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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Editorial-Opinion Page Tiie Public Merest Is The First Concern O/ TJils Newspaper 4 · MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1974 Posf 'Office Keeps Waste-ing Away Too Expensive A Transition? It must, of course, be stipulated at the outset that relief from the horrors of the Watergate-stained Nixon administration is cheap at twice the price. Still, the price being recently quoted has raised a great many eyebrows, including our own. How much IS too much? Sen. Joe Montoya, D-N.M., chairman o£ the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, and Sen. Mark Hatfielcl, K-Ore., for instance, say they "frankly" are skeptical about some of the "justifications" for a requested $850,000 to help ex-president Richard Nixon in his transition to private life. We share the senators' skepticism. Particularly in regard to a proposed expenditure of some $360,000 or so to house and safeguard all those controversial tapes and papers dealing with the troubled Watergate years of the Nixon presidency. Under the General Services Administration proposal, as recommended by .the White House, (he government would spring about $110,000 to build a new repository for the papers, out in the San Clemente Vicinity, ap- parently, and then allocate $50,000 a year to hire'a team o£ Pinkertons to watch it for the five years estimated critical to trials and additional cover-up investigation. Off the top, it seems to us that the papers -- particularly those which might be substantive to government trials or the investigation of \Vatergate related offenses -ought not be given to the ex-president. Not yet, anyway. In addition, surely-to-goodness the government can store them somewhere better than a brand new, special $110,000 repository. They could be left where they are for five years, for instance and guarded with existing personnel. Sen. Montoya calls the request a "snow job," and says it will be examined carefully before getting a congressional okay. We second the motion. And, if the senator is still listening, we'd suggest that his committee also prepare legislation making public property out of future presidential files and papers. After all, such records ARE handsomely bought and paid for, in advance, by the taxpayer. From The Readers Viewpoint Letters To The Editor Letters to the editor and other opmion-relafed contributions are solicited. We reserve the right to edit all letters, but try to do so only for space requirements: in the interests of good taste and general public interest, and to avoid libel. We edit grammatical l_y, only on behalf of clarity, bein.g too inexpert to do otherwise. Letters stand the best chance of being printed if they are double-spaced and typewritten, and of not much more than 200 words. We have rules, too, against personal attacks and out-and-out a rive r t isi n g (we have an ad department for that). Letters should be signed by hand, but identity of writer will be withheld on request. --The Editors Real Need To the Editor: Yes. Mr. Editor, we do need new leadership in this town." Why must ordinary citizens time and time again be put in jeopardy by our city government acting under pressures from and for the b e n e f i t of a small number ot downtown, property owners and speculators? Our past and current leadership lias had us paying for downtown parking lots, and "industrial park." destruction of the Old Post Office, and more to come. These acts protrude into view like icebergs. What is visible is only a tiny tip of the whole. The rest is deep out of sight. We n e e d elected representatives a n d employed city officials, too (even newspaper reporters), who will find out for us the whole truth and let us know. Instead it seems that election after election we wind up with a board full of representatives who join hands and heads with those private interests and forget all about the basic principles of serving the general public. Elected officials are supposed to serve the public interest; and they are supposed to faithfully Billy Grahams Answer One writer has suggested that. "The human being becomes a human being by entering Into interrelations with other human beings." That's why the Psalmist in t h e 68th chapter says, "God setteth the solitary in families." Now there are just some facts in your situation which you've not told me. One might be excessive attention and t i m e ' lavished on those outside your immediate family. Tiiat fault would be yours. Another is an ; upbringing which rather iso- ' lates and pampers, and does not equip an individual for a ; mature, healthy marriage. That I might be your husband's trouble. In any event, settle on a pattern of conduct t h a t provides each with the freedom needed. Be a good wife and mother -caring for the needs as you know them. Help your husband to understand, however, that marriage is not enslavement. I suppose our children must be the most confused in town. Their father says, "don't let others walk all over you--stand up for your rights." And their mother says, "Look, as a Christian, s u f f e r the injury. Get away from the attacker, sure, but don't retaliate." Now. would Jesus have retaliated? G.P.L. The Scripture makes the answer quite plain. First of all, it says of Jesus in 1 Peter 2: "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats." That's h o w ' Jesus handled His opposition. The next statement explains why-"He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly." He let God the Father handle His case. As for you, since you claim to be a Christian, just read Matthew 5:39 where Christ suggests offering the "other cheek." I like the comment of Trench who says, "This MAY be done outwardly; but only inwardly can it be always right." To insist on a stricit literal meaning, however, of those words would