Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 19, 1972 · Page 1
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GOP Offers Aid To its Candidates The Forecast DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) For the first time ever, the Republican State Central Committee is offering financial aid to the party's candidates for legislative and local offices. Republicans in the legislature have been sent a memo from the Central Committee stating that its new budget provides "cash refunds to each county for legislative and local candidates amounting to $76,930." How sensational the committee regards the news is indicated by ending that sentence with not one, but two exclamation points. The money is to be raised, the memo said, by ticket sales to the $100 a plate Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines Feb. 22 — George Washington's birthday — featuring a speech by Gov. Ronald Reagan of California. The Central Committee promised a 10 per cent rebate to the counties on each dinner ticket sold, and a 20 per cent rebate on each "package plan" sold. The "package plan" was not explained. Republican State Chairman John McDonald announced the rebate plan at a closed-door caucus of Republican legislators with Central Committee members Jan. 9, the day before the current legislative session opened. "Traditionally the State Central Committee has not financed legislative candidates," said the memo, sent to legislators by Steve Robinson, executive secretary of the Central Committee. "This year ... things are different." It informed the legislators any assistance they can give in the sale of Lincoln Day dinner tickets "will be of benefit not only to your party but hopefully to your campaign." The plan should end some infra-party grumbling that has cropped up from time to time through the years. Some candidates for "bottom of the ticket" offices have complained that the Republican State Central Committee too often concentrates all its resources on the offices of governor, U.S. senator and the congressional races and ignores the rest of the ticket. McDonald was asked if this is the first time the GOP has helped finance legislative campaigns in Iowa. "I think this would be correct," he said. "They (GOP) might have tossed in a few bucks here and there from time to time, but as a statewide program — no." "This proves what I've always said — they've got a lot more money than we have," said Democratic State Chairman Clifton Larson. He said the Republican plan demonstrates concern about the effect of the new reapportionment plan the Iowa Supreme Court is formulating to replace the 1971 legislature's plan, which the court ruled unconstitutional. "I can see they're going to keep a lot of emphasis on keeping control of this legislature," Larson declared. "I'd like to say," he added, "that we are going to go out and raise a lot of money and match them dollar for dollar but I don't see any way we can raise that kind of money. "But I'm beginning to learn that money isn't everything. Hard work, knocking on doors and meeting people is more important than money, especially in legislative races. "If we get a fair apportionment plan — and I'm sure we will — we will have a good chance of winning a majority of the seats in the legislature." 1 •* J? AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 75 Esthwvlllt, Iowa, 51334, Wrimsday, Jmiary 19, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Area Hospital Cooperation is Discussed Methods of working together to provide the best quality of patient care were discussed by officials of Holy Family Hospital and Dickinson County Memorial Hospital here yesterday. Administrator Floyd Kanne, H. G. Shaffer, vice-chairman of the board of trustees, and Allen Arnold, board member of Dickinson Memorial, were guests at Holy Family for informal discussions and a tour of the hospital. Their hosts here were Sister Ruth Ma­ rie, executive director of Holy Family, and members of the executive committee of the governing board, Herman Jensen and Leo Fitzgibbons. Yesterday's meeting was a return visit, reciprocating one made recently by Holy Family executives at the Dickinson facilities. Deemer Lee, also a member of the executive committee of the Holy Family board, who was unable to be present yesterday, said: "We are ex­ changing ideas of hospital operation— discussing ways to make joint purchasing of supplies, considering master plans to handle disaster, utilization of each hospital's facilities, reciprocity, and searching for ways to keep qual­ ity hospital care at the lowest possible cost." Boards of the two hospitals contemplate further conferences and joint planning in the interest of providing the maximum in medical and hospital services. Chamber Dinner Is Dated Monday I vA .r*pw »t4jii f #tp ;J 'ouEth Annual Estherville Winter Sports Festival, a presentation of a musical selection from the community production of "Gypsy," and the drawing for ten door prizes will all take place during the annual banquet of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce Monday night Chamber executive vice-president Bob Knox said today that the banquet will get underway at 7 p.m. at