Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 21, 1973 · Page 8
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 8

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 21, 1973
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a · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, W*d., Feb. 21, 1973 r*VlTT«, ARKANSAS Return To Colors Wearing new uniforms and holding paper South Vietnamese flags, a group of soldiers released from a Viet Cong prison camp, salute Tuesday as a hand plays (heir national anlhem. The ceremony took place at Bein Hoa airport, (AP Wirephoto) Testifies At Hearing Davis Says Death Penalty Barbaric, Crude LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A former deputy public defender in Washington County told a House ' subcommittee Tuesday that the death penalty was "barbaric .and crude" and discriminated against persons who have "no power, no sympathy, no influence, no friends." The attorney. Erwin Davis, gave the testimony before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. T h e subcommittee was formed to study the various Questions About Social Security Q. I have read that widows r e c e i v i n g social security benefits may be eligible for an increase due. to new social security legislation. What do I need to do lo get the Increase. A. You need take no action at all. H you are due an increase, it will ba automatic. Q. I am receiving a disabled widow's benefit, I have heard that my benefit will he raised to 100 per cent of my deceased husband's share. Is (his true? A. If you received widow's benefits before age 65, your benefit will not be raised to 100 per cent of your husband's benefit. You may, however, be eligible for some increase. You will be notified if this is the case. Q. I have an adopted child. The child received social security benefits on his father's record hefore I adopted him but after the adoption his checks were slopped. I have heard this capital punishment bills that are pending in the committee and to make a recommendation on resloring the death penalty in Arkansas. The bills were introduced he- cause of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that capital punishment was unconstitutionally administered. The subcommittee recessed its hearing until Thursday. Davis said it appeared the subcommittee already had decided to propose a death penalty bill but that he hoped the legislators would consider not reinstating capital punishment. He said the dealh penalty was not a deterrent to crime because persons did not give much thought to getting caught or the possible punishment when they commit a crime. ENDORSEMENTS Read at the hearing were letters endorsing restoration of the death penalty for certain offenses. The letters were written by Frank Wynn, vice presi dent of the Arkansas Associ ation of Prosecuting Attorneys and Police Chief Gale Weeks o Little Rock, president of th Arkansas Association of Chief of Police. Both said the deatl penalty was a deterrent t crime. Col. Bill Miller, head of thi State Police, also said capita punishment was a deterren and should be reinstated fo such crimes as mass killing and slaying of a policeman or correctional officer. He said th death penalty should not appl to offenses involving crimes o passion. Miller alJD said he had reser vations about making the deal sentence mandatory in certai cases. He said he feared a jur lhat is not given an alternativ to the death penalty woul has been changed. Is this correct? A. Yes. If you will contact the Social Security Administration and file a claim, we can start your child's social security checks again. Q. I have a grandchild that I have raised since birth. I have heard that since the new law was passed, grandchildren can receive social security benefits on their grandparents' records. Is this true? A. Yes, under certain circumstances. You should contact your local social security office to discuss filing a claim. Q. I am a widower and an not insured on my own record. At what age can I receive social security henclits on my wife's record? A .' Provided you were dependent on our wife for one half your support when she died, you may start receiving social security benefits as a widower as early as age GO. This change in the law is effective with January of 1973. GFC Votes To Take Part In Park Projects LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The state Game and Fish Commission, in a two-day meeting that ended Tuesday, voted to participate in the Village Creek and Cane Creek park projects when funds become available. , The commission would participate up to $450,000 on Village Creek, near Forrest City, and up to $500,000 on Cane Creek, near Star City. However Chairman Tom Pi:gh said !t would be "some time" before funds become available if the General Assembly does not pass a bill to increase the fees for hunting and fishing licenses from $3.50 to $5. Bills to increase the fees are pending in the legislature. Participation by the commission in the Village Creek project, now in the planning stages, has been urged by Gov. Dale Bumpers in connection with the development ol lakes in the park ire*. hand down fewer convictions SIX JUNCTURES Davis said there were si junctures in the prosecutin_ process at which some author ity exercised discretion tha could result in discrimination depending on whether the de fendant had influence. There fore, he said, "it was virtuall: impossible" to establish deal penalty standards that woul treat all defendants equally. Davis said "the basic huma instinct lo get revenge" shoul not be the basis for any punisl nient. He also decried the pub lie spectacle of execution tha feeds the mob reaction. An a torney in the defense of Danii Lon Graham of Springdali Davis said he remembere "the througs of persons jum ing for joy" in the courthous after Graham's conviction an sentence lo death for the slay ing of a grocery employe. Graham's sentence has sine been reduced to life impri onment. HUMANE WAY Davis said if the committe did recommend a bill to restoi the death penalty, he hoped would consider recommendin a more humane way" tha the electric chair of carryin out executions. He said that :' the day of drugs he saw no re son "why anyone should 1 violently burned lo death." Rep. Art Givens of Sherwoo a subcommittee member, ca tioned the group to avoid dral ing any death penalty provisli that would violate the Suprem Court standards. He said would be "a cruel hoax" enact a death penally bill In law that was ruled unco stitutional, leaving the sta with no capital punishment. No Guns In Class HOUSTON (AP) - Trustei of the Channelview School D: trict here have voted to tu: gun-toting pupils over to l law. Board President Char' Parker said the decision w: made Tuesday after an el mentary school pupil and a ju ior high pupil took handguns classes. mm 