The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 8, 1971 · Page 1
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 97 22 Pages Friday Evening, October 8,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 Price 10c The Drug You Drink-13 Seek Facts On Drinking By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor The Governor's Advisory Committee on Alcoholism currently is taking a survey in the 14 regional health planning councils in Kansas to discover the extent of community feelings about, and the help available for, the alcoholic Kansan. "In general, we want hard facts and figures," said Ward Rogers, chairman of the committee. "There are 1,721 liquor stores in Kansas and 752 private clubs and we sell cereal malt beverages — that's the polite name for beer — in the stores. We know that. But we don't know what a community is doing about its drinking problems," he added. It is the committee's task to write, and lobby for, a comprehensive statewide plan to combat alcoholism. At least part of the plan is expected to be unveiled at the 1972 session of the Legislature. In the survey now being conducted, the committee hopes to uncover the population characteristics of the alcoholism problem: what is its age, sex, rural-urban distribution? What is industry doing about it, what is the ethnic profile? The committee also hopes to uncover hard figures on hospital admissions for alcoholism, arrests for alcohol related offenses, the number of socially disruptive incidents (such as divorce or juvenile delinquency) that can be traced to alcohol. Mortality Statistics Mortality statistics is another goal of the survey. This would include suicides and medical deaths (such as cirrhosis of the liver) that can be attributed to alcoholism. The committee also hopes to pin down figures on the activity and membership of AA, Al-Anon, for the wives of alcoholics. and.AIateen, for the youngsters in an alcoholic family, in Kansas. Based on national trends and figures, the committee already has come up with an estimate of the number of alcoholics in each of the state's regional health districts. The list: Region One — 18,411 alcoholics in the counties of Wyandotte. Leavenworth, and Johnson. Region Two — 7,613 in Wnodson, Allen. Bourbon, Wilson, Neosho, Crawford, Montgomery, Labette and Cherokee. Region Three — 2,338 in Morris. Lyon, Chase and Greenwood. Region Four — 21.159 in McPherson. Marion, Harvey. Sedgwick, Kingman, Butler, Sumner, Cowley, Elk and Chautauqua. Region Five — 6.385 in Rush, Barton, Pawnee, Stafford, Rice, Reno. Edwards, Kiowa, Pratt, Comanche, Barber and Harper. Region Six — 1,502 in Hodgeman, Gray, Ford, M°ade. Clark. Region Seven — 2,946 in Greeley, Wichita. Scott, Lane, Finnev. Kearny. Hamilton, Stanton. Grant, Haskell, Morton. Stevens and Seward. Region Eight — 1,554 in Cheyenne. Rawlins, Decatur, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Wallace and Logan. Region Nine — 3,522 in Norton. Phillips, Smith, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Gove, Trego, Ellis, Russell, Ness. Redon Ten — 4.783 in Jewell, Republic, Mitchell, Cloud, Ottawa, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Saline and Dickinson. Region Eleven — 5,158 in Washington, Marshall, Clay, Riley. Geary, and Pottawatomie. Region Twelve — 2.221 in Franklin. Miami, Anderson and Linn. Region Thirteen — 9,798 in Shawnee. Wabunsee, Osage, Douglas, and Jefferson. Region Fourteen — 2,485 in Brown,' Doniphan, Nemaha. Jackson and Atchison. "If the kind of figures that are already available on alcoholism were available for some other dread disease people would be crying out to do something about it. Well, this is a dread disease. The communities have to get involved. We've got to do something," said Phil Webber of the Services for Alcohol Related Problems at Topeka. (Tomorrow: Some Things That Should Be Done). Big Phone Rate Hike Sought Leon Jaworski Judges Salaries Hit Hutchinson residents will pay $1.20 a month more for home telephone service if a rate increase requested by Southwestern Bell Telephone Friday is granted by the Kansas Corporation Commission. Base one- party residence rates will increase from $5.80 to $7. Business telephones in the city would have a rate increase of $3.05 a month, from $12.70 to $15.75. "There is nothing more unpopular than a rate increase," said Dennis Waetzig, district manager at Hutchinson for SW Bell. "But the company feels this is absolutely necessary to provide the service our customers demand." In Kansas the telephone company is asking for a total annual increase of $14.7 million. Dale Saffels. chairman of the corporation commission, said this is the largest increase ever sought before the commission. "The company