The Times Herald from Port Huron, Michigan on December 22, 1973 · Page 1
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Port Huron, Michigan
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Saturday, December 22, 1973
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Only 15' Weather Cloudy skies, a little warmer ,(Details on Page 2A) ' Saturday, December 22, 1 973 PORT HURON, MICHIGAN . A Gannett Newspaper Astfroowf tells Skylab stony mi Imlay City visit - -J 1 4 ?h -4 i ci- " ' - Skylab family 024 miDDion n-affo hike Phono bills LANSING, Mich. (AP) Businesses and home users will split the costs of a $24.76 million rate hike granted to Michigan Bell Telephone Co. Friday. The rate increase approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission means billings for local single-party residential phone users will be boosted anywhere from 15 cents monthly in the Detroit area up to 40 cents in outstate ; areas. (Clayton L. Berdan .public relations '.manager of the Port Huron office of - Michigan Bell, said the increase for I private line customers in St. Clair and Sanilac counties would total 40 cents a month and would boost their basic monthly charge to $5.50.) Snowmobile hits auto; driver dies PORT SANILAC Douglas E. Crosby, 19, Carsonville, was killed near here Friday night when the snowmobile he was operating slammed into a parked car and burned along US-25, Sanilac County Deputy Sheriffs said. Police said Crosby apparently died instantly when his machine crashed about 8 p.m., less than a mile south of here. He was the 28th person to die in Sanilac County highway accidents in 1973, and the death marked a new record of fatalities in the county for a single year. Police said Crosby was apparently tbfi Students and teachers in the Port speed when it 8tckh.the-r."r Huron Area School District will have Tt SnSof Te road Polcte !aW "he'r traditional Jan. 2 "travel" day. on the shoulder or tne roaa. roicie saia r:,llit iAaa KPnnPth I Stommel the snowmobile was unregistered and JgJS wreTu : was being driven on an illegal part of y the road at the of the accident Education Association and the f irJoT slnflae Fire Depart district t0 neotiate the remaining 19?3' fire and the Port Sanilac Fire Depart- cal dar the earliest possible ment was called. . . ; Crosby was officially pronounced 0 a;.. . . j reSulted from Monde ad on arrival at McKenzie Memorial .JSESSSn Hospital, Sandusky. establishing Christmas vacation from Dec. 21-Jan. 1, with classes to resume , Jan. 2. In its resolution, the board , , agreed that the dates would be contin- X . On intirl " gent upon Judge Stommel's interpreta- ; SU AAXOAWcr - tjon of njg 25 injunction decision, i-i. " I:" ordering teachers back to work under Ann Landers ...4A Local News ..3A terms on the 1972-73 contract. Bridge 10A Obituaries 2A Ust year'S calendar called for the Comics 10A Sports 5, 6A disputed travel day. When the day did Crossword . 10A Television 4A not appear jn the district's "tentative" District News 2A Theaters ...:...4A caiendar for the late-starting year, the Dr. Thosteson .10A Vessels 2A phea filed a grievance against the Horoscope 10A Want Ads . 8, 9A board. The board's action came after Dr. i,,.,.,, r, Robert W. Coulter, superintendent, said m ' i t V 1 t that the Jan. 2 date was necessary in 1 OdaV S UnUCKle. . order to get the state-required 180 days L , jt, , - . - of classes this year. Otherwise, said . Coulter a dav would have to be taken A fine is a tax for doing wrong, ytton. or classes held on a A tax is a fine for doing well. Saturday. Skylab II astronaut Lt. Col. Jack Lousma and family during visit with relatives in Imlay City. The boys are Matthew In foreground and Tim. A daughter, Mary, was with her grandmother in northern Michigan. Businesses will pay at least half of the rate increase through higher rates for special dialing systems and equipment. The increases go into effect immediately, said the MPSC. The regulatory agency rejected the company's request for permission to charge a dime for some calls to Bell information operators. Most business customers will pay five cents per call now, an increase of half a cent. Rate schedules for services such as PBX and Centrex which are generally used by business have been revised upward in most cases. The commission called for higher instate long distance rates. Charges for calls of over 25 miles will be increased a penny a minute. For example, customers making a call of between 26 to 30 rate miles paid 15 cents a minute previously. Now they wil pay 16 cents a minute. Bell also is replacings its nickela-minute toll service with a more expensive plan which has users paying 40 per cent of the regular rate if they dial after 10 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a three per cent increase in all Wide Area Telephone Ser- Glasses resume Jan. 3 Judge rules in By CAROL McDONALD Times Herald Reporter By HANK SCHALLER Staff Correspondent IMLAY CITY - This Lapeer County community was paid a visit Thursday by a man who at one time was "out of this world!" ' Astronaut Lt. Col. Jack Lousma, of the U. S. Marine Corps, is his name and Skylab II his fame. It was Lousma, along with Astronauts Alan R. Bean and Owen K. Gar-riott, who orbited the earth 858 times between July 28 and Sept. 25, seeing 96 sunrises and