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Ctmes Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 Â· SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1974 Things Are Looking Up The U.S. Commerce Department divulged one of its voluminous statistical re; ports on national income the other day and 'Â· Arkansas, according to the figures, is up = from 48th to 45th in per capita income. Considering the fact that the state has also gain- ed a considerable number of residents during the period, this is a remarkable indication of economic vigor (and, truthfully, this corner of the state deserves a good portion of the credit). Ten years ago the average per capita . income in Arkansas was $1,746. Last year it was ?3,952. This adds up to more jobs and : better ones, and even discounting the effects of inflation, the overall picture is encouraging, statistically, to say the least. Traditionally 49th in such things as in. come, Arkansas now outranks not only Mississippi (traditionally, as well as actually last), but New Mexico, Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana, as well. More impressive is the fact that Arkansas percentage of increase is 18 per cent, almost twice that of most states near the bottom of the list. Arkansas' population increase, which is a mat- ter of comfort, too, blunts to some extent the profile of percentage improvement. Indicative of the real import of the state's gains is the fact that Arkansas had the fifth highest gain in total personal income in 1973, and the seventh highest growth in per capita income in the entire U.S. Most dramatic upswing in the state's economic picture comes from farm income, which jumped 94.7 per cent in 1972 and 1973. Farm income accounts for about 10 per cent of the state's total income. Farm figures should come as no surprise to many in this section, where agriculture maintains a prominent role in the section's balanced economy, but it should serve the area as a reminder, nonetheless, of how important a strong farm community is to a vigorous economic climate. Too often, we believe, our planners and developers take the farmer for granted. Only when he is doing well, however, do we all do well. And our farmers need the same consideration as do other elements of our "business" community. From The Readers Viewpoint Constructive To the Editor: In last Sunday's issue of your paper your editorial writers only editorial was a harsh criticism of Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt's v o t i n g record in Congress and it was slanted in that there was no comparison made of the voting records of the other congress- Â·men and senators from Arkansas on these issues. I do know however that our c o n g r e s s m a n , John Paul Hammerschmidt has continually worked for one large group of consumers in our state--perhaps t h e largest group--the veteran and their families. For a number of years I-was chaplain of the American Legion and as such I had numerous veterans contact me in regard to their needs, and our congressman never as far as I know failed to do something for the veteran^ _ One thing more--we have one of the best Veterans Hospitals in the country here in Fayetteville and that is in terms of patient care and equipment and I am sure that if our congressman had not worked and s u p p o r t e d t h e measure necessary to keep it that way it wouldn't have been possible since he is the senior Republican on that committee. One last thing. When our Post Office on the Square was almost a thing of the past it was John Paul Hammerschmidt who got it recorded in the list : of Historical buidings in time to save it from the wrecking crew. So in these times when Â·"so much is wrong in the nation I hope that your writer will have something constructive to offer when he does an editorial. Rev. John Thrasher Fayetteville !n Review 'To the Editor: _.- Go Democrat: We have been stuck with the same cliche Nixon left behind. Nixon and company are still indirectly running our universe. "What is wrong with this age, in this time in history?" The answer to this question is Ford, Rocky, Aggie, etc.!! Nixon has played cripple to keep from getting involved in the aftermath of his deeds. We can by-pass these many complications, by going Democratic! Let's get some trustworthy people in office for a change!! Allen Sweeten Cave Springs Law Needed To the Editor: I keep reading in your LETTERS TO THE EDITOR column about the city of Fayetteville passing new laws and making new ordinances concerning the dog problem and the problem of junk cars and trashy looking property. It's nice to have laws on the records that are supposed to pro- tect'the decent and cleaner type citizens, 'out having the laws and not enforcing them makes them just worthless ink on no good paper and all the talk about them just lip service and hot air. Words without action and laws without enforcement, are just time and effort wasted on everyone's part. The city taxpayers and citizens are far from being the only ones who have dog and junk car problems. Many people, like myself, living in the edge of the city where it is about and sometimes is, as thickly populated as in the city, have to tolerate worse problems with packs of loose dogs and piles of junk cars, not to mention junky and trashy areas around the dogs and cars. I, as well as other people have contacted the county judge ,the sheriff's department, the prosecuting attorney, and I have tried to contact some state representatives about the problem, and I as well as the others have been told there is no laws on the records in the county that covers any of these problems. And the only answer from any of them is, that if it were them, they would shoot t h e dogs. One lawyer was nice enough to tell me how to go about it in the most legal manner. That is to write the owners of the dogs a letter, stating that If the dogs continue to come on your property, even though you do not wish them to, you will shoot them! And keep a copy of