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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 28

Lubbock, Texas
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Monday, April 7, 1975
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Opinion J By Kenneth May f£ j. DOUBTING THOMASES still say that LubbocV doesn't have, never has had, and never will have Anything worth showing visitors, let alone serve «sa tourist attraction. I They are wrong. • The Lubbock Bicentennial Committee took a fcus tour the other day of what is to become a per- Irnanently marked "Bicentennial Trail." • "You still have lo put on your rose-colored glasses and dream a little," said tour director Jim Bertram, "but we've already made a lot of progress." Truer words were never spoken. \ THE BICENTENNIAL Trail, which will be pav- •ed its entire length by summer's end, will become Jin time the most interesting and popular drive in Jthis part of the world. • It will use existing streets for the most part, Blinking the Memorial Civic Center, the canyon •lakes project, the Lubbock Lake Site, the •Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech and Ihistoric brick-paved Broadway. • Texas Instruments, Gifford-Hill and Co. and •Southwestern Public Service Co. are just three ex- lamples of commercial and industrial property 'owners along the route who've pledged 1,000 per Irent cooperation in landscaping and helping ^beautify the Trail. I IT'LL BE OPEN and marked in plenty of time ;)or the nation's 200th birthday but the im- •provements will continue to be made for years, I perhaps forever. \ Already, as the tour group saw last week, things •are beginning to happen. Come along for the ride: At Ave. L and 9th St.. the new Mahon Library is a starting point. The Memorial Center is going up; the parking area will be landscaped upon completion in 1977. The area at 4th St. and Ave. H will be cleared off and landscaped and the Texas Highway Department soon will-be widening Avenue H northward to Yellowhouse Canyon. ; TURNING LEFT at 1st Place, you see the •stakes where canyon takes Dam 3 will be built, .' impounding water 12 feel deep. • ', Out one window you see the rebuilt Guadalupe •residential area that was a badly deteriorated ', residential area before the 1970 tornado destroyed • Urban renewal has built a strip park alongside I Die street. From an already-in-place pavilion, you ;can look up and down the canyon and imagine the > beauty of the view once the water is there. '. The change is all the more startling if you |remember the trash, debris and total pollution of • the canyon before the City cleaned up and began Ire-shaping its walls into what will become a con- ;tinuous greenbRlt of native grasses. I JUST ACROSS Avenue Q. an old industrial ^building will be torn down and a new segment of ithe Bicentennial Trail will be built. > The school district still needs to remove ils un- •sightly maintenance buildings near the new iMahon School but. when it does, there will be ^another fabulous view. • Old apartments nearby are slated for eventual {clearance. | Across Erskine Street. Dam 2 is in early stages • of construction. It'll back up water under Univer- Isily Avenue and boats will cross beneath the street. Trail drivers will see. around the nexl bend. Ann Parsons' young pecan orchard abutting the lake formed by Dam 3, which already is taking shape. • THE TRAIL will go up 1/xip 289 from the can- von back to University Avenue, doubling back again past Texas Instruments' sprawling new plant. Under Elo Urbanovsky's direction, TI will do what Bertram calls a "tremendous job" of landscaping, including native plants and berms that will hide a massive parking lot. Scars left by old caliche pits nearby will, be erased with new topsoil and native grasses. The Lubbock Lake Site, revealing the history of man in these parts for 12.000 years or more, will br a stopping point, particularly when an interpretation center is built. BACK DOWN Indiana Avenue to 4th Street, the Bicentennial Trail will lead to the Museum and Ranching Heritage Center, another hourslong stopping paint. The Ira:! will gn through the Tech campus, probably Mong the Indiana Avenue extension, then up Broadway past historic old homes to Avenue Q. northward to the Memorial Center entrance, another beauty spot. There's much more to tell, much more credit to be given: To the Jaycccs. who'll work with property owners to get the Trail beautified; to George Wall et al of Ihe Texas Highway Department, who're going the extra mile: lo Trail subcommittee Chairman Clyde Morganti et al; to Bertram. David Jones and others of the City staff; to West Texas Hospital, IBM and other property owners for landscaping; to the City Council, the County Commissioners... But space runs out. Never mind. You'll be hearing aboul—and driving about—the Bicentennial Trail for decades. ROBERT S. ALLEN: So, More 'Goodies' BILLY GRAHAM: MyAnswer WASHINGTON - In line with the old axiom "one good turn deserves another," the House thoughtfully vbtcd itself some goodies — as well as that $22.8 billion anti-recession tax-cutting legislation. The unpublicized largesse was another $9.317 million lo increase committee staffs, travel funds and various other boodles. That made a total of around $20 million finagled for this purpose before the House shut down for the 10-day Easter recess — not a bad take at all as boodle