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December 12, 1972

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 3

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ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, TUES,, DEC. 12, 1972 Page 3 Shopping Tour Funds On behalf of Estherville B.P.O.E. Elks No. 528, Romey Sondrol, secretary, presents a $200 check for the Jaycees' Christmas shopping tour to Larry Anderson, center and Larry Friesnor, right. Friesner is president of Estherville Jaycees and Anderson is chairman of the Christmas shopping tour. The tour, when the Jaycees assist underprivileged children with their gift-buying, will be held Dec. 15. — Photo by Carol Higgins Closed Door Meetings On Wage-Price Controls WASHINGTON (AP) Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz lined up a series of closed-door consultations today to determine the future shape of---wage-price controls that President Nixon wants to retain. Sources said the Nixon administration wants to move "pretty swiftly" in the private talks with government, business and, labor officials, hoping to wind up the consultations within three or four weeks. This would mean the administration would be in a position to make a decision early in January. The sources indicated the present control structure, headed by the Cost of Living Council, the Price Commission and Pay Board, probably will remain in place. Shultz, „tljg President'chief economic policymaker, told newsmen Monday that the administration will seek extension of controls beyond their legal expiration date next April 30. In the meantime, talks with the people who control wages and prices and with the people who are controlled will be held to determine a modified control system. Shultz said the new system probably would be in place before next April 31). He said the Nixon Considers Creation Of Resources Department WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nixon administration is actively considering creation of a department of natural resources by presidential executive order. Interior Secretary Rogers C.B. Morton, in a memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, has asked his top subordinates for recommendations aimed at solving problems involved in such an order. Morton requested the recommendations by Dec. 15, but said he would review them before deciding whether to submit them to the White House. Two years ago, despairing of getting major reorganization through an opposition Congress, President Nixon used an executive order to create the Environmental Protection Agency, transferring major programs from the Interior Department, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and other agencies. An executive reorganization does not require positive congressional approval, but takes effect unless Congress votes to block it. Congress has failed to act on a series of Nixon proposals to reorganize the Cabinet including establishment of the department of natural resources (DNR). As proposed, the department would incorporate all of the present Interior Department and would absorb the Forest Service, from the Agriculture Department, civil construction activities from the Army Corps of Engineers, and civilian atomic- power development from the Atomic Energy Commission, mission. Since the Nov. 7 election, when Nixon won by a landslide and Democrats retained control of Congress, there have been growing indications that Nixon might seek to bypass Congress and carry out some of his reorganization plans by executive order. The day after the election, the White House issued a memo demanding the resignations of all presidential appointees, to become effective "at the pleasure of the President," and many top officials have been dismissed. The memo also asked each appointee to "put together a basic book about your current assignment," defining its proper course and its opportunities for improvement. The project was to be completed by Dec. 15. On Nov. 14, Morton added a memo of his own to his assistant secretaries and selected officials, explaining, "I would like to expand on this subject »» Morton asked them to detail: "What specific problems in the DNR proposal will have to be resolved in order to implement a possible executive order? administration has no preconceived notion of whether controls should be more or less extensive than the present system. Shulte aLsti announced that. Nixon has determined that he can and will hold federal spending to $250 billion during the current fiscal year, meaning a number of agencies in government will find themselves slapped with cutbacks in coming weeks. The cutbacks will be announced about the time the new budget is sent to Congress in January. Shultz told reporters that Nixon has ordered a freeze on all new hiring and promotions in the federal government until the new budget is submitted. In addition, he said, there will be no pay raises for federal government executives, senators and congressmen and federal judges in 1973. Shultz said the next budget, covering the 12 months beginning July 1, 1973, will be balanced on a full-employment basis, meaning that Nixon is continuing his philosophy that federal spending should be roughly equal to the amount of taxes that theoretically would be collected if the economy were operating at full employment. Shultz said the administration has committed itself to continuing the year-old controls on wages and prices. He said he sees no prospect of returning to voluntary guidelines in the near future. The consultations on controls will focus on such issues as how extensive the new system should be, whether food prices should come under tighter controls, and the length of the next extension of the Economic Stabilization Law. League of Women Voters Defend Welfare To dispel the myth that "People on assistance should go to work," the League of Women Voters have assembled facts and figures on the welfare programs in Iowa. Statistics for Emmet County would approximate nearly the same percentages as those for Iowa, accordingtoMargaretKlin- ger, Emmet County director of Social Services. More than 75 per cent of welfare recipients in Iowa are unemployable, as stated by the League of Women Voters publication. Citing figures for Emmet County as of October, 1972, Mrs. Klinger says, "We have a total of 279 cases categorical programs. Of these 279, cases, 172 are on Old Age Assistance—out of this number, 114 are in nursing homes. There are 88 cases in Emmet County on Aid to Dependent Children, four on Aid to the Blind, 15 on Aid to Disabled. "Probably over half of the cases on A.D.C. are employed persons," Mrs. Klinger stated, adding, "we have several in training programs or technical schools." Myth No. 1 is "Hard work is the answer," according to the article. It replies: "Most welfare recipients are unemployable. In Iowa 52 per cent are children and 25 per cent are over 65years of age. Twenty-four pe r cent of the adults on ADC have jobs but make such low wages they still need public assistance." The publication continues: "Myth No. 2-ADC mothers have large families to assure continued payments for years. '' In Iowa nearly three-fourths of ADC families have three or fewer children. The length of time these families stay on ADC is: Less than 6 months, 17 per cent; G months to 1 year, 12 per cent; 1 to 5 years, 41.7 per cent; 5 to 10 years, 19.4 per cent; over 10 years, 10.5 per cent. "Myth No. 3- Welfare is the 'Good Life' in Iowa. "In Iowa an ADC family of four receives $243 a month or $2 a day per person, A typical dispersal of these funds is: Rent and utilities, $140; food stamps, $72; all other expenses, $31. "Myth No. 4— Welfare takes most of our taxes. "Federal budget, fiscal 1971 figures show Public Welfare 1.9 per cent. "Each of us pays an average of $110 in Iowa taxes per year for state highways, but only $17 for public assistance. "Myth No. 5—Most of America's poor are black. "Seventy per cent of the poor are white. In Iowa only 3.1 per cent of the aged and 12.1 percent of the ADC recipients are nonwhite. "Myth No. 6—Poverty is basically an urban problem. "More than one-third of the nation's poor live in rural areas. Iowa's rural counties have52per cent of the poor." Emmet County's budget for 1972, as prepared in the office of the county auditor, showed about 7.9 per cent of the tax dollar assigned to welfare. Slightly over G5 per cent was slated for schools and 15.7 for roads. Truman's Condition Still Serious KANSAS CITY (AP) - Former President Harry S. Truman continued to hold his own today as he ended his first week of hospitalization for lung congestion and related complications. All three medical advisories issued Monday by Research Hospital and Medical Center described the 88-year-old former chief executive as resting, although Truman's doctors cautioned that his condition "still is serious and will continue so for an indefinite time." Truman was taken to the hospital last Tuesday after he displayed symptoms of lung congestion. He failed to respond to antibiotic medication and was classified as critical Wednesday when kidney and heart problems developed. Doctors closely monitored irregularities in Truman's heartbeat Monday night; but, during the final briefing, a hospital spokesman said the doctors made no further comments on his heart rhythm. Truman was taken off the critical list Sunday after he showed signs of general improvement. Your Wife Would Love To Have This Carpet S^^> For Christmas! COMPLETELY INSTALLED FOR ONLY Typical Examples of Yardages Installed . . . But You Can Purchase as Lif tie or as Much as You Want. 32 Sq. Yds. 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