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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is ThÂ« First Concern O/ This Newspaper 4 Â· TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1974 Cables Show No Signs Of Cyprus Talks |4damant..And Arrogant Â£ The state Game and Fish Commission's 'Campaign to more than double the price i$f fishing and hunting licenses in the state jhas moved beyond a reasonable statement of ithe case, it seems to us. In so doing the Com- jmission may well have damaged its chances ;f.or reasonable consideration of its request, Â·by the Legislature. ': The Game and Fish Commission broach- Ted the fee subject last summer, citing infla- 'tion and increased costs of existing and tplanned wildlife programs. Even at the start, 'though, the suggestion of boosting the an- Â·'hual fee from $3.50 to $7.50 contained no Â·hint of compromise, nor a willingness to negotiate for a smaller plumb. ' As a result, legislators and newspapers Across the state condemn the requests as "excessive and, in view of inflationary pressures all around, poorly timed. - Not to be put off, the Game and Fish Commission published this fall a slick-paper, four-color magazine exclusively devoted to .promotion of its fee increase proposal. .(There is little to indicate, from the pub- .lication, that the Commission is conversant ..with the art of economizing, because the .magazine's format is maybe 500 per cent Â·more expensive to print that it needed to be; it doesn't convince many folks acquainted with printing costs that "the Commission is Art Buchwald doing the best it can with what money it does have available.) And, just a few days ago, Game and Fish chairman Joe Scott of Nashville, turned lobbying efforts into an attack on the Legislative Council, and revealed that he, personally, is offering cash awards to game management officers for procuring letters of endorsement from state sportsmen. In heated exchange with the Legislative Council, Scott re-emphasized last week the Game and Fish Commission's disinclination to even discuss a middleground on the fee question. Mr. Scott is firmly of the opinion that the state's "sportsmen" are in favor of Game and Fish programs and policies, and that their support ultimately will win the day with the General Assembly. We have no doubt that "sportsmen" who spend a good deal of time hunting and fishing are in sympathy with a fee raise to $7.50. It's a bargain for some. But for the vast majority of licensees, $3.50 is plenty for a family man ($14 for a few family of four fishing outings) -- and $30 would be far too much. What seems to us to be seeping through this debate is an arrogance by the Game and Fish Commission which could ultimately undermine its strength as a "non-political" agency. Is There A Doctor In The House? By ART BUCHWALD WASHIGNTON-Uncle Sam w a s wheeled into the emergency room on a stretcher. "What seems to be the trouble?" the nurse asked. "I don't know." his nephew, John Q. Public, replied. "He's sick. His rate of inflation is twice as fast as it used to be and he can't move his gross national product. He keeps complaining that his economy is sluggish." "I'll call Dr. Ford," the nurse said. Dr. Ford came into the emergency room and took Uncle Sam's pulse. "Hmmn." he said. Then he listened to his heart with a stethoscope. "Hmmn," he said again.' He looked into Uncle Sam's mouth and said, "I don't like it." "What's wrong?" John Q. Public asked. "How do I know?' Dr. Ford replied. "I'm new at all this. Now if he needed a pardon operation. I could help him." "Please, Doc," John Q. Public cried, "do something." "I'm going to need a consultation with other doctors. I'll call a summit for next week." They left Uncle Sam in the emergency room and a week later specialists who had flown in from every part of the country gathered around the patient. ONE DOCTOR said, "He's suffering from an acute recession." "I beg to differ with you," another doctor said. "It's a clear case of swollen stagflation. I think we should inject more money uilo his body." "Are you crazy.:" a third specialist yelled. "His inflation rate is already at two digits. The only way to save him is to cut off his leg." "Wrong," said a n o t h e r specialist. "We have to lower his prime rate and increase his productivity. Give him an From Oar Files; How Time Flies v:10 YEARS AGO ',' W' i n t h r o p Rockefeller, 'beginning a two-county swing that took him before a series yof enthusiastic crowds, made a Â·Â·strong pitch here yesterday for Â·".his progra m of planned Â·progress. - :Â· The flower bed along the east ;side of the Mashburn Clinic, ad- Â·50 YEARS AGO '.;' Smashing out a rear window -with a rock some time last ;night, an unknown person or Â·'.persons entered the Lucas and ':F r i 11 s Grocery on East Mountain and burglarized the Store. ;- Paul Fountain, 11-year-old .evangelist, said to be the ! youngest licensed preacher in Â·100 YEARS AGO - At the election on Tuesday, Â· the people of this county in .their respective townships have the power to say whether dram "shops shall be licensed during the coming year. T h e Southern Memorial joining the Horary, boasts blooming irises, most unusual at this time of the year. A discussion of public affairs in the form of a television program was given for members of the Pr?.irie Grove Women's Club last week. the world, spoke at the Central Methodist Church. A busline from Fort Smith to Fayetteville is beng contemplated by a Fort Smith company. Two busses would operate daily, but operation is contingent upon completion of graveling of the highway. Association will give a grand matinee at Bohefuhr and Springers Hall on Saturday, the proceeds of which will be app l i e d toward erecting. a monument in the Confederate Cemetery. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is supposed to be using his diplomatic skills to settle the Cyprus controversy. But the classified diplomatic cables contain no word of the heavy "negotiations" that President Ford has said are going on. On the contrary, t h e Turks appear to be settling down for a permanent stay on Cyprus without discussing it with Kissinger. They are setting up a civilian administration in the northern third of the island. Telephone lines have been strung to the Turkish mainland and former Greek shops a r e nosv being operated by Turkish Cypriots. Classified c a b l e s from Nicosia also disclose that citrus fruit from Cyprus is being transported to Turkey where it is exported as Turkish products. The cable traffic also discloses that the Turks have banned all Greek religious services in the occupied towns. Over 170 Greek Orthodox priests have been removed from their parishes. T w o churches, according to the cables, have been burned to t h e ground. INJUSTICE TO INDIANS: There appears to be no end to the injustice inflicted on our neglected native Americans. Documents in our possession describe severe overcrowding, inadequate care and outright malpractice in our Indian Health Service hospitals. There is such a shortage of doctors at Oklahoma's Care- The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time IN THE REMOTEST fc^oH5\ SPOTS, SADa/fc IcfTHESeP CHEOSAReNO VOFTrlESe. . PROSLEW-- AT HOME, !U A LOCAU STORE, HOW EASY IS IT TO CASH CUE immediate shot in the arm." "No, no, no," another doctor shouted. "We should put him. in traction and put controls on every part of his body." "I say we should ration his blood." "Tax his heart." "Transplant his liver." "Let him bleed some morÂ« until it hurts." "Cut his defenses." "Take him off Medicare." "Reduce his consumption." UNCLE SAM was groaning in pain but no one seemed to notice him. John Q. Public was nervously looking from one doctor to another. Finally Dr. Ford said, "Thank you, gentlemen, you've all been a big help. I don't know what I'd done without you." He gave each of the experts a set of cuff links as they filed out of the emergency room. When they were gone, John Q. Public said anxiously to Dr. Ford, "What are you going to do to him?" "He's going to. have to bite the bullet." Dr. Ford replied grimly. He went over to Uncle Sam and said, "I don't know how to tell you this." "ft's okay. Doc," Uncle Sam croaked. "I can lake it." "Now this is what I want you to do," Dr. Ford said, writing out a prescription. "When you sit down at the dinner table, take all that you want but eat all that you take. I hope you'll be better in a few months." (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times What Others Say IT HAPPENED IN CONOVER The 1974 Lincoln Comnenta". pulled to a stop and the driver, a 6-4 300-pounder, acked U John Butler of the Conover P o l i c e Department a n d Catawba County sheriff's_ deputies Gerald Tolbert and tupon? Finger for directions to Charlotte. The officers made a quick check of the car and found that It was registered to a Fiayboy club in Pennsylvania. The officers also learned that the car was en route to Atlanta. Inside the car were IP.rce Playboy bunnies. "The car had a lot of extra equipment," the officers wrote in their report, "like a white vinyl top with the side and hack glasses made in shape of bunnies." The officers concludtj their report with this line: "But the subjects inside the car had much better equipment in a lot better places." Oh. incidentally, the officer! not only gave the driver directions to Charlotte, they personally escorted him down Highway 16. Clean to the county line. --Newton (N.C.) Observer MINI EDITORIAL General George Washington in his log book, kept during the Revolutionary War, expressed a deep concern for the growing use of "bad language" by his soldiers. His fear was well founded because "bad language" has now reached the top. --T. George Washington in the Madisoncille (Ky.) Messenger RAINED OUT The National Weather Service in Seattle, Wash., had to cancel its annual picnic. You guessed i'. -- it rained. The forecast was "occasional rain.' But as Emerson said, "The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off." --Asheville (N.C.) Citizen more Indian Hospital, for Instance, lhat nurses have been taught to perform surgery. The documents show they have performed circumcisions and cpisiotimles in violation not only of state laws but of the Health, Education and Wei- Â· fare's Dept.'s rules for protecting h u m a n subjects. Moreover. Indian parents weren't told that nurses were circumcising t h e i r babies, Claremore's chief of pediatrics, Dr. Edwin Jones, who has resigned under fire, said he believed the parents would develop "unnecessary anxiety" if they knew nurses were performing the surgery on their babies. The tragedy is that Dr. Jones felt it was necessary to teach surgery to nurses, thus violating 'state laws, federal regulations and ethical codes, in order to provide the bare minimum of health care for the Indians. Footnote: The hospital's chief of staff has confirmed these abuses in a confidential memo to Sen. Henry Jackson. D- Wash.. whose subcommittee is investigating Indian health care. DUAL ROLES: The back door to many a congressman's office can