Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on April 7, 1975 · Page 3
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 3

Lubbock, Texas
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Monday, April 7, 1975
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LUBBOCKAVALANCHE-JOURNAL 'Stop Worrying About The Brakes 9 JAY HARRIS: • P. 0. B«r H\. Lubbock. TtiiS T9«« IMornini Edition) . „ i-, . 'S«*"« The [)iy On The Soulh Plains" ' . K.YT 'i • -"•'""'"{ rtftnmUMa, —„-,'. Dilli!. Tfim Full IcjjM wire ol The At»ciJl«J Presj and unii«<i Prtsi 1/iiemacjcHial. ROBERT R. NORRIS Vice 1'rnidtnl- Gtntril Miniver J. C. RICKMAN Bujintsi Minajtf OUR PIXDCE ..j W f r \^',' nt K IK i '• 'J,* J 1 '* »' **• L ''" e * Sl «"' «' Annrict u< l» IW Rnvbtlc tor »kJck i ILU^I; o*t .Siilo. u B r r^< WMilM«. «tl/Uhtnr i»d Juitk* l« <Jl! Cw>1 DAVID E. KNAPP E«ecu!ive tXllor BURLE PETTIT Manjjlng &lilor CARL N. CANNON JAY HARRIS Editor KENNETH MAY Associate Editor ROBERT C. McVAY Page 4, Section A Lubbock. Texas, Monday Morning, April 7,1975 Amtrak Idea Needs Attention LUBBOCK MUST not allow itself to be left standing without a station as Amtrak develops a true nationwide network of passenger train service. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen's proposal for an interstate run from Atlanta to Los Angeles through Marshall, Longview, Dallas-Fort Worth, Abilene and Lubbock is the most specific suggestion yet that would put Lubbock on the mainstream of the nation's rail system. Other proposals are popping up all over, however, including one in the Texas Legislature for passenger train service linking all of the state's major population centers. NOW PENDING in Congress is a S2.5 billion public works railroad rebuilding program. It is obvious, in short, that public policy at both the state and national level is veering sharply toward rail transportation. Sooner or later, ideas now floating about will be translated into some form of action. Constant attention by Lubbock civic leadership, particularly the Chamber of Commerce, will be required to get this city included in the action. WE REMEMBER just a couple of decades ago, when the talk in Washington and around the country was turning to a nationwide system of "defense highways." For reasons yet unexplained, Lubbock paid scant attention and, as a result, missed out on an opportunity to be included on what became the Interstate Highway System. Although we've since gotten tag-ended onto an Interstate route, the consequences of having been left out of the Interstate mainstream still are being felt and will be for years yet to come. RESPONDING to Bentsen's proposal, Transportation Secretary William Coleman's department has said the route through Lubbock "would require a lot of work." While not discounting the idea completely, spokesman Jim Bryant noted that "the logistics would be tough." He also said a lot of track work would be required. His assessment underscores the enormity of the challenge and hints at the rewards which may await those cities that become a part of the Amtrak network. "We're delighted to run new routes where they're feasible and when we have the equipment,"he said. WHILE WE do not agree with those pessimists who predict that highway transportation is on its way out, there are unmistakable signs that railroad passenger ser-' vice is on its way back in. As the cost of energy and of cars continues to go up, more and more persons will be turning to the rails for long-distance ground transportation. Since it's a long way from Lubbock to just about anywhere, rail service can become critically important, particularly a link-up with Dallas-Fort Worth that wouldn't take all day and all night. Sen. Bentsen's proposal should be taken as a starting point for concentrated attention, constantly, from Lubbock. Clayton Has Point On Utiliti SELF-STYLED "consumer advocates" are pulling out all the stops to browbeat the Texas Legislature into setting up a statewide public utilities commission that would remove control of utility rates further from the consumer. House Speaker Bill Clayton of Springlake has been singled out as a special target by the consumer lobby. The reason: He dared make a study which indicated that utility rates in Texas cities are lower than in cities of comparable size in other states with statewide control. ACCUSING CLAYTON of supporting "the position of the big utility monopolies," Dr. Mark Able of the Texas Coalition for Utility Regulation wondered "whether the members of the Texas