The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 4, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 4, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 72 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1988 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Alexander Raps Feds' Grants, Guaranteed Wage By Webb taseter III Staff Writer Taking what he termed "a gamble" last night at a meeting of the Bfytheville Jaycees, Bill Alexander) a candidate for the Congressional House seat from the First District, translated some of his views into hard-line specifics regarding solving the problems facing Eastern Arkansas. "First," he began, "I didn't come into this race with any preconceived notions of what the people of Eastern Arkansas want or need, nor can I say now that I have all of the answers to the problems which we face in the First District. "However after carrying my campaign to the people and talking with them, I do now think that I know what worries them the most in regard to the problems. "The number one problem in Eastern Arkansas, without a doubt," Alexander continued, "is the lack of job opportunity. "Throughout the entire district, I have' seen businesses and towns drying up and blowing away, simply because people without good jobs can no longer buy as often or have as much to spend as in previous years. "People go where they can find better jobs and unless we can create jobs to contain them they will continue to drift away to the larger metropolitan areas," Alexanuder said. "Before industry can be attracted to this area, we must first offer industry some inducements to locate here and that can be done through the economic development of our communities with the assistance of federal loans. "You will notice that I said loans not grants, because I, like you, am a taxpayer, and I dbnt like the government give-away programs anymore than you do. "By extending federal credits through such government agencies as the small business administration, the department of housing and urban development, and others, Eastern Arkansas can build the streets, buy the land, and furnish the utilities to create industrial sites which will attract industries and provide jobs for this dwindling population," Alexander added. "As I said," he repeated, "I am against government giveaways, but we need to distin- quish between good and wasteful programs, and good and bad investments. "A government loan to a community which will be used for the economic development of that community and which will be paid back to the government with interest, is what I consider a good investment for the future, because we would be investing in human development," Alexander said. > * * * ..'. ;: When Alexander was questioned about how he would get these government loans, after Congress has agreed to the 10 percent tax surcharge and after Congress requested that (negation's spending be curbed by some $6 billion, he said that ways could be found to cut back spending in foreign countries and still leave the government in a position to loan funds 'for See ALEXANDER on Page 2 No End in Sight For Saigon Fight ELECTRICIANS Eddie Ford (left) and Lloyd Jones add some finishing touches to the city's newest parking lot gate. The dial inside the box is a counter that registers the number of cars that use the lot. The lot—at West Walnut and the railroad- will be open soon. (Courier News Photo) By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The; Viet Cong sent fresh troops into Saigon today on the heels of the heaviest enemy shelling so far of the harassed capital.district. U.S. sources conceded that tha enemy "certainly could keep the fighting going for quite a. while." New fighting .broke out only a mile and a half north of President Nguyen Van Thieu's Independence Palace, in the heart of Saigon, while government .forces were still battling other enemy troops for the fifth day in the western part of the capital and in the northeastern suburb of Gia Dinh, 2'/2 miles from the city's center. „•«•'•, v, .':,...., Military spokesmen reported that South Vietnamese marines and rangers, spearheaded by a column of tanks, mounted a massive attack on North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in Gia Dinh this afternoon. The spokesmen said the government troops overran Viet Cong positions and drove the enemy back a mile.' In the western part of the capital, the Chinese section called Cholon, government forces were still trying to root out rocket-firing, sniping enemy troops holed up in a residential area three miles from the presidential palace.. .Intelligence sources had estimated 15.'to 20 guerrillas were holed up, but a defector reported 200 enemy in the area. U.S. sources said there were reports that five-man Viet Cong Appeals for U.S,-Soviet Harmony LB.J Revisits Glassboro June 4 THE BLYTHEVILLE POST OFFICE received word today that Littrell-Ozier Ford has been awarded a eon- tract to supply the P.O. with 15 Ford Falcons to motorize city mail routes. • The contract, approved by the P. O.'s regional office in St. Louis, named Littrell-Ozier low bidder at $2.96 per. vehicle per day in what a postal officials called a "vehicle-hire contract." Motorizing the city's postmen begins July 8 and will eliminate separate parcel post delivery, the spokesman said. . A SPECIAL MEETING of the Osceola City Council for tomorrow at 9 a.m. was announced today by Mayor Charlie Wiygul. The Council will select the streets to be asphalted by Hughes and Company of Blytheville. At last month's Council meeting the BJytheville firm was awarded a $43,432.75 contract. TWO NORTHEAST ARKANSAS cities received word yesterday that federal urban planning grants have been approved for them by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. . . . .. Osceola has .received, approval of $12,648, or'three- fourths of the total cost of planning activities for one year, according to Sen. J. W. .Fulb'right. The funds will be supplemented by $4,216 locally, ha said. •.., '. '..."-' ""' ' * '*." ' * . •'•;. '..'