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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Enlist Consumers In Inflation War By Sylvia Porter NEW YOUK Imagine that you suddenly received a letter from President Kord Inviting you to take the chair on his side of the desk and come up with somo new policies to help curb today's vicious price spiral before It literally destroys us and our system. You have heard the eagle on the dollar screaming with increasing urgency as our currency's buying power has shriveled. You have complained, crit- icized, spread your denuncia- tions across the board from the White House to congress to business, labor, farmers and back again. Challenge Now the President has challenged you: "Complaining is easy. What can you con- Precisely this happened to me in late August when a letter came in from the President inviting me to attend as a par- ticipant both the presummit conference of banking and financial leaders in Washing- ton this past Friday, Sept. 20, and the summit on inflation it- self to be held in Washington Sept. 27-28. Then came a letter from Treasury Secretary Simon in- viting me to submit a sum- mary of my views. Then came a phone call from a high treasury official asking that my statement be devoted not to monetary or fiscal policy, wage-price controls, tax incen- tives and other subjects on which I have deep convictions, but rather to the final topic on the agenda "Other Sugges- tions to Combat New Ideas "Other in- deed! Or translated, what new ideas do you have? "Well, you asked for I mumbled to myself as I put my feet on the desk in the traditional thinking position. And then guess who and what I thought about? You. In the anti-inflation fight to date, the consumer fias been lectured, exhorted, patronized but not enlisted. Yet, it is the consumer who is being squeezed by tight and horren- dously expensive credit, trapped by soaring prices, battered by crashes In the securities markets. This, I believe, Is an ex- traordinary oversight. I also believe that consumers arc now as eager to help combat inflation as we were eager in World war II to help combat Nazism. The consumer wants to be a participant in this bat- tle, not just a pawn. There is an unspoken cry of "what can I in the hearts of millions of Americans which the President can and should answer. Thus, it is with humility but with confidence .that I speak for you, that I suggest to the President: (1) Work should begin at once on preparations for the President's call for coopera- tion at the consumer level voluntary, but very definitely cooperation. There need be no such as rationing. And the "carrot" is implicit in the fact that the consumer is doing something positive to help ease the squeeze. (2) Representatives of the widest range of groups of con- sumers should be called to meetings in Washington to be informed of the plans and hopes, to be asked for policy suggestions and for practical ways the program should be carried out. All types of groups should be included. They may be broken down so each meet- ing is small enough to be productive. I have seen this sort of call for action work magnificently under far less critical circumstances. (3) The help of professionals in the fields of public relations, advertising and the like should be enlisted. (4) The program should be identified with the White House to give it stature and insure its duration. But this program is to be implemented at the regional and local not na- tional level. This is a key aspect of it. (5) After the details have been carefully worked out, the President himself should issue a major policy statement and kick off the call for voluntary cooperation via a prime-time TV address. Here are several illustrations Your United Way Marilyn Langhurst is a volunteer telephone counselor at Foundation II. Your contribution helps her to help others. Her personal interest in helping others through volunteer work is reflected in the following account of part of her Foundation II experience. "I've found the reasons people call Foundation II to be almost as varied as the individuals who call. Yet, frequently the problem seems to be more one of redefinition and clari- fication of problems which leads the caller to the crisis situa- tion. To illustrate, I would like to relate two phone'calls I received several months ago. "Each caller began the conversation, 'I want to commit suicide.' After determining whether or not they were in phys- ical danger at the moment, we began to talk about why sui- cide seemed to '.heir solution. Both individuals had recent- ly been confronted with a number of problems, family, school, separation from friends. In each case, I helped the caller put the problems in perspective and discussed alterna- tives for dealing with wiiat they decided was the most im- portant problem. "At the end of the call, they each had a goal to work to- ward in dealing with their problems more effectively. One of the callers said it best when she called back to say, 'Thank yon for helping me to help myself.' And, thanks to you its working through United Way and Foundation II." Air Is Stolen From Station SANTA ANA, Calif. (UPI) Itadlo station KYMS Program Director Dave Foreman began Ihe day's broadcasting, but noticed he wasn't That's how the station learned that burglars had carted off worth of transmitting equipment, housed in another building. 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Recycled Scrap Victory gardens both on a community and an individual family scale, In densely populated .cities as well as outlying areas Recycling with the scrap collection and sale under the direction of communities themselves Revival and maintenance of energy conservation measures by. businesses, homeowners and individuals Inexpen- sively printed educational pamphlets explaining the many significant ways con- sumers can help hold down living costs in all areas to be distributed at the' regional and local levels. Above is only the briefest sketch of an idea that easily could- be developed into both a great anti-inflation and con- sumer unifying force in what is now a battle for survival which we must win. Tell me, do I speak for you as well as myself? 