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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 New Braunfels November Opinions General Manager James Kilpatrick convince theres a difference The argument over persuade and convince has been going on and those writers who cannot be persuaded to preserve a distinction will remain convinced that no distinction I am crotchety on the and would beg your in From the Washington Post If Venezuela can convince its banks to convert many of the shortterm debts to longterm Wrong From People magazine Pianist Marian who entertained on the same bill with Phyllis convinced the comedienne to take out her horn and join the jazz trio Wrong from People The critical acclaim following his recent per formance of Beethovens Triple Concerto at Carnegie Hall has con vinced Dudley Moore to cut his first classical Wrong From News World in a piece about lobbyist Thomas Boggs He is often credited with helping convince Congress to grant a loan guarantee to Chrysler in Wrong from the same 19 issue of a speculation that the death of Sen Henry on top of the stress resulting from Lebanon and from the Korean airliner will convince the president and his Jack Anderson Firms wining and still covered up A year I reported that a Defense Department auditor had blown the whistle on improprieties by a major defense contractor and was being punished for his Not only did the Pentagon brass do nothing to correct the they harassed the honest investigator and tried to force him out of his The unsung hero was George a respected career auditor with the Defense Contract Audit He spent years ferreting out waste and mismanagement in the defense establishment without getting into Then he was assigned to keep an expert eye on Air Force contracts with Pratt Whitney and the roof fell in on My associates Donald Goldberg and Indy Badhwar have pieced together more of the Spantcn discovered that Pratt Whitney was overcharging the Air Force for spare parts that could be purchased only from the He reported excessive labor costs and complained of serious difficulty in gaining access to the companys All that was embarrassing But then Spanton commiiteed the unforgivable offense On he wrote a memo questioning Pratt Whitneys lavish wining and dining of government some of whom were in a position to look the other way when the company over charged the Spanton found that Pratt Whitney played the generous host to high ranking military and civilian per including Air Force test pilots and other DOD At the very this en tertainment was a violation of Defense Department regulations by both Pratt Whitney and the freeloading employees who accepted the companys Spanton knew his memo would touch some raw nerves in high So he wasnt surprised on July he was visited by John a special agent in the Defense Criminal Investigative Batson informed Spanton that he was the subject of a criminal in Unfortunately for the vengeful Batson like Spanton is an honest After an exhaustive Batson filed a report that said All significant leads have been and available evidence does not indicate that Spanton was involved in any criminal Batson not only gave Spanton a clean bill of he also confirmed the auditors Batson reported that in the period from 1978 to 1980 Pratt Whitney bad spent at least entertaining govern ment At this the matter has also been investigated by the FBI and the Air Forces Office of Special In and evidence is now in the hands of a grand Pratt if Whitney vigorously disputes al charges of the big brass have tried unsuccessfully to force Spanton into retirement or get him to accept a transfer that would have gotten him out of Pratt Whitneys The was dutifully reported by Charles is planning hearings on the Spanton He wrote Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger We must reward the George Spantons of the world and punish those who muzzle Weinbergers response was am biguous I know you share my view that no one should be disciplined or removed on the basis of unverified Did he mean Spanton or his persecutors Footnote Government employees who have stories to tell but want their identities protected can contact Whistleblowers Box No onw will blame them for wishing to avoid the harassments that Spanton has gone Whopper of the week For political Treasury Secretary Donald Regan is stoutly insisting theres no evidence that huge federal deficits drive interest rates Its a contention that files in the face of conventional wisdom to say nothing of contracting the view ar dently held by President Reagans conservative backers and some of the Treasurys own The trouble is that the ad ministration is coming under fire from the Democrats and even White House economist Martin who want to lower the deficits even if it means raising And tax in creases are anathema to Reagans hardcore So Regan ordered a study Though some of the economists who worked on it regard deficits as harm they obediently reported that there is no historical evidence linking deficits and interest The reason deficits drive interest rates up is that they force the government to compete with home buyers and businessmen for the limited amount of money available for Under the Dome After more than two years in wheelchairbound John R has no complaints about the Capitols provision for the han His wheelchair fits between the seats of the Senate subway and a freight elevator is A wheelchair lift was installed at one end of the Senate chamber for Easts And the marble floors instead of carpeting make it easier for him to get Pete doesnt think much of the echo effect noticeable in the new Hart