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THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1976
Angola In The Open
Amid the confusion that surrounds the Angola problem, one
development at least should be reassuring to Americans. President
Ford is reported to be opposed to any United States combat or
adviser role in the former Portuguese colony and to regard the
outcome of the civil war as of limited interest both to the U.S. and
the Soviet Union. This should help allay any fears that this nation is
about to get bogged down in another Vietnamlike quagmire.
However, after the painful experience of Vietnam and a long
history of administration deceptions, it is not surprising that
Congress is skeptical about the growing American involvement in
Angola-and its clandestine nature. Indeed it should be. A strong
case can be made that if the President determines that a continued
limited flow of assistance to Angola is needed to counter the Soviet
build-up there, he should tell the American people why and make
this an overt operation. There could then a be public acceptance of
the U.S. purpose there with a full knowledge of what the stakes are.
Clearly the whole complicated question of Angola needs to be
publicly aired and discussed. The fundamental diplomatic question
how best to counter the visible Soviet penetration of a volatile
pon of Africa. Is it the wisest course for the United States to
bvide limited aid to the "anti-Soviet" factions in Angola and td
punt a diplomatic campaign with a view to pressuring the
jssians to reduce their participation? Or is it best to stand aside,
feep American lines open to the Moscow-backed Angolan group,
Ind count on Soviet influence eventually falling of its own weight
and ineptitude?
We tend toward the former course but recognize that many
factors have come into play and must be considered in trying to
arrive at a judicious policy.
The Africans themselves are divided on Angola. Some 14
countries have now recognized the Soviet-backed Popular
Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), including the
important country of Nigeria, which is far from having leftist
sympathies. This suggests they see the MPLA as the only force
competent and strong enough to run the country.
On the other hand, it was the neighboring countries of Zaire and
Zambia that reportedly first urged the United States to do
something to counter the Russians and, given their record of
relatively moderate leadership in Africa, their opinion also merits
consideration.
It is not at all certain that the MPLA, even if it gains the
ascendancy, would oust American interests in Angola. Significantly,
the Gulf Oil Company has been pumping oil in Cabinda at almost
normal rates without MPLA interference and has been paying
millions of dollars in royalty and tax payments to the MPLA as the
controlling tax collector in Luanda.
It willl frustrate the reader not to have a black-and-white answer
to the dilemma of what to do. But that is the nature of the
problem. What is sorely needed now is public clarity about the
administration's view of the situation. If the Russians indeed were
to establish a naval base in Angola, how grave a threat would this
pose to the West's national interest? To its oil supply lines? At what
point would American aid to the anti-Soviet factions become
intolerably costly?
As these points become clarified, we would suggest again that aid
itself is not sufficient in any event. Washington should make an
energetic effort to enlist the Africans themselves to take the
diplomatic initiative in insisting on the withdrawal of all foreign
intervention. The ideal solution is that the Africans declare their
own brand of "Monroe Doctrine" and decide their own affairs
themselves.
?Christian Science Monitor
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago
Thursday, December 28, 1950
Cold Artie air, left behind by
Santa Claus as he sped back to the
North Pole, hit wide areas over the
eastern half of the nation yesterday.
In a letter to Harry Greene, Hoke
representative in the General As
sembly, last week, J.F. Havens,
assistant to the president of
Carolina Telephone and Telegraph
Company, explained some of the
things the company is doing to help
local telephone service and other
steps they plan to take soon.
County Game Protector H.R.
McLean calls the attention of all
hunters to the fact that the open
season on deer will end in this
county Januaiy 1.
? ? ?
Funeral services for James Wil
Ham McPhaui were conducted at
the Antioch Presbyterian Church at
three o'clock by the Rev. W.B.
Heyward, pastor of the Raeford
Presbyterian Church.
Corporation organized to con
struct 130 homes here.
H.L. Gatlin. Jr. new chamber
head succeeding R.B. Lewis.
This year has been the third
worst year for polio for North
Carolina in the State's history.
Census Bureau of the Depart
ment of Commerce in its report of
December 14, 19S0 shows that
5,499 bales of cotton were ginned in
Hoke county from the crop of 1950
prior to December I.
1 5 years ago
TharwUy, December 29, 1960
Four fires brought personal
suffering and property damage to
Hoke county last week and com
pletely destroyed the homes of three
Hoke families.
Christmas business was the same
or better than last year, according
to a survey of Main Street stores
which was taken here on Tuesday.
January is the month for license
plates sales and Phil B. Rieg, of the
Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Com
merce, has urged residents of Hoke
county to avoid the last minute rush
by getting their 1961 plates early.
Any farmer in this State may
have the acreage laid off for him on
which he will plant his allotment
crop for this year.
1 know it's not part of the ict but it
keeps me in shape'
Detente ]l
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? by Marly Vega
Best, Worst Of Year
As 197S draws to a dose, it is only
appropriate we gaze back on the big
events of the year, and for this
reason, a panel of experts has
selected "The Best Column" and
"The Worst Column" from these
pages. The winner of each category
was kept secret, hermetically sealed
in a mayonnaise jar for months.
