Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 25, 1971 · Page 4
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DEL Rio NEWS-HERALD EDITORIALS 4A-DEL RIO (TEXAS) NEWS-HERALD, Sunday, April 25, 1971 Pollution Battle Is Personal Fight Table Tennis Anyone?" LETTERS TO EDITOR Community-wide clean-up week is here.. It should be a great success. With the current worldwide attention to ecology, there should be more interest than ever before in improving the environment in which we live. Then, too, the battering the city* took from the recent hailstorm accentuates the need for getting things back into shipshape condition. —— However, cleaning up the city and the surrounding area is only a part of the job. Once we get it cleaned up, the big job will be trying to keep it that way. In this regard, we have received words from Austin, entitled "Pollution Control Begins With YoUj" which expresses appropriate thoughts on this subject. The message reads: We all think we know what pollution is, but we are apt to overlook some of the more subtle forms of fouling the environment, according to Ron Jones, interim executive director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "When we think of pollution it is the most obvious offenders which we see in our mind's eye," said Jones. "We see great factories belching out foul effluent or cities ridding themselves of their filth by dumping it into a stream or river, making it someone else's problem down stream." Industries and cities do much of the polluting, but we do too, according to Jones. Smoke from burning, leaves or poorly tuned internal combusion engines lead to degradation of the environment. So do lost mon of i lament fishing lines, abandoned trotlines, feed lots, throwaway cans and bottles, junked cars and phosphate detergents. Jones said that although it is harder to see these less obvious sources of pollution, it is easier to do something about them since it only takes a little bit of personal sacrifice to solve some of the problems. That ends the message. It is thought provoking, isn't it? In the same regard, we would like to endorse another idea that is not original with us. , It is highly discouraging to see beautiful, as yet unspoiled Lake Amistad becoming tittered with thoughtlessly discarded cans, bottles and other trash. Recent lowering of water in the lake revealed a case in which small fish had hidden in a beer bottle thrown in the lake only to grow too large to get out and become trapped. Also found have been cases of fish dying after striking at and swallowing rings of flip top beer cans thrown into the water. It is apparent, then, that throwing cans and bottles into the water may be a less obvious form of littering than discarding them on the bank, but it is no less damaging. At the moment, the battle against littering of Lake Amistad is slowly but surely being lost. The measures tried thus far have not stopped littering. Therefore, as the message from Austin stated, it is going to take "a little bit of personal sacrifice" on the part of those who do care. The idea, already being practiced by the four local fishing clubs using Lake Amistad, is for every member to pick up litter he sees left by others. If we could enlist every man, woman and child in Val Verdi" County in such effort, we could solve this problem. Most persons would have to be embarrased but once in seeing someone pick up after them to become conscious of their littering. Actually, this is exactly what the high school' youngsters and others engaging in clean-up week will be doing. Let's make it a year around practice not only to guard against littering ourselves, but to pick up litter we find in parks, along the creek, at Lake Amistad and other public places. The example we set could be contageous, and that would be great. Communications Breakdowns Hurt Former coach Hartsell H. Haws of the Education Center in San Angelo, addressing Del Rio High School students this past week, stated that if the communications gap. between youth and adults could be bridged, many serious problems such as that of drug abuse could be solved. Agreeing wholeheartedly, we will go a step further. If the communications gap existing between people at all levels would be bridged, most of the big and little problems in the world today could be successfully remedied. The editor (as many others, we are sure) in his personal experiences Js_sometimes stunned to find how suddenly a communications breakdown can develop. Based on second hand information, sometimes incomplete or misinterpreted, needless misunderstandings arise. Ill feelings unnecessarily created sometimes grow and take a long time to get over. A communications breakdown between churchmen brought a, dialogue blackout lasting centuries. X. . Bring fhg Good, Bad to Attention RAY C ROM LEY Chinese Science Looks Westward Groups such as Del Rio's own Larger Circle are finding it takes diligent effort to overcome the suspicions and mistrust that are nurtured by the lack of communications. Nations are similarly afflicted. Many years