The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 6, 1971 · Page 2
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Freeport, Texas
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Monday, December 6, 1971
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EDITORIAL for candidate!? • Congress has postponed for at least .this year and next a decision on a , somewhat-frightening concept; the use of income tax, funds to finance the YfCv political campaigns of candidates for ; ujv ' major offices. '•' *'• •• . It seems a very unsuitable use of : •, j\ public money. And then again, you look - at the condition that'brought about this proposal, and»you wonder which is .; " >" worse. f * The root of the problem, very simply, , is that the process by which a candidate convinces the people he's the right ; person for the job is extremely expensive. For anything above the of flee of state representative, very few have the kind of money it takes to get elected, and even fewer are willing to spend It for that purpose. That means someone has to give them the money. The one giving it expects ', /. something in return, if the candidate I ..""' wins. That something that helps the J < ' ' contributor is very likely to be most ;; unhelpful to someone else. A congressman has close to half a .' million people in his district That's far t - -too many to get the message lo by knocking on doors and shaking hands at the supermarket. The word has to be spread by an organization, or through the media, or both. People In the organization represent interests who'll want favors. The cost of space in the media,has to be met by somebody— who'll want favors. Even more people have to be reached by those seeking state-wide office in a populous state. That leads to a concentration of effort in the metropolitan areas, through the big-city party machinery, and big-city media. It leads also to a full-scale huckstering, as in the case of the reelection campaign of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York. This means a ' top-rank ad agency keeps a candidate of uncongenial personality out of sight, while idea men think up a brand-new and acceptable image to sell to the voters. Such a campaign costs millions, and in one form or another, those who supplied the millions want them back. Obviously, selling a presidential candidate is the costliest of all. And as clearly, it involves the largest-scale commitments by the winning party to the interests that financed Its victory. But what alternative is then? The candidate must to made known. There are laws, that limit the contributions of each entity, but theae arc eaiily circumvented. The proposal before Congress was based on the belief.that.if government itself financed the campaigns for both parties, the candidates would be free of involuntary commitments to those who got them elected. The proposal failed because the "in" party was well-heeled, the "out" party was broke, and the "in" party wanted to keep It that way. But If the measure had passed, and •public money had been made available to run the campaigns, what's to keep either or both from swelling their war chest further with contributions? A law against It? That's already a proven failure. There Is no solution in sight. Unlit one is found—and the use of tax money for campaigning probably Isn't It—voters should be aware that the size of a candidate's campaign costs are roughly a measure of the special favors he must grant while In office. JIM BISHOP: REPORTER Banana Nose is still a winner He found two seats in the paddock and be and the young •woman watched the jocks get a leg-up and parade on the sleek shiny animals who run for a living. Eddie Arcaro had a quick eye for the young faces in fancy silks and a slower one for the warm steady sun which buttered Tropical Park Race Track. The palm trees lifted their fronds and let them fall helplessly. -U was good to be alive. A year ago be had open surgery at Miami Heart Institute and no chalk player would bet him. 