Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on July 7, 1969 · Page 4
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Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas · Page 4

Brownwood, Texas
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Monday, July 7, 1969
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Letters To The Editon ftilf fid«6fJ 1 ddfi't know if Jrfltl femerhbir, but t ^rote you when 1 was in th« veietans Hospital in Memphis. 1 flm ever so grateful to you for putting my letter §1 the paper. 1 received many letters, «yt hem together, and picked one to Write td-Kris Thomas. 1303 Brady. t was at Camp Bowie (Ed. Note: during World War 11) and 1 arh planning tffi coming to Brown wood to try afid find work because t still feel 1 rtt pift 6f Texas. Thanks again for putting my letter irt the paper and thanks to all the fifle people who wrote me. Hope to see you soon. 1 want to be deep in the heart of Texas—1 love it. Herman Russum 1312 Madison Ave. Apt. 3 Memphis, Tetin. 38104 Dear Editor: 1 am writing to ask you a very important question—where are our loyal Americans? Every time I turn on the tv. radio or read the newspaper I see and hear a whole crowd of dumb persons shout' ing and demonstrating, and 1 often wonder, where is the real McCoy American? The one who would really stand up and fight for our country? Is it the humble farmer? The little man who carries his lunch-pail to •work? Is it our plumber, butcher, milkman, carpenter? Or is it the big wheel who drives a fancy car? Or is it our faithful mailman? Does he live in a small house or a castle? Is it our neighbor or does he live in a far-away place. Do I ever 'come in contact with him? Does he have a family? We have eight little baldhead, barefooted boys and if our God lets them grow to men, and there were 3 million more boys like ours, there is no way in this world that our country couid fall. My husband talks to them about how great our country is. He tells them that our mighty nation is today what it is because of humble men. I have asked myself many times- Why is it that everytime some people pass a veterans hospital they say to their friends or children, "that place is so dull and lifeless and only half- men live there?" It hurts me very much because with- out the legless, armless, blind, crippled men our great country wouldn't be. When I see our flag of hear our national anthem, the first person who crosses my mind is my dear husband who gave part of himself for our way of life. And next 1 see all our men who have served and at the end were loyal and true. Those are the ones who should be shouting like mad, not a whole bunch of big shots off on a platform or a whole bunch of hairy nuts. What are they screeching about— they have their whole body? They have never earned the right to. So please tell me, where is our real American'? Mrs. J. W. Goodman Rt. 1 Blanket Dear Editor: We think it is time for someone to personally thank the Ruths and Pepsi- Cola Bottling Co. in Brownwood for the wonderful support they have given to our boys. Wes. Jackie and Mrs. Ruth are wonderful people to know and do business with. We are in business ourselves and find sometimes that the public is quick to criticize but very slow on showing appreciation for a job well °So e 'may we be among the first to say "thank you, Ruths." for helping our boys in their baseball program his year and in past years by donating Pepsi for them to sell for equipment in their baseball project , Even though our son still at home is not playing ball this year, he has benefited by Pepsi donations in past years. After all "Brownwood's greatest asset is our youth." Naturally we are speaking from a personal viewpoint as parents of three children (Gerald, a former little leaguer now teaching at Howard Payne; Mrs. Darrell Price; and Dennis Joe. still at home) and grandparents of five grandchildren. So vou can understand our reasons for greatly appreciating this gesture on the Ruth's part. Don't you wish we had more people like the Ruths in our city. Again we would like to say "thanks to these thoughtful folks for helping so many boys in the-Brownwood area. Mr. and Mrs. J. T. DeViney 117 Lucas Dr. Warren Court Mark Sure Volumes would be required — and volumes will be forthcoming — to do justice to the 16 years of the "Warren Court." This is true whether one views those years as a series of national ca"' lamities or marking one of the most brilliant chapters in the history of the United States Supreme Court. To use a label like the "Warren Court" is of course, not quite accurate. The make-up of the court is both fluid and remarkably stable. Two of its present members were appointed as farback as Franlin D. Roosevelt's second administration. Chief Justice Earl Warren was only one man with one vote (and not always in the majority) among the 16 associate justices who shared the high bench with him between 1953, when he was appointed by President Eisenhower, and his retirement on June 23. But the court does seem to move in ; cycles and the chief justice does wield undoubted prestige and influence. The j-ecord of the past decade and a half — a hurst of judicial activism not seen since the days of John Marshall — fully justifies our calling it an era and naming it after the man who presided over it. A sigabie volume would be required merely to list the bare details of the many cases decided by the Warren Court, without going into their back' grounds or their effect upon society- school and other segregation, school prayers, state reapportionment, ob - seeniiy, dozens more in the area of criminal law alone. Any one of these decisions, or related decisions is still capable of gener* ating heated controversy at any dinner 4ablp discussion, but it is the latter to be in the. forefront of the pub,i at the present time- The mood, is one of concern for srder" and how te "r»turn" the f p§£ul§tion nvej* jneom- Juitiee Wsrysn B. Burger Lbj% M M and, # Prssidfnt N&on will rs* ftaa&Uftft the Warren Court authorities. It is instructive to look at some of these "handcuffs." Chief among them are GIDEON, which guarantees a man the right to free counsel if he is indigent; DOUGLAS, which extends this right to appeals as well as trials; MAPP, which bans the use of illegally obtained evidence, and MIRANDA and ESCOBEDO, which require that a man be warned of his hight to be silent and to have the assistance of counsel before incriminating statements can be taken from him. "Can anyone say that these decisions threaten society?" asks Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge Samuel J. Roberts. "Can anyone say that they undermine justice? To the contrary, they are absolutely necessary for the concept of ordered liberty and equal justice under law." The trouble is that the Constitution gives the same rights to bad guys as to good guys. It is not the law-abiding citizen whose name gets tacked onto landmark decisions but the man who has run afoul of the law. But the principles reaffirmed by these decisions involving law-breakers (most of whom, it should be noted, were subsequently reconvicted within the. guide* lines laid down by the court) have made more secure the rights of every American, What about the "Burger Court"? About the only thing that can be said with certainty is that there may be less activism on the part of the court, less readiness to dive into political and social thickets, a period of relative calm while the nation catches up with the past 16 years, There may be some modification of Warren Court rulings in the matters of confessions, self-incrimination and obscenity, but there will certainly be no overthrow of basic The Warren Court has set a stamp upon American American history. Few chief je. w jure sjdeoU. io f § had swh a profound impaet upon their times as has EarJ Warren. Americanization A Threat By ERIC HOFFER NEW YORK — The anti-Americanism of the foreign intellectual stems not from his fear of the debasing effect America might have on literature, art, music, the cinema, etc., but its effect on the masses. We see again and again how the Americanization of a country results in the de-proletarian- ization of the workingman. Americanization means the stiffening of the workingman's backbone, and the sharpening of his appetites. He not only begins to believe that he is as good as anyone else, but wants to live and look like anyone else. THE AMERICANIZATION of a society amounts to giving it a classless aspect, the sapping of its aristocratic traditions, the diffusion of a sameness which has all the earmarks of equality. And it is this that the foreign intellectual fears and resents. He not only feels the loss of the grandiose background of mute masses ranged in their millions behind him, but he is also deprived of the aristocratic climate which he feels is vital for the realization and exercise of his creative talents. It is to him a drab, uninspiring world where every mother's son thinks himself as good as anyone else, and the capacity for reverence and worship has become atrophied. SCRATCH ANY foreign intellectual, even one who has lived for decades among us, and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the sound and the smell of common folk. Take Professor Marcuse. This self- styled savior of humanity came to this country in 1934, a refugee from Hitler's Germany. He has lived among us for over thirty years, and now, in his old age, his disenchantment with this country is spilling over, into book after book. When you brush aside the Hegelian double-talk and the philosophical claptrap you discover what it is that is ailing him. In plain English, Professor Marcuse is offended by the degree to which common people in America are allowed to intrude into the sphere of life which ought to be the preserve of chosen spirits: "to break the peace wherever there is still peace and silence, to be ugly and uglify things, to ooze familiarity, to offend against good form." Nowhere on this continent is there a spot where Marcuse can escape the sight, the sound and the smell of the vulgar, common Americans. LAST SUMMER the professor went to Venice. The place was full of American and Americanized vulgarians. In an interview with a reporter for 11 Tempo, Marcuse wondered whether Venice could not be reserved for high- class tourism, so that the hoi polloi would not disturb its solemn beauty. Marcuse was born in Berlin in 1898. He was in his thirties in the days of the Weimar Republic. As one of the far left he probably fought the democratic republic as a sham' and a swindle and worked for its destruction. Hitler did the destroying. It is worth noting that in 1956 Marcuse had no use for the Hungarian revolution. (Copyright 1969 by Eric Hoffer; distributed by the Ledger Syndicate, Ind.) Pollution Cost May Soar Although no human beings were killed by the poison that turned the picturesque Rhine River into a deadly stream filled with the bodies of un* told njillions of fish, the incident is more serious than the famed disaster in Donora, Pa., in-1948, when a chen> ically laden smog asphyxiated 20 persons, or the killer smog in London In 1952 