Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on November 5, 1974 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 5, 1974
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The Editor sdys | if you hove an opinion stand up andfbt counted- •go to the polls and voteTuesday V i Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Bad city streets? Voters rejected two remedies Editor The Star: It's hard to believe one city street could have so many chuckholes as the 300 block of East 15th. Try it; you won't like It. Living near the stadium, it has always seemed sensible to walk to football games, but now, I'm not so sure. Last night as I was on my way there, walking in the shadows shortly before getting on Walnut St. I stepped in a hole so big and deep J fell to pavement spraining one ankle, bruising the other knee, rehurting my bruised ribs from a hit and run driver who last week put me in the hospital for a couple of days, my car ending up in the graveyard for such vehicles as not worthy of a "fix it". The man who hit me has not been caught. At midweek, I saw men with spades out front and thought our street was about to be repaired. Alas, they were from the water dept. to fix a leaky pipe from meter to street. I had to laugh—seven men to do such a job. They were in each other's way. Why waste our dollars sending such a crew when two men could do a better job? Where is our pride in a job well done? Or is that, too, a thing of the past, never to return? MRS. GREER BELL . Nov. 2, 1974 418 E. 15th St. Hope, Ark. Hempjfead County- Home of »ho Bowie Knife Star VOL. 76—No. 20 —8 Pages Member of the Assbcllttd Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1974 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE tOc Despite our feud with the City of Hope over the Urban Renewal program which is causing us to move The Star to a new location before the end of the year, we -are Inclined; to. defend the municipal government on its street maintenance program. The popular outcry is, "What do they do with all the street money?"—bat the fact is that Hope has very little money that can be legally spent on streets. As we have pointed out frequently, street maintenance is supported by three minor funds—the city's share of the 3- mill county-wide road tax, the quarterly turnback from the state of our share of gasoline tax revenue, and the collections from the parking meters. The grand total is insignificant. Twice the municipal government has submitted to the voters programs to increase street revenue—both of which The Star supported editorially—and twice the voters rejecteH thp proposals. One measure would have established a city auto license; the other was a long-term bond issue to rebuild all city streets, starting with an arterial system—expressways north and south. It seemed to your editor that anyone who keeps his or her car in good condition would be willing to pay for a city license plate in order to reduce road damage to the automobile. Street potholes have taken a great toll in damaged shock- absorbers, mufflers, and tailpipes. This is our view—but the voters didn't buy it at the polls. The Star believes the time is ripe for a long-range bonded street program. We are completing new water distribution and sewerage systems—why not a street program of equal scope? Think it over. There is big revenue in the municipally-owned Water & Ught Plant, but this can be used only for general purposes, and sparingly at that. If the city government attempted to divert Water & Light Plant funds in volume to the street department it would be illegal and would be stopped by a taxpayers' suit. We need a long-range bond program to put all our streets in good repair. There is no other way I know of. Think it over. Vote today Arkansas candidates await voters 9 decision : —Hope (Arkv) Star photo BILL ETTER.JR., one of the new owners of the Hope Star building, • '< . ,...,^, ,,has devised a method whereby he can work and babysit at the/sarne —~-~4imer He just puts three-weeks-old-daugliter'Shannon Leigh in a large cardboard box while he sits at a printing machine turning out material for the upcoming Centennial magazine. (Shannon Leigh's mom is out shopping for groceries.) Coal strike looms WASHINGTON (AP) - A nationwide coal mine shutdown appeared all but certain after union negotiators walked out of contract talks early today and accused management of forcing a strike. "With what they've handed us tonight, they've declared a strike in the coal fields," said President Arnold Miller of the United Mine Workers as he left a union caucus without notifying the mine owners waiting in a nearby room. "There's not a sufficient amount of time left for ratification, and the membership would not ratify what they gave us," Miller declared. Guy Farmer, chief negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, later called Miller's statement "incredible," and said he couldn't "conceive how anyone could say what we gave them was a provocation for a strike." The UMW's current contract covering 120,000 members in 25 states expires at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 12 and coal miners have a tradition of "no contract, no workm" The unions says it would take about 10 days for a contract to be ratified by the membership, which produces two-thirds of the nation's coal. A walkout probably would begin Saturday morning at the end of this week's final production shift. The miners would be unlikely to return to work the following Monday, the final day of the contract. The negotiations, which resumed Monday night after a 24- hour impasse, collapsed again several hours after management presented what Farmer said was a substantial offer wrapping up all issues. A short strike is unlikely to cause any serious disruptions but a walkout lasting more than two weeks could have "a very serious impact" on the nation's sagging economy, Albert Rees, director of the President's Council on Wage and Price Stability, said Monday. With coal stockpiles already low, industry spokesmen say steel mills and coal-burning electric power plants would be hard hit by a strike. The Ford administration has prepared strike contingency plans that call for diverting coal supplies from some electric utilities to other industries, an embargo on coal exports and voluntary power cutbacks. 