5"x7" Color Photos In your hem* for $5.95 Call Jim S. HII1-S2M2M Henry Calls For Funds For Construction At University LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A bill vas Introduced Tuesday by Sen. Morriss Henry of Fayetle- vllle to provide $12.7 million for new construction and repairs to xistlng facilities at the state's colleges and universities. T h e largest expenditure would be $2.5 million for construction of a new business ad- Tiinistration building at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Oher major bill include: projects in the --$1.3 million for construction of a new library at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. --$2 million for construction of an addition to the library at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. --$1.3 million for construction of a new health science building at Slate College of Arkansas in Conway. --$1.4 million and repairs to for renovation the Old Main building at Southern State College in Magnolia. Sens. Knox Nelson of Pine Bluff and Olen Hendrix of Prcs cott introduced a bill to rename and reorganize the Juvenile Training School Division of the Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services. Under the bill, the name of the division would be "Juvenile Services Division." One of chief provisions of the bill would make the present executive director of the division the "deputy commissioner for residential services." A new commissioner would be ap pointed and would assume the duties and responsibilities of the present executive director. AMBULANNCE BILL Sen. Jerry Bookout of Jones boro introduced a bill tha vould regulate the licensing, inspection and operation of ambulances. The bill sets standards for the licensing of ambu- ances. ambulance drivers and attendants. The state currently has no control over the operation of ambulances. The bill would bring the state into compliance with the federal Highway Safety Act of 1966. Sen. Guy H. "Mutt" Jones of Conway introduced a bill that would require a person who is seeking a policital office in a particular ward, district or other political subdivision to have been a resident of that political subdivision for at least one year before filing as a candidate. Sen Max Howell of Jackson ville 'introduced a bill that would require all trucks, truck tractors and trailers having four or more tires on a rear axle to be equipped with safety guards or flaps. Henry also introduced a bil that would provide for a blooc alcohol test be made on al drivers involved in fatal traffic accidents. Rep. Robert Johnston o Little Rock introduced a bill to set a 10 per cent markup on H quor and wine at the wholesali level and to levy a 2 per cen tax on the wholesalers. The tax money would be used for pro grams for handicapped ani menially retarded children an to pay for prescription drugs o elderly persons. A bill also was introduced i the House to require the De partment of Correction to lo cate its administrative heac quarters at Pine Bluff on th grounds of the new Women' Reformatory. To Reduce Work Week Of Firemen Signed LITLE ROCK (AP) -- The ill to reduce the maximum fork week of, firemen from 64 o 56 hours in cities with more lan 15,000 residents was Igned into law Tuesday by loy. Dale Bumpers. Also signed was a bill to sel :side $41 million in the next wo fiscal years as a reserve und to meet unexpected costs f operating state government Jumpers has said the fund vould be a cushion against the lossibility of having to ask for a tax increase in 1975. Bumpers signed a bill by Rep. W.E. Beaumont of Little Rock to allow the Republicans and Democrats to have com mon polling places for the pri maries in counties where voting machines are used. The governor also signed thi till that is designed to permi he development of a mall in downtown Little Rock. WASHINGTON (AP) -- After eviewing the first day of testimony before his subcommittee, Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr. says it viil be difficult to get Congress o pass any law protecting the onfidenliality of newsmen's lources. Ervin, whose constitutional- rights subcommittee opened Vermonl Expected To Ratify ERA MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont was expected today t Become the 28th state to ratifj the Equal Rights Amendmen to-the U.S. Constitution. Thirty eight states must give their.ap proval before it becomes law. A joint resolution on ratifica tion has won House approval b a wide margin. Senate approva is expected today. The amendment, the 27lh the U.S. Constitution, state that equality of rights unde the law shall not be denied o abridged by the United State or by any state on. account o Ervin Sees Difficulty In Passage 01 Shield Laws I hearing 'shield Tuesday laws, told on eight reporter the divergent views might prevent drafting legislation that could win enough support to pass. At the start pt the session, he introduced his own bill--a much-narrower version than the one recommended by the American Newspaper Publish ers Association and the Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press. The Ervin bill would grant newsmen a qualified privilege against forced disclosure ol confidential information anc news sources but it would apply only to federal court proceed ings. BALANCED The North Carolina Democrat said society's interests in a free flow of information and in pros ecution of crime must be bal anced. Thus, he 1 .added, he doubts Congress will gran newsmen an unqualified privi lege of refusing to testify abou information gained in con fidence. Newspaper columnist Jame: J. Kilpatrick, in testimony be fore the panel, also mentioncc a "head-on collision with the rights of other persons uncle the 6th Amendment." He spoke against all the proposed shiek laws. He advised the industry ti rely on the constitutional free iress guarantee, -despite the Su- ireme Court's 5-4 decision last une that. .newsmen have no Ight to refuse to disclose con- id ential sources to a grand ury Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., pon'sor of the ANPA bill, urged unqualified privilege for newsmen in federal and state proceedings. He .said this is necessary t°i prevent the drying up o f . conficjential" sources. Wind Velocity In Jetstream Increasing KANSAS CITY (AP) - Airline pilots reported extremely bumpy conditions as a dramatic increase in the wind velocity of the Jetstream over the United States was noted by the National Weather Service. Allen Pearson, director of the Severe Storms Forecast Center Kansas City, said Tuesday the increased winds extended from San Diego, Calif., to Denver, Kansas City, Nashville and Charleston, S.C. The Jetstream, is a band of winds that run around the Northern Hemisphere at 35,000 feet. Normal speed is 125 to 150 miles per hour. 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