Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 19, 1974 · Page 4
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 19, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is Tlie First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 · THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1974 Haig Realty Was The 'Big Enchilada Report On The Convention Sixty delegates and alternates from Washington County attended the recent Democratic Party convention at Hot Springs, according to reports we've received from Party secretary Bob Reed, and delegate Lyell Thompson. Those attending regard the occasion as a considerable success from a variety of angles. Major talks were made by Gov. Dale Bumpers, Sen. John McClellan, Rep. Ray Thornton and Third District congressional candidate Bill Clinton, a stellar cast of the party faithful. Clinton, of'Fayetteville, was temporary chairman, and was selected to make the keynote address, an honor, certainly, for this corner of the state. Sen. Bill Fulbright, of Fayetteville, was honored, also, although not present (by virtue of a diplomatic visit to China). The convention gavel was set aside for Fulbright, who retires from the Senate at the end of this year. Washington County's delegation, headed by state Hep. Rudy Moore, apparently exercised more leverage on the convention than is usual for a non-central Arkansas group. Good organization gets credit for part of the success. Good leadership, including such party stalwarts as Moore, Clinton, Diane Kincaid, Ann Henry, Jim Blair and Carl Whillock, all from this area, played its part, too. It is encouraging to find Northwest Arkansas (particularly Washington County) seizing so eagerly and effectively upon opportunity for greater political expression at the state level provided through this area's increasing economic and voter strength. The new leadership is shouldering new responsibilities with grace and style -- thanks no John I. Smith small amount to the ladies, we conclude -and more than adequate raoxie. Another encouraging development of the convention is that the final platform contains planks opposing an amendment (57) to change the constitutionally imposed 10 per cent limit on interest, while favoring those amendments raising limits on elective office salaries (55), and reorganization of county government (56). A mini-fuss over party chairman, which lapped over on the Amendment 57 (usury limit) issue, had threatened to water down the platform position on these general election ballot items for November. The problem in this is that the unquestionably unpopular Amendment 57 (usury) very likely will take the other amendments down to defeat with it. This is genuinely regrettable · because the state needs to have both Amendment. 55 and Amendment 56 approved. Maybe the Democratic Party platform, along with a companion action of endorsement by the Republican state Convention, will make the matter clearer. Amendment 54, unfortunately, remains a muddle for many, and a potential drag on voters unwilling to sort out the good from the bad. The GOP convention, we notice, decided to endorse all amendments except 57 which is probably an improvement on the Democratic position. Both parties favor a new try at constitutional revision. Meanwhile, it is up to those actively interested in state and local politics and government to bring as much understanding to the amendment's ready identification as possible. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH I wish to thank Joe Gaston, of the Soil Conservation Service, for writing the article for last week, while I was away. And his article was, as always, excellent in technical advice. A trip on a bus through Colorado and Kansas last week g a v e several observations, which might be of interest to farmers in Northwest Arkansas. A great acreage of grain sorghum slill needs about four ;weeks of frost free weather to properly mature the grain. .Since this section field now has ·ample moisture, the yields, if .not killed by frost, should be good. Since Kansas is one of our greatest sorghum-grain producing sections, this is of importance to the feeders of chickens and other livestock. Even though no very serious drouth now threatens the Great Plains, ample irrigation is now in progress, especially on land just drilled to wheat. Surely, the farmers want the wheat to get off to an early start to provide good winter grazing. This irrigation is being done by the one-fourth mile rotating, -self propelled, sprayer system. This size system anchored in the center of a quarter section (160 acres) would irrigate a circular field of about 125 acres. Efforts are now being made to give an extra spurt of water to cover these four corners and, thus irrigate squares, not circles. At times, three or four such irrigation systems could be seen in operation at a time. They seem to propel themselves up reasonable rises, and smaller rotating systems might someday be in use in this section. While the cattle feeding pens are still in operation in Kansas and Colorado, they are all partially empty. One knowledgeable cattleman here in Washington County stated last week that their feed was so costly we could nearly give them our calves, and they would still lose money. The price of Texas calves in 1D70 was 33 cents, according to the September report of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and in 1973 the price averaged about 58 cents. However, in July 1974, the price had dropped to 30 cents. Thus, that bank feels, as many here do. that slaughter calves will have to stay on grass about an additional year and sell at 700 to 900 pounds. OF OUR 2,264 million acres of land, according to our National Association of Conservation Districts, we