House of Representatives are going to allow the Speaker to dictate policy." Clayton had said earlier that he just thought it would be well if the decision were made on the basis of fact and judgment rather than emotionalism. We agree with the Speaker. In the wake of widespread concern over rising utility costs, many consumers will grasp at any straw which appears on the surface to give them hope for relief. HOWEVER, the average consumer's—and voter's—voice is much more likely to carry weight with an elected city councilman in his home town than it is with an appointed board member in Austin. ART BUCHWALD: ies Rather than usurp the authority of local officials, the state might be of much greater service if it would merely supply the cities with the staff and research capabilities necessary to make an informed decision on utility rate requests. Hang in there, Mr. Speaker. ^Driver Chaperon' RHODE ISLAND is the latest state to try the highway "driver chaperon" system started recently in California. State police cruisers move along on principal highways at 55 miles per hour, with red lights flashing. All traffic stays behind them, on penalty of speeding tickets. Explanation for the system is that Rhode Island has had a sharp increase in traffic deaths, whereas in 1974 it had the nation's fewest per 100 million vehicle miles. A recent state police radar survey showed that 82 per cent of the driving public there ignores the 55 mph limit. Since about the same percentage ignored it in 1974, it is doubtful that speed has been the major factor in the death increase this year. Still, traffic on Rhode Island highways is congested, so safety officials feel compelled to mount an anti-speed effort/That's understandable, since Rhode Island is the state in which it has been found that more Volkswagens than Cadillacs are clocked at 80 mph and above. Results of the escort system are awaited. Dundee's Rebate Check Sets Off Mob Scene WASHINGTON - The day Malcolm Dundee's $200 income tax rebate was scheduled to arrive, a large crowd gathered on his lawn. Word had gotten out that Dundee was to be the first person in Clarion Falls to get the rebate, and the town was full of excitement. His congressman, Jeremiah Lowball, had flown in from Washington for the occasion, the Clarion Falls High School Band had suited up in their hlue-and-gold uniform and a television crew from Grimstead had set up their cameras to record the historic event. DUNDEE HAD made his children get dressed up in their Sunday clothes, and he and Mrs. Dundee stood nervously on their porch awaiting the arrival of their check. "Here it comes!" someone shouted as the mail truck hove into view. It stopped at the curb and the mailman got out holding the familiar brown government envelope with the green check peeking through the cellophane window. A television correspondent pushed a microphone in front of the mailman's face and he said, looking into the camera, "Neither snow, nor sleet, nor heat of day would stop me from delivering this tax rebate to Malcolm Dundee of 110 West Zitherford Drive." THE CROWD broke into a cheer and the band struck up "Pennies From Heaven." "Give him room," someone yelled, "to deliver the check." The mob reluctantly opened up a path on the sidewalk. Dundee was beaming, and his wife squeezed his hand. "Did you ever think we'd see the day," she whispered to him, "when we'd get a tax rebate?" "I dreamed about it," Dundee whispered back, "bull never thought it would happen." The mailman walked slowly up the walk as Dundee waited, hand outstretched. Suddenly from out of the crowd a man jumped forward and grabbed the check. "Hey, what are you doing? " the mailman said. "This check belongs tome," the man said. "Who are you?" "I'm from the electric company. We've just raised our rates and the $200 check should cover it." ANOTHER MAN grabbed part of the check from ihe electric company representative. "Well, I'm from the telephone company and this check belongs to us.'' "Be careful," Dundee cried, "you'll tear it." A third man joined the melee and grabbed the envelope. "I'm from the bank. Dundee owes this for interest on a loan we made to him to pay his income taxes." A fourth man pushed the banker away. "Not so fast. I'm from the county real estate tax assessor's office and this check must go for the surcharge we put on Dundee's house." ' 'Over my dead body," said another man. "I'm from the state income tax bureau. We have a lien on a!l tax rebates Dundee gels from the federal government." THE MEN WERE