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PAGE FOUR—SapatK (OUa.) Herald, Thuida;, July I, INI
THE REPORT by trustees of the
Social Security Administration that the
program is about to run out of money
pulls the props from under our smiling
congressman, Mike Synar.
SYNAR HAS said repeatedly the
prdgram is not in trouble, and if it is,
let’s just turn to the general fund and
re-finance! Following Syr\ar’s logic one
might react...“after all, it’s just
THE TRUSTEES of the program are
members of the President’s cabinet
and this of course is the response that
will come from Synar.. .just nwe
Reagan propaganda! But really it isn’t
just the current administration's
pr^aganda—President Jimmy Carter
said on several occasions the program
was in financial trouble. He wasn’t as
specific as the current government
THE TRUSTEES of the program are
supposed to prepare an annual report.
But this does not say they must make it
public, although surely it was the intent
of Congress that such reports would be
for public scrutiny. But if the trustees
decide to withhold the report under the
guise of any of a hundred acceptable
reasons, perhaps they may do so. And
in our opinion that has likely happened
in years past. We do not remember
reading about previous annual reports
until the present administration
trustees went into office. Perhaps we
are wrong in this regard, but if we are,
we hope some segment of the news
media will gather up previous reports
PEOPLE FACING retirement age at
present have put their hopes in social
security. Make no mistake about that.
But if the report issued this week is
factual, unless some immediate
changes are made many people en-
tering retirement age next year could
be in for a suprise.
CONG. MIKE Synar may not look at
social security as anything but just
another tax. At this tender age, he has
limited opportunity of receiving
anything from the program. But
thousands of his constituents look at it a
SYNAR MAY be better informed
than the trustees of the social security
program. But we wouldn’t bet any
monev on it!
What other Editors sav
... A six-man (Supreme) Court
majority Thursday hid behind
“deference to Congress” in accepting a
Selective Service Act that requires
men, but not women to register for the
A Court majority with either courage
or conviction regarding equal
protection of the laws would have
rejected Congress’s blatantly
discriminatory decision to exclude all
women even from consideration for the
draft. The Court clearly lacked either.
The decision is nevertheless in-
structive in the debote over how much
protection the Constitution currently
accords women. One of the most
common — and most anemic — ob-
jections to the proposed Equal Rights
Amendment is that ‘it isn’t necessary.’
... Now, however, the Supreme Court
has ruled that Congress has at least
some authority to decide when a gan-
der-based distinction is acceptable...
Does 54 percent of the nation’s
population enjoy all rights, other than
voting, merely at the sufferance of the
majority of Congress at any particular
Intentionally or not, the Court
majority has opened that abhorrent
Providence, R.I., Journal Bulletin:
Tennis has come a long way from the
days of Bill Tilden and white flannels
and grassonly courts. It has become
popularized, which is great for the sport
itself, but not always so good for the
traditional decorum that all the best
players used to observe.
During the ... Wimbledon cham-
pionships, the crowd was treated to
another tantrum by John McEnroe,
who has made childish behavior
something of a trademark. Angered at
a line call, McEnroe stomped on his
racket and broke it; and later called an
official an “incompetent fool.”
Today’s tennis fans may dote on such
behavior. Maybe they throng to tennis
matches Just to see this kind of outburst
from the likes of McEnroe and Jimmy
Connors and Die “Nasty” Nastase,
other tempermental fellows on the
But tennis is one of the last bastioris of
civilized conduct in the world of sport,
and if Wimbledon officials were as
concerned for the status of their
tournament as they were for fat gate
receipts, they would have bounced
McEnroe ... forthwith, as he deserved.
From an American perspective, it is
difficult to choose sides (in Iran).
Under Ayatollah Khomeini, the clerics
have been fanatically anti-American.
Indeed, Tehran Radio blamed Sunday
night’s bombing, the second in as many
days, on “mercenaries connected to the
U.S.A.,” and on Monday, angry crowds
surged throught he streets of the
Iranian capital chanting, “Death to
America” — a chant that became
nauseatingly familiar to American
television viewers during the hostage
But the Mujahedeen Khalq, the group
that is leading the underground op-
position to the clergy, is heavily
Marxist and susceptible to influence
Meanwhile, the war with Iraq goes on
and Iran’s Kurdish and Bahais
populations are in nearopen rebellion.
