Arkansas is N^ 11n U.S. brofleY prediction, and Hempstead the No. 5 county. I?! K. •**« */<* «" s^^V •:^m 4 , r ^AE ""*. *^? I •$. Av, net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,1974—4,WO :A»SAS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 19?4 As filed M iih Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. X \ 5 ..._.._.,. ._„ ^-.,..._,%.i-". t .... ~.t,-_« .,„. „ „.-.*„;. :„ „ ^^ i -. -~ i.-i-..-..-.-—, ...--.a....-t£..*-*-. ^--..—* -A-ij'-iVnil i PRICE toe . , '„,First Lady hostess at receptidfifiti MRS. JERRI PRITDEN of Hope (right) talks with First Lady Betty Ford at a White House reception given for the Republican Federation of Women. More than 50 persons attended. The reception was held just one week before Police at pesjtrehan ready foFKian DESTREHAN, La. (AP) State police and sheriff's deputies are preparing to beef up their forces following an announcement that armed Ku Klux Klan security teams would patrol Destrehan. The Klan announcement came after a 13-year-old white boy was shot to death Monday during a racial disturbance at Destrehan High School. "We'll be ready for them," Maj. Grover Garrison, regional state police inspector, said Tuesday night of the Klan's patrol plans. In Baton Rouge, Gov. Edwin Edwards said that law enforcement should be left to the sheriff's office and the state troopers. "Anyone who takes the law into their own hands — white or black — will be dealt with immediately, effectively and seriously," he said. David Duke, national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said Tuesday that two dozen armed Klan security teams would begin patrolling Destrehan today. "Beginning tomorrow, we will help protect white people from rampaging black savages and murderers," said Duke. Earlier Tuesday, state police booked a 16-year-old black Destrehan High student, Gary R. Tyler of nearby St. Rose, with murder in the shooting of Tun J. Weber. Young Weber was shot as he stood between his parents, who had come to take him home from the integrated school. Officers said Tyler told them a .45-caliber automatic ac- cidently fired as he tried to take it from another youth aboard a school bus which was being pelted with rocks by whites. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to < receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. Mrs. Ford underwent surgery for breast cancer. Mrs. Pruden found the First Lady "very] gracious and very frank and outspoken." ^ "'*•;. ica praise, criticizeJ?ord plan Lions thank Hope for a good Fall Conference Editor The Star: We in the Hope Lions Club wish to use this method of communication to report to the people of Hope and Hempstead County that our Fall Conference held Sunday, October 7, was a complete success. As with any venture of this size there were many, many individuals who worked long hours toward the success of this program. Of special significance to us was the help and cooperation of the following businesses and institutions: Overturf's Shoe Store, Hope Public Schools, West's Department Store, Cassidy-Williams Grocery, Red River Vo-Tech School, T.G.&Y., Village Rexall, Spates Florist, Collier Furniture, Lewis - McLarty Department Store, Patton's Amity Furniture Stripping Shop, Southwest Wood Products, Spears Carpet Mill, Bruner Ivory -Handle Company, B&R Building Supply, Etter Printing. Our sincere thanks to the citizens of this area who over the years have supported our club in its many endeavors. Without this prolonged, vigorous support we would not be in a position to host a meeting of this stature. Our local club is held in high esteem by the other Lions Club organizations in this state. This is because we have a great citizenry to work with. We shall try to continue to deserve your faith and turst in the future. Sincerely Y.C. COLEMAN President Oct. 8, 1974 Hope Lions Club Hope, Ark. By The Associated Press Gov. Dale Bumpers and two congressional candidates, Judy Petty of Little Rock and Bill Clinton of Fayetteville, express sed disapproval Tuesday of< President Ford's proposed 5 per cent income tax surcharge to fight inflation. Sen. John L. McClellan, D- Ark., however, calld Ford's anti-inflation program comprehensive and well-considered, and Rep. Bill Alexander, D- Ark., pledged his full consideration of Ford's proposals. "American has got to come together," said McClellan, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "We've got to initiate and follow some program. We cannot continue to be indifferent and without action. Everything we under take to do may not be the best and some of it may not work, but we cannot afford to delay any longer." Bumpers, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., said he probably would not support any income tax surcharge unless It were coupled with a tax reform bill. Bumpers said Ford's proposed surcharge was "excessive on single people," and he thought some of the President's proposed anti-inflation measures actually were ind flationary. "Until there is a tax reform bill to couple with that (the proposed surcharge), I would have a difficult time voting for it," Bumpers said. The governor also said there were inequitities in the current tax structure that would be compoundedbya surgharge. A proposal for loosening the Federal Reserve's monetary policies would mean that it would put more money into circulation, Bumpers said. That, he said, "means there will be even more money chasing a limited number of goods, and that will just cause prices on those goods to go higher." Bumpers also said Ford's proposal to deregulate the price of natural gas means "the prices will soar out of sight." Only a limited amount of natu- ral gas is available and deregulation would be highly inflationary, Bumpers said. Mrs. Petty, the Republican who opposes the re-election bid of Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., said she supported many of the moves Ford had proposed to curb inflation, but that she could not support the proposed 5 per cent surcharge. Although Kord had called for a federal budget that would not exceed $300 billion, she said, that was a reduction of less than 2 per cent. "Every agency in the entire federal bureaucracy has more than 2 per cent waste in its. budget," she contended, "and I recommend that Congress trim an additional 2 per cent from the existing spending levels before they add an additional tax burden on the people. This 2 per cent reduction in current spending could then be used to finance the President's anti-inflation proposals." Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, declined to comment on Ford's proposals Tuesday. Bill Clinton of Fayetteville, the Democratic nominee for Congress in 'the-3rd District, said he was disappointed that Ford had called for an income tax surcharge that would include middle-income persons "who are already carrying the heaviest tax burden. "I also believe the President was wrong in not emphasizing corporate income more strongly," Clinton, a law professor, said. "This is where the enormous profits have been madeg these are the people who have been making a killing from inflation." Clinton also said he was sorry that Ford did not call for an immediate re-establishment of the grain reserve program. "This, to me, is one of the keys to lower grain and grocery prices and an easing of pressure on low, moderate and fixed income people." Clinton will oppose Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt. R-Ark., in the Nov. 5 general election. Alexander said it was the first time in six years in Congress that he heard a President present any specific recommendation to fight inflation. Boston schools stay open BOSTON (AP) - Boston public schools were to open as usual today despite continuing racial violence over court-ordered busing and a plea by a teachers' union that classes be suspended. School Supt. William J. Leary rejected on Tuesday night a proposal to shut down schools made by the Boston Teachers' Union Executive Committee, which described the situation as "rapidly deteriorating." Mayor Kevin White commended Leary for "resisting the union pressure by keeping the schools open." White called the union request "ill-conceived and unwise." Leary said he would seek to convey the union's concerns to U.S. District Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr., who ordered the busing which started when school opened Sept. 12. A hearing was scheduled for today by Garrity to hear White's request for 125 federal marshals to keep order in South Boston and check the spread of busing-related violence throughout the city. Gov. Francis W. Sargent said the National Guard is ready to act if needed. Officials said citywide attendance was 69 per cent Tuesuay, down from 72.5 per cent Monday. At least 37 injuries and two arrests were recorded in busing-related violence thai spread to the predominantly black Roxbury section on Tuesday. Among the injured were two city bus drivers who were struck by rocks in Roxbury. The others, both blacks and whites, were hurt during flare- ups at Roxbury's English High School and the Mission Hill housing project. Previous disorders have centered in the mostly white, Irish section of South Boston. Lawmakers at surtax proposal ••* .t-9? WASHINGTON (AP) - P>es- idenl Ford has challenged Congress and the public to accept higher taxes and less energy as part of "aW t anti-inflation program that also includes Jobs for the unemployed *nd stepped-up production to halt food price Increases. Congress is showing itself willing to cooperate up to a point. Comments by many lawmakers indicated that the point at which many of them would balk is enactment of a 5 per cent surcharge on the tax levied on incomes above $15,000 for a family and $7,500 for a single person, "I am aware that any proposal for new taxes just four weeks before a national election is — to put;it mildly I considered politically unwise ...," Ford said Tuesday at a natinally televised and broadcast joint session of the House and Senate. "But I do say in all sincerity I will not play politics with America's future ... This is the acid test of our joint determination to whip inflation." Appealing over the heads of the lawmakers in the floodlit House chamber, he asked his nationwide audience to "grow more, waste less ... drive less, heat less ... share with others." Congressional leaders moved fast on two measures Ford targeted for immediate action: a resolution tb'h'blcl spending at $300'billion, $6Million under earlier estimates, and legislation he said would clear the way for the government to pour $3 billion into the ailing home market, enough for 100,000 homes, by buying conventional as well as government-insured mortgages. Leaders conferred on ways to cut procedural corners and send these two measures to Ford by Friday, the day Congress is scheduled to begin a month's campaigning recess. Some said they would consider postponing the recess, but plans were being made to avoid a postponement. Ford's longer-term program ranged over the issues of taxes, food production, employment, energy, capital building and price-raising practices both of the government and the private sector. The proposed surcharge would appy to corporate income and to private incomes above the specified levels. An individual taxpayer would compute his tax in the usual way, then add 5 per cent to the tax on that part of his income above the specified levels — $7,500 for a single person and $15,000 for a couple. The surcharge would be in effect for a year only and Ford said, "I would not ask his if major loopholes were not being closed by the Ways and Means Tax Reform Bill." Some congressmen said the personal income surcharge had no chance, others that increasing public concern on inflation might put it over, and many that it could be enacted if the Funds allocated for 2 projects A special session of Quorum Court met in the Hempstead County Courtroom Monday, September 30,1974. There were 20 members present. This special session was called for the purpose of allotimj monev out of the uevenue Snaring Fund amounting to $51,158.00. The money was appropriated in the following ways: 1. Repair and Roofing Alcoholic Anomymous Building, $1,000.00 2. Renovation of Hempstead County Courtroom, $7,000 3. The remainder to be allocated later this year. income floor were raised,to $20,000. 