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The Facts KTAHBHID 1*1) IH MttKMT JAMES S. NABORJ, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OLENNHEATH 6x*eutlv« Editor CHESTERSURBER Buslrws* Marwifler D6PARTMENT MANAGEMENT GERALDDEW Retail Advertising Mtnttytr PEARLGLOVER Omitted Advertises Manage JAAAESA.BARNETTJR, M*w»ln<i Editor GEORGE W. JOHNSON Competing Room Foreman PATQUISENBERRY Press Roem Foreman NANELLEMALLORY p vomment, VJpinion Oi OARRYHILL Circulation Dlretlor DIXON H. NABORS Assistant to tt« Publisher Published dally and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park Ave.. Freeport, Texas, by Review Publishers, Inc., located at 307 E. Park Ave.. Freeport. Texas; James S. NMbon, President Subscription rates: By carrier, dally and Sunday, 13.10 p*r month. Mail subscription rates are available on request, and are payable In advance. Rates above include applicable sales tax. EDITORIAL POLICY: News reporting In INs newspaper shall be accurate and talr Editorial expression shall always c* independent, outspoken and conscientious SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13. It's FACTS EDITORIAL Upswing is unbalanced Texas felt the national recession later than most of the rest of the nation. The decline in business was less pronounced. The current recovery is stronger than for the nation as a whole. These are conclusions by John R. Stockton, statistician for the University of Texas Bureau of Business Research, after reviewing third-quarter 1975 economic elements. Nationally, he said, the Gross National Product was still 6 per cent behind last year. To businessmen still operating at a reduced level, it was confusing when Washington announcements said the recession was over. What the government really meant, Stockton said, was that the decline had ended and an upswing was in progress. One of the things that kept the recession from deepening in Texas is a stabilizing influence that will also slow up complete recovery. This is the inventory, which during most of this year has been disappearing. "During 1974 inventories continued to increase, a situation that supports industrial production even though the goods are not selling to the final consumers. During the first two cjuarters of 1975 inventories were reduced sharply, but this reduction continued into the third quarter at a slower rate, which was an important factor in the improved showing that is PAUL HARVEY NEWS now being reflected in the GNF,' Stockton noted This is manufacturing. It's construction that has really bet'n hurting in Texas, and in Brazoria County. Stockton's figures show- that residential construction for 73 was down 8 per cent from 1972, the level dropped another 21 per cent in 197-i, and this year there was another -I per rent decrease. It wasn't a balanced drop. In '75's first three quarters, one- family dwellings were up H pvr cent. But apartment construction dropfxxi 57per cent. Non-residential construction dropped 15 per cent I^itc in the year was another imbalance'. In September, new residential construction increased 25 per cent from August, but nonresidential permits shoved a decline in value of 40 per cent. Mostly, inflation has hurt the construction field It afftvts every aspect of the economy. Stockton observes. But buying a home is the largest investment a consumer makes. A building has about the same status for a business. The cost of construction and of borrowed finances causes both to postpone decisions. However, Stockton concludes. "Much of the recession can be attributed to the slowing down of the construction industry, and recovery will be dependent on an increase in this industry." Politicians are weary of busing The first political primary in our nation will be held in New Hampshire Feb. 24. One week later, Massachusetts. On one subject this crop of campaigning politicians will be singing a different tune: busing. Busing has been a symbol of liberal devotion to the cause of civil rights for blacks. Since 1964 the House half of Congress has voted against busing in deference to the home folks; but with a legislative wink in the direction of the Senate, knowing that there would be enough liberal votes down the hall to dilute any tough-sounding statutes. So the politicians told the voters they were against busing. Meanwhile, the courts continued to enforce it — until this last year. For (he first time, Senate liberals are no longer riding shotgun on the school bus. This year, when the House sent along the HEW appropriation with three antibusing amendments, the Senate majority approved the amendments and added a new an- tibusing declaration of its own. Sen Hubert Humphrey, standing auii/j&i -U4W in favor of busing (this ben.