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Freeport, Texas
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Thursday, November 20, 1975
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f in* | MAKWNMf §•! | The Facts im m ntttfotr JAMBS 1 NABOR5, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER GLENN HEATH Executive Editor CHESTERSURBER Business Manager DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT GERALD DEW Retail Advertising Manager PEARUGLOVER Classified Advertising Manager JAMESA.BARNETTJR. Managing Editor GEORGE W.JOHNSON —^ Composing Room Foreman f^\ PATQUISENBERRY Prws Room Foreman NANELLEMALLORY Of flee Manager GARRY HILL Circulation Director DIXON H NABORS Assistant to the PvMlsher g-, . -^ f ^ Composing Room Foreman f "* Assistant to the PviWlsher Uom merit, Upinion Publitfwd cSally and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park Ave.. Frtcpcrt, Texas, by Review PuWistwrs, inc.. located at 307 E Park Ave., Freeport. Texas, James S. Nabory President Subscription rates By carrier, (tally and Sunday, 13.10 per mcntn .Mail subscription rales are THURSDAY. NOVEMBER ». W available on request, and are payable in advance. RatrS above include applicable sales tax. EDITORIAL POLICY: News reporting In (Ms newspaper shall be accurate and lair Editorial expression shall always be independent, outspoken and conscierrtfous A CONSERVATIVE VIEW FACTS EDITORIAL Buying votes ruins a city Houston, according to a recent news report, is having a large influx of new people coming from elsewhere. Most are from Texas, but a substantial number are refugees from conditions in New York City. There are likely to be more of these, whether or not New York is rescued by the federal government from its financial crisis. The dilemma of the great, eastern Metropolis should be a warning of a dangerous trend of our times — the high costs a government will incur as a condition of reelection. New York is close to ruin as the result of payoffs to pressure groups by those who felt they had no choice if they were to retain control. One group at a time blackmailed the incumbents with their vote, and got what • they asked, even though those who asked and those who gave were aware the city lacked the money to pay the costs. Massive borrowing postponed the inevitable, and that time is at hand. Many of the financial indiscretions are well known. Garbage collectors receive an average pay of $15,924. City employees get four-week vacations and unlimited sick leave after one year on the job. Where most employees pay half the cost of pensions, New York pays it all; workers retire earlier and receive larger pensions than most. New York is overbuilt on municipal hospitals; has one of the largest universities in the world, tuition-free. The greatest burden is its huge roster of welfare recipients. Added up. the costs came to a 1972-73 per capita expenditure of $1,224. The average of 11 other major metropolitan areas in the United States was $492 that year, with Boston the next-largest with BUS/NESS MIRROR $858. In a major address President Gerald Ford noted that many advocates of federal help have contended that the deterioration of much of New York is a natural phenomenon, and could not have been prevented. Not so. Ford said. "Let's face one simple fact: most other cities in America have faced these same challenges, and they are still financially healthy today. They have not been luckier than New York; they simply have been better managed." During the past decade, city officials have allowed the city budget to triple. "No city can expect to remain solvent if it allows its expenses to increase by an average of 12 per cent every year, while its tax revenues are increasing by only four to five per cent a year." As New York taxes increased to meet demands, the growing oppression of taxes caused the exodus of tax-producing enterprises. This further increased the burden on those who remained, and created new- pressures for many to leave. This process is likely to be accelerated with any measures New York might take to restore financial order. To do this with federal help, Ford noted, "would be reducing rather than increasing the prospect that the city's budget will ever be balanced. New York City's officials have proved in the past that they will not face up to the city's massive network of pressure groups as long as any alternative is available." Ford didn't say it, but someone else needs to. To bail out New York, the federal government would take over management of Die city's financial affairs. Is a federal bureau qualified to teach anyone the elements of responsible budgeting'' Milestone in Rhodesia contains irony By JAMBS J. KIU'ATUH'K A nice round anniversary passed, the other day. and it is not too late to remark the event. On Nov. H, Rhodesia completed 10 yenrs