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GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, Sunday Morning, June 2, 1974 C I T Y E D I T I O N STATE OUTLOOK -- Mild, with rain likely. Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. More weather on Page 4A. 30 Out.- WOST C O M P L E T E N E W S P A P E R W I T H T W O G R E A T M A G A Z I N E S A N D W O R L D ' S B E S T C O M I C S Brotherton Tax Pledge Cites Need The Assicated Press State Senate President William T. Brotherton, D-Kanawha. said Saturday the legislature will not approve a tax hike unless there is a real need for it and the need can be shown to taxpayers. Speaking to the West Virginia M o b i l e Home Dealers Assn., Brotherton said "You c a n ' t fool the people any more." If there is a need for a tax hike, he said, "they (state residents) are willing to accept it as long as they know why." He noted that tax hikes have been suggested as ways of financing additional road bonds and the Vietnam veterans bonus. 4 Rip-Off Charged WASHINGTON ( A P ) - A Democratic congressional spokesman accused the Nixon administration Saturday of undermining the quality of life of two-thirds of the nation by following passive economic policies. Throughout the administration, Rep. Henry S. Reuss of Wisconsin said, there has been "a rip-off of the vast majority of American families who try to make a go of it on incomes of $15,000 a year or less." Reuss, a member of the Senate-House Economic Committee, spoke on CBS in an equal-time rebuttal ft President Nixon's May 25 radio speech on the economy. He quoted Nixon's statement that large wage increases and an over-rapid expansion of the economy were the principal dangers and that . some increase in unemployment might be inevitable. "We Democrats reject this (Turn to Page 4A, Col. 1; 2 Named To Parole A one-cent-per-gallon hike in the gasoline tax could be helpful in retiring new highway bonds, he said, but he said he won't accept that approach "until everyone discloses a full need for it." The disagreements between himself and Republican Gov. Moore are not personal fights, · he said, but "principle or policy" fights. He blamed Moore for the legislature's failure to enact a 1974-75 budget, saying the Governor would not sit down with legislative leaders "to give them a true picture of projected revenues." Despite threats that the road-building program will be shut down if the lawmakers do not give the Governor authority to spend $150 million of the $500 million in road-building funds approved by voters in November 1973, Brotherton said that can't happen. He said sufficient revenues exist to complete the Interstate program using 10 per cent state funds and 90 per cent federal funds. The Governor wants to continue the road building program at its $200 million-a-year pace, he said. But Brotherton said he would like to see highway expenditures slowly decrease over the next five or six years. That would allow new taxes from increased travel and business resulting from completion of the highway system to fill the void left in the economy by the end of highway building, he said. Salute A Syrian soldier, who lost both his legs in the October War in the Middle East, salutes as he is carried off the plane that brought him from an Israeli prison camp to Damascus: Israel and Syria began a prisoner of war exchange Saturday. See story on Page 3A. (AP Wirephoto) President to Abolish Subversive Group List W A S H I N G T O N ( A P ) President Nixon intends to abolish the attorney general's list of so-called subversive organizations, a product of the 1950s Red scare era, administration sources say. The White House has drafted an executive order doing away with the list, and Nixon plans to sign it, the sources report. *· ATTY. GEN. William B. Saxbe r e c o m m e n d e d the move, a c c o r d i n g to the sources in the White House and Justice Department. "The list is irrelevant and legally we're in a bind on it," said a White House official. An official of the department's criminal division has Board The Associated Press Gov. Moore Saturday filled two vacancies on the three- member Board of Probation and Parole with the appointments of Tom B. Foulk Jr. of Wheeling and lawyer Malcolm Louden of Parkersburg. The two were sworn into office by State Supreme Court Justice Charles Haden III. It marks the first time in more than six months that the b o a r d has been at f u l l strength. Louden, who had previously served on the board and was its chairman until last November, replaces Francis P. Warder of Charleston, who retired Friday. Foulk, a retired colonel with 30 years service in the Air Force, succeeds J. Kenneth Shaver of Wheeling who resigned in January. "(Turn to Page 4A, Col. 2) End to Rain Expected As Front Moves East The huge frontal system hovering over West Virginia, causing steady rain in the state since Thursday, is expected to begin moving eastward by this morning, the National W e a t h e r Service reported Saturday. The precipitation is expected to taper off from the west with the entire state finally becoming partly cloudy by tonight. The frontal system extended from Pennsylvania to Tennessee late Saturday. Highs today will range from the upper 60s to the low 70s. Saturday's rainfall, according to the weather service, was light to moderate in most areas, w i t h some h e a v y amounts reported in Jackson County. High water flooded several 1-77 interchanges north of Charleston into Jackson County. No major damage was reported. Small streams and creeks were reported out of their banks along the Poca River in the vicinity of Rocky Fork Road and throughout Jackson County. The weather service advised persons