Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 6, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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GOTH YEAR. NO. 146 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 6, 1970—FORTY-FOUR PAGES IN POI R SECTIONS
JC Plan Constitutional?
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By GARY FRINO
Reporter-News Staff Writer
A proposed teaching and facilities use contract between Abilene’s three private colleges and the proposed Taylor County Junior College may violate a state constitutional prohibition against channeling state funds to activities involving combination state and religion activities.
The issue arose Thursday night during a public hearing on the junior college proposal held at City Hall and attended by four of the six members of the junior college subcommittee of the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System.
Others attending were Dr. Bevington A. Reed, commissioner of higher education in Texas; Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield, assistant commissioner for junior colleges; Junior College Task Force members and ^bout 35 interested citizens.
Also coming in for leng;hy discussion during the 24 hour hearing was the financial and student population impact of the proposed school on the three private schools already in existence in Abilene.
Immediately after the hearing, the subcommittee went into special meeting and
Questions at Hearing Show interest in JC
One woman wanted to know “What can we expect, when and how much?” while a man who has already put eight of his ll children through college offered an impassioned plea for those children not able to afford Abilene's private church schools or going away to school.
They were the “public" part of Thursday night's public hearing on the proposed Taylor County Junior College and their comments mirrored the thoughts and questions which lie behind the eyes of many Taylor County and area residents concerning the issue.
* “How long is it going to be before the school will be accredited?” Mrs. Gilbert Taylor wanted to know. Two years, after the first class finishes, a subcommitee member answered.
Robert Martinez, one of seven proposed board of trustees members, said it was ‘‘for the children of the area” that he asked for the school and that he thought he spoke for the majority of black and Mexican - American citizens in the area.
“I believe in separation of the church and state,” said Mrs. Vida Wills. She said she would not be for the junior college if the pro-posed teaching, facility use contract with Abilene’s three church colleges was okayed.
Dr. Irby Fox wanted to know “if it’s a junior college, advanced high school or trade school? Will it lower the quality of education, will it go up or stay the same?”
Travis School FTA President Mrs. Tommy Jones said she thought the junior college would give hope of further education to high school students who might drop out of school after their grades fell so low they would not be accepted at a four-year school.
Finally, an Abilene high school junior simply stated that she didn’t think her parents could afford to send her to one of he city’s private schools or away to college and the junior college plan had given her hope that she might yet get a chance at higher education.
directed Dr. Reed to move
immediately to get a ruling on proposed contract from state Attorney General Crawford
The constitutionality question came up as the contract proposition w'as described to subcommittee members Chairman Harvey Weil of
Corpus Christi, Walter Bassano of Paris, Wayne Thomas of Hereford and Harry Provence of Waco.
Well called the proposed arrangement “very unique” and said “if this comes to pass, it will be the first of its kind in the state.”
After questioning the validity of the proposed contract, Weil asked Judge Raleigh Brown, chairman of the Junior College Task Force, if he desired a “test of the validity” of tho contract.
Brown said he hoped the coordinating board would take the case to the attorney general as soon as possible so that the Task Force would not be operating with the threat of a possible constitutional violation on the horizon.
During later questioning by Thomas concerning the recent censure by the Texas Baptist Convention of Corpus Christi University’s acceptance of federal funds to rebuild after Hurricane Celia. FJwin L. Skiles, Hardin- Simmons University president, said he did not know if the convention would take similar action against his school if it entered into the contract with the proposed public, state-supported junior college.
Skiles said H-SU depends on aid from the convention and such a contract might affect the aid given.
Turning to the problems of tuition charges, student population and state support to the junior college and its proposed contractual agreement with the city’s private schools. Task Force member Richard Moore said that current tuition charges at the local private
WAYNE THOMAS . . . making a point
schools keep many students from going to college.
He said that Abilene stands alone as the only o e of 23 metropolitian areas in Texas that does not have a public institution of higher learning. He noted that the per cent of seniors in Abilene high schools planning to go to cllege is “the lowest in years” but those
hoping to enter trade and vocational schools is “the highest in years.”
He commented that Abilene offers excellent trade and vocational courses on the high school and adult education levels, but that such instruction is “needed on the junior college level.”
Thomas cautioned that there was a “very, very real problem” that students might com® to Taylor County and establish residency so that they might get the low junior college tuition rate, but still attend the three private schools on the junior college plan, thus taking cash from the pockets of the private schools.
Moore responded that it was not the goal of the junior college to “attract students from across the state of Texas,” but to concentrate on students from the district's. He said a different tuition might be charged those students who came to the school from outside the district.
After being asked by Thomas if they would continue to support the junior college proposal if the contract with the four-year
See COLLEGE, Pg. 3-A
Staff Photo bv Billy Adam*
TASK FORCE MEMBER RICHARD MOORE . . . ponders junior college issue
Drug Disease Discovered
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight doctors reported Thursday a newly discovered, sometimes fatal disease among users of dangerous drugs—especially Methamphetamine, known to drug users as “speed” or “rneth.”
