The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on August 3, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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DailuJournal lOlstYEAR NO. 182 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1974 SINGLECOPYIOc Instead of impeachment Resolution proposes censure, not removal WASHINGTON (AP) Shunning a move to censure rather than impeach President Nixon, White House aides are portraying the proceeding in the House of Representatives as a political struggle, with President Nixon in the role of the underdog. Republicans on Friday introduced in the House a resolution offering an alternative to a full-fledged impeachment proceeding. It would censure Nix- Nixon's resignation closer says Humphrey RAINED OUT — Marty Robertson, 9, and Ricky Dahle, 8, take refuge Friday afternoon in the city library after two inches of rain soaked the city ballfields Thursday night. The boys play for the Hawks ball team in the Toss League of the city recreation department. The Hawks lost to the Crows 22-15 Friday afternoon at Adams Park. (Journal photo by Philip Hage) EPA bans aldrin, due to health hazards n WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has banned manufacture of two pesticides suspected of causing cancer. The agency also warns of possible health hazards if Congress fails to pass additional legislation to control harmful chemicals. The agency Friday placed the ban on the pesticides aldrin and dieldrin as "an unacceptably high cancer risk." EPA administrator Russell E. Train cited findings of diel- drin, which is chemically related to aldrin, in a wide range of foods and noted that dieldrin caused tumors in mice. Meanwhile, other EPA officials said the agency is seriously concerned about the lack of authority for EPA to test chem- icals in public 'commerce for their possible ability to induce cancer or other serious health effects. Deputy Administrator John R. Quarles Jr. urged a congressional conference committee to work out a final version of legislation authorizing EPA to test toxic chemicals and, where necessary, ban their sale. Without such testing, serious health effects may not be detected until they show up among the public, EPA officials said. Such bills have passed both the House and Senate but have been in a conference committee for nine months. Quarles said unless the legislation is resolved in conference and passed by Congress in the Tax reform bill passes key panel WASHINGTON (AP) - A tax-reform package designed to sprinkle benefits among taxpayers and to assure at least minimal tax payments from the wealthy has passed a key House panel. And before giving tentative approval to the wide-ranging tax reform measure Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee combined the bill with the so-called energy tax reform bill after a warning that a Congress preoccupied with impeachment would more readily pass one tax bill than deal with two separate measure. The biggest proposed benefit to the average taxpayer is the provision to boost the maximum standard deduction to $2,500 from $2,000, and to hike the minimum standard deduction to $1,400 from $1,300 on single returns and to $1,500 on joint returns. The new mainimum tax rate proposed by the committee would impose a 14 per cent levy on the first $50,000, 17 per cent between $50,000 and S100,-000, and 20 per cent thereafter. The experts estimate this would affect some 187,000 tax returns. To sweeten the burden for upper-income citizens, the panel proposed a slight decrease in the maximum capital gains tax rate, dropping it to 35 per cent from the present ceiling of 36.5 per cenl. The combination of hikes and cuts in tax levies was expected to produce a net revenue gain of $500 million annually, based on changes that would' increase some laxes by $7 billion and decrease other taxes by $6.5 million. One of the major ingredients in the tax-hike side was the last- minutc amendment that ac- celerates the previously-approved plan to phase out the controversial petroleum depletion allowance. The depletion tax break presently saves oilmen between $2 billion and $3 billion a year in federal taxes. Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., committee chairman, successfully urged upon his colleagues the wisdom of starting the three-year phase-out this year, as opposed to the original starting date of Jan. 1,1975. The first step in the gradual elimination of the 22 per cent depletion allowance would drop it to 15 per cent, retroactive to last Jan. 1. The timing of this year's legislative calendar is heavily influenced by the pending impeachment question, Mills indicated. Thus, he argued, the Senate is faced with the prospect of President Nixon's trial and that body would only have time to consider one major tax bill this year. At his urging, the committee wrapped both bills into a single package, which is expected to reach the House for action after the presidential impeachment proceedings there. next two months, it probably will lose all chance of action by Congress, increasingly preoccupied with the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. He said the delay would mean the legislation would have to start all over again in the next Congress, delaying passage