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Colllege Station, Texas
Tuesday, October 24, 1972
THE BATTALION
Reform Lobby Hits Austin
14 Proposed State Constitutional
Amendments On November Ballot
AUSTIN (A*)—Those backing
; Amendment No. 12 claim that
| 350,000 Texans are disenfran-
! chised by our much-patched
state constitution.
No. 12 is one of 14 proposed
state constitution amendments
to be decided Nov. 7 when voters
mark their lengthy general elec
tion ballots.
The provision would allow
state employes or others paid
from state funds, who are not
state officers, to serve as lem-
bers of the governing bodies of
school districts, cities, towns or
other governmental units while
still drawing a state salary, but
receiving no pay from the local
governing body.
Still another proposition to be
voted on Nov. 7, Amendment
No. 9, would apply specifically
to directors of soil and water
conservation districts. If passed
it would permit such directors
to hold more than one public of
fice and still draw state pay.
But Amendment No. 12 is the
big one because it affects one-
third of a million Texans.
D. A. Anderson, College Sta
tion, head of a statewide com
mittee urging adoption of No.
12, says there are now 22,504
elective positions in city and lo
cal government in Texas where
according to recent court rul
ings, no one paid by the state
can run for them. That includes
school teachers, highway depart
ment personnel, conservation
district workers, police, firemen,
medical technicians, state hospi
tal employes, secretaries and
clerks, university and college
faculty and many others.
As the state constitution, writ
ten in 1875, reads now it prohi
bits payment of state money to
“agents, officers or appointees”
who hold “any other office or
position of honor, trust, or profit
under state.”
“This just knocks out any
state employe from fulfilling his
civic duty and running for city
council or the school board,”
says Anderson, who also is head
of the information and educa
tion department of the Texas
Forest Service.
Anderson should know. He
was mayor of College Station
until an adverse court ruling in
1971 cut off his state pay check
and he had to resign his unpaid
city job.
“This is not any little thing,”
he said. “Five other councilmen
of College Station, who worked
for Texas A&M, had to resign
and so did every member of the
school board except one.
“I’ve got a list of more than
50 Texas cities where the same
thing happened.”
The state constitution from
the beginning prohibited dual
office holding and dual compen
sation. In 1926 and 1932 it was
amended to let National Guard,
reserve officers and retired mil
itary personnel hold civic jobs.
In 1967 the legislature passed,
and voters approved, an amend
ment that would let state-paid
employes hold local civic jobs
that were appointive, but not
elective.
Station. State courts, from an
Austin district court to the Tex
as Supreme Court, rejected the
employes contention that the
state constitution provision on
dual employment violated the
equal protection clause of the
U.S. Constitution.
An apellate court opinion said g
that “it is a reasonable conclu- g
sion that campaigning for and g
holding an elective state office g
would interfere with the em- =
ployes’ time, energy and devo- g
tion to his official duties.”
The 1971 test suit was filed by
a group of tax payers in College
The argument for the two g
amendments is that in some s
cities and towns state employees g
make up a large percentage of g
the population. As it is now they g
cannot personally represent their g
interests on city councils, school =
boards and other elective posi- g
tions without sacrificing their g
state salaries. In turn, there are g
some communities that would g
like to utilize the abilities of g
highly trained state employees §f
at no additional cost to local g
government.
Common Cause, the nonpartisan
national citizens’ lobby, announced
today that it has established in
Texas the first full-time, self-con
tained state affiliate of the na
tional reform organization.
Common Cause of Texas has
opened offices in Austin at 409
West 14th Street. The Texas of
fice will be staffed by a Texas
Common Cause coordinator, a leg
islative advocate, and one full
time research associate.
Randall B. Wood, former Direc
tor of Elections for the Office of
the Secretary of State, has been
named the Common Cause legis
lative advocate in Texas. The
Common Cause coordinator for
Texas is former Dallas business
man Milton Tobian, who is relo
cating in Austin to devote full
time to Common Cause’s effort.
Common Cause is here to stay
in Texas. Presently there are
5,000 active members in Texas
and membership drives are just
getting underway. The Texas
membership is very broad based,
including conservatives and lib
erals, Democrats and Republicans.
Common Cause and its activities
are entirely nonpartisan. It is
expected the Texas membership
will exceed 15,000 by early next
year.
“In the past two years we have
seen Common Cause make tremen
dous headway in Washington.
The Common Cause campaigns
to reform the congressional sen
iority system, secure ratification
of the 18-year-old vote amend
ment, compel public disclosure of
campaign contributions, and open
party caucuses to public scrutiny
have had a dramatic impact on
the national scene,” Wood said.
