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, « EDITORIAL Public school Equity evaded "Let's See Now. Connolly's on First, Schlesinger's on , , . No, Wait a Minute . . ," TMK HNAXOWOKT Despite its strong performance in many facets of legislation, the 63rd Texas Legislature evaded a practical solution to school financing. Now pressure mounts from school official* and others to persuade Gov. Dolph Briscoe to call a special session to < deal with the problem. Public schools are faced with two basic financing problems. One is that coMs are rising faster than the sources of revenue available to the school districts. TV other is an Inequitable system of distributing slate aid to the systems. A revelation at the hearings this wc«k of the House Education Committee illustrates part of the reason for both problems. A school official testified that Governor Briscoe, largest landowner in the county, rendered property at f7,u an acre. Similar land surrounding his holdings showed sales of 20 times that amount. That means the governor himself has a conflict of interest in one of the interim solutions proposed for relieving the inequities in state aid. His political views conflict with most other plans for improving state financing of school systems. The Legislature faced a crisis in financing as the session approached. A court had ruled that the local property tax was discriminatory, and the outlook was that the state might have to take over the full cost of public schools — if the federal government didn't do so earlier. But the court ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court, taking the pressure off the governor and legislature. Without the court's mandate, the governor put the lop priority on appropriations that would fit within the present sources of revenue. The Legislature complied, though Rep. Neil Caldwell, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was critical ol some of the problems a no-new-tax BRUCE B/OSSAT bill would fail to solve. If the school financing crisis had been « priority of the governor and more legislators, the probable solution would have been a major increase in state spending, and this in him would have meant a major new tax bill. The makeup o( the Legislature indicates that the likeliest source would have been a corporate profits tax. Otherwise, an increase in the sates tax. This was staved off with a request from the governor for a flat sum. to be shared by school districts without regard to need. But this failed to paw. The matter of inequities could have been met without a tax increase, and in correcting the imbalance, the Legislature would have caused an improved money picture (or many ol the districts that are hurting worst What's needed for fairness b to have a state-wide standard (or appraising property values, with the state enforcing fair appraisals, or having its own agencies do the appraising. The state aid to local school districts is based in part on local property valuation (on the assumption that this is one measure of local ability to pay). County valuations are used to determine this factor But appraisals in Bratoria County approach actual value Much of the land of the state is appraised at a fraction similar to me governor's ranchlawl If valuations that more nearly reflected market values were used uniformly throughout the state. Use "poor" districts would gain local financing that would amount to no more than landowners paying their fair taxes under present law. Ttxaw 4 districts would receive less state aid, but would need less And a greater share «ould go to those counties, like our own. that have been penalized (or decades by discrcpancu-s in the book value of properly. Comment and Opinion r'rt«fH»t. , 4*1*21. fagtl ANDERSON MfKP.Y-GO-ROUND Bureau of Mines: Indiscreet actions JACK ,VM»:*UH)S ttck*U «*1 o»pw»l* T*o top itarnui of (irs>AM»li«m teevptai fr*t travel trwm the coal ., *«*» n» « (ru«i with tNe ll* itonxtor, l*r Ktbwri *#car«bia« to teMfehw ti tjul Jkbtea |{«*M* *** ixt\trt«i" to tea* «« a* am*, t* ort. Uitt toe w*f dating WfHCtf. «« e t*%»We Co (vttefe Skfcfcif* far it ..._ wi, vsoitM-Mi.s ttwt t* is* BUSINESS MIRROR »,»» (V Wlsefi f* ihn'tepevS taev-aws* nt A *• tor ss* : 'Scientism' .. ' : .v&» and 'Historicism' 1 once knew an elderly lady wt» would afUB cfeuriUbly dinniM evidence of • man'* pcnonal idtatyncrmiy by wyinf: "Ob, that's just one of hit tittle •nms/ " Mar* recently, I beard a rtHtinyiHhed Britiih acieotict. Sir Peter Medovar, "ho WQB M Nflod price for wtirt in imjnuQOiofy f arfue penua*ively that too many people today are captivated by big "isms " He wasn't taking about the obvious frigfatenen ~~ c^trufn^i'YtfT^ and