Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 79 Carroll, Iowa, Wednesday, April 21,1976 — Twenty-two Pages Two Sections Delivered by Carrier Each Kvening for 60c Per Week Simile Copy Lowest Inflation Rate in Nearly 4 Years Food,Gasoline Hold Down Costs -Staff Photo First Aid — Emergency medical technician Eldon Squibb, left, helped Kim Ross, 12, to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a model, "Resuscitating Annie," at Carroll Community elementary school Tuesday afternoon. Looking on is EMT Joe Vanderheiden. Carroll County Ambulance Service employes explained rescue procedures to about 230 sixth grade students at Holy Spirit, St. Lawrence and Carroll Community Schools. Kim is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daru Ross. Rubber Workers Strike the Big Four CLEVELAND (AP) - The United Rubber Workers struck the rubber industry's Big Four nationwide today despite a last minute Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. offer that included ,an unlimited cost-of-living adjustment. Master .contracts that expired at-midnight with Firestone, Goodyear Tire & ,- Rubber Co., B.F. Goodrich Co. arid Uniroy.al Inc. covered, about 60,000 of the UJIW's 190,000 members. Peter Bommarito, URW international president, said Firestone's proposed total hourly wage increase of $1.15 over three years, 60 cents of it in the first year, "is short on wh.a t we need for a cost-of-living wage catchup for 1976 alone." Firestone said its offer was "in the best interests of the employes, the country's continuing economic recovery and the company." Any settlement with Firestone would set the pattern for the rest of the Big Four. The strike, the second nationwide shutdown in U.S. industry within a month, was expected to have little immediate effect outside the Big Four. Auto makers said they had stockpiled enough tires to last up to four week,s, Inside Women's news — Page 4. Editorials —PageS. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news—Page 2. Sports Knights, Glidden-Ralston repeat as champs, Friedman: healthy,' running.well for UNI; Angels win, near brawl in Cafds-Mets game — Pages 15 and 16. depending on the type of car and the rate of production. But the car makers also said a lengthy strike would cut into operations at some point because assembly lines require such rubber parts as hoses, floormats, belts, and gaskets as well as tires. Bommarito said the URW's total economic' demands represented a 42 per cent increase over the current average package of $9.05 per hour that includes wages of $5.50. i Negotiations with Firestone broke ,up at 2 a.m. and were scheduled to resume this afternoon. Talks with the rest of the Big Four were to continue today, although a Goodyear negotiator in Cincinnati, .where that company's .sessions were conducted, said that because of the intense efforts with Firestone "everything is up in the air." Uniroyal sessions were in New Strike, See Page 2 Search for Ida Grove Girl IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) — An all-out search has been started by authorities for a '17- year-old Ida Grove girl last seen Sunday. The search is for Ann Heffron, a high-school senior. Authorities say she was last seen about 10 p.m. Sunday at the Arcade in Denison. Witnesses said she was with three men believed to be in their early 20s, according to Ida County Sheriff Don Gebers. He said'vacant farm houses in the area have been searched but no trace of the girl was found. Gebers says he now suspects foul play may be involved in the disappearance. WASHINGTON (AP) -Falling prices at the gasoline pump and the third big monthly drop in grocery costs held the rise in consumer prices to two-tenths of a per cent in March, the government said today. The March increase compared with February's consumer price rise of one-tenth of a per cent and an increase of four-tenths of a per cent in January. The January-to-March figures left consumers with the lowest three-month inflation rate in almost four years. The Labor Department said the increase for the three months ending in March — a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.9 per cent — was the smallest •three-month increase since June 1972. It compared with an Debate on Crime Bill Continues DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After almost seven weeks of intermittent debate, the Iowa House wrestled Wednesday with the last dozen of the nearly 500 amendments filed to a criminal code revision bill. On Tuesday the House rejected proposals to keep on the books the crimes of adultery and sodomy. The House also voted for mandatory sentences for persons convicted of drunken driving, and for repeal of the motorcycle helmet law passed last year. Adultery and sodomy are two of the so-called "victimless" crimes now on the books which the Senate-passed criminal code bill would repeal on the theory that the state has no real stake in controlling sex practices between consenting adults. But Rep. Roger Halvorson, R-Monona, and others sought to keep sodomy as a crime. Sodomy is defined as carnal copulation in any bodily opening except sexual parts or carnal copulation with a beast. Halvorson said he doesn't think the state should condone " unnatural sex acts." He was challenged, however, by Rep. Tom