The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 3, 1975 · Page 27
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 27

Freeport, Texas
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Wednesday, December 3, 1975
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•PI WAtowoor mm • The Facts 1*11 m JAMBJ I NAKHU, iDtTO* AND PUBUsHM OUENN HEATH EMcutlvt Editor CHESTER SURBER Business Manager DEPARTMENT MANAOIMINT GERALDDEW Retail Advertising Manw PEARLGLOVER Classified Advertising Manager JAMESA.BARNETT JR. Managing Editor GEORGE W.JOHNSON Composing Room Foreman PATQUISENBERRY Prttt Roorn Fortman NANELLEMALLORY Off Ic* Manager GARRY HILL Circulation Director OIXON H. NABOBS Assistant to ttw Publisher ^^ GEORGE W.JOHNSON —^ OIXON H. NABOBS m^^ Composing Room Foreman ^ "m Assistant to tn* Putotithw Uomment, Upinion Published dally and Swx»«y except Saturday at »? E. Park Av«., Freeport, Texas, by Review Publishers, inc., located at 307 E. Park Av»., Freeport, Texas.- James S. Nabon, President. Subscription rates: By carrier, daily and Sunday, 13.10 per monm. Mail subscription rates are available on request, and *r« payable in advance. Rate* above include appikabW sales tax. EDITORIAL POLICY. New* reporting In this newspaper srtall be accurate and lair. Editorial expression shall always be Independent, ouhpc*en and conscientious. WED., DECEMBER ), 1t7S JIM BISHOP: REPORTER VIEWPOINT 'Ballotese' is baffling Voters in communities across the country were confronted with all kinds of issues on Nov. 4, as they are every Election Day. The following, taken from the ballot in one small midwestern city, was not untypical: "Shall the charter amendment as proposed by Ordinance No. 1975-18 approved by the Blank City Council, September 3,197S, to amend existing Sections 3.14, 4.04, 4.05, 5.01, 6.01, 7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 9.01, 9.02, 10.1, 10.02, and 10.04, enacting new Sections 2.01, 5.01, 10.01, 10.02, 11.01, 11.01, 11.03, 12.01, 12.02, and 12.03, repealing existing Sections 4.06, 8.01 and 8.02, and renumbering existing and new sections incidental thereto, to provide for the appointment and removal by majority vote of Council of a city manager, who will assume office on Jan. 1, 1978, be adopted?" This particular issue, which was one of nearly a dozen similar phrased, was defeated by the voters of "Blank City." There is no way of telling bow many rejected it on its merits and how many were simply dazed by all the verbiage between the "Shall" and the "be adopted" and, uncertain just what it was they were being asked to decide, followed the old unwritten adage: "When in doubt, vote no." Now there are probably any number of good reasons of law and legal precendent why this kind of "ballotese" is necessary'- One can be pardoned, however, for sometimes suspecting that the legal mind's fondness for mumbo-jumbo Is not greatly different from that of the jungle witch doctor. Lawyers never use one word where three will do. A person's will does not merely give tils worldly goods to his heirs but "gives, bequeaths and dcvisest." Like the witch doctor's magical Incantation, unless the legal l>nguage is precisely so and exactly like that used from time immemorial, it isn't any good. But would it not be possible to use common sense and strive for a little more clarity on our ballots? Something like this: "Shall Blank City adopt a city manager form of government? The city manager would assume office on Jan. 1, 1978 and be subject to appointment and removal by majority vote of Council." Then below: "This charter amendment, proposed by Ordinance No. 1975-18 and approved by the Blank City Council, Sept. 3, 1975, would amend existing Sections. . ." and so on. Actually, this example is not bad at all. U is a model of simplicity compared to some involving matters like the issuance of bonds or the amendment of state constitutions. Issues have been known to be framed (could it be deliberately?) so that a negative vote is really a vote in favor, or vice versa. Little wonder that there is such widespread distrust of government and politicians and so much voter apathy. (NEA) City revenue aid The financial plight of New York and a few other targe cities to one side, America's cities are, in the aggregate, making ends meet. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, municipalities took in a total of $52.8 billion in fiscal 1974, an Increase of 9 per cent over the previous year. Expenditures totalled $52.2 billion, an 8.8 per cent increase. A growing proportion of city revenue is com ing from the federal and state governments, however, in th* form of grants-in-aid and shared taxes. Federal support rose from 3.5 per cent to 12.4 per cent of general revenue in fiscal 74 and state aid went up from 17.3 to 23.7 per cent. In other words, well over a third of all municipal revenue that year was not generated by the cities them- sdves. A reflection of this is the fact that, while property taxation continues to be the single most important source of city income, as a percentage of total revenues it declined from 41.2 to 27.7 per cent. Berry's World "Q(jft grandchildren W me'* port&t than YQVR grandchlldrenl" The generals in the Pentagon say thnt Israel has one good war left In her. After thnt — what? The holocaust? I doubt U. There are military whispers that Israel has nuclear weapons. It Is called an "open secret." If so, It is one that Henry Kissinger hasn't told us. One of the ironies Tn the life of our butterfly Secretary of State is that the more problems he solves, the more he is held In suspicion here and abroad. In press conferences, he is as coy as a sex fiend In a convent. He seldom reveals his Intentions. Most of vis who listen subtract what he says from what he didn't say and try to reach a quotient. If little Israel is a nuclear power, Kissinger would do well to explain it to the Arab world. Golinth should know that David now has a slingshot of awesome proportions In any diplomatic game, hydrogen bombs are the ace of trump •JUST MODELS' The last time 1 sat with General Ilzhak Ha bin in an innocent-looking, vine-covered cottage near Tel Aviv, be had a bookcase laden with missile A WORD EDGEWISE Israel's awesome open secret' models, I asked If Israel hud the big ones. "Just models," he said modestly. It swmed embarrassing thnt n grown man would collect toy*. The plaything* have matured, They are standing in hidden fields •- deadly asparagus. They also hang from the wings of bombers This alters the balance of power in the Middle Mast. Thirty-eight million Moslems have the oil and the money. Three million people have • the power to destroy the Arab world. Such destruction could easily include the oil fields of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran This, in turn, would bring Western civiliialion to a screeching halt No oil - no Industry In such circumstances it is dif- (it:ult to understand why, in the pa.itt two years, American and European public opinion has turned away from Israel The swing is more than a modified anti-Israel stance It u pro Arab The West hus drenched tl»*lf in crude oil The Katun government will not announce its nuclear capability assuming Israel MAS tt because such weapon* are a vice a» well ai a virtue, Trw unwritten rule in the nuclear club U, "He who has them must not use them." Tactically they are worth a lot solely as a threat The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. have poured score* wf billions into such weapons A* a ghastly presence. If one button U pressed accidentally, if one bird flies the night skies to another nation, Mother Earth wilt be reduced to a floating dark cinder. Each has th« power of overkill, each known that it can not be u*ed This toads Jo a quejrtlorr. Under whal circumstances would Israel us* atom and hydrogen bombs 1 Perhaps if ita people were being pushed into the sea If it happened, radioactive du»t wmild sweep the* world b*tw«n tb« 30th ami Soth parallels and uw« ot millions o| people would die Thu* ihe questtafi revert* frwn the xtralestic to th* moral Has any nation the right to kill million* oV uuM>c«its in olh*f Uivis'" PKU'KOKPKHtHW No CouW it happen'* Yes C'owk! it be prevented? (If tours* If muscular big brothers. the U.SSJt and th* U.1A would til togethw a»>d hammer out a final p#«c* for Israeli and Arab, and Imps** H on lh* Middle Ea»t. the several twliona could revert to industrial pursuit Sooner, rather than later, the Ar n oil billion* will buy nuclear weapon* They have both the money and Ih* hate Saudi Arabia can make an' offer which no one can refuse It U U» the interest of America and Kutt&i to seek peace in lh* Middle K*|l now. Will they*' No On* awunwis that Gerald Ford comprehend! lew what Henry KUslngw telt« him TtP PretuuVttl'* mwt rteent gesture *<u to «wkc*e wwiing SH) American* to *tand in no -man's-tand brtw*en Ih* K«ypUan »«*• lw»ell force* Thi» is akin to *e**liftg * buy ar mwJ with * water p*»*a» to figM a fu* in a ttyrutmiie f»ri«y It tw k»g«r matter* *ht» « pro lw»*Ui*l*t*>H pro Arab P**e*tn Ihr M kittle KA»J u ol p*r»mtiu4$ impotl&tK* to mf country, the Urtilwi .Slate* ot Atnrrwa The great charade in Vietnam By JOHN P. HIKUE Beginning around 19t>3 the international Communist political warfare apparatus began orchestrating a worldwide campaign to "Recognize the Viel Cong!" By 1967 the din was appalling: pickets outside the White House, visitations of scholars and clergymen, screamers on television, and marchers on the Pentagon assured all and sundry that American refusal to recognize