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It-MMKV H EXPRESS^NEWS E D I T O R I A L S lh* auth«n. Thty may «jft* w iHty. m*y lh» vtawi ·( iKc Eipi*n «n4 N«wt. Thty in en »H»it t« »K«r vattal vkwptiaU tf» th* tiw*i. City's Interim of Opportunity For Wise Planning and Action Urban redevelopment, hiriged to federal help, is in limbo. June 30 is the end of existing programs with the exception of what tue Department of Housing and Urban Development does with money in the pipeline. That amount is about $7. billion, subject to new totals after under-the-deadline projects are approved. : : San Antonio's new town in town has been withdrawn from the June 30 deadline stampede. .Since unassisted u r b a n redevelopment on any significant scale is unlikely, attention focuses on pending legislation. The administration's plan is the Belter Communities Act. Its main thrust is greater local decision-making and supervisi9n for neighborhood development.' The U. S. Conference of Mayors, whose lobbying muscle is gaining strength, opposes key sections of the administration bill. That means a longer battle for its passage and greater pressure for changes in the bill. Thus, San Antonio (as other cities) faces an interim of uncer- t a i n t y . That time can be used profitably, however, HUD Secretary James Lynn keeps telling local officials. He encourages local planning to be ready for the new money. Given sound plans, he said, work can start when Congress makes funds available and it can Congress Has Rare Opportunity To Move into 20th Century The American Congress never hart a better oppottunity to bootstrap itself into the 20th Century. Also, never were there so many Americans so willing, nay eager, to be surprised that it could make that great leap forward. At a lime when the White House seemed to hold all the trumps, Watergate intervened. The Congress had adopted noble' resolutions aimed at high purposes and responsible spending . Then prerogative, power and pride came roaring to the side of practical application of the resolved goals. Committee chairmen found reasons Why their tradition shouldn't be disturbed. Farm-subsidy champions couldn't bear to ,slop paying for non-produclion. Even Ihe 1946 congressional rule peels has long since been set aside. A reform attempt in the 1950s ran afoul of committee chairmen with narrow political self-interesls of their own that overrode the clear national interest. The Senate has worked harder at budget reform, than the House has. Between 1952 and 1965, for example, the Senate tried seven times to create a joint commitlee to consider the administration budget. The House ignored all seven attempts. Most recent congressional noises about recaptured power include a preamble that says the Congress abdicated. That such admission is obvious truth says nothing about recapturing power, in fact. Power requires leadership. begin without interminable'rounds of reviews by HUD. If a city shows its people approve, the work can begin "without a lot of red tape," is the way Lynn sees the future. San Antonio Development Agency is working up a shopping list for City Council review. The list is modest enough: $9 million for flood control, $3.5 million for Alamo Plaza land acquisition for possible redevelopment, and $1.6 million for mass transit. SADA officials aren't at all optimistic that such funds will be forthcoming. That view is entirely realistic. Wise planning dictates that at this point the city take deliberate aim on a comprehensive look to the future. None of the major projects proposed by various sponsors can fail to affect each other in important ways. It is patently ridiculous to delay longer an imaginative look at mass transit--and that should include rapid transit which, by definition, means something beside rubber wheels on concrete. When 30,000 students daily attempt to break the IH-10 traffic bottleneck to get to UT-San An- 1 1 MI WRITING THOSE 3REAT OLD JEHfttNJ MAINSTTHE AtMKWV MUM* .··»---- OPINIONS Others Say... Htrt art txcerpis of editorial opinion from second look at our international position. /fading Texas, national and international' 'Obviously rtetuipapers: NATION'S ECONOMY We're glad to see President Nixon finally acted to cool the nation's torrid economy, even through tonio, it will be apparent t h a t 'his latest program of controls may not be for joint economic consultations Congress has the opportunity for and a hard tie-in of all spending leadership, albeit by scandal-born bills with a review of cash pros- default. Any candidates? Tourism a Growth Industry And San Antonio Is In It If il were lisled on the New York Stock Exchange, the tourist industry certainly would be classified as a "growth stock." Consider a few figures from the Texas Tourist Council. The n u m b e r of recreation vehicles is climbing at a fast pace. More than 870,000 recreation