IA — Editorial Page — Saturday, August 17, 1974
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A Pro at Work
Poised is the Word as Ford Gels Off
To the Good Start the Country Needs
By PALL MILLER
In retrospect. President Ford surely
has made most of the right moves—or has
seemed la as he has taken Qvcr reluc
tantly but firmly the office he hoped he
would not have to fin under snctr circumstances
Ij, is clear, as was anticipated, that a
large number of Americans are bitter over
what has happened; letters to newspapers
decry the "treatment" accorded-Hichard
Nixon and praise his achievements as
Yet not even these partisans are finding fault with the conduct, demeanor or
early performance of Gerald Ford. There'*
good reason why this is so.
From the first, his aim has been to put
at ease all those in and out of government
who might have had reason for alarm or
Everyone knows there will be some
changes; it's only natural But he quickly
passed the word that there would be no
major upheavals in the Cabinet, or in
departments, agencies or commissions.
He got this over in a continuing round
of reassuring telephone calls and meetings
—many of them even before his address
to the Congress.
Even George Meany was smiling ior
the photographers at the White House
once again, and he followed up by indicating agreement with a tentative White
House proposal for reactivating the Cost
of Living Council as a wage-price monitoring agency.
There is doubt that this agency served
any useful purpose before. Critics said it
did more harm than good. But the merits
are another matter for the moment.
They'll be debated, and should be.
The first Ford weik had everything,
including shocking renewal of hostilities
by the Turks on Cyprus and tense hours
seeking the shaky and not very meaningful <nftfie*£u» briefly achieved.
Through it all. poise was the word: if
only one word were to be applied. In his
remarks at his swearing-in, in his address
to the Congress, in many smaller contacts
and appearances, the new President was
a pro at work. He was off to the good
start the country needed.
... Nation's Comfortable
Atty. Gen. William B. Saxbe echoed a
note the nation could applaud after the
first Ford Cabinet meeting.
One of those pneent, Saxbe smilingly
opined, -"We've had law and order. What
we need now is a little peace and quiet"
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Pr.e&ident Ford is the man )Or this
twte and these circumstances"
—Rep. Barber B. (onablc, RAY.
Yes, the country is ready for it, but
the country tent going to get it just yet,
happy as all would be if it could material*
America is not to be spared the problems that face the entire world—inflation,
for one, plus continuing conflict in Vietnam, unease in the Middle East, the Off*
and-on savagery on little Cyprus.
Jerry Ford can thank the Lord he has.
Kissinger. And Jerry Ford, a religious
man, undoubtedly does " "nr
President Nixon's sure feel in iorelgn
affairs is gone, but the months Ford spent
close at hand, and the continuing presence
of the secretary of state add up to national
Yes, the nation already is comfortable.
with President Ford.
... Dangling Harnesses
ft seemed somehow a note in tune with
the new times that the House voted over
whelmingly 339 to 49 to make optional,
not compulsory, the seat-belt interlock
system that currently comes with all new
No more, under this bill, would drivers
have to buckle up before they can start
their cars. There is a similar bill before
the Senate. Indications are that the nuisance will be disposed of without much
delav. The changes will apply to car
production as soon as the final legislation
is signed injo law.
Qua .Midwestern, editorial writer probably reflected the thinking of a fed-up
public when he wrote:
"Most of us value life, so we'll buckle
up regularly. But any who don't should
have the privilege of letting the harness
Another victory was scored when the
Senate voted to repeal the year-round Daylight Saving Time that Congress voted last
December during the energy crisis.
November, December, January and
February will return to Standard Time
under this legislation.
The bill now is expected to be considered soon by the House. May it follow
the Senate's lead.
President Ford Is flanked by Secretary of 8 tate Henry Kissinger (left) and Defease Secretary James Schleslnger as he meets with the National Security Council.
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