Last week's ruling from the
Attorney General regarding the case
of the man arrested for taping over
'First in Freedom' on his plates was
sound. It's just too bad it didn't go
far enough, and clearly define what
you can do. But at least someone has
recognized these catchy little slogans,
which seem innocuous, have always
caused trouble, somewhere.
People who plunk down good
money for their plates, particularly
those of us from states who compel
you to display two just to fatten
their treasuries, have a right to
expect satisfaction, just like in any
other consumer purchase.
Buying your license plates every
year has always been annoying.
Remember when you waited for
delivery on your new car in that real
sharp color you liked, and the same
year your state changed their plate to
some icky hues which clashed
horribly?
Fortunately, most states are now
keeping the same old plates and
selling decals, and anyway, none of
us can afford a new car. Funny how
those little paper decals cost just as
much as metal, isn't it?
So, it seems clear to me. all states
should discard these slogans, or at
least settle on one and keep it, and
not change it every so often just for
the heck of it, and that would put an
end to this bickering. This Flowers
case was not the first, you know.
This columnist has researched this
thoroughly, and here for the first
time, are true, heretofore
unpublished accounts of others who
battled for their rights. Only the
names have been changed.
Some feature which is descriptive,
but does not necessarily have
anything to do with the official
motto or state nickname, is put on
the plates arbitrarily. Some slogans
are misleading, ambiguous, or
downright lies.
For years Michigan proclaimed
itself 'Water Wonderland,' a
seemingly innocent enough phrase.
But Minnesota sniped at this by
declaring itself to be 'Land of 1,001
lakes' at the same time, and a small
band from Ishpeming. Mich., planned
a Saturday night raid on Duluth to
settle things with their fists. Trouble
was averted though, because
everyone up there is snowed in for
six months of the year, and when
spring came, the matter was
forgotten. Anybody from the Upper
Peninsula is a little off, anyway, so
local lawmen were not greatly
concerned.
However, when the slogan was
changed to "Great Lake State' later,
the first reported case of taping over
occured.
Gertie Click, 25, of Detroit, with
the aid of a $2.89 artists brush and
careful application of 3M tape,
(all-weather), altered her plates to
spell 'Lakes Stink," foolishly leaving a
big space where "Great' was, which
did not go undetected for long.
Testimony at her trial revealed
Gertie, an avid swimmer, had become
angry because Lake Erie was too
polluted to swim in. Lake Superior
was far too cold, the waves anywhere
on Lake Michigan were always very
high, and Lake Huron was just too
sandy.
Gertie presented no evidence
about Lake Ontario and she was
convicted and fined $100.
Fred Flinglerhaus, 28, of
Tucumcari, N.M., almost made
hcadlinesin 1973 when he disavowed
'Land of Enchantment' and publicly
declared he was 'Disenchanted and
Disgusted" on his plates.
Fred, who had been absent from
his home state while in the service six
years, became disenchanted when he
crossed into New Mexico at Glenrio,
Tex., and found "they still haven't
finished the d? interstate in all this
time," he testified.
Under tricky cross examination.
Fred blurted out "the scenery is
pretty nice, yes, sort of enchanting,"
and he was found guilty and fined
$50. A final decision in Fred's appeal
is expected in about six more years.
Lola LaRue, 36, of Cheyenne,
Wyo., carefully blacked out the
figure of the cowboy on the bucking
bronc on her plates and inked in the
words 'Follow Me," the meaning of
which was not entirely made clear.
Miss LaRue argued in her defense
every citizen was entitled to a
message, not just a picture, on her
plates, and she was only exercising
her right. Miss LaRue testified
"they'U never be able to put a motto
on them until Wyoming state
troopers can learn to read."
She was acquitted.
Due to illness
The Puppy Creek
Philosopher
will not appear
this week.
CLIFF BLUE...
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People & Issues
1975-1976 -- This being the last
column written in 1975 we take the
liberty to look back a little and also
comment on prospects for 1976 in
the Democrat and Republican
gubernatorial races.
Several names have been men
tioned during 1975 as possible
candidates for both the Democrat
and Republican gubernatorial
nominations.
With the door to 1976 opening it
appears that there will definitely be
at least four running for the
Democratic nomination, to list
them alphabetically. -- Hargrove
(Skipper) Bowles. Jr., Jim Hunt,
Ed O'Herron and Robert Strick
land. Among the group Hunt
appears to be the front runner at
the beginning of 1976 as he was at
the beginning of 1975, but the
other three, Bowles, O'Herron and
Strickland will likely be narrowing
the gap in the months to come.
Every candidate would no doubt
like to be the front runner and the
position has many advantages, but
there are also some drawbacks. The
front-runner must stand a closer
scrutiny than the other candidates
and more shots will be fired at him.
Four years ago Pat Taylor, then
lieutenant-governor was regarded
as the front-runner but Skipper
Bowles led him in both the first and
second primaries. Skipper con
ducted an excellent primary cam
paign but a weak general election
campaign.
In the GOP gubernatorial sweep
stakes, three members of the
Holshouser cabinet are regarded as
likely candidates -- Human Re
sources Secretary David E.
