Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 16, 1974 · Page 6
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Hope, Arkansas
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Monday, September 16, 1974
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Page Six HOPE (ARK.) STAR Monday-, September 16, 19?4 Maritime unions give funds to congressmen ower WASHINGTON (AP) - The maritime unions still have $886,000 for political donations, after pouring one-third of a million dollars into campaigns of congressmen who supported them on a hotly disputed shipping bill. latest campaign finance reports show the unions have given $333,300 to 141 congressmen who supported the bill. The measure would require that eventually 30 per cent of all U.S. oil imports be shipped in American-flag ships, manned by union crews. The unions still have some of the richest political trusts in the nation, the reports show. Federal law sets no limit on political donations by union groups, so long as the funds come from voluntary contributions of members. Direct donations from a union treasury to political campaigns are illegal. Most of the money, $595,000, is held by three trusts run by the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. Other rich trusts are run by the Seafarers International Union and the Masters, Males and Pilots, and other maritime unions. The reports show the union money given to incumbents since Jan. 1 has gone almost exclusively to those who voted for the bill or supported it in some way. Maritime donations went to only three congressmen and one senator who voted against the bill. The senator, Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., gave $8,500 back to the marine engineers union two days before the Senate vote on Sept. 5. A spokesman declined comment when asked if Javits had feared the money would create a conflict of interest. The largest donation by the unions went to Sen. Russell B. I/>ng, 0-I.a., who denied that the $20,000 received by him created any conflict. Long is chairman of the Merchant Marine subcommittee, and as floor manager of the bill he guided it to passage. The second-largest donation went to Ixmg's counterpart in the House, Rep. Frank M. Clark, D-Pa., chairman of the MerchantMarinesubcommittee which cleared the bill before the House approved it last May. Clark got $17,500. The third-largest sum went to House Democratic Leader Thomas P. O'Neil, D-Mass. He received $16,000. The maritime unions seemed to put their donations where they would do the most good. Sen, Warren G, Magnuson, D- Wash., chairman of the Commerce Committee and one of the bill's sponsors, got $12,900, some of it around the time the committee was holding hearings on the measure. Another sponsor, Sen. Bob Packwood, D-Ore., got $10,000. Sen. Mike Graveln D-AJaska, a vocal supporter of the bill, received $12,800. He also received a $25,000 loan, not yet repaid. Other big donations went to Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., $14,500; Sen. Howard Metzen- baum, D-Ohio, defeated for re- nomination, $13,000; Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, $10,000; Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., $7,500, and Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., $7,200. Authorities search for clues to ship fire "Dlooming by the Miami wayside is Jewel Harris, weekend flower seller. She sets *-* up shop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with her roses and carnations and an umbrella stand on the grassy verge. And the charming combination of Jewel and flowers proves to be quite a traffic stopper. Photographed by Jim Bourdicr. KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Officials were still sifting through the charred debris in the cruise ship Cunard Ambassador today, trying to determine a damage estimate for the $27 million luxury liner. "It will take several days before even a guess figure on damages ran be arrived at," said John Bown, vice president of Cunard, Lines Ltd., owner of the vessel. "From looking at the outside, you'd never dream there was so much damage on the inside." The luxury liner sat at a four-degree list at a dock in Key West harbor, where it was towed by two commercial tugs late Sunday. Bown said it would take "days rather than weeks" to move the ship to either a U.S. or European shipyard for repairs he estimated would take several months. "The ship can be made sufficiently sea worthy to be towed across the Atlantic," he said. Representatives of the ship's owner and its insurer, Lloyd's of London, were making damage estimates on the vessel, which had several decks gutted by a two-day fire. Firefighting crews boarded the ship early Saturday to hose down hot spots still glowing after the fire was brought under control late Friday. The blaze, reportedly started by an oil leak in the liner's engine room, was discovered Thursday morning when the ship was about 35 miles from Key West. The ship, under contract to Baham Cruise Lines.pf Miami, had left Miami en route to New Orleans to pick up passengers for a trip to Vera Cruz, Mexico. Most of the 309 crew members aboard were quickly evacuated in life rafts and taken to Fort Lauderdale. About 50 crewmen stayed behind to fight the blaze but were later relieved by Coast Guard- men. RICTAJNEP by former President Nixon to represent him in court is attorney Herbert J. Miller who also defended ex-Attorney General Richard Kleindienst. Construction machine runs wild STARTI ur-year sentence as a •M*U of his part