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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest It The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1974 More On Bicentennial Slogan Response The Battle Is Joined President Ford's anti-inflation package, unwrapped before a joint session of Congress this week, brought predictable hurrahs from the GOP side of the isle, and rebuke from the majority of the Democrats. Mr. Ford proposed a new slogan for the nation: whip inflation now (WIN). One Democratic leader noted that the President was calling for a win, but his plan sounded "more like punt." Sen. Henry Jackson, the senator from Boeing who is pushing himself as the leading presidential contender among the Democrats, summed things up succintly: President Ford's anti-inflation proposal, declared Jackson, "makes no sense." If Capitol Hill's response to the President's suggestion sounds political, it must be conceded that a month in advance of a general election it could hardly be otherwise. There is a built-in dilemma for the President, in devising any economic game plan, in this context. It is widely believed that some sort of tax measure is essential to the successful control of inflation. But it isn't reasonable to assume that congressmen seeking re-election will accept higher taxes as part of their re-election campaign strategy. Indeed, con- siderable doubt exists as to the levels that Mr. Ford would apply to the surcharge; and union leader George Meany represents a sizeable constituency when he says the tax problem is not one of patching a little on here or there, but of rewriting the entire tax code. The average American, we imagine, will look around for ways in which to personally enlist in the campaign to cut back on inflationary pressures, as the President requests. Middle America wants to believe in the President, and what he recommends. The public is disappointed in Mr. Ford's pardon of ex- President Nixon, but still anxious to believe in its new President. But something is missing. The President's package plan of suggestions is too colored by expediency and compromise to deliniate the hard line that probably needs to be drawn. He weighs the "politics" of the affair from the legislative point of view, rather than from one of administrative leadership. In that regard Mr. Ford continues to squander the hope, faith and trust that he inherited from the Nixon resignation. Mr. Ford's war on inflation doesn't look too promising in its inception. A New Neighbor Holds Open. House The Armstrong Brothers Tool Company of Chicago, 111., Fayetteville's newest industrial resident, held open house and symbolic opening of its new plant in the city's Industrial Park last weekend. The Fayetteville plant, a 42,000 square foot facility, is the first off-site expansion for the 84-year old Chicago based firm. Ground-breaking for the local facility took place a little over a year ago and employee- training has been under way since March. About 30 area residents are presently on the payroll, and company officials expect the number to climb to about 50 when operations move into high gear. The good word at the opening is that the company has an abundance of orders for its product, and that production at the Arkansas plant is sorely needed to keep up with commitments. The local tool manufacturing operation is primarily in drop-forging and secondary finishing. The product is shipped to the main plant in Chicago for completion. · · The opening of the plant is a reassuring event for Northwest Arkansas in these times of uncertain economic portents. The Armstrong people settled on Fayetteville for their plant site only after exhaustive survey of available alternatives. That they picked Fayetteville is a compliment to the strength and vigor of the community. The community, in turn, should be prompted to thank its good fortunes in acquiring so stable and vigorous an industrial resident as the Armstrongs. They are most welcome, and we trust all goes well for them in their post-opening shakedown. From The Readers Viewpoint Watchdog To the Editor: I recently read an article announcing that the NAB had awarded Congressman Hammerschmidt the "Watchdog of the Treasury" for a "fiscally responsible voting record," and I was shocked at the misleading release which gives businessmen a bad name. This award was given, in part, for Hammerschmidt's voting (1) to uphold Nixon's veto of legislation releasing funds for water and sewer From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO A proposal to extend an interstate highway south from Kansas City to New Orleans has created a great deal of interest and possible tug-of-war between western and central Arkansas. so VEARS AGO The largest canning season in the history of not only Washington County but of all Northwest Arkansas has just closed. Income from 835 cars -- exclusive of apples -- will bring more than $1,770,000. A mystery perhaps dating 100 YEARS AGO "Uncle Johnny" Buchanan of Cane Hill preached in the city last Sunday. He has been quite feeble for some months. John Blakely keeps good eider for medicinal purposes. Last week, deputy marshals Margaret S. Woods will speak at the second meeting of the