The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on November 23, 1971 · Page 4
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Freeport, Texas
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Tuesday, November 23, 1971
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FACTS EDITORIAL i ' v i v ' * i The proposal, or conditions? The outcome of the proposal for a new city hall was Unusual In at least two respects: It was the first time In Lake Jackson's 28-year history that voters disapproved a city improvement proposal; and while everyone concerned agreed beforehand that the project was in trouble, the six-to-one margin of defeat left no doubt but that the proposition \vns widely in disfavor. Why? It's not enough to know-merely that it happened. City officials need to know why that many of its citizens made that overwhelming a decision on one question, while giving a clear-cut go- ahead to an accompanying question of a utility bond issue. The desire for municipal services is attested lobe the obvious fact that most people live in cities. There must be a base for these sen-ices, and when the building tharliouses them is outgrown, there must be larger quarters. Was the plan too ambitious? It's not economical to build again with barely enough to house today's needs. The normal pattern for a growing enterprise is to build with surplus, and when that is used up, to count on being pinched for awhile before expanding or building again. Very likely the failure of the city hall proposal is more symptomatic of other problems than it is a rejection in principle of providing adequate quarters for city operations. Perhaps the largest single factor Is a general trend that is termed a "taxpayer rebellion." Eastern states experienced this long ago, in the form of a resistance to any tax increase at all. In many sections of the country, It has been more and more difficult to pass bond issues for urgently-needed school buildings. That hasn't yet been manifested in this county. But the conditions that brought this about arc showing up here. Qty taxes ore going up, under pressure of growing costs. So are school taxes. A junior college tax has been added. State sides taxes went up swiftly in a very few years. Social Security taxes are up. And there is a general assumption that the new county valuations are more for the purpose of increased revenue than for equalization. Also, this is a period of uncertainty, when unemployment is high, jobs are scarce, and In the terror of Inflation, there's the instinctive feeling that controls are more likely to prove enforceable on income than on prices. There are pockets of discontent In the city over disputed recent Issues. Those In two school areas, over safety devices, were the basis for a somewhat organized campaign against the city hall proposal. There were conflicts over assessment rules, and over curbslde parking and animal control. Probably a combination of all these factors, plus the normal contingent of against-all-taxes voters, led to the- defeat. Officials in Houston, Anglo ton, and many other cities are aware that a city hall is not considered a high-priority item by many voters. A good part of this is due to the fact that a businesS'Offke function is less understood by an average citizen than most other facilities.Probably a majority of citizens has never entered the city hall. Several readers wrote (client to it ? Voice column saying the proposal should be defeated. It might bv a service to the city for more of them to explain why. PAUL HARVEY NEWS Run scared from impatient politicians Hawks and Doves must surely agree that we should learn from Vietnam. That however we got in and whenever we get out, we must never make this mistake again. Yet the Middle East remains another yawning trap for our good intentions. And have you noticed how many of those fellows who are Doves in Indochina are Hawks in the Middle East — and this includes some politicians now running for President. They're all out to gel out of Indochina yet insistent that we must protect Israel in any showdown along Suez. Unless you're all for one j - side in thJs "Arab-Israeli thing, • ii the,"' 'othef'^sWe is going to '"- consider you an enemy. That . is as unfortunate as it is understandable. If I were an Arab I'd be angry as all get-out about the People NEW YORK (AP) — What a Tine treasury the human mind is! II is like an overflowing granary at harvest time, stuffed with the true gold of old memories. Some of those memories, grim or gruesome, have a nightmare quality that disturbs our sleep. But time has such a soft way