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. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - After last minute television appeals for votes, Arkansas political candidates today awaited the verdict of the 640,000 persons expected to vote in the general election with national attention focusing on the re-election bid of Wilbur D. Mills. The polls opened at 8 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Skies were expected to be partly cloudy and temperatures nippy. The ballot included contests for the U.S. Senate, three congressional positions, governor, lieutenant governor and 13 state legislative positions. In addition, voters were deciding on four proposed amendments to the state Constitution. Most Interest focused on two of the congressional contests. Mills, 65, of Kensetl, a Democrat, sought a 19th term in the : nine-county 2nd District of Central Arkansas against Judy Petty, 30, of Little Rock, a Republican making her first political race. Mrs. Petty, a divorcee who has criticized illegal dairy corporation gifts to the Mills bid for the Democratic presidential nomination two years ago, called the election an opportunity for Arkansans to do something to restore integrity in government. Noting that former AMPI official David L. Parr had been sentenced to four months in prison in connection with illegal political contributions, Mrs. Petty told a. television au- 4itence, "The American system ' of justice is sending Dave Parr to prison. Will the American political system send Wilbur Mills back to Washington?" Mills, sniffling from a cold he said he caught from riding about in air-conditioned automobile, spent the last campaign day among friends in his home county. He appeared on television in a previously videotaped program but discussed only national economic propositions. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, 52, of Harrison, a Republican, campaigned for a fifth term against the surprisingly strong challenge of Bill Clinton, 28, of Fayetteville, a University of Arkansas law professor. The race is in the 21-county 3rd District, which comprises roughly the northwest quadrant of the state. The other contests: —U.S. Senate — Gov. Dale Bumpers, 49, of Charleston, the Democrat who beat Sen. J. W. Fulbright in the May 28 primary, is expected to defeat John Harris Jones, 52, of Pine Bluff, a Republican who has lost three earlier bids for Congress. —1st Congress — Rep. Bill Alexander, 40, of Osceolan a Democrat seeking a fourth term, is expected to be an easy winner over James L. Dauer, 52, of Imboden, a Republican who previously was a member of the American Independent Party. —Governor — Former Congressman David H. Pryor, 40, of Little Rock, a Democrat, faces Ken Coon, 39, of Conway, a Republican and former state GOP executive director. Joseph H. Weston, 63, of Cave City is a write-in candidate for the position. —Lieutenant Governor — Former Atty. Gen. Joe Purcell, 51, of Benton, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor In 1970, is opposed by Leona Troxell, 61, of Rose Bud, a Republican who was state Employment Security Division administrator in the Winthrop Rockefeller administration. Of the four proposed constitutional amendments. Amendment 57 has been the most controversial. It would eliminate the present. Constitution's 10 per cent limit on interest and would give the legislature authority to set new in- Youths storm U.S. building ROME (AP) — A group of youths today stormed the Rome office of the electronic firm Honeywell, beat up a woman employe and hurled a Molotov cocktail, setting the place afire. It was the fourth attack against an American target in four days. It came while thousands of leftist students marched in downtown Rome to protest against the visit here of U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. At least four persons were injured in today's attack. terest rates. The other constitutional proposals are: —Amendment 54, which would allow the state to produce some of the printing materials used by the government. The present Constitution r 'cre- quircs that all such materials be purchased from printing companies. —Amendment 55, .Which would eliminate the salary ceilings on legislators and state constitutional officers and would set up a system by which the legislature could set the salaries. —Amendment 56, which is known as the county government reorganization amendment and would provide for reduction of county quorum courts to a membership of not more than 15 nor less than nine and would give counties certain additional powers. The quorum courts are the legislative bodies of the county governments. County voting precincts Polls close nt 7:30 p.m. Tuesday l-A: Hope Fire Station 1-B: James Motor Company 1-C: City Trading Post 1-D: Jones Field House 2-A: Third Floor Courtroom 2-B: First Floor Courtroom Ward 3: W.O.W. Hall 4-A: Hope City Hall 4-B: Hope City Hall Box 5: Young Chevrolet Company Box 6: Tate Auto Company Bingcn: Community Building Blevins: Home EC Cottage Burke's Store: Burke's Store Columbus: School Building Cross Roads: Gilbert's Store DeAnn: Community Building Fulton: Fulton Library Guernsey: School Building Jaka Jones: H.E. Sutton's Store McCaskill: R.C.I. Building McNab: Community Building Ozan: Town Hall Patmosi Town Hall . , ./ Rocky Mound: Baptist' ChurchSaratoga: School Building Sardis No. 1: Baptist Church Sardls No. 2: Church Building Shover Springs: Fellowship Hall Spring Hill: Agri Building Stephenson School House: Buck Martin's Home Washington: Elementary School Gym. Radio Station KXAR will carry all election returns starting at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday. Israelis raid town BEIRUT (AP) - Israeli troops landed with helicopters today in the south Lebanon town of Majdal Zoun, blew up the home of its headman, then kidnaped the man and his eldest son, witnesses reported. The helicopters overflew the town shortly before sunrise, then the force of about 150 troops walked into the town from several directions, the witnesses said. Majdal Zoun