The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on November 30, 1975 · Page 12
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Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, November 30, 1975
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THE BRA10SPORT FACTS FREEPORT, TEXAS, SUNDAY, NOVtMSI* », Louisiana town confused about New York's debt WATERPROOF, La. ( AP) — "I just feel they're going the wrong way," said Mayor Harold Taylor after hearing President Ford pledge billions of dollars in federal loans to New York City. "If they would pump just a fraction of that to some of America's rural communities, our young people wouldn't have to rush off to places like New York to find work." Turner said in an interview Thursday. Waterproof's 1,400 residents find it hard to understand how any city could be so deeply in debt that the federal government has to bail it out. Nestled behind a levee on the Mississippi River, SVaterproof supports one garbage truck, 12 city employees and a yearly budget of $103.000 that Turner said balances regularly in the black. Turner, a school teacher, is paid $16 a week to serve as mayor. New York's 8 million residents, by contrast, had projected a $900 million deficit. Waterproof also faces poverty. Turner said many of its residents are elderly blacks living below poverty levels on liny welfare checks. The town is in the heart of the cotton belt, but it's been a bad year for cotton. And there is no industry. So while Waterproof would love to build a community center, Improve the sewers and repair the water mains, there hasn't been enough cash and no one stepped forward to volunteer loans. "We've had to struggle to get by but we paid our debts," Turner said. "We had to do without a lot but we realized we had to keep a close eye on our budget or get in trouble. At least that's what we thought." Then Ford began a nationally broadcast news conference Wednesday night in the White House with an announcement that he will ask Congress to advance financially troubled New York short- term loans of as much as $2.3 billion in each of the next three years. Turner, a tall, soft- spoken man, watched it all on television. He said he wasn't bitter, just confused. "Heck, we could use any nickel we could get but it seems to get assistance these days you have to be big," the mayor said. "I guess the politicians Figure that's where the votes are." Ma/odorous mamma/ fruncafes tavern's afternoon aperitif By BILL DAWSON Th« folks over at the Hub Lounge in Freeport have a problem. It may not rank with municipal insolvency or famine in poor nations or the impending exhaustion of the world's oil resources, but it's a problem nevertheless. They have a skunk under the building, or at least what everybody thinks is a skunk. Raymond Fuqua, who works at the lounge, says that as far as he knows, nobody has actually sttn the animal But they bdieve it's there. After visiting the lounge, anyone would believe it too — that a skunk is there, or has been there in the not too distant past This tale starts Aith a telephone call to The Facts newsroom several days ago The caller said there was a "human interest" story there "just for the asking, and please send ;t feature writer." A reporter was quickly dispatched, not knowing just what the story might b*- and as a precaution against .something really big All reporters are trained to assume nothing But because of an acute sen*** of smell there was no doubt that a skunk had visited the tavern, removing the question from the realm of mere assumption One second-hand report from a customer at the bar has it that the skunk had habits Another patron said he had heard that a dog went after the creature, and was treated to the usual response a dog gets from a skunk. The problem became evident about three weeks ago, Fuqua says, and the smell got so bad several days that the lounge had to close early The unwelcome visitor under the building hasn't exactly been a boon to business, he says. Efforts to get rid of the malodorous guest include lawn mower exhaust ami mothballs to drive it out, and pieces of cabbage to lure it out None worked Fuqua says the fire department, police, and dogcatcher were called all to no avail Both fire and police dispatchers such a call would be directed to the dogcatchw in city hall The (ire dispatcher said that department is not supposed to respond to such calls, except in the event of a itog -fight when the ciogcatcher is off duty A spokeswoman in the city inspector's office said a call frum the lounge came a couple of weeks ago The dogcatcher »*t a trap outside the building, ihe *<iid, but he isn't allowed to crawl under buildings for animals, even for dogs Cther people have called about problems witlt skunks, she *.aid "It '» a job I'm sure the docatchvr doesn't like " The spokeswoman suggested thai perhaps the skunk has left the jiwincU of the lounge, and only its smell rrtnalivs Whether or iwt the animal has exited its home at the Hub. its odor is sUiil very much there. Fuqua says Before looking into the .trnell) animal's taking up Icxigtng under the tavern. Facts reporter* had never had an occasion to pwMhrr live origin o< th« phrase, "drunk us a ikunk " Now, they're beginning to wonder Special camp seeks fo help troubled boys HAWKINS, Tex (AP) — The smoke from the wood cookfire drifted throuKh lh« Ull pines and flowed gently around the lean-to and tc*p*es The skin of a water moccasin, nailed to a board, wan tanning in the afternoon nun There wag a pot of itew bubbling over coaU «• a group of imall boyi squatted on pin* logs and di*tu9jMed why Robert had a problem and what they could do to help him Not far away, 10 youths had returned from a 600- mile canoe trip through Oklahoma and Texas, and were anxious to tell of their eipwieocea They explained how each contributed to the planning: What supplies were ro'ftkst. how each canoe should be loaded, who should do ami when These were troubled boy» b frequently in trwubto with the law, often di»nm*ed from school, uiiablf to relair to rtllxr adults or their p«*r group, rind unrt»(H>()9ive to psychiatric treatment Ttwy wrre what many In society mark as the trouble maker, who disrupts but twrver corttrtUrfw In th* <V*t> *sxxli» of Hast Texas, they brtome ami oOvcf'n problem.