Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 10, 1974 · Page 4
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 10, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Intercut Is The First Concern 01 This Newspaper 4 · THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1974 Cover-Up Is Name Of Game "With The CIA Defending 21st Amendment ARTICLE XXI (Htptit of the EightMnth (Prohibition) Amendment by Conventions in the StattU The following proposed amendment in the Constitution, embodied in joint resolution oj the 72nd Congress (Feb. 16, 1933, by S3 to 23; " House, Feb. 20, 1933, by 289 to 121), taas transmitted to the Secretary of State on Feb. 21 and he at once sent to the governors oj the States copies of the resolution. The amendment went into ejject on Dec. 5, 1933, having been adopted by 36 of the 48 states. 1. The 18th article of the amendment to the Con. dilution et the United Stotei U hereby repelled. 2. The tranlpertation or importation into any States, Territory, or PMMitian of the United State* for delivery or u»e therein of intoxicatini liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, ! hereby prohibited... The foregoing, the 21st Amendment, is short and heretofore thought to be reasonably clear. California legislators, however, with help from their New York State colleagues, are pushing legislation in the late days of this session of Congress to strike down protective importation taxes imposed \ on out-of-state wines by eight states including Arkansas. In the Arkansas instance, the state imposes a smaller tax on native wines, thus giving them a protective price break in competing with giant winery organizations of California and New York. The "subsidy" has hardly allowed wine makers to run amuck in the state, it might be noted. There are John I. Smith fewer bonded winerys now than a dozen or two years ago, largely due to the attrition of competition, in spite of the tax edge. . What the tax break has accomplished in Arkansas is to allow for enough profit, in wine-making to keep a few companies in business. This, in turn, provides a significant market for grape production that would not otherwise exist. Which, in turn, lends support to businesses that depend on the economic welfare of the small farm operation throughout Northwest Arkansas. A hearing on the bill to do away with the Arkansas tax was held a few days ago, and both Sen. John McClellan and Sen. Bill Fulbright registered strong opposition. Sen. McClellan, the old strict constructionist, seized immediately on a constitutional conflict. Such a statute, holds the senior Arkansas senator, is patently unconstitutional. The 21st Amendment gives the states the right to regulate imports, it seems clear to Sen. McClellan, and .we concur. Sen. Fulbright brings cogent comment to the discussion, too, it strikes us, when he assays the proposed bill as nothing more than an attempt by the major wineries to eliminate small pockets of competition. Competition in big business is an endangered species, as economic developments in the last decade are making all too clear. The inevitable result of legislating the nation's small wineries out of business will be to allow the big consortiums to lower quality and effectively control prices. That's not only a disservice to the small vinter, it seems to us, but to the public at large -- whether they partake of the grape or not. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH The people of West Center Township (west of Farmington), of Harmon, of the Campbell community, and of the Moffitt or Hog Eye community are to be congratulated for their hard and persistent work in forming a rural water district for the delivery to them of treated hydrant water. The 400 paid up water users have been obtained and a few extra are expected. This number was demanded by the Farmers Home Administration, the governmental financing agency, and advancement could not be made until the number was obtained. The engineering work is 95 per cent completed, and scaled photographic maps and written specifications (what road to go down, what size pipes here and there, where to cross roads, what under-ground gas lines or phone lines to avoid, etc.) are being prepared and duplicated for the use of the bidding contractors in making their calculations. The approvals of the health departments has been tempora- rily made and final approval according to state plumbing codes will be made. Congratulations again to you people who have been determined to improve the health qualities of your community. For all practical purposes your water district is now advancing as you have so long hoped. Your several communities are surely to advance. From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Fayetteville's United Fund drive gets underway next week, highlighted by a noon kick-off luncheon. Goal for this year is $66,645. An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by the University of Arkansas art faculty is on dis- 50 YEARS AGO '. A contest to determine the ' University's most popular girl , as well as the most ugliest boy ; will be staged here by the Arkansas Traveler next week. Football f a n s w h o cannot attend the Hendrix-Razorback game tomorrow afternoon are 100 YEARS AGO Messrs. Dorman and Pogson have just received a splendid and varied stock of family groceries, consisting of almost everything in