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REPORTER, Wednesday, February 20. 1974 Editorials High Rise Unfair ob Bameirs Keep Imprisoned Ex-Offend- ers When a person is released from prison, he is expected to readjust to society. However, in ISM IT If Quarry's To Stay, It Must Become Safer Frankfort Watchline ( By John Nichols ; 1 Budget Inquiries Benefit Taxpayers - After four FRANKFORT weeks, the Legislature's budget hearings may wind up this week and it's a good time to wonder what's been accomplished. Well, any legislative inquiry at the Governor's spending plans is for the taxpayer's benefit. The longer it takes, the better, despite those little vibrations of impatience we're picking up from the governor's office. Little or nothing is going to be changed by the General Assembly in the $4.4 billion document, but remember a decade or so ago? Those budgets used to be tossed in whenever the administration thought the time was ripe, briefly scanned by legislators who could not possibly have digested them, and hurriedly approved when the governor said to doit. .. ... ' A few mavericks would kick up a fuss . . . others would earnestly try to grasp what the budget contained and a few days might be consumed in the futile questioning of scattered officials. The current hearings are a fresh change. True, most lawmakers don't know enough about the 530 pages filled with numbers, statistics and testimonial. But at least they're taking the time to talk with representatives from just about all the state agencies. Actually, the game is being played in relays, each member of the joint appropriations and revenue team an "expert" in a field. That way some expertise can be brought to bear on reluctant witnesses. What's produced is often valuable information that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, along with some open animosity in at least one instance. Last week, State Auditor Mary Louise Foust got to shouting at House Democrat Thomas Givhan of Shcpherdsville because she resented some of his questions. Givhan didn't shout back, but quietly persisted in asking about the procedures of Miss Foust's office. The matter dates back to when Givhan was Bullitt County Attorney and the county was hit with a critical audit from Frankfort. But most of the hearings have been quiet, though some state officials confide that they worry that Republican committee members arc Serving Southeastern Suburban Louisville and Jefferson County Published Each Wednesday By The Jefferson Reporter Publishing Co., Inc. LEWIS CONN, Publisher CHARLES SPRINGER, News Editor HARRY W. KLEIN, Adv. Director P.O. Box 18309, Louisville, Ky. 40218 Office: 111 Bonnie Lane Phone 459-333- KENTUCKY PRESS ASSOCIATION MEMBER: NATIONAL NEWSPAPER NEWSPAPERS, ASSOC. INC. Represented Nationally by. U.S. SUBURBAN PRESS INC. AND AMERICAN NEWSPAPER REPRESENTATIVES Second Class Postage Paid at Louisville, Kentucky Subscription Rates: $5 Per Year 2 Yrs. $9 3 Yrs. $12 Outside Jefferson County $8 - - employment for offenders and there are many legal barriers which make it nearly impossible for the to gain meaningful employment. Kentucky and many other states, while we are approving efforts to develop job skills and lying in ambush for them. Mines and Minerals Commissioner H. N. Kirkpatrick is one of the unhappy ones. After he testified the other day, he complained "I memorized every item of our budget," waving the fat document with both hands, "and what do they spend an hour asking me? Why, about House Bill 64 (the controversial oil and gas deep drilling measure) wliich I'm not an expert on." "Good fences" may make "good neighbors" in some places, but in the South Park Road area it is taking more than that to make Vulcan quarry a socially acceptable resident. Once again the Bureau of Mines and Minerals and the County Attorney's office have had to deal with dangerous blasting operations at the quarry. And while the new regulations that resulted may cause quarrying operations to curtailed, be considerably recent experience with less stringent blasting restrictions has certainly warranted such action. We only hope these regulations, too, aren't blown to bits by another damaging accident. From all indications, the officials of the Vulcan Materials Co. have cooperated fully with local and state officials in a sincere effort to resolve the problem. While, to some degree, this is to be expected, because to do otherwise might have netted n them a decree, such shut-dow- cooperative non-belligere- Who ever said that a little politics now and then is banned from such goings-on- ? - THOSE VARMINTS There's a wild game feed every now and then put on by Lt. Gov. Julian Carroll and associates. It's become something of an "in" event in Frankfort and parts hereabout. To the most recent one, lawmakers and press were invited. We didn't go because of a bout with the flue, but we're made to understand by the distaff members of the press corps that women were first invited . . . and then uninvited. We're nonplussed at that bit of news. Isn't what's good for the gander good for the goose? Anyway, the gals were instead told about a cultural event at the old mansion to which they were more than welcome. That won't do, they said . . . it's the principle of the thing, they charged . . . and there were threats of picketing one event or the other or both. One of our colleagues here summed it up rather nicely, though. "There's no discrimination involved, ladies," he smiled. "You are just not wanted there." .. compliance is worth training courses, counseling on work habits and skills and attempts to develop commending. Other businesses and industries would do well to heed the example. For the community's sake, we ' hope the new regulations