The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 15, 1974 · Page 1
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DailuJournal lOlstYEAR NO, 141 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1974 SINGLE COPY lOc Leaves for Syria visit Nixon promises more aid to Saudi A TIME FOR REFLECTION - A wind-free evening recently permitted the sun's final rays to mirror the slide near the beach at Pebble Lake, perhaps prompting reflections of a different nature from occasional passersby. (Journal photo by Bill Bank) DFL tackles controversial issues MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats buckled down to the controversial parts of their party platform today, forewarned by Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey to use a "common sense" approach. In an apparent reference to the controversial 1972 platform, Humphrey urged delegates to field good candidates and adopt "a sensible, responsible, achievable program." ' 'I ask you to reject those who would lead us down the path of dissension and disruption— those who believe in sensationalism rather than common sense," Humphrey said. Among subjects up for debate are legalization of marijuana for "personal use," broader legal rights for homosexuals and amnesty for draft evaders. All three subjects caused numerous DFL candidates to repudiate the DFL platform two years ago. Delegates adopted a rule Friday requiring a 60 per cent vote for approval of any platform planks. One of the results could be a neutral stance on abortion, similar to the 1972 plank. Observers said neither pro- nor anti-abortionists might be able to mount a 60 per cent vote for a one-sided position on the controversial issue. Humphrey spoke Friday night to about 500 persons at a $15 per person dinner. About 100 delegates attended a $2 taco supper, also held at the Minneapolis Auditorium. The convention endorsed three incumbent officeholders Friday, giving Gov. Wendell Anderson overwhelming sup- port after a minor embarrassment for the governor. Anderson, 41, was endorsed for a second four-year term by all but a handful of the 1,200 delegates, despite a lukewarm vote in the convention's endorsements committee. Anderson got only 11 votes, with three committee members voting for no endorsement and two voting for Flo Castner, Minneapolis, a civil liberties activist. Ms. Castner later told convention delegates that incumbents, such as Anderson, have come to expect endorsement without being answerable to their political party. "We have had no account- ability ... we have seen people repudiate the platform before the ink was even dry," she said. It was a clear reference to Anderson, who had said a week ago that he disapproved of some proposed planks for the party platform. The governor makes his acceptance speech tonight, along with Lt. Gov. Rudy Perpich and Atty. G«n. Warren Spannaus. Perpich and Spannaus were endorsed without opposition Friday. The convention continues through Sunday. Still unsettled early today was the DFL choice for state auditor. St. Cloud Mayor Al Loehr said Friday he would "consider" the race but said he still intended to bid for endorsement for secretary of state. However, the convention appeared ready to endorse State Rep. Joan Growe, Minnetonka, for the secretary of state race. DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) President Nixon promised increased arms aid to Saudi Arabia today and then came to Syria for an important third stop on his tour of the Middle East. There was a brief period of concern just before Nixon landed when Syrian jets approached his plane. As the presidential jet approached this capital, four Soviet-built MIG jet fighters of the Syrian air force approached two off each wing. Nixon's pilot, Col. Ralph D. Albertazzie, unaware the Syrians had planned a jet escort, put the Boeing 707 into several sharp turns in order to identify their markings and get time to determine their intentions. A White House spokesman said Albertazzie took the evasive maneuvers while he contacted the Damascus airport tower about the fighters. The Syrians confirmed the planes were escorts. The public reception here was muted. Nixon and his wife were officially welcomed by President and Mrs. Hafez Assad at the Damascus airport. A 21-gun salute boomed out. A large number of Syrian officials were present at the airport, but there were no large crowds of Syrian citizens. U.S. and Syrian sources predicted here on Friday that the United States and Syria would re-establish, during Nixon's short stay, the diplomatic relations which were broken off by Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Since then Syria has maintained close ties with the Soviet Union. Syrian army troops stood almost shoulder-to-shoulder in downtown Damascus along the route of the presidential motorcade to the fashionable Abu Rumaneh diplomatic quarter where the President and Mrs Nixon will stay overnight be- Pat Nixon finds Arab market 'fascinating' JIDDA, Saudi Arabia (AP) - few of the Arab shoppers and Pat Nixon, America's first storekeepers got close to the ladV VKlfpH an AraVi TV* A •.!..« t n?ifn nt »U~ r> -: _!-__* «• ,, visited an Arab market under heavy guard today and described it as "fascinating." "I'd like to spend a lot of time here without escorts, so I could have some fun," she told the reporters who followed her around from one shopping stall to another in the 90 degree heat. Escorted by two red jeeps wife of the President. Most shoppers had been cleared from the area by Saudi authorities. Mrs. Nixon was conservatively dressed in a blue and white pinstriped dress with long sleeves. U.S. officials have advised women traveling with the American party not to wear -.,,.