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ii Freedom-loving Americans can breathe a sigh of relief. President Nguyen Van Thieu, known affectionately in South Vietnam as "the mother of his country," has won re-election by an overwhelming majority, thus assuring the continuation of democratic government in that embattled nation. It was a fight all the way for the plucky Thieu, who faced not only harassment from the communists but treasonous activity from dissident agents of Hanoi within his own government. The first obstacle popped up when two subversives attempted to place their names on the ballot in opposition to the incumbent. One was his own vice president, Nguyen Cao Ky, the other, General Duong Van (Big) Minh, a rabble-rouser who had gained some popularity among the peasants through deceit. President Thieu managed to remove them from contention, using the police strength afforded him by American money and tactics which would warm the cockles of the hearts of civil libertarians such as John Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. This left him alone on the ballot, which was right and proper since he was the only prospective candidate who understood the democratic process of free elections. We in the United States can learn much from Thieu's actions. For years we have had turmoil during our elections because of opposition candidates who, caring naught for the troubles faced by the incumbent, assault his image and record until the peasants are in utter confusion. Fettered by an outmoded Constitution and its socialistic Bill of Rights, our incumbents must suffer this treasonous treatment without recourse to the military, the FBI or the CIA. The Nixon administration has attempted to change this unfortunate condition with its harassment of dissidents, but its efforts pale beside those of President Thieu, who seems to be years ahead of his American democracy instructors. Thieu also silenced opposition newspapers prior to the election, a move which, along with his instructions to the country's television stations, greatly relieved tensions during those critical days. Spiro Agnew has tried to tell the American pebple of the dangers of an opposition press, but is unable, due to a United States Supreme Court which doesn't understand the problem, to do more than sound the alarm. The nine old men still invoke the Bill of Rights in an age when sinister forces within and without our country are using the provisions of that document to destroy us. What Thieu apparently intuitively understands, and leaders in our country are just beginning to realize, is that you can't have a free country if you let the people interfere the government. Freedom cannot include the right to cciticiz ,the administration in office or change the direction the country is taking. That is anarchy, not democracy. Freedom, in essence, is the right to go to bed at night assured that when you awaken the next morning you will not be expected to consider any new problems thrown at you by unpatriotic news media or subversive fellow citizens. President Thieu did a splendid job of providing that freedom to his people. He knew that in order to run an effective democratic government he had to receive an overwhelming vote of confidence and he let nothing stand in his way to achieve that result. An election official in charge of a Saigon polling station said that "all polling places received orders prior to the election to replace invalid - anti-Thieu - ballots with valid ones. At my polling station, more than 400 invalid ballots were replaced. We were told not to allow newsmen into the polling place, that if they insisted we should call the police. Two plainclothes police supervised the entire operation of our polling station. We were told that if any election workers objected to the procedure, we should notify the authorities and they would be removed." In Long An Province, a cameraman from NBC photographed a patriotic voter casting two ballots for his leader, a precaution that helped swell the total vote. Using these effective methods of running a free election, Thieu won 91.5 per cent of the votes cast in what officials claimed was an 87 per cent voter turnout. "This proves that our people as a whole were aware of the election's decisive importance," he said. "And by taking part in large numbers they expressed their respect for the constitution and laws and fulfilled their citizens' right in a free and democratic way." Would that President Nixon could make the same statement following next year's presidential election. Unfortunately, it will probably not happen because of our backward approach to the democratic process. By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS State officials are beginning to have second thoughts about the additional 5-cent tax imposed on cigarettes by the 1971 Legislature. During the first two months of the 1971-73 biennium, revenue from this source was 7.3 per cent below projections. Because Oregon's new 5-cent tax has been tied up by a referendum until after the November, 1972 general election, the contraband problem will continue unabated for more than another year. Oregon's tax remains at 7 cents a pack, compared with 16 cents in this state. There are indications this state's revenue from this source has been confronted by the law of diminishing returns. If so, the administration will seriously consider asking the next legislative session to lower the tax somewhat. This could be met with considerable resistance. Not only nonsmokers, but because of the health hazard scare, others may oppose any action to encourage sales. Liquor Watched Closely State officials don't have to