with us that most of us are more consoled by the past than troubled by it. After he has endured the high-water years of his life, the past means more to a man than the future. He lives in it more, and it comforts him more. You have years of solace in your own mind if you can look back and remember when— You felt a little hurt when you discovered that the old- fashioned grocer gave a free pickle to every kid — and not just you alone. While you realized your kindergarten teacher couldn't play favorites publicly, you somehow knew that secretly she thought you could gallop to the piano better than any other child she bad ever had in class. It was fun to call up the zoo on April Fool's Day and ask for Mr. Fox, Mr. Bear or Mr. Wolf. If you were feeling particularly daring, you might even call up the local cemetery and ask to speak to Mr. Phil Crave*. Every railroad track bad two sides — the right side to live oa and the wrong side. You didn't dial a telephone number. You cranked the phong end said to the opera|ir, "^lo Central, me two-four-nine." In large families, children bad rooms of their . I/ something or someone your heart, you bad to go into the bathroom to be d cry. were Ite days — piteous plight of displaced Palestinian Arabs. I'd still be smarting from the humiliation of the hundred hours war and the real estate it cost. I'd be frightened by the energies and the gung-ho. let's-go dedication of Jewish troops dug In on my soil just beyond Suez. If I were an Arab. And if 1 were an Israeli Jew I'd be fed up with Arab paranoia, with senseless border raids, and however I might comprehend and allow for Semitic emotionalism, I'd still get a chill when Egypt's Sadat proclaims. "I am ready to sacrifice a million people for the liberation of our country'-" And if I were a Jew I'd have with me every waking hour and many sleeping hours the ghosts of all those legions of my progenitors who were pushed backward across borders and into prisons and into furnaces and I would swear by my God. "No, not again!" If I were a Jew. Now, how are we going to keep this psychologically traumatic situation from setting the world on fire? Our government has tried to maintain a delicate power balance, providing defensive weapons for both sides and offensive weapons for neither. State Secretary Rogers tried to explain this policy to the United Nations and to Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban when he held off sending Israel any more Phantom F-) Tighter planes. Israel would like us to supply two a month. This Administration is unwilling to make such a commitment. Newspapers in Israel — and some in the United Stales — promptly accused us of taking sides with Egypt. Israel then threatened to develop her own nuclear missile. Our State Department's Middle East specialist, Joe Sisco. believes both sides want Suez reopened and that "common interest might make possible at least an interim agreement." An interim agreement is the most we can expect. Israel's founder and elder statesman, David Bcn-Gurioo. says the situation "calls mostly for patience." He anticipates a day when Israel and her Arab neighbors will co-operate in agriculture, education, politics ~ but not soon. He says, "We've waited nearly 2.000years, we must be willing to wait more years." As long as Russia might like to provoke us into another debilitating, unwinnable war, let's run starnl from any impatient politicians. •HERE COME OUR REPLACEMfKB.' BAUCf BIOSSAT Jap worker status rises at fast pace .VA«OVA. JAPAN (NBA) — Americans are going to have to get over the notion that Japanese workers are a horde of regimented types laboring at near-starvation wages and in horrible shop conditions. In Japan's major mass production industries, wage rates are at levels comparable to those in France and Italy and are rising at a faster pace than those in other industrial nations. Furthermore, the Japanese worker's wage is usually supplemented by twice yearly bonuses, frequent overtime pay. and a host of fringe benefits beyond any known to American workers. On top of all this, Japanese workers in large companies gain great security from the few FOUNDED IM l>l> THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS DEDICATED TO TNE 68O*TH AMD PROGRESS Of BBJUOilA COUNTY JamesS. Nabors Editor and Publisher Chester C. Surber Business Manager (ieurge W. Johnson — Composing Koom Foreman Frank ftamirez Press Boom Foreman Nawile Mallurv Office Manager Bennle P. Boulet Circulation Manager KWTOIUAI, DEPT. (ilcim Heath Managing Editor liwbcrta Daosby Assl. Managing Editor John PlaUer Sports Editor J)i'e Mcllliemiy Women's Editor ADVERTISING DEPT. Gerald Pen Retail Advertising Manager Pearl Ciluver... .Classified Advertising Manager Entered as Second Class matter March tl. 195?. at Ibe Kreeport Texas. Post Office, under the act of Congress of March «, i(f7«. Published daily and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park Aye., Kreeport, Texas by Review Publisher*. 