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Editorial-Opinion Page Th« Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1974 Report Identifies 'High Risk' Airports All Joking Aside... The Great Tidal Basin Affair, involving Arkansas' distinguished expert on taxation anfl the budget, the Honorable Wilbur D. Mills, is more than a week old now, and practically everybody has had a turn at being titillated and (or) astonished by the erstwhile sober-sided congressman's peca- dillo. In truth, the affair turns out to be more substantially indiscreet than at first seemed to be the case. In other words, Wilbur did get caught in behavior unbecoming the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which appears to be the major embarrass- · ment for the gentleman from Kensett, who "sets great pride in being a model of Legislative astuteness .and decorum. His posture of unswerving correctness, in fact, is what ""makes his- indiscretion so piquant. :; But the joke is now pretty well exhausted and it is time to put Rep. Mills' re-election campaign back into a proper perspective. There is speculation that Rep. Mills' Repub- A Prompt Judicial Review lican opponent, Mrs. Judy Petty of Little Rock, stands a real chance of winning Mills' seat, in the wake of the congressman's bad publicity. There is probably reason for concern in the Mills camp. ;Eut we hope and trust the electorate of the Second District will reflect carefully on the stature' and expertise of the incum- aent'before replacing him with a candidate totally lacking in political as well as legislative experience. Rep. Mills is one of the lation's leading experts on federal tax laws. :Ie is needed in the terribly complex busi- less of reforming tax laws to help in stabilizing the economy. The state needs his influence and prestige, too, particularly in view of the loss to Arkansas of considerable seniority clout in the primary defeat of Sen. Bill Fulbrighl. All jokes-aside, Rep. Mills is and has been a very effective and valued representative for the state. He deserves to be measured by his constituency in that light. Chancery Court hearing on a suit challenging the parameters of authority exercised by the state Public Building Authority were scheduled to get under way in Pulaski County yesterday. Judge Darrell Hickman is hearing the matter and he says he hopes to have it decided by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Judge Hiekman has ordered a halt in the taking of bids, letting of contracts, and work on the job, in connection with, the PBA's multi-million dollar Capitol Mall building complex pending resolution of the suit. The suit challenges the costitution- al authority of the PBA to issue million's of dollars in revenue bonds without benefit of public hearing or vote. The state Constitution prohibits issuance- of regular bonfls without a referendum. The PBA, armed with a legislative act from the last session of the General Assembly, has in effect ballooned a proposition advertised before the act was passed as cost- Art Buchwdld ing $15 million into one that may well exceed $150 million. State Rep. Tom Sparks of Fordyce, taking the lead among a number of-alarmed lawmakers (including Rep. Charles Stewart and Sen. Morriss Henry of Fayetteville), is contesting the PBA's authority in the Pulaski Chancery lawsuit. Chancellor Hickman is quite right, we think, in holding up work plans for the Capitol Mall complex until its legality is settled. By expediting the case, which is almost certain to be carried on to the Supreme Court, the matter is now getting the attention all around that, it obviously should have had from the-Legislature BEFORE it was hastily enacted. The dispatch which Chancellor Hickman shows in the case, in fact, might prompt residents of Fayetteville to wonder what ever .happened to a couple of local lawsuits involving affairs of government and the exchequer. Judge Hickman's example is not necessarily the norm. But commendable. Shoulci. Rocky Pay For Nixon? · WASHINGTON-The two - : major political problems in this --country this week are that '.Nelson Rockefeller seems to . have too much money and Richard Nixon doesn't seem to jhave enough. Last Friday the headlines said Rocky was throwing around money like a drunken : congressman, while the Justice 'Department had made a deal to defend Richard Nixon's Watergate civil suits at no cost ' to him. - This angered many people in the country, Including Selwyn Mimser who called in a rage. "Why should I as a taxpayer have to foot Nixon's legal fees?" "Because." I said, "that's the way they do it over at Justice. They feel they owe Nixon something." "Why doesn't Rocky give him Ihe money?" Mimser wanted to know. "Why should Rockefeller give him.any money?" I asked. "Because if Nixon hadn't resigned, Rockefeller wouldn't be from Oar Files; How Time Flies JO YEARS AGO The Rev. Robert E. Osborne was installed Sunday as pastor of Mount Comfort Presbyterian Church. , Fire gutted a University owned egg storage shed aboui so VEARS AGO Charles J. Finger, author, magazine editor and globe trotter will be guest lecturer at the University of Arkansas Monday. A $2,200 public playground for school children is the goal of the Fayetteville High School (00 YEARS AGO In the race between two young girls on the plank walk yesterday, the one with the blue one-half mile west of Hwy. 112 yesterday afternoon. The Museum of Automobiles a t Winthrop Rockefeller's Ranch on Petit Jean Mountain opened