in the ' -i\ iic •>< H'sdul. former '.i tit u:- .ou.si.el John i .K-;.u .,iiiT<'::Ui-rs in U.S. ' ••!" I i.t WaMiiiUtoi! LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Vandals apparently set a large earth-moving machine in motion on a full-speed collision course about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, causing it to tear down several fences, destroy a car and smash a house. The machine, which had been used on construction of the Rock Creek sewer system, finally was stopped by a man who had driven similar equipment in Vietnam. When stopped, the machine was inches away from completely breaking through the brick front wall of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Long and about three feet from the bed of the Longs' 3-year-old daughter, Dietre. Stirred by noise that sounded like a tornado hitting, the Longs gathered up Dietre, who was still asleep, and their 6- year-old son, David, and ran from the house through the garage virtually unharmed. Mrs. Long said Dietre may have been cut by flying glass. IT ! machine was splintering the main timbers on the front wall of the house when Bob StrangwayS of North Little Rock jumped on the machine and turned it off. Strangways, 23, is a bus driver and student at the University of Arkansas- Little Rock. Mrs. Long credited Strangways with saving her daughter's life. Mrs. Long said there had been trouble in the neighborhood previously because of vandals, but the police had not located any suspect Sunday. "I don't know who did it," Mrs. Long said, "but I hope they know they almost committed murder." The Longs had been unable to reach a local representative of the company thought to own the vehicle, but Mrs. Long said the police were working on that. It was unclear exactly how any claim could be settled. While rolling her hair before going to bed after watching a late movie, Mrs. Ixmg heard a "loud, roaring sound." She heard breaking glass and popping timbers and thought, "Well, it's a tornado." Long thought the same thing until he ran to Deitre's room and shouted, "Get out! There's a bulldozer in the house." Atty. Gen. Jim Guy Tucker visited the home Sunday afternoon and told the Longs that they would have his help. The damaged car also belonged to the Longs. Strangways nad been fixing a steak with some neighbors after returning from the Arkansas-Southern California football game Saturday night when he heard a noise like thunder and then a second noise, the dozer hitting the house. "I thought it was an airplane coming down," he said. LR man shot to death LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Robert Wayne Bolden, 20, of Little Hock was fatally wounded by a blast from a .410-gauge shotgun Sunday night, the police said. They said the shooting occurred during a disturbance at 21 Avon Place. The police said Bolden was shoi once in the back of the head at a fairly close range. He was laken io the Umversiu of Arkansas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead less than one hour later. The police said witnesses at the home told investigators that Bolden entered the home and threatened a woman there with a pistol. When he did, one of uvo other persons in the house allegedly fired the shotgun at Bolden. The identities of the others have not been released. The point 1 had a suspect in custody, bul i-harues had not been filed IaU' Sunday. Milk business turning sour for East Texas dairymen SULPHUR SPRINGS, Tex. (AP) — Milk production is turning into a sour business for dairy farmers in East Texas. "When our miik check doesn't cover the feed bill you know something is wrong," said Mrs. Vera Harrington who, with her husband, owns a 600- acre farm near here. The problem, they, along with other farmers in the area pointed this week, is that the producers are nol getting enough of the money paid at the supermarket counter by the consumer for a gallon of milk. "For 100 pounds of milk we get about $8," she said. "You pay about $20 for it at the store. Now where is that $12 going? I'm not getting it. Somebody is," she said. Mrs. Harrington and her fellow dairy farmers say they are going to have to get some of that money or get out of the business. This means the consumers may have to pay higher prices in the future to stock their refrigerators with cheese, butter, ice cream and plain sweet milk. Mrs. Harrington is no stranger to dairy barns. Her family operated dairy farms and she and her husband D.T. Harrington have operated one in southwest Hopkins County for 22 years. Mrs. Harrington and the some 500 other dairymen in this county—one of the largest milk- producing areas in the nation- have no quarrel with the milk drinker, the ice cream eater, the toast-but terer, the cheese connoisseur. But something is wrong somewhere, she says, and it's unclear just where. Mrs. Harrington surveyed milk cows standing in deep coastal Bermuda grass, as she walked away from the dark barn and its pungent, warm manure odor. The cows, she said, represent a $1,500 investment. Each. The grass is a big investment, too. "Fertilizer has gone up 300 per cent. And you have to fertilize. And you have to feed grain, too-. Five pounds of feed -i makes only seven pounds of milk. I'd say our take-home pay is about $38 a day. ;"But you see," explains Mrs. Harrington, "we've been in this business a long time. We don't have big payments on land and equipment like the young dairymen just getting started. If the situation doesn't improve—and fast—they'll be the first to go. We can hang on for a