Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 64 Carroll, Iowa, Wednesday, March 31, 1976 — Twenty-four Pages Two Sections Delivered by Carrier Kach Kvemnp for 60c Per Week 1C- Single IdC Copy Creates Task Force to Recommend Enforceable Standards Ford Acts to Halt Overseas Payoff Practices WASHINGTON (AP) — President Ford today created a 10- member Cabinet-level task force headed by Commerce Secretary Elliot L. Richardson to recommend clear and enforceable standards governing overseas payments by American corporations. "The purpose of this task force is not to punish American corporations," Ford said in a statement, "but to ensure that the U.S. has a clear policy and that we have an effective, active program to implement that Ferguson Candidate for Senate Bill Ferguson of Glidden, editor of the Glidden Graphic and the Scranton Journal, will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for state senator from the 28th district. Ferguson formerly served as state representative from District 55 which is a part of the senate district. The 28th senatorial district, now represented by Senator Karl Nolin, includes parts of Audubon, Carroll, Cass, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Shelby Counties. Senator Nolin has decided that he will not be a candidate for re-election because of ill health. Ferguson has been editor and publisher at Glidden and Scranton for 23 years. Previous to that he was high school teacher and principal at Glidden and superintendent of the school at Dana in Greene County. He also served on the Glidden-Ralston board of education for 15 years. During World War II, Ferguson spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a Methodist, married, and he and his wife Alice, have four children, the youngest a junior at Simpson College. policy." The task force is to submit a final report to Ford by Dec. 31. Richardson, sitting beside the President in the Oval Office, told reporters there will be interim reports in the meantime. With the Securities and Exchange Commission already looking into more than 85 cases involving questionable payments to foreign officials, political organizations and agents, Ford said: "To the extent that the questionable payments abroad have arisen from corrupt practices on the part of American corporations, the United States bears a clear responsibility to the entire international community to bring them to a halt. Corrupt business practices strike at the very heart of our moral code and our faith in free enterprise." However Ford added: "Before we condemn American citizens out of hand ... it is essential that we also recognize the possibility that some of the questionable payments abroad may result from extortion by foreign interests. To the extent that such practices exist, I believe that the United States has an equal responsibility to our own businesses to protect them from strong-arm practices.'' Richardson told reporters in Ford's presence that the aim of the task force would not be to investigate allegations but rather to recommend a comprehensive government policy in this area. Ford said that at this point, "It is not clear to me where true justice lies" and suggested the issue of overseas payments might never be resolved to the satisfaction of everyone. He added: "the central policy question that needs to be addressed today is rather how we can arrive at clear, enforceable standards to prevent such questionable activities in the future. That is the key issue to which this new task force will direct its attentions." In addition to Richardson, members of the task force are: Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Atty. Gen. Edward H. Levi and Director James T. Lynn of the Office of Management and Budget. Other members are Frederick B. Dent, special representative for trade negotiations; L. William Seidman, assistant to the President for economic affairs; Brent Scowcroft, presidential assistant for national security affairs, and J. M. Dunn executive director of the council on international economic policy. The task force will report to Ford through the Economic Policy Board and the National Security Council. Ford noted that the issues involved embrace economics, foreign relations and the enforcement of federal laws. A White House statement said Ford will encourage Richardson's panel "to consider all policy dimensions of questionable foreign payments by U.S. corporations and to obtain the views of the broadest base of interested groups and individuals." Bill Ferguson In announcing his candidacy, Ferguson said he expected property taxes to be the No. 1 issue of the campaign. "This session of the legislature," Ferguson said, "has shown a great capacity to hold committee meetings and talk about taxes, but very little capacity to do anything meaningful about the problem. Meanwhile property taxes have continued to climb." Ferguson is president of the Glidden Booster Club, a member of the Scranton Lions, American Legion, Farm Bureau, V.F.W., Carroll County Historical Society and other state,and community organizations. Spring Cleanup Campaign Set The City of Carroll, the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, and Carroll County announced plans Wednesday for a spring clean-up campaign. The campaign, sponsored annually by the city and Chamber, will get under way officially Thursday morning with merchants and city crews concentrating on cleaning Carroll's business district. Merchants will wash windows, clean store fronts, and sweep sidewalks. City crews will hose and flush streets and sidewalks in the business area. Roger Haynes, vice president of the Chamber's Retail Bureau, said the city, crews will give Carroll residents south of Highway 30, an opportunity to clean out basements and garages and have larger refuse items •hauled away for them Friday, April 2. The local Army Reserve Unit will be on hand Saturday, April 3, with their trucks to pick up the refuse items on the curbing north of Highway 30. Larry Chartier, full-time Inside Western Europe's vaunted rail systems in serious trouble -Page 21. Women's news—Page 4. Editorials —Page3. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news—Page 2. Sports Tampa, Seattle get share of good players; Vancouver, Chicago tied; Hawks shocked over coach's firing, Nolan sharp in comeback — Pages 13, I*. technician of the local reserve unit, said the army unit is pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the city-wide clean-up program. Chartier added that the local unit will be using four . large trucks and eight men in their clean-up efforts on Saturday. Haynes said the Army Reserve and city crews will haul items that the local refuse haulers do not take. All items should be on the curbs M that the Army Reserve and city crews can cover their respective areas in one day. In cooperation with the clean-up drive, the Carroll County landfill will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3 for the benefit of all Carroll County residents. Lawn, Garden Show Apr. 2, 3 The Carroll Chamber of Commerce Retail division will sponsor a lawn and garden show Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3 in downtown Carroll. Roger Haynes, director, said local merchants and implement dealers will display modern lawn and garden equipment, fertilizers, seed and just about anything that pertains to spring gardening. Local merchants are cooperating with the show by providing special spring items for sale. Haynes noted that "now is the time to start planning that vegetable and flower garden and to get your lawns and trees back in shape after the winter season. If you need any supplies, 'or just advice, both will be available Friday and Saturday in Carroll." Peters is Candidate for House Clark Peters of Carroll announced Tuesday he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Iowa House of Representatives from the 55th District which includes portions of Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene and Guthrie counties. Peters said he is concerned about the failure of the current Legislature to respond to the need for reducing the cost of government, increasing governmental efficiency and to insure that present and proposed programs justify any increases in the tax burden on the taxpayer. "As a businessman and a person who ha^ been closely involved in agriculture, I am concerned that in some instances the Legislature has enacted legislation that has not been in the best interests of farmers and businessmen in this area," Peters said. "With state government becoming more important, it seems to me that practical business experience is needed in government when considering legislation." "I am also concerned that legislative sessions be as short .and as well planned as possible, so as to enable more citizens to serve in the Legislature 'and still maintain a business or occupation in their districts," Peters said.' A graduate of Arcadia High School, he attended the University of Iowa, graduated from General Motors Institute dealers' training program and served for four years in the Army Air Corps during World War II, before returning to manage an automobile dealership in Arcadia, and the management of several farms in Carroll, Calhoun and Crawford Counties. In 1959, the auto dealership was moved to Carroll and expanded. It was sold in late 1975. Peters is a member of the board of directors of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and the Carroll Rotary Club. He is also a member of the Presbyterian Traffic Deaths DESMOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa highway death count through midnight Tuesday as prepared by the Iowa Department of Public Safety: This year to date—134. Last year to date—122. Clark Peters Church, American Legion, Farm Bureau and Elks'. He is married to the former Lelah Belt of Lake View and is the father of three children, a son and a daughter who are involved in education as administrators, and a son, Robert, who is practicing law in Carroll. Retention of Deposition Law is Voted DES MOINES, Iowa (AP> — The Iowa House has decided — by a one-vote margin — to retain the present law allowing defendants to take depositions from prosecution witnesses to discover what their testimony will be. It was the major decision of the day as the House started its fourth week of debate Tuesday on a 427-page bill to revise and recodify all Iowa criminal laws. The vote was 46-45 to keep the law as it i's instead of adopting a more restrictive version inserted by the Senate. Rep. Brice Oakley, R-Clinton, said the deposition law is a needed protection for defendants since the state has vastly more resources for developing evidence and bringing in witnesses than does the defense. But Rep. Robert Kreamer, R-Des Moines, said the law gives the defense an advantage the prosecution does not have in criminal cases. Besides, Kreamer argued, taking of depositions is expensive business which must be paid for bv the taxpayers. He said property taxes for the court fund have risen sharply in every county since the Iowa Supreme Court ruled House, See Page 2 Economy Faces Big Disruption ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, 111. (AP)—The auto industry, farmers, small businessmen and the U.S. Postal Service would suffer major economic disruption in the event of a nationwide truckers' strike. In fact, nearly every element of the nation's economy would be affected, and one result could be higher food prices. N Teamsters union and trucking industry officials continued negotiations today seeking an agreement before the union's contract expires at midnight, but federal mediators said the two sides remained "far apart" on crucial money issues. About 60 per cent of the nation's total output of manufactured goods is moved by the 400,000 truckers who have approved a strike at midnight tonight if there is no new contract. Auto industry spokesmen said a walkout would be devastating because the car manufacturers are not equipped to switch to rail service. A General,Motors Corp. spokesman said GM would begin feeling the impact in some operations within a few hours. "At the end of the working week . . . the shutdown would be complete," he said. A Ford Motor Co. spokesman said his firm would face the same fate. Creston Foster, a spokesman for the American Farm Bureau Federation, said few crop farmers would be affected because of fall harvests. He said, though, that dairy and produce farmers "no doubt ... would be hurt" because of an inability to move their goods to market. Either a hefty settlement or a strike is likely to increase food prices to the consumer, he said. The financially ailing U.S. Postal Service could be further crippled by a strike. One postal spokesman said mail deliveries within cities would not be affected, but transport between cities