Iran, once a nation of proud and
resourceful people, is disintegrating
badly. And, sadly, the chance of a
moderate government's assuming
power and restoring order and stability
at any time in the near future seems
The Reagan administration’s im-
patience with kidnappers was reflected
in Atlanta when the kidnapper came
out of FBI headquarters feet first.
A former mental patient with an
arsenal of weapons invaded the office,
took 12 employees hostage, and began
to issue demands...
When the talking was climaxed by
some threatening gestures by the
gunman, a SWAT team moved in for a
Two hostages were wounded; not
The kidnapper was dead.
Reagan administration policy has
been enunciated clearly: No more
timidity. Skyjackers will not be
refueled, ransom will not be paid, we
will not bargain with kidnappers.
All that the FBI will do - and will not
do - in hostage situations should not be
But it might be useful for anybody
contemplating hostage crime to know
that the Bureau has now prepared
Experience teaches that hostage
kidnappers generally fit one of four
Most are mentally disturbed, or...
Criminals trapped during the com-
mission of a crime, or...
Prisoners who are revolting, or...
Political terrorists seeking thus to
promote some social change.
The first are the worst. Ap-
proximately 52 percent of all hostage
incidents involve individuals who are
These are the worst. Approximately
52 percent of all hostages incidents
involve individuals who are mentally
These may be paranoid
Manic depressives, or...
Antisocial psychotics, or...
Individuals with “Inadequate per-
J. Edgar Hoover used to say, “Never
try to anticipate with logic somebody
win is mentally sick; if you could
understand how he thinks, then we’d
have to worry about you."
Nonetheless, it helps to recognize
certain behavior patterns.
For example, paranoid
schizophrenics are usually above
average in intelligence. Don;t try to
trick them. Don’t lie to them.
The manic depressive already wants
to be punished; don’t threaten him.
The latter two categories are in-
dividuals seeking to "show the world
that they are somebody.” Try to give
them an “out” without the feeling of
having failed again.
Force remains the last resort of the
lawman in a hostage crisis.
First he will try persuasion.
After that, chemical weapons.
After that, snipers.
After that, SWAT.
But no more of the limitless
negotiation which has encouraged an
unprecedented escalation of such
crime. No more of that.
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By United Press International
Today is Thursday, July 9, the 190th
day of 1981 with 175 to follow.
The moon moving from its first
quarter toward its full phase.
The morning stars are Mercury and
The evening stars are Venus, Jupiter
Those born on this date are under the
sign of Cancer.
Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing
machine, was born July 9, 1819.
On this date in history:
In 1900, Australia entered the Federal
In 1943, American, Canadian and
British forces invaded Sicily during
World War H.
In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita
Khrushchev threatened the United
States with rockets if American forces
attempted to oust the Castro com-
munist regime from Cuba.
A thought for the day: American
author Mark Twain said, “The holy
passion of friendship is of so sweet and
steady and loyal and enduring a nature
it will last through a whole lifetime, if
not asked to lend money.”
Four letters from friends
Here are letter excerpts from widows and widowers.
They’ve come in over the last several yean. I don’t have a
fie for such notaa, bat they wind up in a desk drawer be-
cause they’re so hard to throw away.
THE GARDENER: “My wife wna gardener. She Hied
to putter alone. People scared her. If somebody dropped
by, ahe’d smile, ny a few friendly worda, then aUp away.
To tend, ahe’d say. Tend what? Didn’t matter. She wouldn’t
talk to me, either. I took to going out. On Saturday first,
then weeknighta after work. To taverns. But not on drink-
ing sprees. It wasn’t the beer. That’s cheaper at home. It
was the company, that’s ad. She died. Im sure she got
lonely, too. I should’ve spent more time with her on my
knees out there in the yard. But she wouldn’t have died
THE ENTERTAINER: “I suppose I was married to file
moat entertaining man in the world, but there are times
now when I’m not sorry he’s gone. Terrible filing to my.
