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Valparaiso, Indiana
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Monday, January 18, 1971
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Vol 44 No. 165 16 Pages Valparaiso, Indiana 46383, Monday, January 18, 1971 rhone 462-5151 Fifteen Cents o UOV Busy 'War Rep. Earl Landgrebe, R-Ind., said here Saturday the war in Vietnam is still the top concern of Congress. Referring to the number of lives still being lost in Southeast Asia and the amount of dollars and manpower expended in the area, Landgrebe said the war must be ended, "but we must insist on an honorable end." When questioned as to how we can get out and still save face, Landgrebe referred to the tremendous military machine at our1 disposal and said that the "greatest hang-up was with 75 members of Congress who say we cannot win. And there is even a greater number who just don't care." He also said that originally he. thought the Cambodian action was good. "But now I'm having second thoughts. If we can go west into Cambodia, why not go north into Hanoi? We are fighting the enemy on his terms but not on his soil. Even if we cannot leave with a great victorv. when we leave let's not look like we chickened out." The second most important problem, continued Landgrebe, is the troubled economy. "We are in a kind of recession and have inflation at the same time. There is not a real serious unemployment problem, but we do have problems with farm income and strikes are troubling Michigan City Man Appointed Landgrebe Aide Former State Rep. Roy Hib-ner, Michigan City Republican, started work today as a salaried special administrative assistant to 2nd District Congressman Earl F. Landgrebe of Valpa raiso. Landgrebe announced Hib-ner's appointment at a meeting in Michigan City last week. Hib-ner will work from his home at 418 School St. Hibner, who served in the state legislature in the 1969 session, will be in .charge of special duties throughout the 2nd District. Initially, he has been charged with coordinating activities to improve unemployment conditions in Michigan City and LaPorte County, Hibner, who retired as a Weil-McLain executive Dec. 31 and was a former city councilman for eight years, said today his number one priority will be the unemployment situation in LaPorte County. He said the first step has already been started, the collection of statistical information to be analyzed in order to obtain a complete picture of the prob- A check of plants will then follow. All of this is necessary before the county can qualify for any federal assistance, he sai(1- ... ttl I V- U I 6 " J - ployment rate is 7.9 per cent, with the entire county tabbed at 6.6 per cent. Porter County Weather Cold with a few mow flurrie tonight. Variable cloudinest and continued cold with a chance of now flurries Tuetday. Lows tonight lero to 5 above. Highi Tuesday 15 to 20. Precipitation probability 20 per cent tonight and Tuesday. . . . Quiz On Page 7 , v .; ... ., M., J)' ! "'"I 1 After speaking at congressional briefing session here Saturday, Rep. Earl Landgrebe met with League of Women Voters. Here he talks with Mrs. F. G. Foust (left), league vice President and Mrs- D- Harrington (far right), president, after luncheon in Lemke Motor Inn, where congressman and wife (third from left) were guests. (V-M Staff Photo) Still Top Concern' business." On President Nixon's welfare reform program, Landgrebe said that he is "not yet convinced his proposal is a sound one." The answer, said Landgrebe, is to make it more profitable for people to work than to be on welfare. "There are still many important jobs waiting a willing hand," he added. Mayor Bryce Billings asked the Congressman what he thought of the revenue-sharing bill the President was going to propose in his State of the Union address. j Landgrebe explained that this idea would give state and, federal governments some of the money taken in at the national level and allow them to use it Bethlehem Will Roll Back Price BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -Bethlehem Steel Corp. said today it is rolling back its price increases on steel used in the construction industry. A statement from the nation's second largest steelmaker said it was reducing prices in order to be competitive with"bther producers. Bethlehem announced the price increases last Monday. The increases of up to 12.5 per cent, had been attacked by the Nixon administration. . Soviet President Nikolai Pod-gorny, touring Egypt, has pledged that the Soviet Union will replace Egypt's "material losses" in another war with Israel and also will improve living conditions in the Arab nation. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran's premier has welcomed the arrival of President Nixon's special oil envoy but says foreign pressure will not modify the demands by 10 major oil producing nations for more revenue. A standoff has developed in negotiations between the nations and a group of western oil companies that, operate facilities, in them. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says the Defense De- By MARTIN E. BIEMER On Associated Press Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -George Meyers was relaxing in his Florida retirement home 18 years ago when he got an urgent message to come back to Indiana and rescue the House of Representatives. He's been on the Republican rescue team ever since. For more than 40 years, the Indiana House has been Meyers' hobby, his avocation. "I even got my wife from the legislature," he said. Meyers is serving his third session as House parliamentarianchief adviser to Speaker Otis R. Bowcn, R-Bremen. His post is the result of a promise made in 1957. "I remember Doc (Bowen) was sitting at his desk and said, 'George, I'd like to be speaker of the House some day,"' Meyers recalled. " 'And if I am, I want you to promise to be my parliamentarian.' " Meyers promised. And at 69 years old, he doesn't Intend to forget.' , the 1953 rescue was the result BUI : r. I -KV..11 ij I. :-r if as they see fit. - Landgrebe stated that the bill "sounds good" but "how can we share revenue when we are going in the red 10, 20 and even 30 billion dollars a year? First let's get the money to share." Landgrebe contended that the best solution would be to leave the money in the districts to begin with. "Who gets the dollars and who we have to say no to is the biggest problem we face," added the congressman. He also stated that while in Vietnam he did a study of the military drug problem but insisted that "it is no more serious than the average high school in middle America." Saying that we are not taking strong enough action on drug partment's health chief has recommended a renewed . doctor draft this year because too few medical school graduates have volunteered for military service. NEW YORK (AP) Talks aimed at ending the strike by 20,000 city patrolmen were reported "gravely deadlocked" today as wildcat sympathy walkouts spread among transit and housing patrolmen. LONDON (AP) - Britons rushed to meet the deadline for mailing letters today before a nationwide postal strike which also threatens to disrupt telephone and telegraph contact with the outside world. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Two 17,000-ton tankers collided in heavy fog under the Golden Gate Bridge early today,,, and one of them began leaking oil into San Francisco Bay. WASHINGTON (AP) Cowles Communications, Inc., and five subsidiaries today agreed to accept a permanent court injunction barring them from using allegedly fraudulent and deceptive practices in soliciting magazine subscriptions. The five subsidiaries also pleaded no contest to criminal charges of mail fraud and were fined a total of $50,000. escue Team 18 of the respect Meyers had built since the late 1920s in helping members of trie House. "I was practicing law in Mun-cie when I retired in 1952, because of my health," he said. "My wife and I moved to Florida to get away from it all. And to keep old clients from calling me, we didn't even put in a phone. "Well, after the 1952 election the Republicans had a scrap over electing a speaker. They settled on a compromise candidate, James D. Allen. "He said he would take the job only if they could convince me to come back. "The telephone company finally determined that the closest phone to my place was in a house about a block away. And one day that man came to my house and said there was an urgent message for me to call Indiana's Republican state chair man, Nolan Wright." Meyers called Wright, and Wright convinced him to come back. Since then, Meyers has been back for every session except in 1959, when he was too ill, and inJ965, . when the Democrats offenders, Landgrebe reit erated his earlier pronouncement that there should be capital punishment for pushers who sell drugs to minors." The second-term congressman said it was a pleasure to look forward to his next term. "I'm looking forward to two exciting and productive years of representing the great,' great 2nd District," said Landgrebe, The congressman appeared at a program sponsored by the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce congressional affairs committee in Lembke Motor Inn. Landgrebe was presented a surprise birthday cake. He will be 55 on Jan. 21, opening day of the 92nd Congress. . Would Block Rumor Control Monitor Plan INDIANAPOLIsTaP) - Rep Richard C.. Bodine, D-Mishawa-ka, the Indiana House minority leader, said today" hfe wlll introduce a bill to block any at tempts to establish "rumor control monitors" in the state. , It appeared, however, that the Indiana Criminal Justice Planning Agency's proposal already was dead. William W. Greeman, the agency director, said he had received no answers to a letter sent last week to members of his commission and advisory board, saying he would kill the request for neighborhood monitoring funds unless they objected. The Indiana Senate faced a busy afternoon, with action slated on 23 bills vetoed two years ago by Gov. Edgar D. Whit-comb. Six of them already had been passed by the House and will become law if the Senate concurs. A Democratic caucus favored an override of all six vetoes but Republican senators were not committed. House action today included a hearing on two bills which would strip the State Tax Board of authority to order county reassessments for taxing purposes. Both lobbyists and legislators expressed doubts that the measures would pass. The legislative work load early this week includes action on a nine-volume compilation of all Indiana laws since 