Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 25, 1974 · Page 5
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Wednesday, September 25, 107J HOPE (AHK.) STAR Page Five Tucker accuses FEA before House panel WASHINGTON (AP) - Atty. Gen. Jim Guy Tucker told a congressional committee Tuesday that the Federal Energy Administration must be forced io justifiy its pricing regulations. Tucker has filed a lawsuit challenging the FEA's regulations allowing a three-fold increase in the price of liquid propane gas. He said the regulations were issued without formal supporting economic evidence. Tucker accused the FEA of "a callousness and secre- Uveness... which is unconscionable." Tucker asked the House Small Business Committee why no economic studies were made before the regulations were enacted. "If they weren't prepared, who made the pricing and allocation decisions, and how were they made?" Tucker asked. "At this time in our national history, no agency, and certain- ly no agency making decisions as sensitive as those made by the FEA, can afford even the slightest appearance of illegitimate or unethical dealings and decision makings," Tucker added. "Until the FEA begins making open decisions, openly arrived at, with publication of supporting economic analyses and studies, the American people can only be left with the gravest suspicions, doubt and mistrust. Tucker said "secretiveness, uncertainty and contradiction" have been the hallmarks of the FEA administration since its inception. He said these hallmarks leave Arkansans "with a deep sense of bitterness and disaffection." Tucker was appearing as the subcomittee opened a three-day hearing on pricing rules and possible conflicts of interest at the FEA and its predecessor, the Federal Energy Office. Road Commission hears grievances LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Lloyd Brammer, international representative of the Laborers International Union of North Amerd ica, read a list of grievances from Highway Department em- ployes to the Highway Commission Tuesday. But, commission members decided not set up a meeting to hear other complaints, saying the department could hear grievances through regular channels. Brammer contended that many of the 221 highway em- ployes who did not get raises in July were discriminated against because of their union affiliation. However, Henry Gray, department director, told Brammer that all 4,000 employes received the raise authorized by the legislature during the special session this summer. In addition, all but 221 received a second raise from the commis- sion. Maurice Smith, commission chairman, explained that of those 221, 104 were new em- ployes and 117 were not recommended for the second raise by their supervisors. Smith said he did not even know who belonged to the union . Brammer also contended that the department's grievance procedure did not work because at least one employe who complained was fired. Smith denied knowledge of the alleged incident. Brammer said one foreman required prospective employes to buy a car from his car lot before being hired and that he then permitted them to earn overtime pay to make their car payments. Smith said any employe who was required to buy a car in order to be hired should report the incident to the commission. Opposition to AP&L rate increase grows LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Citizens Utility Project has been formed to join the fight against Arkansas Power & Light Go's, proposed $38.6 million rate increase, Arkansas Consumer Research announced Tuesday. Tim Holcomb of Little Rock, coordinator of the new organization, said the Utility Project was preparing testimony to be given at the Public Service Commission's hearings on the proposed increase. The hearings are to begin Oct. 21. Holcomb said the project would depend on public contributions. He said the organization's intervention was necessary because of the "great disparity" between the resources of the utility and those who are challenging the company. Holcomb used charts to compare salaries of the top executives of AP&L with those of the PSC staff members. The figures showed the salaries of the eight top AP&L executives totaled $317,631 compared with $326,181 for the 33 PSC staff members. Holcomb said "unless the public is vigorously represented at these hearings, then public needs and consumer interests will crumble under the financial onslaught of the utilitiesm'' The PSC lacks "the technical, financial or legal resources to adequately defend the public interest," Holcomb said. "On the other hand," he added, "Arkansas Power £ Light Co. uses its vast financial resources to pay, and pay well, its top executives, engineers and technicians." Leave policy settled LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A lawsuit charging that the former maternity leave policy of the state Social Services Division was unconstitutional has been settled out of court. As part of the settlement, the three state officials who were defendants in the suit agreed to pay the employe's court costs and legal fees although they