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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Merest Is The First Concern O/ Tftis Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1974 'Informer Lives A Thousand Deaths Well, Maybe Next Year... The very fact that anti-consumerism '·jforces have enough muscle on Capitol Hill to block legislation through this entire session of Congress speaks eloquently, it seems to us, of a need for stronger laws in the field. According to most observers, the Senate was ready to pass the bill had it ever reached the floor. Four filibusters, however, have now convinced majority leader Mike Mansfield to shelve the measure for this session. The word is that it will be revived next year, however, and with an early start in the next session its chances of eventual passage are considered excellent. Opponents of the measure argue that it will create one more top-heavy bureau in an area where sufficient legislation and regulation already exist. But consumerism won't be put off that easily, we imagine, and indeed, isn't even that hateful a prospect for the business community. Present opposition is a hangover from the days of strict "caveat emptor" in the market place. Business today has come to recognize that good public relations is a necessary ingredient to sales and profits, and good PR demands more than an imperious attitude toward the ultimate consumer. The Harvard Business School, in a recent survey of attitudes of the nation's businessmen toward consumerism, finds that the overwhelming consensus among top-level executives is that "the consumer movement" is here to stay . . . AND, that consumerism, properly integrated into a business' sales program, is proving to be an asset rather than a liability. When one talks about ideas whose time has come, consumerism surely is a leading example. Congress will recognize that fact Dr. Shelby Breedlove Dr. Shelby Breedlove, president of Westark Community College, Fort Smith, was a dedicated, talented, almost compulsive worker on behalf of educational opportunity for Arkansas youngsters. Too hard a worker, perhaps, because Dr. Breedlove is dead at 44. Dr. Breedlove was for several years associated with the Fayetteville school system., He coached baseball and basketball at junior and senior high levels, demonstrating in the process a rare gift and interest in helping young people make the'most of their talents and opportunities. Even then, "Coach" Breedlove was working with every spare moment on graduate education to better qualify himself in his chosen career as a teacher. . . . It was Dr. Breedlove's doctoral thesis, written on the community college concept, Art Buchwald that first persuaded Gov. Dale Bumpers to push for such a system in this state. Dr. Breedlove worked diligently in the promotion of that cause in the belief that too many young Arkansans fail to pursue their education beyond high school for reasons that a community college.can largely overcome. As head of Fort Smith's junior college since 1968, Dr. Breedlove practiced what he preached effectively enough to build West- ark into one of the state's larger sub-university institutions of higher education. With it all, Dr. Breedlove retained his interest in the individual student and the challenge of education to see that every student is encouraged and allowed to make the most of talent and opportunity. The state loses an enormously dedicated and valuable citizen in his death, last week. Helping Rocky Out Of A Jam WASHINGTON -- Once in a while I have a fantasy that is so great I want to share it with everybody. This is my latest pipe dream: A TTian comes into my office with a large suitcase. "Hi," he says. "My name's Nelson Rockefeller, but my friends call me Rocky." "L'm sorry," I say "I'm not interested in buying anything." "No, you don't understand. I'm going to be Vice President of the United States and, in or- der'to prove there Is no conflict of interest, I've decided to give up all my worldly goods." "That's very nice, but why come to me?" "Well," Rockefeller replies, "I just don't want to give my worldly goods to anybody. I want to give my fortune to a person who has a responsibility toward the public and will not abuse the power that money brings -- someone who won't just throw it away on wine, women and song." Billy Graham's Answer I have always liked the. new versions and paraphrases of the Scriptures because the language is more modern. But I was dis r turbed when I found out that one of them in Luke 11 left out "Thy will be done on earth as il is in heaven." To me, the prayer without this important phrase just isn't complete. Doesn't the Bible warn us that nothing should be "taken from the Word of God?" J.H.W. Several versions make the same omission in Luke 11, although all seem to show it in Matthew 6. Of course, the submission of Jesus to His Father's will was evident all during His ministry. It was His yielding to God's will which led to the path lo the cross \yhere He purchased our redemption. I read the new paraphrases and translations, but I use the King Janies version in the pulpit and in my Scriptural quotations. If you think of the paraphrases in modern English as commentaries on the Scriptures (and many of them do throw new light on the Bible) instead of infallible translations, you will not go wrong. To translate the Bible from the original manuscripts is a gargantuan task, requiring years of work, and the skills of many trained linguists and translators. Therefore, in my opinion the tried and tested translations are preferred. But this, of course, doesn't rule out the value of the better and recognized paraphrased editions. Send your criticism to the publisher of that particular version. I'm sure they would welcome it. They'll Do It Every Time OIL. co. STRESSES 5EKVICE IN THEIR TELEVISION PITCHES SCHLOCK CANY POCHOUGH FOR OUR CUSTOMERS.'