grabs go. PREVIOUSLY, the House had voted $10 million in additional funds for a number of committees — foremost among them $1.7 million for the Ways and Means Committee, which handled the $22 billion-plus tax slash. The committee claimed the extra money was needed to finance six new subcommittees and to double its staff from 30 to 65, Nine committees benefit from the $9.317 million grab — three getting approximately two- thirds. They are Interstate and Foreign Commerce, $2.809 million; Judiciary; $1.831. million; Government Operations, $1.54 million. OTHER SIZABLE beneficiaries are International Relations, $965,000; Interior and Insular Affairs. $913,000; the new Select Committee on Aging. $600,000; Science and Technology, $554,000. Even the District of Columbia Committee and the Rules Committee got in on this boodle grab. Both were vigorously challenged, but to no avail. In the House the guiding principle is "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" — and it never fails lo work. This time was no exception. ACTUALLY, the Rules Committee grab was only $30.000 — impatiently characterized by Rep. Samuel Devine, R-Ohio, as "mere pennies." Nevertheless, the $30,000 was six times what the committee got last year. Rep. Mendel Davis, D-S.C., intrepidly wanted lo know why the big hike. Wryly noting that opposing the mighty Rules Committee "may be dangerous," he still insisted on an explanation. Told the money was for "traveling," Davis demanded, "What traveling?" "THERE IS no ^reason for the Rules Committee to do any traveling," he pointed out. "It has no oversight responsibility, no legislative responsibility, and it oversees no appropriations. It has never had travel money before, so why does it need S25.000 for traveling around the country? That's totally absurd at this time. We've got too much business right here on the floor of the House for the committee to engage in traveling." This brought an indignant defense from Rep. Ray Madden. D-lnd., 83-year-old Rules Committee chairman. STERNLY HE argued: "As a major committee of the House, and an important arm of the House leadership, the sum of $30,000 is well within the bounds of necessity and propriety. And as for traveling. I'll just mention that we voted $164,000 for travel for one committee, and $166,000 for travel for another committee. So we can well afford $25.000 for travel for the Rules Committee. , After all, there are 16 members on this committee." "Yes. I know." retorted Davis. "That comes out lo a little over $1.000 apiece for travel." IT WAS A GAME try by Davis, but it was futile. Rep. Devine clinched it against him with the ringing pronouncement: "I think it's a shame to waste the time of the House talking about pennies. Thjs is only a. $25,000 increase. We're trying to get this thing out of the way so we can consider the $6 billion housing bill. Let's stop haranguing and get it over with." AND THAT'S exactly what the House did — voting Davis down 214 to 156. Also unexplained was why the District of Columbia Committee needed a $130,000 hike in funds — to 5375,000 this year. Caustically pointed out by Rep. Robert Bauman, R-Md., was the fact that the District now has home rule (voted last year for the first time in a century), and presumably the co.mmittet. should have little if anything to do. "THE D.C. Committee has lost considerable jurisdiction over D.C. affairs." he pertinently noted, "so why are we being asked to give the committee one-third more in funds? Why the increase when the committee's jurisdiction is much less than previously? It doesn't add up to me." The explanation Bauman got was as involved as it was verbose. In effect, it amounted to "the problems arising from the District's changeover to home rule are traumatic," and more committee oversight, not less, is necessary for the next several years. Hence more money is needed for a larger staff and other unspecified expenses. Lightly Speaking The Cincinnati Reds' big batting coach, Ted Kluszcwski, is a person you do not tell Polish jokes to. but sometimes he chooses to tell one. He said he got the following wire from some of this countrymen: "Poland has solved its energy crisis. It is going lo import 200 billion tons of sand from Saudi Arabia and drill for its own oil." — P'red Russell in Nashville Banner. QUESTION: I'm discouraged. Maybe you can perk me up, I sponsor a youth group, and it's slow going. What's the secret of success? — D.W. ANSWER: Let me answer your question with the story of the famous New York Fulton Street prayer meeting. It all started in the 1850s when a New York businessman named Jeremiah Lamphier gave up his business to become a city missionary? One day, he sent out an advertisement for a Wednesday noon prayer meeting to be held in the Dutch church on the corner of Fulton Street. At the appointed time no one showed up, but after half an hour, six had come. Next week there were 20. Soon they decided to hold it daily instead of J weekly, and within six months, 10,000 • businessmen were meeting every day to pray for ! reyival. Success and prayer are inseparable. • I know the part prayer plays in our crusades, • I'm suggesting that you really go to prayer about this youth group. Enlist others to pray with you and in accordance with Matthew 21:22, believe that you'll see results. Berry's World "WATCH OUT, MR. PRESIDENT-IT'S ONE OF THOSE PIE-THROWING HIT MEN!" TODAY'S