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Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 47 Carroll, Iowa, Monday, March 8, 1976 — Ten Pages Delivered by Carrier Each Kvening for GOc Per Week 1C-. Sin « lu IDC Copy \ Adopt 17-Plank Platform Demos Strengthen Carter Support, Reelect Schmitz By Don Davis Jimmy Carter has support from more than half of the Democratic delegates elected, to the district and state conventions at the Carroll County Convention Saturday night. Carter will have 22 delegates and Morris Udall six when the local Democrats meet with others in the Fifth District at Harlan April 10 and with Democrats from around the state May 29. Although Carter and Udall are the only two presidential candidates to send delegates to the state and district, 12 other delegates will be uncommitted. The delegates were selected at the Carroll County Democratic Convention, held Satur- day night at Holy Spirit Grade School Auditorium. All 99 Iowa counties held county conventions Saturday. Carroll County pretty much followed the statewide pattern, with a bit stronger support for Carter locally. The convention also passed a 17-plank platform which will be forwarded to district and state conventions and heard six local politicians speak. County Democrats went on record as supporting raising the legal drinking age to 19, abolishing the presidential electoral system, favored making the Iowa income tax a percentage of 'the federal tax, rejected a platform plank which would base agricultural land property taxes on the land's ability to produce and said "no" to lowering the interest rate on charge accounts. Former Georgia Gov. Carter has picked up strength since the Jan. 19 precinct caucuses, which elected delegates to the county convention. He had the support of nearly 47 per cent when the 108 delegates were elected to Saturday's meeting. The so-called front runner will send 55 per cent of the county's delegates to the state and district meets. Udall picked up support from other liberal candidates Saturday night. He had the support of just over two per Japanese to Visit Farmland's Plant Five representatives of a Japanese federation of agricultural cooperative associations will visit the Carroll Farmland Foods plant Friday afternoon, Plant Manager Marion (Mike) Benton said Monday. The five persons, representing a federation called Zen-Noh, will start a seven-day tour of Farmland Industries plants in the United States Tuesday. The five will visit the Carroll facility, which cans hams, starting at about 1:15 p.m. Friday, Benton said. About 2:30 the group will go to the Jim Masching farm south 6f Patman, Bankers 9 Foe, Dies WASHINGTON (P) — Rep. Wright Patman, dean of the House of Representatives who spent much of his 47 years in the chamber battling big banks and corporations, is dead after being stricken with the flu. ' Patman, 82, was admitted to Bethesda Naval Medical Center on Feb. 26 for Patman, See Page 2 Carroll. Later, they will visit the Farmland hog buying station just southeast of Carroll. Zen-Noh serves about five million members with a volume which exceeded $12 billion last year, Benton said. The American tour fulfills an agreement made by Farmland Industries President Ernest Lindsey, who visited Japan last November. Zen-Noh is similar to Farmland, Benton said. Other stops on the tour are a pork processing plant in Crete, Neb.; Farmland Industries' plant in Fremont, Neb.; the Omaha stockyards; Farmland's soybean processing plant near Sioux City; Farmland's pork processing plant in Denison; the Battle Creek, Neb., Farmers' Cooperative; Farmland's research and demonstration farm near Kansas City, Mo., and meetings with some Farmland officials. / Ared Forecast Partly cloudy to occasi9nally cloudy Monday night and Tuesday. Lows Monday night low 20s. Highs Tuesday low or mid 30s. Winds becoming northerly Monday night. Opposition Increases to 1-Stop Ag Centers WASHINGTON (AP) — A new wave of opposition to the government's plan for consolidating various local Agriculture Department offices into "one-stop centers" appears to be developing in Congress. The USDA plan was formulated several years ago to consolidate about 7,800 field offices of several agencies, including the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS); Farmers Home Administration (FMHA); Soil Conservation 1 Service (SCS); and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). Despite grumbling from many farm belt members of Congress and people served by the agencies, the USDA has proceeded steadily with the plan. Rep. Alvin J. Baldus, D-Wis., last week introduced a bill that calls for a moratorium on further consolidation of offices into one-stop service centers and for a set procedure, including public hearings in individual counties affected, for implementing the plan in the future. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz, Baldus said farmers had not had an opportunity to comment fully on the "monumental change in the fabric of services" resulting from the consolidation plan. "The one-stop service center program is proceeding with an alarming arrogance to move these vital services around from one county to another like chessmen — and in some cases taking them out of the picture entirely," Baldus said. "This monumental change in the fabric .0f services back home is proceeding through the back door without the benefit of a clearly announced department policy or public debate," Baldus said in his letter to Butz. Department officials disagree With Baldus that the plan had not been clearly announced, pointing to Butz's public statement on Nov. 21, 1973, which outlined the plan and its objectives. Also, they said, the consolidation plan has been aired repeatedly during congressional hearings since that time. But Baldus contends that, despite the public announcement by Butz and the periodic debates in Congress, there have been subtle moves to implement the consolidation plan with as little local notice as possible. . Thus, he said, it is time for legislation so that the plan can be openly discussed locally by local people it affects and final decisions based on thejr views. A recent report filed by USDA's assistant secretary for administration showed by July 1,1975, some 40 one-stop centers were operational and another 538 had been designated. The plan called for about 100 centers to be operating by mid- 1976 and that, by July. 1,1977, about 1,000 will be functioning. Reelected — Joe Schmitz, Route 1 Carroll, was reelected chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee Saturday night. Mrs. Frank (Mary Farrell) Beiter was selected vice chairman, replacing Mrs. Merle (Vernal Pomeroy. Mrs. Oliver (Donna) Mossman was picked as treasurer, replacing Lou Galetich and Mrs. Lon (Jan) Mossman was renamed secretary. J. W. Hilk Dies; Retired Auto Dealer John Willard Hills, 79, of 1304 N. Court St., Carroll, died at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Neb., Sunday after a long illness. He was a retired automobile dealer. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dahn-Woodhouse Funeral Home. The Rev. Ernest Larson, minister of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodbine Cemetery at Woodbine. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mr. Hills was the owner of Hills, See Page 2 cent of the delegates who came out of the precinct caucuses, but will have 15 per cent of the delegates from Carroll County in Harlan and DesMoines. , The number of uncommitted delegates fell from about 40 per cent at the precinct level to 30 per cent after Saturday's meeting. However, some of the "uncommitted" support candidates who did not receive enough support in the county to send delegates further. Results of the several presidential primaries scheduled between now and when the district and state conventions convene could weigh heavily on the county delegation's Cost Share Funds Are Available Cost-share funds are available to Carroll County farmers from the SCS office and the ASCS office in Carroll. The SCS funds are made available by the Iowa General Assembly for installing permanent soil and water conservation practices on agricultural land. The ASCS office has funds made available by the Federal Government for. conservation work. The SCS offers farmers a choice of 18 different practices at the 50 per cent cost-shares and the ASCS Office offers 29 different practices and the cost-share is 50 per cent. The SCS commissioners and the ASCS county committee have made soil erosion and water control practices top priority in the county to limit the soil losses from cropland. A permanent practice that does a good job in controlling soil losses and controls runoff is terracing. The terrace program has been rather successful in the past few years. In 1975 about 19 miles of terraces were completed or laid out for completion in 1976. Farmers have already signed up for a number o"f different practices such as shelterbelts, windbreaks, tile, pasture improvement, lime, terraces, wildlife shrubs' and feed lot runoff control. Farmers planning work this spring can sign up at the SCS Office or ASCS Office at 1240 Heires Ave. in Carroll or get details on the program. Both office.s are in the same building. The SCS District Soil Commissioners who administer the State of Iowa funds are Lloyd Freese, Morris Schmitz, Leland Roden, Leonard Sporrer and Alvin Musfeldt. The Carroll County ASC Committee consists of Louis Stork, Raymond Kruse and Clifford Eischeid. final vote. No delegate is really committed. They can change their candidate support at any point along the presidential selection process. In fact, that is how Udall received delegates Saturday. The Democrats go through a complicated process of selecting delegates where if a candidate receives any delegates, he must have the support of at least 15 per cent of those attending the convention. Udall, at first, had less than the required 14 Saturday. However, after, picking up delegates from at least the Fred Harris and Sargent Shriver camps, Udall just reached the 14-delegate mark. At the