Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 9, 1976 · Page 14
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Tucson, Arizona
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Monday, February 9, 1976
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Schelliv Editorials Citizen Three heads better than one Maybe sometime Sam Negri will make (hat drive again _ when the moon is full. B That way he'll know for sure whether the three-headed horse exists. Sam is a reporter for the Tucson Daily Citizen, and not long ago he made sortie into Cochise County to chase down some news stories. While in Sierra Vista, though he dug up more than he had bargained for, when he unearthed a ghost It was evening, he told us, and he had been in Sierra Vista doing some interviews. He mentioned to one of the people there that he was going to lake the back road - the Charleston Road -- over to Tombstone. "Watch out," the Sierra Vistan told Negri. For what? the reporter wanted to know. "Watch out for the three-headed horse." Naturally, Sam followed through and got the full story from his contact, which he passes along to us. Twisting, winding route The Charleston Road is a narrow strip of pavement that twists and winds the 18 or so miles between Sierra Vista and Tombstone. Not far out of Sierra Vista it crosses the San Pedro River on a one-lane bridge. "There are no lights on this road that I can recall " Negri said, "and at night it's a dark and desolate stretch. It's easy to see how a spook story might've developed." So much for setting. It happened many years ago -- Sam's informant wasn't sure how many -- that three horsemen were crossing the Charleston Road not far from the San Pedro bridge. Suddenly, almost out of nowhere, a truck came barreling along the road, striking all three riders. Three men and three horses lay dead on the road. The truck sped on. During full moon And so ever since that time, it is said, on nights when the moon is full, a three-headed horse appears over the San Pedro bridge on the Charleston Road. Legend has it that each head has an eye of a different color, set, presumably, in the center of the forehead. One eye is red, another blue, and the third is yellow. "And as you drive over the bridge," Negri was told, "the horse will Hash a light into your car to see whether you're the truck driver who killed the three horsemen." Or so the story would have us believe. "But on the night I drove back to Tombstone from Sierra Vista," Sam adds, "the moon was not full, so I wasn't able to verify the story." No lights were Hashed into his car. But possibly one of these nights -- when the moon is full -Negri will make the drive again, just to follow through on the story. And if he does, he'll be sure and let you know whether he sees the three-headed horse of the Charleston Road bridge. · · · More than one way. . . We've heard tell of an East Side woman who called the Mountain Bell folks and complained that the cord on her telephone was far too long. A service representative took all the information and told the woman that she would have an installer stop by the next day to have a look at it. "Why, there's no need to do that," the woman said. "Why don't you just pull it in at your end until I tell you to stop?" Hmmmmmmm. Tensions ease after flareups in county jail Security measures at Pima County jail finally have been returned to near-normal after a tense weekend in which three fights broke out and jailers worked 12-hour shifts. The long shifts were halted late last night, but jailers still were staying an extra hour or two during head counts and meals today, Sheriff's Information Officer Dan Abbate said. Trouble began Saturday night in an atmosphere of "general unrest," Abbale said, caused mainly by the death last week of Paul R. Simon, 18, beaten and strangled in a two-man maximum security cell. Shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, a convicted rapist await- Engineers to hear general Brig. Gen. William D. Gilbert, a deputy director of civil engineering at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., will address an engineers' meeting tomorrow night at the Davis-Monthan AFB Officers' Club. D-M officials said the meeting is being hosted by the southern chapter of the Arizona Society of Professional Engineers, the Tucson post of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Southern Arizona branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Gilbert, who was stationed at D-M in 1963 and 1964, will discuss the role of engineering in the Air Force. ing sentencing was injured when a fight broke out in "C" tank, which holds 47 men. The victim, Porter Stalphil, 21, suffered bruises to his back and shoulders and a head cut that required several stiches to close. Abbate said the fight was over commissary items. He said "somebody wanted somebody's goodies," which are obtained from the jail snack counter, and Stalphil ended up getting hurt. A female inmate was transported to the Pima County Hospital shortly after 7 p.m. when she was involved in a fight with another female inmate in the mess hall. Twenty-year-old Cathy Potter, in jail on 10 counts of forgery and possession of heroin, "had a good hunk of hair pulled out and suffered bruises on one arm," Abbate said. Both inmates were treated at the county hospital and returned to jail late Saturday night. No one was injured in a third disturbance