The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 108, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 14, 1984 Page: 4 of 20
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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1984, ALBANY, TEXAS 76430
THE ALBANY NEWS
The Albany News
Oldest journalistic venture west of the Brazos
Donnie A. Lucas
Mellnda L. Lucas
<•» Susan Sanders
Tarn mi Halbert
A call (or help has been issued to all
Albany citizens by the recently organized
Appearance and Beautification Committee
of the Albany Chamber of Commerce.
The committee i* sponsoring a Clean-Up
campaign beginning this Saturday, June 16,
and coBtinuing through Friday, June 22.
A concentrated workday will be held
Saturday and all volunteers are asked to
meet at the Chamber office located in the
depot at 8:00 a.m. There is also a need for
lawn mowers, weed eaters (especially gaso
line powered), pruning shears, etc.
The committee is hoping that if enough
people show up to help, volunteers will only
have to work half a day cleaning along Main
Street and other areas visible to the many
visitors expected in Albany during the next
The campaign will not concentrate on the
City Parks as it has in the past due to the
fact that the City is doing a commendable
job of keeping the parks groomed them
selves. Most of the efforts of the workday
will be concentrated on other areas along
Main Street that desperately need atten
The Chamber almost didn't sponsor the
Clean Up this year because of a lack of
response by Albany citizens in the past. The
success of this year's campaign depends
greatly on the number of volunteers who
show up Saturday ready to donate a few
hours to better our community.
Albany needs your help!
Please plan to attend—or send someone in
your place if you can't come yourself. There
are several young people who have shown
an interest in working during the clean up
effort as a money making project for their
church youth group. If you can't make it, call
their sponsor, Don Wirsdorfer, at 702 2893
to arrange for their help. They will also be
available to do general yard work during the
clean-up week. ..
This it an Opportunity to do something (or
our community that will really make a dif
(erence, and it will only require a couple of
hours of your time.
Please make plans to help in any and
every way you are able.
THE ALBANY NEWS
PO Box 278
Albany, Texas 76430
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ponderings by pat
By Pat Jeaes
Our grandson, Jacob, has been enjoy
ing the pleasures of baby food for sev-
eral months now. In fact, the other day,
he was enjoying it to the degree that 1,
remembering how awful I thought it
tasted during my children's strained
food days, decided to taste it myself.
Maybe it was greatly improved. No, it
isn't; it still needs salt, pepper, Tabasco
and pepper sauce.
Jakie liked it and that's the main
thing. He likes the intake to be fast and
he grouches between bites if it's not
fast enough. He seems to like all of it
and that made me remember his father
when he was a baby.
K. C., the youngest of our three, was
a terribly finicky eater. A. V. and I
used to flip a coin before each meal to
see who had to try to coax him into
eating. After many worried consults
tions with the doctor, we finally re
laxed and just let him eat what he
wanted. It was almost always meat and
A. V.'s work schedule was all hours
so I fed our children at regular hours
by themselves. We rarely took them
out to eat in a fine restaurant so K. C.,
ounger than Patti by four years and
an by six years, was not exposed to
some of the finer things in life, food
When he was three years old, we be
gan to take him along on our summer
vacations. The first was to California to
Disneyland. It was great fun, not only
for the kids, but for A. V. and me, too.
We had become friends with a young
Los Angeles couple, who had partici
pated with A. V. on several drilling
ventures. They were our age and were
newly married. Patti and Van were en
chanted with the young woman. She
was deeply tanned, with long black
hair, falling over one eye, Veronica
Lake-style. She was glamourous, and
wonderfully kind to our children. The
young Californians were our house
guests just before K. C.'s birth.
We stayed in touch and when they
learned we were planning a trip to the
West Coast, they welcomed us witn
open arms. They had a baby of their
own by that time and were anxious to
see Van and Patti again and K. C. for
the first time.
They arranged for a sitter for the
children and took A V. and me for a
memorable "night on the town". I've
done a lot of exciting things since then
but that night still stands high in my
The next day we were to go with
them for lunch with his parents at their
Malibu Beach home. Our children were
included. When we drove up to the
magnificent three story mansion over-
looking the ocean and a butler an
swered the door and announced our
presence, I began to worry about table
manners. Our children had not been ex
posed to any formal dinner service. I
knew Van and Patti would do fine, but
K. C. could be very vocal in his opinions
Six adults and three children were
seated by the butler and another uni-
formed man. Assisted by two maids,
lunch began with a shrimp cocktail.
K. C. was three years old, and since
he was weaned, had refused anything
to eat that was not hamburger, steak,
potato or better still, a bologna sand
wich with mayo. He sat between A. V.
and me. He looked at the shrimp which
were in a beautiful sea shell on a lace
doily on a serving dish and announced
to the butler that he didn't think what
ever it was had been cooked.
Without a word, the butler whisked
the offending shrimp away, leaving
several crackers which K. C. found ac
The butler returned and poured the
wine for our host. He tasted and nod
ded approval: When the butler got to
A. V., K. C. leaned over and said to the
servant, "My daddy doesn't drink and
neither do I."
John Matthews says that embarrass
ment is a wasted emotion. If he's right,
then A. V. and I suffered wasted emo
tions that day.
Van and Patti, who were revelling in
the magnificent home, the lovely lunch,
the uniformed servants, were also en
joying their little brother's comments,
causing their parents discomfort.
Our hosts were enjoying K. C. huge
ly. And K. C. and the butler were bos
om buddies. The butler carved the beef
tenderloin and brought it first to K. C.
who after long deliberation and consul
tation with his new friend, selected a
piece and later a potato.
