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Thursday, August 9, 1973

TH (SUMMER DILY

Page Nine

Small towns tired of Waterga te

EDITOR'S NOTE - In many ways,
North Arlington, N. J., and Centralia,
Ill., are typical of huodreds of Ameri-
can towns. Last November, on Elec-
tion Day, AP newsmen watched and
listened as voters of the two com-
munities went to the polls. The news-
men returned in April befor the Wat-
ergate hearings began. Following is a
report on the most recent interviews.
By TERRY RYAN
NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. UP)
The evening news came on.
"Watergate ..." said John Chan-
cellor. For a moment glasses
halted in midcourse, voices paus-
ed in midsentence. Then Sunny
the bartender headed for the tele-
vision set.
"I'm tired of hearing about it,"
'he said. Rolling up the sleeves of
his white shirt for the umpteenth
:time, he reached up and flipped
the channel. The Mets game, sec-
ond inning. St. Louis 5, New York
1.
"They are just out to get my
friend Nixon," said Sonny Bed-
ing, co-owner of Tom & Sonny's
Lounge. "I voted for him. I'm
proud of it. Nobody wants to hear
any more of this. They're not go-
ing to change my mind."
AND SO IT GOES in North Ar-
lington, N.J.
Watergate drones on through
the summer, but few people have
changed their minds.
Small plots of grass border the
one-and two-family brick houses
,that line the streets here. Most of
the 18,000 residents work else-
where. New York is 40 minutes
away, Newark half that far. Un-
ion men and housewives who stay
home with the kids make up the
bulk of the population.
North Arlington was solid Rich-
ard Nixon when its people went
to the polls last November. A re-
porter then found few people in-
terested in Watergate. It was too
remote, too unsubstantial. No-
body really knew.
A return trip in April found the
people no longer shrugging off
Watergate questions. They talked
about it down at Danny's Diner.
But still nobody really knew what
to make of it.
It's summer now, and people
know about Watergate, perhaps
more than they ever wanted. But
they again are hesitant to dis-
cuss it. They would rather tell
about paying 99 cents for a dozen
eggs.
A picture emerges from conver-
sations with 30 people. Neverthe-
less everyone a g r e e s Nixon
should release the tapes. Some
call his advisers incompetent or
fools or worse. Among Nixon sup-
porters, opinion is evenly divided
on whether the press or the Dem-
crats are out to get him more.
Despite the hearings and the
headlines, most people here say
they have not changed their
m i n d s about Richard Nixon.

Avenue home. "I watch them
sometimes on TV, but you can't
tell anything from that. If any-
body is guilty, they should be
punished, but we'll never know.
It's a waste of time."
Drewnowski works in a ma-
chine shop. He has six children
and does the family shopping. He
voted for Nixon.
Would he do it again?
"Never," he snapped, "but not
because of Watergate. Do you
know what's happened to chick-
en? Chicken at 79 cents a pound!
It was 49 six weeks ago. That's
why!"
Andrew Ypelaar, a white-hair-
ed dispatcher for Texaco, lives
across the street. He is a solid
Republican, a solid Nixon man.
"It's all politics," Ypelaar said
as he stood beside the car parked
at the curb. "The Democrats are
doing it for '76. If it was some-
body like Kennedy, you wouldn't
be hearing all this. The press al-
ways hated Nixon?"
Ypelaar said he did not think
much about Watergate last No-

