The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 23, 1982 Page: 2 of 4
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The North Texas Daily
Preying on power
Several attempts have been made this week in the Sen-
ate to break a filibuster against legislation that would re-
instate prayer in public schools. The bill would prohibit
the Supreme Court from overturning state laws reinstat-
ing prayer in schools, which the court has prohibited since
The legislation would, in effect, strip the Supreme Court
of authority to act on the prayer issue.
Disregarding the question of whether legislation rein-
stating officially sanctioned prayer is desirable, the legis-
lation would create a dangerous precedent. Sen. Max Baucus
of Montana has said that if Congress could strip the courts
of the right to act on prayer, it could move on to such
issues as abortion, freedom of the press or any other po-
litically popular cause.
the bill—sponsored by Sen. jesse iieims ol North
Carolina—probably would pass the Senate if it were vot-
ing on the bill alone, instead of whether to limit the amount
of time senators have to engage in a filibuster against it.
The vote to limit the filibuster Tuesday was 53-47, seven
votes short needed to limit the debate to 100 hours.
Helm’s bill is attached to a debt-ceiling bill that must
pass Congress by Oct. I for the government to stay in
business. Helms tried to get an anti-abortion measure passed
by attaching it to the debt ceiling bill, but liberals in Con-
gress used the filibuster to kill it.
The Attorney General and the American Bar Associa-
tion both have questioned the constitutionality of the court
stripping bill. Although President Reagan supports a con-
stitutional amendment reinstating school prayer, he is non-
committal on Ilelms' bill.
For Helms to attach a social measure to must-pass bill
is a contradiction of the so-called democratic process. Tac-
tics such as the filibuster must then be used, wasting sen-
ators' time and taxpayers’ money.
Should the measure pass, it would set an extremely
dangerous precedent, allowing Congress to circumvent Su-
preme Court rulings whenever it may be politically expe-
dient to do so.
For these reasons, liberals and conservatives in the Sen-
ate who are remaining steadfast in their stand against the
prayer measure and. earlier. Helms’ anti-abortion meas-
ure. should be seen as the bastions of the Supreme Court’s
rights and prerogatives.
Congress is now in a hurry to finish necessary business
before it adjourns. Time shouldn't be wasted on trivial-
i/ations like a prayer measure that probably is unconstitu-
tional anyway. Helms should present his measure as a
constitutional amendment if he wants to see prayer in
schools. He should not attach it to a debt ceiling bill that
must be passed for the government to remain functioning.
Resign to run
Scores of Texas politicians have filed motions against
a resign-to-run law, which was designed to keep candi-
dates from using the resources of their offices to cam-
paign for higher offices
Until June, candidates were able to use political con-
tributions they received when campaigning for one office
to help fund their campaign for higher offices.
But as of June, any office holder wishing to run for
higher position must resign the office he holds before he
can file for candidancy.
The resign-to-run law is presenting averse conditions
for the campaigns of 65 Texas officeholders, but it also
helps to assure the public that candidates are running for
a cause and not just for the money.
Many incumbents running for another office were spend-
ing money on campaigns and gambling that the Supreme
Court would declare the resign-to-run law unconstitution
al, but suffered a loss when the court upheld the law.
Not only did the Supreme Court endorse the concept
that officeholders must resign to run. but it declared that
they cannot seek higher office (even if they resign) if the
two terms overlap.
Officeholders may think the resign-to-run law is detri-
mental to their campaigns as well as their careers, but the
law is beneficial to voters because it ensures them that a
candidate is not using an office as a stepping stone to a
Sometimes, in order to get his name before the public
eye a candidate w ill use his political office to gain pub-
licity m Ins campaign for a higher office.
The law aids in stopping the abuse of political resources
in one office for personal gain on the part of the candidate.
Instead of leaving one office in the middle of a term to
step into a higher office, the candidate must now gamble
a bit with his career if he intends to run.
There is no longer the security of having a job to come
home to in case of failure at the polls. Instead of a job
and ail office to fall back on in a losing situation, the
candidate is left holding nothing.
Officeholders in Texas, who have set their campaigns
in lull swing, are now wondering if their names will be
on the ballot in November.
Several candidates who have learned they will be inel-
igible for higher office because the Supreme Court up-
held the constitutionality of Texas' resign-to-run laws have
filed suit, claiming the law does not apply to their situations.