of independence. There Is a certain Irony here. One might have assumed that the hypocrites who dominate the United Nations would have learned something from their folly In Rhodesia. Ten years, after all, Is a fair term of Instruction. But, no. The UN General Assembly observed the tenth anniversary of its blunder as to Rhodesia by blundering anew as to Israel. The Assembly is amating Truly it is. The vote on the resolution to condemn Zionism as "a form of racism" was 72 to 35, with 3i delegations abstaining Among the 72 were some of the most gorgeous practitioners of racism within the UN. For one example: Uganda For another example: the Soviet Union The resolution was a lie, but lies weigh lightly upon the Assembly's collective conscience. Double standards trouble the UN not at all Truth and falsehood, they are nil the same. Consistency, principle, fealty to the UN Charter » such considerations are the merest trifles For at least the past 10 years, since MERRY-GO-ROUND it slithered Into the Hhodwlan fiasco, the UN ha* be«n as empty of substance as a sucked egg. It Is not even an honest bordello. What'i « nice country like the U.S.A. doing In a place like this" The UN sanctions against Rhodesia were predicated from the outset upon a lie. The lie was that Rhodesia constituted a "threat to the peace" Not one scintilla of evidence ever was adduced to support that charge. The past 10 years have refuted it utterly Those who voted for the UN sanctions were not faml by the business of double standards. Their charge, at bottom, was that Rhodesia was nut democratic; It was not governed by majority rule, It did not accept the concept of one man, one vote Ami this charge, mimi you. came largely from » gaggle of one-party states, tinhorn dictatorships power-grabbing juntas, and Communist puppets At the time of the Khodesian resolutions, to years ago this month, luilf the member statai of the UN paid not even lip service to ••majority rule " 'Hie picture has not improved in the ensuing decade The outcry against Rhodesia w»,i led by Third World spokesmen who constantly declaim agalnit colonialism. And what was their demand as to nhode*i«? Why, sir, 'they demanded that Britain forthwith declare Rhodesia » "Crown Colony," to b* governed absolutely by proconsuls sent from London. Nlembershlp In any constituted body demands, at th* very least, some degree of respect for the body's written constitution In the matter of Rhodesia, no such respect could be seen Th« unprecedented sanctions were imposed not to pnswv* peact (for peace was not endangered), but to do something espressly forbidden by paragraph 7 of Article 2 of the Charter. That paragraph »ayi th« United Naltons Is to keep hands off matters essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of states The sanctions against Rhodesia bore no trace of morality, no trace of consistency, no trace of principle, no respect for the Charter Setting all such cocwkteratiorts to one side, the** 10 yearn have e*po**d an additional shortcoming aUo Th* sanctions did not work Prim* Minuter Harold Wilson was chor llmg a decade ago that the "rebel*" would be brought to their knew* in a matter of wet-ks. If mX day* In th« annals of prophecy a mof* ludicrous prediction seldom has been voice* On th« eyo-wltfte* testimony o every visitor to Salisbury, the UN sanctions have functioned M rotten nets to catch the wind Th* commerce of the world Rows through Salisbury's streets Her economy* has suffered ~ of tours* It has suffered! - but trade and tourism goon Crops are planted, harvested, , and sold Public s*rvic« ni| serene!/ The J»opl«, and thl Republic, survive i How much folly is folly enough* When will the United Statf* have a bellyful of this n«w*n** T Our fawning defertnc* to Great Britain has gained us no credit with Ttiird World nations They ar« expert* tn trdveaty master* of charade and they recofnii* mere prrtmwt when they «•* it Th* continue/ sanctions against Rhodesia are Just that m*r« pretwMi*, nothing more Ten years are aptroty KCungrww belts the nwal eour age to withdraw absolutdy from a corrupt and iwniptunt UN, Cflntrt** cwuld »t le*uU swkc * bkf» fof uv!*frtty by renouncing U* luitxV-mn unction* Thit mnikl al»« be a bknt tot coninwin «•«»*, bus *h*t« Ute UN iw coneenwd, ifu» is doubt!