Friday, August 23* I9f4 HOPE (ARKJ Page Holiday Inn completed, inspected Thursday, open soon Sears accused of bias in hiring of females CHICAGO (AP) - Sears, Roebuck & Co., one of the nation's biggest mail order houses, has been accused of discriminating against female employes. A company official says the problem is "deeply rooted in the whole fabric of American society." Testifying before the federal Commission on Civil Rights, Charles F. Bacon, vice president of personnel, denied the discrimination charges Thursday and said Sears is committed to equal employment. Earlier, the commission— which is conducting hearings on women and poverty, heard from clerks employed by Sears. The women noted that most Sears clerical employes are women and most executives are men. They also said that women are denied promotions and that typing tests are required only of female applicants. In addition, the women clerks said they are asked to get coffee and cigarettes and empty ash traps, while male employes are not. They work in Sears' national headquarters in Chicago. Bacon told the commission that the place of women in society, "is not only a product of the American business system but of schools, churches, social clubs, government and labor unions as well," While Sears accepts "its fair measure" of the responsibility for the problem, he said, "we have already made ... considerable progress in addressing that responsibility." But Sears refused to release personnel data to the commission. Bacon said the company feared its chief competitor, Montgomery Ward & Co., would try to hire away outstanding Sears female and minority employes if they were made public. "We've been known to do the same occasionally," Bacon -added: Other testimony came from Anne Ladky, president of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization of Women and coordinator of NOW's committee on Sears, and Darlene stille, chairman of Women Employed. The NOW official charged that women are "ghettoized into certain jobs and certain industries, earning 58 per cent of what men earned for similar work." Hope's Holiday Inn has 104 rooms, with restaurant, convention center The new Holiday Inn of Hope will be opening soon for the public and the motel's luxury will overwhelm travelers. Situated at Interstate 30 and Hwy. 4 the inn has 104 guest rooms, a restaurant and banquet facilities, as well as the usual Holiday Inn luxuries. The new inn held an open house for the public Sunday, Aug. 18, and it was officially inspected by Holiday Inns of America, Inc., Thursday. Formal opening and admission of paying guests will follow shortly. Innkeeper Noel Parsons along with assistant Innkeeper Hal Branch will offer locals and out-of-towners alike every service. The restaurant will seat 120 with banquet facilities for 172. Weddings and other special occasions can seat up to 350. Rooms are furnished in Spanish-Mediterranean flavor, color schemes will vary in blue, gold, or green. All rooms will have a color television. The further Latin flavor will be carried out in the lobby. Plush carpets, comfortable sofas and chairs, and elegant lights will dazzle the eye. Recreation will not be forgotten for travelers. An extra-large pool will be for any dip by a guest, and a kiddie pool will also be there for small tykes. Swing sets and other recreation sets will be placed for small guests' enjoyment. According to Noel Parsons, Innkeeper, plans are on the drawing board for a medical complex due east. Construction will begin shortly. It will include a doctors' clinic, hospital, and nursing home. Dr. James Branch of Hope is the new owner of this beautiful addition to Hope. Reminder from Mills: tax change may be on the way Dr. James W. Branch, of Hope, left, owner of Hope's Holiday Inn; and George W. Peck, formerly of Hope, who built it through D. & P. Corporation of Texarkana. Mena will get funds to build water supply lake LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Soil and Water Resources Commission agreed Thursday to loan the city of Mena an additional $135,000 to build a water supply lake. The commission already had loaned Mena $200,000 from its $750,000 Water Development Fund appropriation for the last fiscal year. Wayne Dingier, a Mena city councilman, told the commission Thursday that the city had opened bids twice on the proposed lake. Each time the bids far exceeded the 1973 cost estimate of $1.4 million. He said that the lake now can't be built for less than $2.1 million. Dingier blamed inflation for the cost rise. He said the city had talked the lower bidder into holding his price until Sept. 14 while Mena tried to get additional financing. —Support your local merchants. This is a guest room at Hope's Holiday Inn oy CARL C. CRAFT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Chairman Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is trying to spread some cheer along a gloomy Wall Street with a reminder that tax revision may be on the way. After the stock market closed Thursday at its lowest since July 14, 1970, Mills' office red leased a statement that noted the sagging market. It said the tax revision bill to "be given final consideration by the committee beginning Sept. 11 will include a number of provisions in the area of capital gains and losses, which should be of material benefits to taxpayers and investors across the nation." Among these provisions will be a reduction in the capital gains tax for assets held more than five years so that no more than 30 per cent of the gain on the sale of the assets would be subject to tax. The bill also would give all homeowners the relief now afforded to taxpayers over 65 on the sale of a personal residence. If enacted, the amendment would allow any gain on the sales price of a residence up to $35,000 to escape taxation. On amounts above that, a pro rata reduction would be provided. Mills also said the bill would increase the investment tax credit—from 4 per cent to 7 per cent—for property used mainly for supplying electricity or gas to local distribution systems. That would put it at the level already available for other industries. He said he expects his committee "to resume work promptly on the final draft of tax legislation" on Sept. 11 and to swiftly send a bill to the House, where "I believe that Mine union taking hard line By The Associated Press United Mine Workers President Arnold Miller says the impact of this week's national coal mine shutdown will be insignificant compared with the posstblity of a full-blown strike later this year. Government land industry "shouldn't worry about five days," Miller told some 3,000 coal miners and union supporters at a rally Thursday in Harlan, Ky. "If they don't do something before Nov. 12, they'll have a lot more than five days to worry about." The five-day "memorial period" which ends today was called by the UMW to commemorate the thousands who have died in mine accidents. But the shutdown comes at a time when the union and industry are set to begin negotiating a new three-year contract and when industry stock- piles of coal are dwindling. The present national contract expires Nov. 12. Thursday's gathering at Harian, where the union has been engaged in a 13-month organizing strike against the Duke Power Co., served as a focal point for a week of marches, memorial services and rallies. Led by a purple and black banner reading, "Pray for the Dead—And Fight Like Hell for the Living," thousands of miners and supporters marched through the small Kentucky coal town. Out-of-state miners had begun arriving in Harlan Wednesday night for the march and rally. Later in the afternoon, Miller told a rally that the union is taking a new hard line in achieving its goals. (it) will be passed promptly ... in time for the Senate to act favorably on it before adjournment." The bill also contains a new minimum tax proposal to take away from the wealthy an estimated $400 million more each year. In place of various miscellaneous but popular deductions, such as the one for state gasoline taxes, the average itemizing taxpayer would find a so-called "simplification deduction" letting him claim up to $650. Average taxpayers also would find a boost in the maximum standard deduction used by those who do not itemize, rising from $2,000 to $2,500. There also would be a hike in the minimum standard deduction that helps low-income taxpayers, increasing from $1,300 to $1,400 for singles and $1,500 for couples filing jointly. Oilmen would see their 22 per cent depletion allowance, which saves them between $2 billion and $3 billion annually in federal taxes, phased out over three years, with the first cut going into effect retroactively to the start of this year. There also would be a new temporary excise tax on windfall profits of the petroleum ind dustry. But tied to this would be a plan giving energy-seeking oilmen a way to escape paying much of this new levy. Holiday pix by 3 famous lenses The Star made today's Holiday Inn photographs with three famous German lenses. The interior building pictures were made with the Zeiss Biogon 21-mm. wide-angle, and the people photos with the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm., both on the Contax 35mm. camera. The &• column picture of the inn was made with the Schneider 65r mm.—a 100-<legree wide-angle lens—on a 4x5 Speed Graphic.
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