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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

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) Protesting tax fees < Teachers inarched en rnasse through Edwarda- ville to the Madison County Courthouse this morning to protest the withholding of school tax money for county tax col- } lection fees. The teachers base their protest on the fact that if the collection fee had not been paid the money could have been used for requested salary increases. Teachers' inarch protests county's bite out of taxes By JIM LANDERS Telegraph staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - Approximately 120 Madison County school teachers marched to the county courthouse this morning to demand the release of school tax monies "illegally" withheld by the county treasurer as tax collection charges. Teachers from Alton, Edwardsville, Collinsville and other districts paraded through the city protesting County Treasurer George Musso's witholditig of school district taxpayers' money to "run the courthouse." Joseph Pasteris, state president of the Illinois Education Association, who led the march, declared thttt. the 1EA will institute legV. action or assist taxing bod it 1 .? in action to stop the withholding of 2.75 per cent in tax money as tax collection service fees. The teachers protested against the withholding of $192,000 from Alton District 11, another 503,500 from Edwardsville District 7 and §78,700 from Collinsville District 10 and money from other districts. County Board Chairman Nelson E. Hagnauer refused Pasteris' invitation to him to appear before the teachers outside the courthouse and explain why taxpayers' money is being used to pay county collection fees. Hagnauer said the matter was presently in litigation in ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties VoL 137, No. 189 © Alton Telopraph Printing Co., 1972 Alton, Illinois, Thursday, August 24, 1972 2 SECTIONS 34 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Opens re-election campaign Nixon jabs McGovern arms plan By FRANK CORMIER CHICAGO (AP) — In the first appearance of his campaign for a second White House term, President Nixon today pictured critics of his defense spending plans as gambling with world peace. Nixon, in a speech prepared for the annual American Legion Convention, made no direct mention of his Democratic opponent, Sen. George McGovern, who spoke from the same platform Wednesday. However, the President cited military programs that McGovern would curb or scrap and described defense policy as "one of the major issues of this election year." He said that if some of these economies were adopted "America would become the second-strongest power in the world." He said: "We have economized and will continue to economize on military spending whenever and wherever it is safe to do so. But I never have gambled — and I never will gamble — with the safety of the American people under a false banner of economy. Lasting peace is built only on strength." For Nixon, it was the first stop on a cross-country tour taking him into Illinois, Mich- igan and California on the day after accepting the Republican nomination for another four years in the presidency. The President told jubilantly cheering Republicans at the closing session of their national convention Wednesday night that he seeks "a new American majority" that will win the election and build peace "the world can enjoy for generations to come." Vice President Spiro T. Agnew remained behind in the convention city of Miami Beach, Fla., to answer newsmen's questions before heading to Minneapolis for an address before the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He won the GOP renomination Wednesday night with one dissenting vote and two abstentions and got a boost for the 1976 presidential nomination from Mrs. Nixon. Nixon planned to head next for Utica, Mich., to dedicate the Dwight D. Eisenhower High School before flying on to a welcome home from his San Clemenle, Calif., neighbors. As the confident Republicans headed home from a convention marked by three days of harmony with barely a discordant note, antiwar protesters also began to leave after failing in their effort to stop the GOP proceedings. More than JWO demonstrators were arrested Wednesday night. 300 outside the Doral Beach Hotel headquarters of the Committee for the Re-election of the President. Police used a crowd-control gas known as CS to disperse roving bands of protesters who blocked streets, damaged cars, set fire and smashed windows. Barricades of buses ringed Convention Hall, and some delegates had difficulty getting through. The tear gas-like fumes had drifted near the hall when helicopters bearing the President's party set down outside. Though moistened towels were handed to some to relieve the discomfort, Nixon and his family walked through the fumes without acknowledging their presence. A mighty roar greeted the broadly beaming, suntanned President as he stepped to the rostrum of the brightly lit hall, following Agnew's introduction. His 42-minute speech was punctuated with repeated bursts of applause and chants of "Four more years!" as Nixon rallied his party to battle and appealed to Democrats "to join us as members of a new American majority bound together by our common ideals." Much of the President's speech was devoted to direct and indirect assaults on the statements, views and actions of McGovern. Nixon said the South Dakota senator's plan to replace welfare with a flat $1,000 grant per person, a proposal now undergoing revision, "insulted t h e intelligence of the American voters." Nixon hailed his own foreign policy initiatives to China and the Soviet Union, vowed he would never