The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on November 26, 1971 · Page 2
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Freeport, Texas
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Friday, November 26, 1971
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& **£* £blTOR ! At , THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS State looks at pool insurance .H»QRMI PAGE Vrtt fioH, T«XM, , November W, I*) I. The hearing requested by Sen. A. R, Schwartz for Gnlveston will Instead be held in Austin Dec. 1, If It's conducted In the direction of the senator's request, it will be aimed., at finding whether the state's insurance companies are profiteering from the catastrophe pool plan for insuring Gulf Coast property. Senator Schwartz, who wrote the bill thai forced the pool plan, contends they arc. Some Brazosport businessmen agree. In rebuttal, n spokesman for the Texas Catastrophe Insurance Association says UK industry is earning "not one dime of profit" from the pool plan. It's to be Imped the hearing will be revealing, one way or the other. But the hearing will be by the same Texas Insurance Commission that let the insurance industry write its own plan for insuring property in the hurricane-prone areas, and adon»«~' •*•;•. plan in a closed, unan-«'nt!kr>i. meeting with insurance " •-; tscntatives. Under the plan, certain coastal areas come under the plan. Brazoria County is one. Each insurance company doing business in Texas is required to write the same proportion of insurance in the coastal areas that it writes stale-wide. If the company writes Insurance against windstorm damage under the catastrophe plan, it can charge rates 50 per cent higher than manual rates. Manual rates are those set by the state, and reflect a study of claims made in various parts of the state for preceding years. Since that plan went into effect. Senator Schwartz said, nearly all insurance companies are refusing to write new policies or renewals for (ialvcston County at manual rates. He finds only one company writing insurance at these rales. The rest are writing only umler the pool plan, at the higher rates. Facts sources indicate that a similar situation exists in ihis county, Oran F. Needham, chairman of the temporary board of directors. Texas Catastrophe Property Insurance Association (TCPIA), said that the 50 per cent charge above manual rates in the pool plan wasn't kept by the insuring company. He said all of it went into u catastrophe reserve that would be used to meet claims from future storms such as Celia. Needham estimated that by the end of Uifs year, pool-written policies will amount to about $350 million In liability, with total premiums of about W million. With such n volume, lie contended, It would take SO years to build up a reserve that would meet the claims of a Hurricane Cclln, He contends that much of the pool business is "simply high risk, beachfront property, virtually guaranteed to produce periodic losses from storms," mid that must other business is handled by normal rates. That's not the picture local insurance ngents see. Thvy don't consider most of Briuosporl in the category Needhom describes, and some intend to join with .Schwartz in nsklng questions in Austin. A point for the state to pursue: Doesn't the manual rates reflect the losses front such storms as Celia? if the catastrophe reserve will meet, or even help meet, the losses from such storms, won't the diminished claims on other insurance allow greater profits under the manual rates? Particularly if companies limit their coverage in borderline areas, ami concentrate their policy-writing in far- inland, protected portions of the