The Lawton Constitution from Lawton, Oklahoma on August 22, 1963 · Page 13
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The Lawton Constitution from Lawton, Oklahoma · Page 13

Lawton, Oklahoma
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Thursday, August 22, 1963
Page 13
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THE LAWTON CONSTITUTION, Thursday, August 22, 1963 -| ^ Reapportionment Effect? If Depends On Who's Ta KenpporllonmciH--Triumph or (Second of Two) By HARRY CULVER United Press IntcniMlorml EDITOR'S NOTE - How will rcRpportlonment actually ntfect pnvcrnmont in Oklahoma If n Ihrce-judKO federal courl order U upheld? In Hie second of two articles, a vetcmn polltlcnl ro- poricr. Un capital correspondent Harry Culver, Interviews politicnl s\nd civic leaders on both sides of the issue. The federal court.order oC'July 17 will permit districts with 49.6 per cent to elect n. majority in the sen- nte. 42,7 per cent a majority in the house. The court placed both houses substantially upon population. No federal court has cone so far in any other-state:-It gave some credit, to area:ln the house, ; Oklahoma and Tulsa counties combined have about one-third-of the population. They will . have about one-third of the representation .in the reap,iorlioned legislature. They now have less than 5 per cent in the senate, 12 per cent in the house... Slate Sen. Allen of Chickasha. an attorney for anti-reapportionment forces, says t h e change will mean less state aid [or schools; fewer funds for rural areas, increasing conflict between j urban and rural forces and con- trol by' t h e - b i g city press. He charged. Oklahoma and Tulsa counties will have "complete control" of the legislature. He saifl the federal court'order "is a monstrosity that would create complete chaos in Oklahoma government." Hal Boyle Says People Have Become Numb To Constant Afomic War Peri I OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) -- A | farm editor calls it "a trapedy to ; the rural people of Oklahoma." A \ mrlropolitan paper says "it helps | fulfill the American dream" of i true equity. \ These are typical opposing j views of a throojudse federal | court's decision that has toppled I the 36-year-old rural power struc- j lure of Oklahoma's "area" le.eis- \ lature and changed it to one has- j ed on population. It the U. S. Supreme Court lels I the opinion stand, how will it at- \ foci the nation's 46th stale? i Most evciyonc atrrees there will i be change, that cities will have j more to say, that a greater share j of slate tax revenue will go to pop- I ulous areas. But predictions of how much, how soon and how ; harmful or beneficial depends on ' who is talking, ' At present, disiricts wilh Irss than one-fourth of Ihe people elect J a majority in the senate, less lhan j one-third a majority in the house, ' By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP)-Curbslone comments of a Pavement Plato: People can't live frightened forever. A constant peril either drives them out of their minds, or they become numb to it, That has happened in the case of the threat of nuclear warfare, The pall that cast a shadow over Ihe future of mankind with the firs: atomic explosion at Alamogordo, N.M.. loss than 'iwo decades ago. is still as dark as ever. The menace is even mightier as more nations unlock the secrets of atomic power, and as Ihe sli-ength of the bomb grows from thousands ot tons of TNT to millions of tons of TNT. But ihc bigger the bomb becomes, it doesn't seem to frighten people more. They seem to prefer to let the diplomats wrangle over ihe problem. Remember the reaction that gripped America a few years ago when Russia first exploded an atomic device? \Ve wore nearly scared out of our wiis. People stocked emergency supplies-'of food and water in their homes. Some stocked their cars also. Some bought hideaways in Ihe GIVE VISITORS INSTRUCTIONS POINT ARGUELLO, Calif. (UPI)--A sign on delicate electronic equipment at the naval missile range base here warns curious visitors: "Das computenmachine is ] night for gerfinger- poken und miuengrabeen. Is easy schanp- j pen der springenwork, blowenlu- sen und poppencorlten mil spiUz- enparken. 1st nicht lur gewerken by das dummkopfen. Das nibber- necken sighlsercn keepen hands in das pockets. Reln.xcn und watch das blinkenlights." country so they'd have a place to flee to, Some even joined churches to get right with Lhe Lord -- just in case, Some quit drinking milk, fearing It had become a health danger because of the contamination of strontium 90 from atomic fallout. Gradually, as nothing much happened -- except that more and more lest bombs burst in Ihe atmosphere over isolated desert and ocean areas -- :he panic abated. Life returned to routine. The ordinary man resumed his ordinary worries -- how to find love in a dubious world, how to raise his kids, how to get up the rent mon- ey or meet the mortgage payments. What about the unsolved problem of the hydrogen bomb? Let George fret about it. The man in the street seems to have .turned his back on the whole subject. Since he has concluded he can't do anything about it individually, he no longer wants to talk about it. Mrs. Trimble Latting of Oklaho ma City, legislative chairman of the Oklahoma Congress of Parents and Teachers (P-TA), says Ihe new legislature will more nearly reflect the will of the majority of the people. "As to the long range effect, will cities get everything they want? I don't think so," she said. "But lei us say there will be a more .sympathetic ear to problems of cities. And we can't help but get more legislation beneficial to cities because of sheer numbers." Czar Langston, cclilor of the Oklahoma Rural News, terms Ihe court order a "gross error" sncl "a harsh injustice imposed upon Lhe citizens in more than 80 per cent of the counties of Oklahoma." If left lo stand, he said, it "could result in a tragedy to the rural people." The Daily Oklahpman states the federal court's ruling "may rank as one of the great even Is in American history with its unequivocal premise that people -- not acres or pine ;rees or cows-should he the basis for choosing lawmakers. . . "It will stand as the high-waler ! mark in Ihe constitutional strug- i gle tor the right of every man's I vole to count as much as that or j a n y olher in choosing men who \ make the laws, "Thus it helps fuif.ill the Amor- I ican dream," the newspaper said. j Effective Next Year i Rcapportionment foes plan to : appeal to Ihe U. S. Supreme | Court. Unless the high courl stays j Ihe order, it will take elfec! with Ihe February. 196-1. filing dale for i the next legislature. The courl ordered ihe election board to accept i filings and conduct elections on ! the basis of the court-ordered districts. ; The Oklahoma case differs from others on one major point. On the Senate, the court merely ordered that the slale follow its own constitution. On Ihe house, it again ordered compliance with the stata constitution, except for lining the seven-member limit on populou? counties. Tho senate is Ihe seat of rural power. If only the senate portion of the order siands. that alone could cripple rural control. Complete SWIMMING POOL . SUPPLIES Southwest Chemical Co. You Don't Hove to Buy Siding and Roofing from Out of Town People! EUGENE L. BOWMAN CO. I 6. Oth EL 3-1336 CLOSE-0 AIR CONDITIONERS! 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