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April 27, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 4

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4-A THE BAYTOW1S SUN Sonday, April <EJMTORIAL European allies may be waking up ;: U.S. allies in Europe appear to be moving slowly toward belated recognition that the battle against worldwide terrorism is not the problem of the U.S. .alone. : After remaining non-commital or openly criticizing ihe U.S. for anti-terrorist bombing forays against Libya, some of the allies are beginning to take steps to help the U.S. combat terrorism. : However, U.S. reaction indicated that allied action has not yet been of sufficient magnitude to get the job done, and a White House spokesman said other moves the allies should make will be discussed at the upcoming economic summit in Tokyo. : President Reagan said earlier he would press reluctant allies at the Tokyo sessions to plan stronger anti- teirorism action. At the same time he criticized France for not allowing U.S. warplanes to fly over French airspace during their bombing raid on Libya. Apparently caught off guard by harsh criticism in the CJ.S. and other nations, including Britain. French government officials are saving they refrained from becoming a part of the bombing because it was not a strong enough response to Libya's terrorist plots. That is a weak excuse. ; As the European allies began taking steps to limit the number of Libyan diplomats in Europe. Britain expelled 21 Libyans. West Germany did the same and announced more expulsions that will include most of the 41 diplomats and employees at the Libyan mission in Bonn. : Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg also plan to reduce the number of Libyan diplomats in their countries in keeping with a European Common Market decision to restrict Libyan activities throughout Europe. ; These moves may not stop Libyan terrorist acts, but these will be more difficult to earn,- out. Berry's World KHADAFFY •I -&*?••* Today in history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On April 27. 1937. the nation's first Social Security checks were distributed. In 1521. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines. In 1791. the inventor of the telegraph. Samuel Morse, was born in Charlestown. Mass. In 1322. Ulysses S. Grant. 18th president of the United States. was born in Point Pleasant. Ohio. In 1865, the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis. Tenn.. killing more than 1.400 Union prisoners of war. In 1965. broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow died in Pawling. N.Y., at age 57. In 1967. Expo '67 officially opened in Montreal. In 1973, Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned amid the Watergate scandal. Ten years ago: Jimmy Carter won the Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary, with Sen. Henry M. Jackson. D-Wash.. placing second. Five years ago: The body of 21-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne was pulled from the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta — the 26th victim in a string of slayings of young blacks in"the Atlanta area. One year ago: President Reagan used his weekly radio address to say that his upcoming visit to Europe would provide a fitting way to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II. Bible verse Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:23 IBaptoton Lean Brown Editor and Publisher Fred Homberoei- Assistant to Publisher Fred Hortman ... Editor and Publisher 1950- I 974 BKTOtUL MFACTMfNT Wanda Ortoo Managing Editor Joan McAnotl News Editor AOVftnSMG MPAKTMBIT Bill Comwell Advertising Director OKHUTMN Gory Dobb* Circulation Manager Tt« ft^ujjn Sun QJSPS 0*6-1 SW U entered as second ckus moner ot the Boyto—n. Te«a Poit Ofice 77S22 ljj ^^ ^f, gi Qin»«»i of Moreh 3. 1S79 Publrthed ofte"ooni. AAondoy throuoh Friday and Sundoyi 01 1301 I OrWe in *U'»-i-" T«a> 77520 SugersMd Subicriotion Rot« By carrier. SS 2S per monrh. S63 00 per Do*ry. SO cem Sunday. Mot) rotei on request Represented notiancrfry by Ccosrol i addreu channel to TH£ B A YTOWNSUN.PO Bo. 90. Boyo-n. T» 77522 "«ty to the ute for republicotion to any news dtsoorches credited To rt or and local news of spontaneous origin pubfiihed herein ft^hts of nipublicotion The Voytown Sun re*c«rts nolionolly known syndicates whose writers' newspaper. Then ore rimes when These articles do not renect The Sun's SUSHEP PRICES CUTT/N6 SERVICE! HOW PfP YOU pQ IT ? Robert Walters River becoming murky, muddy MEMPHIS. Term. - Once clear and clean, the Loosahat- chie River today is murky and muddy as it rolls out of the west Tennessee flatlands and tumbles into the Mississippi River just north of this city. The Loosahatchie is a victim of urban development. Soil that earlier was stable no%v has become highly erosive and is carried into the river as silt in storm water runoff. To the north, near Dyersburg. Term., the Forked Deer and Obion rivers are even more severely impaired. Both are clogged with sediment produced by the intensive agricultural cultivation 'especially row- cropping? that makes soils erosive. To the east, in the Bristol- Kingsport-Johnson City are of Tennessee. Boone Lake has