'DC. located at W &• P*rk Ave, Frecpprt. Te*a*. Jamef 8. Nabors, President. Subscription rate*: fly carrier. d»Uy and Sunday, 12.15 per montt). Mail subscription rate* art available tw request, and are payable to advance. KD1TOHUL. POLICY': Newt reporting la Ibis shall fee accurate and fair. EdUwial *i»U be always Independent, outspoken custom of lifetime employment. Almost no one Is Tired or laid off. It is a significant point, too. that wages are highest and rising fastest in those Japanese industries whkh arc exporting moat heavily to the United States and eUewhvre. At massive Toyota City ouUide Nagoya, the average plant worker draws about J3.500 a year, including hU bonuses and overtime but not including his fringe benefits Among the extras he can count on are: Partly subsidized lunches in the plant cafeteria, ditto for his train or bus transportation to and from work, a gasoline allowance of roughly 2i gallons a month, if he has bought a company car at the -available discount, free medical care (or himself and half the cool of hi* family's medical care, a modest housing allowance which more than double* if he has a family, subsidized sports and cultural activities on the company's grounds. At Toyota, workers get an hour for lunch, but no morning or afternoon coffee breaks. Most employees live (airly close to their jobs. They get 20 days a year of paid vacation, and many of the day workers are averaging three or (our days of overtime in a six-day work week. (The night shift works five days a week.) At the smaller Toyo Kogyo motorcar plant in Hiroshima, the story is not much different. The company supplies 20,000 cheap lunches to its employees. The other 7,000 workers brown-bag it. About a third have their own cars. New worker* are recruited directly from both junior and senior high school* and go through training periods of varying length according to the tasks they are learning. Labor unions exist, but they are not much more than company unions. Wage boost* customarily are given 'automatically with growing length ol service or upgrading There are no t' S • or Kuropean-»(yle »agr negotiation* of the nirt uruch often collapse in bilterw-M Outsider* presume thr system of lifetime fin ployment promotes Incf ftcirncy, »incr worker* are rarely discharged no matter how they perform In practice it dovan't quite work that way The expanding export industries which arc the real Japawst-economic atory have (or year* Utn drawing in large number* ol young people who can bv trained in the newest skills and high- productivity techniques Th* rattler of workers may bv large, but they arc delivering well THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS EDITORIAL PAGE • Freeport, Text*. Tuesday, November 23,1911 WASHINGTON ~ |n Ihe mo*t lobbying performance since Peter Minuil sweet-talked the Indians out of Manhattan (or 12-1 , Kl POM Natural Gas is sewing up g»* market* in the western United Stale* even u it monopolUe* live (low from gavrtdi Algeria And the taxpayer* are playing the tune for this a nut linn corporate toe-dance, Hundreds of million* in federal (urnb™ in the (win of jutwitlirt. loans and loan guarantee*— will cushion Kl Paaw again*! financial ruk». SV« have reported in th« pant that Coagre** seems bent on overturning .hree Supreme Court rulings to give Kl I'.uo a billion dollar monopoly on ga* wk-» m much of the Wml. Now, w« can disclose how the White HOUM>. Treasury,, Stole and Defense OepaMnteniJi dm) KxporHmport Hank arc ruttling up federal money to <u«ure that Kl t'<wo gel* all Importing right,* on Algeria'* rail natural &»« field* Tin- Algerian* are curiou* rrctptenl* ot (.' S large*** at brat, They prance w !h* when ih* US *u(ter* US tld«tt.t Ttwr> havrn to »u*rh fugitive* a.* Kklruldf Cka»rr jml Tmi t.