The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1976 · Page 1
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1

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Monday, December 6, 1976
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ynton Man Seeks a Why for Son's Death l if Accidental 'Hanging' Leaves Father in Sobbing Fits The weekend before his death, one teacher remembered Tommy "happily chatting away with classmates" on a bus during a class trip. Tommy had been pre-occupied with "hanging" and had playfully hung his GI Joe doll several times, Jimmy recalled. Metz also said Tommy was somewhat "obsessed" with spooks and ghosts. But after watching Creature Features, he would often have nightmares. Baptised and raised Episcopalian, Metz has been trying to find some reason spiritual or logical to explain his son's death. He said he cannot find any solace in religion. "My faith is just I don't have any. When you die, you die. I don't believe in a hereafter. "I'd like to believe people progress from life to life till they reach some sort of perfection." Metz and his wife were divorced three years ago. She took the three girls to live in Lake Charles, La: Metz and the boys remained in the home behind the woods just north of Bethesda Memorial Hospital. Turn to METZ, All Two years before that, when Tommy was 2, Metz planted two Weeping Ficus trees as an entrance to a driveway which never was built. From one of those trees, Tommy was found hanging. Police ruled Tommy's death accidental. Billy said Tommy had for months before played a game "pretending to hang himself." When the body was found about six hours alter the 7:110 to 8 a.m. supposed time of death, Tommy's feet were well planted on the ground. There was no sign of a struggle. Police told Metz the boy in his morbid play accidentally cut off the blood supply to his brain, fell unconscious and strangled by the slumping weight of his body. Tommy's lunch and school hooks were at his feet. He was suppose to catch the school bus at 7:45 a.m. It's difficult for a father to accept the death of a young son even harder for Metz. "I don't have any belief." he said. "This has caused me to doubt even more." According to Tommy's teachers, brothers and father, he was a happy, well-adjusted boy. By RAFE KLINGER Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH - For the past two weeks, people in stores and on the street have seen a pleasant-looking, dark-haired man of medium height suddenly burst into tears. "It puzzles strangers," says 41-year-old Walter Metz, "but the people who know me they know." They know Metz is crying over the loss of his 11-year-old son Tommy. This weekend Metz and his other sons Billy, 13, and Jimmy, 14, were to have gone to Disney World and camping. The trip originally was planned as Tommy's birthday gift. He would have been 12 on Saturday. Tommy was discovered hanging by a strip of torn linen from the branch of a Ficus tree Nov. 17 in a thickly wooded lot along the 2600 block of Seacrest Boulevard. The tree is about 100 feet from Tommy's school bus stop. The Metz home is set back behind the woods. Metz owned the lot, but sold it eight years ago. VI ''t tXOf '-A VV "a-J Tommy Metz 'obsessed' by hanging ter fV.etz - ten of solace Awards rAfii'R !:.'.) ! thr ough 0 per w ti .': wers. i f!.. t: upoer - ir, ;r.:.' low tO f....J- fly winds (!j t -1 ',; . h . 5 Ms, !Yl he 3q 1 tpnj at 1111 each Post I Pyle Kennedy Pulste r 40 PAGES-: -PRICE FIFTEEN CENTS WEST PALM BKA(.'H. t-1 t M I . MONDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 6, 1976 i Lance Skeptical - .V s". 1 About Job Rate; Predicts Tax Cut ml - -A I"' '' . .,i(f . '- , b ? m I ! 1 From Post Wire Services WASHINGTON - A tax cut to stimulate the economy in 1977 is almost a certainty, according to Bert Lance, selected this week by President-elect Carter to become director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lance also said he has doubts Carter's goal of reducing unemployment to 6.5 per cent in a year can be accomplished "but we will be trying." The Atlanta banker said he believes the problem of unemployment is going to have to be solved through the private sector, not through the government. "We just can't create that many jobs," he said. The possibility of a tax cut has been widely discussed and Carter has said that he will consider such a proposal if the economy has not improved by the time he takes office Jan. 20. Lance's statement about the difficulty of reducing unemployment appeared to represent an1 increase in pessimism in the Carter camp about the economic situation. Two weeks ago, Carter indicated his feeling that no one should expect his administration to be able to do any better than cutting unemploy- if rf)A t " yw f "' ' riV.. -r' AP Wirephoto V4 ment to 6.4 or 6 5 per cent by the end of 1977. Those figures meant a reduction of 1.5 percentage points from the latest unemployment figures that were available then, those for October, disclosing an unemploy ment rate of 7.9 per cent. Yesterday, Lance said "I rather doubt that anybody could say we're going to be able to reduce unemploy ment by 1.5 per cent next year " Since the unemployment figures for November published Fridav showed an unemployment rate of 8 1 per cent, his statement appeared to mean he did not believe it would be possible to reduce the rate to 6 5 per cent by the end of the year. It was to an explicit question about the prospects of reaching the 6.5 per cent rate he answered that reaching such a rate would he "very, very difficult." Lance repeatedly referred to 6 5 per cent unemployment by the end of 1977 as a "goal" rather than an objective he really expected to reach. He did not discuss at any length Carter's plans