which caused or hastened the deaths of an estimated 4,000 persons with respiratory ailments. London and Donora could be called freakish, isolated accidents, a CQWibin* ation of human thoughtlessness and unusual meterorological conditions, The pollution of the Rhine was an acci* dent, too, apparently caused by the spillage of a powerful insecticide call' ed Endosulvan. But the Rhine catastrophe, more than these others-^more even than the wreck of the Torrey Canyon off the coast of England or the oil well leak* age in the Santa Barbara Channel-' illustrates the frightening possibilities of man's growing ability to lay waste or profoundly alter vast areas of his natural eRvifQiunent, intenUQaaliy or not. According to one expert, i si have been enough to render this great international waterway, a vital re* source for tens of millions of Europeans, biologically dead. Dead it was, for nearly a weesk, and no on? knows how long it will take for it to recover completely. One can only speculate on what the consequence's could have been had the ILS, Army gone ahead with its plan to dump, not 220 pounds, but 27,oop tons, of nerve gas into the. Atlantic Ocean and had the gas somehow es< qaped from its containers, }n the long run, however,, it is not the spectacular catastrophes we have, to fear. In fact, if we had more of them, we might start doing something about pollution. It is the slow, steady accretion of industrial and agricuUur» al wastes in the earth's finite supplies of water and atmQfjpher**-and in the bodies of living organisms, including manr-thst poses the greater danger, It is still cheaper (we think.) to dump o«r wastes pn nature and let them take cire of themselves than to wake Die tremendous expenditures necgsjary to bring peDutioa under eon* trsi But naiurs raiy; gome dsy f?re» sent us with » 4u| bill for our folly, on* whieh mi/ gait us aw* than / Moscow-Peking Showdown Neorer (NBA) - 'Hie key military ana political indicators picked up through ifiteiHgejtt fina dipiofMiie ehwinds clearly point to a SinwtaisiM crisis wilhift the ft§*l six months. As of this writing, the Tfans^ibertan Railroad has been closed to civilian traffic for were than thrti weeks. Civilians who must travel en government busi» n-sss to of from the Soviet Par East aw being shuttled by ail-lift. treap mdvimtnti h«vi bi*n h*tvy t Mm «v*d in §pdupi el 150,000, THi ftiwly arrived unifi «r« eaneintrattng *!«nj thi b«rd*ri 6f Sinking previnet, tit* at R*d Chtai'i mi]6f *o* el««r fiitareh, divalapmini and praduetldfli Seviit b«ek*up fepcii art aleng thi Mwgelian bardif rttar* by, Russian diplomats are urgently seeking an under* standing of the plight from countries and groups whost support they would require in a showdown. Contrary to some reports published in the United States, the Communist Chinese have strengthened their forces in the area. Training of guerrilla units in strategic Sinkiang border posts has been stepped up. The command echelons in Sinkiang are being strengthened with top - ranking political and military men from Peking. Additional Chinese fighter planes are reported being shifted to Urumchi, capital of the province. The 28 Chinese first - line divisions in Inner Mongolia and neighboring border areas have been put under the direct command of the Peking Military Region. Construction units are being moved into place. There are now believed to be a total of 380,000 border frontline Chinese troops in Sinkiang, inner Mongolia and Northease China border areas and in close support. The Chinese radio has begun to retell the stories of heroic units in the 1911 revolution, the war against Japan, the Indian campaign and the Korean war, Chinese troops are being told that armies armed with Mao's revolutionary spirit can defeat the "mechanization" of the Russian forces. These reports are only a sampling of the information now reaching here, most of which is still classified. In total, the indicators that point to some sort of a clash are as hard as those which pointed toward a Soviet invasion of CEechoslovakia last August. The Czech invasion indicators were not believed. Kremlinologists were convinced the Soviet Union would not do what all the signs suggested they would do— that is, invade Czechoslovakia. There are hinf$ and bitj and pieces of information that in Moscow the Soviet military hierarchy has laid down an ultimatum but also has given the civilian leaders a period of grace. The Chine»e "threat" must be solved. If the party can't solve it, the military will solve it their own way. But they will give the party men tome time. There is no evidence to date the party men have made progress. The facts are as stated above. But what these will lead to cannot be stated so flatly. Both the Russians and the Red Chinese have shown when necessary an amazing amount of flexibility in the crunch. They have invaded countries (Poland, Finland, Czechoslovakia, India) when it was safe to invade, They have turned to negotiations or retreat (Koreai, the removal of missiles from Cuba, the withdrawal from Iran on President Truman's demand) when hard danger of an attack on their homeland developed, Both the Soviet Union and Red China have shown an amazing capacity to back off at the ragged edge of a crisis when the cards seemed stacked against success. Historically, they have "gambled" only when the deck has been loaded in their favor or when the situation has been so bad they have had nothing to lose. So, instead of a war, the two Red giants could still make a deal. BERRY'S WORLD

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