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October 28, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 4

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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest I* The First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 · MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1974 U. S. Can Do A Lot A bout Inflation A Report That Wasn't True We keep hearing from various sources that Democratic nominee for Washington County judge, Bruce Crider of Greenland, has some plan for change in what is an excellent juvenile court program. The report, as we understand it, is wrong. 'We have been given Mr. Crider's word on that. But, unfortunately, that doesn't completely lay the matter to rest. What distresses us more than the dirty trick" of passing out misrepresentation and innuendo in the heat of a political race is the apparent willingness of some to involve the juvenile court process in "dirty tricks politics. . , . Mr. Crider, a former county judge, functioned as the juvenile court himself during his time in that office. The case load was far lighter, and court problems less complex in earlier days. He understands the seroius- ness of the court's functions, however, and is fully cognizant of the value of its independent status. He has personally given his word of support in that regard to the court and its officers. It is worth noting, in this regard, that Mr. Crider was an early advocate of such a program well before its establishment, and of regional juvenile detention and rehabilitation centers rather than the state facility which, to some extent, shares the inadequacies of the entire state correctional system. Whatever the issues in the county judge's race, we do not believe the juvenile court is, or should be one of them. Except of course in support and furbishment. A Matter For The Voter To Be Aware Of There is considerable justification, we believe, in the view that first-hand, professional knowledge can be valuable in the decision-making process of a public body. By this definition, an architect or an engineer can provide a valuable point of view to an elective or appointive body. But too many salad chefs might spoil a stew; and too many real estate professionals could distort the objectivity with which a good many municipal affairs must be weighed. We are at considerable pains, here, to proclaim that we do not negate the quality of judgment of any particular individual, in making these remarks. In the best interests of the city of Fay- etteville, however, we believe it is pertinent to the city election Nov. 5 to call attention to the fact that there are five persons associated with the real estate business seeking positions on the Board. These five are Loris Stanton, Jim Lindsey, Al Hughes, Marion Johnson and Gus Ostmeyer. Mr. Stanton has served on the Board, and has made a contribution from his van- tagepoint as realtor and developer. The fact that he occasionally abstains from voting when conflict of interest questions occur is to his credit, but abstentions may not always be the best form of representation for an electorate. This would be particularly true if multiplied several times. From The Readers Viewpoint Can Read To the Editor: This is the first letter to the editor I have ever written, and I would not be writing now had I not been the subject of personal attack by inuendo. For the past several months I have been doing research for my friend Bill C l i n t o n , the D e m o c r a t i c Nominee for Congress, on a strictly volun- teer basis. His opponent, Mr. Hammerschmidt, r e c e n t l y charged that Bill's research was the product of "Eastern Labor" money. Well, as we say in the hills "of Madison County, "that ole boy won't hunt" because its a bald-faced lie and the people know it. My personal background is anything but "Eastern" or "Labor". My family has lived in Arkansas for over 130 years, and I attended the public \From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO U n i v e r s i t y o f Arkansas students, voting lightly in a mock election yesterday, g a v e their support to Republican candidates for president of the United Stales and governor ol Arkansas. A record number of women 50 VEARS AGO There are nine improvement districts in Fayetteville totalling 37 blocks of new paving, that when complete will open important thoroughfares. The City Council adopted an ordinance last night creating an JOO YEARS AGO Never before in history of Arkansas Industrial University have the propects for a oright and prosperous future been so encouraging. Every week students are coming in from different parts of the stale. registered at the annual conference of the Arkansas Women's Club this week. The annual fall tourade of the first district of the American Legion and Auxiliary will begin at Springdale on Thursday and end with a banquet Saturday in Fayetteville. occupation tax that will increase local revenue by $5,000 to $6.000 a year. Stores are now decorating their windows and the children of Fayetteville are busy working on costumes for the big Halloween party on the Square. President of the University of Arkansas, General Bishop, is an indefatigable worker, always willing to bear