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Monday, August 21, 1972
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Alton Evening Telegraph Monday, August 21, 1972 A-5 Nixon is given high job rating from American voters By Louis Harris The American people give President Nixon a 59-40 per cent, positive job rating, the highest marks accorded him since his first year in office. Mr. Nixon's standing with the electorate has risen steadily since the first of this year, when no more than 49 per cent were able to give him a positive overall rating. Here is the trend of results to this question, asked frequently by the Harris Survey since the President took office, the last time on August 2nd and 3rd among a cross section of 1,635 likely voters: "How would you rate the job President Nixon is doing as President — excellent, pretty go"d, only fair, or poor?" OVER-ALL NIXON RATING The percentages are In this order: Positive; Negative; and Not Sure. August, '72 ' 59 40 1 July 56 43 1 June 56 42 2 May 52 46 2 April ' ' 50 46 4 March February January November, '71 September August July June May April March . February January November, '70 October September August July May April March 54 45 55 44 49 47 4 53 46 1 51 48 1 48 50 2 44 53 3 50 48 2 47 50 3 46 53 1 41 56 3 43 54 3 48 50 2 47 50 3 54 40 6 50 45 5 48 49 3 52 46 2 51 45 4 52 46 2 52 46 2 The cost of cleaning up It hurts to be a casualty EDITOR'S NOTE: What happens when a local plant is forced to close because it can't afford to meet new anti-pollution requirements? The answer can be surprising, as an AP environmental writer notes in the first installment of a four-part scries on The Cost of Cleaning Up. By STAN BENJAMIN SALTVILLE, Va. (AP) — It hurts to be a "transitional economic dislocation," even for the sake of clean air and water. It hurts, in plain English, to be one of the growing number of companies and communities forced to stop pollution 1 at the cost of shutdowns, layoffs and red ink. Economists predict environmental shutdowns may hit 300 factories and 125,000 jobs in 150 communities over the next five years. The crunch came early to Saltville, Va., a company town whose mainstay chemical plant was dumping 3,000 tons of waste salt into the local river daily. "Our plant was polluting very heavily," admitted a chemical worker. "Not only water, but air too. Blue smoke all down in this valley." The blue smoke is gone now. But so are some 900 jobs in a town of 2,500 persons. For 75 years the Olin- Mathieson Corp's Solvay process plant converted locally mined salt brine and limestone into soda ash, caustic soda, chlorine, bicarbonate and dry ice. Waste salt was dumped into the North Fork of the Holston River, running between the factory buildings; suspended solids were settled out in impoundments on the edge of town, one of which broke in 1924, killing 18 people. In recent years natural soda ash mined in Western states began taking over the Eastern markets of Solvay-process soda ash. Still, said James Sells, Olin's last plant manager in Saltville, "the plant was earning money. Soda ash was marginal, but certain products were profitable." Antipollution enforcement finally tipped the balance the other way. In .July 1970, Virginia reduced by 90 per cent the limit on salt discharges. Meanwhile, federal officials ordered Olin to stop mercury discharges which had forced a fishing ban on the North Fork. "There economic solution," said Sells, so the plant was phased out. Its 1970 employment of 881 dwindled by attrition to 748; then the soda ash plant was closed in mid-1971, followed by chlorine and lye production early this year. Air Force cancellation of a rocket-fuel contract finished it offs With the closing, the Saltville area lost a $6-million- a-year payroll, and the county will lose almost $192,000 in annual property taxes, most of which returned to Saltville. Appalachian Power Co. lost more than $2 million and the Norfolk and Western Railroad about $1,275,000 in annual revenues from the plant, say spokesmen for those companies. Surprisingly, however, local business has been little affected so far, says William J. Totten, Saltville's mayor until June 30. Totten looks on the bright side: "It has drawn our pecple together more." ''The merchants have cleaned up, painted up and created a little friendlier attitude. Prior to that it was kind of dreary." T h e company literally owned the town until recent vears and "when the com- nany commissary was open, there was ' no competition," says Totten. "Now people shop around. Prices are more competitive and the profits go to local business, instead of Olin." Totten admits "the real ( c i -.t is still ahead" as the full impact hits, but he figures Sal- tville's chances to recover arc helped by the attention it attracted as an early victim of the crunch. "If we weren't the first ones," he says,.