... wefce HAPPY WHEN we MAKE YOU HAPP/" STATION APPARENTLY CWT »KAT 1KANXTO . KANP6C..ANP, ANYWAY, THE " POMP'* "I can see that," I say. ··'_ "Happy and I were talking the other night with some friends and your name came up. They said you would be the only person who would know what to do with great sums of wealth." I BLUSH, "that's very nice, Rocky, hut I just couldn't accept your money. After all, I hardly know you." "Look." Rocky says, opening up the suitcase, "I've talked it over with my brothers and they are in complete agreement. They want to make you an honorary member of the family. They can't think of anybody they'd rather share their empire with." I hold up my hand. "I'm sorry, but taking another man's fortune is out of the question. Just for curiosity's sake, though, what are we talking about?" "Roughly $182 million, including trusts for all the children." I whistle. ."It's very tempting, Rocky, but if this ever got out my colleagues in the press corps would think you were trying to buy me." "Mo one will ever know," lie replies as he takes a large stack of securities out of his suitcase and throws them on my desk. "What are those?" I ask. "Three hundred and eight thousand shares of Exxon. And here are 206,000 s h a r e s of Standard Oil of California, and here is a stack of tax-free municipal bonds worth $10 million." . "Please," I tell him, "you're getting my desk all messed up." ROCKY KEEPS going back into the suitcase. "You want IBM stock, I have IBM stock; you want Caterpillar Tractor, I've got Caterpillar Tractor. Here, take my 17,050 shares of Dow Chemical." - "Look," I tell him, "I'm awfully busy. I have an appointment with my barber in 15 minutes. Perhaps you could come back another time." "Don't send me away," Rocky begs. "You're the only one who knows what to do with inherited wealth. How can I go back to Happy and my brothers and tell them you turned me down?" "This means a lot to you, doesn't it, Rocky?" He's practically in tears. "I've wanted to be Vice President of the United States all my life. The only thing that has stopped me has been my personal fortune. Give me a break." "Well," I say as I start stacking the stocks and bonds neatly " on my desk, "I'll take the money this one time. But don't let it happen again." "Happy and I will be eternally grateful," he says. I'm embarrassed. "Please get off your knees, Rocky. I would have done it for anybody Maytie you can do a favor for me sometime." (C) 1974, Los Angeles T:niej By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- In a. faraway city, a 1 reformed Ma!i.-\ lieutenant lives in quiet desperation tinder an assumed identity. He had been a big shot, manicured, soaped und pomaded, with a bankroll to flush, in his Cadillac days. Now the Justice Dept. has thrown him on welfare. He keeps doped up on tranquilizers. Around every corner, in every shadow, he expects to be confronted by Mafia aven- ·gers, who have orders to kill · him on sight for his testimony against them. He is afraid even to tell, his new wife about his past. "I hope any man in the Mafia, in his right mind, .does not go over lo the government," he wrote us bitterly. "I have died a thousand deaths ever since I started (testifying). I have kept my promises. But as I write this, I live in fear with a knot fn my stomach." Is this what happens to witnesses who risk their lives to testify' against powerful, criminals? The answer, all too often, is yes. After their usefulness ' is at an end, they are often neglected by the government. Promises made by prosecutors are forgotten by their successors. The fate of informers has become common knowledge in the underworld. This discour- The Washington Merry-Go-Round powerful, too evil to be stopped. "You don't understand." lie ages 'new defectors .from .stepping forward and testifying against the crime lords. Thus, the battle against organized crime has been compromised by government indifference. Mobsters haven't forgotten, for example, what happened to the late Joe Valachi who in 1963 ripped the veil of secrecy from the Mafia. He tried to get a message out of prison that he was ready to talk. Instead, the word got back to h i s fellow inmates. Yet prison officials shoved the frightened, panicky Valachi back into his four-man cell. It somebody tries to kill you, they told him, just let us know. "I'll call you when I'm dead," Vala- chi replied. Not until he battered an inmate to death with an iron pipe; mistaking him for a Mafia enforcer, was Valachi taken out of the prison and turned over eventually to the FBI. For 15 months, he talked, reluctantly at first, then in a torrent. He told about the Mafia godfathers they lived, how they prospered, how they died, most of them violently. He tried to explain that this criminal conspiracy operated above and beyond the law, too rich, too Familiar Ring would say. "It's just like second government. ' After Valachi had been drained of Information, ho was returned to solitary confinement for the rest of his life. It was too dangerous to let him associate with other prisoners. Sometimes he rapped with the guards. But most of the time, he just brooded. Once he