year or so if things get no worse. But we're going downhill. We can't keep this up indefinitely." So what's the big problem? Housewives say dairy products are priced out of sight already. Mrs. Harrington—and most farmers here agree—says the fly in the milk, and it is a big one, is Uncle Sam. "We're exporting our grain and we need it here. They're shipping our feed grain overseas where dairy farmers use it to produce dairy products that they ship back over here, driving our prices down. In short, feed is scarce here and the price is high. Our margin of profit drops. Imports coming into this country are driving our profits down even more," she says. "Mr. Butz (U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) is not helping the farmer. He should resign." It is Mrs. Harrington's theory that farmers are being penalized by the government because of milk scandals involving donations from American Milk Producers Inc., (AMPI) a large dairy cooperative, to the presidential campaign of former President Nixon. "But we didn't have anything to do with that. That was AMPI management. Dairy farmers certainly didn't authorize those contributions," she said. Further, Mrs. Harrington and other dairymen feel there are few champions for their cause in Congress. "I feel congressmen are afraid to say or do anything to help us because people might then ask 'I wonder how much they (AMPI) contributed to his campaign?'" U.S. Rep. Wright Patman, D- Tex., has, however, introduced legislation to shove up milk parity to 90 per cent in the form of government supports and to limit imports of dairy products and exports of feed grains. It may be a case of too little too late. Dairyman Gary Odom said during a dairyman's rally Friday that 75 per cent of Hopkins County's milk producers may be forced out of business by year's end. Banker Johnny Dobson, himself a cattleman, declares the hands of lending are tied. "If this situation isn't reversed, dairymen are going out of business. A lot of them are in up to their financial necks. We can't loan them anymore money because we are restrained by government lending laws." "Look," said dairyman Roger Wright, "you can buy 10 baby dairy calves for what you could have bought only one a year ago. I get almost nothing trying to sell them. "Well," added Mrs. Harrington, "we had a cow that produced for eight months and then she played out. We paid $735 for her. We got $137 for her as beef. We can't really afford to sell them off for beef and we can't afford to keep feeding them as milk cows. But a lot of dairymen are going to have to sell off their herds just to get out from under the whole thing." What's ahead? Many say milk will get scarce, the price high in the supermarket, but low for the dairyman. And more imported dairy products are on the horizon, what domestic producers here say are inferior products produced under conditions not permitted in this country. But mainly, dairymen are asking where is the milk of human kindness, justice? "I don't know what the answer is," Wright said, "We try to be optimistic." Fifty-one Little Rock firemen call in sick LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Fifty- one of 82 local firemen scheduled to report to work Sunday morning called in sick amid firemen's efforts to gain higher pay. A spokesman for the fire. man's union said the action' was not related to the firemen's demand for "parity" pay with city policemen. Fire Chief Jack Davis said he had to hold over 52 men Sunday morning from the shift going off duty and that they would be paid overtime. He said he had enough men to handle emergency situations. Davis met with his staff Sunday to discuss the situation, but he refused to say what was said during the meeting. He said he had not been in contact with the union. Firemen began a work slowdown last week and have been picketing City Hall in their efforts to gain higher pay. Under the work slowdown, union firemen were to forego routine maintenance duties and daily training sessions, unjiil they received a firm c'orhiriitmeiA from the city that they would get "parity" pay. They were to continue answering emergency calls. Capt. John Uekman, president of the Little Rock local of the International Association of Firefighters, was among those reporting in sick. Uekman said he knew nothing about the other firemen who said they were sick. Uekman denied that the sick calls might be "Phase 3" of the union's attempt to gain pay raises. Opposed to resolution HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark,, said Saturday that he was opposed to a resolution drafted by Rep. Richard Boiling, D-Mo., which would abolish some committees and redistribute the jurisdiction of many others. "I just don't think you can legislate with two committees having jurisdiction over the same subject matter," said Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. However, Mills said he would be willing to give up jurisdiction of certain matters — renewal of government contracts, work incentive programs under welfare and management of the debt ceiling. "It takes foresight to buy insurance and we at Anderson-Frazier Insurance can help you think and plan ahead for the unexpected. Offering you the most comprehensive insurance coverages for your personal, professional, commercial and industrial properties is only part of what we do Barry Wilson ANDERSON-FRAZIER INSURANCE AGtIMCY. INC Insurance Comer • Second 1 Main P. O. Box 489 Hope. Arkansas 71801

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