the V.F.W. Hall in Estherville. Tickets may be obtained in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office for $3 or may be purchased the night of the banquet at the door for $3.50. A progress report on the sports festival will be given by Dr. John Powers, festival chairman, and the excerpt from "Gypsy" has been arranged through co-directors Kenneth Van Der Sloot and Dallas Freeman. Special remarks from newly elected president Francis Eve^ leth and retiring president L Lenz will be included on the pi gram. Retiring directors awards ani sented by Eveleth, and Knox will introduce newly elected board members. A report on the Chamber's activities of the past year and planned programs for the year ahead will be made by Knox, along with a report on finances. Emcee for the evening's program will be James Tholkes and the invocation will be delivered by the Reverend Richard Pearson of the United Methodist Church. Organ music will be provided by Dick Egertson. Retiring directors this year are Dr. Paul Larsen, Leo Lenz, Fred Short and Ray Clarey. New directors are Martin Baedke, Verlyn Vedder, Alan Robinson and Herb Sneden. Hold-over directors include Dr. Steve Rose, Barry Huntsinger, Francis Eveleth, Dan Poppen, Dick Portland, Wally Spence, Harold Sawyer, Ken Westergard and Robert Graff. Eveleth is the newly elected lident and bureau vice-presi- are Dick Pentland, retail; Sawyer, ag-industry; and re Rose, civic. SISTER RUTH MARIE U8<WB. OTTZmBBONS H. G. SHAFER Goes to House Senate Passes Home Rule Bill DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Senate ended six days of debate Tuesday and passed the massive 206-page Home Rule Bill 46-3. The bill will now be returned to the House, which passed the bill last session, for concurrence with amendments tacked on by the Senate. "I think this piece of legislation the Senate has reviewed for a full year is now a very good bill," said Sen. Ralph Potter, R-Marion, chairman of the sponsoring Cities and Towns Committee. The bill is designed to implement a 1968 state Constitutional «, » Amendment grating home rule for cities and towns by establishing a new City Code of Iowa. If the House concurs in the Senate amendments and the bill is signed by Gov. Robert Ray, the new city code will take effect next July 1. For the first two years the municipalities could stay under the old statutes, adopt part of the new code and retain part of their present procedures or adopt the new code in its entirety. All cities would come completely under the new code July 1, 1974. Presently cities are not allowed to do anything not au­ thorized by the state legislature. The city code is designed to allow cities to do anything not specifically prohibited by the legislature. The legislature does list a number of things cities cannot do in the bill. The most important is to prohibit the municipalities from enacting any tax measures without specific authority from the state lawmakers. Some lawmakers, even though they voted for the bill, believe the cities have been granted some powers they should not have. Sen. Lee Gaudineer, D-Des Moines, failed in an attempt Tuesday to pass an amendment to prohibit mayors from vetoing measures in cities where mayors are allowed to vote in city council proceedings. "We are giving the mayor more power than the governor of Iowa has," Gaudineer complained. "We are allowing a mayor to vote on an amendment, veto it, then voting on the two-thirds majority to see if the veto is overturned." The Senate worked until 5 p.m*— two hours after normal adjournment- before the final vote on the bill was taken. There was no debate on the bill itself— just a short summary by Potter. Potter told the senators that the senate had made "several improvements" in the bill as it was passed by the House. "We've assured the municipal hospital funds be left in the hospital" instead of allowing them to be spent for other purposes, Potter told the senators. "We've improved on the cities' powers of eminent domain . .. We've provided that low income people can make semi-annual payments on special assessments ... we have provided that improvements on property (ordered by city councils) be 'useful'— not just 'convenient'," Potter told the law- markers. The senate had taken up the home rule bill as a special or­ der of business on the second day of the current session and had discussed no other bill in session before passing that bill. A special study committee was appointed to draw up the bill following the passage of the Constitutional Amendment granting home rule in 1968. The committee spent two years writing the bill before the House passed it during the 1971 session. Only three senators voted against the bill when It came up for final vote—Sens. Charlene Conklin, R-Waterloo; John L. Mowry, R-Marshalltown, and Sen. Floyd Gilley, R-Maynard. Sen. Leigh R. Curran, R-Mason City, was absent. Nixon Hopes to Knot Trade Deals Posthumous Awards The Military Merit Award, presented in the name of the President of Vietnam, was given to the family of Staff Sgt. Timothy Vaughn Harper at Ceylon recently. Staff Sgt. Harper, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Harper, was killed in