unsuccessfully tried to hang himself. Deserted by family and friends, terribly alone in a Texas prison cell, he died in 1971, Valachi was followed by other informers. Perhaps the most 'important was Eugene B.. Ayotte, swarthy, handsome, flashy, who was known in the Detroit mob as "Johnny A." He has now been all but abandoned by the prosecutors who persuaded him to lake the witness stand against his former associates. From his hiding place, where he now lives' under a false, identity, he has told us his. story. It is a tale of broken pi-oiiiises, ruined health, destroyed marriages and snarled bureaucratic tape! He began to think about defecting in 196B after 20 years in crime. He faced a long AMNESTY 1% VLW State Of Affairs Handicapping The 76 Race By CLAYTON FIUTCHEY WASHINGTON -- If the political bookmakers were asked today for a good 1976 daily double, some would say, not too surprisingly, Rockefeller and Mondalc. Thai would have been a thousand-to-one bet a few weeks ago, when Gerald Ford and Ted Kennedy seemed the sure presidential nominees, but the extraordinary events of the last fortnight have stood the political world on its head. Just before Mr. Ford pardoned former President Nixon, even Democratic pros had begun to concede that the new President would not only be nominated by acclamation in 1976 but also probably be elected if he continued to perform as he did in his first month in office. Today, however, Mr. Ford's fortunes have changed so abruptly, so unprecedentedly that there is an uneasy feeling even in his own party that he, like the beleaguered President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, may not seek re-election if his star keeps on sinking. No new President has ever dropped so precipitously in the public opinion polls. There is always a chance that with luck Mr Ford may recover the glorified standing he enjoyed during his first month in office but. considering the rigorous obstacle course he has ahead, it does not seem likely. Moreover, it must be remembered that both Mr. Ford and his wife were looking forward to retirement from Politics before the vice-presidential and presidential lightning struck them. If things keep on going sour for the new President, the Fords could easily call H a day come 1976. SHOULD THAT happen, Nelson A. Rockefeller, the Vice President - designate, would undoubtedly fall heir to the next GOP nomination, just as Hubert Humphrey did when Johnson withdrew, except that Rockefeller would probably get it without a serious contest. It hardly seems possible that so much could have happened so swiftly. It wasn't many months. ago that Rockefeller was only a dark horse in a field that included Gov. Ronald Reagan of California, John Connally of Texas, Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois and, of course, the then-Vice President, Gerald Ford. Yet in «i short time, Reagan has become a political has- been; Connally has been indicted on bribery charges and is now awaiting trial; Percy formally withdrew his candidacy after Rockefeller was nominated Vice President, and Ford has fallen more than 20 points in the opinion polls. So if the President should drop out, it would be Rockefeller by default. On the Democratic side, many of the party leaders have felt all along that if Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts took himself out of the race for his party's 1976 presidential nomination, it would come down to a contest between Sen. Walter (Fritz) Mondale of Minnesota and Sen. Henry (Scoop) Jackson of Washington in the finals. · ' THIS HUNCH still looks good for, since Kennedy withdrew several days ago, national attention has tended to focus primarily on the rivals from Minnesota and Washington. On the day of Kennedy's withdrawal, for instance, all the major television networks filmed interviews w i t h Monday and Jackson -- but ONLY them. They won't, of course, have the race to themselves, at least not in the 'early stages, for there are other attractive hopefuls in the w.ings. Sen. Lloyd Bcntsen of Texas and Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, for example, have already indicated their interest in running. Additional candidacies could be launched by the coming elections if. as seems probable, the two biggest states in the Union are captured by Rep. Hugh Carey (New York) and Edmund Brown Jr. (California). Big wins in November would also focus new attention on Sen. Adlai Stevenson III of Illinois, Sen Birch Bayh of Indiana, Gov. John Gilligan of Ohio and Gov. Reubin Askew of Florida, among others. Up until now, however, only six Democrats have figured in the major opinion polls. Kennedy was first by f a r , followed by Gov. George Wallace of Alabama and Sens. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, Edmund Muskie of Maine, Jackson and Mondale. Kennedy has scratched himself; Wallace has no chance; Muskie is not running, and Humphrey has already declared for Mondale. If Jackson and Mondale end up as the finalists, it ought to be a lively contest. Jackson, like Mondale, is a decent, able and likable senator. -He has strong moderate-to-conservatiye support, while Mondale has still stronger moderate . to -liberal backing. In guessing the ultimate winner, it is well to keep in mind that, since the advent of the New Deal in 1932, no conservative has ever won the Democratic presidential nomination. (C) 197-1, Las Angeles Times What Others Say WASHINGTON (ERR) -- Inter - Noise 74, an international conference on noise-control engineering, will open in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30. TODAY'S MOTOR vehicles may make less noise than the horse-drawn conveyances of old, but the number and variety of noise-creating devices has vastly increased. Construction and aircraft noise are familiar sounds in any large urban area. And the typical American home is loaded with such high-decibel appliances as dishwashers, blenders, air conditioners, chain saws and power lawn mowers. It has long been recognized that prolonged exposure to highly amplified rock music or the roar of jet engines can result in permanent damage to Hearing. More recent research indicates that chronic exposure to excessive noiSe levels can cause many additional ailments, including sore throat, sleeplessness, impairment of sexual drive, and even heart seizure. prison sentence, and his children had turned against him. Ha sent word from his jai) cell that he wanted to talk to the FBf. A meeting was arranged in a guarded room at Detroit's federal building. This was followed by, at least 30 trips to tho federal building. He tpld the FBI What he knew about the Mafia. He also began to testify before grand juries. Yet despite the. secrecy, "word · was out in the underworld that I was talking," he said. ' He wound up at Terre Haute federal penitentiary where the word was spread that he' was an FBI songbird. "The inmates tried to pick a fight with ma in the yard. It got so I couldn't go outside. I ate in'the dining room by myself. You have no idea of the scared feeling you curry around inside, and the loneliness." ^ One night, fearful prison officials, came to his cell and notified him that a "contract" was out on him -- a death order from the Mafia. , Marshals hustled him o f f ; he was, they said, "a hot ticket." . He was rushed by police car escort to a county jail where he was dumped, unaccountably, "in a drunk tank where they keep all the 'winos.' and skid- row bums. 1 '' Johnny A, who once had driven a white Cadillac, sported expensive jewelry and squired Detroit's prettiest molls, spent almost seven. weeks in the drunk tank, without a bed or sheets. "My nerves were on edge," he said, "from the bums screaming and having the heebie-jeebies." Still, he'continued to cooperate; there was nothing else left for him to do. "Here I w a s going against the Outfit," he said, referring to the Mafia. "I can't begin to explain the tightness in my stomach." He spent much of the next two years in motels. Often in the twin bed next to him was an agent. He passed from the custody of one federal agency to another. "I never witnessed so much confusion and jealousy among government agencies," he marveled. At last, Ayotte was offered a new life wherever lie wanted to relocate. In a future column, we will give his amazing ac- coiwt of his life in hiding, i --United Feature Syudicat* From 7/ie Readers' Viewpoint JWF Decision To the Editor: Strictly unsurprisingly. Sen. Bill Fulbright announced refusal of the Ford-Kissinger offer of the U.S. Embassy to Great Britain. He acknowledged the honor of the offer, but declined for 'personal reasons'. None can more than guess at those reasons until Bill discloses them to us, but here is one great admirer who would wager, that the reasons were . in keeping with that same personal philosophy which has been characteristic of the Fulbright public career from the first. My own view of it was summarized in an (unpublished) open letter to the Senator on Saturday 9-7-74; "...the prestige and the gla- mor can hardly be compelling, for you already know better than most the emptiness and triviality of the .protocolary aspects -- you and Betty have experienced these over the years to a greater extent than most career diplomats. You know how demanding and boring these can be. and what a relative waste of your time In the use of your great influence and wisdom, during your remaining years, in the promotion of peace and the welfare of mankind in this atomic age. "In the final analysis of course your choice must rest upon you own assessment of these and^related factors best known only to you; certainly I would be the last to challenge your decision, no matter what it may be. Honestly, though, I cannot imagine the implicit sacrifice of your independence and free exercise of judgment, in subordination to a Gerald Ford, controlled by a Henry Kissinger. I cannot see this at all as the best way toward the objectives which always have been compelling to you. I feel confident that you will agree, all .pise being equal." In the interval, some have predicted that Bill's friendship for Kissinger' would prevail; and even that the Embassy was only a pay-off for the continued influence and support of Ful- 6 right for detente and the ongoing Nixissinger foreign policy. The refusal of the offer surely will silence all such unworthy inferences once and for all. Bill Fulbright's position will continue like always, on the side which is dictated by knowledge and rationality, without fear or favor, in the best interest of state, nation, and mankind, in that order. / So Henry Kissinger loses an unusually prestigious messenger boy to supplement his personal diplomacy; and the country and the world keeps a mighty teacher, author, lecturer, and public philosopher, Arkansas, to be sure, has rejected Fulbright the Senator; but Arkansas, willy nilly, will end up happy and proud in the fame and the universal recognition accorded to her very greatest son. Reuben R. Thomas Fayetleville

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