Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 13, 1974 · Page 15
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 15

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Sunday, October 13, 1974
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Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday. Od. 13, 1974 · y«Y»TTJVILL», ARKAN1A* 7B Politics, Military Aggravate SE Asian Ills SAIGON AP) - Willi t h e peacekeeping machinery in South Vietnam nt a standstill and no sign of negotiations In Cambodia, the two countries face an indefinite period of military, political and economic itrifc. Of the three Indochina coun- .tries, only In Laos is there peace. In South Vietnam and Cambodia, the war has developed into one of attrition, with neither side gaining the upper hand. Political dissent against the administration of South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu is growing. There are outcries for peace, (or restoration of civil liberties, more jobs, a better standard of living and an end to corruption. Cambodian President Lon Nol's government is shaky because of student unrest and appears 'unable to cope with in flation, which sometimes reaches the.rate of 300 per cent annually. In landlocked Laos, sources say that the Coinmu nist Pathet Lao dominate the coalition government · formci five months ago with the olc Royalists. The fighting In Laos'virtually slopped after the Vientiane gov ernment and the Pathet Lao 19 months ago. The'two sides began a prisoner exchange lasl month, and the Pathet Lao re leased the last known American Bumpers Campaigns For Idaho Democrat BOISE, Idaho (AP).-- There will be a definite trend towarc Democrats in the Novembe: election unless President Fore come,s up with some answers on how to combat inflation,' ac cording to Arkansas Gov. Dali Bumpers. Bumpers told a Boise new: conference Friday be has de tected "dissatisfaction with in cumbents" and an "anti-con gressional mood" in campaigi irips around the country. Bumpers recently defeato four-term veteran Sen. J. Wi: liam Fulbright, D-Ark., in th Arkansas primary. He said tha may have been influenced b the anti-incumbent mood, bu there - were many local issue which did not receive nationa attention. "People have apprehensio and fears about inflation. Pres dent Ford has done little to a lay. those fears," Bumpers sail Bumpers was in Idaho ' : campaign for Gov. Cecil D. An .drus, a Democrat who is run rung for re-election.. He sal Andrus "has done an ou standing job in meeting hurna service needs" in the state. He spoke at a $5 per pla dinner Friday night. isoncr In Laos, civilian pilot mmnt James Kay. lie h u e ' cut 16 months In captivity. In South Vietnam, Thleu ha con faced with the most erious dissent since protesters ook to the streets In 1971 to op- ose his one-man candidacy for as one million estimated to IK unemployed in. South Vietnam What Is surprising Is that the .onientum for the growing dls- ent is coming from the con- flalioti in Lai ervative Catholics -- once cent, lieu's allies -- and lhat Tliieu. As many ith massive police and mill- people arc ary forces, has not suppressed Thieu himself Is a convert to atholicism. The Paris agreement to end he fighting in Vietnam Uo effect on Jan. 28, 1973. nee then, according to official gures from the Saigon corn- land, more than 22.000 government soldiers have heen killed, .ore than 93,000 wounded and bout 10,000 are missing. The command claims more han 87,00 Norlh Vietnamese nd Viet Cong soldiers killed uring the same period. The 'Viet 1 Cong have declined to re- ease casualty figures. In Cambodia, casualties on oth sides have been heavy, but either General Lon Nol's 3V4- ear-old regime nor 'the Khmer nsurgents provide firm figures. North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces are serving only as dvisors to insurgents in Cam- lodia. The broad, over-all objective _f the Communist high command, Western analysts say, is 'to keep the war going," tying up the 1.1 million man South 'ietnamese armed forces and irevenling the government rom turning dollars, manpo' T and energies to keeping the :conomy viable while U.S. aid s being cut. "If North Vietnam wants to o for broke, it means it will iave to reinforce its 10 divi- ;ions in the south," said one J S source. U.S. officials say . h e r . e are more than 200,000 N o r t h Vietnamese combat .roops in South Vietnam, plus .00,000 to 150,000 support troops and guerrillas. Some 300,000 to 350,000 more troops are sta- .ioned inside North Vietnam, ncluding six reserve divisions, U.S. officials say. South