The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 25, 1974 · Page 2
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OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, MAY «, 1974 Editor it ti written by Jam« Gr*y and Ctiarlw Underwood Editorial Comment. Americans learning to treat land with respect Land use has come under considerable control in recent years through city planning and building restriction in Fergus Falls and through shoreland management laws in the county. But all the problems are far from solved and more changes are bound to come. The American Assembly, established by Dwight D. Eisenhower and an affiliate of Columbia University, is composed of a group of leaders who initiate national programs. Land use was the group's most recent topic and the final report makes a number of recommendations. Americans are learning the need to treat all land with more respect but some of the most valuable, renewable resource lands have not been adequately protected, the report notes. And use and ownership of land carries duties and responsibilities as well as rights. Cited as a massive weakness is the fact that decision-makers in the market place and city hall have not been required to deal with long-term consequences. Great gaps have appeared between what was perceived as a plan and its realization. Hasty and thoughtless government intervention has resulted in harm to the land and in economic windfalls and wipeouts. The report states that plans have been undercut by conflicting zoning and building regulation, taxation and subsidies. National policies do not relate to state, regional and local plans, or to one another. Too often people have not been the first consideration. More citizen participation is called for in decision- making with alternatives for choices instead of argument about a single proposal. Study units in schools in government and land use are recommended. The statement by the assembly suggests decreased reliance on local property taxes with greater reliance on statewide taxes to alleviate the adverse effect of local tax inequalities on land use. Also called for are better assessment techniques to more promptly reflect changes in market value. Other changes are urged "because the past has left the people with too few alternatives, the cities with features that repel rather than attract, and natural areas and resources with serious threat of destruction/' Utilities crisis is examined By DEIRDRE DONNELLY AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Faced with rapidly increased costs for fuel and a continuing need for money to expand, some of the nation's major electric utilities have run into a serious lack of funds. The weak financial position some face was dramatized recently when Consolidated Edison, New York City's power supplier, omitted its regular 45- cent quarterly dividend. Con Ed said it needed cash for escalating operating expenses and heavy capital spending this year, and so did not pay the normally guaranteed dividend which is the major attraction for buying utility stocks. The incident, and fears of others like it, quickly focused attention on the industry's ailing finances. Stock prices and credit ratings plunged. Unless the securities market for utility issues quickly improves, the worst trouble may lie ahead, analysts say. And ultimately the consumer may have to pay even higher electric bills, or face potential brownouts. The Dow-Jones average of 15 of the nation's largest publicly- held power companies has declined nearly 30 per cent since January, to its lowest point in 15 years. Energy problems and inflation triggered the utilities' crisis. The price of foreign oil quadrupled last year, and consumer conservation efforts and higher bills lowered expected sales by utilities by 5 per cent in the first quarter this year. Combined, they were enough to send first quarter earnings plummeting, in some cases as Anti-fat plan successful NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — "I'll never eat bread and potatoes again in my life." So vowed Shirley Turner, the British housewife who had her jaws cemented together for six months to lose weight. It worked. Mrs. Turner lost 101 pounds, dropping from 247 pounds to 146. She survived the drastic diet by sipping liquid foods. Mrs. Turner, 36, had her jaws uncemented after they began to ache. "The pain was red hot, my face felt swollen. I couldn't sleep," she said. Her doctors said they thought she had had enough of the ordeal. "I feel beautiful. I'll never slip back to being fat," she said. much as 81 per cent below last year. Although much of the inflation in fuel prices will be recovered through increased bills to consumers, the first quarter figures were enough to shock investors into taking a hard look at the companies' financial positions. Within the past week, the high interest costs and the coolness investors have shown some new utility bonds has caused several companies, including Detroit Edison and Cleveland Edison, to delay or scrap completely plans for new bond issues. Detroit Edison canceled 18 per cent of is planned five-year capital expansion program, warning the action could "effect service within several years." As a last resort, utilities have started to rely more and more on bank borrowings, where the cost of funds to businesses now runs in excess of IPj per cent. The Federal Reserve reports that utilities are among the heaviest corporate borrowers currently. But as credit tightens, analysts say the only solution for raising funds may be increased rates to consumers. And should those increases not be granted, "the utilities will have no choice but to reduce their spending