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Phoenix, Arizona
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Tuesday, April 4, 1967
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Phoenix Weather Considerable high cloudiness with little change in temperature. Today's high near 80, low about 50. Yesterday's temperatures: high 79, low 48. Humidity: high 79, low 19. Details, page 11. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Today's Chuckle Gift (or the beatnik who has everything—a garbage truck to put it in. 77th Year, No. 322 TELEPHONE: 271-8000 Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, April 4, 1967 e Ten Cents U.S. Won't Bomb MIG Bases U/otrl Vir TT dl it Oy Is Opposed InSu r vey Legal Woes Face Ward Plan Petition By CLARENCE W. BAILEY AN INITIATIVE petition to establish a ward election system for Phoenix city councilmen yesterday was filed with the city clerk. But by late yesterday it became clear that there are at least two legal problems which threaten to upset the validity of the 10,615-name document. The petition was filed by officials of the Representative Citizens Association of Phoenix. It asks that the City Council enact an ordinance setting up eight wards, with one city councilman to be elected from each. The mayor would b« elected at large. At present, all Phoenix voters cast ballots for all councilmen as well as the mayor. There are now six councilmen in addition to the mayor. The RCAP petition does not make it clear whether voters in each ward would vote only for the council candidate from that district, or whether they would be able to vote for all council candidates. One legal cloud, which has been the subject of concern for weeks, is whether the Phoenix charter — which describes the election procedures to be used — can be amended by an initiative petition bearing 15 per cent of the names of those voting in the last mayoralty election. A second and more succinct legal obstacle became apparent yesterday when city officials no ed that the RCAP petition fails to include the Starlight Precinct in its description of the proposed Ward 2. In the last city election there were 887 voters who cast ballots in the Starlight district, located at the west central edge of Phoenix. The initiative petition also erroneously contains a county voting precinct (Orme), but this was not believed to present a legal problem, a city spokesman said. City Attorney Robert J. Backstein said he would have no comment on the omission of the (Continued on Page 12, Col. 5) A CLEAR-CUT majority of persons interviewed at random yesterday in a quickie survey were opposed to establishing a ward system of electing Phoenix city councilmen. Several said they remember the cities they came from in which political wards brought about graft, corruption and official alliances with criminal factors. Others simply could see no reason to change the Phoenix system of electing councilmen at large. ANOTHER viewpoint was that the present at-large procedure is just as representative as the ward system would be. Those who said they are in favor of a ward system thought it would be "fair" and "representative." "It sounds like a good idea," was the reaction of Mrs. Lawrence G. Kircher, of 6249 E. Calle Redondo. But she said she didn't ''really know anything about it" and was in a hurry. JOHN L. Bulkley, retired postal employe of 2415 W. Maryland, declared he is against the ward system, adding: "I'm not for change unless there's a good reason for it." "I really don't care much for the ward system," said Mrs. Elizabeth Pries, housewife of 4402 N. 25th St. "It gives one (Continued on Page 12, Col. 1) Convention Center 'Asset to Coliseum' By JANICE HARRIS A PROPERLY BUILT downtown convention center "could be one of the greatest assets the Memorial Coliseum could have," State Fairground Executive Director Wes Station, said yesterday. The difference in size and rental possibilities would allow the two proposed buildings to complement rather than compete with each other, he told members of the Phoenix Advertising Club at a luncheon meeting at the Beef Eaters Restaurant. STATTON assented his support for a convention center during a question-and-answer session at the luncheon. He explained that "there are many programs too small to be economically feasible at the coliseum, or to require the seating capacity there." But he warned that the convention center must be designed for "usefulness," not as a monument to the architect, featuring installations that are useless in a professional production. Station cited automobile shows as a generalor of "fantastic business" lhat could be brought to Phoenix "if we had the proper theater." It would require turntables and other engineering aids lo display the vehicles, he said. IN SUPPORT of his bid for ''usefulness," he said bids for the convention trade are growing highly competitive. Convention officials make demands that must be met or they go somewhere else, he said. Working irom the topic, "Coliseums — White Elephants or Money-Makers?" he asserted (Cxx Inued on Page 4, y-il. 2) A Prayer LORD, how many times each day I hurt my friends and those I love through selfishness, temper, carelessness and conceit. Be in my heart each moment today reminding me that love must never injure, never punish, never enslave nor degrade. Amen. SPRING DELAYED—Spring seemed far away last week to skier Richard W. Enz, of Phoenix, on frozen white solitude of 11,000-foot winter wonderland summit of Mt. Baldy in White Mountains. Enz, a government snow survey supervisor, climbs peak each March. After last week's storm, said Enz, snow was only half of depth measured a year ago. (Story, Page 14). US. Gloating Put U Thant On the Spot Washington Post Service UNITED NATIONS - Impatience at what he regarded as exaggerated American comments on his latest Vietnam peace proposals was a motivating factor in Secretary General U