fjiggins, D-Davenport, who said the amendment would "make a crime of sexual acts between a husband and wife in their own bedroom." Enforcement of such a law is impossible, said Higgins. He said there have been only two convictions under the present sodomy law, "and in both cases inter-racial dating was involved." Rep. James Spradling, D-Orange City; a psychologist, said he objected to the amendment because it inadequately defined sodomy and "it would make criminals out of many people simply because of sex acts that come naturally." It would make criminals of so many people, Spradling added, that "we would have n.o need for jails. We could just build a 12-foot fence around the state of Iowa." Area Forecast Inbreasing cloudiness Wednesday night, lows in lower 40s. Partly cloudy Thursday, highs in mid 60s. average increase of about 7 per cent for each calendar quarter in 1975. Lower beef prices led the decline at grocery counters where prices fell another 1.2 per cent in March. Grocery prices fell 1.5 per cent in February after a decline of four-tenths of a per cent in January. Gasoline prices fell 1.3 per cent instead of moving up as they usually do in March. The cut in the nation's inflation rate has exceeded even the most optimistic projections, but the Ford administration had cautioned that the declines in food and fuel are not likely to be .sustained. Maynard Comiez, acting chief economist for the Commerce Department, said in an interview before the price report was issued that food and gasoline prices were beginning to climb higher. "I don't expect to see a sharp reacceleration in prices, but I do think we might see some increases larger than we have been getting," he said. Despite the slowing of inflation, the purchasing power of the average American worker fell seven-tenths of a per cent in March because weekly earnings were held back by a reduction in working hours. However, over the year purchasing power was up 4.3 per cent. The Consumer Price Index stood 'at 167.5 in March, meaning that it cost consumers $167.50 to buy the same variety of goods and services purchased for $100 in 1967. Over the past year, prices have risen 6.1 per cent, the smallest gain in any 12-month period since the year ending July, 1973. The Agriculture Department reported earlier this month that consumer food prices on the average held steady early this year, but cautioned shoppers to expect increases in the coming months, although at a slower rate than in recent years. Although Agriculture Department officials so far have declined to predict food prices beyond mid-year, previous estimates indicated that consumers might see food costs go up an average of 5 to 6 per cent over the entire 12 months, compared with a gain of 8.5 per cent in 1975. Pastor Expects to Remain in Carroll Faces Trial- completion of jury . selection in the trial of West Virginia Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. and a former aide was expected today. Moore and the former aide, William Loy, are accused of 1 conspiring-to extort $25,000 from Charleston businessman Theodore R. \Price, who was seeking a banking charter in 1972 when the alleged crime occurred. The Rev. Ernest W. Larson, minister of the First United Methodist Church, /expects to remain here when pastoral appointments become final at the 133rd session of the Iowa annual conference in June. Mr. Larson has served the Carroll church since June 30, 1974, coming here after a six-year pa'storate at Trinity United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids. An Emmetsburg native, he was first assigned to the Somers and Callender parish near Fort Dodge in 1953. Subsequently he served at Lake Park and Holstein before going to Cedar Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Larson are the parents of five children. Proposed new assignments of some 122 pastors was announced by the Rev. Dr. James S. Thomas, bishop of the United Methodist Church of Iowa. The assignments, along with the anouncement of the remaining 514 ministers who will return to their appointments, will be final and become effective when Required to Fight Government Fires DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Townships and cities are required to fight fires on government property, an Iowa Attorney General's opinion said Wednesday. "The arguments that because the state does not pay taxes supporting the fire department, it should not receive their assistance and that by answering a call of the state might deprive a taxpayer of a department's assistance are illogical andabsurb," the opinion said. Sen. Dale Tieden, R-Elkader, requested the opinion, saying some fire companies don't wish to provide fire protection to state property.' "If those arguments were persuasive, it could mean that all governmental property, including county facilities and schools, could be without protection," wrote Assistant Atty. Gen. Larry Blumberg, "If a fire department does not have enough equipment to answer more than one call at a time, non-protection to governmental property will not solve the problem," he said. "What is a city to do if two or more taxpayers need assistance at the same time?'' The opinion said that if a fire department refuses to provide protection to any property within its jurisdiction, it is opening itself to