Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 9, 1974 · Page 7
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Monday< September 9, ist4 .) stAR Page Seven Mexican army frees senator, four aides MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican army has freed Sen. Ruben Figuefoa arid four aides held captive for 3& months by Lucio Cabanas, Mexico's No. 1 guerrilla. But Cabanas eluded the troops, Defense Minister Hermenegildo Cuenca Diaz announced. Figueroa's rescue Sunday after a gun battle was the second success within 24 hours for President Luis Echeverria's no- compromise policy for political kidnapings. Echeverria's 83- year-old father-in-law was freed Saturday night by another terrorist organization that held him for 10 days. The defense ministry said some of the huge force that has been searching for Figueroa and Cabanas found the 66-vear- old senator in the village of El Quemado, inland from Acapulco in the mountains of Guerrero state and 310 miles south of Mexico City. Cuenca Diaz said a number of the guerrillas were killed or wounded, two of their captives were wounded, many arrests were made and a large amount of arms was captured. But Cabanas "either escaped or he was not there." The troops "are pursuing the remainder of the bandits, and it is expected that they will be totally annihilated in a short time," the minister said. It was the army's first major success against Cabanas in the eight years since the schoolteacher took to the Sierra Madre de Atoyac in southwest Mexico and put together a band of 35 or 40 armed men. Cabanas had invited Figueroa, the government party's millionaire candidate for governor of Guerrero state, to a meeting on May 30 and then kidnaped him and the aides who accompanied him. The guerrilla chief demanded $4 million in cash and the release of all prisoners in Guerrero as the senator's ransom. Echeverria, holding to a policy he laid down last year, refused to deal with the kidnapers and instead sent an estimated 20,000 troops to scour the mountains. The drive is one of the largest Mexican military operations in decades. Meanwhile, Echeverrias aged father-in-law, Jose Guadalupe Zuno ernandez, said his kidnappers freed him after he convinced them that their enemy was the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency and not the Mexican government • Political honeymoon seems to have ended By CARL P. LEUBSDORF AP Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Ford's congressional and political honeymoon appears to have ended with his pardon of Richard M. Nixon, a decision that revived the Watergate issue and complicated the campaign for Republican candidates this fall. Ford said he acted to write 'the end" to Watergate, but the immediate reaction was a rekindled debate over the scandal and the propriety of an advance and absolute pardon for his resigned predecessor. The prompt i-Jgnation of Press Secretary Jerald F. ter- Horst, who as Ford's first appointee was a symbol of his pledge of an open atmosphere at the White House, underscored the controversy. Ter- Horst said he could not in good conscience accept the deci- sionon Nixon, particularly while former officials of lesser rank face prison or trial. That judgment from a member of the Ford inner circle seemed certain to heighten criticism of the pardon the President granted Sunday. There was praise from many Republicans, including GOP congressional leaders, 3ut there also was substantial Re- publican criticism, along with general Democratic protest against the Ford move. However sharp the immediate criticismn in the long run Ford may have acted at a relatively opportune time in taking a step he seemed likely to take eventually. Ford's unprecedented move came two months before congressional elections in which it is sure to be an issue and may prove an added burden for Republican candidates already facing questionable prospects. But it also comes two years before the 1976 presidential campaign in which Ford, the first president to hold office without election, is expected to be a candidate. Had the Nixon case dragged on, it could have proved even more troublesome later. Much of the initial criticism of Ford came from Democrats and liberal Republicans who ultimately could have found themselves at odds with the President whenever the honeymoon phase ended. Ford's announced intention of attaching conditions, such as alternative service, to his proposal for amnesty for draft resisters and deserters may run into the criticism that Nixon was pardoned without conditions. Teacher salary plan presented to Board LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The average annual Arkansas teachers' salary would be about $10,200 in three years under a proposed budget presented to the state Education Board by its staff Sunday. Such a budget requires legislative approval. The board deferred action on the proposed budget. The |10,200 amount is $1,760 more than the current average salary of $6,440. The proposed increase could make the gap between what Arkansas pays