*** t«) much to Mk John Glenn takes off in poll H> JU K \NDKHMIN wilh I** \VhUten WASHINGTON A majority u( Americans believe Gerald Ford i-s a great guy but a poor President And their favorite Democrat w wne of the presidential contenders but Sen John Glenn, IMJhio, the former astronaut These are the surprising finding* of America's most painstaking pollster, Patrick H ('added. -Ahase confidential "Cambridge Ki-'twrt.i" are distributed to a select list of clients. He delves deeper than other pollsters to determine the basis o( American thinking He'! merely ask questions but conducts exhaustive interviews on economics, politics and other subjects. His latest political survey, based on interviews last August, has caused a stir m th« backrooms of Washington. We have been slipped a PAUL HARVEY NEWS copy Citing "the divergent pull reports at.xHit tk-rald Ford, Caddrll ev plauu "One national survey *h«*s him popular, according to another, h<- Is unpopular "The problem isn't in the polls It stem* (rum the (4ct thai for American people, there are two Herald Fonts a relatively popular and well liked man. and a relatively poorly rated President " Caddell points out that M per cent ol the people are 'favorable' lo Gerald Ford, but iSl per cent rate his presidential perform ante as 'only fair or 'pwr '" The Drjnocral who rates the highest i.s .Viva tor Glwui wrwtw name doesn't t-n-n appear in mm* presidential pnll* t'added ascribe* Gleroi'.n popularity to th* fact that "he M seen as basically non-politic*! by muot people obviously an «.:u*t at a time when rtmlrusi of politician.* is on the ruw? Gi<mn abo pf\ivea to be n|uaUy popular with /f's open season on the Wasps Ethnic Americans, fed up with hearing themselves referred to uith slur-names, fought tack with words such as "Whitey" and "Honkey" and "Wasp " "Wasp," of course, refers to "white Anglo-Saxon Protestants " Sustained expessions of denston made the Wasp the bad guy of the 1970B. Blue-eyed blondes played harlots in the movies, the heroes were something ebe Dozens of books and articles and TV' shows have poked fun at or stuck pins in Wasps Because the Wasp symbolized the ruling establishment, which everyone knew was responsible for all the world's ills, it was open season '•" Wasps They got him! Bye-bye, Blue Kyes' New York's sanitation union blames Ifval cil)'* problem-! un "a Wi»»p conspiracy hjlcbed on Wall Streft " The W.ill Slrtvl Journal respond* thai the longtime uppfrdotf Wn.»p has now become ju 1 *! ,ux)ther un Conventional mortgage to change? ByJOHNCUNNIFF Business Analyst MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) There is a good possibility that sometime before the 1980s the conventional home mortgage, which usually means fixed monthly interest payments for 20 or 25 years, will become relatively unconventional. While it still has its defenders, many and outspoken, it also has its critics, both borrowers and lenders, who maintain that the conventional mortgage is an inflexible instrument ill-suited to the times. If lenders have their way it will be replaced by the variable rate mortgage, in which interest payments would rise or fall with the overall cost of money, much as do commercial bank lending rates. Some borrowers, meanwhile, would like to see home mortgage payments adjusted to the pattern of earniog power — relatively low payments in the early years, higher in the middle years, lower again as the borrower grows older. Some leaders would like to have mortgage contracts renegotiated every five years, as they are in Canada. Other proposals also are being offered. Said Carla Hills, secretary of housing and urban development, "We cannot be mesmerized by tradition We have to think of what we might do to solve these problems." Mrs. Hills' statement was made in an interview at the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. League of Savings Associations, whose members are the nation's principal home mortgage lenders. Tiie savings and loan people, she commented, "have talked themselves into a dither over the need for the variable rate mortgage." And indeed the S&L people are in a dither They say they need a variable rate in order to survive. Their argument is this: these are unstable times economically. We are being asked to commit our funds at a fixed rate of interest for 20 or 25 years ahead, when we know nothing about what our own money costs wiD be that time. Already, say the S&Ls, who make up the major portion of what is called the thrill industry, we are forced to hold mortgages made years ago at five per cent while we ourselves are forced to pay well over six per cent for funds to lend. A commercial bank, by contrast, "floats" its lending rate. That is, its lending contracts, even with prime customers, are written at rates that rise or fall with general money market conditions. To some extent, mortgage lenders have themselves to blame for their bind. For years they possessed the right to raise interest charges on mortgage loans if rates in general rose. But they didn't use it; they really didn't have need to use it. Money rates were relatively stable, for example, and so long as they could obtain a two-point spread between the price at which they obtained funds and then lent them, they were happy. "The right to raise rates was in many mortgage contracts but un fortunately it was known as the escalator clause," said one league