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mm* UAtosfctr mm • The Facts MMWBHIO IttJ BV JAMES 1 NABOftS, iWTO* AND PUIUSMIR GLENN HEATH Ex«utiv* Editor CHESTERSURBER Bush*** Marutwr DEPARTMENT MANA01MBNT GERALDDEW Retail Advertising Manager PEARLGLOVER Classified Advertising Manage* JAMES A, BARNETTJR Managing Editor GEORGE W. JOHNSON Composing Room Foreman uomment, Upinion ;o PATQUISENBERRY Prt» Room Foreman NANELLEMALLORV Offk* Manager OARRYHILL Circulation Director OIXONH NABORS Assistant to the Putt liner Published daily and Sunday except Saturday at »7 E. Par* Av*.. Freecort, Texas, by Review Publishers. Inc., located at »7 E. Park Ave , Freeport, Texas: James S. Nabors. President. Subscription rates; By carrier, daily and Sunday, U10 per mcnm. Mail subscription rates are SUNDAY. NOVEMBER ». If) available on request, and are payable in advance. Rates above include applicable sales t«. EDITORIAL POLICY; News reporting in IN* newspaper shall be accurate and fair. Editorial expression shall «lw«vs be independent, outspoken and conscientious. PJW ne FACTS EDITORIAL Reading to knowledge If there's any one responsibility of public education that should be emphasized above all others, it's a mastery of one's own language. That is. ability to read English should be the first and foremost goal of our educational system. During the past week, Brazosport's Board of Education was given a report on the school system's new remedial reading program. It was having substantial success, according to Dr. Jerome Bourgeois, director of curriculum and personnel. Through the program, students with reading problems have shown substantial improvement. What's more important, there was a parallel advancement in the same students' performance in other subjects. That is, remedying their language difficulties alone produced improvement in science, history, math, other subjects, educators found. Further, there was among these students a marked improvement in attitude toward education, attendance, and conduct. If this success continues, the Brazosport school system will have reversed a national trend toward weakness in reading and writing. The end effect of weakness in the language is a diminished ability in nearly all other fields. It's a simple as this: virtually all knowledge is conveyed with words. A person must understand the words and thv way they're put together in order to acquire knowledge. A student's ability to comprehend science and math. and vocational programs as well, is directly related to his mastery of English. A quarter-century ago this was one of the most divisive issues to arise in Bmzosport. The area was surrounded by districts in which all education was built on a foundation of basic academics. Brazosport had gone heavily in the direction of progressive education. Surveys slwwed that this was at a considerable sacrifice in learning in most fields. English was found to be particularly weak. A militant movement reversed this trend. Over a period of several years the district regained its competency in academic education, including a heavy emphasis on language. This is carried a step turlher when the district devote.s special attention to individual .students whose weakness in reading would cripple their abilities to comprehend other subjects. It is the belief of many that the comprehension that comes with superior reading ability is directly related not only to economic success but also to citizenship values. The improvement in personal traits by those who made progress in reading through this new program would bear this out. A CONSERVATIVE VIEW BUSINESS MIRROR Statistics don't always convince voters HyJOIINCUNNIFF tlu.ilnf M Analyst NEW YORK (Aft - It is often said that in an election year the economy moves ahead, not just because of some cyclical accident but in response to efforts by the administration to make itself look good. A month or so ago you would have found widespread support for th« view President Ford had obtained a head start on his particular program of making the economy look good There is probably less support today. All in all, the consensus of forecasters still is that the economy will move ahead through much of 1976, probably at an annual rate of about 7 per cent. Hut the public reaction to all this might be another matter. That is, the indicators might show that the economy is improving, but