be reached through his law practice. But in the case of two bespectacled, Long Island lawyer-congressmen, the same door has admitted constituents and clients alike. Reps. Jack Wydler and Jim Grover, bolh Republicans, came to Congress together in 1962. Each was entitled to a congressional office in his h o m e district, so each simply moved his congressional activities into his law office. Practicing liw and conducting the public business out of the same office was an economy for the congressmen, since the taxpayers put up money for salaries, r e n t and telephones. But constituents might have wondered whether they would get a legal bill for bringing problems to their congressmen. Wydler has assured us he separated his congressional and legal offices a couple of years ago. Grover still serves his clients and constituents out of the same Babylon, N.Y., premises. But he insisted that he pays $205 rent each month out or his own pocket on t o p of the $350 from the government. He also claimed he supplements the salaries of the two secretaries in his Long Island office, Edith Dirkcs and Lorraine Proulx, who draw close to 519,000 a year from the tax- pavers. Grovcr also put Sam Marko- wilz on the public payroll for $20,000 a year. However, the latter appears to be working not for the taxpayers but for the local Republican nartv. He is reachable at Suffolk County Republican headquarters where he is a press spokesman. Wydler, incidentally, has "Don't be flashy...Just try to stay alive, State Of Affairs Government By Veto By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- Government by presidential veto is simply another name for g o v e r n m e n t b y stalemate which, when prolonged, can undermine representative democracy. Numerous parliamentary s y s t e m s have ultimately collapsed under protracted deadlock. Nevertheless, President Ford, touring the country in behalf of Republican candidates, has r e p e a t e d l y been warning against a big Democratic victory on Nov. 5 on the grounds that a "veto-proof" Congress would virtually wreck the republic. This adds up to a plea to give him enough votes in the House and Senate so that he. like Nixon before him, can through the power of the veto thwart the will of the public as expressed by very large congressional majority. Since it takes at least a two-thirds vote in both branches of Congress to overcome a veto, the President -- any President -- can usually round up enough votes to consistently block positive congressional action. The people need to know how much this has c o s t them in recent years, but the Democratic leaders are apparently so confident of victory next month that they are not even bothering to answer, Mr. Ford when he says that "the two-party system of government established by our founding fathers will be in serious danger" if a "heavy majority" of Democrats is elected on Nov. 5. He sees this as producing a "legislative dictatorship." Well, as everybody except M r . Ford's speechwriters knows, the founding Cithers did not establish the two-party system. There were no partie.r when George Washington was elected President; they developed only gradually in succeeding elections. MOREOVER, lopsided Con- gresses, where one party or the other temporarily enjoyed . a large majority, have generally got a lot more done than more evenly balanced ones which so f r e q u e n t l y have generated legislative stalemate. President Ford says, "We have a party (the Democrats) that has controlled the national legislature for 38 out of the last 42 years." Actually, this control has often been only nominal, for many conservative Southern Democrats have regularly voted with the Republicans since 1933. Nearly all the landmark New Deal legislation was enacted when the liberal Democrats had a large majority in t h e early '30s. The veto is peculiar to the United States. In no other democratic country can parliamentary majorities be circumvented by it. That's not to say it doesn't have its uses, for the United States has been saved from numerous aberrations of Congress by judicious presidcs- tial vetoes. The trouble arises when, as in the last few years, the President, catering to special interests, abuses the veto power by using it to block legislation that a majority of Congress and the people clearly want. The same senators who have provided the necessary one- third vote to sustain the vetoes of Nixon and Mr. Ford are pretty much the same group that has sustained recent filibusters, which can only be overcome by a IwO'thirds majority vote or more. THE UPSHOT IS that, in the 93rd Congress, a minority bloc (usually with the help of the White House) succeeded in defeating or stalling much p r o g r e s s i v e legislation, i n - cluding the best consumer protection bill ever introduced, a long-needed national no-fault insurance act, a new mass transit bill and a much- improved Frocdom of Information Act, Some bills were emasculated by the threat of vetoes, and still others became law only after Congress infrequently scraped up the votes to override a veto. Both Nixon and Mr. Ford have employed the threat technique effectively. When the threat didn't work, Nixon vetoes nine social bills in one day, and the vetoes stuck. Mr. Ford in his present campaign speeches warns that a large Democratic victory (his year will mean an era of big spending, although he himself is currently resisting congressional efforts to cut the defense budget and military aid to foreign dictatorships by billions of dollars. Also, his predecessor