this weekend. Parent Teacher Association. Merchants in Fayetteville have contributed more than $6,000 a year in supporting student publications at the University, a survey of advertising reveals. garter won. . ; We notice a new billiard hall has been opened in the city. They'll Do It Every Time QC60BER-SIP£$l£r$ LOOSE AT TH6AHHML 60/£E- 01.' FKOZBHPUSS! T- NV6R KM£W HE WAS - yf''j»'.V.J UK6 THE. WAVES- W THAT MUCH Of A UAW. . . THE- HIPS SWAY ANPHS THE SOY WHO V/ANT£P HI61- BROf/ENTER TA1NMENT.' the rice-presidential candidate now." ' "THAT'S TRUE, but Rockefeller can't Just give money to · EVERYBODY. After all there's even a limit to his fortune," I said. "How do you know that?" He had me there. "I'm just guessing there's a limit. There is, isn't there?" V "Why are you asking me? Selwyn wanted . to know. "Anyway I think we should make Rocky promise to take care of Nixon for the rest of his life." "That's not cheap," 1 warned Selwyn. "Nixon likes a lot of perks, such as servants, chauffeurs, secretaries, ghost writers, not to mention a press secretary and a large office staff." ."Rocky can handle it," ''.; : Selwyn assured me. "At least, he can afford it more than we can." "But," I said, "there could be a conflict of interest. Suppose Nixon ran for public office again? If he had accepted a gift of money he'd be under obligation to Rockefeller." "If you read Rockefeller's statements he has never given anybody money except as a gesture of appreciation and friendship. Not once has he taken advantage of the gifts." "YOU KNOW that," I said, "and I know that. But does Nixon know it? I think you have a good idea, but it won't fly. We, the public, should give Nixon anything he asks for and not leave it up to tha Rockefellers of this world. "While I'm the first to agree that this country should economize, I don't believe it should be at the expense of an ex-President who was forced to resign t because he was up to his e'a'rs in the obstruction o( justice for which he has been given a full and unqualified pardon." "Well it was just an idea," Selwyn said. "You don't hav« to get sore sore at me." "I'm sorry. I lost my cool," I said. "But you have to admit, we've reached a sorry point in this country when we question a man who ^ives one or two million dollars away to people he has a deep affection for." "I wasn't questioning that," Mimser protested. "All I was ' suggesting was a way to take eare of Nixon's legal and household bills without sticking the taxpayer. Gerry Ford did ask us to think of ways of saving money." "He also said it was lime we forgave Rockefeller," I said, ' ' b e c a u s e he's suffered enough." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- New secret documents tell of 18 busy world airports which are open to Arab terrorist attack because of lax security or their location in guerrilla-infested areas. The 'new survey by the Federal Aviation Administration supercedes one this summer turned up by Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y., a House air safety expert. When we printed the names of the eight "most vulnerable" airports then, we were criticized for breaking the seal of secrecy on classified FAA d o c u m e n t s . - . ; ' - But we" reasoned that travelers had a right to that information, and now the new survey seems to bear us out. Tha current FAA study shows that London, which we listed as a security horror story, is now · much improved. New Delhi and Bangkok have b e e n dropped from the earlier list. In any case, according to U.S. intelligence reports, the Feday- .jeeij already;,,knqw which airports are" easy marks. The new study, classified "For Official Use Only," n a m e s the 18 "High Risk Foreign Airports" as Rome, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Geneva, Zurich, Madrid, Beirut, Athens, Tel Aviv, Paris. Munich, London. Istanbul, Vienna, Brussels, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Lisbon. Terrorists have struck most frequently, the documents say, at Munich where 11 incidents have -occurred. The FAA pro- .bers · cite'. West Germany's "close Israeli ties" as one reason for the attacks. Second, Rome. Athens and Beirut have had four each and Frankfurt and Amsterdam have had three. Beirut and Tel Aviv are praised 'jy the FAA for doing The Washington Merry-Go-Round Iheir best, but they are classified "High Risk' because of their location in the volatile Middle East. London has improved mightily, but is still listed because of the large number of flights, particularly departures bound for the United States. Zurich and 'Geneva are branded as risks for an intriguing reason. Arab terrorists, according to the FAA's intelligence, are angry over Switzer. land's willingness t» allow a Geneva peace conference on tha Middle East. "Attacks at this time would be aimed at disrupting peace conference and as punishment of Swiss for allowing the conference." the FAA study says. FOOTNOTE: Murphy pushed through a law permitting an embargo on flights between the United States and countries with risk-prone airports. In private, correspondence Murphy liaVbeen urging the Department of Transportation to begin enforcing tha:law. featured a full-page ad for Lewis' contracting firm. "One cannot escape the feeling," declared the Blrcher publication, "that Gerald Ford is under a discipline and serving a radical cause.... · "When the script calls for declaring that American youth should prepare to emulate the example of young slaves in the concentration camp