sunsets every one of the 59 days in flight, while traveling some 24.5 million miles. Lousma was visiting his "Aunt Marie and Uncle Ralph," Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Vlieg, 225 West Fifth Street, for the first time in seven or eight years. "I recall on one occasion I came up here to Imlay City, spent a week and became like one of the farm hands, pulling weeds out of the potato patches and so forth," he recalled. . For a man who has traveled over 24 million miles this year, Lousma had a busy week even while on terra firma. Last Sunday, he participated in graduation exercises at the University of Michigan, receiving an honorary doctorate degree. Lousma graduated from U of M with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1959. On Monday, the City of Grand Rapids gave a testimonial dinner to Lousma, 37, a native son who spent most of his childhood in Ann Arbor. Accompanying Lousma on his Imlay City visit were his wife. Gratia: and two sons, Timothy, 10, and Matthew, 7. A daughter. Mary, 5, was visiting her grandmother in northern Michigan, the family's final destination for the Christmas holidays. "Right now, we're taking a little vacation to have Christmas with my wife's mother in northern Michigan and let the kids play in the snow and see what it's like to fish through the ice and do many things that they've never done before, he explained. When asked how home and family life were, considering his hectic schedule as an astronaut, Lousma responded : "Home life is getting better all the time." He indicated that his crew worked 70 or 80 hours a week for many months prior to the flight of Skylab II. "So, your home life isn't what you'd like it to be before the flight and it can't do anything but get better afterwards," he said. Lousma observed that after a nation wide public relations tour in January and February, he's going to begin work on a joint Russian-American space mission planned for 1975. "That's when I hope to spend more time at Houston and be at home," he said. "It'll be good to be able to go nirog up vices (WATS). The commissioners said they granted the rate hike because of increases in salaries and wages paid to Bell's 30,000 employes. Bell is the fourth largest employer in the state. "Over 98 per cent of the rate increase authorized is directly attributable to the wage increase resulting from (Bell's) collective bargaining with its employes," said a statement issued by the commissioners. Bell originally asked for a $29.7 million rate hike last February. The company wanted customers to pay a dime for each call to an information operator beyond five calls a month. That request brought protests from many customers, especially those who have difficulty using telephone directories. "The comisslon was not satisfied that all needs, particularly those of the blind, elderly, retarded and other handicapped could be met equitably," said commission chairman, William Rosenberg, "therefore, we rejected any charge for information services." The two Republicans on the commissionRosenberg and Lenton Sculthor-p approved the rate hike. Judge Stommel said he felt the matter should have "been worked out between the parties instead of being brought before this court." Ralph Andresen, of the firm Touma, Watson, Andresen and Nicholson, representing the district, related that the item was being brought before the court "not as a matter between the PHEA and the district," but rather "as a community problem." The "real problem," said Andresen, is how to complete 180 days before the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 1974, considering the 17 days lost during the teacher strike. Andresen maintained that "the 1972-73 agreement doesn't fit any longer as far as class days are concerned." He explained that he was before the court "at the specific request of the Board of Education," and his being there was the basis for the board's Monday decision. He indicated that a definite decision on the day is necessary because the district has four other employe groups, plus students and parents, who need some guidance. Andresen pointed out that Judge Stommel's injunction decision ordered the parties to operate under the 1972-73 contract "until a new agreement is reached or until further order of this court." According to Andresen, so far the district has had 60 days of classes, and. 4- -.'!. home, read the paper and play with the kids." Lousma and his family live in Friendswood, Tex., only minutes from the Johnson Space Center, control point for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). When queried on whether he was disappointed when he was excluded from the more celebrated Apollo missions to the moon, Lousma observed: "I would've liked to have gone to the moon, but I think Skylab flights were just as challenging and very beneficial too," he said. ."Of course, we didn't know how man was going to react to two months in space, so it had a lot of the uncertainties and challenge to it that the lunar missions did." How did 59 days in space bother Lousma? i Inl U S IT jd)S ifi)rw otsds b WASHINGTON (AP) - A hopelessly hamstrung House killed a Senate-passed emergency energy bill early today. Then it refused to let Congress take a month's vacation. The House voted down the Senate bill 219 to 34. Many congressmen opposed