his share of the burden of teaching, in addition to his many and onerous duties as executive. They'll Do it Every Time THE OFF/CE POH JlUH'S PHOTO mU we WAS EVEN" me -rue i w/ OTHER i ^ ·ruesreuo Keeps HIS WIFE'S PI6 (JNPEK GLASS TO MAK UOOK UK A 6000 HUSBANR HMMtt- WHfcU HE'S NOT- SCABBING TH£ filRUS IN TH TYPING POOL-, ABOUT THE 'LITTLE V/MAN" By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON--While President Ford has called for sacrifices form the American people to curb inflation, he administers dozens of government programs whose explicit purpose is to drive up prices and hold them up. Each was intended originally to help some new Industry get started, to keep declining businesses from collapsing or to enable embattled farmers to weather the vicissitudes of the market. But in their aggregate, they have sapped the efficiency of American production and victimized the consumers. Most of these boondoggles still survive long beyond their original purpose, because of the campaign contributions and political power of the special interests. As part of our watch on waste, here are a few examples of how the government deliberately keeps prices from falling. What makes the irony more bitter is that the con- csumers are compelled to pay for their own fleecing, since their tax money is used to finance the price rigging. --FOOD SUBSIDIES: For d e c a d e s , the price of vegetables, fruits and' dairy products have been driven up by government marketing orders which restrict production, limit interstate shipments and The Washington Merry-Go-Round schools of Huntsville and graduated from the University of Arkansas. I have never been a member of a labor union, but I have been a member of the Huntsville Jaycees and the Madison County Farm Bureau. My income during the past few years has come from real es- l a t e , advertising, savings, teaching, and salary as State Representative from Carroll and Madison Counties. I CAN read and write, and I do know how to find the Congressional Record in the library. The facts about Mr. Hamnierschmidt are in that publication which is printed by the United States of America, and they have not been erased like the Nixon tapes, nor are they going to be "covered up" by a series of misleading personal attacks by the incumbent. The people of t h i s District expect and deserve a campaign based on the real issues, and they aren't going to be fooled by rumors, personal slurs, or p h o n e y questionnaires. The Clinton campaign has available a documented record from the Congressional R e c o r d on several very damaging votes which are clearly not in the best interest of the average people of this area, and I think the voters want answers not avoidance. I know Bill Clinton personally and know that he is deeply concerned about the problems facing family farmers, small businessmen, working people, s e n i o r citizens, and our children. I share those concerns, and that's why I'm working for Bill Clinton for Congress. Steve A. Smith Huntsville Getting Set To the Editor: With an election coming up soon, I should like to offer a few suggestions which might help speed the process for everyone (where machines are used). Regardless of the number of machines at the voting place, after the voters have signed in, they should all be placed in ONE LINE from which the one first in line would go to the first machine available. This would be similar to the .system used in the postoffice. This would speed the process and eliminate the frustralon caused by one line moving much faster than another. If each voter would check the sample ballot printed in the paper ant] make a list of those to be voted for and take this list along, this would save time in the booth. It would simply be a matter of closing the curtain, pulling the levers down over the proper names, and opening the curtains. As most voters now know, when the curtain is opened, the machine automatically records the votes and re-sets the levers. For most voters the time in the booth should not take over a minute or two, L.W. Mahone Fayetleville eliminate "excess" produce. Similarly, the government restricts the importation of cheaper meat cuts suitable for hamburger and sausages. Now thousands of poor people can't even, afford hamburger. Import quotas on dairy products result in higher cheese, dried milk and butter prices. Also, raw cotton, wheat and peanuts ahve been pushed up in price by government import controls. If the prices of these products should start to slip, the government can be relied on to boost them back up by making huge emergency purchases. --TRANSPORTATION RATES: Some economists estimate that truck and rail' rates are inflated 20 per cent because ot I n t e r s t a t e Commerce Commission (ICC) regulations, thus adding $16 billion (b) in unnecessary consumer costs. The ICC not only limits the entry of new competitors into trucking but also gives existing truckers anti-trust exemptions to rig consumer rates. On the other hand, ICC restrictions actually force trucks to travel costly, circuitous routes and to make many return trips empty. Other regulations prohibit railroads a n d truckers ' from lowering their rates when they wish to do so Watergate Web for competitive