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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, April 30, 1*6 ^EDITORIAL Fraud evident in some contracts Under the federal government's minority set-aside programs, about 2 percent of all federal contracts have been exempted from ordinary open-bidding rules and set aside for businesses owned by economically disad.- vantaged minorities and women. There's nothing wrong with that purpose but, in practice,..contracts have been awarded to minority-owned businesses whose owners are in no way disadvantaged and to minority-owned "sham firms" that simply pass the benefits through to larger, white-owned businesses. The extent of such corruption is uncertain, but the set-aside programs may well be riddled with fraud, as charged in a report that Clarence Pendleton, the chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, wants the full commission to endorse. There may also be, as Pendleton suggests, more effective ways for the government to help promote minority and female-owned businesses and to prevent discrimination in federal contracting. It might, for instance, work better to give these businesses special help navigating the ordinary government contracting process than to set aside a percentage of contracts specifically for them. But neither Pendleton nor, indeed, the administration that appointed him can credibly promote such changes. For years, these same people have been trying to gut federal affirmative-action and civil-rights programs that patently do work. They've promoted tax exemptions for segregation academies and tried to reduce the scope of. the Voting Rights Act, to eliminate minority hiring goals for federal contractors and to pull "the enforcement teeth out of federal anti-discrimination statutes. When Pendleton says he wants a moratorium on minority set-asides, during which the Reagan administration will experiment with substitute anti-discrimination programs, it's awfully hard to believe in their commitment or to count on their diligence. The plain risk, under this administration, is that without set-asides there would be no federal effort to award contracts to minority businesses. That risk would be-worth taking if corruption in the set-aside programs were having a significant impact on the public pocketbook or if there were no other way to fight it. But neither is true. Not only are the programs small, but the fraud itself is an administrative problem that ought to be administratively solvable. As Rep. Parren Mitchell, D-Md., of the House Committee on Small Business points out, "There has been fraud in the Defense Department, but nobody cites that as a reason to eliminate the department." The program needs a physician, not an executioner. Jack Anderson IHXTEPNE5S CONFERENCES NTH MAIDREASrYIOOD.- Robert Walters The color orange LOS ANGELES — Every Tuesday morning during the orange-growing season, representatives of competing agribusiness firms gather in a downtown office here to apportion the following week's sales among various growers. Under ordinary circumstances, those meetings would constitute a conspiracy to restrain trade, and the participants could very well be prosecuted for violating federal antitrust laws. In.this case, however, the industry proceedings are fully sanctioned under terms of a "marketing order" issued by the Agriculture Department and authorized by a federal law enacted almost half a century ago. Although 33 different vegetables, fruits, nuts and specialty crops are covered under the 47 marketing orders in force, lemons and oranges grown in California and Arizona are the only products whose distribution to the public is tightly controlled on a week-to-week basis. At.their-.weekly meetings, the administrative committees governing the marketing of navel and Valencia oranges assess the market for citrus fruit, then apportion or "prorate"" the authorized supply among the various '-'handlers" — the middlemen who sort, pack and ship the crops to market. Thai prorate system is feasible because oranges have a unique characteristic — they can remain fresh and ripe on the tree for as long as four months without rotting or otherwise deteriorating. The result is an orderly market in which supply closely matches demand and price fluctuations ai minimized. But that stability has a cost — oranges that do no qualify for marketing as fresh fruit under prorate must be used for juice, other processed products or cattle feed, exported or sold for other less profitable alternatives. In one especially notable case, Pescosolido convinced some of the nation's most reputable news organizations that tons of his oranges awaiting processing as cattle feed had been "dumped" or "abandoned" and were "rotting under the California sun." In another instance, Pescosolido donated to charity some of his oranges that- were unmarketable under prorate, then claimed he had been threatened with massive fines because his generosity conflicted with bureaucratic procedures. Pescosolido was never penalized, but as recently as three months ago some of his supporters incorrectly reported that he "faces $100.000 in Agriculture Department