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2 - The Perkins Journal, Thursday, January 4, 1973 by Glynn McCauley The resumption of the heavy bombing ot northerly targets in Vietnam and the breakdown of negotiations so hopefully con- ducted by Henry Kissinger, plus Mr. Kissinger'sstriking change of tone in describing ttanoi's attitude, is a disappointment. Critics are claiming intentional election-time deception by the President and Mr. Kissinger but the truth ls the President and Kissinger at one time were very close to an agreement with North Vietnam. Unfortunately, they must plead guilty to some degree, in al- lowing President Thieu of South Vietnam to sabotage an agree- ment tentatively worked out by Hanoi. Thieu accomplished this by objecting to any ceasefire agreement which failed to specify that Saigon's was the rightful authority in areas in South Viet- nam controlled by the enemy. Though one can sumpathize with Thleu's position, hisdesire to have Salgon's authority reestablished in enemy-held areas of his country, the military and political facts of today do not fit this hope. And one can hardly expect the enemy to grant in a ceasefire agreement what has not been won on the field. Perhaps the renewed heavy bombing and continuing squeeze caused by the U. S. naval blockade will bring Hanoi to these terms In the end, but this is questionable. Meanwhile Washington must share the blame for the breakdown in negotiations. For more than twenty years reformers have been trying to abolish the electoral college or modernize the system in a way to ay services were arraJ Grave side rites were held Funeral services for Ray and the couple lived in the Per- for Mrs. Robert (Eliza) Odell Harral, 69 year old Perkins kins vicinity until her death on in the Perkins Cemetery last Councilman and Payne County December 8, 1968. On Decem- Saturday morning at 10o'clock. Peace Officer, were held at her 21, 1970, he marriedDelma Mrs. Odell died in the Cushint 2:00 p.m. Friday, December Williams at Wagoner. hospital Thursday, Decembe~ 29, 1972, in the Strode Chapel Harral was town marshall in 28, 1972. She had been a rest- at Stillwater with Reverend Perkins for 13 years and had dent of a Cushing nursing home Harvey Hickman of the Perkinsserved as deputy and jailer for for six years. First Baptist Church officiating, the Payne County SheriffPs Of- Mrs. Odell was born near Ray Harral Jr. delivered the flce since 1969. He was a mem- Bowen, Illinois, the oldest oi eulogy. Mrs. Donna Brooks her of the Perkins Town G0un" ten brothers and sisters. She presented a medley of appro- cll and had served as mayor. married Robert Odell and they priate piano selections. Attend- He was also a member of the came to Oklahoma to make ing the services as a group Fraternal Order of Police. their home in ]905. They lived were members of various localHarral was preceded in death at Meridian for two years be- and state law enforcement agen- by one grandson, Danny West, fore moving five miles south- cies. Casket bearers were who was killed in Vietnam, two west of Perkins in the Indepen- Frank Phillips, Red McKinght,brothers and one sister. dence School District in 1907.Jack Stark, Jerry Hughes, John They lived and farmed and tookTaylor and Bob Glandon. He is survived by his widow, part in all the neighborhoodlife Interment, under the direct- and two sons, Doyle Harral of in this area until failing health ion of Strode Funeral Home, Perkins and Ray Harral Jr. of forced them to move into Per- was in the Perkins Cemetery. Edmond, and two daughters, kins where she lived alone after Law officers provided an honor Mrs. Ulys (Glenda Lee) West, her husband's death, guard for the graveside rites. Cushing, and Mrs. Don (Rita The last of her family, her Harral, who died inthe Cush- Mae) Buckner, Bartlesville. husband, two daughters, Stella ing Municipal Hospital on Also a foster son, Scotty Mc- and Marie, a son-in-law and a December 26th, was the son ofCall, Wichita, Kansas, and one baby granddaughter preceded Leonard and Mariah Harral andstep-son, David Williams, Still- her in death. She is survived by was born in Jonesbero, Arkan-water; 10 grandchildren, three two granddaughters and their sas on March 6, 1903. OnMarchgreat-grandchildren, and one families. 