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Sunday, December 31, 1972
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SI, Ml MarathorvleTourneau Vs. Unions' Scent Of Money Ai we draw the shades to- ty «o the year of our Lord, 2, it might be well to, » -wtre, rev** the bidding. fti Pife One of today's appears a most and encouraging the past year by Uayor Louis yrcr He paints a bright e of accomplishments ed. in the past year and sts an even brighter for the future of the ,Brownsville's employment highest it has ever been thanks to the almost dibit industrial and con- uoticn boom, Brownsville's ^---hilies enjoy a much greater 2pendable income, according jjg*» the Mayor's message. S These facts are visible to ryone who lives here, but is a somber sore 'erin.-j beneath this rosy · of Brownsville's visage, fide forces have come to demand their pound 1 flesh in the unionization of mushrooming Marathon- au off-shore drilling plant. ^^Knowledgeable persons in JBhecommunity are abundantly lJfcnire that Marathon-LeTour- HMao has supplied more jobs JSiith much higher pay during Jjjfce last year than any other Siiusiness concern in the *M0*t«ry of Brownsville. Its JsBurrently more than 2,000, to be 3,000, employes, of whom were on they ever dreamed As a result of it, however, the unions were able to tecur* a National Labor Relation! Board order that an election for bargaining agent be held next Wednesday. It to hoped that the M a r a t h o n - UToumeau employe* will keep their heads and vote a g a i n s t this coercive unionization. The situation has not been helped any by the widely criticized interjection of the Roman Catholic clergy on the side of the unions. A letter signed by seventeen priests in t h e Brownsville Catholic D i o c e s e was circulated through the ranks of thg Marathon-LeTourneau e m- p l o y e s . These misguided ministers, either through ignorance or by choice, completely overlook some of the vita] statistics of the labor situation as it involves a man's freedom and his right to work. In their fervor to extol the surface "benevolence" of labor unions, these priests chose to ignore a recent survey of conditions, in states having right-io-work laws, and T e x a s has one. New manufacturing jobs between 3957 and 1967 in right-to-work states increased 37.2 per cent against a rise of 7.3 per cent in states permitting compulsory unionism. Per capita personal income in right-to" work stales rose W.» per cent '" the same period against "" Bowf £pnd situation has been es- through the in- of free enterprise, management, solid «**mpfoye training and full benefit consideration of employes. Knowledgeable non* alw ar« aware of the ~ttn««t*dness and satisfaction »3Bt by Marathen-LeTournsau Jjgnployes and their families. *5».Y«t the labor unions, {gpmtine the huge monetary '*-nke-off made possible by £*«esiment of dues, would .*Sferi*ct themselves to take 3B»er the welfare and literally Mtt lives of these satisfied and E»cure employes. The full of how a labor union ates made itself known in '· violent one-day work s p ' p a g * at Marathon- au several months i when gates were barred employes were prevented reaching 'their jobs. twelve months ago, 532 in compu f sorv unionism B 4 V rBr . UIEV earning more money now s t a t e s . Average weekly *** CROMLET e a r n i n g s of production w o r k e r s in right-to-work states rose 41.8 per cent compared with 35.3 per cent in states permitting compulsory unionism. Nineteen states in this country, including Texas, have i right-to-wprk law. Simply put, these laws mean that an individual has the right to refrain from .toinihg a union without losing his job, a basic tenet of civil and human rights. Right now Brownsville en- joyj one of the highest percentages of industrial workers in almost all of Texas. Certainly, when considering all o! these figures, there is even a stronger case for the preservation of the right-to- work principle. Again, it is hoped the Marathon-LeTourneau employes JSjjj* employes were prevented will keep their heads and vote -Sen! reaching 'their jobs. against coercive unionization. Nine Out Of Ten Are Cheaters In Welfare WASHINGTON;.(NEA),. If there is anyone who doubts the need to reform the nation's welfare system, be has only to read some recent spot studies to realize the incredible amount of . graft which cheats the poor, 'the disabled and the taxpayer alike. These spot findings are back of President Nixon's decision to clamp down hard on welfare management. · .. In one recent case, a'spot a - year-4)ut had been reporting earnings at the rate of $3,900 a year. ' More than a fourth of those in this sample reported no income at all during the three months. But investigation showed they had earnings, at an annual 'rate, in excess of ^Letter To The Editor Slditer The. cheating was actually .'greaieffilhan indicated above. . . . . : . -, The earnings reports did not check was made ^in one. CTHnty-,, incItee:r!eIf . emIed jnco on roughly 400 welfare..