Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on November 7, 1974 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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The (ofe Brown Turner, of Ozan, told The Editor: The trouble with our Country is: The garage is where the smoke-house ought to be, Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn We lose, but sodid 3-mill road tax Before an election, people talk about the power of the press—but after an election the returns leave them laughing out loud. Your editor lost about everything he campaigned for in this column, and the two votes he salvaged were on measures. The Star didn't take a stand on, yet they won: The dog license law, and the firemen's pension fund tax. It is customary for the wets to blame a Local Option defeat on a lopsided dry majority in the rural area—but that alibi didn't hold -on Tuesday. True, the county as a whole gave the drys a majority of 790 votes, but the drys also carried Hope and the two country boxes adjacent to it by more than 200. The significant thing about Local Option is that it brought out a total vote of 6,786—which is something of a record for a general election in which the Democratic nominees were shoo-ins even before the polls opened. The Star's view of prohibition, of course, is unchanged. And there'll be another day. We didn 't care for the headline in Wednesday morning's Texarkana Gazette gloating over a dry victory in Hempstead. Hempstead voters made one mistake Tuesday—they voted down the 3-mill county road tax. This has been on the general election ballot for generations. Apparently someone spread the word it was a new tax—and the voters nailed it. They made a big mistake—to the tune of about $50,000 in annual revenue for county roads. We got this approximate figure from outgoing County Judge Finis Odom. He reported it takes from 22 to 24 men to maintain the. county road system, and the county will be without the 3-mill road revenue for the next two years. It seems to your editor the voters were 100 per cent throughtless in putting the new judge, Wayne Bohanon, behind the 8-ball even before he takes office. We confess, the folks over in Nevada county and north of us in Howard were smarter than our crowd—both our neighbor counties authorized the 3-mill road tax as usual. The road tax is so old that we recall many citizens in the county during the 1929-33 depression, being short of money with which to pay taxes, took advantage of an option in the law which permitted a person to put in a day's work on the county roads in lieu of cash. If we remember correctly, Hempstead voters once rejected the road tax some years ago—but it would take more research time than we can spare to verify this. L.R.senator to visit Japan LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State Sen. Joe T. Ford of Little Rock leaves for a two-week visit to Japan today under a program sponsored by the State Department and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Ford and 14 legislators from other states will study the Japanese government and political and economic situation. They plan to stay in the home of a Japanese family. Ford said he would promote the export of Arkansas' agricultural products to Japan during the visit. Area resident injured in fall Harvey Kimmell, of near Blevins, was injured Wednesday afternoon when he fell out of a tree while building a deer stand at McCaskill. He was taken to Memorial Hospital by a Hempstead Co. ambulance unit. Hempstead County- Home of the Bowie Knife Star •Memher "f the AssnciaU-d* Press VOL. 76—No. 22 —12 Pages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPK, ARKANSAS TIlt'RSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1074 Av. net paid circulation 6 months ending Sept. 30, 1974—4,118 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE IOC Bolivia reports 7 f *••" arm ed uprisirib LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - A radio broadcast said an armed uprising broke out today against the three-year-old dictatorial regime of President Hugo Banzer. The station, Radio Panamericana, broadcast the report of the revolt for only a short while and then stopped, reportedly under pressure from the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate government comment and it was not known if there was any shooting. Radio Panamericana said the revolt broke out in Santa Cruz, 330 miles east of La Paz, and that the leaders proclaimed victory there. Bolivia is South America's poorest country with a per capita income of $234 a year. It has had 180 governments in 148 years of independence. Bolivia is the cotirttry where Cuban revolutionary'" Ernesto "Che" Guevara was'killed in 1967, trying to organize a peasant revolt. Last January the country was plunged into economic turmoil and violence when workers struck to protest inflation that has doubled basic commodity prices. Banzer, a former army general, proclaimed himself president three years ago after the bloody overthrow of a leftist regime headed by President Juan Jose Torres, another general. He was the third military officer to take power in a coup since the armed forces deposed Bolivia's last constitutionally elected government in September 1969. Bumpers may resign s. before term expires LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Dale Bumpers, who has been elected to the U.S. Senate, says he probably will resign as governor nearly two weeks before his term expires in order to protect senority in Congress, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said today. Freshman U.S. senators will be sworn to office Jan. 3. However, the governor's state office term does not end until Jan. 14. The newspaper said Bumpers had discussed the resignation with Lt. Gov. Bob Riley, wh/> wouTcT serve as governor it days until succeeded by Gov.