Vietnam, has 16 division's -- 400,000 troops -- in the field. NO END Some Western analysts sec 3 end to the ' fighting: They agree with a staff report of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the war is likely to continue as long as the United States supports Saigon with rnilitary aid and the .Soviet Union- and China support North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. They say that the key to reducing hostilities is for the United Stales, the Soviet Union and China to cut military aid, and to put leverage on their allies to do likewise. The U.S. Congress has already, cut military aid for the 'Iscal year that began July 1 to 5700 million. The celling for the previous fiscal year was $1.126 billion. Skyrocketing Inflation regularly more than 100 per cent annually, in Cambodia -and unemployment have contributed to discontent with the Thieu and Lon Nol regimes. So far this year. Ihc rale of inflation in Laos is nearly 50 per about 5 per cent of the population. During the past 12 months, tho Inflation rale has been 50 per cent and might go liighcr because of wage increases to military and civil servants in July. South Vietnam's per capita income is only $180. An average worker makes f r o m $50 to $150 a month. Staple foods for a family of five cost from $ $70 a month; up about 50 per cent from last year. In many cases, several members of one family are working at low pay- ng Jobs but pooling their resources to buy food and other necessities out of a common 'amily fund. Thousands of new refugees jcneralcd by the continued 'ighting have become wards of the slalc, lurlhcr straining the economies of South Vietnam and Cambodia. Corruplion, including the widespread practice of military officers collecting pay and allowances for soldiers who either do not exist or are not present for duty, has drained the economies of mil lions of dollars. World price Increases have devalued the U.S. aid dollar. SCARES OFF INVESTORS Fighting has scared off many new investors. Much of South Vietnam's hope for salvaging its economy is in finding oil on its continental shelf in the South China Sea. Politically, ThieU's Democra- cy'party gained 327;out of the 478 seats at slake --75 per cent -- in July's province and municipal council elections. This extended Thicu's control lo al najor elected political bodies n the South. Opponents charged that elections . were rigged. The opposition has some representation in the National Assembly but no effective voice in government policy. But for the first time, Thieu is facing rising criticism not only from Buddhists, but from some of the nation's more than two million Catholics, who have until now supported him. The Paris peace agreement provided for free, democratic elections In South Vietnam, with Viet Cong participation. But talks toward Ihis end have been suspended since last April when the Thieu government walked out, changing that Communist military operations had intensified. Negotiations . to Achieve a complete cease-lira have beer^ suspended since June when the Viet Cong delegation quit. It said that Us diplomatic privilege and immunities had been ignored by the Saigon government. Still STflRTS OCT. 14th ELECT An Honest To-Goodness-Sheriff HERB MARSHALL Herb Marshall, a native of Washington County, and with 11 years law enforcement experience. The Sheriff of Washington County MUST devote full time to the job to do it properly. Herb Marshall does not have any outside interests to divide his attention. He has no other business to keep him off the job. Herb Marshall \t not tied to any special Interest group and will NOT be a tool of a chosen few. Herb Marshall Is a good, honest, upstanding, young man, who will do the job well. The administration of the sheriff* office by Herb Marshall will be efficient. Herb Marshall is experienced In law enforcement. Elect a Sheriff OF the People FOR the People Vote for HERB MARSHALL CANDIDATE Sheriff of Washington County : November 5 Pol «d n«ld for by Dr, Friedman Slsco, Snringdalo and Dr. Don Baker, Fayettovllle, co-chairmen, Herb Marshall for Sheriff Committee. W A I L - M A R T MONDAY ONLY Razorback Syrofoam RUBBING ALCOHOL COLD CUPS 9» The Home Of tuetyday LOW PRICES! WHILE QUANTITIES LAST SOUTHGATE SHOPPING CENTER ONLY COFFEE MUGS FUEL GUARD FREEZER CONTAINERS BY REPUBLIC REG. 96«i ^^^ LARGE ASSORTMENT HALLOWEEN PLASTIC ASH TRAYS REG. 27* EACH CLEANSER 14 OZ. SIZE One Table of Men's Boys' T-SHIRTS OR BRIEFS All Nude PANTY HOSE One Size Fits All c KEY RINGS WlfhThlsCou" Expires IO-14-7I

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