The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 25, 1976 · Page 4
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WijJournal OPINION PAGE TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1976 ,^ . L'rtCrt *000 And B II Editorial Comment, Taxpayer group serves as pension watchdog Pension plans have led to 1 scandal and horror stories. The underfunding of many governmental pension plans have been termed "time bombs." Social Security funding is frequently in controversy. In light of the concern the Minnesota Taxpayers Association has analyzed public employe retirement systems in the seven-county metropolitan area. It shows syterns in Minnesota are generally sound. But some startling figures are revealed. Taxpayers in Minnesota in the fiscal year ending in June, 1975, contributed $106 million to the three statewide systems. Employers contributed an estimated $371 million to retirement benefit programs of state and local public employes in Minnesota. That is an increase of 50 percent from the 1973-75 biennium. About $271 million of the total is made available by legislation and an estimated $100 million will come from local units of government. The 1976 legislature appropriated $21.2 milliotl for pre-1973 retirees. The Taxpayers Association reports that contributions for public employes by cities over 10,000 exclusive of Minneapolis and St. Paul in the metro ~ area have increased 569 percent from 1964 to 1974. The population increased 81 percent during that period. . The three statewide plans have unfunded liabilities of almost a billion dollars but the fundingtsituation is favorable in Minnesota with the exception of some local relief associations, the association concludes. Pension plans in Minnesota are funded by both' employer and employe and benefits are not generally generous. The taxpayer group will concentrate on the increasing cost factor to the taxpayer. The expense is obviously escalating and the association indicates it will serve as a "watchdog." Minnesota's funds are in better shape than in most other states and with vigilance they can be kept that way to protect both taxpayers and retirees. •Strictly Personali •Merry-Go-Round" Ford's politics shows courage By JACK ANDERSON KitbLESWHlTTEN ncoming Can you score in this quiz? By Sydney H. Harris Herewith another clutch of Potted Biographies, delineating the more lurid aspects of famous persons' lives, but omitting the central cause of their fame. Half right is a respectable score. 1. Son of a candlernaker, he studied for the ministry' but became a merchant, traveling on the continent, where he was once captured by Algerian pirates near Holland. He held wooden leg. 4. Son of a watchmaker, he was an infant when his mother died. Brought up by an aunt, he left school at 12 and fled home at 16, becoming a lackey, living off rich older women he made his mistresses. Through one, he was named secretary to the drunken French ambassador to Venice. He lived the last 20 years of his life with an illiterate, ugly and minor political positions under 'promiscuous hotel maid who four monarchs, and was sen- bore him five children, all of whom he left at the foundling tenced three times to stand in the pillory and to prison until his fines were paid off. He died in hiding at the age of 71 because of an old debt he had never paid off. 2. His father was a poor clergyman who died when the son was nine. Adopted by a rich uncle, he was sent to Harvard, and while he was still in his 20s his uncle died and he inherited the largest fortune ever amassed in-New England. He wore lavender suits, rode in bright yellow coaches, loved dancing, card parties and wine. He was the greatest smuggler on. the continent, and John Adams called him "a leaky vessel" who betrayed state secrets. 3. Although born of Dutch Jewish parentage, she was brought up in a Catholic convent. At an early age she tried a career in musical burlesque, but failed because she could not sing to tune. During the Franco- Prussian war, she served as an ambulance nurse.' For relaxation, she would rest in a coffin at home,- despite her Blue Earth man given sentences MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A term up to 25 years was handed down Monday to David Forsman, Blue Earth, Minn., for third-degree murder in a drug- related case. Blue Earth County Judge Milton Mason handed down the term to Forsman, 25, in connection with the death of 25- year-old Randy Winter, Blue Earth. Authorities said Winter died Oct. 3,1975, from an overdose of heroin, allegedly provided to him by Forsman. Mason also sentenced Forsman to 15 years on two counts of selling heroin. Terms were to be served concurrently. Defense attorney Bailey Blethen said he would file appeal papers this week to take the case to the State Supreme b •Court. hospital. His last years were spent in Paris in wretched poverty, where he finally went insane from a, persecution complex. 