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'9 W UN- fit ,<SafesbufqlR^M^Md{i # .,^l0 &bufQ > III. Monday, July 16, 1973 California^ Face Death After Exposure to Rabies *«£ NICASIO, Calif. (UPI) - Eva Ghilotti, a 43-year-old mother of two, goes about the ranch chores with a knowl- ' edge that she may suffer a horrible death. So does her husband, Mario, 50, a neighboring couple and a 20-year' old college student employe. The five Marian County dwellers all were exposed unknowingly to a rabid horse and are now waiting to learn if they're infected with the nearly always fatail viral disease. "I KEEP thinking, what the hell, why plan for tomorrow,'' said Mrs. Ghilotti, a pretty platinum blonde Who Says she aged 10 to 12 years since learning she .<was bitten by a rabid horse. The horse, an Arabian stallion named Co-Co, bit 1 her twice, breaking the flesh, before he went into convulsions, and was shot May 20. A routine test showed no sign of rabies in the animal's brain. However, Co-Co's brain was re-examined and the rabies virus found after a mare on Ghilotti's Mar-Ghi ranch died two weeks ago of convulsions and was found to be rabid. THE GHILOTTIS, their ranch hand Mark Greving, and Madeline Kreuter, a neghbor, then began taking the painful series of vaccine injections to fight the disease, which has a 30 to 60 day incubation period. Now all they can do is wait. "We're all in the same boat, so we have to consult and console each other every day," said Mrs. Kreuter, the mother of four youngsters. Her husband, Norman, who shot Co-Co declined the rabies treatment. Mrs. Kreuter had ridden the horse the day it went into convulsions, Mr. Ghilotti had put his hand which had an open cut into the stallion's mouth the same day and Greving, a college student, washed out the horse's water bucket with an open cut on his hand. MRS GHILOTTI, says that despite the bleak outlook, her husband has remained optimistic and even plans to buy a new car, believing that "if you use your mind over matter, you're sure to win." The Marin County Health Department, which did the original analysis of Co-Co's brain, said the sample was inadequate. It also said the two horses on the Ghilotti ranch were the first known cases of rabies in the county. ial Security§Mates Will Increase 1 A s Benefits Compete By BRUCE BIOSSAT' WASHINGTON (NEA) The Social Security cash benefit increase of 5.6 per cent set to take effect next July 1 does ml upset the new, "automatic" cost of living increase features voted in the law's major revisions of late 1972, but simply covers a time gap left before those changes can take effect. The recently approved interim benefit boost is expected to. add $1.4 billion to President Nixon's budget outlays 'for the fiscal year which just began this month. IT WILL ALSO cost taxpayers more in payroll deductions than was planned for calendar 1974. Though tax rates are not hikes, the "in- terim'Uaiw provides that next year the tax base — the amount of a worker's earnings from which deductions will be taken — will rise to $12,600 instead of the scheduled $12,000. This year the maximum is $10,800. This means that, while in 1973 the most which can be> deducted from a worker's paychecks is $631.80 for the year, in 1974 that maximum can total $737.10. In terms of benefits, the new congressional, action means that starting July 1, 1974, average retirement payments under Social Security for a worker and his wife will rise to $293 a month, from the present $277. THE NEWEST revisions, all part of an attempt to help beneficiaries keep up with racing inflation, also establish that a retired worker may earn $2,400, a year instead ofi the present $2,100 annually, without any loss of retirement benefits: Meantime, even as these alterations were commanding! attention, the important "au- 1 tomatic increase" machinery of the major 1972 Jaw was beginning to grind. Its workings are thoroughly explained in NEA's 1973 .revision of its basic Social Securi- , Find out what.you're entitled to by ordering a copy of Bruce. Blossat's new tf-page Medicare and: Social Security book. Send $1 .29 and your name and address to MEDICARE BOOK, care of Galesburg Register-Mail, Box 489, Radio City Station, New York, N. Y. 10011 ty-Medicare book..This edition is,extraordinarily significant, containing as it does the most sweeping changes, since Medicare' was adopted in the mid- 1960s. Under the automatic fea- . tUres, ths second quarter of 1973, just concluded, serves as the first base period for calculating cost of living increases which are, hereafter, to^be reflected in systematic rises in benefit payments. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ; will be close 1 y watching the living cost curve. If by June 1974 it has risen 3 per cent or more above the 1973 base\ period, then benefit action must follow. In such circumstances, Congress has until Nov. 1, 1974 to vote an increase in cash benefits watching the cost of living) rise. Should Congress not act by that deadline, the benefit hike would be put into effect anyway by Jan. 1,1975, under order from the secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Thereafter, the process would be continuously repeated. In June 1975 the cost 08 living levels will be compared witlh the second quarter of 1974, and so on. It is figured that in any given checking period the rise imght be less than 3 per cent, but that such an advance is almost certain to occur in any two-year span. Thus beneficiaries can look for higher payments at least every two years, and probably more often they wUl comet annually. For a time, the 1972 law provides no new boost in the tax rate, which went up from a Worker 's payeh*ck'this past January. It isftiejefslt^W, rise again uhtil the^eatis 1978* 80, when ttemefaWfa be 6 .05 per deftt ^dttiir rises will follow later. '= TO FINANCE MOST of these anUcipa^ steady benefit rises, the 1972 Taw cotitem- ., plates, regular, enlargement 61 the' tax base. Ih other Words, if fit ;is ntiw t6 :be $12;600 in 1074; it shoutd rise a %ain in calendar 19tS ; ;- and <the years thereafter. •#/W r '; ; V\ The thewyMH^ average annual earnings will •be moving upSvafti ^t about 5 per- cent a ysslr^ai ^a that they can thus afford 'payroll $deduc- tiohs from higherl'andJfbigher income amounts. ' ; The same •reasdrt, Hfte 1972 ' law, provides : -jtfc'fs/ikkAy increases in i the- amouhts; retired workers can earn .wiitttout any loss in their cash benefits. Right now that suni isifixed at $2,100 a year, and Social Security estimates were; that it would climb to $2$}0 ;: by calendar 1975. The newlyjiadopted interim law already putdates that figure, however, since it provides that in 1974 it will go to $2,400. The 1975 calculation obviously is going to be higher. Just as NEA's 1973 edition of the Social Security-Medicare . book details these features, it also sets forth many other, substantial modifications of the basic Social Security law. They include: -FULL EXPLANATION of the general cash benefit increases which took effect in January 1973. —Details of the higher benefits due many widows under the 1972 revisions. —Facts about the extension of Medicare coverage this July to persons drawing disability payments under Social Security for at least two years. It is the first time Medicare has applied to persons under age 65. —Other new applicants of Inflation Medicare taking effect this July; -^NOtlfcE OF THE fact that starting this: past' January : special minimum benefit payments of $170 per month can go to persons who have worked under Social Security for 30 years or more; The size of that minifliufn declines as the years of work under Social Security slip below 30, until a base figure (how $84.50 per month but just revised to $89.30 under the interim legislation) is reached. All of the important 1972 changes have made Social Security and Medicare more complicated than ever before, and the 1973 interim boosts have not simplified things for beneficiaries. NEA's 1973 edition in this field is specifioailyi designed to explain this now very tangled law to the rising millions of eligible Americans. The book provides many tables to help broaden understanding. jAny day through . Labor Day) SALE per person, per night, two to a room. No charge for child sharing same room. Additional family rooms only $13.00 each. (Maximum of 3 children in second room.) Get into the Great Indoors this summer in Chicago. Enjoy it all, museums, theatres, shopping, and night life. Outdoors, Chicago has it too— beaches, parks, concerts, boating and sightseeing. And most of all, enjoy Sheraton's special brand of hospitality at either of these two downtown hotels. At the Sheraton- Located on . . Michigan BfaCkStOfte Avenue overlooking Grant Park and the Lake. Convenient to museums, theatres and downtown. Enjoy gourmet cuisine in the Blackstone Grill arid Dixieland and blues music in our Flaming Sally's Nightclub. Indoor parking available at extra charge. At the Sheraton- Lo " t « don f hirtaaft Michigan VIHCagO Avenue's "Magnificent Mile." Great shopping. Great night life. Great sightseeing. Enjoy the famous Kon Tiki Ports Restaurant, Klip Joint Lounge and the Black-, smith Steak House, plus Chicago's largest hotel indoor pool. Indoor parking available at extra charge; Reservations must be made in advance. Plan is not applicable to convention groups. Rates quoted do not include local taxes. For information and reservations for either Sheraton Hotel call toll free: 800-325-3535. Or call your travel agent Slieraton-Blaekstoiie Sheraton-Chicago Hotel Hotel MICHIGAN AVENUE AT BALBO 505 NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE SHERATON HOTELS AND MOTOR INNS, A WORLDWIDE SERVICE OF ITT DOWNTOWN GALESBURG t * WATCH FOR BARGAIN ADS IN TUESDAY'S GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL * JULY 18

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