The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on June 19, 1973 · Page 2
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VIEWPOINT Its • !•!• thy that causes scandals Politics is what *f make it, Corrupt. •tonest, Slimy. Open and straightforward. A protector of special interests. A defender 4 the i righto of us all. These are our At) of us know instances of corruption, • .aoriUsm and influence peddling In our ctwn communities. Mostly we do nothing ritxswt them. We shrug our shoulders nnd sa > ' 'That's politics." Or we, say we can do nothing. These tittle oorrupttara lead up the scale into vast and monstrous wrongdoing nationally. Seme yean back, in one congressional district in my state both political parties regularly won votes by bribing poor, uneducated voters with a pint or a fifth of liquor (whichever it took) to win their votes. At party meetings this was defended with, "The others do it so we must." But when one of the two parties concerned gathered the moral strength to put a stop to thb practice in its own ranks. lo. and betMtd, it won the next congressional race, which it had not been able to accomplish in the previous W years, This fa not to promise victory with morality, it is to illustrate that if enough w-orkers determine to do away with illegality, it can be eliminated in the party. This particular shift was accomplished by bringing in mare of the citimxrv who had never before been active in party wtrt. They'd been loo prwccwpit>d with their own affairs. But wben it became cvvdent to the people of this congressional dtMnct that politics was their busines.* and loo important to be left in the hands of professional politicians, then changes occurred. This b not to say that drives against corruption will always win. or ih.it the road will be short and smtoth In another congre&Mocul rhxlroo m the state in which 1 worked. the opposition won a narrow race because of an extraordinarily heavy absentee vote. Because this mail vote was greatly distorted In favor of the opposition In an election in which the vote was otherwise quite clove, our suspicions were aroused Thereupon, throughout the lUle those people whose names were used on absentee ballots in this election were canvassed personalty in door-lo-door visits by members of our party who lived In their neighborhoods. In some areas we found that fewer than one-sixth -- in some areas less than one-ninth — of those in whose names absentee votes had been cast said they had voted in this election When these certified statements in which the election was held, the judge, who had been appointed by the opposition party which was in power in the state at the time, ruled against action. So thb opposition candidate kept his victory. But not for long. The people of that district were so aroused they threw the man out in a later ejection. As noted in the opening at this cohunn, the plain and simple fact is that aU of us must remember that in a democracy we and we alone are responsible (or the kind of government we get. We, as cltiiwi. must do more than vote. We must lake an active part, all of us, young and oU, conservative and liberal. Republican, Democratic ami Independent in the cbooMQg and electing of tandtdatai and in watching what our elected and appointed officials do alter ckclton, to g*t good govwnnwot, la the newspaper tcxuixaa we quickly learn that secri-ls carawt be kept If there are enough alert persistent peecJe attempting to find them out - and willing to air what they learn. Corruption cannot be hidden. 1! last* only because w« put blinder* on our ey» and do nothing until a joky scandal erupts But the rradK-jIfon of corruption i» a day-to-day >o6. iNKA> TUB IIIUWWirORT PACTO Comment and Opinion . June It, Pag* J *»#A«<^*^»>*^*^^ ANDERSON /WERRV-CO-ROUNO Burundi horror, US indifference »j Mf* WASHING'TUM i'»r fi«*w th* i<< Ihr Am*f *»» ptttiliral r»«»j*Hjt», us the ,\Jru.