Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 2, 1973 · Page 1
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McKale opening a winner * - , In Sports, pages 55,57 Tucson Dailu · -. .'.: . ' . · · · . · . ^^^ VOLUME 103 -- NO. 28 TUCSON, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1973 STOCKS 68 PAGES -- 15 CENTS Ah, peace -and profits for some Washington Post Newt Service -WASHINGTON -- The war may be over, but the selling has justbegun. Even as the last skirmishes ranged across the Vietnamese countryside, two records, "The Battle Is Over' 1 and "The Sound of Peace," were rush-released. A three-week-old Florida firm has announced, through a national advertising campaign, its "Vietnam peace medal -available for only 24 days exclusively from Mintamerica," and including an offer to engrave for free a veteran's name under the phrase "In Service to his Country." ' In Washington, James E. Turner, a part-time street vendor who achieved, momentary reknown by selling dinner plates bearing a likeness of Lyndon Johnson outside the church where funeral services for the former president were going on, expressed hope of obtaining cease-fire mementoes. "They ought to sell like hot cakes." These first merchandising efforts suggest that a flood couldfollow. But peace, so long heralded, may not generate the enthusiasm for commemoration that marked Woodstock, or the tragedy of the Kennedy assassinations, or eyen the silliness of Beethoven's birthday -- which sold more" sweatshirts than tickets to concerts. ·; - ; · Tiffany, the Fifth Avenue jeweler,, said it had no plans whatever to observe the cease-fire with .merchandise. Wedg- -, ·wood;; the British China firm which issued a special Apollo ash:tray inspired by the moon landings, said the same. - "Robert N. Slater, marketing director of New York's N. G. Slater Corp., which claims to be the largest manufacturer of peace and civil rights buttons in the country, said that to his knowledge -'there is no demand whatsoever for cease-fire buttons/' :in the New Mexico office of John:Wagner, who recorded "The Battle Is Over.^the tone is different. "To me this song really captures the moodipf. the country," isays Wagner, who concedes he's had the song ready to go for four years. '"It's a sad song, but it has a churchy feeling, armood of hope, .and I think one hearing of it will convince anybody we're not trying to make money off the peace agreement." ' ''In Los Angeles, the publisher of "The Sound of Peace" says his song was recorded almost a year ago". ( The "Vietnam peace medal" is being offered in three varieties: pure-silver 30 millimeter (slightly larger than a quarter) at?7.50; pure-silver 50 mm (just under-2" diameter) at ?19.50; and ah 18-karat-gold (30 mm) for $90. The obverse features a stylized dove bearing an olive branch while the reverse 'depicts a Vietnamese, peasant planting, rice and encircled by the inscription "Peace ---Hoa Binh -- Vietnam-197?." The company is a division of an Italian firm. The medals will be minted in Italy. ' . UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LOWEST Goal reached ~t f . . . . ; . a month late SINCE 1970 WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to 5 per cent of the work force, lowest in 2Va years, the Labor Department reported today. The actual number of Americans out of work rose 560,000, but since it normally climbs more than ; .that in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics figured it as" a decline on a seasonally adjusted basis. The 5 per cent jobless rate, down from 5.1 per cent in December,; had been the Nixon administration's goal for reducing joblessness by the end of last year. The January report means the administration missed its target by only one months The total number of Americans employe'd also declined, down 1.8 million to 81 million. It ·normally drops in January iiid the bureau figured it as a seasonal drop of 350,XKL The drop in employment was largely due to fewer agricultural jobs, the report said. The bureau also reported that average hourly earnings of some 50 million rank and file workers rose 4 cents to $3.78; but average weekly pay dropped $1.15 to $138.35 because of a decline in the average work" week. Average weekly pay/was Generals and admirals may lose tax breaks WASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Department has tightened military disability retirement standards to avoid what members of Congress complained were unwarranted tax breaks for generals and admirals. Secretary of Defense Elliot L. Richardson yesterday is- sued new guidelines intended "to cut substantially" the number of officers leaving the services with disabilities. To a retiring officer or career enlisted man, a disability can mean that all or a major part of his pension is tax fres. Abuses in the. military pension system came to light last year during. c vestigation of m- Senate unauthorized Groundhog forecast doesn't apply here The groundhog upped Andsawhisshadder; Does that mean The weather's badder? --Shagg E. Oracle Punxsutawney Phil, the "official" groundhog of Groundhog Day, climbed out of his Pennsylvania hole this morning and saw his shadow -supposedly a sign that six weeks of winter weather is yet to come. But Tucson's winter is so artfully disguised .that it may be hard to tell the difference when spring makes its debut. The forecast calls for a pleasant 70-degree high temperature reading tomorrow, compared with yesterday's 57. The low should be about like this morning's 38, recorded at 12:20 a.m. Generally fair skies are in store tomorrow, with breezes reaching 15-20 miles an hour expected from the southeast. Winter rains and snow were scattered-across the eastern half of the nation today. Thundershowers hit the extreme Southeast, and rain, heavy in:places, soaked the south Atlantic states to Virginia. Hickory, N.C., absorbed 2.5 inches of rain. Freezing rain and snow touched areas from northwest Missouri -into the northern Mississippi Valley and the northern Great Lakes region. Gale warnings were displayed over all the Great Lakes. Fun WMIW repwj nntt bombing raids on North Vietnam and Gen. John D. Lavelle. Lavelle retired from the Air Force on an annual pension of $27,000 and, because he was granted a 75 per cent disability, nearly all of it is tax free. He was granted the disability even though he passed his flight physical a few weeks before retiring. Sen. .Harry Byrd, Ind-Va., said Lavelle's example is not an exception and released figures showing that more than half of the Air Force