fines for giving oranges to charity rather than disposing of them in the federally mandated manner." Other marketing order critics have formed Agriculture for Market Oriented Policies and engaged the high-powered Washington-based public affairs firm of Gray & Company to mount a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill. Robert Walters is a columnist for Newspaper Enterprise Assocation Few Arab countries back Khadafy WASHINGTON — In the weeks before the U.S. air strike against Libya. Moammar Kharjafy vainly tried to find an Arab intermediary willing to intercede in his behalf with the Reagan administration. It is a measure of the Libyan dictator's low standing in the Arab world that he tried everyone, but only Morocco, which is allied in a paper ••union" with Libya, responded. The Moroccans dutifully made the requested overture to 'the State Department — and were rejected out of hand. In explanation, a Slate Department official said of Khadafy: "We do not trust him." Khadafy also importuned Algeria and Saudi Arabia to help him open up a dialogue with President Reagan. The Libyan leader may have tried to enlist the brokerage services of other Arab countries as well. State Department sources tojd our associate Lucette Lagnado that Khadafy has been trying for years to open negotiations with Reagan, but the White House considers the Libyan totally untrustworthy. The State Department official said Khadafy is an expert at "getting people lulled to sleep" with talk of peace and reasonable behavior and then "doingwhatever he pleases." For that reason, the official explained, "We have made it very clear: We have not allowed anyone to act as intermediary." In fact, Morocco's attempt to do so cost it a few friends in Washington. In fairness it should be noted that Morocco has gained some solid economic benefits from the "union" with Libya, and therefore felt obliged to make the effort. Khadafy's earlier attempt to get Algeria's help • was in January. In an almost unprecedented display of courtesy, Khadafy flew to a remote part of Algeria for a secret meeting with President Chadli Bend- jedid, hoping to get him to intercede for Libya in Washington. The Algerian, unwilling to get too close .to Khadafy, refused his request and reportedly asked the. Libyan leader: "Why not try the Moroccans?" Sources say Khadafy also approached the Saudis. As administration officials had hoped, several Arab nations have delivered perfunctory denunciations of the U.S. raid on Libya — while privately expressing congratulations and regretting only that Khadafy was not killed or overthrown in the raid's aftermath. In fact. State Department sources note with satisfaction, two Arab governments hadn't even issued pro forma complaints about the U.S. military action. They are Iraq and Tunisia. The Iraqis have resented for years Libya's support for Iran in the exhausting Persian Gulf war, and rejected a recent effort by the Saudis to bring Libya and Iraq together "in the name of Arab unity." The Tunisians — who were themselves hit by a similar air strike by Israel for harboring the Palestine Liberation Organization — were positively gleeful over the U.S. action. "Why did you not get Khadafy?" a Tunisian diplomat asked the State Department official after the raid. Tunisia, of course, was nearly invaded by Libyan troops last summer. Only threats of retaliation by Algeria, and a reported mutiny and attempted coup by • his own military officers, led Khadafy to call off the invasion. UNDIPLOMATIC DIGEST: There's no love lost between rival Middle Eastern propaganda outfits in Washington. When the Saudi Arabian Embassy's information office phoned the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and asked for a copy of an interview with committee executive director Tom Dyne, the Saudis were duly referred to a local Jewish newspaper, which had a copy of the interview. SAY 'AH!': Cursory as they sometimes are, the physical examinations given to military recruits are painstaking compared to the exams conducted after military personnel return from disease-infested countries. A group of Vietnam veterans has learned this the hard way. They returned to the United States without a checkup and were carrying a parasitical disease called filariasis, spread by mosquito bites. The larvae enter the bloodstream and find their way to the lymph glands, where they grow undetected, possibly for years. In extreme cases, the disease can be fatal. Joseph Spear assisted United Feature Syndicate columnist Jack Anderson in writing today r s story. From Sun files Fitzgerald Barbers Hi drum major From the Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 50 YEARS AGO Girls' drum and bugle corps at Barbers Hill High School adopts the name of Royal Blue Cadet- tes. Florine Fitzgerald is drum major. F.W. Woolworth Co. reopens the store here after remodeling. A chicken lunch at the new lunch counter is advertised for 25 cents. C.L. Wisseman of Southern Methodist University will speak at the junior high commencement program next month. The 292 graduates will include 167 from Horace Mann and 125 from Baytown Junior High. 40 YEARS AGO Butyl rubber