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October 28, 1971

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O Everybody's favorite complaint is the escalating cost of government. It isn't just the obvious bad expenditure that is killing the taxpayer. Paying two billion dollars for an airplane that loses vital parts as it taxies down the runway may be a helluva way to run an air force, but it does provide employment opportunities for the technically disadvantaged and keeps Pentagon staffers out of pool halls and off the street corners. No, it's not the spectacular, big-ticket boo-boo that does the damage; it's the mundane, never-ending, day-to-day expense item that milks the fatted goose. Take the White House budget, for instance. The expense starts with the president's salary of $200,000 and his $50,000 expense account, runs through $1,100,000 for household requirements such as lamp wicks and sippin' whiskey, includes $700,000 in salaries for 39 of Vice President Spiro Agnew's assorted staff members and $8,550,000 for 548 staff members who write letters and speeches and give advice on how to fool all of the people all of the time, plus other odds and ends which add up to a total of $30,700,000. There's no way to trim that $30.7 million. If you cut out the sippin' whiskey, the ambassador from Megalomania will return home in a snit and advise his emperor to declare war on Wyoming. Eliminating the lamp wicks will require the first lady to darn socks in the dark, and disposing of Spiro's flunkies will mean he will have to carry his own golf clubs and write his own speeches. The latter would be disastrous as "an effete corps of impudent snobs" became "a bunch of dirty guys down at the professor place." Since there is no way of cutting the expense without endangering national security and Gresham's law, the only way to relieve the taxpayers is to change the method of financing selected government departments. "We want to order three million bumper stickers that so/: 'Taiwan -- Love It But Leave It'." • :::i %:::i!?ii Free enterprise is the answer, and President Nixon provided the formula during his recent visit to Washington State. Shortly before his arrival at Walla Walla airport, word came from the White House that 12 persons would be allowed to tour Air Force One while it was parked at the airport and have their pictures taken with the president for a fee of $5,000 apiece. Within an hour, a dozen eager customers had been rounded up and $60,000 went into the coffers of the Republican party. What a tremendous way to raise money for government operations. If the woods are teeming with public-spirited citizens willing to pay five grand to walk through an airplane they paid for and have their picture taken with one of their employees, tax support of government can be cut in half. Consider the possibilities: S, piro Agnew paying Wts39 staff members with money i;eaa ed walking the wing of an F'I 11 high abo the Iowa State. Fair; Lyndon Johnson financing the upkeep of his memorial library from proceeds of a rummage sale of White House mementos in a former three-stool restaurant in beautiful, downtown Johnson City, USA; Senator Edward Kennedy earning the costs of running his office by weekly appearances on The Dating Game; By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS The Supreme Court may soon have to decide what constitutes a fair rate of return on investment, and if it does, it could affect telephone users and natural gas customers in the state. It also could affect a substantial portion of the electrical customers throughout the state. Pending in the court is a challenge of therate increase which the State Utilities and Transportation Commission granted Washington Natural Gas Company. The commission granted the gas company ah increase totaling $5.3 million a year, which would represent a rate of return of 8.15 per cent. The gas company has petitioned the court to order a larger increase. It originally asked the ~tate to grant an $8.8 million increase, which would provide a rate of return of 8.3 per cent. for opposing sides another 12 years to reach agreement as to what constituted a fair rate of return. Edging Ever Upward For years, 6.1 per cent was considered a fair rate, but in recent years the amount has edged up gradually, principally because of the money market. In order to expand or improve its system, a utility must borrow millions on the Eastern bond markets. Unless it can show a rate of return high enough to impress the bonding houses, it can't get the money. The allowable rate of return has been adjusted upward accordingly. Before the gas company can put any increase into effect, it must get clearance from the federal government. It already has applied to the Office of Emergency Preparedness for ea collections on liquor were up 36.96 per cent. As a result, total revenue on liquor sales for the month showed a