Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 143, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 14, 1991 Page: 2 of 20
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PAGE TWO—CHEROKEE AN/HERALD OF RUSK, TEXAS—THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1991
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Cherokee theatre group looks at
past, theatre opens Dec. 17,1946
Ethics, campaign contributions
to be addressed in proposed HB 1
Texas is due to have a comprehensive ethics
and campaign reform bill this session of the legis-
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis and his State
Affairs Chairman Pete Laney have been working
on the proposed legislation for over a year. Mem-
bers of the State Affairs Committee have been
researching and drafting new ethics rules.
The bill, to be designated HB 1, includes the
creation of an Ethics Commission with full investi-
gative and enforcement powers.
More control over the Lobby in our state capítol
will go a long way toward solving the problem of
state office holders.
One of the features we approve of is the $ 10,000
limit of campaign contributions to a statewide cam-
paign and $2,500 per election for district cam-
As it now stands, an individual who seeks to
become a state senator, will need $300,000 to
$500,000 to make the race.
And, this doesn't mean he or she will get
elected...they will run a good race.
The old saying, "when you go to the bail, you
dance with them that brought you" is so true.
The major provisions of the bill include;
—Creation of a six-member Ethics Commission
with the power to conduct audits, issue subpoe-
nas, impose civil fines up to $5,000 for violations
and refer criminal violations for prosecution.
—Abolish "officeholders accounts" as separate
entities from campaign accounts.
—Require legislators to report professional fees
received from any entity that hires a lobbyist.
—Prohibit payment of campaign funds to any
business owned by the candidate or officeholder.
—Limit .he maximum campaign contribution to a
statewide campaign to $10,000 per election and
$2,500 per election for district campaigns.
—Prohibit using political funds to purchase real
—Limit repayment of candidate loans from con-
—Expand reporting requirements for campaign
and personal loans.
—Expand list of state officers who must file
—Expand list of state officers who must file
—Expand lobby registration requirements.
—Give the Ethics Commission authority to set
the reporting threshold amount for lobbyist expen-
ditures on a legislator.
It is easy enough for all of us to
say that education íb THE key to
most of the world's problems. Deliv-
ering the goods is another can of
whatever. We used to think we had
a firm grasp on the dissemination of
information to young people. Sure,
the good ole' days of readin' and
writin' and Vithmetic. But there's
more to it today.
The whole process has evolved
into one of a giant maze of paper
work, along with real, work •
work! More rules, more guide-
lines, more tests, more grading,
and not just the students. Teach-
ers, too. everything and every-
body must toe the mark and
measure up... each year to a new
set of instructions.
And in this make-it-better atmos-
phere, it is inevitable to keep cost
down. More simply costs... more!
And as I write, the finding of educa-
tion is one of the top priority items
for the Texas legislature. Squeezed
between the judicial system (Edge-
wood vs. Kirby et al remains very
much with us) and growing frustra-
tion from taxpayers, it is an awe-
some task for our state's budget
If there was a magic, easy an-
swer, somebody w^ould have al-
ready thought of it, don't you
think? Therefor®, in the absence
of the thought or a crystal ball,
well just have to wait while our
legislators work! Of course, all
of our elected officials appreci-
ate input from constituents. So,
you may want to let those who
represent us hear from you as
the session continues.
In the meantime, this shared
humor will be best appreciated by
the folks who are active in the field
of, education. A lot of parents may
"Then Jesus took his disciples
up the mountain, and gathering
them about him, he taught them,
"Blessed are the poor...
Blessed are the hungry...
Blessed are those who
Blessed are the oppressed..."
Then Simon Petere said, "Do we
have to write this down?"
And Andrew said,"Are we sup-
posed to know this?"
7 Sdifrvi... ")
Thank you for the kind editorial
in the Feb. 7, 1991, issue of the
Cherokeean/Herald on my having
been named the 1990 Jacksonville
Citizen of the Year by the Jackson-
ville Chamber of Commerce.
I had no idea at all that such
recognition was coming until it was
announced that evening. I was and
Right below your editorial about
me was one about Mike Cry sup, a
cousin of mine, who received the
same recognition from the Rusk
Chamber of Commerce. My mater-
nal grandparents, the late Mr. and
Mrs. George William Crysup of
Jacksonville, were Mike's paternal
great-great-grandparents. It was
quite a coincidence that their de-
scendants would be recognized
John Allen Templeton
I am pleased that President
George Bush proclaimed Feb. 3 as a
National Day of Prayer. I sincerely
hope that President Bush proclaims
more National Days ofPrayer should
the war continue for a longer period
oftime. I am always eager to comply
with Ms request for A National Day
President Abraham Lincoln is-
sued nine different proclamations
of prayer and fasting during the
Civil War. President Lincoln stated
often his belief that the Civil War
was a result of national sins.
