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Lubbock, Texas
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Opinion By K«nn«th Moy THE GUV'MENT spent $70.000 for a study of the odor of perspiration on Australian aborigines. It's things like that which make you proud to be an American taxpayer. * Today's May Bouquet: To organi/cd labor, which is paying for the refurbishing of Lubbock's oldest motorized fire-fighting equipment. The truck will be restored to its 1913 condition and will bo featured in the July 4 Yankee Doodle Dandy hay parade. My Neighbor Twice Removed says enjoy yourself, it's later than you think; Congress reconvenes. THE NKW income tux law. in addition to all its other evils, is grossly unfair to the poor joker Iry- mg to make a living for his wife and family. It allows families with two incomes to deduct up to $600 per year to cover babysitting costs while both parents work. -So, the guy making S10.000 a year and trying lo let his wife stay home to raise the children gets taxed the limit. But a neighbor couple, both working and earning $20.000. not only have it twico as i«ood as be economically, they also .get babysitting partially at government expense. \ childless couple, of course, will Ret a bigger •rebate than will the family man. Are tax and other laws being written deliberately In undermine traditional family social values? i " * ' The mayor of the Texas hamlet of Josephine, embarrassed by weeds that had taken over the lown. set to work cutting them herself. She sent bills to out-of-town property owners. Response was eood Results were excellent. Sometimes all il lakes, is nni- elected official who has community pride. * I'or the Bicentennial year of'76. the planting of r^ti. white and blue flowers will be encouraged on .1 wide scale here. This year would be a good time in plant, 'nm and see what, looks best together, so (hat next year-ran be a real knockout. * Pardon mi', boys, but that "Pie Kace" business which has caught on in .some cities (for a fee. the Company will "goodnaluredly" plaster the victim \ your choice with a cream picl appears to me to he more like a sickness thai) anything else. * KOR -ju YKARS. Mrs. Pftr Jackson has been serving up thick juicy straks ai The Ranchman's rate in Ponder. Texas. ffer fame has spread mostly by word of mouth hut. says Dr. Roy Busby of nearby Denton, it has heen helped along from time to time by feature .--lories in the Fort. Worth and Dallas newspapers. There was the time. I'or example, when The Slar-Tclepram ran a big spread about the place. Kditor Jack Butler soon thereafter decided to lev Jhn Ranchman for himself. .-Mas. the publicity had drawn so- many iwsjproers >ba! Butler couldn't gH inloihe place. IK HK HAD, he'd liave seen a sagging ceilinp that can besl be compared with Die layout lor a ride on The Lightning at the State Fair. The decor includes chipped plastic ashtrays donated by some forgotten implement company ;md tour OP' live cafe booths supplemented by a couple ol small tables with hard sfraipht-bark. «'hairs. There are no reslrooms which can he qiiiir fi '•memory builder for tirsi.-iirnc customers driving in from the Big City. Service is. well, different. LKGEiND HAS il. for example, that a foe- niinkcd ladv alighted suspiciously from her <'adillac one day and entered Ihe cafe to order scrambled eggs. When .set before her. the eggs were, fried. The 1;tdy complained. "I wanted scrambled eggs."' Whereupon the waitress picked up the lady's finite and fork, chopped up the eggs, handed her the utensils and said, 'okay, scrambled." \notherslory has it, that Mrs. Jackson slocks up •ririly as many steaks as she wants to cook on any •yiven night. When those are Rone, ihfc closes up regardless of how many hungry Customers are ! ; ; CARLOAD of folks drove maybe l(j() miles in a mart il.ih in set !o ponder before closing iirne Busby recalls. They got there at '.I p.m.. just as Mrs.Jackson iv;is closing the door. They pleaded with her. ' Nope." she said. ip c3n : i serve you. Every dish an the place is dirty." Whereupon a deal was struck: While she cooked ttioir steaks, the customers washed a II the dishes. As always. It was worth it. The Ranchman may nut Innk like much—hut you can't heal Ihe homey orlho tasty tenderness of the food. HILL > CHAHAM: I MyAnswer ROBERT S._ALLEM: Henry On Way Out f ^UfcSTlOiV: How can you look around