Everybody knew him. Everybody loved his jokes. He was
always at the center of things. He talked a lot, except when
he’d nod to let somebody else talk. He deed his cigars, red
beans and rice with hushpuppiea, and hia CB radio setup,
and what he liked, you deed. He gave me a generous allow-
ance. No complaint there. But around him it was hard to
think. I made huahpuppies for him for 36 yean, and not
unfit after his death did T realize I never much cared for
hushpuppiea. Now I smoke his cigars when nobody is here.”
THE LOVER: “My wife decided when she was about $0
that she wanted more than one man. She’d hum, ’Help Me
Make It Through the Night,’ and look Into tome guy’s
eyes, with me right there, and My, m though she were ting-
ing the worda, ‘wit tonight I need a man.’ It uaed to *■*■!»
me mad, bat finely I Just got embamteed. It won't some-
fifing you could talk through. She’d get hysterical Out-
come wm she never got sick enough for real treatment and
she never got well enough for us to get together again. As
far as I know, no man ever took her up on her often, at
least while I was around. And I hear from the Idds she was
»til talking that way until about eight months ago when
she started asking for me. But I was in Calgary, and she died
before I got back.”
THE HUNTER: “My husband took up hunting when he
wm 63, and 1 didn’t understand why. He’d always been
opposed to that sort of fifing. He bought the orange dofiua
and a powerful gun. I thought it was only to gat away so he
could drink. Bat he told me serioufiy it wm to quit drink-
ing. To this day I do not know the troth about the accident
Whether he stumbled on hia own gun, as they say, or what
My property is free and dear, and I have some little security,
because of the insurance. But I can’t believe, m everyone
wants me to, that whatever happened was for the beat. The
last thing he said to me was: ‘Honey, I’m a0 through with
doing for me. What I do from now on ia for you’.”
Addrtu mall to L.M. Boyd In ears of thla nawmapor.
Copyright, 1SI1 Crown Syndicate, Inc
Who s running
Donald F. Graff
WASHINGTON (NEA)-“Do you
realize what’s happened?” a jubilant
aide to the Republican leaders of the
House of Representatives asked nobody
in particular. “For the first time In 30
years, they don’t run Congress.”
“They," of course, are the
Democrats, whose leaders had failed
only minutes earlier to prevent House
passage of a White House-promoted bill
that would mandate more than $36
billion worth of reductions in the
If the Democrats are no longer in
control, who is? “The Republicans
certainly aren’t running the House,”
says Rep. Thomas R. Harkin, D-Iowa.
“President Reagan is."
Rep. Tom Bevill, an Alabama
Democrat who sided with Reagan on
some (but not all) of the budget votes,
shares that assessment. “Back home in
my district,” he says, “all they want to
know is, “Are you with the president or
are you against the president?”
Other members of the House agree
that the defection of 29 Democrats
during a pair of crucial budget votes
can more logically be attributed to a
likable president and a popular idea
than to a Republican juggernaut in the
But such defections—Democrats
abandoning their party’s leadership
positions to vote with the Republicans,
or vice versa—are hardly uncommon in
the (hodern history of the House.
Throughout recent decades, con-
servative Southern Democrats (often
referred to in the vernacular as
“Dixiecrats") regularly have crossed
party lines when they viewed the
Democratic leadership position as too
liberal for themselves, their con-
stituents or both.
The only distinguishing feature about
this year’s budget votes was that the
"Dixiecrats” have a new colloquial
appelation. They’re now known as “boll
What was significantly different
about the House votes on the budget,
however, was the absence of virtually
a “liberal” or “progressive" Northern
Republicans siding with the
Democrats. Such switches, which offset
defections going in the other direction,
also have been a common phenomenon
in the past.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., a
particularly thoughtful member of the
House, offers one explanation for that
new voting pattern: The moderate-to-
liberal Republicans are "afraid of well-
financed right-wing hit men.”
Disloyalty to Reagan, Frank
suggests, would almost certainly incur
the wrath of one or more of the
currently hyperactive conservative
political-action committees and en-
courage conservative challenges In
future primary elections.
Meanwhile, the Democrats who have
been providing the president with his
victory margins are painting them-
selves into a political comer from
which there probably is little chance to
escape—and they’re aware of their
Rep. Sam B. Hall Jr., a Texas
Democrat who has consistently backed
Reagan in the budget struggle, is
quoted by a colleague as forlornly
musing about his prospects in the 1982
election: “The Republicans won’t need
us and the Democrats won’t want us.”