would. For example, he said, a strike would affect about 80 Impact, See Page 2 Area Forecast Clear Wednesday night, lows in low to mid 30s. Partly cloudy Thursday, highs in mid 60s. New Breda Fire Station — -Staff Photo Breda Fire Chief G.W. (Gibb) Toyne stands in front of the community's recently completed fire station, located one block north of the business district. The fire department moved into its new quarters this month. The $35.000 steel building houses the three city fire trucks and has a meeting room. The former fire station in the city hall building will be used as a city garage. The fire siren will remain on top of the city hall, City Clerk Jim Ulvelingsaid. Legislators Develop a 3-Year Tax Cap Plan DBS MOINES, Iowa (AP) Senate Republican and Democratic leaders jointly developed a three-year property tax relief proposal Tuesday, but none would predict whether it would be approved. "This is one of the most important things you'll ever vote o n , ' ' Democratic Leader George Kinley told his caucus. "Think about it overnight and we'll come back in the morning and study final figures." "I don't know where we're at," Republican Leader Clifton Lamborn said following his party caucus.'"! don't think anybody is ready to say what the vote is." In the first year, the package follows closely one approved by the House two weeks ago. It would hold total dollars collected on farmland taxes to $294 million — up frpmJast year's $252 million — by increasing the agriculture land tax credit from the usual $18 million to $42 million. It would hold residential tax dollars collected to $309.4 million, up from last year's $304 million. This is accomplished by a $4,500 property tax credit, that is the state would pay the taxes on the first $4,500 of valuation instead of granting the usual $62.50 homestead credit. In the second and third years, the farmland credit would go back to $18 million and farms would be valued 100 per cent on productivity instead of half cash value and half earning capacity. The $4,500 credit on homesteads would continue those two years. Total dollars collected on residences would rise to $323.7 million and farmland to $305.8 million the second year of the plan. City and county governments would be limited all three years to 9 per cent increases on the portions of their budgets funded by property taxes. A governor's task force would work for the next year on proposals to better fund local taxes with the legislature having up to two years to implement a permanent plan. "On the whole, it's a plan everyone could live with with no great problems," said Sen. Norman Rodgers, D-Adel, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Kinley says he fears farm property taxes would be cut if farm production dropped over a period of time, pushing property taxes on other classes of property. Lamborn, whose Republican caucus voted earlier to oppose earlier plans, said he doesn't know how members of his party will vote on the new plan. "It's not a matter of me freeing them," Lamborn said. "We're letting them take a look at the plan. We'll let them sleep on it. We're pushing Taxes, See Page 2 Blocks Weapons Shipments, Seals Off Border Accesses Syria Presses for End to Fighting in Lebanon War BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Leftist Moslem chief Kama! Junblatt said today he was under intense pressure from Syria to stop the fighting in the Lebanese civil war. Fighting tapered off in Beirut and the suburbs as Junblatt held a strategy session with other leftist leaders. The Syrians have blocked a shipment of 4,000 weapons and seven million rounds of ammunition from reaching Lebanese Moslems and have stationed 18,000 soldiers on their side of the border to seal access routes into Lebanon, Junblatt said. ' However, Junblatt told re- porters before the meeting that he would not retreat from his position that the rightist Christian forces must agree to the resignation of President Suleiman Franjieh and far-reaching changes in the distribution of political power before any cease-fire. Moslem militiamen aided by Palestinian guerrillas have steadily taken over, key positions of the Christian Phalange party militia in recent days and were pushing through defenses toward the Phalange headquarters in divided Beirut. In other developments related to the 11-month-old civil war: —Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in West Germany on a European tour, warned against Soviet or Syrian intervention in Lebanon, saying his position was "hands off Lebanon." Sadat reiterated his proposal to send an all-Arab peacekeeping force into Lebanon, provided Beirut concurs, and said he had no objections to Washington's decision to send a special envoy, L. Dean Brown, to Beirut to seek a truce. Brown was due here today. —France, which ruled Leba- non under a League of Nations mandate between the two world wars, issued a new appeal for a halt in the fighting and offered to help in •seeking durable political solutions. The French government statement made no specific suggestions. —U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a television interview that the United States is not currently planning the evacuation of the 1,450 American civilians still in Lebanon but that the Navy is ready if evacuation becomes necessary. Seven U.S. Navy ships are standing by about 24 hours' steaming time from the Lebanese coast. —Palestinian guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat, commenting at a news conference Tuesday on the reports.about the U.S. ships, said: "America says its (6th) Fleet can arrive on these shores within 24 hours. We are now within range of the fleet. 1 say welcome America. You will sink in Lebanon as you sank in Vietnam." —The Cyprus government announced it is ready to provide shelter for thousands of refugees from Lebanon, if necessary, in now-vacant camps set up after the Turkish invasion of the island in July 1974. More than 3,000 Lebanese, mainly members of the once-dominant Maronite Christian sect, have already reached Cyprus ports in yachts and other small vessels. Lebanese police said 34 people were killed and 72 wounded in Beirut and its suburbs through the daylight hours today, mostly by sniper fire. Sixteen bodies left from earlier violence were found in the streets, they said. The death toll over 11 months is estimated at 14.000.
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