The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 99
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 99

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Blame Prohibitionist Vote for Billy's Plains Failure Maybe it will change someday - like 100 years from now - but Billy Carter's defeat in the mayoral election in Plains, Ga. shows that the prohibitionist vote is still a powerful factor in the South. And if you doubt that, try buying a drink in the Atlanta airport on Sunday. Or a mixed drink in North Carolina any day of the week. James R. Dickenson of the Washington Star said "the vote was, to a large degree, one between the blue-nosed Baptists of Plains versus the Blue Ribbon-swilling blithe spirits who gather around Billy's gas station." I have no doubt that he is right, because I have been jerked around by Baptist and Methodist prohibitionists for years, mostly in North Carolina. The fact that they are kind, well-meaning people does a little to lessen my resentment, but not much. I lived in one North Carolina county where you could not even buy beer legally, much less liquor. If you wanted a beer, you had to drive 10 miles to the next county line and 10 miles back. If you were so given over to sin that you wanted a cold beer on Sunday afternoon, it was necessary to I look at it this way: If the Baptists and Methodists want to drink buttermilk, iced tea or whatever, I would not dream of trying to tell them they shouldn't do it, much less try to get laws passed against them doing it. If they don't want to drink a beer, that's fine with me, too. I figure that's their business. But some prohibitionists aren't content with self-abstention. They don't drink, so they want to make sure nobody else does, either. My father always said this was putting a pretty high price on your own opinion. My father also said the Baptists and Methodists would feel kind of funny if they woke up one morning and found that the Jews had succeeded in getting a law passed forbidding anyone to sell pork anywhere in the county. "Be funny as hell," he said. "Why, you'd see illegal barbecue joints springing up all over the county." This business of forcing others to abide by your own religious beliefs is what made many people suspicious of Jimmy Carter's Baptist background. I don't think Jimmy's that hard-shell a Baptist, though. After all, he voted for Billy. drive a total of 50 miles - the distance to Charlotte and back. And if you think that demonstrates serious prohibitionist intent, you should have been there when the Baptists launched their Expose the Boozers campaign. It was, as Bette Midler would say, a hoot. The Baptists had succeeded in keeping liquor stores out of the county, but still felt vaguely unsatisfied because people kept driving over to the next county to buy liquor. What could be done? The Baptists decided to station deacons with cameras outside the liquor store to take pictures of all those devotees of Bacchus who came and went. I used to smile broadly and hold up a fifth of booze for the camera, but many people were outraged and embarrassed. The police finally persuaded the Baptists to stop harassing the boozers. "These people don't hang around your church, so why don't you stop hanging around this liquor store?" one officer said. "Besides, they might sue you for invasion of privacy." Although I think the Baptists were more impressed by the threat of litigation than the officer's reasoning, I was in full agreement with his logic and still am. f H l 'Steve tMMl J n J Also Serving Okeechobee County The Palm Beach Post NCWS Of MartinSt .Lucie D SECTION FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1976 Gluckler Won't Fight Double Tax ii mi jinn iiuii . m ii " "'"'i 4,1 : V1 1 Out They Go Y 7 nr pt; 1 , - The Stuart Sailfish Club's annual light tackle tournament started yesterday in choppy waters and in fact under small craft warnings. The weather didn't seem to bother the dozens of boaters who pulled out of the Sailfish Marina in Port Salerno early in the morning. The event continues through i rrw& V' - By JIM REEDER Post Staff Writer SEWALL'S POINT - Town officials apparently will not back the City of Stuart in its claim that municipal residents are being unfairly taxed by the Martin County Commission for services that city residents do not receive. "I feel the present system is to our advantage unless something is uncovered in next week's meeting we don't know about," Commissioner Bob Russell said. Other commissioners indicated agreement with Russell and Mayor Ed Gluckler, who urged other commissioners to attend a meeting between city and county officials to discuss the alleged "double taxation." Stuart officials claim city residents receive no benefit from some county departments such as planning and zoning, engineering, building and others. But city residents are taxed at the same rate as residents of the unincorporated areas to pay for these services. "Double taxation is the City of Stuart's fight, not ours," Gluckler said. "We get extensive county services inside the town, such as sheriff's patrols, use of the sheriff's radio frequency and the county planners will do our comprehensvie planning program." He said the Martin County Taxpayers Association, of which Gluckler is executive secretary, has asked for a complete cost analysis of all government services. "Too