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Cage Results FHS '- 82 Benedictine 69 OWohoma 82 Drake 67 Kentucky 90 Kansas 63 Purdue 72 Louisville 70 Iowa 94 California 73 Notre Dame 66 UCLA 63 Illinois 67 Nebraska 63 Hays High 74 McPherson 55 TMP 43 Pratt 42 The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 27 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1976 5 SECTIONS 42 PAGES 15 CENTS Union Leader May Resign White House Tree Although the Fords will spend Christmas in Vail, Colo., the White House will be decorated for the holidays. First Lady Betty Ford Thursday put ornaments on a 20-foot Balsam Fir in the Blue Room. The tree will be decorated with over 2500 handmade flowers, including the state flowers of all 50 states. (UPI Photo) PITTSBURGH (UPI) United Steelworkers President I.W. Abel says he may quit and not negotiate the 1977 basic steel contract if insurgent leader Edward Sadlowski wins the USWA presidency in union elections Feb. 8. Abel, whose third four-year term representing 1.4 million steelworkers ends May 31 and who is not running for reelection, for the first time publicly denounced Sadlowski as an "irresponsible" candidate in an interview with UPI. The 68-year-old union chief threw his support behind Sadlowski's opponent, Lloyd McBride, director of District 34 in St. Louis, and predicted he would win. If Sadlowski won and Abel resigned, the union's 30-member executive board would be required to appoint an interim president and it could even name Sadlowski, according to a union attorney. Normally the president-elect would work with Abel on the wage talks, which begin Feb. 14. Steel company executives would prefer to negbtiate with Abel, a pioneer of the "no strike" contract, and a Sadlowski victory and an Abel resignation might provoke un-certainty over the contract discussions. . Abel alleged Sadlowski, director of District 31 in East Chicogo, was manipulated by left wing groups, had performed poorly as a district director, would have difficulty dealing with steel 'company executives, and might "blow . up" the accomplishments of Abel's 12 years at the United Steelworkers' helm. Abel explained that because Sadlowski has waged a campaign by attacking his policies, such as the "no strike" contract, he would view a Sadlowski victory as a "repudiation" of the Abel leadership. "It's ilike a vote of no confidence," said Abel. "If you were given a vote of no confidence, the honorable thing to do is resign. That is possible." He said it would be difficult to conduqt the upcoming wage talks without the full support of the membership. About 400,000 steelworkers are covered by the basic steel agreement. The next one becomes effective August 1. "However, I wouldn't want it to be construed by the membership that I was forcing them' to vote a certain way under the threat that f would take a walk if they didn't," Abel said. "I think they will reject their (Sadlowski's) effort, but should they get elected, I certainly will be the first to say that it's high time I be gone. Then I haven't been representing 'the membership tfie way it wants to be represented." Abel said he supported McBride "with everything I got." . " "I'feel the McBride ticket is the best that could be put together as far as this union is concerned," he said. "And the' other is the worst. You don't devote 40 years of your life to building something and moving it forward to see It all destroyed by a group of irresponsible people. We know how far we have come." Of the "Experimental Negotiating Agreement" and other achievements of his administration, Abel said he assumed Sadlowski would "blow it up awful quick." "He's one of these tough guys, mus*cle guys," said Abel. "You have this feeling on the part of some people tHat they are the dominant force, that they can bring the steel industry to its knees. Well, they haven't taken time to see how big the steel industry is and how much power it has. We know a little somehting about that." Abel predicted that Sadlowski would have difficulty with the steel executives. "They can adjust, too. He says we have to have ratification (of ENA). Well, the leadership of the steel industry is not going to lay their top dollar on the table if tlicy have a feeling that (agreements) have to be taken to the 600,000 members and that the 600,000 members are under the needling of a Sadlowski. They want to know that the responsibility is there and that when they make a deal, they have a deal. "You heai 1 Sadlowski saying 'You gave away the right to strike. The industry didn't give up anything.' They gave up the right to take a strike. That's a very important right in their minds. They gave up the right to say 'You go ahead and hit the bricks and we'll see who can take it the longest.'" Abel said he believed Sadlowski was the "stalking horse" for outside liberal and left wing elements that "think the labor movement should bo theirs to use for political purposes." "The real brains and direction and real interest is not Sadlowski," said Abel. "It's a Joe Rauh (Washington labor attorney and Sadlowski supporter), a Victor Reuther (brother of former union leader Walter Reuther), It's a Studs Terkel (social critic), a (John) Galbrcath (economist)." "They resent the fact that a George Meany or an I.W. Abel will say that we don't agree with you. Then you have theso .kooky letters. The Trot- skyites, the Socialist Labor Party, the Moaists. He's using them, or being used by them, I should say. I haven't heard him repudiate any of them." FHS Center To Prepare Educators Mail Auction Is Big Affair United Press International The U.S. Postal Service doesn't auction off nearly as much mail as it delivers, but the volume of damaged and unclaimed merchandise it hauls to the block every year does make a major leaguer of the departmental gavel- wielder. . As many as half a. dozen sales are held annually in 13 postal dead letter offices nationwide. The returns are measured in tens of thousands of dollars, and the offerings frequently make a strange catalogue. In New York, bargain hunters recently were offered . "one scugfured agate stone figure with 18-karat gold trim and precious stones, tail damaged." The price before damage— $3,300. In St. Louis, bargains have included a stuffed cobra and several human skeletons. The Chicago post' office called for bids on a tribal necklace made of finger bones, while in Atlanta, a roll of chicken wire, 200 Mexican straw hats r several artificial limbs and a set of false teeth topped the/ auction bulletin. Grafton trew, manager of the New York Post Office's claims and inquiry department, said only a small fraction of the undelivered merchandise — which, in New York City jams a gymnasium- sized warehouse before each sale—can be tracked to fumbles on the part of postal employes. Most of it, he said, begins with the sender, and most of it is insured merchandise damaged in transit, paid off by the post office and offered at auction in a bid to "recapture our costs." • "Some people are convinced we just throw parcels around, but that's not tr.ue," he'said. "From time to time we make an error—that's the human equation. We make no claim of infallibility, but as a rule breakage and loss are the result of bad labeling and poor packing." TreW said bad labeling generally includes failure to put a second address label inside the parcel, so that it can^ be opened and delivered even 1 if the outside label falls off. Bad packaging means "•wrapping things up in old newspapers and shipping them off in a "box from the grocery store." The combination has misdirected tons of merchandise to the New York auction in the last fiscal year, pouring more than $200,000 into the postal cash register, and with the warehouse still bulging, more sales are on the calendar. So far this year, the center in Atlanta, has grossed nearly $100,000. on its auctions, and some mouth-watering bargains have been gaveled 1 into being. "Two sales ago, we had two fur coats," said Ron Denney, a postal information officer in that city. "They were slightly damaged. I think the coats were valued around $500 each, but they went for $75 and $80." New Orleans—where sales have averaged a gross of $10,000 to $15,000"each—also reported a few minor jackpots. A customer there recently walked away with a set of golf irons, one through nine, for $41. Reading at 2 p.m. Saturday: '54 Low Saturday morning: 7' Record high: 75 in 1939 Record low: 9 in 1932 Year ago Saturday 34 and 32 Clear to partly cloudy Sunday through Monday. Highs Sunday mid to upper 40s. Lows Sunday night around 20. Highs Monday around 50. Winds northwesterly 10 to 20 m.p.h. Sunday. Compromise Plan For Rodesia Designed LONDON (UPI) — Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Crosland Saturday hammered out a compromise plan designed to save the Rhodesia conference, threatened by what one official called the "tribal dances" of the opposing facr tions. Under the compromise they worked out, Britain agreed to send a resident commissioner to act as chief of state during the transitional phase and place Britons in control of the key defense and police ministries. By JIM COOK Of the News Staff ' •> Fort Hays State's departments of economics and education will use a four- pronged approach in the first year of operation of a new economic education center. School officials met with officials of the Kansas Council of Economic Education and other interested persons Saturday morning to inaugurate the center. Allan R. Miller, associate professor of education at FHS, said the main goal of the center is to give teachers an adequate program of economic education to enable them to introduce basic economic theories at the elementary and secondary school level. Fort Hays State was one of three Kansas schools designated as economics education centers, and joins a network of about 200 such centers nationwide, Miller, said. The other Kansas Centers are at the University of Kansas and Wichita State University. Miller said the college's main effort will be toward undergraduate students preparing to teach. Such a program will probably involve an economic principles class on the freshman-sophomore level; infusion of economics into elementary education social studies, and a consumer-oriented economics awareness class for secondary education majors. The center will aisi» continue to provide