The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on June 14, 1973 · Page 4
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 4

Freeport, Texas
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Thursday, June 14, 1973
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FACTS EDITORIAL "There's Been a Slight Change in the Script!" tMR fACTO Worst crime was omitted U the Supreme Court's decision on capital punishment had come about four years earlier, chances arc that state legislatures would have let the mailer lie with that ruling, at least for the following session. Majority sentiment had swung strongly against the death penalty. But last war's 5-4 opinion by the high court came at a time of public reaction. The crime rate had already risen swiftly. Then it accelerated in the most violent categories — senseless mass killings, murder in the course of armed robbery and rape, organised assassination of police. Public opinion had by then reversed itself sharply, showing a decisive approval of statutory restoration of the. death penalty. A Facts Forum found an overwhelming local margin for capital punishment. The Supreme Court had Mt an opening for such a law. In a specific instance, the court ruled that the penalty had been assessed under a law that would allow a jury's whim — and therefore prejudice — to determine whether a convicted felon received death or a probated prison term. Presumably, if a state law made the death penalty mandatory on conviction of a particular crime, it would remove the element of caprice and discrimination to which the Supreme Court objected, and the basis for the court's objection would no longer apply. So the Texas Legislature has approved a law that reactivates capital punishment in specific categories. Only deliberate murder now carries such a penalty. When it takes effect, it is doubtful that it will have very wide application. Even before the Supreme Court's ruling, there was a pronounced decline in the assessment of death. Now. there will likely be a greater rate of acquittals, due to reluctance of courts to levy the DON OAKLEY penalty. Restoring the death penalty is regressive, but there was great provocation. Perhaps never in peacetime history have people had reason to be so fearful of their live* and property. Most who favor an extreme punishment seem honestly to base their beliefs on the deterrent value. If death is to be a punishment, there is little quarrel with the categories to which it is assigned — except for an omission. The list lacks one category that might very well be the chief reason for the burgeoning crime rate. There is some argument already advanced on this. There is the suggestion that the death penalty should be allowed in only one category; and the observation that this particular criminal is not now included in any death-penalty law. What is proposed is capital punishment for the person who promotes the use of addictive drugs, but is not . himself an addict If public opinion b right in the deterrent value of the electric chair, and if the magnitude of the crime's effects are & factor, then PAUL no form of criminal activity is more suitable. Few criminals are as callous, and none as destructive To a non-addict pusher, profits necessarily involve a large-scale destruction of human lives. Comment and Opinion • . T*»»* i, itn ANDERSON M£MrY-GO-*OUND Diverted funds are subject to taxation HARVEY NEWS freed to former form Ut hint **)*» lutfrf he WJ till! *t*rm m eikMcw tl* #*t**i* &*» fat&Kly nfeftVJfttJ fe&4 G(*M &* I*$*S|N£ I* &*l ^tWv^aVP^ ta ^e »j «*«* vt »«*»! «* Wttsw u (w U tt* t>U »fc#t&*f IMS U **j «<«*,* Ui 'the «**** a* Ok* (to U* J< I M4f * •** «««MB» *£(*< <JtK «6*K«j<«e, 1 *« 'it