vehicles will be manufactured this year, a 20.2 per cent increase over 1972. One scgmemt of the industry--motor homes--is growing even more rapidly. During the first five months of this year, 48 per cenl more motor homes were built than during the same period last year. What is true nationally is also true in Texas. From September through April, the state of Texas received $5,285,000 from lodging taxes, an increase of 13.5 per cent over last year. No one in Texas--particularly in the San Antonio area--can afford to lose sight of just how important tourism is to our economic well-being. highway construction, mass transit and education are inseparably linked. San Antonio will get its share of a new generation now emerging: Americans in the 25-44 age group, from which new households traditionally emerge, are increasing at a rate nearly nine times that of the past decade. These householders increasingly demand new patterns of living. Families will be smaller, wives will work in increasing numbers. Tolerance of environmental blight and bureaucratic shambling will be lower. They will increasing question the reasons they are asked to pay more taxes. They are shaping new values, some of which bother their elders·, which include political leaders. Opinion polls consistently show Americans express a strong preference for living in small communities. Yet, they crowd the cities. The preference and the fact aren't incompatible and when the young challengers recognize that, city builders win be pressed to provide small-town tolerance for living with large-town opportunity. That, after all, is what city building is when it's done right. Comprehensive planning, a trite phrase widely misunderstood, should come of age in San Antonio during the interim of opportunity that has been shaped by an end of federal funding under old programs and Ihe beginning of new programs--when they begin. The city needs to pull together some good planning done separately and see what's lacking for a master plan worthy Of the name. enough. We were concerned that Nixon admitted only recently that Phase 3's voluntary controls were ineffective, but at least the President managed to move off dead center with Phase 3^.--Miami News. GAS SHORTAGE: They (big oil companies) want us to believe that because demand is high and supply is short, gas prices increases are normal and reflect the workings of the economics of supply and demand. But those economics become inoperable in a marketplace controlled by i n d u s t r i a l giants which manipulate prices and supply regardless of product demand...--Tucson, Ariz. Star. PERON'S R E T U R N At 77 he may prove ton old to be anything more than a father-figure, offering advice which, it is hoped, will show that he has learned from past mistakes. If he acts responsibly, he has enough standing to help a revival of democratic politics and constitutional government in Argentina. --London Daily Telegraph. PRICE FREEZE: The 60-day freeze might well be a good thing if accompanied by reductions in money stocks. It could check the rise of inflation until reduced demand took some of the heat of the American economy. But by itself the freeze treats the symptoms^ not the cause. We hopfe that President Nixon will indicate as soon as possible what he will do to make his campaign against inflation believable in the securities and money markets. So far the markets are not convinced.--Christian Science Monitor! NEW VIETNAM PEACE PACT: The war could have stopped at any time if the Communist side had considered that its interests could be served by fiar, internationally supervised, elections. But its aim is still a complete takeover of the South.--Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotsman. FOREIGN AID: Perhaps now, while foreign assistance, both military and economic, is due congressional consideration, Americans should take a we cannot become an isolationist nation. However, as Sen. Bentsen notes, "We cannot continue to spend from ' ·$8 to $10 billion a year in an effort to solve all the problems of the world when we have so many of our own yet to be resolved. Perhaps he's right when he says other nations will have to shoulder their own problems and burdens.--San Angela Standard-Times. J'hatPeople Say ..'. - . . TRADE BALANCE: "The dollar is now valued more competitively. Our goods arc are competitive, and our trading partners--who are themselves moving into an economic boom--should be buying more. So I would think we will sell more, and there will be a substantial swing back toward a trade balance."--Peter M. Flanigan, presidential economic affairs adviser. FOREIGN TRADE: "Americans need to take more time to study the market sit u a t i o n iu Japan and m a n u f a c t u r e products that Japanese will want to buy . . . There is a market in Japan and possibilities here that are worth the effort." -- Akio Morita, president of the Sony Corporation (Japan). NO THANKS: "I was not about to participate in a secret activity. I was happy to turn my efforts elsewhere."