Polls open for FVCC levy until 8 p.m. Consumer warranties may change WASHINGTON (AP) - If you used merchandise before returning it for a cash refund because it was defective, the Federal Trade Commission is proposing that the manufacturer have the right to charge you for the use. In a move that could diminish the value of so-called full warranties, the commission today proposed allowing manufacturers to deduct a use charge from any refunds claimed by customers who buy defective products. Hearings on the proposal will begin in late summer. The proposal attempts "to balance in an equitable manner the consumer's interest in enforcing his rights under the full warranty interest of the marketplace in preventing any unjust enrichment of a consumer," according to a staff recommendation. The rule would apply only to full, rather than limited, warranties and only when the customer actually has enjoyed some use of the product before it goes bad. It would not affect cases where the seller decides to replace the product, rather than refund the purchase price. Under terms of a new federal statute, cash refunds under fu'l warranties must now amount to the full purchase price, regardless of interim use. However, the law entitles the FTC to make the change it is now proposing. The change would not bs mandatory and manufacturers could continue to offer a full price refund if they choose. But if they wanted, they could deduct from that refund the percentage of actual product use against the "useful life" of the item. The useful life - not to be confused with the length of the warranty -- would have to be disclosed in the warranty, and the figure would be subject to FTC review. Mazzoli: Hays should resign U7A OTJ?Wr"TVMU i * rÂ»i i _ Â· i WASHINGTON (AP) - A con gressman told the House today that Rep. Wayne L. Hays should quit as chairman of its Administration Committee and resign from the chamber to help restore its prestige. "Something dramatic has to be done," declared Rep. Romano L. Mazzoli, D-Ky. "I don't think we can wait for the ethics committee to act." Hays was not in the chamber at the time. Rep. Martin A. Russo, D- III., challenged Mazzoli's remarks, calling it a terrible statement. But some Republicans applauded Mazzoli's speech. Mazzoli spoke as Hays' friends and supporters collected evidence that they say shows Elizabeth Ray was a competent office worker who performed clerical and secretarial duties for her $14,000 congressional salary. Miss Ray was removed earlier this week from her job as a clerk for the Administration Committee after she said she earned her salary by serving as Hays' mistress. Hays has admitted a relationship with her, but he denied that she was paid from public funds only to satisfy his sexual desires. In separate interviews with The Associated Press on Wednesday, H a y s accused M i s s Ray of blackmailing him, and Miss Ray countered that she had received nothing from the Ohio Democrat except a sweater, occasional money for dinner, one month's rent on her apartment and a plane ticket to Florida for Christmas. Mazzoli said his statement to the House was difficult to make, just as Hays had said his admission to the House that he had a relationship with Miss Ray was difficult. "Some might call this a cheap shot ..." Mazzoli declared, but "I believe the time has come for Chairman Hays to resign from his chairmanship and from the House." Mazzoli said that at a recent news conference in his Kentucky district the first question he was asked was: "How many more members have mistresses on their staffs?" Russo replied: "I'm sick and tired of politicians being considered guilty until proved innocent." He said the impression should not be given that there is widespread corruption in the House. Miss Ray contended she was unable to do office work and that she was hired only because she was sexually involved with Hays. But aides and supporters of Hays were gathering samples of what they said would show that Miss Ray was capable of doing office work for her salary. Meanwhile, the Washington Post said in today's editions that a federal grand jury has begun hearing testimony about Miss Ray's position with the Hays committee. The Washington Star said federal prosecutors have subpoenaed witnesses to appear before the grand jury soon. Saudi Arabics opposes oil price increase BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia today opposed any increase in the price of oil for the rest of the year as the oil carte! opened another price-setting meeting. But observers expect an increase of 5 to 10 per cent in the base price. "We oppose any increase in price, and we have a very strong position on that," Saudi Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani told newsmen at the opening of a three-day meeting of the 13-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Yamani said OPEC's present base price should be maintained "until the end of the year." OPEC raised the price Oct. 1 by 10 per cent to $11.51 a barrel and agreed to a price freeze until the end of June as a compromise between Iran's demand for a 15 per cent increase and Saudi opposition to any increase. Iran and Iraq are again pressing for an increase, and oil industry analysts expect the Bali meeting to vote a hike of 5 to ID per cent. Such an increase, if passed along to the consumer, could increase the cost of gasoline in the United States one to two cents a gallon. Opening the meeting, President Suharto put Indonesia on the side of the hawks with a call for continuing adjustment of oil prices to the inflation rate. "We have every right to demand a reasonable and fair price for our oil," said Suharto. "The adjustment of oil prices to the rate of inflation is only fair and just." Suharto defended OPEC against the charge that its price increases hurt other developing countries more than the industrialized countries. He said the oil countries are "part of the big family of developing countries ... and therefore every measure and decision to be taken ... should be regarded as both a beneficial step and an achievement of the entire developing countries, and not as a disadvantage to them." Suharto added, however, that while the oil countries