cultivate only 20.9 per cent, or 472 million acres. An additional 26.7 per cent, or 604 million acres, is grass and range; 525 million acres solid forest: 198 million grazed forest; and 61 million urban and built up acres. This leaves 314 acres of waste, parks, swamps, and other miscellaneous uses. For many years, our land u s ' e d for cultivation has decreased annually; that is, the production per acre has been high enough to allow us to retire the poorer land. As the figures for the last year or so are tabulated, we will surely see a reverse in this trend. Then, too, to support the great increase in population the world over, we must think of still greater production per acre. Among those factors which will enable us to make the increase in production per acre are: increased use of fertilizer, increased use of irrigation, and increased control of insects and plant and animal diseases. In short, we must introduce more technique inlo our farming. The gains made in recent years must be dwarfed when compared with the gains yet to be made. No doubt, the farmers can solve our problems of production of food and fiber, and, · no doubt, they will. Billy Graham's Answer Recently in our newspaper there was a photograph of Siamese twins joined at the head. They are 25 years- old. While they once traveled with a circus, now both are Gospel singers. Their mother refused to have them separated, saying she believed, "Whatever God has joined together, let no man put asunder." Is this the right interpretation? 11.J.P. The Scripture statement to which you refer is perhaps Mark 10:9. It appears also in Matthew 19:G. By no strutch of the imagination could their mother apply that to Ihe plight of twins whose bodies are joineil. Mark wrote it in obvious connection with the preceding dialogue Jesus had with the Pharisees which involved divorce and marriage. Marriage was presented as an ordinance of God, instituted before anything had marred His perfect creation. Accordingly these words would have nothing to do with two hildren con- genilally uniled. The mother, of course, has a right to her opinion. Although if medical science considered surgical separation a possibility, she ought not to deprive these children of separate personhood. Scripture often is misquoted, but the likelihood of this is minimized, if as in Acts 17, people "searched the Scriptures day by day, lo check up on. . .statements to see if they were really so." What Others Say By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- President Ford discovered when lie moved inlo Hits While House Hint ex-President Nixon's staff chief, Gen. Alexander Ilaig, WHS functioning as the "acting President." This characterization or Haig lias 'been given by sources lo- tally familiar with the White H o u s e operations during Nixon's final months. The harassed former President had become so obsessed with his Watergate woes, they say, that he left Haig in charge of running the country. To his credit, the able, articulate Haig held (he government together as the Watergate nightmare slowly stifled t h e oval office. The only exception: He left foreign affairs in the hands of Secretary of S t a t e Henry Kissinger. We have now established beyond doubt that Nixon spent almost his full time brooding over his Watergate predicament and scheming with a few [rusted advisers how to get out of it. "He was like a man The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time fM STUPYINGTH BOLL W£MlS eFFKTOM THfc WINE IMPOST!?// ·m, WORU CHtR AT THE TAXPAYERS! w groping through a poisonous fog," said one source. Haig handled the presidential powers, which were thrust upon him, wisely and well, pur sources agree. He was acutely conscious of his military background and tried to lake a civilian's view of the nation's problems, they say. He has tried quietly to relinquish his tremendous powers, according to our sources, since President Ford took over. But the White House staff is so conditioned to taking orders from Haig that he still wields more authority inside the White House than Ford's top aides. This is one reason the President would like to erase Haig out. But it has been a problem finding an appropriate assignment for the man who behind the scenes has been exercising the powers of the President. Footnote: General Haig refused comment. NOSTALGIA Nostalgia is popular these days. It's the newest fad. The recent past is promoted and exploited, packaged and sold. The problem is that the medium doesn't match the message. Nostaliga is best found within each individual. It is a quiet and personal thing. When an attempt is made to commercialize that feeling, there is always the danger of striking a false note. How dp you hard sell a porch swing? When people look back fondly, they usually recall the pleasant, leisurely moments. They think of the elders chatting on the front porch in the evening while the youngsters chased firefiies. They recall the outing when papa caught perch and cooked them over charcoal in a bucket and everyone sang songs on the way home. In retrospect, the little, loving incidents are what we like to replay in pur memories. There certainly is nothing wrong or weak about being nostalgic. The past is the foundation upon which we have built our lives. And when we look hack, we are seeking the support and guidance needed to face today's problems If we can recall fondly the days of the Depression, we can handle that which we will face tomorrow. Perhaps we should be concerned with Ihe nostaliga of Ihe future, the difference between plaslic and personal. In our hectic existence, we must take the time to create the little, living incidents that wo will need for strength as lime passes, that our children will ho able