Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 30, 1974 · Page 1
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The Editor soys: It takes a country boy 20 years to get to town—and $ 100,000 to get back. Our Daily Bread Hempsleod County- Home of the Bowie Knife Star Sliced Thin by The Editor VoL - 76—No. 15 —12 Pages Alex. H. Washburn *' n ' •: ' '' '^' Member of the Associdj^ Newspaper EnlerpfiselAss'fli Features HOPE, ARKANSAS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1974 Av. net paid circulation 6months ending Sept. 30,1974—4,118 PRICE lOc As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. Vote FOR legal sale of liquor in general election Tuesday, Nov. 5 Ed. Note: This IB the first of a series of editorial discussing the proposals on the ballot in the general election next Tuesday, Nov. 5. The No. 1 plank in The Star's editiorial platform through all the 45 years of our ownership is to seek out and destroy prohibition of liquor sales wherever and whenever such prohibition exists. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, a local option measure to repeal prohibition in Hempstead county will be on the general election ballot. We quote below the exact wording of the ballot and advise you to follow our marking when you vote next Tuesday: "FOR the Manufacture or Sale of Intoxicating Liquors" "AGAINST the Manufacture or Sale of toxicating Liquors" fi SORDID HISTORY Two generations ago some misguided churchmen organized a national campaign for liquor prohibition under the slogan "A Dry America by 1920." They brought it about not because there was any virtue in the proposal that Christians should put their fellow men in prison because of a theological diesagreement—not at all; what brought national prohibition to America was the pouring of millions of dollars into the dry campaign by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Prohibition brought on the greatest crime wave in our nation's history, corrupting the police and turning the big cities into battlegrounds between Al Capone and his rival gangsters. Mr. Rockefeller, realizing what his campaign was doing to our country, withdrew his support— and sentiment for national prohibition collapsed. When Franklin D. Roosevelt became president he promptly set about repealing- v both the 18th Amendment and its enabling law, the Volstead Act. The result was that all America was^declared wet. In 1936 a church organization sponsored a local option vote to return liquor prohibition to Hempf , . . ~ , r •-•.••<;;•...«.„..»• :.-.., •'«•*' stead county. - The Star attacked the drys in a series of sharp editorials by this editor—and prohibition was beaten by 6 votes. In 1946 the drys got up a slush fund and overwhelmed the wets at the polls despite all this newspaper could do. Hempstead county has been a so-called dry county ever since. TAX RELIEF IS ISSUE Here are the reasons why you should vote FOR legal sales next Tuesday: Prohibition is discriminatory. Although Hempstead is supposed to be dry there are at least three legally-licensed private drinking clubs in our county: Hope Country Club, Country Club No. 2, and the VFW Club, So local option prohibition isn't a matter of morals—it's a matter of whether you can afford to pay dues to a private club. Prohibiting hurts Hope; helps Texarkana. My home and my investments are in Hope. I do everything I can to help promote business for Hope and Hempstead county. Promoting Texarkana is something I am opposed to—and wet Texarkana is siphoning off Hope trade every day that prohibition rules Hempstead county. A specific case: Before the return of prohibition to Hempstead county in 1946 Hope merchants used to cash many checks from Saratoga, Okay, McNab, and Fulton. But when liquor went out, so did the spending by these western county points—whose business was diverted to Texarkana. Prohibition costs the taxpayer. Under legal sale of liquor the various license fees furnish funds for regulating and policing a troublesome business. Under prohibition there are no such license revenues—therefore the entire burden of police work falls upon the local taxpayer. Legal sales provide local revenue. Prohibition increases local tax expense. Prohibition outlaws local sales, but we get liquor tax revenue regardless. The holier-than-thous are always talking about liquor sales being "tainted money." But consider this strange twist: When we outlaw legal sales in Hempstead county we still get out share of liquor sales taxation elsewhere. State liquor taxes collected in Texarkana and other cities are deposited in the Arkansas General Revenue Fund at Little Rock, and then are disbursed to all 75 counties—whether wet or dry. It's a beggarly situation—loading the burden of police work on Texarkana while still accepting our share of the distasteful loot. If you are honest in your opposition to legal sales then you shouldn't permit your dry county to accept the tax revenue^bm liquor salesTelsvwhere, Fair warning to church organizations: If I receive evidence that any tax-exempt church property is being used for campaign purposes by the drys I'll make it a point to ask the Internal Revenue Service to disallow the deductibility of membership dues for the church in question. The IRS has a strict rule against using tax- deductible funds or property "to influence legistlation"—and prohibition is legislation calculated to put non-private-club members in jail. The wets can't deduct their campaign expense from income tax returns—and I guaranteee to see that the church dry crowd don't. Vote FOR legal sales next Tuesday. Record Door to Israel-Arab talks profits .PITTSBURGH. Pa. (AP) — U.S. Steel, the nation's largest steelmaker, was joined by the second-largest steel manufacturer today in reporting record profits. Bethlehem Steel Co. reported a record net income for the first three-quarters of $220.4 million, 45 per cent greater than the same 1973 period. Third-quarter income also set a record, hitting $107 million, nearly double last year's earnings for the period. U.S. Steel reported Tuesday that net income for the third quarter set a record and that its January-September income topped any full year in its history. In releasing its income figures, U.S. Steel said a healthy steel industry was important to the nation's economy. POLICE MINISTER MAKES REPORT CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Police shot and killed 50 persons — 42 of them Africans — in the execution of their duties during the six months ending June 30,1974, J. T. Kruger, the minister of police, said during questioning in Parliament. Kruger said the others killed included seven coloreds (mixed race) and one Asian. No whites were killed during the period, he said. Three policemen — one white and two Africans — were killed on duty during the six- month period. RAIN appears open: Kissinger DACCA, Bangladesh (AP) — Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said today that the door to negotiations between Israel and the Arabs still appears to be open and he will probably visit the Middle East late next week to assess the prospects. "That decision will be made in the next u2 hours," Kissinger told newsmen as he flew from India to Bangladesh. Kissinger's spokesman, Robert Anderson, issued a statement saying that the Arab summit conference which ended in Rabat Tuesday has not changed the American position that "step-by-step negotiations, including between Jordan and Israel on the West Bank, offered the greatest hope of succeeding at the present time." The Arab summit called for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank of the Jordan River with the guerrilla leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization heading the government. Israeli Information Minister Aharon Yariv said his government would not hand over the territory to the guerrillas. A senior American official said Kissinger still has hopes of salvaging the step-by-step approach, but he described the situation as "a minefield." The official also said Kissinger has no plans to meet with Yasir Arafat, the head of the PLO. If Kissinger goes to the Middle East, he will visit Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and probably Saudi Arabia, the official added. Kissinger came to hungry Bangladesh after promising India upward of a million tons of American food grains in the next year. Authoritative Indian sources said Kissinger told Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's government Tuesday that payment for the wheat, rice and other grain would have to be in dollars. But he said payment could be spread over 40 years and only 2 per cent interest would be charged. More appeals for American food awaited him in Bangladesh, where the threat of famine is even more acute than in India. Indian officials appeared well pleased with Kissinger's three- day visit to continue the work of undoing the damage done by the Nixon administration's pro- Pakistani stance in the 1971 India-Pakistan war that freed Bangladesh. A senior Indian Foreign Ministry official told newsmen there was "nothing but complete understanding" between the two governments. The official said Kissinger assured Mrs. Gandhi and Foreign Minister Y.B. Chavan that the U.S. government would not resume shipment of arms to Pakistan and would maintain the embargo imposed against both Pakistan and India during their 1965 war. The embargo has been lifted only once, for shipments to Pakistan in 1970. Indian officials said Kissinger also informed them his government no longer views Pakistan as a counterweight to India in the subcontinent. Kissinger seemed to soft-pedal the U.S. drive to get India, which exploded its first atomic bomb in May, to sign the treaty prohibiting the spread of nuclear weapons. Nixon in critical condition DULL and sluggish is the outlook for the economy says Alan Greenspan, chairman of President Ford's Council of Economic Advisers. Greenspan warns the nation's inflation-riddled economy can expect no relief before mid-1975. 