The Journal Times from Racine, Wisconsin on January 8, 1982 · 1
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Friday, January 8, 1982
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n rmo. Friday jan. 8, 1982 Racine, Wisconsin Single copy 25c J I f VVf Is vL Nation's Jobless irate surges to8o9 WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate surged to 8 9 percent in December as Joblessness among adult men. historically the most stable element of the labor force, set a post-World War II record, the Labor Department reported today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the half-a-percentage-point jump from 8 4 percent to 8 9 percent overall left close to 9 5 million Americans out of work as the economy plunged into a deepening recession. . Racine County's jobless rate for was 8 6 percent for November, when Wisconsin had a rate of 8 percent. The agency said the number of "discouraged workers" rose by 4 V Fire damage MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An unemployed father who wrote a letter to an Iowa newspaper threatening suicide on New Year's Eve so his fami-ly would be eligible for welfare has been charged with illegally collecting food stamps in five states. Lester J. Williams. 36. of Des Moines. Iowa, was indicted Thursday and surrendered to, federal au thorities to lace tne cnarges. r Williams' anonymous letter, which appeared in the Des Moines Register Dec. 30, drew offers of a job and expressions of sympathy from across the nation and touched off a frantic search for him. The letter said Williams' family couldn't collect welfare under regulations scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1 because he was able-bodied and living V Despondent Bowa dad indicted Polish archbishop assails loyalty oaths By Th AttocxiM frm Poland's Roman Catholic primate denounced loyalty oaths the martial law regime is extracting from workers, uncensored reports reaching the West said. But a censored dispatch today quoted him as offering absolution for those who signed. In other developments: Radio Warsaw said farmers were holding back grain from sale because of expected price increases, and that the 250-30Q tons they were selling daily fell "far short of the country's requirements." The French newspaper France-Soir tjuoted Polish government' spokesman Capt. Wieslaw Gornicki as saying all militants arrested since the Dec. 13 crackdown would be freed eventually. ' - But he said Marian Jurczyk, a Solidarity vice-president, would be tried for allegedly declaring "it was neccesssarv to hang the members of I about 150.000 inr the fourth quarter of 1981. to 1.2 million, the highest level recorded since the government began keeping those tatistics in 1970. Discouraged workers are classified as those who report to government surveyors that they want to find work but have given up the search in futility. - Discouraged workers are not counted In the department's overall unemployment figure. Black unemployment reached 17.4 percent last month, another postwar record. ' Department analysts said the overall jobless rate last month approached the 9 percent high in May 1975, toward the end of a months-long recession brought on by the 77- r77 r f i heavy Racine firefighters battled a fire in a storage area and attached garage at 1526 N. Wisconsin St., about 10:40 p.m. Thursday. The blaze heavily damaged the contents and structure. The building is owned by St. Joseph's at home. - Hours before the 11:59 p.m: New Year's Eve deadline, Williams turned himself in to a legal aid official, saying he had changed his mind about suicide. Williams appeared before U.S. Magistrate Earl Cudd in Minneapolis to face the complaint. Cudd released him on his own recognizance after Williams said he had no money. ;.' ( Williams said in court he is now working after two years of unemployment. "I have to have that Job," he said. "If I stay in jail, I'll lose that job." ' Williams said he started work Thursday at Cheney Carpet Mills in Plymouth, Minn A company official said Williams is working in shipping and receiving. The company offered government and in substance that those governing in Poland were Russian, or in any case traitors ". Gornicki was interviewed in Copenhagen. Uncensored reports from Warsaw said Archbishop Jozef Glemp. spiritual leader of Poland's 32 million Catholics, charged that more and more workers were being required to renounce their membership in the Solidarity labor federation to keep their jobs. "Extraction of such declarations is unethical. "There is a clear principle, also respected by our civil code, that declarations made under coercion are not valid." he told 3,000 people jammed into St. John's Ca-. thedral in Warsaw for Mass Wednesday evening. However, a dispatch from Warsaw subject to military censorship said Glemp offered absolution for Poles , (Torn to POLISH - Page 2A) - Arab oil embargo. If unemployment exceeds 9 percent as many private economists predict it will this year it