keep as close a watch on liquor sales. The Distilled Spirits Institute is doing it voluntarily. Volume sales continue to show a sharp drop from the previous year, before imposition of the new tax of 2 cents per fluid ounce. But the decrease for August was considerably less than that for July, which reflected the result of heavy purchases being made in June, before the tax became effective. August sales were down 28,022 cases, or 12.18 per cent as compared with a year ago, but in July they were down 46,353 cases or 19.68 per cent. Measured in dollars, gross sales for the two-month period were down more than $2.27 million, or 3.83 per cent. The drop percentagewise in dollar volume is less than that for case sales because of the higher return the state is now receiving on each bottle. Breather For Taxpayers Taxpayers should be able to sleep better nights during the 1972 legislative session than is customary during periods when the lawmakers are at work. With one exception, the chances of the Legislature going home without enacting additional taxes look pretty good. Gov. Dan Evans doesn't want any more for budget balancing, talk books: and neither does the Legislature. The Governor has instructed all agencies under his jurisdiction to hold the line, and looks like most of them will make it. His "jobs-now" program is the one exception. It would be financed by extending the sales tax to gasoline sales. At current prices, it would amount to 2 or 3 cents per gallon. The pressure in the coming session for this program will be much greater than it was in the last session, when it was defeated in the House. Schools Need Help At least $20 million more will be needed to maintain the state's guaranteed support for the public school system, but it is expected this can be handled through transfers. The Governor won't ask the Legislature to boost the guarantee from $365 to $368 per student, as some legislatures had expected. Meanwhile, excess property tax levies for school operations and maintenance appear to be leveling off, after years of consistent gain. The Department of Revenue reports excess levies approved this year, for collection in 1972, so far total $172 million. This compares with $175 million being collected this year. But there are fears in some quarters We can be proud, however, as Americans, that it was our tax money that allowed President Thieu to demonstrate how a democracy should be run. ~ull~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~u~u~~~~~~~ulu~~~u~~u~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~l~~~~~~~~ Founded 1886 by Grant C. Angle Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 98584 Phone 426-4412 Published at Shelton, Mason County, Washington, weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving. Entered as Second-Class Matter at the Post Office, Shelton, Wa. Member of National Editorial Association Member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $5.00 per year in Mason County, in advance -- Outside Mason County $6.00 EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ...................... Henry G. Gay ) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~l~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~lul~~l By RALPH FRIEDMAN When Red Jacket was asked what he had done to distinguish himself as a warrior among the Senecas, he replied with indignation: "A warrior? I am an orator! I was born an orator!" In our innocence we associate all great Indians with warfare. But many of the greatest were not fighters, they were spiritual leaders and orators. Teedyuscung of the Delwares, Cornplanter of the Senecas, Brant of the Mohawks, Keokuk of the Sauks, Sequoyah of the Cherokees, Seattle of the Suquamish, Joseph of the Nez Perce, Black Kettle of the Cheyenne, Little Raven of the Arapahoes, Ten Bears of the Commanches, Blackfoot of the Crows and Sitting Bull of the Sioux were far better known among their own peoples as civil authorities and orators than they were looked up to as warriors. During the battle of the Little Big Horn, for example, Sitting Bull remained in his tepee, praying and meditating. If you want to know what the Indians said, I urge you to obtain a copy of Indian Oratory, recently published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Here. you will find notable speeches by Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, October 7, 1971 / early-day leaders of 22 Indian tribes, speeches which not only add a new dimension to our knowledge of the original Americans but permit us for the first time to obtain as near comprehensive a collection of their views as is currently available. The speeches are filled with a longing for peace and a bitterness at the white man's duplicity. Ten Bears of the Comanches said at the Medicine Lodge council in 1867 what other Indian leaders said at different places in different words about different times. "When I was in Washington, the Great Father told me that all the Comanche land was ours, and that no one should hinder us in living upon it. So why do you ask us to leave the rivers, and the sun, and the wind, and live in houses? Do not ask us to give up the buffalo for the sheep... "The Texans have taken away the places where the grass grew the thickest and the timber was the best... The white man has the country which we loved and we only wish to wander on the prairie until we die... I want no blood upon my land to stain the grass. I want it all clear and pure, and 1 wish it so, that all who go through among my that the leveling-off is only temporary. Welfare Paradox Despite the sagging economy, and an unemployment rate far above the national average, the state's public