Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on November 4, 1974 · Page 9
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Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas · Page 9

Hope, Arkansas
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Monday, November 4, 1974
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Monday, November 4, 1974 HOPE (ARK.) STAR Page Nine GUESS WHO this metal sculpture by Alexander Calder depicts. It's "Shiva," Hindu god of destruction and reproduction in a modern version gracing the lawn at Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo. Inscrutable, these Mid westerners. Back home in India, Shiva is traditionally represented as a dancing figure with numerous arms. Majority of legislators opposed to Amendment 57 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than 91 per cent of the 64 legislators responding to a survey conducted by Arkansas Consumer Research oppose the proposed Amendment 57 to-the state Constitution. The proposed amendment would allow the state legislature to set ceilings on interest rates above the current 10 per cent cor^stitjutipnialjimit. .,.. ACR, which opposes the pro^ posed amendment, said in a news release Sunday that over the past two weeks it had contacted all 135 legislators about the measure. ACR said 53 of the 64 lawmakers responding said they opposed the measure while five said they favored it and six replied without comment. "The fact that they themselves don't want it should strengthen opposition to Amendment 57," ACR said. ACR said it had asked five legislators why they favored the measure and five why they opposed it. However, ACR provided only the comments from legislators who opposed the measure. According .to ACR, Rep. Steve Smith of Huntsville said he had served on the House Committee on Banks and Banking and was, therefore, "well aware of the massive influence that the financial institutions have on legislation in the State of Arkansas. "Even if I felt the need to raise interest rates, which I do not," Smith said, "I would be hesitant to place that power in such _a. political .arena as ttys, state legislature." Rep. John E. Miller of Melbourne said he thought 10 per cent interest "is all anyone should have to pay for the use of money. Anything in excess of this would tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer." Sen. Olen Hendrix of Prescolt said he realized the burden of interest rates on poor people. "It's a penalty to pay for being poor," he said. "It doesn't hurt Arkansas to be a loner. We should never, never raise interest rates over 10 per cent." Rep. Cecil Alexander of Heber Springs predicted that the measure would be overwhelmingly defeated. Rep. Robert Johnston of Little Rock said he opposed the usury measure "because it would raise the interest rate to 12 to 18 per cent and would increase the cost of all items bought on credit." Johnston said the measure, if approved, "would hurt 99 per cent of the people." Rep. Bill Holloway of Lake Village contended that the measure would hurt the "little man" in Arkansas. ACR said.it also asked the legislators whe'ther they thought any change was necessary in the usury provision. "Their replies showed almost an equal number of legislators on each side of the question," ACR said. "Some of the alternatives to Amendment 57 that were suggested were tying the interest rate to some economic indicator, setting a higher limit in the Constitution, establishing a commission to study the question, requiring a three- fourths vote to change the interest ceiling and exempting large corporate loans." Canada was the first nation on earth, having been a colony of the Old World, to achieve responsible government without violent revolution. Kissinger will try to close c5 •/ rift between Arabs, Israeli BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger is returning to the Middle East this week to weigh the impact of the recent Arab summit conference on the future of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, American officials say. After an eight-hour visit to Yugoslavia today, Kissinger was flying to Rome for a major address Tuesday before the World Food Conference. He will hurry on to the capitals of Egypt on Tuesday night, Saudi Arabia and Jordan on Wednesday and Syria and Israel on Thursday "to explore possible next steps toward a Middle East peace," he announced Sunday. The American officials stressed that the trip, Kissinger's eighth through the Middle East since the October 1973 war, was not intended to produce any agreements. Instead he will be trying to find out what can be done to get negotiations going again. The officials said the secretary of state is not convinced that the summit ruled out his step-by-step approach calling for Israel to hold separate