Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 28, 1977 · Page 1
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r. 0. Tox •'• ? '• ?'Dallas, Texas \ i „ ui Man: He starts off with a Country—and winds up with a Government! Our Daily Bread Sliced thin By The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Postmaster is opposed to mail subsidy The proposal in Congress to double the subsidy to the financially-strapped U.S. Postal Service to $2 billion a year is opposed by Postmaster General Benjamin F. Bailar. Says the top postman: "The proposal in Congress to more than double the current annual subsidy would have individual citizens paying the bill for what is mainly a service to business." But the problems of the postal service are a mixed bag not easily shrugged off by Mr. Bailar's re mark that 80 per cent of the service benefits business rather than individual citizens. Certainly the newspapers have paid dearly because of the U.S.P.S's mistakes, resulting in astronomical second-class postage bills and continuous 'hikes in subscription prices for newspapers and magazines. And not all of Mr. Bailar's retrenchment policies are sound. We agree with his crusade to eliminate thousands of rural post offices whose patronage doesn't justify staffing them with a federal payroll. But we vigorously opposed his idea of eliminating Saturday mail delivery, a move calculated to damage still further the communication link between town and country. Fortunately, the protest raised by newspapers like this one caused Congress to intervene with a bill that proposes to prohibit the elimination of Saturday mail service. But we'll pay whatever Mr. Bailar charges for continuance of that Saturday service. Ironic, however, is this thought: While Mr. Bailar objects to an increased subsidy to the postal service because it would place an extra burden upon the individual citizen that same private citizen gets it in the neck every time the mailing cost of a newspaper or magazine is increased— because his subscription rate rises as fast as the postage charge. Fundamentally, the problem in the postal service is that an army of workers is making house-to-house delivery on font when the entire delivery business should be motorized, with metal mailboxes at the curb just as you see roadside on the RFD routes. Pry or asked to intervene for players LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three black legislators from Little Rock have asked Gov. David Pryor to intervene in behalf of three Razorback football players suspended from the Orange Bowl by Coach Lou Holtz. In a letter to Pryor, the three asked the governor to initiate action "that would encourage coach Lou holtz to reconsider his hasty decision" to suspend running backs Ben Cowins and Micheal Forrest and flanker Donny Bobo. The letter was from state Sen. Jerry Jewell and state Reps. Grover Richardson and W.H. Townsend. The letter said if Holtz did not reconsider the suspensions, it "will be taken by us to be racially motivated since a white female was involved, and the three players involved are black." The legislators also asked Pryor to retract a statement he made last week indicating he supported Holtz' decision to suspend the players. Weather ARKANSAS: Considerable cloudiness with a few brief snow flurries north this morning. Otherwise, partly cloudy and cold today and tonight. Mostly cloudy and not as cold Thursday with a slight chance of rain. High today upper 30s to upper 40s. ^•- «l^ op e «^M» Star ,1 II- Tin, :§£ Member of the Associated Press VOL.79—NO. 63 —10 « ages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE. ARKANSAS \VI V nvri.*\tnpn ™ Av -n^PnW^^M'ntion 6months ending Sepl. 30. «77-45eO 1.1HA bJUBhR 28. 1977 As filed with Audit Bureau of CtrntyrtlmM. subject toaudlt. PRICE 15c 4 vehicles involved in highway accident Begin reveals his plan •**.*. t* - 'tit fH saw jp** 8 **^ EARLY MORNING traffic was disrupted on U.S. 67, when a car driven by Berry Wright, shown at left, went out of control about 7 a.m. Wednesday. According to investigating officer Tom Hale, Wright was eastbound on U.S. 67, about the Pine St. intersection, he apparently lost control of the car and struck a truck belonging to Bennie Watson, parked at Builder's Supply Co. Wright, 51, of Hope, glanced off the parked truck and hit a west-bound truck belonging to Robert Pauley, 25, of Emmet, forcing the Pauley vehicle into the Builder's Supply building and breaking out a store window. The Pauley truck is shown at right. Wright glanced off the Pauley vehicle and struck another east-bound car Rescuers hunt survivors of Texas elevator blast —Hope (Ark.) Star photos by Billy Burton belonging to Randy II Sanders, glanced off it before coming to rest in front of Service Im " , 0 ,fT Ply ' Y^' ™ takon by He "»pstcad County Amb I "nee beivice, nc ambulance to Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and , Halc to dl ' ive Old Moore predicts good year for U.S. GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Rescuers dug through the rubble of a grain elevator today seeking survivors of a thunderous explosion that ripped through the structure, killing at least nine people and injuring 23. A man and a woman were pulled from beneath the twisted steel and hunks of concrete shortly after midnight, but police said seven or eight more people were believed missing. Choking concrete dust and smoke hampered search efforts, overcoming at least 15 rescue workers. Authorities declined to speculate on what caused the blast, the second explosion at an American grain elevator in five days. An explosion leveled an elevator complex in New Orleans on Thursday, killing 34 people, and searchers are still combing the rubble for a missing man. The cause of that explosion has not been determined. Authorities said the blast here apparently occurred in a tunnel that connected the elevator to a loading dock. Two ships were unloading grain at the time but were towed away