The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on July 27, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Saturday, July 27, 1974
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DailuJournal lOlstYEAR NO. 176 FERGUS FALLS,MINNESOTA 56537 SATURDAY, JULY 27, 1974 SINGLECOPYIOc Convicts still hold i hostages in prison HUNTSVILLE, Tex. (AP) — Authorities resumed negotiations this morning with the leader of a band of armed convicts holding 11 hostages in the Texas State Prison. Negotiations had broken down earlier after the leader, Fred Gomez Carrasco, refused both an offer by authorities for freedom in exchange for the release of the captives and a request that he surrender. He complained that he was "being handled and treated like a child." As negotiations began again in the effort to end a rebellion which started at midweek, Carrasco requested a telephone interview with newspaper reporters. Prison officials said several reporters would be admitted on a pool basis. Prison officials hardened their tone after they learned Friday that one of the hostages, Ronald Robinson, 35, a prison school teacher, had been shot in the shoulder about 30 hours earlier. J.W. Estelle, director of the Texas Department of Corrections, told Carrasco he was free to leave the prison, otherwise he should surrender. Estelle offered television coverage of the surrender, but Carrasco, former narcotics kingpin of south Texas, refused. At that point, Carrasco fired seven shots during a period of 15 minutes. Joe Sweeney, a newsman for WOAI-TV in San Antonio, said Carrasco told him during a long conversation that he thought someone was trying to break into the builffing through tbe concrete wall and that he had fired random shots as a warning. Sweeney, who talked with Carrasco at the convict's re- quest, quoted Carrasco as saying that if the activity continued "there would be some killing up here." Carrasco has threatened to kill the hostages unless prison authorities provide the rebels with automatic weapons, ammunition and bullet-proof gear. Prison spokesman Ron Taylor said Friday night that the convicts have been given civilian clothing, three bullet-proof helmets and three walkie-talk- ies, but he would not say whether the rebels have been given the weapons they demanded. Sweeney described Carrasco as serious, a realist, selfish and determined. The newsman said he had talked to all of the hostages, a guard, a Roman Catholic priest and nine mostly middle aged school teachers and librarians employed at the prison. The priest has been held since Thursday, the others since midday Wednesday when Carrasco and other convicts seized control of the prison library. Carrasco and two other convicts were armed with handguns during the takeover. Authorities have been unable to explain how the inmates got the weapons. Estelle said six convicts are with Carrasco, but he said it was believed that only two others were taking an active part in the rebellion with Carrasco. Sweeney said the hostages told him they were willing to leave the prison with Carrasco, and he said the hostages told him they have not been threatened. j_ Trie~newsman said Carrasco told him that one of the other convicts, Rudy DominEuez. shot Robinson. Vote on impeachment is still being delayed WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Judiciary Committee makes another effort today to reach a vote on an article of impeachment accusing President Nixon with obstruction of justice in the Watergae cover- up. After a 12-hour committee session Friday, Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., said the committee will meet Sunday, too, if' it appears possible it could wind up its proceedings in one more day. Today's session, which begins at noon, again will be broadcast via national radio and television. On the strength of a 27-11 test vote that defeated the first of what is expected to be a number of Republican amendments aimed at weakening the proposed article, it seems certain the committee will recommend Nixon's impeachment when it gets the opportunity. A simple majority vote on any article of impeachment by the committee would send the matter to the House floor. A simple majority vote in the House then would forward the bill to the Senate, where a two- thirds vote is needed to remove the President from office. The panel was stymied Friday by Rep. Charles W. Sandman Jr., R-N.J., who said the article was too vague. He tried without success to delete one of its provisions charging Nixon with making false or misleading statements to federal investigators. The defeat of Sandman's motion came after a full day of argument over whether articles of impeachment need spell out the charges being brought against Nixon. The result appeared close to being a forecast of how a vote on the article itself might turn out. Rep. Henry P. Smith III, R- EAST OTTER TAIL FAIR — Fair-goers in Perham yesterday reacted in