workshops on economics for residents of Northwest Kansas. Miller said such workshops, which the college's economics department has offered for several years, will also be geared for teachers. Emerson Hazlett, executive director of the Kansas Council on Economic Education, said the designation of FHS as a center should help improve the "econ6mic literacy" of the area. Teachers must be able <to teach students about basic economic principals, Hazlett said, so students will be aware of' how the American marketing system works and apply that knowledge in their daily lives. Jack McCullick, head of the economics department, summed up his thoughts about the center this way: "We shouldn't wait until people arc freshmen or sophomores at some college or university before teaching them anything about economics. We feel the principals of economics are so fundamental we should begin teaching them at the elementary and secondary levels." While the main thrust of the center Is toward teachers, Miller said he expects the college to function as a resource center, both in materials and qualified people, to help with other forms of economic education in Northwest Kansas as well. The Dane G, Hansen Foundation (gave the college a $5,000 grant to help get the project started. Residents May Air Traffic Views By JIM COOK Of The News Staff Citizens interested in proposed changes in Hays traffic patterns can air their views with city officials at a public hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the District Courtroom of the Ellis County Courthouse. Bill Strait of Bucher and Willis Engineers will be at the meeting to < explain the proposals, which are the result of a yearlong traffic safety survey. The suggested changes are designed for safety,' according to Strait, who used statistics on location of accidents over the past three years, the number and severity of those accidents, and the potential to reduce future mishaps. Hays City Commissioners say the opinions voiced at Tuesday's meeting will be considered, before they reach any decisions on the matter. Commissioners have noted that they are not bound to implement the entire proposal, and may choose to follow only parts of it. The most controversial part of the proposal involves suggested traffic-flow changes in the central business district. That part of the plan would change the direction of one-way traffic on Ash from north to south from 5th to 27th streets; change the direction of one-way traffic on Fort from south to north from 5th to 27th; make Main Street one-way south from 17th to 5th and make Oak street one-way north over the same distance. Engineers say the changes in the business district would more efficiently handle the estimate 8,000 cars using Main Street daily. Another part of the plan would make Elm Street one way north for one block from 12th to 13th streets, and put stopsigns at the other approaches to the intersection of 12th and Elm. At 8th and Elm, a timed signal light would allow pedestrians to cross the streets and facilitate left turns from 8th onto Elm. A new lane for right turns would be made from 8th onto Park, and another would allow easier right turns from Elm onto 8th. Several improvements are suggested for major intersections along Vine Street (Highway 183.) — Vine and highway 40 bypass: The intersection would become a four-way stop, with a flashing overhead beacon for better visibility. Left turn lanes would be installed. — 8th and Vine: One entrance to the.Taco House would be closed. More signals would be added for better visibility; backplates would be added to lights to heighten visibility in sunny weather. — 13th and Vine: Channels would be installed for left turn lanes; a new signal light system for timed left turns would be added. One entrance to the DX service station would be closed. — 22nd and Vine: Milner Street would be closed where it intersects at 22nd and Vine. New left turn signal lights would be installed. — 27th and Vine: New signals for left turns would be installed, along with a third land for right turns at the west approach on 27th. The frontage road outlets at the northeast and northwest corners of the intersection would be closed, as would one entrance to a service station there. — 29th and Vine: New signal lights, with left turn lanes and signals, are proposed. The north approach to the shopping center on the frontage road of 29th would be closed, as would two openings north and south of the intersection. — Pedestrian actuated signal lights, like those now in use at 18th and Vine, are suggested at the school crossing at 27th and Fort. Cost for materials and labor for the entire plan has been estimated at $426,730. Matching federal funds would reduce the city's share to about $42,000, Strait estimates. Long Reach Four-year-old Kaitlln Chryst, Cleveland, Ohio, looki up to the mail deposit door of this 14-foot mall box in front of Terminal Tower. The U. S. Postal Service set up the bdx, dubbed the "Worlds Largest Mailbox" to handle the Christmas rush and try to have people mail early. Mail can be Inserted in slots on the side rather than the top. (UPI Photo)

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