The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 19, 1985, Image 2

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Page 2/The Battalion/Thursday, September 19,1985 Opinion Editorials from around the state Clogged courts There have been complaints for years about how slowly the wheels of justice turn, but in Texas the situation is so bad that the state judicial system currently is clogged with a staggering 1.2 million cases. State Supreme Court Justice John Hill believes the state is going to have to make some procedural changes to ensure that justice will be served more efficiently in the future, and we agree. Mr. Hill has appointed a special task force to draw up some new rules designed to speed up the legal machinery, and he is optimistic that the panel, which includes judges, lawyers and state legislators, will be able to issue its recommendations by the end of the year. Chief Justice Hill says part of the problem can be attributed to the fact that lawyers have had too much leeway in processing cases, and he argues that judges shoiild have more authority in scheduling cases and should be stricter in granting lawyers con tinuances. It would be hard to disagree with Mr. Hill’s premise that by giving the trial judge early case control through tighter scheduling, more cases will be settled. Dallas Times Herald Anti-gay ruling violates privacy Whatever any of us may think about homosexuality, none of us has any business treating homosexuals as criminals. Yet that is what the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals did in reinstating a 1974 law that made sexual intercourse between ho mosexuals a criminal act in Texas. Texans may oppose homosexuals on the strongest moral grounds possible. But should it be illegal? An enlightened society does not allow itself to keep archaic laws. This most intimate of issues simply is not a matter for the court to decide. That issue is betterJert to the individual. Beaumont Enterprise Mail Call Letters to the Editor should not exceed 300 words in length. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit letters for style and length but will make every effort to maintain the author’s intent. Each letter must be signed and must include the address and telephone number of the writer. Inside view of Corps EDITOR: I just wanted to write a short note to tell you about what most people don’t see in the Corps of Cadets. I hope you will print this so in the wake of the bad publicity that keeps resurfacing (Pal- Imeyer, Sept. 4) they will know they have an ally. Taps that helped making it say goodbye to Joe a lot easier. I also owe a great deal to Matt Davis and Steve Lord who let me camp out in their room in front of the TV on a regular basis, as well as to other members of the Corps. God bless them all. Were it not for them these last few days I am sure things would have been tougher on me. I wrote a letter about Joe Swinney that you printed in August and again this last Tuesday. He was a very special friend, and his death was quite hard to take. Had I to face it by myself, I do not think I would have handled it well. There are many people I can thank for helping me pull through — teachers, my parents, Joe’s parents and friends old and new 7 . But I also owe a great deal to some members of the Corps of Ca dets. I am somewhat of an outsider, being an officer commissioned from a differ ent military school. And I can see how uncomfortable it can make some of the cadets when I am in their area and they have to render courtesy appropriate to my rank although they may be a senior and I’m only a junior. Yet these same people who are talked down as a group for the actions of a few (though respon sibility is constant, control can’t be kept over everybody, every minute of the day) took the time when I needed it the most to make me feel a part of them so that I would not be alone. It is for them I most stand up and say I, too, believe in them. And to those who would say that this is just a bunch of sentimental do-da, I would say you’re right — it is. If you ever said anything critical about the Corps to one of its members and re ceived an answer that translates into something like, “You couldn’t know be cause you aren’t in the Corps,” you see how hard it is to be accepted by them. But I’ll tell you the secret to that accep tance — understanding and attitude. Have the understanding not to judge all for the acts of a few. That is too easy to do. And don’t have the attitude that they are all the same because they dress alike. I know differently. Mike Pryor Cheers for Moore EDITOR: My utmost gratitude goes to Cadets Van De Walle, Stallwitz, Escalante and Carter for their laughs that made it bea rable and their professionalism at Silver Three cheers for Chris Murzin of Moore Hall! (Sept. 12 issue of The Bat talion). As a resident of Fowler Hall for the past year, I find Crocker Hall’s chants extreme/y offensive. I often won der why they bother putting vulgarity in their chants, when it (vulgarity) is ever present in their actions. As for the role of “gentlemen on campus,” the men of Moore Hall clearly deserve this title, for recognizing and stating their true feel ings. Thanks, guys! Trade Green ’88 T/AT L IT/<sAMT%> UAMf AGKEEX> -TO Sctttt, TH07/Z TO,* 'p’o’Tt flto /a/ F2>g.ahn /a/ Hi'. 1>7 'TPoog TExa? A?til FAC. 0 t-~V. 'PA/T> TTexas JA?