at the jail annex Saturday afternoon. Abbate said Paul Uckley, 23, was transferred to the main jail after he was involved in a "scuffle" in the annex mess hall. Uckley, being held on suspicion of defrauding a business, was transferred because officials believed he was the instigator, Abbate said. Because of the fights, detention officers at 10 p.m. Saturday began working two, 12- hour shifts instead of their n o r m a l three, eight-hour shifts. That security measure increased manpower from the average six detention officers per shift to about 13 men. M O N D A Y , FEBRUARY 9, 1976 PAC;E is Classified Doctor union here makes strike plans By LAURIE ITOW Citizen Slatf Writer A local doctors' union, whose membership has grown from 70 to 130 in the last few months, is prepared to aggressively bargain for physicians and to strike if state malpractice legislation is not satisfactory, says its president, Dr. Richard W. Switzer. Switzer, president of the two- year-old Professional Guild of Arizona, said plans for the strike are being developed in case the bill passed by the Arizona Legislature is "watered down to the point of uselessness." The union, whose membership is almost entirely in Tucson, has informed some hospital administrators here that doctors will cooperate in emergency room treatment and will remain on emergency call if a strike is conducted. "But we will refrain from performing elective treatment (non-emergency surgery)," said Switzer, a surgeon. Tucson's three public hospitals--University, Pima County and Veterans -- will begin discussion this week of operating plans in event of a doctors' strike, said Thomas F. Corley, County Hospital administrator. The three hospitals aren't anticipating any strike problems because they are covered by hospital malpractice insurance plans sponsored by government groups. But they may take on some patients Doctor ad ban argued FTC hearing under way WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to leam if the American Medical Association is restraining competition illegally by prohibiting advertising by its members. A hearing on the issue began today. The FTC in December issued a complaint accusing the 170,000-member AMA, the Connecticut State Medical Society and the New Haven, Conn., County Medical Association of an illegal ban on prices and services ads. The FTC does not seek to force doctors to advertise but to allow them to do so if they wish. Its accusation is based on the AMA's principles of medical ethics, which prohibit member phyicians from advertising or soliciting business or from engaging in price competition. The complaint alleges that as a result of this code of ethics, and of similar codes adopted by state and local medical associations, the costs of physicians' services "have been stabilized, fixed or otherwise interfered with; competition between medical doctors in the provision of such services has been hindered, restrained, foreclosed and frustrated; and consumers have been deprived of information pertinent to the selection of a physician and of the benefits of competition." The complaint, filed Dec. 22 by the FTC Bureau of Competition, asks that relief be granted, including, but not limited to, a prohibition of any agreement restricting competition, "including agreements or ethical principles restrict- 'ing a doctor's freedom to advertise, solicit patients, or to independently determine the fees at which services will be performed." The complaint is not a determination of guilt but legal notice thai the FTC has reason to believe the defendants have violated federal law. Sonorans to visit PHOENIX (AP) - Hermosillo, Mexico, Mayor Alfonso Aguayo Porchas and other Sonoran officials will visit Phoenix Feb. 18 and 19 to cement a new sister city plan. from private hospitals if a strike occurs. The County Medical Society's estimated 550 physician members will not discuss a strike pending the outcome of a malpractice bill in the State Senate, said Dr. David Ben- Asher, the society president. "We must know where we stand by Feb. 15 -- whether a physician insurance company is set up," said Ben-Asher. "If the malpractice insurance decision is not made by then, most of us will find ourselves in a position where we can't practice." Switzer said, "We support the bill that has passed in the House as a stop-gap measure to the malpractice crisis. We won't resort to a strike if that bill is passed by the State Legislature. "But if the bill isn't satisfactory, we'll run a physician shutdown and we'll go to every physicians' group for support," he said, adding: "I don't think we'll have to go as far as a strike. I think the majority of people in the legislature are reasonable and won't let the crisis get that far." But Switzer said the union is preparing guidelines on how physicians may protect their assets if sued with no malpractice insurance and is discussing a legal defense program with a group of local lawyers to provide physicians legal services for about a $650 fee a year as a precautionary measure. Switzer said that doctors are being encouraged to protect themselves by filing in court their house as a homestead to exclude the house from legal settlements, putting assets in trust funds for family members and forming medical corporations to earn set wages since only 25 per cent of wages may be garnished by the court. Sections of the bill which most concern physicians are limitations on legal fees charged by attorneys, setting a two-year limitation on malpractice lawsuits, establishing a law requiring plaintiffs to present all sources of income including payments such as medical insurance and workmen's compensation and forming a medical liability panel to review complaints before they go to court, he said. If he aims higher Two may seek DeConcini job --Citizen Photo by Dan Torlorell Queen Barbara Barbara Schwartz, a 23-year-old former model from Milwaukee, wil) reign as queen of the 51st annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Feb. 26-29. A legal secretary, she came to Tucson in 1973 and resides at 7438 E. 22nd St. The rodeo queen and two princesses were chosen from a field of 31 candidates. 