The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on March 6, 1971 · Page 4
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 4

Tipton, Indiana
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Saturday, March 6, 1971
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Page 4 THE TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE BULB-SNATCHER i GOVERNMENT SNOOPING Seldom has there been so much general confusion about the matter of "government snooping," currently very much in the news. And it is time to clarify someof these matters. Last .October 15,1970, President Nixon signed into law the so-called "Organized Crime Control Act." It included, among many other provisions, specific legislation charging tiie FBI with the responsibility to investige all bombings and bombing attempts on any property of the government, or that of any institution or organization receiving Federal funds. •Because of the increased responsibilities to the Federal. Bureau of Investigation arising from the new act, the^President" further proposed, and provisions were made for, the appointment of 1,000 "additional FBI personnel -"some of whom would be Agents in the field, and others assigned to important support roles at the FBI headquarters. It is difficult to believe that these simple facts could be twisted in such a way as to attack the FBI and Director J. Edgar Hoover, but one or two'Washington politicians (to use the term in. the worst sense of the word) managed to do so. They mahciously charged that the FBI planned to saturate college and university campuses with "1,000 undercover agents" to "snoop on students" and monitor their activities.' ' * The charge of course, was false—unless we are to assume that all students on. all campuses are bombers and terrorists. But although it was pure bunk, the accusation was picked up and used by the Communists, the extremists, and the left-wing press, as one would expect it would be. The facts are—as-all responsible members in the House and • Senate know-that the duties'and responsibilities of the FBI are strictly proscribed by law; that the FBI is not, never has been, and-so long as Mr. Hoover has anything to say about it-never will be a national police "force. The Bureau is an investigative, intelligence gathering agency; and it initiates investigation only when there is information indicating that a crime within its legal juridiction has been committed. The new act stipulates that if : there is a bombing on any campus which receives Federal funds, it will be the responsibility of the FBI to investigate that criminal act. If there is no bombing, there investigation - period. ~ The truth is as simple, and as cut and dried as that. We find, it difficult to believe that the alarmists' who attacked the FBI are truly concerned with unrestrained government snooping. But if they are, we can suggest, at least one government, bureau toward which they can direct their attention; the Internal Revenue'Service. This agency maintains enormous^ files of information on hundreds of thousands of perfectly law abiding citizens. Any and all of this information can be used against the citizen, in a court of law, at any time. No law-abiding citizen is given the right to remain silent, as are criminals under the Miranda, decision of the Supreme Court. Such information given to this Federal bureau, although supposedly confidential; can and is given without the knowledge and/or consent of the citizen to -local and State governments, who then make it a part of their intelligence files. Invasion of.privacy? Try to plead that when the IRS investigator shows up at your door. There is indeed a vast amount of "government snooping" • carried on today-but not by the FBI. ort Snorts........ .TOWNSEND, MONT., STAR: "The average 18-year-old cannot remember when there was no television. To him, nothing is true 4 -^nothing has happened —. unless he sees it on TV... .Today's youth has parents and grandparents who base knowledge and experience on an entirely different set of values. They grew up reading carefully ordered words. They were mature before being bombarded by ... on-the-scene news, glamorous entertainment, ^violence in the raw, provocative commercials, and fantasy formats. The older generation "brings to its evaluation a cause and effect realism. Youth's desires are not bounded by what can or cannot be. They have no built-in timer that says 'work and save and wait.' The poor see into the homes of the rich. The uneducated opt for the status of those who have arrived. Television has brought actuality into the home. Whatyoungpeople see is fact for | them. It is simply a matter of the age of the viewer as to what i is seen and what message received." THREATENED POWER CUT-BACKS POWER. UTILITIES Indiana Behind In Aid To Handicapped Citizens "Indiana is 54th in what it does for its handicapped citizens," Joseph R. Brown, executive direc-. tor of the Mental Health Association in Indiana, has charged before the House Ways and Means Committee in a special meeting at the State House, Indianapolis. "We actually rank below all states and territories in the amount of money we invest to vo- .cationally rehabilitate handicapped workers. • We have been wasting millions of dollars of Federal funds by our failure to match. "Humanitarian aspects aside," Brown observed, "this is plain; poor business because it's been shown that the rehabilitated worker will pay back in taxes more than was spent in his rehabilitation." He requested that legislators fully grant the budget request of .Walter Pernod, head of the Indiana Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, in order to prevent further waste of Federal tax money or its diversion toother states. "Because the Legislature has for years refused to match Federal funds on an 80-20 basis, too many of the blind, the deaf, the crippled and mentally handicap- Ded have been denied restoration to useful employment," Brown said. The Federal government has a standing policy of extending 80 cents for