Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 5, 1974 · Page 2
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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 5, 1974
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t*age two HOPE (ARK.) STAft Thursday, September S, Economic conference New headquarters modern., up-to-date told to come up with workable solutions WASHINGTON (AP) — President Ford told a White House economic conference today that the American people are "sick and tired of having politics played with their pocketbooks" and want solutions to inflation. Addressing a meeting of 28 economists and eight members of Congress, Ford said he roads vital (Continued from Front Page) 1973, Arkansas received only 65 per cent of what it paid into the trust fund. This highway trust fund is now being threatened by those who advocate mass transit as the coming mode of transportation. But a rural state like Arkansas would suffer great loss if this becomes a reality, Branyan declared. The Arkansas Highway Commission has opposed and will continue to oppose the . transfer of funds from highway construction to mass transit. - However, it's going to take • more voices than what the : commission can supply alone, he said. You the citizens of this nation must let your voices be heard if we expect to win this battle. He disputed the claim of environmentalists who "tell us that autos pollute the air and that new roads destroy the wilderness." I do not believe the answer can be found by putting unnecessary new costs on the motorist by forcing him out of his car because government makes it too expensive for the average citizen to operate his own car." Branyan saw the ultimate answer to the pollution problem arriving through technology "—and answer that is far more likely to come from engineers than from Washington economists." The speaker, who was introduced by Senator Olin Hendrix, was described as a man virtally active in civic, church, political business, and cultural affairs both statewide and in his home town of Camden. The official welcome to the dedicatory ceremonies was given by Vice-mayor Mel Thrash who pointed out, in a brief talk, that "over $1 million have been invested in new highway facilities and more than 250 persons employed in our eight- county area which comprises District 3. We appreciate the fine citizens that this industry and its employes make in our community. This was quite evident the past weekend during the heavy rains when they got on the job and took care of necessary repairs under emergency conditions." Maurice Smith, chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission, introduced officials and fellow commissioners. They were Lawrence Blackwell, vice chairman of the AHC; George Kell, commissioner; Henry Gray, director of the Arkansas Highway Dept.; B. K, Cooper, deputy director and chief engineer of the AHD; John Marsh of Magnolia, former commissioner of Districts; Bill Butler, president of the Hope Chamber of Commerce; Charles Mitchell, engineer, District 3 of the AHD; Bill Looney, public relations director; Roy Davis, district engineer; Rep. Charles Honey, Prescott; Earl Jones, State representative-elect of Miller County and representative of ;the Texarkana Chamber of ^Commerce; Kelly Bryant, 'Arkansas Secretary of State [and Mrs. Bryant; Crystal •Phiefer of Texarkana, [Arkansas poultry princess, jthe Rev. Gerald Trussell. | Master of ceremonies was Rep. \ Larry Patterson. Presentation of colors was by the National Guard, and the national anthem was played by the Hope High School band under the direction :0f Gary Wells. The cutting of a ribbon, officially opening the new grey brick building, was done by Miss Phiefer. Then a tour of the facilities was conducted for the dignitaries and the general public. The new headquarters, completed last month at a cost of $1,213,654.00, is on Highway 29 north within the Hope city limits. It displaces the old headquarters on Highway 67 West. wants his economic summit later this month to bring "action that is practical, possible and as rapid in its effects as we can reasonably expect." He said the need is for "attainable answers sharply defined and sorted put." Inflation is a world wide'epi- demic, Ford said, but "together we can beat it to its knees." He said preparatory meetings for the Sept. 27-28 summit, such as the one he convened today, are open to the public through television and radio because they concern the people's business. "Gentlemen, let's get to work," the President said in concluding his opening remarks. Ford plowed no new economic ground in his comments, but stressed the need for cooperation in finding solutions to such problems as rising prices and high interest rates. "There is no quick fix for what ails our economy," he said, but "I refuse to believe the best brains in America and the smartest workers in the world cannot find a way to get the productive machinery of this great country back on the track." "The burdens of the battle against inflation will be lighter if every American, all 200 million of us, lends a hand," Ford said. He traced the ground rules for the series of meetings leading to the summit. "We can't waste time stating and restating the problem," he said. "The problems are obvious .,»." Ford said when the conferences are complete he hopes "there will be greater areas of agreementthan disagreement." "Where we disagree it will be necessary for