Iowa a place togrovr Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 101—No. 262 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, 51401, Friday, November 6, 1970—Eight Pages Evening for 50 Cents Per Week 10c Copy Buyer's 'Bill of Rights' Stalled in Political Struggle WASHINGTON (AP) - One year after President Nixon announced his "Buyer's Bill of Rights," hopes for his legislative proposals are dim and implementation of his administrative proposals is spotty. The legislative proposals are stalled in a struggle between the administration and Congress. They were passed over in the pre-election session and action is unlikely in the upcoming lame duck session. "We don't have the pressure point we had before," said Erma Angevine, executive director of the Consumer Federa tion of America. "Before the election I thought we had enough pressure. Consumers wanted to know how their repre- sentaitives voted ..." Lame duck sessions historically are unproductive, but Mrs. Angevine said: "We're hopeful. We're not giving up. If we don't get them this year, we'll try again next year." The major piece of con* sumer legislation would permit class action suits by groups of citizens — suits which would be thrown out individually as too small. One consumer spokesman, asked Dor his assessment on ifchis bail's prospects, replied: "Very difficult. Reaiy, really in trouble." Added an industry lobbyist opposing the bill: "Right at the moment I don't think it will pass." Of the 18 proposals Nixon counts in his consumer program, 11 were covered in legislation he sent to Congress in the five months after outlining his "Buyer's Bill of Rights" in October 1969. Of the seven requiring executive actions, the administration has failed to keep its promise yet in two areas. The Office of Economic Opportunity never set up a consumer affairs division "to help focus and improve its already extensive consumer activities for poorer Americans," and consumer assistant Virginia Knauer has yet to begin publishing a consumer register. The consumer register would reduce to plain English the actions—-like setting standards for hamburger patties—chronicled in governmentalese in ithe official Federal Register. Mrs. Knauer's spokesmen say the project has been stalled by delay in approving her office's budget, which contains additional funds. OEO spokesmen say agency officials decided consumer program could be run better with out setting up the division promised by Nixon. The President has, as promised, reactivated the National Commission on Consumer Finance, begun an examination of the Food and Drug Administration and the list of "safe" food additives and received a report proposing federal safety standards for some medical devices. The programs were initiated or authorized before the October message. The government has also set up machinery for the release of federal product information. Nixon's promise to Share the information with consumers hasn't been carried out yet, however. Nixon and congressional consumer advocates have traded charges of stalling and refusal to compromise on the legislative program. "By demanding all or nothing, they have achieved nothing for the consumer," Nixon said of Congress last month. Congressional opponents of the Nixon legislation counter by pointing to the hassle over the class action bill. In discussing the class action fight, a White House spokesman said, "The point is we got it going and the previous administration didn't." On the subject of stalling, Nixon's congressional critics also point to the bill setting standards for product warranties and guarantees. The Senate Commerce committee held its first hearings on proposed bills in January. The administration was invited to testify but asked for more time. It was March before the administration submitted its proposals. The warranty bill passed the Senate in July but has yet to clear committee in the House. Two other administration bills, both introduced early this year, have yet to receive serious attention. One sets standards for product testing and the other requires a code number on drugs so doctors can identify it rapidly in case of overdose or side effects. None of the five bills proposed by the administration is in final position for passage. If all fail this session, they woudl have to be re-introduced in January and new hearings held. So far, the 91st Congress' has enacted two non-Nixon consumer -bills—one aimed at dangerous toys and the other permitting persons to keep merchandise sent unsolicited through the mail. Pending are bills limiting unsolicited credit cards and requiring child-proof closures on drugs and household products likely to be swallowed by children. South Vietnamese Launch Major Drive in Cambodia SAIGON (AP) — Six thousand South Vietnamese troops advanced across a wide front in southeastern Cambodia today in •a major new land, river and air operation. Military spokesmen said no significant contact was reported in the first hours of the biggest drive in Cambodia since U.S. and South Vietnamese forces crossed the border last May. A spokesman said the operation had three objectives: 1. To choke off the infiltration of North Vietnamese troops and supplies into South Vietnam's western Mekong Delta. 