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Post-Herald (Newspaper) - October 25, 1973, Beckley, West Virginia Page Four October BECKLEY POST-HERALD A REPUBLICAN NIWSPAPEft FOR 73 YEARS PUBLISHED EVERY BUSINESS DAY lECKLiY NEWSPAPERS CORPORATION 319441 Prifttt St., W. Va. 25101 All fteckley 253-3321 mall priviltflti authorized at pott offiw at W. Va., ond Hinton, W. Vo. ___ i. J. HODEl Stacy Statement Tells Us Too Much? A statement was received in the Post-Herald newsroom Wednesday from Ted T. Stacy of 203 Homewood Drive here in Beckley. Though Stacy is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, a perusal of his proclama- tion convinced us that, under normal circumstances, the printing of the statement would not be worth the space required for it. However, the circumstances are not normal and there is more to be seen from his assertion than what he merely tried to say. Herewith is his statement just as he presented it to the Post-Herald, ex- cept that it was typed wholly in capital letters and we have supplied the lower- casing of letters according to our nor- mal style and usage. "The. developements which has occured (sic) around the highest of- fice in this country in the past few months, have made the people in our great nation to loose (sic) complete in the President. "It is my hope and I would not "be surprised that President Nixon will consider stepping down. The national interest and welfare of all concern would be served by this move "Even though the tapes are turned over it does not solve the real pro- Hems. If the investigating continues as 1 am hopeful it will, I am at loss to say what the ultimate outcome will "be. "If our country is to survive and public truct (sic) and confidence in our system is to be restored then 1 'believe the President should resign immediately." EVEN AFTER READING through this exposition of Stacy's views, we are not at all sure we understand what he means. His situation would appear to be one wherein a little learning truly is a dangerous thing. He is unable to express himself very adequately at all. Aside from the misspellings and atrocious grammar and syntax, one must doubt if Delegate Stacy really has much idea what he does think, or if he is able to think for himself much at all. It is not too difficult for one who holds an elective office in which he is supposed to represent a constituency to parrot things which have been said by others. But when the parrotting is of things from several sources which may not be wholly in accordance one with another, the result can be rather confused. if WHAT THE STACY comment says more than anything else is that the people of Raleigh County are being represented, theoretically, in the West Virginia Legislature by a very poorly educated man who is only semi-literate at best. The ultimate outrage of the whole situation is to be seen in the committees of the House of Delegates on which Ted T. Stacy serves. They are the Committee on Banking and Insurance and, of all things, the Education Committee! If our legislative efforts regarding education in the state must be ruled over by such people as Stacy, a great deal of wonder that we have any real educational effort above the third or fourth grade can be well justified! Un- fortunately, another of our Raleigh County delegates showed herself to be about equally unlettered when she first ran for office many years ago! We need badly to find better representatives for Raleigh County in our Legislature! Defusing Wage, Price Controls Difficult How to dispose of wage and price controls once they have been imposed upon an industrial economy now poses an economic problem for both the President of the United States and the prime minister of Britain. British control's, which followed U. S. controls, have been no happier ex- perience. Inflation has not been contained in either nation by the imposition of ar- tificial restraints. Contrary arguments of how much worse inflation might have been, or how much faster it might have subsided had free market forces been permitted to prevail, are moot ques- tions. The point is that controls are a fix- ture with which to contend. Both governments say it is one of their goals to remove the controls as soon as possible. But how? Washington and London both remember well ttie price jolts which followed the Phase 3 relaxation of controls in the United States. Britain was so impressed by what happened that it skipped its own version of Phase 3 to go directly into a plan similar to America's Phase 4. With the imbalances and injustices