The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 1, 1975 · Page 2
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Freeport, Texas
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Monday, December 1, 1975
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: -4M| MAIOSPOftt MM • The Facts MMitttHID I»|J IN MttfOiJ JAMES S, NABORS, BNTOA AND PUtLISHIK GLENN HEATH ExKUttvt Edltcr CHESTERSURBER Business M«nag«r DEPARTM6NT MANAOiMiNT GERALD DEW Retail Advertising Manager PEARLGLOVER Classified Advertising Manager JAMESA.BARNETTJR. Managing Editor GEORGE W. JOHNSON Composing Room Foreman uomment, Upinion ;o PATQUISENBERRY Prt* Rocrn Forwrmn NANEULEMALUORY Office Manager CARRY HILL Circulation Olr*cier DIXONH. NABORS Assistant to tt»PuWl*h«r Published daily and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park Ave,. Frwport, Texas, by Review Publishers, inc., located at »7 E. ParK Ave., Freeport, Texas; James S. Maton, President. Subscription rates: By carrier, dally and Sunday, tl 10 per month. Mail subscription rates are available on request, and arc payable in advanc*. Ratts above include applicable «•)•« tax. EDITORIAL POLICY: N«ws reporting In this newspaper snail be accurate and lair. Editorial expression shall always be independent, outspoken and conscientious. MONDAY, DECEMBER I, It'S BUSINESS MIRROR Forecasters' premise also a forecast? ByJOIINC'UNNIPP AP Iluslness Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - The energy fur the economic expansion being forecast for 1976 will come from an Improvement in consumer spending, residential construction and probably from business capital Investment, This is a typical explanation offered by the army of forecasters who regularly, if not profitably and accurately, put their reputation on the line at this time of the year On the surface, the explanation appears perfectly innocuous and hardly noteworthy, and it is by and large being accepted that way. Few critics seem concerned that the premise is itself a forecast. At last reading, consumer spending was hardly enthusiastic, and consumer spending confidence was said to be declining. Personal income, which supports that confidence, was rising, but the rate of rise was slowing. Consumer prices, meanwhile, were rising—and that Is hardly a condition mat encourages people to go out and spend The improvement in retail sales, said a Commerce Department spokesman, has "slowed substantially." It still seems a bit early to feel relaxed ami assured about the level of retail sales m 19?« Thsy could very well improve, as the forecasters expect, but the energy doesn't seem to be there right now Housing seems to offer more hope, Or does it? At first glance the 15 per cent month-to-mt>nth increase to a 1,458,000 annual rate in October seem* to Indicate a vigorous advance. Some housing officials doubt It. They concede that the Improvement Is a substantial one but they question whether It can be maintained. Some call It an aberration. The number of permits issued for new construction demonstrate, they say, that it cannot be maintained The Department of Housing ami Urban Development forecasts a range of between 1.4 million and I 8 million housing units being built in Iff76, compared with a 1975 figure that will probably total a bit more than II million No well defined upward trend ha* yet been observed In capital »pe« ding plan* either In fact, through much of this year manufacturers actually lowered their own estimate* To Kane wtlwt you might «»y that consumers, in curtailing their rtiail buying, and manufacturers, In holding back on pinnt expansion and improvement, dernonitrale Ite same lack of confidence ~ • Manufacturer* have been through a period of many months during which their facilities operated at only M per cwtt to W> per cent of . j capacity, and they need » lot o{ *• convincing be/ore (hoy matte plaru > , to enlarge Ali (Hre* houiing, comumef *p«Ttding and bu»in<»* capital vestment are being counted or) push the economy alwad in I9W, but It looks iK)w a.s if thtfy rould Lfcx- A push JIM BISHOP: REPORTER FACTS EDITORIAL Writer has attitude for the job Team effort for growth In the early 1960's the federal government was ready for the pilot plant stage of converting seawater to fresh water. Sites were investigated. At about the same time a special group was formed by the Brazosport Chamber of Commerce for