tlwt doesn't necessarily convince MERRY-GO-ROUND the people that this is so. Th« phenomenon has bwn demonstrated in the past even today There Is no mystery about it; the fact is that the Gross National Product can grow, but unemployment and prices can rise and consumer confidence, partially »§ a result, can decline. In other words, the real world of tli« voter might tend to be better or worse lhan the world as Interpreted by the leading Indicators and the other statistical measurements, no matter how refined they may be A month or more ago a good many people subscribed to the belief that the economy was rebounding strongly from the recession. Hut it seems a lot of other people didn't believe it, because the confidence measurements declined Mure recent statistical irt- formalion thows that maybe tlmy had reason to be disbeliever* The indicators ifcm't look nearly as robust as they did, and the recovery has settled back into a mixture of weakness ami strength There is good news, make no mistake atout it The harvest is good Housing starts, although very low, have recovered a bit Automobile sales, though relatively low, have improved somewhat The US payments balance reached nearly 15 billion in the third quarter, after a deficit of I! W billion in the quarter before He-tail sales have recovered somewhat, although they are not vigorous Ami interest rates are falling Hut there are Mime very disturbing reports al*o, and if (he consumer surveys ar* correct, ttw public is quite aware of ihetn Th* good news, they observe, i» iw>t without qufrUttm marks And the bad news often i* grim Inflation «wnu to be growing WOTS* Ttw consumer price utd*t roar at an n 4 prr cent rate in CKr t»l**r, up front r» t*T cent in Sep. tcinber and lew than 3 per cent in August. Unemployment is rising, (t'$ back up to 86 per cent ThouMndt of applicants who had withdrawn from the work force during the depth* of the recession are now mwfcing again Many aren't finding th«n The rwe in pmonal tiwofne* has slowed, partially a» a result of lh<u*v ruing prices Hww#hold*r» spot Ihu trend well before the government announce* U, they discover It right in their o*n pix-ketbowk* In »tati(tttcal term* the economy will enter lf!f> with a great (teal of pfomuw IVoductiuu u rtiutg Th*|§ w moff etfjfttmuc activity Th* bijf name mawnmt* art- mildly «*» Indent Hut in many t>! lf«s* area* that touch prwple very p*t •HMvall) 1 tfwe u wmve iti-slurtrtng newt They un drrttand tltrjr pwkrtbaufc Sit fort let than they understand !h<- utatlaJksijfvt How Agnew's downfall was engineered RyJACKANDKKSON with l^sWhlllvn WASHINGTON - For the first time, it is now possible to trace the strange twists of history that put Gerald Ford in the White Mouse If ex-Vice President Spiro Agncw hadn't been caught taking petty bribes from Maryland contractors, he would be President today If e.x-Treasury Secretary John Connally hadn't became ensnarled in the milk scandal, l*e would have been named as Agnew's replacement and would now be sitting in the oval office in Ford's place We have obtained the amazing, behind-the-scenes story from sources close to both Ague* and ex- President Richard Nixon. We have spoken, for example, with Charles Colson who was the intermediary between Nixon ami Agnew We have also had acres* to the page prow's PAUL HARVEY NEWS at ('olson's unpublished buok. "llurn Again." winch discuvm AKIWW'S downfall As Agiww's frteiufci relate the story, the then-Vicr {'resident IcarnfJ in <-arl> I'fn that President Nixon Hiintril to replace him oo the ticket with I'or.nallii Coliun gi.H the wrnr from the l*rr«t!d«'n! who that Cwuully w;w "one guy *ht« could Uke over my joh " Tn<- iw«j men Ivcdine uj eloaw that. after formally i departure frwr; govrru- merit to rtvtajp hj* fuuincm. Nnun quii>!l> inter vrn«tt !»> h«ip him with some oil d«-aU in the MiA.Uc f-^ut. Col.V>»» Hut A swertng hn owo queJtiun, tht? I'rr-mlrnt »atd "No. I can't *.< it 1^*4 tittn a *«*4i afirr thrif \nv •", IVTt. rwlecthxi. Niton tumrn-uned Agrnrw to »»• wrtHikniial r«<r«at ».» Drtvui. Mi) .A thoujtht (w »&» for J ii-ji-tjf AIM**, >w w*.t us !>rr}Mr«l for the tsnuai wMUoft that followed Th* Pre.aidrftt informed Mm bluntly that Ow White H'xn* tlall wtHild riervu*- (ighfirr cwstfjj ovrr his uprration ItU budgrt *tijkt tc cut j.n..l ha ju-<ivUi<"» ri*jnr'.W. >,*»> tu , tsarr **.»