Fayetteville Faculty Club on the topic: environments conducive to creativity. back a hundred years has been uncovered here. In the heart of a walnut log being milled at the Brower hardwood plant here, behind a wooden peg driven into the log. has been found a lock of shiny, coal black human hair. Carroll and Davis arrested two d e s p e r a t e characters near Maysville by the name of Tittle. But before the marshals could get out of the neighborhood,'old man Tittle rescued his sons, disarmed the posse and told them to depart. Hy JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- We hnve 'jeen hearing about America from its people. We asked, you may remember, for a Bicentennial slogan. The response was spontaneous; tens of thousands of citizens from all walks ot life have sent us slogans, phrhs- ' es and poetry expressing how they feel about their country. Many have written accompanying letters of testimonial. To read them is to understand that the Watergate horrors, economic uncertainties and other afflictions have not shaken the American faith. Some with a lifetime behind them have written about the turmoil they have seen. Youths looking ahead have written about the challenge of events. We have heard from aliens about the dreams which brought them to this land. Even a few convicts have responded, with a special poignancy, about the meaning of freedom. Some have applauded President Ford's attempt to return to the White House a humanity and openness more becoming a free republic. Others have taken issue with the President over his decision to pardon Richard Nixon and thus suffocate the legal process to its crib. They reject the idea that the country would be better served by amnesia than r oy truth. We received one slogan from an authentic American pioneer, 98-year-old Jesse L. Hall, who was born in the centennial year of 1876. He has spent his long life pushing westwards. He lived through the blizzard of 1887 in a homemaije muslin tent on the Nebraska prairie. In Wyoming, he was elected to the state legislature. Now he abides in Reno. Nav. He summed up his view of America in a simple, three-word The Washington Merry-Go-Round systems. (2) to reduce funds for Arts and Humanities, and (3) to cut §631 million from vital health, education, and rehabilitation programs. Such a record is neither fiscally responsible nor in the best interest of this District. When Arkansas is 50th in funds for Arts and Humanities, when our rural communities need water and sewer facilities, and when health and education, programs n e e d expansion. I cannot understand such a record. As for Hammer- Schmidt's fiscal responsibility, he should explain why he voted to spend tax dollars in the amount of $555.9 million to subsidize the big shipbuilders; why he voted to spend 55 m i l l i o n f o r a n a i r transportation show at Dulles Airport; and why he voted for huge crop subsidies of $55,000 per crop for large corporate farms. With a voting record like Hammerschmidt's, we need a "watchdog for the pocketbook" and a new Congressman who is more concerned about the "underdog" than the "top dog." Carolyn Smith Huntsville The Best They'll Do It Every Time T//£ CONTKACT fte/IP "ONE CONCeffT EHSJGSMENT" OUR AFfAIR IS TONIGHT- THIS AfTERHOON WE THOUGHT IT wotiLP Be mce IF va) ajup SHOW UP AT THE ·m, COMMUTE is HAV1U3 A SPECIAL THEN WE'U. PROP IN AT THE- HEWSPAPER- To the Editor; To whom it may concern. There is no better Veterans Hospital than in Fayetteville, Ark. The doctors and all personnel are the best in the world. They take a very personal interest in each and every patient. The volunteers of every organization 'give of themselves doing things we can't do for ourselves, making our stays more pleasant. Having been a patient in many other states, Fayetteville is the best V.A. Hospital. Being a patient, it is a privilege to be a veteran. Mildred G. Pool Fayetteville Bible Verse "Lord, ihey have killed thy prophets, and dig'ged down thme altars; and I am left aione and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself s^ven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal." Romans 11:3.4 Don't get the idea that you are in this race alone nor think for a moment that the rewards to be are reserved for a select few. God has many children, some may not be as vocal as others, but they have victory too. slogan: "The Republic Stands." From cell C-8 in the Florida state penitentiary, Raitord. Fla.. Willie Young wrote: "Need I say, my life has been a miserable road to travel. After years of walking it alone, 1 discovered one must believe in something." He put his sentiments into these words: "A Country not made by Hand but by the Grace of God and the Will of Man." T ' h e r e were other poetic responses. "We may stumble but never fall; Down through the years, we still stand tall." wrote Raymond Richardson from Chicago. A Boalsburg, Pa'., teacher. Ruth H. Carter, felt "an extreme need for the children to know their country's heritage." She suggested this slogan: "So the Children Will Know." In Toledo, Ohio, the second and third grade students at Lincolnshire School composed a slogan together: "I work for Democracy because, it works for me." Many other children