is not asking for $14.7 million in hopes of getting $5 million, $6 million, or $7 million, we need the entire amount, $14.7 million," said Waetzig. Southwestern Bell serves more than 400,000 telephones in Kansas through 150 exchanges. This accounts for approximately 80 per cent of the telephone business in Kansas. James F. Haake, vice president and general manager for Southwestern Bell in Kansas, said that the company was not asking for a rate increase which would break the presidential wage-price freeze. "We do not expect to receive increases in excess of those permitted by law." Haake said. Company officials pointed out that the Phase II program outlined by President Nixon Thursday night would allow for selective increases. Haake said a major reason for filing now, with wage-price freezes still on, is the length of time required for a hearing in the regulatory process. "It will probably take six months, and it is hard to tell what federal regulations will be in effect then," explained Waetzig. Haake said the additional money sought would result in a net gain of $7.3 million after taxes. "Due to the effects of infla tion which we have already ex perienced, particularly in the form of increased taxes and wages, we must have more revenue in order to meet our service obligation in Kansas," Haake said. Company officials claim the $17 million paid in Kansas taxes makes it the largest taxpayer in the state. Over the state the monthly increase proposed for one-party residence service would be from $.75 to $1.20, depending on the size of the exchange. The proposed increase in the basic rate for one-party business service would be from $2.30 to $4.10 per month. A company spokesman said long distance rates in the state would be redesigned under the rate proposal so they would conform more closely to the rates on long distance service between Kansas and other states. Pointing out that this is the first general rate increase sought by Southwestern Bell since 1964, Haake said, "I might point out that price controls are nothing new to telephone companies. Regulation has been., and will continue to be, a way of life for public utilities." No-Fault Not A Cure-Ail Cong Release GI; Hobbles to Freedom TAY NINH, Vietnam (AP) An American soldier, held prisoner by the Viet Cong for more than two years, was set free early today and walked bare foot eight hours to safety at an allied base camp 70 miles north of Saigon. The U.S. Command in Saigon identified him as Staff Sgt. John C. Sexton Jr., 23, of Warren, Mich. They said he was captured Aug. 12. 1969, when his armored unit was am bushed near An Loc, about 15 miles from where he was freed He was pronounced in "gen erally good" condition after being examined at an Army hospital. But field officers who saw Sexton said he looked "a little drawn" and his feet were cut and sore. There also was some indication he may have suffered an arm wound, they said. They quoted him as saying he reached the camp at Loc Ninh, just south of the Cambodian border, with the aid of a crude map drawn for him by his captors. Some Help He also was given a scrap of paper with a message in English and Vietnamese, asking people to assist him in returning to the American side. The man, a prisoner since August 1969, said he didn't know where he had been held or by what route the Viet Cong brought him to the point of release, officers reported. The location suggested he may have been held in Cambodia, officers said. , He said he had been "constantly on the move" for a long time and particularly in the last 10 days. He was freed at 3 a.m. in rough jungle terrain and reached Loc Ninh about 11 a.m. "He was hobbling and his feet were in bad shape, but otherwise I would say he looked in pretty good shape," one senior U.S. officer said. He was taken to a hospital at Long Binh, the U.S. Army headquarters post 12 miles northeast of Saigon. 24th Freed The prisoner was the 24th American released by the Viet Cong, the U.S. Command said, and the first in 22 months. In Warren, Mich., Sexton's father, an automobile assembly line worker, said an Army officer brought the news before dawn. "Lieutenant, don't give no bad news this morning," he told the officer. It's just the other way around, sir," the elder Sexton said the officer told him. "Your son is in Saigon." By DEAN HINNEN (See Story, Page 14) No-fault insurance should not be looked upon as a "panacea" for insurance problems, Leon Jaworski, president of the American Bar Association said Friday. Jaworski, in Hutchinson to address the Kansas Bar Association mid-year conference, also said criticism of bar associations who have opposed no-fault is unjust. The ABA is "in the midst of a complete re-examination (of