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Freeport, Texas
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Thursday, November 27, 1975
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The" Facts KTAWBHfD I»IJ IN JAMES S. NABOBS, EDITOR AND PUOLISHER GLENN HEATH Executive Editor CHESTERSURBER Bu4ln«ti Manager DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT 06RALDDEW Retell Attv«ftlJlng Manager PEARLGLOVER Cla«ltl«l Advertising Manager JAMES A.BARNETTJR Managing Editor GEORGE W. JOHNSON ^^. Ccmpojlog Room Foreman f^^ PATQUISENBERRY Pr*»s Room Foreman NANEULE MALUORY GARRY HILL Circulation Director DSXONH NABOBS n OfeUROE W.JOHNSON ^^ D!XONHNABO«S Composing Room Foreman f ~^k Avsistant to th« Puwuht*- Uomment, Upinion rtailv and Soixtav Saturday at XI? E Par* ., Frecport, Texas, by Review *, inc., located at »7 E Park Ave . Freeporl, Texas, James S NAbcrj. PresiCert! Sudxnption rates: By carrier, dully and Sunday, mo per monm Mail subscription rates »rg THURSDAY. NOVEMBER J7. 1»7s *vail.tti|«- en rtqimt, and are fflyrtbic in advance Ratrt above irvlufie ,»ix>>ic»&l# vilcs la* EDITORIAL POLICY New^ reporting in this newipacttr t»" Accurate and fair. expression shall always b<? independent, outspoken and VIEWPOINT Reshuffle a GOP boon? Forget, for the moment what President Ford's Halloween reshuffle may or may not do for him at next year's Republican Presidential convention and in the November election. The shifts, maladroit in execution and damaging to some very able men, may. nevertheless, four years from now, be a boon to the candidate-hungry Republican party, so frequently doomed to nominating unknowns. As a minority party in voter registration, in the U.S. Senate and House and in the governor's mansions. Republicans have a most difficult time in running candidates with well-spotlighted proven records in high posts, whose names are household words. Politically, Washington can be a first-rate training ground, fur• nishing a platform in which able men can make themselves known nationwide — a boon for those who look forward to running for the Senate or House, for a governorship, state legislature seat, or for vice president or president of the United States at some time in their lives. A party failing of recent Republican presidents — both Eisenhower and Nixon — much complained about in GOP ranks, is that these two men did little during their terms of office to develop able younger men, put them into positions of prominence where they could gain the public recognition necessary to win tough future campaigns. To a marked degree, the record shows, both Eisenhower and Nixon brought in nonpolitical types not likdy to have strong party or elective posts after leaving their posts in the Eisenhower or Nixon administrations. However damaging otherwise his recent shuffle, Ford, has wittingly or unwittingly, brought to the fore a stable of relatively young men. In the same shifts, he has eliminated men with no great political potential in the next decade. Nelson Rockefeller, for all his charm and ability, will be too old in 1980 to have much of a future as a candidate for elective office James Sohlesmger and William Colby, men of extremely (treat talent, have thus far shown no interest in running for any elective post and no tint- to my knowledge has talked seriously of their entering the field. George Bush. IXmald Rumsfeld and Klliott Richard-uin have their political futures bt'fnre them. All three have shown considerable ability as cancli'.Lde.s All thre* 1 f^.sve recently (xfn somewhat away t'rwn the public eye, Richardson and Hush as ambassadors, and Rumsfeld as Ford's exec m the White House These are not posts designed 'u build public reputations But three posts are a drop in the bucket There are \2 to 15 other major positions which, if given to men with outstanding political prospects, could make a major difference in some key elections in 1*78. 