30 Years Affer Battle for Bridge, Bitterness Lingers The Odur Itaplds Gazelle: Mon., Sept. 23, IS74 By Dob Consfdlne AHNIIEM, Netherlands It has been just 30 years since one of the most fierce and frus- trating battles of World war II swirled around the bridge that crosses the lower Rhino at this old city. Wrinkled survivors of that desperate allied effort to crush the (Jerman war machine and end (he war in 1944 gathered in Holland lust week. There was much to talk about, principally Cornelius Ryan's just-published "A Bridge Too the classic account of a bloody snafu that never quite caught the imagination or the comprehension of the world. It is a controversial book, this one that completes the great correspondent's trilogy of the war the others, of course, being "The Longest. Day" and "The Last But Market-Garden, the conflict's code-name, was con- troversial from the hour it was conceived by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery. Less Exuberant It remains so three decades later. The retired officers and men at this reunion British, American, Polish and members of th- Dutch un- derground were less exuberant than most old warriors are at such get- togethers. There were tinges of remaining bitterness just under the veneer of their good manners. Montgomery's plan, drawn up on what for him was the spur of the moment (he was normally cxasperatingly was dramatically innovative. He would send three divisions of airborne troops against five German-held bridges along a 64-mile corridor in occupied Holland, seize them before the Germans could destroy them, throw in the ground forces, and charge into the Ruhr and on to Berlin. It sounded a bit too much to LI. Gen. Frederick Browning, deputy commander, First allied airborne army, when Monty outlined his remarkable1 plan. Ike Misgivings Pointing to the Arnhem bridge on the top of the map, Browning asked, "How long will it lake the armor to reach "Two Montgomery replied crisply. "We can hold it for Browning said. "But, sir, I Bob Considine think we might be going a bridge too far." Eisenhower, the supreme commander, had his misgiv- ings, but finally assigned Major Gen. Maxwell Taylor's 101st airborne division and Brig. Gen. James Gavin's 82nd to participate with the First British airborne division, the Red Devils. Ryan's book begins with the awesome scope of the en- gagement: "Shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, 1944, from airfields all over southern England the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled for a single opera- tion to the air Sheer Hell "Market, the airborne phase of the operation, was monumental: it involved al- most fighters, bombers, transports and more than gliders. That Sunday after- noon, at exactly In an unprecedented daylight as- sault, an entire allied airborne army, complete with vehicles and equipment, began drop- ping behind the German lines." The Americans generally achieved their goals, notably at the Nljmegen bridge. But it was sheer hell for the British Red Devils at Arnhern. Of the dropped near the "Bridge Too Far" only came out after nine days of fighting. They had been "sacrificed and Ryan writes. They had been dropped more or less into the middle of one of Hitler's best panzer divisions. Their commanders had ig- nored the warnings of the Dutch resistance forces. The British didn't trust that heroic band because of the reported existence in it of cer- tain double agents. But the un- derground had developed a good communications system around Arnhem. It would have been of enormous help to the Red Devils who had floated down from the clouds. Polish Brigade Instead, the British blew up a vital link of it, though their own communications were ap- pallingly bad. Hence the car- nage, shared by the Polish air- borne brigade when it was dropped into a nearby cauldron of German firepower. In all, Montgomery's plan fizzled and killed more men and civilians than the allied D- day invasion of Normandy. In the course of his enormous research, Ryan took his tape recorder to Elsenhower's place at Gettysburg and asked him what he thought of Mont- gomery. (Ryan had just Inter- viewed Montgomery.) "You don't nave to tell me what he told Ike said with heat. "He said I knew nothing about war right? Personally, I don't believe I would put too much weight on what generals remember, including me... "When the whole thing was done (World war HX. I never heard from the British jny golden paeans of praise. And you're not going to hear it now, particularly from people like Montgomery. "Can't Tell Truth" "I don't care if he goes down as the greatest soldier in the world. He isn't, but if he goes down that way it's all right with me. He got so damn per- sonal to make sure the Americans and me. In par- ticular, had no credit, had nothing to do with the war, that I eventually stopped com- munications with a man that just can't tell the truth." There are distant echoes of old animosities still floating about Arnhem. At a press conference a burly former member of the Dutch un- derground interrupted his talk about the bad old days to stare at a retired British paratrooper and said, "I asked your of- ficers why they destroyed our communications. Why? They would give me no answer." Worth waiting for. The 75 Astre's so new, your Pontiac dealer may not have it in stock yet. But don't let that stop you. Contact him to get the full story on the many features and availability of the new Astre Hatchback and Safari wagon. He'll be happy to take your order! 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