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. LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former President Richard M. Nixon is in critical condition today after lapsing into shock for three hours and experiencing internal bleeding following surgery for phlebitis. "The doctors are fighting for that man's life," hospital spokesman Norman Nager told newsmen Tuesday night. He said later he didn't mean the statement to carry the seriousness it denoted. But a source close to the situation later confided, "I know the doctors are worried" about Nixon's chances of survival. In a statement read by Nager, Dr. John C. Lungren said a team of physicians administered "countershock measures for three hours until a stable vascular (circulation) condition was once again restored" late Tuesday. He added, "The patient is still considered critical." Lungren said Nixon, 61, was under round-the-clock care by a team of specially trained intensive care nurses and that Dr. Eldon B. Hickman, the cardiovascular specialist who performed the operation, would spend the flight near Nixon. Nixon's wife, Pat, was with Nixon after the surgery. A Nixon aide described her as "strained and trying to keep herself up during these difficult times." Mrs. Nixon was later joined by Nixon's longtime personal secretary, Rose Mary woods, and the two Nixon daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, who flew in from the East Coast. Mrs. Nixon and her two daughters remained with the former president until late Tuesday night and then went to the Nixons' seaside villa at San Clemente, 50 miles south of Long Beach, so the former president could have "undisturbed rest," said a Nixon aide. A White House spokesman sent word that President Ford was praying for Nixon. Lungren said Nixon's pulse rate had increased and he had a slight fever. He said Nixon was receiving medication intravenously. Twelve hours earlier, surgeons had attached a plastic clip — resembling a clothespin with teeth"— to a vein in Nixon's groin to control a newly discovered blood clot resulting from the phlebitis in his left log. The jaw-like clip allows blood to flow, but impedes the movement of life-threatening clots to the heart and lungs. In Memphl^ Tenn., Dr. Robert M. Miles, inventor of the surgical clip used in Nixon's operation, said that postoperative hemorrhage is Infrequent and patient shock la rare in that type of surgery. A five-man medical team participated in the hour-long operation which started at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. After the operation — described as relatively simple — doctors told a news conference that the former chief executive was "doing well." Hickman, an assistant professor of surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine, called the operation "uneventful" and said, "Mr. Nixon is doing well ..., recovering in the normal manner." But just over six hours later, Nixon slipped into vascular shock which arrested the circulation of his blood for three hours before doctors and nurses were able to "stabilize" his condition. Mrs. Etter chairman of Service Program Mrs. William H. Etter of Washington, Ark. has been appointed chairman of the Service Program in Hempstead County, it was announced today by the American Cancer Society, Arkansas Division. As service chairman, Mrs. Etter will see that the equipment and surgical dressings provided cancer patients are made available to the families of those stricken by cancer in the Hempstead County area. Equipment furnished by the Anijerican Cancer Society to help with home care of cancer patients includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, overbed tables and other items. Surgical dressings needed by the patients will also be provided in the required size and quantity. To obtain this service for a patient, all that is required is a statement from the physician confirming the diagnosis of cancer and listing the items needed for the patient's home care. This request for service should be given to Mrs. Etter who will make arrangements for delivery. 7 candidates seek City Board positions Seven canddiates—six men and one woman—are running for positions on the Hope City Board of Directors in the general election November 5. Frank Douglas, who has served under three mayors and three different city administrations, is retiring as a commissioner of Position No. 7. Candidates for that vacant seat are Norma Jean Delaney, Doug Haynie, and Bill Butler. Leonard Ellis, commissioner of Position No. 6, is being challenged by Ford Ward. Bob Jackson, commissioner of Position No. 5, is not running for another term and his post is being sought by Charles Jester. Mel Thrash, commissioner of Position No. 3, is unopposed. Other members of the City Board of Directors are Dr. Sam Strong W.L. Tale, and Floyd Young. Possible price-fixing Ford , g policieg of food investigated WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is investigating possible illegal price-fixing of foods, one of the crucial areas in the nation's surging inflation. Atty. Gen. William B. Saxbe, elaborating on the Ford administration's recent push for stepped-up antitrust enforcement, said Tuesday, "A far greater number of possible antitrust violations involving foods are under active investigation by the Antitrust Division." Saxbe, in a speech to the legal committee of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, noted that the department has 14 civil and criminal cases pending against food producers. These cases involve, among other things, broiler chickens, dairy products and baked goods. "We are determined to relentlessly run to earth any allegation involving possible violation of antitrust laws. We are giving considerable emphasis to the food industry," Saxbe said. He said the department is stepping up price-fixing investigations to help combat inflation. Administration officials, citing inflation, have called for tougher