The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 17, 1971 · Page 34
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12-C CORPUS CHRIST1 TIMES, Tues., Aug. 17, 1971 GM Revokes New-Model Price Hike One-Stop Shopping Shrinks Food Dollar By JERRY M. FLINT © New York Times News Service DETROIT -- Tiie General Motors Corp. yesterday rescinded the price increases already announced on 1972 cars, the first major move by big industry to back President Nixon's wage-price freeze. This means GM's 1972 models, which were to go up nearly $220 a car, will be sold at the old 1971 prices for at least the 90 days of the freeze. The Ford Motor Co. said earlier that it expected to go along with the price freeze, but that Ford would appeal for the right to raise prices on some of the new cars. But the General Motors move -- and GM has 50 per cent of the auto market here -- will set the pattern for all automakers. In addition, GM said that if Congress ends the 7 per cent excise tax as the President requested, retroactive to Aug. 15, GM will rebate the amount of the'tax, an average of $190 to $200 a car, to each buyer that takes a new car from now to the date of the repeal. General Motors, in an unsigned statement, said it was rescinding the price increase of close to 5 per cent announced 11 days ago "in order · to cooperate fully with President Nixon's declaration of the national emergency to strengthen the U.S.-intevna- tional economic position." What conies after the 90-day freeze is still unsettled. Earlier in the day, Lee A. lacocca, Fort Motor Co. president, at a news conference, said the prices of the 1972 Ford's probably would be rolled back to 1971 levels, but under some protest. The Ford executive made it clear that if the government maintained its tough line Ford would go along, and he said Ford "will cooperate fully with the spirit and the letter of the President's program." There is a possibility of even another price cut: There, are 1.1 million 1971 cars on hand as the new 1972 models begin to roll from the factories with no difference in price. Traditionally the car makers give dealers a 5 per cent rebate on the old models once the new ones go on sale in late September, enabling them to cut prices. Ford executives said (they were considering putting that 5 per cent rebate on the 1971 models sooner to help those old cars sell since they will be competing with the 1972s. Long and Luxurious The Imperial LeBaron was unveiled today by Chrysler Motors Corp. with all-new luxury lines in two or four-door hardtop models. The' luxury car features a standard 440 V-8 engine. The Imperial will be on display here Sept. 23 at Bill Rawls Chrysler-Plymouth, 800 N. Water. Massachusetts Town May Soon Have a New 'Family' BOOM IS SEEN Auto Firm Officials Praise Nixon Steps BOSTON (ff) -- The president and board chairman Of American Motors say the proposed repeal of the automobile excise tax would be a boom to the American car industry. Speaking in Boston yesterday, William V. Luneburg, president of American Motors, said he was sure the tax repeal would help his company and the industry as a whole. "Seven per cent is a hell of a lot of money," Luneburg said. Roy D. Chapin, Jr., chairman of the board and executive officer of American, also praised President Nixon's plan to bolster the economy, including the wage-price freeze and recommendations to Congress such as the auto tax cut. "I thinJc he has done a tre- mendous thing," Chapin said, "It can only have one effective and that's extremely beneficial." Chapin said any substantial price relief, such as a tax cut, would spur the auto market. Chapin said Nixon's imposition of a temporary 10 per cent surcharge on most imports "is a very brave and fine step forward." "We're delighted to see the steps taken," he said. "This obviously enhances our position as a domestic manufacturer." American Motors' compacts are competing against small imports. Chapin and Luneburg were here to introduce the company's 1972 models and marketing program to 700 Eastern dealers. LEOMINSTER, Mass, W An 11-foot python from the jungles of South Vietnam is living in an unused trailer here, and her owner thinks she may be about to bring some baby snakes into the neighborhood. "Zapper" was adopted as a mascot by Wayne. C. Sidilau while he was in Vietnam as a naval adviser. He returned home last week and decided to have the 85 pound snake flown back too. Police investigated .when they heard reports about Zap- per, and found her coiled in a box in a trailer adjacent to Sildilau's house. They thought that it might be illegal for Si- dilau to keep the python in a residential area, but he presented the necessary govern- Arkansas