living near small streams to listen for the latest weather information and be prepared to move to safety if flooding were observed. All m a j o r r i v e r s in the state, however, appeared to be remaining within their banks, the weather service reported. Her Birthday Song to Have Special Ring A Charleston area architect is planning a musical birthday party at 12:30 p. m. today for his mother, who is a patient at McMillan Hospital. She is 84. Robert Martens said he hopes to surprise his mother, Grayce V. Martens, with a gathering of her former music students and f r i e n d s . Mrs. M a r t e n s taught voice in the area for nearly half a century. Martens, who was re-, cently released from the same hospital where he was treated for injuries received in an automobile accident, said he is trying to p e r s u a d e h i s m o t h e r ' s physician, to sing at the affair. "Dr. John Crites was m o t h e r ' s f a v o r i t e student," he said. Closed-Door Policy Likely In Inquiry By John Beckler WASHINGTON - (tfl - It now looks as if the public will have scant opportunity -- and perhaps none whatever -- to witness any part of the impeachment proceedings of the House Judiciary Committee. The prospect of live television coverage is especially diminished, both by the trend of the panel's thinking and the sheer crush of time. And it could be that the doors will be openened to no outsiders at all. A number of votes and comments by committee members in recent days all went in the direction of keeping the inquiry closed, contrary to a plea from President Nixon's attorneys and previous assurances from panel leaders that the secrecy would soon be lifted. · THE PRIVACY to date was designed to expedite the initial presentation of evidence and also to protect some particularly sensitive items, such as the special report from the Watergate grand jury, heard in the early phase. With two previous target dates having slipped by already, time is an even more urgent consideration -- and Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., is determined to hold to a revised schedule that would wind up the investigative part of the proceedings in three more weeks. The judiciary committee still hopes to finish its impeachment inquiry in July, Rodino said Saturday. "We have been delayed by White House refusals to supply evidence, but we still hope to finish our proceedings and make a recommendation to the full House sometime in July." Rodino said in New York where he was to get an honorary degree. »· A L L O W I N G A N O T H E R week for the examination of any witnesses and for the President's chief lawyer. James D. St. Clair. to present his arguments, the committee should be able to begin drawing up its recommendations by July 1. And, if the committee conc l u d e s t h a t it has a case (Turn to Page 1A, Col. 1) CASINO Publisher Proposes Putnam County Resort called it "absolutely worthless." In 1947, President Harry S. Truman ordered the department to maintain a list of 'totalitarian, Fascist, Communist or subversive" organizations as a tool for screening applicants for government jobs. Four years'later, the Supreme Court ruled that no group could be placed on the list without a hearing. Subsequent court decisions blocked the government from refusing to hire an applicant solely because of his membership in one of the q u e s t i o n a b l e groups. The list dropped into obscurity after the Red scare subsided. Nevertheless, some 300 organizations officially still are labeled s u b v e r s i v e . Only about 20 still exist. The list includes the Communist party USA, the Ku Klux Klan and such other groups as the National Blue Star Mothers of America and the Committee to Uphold the Bill of Rights. Ik- THE MILITANT groups of the past decade never were added to the official listing. The FBI and other govern'(Turn to Page 4A, Col. 2 ) ) FLIXBOROUGH, England (AP) -- A chemical plant exploded in a huge ball of flame Saturday, rocking this small Lincolnshire village. Official estimates of the death toll ranged between 20 and 55. An emergency ambulance control center reported that 62 persons were injured in the plant and nearby villages, but only 11 were hospitalized. The force of the blast demolished or damaged homes for miles around and authorities estimated more than 2,000 persons had to be evacuated from this industrial area 150 miles north of London. The explosion appeared to be accidental, police said. Noxious fumes were still a danger several hours. The blast occurred when only a skeleton crew was on duty at the plant where the normal work forces numbers 500. Rescue workers put the death toll at 20, but one police official said the number was 55. A number of persons were reported missing and no firm count of the dead was available. H U N T I N G T O N , W . V a . (AP) -- A proposal to create a casino gambling resort in Putnam County was made Sunday by N. S. Hayden, publisher and president of the Huntington Publishing Co. Writing in his regular weekly column in the Sunday Herald Advertiser, Hayden said "no other resourse exists which could return so much for so little on the part of this state" as legalized casino gambling. "Taxes and lease fees could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars annually and be used exclusively for the welfare of the people of West Virginia," Hayden said. The publisher noted that, at present, casino gambling is legal only in Nevada, although it is being considered in Atlantic City, N.J. "Nothing could as easily wipe out West Virginia's economic problems as the legalization of casino gambling. Not h i n g c o u l d be easier to properly control," he wrote. Hayden said Putnam County is ideally