the letter as proof that you did notify them. I pass that on for the benefit of others that may not know it. I invite anyone that would like to see proof of what I am writing about to drive out Highway 16 east, and turn down Roberts Drive aoout a quarter of a mile, and be sure you're not riding a horse, a bicycle or a foot or you will be taacked by a lot of dogs. And I doubt if even " ''one of them ever had a rabies vaccination. I invite the other people of this county to join me and insist on some kind of laws being passed by the county and state against this minority group of people that are a pestilence to the Â·majority of the citizens. Ray Jones Fayetteville (Rt. 7) What Others Say NOW WE KNOW Remember now grateful we were last winter when, in the midst of the energy cirsis, the weather turned warmer than mormal and required less gas, oil and electricity for heating our homes? Well, that nice weather had other consequences. Because of it, agricultural experts say, insects are worse this year than in many a growing season. That just reminds us that every silver lining has a cloud. --Charlotte (N.C.) Observer Summit Time On Potomac WASHINGTON (ERR) -- The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund will open in Washington Sept. 30. "What's The Latest From The Economic Summit?" PRESIDENT FORD'S domestic summil conference on the economy \vill barely have end- Â· ed. when n second economic 'Â·summit opens in Washington. '-'Â·D'.C/TlioMatter is the annual meeting of the 126-nation International Monetary Fund (IMF) and it, too, is expected to concentrate on the problem ot inflation. As never before in the postwar era, inflation is world enemy No. 1. The IMF's annual report, made public Sept. 15, painted a grim picture of internatonal economic conditions. "At mid- 1974," it said, "the world economy was in the throes,pf a virulent . and' widespread inflation,. a ^deceleration of economic . growth in reaction to the preceding high rate of expansion and a massive disequilibrium in international payments. This situation constitutes perhaps the most complex nncl serious set of economic problems to confront national government and the international community since the end of World Wai- II." ..DOUBLE-DIGIT inflation on a worldwide basis has complicated the IMF's effort to divise a new and permanent interna- .tinal monetary system. Meeting in Washington last June, the organization's Committee of 20 adopted interim measures dealing with reform to the monetary system but postponed for "some time" any attempt to find a lasting solution to the currency crisis. One of the interim measures called for establishment of a temporary "oil facility" to extend loans to nations hard hit by increased fuel costs. The facility was formally set up on Aug. 22, funded with $3.4 billion lent by seven oil-producing countries. In a realted development, the IMF's Group of 10 agreed in June that nations could use their gold reserves as collateral in arranging inle national loiais and that the lender would set the vaiue oi the -ccurity. Should the borrower default, it was expected that payment in gold would be at a price near the free-market level. This meant, in effect, that nations would be able to sell gold at prices far above the current official rate of $42.22 an ounce. Italy took advantage of this arrangement by negotiating a $2 billion loan from West Germany in late August. A small portion (said to be from one- sixth to one-fifth) of Italy's gold reserves was pledged as collateral, with the value set at 80 per cent of the then-prevailing free-market rate, or about $120 an ounce. ..SUCH MEASURES may well prove effective in the short run, but they are no substitute for root-and-branch overhaul of the international -monetary system. A return to the 30-year-old Bretton Woods system of fixed currency exchange rates appears unlikely and perhaps impossible. But the present system of floating exchange rates has been blamed for causing short-range currency swings unrelated to economic condi- t i o n s and risky foreign- exchange dealings by large banks. A monetary system combining elemets of discipline and flexibility may be the ultimate answer. Howard C. Petersen, chairman of the Fideltiy Corp. of Pennsylvania, foresees "an acceptance of a degree of flexibility in exchange rates within fairly widemargins from established central values...."Those values, as Petersen sees it would bB determined by "market forces." In any event, the need for concerted action by an increasingly interdepen- den world community is beyond question. Art Buckwald Where The Money Is By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- Kelly CIo- man called me up and said, "Hey man, I've just been arrested for breaking and entering and I can get up to 20 years." "Well," I said indignantly, ''that's nothing to brag about." "What I'm calling about is to ask you what my memoirs arc worth." "Are you crazy?" I asked. "What kind of question is that?" "Well, Ive been reading about all these cats in the Watergate getting anywhere from $100,000 to $2 million for their stories, and that was just a third-rate burglary. Since the D.A. said I committed a first- rate burglary, I figure my story should be worth somewhere between Howard Hunt's and Richard Nixon's." "I'm sorry, Kelly," I told him, "that is not the way the publishing business works. The value of memoirs is figured on not what was done but WHO did it." "That doesn't make sense," Kelly said. "From what I could read, everyone involved in Watergate was an amateur. I'm a professional. Shouldn't my memoirs be worth more?" "I KNOW COMMON sense indicates they should, but there are other things to be considered. For example, what did you break and enter?" "A furniture store." "Ah, that was your first mistake. No one wants to read about anyone who broke into a furniture store. Had you broken into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate-that might have been another story." "Why would I want to