The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on March 1, 1971 · Page 2
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 2

Tipton, Indiana
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Monday, March 1, 1971
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Page 2 A Good Word For Lawmakers HOOSERS reserve the right to make targets of their legislators as they please, but outsiders are invited to stay out. Indiana people never have been bashful about showeringtheir lawmakers with complaints, or poking a little fun at them as occasion seems to warrant. ' They never mean it quite as much as they think they do, and under it all they have a high rate of respect for the men and women who are willing to give their time and do their \erv best to wrestle with problems that no one will say are easy to solve. With all the complaining words they must hear, our lawmakers deserve occasional words of appreciation — just to "balance the budget." Such words come from John V. Barnett, executive vice president of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, who takes exception in these words to unfair downgrading of the Indiana General Assembly. "The Indiana General Assembly recently received some undeserved criticism nationally when given a low ranking compared with other state legislatures. The Citizens Conference on State Legislatures, a research group based in Kansas City, placed Hoosier lawmakers 40th because of their salary structure, lack of offices and staff, and limit on session length. These 'shortcomings* presumably make it difficult for them to do a good job. • "Anybody taking an unbiased look at Indiana can see that the above measurements are almost useless in evaluating the performance and true effectiveness of a state legislature.. Judged by any reasonable standard, Indiana emerges as a well-governed state — thanks in no small degree to our legislators, past and present The men and women who make the laws have, determined the operating rules by which our officials govern and maintain order and under which our economy operates. They have made it possible for us to enjoy, as we do, the blessings of sound finances, good schools, health and welfare programs, and improving highways, resulting in a well-balanced economy that properly should be the envy of some of the states ranked as more enlight- - ened according to the Conference's measurements. • > • "The organization which produced the ranking cited above also considered such criteria as legislative structure, leadership and ethics. Indiana should come off well in all these categories. Our current leadership is to be commended for good work so far in the 97th session. The party caucuses have produced a practical schedule that provides time for regular committee hearings and they have agreed on rules to eliminate committee secrecy. "The real measurements for the effectiveness of legislatures is not the amount of time and money spent in their deliberations but the end product of those deliberations. The real measurement is whether the product is good government. And by that yardstick, Indiana ranks high." This a good time for Mr. Barnett's words to be heard. When an issue of major effect comes up during an issue of major effect comes up during a session, the people over the state take to their sides like fans at a football game.' The cheering section in one tier of bleachers root hard for the team carrying the ball, and on the other side fans work themselves into a tizzy calling for their tearn to get the ball. „ Tax legislation is the current applicable situation. A series of tax increases with the declared purpose to reduce property taxes is the football now being contested within the legislature while over the state the rooters are lining up behind the side which most nearly represents their own thinking how' best to cope with an admittedly nagging problem'; •'• . A further complication Is that whichever side in the legislature gets its way, the result will be "an increase of taxes to lower taxes." Legislators will be calling each other names while the debate continues, and the pole will be calling their lawmakers names, rather indiscriminately. While the controversy rages it should be remembered that men holding differing convictions are stricing for what each honestly believes is the best interests of the state. It might be remembered too, that the governor's veto power is a factor in the process of legislative enactment. Possibly that is where property tax relief without state tax increases will enter the current tax play. U SPA • Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Farmers who choose to participate in the 1971 farm programs will have an acreage set- aside in each program they sign up for — 20 percent of their feed grain base, and 75 percent . of their wheat allotment. These set-asides percentages, which were'announced as tentative prior to the special January survey of farmers' planting intentions, have now been established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Carl Retherford, Chairman of the Tipton County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation (ASC) Committee. Under the new farm programs, . participants will make their set- asides maintain their farms'con­ serving bases, and be free to use the rest of their cropland as they, choose, except for crops under marketing quotas or other con/ trols — peanuts, rice, tobaccq,. extra long staple cotton, and sugar cane. The ASC Committee Chairman pointed out that in this respect the set-aside farm programsare quite different from any previous farm programs. "For the first time, the allotments and bases for a farm do not dictage to a farmer the number of acres he is allowed to plant to a specific crop. Allotments and bases are . used to figure the set-aside acre­ ages and price-support payments, not to limit production of any one crop," Retherford said. The set-aside principle is based on the fact that U.S. farmers are able to produce more farm products than the market will absorb at good prices. By using