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LUBBOCK AVALANCHE- JOURNAL u y can't swim' P. 0. BM ttl', tubbock. Ttsti TMOf (Morning Edition i "Sum TTi« Day On The Soulh Pliiru" An IndtMititai! ntwipipcr publishul each wtck d»v mornini and nolidjiftj on Sunday onl)-. with lubbock AvJlwchf-Jwrnal. EveninV y Swuhwrtttrn ttWipaptri Conwraiion. in in huildmi «i III 11 a > rlfd|« ll 10 ike Re nbli. »uk llriilBCf lo Ihr lli t oi [hr i: B h<d Sljlri c| Amrrir. public in; kiicb M lUBdi: oit SHIM. Ulwrly nd Juillce lor ill God, Kull Irasui »ire ni The Aisoclilfd Prtu >nd linilKl Prtjj Inltrriinonal. HOBKRTR. NORR1S \'ire PrHkdcnl- Cfneral NUni(«r J. C. niCKMAN MiAigrr JAY HARRIS Kdllnr KENNETH MAY Mincule Edilnr ROBKRT C. McVAY (.irculilion Mini(«r DAVID K. KNAPP BURLK'PKTT'IT Mir«|ir,jj tiTlilor CAR I. N. CANNON Ad*e/lui/>£ Director , Scclion A Lubbock, Texai, Friday Mornlnu, April 4, UTS Crime Rise Everyone's Business AS SOMEONE has observed, one can take figures and prove almost anything one wishes. But, figures on the rising crime rate in the nation—and Lubbock, Texas—weren't necessary to confirm something a lot of people already suspected. That isy far too many crimes are being committed by those already in trouble with the law. This point was doubly emphasized here this week by Lubbock Police Chief J. T. Alley as he reviewed figures which show crime soaring 17.7 per cent here in 1974. ALLEY, IN announcing Federal Bureau of Investigation figures, blasted the court system for allowing criminals to be released on "low bonds." "We pick up a burglar, and he beats us out on tlie street," the chief stated. "Repeat offenders cause a vicious circle, and I see no end to it." The increase in crime of all kinds nationwide showed a boost of 17 per cent the past year, which means Lubbock was slightly above the average as far as actual "increase" in violations is concerned. But, as one astute observer put it, "If the national 'average' is lousy, that doesn't make us look any belter." OBVIOUSLY, THE problem can't be dismissed so lightly by those who must enforce the law at all levels, nor by the citizens who have the greatest stake in it. Most disturbing in the Lubbo'ck report was the fact that crimes such as Murder—23 in 1974 compared (o 19 the year before—and Rape, 76 last year as opposed to 53 in 1973; Robbcry-200" in 1974, 116 in 1973, and Burglaries—3.2M last year, 2,709 the year previous are all up sharply. THese are crimes against people and property. Similar increases were shown in other categories. CHIEF ALLEY put it this way: "Part of the increase here can be attributed to lack of manpower in the police department, but the courts can take some of the blame for the increase." Alley criticized low bail bonds and the fact that it was easy for a "repeater" to be back on the streets in no time at all. Labor Confidence HAS THERE been a great reduction in the number of labor strikes because of the nation's unemployment problems? Well, not exactly. Federal figures show that there were more and larger strikes in February than in January. This, the Labor Department says, indicates that "worker militancy" is not necessarily submerged when unemployment rises sharply. About 530 strikes were started in February or were carried over from previous months. There's at least one good aspect of it. Confidence in the economy is needed these days. So, when workers are willing to leave their jobs, fully expecting to get them back in due time, it must be a sign of confidence. .-IV DK Kit" TULLY: The chief has a most valid 'point in his criticism of "The Courts." As he and others have pointed out, rehabilitation is a'good idea, but it hasn't done much to lower the crime rate. Alley also put in another plug for additional men, up to 44 in his request to the City Council. "If the Counci! says 'No,' then we'll have to do (he best we can," he said. "But in the long run the citizens will be the ones to suffer WE CAN SUPPORT, to a point, the Chief's contention that more officers are urgently needed. Realistically, it would not be feasible to add all 44 in one year, but an increase in police manpower seems justified because of the city's rapid growth, if nothing else. At the same time, we would urge that both the Chief and Council, through its staff, make a thorough study of manpower use, to see that available manpower is being used when and where needed. This is not to advocate pulling off all radar unit patrolmen and traffic units, but it is to suggest that at times—during a rash of burglaries and