the express purpose of providing assistance to industries looking for new locations. Members of the Industrial Team were picked for their local knowledge —land, raw materials, utilities, transportation, education and other community resources. Their chief job was to provide a quick response to any request from Industry for information. This group was given much of the credit for Brazosport being chosen as the first site for a sea water conversion test plant. In the years since then, Texas Dow has been the chief contact and source of information by industries elsewhere checking out Brazosport sites. Still, there have been a substantial number of interested companies who have inquired at the chamber office whether the area has an industrial foundation. The chamber's new Brazosport Industrial Foundation will meet this need. It will serve the same purposes as the old Industrial Team, but it's likely to have a broader scope. A member notes that the DON OAKLEY foundation may even assist with financing. For a company with a distant base, it's costly to fully explore the resources of a number of possible new sites. Also, it's often somewhat awkward for an outsider to make inquiries here. The cost and difficulty is particularly true of small companies. A group from Die Brazosport Chamber had a good opportunity earlier this year to take a good look at how effective an aggressive industrial foundation can be. The trip to Waco was for a different purpose, but the group, headed by Chamber President Joe Tod, was shown the new industrial sector. They were impressed. The Waco effort began a» ' decade ago. About 3,000 acres of under-used land near the city- was acquired. Since then the industrial foundation has helped locate more than 50 new plants on this land. Some were small, employing a dozen people. One of the newer ones is a candy factory (Mars) that will have a labor force of 600. The foundation has been so successful that they've used up the bulk of their original land, and are not far from needing more. Officers and directors for Brazosport's foundation have impressive credentials for a comparable effort here. Dusk leads a short life in Jamaica. The late sun disappears, taking with it all the sloping green of the mountains and the lime green of Ocho FUos Bay, For a moment, the world is veiled violet, then there is darkness and a star appears. Claister Hales and I sat on a small aluminum porch on the loth floor of the Inter-Continental. We had been talking about his job as director of personnel at the hotel. The magic of evening came, and we fell silent. On the far side of tlv bay. the lights of a sugar ship tossed red and green paths on the water Hales likes his work He is Jamaican, 44, with skin like polished ebony. He interviewed hundreds of men and women to staff the hotel. He never permits his intelligence to get in the way of good manners NOTFOKMK I told him I wouldn't work in a hotel at any time. People who pay high prices for room and meals become angry. If it rains, they blame it on th« front d«k. Or the waiter. They leave "Do Not Disturb" MERRY-GO-ROUND signs on doorknob* and forget to remove them The steak is too hoc or too cold. The room maida move all the toiletries to the wrong side of the basin. Hates has a rich smile With rny attitude, 1 could hardly be hired an one of the 230 persons working in the hotel Whw he hires, his interview* arc low key. plrajutnt Hi* brown eyes study appearance. He listens (or signs of imute courtesy The only thing mure im portant than job training, he feel*, w alti(ink- A man or woman working in a hotel mum want tu ssrve people The ship was moored to (he ttock now l,«ng pale sulks of sugar can* would come roaring do"*!! a chute from tht» mountam* attd (ill the holds of ttw veajwl .Sb<- would be tumimjt out tu *ca by rmd-mornmit b*cau*e another hungry ship would b* coming in It U sometime* more difficult. Hales .nays, to get the proper em pioyw-i than It L» li» get guest.