The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 23, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 23, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 61 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72S15) THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Remark on Alcoholism Convulses Legislature LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Two of the administration's major bills were tossed to the legislature Wednesday as the General Assembly continued honing its teeth, with criticism of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. The administration's bill -to Increase the cigarette tax by 3 cents was introduced in the Arkansas House and the mixed drink bill was introduced in the Arkansas Senate. The cigarette tax bill was introduced by Reps. B.D. "Doug" Brandon of Little Roc!?, Charles Davis of Springdale and James L. Sheets of Siloam Springs. -The bill would raise the tax on cigarettes from 8 to 11 cents per package. Sen. Q. Byrum Hurst of Hot Springs, saying the governor didn't ask him to do it, introduced the mixed drink bill. Hurst said his constituents in Garland County wanted the bill and that he acted after it be• came apparent that Rockefeller was not going to be able to find another sponsor. "I introduced a bill like-this long before the governor was ever heard of in Arkansas," Hurst said. "It's in line with the thinking of the people of Garland County." Hurst predicted a close Vote on the measure. Sen. Milt Earnhart of Fort Smith said he turned, down an invitation to introduce the bill, although, he said, he could support it. The bill would legalize mixed drinks in private clubs and permit the sale of mixed drinks in hotels, motels and restaurants on a local option basis. Little Rock and Hot Springs; also Would be permitted to legalize permits in lounges. The bill also provides for heavy taxes on mixed drinks. Rockefeller said Wednesday that he remained optimistic about pushing his tax program through the special session despite the rejection of his real estate transfer tax bill by a House committee. The committee gave the bill a "do not pass" recommendation and the House later attached four amendments to it, which amounted to a death blow. The bill was considered the tamest of the governor's tax proposals. It was -designed to help the penitentiary out of its financial troubles by producing an estimated $400,000 annually, which would have been earmarked for the prisons. Rep. George Nowotny of Fort Smith confessed that if the governor's tamest tax measure was dead, the administration would have trouble getting any of its tax legislation through this special session. Nowotny later intorduced another real estate transfer tax bill that earmarked only SO per cent of the tax revenue for the prisons and the rest for general revenues. It also was met with hostility in the House. By a vote of 36 for to 44 against, the House refused to suspend the rules for a routine second reading. . Sens. Clarence Bell of Parkin . and W. K. Ingram of West Memphis introduced a real estate transfer tax bill in the Senate. It provided for proceeds to be divided between the state ., Publicity and Parks Commission and the Board of Correction. The governor, who has been under scorching criticism since • the session began Monday, was See LEGISLATURE on Page 2 USING VISUAL CHARTS, Dr. Charles Venus (right), guest speaker at the Blytheville Kiwanis Club yesterday, explained the problems facing continued economic growth in Arkansas and made his predictions for the future of industrialization in the state. Economic education of the youth in the schools was cited by Venus as one primary consideration needed in order to teach future wage earners their relation to the labor market, to that as adults they would provide the necessary financing to attract more indusry expand present facilities in the state. Assisting Venus is Fred Smuts, who is affiliated with an educational television network in Little Rock. (Courier News Photo) Lag Seen 23 A THREE-CAR COLLISION claimed the life of Mrs. Irene .Clements, 62, a Caraway school teacher, and injured her husband, Clarence Clements, 62, a former school superintendent, according to' the Arkansas State Police. The accident occurred early Wednesday on Highway 14, two miles south of Newport, when, her husband, who was driving, lost control of his vehicle and collided with a truck driven by Ellery Henson, 59, of Jonesboro, after the -Clements' car sideswiped a pickup, truck driven by Bob Larry, 30, of Jacksonport, Ark., authorities said. .... : Clements was seriously injured and is in St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro. Henson was not hurt and Larry suffered minor injuries, officials said. Funeral arrangements; for Mrs. Clements will b9 announced by Gregg Funeral:Home in. Jonesboro. OSCEOLA WILL OBSERVE Bill Alexander Day on May 30 in support of Alexander's campaign for Congress. 