prison sentences for businessmen who violate antitrust laws by conspiring secretly to fix prices at artifieially high levels. The attorney general cited possible antitrust violations involving the sugar, egg and beef industries nationally and of companies marketing cbread, milk, seafood, tuna, beer and soft drinks regionally or locally. ridiculed by Byrd All Around Town .By The Star Staff. RING FOUND A ladies' ring has been found in Hope Village Shopping Center. If you have lost a ring, drop by Morgan and Lindsay's and give them the description. LIQUOR ISSUE The Hope Optimist Club will hear the Rev. Gordon Renshaw and Rev. Gerald Trussell talk on the issue being proposed in the general election on November 5, concerning liquor. The meeting will be at the Rodeway Inn Restaurant at 6:15 a.m. Thursday. Members are urged bv president, Paul Spears to come out and hear this very important issue discussed. HALLOWEEN FUN A Halloween costume contest will be judged tonight. All contestants must be at TG&Y Family Center on North Hervey Street between 7 and 8 p.m. There will be three age categories—two to five years, six to ten years, and 11 to 14 years. Prizes will be given. A Halloween parade will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hope Village Shopping Center, along with an art contest. Students will be allowed to paint Halloween pictures on store windows. Judging will start at 8:30 p.m. The costume contest will be for all ages. Stores at the Shopping Center will remain open until 9 p.m. The Spookarama and art contest will be covered live by Radio Station KXAR. BIG DEER. KILL j Bobby Calhoon of Rt. 3 Hope killed a three point buck deer in the DeAnn area with a bow and arrow. The 160 pound kill was reported to Ray Glass, game warden. SPECIAL MEETING The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Hope have called a special meeting for 7:15 pjn. Thursday at the Douglas Building. Purpose of the meeting will be to review the matter of (Continued on Page Two) MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Assistant Senate Democratic leader Robert C, Byrd, campaigning for Democrats in Tennessee, said today the Ford administration has "failed miserably" in its efforts to fight inflation and recession. The West Virginia Democrat ridiculed Ford's economic proposals as "powder puff moves," which he said would do little to cure the nation's ailing economy but would "sock it to the lower and middle income people." The most futile idea of Ford's, Byrd said, is the WIN button. "People everywhere are laughing about them," he said. "I have never heard of any kind of fight being won by wearing a button. "Instead of helping to Whip Inflation Now, the buttons, to me, are simply Witless, Ineffective, Nonsense." The Senate leader has been touring the country making speeches for Democratic congressional candidates. In a speech prepared for a Memphis luncheon honoring Democrat Harold Ford, who is seeking the seat now held by Republican Rep. Dan H. Kuy- kendall, Byrd predicted Congress would reject the administration-proposed 5 per cent tax surcharge on family incomes over $15,000. "The average, ordinary citizen has all the taxes he can stand to pay already," Byrd said. He was scheduled to speak at a dinner tonight in Clarkesville for Democrat Tim Schaeffer, who is challenging Republican Rep. Robin L. Beard. Byrd also accused the administration of "failing to convince the American people of its sincerity of purpose in completely cleaning up in the aftermath of Watergate." mid he characterized President Ford's attacks on Congress, and on Democrats in general, as strident—saying they reminded him of the hard line taken by ex-President Richard M. Nixon and ex-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in the 1972 election. Byrd pointedly referred to the Ford presidency as "the administration nobody elected" and said Watergate, inflation and recession "are the ugly triplets that will haunt it to the end of its days." Thursday ruling expected LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A decision is expected Thursday in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Act 236 of 1973 authorizing a state office complex construction project. . Chancellor Darrell Hickmao of Pulaski County heard testimony Sept. 23, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 in the suit, filed by state Rep. Thomas E. Sparks of Fordyce against members of the state Public Building Authority, which was created by Act 236. Hickman has temporarily enjoined the PBA from authorizing an excavation on the Capitol Mall, or from taking any more bids before a decision is handed down. A legal brief filed Tuesday in chancery court said the law that created the PBA employed "a method of financing never before utilized in Arkansas." The 45-page brief was submitted by the attorney general's office with assistance from Herschel Friday and Thomas Leggett, attr.neys whose firm drafted the finance portion of the law in question. The PBA has planned to ft nance $14 million of the project, expected to cost more than $74 million, from a $15 million legislative appropriation. The balance would come from revenue bonds Sparks has said the law creating the PBA violated Amendment 20 to the state Constitution." iv*

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