- elect David Pryor. Bumpers has yet to discuss the matter with Pryor, who Tuesday defeated Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Coon. Bumpers said he would talk with Pryor about it as soon as possible. "It's something I want to do," said Bumpers. The governor could continue serving until Jan. 14, but Arkansas would lose Senate senor- ity benefits if he does. Bumpers said Wednesday he probably would fly to Washing- ton Jan. 2 to be sworn in as the state's freshman senator at noon the next day. "If I don't resign and finish out my term, I'd be 100th in se- nority," Bumpers said. "I don't want to say (the resignation) is an iron-clad commitment in my mind. I think we ought to have a fairly detailed understanding how we ought to approach the transition into Pryor's administration. "But, I don't want to jeopardize a right the people have to results By The Associated Press U.S Senate 2,777 of 2,777 precincts Dale Bumpers 460,964 John Harris Jones 81,989 Governor 2,777 of 2,777 precincts David Pryor 357,009 Ken Coon 187,628 Lieutenant Governor 2,777 of 2,777 precincts Joe Purcell 404,057 Leona Troxell 127,687 1st Congress 735 of 735 precincts Bill Alexander 103,976 James Dauer 10,804 2nd Congress 442 of 442 precincts Wilbur D. Mills 80,786 Judy Petty 56,065 3rd Congress 828 of 828 Precincts John Paul Hammerschmidt 89,198 Bill Clinton 83,030 Amendments 2,777 of 2,777 precincts Amendments 54 For 258,036, Against 210,577 Amendment 55 For 230,512, Against 243,567. Amendment 56 For 241,830, Against 229,146. Amendment 57 For 67,265, Against 424,965. 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. ndrity I can. At the same time, I want to insure the smooth transition from my office to the next administration." Freshman senators are entitled to certain senority ranking among each other based on the year their state was admitted to the union. Arkansas was the 25th state to join the union. Thus, freshman senators from states that were admitted after Arkansas would be assigned lesser senority ranking. Bumpers would loose the ranking if he waits until Jan. 14 to be sworn in. Weekend agreement is possible WASHINGTON (AP) - The chief coal industry negotiator in contract talks with the United Mine Workers says an agreement could be reached by this weekend to keep short an expected nationwide miners strike. Guy Farmer, chief negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, said Wednesday he thought the two sides should be able to reach an accord "in two or three days," provided no new snags develop. "I don't think we're that far apart. That's not to say we don't have some real knotty issues which need to be resolved," Farmer said. UMW President Arnold Miller said there could be a tentative agreement before the current contract runs out at midnight Monday, but not in time to prevent at least a brief work stoppage. Miller would not comment when asked about the possibility of a breakthrough this weekend. "What we do every day (at the bargaining table) will affect the duration of a stoppage," Miller said. Under the union's ratification procedures, it will take about 10 days for the membership to approve a tentative settlement. Farmer said the negotiators were in the process of taking each other's proposals, starting at the beginning and comparing positions and "discussing how we might settle it." Kissinger's visit to Turkey canceled Saudi oil pledge given —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Roger Head SHOWN ABOVE is one of the several new street lights that have made their appearance on the streets of Hope. This new light is located on East Second Street between Walnut and Main Streets. Three of the new light sources grace the street. GOP's gain 2 seats in Arkansas House By The Associated Press The Republican party picked up two seats in the Arkansas House in Tuesday's general election and retained its lone seat in the 35-member Arkansas Senate. Jim Smithson of Marshall, a Republican, defeated Democratic incumbent Claude M. Wade of Yellville in House District 43. Unofficial returns showed Smithson with 4,799 votes and Wade with 4,481. The district includes Marion, Searcy and part of Baxter counties. Carolyn Pollan of Fort Smith, a Republican, defeated Democratic nominee Paul R. Johnson of Fort Smith in the race for Position 3, House District 15. Unofficial results showed Mrs. Pollan with 10,102 votes and Johnson with 9,220. The