sponsored the first $200 billion budget and the first $300 billion one, plus the largest peacetime deficit in U.S. history. Since most voters are aware of this, who does the President think he is kidding? (C) 1974, Los Angeles Times Letters To The Editor accepted campaign contributions from several government contractors, although this appears to be against the law. He received donations from Sidney Horowitz, chairman of the PF Industries; Frank Lauro, chairman of International Hydronlcs; A.J. Roach, associated with Telecommunications Industries; and Howard RIs of the RIs Paper Co. The statute barring contributions from federal contractors, it should be pointed out, is broadly worded and has never been enforced. The Justice Dept. has refused even to Issue an advisory opinion on the law i application. W y d l e r d e n i e d a n y wrongdoing. W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL! Minority businessmen are furious because the Alaska pipeline builders have been virtually ignoring them in spit* of a law stressing the need to hire black, Chicano and other minority-run firms. Out of $4 billion in contracts, only around $50 million have gone to minority-operated companies. Latin- 'origin businessmen are particularly steamed up: t h e y have gotten only $5,000 worth of contracts...All along, critics of the Federal Energy Administration have been saying it works hand- In-glove with the big power companies. Sure enough, the Atlanta office of FEA has been passing out a press kit prepared in part by the Georgia Power Co one of the companies FEA is supposed to be regulating. --United Feature Syndicate Pan Am Up Against Its Creditors WASHINGTON (ERR)-Pity Pan Am. At the airline's annual meeting last May its chairman, William T. Seawell, told stockholders that despite subsidized foreign competition, soaring fuel costs, and a mountain of debt their company was not about to go broke. Now, after a disastrous summer, the airline expects to report a net annual loss of around $65 million, and Seawell figures that sometime in t h e fourth quarter, perhaps this month. Pan Am will need outside help to pay its bills. The airline business has a l w a y s been notoriously cyclical. but as Thomas O'Hanlon pointed out in Fortune magazine. "Nobdy has e v e r experienced, or for that matter even envisioned, financial losses of the magnitude many companies are now reporting." Pan American, with the lowest revenues and the highest costs per passenger of any American carrier, now faces bankruptcy. Such an event . would have repercussions not only in the ailing international airline industry, but in the financial community as well. Pan Am's creditors include 85 insurance companies and banks which it owes $871 million. $936 million of lease commitments on aircraft and ground facilities, and $56 million worth of pension obligations to its own employees. The airline's assets include a 55 per cent interest in the Pan Am building in mid-Manhattan. and a profitable hotel subsidiary. But selling these to /aise cash would violate loan agreements with banks, which require a minimum net worth the company could not maintain. Last month the Civil Aeronautics Board rejected Pan Am's application for an emergency subsidy of $120 million. THE TROUBLES experienced by Pan Am and other international carriers are a legacy of their 1950s prosperity, when few of them doubted passengar traffic would continue to double . every five years. Juan Trippe. Pan American's founder, led the optimistic industry on a caoital - investment b i n g e- in 1966, when he ordered 25 Boeing 747s at a cost of $600 million. They turned out to be the jast thing the international carriers needed: Flying half-empty, as most of them are these days, the jumbo jels cat money. With an unexpectedly falling market and stiff competition from foreign national airlines and the charter companies, Pan Am now finds itself bloated w i t h over-capacity. C r i t i c s . including Sen, William Proxmire (D--Wis.), maintain the airline must suffer Â·the consequences of over-expansion. The CAB is now examining Pan Am's application for a mail subsidy of $194 million a year, and by law the agency will have to verify that the company's management has been "honest, efficient, and economical." Should the airline get the subsidy, it would still face strong opposition in Congress from members who fear setting a pattern for government aid to large enterprises in other troubled industries. October To the Editor: October in the Oiarks. A man was found sitting in a corner of heaven crying. An angel asked the reason, saying "You are the first person I've ever seen crying up here. Aren't you happy in Heaven?" The man said, 0 yes, he was happy alright. "Then why are you crying?" asked the angel. "I'll be alright," said the man. "You see I'm frbm Arkansas and it's October in the Ozarks." Edna Herr'jcst Fayetleville O N E A L T E R N A T I V E suggestion is a merger between Pan Am and TWA, the other U.S. global carrier. TWA is financially healthier than Pan Am, thanks mainly to its domestic operations, but it also carries huge long-term debts. Together, the companies would owe a staggering $1.8 billion. Other merger problems would include cash settlements for redundant personnel, union conflicts, and mechanical incompatibilities. The airlines' officials believe a huge route swap offers the quickest and best solution. In the 16ng run, however, a reevaluation by the CAB of airline pricing, practices, and international agreements is likely la prove necessary.