continuing to emerge under the control program, neither nation wants to con- tinue phasing indefinitely. The sad fact both face is that controls are much to impose than dispose. Top (y The Morning Comet Preparations Great, Lengthy By EMILE J. HODEL Comet Kohoutek, about which we held forth considerably here yester- day, is officially designated as 1973f (the sixth comet discovered in It is named for Dr. Lubos Kohoutek, a Czech-born astronomer at West Germany's Hamburg Observatory. In a classic example of serendipity in science Dr. Kohoutek discovered the; comet last March while photographing the night sky in search of asteroids. The unexpected discovery gave scientists an almost unprecedented 9.5 months to prepare for its nearest approach to the sun. Most comets give scientists only one or two months' notice of their arrival. Traveling at a speed of 400 million kilometers per hour (250 million miles per Kohoutek will reach perihelion (at 13.2 million its closest point to the sun, on Dec. 28. It will come within 120 million kilometers (75 million miles) of earth on June 5, 1974. Estimates of its ultimate brightness range from minus 6 to minus 12 on the astronomical scale. Sirius, the brightest star in our sky, has a magnitude of minus 1.47 while the full moon has a magnitude of minus 12. The fiery object which the comet will become may have begun its journey to the solar system's center as much as years ago. Projects Galore A mere listing of the major ele- ments of NASA's Operation Kohoutek plans covers more than five pages of details. Skylab in its orbit around earth provides the most important viewing capability, of course. But there are others as well Mariner 10, scheduled for launching on Nov. 3, will take pic- tures and obtain data on the comet from a completely different angle as the spacecraft speeds toward its target planets of, Venus and Mercury. In combination with earth-based cameras Mariner 10 is expected to produce a stereoscopic image of Kohoutek. -0- The Jet Propulsion Laboratory will attempt to bounce radar signals off the comet. Returning signals might tell something of the makeup of the nucleus. Copernicus, Goddard Space Flight Center's orbiting astronomical obser- vatory (OAO-3) at a distance of 665 kilometers (415 miles) above earth, will also be examining the comet Five sounding rocket flights are planned from White Sands, N. M., from Jan. 5 to 12 at sunset. Various universities across the nation will operate different projects in co- operation with NASA. -0- A special observatory with a twin dome Schmidt telescope facility atop South Baldy Mountain in New Mexico is being completed to get rapid se- quences in both monochrome and color photos of Comet Kohoutek from the elevation there. A 24-inch infrared telescope, fund- ed by NASA, will be operated at feet altitude on Mt. Evans, Colorado, by the University of Den- ver. It will study chemical substances in the comet's head. Few events in this century have created as much excitement, expec-. tation, and preparation as the ap- proach of this new comet Here's hoping that we do not manage to blow up the whole darned world before it gets here. This writer, for one, wants mightily to get to see this much- heralded celestial visitor to our skies. From our earliest memories we heard both our parents and other relatives talk about the visitation of Halley's Comet back in 1910. It sounded fascinating and this sounds equally so. Meanwhile, top of the morning again! My Answer By BTLLY GRAHAM My story is similar to many others nbout an unfaithful husband. What pu7.7.les me is his justification of it. He keeps saying "God forgave King David for a greater wrong, surely He'll forgive me for a lesser one." How do I answer that? J.S.R We know more about the details of David's life than any other Old Testament character. He is seen as shepherd, musician, soldier king, and poet. It's a tribute to the love, pa- tience, and mercy of God. that to the prophets of later times, David became justifiably the nation's ideal. Yet David fell. Not only was adultery the charge, but attempting to cover that mistake with murder. At the time he was 50 years of age and ought to have known better, but perhaps as with your husband, passion dethroned conscience. Tell your husband to read two chapters of Psalms chapter 32 and 51. The former is a Psalm of con- fession, the latter of forgiveness. David was not one to say "I'm only to go out and repeat the mistake. Psalm 51 reveals such petition? as: "Let me be pure again" me in me a clean heart. .filled with right