The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on November 25, 1975 · Page 4
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Freeport, Texas
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Tuesday, November 25, 1975
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Mp| MAIOtfOffT mm | The Facts MMWSHto i»u m rutton JAMBS S. NAtOftl, • 04TOR AND PUiUtHlR OLENN HEATH Executive EC* tor CHtStERSURBE* SuMntts Mtr+Qtr DEPARTMENT MANAMMBNT GERALD Df-W Rttaii AdvwtiUng Manager PEARLOUOVER Classified Advertising Managw JAMES A. BARNETT JR. (•ATQOISENBeRRY rfttt ftocfn ForflfTMfl HANBULEMW.LOSY GEORGE W.JOHNSON Composing Room Fortnwn OARRYHIU. Circulation Oirtctor ^^ OIXON H. NABORS ^^ AssHt»m to m» PvM l»lv»r Uomment, Upinion Published daily «x) Sunday except Saturday at »7 E. Par* Ave., Fre«port, Texas, by Rev tew Publishers. Inc., located at 30? E. Park Ave,. Freeport. Texaj; James S. Naeor*, Prwwert. Subscription rat*v By carrier, daily and Sunday. U. 10 per maim. Mail subscription rates are available on request, and are payable in advance. Rate* above include applicable Ml*t tax. EDITORIAL POLICY: News reporting in this newspaper s»all be accurate and fair. Editorial expression snail always b« independent, outspoken and conscientious. TUESDAY. NOVEMBER U. BUSINESS MIRROR More reasons for financial problems ByJOHNCUNNIFF Buslnt** Analyst NEW YORK tAP>- Many- American families fell into unexpected financial difficulty over the past two venrs because they they came to rely upon a second income, often provided by a working wife, that was lost in the recession. At one point the second Income might have bmi used for luxuries, such as a vacation or home improvements, while the husband'i income paid for the essentials of life As times got tougher, the second income became a necessity. More and more it went to support an established life-style. It financed needs rather than something extra. The American Bankers Association found this practice high on the list of financial problems that PAUL HARVEY NEWS plague many families today Other common difficulties llw ABA found, result from assuming new loans to meet payments on existing ones; anticipating earnings that don't materialize; divorce, and the absence of emerBewy funds The following dimciilUi'*, and their caused, complete the Hit: - UNWIU.INGNK8S TO CHANGE LIFK-8TVI.KS. Some families are unwilling to lower their standard of living to compensate for lost income Believing their setback to be temporary, they decide to rid* it out. In fact, for many families Unbelief that material conditions get better each year is the essential element in their interpretation of the American dream "These people com* to financial counselors bewllderwl," said one respondent to an ABA survey of members and financial counselor* The solutions are the obvious ones more Income or fewer expenditure* — O V K R K 8 T I M A T I N (1 HETIHKMKNT INCOME. Mo»t retired American* live on far less Income than when they were working for them, growing old mean* growing poor "Thirty-four percent of all retired people live entirely on Social Security checks-they have no other income and the average Social Security check for a retired couple today i* just over l*X) a month," the ABA MY* Kven thaw wtwj trevive compart) pension income find th«r funds Iwvc diminished in value through in nation 'Remember. If you nwd 11,000 a month to live today, in 10 yetrs<-if today's Inflation c«mHnuMi - you'll nerd 13.000," th* TO W'fMiKTlNG. "inflation clobber* these people becauM? they have n^ way of Hteanurtng Ih* true Impart it has on their live*," in* bankers &*y "Ikt-ftu** they don'; ke«p r**w«a, such people ttim't reaUi* that winrthing that ctwl f I 10 year* ago now cost* II 70 - tAKKI.KSS TUWAItt) MONKV AM) IttKUtt Until a few yean ago, it sMtni tafe t« «iy. nw&t p««i3p in in* yeart% ilfte* World War II Ixflleved nwoey it ml opprtrtunilv *t-ri< on the up twutg As 4 eon»*<ju«K«>, m»ft) famtlm brlMrvetl to upending «*<*»• and worrying Ut*r VIEWPOINT Primary appeal needed by politicians UN prestige at lowest ebb Never in the 30 years of its history- has the prestige of the United Nations been at lower ebb or its future in greater doubt. Launched with high and noble hopes in 1945. with the goal of "preserving succeeding generations from the scourge of war," the UN has become little more than a forum for the antidemocratic machinations of the leaders of scores of countries that did not exist as sovereign entities when it was founded The United Nations was from the beginning, of course, viewed with suspicion, if not contempt, by some Americans, who have always considered it an alien presence on U.S. soil and an inimical threat to U.S. interests — a tool of that devil called communism Today. however, such distinguished groups as the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences ant! the American Association for the Advancement of Science "are joining a swelling' chorus of alarm over whither the L'N is tending. In a letter to the director general of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational. Scientific and Cultural Organi/ntitw. 