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(Euros! Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4 · TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1974 Eh.rlichm.an Used As T/ie 'Hired Gun A Buck, Maybe, But Not Four The state Game and Fish Commission is ..still trying to promote its $7.50 fishing and hunting license fee proposal. But few outside the Commission seem enthusiastically . receptive. Most editorial comment we've noted, from almost all quarters of the state, is in strong opposition. Hunters and fishermen -- at least those who have spoken loud enough for us to -have heard them -- are unanimously against the idea, even though some concede that the 'GFC probably deserves legislative consideration of a more reasonable increase (of $1, perhaps). The Legislative Council, after pondering the proposal for a couple of weeks, last week asked its staff to study the legal restrictions on GFC use of federal revenue sharing funds, or state general revenues. The GFC contends that constitutional amendment prohibits use of general revenue funds by its office. By arid large, members of the Legislature probably have a sympathy for GFC projects, plus an awareness of the tightening effects of existing budgets that today's inflationary pressures are producing. Thus, it is quite possible that some sort of fee increase can be granted next year. But indications are that the General Assembly isn't going along with the $4 boost that the GFC wants. We imagine most of the state's sportsmen would go along with something reasonable, providing it is justified not only in terms of need, but in terms of the Commission doing a little budget tightening on its own behalf. These days, government needs to demonstrate more than a tight budget --- it also must show that it can cut back, that is, if it is to enjoy public confidence and support. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The Nixon tapes, which have been withheld from the public for use iu the Watergate trials, poitrny John Ehrlichman as a palsy. Sources who have'listened to .the.tapes.say that ex-President Richard' Nixon would discuss strategy with his top aide. H.R. Haldeman. Then they would call in Ehrlichman and go through the same discussion again, thus giving him the impression that he was a full participant in the decision-making. But invariafoy, they would adopt the strategy that Nixon and Haldeman had already agreed upon and the unsuspecting Ehrlichman would wind up doing the dirty work).As o n e source put it, "Nixon and Haldeman used Ehrlichman as their hired gun." They sent Ehrlichman, for example, 1 to try to persuade CIA Deputy Director Vernon Walters to head off the FBI's investigation into the plumbers' operations. Ehrlichman was also assigned to approach ex- Atty. Gen. John Mitchell and to ask the unwilling Mitchell to take the-rap for the Watergate fiasco. Sources close to Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski say that Ehrlichman is now aware how , Nixon, and Haldeman used him. "That's why Ehrlichman has The Washington Merry-Go-Round culled the former President as a witness," aid one source. "It is clear," agreed another, "That Ehrlichman has, gone off the reservation." In other words, he no longer will try to protect Nixon and Hadcman. The view of Ehrlichm'an as a puppet, manipulated by Nixon and Haldeman, comes from a cumulative study of the secret tapes, say our sources. ROCKEFELLER INVESTIGATION: A painstaking but preliminary FBI investigation of Nelson Rockefeller has produced no information that should prevent his confirmation as, .Vice President. Agents are slill digging, however, into rumors that a Rockefeller-financed operation in Latin America was infiltrated by Communist sympathizers. The investigation is centering on Ibe American Association for Economic and Social Development, which received grants for 14 years from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation to bring rural reform and better schools to South America. "The main thing we don't know," confided an FBI source, "Is how they spent tbe money." Another Rockefeller enterprise under investigation by the FBI is the International Basic Economy Corporation, founded by Nelson Rockefeller to operate supermarkets, poultry firms and machinery equipment facilities in some 20 countries, mainly in Latin America. The FBI is also examining more closely the Commission on Critical Choices, which conducted studies of world problems for Rockefeller. It has been suggested this w a s set up to groom him for the White House. Our FBI sources stress that Rockefeller isn't suspected