.. Monette received, word from Senator Fulbright that $4,192 planning funds have been set aside for that city. Covering two-thirds of the year's planning budget, f2,096 will be paid by Monette. A BLYTHEVILLE YOUTH, Charles Wisdom, 14, escaped serious injury Sunday afternoon when the motor- scooter he was riding hit the rear of a 1963 Ford driven by Mrs. J. J. Hargett, 69, of Blytheville, authorities said. . The accident occured at 12:13 p.m. at the intersection of Eighth and Walnut, when the scooter's brakes locked as Wisdom attempted to avoid the auto in the intersection, police, said. ,. ' . : •; ••'. When the scooter struck the rear of the cat a glancing blow, Wisdom was thrown over the handlebars of the scooter causing minor Injuries, and he was taken to Chickasawba Hospital. ' He wai dismissed from the hospital yesterday, a, far CMfifctttifffri tt ^ By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) President Johnson revisiting the site of his year-ago summit talks with Soviet Premier Alexi N. Kosygin, said today the road to peace in Vietnam will be slow and tough— but it would be less rocky if the United States and Russia "are willing .to travel part way together." Johnson, speaking at commencement exercises at Glass-, boro State College, made what amounted to an appeal for newer, closer American-Soviet cooperation. He said he wanted to' move "from war to peace, from hostility to reconciliation, from stalemate to progress." The President said in the preliminary Vietnam peace talks in Paris the United States so far has "met with little more than bellicose statements and evasions" from Hanoi's representatives. This was part of his appeal to the Soviets, too, in enunciating his view of a major principle in the search for peace. "The road there (in Hanoi) is far less rocky when the world's two greatest powers—the United States and the Soviet Union- are .willing to travel part way together," the President said. Johnson was'unabashed in so- liciting flatly the good will and help of Russia in seeking an end to the Vietnam fighting and leaving "this world a little more orderly than we found it." The President told the 1,051 graduates that since his summit meeting with Kosygin at Hollybush, the home of the college president, cooperation between the two nations had reached new heights. "Although old antagonisms have not been erased," Johnson asserted, "we have proved that our two countries can behave as responsible members of the family of nations." Johnson left little doubt that he'd welcome more of the same, suggesting new avenues of American-Soviet cooperation in studying the human environment and exploring the world's resources—from ocean floors to tropical rain forests. Johnson said, "It is by small threads.. .that we will weave a strong fabric of peace in the world. The President flew from Washington in his Air Force jet, landing at Pennsylvania Air National Guard ramp at Philadelphia International Airport, where he climbed into a helicopter for the 30-mile ride to Glassboro! The exercises were held out- doors for the crowd of about 7,000. ' The President's helicopter landed on the athletic field nearby. Johnson's decision to come to Glassboro had been rumored for the past few days, and he substituted on the program for New Jersey Gov. Richard Hughes. Johnson said since he and the Soviet premier met here last June 23 and 25 to forge what was then called "the spirit of Hellybush," he believes that the "two great powers.. .have begun, however haltingly, to bridge the gulf that has separated them for a quarter of a century." Johnson taking advantage of the anniversary for this major foreign policy address, acknowledged that peace isn't just around the corner. He emphasized, "We will run into difficulties and painful setbacks" with the correct course of public policy often seeming unclear." But, he said, the task ahead is to "seek answers not slogans to strive to tip the balance in the right direction." The President said that Glassboro and its college campus "will always be associated with that goal and that great effort." Johnson said that during the past year "the work of peace has been going on in many ways that do not make headlines.. .but as these issues touch on our relations with the Soviet Union they are important nonetheless." He noted that work has been completed "on a treaty forbidding weapons in outer space; on an agreement to assist 'to astronauts downed in either country; on a hew consular treaty; on an agreement permitting Soviet planes to land in the United States and ours to land in Moscow." "Just yesterday," Johnson added, "we began talks in Moscow about a renewal of our cultural exchange agreement with the Soviets. "Every one of those steps is a step toward peace." In discussing the current Paris talks with representatives of Hanoi, Johnson said that "as yet the other side has had nothing of substance to say to those of us who seek a just peace in Asia." Then he went on: "First: in response to our concrete proposals the other side has offered only propaganda.' "Second: Their representatives in Paris continue to deny a fact which the world knows to be true—the massive presence See LBJ on Page 2 cells were infiltrating into the capital in civilian clothes. The reports said the cells were told to hide in "safe" houses as back-up forces. Senior U.S. officers say the intensified pressure on Saigon is part of a plan to influence the Paris talks between the United States and North Vietnam. During the night the Saigon area was hit by some 40 enemy rockets between about 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. It was the biggest enemy bomardment of the war in the area, and as it began the city's sirens sounded for the first time to alert the 3 million inhabitants. But only 10 persons were reported injured and damage was comparatively minor. Eighteen of the rockets landed' around a company from the U.S. ,9th Infantry Division five miles south of the center of Saigon, but no American casualties were reported. As an indication of the serious view the Saigon government took of the situation in the capital, it today appointed a major