125,000 or some higher figure. He said the tax measures he is seeking would raise an estimated $5 billion, which "should pay for all the new programs I have recommended in this message," Saying that low-and middle- income Americans have been hard hit by inflation, Ford added, "The tax reform bill now in the House Committee on Ways and Means, which I favor, already provides approximately $1.6 billion of tax relief to these groups." / Principal provisions of the committee bill that favor low and middle Income taxpayers relate to standard deductions \ used by those who do not Itemize on their tax t||urns. At prqscnt, a .taxpayer may take a standard deduction of 15 per cent of Income up to a top deduction of $2,dOO, The bill would Increase the percentage to 17 and the celling to $2,500, To help low Income taxpayers, there is In present law also a provision for a flat deduction of $1,300 anyone may take, regardless of what percentage of Income this is. The bill would raise the deduction to $1,400 for single taxpayers and $1,500 for couples. Consumers will still face a stacked deck WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if President Ford delivers to farmers all he promised in his economic message to Congress, the deck is stacked against substantial food price relief to consumers before 1976. Ford said soaring food and energy prices are "primary inflationary factors" and noted the country depends in part on foreign supply for oil. "But we can grow more than enough food for ourselves," Ford said. "To halt higher food prices, we must produce more food." Ford promised Urat-the'gov^ ernment would'do ay it could to assure farmers they can Sell what they grow at "reasonable prices" and pledged muscle to see they get enough fuel and fertilizer to do the job. But he 'could not promise clear skies next April and May, when farmers want to plant corn and soybeans. He could not pledge an essential two inches of rain needed next July and August, Too much rain last spring delayed planting, and too little last summer cut deeply into 1974 grain production. Early freezes this fall have killed much of the late-planted corn and soybean crops. And consumers will see still higher food prices because feed Is too expensive for many farmers to produce additional quantities of meat, milk and poultry. There is only one wheat crop a year. Only one corn and soybean crop. Those already have been, or soon will be, harvested. They are sharply reduced from prospects six or eight months ago — and they will have to last for another vear. Thus, regardless of Ford's encouragement to farmers, the current food price situation is something consumers will have to live with through 1976. Agriculture Department economists say food prices will continue rising next year. But fanners can be encouraged by Ford's vow to "allocate all the fuel and ask authority to allocate all the fertilizer" they will need next year. A question remains, on how much farmers will have to pay for those essential supplies. ,, Andhow'much they yjillget, for Uie-wheWcoriiiicaftle, hogs', milk, poultry and other items they produce. :*, ; WASHINGTON (AP) - If President Ford gets his way, automobiles will carry their passengers an average of five miles farther on a gallon of gasoline in 1978 than they do now. Outlining energy policies Tuesday in a wide-ranging economic address to Congress, the President said he will personally meet with_auto Industry top management to seek a 50 per cent improvement in gasoline mileage within four years. That pledge elevates the administration's effort from the agency level — Federal Energy Administrator John C. Sawhill has been after the auto makers since last summer — to the presidential level. And Ford added that he would go after the mileage improvement "either by agreement or by law," a warning that he might seek something like a horsepower tax or a mandatory fuel-economy standard for automobiles if auto makers don't cooperate voluntarily. Minister jailed; two schools hit by blasts CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A dynamite blast damaged a rural elementary school today and another building was slightly damaged by fire in the wake of the jailing of a minister protesting against textbooks, state police reported. The West Branch Elementary School in Kanawha County suffered moderate damage from the explosion. The explosive had been placed at the entrance of the building. No injuries were reported. Pupils from that school were shifted to classes at Chelyan. Midway Elementary School on Campbells Creek was slightly damaged when what state police described as a fire bomb was tossed through a window. The blaze was quickly extinguished. The classroom schedule was not affected. Schools in the Kanawha County area have been the object of protests by a group led by the Rev. Ezra Graley, a self-ordained fundamentalist minister. The group claims a number of text books used in the county's schools, are anti- Amencan arid un-Christian. The explosion and fire at the schools in this mountainous coalfield region came less than 12 hours after Graley was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $1,500. Graley was one of 19 persons arrested Monday during picketing. The sentence will run consecutively with a 30-day sentence earlier given Graley for violation of the same injunction. Picketing resumed this monv- ing at the county's Quincy school bus garage, also in the eastern end of the county. Mike Bell, spokesman for the Kanawha County Board of Education, said only 19 of 33 buses made their runs in the area because drivers were not crossing picket lines out of fear or sytr pathy with the protesters. -f.
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