did not concede that the original policy, which has been changed, was illegal. Sharon Marcum of Dumas, a district supervisor for service programs with the division, filed the suit Sept. 27 in U.S. District Court. She alleged that the division's policy of treating absences from work because of pregnancy differently from absences from work because of other illnesses was a civil rights violation because it discriminated against female em- ployes. Defendants were Dr. Roger Host, director of the state Department of Social and Rehabi- 30th Annual third District Livestock Show and Rodeo HOPE, ARKANSAS September 23*29, 1974 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. Women's Day 6:00 p.m. Sonny Meyers' Show 8:00 p.m. Little Britches Bull Riding THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Swine Judging 1:30 p.m. School Day 2:00 p.m. Sheep Judging 8:00 p.m. Rodeo FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Open Beef Judging — Junior Beef Steer Judging Rodeo SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Barrow, Lamb & Fat Calf Sale 10:00 a.m. Sonny Meyers' Show 1:00 p.m. Talent Show — Junior and Senior Talent— Square Dancing (FREE) Rodeo 8:00 p.m. SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Quarter Horse Show Oil exporting nations reject U.S. warnings litative Services; J. B. Cartwright, commissioner of Arkansas Social Services, and Richard Heath, director of the state Finance and Administration Department. A consent decree was filed Tuesday by Judge G. Thomas Eisele of U.S. District Court. The decree said the defendants have put into effect a "uniform holiday and leave policy," which made the suit moot. It ordered the defendants io allow Mrs. Marcum to be absent from work with pay during delivery and recuperation to ihe extent of her accumulated sick leave. Attached to the decree is the "uniform holiday and leave policy" plus a memorandum from Heath saying "any policy which treats maternity leave differently from any other sickness or disability is probably illegal under the terms of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act arid can subject a state agency Lo civil action By The Associated Press The oil exporting nations are responding to the Ford administration's campaign to roll back the price of crude oil by demanding that the United States and other industrial nations cut the cost of their exports. The tough new American line also brought a warning from France's foreign minister against trying to bully the Arabs. He said oil prices could be brought down only through a peaceful dialogue. President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezula, America's chief foreign supplier of oil, told President Ford in an open letter that the higher prices are a justified response to "economic oppression" by the industrial powers. "We see no other way to confront the economic total- itarjanisimthat, has been coming to the fore in business and world trade," he declared. He added that for many years oil prices steadily declined while the cost of industrial machinery and manufactured goods from the United States increased. "Inflation did not begin with the increase in oil prices," a ranking official of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said in Vienna. "It is rather because of inflation that oil prices have had to be adjusted ... however high the crude oil prices are, they account at present for no more than 1 or 2 per cent of worldwide inflation." The assistant secretary-general of the Arab League, Sayed Nofal, said the threats by Ford and Secretary of State Henry A, Kissinger in recent speeches could have a serious effect on Arab-American relations. The President warned the United Nations General Assembly last week that food could be used as a weapon against those Judy scolds Mills about spending LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Congressional candidate Judy Petty of Little Rock took her opponent, Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., to task Tuesday for allegedly helping to create a "wasteful, burdensome government bureaucracy .'" Mrs. Petty, a Republican, said irresponsible government spending was the major reason she decided to make the race. "Examples exist by the thousands," Mrs. Petty said, citing a $21,000 federally funded study of house sparrows as one example. Mills has said such studies have been included in lump sum requests for the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. Petty said that for Mills, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and "keeper of the nation's purse strings," to seek re-election was like saying, "We failed, but let us ccntin- ue." Mrs Petty was addressing the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Accountants. wielding the oil weapon. On Monday, he told the World Energy Conference in Detroit that exorbitant or rigged oil prices can "threaten the breakdown of world order and safety." Kissinger, meanwhile, told the General Assembly on Monday that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' high prices and production cutbacks could drive the world into