district and state levels, there is nothing to prevent these Harris and Shriver supporters from rejoining their candidates. Of the 90 delegates who attended Saturday, 49 supported Carter, 27 were uncommitted and 14 went to Udall. All area counties except Sac split delegates between Carter and being uncommitted. In Sac County, five delegates supporting Udall will go to the district and state conventions. Here are the delegates' presidential preference from area counties: Audubon — Uncommitted 14. • Greene — Carter 11, uncommitted 5. Guthrie — Carter 9, uncommitted 9. Shelby —.Carter 7, uncommitted 20. Calhoun — Carter 9, uncommitted 9. Crawford — Carter 17, uncommitted 17. Sac — Carter 8, Udall 5, uncommitted 7. Across the state, preferences went like this: Carter 1,162; Udall 442; uncommitted 1,401; Harris 312, Birch Bayh 59; Henry Jackson 11, and Shriver 8. "I'm afraid this convention is somewhat a victim of a successful Kuemper basketball team," said Carroll County Democratic Chairman Joe Schmitz, who was reelected to that position Saturday night. One hundred and eight delegates had been elected to attend the county convention. Demos, See Page 2 Inside Finds work with elderly rewarding — Page 5. Women's news — Page 4. Editorials —Page 3. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news — Page 2. Sports Kuemper gains state tourney, Kelly, Schenkelberg spark district win, defensive battle expected in LV-A's tourney opener, state girls' tourney wide open — Pages 6 and?. Girl Scouts Note Week — Girl Scouts Carolyn and Patty Danner show Mayor Ronald Schechtman the 1976 poster announcing the upcoming Girl Scout cookie sales. The girls are the daughters of the Harold Danners. This week is national Girl Scout Week. About 90 Carroll Girl Scouts will participate in the annual cookie sale March 12-21. Proceeds from the sale enable each Girl Scout to earn some of her summer camping fees and help finance troop camping. Ford and Reagan Agree That Florida Primary Race Close MIAMI (AP) — Ronald Reagan, battling to refuel his Republican challenge to President Ford, is winding up his Florida presidential primary campaign with assertions that signs of an economic upturn may be only the election-year calm before a new storm of unemployment and inflation. While Ford campaigned from the White House and said he thinks he has gained strength in Florida because his economic .policies "have begun to show real progress." Reagan questioned the significance of the figures that show employment up and inflation down. "I disagree with the idea that prosperity is evidently at hand," the former California governor said. He also said that things may get worse after they get better during the presidential campaign year. Democrats Jimmy Carter, Henry M. Jackson and George C. Wallace also were at their campaign tasks today, the eve of the year's fourth presidential primary election. Carter, campaigning in Tampa Sunday, said Wallace can't possibly win the Democratic presidential nomination and Jackson "can't get elected in Florida." "I intend to be the next president," Carter told about 3,000 people at a free fish fry. "There's no way to stop me." Ja'ckson was trying to capitalize on his Massachusetts presidential primary victory last Tuesday. Alabama's Gov. Wallace said "I'm going to do well," but he declined to forecast his percentage showing. He won the Florida primary four years ago with 42 per cent of the vote. Carter, Jackson and Wallace are the major Democratic contenders, with Gov. Milton J. Shapp of Pennsylvania campaigning. too. The rest of the Democratic field is on the ballot, but the other entries have not actively campaigned. Ford and Reagan agreed that the Florida race is close. "I am going to hope to win. but I realize it is a horse race, a very close race here in Florida,' 1 the, former California governor said Sunday. Soviets Ship Arms to Rhodesia's Foes WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia has shipped new supplies of weapons to Mozambique amid reports of increased guerrilla operations against neighboring white-ruled Rhodesia. U.S. intelligence sources say. , Two Soviet ships were said to have unloaded T34 and T54 tanks, truck-mounted rocket launchers and other arms at the port of Beira. Three other Soviet ships were reported en route to Mozambique. The focus of Soviet and Cuban activity in Africa appears to be swinging toward support of Rhodesian black nationalist efforts now that Marxist forces have won in Angola. There are conflicting reports on whether some of the 12,000 to 14,000 Cubans in Angola may already have been shifted to Mozambique to train and possibly fight alongside black Rhodesian guerrillas. According to current estimates, there are only about 4.000 such guerrillas, and they are described as badly led and poorly organized. Mozambique's president, Samora Machel. last week closed his country's border with Rhodesia and announced a state of war with Rhodesia. Reliable information on the strength of Mozambique's army was unavailable here, but the