much could be disturbed by this kind of thing and we want a cost analysis before anything is done, " Gluckler said. "The Town of Sewall's Point is in a position where we can gain more by cooperating with the county than by fighting it," he said. County and municipal officials will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Martin County Administrative Center to discuss the issue. S a Staff Photo by Robert Bedoll 4-District Plan Rejected as Premature ple of equal and effective By LINDA HARBISON Post Staff Writer PORT ST. LUCIE - The Districting Commission yesterday rejected as premature a plan to divide the city into four election districts. Several members of the commission indicated the rough outline of districts, presented by member Sam Feigenbaum, should not be considered until the board has a better understanding of its duties and responsibilities. There also was a com commendation was self-serving, said when he drew up the proposed district lines he was not "trying to further my chances of being elected by picking out one of these larger districts for myself." Jim Brooks, St. Lucie County supervisor of elections, told the board it has few guidelines to follow in the creation of four districts but the new city charter does give some direction. The charter states districts "shall be based on the princi board it has about three months to complete the districting job. The new city charter provides each district will be represented by a City Council member, though elections will be held at large. During the organizational meeting, lawyer Harold Shear was named chairman." Feigenbaum was named vice chairman. The next meeting of the commission was set for Thursday at 3 p m. at City Hall. plaint that Feigenbaum, an announced candidate for the City Council, was attempting to "brainwash" the commission. "If I'm going to serve on this commission, I don't want to be brainwashed," member David Moses said. He said Feigenbaum's proposal was interesting but the commission "should have no preconceived notions of what we're going to do at this stage." Feigenbaum, who denied his re Members talked about whether each district should be equal in population. City Manager Elmer Cox suggested the U.S. Census Bureau or the University of Florida might offer some assistance in determining whether the four districts are comparable in population. Cox told the Youth Services To Begin New-'I'm Okay' Analysis After completing the course, interested adults will work with youths currently under the supervision of the DYS. "There are apparently quite a few people who would like to contribute something to the youth problem," Simmons said. He said a teacher will be hired, possibly through the local community college. Henry Childers, director of adult education, said he felt the program would go a long way toward rehabilitating delinquent juveniles. He said he expected a good response to the new class. STUART Adults will be given the opportunity to learn new techniques for dealing with troubled youths in a county-sponsored transactional analysis program. "This is a type of 'I'm okay, you're okay.' therapy," said Charles Simmons of the division of youth services (DYS). "It's all about building the self-image and acquiring a positive attitude." The DYS is helping to coordinate the program which is expected to receive funding through the Martin County Adult Education Department. According to Simmons, several local residents suggested the new class be organized "to help parents and others help delinquent kids." Tampa Soccer Pro To Hold Exhibition Clinic Sunday Members of the Fort Pierce Kiwanis Club have already sold more than 200 Christmas trees this year but' still have another couple of hundred to sell in the next few days. Here, at the Sears-town parking lot Chuck Garrett tries to coax Ruth Huntsman into buying. The club sells the trees annually, using the proceeds for civic activities during the year. 15$ V A tt eJV."1i n atebook Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie Counties Derrick Smethurst, the highest scorer in the short history of the Tampa Rowdies professional soccer team, will give an exhibition clinic Sunday at 2 p.m., at Langford Park in Jensen Beach. A 15-minute soccer film will also be shown by the Jensen Beach Optimist Club. A Christmas party for elementary .school age children will be held at the Martin County Public Library in Stuart Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The puppet play "The Shoemaker and the Elves" will be presented and Girl Scouts will sing Christmas songs. The Woman's Club of Stuart will have a "Christmas Cheer" program Wednesday at the clubhouse on East Ocean Boulevard. The Sailfish Chapter of the Sweet Adelines will provide entertainment, X with a business meeting afterwards. Call 283-3262 for more information. Port Si. Lucie City Hall Monday at 7:15 p.m. The program will be under the direction of Mike Reeb, president of the Civic League, and will include music by the Sweet Adelines. After the ceremony, a motorcade will proceed from City Hall to the CESA Building, where Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. 4 Following the custom . established during the last Yuletide season, there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of the Staff Photo by John Bsrtlett

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