the grocery line. They propose to sell their goods as cheap as any other house. We again ask those who are indebted to this office or sub- play in Oklahoma and another will go up Tuesday in Missouri. The new science-engineering building at the University will be the scene for the showing of Audubon society films this fall. invited to watch the game on the Democrat's new automatic football board. Fire of unknown origin destroyed the D.E. Hammontree Grocery on Cemetery Street shortly after 10 p.m. last night. scriptions, job work, or advertising to settle up. We need the money. We learn that the Episcopal Church supper last Friday evening netted about $50. Considering the hard times, scarcity of money, etc., it might be called a financial success. ..THERE WAS a noticable difference last week in the sale price of cattle; that is to say, thin and small animals (that once sold well} sold poorly, but larger animals and in fairly good shape that could go directly to slaughter without the expenditure of a lot of costly feed sold fairly well...up to 30 cents. We have been given the advice by ones who know t h e market, is for our Northwest Arkansas cattlemen to continue grazing their steers and slaughter heifers to a much larger site (up to slaughter size), and not to sell then at n m a 11 weights or while thin. If they are thin, the buyers will hardly take them as a gift, Their, feed bill will be too great for them to ever come out on them. This program as described a- boye...bring them to greater weights on grass and sell them when they are in at least fair slaughter the 'jest advice we can now obtain from those who know the market. They'll Do It Every Time ue TfcMANT WHO ON THE flRSf FLOOR % A POSTCARP' NOW ANP THEN- WAS JUST | eoiwe our | SOT ANYTHING FOR ME? If the people of foreign nations need more protein in their diets and need more animal protein, it appears that we might bring up the price of cattle by promoting the sale of several million head to them. This idea -might be considered to be the rantings of an u n i n formed person, as there are many countries wanting to export meat. Yet, there are some countries trading directly with us who might take to such an idea. ..Japan, for example. Russia wants more ariimals and possibly does China. The diet of the people of the latter is so much rice, that they have little land for large cattle production. This is not exactly ranting. Trade breeds trade, not war. We need to export and we need to import. If one would study what products come in and what go out, he would find us importing a given product one month and exporting that same product in another month. For that reason, the idea that we should declare an embargo on cattle or beef is one that scares me. Again, trade breeds trade and also steadies Ihe world market. Bible Verse "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone, at her." John 8:7 Behold the gossip stopper, the conscience smitter, and the great reminder. "As ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them likewise." "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17 A true friend is one who sees your faults and yet loves whats left. Such a friend is Jesus. We should try to be more like Him. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON-The Central Intelligence Agency apparently has violated the law in an attempt to cover up an explosive sex-bugging scandal involving two CIA officials. Now, under the prodding of the National Wiretap Commission, the Justire Department is finally digging into the case. It was a bizarre affair from the beginning. A suspicious wife feared her CIA husband might be having a homosexual affair with a CIA superior. She hired private detective Donald Uf- finger, an ex-police detective, to investigate.- Tape recordings contain dramatic evidence that the detective and his chief assistant, Rogert Peters, provided a tiny microtransmitted for the wife to conceal in her home. Thereafter the Uyo private eyes, with the wife listening in, monitored the bug from a neighbor's house and from a parked car, the tapes disclose. One night, as Uffinger, Peters and the wife were huddled around the radio-monitor in the car, they heard the two CIA officials engaging in what sounded like a compromising act. The eavesdroppers, according to the taped evidence, immediately barged into the house with a camera. There was a scramble as one The Washington Merry-Go-Round of the CIA men lunged at P e t e r s ' camera; Uffinger floored the fellow with a punch to the face, and the. wife and two private eyes departed triumphantly with the film. The episode got back to the CIA whose security chief at the time, Howard Osborn, began a secret investigation. The two accused CIA officials, whose names we have agreed to withhold for professional and medical reasons, told us they informed the CIA about the bug. Under federal law, bugging is a crime, and failure to report the crime is a prison offense. Yet the CIA made no such report, according to the FBI, the Justice Department andthe U.S. Attorney, David Hopkins, who has jurisdiction over the case. The wife, meanwhile, sued for divorce, and the two CIA officials were eased out of their jobs, one through retirement, the other through forced resignation. For a time it appeared that the CIA coverup had been successful. Even court records of the divorce were mys- t e r i o u s l y