me, at least, there seem to be contradictions there. I don’t know if that is the case or not and am curious as to what you think of that. Well, that is the case. We have just seen the Commission report which advocates not only the social and economic assistance that this country should effect in Central America, but increases in the military aid, which, as I say, is where I draw the line. I don’t think that we can move in a positive position if we are simply enhancing the militaristic aspect of those little juntas. This whole Caribbean Basin initiative this whole question that has us in a quagmire in Central America has got to come to a close. And if it doesn’t, Mr. Reagan will live in infamy as the man who brought Vietnam to our front yard. POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE Graphic Detail V In pursuit of clarity, the Dallas Morning News spares no graphic detail. It is particularly fond of locator maps, handy devices for readers and rubbernecking motorists. The Sunday, January 22 edition of the News carried a map, however, that may have served the purposes of vigilantism more than those of clarity. Accompanying a story on a Dallas chemical salesman accused of murdering four Grayson County men is a set of drawings locating the site of the murder. In addition, the News provides a map locating the “house of suspect” in Dallas, presumably to cater to the stone-throwers among its readership. bers the University of Texas, sent its president on a press tour of Texas. “It was no rescue mission,” AIF president Carl Walske told the Observer, explaining that he planned the Texas trip before Zimmer, Byron, and Marble Hill’s latest troubles. But, he added, “The utility executives are in a state of shock. . . . We’ll have to push a little harder and get out on the road more.” Walske, a former Pentagon employee, arrived in Austin the day after City Council member Roger Duncan suggested changing STNP to a coal burner. “What? Convert my beautiful nuclear plant to a dirty coal plant?” Walske joked. Meanwhile Austin is about to run out of money to pay its STNP bill, and the Austin Electric Utility Commision voted that to keep up payments the City Council should violate the Austin City Charter and issue revenue bonds without voter approval. Electric Utility Commissioners apparently are convinced that Austin voters would reject spending any more money on STNP. Correction: Don Taylor, chairperson of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, did not work for the Texas Department of Corrections as reported in the 1/13/84 Observer. Taylor is a former TDC convict. Charles Sullivan The f011oiving was prepared for the Observe …bv.,:.Charles Sullivan of Citizens . United Jar the Relutbilita prison .refortn legislation that CtIRE is pushing for 1/u 1985 legislative session. Pauline and Charles Sullivan of CURE have announced they will leave Textis after the 1985 a national CURE office in Ktshington, D:C., to worA for national phson-refonn letzislat jolt. Austin Last sessions the House tied 7171 concerning the passage of life without parole. This would be a third option to the death penalty and life with parole. In the Senate. Sen. John Montford Was successful in suspending the rules to introduce the bill. but it was too late in the session for a hearing. Because of the surprising support for this concept, Rep. Wayne Pevcto, Chair of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, and Rep. ral Smith, Vice-Chair, sought and received this issue as an interim charge. Seventeen states now h a e a life without parole statute on the books.” Probably the two biggest objections to keeping someone in prison for the rest of his or her life arc cost aim security. A New York study shows, however, that the trial costs to the state tor a typical capital punishment case arc at least twice the cost of keeping a prisoner until death. Also in order to minimize and in effect, neutralize the costs to the state, we would urge an industrial program in TDC for these lifers without parole. ‘Through this program, they could pay their room and board and contribute to the fund for victims of violent crime. As for security, the 170+ death , Nukes’ Farewell V In January, opponents of the South Texas Nuclear Project were pleased by the cancellation of Indiana’s Marble Hill nuclear power project. Of the more than 100 U.S. nuclear projects canceled over the last ten years, Marble Hill is the first that was as far along as STNP: Marble Hill was 50% finished at a price of $2.5 billion; STNP is 46 % complete and has cost $2.4 billion so far. The week Marble Hill bit the dust, another project, the Byron plant in Illinois, became the first nuclear plant to be denied an operating license. Ten days later the owners of the 97% complete Zimmer nuke in Cincinnati decided to try to rebuild Zimmer as a coal burner. In the wake of these disasters, the private, pro-nuclear Atomic Industrial Forum, which counts among its mem 18 FEBRUARY 10, 1984
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