'Free barbecue will be served during the affair which begins at 5 p.m. and will be in the parking lot of Grain Center. CLOTHING, FURNITURE AND FOOD for the Jonesboro tornado victims will be sent to Jonesboro early Saturday morning by Mississippi County Union Mission. Donations may be left at,the Mission, Red Cross offices, city police station, the OEO neighborhood icrMc* centers or the county welfare office. Describing Eastern Arkansas as "the poorest section of the state," Dr. Charles Venus, an economist from Little Rock, told members of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club yesterday that "in 15 years cotton and the small farmer will no longer exist.' Venus' remarks were prompted during his discussion regarding the economic, growth in the state over the last several years as he explained how each region of the state had made strides in attracting industry. The mechanization of agriculture was cited by Venus as one of the reasons this section of the state is lagging behind, and he stated that "to provide adequate jobs for the surplus labor market which is serving as a drain upon the economy by being non - productive, you must either create more jobs for this surplus by attracting more industry, or by re-training these individuals for work outside this area. "The loss of population is not a factor; because it is better economically to' remove these people ifrbm aa area where they are a burden. "What is needed is to raise the income per capita of those • who are contributing to the .economy of an area, because onct this is accomplished the population of a region wijl take care of itself," Venus said. Dividing Arkansas into five theoretical economic areas, Ve' nus quoted figures to show the rate of growth in Eastern Ar- .kansas, as well as the southern, central, northern and western portions of the state. According to these figures, per capita income of residents of Eastern Arkansas ranked 42 percent below the national average and 14 percent below the state average. "Because of the changes in the farming industry," Venus explained, "the average income of farm workers will remain at its present low level and will remain at its present low level and will the future, unless steps are taken to educate and re-train these workers in new skills." "The main problem in the entire state is how to maintain, and insure the continued economic growth we have enjoyed in the state over the last several years," Venus added, "This'can be done only' by raising the economic literacy' of the people through' educational programs and by providing large industrial. financing programs in the communities throughout the state so that Arkansas can compete with other states in attracting more industry. ' "Actually," Venus said, "expansion of the present industries within the state is more important now to the economy, than new industry. "Plant expansions'and furth- ti industrialization in the stat« See AREA on Page t DeGaulle Moves To Fight Strikes By HARVEY HUDSON Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) - President Charles de Gaulle called in his Cabinet today, to plan moves to combat the massive strikes strangling France. Meanwhile, the Ascension Day religious holiday shut down most of the small stores and factories that had not been struck. Paris had a deserted air as the Cabinet ministers drove up to the Elysee Palace. It was like a Sunday except that fewer cars. than normal were out because of gasoline shortages and the taxi strike. Army trucks which have been used for emergency transportation, took the day'off. Over the nation, it was the same story. Restaurants, movie houses "and food shops—many of them largely depleted of staples —were about the only businesses open. The Cabinet meeting was expected to be the last for several ministers. A Cabinet reshuffled is believed in the offing. A few cracks developed in the strike front, but the number on strike was still estimated at 8 million, half the nation's work force. And rebellious students took to the streets of Paris again throughout the night. Workers were reported going back to their jobs in some small companies outside the Paris area. Trade union leaders responded favorably to Premier Georges Pompidou's offer to open negotiations on wage increases and other benefits. But leaders of the three major trade union federations came up with a broad list of demands that would boost the nation's wage costs by many millions of dollars. And it will take far more than a few thousand returning workers to end the paralysis in postal delivery, transport, business and industrial life, arid the growing shortages of food, cash and gasoline. Pompidou succeeded in rallying enough support in the National Assembly Wednesday night to defeat a motion of censure which would have forced him out of office and would have been a severe blow to President' Charles de Gaulle's already weakened prestige. But as the vote was being counted, several thousand students marched on the assembly to protest the government's ban on the .return to France of the radical student leader Daniel "Danny the Red" Cohn-Bendit, who had gone to Amsterdam to talk to Dutch students. A cordon of armed riot police •kept the jeering mob away from ' the assembly building. Student leaders finally ordered the demonstrators to disperse, but throughout the night students and young workmen in bands oE up to a hundred roamed the Left Bank. . , Days of uncoflecled garbage and produce crates provided material for' them to raise fiery barricades, across street after street. Police countered with tear gas grenades and water cannon. Ton police were injured slightly by rocks. After police had scattered the rock throwers, they left the demonstrators to their fires, But they blocked off as much traffic as