the Senate bill because it did not contain a restriction on windfall profits for oil companies. At the peak of the balloting on this bill that would have given President Nixon a free hand to order gasoline rationing, the House suffered its own energy crisis as the electronic voting system broke down. After this touch of Irony, a long day of parliamentary maneuvers by Republicans and oil-state legislators ended when the House flatly refused to quit for the year although it obviously could not agree with the Senate .on energy legislation. For the first time in 20 years, the House rejected the normally routine adjournment resolution. This 171-74 vote against leaving for a winter vacation was followed by a decision, at 1:32 ajn., to recess until noon. Congress remained deadlocked ever the energy legislation. House Democratic Leader Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. of Massachusetts said: "I don't know how we can break the logjam, but there's no onus on us we tried in good faith to do our part." O'Neill said the White House is happy that the legislation died. House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona replied that the White House wants the "right kind" of legislation. O'Neill promptly charged that President Nixon "wants a monarchy, he wants to run .the whole show." House Democrats claimed it was up to the Senate to initiate any new compromise. But Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana said the Senate had no intention of trying to resolve the impasse before Jan. 21, when Congress had been due to return. Rep. John Brademas, D-Ind., assistant Democratic whip, blamed the Republicans and "big oil" for the impasse that blocked House action. "We rejected the package handed to us tonight because we refused to allow the big oil companies to reap windfall profits without any limit whatever. We have acted in the best interests of the people of the United States. The Nixon administration and the House Republicans have demonstrated who calls their turn big oil," Brademas said. Before turning down the Senate s version, the House refused to go along with two compromises offered by Rep. Har-ley O. Staggers D-W.Va., chairman of the Commerce Committee and chief handler of the emergency energy legislation. fevor of 'travel without Jan. 2, only has 119 left through June 28, meaning that an extra day would have to be made up from somewhere. He explained that teachers are tentatively slated for two record days, one on a Saturday, Feb. 9, and another on June 28. Record days are days when teachers prepare final grades, or perform other teaching duties, and no students are 1 present. Record days are not required by law, but have been customary in recent years in the PHASD. Andresen said that if teachers would be willing to use one of those record days as a class day, then the 180-requirement could be fulfilled. Or, he said, a day could be taken off the spring vacation. Judge Stommel said that as he understood the situation, the board "acting contrary to the contract" set Jan. 2 as a student instruction day. However, he indicated that the exact dates specified in last year's contract could not realistically be applied to this year. Wallace K. Sagendorph, of the firm Levin, Levin, Garvett and Dill, Detroit, representing the PHEA, said that the main issue was whether the injunction order should be "construed literally" or whether the court should consider the board's interpretation of the number of days left. Said Sagendorph, "The board is asking this court to negotiate a calendar V.. -t "For the first couple of days in Skylab we experienced motion sickness, but we got over it quite readily." he recalled. "After landing there were some residual effects, but they went away much sooner than most people on the ground predicted. "I'm feeling fine at the moment. I'm eating a little too much, but I did that before the flight." Lousma joked. Commenting on the mechanical malfunctions of the Skylab space craft which have plagued the three missions, he said: "Things that have happened to Skylab are all things that could be fixed and we fixed them," he noted. "The philosophy of NASA hasn't changed in the slightest, the prime requirement, of course, being the safety of the crew." According to Lousma, after the sa The Senate, facing filibuster threats by senators from oil-producing states, dropped a provision to restrict windfall profits. It passed a stripped-down bill giving the President emergency energy power until April 1. Nixon administration spokesmen argued that the excess-profits matter should be left for resolution in January when the President has said he will offer windfall tax legislation. In other action Friday, Congress sent the President bills that would: Boost Social Security benefits by 1 1 per cent In two steps, thus providing a total of $2.4 billion of additional benefits next year for some 30 million Americans. To pay for this, the legislation also would hike payroll taxes for workers earning more than $12,600 a year and Hijack terrorists released, by Kuwait RABAT, Morocco (AP) - The Kuwait government today handed over to the Palestine Liberation Organization the five terrorists who killed 31 persons in an attack an hijacking at Rome airport, official Moroccan sources reported. Four Moroccan officials