catastrophe counties'? ANDERSON MEKKY-GO-KOUND IIUMl'HKKY r'AIIJ! TO UNITK OK.M8 FOIC MU8KIK, TO HUN WM.HKLK; HKCALLS HE A I. WAYS IWK9 FUUtT Tt.MK, AUVAYS WI.NH.SKlDNDi YBIXOW PAOK Al> IMTK8 I'BH BOOK CAI'HlClOUa, INCON8UTKNT J/M BISHOP: REPORTER An old man seeks the deadly truth The night was brittle cold •atl the Old Man walked nofth ivt-st Gran! Park with his head Uj>*n. hardly noticing the tall bankj of rusty snow and the blasts coming down Lake Michigan to rattle windows. The galoshes, half buckled, kidded on icy sidewalks. The man's face was an assortment if. liirk caverns—mouth, eyes, U was only " o'clock, but the slitx-ls, except for a parked Ui.ii or a police car trailing plumes, were empty. Chicago was indoors. The Old Man kcyi his hands deep in his overcoat. They ached. He was • surprised that the tips of his. • ears felt as though ihey were , (nulling lie turned left on Roosevelt, farther and farther away from twine as though he had a mission which could not be postponed. He was bunting the thing no man finds: Truth. II was truth that Sirius was standing high over the lake * taking blue, but because the Old Man's head was down, it wasn't really there. Now at live age of 70, he determined to nail down a nagging truth: He had heart trouble. The world denied it, but he knew. He knew. The Old Man was never much on books, but he bad read everytiyng published on the human heart. He had told his fat good lu lured wife 10 years ago. She didn't believe him. Neither did Irma and Joe, good kids who were blinded in their love for him. Neither did Doctor Kowalski, or, let us say, Kowalski had been warned by the Old Man's wife not to tell him the grim facts. Kowalski was a good man; he had served his internship in the place the Old Man was now passing—Cook County Hospital. A LUNG LIKE Doc had a big waiting room and a lot of people sitting in it. The Old Man had been in that waiting room dozens of times. Kowalski had made EKGs, listened to the heart, tightened the blood pressure cuff, and (old him (hat he would probably live forever. The chest pains, Doc told turn, were in his head. The missed heartbeats were imaginary. The fatigue was from working too hard as a sdwol janitor. The Old Man pushed too hard. He bad worn Kowalski out, and be had tried other dot-tors, but it was ob- uuus that all of them got the word before he arrived for an he selected one nt random on the coldest night of the year. He was shuffling down a side street when he saw- a sign on the second floor of a ta.t- payer. Behind it, a yellowish office light shone through and colored the old snow drifts at his side. The Old Man was panting when he reached the second floor. He opened his overcoat and his collar He could barely breathe. He hung onto the newel post until he gathered strength. Then he walked to the door which stated: "Ring—Walk In." ACAKDIACCASE The doc took his time. It was a full five minutes before be came out. He was buttoning the collar of his medical jacket. "What can I do for you?" the M. D. asked pleasantly. "Doc," he said, remaining seated, "I'm a cardiac case. I just want you to check to see if 1 need medication." "Step inside. Take your clothes off to the waist." Something about this doctor inspired faith in the Old Man He wasn't jolly; all business. "I was just about to go home," the doctor said, pulling instruments from a bag. "Yeah?" Ihe Old Man said. The doctor filled out a card with name, address, age, type of work, family, previous medical history. He percussed the supine chest, then listened to the heart. "Get dressed," he said curtly. The Old Man did it slowly. He paid the physician 10dollars. "You're right," the doctor said. "You have a bad