By conservative estimate, IO per cent of “speed” users will get the disease, one of the doctors said.
“Deaths occurring in young people using a large variety of drugs have often remained unexplained.” the report said. The disease destroys arteries
Bruce Angry After Nixon Called Liar
PARIS (AP) - Ambassador Kuan Thuy of North Vietnam charged at the peace talks rhursdav that President Nixon lad “lied to the American people ” U.S. Ambassador David K. E. Bruce sternly rebuked him for an “inadmissible” insult.
Nguyen Thanh Le, the North
Vietnamese spokesman, reported what Thuy had said after other spokesmen declined to do
Le said he thought Bruce “had lost control and had lost his cool” when he gave the North Vietnamese ambassador the dressing down.
U.S. spokesman Stephen Le-
Mrs. Zula Gilliam told this dory:
An elderly woman died and ler heirs were going through the louse, preparing for disposal of ier goods. They came on a package which was marked, ‘Pieces of string too short to lse.”
It is not a new story, Mrs. william said. She heard it a long ame ago. But, as in the case of music, age of a quality story Joes not matter.
This has quality.
It fits an office desk. Look at the thing, filled to running over with pieces of string that are too short.
It applies to a lot of closets. Why do you keep that stuff, really now?
It describes at least one mind and one life we know.
All those pieces of string that
are too short to use. And we will
not part with a one of them.
* * *
Roger McKeever drove up to Archer City the other day to watch the filming, now going on, of a movie which, he says, is going under the title, “The Last Movie.”
Tile film is based on a book by Roger’s nephew, that highly successful Texas novelist, Larry McMurty. It is a story of oil boom days in Archer City and is being made on the site.
The whole operation was very Interesting, Roger said. He got to meet various movie stars who are in the show.
He got a view of what happens to a town when it becomes a movie site. (Some Archer City
folk get a bit upset, he heard, when traffic is halted at an area where a scene is being shot.)
And he heard the story about one of the Hollywood film officials who announced that he did not want any “Mexicans” in a ceil ain shot.
The decree was puzzling There are some crowd scenes in the show, but why this sort of edict ^
“None of those ‘Mexican trees,’ ” the Hollywood fellow explained. Archer Citians finally figured it out. He was talking about mesquites.
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Mrs. Hunter Lamb tells about
a man who had nothing but bad
luck. He was the sort of fellow
who bought two pairs of pants
with his suit and then burned a
hole in the jacket.
* * *
Radio Announcer Darrell Douglas, who was at the newspaper election night relaying results to his station, told of an experience his mother, Mrs. Bonnie Howard, had Halloween.
A small goblin came to the door, received his treat from Mrs. Howard, then stuck out his hand and introduced himself.
“I’m So-and-So,” he said, “and I’d like to ask for your vote in the election.”
He wants me to vote for his father or uncle, Mrs. Howard thought. But she was in error.
“Will you please vote against Amendment 2?” the youngster asked.
You hardly expect such
earnestness from a Halloween
dogar declined to tell newsmen what had upset Bruce, brushing as;de questions by saying: “You’ll have to ask Mr. Le.”
Ledogar reported: “In a
sharp exchange at the end of the meeting, personally insulting remarks by Ambassador Xuan Thuy were made about the President of the United States of America.”
He said Bruce promptly retorted: “I would like to say to the chief of the North Vietnamese delegation that his choice of words and his attitude in these last few minutes with regard to President Nixon is shameful and completely inadmissible.
“At least one should be courteous if one cannot be quiet.”
Thuy replied to Bruce by insisting that “my statement was perfectly well rounded,” Le reported.
The North Vietnamese spokesman then proceeded to give what he said were examples of “Nixon lies and propaganda.”
A few days before the U.S. intervention in Cambodia last April, Le said, the President declared the United States would never send troops into Cambodia.
“Nixon said when he was elected he would unite the American people, when in fact he has divided them,” Le added.
He also said the President has described the Saigon government as a freely elected regime, when, according to Hanoi, it is not.
“There has often been a divorce between Nixon’s words and his acts,” Le continued. “He has lied before.” The exchange between Bruce and Thuy took place near the conclusions of a 4-hour and 20-nun-ute encounter, the 91st plenary
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session which all parties agreed moved the war no nearer a settlement.
In their formal statements, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong began the session by asserting that Nixon had been personally repudiated in Tuesday's elections in the United States.
To this Bruce countered: “You have proved how little you understand our democratic process.”
leading to major organs—kidneys, stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas and other organs, the doctors said.
The doctors, who published their report in the New England Journal of Medicine said they observed 14 patients with an average age of 25 who had used drugs for periods of three months to five years.