is a small town surrounded with tobacco fields and olive groves six miles from the Israeli border. The Israelis headed straight to the house of Mukhtar Aref Suleiman and arrested him along with two of his sons, then ordered the rest of the family to leave, the witnesses said. The raiders quickly wired the structure and planted explosive charges in various places, then blew it up, they said. The Israelis took Suleiman, his 15- year-old son Ali and 12-year-old son Mustafa away to a helicopter. Mustafa was crying, and the troops sent him back to the village moments before Suleiman and Ali got into the helicopter, they said. In Tel Aviv, an Israeli com- munique said the father and son were being detained for questioning. "Both were known to have cooperated with terrorists," it said. Thp town's inhabitants took leiuge inside their stone homes during the 90-minute raid, coming out only after they heard the sound of the Israeli helicopters fade away inside Israel. Star Ballot Light turnout, Demo gains predicted Amendment No. 54 (For competitive bids on state printing) For Amendment No. 54 Against Amendment No. 54 WASHINGTON (AP) - An electorate concerned with deepening economic problems and two years of Watergate is expected to turn out in light numbers today to award Democrats heavy off-year election gains. Although President Ford urged Americans to deliver "a vote of confidence in the United States of America" by casting ballots, some estimates were for a turnout as low as 40 per cent of the 145 million eligible voters. At stake in today's nationwide balloting were 34 of the 100 Senate seats, 35 of the 50 state governorships, all 435 House seats, and a variety of state and local offices and issues. Gains by the party out of presidential power are traditional in off-year elections. Republicans hoped to hold Democratic advances wilhin the averages of recent years — four senators, 26 House members and 6 governorships. The last pre-election Associated Press survey, however, indicated that, despite GOP claims of some late turnaround, the Democrats seemed likely to gain from 5 to 7 senators, 30 to 50 House members and 6 to 10 governors. This could swell the current Democratic congressional majorities — 58 to 42 in the Senate, 248 to 187 in the House close to the two-thirds needed to override presidential vetoes. Increased Democratic majorities doubtless would create problems for Ford's programs over the next two years, but few observers think that even two-thirds Democratic majorities in both houses would create the "veto-proof Congress" against which the President has campaigned. In the governor's races, the Democrats seemed likely to expand substantially their current 32 to 18 majority and perhaps approach or surpass the 39 state houses the party captured in 1936. Polls showed the Democrats would recapture the New York and California governorships, and Chairman Robert S. Strauss predicted his Democratic party would wind up with control of the governments in states containing 85 to 90 per cent of the nation's population. Republicans generally shied away from pre-election forecasts. Republican Chairman Mary Louise Smith said "we are going to do much better than people are predicting." Ford, who campaigned in 20 states for GOP candidates, also refused to make any predictions. He expressed hope that current congressional ratios would emerge unchanged, and Press Secretary Ron Nessen said he thinks the President's efforts will help Republican candidates. The President, meanwhile, stepped into the sun-splashed White House Rose Garden Monday to deliver a brief appeal for a large turnout. t If the 40 per cent turnout occurs, he said, "the Congress that will be working with me on controlling inflation, strengthening our economy and preserving world peace could be elected by only 21 per cent of the voters. "I don't think anyone wants that hand of minority decision," the President declared. He and Mrs. Ford already have voted by absentee ballot in their home state of Michigan. Ford plans to watch election returns on television at the White House tonight. Besides New York and California, where Democrats Hugh L. Carey and Edmund G. (Jerry ) Brown Jr. were favored in gubernatorial contests against Gov. Malcolm Wilson and Comptroller Houston Flournoy, Democrats expected to pick up governorships in Connecticut. Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee, Colorado and Wyoming. In Connecticut, Rep. Ella Grass o was expected to become the first woman elected governor without succeeding her husband. In Arizona, the race was considered close between Democrat Raul Castro, the early frontrunner, and Republican Russell Williams. In Michigan, the rematch between Gov. William G. Milliken and Democrat Sander Levin was considered very tight with Milliken jeopardized by a 'controversy involving conflict-of- interest charges against his running mate for lieutenant governor. Of the states now held by Democrats, Alaska appeared to be the best GOP hope, although Democratic Gov. William Egan was reported by both parties to be gaining on Republican Jay Hammond. In Kansas, where Democrat Vem Miller earlier appeared to be well ahead in his bid to succeed fellow Democrat Robert Docking, Republican Robert Bennett is now rated an even bet. Republicans also said they had a chance in Ohio, where former Gov. James A. Rhodes was challenging Democratic Gov. John J. Gilligan. In House races, national attention was focused on the effort by Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to retain his seat after a much- publicized late-night incident in Washington in which a stripper jumped from his car after police stopped it. SUNNY Amendment No. 55 (To establish commission to fix state officials' salaries) For Amendment No. 55 Against Amendment No. 55 Amendment No. 56 (For revision of county ernment) For Amendment No. 56 Against Amendment No. 56 gov- X Amendment No. 57 (To abolish constitutional ceiling of 10 per cent interest and permit legislature to regulate interest rates) For Amendment No. 57 Against Amendment No. 57 Heiapstead County local Option For LiquoF ~— == " Against Liquor

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