Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 16, 1977 · Page 6
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Hope, Arkansas
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Friday, December 16, 1977
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Six HOF»K (,\RK STAR O o f'At'i; IT, one nf UICM- In a rcrtnlnly lot prettier liut Unit rlofMi't set-in ID make lh<- one In the foreground nnv It-f,»i (nippy. H'K n happily appropriate nrriingcrnriit of (urved hpriiiK washers from thr nfMhc-nhrlf collection (.f ;jo million Mock pn'rlBlon-enjjinrercd NprlngH pro- 'lured for industrial application* liy the Hrlslo), Conn., plwnt of AxhoHnlfil SpirlnRK, ftnrru-K Group, Inc. Social Security bill on its way to Carter WASHINGTON <AP)~~ A bill n-quii iti« « H227 billion increase in payroll Uues over the next decade to support Uic Soclnl Sc- cutiiy sy.st(>m is on its w«y to President Carter, carrying the iiMcnfhufiinstio support of n majority of Congress. The bill imposes a greater l« x burden on workers than Carter hnd proposed. But, he fwiV:., Use? rneHHure Uiat passed (>)"};i<-.ss on Thursday repre- j,ct!t' "i t (jood resolution " of the financial problems facing UK .Social Security system, which pays benefits each month to "C! niillion Americans. Tlw Senate approved the bill 5fi-;!l: the House vote was 189- 1R3. F.WM wiUiout tile bill, Social Swurity taxes art 1 scheduled to iu'-i'Mhf on Jan. J, 1978, With thr hill, every American who fKiy.s into Social Security — the tot.-fl i(»dny is 107 million pcr- POJC; will fuff even higher tnsf.-': ,'itiirtini? in 1979. I''ir high-income workers — those \vho will bo earning about $42,OfHi a year or more 10 yours from now -- and their employers, payroll taxes would more than triple ovt-r the next dec- ude. Tho tax increase on the "av- rra(?e" worker, who now earns $10,000, will go from the present $585 n year to $715 In 1987. But the goverment expects the average worker's income to inenniKf to about $18,600 a year by Hmv, putting his tax under the bill at $1,330 a year. That compares with a $1,2(X) tax on that level income under present law. In every case, the employer would continue to match whatever payroll tux la levied on the employee. All told, the bill is detuned to bring an additional $227 billion into Soclul Security bed twcen 1979 and 1987. At least on paper, the Uix increases would remain in effect fur beyond mat, because the bill is aimed at keeping the system financially sound for the next 30 years. The system la in trouble because of a sluggish economy and a declining birth rate, which mean fewer workers are pitying into Social Security, and because inflation and u quirk In a 1972 law are driving up benefits. Correcting that quirk, which will mean lower benefits for some future retirees, will era.se about half the long-range deficit in Social Security. The other half will be made up by the higher taxes. The only major benefit increase in the bill would double, by 1982, the current $3,000 limit on what a retired person 65 or older may earn and still draw a full pension. Another provision prevents a reduction in benefits when a widow or widower 60 or older remarries. Current law has been criticized as an incentive for some elderly persons to cohabit without marrying. Capitol Notebook UTTI.E ROCK (AP) - A newsman tried this week to obtain « copy of the draft final report to be considered by the Arkansas Prison Study Com- mi&sion on Dec. 21. He first was turned down. Mark Nichols, the commission employe, explained later Usat the report was exempted from state public records requirements by the new provisions of the Freedom of Information Law. These provisions were added to the law by Act 652 of 1977. One part of this act says the public does not have the right of »<-'-'css to documents which are "uti published memoranda, working papers, and correspondence" of four groups. The law defines the groups aa "the Governor, Legislators, Su- piviw Court Justices, and the Attorney General." Nichols, after hearing the iiew.srruiM'a request, had talked t» WiJham Gaddy, an aide to G«v. David Pryor, to get some advice, hud called Asst Atty. G«m Sam Bratton in the office d AUy Gen. Bill Clinton. Bratton had given what he Later U-nm-d a "a 30 second, informal opinion" that the draft did not have to be made public because cif the new FOI provl- The commisaion was created by a 1977 law calling for Pryor to appoint representatives of various groups as commission members. Pryor did so. The legislature provided no funding for the commission. Pryor provided money from his emergency fund to cover the expenses Incurred by commission members. He also allowed the commission to hire its own employe, who was paid from the funds for the governor's office. That funding link, Bratton figured, made the commission an adjunct of the governor's office and therefore eligible for the public records exclusion given to the governor by Act 652 of 1977. The draft itself also was suitable for exemption from disclosure requirements on the theory that it was either an unpublished memorandum or a working paper of the governor. In an interview, Bratton said later he thought a "published" memorandum would be one which the exempted officials had chosen to make public. Thus, he said, an "unpublished memorandum," which would b« exempt from disclosure requirements, would be one which the exempted officials had chosen not to make public. In short, if the exempted officials don't choose to make it public, it's not public property. If they do choose to make it public, then the public has a right to see it. Nobody has asked the attorney general's office for a formal opinion on this matter, so far as he knows, Bratton said, so there is no official statement cf legal policy en the meaning of these terms in the new law. Relaxation of genetic guide! in \VAMM\fiTfN.AP. The 't^ir.K hf* forms not f<. u ~i -j,, ; ,, iR ,j , „,,„, „., .