robberies—that such personnel might be shifted. It doesn't make much sense to residents who see two or more cars tied up on a radar "trap" when a fe.w blocks away burglars and robbers are operating with impunity. Just being critical, however, doesn't solve the problem. In addition to a thorough study and help from the Council itself, citizens have an obligation to "gel involved," to be observant, to notice any suspicious cars and activities in any area—near neighbors' homes or businesses, take down license numbers, report the incident immediately. It's going to take everyone to bring down those crime figures. And it's everyone's business. He Finishes First IT IS UNLIKELY that any coach ever will match the record of UCLA's John Wooden, who stepped down this week after winning his 10th national basketball championship in 12 years. Wooden, who won his first title at the age of 53, finished with an overall won-loss mark of 620-147 at UCLA. That spanned 27 years and included seven national titles in a row. But being the best at his job is only a small part of the Wooden legacy. He played by the rules, as a gentleman, and always put his family first. He also serves as an inspiration to those who have reached middle age without having accomplished their dreams and who may begin to worry thai life is passing them by: He was in his mid-50s before real fame and fortune came his way. John \Vooden is proof that "nice guys finish first." To solve our pressing current problems, greatly needed is an uncruncher, as they have been brought on by so many things being* in a crunch. Vietnam's 4 Other Side' Has Little Attraction WASHINGTON — At a dinner party the other night, a chic and comely matron who is admired in her milieu as possessing "a good mind," announced that those thousands of South Vietnamese families fleeing south "are running away from war. not from the other side." At fertain dining tables, of course, the term "(he oiherside" is a euphemism for Communist. I could never understand why the Communist label lias always been so determinedly shunned when the Hanoi regime boasts of its Redness, but there's no profit in going into that. ANYWAY, THE matron made a kind of sense. There is not much thought of politics among the poor when shells are exploding around them. Their only desire is to escape — to save their lives. They seek personal safety, not ideological asylum. It is passing strange, however, that so few South Vietnamese opt to stay put, to trust their safety to the compassion of the Communist forces. After all, North Vietnam is a "People's Republic" and as such might be presumed to be interested in the welfare of even people who purportedly have condoned Saigon's "fascist" regime. • ' MOREOVER, there is no fighting in North Vietnam, nor in the southern territories Communist troops have-conquered. .Turn me into a Vietnamese of the south, and I would be sorely tempted to run the other way — into the relative safety provided by the Hanoi crowd. Unless,... Unless, that is, I had doubts of what kind of life awaited me in a land under Communist "protection." Even after transformation into a Viel- namese, I expect I 'would retain a natural cynicism. I might decide lhat living wilh Ihe devil J knew was preferable to trusting the devil I didn't. I might recall what happened to the Ukrainians who greeted the Nazi troops with open •rms during World War II. Indeed, I would be seized with a very real fear Dial if I stayed on to welcome the invaders or fled to the "sanctuary" of North Vietnam, I might-end up shot very dead by my protectors as a former inhabitant of the southland and thus a possible subversive. In fact, I would be acutely aware of (lie thousands of men, women and children who had been murdered and multilated by the north's forces of liberation, apparently just for the hell of it. SO I THINK f would run south — not to embrace General Thieu as a hero, but to, maybe, live a little longer, relatively free of the danger of waking up some morning with my eyes gouged out or my genitals excised. Meanwhile, I would wonder much about what happened to those humanitarian Americans far across the sea. I would remember how the "peace protesters" look to the streets to denounce U.S. bombing of North Vietnam and the resultant civilian casualties. I would remember the piety of those who became the voices of conscience on American c'ampuses. I would remember the outrage expressed daily in the -U.S. Congress in behalf of the women and children killed and maimed by American bombs and shells. I WOULD wonder, perhaps more in sorrow than in anger, why those great-hearted clergymen and TV commentators of yesterday were so curiously reluctant to spend some of their ringing rhetoric on today's victims of Communist brutality and bestiality. I would not demand riots and college takeovers in my behalf, but only a banner or two, maybe a brief speech on Capitol Hill, reflecting compassion for those butchered martyrs of a new war. I would wonder, but I know'what the answer would be if my thoughts could be heard across the sea. So sorry, I would be told, but — other times, other mores. V^'fto •f;^^ -fS fr-ttftf "•*2.'sZwZ' ROWLAND EVANS & ROBERT NOVAK.