to look back upon for guidance, --Houston (Tex.) Chronlcls WATCH ON WASTE: As part of our watch on waste, we have uncovered another Ernest Filz- gcrald in the National Institute of Education, which dishes out government millions for educational research. Filzgerald was the cost analyst who was fired by the Air Force for blowing the whistle on cost overruns. Now the NIE has tired a $21,300-a-year contract specialist under similar circumstances. This latest Ernest Fitzgerald is Robert Drucker. The NIE claims Drucker was fired for failing to do his job. But on close examination, it looks suspiciously like it was Ins zeal to save money for the taxpayers that got him in trouble. The $8 million contract went t o N o r t h w e s t Regional Educational Laboratory of Portland, Ore., on a noncom- petive, favored-source basis. As the negotiations reached a climax, Northwest's · Dr. Larry Fish flew to Washington lo complain about the low fees. The Long National Nightmare Goes On State Of Affairs By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- After Arnold Weber retired as director of former President Nixon's Cost of Living Council, lie had the grace lo acknowledge what really went on. Business, he said, "had been leaning" on the Administration "lo do something about the economy, especially wages." So. he added, "the idea of the freeze and Phase II was to zap labor and we did." In the light of this, it is hardly any wonder that labor fears it is going to be zapped again when President Ford's new Council on Wage and Price Stability get going. Mr. Ford's cheif economic advisers are preaching every day that Ihe only cure for inflation is more unemployment and holding down wages. Mr. Ford's own watchwords are the need for the masses to "tighten Iheir bells" and set an example of "self-sacrifice." Kenneth Rush, chairman of the President's new wage-price council, chimes in with, "Everyone has had to suffer in Ihe last year." Everyone, that is except the captains of American industry, who have never had it so good. The business leaders who have been invited to Washing- Ion by Mr. Ford, and oefore him by Nixon, heartily agree with the Administration that the way to curb inflation is to brake the economy, reduce the labor force and restrain wages. It is easy to understand their position since their high-paid jobs are secure, and sine emost of them have received whopping salar yincrcases, plus large bonuses, in the last year, while most workers are now earning in real dollars less than they did its 1973. .TilHEF, OUT OF four chief executive officers of the count r y ' s largest corporations last year received hefty salary boosts, with the median increase being 11.3 per cent. The figures come fro ma national survey made by McKinscy and Co. Ev?n Business Week, the Bible of the business world, was prompted to observe that while these tycoons "wero wrestling with compensation problems for their employees, most were taking care of themselves." And indeed they were. The 1973 salary increases were even larger than the ones they gave themselves the year beofre. Besidies bonuses, many of the executives also got handsome stock options. Five had gains of more 'than $1 million on options and 16 others had gains of more than $500.000. One company's top four executive made a profit of $4.3 million on their options. This situation reminds University of Pennsylvania Prof. Ervin Miller of an old suggestion on how lo win the Vietnamese war, which called for establishing a UNIVERSAL draft Bible Verse "And I say also unto thce, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and Ihe gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18 The church is not only what Christ has made, but what we make of it. If it is a lighthouse for the weary traveler on the slorm tossed sea of life, we have made it so. If it becomes a bedlam of confusion, compromise, a burden to Ihe commun- ily and a shame to Christ, we have also made it so. "For thy name's sake, 0 Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great." Psalms 25:11 In the name of Jesus, our sins without number whatever are fully forgiven and forever forgotten. "He is faithful and jusl to forgive us our sins and lo cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Accept it and go free. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good lo them which hate you, Bless Ihem that curse you, nnd pray for them which despileful- ly use you." Luke 6:27.28 Come to this point In life and wo can truly be called "followers of Christ." and eliminating all deferments except for physical disability. Commenting on the policy of curbing jobs and wage increases, Miller says: "Perhaps the best way to end the present grotesquely immoral--and probably ineffective- policy would be to require present policy-makers to lead the way by giving tip their own salaries, perhaps placing them in a trust fund for the unemployed." Anticipating that Mr. Ford's wage-price council will end up with "guidelines" for workers' pay rales, George Meany, head of the AFL-CIO, frankly told the President that in labor's view guidelines were tantla- mount to controls. He minced no words. .."MR. PRESIDENT, he said, "you've never seen greater patriotism, greater civic pride on the part of the employers than when you give them a guideline--on wages. So each of them becomes a great patriot, and they're going to go along with Ihe national OAdministration." Like Arnold Weber, Meany · thinks labor got zapped by the wage-price controls that Nixon imposed for a time. There were, he charges, "no cffeotive controls on prices or interest rates, and no restraints whatsoever on corporate profitis." In arguing that wages are not to blame for Ihe present inflation, Meany, while