the President and Congress to make some difficult decisions," he said. "Our political system is designed to do just that ..." ' The participants in today's meeting represent a range of economic viewpoints, from former Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz to Harvard economist J. Kenneth Galbraith, one-time adviser of Democratic presidents. On the eve of today's meeting, Ford witnessed the swearing in of Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and said both he and Greenspan are optimistic about the economy. Greenspan, who left his New York consulting firm to succeed Herbert Stein in the key post, is known to favor as little government interference as possible in the economy. "I like his approach," Ford said. "He is recognized as an optimist ..." The President acknowledged the economy is plagued by severe problems, but added, "we have to be optimistic about what we can do about it ... That attitude is helpful and beneficial as we face some of the problems and hard decisions ahead." A follow-up meeting has been scheduled for New York on Sept. 23, with the economists presenting detailed papers to be submitted to the full summit conference later that week. Prior to the initial conference, White House coordinator L. William Seidman and White House Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst said it was unlikely Congress could act this year on any major proposals flowing from the summit. "We just can't wait too long before some action is taken, because inflation and unemployment are both increasing," said Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield. Jones is not on voter roll CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - L. J. Merritt, Faulkner County clerk, said Tuesday he had not re stored the name of Guy "Mutt" Jones Sr. of Conway to the county voter rolls. Jones, who was convicted in 1972 of felony federal income tax charges, filled out a voter registration card in the county, according to Merritt. Merritt said that in the place on the form where it asks if the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime, Jones placed a question mar*. OFFICE in the newly-opened District 3 headquarters. Paneli*? g a nd desks are in dark walnut. Decor is modern in colors of black, tan > muted gold and orange. Rhonda will compete in talent show tonight JAMES BRANYAN, highway commissioner, gives dedicate^ address ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss Arkansas, Rhonda Kay Pope, competes in the preliminary talent division of the Miss America Pageant tonight, and her chaperone says the green- eyed beauty "isn't nervous at all." Miss Pope, a frosted blonde from Hot Springs, participated in the evening gown competition Wednesday night, but pageant officials do not announce the evening gown winner. Miss Arkansas also met with the seven pageant judges for seven minutes Wednesday. During that time, she discussed Richard Nixon and women's liberation. Miss Arkansas said she ,, .thought women ought to have :*., equal job opportunities, but , that, otherwise, she was not for women's liberation, according to her chaperone, Ann Peyton of West Memphis. "She said she was not a women's liberation follower and that she liked to be treated like a lady," Miss Peyton related. Miss Peyton said that when questioned about Nixon, Miss accuses HEW of ignoring evidence WASHINGTON (AP) - The Apartment of Health, Education and Welfare was accused today O f ignoring evidence in its o\vn files of widespread racial segregation in northern GEORGE KELL former baseball great and now a highway commissioner The Center for National Policy Review said in a 117-page report that "northern schools today are far more segregated than those in the South" as a r es ult of federal foot-dragging. The center, located at Catholic University here, based its three-year study on records of HEW investigations in 84 northern and western school districts, Some of the data was obtained through a court order. William L. Taylor, the center director, said: "HEW has found substantial violations in north- One-poiuid bat>y still alive LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Surgeons here say an operation to save the life of a week-old baby so small he could be cupped in the doctor's hands has been a success. Lee Allen Bailey was born Aug. 19, about a month prematurely, at the University of Kentucky's Chandler Medical Center. He weighed just over a pound. Doctors say such infants usually cannot live more than six hours. But despite his size, Lee, the son of Rainey Nora Bell Bailey of Ashland, Ky., showed signs of vitality. He was placed in a special intensive care unit and carefully watched. Physicians observed that he couldn't keep food down. They took an X ray, which showed that the infant had a bowel obstruction. They said that without an operation, the child would even- ttially die from lack of nourishment, but the chance of success in operating on so small a/i infant were slim. The baby was fed intravenously until a team of tliree surgeons and two anes- tiiesiologists was ready to perform the operation on Aug. 28. The surgeons, led by Dr. juda Z, Jona, worked for three tvours, using instruments designed for delicate eye surgery to remove the obstruction and to insert tubes in the baby's stomach and bowel, which was ab°ut the size of a shoestring. Jona said on Wednesday the operation is considered a temporizing one enabling the baby to