break in there? They're got nothing but old pictures of F.D.R." "That's not the point. Breaking into the Democratic headquarters in a political crime. A political crime has much more value to publishers than a crime for monetary gain." "Damn," said Kelly, "I wish I had known that," "Let me ask you this. What did you do when you got caught?" "It was midnight, and they had me u pagainst a sofa, so I had no choice but to surrender and confess." "That was your second mistake," I told him. "Had you tried to cover up the crime by using various agencies of the government, then your story might have had some interest for a publisher." "What the hell are you talking about?" . ."YOU CAN'T GET the money you're talking about for your memoirs unless you can involve higher-ups in the crime you committed. Now if there had been a White House conspiracy to cover up your breaking in of the furniture store, then I could introduce you to a literary agent. Nothing like that happened, did it?" "I don't think so. 'Course af- ter I got arrested, the Whits House could of done something on their own without my knowledge." "It's probably unlikely. I must tell you, Kelly, if you're thinking of making money on your memoirs, you're going to have to get out of street crime and go into white-collar crime. That's where the royalties are. "Stealing a double bed," I told him, "means nothing to the Book of the Month Club. But if you had tried to steal an election, you'd have everyone fighting over the manuscript." Kelly said, "What do I have to do to get into this white- collar-crime business?'' 1 "Put on a clean shirt, a tie, a suit, have your hair cut, insert an American Flag in your lapel and start lying to a grand jury." "I gotcha man,'.' Kelly said. "You get me an agent and a ghost writer and I'll go to Brooks Brothers in the morning." --(C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Billy Grahams Answer We have been married 30 years. To my great disappointment I find that my husband Â·has been involved in an affair for three years. Upon advice I read in your column in similar situation, I forgave him and tried to get things back to normal. But this didn't help. He is still seeing her. The worst thing is it is affecting the life of our sixteen-year-old daughter very much. He is a fine man --good, honest and well-loved in the community. This affair, far from making him happy is making him unhappy. Is it wrong to have pride to want to make your marriage work? Please help me. M,M. You mentioned ' you are a Christian, and I must say you seem to have reacted as a Christian. No, it is not wrong to have pride in making your marriage work,, but love is a greater pouer than pride. Could it be (and I am just asking) that your prime motivation is pride? For one's mate to be unfaithful is not only a comment on the defector, but sometimes, and even often, it is a reflection upon the seeming innocent party. I am convinced that many marriages would break up if it were not for pride of family, pride of prestige, and pride of social esteem. But marriages and relationships built upon pride alone aro really not on a sure foundation. My advice is to search your heart and ask yourself: have I been a loving wife, or just a proud spouse? Arkansas Editors Comment On Parks, Licenses And Talk A Little Shop SOUTHWEST TIMES RECORD (Fort Smith) The slate Parks Commission is not exactly vindicated, as a commission member claimed. By the summer's financial record at the Ozark Folk Center at Mountan View. But at least, prospects are brighter for self- support of the center. Operations so far this. year Â·have shown a profit, according to the department director. That is a big improvement over last year when tax funds had to be used to support the center. The question is whether the profit in the big tourist months can be brought up enough to support the Fok Cener through the slow months of late fall, winter and early spring. For July and August, the profit was reported between $20,000 and $25,000 for each month. Expenses were listed at a b o u t $95,000 a month. That is a fine margin over last year, but it is doubtful it will provide enough to cover costs and maintenance expenses during the slow tourist period. Still, with that improvement in only the second year of o p e r a t i o n , prospects have brightened for eventual self-sufficiency at the center. The people in charge of the center have accomplished much. It is time now for more careful planning and 1 furthr new ideas toward having a balanced budget in the third year, 1975. ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT Art effort Js underway to bring some much-needed common sense to the issuing of drivers' licenses in Arkansas. The suggestions are sound and long overdue. They should be implemented as soon as possible. The new proposals come from the Office of Driver Services and call for the following: --Placing a color photograph of the driver on each license. --A compulsory vision test for license renewal.. --Establishment^ of a medical review board to make decisions in cases in which a driver's mental or physical ability is questioned. Establishment of a compulsory driver's education program. --Transfer of the responsibility fo rthe vehicle inspection program and driver testing from the State Police to the state's licensing bureau. , --Establishment of. specific tests for different types of motor vehicles such as trucks and motocycles. --Increasing the fee for vehicle inspections to encourage garages and service stations to do a more thorough and honest job. Each of these proposals is good and will make our roads and highways safer and at the same lime bring efficiency and order to the licensing process. Under the plan all aspects of the driver's examination, training and licensing would be under the Office of Driver Services in the Department of Public Safely, thus freeing the Slate Police from many of these time-consuming chores and allowing them more time tor their primary duties, which