The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 7, 1967 · Page 7
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Tuesday, November 7, 1967
Page 7
Start Free Trial

Jl un«vffl« (Art.) Courier News - Tuesday, flmnmiber T, 1367^ PageSevrt Pork Barrel Projects May Pass WASHINGTON (AP) - The I $4.1 biraon-and it will swell the Senate this week begins, total commitment for pork bar- considering §52 million worth of I rel projects planned or under construction to $15.2 billion. The dictionary defines pork $4.1 billion. i barrel as a government project '. .ic $52 million—included in a yielding rich patronage benefits. pork barrel projects that could carry an ultimate pricetag of $4.7 billion package of public works bills—is the first-year cost of construction starts, new planning starts and the exten- ion of planning projects begun in previous years. The ultimate cost of those is Included are the dams, power projects, levee work and harbor construction so dear to a con- gresman's vote-getting heart. For a Congress that has talked economy, the final bill is a huge escalation of compara- modest administration proposals. President Johnson recommended nine new construction starts that would have cost $7.4 million in the fiscal year that began July 1. Their cost on completion years hence would have totaled nearly $153 million. The House rejected 4 projects, but added 16 new starts of its own. The 1968 cost of the proposed House projects—$5.5 million. Ultimate cost—$93 million. The Senate tccepted the «l proposals from the House, restored President Johnson's 4 and added 25 more Of its own. Cost of the proposed Senate projects in 19W-$12 million. Ultimate cost—$324.5 million. Thus as the pork barrel bill now stands, there are 50 new construction starts with an eventual cost ol $570.66 million. Johnson also proposed a score of new planning starts, the step preliminary to actual land ac- quisition and construction. These would cost just under $3 million in fiscal 1968, but final costs would be $335.5 million. Each house then added 11 new planning starts. In 19S8, the House starts would cost $905,000 and the Senate's $6.19 million. Their respective completion costs are potentially $62 million and $244 million. On the 80 carryover planning projects from previous years, I the bill provides $16.7 million In States' Motor Vehicle Department Is Source Junk Mai By ANTHONY DE NIGRO Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — If you've been wondering how your name got on the latest "junk mail" list, you might ask your state motor vehicle department. An Associated Press survey shows that most states sell their motor vehicle registration lists—at prices ranging from $70,000 in New York to $8 in West Virginia. Some apparently give them away. One firm, R. L Polk & Co of Detroit, appears to be practically the only customer for the lists and uses them as what must be one of the largest reser- voirs in the country for direct mail advertisers. Polk won't say how much it pays for them-or how much it makes on them—but the survey showed it gets the bulk for a total of not much more than $500,000. Disclosures of the sale of official public records for commercial use has stirred invasion of privacy controversies in some parts of the country. At least two citizens have gone into court about it. Most motor vehicle department officials interviewed in the survey considered the sale routine. Typical was the reaction in North Carolina, which sold Polk '2 million names and addresses for $36,000 this year. "By law our records are open to the public unless they are specifically declared confidential and I guess that's the statute under which we've been i proceeding," said Miss Foy In[gram, the North Carolina registration director. Polk is a 97-year-old firm which also publishes 1,400 city directories. "We do not invade anyone's prvacy," said Alvin Kropf, Folk's senior vice president. "As business statisticians and publishers, we gathered public information and .refine and publish such facts and fig- public records." The AP survey found that Polk buys or trades for most of the 95 million names and addresses of auto registrants directly through the state capitals at prices apparently dependent on how much the particular state thinks .its list is worth. Polk even has the list of states which say they don't sell them. These are Illinois, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky, Washington and Washington, D.C New York State's $70,000 a year is the highest price Polk pays for one list. California, which has the biggest motor ures which are set out in open'vehicle population in the coun- Communism Like Frantic Bear By JAMES MARLOW AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been like watching a Russian bear eat an electric light bulb. Surprise, convulsions, indigestion, internal bleeding, thrash- ng around half out of mind and digestion restored have all been iart of the process since the lin's death, some sanity was re- >olsheviks took over the Rus-j stored, restrictions were eased, iian revolution 50 years ago to- j and the Soviet Union began to day. I look a little more like a civilized Surprise-Ttie . Bolsheviks ??