2. To destroy North Vietnamese bases rebuilt along the border since the allied drives last summer. 3. To ease the pressure on Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. Informed sources said some of the South Vietnamese forces probably would advance as far as Takeo, 40 miles south of Phnom Penh. The drive was spread along about 100 miles of the Cambodian-Vietnamese border, down to the Seven Mountains region of the western delta. Informed sources said the North Vietnamese had increased their infiltration in this sector. Other South Vietnamese troops have been sweeping through the Seven Mountains region since August, trying to root out the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong from the caves that honeycomb the area. In a related development, military spokesmen announced that the U.S. destroyer Rowan had been moved to the Gulf of Siam to pound North Vietnamese positions below the Cambodian border. The spokesmen said the destroyer's five-inch guns hammered caves on the Hon Ohong peninsula 15 miles south of the border Wednesday, setting oft 16 major secondary explosions and a series of fires that indicated hits on ammunition depots. On Thursday, the destroyer bombarded enemy hideouts in the U Minh forest on the Ca Mau peninsula, but there was no report of damage assessment. A Cambodian military spokesman in Phnom Penh said about 200 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces ambushed Cambodian troops west of the Angkor temples in northwest Cambodia, triggering an eight-hour fight. The spokesman said casualty figures were not available, but the length of the battle and the size of the ambush force indicated that government casualties could be serious. A Cambodian communique also reported six "significant" attacks in the last 24 hours along the capital's northeast and eastern defensive perimeters just across the Mekong River. 3-Way Race Shaping Up for Speaker (By Iowa Daily Press Association) DES MOINES — A three-way race is developing for speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. The candidates, all Republicans, are Representatives William Harbor, Henderson; Edgar H. Holden, Davenport and Floyd H. Millen, Farmington. The Republicans control the House, 63-37. Harbor is completing his first term as speaker and is considered by many political observers as the front-runner for the post. But Millen is expected to carry considerable political weight in the House, having served as majority floor leader in 1967 and speaker pro-tern in 1969 and 1970. Holden may be handicapped by the fact that geography usually plays an important role in the selection of legislative leaders; both he and Lt. Gov. Roger Jepsen are from Davenport. Holden has sent a letter to County Attorneys 9 Status Left in Doubt Defector Red roses really were not the appropriate color for Natalia Makarova, the Russian ballerina who defected to the West recently. She carried the bouquet on arrival in New York to join American Ballet Theater. Republican legislators suggesting a number of changes in the handling of committee work that he would implement if elected speaker. These include naming a standing committee on non-controversial bills at Speaker . . . See Page 2 DAVENPORT (AP) - Iowa Atty. Gen. Richard Turner says Iowa voters may have elimi nated the legal status of county attorneys. As a stop-gap measure, Turner says he has appointed all 99 county attorneys as "special assistant attorneys general" retroactive to midnight, Nov. 3, election day. At the polls Tuesday, Iowans ratified an amendment to remove from the state constitution a provision for electing county attorneys. Turner conceded that repeal ing itihe provision from the con stitution might in effect repeal the office. "It just could be that there is no county attorney," Turner said Thursday at the annual fall conference here of the Iowa County Attorneys Association. He advised attorneys to sign all documents both as county attorney and as special assistant attorney general. He said the officers should continue to operate "as usual" but indicated a court test might be made. 7th NATO Defection- Italy Recognizes Peking ROME (AP) — Italy, the Mediterranean anchor of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, recognized Communist China today. The defection of another U.S. ally from the anti-Peking camp was announced after a meeting of the Italian Cabinet at which it ratified the agreement negotiators for the Italian and Chinese governments concluded in Paris Thursday after 21 months of arduous give and take. The two countries are expected to exchange ambassadors in a few months. Although no text of the Ch na-ltaly agreement was released immediately, it was believed that the Italians had found agreement on the same terms as Canada regarding Formosa. That was to "take note of" but issue