Page Six M6t% (ARK.) STAH Monday, October 28, 1974 Another honor for Williamson 37 l e gi s l ators endorse Van Dfd§£m •^•^•^•^•^•MBBIiiMcf:' • O • - • . DOUGLAS M. WILLIAMSON (right), a graduate of Yerger High School, receives a certificate of congratulations from U.S. General Foster for obtaining a Master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Jersey. Williamson studied under the GI training program. He received his B.S. degree from Tuskeegee Institute in Alabama. He spent two years in the Army, then received an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant. He is now employed by the U.S. Department of Labor. Williamson, who makes his home in Neptune, N.J., has a wife and two children. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Williamson, 309 Hickory St., Hope. Ford is being urged to adopt new public assistance program By JOHN STOWELL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford is being urged to scrap the maze of federal public-assistance programs in favor of a proposed new welfare program guaranteeing poor families a minimum annual income of $3,600. Named the Income Supplement Program, the plan was developed over the last year in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and has been circulating within the President's Cabinet the last three weeks. HEW Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger said initial reaction has been cautious. HEW planners estimate the program's first-year cost at $21.6 billion. Although as many as 42 million Americans might be eligible because of their low incomes, the department believes that 10 million of that number would not apply for their cash benefits. The proposed plan would replace Aid to Families with Dependent Children, which covers 10.7 million persons at an annual federal-state cost of $8 billion ; Supplemental Security Income aiding 3.3 million aged, blind and disabled poor; the food stamp program, which has doubled in cost to more than $4 billion the last two years; and clothing and housing allowances. "All of this is predicated on agreement and willingness to put all these existing programs into one," Weinberger said in an interview. "If we're talking about adding a new program on top of everything else, I am the fin.t man to oppose it." New abbot for Subiaco SUBIACO, Ark. (AP) — The fifth abbot of the New Subiaco Abbey, the only Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery in Arkansas, will be elected Wednesday to succeed Abbot Michael Lensing who resigned last month. A news release described the abbot as the leader of the Bea- sdictine monastery in all re- i. > •-. The abbot also serves .-. ,.rtoident of the Subiaco . ...i-Hiiemy, a boarding school vuih 300 students. The announcement said the is eligible voters will receive a ballot on which all names of candidates have been printed. If no one gets two-thirds of the votes on the first ballot, the first candidate to receive a simple majority in succeeding b< ;! !ots is selection. ..ndidates are not nomi- :-J, out become candidates •we of theifpermanent > .* !-:.rLs T.: •!;? vows of :.-.-, c^Uty. obedience, f Z7V.T- In a draft memo obtained by the weekly National Journal, Weinberger argues that the proposed plan, a form of negative income tax, would make Congress more keenly aware that sweetening the welfare pie in the future would require tax increases. Weinberger said in the interview that if a more liberal Democratic Congress were elected next month, public assistance programs already on the lawbooks would come under strong pressure for benefit increases. The President is beini? told that the present welfare system is a runaway nightmare, which distributes assistance inequitably to the poor, at a total cost no one has yet been able to tabulate. "I would hope the President would decide whether he wants to include a proposal of this" kind in his State of the Union Address," Weinberger said. "That's what we are pointing for." The Income Supplement Program contains a strong work requirement, to appeal to conservative legislators. Every able-bodied recipient would have to apply for work and take an offered job. Oil exchange is proposed NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A high ranking Soviet official proposed Sunday that Louisiana and the Soviet Union exchange o.i exports. V. A. Kirillin, deputy chairman of the U.S.S.R. Council of Ministers and chairman of the State committee of the U.S.S.R. Council of Ministers for Science and Technology, promised that such cooperation would be of "great interest to the state of Louisiana." He also said it could contribute to an increase in trade be- tween the United States and the Soviety Union. Kirillin, head of the Soviet delegation to the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, was meeting today with Shell Oil officials as part of a five- city industrial tour. He said cooperation could be beneficial because the Russians have a much higher oil yield, while the Americans have technology to permit faster well drilling. watchit! MONDAY 6:00 MOVIE tonight TELEVISION THREE KTBS SHREVEPORT LITTLE ROCK (AP) Eight-five members of the state House of Representatives have signed a "Message to Concerned Voters of District 30" in effect endorsing the re-election bid of Rep. Paul Van Dalsem of Perryville. Van Dalsem is opposed by Republican Mignon Francis of Bigelown once an aide to the late former Gov. Winthfop Rockefeller. The message was reproduced in a political advertisement in the Conway Log Cabin Democrat Thursday. The message says those who signed it "know Paul Van Dalsem to be a capable and sincere man with the desire to work for the people he represents. "We have observed his demonstrated initiative, reliability and industriousness," it continued. "He is tactful and cooperative in working with others. These attributes, complemented by his desire to serve the people of Conway, Perry and Faulkner counties, has earned our praise, and the voters who secure Paul Van Dalsem to represent them are, in our opinion, fortunate indeed." The message concludes that ,Vari Dalsem "will continue to serve you in the Mouse of Representatives efficiently and effectively." Rep. Robert E. Johnston of Little Rock said Van Dalsem had asked him to sign "a letter recommending that he'd done a good job of representing his constituents, which I think he has done." Johnston said that between the two candidates he thought Van Dalsem is the more "qualified and experienced. And, it doesn't hurt.either that he's a Democrat, and I'm a Democrat." Although Johnston ^a id he had been solicited by Van Dalsem four or five weeks ago for his signature, the advertisement says Ithe signatures, which are reproductions of the actual signatures, "were not solicited by Paul Van Dalsem. "This," the ad says, "is an expression of our faith in his leadership." J. Gayle Windsor of Little Rock did not remember signing the statement, but he conceded that he "might have signed some kind of petition or something like that that was passed around during the special (legislative) session. It is kind of hazy in my mind. I don't recall anything submitted for an ad." Windsor said he had no dis- cusssion "of anything like that with Paul at all." House members are "always getting these little things passed around the House," Windsor added. "You get to where you sign them automatically." Asked if he did, in fact, endorse Van Dalsem, Windsor said that was District 30's business. "I've got an opponent of my own, and I don't want to get mixed up in anybody else's race," he said. Rep. Richard Mays of Little Rock, whose name also appears, said he might have signed the statement, but he' didn't recall doing so. "I didn't know he (Van Dalsem) had any opposition,,' Mays said. "I can't remember relating to it from the standpoint that he had opposition. If I did sign it, it would have had to be during the special session." Mays said he and Van Dalsem are "miles apart philosophically but he (Van Dalsem) does a very good job for the constituents PLANNING to enter several Democratic presidential primaries, Georgia state senator and black activist JuHan Bond said he does not expect any victories but will later urge those voting for him to support the candidate who "promises to do the most for black people." OPEN 9-9, MONDAY THRU SATWHAY 600 N. HERVEY SQUARE HOPE, ARK. 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