now rolling on the ground trying to get their hands on the brown envelope. They were joined by a collector from Group Health, the gas man, a water inspector and a lawyer who helped fill out Dundee's tax return. In no time at all the check was in shreds. Mrs. Dundee was in tears. "Congressman, can't you do something?" Dundee said. "It's out of my hands," Lowball said. "We voted you a rebate to spur the economy but we can't tell you how to spend it." "Y •Y ROWLAND EVANS & ROBERT NOVAK. Burton Has Warning WASHINGTON - Rep. Phillip Burton of California, powerful chairman of the House Democratic caucus, personally warned Vice VIRGINIA PAYETTE: Let's Get To Sleep THERE'S STILL a lot of clucking over the idea of doctors going on strike against working around the clock, but here's one, small vote for their side. Mostly, it's a vote for the rest of us. We are, whether we know it or not, the potential victims. And if I get hit by a truck, I don't want to land in a hospital where the Interns and residents are too bleary-eyed from lack of sleep to patch me up properly. I know, they do it on television. Chad Everette can work all night on a critical patient and zip through brain surgery before breakfast. It's part of the old sleepless-physician image. But when my life is on the line, I want whoever's in charge to be alert and well- rested. And this is not necessarily restricted (o hospitals. Maybe the world wouldn't be in the shape it's in today if the fellows who run things took more naps. I WANT the man in the White House to get to bed at night. Anybody knows chronic overwork, continuous stress and lack of sleep have a bad effect on performance and judgment. And with hot lines and atomic buttons around, a groggy President is a dangerous President. Another thing: no wonder poor Henry struck out on his latest peace mission. It was bound to' happen. The man's been whizzing around the world for years now, a chronic victim of jet lag. If the Arabs and Israelis ever did agree on anything, chances are he'd miss it because he just dozed off for a second. THE GOVERNMENT is more careful with other professions, where exhaustion could result in injury or death to the public. Work schedules for airline pilots, interstate bus drivers and long- haul truckers are strictly controlled to keep them from falling asleep at the wheel. These days we can climb on airplanes with confidence that the pilot hasn't been flying for 30 hours straight. But we place the future of the planet in the hands of overworked diplomats who spend their days in conferences, their evenings toasting each other in native concoctions, and their free hours in the air. IT MIGHT not be a bad idea for Mr. Kissinger to watch how the gentlemen in Congress do it. They cling to the myth they are overworked and underpaid, but they're always on vacation or rushing legislation through so they can catch the latest junket jet. (And if they absolutely have to show up on the floor, they can always catch a quick snooze during a filibuster.) Every four years they make an exception and half of them decide to run for President. THEN COMES thft political convention, where big decisions are made in the wee hours after a day of speechifying and handshaking with state delegations. That's how they pick vice- presidential candidates, and we know how that turns out, don't we? It just could be that Watergate might never have happened if Mr. Nixon's zealous lieutenants had gone home early instead of working and plotting 12 to 14 hours a day. Surely no one would have okayed those outlandish break-ins if he hadn't been suffering from overfatigue. AND WE HAVE it straight from Pat herself that the President spent many a restless night in those last few months pounding the midnight piano. Better he should have gulped a glass of warm milk and gone to bed. Instead, he left us with an unfinished war... a shaky detente with the Communist powers .,. inflation . . . recession. . . and the first man in history to become President without being elected by the voters. (Picked, naturally, at the height of a crisis. So guess who's having trouble getting to sleep now? EVANS President Nelson Rockefeller last week that he "had the votes'' to roll over presidential vetoes of anti-recession spending bills now moving through the overwhelmingly Democratic Congress. The setting for the unpublicized Rockefeller- Burton conversation was Rockefeller's rambling mansion on Foxhall Road here. With Rockefeller butlers padding quietly to serve a three-course candlelit