26, 1924, he was married to brother, Vester Harral of Per- Mrs. (:}dell, a pioneer of early Minnie Floy Jackson at C, uthrie kins. days, saw hard times, sorrow and joy in her long life of 92 years. Sgt. Kinzie to stationed overseas Sgt. Terry Kinzie has been home over the holidays visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Klnzie of Route 4, Stillwater. Sgt. Kinzie has been stationed in Platsburgh, New York, with the Air Force for the past three years. January 10, Sgt. Kinzie will leave for Korate, Thailand for one year. While in New York, he worked on the B-52, KC135 and FB111 and in Thailand he will work on F4 Phantom Jets. Published every Thursday by the Perkins Publishing Company Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Box L 377-3599 -- 547-2411 133 S. Main Harland B. Wells---Co-Publisher Glynn W. McCauley---Co-Publisher Sandy McCauley - Managing Editor Glynn McCauley - Advertising Manager Bill Cross - Photography and Graphic-art Harry Delfts - Mechanical Superintendent Glenda Wilson - Typist Ruth Brown - Circulation Manager Entered as 2nd Class mail at the Post Office at Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Call in your Subscription today 547-2411 or 377-3599 make it more democratic. As it now works, and has just elected P~esident Nlxon, each state has as many electors as the com- I i ~-ttle r~oseh~ ~i w?::raLr have a loving smile ~ birded number of Congressmen and Senators It sends to Congress. Because Senators are not representative of the population but apportioned two to each state, this means electors, who actual- ly elect the President might or might not vote as did a majority ov voters. An even greater source of potential trouble is the fact that the electors of each state don't split their vote accord- ing to the popular vote. They all vote for the winner, even if the winning Democratic or Republican candidate carried the state by only two votes. Thus, if one candidate wins narrowly ln a majority of states, but loses heavily in others, he can win the Presidency with less votes than his opponent; this has already happened several times in American history, and is obviously undesirable. Probably the reform proposal with the greatest merit, as a coU~titutional amendment, which is required, is one providing for the division of the electoral vote on the basis of the popular vote in ;~ach state. This would not upset the senatorial factor in de- terming the number of electoral votes of each state, a keen issue among the smaller states, but would provide for translating the popular vote into a fair, representative division of electoral votes, the essence of democracy. An expert on food prices recently warned that chains' pro- fits were Oown to a point where they could no longer absorb in- creased costs, as has sometimes been possible in the past. The primary cause of many hikes in food prices~ he said: was not inefficiency in management but inefficiency in work methods demanded by unions. He cited examples of trucking, loading, butchering, stocking and other processes where unions force slowdowns, which understandably increase stores' costs. One shouldnPt leap to the conclusion, however, that unions are always the cause of high food prices. Excessive middle-man profits, management failures and other .'-~.asons are often to blame. But union practices, sometimes tied in with racketeering, are a contributing cause and it is in the interest of union mem- bers to keep fo6d costs down. Truck drivers in some areas have managed to obtain com- missions on deliveries of such things as bread (sometimes the commissions run thousands of dollars more than salaries);, un- ions have fOrbidden store personnel to unload foodstuffs; they have set a maximum number of trucks to be unloaded in a set period of time; they have refused to stagger working hours to enable stores to cope with rush hours. Etc. It is not asking too much to appeal to all Americans, in- cluding union leaders, to do everything possible to hold down the costs of food--for higher costs hurt the poor most, and first. From the garden of a friend, From a friend I know is true, Than to have the choicest flowers Than tears shed around my casket When my stay on earth must end. When I bid this world adieu. I would rather have the kindest words, Bring me all the flowers today Whether pink or white or red, And a smile that I can see, Than flattery when my heart is stillI'd rather have one blossom now And life has ceased to be. Than a truckload when Pm dead. Author Unknown