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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Florence, South CarolinaAt commencement the South of the 70s kit hard i Misiti. Genera manager jut1 b Kkt no unit. Lawying i lilith Dew James. Kil fur i Norilus sunday May 29, 1977 dieting the elephant happily gov. James b. Edwards decided the family court elephant constructed by the Gen eral Assembly is not a fit animal to Loose upon the Public. First the elephant must lose some weight. The elephant did t Start out overweight. The longer he was grazed in the general Assem Bly s political pastures the fatter he got. Initially 31 family courts were viewed As adequate to serve the state s needs. Then the number of family court judges grew to 38. Gov. Edwards and supreme court chief Justice Lewis among others thought that number would surely be adequate. Al least the chief jus Tice recommended not adding More judges until the system be came functional and there was evidence More were needed. But the general Assembly kept adding on judgeship. The family court Bill that finally cleared the legislature provided for 47 judges. Gov. Edwards passed the word through his legislative aide that he planned to veto the Bill be cause it provided for More judges than Are needed. That brought an unusual request from the Senate i Resolution asking the Gover nor to return the Bill. The Gover nor complied. There is at least a Chance now that the threatened gubernatorial veto will prod the House and Senate into paring the number of judges to a More reasonable figure. The governor has said he is flexible but fortunately for lax payers not flexible enough to go along with padding the court sys tem with unneeded judges sips to be apportioned among legislators and their friends. It i estimated that each family court judgeship will Cost tax payers a year including the judge s salary secretarial help travel Etc. Nearly a billion dollars would be saved if the number of judges were held to 38, which in the View of the Man in the Best position to know the chief Justice of the supreme court is ample. Georgia English reporters in Washington apparently Are still having trouble with Georgia English. During a recent Exchange with president Carter the reporters recorded in their notes Carter s reference to a after wards they scrambled around trying to find out what Agency or program the president was talk ing about. Finally they asked Jody pow Ell the president s press secret Ary who understands Georgia English he explained that the president was not referring to a but he Aegean sea. With a Little bit of Luck. One of. The move revolutionary measures to come before the . General Assembly this year was introduced last wednesday by sen. Thomas k. Smith of Flor ence. Smith s Resolution approved by the Senate and awaiting action by the House commends and congratulates All persons male and female Young and old tall and Short fat and Skinny who have performed any act or deed the past five months worthy of such commendations and for which they have not previously been commended or congratulated by the general As Sembly during its regular session of 1977." i just did t want anybody left Smith explained innocently. This is indeed a legislative masterpiece. With a few modifications it could provide a partial solution to the perennial problem of Long drawn out legislative sessions. First of course it would have to win approval in the House where a lawmaker once took the floor in order to eulogize almost every Man woman and child who had died in his District during the preceding few months. If that hurdle could be cleared however the rest would be a snap. On the first Day of each session. Smith could introduce a similar measure making it applicable to commendable deeds already per formed and to any which might be performed prior to adjourn ment. Then while the More loquacious lawmakers were still sucking in their breath to begin their orations he could slip in a motion to set the measure for special order so it could t be ignored month after month. According to our unscientific reckoning Short circuiting the Resolution passers in this Fash Ion ought to enable the Assembly to adjourn sometime in mid March. Vietnam film what would a War be if some one did t make a movie about it the first of the big Vietnam War movies is being filmed in philippine Jungles probably with a a cast of already two years in the Mak ing it s called apocalypse now and the premiere showing is set sometime before the end of november. As with any Good War film it s said to feature Gore galore. Originally budgeted Mill Ion costs now Are expected to reach million. That s some Cost Over run. Are the film makers Cost accounts on loan from the Pentagon on a recent Day. The fourth year end graduating class received their diplomas from Francis Marlon College. Their graduation the number of Francis Marion alumni in the Post College world came to a total of by James a. Rogers editor emeritus that s one Way of measuring the Worth of a College. But there Are Many other ways among them its educational and cultural Impact for enriching he charac Ter of Community