5. Born in Baden, Germany, son of a butcher, he emigrated to I/ondon at 16, to join his brother, then joined another brother in New York, where he worked as a butcher, baker's boy, furrier's clerk, and peddler. After his marriage, he was so poor he had to open a music shop in his mother-in- 1 law's house. He died so rich thathisonlyson became known as "the landlord of New York." 6. Bom illegitimate, he was a military engineer, anticipating the modern tank. He had a notion of the principle of inertia .before Galileo, speculated on the circulation of the blood a century before Harvey, and theorized about earth-changes in geology long before Button. None of this was made known to his contemporaries, who venerated him for quite different reasons. ANSWERS: 1. Daniel DeFoe. 2. John Hancock. 3. Sarah Bernhardt. 4. Jean Jacques Rousseau. 5. John Jacob Astor. Plea on murder changed FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A woman scheduled to go on trial on a charge of murder Monday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but told the court she isn't guilty of the charge. Katherine Ann Young, 24, Fort Madison, entered the plea in Lee County District CourL She remains free on 10 per cent of J50.000 bond. Judge D. B. Hendriekson set no date for sentencing. Miss Young was charged in the May 25,19T5, death of dancer Patricia Mae Talbert, 26, of Minneapolis. A court reporter said a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allows a a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge without admitting guilt, provid- i ng the defendant believes he or she probably would be found guilty, of the more serious charge. Miss Young came to police here June 23,1975, and helped find the body of Miss Talbert. In previous court apperances, she had pleaded innocent. Miss Talbert's body was found in a shallow grave near Fort Madison. Letters to the Editor Crusade is needed To the Editor: In this Bicentennial year of 1K6, as we seek to honor our nation's founders and point the way to a strong and righteous America, we see a great need— a spiritual revival. The Bible verse in II Corinthians, 7:14 tells us what to do. At a time when alcoholism among women and children is increasing faster than in any other group, juvenile crime is mounting and the .very foundations of the home are in danger, we need to act. As Abraham Uncoln once said "Let us have faith that right makes might: and in that faith, let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it" The Lake Region Crusade for Christ, June 6 to 13, at 8 p.m. -nightly at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium can be one of the best things that ever hit Fergus Falls. By our constant prayers, work and faithful attendance we can make it so. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Miller Dalton ' They'll Do It Every Time Good men oppose change To the Editor: Please allow me to quote James Russell Lowell in reply to the Rev. Charles Morkin: "Not a change in our human housekeeping has ever taken place that good and wise men have not opposed it." Power to the Billy Graham Crusade! Vera Minge. Some people may be helped by crusade To the Editor: It takes great courage for a Christian to stand up in the face of a "Crusade" and say, "You are riot telling the whole truth. You are upholding the letter and not the spirit." At the same time, some people may be helped (to offset the many harmed) by it. All we, as committed Christians, can do is to try to fulfill and correct what follows with wisdom and patience beyond our own. Maryann Shores WASHINGTON - We have watched President Ford closely since he picked the government reins off the floor nearly 22 months ago. We have often disagreed with his policies; occasionally, we have criticized his performance. But we have detected one characteristic thai has gone largely unnoticed: Gerald Ford has political courage. This side of the President has been revealed behind closed White House doors. Ford made the decision, for example, to send Secretary of State Henry Kissinger toAfricaontheeveof some crucial Southern primaries. The President saw advance drafts of the statements Kissinger intended to make in Africa, supporting the rights of the black majority. Political advisers warned that the timing couldn't be worse, that the Kissinger tour would antagonize many