·: or j obs f or . wh i c h the worker recipients whose employers · - · · · - · - - had reported earnings of $1,600 or more in the three months checked. This check was limited to recipients who tgHefeiTing to ths letters Mfeitten by B. Struck on Dec. I and Marie Burkart on Dec. I,to the Brownsville Herald Sficeming the Catholic - ailrch sympathizing with the I believe the priests Jit to be commended and t criticized. ^'Everybody that has lived in t Valley long enough should 'by now that the biggest ty of the Worker, here the Valley is the Valley Chamber of Commerce. They (the V.C.C.) wil! do anything to keep the unions out of the Valley Almost every business men and professionals belong to this or that association. Everybody is united except the workers and the V.C.C. wants it that way, so 'they can keep on paying cheap wagest J. M. Corpnado ' Brownsville 1825 Polk St. Write Your Representatives had given their correct names and Social Security numbers. About one out of nine, it was found, had given an honest report of their earnings' In Oils sampling, the 400 had reported a combined income .of less than $400,000 for the three months. Their employers listed earnings of roughly $800,000. .That is, these recipients had been earning, during this ·three-month period at an average rate of roughly $8,000 had been paid in cash by an employer not under unemployment insurance. In many cases where several members of'- 1 - av. family had earning;, there was no way to draw these numbers together and thus learn the total earnings per family. In spot checks through one state, it was. estimated that of those oh welfare who earned fl.ftHt or more in the quarter studied, there was "apparent fraud" in 41 per cent of the cases^ The investigators found in this case that "a large per- c e n t a g e of ' recipients" reported none of their earned income. Many received two checks for wages each month, but reported only one. Overtime was conveniently forgotten in many instances. These spot checks pre' sumably did not include the worst of the cheaters. The investigators said they would assume that on average, those who listed their right name and Social Security number probably were less likely to be serious cheaters Mian those who worked under one name and Social Security number and' c o l l e c t e d welfare payments under another name and number- ·' ; "" ' Incidentally, these studies did not report on special assistance to the aged, blind or disabled, nor aid to children under 16. If the men and women who deservedly need aid are to receive what they requier, and if the taxpayer is to be allowed to keep enough to provide a decent l i f e for himself and family with all the demands- of government, education and growing living costs which he now faces, there is no national problem deserving, of more urgency than the elimination of grossly illegal payments to welfare cheaters. MAIT Zero In Growth Of j Population Ecologies, enemies of Ike GNP (Gnu National Prod- cud), greeners and orber wch will be dancing in the streets, tor a sharp decline (» per cent) in the American, birthrate this year has brnigM ns to virtual zero population growth. The Census Bureau therefore has reduced its projection for the year am by «ome 20 million people. Perhaps we should aU be celebrating this tun of e v e n t s , perhaps the "limiters"-let us call tbem- are right; but I am Dot so sure. Of course I know that a point could theoretically be reached some time when the nation could no longer sustain its population, and, far short of that, the population problem would have to dealt with. And I certainly do not delight in a future landscape given over to asphalt and high-rise developments.: But these speculations about the future do not outweigh a sense that there is something eerie about this moment in America, at the end of 1972, a n d at this particular moment, here and now, and g i v e n s u r r o u n d i n g phenomena, the attainment of ZPG may reflect darter truths: exhaustion, a lesion of the spirit, decadence. There ar e rhythms and cy- :cles in the history of peoples, after all, and over the longer reaches of time a declining population has not been a sign of national vitality. In addition, providing a disturbing context, are the other assorted signs: the end of th*. Apollo program, and- flie moratorium, at least/ on man's attempt to colonize space; the mood of retreat and retrenchment abroad, even the Nixon Doctrine, and the coming reduction of'-the A m e r i c a n presence; Xin Europe: the defeat of the'SST, · and the passing of commercial aviation supremacy- technological, anyway--to the S o v i e t s ; things like deliberately childless couples, vaseotomies, exoerimentatfen with the form of the family. All ftos may suggest only a passing malaise, but maybe much more. 