murmur in addition to very high blood pressure. You shouldn't be out of bed, mister. Tell your family lo check you into a hospital. Tonight." The Old Man was mournfully triumphant. He said thanks and stumbled out of the office and down the stairs. On the street, he wandered into snow drills and dragged IILS legs free. The cold night wind held its hand acruss his nose and mouth. He tried to walk on, but the (ruth killed him. He died face down in a pile of snow. Back at the dwlor's office, the physician remo\cd th* while jacket, "nut was ,1 close one." he Mid to hi* buddy His frivnd closed tb>? small Mfe slowly, lockwl it, pocketed the money and walked yut. "One of days," the second growled, -you're K.WHUI dot-tor once too often." HyJACKAWlKKmV tV.tsm.VGmv — A* *urt at hi* middle name U Horatio, Hubert Humphrey will be In the thick of the battle when the Democrat* assemble in Miami next July to ehcxM* a presidential nominee 'tliis U not what he had Intended lo do After he recovered from hit hairbreadth defeat In l«8, he took aside hi* running mate. Sen. Ed Muskie. and encouraged him to »eek the nomination in 1971 llumpnrey thought Mu»*ie would make the best "unity candidate" and ur«ed him to test the geniiment on Ihe political hu*iin«* Muskie made a lew political foray* and came back discouraged. The only Were»«, he reported to Humphrey, wa.* in Sea TwJ Kennedy. Thin changed dramalkally. however , adcr the ClupjVMiuttWkk tragedy Minktt »u<l dunly replaced Kennedy a* favorite, True to ht» word, Humphrey #* bu»y in the fackreams trying lo unite tkftHKfaltc traders behind Muikw II would take a unttrd frwil. b«- argued, to defeat ItKtwrJ tfiion m 19W. Uut th* UKii> Campaign laUrd The |lr»t one t« twilk **» Sen, U«*nS« Mctkwrra. Hum pftrry » (twitwr nritdaor neijthbH, who ioM HUH Muntly ",W««*fc> Un't Ukuj< ." -V»«i j Iirr* (tir aUtwKJftlotfe-vct^uvrr the thrum-rant- prr-itdrnlijl nomirulion lt>-vttjb>> Jlumptery. "<* «*1 w*»tir:if<w foewU. goi a whUI at the YKUXJM ' eompanie* acru« t»te nation, expiating (heir virtual monutHJy in Yellow I'age* advertising, are Making Ihetr i-u»lomCT» for every nkkH Ihe tr»»ke will bear. Thl* to the cfcndmkm w« have re»d»e«l after eltMcly eiamtning the conlklfiiiUI "IUIe» and Data" book pubUitted by the American Telephone and Tetegr»(ih Co M a prke guide lor lt» » operating eompanie* tlw ratwt book r^rab that fcuUfKsunwn in ditfefent eilte» pay vanity tWtwrW >x<ec» for the Mine advertising Ttie only rule of tM«ii(j, it Mwmt, it to charge (he v*rtou« bufinrM toHiniuftiuo. whatever Ihey *iU teJerale In Kranklori, Ky , <«» e*»mp*e, merthanU rittjot jwy t&tt to a ifUMtef page "dlii|»Uy" ad with Ukilritjulitm in XJ.aM dtreclorMi. tt*r Mm* a<l in AUtk*, which s»» Kit ?J.«« JutrtUiiion. cmU only U»t tIioU*rM«Kti to JtMwtbort), Art . pay ti*J to place Ihrir <juartrr page a*b In »,«» dixv'tnrtm tt»Hr twikJ*ur» in WilcH City, lt«it . pa) U»t for the Ul .Vlillri%nlIV, ti j . i ltd cjftinj la I) CO) i4i/ncto*in« Ihc HIT> hjji Ian! nwr* oi hto oU bonne* H«r at the urn* (urHxj* pa«e. wtlh »hert f*<t»h, how * musuCri ((«• nttuV* the «jmc ctrtnof op litntKn, trw Mm* «es< tot tilt. the MBW* kr«« lot jtl huRwmty Ai Age «O, hw «41(J1 hw.« the Ix^wJ) bwryanci hf t»txq£}>4 lo 33 to lUtr, tut ll«rj jlw v«ry liwm cily to cil) ailbiu ihc urw »Utr In AUUjmj. lo* rvampif UnUEwMtwo lr« pay t&U (of * <)uj»trf t»>fr nl in da<K(ntt«t Ttv oamc turn Urj» UK r 4<i in rj.SfW dntx(rar«rt in ftw Auttar, -"" r -> lt'> miJu-n (9 IV wulb to , a Hinirt Ilii-cn mrtttar.1 Yrt W fcUtilWXAttKn (»•( thr UHMT *<J 'fl AC ttw)uuu->J i& The Good BRUCE 6/OSSAT .*tt " Japanese think we whine amid riches wfactl h* »..