The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 5, 1971 · Page 34
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Abbie Cuts Hair, Urges Youths to Vote-But Hasn't Changed NEW YORK (AP) — A 35- year-old man with short- cropped hair is urging American youth to register, to vote and to run for local political office. The man is Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman. "Long hair doesn't have the bite of rejecting American values that it had two years ago. Now it's an affectation," Hoffman, once the possessor of an unruly mane of black curls, said in an interview Monday. Knifes Off Locks The day before, while addressing 1,500 Drew University students in Madison, N.J., he had pulled out a knife and "sheared off 10 or 20 locks—it was a rejection of the hip culture," he explained. While still calling for social and political revolution in the United States, Hoffman also advised the assembled young people that they could help bring about some change by working through the ballot box. But lest anyone suspect him of turning middle class, Hoffman, one of the defendants in the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial, said with a laugh Sunday, "I'm not exactly shapin' up!"' He said he was urging his followers to register to vote for two reasons: 'Chief Fantasy' "One, to be able to get on juries. My chief fantasy is to Abbie Hoffman hang the jury of the next presidential assassin," he said. "The other reason is to vote—in local elections. It's still meaningless to work for candidates on the national level. But we should go for radical community control on the local level," he said. "In college towns, with recent changes in the laws, it makes a lot of sense to engage in elective politics as an experiment. It's possible that radicals could win. Berkeley is a start. And look at Cambridge, Mass. Someone like Daniel Ellsberg running for mayor could affect it, could change it, and could win." Radicate Elected In Berkeley, Calif., a group of radicals recently were elected to the Town Council. Cambridge, the home of Harvard College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also the home of Ellsberg, who is charged with illegally possessing the Pentagon papers. Hoffman also suggested that members of his Youth International party as well as people in prison should start running for local office. He ruled out his own candidacy by asking, "Me? Where?" Then he added, "Anyway, not this year. I'm going away—out of the country. But I can't tell you where because then it wouldn't be going away. Everyone would be there." Rules Out Photo He also ruled out a new pho­ tograph of his short hair. Hoffman said he had become angry with the current version of the youth movement because "the rock music has gotten bad, the dope lousy. Everytime I turn on the television I see another movie star with long hair. The hip cult has been taken over by Warner Bros.," he said. "I had to disassociate myself from that." The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 94 20 Pages Tuesday Morning, October 5,1971. Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Price 10c The Drug You Drink-10 Alcohol Big Road Killer By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor The drinking driver has become a major concern for law enforcement officials across the U.S. Kansas is no exception. "We have about 700 people a year being killed on the highways and 300 to 400 of them are being practically murdered by the drinking driver. I'll tell you, we need to do something," said Highway Safety Director Claud McCamment. A direct trace to alcohol was established in 1,290 of the 55,100 accidents in Kansas in 1970. Driving While Intoxicated cases now range up to 24 per cent of all the accidents on Kansas roads, up about 7 percentage points In the past 12 to 18 months, McCamment said. Revocation of licenses due to DWI has been steadily going down. In 1966, 3,289 persons lost their licenses; in 1968, 2,975; in 1969, 2,820 and in 1970, 2,256. In recent legislative action, lawmakers reduced the blood alcohol necessary for a DWI finding from .15 to .10, but at the same time left judges the leeway in suspending and revoking licenses. McCamment has been highly critical of the move because it has taken license procedures on DWI away from the State Motor Vehicle Department. "The judges simply have not been sending in the convictions. We are not getting the conviction orders because in many cases the judges are being lenient in cases where the guy used to automatically lose his license," McCamment said. Drinking Driver's Haven McCamment said "continuances and appeals" in the legal system have become a middle - income and wealthy drinking driver's haven, and, he said, disparity in sentencing and dealing with the drinking driver is becoming more critical by the day. "You've got to get these guys off the road. What good is a fine or a jail sentence? We should have some kind of state clinic or hospital to send these guys to until they can get their license back. We need to tighten up all the loopholes and treat everyone equal," McCamment said. But McCamment admitted that his statistical information on drinking and driving is weak because the state reporting system has been weak. "I guess you could say we really don't know how many deaths are caused by the drinking driver. Up until our new long forms on accident, we just didn't