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Wednesday, March 20, 1968


Page Five

Wednesday, March 20, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

-Associated Press
Senator Robert F. Kennedy greets University of Kansas students waiting in the rain to see him after
a speech on the Kansas campus. Kennedy assailed the Administration's Vietnam policy in his address.
Kennedy is opposing President Johnson for the Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign
opened Saturday.
Farmers Protest Low Prices,
Boycott Markets, Bur t Crops

Report Hits
Air Force's
Cite Ten Year Delay
I Grade Advancement
To Non-com Officer
Armed S e r v i c e s subcommittee1
says the Defense Department'sa
skimpy allocation of non-com-
missioned officer grades is a ma-
jor cause of promotion stagnation
in the Air Force.
In a report released yesterday,
the subcommittee said it "fre-
quently found cases of men who
spent 10 years or more in grade
without promotion despite excel-
lent records, and has received
complaints from time to time of
men who have spent more than1
20 years in grade without promo-
Take Steps for More NCO's a
The subcommittee said, how-
ever, the Defense Department has
taken steps to increase the NCO
authorizations for the services.
Rep. L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.),
said the subcommittee, chaired by
Rep. Alton Lennon (D-N.C.),
"has made many valuable recom-
mendations for administrative
changes and the military services
have begun to put these changes
into effect."
In addition to promotion poli-
cies and procedures, the subcom-
mittee studied a variety of re-
lated matters having a bearing on
enlisted morale, prestige and re-
Among its findings and recom-
mendations, the subcommittee:
-Found that promotion op-
portunity for men in Vietnam is
better than elsewhere in the
armed forces.
Keep Borderline Cases
-Had high praise for the De-
fense Department for the opera-
tion of Project 100,000, the pro-
gram to make effective soldiers
out of men who were previously
disqualified for mental or minor
physical deficiencies.
-Found that proficiency pay,
which provides extra monthly
payments to men in hard to re-
tain skills, is significantly improv-
ing retention.

House said yesterday President
Johnson consults various people
on Southeast Asia policy, includ-
ing some who do not fully agree{
with him, but no serious consider-
ation is being given to creating
a commission to examine this
Press secretary George Chris-
tian told reporters that in a
lengthy discussion touched off by
a question whether Johnson was
considering the possibility of nam-
ing a commission to assess Viet-
nam war policies, as recommend-
ed editorially yesterday by the
New York Times and Washington
Kennedy Idea
It has been reported that com-
mission idea developed in the
campaign camp of Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy of New York, and that
he offered to stay out of the race
for the Democratic presidential
nomination if Johnson would
name a commission to study and
make recommendations on chang-
ing the policy. Kennedy has said
the White Housedistorted the
proposal and his part in it.
Value of Dissent
"On the question of asking out-
side viewpoints on matters of
policy," Christian said, "the Pres-
ident very much values this type
of consultation. All of you are
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petitioning for literary college
steering committee, not March
12 as previously printed in The
Daily. Petitions are available
in 1210 Angell Hall.

aware of some of the people he
has been calling in for discus-
sions on the Southeast Asia situa-
tion . . . I would expect he would
continue to do so.
"As for setting up a special
commission like the one we have
been hearing about recently, .I
don't know of any intention now
to do that, not in the nature
that's being discussed around
Christian said a distinction
has to be drawn between a knowl-
edgeable group advising the Pres-
ident and making certain he gets
a variety of views on the subject
and a public committee or com-
mission with certain powers,
broad or limited, of some inde-
pendent stature.
"I think the President has

been open minded on having con-
sultations with people of varying
viewpoints and ideas on South-
east Asia policy," Christian said.
"He has consulted with individ-
uals who don't fully agree with
his policies on Southeast Asia.
These have been valuable discus-
He mentioned Edwin Reis-
chauer, former ambassador to
Japan and now a Harvard pro-
fessor and authority on China as
one of those consulted who
doesn't see eye to eye with the
President. Also mentioned was
Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, former
chairman of the joint chiefs of
staff and former ambassador to
Christian noted too, that John-
son has talked with members of

the Senate Foreign Relationa
Committee who are not fully in
agreement with him.
Discussions in this field will
continue, Christian said.
"The formation of a specific
commission," he said, "is some-
thing that thus far has not been
given serious consideration here
for a variety of reasons."
Christian agreed that one rea-
son was that the President thinks
creation of stch a commission
would constitute an abdication
of his constitutional authority to
conduct a war.
The press secretary said he did
not think that legally or consti-
tutionally Johnson could give up
his authority as commander in


Deny LBJ To Form Vietnam Commission

CORNING, Iowa (P) -A cam-
paign of hog killing and crop
burning to dramatize the National
Farmers Organization's drive to
increase prices by boycotting
markets is being coordinated here
by a "victory control center."
"This is production the packers
will never get" is the universal
slogan suggested by NFO head-
quarters for militant chapters
which have shot and buried hogs
House Probes
U.S. Employes
House Committee on Un-American
# Activities is probing an organiza-
tion of federal employes who op-
pose the U.S. role in Vietnam.
The employe group, "Federal
Employes Against the War," has
circulated a petition signed by
more than 900 workers protesting
the war.
* Chairman Edwin E. Willis (D-
La.) of the Committee on Un-
American activities said, "If such
a thing is going on within the
government, the country should
be advised of the facts."
Willis is also sponsoring a bill
to give the President more author-
ity in dismissing government of-
ficials whose actions are judged
as dangerous to U.S. fighting men.

in Iowa, Indiana, Georgia and
South Dakota within the past 10
Northern Indiana members set
fire to an estimated 6,000 bushels
of grain on three farms near Elk-
hart Monday in a calculated dis-
play of dissatisfaction with prices.
Grain, livestock and poultry have
been the objects of a 35 state
boycott called by the NFO two
months ago, The withholding ac-
tions have had negligible effect on
major markets to date, according
to market specialists.
NFO Not Instigator
NFO headquarters contends that
it did not initiate the slaughters
or burnings.
President Oren Lea Staley, who
answers calls on special long dis-
tance telephones with "victory
control center," said as long as
local chapters are intent on pro-
duct destruction to "express their
determination" it may as well be
handled right.
Must Kill 200 for Effect
He said members are advised
on publicity and told that hog
kills "certainly will not have any
impact unless you bury a mini-
mum of 50,000 pounds." This
would require some 200 sacrificial
animals. "People are trying to
make this an emotional issue,"
Staley said.
"It is not an emotional issue,
it is an economic issue."

Local chapters announce that
50,000 pounds of hogs will be
killed. The number of animals is
not mentioned. In each case, pro-
cessors are told they can stop the
kill at any time by agreeing to the
NFO's target price of 23,cents per
"This shooting is really being
caused by the packers who refuse
to pay the prices they should,"
Staley added. "We are trying to
make the public aware that farm-
ers are getting 19 cents a pound
for pork and 27 cents for beef and
want only four and five cents
Staley claimed that the boy-
cott's failure to boost prices so
far is the result of price manipu-
lation by grain buyers and pack-
ers eager to beat down the with-
holding action.

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