Bennington Banner from Bennington, Vermont on January 10, 1975 · Page 1
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a Weather Benningto Bennington, Vermont, Friday, January 10, 1975 anner Variahle cloudiness this afternoon, high in the Low 4Ua. Cloudy and breezy tonight with some chance ol rain developing, low in the 30b. Saturday windy with rain likely, high in th mid 40s. Sunset tonight 4:34, sunrise 7:24. Weekly founded 1841, Daily 1903 15 Gents Salmon inaugural: People wiser than politicos is the victor, M. Jerome Diamond. The iwo haven't been speaking, and Diamond said he would not even consult Cheney upon taking oier the nffiie. Inpliolo at right, David Sliaffe is in the foreground. During the vole canvassing at the Statehouse Thursday, the contenders for Htlurncy genera! sit on opposite sides of the hearing rnnm. Ai lnTt, ivith pipe, is the loser, Attorney General Kimberly B. Cheney. At right, looking down. Burns, Diamond, Hackel, Acebo 'Plurality' candidates win big Elected were Brian Burns, lieutenant governor; M, Jerome Diamond, attorney general; Stella Hackel, treasurer; and Alexander Acebo. auditor. All but Acebo are Democrats. It was the first time since 19!3 that the constitutional provision giving the legislature the power to name officeholders in cases where no candidate received a majority was invoked. And, It may have been the last, Gov. Thomas P. Salmon has denounced it as an "anachronism" and indicated he would support a constitutional amendment to allow officials to be elected by a pIuraLty. By FLOYD H. MORRIS MONTPEUER (UPI) Overcoming a temptation to elect candidates from their own party, the Republican - dominated legislature overwhelming elected four state officials Thursday , three of them rvemocrats. The elections completed a job begun by the voters last November. The legislature, meeting in Joint session, elected the candidates who had won pluralities, but not majorities, in the 1974 election. The lawmakers could have chosen any of the top tltree candidates for each office. Officials won't say races were even more one - sided, with Acebo defeating Democrat Fred Kandlel and Mrs, Hackel defeating incumbent Republi can Frank Davis by identical votes or 1G4 to 16. in each election, candidates from the state's left - wing third party, Liberty Union, were on the ballot. They received no votes from the lawmakers. It was Liberty Union's surprisingly strong showing that led to the need for a legislative vote. Burns was sworn in immediately following the election, in order to allow him to preside at today's inaugural ceremonies. In a brief speech, he promised "to protect the will ol the majority and to guarantee the rights of the minority." The other officials were to be sworn in today. Cheney's argument failed to impress the Legislative Joinl Canvassing Committee, which voted unanimously to accept ballot totals as reported by the Secretary of State. His supporters, seeing the cause was hopeless, did not even argue the case before the legislature, which met in joint session. Vermont ballots allow voters to vote for all candidates of a particular party by placing an "x" in a lx at the top of the ballot. A voter who has done that and wants to vote for a candidate in another party can do so by placing an "x" by that candidate's name. In that case, the See LEGISLATURE on back page Where is 'Enterprise' government," he said, "and they know that the conservative have gone wrong in their preoccupation with the military, private interests and less government." Salmon paid tribute to Sen. George' D. Aiken, R - Vt., who retired from the Senate this year after 3t years and attended the inauguration. Sabnon culled Aiken "one of the greatest Vermonters of our history." He concluded his speech try qu oting from an address given by the late Walter Lipp - man on the eve of World War II: "We shnll turn from the soft vices In which a civilization decays. Vc shall return to the stern virtues by which a civilization is made. We shall do this because at long last we know that we must, because finally we begin to sec that the hard way is the only enduring way." Now Brezhnev has ailing hearl PARIS (UPI) - A Paris newspaper reported today Soviet Communist party general Lonoid I. Brezhnev uses a heart pacemaker. France Soir, quoting "medical circles," said Brezhnev "suffers neither from leukemia nor bronchitis as everyone soys but from cardiac troubles." "Since 1973 the secretary general has warn a heart stimulator of plutonium that Russian surgeons