Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on July 10, 1969 · Page 9
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Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas · Page 9

Brownwood, Texas
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Thursday, July 10, 1969
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re JULY JUMBLE Miff* Sun*u'i if&f8fl f<5r period thfough July 31. IXPIOTRD TEMPERATUBIS MUCH ABOVE NORMAL /J AtOVt NORMAL HEAR NORMAL NORMAL MUCH BELOW NORMAL AVERAGES: JULY 1-JULY 31 MEDICARi-MIDlCAID Pone/Hunfs Ways To Trim Expenses Temperatures are expected to average below seasonal normals over the northern third of the nation and west of the Continental Divide. EXPECTED PRECIPITATION HEAVY ["""] MODERATE E23 LIGHT AVERAGES:. JULY IJULY 31 Subnormal precipitation is forecast for the central and southern Plateau regions, the Gulf ,Coast area and most of the South Atlantic Coast states. fcy Jofe MALL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - the Senate Finance Committee is groping for ways to halt spirall- ing costs of Medicare and Medicaid programs without extensive government intervention in fees charged made by physicians and hospitals. If a solution is not found, some senators say, pressure may develop before long for Congress to assume the task of fixing the charges. The committee, in opening a lengthy investigation of costs and abuses in the two big health programs, said expenses al ready exceeded original estimates by $4.8 billion a year. Members were unanimous in the view this trend could not be permitted to continue, al least not at the same rate. H was evident from testimony that soaring costs were posing a far bigger problem for the pro; grams than abuses. | Sen. Wallace F. Bennett of i Utah, No. 2 Republican on the i committee, aid he was dis - turbed at an apparent feeling in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare that it could cover losses and higher costs by getting Congress to raise taxes which finance the programs. "Looking down the road," said Bennett, "I fear that if the department cannot provide a method of controlling costs, we in Congress will try to provide a method which means we will be writing federal legislation regulating doctors' fees and prices for prescriptions and hospital day care." The committee staff now is putting together a bulky report on its findings. fexperts are expected to make [proposals to reduce complexity iin the programs and to eliminate what they say amounts to double payment allotments to , physicians in hospitals. j Robert M. Ball, commissioner > of the Social Security Administration which administers Medicare, said his agency had started tightening up in recent i months. As a result carriers now are reducing physicians' charges at an average rate of 5.2 per cent, he said. In addition, Ball said a near ; freeze on further fee increases i has been imposed. ! John G. Veneman, welfare un- ! dersecretary. said new controls Were imposed last month on , Medicaid payments. j Medicare covers the 20 mil- : j lion Americans 65 and over. , I Medicaid is the program of ! j health care for persons on wel-' [ fare and those wfth incomes too , high for welfare but too low to j cover their medical expenses, j t . i Flyers Hear Pat j Tell of Lessons ! WASHINGTON (AP) - Pat Nixon says she once look flying \ lessons from a boyfriend while i in college, but never got a pi- j lot's license because the roman- j tic attachment didn't last long ' enough. The President's wife made tho ; disclosure at a White House par- ' ty for some 200 women pilots who have flown in the Powder i Puff Derby, a transcontinental I air race for women. Winner of this year's derby was Mrs. Mara Gulp, 27, who I comes from the President's j hometown of Whiltier, Calif. i WITH FEDERAL AID G. Prairie on the Move By MIKE COCHRAN Associated Press Writer GRAND PRAIRIE, Tex. (AP) —Until recently, there wasn't much grand about Grand Prairie. It was more or less a bland prairie, or worse. Perhaps much worse. It was a city of slums, squalor, shacks and the smoldering threat of social and racial unrest. Outsiders usually caught only a fleeting glimpse of the downtown area as they sped along U.S. 80 between Dallas and Fort Worth. Now Grand Prairie is a city on the move, thanks to a progressive citizenry and federal funds. Blighted areas are being replaced by civic pride and dignity. And Grand Prairie, a city of 52,000 is emerging as a model for what can be done through j Hayakawa i lOfficially In | I At SF State I S 5= LOS ANGELES (AP) - S.I. Hayakawa has advanced from temporary to permanent president of troubled San Francisco State College with blessings from Gov. Ronald Reagan. Hayakawa, a jaunty, soft- voiced language expert, left open the possibility that he might seek the Democratic nomination for the U,S. Senate next year. Republican Reagan said of the ea-year-old campus leader; "He Is an example throughout the country of the relatively small group thai have stood firm" in college disorders. Reagan and other state college trustees voted 1(5-2 Wednesday to name Hayakawa permanent San Francisco State president. As acting president since last fall, Hayakawa eajjed in hundreds of police to keep the campus Qpen through four months of violence, bombings, charges of police brutality and student vandalism. He promised Wednesday to WQrk "quietly" to improve the campus, relatively peaceful since strikes by students and fgpujty ende<J earlier {his year. Hsyakawa/s critics have caj|ea him a poseur and seeker j office. strifes involved student Mack stupes d> responsive leadership and government cooperation. With federal assistance, the city has performed mini-mir- j acles, stretching the local tax ; dollar to the ultimate in a massive rehabilitation program. "All programs properly coordinated and scheduled have provided $25.6 million in public improvements at one-fifth the cost locally, with no increase in city j taxes," city officials say. j This means roughly that a lo- i cal tax dollar buys $5 in im'• provements. Slums and blight have melted into new housing, streets, parks, I schools, youth centers, libraries, recreation facilities, playgrounds and even sidewalks. ! But to understand fully the! ! Grand Prairie story, its unique ! i problems and progress, one must; I look back to the early 1940s— ! i the World War II years. ! "To be perfectly frank, we feel I the government