'He won the big one and the , touts moved out of their path i The face has some leather in it | and the nose is half of it, but • I it's a breathing nose and that's all of it. 1 He wasn't going to bet, , Arcaro- was at the track to ; 'meet Joyce Cramer, blonde press agent for the new "Racing Form." It is - published by a computer in Hightstown, N.J. The .old one ; was a tabloid, but the computer has so much to say about each horse (hat the paper is full size. The horses had gone out the chute onto the track and Arcaro studied the information the computer dreamed up. The machine remembers every bit of information about each horse, but it isn't allowed to pick a winner. The one thing it can't decipher U the mood of each horse at getaway time. So it confines itself to telling everything the nag did in the past year. STILL AHEAD Arcaro is probably the only horse belter who is certain, at age 55, that be is ahead of the horses. "Sometimes," he said to Miss Cramer in that deep, easy-to-read tone, "I bet only once a month. When I bet, I don't take chances; it's an investment." He may be afflicted with a selective memory. More people finish out of the money . than horses. Arcaro's niche ' in history is that be ranks with Earl Sande, Johnny Longden and Willie Shoemaker as one of the great riders. His test lour races were in Australia in IW2, when the stewards picked horses for bun from a hat. He lost aJJ four and quit. He grew up in Kentucky, an 85-Pound golf caddie. One of bis patrons counted the kid's hones and said, "You're never going to make a baseball tcanj, a football team, and you todays FUNNY won't be a golfer. You're a jockey." Newport' wasn't horse country; Eddie Arcaro's father, the owner of the Walnut Hills Taxi Company, was opposed to four-footed hacks. However, once Eddie got inside a barn at age 13. he knew he would become a good rider or nothing. His own form chart shows that be has ridden in 25,000 races and won over -1.700 of them. Arcaro's winners earned an aggregate of 31 million dollars. He established great records but, in time, Willie the Shoe broke almost '"all' of • them. L Except ., one, which Arcaro hugs to his . •He won the Triple Crown twice—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the BeJmonl stakes —on Wbirlaway and Citation. Unless two super horses come up in separate years with the same jockey, that record will stay on the books under Aracro, E. FEWER MISTAKES And yet, bis appraoach (o winning has always been negalivistie. "The idea is to make fewer mistakes than the others." He also believes, along with William Hartack, that the difference between a mediocre jock and a good one is one length in six furlongs. He sat back and soaked up the sun. "According to the computer," he said softly, "the nine horse ought to win this one." "The Bull," Miss Cramer said. They looked up at the board. Bamboo was the crowd's favorite. They listened to the roar at the getaway and the high-pitched screams of women watching the stretch run. The numbers went up quickly. The Bull lost it in the stretch to a 15-to-l shot named Dirty Wirejack. Bamboo was two and a half lengths back. "As long as the computer doesn't pick'em," Arcaro said, "we're all safe." Between races, he talked about his interest in Moo- tcssori Schools, He and some friends have four of them, which teach pre-school youngsters that learning can be great fun. Arcaro has two children and lots of grandchildren. In the golden autumn years, he thinks that education and the young are the most important things in the world. He got up between races and walked toward the gate. Joyce Cramer said goodbye. "It's a good racing sheet," he said. "So long." She watched the shadow of his strong stride, like blue scissors snipping the.,; concrete walk. ' 'Itl'S (AIL IT WMWN'.Tlttn BRUCE BJOSSAT Utopia promised to Democrats WASHINGTON (NEA)— Ardent Democratic party audiences today are rather sadly like their Republican party counterparts of the early 1960s and before. They want .the opposition torn into two chunks of raw meat. Much of the time in the long span leading up to the 1964 presidential nomination of Sen. Barry Coldwaler, the GOP listeners liked to bear their gladiators demeaning the adversary Democrats with every weapon at their command—but especially ridicule. The hungry audiences were suckers for one-line applause and laugh-getters which cut up the enemy. After following Democratic presidential prospects around for nearly three years since their party's 1968 convention THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS DEDICATED TO THE GIQWTH AMD PROGRESS Of •RAIORIA COUHTf James S. Nabors Editor and Publisher Chester C. Surber Business Manager George W, Johnson—Composing Room Foreman Frank Ramirez .Press Room Foreman Nanelle Mallwy Office Manager Beanie P. Soviet Clrcula lion Manager EDITORIAL PEPT. Glenn Heath. . Managing Editor Roberta Pansby Asst- Managing Editor John Platter Sports EdJior Pee Mclllieuny Women's Editor ADVERTISING PEPT. Gerald Dew Retail Ad verlising Manager Pearl Glover....Classified Advertising Manager Entered M Se«md Class nj»Uw March 21, mz, it Ibe Fr*f|K»rt TfX|s, Pof{ Office, under lite act of Congress pf