Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on July 13, 1969 · Page 8
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Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas · Page 8

Brownwood, Texas
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Sunday, July 13, 1969
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Stm<toy, July 13, Tax Figure Too Low? , mey / feo^fiw you? be/Nbotfoms Safufdoy dig/it?" Ball Suggests U.S. Test Enemy's Lull By LEWIS GULICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) George W. Ball, a major figure in foreign policymaking during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, suggests the United Stales should test the enemy's current Vietnam lull by a reciprocal easing of allied military pressure. The Nixon administration is taking a wait-and-see attitude on what political significance, if any, should be attached to the enemy slowdown. However, Whte House Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler left open Friday the possibility that President Nixon will speed up his next decision on U.S. troop withdrawals if the lull continues. His next review on withdrawals is scheduled for late August. Ball, undersecretary of state in 1961-66 and later U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said U.S. strategists ought now to "put the best interpretation on what they (the enemy) do" rather than waiting for conclusive evidence. He said Washington should try responding by a further U.S. •withdrawal and a softening of the orders for maximum pressure against the enemy which President Lyndon B. Johnson gave to the U.S. commander. Gen. Creighlon W. Abrams, after last November's bomb halt. Ball noted the military argu- I menl that the best way to win in j Vietnam is to wear down the en' cmy. But "attrition is a great ! cost to American forces as well." he said in favoring a mutual scaledown of the combat level. At the same time, Ball welcomed what he termed "a certain amount of progress" in I bringing the South Vietnamese | to a serious negotiating position i on ending the war. President 1 Nguyen Van Thieu made a new 1 political settlement proposal l Friday, offering international| ly-supervised elections in which the Viet Cong take part, i Ball said Washington should I make clear that its commitment to South Vietnam is not to any specific government and should keep pressing Saigon to search i for peace. ! As the State Department's No. j 2 man during the years of grow- i ing U.S. involvement in South- i east Asia, Ball gained a rcpula: tion as an in-house critic of ; some Vietnam and other policies although he defended the Democratic administrations publicly. % Lfefe AtJSflN (AP) ^ That $320i million figure being kicked; around as the amount of new : (axes the legislature must raise is way too low if you make certain assumptions. ! The July 28 special session's fax bill will be more like $375 l million for the next two years: j —If Comptroller Robert S.! Calvert's estimate of available revenue stays the same as it was in January. ' —If spending is allowed to go as high as the Senate want-1 ed during the regular session, j —If expenditures for new col- i leges, medical and dental schools which the House approved are added to the amount passed by the Senate. —If the voters approve the; constitutional amendment boosting the stale welfare ceiling. Gov. Preston Smith has used the $320 million figure frequently, including his June 20 address, disclosing his veto of the one-year budget passed by the legislature to delay new taxes. But an aide said the figure was used "to give an idea of how much of an obligation the legislature had." "It actually could vary all over the place." the aide continued. Hdding the lax bill could be "very close" to $400 million if the school construction items are included. : "Assuming the highest of everything, you arc looking at ; something like $450 million...IF, they take a real austerity program and hold tight, they could get by with less than $300 million." he said Look at some nf the assump-; lions. i Calvcrt estimated in January i $1.2 billion in general revenue! would bt available Id BaMce a two-yeJf bifdgel, Although various officials, including Smith, have said Calvefl unofficially raised his lax estimates, a well placed source said: "I'm not sure they won't be lower...The revenue estimates aren't going to be any higher, I don't think." Calvert probably will finish his new estimate's this week. He plans to keep them secret until aflef the legislature special session convene,*. It's hard to say whether both houses will approve spending as much as the senate endorsed in the regular session. The general appropriations trend has been upward. Senate spokesmen have an easier time getting their way in conference committees. Politicians say "look to the high side" on spending estimates. In the regular session the Senate passed a two-year budget spending $1.22 billion in general revenue, with no new school construction. The House passed a bare bones $1.17 billion measure. Both bills wer*' scrapped in favor of the one-year budget. There will be f, lot of pressure and considerable legislative sympathy for building the three colleges, two medical schools and a dental school that the House — but not the Senale — approved. Their combined cost in the House bill was $3(1.85 million. The sizeable Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Wtsl Texas delegations will be in there pitching for appropriations for the new University of Texas campuses in Dallas. San Antonio and Midland-Odessa, the UT San Antonio Denial School, the UT Houston Medical School land the Texas tech Medical ' School in Lubbock. Frank Erwin Jr., chairman of ' Ihe University of Texas regents, has considerable influence in both houses. So put your money on the con- iStruction items going into the 'final bill. i The fourth assumption is ptob- I ably the shakiest. The proposed | constitutional amendfnenl boosting Ihe annual welfare ceiling : from $60 million to $80 million is reported in trouble. There is some doubt the voters will approve it Aug. 5. If they dn, it contains a built- in added welfare appropriation of $30 million for the biennium, over the current $120 million 1 level. So look at the arithmetic. First there's the $1.2 billion general revenue estimate. It has to be reduced by $294.5 million, the Texas Education Agency's estimate of the added public schools cost resulting from new laws. Thai leaves $909.2 million for appropriations. Now take the Senate's $1.22 billion, add $30 million for the added welfare plus the $36.8 million in construction money that was in the House bill but not in the Senate bill. Estimated appropriations: $1.285,1)02.534. The estimated difference between revenue and appropriations is $375 million, the potential size of the tax bill. Where to get the money is the biggest problem. • Early in the session Smith will present