at least a year if not indefinitely. The director of EPA's toxic substances office, Glenn Schweitzer, said public health officials have identified some 1,300 chemicals which cause tumors "under certain conditions." But he said there was little or no evidence to determine whether they pose a threat to human health. The ban on the two pesticides will take effect on Wednesday unless appealed by Shell Chemical Co., the only U.S. manufacturer of aldrin and dieldrin. An appeal could delay effectiveness of the ban another 15 days. "We will fight this attempt to suspend our insecticide," Shell spokesman Norman Alstedter said. "There is no evidence whatsoever to associate this chemical with cancer in man." "U.S. agriculture will now be in short supply of pesticides it vitally needs for top production of corn, the nation's single most important crop in 1975," the Shell spokesman said. 81-year-old flyer wants new heights SAN DIEGO (AP) - "I wish I were a little girl again," said Tiny Broadwick. "I would be. among the first women on the moon." A nod of understanding came from Flo Schirra, mother of former astronaut Walter Schirra and herself a former wing walker on planes by the end of World War I. Miss Broadwick, whose real name is Georgia Brown, was given the federal government's Pioneeer Aviation Award in 1953 on the 50th anniversary of powered flight. In 1913, at the age of 20, she was a seasoned aerial artist. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The resignation of President Nixon is coming closer to reality, says Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D- Minn. The former vice president, defeated by Nixon in the 1968 presidential race, commented that, "My own judgment now is that this (resignation) is much closer to being a reality than it ever was." Humphrey said he believes Nixon's decision whether to resign or risk impeachment "greatly depends on what kind of a head count" he has for the House impeachment vote scheduled later this month. His views were reported today from Washington, D.C., in a St. Paul Pioneer Press story. Humphrey noted that House Minority I«ader John Rhodes of Arizona has scheduled a press conference Monday, when he may announce his position on impeachment. If Rhodes decides in favor of impeachment, said the senator, "I think that could be the final straw" in Nixon's decision. Humphrey said he believes it would be best if the question is resolved through constitutional processes, then added: "I think it's imperative that we get on with the government. The President has had no Cabinet meetings for months, he's canceled meetings to listen to tapes, and the economy is in terrible trouble. "We're really in the early stages of a national emergency. Until this Watergate and impeachment business is cleared up one way or another, we're just not going to get the leadership that is necessary to grapple with inflation." on for "maladministration and moral insensitivity" but not call for his removal from office. White House spokesmen had no formal comment on the resolution introduced by Rep. Paul Findley, R-I11., and signed by House GOP leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona. While urging that the House be given such an alternative, Rhodes himself took no stand for or against censure. He scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce his position on impeachment. White House spokesman Gerald L. Warren, talking with newsmen before presentation of the resolution, for the first time described impeachment as "a political struggle." "We recognize the situation as it exists in the House ... we face an up-hill struggle," Warren said. He later added that while he was not conceding the House would impeach Nixon, "if you had to make odds ... you would have to place the President in the role of the underdog." Warren's reference to the proceeding as political marked an apparent shift in White House strategy. Previously, he and other spokesmen have stressed the legal aspects of the proceeding and contended that the evidence would vindicate Nixon. The spokesman described Nixon as "in very good spirits" and said he is spending much of HHH's campaign manager invokes Fifth Amendment WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertising executive Barry Nova has signed a sworn statement saying that Hubert H. Humphrey's campaign manager arranged for an illegal $12,000 corporate payment in 1970. The campaign manager. Jack L. Chestnut of Minneapolis, has invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify before the Senate Watergate Committee about corporate payments to the Humphrey campaigns in 1970 and 1972. Humphrey has said he was unaware of the corporate money. Nova, who did advertising work for Humphrey's 1970 Senate campaign, said in his statement that Chestnut asked him to forward some of his bills to the milk producers' cooperative. The co-op, Associated Milk Producers, Inc. admitted on Thursday that it had illegally Cost of living agency proposed WASHINGTON (AP) — Conceding there is no immediate hope of lowering the cost of living, the Nixon administration is asking Congress to create an agency to monitor wage and price increases. The "Cost of Living Task Force" would have none of the wage-price control authority held by the