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Thursday, September 26, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest I* The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4 -- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1974 Nixonites Plug For Transition Funds Our Educational Goals T-' There is food for thought -- and perhaps even some re-thinking -- contained in : the results of an "educational goals opinion survey" recently completed by the Little Rock School District. The survey is designed by and for a new Department of Planning and Development within the capital city school system, and is aimed at identifying both emphasis and image of the system within its functioning community. Eighteen goals are listed and several groups are asked to rank them in order of importance. Groups asked to participate in the survey include patrons, the school board, students, the school system's administrators, principals, teachers, news media, PTA, biracial committees, businessmen, and the goals committee itself. The list of 18 items is interesting in itself: 1. Learn how to be a good citizen; 2. Learn how to respect and get along with people who think, dress and act differently; 3. Learn about and try to understand the changes that take place in the world; 4. Develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening; 5. Understand and practice democratic ideas and ideals; 6. Learn how to examine and use information; 7. Understand and practice the skills of family living; 8. Learn to respect and get along with people with whom we work and live; 9. Develop skills to enter a specific field of work; 10. Learn how to be a good manager of money, property and resources; 11. Develop a desire for learning now and in the future; 12. Learn how to use leisure time; 13. Practice and understand the ideas of health and safety; 14. Appreciate culture and beauty of the world; 15. Gain information needed to make job selections; 16. Develop pride in work and a feeling of self-worth; 17. Develop good John I. Smith character and self-respect; 18. Gain a general education. Each of us, to some degree, probably will rank the foregoing differently. In the survey in question, for instance, school administrators rank goal 18 near last, while students rank it first. Among all the groups there is a general consensus that items 1, 4, 8, 11, 16, 17 and 18 are very important, whereas 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15 are consistently second division. Learning how to use leisure time rates last, in fact, almost unanimously, and an ap- ? reciation of culture and beauty is a closa 7th. Art appreciation rates dead last, significantly perhaps, among school principals and administrators, who also rate communication skills No. 1. (Apparently the idea that art and culture are man's most civilized expression's of communication hasn't gotten around to superintendents' offices, yet.) As with most such surveys, categories are necessarily abbreviated, and hence can be somewhat variously interpreted. Self-respect, for instance, is something even a good bank robber might be expected to experience after a successful job. The survey's emphasis on communication skills is somewhat at odds, top, with what a "general education" consists 'of. School superintendents who lists communications skills as number one, rate "general education" 13th. The exercise, nonetheless, is a good one, we think, because it focuses attention on the variable nature of educational priorities. Educational professionals are susceptible to dogmatism, and as this survey shows, there is little room for dogmatic conclusions In the matter of what's best for the contemporary student. Area Farming Something more might be said about grass tetany -sometimes called grass ing. It comes mostly in sons when grass is growing rapidly. The problem, as Mr. Joe Gaston stated in this column a couple of weeks ago, is primarily a lack of magnesium in the cow's diet. If one has a good clover stand in his pasture the cattle get more magnesium, and fewer grass tetany attacks occur. If the farmer is applying dolomite limestone to his pastures, even if his grass Is short of clover, his cows are getting more magnesium. But our limestone in Washirigton County is not dolomitic (containing magnesium). Both north and east of here we do find dolomite. Generally the full mineral mixtures purchased at farm supply houses are a little short of magnesium, especially for cows if clover its not, in the mixture they eat. magnesium, mixed with" salt, to make It taste good to the cows, should be placed under sheds, not outside where rain would bleach away the needed minerals. The above mentioned mineral mixtures and salt blocks with trace minerals are needed in a successful livestock program. They should both be under cover. WE STATED IN August 1973 when cattle of all grades W ere selling for unusual prices: "This is a good time to cull out old cows or poor breeders or to sell any animal not doing well. Unless one feels that cattle will go on to a still higher market, this is no time to buy into the cattle business in a big way." Conversely, we state now that this is no time to sell out and quit. II we do not have a favor- 'able f market with the northern and western feeders, we can run our steers on pasture to slaughter weights, or near slaughter weights. The space in the pastures