The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 7, 1966 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 7, 1966
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Mythevffle (Ark,) Courier New* - Tuesday, June T, MM- Pl|» fh«; Motordoms Gadfly Auto Critic Kalph Nader. By ROBERT COCHNAR Newspaper Enterprise Assn. NEW YORK - (NBA) "You're getting so critical about everything," the matron was telling her husband .in a recent syndicated cartoon panel "you're becoming a regular Ralph Nader!" While Ralph Nader might not be a household name yet, it is certainly a name which could cause an automobile executive to gag on his Detroit Athletic Club martini. "Ralph Nader, Ralph Nader, Ralph Nader!!" a Motown magnate was heard to e x c 1 a i m. "That's all you hear these days. You'd think nobody else was ever concerned with automobile •afety." Well, the magnate was only partly right. Voices in favor of auto safety have been raised for years but few, until Ralph' Na der came along, were much con cerned with the vehicle's role in safety. Nader, a 32-year-old Washington attorney, has made, without doubt, the greatest impact on Detroit since Henry Ford introduced the assembly line. His book, "Unsafe At Any Speed," is now on the best-seller lists and for the last year has caused no end of discordant coctail party chatter from Dearborn to Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe, ; * > * Most observers felt that if It were not for Nader and Sen. Abraham Ribicoff's (D-Conn.) committee on highway safety, the automotive industry would have continued to enjoy a substantially positive public image. Such is not now the case. Nader, for example, condemned as basically unsafe several past models of General Motor's rear- engined Corvair .Corvair sales are now in a downspin and there's talk of discontinuing the line. Nader himself believes that GM would never have publicly admitted the callback of some 16,000 Chevrolet! in 1965 because of faulty door latches. "And were it not for the publicity Senator Ribicoff's committee and my book has received," Nader says, "I don't suppose the industry would have gone on record in favor of federal vehicle safety performance standards." * * * Nader adds, however, that even this decision wasn't clear- cut. "The industry was quick to state that federal standards are O.K. provided the states have a lot to do with their enforcement. The industry knows that the states, historically, have never done a damn thing to encourage vehicle safety and that they're not about to start now." Nader in a recent conversation here, expressed amazement Not Many Millionaires Live in Arkansas NEWS BRIEFS By GORDON BROWN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)-Arkan- tas doesn't have many taxpayers in the million-dollar income class but it is pretty well represented among those with annual incomes of $10,000 and over. The year 1963, the latest for which the Internal Revenue Service has compiled and published statistics. In Uiat year, the report shows., one Arkansas taxpayer had an adjusted gross income of ?4,242,000. But 31,934 Arkansans reported gross incomes of $10,000 or more. This was out of a total of 502,876 Arkansans who filed federal Income tax returns. The one taxpayer with the million dollar plus income — ' who was unidentified, of course —claimed only one exemption, had taxable income of $2,320.000 ' and paid a tax of $1,414,000. The 31,934 taxpayers with incomes of $10,000 or more claimed a total of 119,934 exemptions, had taxable income of ! $394,469,000 and on this income paid taxes totaling $104,185,000. For the state as a whole 502,876 individuals filed federal returns, claimed a total of 1,476,000 exemptions, gross income of $2,138,214,000 and taxable income Of $1,043,727,000 and paid taxes totaling $323,361,000. Of the individuals 360,880 reported incomes of $5,000 or under, 110,059 had incomes between $5,000 and $10,000 and the 31,394 had incomes over $10,000. There were 96 Arkansas Individuals who reported incomes For, the year of $100,000 or more. Arkansas was a little short in the million-dollar income category since nationally a total of 351 individuals reported incomes over $1 million. Ohio, for instance, had 110, New York 85 and California 40. Arkansas' Congressional delegation strongly supported legislation—passed by the House and Senate in lightly different form—aimed at aiding farmers unable to plant crops on allot- ed acreages because of rains, floods and similar disasters. Originally the bill was limit- ed to cotton farmers since many of them were unable to get into their fields this spring because of continued heavy rains, since they were unable to plant cotton, they desired the rights to plan an alternate crop, chiefly soybeans in the case of Arkansas. Under existing law farmers participating in the control programs for cotton — and other controlled crops — who planted their crops and then had them flooded out, are eligible to receive the land-diversion and price support payments they would have received had not their crops been destroyed. They also could use the land to plant alternate crops. But the farmer who was unable to plant received no such consideration. So bills were introduced by the Arkansans and others to extend the same privileges to farmers who were unable to plant cotton. Ultimately the House Agriculture Committee, of which Rep. E. C. Gathings, D—Ark., is a member, approved a bill which applied not only to cotton farmers but to pro- Scooter Commuters Outdating Autos By JEAN HELLER NEW YORK (AP) -The family car may never become obsolete, but for one new breed of American—the scooter commuter—automobiles are passe. Each morning the scooter commuter pegs his pant legs, lashes his brief case tightly to the back of a motorcycle, and blithely speeds through traffic james where no mere car can move. There is a female of the species, too, who cares not in the least that her combination of high-heeled shoes, and a motorcycle crash helmet is not in the best fashion tradition. The breed, a rarity just a few years ago, has flourished in the environment of overcrowded superhighways. In 1965 the scooter commuter population doubled, and it is expected to redouble in 1966. Motorscooters, motorcycles and motorbikes are everywhere. In New York, even the police have "putt-putt patrols." "These things are convenient and a heck of a lot of fun," said one commuter as he waited for a light to change on Park Avenue. * * '* Another concurred, adding that riding the cycles is alse jafer than the subways. "I bought this cycle on the. first warm day we had in