«(j()iol thrm on l^bar fMy Ihiill he *!x»!4 lots bit (MilrrnJ ,iW pulittoti l«j i««o Ihf ri««( «>f»r o< Ihcm, 4«K«ic»le. ofc)«:lr«i "•You re j IMWT." he Shot U»rk HufQphrir) ••!>>* l^f<n Unvc I r»n (wr nujT* ,)< Minorca pntti 1 tot Hw «\«»1 Urn* t won I U»t my tin! bid foe tfer »«*> nwniiulKxt. Ujj | won « (tw When | «ou^,t «w p«r«kirtv(ijl In i»», I lent tM I •»>T«J it the Mvund (inw ! »h« inti m) fir*l f*rr f« J'rr-<!«Vn! }M <w«( tjliw, I IJ *« ' •nfcuwr cuntu la <*>*•< In !«> U»n nttf* lo ttw muiJ UKW durclery Bjturr <n<rri«K!i tf« banian*. 4 t« liar ani'f title •(inch (xXbrtt m'.h ! J( jlf TOKYO (NEA) ~ Japan's leaders may be angry over UK"Nixon shocks." but they know they need a solid, healthy United Slates. And some officials show an almost fatherly concern over Ihe economic plight we are in. A spokesman fur a big company exporting heavily lo the United Slates told me: "We don't like lo see Ihe American people collapsing It makes us very sad " He quickly addotd he has great faith a serious, enduring economic collapse will not occur — that America has too much basic strength and capability. A lop government officer wondered aloud whether our country might not be lu»ing faith in itself. Said he: "The moment the United States gave up a more ambitious space program and abandoned making the supersonic transport plane, at iu When he accused them of vttUusiun with his family, they smikd sheepishly. They knew what to tell him. Nothing, i'onigbi be would find out. Tonight be would slop in the fust doctor's office that had a iigbi oo the porch. His family i-uuJd out plot with a doctor if THVIBI.V QUOTES Tlicrf are a few liberate in its FOUNDED IN »l) THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS DEDICATED TO THt GROWTH AMD PBOGftEtS Of BIUIOKU COUHIf James S. Nabors Editor and Publisher Chester C. Surber Business .Manager Ueurge W. Johnson—Composing Itoom Foreman Frank Kamirez Press lloom Fore man Nauelle Mallury Office Manager Bennie D. Boulet Circulation Manager EUITOIUAl, DEFT, Glenn llealli Managing Editor Roberta Dausby Asst. Managing Editor John PlaUer .Sports Editor Pec Mclilmmy Women's Editor AOVKKTIS1NG pEPT. Gerald Dew He tail Advertising Manager Pearl Clover....Classified Advertising Manager Entered a$ Second Clan matter March 21, t»sz. at the Freepwi Te*«*. Pwt Office, Wider Uj« act of Coitgrm of March ». We. PwWlsbed dajjy aod S*iud»y except Saturday at 307 K. Park Aye., Freepwt, Texa* by H*vJew PublUhtrs, Joe. tocal«4 «l W %• Pwrk Ave, Freeport, Te*a*. Jaw** S. N»lwr», President. rale*: By wrrier, daily and Sunday. »M5 tuttKrlptlw) r4e* are a valla U* un 9tt t>»y?«e in fOUHt: «hijl be lit Kvn >«|twltog to Ws »nd fair. Editorial uut*p«k*n thai monit-nt it &ccmc<l to vixi Iwd lt»t confidence." In tlus man -i vie-* , a of Amcrk-a's great um mount a full'blumn i program and still met-t internal «KIJ| netila in cidra urn! elsewhere So. ttx>. it can UjilJ an SSr and so/mbo* conquer the ^uppo^i'd b> product [xjllulion One ecunornic analyst in Jufian dared to su^j?'** 1 thai I he United Statrt itnghl l# over lh»- hill, in a declining phase »{ its life i>tle as .1 lation Amcrica'ii stringent efforts to meet Us worscninii uurld )rad<- pdtsiiioti were, irt effect, likerivtl lu Utr problem uf an agniji worki-r wi»> (.MII'I pruduct'so well any inoif. ,in«J nced« a lilt. Not all of Japan'* key «<• (icialdom sees tin- U S plight in such a gloomy lighi. Many, indeed, voice again and again their immense fiitlh that America's wealth, resource. energy, technology and spin! will reassert themsehes ;KK| lake Uu- imiion out «.' its I>rescnt <iifficu)U"> The view lhal America is still unsluikably bii wig an unhappy side, liuwever. in the minds of MHIIC itiliut-iUial