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June 15, 1973

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Page 4 MISSISSIPPI OUTLOOK by Paul Pittman It has been little noticed ,by the state's press, but a major asault on the ancient, and by some standards, archaic Missis- slppi Justice of the Peace sys-, tern is underway in tle federal courts. More than that. there is a better-than-even chance that the cou;rt suit .will succeed. If it does it will have the effect of stripping .the JP's of their jurisdiction over Uoth civil and criminal matters. Even though no one seems to have a really good answer about how to handle minor cases in the absence of the justice of the peace system, there has been a running drumflre of criticism fc,r years again.,-:t Mississppi's system of lower courts. Former State Senator Edwin Pittman of Hattiesburg posed the 'issue on a storewide basis in 1971 when he ran for gov- errmr. He contended that the JP ystem needed a major re- vamping. Pittman lost his bid for gov- ernor, a,s did J P. Coleman in 1963. In Coleman's case, it was widely conceded that one major impediment was his position on the justice of the peace system. He did not, in fact. publicly oppose the JP system as sucta. But. political foes convinced the more than 400 justices over the state ,that Coleman's intention in the constitutional convention was to dispose of their jobs. Now. ,the issue is in t.he fed- eral courts. In what very well could ,be ,a last hurrah fox the funded by the Office of Eco- nomic Opportun,ity, vetoed for refunding and kept in opera- tion for this particular case by money from private foundations, the lawsuit :has been given via- [bility by Federal Judge Walter Nixon. He ,has bruled that attorneys for Community Legal Services. pursuing the case of Brown versus Vance. should have the opportunity to attempt ,to prove two basic contentions. They incluUe: first, that jus- tices of the peace and mayors in town under 10,000 popula- tion have ,a pecuniary interest in the outcome of cases tried before them, and secondly that in both cases the judges lack the training or legal knowledge to insure a defmdant's right of due process under the U. S. Constitution. Privately, the Atorne: Gen- The WoodvilleReoubltcan, Woodville: Mississippi .............. Ill!it NO LOAN TOO BIG OR TOO SM, q L FRO TIIE P, C, A FOR CABLE PRODUCTION--E ABOVE MEN, PRESIDENTS OF THE PRODUCTIO CREDIT ASSO.TIONS OF MISSISSIPPI, ARE VJTALL.Y IHTERESTED IN SEEING THE qUiVER OF CAT[LE IN MISSISSIPPI DOUBLE DuRING THEZWU S AND THEY ARE It.IPLEIENrING A PROGRAM OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MISSISSIPPI CATTLEMEN WHO WANT TO INCREASE THEIR CATTLE NUMBERS, THEY ARE, LEFT TO RIGHT, FROtlT ROW: CECIL CONNER, NORTHEAST MISS,, TUPELO; JOE BAKER, GREENVILLE; C, W, MAKAMSON, MERIDIAN; J, R, ,SMITH, JACKSON; JOHN BULLOCK, HATTIESBURG, BACK ROW: JOHN LUNDY, Ir)IANOLA; JACK CONDRA, GREENWOOD; JOE TYNR, CLARKSDALE: SCOVr BLACK, OXFORD; T, W, CAVES, JR,, BROOKHAVEN, THE RESOURCES AND COUNSEL OF THE P, C, A, S ARE AVAILABLE TO ANY WORTHY MISSISSIPPIAN INTERESTED IN SEEING MISSISSIPPI BECOME SECOr) ONLY TO TEXAS IN THE PRODUCTION OF CATTLE, blue ribbon Mississippi Judiciary Commission in 1969. At this point, the few dedi- cated young lawyers still with Community Legal Sarvices. Inc. plan ,to pursue their lawsuit to the finish. Even if they lose the evidence they will put on the record is further going to diminish the vitality of Missis- stppi's lower courts. Some of the causes pursued by Community Legal Services have been 'suspec by some con- serva,tive Mississipplans. It will be surprising, however, if there is a public outcry about this LISTEN AMERICANSI ,, ... by Dr. George S. Benson DIRICI'OI - NATIONAl, |DUCATION tEOGItA Se,.rcy, Arkns-s INSIDERS CRITICIZE MEDIA Many of the nationMly-known journalists who today at- tacking "biased news han- dling" and "advocacy jour- RTNDA, "to defend our kind of journalism (the ethical kind frcm atLack--no't" the attacks from critlcs outs,ide journalism, but the assault on journalistic practices from within...If we -naVsm" are warning hose who lose our credibility, we have are using their media for such everything. And that's unehicM practices" ,that hey exactly .what is happenlng are endangering the freedom of both to newspapers and to the whole profession. T he:se lesser extent o the broadcast voices insLde the profession not lmedia... only abhor biased handling of! "Join the Rioters!" news but they fear that the "David Brinkley is quoted as growing public awareness of it saying that c e m p l e Be ob- may lead to government orijectivity is unattainable. And political censorship of news. 