destroy the very framework of society. After all, the gentle Lord Himself expostulated with those who struck Him wrongfully. (John 18:23) What the Bible does say is that you should make any feeling of retaliating subservient first to the law of love. When you realize that you are not alone, that God will settle the record later, you can more easily absorb opposition. Help your children see for themselves in the Bible how Christ attcd. I think they'll make up their own minds. They'll Do It Every Time WAITING 70 GET PERMITS FOR THE Tews COURTS wmie THE T6NN IS PLAYERS INTH6IR FAMILIES ABE IN See -THOSE TIR6P- LOOKIN' PEOPLE. WIN' OUTSIPe ram HAUU? THAMX TO WAUX) SCOTT WASHINGTON ,. BLVD., administer our public laws, and hot : be guided simply by how they feel like acting. It is not hard lor us, the public, to see the newest iceberg on the horizon. A "parking garage" at the corner of Church and Meadow. Under the surface we can also s e e the city government exempting the First Federal Savings and Loan and the Mcllroy Bank interests from providing parking spaces as required by city ordinance. These two financial institutions are being allowed to credit the city's public parking lots against the requirement by city ordinance that they provide a minimum amount of off-street parking along with their proposed buildings. I can see no reason why the public should provide these two private businesses what other private businesses have had to provide for themselves at their own expense. But do we hava any leaders in our city govern- rhent~who can see this? My November v o t e will go to the candidate who has shown such leadership regardless of what odds. Or, to those new candidates who look and sound as if they will show such leadership. Hope does spring eternally.... Billie Hayes Head Fayetteville No Thanks To The Editor: Thanks, but no thanks! I am sure the citizens of Greenland community would like to express their thanks to the Arkansas Highway Department for installing our new traffic lights. The consistent blink of the new lights is as accurate as any Irght I have ever seen. And they sure look impressive hanging there between those two gigantic metal poles. How could anyone be so fortunate as to rate four of these beauties? ·We are so fortunate because "there is not enough traffic" at our main intersection. Or could it be that there have not been enough accidents--yet? Not having enough traffic apparently is an engineer's term which means there has to be a certain number of vehicles pass over a certain point over a given period of time--regardless of safety factors. Personally, I would like to make one request of the state Highway Department traffic engineers. Come on down here some morning or afternoon and just watch. Leave your automatic traffic counters in the closet and leave your traffic textbook in Little Rock. Just come on dowu and watch our citizens trying to get on Hwy. 71 to go to work. Watch our kids trying to get across Hwy. 71 to school. And watch o u r elderly taking their chances. Just use your eyes and your common sense. We want aid, not "first aid"! Please don't turn us into another By-Pass, where anything goes. Blink, blink, blink. . . Marion P. Crider Greenland By JACK ANDKRSON WASHINGTON -- With President Ford ^calling for goveijn- merit · austerity, -.we : h a v e - decided to help him by keeping a watch on waste. Wo w i l l publish reports from time to time on government extravagance. P o s t m a s t e r General T e d Klassen, for example, ordered local postmasters to send postal vehicles to private garages for servicing. His idea, apparently, was to save the fuel it requires to drive the vehicles to government repair centers. But the private garages un- · happily have been charging up to 50 per cent more for parts and repairs. When the extra charges are multiplied by 103,000 postal vehicles, the result adds millions to the cost of delivering the mails. To make matters worse, the 5,000 employes of the govern-' ment garages are now sitting around with little to do. We have obtained postal documents which show some of the price differences the taxpayers have underwritten. In Fort Lee, N.J., for instance, a private contractor charges $3.50 for a gas line filter that is available for 38 cents in govern^ ment maintenance centers. A battery in Teaneck, N.J., The Washington Merry-Go-Round Nit Pickin' To the Editor: I have been a loyal supporter of Senator Fulbright ever since I could vote. 1 still am a supporter. I have read and enjoyed the Fayetteville paper--always--but your continuing editorials about Bumpers sound like nit picking to me. I am disappointed that you cannot write news less biased about him. He is our Senator now and unless it is newsworthy why say it at all. The latest article was September 6. Read it again. It is not worthy of your usual, better taste! Jesn Carriagan Fayetteville set the taxpayers back $44.90. The same battery costs only $17.86 in government garages. The taxpayers also got stuck with a $58 bill for two n e w universal j o i n t s , · which were available at government garages for $4.12. We made spot checks In Detroit, Los Angeles and o t h e r cities, where we found similar examples. All across the nation, apparently, the taxpayers are paying excessive repair charges. We also have found evidence of waste in the "star routes" which link .post offices in differ- ent'cities with airport terminals and other transportation 'outlets. Private contractors move t h e , , mail over about 14.000 star routes at an annual cost over $262 million. . Government auditors concluded after an investigation that 16 of 85 star routes in Illinois could be eliminated, saving about $185,000 not to mention 88.000 gallons of fuel. The Illinois example, according to our information. Is , typical of, the waste in other states. Since the 85 routes ·-which the auditors investigated