«Mry who tkrwuncr <he U J> I tutu Algtrwn rwrftup* tiut Kl t''i (rumtb in gin eminent much a* Trra-tury Scvrtrtary Jotw Cixuulfy ami White lluuw ot) jtj'mor IVtrr r'Ulu^>>n, l>4v« tx-vit Mr to i){i»rr thcs« liilk rudccut pritk bcvautc Itw pfk-r 1.1 r Tbrrriorif, Kl Two *h«rtly *ill porting billictfn o/ cubic Icct t>( natural SAJ which will cra«l (rt>«> (out to i timm motv thd» 'Xilirvtr^ tkxnntK SAI Tt\t Hory w imotcnwly e«npte« tltii lu««- citf jctoi UK iV-f4tb (rtxn ANDERSON MERRY-GO-ROUND EL PASO NATURAL GAS TO GET MONOPOLY ON ALGERIAN OILFIELDS; TimOUGHSUtlSIWtvS AND GUARANTEED LOANS, COMPANY CANT l.08Ki TAXPAYERS WILL PAY FOR TANKERS, THEN PAY HIGHER GAS IMUCKS HyJACKANDKKSON Ai part of Ih* deal, «» poor taxpayer be called on to cough up MO million in gidie* to eomlruel »i* tanker* in US Or at an alternate arrangement, tite K\port 'Import Hank wouhi be n*ke4 (0 llnance i the eon«In»ction 0»ner«Bip «< ««« »e**»l« wuuld be given wwiunally tit a foreign twt- ttf n. in thlt ea«?. So while the laipayrr dig« into hi* potrkH.t lo «ub»iUt<r » ik<tl lh*l will wind up Mi creating hu rutural ga.t bills, Kl Pa.M>'» rral mi w minimal and tu potmtial for profit* atlrtMXttnk-al The ikal, Ihewgb Ulll in flui on toflve ilcUil", U alnUMl CrttdW to go lh|vu&h Only Fnkrai !*««« CoouiUMion apprwat n ttuin J«*u» N'AMikAt, tfe* *(K» tat (kcjfktfrd the t« hw rllorU lo fallrftiag ttcitK the ••<»)> tat ¥,l l'*io »t\ei Thfou^h 4 trail to .V *txl ettnett H) an •*r (uW him Ina rajUrwll, h«rc > hum Kl t'ato wit) mine il» il««««!ri} na< whrtt bonanza, court**) \rf th* US e*ch>«5wT r'V*nig4ft At (rail It's) raillton in kana *UJ Ixc to p4j Al^rfu (or lKjui4;ing Ruiwrat i ; it txiti) Afrvial tjni.rf'1 The ji, i* to reft««c (fw t'S (At thof Itv. X*ra4i.c h>.t Ux •» Ugr Tlw Hiu million •••.II tw »ufv il l lo in (hi« way (VnSjjso |'i{«r*^ unto * A IIV) million ioan (fo«n thr I' ,S >U}»»< frvwfrt, «*> s»fej bj a lm(*jr( lUni. »ti;f!; i^xvialicm In r»j«»lin£ r»t«f*et!^* (feat hit I- S ^jcwfcwr J -MilJs cine { A»>«hcr million in fc.»if» Trwi! antl with th* iwnw? v;tuf 4istr< A total <rf »ICO millwn ratwd b to but not Kuarantrvtl (>? Ktport B«>\AV/.\r'u|t BANK* jtf T>«t« !!.'<> n\illiun 'rf th« local Kill br kur^vl t j,( (ju'.nxd! or jtuaranlcrd t>y IJw US jjonrrij m^ j^, ^f-f .ir^^, lUiwvrr cotvi«rtium gjinin^ a tutmawa ftwn <i»i«:Sm><rl ih^>.', <•»?!•<«•» ihr UP of £ h&« i^cv^jfv*^ fr^r^ wv74r niK*cr*r«- at THE WORRY CLINIC Humor is social ll> (,KII|lia:>V (MASK I'h I) . Ml) t'ASK S V» Harr> t) . aged W, is a pnychnloitjr ma)or "l)r Cran«,' he tirgan, "I am to unte a thvme (or my Social I'lycholoK)' cU»« "It (U-jU -*ith humor "So could you u<(cr any il«i> llof** Vthllc O<h*-f« (J.3O | term lo haw much «<-n«< U humor"*" "Kor example. *h> arr iomr l*-»plr ardent (ana of BEITS WORLD *« leo*ei? Our* e/t i» bagi!" llumnr u chtff!) a v«,-uil function l.ikr Unjpu^r. it v»ouW f«- very rare in a pcrwo whr» *»i kwlalnl on a dcnvrtnl uUM. a U Kotaruoft Cruwx- Thm, would you uprvt "only" I'hil'lrrn lo Uu)(h at much at )ofcm or undmur*! the prr^-ailmg hum'* of their generation, at would ktddtn reared in a big (amity at brother* ami »t»lrrV And what about thr capacity (A introvert! vi cilrovcrU for hunjor 1 On a dracrl ulaixl. an in trwertlve vtohnisi might mill relish hu matir And a chcmul or rnginevr might be devoted to hu xciendfic research Kor Ihote introvcrtivc vocation* don't re-quire much socialuing with other human being* M such, do you rradc-rt think a l>ank te'.k-r. an ac counlant, a larmer, a chcmul. or an engineer would appreciate jokes the way an exlrovertivc talesman doc*? Humor thus depend* to a large degree on wide social experience plus facile communication skill*, at indicated by a rich everyday vocabulary For example, do you visualize the American Indians a» being noted (or "gag*." wisecrack*, puns and Bob Hope joke*? A sense of humor aUo depends to some degree on previous experience with the humorous situation. For laughter result* at the unexpected "twist" of a former familiar the m (ortnal Kil j *M«f TKtt titi^M him (rntn hit rullrt) «!rp«jf Imrn! lo i million *4l|a*mij on Ihr So c the 4) thii d a litil Milbur»U o< Uufihlrr »l*o currrlaic «wnc\»rut »lth our phyticil ciubcraiicc awl c»ct»A vitality When »ick people art low in energy or approaching death • medic* tr> to project llwtg loo much con , Kor they haven't »u/(lclenl energy to maintain rcjartee Certainly, they do not have the »ur|>lu« vitality to laugh at wuccrackior even appreciate lunny "Get Well" cards Take note 1 Furthermore, a Uo-ici audience. cuni(iru«d ol maU4k and female*, will laugh far more loudly at the very Mme joke, than the tame *Ucd audience o( men alone or o( women alone Why 1 Because there U alway* a Kubtomcious reciprocal •limulation ol the two wxei wl*n in Uic tunic ruom Tlus create* more energy' which (urnishc* the motiw* power (or extra giggttt, laughter and heartier ap plausc So u-nd % my booklet "How to Write Salable Copy," enclosing » long ttamped. return envelope, plu* 25 ccoU

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