Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 15, 1976 · Page 15
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 15

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, March 15, 1976
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Mew tank compelif/on expected to be farce Mon., March 15,1976 GREEI.EY (Colo.) TK1BUNE i5 By FRED S.HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A forthcoming competition between a U.S. tank and West German's Leopard II to become America's tank of the future may prove to be a sham battle because U.S. officials already ·lean toward the local product. The Pentagon has promised to give the German tank a fair shot at the prize - a planned U.S. purchase of 3,312 new tanks for nearly « billion. But key U.S. officials are inclined toward U. S. tank entries the U. S.-German competition begins late this year. The final U.S. entry, the XMl, will be chosen from two rival models entered by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp., which developed prototypes with the help of a 5200-miilion investment by the U.S. Army. The competition involves the evaluation of the German and American entries against a set of standards defined by the U.S. Army Dr. Malcolm Currie, the Pentagon's research chief, told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last month that "the realistic likelihood of the modified Leopard II being desirable for adoption by the U.S. is considered low." In an internal memorandum to Rumsfeld, Currie cited "reasons of cost, capability and ammunition standardization" with present U.S. tanks. A copy of the memo was made available to The Associated Press. The Germans have been uneasy for some time about prospects for the Leopard, and the Currie memo U likely to deepen their cqncern. Late last year, German officials complained to Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo., that their tank might be denied a fair chance because the U.S. Army intends to choose between two competing U.S.-built models and move into costly full-scale development before the German tank is ready for the faceoff with the final American entry. Beyond the prospective big purchase, there have been suggestions that the U.S.- German competition might become the basic fighting veh- die for the North Atlantic Alliance. NATO nations are expected to replace about 10,000 older tanks with new models over the next 10 years or so. That could add up to more than (10 billion in production orders. But Pentagon officials say they doubt NATO countries will settle on a common tank. Blindness doesn't stop her love for the piano DALLAS (UP1) - Lynna Harbison, slight and fragile looking, could hum before she could talk. She (aught herself to play Ihrec-finger chords on the' piano when she was 4. Now, at age 24, she plays the piano during the lunch hours at the Gran Crystal Palace every day, is a composer, plays all selections from contemporary music to the most difficult classical selections from memory, performs at country clubs, private parties, club meetings, debutante parties and wedding receptions and would like to join the concert tour. Lynna was born practically blind, but with a gift for music. That talent, frustrated in the early years by a handicap she has now overcome, flowed in emotional outbursts. But then, at the age of 5, she began piano lessons and musical therapy with Dorothy Erin Crocker who became to Lynna what Annie Sullivan was to Helen Keller. Another important influence was Dr. Travis Shelton, a music professor at Southern Methodist U n i v e r s i t y who became her protector and "second father" when she was 11. Lynna's impact on her listeners resulted in an anony- mous scholarship fund set up for her at SMU. It has been continuously funded for (he past six years. Last June she earned her Certificate of Artistry and her magnificent recital earned her a standing ovation. Lynna can read words in Braille but not music. She learns difficult sonatas and fugues by tape recording her piano teacher playing each hand separately and (hen together at a slow tempo. She Miemnnvps ovoryltiing and practices six to eight hours a day. Lynna has composed over 200 piano pieces since the age of C. "She is the most amazing young artist, the most brilliant young pianist I know," says Dr. Shelton. With some lateral vision in her left eye, Lynna can see colors and read large type from three inches away. She lives with her mother who had major surgery for cancer and is slowly recovering. Lynna has done all the cooking and housekeeping ior the two of them for several years. "I don't consider myself handicapped. I didn't want to look like a typical blind person with a dog or a cane,"she said. Mexico believed to be main source of heroin SAN ANTONIO, Tex. IUPI) -- President Ford has indicated U.S. drug officials believe 90 per cent of the heroin entering the United Slates originates in Mexico, according to the San Antonio Light. In a copyrighted story Sunday the newspaper reported Ford believes some progress has been made but there is still a long way to go in reducing the flow of narcotic into the country. Ford responded to written questions submitted by Light reporters Peter D. Franklin and Slryker McOuirc, who have spent several months investigating the flow of Mexican heroin into the U.S. "While it is impossible lo determine precise quantities of illegally imported drugs, I believe that the significant increases in our drug control efforts have had an impact on reducing the flow of drugs to the United Stales," Ford said. "Of course, we have a 1 ong way to S»." The President said he has directed Ihe Drug Enforcement Administration to focus its attention on "irambolizing and incarcerating Ihe leaders of major drug t r a f f i c k i n g organizations . . . in order lo severely disrupt the now of drugs coming into the nation. Ford said after personal discussions w i t h Mexican President Luis Kcheverria Alvarez he ordered a "subs t a n t i a l commitment" to bolster Mexico's narcotics and interdiction efforts. U.S. aid to Mexico this year totals $7 million in aircraft, equipment and technical assistance. "The results have been impressive . . . a direct result of both our aid and technical assistance and the government of Mexico's commitment to the program. In short, I am extremely pleased with the cooperation we are receiving 'from President Echeverria and members of his administration." Dr. Alejandro Gertz Manero, head of Mexico's heroin eradication program, said last week nearly 18,000 poppy fields were destroyed in the mountains of Mexico since the campaign began last November 20. Nevertheless, Ford said he has directed Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Attorney General Edward II. Lcvi to convey to Mexican authorities "my desire to continue seeking ways which our two countries can further strengthen efforts to tackle the drug problem." MTOg LEAKY.. 3635 W. 10th ST., GREELEY OPEN DAILY 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. OPEN SUNDAY 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. SALE ENDS MONDAY, MARCH 22 HEALTH AND BEAUTY AIDS DOWNY Fabric SOFTENER 96 oz. »1 SPIC AND SPAN PINE- SOL CLEANSER 1401. 23' DYNAMO LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT 59 King Size J l MOPAND GLO FLOOR WAX 79* 16 OZ. I W HOUSEWARES REGAL AUTOMATIC POLY INSTA- HOT COFFEE MAKER 1-6 Cup Reg. M0.69 PRESTO 12 QUART PRESSURE COOKER- CANNER Reg. S40.»» REGAL 2V2 Qt. WHISTLING TEA KETTLE Available in Chocolate Brown, Gold or Flame Red. $097 V Reg. 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