What lovely people to put a child at
ease in an unfamiliar setting.
Now when 1 see that Piper has old
finicky K. C. eating asparagus, arti
chokes, mushrooms, and avocados, I
wonder where I went wrong.
be our guest
By Richard Middiebroob
My two oldest sons and I used to go
fishing a great deal when they were
young. They were too little to be able
to use a rod and reel and their atten
tion span didn't allow for a cane pole
They had much rather throw rocks or
chase frogs. But just let me catch a
One of our favorite fishing holes was
on what is now known as the Green
South Ranch. Then, 1 believe, it was
called the Green-Key. The Greens
never turned me down when 1 wanted
to tske the boys fishing. Sometimes I
thought I caught a bit of reluctance and
thought I might be imposing. But we
Once I managed to snag a fair bass. 1
yelled and the boys came running. Posi
tioning themselves on either side of
me, they proceeded to give advice.
Each time that the bass jumped, those
boys did too. I believe they stayed up
longer than the fish did. Finally the
fish hung itself up in some moss. "I'm
sfrsid I've lost it, bc/s." Before I could
say another word, Gary dived in. You
should have seen his grin when he
came up with that fish in his hands.
A few years later we went back to
the same stock tank during a very dry
year. What we found was not what we
had remembered. As we walked
around the tank, we could not believe
The water had gone down a great
deal/ revealing a horrible Bight. For a
distance of approximately four feet all
around the bank of the tank, it was so
lid cans and bottles. There was no place
that the ranch stock could get to the
water without having trouble. We
It was then that 1 understood the re-
luctance that I thought I had heard. I
never asked to go again.
The Greens are not the only landown-
ers who have suffered as a result of bad
manners. It seems that it happened
to all of them. I just hope I have taught
my sons better. I also hope that you
have the opportunity to take your sons
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Door & Desk Signs Lapel Pins
4 Pay Sarvice On Most Ordara
By John Tower
U.S. Senator (or Texas
When the United States instituted
an income tax in 1913, the entire Form
1040 covered two pages, including in
come, individual deductions and busi
ness deductions Instructions covered
Today, a person entering the field of
tax counseling would need 33 feet of
shelf space just to hold the tax code
and related material.
The result is that the American peo
pie are frustrated, confused and angry
about their taxes, and with good rea
son. Our system fails to meet any of the
three basic standards which we should
apply to our tax code fairness, simpli
city and economic efficiency.
We too often have used our tax code
to promote social and economic goals.
Many of these goals are worthwhile,
but we have put so many of them into
our tax laws that often individuals and
businesses make decisions not on a
sound economic basis, but for tax
avoidance purposes. Additionally, tax
rates are a lot higher than they would
otherwise *need to be in order to make
up for exempted income.
But while everyone agrees that our
current system is little short of awful,
and reform is needed urgently, few
agree on the means for reform. One
person's loophole is another's neces
One approach which has been suk
gested is the flat tax rate. Under this
system, we would eliminate all deduc
tions and do away with the progressive
nature of the tax system. Everyone
would pay the same, lower, tax rate.
This idea has some appeal, but I do not
believe the American people are pre
pared either to give up all of their de
ductions or to shift the tax burden pro
portionately away from the upper in
Modified flat rate tax system propos
als would maintain some exemptions,
such as that for home mortgage inter
est, and preserve the current distribu
tion of the tax burden with a simplified
progressive tax structure. The difficui
ty with these proposals is in determin
ing which exemptions and credits are
essential and should be maintained,
and which should be eliminated.
Other proposals under consideration
Would tax consumed income but ex
empt savings or impose a national sales
The Administration is studying all of
these concepts and others in an at
tempt to design a system which would
be more fair, more efficient and more,
Understandable We must vigorously
pursue this goal, however difficult it
may be to reach and however many po
litical pitfalls stand in our way
The American people have a right to
expect that we do this, and they will
demand that we do nothing less
JUNE 14 Nutrition Program Medl - Youth Center, 11 10 am
Lions Club Luncheon - Longhorn, 12 Noon
Mental Health Clinic - Depot, 1 4:30 pm
Fandangle Rehearsal - Prairie Theater, 8 pm
JUNE 15 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Longhorn,
JUNE 16 Community Clean-Up Day - Depot, 8 am
JUNE 18 Hospital Board Board Room, 1 pm
JUNE 19 Ladies Golf Assn. - Golf Course, 9 am
Nutrition Program Meal - Youth Center, 11 :*30 am
Service Club - Longhorn, 12 noon
AAKP Meeting - Christian Church, 6:30 pm
JUNE 20 Nutrition Program Meal - Youth Center, 11:30 am
KiwanisClub Luncheon -ft. Griffin Gen. Mdse.,
Social Security Representee - City Hall, 1:30 pm
JUNE 21-23 Ft. Griffin Fandangle Prairie Theater, dusk
JUNE 23 Swimming Class Registration - City Pool, 10:30 am
JUNE 25-JULY 6 Swimming Classes - City Pool
JUNE 28 Fandangle Parade - Downtown, 6 pm
JUNE 28-30 Ft. Griffin Fandangle - Prairie Theater, dusk
JUNE 30 Kiwanis Fandangle 5000 Run - Courthouse, 8 am
AHS Class of 1964 Reunion
JULY 2 Tax Review Board Meeting - Tax Appraisal Office
The First National
Bank of Albany
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