The Great Escape represent less than one per cent of all star routes, the waste could be staggering. Mail delivery, meanwhile Is deteriorating:. Footnote: Postal spokesmen say they are taking corrective action to straighten out the star routes and the maintenance mess. ' . · · · · · ILLEGAL TRIP? A congressional delegation, headed from Sen. J. W i l l i a m Fulbright, D-Ark., ^has just returned from mainland China . where they made headline news. Now constitutional authorities tell us that the study mission may have been illegal, because it was financed largely "by the Red Chinese. T h e Constitution states unequivocally that no federal employe shall accept any "emolument...of any kind from any King, Prince or Foreign State." The House Ethics Committee was recently asked to interpret this clause. Concluded the committee: "Acceptance of travel or living expenses in specie or in kind by a member or employe of the House of Repre- A Potpourri L A N D - U S E CONSCIOUSNESS. Robert Cahn and William K. Reilly, "Fighting to Save the Land," National Wildlife, August-September 1974, pp. 12-15. "Judging by a number of recent polls, elections and studies, a growing number of Americans apparently have decided that mire urban growth will not improve their lives or their communities. They also seem to have concluded that land - so long looked upon purely as a profitable commodity - now deserves protection and respect. But in the face of that increasing sentiment, the United States is continuing to embark on a wave of heavy urbanization that will flow well into the twenty-first century, no matter how low the brith rate. And therein lies the land use dilemma confronting the nation in 1974: how to accommodate inevitable growth and improve the quality of urban development while, at the same time, protecting natural areas to provide a better environment for all." "Local governments cannot do it all - cannot say what will and will not be allowed and when. In many areas, local agencies are part of a larger canvas on which the broad picture is painted - a picture of beaches and vital wildlife habitat, for example, that respect no jurisdictional boundaries but which must be planned for and protected in their entirety." "State and regional agencies must play a more active regulatory role. Some states are now trying to help cities and towns to deal with important areas in big developments." "Federal legislation, which has been before Congress sinca 1970, is urgently needed." Excerpts From The -World Of Thought addicted smokers were being made to feel excessively guilty." " N u m e r o u s investigations have now shown that in rooms, railway carriages, motorcars and other confined spaces, noxious agents in smoke may be present in quantities which subs t a n t i a l l y exceed various nationally recommended occu- p a t i o n al air-quality' limits. U n d e r extreme conditions. combining heavy smoking and lack of ventilation, nonsmokers, besides experiencing acute irritation of the eyes and respiratory passages and in some cases headache as well, have been shown to absorb carbon monoxide and nicotine." "If for most adult nonsmokers tobacco-smoke pollution is at worst a source of annoyance and temporary irritation to eyes and respiratory passages, there are some people who are especially sensitive and possibly even allergic to it. A number of investigations have shown that atopic individuals may develop clinical symptoms such as coughs, respiratory -'tract c o n g e s t i o n , wheezing a n d respiratory distress after exposure." "It is perhaps fortunate for nonsmokers that tobacco smoke contains so many irritants. These make tobacco-smoke pollution intolerable long before concentrations are ' reached · which would constitute a biological hazard." ·". CIGARETTE S I D 'K EFFECTS. "Tobacco S m o k e and Nonsmokers," Atlas World Press Review (excerpted from The Lancet), September 1074, p. 57. "As long as smoking was seen as merely self-damaging there were many, including nonsmokers, who resented the extremes of anti-smoking propaganda as an infringement of smokers' individual liberties. Thera were even claims that NEARER TO MIDNIGHT. Samuel H. Day. Jr. ,"We Re-Set the Clock," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September 1974, pp. 4-5. "For twenty-seven years the clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has symbolized the threat of nuclear doomsday hovering over mankind. The minute hand, never far from midnight, has advanced and retreated with the ebb and flow of international power politics, registering basic changes in the level of the continuing danger in which people have lived since the dawn of the'iiuclcar age." "In recognition that our hopes for an awakening of sanity were premature ant! that the danger of nuclear doomsday is measurably greater today than it was In 1972, we now. move the clock forward to 9 minutes to midnight." "We do not thereby .venture a prediction as to when, or even whether, a nuclear holocaust may come, or to imply that the likelihood of its occurence can somehow be closely calibrated. We offer instead an assessment and a warning. Our assessment is that in these past two years, and in particular these past few months, the international nuclear arms race has gathered momentum and is now more than ever beyond control. Our warning is that so long as control continues to elude us civilization faces a growing risk of catastrophe." REVOLUTION. N i c h o l a s Wade, "Green Revolution: Creators Still Quite Hopeful on World P'ood," Science, Sept. 6, ,1974, pp..'844-845. "No Western technology ha'a more intimately influenced the life of the Asian peasant than the science of plant breeding. Farmers from Turkey to the Philippines last year sowed 39 million acres of wheat and an equal area of rjce with the high- yield strains developed in research institutes created by the