possible liability. Tieden said volunteer fire departments in Clayton and Allamakee Counties had requested the opinion and that those departments have scheduled a meeting in Postville Friday. The departments for some time have protested being required to fight fires on government property, even-to the extent that resolutions were passed last summer saying that fires would not be fought on those premises. they are announced by the bishop at the Iowa annual conference June 13 in Des Moines. Since by law of the church, Bishop Thomas must be assigned to another area in July;, this will be his last appointment of United . Methodist ministers in Iowa. Superintendents of the 13 districts in Iowa will be returned to their assignments with exception of those at Council Bluffs and Mason City. Following are names of area pastors receiving proposed new assignments with the name of their predecessors; Council Bluffs District — Leroy W. Moore, from First church, Burlington, succeeds Robert T. Dodder, who goes to First church, Ankeny, as superintendent. Griswold-Lewis — James E. Seibert from Lanesboro-Churdan succeeds Richard T. Hohl who goes to Greenfield. Malvern-Strahan — Charles E. Cowell Jr. from First Christian Church, Ottumwa, succeeds Richard G. Viney who goes to Lake View-Wall Lake, succeeding George W. Brighton who goes to Graettinger. Fort Dodge District — Lanesboro-Churdan — Warren J. McFate from New Hampton who succeeds James E. Seibert who goes to Griswold-Lewis ; Scranton-Ralston — Clyde G. Sparks from Van Meter, who succeeds David F. Barker who goes to Sutherland-Larrabee. Sioux City District — Denison — Byron Surface from Webster City, Grace-Mulberry Center succeeds Cecil C. Latta who is retiring from the pastorate. Perry District — Ross-Gray — Beryl D. Hokel succeeds Ivan D. Rose. New Hospital to Be Built SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is planning to build a new hospital here. Officials have asked the City Council to work with the hospital in studying the feasibility of locating the structure in the east end of downtown Sioux City. Rev. Ernest W. Larson Princess is Hurt as Horse Falls on Her BLANDFORD, England (AP) — Princess Anne's horse threw her going over a fence during a riding competition today, then ,fell on her, cracking one of Anne's spinal bones and briefly knocking her unconscious, Buckingham Palace said. She will remain hospitalized overnight and there was no immediate word on when she would ride again. Anne, 25-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is one of Britain's hopes for an equestrian gold medal at the Montreal Olympics this summer. Anne, See Page 2 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $45 million this year grinding out crop and livestock reports which many of the nation's farmers regard as junk mail. According to a.survey by "Successful; Farming, "a national farm publication, farmers say the government wastes money in alarming amounts for services designe^ to help them. ' Crop and livestock reports published by the USDA-sitvd ' •mailed free to, most farmers were deemed worthless by 75 per cent of those-polled, the magazine said. . . The chief reasons cited were inaccuracy and lateness. More than 5,000 farmers responded to a questionnaire published by the magazine to sample the effectiveness of USDA information services. -An Indiana farmer wrote that the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in his county had five employes who are paid $34,500 in annual salaries. "Our ASC program has .funds of $17,000," the farmer said. "That's $34,500 to administer $17,000." The monthly magazine said the. results are based on a self- selected responses from farmers and thus are not proj- ectable to either the magazine's total subscribers or the general farm population. .•••''< Almost 60 per cent of the re- .spondents answered "no" to the general question: "Do you feel you get your money's Worth from government agricultural services in your area?" < Sixty-four per cent said they do not want disaster loans and 7? per cent had not received federal funds in the last year. Thirteen per cent responded that they had hired private agricultural consultants and 65 per cent believed the farm census,' conducted every four years, is unnecessary. "Our personal farm policy is to avoid any involvement with government agencies," wrote a Wisconsin farmer. "We borrow from a local bank,.insure with a private company and fertilize according to soil tests done by a private company." Twenty-six per cent said they do not believe the ASCS treats all requests for funds equally and 46 per cent ranked their county agents' knowledge of farming below that of top farmers. Asked if county extension agents should also spend time with city problems as well as rural, 63 per cent answered "yes." Fifty-nine said they would not use the "forgiveness" clause that says you don't have to pay .back the first $5.000 of federal disaster loans and 32 per cent they knew of farmers who try to obtain more federal farm funds than they are entitled to. Although the services generally received low marks, the conduct, honesty and expertise of government employes was praised by many farmers. Eighty-eight per cent said they viewed the government agriculture employes in their areas as "scrupulously