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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1977
Mr. Ford's farewell
What Ame"ca"^ Jfore that body to deliver his State of the
President Ford s^?^h genuine outpouring of ^arm^V d
Union message? J g transcended all partisanship and
SSfS! * is hard to avoid
In these final days of the F? dP deliVered perhaps the most
sentimentalism. But. as Mr. career> 0ur hearts could not but
effective speech of ^ preside ^ brought America through two
fill with de^sp.f Jpa ' and With pride in the nation's "government
33S& continuity a, such a
It is traditional to ring the graciousness. Even as he
time. Mr. Ford did ? wth ch? arac ^ ^ extended his support
dwelt on the past, helcwkedot was more than mere words,
prayers to the incoming ^ Washington to detect quickly the
this one o? the most
affable and efficient "^'"^^Tup'his ??>'d wWh a"rong
That Mr. Ford should ha ^ never sounded so
accent on accomplishment is shows the measure of his
self-confident or president al. ana t described the State of the
growth. Many. hr^V!\hTsZ\on warrants; he d d not after
Union in tones glossier that ^ ^"^orate . Indeed, if Mr. Ford
all win his case before the iAme wan ^ through in those areas
himself had vigorously and I creatr e y t reorganization -
nf concern he mentioned - energy, joov k
he probably would be staymg in office^ wouid have had more
The President s sc?]dinf .. had^en skillful enough to bring
^"St^S era of -Cooperation and conciiiat.on. That
^?hl ^broacf^ The11 ecotvaniy^while^UU
assessment and appreciate 11^^^^. Qf trQugh of stagnation,
tenuous, is emerging ^r . such pluses to its cred,t a*
?gS Snct&^n the Middle &. a^-en^hene
mus,n<S bTolse,enrSl'0?\eep abreast of the Russians, .s bas.ca >
S,Tbgove an . and Ameicans toda^and m the future ????*
reminded of this too often J Mr. Fort m of Watergate,
new openness, honesty, and ctvtoy after t ^ ^ as he ?as
We are glad the President did not go so f ? restored.
ll past that public rS'nuKe"force oT tacharatU which
Clearly it has not. But tl\roug President did strip away
embodies the best of everyday ^ ^ the Nixon years and lay; a
the manipulative and d P ^ government on which the
strong foundation of honest c< Qf healing is well begun
rbo^nd'Se^v the -ntinuinl goodwill and gratitude of aU
- Americans. --C/in'5na? Science Monitor
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journq*
25 years ago
Thursday, January 17, 1952
The Hoke County March of
Dimes got off to a fine start at the
High School Saturday night with
the big variety show, featuring
Lulong Ogburn. Fred Fletcher
Puddinhead Jones, Fay Ridenour
* * *
Private Lacy E. McEachin. who
recently returned from the Korean
combat zone, has been assigned to
the I277th Area Service unit at
Camp Kilmer. N.J.
* * *
Under the guidance of athletic
director Haywood Faircloth, an
immense physical education pro
gram is carried on at Hoke High
School for the benefit of the
students of Hoke County.
? ? ?
From Rockfish News:
We have had dry weather for
some time but with all the weddings
that are planned it is likely that
there will be showers this month.
, * * *
From Poole's Medley:
There is too much tendency
toward a centralized government.
If the Federal Government were to
protect the interests of the United
States and stop with that, taxes
would be lower and the people
15 years ago
Thursday, January 18, 1962
Raeford Baptists made news this
week on several fronts. The Rev.
J.M. Glenn announced a note ?
burning ceremony for the 11 a.m.
service this Sunday, a.m. organi
zation of the Education Depart
ment beginning January 28 and
plans to open a mission chapel in a
small house in Robbins Heights.
* * *
Cars moved slowly along main St.
early Friday morning after a
snowfall that slicked the roads,
closed schools, and cancelled a
? ? *
The Upchurch Eagles in their
first game since the holidays
suffered their first loss of the season
to Anne Chesnutt of Fayetteville
48-46 in overtime.
? ? *
The Hoke political pot began
bubbling this week in preparation
for the Democratic Primary in May
- with the announcement from Neill
McFadyen that he would fete soon
for re-election as State Represen
* * *
Lt. Col. William Lamont. Jr. was
presented a recliner on the occasion
of his retirement as commander of
the 2d Medium Tank Battalion.
196th Armor, of the 30th Division
(Army National Guard).
'But at last we're in a tight ship
and headed in the right direction'
| b f Marty Vega
Know Why It's Cold?
imlnrt f * re ls a number of
important issues to cover-space
exploration, television, electricity?
"?'o beg?n alphabetically:
,hf. C has been Plenty written in
the newspapers lately about the
coldest winter of the century. AH of
the meteorologists are saving this
has been the most unusual in years
in terms of prolonged cold. Add to
w the b,izzards coming
from the West and the North which
we get as freezing rain.
witheVhn? 0,?e has come 'onvara
with the real reason why we are
freezing here at 1 8 or 20 degrees for
weeks on end. while up in
Greenland it is warmer, much
warmer, than in N.C. (This is true)
There is plenty of evidence to
suggest that abrupt changes in the
weather follow these frequent
aunchings of space craft by the
L b. and other countries. (Re
member back in 1%9 when the
"le", went to the moon it rained
nearly every day for a month
afterward on the east coast?)
