The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 2, 1975 · Page 4
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Freeport, Texas
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Tuesday, December 2, 1975
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•••I MAZOSKMtr MM • The Facts I1TAIUJHID If li W c JAMBS 1 NAkOftS, IDtTOM AND PUtUSHlM GLENN HEATH Extcutivt Editor CHESTERSURBER BuMntts M»n*g*r DEPARTMENT MANAOIMINT GERALDDEW Retail AdvwtlUno Manager PEARUGLOVER Ciassilidd AdvertlstnoAAanagtr JAMESA.BARNETTJR. GEORGE W.JOHNSON Composing Room Foreman PATQUISENB6RRY Prtu Room Foreman MANEU.E MALUORY OHIC«Ma<Mo«r CARRY HILL Circulation Director ^^ OIXONH.NABORS f^^ Assistant to me Puttistwr omment, Upinion Publlsrted daily and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park Av*.. Freepcrt, Texas, by Review Publishers. Inc., located at 307 E Park Ave., Freeport. Texas. James 5. Nabors. President Subscription rates By carrier, dally and Sunday. U. 10 per mcnm. Mall subscription rates are TUESDAY, DECEMBER J. tt'5 available cm request, and are payable in advance. Ratw above include applicable salM tax. EDITORIAL POLICY: News reporting in tNs newspaper shall be accurate and fair Editorial expression shall always M Independent, outspoken and consc tent Sous f»*9«4 A CONSERVATIVE VIEW VIEWPOINT Driving HODs off of the road More than half of those killed and maimed on America's highways each year — and there were 46,200 in the first category in 1974 — are victims of the HOD, the Habitual Offender Driver, says the National Association of Insurance Agents (NAIA). Statistically, the number of HODs is few, only about S per cent of the driving population, but the wake of destruction they leave is enormous. The Habitual Offender Driver drives too fast, and the number one cause of all fatal accidents on rural roads in 1974 was speeding. The HOD drives left of center, and that was the number two cause of 1974 fatal accidents. Then comes failure to yield right of way, improper overtaking, making improper turns and following too closely — and the arrogant and irresponsible HOD is guilty of all these. Police files in one state show a HOD who is 11 years was arrested 25 times for traffic violations — 10 arrests for drunk driving, 10 for driving under suspension, and five for speeding, reckless driving and running a red light. He has been arrested an average of 2.3 times a year, has held his license legally for only three months during the 11 years, yet he continues to drive, says the NAIA. Records from another state show 1,365 convictions for 100 habitual offenders. Still another state shows one man with 32 convictions that have cost him over $5.000. Despite his revoked driver's license, he is still driving. The NAIA, which represents independent insurance agents in each state, has long campaigned for laws to get the HODs off the road and keep them off, which means pulling them in jail if necessary. In 1968, Virginia became the first state to pass habitual offender legislation. Its law stated that any driver with three major or 12 minor traffic convictions within a 10-year period was to be certified as a Habitual Offender Driver, lose his driver's license for 10 years and go to prison for one to five yeans if caught driving after loaing his license? When th« law went into effect tn Virginia, 36 HODs didn't believe it. They did after they started serving time in the state penitentiary. The law was credited with a drop in Virginia's highway death rate of some 20 per cent within two years. By contrast, states which lacked anti-HOD laws continued to record increases in traffic fatalities Other legislatures began looking at the NAlA's model law, which requires no outlay of state funds, requires no additional manpower, keeps licensing at the state level and makes for uniform definitions, enforcement and penalties Since Virginia in 1968, 20 other states have passed habitual offender legislation: North Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts. Washington, Indiana. Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Ohio, Delaware, Louisiana. South Carolina. Oregon, Colorado. Tennessee. Iowa and Montana. But in 29 states the HOD is still allowed at large Until all the states join the fight to get the Habitual Offender Driver off the road, says M Jay Wanamaker, president of the NAIA. the nation's auto fatality and injury toll will continue to be tragically and needlessly high. Berry's World "Whew! Well, that wraps up another season. Now I know how George Blanda leeis!'' PAUL HARVEY NEWS Reflections on the CIA report By J.VMKS J. KIU'ATKICK Now thai the dust has settled from the great CIA report, perhaps a couple of sober questions may be asked. Was this particular report In the national Interest? Is tyrannicide ever morally justified? I would answer the first Question, no, ami the second question, uncertainly, yes; but on these issues there is abundant room (or reasonably minded men to disagree The questions defy easy answers Consider, first, the report itself It is described by the Senate In- telligence Committee, with emphasis, as an interim report. The implication is that other findings on other attempted assassinations are yet to cojne The committee's conclusions, tentative as they are, are something less than final What compelling necessity, we may inquire, demanded release of such a Interim report? I know of none Even as an interim report, the committee's conclusions are rem a r k a b1y inconclusive Descriptive words recur: uncurtain, incomplete, insufficient, doubtful, speculative, unclear, conflicting. "Partial Commitment" BUSINESS MIRROR Like to get a raise in lump sum? ByJOH.Vd.NMFK biuioesi Analytt NEW YORK «APy -'How would you like to receive your next raise in a lump sum rather than spaced out in monthly or biweekly paychecks over an entire year's time" 1 Companies that have tried the method claim it has enabled them to improve worker morale at almost no additional cost to themselves, assuming of course that the raises were due to be granted anyway. Workers report they benefit by- being able to take advantange of investment opportunities, pay cash for long-delayed purchases, settle large bills, take vacations and even build savings accounts Some life insurers, who are the principal users of lump sum pay plans, consider them second only to flexible work hours as the most popular of the relatively newer "fringe" benefits A study by the Life Office Big cities, like dinosaurs, doomed? What happened to the dinosaurs? They overate. It is the consensus of anthropologists that the dinosaurs grew too big for their own good, got too fat to forage — and finally too weak to support their own weight. There is increasing evidence that our big cities, consuming more than they are producing, "too weak to support their own weight," like the dinosaurs are doomed. By now New York City would be belly-up except for transfusions supplied by the rest of us. AM most all large cities are in a similar bind. Tlie bigger they get beyond 50,000 population the more they suffer from cascading debt, excessive labor contracts, runaway pension obligations and a form of malignancy which feeds on itself. Just as one for-instance, the bigger the city the more fire calls per capita. Typically, the tag-city politicians «* elected and reelected by promises to do more for the electorate, burdening their cities with more social services. These "promises" have attracted to the big cities low- or no-income outsiders who characteristically consume more taxes than they produce. And so it is that cities under 50,000 population spend an average $158.32 per person per year for municipal services. For cities over 300,000 that cost is doubled. For cities of a million it's quadrupled. For a city such as New York the per-capita cost of "services" is astronomical—last year $1,223.68. Remember, for a city of 50,000 it was $158. For a city of millions, $1,200 plus! In these biggest cities "public welfare" is thebiggest item on the budget. There are some exceptions— a few large cities are thriving, such as Phoenix, Memphis, Houston, San Diego. They appear able to continue to attract new businesses and middle-income wage earners and to be able to reach out and annex "bedroom suburbs" with their immense tax potential But the 14 big cities which are decaying are so hemmed in that their population density is triple that of the still-growing cities. As surely as all excesses tend to correct themselves, there is a mass exodus from New York City. Overstuffed Chicago's population has shrunk 5.8 per cent in the past tiiie* ><--jis. This natural streamlining is a much more healthlul remedy than any federal cash bailout which inevitably would compound the pressure and perhaps eventuate in some hideous manifestation of internal combustion. Americans wilj head back to rural areas only when they are weaned. And the cities, divested of luxuries, with reduced payrolls, improved productivity and frugal money management, might grow old with a degree of dignity. The committee studied our government'* role as to five men: Lumumba in the Congo, ('astro in Cuba, Diem in Vietnam. Schneider In Chile, ami Trujillo In the Dominican Hepubllc The finding* boil down to this In two of the i-as«* tlAitwiroba and Castro), assassination proposal* went beyond mere discussion ami reached » stage of specific planning In th* other thra? cases, there wai talk only In none of the five tun did CIA agents make an actual at tempt fiver* i» a "r*a»nable n» ference" that Ki»t>nho*er aulhorued an iisjinsunuiiw) effort «i to Uwnumba, but thf Inference is offset by evidence to the contrary Other prraidrnU are cleami That is the *um total ol «.