the v -world at all the misery and then preach that God is good'.' When we're blessed with something good in life, we're told to give thanks. But when ! something bad happens, we'rr told to accept it as ' ( Jrnm God also. Why? — I<'.M A. [ ANSWER: Pascal once said. "Notwithstanding ihe sight of all the miseries "which threaten our destruction, we have still an instinct, that we cannot repress, which elevates us above our sorrows." Thai instinct was planted by God. and. using it. we see His love and care through history. The coming of Christ is the greatest reason for saying that God is good. You know, if everyone were atheists, God's goodness would still be everywhere. In Psalm :!4:8. the writer suddenly exclaims. ' ; 0 taste and see that the Lord is good." Now that's the only way of knowing — a personal, practical test. Your .second question is perhaps prompted by the command of Paul in I Thessalonians5:l8 that "in everything" we give thanks. T admit, it's dif- ticuft to do it honestly. I know it involves a lot of self-mastery and spiritual perception; perception that recognizes even in the most severe adversity lhat God is there moderating the impact, sustaining the individual and turning evil into good CGenesis 50:20). Someone has said that the offering of praise and thanksgivig is a business that is heaven's most delectable and earth's most delightful. I wanl you loiry il. Year Of The Hare ? WASHINGTON — Pate is closing in on Secretary Henry Kissinger. Increasingly and forebodingly the high-riding diplomatic wheeler-dealer is under fire on all sides — in Ihe U.S., abroad, in Congress and, particularly menacing for him, in inner presidential councils. There, for Ihe first lime, Kissinger's views and politicies are being sharply scrutinized and. challenged. Revealing instance: President Ford's foreign policy address to a joint session of Congress this week was conceived in the White House — not by Kissinger. He was told about it after the decision was made, but not consulted on whether it should be done. ALSO HIGHLY significant, the address is being formulated by the President's own staff and not the State Department. It is being prepared under the direction of HobcrtHarmann, the President's most influential. adviser and head of this speechwriting staff. Kissinger won't even be present when this talk '•covering the entire range" of U.S. foreign policy is delivered. He will be in Latin America on a ten- dny swing through five countries. THLORK ARE other telltale manifestations of Ihe gradual but definite change in Kissinger's status and continuance as all-powerful Secretary of State. The claque of adulatory newsmen and". ''commentators" who were so unfailingly zeaious in sounding his praises and acclaiming his deed a re now a lot less so. And in Congress, where once he was virtually sacrosanct, they are zeroing in on him — so far mostly privately but increasingly out in the open. THIS OMINOUS background doesn't jneart Kissinger's replacement is imminent. • For one thing. President Ford doesn't operate that, way — as evidenced by the months it has taken him to recast the Nixon cabinet, some of whose most, controversial members are still .around. Eventually they, ton, will be axed, but when is conjectural. Only thing sure is it will be before the President actively starts campaigning for re-election. THAT CERTAINLY also applies lo Kissinger. Definitely he will not be in the cabinet when I he President takes to the hustings. In 1972, Kissinger was a crowning electioneering asset for President Nixon, Kissinger's world- hailed announcement on the eve of the balloting of the signing of the Vietnam ^'peace" agreement. 'now a disaster-shattered shambles) drove the linal nail inthe McGovern coffin. But there are no prospects of similar glowing' "pie in the sky" Kissinger-wrought triumphs this lime. Irt fact, grimly quite the opposite. THROUGHOUT <he globe, his record 1 is somberly scarred by stark failures and sinister calamities — Vietnam, Cambodia. Thailand, Greece-Turkey, Middle East and Reef China- Taiwan. In 'Panama. he 7s covertly in the process of giving up U.S. sovereignty over the Panama Canal which, has already engendered .fierce congressional opposition with 37 Republican and. .Democratic senators publicly pledged to block it. Approval of such a giveaway requires a two- Ihirrts Senate vote; 37 is- more than