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5B PORT HURON MICH. Thurday Dc. J3, 1982 THE TIMES HERALD Subsidies on way out Phone competition pushes rates up, not down If I pany for handling interstate long-distance calls. The increased long-distance rates should amount to about 25 cents a call on average, Halprin said. But the basic interstate long-distance rates will be dropping in the meantime, and the customer who places five or six long-distance calls a month should break even in 1984 on his long-distance charges, Halprin said.

By 1991, when the transition is completed, Halprin estimated the flat charge for local service will have risen from a minimum $2 a month to $8.50 to $8.75 a month on average, counting inflation. That will be in addition to the payment that consumers make now for local service. At that point, all consumers will pay the same flat rate for access to the long-distance network, regardless of whether they place long-distance calls. The other half of the existing subsidy that consumers won't pick up will gradually disappear because of other steps taken by the FCC. For example, most consumers who need a new telephone in the future are expected to buy one, reducing the expense the local company now incurs in buying and then leasing phones.

The commission's ultimate goal is to place all long-distance companies including and such competitors as MCI Communications and Southern Pacific Communications, on an equal footing in paying for the right to connect to local telephone companies. That is not the case now because the existing subsidy system was created in the days when held a monopoly on long-distance service. The system worked well then because handled all long-distance calls and could collect all the revenue and divide it with the local companies. But the system is breaking down as competitors enter the business. WASHINGTON (AP) Consumers will have to pay more for local telephone service if they want to reap the benefits of competition in long-distance rates, the government has decided.

By a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission agreed Wednesday to begin phasing out a major subsidy now paid to local telephone companies through artificially high interstate long-distance rates. The decision means consumers eventually will have to pay their local telephone companies more money in flat monthly charges. The action was prompted by the January 1984 breakup of American Telephone Telegraph Co. and the rapid emergence of competitive long-distance services. At stake is a subsidy that amounted to roughly $7 billion in 1980 and is expected to reach $8.5 billion in 1984.

If that money had been collected directly from customers instead of through higher long-distance rates, it would have cost each customer an average $7 a month for each line into a home or business. In essence, the commission's plan calls for consumers to pick up roughly half of the subsidy by 1991 through payments to their local telephone companies. The other half of the subsidy will disappear, because local companies will shed some costs through other FCC decisions. According to Bert Halprin, a top official with the FCC's common carrier bureau who helped develop the plan, a seven-year transition will begin on Jan. 1, 1984, with residential customers paying at least $2 more a month to their local telephone companies.

That (2 a month should cover half the subsidy to be recovered in 1984, or a quarter of the total. Another quarter will be paid through increased charges by the local com LC I 'f fpTvj "1 i Season's greetings from IRS ment's latest attempt at simplifying tax paving the 1040EZ. The new form is less than half the size of the older short one. It has Just 11 lines, and one of thorn the $1,000 personal deduction is already filled in. Waffle says it's do-signed for the simple filer people with no dependents or tax credits, with income only from wages, salaries and tips, and no more than $400 in interest.

"We want the taxpayer to decide which filing benefits thorn," he said. The individual income tax forms have boon printed at 65 locations around the country and are being mailed from post offices in those areas. (ah Just as regularly as Christmas brings bills, the holidays bring a parcel of greetings from your government. The 1982 federal income tax forms will be in the mailboxes of millions of Americans before New Year's Day. "Traditionally they arrive days after Christmas, between Christmas and New Year's," IRS spokesman Scott D.

Waffle said. More than 89 million forms are being mailed this year, and more than half 47 million are the traditional 1040 long forms. The rest are the 1040A short forms. And this year, taxpayers who get the short form also will receive the govern AP Officer Don Kramer, dressed as Santa Claus, directs a man from a Polif police paddy wagon in Miami Beach Wednesday during a contin-rUlllrU uation of the city's Operation Clean Sweep, designed to keep the Sfllltfl streets free of vagrants. Kramer decided to add a cheery, seasonal touch to his daily job, so he donned the Santa costume.

Mom still hopes to find missing girl ANNOUNCEMENTS To plot Entertainment Club Meetings or Mitcelltmeout Notu os in Ihis column Dial 985 7171 Et 328 search for our children?" Mrs. Wilson recently wrote to The Associated Press. "When I read in this morning's paper about President Reagan's Missing Children's Act, it gave me a new hope." The bill signed by Reagan in October permits parents to ask the FBI if the name of their missing child is in its computer files. If local police decline to enter the name, the act permits parents to do so on their own. "Oh, I dream about her quite often.

I know what she hasn't changed," Mrs. Wilson said, gazing at the last school picture of her daughter. "She'd be tall, and headstrong, spoiled you know." Ieslie Renee Wilson set out with two friends on an afternoon of Christmas shopping Dec. 23, 1974. She asked her mother to pick her FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -Ieslie Wilson's presents are still in the attic of the small white frame house.

The new clothes are out of style, and she is too old for the toys. Everything was bought for a 14-year-old girl who disappeared eight years ago while Christmas shopping. It she's still alive, Leslie is now 22. Her little brother has grown jp, married, and become a father. Her great-grandmother, who took care of her while her mother worked, is dead.