EDITORIAL: Sales Tax Nightmare A DREADFUL warning,'was sounded the other day by Comptroller Bob Bullock as he briefed top officials in Austin on the'dangers of spending the state's $751 million surplus this year. That would mean, he said, a tax bill in 1977 of something like SI.25 billion. It probably would be raised, he suggested, with a 2.5 cent increase in the present 4 per cent state sales tax. With the 1-cent tax which now goes to cities, that would mean that most Texans would be tapped at a whopping 7.5-cent rate for everything they buy, with the major exceptions of food and medicines. THAT WOULD give Texas the highest rate in the nation, barring a sharp increase in another state. Since April 1. Connecticut has had the highest, raised from 6 to 7 per cent. A consolation is that residents of the HOLMES ALEXANDER: Nutmeg State, like those of Texas, pay no state income tax. • MANY OF the other 44 states which impose sales taxes are considering changes. Surprisingly, states considering a sales tax rate reduction outnumber those moving toward an increase. Increases usually raise furors, since the principal drawback of the sales tax is that it is "regressive," bearing more heavily on lower-income groups. A "solution" is in prospect in Utah. A bill is under consideration there to increase the -tax rate as well as the number of exemptions. The aim would be to maintain the existing level of sales tax revenue while easing the tax's impact on the poor, elderly, handicapped and unemployed. If the state government of Texas goes on a spending spree, making a sales tax hike "necessary," it's to be hoped that something like the "Utah Plan" is worked out. ^Commitment Means Not To Stab Ally In Back...' WASHINGTON — "The problem we face in Indochina today is an elementary question of what kind of people we are." — Henry Kissinger, State Department, Washington, March 26, 1975. "What kind of people do they think we are?" — Winston Churchill, House of Representatives, Washington. Dec. 26, 1941. More than 30 years separate those two utterances, but in both instances the English- speaking democracies of the free world stand at bay amid ravaging enemies. In both instances, the top statesman of his country is exhorting the people to rise from the wreckage of shattering defeat. In both instances, the flame and thunder of warfare are nowhere near continental America. But in both instances a mighty effort is required lo smash the threat that would unacceptably alter the physical and political homeland of the United States. PRIME MINISTER Churchill spoke narrowly of "they," meaning the perfidious Japanese, but his defiance was of the Axis powers, and by inference of all current and future enemies of the Western world. Secretary Kissinger was addressing a news conference, with national television coverage. He was demanding that heedless Congressmen and hostile commentators do an about-face on the matter of sending more-more-more weapons and money to support the Republic of. Vietnam. "What kind of people are we . . .?" Kissinger was exclaiming, to become indifferent to an ally's fate when "for 15 years we have been encouraging the people of Vietnam to defend themselves ..." NOT ALL OF us, to keep the record straight, ever chose to involve the United States in foreign wars, least of all in Indochina. But it is far too late to wish that Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson had made wiser decisions, or that Congress had done the same. We defeated the Axis in the 1940s by setting past mistakes aside and attacking the enemy at the gates. Churchill appealed to our pride and honor, and Kissinger makes the identical appeal. But there is little indication that America has glimpsed the consequences of what our failure to respond may bring about. WE CAN BEST judge our own predicament, I think, by judging Kissinger's. Even if we call it a malfunction of self-government, we have linked our fate to this man's leadership, and we are past the point of no return. When Kissinger entered the State Department auditorium, a reporter at my elbow remarked, "He's put on weight again," It is well known that the Secretary over-eats when over-anxious. As something of a Kissinger-watcher through the 1960s and into the mid-70s, I have seen him in tenseness and triumph, but never before in such desperation. AS HE CROSSED the minefield of the 50- DAVID K. KNAPP KxrrlJlAf Kriilor BURI.E PETTIT Manning Editor CARL N. CANNON minute press-quiz, he avoided amputation but by no means escaped from danger. Over one shoulder, he watched the smouldering failure in the Mideast, over the other the fallen fortress of the Atlantic Alliance in Portugal, Greece and. Turkey. To the forefront he saw the reeking dumpheap of every accord he had attempted with Hanoi, Peking and Moscow. Secretary Kissinger's predicament is the American predicament, and his best way out is also our way out. Kissinger understands that defeat is not a valid reason for quitting — and Churchill would have concurred. TREATIES HAVE been broken and agreements violated, but Kissinger was telling the press conference that "moral commitments" are all that hold the free world together. By chance, as he left the room, I heard him get the taunting question, "Just what do you mean by a moral commitment?" And I heard him answer with unaccustomed snvcragery and simplicity, "I think moral commitment means not to stab an