The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 15, 1971 · Page 88
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 74 32 Pages Wednesday Evening, September 15,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 Price lOe Hostage Deaths Still Unexplained ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - State Corrections Commissioner Russell G. Oswald has confirmed that the hostages slain in the Attica State Prison revolt died of gunshot wounds. But the source of the wounds remained guns, officially unexplained today. The death toll from the four days of rebellion rose to 42 today when officials at a Buffalo hospital confirmed that a critically wounded Attica inmate had died. The total includes 10 guards and prison employes and 32 prisoners. Dissension Among Guards Reaction among guards at some other New York State prisons grew into dissension today. Correction officers at Great Meadow Prison in northeastern New York have voted to call for Oswald's ouster. State police said troopers had been called in to patrol the walls at Clinton Prison in Dannemora. Autopsies contradicted earlier official reports that inmates had slit the throats of hostages as police began an assault Monday on the rebel-held areas of the maximum-security Attica prison. But Hollis Chase, president of a union local that represents corrections officers at the prison, insisted that the original story was correct and that the hostages' throats had been slit. He said officials had photographs showing the bodies with cut throats. In a statement to newsmen late Tuesday, Oswald said one question was how any of the hostages couldvhave been killed by gunfire. "The most important and obvious answer is the fact that the inmates had dressed all hostages in prison garb to insure difficulty of identification between inmate and hostage," 'he said. "Additionally, hostages could very well have been used as shields or forced forward into gunfire ...." "* Lists Weapons He released a list of weapons found in the prison after the re-i bellious inmates were routed. The list included gasoline bombs, sharpened spears, metal pipes, straight razors and spiked baseball bats—but no Oswald maintained that 'there have been two misstatements of facts" concerning what happened to the hostages. He said the first was that all the v dostages had cut throats and the second was that hone had- a slashed throat. During the evacuation of the dead and wounded after the assault, Oswald said, "a number of those evacuated had slashed ;hroats; it has been verified that there were at least two with lacerated throats." He offered no further elaboration and did not mention any source of information other than the report of the forensic pathologist," a reference to Edland. Oswald said one reason for the erroneous reports about throats being slit was that several corrections officers "positively stated that they had seen hostages dropped as their throats were apparently being cut." Gals Working As Stevedores PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wearing hard hats; jeans and boots, Anna Tavares and Angelina Watkins have started working as stevedores. They are the first women in that job at the Providence Municipal Wharf in the memory of anyone working there. "They do' it in Russia and/all the other foreign countries," Mrs. Tavares said Tuesday. Foreman Peter Silva was cautiously optimistic about his two new hands. "I didn't think it was possible," he said. "We'll break them in from the ground floor up, show them the dangerous 'hazards of the job. I actually think they can do it once they're shown." The stevedore business is not entirely unfamiliar to the two women, both 37 and the daughters of longshoremen. Mrs.. Tavares is divorced and supporting three children. Mrs. Watkins is separated and supporting six children. "We need the money with school starting," they said. "After they see the conditions and everything else it will be much too'hazardous and dangerous for them," said stevedore Rudy Gomes. "I don't think they will be back." Raymond Silva predicted trouble for the ladies on arrival of older ships with 50-pound 'hatch, covers that must be lifted by hand. "I don't think they're going to make it," he said. Edwin Bento warned fellow workers that with the arrival of the lady stevedores "we're going to have to be gentlemen'." Replied one: "Not me. I'm going to still be swearing." Say Boards Violated The Freeze TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service brought complaints Tuesday against the Salina and Junction City school boards for allegedly violating the Wage-Price Freeze in granting teachers' pay increases. The IRS complaints were reported by Dr. Melvin Neely, executive secretary of Kansas- National Education Association, and Dr. Marion McGhehey, executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards. Neely said the complaints may form the battle line for a legal fight by Kansas teachers to push efforts to be made exempt from President Nixon's Aug. 15 freeze on prices and wages. McGhehey said he is advising local school boards to "take the safe course and avoid the possibility