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i 1 Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4 Â· M O N D A Y , 0CTOBER 14, 1974 The Recession Hasn't Hit Junkets, Yet essing Around With The Code The state Alcoholic Beverage Control _Sard last week approved revision of state Â·liquor licensing regulations. The move is being protested by the Arkansas Retail l!iquor Dealers' Association, which says it . may take the matter to court. ,, The ARLDA professes to have been kept in the dark as to the regulations, in advance ..of-the ABCB meeting at which they were adopted. The retail dealers' attorney contends that failure to hold a public hearing on the revision is a violation of the state's Administrative Procedures Act, and that the entire affair "smacks" of old-style politics, "the politics of secrecy ..." The ABCB, in its defense, contends that revision has been in the works more than a year, and is certainly no secret, having been initiated by the Legislative Council in " the summer of 1973. ' Â· : The Dealers Association, for its part, ' says it was unaware of the precise language 'of the revision until the meeting of adoption, and adds that the matter wasn't even included on the official meeting agenda. In .this light, the Dealers Association would seem to have some cause for complaint, since the ARLDA is a lobbying agency and with, out advance warning, a lobby hasn't got "much of a chance to function. -..-.. If, indeed, there is sufficient grounds for Â· repremanding the ABCB in its actions, the .'"cause of open government would seem to ''Â· dictate thai such a course be followed. But that is probably the extent of the complaint, in this instance. The state's existing liquor laws are so poorly conceived that ho amount of regulation revision is going to make much of an improvement. The problem is with the law, not the mechanics of enforcement. For instance, one action taken by the ABCB in its revised regulations, is to drop a rule that would have required the host of every "guest" to enter a private club to register that guest and his hometown on the club register. There probably isn't any reason not to register a guest at a country club, but some clubs are so dark inside no one could possibly see well enough to write, and who .on earth could enforce such a rule? And, more to the point, why? Another matter that has been dropped is a rule that private club members must carry their membership card while on the premisis. This sort of rule is aimed at marginal operations of course: the "pseudo- club." But meanwhile, most members of legitimate clubs have never even heard of the regulation, and what kind of a rule is that? Perhaps even more ludicrous is a regulation that prohibits a liquor dealer from posting prices inside his store that can be seen through the window -- as if windows aren't glass. This provision, preposterous as it is, does remain in the code. The whole business is a can of worms, and it is difficult to find much about it to commend. Whatever its faults, though, they surely must be kept open and above board. This is basic not only to equitable administration, but to the long-range interests of much needed reform. What Others Say... I'.AHH, YES: WILBUR MILLS '-- Â· Poor Wilbur. First that sour milk deal and now this. It "-sirands like something out of a W.C. Fields comedy -- full of noise, titillation and a general overlay of pomp punctured by cmbarassment: The congressman's limo is stopped at 2 a.m. in the morn .- for traveling "at an unreasonable speed with its lights off," and erupts like a circus act -- with all kinds of folks piling out and one leaping into the Tidal Basin. (That was Anabella Battistella, whom the Washington Star-News described in the best muted W. C. Fields tradition as -- try saying it in the classic Fields intonation -- "re-portedly a go- go dancer." All the names have the discordant sound of a Field classic: Annabella Battistella, the Junkanoo Night Club, Albert G. Gapacini, Gloria Sanchez ... and Wilbur Mills. Screen credits go to 'Larry Krebs of WMAL- 1 TV, who dropped by to film the scene. As newsmen inevitably will. The fellow we feel sorry for is Gene Goss, whose job it was to do the explaining for the distinguished chairman of the Powerful House Ways and Means Committee. At first, Mr. Goss said the congressman denied being in the' 'car, but late irt was just No Comment. Maybe it was another chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by the same name. Wilbur himself was nowhere to be found on Capitol-Hill for three days. Poor Gene had to do the explaining -- and he didn't even get in on the fun at the Junkanoo. Wait and see, he'll wind up taking the blame. It doesn't seem fair. Oh, the injustices one must endure