1980, 1982 and further down the pike State. Treasury, Agriculture come readily to mind What Ford will do further on changing men and programs, however, is not clear Historically, he's been a slow starter, then, when wanned up, a hard charger But it is a gcxxl bet that Ford's nomine* for Vice President will I.* one of the three he's just put in new posts, or <ome other promising relatively young 111.1:1 as far as high officials go. <\K.V> '//%>/<• H* I \HIII V I \l\l.l iiv For me" <;.,.,' - ( -;ii J,..,i!.s the Christ I., -.avc my hfe" When I let myself U-l'ievr it and tiirm-ii to Him, He d e ni o ri s t r a ! c (I it "RKPKNT THF.KF.FURK AND TURN' AGAIN THAT HK MAY SK.M) THE CHRIST AC POINTKO FuR Voi'. JKSl'S " ..\c|;, ', l'i 'H) <RS V .: "That's some stew you're in!" BUSINESS MIRROR Housing increase viewed many ways HyJOHNCUNNlf-T Business Analyst NKW YORK u\P> •--• The big increase in housing starts during October means many things, depending upon your viewpoint, To furniture makers it .suggests the likelihood of higher snles To builders it's a signal to contact old hands, if they haven't already done so. To lenders it's a warning to prepare for more mortgage requests. To economic forecasters the increase means other things Some view the October rate of 1,458,000 units its 15 per cent higher than the month before. Sume «my it's an aberration Others claim it is unhealthily low To certain other analysts, alt these consideration are secondary Ur- banolngists re-cognize the neVnl fur MERRY-GO-ROUND brnndnew homes, «:>d they know that construction has a cntnlytlc Impact on business In general, but they think the emphasis Is all wrong. To them, the construction of a new house often represents the night from the city. Americans, they say, have been fleeing for decades, discarding in the process houses »nd neighborhoods that ahould have been rehabilitated. The throwaway generation Is passe, they say. Our resources, including money, are limited We must conserve, not waste, ami that applies to housing too 'live throwaway house is mil of fashion, they say "We can no longer accept the traditional itotion that the way to deal with a 'used' house I* to throw K away and build it new tine somewhere else," said Carla A Hills, secretary of housing and urban development, in an address to lenders. Instead, she said, "We must seek to preserve and recycle the wealth of housing we have In our cities ami suburbs " Mrs Hill* and other* are con eerned about the enormous assets cultural nnd physical that lay abandoned, relatively unused, un- derfinanced or seemingly destined for that fate, in the nation'* cities Included in the list, to one degree or another, are billions of dollars of educational, recreational and health facilities transportation nvntewi streets, sewer nnd water systems, theaters, utilities, churches, parks, stores, factorrit And Housing Tfww* close to housing awl urban nutllm are appalled by the aban dumnent of well constructed private home* ami nuillifamily urUU, many of which couldn't be replaced for double their original costs The problem !» easily recogniwd, and so Is what weds to h* done Hring back Investments and en tr*pr«ieur» and residents The real ( problem Isn't taklnfl the flr*l step Private IwnVer* don't hesitate * state flatly that they cannot rwk, their depositor*' 'und» on In vestments in the blighted, inrter city areas That, they *ay, is simply a wniml busine** dwruiwn Government officials »*y th*y cannot do in* job akm« So there are govwnm«!t industry program*, awl industry K»vffmnrt>l program* Keithrr v»«nt» to u« V alon*. ami trjtfrtlwr tts*y apjwriwvtly have not, a* >rt, c'.wne up with th*program* thry «({rt* nuwt tw if rt*l/u>f«li'»i w to !