set-aside acreage to limit overproduction generally, the programs leave individual farmers free to grow the crops which give them the most net profit. THE TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE SHORTENING THE WAR?..; Comments from the Capital — BEHIND THE TURBULENT NEWSFRONT by Vonf Neff .' ; Crop-by-crop acreage restrictions are no longer in effect for wheat and feed grains. . Signup for the feed grain, wheat and cotton programs opens March 1 and continues through April 9 at ASCS county office. Notification of farm allotments and bases has been mailed to producers. The set-aside acreage is required only for the program or programs in which a farmer wishes to participate. For instance, a farmer with both a wheat allotment and feed grain base may choose to participate in only one program. The 20 percent set-aside requirements for feed grain establishes a preliminary payment of 32 cents per bushel for corn and 29 cents per bushel for grain sorghum times jthe yield established for the farm times one- half the corn, and grain sorghum base. Participants in the feed grain program will be guaranteed a national average of $1.35 a bushel on production from half their corn base, and $1.24 a bushel ($2.21 a hundredweight) on half their sorghum base. Payments to participating feed grain producers will begin as soon as possible after July 1. The certificate payment for wheat will depend on the July parity price for wheat and the national average market price received during the first five months of the marketing year. The loan level for wheat will be $1.25 a bushel/national average. Producers will receive preliminary payments equal to 75% of the estimated face value of the certificate soon after July 1. The remainder will be paid after Dec. 1. v Who decides on freedom of speech in this country nowadays? The lefty libs are quick to tell Agnew to shut up. But they think it's quite all right for well- known dissidents like Jerry Rubin, Jane Fonda and Abbie Hoffman, some of whom, are paid thousands for a speech, to spout whatever kind of revolutionary drivel they choose! Isn't what's fair for one fair for all? Or are the rights guaranteed by our Constitution applicable only to one side? In case you wonder where your tax dollars go, take d look at the .government figures on' food handouts for the last fiscal year. Millions of dollars worth of food stamps have been given not only to the truly poor, but also to. strikers, who have simply, .decided.-to stop .work,.and to an odd-lot. assortment of hippie parasites', radicals and do- nothings who are pleased to have "The Establishment" they profess to despise pay their way . in the world, as long as we're suckers enough to do it. Last year, close to twelve million people marched into supermarkets with food stamps—almost double the number of the previous year's recipients. No wonder we're known as the "giveaway " nation"! Shouldn't there be stricter regulation . of our Food Stamp Program, with at least some basic working requirement imposed by the government, before lavishly. dispensing food stamps actually paid for with your money, and mine? • .» • There were riots in' Hungary, riots in Poland, riots in East Germany, all symptomatic of ordinary individuals' total disenchantment with the "Peoples' Paradise." Riots have also become commonplace in the Western world. But the distinguishing difference is that dissension behind the Iron Curtain is met with rapid and ruthless suppression. • • • In a nation whose citizens are taxed by federal, state, county and municipal governments, why are unions tax-free? Even when, they invest in the stock market' and make huge profits, they're still not obliged to pay taxes like the rest of*us. American unions are big property holders. They own many things, including banks, insurance companies : and hotels, yet they- pay no taxes on the profits- from these holdings, either. Yet you can be sure that the lowly rank and file union member must pay "taxes" to the union also. Regularly,' his pay envelope is clipped for dues to fill the fat union treasury. In terms of real buying power, his. raises, which may seem adequate on paper, seldom go far, because when salaries go up, prices quickly follow. This is • what economists call "wage-push inflation." The treadmill is never- ending.. But it doesn't seem to bother the unions, who, for reasons unfathomable to me, are exempt from taxes. • • *• For years, it was common practice for the Soviets to grab any book,-translate it' and,reproduce it, completely disregarding the rights of the author or publisher. - All' the cries of indignation from the rest of the '. world didn't stop them. The youth in so many Iron Curtain -countries acquired their knowledge and education from what they were led to believe were bona fide Russian books, but in reality were only unlawful editions of the American and West- em world originals. Suddenly, the Reds have, decided to honor the international copyright laws. Why? The reasons are best known to themselves. But whatever they are, you may be quite sure that the'Russians, first and foremost, will benefit from the situation. That is their habitual method of operation: To twist things to their best interests, and to hell .with everybody else. Quick quiz:' Who is responsible for administering our country's labor laws? The answer is the NLRB. Unfortunately, this very limited, politically-appointed, five-man board consistently rules in favor of organized labor —the big unions. A vast majority of its decisions, it seems to me, are contrary to the interests of the man-in-the-street, and also -to those of the nation as a whole. MONDAY, MARCH 1, 1971 Man and His Environment: What Price Survival? By ROBERT MUSEL UPI Senior Editor The little lemmings of Norway push to the sea and are drowned in what some popular naturalists still consider, a form of mass suicide. From his perch on the top of the evolutionary tree man regards this behavior of.