Editorial-Opinion Page Tlie Public Merest Is The First Concern O/ This. Newspaper 4 Â· MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1974 State's Evidence: A Ticket To Nowhere Politics, Faulkner Co. Style State politics, which have been in a sort ;of early autumn doldrums of late, got a shot *in the arm last week down in Central Ar- tkansas. Portentiously, perhaps, the affair is Â·of little moment, but as an additional svyatch Â·on the checkered quilt of state politikin' it is at least an attention getter. ; The Faulkner County Fair Association, ;it seems, has a rule that allcnys only elected Â·officials, past or present, to ride in their an- Â·nual fair parade. Hense Rep. Wilbur Mills 'is accorded a featured spot, whereas his 'opponent, comely GOP candidate Ms. Judy Petty of Little Rock is not. This rule .only makes sense, of course, in a one-party political system where the .sponsors don't want to be bothered with -rounding up extra convertibles for a bunch -of Republicans who don't have a prayer of "being elected. It is the time of autumn, too, 'when primaries are safely out of the way and the time is ripe to begin a little drum- beating from the Party's standard bearers. Initial report from Conway was that Faulkner County parade marshal Mutt (senator) Jones was responsible for the ruling against Ms. Petty. The report added that according to Jones the GOP candidate wouldn't be allowed to shake hands along the parade route, either. Later information credited the County Fair'Board with making the parade eligibility ruling, and contained a disclaimer by Jones on the handshake edict. Rep. Mills, as it turned out, offered to share his convertible with Ms. Petty, who declined and undoubtedly collected a number of votes by walking along the parade route visiting with the electorate. (We are reminded of an old Northwest Arkansas state senator who used to win election, year after year, by attending his opponents' speeches and shaking hands in the crowd.) It is probably too easy a conclusion to blame Marshal Jones for the caliber of the miscue in this affair. The rule stems from the habitual lack of substantive opposition to Democratic incumbents in general elections in that part of the state. But that's no excuse for the rule in what we would presume to be an enlightened post- Win Rockefeller era of state politics. Enough of this sort of mismanagement and Wilbur really could be in trouble. Except, of course, that Ms. Petty is having the badly faded Gov. Ronny Reagan to the state to speak on her behalf, which could save the day, if nothing Â· else does, for tax-master Mills. From. The Readers Viewpoint We Can Hope To the Editor: When I went to Los Angeles to live it was a most desirable spot and the surrounding country was bountiful and beautiful. When I left there, five years ago, it had become a nightmare to me. I drove ninety miles before I was out from under the blanket of smog into the clear fresh air of the desert. What was most sickening was that the degradation continued unabated. Arkansas has had the advantage of being economically back; ward. But Arkansas has been discovered, particularly Northwest Arkansas. Yet it still has Billy Graham's Answer Is contraception o.fcyolunlaryiirilv; sterilization forbidden by the'' .Bible? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere in the New ! Testament. 1 am a Catholic but ; don't feel that limiting one's ' number of children is wrong. Especially in view of the world situation. Please give me your views on the subject. A. N. N. The Bible teaches the sacredness of life. Cain killed his ; brother Abel and became an ; outcast and fugitive the rest of -his life. One of the Command- ^menls of the Lord is: Thou Â· shalt do no murder." This, of x course, would refer to overt Â·abortion, rather than conlra- ,'ception. Â· One of the first commands 'God gave Adam and Eve was ;."Be fruitful and multiply." It [-Â·also suggests that procreation \js not tlic only reason for sex ':in marriage, but for the easing 'of sexual tensions and passions Â·as well. i With the population explosion, many couples are re- .thinking the subject of birth ^control. Even the Catholic church, which has been his- *;torically so adamant on this "subject, allows and permits -Â·"rhythm" birth control. With ' many, it has become now a question of method rather than 'morals. - I suggest that you counsel J.with your spiritual superiors on -this subject. John Wesley was ^the fifteenth child in a family Â·of nineteen. The world would 'have been poorer if the Wesley family would have been limited to fourteen. The problem is a complex one, and each of us must seek God's guidance and Â£j.'bc fully persuaded in his own mind." Is it necessary to attend church regularly? My husband and I feel that if we abide by the word of Jesus and the Bible, that is all that God requires. Sermons bore us. Financial pressures in a worship service are distasteful to us. Doesn't the Bible say. