Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 27, 1974 · Page 26
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 26

Panama City, Florida
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Thursday, June 27, 1974
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Page 8C NEWS-HERALD, Panama City,, Kla„ Thur »4 »,V, June 27,19*1 Fast Bill Paying Sought By State Lighthouse Becomes Retreat TALLAHASSEE, .(UPl)--A five-year project to speed-up the paying of the state's monthly bills was announced recently by Controller Fred Dickinson with the assistance of Auditor General Ernest Ellison. Dickinson said it is designed to cut the time of bill-paying from 30 days to "48-72 hours." It will streamline the accounting and auditing system, and speed up fiscal reports and budget procedures as well, Dickinson said.. The key to the project Is the latest computerized technology. When completed, all agencies SEE ONE CHIMP AND YOU'VE SEEN 'EM ALL may be some people's attitude, but not "chimp nurse" Dottie Salter's. Head of the nursery at the Delta-Regional Primate Research Center at Covington, La., a National Institutes of Health installation, she sees each of her charges as a rugged individualist. Chimps and monkeys purchased as infants or rejected by their mothers spend a year under her care before going into medical research programs. Care includes food, clean diapers, play and lots . of love and, she says, "is no trouble." (Photos by T.F.N. McNease) will be on a uniform system for handdling their accounts from start to finish, he said, meaning any agency could check how much money it has available, where certain goods or services can be located and how much they cost. It will take five years because of the tremendously complex work Involved, but when finished, he predicted It will give Florida the most modern accounting system in the country; The system will include:. —Vendor Identification: A coded numerical identification of every company, store or salesman doing business with the state, allowing.many bills from the same vendor to be paid by a single warrant. The^number will be used to Identify invoices, purchase orders and all other paperwork necessary in any transaction. —Automated and Uniform Voucher Preparation: A voucher is an authorization to pay a bill. By providing each agency its own terminal, .plugged into a central computer, the authorization could be handled automatically instead of by paper which must be signed, mailed or hand-delivered. SEASIDE,Ore. (UPI)-The least one could say about George Hupman's idea of a vacation retreat is that it's different. Hupman, an executive who lives and works near the Atlantic seaboard, Is planning his future vacations on rocks a mile out In the Pacific Ocean off to Oregon coast. The 53-year-old Phlladelphlan got the idea when he was working In Oregon on an electrical project. "I came down here and looked out at the lighthouse and told my wife 1 want to buy that," he said, pointing to the abandoned Coast Guard lighthouse station that once served ships navigating waters near the Oregon coast. "You've lost your marbles," Water Problems Seen By Home ORLANDO (UPI)--Senate Presient Mallory Home said that some of his opponents in the U.S. Senate Campaign "were fiddling while South Florida was drying up." Home told a civil club that the Corps of Engineers had made a sewer pipe of the Kissimmee River and turned Lake Okeechobee into a cesspool. Unless steps are taken immediately, he said, the largest potential' source of fresh water for South Florida will be destroyed. "You can't even run a motor-boat in the lake now. It has silted badly since the corps channelized the river, sludge and even sewage is being dumped into the lake. Pollution has already reached the danger level," he said. Home said he urged the cabinet in August, 1972, to plead for study funds. He said the cabinet scheduled hearings on the problem, and the 1973 legislature approbated $650,000. to determine what steps should be taken to restore the river and stop the sitting of the lake. The study, advised that the' river should be returned to a meandering course at an estimated cost of .$10 million. "The study by the state has been done so slowly that we were not furnished any guidelines during the, 1974 session, to work from in trying to handle construction money, "Home said, He said Secretary of State Richard Stone, Congressman Bill Gunter, State Sen. RiGhard Pettigrew and U.S. Sen. Ed Gurney—all candidates for the seat Home seeks—had an opportunity to assist, "but they haven't been able to produce. she answered. But now now they have bought the four-story lighthouse oh the rocky island, she said: "I think it is a great idea. It Is a challenge for him and it gives him something to think about instead of how much money i spend." "I figure, it is going to cost us a lot 6f enjoyable hours and about $10,000 before we get It into shape for a weekend and vacationing," said Hupman, who with a friend from New York were here recently to begin tmec9u5io. of converting the lighthouse Into a vacation retreat. Travel to and from the lighthouse |s by helicopter, • • "What an Ideal place'to ride out a good storm." ' The top of the lighthouse stan* ds 132 feet above sea level, but Coast Guard records show that on more that one occasion storms have been so severe that waves have'washed right over the top. A fellow engineer Is designing a wlhdipowcred generatingunit to 'charge batteries at' the lighthouse, which, has flvd tender rooms, all being converted Into bunk rooms. The light room at the top is Up a flight of 60 stairs. ,; , The lighthouse' Was'built, in 1880 and has accommodations for five keepers. In its day it warned ships of the treacherous/ Tillamook Head until It'was abandoned by the Coast Guard in 1957 to be replaced''by ( & whistling buoy. " "', ' " i PRE-4TH OF JULY SALE BARGAINS ON WESTINGHOUSE AIR CONDITIONERS, WASHERS, DRYERS, DISHWASHERS, RANGES, AND REFRIGERATORS. SALE STARTS THURSDAY JUNE 27TH r. j) i <• Kit GOODYEAR BUDGET TEMS - 90-DAYS CASH GOODYEAR SERVICE STORE 763 4651 