The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on October 1, 1974 · Page 14
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 14

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Tuesday, October 1, 1974
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GM officials named Inflation hits hard at senior citizens DETROIT (AP) - General Motors has advanced a financial wizard and a veteran auto engineer to its executive summit. Both are men with long internships with the nation's largest manufacturer. The selection of Thomas A. Murphy as GM's new chairman of the board and KM. "Pete" Estes as president indicates there is likely to be no dramatic shift in the firm's policies, say industry observers. The GM board of directors selected the pair during a meeting in New York on Monday. And with the deration of six other GM executives, policy-making at GM remains entrenched in many of the same hands which have helped guide the giant firm in the past. In fact, observers all along have remarked on the similarities bet'veen the new officers, their policies and their retiring predecessors. "This enlargement of the top management group recognizes the ever-increasing complexity of operating a modern worldwide enterprise," the board said after naming Estes and Murphy. Murphy, an accountant, has been witliGM since 1938. A former clerk in the firm's comptroller staff, he continues the GM tradition of having a strong money man holding the purse- strings of a company which rang up sales of $35.8 billion in 1973. Murphy moved up from vice chairman, a position he took in 1972 when GM directors "jumped" him over a number of more experienced vice presidents. Estes is a car maker. He started as a GM engineer at age IS, and now, 40 years later, is the head auto man for a company which marketed 8.68 million cars and trucks worldwide last year. Murphy will take his new post on Dec. 1 when Richard C. Gerstenberg steps down after reaching mandatory retirement age of 65. Like his predecessor, James M. Koche, Gerstenberg has directed GM's powerful finance committee, and that job now falls to Murphy. Estes assumes the presidency today following the retirement of Edward N. Cole, wlw reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 last month. Murphy and Estes are both 58. They inherit two of the highest paying jobs in U.S. industry. Gerstenberg earned $938,000 in 1973 after stock options, while Murphy, who was vice chairman, pulled in $832,997. Cole made $846,500, and Estes was paid $703,500 as one of three executive vicu presidents. Uichard L Terrell, 55, and Oscar I.undin, 63, were promoted from their vice presidencies to fill Murphy's vice chairmanship. Four men were selected for executive vice presidencies: K. .lames McDonald, Keuben Jensen, Howard Kehrl and Roger li. Smith. They reflect the depth of leadership for which GM has been famous, and comprise the largest top management in the firm's history. Javits discusses his trip to Cuba Time Continued from page 1 servative measure, and became effective Jan. 6 for a 22- month period. The Senate Commerce Committee, in recommending a return to standard time during November, December, January and February, reported the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil per day was saved during the first four months of 1974 because of daylight time. ' But such savings "must be balanced against a majority of the public's distaste for the observance of daylight saving time" during the winter, the committee said. Daylight time is opposed, especially during the winter months, by parents of school children, who must start classes during the predawn hours, and by the construction industry, which claims additional safety hazards during early morning hours. * Pardon Continued from page 1 If so, what is the authority? —Did Ford or his aides ask for "a confession or statement of criminal guilt" and was the statement Nixon made at the • time of the pardon approved in advance by Ford or his aides? —What representations were made on Nixon's behalf for the pardon? —Did Ford have any report from a psychiatrist or doctor that Nixon was in poor health? If so, provide it. Ford said at his last news conference that his only information on Nixon's health was news accounts and an aide's description of Nixon's physical appearance. To another question, the President said that when he granted the pardon he had been told there was a very real possibility Nixon would be charged with 11 criminal actions. Cm the question of whether Nixon was offered the pardon in advance if he would resign the presidency, Ford answered "there was no understanding, no deal." Haig and the White House issued detailed denials in mid- September that he actively pressed for the pardon although they said he favored it. The $398,000 expense money for Nixon was in an $8.2-billion supplemental appropriation bill before the House. The bill includes $7.7 billion deferred funding for housing, education and other programs Congress approved earlier. Chairman Tom Steed, D- OWa., of the subcommittee that slashed the $850,000 request by 1452,000 called the Nixon money issue "highly emotional" but urged the House not to cut the funds further. Ford's testimony before Congress would be the first by a sitting president since a surprise appearance by Lincoln before a committee inquiring into allegations that his wife, Mary Todd Uncoln, was a Southern collaborator. WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuba appears ready to improve relations with the United States so that it can