fttarcb «. t*i«. Ptf Wlseed dally and Sunday **wp| Saturday W JW £. Park Ave., Fre*|wrt, Te*u by Review Publisher!, Inc. Scaled It m fr Part Ave, Freeport, Te*»i. Jan*! S, Nabwrs, President. SubscripOoQ rates: By carrta, d*Uy 104 Sunday. |2.»5 per nwtfk. Kill fvtofrlgltw rate* are avaUabie QO POLICY: ifeiU fee W>4 teir, la U>1» debacle In Chicago, I am convinced the latterday Drmocrats are playing the game in the same foolish way, though with their own twist. In their heyday, the Republican circus watchers took enormous pleasure from "debate" which pictured office-holding Democrats both as shrewd men plotting to destroy free people's liberties and as bureaucratic bum- bieheads who ran the country as if they were botching it with a last place football team. Today. the vigorous Democratic campaign audiences get their targe kicks out of hearing that Republicans in office are supposedly intent on nothing but bombing Asian women and children, putting millions of Americans out of work, ignoring the elderly and the ill, letting the country rot Now, obviously, President Nixon should be no more above criticism for any failures of policy than were his Democratic predecessors In the decades just past, Yet it is a fact that the Democrats who are chopping him up and feeding him to ready listeners are very often highly irresponsible, exaggerating the President's sins of policy and action, callously understating his difficulties, sullying the "debate" with cheap one- liners on the theme that "Republicans are devils." Those audiences which seem to be most eager for this kind of shallow nonsense are those with the stoutest intellectual prelentioni— affluent, educated adult groups, students, academics. They love the desUwtkw. The worst <A ell this is thjt their feverish appetite (or tht slashing attack kadi many (though far from all) of their party spokesmen to promise (he moon even as &ey sjy W* should never have bottwred lo go there- They are tbe roSsf atrociouj exaggerations evoke, arte busy pledging that they arc going to end all war, cure poverty and hunger in one sweeping administration, rebuild tn* crumbling stone deserts to our inner cities, wipe out racism and ease mightily the burden of the sick and old Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans nor the radical Weathermen nor anybody else can do more than aim right, work desperately hard and chip away slowly at these immense problems. It Is the labor of decades. To say otherwise is lo be cruelly, brutally misleading. THE BRA;ZOSPQRT FACTS, EDiTORWiPAGE Monday, December!, 1171 P«I«J ANDERSON MERRY-GO-ROUND HUMPHREY WOULDN'T BLAST JAPAN TKXTHJBS. LOST 'IS CONTRIBUTION; THEN NIXON CAI.LKD FOR LIMITATION; TEXTILE MEN RAISED 1300,000; JAPAN TEXTILE RESTRICTIONS NOW TO COST UJ3. CONSUMERS HILUON8. WASHINGTON-We have now established a direct link between a campaign payoff to President Nixon and hU efforts to rnnrict textile Imports. Tbr textile quotas lie has squeeuxl out of 'Japan will wind up costing the consumer* ;blUlon* ta higher dothlmi prim. Thli illustrate* how a few hundred thoutand dollar* In campaign contribution* can boy billion* In special benefits. It also prove* that an Investment in a presidential campaign CM bring a Krvairr mum on the dollar than any other financial deal. Or m Common Cause cruttailcr John Gardner ha* put It, "The va« i«nu«w» of money in politics is tb* 'dirty little thai everyone knows." Th« giant lextUemllU ntounted a lobbying campaign in IMS for government protection against Jan4W*» ctunpetuwo Such textile tycoon* as llogtr MUtiken ut De«rin( Willikcn and Bob Stevm* of J I' Steven* met In the oddkroama «i(h Hubert Humphrey, then Vtc* Pr«id«n, who r**kd a cabinet Utk form on twitlw Guardedly a( first. th«y oil ertd to cemh up cash far hb pewitktawl campolgiv tf to ««ukt support textile curb*. M to campaign nmit became more prwwin^. they became auttv explicit, They promucd u» (aim * chot to th« tlx tlguf« U be *u>JJ wrong »uiemeni ID favcr ul limiuiiorii Three witnetMn. *ho«« Kkntui** *# a^rnd lo *i|hhcki far the rtwxnrni. K»v« us «r»t haad rrfortj d th< offer. No ouct amount «tu mcnlkxtnj. ct «p< that U would b« to »it l^urm Ow «t(. rw» »ud U *w "undcrrte^l" tt« u«U* pXcnUtM would r»i»« o«« KS».