Federal courts should, however, uphold the intent of
Texas’ law. and candidates who wish to run for higher
office will just have to take their chances with their polit-
ical futures. Politicians are supposed to serve the public,
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Thursday, September 23, 1982
Small-town waitress decides
she ain't taking it no more
Dora I.cnorc Jones hud lived in Holcutn
forever. She’d grown up there, even made
it to the ninth grade—Mr. Jenkins kicked
her out when he found out she was preg-
nant with Billy—and she had gotten her
GED a year ago. All that talk about small
town folk being uneducated and unworldly
was a lot of crap, she thought. She always
watched the national news and even caught
one of those weekly news specials every
now and then. No one could call her
“Oh how I wanna go home...” wailed
the oT juke as Dora cleared the tables of
the night’s dishes.
Shag's Diner had been homeground for
Dora going on 10 years now . She’d been
wearing that same old, blue polyester jumper
w ith the purple logo—a silly-grinning car
icuturc of a sheepdog—since she was 14.
She didn't mind the work, actually, it was
her only diversion other than Billy's foot
ball and baseball games and embroidering
hankies for the old folks at the home.
BESIDES, SHAG had been good to her.
raising her salary to 54 an hour. And she'd
been head waitress for five years now “At
least I’m not mooching off welfare, and
that's a lot better'll some people do." she
“Oh how I wanna go...wanna go...wanna
go..." Damn thing's stuck again, she
thought. Sht walked ova and gavt the b «
a sharp kick. The light flashed, the needle
laid a long icratch -at the record and the
music stopped. “Never did like that song
IX)RA WASN’T in a hurry tonight since
Billy was staying overnight at the Mason's.
And Jim He’d be gone, out drinking with
Joe Glenn and Mr. Higgins Maybe he
wouldn't come home at all. ever again, she
thought to herself.
Feeling mischievous. Dora peeked out
the window to make sure no one was walk
mg by or hanging around at the park across
the street. Suddenly, that dim fluorescent
light above, shining through years of silt
and grime, became a spotlight. The broom
was Fred Astaire or Gene Kelley—she never
missed An American in Paris" or “Sing
ing in the Rain" on late night TV.
A smiling audience, dressed in Hollywood
regalia, tilled the red plastic and chrome
chairs and booths. She ran to the juke,
dropped in a quarter and punched 252— Nat
King Cole's "Chances Are" had always
been her favorite.
AS I HP. SLOW, mellow music floated
out of the box, she waltzed around the ta-
bles. through the audience, through time.
Her white evening gown glimmered like
satin m the blue, red and green footlights.
Her soft soprano joined the chorus each
time, and she sting passionately to the soda
dispenser and the Coca-Cola clock."God,
Cinderella never had it so good."
It was already 2 a.m.. anil her feet told
her that 10 hours of standing and walking
was enough Tonight, though, the only pain
she felt wax in her chest and that of the
Still mnict vnsh in In-r left thiuh
AFTER CHECKING the backdoor lock
and tightening the grease can lids, she picked
up her sweater, turned the lights out and
said goodnight to the only real escape she
had. "Please don't let Jim be home to-
night," she prayed silently as she started
the old Pontiac
Dora drove slowly. She was think-
ing about last night, about all these nights
for the last four years when Jim would get
so angry, so angry. She rubbed her leg.
wincing as her lingers brushed the deep
wound. Shag noticed hot limping He didn't
have to ask It had been going on for too
long now. He just pulled her aside after
lunch rush and told her to get off her feet
for a while.
"But no one understands Jim like I do
He's just a hurt little boy deep down." she'd
rationalize.“Who would take care of him
if I wasn't here? He'd die He’d just wither
away. He doesn't really mean to hurt me
or Billy. He loves us. He tells me so all
But even those worn-out lies lost their
warmth of reassurance as she remembered
Jim's eyes when he pulled the knife out ol
HE REALLY wanted to hurt her Last
night she realized for the first time that Jim
had the power to make her son an orphan
that Jim had the power to kill
"My baby, Billy I've got to do some
thing to save him, me." The tears started
to come, spilling out of her already
blackened, swollen eyes She pulled over,
turned the car off. put her head on the
steering wheel and cried hard. “I’ve always
been afraid to leave him. He'd find me.
He'd send his buddies after me. And what
about work ? What can I do ?"
BUT DORA KNEW it didn't matter
Just empty excuses There would be a way
It'd be hard, but at least she wouldn't have
to live in fear anymore. She wouldn't have
to hurt anymore She could make a real
home for Billy for herself Jim tried to
bruise her. to kill her. But she could kill,
too She could kill the nichtmare that was
home. "God knows why I’ve put up with
this for so long. But I do know I've told
myself lie was love, that lie needed me and
that he loved me. But the only thing that
man knows is how to cause pain. Love's
never been in that man's heart."