M tf.'tS at *f«ir<*il!tttt. A t»f'.1 *$H***AU>« til ts* Ktaartt WU, Utte ••' a#* *» Victims are reduced in productivity, but faced with the need for large amounts of money Many can meet the need only by en me. From the need comes a high proportion of our growth in armed robberws and Uw incident slaying*. prastttutioiv. burglaries, auto thefts Their crimes arc more dangerous in that there ts more ol the element of desperation, there ts less careful planning, and less awareness of consequences. If the death penalty is to survive. shouldn't it apply to the worst crime extant' American Jarawn have been «*t ire* to farm. Tfct* year they *iU b« aite**d I pUot M much aa they tike oc whe^t and cceti,, seeghum* awl tarfe? and soybetMsi. And they will plant m<*« ] --- 2H tnilhoD jw?rt* ) th*t year than ' I* this the way to brttg fend priors down* Thu U a historic turnaround in poitcy relating to Kver «"X'» Knuofclio 0 Ketavveft. our Urmm bjvr brea chrctmncd by f«der*4 rmtrsmd owt hcnv couch tixy * ol major cropi in a» effort lo tat ».assttmnn"»rt*«n *»*» 6«a <•««» g««**t» <*»tfu*» ****•« 1M* 'W* ciictfoij at in y-cuc : Mt.ST f-%t «»»,»« 91. I'V tWMt WIM! iS* V"(Btftj|«» that «» fc«»« bet twr t lit <** f'iiv detwt «h»J »'** » pttat TJu.i of to eur 80,1 awivtrv Sim Sftien *»S«» »fc» \.iKitxt 'JiK Europe is moving closer to 'Union' S3 Anxncan Uracrt tuve born capable erf tacking abiriMi <rf otu AppCUte. Tfef«* {Kiwi ehMgcd that Fust, our own And t*»f M * iij* jtcf Uw *« The SO stales of UK United SUUs of Aroenca are bound together by the |tue of a bask tefai document - the Ceoftitutioa — whose uRtmate ioterpnetcr U the Supreme Court. AbhoMgh the nine mcmbert of the European Economic Qiramuniiy — n-hkto U th« dosest Europe has yet come lo a "Ut^edSutesof Europe" — have no wo- Attutxm u such, they do have a common body of agreement* and a supranattooat court of adjudication which is becoming a growing force in the daily lives of European* This u UK European Court of Justice, created by the 1963 Treaty of Parti which established the European Coal and Steel Community, a forerunner of the Common Market The court's roie U to interpret the various Community treaties and the law* a&wiag from than in cases of ditpact between Community member*. But increasingly, notes French journalist J«n L*cerf. writing in the publication European Community, the court is finding usdl dcciduag suits brought by private otuens agamst their own or other member governments For example, one as yet undecided case involves a German engineer »too obtained to employ er's consent to lake a posit ion in Alsace. Soon after his arrival in Franc*, he was the victim of aa oo-Ute-job accident. Who pays — the French social security system or the German? Without the Court of Justice, the engineer might have run up against a double refusal. As U happened, the German court to which the matter was brought has deferred Judgment pending the European Court's interpreutkw of (be appropriate text. It aUo appears likdy, says Lecerf. that m corning year* (h» Gjurt ot .lattice will become an uuirunwnt of r«tcur>« in the afftxtlten ot Article !» trf the Common Market Treaty, which «spUi*e» Out men and wonwn ihaU recctve opal pay (or equal wxt Ooe female- nnplo>T« at the European Partutnent in Luxembourg ra» airrady «oo 4 ca*« « »fcsch »h«r slkg<cd salary ducnminMioa an (he b«iu o< MX. The growu^ stditurv of she ca«t has ntsed an important question When Community Uv and nauooai U* conflict. whkh should prevail? A nutvx case has served to nubfari the preeminence of oth« Eurofwan Court itt thts trvt li involved an Italian ciuutn *ho had been called before a Judge for reftawg lo pay an eiecUKity tall on the ground* Out the