gain of 2.88 per cent above that for the comparable month last year. Election As Barometer The success of any new efforts to revise the state's tax policies could hinge largely upon what happens in the 1972 election to one of the proposed constitutional amendments already certified to the ballot. The proposal, HJR 47, would make it easier for school districts to enact special levies. As one of the purposes of seeking a new tax policy is to eliminate reliance on special levies for school support, passage of HJR 47 might build up support for a new policy. But all previous attempts to modify the 40-mill limit to facilitate passage of rn,ngs voters woula support, out ~t is necessary, also, that it have support of the Legislature. Otherwise, it could never reach the people. The committee can take the easy way out and report it is unable to determine a consensus, but few expect it to take that route. The committee includes members who are adamantly opposed to an income tax, as well" as others who supported tax reform in the last election, and still others who outwardly were. neutral. But the~ o)mnees are better than 50-50 that the committee will come up with some sort of concrete proposal by 1973. Value Added Tax Unlikely In outlining objectives to be sought in a new tax policy, Governor Evans mentioned a value added tax as an alternative Editor, The Journal: and Dog and Cat Lovers of Shelton: I want to report the sickening thing I just saw this morning, October 18th. I saw four big dogs killing a full grown beige colored cat right on the street by the main entrance to Bordeaux School. I stopped my car, jumped out and ran after them hoping they would drop it, but they just ran faster. One big dog had it by the hip and it was screaming with pain. It's such a horrible thing to see and not be able to do anything to stop it. The police said they would investigate but no doubt by then, it was torn apart and brutally killed by a pack of playful (?) dogs. Fvery day at Bordeaux school, there are at least 5 or 6 mostly big dogs sitting there at the entrance and in a pack can do to other people's property. I hope people of She something about and also make enforce the It's ridiculoUS to watch dog and let it street with all the c "watch dogs" and and be a nuiV neighbors and an city ! What good dog" to you home? I hope we don' pack of dogs before we do this ! By STEVE ERICKSON He probably got more pleasure from this buried deep within a 1971 newspaper sports-page raves he inspired during his high college days. "Yeah," he admitted with a modest grin, proud of it, all right." He broke into print after all these years place in a Grays Harbor Bridge Club playing the intricate game less than a year. said whimsically, was "over the experts." This former three-sport phenom might never be himself, but he brings to bridge something naore cup so it'll be light enough to read the column President Nixon raising the money for his forthcoming Effects Far-Reaching exemptiOnfreeze, statingfr°mseveralthe currentreasonsPriCeto atSpecialthe polls.levies have been defeated concededt° an incomethat taX.one ItorgenerallYthe otheriS the mill." ...... A w ids stride trip to Peking at a glittering social event - the First Annual The 8.15 per cent allowed by support its contention that the Trial Balloon Possible would be necessary, if the B&O When dawn oreaKs ne a,u ,~e and inventory taxes are Avenue, one reading the day's bridge chal Presidential Chinese Auction, Chow Yuk Feed & John Wayne statethe commissiOnagency hasiSeverthe higheStgrantedtheto non-inflationary.i n c r e a s e w o u 1 d b e It,is unlikely that Gov. Dan eliminated, along with escape Corn Jr., the other acting as navigator ag Film Festival. any utility in this state. If the Evans new citizens committee from excess levies, lights and automobiles. The idea not only boggles the mind - it defies courts allow a higher rate, it could Liquor Splashing BAck can come up with a new tax But a value added tax never One MOrning he had just reached a comparison, fits the situation, bodes well for the future,affect the commission's For a while the drop-off in policy representing a consensus of has been tried seriously in this cases which come before it. 2-cent-per-ounce tax on liquor, legislative session. But it may what it is. Even fewer understand when suddenly Leids said "Watch it!" meets the need, comes out smelling like a r,ose, and offers an determination in all future rate sales, resulting from the new the public before the 1973 state. Few people even know frequently successful defense is to reduce alternative during these times that try men s souls to the last This is the first time the state indicated the state might have come to the 1972 session with it. Under these circumstances, it is quickly as a commuter's car raced by inchf drop in the bucket, agency's actions have been reached the point of diminishing some