Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 26, 1973 · Page 31
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Editor's Note: The office of Economic Opportunity sought to change the lives and conditions of the poor. The following, second in a four-part series on the OEO from The AP Special Assignment Team, looks at some of its projects. By DONALD M. ROTIIBERG , Associated Press writer EAP) -- Seated in the OEO restaurant next door to the OEO furniture factory, Hollis West recalled the early days of the war on poverty. When he look over as head of the county anlipoverly agency six years ago, West said, "Most of the OEO money, so far as 1 was concerned, was being thrown in the Cumberland River out here because they were primarily putting it in recreation and all kinds of foolish things." Comprehensive planning and precise accounting were relative latecomers to the OEO and Ihcy may not be enough to save it. President Nixon has ordered the agency dismantled by'this summer. A federal judge has intervened, but this ruling may Planning, tight accounting may have been too late for OEO Thurs., April 2«, 1973 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 31' do liltlt) more than delay OEO's extinction. What the people in the Barbourville area wanted, West said, were "jobs and roads fixed and this kind of Ihing. So that's the approach we took." With financial help from OKO, West started Lawson Furniture Co., which today employs 110 people. Most never had nny job other than cutting weeds for $2 or $3 a day. The company expects to do SI.5 million in business this year to stores from Massachusetts to Florida. The furniture business, restaurant and craft shop, along with community centers and road crews that have built 13G small wooden bridges, make the antipoverty program, called simply '"file OKO" by Knox County people, the county's second largest employer. To residents like Burchell Sizemore, who grew up in Knox County, OEO has brought vast changes: "If OEO was to happen to fade out right now, in six months it'll be just like it was when we started." But to a visitor, Knox County people still have the gaunt, hungry look that flashed across the American consciousness a decade ago when Appalachia became a synonym for rural poverty. According to (he 1960 census, Knox County had 25,000 persons, of whom 18,000 fitted the government's definition of poor. Ten years later, the number of poor had dropped below 13,000 and the only major change in job opportunities had come from OEO. OKO often failed to live up to its assigned role as coordinator of all the antipoverty programs based in other federal departments. The result was programs competing to provide the same services. Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson of Newark, N.J., said that at one time "you had a funded program coming from OEO that was manpower training. You had a funded program coming from the Labor Department that was manpower training. "Both trying to do the same thing. Both trying to go through the same employers to provide jobs for two different boys getting different kinds of training." Jobs were what many people wanted from the antipoverty program. But in many urban areas riots, crime and high tax rates had driven both retail and manufacturing jobs into the suburbs beyond the reach of the poor. So the poverty programs themselves along with local governments became the biggest sources of jobs. The New Careers program, based in the Labor Department but administered through the Community Action Program of OEO, was set up to train poor people for public service jobs ranging from policemen an- firemen to clerks and stenographers. The program was established in Newark in 1967 during the administration of Mayor Hugh Addonizio, now serving a 10- year sentence for extortion in a federal penitentiary. A grand jury that examined the New Careers program found that $4 million for the program appeared to be paying The beachmaster has a rival A seal that came ashore on the Topanga Beach near of Malibu made this photo. A crew from Marineland was Malibu, Calif., takes a dim view of a stuffed seal belonging to summoned to pick up the wanderer and treat what appeared to five-year-old Charlie Graham, whose mother, Betty Graham, be an injured eye. (AP Wirephoto) BRAND NEW 1973 MERCURY MONTEREY 4 DR. 400 Cu. In. V-8, air conditioner, power steering, power disc brakes, AM radio, tinted glass, whitewall tires, body side mouldings, decor group, fender skirts, remote control mirror. List Price: $4958. Green Gold with Dark Green Vinyl Roof BUY IT TODAY FOR ONLY $4199 TED NIETERS MOTOR CO. Greeley's Most Aggressive New Car Dealer 1412 8th Avenue ph. 352-5950 for little more than a vast patronage system for local politicians. When the administrator of the program appeared before the grand jury and was asked what his duties were, he replied: "1 open the door in the morning and close it at night." Attempts to determine whether the government's several manpower training programs have produced results to justify their cost have failed to provide definite answers. A staff study for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress noted that $179.4 million was spent on manpower program research and evaluation between 1962 and 1972 and called the expenditure "a disturbing contrast to the anemic set of conclusive and reliable findings." The committee report concluded that, if unemployment remained above 5 per cent, much of the $1.6 billion planned for manpower programs for the current fiscal year probably would be better spent on creating jobs. Along with jobs and benefit the poor wanted most from antipoverty programs was a better education for their children. Probably the most popular OEO program of all, both among the poor and within the government, is Head Start, But many of the studies also conclude that unless the children are placed