facism. His rwpptiinl was roocfa subUer, and more deeply perceptive of developing trends in HIOSSAT Two of the words be used are » bit bard to gulp down — sfimttsin and bistarictsm- Yet they have their clear, forceful point By "sdentism" Sir Peter means the practice, growing apace, of investing excessive faith ifc science u capable of virtually every miracle conceivable. The scientific revolution of the past three decades, a real thunderbolt, has seemed to make such faith pjamtMf But, in the Britisher's judgment, sritirtism tout defined contains a danger. The peril is that such inordinate faith, directed down one single coanod. lifts humanity's etpeclatioos beyond reasons btf heights. In their precipitous rise, tbcse expectation* already have been given unwarranted - and hence basically cruel — upward thrust from glib, easy- promising politicians. atedowar plainly opposn any move toward "one cause" or "one hope" theories to explain what's happened or ought to happen to society. "Historkiam" tie ptrctive* a* the habjl of laying too big a load on the back of history. Thaw wedded to this notion *«* history M some kind of predetermined course, never truly altered by accidents of human behavior or pworainy traits. It is such thinking that kad* analysis today to contend th»t UM> American leader* who took us, ttagt by stage, into a big-*cate though sidl limited war in Vktsam »«•«• "doomed by history." What they mean, of course, is that tbne leaden were impraooed by "cold war" psychology growing out of the turbulent world into evident ievere conflict with Uw Soviet Union and China. Some of these analyst* v«tn to argue contranly, since it introduces a "human option" that the dooorofd-by-hliiory theory would hardty permit, that our whole Asian policy ftnctudifig Vietnam) would have been different had not the "Communist witcfa-huntiAg" of the days of the UU Wisconsin S*ti Joseph McCarthy brought the ousting of "expert China hands" from the US diptonatk service. Now I don't know what Sir Peter Medowar thinks about either the coid war or Vietnam. But I would gueu he would sniff a questionable aroma of "pre- desuny" in much of this kind of thinking Which leads me to one of the belter known "isms" that particularly troubles Ibis scientist — fatalism. This idea b, of course, the ultimate in the realm of pre- dettination.fae most extreme extension of "historicism." To be a fatalist ts to accept the concept thai no one can really change anything by whim, chance, or accident. It's all decided. The future is locked up. Sir Peter finds fatalism deeply tcarriog many people's concerns over the environmental crisis a/dieting the world. Without for a second downpiayittg the existing deterioration aod the menace of more, he refuse* to cry doom. He beUevca that what man makes be can unmake lie beUrves man can ute technology to build without self-defeating destruction I guew he has his own "ism" — huaumtMn — a faith ia man btaueU. BEfflirS MIX JWt SHOW t GIT HAS mum *o*or**<> tm Slight recession on 1974 horizon? 4* tuft v'««!S IS* wnS OM»»fft Aew IS* **» *ft»* in '/(ten" him Jt«jtit t' »» I** tt Vi . ".» tt»«*s<» fei&M is ? Iftwt j "ii\* la *H«SMi&bfc« Bj JOHMTSNttT US. NEW YORK »AP> — Now tha» Uw ti-psfkaajjy Sa cv-oooaik beoro apc*an ID (w rt*ei*rasjt *vlh ilaeU into a residual nanW*,. Ux* fixua of attention amccs; «cooomt»t» t» co bow ra»rt for weak that rvontk will txconw ihwy (xM thr Will there b* A raMtssiau'!' WlU UK eatnj four mstebmf* datociiancr ef t.V oaUoo'k •wvducttnA f«Kn:iw«" e«ni ; worttng at capacity,;»wc«t mwM* to lj«c«-4 D K4i« A pfv:\n» i»««*-t Ule*. as OK*. I Vfft. fstfe irt 4 tIStiSsft i"i»s»f»*y * V» .. to .<Xs often in ttar pdui? et <nr«tUccs» in Ibf of the UCTWWS* c>cl« b IntizsUul producltee movmi ef- itcuaieg co<2Un*ctic*!, *tmi(hi W»l art' t*Ul«e««r. frrT!«i{ EjV jttificaii it Ujttmi '.-C .wrr (luf'iii S.Vv^Ji, 111 V* l! Vit siR-> wlUtev! tjtrinc ta for eo otNtr rest«uc 'JUn (ft* It M it^ro »uch M ibr»«- watch eteatty tecauac "t<7 rrvru! mocfe tt« biauxsrt cyctr. ihit palWn) of tfut •*«• hjTt Ion* *au£&i to (Xtiun but April apparently must Jtcrrp* ttid of lh» Kar rumple, thr >U<c of trnprovtas) c)ck. w oftm cud* nwne pranoaand 67 •uytett of {t«a*b th*l be baj&t U» fofiowina! Ttey *»dd to Uw buoro. but at the Gil Mk* * year TP illu.»tr»t<. Us IwUrvc Usal aehicvrd fureord btgh *ak» tkrt rttMrf yrstr by attracting * u-.maxn or trwrr U»«n tn itt. l.s« W«« 'Ktm't v to * Uul ixf^A tt« t>]m cr curt; to tat its Sw *|trr ftjn 05* «t r«* 5S«» Wl&H:lf«t!Be, JUp. +w> tttw »fti t 6* by K R Uvfwj«h mWyxaf wish fUrf, »lor«tn< , much t*«t*r 4.{t«f«9«% tat mt ! delayed buying until Ktrr art tfsnf modcan bul nvadc duriisf th»r p**i l»o «<rclu erf Axntrtca — "TV of uV t'mtnl States the fins h»tl o« tfn k» c!