different ways to the excitement. Curtis Osterfeld, aged one and a half, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Osterfeld, Perham, jumped for joy inside the Space Pillow. But young Brian Bo edigieimer, aged two. months, found the long day a bit;too much to cope with and went to sleep in his buggy. His brother, Kevin, 3, and his mother, Mrs. Tom (Jndy) Boedigheimer, decided to take him home about 4 p.m. (Journal photos by Bill Bank) Region Four human services reviewed of panel hearing ByLeANNKUNTZ Journal Staff Writer Cooperation between counties in Region 4 was the main topic of discussion at the Human Services Committee meeting in Fergus Falls Friday. Only three of the nine counties were represented at the meeting which was held to draw up suggestions for reorganization of human services programs in Region 4. The plan will later be submitted to the state legislature after regional commission approval. Existing problems were defined at 1) loss of local, control, 2) a hodge podge of agencies providing human services, 3) increased bureaucracy and red tape, and 4) duplication of services. The estimated human services budget in Region 4 totals $23 million which includes the nine county budgets, public health nursing, corrections, day activity center, Lakeland Mental Health Center and the Fergus Falls State Hospital budgets. Some commissioners ex- pressed the opinion that "You're talking about a great deal of money when you talk about human services." They emphasized that they wanted to keep things at "the grassroots level" or in other words as locally controlled as possible. Said one man, "We want to make a forthright statement. No matter what we're for we should be heard." The committee discussed four choices of reorganization: 1) forming a regional human services board composed of representatives from each county with three task forces under them including a public health, public welfare and corrections task force, 2) multi- county reorganization involving several counties sharing budgets, funding, planning, record keeping and other matters; 3) functional reorganization, a formation of a welfare board with resolutions being made by county boards, and 4) keeping with existing systems. After discussing the problems of each choice the committee decided what was really needed was more input from each county. JohnSem, regional executive director, was appointed to meet with each board of commissioners in the nine-county area to find out what the counties want. A meeting date to discuss Sem's findings was scheduled for Oct. 4. The Oct. 4 date -was established to give the committee time to take a position before the legislature takes any action on human services reorganization. Their main concern is to find a plan of reorganization that would 1) provide better service to clients, 2) provide more effective service, 3) return more control to local boards, 4) reduce duplication, and 5) get better cooperation among human service agencies. Welfare, health and corrections are only three topics covered under human services. Plight of Indian veterans cited WASHINGTON (AP) When they raised the U.S. Hag over Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945, Marine Cpl. Frank Issac was standing several hundred feet away, flushed with pride. More than three decades later, Issac looked up at the huge bronze Marine Iwo Jima Me- At rate of 5 per cent Farm labor total declines WASHINGTON (AP) - Last year, as farm income went to record heights, the number of hired fann laborers declined about 5 per cent, after rising for two years. About 8 per cent of that total hired working force of 2.7 million persons were domestic mi- I farms, grant workers. Robert C. The Agriculture Department said in a report this week, that the number of domestic migrant workers was up 10 per cent from 1972, continuing a two-year trend after a six-year decline. Nonmigratory workers were down 6 per cent. The work force averaged $1,412 each in cash wages for 95 days' work — or J14.85 a day. The median age of the workers was 24. About 86 per cent were white, 79 per cent were men or boys and three-fourths lived at places other than Off Page One Dr. Matter joins local radiologists. Page 3 American Legion baseball acliini. Page 10 McElroy of the Economic Research Service, who analyzed the annual statistics, said the decline in over-all numbers was directly linked to the farming boom of $32.2 billion in net income last year and was "the net result of several, some of them countervailing, factors." About 25 million more acres last year went to grains, soybeans and hay, all mechanically oriented crops to begin with, he pointed out. High farm prices then produced record in- terne that produced record purchases of more and newer la- noisaving machinery. Among the crops that require higher amounts of manual labor, increases in fruit and nut production was accompanied by decreases in cotton acreage and