honest" or "mostly honest." The attitude of most government agricultural employes contacted was rated pleasant and courteous by.38 per cent and "as helpful as they have time to be" by 31 per cent. Twenty-seven per cent said employes acted like they were doing you a favor. "I know many government ag agents," said another Indiana farmer, "and, in general, they are all high caliber individuals who work long, hard hours." "I think the findings are relatively valid," said Dan Wiese, research director for the magazine. "But you can't really say for sure when you don't have a random, scientific sampling. It may be 100 per cent correct. "You can suspect that maybe only the disgruntled answered. So the question then is how far off that throws it. I would think the approximate direction of the results are correct, it's just the degree that is in question." According to USDA figures, the nation has about 2.84 million farms and about 8.9 million people on them. Farm assets total about $531 billion. The leveling off of food prices was largely due to sharp declines in meat prices, which officials say have already started climbing. Several major oil companies recently announced increases in gasoline prices, which had declined in late 1975. But Comiez said gasoline prices usually rise at this time of the year and unless the new increases are larger than the normal seasonal push they may not be reflected in the consumer price index. Services, including rent, insurance rates and medical costs have been the fastest rising component in the consumer price index in recent months, and officials say there has been no sign of any slowdown in this area. Biitz 9 Air Trip Costs $112,000 WASHINGTON (AP) — A globe-girdling trip by Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz, 13 other government employes and nine of their wives is costing taxpayers an estimated $112,000 for use of an Air Force jet plane. The Agriculture Department says Butz and the other federal employes on the trip, now under way, will be reimbursed by the government as usual for meals and other expenses, but the wives, while riding along free of charge, will have to pay their own nontravel bills. Three reporters also accompanied Butz' group and will not be required to share in the $112,000 expense for air travel, officials said Tuesday. But like the wives of officials, the reporters will have to pay for meals, lodging and ground transport. Butz has scheduled meetings and several speeches in different countries aimed at promoting American farm products and free trade policies. The group left here April 11 and will return May 2. The itinerary includes New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Greece. Bulgaria, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal. On a per head basis, the Trip, See Page 2 Farmers Say U.S. Wastes Money on Ag Services Area Social Services Budget is $1,299,853 By Myron Williams No objections were filed at a public meeting on proposed funding for the Carroll district of the Iowa Department of Social Services Tuesday afternoon at the IPS meeting room. The proposed budget for Title XX funding, $1,299,853 in federal funds, will be submitted for final approval. Counties served by the Carroll headquarters are Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Sac, Guthrie and Audubon. Title XX funds provide services purchased by or directly provided by the local staff. Not included are financial and medical assistance and food stamps. Richard Philpot, Carroll district administrator, said more citizen input into these meetings is desirable. They "are a way citizens can have their say in how money is spent on services in the various counties." Those who were not able to attend the meeting may send written comments to Philpot at the Carroll district office, Iowa Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 367. If there are no final objections to the district's proposal by May 15, the plan will be submitted as it is. Philpot sends the district's plan to the state department of social services for approval. The state department will submit the total state proposal to the governor. Once submitted, the district's plans and state plan are usually approved, Philpot said. Carroll district services which have grown from last year and will receive more funding are homemaker service, residential treatment for adults and residential treatment for children, according to Philpot. The homemaker service, which is purchased from Community Opportunities, Inc. in Carroll, would receive $224,185 of Title XX funds. Residential treatment for adults would get $37,759 and residential treatment for children $81,242. A cost that is expected to increase in the future is transportation, Philpot said. The Title XX transportation allocation is $63,213, Most of the transportation cost now involves transporting persons by department staff, Philpot added. But someday there will be buses available as a transportation service run by some agency in the district, he predicted. If this occurs, Philpot said he hopes to be able to use Title XX funds to purchase its service. Public meetings on Title XX funds are held every year to review and receive the public's opinion on each following year's plan, Philpot said.
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