of a fine," by not granting teachers any pay increases at this time." The IRS complaints were delivered Tuesday to the Salina and Junction City school boards. Judy Chairman of County Planners McGovern Says No Met With VC? SAIGON (AP)—City officials claimed today Sen. George S. McGovern unknowingly was meeting with a Viet Cong terrorist group when he was endangered by a rock and fire- boinb barrage against a Saigon church. The senator protested to President Nguyen Van Thieu that the claim was a "personal insult". McGovern said he told Thieu about the allegations at a meeting later in the day and quoted the president as expressing surprise at the police version of the melee at a Roman Catholic church. He said Thieu promised he would "look into it immediately." McGovern lodged his protest during ' a 45-minute meeting with Thieu that came just after Saigon city officials issued statements claiming that McGovern had unknowingly met with Viet Cong cadre at the church. U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker was also present at the meeting with Thieu. The South Dakota Democrat, an announced presidential aspirant in 1972, said he is confident the persons who attended the church meeting were not Viet Cong, but persons interested in prison reform and allegedly unjust legal procedures. "I told him (Thieu) I thought it was outrageous that a police chief of this city would. imply that a U.S. senator was here meeting with agents of the,Viet Cong," McGovern told newsmen, "and that it was ridiculous on the surface that a police chief would make such a charge and does nothing about it. "If the police chief knew about this he should have moved in." 102.26 Mills in City Tax Levy Goes Up County Clerk Mark Youngers Wednesday announced a total 1971 tax levy for Hutchinson of 102.26 mills, up 2Vz mills from last year. This means that Hutchonians will be paying $102.26 per $1,000 assessed valuation or $2.50 more than last year. The Biggest Bite The 35.21 levy for Unified School District 308 makes up the largest portion of the total levy. Last year, 35.16 mills were needed to support the district. The city levy is up slightly more than one mill from 29.46 to 30.48. The county levy (excluding county school foundation) went from 12.63 to 14.28. Expenses Up, Too The overall county valuation is up slightly more than $2.4 million from $162,816,249 to $165,255,653. This would have resulted in a tax decrease, except that revenue that must be raised from property taxes is up also. For Hutchinson taxpayers, the amount to be raised from property taxes is up nearly $1 million from $9,587,096 to $10,463,009. Here is the breakdown: MILL LEVIES 1971 City of Hutchinson 30.48 Hutchinson Public Library 2.44 Unified School District 308 35.21 School District No. 1 (Bond) 4.40 Hutchinson Community College 4.73 County School Foundation 9.22 State 1.50 Reno County 14.28 Total 102.2R VALUATION 1971 City of Hutchinson $ 69,197,471 County 165,255,653 School District 308 74,884,946 1970 29.46 2.23 35.16 4.92 5.04 8.82 1.50' 12.63 99.76 1970 $ 66,349,148 162,816,249 ' 73,877,083 SOUTH HUTCHINSON firemen hose down paper that ignited in the back of S&C Transport Co., trailer (News Photo by Linda Shipley) parked in terminal Wednesday morning. Damage ^as believed to be minor. State Workmen's Compensation Cut McGovern was referring to statements by Col. Trang Si Hal Judy, RFD 1, one of three persons on the new Reno County planning board who live within the three-mile area of Hutchinson and South .Hutchinson, was elected chairman of the board Tuesday night. Judy, a farmer, was a member of the rural planning board which went out of existence when the new one was created by resolution of the county commission. Elected vice chairman was Chandler Rudicel, 15 Glass Manor, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, who also lives within the three-mile area. • Judy and Rudicel will serve until Jan. 1, and then another election will be held to coincide with the start of the fiscal year The new planning board which consists of nine members and County Engineer Charles Nunemaker who acts as secre tary and an ex officio member, met for the first time Tuesday night. They adopted by-laws which nclude a provision that at least five members must be in favor of any action before a recommendation can be passed on to the county commission. The board agreed to meet initially on the third Wednesday of each month. Some of the members are serving three-year terms. They are Judy, Clinton Peiroe, RFD 2, and Byron Sioberg, Nickerson. • Serving two-year terms are L. C. McCubbin, Pretty Prairie, Dr. J. Caryle Symns, 281^ North Main, and Rudicel. Tan, Saigon's police chief, and Col. Do Kien Nhieu, the mayor, that some participants in the meeting that triggered the disturbance Tuesday were members of a Viet Cong-backed "student attack group." Nhieu named 18 persons, some of whom he said had been responsible for recent fire bombings of American vehicles in Saigon. "The people we talked to," said McGovern, "were Catholic priests, Buddhist priests, Isw- yers, doctors, housewives, students. The only thing they had in common