«w page* of testimony. th«usaiuis of hour* of work by *talf members, -UK! W |Mtf''* of an interim! What a mountain of I a tor, one it minded to otswrve, to produce •*> incomplete, and mcom-Iusive cwo ciiuiMvi, wrui" price must Sw paiU" 'Itw c«rtnmitie* report prmitkft a rich mral (or America'* i.ku actor* to f*-**! im Us rMsufj >.rf t>u» publication, t!w t'lA s »itai i*»k *ili fje niaiie more ilifdf ul: Uve in telllgenirr ncrvlce* •>< Jrtrtiiliy ndtluna *ill think !»tcf «t»u! ct*jjxTatl(tj{ l/i tfw fulurr A liias* f>t hi|{.?i!v un»4«se material ru>A rwj-* !.<<•«> cuinp«Ir«J in written foftn, i! '*ill fa* ^ it:tr«cJe >t thi.t mairridl n i»x !«-jk«i or sU»!en It u a itfan^c rirrctw* tr. nj'.»r^»l tnaiiwrhttrn, thu» to Miigrlldtv our^lvrt Jjefurr '.!:*• w-i.-rld TJie o.WiftliMr*^ ut rt'Ufve (r«rU other* Vif "TTK cun»mi(5<* t» !Jw trvi'.h al>",!t tlw Aisij,>,5 I* loiil l upj»i J net! We TTJ«V< jny ounientiufi thd! the .'act.* t)nt«:{<:«^4 in because tlxjy art' pmtiarrniKing to the United Stales " No one can quarrel with th* commute*'* abstract ttefenw of th* people's right to know But do tl* people have a right to Juwv. everything" l>> th* people h^^a , right to know th« intimate, sordid \ details apelM out in this Interim : report • For my own part, I deny H the plot against t.umumua evolved from an appfeheniion , soundly ba*«J at the time, that th* Soviet Union, through Lunt unite, ; *a» about t«» take over th* Ctongo ; IxxA at a map of Africa; «*n template the ecftsrqwwiet at{ain*t Castro i-volved actual, pfywcal pf«*«ftc« of ! miuitat in Club* I'M Commutiiit p#(ie(trattoii in the WMtrrn lli-mttprxfe Ttw fivitunl mind r«oU» frwr any thuuithl <;( mUftJcf ifi o*Ul i'I A *a* piiXtUig Th* t!*f*i,tiy. Uianr* i»r»J t*4h rt-tscl ami It it ttt) O balance !iir!ih«XKj th«' thaa !ii# that i.V-y tUd w< ' ttu* *« * rhiUir.X Jv«;i So !)*v«>J a* u" u tJwrre (so c*w fti> ^^~ 'ft H t! I the m ci the Irafliil <t*x*:M!*fj*rt<-icn hin rjvAil'w^s *"-«!•'! th-u hair b !hc MERRY-GO-ROUND The Scoreboard for law and order " 11 » JACK VM)*:».voS *«h l.« Vtfeuirn W,\M(IN<>T»N Nuon >rdrt, Sam r/rtin-r •* rrp to tj it up >.n 5-Vrr.r >.<*. tn S|«r-i U'* AtvS M.4inagcmtmt A5.wx'i>jt!(j<5, ,in in dustry grtiup !Ka! runs sprcui course* for executives and managers, (ouml th^t ab<>ut 25 life ia*urers (ww o{(rr ttw bcn«fi? UiS that very few out»id« Ow industry drt 11>py trac* many of the plans to a program t<c«un in IW9 -by 1,'nion Mutual l.ifp Inturvinc*- Co . for (land, Maine, that was !imit«rd to I'tiipjoyirvs with A minimum »«!ary of 115,000 and 10 years service .Smc« (hi-, Union Mutual ha* expanded its program to mcluxk- thaw al a salary level of Ji<),«t» and alxjve with five years service, ami permit* imrm-djatc p<irticipatirm for •WXTIF higher level rxccutivea It plans further expansion While lump sum programs haven't bei-n accepted fhr<wg))out industry as have w>me other types of benefits. them- who already have them believe there are special rea*r»m today why that might happen After decades of increased benefits many industries feel they have reachwi a limit, albeit perhaps a temporar) one Flexible hours and lump sum pay programs permit them to add benefits withmit further iiK:rea.aing coaU from the worker's viewpoint, the program permits a greater feeling of control over income at the very time that some industries and banks are preparing for the automatic, electronic transfer of payrolls tn banks. Users of the plan don't deny there are a few disadvantages Foremost, perhaps, is that Uie lump sum payments sometimes require uUUitunal administration and record-keeping Dedications, for example, must be worked out in advance. In addition, many plans develop variations in which one half the raise is accepted in a lump and the remainder spread out as an addition to each paycheck. Another drawback is that the impact tends to diminish with time. The employee forgets about the lump sum received and already used, and feels he is not making any more money than a year earlier. But isn't this, defenders ask, more a comment on human nature and an inflated economy, than a criticism of lump sum pay programs? than the practice Tbr term "*&» politic* f;> Kk'l'urd KI'ifxtnY.