News-Journal from Mansfield, Ohio on September 15, 1980 · 27
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News-Journal from Mansfield, Ohio · 27

Mansfield, Ohio
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Monday, September 15, 1980
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Monday, September 15, 1980 News Journal, Mansfield, 0. .Ohio 27 John Glenn-James Betts race Foe claims senator vulnerable COLUMBUS (AP) - Former astronaut John H. Glenn won his U.S. Senate seat by more than a million votes In 1974, but he's not taking his chances for re-election on Nov. 4 lightly. The 59-year-old senator's recent political orbits around Ohio are aimed at defeating Republican James E. Betts, a little-known state representative from Rocky River. Betts says Glenn is vulnerable. Both men are campaigning at full throttle. They could wind up spending a combined total of more than $2.5 million, although much of that money is yet to be raised. Glenn, in an interview this past weekend, said he believes there are only two ways to run for office. "One is unopposed, and the other is scared. I have opposition," he said. Under prodding, Glenn modified his statement a bit, saying "I'm confident but not overconfident." Does Betts, a 48-year-old attorney rounding out his third term in the House, really think he can pull off what would be the political miracle of the century in Ohio? "Some people are saying Glenn is unbeatable. I don't agree with that," Betts said, noting that Glenn has been a statewide candidate twice. "He lost in 1970 (in the Democratic primary against Sen. Howard Metzen-baum)," Betts said. "He won in 1974, in a year when all Republican candidates suffered from Watergate." Until now, the campaign has had little statewide media attention, but both candidates said they have been on the road almost seven days a week for the past several weeks. Glenn has had to be in Washington on most weekdays, but he returns to Ohio "every weekend and once or twice in between." Glenn, who was a Marine pilot before joining the space program, flies between Ohio and the nation's capital in his private plane. Stephen Avakian, the senator's campaign manager, said Glenn hopes to raise $1.5 million. So far, the total is about $800,000, with fund-raisers planned for October in all of Ohio's major cities. Glenn said he is finding it a little tougher to raise funds this year than he did six years ago. "A lot of people think I don't need help this year," he said." Betts is a 6-foot 4 former basketball sLar at Ohio University who once held the school's single-game and season scoring records. He said his campaign has "three budgets, from $2.2 million down to about $1 million," with the JOHN GLENN amount to be spent dependent on the amount raised. Both candidates plan to buy as much television time as possible in the weeks ahead. Up to now, they have relied on such things as personal appearances, fund-raisers, festivals and personal voter contact. Betts' television spots started last week, while Glenn's are getting under way Monday. The senator's include a five-minute minidocumentary which will be sandwiched between afternoon soap operas in a bid for housewives' support. Glenn probably was hurt in 1970 when he spent too much time in Ohio's hinterlands. This time, he is concentrating on big cities and otherwise showing up at events "of a rnulticounty nature, such as a bratwurst festival where about 1(10,000 people showed up," Avakian said. Betts is making his rounds in a leased JAMES BETTS 1979 Chevrolet. He has visited every area of the state on a schedule that he said has him on the go from 6 a.m. to midnight at times. "I've been at plant gates and laundromats, in unemployment and food-stamp lines, grocery stores, dry cleaning stores and mom-and-pop stores," he said. On the issues, Glenn points to his record, particularly in the area of foreign policy, which he said is vital to Ohio's economy. He said one of every eight employees of Ohio industry rely on exports. He said he also has helped work for solutions to problems of coal, energy, the auto industry, overall unemployment and inflation. Glenn said Ohio, with its divergence of industry, agriculture, and technology, "is a microcosm of the nation." He does not believe a senator should promise to do tilings just for Ohio. Avakian said Glenn is "stressing the different role of a senator. He doesn't buy the parochial role. He thinks you can weld together the state's interests with national and international interests." Betts, a father of two daughters whose wife works for the Rocky River school board, sounds a campaign theme not unlike that of the Republicans on the national level. He stresses economic problems. He says Glenn has been part of a Democratic administration which has allowed unemployment and inflation to more than double in the past four years. The former metals company salesman, who went to night school to get his law degree four years ago, said he can relate to voter disenchantment. "Everywhere I go, people are frustrated and angry over inflation and the economy. They think the federal government spends too much. They are burdened by inflation," he said. Betts said he finds Ohioans also are unhappy with the state of foreign af-. fairs. "I guess the one word that sums up their feelings is 'embarrassment.' I know I feel embarrassed," he said. He added, "John Glenn has supported President Carter's policies more than any other U.S. senator running for reelection this year." Glenn normally doesn't respond to such criticisms, except by pointing to his record in the Senate. Avakian said the senator has been "extremely strong on defense. He is strong on the B-l bomber, on the Russians. He was warning about the Soviets long before Afghanistan." The senator's campaign manager added that Betts has twisted facts to try to paint Glenn as a big government spender. Glenn has voted on more than 3,000 roll calls since he has been in the Senate "and any one of them can be taken out of context," he said. For anyone to call Glenn a big spender "is like trying to say Santa Claus hates children," said Avakian. 4 f I v 'I l1 f f '$' , m i f ' - x , ,7 " 4 x Nuke power un-American? Joe Hughes of Pittsburgh, Pa., dressed like "Uncle Sam," protests outside the gates of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant near Painesville. The balloons in the background were released by the "Coalition to Convert Perry" to symbolize how far nuclear fallout would travel in the jet stream. Cards attached to the balloons request the finders to return the cards to the coalition, noting where the balloons were found. (AP Photo) Big drilling increase set Columbus school strike near settlement By The Associated Press Striking bus drivers, food service workers, clerical and custodial help will decide tonight whether to accept a new contract oiler from the Columbus public schools. Walkouts by teachers and non-teaching employees in Miamisburg, by teachers in Hubbard and Boardman and by teachers of the mentally retarded in Mahoning County were continuing. The tentative agreement between negotiators for the Columbus school board and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees was reached early Sunday morning following a five-hour bargaining session. Federal mediator Joseph Santa- Emma resumed the stalemated talks Saturday night after the school district learned it would receive an additional $1 million in unanticipated tax revenue this year. Negotiators agreed that about $400,000 of the amount could be earmarked for increased wages and fringe benefits. The Associated Press The Columbia Gas Transmission Co. is planning a 70-percent increase in the amount of natural gas pumped from Appalachian states, and the company says much of that new gas will be coming from Ohio. By 1987, Columbia spokesman Ben Polis said 20 percent of the 177 billion cubic feet of Appalachian gas the company will sell will come from Ohio. Polis said the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 encourages drilling because it allows higher prices to be charged for gas from the new wells. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas, Ohio natural gas is now selling for about $2.25 per thousand cubic feet. But, while volume will be up, the proportion of the total will be a little lower because Polis said the proportion of gas drilled in surrounding states will be increased. For example, he said a drilling project on the Pennsylvania-New York border is expected to yield large amounts of gas for use in Ohio and other Eastern states. Polis said gas drilled in Ohio in 1979 accounted for about 25 percent of the 104 billion cubic feet of Appalachian gas the company sold. Currently, the state ranks second to West Virginia among Appalchian states. 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