4" fromino?;! scholar-, ond in . K-r:r.oiar's. im ' :ding II Nobel L.iureatei, have protested the expulsion of Israel from the agency. Bee-,', -i »f 'h-s action... -itrary to "ver> pn-jcipie i 'hi. United Nations, the U.S. has withdrawn its financial support of UNESCO and has also served notice of its intention to withdraw from membership in the international Labor Organization, another politicized UN agency. Last month, in a near unanimous vote, Congress called upon the General Assembly to reject an Arab- inspired resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of "racism." That pernicious resolution has just been adopted by the UN by a better than two-to-one margin. The statistics tell much about what has happened to the so-called "world parliament." Founded in 1945 with 50 member states, it now A WORD EDGEWISE numbers 143. As U S, ambassador to the UN Daniel Moynihan recently Doted, of these 143 countries, only about two down can be called democracies. Perhaps another 30 are not quite despotisms "The rest are out and out despotisms " Even more discouraging, most of the democracies, with the major exception of Japan, are Western nations with democratic traditions long predating establishment of the UN": Even countries like India and the Philippines, which presumably benefited from Western "tutelage," must now be placed in the despotic category One ii almost tempted to believe that democracy, like the original idea of thi' United Nations itself, is merely the accidental product of the experience of one limited part of the world — and not everywhere there •- and that far from being universal verities springing from the common nature of all mankind, the ideals of individual freedom and self- government are philosophical relics against which the tide of world history is running Western exploration opened up the modem world Western science is the world's standard Western patterns of consumption are the world's ambition — but not Western democracy. No responsible person yet calls for the abandonment of the United Nations by the democracies. Agencies like the World Health Organization mat have not been entirely tainted by politics and ideology, and even UNESCO, have accomplished and continue to accomplish much that is good and useful in furthering the well-being of the world's peoples. But a mere three decades after its greatest victory in World War II, democracy has clearly become an endangered species. It is ironic and tragic that the spearhead of the attack against democracy is its own creation, the United Nations. (NEA) On Fob 24 the first-round bell will ring in the political free-for-all which may determine the next President of the United States There will be 30 rounds during which many of the heavyweight contenders will be kayoed, but Keb 24 in New Hampshire is th« first round The political primary is nothing more than a popularity contest -- for individuals and issues Vet primaries can make Presidents -and can break 'em. New Hampshire's fir&t-m-thr- nation political primary ha» "defeated" two incumbent Presidents in the past 24 years Both Harry Truman anil Lyndon Johnson did so badly m this teat that they decidttl they'd not even try for reelection On the other hand George McGovern, Dwtght Kurnhnwrr and MERRY-GO-ROUND Barry Goldwater owe tfwir party nominations lo their "primary appeal " Only about one-fourth of any Mate's eligibl* voter* IxXhrf to vote in the prtmartw, and (how who do art 1 usually irap<r?d by some in dividual* s p*T*onal magnetism, for example, the Kennedy* and nether it* h«|w rwr th* i«t<«nti«n o! geittnK Ww prmtitmtial They wtll I* u?ing the forum M n mean* o.f making thrm*«lvM known n«tioni*idi?. hoing (or .«wn« juicy <)r trur) turn out lo applaud «>rn<- candidate"* pc8iti«t on an LIUM about which th*y, thr voter*. hatv* strong feeling*. such a* Wallace oo bwung, Mciiovern on the Vie! rwimes* war If a candidate has n*tth«*r per- nor uuun Iw'll truptrv iiUic in th# prtmartn, which wa.