reduce its dependence on the Soviet Union, Sen. Jacob Javits, R- N.Y., said today. "I think they are getting worried about the degree to which they are in the hands of the Russians," Javits said during an interview on NBC's "Today" show. Javits ami Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., returned Monday from a three-day trip to Cuba which included discussions with Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro. The senators said that Castro made no direct overtures to them for improved relations with the United States nor any reference to feeling threatened by his dependence on the Soviet Union. But they said they came back with a definite impression that Castro would like to improve relations with the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations. "The thaw has begun and we will find the road back," Javits said. The senators also said that Castro apologized for the timing of a strongly anti- American speech he made Saturday, while they were in Cuba. They said Castro makes a strongly a nti-American speech every Sept. 28, the anniversary of one of Castro's early moves to consolidate his power, and it had nothing to do with their visit. The senators met with Castro for three hours Sunday night and said they took strong exception to his speech. Pell described the meeting as "warm, frank and friendly," and said Cuba should be judged by "its actions and not its words." Budget Continued from page 1 General Fund in federal revenue sharing funds. Revenue sharing monies would be transferred to other departments: $96,793 to the public safety department for general operations of the police department; and $3,206 to the park and recreation department. The mill rate also is reduced next year because the council approved a $21,324 reduction in general property taxes that would have provided revenue to the city pension fund, and approved a $5,000 addition to the tax levy transfer from the liquor store fund. But the council also approved an additional $720,000 be set aside for street improvements along Junius Avenue. The council recommended last month that the project, scheduled for completion in 1976, be moved up to 1975. A total of $740,000 had been already set aside for 1975 street improvements, but completion of the Junius Ave. project in 1975 requires that a total of $1,460,500 be set aside. The council is expected to formally adopt the 1975 budget at the regular council meeting ocl. 7. "We felt the Cuban government, Premier Castro particularly, were interested in working for better relations with the United States — that was our impression," Javits said. Neither senator would give a specific reason why Cuba is ready to end the 13-year estrangement between the two countries. Watergate defendants at glance WASHINGTON (AP) - Here are the defendants and the charges against them in the Watergate cover-up trial scheduled to begin today: -John N. Mitchell, 61, former attorney general, indicted on one count conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count obstruction of justice, two counts lying to grand jury, one count perjury, one count lying to FBI agents. If convicted on all counts, faces possible maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and $42,000 in fines. —H.R. Haldeman, 47, former White House chief of staff, indicted on one count conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count obstruction of justice, and three counts perjury. Possible maximum penalty: 25 years in prison and $16,000 fines. - John D. Ehrlichman, 49, former presidential domestic counselor, indicted on one count conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count obstruction of justice, one count lying to FBI agents, two counts lying to a grand jury. Possible maximum penalty: 25 years in prison and $40,000 in fines. —Robert C. Mardian, 51, former assistant attorney general, indicted on one count conspiracy to obstruct justice. Possible maximum penalty: 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. —Kenneth W. Parkinson, 46, attorney for President Nixon's campaign committee, indicted on one count conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count obstruction of justice. Possible maximum penalty: 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines A separate trial was ordered Monday for a sixth defendant, Gordon C. Strachan. No date was set. Strachan, 31, former presidential assistant, was indicted on one count conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count obstruction of justice and one count lying to a grand jury. Possible maximum penalty: 15 years prison and $20,000 in fines. By JACKIE KOEDI.EK St. Paul Dispatch Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) .Somewhere in the city there's an elderly man or woman waiting in a one-room apartment for a Social Security check. Others, more fortunate, wait in low-income high rises, and some watch for the mailman from their homes. But they all watch and wait for the green check that's their link with living. And many know before the check arrives that there won't be enough dollars for a movie, a new dress or shirt, a short trip, a gift they'd enjoy giving or a special coffee cake or box of candy. For these senior citizens, the dream of golden years of retirement has tarnished and faded. They're the hamburger generation, a generation that often China has celebration TOKYO (AP) - The People's Republic of China celebrated its 25th anniversary today with "brimming revolutionary vigor and joy" and forgiveness for wayward comrades. Festivities