The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 8, 1971 · Page 23
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 97 22 Pagts Friday Morning, October 8,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B 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, tha 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 Alateen, 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 — 7,61.3 in Woodson, 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, Meade. Clark. Region Seven — 2.946 in Greeley, Wichita. Scott. Lane, Finney, Kearny. Hamilton, Stanton, Grant, Haskell, Morton, Stevens and Seward. Region Eight — 1,554 in Cheyenne, Rawlins. Dscatur, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Wallace and Logan. Region Nine — 3.522 in Norton, Phillips, Smith, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Gove, Trego, Ellis, Russell, Ness. Rciin 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. Wabun?ee, Osage, Doualas, and Jefferson. Region Fourteen — 2,485 in Brown, Diniohan, 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 dissase. 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). Two New Bodies to Administer Phase 2 NO CAN DO — Volunteer firemen try to get Daniel Moliterno, 4, Middletown, N.Y., out of a 40-gallon milk can into which he so easily squeezed (Hutchinson News-UPI Telepholo) himself, but found impossible to exit. After trying grease and eggs, the rescue team finally had to cut the can open to free the boy. No-Fault Advocates Rapped Car Negligence Not Burdening Courts? Fierro Hands Panel a List Of Ideas to Help Migrants GARDEN CITY - Manuel Fierro, former director of the Human Needs Corp., and now an independent candidate for governor, made public Thursday a list of suggestions he made to the select legislative committee on migrant workers headed by State Rep. Irving Grant, EI Dorado, at its final meeting in Kansas City last week. He suggested that the committee: —Immediately establish a mi Weather KANSAS — Friday and Friday night partly cloudy, Gusty northerly winds Friday. Turning cooler over State and much cooler northwest. Highs in 60s northwest to 75 to 80 southeast. Colder with chance of frost or freeze northwest Friday night with lows around 30 ranging to the 40s southeast. Saturday clear to partly cloudy. Colder east and south. Highs- around 60 northwest to (5 to 70 southeast. Hutchinson Weather Thursday's high 87 from 2:12 p.m. to 4:28 p.m.; low 57 from 6:58 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Record high 95 in 1928; record low 25 in 1952. Winds: 4-6* mph. Barometer: 28.45, steady. Sunset Friday: 7:05 p.m. Sunrise Saturday: 7:35 a.m. grant division with full powers and be funded by the state. —Help enact legislation requiring migrant worker crew leaders to register with the Department of Employment and set fines for violations and to require the leader to list all those under his control with the state. —Implement a migrant medical health plan including retirement or a pension rider and provide coverage under the Workman's Compensation Act. —Help enact a state housing code setting minimum standards for occupancy. —Make it a criminal offense to hire' illegal aliens in the state. —Make provisions for no interest loans to migrants wanting to buy homes and settle in Kansas. —Enact legislation providing appropriate funds for relocation, training, and job development for the migrant and his family. —Require school districts affected by large numbers of migrants and farm workers to develop and implement bilingual and bicultural programs to meet the special needs of families. Provide emergency assistance to workers and their families in time of stress due to unavailability of work because of weather or other natural causes. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP- - Automobile negligence cases are not overwhelming Kansas courts as some advocates of so- called "no-fault" auto insurance contend, the president of the Kansas Bar Association says. Phil Lewis made public a report here of a study the state bar made of the percentage of automobile negligence cases to the total number of civil ac tions brought in Kansas courts. He said the percentage of auto negligence cases ranged from 7.2 per cent to 9.2 per cent in the five fiscal years from 1966 to 1970 that the Kans a s judicial administrator maintained records of all civil actions filed in state courts. Few Involved Negligence In 1970, for example, there were 28,737 civil cases filed in Kansas' courts and 2,140 of them, or 7.4 per cent, involved automobile negligence. "They have not overwhelmed our courts or caused any undue burden on our Kansas administration of justice," Lewis said of the auto accident cases before the courts. "It is also pertinent to note," Lewis added in his report, "that the percentages in the past two years have been lower than in former years. Belie Agitation "It is submitted that these facts belie much of the public agitation stimulated by extensive publicity based upon the erroneous assumption that automobile negligence cases have been clogging our court dockets and our judicial processes." A majority of attorneys in Kansas, a poll at the last state bar association meeting showed, are opposed to no-fault auto insurance. No Stand Lewis recently sent the news media a statement saying lawyers are neither for nor against no-fault insurance, but want the record set straight concerning it. He said there has been much misinformation given