Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 7, 1976 · Page 9
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 9

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, February 7, 1976
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(Jucson William A. Small Jr., Publisher Paul A. McKalip, Editor Tony Tselentis, Associate Editor Dale Walton, Managing Editor Asa BushneU, Editorial Page Editor Just In Passing The State Department of Corrections has issued v a report suggesting that more paroles would help ease crowded conditions at the state prison. What's more, the report, prepared by' the department's research division, says that reducing the period of supervision on some parolees could save the state's money and the parole officers' time. The nonsensical recommendation is a surefire prescription for trouble . . . and lots of it. That the let-em-go idea isn't the way to handle prison problems was reiterated this week in a lawsuit filed by three Tuc- sonians. The plaintiffs, Robert Bennett and Edna and John Grimm, are suing the State Board of Pardons and Paroles for paroling Mitchell T. Bla2ak in February 1973, after he had served only 14 months of an 8-to-10-year sentence for attempted murder. Ten months after his parole Blazak killed the Grimms' son, John J., and Elden P. Baker in a holdup attempt. Bennett was wounded in the shooting. Blazak is awaiting execution. The lawsuit, of course, is for the courts to decide. But whatever the outcome, the parole board has good reason to take better care in deciding who should be turned loose. Another hang glider enthusiast came down to earth the hard way from a flight off "A" Mountain last weekend. It was the second accident within two weeks. Fortunately, neither resulted in serious injury. As the popularity of the high-flying sport picks up, so does the likelihood of more mishaps. If the hang glider buffs sailing off the mountain aren't more careful, folks will begin to think the "A" stands for "accident." * * * A petition drive by the Arizona Public Employes Association (APEA) calls for increasing the salaries of state legislators from $6,000 to $10,000. Why the APEA's concern with the lawmakers' pay? Could it be that the association is trying to curry legislative favbr for some of its pet measures, such as binding arbitration for public em- ployes? This year certainly isn't the right time to boost the legislators' pay. As for binding arbitration, there never will be a right time. * * * The Senate has sustained President Ford's veto of a bill to increase milk price supports. The administration claims the action saves consumers more than $1.3 billion in higher dairy prices over the next two years, as well as $539 million in taxpayer funds. That's something to moo about. The granting of United States landing rights to the supersonic Concorde has prompted this quip: "Terrific! Now we can get down to Nogales more quickly." At Wete's End By TONY TSELENTIS Citizen Associate Editor Go ahead and run, Pat Congress needs men of intellect, integrity, courage and the ability to say what they mean in words that all can understand. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is just such a rare individual. His resignation this week from the position of United States ambassador to the United Nations opens a damaging gap in our foreign affairs lineup. The possibility that he will run for the New York seat in the Senate held by Conservative James Buckley means, however, that his abundant talents might continue to serve the nation. Considering the sorry state of Congress, the nation might benefit even more from having Moynihan there than at the United Nations, where he was responsible to both the President and the secretary of state. Normally, there would appear to be small chance in a body of 100 for influence or power to accrue to one person, and a junior senator at that. But the presence of Moynihan in the U.S. Senate would be far from a normal situation. This man is a national -- and international -- figure whose name eclipses that of all but a handful of those who serve in Congress. Moynihan is a Democrat, yet anything but a garden-variety Democrat. Moynihan is a liberal, but light years removed from that mass of politicians who are called liberals under the present debasement of that term. And therein lies his strength and his appeal to the broad mass of Americans wjio are not prisoners of either right or .left ideologies. This is why such a man as Moynihan could have served effectively and comfortably under four presidents, as he has , done. In the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Moynihan was a Labor Department aide. He was a top White House adviser to Nixon in 1970 and later became ambassador to India. He was sent to the United Nations by Ford in mid-1975. It was during his days in the last post that he made his greatest impression on Americans with his outspoken defense of this nation's foreign policy. Sure, we have made terrible blunders, but those who constantly harp on American villainy are guilty of distorting the record. It's bad enough to hear this abuse I'rom critics at home. Bui when the abuse comes before the United Nations from those who represent nations corrupt 'to the core, then a smile and a shrug will no longer do. Moynihan stripped the false front of neutrality from the Third World bloc and showed these nations up for the America- haters that they have become under their current leaders. Perhaps the sensibilities of the State Department and many others who prefer the language of diplomacy have been pained by Moynihan's style. But for most Americans, however, it 