the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front i N'tJ-*» guaranteed a continuation of the war It was a beautiful job -- particularly since the vast majority ot those involved didn't know the NIJ-' from the NRA — and those of us on the receiving end often felt as though we were in a steel drum being showered with bricks. So. eventually, after the great charade over the shape of the Ubie at the "peace" negotiations in Parts, we admitted the NLF as an independent party to the discussions Hardly a day passed without the extremely effective Mr* Nguyen Thi Binh appearing on television news denouncing American intransigence. Weil, that was long ago and in a distant it ta quite clear that rec«»!nUi! the NtJ-' Ha not tksesn't We who *aid the whole !hwg waj» <t fake from the ouS.wt arr in the position of the cavalryman with an Iratun arrow in his back Askrtl by the doctor if it hurt, h* MI<,|, "Italy when I laugh, I)**:, only wtwrt I bugh " ONTHKSIUKU.NKS Kvcr since the (all of the Hcpubttc o< Vietnam last spring, th* N'LK ha.* tx»n *hunti«l to !h* nuVlinrs Wuh (.•hAracteristic ruthle&sn«"M r I'ttani Van IX»^{ aiwJ l# Duan shum«'lf a southernicr > havr throwti away .1 loul lout its uUllty Mrs. Hinh still make* a »$>wch from time to time, btrt hrr *p«e«:h' WTitrrs r»w ttnntuutoti: the unity erf North »ntJ .South Vietnam, not uV autorvomy o( th* NLF's Provtsiciaat Government In J cljt<mjc bit ot chutrpjh. HATM did support th« 4fJm,.**ion of t-*o Victnanw tnto fh* I'mtrd Nattixu perhaps drawing a l<-s*on (rof» tf» Soviets whogo< the states." thf firAlnv afi actmittixi to the world The \'ietrum<M ploy was vftofd by !tw? United Slates Meanwhile back tn Intlochitw >h«r the day o( victory the Smrfh K e(l«clivrly rul«J by th* .SWth mitilary IrU b> Tr»n Van Tra 3t (>:* » whctv c««V- lty Saigon *«,» put on tune it *«,» fsifmrri) an <dl ThwMf gwrrrnmrttu that riuhrd Co rrcugntic th* Crxrvujutu) (io\rrnmrn( '{echntcallji lls* People'* Kevotuttontry PHG; (he Nl> Kaif WCTP politely Us- by (Ur.wt thai con*ui*. ^*/^ iirnb4»*s<!<JM. would suldcr tor th* PfUJ Mf* 4UtMCSiUfn]i tA 't*f thr Further to e>npK«.tijr after -SaH{o«i feii ••«-* tw< to the PHt; despite iu It w*i «hipp«J N«*th w now bring 4iKtta«wl t**, (» I'm that r* Ml for ti The taitiptc thw la t ttrfis ?fw UxJ«*d, I mci «ith wtwm I aircraft !o «.«*i that u\iw Hut t» Mrs PHI; from llano*. nc< (ram gn Mtni.itrr o< the wnlff 5 utu !«•!). it P4lp:*!ir,!4rs j' ' A »«ry Cuba training Puerto Rican activists By JACK ANDERSON with Us Whlurn WASHINGTON - Despite the balmier Caribbean breezes blowing between Cuba and the United Slates, secret Senate testimony warns that Fidel Castro is still trying to spread his revolution to U.S. territory. The veteran investigator Alfonso Tarabochia, testifying behind dosed doors of the Senate Internal Security subcommittee, charged that the R. A. "Buddy" SCOTT Cuban leader Li coiUixsrating the Soviet KGB to undermine democracy in Puerto Kico "More than «X) Puerto llwan activists have vtstcd Cuba," Tarabochta reported- "Many wwc trained in U-rrorwm This number docs not include the 60 or 70 Puerto Kicans who traveled to Cuba with live Vcnccremos DrigaoV " This brigade ro» been portrayed as fresh-faced young Amcricaa* eager merely to help Cubans chop that uV Venctrwnm Brigade "is i-1-mtrrtllcil by sh* KGB Jhrwujtfi '.he ot the S*n..»!u In Moral values needed; help available For the past several weeks I've been writing a series on moral values, I have been trying to say a great big "hang in there" to those who already have wholesome moral values. They need to be reminded once in a white that their integrity has a firm foundation. Massive publicity to the contrary can sometimes make them wonder if living correctly U really all that necessary after all. It is! Don't pull up anchor and set yourself adrift! And, I have been trying to make others aware that something is causing their joy-draining problems, A surprising number of problem* today are either a direct or indirect result of a lack of dignity and integrity. I've sought to remind them thai moral quality is required, and that moral directions are available. But I have only been scratching the surface. Unethical conduct is actually just a symptom of a deeper need. Often, a* a minister, someone ask* me if a certain thing he i» doing U wrong. Even though the thing in question may be obviously wrong, I Cry to side-step the question and work toward the deeper need, Because, wrong conduct is * symptomatic out-growth from « deeper problem. Actually, the »ymptoms cannot be changed, perhaps modified some, but not changed until the deeper ne«d is supplied A person is headed straight for disappointment when he trys to restructure his moral values without first finding healing for his deeper need. Then, what is the