Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 13, 1974 · Page 10
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, May 13, 1974
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A Special Report on Truck Drivers By Kathryn Graf I In advance ol ;< proposed nationwide truck strike set for Monday, Kathryn Graf, a Drake University senior in the School of Journalism, interviewed numerous truckers at truck stops in central Iowa to get their views on the problems they face I DES MOINES - "A truck strike couldn't hurt me any worse," said Jim Payne, an independent truck driver from St. Louis, Mo. "If the operating prices keep accelerating like they are now, I'm going dlit of business anyway." Truck drivers interviewed at Iowa interstate truck stops discussed a proposed nationwide truck strike set for May 13. "When the strike comes, I hope people don't think it was an instant thing," said another truck driver as he ate biscuits and gravy at a truck stop cafe. "Our problems have been building up for a long time." Faced with fuel costs which have nearly doubled in one year, lower speed limits and burdensome operating costs, truck drivers have found themselves in a financial pinch. "It costs me 32 to 40 cents a mile to operate my truck, and my profit margin is only two or three cents a mile," said Rusty Johnson, an independent truck driver from Dallas, Tex. "It's become a tremendous financial risk just to make a run." An Ottumwa truck driver said he is quitting after 11 years because he"can no longen; make:! payments. "Each month I had to pay a $530 truck payment, $100 for insurance and $100 for licenses. That didn't include fuel, truck maintenance and eating on the road," he said, shaking his head. "I'm quitting to run a bulldozer, and I'm bitter about it." Independent truck drivers are experiencing financial stresses sooner than company drivers. In early February, many of the estimated 200,000 independent truck drivers participated in a national strike which resulted in public food and material shortages. Incidents of violence nationwide, and the governors of eight states called upon National Guardsmen to patrol truck stops and highway overpasses or escort truck convoys. In Iowa, the highway patrol escorted a convoy from Council Bluffs to the Iowa border. The strike ended when truck drivers were granted permission to add a six per cent surcharge to the rates they charged freight customers to make up for past fuel prices. But as fuel prices continue to rise, many truckers are dissatisfied with the past settlement, claiming it just wasn't enough. "I have a lot of freinds who don't have their payments made up from the last strike, and they are mad," said another independent truck dnyer .from Ottumwa. Company drivers do not own their trucks and do not buy their own fuel as the "independents" do. Most company drivers are paid on some type of salary basis, and thus they aren't as directly affected by rising fuel costs. Independents, on the other hand, buy their own trucks and then usually lease with one or more companies for particular job runs. Independent truckers say the financial outlay has made their business increasingly high risk. A freight truck alone costs anywhere from $21,000 to $45,000, and truck repair bills are expensive, they say. "Last May, I had a repair bill of $3,900, and in March I had a $2,600 repair bill," said George Dorr, an independent trucker from Yale, Iowa. Repair work on trucks costs a driver around $15 an hour, and big jobs like getting the engine overhauled can cost $4,000. "Fortunately, my company picks up my tabs," said Charles Williams, a company driver for Dowzer Electric. Williams was an independent trucker for 18 years "until the bills got too much for me." Like.many other company drivers in recent years, he traded his love of "being my own boss for seven credit cards and a little security." Diesel fuel in Iowa costs approximately 48 cents per gallon, up about 20 cents from last year. This cost is above average compared to other states. Truck operation in western states such as Wyoming and Colorado, where fuel costs about 32 cents and 39 cents respectively, is less expensive. But in southern and eastern states a gallon of diesel fuel can cost up to 60 cents. "When you figure that we only get four miles to a gallon and have 200-gallon tanks to fill, you realize how bad it is," said a truck driver from Dallas, Tex. Many Iowa truckers express bitterness over what they call "the state's love of