1852, and on Gov. Whitcomb's veto of a 1969 bill exempting the state from summer daylight saving time. had a majority in the House. Those were the only two sessions he missed since 1927, when he began helping Republicans in the legislature while working in the secretary of state's office. What were the highlights of that long career? When he met his wife and when he just missed being struck by a piece of ceiling, i Mrs. Meyers was secretary of the Indiana Board of Beauty Culturists when George met her during the 1941 session. The board wanted a law passed, and Meyers helped with the technicalities. Two more sessions passed as they became better acquainted. In 1946 between sessions they were married. - In 1945, the legislature had passed a bill appropriating $500,000 to remodel the House and Senate chambers, which hadn't been re-done in decades. It wasn't enough; no one would bid on the Job. In 1947, while legislators were trying to figure out how to get the remodeling done, the ceiling started falling in. . "I was standing in the middle Missile Sites Hit Again By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - American fighter-bombers attacked antiaircraft missile sites in North Vietnam Sunday for the third straight day, while in Cambodia the government claimed its forces recaptured the key Pich Nil pass in their drive to reopen Phnom Penh's highway to the sea. The U.S. Command also announced an expansion of the American role in Cambodia. It said ships of the U.S. 7th Fleet and American helicopter gun-ships are supporting the highway campaign by more than 13,000 South Vietnamese and Cambodian troops. The attacks in North Vietnam were made against SAM surface-to-air missile sites 16 and 46 miles north of the demilitarized zone and 14 to 17 miles east of the Laotian border, the American command said. Air Force F105 Wild Weasel fighter-bombers fired three Shrike missiles at the two sites, but the command said the results were not known. The fighter-bombers were flying cover for U.S. B52s bombing the Ho Chi Minn trail through Laos. The U.S. Command said the pilots detected from their special equipment that North Vietnamese radar had locked onto the American flight in preparation for firing, constituting an imminent threat against which the U.S. pilots tooU'protective reaction." U.S. planes have made more than 70 attacks in North Vietnam since President Johnson halted the bombing of the north on Nov. 1, 1968. There have been eight in the past 10 days. Such attacks originally were confined to antiaircraft guns and missile sites that fired on U.S. recon naissance planes over North Vietnam, but the Nixon Admin istration has broadened application of "protective reaction" to include, threats against U.S. bombers attacking enemy supply routes on the Laotian side of the border. There was no confirmation in Saigon for thv Cambodian military command's claim that its forces had seized the PichNU pass on Highway 4 60 miles southwest of Phnom Penh. Lt. Col. Am Rons, the com- jnand's spokesman, said Pich Nil 'was reached and retaken by advance elements" and there was no enemy resistance. This indicated that the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong had withdrawn to await a more advantageous situation, a customary Communist tactic. "I - cannot estimate when Highway 4 will be reopened to supply convoys," Am Rong said. "But I do not think it will be too long." The closing of the highway Nov. 21 cut off Phnom Penh from the port of Kompong Som and the country's only oil refinery nearby, creating a critical shortage of gas and fuel oil in the Cambodian capital. A South Vietnamese river convoy arrived in Phnom Penh Sunday night with 250,000 gallons of gas oline and aviation fuel, enough for five days. The U.S. 7th Fleet stationed the amphibious transport dock ship Cleveland and the helicopter carrier Iwo Jima off the Cambodian coast in the Gulf of Siam to support the operation along Route 4. Three American aircraft were reported shot down in South Vietnam Sunday. They were an Air Force F4 fighter-bomber and an Army OH6 light observation helicopter downed in the northern sector of the country and an Army UH1 helicopter on a medical evacuation mission near the Cambodian border west of Saigon. Years aisle when a large plaster rosette fell from the ceiling more than 40 feet up," Meyers said. "It fell just behind me and right between two representatives. It sounded like the State-house was blowing up." Workmen checked the rest of the ceiling, he said, and found that a large iron chandalier "which weighed about a ton" also was ready to fall. Most of the House chamber was closed off and there was no more trouble finding money for remodeling Does Meyers have any observations about the House after all these years? "There are a lot of things that hav changed that I don't approve of," he said. "I believe legislation should not be speeded up too much. I believe in Thomas Jefferson's theory that the public should have a chance to know what's in the legislation before it's passed." "My thought always has been that the House and Senate should conduct themselves so as to inspire the confidence of the public." McGoYera Jiariy-IJird By BROOKS JACKSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. George S. Mc-Govern, son of a