natMnaJuMion of the ekcu-tc power industry violated the Ron>« Treaty The aoue was parucularly stnou* m that aa opewn of the Italian ConsrtitutKxsai Court had held that any nMiooal law overrode an eartter Community statute. The European Court disagreed, and rtccnt decuion* have confirmed the supremacy of Community U» The court's verdict last July again* the kahan 0>v«mrA«tK fay having continued to levy a tax on exported art object*, a practice prohibited by the Treaty, established a fundamental legal poux "Application o/ Community Uw ks to b« iriert wal at all times and in an parti of the Community and must prevail over any obaades that a member stale may place m its way," the court declared. "In rehnqushing to the Community the rights and powers corresponding to the Treaty provisions, the member slates have effected a definitive limitation of their sovereign rights whkh no national statute may disavow." In just such i way did the 11 original American states relinquish their absolute sovereignty 1M years ago when they joined together to form "a more perfect Union " wertdwid* demand (or AxMruran Urm prodiKU ted liw cvvauanwr ne<ed to rrnene th* ouiflm* of AAwrrte»n doiUrt by mOut^ (corf «nd (red tr*u3» u> other nuijora "Hard, the tc««>m. tliMhtmt. mwittcst. rixnt rtuwrrabk growing y*«r in corn, !•> «» turf «S» . U l.'ctoW thousantb o< acre* ol gram &*d to be Wt lUndtng uoh«r««it«d in tiw mud. We'll out rirctmer lro«» that kwa (sr sun-ji monihs And tome baxsiirupt Urutcn rarntr So (cud prices wvtrtd out o< sight aad tso jm««nl of federal price ctx&ni can HAL BOYLE'S PEOPLE tsntl »«d («*d p»>eiri» do«n S*» Uwtf !<p»*6« o< a y«ar ago sr iirovr XjTKVtillM'* S*t»*t»ry Kjf t t*W!l i *r« MM J4 tnfcteK« t4o mueh toyt w duf9 ^t$4 £ft^Mi*fo MS md» of l«o Uttk. there la sow «>•»« tf" in eur : outluc* We'll 6* «t>i» to fowl to* ksM unir»» Ubee that iprtKit drv higher th» pricits «f p'vritiMai Uw I must buy to wuy tA ' *» at siw **«»» ««nS I.V Satral l«t«w«l R»««9w» rfN*. b* r U« *jtc«rU ««!H»i s!» JitiKiw 5* •»* Mt net** (f» !*»,«« tirw* All of life mixed B^NESS blessings, curses NEW YORK 'APi menu o< a Pivrmrnl ha» in (rwdotn-i, HOVLK MS WORLD docs Any debate over *h*t a tbe Urn time of life U cneaided The ar^ummu are all heavily weighted In favor (4 chOdhrxid or youth Thi» I* because man ha» an incurable nottalgia for the earher year* of hu Ide tie rornanucuei bU b»hood and tdealoea hu adolescence and youagi manhood Weighed do»n with later troubles, h* looka tack upon Ihi* period 43on«tn»fiich for thela*« time !hi» iideol U»e Great Shadow be wa» irewcent carefree and happy Much of thi* ii pure »eU-delink*! The average chdd &>eanl led iniwent. but more like « hardened aitnmal who** parents ha vent caugW up with hrt Uootet He kiw*» he'» «e«m« away *«h iwnething he shouldn't, and thu bother* and (ruwrate* htm Tell the truth now, and really ten your memory. Didn't you fed guiltier when you wwe i or 6 yean old than when you w we 25 or 30? As for adolescence, anyone who can gate back fondly on thotc acne-ridden, rtght- mare-haunted yeart of teif-duubt aod traoMtUw uo't rtxneruberuig them aa tlwy really were but a* he now withe* they had been. 0»« 1 a*k«4 playwright i'«ddy Oiayeftky why h» had «*» wntten a drama about idoteK»T>« He replied, "I owJdn't even b«»r to try U wouW be too to t«d. 'WUI !{» W) H MM, \*. i/aW/r 9*t * koU et kimitHf Jhit it a In Jvw«w.< Uu» pktJKWl* <4 titf al mMtixe. it t» UTspsetAnt to f*m«nvb>Fr lhat it w fr,«»s«rird oo< oorj t^ w* you can (t> (h«n feu! atto bj the thmf* rw ior^cT have U> (to For waffipte. rt in raiddie *«« to lu»'« that jfnu don't to Cro-« m«e(«s to impress • Oin-.b every Ma/ch in Voluitccr (nr rrrry war Empty ih* Uxile beforv Enlist in every caut« ju*t b«c»uM> samcone proclaim.