-fln jUle «| UufwwJl line i 1 Imliwtt p«^4r w *» <*d*'ttta({ fuJJ ft* A )**f ill BUS/NESS MIRROR US, Russia trade future optimistic o< RAY CROMLEY Nixon has leverage for Brezhnev visit By JOH.N CVNMrT M" Bnbknt Vjuljil KKW YORK i AP J After Ihrw meeting^ urith bar* lad officUH in Motcuw. A W J T«n' B»«k of: America pri««kn*. u eacouragrd »twuit (h« future o< the Soviet Uniee Morvvrvvr, he UK!, the prcnprcU lor worfd livtag iUwlardH which logical c<m.irt]u«a<cii of <L»I>«<M cooprraling to »u|>ply artd» ratlwr tiao *i!h t: As ..the Kremlin's 5 Leonid Brerimev comes *to the US.. nfMe*'« oj ICuwbt's worsening economic sod farrtga profcfenu beng made by the administration make ckar how dependent Moscow is on direct and indirect American political, economic and strategic aid. This knowledge puts Pmident Nixon in a strong bargaining position — il be can take advantage of it, According to these reports: —The men in the Kremlin have an almost morbtd fear of what the Chinese will da on their Asian border. Moscow's tup men believe Mao Tse- tung and hts men are unpredictable, reckless and fanatic. In private talks with Americans, Soviet officials on the highest levels now make no secret they expect a war with —The Russians have 0-0 a ing problems with satelluo. in East Europe, allies in the MxfcOt Ea» and proteges m Laun America The Kremlin is increasingly disillusioned with the urattcnal actions of some of its proteges. with the unreliability of others and with the financial drain on its commitments, Meanwhile. U.SSH agents and pro- MuMtiw cells are bring harassed per- astendy by tn« Chinese in the Middle Kasj . Latin America, South and Southeast Asia and even in East Europe. -The U S.-U5-S K. technoiogical gap is steadily wkktiing. Real gains io grou notional product are becoming alarmingly sluggish Consumer demands of the managerial class are nut being met. —The Kremlin's leaders seem in- ereasingiy (kubtlui of their ability '.o rtrb the tecredd>le wast* of labor whtc* dampen* industrial efficiency and criticaUy hampers nscnual expaauon. The USS.K got by for yean using labor migrating frtxn the farms, whkh partially made up tor the inefficient UMT of manpower in the faciorte* The pool ti now drying up. can be expanded again only if modern US farm lettauques are adopted. - Th< Kuuana are ftmiang it more and more difficult u> adjust production of righ-dxhnoiogv tndustrtal equipment and even lo* trchnoJog) cunaumer gcodft to the shifting demand, * Inhag which caaies tauft of hundred* of mdlnxn o( ntte* iperhap* billmtt) a year in in- needed and ma Ladapted g<»d» —Kiccpt for some mxmal*. Sbvhtt exports are frequenily high in price, m> fenor in quality and umialrd to tctttgit cunsumtr nee<b. Thur- MOM»« don not earn the foreign exchange to buy the nfiapmcnl «nd knuw-huw Kuuu muit have —The agricultural outlook remain* (uucfi-diidgu Moscow bkely will need to iropurt IS m ilium to U million tons of grain (Jus year despite «n improved crop outlook. Though the weather was better, the Kussiam planted only about» per rent as much winter when* as normal because of adverse ground coodaicos There may be problem* with fats and oiis IccrediUy lifo. there toay be shortage of sugv. As noted above, these Kutsian nerd* jfaould put Mr. Nixon in a strong bwgajnmg poMtion. But the Uruted iitates was w an equally-powerful puuUoa last year whtn the unfavorable grain deals were made, and it bo, tack when the cuntroversul strategic arms agreecnails were tl 4 <icin£jtj<xj frww line HI &ta KranctKo - boied bani. shr n't Urt«r«< financial tt»tiluiw*t. to the Scrvxt capttjil u> ticKvua fuwncii^t 1* «f"retenl brtmTtn the ccuntrvs Whik frw tpccifkn *rtv durtsg the till? May *« _ _. Coifeank. (he stite bank, (^npita. tftr stale committcv Ice pianBin4, a.-*i t-in&si other tmtttuttans. CUutcn WM jJiAc '.o «U!e uix*jvr»c«rjbJj at 4 M«)H.'ty* nc'»t coof rr«Ke "Tbr pnvstr (injocul irvj;itut*--ni o< lh«r Wnt will (aclbtitlr tiattxintt an HAL BOYLE'S PEOPLE **» {tarn m trfaulgv trf fntl la *» i#t«ir*>»i Haiti, r\t*<&*t,v.<: ttsil&llt f jrt ttkwt, t&e tW»iii (a W i » ft i n < « -j °* f,K>favita*u.f. UV >»( t/ *i i«i««ain i« tft« afr rafrt to tii* putt " t.a tatnir fts{«et», jhc (fit- .Stiitvt 1.' Awn a ad INr -^bl txc J ifu>e! run atHt4«ie. bull IM tix *t*A at e*»>ptTx'.*;is » flip* isajf 'He's in conference' PAUl HARVEY N£WS secretaries chime Watergate a m/rror of our own selves NrTW YORK ?Ai'' R*mjrk.» that («t tirml ef ofrf cjlt» m« w . tell Ihrm I'm ir- coofrtcocr " •The trouble wjth »ll M.