of any subversive or shady dealings. But the FBI wants to be able to answer any questions that may be raised by Rockefeller's most extreme critics. Agents have questioned just about everyone who has had any dealings with Rockefeller from doctors and clergymen to sheriffs and political figures. A picture has emerged of a Rockefeller who has managed to keep above the hurly-burly. He has insulated himself from any questionable activites, the FBI has found, by a layer of attorneys, financial advisers and political associates. "The rough-and-tumble stuff was handled by his associates," said a source. FBI agents have been running up to Capitol Hill almost daily From Tke Readers Viewpoint Teacher Pay ! :iTa 'the Editor: -_ This letter is vyritten in response to a rejection of application that I have just received from a credit card from (Bank Americadd). T h e c o m p a n y finds that my income docs not meet its minimum standards. Five years ago, I graduated from Fayetteville High School. At this time, I went to work as a common laborer in Jefferson, Texas, for three dollars and sixty-five cents an hour. Working thriough the summer, this easily helped me meet most of my major college expenses. Each successive year, I've worked as a laborer doing , the most elementary tasks. In 1973, I was graduated f r o m .''college, and started to make my v w a y i n the world. I had received a teaching certificate, ·_;so I started my career as a teacher. This profession paid me eleven hundred dollars less the first year. than my job as a laborer had paid me five years before. With a year's cxper- ience behind me, and a three ·-'-· hundred dollar gift from . t h e .'"Arkansas legislature, I now ;-:make almost as much as I did ·5 without my college degree and j year of. experience. As if this -isn't disheartening enough, the '' janitors of the school wh'ere I - teach make considerably more -.than one-third of the teachers in the school. Baby sitters in i the area, (who now charge seventy-five cents to a dollar an · hour) make only eleven hun- ·Tdred dollars less than the ·· teachers who were on base sa-;. lary last year. ;... ;Some of you may say. "Yes, \ -but you teachers only have to: "Jwork nine and a quai'ter months .'··'Out of the year!" How often do ;»you bring home two and a half ··.hours of work, alter you've stayed on the job from 7:30 i-:-a.m. to 4:30 or 5:00 each day? How many of the materals that you need at work are provided for you, and how many materials (desks, .chairs, file cabinets, bookshelves, etc.) do-you have to bring? Do you have to use y o u r vacation to plan what you are going to do for tde next nine months, because this years' lesson plans are no longer interesting or relevant to the students? Remember what a hassle your son's or daughter's birthday party with 15 or 20 kids for two or three hours is? Try two hundred kids a day if you think it's easy! After you've, tried it, ·consider the fact that some of. your teaclier.-friendssare'.eligible ;' for" food stamps; arid the janitor ' '(who gets to watch T.V. part of the nigiht) makes more than you do, and he doesn't pass on any lasting values, knowledge, or parrern of behaviour to your children. After you've thought about all of this, remember that laborer at the beginning? He now makes seven dollars and eighty cents an hour, all supplies are provided, and he gets to forget all about his job after he leaves work each day until he shows up tomorrow. Then you have. the courage to ask, with a straight face, why teachers are asking for an increase in salary!! ·.-;.. - . · JAMES WOOLLEY Fayetteville .-,":' : P.S. In reference to the f o r e g o i n g I- am a single male, in charge of an extra-curricular activity. This activity involves no less than 3 extra rehearsals (outside of school ason I point these things out, this activity, and therefore am above the base scale. ' ... .. '-. -·'-·· ' . ·; · · * Regrettable To the Editor: Last Sunday when I received the news of President Ford's pardon of Ex-president Nixon I was frankly confused as to whether or not he had done the right thing. I now know, after reflection, ·· that--he- did the wrong thing. My reasons: 1. It would have been belter if he had let 'Nixon be. tried and set the facts straight. 2. During the trial or trials a competent physician could testify as to Nixon's physical and-or mental condition. , 3. If after all t h i s , Nixon should be convicted and receive a jail sentence - President Ford could then grant a pardon and perhaps · been applauded for so doing. "' .,4. Also, ex^president Nixon -would have been more respected if he had not accepted exemption from the judicial process. 