Finally there is a group organ
izing to bring all of "the Pfactf "o
frh.H oPayecS of America Dis
nS !r-r^pace Exploration.
(Nicknamed TOADS) The aim of
If. so to speak, you look down
the wrong end of the telescope, vou
things.11"1" 3 bet,Cr view' of
When for example political
out forVa-r "? "eW taxes'" look
ou for an increase in the old ones
Politicians have been running
against high taxes ever since I can
remember and taxes have been
fimp8vUP '?r. the same leng,h of
time. You reckon we're real bright9
Or take Russia. Right now
Russia is telling the world she has a
abuutZe: gr,r,crop- Thu a,m?st
automatically depresses the price of
grain in the U.S.. where farmers
crnn pr?duced a genuine bumper
crop and were hoping to get a good
P"ce f?\ 11 ? Sin<* the CIA has never
toTU!? l? tram any of its agents
o look out a window to see if
Russia has a drought, we won't
know whether the Soviets really
few mn?U.h *7 Cr?P ?r I01 unt'l- a
months later, they've quietlv
bought up a lot of American grain
depressed prices. You
reckon we re real bright?
fieure^^'r'16^" i according to some
tigures I read last night, it now
costs a million dollar? a year to
reckon C?Nngrf smar in office. You
reckon. ..No. I won t ask it.
that 'fh^3"86 chC subject- 1 notice
that the new Secretary of Agri
culture is a farmer", actually
operates a farm. F don't care wha?
ta^hp-n 'S Agricu'ture Secre
keeti f1" ^ of it to
hi LI ??,ng' "Pecially if
he has any cattle. Ranching today
is like the highway system-u's not
oublS l? m3ke 3 prof,t- it s a
public service project.
th^ha|I!frn8rhCSUbjccta8ain- 1 ^
that Mr Carter, true to his
rom.se has put some women in
?s cabinet, but what I warn !o
the'nrnhl * hC g?in? to hand'e
Ib^Et ?Hem' K rc ,ob? bought up.
? T r e,ng no college or
professional football team in the
roach? COUn,ry wi,h a woman
this group is to put pressure in the
right places to stop all space
programs, wait a while, then see if
the weather goes back to normal.
But TOADS can't do it alone. They
need money to hire scientists to
undertake a study and then
compile a position paper to pre
sent. Also, they will need money for
typing paper and carbon paper for
the position paper.
This group doesn't claim it has
all the answers. Some members say
the weather is only affected by trips
to the moon, others believe any
excursions to outer space affect the
delicate balance of the ionosphere,
the stratosphere, and all that. But
everyone is open minded, so if you
have any fresh ideas about the
connection between weather and
space, you'll be heartily welcomed.
Incidentally, this group did not
choose the name to denote any
connection with frogs. The name is
derived from the unexplained
phenomenon of toadstools appear
ing in front of rainbows.
The unbearable weather natural
ly leads to the subject of television.
Why? Because it's too cold to go
out. But television isn't entertain
ing anymore. You can count on the
fingers of one hand the number of
good shows. The rest? Bionic
people sailing through the air. the
windup Donny and Marie dolls.
Captain and Toenail, the Rhodas,
Phyllises. Aliceses and all the rest
of the whining women with their
Doesn't it make you want to
1 am a resident of Raeford but I
am presently in prison at Wagram'
I'm serving a 15 to 20 year
sentence for some felonies I was
convicted of March 4. 1975.
I would like for the young people
in Raeford to put themselves in my
shoes for a brief moment. Just say
that you were out with the gang of
girls and boys having fun. They are
your friends and always will be as
long as you've ?Ot a ride, or
something to get high on. But then
when the chips are down you're
forgotten about. This is not the
type of friends you need.
I had that type of friends and
they were close to me. But I got
busted and now my friends are
down to one person, and I'd like to
say this about her, she's the best
friend I've ever had, it's my wife.
My other so-called friends won't
even spend 13 cents to drop me a
few lines, so I know now I don't
need that kind of friends. Friends
like that could be a one-way ticket
I guess everyone has done some
wron^, some worse than others, but
I don t think you should condemn a
man or woman for their mistakes,
I guess I'm one of the lucky guys
in prison. I do have a very dear wife
and son to come see me on
Well, all I'm trying to say is. a
friend is the best thing you can have
if he or she is a true friend, but who
knows until the chips are down.
Jerry A. Scott
P.O. Box 268, Wagram 283%
A bill to abolish the limit that a
person drawing Social Security
benefits may earn has been intro
duced in the Senate and I am
pleased that I am one of its
Under present law. a person w ho
is getting Social Security checks
loses one dollar for every two
dollars he or she earns in excess of
S3 .000 a year. This is called the
"means test" and the bill would
simply do away with it.
The best estimates that can be
obtained show that more than two
million persons between the ages of
65 and 7 2 are denied all or a part of
their Social Security benefits be
cause they are working and earning
more than the $3,000 limit. This is
true because many of these people
just can't afford to quit work and
live on the monthly sum they get
from Social Security.