sugarbeet, dairy and poultry output. The reductions for cotton and poultry had the greatest effect, McElroy found, with labor force losses highest in the South and among seasonal workers, the students and housewives who worked less than half the year. "Much of the decrease occurred in the 25-to-35-year age group and among female workers," he wrote. The number of those who worked less than 25 days dropped about 45,000 to 1.1 million. , Elsewhere in the report, statistics showed that 30 per cent of the workers were youths between 14 and 17 years old, 80 per cent of them boys. morial across the Potomac River from the nation's capital and said the pride had turned to disappointment and bitterness. "We Navajos fought for our country, we helped win the war against Japan. Now our sons have also fought for our country. And how are we treated? On my reservation, 70 per cent of the veterans are unemployed." Issac, 51, was one of several dozen Navajo veterans of four U.S. wars who gathered at the Marine Memorial Friday to pray in their native tongue, talk with newsmen and to protest what they say is discriminatory treatment of Vietnam-era Indian veterans. The statue of the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima brings back many memories, Issac said. N.Y., who voted against Sandman's motion, said he also will vote against the article but was willing to leave it intact now because other Republicans are for it. Five other Republicans voted with all 21 Democrats to defeat Sandman. Rep. Harold V. Froelich, R-Wis., another who voted to strike the provision, said he might end up voting for the article if it includes specific evidence. Another significant vote to keep the article intact was cast by Rep. Walter Flowers of Alabama, the only Democrat regarded as a possible vote against impeachment. Flowers said he, too, wants to see specific supporting data before casting his final vote. "In the obstruction of justice there is a dead skunk," he said. "You can smell it, but you've got to find it." There are eight other separate provisions in the article and Sandman said either he or some other Republican opponent of impeachment will offer separate motions to strike them. If the full tune allowable on each one were used, it would take another 24 hours to get to a vote on the article. Rodino has powers as chairman to limit debate on the motions. Rodino clearly was dismayed by the spectacle the committee was creating on television after two days of exemplary behavior in Us opening round of impeachment debate. He took Sandman and Accident kills native of Rothsay Killed yesterday in a three- vehicle accident east of Pelican Hapids was Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Fosse, 23, Fargo. The collision, which occurred on Otter Tail County Road 4 about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, involved a truck driven by Bernard Paul Price, 46, Deer Creek Route 1, a car driven by Mrs. Fosse, and a tractor pulling a hay rack driven by Max August Colosky, 77, Pelican Rapids. Price was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes where he was treated and released. Mrs. Fosse was pronounced dead on arrival at the Pelican Valley Health Center in Pelican Rapids, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Colosky was not injured. Both the car and the truck were demolished and the tractor received about $100 damage,' the sheriff's office stated. This was the third traffic fatality in Otter Tail County this year and the first on a county road, the sheriff's office reported. his Republican allies to task. "Indulging in a parliamentary maneuver to delay a decision in this very important matter only serves to tell the people we are afraid to meet the issue," Rodino said. Reps. Charles E. Wiggins, R- Calif., and David W. Dennis, R- Ind., joined Sandman in arguing for more detail in the impeachment article. They said the committee was being unfair to Nixon by not specifying the charges more clearly. The article states that after the break-in of the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate office building June 17, 1972, Nixon, adopted and directed a policy of delay and obstruction of investigation in order to conceal and protect those responsible. It lists nine separate actions taken to implement the alleged policy. Wiggins, Dennis and Sandman insisted the names, dates and places involved in all the separate actions should be included in the article, but the Democrats, backed by Special Counsel John Doar and Associate Counsel Albert Jenner, said the proper method is to supply the details in a separate bill of particulars. Rodino said the factual data supporting the articles would be included in a committee report accompanying any articles it sends to the House floor. Rep. Pauls. Sarbanes, DMd., sponsor of the article, said it did not include itemized events because it deals with a course of conduct spread over many months. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, D- N.Y., accused the supporters of Sandman's argument of raising "a phony issue," Rep. Barbara Jordan, D-Tex., said they were presenting phantom arguments. Rep. James R. Mann, D-S.C., charged that the whole issue had been raised in the manner of an effort to influence the American public through television. "He will be going to trial, if he goes, not only knowing what the charges are, but knowing every iota, every word of the evidence, with every i dotted and every t crossed," Mann said. Nixon's counsel, James D. St. Clair, attended all committee sessions when evidence was produced and has been presented with copies of everything the members have received. In an effort to meet the demand of Flowers and Froelich for more information, however, Rodino is having the staff prepare a brief summary of factual information supporting the proposed article. The main evidence is contained in the 38 volumes of material compiled during the long inquiry. Although the adoption of any article will mean the committee has recommended Nix- Continued on page 2 Economists react to Nixon speech WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Fair to partly cloudy tonight and Sunday. High Sunday 75 to 82. low tonight 52 to 57. High Friday 81. Overnight Ixw 52. At 8 a.m. 58. At 11 a.m. 80. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 71. Minimum 58; By LEE MITGANG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) - President Nixon's call for budget austerity and less coasumer spending as a means of fighting inflation has drawn guarded praise from conservative economists and condemnation from Nixon's traditional opponents. In his nationally televised address to Los Angeles businessmen Thursday night, Nixon said he is determined to cut the federal budget by Jo billion to a level of 1300 billion for fiscal 1975. He also called on all segments of fhe nation, particularly consumers, to spend less and save more. The President recommended that each wage-earner save 15 cents from each $10 normally spent. He declared a freeze on hiring of federa I e mployes w i th the hope of reducing the federal work force by 40,000 through attrition. Walter Heller, a former chairman of the Council of Kco- nomic Advisers under Presi- dents Kennedy ami Johnson, commented, "A 55 billion budget cut is next to impossible to attain and is only a token anyway. "And we know who the budget cut will probably hurt — not the defense community, but low income groups." On the other hand, Dr. Raymond Saulnier. 'a former Economic Council chairman under President I-Jisenhower, had high praise for the Nixon address. "It was a good speech. If we'd heard it six years ago, and stuck to the politics contained in it, we'd have few of the problems we have now." he said. "You didn't hoar a word in the address about the full-employment deficit budget Concept. That concept is a snare and an illusion, anil I'm glad to see it's been abandoned." Siiulnier agreed with Nixon that resjxmsiliiliU fur trim- mint; inflation lies with consumers, business^ anil Hovcrnnvnt, all of whom must nit their spending plans. One of Nixon's own economists, however, expressed little enthusiasm for the suggestion that consumers cut their spending. According to Sydney I.. Jones, deputy to Kenneth Rush, Nixon's economic coordinator, consumers are now saving 75 cents out of every S10 in their paychecks. He said the increase in savings could hurt retail sales. "\Ve do not want a consumer Iwycott," Jones told newsmen Friday "I would like to see consumers take a more discreet approach rather than not buying at all." Dr. Milton Friedman of the University of Chicago, who has counseled conservatives such as Hepublican Sen. Harry Goldwater of Arizona, also said consumer spending curbs are not the answer to inflation. "1 do not Ix-liove consumer U'havior is to blame. How much [>eop'.t' sjx'nd should be of their own choice." he said. Friedman s>i\s lu- believes laxes <nu;h( In cmac <!n\\n. accompanied li\ a-- ninth budget- cutting as possible. He said he welcomed in Nixon's speech the apparent desire to move toward more budgetary austerity. Friedman added, "I especially welcomed the news Nixon will avoid wage- price controls. I hope this time he sticks to it." But Harvard economist John K. Galbraith said he feels the reinstitution of wage-price controls is exactly what the economy needs to beat inflation. He also recommended increased taxation on those in upper income brackets. "We've handled inflation under much more trying conditions, but the Nixon address offered no remedy." Galbraith said. George Meany. president of the AVI.-CIO. criticized Nixon's call to consumers to buy less and save more. Consumers are already buying less because they just can't afford today's prices, os|>wi;ilK since their income — l>ut not that of Ihe corporations

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