'was a joy to hear Moyniha:i label Uganda's wild man of a president, Idi Amin, "racist murderer." What better description of some of the recent U.N. actions can there be than "theater of the absurd"? And the U.N. vote equating Zionism with racism will forever bo, as Moynihan put it, "obscene." So now that the U.N. chapter is over for this magnificently equipped American, will a return to academia -- two seminars a week at Harvard -- suffice? Or, in his prime at age 48, will Moynihan present himself for elective office? When one considers those mentioned as possible Democratic candidates for the New York seat in the Senate -- Bella Abzug, Bess Myerson and Ramsey Clark -- the prospect of Moynihan seeking the nomination is all the more inviting. Should a Moynihan-Buckley contest come about in the general election, New Yorkers would have a choice between two excellent candidates. Even so, my hope would be to see the Senate podium and the nation benefit torn the plain truths of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. - ' SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1976 · PAGE 9 A t arid lands meet Experts discussing energy, water here Crucial shot Citizen Photo by Lew Elliott Sue Epperlein, 21, an Arizona State University senior, uses a bridge to line up a shot during a pool game in the regional games tournament of the Association of College Unions International. About 250 competitors from colleges and universities in five western states entered bridge, chess, table tennis, pool and table soccer or football contests, at the University of Arizona Student Union and bowled at Lucky Strike Bowl, 4015 E. Speedway Blvd. The contests end at 5 p.m. today, and are prelude to national contests later this spring. Judge dismisses UA tenure suit By PAMELA MAYHEW Citizen Science Writer Arizona has plenty of water and .infinite energy, experts say. The only problem is that both are trapped in unusable forms. The water is too salty and the solar energy is unhar- nessed. Several scientists and energy experts suggested ways to release Arizona's potential resources during a consortium of arid lands institutions' conference at the Ramada Inn yesterday. Ways to extract usable irrigation water from salty runoff and from Colorado River water were discussed by University of AriEona physicist John 0. Kessler. He and graduate student Charles D. Moody propose using a forward osmosis process instead of the traditional reverse osmosis system now used to separate salt from water. In a reverse osmosis process, salt water and pure water are separated by a thin membrane. Pressure is applied to the salt water solution forcing water through the membrane and leaving the salt behind. Reverse osmosis is the system proposed for the $150 million United States-Mexico desalinization plant that will be built in Yuma. The plant currently is in the design stages. Kessler and Moody's plan calls for placing a fertilizer- water mixture on one side of the membrane, and salt water on the other. "This allows the water to seep directly into the dilute fertilizer mixture. The fertilizer-water solution can then be sent directly back to the field," said Kessler. He added that this system is safer, simpler and less expensive in terms of construction and energy costs than the reverse osmosis process. The system should cost $1.7 million a year less to use than the $14- million-a-year reverse osmosis plant, he said. He and Moody also came up with a "more personal" use of their forward osmosis pro- By MARC ADAMS Clllzen Staff Writer In a ruling that upheld the doctrine of "absolute privilege" of a university to hire and fire its faculty, a Superior Court judge has dismissed the $1 million lawsuit of a University of Arizona professor who claimed he was denied tenure illegally and slandered. Judge Jack T. Arnold did' rule, however, that UA administrators ignored due process guarantees when they declined to renew sociology professor Frank A. Petroni's contract last spring, and the judge ordered that Petroni be provided a hearing before the Committee on Academic Privilege and Tenure. Arnold granted a request by Oro Valley policemen considered Oro Valley will hire its own police force if the town's current contract with a private security company does not meet legal requirements of a police d e p a r t m e n t , Mayor Richard Ko!t says. State Atty. Gen. Bruce Babbitt is studying the legality of the town's police department. If Babbitt rules that the private security officers do not constitute a bonafide police department, Kolt said, the town will hire a police force of its own. Several police officers who have been certified by the state, including members of the current Rural Metro force, are seeking positions if the town forms its own police department, Kolt said. Kolt said if not enough qualified officers can be hired, the town may contract with Rural Metro Fire Department to supplement the department with security officers. UA attorney Richard Duffield for a directed verdict on behalf of his clients and halted the trial after six days of testimony. Petroni filed; the action in April 1974, contending that sociology department head Robert L. Hamblin and UA Vice President Albert B. Weaver recommended against his application for tenure, despite a faculty vote of 11-2 in his favor. Arnold ruled the university's discretion is absolute, regardless of motive, and stated later that, even if the authority were limited, Petroni did not prove his treatment was malicious. Petroni claimed Hamblin changed several abstentions to negative votes after the faculty tenure meeting in order to strengthen his