they could to avert damage to cars and tires. By dawn, the Boulevards Saint German and Saint Michel were messes of smoldering, burning garbage and trash. Several hundred demonstrators during the night attacked the senate building in the Latin Quarter, breaking windows with rocks and receiving an answering volley of tear gas grenades. The motion -to censure the government needed 244 votes for passage but got the support of only 233 deputies. Those voting for censure included 73 Communists, 121 members of the Federation of the Democratic and Socialist Left, 34 Centrists, 4 Independents and Edgard Pisani, De Gaulle's former, minister of agriculture who announced earlier he would quit the assembly after voting against the government. Had the censure motion passed the assembly, Pompidou and his Gaullist regime would have been forced to step down and De Gaulle would have had to seek a new premier. De Gaulle's own term as president runs until 1972 and is not menaced by such voles. The 77-year-old soldier-statesman is scheduled to make -his first public statement on the.cri- sis Friday night in a radio-television address to the nation. A See DeGUALLE on Page 2 Since Bombing Limitation U.S. Air Losses Have Escalated By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - American pilots are flying more missions against North Vietnam and losing more planes than they did before President Johnson put the major.part of the country off limits. to them, statistics from the U.S. Command showed today The command announced today that North Vietnamese antiaircraft fire brought down two more, planes Wednesday, and the three crewmen are all missing. U.S. troops losses also continued high, with 549 Americans reported killed in combat last week. It was the second highest weekly toll of the war for American troops. The South Vietnamese government reported 475 of its troops killed last week, while the allied estimate of enemy killed was 4,765. The two planes were lost Wednesday as American fliers logged 135 missions against North Vietnam's southern panhandle, the highest number flown this month. The U.S. Command said the three crewmen were missing. Radio Hanoi claimed North Vietnamese gunners downed four planes Wednesday and captured all the pilots. It also charged that the United States is continuing "to conduct barbarous raids" on North Vietnam while W. Averell Harriman, the U.S. representative at the Paris peace talks, "claims the U.S. is ready to 'de-escalate the war.' " The loss of the two planes raised the total reported lost in combat in the North to 10 in May aiid 841 since the start of the air war more than three years ago. One of th8 planes lost Wednesday was a Navy photo- reconnaissance RF8 Crusader, the other an Air Force F4 Phantom. In February nine American warplanes.wer* announced lost over the North. In March the number went to 11. During April, the first month Johnson's curtailment order was in effect, 16 U.S. planes were reported shot down. The increase in losses was matched by an increase In the number of missions flown. " During March, while 'the northeast monsoons were still producing heavy cloud cover and rain, 2,648 missions were flown over the whole of North Vietnam. The monsoons began to lift in April, and although pilots, then were limited to bombing North See VIETNAM on Page 2 Blaylock Subject Of Senate's Remarks LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas • Senate Wednesday dished out a heaping portion of criticism to Welfare Commissioner Len Blaylock over the manner'. in which he has run the Welfare Department. Blaylock wrote a memorandum, which was circulated in both the Senate and House, appealing to the legislature for passage of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's tax package. Part of the money is allocated for welfare. "Those who have criticized the salary Increase for welfare workers,., don't .realize that at the present time Arkansas welfare salaries are so low that there are only two states in the union having lower salaries." the memo said. "I think that right now—not next year—is the time to face the fact, that the American dream is a nightmare to over 30,000 extremely deprived Arkansas children 1 ...," it said. .Sen. Robert Harvey of Swifton said that Blaylock had raised Welfare Department salaries to the maximum authorized by the legislature and that this amounted to more than $1 million annually in raises. Harvey said Blaylock had raised his own salary and the salaries of other top echelon Welfare Department employes by $2,000 a year each. Sen. Guy Jones of Conway ,' asked Harvey if he thought the Senate needed to call Blaylock to answer questions about the department. "He probably couldn't answer them," Harvey replied. Sen. J. Lee Bearden of Leachville then asked Harvey, "would you agree with what one of the senators said awhile ago, that he's stupid?" . The session broke up in laughter. Cloudy, Warm Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and warm through Friday. Widely scattered thunder-, showers most numerous west and north portions tonight and Friday, but occurring mainljf to the afternoon and evening hours. Chance of a few locally sevejf thunderstorms chiefly west ujd .north portions mainly during this evening. Low tonight main* ly in the upper 60s and low-to*

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