„„,»„„;,„, „„„.,., Frid.iv. j-inhcr !H es is being considered The is -•> < oriU'.vr-r MH! Ken f '!ic re- .•'••irch that could creatr new '•I:.ii>«; and iriipr'.vr-d rrnp«, r 'ritk's viy tt also could pro- i.S'f- vi/ulf-n! diws.v? organ- r.ins fii'sinM which humans, animals and plants have no de- f-rr.e ••.tjMjld the microbes es- 1 til*' Ui' 1 hi!>it;it';rv. lln- [/fcjHi'.i-f] revised federal i ridchric-i v, PTP discussed Hiursday at a special meeting • •( thr a-lvi.sory (or/unittce to Oi' 1 NIH dirc'-tur. l>r Donald S. }-K-tint k5on, uho will decide «-arly i»-\\ V'-.ir whether to put Mifin into cffi-ct At i.vsue is Lfu- VM'«!Jcd ret i.nibiiiaiit [)NA research — i '-shapiiii' denxyrihonuclefc M 'id, or HNA, the basic genetic "irnponent of life The work involves splitting and traasfer- nri|» Kenetic inaterial from one s|»eri(>s rif firfvmism to another, H?" forms not naturally ("onrern afx/ut potential hazards led MM to issue guidelines in July 1976, which specified how !he work was to be done and banned some kind? of research Congress is considering legislation to control the research and some communities where the work is being done have enacted local laws. The relaxed guidlines would allow scientists to work with certain organisms without prior NJH approval and give researchers more oplioas on how to reduce the risks of microbes escaping into the environment. Dr. John I.ittlefield, head of the Hecombinant Advisory Committee, a group of experts who drafted the proposed revisions, said his group was "pretty convinced that potential hazards have been overstated." However, others testifying at the meeting said some recent I>NA res*.- Mf'lLSl) th 'i may n^t [KrKe as '•Mil nvk'-- as pre- •;h;, wf-j«- twi new V*T, to j.istify relax- and unpr' inn vigilantv. Speaking in favor of relaxed guidelines. Or. Bernard Davis, professor of bacterial physiology at Harvard Medical .Vhool, said the danger from ' f'N'A is less than ••••' rkinri with ii^rnial di?ease- 1 .iiii-inii r 'F L.ini.sms. bavi.-,-.aid. "I would conclude that the nrif-mal guidelines are far too severe." Those favoring eased restrictions cited recent research at Stanford University indicating crossbreeding between species M.rurs more often in nature than previously believed and is therefore not truly 'unnatural" • •r necessarily dangerous. Also, tests with organisms used in the research indicate they don't survive well outside the laboratory and pose less of a potential hazard if they escaped. However, speakers like Nancy Pfund of Palo AJto, Calif., an en\'iri-.ninei)t;ili.st it-pr•••.•••• ine the Sierra Club, said s of the new da'a u;-- 1 ,; to ju.-. relaxini; Hllideliiies ,>.;-" PI; unpublished or not widely ;r. able for scientific review. Until the data are proven der traditional scientific view, they should not be i- to justify easing the rules, said. Judgment favors pipeline over railroad CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a company attempting to construct a 1,300-mile coal slurry pipeline from Wyoming to Arkansas may run that pipeline under railroad rights-of way in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Ewing Kerr handed down that decision this week in a case filed by Energy Transportation Syems Inc. against the Burlington Northern and the Chicago and Northwestern Railroads. A third railroad, the Union Pacific, had been named in the suit but later was allowed to sever itself from the action. The Union Pacific claimed its right-of-way was granted by an 1862 law and is more firmly established than those granted the other railroads. In his ruling, Kerr said that the slurry company, by virtue of a succession in Interest, acquired the right to construct and operate the coal slurry pipeline under rights-of-way controlled by the Burlington Northern and Chicago and Northwestern. Kerr also prohibited the two railroads from interfering with the proposed pipeline. U.S. District Judge Clares: Brimmer heard the case during its early stages although Km wrote the opinion. ETSI has proposed a <x-.fi slurry pipeline that would n,i; from near Gillette, Wyo. to a power plant near White BlU'ts Ark. In Wyoming, the pipeJh would cross tracks in Niobrara. Goshen and Laramie Counties. SCOUNT WHCRl YOUU HMD WHAT TOU Rt lOOKlNG JfOR ..FOR «$S! HWY4NORTH-HOPE,ARK- OPEN9AM-9PM PRICES GOOD THRU SAT DEC. 17 MARCEL MEN & LADIES LED WATCHES WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD OPEN SUNDAYS 1PM-6PM BBI YF-30 WALKIE TALKIE Reg. $ 12.88 MIDLAND 13" COLOR T.V. $24997 msnaaem TYCO ELECTRIC TRAIN SET No.7307 Polaroid Pronto CAMERA EXTRA WARING BLENDER No. BL2081 MULTI-SPEED VANITY FAIR BARBIE SING ALONG CHILDS No. 107 PHONOGRAPH SHOP HOWARD'S VALUES iHROUGH OUT THE STORE! 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