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst of them? We want frank advice. E. W. The first Christians didn't .have houses of worship like us. - T h e y worshipped, read the Word of God, and had fellowship in homes. But they did meet together and they profited from it. Tlie writer of Hebrews says: "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more as you see day approaching." Hebrews 10:24, 25. Man is gregarious by nature, fond of the company of his kind. Fellowship with others is not only enjoyable for the normal person, it is educational and an inspiration. In Sunday School we share our Christian faith and beliefs wilh others. In worship, we hear the word of God proclaimed, and by our being present, we bear a silent testimony to others. We show whose side we are on. Barring illness, or emolional problems, all Christians should assemble together regularly, as the Scriptures advise. They'll Do It Every-Time QUIET" CAHTVOU56E I'M TRW TO PUTT?/ SILENCE \6 KECKSARY T O W A A8ATTKCAH HlfABAU GOING 90 M.RH; WITH 30,000 FANS SCREAMING? an advantage -- it has before it the picture of what has happened to other communities. It need not go into it blindly. What it has to know is thai once initialed, it follows its own laws, inimical to the laws and values of nature. It goes its own way; any attempt at reversal impinges on entrenched interests and on the employment and livelihood of nrany of its citizens. The pressures for technological development have started, and the arguments for it are m o s t convincing for many people. A massive installation is now up for consideration. There are sources ol energy that cannot be depleted and that do not pollute or contaminate or destroy. But such sources must be developed for the benefit of the region, not for the interests of the profit- makers. The voices of the scientists who know that they are available cannot be heard over the voices of the powers- that-'be. Dominant figures in the U.S. and world energy industries will gather in Detroit September 2327 for the 50th anniversary meeting of the World Energy Conference It has been billed as "one of the most significant forums of this century." Founded in 1924, the conference has national chapters in 69 countries, most of which will be represented in Detroit. U.S. participants include top executives of 'major oil. natural gas, coal, electric utility, engineering and atuomobile companies, along wilh officials from Ihe federal government's energy agencies. The United States, which uses more than a third of the world's energy, is footing about a third of the conference's bill. CONSPICUOUSLY a b s e n t from the guest list arc members of environmental conservation or policy groups which have called for a reordering of energy priorities with more emphasis on new energy sources. They're not making any effort to draw out a cross-American opinion on energy, said S. David Freeman, director of Policy Project. A consultant to the Environmental Policy Center, Clark, called the conference "vastly overrated" and said: "It's not structured to produce anything of importance. It's more of a get-together for tiie industry. They're all going to sit around and talk about how their stock is dropping." In his new book, Energy for Survival (1974) consultant Clark advocates more solar, wind and geothermal power development. But he acknowledges: "Making the transition to a lower-energv- based society, in which natural energy forms can serve as the prime movers of a new civili' nation, will perhaps be history's most challenging experience." Other crises come and go; the energy crisis is here to stay. How great it would be if Arkansas, just now on the thrcshhold of technological development, could lead the way to the 'jenefits withoul Ihe rlegrcdation and eventual depletion! Each day we can enjoy the heathfulness and comparatively unspoiled beauty of our Ozarks. How long will it remain if the usual installations take place? What will be the consequences, not only from the installation itself hut from what follows from it. We can only hope and pray that what we have will not be lost. Ella Potee Wlnslow By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- In past columns, we began the story of