The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 19, 1987 · Page 4
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Baytown, Texas
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Wednesday, August 19, 1987
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4-A THE'BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday. August 19, /EDITORIAL Felony crime and non-punishment An almost constantly rising crime rate is one of the nation's top-priority problems, yet a nationwide study by the Justice Department shows that one of every four serious-felony offenders serves no time in prison. That translates into the reality that hundreds, possibly thousands, of convicted criminals are walking the streets. Whatever the number, it is too many. Bureau of Justice Statistics, an arm of the Justice Department, conducts continuous crime rate studies across the nation. Seven major-felony categories in 28 large state-court systems surveyed in 1985 revealed that probation was granted to 8 percent of murderers, 16 percent of rapists and 32 percent of drug traffickers. Of the entire number of defendants included in the survey, 74 percent went to prison, and 26 percent were placed on probation. The average prison term for homicide was 16 years, 13 for rape, 9 for robbery, 7 for aggravated assault, 5 and one-half for burglary, 4 for larceny, and 5 for drug peddlars. Figures for Harris County's 1985 convictions were not available, but a research and development analyst for county felony courts said there were 1,023 drug offenders put on probation in 1986 and 1,365 drug dealers sentenced to terms in the state prison system or the county jail. The county statistics include persons convicted of drug possession or drug delivery. Harris County District Attorney John B. Holmes' office follows a policy under which prosecutors oppose probation for persons convicted of drug dealing. There is no policy for disposing of cases involving personal possession of drugs. Holmes is to be commended for opposing probation for convicted drug dealers, but he has little or no control over whether these people serve more than a fraction of the time they should serve because of prison crowding. Book by local authors 'Paco' characters emerge as credible personalities By ANNE SULLIVAN A Book Review: "Paco and the Lion of the North" by Betty Harman and Nancy Meador. Austin. Texas: Eakin Press. 1987. 117pages. S8.95. "Paco and the Lion of the North." a book for young readers by Baytown authors Betty Harman and Nancy Meador. is the story of a boy's discovery that men are not all good or all evil, that the innocent may sometimes do wrong and the guilty sometimes show coin- passion. Paco is the son of a wealthy Mexican farmer. The Lion of the North is Pancho Villa, an outlaw, a revolutionary fighting to overthrow the wealthy ruling class. When Villa and his "Villistas" raid Paco's family's farm and take the child prisoner, the destinies of man and child cross. Before they go their separate ways, these two have formed a strange, complex friendship. It is their mutual love of horses that first draws the reluctant pair logether. A series of adventures in which each responds to the other's need ultimately bonds them. Paco never accepts Villa's atrocities, the murders, the thefts, the cruelties. He does, however, come to acknowledge the outlaw's values of loyalty, courage, and even a •rough sort of tenderness for those he trusts. This well-researched novel is solidly based in fact. The character of Paco is fictitious, but Villa's movements, his raids, his maneuvers to outwit General Pershing are historically accurate. The story is well-paced, engaging. In spite of dialogue that seems a little stiff in places, the characters emerge as distinct, credible personalities. This novel, recommended for readers aged 8-12. offers fine entertainment. The story will appeal to those who like adventure, those who like history, and those who love horses. Although this reviewer is well beyond the 8-12 category, she enjoyed it, too. nt' .Su///v.-in fe.'ic/jo* cmttivv writing nt 'rt K. /-cc Uigli .s'c/jtw/. By Ned NRTORAL.I GUeSS FOR TO WANT (JNCL£S\rA TO STAV AWrXV FROhA THGJJ POCKET BUT CLOSE-ENOUGH TO GET UIGRUAND IK Leon Brown Fred Hornberger Fred Hortmon . . Wanda Orion . . . Romona Merrill . RusseM Maroney Gary Dobbs Editor and Publisher Assistant to Publisher Editor and Publisher. 1950-1974 EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT .... Managing Editor Associate Managing Editor ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT Advertising Manager CIRCULATION Circulation Manager The Bav*owr\ Sun (USPS 0*6 180) 'i entered as vccnd class matter a* the Bnytown, T>»as Po^t Office 77522 urvJp' thi» Act of Co»xye« of Mn":h 3. 1879 Published <ifrer noons.. Monday Through F^doy ond Sundays at 1301 ; Memoriot Drivr in Bdy'own. Tei*o<. 77520 >uo.qes**vi Snii-vrrrpt-on Roieu flv rome*. $5 ?!» per month, $A3 00 f*r year single copy p"ce. ^S fenu Dcjiiy, 30 cenr% SurvJoy MOM raTf<, on »<K)\«*v Hei«e*enTed ix»t iewio' Iy by CooMot Publication* POSTMASTER Send oddrcst chords TD THE BAYTOWN SUN, P O So- 90, Bovtawn, T* 77522 MEMBER Of THE ASSOCIATED PRK* The AtscKiorert Pre<<; i< enfff'eJ *»irc!