desires." Until a person resolves to let God's power block repetition of wrong, he makes a travesty of forgiveness. It All Started When I Said The UMWA Couldn't Take Criticism...' Jack Readers Mail Questions To Columnist "YOU'LL FIND, if you check, "THE FAMILY fears for her By TACK ANDERSON and LESS WRITTEN WASHINGTON Our mail, which runs around 300 letters a day, is laced with fascinating tips and also some provocative questions. From time to time, we will publish the most newsworthy ones and their answers. "I understand President Nix- on bought his San Clemente estate with campaign funds. To cover this up, he got his rich friend, Robert Abplanalp, to claim the money was a loan." L. B., Long Beach, Calif. Answer: The President put up out of his own funds for me million estate in July, 1969. He borrowed from Abplanalp, applied to the down payment and spent for fur- nishing and refurnishing. A YEAR LATER, the Presi- dent borrowed another from the obliging Abplanalp, of which was used to reduce the mortgage and went for interest. AH the Abplanalp loans were paid by check. Subsequently, Abplanalp can- celled the entire debt in return for title to the outer circle of the presidential estate. Thus, Abplanalp advanced most of the original capital, but Nixon, astonishingly, wound up with the heart of the estate. The President also is using, rent free, the portion of the estate deeded to Abplanalp. that the same jet-set sports lawyer, Don Dell, has lent mo- ney to his clients at usurious rates." G.H., Silver Spring, Md. Answer: Dell charged ex- football player Bernard Bramson 55 per cent interest on a loan. That's 10 per cent more than it takes under federal law to qualify as loan- Ms. Abzug quietly formed the courtly Martin. "She's suffering from asthma. Her hair is falling out. She's been on a hunger strike." Martin murmured his sym- pathies. Ms. Abzug persisted, "Look, Mr. Ambassador, her fate is of concern to women all over the world." Martin nodded agreement and sharking. Dell set the interest replied, "We're working on the "WHAT IS happening to Vietnam since it has been crowded out of the news by Watergate, Agnevv and the Middle R.T.W., Boston. Answer: The fighting goes on in the Vietnam countryside. The secret intelligence reports out of Hanoi warn that the North Vietnamese leaders haven't given up their goal of commun- the country and are likely to achieve this before the end of the decade. In other words, the U.S. squandered nearly American lives and hundreds of billions of the taxpayers' money to prevent a Communist takeover that is likely to occur anyway. at for just over four months. Bramson missed the deadline on the loan and came up with a few weeks later. When he failed to pay the remaining plus the interest, Dell demanded another interest. Bramson squawked like a penalized quarterback and sent Dell a check for as payment in full. The sportsman-lawyer told us sadly: "It was foolish on my part to be a Good Samaritan. I thought I was doing a guy a favor, and I wound up getting my tennis string cut." The Bramson loan, Dell assured us, was his first and last venture into loan sharking. "HOW IS CLARENCE Kelley fitting into the shoes of the late J. Edgar B., Denver. Answer: Kelley appears to be a quietly able FBI chief. He already has had a stabilizing effect on the FBI. At the same time, he has ordered his un- derlings to admit their mistakes and to take their lumps in the press. case. Leave it to me. You'll be hearing from me in Sep- tember." When Martin returned to the U.S. for consultation, Ms. Abzug renewed her requests to him four times. Each time, Martin promised action. Finally, her persistence paid off. Mme. Thanh was freed. "DID PRESIDENT Nixon's choice for vice president, Gerald Ford, like Sen. Tom Eagleton, receive psychiatric treatment or J.R., Newark, N..T. Answer: Ford made at least one visit to President Nixon's psychotherapist, Dr. Arnold Hiitschncckcv, in 1965. The confessed former fixer, Robert Wintcr-Berger, told us he drove Ford to the doctor's office and picked him up an hour later. Wintcr-Berger said Ford had complained about nervousness and depression. Ford came out of Hnt.sclincckcr's office, recalled Wintcr-Rcrgcr, carrying psychiatric reading material. Afterward Ford mentioned that he was continuing to see the psychotherapist, said Winter- Bergcr. Ford told us he had visited Hutschneckcr at Winter- Berger's urging, had received a "15-niinute lecture on and had never seen the doctor again. This is substantiated by Hutschnecker. Tri any event, Ford is known on Capitol Hill as