programs," according to John Ledda, utility analyst with Shields & Co. He said' such an action could result in power deficiencies in the future. Studded tire restrictions discussed GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The chairman of the Assembly's Highway Committee says motorists should be allowed to use studded tires on their vehicles if they are willing to pay for the damage. Rep. Cletus Vanderperren, EKJreen Bay, said Thursday he hopes to be able to sponsor legislation next year under which a person wanting studs could pay $5 per tire per season. The Senate concurred Wednesday with an Assembly bill which outlaws the metal studs after May, 1975, because of their abrasive wear on paved surfaces. The prohibition, Van- derperren said, does not apply to other metallic forms of traction improvement, such as coils which are buried in the tire tread. Coils were exempted when Minnesota, Michigan and other states enacted .stud restrictions, and the Wisconsin legislation follows suit, Van- derperren said. "But people wanting studs ought to be able to put them on each winter, if they are willing to pay their share of the damage," he said. Wisconsin's antistud bill, waiting Gov. Patrick Lucey's signature, would not affect emergency vehicles or mail carriers. Vehicles from out of state could have studs for no more than 30 days. •Merry-Go-Round« Two leaders stir trouble By Jack Anderson Business News Fergus Falls bank debits up 53 pet. Bank debits in Fergus Falls during April showed an increase of 53 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to statistics released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In dollars Fergus Falls bank debits volume during April was $42,011,000. In the same period of 1973 the total figure was $27,434,000. For Minnesota the April volume for reporting cities increased 42 per cent from April of last year. Bank debits for the most part are checks against depositors' accounts and represent payment for goods and services. Here are figures for other cities in the area, showing debits for April this year, April last year and the percentage of change. Alexandria $34,475,000; $27,204,000, up 27 per cent. Detroit Lakes $24,590,000; $21,409,000, up 15 per cent. New York Mills $6,425,000; $4,923,000, up 31 per cent. Pelican Rapids $7,305,000; $5,400,000, up 35 per cent. Perham $8,896,000; $5,317,000, up 67 per cent. Wadena . $16,540,000; $14,111,000, up 17 per cent. Elbow Lake $6,085,000; $3,966,000, up 53 per cent. Wheaton $8,744,000; $5,877,000, up 49 per cent. Barnesville $4,430,000; $3,115,000, up 42 per cent. Moorhead $72,264,000; $53,502,000, up 35 per cent. Breckenridge $12,669,000; $7,217,000 up 76 per cent. Viger ranks 10th in insurance sales Roland F. Viger, Fergus Falls, ranked 10th in April sales among 3,000 agents nationally of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee. He had paid sales of $908,500 and $18,500 of premium in the month of April. Viger is associated with the Robert W. Chapman Agency Duluth. They'll Do It Every Time one. IN EVERV BOX OFFICE LINE HE TAX£ THIS LOSS ,1U\KJN' \!f HIS AUMP WH=M HE. ear AR£ THEV COOP S£ATS? SEE ,4 0A6RAM OF fUc STAPIUAV? WHtfS THE N£XT LOIV&ST PR/C&? Life Investors agency honored Milt Smedsrud, general agent in Fergus Falls for Life Investors Insurance Company, was honored by the company for agency production of over $8 million in 1973. The agency exceeded its 1973 production quota by 262 per cent. He also was honored as a five- year member of the company's Fourtunairc Club and with membership in the Agency Builders Club. James Boedigheimer, Ottertail, a member of the agency, also received an award with membership in the 750,000 Club. Carl Prischman, area sales director, was :honored as Runner-up Rookie Area Sales Director with unit production of 1973 of over $4 million. He is a member of the Fourtunaires, Presidents, Sales and Sales Director Clubs. He will serve at the home office as a top management leader for a day. Reinan, Fenner attend institute Jerome M. Reinan and James R. Fenner, Lutheran Brotherhood representatives in Fergus Falls, completed a five- day institute on financial planning at Purdue University May 17. The program emphasized use of Keypad, a portable computer terminal in the home of the prospective client. Public Finance names new manager Howard F. Hohensee has been named manager of Public Finance Corporation, 106 S. Union, Fergus Falls. He joined the American Investment Company at Brainerd in 1955 and at the time of his promotion was senior assistant manager of that office. The Fergus Falls office is part of a nationwide chain of nearly 700 consumer finance branches which annually make more than 700,000 loans. Keenan named AAL representative Steven L. Keenan, 825 E. Cavour, now is a member of the Herman H. Weick Agency, Moorhead, as a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans. He is one of more than 1,000 field personnel of the fraternal benefit society which serves lAitherans and their families. Lake Region Realty adds three to staff Lake Region Realty, 101 E. Lincoln, has announced that Ruth Kube, Mary Neuman and James Moline Jr. are now associated with the real estate and insurance Firm. Ruth Kube and Mary Neuman will specialize in the sale of residential property in the Fergus Falls area. Moline, co-owner of the Fergus Falls Auction Market, has had several years of experience in the real estate field, particularly farms and lake property. Sadist. Dear Minnie: There we were, at our favorite haunt downtown for an afternoon cup of coffee. Helga and me. We hadn't seen each other for ages (two days at least) and we were talking at a pretty