railroads and hatred toward trucks." They cite Gov. Robert D. Ray's veto of a bill to allow 65-foot double-bottom trucks on Iowa roads as "typical." Classified Ad Information Dial 3573 All copy for classified ads ;md classified display ads musl he in (he Times Herald by 9 am day of publication Monday throuuh Friday and 8 a.m on Saturday to insure publication. C1.ASSIKIKI) DISPLAY I'er column inch Jl 70 Additional insertions $1.50 CLASS!KIKD CASH WITH ORDKK One day. per word I2c Three days, per word 26c Six days, per word llflc CARD OK THANKS 20 words or less $2.50 Over 20 words lOc per word Cord of Thanks 3 CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank our friends, neighbors and relatives for the kindness and sympathy extended to us during our recent bereavement, the loss of our husband and father. Our sincere appreciation to all who helped in any way to lighten our burden of sorrow. The family of Victor Sapp 3-113-ltp Business Opportunities 5 FOR LEASE Good gallonage 2 bay Service Station in Audubon. Good income potential with minimum investment. CALL COLLECT: BOB HUSCHER APCO OIL 515-232-4184 after 5:30 during week, anytime weekends. 5-I12-41C Announcements JUNIOR SUMMER Basketball League. Ages 15-19. Contact Michael Kelly 792-2212. 6-109-6tp Lost LOST-WIRE rimmed glasses. 792-1177. 7-113-tfp Personals REDUCE SAFE & fast with ''GoBese Tablets & E-Vap "water pills" Wilke Drug. 9-107-ltp Business Services 14 If your auto insurance premium hasn't dropped at least 20% this year, before you renew • Call Bill Comito Pringle Tax & Insurance 792-3805 TELEVISION SERVICE Prompt attention. Fair prices. Qualified technicians. WATTERS' Appliance Center Central Service. 792-2696. 14-48-tfc Nixon Gamble: Taking His Case to the People -By NEA-London Economist News Sen ice -M. To remove a president of the United States does not lie in the power of the American people: the Constitution entrusted it to Congress, empowering the House of Representatives to bring an impeachment and the Senate to pronounce on it. Nevertheless, President Nixon answered one of the congressional demands for impeachment information by taking his case to the people. To be sure, he gave the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives a vast quantity of information, incomplete but voluminous transcripts of his taped private conversations with his advisers about the Watergate affair. But he made the whole bundle public, and he presented it in a television address that echoed, no doubt consciously, the speech that made his cocker spaniel, Checkers, the most famous American dog and saved his political career more than 20 years ago. "It isn't easy," said Mr. Nixon in 1952, "to come before a nationwide audience and bare your life, as I have done." Now he has done it again, conceding that the transcripts would "become the grist for many sensational stories in the press", that they would be embarrassing, "the subject of speculation and even ridicule" — in short, "never before in the history of the presidency have records that have been so private been made so public". Well, then, why did he do it, when all he had been required to do was to send some tapes along to a congressional committee in a briefcase? The impeachment proceeding is peculiar and follows its own rules, but, even so, congressmen and senators have to respond to the feelings of their voters. By his act of publicly disrobing, the President must have intended to make Congress nervous of a possible public revulsion if it were seen to harry him too far. He did it well: here, after a year of floundering and false notes, was a strong, skillful politican at work. The speech was carefully constructed and economically written, its delivery grave and calm. Even the panning of the camera to show the gilt-lettered folders with the presidential seal, "Submission of Recorded Presidential Conversations to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives by President Richard Nixon", a device that may have been hard to sell to the network men, served its purpose of impressing on the viewers that something substantial was about to be disclosed. As it happened the week began with the first piece of good Watergate news for the Nixon, Administration in more than a year, the acquittal of "Mr. Nixon's first attorney-general, John Mitchell, and of his first secretary of commerce, Maurice Stans. Nothing can make respectable Mitchell's and Stans's dealings with the campaign money channelled from Robert Vesco, and