*kr Anti-crime czar fizzles as TV star Hv JACK ANDKHSON with l.esWMttrn WASHINGTON Richard W Velde. Die federal ant)-crime war. has bomhfd out as a television performer. His debut was so bad thiit the embarrassed Veldi? hasn't releasetl his taped messages for public viewing Fur the taxpayers, therefore the abortive tl<-but has been a waste of at)out $ ITS. XV Here are the in vri-thhle details The U-yearold chief of the 1-aw Knforcement A.«»i$tance M ministration ' l.KAA i faced the klu-# lights to rwrord some crime- prevention mes-Sjiites VeUk* was MI eajjer to appear on T\ that hv di.vcarded the spots hu preileceivsor. Don Santarelli. had already tap»xl To re-record the messages with the droll Vt!d« as th-f s!>ir may cost as much as 121,920 He wa.s lacked up by such HollywixxJ stars .is Hob Hope, Telly Si»valas. Carol Hunictt and Arigie I'nckirvs<m "Hwy pluggwl Ih« thernt-: "Kijthtinjt crime is everybody's business Get involved." With such ;i star studdt-d cast, the messages h.'id to (>e a hit But Veld*' wanted to be certain He hired Porter, Novelli and Asswatw*. Irvc . a private firm, to evaluate the spots They were duly .lircd last summer in Houston, and Porter. Novelli, ei al. x;ive them rave reviews Tho firm's '.6-pagc report, intended for official e>es only, dtxlartil PC- statically that the anti-crime messages "rank among the high<-nt in the media's p<«rceiv«l relevance to thesr audience " Only one performance received a bad review. Vt-lde's introductory message was an "unexciting' fximmer A star, happily, was not b>rn In all candor, thcrefortr, the research firm advised: "The introductory Administrator Velde message is largely rejected by the media The mes.wge is likely, therefore, to receive Infrequent scheduling and thus would not te an efficient investment of LKAA Funds " Nevertheless, the firm recommended that the other spots be j{ivcn "a comprehensive, well-planned distribution " They would receive $1.5 million worth of free radio-TV time nationally in one month, the firm estimated. But Richard Velde is a sensitive soul, proud of his physical fitness He has boasted to skeptics that he has the body of a 35-year-old After his poor TV rating from the Porter, Novelli firm, the proud Velde ap piinmtly lixit all mtrrret in thr- radio T\ vefiturv Result The crime prevention spots, which w«>r<? supposed to tie aired months a^a. arc ^ailHTinu du.<t (in «in KKAA shelf Moidertnjt with !(•.* iinuMH;! nip^Aaxe" are $17 f >,yAi of th* 1 taxpayvr-s hard canirt! isioney, not cinaitinx tfw frw st'fvici"* d«»xatc»l by the star* Footnote A 4pokr<im4n told our fl.v»>cuite ttub()wcn.s lii^i tlvr l.KAA was itill "m tlw prwr-i.i of cvaUwtlnji" the spots Thr low optiiifxi of Veldr'i pfrformancc, thr spohtrtmitn iiuistni. "}us nothing to do with tfw- dflay " [.KAA vnl! unpaid Kl,«2t> bill l-ir Vrldc't in btlJ." ilwUresi the lettrr Tin; Ktiiuftty jv»tnn will cunie urnirr tin* winter when » private files iwt m every dutrtct court in th* nadwi "Life a{ tf>e Land." an rcoUmy group bd»etl In Hawaii. plans iKe »ujt.i The (troup charg|r» itiat She ttntartty tyttent u a The) to Th* Swwte all r ItuM !fip» The AC! t h«t ! SrtlAtr style !< staff Kur»4»r We to K^' MJ« !/vi-ir -mi!.) AttMtanl Tnf9»ur> cfratnt « <.'fuJi;:n:i4i'j)li lounge Ht» i . -toj th*! l>^:«j"> rtlut '*„ i'<r !;f*V PAUL HARVEY NEWS W \XJUNtlTUN \VIIIHt, Karjxr i Ma^n/ine has learned thai rcaporjubie journalism w no: Always gixxl UwJrrMts An (telabct article try Fr«l Morns, a mw.Kj»«wry who -*as torturwl in brought the cancellation ttf Vanj{ Airline'* at! vertwinjj in Harper'* Vang t« 4 Bra«)han company The Navy's (a.<ti-s5 nuclear aircraft earner. the t.'SS Nimtti. ihimiM.'d a stream of cimitxKtrtl txjtcs. tin cans i»mt cloth over ihe »{rrn during tn«U rnrlirr tftw >rar A Navy 5p«ikr-tman said Navy rrgulaCwr..'