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Hope, Arkansas
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Ft day, September 20, 1974 HOPE (ARKJ SfAR Page Five Subpoena may hasten Nixon health opinion Preparing for the canning show 2 Arkansans seem not interested WASHINGTON (AP) - A new subpoena for Richard M. Nixon to appear in the Watergate cover-up trial is likely to hasten an official opinion on the former president's health. Special Watergate Prosecutor Leon Jaworski issued the subpoena for Nixon to make himself available as a prosecution witness on Oct. 1, the day the trial is to start, a spokesman said Thursday. It was served by FBI agents at Nixon's San Clemente, Calif., estate at 8:50 p.m. EOT on Thursday. Nixon, meanwhile, issued a claim of executive privilege in a move to keep his tape recordings from use in two civil suits stemming from the Watergate break-in. Unlike an earlier subpoena issued by lawyers for cover-up clefundanl John D. Ehrlichman, the new summons for Nixon is likely lo make an early issue of Nixon's health. Ehrlichman is seeking Nixon's testimony on the alleged cover-up, but the defense is unlikely to begin its case until late- October or November. Jyworski needs Nixon's testimony early in the trial, sources familiar with the case said on Thursday. The prosecutors need the former president to authenticate more than 30 White House tapes which they plan to play for the jury. The tapes include many conversations between Nixon and cover-up defendants. Before the tapes can be admitted as evidence, someone must testify to their accuracy as recordings of real conversations. According to two lawyers not directly involved in the trial, in past criminal trials the only persons who can do that are those who joined in the conversations or at least were present when they took place. In addilionn lawyers say Nixon is probably the only one who can testify whether the tapes were tampered with in arty way because he personally dictated who would have access to them as the Watergate investigations continued to unfold. Nixon, reportedly planning to ! enter a hospital next week, is suffering from a blood clot dis* ease called phlebitis, His law yer, Herbert J. Miller, has acknowledged the former presU dent has shown "serious signs of strain and physical fatigue." Miller, as he has done in an unrelated civil suit in California, is expected to ask U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica to quash the subpoenas seeking Nixon's testimony. A legal clerk to Sirica, Todd Christofferson, said on Thursday that in cases where a defendant's or a witness' health is in question, the judge usually appoints a doctor to make an independent examination. Christofferson said no decision has been made by Sirica on thai yet, but the subject is likely to come up at a meeting between the judge and prose- uuion and defense lawyers next Tuesday. Meantime, Nixon issued his executive privilege claims to quash subpoenas for the tapes in a civil suit filed by a Democratic party official whose Watergate office was bugged and in a suit by the Democratic National Committee against Watergate burglar James W. McCord. McCord had sought the tapes for his defense. FBI breakins claim raises new questions WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a number of "surreptitious entries" or break-ins during the Nixon administration, according to once-se- trel testimony before the Senate Watergate committee. The testimony, by former White House counsel J. Fred Buzhardt, disputes an assertion by former President Richard M. Nixon that such FBI activities had ceased in 1966. It raises new questions about Nixon's claim that a top-secret, in- telligenee-nathering plan he approved in 1970 was withdrawn before it was implemented. The testimony was taken in executive session last May 7 and recently released. During the questioning, Watergate committee investigator Scott Armstrong Buzhardt if he was aware "of any surreptitious entry or burglary performed by employes, representatives, or designees, in the U.S. government, in the Executive Office of the President, or of any campaign organization, other than (the Ellsberg and Watergate break-ins)?" Buzhardt said he was aware of such break-ins, that they occurred since Jan. 1, 1969 and were performed by the FBI. Buzhardt also said the break- ins were classified and he could not discuss them. The Nixon lawyer went on to say that as far as he knew the break-ins did not involve reporters,. politicaTca'ndida'tes'or elected officials and were not financed with campaign funds as the Ellsberg and Watergate break-ins were. The Watergate committee did not pursue the matter further because there was no indication that the FBI break-ins were connected to the 1972 presidential campaign, which was the focus of the committee's probe. A spokesman for the Special Watergate Prosecution Force said his office was aware of the Buzhardt testimony. He reiterated that misuse of government agencies is one phase of the prosecutor's work but refused to say specifically whether the FBI allegations are part of that probe. Asked about surreptitious entries, a spokesman for the Justice Department, the FBI's parent agency, said, "We don't do it." He had no comment on the Buzhardt testimony. Set facing forward, like humans', the eyes of the owl give binocular, three-dimensional vision that is unusual among birds. —Photo by Wanda Williams with Star camera CHARLOTTE PORTER, Patricia King, and Jerri Sanders discuss canned goods they are entering in the Third District Livestock Show's canning exhibit. The girls, all students of Mrs. Joan Noesser at Blevins High School, were judged on their products in a pre-canning show activity, held by the Cooperative Extension Service. Other girls from Blevins, Hope, and Saratoga participated in similar judging activities and will enter their products in the Junior Canning Show. Juniors in grades one through 12, and all adults with home canned products are invited to enter their products in the Livestock Show from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, or from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday. Mrs. Petty ^extremely optimistic' LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Judy