Eugene Ayotte, a former Detroit mobster with the moniker "Johnny A," who dared to testify against the Mafia. lie is now a frightened, lonely man, on the run from the Mafia, neglected by the Justice Dept. which had promised him protection. "You, have no idea," he told us, "how many tjmes I got discouraged and .thought the hell' with it. You've got to know and understand how it is to go against organized crime. The code is death. Let me ask you: Would you have, if you were me?" Johnny A's story helps to explain why thr: Justice Dept. has trouble finding witnesses a- gainsl the Mafia. For after he had spent a year testifying against his former Mafia associates, a. Justice Dept. attorney turned him loose, wilh this remark on an aide: "Don't worry about this guy. I'll give him ' $50 and put him on a plane." ' He married a girl who befriended him and settled down in Connecticut as a car salesman. Then someone out of his past dropped by and he moved on. Once he was.called back to Detroit for more testimony. We got a motel with a kit- ' chen," he recalled. "My wife was pregnant, unhappy." After his testimony was tak- The Washington Merry-Go-Round en, he was handed $500 and sent to Tulsa "to find a place to live, get settled and to have my leeth fixed." Later ho was paid another $2,500 to begin a new life. It wasn't enough. "I had to sell most of my clothes . and all of my jewelry so that my wife could return to her mother's to-have a doctor's'care and to have the baby," he said. Once they were apart, the marriage broke up. The "last time I heard about my wife." said Johnny A, "she was going on welfare to pay her doctor . and hospital bills." The Justice Dept. ultimately gave him a whole new identity, complete with false birth certificate, service discharge, driver's license and social security card. He was even furnished with another set of fingerprints so some future lawman, unaware of his cover, wouldn't turn up his criminal record. Elated, Johnny A. beban a new life in a faraway town. He found a good job and met a nice girl. But just before their marriage, he recounted, "my luck ran out." One dark Friday, he encountered a man from his past. The former acquaintance looked, blinked "Shd then blurted: "Hi, Johnny Ayotte. You remember me. I'm surprised to see you here." Ayotle was stunned. "I believe you have made a mistake," he stammered. "I am not who you think I nm." "Aren't you f r o m Detroit?" the man persisted. Jotinny A excused himself and phoned his employer that he was sick. He never went back. Once again, he was on the move -- another 'town, another job. The Justice Dept. meanwhile, had no more need for his testimony. His contacts told him they were "cutting him loose." Low , on funds, haimted by thoughts of Mafia killers searching for him, he began to take tranquilizers to calm his nerves -- 1] milligrams a day. If they woud find him, lie feared his new wife also "would be hit" -- murdered --."as they wouldn't want any witnesses," Yet he couldn't bring himself to tell her about his past and her possible danger. "I was so damn scared and mixfid up. and I couldn't tell her the truth. I couldn't sleep. I felt lousy telling her one story after 'another." , ( As a final indignity, the Justice Dept. refused to continue subsidizing him after he ran out of money. His contact "suggested I go on welfare. This was the last straw." 'let's See, I Think That Was The Question He Answered With 'Hiya, Fella--Good To See Ya'" Johnny A never finished grammar school, but his seeth-. ing passions have given him eloquence. "I stll wonder," he said, "do things Ike this mailer to anyone?...! know I will have to move on somewhere soon. Bull I don't care; I just wanted you to know the way It is. "I must have been out of my mind to try to help the government...! (did) my b e s t to become a law-abiding citizen. I didn't break a single law. T I B government knows a person like myself with no education and all his life in the rackets has no useful way of making a liv- irfÂ£ '' FOOTNOTE: A Justice Dept. official acknowledged there is a need for more funds and manpower to help Mafia defectors back into ordinary life. At present, little more than subsistence is ever paid, in part he- cause federal law bans.paying a witness for his testimony. "We try to get .'them a job and give them protection, he said. But, in the end, it is up to the "new" citizen to make his own way. "We have pre. vented them from getting killed and gotten them out of jail. They're pretty much on their own as far as work is concerned, just like the rest of us." A major problem, said the