«! m? im A(«r-4 i) 19'' i. jw Cul.vwi vthft ?i4i.! !rt! I/if Whs?*- !« IX if I Mr !•*•» \<t fx-iji , hr inlrfnVd (>:> kc*p hU V Pr*nKknl 0*5 i» '.for 'tV'f-ilr M : ;"«w !K4'. A rtsjjtft ITx- 1'rr-sninm'. Hitrr "Ttuifir i-. r«.> •* 3i \^fi.c j » indue Jir.ftit !( u ',smr fJiflJlc J -WJ ftu? <fi1'f>'t»\ ''A dinor.g c ItrpuMti-ara. To replace him with a hfrlunx iH'.'mxTiit N'unn !u an ituV ! »A» really -i! tJw *4y AKW* txK'k!«».l wwfcy ( ' '.far !•»••.»! >M h. 'A A'.ft <.»'«* t Oiiat-ti r-'«rt Coulil ! ^pp<.i<nt a Nixon Aikoi Colwn Then, Lef's corral the criminal repeaters Twice in 17 days the President's life was threatened And what was the response in Congress 1 "Curtail the President's public appearances V Not "I<ock up the loonies." Congress wants to "lock up the President." Two screw-loose women pulled guns, and what what was the response in Congress"* "Write another law!" What we should be doing is enforcing the laws we already have against the "misuse." of guns First, lei's understand that new- laws limiting gun sales would not have disarmed Patricia Hearst or Squeaky Fromme or th« frustrated Sara Jane Moore wt! fr«:> Camp Uavid •*i!h 4 !!<-* imprrMKin »lw at Nuon Mr t» Ihc coidrs! f'wh I «-v« rtlf? •\45rw •» rrrrwriirU to vi frt<rtvc) Trur !a hl.» wurd. Nu<>o clam|w<j iVr*ti o«i thr V'tcr Prmntrn.' '*h>:> *».% lf<-*ln\ SfwrrdfJrr like J mifwr fttfH-ttvKwir-i He wiw loW •*hs3«i ?» tifv ,\m\ wh*i*n !o krrp an ht» "!>;<• hutittli4tn) AjtMw w«* oWi^mj to Mk a Nitufl A>i4wlrr HJIU, for !r4iuporl 4;vl utrwr prrquisllrf 4iu> had to >:*i (h go 4*4) '«' Tlt.1 -\jgnt** ur4;irtT?.4<»j t!x pfrfrlrm Hr Kn g'X !!*• !.«r»; tjfiti hf far, r-trr miir !t n 4J! tatted fjomn In «-^ f^vxnr !AI Thanksgiving's special meaning By JAMES J. KILPATRICK SCRABBLE, Va. - Thanksgiving Day can be observed with fitting reverence in the heart of Miami or Manhattan — or anywhere else, for that matter — but somehow the tradition takes on special meaning in the country. God's good providence seems just a little closer. Not only rural Americans, but all Americans, had much to be thankful for that day. Peace, for one thing. Freedom, for another. Material plenty, for a third. We needed only to read our newspapers to reflect upon the grace around us. Other Novembers come to mind when we were not at peace — when all of us felt the bitterness of war. This autumn, so far as our own blessed nation is concerned, the guns are silent. We may have troops scattered around the world — our son Kevin and his wife Cathy are stationed in Korea — but theirs is garrison duty. This past Thanksgiving Pay we did not say the prayer for deliverance from our enemies; we said the prayer for absent loved ones. Freedom, o! course, is relative. We have to draw our comparisons with what was in our own country, and with what is in other lands. Nowhere on earth will one find a people with greater political and economic freedom than our own. There are time* when we fret and fame at this or that restriction, but the big freedom* — the freedoms that count remain secure. In terms of material plenty, qualifications have to be voiced. We still have eight million persons seeking work and not finding it. We have millions of families who were feasting, if at all, off food stamps Thursday. Yet to glance around the world was to comprehend the well- being of Americans generally. We could indeed say the prayer of thanks for plenty Here in these quiet mountains, the meaning of Thanksgiving was all around us. Ours is a farming county; nearly all the people live by the land. Cattle, game, crops, and orchards — these are the substance of life. Here the cycle of the seasons ib marked not by sales or fashions or production, but by the birth of a iamb or the harvest of grain. It has been a good season. The apple growers, indeed, are complaining wryly that perhaps the Lord was a little too good to them this year. The market is glutted with apples. We cannot eat them, or pie them, or fry them, or turn them into enough apple butter and cider to make a dent in the crop. If it were possible to discuss all this with the Lord, maybe He could arrange next year a small late April frost — a little nip, Lord, if you please, just enough to thin and set. But we do not complain loudly. Thanksgiving Day in these parts began at dawn, when the turkey went in the oven. Have you sat around a country kitchen when the mince and apple pics are