'Doomsday Syndrome' And The Airplane by MM BritM-Kfentnt, be nV «ttor magazine. Judging nature of kit jo compels hitt to oomwt witit the modem brand of ttel- tectual, one Wttud expect him to be one el tne tcojwfcri doomsayers. BM k Maddn'i ciat w e have a rather opt i m i s t i c and definitely refreshing "man bitei dog" situation. He has written a book called "The Doomsday Syndrome'' which attacks m o s t of his brother ecologfets-- Paul E n r l i c h , author of "The Population Bomb," Barry Commoner, author of "The Closing Circle," et cetera-for erring drastically on the pessimistic Bide. I am midway kt lUddox't book, and hope to report on it in detail later oa. Meanwhile it is Interesting to test tile Maddox thesis against a recent report from the American aviation industry, w h i c h has been under pressure from Federal and local governments to clean up both its exhaust emissions and its noise pollution. The aviation industry, through its spokesman, Stuart Tipton, president of the Air Transport Association, doesn't make any fantastic claims, but what it does have to report is thoroughly in keeping with Maddox's basic optimism. Briefly, the big newer planes-- tJig 747, the Lockheed 1011, and the DC- 1(1-- have licked the black smoke problem. It cost the aviation industry $30 million over a fnw-year period to mate c burner capable of · fc*«ic taking fee moke Mt of plane kafteni to emuwom. For (to older fottr-engtoe jett the industry has not managed to come up with sat- isitdory "retrofit" fix. But the oMer four-engine jets are being phased out, and .rentoally the Mack smoke from plane exhausts will disappear from the atmosphere. The problem of invisible emissions has not yet been mastered, but some progress has been made in eliminating such poisons in the engines used on the newer wide-todied jets. In any case, i n v i s i b l e emissions from planes are insignificant when compared to what comes out of the average automobile exhaust. V V »* The problem of noise happens to be considerably more refractory than the smoke probfem. Again, progress has been made with the newer jet engines: the 747 and the wide- bodied tri-jets have been designed from scratch to be relatively q u i e t as well as clean. Moreover, a lot has been learned in recent years about utilizing the seaward approaches to landing fields on the coasts, which diminishes the impact of noises oh people who live near airports in Los Angeles and tion;' out of the ivlatiiM business is, however, tt* costly a problem to be sohtd overnight. Communities sttch as Los Angeles' that depend for their economic life on atr accessibility must go skw about issuing ukases to UM air lines. When an 11-to-T overnight curfew was MIC* gested for Los Angeles to deference to householders who complained ttiat noise potto- tion was disturbing their s l e e p , it was quickly discovered that such a curfew could not be synchronized with service to and from Tokyo, Singapore, Anchorage, Miami or even New York City. Moreover, much of the U.S. airmail is moved at n i g h t . MidnighMo-dawn curfewg at aiiports would demand a total reorganizations of the US. Post Office. Who could hope to achieve that? In Britain, houses close (a Heathrow Airport have been sound-proofed. But the cost at sound-proofing h i g h - r i s e apartments in.Queens County on Long Island would ImpoM a fearsome burden on real estate interests. In spite of the difficuUiea inherent in noise abatement, the long-term trend is to » quieter air fleet. By the led of 1975 the newer and les» -, on Long Island. Taking off and landing at higher "deck noisy ]ets willjnake op WDM. angles" also results in a significant reduction in the noise that reaches into living ro«ms as pilots master new flying techniques that are compatible with both the safety end the comfort of passengers. Getting aH the noise "ipollu- 15 per cent of the planes in operation. So it is surely s "doomsdaj syndrome" flit Insists at as the airlines are cpomf ecological pessimism insofar as the airlines are concen*.fA Maddox's thesis has at leasl that much corroboration. Bite-Your-Tongue Review Of 1972 ·Sen,- John Tower Sferiate Mice. Building Stashuigton, D.C. 20510 3ai, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. ateiate Office Building ^Washington, D.C. 20510 3{tp. E. (Kika) de la G?'za. fuse Office Buildin? shington, D.C. 20515 «** ' ·itXAS LEGISLATURE .Stameran County) 3M. James S. Bates 3SO. Box 117 *linburg. Tex. 78539 Rep. Menton Murray 320 E. Van Buren P.O. Box 117 Harlingen, Tex. 78559 Hep. Henrv Sanchez 132 E. Levee St. Brownsville, Tex. 78520 (Hidal'o County) Rep. A. B. fBud) Atwood Rt. 2, Box 384 Edinuurg, Tex. i8539 (Starr County) · Sen. Wayne H. Connally Floresviile, Tex. 78114 DON OAKLET Teace Is At Hand' A Monumental Fizzle JSrotattfritk An Independent Freedom Newspaper every aiternoon (except Saturday) and Sunday ..W morning by 3.' Freedom Newspapers M* 1135 E. Van Buren St. 2* BrownsviUe, Texas 78520 «. 