located between Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia's two largest cities, and "within easy driving d i s t a n c e of some of the world's most unspoiled land." He said an airport to serve such a vacation mecca could be built easily. "West Virginia is geographically better suited than Atlantic City, offers more natural beauty and is within 600 miles of half the population of the U.S.," wrote Hayden. He proposed that the state acquire about 10 square miles of land in the county and accept plans and proposals from casino developers. "Land would be leased to the developers on either a fixed fee basis or a fee plus percentage of gross receipts or some similar arrangement. "Once casino resorts are constructed on state-owned land, a virtually controlled monopoly situation would exist. It would allow gamblers from throughout the East a place to find their action without the outside influence of organized crime." Hayden acknowledged the problems which might arise from those morally opposed to such a plan. "I will not dwell on the moral implications of gambling, save to say that even some churches sell raffle tickets and the dictionary I use doesn't measure gambling by degree." Hayden said. Nixon Support Urged BOSTON i.T) -- Massachusetts Republicans adopted on Saturday a strongly worded resolution in support of President N i x o n , despite pleas from liberals that it might harm GOP candidates this fall. The pro-Nixon resolution was adopted on a thunderous voice vote at the party's unofficial state nominating convention at Boston University. A loud burst of applause and shouting erupted from a majority of the 2,400 delegates following the vote. The resolution affirms the state party's support of Nixon, expresses confidence in his ability to govern, and "abhors the frenzy and hatred that has been generated and which now permeates this land against the President." It calls for fairness to Nixon "especially from the ranks of the communications media and the Congress of the U n i t e d States." S t a t e Rep. F r a n c i s W . Hatch Jr. of Beverly predicted that adoption of the pro- Nixon resolution "will make it very, very difficult for GOP candidates this fall." The u n o f f i c i a l convention was called to endorse party candidates for state office despite 1973 legislation eliminating the required nominating conventions for both major parties. ,-MAIL SOCIAL SECURITY: What's It Worth to You Cost Can Wipe Out Secure Future This is the first of a five-part series which takes a look at the present Social Security system. The series will continue through Thursday in the Charleston Daily Mail. 9 By Warren Shore Chicago Today The federal government prints a little blue booklet entitled "Your Social Security" which begins: "Nine out of ten working people in the United States are now building protection for themselves and their families under the Social Security program . . . " Do you believe the little blue booklet? The truth is that Social SecurityAfan cost you more than $200,000 and wipe out your chances for a secure future. For the generation of American workers under 40, Social Security no longer works. Rather than adding to the financial future of the young wage earner, Social Security is steadily tearing it down. CONSIDER THE following: · D u r i n g the last 20 years the taxes we pay for Social Security have grown a staggering 800 per cent -more than 10 times the cost of living rise for the same years. *· During the same period, while the taxpayer's bill for Social Security grew from $5 billion to $40 billion annually, Charleston Memphis 0 3 3 4 Jb- the average monthly benefit check went from $55 to $140 -less than one-third the tax rise and never above the poverty level. · It is now possible to pay as much as $14,602 in Social Security taxes and not be eligible for any retirement benefits at all -- whether you work or not after 65. (· The household in which the husband earns $11,000 and his wife $9,000 annually must pay $32 per month more in Social Security taxes than the household of a $100,000-a-year executive. »· During the last ten years Social Security p a y m e n t checks have averaged half the maximum amount possible in any benefit category. The same amount of money, during the same years, paid to a private fund would have paid for twice the maximum in any benefit category. »· The Social Security restrictions against earning more than a poverty wage ($2,880 per year) while drawing benefits remain in full force until age 72 -- when more t h a n 99 per cent of Americans are either fully retired or dead. - More t h a n h a l f of all A m e r i c a n t a x p a y e r s pay more to the Social Security Administration than they pay i^income tax -- and the per- centage is growing. How could the system, called "a ray of hope" in 1937 when it was enacted, have become what University of California economist Peter Somers recently termed "the biggest single roadblock to the security of the American wage earner?" The answer is that Social Security has not done any of what it set out to do. Designed to act as "financial cushion which would encourage saving to supplement it," the opposite has resulted. The system now takes so much fron? the U.S. paycheck, saving is discouraged. (Turn to )Page 5A, Col. 1) Vacationland West Virginia - Section C Private Colleges In Money Crunch - Page IE Always on Sunday IB Building News 8D, 9D Business News 10D Classified Ads 5E-11E Columnists IE-3E Current Affairs IE Editorials ^ 2E ' Home, Family 1F-9F Magazine 1M-32M Obituaries 10B, 11B Page Opposite 3E Sports 1D-11D Travel....1C-26C, 25M-31M Your Bridgework..._.,...HA

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