Thant's appeal to the United States on Saturday to undertake a unilateral cease-fire. Many ambassadors here believe that Thant also felt it necessary to restore a balance after seeming to lean toward the American position that North Vietnam must accompany any halt to U.S. bombing by 'a simultaneous move to scale down military activities in the south. BUT GLOATING about the propaganda advantage the United States gained by "accepting" the proposals which North Vietnam later rejected put Thant on the spot, especially since the qualifications in the American response did not satisfy him. "The secretary general does not regard the American reply as a real acceptance," an informed source here said yesterday. In an aide memoire of March 14 Thant proposed a general "standstill" truce, followed by talks between Washington and Hanoi and later by a new Geneva conference of all interested ' parties. The United States accepted ; this approach on March 18 but j suggested that there be preliminary talks between Washington and Hanoi, presumably while the bombing continued — on details of the truce. American authorities have defended such arrangements as a necessity and have stressed that the United States accepted in good faith and was not creating artificial obstacles. O'Brien Asks Post Office 'Demotion' From Cabinet WASHINGTON POST SERVICE WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Lawrence F. O'Brien proposed yesterday that his job be abolished and that his 700, 000-man department be turned into a non- proift government corporation. O'Brien said he had talked it over with Stories Inside National AGREEMENT averts railroad strike, but walkout by Teamsters still hangs fire as negotiators are delayed due to death of union official. Page 10. American Cancer Society seminar at Palm Beach, Fla., is told there's no present cure for leukemia but hears new "disguise" technique holds hope of cancer cure or preventive. Page 12. Congress returns from Easter vacation still facing major issues to be settled. Page 4. Intel-national Mao Tse-tung's attack on former lieutenant, Liu Sliao-chi, may indicate weakness in Chinese Communist faction led by Mao. Page 2. American, Australian and South Korean forces numbering 10,000 men advance in new drive against Communists in South Vietnam. Page 2. Ari/ona Heavy push by Republican right wing is reported under way to get Peoria publisher Keith Jensen named to vacant legislative District 8K. Page 15. Senate President Marshall Humphrey will name committee to prepare for possible special session on reapportionment. Page 15. Move Would Widen War-McNamara WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara yesterday ruled out U.S. attacks on North Vietnam's MIG airfields "under present circumstances." But he said that policy could change. In an apparent answer to congressional demands for widening the U.S. bombing campaign against the Communists, McNamara said "present tactics are best suited" to GENERAL INDEX Page Astrology 19 Bridge 18 Comics 31 Crossword 18 Dear Abby 46 Dedera 15 Page Financial 23-25 Glasgow 7 Movies 49 Obituaries 20-21 Opinion 7 Page Radio 48 Sports 27-30 Television 50 Want Ads 32-39 Weather 11 Women 41-47 EDITORIALS, PAGE 6 South Vietnamese voter turnout hailed as good sign . . . Justice Lorna Lockwood ideal candidate for U.S. Supreme Court bench. President Johnson, who didn't say no. The Hoover Commission 18 years ago recommended the elimination of all political appointments in the department, but O'Brien went much further yesterday. His proposal, outlined to a meeting of the Magazine Publishers Association, provides that the postal service: —Cease to be part of the President's cabinet. —Operate as a nonprofit federal corporation with a board of directors appointed by the President. —Issue bonds to obtain money for new post offices and facilities. —Control more of its operations by setting rates on the percentage of cost-coverage for various classes of mail. The shift from department to corporation would require congressional approval. Congress now sets most mail rates, fixes the department's budget, tells it how many employes to hire and what to pay them, and even tries to predict how much mail there will be. Under the corporation setup, the executive in charge would have general control of his funds and how to use them. The Post Office Department now, O'Brien said, is like the federal definition of an elephant—"A mouse built to government standards." Britain is converting its post office department into a crown corporation. The Canadian government also is considering conversion of its postal service to corporation status. A nonprofit c o r p o r ation, O'Brien told the gathering, would put the responsibility of running the 700,000-man de(Continued on Page 5, Col. 2) meet administration objectives. The Pentagon chief told a news conference: "We think that at least under present circumstances— and this belief can change as time goes by—the loss in U.S. lives will be less if we pursue our present target policy than they would be were we to at- those fields." On other matters, McNamara announced virtual completion of the U.S. withdrawal of forces from France, including the return of thousands of servicemen and theeir dpendents to the United States. As for the MIG bases, McNamara said the Soviet-made fighters have downed only about 10 American planes, while U.S. pilots have shot down about 40 of the enemy planes in air battles. The decision not to destroy the fields, he said, "is based on our desire to avoid widening the war, to seek to obtain our political objective, which is a very limited objective with the smallest possible cost in American lives. "We think that present tactics are best suited to those two objectives," McNamara said. Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., in a TV-radio intervie\v Sunday, re newed his argument that the airfields should be hit. Symington, a former Air Force secretary, acknowledged that MIGs have brought down only 10 of 500 planes lost over North Vietnam, but he asserted that they contribute heavily to losses inflicted by groundfire by forcing U.S. planes within range of guns and missiles. McNamara said the troop withdrawals from Germany were coordinated with the relocation of U.S. units ordered out of France by French President Charles de Gaulle, who has withdrawn his nation from the NATO military alliance. He said relocation now has now been completed. Deadline for the U.S. pullout was last Saturday. McNamara told a news conference the move "has been accomplished with dignity and dispatch," with resulting savings of millions of dollars for American forces in Europe "without significantly degrading combat effectiveness." As a resull of the pullout, the Pentagon chief said, 16,000 (Continued on Page 5, Col. 2) Attorney .Says Speck Not Murderer RICHARD SPECK State DemaiK,, Death w PEORIA, 111 (AP) — A rapt jury heard the state demand yesterday that Richard Speck die in the electric chair for slaying eight nurses and the defense declare that he is "not the perpetrator of this crime." Speck, a gangling, 25-year-old drifter, propped his head in one hand and faced the bench rather than the jury box during opening statements in his trial on charges of murdering the young women. William J. Martin, liO, the head prosecutor, lold the seven men and live women on the Circuit Court jury: "WHEN WE last speak to you. we will ask you to find the defendant, Richard Franklin Speck, guilty of those eight murders and fix his punishment at death." But Gerald W. Getty, 53, chief defense counsel, rejoined: "The theory of the dei^nse is that Speck is not the per- Tough Talk By HHH on Viet Support Washington Post Service LONDON-Hubert H. Humph- •ey has been talking with in- :reasing toughness to leaders he has met on his European tour about their failure to give public voice to their private support of he American position in Vietnam. With some acidity, it appears, ,he American vice president has suggested to those Europeans who question the "morality" of American policy in Asia that, if they must cry plague, let them cry it on both houses: that of North Vietnam as well as that of the United States. AND TO A rather persistent agonizing by the smaller countries he has visited that they would like to be cut in on high- level East-West policy decisions taken by the United States, Humphrey has responded that if they desire such discussions they cannot be a monologue. The implication is that they are equally obliged to keep the United States informed of their own trade and diplomatic ventures with the Soviet bloc. Humphrey's attitude was disclosed yesterday in London, where he is spending two days in discussions with British officials. He dined Sunday evening with Prime Minister Harold Wilson at his weekend house, Cheq- uers. HUMPHREY lunched with Foreign Minister George Brown and was guest a a dinner Wilson held for him last night. The vice president and Mrs. Humphrey will be the overnight guests of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle before making a return visit to Bonn tomorrow. At his various entrances and exits from government buildings here, Humphrey was greeted with an occasional shout or placard opposing the American presence in Vietnam, but there were no organized demonstrations as there had been last week in Rome and Florence and the London crowds have been mostly cordial. SO ALSO, it was indicated, were his conversations with (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) Self-Help Fails Job Program Urged In War on Poverty By CHARLOTTE BUCHEN A LEADING American sociologist told the nation's community poverty war leaders here yesterday that they should urge Congress to mass produce jobs for the poor. Dr. Frank Riessman, a professor working directly with the New Careers Development Center at New York University, took a dim view of present efforts to organize the poor into self-help organizations that would lead to jobs in petrator of this crime. The state will have to prove that beyond reasonable doubt." "Death penalty?" Getty concluded. "Find him not guilty." The trial's first two prosecution witnesses testified briefly before the session ended for the day. The first, the chief cartographer of Chicago, described the location of several buildings connected with the case. He was followed en the stand by a seaman acquainted with Speck, who was questioned about Speck's activities July 11-13. THE SCHOLARLY, bespectacled Martin made it clear he will depend in large part on the identification of Speck by Corazon Amurao, 23, a nurse from the Philippines who survived the slaughter, and on fingerprints. But Getty, Cook County (Chicago) public defender, who I (Continued on Page 12, Col, 1) ; private industry. j The sociologist addressed a I morning session on the second j day of the conference of "the National Association for Community Development in the TowneHouse. Members are di- j rectors and staff members of i community action agencies i supported by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. The ; conference concludes tomorrow. , Dr. Riessman's comments ! drew some protest from plat- I form panelists and persons in I the audeince who are not reydy j to give up the idea that ;he poor can solve their own civil rights and poverty problems. One Negro woman delegate, who was not identified, accused the speaker of "selling us down the river" by advocating that community action emphasis be diverted from leadership of the poor in poverty war planning and organization. Dr. Riessmau suggested "professionals" in social service agencies,, such as education, health, and law enforcement, band together to create new jobs for the untrained and the pour. He said pres»- I Continued on Page 4, Col. Ji

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