that these yearlings steers will occupy can be provided by our culling out of a few of the- poorer mother cows. Even though last week 400-pound steer calves sold for around 25 cents instead of 60 cents as of last August, the Washington County producers of calves, light or heavy, are not hurt as bad as the feeders. From. The Readers Viewpoint Happy Ending To the Editor: My sad story has a happy ending! Saturday morning, after my lettetr was in the Friday paper, a lady called to tell me that she had my Buddah. While she was picking up her exhibits Sunday afternoon, her ten year old daughter w a s sorting through the trash piles (as all kids from 6 to 60 like to do) and she found him. He was in good shape and they recognized that he wasn't just junk, so they allowed her to take him home. What a happy coincidence for me! I can remember when, at that age if I found anything by golly. it was mine. So I know how hard it must have been for her to give him up, especially when he was thrown away. Many, many thanks little one, and may all your collections cause you to enjoy life and nature as much as I do. Mrs. Stanley (Erma) Potts Fayetteville Rt. 5 OUR PASTURES have now received the moisture which we stated a few weeks ago that they needed to fully restore them and the hay meadows. They are now restored. A lot of hay should now be going into the barns, and if we have dry weather, the progressive farmers will not fail to gel it in the barns. Light frosts which we are likely to have in about the next month will not destroy the grass. Frost might bring problems of poisoning on Johnson grass, but will not greatly affect grass hay. It will take a temperature of 15 to 18 degrees to brown up the fescue, but new growths will again come along with warmer weather. Right now, cattle on grass should be gaining rapidly for future market or for better condition to go through the winter. Thy'JI Do It Every Time WE HAVE HEARD rumblings of trouble in the broiler industry -r processors not making money or actually losing money, and the farmer producers -getting lower amounts because their contracts have clauses which require they share some loss. We recommend, as we have for over 20 years, that we take a patient attitude. The broiler industry is subject entirely to the law of supply and demand, and we have watched many times the whipping of these crises by the lowering of production. The industry must take steps to gauge production according to what they can sell at a figure profitable to both them and to the farmer producers. The farmers must be patient and accept the "cut down" on number, or the wider gap between batches. Cooperation and understanding between these two forces, nit strong-arm methods, should be the modus operandi on both skies. As we stated, for 20 years or more, we have seen this method succeed. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- It's going to cost the taxpayers well over $1 million a year to keep Richard Nixon in his accustomed style. Rattling behind the scenes (or this bountiful budget are two Nixon appointees. General Services Administrator Art Sampson and Budget Director Roy Ash. The day after Nixon gave up the presidency and retired to San Clemente in disgrace, Sampson (lew.out'lo California to meet secretly with Nixon aides Ron Ziegler and Steve Bull. They talked about all the money it would take to set up the former president as a private citizen. Then Sampson and Ash put their heads together and decided to request the royal sum of $850,000 for the transition. Routinely, President Ford sent their request to Capitol Hill with his blessing. There was an outcry from members of Congress who complained this was too much money to lavish on a president who had resigned to avoid impeachment and conviction. Except fo ra timely pardon, they noted, Nixon might have wound up in prison where his keep would have cost the taxpayers considerably less. A subcommittee headed by Rep. Tom Steed, D-Okla., has The Washington Merry-Go-Round now recommended slashing the $850,000 transition money down to $393,000. This would include a $60,000 pension and a $96,000 staff, which Nixon will continue to draw for the rest of his life. The generous Sampson has .also exempted Nixon from paying rent on the government office space he is using in California. Sampson tried to tell us this merely avoids "double bookkeeping." But it also provides Nixon with $100,000 worth of free office space, which won't have to come out of his budget. In addition to all this, it will cost the Secret Service at least $622,000 a year to protect the former president. This figure doesn't include another $300,000, which is now spent to protect his estate at Key Biscayne, Fla. The bodyguards are expected to be withdrawn from Key Biscayne by the end of the year. Sampson also doesn't like to talk about the entourage which is now serving Nixon at San Clemente. At least 32 persons are working directly for Nixon at San Clemente. At least 32 persons are working directly for Nixon but are paid by assorted government agencies. Their salaries add up to a whopping $576,000. Because they are "on detail," they can also collect $40 a day for expenses. On loan from the White House at a salary of $42,500, for example, is former press secretary Ron Ziegler. He brought along his favorite press assistant, pretty Dlanne Sawyer, who makes $21,000. Yet thera is no press