<&&. starting, with Nikita were caught flatfooted, unpre- jared for the takeover when the •evolution began. They got hemselves together, grabbed Jieir chance, and communism has been in charge since. Convulsion—The beginning was dreadful: The struggle with ;he other factions which were split and indecisive; civil war; and economic collapse. Indigestion—Lenin and his Bolsheviks started out as the apostles of Karl Marx. But they Iwisted Marxism to suit their A NEW LOOK in men's evening wear this season is (he white satin turtleneck shirt, according to (ientle- men's Quarterly Magazine. The men's wear bible cites Sens Robert and Edward Kennedy and Britain's Lord Snowden as among the style-setters in the no- tie trend. quickly broke H. Digestion restored—With Sta- Krushchev, later dumped, in the 1960s. After all this agony the most obvious question, one which must fill every other nation with apprehension, is: What will happen inside the Soviet Union and what will it do in these next 50 years? No one in hi: right mind will try to predict it. Through their whole history the Russian people have known nothing but submission to autocracies, some more fierce and bloody than needs. And Lenin even partly | others. restored capitalism for a while. | At the moment power is di- Internal bleeding—From the reginning there was a blood jath. It became a hemorrhage in the 1930s with Stalin's purges and executions, his device for eliminating rivals, real or imaginary. Half out of mind—Stalin was a mental case, one of the most vicious in history, who reigned through terror for 29 years from the time'Lenin died in 1924 until his own death in 1953. But while terror was his weapon, power was his language. Under him a primitive nation became a world power, with all that meant. For Only a brief moment the United States had a nuclear monopoly. Stalin vided among the leaders but nevertheless centered in them, nternal struggles for power among them could resurrect the nightmares of the past 50 years. Scissor Toting Maddox Scores Hippies ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - When a group of long-haired hippies stopped Gov. Lester Maddox at the Georgia State Patrol headquarters Friday and asked an interview, Maddox agreed-on a condition. The governor produced a pair of six-inch shears from his coat pocket and said, "We'll have to cut your hair before I can talk to you." The astounded hippies disappeared. Maddox chuckled and returned the scissors to a table where he had picked them up when he first saw the group approaching. Remember Pay Your Paper Boy D'Alltn Beauty Car* Especially For You Ustat Mary France* ConnetM Compllnuatarr Demon*lr*Uaa Thm WhHler-PO 8-8866 HERMON C. JONES Bailntii Mtn'i AttaruM C*. 555 So. Perkins Extended Suite 404 Ph. «tt-964I Memphis, Tenneitee insurant for Estitt Planftlit K«j Man - Faitaenhlp - evaporation - 6r«up Ptaston - •«- tlrenunt - HoipiUIIntion. POSSIBILITIES become PROBABILITIES When you know that MFA Security Service is r«ady to help finance your new car, boat or mobile home. SEE YOUR MFA INSURANCE AGENT Buell Carter, Agent , Ik. WAYNE DAQOtTT, A* «l I*. U> MUI The people themselves a are little asserting more, although feebly. Bit by bit they may get more of the freedom they want. Eventually, if the So- viet Union follows the road of the great revolutions of modern times, there will be democracy. The most civilizing and restraining force in Soviet history In recent times is fear—fear of nuclear war with the United States which reciprocates the same fear. In time the Soviet Union may surpass the United States as the world's No. 1 industrial power—it's No. 2 now—with increasing prosperity for its people. But the Soviet Union has also suffered a shattering defeat. For most of the past 50 years it not only dominated world communism but the world's thinking about it. That's gone. Gigantic Red China is its rival and apparently its enemy and is fast on its way to becoming a great nuclear power. When that happens the future of the Soviet Union and of mankind may depend on the answer to this question: Will it manage to team up with the Red Chinese against the rest of the world or, out of fear of China, will it cozy up to the United States and the West in search of allies against Red I try, gets $47,000. Rural Alabama »ets $52,000 while auto state Michigan gets $1,200. South Carolina charges $75 Wisconsin gets $120 All sell to Polk. Sometimes Polk trades for the lists. In New Jersey, for instance, Polk is the super sleuth who tracks down 400,000 parking scofflaws a year. In return, it gets the state's registration list free. Because New Jersey law forbids the sale of auto registrations, the state motor vehicle department has been trading the lists to Polk for more than a decade. Under the arrangement, municipal courts send the state unanswered parking summonses which list only the license number of the vehicle. The state sends numbers to Polk and Polk sends back the name and address of the car's owner. In Nebraska, Polk pays the salary of a clerk in the motor vehicles department. She sends the lists to Detroit, where the slips are alphabetized and returned to Lincoln. Besides the auto registration list Minnesota sells to Polk, the state sells 50 to 100 lists of various types to various interests. They range from lists of dentists, doctors and restaurants to a computer printout of 210,000 boat owners—the latter for $500. Every