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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1982
Go through channels
We agree with the Hoke County commissioners' action of April 5
regarding the Hoke-Raeford Housing Authority.
This was the adoption of a resolution requesting the U.S. Farmers
Home Administration to deny funding to any Hoke County
apartment complex which hasn't been channeled through and
approved by the Housing Authority.
It seems to us this is what the Housing Authority is for. It's a local
organization of people living in Raeford and the county's rural areas,
and consequently they would be familiar with any conditions
affecting such a project. They also are qualified to consider a project
in an unbiased manner.
From The Christian Science Monitor
It is well that US administration officials quickly sought to define
the scope of President Reagan's remark on Soviet nuclear
"superiority" last week. More clarification by the White House and
scrutiny by Congress are needed. They could help to ensure an
accurate estimate of US strength and to convey a wise perspective on
it to the public. These are important for at least three reasons:
?To ensure allies and adversaries alike that American policy is
based on realism.
?To give the American people confidence that they are being
informed of the state of their strategic defenses without exaggeration
of either assets or shortcomings.
?To support productive congressional and administration choices
? instead of arbitrary cutbacks ? in the pending reductions of
massive military budget growth.
Perceptions as well as hard facts enter into these matters. The
basic information on US and Soviet strategic weapons would be no
news to the military of either side. It is important that public
pronouncements not lend themselves to distortion causing false fears
or false comfort.
Thus the necessity for perspective when Mr. Reagan introduces in
a nationally televised news conference the stark note that "on
balance the Soviet Union does have a- definite margin of
superiority." When aides explained that he was probably referring to
certain heavy new Soviet missiles, they in effect raised the question
that bears on all efforts at drawing overall comparisons on strategic
nuclear arms. So did members of both parties in Congress and from
former administrations who took issue with the assertion of Soviet
superiority. It is the question of the mixture of advantages and
disadvantages on each side. For example, the US has more nuclear
warheads than the Soviets; The Soviets have more intercontinental
ballistic missiles. There are many other differences - qualitative as
well as numerical - often dictated by the strategists' choices on each
side rather than by any falling behind or leaping ahead.
So far, most arms experts have seen a rough parity in the results
since Moscow overcame America's former vast superiority. Some,
going back to previous Republican administrations, have questioned
the meaning of "superiority" when levels are so high on both sides.
Some suggest that "sufficiency" - sufficiency to deter attack ? should
be the criterion. Considering the economic drain of arms in both the
US and the USSR, sufficiency at lower levels should be inviting to
both Moscow and Washington.
As for the present situation, a State Department official helped to
provide the needed perspective when he noted that Mr. Reagan had
not said the Soviet Union could mount a first strike without fear of
retaliation. This fits with the finding - worth quoting at length - of an
exhaustive independent study by the Carnegie Panel on US Security
and the Future of Arms Control last year:
"It is clear that the United States can retain great confidence in its
retaliatory capabilities against the Soviet Union throughout the
1980s. U.S. leaders have every reason to believe that their Soviet
counterparts see this the same way. For the foreseeable future, at
least 3,000 and probably as many as 5,000 warheads on U.S.
SLBMS (submarine-launched ballistic missiles) and bombers would
survive any plausible Soviet first strike...
"To the degree that deterrence of nuclear or conventional attacks
on this nation and its allies hinges on the risk of precipitating such
retaliation. Soviet leaders should be deterred from initiating a
conflict and even from taking steps which would lead to a situation
in which the probability of such a conflict became significant."
This Is The Law
OF MAGISTRATE'S COURT
It's sometimes called the "peo
ple's court", or the "small claims
court". That's because it's provid
ed for the use of citizens ? usually
without a lawyer's help ? to have
small claims and disputes resolved.
Its official name is the
Magistrate's Court. One is located
in every county seat in North
Carolina and in each large city.
The jurisdiction of the
Magistrate's Court is limited. The
amount of money or the value of
the property involved in a case can
not exceed a certain amount.
Otherwise, the case must be
handled by a higher court, either
the District Court or the Superior
Through the years, the dollar
limit to the Magistrate Court's
jurisdiction has increased to keep
pace with inflation. The 1981 ses
sion of the legislature raised the
figure again, and the Magistrate
can now handle disputes involving
a value of up to $1,000.
'It takes a heap of thawing
to make a freeze'
It's a Small W orld
By Bill Lindau
3N8M8MMSS6& 98WS9*^S38 "'"?"'"?V" 1 1 irirr ? ????mrr r i ??n?
Last week's weather produced
something rare in places in Hoke
County; dust storms.