a sound and sensible man. "YOU SHOULD investigate the travel at the taxpayers' ex- pense of Brig. Gen. Robert Upp, the former president of the Reserve Officers Association." O.S., Alexandria, Va. Answer: As a special assign- ments officer, Upp has made "inspection tours" that have taken him criss-crossing the U.S. He made two overseas trips, but Upp swears he paid his own way to the Army Reserve Olympics in Italy and the World Peace Conference in the Ivory Coast. The known cost of this junketing to the taxpayers this year: in salary, per diem and travel expenses. When we tried to reach Upp for his comments, we located him at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, Va. Not surprisingly, he had just been "Upp and Away" again on another Army junket. CONGRESS' MILITANT Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., is regarded by colleagues and constituents alike as a two-fisted, hard- cursing floor fighter who wins her way with chutzpa. The outspoken Ms. Abzug us- ed the softness of a pussycat and the suavity of an Ivy League diplomat, though, in negotiating the freedom of in- ternationally known le g a 1 scholar Mme. Ngo Ba Thanh, who was locked up by the Saigon regime in 1971. A few weeks ago, while part of a hard-working congressional anti-narcotics team in Southeast Asia, Ms. Abzug dropped in on the family of Mme. Thanh, who, like the congresswoman, is an alumna of Columbia University Law School. The family's disclosures sent her deter- minedly to U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin. Andrew Ambivalence Advised In Crisis Over Tapes WASHINGTON A certain ambivalence is indicated in- deed, it seems mandatory in any responsible commentary on tire latest Nixon crisis. In giving the sack to Atty. Gen. Elliot R i c his deputies William P. R uckelshaus and Special Pros ecutor Archie Cox (and let's fences. NOW, REPUBLICANS who had previously remained silent or who had maintained their .support of the President, have joined the critical chorus. "I deplore what said Micliigan Republican Gov. William G. Milliken. "I had welcomed the appointment of Cox, R i c h a r d B 00 and Ruckelshaus. .Clearly we face a constitutional crisis." Complained; Wyoming Jack Republican Chairman have no sophistry about speight, "I just can't believe President on -m that zoo." has further impaired the Nevertheless, Nixon could yet credibility of his administration. his fae flcted within the "spirit" of the U.S. UNLESS THE country is to Cifcuit Court rf AppeaJs rulillg be turned into a lunatic banana that Watergate jury- republic, though, we had best hag a rf t tQ relevant evidence AiiTvaltrAc tn tnP. milttSftl mi ht contain r address ourselves to the counsel of White House adviser Melyin Laird and withhold a snap SER JOHN c STENNIS) D- judgment on the Presidents whom me President agreement to make public a named to havg ac. transcript of portions tQ thg tapes to yerify the accuracy and completeness President's notorious Watergate of the tapes. Of the well-known members of Nixon's team, there were three men who enjoyed wide bi-partisan support Richardson, Ruckelshaus, and Secretary of State Henry Kiss- inger. Only Kissinger survives. True, Richardson and Ruckelshaus were suspect in some conservative circles for their liberalism, but they had the support of more moderate GOP leaders who yearned to resolve the Watergate mess lest it cause irreparable damage to their party. MORE IMPORTANT, Richardson and Ruckelshaus had the trust of Congress' Democratic majority which has the power of life and death over White House programs. While those two men sat in the Justice Department, the Democrats felt there was a good chance of getting to the bottom of Watergate and prosecuting all of the guilty. By their appointments, Richard Nixon took a giant step toward mending his Capitol Hill fences and making orderly government possible. Now, regardless of how the legal questions are resolved, Nixon has torn down those of the President's siimmary thereof, is an honorable man who has the confidence of bis colleagues Capitol HiiL 7 Should Stennis decide that the summary and Watergate transcripts are fair and com- plete, and that the tapes have not been tampered .with, the President's defense in the courts will be considerably strengthened. Nixon has grounds now to claim that he did, promise away (from his previous flat refusal to turn over the tapes to anyone, and that Cox acted frivolously in rejecting this compromise. THIS IS A CLAIM the Supreme Court would consider carefully, since it is concerned not only