at the White House conference on inflatioin, surprisingly found an ally in Alan Greenspan, the very conservative chairman of Mr. Ford's Council of Economic Advisers, Displaying a chart showing inflation outstripping wage costs, Greenspan said, "I find it hard to believe that anyone seeing that could believe that wages are responsiible for inflation." The union leaders at the While House gathering were friendly, but skeptical. They have not forgotten that during Mr. Ford's 25 years in Congress his batting average of "right" votes on the AFL-CIO scorecard was a miniscule .148, or close to zero. In noting one economist's prediction lhat there will be a recession, but not a 1929 Great Depression, Meany said, "Well, thanks for nothing." (Co.) 19M, I.os Angeles Times He look his complaint among others to Marc Tucker, a power at NIE, who previously had worked under Fish at North- w e s t . Tucker Immediately ushered his former boss into Drucker's office and suggested pointedly: "It seems lo me you guys should sit down together." In the language of the Washington bureaucracy, when a bigwig says this lo an underling, it means "strike a deal." But Drucker refused to allow Northwest more than a 4-Vi per cent fee, which slill gave tha lab a whopping $36,000 profit. Drucker also held the line in other negotiations. Suddenly, his performance ratings, which had always been high, began lo plummet. A few days ago, he was fired. Drucker has also complained about a $6 billion grant in 19,69 lo Far West Laboratory for Educational Research in San Francisco. T h e lab bought a huge old warehouse with tha money but occupies only three floors. The other three floors are going to waste. He has objected, tco, to a. $4 minion deal with Southwest E d 11 c a t i o n al Development Laboratory of Austin, Texas. He questions a $230,000 developer's fee and a $300,000 prepaid rental. . · Both Tucker and Fish insist that Iheir friendship had nothing lo do will! Ihe awarding of the $8 million contract. All the dealings wilh NIE, they swear, have been totally proper. The NIE also contends there is no evidence of wrongdoing and, in an unusual move, has taken the initiative to invita the General Accounting Office to investigate. HUNTING GRIZZLIES: Tha powerful grizzly bear, which once roamed in great numbers through the West, is now threatened with extinction be-. low the Canadian border. This is 'the main conclusion of an unpublished Interior Dept. report which warns lhat the animal may be endangered unless immediate slops are taken to protect it. To save Ihe grizzly, the report urgently recommends l h a t "sport hunting be temporarily banned" in the Yellowstone Ecosystem of Wyoming, Idahq and Montana. Conservalionlsls e s t i m a t a that only about 900 of these magnificent carnivores slill survive in the lower 48 states. Yet the state of Montana, where the largest population of grizzlies exists, issued 919 grizzly permits for this year's hunting season. If only a small number of these hunters are successful, the entire species c o u l d be nearly wined out in the area. Yet Montana has refused to close down its season, and the U.S.Forest Service has refused to take action. Uniled Feature Syndicate An Industry Thats Fit To Be Tied i: NEW YORK (ERR) -- Who buys ties? As men's fashions become increasingly casual, the Adams apple appears as frequently as the four-in-hand. Even the cover of Business Week magazine reflects the change: featured on the August 24th issue is Mark Shepherd Jr., unashamedly tie-less chief exe-; culive of Texas Instruments, Inc. Last April, federal energy chief John C. Sawhill suggested that offices might conserve fuel by cutting down on air-conditioning.,To make the temperatures more tolerabl.e he noted, office workers might leave their lies at home. This provoked a stormy response from the tie industry. Representatives of the Men's Tie Foundation, which' represents about 100 of the largest manufacturers and suppliers to the industry, told Mr. Sawhill's office that he was needlessly endangering the jobs of 15,000 people in the tie business. A few days later Mr. Sawhill modified his views: men could help the energy situation by loosening their ties, ho announced, hut they should certainly go on wearing them. The neckwear industry has reason to be nervous. Since 1970 and 1971, when retail sales peaked at $1 billion, their business lias been edging downhill. Last year, according to estimates by a leading supplier as reported in The New York Times (June 15, 1!)74), 325 million tics were sold for a retail value of S830 million. And though the over-30 crowd is not about to stop wearing ties to the office and to social functions, the custom shows signs of declining among the youngsters who hold the key to fashion's future. Many young men associate necklies with conformity and with Ihe orlhodox lifestyle they eschew. Others share the view expressed by Chinese-American philosopher and writer Lin Yulftng, who wrote in 1954; "I have a hankering to go back to the Orient and discard my necktie. Neck-, tics strangle clear thinking." Still, those who fee! undressed without that strip of cloth need not despair. They can cclebrala Nalional Tie Week, Sept. 22-29, sponsored by the Men's Tin Foundation -- the same folk who made Mr. Sawhill eat his words this spring. They can also take comfort in the neckwear industry's claim that college campuses are seeing a slow trend back to neckties via big bright bows and pastel poly- cslors. The inch-wide black knit nccklie is as passe 1 as the cambric cravat, but as long as there are fashion innovations, birthdays, Christmases, girlfriends, wives and mothers, the necktie will survive,

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