no-fault)," Jaworski said. He said the report will be "mean ingful and objective." He said that while some at torneys would lose a portion of their business if no-fault were accepted, charges that bar associations opposed the plan because of selfish motives are "untrue." A recent Forbes magazine article indicated that of $1.4 Ullion in insurance claims settled in court, claimants received $700 million, attorneys $600 million and $100 million went for other legal fees. Jaworski said study of no- fault plans should continue, but "we should not be impulsive about it." "If some new idea develops (like no-fault), we must not quickly jump to the idea as a panacea," he said, and called no-fault, "something of an imponderable." "It has been tried in a limited way in Massachusetts and recently adopted in a limited manner in Florida," he explained. In other topics in a Friday morning interview, Jaworski said he was "ashamed" of the rate of judges' salaries in his home state of Texas. Blaming the relatively low salary for judges as compared with attorney's earning ability, Jaworski said the quality of judges is going down. "It's false economy to hold down judicial salaries to hold down governmental costs," he said, "because you're not going to end up with the best possible judges." "The caliber of judges inter ested in accepting appointments is much lower than they "were 20 years ago," Jaworski said Jaworksi said he also is opposed to the election of district judges, as practiced in both Kansas and Texas. He favors what is commonly known as "The Missouri Plan" where judges are appointed and then run against their judicial record, in much the same manner as is done with Supreme Court Justices in Kansas. Jaworski says much of the problems of crowded courts are a result of "social gains in the last ten years." He says t h e Supreme Court decisions leading to attorneys for indigents and their presence during questioning has increased the number of criminal trials. "There are fewer pleas of guilty now," Jaworksi explained, but said the courts could "probably adopt some changes in procedures that can speed the systems." Among the changes he would like to see is examination of the practice of continuations, which he calls "one of the most abused practices." He says the Kansas district court judges' suggestion for the use of smaller juries is "worthy of consideration," and says state courts should adopt the federal system of jury selection, to speed that process. Jobless Rate Declines WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment dipped slightly last month while total employment rose substantially, the government reported oday. Most of the gain, however, was among part-time workers and millions of Americans suffered a drop in weekly earnings because of a shorter average work week, the Labor Department said. Total unemployment edged down by 221,000 to 4.8 million and the jobless rate inched down from 6.1 to 6 per cent of the nation's work force and the Bureau of Labor Statistics called it "virtually unchanged." Dialed Direct Fish Answered TROY — Dialing direct is convenient but "telephoning" flatheads can lead to trouble. While using a hand operated magneto from an old telephone to shock flatheads to the surface of the Missouri River, Larry Lee Haynes of St. Joseph, Mo., was apprehended by Dick McCullough, Troy, state game protector for the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission. After discovering three flathead catfish in the boat and finding no other fishing gear, McCullough charged Haynes with possession of illeal fishing equipment. Haynes pleaded guilty to the charge in Doniphan County Court and was fined $100 plus $10.00 court costs by County Judge Virgil Begesse. Nixon Asks Cooperation Freeze Becomes Phase Two WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon has outlined a second-phase attack on inflation, based on wage-and-price controls and "voluntary cooperation of the American people." There will be no ceiling on profits. But Nixon said his administration will call for cancellation of price increases that might result in profit windfalls. The President wants standby power to control interest rates and corporation dividends—but only "as a safeguard." He will ask Congress shortly for that authority and for a one-year extension of the Economic Stabilization Act under which h efroze I prices, wages and rents on Aug. 15, and on which he is basing Phase 2. of businesses — will be subject only to spot checks, less-frequent reporting, and the investigation of complaints. The Internal Revenue Service will continue to be the main enforcement agency. Two small auxiliary committees will operate in special fields. They are: — A Committee