t o ' m e and cheated on me and treated me like a fool. I said I would never fail in love again. And then you came along with your honest face and strong jaw and sincere smile and damned if my heart didn't go flip-flop. I .said to myself you were special. You knew right from wrong,and you' would never be swayed by a Ipt of rhetprip and d o u b l e talk. Qprry,' yoii promised me ypu wouldn't (Ip anything until justice took its course. You told me under thp stars as we held hands that the long nightmare was over and we would love each other forever and ever. OH, GERRY, 'what m^(|e you change y o u r ' mind? Wh^t happened to all those dreams you had for us? I know you tried to explain it to me. You said you had to forgive "ypi(-knp,W:Who" as an act of compassion because he had suffered enough. But he hasn't suffered half as much as we have, Gerry. We'll never know all the things he did to us. Even now he refused to admit that h'p did' 'anything wrong. He keeps talking about, mistakes in Jiidgrnent. They weren't mistakes in judgment, and you knovy it. Tnpy were criminal acts and you had no right to forgive him before we knew wh^t'they were. I'm sorry I sound bitter. Gerry. I don't want tp. I gu.ess anyone \vh'p''s been oil a hpnpy : moon arid then discovers his mate is not, a k n i g h t in shining a.rmor wpulfl feel t h e ' same way. Sunday, after you told me what yoii yy'ere going to do, I decided to go see Evel Knievel Rump over' t h e S n a k e River' in hjs steam rocket! I thought this would make ' m e forget. But it did just the opposite. A s ' I stared at 'the red, white and blue Sky Cyplc. I, t h o u g h t ' o f 'us going o f f ' i n t o space' together. I could see us flying across chasms anc( mountains sharing the danger a,iid thrills that had been 'so rnuch a part 'of our honeymoon. BUT THEN as the rocket filled .with "hot air and the steam built up and the vehicle started lifting of fthe 'ramp, something happened. Before it got off, a parachute' opened and, instead of streaking out across the canyon, the rocket nose-dived and floated Head first, crash-landing on the rocky bank of the Snake Rjver. At that moment, Gerry, I broke into tears. iXyasn't crying for Evel -- I was crying' fpr us. The rocket more than atiy- thing symbolized bur tiph'ey- moon. It looked so be'autifjjrrm the pad with all that 'sjea'm coming out of its npjzles, its nose pointed toward tne sky as if to say, "Here I cppfie world, ready or not." The only trouble, Gerry, with Evel's rocket and your rocket on Sunday about "ypu-knp\y- who" is tha.t neither one of them would ever fly -- 'A'.B. P.S. Don't t r y ' t o ' f i n d me. ' (C) 1974,' Las Angeles Times Billy Grahams Answer For mapy V? 3 ^ n°w IPV ffifp has 'slept with tlie 'youngest child and I sleep, pn the davenport. pbyipusly, our sex life js practically nil. This has depressed me and I've come pretty close to cpmmiting adultery, or even taking my life. Please give me a, practical answer, not pne of thpsp' "you must have faith" answers.! I want all pf my "answers" to be practical, and I make no apology for " i n c l u d i n g faith in that category. " Fjrsl, I WQu'd do an inspection of myself. Surely, there was some reason why this sleeping .arrangement came Be sure fhat there's no unplca- san.t characteristics you have how thai alienates her. Seconcjly, make ari appoint- m e n t with a competent couselor, amj.tell ypyr \vife tfiat $t|e's joining ' yf!4 fpr visits. Ypu'|l certainly need, hel^ in uncovering " le things tjiat have alienated you pyer these 20 years. Thirdly, arrange that your youngest child have a singl* bed only. Fourthly, start to praise your wife for what she does well-which your letter says is cooking, housekeeping and looking after the children. Try kjnd- ness arid try love. Fifthly, learn how to ;ub1j- matp"yp,'ur sexual drive when necessary--that is to redirect that energy into other endeavors. ^nd, lastly, and the most practical is to cultivate you/ spih'tiial life--by Bible reading a/nd prayer--that you'll have God-given power to handle this ' slow its solu- ' ' ' ' (taiiSM )n S!HiM"?_ HK" '-"''" Pthers in prispn. flH?¥n Stld Becker advised Fpvd, Hiefefpfp, tli'^t' the Ni'ipn B,wfjp'i WM'^ against H. R. lftl(lp|rja(i, jp|i» Eflflichmap, .