Rockefeller and Ford foundations." "Yet the green revolution, as it is known, has attracted a crescendo of .criticism. Some consider .the new. seeds serve ;tb make the rich farmers richer and the poor poorer, others that the green revolution is a myth, or only successful, when there is an abundance of water and fertilizer. The jump in oil prices and worldwide shortages of fertilizer have not Improved the immediate prospects for green revolution agriculture." "American agriculture is very energy-intensive. Does it make sense to export such a style of agriculture in the form of the green revolution to developing countries which cannot easily afford energy?" "Whatever the merits of the critics' agrumcnts the green revolution is what will keep the wolf from the door while world population continues its 2 per cent a year explosion. But even the creators of the green revolution seem to have lost lha shine of their earlier optimism." scntalivcs from any foreign government, official or representative thereof is...prohibited." Apparently, the Senate 'leadership was unimpressed by th« House action 'wh(ch, incidentally, was endorsed by the General Accounting Office and the State Department. In a memo quietly circulated, Senate Democratic leader Mike M a n s f i e l d a n d Republican leader Hugh Scott claimed that "participation (in foreign-paid trips) is in the interest ot the Senate and the federal government and the nation." , The Senate leaders noted that their own Ethics Committee didn't prohibit such trips, Sine* the constitutional ban provides no penalty clauses, senators apparently feel.free to accept the hospitality of foreign governments. WASHINGTON WHIRL: With the departure of former President Nixon and his top aides, apparently no one is left at. the White House who recognizes all the voices on the Nixon tapes. This makes it difficult for the White House to transcribe the conversations demanded by. the courts. Judge John Sirica, :who took pains Jo make a s{udy,;of the voices, 'is able I'd rec6gniz» them...There are more than 900 Nixon tapes, filed only by dates. It is a staggering task, therefore, to pick out the specific conversations requested by th« courts unless the dates are given...So many men have claimed that they once played football with President Ford that a former Ford aide told us he has now met "about 300 people who played football with him at Michigan." --United Feature Syndicate Where Did The Energy Crisis Go? WASHINGTON (ERR) -Whatever happened to th« energy crisis? Today many Americans act like the nation's energy problems are- over. Sometimes it seems as though the crisis never realiy happened and those endless g a s station lines were all a bad dream. Judging from vacation patterns. commuting habits, electricity usage, natural gas output and heating oil deliveries, many people apparently saw the energy crisis as an insignificant sputter in society's drive toward ever-greater energy , consumption. Energy costs a lot more, to be sure, which has dampened deniand somewhat. H i g h e r prices also a d d e d new fuel to earlier suspicions that the allcdged crisis was a pseudo-event, artificially manufactured by powerful energy corporations to produce even greater profits. To help squelch such speculation, one major oil company just issued a new 'brochure ominously entitled: "Is the energy shortage over? Not by a decade...or more." NO SERIOUS student of the energy situation believes the worst is over, or that it has even begun. M. King Hubbert of the U.S. Geological Survey, widely considered the dean of America's energy resource experts, has long predicted the eventual depletion of world oil. gas and coal reserves. On a broad historical time scale. Hubbert believes, the fossil-fuel epoch "can only be a transitory and 'ephemeral event." His graph of the rise and fall of fossil fuels is jokingly known among energy traditionalists as "Hubbert's pimple." Dominant figures in the U.S. and world energy industries will gather in Detroit Sept. 23-27 for the 50lh anniversary meeting of the World Energy Conference, which has been billed as "one of the most significant forums of this century." The agenda stresses wider recovery of energy resources, expanded conversion systems, improved transportation of supplies and better utilization of energy reserves. Founded in .1924, the conference has national chapters in 69 countries, most of which will be represented in Detroit. U.S. participants incude top executives of major oil, natural gas, coal, electric utility, engineering and automobile companies, along with high officials from the federal government's e n e r g y agencies. Fittingly enough, the United States, which uses more than a third of the world's energy, is footing about a third of the conference's 'bill. CONSPICUOUSLY a b s e n t from the guest list are members on environmental conservation or policy groups which have called for a reordering of energy priorities with more emphasis on new energy sources. "They're not making -any effort to dra\y out a cross- American opinion on energy," S. David Freeman, director of Policy Project, told Editorial Clark, a consultant to the Environmental Policy Center, called the conference ""astly overrated" and said: "It's not structured to produce anything of importance. It's more of a jret-together for the industry. They're all going to sit around and talk about how .their stock is dropping." In his new book. Energy for Survival (1974), Clark advocates more solar, wind and geothermal power development. But he acknowledges: "Making the transition to a lower-energy- based society, in which natural energy forms can serve as the prime movers o f n new civilization, will perhaps be history's most challenging experience." It used to be that crises came and went, but the energy crisis just keeps coming.

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