<'*fvrtv '•,-> fN» u «* *o- '**p»<h'tcfltir>^ M <inv news d'SooffheS CiVKftred ro (T or no* otherwise credited >n fhis potx>r ond local rww* r,f spo-rNineotrt ofq>n published herem R.qht* of ft»0iibUeaTion Of Oil Other mOtte' here>n Off nlSO reserved The Bovtown Wi >eToins nnfianotly known Wrd'COtei whose write**' SfO"es O"* uWl thrrrniohOut tho f^wSfOp*?' T h<*'*r o'f ";T>f>*> wH*»n Thn^ff O'T-rlfs do f>ot f*0*tt The Sun's Jack Anderson Glenn takes on the CIA WASHINGTON — Sen. John Glenn, D- Ohio, has been a quiet arid relatively uncontroversial member of the Senate since his arrival in 1985. But now, at 66 and in his third term, the much-decorated Marine combat veteran and first American to orbit the Earth is plunging into several potentially hot issues. Glenn is chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a post once held by the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis. It may now lack the glamour of some higher-profile chairmanships, but Glenn correctly notes that the committee has the "broadest jurisdiction" of any in Congress. Under the slogan, "Money traced, less waste," Glenn has put forth a number of specific proposals intended to make federal agencies accountable to Congress. Most likely to ignite controversy is his plan to give the General Accounting Office —• Congress's auditing arm — the right to look at the books of the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA is the only federal agency that bars GAO investigators from auditing its operations. The country needs "a strong, independent, but accountable CIA," Glenn told our reporter Gary Clouser. Though the spy agency.has its own inspector general, Glenn said the Iran/Contra scandal is "proof that we cannot be content with internal reviews alone." The CIA won't comment on Glenn's pending legislation to authorize specific GAO oversight, but sources say the agency is afraid the proposal would jeopardize the CIA's ability to conduct covert operations. Glenn does not dispute the need for covert activities. But he pointed out that the CIA's successful efforts have been those conducted in support of "established public policy and without exposure in either the target country or domestically." Problems arise, he said, when the covert operation is inconsistent with public policy. He noted that his plan includes safeguards to ensure that particularly sensitive activities are not jeopardized. Another touchy agency Glenn is concerned about is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He believes the relationship between the commission and the nuclear power industry is "too cozy.'' It was Glenn who urged the resignation of NRC commissioner Thomas Roberts after a sensitive memo was leaked to a Louisiana utility, tipping it off that an investigation was under consideration. The nuclear commission is one of four agencies that Glenn wants to require to have inspectors general. The others are the Treasury, the Office of Personnel Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The senator has also proposed creation of a Treasury undersecretary for financial management, to deal with federal agencies' senior officials and "end the current policy of ad hoc, agency-by-agency improvements" in financial management. The government, he noted, is spending "close to $2 billion in a series of financial management projects without proper coordination While determined to go after weaknesses in federal agencies' top management, Glenn is equally determined to defend career civil servants, whom he calls the "institutional memory" of the government. He deplored the Reagan administration's treatment of such employees as adversaries and targets for "bureaucrat bashing." He noted with concern a recent study he requested that showed a decline in the number of career employees and an increase in political appointees. Glenn, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. still has a touch of White House fever. He hasn't ruled out a late entry into the 1988 race. But he won't run unless he can get his S2.1 million 1984 debt "better under control." Glenn believes he has better name recognition than the other Democrats and has "cen- trist" views that the party seems increasingly willing to accept. CHASTENED DICTATOR: The CIA concluded that the U.S. raid on Libya in April 1986 played a major role in Moammar Ga- dhafi's subsequent restraint in support of international terrorism. This isn't just knee- jerk CIA support for the White House; there's solid evidence to buttress the agency's conclusion. Most persuasive were some supposedly secret communications between Tripoli and Libyan embassies in key countries. The messages, which were intercepted by the National Security Agency, included orders from Gadhafi to stop terrorist planning and operations. In addition, several dozen terrorist-training instructors from Middle Eastern and Soviet bloc countries were told to pack their bags and leave Libya. The CIA doesn't think Gadhafi has withdrawn from terrorism completely, however. The agency has uncovered traces of Libyan financial support for some terrorist groups that Gadhafi figured the CIA would never find out about. Still, the Libyans' terror network has shrunk appreciably from the days when Gadhafi bragged about his anti-American depredations to anyone who'd listen. INKA DINKA DOO: The Yankee dollar is part Swiss. The ink for U.S. greenbacks is manufactured in the United States by a Swiss firm called Sicpa. It'was determined four years ago that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing could no longer afford to make its own ink, and the Swiss firm was the most qualified ink-maker to offer a bid. The bureau can't use just any old ink; printing mistakes are quickly spotted by collectors and remain a permanent source of embarrassment. United Fwfure columnist J»clc Anderson v»s assisted by Jofcpt) Spexr to u-jitlng today's story. Readers' views From Sun files City Engineer Jack Morton speaker in Houston, 1967 From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 55 YEARS AGO Clarence T. Cooley, former carpenter foreman at Humble's Baytown Refinery, died at his Houston home today. J.C. Ward and L.D. Pierson. both of Goose Creek, apply for a permit to operate a passenger bus line and express service between Goose Creek and Dayton by way of Cedar Bayou and Mont Belvieu. 