contributed di-' l rectly to some of our problems j with the military facilities and [ ! the defense plants that are in '. and close to the city," said City ; Manager Cliff Johnson. | "Now we are asking the government to help us." I The military and defense | plants Bought a sudden, stun- i ning population increase of j from 2,500 to 20,000 between 1940 land 1950. "The city was not geared to handle the problems when all these people moved in," Johnson said. "It was a city built without controls—a town without adequate drainage, housing, streets, schools, government.,. "It deteriorated very rapidly." The situation reached "such magnitude that it was impos? sible to cope with the problems with limited financing that the city could provide." About 10 years ago, the city turned to Washington for help, and got it. That was a beginning. Since then, city officials have adopted a concept of "cooperation and coordination" of all programs with other governmental agencies—federal, state, county and whatever. The first target was the forlorn South Dalworth section, an area of human misery and blight that, as one resident said, "woold boggle the imagination today." This was the first urban renewal project in Texas and the first of two in Grand Prairie. It transformed slums into an area of civic pride. Then came concentrated code enforcement programs, beautification projects, open space programs, water and sewer grants, a municipal airport, community renewal programs. Private enterprise joined the action. Joint city-state programs were initiated. The city approved a $6.5 million capital improvement program. A golf course was built. Youth centers opened. And then last year, voters approved 4-1 a $14 million capital improvements program that will provide the city's share of costs for all cooperative programs now planned, "This bond money, with our growth pattern," Johnson said, precludes "the necessity for a tax increase in the forseeable future. We feel like we can now meet the problems we have," When 'these problems are solved, Johnson said, the city can focus on preventing future problems instead of treating old ills, which is necessary for a "really successful community." But despite the wonders brought about by federal funds in Grand Prairie, Johnson is not necessarily an advocate of gov- I ernmental financing. j "For us, under the circum- j stances, it worked," he said. : "It may not work for somebody else. I'm not advocating this for anybody, anywhere, under any circumstances. ! "Some cities don't have problems that we're correcting. Some I of the programs that we're using simply wouldn't fit other areas. Our city chose this approach, and it works. "But I believe it is up to every individual city to decide its own method of financing. When I was city manager at Hurst, the council felt we could handle our business without federal funds. And we did it." Johnson pointed out that Grand Prairie, with its many federal projects, "wanted local control over all programs and in every case so far we've been able to maintain this control. 1 think that is very important." Johnson's assistant, Doug Driggers, said he believes many cities have "shied away" from federal participation because most projects are extremely complex; require long periods of I time to complete and involve a j great deal of paper work on the j part of the city. "Many . people don't under- j stand the programs and don't want to lake the time to learn," he said. The people of Grand Prairie took the lime. W. Texas, Longvlew Entries Share Opening Night Honors group stu- FORT WORTH CAP)-If you got it, flute it. Marcia McEntyre did Wednesday night and won the pre!in> inary talent competition in the opening night of the Miss Texas pageant. Marcia, 19, entered as Miss West Texas, whipped out a swinging flute solo and shared judging honors for the evening with Dana Dowel!, Miss Long' view, who'was the swim suit winner. Competition will re resumed tonight in Will Rogers Auditorium, second of three evenings of preliminary competition that will determine Saturday's to finalists. From this group § oejv Miss Texas will bie s^lecte<l, succeeding Qindy Propes of Henderson, MO WjJJ f§pie§ejit gut stale at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September. Miss McEntyre, a West Tex* as State University music major from Odessa, scored with two familiar tunes, "Flight of the Bumblebee' and "Swinging Shepherd Blues." She said she aspires to the Miss America title "because I think it would be wonderful to represent the greatest country in the world." Miss McKntyre moves into swim, suit competition tonight and said that's the toughest part of the pageant: "It's just hard for me to parade around before 3,000 people, in a. swim suit," The brawn-haired, blue-eyed beauty, wto plans to teach, music on a university level, shapes up at 3.5-23-35. She's the daughter of ite Odessa fwmm High School band director and also plays the piano and the saxophone. Miss Dowell, 18, stand-'; 5 feet- 6, also is brown-haired, has statistics of 3tj-33-§6 and is stunning in white swim, suit. Her home is at White Oak, outside SUongview. She's likewise musically inclined and will present a trap drum solo in the talent division. She considers drums among the expressive of musical instruments, she said—"the heart beat of the band." The pageant band, she said, contributed to her swim suit triumph. "I think the bjn.4 Jjejped make me feel like | $a,s at borne." she said. "They were .happy and laughing, and it helped me i> 1W." thanks fo the acceptance of bur rnerchahdis<§ d nd policies by the peopll 6f tfli §f8WFW66d affifl/ we now are prepared ro serve you better through a local store, OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, JULY llth 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Out-of-town enterta i ners and visitors.... A special time to get acquainted. We'll be expecting you, BOYD MILLER Partner-Manager MARGARET BLAYLOCK Receptionist SATURDAY.., Intermittent music throughout the day by members of the Brownwood Hammond Organ Society SEE the Beauty HEAK the Tone rttL the Touch AMERICA'S LEADING PIANOS Steinway • Sohmer » Everett • Cable-Nelson iHAMMOND ORGAN SALES - RENTALS - SERVICE - INSTRUCTION Small Down Payment... Up to 60 Months to Pay! Take Advantage of These Opening Specials! °Hammond \\itlilO Da) f Play 10 tune? in 10 days, or less, on your own! 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