sent in slogans. For instance, a 12- year-old Forest Heights. Md., girl, Mary Elizabeth Henry, proposed: "America, a Homesteaded Heart," and 14-year-old Penny Chandler ot Fresno, - Calif., sent in this one: "Two Hundred Steps -- and More to Come." Teen-agers, too. responded by the hundreds. From Annapolis, Md., 18-year-old James P. Gough told o! his frustration over "recent acts by men in high places." Yet he 'could still offer two heartfelt slogans: "America; a Theme that is Timeless" a n d " A m e r i c a , Something Warm that Touched my Heart." Hard Times A 19-year-old, Johnny Carter of Long Beach, Calif., suggested this sign be posted across America: "Conquerors and Corruptors Beware. This Nation is the Property of the People," And a Wilmington. N.C., high school student, Stewart Moshc, submitted this slogan: "There's No Way Like the American Way." From John Lauria of Jacksonville, Fla, we received a simple, sincere motto: "America, Where People are Happy." He added meaningfully: "I should know. I came h e r e in 1903." . Here are a few other offerings selected at random from our mailbag: Florence A. Tracy Revelle, Ardmore. Okla. -- "Pride in our past; Faith in our future; Forward America." Lionel Wernick, New York City -- "America: The Promise Kept and now Renewed." George Kelly, Philadelphia. Pa. -- "Here Lives a Free People, 1776-1976." Joseph P. McGoldrick, Jackson Heights, N.Y. -- "In America, there.are no impossible dreams." John Klunchk. Sheboygan, Wis. -- "If we can't get to Heaven, we'll settle for America." Jim Felton, Little Rock, Ark, -- "America is coming of Age." William Eric Rohrs. Tacoma, Wash, -- "Now, Let's Put H All Together." Adeline Feinberg. Belmont, Mass. -- ."Appreciate our Differences." Louis Ginsberg, Paterson, N.J. --,"Take no liberties with liberty." J.K". Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah -- "Freedom: 1776, 1976, State Of Affairs Watering Down The Filibuster Forever." ' Evelyn Conley, Pittsburgh, Pa. -- "USA: Undaunted Stands America." Ross Doty, Spokane, Wash. "America, My Country: May She Ever Hold High the Torch of Freedom." Meanwhile, our search for a Bicentennial slogan continues. Please send your suggestions to Slogans, C-0 Jack Anderson, 1401 I6th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. --United Feature Syndicate By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON--That l i t t l e band of willful men who finally filibustered to death the strongest consumer protecton bill ever introduced may be relishing their success in thwarting the will of a large Senate majority, but there are cheering signs that it was a Pyrrhic victory that could finally lead to reform of the filibuster rule in the near future. Time was when the filibuster was relatively rare and usually confined to choking off civil- rights legislation, but in the present 93rd Congress it has been used against bill after bill, culminating in the defeat of the proposed new Agency for Consumer Advocacy. Four efforts were made to shut off debate through cloture, which requires a two-thirds majority. The final vote was 64 to 34 for the bill, only two shy of the needed majority but still not quite enough to overcome the coalition of Republicans and conservative Southern Democrats that succeeded in preventing the Senate from ever voting on the bill itself. The opponents thus were able to sidetrack a measure that would have passed overwhelmingly had it reached the Senate floor. The chagrin of the frustrated majority has reawakened interest in an old but dormant campaign to abolish or modify Senate Rule 22, which for 57 years has preserved the filibuster through the two-thirds requirement for cloture. Since 1953 the anti-filibister bloc has unsuccessfully made 10 attempts at the opening of new Congresses to change Rule 22. The derailing of the consumer bill, however, along with oilier similar provocations, is certain to inspire still another attempt when the new 94th -Congresh convenes in January. The chances this time look better, for the liberal forces will probably be reinforced by the coming elections. Also, at least eight of the senators who si.p- ported the consumer filibuster are either retiring or are threatened with defeat for reelection in November. MOREOVER, in January the Vice President, who as presiding officer automatically plays a key role in the recurring struggle to change Rule 22, will be Nelson Rockefeller, no fan of filibusters. His fellow New York Republican, Sen. Jacob Javits, has in fact bpen in the forefront of all the fights to abolish or weaken Rule 22. All Rockefeller need do, really, is follow the example of Richard Nixon who, as Vice President in 1957, surprisingly d e s e r t e d h i s conservative colleagues and held that, at the beginning of a new Congress, the- rules could be changed by majority vote. At that time, though, the anti- filibuster forces were unable to muster a majority to uphold Nixon's favorable procedural ruling. The opposition contended that Rule 22 itself was subject to unlimited debate, meaning that any e f f o r t to change that rule could also be filibustered. IF THE NIXON ruling had What Others Say carried, however. Rule 22 could then have been changed by a simple majority vote, thus eliminating the requirement for a two-thirds vote to enforce cioture. Today, 17 years later, the liberal ranks in the Senate are larger and, after the coming election, will probably be stronger than at any lime since- the early New Deal years. So, when 'the new Congress opens in January, there ought to be more than enough votes to support Vice President-designate Rockefeller if he, like Nixon, holds that each Congress is entitled to make its own rules, and hence Rule 22. like any other, can be changed by majority vote. There are signs that the Senate is ready for a compromise which would make cloture possible by a three-fifths majority or 60 votes instead ot the 67 presently needed. The compromise has the backing of Sen. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), the majority leader. Mansfield has already warned the defenders of Rule 22 that if they did not relent in their "rigid opposition" to cloture. the growing liberal-moderate faction would impose the principle of simple majority rule on the Senate. As far back as 19S9, Mansfield said, "New voices n r e being heard in the Senate and they will and should be listened to " If they aren't, he predicted that in a short time they would win on their own terms. Since that time looks near, the profili- bustcr bloc may now be ready for the three-fifths compromise. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Timej THE FUTURE OF 'MAN* According to this week's L« Monde, French radicals hava declared that woman is the future of man; we're not sura what that means but the futuru of "man," the word, seems definitely in for some changes. For example editors at McGraw-Hill Book Co. have declared war on synecdoche., the figure of speech bv which a part is taken to refer to tha whole. "The word man," tha company tells its text and reference book authors, "has long been used not only to denote a person of male gender, but also generically to denota humanity at large. "To many people today, however, the word man has tecoms so closely associated with the first meaning (a male human being) that they consider it no longer broad enough to be applied to any person or to human beings as a whole. In deference to this position, alternative expressions should be used, . . " As possible substitutions, the editors suggest "huraan. race" in preference to "mankind" or "artificial" for "manmade." Moving on to questions of book content, the McGraw-Hill editors urge authors of instructional materials to "never imply...that the emotional life of a family suffers because a woman works." And "sometimes men should be shown as quiet and passive, or fearful and indecisive, or illogical and immature. Similarly, women should sometimes be shown as tough, aggressive and insensitive." The McGraw-Hill editors modestly admit that they can't prescribe "the language of literature." Their guidelines arc intended only for authors of ' texts, reference works and nonfiction, who, we must assume, are more tolerant of editorial direction than, say, best-selling i novelist. No doubt the McGraw-Hill editors are responding to the pressures of the times, at least as they are translated in Washington .at the offices of HEW. But we hope all this won't load us too far in directions charted by the French 'eft. which, according to Le Monde, foresee a day when there is "one sole sex for all, midway oetween tha two, as amon? the infants." --Wall Street Journal MR. ROCKEFELLER'S GIFT- GIVING Past gift-giving by Vice- president-Designate Rockefeller will quite rightly be looked into tomorrow by senators considering approval of his nomination. No tax evasion or other illegality appears to have been involved. But clearly the closest scrutiny and fullest explanation are demanded when a politician gives large sums to those in positions of influence. The public concern is intensified in the special circumstances of a potential vice-president who has not been elected by the people and who stands next in line for his party's presidential nomination. Yesterday the Boston Herald- American represented one segment of opinion in stating editorially that "Mr. Rockefeller is beyond and above the usual political assessments." Yet conservative Republicans as well as other segments of public opinion strongly disagree. Apart from any other questions raised, was it sound political judgment to give the gifts? Of particular concern is. the more than $80.000 given to former Republican stale chairman of New York -- and not rnen- tioned when senators questioned Mr. Rockefeller about commuting this official's bribery sentence on grounds of illness. The $50.000 given to longtime Rockefeller aide Henry Kissinger looks like a bonus to a valued associate. But it came in 1969, a month after Dr. Kissinger had been named to the influential post of national security adviser to President-Elect Nixon. Deposit the proclaimed and presumed innocence of all concerned, the appearance of the situation is bothersome enough to explore further at a lime when the whole question of the influence of great wealth has been brought to the center of national attention. --Christian Science Monitor

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