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mrs EDITORIAL Since '48, law defied yearly Commissioners Court may have openly defied a District' Court restraining order against adoption of the 1972 budget. Thai's for a district judge to decide. But it should be observed that this budget, like all budgets after 1948, also violates the County Optional Road Law. Apparently the only enforcement for this law is by the people, at the polls. The Optional Road Law is intended to produce better roads for less money. U does this largely by reducing the" opportunities for graft and brother-in-law- deals in using road funds, As the name implies, the law is optional. It was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1947, and just weeks later, Brazoria County voters adopted the option by a two-to-one margin. U is still officially in effect. But it is ignored by Commissioners Court. The system now being used is the old, antiquated precinct operation designed for a purely rural county. The road money is divided among the' four commissioners, who personally direct its spending from their precinct offices. The money is budgeted in such loose, general categories that they have a virtually free hand in using It. Under the Optional Road Law, there is one Raid and Bridge Fund, and it's headed by the county engineer. Commissioners Court (but not the Individual commissioners) decides which roads arc to be maintained and what neW roads are to be built, and In what order of priority. The county engineer has sole authority for getting the work done. Galveston County has gone a step further in putting their Optional Road Uw operation into effect. On setting up the system three years ago, Gaiveston County Commissioners Court agreed that early each year, they svould adopt a "list of road priorities." Under this, the county engineer would propose a list of roads that needed major work, or roads to be built. Commissioners Court-at an open session of court—can accept the list, or change it, or draw up and adopt one entirely their own. What's actually to be done is entirely for the Commissioners Court—as a whole—to say, thereby refuting commissioners' usual fallacious argument that this is a dictatorial system run by someone not elected by the people. But the 'county engineer has sole authority for actually getting the road priority list done. Further, the priority ital can b« changed anytime during the year, by Commissioners Court as a whole. The trouble with the 1947 law la that It had no provisions for enforcing It. There was no penally for commissioners who violated It. The law did say the county engineer was to carry out the law, but this had a loophole: Commissioners Court has the authority to fire the county engineer. Brazoria County Commissioners Court did this in 1948, and thereafter the county engineers don't exercise this authority. Some amendments might strengthen this law. Like a fine, with every day of violation being a separate offense. And perhaps a requirement of a road priority list established early In the year, so we'll know whether the road equipment b working on a legal project. It would be better if the law placed the appointment of the county engineer In some other body than one that's demonstrated Us hostility to good road administration. But first and foremost, you try to elect people who will abide by the laws they swear an oath to uphold. JIM BISHOP: REPORTER Daydreams are a world in rosy hue That .thing that whizzed by in a blur yesterday is another birthday. In its wake, I stooped to pick up an assortment of cards, ties and shins. As I straightened, 1 heard the click of dice. This was the fourth vertebra shoving the fifth out of line. The boy within me studies the white-haired man in the mirror and says: "Don't know him." To be candid, I enjoy good health. Once or twice a year. I run myself through Or. Louis Bennett's medical wringer. It comes of two days of X-rays, . fluoroscopes, prodding. listening, blood chemistry and assorted tests at the expiration of which. he. knows, • more about .me'Yhan 1 do. ........ And yet, the body is no more than a prison for the mind. The body senses no joy and no fear unless the brain is a supervising partner. All my life I have been an indolent dreamer. If I work hard, it is only to get the project behind . me. Daydreams are important. 1 was nine years of age when Sister Maria Alacoque, a diminutive princess in a black habit, told my mother; "He can do much better work, but he stares out the window dreaming." While she was teaching the multiplication table, 1 made voyages to far- off places in storm-swept seas. I sat with men like Edison and Steinmetz, Lindbergh and Einstein and explained their chosen work to them. Breathlessly I broke the tape in the 100 yard dash at nine seconds. With the score tied, two out in the ninth and the count ihree-and-two, guess who hit thai smashing home run that cleared the fence? Never Made The Tram And yet, 1 never made the school team. My purpose was to make the impossible possible. If someone had deprived me of those dreams, it would have left me with the solemn defeat of reality. No growing boy should be forced to face it. He should be allowed time to sit and catch the world's biggest fish; make a pet of a rampaging elephant by dropping his gun and smiling; fly a rocket plane around (he world in an hour; protect an innocent girl from a mob of savage men; be the good boy bis mother always wanted him lob*. The time lo face reality and responsibility will come soon enough. Life is a series of abrasions and adulthood is ogling more than a struggle to keep the bruises to a minimum. Material success cannot be equated with THOUGHTS "So you also, when you have done ail tltut is cam- moVided you, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only daue what was vur 17:10. happiness because complete happiness can be found only in some forms of insanity. The price is sleep: Resign from life. Contentment is something else. Contentment is possible. T;ike a peck at a well-(od infant sleeping with a comma d milk curling from iis mouth and you arc looking at a portrait of contentment. The aged sometimes find contentment in an afternoon nap. another form of daydreaming. Old people have an advantage. The)' can recreate the good old days while ignoring memories of disaster. In the lith century, n shelK was dying and summoned his Sons to his side. "1 came mtu the world innocent," he said s>oftly, "and I leave laden with sin. If Ihe Supreme Being amid grant me but one wish, I would like lo relive all the days I spent worrying about things which never happened," ll>e U as Quick Triggered 'file wuman who knits or crochets is dreaming as she works When President Dwight D Eisenhower became addicted lo Westerns, he was. for the moment, ihe fastest draw in the. country. Jului K. Kennedy was an eye- and-ear dreamer. He could gu anywhere immersed in a g<j«d look, but he liked to have mu»ic on the record player to set the inuud. Albert Einstein may have been the greatest dreamer of all, because he coupled the things he fancied with the world of the possible. The alcoholic transmutes his dreams into nightmares. Teenage girls lounge around the house dreaming of a Prince Charming on a white horse sweeping them up and away. My friend, to dream is to be. Anyone can be President of the United .Slates lor a hall hour and make monumental decisions without shouldering any of the responsibility. 'hie birthday came and went suddenly. There was a patter f applause because the old man had fooled the calendar one more time. This is mrt ihc proper altitude. The last it years have been ihe best of all The crvdit for this gws lo my dreamy wife. Is it true that she Is more beautiful and more understanding than before? Or is ihal another magical vision not intended for scrutiny under brighz lights: Either way. I'm miles ahead of the game, . BUS/NESS MIRROR Stepping Stones to Glory Forecaster baffled as signs point both ways HyJUIINCL'NNIKr" AT HuMnos Analyst NKVV YOIIK (AP) - In their conversations, in speeches arid in the letters they write, businessmen today seem uncertain and concerned Cold, calculating, cautious, they don't sec much fun ahead and so they don't make big plans. Every observer of business knows that such moods