The greatest possible contribu-
tion of leadership from the Presi-
dent to our people in the USA is to
challenge us to pray to Almighty
God concerning this war and our
spiritual condition as a nation. Many
had already been praying earnestly
and for that we are grateful. How-,
ever, the Presidents call to prayer
is to be commended regardless of
whether or not it encouraged per-
sons to begin praying or to increase
praying. It is a publicly expressed
act of huminity toward God that
our nation needs to take note of. His
call to prayer did not vi olate anyone's
choice of religious freedom.
Our involvement in this war
against Iraq (deemed necessary by
our officials) is at least partly due to
our lack of praying about the gospel
of Jesus Christ having an open fo-
rum among the peoples ofthe Middle
Pastor Kent Fowler
Pierces Chapel Assembly of
Editor's Notei the foUowing is
an article that appeared in the
Rusk Cherokeean on Thursday,
Dec 19,1946, on the opening of
the Cherokee Theatre. The story
is being reprinted in conjunc-
tion with a fund raising en-
deavor of the Cherokee Civic
Theatre for restoration of the
"Completed at last! Rusk's mag-
nificent new Cherokee Theatre will
hold its gala 9pening this Friday
nightatseven o'clock. Completed as
it is on the eve of the, Christmas
season, it truly is as announced East
Texas Theatres Inc., Christmas gift
to Rusk and all of Cherokee County.
"Original plans called for the
completion of the new building in
June. But the plague of the material
shortage has hounded the builders
from the start and it was possible to
have it ready for the Pre-Christmas
opening only by working night and
day for the past several weeks.
^H.H. Carsey and his Rusk High
School Band will be on the job at the
Friday night opening for a short
concert. Stage ceremonies will in-
cludes welcoming address by Mayor
M. M. Guinn. All the glittering lights
and all the fanfare and excitement
of a big city premiere is promised.
"And unfortunately the opening
must be held without the most at-
tractive part of the exterior—a big
neon 'Cherokee' sign, an elaborate
affair which covers the highest point
of the front with a big Indian chief
head at the top.
"Entering the theatre the patron
walks over Mohawk carpeting which
covers the lobby, foyer and aisles. A
combination of cold cathode and
neon lights illuminate the terazzo
finished walls at the theatre front.
The same sanitary wall finish is
used in rest rooms with which the
theatre is equipped.
"Inside the latest system of indi-
rect lighting is used with the light
coming from along the sides of the
ceiling instead of down the center
as in older types of theatre con-
struction. It is said that the new
system which gives absolutely uni-
form light throughout the theatre,
detracts much less from the
"The building is equipped with
the Carrier system of air condition-
ing for summer and winter which
provides a complete change of air
every five minutes. The motorgraph
sound system with which the the-
atre is equipped is the very latest
type which is being used in all bet-
ter-class theatres. This, combined
with the acoustically treated walls,
insures perfect sound without re-
verberation or echo. Simplex pro-
jectors with high intensity lamps
and a third dimension plastic screen
produce the best images possible in
the projection. American Seating
Company foam fitting seats with
deep filled spring cushions insure
maximum in comfort for patrons.
"The building was constructed
with the safety of patronB a para-
mount consideration and is
equipped with every known safety
"East Texas Theatres Inc. is
headed by Julius M. Gordon as
President. Other executives are S.
L. Oakley, Vice President and
General Manager and Fred Min-
ton, Director of Theatres. The new
building was designed and con-
structed by L.C. Kyburz, Supervi-
sor of Properties. The actual con-
struction has been directed by Alex
Work and Vernon Piatt and deco-
rations are by Rudolph Waggoner.
"Frank Gillespie will continue as
local manager and the entire per-
sonnel of the Texas Theatre will be
shifted to the new Cherokee, it has
been announced. The same picture
policy aB has been the custom with
the Texas will be continued. No
increase has been made in matinee
prices and an increase of only five
cents has been announced for
nights, Sundays and holidays.
"The last show in the Texas The-
atre will be the regular show Sat-
urday and Saturday night. The
usual Saturday midnight show
will be at the new theatre.
The gala opening attraction
scheduled for this Friday night is
In Old Sacramento' staring a new
Bill Elliott with Constable Moore
and Eugene Pallette. A technicolor
musical and a Walt Disney cartoon
complete the program."