* p«Tniit UK,- dumpmjj of tra-th 12 miles beyond (he coast The I' S marshjli, fffixitVtl by Judge John Sirica, h^vc optmetj a Mated inve»tig.ilion u{ t'*« tnar irals who brmi^ht th*ir wjvrs to A picnic for the sequcstcrrd Watergate Jurors on July 4, t'/?4 •- Wa.thingUjn commuters *rre miffed the other morriing to »« 4 .wliiary persoti m a white I'orveite go butzing down lamrs re*ervr«! for buws ami car pi>jl.i It was (Y>n)(r«3.siruin T'.-«,l (Ijsenhxwver, I) Okla . heai.)4n« for j Ovtnocratjc cauctts on buunx Kisenhoover tojd IB Iw Ix-iirves th«t the Constitution allows him to bypas.s other driven caught in the commuter crunch It .wy* that congressman and n-nators c.mrrtH N> arrested while on their way to a congrcsAional v*»i'j« Sen. Hiram \r'an$. It Hawaii. Iva.s spent another $7,a» of the taxpayers' money to fill 2» pages of th** C'onjtreaaional Ket-ord with an attack on us We have called him the patent lobby's man on C'apito! Hill We ck>n ! ne«d ;•« page* for a rebuttal We will merely cite a letter from the giant conxlomcrate 1'1'G InduLitnes which prawes K>«ij{ for pushing a pro industry patent bill '•Vi'f support wholeheartedly tru- Misinformation about first Thanksgiving In '.he fir»! placr. Ifi ITi>ll»*r», the butctwrr »t4pyie«J A <• (or NJr KrhcU l>3rc<h«-4 ui 4 (Wotp4prf and oid •T * ?U<j fi5«J.'vJ (5.1 *A) in lK-< II mrn?K*t<d » frwtp. on iKs! article and vrvti thr Nr-w WtjrW. Mra «<-d 4 [xx-tn ins "Th*- Ijmtog at Jh« TJvr until tt an4 * In up !?x Kttdiiir j.r*l »y:n trs.t'. rj TV.i.'visif!-. ,£45 'tftt TKir,Jis,'!V;.»-j; » it r«..c. - auiuttiri oi ittS * (--lit >rA ni Si* «)tJJ»! CtKMt TV Piljjnrtu h*d Undcd istv the Up I'uxi '» (ovilyinK. Mmi> A a! I'iymowth Rr,<k Site Mid thry " tn.xir«] 5-Vir *ith '.« She ijid !h*y TOM T/EDE ' frrrttun t>» They had tfvat ffr*don\ in Holland T)wy !UHight more than Ihat Yet. (i<-»pi!e the misleading piw-ttcal rrr>«"«. it t» h*r cnnception of the "Pil|crim»" which we re\nv todax K»Cept (ho** 1 *ho read L«ij{frHov», instead Ho called thrm "Puntann The Puritan* didn t arris e until 10 years aftrr thr Majdowrf, i>r»d they weren't caitad tiut until y> vean after Hiiwrver th* 1 prwt» vramWrd the (act*, the 1*1 men and women alxMird the Mayflower who cartie front the cottages .»nd not frun> the ciifllles of ICngUftii were the an cwtor» of nu President*, and my v»ife ami I are mrf about to <uy anything dcr«>gfltory dbout them Imlcwl, I Ain loo sincerely thankful for tlwtr example Somewhere the pijpiu gave history ,H/'.«T that ti-.ifiif.i iJ-^- f^urftifr TV Kmir.iJi.1S F»!hrri tfirj cortvl K<- mint) jr. »»-n<- »hri that comninnnjn t» 4S.i;grs«! ;' *;«•« ! A fji tU> \*-r ; crftir-t} ta.ti. fi-* pound at e to "the thiak rww thry mi£h« rin*- com «.« thr) could ar^J n belter crop than (Kc> hj><l In IS33. »)»tem parcel oi l»mi or mhich !<. j.Un! hu own r«rn C»ov UraiU-ird wid. Thi.* h^f tom] sucrrw, for ii m«iV A!! very induntri'Mu *tv1 nuich lly the rwtt famine tNrr wa* plrnt) and. j».» (MVV Bra<iford Utrr *r.<»\ "Any general want or famine SUM not to t)ni d»y With this friend, who needs enemies? OAK R1DGK. Tenn -• Atomic- energy proponents are fond of reminding the nation that there is now deposited at this and other nuclear facilities a kind of inexhaustable fuel resource. Il is Uranium 238 <(J-238), the waste material of reactor activity; 220,000 Ions of the glunk has accumulated in the last three decades, and though worthless in iu present state it has, given technical and social approval, the potential energy equivalence of 1.5 trillion barrels of oil, or most of the coal still unmtned in America. The potential, it happens, hinges tenuously on the acceptable development of the controversial "fast breeder" method of creating atomic power. lite