* "I believe in service without servility." he says. "We Jamaican,* walk erect." Jamaica w u nation amorijj a commonwealth of nation* ami It trucklai to no orw» The waiters arc all literate and they lake urtlrr* with grace and dispatch Off the toWiy . I have watched the smiling bar tender* They make my fe*{ hurt They *tawl for eight hour* on floorboard* The doorman iooknl ton£M>tnr in his flojthy uniform He stjrwh walling to u«rn 4 car Uwr. help A lady alight, find a Uti fur a tourii! ami strike 4 match fw w.ime«xve ei*e'» cigarette N'o. I Mid. I »trtiki iikr nurve of thww JOCM He <t»k«i if !h<rr » a* 4ny Job I would !lkp in Jamaic* "Voi," I hs» mace 1 »m iikaUy »u!!r<! fr>r Urn id CAM- lift M4>T5Jl frji ooUtsnn ViTwit nut «^ oitkul I can t*r htas« uj> in a cki*e< In f*<r<, I couid at tls* at was compSn-tc i! Trw The like {» tw the Kimrral t>{ ih* inland Tht» u my i<4r<» of ixiUun^ In atwj till (U; in which to (Jo it The pcwIUotj t« (xld by irw Hor, Kto hell oi A nvuevikrr H* U jpcoinic*! by Kliiatwth Hr uvt» in 4 dr,«r h*>u*r (ilajiapwUt t» \Vrnm thr *»nl» tu »J4<f 4 ps»rly. c* th<- mv«»titur« oi cvr urn drwl **» TTsc nun tft »Iir fot* «5 the h«,',!cft«] tfw tn I -«A» m 4 hali mooto t»»y th* The FBI's tactics on Rosenbergs By JACK ANDKri-SON w 1th Ln Whit ten WASHINGTON -- Newly released documents have revived interest in the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for espionage 22 years ago But still buried is UM? stark story of how the FBI plotted to wring a confession from Julius by executing his wife first. It was the FBI's gnsly hope tot Julius, horrified by the trauma of his wife's death and his own impending electrocution, would blurt out a last- minute confession The late FBI chief J Edgar Hoover was worried about public doubts that the Rosenbergs were guilty, doubts that still stubbornly persist. Hoover wanted a dramatic, it th -hour confession to clear up the douttu The FBI was convirvcrd, according to our source* , that !h«- llswribrr&t rw< only wrrt; guilty but tlw! the strong-willed Kttoel was prrvcrumji rwrr weaker husband from con shr (trM word* at sh<c husband's oxtfnAion Bui ihr FIU vrja unable in c the execution *<ri*<Ju!e .Juluti *a.» executed fir**, thtn hi» wife 10 minutes U«rr Neither %*** * dying . former *x»w 4! KK.V <-Uim» ladewd, the FBI had Uwrwd from Julius Rosenberg's cellmate, a secret FBI informer, lhat h* rud admitted gutl! The informer'* reputation for credibility, however. was uncertain, so live jwrcuml twin! confession couldn't be u.wd The FBI rw*<k*i an admission from Julius' own lips An attempt was made, therefore, to make sure Ethel went to th« electric chair fint An agent was standing by. with An open line, to Washington, ready to Student loans lead to instant debtors Undergraduate loan programs are failing, and proof of this is the fact that defaults on federally guaranteed loans to college students now total some $385 million. Such is the blunt assessment of Boston University president John R. Silber, who testified recently before a Senate appropriations subcommittee. The loan concept "is an increasingly unsatisfactory and socially disruptive mechanism," he charges, "(which) will send students who left poverty for college back to poverty, and strand even some of the more affluent on its margin." Congress, he warns, through existing loan programs, is inadvertently pointing the way toward a new coming of age — "a financial bar mitzvah in which young Americans will declare bankruptcy at about 25 and thus be freed of all debts incurred in obtaining their education." Even if this does not become a morally acceptable practice, says Silber, many students face the prospect of beginning their working lives deeply in debt. "When we encourage full-need students — those with little or DO family support - to contract debts totalling P.OOOor more, we encourage a practice that would be financially ill-advised even for middle-income families." The burden is particularly severe on undergraduates enrolled in independent schools, where there a revamping of guaranteed student loan programs and their partial replacement by a "Tuition Equalization Program." Such a program would make additional outright grants available, on the basis of need, to undergraduates in the independent sector and, he says, "would also act to assure the healthy continuation of the independent sector at minimal cost to the taxpayer." With such a program in operation, Congress could then restrict the loan program to those students whose families or whose anticipated earning capacities can sustain the repayment of educational loans. NOT IN SWITZERLAND Want to join an exclusive club? For as little as $100, you can open a secret, numbered bank account in Switzerland — although your Swiss banker would probably discourage you from depositing