deeper need? It is to have the interior miracle thai turns a person's priority list over Naturally, the order of priorities are physical first, social second, and spiritual last. This is backwards They ought to be spiritual first and, then, physical and social. Jesus said it this way, "Set your mind on God's kingdom and his justice before everything elso, and all the rest will come to you as well" (Matthew 6:33 NKB). Seeking the spiritual first develops within a person the sure-footed foundation - integrity, dignity, peace of mind, security, inner joy, courage, discipline, concern...everything he needs — from whic h to operate the rest of himself. But It takes a miracle to get our priorities in the correct sequence. You and I cannot do it on our own. We have to have Divine help. A* Jesus said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh sreceivetb; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7, 8 KJV). Cuban Th« tx»l. AA th* tlirnriofatc i* better known, n?pi5ft«l dim-lly to Oufra Selected nwmbws of th* brigade, according to T«rat«chi*. arr hip d*vp in Puerto Kican revolution lli» Ulr of intrigue And »ubv*rw<x». incidfffltally. has bom confirmed to us by I* S intelligence »ourcw» IWcnte and the lifting of the blockade of Cuba" may b* the tun* CaMrti i* *tu*iling. uitd Tarabochu, but below ' 'ih«r »ur(;u-? there are no indication.* that the Cubans have mmcncrd Ihctr policy of »ub version " Castro's main front for Puerto Hican revolution. Mid Tarabochia, us lh* Puerto Hican Socialist Party Ore of its leader* was caught with a cache of bombs »unk in a "five foot- deep hole covered by a concrete slab located under a cabinet " in Puerto Ittco Kxotic acids and detonation devices were found with the bombs In the US, the revolutionaries have enlisted Puerto Kicans in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, fkaion. Bridgeport and several other cities Although Castro's siren song of peace began early this year, one key Puerto Klcan revolutionary front was founded as late as March Tarabochia, using elaborate charts, traced the Puerto Hican and Cuban activists to such citadels of terrorist training as North Korea He found a trail of 16 bombings traceable to Puerto Kican revolutionaries in Newark, New York and Chicago. The bombers, using timers ranging from cheap Tlmexes to 17-jewel watches, hit police stations, an Exxon building, Union Carbide and a bank. Directing the terror campaign for Castro and the KGB, according to the secret testimony, is Manuel Pineiro Loiada, former "dirty tricks" chief of the Cuban intelligence service. To legitimatize the campaign for revolution, Pineiro Lozada has tried to bring in liberal leaders and has even lured some American Indian activists. So far, however, Tarabochia reports that the Puerto Rican people are firm in their desire to remain with the United States POUTE INVESTIGATORS; Out a<) no Theodore at (Jrexert, * <ir*nd . commiltae ataui a N»*> pUtx 1 Uu! . rrathcd Into the IfciUc ,V» w»fc *n eight -man err* c« AprU *. 1«S<0 In brfttlf «4 * relative ai * ere* m*mbrr. Grevtits atlnc) »h* own- mittw to i!ir«»(j«a!e reports that she crewroen. Utrr found to be on • «m mw*t<an, wrre alive m UV L'SSR W Th* detective m-wvrrl * routine reply, thanking him for the w formatian *nd Mating an inquiry would h* made Th* letter WM tn (ended as » pf>tite brunhoff But tr* Hated dct«tiv* look i! literally and aniwcwwl lhat th* commute* wa.» investigating «iw> whereabouts qf lh* missing men The embarrassed committee^ there/ore, felt cnmpvllcd to cwxhKT* an invmtigaiiiW It produced no evidence lhat the men are aliv* TA.XPAVKKH" BI.irKH; We reportisd recently that Alex Ar mcndaru, the irreapresjuble bou fJ th* Office of .Minority Uu*in«u Knterprisr (OMBKs, was mismanaging th« taxpayers' money From the confidential OMBK !lk*« we learned that he took subordinates on a junket to Puerto JUco, intervened to help friends get OMBK contracts and accepted gifu from" OMBK contractors Before going to press, we called ArmendarU for an appointment to get his side of the story Our reporter Gary Cohn rushed over to see th* OMBE director before he left for South Bend, Ind, on "offkia/1 business." Or to he said We have now learned more about the trip, in South Bend, Armendaris met with officials of uV O'Brien Paint Co. Then he touk four of hit subordinates to the Notre Dame- Navy football game Th* OMBE delegation sat in a box owned by th* paint company. Back in Washington where they* ftew Immediately after the game i * Armendaris billed the government for the full f33 per diem, lie explained to us that he had charged the government for the time he spent at QM footbaU game because h7h«4 'discussed business with O'Brien officials" between down.

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