Biddeford-Saco Journal from Biddeford, Maine on January 26, 1976 · Page 3
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Biddeford-Saco Journal from Biddeford, Maine · Page 3

Biddeford, Maine
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Monday, January 26, 1976
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Biddeford-Saco Journal, Monday, Jan. 26 1976—1 ______________________MAIN&NEW ENGLAND Police Security Beefed Up As Hyde Park School Reopens Campaign Leaves On Policy Time BOSTON (AP) — Hyde Park High School was to reopen today with beefed up police security to try to prevent a return of racial violence that closed the school two days last week. Teachers at the school voted Sunday to return to classes on the assurances of police that security would be tighter. “We will not hesitate in the future to demand the school be closed again if the safety of the students and teachers is jeopardized,'' said Gail O’Reilly, co-chairman of the faculty senate who announced the decision to return The school was closed last Thursday and Friday by Supt. Marion Fahey after racial violence Wednesday left three people injured, eight arrested and about $2,000 damage to classrooms. Last week the teachers demanded that 100 police officers be assigned inside the school. Miss O’Reilly said she understood only about 50 were to be assigned today. A police spokesman would not give a number of officers to be assigned but said it would be enough “to provide for public safety.” Fast-Moving Carter Short KEENE, N.H (AP) — Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter says his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is moving so quickly that it has not yet had time to fully develop positions on many issues. Carter says his programs are as fully developed as can be reasonably expected at this point in the campaign, adding that by the time of the November general election he will have formulated a platform as comprehensive as any other candidate. “Even the incumbent president,” he said during the weekend. Carter said he has volunteers and experts in specific fields developing his policies and it would be irresponsible for him to attempt to detail programs not fully worked out. The expectations of news reporters for more details “will have to be frustrated,” he said, adding that he does not expect he will be forced to backtrack on any of his programs. “I think I will be adequately cautious,” he said. In an interview here, Carter reemphasized his intention fo simplify the federal bureaucracy and to implement new job programs if he is elected president. He said the federal government should directly encourage development of new industries, such as in solar power, which would provide jobs for tradesmen and scientists. He said government should under certain circumstances attempt to keep people employed by offering to pay part of their salaries to avoid layoffs in threatened industries. NEW HAVEN (AP) — Jury deliberations in the Sponge Rubber Products Co. arson trial drag into an eighth day today with five defendants still awaiting decisions on their fate. During its first 39 hours of deliberations spanning 1 Vi weeks, the U.S. District Court jury convicted two central figures in the case and acquitted two other men, including Charles D. Moeller, president of the Shelton Company’s parent firm. It found the Rev. David N. Bubar, a reputed psychic from Memphis, Tenn., and Dennis C. Tiche of Boyers, Pa., guilty a week ago of four arson related counts. Moeller, a millionaire IF YOU HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND BELIEVE THAT THE MAINE BAR IS FAILING THE PUBLIC WITH REGARD TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST OFFENDNG LAWYERS, CONTACT: L. A. W. INC. (LAY ADVOCATES at WORK) JOAN BROWN BIDDEFORD POOL, ME. Phone 282-0335 (L A W INC is a nonprofit consumer-oriented group, concerned with fee practices, competence, misconduct and ethics of lawyers.) At an hour-long rally outside the school Sunday, members of the antibusing group ROAR (Restore Our Alienated Rights) demanded a federal investigation of the violence last week. Until last week, Hyde Park High had been relatively free of the violence that has plagued some other schools since U.S. District Court Judge. W. Arthur Garrity Jr. issued a desegregation order in the summer of 1974. Hyde Park High has a projected enrollment of 652 blacks and 922 whites. In response to one of the demands of teachers last week, the school put into effect today a new graduated penalty system for student offenders, with increasingly severe punishments for repeated violations of school rules. Under the system, a first offender can expect detention and transportation home on a late bus. A second offense will involve detention and will bar readmission unless the student is accompanied by a parent. A standard suspension will follow the third offense, said Boston School Committee Chairman John J. McDonough, who announced the new system Saturday. Carter said as a last resort he would favor the government directly providing jobs, particularly to young, unemployed persons. Another way to reduce the nation’s unemployment rate is to actively promote the sale of American products to foreign countries and remove tax incentives that encourage American com- E anies to build plants in foreign nations rather than in the Inited States, he said. Carter said the nation also needs a comprehensive and definite housing policy that everyone understands. He said the federal government might to able to spur construction of housing units without dramatic cost increases by establishing a firm commitment to development of a national housing policy. Carter also said his recent win in the Iowa caucuses caused him some problems because it led the press and the public to expect him to do well in other contests. “It does put extraordinary expectations on me. I don’t know what to do,” he said. Carter finished second to Alabama Gov. George Wallace in weekend caucuses in Mississippi He said he is contending for support in more precinct caucuses and presidential primaries than any other candidate and can’t reasonably expect to finish high in all of them. He said topping the field in Iowa may have