*; a nooissue in Minnesota) complains, "The Senate, the last ba>tion of civil rights support, now has joined the President and the tioyse in opposing desegregation of towns and cities across the North and West" But should Humphrey decide to campajgn for the presidential nominauon in New Hampehire and- «r Massachusetts he'll be buried alive. Sen. Tom Eagleton of Missouri suggests that "Busing is no longer the best symbolic issue for civil rights...now the issues are economics and jobs." Another break in the liberal ranks over the issue of busing is led by Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware: ''I have become convinced that busing is a bankrupt concept that in fact does not bear any of the fruit for which it was designed," Sen. Biden asked the Senate to concede that "busing does not work." Liberal Sen. Abe Hibicoff of Connecticut predicts that with each succeeding Congress there will be more and more votes against the busing concept. Instrumental in changing the positions of many congressional liberals was the about-face by James Coleman of the University of Chicago. Formerly a vigorous proponent of busing, he now concedes that it is driving the whites to the suburbs, leaving city schools more, not less, segregated. But while the Congress is now disenchanted with busing there is no support for a constitutional amendment to end it. In this instance members of Congjresa appear to reflect the views of their constituents, who advise Harris pollsters that they are 2 to 1 in favor of desegregating schools but 4 to i opposed to busing as a way U> BUSINESS MIRROR Economic machine is sputtering ByJOHNCt'NNlrT tiuilnf *s Analyst NEW YORK (API ~ The economic recovery Is showing signs of sputtering, a consequence of what a lot of business economists have been pointing out since it began, that the fuel mixture is a poor one. Buyer enthusiasm isn't high. The basic housing Industry, though recovering somewhat, is still in a state of relative depression. Business spending is tagging. Inflation was never licked. Astute observers comment that a strong recovery from recession is unlikely if not impossible if it is accompanied by rising prices, but that is the very thing that is happening. It is largely responsible for lagging retail sales Those sales did rise in October, but not by as much as some government fortx-asters had hoped, considering that over the past year inflation automatically subtracts 7.8 per cent from any advance James Pate, assistant commerce A WORD EDGEWISE secretary, noted that In the pait three months the rise in retail sales has slowed substantially from the rate of the previous five months. The leveling, he said, was more than anticipated. Some business forecasters, and some In academe too. never got their hopes high about this recovery. Unlike many government officials, they never joined In the sense of euphoria that seemed to prevail during the summer. Neither did consumers, although they did increase their spending from the deeply depressed level of a year ago. A survey by the First National City Bank was released this week with the headline: "Consumer Han Hang Dog Outlook" "Americans air more pes«imi»tic now over the stale of the economic recovery than at any time this year," the survey's editors reported Two out of three rrfiptmdents said it would take at least a year for n definite improvement in the economy. If that is really the mood of con- turners, Uw hopes of forecaster* for a continued recovery may be dashed Consumer spending is the prime mover of this economy, the economy can hardly expand steadily If the consumer Isn't participating One factor that does tittle to lift consumer spirits is the high and rising rate of unemployment After reaching a low for the year of 8 3 per cent In September, it rcnouiutal to 8 6per cent in (X-tooer TniJ Increase comes in the muUl of a disturbing trewt Th« trend is for disheartens! workers who had withdrawn from the labor force, as officially defined by the government, to begin returning in volume They are Making Jobs again, awl that mean* they are again member* of the labor force They always »«e. of courw, t>ot because of MMIIO bureaucratic illogu- they were dental recognition a* »uch If they had stujjped active))' searching for a job they raised to \x counted (i* member* «/ the hitwr force, and so they couldn't be counted as unemployed either This attempted erasure helped to keep down the job!