325 E. 6TH ST. 0 • SLA Mentality Hit SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — A former roommate of Sym- bionese Liberation Army soldier Joe Remiro said Sunday the terrorist group has a "Superfly mentality'* and the remnants —including heiress Patricia Hearst —should come out of hiding. Bill Brennan, 30, said in an interview with the San Francisco Examiner that he participated in study groups and target practice with SLA members, but never joined himself. Miss Hearst's father is president and editor of the newspaper. Six hardcore members of the SLA died in a fiery shootout with Los Angeles police on May 17. Miss Hearst was kidnaped by the SLA in Berkeley on Feb. 4, but by April 3, announced in a tape recorded message that she had decided to join the revolutionary group. She was named in federal fugitive warrants, along with SLA members Bill and Emily Harris, on May 19. Brennan said he roomed with Remiro until November, 1973. Remiro and Russell Little are self-proclaimed SLA soldiers caught in a shootout in nearby Concord, and awaiting trial for a variety of charges, Including the assassination of Oakland Schools Superintendent Marcus Foster, last Nov. 6. Because of intense police pressure and the issuance of "death warrants" by SLA members against suspected informers, Brennan said he has been living in a constant state of fear since he and Remiro stopped rooming together. But events have changed the effect of the SLA on radical groups, he said. "I feel that Bill and Emily Harris have lost touch with the masses. They have become isolated. The SLA is not an organized group that plans its actions as far as I can see. And the working class people that I associate with think the kidnap­ ing of Patty Hearst, a politically naive ,19-year-old daughter of the borgeoisie, was an act of unprincipled opportunism. "My political comrades and friends think that the SLA has a Superfly mentality," he'said. "Patty Hearst should come forward and possibly through a political trial create her own platform if she really believes in political work," Brennan said. "And Bill and Emily Harris should convince her to do this in her own best interest and in the interest of the masses." Consumer Boycotts Called Good Tool WASHINGTON (UPI) - Former Price Commission Chairman C. Jackson Grayson Jr. said Sunday that consumer boycotts are a desirable method of fighting inflation at the grass roots level. Grayson also said that the cost of living probably will jump 5 to 7 per cent annually for the next few years but that it would be a mistake to try and slow the inflation rate by reim- posing government stabilization controls. In a UPI Washington Window interview, Grayson, who spearheaded the government's Phase III price control campaign, denied that American consumers are innocent victims of the price and wage decisions of big business and big labor. He cited slumping demand for ' big automobiles and recent declines in retail meat prices as examples of how a shift in consumer buying' patterns had affected the marketplace. "Look what's happened now," Grayson said, "We have meat prices declining when a year ago, or a year and a half ago, we were saying it will never stop, "Look at the big car market, what the consumer did to that in addition to helping the whole problem. The consumer can have an impact and that's where I think there is power still sitting in the individual. He may not feel it. He may feel Impotent but he does have big power." Grayson, now dean of the graduate business school at Southern Methodist University, said organized buyer resistance against excessive prices is effective and acceptable. "Any time consumers want to get together legally, and advocate programs of not buying, boycotting, whatever, that is perfectly permissible and desirable under the system." The government's latest figures show that retail prices have risen about 11 per cent in the past 12 months. Most economists feel this unusually heavy inflation rate will decline in the months ahead but not very far. Grayson agrees with this analysis, "I think we are going to have high rates of inflation for the next few years. I don't think we're going to see rates like 2% or 3 per cent, or even the 1 and 2 per cent levels of the early 1960s, "I think we've built up so many inflationary biases in the economy that we're looking at rates of inflation for the next few years of 5 to 7 per cent and hopefully we can get down one of these days lower than that. But I don't see it in the cards for the next few years." A handful of public figures, including Chairman Wilbur Mills of the House Ways and Means Committee and Walter Heller, chairman of the Council of EconomicAdvisers in the Ken nedy Administration, have recently called for renewed government wage and price restraints. Grayson said this would be "a mistake because it would hin der the ability of the economy to try and get capacity up,.sup'' plies up and to hold back on the fiscal and monetary measures." What's more, Grayson said, this leads to a feeling by the public thatcontrols are the best means to bail the country out of its inflationary difficulties. "I urge looking at Europe as a model to see what could happen. Not one country but all of them have gone out (of controls) with distaste and then come back in. And each time, I submit, the dependence increases as people believe that this is somehow the way to solve inflation," Grayson said. J GETNEW when you buy a bar with this coupon Saving money with a soap coupon is nothing new. What is new is Colgate's P-300,® a soap made to fight germs that spread just by touch alone. That's important because germs love a crowd and the crowds get bigger every day. Science now knows that many germs spread through touch as easily as through air, and washing is recognized as more important than ever before. P-300 fights staph and strep. It fights many other germs better than other soaps. (Naturally, P-300 fights odor germs effectively, too.) ; For fewer germs in your crowded world, try new P-300. 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