100 cases being probed By P H I L H . HAMILTON Citizen Political Writer For months, there has been a great deal of speculation in Tucson political circles about the immediate political future of Pima County Atty. Dennis DeConcini. However, not even the wildest of speculators is predicting the Tucson Democrat will seek re-election to the post he has held the past four years. Although DeConcini has been publicly silent about his 1976 plans, supporters and opponents alike are so certain that he will seek either the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Paul J. Fannin or the congressional post currently held by Democrat Morris K. Udall that the county attorney's post is considered an "open office" in both Democrat and Republican camps. But despite the probable absence of an incumbent, the upcoming race for county attorney is attracting few aspirants. Pima County's rumor mills have been able to crank out but two names of potential contenders. Both are Democrats and both are virtually certain of entering the race unless DeConcini should want another four years in the office. The logical frontrunner at DeConcini Kiancir AW/v Democrats weigh decisions in county attorney contest this point would be Democrat Lars Pedersen, who ran a strong race two years ago before losing by a narrow margin to DeConcini in a primary contest that determined who the country attorney would be. There was no Republican contestant in 1972. However, Pedersen, who recently joined Jacqueline Schneider in a new law firm here, says he will definitely not be a candidate this year. "I just have too much to do here (with the law firm)," Pedersen says. That leaves a possible two- w a y D e m o c r a t i c p r i m a r y (unless some other aspirants should surface between now and the filing time) that would State begins anti-trust crackdown PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona has begun a crackdown on price fixing arid other antitrust law violations for the first time in the 62 years that the laws have been on the books and is ridding itself of its reputation as a haven for business activities using anti- competitive practices, said Kenneth R. Reed, director of the state attorney general's anti-trust office. Reed said Atty. Gen. Bruce Babbitt filed the first four anti-trust cases in the state's history last year, all of which still are pending. Now about 100 cases of sus- pected price fixing and other anti-trust law violation charges are under investigation by the attorney general's office, including some involving the services industries and professional organization;;, according to Reed. "The bulk of the violations probably are a result of ignorance," Reed said, "a matter of businessmen not knowing they were violating the law. "On the other hand, during the course of our investigations we've come across examples which suggest to us that, because of the complete lack of anti-trust enforcement, Arizona has been used by some -- probably a minority -- of businessmen as a place where no holds are barred." The historic tendency of doctors, lawyers, accountants, pharmacists, architects and other professionals to consider themselves immune from antitrust prosecution is coming to an end, Reed said. He said a study is being conducted to determine the impact on consumers of various restraints placed upon members by professional organizations. As part of the study, a survey of prescription drug prices in the Phoenix area was taken that Reed said showed a broad retail price differential. State law prohibits pharmacies from advertising the price of prescription drugs and the codes of other professions usually prohibit most types of advertising. But Reed noted (hat the prohibition on advertising means that consumers have no way of knowing how to make an intelligent price choice. He said he does not expect all of the investigations to result in lawsuits. pit Democratic attorney \Viliam J. Risner, 32, against Stephen D. Neely, 34, a deputy county attorney who currently heads the office's sex crimes division. Risner, a charter member of the county's "new poliiics" movemenl, made unsuccessful races for the legislature and City Council in 1968 and 1969. Neely, who joined the county attorney's office in 1969, will be making his first bid for public office. His political v i e w s are more closely aligned with DeConcini's, Neither Neely nor Risner is yet ready to formally announce as a candidate, but each has indicated a strong inclination to seek the office. Neely says his decision will depend upon DeConcini's being out of the race. DeConcini has indicated that at any time he becomes so involved in political activity that he can't