was a concern about the attitude of this government toward the way political prisoners are treated and the way the prisons are conducted." Dole to Speak SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., is the scheduled featured speaker TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Fletcher Bell, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, said today workmen's compensation rates in this state are being reduced approximately $800,000 a year, He said the reduction, an average of 2.5 per cent statewide, is effective as of Sept. 11, 1971. The commissioner said the new rates were submitted by the 225 insurance companies that •write workmen's compensation insurance in Kansas. Bell said the companies use more than 600 seperate rate classifications for workmen's compensation insurance and that the classifications are di three industry ratemaking pur On the board for one year are Mrs. Ray Showalter, 6500 East 30th, Bill Stoughton, RFD 3, and Ralph Warner, Arlington. Oct. 2 at a Republican Party salute to U.S. Rep. Durward Hall, R-Mo., who has served 10 years in Congress. vided into groups for poses. He said rales in two of the industry groups are decreasec while there is an increase in the third group. Rates for the manufacturing group are up an average of 3. per cent, down an average o 8.2 per cent for contracting and down an average of 2.5 pe cent for all other. Bell said that within each o these groups the chances wi vary from the average classif ation depending upon the vol- me and character of the par- i c u 1 a r classification's ex- erience. Your Face Worth $10 Is this your face? Starting Sunday, the News will publish a crowd photograph taken at the State Fair with on* of the faces in the mass encircled. The person who can identify himself as that fairgocr will win $10 from The News. An enlarged print of the "Is This Your Face?" photograph will he posted at the front of The News exhibit building at the fair, located just north of the fair administration building on the main pike. A new photograph will be taken each day of the Fair starting Saturday, with the picture posted the next day Winners may claim their award at The News cxhlbi building. Owsley to High Court KANSAS CITY (AP) — Gov. lobert Docking of Kansas will ppoint Perry H. Owsley, a ittsburg Democrat, to the Cansas Supreme Court, the Kansas City Star reported to- iay. In a copyrighted dispatch rom San Juan Puerto Rico, the tar said Owsley would be Docking's first choice for the acancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Robert T. Price Sept. 1. Docking was en route to Topeka from San Juan, where he attended the National Governor's Conference. The Star story said Docking decided upon Owsley shortly after the nominating committee's list of three candidates was presented him. The appointment would be the first to the seven-member court since Docking's father, the late Gov. George Docking filled vacancies during his two terms of office. Owsley, 56, a native of Pittsburg, was nominated for the state's highest court in 1964 but was not selected. Owsley attended Pitlsburg Stale College and received hi? law degree from Washburn University of Topeka, Kan., in 1938. He practiced law in Belle villc, Kan., before serving the Navy in World War II. AMOUNTS TO BE RAISED BY AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES ON 1971 LEVIES City of Hutchinson $ 2,107,199 Hutchinson Public Library 168,841 Unified School District 308 (including Recreation Commission) 2,971,234 School District No. .1 (Bond) 302,970 Hutchinson Community College 782,775 County School Foundation 1,522,256 State 247,884 Reno county 2,359,850 Total $10,463,009 Small Towns 9 Levies Higher 1971 MILL LEVIES 1971 1970 Clay Township ... 68.00 64.52 Reno Township ... 82.65 78.83 Buhler City Total 19.86 19.17 Grand Total .... 83.47 82.98 Haven City Total 17.11 18.95 Grand Total ... 75.29 73.11 Nickerson City Total 24.74 Grand Total ... 102.06 Pairtridge I that the total levy for Pretty Prairie dropped from 83,05 mills to 80.34. This means that Pretty Prai- ie residents ( will be paying 80.34 per $1*000 assessed valu- tion. One of the largest mill hikes vas at Nickerson. The levy is p nearly three mills from 99.08 o 102.06. Haven had an increase of 2.18 nills from 73.11 to 75.29. City Total . Grand Total Pretty Prafcie City Total . Grand Total 23.61 83.96 15.16 80.34 26.36 99.08 24.20 83.09 19.37 83.05 25.58 06.78 Mill levies are up in all of the small towns in Reno Coun ty, except Pretty Prairie. Information from County Clerk Mark Youngs shows South Hutchinson City Total 25.95 Grand Total .... 