his ideas for new taxes. He met with business leaders last Monday and plans to invite ! other groups in this Monday jand on July 21 to get their 1 views. trfe July 21 group will Be mostly ffewspapef publishers and tadio-teievisioti executives, "this is his first real contact with the establishment," one aide said of the gatherings. Smith's tax proposals in January leaned heavily on consumers. They included a cigarette tax increase and sales tax of booze and personal services. He later added a tafc on Ihe chemical industry, which was lobbied to death. Lawmakers are going to be tofn between the fear of a taxpayers' revolt that could doom their careers if they hil the consumer any harder and the lobby's intense pressure to avoid new business taxes, While consumer taxes have borne the brunt of new revenue needs in the 1960s, business and industry have gotten off fairly easy, although some changes were made in the corporate franchise tax. Smith has warned the day may be near when Texas will have a corporation income tax. but he has branded as "ridiculous" any suggestion he will recommend one in (he special session. The last major business tax increases were in 1959. when the oil, natural gas, gross receipts and store taxes were boosted. At Ihe next legislature in 1961. the oil, gas and oilier business lobbies gol together and pushed through the sales lax bill. Business is nervous. If the legislature can't piecemeal its way through the latest tax crisis, this may be the year for new business levies, perhaps even, a corporation income tax. Chance Played Big Rob for 3 Astros Scientists have yet to find a giant sequoia dying of nalural causes. CAPE KENNEDY, I?-a. (AP) — The crew of Apollo tl got (heir chance to make man's fifst moon landing more by chance (hart anything else. The original man-to-the-moon program called for Apollo 10 to be the spacecraft to put men on (he lunar surface but troubles, particularly with the lunar module, forced a delay in the landing attempt until Apollo 11. Neil A. Armstrong. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins were merely selected as the crew for a mission called Apollo 11. Only later did it (urn out that 11 was to be the historic one. National Aeronautics and Space Administration procedure for picking Apollo crews has been to take the backup crew from one flight and make it the primary crew for fhree flights ahead. Thus Ihe backup crew for Apollo 7 became the primary crew for Apollo 10. and !he backup crew for Apollo 8. the crew for next Wednesday's Apollo 11 flight. NASA says it selects crews for space flights on the basis of personal compatibility find the proper combination nf skills in manage the spacecraft and carry out the particular mission assigned to Ihe flight. "We're certainly glad it worked out flic way it did," Armstrong, a civilian, 38, said recently. "It's a great honor to be selected for any mission in lh« Apollo program, this one. of course, in particular." The three were named io the Apollo 11 crew in January. Even tiiough il seemed likely al lhal point lhal they would be the first to iry to put man on the moon, they could not be sure. If something had gone wrong oft i Apollo 9 of 10, they would have, had to fly a repeat of ofie of those tests, pushing the landing off to Apollo 12 or even later. Chance played an even more" ; imporlant role in Collins' berth on Apollo 11. He was originally 1 scheduled (o fly in Apollo 8 but I was replaced last year after he j underwent surgery for the fe- i moval of a bone spur on his ' spine. ' "Particularly in my case, it's a mailer of circumslance." Collins, 38. an Air Force lieutenant colonel, said recently. "I don't think there is any Apollo mainline crew that couldn't take over and do the job of the first lunar landing." "We have been given a tremendous responsibility by the twists and turns of fate," Aldrin, 39, an Air Force colonel said. Remove Federal Control, Maddox Tells President ATLANTA. On. (AP) - Gov. Lester Maddox has asked President Nixon to remove "federal control of education." The governor tclcgramed the President Driday following an angry response (by Maddox) to the Department of Justice's virtual ultimatum for stale-level enforcement of school desegregation in Georgia. "Federal participation in education, once hailed as a pro gressive step, has evolved into a federal dictatorship over our public systems of education." Maddox said in the telegram. Entire Stock Boys and Girls SWIM SUITS .... OFF City Church Hopes fo Reach Youth With 'Roc/c' Program GIRLS PLAYWEAR GIRLS SPORTSWEAR SETS AND SEPARATES. ALL SIZES 1 GROUP OF SLEEPY/EAR Gowns, Sleepcoats and Pajamas A new radio program uniquely Wending rock music with discussions of religious topics— aJmed directly at today's youlh —is gaining momentum throughout the nation. "Powedine," a 30-minute program produced by Claude Cox at the Southern Baptist Radio and' Television Commission in Fort Worth, is currently heard on more, than 100 radio stalions throughout the country. It will be broadcast on Brownwood Ra- djo Station KBWD, at 4:05 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning Monday, under the sponsorship of First Baptist Church, Brownwood, The program host is Lee Randall, one of the foremost disc jockeys in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. He plays the top rock records teenagers like to hear best, talks about Christian living and responds to questions submitted from youth throughout the country. Answers to jrjiost of the questions are determined by a panel made up of teenagers, Cox explained that all letters aye answered—either on the program or by mail—and that ity$ alone is becoming an awesome responsibility. When Ihe program was introduced on a single gtation five months ago, letters started trickling in. Since tfiat time, several thousand Jet- ifrs hive been received. } pev. Logan Cummings. new minister at First Baptist Church, BjrownwoQxJ, cites four primary reasons for church of the program, a first in Texas: n). "To help the youth of our area see that Christianity is lived outside the church. (2). "Because the message of Christ is relevant to the needs of youth, and 'hits them where they live.' (3). "Because the Christian life can be an exciting adventure, providing meaningful existence. (4). "Because a Christian is a person who is better able to relate to God and to the world about him." "Today's kids are smart— they're the most sophisticated the world has ever seen," the Rev. Mr. Cummings remarked, "and most of their questions have spiritual basis. For instance, problems with narcotics and preoccupation with sexual questions are symtomatic of their spiritual quest. "Today's youth are the most neglected group I have ever seen. They have lots of material things, but too many parents and society in general don't real- Jy take much time to communicate with them. 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