of scant contact between Communist China and the United States have turned simple ping pong matches into an international event of momentous importance. In the days ahead, this community will be called upon to resolve many problems, some of which will involve deep-seated differences of opinion. The more difficult the- problems, the more important it is to keep lines of communications open. If we allow ourselves to become frozen into our own position without being willing to listen and try to understand the other fellow's point of view, then we create an atmosphere in which solution of problems is extremely difficult if not impossible. Instead, as former President Lyndon B. Johnson is fond of saying: "Come, let us reason together." By RAY CROMLEY NEA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NEA)-It was almost certainly no accident that one of Peking's able scientists was among those jrientioned as casually meeting with the American table tennis team while it was visiting mainland China. This scientist, according to the reports, was a jet propulsion expert at the California Institute of Technology quite some years ago. More recently, he has been reported as connected with Communist China's missile programs. Messages this reporter has received from Hong Kong in the past several years have emphasized the disillusionment of the Red Chinese in what they have learned from Russian science and technology. For all the brilliant Soviet technical successes iitspace_and in missile concepts, the reports indicate, Soviet science and its approaches to problems have not been quite what the Chinese technical men wanted.. It is known that Chinese scientists returning from visits and from study in Russia have reportedly felt exceedingly dissatisfied. Perhaps the problem is the extreme secrecy inherent in Russian .science. Perhaps the suspicion between China and the Soviet Union have made communication difficult. Or it may be that many of Communist China's scientific leaders, trained in the United States or elsewhere in the West, feel more comfortable with the Western approach to technical problems. Whatever the reason, contacts in the Far East repeatedly stress that China's scientists are pressing for closer relations with American and other Western scientists. There have been indications that Mao Tse-tung's political advisers have been sold on the importance of such contacts as aiding the growth of Chinese science and technology. Peking has some brilliant senior scientists. But the country is reportedly extremely short in backup. Take off the top layer and the Chinese are lacking in men with broad experience. Judging by reports, the talent is there in great measure. But what these younger men (and many of the older men) require is a chance to bat their concepts against the experience of first-rate men in the West. It is that type of exchange that this reporter's contacts in Tokyo and Hong Kong believe the Chinese want. This is not to say that what Peking wants is close contact between the -Chinese scientists and 'American :table tennis players. - But> it;<is< to suggest that Mao Tse-tung's government wants to use contacts built up with any American visitors as a means of securing for the scientists an invitation to visit the United States and eventually study here. BRUCE BIOSSAT To The Editor Del Rio News-Herald Dear Sir: After moving to Del Rio about three years ago, I have come to many conclusions about this fair city. Most of them good. ' However, Del Rio needs more competent doctors and nurses. At the present time improvements are being made on the hospital, but all of this will be a waste unless the doctors and hospital staff completely change their present attitude. - . Recently, my wife had a baby at the Val Verde Memorial Hospital. It Is the policy of the hospital NOT to call the doctor until the woman enters the delivery room unless there are complications. I personally had to call the doctor in _thls_ease and he made it there ten minutes prior to the baby's birth. This is ridiculous to say the least. Please do not consider me a panic stricken expectant father. This was our fourth child. After this incident, the nurse claimed she could not get the doctor because I had the phone tied up. This is untrue because prior to my phone call, I gave them the option of either calling or I would. Now today (April 19), my four-year-old daughter cut the back of her head open. My wife brought her by my job as I did not get off duty until 8:30 p.m. Due to the depth of the cut, I sent my wife to the emergency section of the hospital only for her to discover no doctor on duty. The nurse called the doctor who was t>n call only to be told how to treat the cut. Clamp it shut or some nonsense. I wanted the cut stitched up and I am at the loss in figuring how a doctor can treat a patient with the patient at the hospital and the doctor at home. I personally called four other doctors with no success. As a result, my wife brought the girl home with some hair shaved off her head and that's all. In case you figure