(phn MltEllPlI ^nl (h'e 'pther' ajlegefl conspirators.. -- Tji'e Pfes%nt'g lawyers caine up vylt|) a. ttMte frpin ^iPxanslPr Jjji'miirqn WIP. Writing iji ttlP vPflpFSll-i', ttPPlSFPP.' ''fpKAVrt' nfn ' *nr\\\FR\ mmnplltl MFwra '(There are critical when ? we|l-timed. offer pf pardon Ip t"P WS'irSents, or rebels may ' restprp ' the tra.nau,tWy pf {(iV commonwealth.'' fflfjef t|iB preamble tp the Cpnstltlttffl!). tlip lawyers npted, thp P'PS)- dent is 'rpqujre'd, tfi "ins.HrP the dpmestip' trjin'n.iiility." Ford, ag- rped td'at a pardpn, in Nixpp'a case, wpu]d prpjiipte tra|j- giiility. ^ -- Biichen am| Becker a,!so ppntende'd ' there yas nip, eyi- dence'Nixpn. had advance k|iqw- Ipge' of the W(itgrg,ate hreal-in He was g u j l t y \f\et~e\y of cpypr- ipg jt «R in Pr^er tP. ftyP,)a political embarrassirient in, th e middle p f ' t h ' e ' m t ' Rrcsidential campaigij. what started put w be a "ppljlical' nipve WPiinfl W ak a cri'minill consRtripy. T|ie lawyers quoted, frqm sir WStt 6 ?" Scott-s'taifipus !in,e, "Qh, \VRat a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!" Ford agreed that his predecessor hadn't started out to commit a crime but me rp'y J'S'-I become eri(aiigle4 in one. ' '-- The 'Prefjident and his advisers also took into account Nixon's 28 years of political service, the last 24 under a rational microscope. As pne aid« rpused, "This is a terrible way to 'gp after 'such long service." --United Feature Syndicate Ion. Is Preside/it's Derogative WASHINGTfiN (ERR) -- It \-l one of the anomalies of Anieri- can history" (jxat the Founding Fathers, so desirous 'of shed: dirig the influences of a mo- iiarchial past, wrote into the new Constitution 'a clause giving the President the power to grant pardons. Such power had long been" i d e n t i f i e d ' with the Kings of England. "One of the great advantages of monarchy in general, above any other fprni of government, 1 ' \Viljiam B|ackstppe wrote in his 18th" century Commentaries, ·'(is) that ihere is a magistrate who has it in his power to extend 'rnjercy wherever he thinks it is deserved." In democracies, he added, "this power of pardon can never subsist, for there nothing higher is acknowledged than the magistrate who administers the law." Edward S. Corwin, the lata constitutional scholar, said the "temerity" 'of the men \yho drafted the Constitution "vyas due to the fact that "\yhereas Blackston'e' was 'hinkins of pardon as an instrument pnly of clemency, and, sp rpore of less opposed to the' laiy, "the Framers regarded it as an instrument for laiy enforcpment." Professpr' Corwin' went 'on 'to explain " that the Constitutipnal the vvpri|s "after conyictipn" to the parcipn clause out wfis dis: ^Hijded by thp argij'fnent t|Va,t a pardpn before conyicti'pn might tie necessary ' t p ' p j j i o j n tng testimony of accomplices-- Sji early 'indica^pn^pf plea har- ggipin'g. As fififllly dratiefj a.nd ratified," the 'effuse states that "He (the Eresiilen't) shall' have the power to gran( reprieves a.fid. ' pardons f6f pFfenscs' a- g^insf tlje Ur(jted Statps/'except in 'cases of irnpeachnicpt." " ' WHATEVER -mp; Fathers may have intended, presidential pardons hiiye bc'pp ijsed r e p e a t e d l y ' m the' nation's history for purposes far closer related to mercy than law en- fprcement." President Fqrjl's grant of a pardon to former President Nixon falls in tt]at tradition. Philip W. Buchen.'ihe White House counsel, described it as "ap act of' mercy." Ford himself spoke in terms of sparing Nixon, his family and 'the nation further suffering. ..0!^E A^REpT OF the debate that 'arises' pijt of President Fprd's actjpn is whether it cjm- fuspd the' 'cpiirse 'of law en- (p'fpe'ment ifi regard to pthpr memtters of th^e Nixon adm(fiis- t'fatipn )vh,o ; are in prison, awgjt- ing trial or under indictm'ent fpr Watergate-related offenses. Sh'ould they also be pardpp- ed? M lipt, influence ^yiH kixop'S 'p'ai'clpn l^ave on prps.e- cation' ana on jury decisions in the fli'ture Watergate cases? " Regardjess of 'whether th« act of pardon confuses or clarifies the ' n roc ess p'( Jaw', or whether. jt' serVes to heal or further plir vide a n at ion, a President^ rigVit to Piari|pn as he sees fit is firmly entrenched in law »ii4 Kracticei ' T h e " firsf cass to be decided by the 'Supreme Court concern- ipg the "pardoning act cam* in 1333.' Chjef Justice John Matr shall, speaking for th? Court, called pardon "an apt of grace, proceeding from the ppweiSs «n? trusted wjth th« e^ecutior\ p,f the laws, which exempt* th individual, on whom it is besto;w- ed, for the punishment th« itttf inflicU...." In 1867, ith« Court held tfa/i Congress ooiild not act to oir« cumyent the effect of a pardon.- However, not all of the legal arguments pertaining to pardons have been thoroughly ~s?\f tied over' the years. There' i| the question whether (he recj: pient of a presidential pardo^ may he trieq for a state -- in- contrast, to fed«ral-^crime. AW the law seems to, Indicate ttj'at a pardon bestpwii i)o against civil suiii, ' '

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