'there are ,those--some of them James B o r m a n n. News in journalism school--who use Director of WCCO-TV. Min- that quote to describe ob- neapolis, is one of these His! jectivlty at a myth Ins:read of credentials are the highe:.:t; he l holding it up to students as a is past President of .the Radi.o-Igoal to be sought, even though it TV News Directors Association, may be elusive, they scorn it as a veteran, of 38-years in jour- a hinderance tc the new kind of nalism. 'I feel compelled journalism they're teaching. today," he told the 25th In-I "That kind of journalism has ternational C o n f er e n c e of been described variously as the oral of Mississippi has conceded,legal assault on the JP system. that the plaintiff ha a good i ................ case. This, in spite of tle faCt jDiD YOU KNOW? that he and his associates are defending the JP's and mayors The first Masonic Lodge to be against .the suit. I What it boils down to is that 'should the federal courts rule j against the JP's. the state would be without a gra,ss roots level cour,t to take care of minor legal matters. Some observers believe that a legislative remedy to the situation is not practical This was .the dishearten,ing conclusion of some reform- ,minded le,gislatos who found they could not get to first base with the modest changes in he Community Legal Services,-JP ystem recommended by the establi}hed in Woodville and the sixth to be established in Mis- sh,sippl was ,organized April 4. 1821. under the name Asylum Lodge No. 6, F&AM, The last meeting was held on June 24, 1829. Then after a lapse of about fourteen years, the, lodge was reorganized November 28, 1843, under the name of Asylum ]Lodge No. 63, F&AM the charter being dated a few months later, February 20, 1844. This lodge has continued uninterrupted since the date of reorganizati,on. TO SERVE YOU BETTER $4O $35 $30 I $25! Ill Ill $20 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec A typical Total Electric service bill could have variations such as shown by lhe solid line. Payments on the Level Pay Plan (based on the same usage) would be siniUar to the dotted line. *?Tie preceding s 1 simpl(fied exphmation of MP&L's rider sch :hde RB-4. which has beett aatltorized by chtly constituted reglllatory attthoritv and states. "The castonwr's monthly ase will be hilh'd at the apldicabh' rate and his account debited in the usual manner. The atnount xo determiiwd will be m[asted so that the net amount payahh'Jbr service in the torrent month shall eqaal, to the nearest whole dollar, the average atnottnt bilh'd to the castomer under the applicable rate fir tweh'e months ending with the current month, plus or minas one-twelfth of the accutnulated dif['r- once between previous monthly amounts debited fftul the prior Maleme/tls t net amounts payable for monthly service ander this plan." MP&L's "Level Pay Plan" helps you budget... and helps your peace of mind, too. People who live in Mississippi know the wcahcr can vary a great deal hot in summer, cold in winter. And when the weather fluctuates, so do certain monthly bills. The utility bill, for instance. It can ,go up in the stmnncr when you need lots of air conditioning; up too in the winter durin tim heating season. But in between, when you're usiog only the normal household appliances, your electric bill. ' may be considerably lower. Variation like that can put a strain on yonr budget----- and on your peace of mind. loo. l?,ut many Mi'ssissippi Power & 1.ight customers, whose service bills arc more than $120 a ycar. awfid thc unccrlainly of "'peaks and valleys" in their billing by taking advanlagc of MP&I?s l.cvcl Pay Phm. What is l.evcl Pay? Simply put. the pay each nmnth is approximately I / 12 of tilt: amount payable for service used in the 12 montl period ending with the current month. Bccausc usage of cloctrieity wrics from month to month, l,cvcl Pay cannot be bascd simply on a calendar year; instead it is an average amount derived from the 12 montls preceding the month for whicl you arc billed.