Flaherty. Transportation Secretary
Jacob F. Alexander and Secretary
of Revenue J. Howard Coble. The
Rev. Coy Privette of Kannapolis is
the fourth GOP potential candi
date. Many regard Flaherty as the
front-runner as 1976 begins but
who the lead man will be in the
August primary could be a differ
ent story.
LIEUT. GOVERNOR -? In the
lieut. governor's race there is a big
question as to whether anyone is
starting out far in front among the
Democrats. Rep. Herbert Hyde of
Asheville. House Speaker Jim
Green of Bladen County. Waverly
F. Akins of Fuquay-Varina, former
State Senator George Wood of
Camden County. Rep. John Jordan
of Alamance County. B. Frank
Stephenson of Murfreesboro and
former Mayor Howard Lee of
Chapel Hill are expected to file for |
lieutenant governor, and possibly
others who have been talking about
running.
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY --
Immediately ahead will be the
presidential primary in North Car
olina with both Democrat and
Republican candidates entered.
President Ford and former Gov
ernor Reagan will square off for the
Republican votes with a close
contest likely. The entrance of
Jimmy Carter and Senator Henry
Jackson of Washington State can't
but take votes from Terry Sanford.
Gov. Wallace will probably not
campaign much in North Carolina
in 1976 as he made only one speech
here in his successful 1972 cam
paign here ? that one in Chad
bourn shortly before the primary.
POSTAL SERVICE -- Sam f
Ragan. editor of the Southern
Pines Pilot has for months been C
waging a campaign to get the ?
Postal Service put back into "poli
tics". As the postal deficit grows it
seems that more and more are
becoming disenchanted with the
service. Former Postmaster Gen
eral Klassen and the unionization
of the postal service have been
considered by many as factors in
the slow down and high cost of
postal service. If postal rates
increase like Postmaster General
Benjamin F. Bailar says they
should, prety soon the postal
service could possibly go the way of
the Railway Express which priced
itself out of business.
If there is a Federal law against
the private delivery of mail, then it
should be repealed. Some good
competition might well help the
situation. The postal service has
lost and the great bulk of the
newspaper business to motor ve
hicles and carrier boys. Klassen is
out of the post office dept. but the
union is there. Many do not feel
that there should be unions in any
department of government -- public
schools, policemen, firemen, mail
service or otherwise.
NEW YEAR'S WISH -- For the
New Year, I send the readers of this
column a favorite message, author
of which is unknown: "I said to a
man who stood at the gate of the
year, give me a light that I may
tread safely into the unknown, and .
he replied: 'Go out into the
darkness and put your hand into
the hand of God. That shall be to
you better than a light and safer
than a known way.' "
This Is The Law
By Robert E. Let
Black leased a house from
White, in writing, for a period of
five years at a monthly rental of
$100. May Black assign or transfer
his rights under the lease to Grav
without the consent of White?
Yes. In the absence of an express
restriction in the lease or proof that
the lesser made the lease because of
reliance on the personal charac
teristics of the lessee, the lessee may
freely transfer his interest in all or
any part of the premises.
If the rent of a store building is to
be paid on the basis of a designated
percentage of the lessee's total sales
or net profits, may the lessee
transfer his lease to another
without the consent of the lessor?
No. Notwithstanding the fact
that there has been inserted no
provision against an assignment or
a sublease, the particular lease is
said to be personal and there exists
no right on the art of the lessee to
transfer to another his interest.
A landlord leases his farm to a
tenant. The tenant is to pay to the
landlord as rental a designated
percentage of the farm products
raised on the land. May the tenant
transfer to another his rights under
the lease without the consent of the
landlord?
No. Such a lease is generally
regarded as a personal contract and
not assignable without the consent
of the lessor. The amount to be
received by the lessor and the care
of the property depend upon the
character, industry and skill of the
lessee.
This is the last of a fall series of
articles that have appeared weekly
during the past three months. They .
have been written for the non- Jr
lawyer as a public service of The(,
Lawyers of North Carolina. A
nother series will begin in
spring.
Bead Acts3:l-10
Peter said ... In the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up
and walk. (Acts 3:6)
The halo of New Year's Day is
hope. We hope that our routine
may be interrupted by a delightful
suiprise. Flexibility and openness
to God's blessings can brighten our
efforts all year.
This happened to the lame man
to whom Peter and John spoke in
Jesus' name. He asked for a
pittance. He received the longed for
and wonderful gift of walking,
which he immediately translated
into leaping. Before this new day he
could only beg, so he went out
among people and made his need
known.
Today is a good time to air needs
and share faith. To receive un
expected gladness, or to help make
such a reality for others, can be a
fiart of the day's journey. Look,
isten, ask, respond in the name of
Jesus. He makes the day new. He
helps us to do what we never
dreamed of doing, and He often
uses what we give to work a
miracle.
PRAYER: Our father, help us to
seek newness of life every day,
believing that through You we can
turn dull days into joyous ones. In
Christ's name. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Christ's entrance into our world
marked a new day for all mankind.
-copyright-THE UPPER ROOM
-Sue Welch-Washington, D.C.
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