began Monday night with a reception for 4,500 l>eople presided over by Premier Chou En-lai. It was his first appearance in public since suffering a heart attack two months ago. Today there was merrymaking and entertainment in the parks of the major cities. Hsinhua, the official news agency, carried a list of Chinese and foreign guests at the reception in the Great Hall of the People. Search ends DULUTH, Minn. (AP)-Two young hunters found their way out of woods near Duluth Monday, ending an extensive search that had been launched for them. Chris Porter and Dave Perrault, both 17 and seniors at East High School, went bird- hunting Sunday afternoon near Pequayan I-ake north of Duluth. When they hadn't returned by midnight, authorities were notified and the search began. Ultimately, it involved sheriff's officers, the county rescue squad, relatives and the East High football team. "What it comes down to is two guys without a compass getting messed up on directions," said Porter. "We were trying to flush out some birds and we got split up," said Perrault, East High quarterback. "We yelled and fired shots but we got twisted around and when we did get back together, neither of us knew the way back to our truck." Perrault said the pair spent the night Irving to sleep on the damp ground in below-freezing temperatures. The next morning they found an old logging cabin and a path, which led to a dirt road. The road led to a farm, where Porter and Perrault called their parents and the sheriff's office about noon. However, sheriff's deputies remained on the scene, this time looking for several football players players who had joined the search for Porter and Perrault. Everyone was accounted for by late afternoon, the sheriff's office said. finds facing death easier than financial terror or illness, that buys clothes at outlet stores, Goodwill Industries or Salvation Army. Living on fixed incomes that sometimes range between $100 and $200 a month, the men and women are members of a generation that has fallen victim to inflation. Higher prices, especially soaring food costs, mean one thing—doing without. While today's shrinking dollar is creating headaches for everyone, especially those with low incomes, the problems for the elderly poor arc coupled with their special heartaches: loneliness and despair. Jo Ixittsfeldt, director of Catholic Social Service's in- home support program, said inflation has added to the senior citizen's "whole feeling of not being important." Ramsey County had 66,731 persons age 60 or over, according to the 1970 census, or 14 per cent of the population. Those in homes often have the most severe financial problems. "The homes usually are old and in bad shape," said Mrs. [.ottsfeldt. "When the home needs an unexpected repair the owner is caught. There's no money to have the work done." Spiraling food costs seem to be causing the severest day-today problems for senior citi- The heritage People SONS OF NORWAY HUBERT THOMPSON F.I.C. Representative Route 3 Fergus Falls, Minnesota •Preserving a Heritage.'lnsuring the Futun You're Invited INFORMAL MODELING Featuring New Fall Fashions Thursday, October 3 AT THL 12:00 to 1:30 1-94 and 210 West Frit/, a nutrition specialist with the Governor's Council on the Aging, said, "People who live in one-room apartments often have no refrigerators. They have to keep foods in their rooms that won't .spoil, and many s|>eak of living on bakery products and coffee." Hread is apt to Ix; their primary hakery item, not rolls or coffee cake. For meat, it's usually chicken and hamburger. As one elderly woman noted, "I love hamburger. But you yet a little tired of it when you have it at least four nights a week." The assistant manager of a downtown food market, Tom f/eary, said 70 per cent of his customers are over W) ami 80 per cent are women. He said some find they don't have enough money at the checkout counter. I-cary added: "The saddest cases arc the elderly ladies who put steaks in their purses. It's just the whole image of old people stealing. I just take the items away from them and tell them not to come in again. They're already hurt. Why hurt them more by prosecuting?" Mary K. Meyer, president of Senior Citizens Coalition, lamented she's "sick of paying $30 to $40 a month for drugs just to stay alive." "1 think there are very few of our officials in Washington who really know how the poor are getting along," she said. Iktircmcnl was a beaulilul word for a 58-year-old St. Paul man when he duelled five months ago to retire from his salesman's job. Although he was not eligible for a ixinsiori, his home and car were paid for and investments promised travel ami a comfortable standard of living, hut when the stock market and other investments soured, the monthly checks stopping coming. The bills didn't, ami "the Fergis falls (Mi.) Joinal lues., Oct. 1,1974 jg panic sUirtcd." First, he sold his car. Then his Iwuse. Now lie has joined the growing number of retired persons who have been forced tu Iry to find their way'back into the 'work force because of spiraling living costs. "I think I've been to every employment agency in town," he said. "No one tells me in so many words that I'm too old, just overqualified. I'm in good health and I feel 1 have seven good years left to work. But I'm passed up because of age." 1 t? 1 Nilson Funeral Home I 119 N. UNION AVENUE. FEBGUS FAILS, MINNESOIA PHONE 7367834 Order from Buffet or the Menu tackle the cold THE WOODSMAN COAT Handsome way to stay warm. 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