ally in the back.". Or as Benjamin Franklin once put it, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL P. O Box Wl. liibbork. Trxa* "9401 An independent newspaper published every *rrk day evening nrepl Saturday and fhnsimas Day hy Southwestern Newspapers Corporjuon. in its building at Rth S: and'A vie J . Lubhock. Texas Consolidated on Sunday morning* only, with Uie lijbbccfc A**lAnch*-. Journal Morning Kdition Sfcand cUss pnsLage paid al ljiht>ock. Totas ROBKHT H NORRIS Vicr Presidenl- Grneral Manager J. C HK'KMAN i Manager JAY HARRIS Kditnr KENNETH MAY A'Mx-iaie Krtilnr ROBERT C. Mc-VAY Cirrubnon MAn* err SYLVIA PORTER: A Change In Budget IF YOU RESEMBLE in even a vague way a typical American family living on a typical household budget, your overall housing costs have been soaring — due primarily to skyrocketing properly taxes, zooming costs of building, buying and repairing houses, climbing costs of furnishing and maintaining the contents of your homes, higher mortgage interest rates, etc. The most recent Consumer Price Index pegs housing's share of your budget at nearly 34 cents out of every dollar, up more than 10 per cent since 1963. This certainly pulverizes the old rule of thumb that your total housing costs should be no more than one-fourth of your take-home pay. IF YOU ARE anywhere near typical, you also are now spending a far higher share of your budget on medical care than a few years ago, This one item in your budget is grabbing almost 6Vz cents out of your spending dollar, according to the official CPI. This is up 9.5 per cent since 1963. An updating of the CPI is now in full swing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics deep into the first major study of our dramatically changed spending patterns in a decade and a half. The goal of this massive study reaches way beyond measuring the impact of rising or falling prices on our overall spending patterns. EQUALLY IMPORTANT objectives are finding out how our spending patterns are influenced by our income levels, the size of our families, the locations of our homes, the climate in which we live, our shifting personal preferences, our priorities, the availability of the enormous variety of goods and services in the U.S 1 . marketplace. Then, out of this unprecedented exploration of Ihe basic factors determining our spending patterns will come an entirely new set of ••weights" for all 396 items in today's price index. And at that point, the CPI — indisputably one of the most influential economic indexes in the U.S., and the only index we haveto chart changes in living costs — will be up to date again. WHEN? ALMOST surely, not until 1977 — for the 1972 Census Bureau figures on which the study is based are much too complex to permit updating nv 1976. the original goal. The results of the 196061 census did not appear in the CPI until 196.3. And today's revision is considerably more difficult. While you wait for the specifics, though, you can guess a few of the most significant changes. WE HAVE enough clues to know that the proportion of our spending dollars going for medical rare will be way up: for fuel, also up; for personal care and recreation, down: for food . . .? Also as advance clues, here are items familiar In ynu wtio'se "weights'' have increased the most since 1963: Per cent item Increase Hospital service charges 72.2 Margarine 65.3 Sugar, sweets 63.1 Mortgage interest 54.9 Domestic services 45.0 Fuel oil 4!.6 College tuition 36 5 Coal 33.3 Property insurance 31.0 Fish....'. -....29.8 Legal services 2H fi And here are everyday items whose weights have decreased Ihe most since 1963: Per cent Hem ' Decrease Nylon hose 49.2 TV sols 48.6 Drugs, prescriptions 32.7 Recreational goods 32.6 Rugs ('. 30.3 Telephones 29.5 Hank service charges 29.2 Bananas 28.7 Auto financing charges 28.7 Refrigerators, free/ers 27.5 Now cars 25.3 Whisky, wine 23.7 Cigars 22.7 JEAN ADAMS: Teen-Age Forum Full lras«J wirr memtwr of AwrKialrd Press and United Prcs* International. National Advertising rrprtifnutivrs. Tfxas Daily Prrs.s Iritar. Dallas Ttxai t. Section A Monday Evening. April 7. 1975 the small society NEW SCHOOL: (Q.) Last year Lynn gave me a beautiful ring. We were very close. Then this year lie wenl lo a different school and everything changed. He hardly ever calls me and we never go out anymore. I don't know what is going on. When he calls he is very friendly, but he doesn't call much. I need help. — Heartbroken in Oklahoma (A.) A different school can make a lot of difference. It is evident that Lynn has found new interests, and these interests may include girls. You should find new interests, including new boys, at your own school. Lynn may come back to you, but don't stake everything on that possibility. FOUND OUT: (Q.) I will be 14 in a month. I like Jonathan, who is 16. We were going out until my mother found out. She Lold me I'm too young to be a boy-chaser. We have a big communication gap. Do you think I should invite him over to meet my parents? Also, do you think it would be all right if a boy called me up at 14? — Troubles in Texas (A.) You are not boy-chasing if a boy calls you on the telephone! And it is all right for you to take calls from boys at 14. And, yes, you should invite Jonathan to meet vour parenlSi.BiH get their O.K. on the visit first. by Brickman THeY $\\oi)L9 -SIMPLIFY

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