542-4331 -ftls newspaper Is dedicated to furrjshing information to our rfiUen so that they can better promote and preserve their m* freedom and encourage others to see its blessing. For only wtfea man understands freedom and is free to control himself ·pan he produces can he develop to his utmost capabilities. "3ff teUeve that all men are equally endowed by their Crsator ·M M by a government, with the tight to take moral action tCpnserve their life and property ana secure more freedom ·tt-taep it lor themselves a/id others. Freedom is self-control tfjimre. no teas. discharge this responsibility, free men, to the best of their , Must ondersfMd and apply to daily living the great guide expressed in the Coveting Commandnwnt. Rater By Carrier by week 55c plus 1C Ui. By route, 12 M per month plus 5c tax. By mail in the Rio I Valley per month |2.« plus 5c tax; per year J27.20 plw . By mail op stat*_nr nut of Texas per month J2.75 plus ic The only trouble with Henry Kissinger's statement some seven weeks ago that "Peace. is at hand" in Vietnam was that most people were so elated they never thought to ask: Which hand? . : Like the elusive pea- under the shell (to continue the image of s l e i g h t - o f - handmanship), w h a t the public thought was there turns out not to be there at all. And like the victims of that carnival game, -a lot of Americans are resentful and feel thai they have been had. But had by whom? For those who never did, do not now ana never will like Richard Nixon, the answer is easy. For those who forgive all trespasses except those committee! by their own country, the answer is also easy: Obviously, the President encouraged the belief that peace was imminent for purely political advantage. Then, bolstered by his landslide re-election victory, l,e proceeded to adopt a harder UM (ward Hanoi, .new conditions unacceptable to them. Unfortunately, there is just enough evidence, just enough . rumors and leaks from sources close-to the negotiations, to lend credence to this charge, and Americans, who have been decieved before, are again wondering whom to believe and whom to trust. One thing is certain, and that is that the disappointment runs very deep. J" * V Yet it must be remembered that it was Hanoi, not' Washington, who first broke the news that an agreement was ready to be signed and who, in fact, set a deadline of Oct. 30 for that signing. It was this that led to K i s s i n g e r ' s famous an- p e a r a n c e on nationwide television. Since the North Vietnamese could hardly be desirous of enhancing Mr. Nixon's already favorable re-election prospects, it can only be concluded that their aim was to sweep the administration into A settlement on a wavs of country. At least, this conclusion is as credible as any other. O n the' ' other hand,. Kissinger contributed to that euphoria by minimizing the seriousness of the issues that remained to be settled -perhaps in "one mor« session" of three or four days. In the light of the new impasse in Paris and the resumption of bombing and mining, those points could not have been so minor. Either that or new questions, or old ones thought to have been ·settled, have been introduced by ont or both sides--particularly these concerning the the extent of "sovereignty" of the Thieu government in Saigon and the presence of North Vietnamese troops below tlifi demilitarized zone. Thus we are back at the far end of the tunnel again. The light seen in October has not quite gone out but it has dimmed exceedingly. The realization is sad enough at this Christmas season Coming so soon after . hopes were raised so high, it Take (he Apollo program. Contrary to what Is widely believed, the moon program was not a waste of money but a bargain at the price. The orbiting scientific 'and communications satellites-^ spinoffs from the space program--will soon probably be worth more than the entire cost of NASA. And the otter spinoff products can be enumerated almost endlessly: c o m p u t e r developments, miniaturization (with all its medical and industrial implications), advances in optics, astronomy, electronics, engineering, aeronautics, physics. The logic of the Apollo program's development--and spectacular