tutored by the French implanted in his breast," France Soir's unconfirmed report said. "A Soviet cardiologist spent eight months in France in 1973 working under tr. Paul Laurens, 'father' ot the pacemaker." Tax cut delayed by 'big oil' WASHINGTON (UPI) - A major tax cut now is certain to pass the. new Congress, but there are signs it could be dchiyed for weeks or months by squabbles over whether to raise oil company taxes and exactly whose taxes to cut and how. President Ford is expected to ask for a tax cut of perhaps $10 billion, and various congressmen propose cuts of up to $30 billion. Almost no voices hove been raised against chopping taxes to stimulate the economy. Rep. A! Ullman, IXlre., the Incoming chairman of the taxwriting" f louse Ways and Means Committee, predicted his committee would produce a tax cut March 1 for individuals, coupled with some business tax relief and probably an end to the od depletion allowance a major oil industry lax break. it is this oil tax question which may hog them all down. A majority of committee members last year approved an end to the oil depletion allowance, coupled with a "windfall profits" tax on crude oil prices. Sentiment in the newly appointed Ways and Means Committee is likely to be even stronger against oil companies. If such a hill passed the House, it would face rough going in the Senate where Finance Committee Chairman Russell 1ing a Democrat from the oil - producing state of Louisiana, wants to maintain domestic oil tax breaks while cracking do on foreign oil tax breaks for American companies, a uiuiiiiiiiNiiiiiiMiNiiiinuiiiiiin 111:11111$ I On the Inside j National: If you can't beat 'em, tax 'em, fs Congressional approach to slate lotteries, even by accident ; Rabbi Korff visits Nixon Page 2. Local: The Wadsworths offer a formula for low - energy use of appliances, and some recipes to match: stale bicycle palhway study released Page 3. Edit: Pete Horton writes of the paradoxes in the federal "workfare" proposals; Tom Wicker notes that the wages of sin often depend on the social status of the WASHINGTON (UPI) The nuclear - powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise - plowed through Asian waters this week, producing on land a wake of reports, denials, speculation and questions mostly unanswered, On Tuesday the Enterprise and five accompanying ships eft fhe Philippines for undisclosed points, There were reports Ihey were bound for Vietnam as a show of force In the face of a Communist offensive. The Pentagon said flatly "no" and Kavysources indicated the task force was headed instead for the Indian Ocean. Under normal conditions, the departure of the Enterprise and the Navy's refusal to say where 'it was going might have attracted little notice. Carriers of the 7th Fleet routinely sail from Subic Bay and, for security reasons, destinations almost never are announced before the "ships arrive on station. liy FI.OY1) H. NOKRIS MONTPELJER (UP11 - Political parties in America are losing the confidence of most citizens because they have refused to tell the truth aboul conditions facing the country, Gov. Thomas P. Sabnon said today as he was inaugurated for a second term. "The people are wiser than the politicians beleive," the Democratic governor told a Joint session of the legislature . Salmon said Vermont faced "a course of fiscal caul ion, of productivity, oi making do in hard limes." He said the country was now facing "a serious decline in the politicial and economic conditions of our country." "We have gone from a period of affluence to ;i period of deep recession in a very shorl time." he said. Sabnon. who has proposed a $7.6 million package oi lax increases along with a budget for the next fiscal year slightly smaller than the current budget, promised the austerity would not hurt the poor. He said he plans "a course that continues our conunlttnent tu those leastable to help themselves, the poor, the disabled, the handicapped' and the child in need of dental care." "The main problem in America," Salmon said, "is not o crisis of dollars, serious tho ugh thai may he. It is a crisis of the spirit." "There was a time when America had a sense o! community, a feeling that we were one jjeople faring challenges and problems together," he said, "Somehow, wedid not think ot ourselves as this bloc or that group. We must recapture that spirit and adopt it to the difficulties of our times," Salmon said the people had recognized us lies statements of national leaders that there was no recession