ed about begging Communists to sips a beer as the midday sun
release war prisoners, was not begins to bear down on the street
their man. outside.
In April, as Watergate came I'd exercise executive privi-
more and more into the news, lege," he said of the latest Wat-
people here began talking about ergate development - the tapes.
the Watergate case. The name "Even the most innocent state-
popped up in a casual sort of ment might be misconstrued and
way, but there were more words probably would be."
about prices and the then slump- Like most ordinary citizens,
ing St. Louis Cardinals. There Conner doesn't boast expertise on
was questioning, but Nixon was the fine points of constitutional
secure. law and the technicalities of a
Interviews with more than two Senate investigation, but he has
dozen people showed a change his own opinion.
today. Watergate is right up "Everyone else seems to have
there with talk about prices and some sort of immunity. I don't
"I voted for him (Nixon). I'm proud of it.
Nobody wants to hear anymore of this (Water-
gate). They're not going to change my mind."
-Sonny Heding
the surging St. Louis Cardinals. see why the President shouldn't;"
People are thinking about the he said.
case, they have opinions. Nixon But all that aside, he went on,
still appears to have the edge, the investigation is "foolish,"
but there is wavering. "a waste of money," and manip-
Defenders of the presidency ulated by an "ultraliberal" press
Defendrso the residency out to get the President.
still abound, however. "That's a carnival up there,"
A block down Broadway from he said, "and Sam Ervin is a
Mrs. Novak's store, Jim Conner, sanctimonious old SOB."
46, part owner of the Green Grill, Conner is hearing more Water-

gate arguments in the Green
Grill these days - very, very
loud ones.
"But people are a little bored
with it. People are easily stirred
up and easily forget," he said.
Conner doesn't consider him-
self a Nixon booster, however.
"They may make a Democrat
out of me, but not because of
Watergate," he explained. "If
the President has any problems,
it's the economy, not Watergate."
Through the window of a cab,
Francis "Hoppy" Cassady, 51,
has for 24 years philosophised
about the world to his riders and
anyone else who will listen.
He has kept close track of
Watergate, he said, and thinks
Sen. Ervin is "a firm and hon-
est man . . . doing a very won-
derful job."
President Nixon does not rate
that kind of esteem from Cassa-
dy.
"Of course I believe, like most
people I know, that there is such
a thing as judging something
before all the evidence is in," he
said. "But in my opinion the fact
that the President we have will
not release the tapes is evidence
to me that he's involved. I don't
want that man leading me. I
want that man behind me where
I can watch him."
Terry Ryan and Dennis Mont-
gomery are writers for the As-
sociated Press.

JACOBSON'S OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL 9:00 P.M.

Nixon: Sincere and
honest?
vember and still does not think
much about it. Certainly not
enough to change his mind about
the President.
"Maybe my attitude toward
him has slumped a little, but not
that much," he said. "I think he
is a sincere and honest man who
has done a lot of good things."
He's a crook, that is what he
is," said Thomas Capriot, a ware-
houseman and party line Demo-
crat. "I didn't need this Water-
gate thing to tell me that. I al-
ways knew he was a crook."
By DENNIS MONTGOMERY
CENTRALIA, Ill. UP) - Sen.
Sam Ervin's (D-N.C.) disembod-
ied voice slipped from the radio.
It is essential, he was sayineg,
that a court determine whether
the President of the United States
is above the law.
Gentilina Novak, 54, looked up
from her copy of Grit at the coun-
ter of her record store, and said,
"I just think its terrible that the
government has brought the
American people to this."
"Uncle Sam" Ervin, as
he is occasionally called here,
was expounding on a letter from
President Nixon refusing sub-
poenas for White House tapes.
"I think he should turn them
over," Mrs. Novak said. "If he
is sincere and not involved and as
innocent as he claims to be he
should turn them over."
If he doesn't, she said, "it's be-
cause he's got to be involved."
Her willingness to discuss and
give opinion on Watergate is be-
coming more and more common
.these days in this prairie town
not far from the nation's popula-
tion center.
Centralia is Middle America,
Nixon country, a stronghold of
the so-called silent majority.
Last November, voters here lis-
tened to Democratic attempts to
make Watergate a campaign is-.
sue, then went out and voted
overwhelmingly for Richard Nix-
on. George McGovern, who talk-

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Ervin: A sanctimonious
SOB?
Some supporters are wavering.
Many fault him for higher prices.
Few, however, would change the
ballots the ct nyanise nine mon
ballots they cast nine months ago,
"The whole thing is turning
into a carnival," said Frank
Drewnowski as he trimmed
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