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Carter at the gas pump
No one likes a rationing system. It entails setting up another
bureaucracy to implement and police it. It is an open invitation to
graft and dishonesty. Yet, in reportedly ordering the preparation of
a standby rationing proposal to be sent up to Congress, President
Carter is facing political and economic realities. In the absence of a
Middle East peace agreement and confronted by another Arab oil
embargo, the United States would face a precarious situation.
The plain fact is -- and the American public generally still seems
indifferent to it - the United States is becoming dangerously
dependent on foreign sources of oil. It now is importing about IVi
million barrels a day at an annual average, or roughly 50 percent of
its total petroleum supply. Imports are growing, furthermore, and
more and more of the oil is coming from Arab countries. The peril to
the American economy is this supply were suddenly reduced or
halted is obvious. The 1973 Arab oil embargo was but a small
inkling of the potential economic impact.
At the same time the prospects for Mideast negotiations still
remain up in the air. The President has taken a forthright public
position on the ingredients of such a settlement, including Israel's
withdrawal from most of the Arab territories occupied in the 1967
war. But it is far from clear that the new Israeli Government will be
prepared to relinquish those Biblical areas which Prime Minister
Menahem Begin has so often identified as an integral part of Israel.
For the moment tensions between the United States and Israel have
eased and more will be known about the Israeli position after Mr.
Begin 's visit to Washington this month.
Congress, meanwhile, has been moving on the President's energy
program, but it is not giving him everything he wants. For instance.
Mr. Carter had hoped that a standby gasoline tax of up to 50 cents a
gallon by 1985 would help reduce the road miles traveled by
Americans and thus curb oil imports. The House Ways and Means
Committee, however, rejected such a tax, sensitive to the fact that
Americans are wedded to their cars.
Hence, if an Arab embargo should come, the President wants to
be prepared. That is prudent. There already is an international
sharing scheme in place to help out Western Europe. Japan, and the
United States in an emergency. But given the even greater reliance of
the other industrialized countries on Arab petroleum supplies, it is
not thought the United States can expect much protection.
It is possible that the President, by asking for a standby rationing
system, intends to light a fire under Congress not to erode his
comprehensive energy package further. But, in a larger, geopolitical
sense, he is reminding all listeners what may happen if there is no
movement toward a final settlement of the Middle East conflict.
??Christian Science Monitor
Fresh-wrapped icebergs
We are all for. the peacefu, uses of , ?
prospect of an iceberg being p nrdinarilv greet with open arms
need icebergs is .ong and 900
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objective about >cebe^' ? k would be to provide fresh
iourn/y it wouid be par,,,
wrapped in plastic. nreferabW not without warning while
This we have to see, though prete J ld become a bit
OU, in a canoe. The .OO-mjlhon^on paekag >eould b~
seruffy after a few thousand ? nmen(al artist wh? has had
were entrusted to Chnsto. .. d othcr bundles not
practice wrapping coastlines, buildings.
found in the average popping b >ag. ^ ^ ^ imagery> how
One suggestion in advance. For t ^ of $ubs
about assigning the ?ccberg-pus ing J plastic-wrapped
Their very names call for surf ^ h ? pushed by the
iceberg is to loom at us one of th ^ Tullibee. -- Christian
Narwhal. Sturgeon. Skipjack. Haliout.
Science Monitor
Browsing in the files
of The NewsrJournal_
25 years ago
f,WylO, ltfl
There was no paper printed this
week as the office closed down for a
1 5 years ago
lkmkr,A*12, 1962
Gffocs retail sales figures, as
emmiled by the H.C. Department
of Revenue, show Hoke lagging
seriously behind other counties in
the area.
Services were conducted last
week in Aberdeen for 38 - year ? old
Dr. Irene McCain McFarland,
whose sudden death at her home in
Wilson from a heart attack shocked
her many friends in Hoke County.
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From Lumber Bridge News:
Col. F.R. Weber had the mis
fortune of having Us plaoe to force
Und at Fort Bragg. He suffered
cuts and bruises and his plane was
badly damaged.
Backseat driver
Th# Christian Sc??nc? Monitor
by Marty Vega
Song And Dance Given
At The Old 4 Variety Show9
Some weeks ago you read here
the expose of the Raeford
restaurant which was charging 47
cents for a cup of water.
This week, we are alerting
readers to another restaurant
problem, also having to do with
beverages and beverage containers.
The Hardee's restaurant chain
has been advertising extensively in
the media for cartoon character
glasses which a customer may
purchase for 50 cents. It is
expressly stated in all advertising
that the customer will receive a
Looney Tune glass with two
However, if you visited the
Raeford Hardee's last week and
plunked down 59 cents for your
glass, you surely noticed that the
character on one side of the glass
was also on the other side of the
Puppy Creek
Dear editor:
There's a future problem facing
this country the people ought to be
giving some thought to. It's Presi
dential libraries.