change Irom depression to manic as events, or the interpretation of them, take on different shapes and patterns. But uncertain and concerned is the current mood. U.NCKHTAIN: A new economic program has been adopted and nobody is at all sure that it will work, or even whether it is temporary or permanent. Prices, wages and profits are hard to forecast. One company watches Ihe other, hoping that the map ajod a wise at tttnSS. OS URtUV * " »***•*•**» f* i*t^w* f *wld- and at times tiff.U; M oo FOUNDED IN III) THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS DEDICATED to THE GkOXTH AMD PBOGUESi Of BRAZORIA COUNTY S, Nabors ............... Editor and Publisher r C. Surbt-r ................ Business Manager George W. Johnson — Composing Hoom Foreman Frank Ha mire/. ............... Press Koom Foreman Nanelle Mallory .................... Office Manager Beanie D. Bouiet ............ Circulation Manager KDnOHIAI, UKl'T. (iU'iiii Heath ....................... Managing Editor Uoberla Oansby ............. ,\sst. Managing Editor John Platter .......................... Sports Editor Uee Mtltiicimy ..................... Women's Editor AUVKKTISINO UKPT. Gerald Dew ............. itelail Advertising Manager Pearl Glover.... Classified Advertising Manager Entered as Second CUitt matter March 21, IS52, »t the Krttpon Texan. Post Office, under the ad of Congress of March 8, 1871). Published daily and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park A v<?,. Freeport. Te«* by Itevlew Publisher*. J«c. located at JOT E. Park Ave, Freeport, Te»a». Jam*! S, Nabors. President. Subscription rates: By currier, daily and Sunday. 12. IS per month. Mail subscription rates are available on and are payable iii advance. EWTOH1A1, POilCY: New* rep«rtui(j to tfaif »;»»pa|>er *ball be accurate aad /air. Editorial expression shall be always uidepewUot, and inevitable errors will be their competitors' rather than theirs. Seldom have more eyes scrutinized more intently more economic statistics and indicators. Slight fractional changes receive exaggerated examination. Signs and portents arc sought. Not helping the situation U the tendency for Ihe statistics to be a bit unreliable. The index of leading indicators U announced and later revised. What are you to make of a preliminary index that show* a decline and a final index showing an advance? It has happened. The Federal Reserve made a similar error but week. With many businessmen worried that the money supply would be contracted too sharply, the Fed made the untimely mistake ol underestimating the supply by 1400 million. That error was a clean one. But bow do you find a trend in statistics that fluctuate on either side of plus or minus, or which change by a tenth of one per cent or are in conflict with a whole set of other figure*? With uncertainly prevailing, one company watches for the other to move, hoping thereby to profit by its mistake*. It should be the. other way around, with the rewards going to the risk taker. President Nixon, Treasury Secretary John Connally and Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns have repeatedly expressed their confidence in the future, hoping thereby to supply the spark that light* the fire. Past experience has shown, however, that assurance* repeated too often can have the opposite effect when *own in worried minds. "Things mutt be bad indeed," the listener says, "if they feel compelled to talk it up." foe impasse more likely can be broken by assertive action by the risk taken, the companies which, de»pite doubt*, feel that the potential rewards are worth going after. There are example* (9 , be foUwed la Ud* regard. la recent week*, wli W«li Street broken reinforcing THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS EDITORIAL PAGE Frwport, TeXM, WcdneMky, December 1,1171 Secllonl.l'ageZ ANDERSON MERRY-GO-ROUND CMAHOKS NIXON MHO-MOBS PHMK «i MY8 COP OIL MEN ALLOWED » CBNT» A OAUON HI8K, FUlAi ACTION COULD BAVK TAXHAYUHfl II BILLION their doleful outlook by picking each other'* brains, the market dropped. One day a big institutional buyer Mid It thought tome bargain* wire reappearing and therefore was prepared