The unfairness of the present
system is shown in that a person
who draws thousands of dollars
from investments or rentals can still
draw his full benefits, even though
he needs the benefits less than the
person who feels he must work.
This penalizes the person who
needs help the most.
We must remember that pay
ments from the Social Security
fund are not gifts from a benevolent
government. These funds have
been placed in trust by deductions
from the workers' pay checks
during their earning years, plus
-contributions from their employers.
The Social Security Program,
when it was conceived and created
in the I930's was accomplished by
statements of purpose that benefits
would be paid as "a matter of
right" when a worker reached a
To I lit'
b\ Senator Roller! Morgan
Yet. now a worker is told that he
must establish need in order to
obtain lull benefits and the pro
gram has been turned from a
contributory program into one that
Senator Barry Goldwater. who
introduced the bill which 1 co
sponsored. has called this penalty
"a shameful robbery by law of our
senior citizens" and 1 agree with
What has actually been happen
ing is a lot of double talk given
those retirees by their government.
In 1939. when Congress passed
the Social Security Amendments, it
was accompanied by a statement
that "granting benefits as a matter
of right preserves individual digni
The concept of a person earning
a right to his benefits has been
restated many, many times, yet all
the while a retired person must
prove to his government that he %
needs the benefits in order to get
the money back that he paid in
during a lifetime of work.
During the years. Congress has
raised the amount that a retired
person may earn. In 1972. the limit
was raised front SI. 080 to $2,100
per year, and then in 1973. the sum
was raised to $2,400. It is now
S3, (MX) and it is time that it was
There is little justice in treating a
person who must work to supple
ment his benefits differently from a
person who receives dividends and
interest from investments or rentals
from property. Certainly the pre
sent system is discriminatory any
way one looks at it.
it is time that retired citizens'
rights to their benefits become a
CLIFF BLUE ...
People & Issues
JOBS FOR THE JOBLESS . . .
Jimmy Carter has called upon the
people to write and let him have
their suggestions for consideration
by his administration. Since the
former Georgia governor has put
jobs for the jobless at the top of his
list, our suggestion will be on this
We are leary. and question the
idea of solving our unemployment
through a public works program
unless the public works are needed.
Public works for projects are quite
We are afraid we have too many
people on the "unemployed" rolls
who do not want to work. They
work a few weeks then "draw" as
long as possible. Too many of our
1st 3 months SI. 00
2nd 3 months SI. 30
3rd 3 months $1.60
4th 3 months SI. 90
We are not wedded to the above
figures but a system with the
government thrust toward getting
the unemployed trained and/or off
the welfare rolls and back to work
is what we are thinking about, not
some program which would per
petuate government handouts.
After this one-year of training
there would be no further obliga
tion on the trainee or the employer.
Hopefully, the employer would be
able to continue to offer employ
ment at a higher rate of pay.
Remember, these people would
not be on the training program if
they had a job. It would be for the
unemployed and untrained and if
they could find a better job
elsewhere while on training they
could go to the better job.
The wage scale listed above is low
but the whole plan is based on the
theory of taking people who want to
work off the unemployed rolls and
giving them a chance to draw a
salary while training.
This is similar to the Veteran's
Training program which the U.S.
Government promoted after World
The G.l. on the job program
trained young veterans in a similar
U.S. Government approved pro
gram after World War II which
proved beneficial to the veterans as
well as the employer.
SOUTHERN WEEK . . . This is
unemployed have been brought up
under the welfare system and have
little incentive for earning a living
when they can draw welfare
payments and Food Stamps.
On the other hand, we have
many people who are entitled to
welfare aid and Food Stamps and
to the deserving people we would
take nothing from them, but would
like to see them given greater help
We are concerned about the
unskilled and the untrained who
add to the unemployed and welfare
We suggest the following co-op
plan between the government and
private enterprise to train and give
them a job.
Govt. Total Pay
SI .(I) S2.00
S .HI) S2.10
S .?> S2.20
S .-?) S2J0
a real Southern Week. -- Robert E.
Lee's birthday January 19; Jimmy
Carter being inaugurated Presi
dent. January 20; Stonewall Jack- ^
son's birthday January 21. Three
great Southerners: Strike up
GOVERNOR & SENATE . . .
Could it be that Lulher Hodges. Jr.
and some of the other feeling out
possible strength for the U.S.
Senate seat now held by Jesse
Helms are doing so because they
feel Hunt may get the State
Constitution changed so he can run
for a sccond term.
Hodges was a strong Hunt
supporter and many people felt he
might like to follow in his dad's
footsteps and run for governor
before going on to the Senate, but
w ith the possibility or probability of
Hunt being a candidate again,
having decided that his best bet
would be for a seat in the U.S.
FORD . . . We thought President
Ford made a mighty Fine speech *
before Congress and to the nation ;
last week. We have been thinking ;
all along that he might make $
another try for the White House in
1980 should the tide appear to be *
turning from Carter. Even though i
the chance of either of the two ^
major parties may not appear
bright, there are always plenty of
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