get the right kind of information. Drugs and driving are just about nil though, we know that," McCamment said. Highway Patrol Superintendent William Albott says his department attributes about 50 per cent of all fatal accidents to the drinking driver, but no hard figures are available. Patrol troopers now must fill out new accident forms, and Albott hopes the new forms will show the impact of drinking on all accidents worked by his troopers. "We are going to have to do something. We're all aware of that. I personally feel the punishment should be swift and sure for DWI — something like a jail sentence to be done on weekends or something like that," Albott said. Should Get Treatment "We should do this to the social drinker the very first time. If a man has a problem, if he is an alcoholic, then he should get treatment, but the social drinker should be deprived of his leisure time. Fines, money are not the answer because it's too easy," Albott said. Albott said that while many law enforcement officers might drink in their off time as most adults do he doesn't think they have a built-in sympathy for drinking drivers. But he said juries often do, and so do judges. "If a guy loses his driver's license, he can lose his job. There's a lot of the, 'There but for the grace of God go I sympathy for this man in a courtroom. He's clean, he's respectable. He's just like us," Albott said. "Here, again, I think education—telling a person it can happen to them—is a major factor," said Fred Goodgion of the Topeka Services for Alcohol Related Problems. He is working with Shawnee County courts and law enforcement officers to help drinking defendants. "We need to tighten up our laws, make it where the drinking driver can't plea down off the DWI. We need to keep in touch with the guy with the alcohol record - label them so that we will know they are driving with impaired ability. The lawmakers have to face up to this— and soon," Goodgion said. (Tomorrow: Linda's Sad Story). Excludes Bombing Activities Senate Limits Laos Spending WASHINGTON (AP) — The I written explanations of future (Hutchinson News-UPI Telephoto) VERN MILLER examines haul at Topeka press conference Monday morning. Amtrak Asks More Money WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Railroad Passenger Corp. said Monday it is seeking more federal funding but has not determined how much. "It's no secret that we're going back to Congress in the not too distant future to ask for more money," an Amtrak spokesman said in reply to a query. "In testimony before congres sional committees last year our people made it clear that fund ing was not a one-time thing and that we would need more after we had a handle on the operation. "The amount to be requested will be determined by the Office of Management and Budget," he said. "The figure that has appeared in the newpapers $160 million, is not necessarily accurate." Congress last year created Amtrak as a quasi-public corporation to coordinate major passenger operations of the nation's railroads. It was granted an initial appropriation of $40 million for the operations starting last May 1, plus a federal guarantee for $100 million in loans. The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), a consumer group, said it will support a request for more Amtrak funds. Cites Possible Conflict Barton Attorney Shuns Raid Cases today Deaths Sports Women's News Entertainments Markets Editorials 7, Weather KANSAS — Tuesday mostly sunny and locally warmer. High in upper 70s to lower 80s. Tuesday night and Wednesday clear to partly cloudy. Lows Tuesday night near 40 northwest to 47-54 southeast. Turning a little cooler late afternoon Wednesday in northeast. High Wednesday 75-80 northeast to lower 80s southeast. Hutchinson Weather Monday 's high 78 from 4:12 p.m. to 7:14 p.m.; low 49 from 7:56 a.m. to 8:54 a.m. Record high 97 in 1954; record low 35 in 1915. Winds: 4 mph. Barometer: 28.50, steady. Sunset Tuesday: 7:09 p.m. Sunrise Wednesday: 7:32 a .m. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Atty. Gen. Vern Miller, who with state agents raided eight clubs in Barton County Saturday night and confiscated 40 slot machines, 13 gaming tables and a large quantity of illegal punch boards, announced Monday night that Barton County Atty. John M. Russell will not participate in prosecution of cases spawned by the raids. Miller said Russell had asked to withdraw from the prose cution of the gambling cases because he might have a con flict of interest involving two of the clubs raided in Great Bend, and his assistant attorney resigned just last Friday, leaving his office shorthanded. Outside Counsel? Miller said the state is considering hiring an outside coun sel to do the legal work in pros ecuting the cases which Miller expects to arise from the raids. However, Miller could give no estimate on how many persons might have charges brought against them, and said he couldn't say when the charges would be filed — although he expects some to be brought later this week. Miller issued a statement after conferring with three of his assistant attorneys general who he sent to Great Bend Monday. It said: "The county attorney of Barton County, Kan., has requested the attorney general's office to conduct any litigation arising out of the raids which were made in Great Bend, Kan., on Saturday, Oct. 2. Possible Conflict "The county attorney, John