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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest If The First Concern 0) This Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1974 A Senator With Friends At Ashland Oil 'County Government Month ':· October's sunny entry comes as a wel- ..* corned respite from the erratic, but mostly ' drizzly weather of September. Maybe we'll V have Indian Summer, yet. At any rate it's i time to be thinking about firewood; and ; , checking the furnace; and the storm win- l dows; and dragging coats and sweaters and '; things out of mothballs. . October is also a time to turn attention .,'· to issues and the candidates who will be on ·; the ballot in the early November general ' election. For voters of this area the balloting ' will be particularly important this year at ',· every level of government. There is a com' plete re-election for the city Board of Directors; there is a problem of "confidence" in V county administration to be resolved; there are important state constitutional amend- t merits to be decided along with those state U offices being contested by the Republicans; ' and there is an extremely important con- ·" gressional race in this district, as well as a senatorial contest. :; October, appropriately, has been pro.'. claimed "County Government Month" by Gov. Dale Bumpers, as part of a campaign ..:,- to focus public attention on the importance Art Bachwdd in local affairs of government at the county level; and to promote Amendment 56 -- the "Good Guy" amendment -- for the coming election. All major state candidates and both Democratic and Republican Party platforms are endorsing Amendment 56, as are a majority of our county officials. The thrust of the amendment is to establish a better system of checks and balances between executive and legislative branches of county government. Gpv. Bumpers says that October is a good time for concerned citizens of the state to visit county courthouses and county officials in order to see first-hand, the nature and scope of needed reform. In Washington County's case, such an examination of affairs would, perforce, involve consideration of recent grand jury reports critical of present county government administration. The idea behind County Government Month, statewide, is on behalf of Amendment 56. But in some instances, not only in Washington County, we have an idea a good close look at county affairs will suggest that reform is a matter for local as well as statewide concern. By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON - We all gathered in the living room for what was the first Family Economic Summit in our history. I opened the meeting with a ,, brief statement. "I have called you all together to discuss the grave economic situation that this family faces. As you know, inflation has spiraled the cost of all consumer goods and we could be heading for a serious domestic depression. I would like your advice as to how we can set our house-in order." My son Joel said, "I think your tight-money policies of the greatly to the risis. It seems greatly to the crisis. It seems to m ethat if you loosened up From The Readers Viewpoint Too Many To the Editor: In last Fridays TIMES there appeared a letter from a reader advising us to elect Democrats and our problems will all be solved. Now, the Democrats were the ones who got us in the mess we are now in, with their perpetual wars, that has used up' all of our natural resources, including oil. When we elect another Democrat for President we. can expect another war to follow. Every Democratic President that we have had in this century, who served a full term, has. got us involved in a Foreign war. ' . There was a great scandal over Watergate, but had it been · the Democrats involved instead of the Republicans there would have been very little said about it. It would have been, Just a political trick, and would have been forgotten. There was a great stir about the Milk Co-Op political gift until the Wonder- v b o y of Arkansas became involved. His part was then quieted down, and not much said about it, and no doubt he will be re-elected again. Had he been a Republican he would have been forced to resign, at least. If the others were guilty of accepting bribes, then why wasn't he? Apparently the Democratic politicians, Like the King of old, can do no wrong. A great Democratic Wonder can drown a woman and get by without an investigation. Was it an accident, or was it not an accident? Who knows? It wasn't investigated, and his story was accepted as the truth even though he told an impossible tale. Our trouble is; we have too many Democrats. A Reader West Fork In Reply To the Editor: This is in reply to Rev. John Thrasher's letter (Times, Sept. 28) in which he lauded Congressman's H a m m . e r - schmidt and, among other t h i n g s , stated that the Congressman's efforts have re- sujted in this area having one of the best VA hospitals in the country. Several months ago I w r o t e Congressman Hammerschmidt outlining my contention (born put by subsequent civilian medical care) that I had received very inadequate treatment for a service connected disability while a patient at the local VA hospital and asking that my claim be inves- . tigated. This action has resulted in two positive actions on my part: (1) I shall heretofore seek medical care locally ONLY from sources other than the VA and (2) I shall cast my vote for Bill Clinton in the coming election. Charles B. Musgrave (MSgt, USAF, Ret) They'll Do It Every Time IAKT ME- \ SACK N OKAV/ JUST WALK AROUNP TH£ HARCWAR6 ' AfJPTHEMEW'5 DEPARTMENTS.' HAS TO PRAG HUggy PINO AIOM6 WHILE SHE SHOPS- IN AM HOUR- OKAY? 1 BOUGHT Kim TOOLS, SUCKS MP A RAINCOAT- / - m / WHOSE SHOPPING TRIP WAS IT? T on our allowances, it would give us more money to spend and take us out of our doldrums.' 