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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Abilene, Texas WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 297 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL, 10, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated I'rest By BLUE RUCKEB Blossoming Trees Still Mean Fruit Q. I ilon'l know whcllicr to start prun- ing and spraying my apricot and pluni Irecs since I don't know whether they're going lo produce any IniH this year after Ilial Icrrlhlc told spell. The apricot Irce slill has blossoms bill (he plum doesn't. Can you enlighten us on the fruit situation? A. County Agent II.C. Stanley says iMlic tree's in bloom, you're in fine shape, you'll probably have some fruit. If the tree had iwl pul on fruit before tlie cold spell, it'll be all right unless we get another freeze. The damage was clone to the little fruit that had set before the freeze. P.S.: Stanley says the proper lime to prune is in the winter when trees arc dormant. Q. Help! Quick! What's (he date for destruction ol Klrby Park? A group of "early day" citizens have planned a re- union in our natural beauty Park just for old limes''sake. IVhat a traumatic shock It would he to meet there and find the tree.; demolished and (lie creek denuded. Find out if it's safe to plan a picnic there. A. "Good sighed Jerry Smith, City Director of Public Works, "we're not going to destroy the park." He declares that if you visit the park a week before they begin work and a week after they finish, you won't notice any difference. If you picnic on a windy (lay while they're actually working, it'll be "dusty as the but other than Ihat it's certainly safe to picnic. Smith saitl they re-channeled Cat claw Creek throngli Cobb Park and Hose Park six or seven years ago without any big change in the appearance of tlic parks. Ami he hopes you'll take a look at Scars and Cill Young Parks, too, where the creeks were rc-cliamiclcd wilhout destroying the lie promised he'd not destroy trees need- lessly. Q. AYlial can be done to keep "Tlic Hj-orclst" from being shown here? IVhalevcr happened to our movie review board? A. Because of Supreme Court ruling-; In the 'CDs, the movie review board couldn't so it disbanded. It didn't have au- thority to close (healers or order a theater operator not to bring a particular movie Vo town. Some people disapprove of I lie "citizen censorship" because it allows six or seven people to determine for the entire communi- ty what is and what is not obscene or indo- cenl. Before Ihe rating system was set up by the motion picture people, a review board served a useful purpose in rating movies as acceptable or unacceptable for children of various ages. City Manager II.P. Clifton says the city doesn't have "the authority lo stop "The Ex- orcist." You might want to band together and request theater owners not to bring the movie or you could seek legal counsel about an injunction. Q. I read In Ihe paper where a Slam- ford couple had been awarded a Judg- ment for by a jury In lOllh Dis- trict Court. The judge didn't like the judgment so lie ruled in favor of (he defendant. I think this is terrible. What kind of hanky panky is Ihls? It a Dis- trict Judge has the power to change (he jury verdict, why use a jury? W a i'K'fi0 can change any verdict a jury renders, it looks to me like we arc no longer free country. A. Il's all perfectly legal because one duly of the judge is to interpret the law where the duty of a jm-y is to interpret llw facts. A judge, in any case, may render a judgment on what he considers Ihe law regardless or what the facts may be. lie can stop the proceedings at any time and render a juelg- jiienl. II he decides the law is on the side of the other party, sometimes hc-won'l even allow the jury to make a decision. In Ihis particular case, the trial went all the way and then the judge reversed the decision. In other words, a jury has no right lo interpret Ihe law and if, in the opinion of the judge, (he law is being violated, lie lias Hie responsibility lo make that decision. Address questions (o Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79604. Names will notic used but questions musl be signed and addresses given. Please Include (elephonc numbers if possible. Work Program Still Expected Despite the apparent in- eligibility of the City of Abilene or Taylor County to be prime sponsor for a Manpower program under new federal guidelines, the area still will probably be able to have the program, and have some say in its make-up. See story. Pg. IB. Amusements.............5C Business Wirfor..........7 A Bridge Comics Editorials
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