enough Jokill Jl. THAT EXPLAINS Why a high White '.House- official told me: "Henry has just about outlived his usefulness. and I would say he knows that. He is temperamental and egotistical, but he is also smart. He is well aware thai times and conditions have drastically changed, and that he has lost his magic touch. His glamor and charisma are sadly tarnished, "So he will be moving on — undoubtedly to write it all up. from his point of view, for a lot. of money. Asa guess. I would say that has probably 3 1 ready been arranged. "This won't happen right away, or next week or next month. But it. positively will happen by next, year this time. You can give odds on thai. hecause Henry definitely won't be around when lite President starts campaigning." ILLUSTRATIVE of the public barraging Kissinger is encountering on Capitol Hill is Sen. Jesse Helms' blistering demand that he resign. Characteristically mincing no words,, the. Nnrtb Carolina Republican declared: "Dr. Kissinger's usefulness as a negotiator is ended. His diplomacy is in ruins. His credibility with both Ihe Arabs and Israelishnscollapsed.'' LUBBOCK.AVALANCHE JOURNAL P. O. Box 491. liihhnrk, Tex:»s7yWfi ^ift indrfirnrf?nt nowspapcr published rvi-rv urcfc <];,y ••unirn 1 v\. i-\>i Saturday and Christmas Day by Soulhu.ost(Tn Ni'w^p.^u'i'j i'or[*>r..tii"n ( •iri its building itl S'.h St. and AvV. ^.. tubhorV. Ti-x;^ C[>n^oHd-ilcd on Sunday m<i minus only, >jih lh': I iu>b"<,V 0,v j I-KHOC- Joiirnal. Morning Edition. ^•corid class posUge- paid ii fubborfc, Tex**. ROBERT ft. -NORKKS Vice President- Oners! Manager .1. r. RFCKMA:\ DAVID K. KNAPP ['.XCi utivr? V.rilto; BURLE PETTTr Manafiine Frtilni CARL N. CANNON Advertising Director Kull l»sed VYJrr nlfnittfr i,f Jntenulion?). Nalion.vl AftvniMnf ijejinie. Dallas Teias .(AY HAKIMS Kililnr KK.VXKTH MAY A ... j.iii: KdiH" IUWKHT c. MC\-..\V ''rrctiladfiri Man,<t:rT PBRft4,Se<:lion A Kveninj;. AprilX.,l!>7;> BerrVs World M Look, honey! I've discovered another swell use for my new warm-up suit!" TODAY'S EDITORIAL: Revenue Sharing Pleas IN COMING weeks:, lobbying by slates and cities for an early extension by Congress of federal revenue sharing js expected to become "irresistible.' 1 The urge has been explained in a study by Helen B. Shaffer of Editorial Research Reports. Although the program is not due to expire until the end of next year, she notes, governors and mayors are seeking assurance from Congress that the funds will continue to flow after that time. They say they need to plan for the future. •Fiscal difficulties arising from the economic mission added urgency to their pleas. 'RKVKNUK SHARING Funds account for only .1 to 3.2 per cent of an average state budget and between 5 and 10 per cent of local budgets, according to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, However, evea this small a portion can make a difference. The .money has been <isen\ among other things, to buy police cars, build lirehouses. increase salaries, pave .streets and develop recreational facilities. More than half the money has gone for public safety, education and public transportation. One of the happier results has been the reducing of property taxes, or at least the holding of them at the same rate. A FASCINATING slory along (his line has been told by Tax Foundation, Inc. The smalt Pennsylvania community of Skippack has eliminated its property tax entirely. Last year the township received just over $50.000 in revenue sharing funds. Expecting the windfall to continue, township supervisors ,soe no need for the tax. The trick is to include the "poor"* Inmates' i)I' Graterford Slate Prison there, as residents. The federal allocation includes lliis "need" factor: "population inversely weighted for per capita income.'' Nea rly 30 per cent of Skippack's population 'lives in the prison and has income below the poverty .level. Despite such trickery, property tax relief makes revenue sharing smell like roses. U.S. Has Armed 4 Both Sides' In Middle East •WASHINGTON — Middle East experts here were "surprised" at the seemingly voluntary move ol" Saudi Arabia's council of ministers to replace the absolute monarchy of the desert, kingdom with a constitutional government. Dr. Malcolm C. Peck, assistant to the presi- ilem of the Middle Rast Institute, told me that the proposed political reform WHS probably "not a reliction to immediate