«« (at th* Humphrvy cimpdtjtn PHO.VY I'HUBl.KAUt Kumpbrv]r. m«Mv»riu>, <M*«U Uw T*rs/f Cwnmiwiwj to tktermiiK *b*<hcr uV Ir«ik industry »M tn twcb icrioui itrai(.i irat it mttdcd prodxikjo *f*lnil JifMftrw inipucu The oxnmiMioo founti thai ihc irjdvnUy h»4 "mjoyecl a period «f iwparuttcW jtro-«U) since th« tat\y ISiSOi" and U«» "ttwre r»» be«n a marked expuntton tn Mies, vm ptoyment. usd rww urv«tmmt ui pUn{ and equipment Similarly, wttall totfontt profits bxreutod " in stwrt, tho axruntMiott found M> >«jflc«ion for pampcrto* Ih* IF»»I!C in dustry, Humphrey, acwrdir*!). rvfuwtt to make a deal with the Inllk Ijcwot They had better lurk, rw«r.rt wuh uV ItepubUcam Ttarmgh Sen Strom Tnurnsond. K-S.C,. «ay tetukn. Ow wm« ftnAflcuJ irffw wa» mode lo tUctvwd NUtxx llr WM itJwd, in rttum. for a ita(rm*n( p*«n»in« lo Itmrt tc-Uik iniporu XtMin nol only 4jtr«r4 K> ,MUC ih« rtAlrment. buj it wa» rttr*i«i Irom «w office of n«w other than Sirnrn Th«rrr««d Niion put out another statement In Ortw- sboro, N-C.. rrtlwsliiifi tit »up|»rt of the textile Industry. Kvwi tilm frwii hu camrwijtn oil) for freer if mi* At « pr«.» confertiKD, Nix«» urged "iwmnit ahead toMrard frerr trade rwtlwr than prwleciton," *ay1nj{; "I take a dim view of thu i«rmfe»cy to iiwvf toward quota*, " llut Itv ((uicity sdtkd. a* a *o(i to the ifUife I>cw)««, that trAltltn wcrv A "ifxrul proUriit " TtiU prampttd lli<* Journal of Cwnntrrc-p (a trtxnmtrtf (iuit Ihe ifxvlat probktn »*« "much nwrr {»J|IIICA| than • . * |3M.«M Kfm' Ctxnpriml wutfn w»y lU«cr Mtlllltm. In trw »*crrt offer. M * <im« to campaign fu»<i« lot -N'tton TV <<*•») tutn tulkttrd frtmi thr lotik cic*tl •Mouhi be liut mikkt « <d) U to our Thurmond. ihtH U **» lltri h<- tkntnj any < lu«J raittc* «4ler It ill li en the ir;i!u»tf). tmtnsn tr ctuUre^nl ItM » ratwtl tor Stieo *» 4 di/m at >u» tiartntnt uuftfuttutt Iciltle (WtrflUx lo f«<rnialr» >k»(nl<r tt(A« t»-iji i> f«-r Tb« 1,1*1! fib t4 ton v *hd»iW t» Jo tlw CUilion»t oifhcMlt to ovcf, A* il hapjfra, C'u>i»ifn« HA't) UV t" S t» < br (fc* ol Th* fifn to THE WORRY CLINIC 'Sheep' vs. hippies By GKOKOK W. CKA.NK Ph.D..M.P. CASK S-U1: Urn J . aged 31, Is s roUctie biology professor. "Dr. Crane," he began, "maybe you noticed many hippie students wandering over our campus today. em theie Qenuraatic qB'H'w* ^5WTOWW3-^HUF by ch«*r| BERRY'S WORLD ••.Some of them get liberal monthly allowance check* from home "Hui instead of paying far normal coHvgc living quarter* ioj their parrot*«l them to do), these hippw* rent cheap "pads/ vthKh you'd call flop houtts in Chicago "Then they use the money they uvc thereby, to buy drugs "And we find that the mark* they make on college ciamt arc usually low "For our HpcrHrnc* with hippies is that the)- art juvenile and so immature thai they lack worthy goals in life "Dr. Crane, how do you diagnose modern hippies?" IIIITIK PSVaiOUKJV Many Intelligent students wear sideburns and even go without haircuts Bui thc*c arc not what we normally call hippies' Instead, they are social "sheep" who simply try lo meld with the group fads on campus. The real hippie Is usually of slender, effeminate build, with long hair. Juvenile beard, and dirty jeans. Re dresses slouchily, not to avoid standing out from the crowd, but actually to gain attention by being different. So please distinguish clearly between many timid students who affect the hippie appearance in order to avoid being taunted by their classmates. By contrast, the typical hippie eagerly tries to gain the social spotlight just by looking bizarre. That's a lazy, grandstander device for getting photographed by newspaper «d TV cameramen. Hippies *re (but Uw usual feminine ploy! i«h lo attract attention by their huiinJo and raitunvc A Krai rwisKi (*T<et Jo rale the »f.Hh){ht b) their »c rornpUthtntni Hippies thu* rwtw lo ir*l important by violating cu»lo»»». a la the To rate fir»l p4gc rw(k*. at an Kiwlfin. f'adermkt or tptxti ilar, may rwpuirt 2> yea/i at diligent work arv^ daily practk? How many hippies have ever wun wchoUiltc honor*' 1 Do they become ralcdic- loriartt or talulaloriam erf their graduating cl»vj* Do they win varsity letter* in (parts' Arc (hey leaders In Science Club*, the Band or Choral groups, where laborlou*^ practice U demanded? Can they play a violin or any muiical Instrument that requires more than the 30 minutes they now spend learning a few guitar chords lo * accompany their kindergarten lyrks? Do former Boy or Girl Scouts become hippies? Why not? ^ Ever meet an ex-newspaper carrier who was a hippie? Hippies arc usually "spongers" on permissive parents who have too long subsidized their loafing offspring by the unAincrican "allowance" plan, instead of making them work for their spending money! if you young parents w avoid procreating hippie off spring, send for my itw-poiat 'Test (or PansoU," oneloilng a long stamped, return envelope, plus 25 cents. I tfj (Aft tf »&"' \ IWi

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