-- . Federal Judge Morell E. Sharp, rejecting invitation from former Presidential Aide John D. Ehrlichman to head a secret domestic intelligence committee. WELFARE: "There tends to be a rather loose and insufficiently well- founded assumption that social welfare programs can have a significant preventive impact. I think this is not at all clear."--Attorney General Elliot Richardson. BRE/HNEV: "He would he a good politician in any country:"--Sen. Vance Hartke. Baghdad By the Potomac i^E By Peter Lisagor WASHINGTON-Summer slipped into town behind a soft June rain. That much was clear, and not much else. Only the nimble and the quick struggled td put the rest of it together. Here was the Senate Foreign Relations Committee being made to feel important for the first time in years by Leonid llyich Brezhnev. Sen. J.W.Fulbrightand gues tumbled out of Blair Ilouse after nearly four hours of caviar, caveats and. colloquy* slightly disbelieving that the ruler of all the Russias could be so engagingly generous with his lime and this thoughts on detente, peace, trade, emigration. They were not exactly awed; impressed is the better word, and maybe ' just a bit grateful for being wooed and lobbied as if they truly mattered. There they stood on the sidewalks of Pennsylvania Avenue, facing a huge ' Soviet flag with its red hammer-and- sickle.in the upper left hand corner hanging from the Executive Office Building across the street, and sharing Brezh- nev's preachments with newsmen. They claimed nothing like executive privilege, as might have been the case if President Nixon had unloaded on them, and they freely Characterized Brezhnev and his ' arguments. Brezhnev has the politician's ·' instinctual understanding of "coattails," and recognizing Nixon's current needs, ' had a few words of praise for the · President's labors in behalf of comity and ' peace. Those present said the (one was not ·· patronizing. Lisagttr REMEMBERED QUOTE: "I obviously serve at the pleasure of the President, and I can foresee the time when probably the most useful thing 1 could do for him is to retire.' 1 --Former Aide John D. Ehrlichman, in interview with U. S. News World Report last Feb. 26. THE ONLY thing lacking, as Sen.: Henry M. Jackson might have noted if lie ; had been invited, was that Brezhnev was · not testifying under oath. The Washington state Democrat, an eye on the dubious 'past and ncrvous'future, not to mention 1976 presidential politics, took to the Senate floor to dispute Brezhnev's figures on the number of Soviet Jews allowed to leave Russia and added a few footnotes about police-state repression and infamous labor camps and menial institutions. To Scoop Jackson, Soviet "realism" is a mirage of sorts, not to be trusted until it ' can be touched and tested. Brezhnev's ; notebook of facts and figures, Jackson ; suggested, with a presecutor's scorn, might have been Watcrgalcd. "Perhaps his chief of staff, his domestic adviser and his Kremlin counsel have shredded the real records and doctored t h e rest," Jackson said. Which reminded the nimble and the quick that Brezhnev had powerful competition from a man who has yet to come on stage but who has been the target of a furious campaign to discredit his performance in advance, f o r m e r presidential counsel John Dean III. Brezhnev ran a poor second to Dean in the headlines of local newspapers. Hugh Scott, the Senate Republican leader, got Dean mixed up with Benedict Arnold and Sam Insull, while olhcr partisans confused hint with St. George. ' EVEN SOVIET journalists-officials accompanying .Brezhnev asked about Dean, trying to measure the impact of his : tcslimony en the slability of the Nixon regime. They appeared to understand a truth about a nation's foreign policy that some Americans have ignored namely that it cannot be compartmentalized. Uncertainly, contusion, rot at a country's core has a debilitating effect along all Us extremities. The internal and external life of any nation is simply indivisible. Moral' health is deeply implicated in security and strength. A machine clogged at its center will function feebly, if at all, . everywhere else. If Dean proves credible at all this week, there will be additional gobs of sand and tar in the gears. Great Odds Don 9 t Faze Gubernatorial Hopeful By Jon Ford AUSTlN-Texas Republicans' first formally announced candidate for governor i n ' 1 9 7 4 , Jim C r a n b e r r y , has to be reckoned with in bestowing the year's irrepressible optimist award. Cranberry, who gained a mortesl listing in regional hislorical footnote as the mod mayor of Lubbock, takes on a formidable enough job as a little-known stalewide candidate of Ihe GOP minority, given any lime frame. Volunteering