dinner, street-lough Phil Burton made an impassioned plea for White House "cooperation" with Congress. WITHOUT IT, he said darkly, President Ford would be devastated by Democrats on Capitol Hill and the country seriously damaged by ferocious partisan politics. Though Burton was unusually restrained, his warning was clear: go along with what we want — or else. What's more, it comes when key Ford advisers are losing patience and are about to urge a veto war of confrontation. Three other House Democrats and four House Republicans, plus Rockefeller's top aides on the Domestic Council, did more listening than talking at the Vice President's stag party March 19, which grew out of a long conversation between Rockefeller and Burton at a British embassy reception several weeks earlier. ROCKFELLER'S building his first intimate political dinner party around Burton shows where the power is on Capitol Hill. Burton picked the other three Democrats (Abner Mikva of Illinois, Thomas Foley of Washington and Don Fraser of Minnesota). Burton also suggested that Rockefeller invite Rep. Al Quie of Minnesota and ask Quie to suggest the other Republicans: John Anderson of Illinois, Robert Michel of Illinois and Barber Conable of New York. After small talk, Rockefeller pledged that under his command the Domestic Council would work with "and not confront" the Democratic majority — a view subject to dispute at the White House. Then Burton started in. THERE WAS far too much talk in the While House, Burton said, blaming the Democrats for runaway deficit spending when Mr. Ford's own budget showed a $51.9 billion deficit. The new Congress, he said, will never swallow whole the ' President's program but is determined to assert its highly independent spirit. Moreover, said Burton, the administration had better understand that votes taken in his caucus accurately reflect rea! opinion and are not manipulated for political effect. THERE WERE no fireworks and argumentation was gently muted. Indeed, the other Congressmen present said it was worthwhile and informative. Nevertheless, the surprising little party underlines the dilemma faced by Mr. Ford: heed Burton's warning at the cost of principle and lose conservative Republicans, or join one of the fiercest, bloodiest veto battles in history. • » • . NEW YORK NEXT SUMMER?-Democratic national chairman Robert Strauss is giving serious consideration to New York City for the 1976 Democratic national convention, a stunning move with important political implications. Strauss liberal rivals in the parly, who want Los Angeles, think Strauss is pushing Chicago as a favor to his ally, Mayor Richard J. Daley. On the contrary, Daley doesn't particularly want the Democrats back in Chicago, and neither does Strauss. But Mayor Abraham Beame of New York and Patrick Cunningham, the Bronx party leader and New York state Democratic chairman, have been pressing Strauss hard for New York. Moreover, they have convinced Gov. Hugh Carey, who also is pushing for the city's first national Democratic convention since 1924, when delegates sweltered through 103 ballots before nominating Wall Street lawyer John W. Davis. NEW YORK CITY does not match Los Angeles as a mecca for demonstrators, and Strauss believes major demonstrations could be better controlled in confined Manhattan streets than on Southern California freeways. A footnote: Many Democratic politicians prefer a Southern site, leading to possible consideration of New Orleans (where hotel space also poses a problem). That Red Light ... GET ENOUGH people together, and there's always someone who will pass the hat. * One can always get a good turnout at almost any occasion, if there's free food. • * THE WOMAN from Levelland who wrote in to say that her husband had advised her not to stop for a red light on an unmarked car really set off something. Seems the woman and her husband were travelling along or near Lubbock's Loop 289 when they noticed such an incident. The writer said her husband warned her never to stop under such circumstances, and that she intended to abide by his admonition. Several persons, mostly women, either wrote or called to say they agreed, that they had read of women being molested when the "red-lighted" unmarked car turned out not to be an officer, after all. Others said they would consider the circumstances, and the location. Inside town on a busy street: "Yes they might stop. On a highway: Never!" IN DEFENSE of the women, and some men who felt the same way, there have been instances in some parts of