Ami regional life the leadership and talents thai academic people bring with them into the College Community the opportunities afforded for continuing education and the general improvement of those factors that Contri Butelo the health and Well being of the natural social and economic Environ ment. Bui Al the recent Francis Marion Corn men and distinctive was added that reflected the change which has overtaken the South in recent years. I sensed it in the persons who were awarded honorary daughter and two sons of the South whose roots Are deeply implanted in Southern soil. On of them ate Quattlebaum lives at Arundel in an old Plantation Home Over looking the great Pec Dee before it con verges with other streams to form Winyah Bay at Georgetown. Arundel dates Back to colonial America and everything about it is old South the old Rice Fields along the River the great Oaks Moss draped and arts sent with age that form a Long and winding Avenue from the Entrance Gate to Arundel s door the High ceiling and spacious rooms of a v9lh Century Plantation Home a wine cellar at the Foo of an enclosed stairway old slave Cabins and Plantation buildings. You Al most expect to see Rice growing in the old Rice Fields and when night Falls to hear vested interest Public forum dirt Alert v a Success to the editor once again Florence citizens have shown they Are genuinely concerned with the condition of la Weir environment. Dur ing dirt Alert week april 13-m. Thousands of florentine pitched in to beautify Florence. Dirt Alert v was an overwhelming Success due to the efforts of these dedicated volunteers. Statistics show that 23 girl scout troops Twenty Garden clubs 150 boy souls and More than fitly boys club members worked Many hours cleaning up Public areas. In addition homeowners per formed Spring cleaning on their Homes and gardens. Area businesses and industries also pitched in with donations to support dirt Alert. The most notable of these contributions include garbage bags from Union Carbide Over 500 lunches from Mcdonald a s100 from Dupont from the cily of Florence news paper ads from Aubrey Richardson re Alty and Dargan and company billboard space from the Tyson co. There was also excellent news coverage by the local Media. Everyone especially the members of the beautification committee realizes that a one week Campaign once a year will not completely solve our litter and debris problems. Many limes we Only scratch the surface through this annual Campaign. The True solution to the prob Lem lies in the daily habits of All people. Citizens must carry the spirit of dirt Alert Widi them throughout the year. This year the beautification committee will make a special Effort to provide continual litter education to the Public year round. But the final responsibility lies in the hands of All people to put Forth a conscientious Effort to rid our Community of music from the Cabins interpreting the weight of the Black Man s Burden. That belongs to yesterday but the fragrance remains and the environment lha makes for pleasant Graceful living for one who exemplifies the South of today a buil Der an educator an Engineer. Another of the Honoreen Edith Dabbs lives raps a stately Plantation Home of the earlier South located at the end of a Long and narrow dirt Road that runs through a Forest of Pine and hardwoods in the Salem Black River Reg Ion of Sumler county. Her husband the late James Mcbride Dabbs was an eloquent Southern voice who spoke perceptively and with Greal sensitivity about the South its people and ils institutions. To do so then in me vein of his speaking cast him into the lonely role of a Prophet when the South was Little interested in hearing prophetic voices that challenged what was euphemistically termed the Southern Way of his Strong right Arm in All his endeavours and in All his courageous utterances was Edith Dabbs herself a woman of rare intelligence sensitive conscience and literary talents. And Here was a third Matthew Perry unsightly and unnecessary debris. As chairman of the Beaulis Calion committee of the greater Florence chamber of Commerce i extend War Mest thanks to the Many organizations individual citizens and especially the members of the commit tee for helping to make Florence a More Beautiful place to live by supporting Din Alert v. Miss Elise Holland Florence Central services were rewarding to Ilie editor beginning May 13, two very wonderful people began a Celebration of Faith week in our Central methodist Church in Florence. The Rev. Harold Lewis once a Fine quarterback for the University of . Gamecocks was guest minister for the series of evangelistic services and the Rev. Jim Copeland a retired methodist and world War ii chaplain was song Leader and soloist. The services were attended by people from several denominations. I feel no one will Ever hear better Down to Earth speak ing to not preaching Al people than was done by the Rev. Or. Lewis. The Rev. Or. Copland s solos were Beautiful. His Complete communication with the congregation while leading the singing was remarkable. Those who missed these services mis cd something rewarding. I thank god i was there. Everett