carry on body functions and to grow. Lee has now doubled his birth weight. ' 'When he has reached four to five pounds we wUl do a final operation," Dr. Jona said. "If ern districts but has failed either to aid the victims of discrimination or to cut off federal dollars." Among the 84 government civil rights compliance reviews conducted in the North, the study found that 52 are still open and unresolved "although many, ripe with old age, are somewhat inactive." The average age of the cases exceeds 37 months. "While a few staff investiga-. tions have been shaky," the report said, "HEW's files literally bulge with documented evidence of violations of laws." The center said the most common violations were discrimination in assignment of pupils to segregated schools; hiring and assignment of minority teachers and classid fication and assignment of pupils to classrooms; and failure to help minority children with language and learning handicaps. Public schools in Atlantic City, Hoboken and Passaic, N.J., South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind., Toledo and Dayton, Ohio, Utica, N.Y., and Racine, Wis., were singled out as examples of alleged discriminatory practices ruled illegal earlier this year by the Supreme Court in another case involving Denver, Colo. that is successful, that is all he will require." The final operation, relatively simple compared with the first, would involve suturing the bowel so the digestive system can function normally. "It was a miracle that he lived until the operation could be performed, " Dr. Jona said. "I have never operated on this small a child before." Arkansas, 21, recounted the Biblical account of a woman who was about to be stoned because she had sinned. But, Miss Arkansas noted that when Jesus Christ said he who was without sin should cast the first stone, the stone throwers withdrew. "Rhonda felt he (Nixon) wasn't the only person who committed a wrong," Miss Peyton explained. During the interview, Miss Peyton said, Miss Arkansas "felt quite free" with the judges. Miss Arkansas' talent will be a medley of "Friends" and "I'll Get By with a Little Help from My Friends." Her parents arrived here Wednesday, but her 7-year-old brother couldn't come. He has to go to school. Grievance proposal advanced LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Rep. W. H. "Bill" Thompson of Marked Tree has proposed what he hopes will be the first step toward establishing a grievance procedure for public employes and their employers. Thompson opposes collective bargaining for public employes. The Arkansas Legislative Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday at Russellville. Thompson plans to ask the council to "make a study to determine the need for, and feasibility of, legislation establishing statutory procedures to be followed by public employes and public employers in dealing with employe grievances and other employe problems." In an interview Wednesday, Thompson said, "Frankly, I'm still opposed to collective bargaining in the public sector." But, he added, "We've had so many complaints" that "I thought we needed to have a place — folks should have an opportunity to present their grievances." Thompson suggested there could be committees or agencies within each state government department to hear and work out grievances. Thompson proposed the creation of a citizens advisory committee to aid the council in its study. The committee would consist of a city attorney from a large and a small city, a mayor or city manager of a large and a small city, at least two county officials, at least two public school administrators or school board members, the directors of at least two of the major state government departments that have "a number of state employes," at least two municipal employes, county employes and state employes who are not in managerial positions, a representative of the Arkansas Education Association, two private business employers and two representatives of labor organizations in the state. Mack McLarty seems to be Pryor's choice for Demo chairman LITTLE ROCK (AP) - David Pryor's choice for the chairmanship of the state Democratic party apparently is former state Rep. Mack McLarty, 28, of Little Rock. Pryor is the Democratic nominee for governor, and McLarty is his campaign treasurer. The party traditionally has accepted its gubernatorial nominee's recommendation for the state chairmanship. The new chairman will be chosen this year for the first time under a procedure adopted two years ago. Still, though, it appears likely that the gubernatorial nominee's candidate will get the job. A member of the Democratic 'State Committee said privately Wednesday that Pryor's recommendation would have substantial weight, the Arkansas Gazette reported today. "No one wants to cross the Democratic nominee for governor at this stage in his career," the Little Rock newspaper quoted the unidentified committee member as saying. Some opposition to McLarty could develop on the ground that a Little Rock advertising firm in which he is a partner is handling the campaign for a proposed constitutional amendment which would allow the removal of the 10 per cent limit on interest rates. McLarty said he did not think the proposed Amendment 57 was a valid issue as far as the state chairmanship was concerned. He said he was not "all that active" in the advertising agency; his principal business is automobile and truck sales