“However, from the beginning,
Common Cause has emphasized
the urgent necessity for the reform
of state legislatures, and few
state legislatures are in greater
need of reform than that in Tex
as. The Citizens’ Conference on
State Legislatures has rated the
Texas Legislature 38th among
the states in its ability to func
tion effectively and responsibly.”
During the 63rd Legislature,
Common Cause will be working to
achieve some basic reforms that
will open up the Texas legislative
process and make it more rejpn
sive to the people. Passage of j
legislation supported by Conn
Cause in the next session t
make it possible for future
provements to be made in
legislative process. CommonCji
will advocate the passage ol
reform legislation concerns
campaign finance, conflict oi
terest, anti-secrecy acts, speij
interest lobbying and public
cess to information.
Passage of this legislation
vocated by Common Cause v
lay the groundwork for other
forms. It is the belief of the Cm
mon Cause membership
meaningful improvements in
legislatures cannot be achiei
without reforms that openupln
islative process, the activities
public officials, and the operatj
of the entire system of state g*
ernment to public scrutiny.
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U. S. Senate Hopefuls State Positions
(Continued from page 1)
tional priorities for the next con
gress?
In my opinion, our h i g h e s t
priority must be given to busing
in our school systems. Until
forced busing is stopped, the
chaos it has brought to our
schools cannot be eliminated.
Quality education for all students
will continue to suffer as a con
sequence. Congress has passed
legislation designed to curb hous
ing, but the federal courts have
negated its implementation
through constitutional interpreta
tions. I feel, then, that Congress
must approve a constitutional
amendment to clearly prohibit
forced busing to create a racial
balance. Congress must continue
to improve the economy by limit
ing inflation and increasing em
ployment. As the economy grows,
Congress must insure that our
environment is protected. Recog
nizing that there is a relation be
tween environmental protection
and jobs, Congress has the duty
to work for responsible legisla
tion which preserves the ecologi
cal balance and improves the en
vironment.
Finally, Congress cannot forget
its duty to provide for the na
tional defense necessary to pre-
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funds necessary for defense, but
we must see that they are effec
tively and efficiently utilized.
What programs would you sup
port to improve the administra
tion of criminal justice and the
penal system in the United
States?
Two areas of criminal law re
quiring immediate attention are
speedy trials and penal reform.
The lack of swift judicial action
causes unnecessary hardships to
both the guilty and the innocent:
I have sponsored legislation, S.
895, requiring, wherever possible,
trials within sixty days of the in
dictment. Convicted criminals
must not be forgotten. The pres
ent penal system is not doing
enough to help in prisoner re
form. I have sponsored a bill, S.
2939, for a study on minimum
prison conditions designed to fa
cilitate prisoner rehabilitation.
Richard Garcia, Socialist Workers
What do you consider the na
tional priorities for the next con
gress?
1) Total and immediate with
drawal of all U.S. troops and ma
terial from Southeast Asia. Abol
ish the draft. Unconditional am
nesty for those accused of draft
evasion or desertion.
2) Fight for the government’s
assault on rights and wages of
working people. Vote to end all
wage controls; end the war and
war on spending; shorten the
work week, with no loss in pay
to combat unemployment; guar
antee unemployment compensa
tion at union wages for all un
employed; equal rights in unions
and on jobs for Black, Raza and
women workers.
3) Enact Abzug’s bill to re
peal all anti-abortion laws. Rati
fy the Equal Rights Amendment
and act to enforce Title VII of
the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which
prohibits discrimination on basis
of sex; provide free, quality 24-
hour child care facilities.
4) End harassment and depor
tation of Chicane and Mexican
workers by immigration agents.
End U. S. government buying of
non-U.F.W.O.C. lettuce; institute
use of Spanish in schools, court
rooms, prisons, jobs, and on bal
lot where Spanish speakers pre
dominate; end of racist stereo
types in textbooks and advertis- j
ing. Support to the formation of
a mass, independent Chicane po
litical organization such as the
Raza Unida Party in Texas.
What programs would you sup
port to improve the administra
tion of criminal justice and the
penal system in the United
States ?
Free all political prisoners.
End censorship and restrictions
on mail; immediate trials by jur
ies of peers; all prison labor paid
at union wages; humane treat
ment and conditions for all pris
oners.
TUESDAY
Ag Eco Club will meet in
Rooms 112-113 at 7:30 p.m. in
the Plant Science Building.