-"I couldn't be that optimistic." Not ail of Saltville's residents are so optimistic. "Property values have gone down," said Harold Puckett, 43. "That big house cost $16,000. Last year it sold for $7,500." "Some of the men are working," lie added, "they're forced to take that dollar and sixty. The union hasn't made any effort to help anybody find jobs nowhere." By contrast, Barberton, Ohio, has so much industry there's no room for more. That's part of its problem. Mayor Ken Cox has little hope another industry can replace the soda ash plant to be shut down later this year by PPG Industries, Inc. Like Saltville's plant, the Barberton plant had to stop dumping salt into the Tuscarawas River. In addition, its private power plant had to meet local air pollution limits. Like Olin, PPG Industries decided to close the soda ash operation. But unlike Saltville, the economic impact on Barberton has been immediate and hard felt— even though the soda ash operation isn't due to end for some months. Although the plant is to operate throtigh 1972, PPG wrote it off as a $12 million loss in 1971. The plant dropped off the property tax rolls and suddenly the Barberton school system learned that its $6.3 million annual budget would fall short by $400,000 All but $65,000 of the deficit was due to PPG's early depreciation. Voters twice refused lo make up the difference with higher tax rates. Barberton adjoins Akron and some PPG workers are already quitting to find jobs in the rubber industry, but unemployment in the area has run as high as 16 per cent. February 58 38 4 December, '69 62 36 2 June 62 34 4 President Nixon hit the low point of his Administration to date back in March of 1971, and he did not return to majority support until after his announcement of a wage- price freeze a year ago this month. On the wave of his new economic policies and his visits to Peking and Moscow, his standing with the electorate has risen steadily. Obviously, Mr. Nixon's relatively high marks from the voters are now an asset in his bid for reelection. A closer scrutiny of specific Nixon job ratings, however, reveals a singular dependence on public backing for his foreign rather than his domestic policies and record. Here are the ratings accorded the President on foreign policy areas in the latest Harris Survey: SPECIFIC FOREIGN POLICY RATINGS FOR PRESIDENT NIXON The percentages are in this order: Positive; Negative; and Not Sure. Trip to China Aug., '72 70 23 7 July, '71 XXX Handling Relations with Russia Aug., '72 68 25 7 July, '71 44 42 14 Trip to Russia ' Aug., '72 68 24 8 July, '71 XXX Working for Peace in World Aug., '72 64 34 2 July, '71 48 48 4 Handling Relations with China Aug., '72 60 30 10 July, '71 35 48 17 Handling Vietnam War Aug., ! 72 47 50 3 July, '71 36 58 6 Winding Down U.S. in Vietnam Aug., '72 47 50 3 July, '71 32 51 17 Handling Middle East Crisis (ADVERTISEMENT) You're never too old to hear better Chicago, 111.—A free offer o£ special interest to those who hear but do not understand words has been announced by Beltone. A non-operating model of the smallest Beltone aid ever made will be given absolutely free to anyone answering this advertisement. Try it to see how it is worn in the privacy of your own home without cost or obligation of any kind. It's yours to keep, free. It weighs less than a third of an ounce, and it's all at ear level, in one unit. No wires lead, from body to head. These models are free, so we suggest you write for yours now. Again, we repeat, there is no cost, and certainly no obligation. Write to Dept. 5389, Bel- tone Electronics Corp., 4201 W. Victoria, Chicago, 111. 