reasons. The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) prevents air carriers from offering lower rates while forcing them to maintain unprofitable routes. At the same time, the CAB also keeps out competition. It recently turned down an application for Laker Airways, for example, to fly tno New York-London route at about one-third the existing " ^ G O V E R N M E N T I N TERVENTIONS: While steel and textile prices climb steadily up the government has negotiated import restrictions on steel and textiles. The effect Is to block the imcorts Hint could push prices down. This holds true tor many other products, Government-sponsored "resale price maintenance p r e v e n t s merchants from lowering many prices at the retail level. And t h e - Davis- Bacon Act drives up local construction costs everywhere by forcing the spread of high, sometimes exorbitant union wage rales, The result is that fewer and fewer consumers can afford construction, and m o r c and more laborers are out of work. . A bill to require 30 per cent of all oil imnorls to m o v e in American ships will,, unless vetoed, push prices up on gaso- A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought line, heating oil, electricity, pluslics and petrochemical products. Another law, the Jones Act, requires all shipping between two American ports to be c a r r i e d on uncompclltive American ships. This raises costs on n wide variety ot goods for the benefit of the already heavily subsidized shipping industry and maritime unions, which happen to be prime sources of political slush funds. --SURPLUS COMMODITIES: The United (Sates holds v a s t stockpiles of surplus that could force down prices. The present embargo on uranium Imports, initiated long ago to help U.S. uranium producers, still lingers on. Export subsidies, such as those which made possible the Russian wheat deal, arlifically drive up the price American must pay while tariffs on Import mulct them for what they buy from abroad. A second wheat deal was canceled, admittedly to forestall an avalanche of public protests. Instead, why not reform ttiB whole system of government schemes. to sell cheap abroad and hike prices at home? Thus, in one way or another, the government Is pushing up or holding up the price of almost everything the consumer buys, in some cases for reasons once worthy, but now outmoded, in other cases to pay off a bewildering network of special interests that contribute to campaigns in return for Retting Uncle Sam to pick the pocket of consumers. --United Feature Syndicate "HEALTH INSURANCE-Getting the Prescription Rfght," Monthly Economic Letter, First National City Bank of New York, October 1974, pp. 12-15. "In considering the spectrum ot health insurance bills before it, Congress must choose the one that promises the most efficient delivery of health care at t h e most r e a s o n a b l e cost..Whichever bill is enacted, probably none would cause a large increase in hospital care because present coverage of hospital bills is already so extensive.". "In recent years, as private and public medical coverage has expanded, the share of gross national product allocated to health care has grown from 4.6 per cent in fiscal 1965 to 7.9 per cent in fiscal 1973..With the current national occupancy rate now averaging only 78 per cent, empty beds are a factor in raising hospital costs, hardly a typical cry 10 years ago." "It has b e e n argued that better medical coverage would lead to greater opportunities to practice preventive medicine and that this. In turn, would increase life expectancy in the United Staes. While the increase In coverage over the last decade has turned up no such evidence, another set of statistics reflects the economic side effects of better health c a r e . The number of workdays lost per worker through illness has teen on a downtrend in that period." DOCTOR. Robert M. Sado. M.D. "The Real Health Care C r i s 1 s," Private Practice, September 1974, pp. 11-15. "The 'health-care crisis' that itimu,lalecl the introduction of national health insurance bills \3 largely a creation of Belt- crisis: it has resulted directly from the government interventions that have been carried out and are now being planned..The three general areas adversely affected by legislation are the health-care market, the quality .of health care, and the principle of human rights." "Most of the rise in health care costs and prices that took place during the 1960s and early 70s was the result of a huge expansion of demand for health services produced by Medicare and Medicaid..FederaI subsidies to medical schools and students nave resulted in a markedly in- cieased rate ot production of physicians..The increase in quantity may be accomplished at the sacrifice of quality..because of shortened curricula and the acceptance of applicants who are less well qualified." "Finally, and perhaps most important, legislation already enacted and being considered will completely destroy the patient's privilege of privacy in his relationship with one of Ilis most intimate advisors, h i s physician." ACADEM1A IN FLUX. Harry G. Frankfurt. "The Idea of a Modern University," Freedom at Issue. September-October 1974, pp. 19, 24. "·When the future is uncertain and the past is obscure, it