Lifts Horse Embargo LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Iff) -Dr. R. M. Thomas, director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, said yesterday the embargo on Texas horses has been lifted. All horses that have been vaccinated for 14 days against Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis and accompanied by a health certificate may enter Arkansas without a prior permit, Thomas said. Thomas said horses in Arkansas that have not been vaccinated for 14 days must remain quarantined until Oct. 1. He said lifting the embargo on Texas horses was because no new case of VEE has been reported in Texas. Before a massive vaccination program was launched against the sleeping sickness type disease, thousands of horses had been killed in Texas and Mexico. ment permits for her. "It's relatively easy to get snakes, into the country," he told newsmen later. "They don't carry any diseases because they are cold-blooded creatures." Sidilau, explaining that most servicemen in Vietnam have mascots, said pythons are easy to find in the jungle. "They're all over the place," he said. Sidilau said pythons often give birth to as many as three baby snakes at a time, and he believes Zapper is pregnant and will give birth in a couple of months. TH5S WEEK ONLY AT O' 2 LOCATIONS · PORT at MORGAN · STAPLES at CARROLL LANE Sidilau said the colder New England climate is hard on 'Zapper, so he is looking for a new home -for the python, who is not yet fully grown and may reach a weight of 350 pounds at maturity. Pythons usually eat at least once a month. Sidilau said Zapper eats mostly duck or any other available fresh meat. Asked if there was any danger to the neighborhood, he said he keeps the trailer locked at all times. "It's a little chilly, for her, so she stays in there covered with two or three blankets most of the time," he said. By ^MARGARET SCHERF WASHINGTON (ffl -- Shoppers can get more for their food dollar by shunning convenience stores and dividing their shopping lists among competing s u p e r m a r k e t chains, s e v e r a l consumer groups report. They also found average price ranges of 27 per.cent in what they called, "the most comprehensive food price survey in .the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area." The four local groups called on newspapers to begin printing daily listings of comparative supermarket prices just as they now run daily stock market listing's "affecting only a small minority of readers." Stock quotations, said the surveyors, "are given pages of space while objective price information that would be helpful to nearly all of your readers is not provided on foods." The'surveyors also "called on the press to assign top reporters to cover food store reform issues at the expense, if necessary, of the innocuous pap that dominates the food and women's pages today." The survey, based on price comparisons* of 45 items found July 29 and 30, in 77 food stores, was conducted by the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, the Maryland Consumers Association, the District of Columbia Democratic Central Committee and the United Planning Organization of the National Capital Area. By baying each item on the list at the lowest priced store surveyed, the study found, a shopper could save 4.75 per cent under the price paid when the total list was purchased at the lowest priced supermarket. The study s h o w e d that "Memco's- prices averaged 10 per cent lower than Acme, the highest priced chain in the survey and 4.2 per cent lower than Safeway and Giant." Convenience is expensive, the surveyors found, saying prices at the area's two major "convenience chains,". 7-11 and High's, were an average of 23.2 per cent higher than Safeway, which was used as a comparison store. While there's little difference between inner city and suburban prices within a single chain, surveyors said, "four of the eight major area chains, including the 1 'one with the lowest prices, have no city branches at all." PLANT SALE Caladiums 6" ?l\l ZZZZZZZZZ $1.00 Coleus Ferns (Aiiillary) 6" Pots, 00 Candlestick Orchid Tiees Ciylorias Texas Star KyLiscus c each Candlesticks Peppei Tiees Allhcas Buiantas Feins CaL'Ciu (blooming) 3" Polt -,,,, -..,.... 1S c BONNIE BROOKS NURSERY · Closed Son. MOD. · Open Mornings Only-7:30 to 11:30 Located 2 blocks North of 5600 Block of Leopard should I L T E R s In the Super King size. (f) 1 971 R, I. Roynofdl Tobacco Company, WimtoivSalem, N. C. KING:20fng."iaf'.'l.3mg.nicoiine;SUP£RKING:20nig."iar".Wnng.nicoitne,av.percigarelt8.nCRepoftNOV.70. H« Qtttrauntd that Djjrene S Is. Oinjaww w Your Health,

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