60646. Aug., '72 44 43 13 July, '71 34 52 14 Negotiating Vietnam Settlement Aug., '72 38 55 7 July, '71 XXX X-Not asked The rise in confidence in President Nixon's foreign policy has been dramatically upward, particularly in his handling of relations with Russia and China, but also in the policy he has pursued in troubled Middle East situation. On a whole host of domestic areas, Mr. Nixon does not achieve anywhere near the positive ratings from the people that he does in the foreign policy area: SPECIFIC DOMESTIC POLICY RATINGS FOR PRESIDENT NIXON The percentages arc in this order: Positive; Negative; and Not Sure. Handling Relations with Congress Aug., '72 40 49 11 July, '71 37 51 12 Handling Race Matters Aug., '72 39 56 5 July, '71 35 64 1 Helping Curb Drug Abuse Aug., '72 38 51 11 July, '71 XXX Handling Crime, Law and Order Aug., '72 ' 34 61 5 July, '71 31 63 6 Handling Air and Water Pollution Aug., '72 34 55 11 July, '71 31 58 11 Keeping Economy Healthy Aug., '72 32 64 4 July, '71 22 73 5 Keeping Down Unemployment Aug., '72 28 68 4 July, '71 16 77 7 Handling Taxes and Spending Aug., '72 26 69 5 July, '71 20 63 17 Keeping Down Cost of Living Aug., '72 1!) 79 2 July, '71 16 77 7 X-Not asked In most cases, there has been little change upward in Mr. Nixon's standing on domestic issues. There has been some movement in a positive direction on economic matters, but his ratings are still on the negative side. However, in one key area, there has been a dramatic tourna round in Richard Nixon's standing wtih the public: the extent to which people feel he inspires confidence personally in the White House: NIXON RATING ON INSPIRING CONFIDENCE PERSONALLY The percentages are in this order: Positive; Negative; and Not Snre. August, '72 June May April July, '71 45 43 12 42 48 10 36 50 14 32 52 18 29 56 15 (ADVERTISEMENT) (ADVERTISEMENT) Now....Plastic Cream Invention For Artificial Teeth Artificial Teeth Never Felt So Natural Before Now.forthefirsttime.scienccoffersa plastic cream that holds dentures as never before—forms an elastic membrane that helps hold them lo the natural tissues of your mouth. It's a unique discovery called FIXODENT® that has revolutionized denture wearing. It lets you bite harder, chew better, eat more naturally. FIXODENT lasts for hours. Resists moisture. Dentures that fit are essential to health. See your dentist regularly. Get easy-to-use FIXODENT Denture Adhesive Cream. 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Stool height is 11'i inches. $ 088 HOUSE FURNISHINO COMPANY OPEN DAILY 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MON, & FBI. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. DIAL 254-0101 Good sports win at Metropolitan Bank's grand opening. Saturday, August 26 Meet the baseball Cardinals. We'll get an early start in our brand new building with the nbbon cutting at 8:45 am. And when tho doors officially open at 9:00, your Cardinal favorites will be waiting inside. Ted Simmons, Al Santorini, Red Schoendienst — come on out and meet thorn. They'll autograph free photos fiom 9 'til noon. So. bring tho kids, too. Friday, September 1 Get an official puck from Noel Piccard. Rom 4:30 to 7:30 pm, we've got thi? Bines. Namely • - Noel PICL.IU). Si. Louis Blues hockey star. He II autogiapli official hockey puck;, as long as the supply lasts. And they'ie absoiutrly fnv. Don t be lale. Saturday, September 9 Miss Redbird's in town. It's the last big day of our giand opening celebration, and it's got to be gieat. So we've invited Miss Redbird, the piettiest representative of the baseball Cardinals, to be with us. She'll li.ive smiles and souvenirs for everyone from 9 am 'til noon. Name your game and pick your gift. "Iheto's something on our gift list to please every sports fan. An official b.iseball autociiaplied hy the Cards. An official hockey stick. An official C,tm:nul football helmet. You get \uur pick of the thii — y. ht-n \eu iipon a cheeking or savings .iccount at Metiopolitan fm ,V'0 oi meie —-or add $50 to your pie:-,en; account. This ofu-i is goo i duiing the whole grand opening poi ied, August :'<> thiough ;:'.. i>u inhor 9. Just stop by .in\tini':. iLiinit oiV'ii'l! Pel t.'.miiv nU a;..c.i The bank that doesn't seem like a bank. METROPOLITAN E3AMK AMI ) I Ml JtST r:;OF\/IRAM V

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