The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 25, 1987 · Page 4
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Baytown, Texas
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4-A 7oc/c Anderson Falwell's man in Navy Bill would increase sales tax revenue 1 i If a bill pending in Congress passes, Texas stands to collect more than $100 million a year in new sales tax revenue. There has never been a time when Texas heeded that kind of boost more than now. Texans should let their congressional representatives know they support passage of HR1891 by U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks, the Beaumont congressman whose district includes Chambers County and part of Harris County. The bill would allow states to require out-of-state mail order firms to collect and pay sales tax on items sold in Texas and other states. There is no logical explanation to federal court action that blocks states from collecting a billion dollars in sales tax each year from out-of-state companies. The Brooks bill would override federal court rulings arid allow the sales tax to be levied and collected by Texas and other states from out-of-state mail order merchants like other businesses. The same exemptions that apply to in-state purchases, including those for resale, would apply to out-of- state sales. Also, the legislation would scrap the seven- plus percent business advantage that out-of-state mail order firms now enjoy by not collecting tax on more than $3 billion in sales in Texas annually. The proposed law, which appears to have a good chance of passage this session, does not impose a new tax. Mail-order items are already subject to sales tax in Texas. But even though the tax is legally owed, a longstanding Supreme Court decision allows out-of state mail-order companies to avoid paying it. meaning that Texas must settle for voluntary; limited compliance. Under the Brooks bill, Texas would have gained $108 million this year and would gain $185 million by 1992. Today in history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On Aug. 25. 1944. Allied forces liberated Paris, ending four years of German occupation. The surrender of Major Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz. who had defied Adolf Hitler's orders to level the French capital rather than give it, up. set off wild celebrations in the streets. On this date: In 1718. hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans. In 1825. Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. In 1835. Ann Rutledge. said by some to have been the early true love of Abraham Lincoln, died in Illinois at age 22. In 1875. Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover. England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours. In 1950. President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. In 1981. the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63.000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover. sending back pictures and data about the ringed planet. In 1985. Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine. Ten years ago: Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan expressed opposition to the Panama Canal treaties, telling the Young Americans for Freedom that the Senate should reject the agreements. One year ago: The reported death toll continued to climb in the central African nation of Cameroon, where toxic gas from a volcano killed more 17,000 people. Today's Birthdays: Actress Ruby Keeler is 78. Actor Van Johnson is 71. Actor-producer Mel Ferrer is 70. Actor Don DeFore is 70. Conductor- composer Leonard Bernstein is 69. Former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace is 68. Actor Sean Connery is 57. Actor Tom Skerritt is 54'. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 38. Rock singer ElvisCostellois32. Berry's World E 'oer s y N£A i "Well, if you MUSTglom onto the surfer look, I guess you must." Leon Brown '.. Editor and Publisher Fred Hornberger . . Assistant to Publisher FredHartman Editor and Publisher. 1950-1974 IWTQRIAl Mf MtTMMT Wanda Orton . . . , Managing Editor Romona Merrill . ; Associate Managing Editor ADVNTniMC MPMTTMim Russell Maroney i Advertising Manager CHtCHUTNM Gory Dobbs Circulation Manager The Boytow^Sun (USPS 0*6 180) is entered OS second class marrer or The Boytown, Teros POST Office 77522 under rhe ACT of Congress o» March 3. '879 Published o*re"xsoos. Monday through Friday and Sundays or 1301 mtnxxial Driv* in Bavtown. Te*as 77S20 Suggested Subscription Rales By comer, J5 25 o*r month. 163 00 per ytor single copy price, 25 cents Doily, 50 cents Sunday, v.oit rotes on reouest Represented nationally by Coastal Publications POSTMASTER Servl address chonoes TO THE BAYTOWN SUN, PQ 80. «0, BoyTown: T» 77522. WASHINGTON — Praise the Lord and change the disposition! After a middle-of- the-night telephone plea and a followup letter from the Rev. Jerry Falwell, then-Navy Secretary John Lehman overturned the decision of a high-level review board and approved a request to extend the active duty of a Navy chaplain affiliated with Falwell's Liberty Baptist Fellowship. The subject of Falwell's concern was Lt. Gary L. Maxwell, 34. The urgency of Falwell's midnight phone call last Feb. 11 was dictated by the chaplain's scheduled separation from active duty on Feb. 20 — a disposition decided oh by the Chaplain Corps 1987 Extension Board of five senior Navy chaplains. '..'