on the Health Service Industry, to devise ways of slowing the long and rapid rise of doctor and hospital bills and other medical costs. — A Committee on Interest and Dividends, to be headed by Chairman Arthur F. Burns of the Federal Reserve Board, to administer continued restraints on interest rates and dividends — voluntary curbs, but backed up, if Nixon's plan is supported by Congress, by standby power to impose ceilings. Connolly Comments Government to Retain Role Jaworski was also critical of defense attorneys who don't follow courtroom decorum, but said attorneys have an obligation to defend unpopular cases. "If the day ever comes when a lawyer ever shirks from taking a case because of public unpopularity, he is shirking his duty as an attorney," he said. Weather KANSAS— Cloudy south and east this afternoon and partly cloudy northwest; chance of showers or thundershowers east central and southeast and slight chance of showers or thundershowers southwest; cooler north and west and turning cooler southeast; clearing west and north tonight, showers ending southeast; cooler tonight with lows 28 to 35 with frost or light freeze northwest by morning add lows 40s southeast. Two Groups He announced in a nationally televised address Thursday night that he will appoint two new quasi-independent bodies— a 15-member Pay Board with five representatives each from labor, industry and the public, and a Price Commission of seven public members to administer price-wage-and-rent controls when the current -90- day freeze ends Nov. 13. The President's anti-inflation goal, said the White House, is to hold consumer prices to a 2- to-3-per-cent annual rate of rise by the end of 1972. The Cost of Living Council headed by Secretary of the Treasury John B. Connally, will keep the top-level supervisory role it is exercising over Phase 1. The two new boards will be "quasi-autonomous," a White House official said, but the council can overrule their price or wage criteria if it feels they would not meet the anti-inflation goal. The price-wage control plan will, in effect, divide the economy into three segments, each will be subject to a varying degree of control; the government will announce standards before Nov. 13, so that each company and union will know its category. Hutchinson Weather Thursday's high 87 at 3 p.m.; overnight low 58 at 9 p.m.; Record high 97 in 1928 record low 28 in 1894. Winds: 10 m.p.h. Barometer: 30.20 rising. Sunset Friday: 7:05 p.m. Sunrise Saturday: 7:35 a.m. Business and unions that officials consider "of critical importance for the control of inflation" would have to give advance notice of proposed wage- or-price increases. The board or commission would have power to reject, approve or delay the increase. There would be no appeal to the Cost of Living Council. Some other firms and unions would be required to file prompt reports of increases, but not in advance. The board or commission would review them and could order action if it feels they violate the standards. A third group—the great bulk WASHINGTON fAP) - Secretary of the Treasury John B. Connally gave assurance today that the government will act to keep inflation in check if President Nixon's Phase 2 wage and price bodies fail to hold the line. Connally, chairman of the Cost of Living Council, told a news conference that his top- level council will not veto price or wage increase decisions of the independent new Pay Board or Price Commission. "But if it becomes apparent that their actions are not consonant with the President's announced goal of holding down inflation, then frankly some action will have to be taken," he I said. • I Still In Scene I "The government is not getting out of this picture." He said the administration had tried to structure a mechanism to represent all element? of society. Questioned on the hot issue of labor's insistence that wage settlement already under contract be permitted to take effect when the 90-day freeze ends on Nov. 13, Connally took \ a hard line. I 'To help this economy, everyone should pull in his belt!