success--pointed to the establishment of a permanent base or colony on the moon preparatory to further exploration of the solar system and probes into the outer reaches of space. Now all this has been halted, and the program reduced to the orbiting sky-lab and the space shuttle, a minimum, underfunded effort. James Buraliam, a senior editor of National Review, believes that the great political division shaping up ,in America may be between yea-sayers and nay-say«rs, between those who desire to shape, create, command, expand, and those who desire the opposite. The seventh novel of the brilliant, young (30) writer Keith Mano, called "The B r i d g e , " associates the "limiters" with death, and, since life itself necessarily entails "pollution," views the ecology movement as involved, at the deepest levals, with the desire for death, Tn« boto. max I* rteat WASHfflGTON-A lot of things were said in U72 that people would just as soon forget about. For example, :hw would you have liked to have been: The person who said to Sen. Edmund Muskie during the primary campaign in New Hampshire, "Senator, why don't you go down to Manchester and give Publisher William Loeb"a piece of your mind?" Or the one who asked Maurice Stans, "Have you ever thought of opening a bank ' account in Mexico City?" Or the campaign adviser who said to Sen. George McGoyern, "George, if they ask you about Eaglaton, just tell them you support him 1,000 per cent." Or the person who called Jack Anderson and said, "Have I got a story on Eagletonforyou!" And what about the aide who said to President Nixon, "Thieu is in the bag. He'll agree to anything we agree to in Paris." Lest we forget the poor fellow who., said to John Mitchell, "I have this friend who used to work for tlie CIA and he's beeen casing the Democratic N a t i o n a l ' Headquarters and...." Or the man who called his friend in California early this year and asked, "How would you like to move to New York City and work for Life Magazine?" Or the officer who said to Gen. John Lavelle, "Don't w o r r y , General, they're YOUR bombers and you can send them anywhere you want to." And what about the State Department aide who said to Secretary of State William Rogers, "I just gave Jimmy Hoffa a passport to go to Hanoi." Or the person who assured J e a n Westwood, "The Democratic National Committee chairmanship is yours for the next four years." Or the person on Henry Kissinger's staff who told him, "Make it brief. Just tell the country peace is at hand." I wonder where the man Is who advised Tony Boyle, the U n i t e d Mine Workers' p r e s i d e n t , "Don't worry, Tony, even if the federal government supervises the elections, you're a shoo-In to win." Or the Interior aide who told the White House, "My advice is to let the Indians stay in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. What harm can they do?" And whatever happened to the man who said to Egypt's President Anwar Sadaf, "Asl the Russians to leave. That:.will pressure them into givinj us new weapons." , i . . Or the lawyer who told . Clifford Irving, "They, can't ".. send you to jail for faking an autobiography." Or the editor ·!:- Cosmopolitan who advised) · Helen Gurley Brown, "Forget it. Nobody will pay to see * . photo of Burt Reynolds In th» nude." i And what about the man · who said to Boris Spassky, "I think I've · found Bobby. . Fischer's weakness."- - -, And while we're at it, \ · wonder what happened to tht : man who advised Sammy Davis Jr., "Now when th» · President comes on the stage, · throw your arms around him; . He really loves that sort ol thing."- ' J And what about the person who said to Julie Nixon Eisenhower, "Well, if you feel that strongly about it, why don't you offer to give your life for the Thieu regime?" . And finally, let's have ' * moment of silence for Martha Mitchell's former bodyguard who said to her, "Please, Mrs. Mitchell, just lie on your stomach. This needle won't hurt." Quick Quiz Q_\Vhat are capers (aside from playful antics)? A--Unopened flower buds of a tropical plant preserved in vinegar. Q--Why are eggs associated with Easter? Af--Eggs symbolize new Ufa that begins in the springtime. Q--What distinguishes the Bible's Psalm 119? 'A--It is the longest. Subject: Word of God. Q--In what nation is found the greatest variety of trees? A-The United States. With its varying climate and different heights above sea level, the nation docs not haVe a single typical forest. Q--What distinguishes President Theodore Roosevelt's i n a u g u r a l address from others? A-He used m II" to It *N»f?c» tar tanrtirWr ttitfn fared? TA» oafcfuj wtj I Kami are all in the right places. Oh, THOSE SLUlf 1 JCAHS MS YOU/" '

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