Senate Office He says the echoes ire even for us who like to hear ourselves wife that they dont need four more years of high Right This time News got it right This is the to which such authorities as Copperud and the American Heritage panel subscribe Persuade may take an infinitive convince never Wilson Follett is emphatic We can convince a person that a statement is correct though we can persuade him to believe it or to act on the Theodore Bernstein offers this explanation Convince has the meaning of to satisfy beyond doubt by argument or evidence appealing to the Persuade has the meaning of to induce or win over by argument or entreaty appealing to the reason and con vince implies a static with no consequent action By persuade carries a meaning of continuing action and usually implies further action to Looking back at the examples If Venezuela can persuade its banks to convert McPartland persuaded the comedienne to take out her horn The critical acclaim persuaded Moore to cut or convinced Moore that he should cut Boggs is often credited with helping persuade The only authority who spurns the so far as I if Professor John Bremner of the University of In a moment of un characteristic Bremner says that convince to is now We should persuade him to change his mind if we are he may be convinced that he should sin no Verb of the week to from a piece in The Seattle Times about women in pioneer Some women were hornemakers some were political Other women went cowboying or homesteading by Adjectives of the week Bir as The 17th hole at the British Open is as in a recipe from Maple Leaf Farms Leave portion in ovenable Redundanceies of the week From Time in a story about bad weather For such talk is not idle From Newsweek Take the old adage that good hitter watch the ball all the way to the catchers Perhaps Times editors will engage in chatchat that is not and perhaps Newsweeks editors will find adages that are not and perhaps pigs will take wing and fly but I wouldnt bet on the Andy Rooney Electric company uses Rooney column utilityhaters abuse column A columnist has a wonderful op portunity to make a fool of himself in public and many of us frequently use Unlike most a writers work is out in the open where everyone can see People not only read they can cut it read itagain the next day and save it in their pockets to show to Several months ago I wrote a column saying that electric power was a better buy than almost anything else we spend our money I said jokingly at the end of the The electric company will read this and offer to give us one month I didnt get a months free electricity but I was instantly adopted as the utility companies Since I wrote the it has been reprinted in more than 100 power company pamphlets and distributed with their This is now way for a writer to make If you need money that one reader why dont you sell blood misuse of ratepayers incompetence and lack of in tegrity are all part of nuclear sup ports and Charles Hocker The fact that Id never mentioned nuclear power and that nuclear power had nothing to do with the article didnt stop the Hockers from disliking me for being nice to the power It turns out that there are a lot of people in this country who make hating their local utility company a fulltime A doctor in Harrisburg wrote me an angry letter saying that he pays a month for I called the power company there and they knew the doctor Hed been complaining to them for The spokesman admitted the doctors bill was high and he couldnt explain He said that his company had offered to go into the doctors home and office and check things out for a possible short circuit that could have been consuming but that the doctor wouldnt let them I have no knowledge or opinion of the case beyond but I was sur prised at how many powercompany hating nuts there are out Ive hated a few power companies myself in my but you have to do something else with your Theres just so much time you can spend complaining about any bill before you pay it and proceed with other I very em barrassed about the use of my column by the power companies and never would have allowed it to happen had I They all did it They got permission from the Tribune Company Syndicate and paid anywhere from to for reprint so I cant but I can wish it had never been In every case it was used as if I had been paid to write it as an advertisement for Im not in that People in the news business write so many negative stories that readers get tired of When a story is theres seldom any question about the reporters in A favorable article is more If a food writer likes a you wonder if he paid for the Youre not suspicious if the review is It ought to be just as permissible for me to say some specific good things about a product or an organization as it is for me to complain about Our electric bill at home has almost doubled since I wrote that column and Im at a loss to understand Why did it cost us for electricity in July when we were not home for a single day Im not changing my that electricity is still cheap compared to most things we I explain the with the two anti burgler light bulbs we left burning as if they fooled anyone and in spite of being embarrassed to be included with your power company Im not going to return the money the utility companies paid to reprint my Im just going to pay my higher electricity bills with it for a Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Building 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Building 20610 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 79711   

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