I the MUFFLER MAN MIKE HOUSTON’S LEADING AUTOMOTIVE SPECIALIST Silentone Mufflers and Pipes 100 Auto Seat Covers Brakes and Wheel Aligning 10. Convertible Tops V Auto Air Conditioning Sales and Service NOW OW/110 2 LOCATIONS CENTER Illeigp load s.,. Op.. Woody/ d Timm* MANN NS IP osonsuso moose *&& MT/ INILTIONNINNV I 2900 FANNIN 011,3, 4535 GRIGGS RD. CA 44:971 RI 7-1800 Rate Bill Winning AUSTIN Seldom has a brewery struck such a golden vein of dispute in dryish Texas as has the Carling Beer Co., which now appears destined to win passage of a preferential bill by the legislature and at the same time reap a bonanza of free headline publicity. Already Carling is well established as a moral issue, through . no effort on the ,company’s part. Numerous legislators have solemnly declared it is their “Christian duty” to “vote our conscience” Bob Sherrill which in this case handily turns out to be a vote for Carling’s proposal and numerous ministers, notably of the Baptist faith and in the Fort Worth area, have argued just as heatedly that it is the legislators’ Christian duty to vote down the ultimate source of the nut-brown ale, the brewery. The broad view of what is happening discloses nothing of dramatic import. Carling, wishing to build a $20 million brewery in the Fort Worth area, simply asked the legislature to pass a measure that would safeguard completion of the project even if the area voted dry, and its request was overwhelmingly granted in the House. In the Senate it was voted out of committee with room to spare this week and appears headed for a smooth go on the floor. In a narrower view, coming down to the individual legislators themselves, the Carling bill has stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy, with some legislators enjoying the stirring and others getting stung. The one receiving the largest welt was Rep. Tommy Shannon, a Sunday school teacher and deacon, who was asked to resign from Fort Worth’s Beacon Baptist Church for voting for the Carling bill. The Observer telephoned the Rev. Cal ,Sims, pastor of Beacon Baptist for 19 years and the man who directed the ouster, and asked him why the radical action. He said: “Tommy Shannon is a fine man. His character was never in question. But when he became a deacon he embraced the covenant of the church. He vowed he THANK YOU “If I be damned for anything, I shall be damned for keeping the two-edged sword of thought tight in the scabbard when it should be searching the bowels of fools and knaves.” Sean O’Casey My appreciation to those who helped me; my understanding for those who didn’t. Perhaps we shall meet again someday. MAURY MAVERICK, JR. would oppose anything to do with alcoholic beverages.” Is it a written covenant or just an understanding? “Oh yes, it is a written covenant. In fact, every member of the church is asked and expected to embrace it, not just the deacons. “Personally I wish he hadn’t made this thing public. The news has been distorted. But, no, I don’t think it has hurt the church. The response has been terrific, wires and letters coming from several states supporting our ac,ion. The district missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention, representing 427 churches, told me they were 100 per cent behind us.” Had Rev. Sims ever had any personal dealings with liquor? “I personally drank it before I was ;awed until it ate out the lining of my stomach. And my. father :frank it. It ruined my home.” How could Shannon get back in the church? “He would have to publicly recant his support of the beer bill and then he’d have to come before the church and make acknowledgment that he had acted contrary to the best interests of the church and ask our forgiveness.” Judy Horton In Austin Shannon, who hasn’t had a drink in 15 years, was asked if he intended trying to get back in the Beacon Baptist church via the route outlined by Rev. Sims and he said he wasn’t about to take a “hypocritical stand.” But he said he knew of “no finer group of people than are in that church, including the minister” and for that reason he was glad that his wife, father and mother, brother and sister-in-law, and son still hold membership there. If his excommunication smarted, it must nevertheless have been soothed somewhat by the balm of brotherhood when his colleagues in the House came to his defense. Ninety members signed a resolution commending him as an “outstanding” legislator. Skeet Shooting The legislature vs. churches atmosphere had been beaten into a nice froth by the time a newspaper reporter asked Rep. George Worth, how he felt about Shannon’s treatment, and he casually answered that he didn’t like it and as a matter of fact had sort of quit going to wealthy 6,000member First Baptist Church because he felt its preacher, the Rev. Homer Ritchie, had questioned his and other Fort Worth legislators’ motives in voting for the Carling bill. To Richardson’s dismay, he made the headlines, the Fort Worth Press bannering it: “Beer Bill Controversy Boils Over Again Second FW Legislator Quits Baptist Church.” Rev. Ritchie also got into it, first with the Fort Worth newspapers and then with the Observer by telephone. He said he was “shocked” by Richardson’s statement, and that he felt “he is only trying to get sympathy,” only trying to “climb on the same political bandwagon Tommy Shannon has found so popular.” He said he feels “very friendly toward Skeet,” that “no action has been taken or will be taken to deprive him of his membership in our church,” and that he did not question his motives in voting for the Carling bill but only his wisdom. “Skeet says he no longer attends the First Baptist Church. I would like to say you must attend a church before you can quit attending it. Our records show that he attended only 22 times in six years and contributed a total of only $35.05.” Then Rev. Ritchie admitted that “I really have no way of knowing” how often he attended or how much he gave, but “97 percent of our people contribute with envelopes” and the church keeps a record that way. to be a pretty good martyr, and I think Skeet just said to himself, if Tommy gets all that attention for quitting his church maybe I can get some by quitting mine,” said Rev. Ritchie, laughing. By this time Richardson was tired of the entire controversy and said so, adding, “I thought what a person gives to a church is confidential, something that is just between the church and himself. I don’t think this shows good taste. Anyway, Ritchie doesn’t know how much I gave. I didn’t put my money in an envelope. I just put it into the collection plate, cash.” Over in the Senate, Sen. Doyle Willis, champion of the