plant at Humble's Baytown Refinery reaches a goal of 700,000 work hours without an accident. Flying high at the San Antonio Relays are the Robert E. Lee Ganders and the Barbers Hill Eagles. Winning top honors in Class B are Coach Lloyd Kelley's Eagle sprinters Gordon Speer, Donnie Myers, Hollis Naquin and Dan Hooks. For the third straight year, Coach Beverly Rockhold's Ganders win the mile-relay. Gander runners are Jerry Capps, Kenneth Taylor, Carl Young and Anton Sjmastrla. First Christian Church Choir presents a play, "Minister's Aunt," starring J.J. Ford, Margaret Douglas, Mrs. C.E. Wyatt, Emma Lawrence, Blanche Cuthbertson, Dick Pinnick and O.H. Ficklin. Cub Scout Pack 87 from Highlands holds the championship for high point honors at the Cub Rally at the Baytown Baseball Park. K.L. Fregia is the leader 30 YEARS AGO Fay Farrar is elected a cheerleader at the University of Alabama. Fay is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Farrar. Mrs. D. R. Casselman is installed as president of the Woman's Society of Christian Service at St. Mark's Methodist Church. Jimmy Wilkerson, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Wilkerson, is feted with a wiener roast on his birthday. 20 YEARS AGO Baytown Cancer Crusade chairman Ted McCall issues an appeal for contributions to the fund which has fallen short of the goal. B.E. Wilson and Walter B. Mabe represent Trinity Episcopal Church at a laymen's meeting at Camp Allen. Today in history IBaptoton Leon Brown ........................... . . ...... ............. Editor and Publisher Fred Hornberger .......................................... Assistant to Publisher Fred Hortmon .............. ..... ..:.... ......... Editor and Publisher, 1950-1974 EDITORIAL DCMRTMENT Wonda Orton ............................... . j ................. Managing Editor Joan McAnall ....................... ............................ . . News Editor ADVERTISING MPARTMENT Bill Cornwell ...................... , ........ . . . ............. Advertising Director atCUUTION . Gory Dobbs ........................ ',...'...-... ',, ............ Circulation Manager •' ' . r The BoyiowrrSun (USPS 046-180} is entered of second clos* matter at the Baytown, Texa* Post Office 77522 under the Acl o* Congress of March 3, 1879, Pub fished afternoons, Monday rhroitgh Friday and Sundays ot 1301 Memorial Drive in Boylown, Texas 77520. Sogees^ed Subscription Rotes: By carrier, S5.2S per month, $63 00 per year; single copy price, 25 cents Daily, 50 cents Sunday. Moil rotet on request Represented nationally by Coastal Publications POSTMASTER: Send address change* to THEfiAYTOWN SUN, P.O. Box 90, Baytown; Tx. 77522. , • MCMMR 99 7IH MBOCUT19 PMM The As&ocicrted Press it entitled exclusively to rf* use for republicafkxi to any news dispatches credited to it or not other win credited in this paper and focal news of spontaneous origin published herein. Rights of republicoiion of all other matter herein ore ol*O reserved The BayrowfV Sun retains notionolly known syndicates whose writers' by lined stories ore used throughout the newspaper. There are times when these articles do not reflect The Sun's viewpoint. .', '. i Only signed tetters will be consktortfd f or pubUcbtkxv Nome* will be withheld upon request for good and sufficient reason. Pleas* Veep letters short. The Sun reserves the right to excerpt letters, By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On April ;U), H)45, with Russian forces approaching his bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife, Eva Braun. whom he had married the day before. One week later, Germany agreed to unconditional surrender, ending Hitler's Third Reich. In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced the resignations of his aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. along with Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean. In 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to the Communists. Berry's World 'Let's go IrftP town. I need a SHOE FIX!" Readers' views To The Sun: On May 3 voters will again return to the polls to cast votes for statewide and local officials. As a resident in District 127, I want to help elect a representative that will be concerned with issues spanning the whole district. That is why I publicly endorse Dan Shelley, candidate for state representative for District 127. Dan Shelley has been very involved with community affairs including the Boy Scouts, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce and with local School Board issues. Having practiced law in District 127 five years, he knows how current and future legislation will effect the district. Dan has served as the chair- man for Veterans for Fields and just this year was named area chairman for the Jack Fields Campaign. Dan has also served as precinct chairman and has represented his Precinct at District and State Conventions. Teresa Gibowski 18322 Shoreline Dr. Crosby Bible verse But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Be, therefore, not anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own evil. Matthew 6:33,34 •\ <v

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