are enforcement and not administrative. And under the new program cars as well as drivers will be safer. Under the present system a vehicle is supposed to be inspected each year when the new car tag is purchased. The current fee is $1.75, with the inspection station getting $1 25 and the stale 50 cents. This fee is too low and as a result many inspection stations are failing to perform all of the checks required by law. In effect they just "sell" the inspection stickers, often never seeing the vehicle, and unable to tell whether it is safe to operate. The new plan would change this. The inspection fee would be raised to $5, with the station getting $-1.25, which would be enough to encourage them to make a thorough check of the car's safety features. The one flaw is the proposal to repeal the law that requires inspection before a car can be licensed. Moorists still would be required to have the inspections, but the only check on them would be the vigilance of policemen, who already have too many things to look for. We think the inspection should be required before licensing. WYNNE PROGRESS (Bill Courtney's Column) I hope the State of Arkansas does not accept the offer of the Rockefeller collection of antique cars. A display of this kind will soon lose ils novelty and nobody is going to pay admission to see the old heaps. As the cost of new cars keeps rising and the government doodads continue to make them almost uri-drivable tions, most everybody's going to tions.most everybody's going to keep the cars they have. Before long, we're all going to have antique cars. PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS The first round of Joe Wcs- ton's fight against the slate's criminal libel law is over. Joe suffered a staggering knockdown. But a knockdown doesn't necessarily mean the end of the fight. Weston, the sccminglv puncture-proof, irrascible editor of the Sharp Citizen, the Cave City table-top tabloid which, rakes muck from cover to cover and from headline to end of text, last week was sentenced lo three months in prison and fined $4.000. He was accused of libeling several Clay County residents. Weslon's whole defense is based on the First Amendment to the Constilulion -- the section on freedom of speech. And his defense is valid. His two Little Rock altorncys are aking the correct, approach in defending Wcston's apparently indefensible attacks through the pages of his newspaper. One lolcl Ihe Clay County jury that ho doubled "if there is a man or woman In the court- room who believes these charges." "But," he continued, "just because a statement is wrong is not a reason to put a ' m a n in the penilcnliary." Weslon plans to carry his next flurry of courtroom actions to flie state Supreme Court. There, we predict the jury's rulling will be overturned. If not there, then possibly at the level of the U.S. Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court of the United Staes. Our only regrets that a man of Wcston's calibre should be the one to test the constitutionality of the criminal libel law. But then again, responsible newsmen seldom have to worry about such laws. That they are allowed to exist is bad enough. That attempts are made to enforce them is a farce. But this exercise in legal futility will only serve to help in doing away with Arkansas' antiquated criminal libel law. If it does that Joe Wcston's harranguing of public officials will, at least, have had minimal results. Indirect, assuredly. And completely unintentional, assuredly. PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL The more things change, the more Buddy Turner's political insights seem to remain the same. At a glorious time for the Republic, when many people had reason to hope that the truth was making us free ot Richard Nixon, state Representative Turner ventured up to a Rotary meeting in North Little Rock, where he complained tat the press was not fulfilling its responsibilities. "I haven't seen anything written about what's right with America in months, maybe even years," said Mr. Turner. He must have missed all those stories about Judge Sirica, or the House Judiciary Committee doing its duty and Leon Jaworski doing is, and a lot of others. Almost every edition seems to carry stories about conferences to solve problems, honors and programs in education...anj so on. It's been our experience that Folks who can't remember readng any good news have a sharp eye only for the bad. Buddy Turner's criticism of the press is welcome; the press can use all the criticism it can got. But one wishes the criticism were more discerning, the original good news -- the Jones, member) who c a n discretion. Those newspapers which confuse good news with propaganda for whatever or whoever is respectable at the moment, we shall always have with us. But th original good news -- thÂ« gospel -- did not make that mislake, and neither should lesser authors. Mr. Turner is to be complimented on the rousing spirit of his comments. Any member of Ihe slate legislature (Mutt Jones member' who can complain about others not fulfilling their responsibilities deserves marks for verve if not Â· discretion.c Mr. Turner expresses concern that, given their present diet of news, "the people will become lackadaisical and indifferent." Yet Gerald Ford did not find them indifferent weekend before last, when he pulled off the Grand Pardon and Free Ticket. Neither did the state Senate when it voted on one occasion to retain the services of Mutt Jones after he had been found guilty of income tax evasion and filing false tax returns. It might be said that people hadn't been so aroused since the Midnight Raises of Orval Faubus's time. . The way to lull a populace into indifferenc, it would seem to us, would be to tell them that all is well with the world an not lo change a thine or an elected official. One hopes that is not what Buddy Turner means when he asks for the good news. Let us not confuse booslerism wllh good news or any other kind ot news,..