Dora dried her eyes and started the car.
She smiled faintly as she thought of Billy,
sleeping curled up like a kitten The Ma-
son's wouldn't sav anything, and she knew
she could trust them. Sure, she felt scared.
But she felt something else, something she'd
forgotten about. Freedom.
No. no one could call her ignorant.
Sexual differences cause job loss, discrimination
Homosexuals often find judgment made on private preferences, not ability
Joe was on the sales staff 10 years, and
his competence was shown repeatedly by
the high sales he generated annually for
the company. His friends and family viewed
him as a bright, energetic young man with
a promising future until they discovered
he was homosexual
He lost his job and many ol his friends.
They stopped viewing him as a person and
began looking at him as something dirty
and unacceptable What these bigoted pco
pic did not realize was that it was not Joe
who had changed, but their attitudes toward
What happened to Joe is typical of thou
sands ot homosexuals throughout the
country Because of theirscxual preferences,
many arc den -d employment or fired when
their private lives become known.
I HE CIVIL service rules ot 1975 lor
bid homosexual discrimination in most fed
oral departments, but there are still govern
mcnl agencies, such as the GIA. that still
have anti homosexual policies.
A few states and only about 40 cities in
the entire United States prohibit employee
discrimination due to sexual preferences.
And there are practically no laws that pre
vent private business from discriminating
against a person lor his sexual preferences.
In past lawsuits, filed by homosexuals
against federal and state agencies concern
mg employment, the defendants repeated
the same arguments, homosexuals are more
susceptible to blackmail because a homo
sexual act itself is a sign of poor judgment:
homosexuals would disrupt efficiency:
homosexuality is considered contrary to ac-
cepted standards ol society; and homosex-
uals are offensive to co-workers. These
negative stereotypes also apply to lesbians
HOMESEXUAL ACTS may be consul
cred poor judgment by people who do not
partake ol them Homosexuals probably con
skier intercourse with the opposite sex poor
judgment. The tact is that individuals are
the only judges ol their sexual preferences
The CIA's main argument on its anti
homosexual policy is that security cleared
employees' sexual conduct might expose
them to blackmail or reflect on their men-
Recently, a CIA employee assigned to
undercover jobs was fired after the CIA
learned of his homosexual activity Even
though lie was engaging in homosexual acts
privately during his nine years with the CIA.
agency personnel never questioned his com
pctcncc until the investigation.
JUST BECAUSE, a person has differ
ent sexual tendencies than the majority does
not mean he is a less competent employee
When civil service employment policies
against homosexuals were relaxed in 1975.
it was discovered that many homosexuals
ranked high in the civil service tests, sur
passing the majority of people who were
not admitted homosexuals.
The argument that homosexuals would
disrupt efficiency is unfounded Sexual acts
in one's home have nothing to do w ith one's
efficiency on the job. There are countless
examples of loyal employees who dedicated
many years of efficient service and expert-
ise to their companies and were fired after
company officials were informed of the cm
ployees' private sex lives.
This summer, a Scotland Yard guard.
51 year old Michael Trestrail. charged with
protecting the royal family for more than
ten years, admitted to a long-term affair
with a U> year-old male prostitute. Hie
commander resigned even though homosex-
uality among consenting adults generally
is not considered an offense in Britain.
THIS SUMMER, a man was arrested,
charged with breaking and entering the royal
palace where Trestrail worked. Undoubted
ly. people are wrongly linking the break
in as a sign ol Trestrail's inferiority, de-
spite his It) years of efficient and loyal serv-
ice. They overlook the fact that many other
guards were outmaneuvered by the intruder.
People quickly condemn others tor things
they do not understand and wrongly point
lingers that sometimes should be turned back
There probably are many public figures
who arc homosexuals Many fans and sup
porters are unknow ingly praising these pub
lie figures who participate in activities that
are socially condemned.
Society condemns people tor activities
that are conducted in the privacy of then
bedrooms, but society has no business in
other people's bedrooms.
AMERIC A IS SUPPOSED to be (In-
land ot the tree, yet just because a group
of people are different from the majority,
they are discriminated against in job
opportunities something totally unrelated to
sexual preferences America is the land ol
the free only to those who conform, and
tor many that means going against their
The argument that homosexuals would
be offensive to co-workers assumes that all
co workers are prejudiced against Itomosex
uals. Not everyone is. at least those who
are liberal and mature enough to realize
that homosexuals are people too
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