general, Nguyen Van Minh, to direct the defense of the capital military district. This had been one of the duties of the commander of the 3rd military corps area, which also includes the 11 provinces around Saigon, and he delegated day-to-day operations in the city to a colonel. Elsewhere across. the country, hard-fighting was reported in four places: — U.S: 9th Division infantrymen swooped into a Viet Cong rest camp and reported killing 187 enemy troops in fighting that raged through rice paddies in the fertile Mekong Delta 41 miles southwest' Of Saigon. U.S. casualties 'were put at 36 killed and more than 50 wounded. — Between 70 and 100 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked units o(the U.S. 4th Infantry Division during the night in the central highlands 14 miles northwest of.Dak To. The enemy troops got to within 20 yards of the American perimeter and opened fire with small arms and grenades. The attack was repulsed, U.S. headquarters said, at a cost of three Americans killed and 23 wounded. A spokesman said a sweep of the area at dawn failed to turn up any enemy bodies, but numerous trails of blood were found, indicating a number of the attackers were killed or wounded. —Fifty South Vietnamese soldiers and 10 U.S. advisers repelled a heavy mortar and ground attack by a larger force •f North Vietnamese regulars at an outpost 22 miles northwest of Saigon. Military spokesmen said the defenders killed 48 of the attackers with the help of heavy air and artillery strikes. Allied casualties were not reported immediately. —In the northern war zone, near Phu Bai, allied forces reported killing 28 North Viet? namese and Viet Cong troops.; ; In the air war, U.S. B52s flew eight missions against eneriiy, buildup areas around Saigon and Dak To, in the central highlands. U.S. pilots flew 125 missions Monday against North Vietnam's southern panhandle and reported destroying or dame aging 71 barges and 11 trucks. South -Vietnamese headquarters also reported enemy shelling of three provincial capitals and a -Vietnamese military training center. At least one. civilian was killed and eight were wounded. Government troops reported repulsing several enemy ground attacks on night defensive positions 20 miles north of Saigon and killing 24 enemy soldiers and capturing four. Government casualties were reported light. In the northern sector, U.S. headquarters said 83 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldier* surrendered Monday near Phu Bai as a result of American psychological warfare broadcasts from airplanes. It was believed to be the second largest mass surrender of the war. Five weeks ago, 95 North Vietnamese soldiers surrendered near Hue to troops of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division who had them surrounded. .,,.. A periodic report on defeiy tions under the government!* Chieu Hoi—open arms—program said today that 827 Viet Cong and North Vietnamse defected in May, the lowest monthly total in three years. Of these, 584 were soldiers, U.S. officials said. The May total brought the number of defections for 1968. t»- 4,428, about one-fourth of the 15,700 defections reported in the first five months last year. ;. Other statistics* day showed desertions from the South Vietnamese armed forces totaled more than 33,000 during the first four months of the year, 40 per cent higher than the 1967 rate. This was offset by the volunteering of more than 37,000 men. through May, in addition to more than 28,000 drafted, compared with 15,000 volunteers and 18,000 draftees in the same period last year. France Pulls $745 Million from Fund By HARVEY HUDSON Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP)' - France is withdrawing $745 million today from the International Mone-; tary Fund following a slump in its gold and foreign currency reserves ; due to the strike wave that, has paralyzed -the. country since mid-May. The withdrawal represents a • big part of France's $1 billion automatic drawing rights, and ; ho conditions were placed on its French reserves had dropped $306.6 million to $5,720,500,000 on May 31, the'Finance Ministry said.'.. .'•••' . . . '''.'• Union leaders went to their striking members seeking to get the trains and Paris buses and subways moving again. The government was optimistic; but there was no assurance the workers would ratify the agreements.:' Tile Banque de France re-' turned operation! after being •ioMd to* WMta. Hundndt il small and medium-sized factories reopened across the country, signaling a partial break in the paralyzing general strike now nearing the end of its third week. Coal miners also were returning to the job, with normal operations expected Wednesday. But many of the country's industrial giants were still (truck, with no resumptions of operations in sight, And until mail deliveries resume, trains start rolling, and public transport is Htfemd fe tfe aUtoi, HMN wffl be nothing like a return to normal. Millions of Parisians flooded back into the city after spending the three-day Pentecost weekend in the country. Monster traffic jams built up at all entrances to the capital, and at main intersections. Transport Minister Jean Chamant announced the agreements with the railway workers after an all-night bargaining aession. He told newsmen: "All KM onto dtlutlMt niitmt t» 1 teption, told me they would recommend acceptance." Chamant said the lowest paid railway workers would get a wage increase of 17 per cent and the highest paid 12 per cent. In both cases, a 3.2 per cent increase on Jan. 1 was included In tiie calculation. The minister said train traffic could start again Wednesday if the workers ratified the agreements. Government efficials seemed that Birii b«i an* subway employees would vote in favor of a settlement which one union source estimated would gi'ie them an extra $30 See FRANCE on Page 2 '' Fair, Warm Fair; to partly cloudy with warm days and mild night* through Wednesday. A few afternoon and early evening thui> dershowers over west and south Wednesday. Low tonight in IM

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