alleged by the Securities and Exchange Commission to have belonged rightfully not to Vesco^personally but to his unfortunate shareholders. The prosecution, however, did not succeed in showing that Vesco's generosity towards the Committee to Re-elect the President had materially helped him in his difficulties with the commission. Naturally, the question now arises of whether the other fallen chieftains of the first Nixon Administration, similarly faced with rather abstract charges like conspiracy and perjury, and similarly placed to pit their word against the word of prosecution witnesses not above suspicion themselves, may not also be going to get off.' FOR SALE Just 2 blocks from St. Lawrence Church and school. 3 bedroom, I 1 2 story home. New kitchen with builtins, central air, garage, full basement. In the middle 20's. 3 Bedroom home, 2 blocks from Holy Spirit, dining room, full basement, garage. Priced right at $16,950.00. Pudenz Agency 792-1440 Bob Pudenz Erv Pudenz Gary Kunecke 792-4946 792-9927 792-3239 63-113-itc Mine Your Attic Gold With A Classified Business Services 14 FREE STORAGE of winter garments. Pick up and delivery. Cleaning, pressing and alterations. Phone 792-4333. HR Cleaners. 14-95-tfc From a Household Spot to a Spotless House Your CARPETS cleaned and maintained • by the world's leading professional cleaning systems — carpets, furniture. floors, walls and complete House-Wide Cleaning. Isn't this the day to call 792-2155 for a free estimate. 14-66-tfc WHY SHOULD Seagulls have all the Tun? Fisher Aviation. Inc. 792-9128. 14-109-6tc FOR ALL chain saw sales & SERVICE, call or see Reinart Service. 7th & Hwy. 30. Phone 792-2126. 14-77-tf FOR ALL GASOLINE engine lawn mower repair call or see Reinart Service. 7th & Hwy. 30. 14-77-tf JACOBSEN TRAVEL AGENCY 225 E. 5th Phone 792-4431 Paul Fricke. Manager_ JIM'S TREE SERVICE Carroll, Iowa Insured Reasonable rates Phone 792-1484 Jim Ransom 14-56-ltp SPKCIAL THIS week only. Your portable typewriter power cleaned & adjusted for S6.25 — ribbon included. Manaul type — $12.50. Carroll Typewriter Service —Ph. 792-3248. 14-113-6tc Where To Go 17 POP 10* (with Pizza) Family Night Every Tuesday Night 5 till 9 PITCHER OF POP (With Pizza) PIZZA HUT SALAD (With Pizza) SMALL PIZZA (Reg. $1.95) J MED. PIZZA (Reg. $3.15) « LARGE PIZZA tf>o A C\ (Reg. $4.25) JpO.'iU East on Highway 30 Parkway Plaza 17-101-ltc Sales Help 21 BIRTHDAY CLUB Having a Birthday this Week? Celebrate it at ... RED CARPET LOUNGE I / /* f ^ PRICE ON THE DINNER OKYOUKCIIOICK Adults only. Must Show ID Good Monday thru Friday _ 17-225. ItC SPECIAL PANCAKE SUPPER Every Wednesday 3 Hot Cakes mi __ Bulk Sausage, Coffee !}>1.ZO 2 Hot Cakes ^ „ Bulk Sausage, Coffee JJu.lU 3 Hot Cakes __.. Coffee . 85 C Served from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. PAULINE'S CAFE Sales Help 21 ARE YOU READY To take that important step that will lead to financial success? We have an ususual sales opportunity which can mean $10.000 to $15,000 or more your first year and also rapid advancement to management. Excellent training program. $700 a month to start. Phone Don Grosz (712) 263-4904 Between 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. Tues.. May 14 or Thurs.. May 16 21-113-Uc SALES OPPORTUNITY — we need an aggressive person to begin a rewarding career as a professional. Our company is well established, our products well proven. We offer a guarantee with unlimited income, fine fringe benefits, excellent working conditions. Contact John Morrison, sales manager. Herman Ford-Mercurv. Inc.. Carroll Jowa 51401. 21-111-ltc SALESPERSON For new expansion store. Salary plus commission. Apply in person during store hours. CARPET WORLD Carroll. Iowa 2I-I09-6IC Help Wanted "23 HEATING AND air conditioning personnel. Immediate opening for clean family person interested in year around work and earning in excess of $14.000 per year. 6 paid holidays, paid vacation. 6 days paid sick leave, plus paid insurance covering life, wages til 65 and medical. Experience preferred. Send resume to Clark Peterson Company. 2318 University, Des Moines. Iowa 50311. Phone 515-255-3111. 23-111-ltc CONSTRUCTION HELP wanted at Farmers Elevator. Yetter. Apply in person. 