such a small amount. But anyone who thinks he can safely stash illegal money in Switzerland can forget it Remember Clifford Irving, who deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars in a Swiss account as the fruit of his "biography" of Howard Hughes? already exist* a considerable Imuon gap compared with tsxpayer- (Mogported institutions, fo narrow the gap, Silber calls for Berry's World "Good hfaventl lt'9 w order from the Pentagon. They want two-hundred-and-lilty thou' 'Pit Swiss banking practices functioned to jail him and his wife on charges of fraud as well as falsification of bank documents These ure among the facts brought out in a new book, "Your Swiss Bank Book" by Robert Kinsman Along with dispelling some of th« more widely held misconceptions about Switzerland's famous banking wcrccy. the book cxtolls the strong traditions of Individual freedom that have been Swiss characteristic* since the I3th century. Almost daily we seem to read about charges of illegal spying on American citizens by the FBI or CIA. But even if you are just applying for a credit rating, more likely than not the decision will be Lkistd to &ome extent on inf ormation about your private life and personal finances which has been gathered without your knowledge, much less your permission It couldn't happen in Switzerland, says Kinsman. There, bank secrecy has been under the official protection of the penal code since 1934, when Gestapo agents were sent into Switzerland to ferret out suspected accounts held by Jews and other politically unpopular persons. It is, simply, against Swiss law for financial institutions to divulge any information regarding their customers, A Swiss bank account isn't for everyone, to be sure. But according to Kinsman, the more of an economic and political mess the world gets into, the more it could use some of the Swiss measures protecting privacy and personal freedom. LK \(,K\T* Daniel lU;h bun may tie She mm! valuable <kxjhl<e--aj(enl in the history ol a>f* porate intrigue (T he may fw an innocent, unwiwr in Jhe wa)-* of public perception* In any event. h»» »Jofy t* a (ascirjlinx one lUthhun headexl up prrtvjpn t>ve mosU crucw! governmen! i!u«ly tn 4 decade how much oil ami £A,» u really av4iUib!e in th« t'nitr<t .Sutm The study will t» A t*»»i.» for many far-re^chintf (k>me»<)c and foreign policy ifeciiUwu. Tr«r ive«l for »uch /i it IK!) wa* otivuxn In ihc itw government had only the work of the ml and ga» industry And th«ir wwd on oii and ga.i re»«rve». it waa su»p«tt«l, w«,» heavily influenced by the profit motive So one wan really *ure whether tlvere wa-» an energy crwi», or whether th* industry w*t limply holding out for higlwr price* So Congress uulhorued the &tu<ly in 1973. and Daniel fUthbun was placed in direct command Karly la»t month, the study was com pleted it gave the industry a clean bill of health, assuring that (he figure!) compiled by the American Petroleum Institute were es.wntially accurate. Now here's the rub Daniel f lath bun has turned up on the American Petroleum Institute payrol This in a little like a judge going to work (or a man he JUM declared not guilty, it raises doubts about the integrity of the verdict I lath bun and his former employers at the Fderal Knergy Ad- 4U*e t! «*» " kicked (r, c«n«vt''" ««ftf.»$ COR One t'ur KrarA 'A»rb "tut the rw*T h* heard <t{ tUtMAin't />M"t;on !<t eiprrt.i. mrjniirruie. *tr* U-a? tuthln*-! 0*44 no« have infly^xr*} tfw dwsry fix tfxlwutry mlertni » wt-* tlnl iUOvtuun not have tnflwf-rM:«l trw ».lijdy tat irxHwtry to oil heavily infiuencrd by the American Petroleum Inititute ('oniumer group* were alto-ae*! !o make MJgjjesJjora *>nJy after they kkked up rwir h«rls But in the end. rruny at Ihetr »URjjwili«»fM» were in.-|«d«Ti in th* crucial <|w»tKmraire To make matters even Xickicr, lUlhrwn himself it** ln-vn neither « *amt nor a wrmer in anyone' i eyes •> while a public servant Swrie <rf hi* dccuiortt a* a d*-puiy a M)! uant adnniUKtralnr have angered c«v sumer groups, and some have angere.1 (he Industry Everyone agrewi he U a top night luiuticinn Rathbun himself (old our luwociate Jack Qoherly that rw *e« no conflict since h« will noi f« involved in data collection at the API But Rathhun'» move to industry *i costs a shadow over the govern- men!'* " independent" oil ami gat reserve findings

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