assistance costs have declined five months of the past six. An increase can be expected as winter sets in, but the administration is confident additional appropriations won't be needed. Extended unemployment compensation benefits have been exhausted for a total of about 40,000, but most of these have resources which make them ineligible for public assistance. Many, also, have another wage earner in the family. While these won't have any impact on the public assistance rolls, the decrease in incomes will have a further detrimental effect on the general economy. Immune To Freeze The freeze on prices isn't having any effect on the general fund budget. As passed by the 1971 Legislature, it was so tight that there wasn't any cushion for inflation. The only effect came from the wage freeze, which froze increment pay raises for state employees,, totaling $3 million through November 13. By STEVE ERICKSON The ill winds of fortune have produced American rags-to-riches saga-in-reverse. And revolving in his hard-earned grave. Involved is one Jolene Gearin, middlea the California Money Belt whose nouveau evaporated in four quick years, leaving unbowed, low-moneyed but high-breasted. High-breasted because, among hitherto luxuries in which she dabbled with a "I had lny breasts lifted." And that's not all. "We bought cars and motorcycles," she hi-fi, a truck, we all had our teeth capped..." But now the Gearins are poor again, just before Mrs. Gearin's father's estate beq upon the family, which includes a husband-father, and four children. Returning to $75-per-month apartment easy as it sounds. "It really wore us out spending it," Mrs. were exhausted. We couldn't spend it fast enough' A.nd, "We paid cash for everything." Which also included "a down payment on furniture, $10,000 invested and $4,000 lost market, ski equipment..." Mrs. Gearin, however, is not particularly loss of affluence. And she is unrepentive. altogether improper irreverence for the which she treated like dirt when she had it. Equalizer is all gone now but she s still' happiness was touch-and-go for a while. 'After the money was gone," she said, fighting. They kept saying, 'Why didn't we way?" But they all were there to spend it and we And after tile fun, the Gearins differed families left awash ill tile wake of fleeting "All of a sudden," Mrs. Gearin said .... we were broke, we decided there was a brand ne , there." And now that the lucky bucks are gone, out in that brand new world. One is Australia, three others are in college and husband Leonard is once again a marinating Mrs. Gearin has become a kind of philosopher ab Speaking practically, like a banker or might, she muses that if she had it to do over, would be smarter to go out and buy a few things and a Cadillac - and then invest the rest and investment." But speaking as a more warm-blooded that if another such windfall ever wafts her exactly the same thing I did blow it " --IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII = _= _= We must decide very quickly what country we want to live in. This nation was founded and built by =- believed in individualism. It has i system carried on largely by individual The increased concentration of =-_. power is dooming free enterprise. The trend of great corporations to economic power is the antithesis of -- competitive development. -=- It is no accident that we noW = government, big labor unions and big - Local economic independence cannot be - in the face of consolidations such as we m. - during the past few years. The control of American _-= being transferred from local = large cities in which central managers -- policies and the fate of the far-flung they control. Millions of people -- on their judgement. m, Through monopolistic mergers = losing the power to direct their welfare; they also lose the means to _= = political future. - The late =-_ Kefauver, - congressman, - House com =_ - Editor's Note: You should be around - baby; it would curl your coonskin caP. --E~IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII people may find peace when they come in, and leave it when they go out." Cochise of the Apaches urged the whites: "You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight to our heart," and bitingly added, in reference to the arrogant use the whites had made of the Bible: "Tell me, if the Virgin Mary has walked throughout all the land, why has she never entered the wigwam of the Apache? Why have we never seen nor heard her?" Red Cloud of the Sioux, pointing to the hypocrisy of the white expropriators, declared in bemusement: "The riches that we have in the world, Secretary Cox said truly, we cannot take with us to the next world. Then I wish to know why commissioners are sent out to us who do nothing but rob us and get the riches of this world away from us?" Much of the oratory contains such wisdom as would have made many a white famous and is replete with historical overviews which show a remarkable sense of the world. "It matters little where we pass the remnant of our days," noted Chief Seattle, more than 100 years ago, in almost chilling many. The Indians' night single star of hope hovers Sad-voiced winds moan in the seems to be on the Red Man'S goes he will hear the approa destroyer and prepare does the wounded doe that footsteps of the hunter. "A few more moons. A not one of the des( once moved over this broad homes, protected by the Great mourn over the graves of a powerful and hopeful than mourn at the untimely fa follows tribe, and nation waves of the sea. It as the is useless. Your time of decay will surely come, for even God walked and talked friend, cannot be destiny. We may be brothers from The