no judgment on Peking's claim that Formosa is a part of the Popular Chinese Republic. The Nationalist Chinese Embassy in Rome announced that Formosa's ambassador, Hsu Shao-chang, will leave Rome this afternoon, thus severing relations with Italy. Formosa is expected to retain relations with the Vatican. It maintains an ambassador to the Holy See, and a papal pronuncio is in Taipei. The Italian state, however, has never assigned an ambassador to Taipei. The shift also is not expected to affect Formosa's small trade with Italy, consisting largely of motorcycles and small electronic parts. The Nationalists still maintain trade relations with Canada despite Ottawa's recognition of the Chinese Communist government on Oct. 13. Italy is the seventh member of the 15-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization to come to terms with Peking. The others arc Britain, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. Government sources said the recognition could have come several months earlier had it not been for the uncertain political situation in Italy. Italy China .... Sec Page 2 Anyone convicted of a crime after prosecution by a county attorney, Turner said, presumably could raise the legal status of the office as a grounds of appeal. In his appointments, Turner provided there be no compensation from the state. Questions remain whether Turner has the power to make, such appointments, how the attorneys will be paid and the legal status of criminal informations which subsequently are filed in court. The U.S. Command announced the cutback of another 785 American troops resulting from deactivation of the 6th Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, the 44th Scout Dog Platoon and Company C, 124th Signal Battalion. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok anounced the reduction of U.S. forces in Thailand by 3,600 men, mostly Air Force troops. American military strength in Thailand now totals 38,700 men, the embassy said, down from a peak of 48,000 men. Fund Drive for Retarded Nov. 8 to 15 About 20 neighborhood captains for the Carroll County Association for Retarded Children fund drive met Thursday evening at Tony's Restaurant for a coffee to launch their fund raising campaign in the city of Carroll. Door-to-door canvassers will be calling 'at Carroll homes, beginning Nov. 8 through Nov. IS, the Carroll chairmen, Mrs. Gerald Promes, Mrs. John F. Hoffmann and Mrs. Rosina O'Tool, announced. Canvassers can be identified by the brochures they will be carrying, which explain mental retardation and the various activities contributions support. The goal for the 1970 Fund Drive is $5,007. Funds collected in this drive will help provide scholarships for special education teachers, such as the ones Linda Arrowsmith of Coon Rapids and Linda Doan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Doan of Carroll, are currently studying under; swim- Drive .... See Page 2 Area Forecast (More Weather on Page 2) Turning colder Friday night, lows 35 to 40. Partly cloudy and cooler Saturday, highs 45 to 50. Rain chances in per cent: 5 through Saturday. WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel of high-ranking officers says the Johnson administration sometimes put politics first in Vietnam policy and ignored military contingency plans by not calling the reserves. "Political, economic and social considerations in South Vietnam and in the United States led to extraordinary controls ait the Washington level and to tight limitations on many specific resources, incremental funding, and the requirement for detailed approval of personnel ceilings and manning levels at times down to the unit level," the Joint Logistics Review Board said in a three-volume report made public Thursday. "These controls and limitations had a major impact on logistic support in times of emergencies and surges in combat operations, and had an unstabil- izing effect on long-term programs." Although the board concerned itself mainly with logistics problems, it also was critical of the Johnson administration's decision to follow the system of resettlement used by the British in Malaya in the early 1950's. "It was generally considered that if the successful British strategy could be emulated, the American effort could be limited and logistic support signifi- Indochina . . . See Page 7 Search for Foe "Paddy Wagons" search out the enemy in Vietnam. These armored personnel carriers, manned by South Vietnamese troops, patrol rice paddies south of Saigon. Legislators Advance Plan to Equalize Tax for Schools DES MOINES (AP) - A plan aimed at equalizing the burden on income and property taxes tor financing public education while providing a uniform statewide level of basic school support was advanced Thursday by two Iowa legislators. The proposal, presented to the legislature's joint Taxation Study Committee by State Sen. Roger J. Shaff, R- Camanche, and State Rep. Edgar H. Holden R-Davenport, is based on a simple concept: That property and income are about equal as measures