concept, which has worked experimentally and is today being structured on the reactor scale here, is this: If active nuclear fuel is surrounded by U-238 in plant burning, the result is that more fuel is created than used. Theoretically, the idea is staggering — suggesting, in fact, a vision of atomic energy "agriculture." Unfortunately, the development of fast breeders suggests something else as well, and not as pleasant as that of a renewable resource. Nuclear power critic Theodore Taylor says that us fust breeders produce fuel, they also produce enormous amounts of deadly Plutonium, five to 10 times that of present reactor production Pluloru'oum is the most menacing and worrisome byproduct of atomic reaction, and grave questions are being asked concerning national safety in the event it's collected one day in amounts that are currently unimaginable The concern is not so much in the storage or use of plutomum out in its transportation. Since it is the essential ingredient for bomb building, and besides, this Is dreadfully poisonous even in an unfettered slate, critics feel it has inherently intolerable risks Taylor, for one, has long worried that even the amount of plutoniurn in transport today (about 4,500 pounds were carried on 372 trips la*t year) is hijackable. What happens when enough for 20.UOO bombs is being annually moved over the nation'* roads? Taylor says the prospect ia numbing. Federal nuclear authorities are confident large amounts of Plutonium can be handled safely. Bill Brobel, director of the Energy Research & Development Administration's transportation division, insists safety technology proceeds space with atomic technology Today materials are shipped under guard in armored vehicles, tomorrow they will be entirely transported by rail In "unstealable" 500 to lOMon boxcar containers Brohst says nuclear executives are studying the possibility of boobytrapping shipment* to thwart hijackers, of spiking transported materials so that burglars could not handle it under any conditions, even of assembling a large atomic security police force. Still, public legions worry For authorities have not yet, nor perhaps can they, devise an absolute protection. Kven if materials can be rendered Immobile to hijackers, if the materials could not be taken for bomb builduig, insidious shipment dangers would still exist. A dynamited nuclear truck or boxcar would very possibly release fatal amounts of cargo into the environment. Studies of the inadvertent escape of just 10,000 "curies" of plutonium on the streets of New York, for example, predict a minimum of 2,000 deaths, a maximum of 10 times that. A* for the likelihood of « dynamited atomic shipment, candid (edwtl ottlcert uy it l» wmething "(hat could happen today or tomorrow, there are erratic* ill over the place " To Illustrate the eaM* with which a craiy might plot iuc*i terror, a New York radio station merely called up the city traffic department to obtain the route and time table of a nuclear shipment. Dynamite would not even be necewary. some argue, "a well- thrown hand grenade and a big truck cro&h might do it ' Faced with this and other equally terrifying prospects. New York has! temporarily tunned nuclear ship men! from iu. Iwoughs. Other communities are considering similar actions Brobst believe* tho attempts will fail because of "overriding national law and priority", but the issue of Uatei rights is abuilding, ; Meanwhile, so is the fast breeder; reactor here at Oak Hidge. Wher«* today there are 4,500 pound* of Plutonium passing through tht» towna and villages of the nation: tomorrow there may be 45,000 ori more. It is a great misfortune, a& Buckminatttr Fuller has said that earth did not come with an in,' struction booklet

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