Think Twice Before Making War on OPEC
It was about time — past time —
for someone of substance and background to point out that U.S. officials
should think twice before labeling OPEC as an enemy.
The '"someone of substance and background" now turns out to be W.
W. (Walt) Rostow, professor of economics and history at the University
of Texas, and many times a high-level consultant on Washington problems.
Noting that Stewart Eisenstat, President Carter's domestic adviser, had
"stigmatized" OPEC (the organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) as a "clear enemy," Walt
Rostow wrote in the New York Times:
''The fact is that for the next decade and beyond, the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and other oil-importing
countries will need OPEC oil. They and we are part of an interdependent
global economy and political system.
"It is counter-productive to deny this fact of life and declare verbal
war on countries with which we must
deal from day to day. By serious and
sustqined action, we can reduce OPEC's leverage over the U.S. But
slogans based on pique are unhelpfu."'
Lyndon Johnson used to say, Walt
Rostow added: "Don't tell a man to go to hell unless you can send him there."
Beyond the Call . . .
Nearly everybody loves a success
story. Newspaper people relish one
involving a newspaper boy —
although now we say "newspaper-carrier" because girls increasingly are involved.
But this goes back 50 years to a
14-year-old newspaperboy, Vance
Trimble, in the little city of Okemah,
Oklahoma, who wasn't content with
merely hitting front porches with the
Okemah Daily Leader. He wanted to
be a reporter for the paper, too.
No one around the paper encouraged him. No one thought
about him other than as a depend
able carrier. He knew nothing aboutnews writing.
So he did what he could do — he
showed up at the editor's desk one
day with a sheet of neatly penned
one-paragraph items about visiting
farmers, oil men and shoppers he'd
approached on Okemah's Main
Street. He was a reporter, he'd
explain, and would like to have, the
visitor's name and home town or
farm location, plus the purpose of
the visit to Okemah — banking,
buying something, doing business at
the Okfuskee county courthouse.
The editor, himself not far past
voting age, accepted the items,
termed "locals," and'agreed to pay
$2.50 a week for the same regularly.
Before the hustling youngster was
out of high school, he was reporting
more and earning more while still
keeping his paper route.
Now for the point of this bit of recollection, please skip to a recent
evening when Vance Trimble, now the Pulitzer Prize winning editor of
Scripps-Howard's "Kentucky Post,"
was feted at a Covington, Ky., retirement dinner.
There it came out that, as decades
earlier back in Okemah, Okla., Vance Trimble was "doing what he
wasn't supposed to do, and didn't have to do" when he won his Pulitzer Prize.
At that time he was news editor of the Scripps-Howard Washington
Bureau, working from 4 p.m. to after
midnight. He learned that members
of Congress had relatives on the
government payroll — some of whom
didn't even always come to work.
Looking into it plays, on his own
time, he laboriously ferreted out
facts, put it all together, and came
up with a series that worn not only
the Pulitzer but also a "grand slam"
of other national journalism awards that year.
Time to Think?
There's been enough criticism,
perhaps too much, but with apologies
for seeming to add a bit: With all his
counselors, advisers (and not to mention Rosalynn) when is there to be
time for President Carter to think?
The comment arises from appointment of Hedley Donovan, just retired
from Time, Inc., to "give advice on the full range of matters before the
president," even bypassing chief of staff Ham Jordan.
Presidents, even as you and I, have all had close friends on whom
they leaned for help, advice — and perhaps, sympathy.
Hedley Donovan may be the first formally named to such a job.
Miller is former chairman of the board of directors of Gannett Co., Inc.
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