will reach the highest level since the government began keeping month-to-month figures in the late 1940s. At the White House, deputy press secretary Larry Speakes noted that the administration had expected a rise in unemployment but added that "we anticipate that at the end of the second quarter, third quarter that our programs will begin to work and that we will see an upturn in the overall economy." Since July, the department said, more than 2 million Americans have been thrown out of work and the unemployment rate has shot up almost :ki - if , ' "cv J lit? rS ' " Catholic Church, 1532 N. Wisconsin St. Reports said the fire started in a storage area, then spread through a door to an adjacent garageVhere two cars were stored. Cause of the fire remained under investigation today Williams the job after hearing of his plight. Williams also said in court that he has seven children depending on him for support. In his suicide letter, he said he wanted to make his wife and two daughters eligible for welfare. Robert Oberblllig, to whom Williams turned after changing his mind, said Williams told him he had four children by a previous marriage The federal grand jury indictment accuses Williams of 12 counts of receiving more food stamps than he was entitled to and six counts of providing false information to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which adminsters the food stamp program. . Oberbillig said answering the food stamp complaint is part of Williams' effort to work out his problems. "He's very frightened about it. all," said Oberbjjlling. director of the .Legal Aid Society of Polk County. inside Next summer's garden can be the best everj if you learn from last summer's mistakes. See Going Home, page 12B. The Justice Department today announced a settlement in its seven-year-old antitrust suit against AT&T. Page 4B. Despite being rebuffed in several attempts take over other oil companies, Mobil Corp. seems to enjoy its image as a corporate maverick, analysts say. Page 4B. Scott Roth's shot at the buzzer lifts the Badgers to a 65-63 ', victory over Michigan In the Big Ten opener. Page IB. Two sections, 24 pages Ann landers.......... 5B Bridge . 5B Business 4B Classified 8B Comics ,,.m .L 58 Crossword ....' 5B paily record 7A 2 full percentage points. In December 1980, the unemployment rale was 7.4 percent. The highest post-Great Depression annual rate of unemployment, before monthly figures were compiled, was a 9,7 percent jobless rate in 1941, which eased substantially during World War II The all-time high was the 24 9 percent annual rate of unemployment registered in 1933, during the depths of the Depression. Adult males traditionally have composed the largest element of the labor force and December's whopping eight-tenthsofapercentage point spurt from 7.2 percent to 8 percent is a harbinger of further employment hardships in the months m- 111 Lm-.iJ-i.ii m mi .hmiiiiimi)hijh BBfc. 'At, V ,V 1 T 'X 1. " f Phofo by Sieve Sdvo Iowa. "That was one of the things that caused him to become despondent. The complaint alleged Williams collected food stamps in six Minnesota counties and in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa between April and September 1981. "He represented that neither he nor any member of his family had "received food stamps," the complaint said. Oberbilhg said Williams had told him he made the applications because he was desperate. The complaint said after Williams applied for food stamps at the Clay County, Minn. Social Services offices, a check uncovered earner applications. Each of the 18 counts carries i. maximum penalty of five years imprisonment In addition, 12 counts carry a potential fine of $5,000 each, while six carry a fine of $10,000 each Horoscope ,.'.:. 5B Obituaries ,....(. :.. 9B Opinion :.. 10A Racine, Regional..,........:.... 5A, 6A Sports .. i B TV listing 66 Weather..........-'. 3A Wisconsin 5A, 8A ahead. Janet L. Norwood, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, said the December jobless rate for men was a half-percentage point above the rate for women, which she called "a very unusual development " In testimony prepared fur delivery to the congressional Joint Economic Committee, Ms Norwood explained that "the difference in unemployment experience of men and women stems partly from the fact that women are less likely than men to. be employed in the goods producing sector of the economy, where the sharpest employment reductions occurred " (Turn to JOBLESS - Page 2A) raft violators IB face WASHINGTON (AP) The Reagan administration, opting to continue draft registration, is vowing to prosecute the more than 800,000 young men who have failed to regis- . ter unless they sign up during a temporary amnesty period. In a sharp reversal of his campaign statements. President Reagan said Thursday he was retaining draft registration because it would save up to six weeks in mobilizing recruits in an emergency Violators of the law who