year since 1922, Polk has compiled a complete nation wide list of auto registrations. It uses them primarily, it says, for some 50 statistical reports sold within the automotive industry and secondarily for sale to direct mail advertisers. Polk, a privately owned company that doesn't make public financial statements, would say only that 10 per cent of its income is derived from the registration lists. It did say, however, that the lists are expensive to the average direct mail buyer. When it sells to direct mail houses. Polk actually keeps the list and mails the sample or brochure for the advertiser. The $4.1 Billion T new planning funds— with a completion cost of $2.8 billion. Despite the big slice of pork, Sen. Allen J. Ellender, D-La., told the Senate its Appropriations Committee "has deferred Hie initiation of many worthy projects" because of the Vietnam war. And Sen. Hiram Fong, K-Hawail, said that choosing projects to include "is like trying to decide which of your own children should be helped first." Sen. William P r o x m 1 re, called the bill "a travesty of rational economic management and economy in government." "I am well aware," Proxmire said, "that many of these projects are politically important to members of Congress; but more important, this year should be the achievement of sufficient budgetary cuts to avoid a tax increase. And no area invites cuts as much as public works." of Names auto industry is its largest single user, principally for the nailing of multipaged color irochures at the beginning of a new model year. Other cheif customers are auto accessory irms, tire and oil companies, jublishing houses and newspapers. Polk sells direct mail lists to a wide range of firms, from bankers to fertilizer manufacturers. Recently two suits were brought in connection with the state sale of the lists, one in federal court in Manhattan and the other in Superior Court in Hartford, Conn. Both were filed on the invasion of privacy issue and both are still in litigation. They are apparently the only two court challenges of the practice of selling official records for com- Tiercial uses. In Connecticut clerical worker Norman S. Chapin of Ware- louse Point got angry at the volume of junk mail in Ms mail- jox and decided to do something about it. He moved and refused to lurnish his new address ;o the department of motor vehicles. Chaplin was threatened with loss of his license and relented. But on the day he furnished his new address he also filed suit charging the state was invading his privacy by selling his name to Polk. Judge Joseph W. Bogdanski icaiiarT • fomnnrarv ininnpHnn rule on the constitutionality >f selling the lists, leaving that for ater full trial. In New York, writer Corliss Lament is appealing a federal district court ruling against his contention that the state's sale of its six-million - name list for $70,000 a year is an invasion of privacy. Trial Judge Marvin E. Frankel ruled out the constitutional question. "The short, though regular journey from mailbox to (rash can. is an acceptable burden, at least so far as the Constitution is concerned," he said. It is no invasion of privacy at all, he said— merely another battle in the state's effort "to tap a small source of revenue." Virginia sells its two million auto registrants to Polk for about $11,000 and A. T Beale, deputy motor vehicles commissioner, sees it as a safeguard to mailbox privacy. "Actually," he said, "I believe the sale of our list, reduces the amount of junk mail since the automotive industry is able to send mailers to specific customers it wants to reach." Postmaster Lewis Moore of Nashville, Tenn., hears more often, however, from those who don't agree. "A lot of people complain," he said. "They call us and say they don't want any more. We cannot cut it off once it is in the channels of delivery. Saturn has 10 satellites, among these being Titan, largest of all the known moons in the solar system. Jt Waff s? n i ,. /< \^o&nietic t/-JCip •' BY FABBRGB Tigress Woodhu» Aphrodlsia FOR MEN Brut Woodhue BY REVLON Imtimate Aquamarine BY CORDAY Fame Toujours Moi Possession MAX FACTOR Hypnotlque Prlmitif Golden Woods Promesse BY COTY Enierudo Imprsvu I/Orlgan Paris RV FlAVA r> i u/\r\ A Ambush Tabu 20 Ca.ra.ts Emir Platlne FOR MEN Canoe Pullman Other Fragrances Chanel No. 5 Wind Song Old Spice Old Spice Lima British Sterling English Leather Chanel For Men Black: Watch Passport ' 360 Jade East Russian Leather Signature Karate Come In And Browse Mall Drugs; DAY SHOPPING ''-'CENTER last May stopping Connecticut's motor vehicle department from selling its list to Polk for an estimated $2,000 a year. But he did it on grounds the state furnished Polk more than a 1965 law allowed. Judge Bogdanski refused to Think "Rich! ''Best for Less PRESTONE Anti-Freeze Coolant HANDY TWO-PAK$1.69 per. gal. HAWKS PAWN SHOP AND ARMY SURPLUS 322 E. Main Phone PO 3-8288 MOVE UP TO CHRYSLER f WE'VE ONLY GOT ONE THING FOR '68 THAT RESEMBLES THE SMALLER CARS. PRICE. Did you know that right now we're pricing 4 full- size Chrysler Newport* just a few dollars a month more th»n the most popular smaller cars, cpmporably •quipped? Npw that you know, don't hold back. MAKE YOUR MOVE AT OUR PLACE "61" MOTOR CO. North Highway 61

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free