tor a tax reduction or other action to stimulate the econo my. He did indicate he expected a tax reduction to be only one element in Carter's overall economic pio gram. Lance, questioned on CBS's Face the Nation" about Carter's emphasis on reorganizing the government explained that he did not expect the reorganization to reduce either the number of jobholders ur the size ot government expenditures Consideration of a cut or rebate also was urged yesterday k Congressional Budget Director Alice M. Kivlin and economist Andrew I-Brimmer, a former member ot the Federal Reserve Board Both appeared on Issues and Answers." Brimmer proposed a n-bate on 1976 taxes including i minimum rebate to allow a payment to individuals who didn't iiiaLe enough to pay taxes , Hsnboldt penguins East Germany yesterday and South American birds are a at the reflecting all but one seem ready for a now exhibit and have become ih Schwerin Zoo in dip in the cold water. The very popular at the zoo. (.1 I: Glades' Air Quality Alarming "If the figures are right and the air quality is approaching the standard, or exceeding the standard, then definitely we will have to tighten restrictions on open burning. I would get concerned if it exceeded 55 during the burning season," Subramani said. County figures show that during the burning season, the particle load in the air consistently has remained above that level. The mean during those seasons has been at the 65 level for the past three years. Lowest burning season mean on record was 1970, when particle concentrations were 59 micrograms per cubic meter. Turn to POLLUTION, All i. . n,ri, ;, ,..,nu,,l average suspended par-i (ii.ur i i.i'.nt in Belle Glade was 46. Kxcept I,., .' amni l mean, this figure has in-,M i-l Mill i .i,ii passing year. It long ago mm justed the i 'u, a oi nil. a .standard aimed ill proieetiii,.1 tli-' puWie welfare in South Florida The M.nkianl since has been raised in I'C i:iiiTii(:i .me, per cubic meter. In i,;V thf particle count lose to an average oi in " iu! in the in si quarter of 1976, it i hnhed to 7n , I" Suhrani mi bureau chief of the state's an I);:, iliu iii iii ir ineiit program, said counts in iii" f iiade-. ai ci are alarming Florida Sugar Cane League maintains there is no cause for concern and disputes counts the Palm reports, i show a se- hility in the Reports from the Health Department's deteriorated Belle Glade monitoring station from 19 to lus become present register a steady, gradual increase ot suspended particulates, particles m the an which officials say can aggravate respiratory control ef- systems, discolor homes and soil wash on a il last year, clothesline. Air quality specialists say the i quality is particles largely result from the harvesting u b partieu- and processing of sugarcane They say the dii'i winter county's particulate problem is confined to .uccine The the Glades. "KM 4 . ident rresi Inside Today- Dolphins Hoy, 4, With 160 IQ Seeks Head University Government 1.1 ' This is Freddie Solomon (left) of the Miami Dolphins comin' at you, leaving the Buffalo Bills behind him as he did all yesterday after noon at the Orange Bowl. Solomon gained 2S2 yards in total offense and scored three touch downs as the Dolphins defeated the Bills, 45-2 , for their sixth win. Stories, Dl Japauuvsc I, ' i ,. Prime Minister Takeo Miki's Liberal De mocratic party gains a slight lead in early re turns in Japan's parliamentary elections, the voters' first opportunity to pass judgment on the ruling party's handling of the Lockheed payoff scandal. Stoiy, AI? . TAMPA (AP) - Ian Locklear is running for presi dent of the University of South Florida's student government. He is only 4, but his announcement is not idle chatter. Tests show Ian's IQ measures between ltiu luii Next school quarter, Ian will enroll at the university in an enrichment program for exceptional children Tin-makes him eligible to campaign for president as a write-in candidate. To run or not to run is no small matter, but the decision came naturally for Ian. "I thought it up and then my brain told my nerves I wanted to be president." he explained. Having both parents already in student government mav have generated some of Ian's enthusiasm Both Martin and Betty Locklear are student senators at South Florida. Tie didn't want to campaign for us when we ian lor office," Mrs. Locklear said. "He wanted to run himself. And he didn't want to be just a senator, he warned to be president." "Yeah, presidents are neat," said Ian. "even the one they have now. They get to boss people around and go to meetings." Ian's campaign will run on about $4 worth of livers and a lot of faith. "I'm going to get people to vote lor me bv asking them," he said. Ian already spends most of his day with his parents on campus, Mrs. Locklear said. "I guess he's kind of spoiled," she said. "Sometimes he has problems getting along with his own peer group, though he gets along real well with our age group." "I don't want to be a child," Ian said "I want to be 15 I don't like to do what parents tell you to do." When Ian is not busy campaigning, he likes to play-air hockey or shoot pool. Occasionally, he thinks ahead to the day when he gets to be "as big as yon are." ' When I get big I want to be a fireman? he said Higgiiis, Mitchell Ron Wiggins and Steve Mitchell are for the birds today. Mitchell says pigeons aren't afraid of rubber snakes, and Wiggins swears they ate inedible because of filthy feeding habits. Columns, Bl Index Amusements B2,3 Bassine 0 Classified C4-1I Comics B6 Editorials AI0 Listening Post All Letters A10 Obituaries C4 TV Column i 67 i h; ' .i hlld. I ! -, I ? I ,e to dO h r ,! ,. ; i t An.' I ao l ocklear A

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