with legalisms, but with orderly procedure based on the independence of the Republic's three branches of government. Nixon and his lawyers already have mounted the argument that it would be in- jurious to presidential con- fidentiality to set a precedent whereby in the future "more than 400" federal judges would be empowered to examine privileged communications bet- ween a President and his staff. Yesterday And Today- Getting Truth Like Pulling Eye Teeth By SHIRLEY DONNELLY in haste! All this Watergate stuff has served to bring up thes ubject OUT IN JACKSON County in of lying. By lying is meant the days of my childhood, there knowingly uttering a falsehood, was a bit of folklore bearing By falsehood is meant the want on the subject of lying that was told that there was something in their religious belief that forbade the scrub- bing of their heads! of truth or accuracy. Lying under oath is criminal of- fense. It is called perjury. When a witness in a case is sworn before taking the witness stand to some the older readers today, if any, may have heard about. It had to do with the white markings on one's finger nails. Out there we always said that those white spots on one's finger nails were the tell-tale markings of lies told by the one whose nails were so mark- ed! THERE ARE all kinds of lies. They have been categorized as black lies and little white lies. "The dirty black lie" has al- way been regarded as the most vicious kind of untruth. Leaders in high places often have been the masters in telling the "big lie." Wasn't it Adolf Hitler who was reputed to have said that if a big lie is told and kept on being told it will come to a L a 11 u L u vjlii l. liiNvj sUMiit people to w. testify, that swearing is called tell the truth is like pulling eye pass that people will believe taking an oath. When one raises his right hand and swears that the testimony he is going to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as the court bailiff mumbles, the teeth. When soldiering in Africa in World War IPs early days, many a soldier was set upon by a passle of young Arabs who picked him clean. They would gang upon a soldier, it to be the truth? witness calls upon the Eternal swipe his watch and everything to confirm that he, the witness, he had on his person, is going to tell the truth 100 When the Military Police per cent would round up the thieves and Some people, notably those of question them about who took the Dunkard Brethren faith, the soldier's belongings, refuse to take an oath. Instead everyone of them would say of taking the oath, they simply that "Mohammed" had done it. all affirm what they are going to tell is the whole truth. THIS COMPARATIVELY new contrivance called "the lie detector" is an interesting device. Just how scientific and accurate it is can only be guessed at but its use seems to be making a passing grade. People have always been liars not all of them, of course. One time the Psalmist, in a fit of depression, declared that "I said in my haste, All men are liars" (Psalm It has occurred to me often that the old Psalmist could have taken his time in writing that statement instead of making it As they were all named Mohammed it was like looking for a needle in a haystack to pin down the ones who were guilty. THERE WAS one way, though, that brought the con- fessions of guilt A pan of water, a cake of G.I. soap, and a scrubbing brush were brought in. The sus- pects were told if they did not put the finger on the guilty ones, everyone was going to get his head scrubbed! When the suspects were thus informed, the confessions were immediately forthcoming! What did the trick I never knew, but IT IS RECKONED that the motive behind the telling of an untruth is what gives the lie its moral coloring. There is where camouflaging comes in. I saw a huge French bat- tleship on the Mediterranean Sea camouflaged so that it looked like a split rail fence. It was one of the ships in our 800-ship convoy that helped ef- fect our D-Day landings on the Southern Coast of France on Aug. 15 and 16, 1944. That ship left the wrong impression on the enemy a sort of "white wouldn't you say? The motive behind camouflaging the huge battle wagon was twofold to fool the enemy and also to save lives! Perhaps that kind of "little white lie" was justified or was it? When a possum is attacked it acts out a lie by acting like it is dead, as any old night hunter will tell you. Soldiers in battle not all of them, but a cowardly few were given to "playing possum" when the battle got hot! the small society by Brickman ;