50 YEARS AGO A state highway department crew is paving Highway 146 between Main Street in Pelly and Tabbs Bay causeway. Alton Ruth Whitaker, new director of physical education for girls in the school district, visits in the Tri-Cities to line up plans for the coming year. Tri-Cities Camera Club is organized with Cecil Shelton as president; Carl Wahlstrom, vice president; and Virginia Francis, secretary-treasurer. 40 YEARS AGO School board adopts the largest budget in the history of the district. It amounts to 52,248.845 for public schools and $243,652 for Lee Junior College. Hurr Grocery at Wooster is burglarized the second time in six weeks. Merchandise and office equipment, valued at more than S400. are missing. Emma Ward is honored on her 90th birthday with a party given by her daughter, Mrs. W. Wesley- Woods. 30 YEARS AGO Kitty Sue Barber completes a two-year mission in New Zealand for the Mormon Church. Mrs. Allen Shaw's piano pupils present a recital. Mona Oakes becomes the bride of Doyle Lincecum at First Baptist Church. 20 YEARS AGO City Engineer Jack Morton speaks at a meeting of the Sam Houston Water and Sewage Association in Houston. He tells about Baytown's efforts toward pollution control. Pvt. Willie Baldwin of Crosby completes a course at the Army Southeastern Signal School at Fort Gordon, Ga. To The Sun : Citizens of Baytosvn, we cannot vote in a city election, but we do not have to sit back and accept a possible four i4)-cent and/or a 1 percent "Utility Tax." Just think of paying a penny on each dollar you pay on those high electric and telephone and gas bills. This could mean about $5 a month for me! We may not be able to vote in our city at this time, but we can sure come together against anymore city TAXES!! Mayor Emmctt Hutto, Councilmen Jimmy Johnson. Holland Pruetl. Fred Philips, Perry Simmons, Roy Fuller and lion Embry, I cannot stand anymore city TAXES. My pay is not increasing as fast as the TAX rate in the city of Baytown. Gentlemen, the rate of inflation is up 4 percent and the value of my home is down 20 percent in five years. It is now time to say no to the City Manager's annual budget and NO to new city taxes and NO! NO! to a city tax on utility bills that would prey on the poor and "Senior Citizens" on fixed incomes that cannot hardly pay those bills now. Let's work together to say NO to these tax increases during these economically depressed times. Citizens of Baytown we may not be able to vote at this time, but we sure could have a heck of a good petition signing party in our town, to let everyone svho spends our tax money know that we are unhappy with the new city budget! M. Gene Kinney Jr. SlOOParslevAve. To The Sun: How many times have we heard it before: "Times are hard; unemployment is high; we must all cut back, make sacrifices, tighten our belts'"' It sure would be beneficial to this community if Baytown City Council would take their own advice' Why has the city sp«nt almost 5140,000 on legal fees, just for the single-member-district lawsuit" Why do we pay the city attorney' 1 Just what is his job description anyway? It all he does is act as a lawyer referral service and ci glorified file clerk. I'm sure more economic arrangements could tx. 1 made Think about it now, the city is prepared to spend ••another" $140.000 on this same lawsuit in the likely event that they their appeal (for a total expenditure of S280.000 f ). and it could be as long as four more years before we can have another election! This by the way is not the "only" lawsuit the city has pen ding! 1 guess we'll just have to cut some "unnecessary" expenses like police and fire protection iwhich they did) to defray all these extra legal fees. Look around you This town Is dying. It's rapidly becoming a very' undesirable place to live We must have new direction before it's too late: We need to retire this tired, old city government and put "real" leadership in office. Give the people a choice again. We want an elec lion! B,R. Duke Shadv Hill Lane Today in history imw WJIJCT Only r«»awv * will be i:onsirt>n»d 'o» tWf*'* shot thy* Su^ 'es fo» good and * Berry's World By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On Aug. 19, 1812, the USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," defeated the British frigate Guerriere in a naval battle east of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812. The victory made a hero of Captain Isaac Hull and boosted American morale in the early stages of the war. In 1848, the New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California. In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as fuehrer. In 1942, more than 1,000 Canadian and British soldiers were killed in a raid against the Germans at the port city of Dieppe, France. In 1951, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sent in Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7 inch midget, to pinch-hit in a game against Detroit. Gaedel's function was to draw walks; he was later barred from play by American League president Will Harridge. In 1955, severe flooding in the Northeast caused by the rem- nants of Hurricane Diane killed 200 people. In 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage, and sentenced him to ten years in prison. In 1976. President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City, Mo., on the first ballot. Today's Birthdays: Publisher Malcolm Forbes is 68. "Star Trek" producer Gene Roddenberry is 66. Jockey Willie Shoemaker is 56. Actress Debro Paget is 54. Transsexual tennis coach Renee Richards is 53. Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn., is 53. Singer Johnny Nash is 47. Actor Gerald McRaney is 39. Actor Adam ArkinisSl. Bible verse Jesus answered and said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 1 1:9

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