each 20 cents put up by the states and territories for restraining handicapped workers. Mr. Brown praised Mr. Penrod for his imagination in seeking to extend rehabilitation services but said that he did not go far enough. Brown suggested that a million dollars, more, or less, in addition to the Division'sbudgetbe ticketed for the benefit of mentally ill . and multiply, handicapped workers. '• "Because these persons are hard to deal with," he said, "there has been a tendency to slight them and go on; to others" of thej handicapped population who are more easily placed in employment. There should be vo-. cational rehabilitation counselors] at every. Comprehensive Mental Health Center and every state {hospital. Dedicating funds would assure this needed service to the most seriously handicapped, j • Brown concluded, "Even if we were! to double our present budget for vocational rehabilitation, we would still be in 5.4th place. Obviously, we have a great deal to do." ' WASHINGTON MARCH OF EVENTS- WAR TO BE BIG ISSUE IN PRESIDENTIAL RACE "WITHDRAW ALL TROOPS," DEMOCRATS' UUTIMATUM Washington Demos' eye Vietnam A FIRE SUPPORT BASE is set up eight miles inside Laos by South Vietnamese soldiers. The gun is a 105mm howitzer brought there slung under a helicopter HIGH OFFICIALS in the General! Accounting Office—the congressional watchdogl. of* federal .spending—remain skeptical ov &rL the [ administration's revenue sharing proposal., . The reason ? There has yet to be plan advanced to supervise- the spending of these funds their effective and honest use. If revenue sharing Is adopted,'-the 1 GAO could do little more than report on the auditing procedures of state and local gov ernments. SATURDAY," MARCH 6.. 1971 Veterans Eligible For Additional ' Home Loan Benefits • About seven million World War H and Korean Conflict veterans who financed their homes with before May 7, 1968, are eligible for additional home loan benefits. J. C. Robison, Director of the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Indianapolis, said| these veterans who may qualify have accrued about $37.5 billion in unused home loan benefits. These veterans are eligible for new benefits because they obtained loans during the years when the loan guaranty was substantially lower than how. -, . Robison noted that the currem: VA loan guaranty maximum is $12,500 or 60 per cent of the loan, whichever is less--a max|; imum in effect since. May 7, 1968. This compares with the $4,000,: or 50 per cent maximum guaranty, set when VA started its home loan-program after World War n. This maximum was' increased to $7,500 or 60 pe'r • cent on Sept. 1, 1951, and wa s raised to the current $12,5(0 maximum May 7, 1968. The VA Regional Director e::- plained that any veteran who financed his home with a' VAguaranteed: loan before May 7,. 1968, now has either $5,000. or $8,500 home loan entitlement available—depending, on when le received his loan. Veterans and servicemen v, he want to establish eligibility fjor entitlement remaining from their original GI loans are urged to- contact the' VA Regional Office, .36 S. Pennsylvania Street in Irjd- ianapolis. THE BIG GET.BIGGER — Eight large states (shaded) would have 51 per cent of the voting strength at.the Democratic National Convention under the party Rules Commission's proposal to increase vote of populous states, at expense of the least populous. Less populous • states (black) would lose about half: Three — Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming—would lose three-fourths. Hartke Proposes Steps To Stop Heroin Traffic By HENRY CATHCAKT • [ Central Press Washington Correspondent W ASHINGTON—The recent ^'withdraw all troops" ultimatum, from the Senate Democratic Caucus is viewed here as the opening volley in a campaign to make the war in Southeast Asia i- a partisan political issue in the 1972 presidential election. , Unconditional withdrawal of ALL U.S. forces from Vietnam, asserted a clear majority of Senate Democrats, regardless of what the consequences to the Vietnamese I people are. The general target date: 19731 Even the most liberal of military, strate- . gists consider, the proposal impractical and unworkable. It is like declaring by resolution that all Americans must have jobs or that all poverty must-be eliminated. Nearly'20 years' after the Korean War, some 50,000 U.S. troops j remain in that country. Twenty-five years after World War II many more U.S. troops remain stationed in Europe. Their presence abroad. represent the responsibilities of a global power. Yet however repugnant the Democratic Cau- . cus resolution is to military realists, they should be preparing! for more of the same. For every likely Democratic presidential jnominee is nearly certain to make total troop.withdrawal a major issue in his campaign. .'.*»« ; *j '•• i• RAPID CHANGE—All Chis is a far cry from the situation only months ago when it appeared the Nixon administration's combat troop withdrawal program had defused Vietnam as a. political issue. ' j. • So seemingly successful was the President 's handling' of the •' admittedly unpopular war that manyj Democrats were thankful * that the GOP chose not to make it an issue in the congressional campaign last fall. - 1 But the administration was forced to come to grips with the hard realities of Vietnam. If the goal is to leave behind a . niilitury situation that offers a reasonable prospect of stability fur.the South Vietnamese, bloody, U.S.