**.* rate, high us It was But now that w>rne bit of hope lias returned, thwe "nonexistent" people again are Making jobt, demonstrating that they art- «livf and that tin?) must be counted The news isn't all bad, of cour»e ' Tmnwidous corn crop* ar«- twing reported, «IK! these should tend to \ Mil down fuod price lncri*«a*» * tnlerriU ral*-» arr tnvding to fall Income* art? Investor* «!«> hav* thfir faith in fmmtctpilities, d**fttl*" 4 a financial crui» m New York City-;' winch *un\f informed frittes M> forrfthadow* lt»*er but similar problem* in other AHirtjcan i stir* In «ufiiritary Sutitr ((oxl news, Soflie (alt fw"** wmfliP Vet') dinturUrttf d*»vrl«pm«ii» ami nutnc outright lailurm .SjAiUfriftjt* a "" heard fruHi i he evtunwiiic machifw it I* imnmg aluftg, ImS (K>4 vrf) Let's move the deadly ghost dancers UyJOIIM'. ROCHK. Some time ago when I suggested ht're that the United Nations was an anti-democratic conspiracy and that its New York installations could be better employed as low-income housing, a number of people got annoyed One George Meyers, for example, writing in the Communist periodical "Political Affairs," explained to hl» enormous readership that my column "is a racist,pro-war. anti- youth, anti-liberal piece of filth." As you can imagine, this kepi me awake nights for at least a week; after all. what s<?lf respecting editor could present a "piece of filth" to his readers? However, a! th« risk of turning on Meyers and his ilk. I must continue in my wicked ways The recent decisions by the United Nations General Assembly on the status of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (Us official right to attend any international conferences on the Middle East i and the final blast designating Zionism as "racism" justify closing that outfit down as a common law nuisance — like a Stinking backhouse BI.OWSVTHKATKK Actually, th<- symbolic thing to do MERRY-GO-ROUND is have the United Nations move to Geneva where the old League of Nations buildings are still resting quietly It w now perfectly clear that the United Nations ha.» reached the level of blowsy rhetoric and impotence lh* league achieved by 1939 For strategic reason* th* United Stale* should stay OH the Security Council, unleashing Pat Moynihan from tiro* to time with * coruscating veto », Irish Kepublican Artuy. Puerto Ktcan IniJrprnJcnff Movrmvnt or the Kratittan gan^ttcri who dupua< > of anynf.r ti'* the left o( lurr> tiold*atrr an 4 "Canunufii.it " . fllwfe i.i. is-i»< fsrr «.'<s'. rr cmpktyvt) in other afwwries whrmrvtr tlw time n jti%pd rtpr, and equally pr e*lietaM> the HfTCtlTP futvctioti >){ (lurw wtlJ tc But there M obviously no point in dignifying the Genera! AJM*nbiy with our presence Itt II provide a theater for the ghost dancer* erf the Third World and their Arab and Communist friend* sTh« Third World performers might k«*p in mind liw fact that rwithtr the Arabs nor the Co«nmu«isZs will buy ticket.* i Ehewhcre among the United Na twos' sprcialued ag«nci« the wmc death- waft tin terms ot e(- fetrtivc operation* M*m» to bt at work Admitting the I'l.O to official obtscrit-r status at the International Ubor Orjfamwttei <IU,» awl th* Fotxl and Agriculture Organit*U«n f FA(>; is. on iU face, preposterous It ta comparable to awarding similar »U!ia to the UUtrr Volun- As (httiixi from tlw oVn>i.*r >.>/ :h<- United Nation* proper »e !'..« ihipnwrrtt JWttcwticrf to 4»ji! Una! tnlrrnwnt - tJw drntotiiKw •:>! (rt tfl* r.tcc{X«<sn oi '.{• Nalioni KconfJinic. So-cia; «n«} Cullura! tJfjjaniwtwjfi < t'NK.Mji f which U bA*icali) a «•!!<«•«;••*•..! for niars{iBJt) itv!d'<-tiiuh World Health f.NICKF i!hr famoui tar i!,» ha VIP ikirtf ntixh j(i«xl in tr-.r Thi* they have avoiding hnvr to Helping s(fk (•r-.jl'. (or iRAtancr. ti wstnrthic.x *l! hu A 11 x rf '.< ^ rx i,' Itrari !?