5. After Ford's blunder he has ended the "honeymoon" with Congress, created serious problems concerning the other Watergate defendants and what to do with them, and what to do with the draft dodgers and deserters. If only President Ford could have deliberated more carefully in this serious matter. Rupert A. Stuart Fayetteville. Bible Verse 'Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will see kme diligently but will not find me because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord." Proverbs 1:28,29 Don't be surprised if the Lord keeps getting a "busy signal" from you that He someday may ,-.riot ..'return the compliment.'. .VSe'eJc ye the Lord While Ha' may be f»und, call ye upon Him while He is near." Today He hears yiur call upon Him. "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." EQUAL JUSTICE IMDERIAW X ' Martha Mitchell Revisits State And Old Hometown .' (EDITOR'S NOTE -- The ! following article on well known · Arkansan and one-time Univer- . ; sity student Martha - Mitchell',". | originally appeared in the Pine Bluff Commercial. It is written ; by former TIMES editorial - staffer Ray White, .who is now ; city editor of the Pine Bluff - publication.) j By RAY WHITE Martha Mitchell is changing i her image. Or, her image is ' '· changing. One can't be sure. ; Once called "the Greek chorus · of the Watergate drama," she : is now notably more subdued ; than that would suggest. She is receiving more tele- 1 phone calls than she is placing, · it appears, and although the '. news value of her outspoken ' opinions has declined with the * fortunes of the administration she once championed, a serious and thoughtful side of her nature seems to be coming through. One person who recalls her ·'; growing up;. in^Pine Bluff said , 'Iha't'· lhe-riew~'siie fitted · his : early recollection of her. Shown the pictures that accompanied this article, he pointed to the picture of her smiling and said, "That's her national image" then go to a serious pose "That's her Pine Bluff image." She excused herself only once to take a long-distance call during an interview Wednesday, but her host reported that the phone was getting heavy use. M R S . iMITCHELL was visiting her cousin. Ray West Jr., at 5 Westridge Drive. She spoke in the spacious living room at West's apartment and posed for pictures on an adjoining patio. It should come as no surprise to Pine Bluff natives that Mrs. Mitchell is more petite than she appears in newspaper pictures They'll Do It Every Time RIGHT UP IMM. 6ATn,iue fOSt. JUS PEN WANT? W£V GOTTH PITCHING ANP we've GOT THE HO//CAM we MISS? POP Ftyfc HAP THIS TO SAY ABOUT HIS BIOSEST BUNCH Of MISFITS TOW/ H6 WAS . f\Ke!- MOW LISTEN TO HIM NO PlfCHIN 1 .' A MANAGER CANT WIN WITHOUT THE- JIM AUI6ER 136 SKOS HAVEN Cf., TONWWA.NY and on television. "That's Why," she said frowning at a ; photographer who had knelt to shoot a picture from a low camera angle. Those pictures would make anyone look fat, she said. Mrs. Mitchell enjoys talking about her hometown, and she said people did not gawk at her when she went shopping here and she enjoyed the lack of attention. "I'm playing bridge tonight!" she said jubilantly. And she points out that she talks Arkansas and Pine Bluff up, in contrast, she says, to the state's junior senator, J. William Fulbright of Fayetteville, whom she described as "the perfect chameleon." And, while she turned down a major Texas newspaper's request for an interview, she said yes to her hometown paper. Asked to name anyone who influenced her. she started reeling off the names of a Pine Bluff minister, a Sunday school teacher and others she had known growing up. But weren't there any national figures to whom she looked? "I've had my faith in human nature pretty well shattered," she replied. Mrs. Mitchell said her next step would be to "settle with Mitchell" and then her plans were' indefinite. She said there was no chance of reconciliation with her husband. MRS. MITCHELL presents some intriguing problems for an interviewer. First, even she is unable to think up a question that she hasn't aldeady been asked. Also, the conversation becomes a bit strained when she starts talking about how the press used her to make headlines. A reporter, notebook in hand, busily lakes down: "I don't want the media to feel that I owe them a living." ; Mrs. Mitch'ell -is also hampered by the fact that she is writing a book about herself -in a way capitalizing on her own celebrity -- and she is gaining a reputation as quite an interviewer herself. Her byline .appears on an