work. After all, the energy crisis is taking its toll of jobs, as it is, and a add shut-dow- 100 more to job counter-productiv- the these skills. In reality, then, we are involved in a system which defeats itself. We urge to work hard and to be productive, while at the same time, we deny them the opportunity. Barriers are placed to rehabilitation and serve as an active impetus back to a life of crime in some cases. A bill being considered by the Kentucky Senate would require licensing boards to closed. To date, however, all the quarry's plusses have been offset by one big minus the lack of safety of the area - residents. The County Attorney says "the quarry must stay, but it must be safe." So he's given them one more chance to be "good neighbors." If they fail no matter how their safety efforts, the only "good" that could result would be in their eliminate arbitrary job It restrictions for would require such boards to establish "rehabilitative a process" al "good-bye.- with opportunities. But every day. in are spite of this, because of obsolete frustrated e laws and and statutes. For example, prisoners at La Grange Reformatory are offered courses in barbering and plumbing. But they are restricted by state law from getting a license to practice unemployment rolls. And in addition, it would not benefit state and local governments to lose the $500,000 a year in tax revenue that is generated by the quarry. Nor would it be desirable for construction costs for rock in the area to increase, as could be the case if the quarry were well-intention- plans parole here would n offered Prisoners are vocational whereby the could meet certain standards. If turned down for a job because of "bad moral " character," he could take his case to court. In short, due is restored to the process The time has come to recognize that our are not being given a fair shake. If we continue to allow employment restrictions against only are to remain, not our vocational and educational and training programs empty exercises, but they are vicious jnomises made to be broken. Solzhenitsyn Saga Reproaches USSR must marvel at the paranoid Soviet fear of any kind of dissent, dramatized by its latest shabby treatment of its greatest living writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. And one must believe that only the international eminence of the man saved him from years of forced labor and exile. One Sokhenitsyn went through one span of more than a decade of labor camps and Siberian exile because he dared to criticize Stalin in a letter to a friend. Now, expelled from his loved native land, he and his works will become a monument to man's powerful aspirations to freedom and justice, and a continuing reproach to the bleak, narrow, authoritarian and fearful Soviet state. Letter To The Editor Convention Call Not Seen As 'Misguided1 To the Editor: I wish to take exception to your editorial on Wednesday, February 6, 1974, entitled "Busing Convention May Get Baby Thrown Out With Bath." In your editorial you labeled the discontent over busing "a protest movement which is at best misguided and potentially harmful to the well being of the community." Our forefathers in their innate wisdom under Article 5, of the Constitution prescribed two methods by which the Constitution can be amended. The one method allows the Congress and Senate of the United States to propose a Constitutional amendment and refer the same to the states for ratification. three-fourth- If of the states ratify the s out is that the people will be heard, hi our case, we are following the steps prescribed by the Constitution. What is "misguided" about this course of action? What is "potentially harmful" about seeking redress for what we consider wrong? Where is the "can of worms" in following procedures as outlined in our Constitution? The same great document which guarantees you freedom of the press also guarantees me a right to be heard and a right to petition for change. Always remember this change is only effective after ratification by 75 per cent of the states. To say we "have never had such a convention" is correct. To insinuate that this alone should be proposed amendment, it becomes part of the Constitution. In the case at hand, our Representatives and Senators on the national level have been so involved in Watergate and other matters that despite repeated attempts, the Congress has refused to propose an amendment against forced busing and submit that amendment to the individual states for their ratification. Therefore, the second method whereby the states by vote of their legislatures may call a convention is in order. When the Congress and Senate are so blind that they refuse to see the overwhelming will of the people, then perhaps it's time we proposed a convention. What your editorial fails to point reason for not calling one is absolutely wrong. When all the polls indicate that a vast majority have a huge distrust for government as it operates today, it seems to me that you would be one of the first to advocate that we need some changes in the system. I'm willing government to submit to represented by s of the people. I'm not yet ready to submit to the whims of five men who have taken upon themselves to determine what is best for me or for my children. Five men do not a majority make at least not in a democracy as 1 understand it. Tom Riddle 6307 Outer Loop three-fourth- - Washington Merry - Go Round -- Heath's Economic Dike BY JACK ANDERSON LONDON There is no panic in - Britain. Prime Minister Edward llcath is on a collision course with the embattled coal miners. A head-o- n crash could sink the British economy, which can hardly endure an oil crisis and a coal crisis at the same time. Yet the British upper lip Bull-heade- d