in this brief vale, ahh yes. Â· Â· Say. don't you know Judy Petty is happy she turned down that nice offer from Wilbur Mills to ride in his car in that parade up at Conway? For the moment, Mr. Mills's ladylike opponent in the Second Congressional District is not commenting on* the congressman's embarrassment. Who Â· knows, if it wins him the vote of everyone who ever suffered a morning after, the chairman might be able to pull this one out of the fire yet. Despite the colorful details of the night before. Whether or not Mr. Mills need exolain his after-hours actions to the people of the Second District, one hopes he had a good explanation ready when he got home. --Pine Bluff Commercial Billy Graham's Answer ' I'm not trying to play word games with you, but anytime the possibility )of failure on God's part is mentioned, people become defensive. Well, I'm telling you God is ignoring me! He has failed me when I needed help most. I wish God would' lake me off His blacklist. How the possibility of failure on can I get God to keep H i s promises? W. F. Yourc making the mistake of equating bad circumstances with the disfavor of God. You're also making the mistake of thinking of all those enjoying God's faovr have no problems. The Scriptures, as well as church history, indicate that some of the greatest saints had the greatest trials. God has no blacklist because the Scriptures say He is not willing that any perish. Your lengthy letter could not be completely reproduced in the column, but your problem evidently is unemployment and a bitterness about the educational system that forced you -- even with a masters degree -- out of work. Let me suggest two things you need to discover. The first is to ask God's help in getting rid of what the Bible calls a "root of bitterness." (Eiebrews 12:15). Unless through the power of faith you let God remove this, it will poison your attitude on everything in life. Secondly, believe w h a t Paul.wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:20, "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'yes' in Christ." What God's goodness assures, His inexhaustible resources will realize. You trust God's promise of forgiveness and you'll find H i s promises of guidance, protection and aid will surely follow. Ky JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Each year, members of Congress explore the world, riding elephants in Ceylon, viewing art in Sweden, fingering chopsticks in China, poking their legislative noses into faraway places from Ihe girlie shows of Paris to the palaces of Riyadh. As part of our watch on waste, we have reported how these congressional travelers have squandered the taxpayers' money on vacations in' official guise. Congressional junkets'cost: the taxpayers an estimated 51 million a year, which Is a lot of moola to spend on legislators who preach austerity for every- ' one else. '"Â· " ' '"" ' But the junkets that cost the- taxpayers nothing, we have discovered, may wind up as the most expensive of all. Dozens of legislators take trips overseas at the expense of foreign governments. They are lavished with hospitality by their friendly Â· .- foreign hosts. ;Then the touring lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to vote for foreign aid, sugar quotas and other benefits for the host governments. Not'only is it .poor economics for our law makers -to repay hospitality with foreign aid,'but it is unconstitutional for them to accept the hospitality in the first place. Our founding fathers, fearful that some federal officials might sell out their country for foreign gratuities, added a special clause to the constitution. '.This prohibits them from taking any "emolument...of any kind The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time Gfffr/Mf THsexpeer WHO'S SOT/HI. Â·mÂ£Msmns- ITViOUW POCHAPAU, 1HÂ£ ANSWERS- Ht'SGOTTHE HOPP6H? PIWA RUN INTO A 00- whatever from any King, Prince or foreign state." Yet tlic tourists from Capitol Hill have Ignored the Constitu- . tlon, not to mention- the 1966 Foreign Gifts Act, by. accepting illegal trips at Hie expense of foreign governments. Here are a few we have uncovered: Fourteen months ago. eight members of the House Agriculture' Â· Committee traveled to Venezuela vat''the invitation, of the government. Their travel on Viasa Airlines and their ac- comodations at the luxurious Tamanaco , Hotel in Caracas were paid-by. the Venezuelan government. The congressional visitors -- Congressmen Bob Poage, D-Tex.. Joseph Vigorilo, D-Pa., Frank Denholm, D-S.D., Wiley Mayne, R-Iowa. John Rarick, D-La., Bob Price, R-Tex.. LuMar Baker, R-Tenn., and David Bowen, D-Miss. -- attended at least one. fancy, party thrown by. the Venezuelan Agriculture Minister who"'sought a U.S. wheat