M. Russell, has advised the attorney general that he has a possible conflict of interest involving two of the clubs, and that his assistant had resigned as of Oct. 1. Russell stated that his office already was carrying a substantial case load. "Further action will be taken by the attorney general's office as soon as possible." Miller said he didn't know what Russell's possible conflict of interest involved, and said the county attorney didn't spell it out in his letter to Miller requesting that he be allowed to withdraw. Members of Clubs There was speculation Rus­ sell was a member of two of the clubs, but Miller would neither confirm nor deny this. "We will take care of all litigation in this matter," Miller said. Miller sent assistant attorneys General Patrick Connolly, Bill Honeyman and Jack Williams to Great Bend Monday. The attorney general had said earlier in the day the reason for the three going to Great Bend was to assist in the drawing of arrest warrants in the aftermath of Saturday night's raids. But Miller said Monday night that no warrants were drawn Monday because of Russell's withdrawal and the fact the three assistant attorneys general didn't have enough time Monday to work on them. Reviewing Cases "They were reviewing the cases today," Miller said. Miller said the cases will be filed in Great Bend, but it would be up to the counsel for the prosecution and defense in the cases whether they are tried there or if changes of venue are sought. "The number of persons who will ultimately be charged will depend on the type of charges we find necessary to bring," Miller said. Many Known He said a large number of persons are known to have been participating in. gambling games when the eight clubs — seven in great Bend and one in Hoisington — were raided and gambling equipment found. "Because of the volume of evidence and agents' reports which must be examined," Mil ler added, "some time will be required to prepare warrants and pleadings. "But we're going to have charges filed this week, if possible." Clubes Listed Miller and his men raided the Eagles, Elks and Knights of Columbus lodges, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans service clubs and the Petroleum Club in Great Bend, and the VFW club in Hoisington and found equipment or punch cards. Similar raids at clubs in EI- linwood and Claflin turned up no evidence of gambling, Miller said. Miller described Great Bend as the biggest den of gambling he has encountered since he| became attorney general last January. We haven't found any activity such as this any place else or we'd be raiding them," Miller said. Miller declined to say what sort of charges the state is considering in Great Bend. "We want to go ahead and file them,, and then talk about them," he said. Senate voted Monday to set the first congressional limit on U.S. spending in Laos, approving a ceiling at the budgeted level of $350 million after war critics dropped efforts for a sharp cut Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, agreed to support the limit after Sen. Stuart Symington, D-Mo., its sponsor narrowed its application. The limit placed in the $21 billion military procurement bill applies to economic and military aid plus Central Intelligence Agency support of both Laotian and Thai irregular forces trying to keep the small landlocked Indochinese country from falling to North Vietnam. Excludes Bombing It excludes all U.S. bombing around the Communists' Ho Chi Minh supply trail and those in support of Laotian forces in the Plain of Jars and in Northern Laos. Approval was by a roll-call vote of 67 to 11 with opposition coming from a handful of war opponents who considered it could be interpreted as an authorization for U.S. action in Laos and from administration backers opposing any restric tions. Symington proposed originally a spending limit of $200 million excluding only the bombing around the Ho Chi Minh trail. Agrees to Hike After a series of conferences, Symington agreed to raise the limit to $350 million and omit any ban on the $143 million budgeted for bombing in Northern Laos. In addition, the amendment includes provisions requiring the Nixon administration to keep Congress informed of actual expenditures in Laos on a quarterly basis and provide requests for funds. Sen. J.W. Fulbright, D-Ark., said he fears the amendment, though designed to limit spending in Laos, would be interpreted as an authorization for U.S. involvement there. Besides Fulbright, the amendment was opposed by Sens. William Brock, R-Tenn., Edward W. Brooke, R-Mass., James L. Buckley, Con-R-N.Y., Mariow W. Cook, ll-Ky., John Sherman Cooper, R-Ky., Peter Dominick, R-Colo., Mark O. Hatfield, R-Ore., Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, and Robert Taft Jr., R-Ohio. Funds for Laos have been included with those for South Vietnam and Thailand in a $2.5- billion item in the procurement bill. In an earlier roll call Monday, the Senate voted 65 to 4 in favor of an amendment by Sen. Gordon Allott, R-Colo., to grant members of the armed ofrces an additional $381 million annual pay raise on top of the $2.4-billion increase included last month in the draft-extension act. But the increase, mainly additional pay for the lower enlisted grades, faces a doubtful future in conference. Taft-Hartley Law Invoked by Nixon How They Voted WASHINGTON (AP) — Area senators who voted Monday on an amendment to limit U.S. spending in Laos all agreed with the majority, which passed the measure by a 67-11 count. The amendment to set a limit of $350 million was introduced by Sen. Stuart Symington, D- Mo. The vote included: Democrats for: Eagleton and Symington, Missouri; Hughes, Iowa. Republicans for: Dole and Pearson, Kansas; Hruska, Nebraska. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon signed an executive order Monday night as the first step toward invoking a Taft- Hartley law injunction in an effort to settle a crippling dock strike. The President appointed a five-member board of inquiry headed by J. Keith Mann, associate dean of Stanford University Law School. The board will report to Nixon by Wednesday on its findings on issues involved in the stalemated labor disputes on the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast ports. Quick Action Nixon signed the order within minutes after returning from a Florida weekend vacation. He said that if the dock strikes continue they "will imperil the national health and safety" and affect a substantial part of the maritime industry that involves, trade, commerce, transportation and communication between the states and foreign nations. Once the board of inquiry makes its report, Nixon will decide whether to seek an injunction to invoke an 80-day cooling-off period while efforts are made to settle the strikes. To Give Study Presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Nixon j will assess the economic impact of the strike after the board's report on the dispute before deciding whether to seek the injunction to end the record-long Ofi-day West Coast clock strike and the East Coast walkouts which began last Friday. Nixon signed the executive order at 9:35 p.m., stepping out of his helicopter on the South Lawn and into the White House, where the documents awaited him. This marks Nixon's first use of Taft-Hartley proceedings to intervene in a strike. Big Question Earlier Monday, Ziegler had said the big question was whether Nixon would seek a nationwide injunction or act on a selective basis, meaning a move against only the West Coast strike. His order indicated joint action to protect steamship companies operating out of all ma. jor U.S. ports, including tht Great Lakes. The Atlantic and Gulf Coast walkouts have not had the economic impact of the long Pacific strike. Medina Files For Release Missile Raises Suspicions Israel May Have Nuclear Warheads (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service WASHINGTON - Israel has started to manufacture modest quantities of a missile capable of carrying a 1,000-pound to 1,550-pound warhead 300 miles or more, according to well- placed American and other Western intelligence reports. The missile, called the Jericho, is being produced at a rate of from three to six a month, it is believed. Although United States specialists are far from certain that Israel has nuclear warheads, several analysts sug­ gest that the Jericho is too expensive to use to deliver a conventional, high • explosive warhead. "It wouldn't make much sense to manufacture a costly weapon like Jericho merely to carry the equivalent of two or three 500- pound bombs," one official declared. "The decision to go into production strongly suggests Israel has, or believes it could scon have, nuclear warheads for the system." Although Israel has repeatedly pledged not to be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middel East, anal­ ysts believe that Israel may have a number of nuclear-weapon components that could be assembled quickly, in a crisis, for use on the Jericho as well as on jet fighter-bombers. Not Deployed? Israel is not believed to have deployed any of the two-stage, solid-fuel missiles yet. But one ranking American officer said, "We wouldn't be surprised to see it deployed in the next few months." A number of American officials are concerned that if Egypt and the Soviet Union become convinced that Israel has deployed nuclear-tipped missiles cap­ able of hitting their forces in much of Egypt, in addition to such population centers as Cairo, Moscow may feel impelled to deploy a comparable nuclear missile in Egypt. If that should happen, analysts say, the Soviet Union is likely to operate the new missile with its own forces. The Soviet tactical nuclear missile known by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization code name Scaleboard has a range of about 450 miles and is considered the missile likely to be deployed in Egypt. FT. MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) — Capt. Ernest L. Medina, acquitted of murder charges in the slaying of more than 100 civilians at My Lai submitted his resignation to the Army today, his attorney announced. The military attorney who helped defend him in the court- martial, Capt. Mark Kadish, said Medina is requesting an honorable discharge. "Assuming that it is accepted, he will be out in two weeks," Kadish said. His civilian attorney, F. Lee Bailey, said in New York last week that Medina would work for him at the R. J. Enstrom Corp., a small helicopter manufacturer in Menominee, Mich., in which Bailey owns the controlling interest. Intercepted Letter VERN MILLER Attorney General Topeka, Kan. Dear Vern, Bet with all that equipment you could open T> peka's biggest casino. Yours, Huteh

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