Petty, 31, the Republican nominee for the 2nd Congressional District, says that even without established political credentials she can win because the people are "so ready for someone to call them as she sees them." She opposes Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, 65, a Democrat who went to Congress in 1939 and is running for his 19th term. "I'm extremely optimistic," Mrs. Petty said. "All the ingredients for a victory are there." She may lack experience— this is her first race for a political office—but she campaigns like a veteran, making 26 appearances one week, 16 another, and hitting hard'on issues of integrity and honesty. Action Research Inc. of Arkadelphia said an August poll showed Mills' favorable rating among voters had dropped in recent months from 70 per cent to under 40 per cent because of questions about his ties to dairy cooperatives.and illegal gift to persons who tried to promote a Democratic presidential nomination draft for Mills in 1972. It's on those issues that Mrs. Petty hits hardest, sometimes— in a feigned slip-of-the-tongue— referring to him as "Wilbur Milk." The issues and how she applies them to Mills: —Honesty and integrity. The draft movement got illegal donations. Mills refused to talk to the Watergate Committee staff about that effort to get the presidential nomination. He also has refused to voluntarily disclose the donations he received in 1972 prior to the time when disclosure was required by law. —Inflation. "He's been the most powerful man in Congress. More than anyone else, he has had a chance to do something about inflation. But inflation is out of hand, out of control. If this is what it has come to in his 36 years in Congress, why should the people give him two more years? Who can afford that?" —Taxes. Middle income tax- Parking ticket changes noted JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Democrat reported Thursday that at least 225 traffic citations issued by ihe Jacksonville Police Department during the first half of the year were changed to warnings or dismissed. The Democrat said the mo- LorisLs paid no fines and most did not appear in court, resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars in revenue to the city. Although most tickets indicated lhal they had been altered by the issuing officer, some indicated that high-ranking police officers or city officials had influenced the decision, the Democrat said. The uckeis were kept in a small box in the office of Police Chief L. T. Bnckell, who prior LO Wednesday had refused to allow Democrat reporters to examine them. Bui, the slate attorney general's office ruled Wednesday ihai ihe tickets were covered by ihe Freedom of Information Ac i and ihcrtfyre were a matter of public record. The newspaper son; two reporters to Brickell's office. He told them he had not allowed them to see the tickets earlier because some persons had called the situation "ticket fixing." "Now, I don't call it ticket fixing when a ticket is changed to a warning," said Brickell. "Ticket fixing would be like if you offered me a new suit or some money to change your ticket...and I've never done that." The name of Alderman Bill Lehman appeared on one ticket, given for running a stop sign. Lehman told the Democrat he talked to the police about the ticket, which was changed to a warning, because a woman called him about it. The name of Alderman Bob Hill also appeared on a ticket, bui Hill said he never had anything lo do with changing tickets io warnings. The word "mayor" appeared on one ticket and the initial "H" on another, but Harden denied having anything to do with .hem. Knrkfll said his name prob- ably appeared on one or two tickets and he explained that, in the past, tickets were changed to warnings when a new officer cited someone for driving loo fast in a school zone but there were no children present, or when an officer cited someone for having a light out but the driver got it repaired. However, of the citations that were changed, 103 were for speeding, including one for going 80 miles per hour in a 35 m.p.h. zone; 35 were for reckless driving, running a stop sign, failure to yield te right of way, improper passing and ignoring a railroad sign; three were for driving while intoxicated; and the rest were for vehicle and license violationsn such as having a defective light or driving without a license. Bnckell said the only person who now can change a citation ,.0 a warning is the traffic JUdue. All .he tickets that were • hatut'd had been issued be- ui rii Jan 1 and June 15. payers, she says, bear an inequitably high share of the burden. "He's the man who writes our tax laws," she said. "He's supposed to be the man who knows more about the tax code than anyone else. If he knows so much about it, why doesn't he write a code that takes some of the burden off of the middle income families? Why doesn't he even write a tax code that people can at least understand?" She began to consider a race for Congress two years ago. "I thought Mills was vulnerable after that 1972 presidential thing," she said. "It looked to me like he had his own little Watergate. With inflation and taxes and that, I could see a cumulative thing building against him." Her handicaps? —Being a woman. "But it's not the handicap you might think," she said. "We've done some polling which shows some , surprising acceptability."