office at San Cle, mente. Nixon has gone into such complete seclusion that wiseacres have dubbed San Clemente "Elba West." Yet the non- speaking Nixon is attended by speechwriter Ray Price at a $40,000 salary. A former Nixon attorney, Mike Sterlacci, is also on "temporary assignment" at San Clemente, drawing down $28.263 from the taxpayers. The ex-president's loyal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, still collects her $36,000 paycheck from the White House, and Steve Bull receives. $34,000 as Nixon's chief errand boy. Seven other White House employes are "detailed" to Nixon. The Defense Department has loaned him another five men, including three chauffeurs. Nixon's personal maid and valet, meanwhile, have been placed quietly on the National Parks Service payroll. And the loyal Sampson has assigned 11 maintenance workers from the Gen- Hammer And Sickle And Canvas eral Services Administration to keep the Nixon estates in tip-top shape. Congress has had so much difficulty getting full information on the Nixon spending that Sen. Joseph Montoya, D-N.M., has fired off a private letter to the budget chief demanding "a comprehensive and completa listing of all federal personnel detailed to the former president.. "This Information," Montoya added, "must be delivered to the sub-committee's offices by the close of business September 23." The senator intends to take up the answers at public hearings today (Sept. 25). Footnote: Sampson defended the Nixon budget as appropriate and necessary. He contended that the Lyndon Johnson transition had cost $541,800, which didn't include the time spent cataloguing the Johnson papers while he was still in office, WASHINGTON WHIRL: To combat inflation, Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., has proposed a 10 per cent salary cut for federal officials. He might set a better example it he gave up the $7,800 annual Air Force retirement, which he collects on top of his $42,500-a-year Senate sa!ary..'.Cen. James Abourezk, D-S.D., will try to cut off military pensions to retired officers who collect federal salaries in excess of $36,000..We recently counted , 40 repressive governments which receive U.S. aid. Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., using a different definition, tallied 57 authoritarian regimes on the dole. All told, the American taxpayers have shelled put an astounding $164 billion in foreign aid since the end of World War II..A troubled young consumer advocate, named Larry Finkelstein, wrote us a note just before he leaped to his death, The note urged the press to fight the "inordinate influence of special interest groups"..A frustrated White House aide complained to us: "Everyone wants to stop inflation -- at someone else's expense." --United Feature SyndtcaU State Of Affairs The 'New' Broom Doesn't Sweep Clean By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- President Ford's old friends and close associates keep telling him that if he wants to recover from , the pardon blunder and re-establish himself as a leader in his own right, he should waste : no more time in cleaning out the Nixon holdovers and fielding a team of his own. They could hardly be more right, as the case of Arthur Sampson so pointedly shows'. Sampson is the Nixon toady who, as head of the General Services Administration (GSA), enthusiastically collaborated in spending $17 million of taxpayers' dollars on improving the former President's private homes at San Clemente and Key Biscayne. Since Nixon's resignation, Sampson has been busy helping not his new boss, but his old one, with the result that Mr. F o r d was persuaded to recommend to Congress an undeserved, unwarranted, unprecedented handout of $850,000 to tide the ex-President over the next year. It was not only outrageous but, according to the G e n e r a l Accounting Office (GAG), Sampson acted illegally in promising some of the money to Nixon before it had even been appropriated by Congress. When Sampson-.was called --' before a Senate appropriations subcommittee headed by Sen. Joseph Montoya (D-N.M.), his efforts to justify the $850,000 were so feeble that Montoya noted that the GSA administrator had been to San Clcmenle to arrange the deal, but in spite of the warm climate had been the victim of "quite a snow job." UNFORTUNATELY, M r . Ford in turn became the victim of a snow job by Sampson. Even before Montoya's committee could act, an indignant House appropriations subcommittee slashed the $850,000 request down to $380,000. The chances are that the full Hous.e and Senate will cut it even further. In short, the Congress has done what Mr. Ford should have done in the first place. If the new President is looking for an opportunity to' improve his image, he could start by firing Sampson forthwith, and then follow up by dismissing many of the other key Nixon officials he inherited. After six'Weeks or so, he belatedly "-is ''promoting" Gen. Alexander Haig out of the White House.,If-he had done it earlier, he might never have made the egregious pardon blunder. Some of Mr. Ford's old friends cannot understand why, with inflation-recession being the nation's most acute problem, the President chose to embrace Alan Greenspan as-chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. Greenspan, an advocate of the bankrupt 'economic policies of the Nixon Administration, had been appointed by the