abandon U.S. prisoners : n (Sec Page 2, Col. 2) a suit (from Venice Township) and lie would not discuss the matter with the teachers. Pasteris declared that the tax money is voted and approval in annual school tax levies. The county, through the 2.75 per cent fee, is illegally removing a percentage from school districts for tax collection service fees, he said. Rodger Elblc, Wood River Township Supervisor, and an outspoken critic of the fee collection, has declared that it is unconstitutional. On Monday the county was hit with a classification suit which charges that 5 per cent was added to tax rates of taxing districts, not at their legal limit, to help finance the county's tax collection system. County Clerk Eulalia Hotz confirmed that the five per cent was added on the order of the office of State's Attorney R. W. Griffith. Miss Hotz told the Telegraph after the class action suit was filed that the plan was devised by Marshall Smith, former assistant stale's attorney. The up to 5 per cent tax increase was imposed on taxing agencies in the county which had not reached their legal taxing l?mit. In the case of the Alton school district, some $192,000 has already been paid into the treasurer's office as the fee for the county collecting taxes. Alton teachers had argued that this $192,000 could have been placed in the education fund and usod to raise salaries of teachers. On» of the stumbling blocks between teacher negotiators ard the school board has been lack of consideration of any salary increases. The Alton teachers are taking a strike vote Sunday and may not be on hand for school opening Tuesday. The class action suit was filed by Roxana, Wood River Township and Wood River Township Tax Collector Robert Zitt. The purpose of the suit, was to require the county to return the entire $1.4 million that has been collected as a tax gathering fee, to the various agencies who were "overtaxed" to pay for it. Attorney Merle Rassett, who filed the suit, said the ordinance passed by the county hoard to make legal the tax collection fee is unconstitutional. Elble declared that school boards who failed to object to the withholding of tax money are cheating the taxpayers who elect them to office. Elble said earlier that the large amount of money withheld by Musso from Alton could be utilized to pay teachers salaries during the current crisis of the Alton Education Association and the school board. Livestock rustled in 'Viking* raids CARROLL/TON - Rustlers, making landings by boat like the old Viking raiders, have stolen 70 head of livestock from the Columbiana Seed Co. pasture west of Eldred, the Greene County sheriff's office reported today. The seed company lost six calves and 64 young hogs in two separate raids in the past two weeks. The animals were valued at $2,350. A witness said he saw a boat stop in three places along the Illinois River and discharge one man at each place. All the landing locations were within the fence of the seed company. The men apparently helped another man in a pickup truck load the calves and then returned to the river bank to be picked up by the boat. Police believed the men left by boat because four men traveling in a pickup truck might have aroused suspicion. Rustlers also were active at the Julian Shepherd farm Tuesday night near Roodhouse where they stole 44 feeder pigs valued at $1,320, the sheriff's office reported. Alton takes 2 steps toward reduction of racial tension Inside By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer (Related story A-2) The Alton city Council Wednesday night took two steps aimed at reducing racial tensions in the city; .1) by authorizing the mayor to appoint a task force to work out details of forming a Community Relations Commission; and 2) by joining in seeking federal funds for a new program intended to reduce juvenile delinquency through counseling and job placement. The nine-member task force fe required to make its report within 60 days after Mayor Paul Lenz makes the appointments which he said should be completed within a week. The task force must also submit a progress report to the Mayor and City Council within 30 days. The Council also specified that $3,772 be set aside in the fiscal 1973 budget as the city's cash contribution to Project Alter, the juvenile delinquency program, which has the support of about 25 community agencies and organizations, including the Police Department and the Alton School System. The city's part would be used to match federal funds to establish a program for the young aimed at counseling them, training them for work, and job placement. The general purpose of '.he task force is "to provide the administration with an objective study report on the scope, purpose, responsibility and authority of a Community Relations Commission, and to further recommend ways and means to properly finance its necessary functions." Lenz said he would name people to the task force "in our community who already know our problems." Two aldermen, Kenneth Campbell and Robert Lanham voted against creating the task force. Campbell said he didn't think commissions "solve any problems at all but just create pork barrel jobs." Alderman Albert Charleston, who sponsored the task force resolution, responded that "if you continue to hold people down with your police force you're asking for more trouble. We're trying to give you a chance to work out the problems." Three amendments to the task force resolution which specified various organizations and groups that should be represented on the task force, a list of items the task force must consider, and guaranteeing the task force the use of a full time clerical person and office space and equipment were rejected by the council. Lenz told the council that the task force should determine its own responsibilities, and "these amendments already direct what those objectives are to be." Charleston, somewhat heatedly, later in the council meeting told Lenz "this afternoon you assured me these amendments were all right with you.". Lenz told Charleston after the council meeting that the council might have rejected the whole task force resolution if he had Battlefield casualties soar in South Vietnam SAIGON (AP) — south Vietnamese battle deaths in 20 weeks of the current North Vietnamese offensive exceed one-tenth of the acknowledged Ml for nwre than a decade ij l Uie. Indochina war. The Saigon command reported Thursdaj that 017 government troops were killed HI action la.