- Baker Feared By CIA NOVAK WASHINGTON - The reason why the Central Intelligence Agency fears a conservative Republican, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, more than all its liberal critics in the Senate was revealed during a recent political trip by Baker to nurture his presidential ambitions. One prominent Republican businessman, in VIRGINIA PA YETTE:' He's Our j Executive CARE TO-HEAR the latest success syndrome for top executives? Well, they wear bullet-proof tuxedos and they play around a lot. The two are not necessarily related; ' They're just the latest status symbols in the game of one-upmanship played by ambitious men in their scramble to the top. Keys to the executive washroom and saunas in the corner office are old stuff now. A while back, they were replaced by how much insurance the boss was willing to take out on vice- presidents who travel in high-risk areas where terrorists, kidnapers and revolutionaries abound. BEING WORTH the premiums "on a seven- digit policy meant you could count on running things some day. If you lived that long. And didn't make too many trips to the Middle East. The real biggie was having a bullet-proof limousine flown ahead to meet you at your destination. That's what the White House orders up for Henry Kissinger while he commutes around the world looking for peace. Tis said we pay around $450,000 to.keep his diplomatic hide intact, not to mention another 5250,000 to protect Nancy from falling into dangerous hands. (Now that Henry has struck out with the Arabs and the Israelis, it will be interesting to see what he rides around in on the next try.) THE CUSTOM-MADE armor bit is the latest wrinkle. A by-product of these troubled times, you might say. Not as effective as a bullet-proof limousine, but a lot cheaper. ]l comes in vests ($155), spgrt jackets'($195) and three-piece suits ($295). Executives have their choice of wool or double-knit covering, but the hottest item so far is a brocade evening vest. This body armor is stitched up in the same synthetic fiber used in radial tires, and the manufacturer says it will protect you from a .44 magnum bullet fired from 10 feet. As long as your assailant shoots where you're bullet-proofed, all you get is a "very bad bruise." YOU COULD GET.worse from an irate husband if you're around 45, like your martinis double, have a lot of hair and earn more than $50,000. That's the profile of the play-around- male, according to one recent survey on the sex life of 6,000 American executives. (Male, of, course.) If the figures are to be believed (and you have to allow for the Waller Mitty factor here), 32 per cent of the married men in the big-money brackets admit to extra-marital flings. In the $35,000 to $50,000 group, the Don Juan score dropped to 28,7 per cent. MEN EARNING less than $20,000 haven't taken that route to the Executive Suite yet. Only 13.5 per cent of them cheat. (The rest may be too busy burning the midnight oil to find time to burn the candle at both ends.) Baldness counts, too — against you. Executives with a full head of hair (even if they buy it at the wig shop) could write racier memoirs than the gents with shiny domes. Two surprises popped up in the survey: (1) almost 80 per cent of the husbands are (or'said they are) faithful to tiieir wives. And (2) the taller the executive, the busier he is in the boudoir. All of which probably,has nothing to do with whether they'll ever get that gold nameplate on the big corner suite. Except that the older they get and the harder they play, the more you have to marvel at all that energy. private conversation with.the Senator, was given the distinct impression tfiat Baker had information which, when released, would put the CIA in a very bad light and possibly link it to"the Watergate scandal. The businessman, an unreconstrucled Nixonite, took heart from the chat that perhaps Richard M. Nixon .was the victim, not the corrupter, of the CIA, despite proof to the contrary provided by the White House tapes. "I ; AM CARRYING'yendetta against the CIA," Baker lold'u^.