Rusk council will call elections,.
discuss coordinator, annexation
Ordinances calling for a sales tax
election and a municipal election
for a mayor and two aldermen will
be considered at the 5 p.m. Thurs-
day meeting ofthe Rusk City Coun-
cil at City Hall.
In other matters, the council will
hear a presentation by Bobby Tosh
concerning to annexation of prop-
erty on Loop 343 and a request for
the city participation for sewer serv-
ice to the property.
Stephanie Caveness will address
the council concerning the employ-
ment of a Main Street Coordinator/
Economic Development Coordina-
tor for the City of Rusk.
James Houser, the city's timber
consultant, will discuss timber on
city owned property on Highway 84
West and the Atoy Road.
And James said,"I don't have
papyrus with me."
And Philip said, "Will we have a
test on this?"
And Bartholomew Baid, "Do we
have to turn this in?"
And John said, "The other dis-
ciples didn't have to learn thiB."
And Matthew said, "Can I be
And Judas said,"What does this
have to do with the real world?"
Then one of the Pharisees who
was present asked to see Jesus'
lesson plan, and inquired,
"Where is your anticipatory set?
Where are your objectives in
the cognitive domain?"
"And Jesus wept."
And so it always is, tears hide on
the other side of laughter! Until
next week? -mw
The caption last week beneath
the picture of Tiffany Clark of
Jacksonville with her scaled model
of the Cherokee Theatre omitted
the names of her grandparents
Precinct 1 Justice ofthe Peace and
Mrs. Archie Cook. Miss Clark is
the daughter of Donna and John
Clark of Jacksonville and is the
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Cook of Jacksonville and Mrs.
Louise Clark of Bullard. She is a
12-year-old seventh grader at
Jacksonville Middle School and
entered the model of the theatre in
the school history fair, for which
she won second prize.
by - Peggy McArthur
LIBRARY HOURS: Monday
from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday from 12 noon
STORY TIME: Wednesday
mornings from 10:30 -11 a.m., ages
three to six.
BOOK SALE: The Steering Com-
mittee, Friends of the Library, will
sponsor a book sale in late May,
during The Fair on the Square. If
you have books that are in your way
and you would like to donate for
sale, please contact us at the li-
brary, 683-5916. We can also use
NEW BOOKS INCLUDE: THE
RAVEN'S BRIDE - Elizabeth
Crook - eryoy a love story from the
American frontier, Eliza and Sam
THE OLD COMTEMPTIBLES
• Martha Grimes - Melrose Plant is
sent to investigate murder. As he
near the solution, another death
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
• Elizabeth Adler - A flawless emer-
ald, The Property of a lady," is put
up for auction. Agents of two super
powers converge at the sale.
Alto City Council meets
Meeting in regular session the
Alto City Council took action on
several issues and tabled Others.
The on-going situation withthe
water system and sewer plant was
discussed at length with the matter
of grease traps for area restaurants
tabled until the next council meet-
ing. Representatives from the Bran-
non Corporation the engineers that
work with the city in bringing the
sewer plant up to Texas Water
Commission demands, gave a
lengthy outline of the persent situ-
of a wondering fellow
There seems to be a lót of talk
lately about Saddam Hussein... His
brutality... even sadism. And the
question was asked... to save thou-
sands of American lives should we
deliberatly set out to assassinate
this beast ofthe near East. I am a bit
surprised at that, because I had
figured that was one of the first
things we would set out to do. Oh we
wouldn't make it look like an assas-
sination. We'd bomb anyplace he
might be and hope he got hit.
I don't have a killers instinct I
guess.. I hate to see a flower die.
But if it were up to me I'd have to
say a resounding "Yes"! And I'm not
too sure we (the Government)
haven't had that same idea before.
We missed on Noriega. We missed
on Castro. We missed on Hitler.
And I'd hate to think we had a chance
and missed Hussein.
Of course we do not use the word
"assassinate." We choose other softer
termB. Something that sounds bet-
ter. Like it or not we are in this
thing. Let's win it and get out as fast
as we can. And as an after
tho't...Israels patience in the mat-
ter íb almost unbelieveable. I could
time and handle the job themselves.
How do you judge right from
wrong during war times. How do
you say what is right and what is
wrong. How do you measure the
moral values. How do you justify
what we are doing now. Suffice it to
say that according to the official
word at least we entered into this
conflagration to save Kuwait from
the Iraqui horde sweeping over the
countiy. A secondary benefit might
have been the oil that fills our lamps.