deal. House Agriculture Chairman Bob Poage led still another con~ gressional expedition to Brazil. The -Brazilian government, looking for bigger sugar quotas, picked up' and travel bills. Those on the free trip were Congressmen Frank Stubblefield, D-Ky., William Wamper, R-Va., George Gocdling, R-Pa., John Zvvach, R-Minn., Ed Jones, D- Tenn., Dawsos Mathis, D-Ga., an Â·Tem., Dawsos Mathis, D-Ga., and Jerry Litton, D-Mo. Mainland China luis opened the .bamboo curlaln to a number of Marco Polos from Capitol Hill. Their travel expenses inside China have been.paid by the Mao' Tse-tung government. Among (hose who have accepted a f r e e ' tour to China are Senators J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., Warren Magnuson, D- Wash,, JoTin Sparkman. D-Ala., Gale McGec, D-Wyo., Henry J a c k s o r i , D-Wash., Hubert Humphrey, D-Mihn., Robert Griffin, R-Mich., and Hiram Fong, R-Hawaii; also Congressmen Thomas Morgan. D-Pa., Clement Zablocki, D-Wis., John McFall, D-Calif., Jerry Pettis, R-Calif., Peter Frellnghuysen, R-N-.J., William Malllard. H- Calif., William Broomfield, R- Mich., and Barbara Jordan, D- Tex. The other China, governed by Chiang Kai-shek, has also rolled out the red carpet for congressional tourists. Congressmen Bob McClory, R-Illi, Bob Leggett, D-Calif., and Floyd Spence, R-S.C., were flown to Taiwan under the auspices of the Chinese Nationalist government. The bills were picked up, strictly speaking, by a Chinese foundation. A dozen staff members from Capitol Hill weer also treated to a free Taiwan vacation. Ralph Vandervort, a Senate Space Committee staffer, explained to us that the trip was "kind of a public relations thing" by the Chiang Kai-shek regime. 'Ready?' TAB SWALLOWERS The confounded things, sharp and shiny, are everywhere. In the streets, all over the parks and. in stadiums, on the beach- . es, surrounding tennis courts. We are talking about those aluminum tabs and rings that come off cans that nowadays contain everything from ice tea to panty hose. The ecologists have really been upset about them, but they thought they had the problem solved. When you rip off the tab. simply drop it back in the can through the hole, and after you finish your drink the whole thing can he disposed of at one time. One piece of litter is easier to control than two. Other than the tabs' unsightliness, another tiling that had environmentalists upset was that fish and animals have been committing suicide by gobbling up -these discarded tabs. Well, the solution helped the wildlife but it has h u r t humans. The other day the American College of Radiology reported that tab-swallowing had become a major medical problem in this country. Humans are accidentally swallowing these tabs when they fall out of the hole along with a gulp of their favorite beverage. The sharp things lodge in the esophagus, requiring surgery and in a hurry. Before we waste too much sympathy on these people, however, it should he pointed out that al Ithe swallowers of metal tabs are not environmentalists. Many of them are just plain drunks, because in the same report before the American College of Radiology, it was also revealed that 'many people are also swallowing swizzle slicks and toothpicks with olives on them these days. Anyway, the point is that dropping the tab back in the can is not an acceptable solution. Frankly, we don't know what it. However, we had rather cut our foot than our gullet, so we may be doomed to be a'litterbug, The ultimate answer to all of this seems to be a return to the disposable glass bottle for beverages. They are a nuisance, yes, but they weren't a health hazard either to animals or humans. (However, those people who swallow swizzle sticks probably are the same ones who used to hit c^h other over the head with the old fashioned glass beer bottles, but then you can't help some people.) --Arkansas Democrat IT'S OFFICIAL It is now official. An executive of the federal Highway Administration has expressed concern about a "rising tide of driver arrogance displayed during the operations of commercial vehicles." The next trine the driver of a tractor-trailer hears down on you, tailgating on an interstate highway to force you to exceed the speed limit, you may shake this editorial al him. --Charlotte (N.C.) Observer Aff I ~. r c Why Is Selling ai/5 wheat So Bad? By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- Considering the high slakes involved in the detente between the United States and Russia, it is about time to stop making a political foctball out of our whe-at deals with the Soviet Union, Some Democrats as well as cold war Republicans have consistently tried to portray the Â·now-famous 1972 wheat deal with the Soviet Union as an infamous sellout of American