•Nevertheless, as a member of the Senate committee investigating the CIA, he is following the''same leadsftie pursued with conspicuous failure on the Senate Watergate committee. Unable then to implicate the CIA in the Watergate scandal,'Baker is trying again now with virtually unlimited access to the agency's documents. • ." Thus, Baker seems intent on using the current investigation for the self-vindication he apparently considers essential to his- presidential ambitions. That is-why the CIA's defenders in both the administration and the Senate regard him as far less judicious and far more ominous than Chairman Frank Church of Idaho and the other liberal Democrats on the committee. THIS IS STEEPED in irony, considering Baker's consistent hard line on foreign policy (including his present courageous support of aid to Vietnam). On the record, he supports the essentiality .of the CIA, including its covert activities now under attack. In fact, he says he would have preferred a more discreet congressional watchdog committee to the present investigation. Moreover, Howard Baker has been regarded as a figure of great ability and greater promise ever since he entered the Senate in 1967 — up to a point. That point is raised by his fierce ambition and tendency toward overcleverness in dealing with sensitive political situations. FOR EXAMPLE, while getting national exposure in the televised Watergate hearings as an even-handed investigator, Baker behind the scenes was President Nixon's de facto attorney. That may explain why his eyes visibly lighted up in August 1973 when the committee questioned CJA officials. By tying CIA to Watergate, He could simultaneously be the fearless investigator and loyal Nixon defender. His investigation of the CIA soon consumed all the time of the Baker-controlled minority staff on the committee. Baker-demanded — and was refused — all manner of CIA documents, chilling his relationship with CIA Director William Colby.. The end product: a report, bitterly resented as un-" fair by the CIA, which insinuated much and proved nothing. BY HINTING revelations that he could not produce, Baker seriously damaged his own credibility. He now concedes erring tactically in those hints, resulting in a nationally distributed political cartoon by Oliphant ridiculing Baker, the sting of which the Senator felt severely. But Baker will not let the matter rest there. He insists that he ran ouf of lime in his CIA investigation when the Watergate committee closed shop last year —a contention disputed by the com- mittee's.other members and staffers. What's, more, he still contends he is on no fishing expedition but has good reason — which he cannot divulge — to believe there is something unrevealed regarding CIA connections with Watergate. That line is so reminiscent of his I've- gol-a-sccret. assertions of Watergate days that CIA defenders are naturally alarmed. WHAT 'WORRIES them most is that Baker. bright and resourceful, is not merely seeking newspaper headlines but attempting to defend his own credibility and-reputation. That defense becomes crucial to Baker's presidential hopes if he continues to privately hint to Republicans of CIA culpability in Nixon's fall. Thus, Baker's present course 'contains the seeds of calamity for all concerned. With its hands full trying to cope with leftish firebrands in the House investigation, the CIA dreads an implacable conservative Republican foe in the Senate. But Baker also could abort his own career and drastically reduce his prospects for leadership in the future if he persists down the dangerous path of self-vindication. HitsvAiid Misses... SOME PEOPLE use a poor memory is a handy excuse to cover a multitude of sins. •..-•••'•-' * • Sometimes the person who tries too hard to put up a good front has something to hide in back. >' - * ALL THE HULLABALOO over the "No Smoking" in certain public places has raised the hackles of one Lubbbck resident no end. In fact, the gentleman in question is none other than an old curmudgeon who formerly labored in these vineyards. • • The gentleman, it seems, has a beef about as longstanding as those persons who object to . someone "enjoying" an after-dinner smoke, or one with a tall one—even if it should shorten one's . taxpaying lifetime somewhat. His complaint has to do with the "pollution" v created by those who move their jaws up and , -down and say nothing—the gum chewer! "THERE IS absolutely nothing more annoying than to see someone chomping on a piece of gum ; like a cow chewing its cud while standing in a rntid puddle," he says. "Unless," he quickly adds, "it is the person who , chews gum and then throws it onto the sidewalk, ; the street or perhaps anywhere where someone • will step on it." ... . . ..