perform the duties of his office he will resign and ask the Board of Supervisors to name a replacement. Neely appears to be most likely appointee, and would be able to campaign as an incumbent county attorney. Risner says he has been soliciting support for a campaign and trying to clear up his law practice so he would have time to campaign. "It's more probable than not that I will be a candidate," he said. So far, even the rumor mills have failed to come up with the name of a Republican contender. This presents the possibility that the winner will be decided, as it was four years ago, in the Sept. 14 primary election. Soup-to-nuts training offered Pair's politics has firm' foundation By JOHN LANKFORD Citizen Stall Writer In view of recent national political events, the classified ad is a little alarming: "Wanted: Intelligent individual interested in politics. Opportunities for excitement, travel and adventure." More dirty tricks? Not quite. The ad is written by Pete Zimmerman, who with Mike Foudy comprises Foudy, Zimmerman Associates, a political consulting firm. The ad, which has appeared in the University of Arizona's Daily Wildcat several time's, is designed to attract young people who can be trained in the soup-to-nuts operation of political campaigns. In a country predicated on democracy and free elections, it seems strange anyone would have to advertise to get campaign workers. "There are never enough," says Zimmerman, 28. He and Foudy, 24, have about 20 years of political campaign experience between them. For them, the democratic process happened early. The firm currently is handling two campaigns for congressional seats and last year conducted Douglas Kennedy's campaign for the City Council. The Kennedy campaign turned out quite nicely. Underdog Kennedy defeated two opponents, one a two- term incumbent whose name also happened to be Kennedy (Richard). Despite the success, Foudy and Zimmerman still aren't exactly sure what made the campaign click. The most recent ad drew 40 respondents, a figure that dropped to 25 after the callers were told the work is tedious and nonpaying. Of those 25 interested ones, 15 actually showed up at the firm's offices at 650 N. Blh Ave. for training. The ad is Zimmerman's idea. "I liked working in campaigns, and I thought maybe other young people would, too," Zimmerman says. Zimmerman and Foudy have impressive credentials as campaign trainers. Zimmerman graduated from the State University of New York in 1972 and was recruited Pete Zimmerman Won't get rich Mike Foudy Tilling political soil into the presidential campaign of John Lindsay mainly on the strength of Zimmerman's organization of a New York student lobby group, which now has a statewide membership of 260,000. Such organizational skills rarely go unnoticed. Zimmerman met Foudy, son of a Bisbee rancher and a 1973 graduate of UA, in the Lindsay campaign. They switched to the McGovern camp when Lindsay's star descended. Following the campaign, Foudy convinced his friend that Arizona was unlilled soil politically. In addition to his training efforts and other duties (the firm is nurturing public relations and advertising dreams), Foudy also .studies law at UA. It won't hurt to have a lawyer in the firm to deal with lawsuits, he says with a laugh. Both are Democrats. Both men have been making a living in political campaigns since 1972. Use the word living advisedly. In McGovern's California organization, they were paid $60 a week plus room and board. Zimmerman does not recommend this line of work for those wishing to get rich quick. But there are other gratifications, the Douglas Kennedy campaign being a point in fact. The firm used the traditional methods of campaigner/ -- door-to-door, handshaking, etc. Kennedy even walked the streets of his ward for a while. "Everything was planned from the start. Nothing was left to chance," says Foudy. The firm had some thorny problems in the campaign: There was the duplication of names and initials (Doug and Dick Kennedy); there was the reality of facing a man who had held the office for eight years; there was a third candidate (Priscilla Kuhn), who, like Douglas Kennedy, was taking a liberal posiiion. But the firm identified and solved the problems, and steered its candidate to a victory. All well and good. The margin of victory -- 52 votes -- helped hold down post-election celebrations, however. Analyzing campaign victories and losses is another of the firm's jobs, and this is where the ad answerers come in. A team of trainees who answered the most recent Wildcat ad are working to figure out exactly why the Kennedy campaign was a success. The results of the study will be utilized in future campaigns. With the ads, Foudy and Zimmerman hope to attract people who want to leam. They also seek out people who have been "burned" in other political volunteer efforts. "We would like to reach those people who volunteered, got stuck in a back room licking stamps and never volunteered again," says Zimmerman. "There's more to a campaign than that." The ads are placed with the scatter-gun theory in mind: At the very least, 20 or 30 of those who answer the ad will end up knowing more about the political process, which Foudy and Zimmerman consider a big plus. At the very best? "Maybe we'll find two or three people who will go far enough to help someone win a campaign."

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