Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 129
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 129

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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HJtfK Several weeks ago Coca-Cola introduced a new plastic "bottle manufactured "by Monsanto Chemical Co. It holds 32 ounces of the soft drink, which is "being test-marketed around Providence, R.I. If sales . prove positive, the company plans to introduce the plastic "bottle nationwide. The plastic is acryloni- trile, and according to Fob'd and Drug Administration officials the Monsanto tests prove that it is safe, the chemicals do not "leach" to the soft drink. Several environmental organizations, however, claim otherwise. They point out that the manufacture of"plastic bottles contributes to overall air and water pollution and that the users of the · plastic "bottles will litter the countryside with them. The Monsanto people say this is ridiculous, that they will have collection centers for recycling and will pay the purchasers of the plastic Coca-Cola bottles 12.5 cents per pound when they are returned. Some time ago plastic "bottles were manufactured for liquor. They were made of polyvinylchloride, and these were "banned "by the FDA because small amounts of the chemical combined with alcohol. This is not the case with the Monsanto plastic Coke bottle. Amid the current controversy over covert .activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, little attention has been paid to the work of intelligence organizations operated by the Army, Navy and Air Force -- all of which report to the National Security Agency, a federal agency far bigger and more secretive than the . CIA. In one previously unreported case, classified military documents show that the Army Security Agency secretly monitored civilian radio messages on at least six occasions during the past 10 years, even though the Army knew the practice was illegal. Watching from Vint Hill Farms Station and Arlington Hall Station, two Army installations in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, Army intelligence officers covertly monitored walkie-talkie messages of Washington demonstrators following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April. 1968, and again during the "Poor People's Campaign," a Washington civil rights encampment during May and June of 1968. In addition, the Army Security Agency secretly overheard civilian radio messages during both the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominating conventions in 1968, the California trial of Black Panther leader Huey Newton in-1968 and a demonstration at ths Pentagon to protest United States involvement in the Vietnam war in 1967. A classified 1968 memo from the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence to the Army's General Counsel refers directly to the question of the legality of. that practice: "Existing laws prohibit monitoring civilian radio transmissions, and for the U.S. Army Security Agency to continue covert monitoring'could prove .harmful to the U.S. Army if compromised." $10,000 DOGHOUSE W ALASKA If you are having trouble making ends [-meet, be glad, at least, that you don't live in Alaska. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, our uppermost state presently has the uppermost prices in the country--more than one-tiird higher than the national average. "(The medium-level budget for a family of four in Anchorage, Alaska's, is about $20,000, which tops any other major city in the U.S.) And things are expected to get even worse for Alaska's 385,000 people. Much of the reason for this is the construction of Alaska's new oil pipeline, which began in April, 1974, and will not be completed until mid- 1977. With some 17,000 pipeline workers earning §1000 or more per week, and with thousands of others pouring into Alas- ka's cities hoping to find work and the proverbial pot of gold, the already- high prices have begun to soar. At a typical supermarket in Anchorage, for instance, you pay: 55?! a pound for bananas; $1 for three ears of corn; 69^ for a quart of milk; $2.55 a pound for pork chops. And if you try to eat out, well, the menu at even the local greasy spoon will run something like this: ham and eggs for breakfast --·$2.75; a hamburger sandwich for lunch--$2; and a thin slab of steak for dinner--$8. Other prices are no better, with no-frills , haircuts at $5 a clip; taxi rides beginning at $1.70 for the first mile and 90^ each additional mile; and suits cleaned for about $4. Worst of all, though, is the price tag on housing --if you're lucky enough to find any. Rents and housing costs are currently rising at the annual rate of about 40 per cent, and household furnishings and operating costs more than 100 per cent. In some extreme cases, for example, one Anchorage man complained that his landlord had just raised the rent onjiis home from $205 a month to $180 a week; and in Valdez, a schoolteacher suddenly found that the rent on her two-bedroom flat had jumped from $286 to $1600 a month. All of this, in fact, recently prompted one Anchorage real estate broker to jokingly advertise a doghouse for $10,000. For those whose income has managed to keep pace with the economy, all this can. of course, be taken good-naturedly.' But for many others, the impact has been hard to take. Indeed, as one small businessman who came to Anchorage eight years ago told Intelligence Report: "Alaska was good for awhile, but now I can't afford it .anymore. Let the gold-seekers come. Me. I'm going back--or, maybeto someplace else like New Zealand."

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