generals retiring in 1971 were given disabilities. Of these, Byrd said, 70 per cent had qualified for flight pay six months earlier. The new retirement guidelines require that a serviceman be found physically fit for active duty and able to perform his job until retirement time. "If the member has performed his normal duties until his time of separation, it will be presumed that he is fit for duty" and thus unable to claim disability, the Pentagon said. If not judged fit for duty, he will be forced to retire. still up $8.06, or; 6.2 per cent, over the past year, nearly, double the 3.4 per .cent loss of purchasing power to rising living costs. The report said the unemployment rate for men edged down from 3.4 to 3.3 per cent with a total of 2 million, nearly half a million less than a year earlier. The unemployment rate for women rose from 5:1 to 5.3 per cent with a total of 1.6, mfllion, about 70,000 less than in January of 1972. The jobless rate for teenagers fell last month from 15.7 to 14.3 per cent'With a total of slightly over 1 million, some 200,000 less than a year ago. IiUia racial breakdown,; the bureau said unemployment among white workers remained unchanged^ at 4.6,, per cent with a total of 3,8 million, down 600,000 from a year earlier. The unemployment rate forK nohwhites -- mostly Negroes -- declined last month from 9.6 to 8.9 per cent with a total of 840,000, down about 60,000 from a year ago. President nominated for Nobel OSLO (AP) -- August Schou, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, confirmed today that President Nixon is among "dozens of candidates" proposed for the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize. Finance Magazine, an American publication that waged a campaign to nominate Nixon for the prize, reported that the nomination had been accepted. "I cannot deny that," Schou said, "but the editor of that magazine has broken the general rule of not publishing names of nominees." The peace prize winner is announced in November each year and the prize is awarded in December. Inside ] Action, Please! 21 Dr. Alvarez 15 Bridge 54 Classified 40-53 Club Circuit IS Comics 67 Crossword Puzzle 38 Deaths 40 Editorial Pages 36, 37 P.J. Erickson 55 Financial News 64, 65 Focus 21-34 For Free 29 Jumble 4 Ann Landers 37 George McLeod 36 Movie Schedule 30 Outdoors 61 Public Records 7 Don Schellie 21 Sports 55-63 TV-Radio Dials 33 Weather 4 Your Stars 29 AP.Wirenhoto Close call for firemen Two California firemen duck showers past them. Neither as burning debris was" injured, but they *' ere unable home. to salvage the $50,000 Hollywood w ; Lefs Nixon urges Congress WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon, already beset by congressional critics of his belt-tightening new budget, appealed directly to Congress today to work with him to achieve administration goals which he said mark "a fresh approach to government." In the first of · a series of State of the Union reports, Nixon pledged "to do my part to achieve a constructive working relationship with Congress," controlled by the opposition Democrats. He said: "My sincere hope is that the executive and legislative branches can work together in this great undertaking in a positive spirit of mutual respect and cooperation." This first Nixon report was long on generalities but short on specifics. In essence, he stated, then underscored, two basic positions: "In the field of foreign policy, we: must remember that a strong America -- an America whose word is believed and whose strength is respected -is essential to continued peace and understanding in the world." Nixon said the Vietnam peace agreement has strengthened "basic American credibility," and added, "We must act In such a way in coming years that this credibility will remain intact, and with it the world stability of which it is so indispensable a part." "At home, we must reject the mistaken notion -- a notion that has dominated too much of the public dialogue for too long -- that ever-bigger government is the answer to every problem." The chief executive asserted, "We have learned only too well that heavy taxation and .excessive government spending are not a cure-all." Democrats in Congress, particularly,- have been critical of Nixon's intention to scrap a broad variety of federal programs, most of them in the social welfare area. One of the few specifics Nixon cited was a list of State of the Union reports yet to come. He said these would include "economic affairs, natural resources, human re- sources, community development and foreign and defense policy." The President indicated he would have still another message calling anew for congressional approval of a plan to reorganize the Cabinet structure and create new departments of natural resources, human resources and community development. POW release team delays discussions . ' ·/ SAIGON (UPI) - The four- party military team charged with arranging the release of American prisoners today postponed until Sunday discussions on the POW return. The first meeting of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) was marked by angry blasts from President Nguyen Van Thieu and the chief U.S. delegate, who said the JMC was wasting time. Thieu also accused Poland, Hungary and the Vietnamese Communists of sabotaging the cease-fire by stalling in the Saigon conference halls instead of moving into the field to police the truce. Thiea, in a lur.ar new year address to the nation one minute before midnight -- the start of Tet and the Year of the Buffalo -- said the stalling of technical talks had allowed the war to continue. He said the Communist delegates to the JMC and the International Commission for Supervision and Control (ICCS) must show more good will toward recognizing cease- fire violations. The JMC in. a four-hour meeting today agreed to discuss the prisoner release after Maj. Gen. Gilbert Woodward, the chief U.S. delegate, accused the other members of wasting the past five days. Woodward, also told South Vietnamese, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese military officers to renew armistice orders to their troops to stop fighting that has continued despite cease-fire orders last Sunday. Under ferms of last week's peace treaty signed in Paris, the JMC will for CO days enforce the cease-ifre orders, oversee American troop withdrawal and arrange details of the POW release. Another issue raised in today's session, sources said, was removal of U.S. mines from North Vietnamese waters.

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