and that things were getting heller. "They indulged In the mistaken notion that the citizen.'; of this country are not brave enough to receive nor wiseenough to understand the Iruth," Salmon said. "How wrong Ihey were. The people arc wiser than the politicians believe." "They know that the liberels have gone wrong in believing that our troubles can be cured by more spending and more Diamond, a Hratllehoro lawyer and Windham County Slate's Attorney, had faced a tough road in his election effort, He won a. difficult Democratic primary and (hen went after Republican Attorney General Kimberly Cheney, promising to be tougher on cr irnin als an d to do more for consumers. In the process, he resumed smoking after kicking the habit for six years. "I really want a cigarette," he said as reporters gathered around him Thursday, See DIAMOND on back page The losing candidates had all conceded defeat shortly after the November election, Willi the exception of Republican Attorney General Kimberly Cheney, who waged a bitter fight against Diamond, die Windham County State's Attorney. Cheney, trailed Diamond by 638 votes following the recount, but attempted 1o convince die legislature that some votes were improperly counted, and that Diamond might not have a plurality. The lawmakers turned Cheney aside, voting 14! to 39 (or Diamond. Burns defeated Republican T. Oarry Buckley by a vote of 160 to 20. The oUier heading? telegram to President Ford Thursday saying: "Shocked by recent reports of movement of U.S. warships toward Vietnam, we condemn any U.S. government attempt to reinvolve us in the war in Indochina. We hope that this Is not an attempt to recreate a crisis atmosphere at a time when Congress is considering appropriations for Indochina." The departure of two destroyers from Charleston, S.C. a routine replacement for two other destroyers that had spex the last six months with the tiny 25 - year - old Middle East Task Force, according to defense sources sparked speculation these ships might be joining the Enterprise. The Enterprise did spend several days in international waters off the coast of South Vietnam last month, when the Communist offensive against Phuoc Long Province started. That visit, publicly unnoticed at the time, marked one of several times in the past two years that U.S. warships have cruised off Vietnam. Navy officials said U.S. warships siil in that ait'Ei now for the same reason they visit other oceans and seas around the globe: "Thisdemonstrates our right to sail in international waters anywhere. The only way to maintain the principle of freedom of the seas is !o exercise that right." The Enterprise and its escorts the nuclear - powered cruiser Long Beach, two destroyers, a support ship and an oiler were reported by Washington sources to be bound for the Straits of Malacca, the entrance to the Indian Ocean which lies between Indonesia and Malaysia. While in the Indian Ocean, the Enterprise might follow the example of another U.S. carrier two months ago and sail into the Persian Gulf. The brief November visit fo the Persian Gulf by lire carrier Constellation was the first in a quar fer - cen tury. The Indian Ocean is considered a strategic body of water because much of the Western world's oil must pass through it and because it lies adjacent fo the troubled Middle East. The area, known as the Blind Brook Chance is located about nine miles from Route 9 and is reached by a five - mile, all - weather logging road off the Somerset Dam Road. Slightly over half of the chance is above 2,500 feet elevation. Knickerbocker said the area was last cut In 1969 and the mature timber removed. Some older trees were left standing to seed a new crop of saplings. That new crop is nowfl to 10 feethlgh an d timber management plans call for the cutting of the remaining mature trees for saw logs and the elimination of poorly formed saplings. The stand will be thinned In about 10 years, accordlngto Knickerbocker, and he See GLASTENBURY on back page Ford hints Viets need more U.S. aid But conditions were not normal, South Vietnam had just suffered its worst defeat since U.S. troops pulled out of the country two years ago the capture by Communist forces of an entire province. - On Thursday UPI quoted U.S. civilian sources in Saigon saying the task - force was entering the Uuli of Thailand on the Western side of South Vietnam. Defense officials In Washington called the report "totally false." UPI's sources said the ships would tin ger briefly In the area, then head