the public about no-fault insurance, under which automobile owners buy the insurance and when an ac cident occurs nobody is held re sponsible and the insurance companies pay for the damages to both vehicles. The bar association report said of the 28,737 civil cases during the fiscal year which ended June 30, 1970, nearly half — 13,174 cases — were divorce actions. Other domestic relations ranked second with 2,777 cases and automobile negligence cases were third with 2,140. "If no-fault is considered for Kansas," Lewis said, "such consideration should be based upon sound factors. It should not be urged as necessary because of the liability of our Kansas courts to handle au tomobile litigation in an orderly and expeditious manner." (Related story, page 3) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon pronounced his wage-price freeze "remarkably successful" Thursday night and announced plans for continuing a program of economic restraints after the current freeze ends Nov. 13. "We began this battle against inflation for the purpose of winning it," he told a nationwide radio-television audience. "We are going to stay in it until we do win it." "Wo will permit some adjustments of pnees and wages that fnirncrs demands," Nixon said, "but. we will not permit inflation to flare up again." Th 'i President said he was turning over the job of fixing specific wage and price standards to two newly created qua- si-indrp'Mident bodies whose major decision will be subject to governmental veto. Nixon announcd that Secretary of the Treasury John B. Connally, who heads the Cost of Living Council, will go on radio Ex-Mayor Here is Burned in Explosion Former Hutchinson mayor Merl Sellers, 119 Kisiwa, was burned in an explosion and fire at his home Thursday evening. He was admitted to North Hospital suffering from shock and second degree burns to his arms and legs. The Hutchinson Fire Department, responding to the 8:54 p.m. call with two trucks, said Sellers had been putting a silicone sealer on the basement floor of his new home. He and his wife had moved into the home only last weekend. When he finished the floor, Sellers lighted a hot water tank, igniting fumes which exploded and set a fire. The fire, confined to the basement, burned the floor, some furniture and material stored in the basement. Damage from the fire was minor, firemen said, but the house suffered major smoke damage. The explosion blew out two doors, including the basement door, ripping the latch on one door through the frame, Able to walk, Sellers was driven to the hospital by neighbors before firemen arrived. Merl Sellers A hospital spokesman said Sellers was in satisfactory condition late Thursday night. He suffered shock, first degree burns to his face, second degree burns to his arms and legs, and his hair was singed. A former city commissioner, Sellers served four years and was mayor during part of his term. Highlights Of Nixon's Program (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 in creases in prices and rents. The commission will seek advice on rent restraints from a Rent Board, whose members will in elude 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 — Government committee will develop a program to seek voluntary re straint 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 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. and television Friday with further explanations of the continuing program. The time was set for noon CDT. Nixon did not speeifie-illv mention it, but, t. h e administration's over-all objective is to hold the annual rate of inflation to from 2 to 3 p:>r cent; by the end of 1972. Gives Background The White House made available a "background paper" that cited such an objective, as measured by monthly living cost statistics, and said continued reduction of the rate would be the goal thereafter. Interim Goal "This interim goal for the end of 1972," said the document, "would be an inflation rate about half of the rate that prevailed in 1971 before the freeze." Key features of Nixon's post- freeze program include: —Appointment of- a 1 remember Pay Board, giving equal representation to management, labor and the public, that will set wage guidelines and, if it so decides, prohibit, reduce or defer pay hikes it deems inconsistent with its standards. —Establishment of a Price Commission of seven public •members to administer price and rent restraints it will formulate. Standby Authority —A presidential request for standby authority—which Nixon said he does not plan to use—to regulate dividends and interest rates. —A request that Congress extend the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970— the legal basis for the entire Nixon program—for one year beyond its scheduled expiration next April 30. As of now, the stabilization! measures will remain in force indefinitely. The White House refused to provide even an., approximate guideline for permissible wage settlements; an official said the Pay Board will have to provide "standards or guidelines" before Phase 2 begins on Nov. 14. Would Meet Goal However, some economists estimate that wage increases of up to 5 to 6 percent a year would meet the President's goal of holding inflation down to 2 or 3 per cent a year. The only exception to price curbs will be raw agricultural products, which were excluded from the current freeze. The existing Cost of Living Council will have authority to veto or revise standards recommended by the board