Thomas Florence mall hew Perry. He waste ecu Ling Edge Othi Story when the South of yesterday was being rolled Back before successive court rulings in ways nol unlike when Confederate armies fighting gallantly wore themselves out on battlefields from Pennsylvania to missis Sippi. Perhaps he knew or maybe he did t now much the whole South would be indebted to him once the Legal Battles were won and the barriers removed thai had deprived his people of their just rights As american citizens. It is not necessary now to restate his tory that is so fresh in memory. But it is appropriate to mention thai on the Occa Sion when the master of Arundel Bull Der educator Engineer in the modern South the gifted lady of rip raps whose talents and Good works complemented those of her husband in so Many and gracious ways Anil the Legal Genius who worked in and with and nol against the system to prove that civil rights and so Cial Justice Are the rightful claim of All americans when together they were honoured As they were by Francis Marion College that says that this new in Lilu lion so few in years is truly bearing the Torch of a South that is truly new. American consulates ignore . Citizens Washington there was a Lime when americans who travelled abroad could count upon the Protection of their government. Today almost any foreign potentate can drag them off to his torture Chambers and Pigsty prisons without worry about retaliation. News analysts by Jock Anderson president Carter s crusade for human rights does t seem to apply to lire americans who arc serving time in Dis Mal Dingy prisons from Bangkok to Bogota. Their rights Are supposed to be protected by the consular officers who Are attached to . Embassies around the world. H is the theory of the american system that the government is supposed to serve the individual. This principle is set Forth in Noble language suitable for framing in the consular officers official handbooks. They Are also reminded that neither arrest nor conviction deprives a United states Nali Nalof the rights to the Consul s Best the consular officers Are sworn to look after the citizen s welfare and to protect his Legal and human declares the handbook like attorneys and social workers consular officers Are obligated to serve their clients with dedicated professional enthusiasm regardless of their own opinions of the client s inno Cence or personal thai s what the handbook says. In prac Tice Many consular officials Are More interested in preserving their cozy relation ships with their hosts including dictators and despots than in upholding the human rights of american citizens. Americans who fall into the clutches of foreign police have Learned unhappily to expect no More than a polite murmur of protest from the stale dept. The americans who Lake the worst abuse in foreign jails Are Young drug of fenders Many of whom were caught with no More than a few pinches of marijuana. Others were arrested for merely attend ing parties where pot was smoked Al though they did not partake themselves. They Are in prison because their own government in its Zeal to halt worldwide drug traffic brought tremendous pres sure on various governments to crack Down on drug violators. The dragnet unfortunately caught few smugglers but Many users. We have interviewed dozens of these Youthful offenders and their parents. We have heard tale after tale sincerely rendered of the denial of Basic rights beatings threats extortion and expropriation of personal property. In Many countries the american consular officers have been Only grudgingly cooperative some have eve sided with the tormentors against the imprisoned americans. On we turned the spotlight on three dozen american prisoners who were confined in Bleak bolivian jails. Several swore they were guilty of no More than minor misdemeanours or were inno cent altogether. They sought the Protection of the . Embassy but got the Brush off from a consular officer named Edward Milburn. The parents appealed to their con Gressmen who wrote a joint letter to Secretary of state Cyrus Vance. Whal is of particular complained the apparent failure of our embassy personnel to Lake action or display much behalf of these Pris All too typical is the Altitude of Richard Schenck the . Consul in Caracas. Venezuela who complained to us about our column in support of the incarcerated americans in Bolivia. "1 am rather he wrote on embassy stationery of the current Nimby Pamby solicitude for these drug users and traffickers. They Are not All hardened criminals but almost All Are dropouts and non contributors looking for cheap the american Consul in Chile Fred Purdy secured the release of Amy con Ger an american Art teacher after she had been badly abused and molested by military police. Her release was handled quietly without a word of protest from the slate dept. When we finally published her Story i Urdy spoke up in support not of Amy Conger but of her chilean torturers in contrast when British National or. Sheila Cassidy was abused by chilean officials the British government secured her release withdrew its ambassador from Chile and issued a stinging state ment. In