by the U.S. Coast Guard. Grain elevators such as the one at Galveston contain highly volatile grain dust that can ig- nite and explode from even the' smallest spark. State and local police, fearing other blasts might be triggered by a still-smoldering fire, closed off the north end of Galveston Island. "It's still a dangerous situation," Fire Chief Hugh O'Donohoe said. Police Lt. O.K. Lack said seven deaths had been confirmed. Officers had reported earlier that 10 bodies had been recoveredbut later said several had been counted twice. The force of Tuesday night's blast at the Farmer's Export Grain Co., which occurred about 8:30 p.m. and was heard 70 miles away, tore two gaping iwles in the side of the 13-story main elevator. The facility includes 40 silos and has a capacity of 3.5 million bushels of grain. Automobile-sized chunks of concrete were thrown more than 200 feet and a railroad switch engine was twisted into a tangle of steel. Windows were shattered a mile away in the downtown section of this port city of 65,000 about 50 miles southeast of Houston. Don McCoy, a spokesman for John Sealy Hospital, said 23 people were treated at the hospital for burns. Two were listed in critical condition. Garbage rates raised By BILLY BURTON Star Staff Writer Hope residents, who are already paying the highest garbage bills in the area, will now pay even more for residential pick-up, as the city Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to raise residential pick-up rates another 10 percent. The ordinance raising the rates from $5 a month to ¥5.50 a month for the twice- a-week pick-up service will go Into effect the first of February, and will first show up on March garbage bills. Although the rates are higher than most cities, it should also be noted that the service provided is more than most cities provide. For example, Nashville, which recently raised Its rates from $2 a month to $5, only provides once-a-week pick-ups. Commercial rates are also going up, about 25 percent across the board. According to City Engineer Bill Kimzey, the rates, which were between $8 and ?75, were Increased 25 percent and then rounded off to the nearest 50 cents. Commercial rates will now be a minimum of $10, and a maximum of $94. The increases, according to Swift, will put about $35,000 more Into the city coffers. Residential Increases will amount to about $20,430 while commercial rates will total some $15,000, it Is expected. The board approved the ordinance on a split vote, with Director Austin Hutson voting nay. Directors Floyd Young, Leonard Ellis, and Charles Sharp voted for the measure. Early in the meeting, the directors, with very little discussion, approved the $1,576,886 budget for the city for 1978. The budget had been discussed in detail at the last meeting. The board effected no changes In the city manager-prepared, 69-page document. In other action, the board: —heard complaints from a group of citizens who live just off West Avenue B, in a part of the city just annexed in about a year ago, about there being no fire hydrants on the street. Swift explained a water line was being run to that section to allow for the hydrants. —approved a rezoning of residential property located on North Hervey at Pond Streets to commercial property, allowing for, among other things, a branch bank. The change was requested by Citizens' National. —approved a new Airport Lease Agreement, which removes the city as vendor for petroleum fuel for aircraft at the airport. —approved a request from the Housing Authority for $5,000 to allow Immediate construction of an almost $1 million housing project for the elderly, being paid for from a loan from the Farmers Home Administration. It will allow for electrical works to be placed underground. —tabled for further study a request from Delia James, local Public Health Nurse, for more money than the (Continued on Page Two) Chrysler recalling 1.3 million cars LONDON (AP) -Some economists may be gloomy about America's financial health and the sliding value of the dollar, but Old Moore, armed with astrological predictions, says 1978 is going to be a very good year. The latest edition of the world's oldest cannually published almanac, predicts that next year the United States "will sustain a basic policy of growth, despite her problems and involvements and sense of anti-inflationary caution." The buoyant prophesy appeared in a worldwide forecast in Old Moore's Almanack. The 64-page, gray-paper booklet, issued by the W. Foulsham Company, bases its predictions on astrological data. The almanac began publishing in 1697. It said: "The United States begins a major new 29-year cycle in March and this augers well for her commitment to a renewed and vigorous participation in world affairs as the champion of free enterprise as much for the developing world as the industrialized one. Nonetheless the U.S. will face testing situations in April and August when she will be likely to be forced to choose between abandoning further African and other territories to Marxism or standing firm and facing a barrage of world criticism." Old Moore called 1978 "The Year of Common Enterprise" and thinks it will be u good year for the world In general, because the planet Jupiter is dominant and Jupiter "expands an ardent desire for Justice." On Tuesday, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicted in its semi-annual forecast a grim economic year for Western Industrialized nations in 1978, The organization said most will face continuing balance of payments deficits, demands at home for protectionist trade policies, poor growth rates and more joblessness. Security proposals unacceptable: Sadat DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler Corp. is recalling 1.3 million cars to check possible engine- stalling problems in the biggest recall in its history. Chrysler officials said they had received 27 reports of accidents associated with the stalling problem on 1975. 