threats." Or. Peck, emphasizing that his was- only a personal opinion, said that the suggestion of a written constitution to supplement the Koran ;is the nation's fundamental covenant, was intended to "ward off demands' from Western-educated liberals. KUllREASONS unknown, radical reformers in Saudi Arabia congregate in their air force, which tiax attempted four or more coups during (he iSfiO- 70s. Mosi young Saudis who study in American universities return lo places in civilian government (the suave petroleum minister Sheikh Ahmed Xoki Yamani is the shining example). Bui with even a small cadre of hot pilots at the controls of the most modern U.S. warplanes, there is concern here about, the stability of the largest and most oil-rich country in i)iu Arabian 1'einsula. A Ml IMBEII of questions, arise. If. rndeed. the American-educated nephew who is recorded on tape as the assassin of King Faisai, was noL insane. Oid he have a mission? He may have been the gunman of a revolutionary band or ol a royal cabal to remove the King. Family murders to obtain a throne are hardly the style, but the financial and ideological stakes in Saudi Arabia are enormous. These are a homogenous people by race and religion, but the Middle KasL is seething with minorities that are restive under such central governments as Iran. Iraq. Jordan and Ethiopia. We can no longer put our faith in princes. ALTHOUGH THE United States is geographically apart from the Middle East, we have an aggrieved Jewish population at home. Purposely in the Middle East, inadvertently in the Far East, we have armed both sides. ft is late, but unavoidable, for the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon lo put together a policy on these foreign arms-sales. Politeness requires mention of the White House first, but there is little belief here that President Ford's thinking extends beyond the water's edge. He was merely the House Minority Leader in 1972-73 when Nixon and Kissinger were forging the treaty with the two Vietnams that was lomcan "peace is at hand." T1H-: SECRETARY of Slate left no doubt at his March 2fi press conference that he blamed the rollspsp of the Saigon regime on the failure oi v'oiijjruss to insure the continuance of military aid into i!J75 and beyond, Tlie Secretary of Defense has been itching (o S','IK] I'.S. \aval and air power lo the support oi .Simili Vietnam's coastal cities. Hut -Schlesingcr could not do this-without .an American President lo arouse the American people who., in turn, would arouse Congress- to enforce the Paris accords. Af.TIIOI'GinT is ihe worst possible lime io talk ahout the domino theory, this hydra-hoa.ded. monster simply will not. stay in its kennel. • . A revolt in Saudi Arabia with American ar/ns in the hands of ihe rebels rather than the in- rumh'..'nis. ;md trihai rebellions across the .Persian Gulf being efficiently subdued by the American-armed Shah, wnuld round out the,irony which has Us counterpart in Indochina. Everywhere you look. American 1 guns, traditionally exported so Ihat peoples could fight lor freedom, are making the.-dominoes J'alMnone direction or another. U'HEliE DID it all begin'. 1 You can get men of distinction lo bKirne it on the liquidation of the British Empire, or on the introduction of ''No- Win" warfare by the United States in Korea, or on Ihe lack of ••credibility 1 ' beginning at the Bay of Pigs, or on the political regicide that removed Nixon and gave this country, for the first time since Independence, a non-elected head of state. Regardless of beginnings, the end-results are giiing to he decided by the foolish deeds we leave' off doing, and the wise ones we very soon put into Hied to eiilour nsksand our losses. the small society P4 UL SCOTT: Air Help Requeste WASHINGTON — South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thku has directly appealed to the U.S. for air and naval support to help slow down the North Vietnamese offensive while he regroups his military forces for the defense of Saigon and the rice-rich Mekong Delta. The president's request was made through U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Frederick Weyand, who has returned from Saigon following a first hand assessment of the deteriorating military situation in South Vietnam for President Ford. President Thieu's appeal was included in a preliminary report cabled to President Ford by