lo buy. The next day the market *purted. CONCKRNKD: Many businessmen M«m genuinely concerned about the ability ol the United State* to compete, forgetting that competition was what helped the country lo Hi poailion of economic leadership. They M« Iheir product* being *ucc«M(ully challenged by high-quality, low-priced foreign good*. They view with alarm Ihe continuation ol the U.S. balance of payment* deficit, Ihe threatened low o( entire industries, the inability of the world to quickly settle it* monetary problem*, ihe pos*ibility of dollar devaluation. And while seeing all thi* power abroad and weakneu at home, they (till expm* the contradiction that a worldwide recession I* approaching. Overwhelmed with concern, they view the cloud* instead of the sunshine. Psychologist* have an explanation lor tuch attitude* —in—action. And history teem* to ifoow that the way out i* action. HyJACKANOKHSON WASHINGTON - A wertt Senate »tudy charge* that President Nixon to sabotaging his own Phase II economic goal* by hU f«vorlti*m to the oil mogul*. The blistering »ludy, willtJed "Pha»e It and the Admlnhitralktt'* Oil Policies," w»i prepare*! by Sen. William Prownlrt'i »UH In procuration (or hearings m January, In terse prose, it details why molorim are scaled an extra S cent* a gallon at the pump and why wrvlce itatton operator* are caught in a financial tqtxww, The beneficiaries are the wm« petroleum putentatei who ftll-'er-up (or Nixon whenever he needs campaign contribution*. "The Admlnl*tralion'» oil policiw are working «#«irat the goal* of Phas« II." declares the report. It cite* the oil import quota*, which (ore* the consumers to pay an additional, unwarranted II, M a barrel lor Imported oil. The quotas "can be changed or atxtUthed with a «roke o( the Pmkfcni't pen," point] out the .study, Here art- other highlight* from the secret document' II BILLION MVINGT The »twly recommend* tlgliienlng the icr«w» on the oil nrrni enough to "fave; the American taxpayer over W billion In k»*t revenue," Some reformer* are «o dUguMed wllh Ihe gretd o/ the oil baroni. it add*, that they argue "we ought not give the oil Imtairy any tax tutaidiea." Kootnotei The oil industry'* champion on Capitol Hill U Senate Finance Chairman Kuuell Uong, *» of the late KlnglUh. l»eir ol the long political dyiuttty of Uuuuma, and partner in a number o( M w«it* At a Kxrr< icMton of hU contmuir*. tw grea*ed Utrough a mw»»ur« wrtklt ww»Jd give Hig CHI, alwrte artkong US induMrit*. a 7 per cent ta* in v«*tntent toophole in the new lai mwture Oil rig* Unit here and uted ovw*ra» would qualify for the tat credit The Swiate. *«*»*<> dUtinguahetl inhabitanl* have aba Urn tucUed by the big oil contributor*, voted i»3* (or Long'* tate»t oil "The ma>»r oil companM* rvc«i«v o( dollars o/ »ub*tdks Irwn the oil import quota program, which they then use to pay the ftdenii government high bonus** for th* right to drill on federal oHiivxt Uwfc " -••Th* majw oil rompanir* are urun« ovir gigantic las In* c»»h Dow to buy into uviiuttrir*. particularly compct industrtea and p«tfoch«mtcab ThU probably violate* our anit-trust U«i, although th*Jus<ttr» tXpartment ha» faiM to act," ~-Al(h0i*£h a Senate invT»ligj|k*i fcw shown that both cut-rate and brand tunx gA> ar« b*»Jca% the wrne, the brand name flrmi are gradually grind4n< out u« cu rale compart** with While Howie owiturce- "Themajnr oil companies ha«T eromwui u» advanugrs . ." stain uv »<udy —"In order to maintain th* traditional j cent* to i emu a gallon diilernKv twt*t«n ihe majwV a«l the toikfcwknu' price o< gawolincv lh< independent* must maintain the present beneflu they get from (he oil impart quota program " -"The fact that the major oil companion control th< pipelinra severely limit* th* abillly of other comparaes to irampart Uveir o*l." Ih* Pra.tmtnp paper* charge. "Th* Jusiic* I>ep4rtmciit h*» failed u> *« and apparently wtll permit the same apparent vtolaitart o< ami trust U*» to t*rur in ihe twmenrtip ot the Iran* AUulia piprJin* " —While ihe ordinary taxpayer* pay* around 3) per cent of ht» *agr» in taxw. ihe rich oil companies "paid an average o* « .7 per cent o/ their income in tMts In l?70." study AHAIYCHACXUOW.V Throughout the Army, the old .UwUrd, of H»l and fwiW havr bern Igiwwl by til* Now, on order* from C,tn WtUum W«-n m«x«Und. the Army thirt, ronmunttctt all wer ih* US have t*uun t> rrAckAjwn on r«rr>ih»ni(t frwi long hair to criminal coo duct Un/ortuiutety. man) «Kntn»r«d«» h»\ r (ailed to make « clwt d*4»»r«ctk«v txt»«fn r«l crtme and ntuunr riprmtkxn oi i'.