1976 and 1977 Dodge Darts, Plymouth Valiants, Dodge Aspens and Plymouth Volares. There were injuries in seven accidents. The cars have 225-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engines or 318-cubic-inch V-8 engines. The Detroit Free Press reported earlier this month that Chrysler discovered the problem in 1976 and told dealers, but did not tell car owners. Chrysler contended the stalling was an industrywide problem and not related to safety. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Chrysler after the newspaper's story to recall the cars "in the interest of safety." Chrysler officials said Tuesday there were "a number of people who called after the news stories" and the company had been "somewhat surprised by the breadth of the problem." NHTSA said it had received about 1,000 complaints and that 52 accidents might be linked to the stalling problem. The company said it does not have the necessary parts to make all the repairs immediately. When the needed parts are available, Chrysler said, it will notify owners of the recalled vehicles and correct ihe problem.. Under terms of the recall, Chrysler dealers will replace the accelerator pump seal in the carburetor. The company &aid the seals could be distorted by some kinds of unleaded gasoline. CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — President Anwar Sadat said today Egypt definitely would not agree to the presence of Israeli security forces on the West Bank of the Jordan River or accept any limits on Egyptian troop movements in the Sinai desert. Sadat made his remarks to an Associated Press reporter after Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin revealed his peace plan to Israel's parliament. It calls for West Bank security to remain under Israeli control and seeks to limit Egyptian forces in the Sinai to an area near the Suez Canal. "For sure, for sure, I am against the presence of Israeli security in the West Bank," Sadat said. "The security of the area should be in the hands of the people living in the area." Sadat, interviewed at Abdin Palace after a Joint news conference with visiting West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, also said: "We do not accept the limitation of movement of Egyptian troops on Egyptian soil. No one can tolerate the movement of a country's troops to be dictated by another country on its sovereign soil." Asked if Egypt would be will- Ing to accept the two points in the Israeli plan, Sadat said: "definitely not." However, the Egyptian leader said Egypt was willing to discuss both issues in the joint military and political committees that begin talks next month to try and iron out differences on key issues that remained after their two-day summit in Ismailia. (Continued ou Page Two) JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Menahem Begin declared today he "will not surrender" to International pressure to accept Egypt's terms for a peace settlement, which call for a Palestinian state In the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip. "It la clear to me that we have adopted the correct road to peace ... there is no doubt that the only way to peace is the path chosen by the government," Begin told the Israeli parliament, or Knesset. "We have done our share. We have made our contribution. Now it is the turn of the other side." While Begin was speaking, about 200 demonstrators from the Israeli town of Yamlt, in the occupied SLnal, protested outside the Knesset. The residents fear their town will be in Egyptian territory after Israel withdraws from Sinai. Speaking in calm, measured tones, Begin outlined for the first time In public the plan for Palestinian self-rule that he presented to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat In Ismallla Christmas day, including continued Israeli military presence In part of the occupied territories. While Sadat reported some progress on Israeli withdrawal from Suial, he and Begin were deeply divided over the Palestinian issue. The Knesset will vote on Begin's plan, and despite some opposition In the ranks of Begin's own Likud Party, he seemed certain to get a majority. Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan was at his accustomed seat In the Knesset after a mysterious absence on Tuesday. Israeli press reports said today he flew secretly to Iran to report to the shah on Mideast developments and seek his influence in drawing Jordan Into the peace talks. In his remarks before the Knesset, Begin clearly Implied that the plan made major concessions and was a fitting reply to Sadat's breakthrough visit to Jerusalem last month, where he called on Israel to take "hard decisions." But Begin added the autonomy plan did not mean Israel was relinquishing its claim to sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza. "We have a rightful claim to this part of the land of Israel," he said. "It Is our land" But he acknowledged that both Jordan and the Palestinians had conflicting claims to the same land. For that reason, Begin aald, Israel was suggesting that the question of sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza remain open until the claims can be resolved "If these conflicting claims remain, and if there is no answer to this conflict, an agreement will not be possible with the Arab states," Begin said. on the inside Official, at St. Jude Children', Hotpital in Memphi, M y toy won t try to run down the identify of a young coup/e */,« domrfed || envelopes, ,„„ «wfatofa| $|,000 , 0 tkt , flc , 7j ., When jomeont. give, you $J J,QOO in green money, you rfon'f argue with their motiw," adm/mjfrofor Carl Simmon* JO Jd Story on page 8, CUV I.I..HI.- 777-1WII M-IHCCII :J::») and |>n|ir - do inn mil If >„,, fail .,, m .,. iM , , our IM-IW.-.-II (, H ,,<| (,::$() ,,.„,„ S,u»r- I ,,.m.. ,„„! „ rarrh-r will ,J,.,iv«. r Obituaries Women's News 3 Features 5 Comics 6 Dear Abfoy :] Classified 7 Makin' Things ... 5 Television 9

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