Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 28, 1977 · Page 2
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Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, May 28, 1977
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, 1 GREELEY(Co!o.)TRIBVNE Sat.. May 3$. 1977 Consumers fall behind in fight over food cost THE FAMILY CIRCUS * By Bil Keane By LOVISE COOK Associated Press Writer Rising wages have helped offset many of the boosts in food costs over the last two decades, but consumers have lost ground since 1970. Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that it takes the average production worker less time today than it did in 1S65 to earn the money needed to buy two dozen basic food items. It takes him or her longer than it did in 1970, however. U.S. consumers remain better off than their European counterparts. Although exact comparisons are impossible because of different buying habits, tastes and statistics, a spot check indicates the food share of the family budget is considerably less in the United States than abroad. To measure the cost of food for Americans in terms of time as well as money, the Associated Press checked average retail prices, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for 24 items in 19K, 1970 and February 1977. Using average hourly wages, including overtime, the AP calculated how long it would take for the nonfarm, "nonsupervisory production worker to earn the money needed to buy the items. In 1965, the worker would have had to spend 275 minutes -- just over 4fa hours -- to purchase all 24 items. In 1970, he or she would have had to spend 231 minutes -- just under four hours. Today, it takes 258 minutes -- a little more than 4 ! j hours. The retail prices of the 24 items went up 89 per cent from 1965 to 1977; the amount of time needed to earn the money went down six per cent. From 1970 to 1977, the prices went up 64 per cent; the time went up only 12 per cent. Looking at some specifics, the figures show that a pound of hamburger cost an average of 53 cents in 1965. The average production worker had to spend 13 minutes to earn that much monev. Sailing Lessons Alpine Haus 356-2450 In 1970. the same hamburger cost 67 cents, but the worker needed only 12 minuies to earn the money. In 1977, the cost was 83 cents, the time was 10 minuies. A one-pound loaf of white bread cosl 21 cents and five minutes in 1965, 25 cents and four minutes in 1970 and 35 cents and four minutes in 1977. The loss of ground in the 1970s is demonstrated by what has happened to the price of such items as canned tuna and eggs. It took the average worker eight minutes to earn the price of a e'-j-ounce c'an of the fish in 1965 and seven minutes in 1970. By 1977. the time needed was back up to eight minutes. The time needed to "buy" a dozen, large, Grade-A eggs went from 13 minutes in 1965 to 11 minutes in 1970 and back up to 12 minutes in 1977. Of the 24 items used in the comparison, 16 "cost" less time in 1977 than they did in 1965. Only four items -- round steak, chuck roast, hamburger and oranges -- cost less in 1977 than they did at the start of the decade. Even with the increases, the consumer is better off in the United States than elsewhere. The Sunday Times of London reported late last year on the amount of time it took an average industrial worker to earn enough money to buy 10 items. Six of the foods coincided with items on the Bureau of Statistics list and in every case, the . U.S. worker needed less time to earn the price of the product. Other indications about the position of Americans in relation to consumers elsewhere are available in figures showing what proportion of income and spending goes for food. (Note: food takes a bigger percentage of spending than it does of income, because the spending figures don't take savings into account.) * Food -- including items pur-, chased away from home -- has accounted for about 16 to 18 per cent of average income in the . United States in recent years. According to the latest available figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food accounted for about 20 per cent of spending in 1972-73, down from 24.4 per cent in 1960-61. 5-26 fc«rfiM TW Ittfo* end Irk** ir*«.W. "I'm out here, Mommy, raining on your plants." (/JVC hikes tuition Continued from page 1 money this coming fiscal year. The station a year ago was given final, one-year funding of $55.000 from student" fees. This came when students refused to continue funding the station since other areas of the community benefit from it. SFAChad recommended zero funding for KUNC. In addition, Bond recommended $6,000 for student orientation services and $10,000 for implementing a student ID system. Student fees fund a variety of campus activites, including the Alumni Association, Board of Athletic Control, fine arts, forensics, KUNC, musical activities, orientation, performing arts, readers' theater, women's sports, and bond retirement for Harrison and McCowen halls plus the University Center. The student government organization, programming council, ombudsman, in- tramurals, and ID cards also are funded with student fees. Health insurance will go up $5 per student, from $14.50 to $19.50. Much of this increase is due to a change in the mandatory policy the university has adhered to in the past. Now students who have other health insurance coverage will be able to waive the university's coverage. Fee charges for summer students will be $36.50, and part-time students will pay $3 per credit hour. Truck rams passenger train BELLlNGHAM.Wash. (UPI) -- A speeding cement truck rammed broadside into an Amtrak passenger train at a rural crossing Friday, ripping open a dining car like a tin can and knocking four cars off the. rails. Only the truck driver was killed. Five train passengers and three Amtrak employes were taken to a-hospital for treatment of broken bones, bruises and possible back injuries. The impact demolished the cement truck, scattering pieces over a wide area, flattening the giant mixing barrel and leaving only the back wheels intact. Conductor Jim Rauen estimated the train was traveling about 75 miles per hour about 25 miles south of the Canadian border when it was struck by the truck between the second and third passenger cars. 