prairie preacher, made his early-bird presidential bid official today, promising to appeal to America's "better angels." "The kind of campaign I intend to run will rest on candor and reason,'1 said the South Dakota senator, a strong liberal and early critic of the Vietnam war. "That kind of campaign takes time. And that is why I am making this announcement far ahead of the traditional date." McGovern, the first official entrant in the 1972 presidential race, made his announcement in letters to hundreds of newspa Establish Ditch Priority A new drainage project priority list for 1971 was okayed by the Porter County Drainage Board today. Ditches gaining priority this year are Clark, Munsori, Cornell, Eddinger and Stimson. These will be the first to gain the attention of the board after all the projects on the 1970 priority list are completed. Completed or under process of reconstruction are Babcock Ditch, Peterson,' Dog Lake, Smith-Koselke and Eddinger. The latter is completed with the exception of construction of a detention pond, according to County Surveyor William Tanke. In other business, Tanke told the board he preferred to have Board Counsel Herb Douglas present before making any announcement relative to court action on the Markowitz Ditch in Westchester Township near Dunes State Park. Douglas was unable to attend today's session because of other business. Tanke said he had heard the court had ruled in favor of the board in the ditch case being opposed by the state. On another ditch project, Tanke reported that preliminary topography maps by South Bend engineering firm, Clyde-Wil liams Associates, have been received on the Smith-Koselke Ditch. , Board President Virgil King read a letter from Simon J Good, Rt. 2, requesting consideration for cleaning the Phillips Ditch as an extension of the Cornell Ditch project. Good said he wanted to establish priority as soon as possible since there currently is a dram-age problem from, Road 700S to Cornell Ditch. The request will receive attention as -the board proceeds with the Cornell project. Airport. Bill Is Presented INDIANAPOLIS - A bill which would create an Indiana Airport Authority, with broad powers " to construct regional airports throughout the state, has been placed in the, General Assembly hopper by State Rep. Walter J. Roorda, R-DeMotte. The bill was the work of an interim legislative committee, of which Roorda is a member. Roorda noted that the bill would create an authority to oversee construction of major airports, similar, to the Indiana Port Commission. This authority could take charge of some of the planninng to date toward realization of the jetport in Northwest Indiana. The five-member authority would have five members, all appointed by the governor. Roorda emphasized that that establishment . of the authority would not abrogate the power of local airport boards, and al-ready established airports throughout the state would not be affected. Teachers Returning CHICAGO (AP) - Thousands of teachers return to their classrooms today after a four-day strike that had given more than 500,000 youngsters an unexpected vacation. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union, which repre-ents about 80 per cent of the 25,000 public school teachers, overwhelmingly approved Sunday a new two-year contract calling for a 16 per cent wago per editors and 275,000 potential 1 drawal from Southeast Asia, campaign contributors. He also Earlier this month he stepped scheduled a television address down as chairman of a party re-to his home state of South Dakor form commission to' avoid any ta for 5 p.m. EST. conflict of interest with his pres- He sought the Democratic idential campaign, nomination in 1968 as a stand-in His announcement timing is for assassinated Sen. Robert F. seen in part as an attempt to Kennedy, but drew only a hand- bolster showings in early presi-ful of votes on the ballot that dential polls that put him far be-overwhelmingly nominated Hu- hind such unannounced candi- bert H. Humphrey. Smce then McGovern has made no secret of his campaign and has spoken on hundreds of college campuses, and now claims 125 student groups and 30 faculty groups working for his nomination. He also kept in the national eye last year as a sponsor of the unsuccessful Hatfield-McGovern amendment to force U.S. with- Kidnap Plot Foiled - BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) "We're going to get all the rich people, every damned one of 'em, and then they're going to have to deal with us." Wayne Chavis, one of eight persons abducted in this little town in northern South Carolina's rich tobacco belt, says the terror began Saturday night with this declaration by one of their kidnapers. Two Negro men carrying guns and black militant literature made their way from house to house gathering up victims and forcing them into the Chavis family's Volkswagen bus. The escapade ended at the home of the third family with an exchange of gunfire. One of the kidnaped women, the wife of state Sen. John Lindsay, was critically wounded, as was one of the abductors. Two men were arrested. . The abductions began at the home of Chavis, a Bennettsville barber. Dina Chavis, 13, an. swered a knock at the door and was met by two men with guns. Chavis said one of the men