•'.',• What brought on this bit of apoplexy was'an encounter he had during a recent visit down Laredo way. • ,' '. : . : j He didn't run afou! of any Across the Border temptations in the company of other newsmen, but he did notice one foot dragging noticeably by the time he returned to his hotel. Sure enough, there big enough to choke a cow, was a wad of gum on the bottom, side and top of one shoe. . The Old Curmudgeon must have smoked half a pack while trying to get the dad-gummed stuff off! ; , '. How about it, Sen. Kent Hancc. What about an amendment to the anti-smoking bill—No Gum Chewing In Heah! HOWARD WELBORN. in The Rotary Eye: "Inflation is when you look at your nest egg and discover it is chicken feed." A ALSO FROM The Eye: "The Poorest of the poor are those unfortunates whose only wealth is money." VAUGHN HENDRIE, of The A-J's public affairs desk, was driving up in the Panhandle the past weekend and tuned in Station KFYO, ;At the moment, Morris Wilkes, KFYO announcer, was in the midst of reading a bit of prose entitled, "Just For Today." He finished it off with some appropriate music, then identified the author of the prose. "I nearly fell out of the car," Vaughn related later. Wilkes'altribuled the piece to Dr. William S. Hendrie, Vaughn's stepfather. Dr. Hendrie is a chiropractor with offices in Longview and Oyerton. Vaughn says he knew of his stepfather's occasional writing, but that particular item had skipped his mind. ' - - r tr'.^f, . . "• IT TURNE^OUT'a lot of persons were listen-', ing during-that Saturday morning snowstorm. "The phone lit up like a Christmas tree," Wilkes says, "from people asking that it be repeated and wanting copies." ; He obliged on both counts. We-also happened to have heard the piece and thought it was good enough to repeat. So, with a salute to Vaughn, Morris anr* Hendrie, of course, here it is: JUST FOR TOD AY ; By Dr. William's. Hendrie .JUST FOR TODAY: I :wi|l try to live through this d;iy <>nlv. and not tackle my whole life's . problems at unit I can do something, for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime. JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said that, "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." JUST FOR TODAY: I will adjust myself to .. whatever is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my "luck" as it comes, and fit myself to it. JUST FOR TODAY: I will exercise my soul three ways. I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out. I will not show anyone that my. feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it. JUST FOR TODAY: I will be agreeable. I will . look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit; not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself. JUST FOR TODAY: I will have a program. I '. may not follow it exactly, but I will save myself from two pests—Hurry and Indecision. JUST FOR- TODAY: I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour sometime, I will try'to get a better perspective of my life. JUST FOR TODAY:.! will be unafraid. Especially, I will not be afraid to enjoy beautiful; and to believe that as I give to the the world will give to me. YESTERDAY IS gone, Tomorrow really never comes. TODAY is the thing. L. M. BO YD: • -...'. -Pass It On NOT MUCH, if anything, can beat a liverwurst and applesauce sandwich. Try it. EDSEL It's common knowledge that the Ford car known as the Edsel didn't self.-Lisa'widely known is the fact' that the Ford Motor Company in 1955 hired poetess Marianne Moore to suggest some names for that bright new auto. One notion she came up with was "Thtf Dearborn Civique " Another was "Utopian Turtle-Top." The company judges said, no, they won't'do. Understandable. Q. "HOW MANY new towns spring up every year in this country?" . A. Can only report that the mapmakers add about 1,000 new names to their U.S. maps an™ a] & 1 ******* off I*** a «»"t« many town*, too. Will check further. MIDDLE AGE, I'm told, is that time of fife when you're pushed around by two little voices, one saying, "Why not?" and the other "Why bother?" Sounds about right?

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