But whatever the reason. What-
ever the motivation. Hers wears. In
battle dress again.
Yes. Search him out and kill him
before our sons are killed.
ation concerning clarifier problems
at the sewer plant, the fence and
road situation, the problem of grease
getting into the sewer plant and
concluded their presentation by
telling the council that a represen-
tative from the Parkson Corpora-
tion (who are installing the city's
new Bystem) will be here within the
next 30 days to investigate the key
problems, and provide any addi-
tional instruction onthe proper
operation of the system. They re-
quested that city personnel and
council members be on hand to take
part in the inspection, to which they
In a discussion on minimurt water
rates for multi-building complexes,
it was pointed out by city Adminis-
trator, Carol Rozell that a motion
was made by former Councilman
James Grammer at the March 12,
1990 meeting, and approved, "that
water and sewer be billed at com-
mercial rates on main meter for
businesses located on Hwy 21 WeBt
and that a minimum water and
sewer (5.00 water, 5.00 sewer) be
billed for each additional occupied
building with option of owner choos-
ing to have the city install meters
within eachbuilding. A $75 deposit
will be required for each meter in-
stalled. The second was made by
Councilman Black, the vote was
In speaking to this issue, local
contractor, Freddy Johaon said he
could have just as easily put indi-
vidual meters at the five places of
business he built five years ago, but
he thought he was following council's
instructions at the time the con-
struction waB under way.
In other action, council agreed to
accept an amendment from Stokes
& Associate Consultant Engineers
for certain services in connection
with the new sewer plant, in the
amount of $2,100.
Council* members voted unana-
mously to keep the fees for the Alto
Emergenncy Ambulance member-
ship the same as in the present plan
- Family Plan, $60. Individual Plan,
$45 before April 1. After that date
the feees will be - family, $75, indi-
vidual, $60. All checks should be
made out to Alto Emergency Ambu-
lance Serv ice, P.O. Box 447, Alto,
Council agreed on the purchase of
a pump motor to be kept in reserve
for lift stations. They also approved
an Anti-Drug Plan for Substance
Abuse Policy for City of Alto Natu-
ral Gas .Employees, replacing the
Council members requested that
City Policemen Larry Glidden be on
duty at the City Hall between the
hours of 8 to 10 a.m. during Court
duty. They alao gave permieaion for
the Fire Department to aaeaa a fine
for large truck* that have gaeoline
or chemical apilla.
A request from the Fire Depart-
ment concerning awning at city hall
will be considered at the meeting.
Traffic ordinances for Collins
Street, Gambril Street, Williams
Street, Rickett Drive, Highland
Drive, Euclid Street, Sycamore will
be repealed and new ordinances
considered for adoption at the meet-
By Jerry Rix
VA Service Officer
Abraham Lincoln said that it is
the duty of a grateful nation "to care
for him who shall have borne the
battle and for his widow and his
orphan." This is the basic mission
of the Department of Veterans Af-
fairs. Today there are 27.1 million
veterans and 46 million depend-
ents and survivors totaling 73 mil-
lion Americans who are potentially
eligible for some veterans benefits
at some point in their lives. That
total is on a downward trend be-
cause of the absence of wars for the
last 20 years but now represents
about one third of our population.
There are 2.78 million veterans
receiving disability or pension pay-
ment and nearly 90,000 more aur-
viving spouses and some depend-
ents receiving other forms of com-
pensation. The VA spends about
28.6 billion dollars each year and
employs thousands of people. Lo-
cally, 5.23 million dollars flow into
Cherokee County annually with
most being immediately spent.
Probably the most visible of all
VA benefits and services are the
medical care facilities which make
up the largest health care system
in the free world. More than half of
the practicing physicians in the
United States receive training in
the VA medical centers. On any
average weekday about 100,000
inpatients are under the care ofthe
VA System with almost 200,000
outpatients being'seen daily. This
system also acts as a back-up for
the active military. In the event of
an overcrowding situation in the
military Hospitals, the VA system
absorbs and cares for the overload
as it did during the Vietnam War.
The VA system operates 172 hospi-
tals (six in Texaa) and 233 outpa-
tient clinic (aeven in Texas with
another openingin April in Lufkin),
119 nursing homes (three in Texas)
and 28 domicilliaries two in Texas).
With Operation Desert Storm
now in progress, particular atten-
tion ia being given to VA becauae
the active military now involved
will eventually change from aerv-
ice man or woman into veteran. It
will then be the reaponaibility of
the VA "to care for him who ¿hall f
have borne the battle."
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