interests. The upshot is that many Americans have come to see it as the "great grain robbery," although the end result benefited the United States. Still, the attack has made the White House so sensitive about further Soviet grain deals that it is now engaging in a political show of its own. Although the Administration insists it is against export controls, it has nonetheless suddenly imposed de facto controls by cancelling an agreement between Russia and U.S. grain exporters for the purchase of 2.4 million tons of corn and 1 , million tons of wheat for $500 million. Obviously, the Administration wanted to head off complaints of another "grain robbery." The official explanation is that the government felt the deal should be held up until it knows better how U.S. crops Â· wili finally shape up this year. There is some merit to this, but the government's methods leave America farmers a n d grain dealers not knowing where they stand. IN ORDER TO avoid a recurrence of what it calls Ihe "very embarrassing" cancellation, the White House has ordered a "voluntary 1 system of regulation which calls for advance approval of sales above 50,000 tons of wheat, corn, sorghum and soybeans. Agricul- t u r e Secretary Earl Buiz frankly concedes it is "at least a partial" form of controls. Considering the critical role of food in the world today, controls may be necessary. If so. they should be carefully thought out and formally promulgated so that all involved in the production, sale and purchase of . grains can know what is expected of them. The White House order is a hit-and-miss, haphazard approach to the problem, for the consummation of every foreign sale of ,any size will be left to the whim of a few federal officials in Washington. The National Farmers Union has branded Mr, Ford's intervention as an enforced "embargo" and "a flagrant breach of faith with the American farmer." Walter Lebeck, president of the Chicargo Board of Trade, points out that agriculture is "our biggest dollar earner." He says the balance of trade will be upset by too much interference "with normal channels of trade." Iqwa Gov. Robert Ray wants assurance from the President that his action "does not mean the federal government will limit international trading so as to adversely affect our farmers." . There is no danger of a grain shortage in the United States, for Americans consume only a fraction of what they grow. The United States normally exports more than two-thirds of Its wheat, up to 50 per cent of its soybeans and 20 per cent of its corn. This year, the largest U.S. wheat crop in history has already been harvested, and a billion bushels (over and above domestic needs) have "neon available for export since August. About 650 million bushels have been contracted for, leaving 350 million bushels still for sale. THE RUSSIANS can hardly be blamed for wondering why their order for only 34 million bushels was abruptly cancelled, especially since 49 million bushels have been shipped lo Communfsl China since July without any White House protest. In negotiating their deal, the Russians aclcd legally and apparently within what they deemed to be guidelines laid down by Secretary Butz. The President's press secretary says Russia is "a valuable customer." Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says, "There is a strong possibility) that we may have misled the Soviet Union as to what we could deliver over a period of time." BuU himself says there "were errors made on a number of fronts." The Russians.are still resentful over their wheat deal in 1972 being distorted in the United States as a "steal." Critics complain that the sale helped deplete U.S. grain stocks and led to higher food prices. As the Russians see it, however, they simply paid the then-going price (around $1.65 a bushel) at a time when U.S. farmers were glad to sell. More importantly, in the wake of the large Soviet purchase, world wheat prices soared well above $5 a bushel, not only enriching American growers but producing a badly needed foreign trade surplus for the United Slates as a whole. Owing to inflated prices, our agricultural e x p o r t s have swiftly climbed lo $24 billion annually, a leap of $6 billion just since 1973. Finally, the taxpayers are nÂ» longer paying the farmers billions of dollars to plow under crops in order to sustain prices. And it wasn't so long ago that the United States was getting rid of its food surplus and keeping up domestic prices by g'ving much of the grain away to other countries. All in all, the Russian wheat deal has hardly been the ruin of thÂ« United States. (C) 1974, Los Anjeles Times Some three dor.en Congressmen and' their aides, led by H o u s e Democratic leader Thomas "Tin" O'Neill, flew en masse to both