Cost of Living Council, which went out of existence June 30. Instead, the new agency would pull together data needed to dissuade business and labor when demands for higher wages and prices threaten the fight against inflation and shortages. The call for the new agency, issued Friday by the White House, was among the first specific inflation-fighting steps taken by the administration since authority to control wages and prices expired April 30. Even as the White House was urging formation of the new task force, Treasury Secretary William E. Simon "was telling the congressional Joint Economic Committee that President Nixon's policy of budgetary restraint will lake time to show results. "The best we can hope for right now is just to maintain the present price structure and avoid further increases," Simon said. Initial congressional reaction to the monitoring-agency proposal was favorable, even though Congress earlier this year rejected such an idea when, with the backing of business and labor, it allowed wage- price controls to expire. However, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Tex., who on Wednesday outlined Democratic economic proposals to a nationwide television audience, said he doubts a monitoring agency that works out of the White House "can inspire the support and confidence necessary to successfully discourage inflationary wage and price hikes." Until Friday, the administration had been urging budget restraint as its only weapon against inflation. Nixon has promised to cut his proposed budget for this fiscal year by $5 billion, down to $300 billion, but Simon said no decision has been made on what programs will be slashed. paid $12,000 of the bills out of corporate funds. Nova's sworn and notarized statement is in the open files of the Senate Watergate Committee. The files contain copies of a letter signed by Chestnut and asked the milk producer's lobbyist, Bob A. Lilly, to pay the bills. There also is a statement quoting Lilly as saying he sent $12,000 in corporate checks to Chestnut to forward to the advertising firm. Copies of the two $6,000 checks, made out on the corporation account, are included. Nova worked as a political advertising specialist in the now-bankrupt firm of Lennen & Newell, headquartered in New York. Recalling the Senate race, Nova said in his statement, "Early in the campaign I received a telephone call from the Humphrey campaign manager, Jack Chestnut, who requested that Lennen & Newell submit its next regular monthly invoice to an organization he identified as the 'American Milk Producers', rather than directly to the campaign headquarters." Nova, of Greenwich, Conn., said he assumed the bills were paid and that he believed the group he was billing was a political trust and not a corporation. "We believed the proposed payment from the 'American Milk Producers' to be entirely legal and proper," Nova said. Although Chestnut or Nova seem to have gotten the co-op's name wrong, the Watergate files show that Lennen & Newell eventually sent four invoices for $3,000 each to "Associated Milk Producers, Inc., c-o Bob A. Lilly". Each bill bore the words, "Consulting fee for Minnesota." The bills were dated April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8, 1970. On May 12, Chestnut sent Lilly a letter saying, "Dear Bob, enclosed is the correct billing for Lennen & Newell, Inc. Please return the check to us and we will forward it to Lennen & Newell. Very truly yours, Jack L. Chestnut." Lilly's lawyer, Anthony Nicholas of San Antonio, sent the Watergate Committee a statement quoting his client. He said Chestnut forwarded the bills to Lilly only after an initial go-around in which the advertising firm had billed the milk producers "c-o Jack Chestnut." Chestnut apparently got the firm to issue a second set of invoices leaving off his name and substituting Lilly's. "This billing was to be for services rendered but in truth and in fact, the money was to go to Jack Chestnut for the Hubert H. Humphrey campaign at the time," Lilly's lawyer said. He said Lilly acted on instructions of the co-op's then general manager, Harold S. Nelson, who has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to give illegal corporate money to Humphrey and others. his time reviewing tapes and other materials being turned over to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. In Sirica's courtroom on Friday, White House lawyers were ordered to turn over Nixon's notes about subpoenaed Watergate conversations by Wednesday. Sirica set the deadline after pressing the White House to speed the delivery of tapes and materials of 64 conversations and related documents subpoenaed for the Watergate coverup trial. Meanwhile, Sen. Walter F. Mondale, D-Minn., said he will ask the Senate to subpoena the tapes and materials of the 64 conversations if the Senate conducts a presidential impeachment trial. House Speaker Carl Albert indicated opposition to censure, saying "I'm certainly not recommending it. I would not vote to censure the President. I would either vote for or against the (impeachment) resolution." But Democratic Whip John J. McFall of California said "it's a possible way out" and contended House members should have that alternative. In other action, Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., notified the House that 204 headsets would be ready in four rooms on Monday for members wanting to listen to tape recordings of President Nixon's talks with top aides. Woman battles for Academy admission MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — An 18-year-old suburban Minneapolis woman is battling what she calls bureaucracy and discrimination in an attempt to becoming a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Sara Wastvedt, who said she first tried to apply last August by wriling to her senators and congressman, maintains it's not unusual for her to seek admission. "H wouldn't be called unusual if a boy wanted to do this," she said. "I mean, considering Four brothers meet for first time in 73 years ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Almost three-quarters of a century ago, Joseph Lombardo left his father's small Italian farm and boarded a ship for America. He and his four brothers were never together again until a moving reunion at a busy airport. Joseph, 87, and three other brothers, now also in the United States, greeted 81-yearold Domcnico, who flew here for a six-week stay from his ranch in Perth, Australia. Asked if he recognized Domenico after 73 years, Joseph smiled and said, "No, not hardly." Brother Carl, 85, was more d'irect: "I expected him to be more fat." All five brothers, including Carmelo, 79, and Paul, 74, both of Dennison, Ohio, spent the remainder of the day in conversation. A full-scale reunion dinner tonight will include some of the brother's 28 children and many more distant relatives. Several of the men said they could remember vividly that day in March 1901 when Joseph left Siderno, Italy, for the promise of a new life. "I came for a better place to live," said Joseph, still spry enough to walk about eight miles daily with Carl. Both live in Albany. Added Paul, "We didn't get rich, but we made a good liv- ing. One by one, the other brothers followed Joseph's lead in leaving the farm, which today is tended by their two sisters and families. Joseph and Carl were settled in Albany in 1908 working as laborers on Hudson River docks when their father, Vincent, came to America to take them home. But he was killed in a railroad accident and the brothers stayed. Carmelo came in 1913 anrt took a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he worked 45 years before retiring in Ohio. He later was joined by Paul. Domenico returned to the family farm after serving with the Italian army in World War I. When his six sons and three daughters eventually left for Australia, he joined them in 1960 in running a 1,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch. my background, I wouldn't call it unusual." It was her father's early career as a fighter pilot the propelled her interest in planes. Miss Wastvedt said she took her first glider ride in her father's lap at the age of 18 months. She's been flying gliders ever since, having soloed at'the age of 14. In addition to possessing a sailplane license, she has also spent several hours with her dad in a T34, a fighter plane of World War H vintage still used to train pilots. Her nomination to the academy, made by Rep. Donald Fra- scr. D-Minn , was rejected because of present Air Force policy restricting admission to males only. Now. Miss Wastvedt said two California women curently are sueing for their admission and this week appeals a U.S. Dis- (ricl Court decision which upheld the right of the academies to exclude women. "I didn't think they would put up this much of a fight," she said. "I have been more hopeful than cynical. But if we lose this lawsuit, I'm sure I'll lose failh in my government." Canada lifts ban on meat OTTAWA (AP) — Canada says it will resume meat imports from the United States after a four-month ban, following agreement on a new system to keep out meat treated with a controversial growth hormone. However, the Canadian government will impose a quota on live cattle — 82,835 head in the next 12 months — to stabilize the domestic market. A U.S.-Canadian controversy centered on the growth hormone Diethylstilbestrol (DES). In April 1973, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of DES in the United States because of the results of laboratory experiments on animals. The action was taken without a hearing and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington overturned the FDA ruling in January. The chemical is outlawed in Canada for use with livestock. The ban, which covered sheep as well as cattle, went into effect April 9 after the Canadian government said no satisfactory method had been found to ensure imports were free from DES. Canadian health department officials said Friday that under the new plan screening of meat for DES would be carried out by U.S. government veterinarians. WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Fair to partly cloudy and slightly warmer today. Clear and cool tonight. Sunny and a little warmer Sunday. High today upper 60s and low 70s. Lows tonight mid 40s and low 50s. Highs Sunday mid and upper 70s. High Friday 67. Overnight low 48. At 8 a.m. 52. At noon 64. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 86. Minimum 6X

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