official, who observed that "people thought it meant the rate could rise, but never fall." Indeed, a rwnt .uulsiis for the National Opinion RoM-arch Center. directed by priest sociologist Andre 1 * M (irifley, indicate* that in education, income and occupation Wasps now rank behind Americans of Jewish, Irish. Italian. German and Polish extraction In the Establishment pecking order the SVasp Mr* ranks mth" In employment it is now the Wasp who is increasingly discriminated against The Fair Employment Practices Commission say* that federal and stale money may not be deposited in banks which hire a disproportionate number of Wasps If that's not the way it's wonted, that is the effect of the FEPC "affirmative action programs," a euphemism for quotas Where there are too many white Anglo-Saxon Protestants they must be moved out to make room (or others regardless of qualifications In iK-lroit. 825 white policemen were laid off because th«y are white In Chicago, applicants for the police department are discriminated against if they are white males A study financed by the National Science Foundation shows that one result of the racial transition of neighborhoods is a higher price for identical inrnes — for whites, The Wall Street Journal suggests that the new ''power structure" in the United States is less ethnic than corporate, that If there is now a dominant source of influence in the United States, it is the educational communications industry. "Tliis analysis is cited not lo lament the fall from prominence of the 'Wasp' but rather to demonstrate that most of the wrath against him, as most social protest of recent decades, was misdirected." The Wasp baa lost his sting Wasp, it turns out, are not nearly so much a threat as they are an endangered speck's. Yet they favwfpd fur the nofi'unattofl. gave 4 big rdge to $#n Ted Kenwxly. l> Ma*» In (act, h* "has »lightly in*.Tr*«*i lu» !*ftd despite ht» avo-*r«J n»«i candidacy " He was al*o the i#Uy Dftwocrat to beat out Prraidrtit Kurd in th* preference poili Here wtr more ot t'a&kll't cod txtl, l*»nl. \*Mit aiwl Wimla for tfw huntrr* with wn(s*i*ii«, lo fwtrlKipdfttj on th* tnut* H the N4lJ«i*l ArrwuiMloi Spacr Admi«ui(r*tlati bigwig tMggmi an) |fr*»*. It »»» Hor that wuumJ uy with the ^ Tlw ojttipany did t*«i * tnili»o« worth o< buiuxdM urttfc NASA Uit year Ar»J thu »a.» mcrriy on* «t^ mallmpcs nl a *t»ppteg. »li jrar* 13 ? billion <«#iU*ct to Utild a »p*c< "President Ford Ju«« holds his ovn in th* lop cooteaS, 4.jx3 Republican* trail far behind In th* further atnl Kotudd >lrona Ma/ty ol (he piaytxi krj r«t«i W NAXA't Among th«a»* turnout b> v«xer» to In* poJU would 1-rtnlr Republican threaten th« part) il*clf " Calif omi4'» e-t <J<»v Kragan tkwin't appear enough to take ifw nomtrutKxn away frum Ford tkmrrw. " h* would prut»*M> be abte to Come to lh* COOK rotten with no k** than a third ol th* ifeirgdita Thw hwir* Ul fw Vice PrtswknS Nelson HockeielJer 1U» rating t* esuwniUll) mx-hanit"! frocn list «prw<(. when it »M rxH vrr> favor abk " Kx Tru-Auir? Srcrrtar> John C'onoally "t» rated very unfavorably by Americans overall *fl*l rvrn by many HrpuWican* Hearty, the rrsidwe ol u-andat ha» outl*s?w! th* nrwi of hw ac«tuittal on the actual charflrs brxxjgh! agJir-»t him " Alabama'* Oov (ieorgc Wallace ' Ha.t actually declined in popularity The cwwlant barrage o< criticism aimed at him and hi-t policies scema to b* taking a toll " (iOI.UKN i;oo»K: In earlier reports, we mealed that Northrop Corp . the giant (W-fens* contractor. had arranged jjoo*e hunts in Maryland awl iki holiday* in Colorado for military VIP» Now v*e have learned that Hock well International, the nation't largest space contractor, ha* been inviting top space official* to it* hunting lodige on Maryland'* »cenlc eastern »hore for goo** hunting The company ha.s provided frc« Ityndal Wrthcrin(lon, NASA * for NAJiA't ItouaZran *huttlr (.ramrr, a V\.S.A lrgv»ia!m* aftatrt at t Kur- il it tavllJlri) tKat an? NA&A ot fk-tal •••DuUI »«il ou« the *lth all frr* Uxjej* aod Hu! thi» u atvithrr rxattifsil' at i that Kat irn'*n that aftd tbr oi ftctaU wh«i iiMjrd iJ^e ctmSfiUfta 'Ae cixttactn) ail Jt/xk fursti. Ihty fVmml anj Griffin vtJuntartly tcW hi.i NASA *uprrv%*i,ir abouS hn A cwnpany i that Uockwril I ha.t rtntrd a hunting kx%e at Wyv Wand on Marylarwi i cajlrrn Uwrtr MWC I5«S* Itul ho <k<ltrKd furtfwr comment At NASA, a ipnkraman MxJ 'clearly prowrrilw th* of any K>'<. gratuity or other favw fr«n a NASA contractor or potential contractor " NA.SA inveitlgatori are looking into charges of improprieties, h* »A»d The agency recently warned it» employers, he addtxl, about th* regulation! against accepting favor* Berry's World " W/iy yes, / am 'a little homomaker' - I'm in the construction business and I build small homes 1 '

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