1 "I am not certain that is the solution," I replied. "One of the causes of the family economic woes is that we are spending more money than we're taking in. It was my hope that we could balance the budget before the year is out. Any increases in allowances at this time would only encourage inflation.'' My daughter Jenifer said, "The biggest item in the family seems to be education. Why don't we all quit school and take a year off to find ourselves?" "This is not a practical solution. If you took a year off from school, I would have to subsidize you which would cost more than your tuition. I hardly see a saving there. I don't believe a high unemDloyment rate in the family would solve anything." I CONTINUED, "It seems to ·me one of the major causes of the problem is the high cost of gasoline. If everyone turned in his and her gas credit card and paid cash for your fuel, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel." My daughter Connie said angrily, "A good transportation system in this family is essential to a healthy economy. Making us turn in our credit cards is an extreme measure which should be used only when everything else fails." "All right then, let us take up the subject of rock concerts. Last year members of this group spent a total of $250 on rock concerts and $330 on rock records and tapes. This is certainly an area where costs can be cut substantially." Jennifer rose in a fury, "You are penalizing the poor and the neediest in this family by taking away from them their major form of entertainment. Why don't you cut some of the fat from Mom's household budget?" "I was coming to that," I .said. "It seems to me that too much money has been spent on slipcovers, drapes and nonessential items such as lamps and, rugs. I would suggest a $500 ceiling on all household expenditures." "That's out of the question," my wife said. "Applying a m e a t . ax to those few fixed cost-ot living items would only postpone whn!. it would cost us to fix up the house at a later date. We are actually saving money by spending it now." "I WAS AFRAID that would be your response. Well, what a'jout food? Surely it would be no problem to cut there?" "I would go along with that," my wife said, "with one stipulation. From now on you will do all the supermarket shopping for the family, which I'm sure you'd enjoy," "Okay, let's forget about saving money on food," I said. "But surely in this family budget there is some place we can cut waste." My daughter Jennifer said, "Why don't you give up your season ticket to the Redskins games?" "Now, wait a minute," I replied angrily. "Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times K By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - Sen. Marlow Cook, R-Ky., is k n o w n , in the backrooms of Congress as the Senator from Ashland Oil. The bluff, burly Cook champions Ashland's interests on the Senate floor and accepts special favors, in return, from the oil company. The relationship between Cook and the company is so cozy, according to Senate sources, that Ashland has sent ready-made speeches to Capitol Hill for the Senator to deliver. Cook, in turn, has used the company's jet as a commuter plane to wing back and forth between Washington and his Kentucky constituency. Just three weeks ago, a Cook aid hoppe dthe Ashland shuttle to attend the funeral of a prominent Kentucky Republican. An Ashland vice president, Clyde Webb, also has the run of the Senator's office. His daughter. Betty, is on the Senator's payroll. A handsome, hand-carved goose over the Senator's chair was a gift from Webb. The oil executive is also a familiar figure around Cook's winter home outside Sarasota Fla. In fact, Webo used to dock his small fishing boat at Cook's place, where the Senator used- it as his own. The omnipresent Webb also turned up among the high muckamucks at the 1973 presidential inauguration. The inaugural photo shows Webb's face The Washington Merry-Go-Round peering solemnly from behind President Richard Nixon and Chief Justice Warren Burger. This historic seat w a s arranged for Webb, of course. by the obliging Senator Cook, who happened to be cochairman of the inaugural committee. Marlow Cook, with liis silver thatch and solid bulk, has become a formidable figure in the Senate. Able and articulate, he has a reputation as an operator in the backrooms and a brawler in open debate. His political hero was the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-II1., who had the shaggy appearance ot an affectionate Saint Bernard. He won the tincontesled title of Wizard of Ooze by being able to talk his way out of the most flagrant inconsistencies. Cook is also capable of evoking a certain soulful appeal, and he can turn on the ooze. One of his favorite sayings, moreover, is that "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." But in the terras of S e n a t e husbandry, Cook is less