had contributed to the interests of the Third World, they should do even more "because they are considered to be more wealthy and capable." After the 20-minute opening session, the delegates went into closed session. The heavily guarded conference is being held at a walled seaside resort owned by Indonesia's state oil company. Ultra-leftist guerrillas raided the last OPEC ministerial meeting in Vienna in December. The members of OPEC are Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, Indonesia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Gabon, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. They account for about two-thirds of the oil production of the non-Communist world. V "^ J,. '**Â«/ Â·P^** ^r* Narrow escape Despite the 30-foot long log guard rail which whistled through the cab of her 1970 Plymouth, Anita Kuntz, 30, of Hungry Morse escaped with only minor Injuries after an accident at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday. Montana Highway Patrolman Jim Riddle said Kuntz was northbound on Willow Glen Drive when her car crested a rise and went off the right side of the roadway, colliding with the guard rail. The pole entered the windshield and exited out the rear window. "There were no passengers, which was lucky," Riddle said, "since the log went through the passenger side." Kuntz was treated for cuts and released from the Kalispell Regional Hospital. Damage was estimated at S1.500. Photo by Dave Knadler McDonald tells stockmen Inequities hurt market Jack McDonald expressed deep concern for the problems of the Stockgrowers of Montana while addressing the Production and Marketing Research Committee of the Stockgrowers Association today in Kalispell. A candidate for the Republican nomination in the governor's race and a former Belt rancher until his recent mbve to the Flathead Valley area, McDonald said he is most concerned with the inequities of importing and exporting between Canada and the United States. "Until the federal government intervenes on our behalf and either creates an equitable balance of border regulations between the two countries, I don't feel the Canadians should be allowed such free flow in bringing their livestock into Montana when they throw the book at us and virtually stop the flow of our livestock into their country," he said. "The red tape costs approximately $25 a head for livestock crossing the border. "Agriculture is the most important industry in the slate of Mon- tana, and feeding cattle is a big segment of this industry. Since I have spent most of my life in these two industries, I feel qualified to comment and try to intervene. "I know our livestock is the best in the country, still we have a hard time selling our product in Canada because of these prohibitive border regulations," he said. "It is my hope that the resolution presented by this body at the end of this convention will be strong enough to move the USDA to urge immediate measures to increase the duty on livestock coming in. "I would hope that we can establish friendly relations with our federal government, as Canada has. and can realize a reasonable profit from our own product whether exported or domestically sold. "Many of us have urged the State Livestock Commission to demand that Canadian cattle be tested for Blue Tongue as well, perhaps a strong resolution resulting from your meetings here will move them to consider our position equally with that of Canada," he said. NEWEST DEPUTY COLLECTS HER KEYS Maxine Lamb and Sheriff Al Rierson are all smiles Law enforcement becomes liberated Liberated law enforcement will come to Flathead County Tuesday. A three-year veteran of the Flathead County sheriff's office. Deputy Maxine H. Lamb will assume regular field patrol duties on Tuesday. In making the announcement. Sheriff Al Rierson said: "We feel that in this day and age of many criminal offenses committed by women, it will be a great asset to the department to have a woman working in this category." Rierson promised a woman deputy during his 1974 campaign for office. l.ast August, Lamb attended the six- week basic officer's course at the M o n t a n a L a w E n f o r c e m e n t .Academy in Bozeman. Prior to this promotion, Lamb, has been employed as a dispatcher and receptionist at the county jail. A graduate of Whitefish High School, Lamb attended Phoenix College in Arizona for three years before returning to Montana Lamb and Sgt. Don Lamb of the Whitefish Police Department were married recently. They have two children -- Frankie and Darin -- and make thier home in Whitefish. Stockgrowers meeting The Montana Stockgrowers As sociation and the Montana Cowbelles are conducting their annual meeting in Kalispell today, Friday and Saturday. this afternoon, the Resolutions Committee will meet at 2:30. At 7:30 p.m., the group will meet with the Montana Public Land Council. The Cowbelles, the Stockgrowers auxiliary group, will conduct a hospitality room today, Friday and Saturday to display handicrafts. They will have a noon luncheon, a, general session at 1:30 p.m. and i- national president's reception tonight at 7 o'clock. Friday, the women's group will have breakfast and luncheon at the Elks where they will conduct meetings all day. Kalispell Mayor Norma Happ will speak at the breakfast. The Stockgrowers will meet at 9 a.m. for their first general session and hold a noon Pa and Ma luncheon to hear U.S. Senate candidates speak. During the 2:30 general session, the film "The Cattlemen" will be shown. Curt Berkland, director of the Bureau of Land Management will speak at the 3:30 meeting. At the 7 o'clock banquet, a trick roper and old-time fiddlers will perform, Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Boyd Anderson, the president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Associalon will address the general session. Dr. John Hopkins, American National Cattlemen's Association (ANCA) Council of Economic Advisors and Wray Finney, ANCA president also will speak. The Cowbelles will have a breakfast for state officers, the director and chairman. The annual session for both Stockgrowers and Cowbelles will end at noon. 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