Taiwan and South Korea, courtesy U Ihosa. governments. So heavy was tha congressional tourist traffic in Taiwan that U.S. Ambassador Walter McConaughy cabled plaintively: "This influx of visitors..,is straining embassy resources to the full." ; Sen. Vance Hartke, D-Ind,,.ai we have previously reported,; traveled to Iran, Pakistan, Cey ; Ion. Indonesia and New Zealand with his wife and daughter. In . violation of the Constitution, : most of Harlke's expenses .wers footed by the host governments. : The U.S. embassy in Ceylon was quietly alerted by the State . Department that the Harlkes had "side interests in elephant ride, sightseeing tour and gem.' shopping." , , Many individual members of Congress have seen the world as the guest of foreign governments. Rep. John Bradcmas, D- Ind.. took a free excursion to Sweden to visit an art exhibit. Sen. James McClurc, R-Idaho, flew to the Middle East at thÂ« expense of the Kuwaiti Government an dcame back supporting the Arabs. Even Attorney General William Saxbe, while he was -. a Senator from Ohio, took a three-week tour of Bangladesh, paid for in part by that government. FOOTNOTE: Without exception, the congressional travelers told us they were unaware of the prohibition on accepting plane fares and hotel ccomoda- tios paid for by foreign govern-!, ments. --United Feature Syndical* Oil: Fuel, Too, For Militarism WASHINGTON (ERR) -- Ths economic commission of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is scheduled to meet in Vienna Oct. 23 to discuss oil prices. SECRETARY OF State Henry A Kissinger no doubt will have a lot of explaining to do during his current trip to the Middle East and on his visit to Iran early next month. The oil-producing states of the Persian Gulf area were less than enchanted with Kissinger's address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23. The. secretary said then that "the. world cannot sustain even the present level of (oil) prices, must less continuing Â· increases." President Ford delivered a similar speech the same day before the World Energy Con-, ference in Detroit. While the' United States recognized the desire of oil producers to develop their own economies, Ford said, "exorbitant prices can only distort the world economy, run the risk of a worldwide depression, and threaten the breakdown of world order and safety." K i s s i n g e r ' s a n d Ford's remarks were poorly received, in Western Europe as -well as in the Middle East. "Dr. Kissin-' g e r " s o u n d e d downright 1 threatening," wrote the English n e w s p a p e r , T h e Guardian;.; "What has gone up by political decision, he said, referring to the price of oil, can be reduced- by political decision. "Anyone who has read about the CIA's destabilizing activities in Chile must wonder what that meant. The United States bent a lot of rules to safeguard ils supplies of copper. How far would it go to keep down the price of oil?" HOW FAR, indeed? The. possibility that the United States might take military action to safe-guard its overseas sources of oil is now being discussed openly, if not widely and urgently. Kuwait already has let it be known that .its oil installations have been mined and' would be blown up at the first sign of an invasion. Andrew Tobias, a contributing editor of New York magazine, asked a number of prominent persons in the business and academic communities whether they thought the United States - would seriously contemplate an invasion of an oil-producing state. The consensus was that the possibility was remote but could not be ruled ou,t entirely. Â· Morris A. Adelman, a professor of economics at MIT. said he believed that a military response to a 25 per cent oil- p i n d u c t i o n cutback would amount to "overreaclion." But if there were a 100 per cent cutback, he added, "or even a good deal less than that, then it's not a question anymore o f ' should it (an invasion) be done -- it just would be done. Because the nations wouldn't let themselves starve and freeze in the dark. Period." SOME MIDDLE East experts believe that Arab oil producers have more reason to fear their fellow producer, Iran, than the oil-importing countries. As a non-Arab nation, Iran is not susceptible to pan-Arab causes. It recognized Israel and did not participate in last winter's oil embargo. : It has, in fact, renounced the use of embargoed ' oil as a political weapon. Iran has spread apprehension among its Arab neighbors, by using its immense oil revenues to build a powerful military establishment -- Ihe most powerful by far in the Persian Gulf area. If any hope exists for lower oil prices, it may lie in exploiting the potential hostility between Iran and the weaker but oil-rich Arab slates that li'vi unc-asily in its shadow.