of wealth. It also would take into account the different distribution of property versus income in each Iowa school district, charging off the cost of education in that district in proportion to the mix. The plan incorporates the "foundation" concept of financing public schools, under which the state provides enough aid to each district to bring its level of funding up to a predetermined "foundation" amount of support. Holden noted Iowa's current system of financing education has come under severe attack for its heavy reliance on the property tax. This hits especially hard in districts which have a high 'assessed valuation but relatively low income per pupil while letting districts at the opposite end of the scale off somewhat lighter, he said. But property cannot be completely disregarded as an indication of wealth, he asserted. The problem, he said, is to charge off the cost of education in the right proportion to property and income taxes. "Both property and income are measures of ability to pay," Holden asserted. And in fact, he s&id, the total asessed valuation of all property in Iowa and the state's total adjusted gross income are almost equal —about $7 billion each. Since the two are equal, Holden and Shaff would regard them equally in seeking support for financing education— and would charge off the cost in proportion to the distribution of property versus income in each school district. Holden proposed a uniform property tax levy of 20 mills in each school district, which would raise about $140 million on a statewide assessed valuation of $7 billion. Then he would have the state return to each school district 2 per cent of the adjusted gross income from that district —an equal $140 million on a total state adjusted gross income of School Plan . . . See Page 2 Bomb Blast in Tel Aviv— Uneasy Calm as Truce is Extended By The Associated Press Uneasy calm prevailed along the Suez Canal today as Egypt, Israel and Jordan extended the 90-day cease-fire but Arab terrorist bombs exploded in Tel Aviv, killing one person and wounding 24. The bombs presumably were touched off by sympathizers of the Palestine guerrillas, who say they never will cease attacks on Israel until their lost land is restored. The bombs went off in the central bus station, crowded with thousands of Jews returning home for the Jewish Sabbath. One bomb exploded on a bus platform and another in a trash bin about 20 minutes later. Arab suspects were rounded up. Egypt made clear that it will never approve another exten sion of the cease-fire, which expired at midnight Thursday, "under any circumstances." The semiofficial newspaper Al Ahram said Egypt had accepted a 90-day extension of the truce "at the wish of the international community" but that any further extension would "serve Israel's goal in turning it into a permanent cease-fire." Israeli Premier Golda Meir told a British television interviewer: "We hope that the longer the cease-fire lasts, the more difficult it will become for the Egyptians to begin shooting again." "As far as Israel is concerned," said Deputy Premier Yigal Allon, "the cease-fire will continue as long as Egypt avoids taking military steps against us." Jordan had announced earlier that it would continue to observe a cease-fire as long as its forces were not attacked. Egyptian and Israelii forces along the Suez Canal were on the alert, but their guns remained quiet. A military spokesman in Tel Aviv said Israeli troops had noted no unusual activity on the Egyptian side of the canal and were "sleeping much more comfortably than in the past." The situation was also calm along the Jordan River separating Israel and Jordanian forces. Arabs in flowing robes strolled across the Allenby Bridge in both directions, stopping at each end for Jordanian and Israeli soldiers to check their credentials. Newsmen on the Jordanian side saw no Palestinian guerrillas within 20 miles. The area had been swarming with uniformed commandos a few months ago. The cease-fire, part of a Middle East peace initiative sponsored by the United States, had been scheduled to expire at midnight Thursday. But after eight days of debate, the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging that the truce be extended and that Israel, Egypt and Jordan return to indirect peace negotiations with U.N. envoy Gunar V. Jarring as go-between; Those talks began Aug. 25, but Israel withdrew 10 days later, charging that Egypt had moved antiaircraft missiles closer to the canal in violation of the cease-fire. The Israelis said then—and have repeated frequently since—that they would not return to the Jarring negotiations until the missiles are pulled back. Egypt has been just as unyielding in insisting that the missiles were in the canal zone before the cease-fire started Aug. 7 and that none would be pulled back.
What members have found on this page
Get access to Newspapers.com
- The largest online newspaper archive
- 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
- Millions of additional pages added every month