Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 8, 1976 · Page 1
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Democrats split on issues here ByJOHNSEELMEYER Tribune Still Writer Colorado Democrats Sund»y threatened to squabble like a bunch at Colorado Democrats, but then decided to go home instead. In the waning hours or a two-day issues conference at the University of Northern Colorado, Democrats found no quick agreements on the issues of energy and government effectiveness. In fact, they couldn't agree on whether summaries prepared after small-group discussions Saturday accurately reflected the discussions. So, instead of taking even broad policy position] as State Chairman Monte Pascoe originally hoped they would, the delegates turned the issues over to state headquarters staff for further refinement before the Democratic State Assembly June 26. More than 400 delegates attended early sessions of the conference, but only about half that number stayed for Sunday morning's session. State Treasurer Sam Brown told the delegates the party must be wary of divisions which split it during the presidential elections of 1966 and 1972. The primary role of the party, Brown said, is to create "a governing majority." Without that majority, "it doesn't matter how good any of us are," he said. He lauded the party for offering a home to diverse groups representing many causes. However, Brown added, the parly shouldn't become a branch of those organizations. Brown added that the party shouldn't avoid controversial issues; instead, he said, the party should debate those issues and find common ground among Democrats. A second speaker Sunday, Attorney General J.D. MacFarlane, expressed strong reservations about any of the current candidates for the party's presidential nomination. MacFarlane said he doesn't believe any candidate has sufficiently discussed foreign policy issues and he won't support any candidate without that foreign policy discussion. After hearing Brown's call for party peace, the Democrats began minor squabbling over the energy and govern- GREELEY TRIBUNE Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL.48, NO. 117 GREELEY, COLORADO8063] A N D T H E G R E E L E Y R E P U B L I C A N Weekly Tribune Established 1870 MONDAY, MARCH 8,1974 NARROWS DEMONSTRATION -- Some Wcldon Valley residents demonstrate in opposition to the Narrows dam project Saturday during the state- wide Democratic Party issues conference in Greeley. Group spokesmen, and some of U)e demonstration signs, were critical of Democratic Gov. Richard Lamm. He recently endorsed the Narrows project on the South Plattc River in western Morgan County. (Tribune photo by Ron Tollefson) Narrows opponents demonstrate By RON TOLLEFSON Tribune SUffWrlter Colorado Democratic delegates, party leaders and office-holders came to Grcclcy during the weekend for a statewide issues conference. But a group of angry residents and farmers from the Weldon Valley of west Morgan County and the Greeley City Council raised some issues of their own during the conference Saturday. The Wcldona residents, who already have threatened a court test of Bureau of Reclamation plans, picketed the Democratic conference for about an hour in opposition to the Narrows dam project -- and recent endorsement of it by Democratic Gov. Richard Lamm. And, as conference activity continued, several members of the Greeley City Council met with Sens. Floyd Haskell and Gary Hart, chiefly urging renewal of a no-strings federal revenue sharing program with stale and local governments. Haskell, as he had said minutes earlier in a conference speech, told the council members he believes revenue sharing will be renewed by Congress, but with more federal guidelines on how the funds can be used. In his speech, Haskell had said revenue sharing "is a political fact of life." But said he doubts the federal government will continue to "hand out funds" under the program without stricter guidelines on use. Hart said in a conference speech he believes revenue sharing will pass the Senate, but is uncertain about its future in the House where he said there is apparently less support. Hart said there is "growing panic" among county commissioners and cily officials over fulure of Ihe program -- and that he has been contacted at least once by every county commissioner in the state. But if revenue sharing passes, Hart told a local official, "I'd ask one thing-when people criticize the federal government for its spending, I'll expect you to come lo our defense." Later, as the Greeley Council conferred with Hart, Mayor George Hall described revenue sharing as the best program of federal aid to local govern- ments in his lifetime. Hall said local governments such as Greeley's otherwise are limited for major revenue to property and sales (axes. Hall and City Manager Pete Morrell later pointed to statistics indicating Greeley's revenue sharing funds last year were equal to an added six mills in city property taxes. Hall and Councilwoman Irma Princic