seat has been held for the past 14 years by Bernice Kizer, who was elected chancery judge. The district is composed of the Fort Smith area. Sen. Jim Caldwell of Rogers, the only Republican in the Sen ate, won re-election over Democrat Rex G. Bowlin of Bentonville. The vote was 10,076 for Caldwell and 7,477 for Bowlin. Rep. Preston Bynum of Siloam Springs, the only Republi can incumbent in the 100-mem ber Arkansas House, was onop posed in Tuesday's genera election. Other legislative finals: HOUSE District 74, Monroe and a portion of Arkansas counties Mrs. Kirby Meacham of Monroe, Democrat, defeated Altoi. P. Hill of Clarendon, a write-ir. 2,600-1,026. District 5, Position 3, a portion of Pulaski County: Rep. J. Gayle Windsor Jr., Little Rock, Democrat, defeated Gary Chandler, Little Rock, Republican, 11,479-6,961. District 59, Dallas, Calhoun and a portion of Cleveland counties: Rep. Thomas E. Sparks, Fordyce, Democrat, defeated Monroe A. Schwarzlose, Kingsland, Republican, 4,7171,028. District 30, Perry, a portion of Conway and a portion of Faulkner counties: Rep. Paul Van Dalsem, Perryville, defeated Mignon A. Francis, Bigelow, Republican, 4,7172,899. District 10, Position 3, a portion of Washington County: Rep. Charles W. Stewart Jr., Fayette ville, Democrat, defeated Cathy Hale, Fayetteville, Republican 6,226-3,703. District 47, Van Buren and Cleburne counties: Rep. Cecil L. Alexander, Heber Springs, Democrat, defeated Elmer A. Mayer, Higden, Republican, incomplete results, 6,050-1,096. District 24, Carroll and Madison counties: Cleo B. Jackson, Green Forest, Democrat, defeated Robert Cypert, Eureka Springs, Republican, 4,6112,394. District 13. Crawford County Edward F. Thicksten, Alma, Democrat, defeated Dale L. Owen, Akna, Republican, 2,292. District 2, Position 1, a portion of Pulaski County: Cliff Hoofrnan, North Little Rock, Democrat, defeated David G. Burton, North Little Rock, Republican, 8,889-5,117. By BARRY SCHWEID Associated Press Writer Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger has received a Saudi Arabian pledge to try to keep the price of crude oil from rising or to get a nominal reduction at the meeting of oil-exporting nations in Vienna next month. Saudi Foreign Minister Omar Sakkaf gave Kissinger that promise after the American secretary of state met for 10 minutes Wednesday with King Faisal in Riyadh. He made clear, however, that Saudi Arabia would not break ranks and cut its prices unilaterally. "The policy of my kingdom and my government is that we keep the prices as they are (and) at the same time work for the lowering of the prices to bring them down, albeit symbolically," Sakkaf said. "And if we could bring them down more than symbolically we would." It was the second oil-price promise Kissinger has received on his current tour. The Shah of Iran said last weekend he would propose that the posted price of crude oil — the artificial price on which part of the oil countries' take is calculated — be cut from $11.65 to $10 a barrel. But he indicated that he would do this only if the profits of foreign oil companies were drastically reduced and if the posted price was tied to the price of major industrial goods. Kissinger was meeting today in Amman with King Hussein of Jordan. After a stop in Damascus, the Syrian capital, he was to spend the night in Israel. He goes to Turkey on Friday to try to open the door to negotiations for a Cyprus settlement. . Kis'iuger on his arrival in Amman said once more that the purpose of his whirlwind tour was "to get the judgment of various leaders about prospects for peace. "I want to reiterate that we attach greatest important to Jordan," he added. Ankara students protest ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's visit to Turkey has been canceled, caretaker Premier Bulent Ecevit announced today. Kissinger was expected Friday. Kissinger was to come to Turkey at the end of his current Middle East peacekeeping swing for discussions with Turkish leaders on the Cyprus question and the cutoff of U.S. military aid to Turkey. The announcement came as 2,000 students from Ankara's Middle East Technical University boycotted classes to protest the Kissinger visit and staged a campus demonstration with signs reading, "Kissinger murderer." Bulent earlier abandoned attempts to form a government for the second time since the beginning of a political crisis seven weeks ago. Pryor says austerity, a caution needed in government spending LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor-elect David H. Pryor told the Legislative Council Wediws- s day that ""austerity and great caution" should be practiced in state government spending during the next two years. Pryor, elected governor Tuesday, said the nation faced "perilous economic conditions." He told the council, in his first appearance before it as governor-elect, that the highest priority facing the state during the next biennium is fiscal responsibility. Arkansas is projected to have a $74 million surplus during the next two years. Pryor said the state should be saving some of that "for future rainy days." Pryor, who plans to hold