good clip in order to catch up on all the news. "Did you notice the big bare spot opposite Minnesota Motor on Court St.?" I asked. "Goodness 1 was surprised to see that the old creamery building has disappeared completely. Seemed like one day it was there and the next day it was gone. Of course I know it took longer than a day to tear down a big building like that, but it did go in a hurry." "You know," Helga said, "I've been to a couple weddings lately and something just struck me. If it's true that girls are inclined to marry men like their fathers, I guess it's understandable why so many mothers cry at weddings." "I didn't know that," was my very astute reply. "So what else is new?" She didn't say anything for a long time—about 12 seconds or thereabouts—so I picked up the ball again. "After Minnesota Motor moves to its new location at the south edge of town, and their Court St. building is torn down, there will be some wide open spaces in that area. Why, you could stand in the doorway of Service Food and look out over a sea waving parking meters, all the way up to the Barkley Hotel annex. Unless they decided to use the building for the fire station. Gosh, I just haven't heard anything lately about where the new fire hall might go. Have you?" Helga's response was way out again. "Ernie (that's her husband—her second one, by the way) said it all last night. He said, 'Helga, money isn't everything and don't let anybody tell you it is. There are other things, such as stocks, bonds, travelers checks and drafts.' That Ernie is smart. Honestly Sadie, he should have a job where he could but his talents for money to work—like politics for instance." Again there was a moment or two of silence while we stirred our coffee, took a sip or two, and watched a nice looking young man stuff catsup-dipped french fries into baby's mouth while mother smoked a cigarette and read the Daily Journal. I tried once more. "Helga," I said, "I'm really worried. This country is close to big trouble. And all because of Nancy Kissinger. She finally agreed to marry Henry and the next thing you know she's shuttling aroung from place to place talking to nothing but A-rabs and those Isreali folks. I mean there's been no time for romance. She might get the idea that she's supposed to setup housekeeping on a jet plane. That would be tough on a marriage. Heavens, if she got fed-up and decided to divorce Henry-the-Kiss we'd be in bad shape. He'd be unhappy, lose his concentration and foreign affairs would go to pot. Yessir, Nancy is more important that those lousy tapes." So what does Helga say now. "Let's walk over to Norby's. I saw a nice handbag Tuesday night during Moonlight Madness, but I just couldn't decide whether I wanted it. Now I want it. I hope it's still there!" The point I'm trying to make, Minnie, is that Helga doesn't bother to listen half the time when someone is talking to her. She's all wrapped up in her own thoughts, so often our conversation gets kind of disjointed. But she's no different than a lot of other people I know. They are interested only in what they happen to be doing—or plan on doing—more what they're thinking about at the moment. They won't put forth the effort to make a conversation a mutually enjoyable experience. Oh well, I still like Helga a lot. She's a really nice person, when you get to know her. Her good qualities outweigh her faults. And she puts up with my faults too (although I have only a few). Just yesterday I told Ed that I was quite a modest person when you consider my sparklinp personality, wit, charm and all the other things I've got going for myself. He agreed. He said I certainly did have lots to be modest about. At first I thought that was a thoughtful thing for him to say. Now I'm not so sure it was a compliment at all. Hope you have a good Memorial Day holiday. It kind of sneaked up on me. We don't have anything special planned. Maybe Ed will think of something exciting to do. I'm not holding my breath though. As ever, Sadie. New trial is denied DADEC1TY, Fla. (AP) -A Florida judge has denied a new trial for a St. Petersburg Times reporter sentenced to eight months in jail for refusing to identify a confidential source. WASHINGTON - The world's two most dangerous and irresponsible leaders, in the opinion of worried intelligence experts, are North Korea's Kim II Sung and Ubya's Muammar eUJaddafi. The isolated Kim, according to intelligence reports, is itching to resume the Korean War, which ended 22 years ago about where it started along the 38th parallel. He is depicted in intelligence reports as a leader, out of touch with the world, who would plunge Korea into another war, against the advice of his Soviet and Chinese mentors. He is quite capable of plotting a wild, daredevil incident, such as a paratrooper attack on Seoul. Apparently, Kim began unification talks with South Korea in the mistaken belief that North Korea was economically superior and would be able to dominate a peaceful, unified country. He believed his own propaganda, apparently, that the South was suffering under oppression and its people were starving. Instead, North Korean delegates found the economy booming and the people far more prosperous than in the North. Kim was reported to be furious at his representatives for bringing back cameras, transistors and other consumer items as souvenirs. He abruptly dropped the dialogue with the South and began making warlike moves. Intelligence reports assert he has concluded that the only way Korea can be united under his leadership is by force. His gunboats sank two.South Korean fishing boats and abducted a third. He has resumed the standard Communist tactics of