article published in this month's M c C a 11' s magazine about Cornelia Wallace, and she has done a stint on "The M i k e douglas Show" and on New From The Bookshelf A friend who knew Ford well for many years said, "How many intellectual Presidents have we had, anyway? Few. And it takes a great moment for a man to be great. No great moment has come to Jerry yet. It is yet obscure to us what his capacity for growth may be. He has a broad knowledge of federal government, broad as that of any man. He has no Bebe Rebozo peering over his shoulder. He has a sense of timing, he's lucky. He's so darned honest. Yet there is an inscrutability about Jerry: You think you know him, but there's always one layer of reserve between you and Jerry's inner self." Another longtime associate said, "Jerry plays it close to the vest. He doesn't rush to decisions. He talks it over, he thinks it over, he weighs. And then when he has to decide, he decides -- and sticks with it. But who knows how he would do as President? Can you say of any man how he would perform?" --Bud Vestal, Jerry Ford, Up Close (1974) ·I, York television as a talk show hostess. -- '- "Woodward and Bernstein .-said I was the best interviewer they had ever had," she said. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were investigative reporters for the Washington Post covering the Watergate burglary. They recorded their experiences in "All the President's Men." which Mrs. Mitchell insists, jokingly, upon referring to as "'All the King's Men." ONE OF THE main sources quoted by the reporters was identified only as a high government source they knew as "Deep Throat." Mrs. Mitchell says she does not believe . there ever was a "Deep Throat." To her. that was something the publisher of the book thought up lo add excitement to the story. "Everyone loves a ·mystery," she explained. She said she had about as much knowledge as anyone and she didn't know as much as Deep Throat. Another theme with Mrs. Mitchell is a variation on the theory that power corrupts. "That Potomac fever just gets me," she said. "...That's one thing that I'm afraid is happening to G e r r y Ford . . .When they get that power, it's dangerous." "FORD'S SOMETHING like Nixon and something like what my reputation is, which is not true: lhat we open our moulhs and let anything come out. It is true of Ford and also was why they had to keep Richard Nixon in the White House all the lime. They were scared to death lo let him out. Do you realize that he didn't campaign at all in 1972?" She said Ford's amnesty statement, delivered to the Veterans of Forcrgn Wars, was an example of this. She feels that her own slory of Watergate is basically sad. She says she is a woman who has lost "everything." But: "There's never been a woman In this country that has lived the life I've lived...in the last few years. I've always had an extremely interesting life. even when I was here In Pine Bluff." And on that, she said, she has no expectation of any change. What Others Say IN HOT WATER AFTER SWIM A skinny-dipping outing turned out to he a complicated matter, according to reports circulating around the Hickory Police Department. Seems a Newton girl and a male and female companion decided to go skinny-dipping in Lake Hickory and carefully folded their clothes and locked them in the trunk of their automobile along with (be keys and the car. After the swim and discovery that they could not get into the trunk of the car, one of the females called Hickory police and asked if they could furnish transportation for the trio to Newton. The officer on duty explained that they could not transport the group since they could not go out of their patrol area. About 3 a.m. another call was received reporting a woman's screams at a wildlife access area on the lake. Several cars were dispatched only to find t h r ee rather embarrassed people. The male was on the floor board in the front of the car and one female was on the floor in the back of the auto. The third person took refuge in the wooded area. One female explained that the scream came about after she used the telephone. She was en route back to the couple and came face to face with a dog, who apparently did not approve of skinny-dipping. --Newton (N.C.) Observer- News-Enterprise with huge Rockefeller dossiers, which they have shown to key members of Congress. "Rocky looks awfully good, said a source wllh access ID the dossiers.' NAVEL SUPEIUOBITYl Intelligence reports confirm the conclusion of the authoritative British publication, "Jane's Fighting Ships," that the Soviet Navy had surpassed the U.S. fleet in