troop-withdrawal negotiations with Egypt and Jordan and an indefinite delay in the resumption of the Geneva peace conference. He hopes that progress in such negotiations would induce the Syrians to negotiate in the same way. Kissinger told newsmen "several of the parties" had asked him to return to the Middle East. He did not name them, but diplomats in Cairo said President Anwar Sadat of Egypt had sent Kissinger a report on the Rabat conference and asked him to return. A spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry said his government "still holds to the Kissinger step-by-step approach ... We welcome any step forward and will do our utmost to persuade other Arab countries to go along with it." The spokesman did not rule out the possibility that the Arab leaders in Rabat had reached a private agreement not to oppose separate Israeli-Egyptian negotiations. The semiofficial Cairo newspaper Al Ahram said Kissinger's "sudden visit" is a clear indication that he was taken by surprise by the Arab summit decision recognizing the Palestine Liberation Organization as the representative of the Palestinian Arabs living on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River. However, American uiuciaib said he anticipated Uui as. one of two possible outcomes u< the conference. The other was a stalemate between the rival claims of the PLO and Jordan, which would have enabled Jordan to start separate negotiations with Israel, as Kissinger advocated. Yasir Arafat, the head of the PLO, told Time magazine he was prepared to meet with Kissinger. He charged that the Israelis within six months "intend to make a pre-emptive strike against the Syrians and Palestinians to begin the fifth Arab-Israeli war." Kissinger talked for tour hours Sunday in Bucharest with President Nicolae Ceausescu and assured the Romanian leader thai the U.S. Congress would soon pass a trade bill extending trade benefits to Romania- Fast Silk "The Silk~" were Canadian Pacific's famous transcontinental trains (1899-1930) v,- h i Hi broke all speed records whil^ carrying bales of precious silk to clothing manufacturers in the East. Brought tu Vancouver on liners from Shanghai, the bales were swiftly sorted and scaled into specially built cars. Carefully selected crews and armed guards protected cargoes worth as much as §6 million. Bumpers dedicates Childrens Colony unit JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Gov, Dale Bumpers dedicated the fifth unit of the Arkansas Children's Colony Sunday "to the thousands of youngsters who will be able to live a dignified, productive life that society would not otherwise allow." Bumpers also dedicated the unit, which cost almost $3 million to build, "to the taxpayers whose dollars built it" and to the many people who "never gave up" on the idea of getting a colony in the area. Bumpers, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, said the unit was made possible because of surpluses in state funds. On Saturday, Bumpers had dedicated Arkansas State University's new Indian Stadium. He called both the stadium and the Children's Colony unit "monuments of men's dreams." Of the Children's Colony, he said, "The facilities here are essentialy brick and mortar. But this is a stepping stone in the long-established plan to provide services to the mentally retarded and developmentally handicapped." Bumpers said the unit would emphasize region-wide care, and he noted that the unit was designed primarily to serve mentally retarded persons in the Northeast Arkansas Planning and Development District, The aim of the center, he said, would be "the Intensive treatment and training of the,, developmentally disabled in an effort to return them to the community." He stressed the importance of keeping the mentally retarded or developmentally disabled person in his own family environment, if possible. —Support your local merchants. LEONA TROSELL ...CAN BRING MUCH-NEEDED DIGNITY TO THE ARKANSAS SENATE AS ITS PRESIDING OFFICER! ...WILL TRAVEL THE STATE TO BE YOUR DIRECT LINK TO STATE GOVERNMENT! BRING THE REFRESHING ATMOSPHERE OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY TO ARKANSAS THROUGH A VIABLE TWO-PARTY GOVERNMENT ELECT LEONA TROHELL AS YOUR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR For By Mrs. Lynn iiur rris WHEN YOU VOTE FOR LEGAL SALE AND CONTROL, ARKANSAS LAW LIMITS THE SALE OF LIQUOR TO PACKAGE ONLY IN HEMPSTEAD COUNTY. THERE WILL BE NO BARS. NO COCKTAIL LOUNGES NO SALOONS. LETS JOIN THE OTHER 93.7% of Americans WHO LIVE IN LEGALLY CONTROLLED AREAS TOMORROW VOTE FOR legal sale Vote FOR Legal Sale on Nov. 5 Progressive Committee FOR Legal Control of Alcoholic Beverages Co-Chairmen: Jerry Winer and Will Rutherford This Ad Paid For By Citizens r •pstead County

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