Southern voters. The President said the situation in Africa was too critical to wait and personally gave Kissinger the go-ahead. Subsequently, Ford lost to Ronald Reagan in the Texas, Georgia and Alabama primaries. Yet the confidential minutes of a White House meeting on May 12 show the President had not relented. The takeover of Angola by Soviet-supported Cuban troops and guerrillas, he said, had made the situation "potentially very dangerous" for African moderates. "Without some strong position by us," he declared, "Africa would become ripe for the picking." There had been "some criticism of the timing" of the Kissinger visit, he said, "but 1 can't hold foreign policy in abeyance for political reasons." Ford has also dismayed his political advisers by calling for an increase in Social Security taxes and a five percent celling on pay raises and pensions. Past presidents managed to postpone such unpopular moves until after the election. But Ford told aides it was more important to bring the budget under, control. : F,ven more astounding, he ordered the shutdown of four ' Air Force bases in states where he was courting votes — Craig in Alabama, Richards-Gebaur in Kansas, Webb in Texas and even Kincheloe in his home state of Michigan. When Republican leaders pleaded with him to spare their pet projects, according to the confidential minutes of a May 5 meeting, the President replied bluntly: "There are definite limitations on what we can spend." He demanded fiscal reforms before he would agree to bail New York City out of its financial crisis, despite a warning that the stringent measures would cost him votes. He replied that the city would never have wound up on the financial rocks if past mayors ' had been willing to face the facts. "We cannot go on spending," he said, "without worrying about where the money is coming from." Probably no presidential action was more unpopular than his attempt to make gas and oil more expensive. Although we criticized him for penalizing the poor.'he felt this was the best way to hold down oil consumption and, thereby, to reduce U.S. dependence on Arab' oil fields. "This may not be good politics," he told his advisers, "but it is good for the country." Ford also sought to curb electronic surveillance by the FBI and CIA in a move that brought praise from Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., but criticism from some conservative Republicans. Confidential minutes quote the President as responding: "It was a tough decision, without total unanimity, but I, felt we had to move in the national interest." Another time, his irrepressible former campaign manager, Howard "Bo" Callaway, suggested to' White House aide Richard Cheney that the politically embarrassing trial of ex-Sen. Edward Gurney, R-Fla., be held up until after the election. Cheney had been around President Ford long enough to respond immediately: "We don't do that sort of thing in this Administration." CUBANS IN AFRICA: The announcement from Angola that the new government will maintain a Professor may appeal dismissal MANKATO, Minn- (AP)-A political science professor fired because of controversial teaching methods says he may appeal the case, Dr. Heino Ambros,'who has been at Mankato State University 12 years, said any such ap- • peal would be carried by the Interfaculty Organization- Minnesota Education Association (IFOMEA). He commented Monday after President Douglas Moore announced the dismissal effective next Friday. Moore concurred with recommendations for dismissal made by the Political Science Department, Dean Elvrood Ehrle of the arts and science department, and Academic Vice President Margaret Preska. "Dr. Ambros 1 rights were respected throughout the investigation," said Moore. Some members of the Political Science Department and MSU students had criticized Ambros because of his teaching' methods, which reportedly included nongrading techniques. Other students had favored his methods, it was reported. relationship with Cuba means that the Kremlin will be calling the shots from behind the scenes. For secret intelligence reports state flatly that the Soviets are subsidizing and directing the Cuban operations in Africa. Cuban merchant ships, meanwhile, are "prominent" in the Angolan ports of Luanda and Lobito. Intelligence reports suggest they are moving military equipment from Luanda to Lobito as the Marxist MPLA faction continues to solidify its rule in southern Angola. Apparently, Cuban troops are still, conducting combat operations against -the remaining, retreating UNITA guerrillas. The ruling MPLA forces, according to our intelligence sources, cannot yet