that Is Red China, Gerald Ford follows tha script." In sum, said the article, the President is a "hustler for Chairman Mao." F O O T N O T E : The Whita House declined comment on the endorsement of the John Birch candidate. But at the GOP campaign committee, a spokesman told us the candidates' philosophy weighs far l e s s than "whether he can win." BIRCH BARK: President Ford warmly embraced C.R. Lewis, a prominent John Birch Society member, when he came to Washington recently. Lewis is running for the Senate in Alaska on the Republican ticket, so Ford posed with Lewis for the traditional handshaking scene for campaign use. The President even threw in an extra picture of them strolling together and a "Dear C.R." letter telling Lewis: "I am looking forward to working · with you in the Senate." The John Birch Society showed its appreciation later by ripping Ford apart in its "The Review of the News," which WATCH ON WASTE: The Air Force shipped 350 personnel officers across the nation to San Antonio for a conference on management efficiency. The object was to save money tor the taxpayers. Sources familiar with such conferences suggest, on the contrary, that it cost the taxpayers more than will be saved. Just the per diem bills turned In by the 50 conferees added up to $52,000. An Air .Force spokesman told us: "There is no way to figure travel costs. WASHINGTON WHIRL: In a stern m e m o to his staff, Interior Secretary Rogers Morton told them their junketing has reached "unreasonable proportions" and must be cut back. - Morton's own recent junkets include trips to Maine, the Gulf_ Coast, Mississippi and Ala"I've Got Some Bad News About The Election, Old Chap...You Won!" From The Readers Viewpoint To the Editor: In my own reality, I separate my trash, have a place for composting organic garbage, walk to save gas, take paper to recycling bins, etc., etc., etc. And feeling powerless, I bury all the tasks I can't do, and continue to create my own reality, pushing aside possibilities of Fayetteville air becoming so filled with pollution that my doctor's bills will increase. I take deep - breaths each clear mornir/g and feel fortunate I'm able to witness this miracle of clear air. I read stories and facts of the new coal-burning energy plant and begin to look at motivations rather than figures. SWEPCO's seems to be money,economy. The researchers and physicists involved have the motivation (I would imagine) of knowledge of the existing and u p c o m i n g conditions, t h e science of it all, The environmentalists have an unselfish concern for the preservation of a precious gift'-- clean air. Money seems to carry tha power, the battle being won on the basis of how green the paper arid how great the quantity. 1 get a sparkle of hope, and think: maybe people's motivation will alter and the bills won't win out, but rather our lurtgs. In a broader sense I sometimes see Mother Nature healing herself without the influence of man, her sunsets smiling rather smugly as she didn't have to interfere all that much, just a hurricane or two, here and there. But rather man caused his own destruction; leaving what was here to begin with a little tarnished. Sullied fast enough so his body couldn't adjusl, hut slow enough to allow the healing process of nature. So, I'll continue to separati trash and I'll walk to work ; : tpmorrow morning, and enjoy ·my spotlessly clean reality, but unless the majority changes its motivation and its consciousness, I'll have a rude, but not e n t i r e l y unexpected, (and p e r h a p s slow enough in evolving) awakening. Susan Ray Bull Fayetteville Noise Query To the Editor: As we approach the next election d a y , - a t which Fayetteville citizens will select a city Board of Directors from among a rather large number of candidates, it appears to me that the citizenship deserves to know how the candidates .feel on several very real community problems. One of these problems Is the increasing noise pollution that plagues the peace and tranquility of our town throughout th» day and night. I refer in particular to th« noise created iy motorcycles, trucks, "sports" cars, and ambulances. The fact is very apparent that numerous vehicles are being operated with defective mufflers, or no mufflers at all, or with mufflers designed to amplify rather than to reduce engine noise. It is no less apparent that the devices utilized on ambulances, to alert motorists and pedestrians to the approach of emergency vehicles, ar« unnecessarily loud, and that they are sounded on occasion when there is no real need for them to he sounded. There simply is no excuse for ambulance sirens to be turned on full force in the middle of the nfght, when streets are virtually tmpty of traffic, and thui to disturb sleeping citizen* from one side of town to another. There is some medical evidence, also, that indicates the creation of fright or. other disturbances to the emotions of injured persons the ambulances are haujing to the hospital, to say nothing of the persons already in the hospital. Fayelteville's noise contcol ordinances either are woefully weak or poorly enforced. I'd like to hear what our candidates for the city Board of Directors think about the subject and what they will dp if elected to the Board. Ernie Deane Fayelteville Eh, Doktur? To the Editor: I a'gree with Dr. Dee Mitchell. There is "ignorance on the present status of the river" (Springdale News, October 10, page one). Since the public-was Invited to attend the