97.80 State Could Save With Federal Meat Inspection Weather KANSAS - Partly cloudy east increasing cloudiness west tonight. Cooler east. Lows in 40s northwest to 50s southeast. Considerable cloudiness Thursday. Continued cool. Highs upper 60s to mid 70s. Hutcbjnson Weather Tuesday's high 83 at 3:15 p.m.; overnight low 61 at 7:45 a.m. At 1 p.m. Wednesday 70. Record high 99 in 1931; record low 38 in 1916. Winds—10-15 mph. Barometer—30.10 rising. Sunset Wednesday—7:40 p.m. Sunrise Thursday—7:14 a.m. (See weather map page 2.) By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor TOPEKA Kansas could save her taxpayers $650,000 in direct tax funds if-the state followed a growing pattern of federal meat inspection. Nebraska has asked the USDA to take over its Inspee Uon program Oct. 1. Gov.. James Exon estimates fhai .change, will save Nebras* kahs $400,000 annually. ' ' ' Iowa now is considering a switch to USDA inspections because of / high state, costs for its own Inspection program; Some consumer groups say a federal inspection program would be less susceptible to meat industry pressure. "That could be a question for the future," says Dr. Earl E. Huffman, assistant director of ;he meat and poultry inspection department of the State Board of Agriculture. "States have to be a little more diplomatic in handling these things, but I don't think you have to worry about that in Kansas. "If at all possible, I think a state should .maintain its own program. If people yvant to operate it as a matter of state's rights, I think they should hang on to it." A bill, being pushed by both Senators James Pearson and Bob Dole, Would provide federal funding of inspection programs at 80 percent, with the state to provide 20 percent— but control would be left with the states. The move has been sharply criticized because of scandals growing out of state meat inspections, notably In Massachusetts and in some southern states. But Huffman believes the Kansas' meat inspection program is a success. Huffman, a federal employe on contract loan to Kansas for two years, ends his job with the state Wednesday. He says the state ranks in the top 10, "possibly the top five" in inspection programs in the nation. Kansas has a full staff, including 86 Held inspectors and eight supervisors, and Is run- ing on a budget of $1.3 million per year. The inspectors are finding that about one per cent of all the cattle slaughtered in the state must be condemned. On a parts basis (liver, heads, and so on), the inspectors are having to condemn about three per cent of the total, Huffman said. "There is no way to compare this with what was being sold before. We figure the condemnation has to be slightly higher. There were a few livers and things like that that some people didn't object to before Jhat I certainly wouldn't want to eat now," Hoffman said. Not Punitive He said that some uninspect- ed meat still is being used from time to time in "nursing homes and other institutions in rural I areas" in Kansas, but that the inspection division is not being punitive in correcting such incidents. "It usually is a matter of people not being educated to what the law is. When they are told they can't use uninspected meat, they comply," Huffman said. But much of the public is educated as to what meat inspection means. Huffman said that while the federal rules on inspection were liberalized for plant owners starting July 1, most plant owners are continuing with regular inspection. Custom plants were allowed leeway in inspection un der the new rules, and so were larger processing plants on a spot basis. "The inspection is voluntary to some of the custom places under the change, but apparently (hey Kike it like It is. People in town apparently like it because the inspection is going as it was," Huffman said. The Clean Meat Act passed Congress in 1967. States were given a year to comply. After an extension of the deadline, Kansas started its own program in December of 1969. Before that time, the state inspec^ lion of meat was carried out by local veterinarians (who were paid by the pixxicssors, not the state), who usually were only contacted to "go over and look at the animals if something cropped up," Huffman said. When the program started there were about 320 meat pro cessing outlets in Kansas. Thi 'igure included retail s t o res some of which decided to g out of the slaughter busincs when full inspection arrived Huffman said. Major Part The number of outlets bein e inspected today is 267, but th retail stores were a major par of the drop, Huffman said. "Probably not more than dozen or so plants were actua ly closed by the program," Huff man said. He said the plant that close usually are in sue a stage of deterioration that : isn't financially feasible fo the owners to get them up t the sanitary standards set b the state. Blast Rocks Saigon Club SAIGON (AP) - An ex- )losion wrecked the busy Tu Do light club tonight, and several x;rson.s were carried from the wreckage. Apparently a large bomb had gone off The blast shook downtown Saigon and set fire to cars in Tu Do Street, a principal thoroughfare. The explosion climaxed three days of fire-bomb attacks aimed at American military vehicles. U.S. and South Vietnamese police sealed off the area. The blast occurred one block from the Caravoile Hotel where Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was staying. The night club has been frequented by Americans as well Vietnamese and several Americans were among the injured. Intercepted Letter MARK YOUNGERS County Clerk City Dear Mark, We're freeze. not cool to a tax Yours, Hutch ' V '?

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