former President but had not been confirmed by the Senate at the time Mr. Ford took over the White House. It would have been easy and painless just to let the appointment slide, but Mr. Ford chose to renew it and now he is stuck with a top adviser who is dedicated to pursuing policies that have failed. The unresolved question is whether this was loyalty to Nixon or whether Mr. · Ford-shares the 19th-century ..outlook of his ullraconservalive appointee. IN ANY CASE, Mr. Greenspan, a Wall Street consultant, has not hesitated over the years to make his beliefs known. As Richard Stroud has pointed out, Greenspan has opposed antitrust laws, the progressive income tax and protective consumer legislation. He also wrote a lyrical hymn to capitalism: "It is this superlative moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventive law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear;" That ought to tickle those oid -moralists, who, as company .executives, have recently boon looting and corrupting some ot the country's largest corporations, Mr.. Fnrd apparently recognizes that he cannot hope to launch a successful fight against inflation without the support and co-operation of labor, yet he says he intends to carry on with Labor Secretary Peter Brennan, who is poison to George Meany, head of the AFL-CIO, and persona non grata with union leaders in general. They regard him as a former smallfry union official who was appointed by Nixon as a reward for supporting the former President's Vietnamese war policy. Another disappointment has been Mr. Ford's failure lo find a well-known Mr. Clean to take over the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and re-establish public confidence in that agency, which became so involved in various Nixon schemes, including shortchanging the country on Nixon's own tax returns. And then, of course, there is the Justice Department, where the new. President appears content to leave Asst. Atty. Gen. Henry Petersen in charge of the criminal division, even though Nixon bragged, as shown by the Watergate tapes, that he had Peterson "on a short leash." Worse than that, Nixon seems to have Mr. Ford on some kind of a leash, too, (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Bible Verse "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36, 37 An eternity without God and the good things He has prepared is a terrible price to pay for having our own way over things that will soon pass away. "Seek ye first the ijjngdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." W/iat Others Say GOOD MICK TOM SPARKS Thanks to legal action . . , taken by Rep. Thomas E. Sparks of Fordyce, a brake may be put on the state Build- Ing Authority that will slow it down before it fully obligates the taxpayers for a lavish stale .office complex. On Thursday Sparks announced he would file a law-suit seeking to clarify the full powers of the Building Authority before it carries the office complex past the point of no return. The Building Authority has indeed risen like a rocket and baffled and surprised many persons (both in the Legislature and out) who are amazed at the scope of the project, its high costs and the speed with which the Building Authority wants to get it underway. If ever caution was called for, then this project screams for it. Here are some of the reasons : --The estimated costs -- up to 182 million, including mora than $100 million in interest over 30 years -- far exceed the original figure tulked about when it was presented to th« 1373 legislature. --The plans are based on a continuing increase of about 37 per cent in the number of slate employes in the state agencies. Over the past four years state employment has jumped from 2,100 to 5,300. Sparks rightly asks if it is not time for stata .government to begin to taper off employment, rather than plan to always increase it. --The Building Authority plans to erect buildings that will obligate the state to pay $6 .million a year in r e n t to retire bonds over the next 30 years. This could require hiring more employes to justify t h e renting of more space so ths bonds can be paid off. --The entire character of ths Capitol grounds will be changed by the project, at the discretion of a seven-member board and its professional staff This might drastically alter the present grounds, which are considered among the most beautiful in the nation. --The Building Authority has hired a public relations firm to "sell" the package to the people. Such expenses were never contemplated by the Legislature. --All tax money belongs to the people, and the legislature should not have delegated its authority to spend taxes for a large project to just a seven- member board. These reasons alone should t» sufficient to take a long second look at the project if these wcra normal times. But alas, these are not normal times. Far from it. Prices and wages have never been higher and each day inflation pushes them upward. There could hardly be a worse time for a project of this size than now, and instead of state government looking for ways to spend tax money it should b« looking for ways to trim spending and cut taxes. To go ahead with this project, in view of the present economic conditions, would be unwise. Sparks has declared that he intends to stop the project "cold." Good luck. --Arksniu Democrat

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