«a/tj PAUL HARVtY NEWS tnw "tru*" r«r<*«*» two Uw . "We fa "WiUt UK gn»*U» rat« of rval output. alauaat douWe the i«v«ragf rale for the fw*i two deradet, the big qv«»tJCf» o whether UV rtpjfxwon ran br ilcwtd to a m«rc .vusUtnablp rate without *n *cttal ifc>*nlurn in tcooomic activity "We brit«y« a uaUuubk fuU etttpioynxnt growlh path will be tciticvtd without a fuli-blcwn rtctmiko, hcnvvtr. real output growth could be dote to WTO or even negative fa one quarter to Ute 1V73 or early IW4." The Confcrrac* Board. A buOncM grw}> headed by Alexander Trovbrtdtfr, fomver HAL BOYLE'S PEOPLE Democrats make good Republicans iir about « rtcciuax* t>y Us* to tit* rjfiy in lV7i Bui (wfu-^J '*f* rsitr«l. et the even* cttt't a 4 AJ Lcif Otwn. Nalwr-il City fUnk, put* a. th* fca&aB> H not * racket Out *utomaiiic4l}; <ta»$/D}« iit«tf -*ktn it *tc(M U» bum out tt* futt "It canutm IMS* ««rw)>Mt«»i< fnttufft that nutd* u to xfctw to * marc owtrul i'» *<UI a btife *arty to a r«C**»k*l here" tM l» »*i wfco from llcf*it>ltf*a Memory storehouse full of good, bad tMcnwarraU m*k* t'*rty twttcitttAg w the htg l«d(uf* fe«g.*n a* v. • rr<*nt(> a« SUoro f 5 *?^"" ago (na than ts ;«an ••tai» MA * ? (fere* to ta. hit (arty it* in T* " party r«n>tiar) UW4 tot «« Uw COP *t*n OM m«al H-UIVKt parly c»adid»lt. dtMtnchsnicd or dumprd. wa» KMT* liktiy lo create ha c^n tnbater part; and run t«kpciid*«itty M * "Bull MtKMttr" a* Tht>. U»e party pro ». Uw Mr*lf«K t but u a prwgnuttc (MirUsM poittics Mac* a nu4t Jote NEW YORK <AP) - The storebouse of memory is tike a barrel of apples. Some of the appks in the barrel art sweet and redoicet and U*ty and carry (tie bounty of summ«r's wealth and autumnal ripening But some have gone bad, and to save the better cooUnt* of the barrel, they must be throura away. So it is with tii* •rtorefeoutt of our memory. MoDt of our memorf**. if we have led ordinary live*, art- good and well worth because they renew u* M long as we live But wilto bad rae-merks, a* with Uw spoiled apple*, it I* better to cast UWID away. BOVU: the saving, Vou'te got a pretty good aasortrnent of uieroor** yourscU if you can look back aod re»H*ab*r when — A mirried woman would M toon go »JUrtk» M appear in public without w«arin| hw wedding riog Marc at Uw world 1 * busJAtai wan condudai tn olftce^ than to re«Unnint> or oogaUcaurM*. the kitchen was to kis» ms wif « h«»o wtwn he cam« ham* from work or to raid the icebox for a sandwich briar* retiring. Everybody la the family began to yawn if a dinner gueat didn't start making hi* goodbyt by 10 o'clock The favorite drink during Uw Prohibition Era, at least among the working classes, was bom* brtw. Soow of It was so potent that, if you didn't open the bottk carefully, U would explode and you'd g«i a scar instead U a drink. It waa Important what kind of family moved In next lo you, because neighbors played a gmttr rote in each other's lives II made a real rift I/ you didn't enjoy your neighbor A fellow fcit pretty well off financially if to shook hi* pocket* aad they Jingkd Today meaty that can only jlngl* doeao't say much; only money that makes a Ug rustic gcU mucn of a hearing if someone died of cancer, member* of the family of len Ui*d to kc*p the caus* of death secret, a* if U were somehow sfcunaful. Thaw was less iwuffertnct in U* worM. Paonif gaacrally f«U more stroAgly about ' But Sm Strtxn TburnMnd dcuwnslraUd thai • Democrat - wta a Southern Democrat - could ride an etrphant to vtetorv Caiifornta's Konald Reagan switctwd from Dcmwrai to H*puWw*fl ia UM carty Sixlto, was tkctcd g«w«no» a» a Republican and rtmatas a cootcnder for FresKknt on that ticket Georgia's Bo CalUway switched from Democrat b> Republican and subsequently got the most votes for gwrtranr ia IMt — but ton the titction in tbf Dtnwcrai- controfled <korgia tcfiaialur*. CaHaway iMnethckM xrvtd tn Congrm* M a HepubUcaa sod is now Mcrtiary of the Army in the GOP Administration On the other bant, no«t RepubikaM *bo tried to rid* ibe donkey grtUk.*edgff NoUbly Wayo* Horse of Ortgoo. John Lindsay of Now York, Johp Cotutaliy saya he did oot Itava la* Democratic Party. Uw party "kfl htm"; says UM party lunwd so far left ha was Ml out. track record M a ret* gttter Mar* to hi* credit to fate rvcord a* a tUU , adntiAistratar aod as a Whikr Haunt UPurAt-shooter /•* The only "tf" ift hw owOook Is thai MtMcr ("Wan ha* m«d« of ttunatif an uaaxM-* tarf-tt, aad tf UMT* k* a cWna to hi* armor ttosa* oofMscd hat* Urn* )t*n> la ftad aad tapoM U, *la84 up (nfl4 whkfc U. iiy for |*|-j{c»' gr^ pria., km TMI BRAZOSFORT FACTS as

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