.''I, ', ' .',.. ... The review panel denied Maxwell's request to extend his active-duty status beyond the three years he had already served. Extensions are highly valued by Navy chaplains, and most requests are granted. But the board informed Maxwell that he was "non-competitive," a judgment call that was not elaborated upon. Maxwell appealed — to Falwell. "I sent Dr. (Dennis) Fields (Falwell's executive secretary) a copy of the letter the extension board sent me, and I checked on an appeals process, but 1 was told there was none," Maxwell told our reporter Mike Rosenfelt. Maxwell's decision to seek Falwell's help was a wise one. Fields told us that he initially tried to solve the lieutenant's problem by going through Chaplain Corps channels. But these attempts were unsuccessful. And Maxwell's release date was drawing near. So on the night of Feb. 10-11, the big gun himself was brought in. Falwell, whose powers of persuasion are legendary, got on the horn to Lehman and also talked with Lehman's executive assistant. Capt. Joseph Prueher. No one knows better than a television evangelist the importance of a follow-up letter. Falwell wrote to Prueher that very day, exuding reasonableness and humility. "Thank you," he wrote, "for allowing our telephone conversation tonight. I apologize for calling you and the Secretary at the midnight hour. However, all other avenues have now been explored. . . "I am humbly requesting your intervention on (Maxwell's) behalf, because we believe he was unfairly evaluated by his commanding chaplain. His commanding chaplain was openly critical of Maxwell's denomination and our evangelical doctrine. "All of his commanders and many of his co-workers have written me stating Chaplain Maxwell's excellent abilities and performance. I am enclosing some of these letters. They all support my conclusion that Lt. Maxwell has been wrongly evaluated and should be given an indefinite extension on active duty. .:.;•'.•. ' , , . : .;.:. "Lt. Maxwell is the only chaplain Liberty Baptist Fellowship presently has in the Navy. ... As you well know, I have never asked this office for any favor. However, 1 sincerely feel that Chaplain Maxwell is being wrongly treated and deserves your intervention.".,, . ' .;. : ./'':'.'::, , ; It's not possible to say with any certainty that Falwell's earnest plea did the trick. Lehman did not return repeated calls for comment, and Prueher is apparently now on sea duty and unavailable. However, On Feb. 19 — just 24 hours before he was to be released from active duty — Maxwell was informed that Secretary Lehman had overruled the Extension Board's decision and would allow the chaplain to remain on active duty as Maxwell (and Falwell) had requested. FOR SENATORS ONLY — Members of the Senate have long enjoyed their own exclusive, cut-rate barber shop, stationery store and members-only dining room. Now they're UNEORRMTYUIC? about to have their own private bank, with free checking service. i Actually, the Senate is playing catch up on this matter with the House, which has had its own members-only bank for almost 100 years. The House bank was immersed in controversy in the late 1970s, when snooping reporters revealed that it was, in effect, giving the representatives interest-free advances on their salaries. : Secretary of the Senate Walter "Joe" Steward said the Senate bank will not make loans or salary;advances to members as long as he's in charge. He said the bank has been approved by about 50 senators, and when a few more OK the idea he'll start issuing checkbooks. Steward insisted the Senate banking service won't cost the taxpayers anything, because it will require little more than a new personal computer program. But critics question the wisdom of opening another bank that, like the House's, will not be subject to federal bank regulations. This means, among other things, that deposits will not be insured by the government, and that transactions of more than $10,000 will not have to be reported to the feds. ."DAY'S NIGHT today and black's white today," wrote Cole Porter more than 50 years ago. Little could that elegantly witty man have foreseen that his sardonic commentary would one day be the marching song of the pro-Iranian fanatics who have been kidnapping, murdering, bombing and terrorizing generally the length and breadth of Lebanon. Demonstrators the other day were exhorted by Hezbollah — a gang of cutthroats claiming divine inspiration — to "fight darkness with more terrorism." In a society where civilized behavior is called darkness, and can be dispelled by terrorist outrages, then truly, "AnythingGoes." United Feftur* columnist J«c* Andcrsoo »-*s assisted by Jaftph Spotr In writing today's story. From Sun files William Rusher Burnham at times could be 'ruthlessly pragmatic 7 The Associated Press is ent.iied exclusively to the use for lepubhcot.on to any news disoorcrm cnWted to it or not otherwise credited m this paper and local news of spontaneous or.gin published herein Kighw of repuWicotion of oil OTher nxmer herein ore also reserved The Baytown Sun retains nationally *nown syndicates whose writers' bytined sror*s an: used throughout the newspaper. There are i.mes when These on-icles do noT reflect The Son's viewpoint . Only Jigned letters will be considered for publication Nome* will be withheld upon request for good and sufficient Wwne *ttt> ttfiffs short. The Son nrsewei Th» right TO e*cerpt letters When I was an undergraduate at Princeton in 1941, I was required to read a book called "The Managerial Revolution" by James Burnham. Burnham had noticed that corporations Were no longer being run by their owners, but rather by a brand-new group he called the "managers." He further noticed that these managers closely resembled the technocrats who were increasingly- running things in the Soviet Union, and concluded that we might be witnessing the birth of a new class, in the strict Marxist sense, which would seize po\ver from both the capitalist owners and the Marxist ideologues. In later years, after Burnham had helped Bill Buckley found National Review in 1955 and I had become its publisher in 1957. I had the privilege of meeting Jim and getting to know him well. By then the focus of his attention had shifted from the managerial "class" to the Cold War and the worldwide advance of communism, but the basic cast of his mind remained unchanged: He was the supreme realist, coldly analytical, implacably logical, proudly unsentimental. In his youth he had toyed at some length with Trotskyism' at National Review he concentrated undeviatingly on the menace he now believed communism represented. But throughout his life the central question of politics remained, for him. "Who shall be master in the house?" Like all points of view, of course, this one has its limitation. At National Review, it precipitated many an intramural quarrel between Burnham and pur house metaphysician, the late Frank Meyer. Meyer, whose column in the magazine was entitled "Principles and Heresies," liked to discuss such matters as whether political freedom is a moral necessity. Burnham, whose column was long called "The Third World War" and later "The Protracted Conflict," was much more likely to want to know what the noted Kurd leader Khalid Bagdash was doing in Damascus last week. As * conservative ideologue with my own fish to fry, I had a run-in or two of my own with Jim's sometimes rather ruthless pragmatism. I vividly recall the day early in 1968 when he came into my office at Nalkmal Review and suggested we form an in-house coalition to work for a Rockefeller- Reagan ticket (in that order) to head off Richard Nixon at the pass. 1 frostily declined what Jim would undoubtedly have admitted was. in technical terms, an "unprincipled coalition." But on the basics — above all. on the need to stop communism — Jim Burnham was a rock. President Reagan generously recognized this when, in 1983, he conferred on him our nation's highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. By then Jim had retired from National Review, felled by a stroke in 1978. But he soldiered on. largely silent now but sustained by his family and friends, until his death from cancer on July 28. at the age of 81. At National Review James Burnham concentrated on the menace he believed communism represented. By coincidence James Reston, the longtime New York Times reporter and columnist, announced his retirement less than one week later, at 76. I couldn't help reflecting what different ways Burnham and Reston — almost the archetypal liberal — had of looking at the world. In his farewell column, Reston duly noted the worldwide retreat of socialist concepts of economics, but felt obliged to add that Reaganomics isn't doing so well either. He then alluded to one of the unintended consequences of such lofty relativism by remarking that he "would feel better if marriage were more popular," Finally, he ended his lifelong love affair with the plebs by promising to "try to bring back the smoke-filled room so that the next presidential candidates will be chosen by people who know something about them:" Jim Bumham would have been amused. Maybe, he might have wisecracked, there's even hope for Scotty Reston. Street work major aim in city, '47 From The Baytown Sun file*., this is the way it was 55 YEARS AGO W,C. Swain, •secretary of .the •school; board and chairman qt the board's nfght football 'committee.'says fights will be ready for Elms Field when football season starts This will, be the first time for the field to be lighted, Former County Judge Not; man Atkinson will speak at a ral ly here (or Sheriff T A Bmford's re-election XI) Stiles is in charge o( arrangements for the rally \V,C Crow of Wooster is Injured when he is unloading lumber at his home 50 YEARS AGO The Dan Hollands' new home in Wooster is open for public tours Called the first home of its type in the South, it reflects how the model home of UMO will Inbuilt and furnished The mime i> patterned after an wear, : and has large deck porches 40 YEARS AGO The city's proposed budget is pared to S-M.7l.nj and the tax rate is raised from $1.40 per $100 valuation to SI WV "Our every aim is to save money and to spend all we save on street maintenance That is one of the biggest problems we have here." Taylor notes 30 YEARS AGO Lee College Dean Walter Rundell reports :>75 students complete pro-registration for the fall term. Perry Brothers store opens on. Texas Avenue with Mayor R.H.- "Red" Pruett officiating at a- ribbon-cutting ceremony, . 1 St. Joseph Catholic Church' members attend a barbecue on the grounds of the parochial school. A.J. Novosad is general chairman of the event to raise money for a new church 20 YEARS AGO Alan Darby. 21, of Baytown. is! killed in a car wreck on Decker". Drive near the Bayway Drive intersection, Jane Mitcham. coordinator of, English classes in the school district, is pictured on the front- page with English teachers, Helen Johnson, Martha Cooke and Gloria Donnelly. The photo accompanies Johnella Boynton's story about mythology units being added to the English curriculum for eighth-graders. Bible verse BchoM the Lamb of God, which tafceth away the tin of the Johni:

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