And her Pekingese grew old and sick and had to be put to sleep four years ago. But the gifts are still in the attic, and her mother, Judy Wilson, now 40, still hopes. "Would you please assist in our up at her great-grandmother's house at 4 p.m. "We were going to a party," Mrs. Wilson said.

"I know she intended to be there." Police never had many clues to the disappearance of Ieslie and her friends Mary Rachel Trlica, 17, and Julie Mosely, 9. Investigators first assumed that the girls had run away. A few days later after they vanished, a note mailed to Tommy Trlica, Mary Rachel's husband of six months, seemed to support that theory. "I know I'm going to catch it, but we just had to get away," the penciled note said. "We're going to Houston.

See you in about a week. The car is in Sears upper lot." Mary Rachel's name was misspelled, and FBI handwriting ex perts could not confirm if she had written the letter. But the car was where the note said it would be. Inside were gifts the girls had bought and a pair of blue jeans I-eslie had gotten out of layaway. The car was not dusted for fingerprints because officers did not think they were dealing with a crime.

"I could have told you that night that they hadn't run away," Mrs. Wilson said. "Uvslie wanted to go to that party. And no 9-year-old is going to run off two days before Christmas. Everybody knows that." The families of the missing girls have sent 70,000 handbills with their daughters' photographs throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

They sent the pictures to 45 newspapers. INSIDE POUT III 'HON ArmbruNier'o wish you I ho huppiest of holiday. I'tr 21th Business Hours: rood Serviro 1 1 am to 3 pm. Closing pm. Closi-d 2rth 2tilh.

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Fruit Unlets. We accept food Ciil's. I'oiriM'UiHH all sizes, best prices. Miller's (ireeiihouse, corner of 2.rth Minnie r'ruil Baskets, Diller's Perfect Christ inns (iifl for the person who has everything. Burf's Car Wash (lift Cer tidculcs.

HuM's Auto VSash (across from Mueller'sl, Muffs Budget Wash 91 Hancock). Permanent hair removal electrolysis by Toni at Merle Norman Undercover Shoppe. 201 Huron. Port Huron OUTSIDE PORT IIUtON Dumpy IIum l-'ish Pry I'ri lunch 12 2 pin. All you can eat $3 Tit) including sulatl liar Obituaries WHY SEND YOUR INVESTMENT FUND ACROSS THE COUNTRY? )' Mrs.

Muriel R. McMorran IEESBURG, Fla. Muriel Rushton McMorran, 68, Hide A Way Mobile Home Park, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1982, in Watermans Memorial Hospital, Eustis, after a four-month illness. She was born Jan.

12, 1914, in Goodells. She married William Rushton Jan. 23, 1932, in Ap-plegate. He died May 2, 1905. She married Robert McMorran Jan.

7, 1967, in Goodells. He died Oct. 29, 1977. Mrs. McMorran is survived by two daughters, Mrs.

Chrystal (Phyllis) King, Brunswick, and Mrs. Fred (Jane) Mayworm, Richmond; one stepson, Robert J. McMorran, lakeland, one sister, Mrs. Mark (Martha) tashbrook, Goodells; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Visiting is from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Alphonse E. Siers IEXINGTON Alphonse E.

Siers, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1982, in Port Huron Hospital after a long illness. He was born in 1897 in New York, and lived in taxington for several years. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 1925 in Detroit. Mr.

Siers is survived by his wife, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Koziorowski, Detroit. Arrangements are incomplete by the Po-meroy Funeral Home, taxington. Mrs. Grace G.

Dunham LAND O'lJWES, Wis. Grace Gray Dunham, 64, a former Port Huron area resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1982, in St. Joseph Hospital-West, Clinton Township. She was born July 17, 1918, in take Odessa, and lived in the Port Huron area for 30 years before moving to Wisconsin in 1980.

Her first husband, Archie Gray, died in 1975. She married Lyle Dunham June 7, 1977, in Wakefield. Mrs. Dunham was a retired registered nurse. She was a member of the Watersmeet Congregational United Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. David (Mary) Reynolds, Land O'takes, Nancy Mumford, Canton, and Marsha Gray, Port Huron; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Robert (Judy) Sprague, take Orion; two stepsons, Robert Dunham, take Orion, and William Dunham, Hillsboro, three brothers, Gayton Blakely, Apache Junction, Walter Bla-kely, Nashville, and Robert Blakely, Rose City; one sister, Mrs. Lee (Melva) Dunham, Armada; and seven grandchildren. Services will be hold at 1 p.m.

Friday in the Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada. The Rev. Robert Snyder, pastor of the Armada Congregational United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Richards Cemetery, Richmond Township. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Until now, a money fund in New York, Kansas City, Atlanta, Boston has always been your best option.

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The youngsters and their parents gathered for the second annual Christmas dinner staged by the Inland Empire chapter of the Candlelighters, an international self-help group for parents who have children with a terminal illness. The event was held at the University Seventh-day Adventist Church, within the shadow of the Loma IJnda University Medical Center where many of the children receive treatment. After a traditional turkey dinner, Santa distributed the toys. He then went on to the hospital's children's wing to visit youngsters who were too ill to attend the party. The toys were provided by Helen Ross of Huntington Beach, who lost her daughter about a year ago, said Penny Thomas, a Candle-lighters spokesman.

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