- UA/ZV'EtfST-y!. . op ~5~nnG, irtE*=>s: Ins and outs of economy drive Texas A feir civil i ■tenure Ipourse tl Itnniittee ijonimit-tet Badetnic MdTenui Both co 1969 to h fed facul iti-tenun Ired an a] loracaden fCary H; fonimittet Responsib: Itnmittee Mo are 1< Rom pete tees hear who feel ti femic fie pissed ba: Tor or se: |Hart sa ^process be ■ en ^ ie Bent head tor is unsa his depart then appe: Conimittei that tries t< informal, (Whilst Art Buch- wald is on vacation we reprint some columns from the past.) Companies throughout the world are either in the midst of ex panding or in the process of econ omizing. It de pends on what the - last financial report Art Buchwald looked like. One major corporation has closed down all its European supervisory offices in a wave of economy the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the last economy Wave. Since most people are innocent vic tims of economy drives, I have, as a pub lic service, contacted Mr. Robert Gold- bogen, who specializes in studying economy drives and their effect on the economy. “Mr. Goldbogen, what does an econ omy drive really mean?” “It means,” Mr. Goldbogen said, “that the president of the company has had to report to the stockholders that the prof its are lower than anticipated; there is in fact a loss and he is immediately instigat ing the necessary measures to turn the tide. As a start, he announces an econ omy drive will be put in effect. If he’s still president after the report he has to follow through on his promise.” “What does he do first?” “He fires two men, one in the mail room and the elevator operator.” “But who runs the elevator?” “At a cost of only $55,000, a self-serv ice elevator is installed.” “That’s all?” “No, it really isn’t as economical to fire the mail room employee as one might think. Someone has to deliver im portant packages and letters by hand, so a higher-priced employee is sent in stead. This person, not familiar with the city, takes twice as long to do the job. “When the president discovers that the firing of the mail room employee and the elevator operator has not solved his problem, he makes further econ omies.” “How does he do this?” “Every large company has certain people that they employ just to blame things on. They have to be on the job when things go wrong. Each vice presi dent might have one chief blame-taker and three assistants. The chief blame- taker distributes the blame among the others. Since there are enough people to spread the blame about, no one gets in trouble. But then the president sends down word to the heads of the de partments that they have to cut their staffs and instead of four people, they can only have one.” “The department head naturally keeps the chief blame-taker?” “Not necessarily. The department head keeps the one who takes the blame the best. The chief blame-taker may be good at dispensing blame, but weak on taking it himself.” “Then the economy problem is set tled?” “On the contrary, this is the most dangerous type of economy there is. Since the head of the department keeps blaming one person for everything that goes wrong, eventually the president asks why the head of the department doesn’t fire him. We know the answer. If the head of the department fires him, then he will have to take the blame himself. ure anyone who would do like this must be icussion irofessor’: thing at a time a f ter a great deal to the firm, and Advisory survive the cuts and possiblyew the raise. king botl agieemem Committei Responsib sa's the iyen form. “There are other methods. 11 one man w ho owned two cars. Ot drove and the other he kept in the company parking lot netpu meml the spot reserved for the presJr' P e car. No matter what time the ft*Hart st . ■ • L Much th dent came out, day or night,■ e( i t | ie man’s car was there, and the pi A&M Pres dent assumed he was inside wori|^ ua " s ■nts. for Dear Old Inc., Incorporatecr made quite an impression on thepl idem, so much so that whenhel the choice of firing the manorll self, he immediately resignedandl man who owned the car is nowptl dent of the company.” Art Buchwald is a columnistfoii Los Angeles Times Syndicate. “When he takes the blame, he will be fired as well, and pretty soon the president will have to take the blame. Then the stockholders will force his resignation. When you start firing people who absorb blame, you’re really in a fix.” “What can one do to make sure one is not a victim of an economy cut?” “Take the bull by the horns. When you smell an economy cut you must immediately go in to see the boss and ask him to let you go. “Tell him you’re expendable, and you feel the company is not getting its money worth. The boss will immedi ately smell a rat and decide you’re try ing to go over to the opposition and you will be kept on the payroll until hell freezes over. “Another method of staying on is that as soon as an economy wave is an nounced the person must demand a raise and a vacation. The boss will fig- V SHARK 0“ r s Unittd Feature Syndicate MAG6UUES HOVSTOH PP4r 11 I KNOW ’THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH'.» BUT I HAP NO IPEA THE MEEK WOULP INHERIT THE $2 TRILLION NATIONAL PEBT!, - The Battalion USPS 045 360 Member of Texas Press Association Southwest Journalism Conference The Battalion Editorial Board Rhonda Snider, Editor Michelle Powe, Managing Editor Loren Steffy, Opinion Page Editor Karen Bloch, City Editor John Hallett, Kay Mallett, News Editors Travis Tingle, Sports Editor The Battalion Staff Assistant City Editors Kirsten Dietz, Jerry Oslin Assistant News Editors Cathie Anderson, Jan Pen) Assistant Sports Editor Charean Williams Entertainment Editors Cathy Riely, WalterSraitli Art Director Wayne Grabein Copy Editors Rebecca Adair, Mike Davis, Sarah Oates Make-up Editor Ed Cassavov Staff Writers Tamara Bell Meg Cadigan, Ed Cassavov, Cindy Gay, Doug Hall, Paul Herndon, Wendyjohnson Tammy Kirk, Jens Koepke, Trent Leopold, Mary McWhorter, June Pang, Tricia Parker, Brian Pearson, Lynn RaePovec, Marybeth Rohsner, Gigi Shams), Kenneth Sur) Cartoonists Mike Lane, Scott McCullar, Kevin Thomas Columnists Camille Brown, John Hallett, Karl Pallmeyer Photographers Greg Bailey Anthony Casper, Frank Hada, Jaime Lopez, Michael Sandier Editorial Policy The Battalion is a non-proTit, self-supporting newspipv operated as a community service to Texas A&-M F Bryan-Coliege Station. 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