said local officials have no problems dealing with higher-level elecled officials,' but do with the bureaus and agencies of government. And. Hall argued nation-wide federal standards, such as revenue sharing guidelines, arc wholly realistic. "Anybody trying to sit back there in Washington who thinks they can write standards for the entire country -they've got their heads in Ihe sand," said Hail. Hart said he does not believe revenue sharing, if renewed, will have any major Continued on page 2 Haskell predicts Eagles Nest passage Sen. Floyd Haskell Inside the Tribune 136 pages, Abby 23 Agri-news 13 Classified 31-35 Comics 25 Crossword 25 Editorial 4 lleloisc 23 Horoscope 17 2 sections) Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TVIofi Weather Wm'spgs 6 35 6 2S-30 26-27 25 6 n-n Today's prrf* nm : 1 S.5S7 If you have not received your Tribune by 6:30 p m . . call 3520211. U.S. Sen Floyd Haskell of Colorado, addressing a state-wide Democratic issues conference Saturday at the University of Northern Colorado Center,' flatly predicted Congress will approve an Eagles Nest wilderness area bill. Questioned on the topic following a brief speech, Haskell said tersely, "There will be one -- this year." Haskell did not qualify or enlarge on that statement. Speaking during an issues conference luncheon with Sen. Gary Hart, Haskell criticized federal inaction on energy and strip mine reclamation Issues, and told Ihe conferees a major issue facing the nation is tax reform without "gimmicks" or "phanlom deductions" for major corporations. Haskell charged that between I960 and this year, the corporate share of federal laxes had shrunk from 35 per cent lo 14 per cent Hart later Mid after a year in office he has received an "overwhelming impression" of conflicts in thought about I (he federal governmcnl. While people frequently criticize the federal level as too big and costly, he said, they often then add requests for federal assistance. With the nation headed for a $400billion budget, Hart said, choices will have to be made on what the people want their government to be. Contrary to oft-made charges, he said, the government may be "too responsive" in growing to demands for services and action. Hart added that statistics over recent years indicate the major growth in American government has come at the state and local level. Hart said Congress has begun to reassert itself in dealings with the executive branch. He pointed lo Angola, inteiiegence investigations and congressional moves to "get back control" over budgeting and federal spending. The two were questioned later about controversial Senate Rill 1, ft proposed codification of criminal laws which critics charge would undermine basic rights. ment reform issues and some delegates began criticism of the issues conference itself. Arapahoe County Democratic Chairman Larry Rakestraw said economic issues should have been included on the conference agenda because they're the ones that will decide November elections. And El Paso County Democrat George Daw decried what he saw as "preconceived notions" dominating the discussions. Another critic, black activist Clark Hart said he doubts the measure as written stands a chance of passage in the Senate. But if that appeared possible, he added, "You'd see this liberal put the fillibuster to such a use as has never been seen before." Haskell expressed doubt the measure even will come out of the Judiciary Committee in its current form, either being killed there or heavily amended. Even if it reached the Senate floor, he said, he could not see it being passed there. Both also were questioned about revenue sharing renewal. Haskell said the direct funding program to state and local governments apparently will be continued, but with stricter guidelines on how the currently no-string aid could be used. Hart, who later questioned that such guideline will he added, said he believes the renewal will be passed in Ihe Senate. However he said opposition appears stronger in the house. Watson of Boulder, noted that few black Democrats -- and no black state elected officials -- attended Ihe meeting. "I feel very disillusioned with our party," Watson said. "Their absence is conspicuous." Chairman Pascoe said, however, that Lt. Gov. George Brown and three black legislators had been invited to the conference. He said Brown was attending a Democratic meeting in California while the legislators apparently didn't come because of heavy workload in Ihe legislature last week. Lamm raps GOP, CACI at conference Gov. Richard Lamm Saturday night told more than 300 Democratic regulars at a party issues conference his ad- rr.irustralion is not anti-business, but does take issue with some business spokesmen who he charged are following a "blindly obstructionist doctrine." After a year-plus of the first state Democratic administration in more than a decade, Lamm described the past months as a "tumultuous a year, a year of tumult." He added, "Democrats always seem to raise sparks." "I can't offer