The gusty winds raised clouds of
dust from bare farm fields. One,
about eight miles north of Raeford
on U.S. 401, was so thick on April
6 many cars and trucks had
headlights on traveling through a
stretch which included a short
valley in the road just north of the
We also saw dust clouds blowing
across N.C. 211 between here and
Unfortunately it was more than
an interesting spectacle. In each
place the dust cloud was top soil
blowing away from farmland for
.... * * *
As a strange spectacle, Taclo
ban. the capital of the island of
Leyte in the Philippines, was about
as strange as you can see in its way.
One soldier there during World
War 11 said Tacloban must be the
only place in the world where "you
can be walking ankle-deep in mud
and get dust blown in your face at
the same time."
* * *
The other day I saw one of those
peaked caps that have messages on
them, mostly commercial, like
NAPA. This one had this in
"How do | spell relief?
One observer was asked whether
he'd like to have one like it.
He said, "Heck, no. If I wore
that home, my wife would spell
Later I heard this story also
about spelling "relief." .
A man got a job doing television
commercials. But he got fired after
he did his first one.
"They asked me how I spelled
'relief,'" he explained. "So I
spelled it R-E-L-I-E-F."
* * *
Some warning signs show imagi
Like on "Real People" last week,
one picture showed a sign at a
parking space reserved for handi
capped drivers. The sign said: "If
you're not handicapped when you
drive into this space, you will be
when you leave.'
Then there was the man who
used this notice warning trespas
sers: "Anyone found on this pro
perty at night will be found there
the next morning."
Letter T o The Editor
Editor, The News-Journal
Hoke County is presently,
(written April 5 ? Editor) enjoying a
week-long cultural arts festival.
Everyone involved, art and music
teachers and director, in parti
cular. deserve the highest com
mendation for providing a most
worthwhile week of music, dance,
arts and crafts. Many artists from
Hoke as well as nearby counties
participated to assist with this
cultural "happening." 1 was
thoroughly impressed with every
thing I saw. One exhibit made me
particularly proud of our vocational
department - the carpentry work of
Stenson Oxendine and Wayne
Last April when we first started
hearing about financial cutbacks,
carpentry was one of four voca
tional programs named to be
eliminated from the 1981-82 high
school curriculum. Fortunately,
funds were miraculously provided
at the last minute to preserve these
badly needed areas, areas indispen
sable to non-college-bound stu
dents. These young men and their
instructor are to be complimented
for producing such fine wood
It seems ironic that an area such
as Hoke County would even con
sider doing away with these badly
needed trades. Any extra money in
the vocational department should
go to the industrial arts to provide
tools and materials" for future
artisans. If this is an example of
what can be done on a very limited
budget, there is no telling what they
can do with proper funding.
Rt. 3, Box 143-A
Puppy Creek Philosopher
After watching the space shuttle
blast off and watching it come
down after eight days aloft and
after reading about the astronauts'
experience while aboard, I got to
thinking about space.
Some people say man's future is
in space. They envision colonies out
there where people live and work in
giant enclosures, free from the pull
of gravity and unbothered by gnats,
flies, mosquitoes and possibly even
You reckon this is merely day
dreaming? I mean, life in space
may turn out to be about like life
here on earth, judging by the
experiences the astronauts had on
the space shuttle.
For example, the plumbing
stopped up. Their radio went out.
Two ot their television cameras
malfunctioned, duplicating what is
known here on earth as network
difficulty. They came down with
motion sickness with no doctor
available. Sloppy carpentry or
something caused tiles to peel off
the outside of their space home, a
home incidentally which, like a
home here on earth, cost about
twice what it would have a few years
Also, they were a day late getting
back because of bad weather.
And furthermore, the whole
trip was financed with borrowed
money, at the highest interest rate
It doesn't seem to me that life in
space is going to be any different
from life on earth.
CLIFF BLUE . . .
People & Issues
BOB JONES. J K ... I was
astonished a few days ago when I
read about Bob Jones, Jr. raving
out against Secretary of State
Alexander Haig, calling the
Secretary of State "a monster in
human flesh and a demon
possessed instrument to destroy
He then added, "I hope you'll
pray that the Lord will smite him,
hip and thigh, bone and marrow,
heart and lungs and all there is to
him, that He shall destroy him
quickly and utterly. 1 am going to
pray that God will get rid of that
My thought is that if Bob Jones
is a sincere Christian, he will ask
forgiveness for his unkind and un
warranted outburst against
Secretary Haig who is working for
peace and understanding rather
than antagonism between nations.
Bob Jones could have been
sincere in disapproving Haig's ac
tion, but we venture to say that
unless he sincerely apologizes for
such a rash statement, he will lose
many nights sleep, as well as much
of his influence at Bob Jones
FALWELL... While writing
about evangelists and religious
leaders we note that Jerry Falwell,
who is a television evangelist and
Moral Majority founder, has
opened his Lynchburg church's
Family Center, a supermarket-like
facility that dispenses free
groceries to the poor.
