Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 44, Ed. 1 Sunday, May 31, 1981 Page: 4 of 22
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Perhaps — just perhaps — President Reagan is
doing the cause of strategic arms control a favor
with the appointment of Lt. Gen. Edward Rowny
as Americas arms control negotiator.
That may sound strange. As a member of the
SALT II negotiating team, Rowny quit in protest
against the treaty, which has never been ratified
by die U.S. Senate. He wrongly believed that the
agreement gave away the store, yet, paradoxical-
ly Ms record may be of some value.
The problem for Rowny, and the Reagan ad-
ministration, wlU be to induce the Soviets back to
the bargaining table to reopen negotiations on an
agreement that they beleived was final. Hie Rus-
sians place great stock in previous agreements,
as President Carter found our to his chagrin when
he tried to change drastically the substance of the
SALT negotiations that had been established by
President Ford and Soviet President Brezhnev at
Vladivostok. The Russians said Nyet - loudly.
Rowny will also have to convince the Russians
that Mr. Reagan wants a ‘‘real" reduction in
arms at the same time the president seeks a
substantial increase in arms — both strategic and
conventional. That is the equivalent of asking the
Russians to “believe what I say, not what I do.”
Rowny is optimistic that the Russians will
return to the SALT negotiation table. “They need
it, in my opinion, more than we do,” he declares.
Well, we hope he is correct. We fear that so much
resumed negoitations obsolete.
However, to return to our initial point, if Rowny
can produce a new pact acceptable to the Rus-
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sians, there should be no excuse for rejecting it
SALT II critics can hardly scorn one of their own
With prophecies of gloom and doom losing their
bite, there’s apparently been a change of tactics
on the left. The chant at a recent Berkeley
demonstration was, “More nukes!” And a sign in
the crowd said, “AU Power to the Corporations! ”
The event was sponsored by a coalition of the
National Association for the Advancement of Rich
People, the National Grenade Owners Associa-
tion, Students for an Apathetic Society, the
redoubtable Ladies Against Women. For the occa-
sion, they buried their separate interests and
and “We Want
ston, they buried their separai
jointly marched under such bann
the Fury of the Ruling Class”
Who says the left has to retreat in disarray
when the right is victorious? It can retreat in quiet
dignity instead, if it chooses or, as in this case, in
raucous parody. Future rallies are planned to ad-
dress more specific issues: the rights of the un-
conceived, toxic substances for a better tomor-
row, and so on. And then there are the weekly
bake sales to benefit the Pentagon that are put on
by Another Mother for World Domination.
While some ‘60s veterans may not be able to br-
ing themselves to chant “Give Nukes a Chance”
under any circumstances, those who can handle
the dissonance seem to be having a great deal of
fun. And, who knows, they may have more suc-
cess in the new War Movement or among the
Moral Monopolists than they did playing it
State Capital Highlights
Redistricting begun in earnest
By Lyndell Williams
redistricting process has begun in
earnest as the Legislature winds down
towards a June 1 adjournment
Last week both the House and Senate
approved plans, somewhat different, to
redraw congressional boundaries for
the next ten years in Texas. A con-
ference committee will probably be
named to work out a compromise.
Redistricting is regarded as a par-
tisan process, but defining just what
forces are at work is most difficult.
Although the House has a majority of
Democrats, its congressional redistric-
ting plan is generally thought to be un-
favorable for at least three Democratic
congressmen: Jim Mattox, Jack
Brooks and Bill Patman, and it creates
three new congressional districts which
liberals believe are likely to be won by
The Senate plan also weakens Mat-
tox, who will probably be challenged
next election by State. Sen. Dee Travis.
Left out in the mM are minorities,
who may file suit to have a district built
to be won by a black or Mexican-
What appears to be climaxing is a
political struggle between conser-
vatives and liberals, for want of better
labels. Which cuts across party lines.
Insiders say the three new districts
could be won by a conservative of either
Less controversial was the plan ap-
proved by the Senate to redraw its
districts. The House was expected to
approve the plan for itself sometime
Traditionally, the House and Senate
each redistrict themselves, and the
other chamber concurs. The final con-
gressional plan, however, is reached
jointly in conference committee.
The House easily passed Speaker Bill
Clayton’s proposed constitutional
amendment to fund construction at 1?
colleges and universities.
The bill also requires the University
of Texas and Texas AfcM University
systems to share the Permanent
University Fund with aU institutions in
those systems and raises bonding
capacity from 20 to 30 percent.
An amendment by Rep. Don Rains
wiU assure building construction for the
17 higher education institutions outside
the PUF with an $80 million annual ap-
Clayton’s biU may run into trouble in
the Senate, where Lt. Gov. BiU Hobby
dislikes dedicated funds of any sort.
Also approved was a measure by
Wilhelmina Delco giving Prairie View
A&M University, a predominantly
black college, one-sixth of the PUF—to
be taken out of Texas A&M’s one-third
The House voted 132-13 to allow local-
option homestead tax exemptions as
high as 40 percent. The measure is
regarded as a safety net for local
governments who are forced by the 1979
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Peveto BUI to levy taxes on 100 percent
appraised value of property.
The local option would be decided by
local governmental bodies, such as city
councils and school boards.
Passed in the form of a constitutional
amendment, the concept must be ap-
proved by voters in November.
Governor BiU Clements last week
signed two bills into law: one outlawing
for two years the commercial fishing of
redfish and speckled trout; the other
allowing consumers to request cheaper,
generic drugs at the pharmacy counter.