you an unbruised government," Lamm said, "but I can promise an active, progressive government." Charging inertia in the past Republican administrations, Lamm said making change can take time. But, choosing a legislative example, he said, "We've gone from whether a (mineral) servance tax is good policy to, now, whether it's on net or grou profits." Lamm had some hard words for the Republican Slate Senate and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) with which his administration has had continuing difference. He pointed to recent CACI charges that Democratic corporate tax changes should come with support and additions from those affected, not from a group of "self-appointed benefactors." Lamm charged some major corporate Interests in the state continue to oppose all but industry-written programs. Referring to the GOP Senate, Lamm mentioned Democratic consumer- oriented bills killed there in past months, and said charges are wrong that his administration lacks "legislative clout." Lamm said nearly all administration bills have carried in the Democratic House. But, he said, they often have died in tto» GOP Senate Canem "I think it would be hard getting the lord's Prayer through that caucus some mornings," Lamm quipped. "Some of the bankers there would object lo that phrase, 'Forgive us our debts.' " Lamm said oil shale development in !hc state -.vill cc-.c. 'The fedsra! government isn't going to let that sit there" he said, pointing out 80 per ccnl of the oil shale reserves are on federal land. But he said the state should deal with impact of the industry development. Long-term state government goals, he said, should be efficient, effective and responsive government, and "husbandry" of the state's resources. In an election-year charge to the Democrats, Lamm said the future of the state will be up in November's election -"It will be Colorado's Normandy." Gov. Richard Lamm District Six to consider refunding school bonds District Six board of education will consider a proposal lo refund J6 million in bonds issued following voter approval in April 1974. The move could realize a savings for the district by taking advantage of lower interest rates. A similar proposal was considered by the board last August but was delayed because of changes In federal laws. Those changes now make the law clearer, according lo Supl. Bill Mitchell, and the refunding procedure appears profitable for the district. Last August the board was considering consolidating its bonds and reissuing them all. Now, however, only the most recent 16 million bonds are being considered for refunding. Another matter on Ihe agenda for the regular meeting of the board, scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the administration Building, 15th Street and 8th Avenue, is purchase of band uniforms for West High School. The purchase, which awaits board approval, is for 110 full uniforms, lOadditionalconcert uniforms, and accessories in an amount not to exceed (19,960.60. Money for the purchase is to come from the general fund. The board will consider hiring the fourth man in a four-head administrative structure approved in January. The candidate, selected from a field of some 50 applicants, is William Van Ruskirk, principal of Adams City High School at Commerce Cily. Changes in the district's personnel policies, outlined for study at the hoard's Today's chuckle Life is strange. You usually hear about Ihe man who hits the jackpot, but the fellows who built up the pot arc unknown. last meeting, will be up for approval Wednesday. The changes are intended lo clarify district personnel policies. And the board will study proposed changes in procedures teachers are to follow in applying for approval for extended field trips. The changes were mentioned at the last meeting by Mitchell afler some board members voiced objections lo the way in which approval for an extended field trip for John Evans Junior High School sludents was requested. The board will study a revised "plan" for bilingual education in District Six. The updated plan is required under guidelines of the Colorado bilingual bill. Up for board approval is a proposed extended field trip for foreign language students. The camp, which in previous years has been established at Wild Basin Lodge near Estes Park, has received funding from the General Assistance Cenler, an agency which gives funds to insure cross-cullural understanding. The board also will consider aclion on a proposed elementary piiol program in visual arl, a supplemental budgel (or bilingual inservice, conlracts for roof repair al four schools, and payment on its "pay-as-you'go- · purchase of the Wright- McGill building now being ased fo,- facilitics and maintenance headquarters. Weather NORTHERN COl.OH.MH) - Partly cloudy today. Decreasing cloudiness lonight, hemming mostly clear Tupsdav Warming trend. High today and Tuesday 45 10 55. Low tonight 15 (0 25. Winds variable 5 to 15 m.p.h. today and lonight. I

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