*!. "!J»-« A/X! afir? cr> 'or !!.»rr> in S3*j-< John Mitrfrf-H pn-k IWSfl jn;| m,uir H live :nJtr. Kichanl Nuor, » rjimpaii AjJfW* tJJVr tou>l M«I,T tn orvVr" mi 'Jw i'arr.[u;j{n AA their rr*4r'J, Afttv"*. Mi'c.'veii awl KlrtftrforoV. Iwcarnc Uw rhiri promisors of U* and ordrr in thr Nnuri Admtiuftrittbirt "flvey jouvni m January U/TJ. in proclaiming a major ntr* ant) crime program Th«ry vcrwrrf. a! -i f»»t o( %\(*'i mtlliufi. to reduce crime in fifth! Urgrird oties >»> (Ut per cent in tat> >eam and up In 20 p»*r cent in five y live ihtfv la* iir,4«ftkr later lUimbitfl over the U r * tJwrn and vtowwi up m v. trying of Jwpardy twforr the rourts Their 4nli <:nme sadly, didn't t'.irr much belter The t .aw Knfnrcrrnml As.M»!j»nce Administration -I.KAA> trails it u !«) early to <B.WSS ih* impact tl th* program upon crime The agent") '> own crime figures. upon *ruch (he program was haunt. are still fit i!>J till \tl pfojrct.s rfinsf ramrfthirifs.*. liaA D £ £«•? i'^TVt THf i.'st '} '>< ''I IKM.tfO !tv<n 1.KA.A far Thin 4iiin ! dtf'^if'r cti»v». X '• jncr frri! r-wpwvw tjsjcfj; Tot.*! >"T\H.\r. *l r > f*-r err.!. r» l *ctv**:> jxi.jj)',:.'! ',h^r« (he Nriwr^ it tbr THr CTIW IS. 47i.4gi for Adult correction* j rq>=rt bwnrd in files. Ufily Ui.jw or ) pur cent erf Ihr !<>?al hjn] t#fn eipcmicd " Th* nt> *prnt »mxbrt IW.WJb iv ttfert \\$}ti>n% Ttx* crime rate, never r«'kr«e(l 176 per f«V TV wme r«t»*t charges that fu*J>eeJ shrail Hut the FIJI'* crime have become the official >ardttick of just how much evil lurks in the hearts of men Th«?*e figures, which are accepted a* Mrnpture by lawmen everywhere, »fn>w tJval («(«! crime In the ei^lit lar|ffte<l cities did not drop five per cent but shot up more than *3 |jcr cent during tlv« two-year, 197274 period In all fairncax the $160 million w,i-t disbursed with the particular intent of reducing homicide, rape, rnltbcry and aggravated a&aiiult In thtue categories, the eight citiirs did better, with an average twreaae of only 10 2 per cent Two of the cities, Dallas and Newark, actually showtxi small declines In these more grievous crimes From LKAA's confidential files, we have Itarnt-d how some of the 1160 million was spent It might be enlightening to compare the expenditures with the crime figures - In Atlanta, a full $ I 5 million was spent to purchase helicopters to increase police "visibility " Another $72,750 went "to modify existing field report forms," and (28,246 was used to hire an administrative assistant for the police chief None of this kept the crime rale ft urn soaring 46 4 per cent. - In Baltimore, $442,848 was awarded to hire civilians for desk work ami. thereby, to free policemen to fight crime. Another $420,777 wai invented in a Helicopter patrol, and $204,000 was spent for guards, TV monitors and intercoms to keep an lo »*« Up " "i Newark ptrrwhiurr isn .lUrr! StjjhSA An tn (r>f fjiling '.« ftjfnplrtir it* >-.-jiUwlj(;in:i ' 'fhc S-n»*rk cftm*' rate h».% nvot-rcl up • * prr "until the budnei w»* eihauited, independent of an) community input. c<»vniinat«i m»»ter plan ft twweliw dau " The crime rate. iicrortiingly, »<x»mcti ii 9 jier cent Footnote An official »pokr*man explain«d to tiur »*aoct«li>. Bob (r*en*. that !he money wa.» »UB ' pwd tw provide 'm«rc bang for the t»uck Th«? apokMmitn insisted that there had \M*n "individual project' »uccc*««8" and a "number of in »tar«cps" of reduced rrtme goaU Ati.NKW vu:/7J.K»: In an earr» column, we reported the backstage evenlJi that forced Spsro Agn«vr out of the vice presidency and lost him Use chance to become President According to wiuroos close to him. Agnew fwls he wan «uchrcd out of office by fonnw l'rc-si(k«l Hichard Nuon and is eager to tell the ttory. iluwever. the former Vice President is "muuled," said m friend, for another four yc&rY. liecau&e criminal charge* siiU hang over Agncw's head, h« won't be frw to public)] his book until the statute of limitations rum out Meanwhile hi* attorney and er- ktwhile Nixon intimate. Charles Colson. has written a book, which cUsciuutt* Agnew'i downfall. We have had access to the page proofr An Vice President. Agnew aoujt to be Impeached by (,'ongre** rtttner than indicted by a grand jury. Colson claims that President Nixon worked behind the licenes on Capitol Hill to undermine Angew "While House lob)>yi&U," wrote Coison, "had cut the ground out from und«f their own Vice President. 1 '

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