-crrtirn-» is that they «rv «*cr*Uy in bve wilh th«ir I'm «a thr BE m WORLD "Margie Lightly. thrr« other McreUric* have married since you started working here, and you'rx still single Are you losing your trx appeaP" "I'm no whri at tprliing, Margie, but I think you arc pulling loo many k'l in the weed atromnwrfjlr " "Tht* a the second time yxi'it com* lo work ttus wnrk wearing * paou unl I want you lo understand ck»rl>. young lady. thai I'm the one who *ran the pant* in this office " "The pet dog of one of our biggest ciwi>U just died Do you think I new) to get in l«wh with him personally, or do you think 4 nmfitt iftngrita ot toKdohtnet «U! Jo 1 TV tf-xjfcte c> I can t trmcmhvf vtMt ttw muU'i njoMS »*.i " II my wiir cjlii Ictt tuft I'm r« cnn/rr«rwrir If the caljs hu<i«. Ull ft«-r I ns tn tnoUwr cccrftrrtxv I) tto c^lii 4 tturrf Iim*. put hrf mo mj tm* " "I'm ttjvsg lo t»B on ** mast) *< I c-»o !«!»>. ;ou*itfU4? TJiwt* '« * «f «»<ch in it far >ou if jvu |»t m* i your Uw.» t-rtwc to n'ckxk " "I dnn't know anything thout Nr but he rjin'l bo much r4 » k>f n - un wu. ihr «oultl« t hj»«! tun j "You mustt hjsr gnt to w«irk kUrgic Whtn I bfwtwl m at *bo«t » » a rn . ihr morning ro/(w )ou put en my drak *it tlill hot " "What <*«uld you Uiy your «if* for her l*h wnkiing Aoravcrsary. if yaw wvrc rtw. (o to the il out during Mr* If tjt», and I itmm IM in a montlj few »n«l Wtatorr U M department »turr «mj p«ck your lunch hour "I'm sneaking Ul (or Margie K »n>txdy bu4 in cwilrrcmc riut you whrrt- " TK>f« * (AM-JI pjnw far the l»tt that he r«trr» if*** Io U> lo Itw) mtt • tut hi* fnrr,pr<i<«"» jri up to ll« *«Mi (o knew m wh aot* *hjt «<hrr In » ** »*«:i <**r littk gotf. m*. Im (Jon t know front trwif rr«-4rcf» «nd d*partm«*vU. w (* buyi trut tth IUU cur U»B u» it«d then rtpt<< tr-ort ttuo iiut MKurif} Strike by secret? IT) to In (hr annual rrport tl i i» "wpWMg*." of course ife« lumped undirr "rrMWth ' or m»t tfd h»r» >w« and not A recent survey by the Opinion lUwrjrch Corp of prwcrtan. H J . durks«d the rwt- w> surpruing fact that C per cent ui the general public, u utdkaltd by a nationwide probability tampie, favors » law that would require a secret ballot before worker* go out on strike. Among union members. i*r*cvcr. u«c Itgurt was K per cent in favvr ut »ixh u law. The survey wiu conduflMl (or The ItwundUtk, ao orgAnumiiixi «f eiecutivc* whkh tceks, other Hung*. la improve rtbltom Union incmtct* *i-rf also jw»t ilightly Mund the total I! S public • II per crol compared with U per rent - In (a* wing a law retiring a tecrrt ballot to (iad oul if workers want to »Uy out in a itrilur that Iws not been tcttkd alter 60 days By It fx-r cent and « per cent respectively, unipn members and pubik favor » law requiring a M-tu-t tallol by employee* to determine H they waot a union to rc{Hreseut thcin Hut the practice has g«nc «n tocg enough and t* genera) «tt«wgh U$r«ugI«M liw industry so that H w tonsitkrtd a tUitdard A»n«*W*n» rmptwd m tl wt rrrc«ftin Watergate «.* a rolrit* «i our own trt**f Mivn. *«. the ptvfle. mi|M I* hnt iiicUaeit to ttrixilt mc»«r and more rnponsiHUly to corru|>t)t»k Big Go Dimes add up to $ Tbt (Mrtiog m«lcr b bttt to »Uy - in one Ibt silly thougbl ever cruued your tnifld Una it wasn't A ttudy <4 the urtww parking tUuatka by the Natiuwd Leggue U C'Hiea lound that parking tuetm arc produUv Average annual revenue from « ratter to tea, far above «Jkvli«) and malottiwiice cwiU o< 114 And U was thi» rrspwted grtitkman who wbsrn Walergalv cam* up wtd, • Trwl WAD a tivpttl UUog 10 do'" We all kouw so much better than we do We IUMMV » bat's right MM) g« right ahe*d *nd do what'* wrung b*c«use w* are mrf UHili«ated by wbat w« ktww- nearly w much u by bow w« f«ci We know |««0i! iOwuUn'1 wmAe Ihougti we do Amcrk-am have remained strangely kkalutK 1 whcrv their gov-erruncnl U concerned That tekalurti may not survive another U«m>f4Uw). but it hM «un)v«d And/rw J(*ik»oii JUKI Andy Jtckaoa and Twpot Uome and John Msragon «rtd Gen. Harry Vaughn uid fllUw Soi K*l« and ShtrntM Adaoa «ag Bernard Goid/tnt and W»Hcr JwkiMund Bobby Baker aol U. THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS f^tW IbMMI f«HMM *•« «#• r»«l «.*»»

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