They said four of them died of the disease, which they call “necrotizing angiitis,” meaning the death of an organ from inflammation.
They said they were releasing their report because of its “potential importance and broad implications.” and to alert other doctors to the disease.
“The occurrence of necrotizing angiitis, which resulted in the deaths of four patients reported in this study, brings into sharp focus the lethal character of this disease,” they said.
The doctors are from the Department of Medicine, Radiology and Pathology, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.
Their report said because so many drugs were used among the patients, including heroin, hashish, LSD and amphetamines, it was not deter
mined which drug specifically caused the disease.
But combination use of LSD and methamphetamine, or heroin and methamphetamine, was most common in the group. Doctors said methamphetamine had been used in all but two cases.
But even in those two cases, Dr. B. Philip Citron told newsmen, “neither was sure of the drugs they had taken.” He said a total of 50 young drug users have now been studied and added:
“I think we can now be a little stronger than we were in the report and say that methamphetamine probably is the cause of necrotizing angiitis. We think it most likely is .”
“We also studied patients who used only heroin, and they don’t get the disease,” he said. “We studied users of barbiturates, and they don’t get it.
“You might consider LSD— we have seen vascular changes with LSD. And because of the widespread use of marijuana, it
also has to be suspect, but we have no data.”
The doctors said the disease resembles another called periarteritis nodosa, also a disease of the arteries. Citron was asked if the 30 patients who apparently had necrotizing angiitis —among the total of 50 studied —would die.
“If it’s like periarteritis nodosa—and I think it is—they probably will,” he said. “With treatment we can control many of the symptoms, but we think it probably will be fatal to them.
“With tile classic form—periarteritis nodosa—about half will live five years. It’s too early to start speculating about how long those people are going to live.
“Periarteritis nodosa has been known for over IOO years. It involves people in their 40s and 50s, four to one males. It is a progressive disease with a high rate of mortality: over 50 per cent in patients who are treated, 87 per cent in patients who are untreated. However, the most recent article states it is a uniformly fatal disease.
Rotan Woman Dies In 2-Car Accident
An elderly Rotan woman was killed and a Cisco woman received broken bones in a two-car accident about 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of S. 23rd and Barrow.
Dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial Hospital was Mrs. J.IL Kennedy, 72. of Rotan. She was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Silas Clark.
In staisfactory condition at Hendrick was Mrs. Oscar Clifford Stewart, 65, of Cisco, with a broken knee, a broken ann, lacerations and bruises.
Mrs. Kennedy was in a car driven by John Amos Wright II of 1834 Elmwood, which was in collision with a car driven by Oscar Clifford Stewart of Cisco. The drivers were not hurt.
Also uninjured was Mrs. Kennedy’s grandson, Peter Kennedy Martin of 2100 Crescent, a passenger.
Damage was extensive to both cars, according to investigating police officer Floyd Jordan.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weather Map, Pg. 15-C)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mlle radius) — Variable high, thin cloudiness and warmer through Saturday. High Friday in lower 70s; low Friday night in mid-40s. High Saturday in upper 70s. Winds southerly 5 to IS miles per hour. No precipitation.
Tigers by the leash
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The Abilene Zoological Society had two tiger cubs as special guests at the annual meeting Thursday. Watching the cubs were, left to right, Wayne Jones, zoo foreman; Mrs. W. R. (Amber) Cree; and Mrs. Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Jones hand-raised the cubs and were named “Parents of the Year” Thursday. Mrs. Cree was elected society president Story Pg. 3-A. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams)
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Hioh and low p.m.: 67 and 26.
High and low lama data lait year: 72 and 42.
Sunset last night: 5:47; sunrise today: 7:41; sunset tonight; 5:48.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 30.17. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 45 per cent.
Safey cruiser officers Jim Roe and Glenn Lawrence administered first aid at the scene.
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Kennedy are pending at Weathersbee Funeral Home in Rotan. North’s Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Cease-Fire Expires But (anal Quiet
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The U.S.-sponsored Middle East cease-fire expired at midnight Thursday—5 p.m. EST— but the guns remained silent.
Israel, Egypt and Jordan all had agreed lo extend the original 90-day standdown.
An Israeli military spokesman in Tel Aviv said “all is quiet” along the Suez Canal truce zone.
The U.S.-initiated cease-fire was in effect from Aug. 7 until midnight but the three signers had declared earlier they wrould continue to observe the truce.
Israel declared it wrould continue the cease-fire but repeated its refusal to return to U.N. peace talks unless Egypt withdraws Soviet-made missiles that Israel insists were installed it the canal zone after the standstill began.
Egyptian President Anwai Sadat refused to move back the missiles, saying they were installed before the cease-fire began, but he said his troops would continue the truce for a short period.