* H a g<wd one Hurry U> get somewhere y»u dbo'l «•»•«» want u> go. Fruve you can keep a frvcnd or a wife It's already on the record that yat can l'p»et the oilwt gu> » apple can to utitfy your vanit; Develop any new prejut&ce*, Utaua* you've got more (run emugh to U*t you ih« rest of the way When y«u get right down to U, the oriy freedom middle age tacks U the freedom to act >gung and irretfxmsibie And that's why so many pent* 1 * hate middle age It farces them to grow up as well »s and that's much more painful Company forecasts aid some sooner YORK t;««ry .The fact about lift is that every part of it ts it mixed bsessiflg and a mixed curse, Kadi has its woes, each has its victories For most of us. now it * good a ume M any. The praet* breath »« draw Is cer- Uuitfy as important to us at Uw roorotnt M any we drew before or aoy we may draw later. (HE BBAZOSf o«i FACTS M M (. rMt »•! f»Mf«l. '•« l*n«u«m M« •» IMtM, *•*/ ~4 k IM M>«lll>«ll»« ••» •• «rf »• »•»»*•• b •*•"« rvU>« «id to then thai Usfornuiten wy UUn |«t* »5<o th* hAotb r-t * (•»• totwitrt »l» »tmrf (a pr«4U by ii In the rweuw CBWM o( fen ««arf»«. (or numpfc. a tiocfe soa>>«t « twund to dmrn o< lh« projection* *nd t* »Ue to add them t» the swcrtRwrrf of («<t sod (*««:> fr«n> which tut «wn p» edktMi rvoivrs rrcMoning Uw *t*dam et both the cceporate »*«r» *nd Uw saaly i«, UMM to the know tan doUin * decWM »di*j><*g« over (riher Utveslon *ho»e onty KMHVC ia pwhtk informaHan Something like the «nul*w granting »irok«» to the {«« Noting that such «ccurr«nc«« *«r«. in ifMrtt at te«*t. *Attthelical to the open trading markets ii sought, the }**wilm 4«d Kictuoge Commuuon ioofc oa Uw prvMeia »nd Own Wi the decttton up t« the compames involved The SEC ruled, in «f]ect. that forecasts UwuM be opUor*! but r Hegulated companies that m*et cerUin critcrut would be permitted to choc** to project oraot to pf eject 'future economic performance " Once an aifirnMiUvc cnok* *as mad*, bowcvw. the company would have (o m«et SEC prescribed *U«Urd» tM Uw choice itself WAS Wt up to the Individual comp*ni«t. and to the debate rsg«« hi project or not to project Here are toe wpfiosicg views, as expressed by two U I,** ctmipaWcs that responded to • survey by the International accounting firm of Cooper* * Lybrand Klrst, the nefnUvc view: "Th* vww Uw\ If management can givt a (or«4st to aa »nal>st it csa as easily glv« to the puUic is ,., a liufe Uk* atyl laal, tine* you can give bydrachkirk to • vimnisi, you CM §!*• it «4 tfe* il) b* Utwral in tu a,«««Bip<w«» i&a/t Une OM **«» tpefe A«4 tbe ST* CM< Aad tbe -W« that by RM*i«* p«W< ctimwafw the fuewt&if fam*. rvdur** Ilk* of on* tcurv* gettiog prfv^egwC and crwlM an •litwwprwnt |^ which fVvrlofKiwnt* (An b« frwiy "We will r«c«fftU« and tlocfcholdcr* »ill appreciate that fervcMita* it dtffkwlt *nd u»pr«<tt* irf any Uaww** *ad that it mre)«n UM art «C JudgiiMMi rather than the tcttw* «( act«uattq| t*ch»Kn»«' * Two view* but, Uke bwiieiHai. there's * vwrMy ai ihtahtoil b*lw««D them , The furvty fotmi !h*l mart UHW 41 ftA ant of corporaU dKittaa nuktrn *n( AAau^M pmhllrj d^cloMaft ol ftnattriat f«««M*. tod that U» Mf>tive rwctMi; grow* tUontfcr Uw clo»er the eaecuUve U lo the ftaaortal fuacUon. ' You may woman then wtai thto i uy* ahoui chadtnw «#} fvwMenU, »we ihown in the turvey to be U lUongcal wworten of full daKkamni. llwe are Uw re»powe» la the i "Do you believe thai far«c«4* of i and other financial data shoufai be available «, the puWic " Chairmen aw) prsrtlenuv, M yet CM( yw, «• per cent no Vtc« firwridnU, «4 per cent y«, w * per wot no CwtraiM «.J pw not ye» t a*.» no, and tfMMMra,

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