^ <— Being a Republican. "But . several Republicans have carried the district even while losing statewide races," she said. "I believe Jerry Climer did. And Ed Bethune. And Winthrop Rockefeller." —Mills. "To some people, it looked like insurmountable odds to run against him because he's considered to be an institution," she said. "But if the problem is in the institution, then you run against it. And that's where the problem is." Mrs. Petty said she decided the idea that Mills was unbeatable was invalid. Mills won the office in a contested campaign in 1938. Since then, he has been opposed in the Democratic primary only in 1944 and 1966. Mrs. Petty is his first general election opponent since Mills took office. "The legend was a myth," she said. "It had never been tested." Does she think that, if Mills defeats her, a host of Democrats might be after his position in the primary next time around? "There is no next time for Mr. Mills," she said flatly. Mrs. Petty lacks established credentials. She was introduced to politics as a neighborhood volunteer for Rockefeller's gubernatorial campaigns of 1964 and 1966. In 1967, she divorced her husband and sought work to be able to provide for herself and her daughter, Debbie, now 10. "I thought—what would I want to do if I could get into any field that I wanted to? Then I went to the Rockefeller people and applied for a job, just right off the street, cold," she said. They hired her as a secretary for $300 a month. She worked from there up to a point where she became a Rockefeller aide for certain national interests of his, including his dealings with the national Republican party. Her pay had risen to about $1,200 a month. Following Rockefeller's death, she went back to college to continue work toward a degree in international studies. She's still a few hours short of it. Mills never got a degree, either. While she lacks an established political background, she is formulating positions on the issues. —Inflation: A key is reduced government spending. —Texas: A cut is a possibility once government spending is brought down to "realistic" levels, but only time will tell. —Integrity: The people, weary of illegality in government, demand it in public officials. —The Equal Rights Amendment: favors ratification. —The pardon given former President Nixon: "It was premature." —Reductions in federal programs: "I'm not against federal spending; I'm against fiscal stupidity. The federal government has got to spend money to benefit the nation, but we've got to eliminate some of this wasteful and extravagant spending." She. says the government spent $5,000 for a one- word poem: "Light." '' j —Channelization of the Cache *Riv,er: "I don't have enough facts on that topic yet, but I can say I'm not an appeaser." —National Health Care. While few families could survive economically if a catastrophic illness struck, polls show health care to be about 15th among the concerns in the public mind, while inflation is No. 1. "Why pass an inflationary bill that would affect problem No. 15 but make problem No. 1 worse?" she said. She said she was interested in a proposal that would permit tax adjustments in families hit by costly maladies. LITf LE ROCK (AP) - Two Arkansans who moved to Canada to avoid military induction appear not to be interested in President Ford's offer of conditional amnesty. George McKinney, formerly of Little Rock, said in a telephone interview from his North Vancouver home that he did hot regYet his decision. He also said he doubts if he would return to the United States if blanket amnesty is declared. Herman H. Branton of Little Rock said that he had recieved no communication from his son, John, who also is in Cana^ da, since the conditional amnesty for draft evaders was announced. Branton said his son went to Canada because "he was very sincere in his feelings and belief" about the Vietnam War. McKinney expects to apply for Canadian citizenship once he fulfills the five-year Canadian residency requirement. He had been given a student deferment while on a four-year National Merit Scholarship to ihe Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But in April 1970, he decided he didn't want a career in engineering and left MIT. McKinney went lo St. Louis where he worked in a university cafeteria and later for a bank. A year later he met and married his wife. He later lost his student deferment and he was charged with draft evasion when he failed lo report for induction. "I had been rather foolishly continuing my life as if nothing had happened," McKinney said. "I considered my move at Hrcal lenglh. I had known people in similar positions who had gone lo prison. They had a bad time of it, and I didn't think I could last through that for five years." So McKinney fled to British Columbia, where his wife's cousin had friends. He currently works as a baker's helper and someday wants to have his own shop. The McKinneys now have established themselves as "landed emigrants" and have adopted a 4-year-old Canadian girl. Two die in plane crash WYNNE, Ark. (AP) — A Cessna 150 Commuter crashed near Parkin Thursday, killing its pilot and his passenger. Sheriff Kenneth Shaw of Cross County identified the dead as Gary Dean, 32, the pilot, and Jerome Crone, 33. Both were Memphis residents. The sheriff said the airplane was flying close to the ground when it suddenly went straight up, then plunged nose first to the ground. Arkansas Duck Points Mallard—hen Mallard—drake Wood Duck Gadwall Blue-Winged Teal Green-Winged Teal American Widgeon Ruddy Duck Bufflehead Goldeneye Scaup Redhead Canvasback Black Duck Ring-Necked Duck Hooded Merganser Common Merganser Red-Breasted Merganser Pintail Florida Duck Shoveler 90 35 90 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 100 100 90 35 90 15 15 15 15 15 Arkansas' duck season this year will be 50 days. For the first time Arkansas duck hunting will be on the point system. So, hunters, get familiar with points for each species. The season opens at noon, November 20, and continues through December 7. The second season opens at noon, December 18, and continues through January 18. Greening-Ellis Co. 209 South Main Phone 777-4661 Hope, Arkansas 'I feel father more comfortable under the conditions that apply here than I do in the states," McKinney said. "We've been living in the same house three years, we have good friends, and I enjoy my work. I have no burning desire lo return." Branton, according to his father, spends most of his time traveling with a dramatic group and usually contacts his parents, rather than their contacting jiim. U.S. Ally. W. H. "Sonny" lahunty said that at least two of the 14 Arkansans currently under indictment on charges of draft evasion have made initial efforts to seek conditional an> nesly. The two are Stephen Lucas, 29, of Pocahontas and Joe Bradley, 22, of Little Rock. In addition to Lucas and Bradley, nine draft evaders from Arkansas' eastern federal district and three from the western district are eligible for conditional amnesty. rffc family center SOON. HERVEY SQUARE HOPE, ARK. 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