the country where the "red light" ruse was used for everything from holdups to rape. Particularly have such instances been reported from rural areas now and then, in the Midwest and North. There is another side to the question, however. And one that needs to be understood. It is that law enforcement agencies do use unmarked cars, or at least cars on occasion that do not have the paraphernalia of red lights and siren on top. Several agencies in Lubbock, from the Lubbock Police Department to Sheriff's deputies, make use of such cars. Also, other agencies, such as the Liquor Control Board, Juvenile Division, Parole Board, FBI and so on have "unmarked" cars. USE OF SUCH cars is necessary in the type work most of these agencies do, plus the fact they are not "on patrol" as such and do not need the fancy gelup. Also, in efforts to thwart holdups and burglaries, unmarked cars prove efficient. When such cars are needed, or used, to stop citizens for whatever reason, there are certain strict procedures to be followed, however. Normally, an officer of any agency stopping a motorist, whether the officer is in an unmarked or marked vehicle, will stop behind the car in question. He then will proceed lo the driver's side of the stopped auto, and— in uniform or not— immediately identify himself by showing his badge or other identification. He normally will ask for the driver's identification and license, and state the reason for stopping the car. THIS STANDARD procedure does several things, officials point out. First, the motorist can keep his engine running, his doors locked and the glass on the driver's side cracked only far enough to talk. Secondly, if the "officer" in question does not immdiately identify himself or gives cause for alarm, the motorists is in position to drive away. Third, anyone impersonating an officer and who does not readily identify himself as such takes a chance on asking for all sorts of trouble from having an irate motorist take drastic action to obtaining his license number and later filing charges. In brief, the citizen-motorist is the one in control. It is up to the officer to justify his actions. IN DISCUSSING this worry with both the City Police and Sheriff's Department, spokesmen for both departments expressed concerns of their own. "Use of unmarked cars is a necessity," Capt. Jack Thomas, head of (he Police Traffic Division! argued. "But, we have strict rules on such things. Motorists have nothing to fear in such cases." On the other hand, a spokesman for the Sheriff's office expressed concern that persons in rural areas might set off a "hot pursuit" if they failed to heed the red light of a Deputy on county patrol. It's not an easy dilemma to solve to everyone's satisfaction. Common sense and a cool head is the best answer, with the time, place and circumstances being the guide. * SLIDE ROAD Sam says: "Most people are working harder to pay their taxes than they once did to make a living." * Paul Dean of The Arizona Republic put it this way: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth-less 40 per cent inheritance tax " * GEORGE DOLAN, who pens daily comments for The Fort Wortii Star Telegram, relates a story with which a lot of fathers will find sympathy A wedding, George noted, can be quite an emotional wrench to the father of the bride. A Fort Worth man mentioned as much to a friend after the recent marriage of his daughter. The friend, who has three married daughters said he experienced the same sort of feeling each time. "It's like giving a Stradivarious to a gorilla " hesaid. ' /.. M. • . . Pass It On TO HIS LIST of redundancies, our Laneuaee man now has added ".surrounded on all sides " from whence," "raining outside," "final outcome" and "raze to the ground." HOW OFTEN do you and your matrimonial mate get into arguments with each other? The romance scholars have studied that query' too • Among married couples who claim to be deeply in love approximately 52 per cent contended they fought no more than once every three months £T. g i? T W ?° a v mllted less «H«aion, 12 Per cent said they fought about three times a week ^, Love and War man says the foregoing statistics coincide with his earlier findings. IT'S NOT there anymore, but the sign that used to hang In the San Antonio Carnegie Library read"Only low talk allowed." DON'T KNOW if they do it anymore, bu* for many years it was traditional among the Chinese when talking to superiors to remove their eyeglasses, if anv.

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