a new general depression. Pine Bluff park funds jeopardized PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) A proposed 1,145-acre.park that Mayor Austin Franks once said would be developed into the most outstanding park complex in the Southwest may lose its federal funding because city officials apparently acted illegally in removing dirt from the site. Syd Wilbanks of the Arkansas Planning Department said Tuesday he might recommend to the federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (BOR) that Pine Bluff receive no more federal funds to develop the park site because of the city's actions. The city purchased the area in 1973. Since then, development has not taken place and the city has hauled dirt away from the site to be used for various building projects, including the construction of a parking lot for the Southeast Arkansas Convention Center. The BOR provided $187,000 toward the purchase of the land, and addditional bureau funds were assured for the park's future development. The city announced on May 15 in a legal advertisement that it planned to remove 50,000 cubic yards of dirt from the park to use as fill for the convention center parking lot. The announcement was made by City Engineer T. J. Rowell, who has supervised the removal process. Parks Director Vaughan Black and the Parks Commission were not advised of the city's plan to remove the dirt and learned of the decision through the advertisement. Manpower bill require§ student medical volunteers WASHINGTON (AP) - A $2- billion manpower bill that would require one-fourth of all medical students receiving federal aid to work in volunteer medical service has been passed by the Senate. Approved Tuesday and sent to the House, the -measure would require each medical school receiving federal aid to set aside 25 per cent of its enrollment slots each year for students who would volunteer to serve in an area with a shortage of physicians. A broader proposal by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was defeated after opponents denounced it as a domestic draft of all medical school graduates for national service. Kennedy argued that Washington has poured billions into aid for medical schools and scholarships and loans for medical students. Therefore, he said, it is fair to ask all of the graduates to serve for two years in a shortage area. If the Health, Education and Welfare Department found that not all were needed, a lottery would have been used to select those to serve under the Kennedy plan. Sen. J. Glenn Beall, R-Md., contended this proposal was much too drastic. He offered the substitute, which was approved to finance training of doctors and other health professionals for the next three years. The volunteers would get scholarships and pay for loans to pay for their education. They would perform one year of service for each year they received scholarship aid. The Beall measure also seeks to put some controls on the large numbers of foreign- trained doctors in the U.S. It would require that these physicians pass written and oral tests similar to those taken by American-trained doctors and that they be proficient in English. It does not contain the provision for federal licensing of all doctors, which Kennedy had proposed. The volunteer service would be performed in such areas as rural communities and inner- city neighborhoods. Tyger case in appeals court TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The 2nd Arizona Court of Appeals is considering a state argument for jailing escaped Arkansas convict Alvin G. Tyger while he fights extradition. Assistant Atty. Gen. Thomas A. Jacobs contended Tuesday that a Superior Court judge who freed Tyger on his own recognizance two weeks ago lacked such authority. Once the governor has signed extradition papers, Jacobs said, the only challenge is a writ of habeas corpus requiring Arizona to show why Tyger should not be freed. "There is no legal authority in Arizona for release once the governor's warrant is issued and served, and there is no provision for bail, pending execution of the warrant," Jacobs said. , . John Aboud Sr., Tyger's lawyer, said Arkansas should have sent someone to argue the extradition matter, and that Arizona has no legal standing to consider it. Tyger, 25, escaped in 1968 from Cummins State Prison Farm, where he was serving a three-year burglary sentence. He later married, moved here and worked as a truck driver until his arrest in May by the Federal Bureau of In- vestigation on a warrant issued in Arkansas. Aboud contends that Tyger is completely rehabilitated and a return to prison would do no good. The lawyer said he expects the appeals court to rule within a few days and he will seek a rehearing if Tyger is ordered to return to jail until the extradition proceedings are completed. REPLACING George Bush as Republican National Committee chairman is Mary Louise Smith. This is Mediterranean, pure and simple. TVeasury Treasury is Mediterranean with minimum adornment. A leader 'm home fashion's return to Class,c, quiet elegance. 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