suppressed, n o t necessarily by the CIA. But then detective Uffinger fired his assistant, Peters, and the veil of secrecy began to slip. The disgruntled Peters talked about the case to businessman Richard Bast, formerly Washington's most celebrated private detective, who beat Peters at his own game by bugging the conversation. Because Bast was present at the bugging, it should be pointed out, this was not a similar violation of the law. Peters told all about the sex- bugging episode. The CIA official's "wife put (the bug) in for us..." said Peters. "It was my suggestion. He (Uffinger) said okay...I told her how to set it up and where to place the equipment." Bast reported the incident at once to U.S. Attorney Hopkins. This normally would have triggered an in-depth FBI investigation, with massive interviews and affidavits. But FBI agent Chrles Anderson satisfied himself with little more than a statement from Peters who, despite the evidence on the tapes, denied he knew anything about the bugging offense. Hopkins and the FBI then dropped the case for lack of evidence. It may be merely a coinci- 'Don't expect immediate improvemnt. Remember, we didn't get you into this mess overnight' Art. Buchwald By ART BUCHWALD WASHlNGTON-Less than a year ago everyone was hard at work vowing to conserve fuel. A m e r i c a n s had' pledged themselves to finding new ways of saving energy and making the United States self-sufficient when it came to oil. In the interests of finding out what has been done in the past 12 months, I did a -personal "Where Are They Now?" research project.. This is what I found. C. Carruthers Ringold, chairman of the board of General Chrysford, the largest manufacturer o fautomobiles, is still in Detroit pushing the sales of large cars. When he was reminded he promised last fall that General Chrysford would devote its efforts to the production of small cars that would not consume so much gasoline, Ringold replied, "No one is going to tell us what kind of automobiles to make. The profits are in the large cars and that's what the public wants. When America wants small cars we'll make them. If it wasn't for the environmental nuts, there would be more than enough gasoline for everybody." ALAN K'. LOMITIL, who was one of the first organizers pf car pooling in Fairfax County, Va., is now driving to work alone. "Car pooling is a drag," Alan told me. "Who wanU to talk to four other guys every morning? I think a man's automobile is his castle and there is no reason he should share it with anybody else." Mrs. Helen Klinger, the principal of PS 145, said that she no longer believed in keeping the thermostat in her school down at 68. "We froze our lushies off last year," she told me, "and we don't intend to do it again. Congress ought to investigate the oil and gas companies and find out where the heat Is REALLY going. Heavens knows the schools aren't getting any of it." Gaylord Prather, th« adver- tising account executive for Windfall of New Mexico Gasoline Co., Is still turning out copy, but the conservation campaign has been abandoned. "Since our busness is selling gasoline, it's counterproductive to ask people to use less of it. Sure it didn't hurt last year to say we were worried about future fuel supplies and we .were doing everything to see that America would never have to do without. But I'll tell you one thing, the campaign didn't sell a gallon of gas. If anyhitng, it scared people and they didn't care what brand of gasoline they bought. So we said the hell with it--the company has to come first." Congressman Gunther Zilch, who led the fight for energy conservation last February, is not sure whether he's for it now. "This is an election year," Zilch told me, "and it's hardly the time to ask people to make sacrifices. Heaven knows the voter has enough to worry abou.1 without asking him to give up the comforts of homt and the road." I WENT OVER to the Department of Transportation and spoke to one of the top officials. "Last year you people said you were going to have a crash program in ma usrsban transportation so people would use buses and trains again instead of private cars. Are you still going ahead with it?" He replied, "Yes, we're doing a study on it right now and it should be ready by 1985." Prof. Heinrich Applebaum who last year predicted that shale oil would solve all our problems for the next 500 years now has no doubts about it. "That stuff is really hard," Applebaum said. "I mean squeezing oil out of a rock is some stupid way of getting fuel. Anyone who thinks we're going to solve our energy problems with shale oil in the near future is off his rocker. I don't know why the press takes people like me serously." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times dence, but a key figure in the bugging incident was an FBI informant, We have learned that Uffingcr, the private eye. not only had been slipping information to the FBI but had called his FBI contact man, Washington FBI agent Charles Harvey, for advice on the situation. The case would have been killed if Bast, troubled over tha coverup, hadn't taken it to the new federal Wiretap Commission. This is presided over by former Army Adjutant General Ken Hodson, a man of- ramrod integrity, who forwarded the case to the Ju sties Department. Assistant Attorney Gonral Henry Peterson, who wanted no more coverup criticism after the Watergate investigation, has reopened the case. He has ordered Hopkins to conduct a "four-square" investigation into every aspect of the bugging and the CIA coverup. FOOTNOTE: Uffinger, one of the East Coast's best known private detectives, told us emphatically there was "no truth" in what Peters told Bast on the tape recordings. Peters was "trying to sell himself, blowing smoke," he said. He insisted that he and Peters had engaged in no illegal activity. The detectives hadn't used a bug but had peeked in the windows to determine the best time to catch the two CIA officials in a compromising situation, said Uffinger. The wifa agreed this was how it happened. Peters didn't return our calls. An FBI spokesman conceded that.the FBI had taken a look at the case earlier and had dropped it. At that time, he said, the FBI had no knowledge of the CIA involvement. Now the FBI is digging in, he said. FBI agent Anderson didn't return our calls. Agent Harvey conceded only that he knew Uffinger. The CIA declined any comment whatsoever. D I E - H A R D NIXONIST: Richard Nixon has at least one die-hard supporter who remains unimpressed by the evidence that forced the former president to resign to avoid impeachment and conviction. The loyalist is Rep. Otto Passman, D.--La., who wrota to Leon Fassler of Scarsdale, N.Y., "how justified you would be if you got ou your knees and thanked Him that is on high for giving us that great man Richard Nixon." --United Feature Syndicate Campuses Survive Contagion WASHINGTON (ERR) -What a difference a decade makes in the collective mood of the nation's college students. Ten years ago this month the great student rebellion of the 1960s began, although it was not immediately recognized as such. The opening skirmish seemed, indeed, to be of local and passing interest. But not for long. It all started on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Shortly before the 1964-65 academic year began, the dean of students shut off a campus area where students had been allowed to collect funds and enlist adherents for off-campus political or social- action causes. Students of all political persuasions proceeded to form a united front called the Fres Speech Movement, which demanded liftiirg of the ban on political recruitment on campus and freedom from any university regulation of student political activity. When the administration refused to back down, the protesting students resorted to acts of civil disobedience. Tha first such incident, a student- police confrontation on Oct. 1, 1964, was followed by many more in the ensuing weeks and months. From The Bookshelf Although there are some powerful West Point alumni professors who believe that absolute uniformity is a desirable commodity, no one at West Point seriously argues that the young men who graduate from the Academy each year think or act as if they were automations manufactured on the same assembly line. Upon graduation the approximately eight hundred members of a class will have taken the same prescribed courses. Their transcripts will show that they have earned at least one hundred and forty-one academic credits, plus about thirty-five credits in specifically military courses. They will have endured and, in turn, imposed on others, a great deal of harassment. Depending on one's calculations, each cadet's education will have cost the American taxpayers somewhere between $65,000 and $120,000. Taken as a-whole, they will have shared more common experiences and developed stronger ties with their classmates than any other group of college graduates in the country. --Joseph Ellis and Robert Moore, School for Soldiers (1974) MUCH OF THE dismay of eol- 1 e g e administrators everywhere, the Berkeley ferment proved contagious. Students at Yale and Brooklyn College demonstrated against the dismissal of popular faculty members. Protesters on other campuses staged marches and sit-ins for a wide variety of "freedom" issues. The one issue that united student protesters in all parts of the country was the Vietnam war. Around 15,000 of them demonstrated against the war in front of the White House on April 17. 1965, when the American troop buildup in Vietnam was beginning to gather momentum; It was the largest student protest mounted in the nation's capital in three years, but it would seem small and decorous compared to those that were to follow. Even at the height of campus unrest, in 1968, numerous students showed that they retained hope of changing the political system through peaceful means. Thousands of them went "clean for Gene" as they enlisted in the presidential campaign of Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy (D- Minn.). Others campaigned in behalf of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D N.Y.) until Kennedy was assassinated. It is possible that the student protests of the last decade were blown out of all proportion by the news media. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater clearly thought so. A frequent campus visitor, Goldwater said early in 1968: "I think the national press, the various news media, are making a terrible mistake in trying to depict our young people as a total group of hippies a n d hoodlums--because they're not, I am convinced that if you gather up every oddball from every campus in this country, (OONTTNTJED ON PAGE FIVE)

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