* Does it sound complicated? it isn't really. And if you're interested in the advantages the l,evel Pay Phm can mean for your budget arrangements, call your local office of MP&L. Wc will be glad to explain how l,cvcl Pay is another" feature of MP&I, that helps the Company to serve you better.  ISSISSIPl OWER & LIGHT M I D D L E S 0 U H oO Years Helping &did Mississippi " UTILITIES SYSTEM Friday. June 15, 1973 journalism of involvement, advocacy journalism, or ac- tivist jou:rnalism. Alex Ken- drick spoke of it al a CBS 'news affiEates session 1 attended. He said he th,ctght a good repro'for in the modern milieu s.hould no be afraid, while covering a riot. to throw a few bricks him- self...It seem, s to mc this kind of advice gives a clear clue l,o what has gone wrong in our craft...For whatever else the new 3ournalism may be called, the accurate name of ib is 'd..skonest reporting.' " Warthy of Freedom It wasn't easy for J.ames Bormann to say what he did in an audience of radio and television journalists: he Lold them so. and then he said: "Perhaps I'll be d].amissed as a tradlti:cnal.:'.st. I hope not. I hope that the years I --,ave Dvested in journalism have not led to the l 'hreshold of a phony, plastic kind of reporting that pusthe prejudices of the reporter above the right of the people to be reliably infm'med." This is l:utting it straight and clear. Not only have the people tile right to know the cry of the ones accused of biased jour- nalism) but the people musl be assured that they ,are being reliably (honest, fairly, and I objectively) informed. Th!,s is the responsibility of a p, ress if it is o be worthy of First I Amendmen.t freedom. [ Robert D. Novak, the nation- I ally :s.y,ndicated columnist, has] the courage that moved James Ecrmann to speak up. At a conference on The Mass Media and Modern Democracy", Novak charged the major organs of i news dlsseminatlon with unT, ethical "advocacy journalism. tHe said the public was be- coming aware of "The New Journ,alism" anC would move I I toward suppressing i'ts freedom l if biased news handling c.on- tinues. Part of Liberal Establishment "This deeping change in mass I ::ttitudes toward the com- munications media " he told his audience of journ.alits, "in turn. reflected (thorough thelate 1960's and early 1970's) a gradual ransforma:tion in the media. The change was not dramatic transformation but an acceleration of rends begun some 25 years earlier. It can- slated b a s i c a 11 y of two developments. First. ,the journalist working for the television networks, the big news magazines and the im- portant metropolitan press has now become part of the liberal establishment, both in his manner of living and in his ideological commitment. Second, in a later and less fully developed trend, these jour- nalist were increasingly ad- wcating eauses of the moment rather than functioning ,as neutral observers, Taken lOeiher, the developments wid.ened the gap between the mass media andthe great mass of citizen,s, a gap that can only result in diminished credibility by lhe media and. therefore, tle inadequate fulfilhnem; ef the necessary function by l;he press in a democratic society." The function of the press is the objective dissemination of news. If il fails in this function it betrays its F.rofessien and its freedmn. DID YOU KNOW? This portion of Mississippi was .et, t!ed for many years prior to the estabP.shment of tlae }state. the first settlements being along he Mississippi River anti the principal water courses of the countv. Most of the pioneers - ..... ,,,,, fho 'at.hority of the Spanish overnment. and ob- tained grants ot' land from the several Spanish Governers; some of them had obtained grants, elf her directly themselves or rrrm some other patentee, from lhc British Government. mainly thorough Peter Chester. the Governor of Pe.._acola: and still a third class of settlers dependak solely on the fact of actual possessmn and occupancy. llousehold Hints Lemon juice as great for re- moving adhesive tape, gum. ink and fruit stains from your hands. It's also good for remov- ing onion and garlic odor rom your hands, too. 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