Gen. Weyand, who still believes Saigon can be .saved. IN HIS EMERGENCY assessment, Gen. Weyand indicated the chances for defending the South Vietnamese capita! now depend on whether government troops have sufficient time to regroup their forces before the North Vietnamese press their attack on Saigon. Most pressing need of the South Vietnamese, according to Gen. Weyand, is sufficient firepower !o slow down the advance of North Vietnamese *ii visions now sweeping down the coast. With direct; U.S. military help for the South 'Vietnamese now barred by law. President Ford is expected to take up Thieu's request with ('ongressionaf leaders when Congress returns before making any final decision. CONGRESSIONAL supporters of the President say the decision could be the most important one he has made since taking over the nation's highest office following the resignation of President Nixon. Political aides have warned the President that :i formal request to Congress to use U S. air and naval power in Vietnam could trigger a series of massive <inti-war demonslrations in the U.S. This possibility will have to be weighed against the impact that the loss of South Vietnam to the Communists could have on U.S. foreign policy and the President '.sown political future. ALTHOUGH THE Joint Chiefs of Staff have not. yet been asked by the President to make any lormal recommendation, the President's military advisers have contingency plans for using air and naval power should that be .amhorixed by the President. Kour I'.S. carriers and several other warships are now in the waters oft the coast of South Vietnam or enroutc to the South China Sea and couict be pressed into service in a matter of hours. The Joint Chiefs of Staff also have contingency plans lor using air and naval power to protect the evacuation of Americans from -Saignu should, that, become necessary. SIGNIFICANTLY, it is UK- opinion ol' legal eN purls in the Pentagon that ihe President.could use US. air and naval power I'or the protection ol! Americans without obtaining; approval ot" •Congress, Latest State Depanmeni estimate Is thai there are approximately 8.000 Americans still in South Vietnam, including about :i.000 contract employes: working fnr the South Vietnamese government, and the military. A large share ot these contract employes are. technicians working lo keep the: small Soulh Vietnamese air lorecJumi hit by ih»; iack ol sp.-jre parts;, operational. ACCORDING 1 TO Gen. AVcyjtid's report, there arc now seven South Vietnamese divisions assigned to the Saigon region and the Mekong Delta. The 5th. .loth, and 25lh divisions and the elite air lorce division are in military region .'i. Saigon, ;md the 1] surrounding provinces, and the. 7th, 9th, and 2tth divisions operate in the Delta. While Gen. Weyand has made no recommendation on the use of U.S. air and naval power, his report, stresses' that the presence of U.S. aircraft in the skies over South Vietnam could help bolster the saging morale of South Vietnamese military U.S. MILITARY experts now compare- run- dition.s in South Vietnam to those in .South KorM when Communist forces had overrun nearly all of the country except lor Pusan in 1950. Massive US. air and naval help ordered by ihe late President Truman saved the day. Will President Ford, who constantly compares Tiimsclf svith Truman, follow his footsteps or will h<> stand by while all of South Vietnam's 15,000,000 people are taken over by Ihe Communists',* JE/1N 4DAiMS: Teen-Age Forum APOLOGY: (Comment) T must make an apology. On Wednesday I hit a girl just because .she tried to protect her friend. After I hit her I realized how wrong I was. I am 14, and a boy, and I know I hurt her. Unfortunately Idon'tkrow her name. .1 think her first name is Cindy, ,Tm really sorry, Cindy. Please, accept my apology.—Sorry in Pennsylvania. f A.) Secretly -we all realize nowand then thai. we have wronged someone and should apologize. .Saying so is not easy. But when we do go to the person and say we're sorry we feel much better. 1 am sure you feel better now. Maybe your letter will help many readers to make aplogies thai should be made. J hope you wili remember this, ioo: A boy should never hit a girl. Aside from being unkind . and discourteous and painful, a blow by a boy's fisl.can do seriousdamagctoa girl's body. by Brickman

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