army was believed small. U.S. intelligence sources said the level of guerrilla activity in Rhodesia has risen recently and that Rhodesian security forces on occasion have crossed into Mozambique in pursuit. The Rhodesian guerrillas are based in Mozambique, the sources said. Meanwhile, the South African military command is reported to have held urgent meetings in Pretoria within the past week to review contingency plans for dealing with possible insurgent activity from Mozambique. Analysts doubt that any major immediate effort will be mounted by black nationalist guerrillas against South Africa, which has a white population of about 4.2 million, an army of 38,000 backed by nearly 140,000 reservists and an air force of more than 100 warplanes. The South Africans also can call on a 75,000-man militia. Rhodesia is an entirely different story. It has a white population of only about 273,000, a tiny army of 4,500 men and a territorial force of some 10,000. The Rhodesian air force numbers about 40 planes, including some light bombers, fighters and helicopters. If Rhodesia comes under major military pressure, American specialists believe South African armed forces would help. The South Africans also are expected to help landlocked Rhodesia overcome some of the economic difficulties stemming from the closing of the Mozambique border. But Ray Says it's too Early to Tell Democrats Are Satisfied With Legislative Progress DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic leaders say they are satisfied with the progress of the 1976 Iowa legislative session. But Republican Gov. R6bert Ray says it is too early to tell. Needling the Democratic majority in the House about slow progress of the session is a favorite Republican ploy. But the majority leaders say it hasn't been so bad. - "On the Senate side, we're- in super shape," said Senate Majority Leader George Kinley, D-Des Moines. "After weeks of committee work, the bills are rjow starting to move," said House Majority Leader Jerome Fitzgerald, D-Fort Dodge. "I don't want to judge the legislature yet. So much of the legislation comes down after the mid-point," Ray said. "We haven't had any bills of significance that have passed both houses and come down here," the governor added. But Kinley noted that both the Senate and House have passed legislation on the session's over-all top priority — limiting local government budget growth to ward off skyrocketing property taxes. The two houses, however, have not agreed on what form the legislation should take and a conference committee is currently trying to work out a compromise. Democratic leaders adopted 24 priorities for the biennium last year and divided them equally between the houses to work on. "We've passed every one in the Senate that we were supposed to start," Kinley said. He noted that 12 of the 24 priorities have not yet cleared both houses. Kinley said three priorities started by the House are now awaiting action in the Senate — anti-trust restrictions, revising adoption laws and land use restrictions. "Anti-trust is to he debated Monday, the adoption bill is set to come out of committee next week and there's a good chance we'll debate land use," he said. Fitzgerald said he is informed the Senate will take up land use "in about three weeks" and that the prospect for Senate passage of the adoption law revision "looks fairly good." The House has not approved three major priorities thej' were to start — performance auditing, corporate tax revision and no-fault auto insurance — and the no-fault bill is now dead. The House killed it Friday by excising its enacting clause. "At last check, we had passed 100 bills and the House about 75," Kinley said. Among non-priority major bills passed this year by the Senate, he listed regulation of massage parlors, banning smoking in public buildings and a lobbyists' disclosure bill. "Of course, the biggest priority we've had to worry about is the budget," said Fitzgerald. "But the appropriations subcommittees have basically completed their work." The budget normally isn't a concern in even-numbered years. But because of uncertainty about the economy, the Democratic leadership decided last year to appropriate funds for state agencies for only one year of the biennium. That makes it necessary for this legislature to go through the full budget process again. An important nonpriority item coming up in the House next week is a massive 427- page bill to rewrite the entire state criminal code. The Senate passed the bill last session. "We are going to bring up performance auditing," Fitzgerald pledged. A bill to establish a Performance Auditing Bureau as an arm of the legislature is on the House calendar. According to the bill, the bureau's job would be to see that state agencies use their' money 'as the legislature intended. "There's another priority that has arisen since last session," Fitzgerald said. . "We have to do something about our prisons." The Department of Social Legislature, See Page Z

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