23-lll-18tc $109 95* r; A small price to pay for Tore engineering This 19-inch Toro* Whirlwind* mower isn't a lot of fancy frills or gimmicks. Just a reliable piece of Toro engineering that gets the job done. It has all the features that makes this Toro a Toro (sec- details at right). At this price, we think you won't rind more mower for the moncv. Rugged 4-cyclr It engine starts "Safety Bar" helps deflect , stones Anti All controls near your/ / hands ' '[Safety Shield" ' helps protect toes iti-scalphiK r cup helps ^/ prevent KIIIIKMIK Model 16073 * Manufacturer's siiKUestcd retail price. Applicable in Fair Trade States only. Washout port cleans cutter deck Exclusive Wind-Tunnel* housing vacuums lawn Haven't you done without uToro long enough? TORO REINART SERVICE 7th & Hwy. 30 792-2126 Help Wanted 23 GOOD WORKERS needed at once to learn a skilled profession. Good wages, overtime, good opportunity for advancement. Apply in person. World Wide Meats, Denison. 23-84-tfc MOTHKR'S HKLPKR wanted: Care for I infant. Live in. Own room. For minimum of one year. Boston. Write: Mrs'. Phillip Gordon — 1856 Beacon St. — Brookline. Massachusetts 02146. 2,'l-l09-12tc Situation Wanted 24 PAINTING & Shingling done at very reasonable rates. Call 792-1259 after 5 p.m. 24-113-3tc BABYSITTING. 792-9430. 24-108-6tp HIGH SCHOOL Senior boy wants farm employment — prefers with livestock (plans to study veterinary medicine.) 792-9738 24-108-6tc Positions Available 26 WANTED: BUYER to operate area hog buying station. Must have good livestock and farming background. Buying experience preferred but will train right man. Write Box X-24. Daily Times Herald, Carroll. 26-112-6tc WANTED Reliable local person to manage retail unit in Carroll. Retail experience preferred but not necessary. Reply to: H.W.Bradley Co. Box 1108 Spencer, Iowa 51301 26-11I-31C Farm Eauipment 29 SIOUX STORAGE and Dri-All ( bins. Finance and erection available. Halbur Implement Co.. Halbur. Iowa. Seeds & Feeds 34 FOR SALE STARTER FERTILIZER 5-30-10 5 Tons - Bagged FARMERS GRAIN AND LUMBER CO. Carroll, Iowa 792-9820 34-111-51C Times Herald, Carroll, la. Monday, May 13, 1974 Livestock For Sale 41 PUREBRED S.P.F. Hampshire fall boars. Serviceable age & choice quality. Roy A. Struve, Manning. 653-5222. DUROC BREEDING stock, any age. Priced reasonable. Also Hereford bulls, serviceable age. Hockett & Son Manning 653-0314. 41-112-18tp Miscellaneous 48 REASONABLE TREK trimming and removal. 792-1589. 4.;-109-12tc Wanted To Buy 53 WANTED TO Buy - Used youth size golf clubs. 792-9518 after 5 p.m. 53-99-tfp For Sale 55 BASEMENT SALE Tuesday, May 14 9 to 3 Baby equipment, clothes & misc. items. 621 E. 12th St. 55-ll3.1tp For Sale •55 PIANO IN STORAGE Beautiful spinet-console stored locally. Reported like new. Responsible party can take at big saving on low payment balance. Write Joplin Piano Co., Joplin, Missouri 64801. 55-ll3-4tp GARAGE SALE Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1225 North Main Small appliances, ironing board, cosco table, glassware, cooking utensils & misc. items. 55-1I3-21C Coronado 20 cu. ft. CHEST FREEZER $249.00 Free Delivery GAMBLES 792-4361 55-113-21C FREE SCRAP lumber and sawdust at the old Brinkman Elevator. 55-113-ltc LOVELY BRICK HOME Excellent northside location — 2 fireplaces. Featuring large living room with fireplace and dining room, full dry basement, with finished recreation room, with fireplace. Breeze-way with attached garage. 2 blocks from St. Lawrence Church — 2 blocks from Carroll High School. Hurry this one won't last! |istate Jerry Wilson or Doris Wilson - 792-9605 M .m.,f C ONE OF NORTHWEST CARROLL'S FINEST 4-Bedroom home — lots of closet space, full dry basement with finished recreation room, 5th bedroom in basement. Covered patio with gas grill, electric garage door opener. Must be seen to appreciate! Call today! Jerry Wilson or Doris Wilson — 792-9605 SPACIOUS OLDER HOME 2 Story 4 bedroom home. Open stairway and foyer. Large lot. Priced to sell at $18,500 tlson Jerry Wilson or Doris Wilson—792-9605 63-uo-irc Jistate FREE! Set of 4 Oldsmobile Vintage Drinking Glasses with each Demonstration Drive during PETERS MOTORS FULL LINE ANNIVERSARY SALE , Ends May 20 We've met our quotas on most models. Special Factory Discounts allow us to pass big savings on to you, our customers, from now until May 20. You won't know how easy it is to buy until you give us a try during our FULL LINE ANNIVERSARY SALE. Also see OFFICIAL Pace Car for 58th Annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race by Hurst/Olds. PETERS MOTORS, Inc. GM Transportation Center Hiway 30 West p hone Phone George Busche 792-3853, Phone Blacke Mechura 792-2483 or Phnn« r. . Franz 792-1164. rnone Ll °yd

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