March," Said Jeffrey Thompson. "About 18 people elbowed me in the kidneys on a subway trip, and I decided then and there never to take a subway •gain." Thompson was carrying * passenger, Tina Johnson - who looked very much like a fashion model, except for a crash helmet. "It isn't mine," Miss Johnson said. "Jeffrey made me wear it." Lawrence Meegan of the New York State Motor Vehicles Department says the cycle explosion is amazing. "Sometimes we find it hard to believe that we've issued so many cycle licenses." One big factor, in New York was the 12-day transit strike last January. Commuters unable to get to and from work on subways and buses turned to their cars, and the resulting traffic tie-ups were daylong af fairs. It was then that many a com muter found it easier to switch than fight. Among them were Bob and Peggy Kriegel. * * * "It was a heaven-sent bless ing," Kriegel said after he and his wife had spurted through Manhattan's morning rush-hour traffic. "No matter how bad (he traffic jams got, we never had any trouble. ' ' Another cyclist, John Schweitzer, admitted "It was a little cold riding this thing during the January strike, but it was plen ty handy." Cycles also are handy fer meeting people. Armand Romano has been commuting by motorscooter for a year. Two months ago he offered a ride to a girl from his apartment building and his been taking her to work every day since. When a reporter stopped them and asked their names, sh« identified herself as Joan Get- tinger. Romano turned to her. "No kidding," he said. "I never knew your name before. It's nice to meet you." ducers of wheat, corn and feed grains and was extended to cover droughts as well as floods. As passed by the House the the bill would make farmer eligible for price support payments even though they were unable to plant and \?ou!d enable them to plant alternate crops. The bill came under heavy fire from some senators and ultimately they wrote into it a provision limiting payment to any one individual to $10,000. This limitation is opposed by many of the cotton state congressmen and will be debated when a House • Senate conference committee seeks to draft a compromise bill. Ths limitation amendment was offered by Sen. John J. Williams, R—Del., who argued that a farmer with a normal yield of two bales of cotton per acre would be entitled to federal payments of $105 an acre and at the same time could receive the proceeds from a soybean crop on the same acreage. "Why pay any farmer $100 an acre on his soybean acreage?" Williams asked. He got his amendment adopted on a 42-27 vote, with both Arkansas senators — John L. McClellan and J, W. Fulbright, Democrats—opposing it. Nine Major Religions There are nine major religions in the world: Christianity, Mohammedanism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintosim, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. Congress first abolished slavery in the District of Columbia on April 16, 1862. Carlisle, Pa. (AP) — National headquarters of fraternities and sororities which have chapters on the campus of Dickinson College have been barred from interfering in the selection oj pledges there. The school's board of trustees adopted a statement that forbids any interference by the national headquarters. A spokesman said the action is aimed at preventing any racial or religious discrimination in pledging. WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) The Worcester Redevelopment Authority has named a Boston- based firm, Worcester Center Associates, as developer for a $45-million business and commercial complex in downtown Worcester. The complex will include a hotel, three office towers, two department stores, parking for 4,000 cars, a rooftop heliport, a bus station, an enclosed mall, a fine arts theater, restaurants, banks, a computer center, and various shops and stores. CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) Nevada voters will decide whether to start the state's first official lottery next .November says Secretary of State John Koontz. A firm, Silver State Sweep stakes, filed a petition contain ing more than twice the 13,738 signatures required to place a proposition on the ballot, Koontz said. Silver State Sweepstakes hopes to acquire an exclusive 10-year franchise on the lottery. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Florida's Everglades, Everglades National Park, Overseas Highway and Key West will soon be brought into file homes of Japanese television viewers. The Tokyo Broadcasting Co. is to shoot a sequence this month for a travel television series popular with Japanese audiences. The television team is on a 43- day tour of the United States. It will visit 19 areas in all. that his Interviewer had read his book. "Most people, I've found, have a vague idea ol | what the book says but I haven : ound many who have actually read it," he says. "The automobile is presently outside the law," he maintains There are no meaningful pubic safety statutes that are con cerned with the auto. The automobile establishment has been able to keep all laws driver oriented for years — which is decidedly unlike the situation in ,he aircraft industry." Nader's critics — and in De- roit they are legion — point ou that the industry has long bull the perfect safety car. It's call ed the Sherman tank. C r i t c Nader's response "Sure. But if your Sherman tank collides with another Sher man tank at 20 m.p.h., you wil probably be Killed." His opponents also state tha : 'Unsafe at Any Speed" does no jay sufficient attention to th iriver who, after all, must con trol his automobile and is there:ore responsible for most acci dents. "It's pretty hard to control ;he behavior of 95 million drivers all of the time," Nader says. 'On the other hand, manufacturers could easily build a lot of tested safeguards into their autos at no extra cost to the consumer. * » * I'm much more impressed with the difference between the Mayflower and Gemini-9 than I am with the Mayflower's navigator and the astronaut." Nader admits that the auto industry has changed its products through the years but the changes "have been trivial, more common to the women's hat industry than a major economic power in this country." What Nader can't understand is why so many people question his motives for writing the book and for rocking the boat. "Far too many people have asked me why I wrote the book," he says. "But if I were involved with the Scoiety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, nobody would ask why." Open 24 Hours A Day M&R BRACK! 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