for the Indian Ocean and war games with the Australian Navy, later Thursday UPI received a report that two South Vietnamese spotter planes had sighted the Enterprise in the Gulf of Thailand, circling as though on station. The Pentagon officially had "no comment," but sources privately maintained the Enterprise's route did not include the Gulf of Thailand. The Women's Strike for Peace sent a The White House reQuested H .5 billion in military aid for South Vietnam this fiscal year but Congress authorized: billion and only S70O million was actually spent, Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, who met with Ford Wednesday night after returning from a tour of Asia, said he would oppo se any effort to increase military aid for Vietnam. "Additional aid means more killing, more fighting," Mansfield said . "This has got to stop sometime. "It is up to those people to settle their differences in their own way. They are going to have to do it sometime, and without additional aid from the United States, and that includes Cambodia." Mansfield, who also visited China, said he felt the majority of Congress agreed with him. Searsburg town offices and attached few conditions to the permit other than those proposed In the guidelines. "I've never seen a more complete application In my Ufe," said Ccx.ty Forester James White. The Glaitenbury Tirnberlands Trust was established In 1971 out of lands on the east side of the un organ toed town held by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Scott and assembled from McCullough family holdings. The land b managed by the New England Forestry Foundation. Gerry C. Knickerbocker, chief forester for the foundation, testified at the hearing that the purpose of the proposed logging was to remove okfer, mature trees and allow a new crop of saplings to grow. WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford think s U.S . aid tD South Vietnam and Cam - bo dia is Inadequate and is prepared to ask Congress for more aid to Indochina on an emergency basis. "He believes the current levels authorized by Congress are inadequate," White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen told reporters Thursday. Nessen said Ford was deeply concerned by the recent Communist takeover of Phuoc Binh, a provincial capital 75 miles north of Saigon this week, but indicated that Ford considered U.S. aid to Indochina insufficient even before the latest Communist battlefield success, Nessen said requests for additional aid were under "intensive consideration" but declined to say how much the administration might ask Congress for. O'Connor sworn in Rep. Timothy J. O'Connor, HrnttlcJiom Democrat; is sworn in as speaker of Ihe Venuonl House Wednesday by Secretary nf Stale Hichard C. Tliuniius, who presides before Hnuse officers nre rhosen. O'Clcnnnr whs elected 77 - M. It was the first lime a i)emocrnt has been narncti. Diamond vows consumer aid and to give up smoking Glastenbury logging clears Act 250 By BUSS GARLAND SRARSBUHG - The Bennington District Environmental Commission yesterday granted Glastonbury Tim - berlsoids Trust permission to log about 720 acres above 2,500 feet elevation In Glastenbury. Act 2S0, the state's environmental - protection law, requires that all logging operations above this height recetve a land - use permit. This was the first such application to be heard by the Bennington District Commission. Although a heavy snowfall prevented commissioners from conductinga planned site visit, they reviewed a lengthy set of guidelines prepared by attorney Harvey D, Carter of Bennington at a hearing in the sinner Page 4. Page op: The Fortney column continues the discussion of natural childbirth Page 5. County: Where are the District 1 lines In North Bennington? Hemenway gels Act 250 permit for Pownal development; crime on upswing ui Hoosick Falls - Pages 6 & 7. Sports: It's off to Springfield tonight for MAU basketball fans; real SNOW for once at MAU carnival; UCLA does its usual thing in Pac 8 basketball MONTPEUER (UPI) - M. Jerome Diamond, Vermont's new attorney general, says he plans to Increase the state's consumer protection efforts and give up smoking. Diamond, the only one of the four state official's elected Thursday whose election had been in any doubt, said he had not been certain of victory. "1 never lost faith or hope, but I realized there was always a possibdity it wouldn'l happen," be said as well - wishers gathered to congratulate him,

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