the affable Saint Bernard than the temperamental prize bull. He is easily aroused and can become a one-man stampede. It is the political custom of Kentucky voters to choose one Senator from the hinterlands, the other f r o m ' t h e urban centers. Cook is the urban Senator, a Louisville lawyer, who was just about everybody's "Man of the Year" in Kentucky before he was elected to the Senate and became Ashland's man in Washington, My associate, Jack Cloherty, spent a month establishing the links between Ashland and the Senator, .an investigation which took Cloherty from Capitol Hill to Kentucky. The likeable Cook, of course, hud an explanation for everything. He acknowledged that he has accepted speech material from Ashland, but denied that it came in the form of readymade speeches. He used several . sourcesi he- said, in the preparation of his speeches. But insiders, whose reliability has been tested, reported to us that an Ashland emissary has delivered prepared and polished speeches to Cook's staff man on the Senate Rules Committee. Joe O'Leary. The cautious O'Leary said he couldn't recall this happening, although he admitted working with Ashland in drafting Cook's energy speeches. He sought research from other industry sources as well, he said. He contended that Cook was not "Ashland's man" and cited an issue on which the Senator and Ashland disagreed. The record shows, however, that Cook has consistently fought for more incentives for the oil industry and has repeatedly gone A Nation Of Vitamin Takers WASHINGTON (ERR) -Millions of Americans aren't paying much attention nowadays to such homespun maxims as "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" and "three balanced meals a day insure health, happiness and longevity." What many Americans are paying attention to, as well as money for, is vitamin pills. Every year, at least $500 million is spent on these capsules and about 50 per cent of all Americans are estimated to use them regularly. Most reputable nutritionists contend that vitamin pills are overused and that the majority of people taking them do not need dietary supplements. Nutritional need is not the only reason for vitamin indulgence, however. Consumers are also aware of the claims made for these supplements, particularly Vitamins E and C. Vitamin E advocates argue that it helps prevent heart attacks and miscarriages, cures ulcers. warts, 'sterility and impotence, retards aging, relieves leg cramps, removes ^cars and aids in the treatment of severe burns, muscular dystrophy and high blood pressure. Scientific tests so far show only that Vitamin E can prevent a form of anemia in infants. Similarly, Vitamin C has been heralded a cure for cancer and schizophrenia and an aid in the treatment of viral and bacterial infectons, arthritis, allergies and kidney diseases. Probably the most publicized claim for Vitamin C is that it can prevent or relieve the common cold. Despite American Medical Association claims to the contrary, there is some evidence that large doses of the vitamin can have this effect. The benefits and possible dangers of Vitamin C will be discussed at a four-day conference sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City, he-ginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Large doses of Vitamins C and E do not appear to present the dangers to health that excessive consumption of certain other vitamins does. Nevertheless, doctors warn that large quantities can be hazardous if persons take them to treat diseases that require medical attention. Food and Drug Administration attempts to restrict the promotion and sale of vitamins have met with strong public resistance. Until more is known about what vitamins can and cannot do, it seems likely that Americans will continue to devour them in the hope of discovering the cure-all that Carter's Little Pills never quite provided. USD A Eyes New Beef Grading The U.S. Department of Agriculture has two separate and d i s t i n c t procedures f o r examining meat sold in grocery stores. One is the federal meat i n s p e c t i o n system which examines meat for spoilage, disease and dangerous residues. The other is the USDA quality grading system which grades meat according to taste and tenderness. All moat must pass federal inspection laws before it can be sold, but packers are not required to have their meat rated with a USDA quality grade. Those who do must pay thf- USDA a fee. The USDA quality beef grading system is misleading insofar as such labels as "prime" and "choice" imply that meat is graded according to the amount of nutrients and proteins it contains. Actually, the system docs little more than measure the fat content of meat since that, for the most part, is what determines its flavor and juiciness. The more marbled fat a piece of meat contains, the higher its "palatability quality." "Prime" grades arc loaded with marbling and usually are cut from young, thickly muscled carcasses. Since it takes a longer amount of time to fatten the "prime" ana "choice" animals, these grades are sold for' hrgher prices lhan are lower grades. The lower grades are a good buy, however, for consumers who want meat with less fat and more protein. The Department of Agriculture recently proposed new standards for beef grading which would permit a reduction in the amount of fat required for higher grades. Officials say