given him the image of a candidate “who can win.” This could be an asset in appealing to many undecided Democratic voters, he said. from Cridersville, Ohio, was acquitted Thursday of the same counts. Another Pennsylvania man was acquitted on the first day of deliberations. The Shelton plant was destroyed March 1. Bubar and Tiche remain in jail despite attempts by their lawyers to arrange their release on bail. Defense lawyers speculated Friday that the four female and eight male jurors had tried to reach agreement on all or most of the remaining five defendants but so far had failed. While the jury plodded through the mass of evidence from the 14-week-long trial Friday, some defendants and their attorneys let off steam by playing hockey with a rubber ball outside tne courtroom. The remaining defendants are Peter Betres and Ronald D. Betres, both of Butler, Pa.; Anthony A. Just of Greensburg, Pa.; Michael J. Tiche of Boyers, Pa., and Albert R. Coffey of Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the jury ’s problem appears to lie in the complexity of the four counts filed against four of the five men. Ronald Betres faces only three counts. The jury returned to the courtroom Friday afternoon to hear for a third time Judge Jon O. Newman’s explanation of two of the counts involving explosives and rules for deciding convictions for “aiding and a&etting” a crime. The charges Decome complicated because the jury must decide the intent of each defendant at various stages of the arson ploy. DEMONSTRATION of another kind takes place on the steps of Hyde Park High School in Boston. A policeman, standing guard with other officers, holds flag given him by youngster in foreground in protest against the burning of an American flag at the school last week. Teachers at the school met Sun- By The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — When legislative leaders start promising to consider sweeping cuts in state programs it is usually a tipoff that higher taxes are around the corner. This is because that by the time the specific cuts are spelled out, they seem so overwhelming and so centered on sensitive services that higher taxes appear more palatable Last week, Maine's legislative leadership set the stage for just such a performance. The leaders of the Democratic House and the Republican Senate agreed that the state faces a $13.3 million deficit in the remaining 17 months of the fiscal year, and that state revenue in that period may fall short of expectations by as much as $15 million. That could leave state accounts in the red by as much as $28 million by June 30, 1977 To meet the revenue shortfall, the leadership ordered its Appropriations Committee to prepare a list of programs to cut to save $7 million in the remainder of the current fiscal year and another $7 million in the following 12-month period. Since Gov. James B Longley has already trimmed state spending by $6.8 million, including what appeared to be much of the fat there was to cut, further reductions will be no easy job. It is likely, therefore, that the legislative plan will either involve mass layoffs, widespread reductions in government serv- AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A week highlighted by committee work on school funding and the state’s fiscal situation greets Maine legislators, who return to the Capital today for the second week of the special session. Maine citizens will get their first chance Thursday to react to the five separate proposals aimed at changing the way the state provides dollars to local school districts. The joint Legislative Education Committee has scheduled the public hearing for the Augusta Civic Center, where it will begin at 10 a.m. The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will begin its work this week in preparing a proposal to cut state spending by as much as $15 million for the two-year period ending July 1, 1977, Sen. David G. Huber, R-Falmouth, says. The cost-cutting proposal was requested by the legislative leaders of both parties last week after the legislative branch’s fiscal office estimated the state could be $28 million in the red by the end of the biennium. Part of the projected deficit is attributable to the school funding law, state officials say. They say the deficit in the education budget could be as much as $8.5 million unless the law is changed soon. The Education Committee is expected to work on the school finance changes for about a week after the public hearing, so debate isn’t expected to begin until early next month. The legislative leadership nas set a March 1 deadline for com- ORCHARD OPTICAL Quality Service for Old Orchard Beach Ocean Park, and Pine Point • All Prescriptions guaranteed to be accurately filled • Minor repairs made in one day • Complete selection of lens’ tints and frames for men, women, and children • Contact Lenses polished day and voted to return to classes today, even though their demands for more police protection have not been met. Racial disturbances forced closing of the school Jan. 21. (UPI Photo) ices, reduced aid to localities or a combination of the three. If proposed cuts include closing hospitals, homes for the elderly or schools there is likely to be a prolonged uproar. If state workers are furloughed, the prospects increase for a strike. If local aid is decreased, the chances grow for higher local taxes. Faced with those kinds of alternatives, it would not be difficult for the legislature to be persuaded to raise state taxes as an alternative In fact the question has already been raised on the floor of the House Rep. James S. Henderson, D-Bangor, questioned the economies made to date by Longley, saying the governor had made "easy” choices by cutting spending without layoffs and declaring that no new taxes are needed. Henderson said the legislature may have to make more difficult decisions. “Maybe we need a tax, maybe the governor is wrong,” he said. Legislative leaders have already said it will be difficult to bring the state’s books into balance. The rising cost of state aid to education, the yet-to-be-addressed major issue of the special session, could easily add pressure for new taxes. 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