* They are the attending c*mp Dallas r*eh 50 boy* »p*ct»l by the Hub. SAFETY BOOT HEADQUARTERS LARGE SELECTION OF SIZES AND WIDTHS-IN STOCK Mopeds new transportation rage ILLEGAL IN U.S. UNTIL LAST YEAR By ASSOCIATED PRKSS It looks like a fat bicycle or an undernourished motorcycle, but it's really the motorized bicycle/ or "moped." a machine fast becoming the newest American transportation rage. One must pedal the moped in order to gel it started, but once in action. it can obtain speeds cu high as 3«) miles p«r hour with the aid of a small one-to two-horsepower engine Long a practical ami popular method of transit in parts of Europe, Bermuda and the Caribbean, the motorized bike only became legal for sale in this country last year when the federal government issued safety standards So TUES., WED Ol'tS DAILY 3-0: CLOSED SUNDAY KM200 WHITEWALLS-2 PLIES POLYESTER CORD + 2 FIBERGLASS BELTS Our flea. 37.08 478x73 Plus F.E.T. 1.77 Each NO TRADE-INS REQUIRED All Labor Is Included Additional Services Extra SERVICES INCLUDE; 1. (HI SERVICES IKClUu 1. 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For most cars. ,,M I i ••^^•^•••••^•^••lllll - _ .. __ (ar 10 states have legalized the moped for use oo th«r highways Knihuiiasu lay the federal move wai triggered by the ration*! energy crunch, the (altering economy and concerns for cleaner air "Fifty per cent of working people in America live within five miles of work The motorized Bicycle is the most feasible, cheapest way of motorized transportation uwwn to humanity." wid J David Jorws Jones is a somewhat prejudiced source, he's president of American relli East, an Italian sike manufacturer, but if ih* booming motorcycle industry is any indicator, mopeds should have plenty of market appeal Mopeds weigh between 56 and too pounds, get up to 220 miles per gallon and cost between $300 and MW They're also quieter than motorcycles and automobiles, supporters say. "Every time I ride a motorized bike I smile." said Mark ftosenker of Ih* Motorized Bicycle Association, an Industry trade group. "I never met anyone who didn't giggle a little bit and smile It's fun to ride and I can fill up my gas tank for 37 cents " There are 50 million moped* in use all over the world, according to Serge Sequin, chairman of the association and vice president of Motobecane, another manufacturer. In the United States, some 50,000 people ride the machines. So far, the only state* to pass measures In their HUNT HARDWARE UffM Him mm FRONT DISC BRAKE SPECIAL priSt 48.88 AH work done by trained Most l«"jjisla(urtrs machine are Virginia, North Carolina. South Carolina, Te»»*. Ohio. Michigan. Nevada. California, Hawaii New Jersey Speed hmtU awl capacity differ from stale to state In California, the »5*«xJ limit U JO ro p h , while in NVw J<m*y, thr limit IA pla«t) a! 25 rn p h New Jertey taw restrict* engine capacity to I $ bonwrpowcr In VirgmJa. the engine can only be I "Kngines cannot b« souped up." »*ld Kawnkrr. "It's Just ntA practical " When lobbying in »Ule legislature!*, he said, the Auociatlon encourages the lawmakers to try 'h* btk* "They realize it'* a slow- moving bike and not a motorcycle.'' said Itasvnkcr "They think it's going to take off and do whevlirs Hut you can't varoom, varoom. v a room it " I, o bbying against mopeds is the motorcycle industry which claims th« motorized bike need* greater safety training for its riders But moped enthusiasts say the industry w afraid sales of moped!* might cut into motorcycles art better ways to treat an emotionally > troubled child betides dormitory living and institutional regimentation Campbell Loughmlller, who was the camp chief from IM* until hi» recent retirement, »ald in an interview, "The boy» we get in camp have a long history of failure. They are scholastic failures and are convinced they are a failure a« a pertcm "One child told me when he came to camp he couldn't even look an earthworm in the eye Alter he left he Mid, '1 know now I am a person,' " said UxighmkUer Kenneth Kdgar, the ivrw camp director, taitj, "Wr place to boys in each grwip with two cuuftwfor * They camp o«J year-around am! are responilbte for designing and cewUnndung th*jf own sJwlim. keeping their living are* clean ami learning to *ofk *tth others tn sots-ing the lift to survtr* per CHI? »f th* ywrth* worked am) tivwl on ih* MJ acre camp *re making it tn tr* wwkS .Son* *rr tn Jail »ad none <« mental insf Mutton* " There »tv nil »»<** *f»l thapctt and catort awl fcwckjtfuufteii at In* ejfnp (h* rich ar*i tfc* $»**. Ih* black «fi4 lh*r »!ui<-. thr bright ar*l the dull laps, writing of recent experience* for article* in the camp newspaper At Uughmiiler said, "A boy here i* under no time pressure There i* no « competition He is not aiutout about a grade He u ivot waiting for a belt to ring ami relieve him af a taxk until the nest day He U working, instead, to finish » )«*>" The boys, many oi whom were once withdrawn, distant, and »«*piriou» of adults, no* *n 'i thu*ia»ti*'*Jly «^»«jw ihMf campsitw, e*pt«m how th* struct urri **te by*!! »ftd how each tf e« * »» . • i- ltd for t"UJ'.i(*g *uhout «> ttdngertfljj trtf en- t trurunent Th* youth* aptX*' '° haw \*t\ the land better for t««t» planted whrr* * JUt H* » H h (t *«.» , « 1 Wli f e lh* scfc« un •Ait wtwi! l,rtl tlw> *« a !Jt* ;->«t4J» itvtvuejtf; the Front there. tf'.r Frontier*. to * Vtoef* bj *"*"* how in if* teat Owe* plan* wrrc df»»n 4,r>J Urv-a^n ff !r a 'o '?•« Sj»biA* v to ittf fiul! . «r->*r»l ot tfw Iwmbw, it let ihd* c-u-S «fj4 r Wf 'i* to ti'ofnpirtrd. i! i» a -*v<l. braul) than th.»!. t! -nw»k. 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