been so heavily contaminated by animal waste from nearby feedlots that human contact has been prohibited in some recent years. All of those waterways — and thousands of others throughout the nation — have been adversely impacted by a phenomenon known as non-point source pollution. Point source pollution has its origins, as the name implies, in specific, clearly identifiable locations — typically the outflow from pipes carrying industrial wastes or untreated sewage. The sources of non-point pollution are more diffuse and the hazards it poses were not fully understood until relatively recently. Indeed, until early this year there was no comprehensive nationwide survey of the extent of the problem. Now. however, the Washington-based Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control A d- ministrators has concluded an l&-month research effort and has published a massive report on •'America's Clean Water," According to that document, non-point pollution nationally has adversely affected 165.000 river miles. 8.1 million lake acres and 5.400 square miles of estuaries. A substantial abatement effort will be required to remedy those problems, but the study notes that the situation could be worse. The impacted waterways, for example, account for only 11 From Sun Files percent of all river miles. 30 percent of all lake acres and 17 percent of all square miles of estuaries in the country. "It may take 20 to 30 years to ciean up the waterways." says the association's Deputy Director Lih Eichmiller. "But this is not a doomsday story, it's not a panic situation." Agriculture is by far the leading source of non-point pollution. Intensive cultivation, overgrazing and other undesirable practices can produce massive runoffs of not only eroded soils but also pesticides, fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals. In urban areas, non-point pollution is most frequently caused by either development that disturbs soil and vegetation or waste disposal in septic tanks, landfills and other facilities whose contents often seep into waterways. Other sources of non-point pollution include mining, timber harvesting, atmospheric deposition — popularly known as acic rain — and spills of hazardous materials. As a result, some previously pristine waterways have become befouled with bacteria, viruses, salt, heavy metals, nitrates, pesticides and chemicals. While the federal Environmental Protection Agency is concerned about the problem, much of the responsibility for taking remedial action rests with the states — and their response to date has been less than impressive. In Tennessee, for example, state environmental officials are stymied because farming interests convinced the legislature in the late 1970s to enact a law prohibiting regulatory action against any non-point pollution — regardless of its severity — resulting from agricultural or forestry activity. In other states, water quality monitoring is only sporadic, cooperation among responsible agencies is often lacking and funding for cleanup programs is inadequate. If that trend continues, the problem will get worse before it gets better. Robtn Walttn writes for Se^fspaptr Enterprise Association. Bingo case no-billed by grand jury 20 years ago HUM let will be wrThhekJ upon reouetf for good and tuH'ic fhe nohr roeicerpi lenen From the Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 50 YEARS AGO Mina Gregory Grudge. 70, dies of burns suffered three months ago when a coffee um tipped over and covered her with boiling water at the Majestic Cafe in La Porte. Mrs. Grudge's first husband and 11 of her 13 children perished in the 1900 hurricane in Galveston. Mrs. M.J. Coady is chairman of National Music Week for the Music Study Club. Joe Voparil Jr. will head a delegation of Goose Creek Young Democrats to a state convention in Abilene next month. 40 YEARS AGO Nat Pace becomes grand warden in the Knights of Templar of Texas. C.N. Cook plans a field day for coon dogs at Fisher's Ranch on Tri-City Beach Road. 30 YEARS AGO Jack Andrews is elected chairman of a group interested in forming the YMCA here. City Councilman M.L. Campbell, who is going out of office, sings "Planning Commission" as his swan song and other members of the council join in the chorus, approving his recommendation to form the commission. 20 YEARS AGO Baytown's bingo case is no- billed by the Harris County Grand Jury. It Involved a raid Feb. 5 at Bayshore Rod, Reel and Gun Club, where bingo games were being sponsored. Grover Edge, club president, says, "We were entertaining elderly-people and the funds derived from it were to be used for our charity wort. The majority playing bingo were elderly citizens." Sideline Slants plant tour enlightening By PRESTON PENDERGRASS I was amazed at the number and kind of products that are and can be made from materials produced at the Baytown Chemical Plant, a manufacturing facility of Exxon Chemical Americas of Houston, serving North and South America. State Sen. Gene Green and I were invited to tour the Bayway Drive facilities by Plant Manager Keith Fulton as part of the company's public awareness project designed to acquaint the community and its leaders with Exxon Chemical Americas' Baytown operations. Like all other oil-based industries in Texas, the chemical plant is being forced to closely examine its functions with a view toward more efficient performance, but it is still a strong part of the community's economic base and will continue to be. Before we toured the plant, which began in 1940 as government-owned buty! and toluene plants run by Humble, we attended an orientation session conducted by Fulton: Ralph Herbert, polypropylene manager and Carry Haynes, elas- tomers manager. Fulton gave a brief history of chemical operations, pointing out that Exxon Chemical Americas is a division of Exxon Chemical Co., a division of Exxon Corp. There are four chemical plants in the Baytown area: Baytown Chemical Plant, Baytown Olefins Plant. Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant and the Houston Chemical Plant on the ship channel. Baytown Chemical Plant has about 1.000 Exxon Employees and 400 contract workers, excluding construction. It is located on 500 acres and produces more than 3 billion pounds of products annually, including raw materials. Some of the products and thetr end uses include battery cases, carpet fiber, upholstery fabric, carpet backing fabric, molded goods, baler and tying twines, high clarity film, inner tubes, tires, auto body mounts, wire and cable insulation, caulks and other moisture barriers, adhesives, food packaging materials, biodegradable detergents, aluminum roll oil, polyester fabrics and plastic bottles. And, oh yes, chewing gum. After you have chewed out the sweetner in chewing gum, what's left probably was made at the Baytown Chemical Plant. Don't worry. The base chemical is harmless. Fulton also explained that the U.S. Petrochemical industry is much safer than the U.S. manufacturing industry, and that Baytown Chemical Plant employees are injured less frequently on the job than off the job. In fact, he said, the plant has not had an on-the-job disabling injury in more than 10 million work hours. "That's equivalent," said Fulton, "to one individual working a 40-hour week since3000 B.C." We don't blame Keith for boasting a bit. That's an achievement worth bragging about. He also pointed out that Exxon Chemical/Exxon Co. USA Refinery paid property taxes of more than S21 million last year. That's in addition to money earned by the firms' employees and other funds contributed to the community by the companies. Sen. Green and I are grateful for the enjoyable and enlightening visit. We appreciated the chemical plant products exhibits and explanations by Herbert and Haynes. and the plant tour conducted by Mel Gallagher and Kent Cooper. Prtsior Penderfrass a the former execuisvt editor of Thf Sun. Jim Kyle \ Make plans for ^Texas'big 200th On April 21. 2036. I'll be celebrating my 109th birthday Hey. wait a second! The odds are pretty heavy on me being gone to Texas in the sky by then. I sure pray i don't go to Oklahoma. There is no telling what things will look and be like on the 200th birthday of Texas. Police will probably be using laser pistols. Automatic pistols, revolvers and other bullet weapons will all be in museums. Should we have several hurricanes between now and then, the former home of Sam Houston will have a name change Instead of Cedar Point, they will just call it. ••Cedar." Freeways will be a thing of the past: they won't be free anymore. The Seafood Festival will be in full swing on old downtown Texas Avenue. Most of the buildings will have been torn down but several will have survived as permanent quarters for historical artifacts of Baytown dating back nearly 90 years. Instead of taking a pill for dinner, everyone will eat like they did in the old days. Fried oysters and shrimp, hush puppies, baked beans and cole slaw . . . stuff like that. The remaining buildings will have little gift shops selling old- fashioned apparel like men's ties from the eighties and women's patent shoes. An air-filled foam roof will run from the oak tree on down to North Main where thousands will seat themselves to eat and take part in the festivities. There will be no food lines. All the food will move on a slow moving conveyor running the entire length of the foam roof. Tables and chairs will be along the food route that can handle 20.000 people an hour. Lifesize balloons of Ashbef Smith and Sam Houston will be sold by street vendors. The carcopter parking area will handle up to 5.000 just east of the Festival. There will be sufficient signs posted reminding people to "Watch Your Blades." Many people will attend by crossing the Fred Hartman Bridge across the Ship Channel with the bridge h a v i n g celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2033. The big highlight of the two- day festivity will be the unsealing of the old Baytown-La Porte Tunnel. People win gather on both sides to view what's in there as bulldozers prepare for last- minute digs. Democrats will be on one side of the tunnel and Republicans on the other. "What's inside 0 " We'll just have to wait and see. But then, most of us will never know. Jim Kyle is featurt editor of The Sun. By Ned " I DON'T REALLV } BELIEVE WE EVER aET AN 1 ^ PROe>LEN\^ SOLVED- ' 1 TMlMK WEJTUST WEAR TMEN\ OUT/

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