stiff as ever. The Briton is as in the street sympathizes with Heath, who cannot permit the miners to breach the economic dike he has erected without risking an inflationary flood. But the sympathy is perhaps even stronger for the miners, who work in the black coal pits and breathe black coal dust for less wages than a London secretary makes. There is a sense in Britain that the era of plenty may be ending and that the world may be entering a new era of shortages. The lights of London have been dimmed and the television stations go off the air at 10:30 p.m. to conserve energy. Although gasoline is available, the price is rising. If Heath's economic dike should burst, the demand for goods in short supply will send other prices soaring. Eventually, only the wealthy will be able to afford goods that used to be available to the masses. But the masses have become accustomed to their TV sets, refrigerators and motor cars. Rather than give up these luxuries, they almost certainly will demand higher and higher wages. In short, the poor either will become poorer, or they must achieve a massive redistribution of the nation's wealth. This could bring on tremendous economic and political upheaval, perhaps even class warfare. And it could spread to the United States. The British seem to be aware of, but unshaken by, the dark economic clouds which are gathering. The lights may be low in London, but the spirits are not. The British are going ahead with business as usual, their inner calm undisturbed, expressing quiet confidence that this crisis, too, shall pass. ALLIANCE OF TERRORISTS: British intelligence has uncovered ominous evidence that terrorists around the world have joined in a loose, subterranean alliance of revolutionary movements. Irish and Palestinian terrorists, it is known .have been training together in Ireland and the Middle East. German terrorists, it is also believed, have smuggled arms to their Irish counterparts. There are additional links, according to British intelligence, between young activists in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Apparently, they exchange not only weapons but tactics. A State Department airgram to all U.S. embassies last October warned: "Past experience suggests that when a tactic proves to be successful In one country, terrorist groups in other countries imitate such an example." Increasingly, the becoming more terrorists vicious Now that he has called an election, the campaign will last a total of only 17 days. There 11 be no huge campaign chests, no cash delivered in attache cases. Each candidate for Parliament has a campaign spending limit around $3,000, depending on the size of his constituency. The two principal parties, Conservative and Labor, are allotted five telecasts. All other political commercials are banned from both radio and television. The Watergate reformers might want to keep an eye on how the British do it. BRAZILIAN TIME-BOMWhile official torture has failed to stir the jaded conscience of the Brazilian establishment, two ghastly crimes threaten at last to turn even some of its backers against the military dictatorship. are and indiscriminate. Britain has been flooded with letter bombs, which usually are opened by innocent servants or wives. A suitcase bomb, planted in a British bus, killed 1 1 people, including a soldier, his wife and their two small children. The mangled bodies of the little children and their toys were scattered over the Yorkshire roadside. To combat the wave of terrorism, security forces are taking virtual wartime precautions at airports, embassies, oil facilities and other likely targets throughout Europe. Some Jews, not satisfied with methods, reportedly conventional have formed a band of who hunt down counterterforists, the Palestinian terrorists in their lairs. Intelligence reports tell of a mystery figure, handsome, blonde, with a British accent, who has tracked Black September terrorists and murdered them in their hideouts. One of his victims reportedly was the celebrated terrorist, Mahmoud Hamchari, who was killed by a remote-contro- l bomb in Paris. FOOTNOTE: Other young anarchists are joining a Hitler cult, which Is on the rise in Europe. In grimy backrooms, the swastika and the gooscstep have been resurrected. BRITISH POLITICS: Unlike President Nixon, British Prime Minister Edward Heath can't just "tough it out," but must face the voters in times of political crisis. September, In seven-year-ol- ' girl d pretty a was raped, savagely burned and then murdered in Brasilia. Two months later, a college girl was given a massive overdoes of narcotics and died. Such crimes are rare in Brazil. So shocked was the legislature that members 8 of the party joined with the weakened opposition to Investigate crimes. And a manhunt of hundreds of police and military fanned out to seek the culprits. government-sponsore- d drug-relate- Then, Attorney d mysteriously, General Alfredo Brazil's Buzaid f A L. i JACK ANDERSON and Flavio the rightist Marcilio attacks on investigators. House President launched vicious the legislative Buzaid frantically claimed no such probe was needed. The reason for Buzaid's and Marcilio's sudden opposition, say our sources in Brazil, is that the sons of two men whom Buzaid and Marcilio count among their best friends have recently fled, one to Europe, one to the United States. The "escape" of these two prime suspects has led old legislator riinio Salgado, the founder of Brazil's fascist movement, to mutter against the government. And with a new president due to be sworn In on March 15, the present cabinet reportedly fears some of its members will be tied to a macabre "Watergate-style" coverup south of the border.

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