* the C4jw with S«« Hrery "Sctwp" Jacluon and Sen Kcl MusA-tc* i« "77 Of c«Hir"»e. «omc o! \hv nevnral who wsll be nr.ting thnr m Nr* ttamtxhtrr have If Prrtfuylvam* » l«jv \itiiw, J ,Sh4pp C4« thus fucu* attrntian oft ruruic'f Iwf )u« m»g>vt b* ptckn) for .•wctrUry ut traraptjriattoe Aft«J Twry S«»rt/oftl arxi Kr«J Harris and Jimmy Caftrt, J*:n* joMru. migh! Ifrt one in '.hit i»av llut. ru!t«HtuiU>. •*«• ire nv«n4 by tt-ne jvuxSiKf tfft the U*««)«fthip »*(!!» aiwl .Vfofr impertaftf in tfw pfimari«, h»§ s pt**«Kr* that turn* p**$rf* Kv«i the I*rrn4*«?'» Ha ('j»ll«*4y, tt to Kan* c««t«ktj thA tU i»f !t»3 rnurh <*r Mr (ft Nr* tUmiMhur ami ii hit privately ft*a<4ft With iftct " I4lji» him irf. Th« with Srt5 cloarst rival turvry I So tu hi» hit Hortald if, *UJ Iw Kratfjr* fkcu'I to st'« Dehumanizing prison conditions found K> J UK \\DKtiMiV with 1 <•-» Whltlrn WASHINGTON Wr > reporter l.v>i *t.-ek into o::«- for! !.V>;,«-4r U.5 fwnurrf of !hv st-cur :•;> lli't jui* f:to*'f*r~? 4,« !sS ff»-*st -WK'ti JH lairr. >•«• Berry's World an arm one'cisor'' Hi- '.Vr,;r,i Ac tU4ii>. h* •sjjiS a * 4 pfrU> rsicp pl-jor, prrt'.y *vi! run "To ftrul CAI! t»r fxir-M-Kr-1, •»*• wr,! 4 reportrr. T>rr> rtepttk. into <.'!in!r>n Vif ,\rj .itigpft with S'rw Ycx'it At*rmt!)'*orn4n M*t\e Run)on to appoint hrr A« a »jj»ff acjviwr &t<A to Ukr rwr r«\ »n laifn-ctKJn towr lt'» trw onlv -*4> 4 rcpwirr c»in grt tn itMiif vir* at Srv Yca-k'l inoaS fc.trwl and forrntfl*t>!«- pri.«jn . •*(>;« hjt* (mjrvii crthrr Mate for thr American liar r* (Vifrnrtjonjil tVpfwm ("ommitt«T. fcAind Clinton !h* nw»t ilcprr«AinfJ arwl d<T?r4d)n^{ plscr nhr hat! cvrry vt>Ue<J Within !h«« m-AMiv-p gr*y w«lb, tmire thijfi J.ww sullen inmates ari> cro-Ad^tl m (lank, mutty cetlbkMrki The) iiturp wtih r»dch« in th*ir niii(!n-vw,i atui art open toilrt («•( Ironi thrir h<M(U f, yrr. i "(at i A? ;.I- l up p shi- »u(>ffir. commtilirr to gf? hii <'i"u-,fiJiraf> "Thr *?-.«,'<• » on f << b»ck ff«fr, the "tlw gu*r»i« *rrr the tart.* nf m;. me m m ix> phytiral alxtw Hm that* »h.i': bw»m* itctivr in (xivMrstuMval or f ivil rights prntfram,* mcountrrtd islK'-r form* of intirnidafwn ' Vfi« may r»X get outright)) ktuK kctlinthr head. " sj»j!i OOF 'fewt 'Wayward daughter' still in the family By JOHN P. ROCHE It's no accident, comrades, that President Ford has changed his mind about federal intervention to help New York City. The president has spent his life in politics, and — while conservative commentators who couldn't be elected tree warden in my town have been planning a joyous wake for the City of Sin — there has been a lot of movement in public opinion. *% What seemed like a good idea initially — to forge a rural-suburban coalition against Babyion-on-the- Hudson — just won't (as the Nixon crowd used to say) "play in Peoria." The reason for this refusal to ditch New York is a mixture of altruism and perceived self-Interest on the part of the American people, who are anything but the dummies my Tory brethren seem to consider ihern. 1 doubt if one American in 10,000 lias ever heard of the failure in 1931 of an Austrian bank, the Credit- Anstalt, which triggered off bank arid business failures as far away as iustraJja, but you don't have to be cut economic historian to sense that default by New York City would nave ati appalling ripple effect. Indeed, the impact has already been felt by thoroughly solvent communities that have tried to float bond issues: normal investors are in hiding. PUBLIC ATTITUDES In this connection, a recent NBC News poll reveals some fascinating data on public attitudes towards New York. Some 52 per cent feel the federal government should help New York with only 35 per cent opposed. Then we come to the nitty-gritty: Asked what effect a New York default would have on the nation's economy, 69 per cent thought it would be damaging. And then the statistic that really warmed my old Brooklyn heart: 85 per cent said they "cared whether New York City goes broke"! Now if you happen to be a President of the United States hoping to get your lease on the White House renewed, you don't just throw this one in the circular file. You gather your troops in the Cabinet Room and tell them to bury that anti-Sodom pitch in the commor grave with WIN and old Nelse's f 100 bUJion energy caper. Vox populi may not be vox Dei, but it's the only game in town. There is further confirmation that the public re/used to accept Hon Nes&en's charitable description of New York as a "wayward daughter hooked on heroin " The NBC News pollsters handed their sample a card with a list of words and asked "which two or three" best describe New Yorkers The result was