A&M Collegiate Future Farm
ers of America Chapter will meet
in Room 145 of the Physics Build
ing at 7:30 p.m. There will be a
slide presentation of the National
FFA Convention. Refreshments
will be served.
Lake of the Pines will meet in
Room 2A of the Memorial Student
Center at 7:30 p.m.
Go Club will meet at 7:30 p.m
in the MSC. Bring your go sets.
American Society of Agricul
tural Engineers will meet at 7:30
p.m. in the Lecture Room of the
Agricultural Engineering Build
ing. A film on duck hunting will
be shown.
Organizational Bonfire Meeting
of all girls in the Student “Y”
will be held in the Assembly Room
of the MSC at 6:30 p.m.
Students International Medita
tion Society will meet in Room
146 of the Physics Building at 8
p.m. This meeting is the first
lecture seminar on the technique
of Transcendental Meditation. A
follow-up lecture will be Thurs-
day.,..; j j, ...
WEDNESDAY
Student “Y” Association’s Drug
Abuse program will be presented
in the MSC Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.
Ray Martinez, a narcotics officer
for the Department of Public
Safety out of Houston, will speak.
DeWitt-Lavaca County Home
town Club will meet in Room 203
of the Academic Building at 7:30
p.m.
Sports Car Club will meet at
7:30 p.m. at the old College Sta
tion City Hall, 110 Church St., to
discuss future events.
Marketing Society will meet in
Room 2A of the MSC at 7:30
p.m. The Public Relations man
for Lone Star Brewery in San
Antonio will speak.
Bonfire Coffee Truck Girls will
have an organizational meeting
in the Assembly Room of the
MSC at 6:30 p.m.
Aggie Blood Drive sign-up
tables will be located in front of
the MSC post office and Sbisa
all day Wednesday and Thursday.
The Federal Highway Aditiiiri
tration has awarded A&M
859 for expanded operation ol
field test and evaluation cenli
specializing in standardizati:
and evaluation of skid measut
ment systems and skid mea»
ment processes.
Announcement of the am
was made by Cong. Olin
Teague.
TAMU’s Texas Transportatio
Institute established the centt
last year as an FHWA pilot pr/
ect to serve 16 central and soil!
ern states. Two other centerat
now being formed to sene
eastern and western states.
Forest Product Demand Increase Anticipated
A great increase in demand for
forest products is anticipated by
the year 2000, said Dr. Frederick
Wangaard.
Wangaard, professor and head
of the Department of Forest and
Wood Science at Colorado State
University, spoke to a small crowd
in the University Library Monday
night on the subject of “Wood: A
Neglected Resource.”
Wangaard pointed out that the
current consumption of wood is
13 billion cubic feet, in the form
of lumber, plywood, paper and
thousands of other products. This
is expected to more than double
by the year 2000.
“With reasonable estimates of
what our forests will be able to
supply, we have a projection of
producing only 60 billion cubic
feet by 2000,” said Dr. Wangaard.
He went on to say that the equi
librium price index that has been
studied by the Cabinet Task Force
will be 173 instead of 100 and the
quantity available will be 64 bil
lion.
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WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
In three previous articles we have presented evidence show
ing that baptism in the New Testament was and is immersion.
Your reaction may be: what difference does it make? Such an
attitude could have been learned easily from religious teachers
of note.
Thomas Aquinas wrote: “And, therefore, although it is safer
to baptize by immersion, because this is the more ordinary fashion,
yet baptism can be conferred by sprinkling or also by pouring,.,.
(Summa Theologica, Of the Sacrament of Baptism, Q. 66, A, 7),
While Martin Luther preferred immersion, he did not “deem this
necessary,” although he declared it “was also doubtless instituted
by Christ” Work of Martin Luther, The Philadelphia Edition,
Vol. 2, pp. 226, 230, 231). John Calvin taught: “Whether the
person who is baptized be wholly immersed, and whether thrice
or once, or whether water be only poured or sprinkled upon him,
is of no importance; . . . The very word baptize, however, signifies
to immerse; and it is certain that immersion was the practice of
the ancient Church”(Institutes of the Christian Religion, IV, ch.
XV, 19).
Does it not seem strange that religious leaders would say it
is not necessary to and of no importance whether people do what
was doubtless instituted by Christ and is certain was the practice
of the ancient church? It is sensible to tell men they need not
follow the “safer” course in a matter of such great significance?
What difference does it make ? It makes the difference be
tween doing what Christ commanded and not doing it. It means
relying either on what the word of God says or on men’s opinion.
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ponder: “And why call ye me. Lord, Lord, and do not the things
which I say?” (Luke 6:46; cf. Heb. 5:9).
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