'There was a lot of shaking and grinding and the' car started to sway," said.passen- ger Colin Limler of Vancouver, B.C. "Some people started to freak out but many people were very calm." The truck slammed into the dining car, ripping open a section about 8-10 Feet long. Beat the heat. Sale Ends Monday Save $4 to Big 20" portable fan is a cool idea. I Ij Reg. i** ^-f 19.9!) H Lightweight, yet powerful 2-speed fan. Prelubricated motor bearings never need oiling. Over-heat safety device. 6' cord. Better 20" hnv fan. Keg. 29.!I9 for 21.911 [B) Powerful 18" air circulator. A cool customer. 3- speed, '/s-hp motor moves 9400 cu.ft. of air per minute. Keg. 51.99 \c\ 3-speed 12" oscillating fan. Put cooling power where you need it the most. Quiet and ef- fa^ Qjp iieg. ficient operation. Oil 20-in window fan has 2 speeds. Electrically reversible motor; circulates and replaces room air fast. Safety grills. ENJOY WHAT YOU NEED NOW WITH CHARG-ALL CREDIT Losing your cool? See us. GREELEY MALL Highway :il Uy-l'ass al 2:inl Avc. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to fi p.m. Saturday 12 Noon In 5 Sunday Study of civil service systems ordered WASHINGTON (UPl) -The administration Friday ordered a thorough study of the civil service and personnel systems in an early move toward (he President's announced goal of reorganizing the federal bureaucracy. Bert Lance, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Alan Campbell, chairman of the Civil Service Commission, said at a news conference their offices will appoint a special task force to make the "top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top" review. Included will be a close examination of federal personnel operations, including em- ploye benefits, recruitment policies. The study also will focus on the relationship between career jobs and ttoncareer jobs usually filled by political appointments. Campbell said a first report will be issued within 90 to 120 days, but the study will continue for two to three years, with reports on specific areas being sent periodically to President Carter and the Congress. Campbell will serve as chairman of the task force and OMB Associate Director Wayne Granquist as its vice chairman. Dwiglit Ink, who retired from a federal career job to take a post at American University, was appointed executive director of the staff. Campbell noted that the study will b* conducted by government officials, rather than by members of the private sector as in the past and he said he feels the government has the needed "expertise" to do the job itself. Lance and Campbell said Carter is deeply committed to the study, which will also delve into these areas: -- The process for hiring federal employes and the time is involved. -- Ways of achieving higher productivity from federal em- ployes, including modifying incentive and disciplinary systems. -- The total federal pay and fringe benefits packages, including close examination of pension plans and the health and life insurance programs now available to federal em- ployes. -- Whether (he government's labor-management program should be put into law. -- Whether federal employe appeals should be put under the auspices of an independent agency rather than the CSC. -- The status of federal equal employment and affirmative action programs for minorities. AUTO VALUES Sale Ends Monday (except as noted) Singles, pairs comparably priced. Steel-track belted radial whitewalls. TUBELESS WHITEWAU. SIZE BR70-13t ER70-14 FR70-I4 GR70-M IIR70-14 GR70-15 HR70-15 JH70-15 LR70-15 AI.SO FITS 205/70R-14 215/70R-14 225/70R-14 235/70R-14 825/70R-15 235/70R-15 245/70R-15 REGl'LAR PitlCE EACH S52 $65 569 S74 SSO 579 $S6 390 S96 RAISED WlirrELETTERSTYLEiNOTIUU BR70-13t ER70-14 FR70-14 GR70-14 GR70-15 205/70R-14 215/70R-14 225/70R-14 225/70R-15 S52 $65 $69 $74 S79 SAI.E I'HICE EACH S36 $45 $48 $51 S55 $55 $59 $62 $66 TRATEOi $36 $45 $48 Sol . $55 P!.l\S F.E.T. EACH 2.25 2.67 .2.86 3.00 3.29 3.05 3.27 3.43 3 fiO 2.25 2.67 2.S6 3.00 3.05 NO THADE-1N NEEDED. *5INQLE RAD1AI. PIT. Road Tamer Radial sale priced thru May 31. Save27%-32% Glass-belted Twin Guard. Wheels need balancing? Let our experts do it. Tires stay new longer if your $A wheels are prop- TT erlv balanced. each Fits most US cars. GET A W A Y '.12-- TYPE 27, 27F Cnld Cranking pouur. .1211 Reserve 126 m i n u t e s N u m b e r of plaU'S. 78 \ - · - - -- -7 Group 24. 2JF, Reg. :tX.!Ki ................... .-VJ. Group 72. Keg. JUS ..................... '. ' 2a. I _ .· ··-'.-l^.-- / Save Maintenance-free Get Away 42 battery. Needs no additional water. Delivers up to 420 cold- OQ88 crank amps to power fast O*/ exch starts plus accessories. Regularly 41.03 Save $10 Hard-shell top carrier for easier traveling. Fits most cars J488 for all-weather ^I^t security. 15.2- cu.ft. capacity. TUBELESS BLACKWALI. SIZE A78-13 E78-14 F78-14 G78-14 H78-14 A78-15 G78-15 H78-15 L78-15 REGULAR PRICE EACH $40 $44 $47 $49 · $37 $48 $50 $56 SALE PRICE EACH §23 §28 $31 $33 $35 $27 $34 536 $38 PLUS F.E.T. EACH 1.73 ' 2.26 2.42 2.58 2.80 1.93 2.65 2.88 3.12 NO TRADE-IN' NEEDED. . WHITCWAllS J4 MORE EACH. Twin Guard sale priced thru June 7. Installation, labor only, low as 55 Save $ 5 Supreme muffler, regularly 19.99 1488 Most US cars. Double-locking leak- proof seams. Rust- and corrosion-resistant. Save 15% on all other mufflers in stock. Great Buy Wards dirt-trapping spin-on oil filter. Reduces engine wear. Sizes for "| QQ most US cars. _L Breather filter 1.43 Low-cott installation, Save 510 New Pacesetter II® speed control system. Electronic unit reduces fatigue by maintaining speed you set. CHARGE ALL YOUR AUTO NEEDS WITH CHARG-ALL 1-stop auto shop...that'sus. GREELEY MALL Highway 34 By-pass at 23rd Avc. Open 8 a.m. to 0 p.m. Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. io (i p.m. Saturday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

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