were among the 31 persons killed Monday when the terrorists hurled grenades into a parked Pan American World Airways Jetliner. The terrorists surrendered at Kuwait airport Tuesday after hijacking a Lufthansa plane from Rome and killing a hostage in Athens. Sunday preview Those dark days 3 centuries ago 'Tis the season.... Like most things, Christmas was once banned in Boston. The fine was five shillings for those who observed "any such day as Christmas or the like.'" True! Read all about those dark days of 300 years ago, in Sunday's Times Herald. Ever thought about the working world of Santa Claus? His busy time is for the district." When Judge Stommel interrupted that he had "no intention of doing that here," Sagendorph charged that, "before we leave here we will have negotiated a calendar." "That's encouraging," replied Judge Stommel. Sagendorph said he agreed with the district's computation of the number of days left, but emphasized that "at no time were June 28 or Feb. 9 record days ever negotiated." He pointed out that classes could be held for a half day on Good Friday and be counted as a full day, and that they could be held on one of the record days, and teachers could do their work at home. . Judge Stommel commented, "If any of these proposals had ever been negotiated, I believe a compromise could have been reached and our trip here would have been unnecessary." Following Sagendorph's statement that teachers would be willing to eliminate one of their record days, Judge Stommel said. "When attorneys for the association say they can do this, I hold that as the Bible." Andresen also made reference to some "rumors" he had heard about teachers only working through the middle of June and then walking out. Judge Stommel stressed, "The law says there shall be no strike, and I will uphold it. If I make findings and find. 'A fety of the crew, the success of the mission is considered and based on an . evaluation of the circumstances, a decision is made. With the energy crisis adversely influencing almost every activity, such is not the case in the space program, Lousma said. "The energy crisis has not bothered the space program except that we ride .in car pools to work," he quipped. Lousma pointed out that as far as the space program is concerned "any con-" sequence of the energy crisis on the space program is for the moment rath-' er obscure and not well defined." Asked about the news media's coverage of the space program, he had some choice criticism of the handling of the 1 space program. Continued on Page 2A, Col. 1 for their employers. Set up a system to salvage the' bankrupt Penn Central and at least six other railroads in financial distress through the North and Midwest. This calls for a reorganization plan aimed at creating a scaled-down and moneymaking rail network, and would involve a $1.5 billion government loan guarantee and $558 million in grants and subsidies. Fix a mandatory top speed limit of 55 miles per hour for cars, buses and trucks on four-lane or wider divided highways through mid-1975 as a fuel-saving step. A state may put a lower limit on roads which do not have the mandatory 55 miles per hour limit. Designate a method of distributing sewage treatment construction grants among the states. The Moroccan government had demanded "exemplary punishment without mercy" for the five. Italy had also asked Kuwait to return the five to stand trial, but the two countries have no extradition treaty. The Palestinian Liberation Organization denounced the operation and called for the extradition of the men "to stand trial before a Palestinian revolutionary court." It was not known immediately where the five Arabs would be taken to stand trial, but the PLO has its headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon here and now, but the Jolly Old Elf took time to talk with Reporter John F. Brown for Sunday's Working World column. . Children at the Marysville Cooperative Nursery -School cut Christmas trees, made ornaments and filled food baskets to give to the needy. The joy of giving can be experienced at anyagel day' contempt of court, someone will go to jail." Sagendorph said he didn't feel the courtroom was the place to bring up rumors. Judge Stommel said he could see nothing unusual about the teachers wanting that day after New Year's off to allow everyone to get back from the holiday. "Maybe I'm assuming some things, but it seems to me that with any negotiable item, just good handling would require the Board of Education to discuss it with the teachers to try and agree," said Judge Stommel. Then, he said, if they still couldn't agree, the matter could be brought before the court. Naming Jan. 2 as a travel day, he added, "I think the parties ought to sit down and determine what they're going to do about record days, which seem to be the most prac-. tical days to give up in this calendar." Meanwhile, Dr. Coulter announced that no negotiating sessions have been scheduled during the Christmas holidays,. Explaining that both sides have agreed that the time can be "more profitably spent" by each side studying and reaffirming its positions, he indicated that negotiations will resume after the first of the year. . Mrs. Edna R. Wade, PHEA president, verified that statement. :-r

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