and leasing. He also said he wasn't deeply involved in the Amendment 57 campaign. Pr;or said Wednesday that he had talked with McLarty about the postion. "He is extremely interested in its possibilities," Pryor said. "Of course, the new Democrat' ic (State) Committee would be the ones who would make this decision. It is my personal opinion that he would be a splendid chairman." The Democratic State Con' vention is to meet Sept. 13 at Hot Springs to elect a new State Committee of more than 100 members. Previously, the full State Convention elected the new state chairman after receiving a report from a nominating com' mittee, but the procedure amounted to mere ratification of the gubernatorial nominee's choice. Pryor noted that the new procedure did not provide for a formal recommendation from the gubernatorial nominee. Responding to a question, he said, "I imagine that I might be talking to some people informally. At this point, I don't have anyone else (besides McLarty) that I would discuss with them." McLarty confirmed that he and Pryor had discussed the position. "It has some terribly exciting possibilities at this time for our state party and on the national level," McLarty said. "As far as being David's choice, I think he would like to feel comfortable with whoever the chairman is." Mayor Dean Boswell of Bryant previously had said he was interested in the chairmanship. He said Wednesday he had talked with friends before he stated his interest and would have to talk with them again before he made any further comment. The current party chairman is Nancy Balton of Osceola. She was vice chairman and succeeded Bradley D. Jesson of Fort Smith who resigned to work in Gov. Dale Bumpers' successful campaign for the Democratic senatorial nomination. Hijacker talked down by black FBI agent BOSTON (AP) - "He spoke the guy's language," a state policeman said after an FBI agent talked a young hijacker into giving up a DC9 jetliner and freeing its bloodied pilot. The unidentified agent convinced the razor-wielding youth over a two-way radio on Wednesday that he had no choice but to surrender. "The fellow could have committed murder, but the black FBI agent started to talk to him in his own language, and things got better after that," said state police Lt. Robert Wills. The drama began when the hijacker, armed with a rusty nail and a straight razor, seized the pilot of a an Eastern Airlines shuttle flight from New York after it had taxied to the terminal at fcogan International Airport. After «the hijacker ordered the passengers to leave the plane through emergency exits, he forced the pilot to roll the plane out onto a runway and demanded money. At first the hijacker demanded $100,000, but later he lowered that to $10,000, the FBI said. Police put the money on the runway so he could "see its col- or." However the hijacker's only comment was, "Give the money to the poor people of Roxbury," a predominantly black section of Boston. Police later picked up the money. The FBI agent, who was not identified, talked off and on with the hijacker for three hoursn pleading with him to give up before he committed a more serious offense. FBI Special Agent James 0. Newpher said that throughout the exchange, the hijacker "complained about lack of money, lack of a job, not being able to buy gifts for his relatives at Christmas time, not being able to own a house." Finally, the hijacker opened the plane's door and walked "quietly and meekly" down the ladder to waiting police. He was identified as Marshall Collins III, 20, of Providence, R.I. Collins was charged with air piracy. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bond and was ordered to undergo psychiatric examination. The pilot, Lewis E. Whitaker Jr., 55, of Huntington Station, N.Y., suffered superficial cuts. The FBI said he had been struck with the flat side of a fire ax blade. Price rise in sugar predicted WASHINGTON (AP) - A five-pound bag of sugar that cost 85 cents last January is $2 today, and the government says consumers will see sugar prices increase further before settling down. "Retail prices will continue to rise for some time to adjust to the current high wholesale prices," the Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. "Higher sugar prices are also an important factor in explaining higher prices of sugar-containing foods and beverages." The department said in a food situation report that despite soaring prices, sugar consumption is. equaling last year's level of 1$ pounds per person and that adequate supplies are available. The report said that during the second quarter of 1974 consumers nationally paid an aver- age of almost 25.4 cents per pound for sugar, or about $1.27 for each five-pound bag. In April-June last year, a bag cost 73 cents or slightly more than 14.6 cents per pound. A five-pound bag of sugar sold in chain stores in the Washington area Wednesday for $1.95, or 39 cents per pound. But the world's sweet tooth has bitten off such a huge bite the past year that sugar stockpiles have been reduced and prices are soaring on the international market. And the U.S. prices this summer has been the highest of all. Prices of raw sugar headed for refineries appear to be leveling off and may drop slightly, the report said. But with retail prices sUU catching up with recent wholesale increases, consumers are not expected to see relief soon-

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