-l week and 2.3H were wounded, bringing the ill-week lolls to Kj.tiltl dead and id Will wounded insisted on the amendments which were rejected. Lenz told Charleston he would appoint people to the task force representing many of the groups specified in Charleston's amendment, which listed 23 groups in the categories of government, labor, community, education, religion and management. Charleston's second amendment specified that the task force must address itself to include such program objectives as employment, housing, education, youth services and recreation, police-minority relations and community services. The amendment was rejected by a 7-6 vote as was the first amendment on representation. The third amendment which would guarantee the lask force a clerical person, office space and equipment and a telephone, was rejected by a 10-!! vole. Lenz said the task force shouldn't cost the city any money. Charleston withdrew a fourth amendment that would have required the mayor to contact the Illinois Human Rights Commission "to provide the commission's services to the city in an effort lo ease the current unrest in our city." Charleston said the "problems the task force will address itself to would be Alton problems and Altonians should have a chance to solve this first." Creation of the task force and the a m e n d m o n t s recommending organizations it should represent and its general objectives were supported by a committee of "black leaders and business leaders" headed by NAAtT president Miller Johnson and Alton Sears store manager Dan MeCorry. However, Johns"ii was not allowed to read the committee's statement of support for the task force until after Charleston's three umend- ments had already been defeated by !h-> council. A I d e r in a n .lames Baile;. complained to l.en/ Ilia 1 Johnson should have been allowed to speak before the voles were taken. Editorial . . . . A-4 Tuning unfortunate in library election. ))omc A-3 Union Tank Car's dome wDl stay. Sports B-6 Shocked Big Red at Houston. Family .... A-15 Area engagements, wedding plans. Mind Your Money . . A-ll Heart disease epidemic hits U.S. Amusements Harris A-IO No recession, slim U.S. plurality believes. >Yeathcr . . . . B-1G Chance of showers Friday low 60, high 8fj. Television .... A-18 Comics B-.1 Obituaries . . . B-ll Stocks B-10 Classified .... B-12 Personal Finance . . A-II Selling refrigerator could be Drastic changes planned in area food stamp setup B-8 a crime. Officials outfox Zippies, Yippies BY TERRY RYAN MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Most of the more than 1,000 demonstrators arrested Wednesday night after being outwitted in attempts to disrupt the finale of the Republican National Convention were released from jail today after posting nominal bonds. l.t. William Armstrong, an official at the Dade County .liiil in Miami, estimated that the number arrested, in random street violence thai spawned ranks of charging police, "went over 1.000" shortly after midnight and thai "a few -'Iragglers were still being bonked" this morning. Officials said Id .indues holding all-night special S' bsions Ivd set bunds in most cases nmging from $3 to $i|!. They said bond hearings would continue this morniii" avd be followed by individual I'Mils. After then- release, tli.' demonstrators traveled back ai.ro.-s Bis. ayne liay to Miami Iieaeh whore th< j y began fd'liiK' their tents and moving e-i:t S >1 their Flamingo Park fimp.sile. As President Nixon spoke insult' Die packed Convention Hall Wednesday night Secret Ser\ ire agents hovered at the gales outside cradling axe handles, .lust bloeks away, not - re.nl 1 . state troopers contained roving bands of protesters. When the gavel finally fell at 11:17 p.m. and the delegates spilled from the littered hall out into the humid night, many wept from the "lingering aftermath of tear gas. Rubbing red eyes, the hundreds whose ears were still ringing from the ovations for .Nixon behold streets swept empty of all but an 800-yard coition of police. The officers stood quietly. Id feet apart, wary of interlopers. 1'rotes'ers had tried to block the delegates from entering the hall five hours earlier. The plan called for peaceful si!-ins at the gates and nulling crowds in Hie surrounding streets. But when the demonstrators arrived, they found their path cluttered by bumper-to- bumper buses. The buse.^, some so old they had to be towed inti) place, hugged the gates and created ;• dilapidated corridor for other vehicles carrying delegates into the Convention Hill e o in pound. "We were, defeated tactically bclor.