recommendation against tenure, allegedly due to previous disagreements between the two men. Hamblin told the jury, however, that those not present for the meeting told him they would have voted "nay," though he "could not swear" that any of them had re- Petroni's qualifica-' viewed tions. The sociologist contended the minority report to the tenure committee defamed his reputation by concluding that his "scholarly articles were published in second- or third- rate journals." Petroni is the author of "2, 4, 6, 8, When Are We Going To Integrate?", a textbook used in the department by professor I. Roger Yoshino, who testified in Petroni's favor that the journals in question svere "first rate." Generally, faculty members at UA are hired for a probationary period of four or five years, after which they are either given tenure or fired. If they gain tenure, it is a virtual guarantee of a lifetime job, though it is not legally binding. Petroni, who arrived at the UA from Kansas in 1970 as an assistant professor, claimed he was told he would be promoted to associate professor, and that Hamblin urged him to apply for tenure. Petroni's attorney, William K. Messing, said he would appeal the decision. Firms' license fees to double? The City Council Monday will consider a plan to double business license fees in its search for revenues to meet the cost of pay raises for employes. One of four income-increasing measures designed to pay for last month's 5 per cent salary increase for city em- ployes, .the business and professional fee boost will increase city revenues by an estimated $284,000 a year if adopted. Council members last month bilked at a recommendation by City Manager Joel D. Valdez that would have raised the fees by as much as 400 per cent, with an annual revenue increase of $600,000. Tucson charges more and higher fees for businesses than do seven other Arizona communities, a survey taken recently shows. Under the proposed schedule of fees for 162 types of businesses, most firms would pay at least $20 a year, compared with the $10 fee common to many now. The measure is scheduled for a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall. cess. They invented a survival-at-sea canister that will enable shipwrecked sailors to convert sea water into a drinkable liquid. The canister contains a quart of dried natural sugars. When sea water is poured into the canister, the result is a gallon of sugar-rich water. "We figured out that the solution would provide about 4,000 calories worth of nutrients as well as drinking water," Kessler said. Energy from the desert's most abundant resource -sunlight -- was discussed by Daniel Halacy, energy aide to Sen. Paul J. Fannin, R-Ariz. Halacy expects the Sonoran desert to supply 40 million kilowatts of electricity by the year 2000. Sunlight-to-electricity conversion is not a far-fetched dream. Halacy said. He told scientists that several prototype solar electricity plants are being designed, including a one-megawatt solar power plant sponsored by the Phoenix division of Martin-Marietta Co. Halacy added that the federal Energy Research and Development Administration will be awarding a contract for a 50-megawatt solar electricity plant before the end of the decade. "There is no reason why this plant shouldn't be built in the Sonoran Desert, either in Arizona or California. We certainly have the most sunshine," Halacy said. Energy from another source -- water hyacinths -- was suggested by Carl N. Hodges, director of the UA Environmental Research Laboratory. He told scientists that aquatic plants such as water hyacinths are an overlooked source of natural gas. It may be possible, he added, to transform a shrimp farm, owned by the University of Arizona and by Mexico and located at Puerto Penasco, into a manufacturing center for natural methane gas, desalted sea water and commercial shrimp. Water hyacinths would be grown in the shrimp farm's plastic-covered aquatic cells, and then would be harvested and compressed in a methane conversion unit. Gas would be produced as the hyacinths decayed. During their growing stage, the hyacinths would provide shade and breeding shelters for the shrimp, Hodges said. Sunday haircut may get okay Tucsonians may be able to get their hair cut on Sundays in the near future -- and barbers won't have to worry about the $500 fine attached to such a "crime" for the past half-century. The City Council, at its 7:30 meeting Monday night, will consider removing the "blue law" that prohibits Sunday haircuts. Modeled after a 1928 state law, Tucson's city code makes it illegal for barbers to cut hair between midnight Saturday and midnight Sunday. Officials now say such blue laws interfere with the constitutional right to engage in private business and should be repealed. But while Sunday haircuts soon may be legal, they still may be scarce. Tucson barbers are showing litde interest in repeal of the no-Sunday-haircuts ordinance. "Nobody's opened on Sunday in years," said one barber. "That's a thing of the past. We can't even get customers on weekdays." A tree for a friend The Beacon House, 3949 E. Bellevue Ave., celebrated Arbor Day by planting a free in memory of Helen Brown Keeling, a retired Toe- son schoolteacher and "friend of the mentally retarded," who died this week. The residence, opened in October, is for retarded adults. Shown planting here are Valdemar Hansen, 24, holding the shovel, and Jim Hiatt, center, and the president of the Beacon Foundation, Peter Burnham. Eight men and two directors live injhe house, the first of several planned by the foundation:

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