this was a superficial cut, it was the nurse's recommendation for the cut to be stitched up. The purpose of this letter is to inform people who may have moyed into this area recently from other sections of the nation. They certainly will not be ready for this and I can assure you that I have never encountered anything to equal this in any of the other communities that I have lived in. ••- ; • There must be some doctor in Del Rio who will not like this letter and there should be at least .one who will deny these claims. If this is-true, he can contact me and he will be doing me a great service. I need a dependable doctor. Please print this letter and do the poor suckers who haven't experienced the need for a doctor a great favor. Maybe they can make it to some other city in time. • Sincerely, DOUQLASW.ECK 104 Alta Vista Del Rio To The Editor Del Rio News-Herald Dear Editor: Our local Easter Seals Society wishes to express our most sincere thanks to the Del Rio News-Herald . . . and the residents of Val Verde County for the outstanding support to our 1971 campaign. Hats off to the High Stepping Senoritas and the Catholic Youth Club of St. Joseph for their volunteer work on Easter Lily Day. Thank you for your wonderful generosity; a true spirit of helping thy neighbor. MRS. JOHN W. KELLER President MRS. ALFONSO DIEGE Publicity Easter Seals Society Del Rio To The Editor Del Rio News-Herald Dear Sir: The Larger Circle committees want to extend our sincerest appreciation for the valued help you gave us in publicizing our Prayer Breakfast Wednesday morning, and a GREAT BIG "Thank You" for the front page coverage! It is good to see featured some of the "good" things that are happening in our community and in our world like this and also, the wonderful things our youth are doing to help people — like those in the picture on the front page of today's (April 21) News-Herald who are helping clean up for the elderly. We believe that our young people are doing far more good than bad. we just hear and see x too much of the bad. So "bouquets" to you for- bringing the "good" to our attention. •. -'•' . . ( . .. , .,;.. f Sincerely, GRACE FLYNT (Mrs. Geo. M. Flynt) 217 W. Strickland Del Rio Politics 7 Unsung Hero By BRUCE BIOSSAT NBA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NEA)-In the world of practical affairs, the center is where it's at. But you won't find much glamor or easy excitement there, or many accolades for bravery. You don't see any middle-readers carrying placards-reading: "Cure the urban blight in 10 years'' or "End racism in a generation." Slogans attract attention only if accompanied by the word "now." Those who burn with urgency portray as the gutless wonder the "compromiser, the man in government and politics who qualifies his utterance, who says there may be more than one way, who bids for even a little time. In some circles where ardor runs high, his name may be conspicuously absent when lists of political acceptables are drawn up. This is occurring right now, though to identify real figures here might seem to strip desired detachment from this general comment. This kind of banishment is grossly unfair. Sometimes it hardly stops short of picturing the centrist as dangerously deficient in the high qualities a public man should offer. And it reflects serious misconceptions — often of particular men, nearly always of the process of practical action. Action aimed at moving a nation and a people comes mostly from the center, though the cries from left and right can and do affect its course and its tempo. This is the toughest arena of social combat. It is the place where society's boiling conflicts and differences come crashing together and must be at least roughly resolved in programs of doing, bent toward declared objectives. By definition the centrist is a man who wants to work in this arena, to solve problems, to make society move (though LEON DENNEN U.S. Communists Ignore Truth By LEON DENNEN NEA United Nations Correspondent NEW YORK (NEA)-The American Communist party, after five decades, remains an insignificant . group of Russia-firsters with no roots in the political and social life of the United States. . Even the latest breed of New Left revolutionists regard it with contempt as a purely "Muscovite party." Nevertheless the Kremlin's rulers frequently parade their American supporters as heralds of the "rising tide of revolution" in the United States. It was therefore no surprise that Gus Hall, a spokesman for the U.S. Reds, was given an opportunity to make a long oration at the Moscow congress of the Russian Communist party. As was to be expected, Hall rose to the occasion like Professor Pavlov's conditipned dog reacted to the ringing of a bell. According to the Communist press, he "stirred" the delegates as he contrasted Russia's "exciting steps on the path to human progress" and the "decay and degeneration" in the United States. But Brezhnev, in his keynote address, could no longer ignore the struggle of the Ukrainians, Baits and other nationalities for cultural and