recommendations which unlikely that a consensus could be Some days they take a shortcut challenged in court by a utility returns in the field of liquor might be described as trial found in support of it. If there is and puddles on an unimproved gravelanUstreet" The line forms at the right for autographed pictures of since 1933. In that case, the revenue. But September figures balloons, to be a consensus, it is more likely Winton M. Blount. Supreme Court in an 81 -page show the state beginning to showI f n ot hing else, such to lean toward some sort of dog that barks. And often it rains, no matter opinion ruled a utility which is an increase in its revenue, recommendations would help the" income tax. At this particular walk. Senator Henry M. Jackson, the Richard Russell of the North, has a growing admiration for the military and an escalating distaste for those members of our society who question the stockpiling of doomsday weapons and the investment of the majority of the federal budget in war and preparation for war. The senator needs help in his courageous fight against those who would bring this nation to its knees. Our contribution is the following quote, which he can add to his list of traitorous statements, in case he missed it while leaking balance-of-power alarums to an ungrateful populace. "Indeed it is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war." • , Those words of treason were uttered by General Douglas MacArmur, a treacherous leftist who tried to parlay an insignificant role in World War II into an undeserved, lasting fame. Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 98584Phone 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. EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ...................... Henry G. Gay expertise. Something called class. Oh, it's camouflaged by enthusiasm and delight, but it s tempered with sincerity anu humility. That's how this man takes to bridge. way he takes to life. Once upon a time he spent three hours a helping each of three sons practice piano. He practice. "Leids and I play bridge on the way to morning," he said one evening as he sat in apartment. Work is a paper mill 2% miles been for more than 40 years now. He for an ailing back. "We meet at Swa, ,m's Market, buy the bridge column over cotfee." The column is - Champions on Bridge," and is written by Corn Jr., a real American moniker. "It stays dark later every morning noW was in the autumn of the year, "and we regulated by the state is entitled Sales for September this yearcommittee get some sort of time, there isn't even agreement , "Sometimes we barely get the whole to a fair rate of return on its were still 5.99 per cent below consensus from the Legislature among income tax proponents as 'You'd be amazed, how fast two miles can go investment. But it took attorneys September a year ago, but tax itself.programItS jObwhichiS tOa trYmajoritytO findofa taket° which form such a tax should enjoying yourself. - eid ..... " But it does go by, and then he and t for another day of making paper so experts can use it to write columns for buffs like tlael] Prisoners s fill there It's °ne °flife's little cycles that my da°' " J be aware he's part of - he s too busy makWg It has been a year or so now since we were being urged to put pressure 'on North Vietnam by signing petitions here at home. The objective was to draw attention to the plight of _ . several hundred Americans who have been prisoners of war - ..-.7----, , for periods up to seven years. I1 i For many months the campaign had top-level I endorsement. President Nixon reminded us of our obligation to those American prisoners. Here in Washington State our lieutenant governor led a petition campaign. We had radio appeals that were never heard by Hanoi, and thundering editorials in newspapers that never got to Southeast Asia, and billboards that were never seen by the Viet Cong. And then President Nixon unveiled a new program. He F called it Vietnamization. We are going to pull out of Vietnam, he said. but we're going to do,it gradually. It wasn t long until you quit seeing billboards and hearing radio appeals about those American prisoners. The campaign, it appears, doesn't fit in with current policies. Nobody is urging us to speak up about the prisoners' misfortune. The opinion.makers have turned to other things. But the prisoners are still there. And their wives and parents are still among us, wondering what it will take to bring them home. It is hard to avoid the thought that there was something a little cynical about that brief surge of publicity about the prisoners. Their plight was used to bring support for policies that were in effect then. When the policies changed, we quit ,, hearing about the prisoners. "I forgot the dog food! "We had Oscar Wilde today, sweetie. "' from the Bainbridge Review Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, October 28, 1971