production costs would be cut because feedlot time would be reduced and less feed grain required. A reduction in fat content would also be healthier for those with potenttial heart or heart-related problems. The department will hold a background briefing on the proposed regulations Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Washington, D.C. Additional sessions are scheduled in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco. Reduced costs to meat producers under the new grading system could mean lower prices for consumers. The Community Nutrition Institute claims, however, that the overall price of beef would stay the same, for the total supply of meat would remain unchanged. More beef would be sold «t "choice" prices, which would provide no relief to consumers. Consumer advocates, according to the institute, are calling for a grading system which would measure the protein content of beef rather than the fat content. -(ERR) to bat for Ashland. When t J i « Canadian government threatened to cut off the crude oil supply to an Ashland refinery, for example, Coolc raised an uproar. The Senator argued that Ashland, a power in Kentucky, was a constituent and, therefore, was entitled to his senatorial services. But no other constituent, except possibly tha tobacco companies, gets such devoted service from Cook. He claimed at first that he had taken only "three or four" free flights in Ashland's piano. When we cited our evidence, however, he breezily acknowledged that he may have taken 20 to 25 free flights. Indeed, this is a low estimate, although, his use of the Ashland jet has waned in the last year. He not only commuted to Kentucky on the oil company's plane but used it to ferry his entourage to the Kentucky Derby each year. Cook has also collected at least $10,950 in campaign contributions from Ashland executives, including $1,000 from company president Orin Atkins and $500 apiece from Webb and his wife. Cook pointed out that Atkins, at least, gave a matching $1.000 to his Senate opponent. Gov. Wendell Ford. Cook's benevolence toward the oil industry has not gone unrecognized, (or that matter, by the Texas oil barons. Ha has taken in at least $7,750 in out-of-state oil money. There is no doubt that Ashland Oil has sought out and systematically courted Senator Cook. The situation is an ominous reminder of the days when the robber barons controlled th» Senate. --United Feature Synlda(» What Others Say NO POOL HUSTLER Dr. Beverly D. Wilson is just B few inches taller than a cue stick, but figures big in tha game of pocket billiards because of her knowledge of tha game and her writing ability. Richmond can come in fop a share of the publicity tha petite Dr. Wilson is enjoying a;; she is a native of this city.' The publicity which she is enjoying and which is very apt to expand is due to her newly published billards instruction book -- the first of its kind in the sports world. "Pocket Billiards As it Should ' Be Learned and Played" sterns from Dr. Wilson's 20 years of honing her skill at the pool table and from her equally skillful teachinfg ability at Illinois State University where she is an associate professor in the physical education department. Now, even though she's probably able to be pitted against the best of sharks, we don't foresee Dr. "Bev" becoming a pool hustler. This statement makes for the excuse of letting us remind that "The Hustler," a classic piece of fiction about big : lime pool players, was written by another former Richmond resident, Walter .Tevis. --Richmond (Ky.) Daily Register WATERGATE PROFITS It is somewhat unpleasant to note that the same slice of American history that cost Richard Nixon the presidency produced a fat increase in outside earnings for the seven menwera of the Senate Select Committea on Presidential Campaign Acti, The Watergate Committea members, puffed up to fama in their televised hearings, realized most of the increasa through speaking engagements' across the country. Sen- Sam Ervin, for instance, that old constitutional fog wilti whipipy eyebrows and a ready verse of Scripture or Shakespeare, led the Democrats. He orations, second only to his vicia chairman, the Republican Howard H. Baker Jr., wh ogot S34.350 for 22 speeches. » T . n . 1 ^' nSenator Sam Sot only got $27,900 for extracurricular ward H. Baker Jr., who got $11,000 from honoraria, and in, 1972, he got a mere $4,750, Baker made one extracurricular speech in 1972, and he got $2,000. Even Edward J. Gurney, R- Fla., who himself has been indicted for influence peddling, took home some Watergate bread. He collected $11,900 in 1973. Other committee members, and their "Watergate" earning! were: --Lowel P. Weicker, R-Conn., $9,950. --Herman Talmadge, D-Ga.; $19.135. --Daniel K. Inouye. D-Hawail, $16,0(K. --Joseph M. Montoya, D- N.M., $2,750. One imagines Sen. Sam sitting there in all his agony and travail about the Constitution,the Bible and Shakespeare, relieved only by the pleasant thought that filthy lucre would be flowing fast and free, and that some of it would be coming his way. It probably was the most pleasant intervention of. thought since he had the delight of voting against every piece of civil rights legislation that has gone through the U.S. Senate since the freedom - loving old senator got elect"'. ARK. DEMOCRAT

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