\ tn tsvWuetlHy r's* rjumpte, the r'iw Aimj'n MaJ «nt It t; OcofclUKa* twucti* "Ui for Commawi ACKCKXI" *hxft fwnp« alt offrttKs from hiU'tuJ. to it i> *»d (o and trwps," in It propoi "photographing unlrmpl . removing commander* (or un<t>«;ifj<«) fathitrrt and KoWir^ nmr« emtttt '"We caiwot ailard to h.*»» roaming (ft« in ow IMU." **» '«tvc«S«T Hr meant n»«s »i!h StrniUrly t«r«pm( ttandardi 6? urwr cornmaiwii IB &»n »"rrt«b). tor ewmpfe.^ ('»< Jolwi nrruUlrd * memo c*iiusg to* t to "purif; «ur mttiury cwnui The Air Korc«. l«». u puctittg r dfewiplttK Aj Tr««i« Air Port* HAW for MM«*IK*. HM< C«n (Ulj* S * THE WORRY CLINIC A homosexual binge By GEOKCK W. CKA.N'K l'h-0.. M.O, CASE S-WJ: Morton J. aged J3, k* a college English professor, "Dr. Crane," he began, "why I* homosexuality becoming to prevalent? "Here in Minnesota, »n avowed homwexual even ran for president of the college governing body. "And out in California, my church U even considering the appointment of a couple o/ hornowxual* (o the mtoUtry! Imagine! "It teem* to m* that the public i* leaning over too fir lo act benign and corttiderale of deviate minorilie*. whether of color, race or mual habit* "Are homoMxual* 'bom' that way? "Should (bey be permitted to marry? "And can they ever be changed Into normal heterosexual*?" HOMOSEXUAL BINGE America I* now on * binge Theatrical pUys <nr«n drptct them on Ihe »Uft« And churchn »re indirectly (»*nin« ovtr them That't u itupid M lo Uud 8 ERRY'S WORLD For both enurtttt and horooMMUality ir« juvenile emotion*) habit* that ihe mature adult theuJd have outgrown! HomoMxuaU *rt not born that w*y* But boy* and girt* arc bom with a modente degree c4 texual «mblvil«nc«. The male* generally powc** a 75 per cent • » per cent ratio of nvMcultM (o feminim Inclinations. Normal adult women likewise swing n per cent lo n per cent in favor of femininity. But when older men coerce young boy* into homovexual relation*, UWM boy* may finally become habituated to playing the tubmlttlve (ferrule) role At birth, all of u* an in the "egocentric tUge" oY our emotional growth. At thi* time, we *re *elfUhly Interested. In our own Mtitfiction, to we cry (or • dry diaper or I bottle of warm milk, rtgardk** of the fact we waken our dl»tr*ught and overworked mother at 2 a.m. By kindergarten age, we enter the "parent*! »tag«" wherein we now acknowledge that mamma »nd pap« tr« dominant (greet lo which we mmt »dju»t. But from about UK age of 10 into the early teeoi , we next eater the "bomoiesual itaft," it viewed P»ychologkiUy. For that'* when we form one-iex g«og* and secret »ocieU*», (igniflg our name* In blood and vowing lobs loyal to ourowotex. But by the middle teeoi. pf*>pb evoJve to the and ana mourn] ot l/w aftpcmile if i AUi. »omc folk* never outgrow tbr rsJorrntrK lUfc and thus renuin ptychafialhk pcrvxuituei. so selfish UV)'1I sell their own fartnU dcrun (he rncr Other* remain fluted at the parental tU{«. and Lhui ar* so dominated emotional)) by mamma ar papa thai Ihrj remain bachrlort or tpinatert forever It U at Ihe |anf stage that adull homaMtiUiU arc often fixated, for If they arc then initialed into overt MIUD) relations by an okkr member of their own MX. they become the adult homosexual Since thi* means they rtUin their more juvenile emotional outlook, UU* condition ihould not be extolled or legalised, any more than bcdwettlng! Such emoiionil "cripple*" can deliberately train IhemMlve* to evolve onward lo Ihe heteroMxual emotional stage by rooluieiy dating Ihe oppodte ten They mu»l go through the heteroMxual motion* till they (eel the corre»pondlng emotion*. Send (or my booklet "Sex Problem* of Young People," encloaing a long stamped, return envelope, plus 23 cenl*.

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