fighting power. Here's a rundown: ' . ' ,, . . -- In submarines, the Soviet Union has deployed a fleet of 67 ballistic missile submarines, many of them nuclear powered. This compares to 41 American missile subs. Slates one NATO document: "The Soviet submarine force is now more capable and has outbuilt NATO In nu. clear-powered submarines.' -- In surface ships, the newest Soviet vessels "carry more elaborate and mor» sophisticated electronic systems. One Soviet surface vessel, according to NATO intelligence, is "ton for ton, the most powerful warship ever built." According to another confiden. ' tial document, "the sophisticated misslie systems of its advanced surface.ships gives tha Soviet Union a powerful ship-to- ship capability and a considerable superiority in missile units over NATO." NATO commanders are deeply concerned over the deploy- rhent of Soviet ships In the Indian Ocean. Concludes anolhcr NATO report: Russia's "Power to rapidly switch ships from the Mediterranean to t h e Indian Ocean, once the Suez Canal is reopened, will considerably Increase her presence and influence in an area which six yean ago was a Western lake." --United Feature Syndicate Taking Sex Out Of The Language WASHINGTON (ERR) -- On* can't bo too careful what one writes these days. Please notice that the sentence did not read a man can't be too careful what he writes these days. That masculine noun "man" and pronoun "he" would have exposed him to the women .1 equality movement as foolishly ignorant or disdainful of its aim to rid the language of sexist words and idioms. Sexist -- never to be confused with sexy -- is a word of recent vintage, analogous to racist, used to characterize the male chauvinist who discriminates on the basis of gender. Thus a person (not "man," please) who has had his consciousness raised a notch or two has to stay on guard (never on "his guard) whenever exercising tha native tongue (never, never "his" native tongue). TO AID THE unwary or unre- formcd, the McGraw-Hill Book Conipany has issued a set of guidelines for its legion of nonfiction writers and editors on pruning their copy of telltale sexism for instance, "mankind" is to be penciled out of the wayward author's text and r e p l a c e d b y "humanity." ' ' . h u m a n beings," "human race" or just plain "people." We may henceforth read of primitive people b u t not primitive man -- unless woman gels equal billing, in which case it will be permissible to speak of primitive men and women in the same hreath. A man-made lake Not a person-made lake surely? No, it should be referred to as artificial, synthetic, manufactured, constructed, or of human origin An artificial lake, well, okay. But just try the sound of "We went swimming in a lake or human origin." EXTREME EXAMPLES perhaps but revealing of the problem of trying to make English usage conform to a new set of rules. Jacques Barzun, the author-professor at Columbia University, suggests that all this could lead to such absurdities as calling a seagoing man- of-war a "war person" or leaching future students of tha F r e n c h Revolution about Liberty, Equality and Sorority." A n d will historians of tomorrow speak of the colonial militia on Lexington Green, or perhaps Paul Revere and his guerrilla band, to avoid using the odious Minuleman? Thera is no end to Ihe possibililies. McGdaw-Hill s u g g e s t s that statesmen, whoever they are be known as public servants or leaders. The businessman, whether he r u n s the shoe - repair shop on Ihe corner or .General Motors, will become a "business executive" or "business leader." "Sex is a source of chaos in language generally, as it Is in life," Barzun observes in The Columbia Forum magazine. Ha wonders if, in the attempt to expunge sexism, the language doesn't get wrenched out of shape and misunderstood. "The esthetic sense, not lo say the art of literature is implicated in this silly game " Barzun goes on to say. "Person is not a word to cherish and ubiquilizo...the word is disagreeably hoily-toily 'There is a person at the door 1 ? In the classic English novel the young person holds an ambiguous place -- always a she, but now u n s a v o r y , n o w requiring protection." Lest the professor stand in danger of having his own words wrenched out of shape or misunderstood, it must be said that he is not opposed to the goal of making the language better' express the idea of equality between the sexes. He has obvious reservations about '"·ft 1 "* '".reach that goal by edict. Besides, a man can'l ba too careful what he writes these days,

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