Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1968 · Page 37
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 37

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, March 7, 1968
Page 37
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PAGE 40 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N County Alcoholism Group Plans Drive To Educate Public By LEN DAVIS Citizen Staff Writer An intensive community campaign to educate Pima County residents in the prevent'on and treatment of alcoholism is expected to begin shovtlv. sponsored by the newly incorporated Pima Council on Alcoholism. Dr. Edwin W. Tucker, president of the council, said yesterday at an executive committee meeting that a majority fundraising campaign would begin soon to raise $35,000 "for an executive director, secretary, part-time counselor and office rent, plus the writing and printing of several brochures on alcoholism." He said the $35,000 would ··"o- resent the firsi year's budget, "a very nominal amount, con sidering there are approximately 16,000 untreated alcoholics in Pima County -- and their number is growing each year." Chairman of the fund-raising campaign committee is Allan J. Orler, administrator of Tucson General Hospital. II "An indication of the commu- nity's'readiness to participate in such a campaign," Tucker said, "was exemplified at the Feb. 16 Symposium on Alcoholism, attended fay more than 300 professional and lay people." The symposium, held at the University of Arizona was sponsored by ttie Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital, UA's College of Medicine, Arizona State Department of Health, UA's department of public administration and business, and the council. Several U.S. pharmaceutical firms and the Licensed Beverage Institute have indicated an interest hi the program -- the first of its kind in Arizona -and may provide grant money to help get it started, Tucker said. "There is a vital need for lecturers on alcoholism to fill requests made by local junior and senior high school officials," he said. Speakers on alcoholism are difficult to find, according to Tucker. He explained the provisions of Arizona Senate bill 43, which failed yesterday to get enough votes to clear the House Appropriations Committee. It would have provided $60,000 for helping to educate the public on alcoholism. "Pima County would receive approximately $10,000 through the public .lealth department," he said. A rider to the bill provided a 10 per cent surtax on all drunken driving fines imposec throughout the state, the money to be used for educational groups on alcoholism. Legislative action took place after the PGA meeting. Officers of the council, beside Tucker, include the Rev. Dale E. Hewitt; 2360 E. Waverly St., First vice president; Mrs. Eli nore M. Haythorne, 4813. Calle Jabeli, second vice president Russell T. Transure, 218 S. Avenida Del Porvenir, treasurer and Robert Cowles, 519 E. Muriel Place,secretary. Incorporated Feb. 29 of this year, the 60-member council is scheduled to hold its annua meeting May 22. The next exec utive committee meeting is slated for April 10. rREAT GEORGIA FLAPDOODLE THURSDAY, MARCH 7, (968 Senate Phone Off Hook: Busy Signal ATLANTA (AP) - The eorgia Senate's case of the propped telephone -- called by he Atlanta Journal "an exercise in flapdoodle" -- has been settled but the mystery ingers on. "Person or persons unknown" Dropped the phone receiver off .he hook with a cigarette, the Senate agreed last night after a 24-hour committee investigation Court Starts New Program For Indians Tucson and South Tucson magistrates have begun a new program for Pima and Papago Indians accused of drinking offenses. If the accused chooses, he may receive a suspended sentence in return for attending four "honor court" sessions at the Indian Center, 120 W. 29th St. The sessions involve counseling by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous conducted in the Pima and Papago languages. The program is a new wrinkle in the City Court's honor court project, begun nearly two years ago.,It is designed to help rehabilitate alcoholics who in many cases are in and out of jail several times a year on minor offenses. of what it thought was eavesdropping. So the Senate promptly adopted a resolution of censure against the unknown guilty party, exonerated two Associated Press reporters who had been arrested, and restored the AP's access to the Senate floor. The committee chairman apologized to the news service. The Senate went on to other things. Adjournment comes Friday, and a lot of business remains to be worked on. Thus ended an affair that brought this editorial comment from the Journal: "The Georgia Senate has been through some clownish episodes in the past, but none were greater in pompous flapdoodle than the great phone off the hook affair." The sequence of that affair ran like this: On Tuesday the Senate voted to go into closed session to consider gubernatorial appointments -- a sensitive subject since the House holds only open sessions and the Senate has been criticized on that score. Appointments are ticklish political business and as the senators got their views off their chests, a couple of them spied a cigarette lodged under the receiver of the AP phone in the press gallery. They called it to the attention of the Senate. An uproar followed. At last the senators decided to hold an inquiry and deny AP newsmen access to the press gallery. Two AP newsmen in the Capitol to cover the legislature, Ray Bell and Ted Simmons, were arrested without specific charge and told to testify before the judiciary committee immediately. They -- and subsequently other AP newsmen -- denied that they had placed the cigarette on the phone, had known about it or had heard any of the closed proceedings. The AP phone has extensions in the House, the Capitol pressroom and the AP bureau several blocks away. The Senate phone is in an area accessible to persons other than newsmen. After further testimony, the committee decided to tell the Senate that secrecy rules had been violated but there was insufficient evidence to "justify any further proceedings against any known person or corporation." It recommended that the Senate consider adopting a new rule providing punishment of a reporter who tries to get any deliberations of the Senate while it is in executive session. Then the chairman apologized to the AP men. In the House, Rep. Quimby Melton Jr., publisher of the Griffin News, criticized the Senate for the way it had handled their inquiry the night before. The whole thing, he said, looked "like a mighty mountain has been erected from a very small molehill." EL PATO Isn't only a taco sauce. It makes any mundane dish seem exotic. 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