action Feb. 17 of last year and on Nov. 3 received a number of awards and the case pictured here by representatives of the commanding general of the Fifth United States Army. The newest award brings the total to 19 personal and three unit awards given the sergeant or his family. Here Ramona Harper, the sergeant's sister, points to the latest medal which was presented Jan. 11. (Daily News Photo by Dorothy Petersen) WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nixon administration hopes to tie the knot on major new trade deals and send its dollar-devaluation bill to Congress by early February, a high Treasury official says. The trade package and the dollar-devaluation measure go hand in hand, Paul Volcker, undersecretary for monetary affairs, told newsmen Tuesday. He said he sees no difficulties in trade negotiations. "The trade package is going to be wrapped up, I feel quite sure," he said. "I think we can make it by that date (early February). I think it's in everybody's interest." Volcker, an architect of President Nixon's international economic policy, held a rare on- the-record news conference, the first since he was instrumental in the international monetary settlement reached last Dec. 18. He declined to be specific on negotiations with the nation's major trading partners. As part of the deal to devalue the dollar, the United States has insisted that Japan, Canada and the Common Market countries agree to some trading concessions. Volcker said he sees no trouble with the dollar-devaluation bill, predicting that Congress "will deal with this legislation expeditiously." Technically, the dollar would be devalued by raising the price of gold from $35 to $38 an ounce. In foreign exchange markets, that amounts to a devaluation of 7.89 per cent. On other topics, the undersecretary said: — The Nixon administration will roll up a "very substantial deficit" in fiscal 1972, and the 1973 budget due to go to Congress next Monday will be deeply in the red. But Volcker said both deficits are justified under current slack economic conditions. Other sources said the budget deficit for fiscal 1972 may reach almost $40 billion, the biggest in 27 years. — He does not expect the monetary agreement, in which a new system of currency exchange rates was immediately put into effect, will become unstuck. — The impact of the agreement, which makes imports more expensive and U.S. exports to other countries cheaper, may be slow in coming where the big U.S. balance-of- trade deficit is concerned. The first impact on the trade balance may be adverse, he said, since the demand for higher- priced imports may continue at a high level through the early part of 1972. — The big flow of dollars expected from Europe as a result of the monetary agreement has failed to materialize for two reasons. First, he said, U.S. interest rates are too low to draw foreign investors' cash; second, the dollar is at its ceiling in foreign exchange markets. Volcker said he believes the new international monetary agreement will work well if "we do a good job at home" in pursuing effective economic policies. The big economic bright spot last year was in housing. The Commerce Department reported that the homebuilding pace set a record last year, with a total of 2,048,200 units beating by 7 per cent the previous mark set in 1950. In December, the homebuilding pace was even stronger. Travel Series on Afghanistan Dr. Arthur C. Twomey, director of the division of education of Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa., will lecture and show pictures on "Afghanistan, Crossroads of Conquest," Jan. 25 at Roosevelt Auditorium in Estherville. Dr. Twomey's presentation is the third of the Adventures in Travel Series sponsored by the Emmet County Historical Society. The program begins at 8 p.m. He is curator of ornithology at the Carnegie Museum and lecturer in biology. He is a veteran of 15 expeditions in Canada's artic and sub-artic regions and has led expeditions to other faraway places such as Gala- pagoe Islands, the West coast of South America, Tierra del Fuego, the Bahama Islands, Africa, Afghanistan and Outer Mongolia. His presentation includes a background history of Afghanistan as well as pictures of the little known region. This is the fifth season for the Travel and Adventure Series in Estherville, and those in charge point out, it may be the last year unless there is increased public interest. Besides bringing unique and educational entertainment to Estherville and Emmet County, the series is the only source of revenue for the maintenance of the Historical Society's Museum. Other years a profit has been realized—last year $800 went into the Museum Fund— but this year, so far, the series is in the red. ft costs $1,500. a season for the contract, as well as additional expenses. The Historical Society board hopes the public will increase its support so that the series can be continued at a profit. If you've been wanting to take a winter vacation but funds are limited, adults may go to faraway Afghanistan for $2.06 and children $1.03 and have an expert guide in the person of Arthur Twomeny.

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