anti-brewery forces, was having his own troubles. He failed completely in his efforts to block passage of the Carling bill in committee, and the previous week he had had a verbal donnybrook with Fort Worth newsmen that still echoed around the Senate chambers. yt Sales Taxers Balk for Now; Enemies Irked AUSTIN Sales-taxers in the House withdrew their general sales tax from the calendar Monday after Gov. Price Daniel had issued a weekend statement saying the measure would be defeated and endorsing a compromise between tax bills sponsored by Reps. Ben Atwell, Dallas, and George Hinson, Mineola. \(Obs., March John Allen of Longview and Forrest Harding of San Angelo took the floor early Monday to attack the governor and remove their bill from the calendar. “He asked anybody who had a better plan than his to come forth with it, and I presented a sales tax to solve the problem,” Allen said. Harding said “not one word had been mentioned” to him about the governor’s compromise and that he was willing to give Daniel’s plan another chance. Anti-sales taxers charged Allen and Harding with bad faith in withdrawing their bill after it had been reported to the floor by the liberal revenue and tax committee. Franklin Spears, rising on personal privilege, said, “The House is disappointed, the people of Texas are disappointed, that this panacea, this cure-all, which was offered with ‘courage and conviction’, was not brought up for consideration at the opportunity given to the authors.” The general feeling among the anti-sales tax forces in the House was that Allen and Harding \(lid not have the votes to get their bill passed. Rep. Charles Wilson of Trinity, who has a sales tax of his own and wants the House to take a stand on the issue, immediately threatened to get his measure on the calendar as soon as possible. AUSTIN One of a covey of censorship bills in the legislature, this one clamping down on sexy movies, was approved by the Senate Jurisprudence Committee this week after’ Sheriff Jim Line of Amarillo let the senators peek briefly over his shoulder, by proxy, and see what goes on in drive-in movie lots during the showing of suggestive films. “I wish you senators could go to a drive-in movie when one of these movies is being shown and peruse with a flashlight what goes on in the cars,” said Sheriff Line, shaking his head. “I’m not a bluenose or a prude, but it’s terrible.” He went on. The sheriff was called to testify by Sen. Grady Hazlewood of Amarillo, sponsor of the measure which keeps sex on its feet by defining an obscene movie as one that shows a man and woman “in a ,reclining or semi-reclining position in or upon a bed, cot, bedroll, pad, floor, divan, car seat or upon the ground, haystack or other structure; or in any automobile, airplane, boat or floating device or in water or any other place.” Movie films considered obscene could, be, under authority granted by this bill, confiscated and destroyed by law officers. Loophole Again In less interesting but probably more important action, the legislature this week also: In the Senate blocked Hazlewood’s efforts to bring up for debate his bill to amputate the state insurance board’s rate-fixing arm that reduces premiums for so-called safe drivers and increases the insurance cost for drivers convicted of certain violations. Hazlewood said he isn’t at all content with the board’s recent modification of its strict program, to eliminate from penalties motorists convicted of minor traffic offenses. Penalty points are still assessed for speeding, and Hazlewood argued that this means the driver caught going 22 miles an hour in a 20-mile zone would be socked with an unjust insurance rate. Over in the House, Rep. George Richardson, Fort Worth, carrying a bill identical to Hazlewoocl’s, won approval from the House insurance committee 12 to 1 to take his bill to the floor for debate. Still being tossed gingerly like something hot but valuable is Rep. Charles Bailman’s “loophole bill,” which passed the House but this week traveled a circuitous route to a Senate subcommittee after a day and a night hearing, and rumblings of other hearings in the future. Ballman’s bill, which would supposedly bring in about $43.2 million during the next biennium, has such a broad caption that any kind of tax could be tacked onto it, and it is this teasing feature that may prompt the subcommittee to alter it in. such a way as to bring in enough revenue to cover the full $63 million deficit. Rep. Franklin Spears, San Antonio, has won engrossment in the House of his bill to change the rate-making procedure of the Texas Railroad Commission. The bill is favored by the railroads, fought by the truck lines. Proposed rate changes would automatically take effect within 30 days of publishing, unless contested. An amendment excludes van lines carrying household goods. The measure that would limit campaign expenditures to $25,000 in special U.S. Senate elections, sponsored by Sen. Martin Dies Jr., Lufkin, and passed by the Senate, died in the House. NTSTC to UNT The Senate committee on state departments and institutions passed out the bill to cut to 40 hours the work week of state hospitals and special schools employees. They now work 44 hours a week, and are among the worst paid state workers. Other state employees work 40 hours. The House state affairs committee voted out favorably the bill to make the University of Houston a part of the state system. A three-man subcommittee was recently feted by UH. The House voted to allow North Texas State College to change its name, following the fad, to the University of North Texas. Rep. Maude Isaacks, El Paso, opposed the new name, saying she doubted that NTSC, which until recently was a teachers college, is really university calibre. The House approved Rep. Charles Hughes’ bill that would let 10-2 decisions in civil cases determine the outcome. At present, decisions must be -unanimous. Rep. Homer Koliba Sr., Columbus, offered a resolution to ban ostentatious displays of campaigning from the House floor. His resolution hits at such proBlakley campaigning as the sign on Rep. Wesley Roberts’ desk “Get Blakley Buttons and Stickers Here.” Other desks have Blakley stickers glued to their sides. Legislators with more decorum are wearing their campaign buttons underneath their coat lapels, occasionally flashing them at a passerby with a wink. Rep. W. S. Heatley, Paducah, said he would put an amendment on Koliba’s resolution to outlaw the empty whiskey Cases which some representatives, lacking offices, use as file cabinets. The resolution went to the Rules Committee. yt
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