Even if the White House is willing to
provide covert assistance to its
Democratic friends in fending off
strong Republican challenges to their
re-election, it’s impossible to control
every local GOP organization and all of
the congressional aspirants in both
parties anxious to seize a unique op-
portunity to capitalize upon an in-
Thus, the defectors are likely to first
face a Democratic primary challenge
in which their opponents accuse them of
unreliability, disloyalty and assorted
other political sins.
Even if they survive that challenge,
they could well be confronted by a
Republican appealing for support in the
general election with a campaign pitch
along these lines:
"Why settle for an ersatz Reagan
supporter—a Democrat who sides with
the president on selected votes when
properly cajoled—when you can elect
an authentic Reagan backer? If you
like the Republican program, elect a
Republican from this congressional
district who truly represents your
There’s no easy response to that
It would be a mistake to read Israel’s
bitterly fought election as evidence of a
radical change in the country's political
style as such.
From the very beginning of the
Jewish state, politicians have gone at
each other with a ferocity customarily
reserved in other countries for civil
wars. Few holds are barred in personal
and partisan infighting. Even the
physical violence that scarred the
closing weeks, dismaying to some
observers in Israel and elsewhere for
its storm trooper echoes, differentiates
the passions of this campaign from
others more in degree than kind.
But it would be a greater mistake to
dismiss the outcome of this election as
merely more of the same because once
more Israeli voters, after all the
rhetorical vehemence and partisan
fury, have failed to provide themselves
with a stable government.
This time they have also revealed the
country to be more sharply and evenly
polarized than ever before between a
right wing of doctrinaire traditionalists
and pragmatists of the center and left.
Israel, even during the long ascen-
dancy of the Labor Party of David Ben
Gurion and Golda Meier, has never had
a solidly based majority government.
Cabinets have always been intricately
crafted coalitions in which inherent
instability has been the common
But this time the crafting is going to
be more difficult than ever, and at a
time when Israel is less able to afford
the luxury of preoccupation with the
techniques of politics.
Whether formed by Shimon Peres or
Menachem Begin, the next government
faces formidable problems that will not
yield to the politics of instability. The
country is burdened with perhaps the
most virulent inflation of any developed
economy In the world.
Economic weakness is more than an
internal problem, it increases Israel’s
dependence upon aid from abroad at a
time when its hard-line policies—given
dramatic expression in the destruction
of Iraq’s nuclear facility—are in-
creasing its political isolation.
The confrontation with Syria in
Lebanon drags on, as does the deadlock
over the future of the Arabs of the oc-
cupied West Bank. Inability to come to
gripe with that issue blocks full Im-
plementation of the peace with Egypt.
And potentially most serious of all,
there is a widening breach within the
Israeli community between the elite of
European origin that has run the show
since independence and later arrivals
from Arab countries and North Africa,
a culturally antagonistic and
proletariat that now outnumbers the
And finally, the issue that dominated
the campaign remains unresolved:
Whether he forms the next govern-
ment or leads the opposition, Begin’s
personality and style will dominate
post-election politics. He may not be
wholly responsible for the present
polarization, but he certainly per-
sonifies it He arouses great admiration
In some quarters, including the
burgeoning proletariat, and even
greater antipathy in others, notably the
And for essentially the same
reasons—his hard-ball politics, acid
tongue, unswerving dedication to a fire-
eating brand of Zionism that rejects
accommodation of Palestinian
aspirations and a flinty refusal to
compromise not only with the op-
position but independent opinions in his
Whatever the precise composition of
a new government, post-election Israel
appears committed to carrying on the
unfinished battle of Begin, to the
detriment of the nation’s ability to deal
effectively with its many internal and
external problems. And that may not be
the worst of it Polarized and pre-
occupied, Israelis may be ‘losing some
of the democratic vitality that has
sustained them through so many crises
and made them, despite all their
problems, the brightest spot in the
It would be a mistake to discount the
seriousness of that possibility.
(Bobby Herndon Sayt)
Israel believes the secret to a good
defense is destroying everyone elae’s
By the time the baseball strike is
over, behind every piste will be an
umpire, two lawyers and a Judge.
With interest rates, more homes are
started than finished.
There are so many joggers that
they’ll be required to have rear license
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