religious freedom. Nor could he ignore the deteriorating economic situation. Once again he promised the Russian people better economic conditions — "a better life" — as Lenin promised them more than 50 years ago and Nikita Khrushchev a decade ago. The fact is that even if the Kremlin's "new economic goals" are met In the next five years, the Russians' standard of living will remain well below that of Western countries. The Kremlin'rulers themselves, despite their optimistic rhetoric, are increasingly aware of , the economic and social difficulties they face. But not Gus Hall, Moscow's apologist in the United States. For him life in totalitarian Russia continues to "blossom into full bloom." The tragedy is that many Russians who have to rely on their regimented press for information might take seriously Hall's claim that he speaks in the name of "progressive" Americans. :#:%ms&a^^ VERN S A N F O R D : some public figures admittedly just hide there). And this man needs impressive credentials to gain" credibility .as a composer of conflicts and a prime mover. To qualify, he must avoid the rigid, doctrinaire position. He must shun the declamatory utterance that brings him quick praises but digs him in. From such fixed places he can't hope to move freely to left and right, to pull large numbers into common action. The active centrist's work, then, is tough, subtle, intricate, always partly unsatisfying because achieving less than the goal. Yet it is the only kind of work, and of leadership, which can truly be described as "action." .1 • Shouting from the trenches on left and right has its vital social and political uses, but the sounds waft away on the wind if there is no dedicated, grubby labor in the center. For his many pains, the centrist is frequently demeaned, ridiculed, even reviled. He sounds .tame and confused saying "Yes, but . ..." while his doctrinaire competitors proclaim "YES!" The doctrinaire types see their own unequivocal declamations, infused with the urgent "now," as the proofs of shining courage. Often it does indeed take courage to break an old mold and make the first cry for change. But far more frequently it is the easy way, by contrast with the centrist's complex toil. The proclaimer of principle, of unencumbered truth, lays it all out in beautiful black and white, very neat, very clean. He countenances no delay and suffers no nagging doubt. He knows what to do. But he doesn't often do it. Action mostly is leftto others. Those "others" are in the center, where the shells fall, where the battle sullies pure principle. The centrist may look tattered and bewildered beside the brave knights standing clean in the galleries. But does anyone really want to insist he lacks courage? $ •:•: Drink Here Faster Than Anyone Expected / ' ' * • . ^* ' - . / ^ • ..' ' i I By VERN SANFORD Texas Press Association ! AUSTIN(TPA)-Texas is going to have liquor by the drink -• and faster than nearly anybody expected. Legislature completed action on the bill last week, spelling out the machinery for legalized mixed drink sales in open bars, and Gov. Preston Smith promptly signed It into law. , Smith said the measure will have "tremendous impact on the economy of bur state" thrpugh increasing tourism. Secretary of State Martin Dies Jr. has /sent out instructions to local officiate, noting particularly that the bill provides for mandatory local option elections on the drinks issue in 46 counties on May 18. Counties which must schedule! referendums in their "all-wet" areas in connection with the May constitutional amendments vote are those which last November approved lifting the open saloons ban and which contain cities or precincts where 'jpackage" sale of distilled spirits already is legal. , Pies cautioned judges and / clerks of those counties that/ they must call local option elections prior to April 28 to assure 20 days' notice. Elections, will be held only in areas (precincts and cities) of the 46 counties where sale of all alcoholic beverages is legal. Only in counties where sale of alii alcoholic: beverages is legal countywide will the May 18 vote be held throughout the courity. These are the counties which will have liquor-by-the-drink referendums on their May 18 ballots: , Aransas, Austin, • Bandera) Sip-^SK^JiW^WftWfSSft* Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Cjdnoun, Cameron, •Coloradb, Conial, Dallas, DeWitt, Duval, El Paso, Montgomery, Nueces, Presidio, San Patricio, Starr, Sutton, Tarrant, Travis, Val Verde, Victoria, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wilson and Zapata. "It is a relief to have this Usue settled In Texas once and for all," commented Smith. Later elections can be called in other partdally-wet counties by the standarcTpetUion route. 5 ytftawswAro^ Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston," , Gillespie, Goliad, Guadalupe, Harris, Hidalgo, Hudspeth, Jefferson,,Jim Wells, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, LaSalle, Lavaca, Loving, Maverick, Midland, ti A

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