- the' lesser- animals with benign curiosity — though he himself has long been engaged in a blind rush to extinction of his own. The ratlike lemming cannot history 1 . This is nowhere more evident! than in the key factor of overpopulation which many feel is so much the source of the" impending disaster that to survive^ man will have to surrender, voluntarily or by sanctions, the fearsome fecun- T dity that threatens to double the population of the world to 7.2 billion in only 30 years. Campaign' Must Move By (general agreement the aiiti-poljlution campaign must now move firmly on from the know that the water in the path, educational phase—when words For example, I the unions are permitted to slap heavy fines . against members who continue on the job when a strike is' called, even though it may be a .wildcat strike begun at an .instant's notice, without the full knowledge of all of the workers. Then again, the union' can fine rank and file union members when they exceed 9 their: work production quota.' In plain English, if the men do too good-a job, they may be punished for it! Unfair situations such as these couldn't possibly exist unless the National Labor Relations Board nodded its tacit approval. In my opinion, it's high time to take labor matters out of the hands ' of the biased- NLRB, and turn them over to impartial federal courts "which have no axes to grind, no favors to curry from political bigwigs, and no vested 4 interests to influence their decisions. 1 • * * • 1 Did you realize that the name of the powerful Communist newspaper, Pravda, actually 1 means "Truth"? Imagine the irony of it! Very little that appeals in this publication reflects the name at all. What Pravda prints is what'the Kremlin wants it to—party-line propaganda- arid nothing else. And as every; body knows, the Communists are past-masters at distorting the truth to suit their particular whims of the moment. Why any intelligent person, or nation, permits himself to be continually duped by. the Reds, I'll never know. i •• • • Doesn't it strike anyone as ironic that the Swedes, who have been forerunners in free thinking and free living, are now -paying an exorbitantly high price for their so-called freedom? Their, disappointment and unhappiness is a matter of record —world-high records of suicide, alcoholism,- and you-name-it. Communists now hold the reins of the government, and. the whole world knows their concept of "freedom." Swedish workers have been hit by infla^ tion, too. The average man makes only' $4000 a year/ yet 'pays SI for a pack of cigarettes; $5 for d pound of meat, and a 17% sales tax on almost everything. Moral lesson: Sweden is far from a Utopia..It's a pity that ; living it up, for the Swedes/has ' evolved into a pathetic attempt Ito live down the disastrous results of an overdose of liberal­ ism, .j •••''.-' • Other Jexcessively .permissive nations, take heed! of his migration is too wide for his strength.. But man is a thinking animal and should have realized long ago that he is making his .own . air unbreathable, his water undrinkable; that he is recklessly squandering his vital mineral resources and killing with .his wastes the water and land he must exist. It. is not that; the dilemna of pollution is not recognized for what it is —• a- developing tragedy with the whole world as the stage and all living things as. actors. All this is only, too clear after warnings trumpeted from one'end of the earth to the other. But like his animal contemporaries man has a limit to the shocks he can absorb' and when the pressures become overwhelming,natural defenses begin to mobilize. Conservationists Perplexed This is what happened, for example, in the summer of 1970 when conservationists were perplexed by the shoulder, shrugging reaction of many Italians to repeated warnings that the beaches used by Rome were polluted and possibly' dangerous. The Italians already, knew that —just as people living near dying Lake Erie in Ohio, Lake Constance in Switzerland or Lake Baikal in Russia know these vast and once beautiful waters have become sewers for industry and agriculture and the . waste products of humanity. No one had to tell the people choking in the smog that killed 20 people in Donora, Pa., in 1948, or caused 4,000 extra deaths in Greater London in 1952, that they weren't breathing the clear,, sweet air bequeathed them by nature. Britons demanded action and got it in the Clean Air Act of - were all that were available — to the| stage when.things are not only being done about it but are seen to be done. The numbing statistics passed their peak. that Ohio River water is used about four times before it gets to the Mississippi; that the nation discards every year 48 billion cans, 26 billion bottles, seven million automobiles. European Conservation Year had its critics —not much really happened, they said. But Britain, France and Germany did .revise their administrative machinery -for environmental problems and other European countries started to do so.; A mass of anti-pollution legislation was discussed, agreements to cooperate were drafted, new industrial pollution policies emerged and there were an estimated 200,000. organized "environmental events" to intra Earth Day in thej>volve the public. United j States last April and in European Conservation Year which ended with 1970. .-• '' i Earth Day was a time of calling! attention once more to the fact that noise (or ear pollution) costs Americans $4 billion Gross many cans seven biles are emitted phere million! other U.S. Fore a year, more than the National Product of countries; that Araeri- iiiscard an average of pounds each of waste every day; that 200 million tons of contaminants from, autorao- and planes and industries into the atmos- every year; that two gallons. of sewage and fluid waste pours into Waterways every second; Hopes Not Fulfilled Hopes that something as potentially centralized and powerful as President Nixon's White. House Council for Environmental. Quality . would bring immediate action were not fulfilled. But what its sponsors called the world's largest peacetime cooperative exercise was marked by one important meeting —the European conference at Strasbourg attended by princes and politicians from 70 nations. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, called much of what has happened in anti-pollution thus far "so much (Continued on page six) jgn News Commentary: Window On The World JBy PHIL NEWSOM UPI Foreign News Analyst window on the World Opening the Door: President Nixon's request that Congress authorize guarantees for private investment in Romania and Yugoslavia may trigger a flood of bids for similar treatment from other East European nations. Throughout Eastern Europe, he soon will fly to meet leaders of China. Taiwan to Nationalist the againstj "trade commonest . complaint Washington is its discrimination" against 1956 which not only! made a repetition of the lethal smog improbable but gave such impetus to anti-pollution measures that the River, Thames, after more than a century as a sewage dump, is now attracting fish to its lower reaches.for the first time in living memory, i • i Public apathy to. pollution, should it be allowed to arise, would add a new and difficult dimension to a crusade which must have, it it is to succeed, more people cooperation than ; any other global problem' in i . • • - • i Communist regimes. Before, these [regime 1 sought "most- favorea-nation" treatment. Now they will go for the guaranteed private investment gimmick. < Different Ways: The Congo-Brazzaville and the Congo-Kinshasa across the river j may have patched up their differences but they are moving in different directions on the matter of relations with Communist China.' The pro- Peking Brazzaville regime has announced that as of May 1 all workers will wear uniforms Peking style, the fabric being supplied by the newly completed textile factory built by Communist China. In Kinshasa, almost simultaneously. President Joseph Mobutu announced The Public Needs More Economic Understanding j Full employment and price stability are incompatible for any appreciable length of time in this country,,and will be practically impossible to maintain through 1972, says the chief economist for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. |. ] But the American public does not understand this, and is not prepared for a return to full employment without a return to inflation, says Dr. Carl H. Madden. | [ j Dispelling the lack of understanding about this economic eventuality is the "major task of responsible political leadership," he continues, but the lack of candor in the 1970 fall elections fails to show much evidence of this public educational process. : The American people should be told what to expect when full employment is attained, Dr. Madden states. Likewise, the public should be told of the need for changes to correct the imbalance of power that unions have, that prolongs inflation long after monetary restraints are imposed to achieve price stability. Commonwealth Strife: Britain's decision to go ahead with helicopter sales to South Africa may kill the eight-nation Commonwealth committee on Indian Ocean defense before it even gets started. Nigeria already has pulled out of the group which was set up at the Singapore Commonwealth prime ministers' conference, India and Malaysia are expected to follow suit. There is no doubt about the attitudes of Kenya and Jamaica. That- would- .leave only Britain, Canada and Australia. Labor Showdown: British officials see the deadlocked postal strike now in its sixth week, as the makings of a major confrontation between the Conservative government and the Labor unions. The postal union has no funds left and hardship payments to strikers aire possible only through loans and gifts from ,sorae of the big, wealthy unions. They appear ready to help keep the strike going indefinitely in a showdown against the government's determination to keep a lid on inflationary pay hikes. Breaking Tradition: For the first, time in history, a Japanese emperor will set foot on American soil this autumn. But he will not linger long. Emperor Hirohito, 69, and Empress Nagako, 67, briefly at Anchorage Interna-. tional Airport on Sept. 27 and Oct. 13 while their jet liner refuels on its polar flight to and from Western Europe. The' trip will make Hirohito the first mikado of Japan ever to travel abroad since the Chrysanthemum Throne was founded 2,631 years ago. Look For Taxes To Double By '80' Your family's income will Jump 60% during the 1970's, but don't plan on spending that amount until you hear from your tax collector. Taxes during this same period will rise 100%, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States reports. Robert S. Statham, the National Chamber's taxation and finance manager, says that a family of four with a $10,000 Income last year will be earning $16,000 In 1980. But federal, state and lo- LOS ANGELES- Leslie Van Houten, convicted of the Tate- LaBianca murders, when asked if she wanted to cry over the death of Rosemary LaBianca: "Cry? For her .death? If I cry, it is for death itself. She is not the only person that is dead." cal taxes will double during this same period, partly as a result of the phenomenal rise in state,' and local government spending. To show how state tax receipts are growing, Mr. Statham points out that the $48 billion collected by states this past fiscal year is 14% more than the previous year. Income taxes imposed by states showed an even higher jump, 22% from 1969 to 1970. Proposed federal revenue sha- : , ring won't meet taxpayers'prob- i lems, Mr. Statham continues. Forecasts several years ago of a f "national dividend" to finance revenue sharing have not materialized, and any additional money for states and municipalities \ from Uncle Sam must be either at the expense of existingprograms or from higher federal taxes, be warns. Fast relief for year-end budget HEADACHES o We are ready with loans of every size $300 $500 $1,000 up to $5,000 or more Talk to us first when you need money! LOCAL FINANCE CORPORATION o o o • • >:«fJf*W>**- - *>S 0k ' James L. Sitler, Mgr Phone 675-7419 136 S. Main St.. 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