Two other bills supported by
Clements went opposite ways in the
legislative process: the effort to
regulate money-market funds appears
dead, but the Governor’s wiretap bill
showed signs of life in a Senate commit-
Getting the Senate to approve his
nominees for state boards has always
been a problem for the conservative
Clements. Last week one of his
nominees ran into trouble, but it wasn’t
Clements has nominated McAllen
Mayor Othal Brand to the Texas Board
of Corrections, but oppositions
witnesses at a Sente subcommittee
hearing last week testified that during
Brand’s five-year tenure, there have
been 26 police brutaUty suits filed in
that city...and 21 resulted in cash set-
tlements of clear-out court victories for
Moreover, Brand's home senator said
Brand apparently violated a federal
court order by ordering the erasure of
tapes of telephone conversations at
police headquarters. Sen. Hector Uribe
can envoke senatorial Courtesy to block
A biU to enact legalized bingo was
sent back to a House committee last
week, a fate considered the same as
defeat when it occurs this late in the
Last November, voters approved a
constitutional amendment authorizing
legalized bingo for charitable purposes
The ill-fated bill by Rep. Lloyd Criss,
D-Galveston, would simply outline the
procedures for local option election on
Questions for the graduating senior
(Editor’s note: The following is an
open letter to high school graduates
written by Russell Blair, who served as
editor of the Livingston High School
newspaper during (he 1980-81 school
Ask yourself about life.
What kind of answers do you have
Is it important to know?
Life can be a glorius thing, when used
properly. What kind of use do you ex-
pect to get out of it? Do you know?
These might seem like silly questions
to some, but they seem to be some of the
most important and revelant questions
that can be asked about the future.
—Letter to the editor—
Pilot Club praised for CARE project
To the editor:
Congratulations are >due the Pilot
Club of Livingston for its participation
in the Pilot International - CARE Chile
School Protect for 1980-81.
Chile suffers from a serious shortage
ef educational facilities; especially in
the southern rural areas. By providing
foundation, framing and finishing
materials as well as classroom equip-
ment, the Pilot-CARE program is pro-
viding eight new multi-purpose school
structures to needy communities.
As in all CARE self-help programs,
the recipients are selected on the basis
of need and ability to make good use of
the assistance. They contribute the
building sites, the labor force and struc-
The Pilot uuu in uviiigaloii can lake
great pride in the success of their pro-
gram as Livingston can take pride in
their Pilot Club.
Dwain R. Faso
660 First Avc.
New York, N.Y.
The future is ours, and it would seem
that with such an awsome responsibili-
ty there would be a need to ask pro-
Questions like: What is life to you?
What does life mean to you? How do you
feel towards life? Are you going to be
happy in life? Ever thought that maybe
you’re about to get lost?
We have just finished up one life and
are fixing to jump into an unexplored
new life. How do you feel about the
move? Do you think that you have
learned enough in the past years to
grant survival in the ‘existence’ you
will soon lead? Are you prepared for the
change that will soon occur?
Think about the changes! Changes in
every other aspect of life. Depending on
the results, they will be life altering
changes. Changes such as taking on
responsibilities, making your own
1 guess one of the most important
possessions possible is to have some
kind of theory about life. It doesn’t mat-
ter which particular theory you follow,
just as long as you have at least some
faint idea as to what is going on. Some
kind of understanding of yourself and
In all areas, the most important step
to understanding is first finding accep-
table answers to thought of questions.
Without answers about what you want
to know about, there is no path on which
to continue. Like was said before, it is
important to know just what exactly is
I suppose that is one of the secrets of
life; knowing what’s going on. Life is no
longer going to be served quite like
before - that’s a known fact. There will
no doubt be new rules, new concepts,
and new problems. How well these are
handled depend on how aware you are:
how aware you are about life; how
aware you are about what causes life to
happen like it does, how aware you are
to the reasons, the important aspects,
and the consequences.
How aware you are depends on what
you choose to see. It depends on what
you decide to ignore or be apathetic
about. Your world has been a very
small one to date. A small world center-
ing only on what your limited vision has
seen. The outside world is not going to
be like this . It doesn't wait for you to
catch up. It doesn’t wait for your
parents to talk to the owner. It doesn’t
wait until you understand. It just keefu
running on it’s path, sometimes away
from, sometimes over you.
Of all the questions and answers,
thoughts and emotions, fears and
courage we feel towards what what we
are entering, the most important thing
to remember is that life, with all its
trials, its problems, and its neurotic
tribulations, is just a practice field. The
whole goal of it all is to learn, to become
aware, to know what the story reads.
Not to make money and to impress.
What is the goal you have in life?
What is it you want to learn? Now is the
time to know the answers. Answers
such as these can only be avoided for so
long and then you’re thrown into an
Go after life to learn about it. Per-
form experiments. Learn about it your
own way. It’s not mandatory to learn
through others’ studies. Seek what you
want to seek. If it’s different from the
rest, fine, that is the way it should be. If
you find something that is different,
don’t reject it like you have done so
often before. Analyze it. See what it is .
really saying. Comprehend it before
throwing it away. What is the use of
entering something new if you are go-
ing to limit your thinking? Don’t ever
believe you know everything, it’s just
an invitation to be proven wrong.
Know what you want. Know what is
important. Know what you feel.
Without this base to start from where
you can go?
Know that you can go as far as you
want to. Understand that anything is
possible. Don’t ever think that your
dreams and aspirations are impossible.
Be happy about what you want, so that
you can be happy about what you get
Life is going to be what you make it to
be. It’s going to depend on the answers
you receive, so keep from asking false
questions. Just be deeply aware of
yourself and everything that surrounds
you. Look in the corners of life for the
small things. Read between the lines.
Look behind the walls. Turn left if you
feel like it instead of turning right. Stop
if you want when the light is green and
go if you want when it screams red.
Don’t settle for the obvious, study the
subtle. Think deeply, not just enough to
get by. Seek, regardless. Love to the
ultimate. Be honest to the extreme.
Know what is real. Associate only with
that that is real, and always, always, be
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