could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine will be allowed to sign up without penalty during a 30-to 60-day grace period, the administration said Details on when the grace period starts and how long it will last are still pending. Presidential counselor Edwin Meese III expressed confidence thai most young men would register now that confusion about the future of registration has been cleared up , And thoa w4n Mill refuse? "Under the law they have to be prosecuted," Meese said. However, he suggested that extraordinary steps will be taken before the government moves against violators " "There are several enforcement steps before a prosecution is initiated." Meese said "They are counseled, they have people come to their home and talk to them about the (law) and explain the law carefully to them." " ' Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said today, that "it's a considerably more dangerous world" than when Reagan opposed draft registration during the 1980 presidential campaign, and that the Polish crisis was figured in the president's decision. , , . Interviewed on ABC-TV's "Good Moming America" show. Weinbei ger said the primary reason for Reagan's change in position was a new. finding that registration would save six to seven weeks in the event of an emergency manpower mobilization not the three to five days he said Officials probe death of ex-Racine woman 8y Kevin Krail ,: . o trt Journal Ttmet J, J,. 7 k former Racinr woman who wa known to hitchhike to work and back was found dead Thursday in the central Colorado mountains. Sheriff Norman Howey, of Park County, . Colo,, said today, ' The body of Barbara Jo Oberholtz-er, 29, of Alma, Colo., was found near the summit (of Hoosier Pass, an , elevation of about 11,300 feet, Howey said ,. ' .' ' Oberholtzer, whose maiden name was Burns, is the daughter of Dorrie Sartick of 2023' a N. Main St. and Thomas Burns of 9401 Racine Ave,, Sturtevant Howey said the body had no visible wounds, but added an autopsy would be held to determine her cause of death He said it did not appear the woman had been thrown from a car . , Burns said the' sheriff had Jold him a different version of the condition of the woman's body, but he said he preferred not to reveal it until it could be confirmed "We never called her Barbara," Sartick said today. vShe was Bobby Jo" ' Sartick said she last saw her daughter Nov. 28 when she married George Sartick. a local musicians union representative .' -: "I last remember her when she got off that plane ( for the November : ' Unemployment So.ison.illy Adjusted 9.0- 8.5-8.0. Percent of Work Fore 7.5. 7.0. 6.5. 6.0- JFMAMJ JASOND 1931 trials - was the Selective Service's estimate in I W0 Leaders of the anti-draft movement denounced Reagan's decision as hypocritical Sen Mark Hatfield reminded the president of his 1980 statement that the chief objection to draft regis! rai inn was on moral grounds, and ihat the program was morally unjust except in a severe national emergency. "That moral standard is as valid today as when the president made it." said Hatfield, an Oregon Republican who enlisted Reagan's help in an unsuccessful attempt to block registration in May 1980 In his announcement Thursday. Reagan said registration did not foreshadow a return to the draft. Quoting his own words from a 1980 letter to Hatfield. Reagan said, "Only in the most severe national emergency does the government have a claim to the mandatory service of its young people." The next sentence of that letter which wa omMled from Reagan's statement Thursday said, "In any other time, a draft or draft registration destroys the very values that our society is committed to defending " Barry Lynn, president of a group called Draft Action, and David Landau, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, predicted widespread violations of the law even after the amnesty period "The system doesn't work on its own merits Because people oon t oe-heve it is necessary," said Landau." Added Lynn: "They're not going to come in I'll make a prediction that whenever this "amnesty program is over, there still will be 400.000 to 500.000 non-registrants' that the government will have to concede are out there "If they vigorously prosecute." added Lynn, "then they'll clog the, courts as well as divert scarce law enforcement dollars" On Thursday,' Meese and Weinberger refused publicly to link Reagan's decision to the military crackdown in Poland Barbara Oberholtzer - found dead wedding). I realized how pretty and healthy and happy she was." Sartick said, crying. sari ii h taiu sne is uivorceo irom Burns, who operates 'Torn Burns Electric Appliance Repair in Stune- vant, Burns said he also last saw his daughter at his former wife's wd-ding: " i Mrs Sartick said her daughter and son-in-law, Jeff Oberholtzer. also a former Racine resident, moved to, Colorado in May 1980 Sartick said Oberholtzer s father Erie St , (Turn to WOMAN - Page 2A) bMIIMbW

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