commanded, "Don't nobody move, or we II blow your head off." After the kidnapers took a pis tol and $12 from Chavis they herded, all six members of the family into the minibus tid tied them up. In addition to Dina, the Chavises have three other children Don, 10, and daughters Suzanne, 9, and Dawn, 5. The kidnapers then drove ta the home of Sen. Lindsay. Mrs. Lindsay answered the door, and one of the men demanded to see her husband. Lindsay was absent, in Colum bia on business. - Mrs. Lindsay was knocked to the ground and with her 6-year-old son David, forced into the minibus with the Chavis family. The bus next stopped at the home of state Rep. T. E. Cot-tingham. No one was home there. Mrs. Lindsay was forced to accompany the two men to the house next door, the home of former state Rep. James F. Lee. Mrs. Lee answered the door and the men forced their way in. Lee and his 10-year-old daugh ter were watching television in the basement and the men went down there. According to Lindsay, who talked with ihe abduction victims later, Lee struck one of the kidnapers and ran to a room where he kept a loaded pistol. In the shooting that followed, Mrs. Lindsay was hit in the throat, arm and a leg and one of the abductors was struck in the throat and chest and collapsed in front of the house. The other man fled on foot. Police found Charles Leonard Scales, 22, - of" Bennettsville wounded at the Lee home. Grov-er Bennett, 23, of Charlotte, turned himself in to police in Columbia Sunday night. Both were charged with kidnaping, robbery, burglary and assault and buttery with intent to kill. boost over two years. The two-year cost of the new pact will be $67 million. The agreement was reached Friday with the prodding oi Mayor Richard J. Daley. Under the new contract, annual beginning wages were in-creased from $8,400 to $9,796 by 1972. The previous contract expired Dec. 31. The new pact wag approved Sunday 7,126 to 1,243 with 40 per ; dates as Sen. Edmund S. Mus- , kie of Elaine, the Democratic frontrunner. In his statement McGovern denounced war, pollution, racism, crime,, unemployment, inflation, inadequate school aid and disillusionment of youth. "I believe the people of this country are tired of the old rhetoric," he said. "Rather, they seek a way out of the wilderness. But if we who seek their trust, trust them; if we try to evoke the 'better angels of our nature,' the people will find their own way." He said he is running "because I believe deeply in the American promise and can no longer accept the diminishing nature of that promise." He disavowed "image-making or television commercials, . . . backroom deals, coalitions of self-interest . . . 4" Instead, he vowed to "try honestly to confront our problems in all their complexity, and stimulate the searcn tor solutions." e At the same time, it was an nounced that Blair Clark, who was Eugene McCarthy's 1968 campaign manager, would be a vice-chairman of McGovern's campaign. Former assistant U.S. Atty. Gen. John Douglas, who backed Kennedy in 1968, is chairman, and Jean Westwood, who is a national committee- woman from Utah and backed Humphrey, also is a vice-chairman. McGovern won two terms in the House before losing his first Senate bid in 1960, and was appointed by President Kennedy as director of the Food for Peace program. In 1962 he was elected to the Senate by a scant 500 votes, and Increased his margin to 56.8 per cent when reelected in 1968. Attack Seniority System By JOHN CHAD WICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Strat egists in the attack on the con gressional seniority system put a new tactic into effect todav with the opening of a bipartisan. unofficial hearing on Senate reform. - Under the auspices of Repub-lican Sen. Charles Mathias of. Maryland and Oklahoma Democratic Sen. Fred R. Harris, the two days of hearings started with a plea that committee chairmen be selected democratically, not on the basis of length of service. "The time has come to modify a long-established custom of this great body the so-called seniority system," said John Gardner, chairman of the citizens' lobby Common Cause, in prepared testimony. Gardner, repeating3 views he has publicized in past weeks. said . "dictatorial power" of committee chairmen was symptomatic of the failure in accountability and responsiveness of many contemporary American institutions. "If some committee chairmen conduct themselves with unexampled arrogance it is because there Is no mechanism by which their fellow party members can call them to account," he said. Gardner urged the Senate to reorganize during the opening days of the 92nd Congress so committee members nominate their own chairmen. "But before a chairman could be installed under Gardner's plan, the majority party conference would have to approve the committee members' nomination in a recorded vote every two years. cent of the union members voting. ' . . The contract calls for more than the Board of Education presently has in its 1971 budget. Mayor Daley, a Democrat, said he counted on an increase in state aid to the city to absorb the cost. Gov. Richard Ogilvie, a Republican, said that the city Bhould discontinue certain "less vital" functions and redirect the money Into the school system. )

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