official, is that ex-mobsters are accustomed to big money and "it's a serious dislocation for them to live modestly. "Some are satisfied with what we do, some are not." he summed up. --United Feature Syndicate ROCKEFELLER tfRKMfin HEAKtMGS A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought P A S T MISTAKES. "The Great Depression: history never really repeats itself," Monthly Economic Letter (First National City Bank, New York), September 1974. pp. 6-9. "In proclaiming the world to be in the brink of another calamity, the dpomsayers are tearing the crisis of the 1930's out of its historical context and transplanting it in the very different soil of 1974. It is an analogy, in short, that just doesn't work. The chief point ot grasp is that in the 1930's a U.S. recession, induced by monetary restraint, was alowed to get out of hand." "When a gust of panic touched off a stampede of withdraw- as from U.S. banks, the Federa Reserve clung to its tight- money policy, letting hundreds of banks go to the wall. This intensified the monetary contraction, and its devastating effects were transmitted far beyond U.S. borders by the rigid machinery of a world monetary system based on the gold-exchange standard...No central hank today would --or political- lv could -- repeat the Fed's d'ismal 192B-32 performance. With this crucial element missing, a catastorophe of the 1930's type is not likely to recur....An attempt to interpret 1974 in terms of 1931..might lead to costly and avoidable errors." at record highs. The reason is inflation and scarity. The cost of staying in business has risen so fast that it cannot be financed out of profits. Everybody, therefore, has to run to the banks..." "The price of things the farmer must buy has risen at a horrendous rate. Fertilizer is up almost 60 per cent in a year; machinery, 15 per cent; interest, 14 per cent; cropland itself, 25 per cent. Worse, substantial increases are expected across the board." F A R M E R S ' TROUBLES "Farmers in Hock" Forbes, Sept. 15, 1974, pp. 29-30. "Bankers and businessmen aren't the only ones facing a lio.uidity squeeze. For all their recent prosperity the nation's 3 million or so farmers could find themselves in worse shape than the businessmen. Three years ago farmers owed some $62.billion, for an average indebtedness of about $21,000. By the end of this year, the figure will increase by about 50 per cent, to $95 billion, and the average f a r m e r will be in debt by more than $33,000." "Why should farmers be sinking deeper and deeper into debt at a time when f a r m prices are sky-high? For the same reason corporations arc head- over-heels in debt at a time when their profits and sales are ACCOUNTING. 'A Controversial Method of Allowing for Inflation," Business Week, Sept. 14. 1974, pp. 91-92. "These days financial executives and accountants are conceding what Wall Street already seems to have figured out for itself: Earnings of most U.S. corporations are far overstated because of the disrupting 1970s brand of double-digit inflation. The problem is that accounting based on historical Â· costs values the assets and materials used by business in terms of old dollars that were spent months or years ago. And that is misleading when it will take a considerably greater number of today's dollars to replace those assets." "The answer is to adjust financial statements for inflation. And so the familiar balance sheet and income statement may soon be accompanied by companion statements based on something called 'general price-level accounting.' Those additional statements would equalize all dollars by converting them to dollars of current purchasing power..And since the price-level method restates old costs upward, in most cases it brings profits tumbling downward." "The notion is controversial..some advocates admit, it is a concession that inflation is here to stay." BUYING A CAR IN RUSSIA Reinhard Meier, "How to Buy a Car in the Soviet Union," Swiss Review of World Affairs, September 1974, pp. 8-9 "It is not d i f f i c u l t to bccomo a car owner in the Soviet Union -- profided you are a foreigner and can pay in hard currency. . .Accustomed to an eloquent capitalist sales pitch, you politely request a test drive of the car; with equal politeness, your request is firmly refused. You also discover that the hub caps, windshield wipers and side-view mirror, all packed neatly into the trunk of the automobile, have to be mounted on a do-it-yourself basis.," "Though car buying may be reasonable and simple for a foreigner, the average Soviet citizen is faced by quite different