baking'' A good fire glows in the kitchen hearth, lh« children come and go, and two helpful collies lie directly under foot We have barely 5,000 persons in this county, but we must have 50 tiny churches In mid-morning, with the turkey doing nicely and the pies cooling, we drove by winding country' roads to our own while- sleepled church It rests contentedly in the heart of the Washington metropolitan area - Washington, Va , that is, the county seat, laid out by George himself as a lad of 17. population iw Here the church bells rang, just as they rang 200 years ago, and the congregation joined i-'i a prayer of thanks for all faiths in all ages thanks "for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering-in of the fruits thereof, and for all the other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people." Our land is not unblemished 'Hie same newspapers that prompt reflection on peace and plenty also chronicle brutality, lust and folly. Man's inhumanity to man goes on. Poverty never disappears. But the loving warmth of Thanksgiving in America ought not to be discounted In country, town and city, if we could not all share the same plenty, we shared the same spiritual grace. And for this, let us bow our heads. The weapn«is jiitllabiir to I'atriciA Hearst wrrralrradv uutljAt-d h«£ outlaws got them anyway Squeaky Fromrne'* gun •*,« not .1 "&iturda> Night -Spwrjal" it -*ai .1 Colt t.> v>ld as "4rnv« lurjilu* in 1913 The Jg u»cd by Sara Jatw Moort was not bought over-thr counter I' was bought earlier the same day from "a private collector " So arwihcr law Mould not have prevented tfws*.' social nmfiU from arming themselves For wcif<y angrily to ' gi-t mac) at the gun" is as silly ,n blaming the sun for your burn The recent rash of madivrss derives precisely from that kiml of "suhalitution" lunacy "Pay attention to me,' tin* Mc cry out "Somebody pU-.i.s^ notice me •" And if they demand that attention at the point of a gun, it's because tin 1 headlines say that is the fjuickcM way Shall we tht-n pas* a law against headlines'* Cook County, II! averages a thousand major crimes every day Cook County's State Attor Itarnard Carey says the most vicious and dangerous criminals are the armed robbers They are responsible for most of the stale's "unsolved" killings And upwards of 70 per cent and perhaps as many as 95 per cent of all armed robberies are committed by "repeaters." Carey is urging his state'* legislature to lock up permanently - that means a mandatory life sentence which no judge could set aside -- anybtxiy convicted of armed robbery for a third time! With plea bargaining and the misapplication of insanity pleading and tne potential for payoffs, there is no better way to expedite the judicial process than with mandatory sentence* And there is no more certain way to stop repeaterii from repeating After Patricia Hearst was in custody, KGO-TV in San Francisco received a letter expressing support for "Sister Tania. The letter advised Patty Hearst to play it cool, to be patient, "while her father's lawyers bail her out " It is with such disdain that lawbreakers are sneering at the legal leniency which amplifies to grotesque distortion the rights of wrongdoers, If mandatory prison sentences for specific crimes are not a cure-all, they would help stop the bleeding. at Matp litnff n"* -*4n(rd to vwtt hi.* home in ti lV4t«'KS iJii'J f-.i* rl.'rtit » J !<> pcxfcrsr. 't A.l>iu! !hjS C4« (jr Ultcrs ! limr. Colli ^4:4!;'. to \ Kar first girt 'Jn;j<J thjt 4 ?<tirfij! ^r.»r.4 tiMprc^rti unnrntiiiieiy th4t Ntion wa* behind it A,* Ajfrw* darfciy to friends, he «-tp»x !« i»« the threat of indictment !.i blarklTiAtl him mtn i{ivtnj( up !)w vice prejttr.k-nc) to Cunnilly I'oUon mM'jU that Pftidrn! Sutxi had no »w:h piu< in miwl, .ij{h hr iTrfW up trymit l.i Agne* not ami to t>nnit Co«i- ivally in <V>!v>« cUirm (rwt Ih*President never iriiMij{.ited the Agrww inve»lii|4tin(t aw), m fart. 4.M. fr,.4vbr tl W j (Va! > ,-«';<-<1r«{ the t"!* d»mn I ** >«»,» " Hut js ti* fiftr 4 »/>;n««>j'*r, «n Hill. 4cc«-(fA>-.j (r, i"o4*on, *Ttr undrrry! In !r<- Wutr ttouvr The I'frawW-jsi »tili an Ajtn***'« re I'nSwn. until Oxuvally r»m«- invMSijtaSsixt (<«• ali bnbr from dairymen (n dr»prrati«i. Niinn torwd to t>r«W Ford (o I.* his r^-i* Vior J'TraitVn.f » which ever shines the brightest

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