„. ^ UJ twu , eu JL .gp S with guards in red berets man- pants or short skirts mng machine guns, Mrs. Nix- Accompanied by Mrs. Ceeile Halabi, secretary to the Queen, Mrs. Nixon quickly moved from Cloll f« r.t.,11 ______ - __ ', •—••t3 *"uv-inin. guna, IYH *,. l\ix- on's air conditioned limousine arrived with sirens blaring at —--..„., <"tii un*-iio uiai iiifi at — the market just as it was open- stall to stall, "scan'mn'gTtems ina for the riav'.: hncino.o f rom elaborately embroidered _.._»,.«.* juijk no IL VYtia U ing for the day's business. A few hundred people could be seen in the market area, but caftans to an Arabian water Continued on page 7 Jaycee ban overruled NEW YORK (AP)-A federal judge in Manhattan has temporarily prohibited the U.S. Jaycees from revoking the charter of its branch here because the local chapter admits women. "No logical reason has been offered why women cannot be full Jaycee members, except (hat the male membership would like to keep it that way ...," U.S. District Court Judge Murray Gurfein said Friday in granting a preliminary injunction. The Oklahoma-based Jaycees, once known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, has 325,000 members in 6,500 chapters across the nation. There are 114 persons registered in its New York branch. Gurfein ruled that Jaycee projects are "essentially public" with the federal government a joint participant. He also said the New York chapter could suffer irreparable injury from revocation by the Tulsa headquarters. Plant is identified LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Joanna Williams, 78, didn't know the identity of the pretty green plants she so carefully tended. But police say they bet the person who stole them did. "I was just waiting for them to bloom to find out what they were when someone stole all of my plants," Mrs. Williams said Wednesday after learning she had been a marijuana farmer. Kissinger ordered tops, says panel member Brooks IN CONFERENCE — The exact nature of the discussion was not determined, but two girls and a horse appeared to be conversing in j|ft&8;^ 3| Few know about PSRO earnest recently with occupants of a car In the parkfax lot of Anderson s Grocery in Erhard. (Journal photo by Harley Oyloe) WASHINGTON (AP) - A second member of the House Judiciary Committee has said the panel has evidence contradicting sworn testimony by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger aboul his role in national security wiretapping. Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Tex., said Friday that the evidence shows Kissinger ordered the telephone taps. "When the taps are made public the country will know he is guilty," Brooks said. Another committee member, WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Fair to partly cloudy through Sunday. Chance of a few sprinkles east today. Northerly winds 14 to 30 m.p.h. today. High today 59 to 66. Ix>w tonight 37 to 44. High Sunday mid 60s. High Friday 78 Overnight Low 4fl At 8 a.m. 51. At noon 57 Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 93. Minimum 69. Joshua Eilberg, D-Pa., said this week that the committee has positive proof that Kissinger initiated the wiretaps, despite the secretary's sworn denial. Meanwhile, Sen. J.W. Fulbright urged the Senate to wait to see the evidence before arriving at any decisions on the part played by Kissinger in the wiretaps. Kissinger testified before the committee last September that he named persons who had access to national security information that was leaked to the news media. But he said he did not order wiretaps of 13 National Security Council staff members and four newsmen. Recent news reports have told of a larger Kissinger role in the wiretapping. In Beaumont, Tex., Brooks said, "I hope the Judiciary Committee will release FBI records, tapes of White House conversations and transcripts of those conversations so the public can be fully aware of whatever part Mr. Kissinger had in the selection of people wh« were to be bugged.... I think when that is released it will let everybody know what his part was." Kissinger on Tuesday asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to take another look into his September testimony and the committee is preparing to do so. Kissinger said he would resign if his name is not cleared. Fulbright, D-Ark., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday he feels a Senate majority was premature in approving a resolution lauding Kissinger's integrity. The resolution was presented by Sen. James B. Allen, D-Ala., and co-sponsored by 51 other senators. "A majority of the Senate are now apparently willing to resolve these issues without seeing a shred of additional evidence," Fulbright commented. He added that "this is in the interests neither of LT. Kissinger nor of restoring public confidence in the credibility of government. The sponsors of this resolution no doubt intended it to be helpful, but it can only have the opposite effect." Law affects health care costs ^ Last in a three-part series on health care costs in Fergus falls as presented by Dr. Ahmad Orandi at the annual convention of the American Urological Association recently in St. Louis. By DR. AHMAD ORANDI At the 1973 International Society of Urology meeting in Amsterdam equal opportunities were given to some 59 participating countries, their urologic scientists and practitioners. Yet, there was a clear dominance of American urology in most discussions, statistical reviews, references and conclusions. You