intriguing: the top three chosen were "sophisticated, "Stylish" and "Exciting." Then we discover "Pushy," "Snobbish" and "Spendthrift." But ' the real kicker, lion, is that "Sinful" came out at the bottom of the preferences with only 4 per cent! ATFAULT At this point the Uriah Heeps who led President Ford into this ambush are probably muttering that those damn liberals cooked the poll, that NBC News is full of slick operators. However, the next question and set of responses should demonstrate that NBC is not in the tank. Asked, "Who's at fault," the three reason.) that jumped put far ahead were "Poor political leadership," "Welfare chi&elers" and "Unions and their leaders." (Indeed, I would cry "Foul" at this list because il omitted the recession j There were a number of other relevant questions, but the one that stands put as an indication of public sophistication (perhaps because I made the point here a while back) is the perception that New Yorkers are "Victims of circumstances" '51 per cent) rather than people who "Brought (trouble; upon themselves" (35 per cent) Historically one of New York City's major imports has been the poor; formerly from abroad, more recently from the Southern states and Puerto Hico In the old days there were ladders up which one could climb: my father-in-law's grandfather was a baker on the lower East Side; hi& son became a clergyman My maternal grandfather was an orphan who literally pulled himself up bv his own bootstraps. But today the bottom rungs have been torn from the ladders Who needs unskilled labor? Today 160 construction workers with sophisticated equipment do a job which would nave required thousands half a century ago. What is New York City supposed to do? Expel the poor, most of whom -- rumors to the contrary notwithstanding — do not revel in poverty? Thank (iod lor the good sense and compassion of the American people. And next time, lion, try describing New York BS a sophisticated daughter, stylish and exciting. That will play in Peoria bchirol them Slw prtvmer* com plflinpcl df got ting thnr arm* caught For fierciM. they corsgrrgatc in A dreary <tsphdlt «'ourt>ard thr litf of a schfjol playground Prisoners in the disciplinary crllblock, the infamous Unit 14. nicknamed "th«- box," complaint of physical and psychological brutality They told of beatings. harassment* ,in(i honings Last month a convicted murderer, Wilfredo Sojtre, hanged himself from the overhead pipes after 18 months in "the box ftunyon and Kepak insisted upon talking to inmates from the notorious cellblock* Typical was the report of Hoosevelt Williamson, a 24-year-old black youth, who had spent six months in Unit 14 he had agreed to (he interview, he said, the guards hassled him and compelled him lo bend over for a prolonged rectal search He eventually appeared for the interview, his hands shackled to a tx-il at his waist hy steel cuffs His devotions as ii Sunni Muslim, he said, had landed him in Unit 14. He *oiuu tpftmu a sneet on the Hour five times a day for prayers. His sheet and other religious materials were smed us "contraband," and he was dumped into "the box" for protesting Because he is forbidden by his religion to use a razor, the young .Muslim had a shadow of a beard, which was lukvn as a sign of Arw>U*»T p*t< It (hi* *ay We're mrntally dmo4h<?rr<l hrrc A man is not prrmittr*! lo think for himwif can't fufK-tion uniMt rw ivrar* a bill 1 , Inmate Tivu Ha»km». for r*ampjc. wa* rfwimand«J by a guard for taking hi* tjuuk into the mc»s hall When rw proved there wa» no rule again*! thi». the angry guard trumped up another charge and had Hawkinx thrown into » kwp lock cell fur U days Inmates complained it takes extraordinary symptom* before f/wy are given medical attention Several who were interviewed pointed out the scales or. the iid«s of Ui«ir mouths from Vitamin C deficiency Yet the doctors merely coated the sores with camphor Condition* inside Clinton, we coneIwled, violate the conititutitmal right* of the inmate* Thv Con stilution guarantees that they won't be subjected to "cruel and unusual punishments." Footnote: Most of the inmates' charge* were confirmed by prison officials who were questioned privately by our reporter The deputy superintendent, ijutrick McGann, categorically denied most of the charges and then referred us to the state penal system for comment A spokesmen said Commissioner Benjamin Wttrd "is concerned" about the charges and will investigate them "We always welcome any information about any allegations," said the spokesman *

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