Falwell, is pastor of the 18,000
member Thomas Road Baptist
Church at Lynchburg, Virginia.
"We have always tried to serve the
people in our community as needs
arise," Falwell said. "With
government cutbacks, many
families are finding it impossible to
pay electric bills or buy food or
clothing -- or all three. They need
help and the church must be
ready," he says. I believe that the
church can provide a more caring,
personal approach to dealing with
financial problems than what the
state can do," said the television
A NEW FACE?. ..While
discussing politics with a state of
ficial in Raleigh a few davs ago,
the gentleman suggested that Con
gressman L.H. Fountain might
make a good candidate for gover
nor since he has decided to step
aside and let someone else have the
seat which he will have filled for 30
Fountain served in the North
Carolina State Senate before run
ning for the Congress 30 years ago.
REAGAN & BREZHNEV ...
President Reagan suggested a day
last week that he would like to
meet the Russia's top man,
Brezhnev. We think that it would
be in the interest of peace for the
two to have an amiable meeting.
Perhaps such a face-to-face
meeting would cool things off
before the two nations might come
to a situation such as Great Britain
and Argentina find themselves to
WEDDINGS & DIVORCES ...
According to the National Center
for Health Statistics, there were
2.4 million marriages in 1981, and
1.2 million divorces.
During 1981 there were an
estimated 3.6 million live births in
the United States, an increase of
1% over 1981. There were 1.98
million deaths during 1981.
Thanks to advances in health
care, the births are far ahead of the
LOST AIDES. ..We notice in the
papers that President Reagan lost
eight top aides in 1981. They are:
former National Security Advisor,
Richard Allen; Martin Anderson,
Reagan's senior domestic policy
advisor, who will leave at the end
of this month; Joseph Conceri who
resigned as Reagan's deputy assis
tant for special events and
presidential travel; Peter McCoy,
who stepped down as Nancy
Reagan's chief of staff; Kenneth
Khachigian, Reagan's top speech
writer; former White House
political director, Lyn Nofziger
and Max Friedersdorf, Reagan's
chief congressional lobbyist and
Powell Moore, Reagan's Senate
lobbyist who went to the State
White House assignments must
not be as glamorous as the above
gentleman thought a year ago!
Browsing in the
o* The News-Journal
25 years ago
Thursday, April 11, 1957
County Tax Supervisor J.W.
McPhaul said this week that
notices giving the revalued listings
of property had been mailed last
week to owners in McLauchlin.
Quewhiffle and Blue Springs town
* * *
Mayor Alfred Cole and all
members of the present board of
commissioners, Tom Cameron,
John K. McNeill. Jr.. A.V.
Sanders, Truman Austin and
Marion Gatlin. have filed for
re-election in the town election to
be held Monday, May 6.
? ? *
President Marion Gatlin of the
Raeford Chamber of Commerce,
said today that the goal of S10.800
budget of the Chamber in its "Keep
Raeford Ahead" program has been
over 70 percent subscribed.
? ? *
From Rockfish News:
The Nail Keg Club is still going
strong and we folks down on
Fayetteville Street are enjoying the
dogwoods that are plentiful in our
neck of the woods.
* * ?
The report of condition of The
Bank ot Raeford show total assets
at S3. 586. 365. 82.
? ? *
The Upchurch School band took
part in the district music festival in
Fayetteville last week and received
a rating of II, which is excellent.
? ? ?
The dedication exercises for the
new gymnasium at Upchurch High
School will be held Sunday after
noon at 3:30 in the school audi
15 years ago
Thursday, April 13, 1967
C.P. Kinlaw, Raeford jeweler
and a member of the town board
for the past six years, announced
today he will not be a candidate for
reelection in the May 2 municipal
? ? *
A "good selection" of paintings,
sketches, ceramics, and other
pieces have been rounded up for a
local art show to be held here
Saturday and Sunday.
* * *
The first Hoke District Court
civil jury session is being held here
this week with Judge Coy E. Brewer
of Fayetteville presiding.
* # ?
The Jeptha F. Jordans, who will
celebrate their golden wedding
anniversary Sunday, have spent
more than half their married years
with one or more children in
college. As a result, all of their 19
grandchildren have fathers who are
? ? *
Mrs. Author D. Gore, a North
Carolina Merit Mother, spent
Tuesday in Raleigh attending the
state Mother of the Year activities.
* * *
William L. (Bill) Senter, a junior
at Hoke High School has been
chosen to attend The Governor's
School of North Carolina this
? * ?
Hoke County Planning and De
velopment Commission has pointed
out to the Raeford town board a
new development in sewage treat
ment by use of newly-developed
'Tho?e who are at war with others are not at peace with