The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 21, 1980 · 90
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 90

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Thursday, August 21, 1980
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ACTION LINe 231-3566 OKLAHOMA CITY TIMES Thursday. August 21, 1980 33 Pocket must have hole in it , ' j I was discharged from a Job In October 1978 without any reason I can discover. Since then, the employer has been giving me negative references which have kept me from securing other employment. What can I do now to stop this or find out why he's doing It? M.M. Because of the time lapse, there's little to do now short of filing a civil suit under the Freedom of Information Act to inspect your personnel file, a counselor at the state labor " department said. If the employer had contested your filing for unem-- ployment benefits after your firing, he would have had to give reasons at an employment commission hearing which you and your attorney could have attended. As a longshot, you might try contacting your lbcal district attorney to see if the state blacklisting statute might apply, I; but the blacklisting has to be in writing, and most bad references ; are given over the phone, the coun-:. selor said. ; The street light at Mimosa Lane and Mimosa Drive In Midwest Ctty 1 has been out for three weeks. We : have contacted OG&E and the police '. department, but can't get anyone to fix It. Can yon help? E.S. The hot, dry summer apparently ' is affecting everything. The weather caused the ground to crack which damaged the underground electric service to your street lights, accord- ing to OG&E spokesman George Cannon. The damaged cables are under your and your neighbor's ; driveways. The electric company has strung overhead lines to solve the problem while they repair the buried cables, so your lights should be shining by now. I haven't received copies of Architectural Digest for four months. I've complained three times and have only gotten one card saying the back issues would be sent. Can you get the ball rolling again? G.F. A gentle nudge from the Better Business Bureau moved the ball up against another snag. Now the magazine people say they can't find where you paid for your subscription. Send them a copy of your cancelled check and get ready to digest those buildings again. TOY TIP Children, no matter what age, can make lots of toys themselves. The Administration for Children, Youth and Families has published a how-to booklet on toymaking. For your copy of "Toys: Fun in the Making," send SI. 50 to the Consumer Information Center, Dept. 185H, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. Ideas range from novel musical instruments, to crafts, pastes and play costumes. When you order, you'll also receive a free Consumer Information Catalog listing more than 200 other federal publications of consumer interest. Hurricane provides bonus for slirimpers BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -Hurricanp Allon't: Hn ,..:j have blessed local shrimpers with catches up to six times greater than before, and the windfall comes at a time when fishermen badly needed a boost. The hurricane stirred up Gulf shrimp from the ocean floor, and the heavy catches should last another week or two, said shrimper Carl Gayman. Eagleton case pushed ST. LOUIS (AP) An investigation into an alleged extortion attempt against Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton. D-Mo., will be headed by a special prosecutor from the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a newspaper says. By JohnCunnlff ButltMu Anslytl NEW YORK (AP) - Personal Income rose $28.6 billion or l.-i percent in July, but those who work for a living aren't likely to celebrate by going on a spending spree. They know they didn't get it. They have learned that statistics mislead when taken out of context. And they know also that they should suspect signs of good news when their own senses tell them that we are in an economic predicament. Suspicions aroused, they ask how personal income could go off so very sharply in its own direction while other economic measures fell? When, for example, unemployment has been rising, and second-quarter economic output fell at a near-record rate of 9 percent, and corporate profits fell more sharply than in any quarter in 25 years. When July's factory operating rate fell to 74.2 percent, the lowest since July 1975. When final sales were off. When some of the biggest and once most successful companies were struggling to survive. But most perplexing, when wages and salaries in the very same month of July fell S1.7 billion, and the income of farmers didn't rise at all. The confusion is cleared up but not the problem when a break down flf Ihf, norcnl lm tt,. shows that all but $4 billion of the increase resulted from what are called transfer payments. Transfer payments are aptly named, being payments transferred to people other than those who produced the income. To beneficiaries of Social Security, to recipients of welfare, veterans benefits, unemployment. Transfer payments leaped in July, mainly as a consequence of a 14.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, an increase that wage-earners might be denied under wage-price guidelines. The situation, that of non-productive members of society retaining or improving their standards while economic life deteriorates for others, may be only temporary, but it generates some serious questioning. How far, for example, can the country carry its propensity to proffer growing benefits on a growing population of retirees without raising economic production, and the efficiency with which it produces goods? Isn't it futile to expect the latest increase in personal income to fuel greater sales and hoist the country out of recession? Especially when recipients of transfer payments generally have to use most of their payments for living expenses rather than discretionary purchases? Should Social Security benefits be allowed to rise at such a rate, particularly since retirees are shielded from some of the increases such as higher mortgage rates included in the living cost index? For the moment it is eas'y to put off such questions as not immediately relevant. It is more comfortable to dismiss them because the answers may involve a degree of pain. Almost every family gets some benefit. Eventually, though, it seems that such questions will force their way into consideration because those who earn the money and produce the goods might find themselves without the means to continue. It's been a long time brewing. It certainly dates back at least to the consumer revolution of the 1960s when, it seems to have been decided, the consumer deserved to be treated better than the producer. W EWERJENC. . . CO-OP UAL7U 'SALAgY OPEN, &fiSED ON QXPEPJEhJfe yjyO'fP'ZS. rl jl-S . j. JJt v s ' 1 foiIL , j : JT there goes . f tfie season : anc j here come ' the savings ; at our REDING TRANSFER SHOE SALE NOW OPEN in Oklahoma City with SOUTHERN FRED CHICKEN COUNTRY FRIED STEAK DINNERS COUNTRY BREAKFAST Prices from $1.29 to $3.29 Dinners served with delicious-homemade hot buttered yeast rolls. Drive thru window for take-home service . or eniou unnr mol in nnr cn3-;,; t :i. . dining room. Open 7 days a week: 6:30 to 10:30 a m breakfast: 10:3f)a m tnQ nnn m i.,,.u dinner, at 7704 S. Western. GRANDY'S 7704 S. Western "I 0 GRANDY'S STREET'S REDING OPEN EVENINGS, 1-6 ON SUNDAY We have gathered up sale merchandise from our ten stores and cut prices to the bone. These values at Streets REDING only. GOOD-BYE TO SUMMER ENTIRE STOCK OF SALE SHOES FROM ALL STORES This is the big one you have been waiting for! Th shoe sale we ever have in one store. is is by far, the largest LADIES FOOTNOTES $5 LARKS, CAPRIS, CONNIES 10 NATURALIZERS DRESS $1Q HORIZONS & YOYOS A FINAL CLEARANCE COSTUME JEWELRY. .50 to 75 OFF HANDBAGS 33 to 50 OFF Group of SPORTSWEAR Reg. $15 to $70 NOW $2 tO $15 PATIO SHIFTS Reg. $12 to $15 NOW 8W & 9" BETTER DRESSES Reg. SGO to $120 (lots of size Id's, Original samples) NOW ?20 & 30 ALL SHORTS & SHORT SETS - y2 and less Entire stock of SUMMER SLEEPWEAR OFF Group of PANTSUITS DRESSES BATHING SUITS 15 Group of BLOUSES Reg. $19 NOW 8 CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT Boys & Girls' SWIMWEAR & BEACHWEAR Reduced and more Boys & Girls SHORTS & T-SHIRTS Reduced and more DRESSES reduced and more INFANT ITEMS rednced and nme

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