Although Gerald Ford served
only two years, plans are now
underway to build a Presidential
library for his papers. Ground was
broken recently for a library for
John Kennedy. The Harry Truman
library was built several years ago.
The Lyndon Johnson library was
completed a tew years ago and is
now crammed with millions of
Presidential papers and other odds
and ends. There's some random
talk of building one for Richard
Stop and think about this. If
every President has to have a
library when he leaves office, and if
this nation endures for 1.000 years,
do you realize how many libraries
that's going to be? One hundred
and twenty-five, if we have a
retiring President every eight years.
Actually it'd be more than that,
counting one-termers, future resig
nations. possible impeachments,
etc., plus the libraries already
built. Ought to come to over 150 at
least. That is a passell of libraries,
and they're going to get crowded,
especially if one city winds up
furnishing say 10 or 15 Presidents.
It might take a Constitutional
amendment saying no two Presi
dents can come from the same town
and still have a library.
Therefore I have an idea. Let's
head off this library crisis before it
gets out of hand. The thing to do is
to build one huge pyramid in about
the center of the country and put all
past and future Presidents' papers
and stuff in it, down to the last
inaugural hat, pipe, bottled ship.
First Lady's dresses and secret
agreements with foreign countries.
Now nobody knows for sure how
the Great Pyramids were built, but
somebody in the military-industrial
complex, if given a cost-plus con
tract, ought to be able to get the
hang of it. Egypt, where they are,
would be a great place for junket
ing Congressmen to visit to study
the things. They could come back
by way of Paris.
If this country doesn't want to be
over-run with Presidential libraries
we'd better get that U.S. pyramid
started. It s more serious than you
may think. There're plans afoot
now lo build libraries for ex
Congressmen. Will state legislators
and Justices of the Peace be next?
Yours faithfully,
J. A.
Your immediate reaction, of
course, is to inform one of the
employees that you have received a
defective glass. A factory reject that
slipped by. Surely, you think the
management will apologize for this
error, and presto, produce the
perfect glass, right? Wrong!
What Hardee's was foisting on
the public last week was last year's
glasses at this year's prices. The
official explanation from the young
lady to whom I took my complaint
was this -- Too bad, but we ran out
of the glass for this week (Sylvester
and Tweety Bird) so we're giving
out these old glasses instead.
Tough luck.
Since the glass I had purchased
was not for myself, but for a
co-worker who shelled out the
money and was waiting eagerly, I
wasn't going to demand my 59
cents back (If it had been my
money, though, you can be sure it
would have taken the police to get
me out of there if I didn't get it
But, I felt an obligation to my
friend to make an effort, and
besides, B.C. Jones is nobody to
trifle with.
So, these questions were put to
the management:
Number one, if they ran out of
the new glasses, shouldn't they put
up a sign telling the public so? At
least give customers a choice of
whether they would like to pur
chase last year's glass or come back
when the supply of new glasses has
been replenished. Is this un
Number two, how do they justify
charging 59 cents for the very same
glass which sold last year for 49
cents? Since it is indeed last
season's merchandise, shouldn't it
be marked down? Is this un
Number three, what is Hardee's
doing with all these old glasses?
Last year, the public couldn't even
complete a collection, or replace
broken ones, because Hardee's
claimed they ran out! Now it
appears they were stockpiling them
someplace, just so they could pull
them out again and say 'Surprise'.
Number four, if Hardee's is
getting away with this because
more people don't revolt, do you
know what characters they'll be
putting on glasses next? The
customers, because they are the
real looney ones if they put up with
this trick.
An "anti-busing" measure came
before the Senate the other day and
it finally was approved. Its intent is
to block the use of funds to bus
children beyond the nearest school
to their home.
I voted against it.
I would welcome any legislation
that would outlaw busing on a
nationwide basis and which would
return us to the concept of neigh
borhood schools. This amendment
is supposed to do that, but it won't
do it m North Carolina, or in the
other states below the Mason
Dixon Line. It will apply in the
North and in the West, but not in
the South.
In North Carolina, 42 school
systems are busing children under
orders from federal courts. This
new legislation will not change that
one jot or title and those 42 systems
will continue to bus.
Eighty more North Carolina
school systems, most of them with
suits pending against them, are
busing on a voluntary basis. This
legislation will not apply to them.
They will continue to bus.
My vote against the measure was
not done in a spirit of sectionalism,
but I feel that by taking the
pressure off the North and West,
letting them escape the traumatic
experience that we in the South
went through, we will remove any
incentive to do away with busing on
a nationwide scale.
What the amendment creates is a
hypocritical situation, in which
Northerners cry out against busing
because it creates turmoil in their
To The
by Senator Robert Morgan
school systems. When the South
pointed to the turmoil in its schools
a few years ago, the outcry was
labeled that of a bigot.
The South got no sympathy or
support from Massachusetts or
Mici ligan when it was being forced
by lawyers from HEW and the
Justice Department to send thou
sands of its children several miles a
day on buses, to achieve what was
called "racial balance" in its school
system. Rather, its efforts to op
pose busing were called an attempt
to preserve segregation, even
though forced busing is generally
dislike by both Blacks and Whites.