its teachers and the national average the smallest in terms of percentage that the state ever has managed. This, says Education Commissioner A. W. Ford, would be a milestone for Arkansas. However, by the time the full Arkansas increase took effect, provided it got legislative approval next year, the national average that now is about $10,400 probably would have risen again, according to Earl Willis, associate director for finanQe of the state Education Department Willis said that whether the gap is kept small or begins to widen depends substantially on what local school districts do. The state now pays between 56 and 58 per cent of a teacher's salary. The increase, plus maintenance and operation funds that are included in the state's nun- unum foundation aid to local school districts, would cost Arkansas taxpayers $22.2 million the first year of the next biennium and $18.3 million in fiscal 1977 for a total of $40.5 million. The proposed over-all general education budget would be $289,582,295 in state funds in the next fiscal ypar and $130,864,577 in federal funds, or a total of $420,446,872. The department's appropriation this fiscal year, which ends June 30, totals $349,020,257, including $102,580,511 in federal funds. For fiscal 1977, the proposed general education budget would be $316,989,703 in state funds and $131,909,352 in federal funds for a total of $448,899,055 about 28 per cent more than the department .is authorized to spend now. The board made no comment about the teacher pay increase after Willis-explained that David H. Pryor, the Democratic nominee for governor, had as part of his platform a 10 per cent annual increase in teachers' salaries during the next biennium. Willis said Pryor "also said thai anything the special session did in the way of cost-of- living payments would be counted as part of that 10 per cent." Willis noted that during the special legislative session, flat cosl-of-lmng pay raises were given to school personnel. These raises, he said, cost the state $8,739,600. This was subtracted from the increase proposed tn in 1975-76 budget, he said Kindergarten teachers attend workshop Auto workers finding holes in pension plan KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS role-play at nutrition workshops as Frances Burcham, State dairy council coordinator, shares "little ideas" to help children learn to identify foods, forms of foods, and classes or types of foods. Teachers attending were: Paisley (Hope) Martha Bauman, Ola Berry, Mrs. Lynn Moore, Linda Baker, Virginia McLain, Martha Mosley, Jo Anne Chunn; Southside Development Center (Hope) - Mrs. Martha —Photo by Dolores McBridc with Star camera Thompson, Shirley Ann Hill; First Baptist (Hope) - Mrs. Omer Williams, Mrs. Bob Kellam; Unity Baptist (Hope) - Mrs. Cannon Hollis; Washington - Mary M. Haynes, Mrs. Willie Mitchell; Blevins - Cleytus Joyce Dixon; Headstart (Lockesburg) - Virginia Dowdle; Headstart (Wilton) - Mrs. George Lowery, Joella English, Mrs. Billie Ann Reynolds, Verdia Maxwell, Lois L. Smith, Thrissiah Turner. DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of auto workers are not using the industry's unique 30-and-out retirement plan because they do not think they can afford to retire on a fixed income, says one of the plan's architects. Doug Fraser, a UAW vice president who helped get the plan into the contract negotiated with Chrysler Corp. last fall, cited figures showing that only about 1,300 of the 33,000 auto workers eligible for full pension benefits have taken advantage of it so far. He says, however, that many workers may wait to retire until Oct. 1 when benefits increase. The 30-and-out plan, which the union considered a major breakthrough in the last contract negotiations, allows a worker to retire after 30 years' service with Chrysler, General Motors or Ford with full pension. In the past, workers could retire after 30 years, but not with full benefits if they were under 65. Top benefits will increase from $550 to $625 dollars a month on Oct. 1. Most auto workers make more than $260 a week before taxes, with the average assembler pulling in about $240. Ffasef says of the low number of retirements: "With living costs continuing to rise, they feel they just can't afford to retire on a fixed income. They know they would be wiped out." A GM spokesman says that in the past 11 months, 804 hourly workers used 30-and-out to retire. At Ford, a spokesman said 350 workers retired under the plan. Chrysler figures were not available, but a spokesman said they were expected to number about 150. UAW officials say. however, they feel it's been important to establish the principle of early retirement. Fraser said that many eligible workers may be waiting an extra few years to get higher benefits (they rise to $700 a month by 1978), and the company-paid dental program which begins next month. It costs a company between $300 and $400 to hire each em- ploye, on the average, according to Western Girl, a temporary help service. 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