Ozark Society's meeting October 9, I was dis- gppointed only Society members could ask Dr. Mitchell questions. If he knows the status of the Illinois River, I believe he passed up an excellent opportunity (by not a n s w e r i n g questions from everyone) to help clear up "noise and mis-statements" made about the proposed regional sewage treatment plants. When informed individuals prefer not to answer all the peoples questions, that adds -two more questions to my list. They afe: (1) Do some proponents of the regional treatment plants prefer the,public not know all the answers? (2) Could it be Dr. Mitchell did not do enough homework and doesn't know the answers himself? SMrltan Clark Siloim Springs tama...A White , Hous» aide, who defied the demands of the Watergate crew, is returning to government as the Interior Dept.'s communications chief. He is Bill Rhatican, who single- handedly stopped the Nixon campaign from politicizing, lha W h i t e House anti-drug program....We reported recently (hat Army recruiters had been signing up misfits and even criminals in their eagerness to reach recruiting goals. Arniy Secretary Howard Callaway has now written us pledging: "We are making a sincere attempt to eliminate all irregularities from Army recruiting. I hope the unfortunate practices used in the past by a few A r m y recruiters will not detract from the overall outstanding success of our recruiting efforts". . .The Marine Corps recruiting slogan, "The Marines Are Looking, tor a Few Good Men," has irritated a lot of women. A group calling themselves the Federally Em- poycd Women has accused the leathernecks of discriminating aginst women in their recruitment program. United Feature Syndicate Comeback Seen For Dirigible WASHINGTON (ERR)--When the dirigible Hindenburg caught fire and'crashed at Lakehurst; N. J.. in 1937, lighter-than-air transportation went down in flames with it. The tragedy climaxed a decade of dirigible m i s h a p s a n d permanently soured the public on the idea of riding in an airship kepi aloft by highly flammable hydrogen. World War II. in addition, brought the development of high-speed, longrange winged ' aircraft. Except for such relics as the ubiquitous Goodyear blimp, there seemed no need or desire for lighter-than-air craft in the postwar world. That may no longer be true, however. A number of scientists, engineers and government officials have the conclusion that airships are well worth reviving. They can lift heavier payloads than can winged aircraft, fly with less noise and air pollution, slay aloft much longer, and operate where no airports exist. "Airships deserve a second look for the promise they hold in meeting real transportation needs," says Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.). "The civilian economy might, be helped by the ability of the airship to carry huge and outsized payloads. Entire homes' and buildings might be moved from factory to construction site," DEVELOPMENT OF the airship antedates the Wright Brothers' pioneering airplane. The first guided lighler-than-air flight is credited to Henri Giffard, a French engineer, who in 1852 successfully launched a hydrogen-inflated v e h i c l e powered -by a 3-horsepower steam engine. Giffard eventually abandoned his project or lack of funds, but other European engineers built and improved upon his work. They devised ballonets, or air compartments, to keep the airship's pressure up. And they experimented with ships built in the shape of a cylinder, a spindle, a torpedo, a cigar-and. in one instance, a whale. The best known dirigibles of- the airship's heydey were built in Germany. · Many were developed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, whose name b e c a m e a synonym f o r dirigible. The Graf Zeppelin, perhaps the most famous airship of all, was the first and only one to fly completely around the world. It did so in 1929 in 20 days, 15 hours and 17 minutes. THE GRAF Zeppelin a n d ' t h e ill-fated Hindenburg were huge craft, the airborne equivalents of luxury ocean liners. But the n e w airships, envisioned primarily as cargo carriers, would have to be considerably larger to he economically feasible. J. Gordon Vaeth of tha National Oceanic and At- m o s p h e r i c Administration foresees airships seven times, the size of tho Hindenburg--as- much as a mile long and able to carry a million pounds of cargo. ., Shel ' Oil Co. has spent more than $1 million studying the possible development of airship tankers" to transport natural gas. The vehicles it has in mind w o ii I d be powered by gas- turbine engines that would tap the cargo for fuel. The main impediment In immediate construction of giant dirigibles is the hiatus, dating back to the late 1930s, in airship technology. But scientists and engineers a r e confident t h a t they can fill the gap without difficulty and that today's advanced materials and propulsion methods will make the dreamships a reality. They'll be safer, too, in that inert helium instead of volatile hydrogen will be used to keep them aloft. One Hindenburg disaster was more than enough. Bible Verse "Neither is there salvation i n : any other: for there Is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12 If you are planning on Heaven : by any other means or by faith in any other name, the Bible makes it. plain--you can forget it. "Thou shall call His name Jesus for He shall savt nil people from their gins."

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