Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1968 · Page 17
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 17

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, March 7, 1968
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PAGE 18 STEINBECK SON ACCUSER T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N Drugged GIs Charge Denied " WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Defense Department says that stimulating drugs are included in survival kits provided to American airmen and members of special forces units in Vietnam. But a spokesman for the Pentagon told a congressional committee there was nothing to substantiate a charge Tuesday by John Steinbeck IV that such drugs-or pep pills -- are given troops prior to combat missions to make them fight better. The Pentagon earlier had branded the charges as "completely untrue." Alfred B. Fitt, assistant secretary of defense for manpower, testified before the Senate juvenile delinquency subcommittee. He was responding to statements Tuesday by young Steinbeck, son of the famous novelist, that "our government is drugging our soldiers." Steinbeck made the charges to reporters after testifying before the subcommittee. Fitt read a report from U.S. officials in Vietnam which said Air Force survival kits contain five tablets of dextro amphetamine. It.said special forces survival kits contain six of the tablets. The report said that although energy is increased for a few hours by the drugs, "no 'super human' amount of energy is generated." Personal Bankruptcy Wave Reflects Abuse Of Credit By JOHN CUNN1FF verv nftpn hv tViu oY*an«m* «ie oat-no.. «-,,, ~~,, ut~ j_i_!^ , . THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1968 By JOHN AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - If present trends continue, some 190,000 Americans will file personal bankruptcy petitions this year, about 18 times the number of just 20 years ago. About $1.5 billion in bills will be written off. This estimate, which comes from Linn Twinem, chairman of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association, reflects the abuse of credit not only by recipients but very often by the grantor as well. So disturbing has the trend become -- bankruptcies are growing at a rate faster than the population or the use of credit-- that the Bar Association and others are now trying to have the Bankruptcy Act amended. The association has endorsed a House bill that would give referees in bankruptcy discretionary authority to deny petitions in cases where it is felt a wage earner can pay his debts out of future earnings. As matters stand now, individuals file for bankruptcy noi only because they cannot pay their bills but because bankruptcy is so easy. The stigma that existed 15 years ago seemingly has diminished with the growth of credit and the mobility of individuals. The factors that drive a person toward bankruptcy, however, have not lessened. They may have become worse, in fact. Overloading of an individual with credit, often at difficult repayment terms, is a widespread abuse. Threats to garnish salaries or to repossess furnishings often is the activator. 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