for il when no end to fallout from national parly leaders' Watergate bugging scandals is in detection range lakes a special kind of courage or derring-do. Cranberry, even to gel on the November ballot for (he dubious honor of opposing a second-tcrm-seeklng Democratic governor who apparently will have done no greal wrong, If little of spectacular nole, either, must first outrun a formidable fie publican. Former Houston state Sen. Henry Grover, who bad Democrats in general and Dojpb grim* in particular," mar panic as the Nov. 7, 1972, election returns began lo roll in, mounted Ms second gubernatorial effort almost as soon as final votes in Ihe last one were recorded. Grover is actively campaigning and issuing regular press statements, although he remains a half-step behind G r a n berry's new position as an announced contender. (Grover may argue wilh that classification, and contend be placed himself where Cranberry is now last November when he announced he was going to announce for another race against Briscoc. Apparently, Grover, for all his impressive showing, augmented by La Raza Unida's siphoning more than 200,000 voles away from Briscoe, is still viewed without enthusiasm by the Republican hierarchy. That didn't bother him much in 1972 when he roundly defeated 'a swarm of able challengers in ihc GOP primary. drover already is, in effect, boasting of His unwanted stalus with the Nixon reelect the President group last year. The "Watergale.crowd," recalls Grover with a lol more pleasure than the subject Invoked during his 1972 race, tried to grab off all his campaign funds. Cranberry stands In better stead with a lot of top stale party practitioners than the rambunctious, superconservallvc Grover, although he quickly disavows the "rccruiled candidate-Mabel, Ford, a lonctimt obstrver of Texas affairs, is chief of the Express/New? Cafilol Burtau. The affable and energetic 41-year-old dentist (orthodontist) will spend the nest several months trying to gain some statewide identity, putting together an organization and looking hopefully about for financing. He has employed the Austin firm of Knaggs-Young to shape his campaign. While Cranberry docs not appear t» have picked a particularly good year for his statewide debut, he takes heart from the feats of other GOP gubernatorial hopefuls. (Paul Eggers got 47 per cent of the votes as the Republican running against Preston Smith in 1970, and Jack Cox acquired a surprising 46 per cent against John Connally in 1962. Grover managed 45 per cent last year, with the aid of La Raza Unida, and with Nixon sweeping the state at the top of the ballot.) At this early date, it seems doubtful Cranberry, Grover or any .other Republican likely lo offer himself can expect lo Improve much on the 'M, '88 and '72 track records. But political fortunes switch suddenly. And once again in 1J74 a third party effort will weaken the Democrats, QUICK ONES Legislative Budget Board \yill get into its first detailed plans for new Georgia- style "zero base" budgeting at a mid- August meeting, according (o Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby LBB also has to begin planning for new program budgets and special audits of governmental functions. Old budget hands see the zero-base technique as possibly an improvement in organizing and setting priorities for the legislative appropriations process, although they have doubts it assures any tremendous economics, as riscoc has indicated...The "He 1 * v* a/omc rfw«WY«MgW tewiw.ft State Insurance Board is suddenly interested In health maintenance organizations, now that big Prudential Insurance Co. has submitted a plan for one. Allied proposals of Bexar County Medical Foundation and Eagle Life Insurance Co. of San Antonio have been kicking around for monlhs with scant attention. The board reportedly is working on guidelines- for the pre-paid health care delivery organizations...^ Attorney General's Office has invited some press groups to' submit briefs in response (o Rep. Joe' Allen's request fof an opinion on whether the House of Representative is obliged to' furnish rent-free space to news reporters' in the state Capltol...The The House' Education Committee's hearings on .school finance were clearly designed for ' the single puraose of pressuring the' governor lo call a special legislative ses-' sion...The legislature managed to submit' two constitutional amendment resolutions on the same subject: Homestead tax. exemptions for unmarried adulls...Cor-' pus Christi Independent School Dislricl' has a special reason for wondering whal John Connally's plans are, since his law firm is handling some of Its major litigation, and it isn't yet clear who Is in charge of the next installment--Look for lawsuits to force single-member House districts In ' all the major counties soon. .

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