could not help but feel proud of being a part of this great urologic community. However, at the cocktail hour when talks ° { Political scandals or military blunders prevailed, you would rather hide your face behind other guests. Or, in the marketplace very often you were ashamed to find your dollar the most devalued and undesirable currency. One wonders, then, why is it that men who have not done so well in their own ranks are now meddling with a system of health care, which, if not the best, undoubtedly is one of the best in the world and of which we can be so proud. I wish this much could be said about the quality of our economic and political leaders and their products. This small and simple summary probed the care of a uniform group of patients in a stable and sound community. It indicates that although this hospital's census has declined 5 per cent by 1973, its expenses have gone up 154 per cent, or 23 per cent over the past seven years. It also indicates that the physician has reduced utilization of the hospital beds for the same patient category by 18 per cent. Yet the cost of everyday care of the same patients has risen 184 per cent, or 26 per cent annually over the same period of tune. The table also demonstrates that the doctors' charges have been increased at the lowest rate or less than 5 per cent a year, knowing that fie physician's personal and professional expenses have kept pace with those of the community hospital. For example, the malpractice insurance of an area physician was $206 in 1966. It has reached $1,057 in 1973, a 413 per cent increase in seven years, or almost 60 per cent annually. To further supplement these facts the case of C.F. Erickson might be of some interest. In 1940 he paid $4 for a hospital room and $75 for his surgeon's herniorrhaphy fee. The charge for a similar room in this area hospital in 1973 was $55 a day, an increase of 13 times and the her- niorrhaph> fee was $210 or four times more in 33 years. Abraham Ewerfs appendectomy fee was JIOO in 1944 and he would pay $240 for a similar operation in 1973. However, his hospital room charges have gone up almost 1000 per cent in 29 years. It therefore behooves us that all our defenseless physicians should not be pressured for the impossible, blamed for the rising medical costs and accused of Continued rm page 3 fore departing for Israel. Security precautions were tight for the first American President ever to visit this Arab nation where Palestinian guerrillas have base camps and organizational headquarters. The day was sweltering with the temperature at 93 degrees in downtown Damascus. Nixon left Saudi Arabia to the booms of a 21-gun salute. The President looked tired as he shook hands with a long line of Saudi dignitaries at Jidda, the Saudi Red Sea port, before leaving for Syria. A hot, dry desert wind swept the airport as Nixon chatted privately for a several minutes with King Faisal, the Saudi leader, before boarding his blue and silver jet. Mrs. Nixon shook hands with the monarch and made a slight bow at the top of the boarding ramp. In remarks earlier at Faisal's palace, Nixon said: "The United States will see to it that the level of security consistent with its responsibility to the Middle East is raised. "If Saudi Arabia is strong and secure, as it will be, it will enhance the chances for peace." Faisal responded to Nixon's pledge by expressing the hope that "all problems and blemishes that seem to exist between the United States and Continued on page 7 Hospitals urged to give data MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Hospital Association reversed itself Friday and urged its members to supply financial data requested by a state Senate subcommittee. The subcommittee, which is probing health costs, had threatened to seek subpoenas after only nine of the state's 185 hospitals had met the original deadline to supply the data. The hospital association initially protested the request and urged its members not to comply for fear of "jeopardizing the sensitive relationships existing in our member hospitals." This referred in particular to data sought about how much hospital-based physicians such as pathologists, anesthesiologists and radiologists are paid Sen. George R. Conzemius, subcommittee chairman, has said high pay to some doctors may be a major factor in spiraling hospital costs. The association had told the subcommittee it feared the financial information would be taken out of context and be misleading. Following Friday's decision, the association's board of trustees urged hospital officials to provide any additional information needed to "clarify and-or expand" data requested by the subcommittee. Meanwhile, University of Minnesota Hospitals announced plans for a July 1 hike in patient charges averaging 12 per cent. The increase is the largest by a Minneapolis area hospital since federal price controls were lifted six weeks ago. Salary increases averaging "in excess of 10 per cent" were cited by hospital officials as a major factor in the increased charges. Rising costs of medical equipment and supplies also were mentioned. "We believe community hospitals and other teaching hospitals faced with a similar inflation of salaries and supplies will need rate increases as large as, and in many cases larger than, we requested," said John Westerman, University Hospitals director. A survey of the H other Minneapolis area hospitals showed six have raised at least some of their charges since federal controls ended, but all those increases were less than 4 per cent.

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