Bolivia British Consul Brian Barrett always appears immediately after the arrest of a fellow countryman he usually succeeds in arranging to have the British citizen deported rather than left to rot in bolivian jails. In Thailand according to a letter from american prisoners american consular officer Robert Jacobs visited their jail and pronounced it belter than a to of then British officials Caine by called the place a sinkhole and arranged for the transferor British inmates to a better prison. There Are of course Many . Consu Lar officers who Are concerned and com passionate. Some put in Long hours look ing after the health and welfare of their fellow citizens. In Guadalajara Mexico Consul Gen. Malhias Oelwein became worried about the safety of american prisoners after an outbreak of rioting. He used his personal influence with mexican authorities to arrange for the Transfer of the americans to another facility. Ruin Matthews the . Consul general in Mazatlan Mexico has made an enormous Effort to defend the interests of american prisoners. And Vernon Mcaninch who was summoned to Mexico from the dominican Republic requires a minimum of one visit per month to americans in prison. Where did Detroit lose its spirit of adventure dear Detroit i Don t mean the City but the automobile Industry when i was a boy you were a legend in my House. My father said you could do anything. If people wanted convertibles you could make convertibles. If they wanted Long fins on their cars you could give them Long fins. One magic wave of your Wand and you could make the Best engine Money could buy. We kids used to Sil on the Side of the Parkway pointing out Packard and nashes and Studebaker and Hudson and Fords and bricks and Pool macs and chrysl ers a and de solos and i wee every once in a while a Cord which Many of us agreed was the finst looking car of them All. There was nol doubt that Detroit was the greatest when world War ii came Detroit Rose to the Challenge producing tanks and guns and personnel carriers. No one told to do it. You knew How to do it there was no question in any be s mind. Whether it came to jeeps or bulldozers Detroit was turning out the Soufl that would make Hitler and Mussolini and Tojo sorry they Ever messed with the Good old .a. You were Beautiful Detroit and the country knew that once the War was Over you would provide us with All our peacetime dreams. Some kids May have been fighting for mom s Apple pie but there were a lot More fighting for the new Ford or in the Case of officers the new Lincoln thai they were diving up to buy when we buried the German Sand Sank the japs. Yes sir you were something. After the War you rolled up your sleeves and your engineers gave us air conditioning and stereos and windows that opened and closed by pressing a Button. You put an engine in the Back an engine in the front you gave us tinted Glass and defroster front and and you figured Oul a Way of building the radio Aerial right in Side the Windshield so no one could see it. You designed More powerful motors and belter brakes and gave us seats that would fall Down into Beds. There was no thin you could t think of to make Theca better and More attractive to customers. You were the Pride of the american Industrial revolution and anything that was asked of you you would say without Hesi tation can but lately All this has changed. When you were asked to Cul Down on the Poison Ous emissions spitting out of your exhaust pipes the spirit went out you. Instead of rising to the Challenge As you did for so Many years you sent us your presidents and chairmen of the Board crying Crocodile tears into the Potomac claim ing you could t do it. Why can i you do it Detroit you can do anything you set your Hearl on. You can make cars Fly or go underwater. You can give us fuel injection engines and Vinyl roofs that slide open at the press of a switch. What kind of Panl waists Are you what happened to the fighting geniuses who used to thrive on Challenge where Are the men of steel who would never admit defeat Don t Send us your High priced lawyers and lobbyists to flood the Halls of Congress pleading it s impossible to make a clean Low fuel consume near. Don t threaten us wit closing Down your factories because the standards set for you can t be met. Go Back to the drawing boards retool your factories hire the Best brains thai Money can buy and get on with the Job let s have no More shameful Whin ing Detroit. If l have the stomach fort find some who do. All of us Are rooting for you. Anyone who gave us automatic transmission and torque converters and put a Chevrolet engine in can figure out a Way to give us clean air. Am enclosing a copy of the Little engine which think Esmust Reading for everyone in your Industry. I believe it will inspire you to give in clean emissions problem another try. Get off your Keester de troit and let s have no More belly Ching. You hear of Lawence m4rnino new Puu i Fino Al aun Uiki Pun. Amu m a ocl. Nol m Rake Nam or olt Litulum i m Dan Cllrk Teite a Ger. Subscription rates by mail. Ind Epen we. Circulation director . S c
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