and the Price Commission. It will have no power to intervene, however, in individual cases—such as review of a specific wage or price boost—that will come before the commission or the board. (Hutchinson News-UPI Telepholo) PRESIDENT NIXON describes new program to nation. Leaders Give Plan Preliminary Okay (C) 19/1 N.Y. Tlm«« News Service WASHINGTON—Business and labor leaders gave preliminary support Thursday night to the President's announced plan* for (he next phase of his economic program. The reaction in Congress was generally favorable, although some Democrats urged the President to take more forceful action to control not only wages and prices but also interest rates. Both George Meany, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, and Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Automobile Workers, reserved comment on the President's speech until Friday. CIO said right after the speech, "We'll buy it." Arch N. Booth, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, said that businessmen would cooperate with the President's program. He urged the President Ford Mansfield But a spokesman for the AFL- Great Bend Man Killed GREAT BEND - An elderly Great Bend man was crushed to death Thursday afternoon when his tractor overturned while he was packing silage, pinning him beneath it. He was unofficially identified as John McKee, 78, Great Bend. Barton County sheriff officials said the man was employed on a farm operated by Orville Ev erley about four miles north and two miles east of Great Bend. McKee was killed instantly. It's Only a Mile in Diameter Earth and Moon Have a Little Brother SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) - A pint-sized "quasimoon" only a mile in diameter is linked to the earth and the moon in a kind of "triplet system," Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hannes Alfven said Thursday. It travels to within 9.3 million miles of earth in eight-year cycles, Alfven said. Its next close visit is expected in August 1972. "It could be called a quasi­ moon," said the Swedish scientist, who is known as father of plasma physics. "It is part of the matter of this region. It belongs to the earth-moon system because it is gravitationally coupled." Discovered in 1964 The new little brother of earth was - actually discovered in 1964 by Dr. Samuel Herrick, professor of astronomy at the University of California at Los Angeles, and was named Toro. But, Alfven said its tie in with the earth-moon system has just been determined after computer studies by two of his colleagues: W.H. Ip, like Alfven a professor at UC San Diego, and Dr. Nils Colbort of the University of Stockholm. Alfven discovered the so- called Alfven Waves, the electromagnetic waves which travel through ionized gas. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics jointly with a Frenchman last fall. He lives several months here and several months in Stockholm. In Alfven's view, the planets of earth's solar system were formed from swirling dust clouds and debris left over when the sun was created from a cloud of gas. Toro may be a planet which didn't quite make it, he said in an interview—an asteroid that was simply left over from the process that yer created the earth and the moon, or whose orbit has degraded since it was captured by earth. The studies by Ip and Colbort show that Toro circles the sun five times every six years, said Alfven. This orbit brings it into the gravitational field of earth, which circles the sun eight times in eight years. Farther Away If Toro comes too close to earth on one pass, Alfven said, earth's gravity «> alters the tiny planet's orbit that it forces it farther away on the next pass. "It's as if the earth is playing tennis with itself and using Toro as the tennis ball," Alfven said. There is almost no chance of a collision for at least 180 years and possibly as long as 1,000 years, the scientist said, adding: "In our lifetime and our children's, we are safe." Won't Describe It Except for its diameter and orbit, both Ip and Alfven declined to describe the nature of Toro, The studies were financed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the computer calculations covered nearly 400 years, they said. to limit increases in wages and benefits to increases in productivity and to make price increases "consistent with cost increases and productivity;" Heard No Gripes Rep. Gerald R. Ford of Michigan, the House Republican leader, said that he heard no criticism of the President's program from any of the Republican and Democratic congressional leaders who attended a White House briefing late Thursday afternoon. For himself, Ford declared he was confident that the plan would receive public support and would be "an effective method of stimulating the economy" Mike Mansfield of Montana, the Senate Democratic leader, would only say that the announcement sounded "reasonable" but he noted that "there are a lot of details to be worked out." One influential House member, John W. Byrnes of Wisconsin, the ranking Republican on the Ways and Meant Committee, sounded a note of skepticism. Byrnes said he thought the President had developed a "reasonable mechanism" for implementing his plan but he said he had misgivings about how the program would be received by the public. Intercepted Letter PRESIDENT NIXON White House Washington, D.C. Mr. President, Good luck defrosting the freezer. Yoori, Hutch

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