is very hard to know what is going on. That is the situation now in the academic world. No one quite understands how to sort out the various factors that determined the advent and course of the violent disorders suffered by campuses around the world not long ago." "Powerful new forces..hava lately begun to emerge--such as declining enrollments, severe e c o n o m i c distress, t h e unionizing ot faculties--and it is difficult to judge the shapes of the troubles and opportunities they will bring. Events have been in the saddle and, though the pace has slowed, they still are." "There are now two uncertainties. The first is how to define a coherent ethos for academic life in our t i m e . .The second is whether the vision of that ethos will prove sufficiently a p p e a l i n g to arouse a passionately intense committ- ment to it -- one that cannot be hastily overridden or easily shaken by the clamor of events--on the part of enough gifted men and women, and to attract enough others to respect and support its ceremonies of innocence." LABOR TRENDS. PhilBp Ray, "Profile of a Changing Workforce," The Amtrican Federationist (monthly magazine of the AFL--CIO), September 1974, pp. 1-7. "Through the years w h e r e Americans work and the types of jobs they hold have changed dramatically. Since 1947, the nation's workforce has increased by more than 31 million persons, while employment rose by 29 million. That 2 million difference were persons added to the unemployed." , "In 1955, one out of 10 people worked in agriculture, but the government predicts that by 1980 only one in 50 will work on farms. In the mid 1950s, the number of white-collar workers surpassed the number of blue-collar workers (or the first time. By 1980, white-collar workers will exceed the number of blue-collar, service and farm workers combined," The Last Redoubt Invaded By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON--As everyons knows, I have always, been in the forefront of the fight for women's liberation. My body is scarred from battling on tha picket lines at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and the Miss Universe Contest in Miami. As we say in the lib movement ."I've paid my dues." Therefore, I believe I can deal with the following subject with complete objectivity. \Vhat on God's green .Astroturf is a woman doing acting as a sports commentator during a professional football game Last week I turned on tha Redskin-Giant game, leaned back in my chair with a beer in my hand and a bowl of potato chips at my feet. Suddenly I heard this strange voice on the air. It sounded exactly like a woman's. My first thought was that CBS' Pat Summerall had had a serious operation. Then I decided that the sound on my set had gone awry. But a few seconds later a very pretty brunette came on the screen who was introduced as Jane Chastain, and Summerall said she was going to do the color for the game. I sat straight up in my seat. A woman doing the color on TV? Didn't CBS have any shame at all? HOW COULD A multibiUion-, dollar network invade the homes of 30 million beer- drinking, potato chip eating, redblooded American football fans with the voice of a girl? Let us make no mistake about this. Football watching is the last refuge of the Male Chauvinist Pig. We invented the game; we play it every Sunday--and Monday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday (see your local paper for TV listings). It is our thing. As nice as Ms. Chastain looks and as knowledgeable as she tried to be. she lias no more business on a TV football game than Howard Cosell has on Tha Wai tons. If I were to conjecture why CBS made this decision. I would have to guess that by assigning a woman announcer to a TV football gaVne they were trying to attract a larger female audience. They were hoping to win over the wives or, as they are called, "widows" of the men who spend their weekends staring dumbly at their tubes. This thinking is not the way we do things in America. The role of the wife on Sunday afternoons is to make the beds P[?Pare the meals, drive tbe children somewhere or take care of any relatives who might drop in unexpectedly Even if they wantcd t0p th don t have time to watch foot. r ';l a cruel hoax on the part of the network to try to attract them to the TV serene when it knows women have so many more important things to do. TO SHOW YOU the groveling they did last Sunday, CBS had Mrs. Chastain interview Billie Jean King at half time. The last thing American men want to see during a football half lime is an interview with Billia Jean King. Let me make myself perfectly clear. I have no objection to women being airline pilots, truck drivers, senators and even President of the United States. They're entitled. They can be doctors, lawyers, automobile mechanics, police.- men, firemen and Indian chiefs. They can own banks, be in the numbers rackets and play Little League baseball if they want to. The only place they don't belong Is on a TV sportscast telling us male spectators things that they think we didn't know about football. P.S. No abusive mail concerning this column will ba answered. (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times

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