* I "We are not going to guarantee anything to any individual," I he said. But he added that the decision on deferred pay hikes, which were postponed during the freeze, will be "a matter for the Pay Board to deter- mins." Asked about the 10 per cent import tax surcharge, Connally said he couldn't say when it might be lifted. He also said he couldn't say how long the economic stabilization program might last. It's going to continue as long) as necessary to bring the rate of inflation under control," he said. He said foreign nations recognized this country's problems. "We want our balance of payments improved. The only way they can be improved, in a sense, is to the detriment of other nations. Other nations have to give up something in order for us to gain something," he said. Asked about pending requests for public utility and telephone rate increases, under consideration by state and Jocal regulatory agencies, Connally said the agencies would not have the authority to grant such increases unless the price board granted such authority. Connally was asked about the screening of prospective members of the anti-inflation federal boards. Are they being screened for conflict of interest, philosophy on inflation and security? was one question. Connally answered that "a lot of us are screening them." Obviously, he said, they were hunting for people with background in the area, courage, basic objectivity. • • Highlights of Nixon's Plan (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service WASHINGTON - Following are highlights of President Nixon's program to hold inflation to an annual rate of 2 to 3 per cent: Wages — A Pay Board composed of five members each from management, labor and the general public will set standards for permissible increases and monitor adherence to them. Prices and Rents — A similar panel of seven members, all from the general public, will issue standards for equitable increases in prices and rents. The commission will seek advice on rent restraints from a Rent Board, whose members will in­ clude landlords, tenants and "other interest parties." Profits — There will be no specific controls on corporate profits, but the Price Commission will have authority to identify "windfall" profits caused by the controls and call for price reduction. Interest and Dividends — Gov ernment committee will develop a program to seek voluntary restraint on interest rates and dividends. The President will ask Congress for stand-by authority to impose mandatory controls if they should prove necessary. Major Industries — Corporations and collective bargaining Complaints Revealed Raided Carnival Booth Operated Here units whose prices and wages have major impact on inflationary trends will be required to notify the Pay Board or Price Commission in advance of any increases. The board of commission may disapprove or defer them. Raw agriculture products will not be covered by the controls. Enforcement — All of the committees will operate under the jurisdiction of the Cost of Living Council. The government will depend primarily on voluntary compliance with the controls, but will have back -up authority to impose fines or seek injunctions against violators. Fire Claims Four SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Four fire fighters were killed and two others injured when caught in the vise of merging flames at the edge of a two-day-old brush fire. One of the Royal American carnival booths that was raided by lawmen at the Arkansas State Fair this week, was in operation, with variations, at the Kansas State Fair last month, and Fair officials received at least three complaints about it. Clell Blackburn, 1101 East 30th, told The News Thursday night that he had called both Wallace White, State Fair secretary and police to complain about one of the games. White acknowledged Friday that he had received three complaints about one booth. The booth in question was one in which contestants dropped small rubber balls into numbered holes on a playing board. The numbers of the holes are added and if they come to the right total the player is a winner. Blackburn said his son lost a considerable amount at the game, and the senior Blackburn then began observing the game. He said he watched for hours on three different days, "But I never saw anybody win." "It really wasn't gambling here, because you didn't have a chance to win," he said. White said that to his knowledge, money was returned to the persons who lodged complaints with the booth's operators, but Blackburn says his son didn't get his money back. White said the booth was legal here, because "they played for kewpie dolls and radios," not money as in Arkansas. "This is the way it was set up to operate—if it operated otherwise it was the operator, not the game," he continued. Blackburn was outspoken in his criticism of both White and Attorney General Vera Miller, who checked out Royal Ameri­ can games at the Mid-America Fair in Topeka and then visited the State Fair here. Comparing it to the raids on private clubs in Barton County, Blackburn said, it "seems funny to raid clubs, but condone this." "I'm wondering about the equality of justice in the state," he said. Intercepted Letter DENNIS WAETZIG Southwestern Bell District Supervisor City Dear Dennis, You sure you don't have the wrong number? Yours, Hutch

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