Japanese. An economic editor thinks we haw opened up a yauning crt-dibility gap - that wr moanmgs and groa(ung<j of distress just don't ring true Practically no one in Japan believes the U.S. lextile industry is as bad off as suggfslcd by Ha- tough textile- import agreement the Japanese feel Nixon crammed do*n their Uiroats. They feel he acted on that issue to honor a political pledge, and nothing more, Tile Japanese leaders recognize that, in considerable measure, they ate THOUGHTS Thus suj/s the Uiiii "Kt'cj* justice.', (ihd ti(j /ly/ilfi/iij ness, fur soon my j ;.j/!.xjiio/i will '.uiiiv, aiul iinj ilelncr- uucu be u-Kt;<,M "• l.:-<!tttii 50:1. Justice iejjiiiiii.<> the ^u-at- esl puwcr on earlli. To Dial tremendous power ututic will we subiJiit.- Hany S 'J'ru- I timi n( UM-II . to U»nJ lngx* p>r*ef in (tie an overall «{ «r«iwtni« wraith ami health THE WORRV CLINIC Board's romances ihf> luvt % thry by fUtly tlwy iu(i In !(>d lt:«-tn5>'Ui-< .c l')W) <!»• l« Ihr t) t'VSK .1 lamvut Wrt Klint »olun hrr ' hr .She »*« h<l bj t lot! l bfiir hrr tfttf 'Sri i vmiunlrvr*"! lo w un Ihr IWwnl erf our Sckcn tide Mjrnj|(r KinjmUtioo during our trcent SMI* him, Tln-y tndulgr in much wlf vntuunt. a» m> ri-port^ v»ill •>)H»«I Hut they think »o do mil "Or Ihr *hy rm>< lo thtnr 'tiff* <a where Ihry nwt "I'd likt to jet a pair of In* net it</l« ihoti with th« chunky 3 inc/i hi'yri htth be/ore they calcfa on with oil the toll juyj.'" rnucn "And I knc-w imUntly Uut hr **» the nun at my "In Uc(. I lofcl my llul wrrw aftrrrtttxi Ihj! I h*i IntnA Ihr nun 1 v»t to mjrry "Ma* I didn't play any iratrunvrnt of the tiitwl, m t wcrelly tu.A leatatnw (or a year in >* Jrr to join the Mrhcnl land "And t»o year* Ulcr, we were married'" IXIVKATJ-'IHSTSKJIIT Ur (.Turin (Uy (icrff. (>cjn til the ikyvrraper Chicago Temple, where he kept congregation* ipellbound during hu 19 year minulry there, lln-n «ai a<iked atmul hu romance So he mentioned that he Kid been a 20-year-old gucil preacher who wa> conducting revival services in an Iowa village "The last night," he Mid. "I MW a girl come Into the meeting and »il down part way lack "It may wnind ulrange, but I wid to my »*.•!(. Cruirlic, that's uV girl you arc going lo marry." Alaa. he didn't even get to speak to this girl of hl» dreams, for he had lo niah to another town via train that same night. But he did learn her runic from nU traveling a«iist«nt ajid soon came back to marry her Next, 1 culled on Or. Morgan Williams, a former Canadian pastor who gravitated into the U.S A. via Mkiugaa. lie also occupied many large pastorate* in Illinoi* and built U>« million-dollar Methodist Church at KaatalM*, where former Gov. Len Small wig a member. "1 met my wife ot a UU t»»TU»rtJ 4 hwf-w an) to tin *» "Aflrf Ihjl. it w,MJ)'l lotql Ull Mw tatimc mj »iJ«'" ± Tfwtv I c Jticd on ftoUrU* W Irving O'rantille. who put tW i IVjle i (iuwlcpcnt Majaunc on lU Iff!. Mfftlfltf up \U).(fM MjhM-rip4>om at am tlrnfce ol f the p*n. lor the puf aljun at "t met my future «ife on what wuuk} I* railed a Wind dale at the Young IVuplc't Sueict) ut a (hutth "Thro I look her lo a fool t>atl game and by the lime the game *aj mrr «e were l»r K iHunc llutse. [tailor .il MadiMw, Wu . while « »tudctit wa* forced by lack o< funds to stay at colU-ge during hl» t Junlmai vacation While in the Kvanston Public Library, he heard wjmetxidy go "Pfst. pfst," and when he looked up, saw a cute brunette coed uniting at him So he invited her to have a coke date; then went to a coupk of movie*, ending with "Uooc With The Wind " "That was a nice hm| movie," h« smiled, "10 we Uicantc engaged before il <«rt> i* c Iw,

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