•«- f«r *<:»• i t hJ(\ r Reds' air threat to the US Navy By JACK ANDKKSU.S vtilh I,M \Vhlll«-n WASHINGTON - A highiy classified Pentagon intelligence study predicts the Soviets, Chin«s« and their communist allies will have almost 15,000 combat planes to hurl against the US Navy by 19«5 The unsettling document, stamped "Secret," deals only with Soviet airpower available for an attack on the Navy It expressed "normal uncertainty" about its 10-yeai forecast. But its figures clearly show distinct communist air gains during the 80's. By 1985, the communist world is expected to have H.606 fighters, bombers and reconnaissance planes within range of U.S. naval ships and facilities The document warns that the Soviets alone will have 7,810 combat planes able to attack U S Navy forces. The other Warsaw Fact nations will have 2,230, China 3,725; North Korea 490 and North Vietnam 350 Soviet strike forces will include hot new MIG variations such as the "Fishbed," "Flogger," "Fencer" and "Foxbat." Another 575 Soviet jets will be long-range strategic bombers, the study projects. By contrast, the Navy is unlikely to have more than 2,500 tactical war planes. The Air Force may have 10,000 plants, but most would not be available for combat against a Russian attack on the Navy. There is no estimate of the 1985 strength of U.S. allies The study is th« work of the hush- hush Defense Intelligence Projections and Planning team and is titled "1985 Air Threat to Navy Forces." U in based on the assumption that the U.S. Navy will continue to ring Europe and Asia with surface ana undersea craft, arid thus be vulnerable to attacks on patrol craft. The communist air fleets will also have advanced technical features to plague the U.S. in case of conflict. "By 1985 (U.SJ naval air strike forces will encounter a numerically superior enemy fighter force equipped with beyond-visual-r&nge air-to-air missiles," warns the Pentagon intelligence document. "Future Soviet surface-to-air defense weapons will be highly mobile, equipped with rnujtimode sensors and designed to degrade the 'I'.S • Nsvy'i rJe/rn** »uppfWJiM»n capability," the rejjort conciud« Footnote The Savy ha* been shaken by Pentagon and Congressional effort* to impo*e th* new F.IB fighter on them M lh*tr plan* of the 60'* Navy expert* complain in ciauifi«d memo* thjl the r 18 runs a moderate to high rink of being an unreliable performer ItKAOAN Kl'MHt.K: ln*lder» with the Presidential campaign of ex-California Gov Ronald Reagan advise us that former Nixon campaign workers arc being recruited in droves While few have gotten top Jobs, many are veterans of the dirty tricks campaign of l<77? that led to Watergate Some are already at work contriving show* of en Ihusifliin for the handsome conservative RKI) UKRRIMi; After we named Soviet UN Ambawwdor Yakov Malik as a Sovirt spyrnasler, our journalistic ethics were lambasted by lona Andronov, a »tar writer for the Soviet's worldwide "New Times" magazine Now we have learned that An- dronov:, own journalistic ethics are on shaky foundations Senior US intelligence sources identify him as a dedicated KGB agent who po«es as a newsman ARM TWIST: Easygoing Rep Jerry Patterson, DC'alif., a junior member of both the Merchant Marine and Banking committee*, has been assidously seeking money from the industries he oversees. Patterson scoured campaign contribution lints for bankers and shippers who come under his jurisdiction, then put the arm on them for $100 tickets to a fundraiser at the Disneyland Hotel Helping him was his powerful chairman, Rep, Fernand SI. Germain, D-R I , of the Financial Institutions subcommittee. BRIBE PROBE: San Francisco U.S. Attorney James Browning will take time off from the Patty Hearst case later this month to probe a 150,000 bribe reportedly offered by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to a Congressional witness. Browning began his grand jury investigation after ex-Marcos aide Primitive Mijares gave us documentary evidence that a secret $50,000 bank account was opened for him by a Philippine diplomat. h&i ctxrnt v»a.» Marco* to knrp htm (row Iralif)injj on Capitol Hill ag*im! the Marcos regime Th* account -*st abruptly clowd when he irsUfird an>-**> Marvo» denies (Jw t«r it* up. ^. toy earn t*j-! r,.r*rr » trucker '4 fT.iljtdrip£;:A't w ' (<•-* vinyl (<*tr.ai<> r*v hrrfi«p * W'lium (i ji,l:nK the Ui>1 t!ir*r, ofcr>i At WASHINGTON Wllllll. Manor Corprt g«wrab and aide*. '*V< usually buy their o-*n uniform*, afr "wear Iwitmg" 17? .(CM worth of w<* uniforms courtesy of !hf tax|iii)Tr» {•urpwtp to it* whether the IT'S »n 11,326 outfits should tx- adopted t> the Corps The pro-industry Interfile Commerce Commusion, -*hich President Ford u now trying !n the . itarvrrai piuth TV*? Armed !J .» brain i.'!)sir> itthly. ««• lejrn«l Tr«' (773 rr*ej»rrh le/t of inr prim .-(I. -9 alive (r,{ l't'«t!.i»i(>« M>» the iifw>4ihet4«r<| (hr " hvc o< "You mean they're all security guards?'

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