The High Point Enterprise from High Point, North Carolina on September 26, 1975 · Page 14
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14A High Point Enterprise, Friday, September 26,1975 S/pp/e, Family Plagued By Reports He Is Gay Natural Gas Ka/e/g/i Mayor's Daughter Dilemma Pictured SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ex-Marine Oliver Sipple saw the gun pulled out of the purse and pointed at the President. He knocked it away. Now, he says his mother tells him she is afraid to even step out of her house because all the neighbors are talking about published reports that her son is a homosexual. "This is his reward for saving the President's life," said lawyer John- Wahl, who has represented gay groups in court. "We are very seriously considering action against news media which have carried the stories which destroyed 32 years of family life enjoyed with his mother and father and other personal relationships with friends," Wahl said. Sipple appeared at a news conference Thursday with Wahl and with the Rev. John Barbone, pastor of a gay church. He told reporters that he had spoken with his mother in Detroit and the conversation had ended with her hanging up on him. However, in Detroit, Ethel Sipple told newsmen, "I'm a very fortunate mother to have a son like Oliver. We^re all very proud of him." Mrs. Sipple, 65, said she spoke to her son for an hour on the phone Wednesday. "When he was fighting in Vietnam, there were many times when I thought he would never return alive," OLIVER SIPPLE AFTER GAY REPORTS (AP Wirephoto) Mrs. Sipple said of her son. "But he came back and probably saved the life of the President of the United States." Sipple's personal life became an object of attention after a local columnist, Herb Caen, wrote a column strongly implying the Vietnam veteran was gay and noting that he had not yet been thanked by the White House. Ron Nessen, White House Press Secretary, said Thursday that the President intended to thank everyone who helped during the assassination attempt. Sipple said the news was "terrific." "Hey, that's great. That's beautiful," he said. "I knew he'd come through. He's just been busy. Wow, it's incredible. You do something in a minute and the whole nation's looking at you." Several hours later, his eyes red and his voice shaking, he stood before the television cameras and read f r o m a h a n d w r i t t e n statement: "My sexuality is part of my private life and has no bearing on my response to the act of a person seeking to take the life of another. "My sexual orientation has nothing at all to do with saving the President's life, just as the color of my eyes or my race has nothing to do with what happened in front of the St.' Francis Hotel." Authorities credit the burly Sipple with knocking the arm of Sara Jane Moore, accused of firing a shot at the President as he emerged from the hotel Monday. The shot went wild and Ford was unhurt. "Why did I do it? It was a gun pointed at the President of the United States, that's why," he said a few hours after the incident. Leaders in the gay community were split between sympathy for a man they said was dragged into a harsh spotlight and anger at a man some said is hurting the gay rights movement with his reticence. 7 Council Wallace Tops Carter, Sanford Appointees Are Named RALEIGH (AP)-Seven appointees to the North Carolina Energy Policy Council created by the 1975 General Assembly were announced Thursday by Gov. 'Jim Holshouser. Appointed were: William S. Lee Sr:~of Charlotte, J o s e p h E . S a n d l i n o f L u m b e r t o n , W i l l i a m H. AVeatherspoon of Raleigh, Dr. Edward W. Erickson of Raleigh, former State Sen. C h a r l e s H. T a y l o r of Brevard. John H. Isenhour Jr. of Salisbury, and William E. M o r r o w of W i n s t o n Salem. The council has three ex oft'icio members. They are Chairman Marvin Woolen of_ the State Utilities Com-' mission. Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Graham, and Natural and Economics Resources Secretary James E. Harrington. Earlier two senators were appointed by Lt. Gov. Jim H u n t and two representatives by House Speaker James C. Green. They were Sens. Harold W. Hardison of Deep Gap and R u s s e l l Walker of Asheboro and H e p s . Jack Gardner of Smithfield and Charles Holt of Fayetteville. Botswana is the name of the country that was formerly Bechuanaland. So(/f/J Reogan Over Wallace, Poll Indicates ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) Southern voters favor both President Ford and former C a l i f o r n i a Gov. Ronald Reagan for president over A l a b a m a Gov. George Wallace, according to a poll by an independent Atlanta research firm. The copyrighted poll by the Darden Research Corp.,' released Thursday by The Atlanta Constitution, indicated Wallace, who has not No Convention Role Planned For Nixon CLEVELAND ( A P ) - T h e R e p u b l i c a n p a r t y national chairwoman says she envisions no role for former President Richard M. N i x o n a t n e x t y e a r ' s national party convention, probably not even use of his picture for display. Chairwoman Mary Louise S m i t h , s p e a k i n g at a womans' club here Thursday, said also that she is convinced former California Gov. Ronald Reagan will run for the party's presidential nomination against President Ford but that Ford will win easily. declared his candidacy, is the only Democratic contender with strong support in Dixie. Wallace easily outdistanced former Govs. Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Terry Sanford of North Carolina, both declared candidates for , the Democratic nomination. However, the poll of 608 registered voters in the South said Wallace trails Ford 51.6 per cent to 40.8 per cent and Reagan 49.2 per cent to 40.3 per cent with the remainder undecided. A head-to-head battle between the two Republicans showed 45 per cent for Ford and 40.1 per cent favoring Reagan. Claibourne Darden Jr.. head of the firm, said the difference was small enough it could be attributed to statistical error inherent in any poll. Reagan, who has not declared his candidacy, is on a nationwide tour assessing his chances and has visited the South a number of times this year. In m a t c h u p s between Wallace and the two former Southern governors, the A l a b a m a governor was favored 51.3 per cent to 29.4 per cent over Carter and 52.9 per cent to 22.9 per cent over Sanford. The poll was based on tele- p h o n e i n t e r v i e w s i n Alabama. Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, S o u t h C a r o l i n a a n d Tennessee. When interviewers asked whom the voters favored for president, supplying no names. Ford was chosen by 27.3 per cent. Wallace 13.8 per cent and Reagan 8.6 per cent.. Other percentages were Sen. Edward Kennedy 4.1. Sen. Hubert Humphrey 2.1. Carter 2.0, Sen. Henry Jackson 2.0. Sen. Frank Church 0.8, Sanford 0.5, Sen. Edmund Muskie 0.3 and Sen. Llovd Bentsen 0.2. CHARLOTTE ( A P ) Factories probably will be shut down and thousands of persons out of work in North Carolina this winter because the state may get only 40 per cent of the natural gas it needs, a state official said Thursday. Natural and Economic Resources Secretary James E. Harrington termed the energy shortage "the blackest cloud" over North Carolina and called for deregulation of natural gas and petroleum. "There are many industries in this state that employ thousands of persons that will be forced to close down this winter if they can't obtain alternate fuels," Harrington told the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. "Deregulation of natural gas prices" is the solution, he said, adding, "deregulation of natural gas--in the short' run--is going to raise the cost of natural gas." "I say it's time to take politics out of the energy question and to be more concerned about having enough fuel for people in this state to be able to work," Harrington said. "In the long run, oil prices \vill be higher than they used to be, but they will be lower without regulation than with (regulation)." President Ford has "tried to point out that reality," he said. Harrington noted that Gov. Jim Holshouser has led a delegation of North Carolina industrial leaders to Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, seeking alternate natural gas supplies "which we hope will help ease the effects of the natural gas shortage upon the people of this state." Harrington said that since 1972 the average starting wage for new jobs created in North Carolina has jumped from under ?5,700 to $7,000. "That increase reflects m o r e t h a n i n f l a t i o n , " Harrington said. "It reflects a significant change in the industrial mix in North Carolina--a visible move toward higher skilled, higher paying industries such as m e t a l w o r k i n g a n d chemicals." MORE ARE STAYING CHICAGO ( A P ) - Fewer people are l e a v i n g the nation's farms and heading for the cities, reports Priarie Farmer, a rural magazine. It says the U.S. farm population has declined only 0.8 per cent from 1970 to 1975. This contrasts sharply with the 4.8 per cent average annual declines in the 1960s. Debra Lightner Target Of Credit Card Probe RALEIGH (AP)-Raleigh police are investigating the daughter of Raleigh Mayor Clarence Lightner in a stolen credit card case, the mayor confirmed Thursday. No charges have been filed against Debra J. Lightner, 23, the mayor said. "At this point it is just an accusation," he said. Miss Lightner couldn't be reached for comment. Lightner is running for reelection and the accusation became public just ZVz weeks before voters go to the polls. Lightner is the first black mayor of a predominately white major southern city. The investigation centers on a m i s s i n g B a n k Americard owned by a Raleigh resident, police said. It reportedly had about $575 worth of charges on it after it was lost. It was reported missing Sept. 10. Police Chief Robert Goodwin said the case was b e i n g " a c t i v e l y a n d vigorously" pursued and that "there have to be some laboratory and handwriting analyses made." The credit card situation is the third legal entanglement of the Lightner family in less than a year. Last December t h e m a y o r ' s w i f e , Marguerite, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to receive stolen goods. She was acquitted by a jury after an eight-day trail. In July, one of the mayor's sons, Lawrence, 26, was cited for contempt of court after a District Court judge said the younger Lightner made an obscene gesture leaving the courtroom. Lawrence Lightner bad been ordered to appear on an assault charge filed by his wife, but that charge was dropped when she refuted to testify. MISSION IN ARKANSAS RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- The first school in Arkansas was established in 1820 at Dwight Mission. 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