several budget planning sessions at night, said his immediate task is to review state budget proposals. The council has been holding hearings on budget recommendations. Pryor said only those programs criticially necessary to the state should be expanded. "I recommend that we use extreme caution in the expansion of existing programs," he said. Current state programs should be scrutinized to determine where cuts can be made and to see if excessive administrative costs are preventing the services rendered from actually getting to the people, he said. The former congressman said fiscal restraint did not neces- . sarily moan-that stf>te r;nvern- ment services mast be reduced. Instead, he said, it means that those services should be performed with maximum efficiency. Such efficiency, he said, will require state government to tighten its belt. Pryor said federal programs that are partially funded by the state should be studied and not be viewed as "sacred cows." He told the legislators he would meet with them again Nov. 26 and have more specific budget recommendations. Meanwhile, he said, he will direct agency heads to justify their budget requests to the council. Shortly after Jan. 1, Pryor saidn he will make recommendations on construction programs. The governor-elect said he had not studied the budget requests enough to know what kind of salary recommendations he would make for state employes or directors of state agencies. The governor-elect said he would keep some of Bumpers' appointees and agency heads as RAIN well as bring in some of his own appointees. Members* Of- Bumpers' staff said some of the persons that Pryor wants on his staff might be placed on Bumpers' office staff as Bumpers' appointees leave for other jobs. Pryor noted, as he did on election night, that he was studying various proposals on campaign reform legislation with an idea toward making such a measure an administrative bill. He said he was considering two areas of reform — limitations on contributions and the possibility of required disclosure on contributions. One f the major questions on required disclosure, he said, was establishing an effective monitoring program, such as the federal elections have with the General Accounting Office, Pryor also said he would set up an interim office in the state Senate's offices soon to begin the transition to the new administration. He will be inaugurated Jan. 15, but the new governor has a $60,000 appropriation with which to begin putting together an administrative staff and to start work on his programs. Pryor was applauded once during his speech and received a standing ovation when he entered the council chambers. Arkansas keeps 'familiar 4' LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas' four members of the U.S. House of Representatives will have a familiar look next year despite two serious challenges in the general election. Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, a Democrat, defeated his Republican opponent, Judy Petty of Little Rock, by an unofficial but complete vote total of 80,786 to 56,065. Mills, 65, of Kensett, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, overcame the widely publicized Tidal Basin incident as well as illegal gifts to his race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 to win the 2nd District race. In the 3rd District, Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, the only GOP member of the state's congressional delegation, defeated Democratic challenger- Bill Clinton, 28, of Fayetteville on the strength of a large advantage in populous Sebastian County. Hammerschmidt, 52, of Harrison, and Clinton, a law professor at the University of Arkansas, swapped the lead throughout Tuesday night, but Hammerschmidt began building a lead early Wednesday. Clinton, a Rhodes scholar, was seeking public office for the first time. Final but unofficial totals showed Ham- merschrnidt getting 89,198 votes and Clinton receiving 83,030. Rep. Bill Alexander, 40, of Osceoia, a Democrat, easily won a fourth term in the 21- county 1st District over little- known Republican James L. Dauer, 52, of Irnboden, formerly a member of the American party. With all precincts reporting, the unofficial totals showed Alexander with 103,976 and Dauer with 10,804. Rep. Ray Thornton, a Democrat, was unopposed in his bid for a second term from the 4th District. In the U.S. Senate race, Gov., Dale Bumpers easily defeated Republican John Harris Jones, a Pine Bluff banker and lawyer, as expected. Bumpers, 49, of Charleston, will succeed J. W. Fulbright, 69, of Fayetteville, who lost to Bumpers in the May 28 Democratic primary. The final but unofficial vote total showed Bumpers with 460,964 and Jones with 81,989. Arkansans also elected a new governor Tuesday — David H. Pryor, 40, of Little Rock. Pryor, who suffered a political setback in 1972, returned CO the political spotlight by defeating Republican Ken Coon, 39, of Cxjriway and write-in candidate Joseph K. Weston of Cave City. The final but unofficial vote total showed that Pryor got 357,009 and Coon got 187,628.

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