direct successful military operations on their own. The tiny Angolan air force is also manned by Cubans, the intelligence reports suggest. There have been a number of reports, too, that more Cuban technicians are arriving in Angola, perhaps accompanied by their families. The best estimate is that preferential ~ more than 12,000 Cuban troops and 1,000 Cuban technicians are now stationed in Angola. Until recently, there had been few reports of friction between the Cubans and native Angolans. But reports have now been received that Cuban soldiers have pulled out of Angola's Cabinda area after harrassment by the local populace. Footnote: Intelligence reports claim Cubans are secretly training guerrillas in Mozambique, Somalia and Guinea. FERGUS JOU RNAL COMPANY Established 1873 '' Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. SUBSCRIPTION SATES erw Cycarr;er.H«p*T no B* mail :n aduarK* tf. j 3iAoi.WtO.OTfw sl»:«: lyr., U3 00; »m» . SUW Acccjnlt. J147M3 Kettt . 6. Leonardo da Vinci. UNCONSCIOUSLY IMITATING rue BOSS- - SHE WALKS LUCE HHA, TALKS LIKE MM-SUE EVENTCK TO SCARE PEOPLE UKE Hi OX&-- GENERAL REVENUE SHARING.PLAMNED USE REPORT * ftl ttXtt )v-dl rr.ij ttt *f1 to f. i vv .1 w£^-«J , »BT corapw«H a -> rl *ll«l Lotfr. vz. . Of H --, Aircraft trade is complicated DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Though Charles Doyle is content to have his vintage airplanes displayed al the Air Force Museum, he wants to be sure he's treated fairly. Doyle, a former airline pilot, and museum officials are embroiled in a controversy- concerning his trade of a P-35 singleJpassenger pursuit plane for two H-34 helicopters. Doyle, who lives near Minneapolis, said he took one of the helicopters in 1971 and was offered the second when the museum could furnish a new set of copter blades. The Air Force Museum, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, acknowledges that Doyle has provided them with more vintage aircraft than any other single person. But officials say they don't remember the bargain the way Doyle does. Mark Sloan, former curator of the museum, and present officials said they haven't seen any written agreement to supply new blades for the helicopter. They have offered to supply the second helicopter now, saying it wasn't available earlier. That's not satisfactory to Doyle. He says he may take his plane back. "I'd like to leave the P-35 in the museum," said Doyle. "That's where it belongs. But if we can't resolve this, I guess I have no alternative but to take it to an attorney." Doyle said the, airplane has been appraised at $225,0*. He has six other aircraft «nd has been cited by the maseum for his work in collecting the planes. In a letter to Doyk in 1974, Col. Bemie S. Bass wrote, "The Air Force Museum greatly appreciates what you have done to preserve military aviation history." r Fifty years ago — 1926 ^^^^^••^•^^^" Class, of 1926 numbers 96 (from the Daily Journal fo r May 2Wune 4,1926) Graduation exercises for the class of 1926 took place in the new high school auditorium and were largely attended although the hall was by no means crowded. The class numbered 96 and as usual the young ladies outnumbered the young men with Kgirls and 34 boys. The normal post-graduate class of 20 students received diplomas last week. 1 Judge Charles A. Pollock, former judge of the district court at Fargo, was the speaker. He said • there can be no greater heritage than a good physique, good health and a righteous impulse — the strength to resist evil tendencies. Mary Margaret Bumap gave the valedictory address. Supt W. 0. Lippitt presented the class and N. F. Field of the board of education congratulated the class. Frank Naegeli accompanied a special girls' glee dub with piano accompaniment by Margaret Minge. WATCH TOWER TO BE DISCONTINUED ' The watch tower manned by three men at the junction of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific in the eastern part of the city will be discontinued soon. It will be replacc-d by an automatic block system. SODA FOUNTAIN CAUSES DEATH The charger of the soda fountain in R. A. Evans' pool hall in BamesviUe exploded this morning, killing Harvey Howard and seriously injuring Clarence Evans, a brother of the proprietor. The building was damaged butnot entirely wrecked. CANDIDATES ARE NUMEROUS Filings closed yesterday and there are 11 candidates for representative with eight to be nominated and four to be elected. There are 11 candidates for sheriff with two to be nominated and one to be elected. Seven have Bled for county attorney and two will be nominated. 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