conditions. For the great majority, ownership of a personal automobile at present is little more than a remote dream.' "..Even the cheapest Soviet auto, a mini-model known as the Saporoshelz, cost 3,000 rubles or 22 months' earnings for the average man..Even if he has the necessary cash, he has little chance of being put down on the long waiting list without a recommendation from the union or some kind of "pull" with party or government officials. Once he has cleared this hurdle, there begins a waiting game from two to five years until delivery." Bible Verse "Seek ye the Lord while he may bo found, call ye upon him while he is near." Isaiah 55:6 The matter of eternity is an emergency. "My Spirit will not always strive with man." "Today if ye will hear His voice harden not your hearts." "Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." Philippians 2:16 H is not our adjectives or additives that makes the word of God workable but Iho simple presentation of what He said. When we become commentators instead of reporters and messengers, we are likely to confuse. "My word shall not pass away," Divorce, American Style WASHINGTON (ERR) .-- A public hearing on legislation to amend the New York Stata divorce law is scheduled tor Oct. 3 in New Rochelle, N.Y. DIVORCE, one of the most wrenching of life's experiences, is becoming ever more commonplace in the United States. Last year 913,000 couples, or one for every four marriages, were divorced in American courts. This year or next, the number is expected to pass one million. One reason for the steadily rising divorce rate is that state laws on the subject have been liberalized. "It may come as a surprise to some to learn that., there are only six American states tied to the traditional fault system of divorce that once was he norm." Doris Jonas Freed and Henry H. F o s t e r J r . w r o t e i n Trial Magazine. "All other -American jurisdictions have made breakdown of marriage the sole or an additional ground for dissolution, or have incompatibility or separation grounds for divorce." In California, a pioneer in "no-fault" divorce law, there are only two grounds for dissolution of a marriage: (1) irreconcilable d i f f e r e n c e s leading to irrevocable oreak- down of the union and (2) incurable insanity. Last year 117,000 divorces were granted in the Golden State, far mora t h a n in any other. SOME PERSONS contend that today's divorce laws, liberalized though they are, do not go far enough. "Divorce in the United Stales ought to be as cheap and easy to obtain as a marriage license," wrote Douglas Davis, art editor of Newsweek. "...Nothing contributes more to sexual, generational and social alienation than our present clutch of divorce statutes, written and unwritten They profit no one -- neither Â· wife, husband nor child -- save the lawyers who administer them." In contrast, many attorneys a n d marriage counselors believe that divorce laws have become overly permissive. "Individuals now take diorce as an easy solution to marital p r o b l e m s , ' ' said Donald Schilller, ice chairman, of the American Bar Association's committee on divorce law, in an interview with U.S. News World Report. "Many people divorce before giving a potentially good marriage a chance, and many people divorce without looking at their personal problems that could x solved by counseling -- so they were back in court for second and third divorces without learning anything." A NUMBER OF persons who did learn something from divorce have put their thoughts to paper. Joseph Epstein, author of Divorced in America, believes that marriages fail because of unrealistically high expectations of never-ending bliss. He characterizes this doomed quest for marital perfection as "psychic Marxism in marriage." In a book called C r e a t i v e Divorce. Mel Krantztcr offers advice on how to turn the traimia of a broken marriage to productive use. If the divorced man and wife can learn to think of themselves as other. than merely half of a couple, Krantzlcr contends, they may undergo a period of intense personal growth. The personal pain of divorce once was compounded by social ostracism in certain circles, but this rarely is the case today. Nor is divorce any impediment to advancement in politics, a; the present administration con- v i n c i n g 1 y demonstrates. Assuming Nelson A Rockefeller is confirmed as Vice President, the country will confront a novel situation: Three members of the nation's first and second families once were divorced -all but President Ford himself.
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