fomenting class antagonism, consolidating antigovernment factions and fomenting united fronts in the South. "We will render positive assistance to the revolutionary struggles of the South Korean people," Kim has proclaimed from Pyongyang. But it isn't the infiltration and agitation that worries the intelligence analysts. They are far more concerned that the unpredictable Kim may resort to hot action. Even more mercurial is the Libyan strongman, Muammar et-Quaddafi, who is constantly stirring up trouble in the Middle East without much thought for the consequences. Intelligence reports claim, for instance, that he has armed terrorist groups with sophisticated weapons, including shoulder-fired Soviet missiles. There is apprehension in the intelligence community that extremist group will get their hands on even more dangerous weapons, now that Libya has concluded a new arms agreement with Moscow. Qaddafi is also accused of stirring up plots to overthrow neighboring Arab leaders who have rejected his calls for a "peoples' war" against Israel and the United States. He is clamoring to use the oil embargo, terrorist attacks and other wild measures, which his more moderate Arab neighbors warn could backfire. Like Kim II Sung, Muammar Qaddafi is also capable of irrational and irresponsible acts. Footnote: In South Korea, President Park Chung Hee has taken emergency measures, which intelligence experts privately concede are justified. In the Middle East, there is talk of "eliminating" the fiery Qaddafi. One secret report tells of a discussion between a CIA agent and oil company official about putting up $50 million for Qaddafi's assassination. High officials have assured us, however, that the $50 million talk was nothing but barroom banter and has never been given serious consideration. WASHINGTON WHIRL: The Justice Department has subpoenaed the documents of the editor of a truckers' magazine called "Overdrive" at the very time the editor was investigating Attorney General William Saxbe. 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The spokesman also said Justice wasn't seeking Parkhurst's reportorial notes, only data on his efforts to organize a truckers' strike... Ann Dore, a former Nixon campaign aide and now public relations director for the Environmental Protection Agency, is running a Clean-Up-America campaign. Not long ago, she cleaned up on the taxpayers by holding a two- day meeting with 25of her aides in Las Vegas where the whole group was put up at the plush Royal Inn. . . The House impeachment committee was quietly advised by one of its consultants, Harvard-educated Dr. Leslie Cramer, that special equipment could clarify key sections of the Watergate tapes which are now inaudible, unintelligible or inaccurate. Although history demands the best possible versions of the tapes, the staff tested a makeshift demonstration model set up by Cramer but never bothered to run a test on the sophisticated equipment that Cramer had located for them . . . Mark Russell, Washington's political satirist, was invited to do a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He simply read the most hilarious excerpts from the presidential transcripts. His conservative audience sat stone-faced for the first half-hour... Dutch friends of the American Indians have passed out petitions in Holland, Belgium and Germany supporting the Wounded Knee defendants. So far, more than 14,000 signatures have been gathered and are being sent to the Indians' lawyers. Police fire fewer shots MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — A substantial decrease in the number of incidents involving the firing of weapons by Minneapolis police was announced Friday. A police spokesman said no shots have been fired by police since March 4. Prior to that, he said, there was at least one incident a week in which an officer fired his weapon. Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 1974. There are 220 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1787, American leaders met in Philadelphia to frame the U.S. Constitution. On this date: In 1803, the American poet and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was born in Boston. In 1836, Rep. John Quincy Adams opposed the annexation of Texas in a speech in the House, saying the move would trigger a war with Mexico. In 1844, a Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Patriot became the first journalist to send a news dispatch by telegraph. In 1862, Confederate troops under Gen. Stonewall Jackson defeated a Union force in the Civil War battle of Winchester, Va. In 1944, in World War II, the Anzio beachhead in Italy was linked with the Allied front. In 1961, President John Kennedy asked the nation to strive to send Americans to the moon "before this decade is out." Ten years ago: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev returned to Moscow after a 16-day visit to the United Arab Republic, during which he promised millions of dollars in aid to the Egyptians. Five years ago: The Norwegian adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl, set sail from Morocco in a papyrus reed boat to test the theory that the ancient Egyptians had sailed a similar craft to Central America 3,000 years ago. One year ago: Hector Campora was inaugurated as president of Argentina, heading an elected governemnt after seven years of military rule. Today's birthdays: President Tito of Yugoslavia is 82. Writer Herman Wouk is 59. Former boxing champion Gene Tunney is 76. Thought for today: l>et us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed—Mark Twain. American humnrM. lR:).>inin

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