An amendment such as the one
51 Senators voted for the other day
would not have had a ghost of a
chance of passage a few years ago
when busing efforts were confined
to the South. An effort to pass such
a measure would have been dis
missed as a last ditch stand byk
racits. But now things are different
and the difference is that the rest of
the nation is beginning to have its
own busing. Suddenly, the legiti
mate objections are no longer
racism, but are valid reasons to
stop turmoil.
I will support a busing measure
which will attack the problem
nationally and which will give some
relief to all 50 states. 1 also remain
hopeful that we can solve this
problem and provide good schools
in each and every neighborhood.
But I will not support a bill that
exempts one section of the country
and does nothing to relieve a
similar situation in another.
People & Issues '
my Carter said while campaigning
for President that he would balance
the Federal Budget if elected.
We hope he can, and will, but
it's hard to visualize his plan
resulting in a balanced budget with
a S65 billion deficit for the coming
fiscal year and with the Carter
forces calling for reduced income
taxes for the lower and middle
income groups.
It has been our thinking all along
that the bulk of the taxes come
from the middle income group.
You just can't have your cake and
eat it too!
One place where many people
question the usefulness of unions is
in government. The U.S. Postal
Dept. is for all practical purposes
"unionized" and since it took place
mail service has decreased as
salaries have increased with the
liberal retirement pay guaranteed.
In the private sector, business
can't afford the luxuries which
government provides by the heavy
chain of "deficit spending."
The Federal Government is in
many things which many people
feel private enterprise could do
much better and at less cost.
However, the postal operation has
proved beyond a doubt that the
government had far greater success
in delivering the mail before it was
turned over to a semi-private
operation during the Nixon Ad
ministration with the "union" com
ing in followed by a steady decrease
in mail service.
about the early 1930's our public
schools were supported by county
1 Letter To The Editor 1
Child Porn Blasted
Dear Sir:
Recently such television pro
grams as the news magazine 60
Minutes and the morning show Phil
Donahue brought to my attention
an alarming and abusive practice,
child pornography. Often we sit
viewing television a bit upset by
such programs, but we never want
to believe that such tracic and
terrible businesses could occur
here. Well, child pornography Is
here! Within a twenty mile radius
of my home I have learned of a
family who views pornography In
their residence with their children
present. 1 also know now that they
nave extended invitations to
friends, children included, to view
this trash. I abhor such behavior
but more than that I wonder why
our society has allowed such a lewd
business to exist?
After a few telephone conversa
tions, I also have found that it is
not illegal to receive pornography
in the U.S. Mail, show it in nomes
to minors, and 1 also understand
that the Wilmington area already
has an X-rated television viewing
program in progress. When will the
indecency end and morality become
part of our heritage again?
Please let the people of Raeford
know that this pcobtetn is not a
foreign one. We an not immune.
By writing to oar Congress and
Senate, we can change *n already
ugly situation.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Mario Ares
funds. With the arrival of the
"great depression" with rural,
farmers by the thousands unable to
pay land taxes the state took over
the operation of the public schools,
with the counties continuing to
provide the school buildings.
There has been but little change
in the responsibility for the opera
tion to the schools since the arrival
of the depression.
It is permissible for the counties
to provide supplements to the
program if they desire and are able,
but it's not mandatory. The man
datory burden is on state govern
Schools, we regret to say have
been getting away from their prime
purpose, otherwise there would be
no need for the "reading" program
which had a high place in the
educational program of Governor
Hunt. The basics of reading,
writing and arithmetic seem to have
been overlooked; otherwise, why
the extra millions of dollars which
were appropriated for this pur
YARD SALES. ..Yard sales have
grown by leaps and bounds in
recent years. In Laurinburg we note
that members of the Laurinburg
City Council are eyeing a proposed*
city ordinance which would place
restrictions on yard sales held
within the city of Laurinburg.
cerning the battle between Insur
ance Commissioner John Ingram
and the insurance lobby, the
Laurinburg Exchange observes:
"Whatever a policyholder con
cludes, one certain point remains.
The legislature has hardly en
hanced its image among voters
because it relieved a constitutional
and elected official of part of his
official authority, and neither has
the insurance industry bettered its
public relations among policy
BILLY GRAHAM. ..While many
people are rising to criticize Billy
Graham for the manner in which
contributions to the Billy Graham
Evangelistic program have been
handled, we want to put in our two
bits in defense of the man who we
suspect has led more people to hit
the "sawdust trail' than ever
While a hefty surplus has .dS
veloped, it ts far better to be able to
pay bills than have a deficit
hanging over your head. The
surplus can be used when contribu
tions are low. Also, it should b#
remembered that Billy Graham is a
human like other people and k
subject to temptation and misguid
ance just as was Simon Peter and
the millions of followers of tfca
"Man of Galilee" during the past
nineteen hundred and forty-four
years since the crucifixion.

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