- we even began," said Marsh i Monestersky, ,1 niemb •>• of the Students for a Democratic Society. Small bands of protesurs fanne.l out iiv.ii II e streeu h>- \\ard i lie hotels where MVJ-,: delegates waited to go to the .hall. By L. ALLAN KLOPE Telegraph Staff Writer Sweeping changes in the food stamp program in the Alton-Wood River metroplev are being prepared, including plans to establish an office where stamps may be purchased in Alton and for upping the days the stamps may be purchased to 10 days a month instead of one or two days as now, the Telegraph was told today. Armin R i p p 1 e in e y e r , regional director of the Department of Public Aid at Belleville, said he has negotiated with a currency exchange to set up a program in Alton similar to the one in St. Clair County where public aid recipients get the r checks over 10 days instead of one, and can buy food stamps on 10 days, instead of one or two. Under this program, which also is done in Cook County, public aid checks are mailed out alphabetically over a 10- day period, so the recipients may cash them and then go to the food stamp office to make their purchase of the stamps. The 10 days would be spread over an entire month, giving both the recipients and the people operating the food stamp office a chance to operate more effectively, and without congestion. No location for the currency exchange has been decided on for the stationing of the stamp buying agency, the regional director said. Ripplemeyer stressed that, if the central office of the department of public aid approved the 10-day periods, spreads them out over a month, and allows the food stamps to be sold on 10 days rather than one or two, the traffic congestion and long w ailing lines will Ue eliminated. 11 e said this recommendation was made over five years ago, and he is making it again. "We are also informing recipients they have the option of ordering then 1 stamps by mail, thereby further eliminating the need of ever leaving their own homes to pick up the stamps," he said. "We hope the people will bear with us, as we are sure we will have the problem resolved within 30 days," Ripplemeyer said. Ripplemeyer said he has talked with Lou Langston, an aide to Gov. Richard Ogilvie. and the decision has been made to move the food stamp office out of East Alton, anl back to Alton in a "good location to serve everyone". Reflecting back, Rin- plemeyer said the food stam;i program was moved out of Alton because of the numerous complaints about no adequate parking, anj people having to stand outside in line in both hot and eo'.d weather. He said in searching for better facilities to serve the people, no one could come up with a place in Alton, so t was decided to move to East Alton. "tt'e are receiving more complaints than ever, because of lack of transportation, the congestion on the street and in the parking lot caused by the more than 950 on one day and 750 the next," Ripplemeyer said. "We took the space that was available to us, because the shopping centers don't want the office due to tho added problems of parking and traffic congestion," ue said. In answer to t h e question about the Elks Club in Alton being a likely spot for the food stamp offices, Ripplemeyer said: "I'm not sure we want to bail the Elks Club out of its financial distress, but we will look at the location." He said ther? doesn't appear to be sufficient parking there, but stressed the location would be reviewed. Asked about moving into one of the housing projects, Ripplemeyer said there would be a problem of policing the area, and that there might be inadequate protection from burghrv. Alton teachers to meet 36 hours before school opens for decision on strike By AM)i; YAKST1S Telegraph Staff Writer Teachers of Alton School District 11 will meet in a crucial rally Sunday to decide whether to strike 24 hours before the opening of school Tuesday, the Telegraph was told Monday night. Ap|)coximately 300 teachers gathered in a mass meeting Wednesday night at the Alton High School cafeteria, and a majority voted to ask the school board to establish i in m e d i a 1 e "good tailh negotiations" in a mine to head off a possible teacher strike. The action by Die teac'i.-i.s for the Sunday rall> — and p o .s s i i) i e sinke vole •-reached the climax .nier the Alton Education Association's negotiating team d-vlaved that the school board s "discussion" team w.,:-, not seriously interested in "negotiating" with tlw \EA. "Personally I am mystified about the muttering nieand- erings i.l Muttax (school boar d president lionald Motta/0 and .Mitchell (Supt. Dr. iii»d .Mitchell)," James Lippen, the AKA's chief negotiator told the crowd of teachers who responded with applause The teachers reacted to I ippen's report uith a resolution to inlorni Hie scho.ii board ol Hie teachers' "lack of confidence and good faith in the board's discussion team" and requested an emergency meeting tonight with the board to establish ''true, good f a i t li negotiations." Supt. Mitt-hell told the Telegraph this morning that the board's discussion team was seriously interested in discussing the issues \\nli the Alton Education Association. "It was the intention of the board's committee to try and reach an understanding with the AKA on Hie issues The results WDiikl I hen be brough! to the school board for con- sidci alum." IV. .Mitchell s.i:..l \\li:!e lite A!'A leadei - ealkd !'ir a nicc'ililg t'Mi! 1 .-::' with the biia.'d. b.illul- weic scliedlllixl M be printed ludav foi teachers In vote Sundas, '> p in on liie ci iu ,il i-^ue of withholding their services Monday morning. The vote session will be held in the Godfrey Civic Center. Classes will begin Tuesday but teachers start work Monday with a clay of orientation. "We are urging the school board lo lake immediate |M)siti\e action so thai scho >! in Alton mi: 1 ''! continue uninterrupted." Upper! told the Telegraph "Ue nave apparenilv been nr.iled inlo U'lieiiiiL 1 that ;lie board's •.'.•'. e u j y tli-appoinieil whi-n \\e learned lh:il leathers were no! ar t u a ! I y involved in n e g u t : u i ions, but only (Sec i'ugt- .', ( oJ »)

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