-stipi>6rted actions .such ax- the one against the Ho Chi Minli Trial in I^ios are essential. With a little luck, presidential advisers feel that nearly all American combat troops will be out of Vietnam by election day ill '72.. ' ^ ' '. | •'',•'•• . ' : " Yet it js clear that "combat" troops arc not the issue with the Democrats. They are demanding immediate withdrawal of all troops, something the U.S. has never accomplished even after a foreign war. Ten years ago Republicans thought John K. Kennedy made unfair use "of an alleged missile gap to propel himself into the' White House. U.S. military superiority'had. slipped, the Democrats then charged. ' | It is a different party today that calls on this country to abandon an. ally. MARIJUANA —David Ha . ris, husband of folk sing 5r Joan Baez, has been'caught with marijuana in California's La Tuna Correctional Institution, says Warden , Bill Zachem. Harris, serving time for refusing induction! is shown' in. 1968 before jb e i n g sentenced. ' There) arc more than 3 million trucks on less than 3 million American farms today. ' In a-resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate today, Senator Vance Hartke (D-Ind.) called upon President Nixon to take immediate diplomatic steps to prevent the further illegal importation of heroin into the United States. "Eighty percent of the heroin which reaches this country comes from poppy fields of Turkey," Hartke pointed out in his remarks, "...much of it (is) refined in illegal laboratories in France," he continued. In his remarks to the Senate, Senator Hartke acknowledged that the! elimination of the opium crops would work a. hardship on the average Turkish farmer whose average income, is only Tax Reform Act The Tax Reform Act of 196S makes it easier to qualify foster children as dependents, James E. Daly, IRS. District Director for Indiana, said. • A foster child now can be claimed as a dependent on the same terms as a natural child if he lives with the taxpayer and is a member of the household for the entire year. The effect of the Act also is to permit a taxpayer a dependency exemption for a foster child who makes $625 or more if the child is under 19 or a full-time student .and the other dependency tests are met. Previously, such a foster child could not qualify as a dependent even though all other dependency requirements were •met. A foster child is defined as • one in the care of someone other than natural or adopted parents who cares for the child as his own. . - MISSION The, Jobs for Veterans program has a four-told mission: 1. To increase nationajl awareness of the veteran as a job candidate. 2. To fully utilize existing programs that can link the veteran with job and training opportunities, redirecting emphasis . where appropriate. . 3. To stimulate the formation of action groups at the state and local levels to marshal available resources. 4. To encourage public and private employers to actively seek out and hire or train veterans. a practical Skepticism Re Revenue Shoring Plan President Nixon Directs Government To 'Lead Way' President Nixon has directed the Federal government to "lead the way" in supporting the Jobs for Veterans program. In a memorandum to the heads of all federal departments and agencies, the. President said he expects them "to lead the way in this important effort and -to support the program fully within their areas of responsibility." ,1 In another action, the President has asked each governor, each county executive and the mayor of every city with a population of over 10,000 to develop job ppportunities and training for.veterans by utilizing existing government and private employment arid training programs.' | | . '• . He urged the state and lo ( cargovernment officials to form a local Jobs for Veterans Task Force in every community which would join the business community j labor, various private and public agencies, and civic andreligious organizations. • | "Our combined efforts In Jobs for Veterans will pay dividends of permanent value for veterans and for the nation," Mr. Nixon said. about $1,000 a year. Whileacrop substitution program would cost about $10 million dollars he said, "When compared with the billions of dollars in economic and military aid which we have given Turkey in the. past twenty years, it is a small price to pay. The comparison becomes even " more vivid when contrasted with the billions of dollars which heroine costs our society annually." The resolution itself takes notice of the fact that heroin is the greatest, single cause of death among young people in the 18 to 35 year age bracket and that there are more than 500,000. addicts in the UJS. "For the health and well being of our own society, we cannot afford to let this traffic in death and destruction continue. Unless we put a stop to the ready access which addicts and potential addicts have to heroin, we will never be able to put an end to the problem itself," Hartke said. No Change Made In Wheat Payments . No change has been made in the basis for cc^njJttijng wheat certificate payments fortfarmers participating in the 1-971 wheat program, reports Carl Retherford, chief farm program official in Tipton County. Some questions had been received fronvproducers, he said, because the Federal Government recently made the year 1967 the reference base period for all general purpose index numbers. As a result, the U. S. Department of Agriculture January report ona- gricultural prices used the 1967 base in its summary table. However, this change does not alter the parity index, which will continue to be computed with 1910 T 14 as the base period. The formula for computing parity for wheat formula is specified by law Retherford said, and can only be changed by Congressional action. The recent standardization of 1967 as a reference base was done by executive order to keep all Government general-purpose indexes current and comparable for efficiency in making reports and projections. "This standardization is a management tool that does not affect the parity formula for farmers'wheatcertificates," Retherford said. at Your Friendly INDIANAPOLIS, IND.: Sen. Phillip Hayes, D-Evansvllle (R) argues with Sen. W..W. Hill (L), it- Indianapolis, over a bill Hayes introduced to secure pension rights for firemen In Evansvllle. What appeared to be a routine bill turned Into a' lengthy debate before it was finally passed 28-18 and sent to the House. , UPITELEPHOTO Magic Mirrors Beauty Salon ias now move d fo 136 Kentucky Avenue Mrs. Ernest Delph mgr. phone 675-6038

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