in followup programs, they soon lost the advantage they gained from Head Start. Next: OEO and Organizing the Poor. Camp Fire Girls sponsoring Kersey Flood Relief drive Greeley area Camp Fire Girls are sponsoring a Flood Relief Drive for Kersey residents. The girls are actively collecting items from within their organization and from the community. Food, beds, bedding, linens, furniture, small or large appliances, and clean clothing are urgently needed. The Camp Fire Girls request that contributions be in good, workable condition. Items may be brought to the Trinity Lutheran School parking lot, 16th Street and 7th Avenue, between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday. If items are too large to bring or if more information is needed, residents may call 3536985, 353-3117, or 352-8174. Any stores that have contributions may call these numbers and members will pick up the items. 4 home fo nest A gourd is just a gourd to many, but to a swallow it's a home. These gourd "trees" provided by residents of Wake County, N.C., north of Raleigh, are ready-made for many swallows. (AP Wirephoto) CARROLL RIGHTER'S HOROSCOPE from the Carroll Righter Initituti FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1973 N . X / ' N r / G E N F - R A L TENDENCIES: An interesting day N \ t and evening to decide what your need is of a philosophical nature, or what you require to have for a happy life. You now have the chance to make specific, workable plans for such improvement. ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Don't try to do what you know is beyond your ability, but be happy with whatever you can do best. Get know-how from one who is good at detail. Avoid one who likes to hurl you in one way or another. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) You always like new ideas and can get them now from allies, friends and new contacts Meet with persons who can help you gain your finest aims. These can be along persona! or business lines. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Get in touch with that expert who can help you expand in whatever is of greatest interest to you. Make sure your credit is good. Don't forget to pay important bills. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) Make a fine impression on new contacts today; plan to meet persons who have been difficult to see before. Write to out-of-towners and get the data you need. LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) Fine day for handling obligations you have been putting off for some time. Pay bills, make collections, work like a beaver. Follow you intuition where that personal aim is concerned. VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Do your utmost to have more harmony with allies instead of expecting too much of them Allow for human error. Use your intellect to handle that outside matter in a most correct way. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) If you show co-workers that you are very efficient, they will cooperate more willingly with you. Make your surroundings more charming. Stay within your budget, and show that you have good taste. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Find out what family expect of you or what their ideas are, and be more cooperative with them. Show more affection for mate and get hetfer results. Use your imagination, artistry more. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Ideal day to go after the interests that mean a great deal to you, business or personal. Don't permit tensions to get you down. Show others you have a good sense of humor. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Good day to handle that letter writing, travel matters, errands, in a most efficient way. Make sure all of your important papers are in good order. Know who your true friends are. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) Study your budget and find better ways to add to income so you can keep up with rising cost of living and have more for luxuries you like. Listen to what a bigwig has to suggest. Arrive on time for that important appointment. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) Ideal day to meet with bosom friends arid work out better plans for the social life you want in the future. Get into a group affair that can have fine results. Avoid one who does not appreciate you. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY . . . he or she will be one of those charming young people who seems to be always on the negative side of life, so be sure lo give the right diet and teach to laugh more. Treat with kindness, but firmness, so thai all the fine talent in this chart will come to the fore, and much success and happiness will he achieved throughout the lifetime. The good psychiatrist espeically, could easily be in this chart Music lessons could bring out a genius here, too. "The Stars impel, they do not compel." What you make of your life is largely up to YOU! Carroll Righter's Individual Forecast for your sign for May is now ready. For your copy send your birthdate and SI to Carroll Righter Forecast (name of newspaper), Box 629, Hollywood, Calif. 90028. ((c) 1973, McNaught Syndicate, Inc ) Special elk season set in Tetons MOOSE, Wyo. (AP)-Some 2,500 special permits will be issued for a month-long elk hunting season inside Grand Teton National Park again this year. The Interior Department and Gov. Stan Hathaway have approved the 1973 elk reduction hunt in designated portions of the park starting Nov. 3 and ending Dec. 2 unless quotas are reached before the end of the season. Hunter applicants whose names are drawn for permits... will be given special park ranger status for the hunt to conform with Ihe law. The first 1,000 permits will be valid, through the month with the sec-, ond 1,500 valid only from Nov..., 10 through Dec. 2. 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