Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 29, 1972 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 193 Alton Telegraph Printing Co.. 1972 Serving Madison, Jersey, Mncoupin, Greene and Calhonn Counties Alton, Illinois, Tuesday, Angus! 29, 1972 2 SECTIONS 18 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 ITUDLNI5 I Open the schools Edwardsvillo high school students car- today. Negotiations early today were at ried signs calling for school to start, an impasse after Monday night's meet- as they attended Monday night's meet- ing. These young people, though, brushing between the school board and ed this aside and insisted they want to teachers who had voted to strike Sun- go to school, day. Glasses for this year were to start By JIM LANDEKS Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — The board of education of Edwardsville School District 7 today filed an injunction to force striking Edwardsville teachers to return to work. Meanwhile, officials of the Edwardsville Education Association and the Illinois Education Association charged that School District Superintendent A. Gordon Dodds and the school board attempted to intimidate teachers. Amid the charges and the motion for injunction, Efi- wardsville attorney Edward L. Welch filed another legal action on behalf of parents to force the school board to "bargain in good faith." Welch, father of four children, said he filed the mandamus suit to prevent the divisive effects of a teacher strike in the community. The teachers strike entered Dogs get $14 million FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. '(AP) — Eighty-one stray dogs have inherited about $14 million from the estate of their late spinster mistress. The will of Eleanor E. Ritchey, heir to the Quaker State Refining Corp., was finally settled Monday in B r o w a r d County Court following years of litigation Miss Ritchey, who died Oct. 14, 1968, at the age of 58. left her then ?4.5-miIlion estate to 150 stray dogs. Her will was contested by a handful of relatives not mentioned. Meantime, 69 of the dogs have died but assets of the gross estate, mostly invested in Quaker State stock, have grown to about $18 million. Miss Ritchey was the granddaughter of Philip Bayer, who founded Quaker State. Attorneys were unable to find actuarial tables for dogs, but it was decided the bequest to the animals would stay in effect until the last dog is dead or for a maximum of 20 years. Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 Hope for old homes. Politics . . . . A-3 "Ike and Mamie" clubs for teens. AID A-2 Findley seeks funds for Middletown. Sports B1 Spitz wins two gold medals. Amusements ... B-2 Weather . . . . A-7 Fair to partly cloudy Wednesday; low 65, high 90. Television .... A-7 Comics A-10 Obituaries . . . . B-3 Stocks B-3 Classified . . . . B-4 Family A-8 Mister Answer Man. its second day as nine district schools with an enrollment of 5.300 students remained closed. The charges arose from the disclosure that four Edwardsville Junior High School teachers were told to sign a declaratory statement prior to receiving paychecks for work performed in May. The teachers, who received their paychecks Monday, were told to declare whether they were on strike, whether they had resigned or whether they had attended a scheduled workshop. After signing the documents, the four teachers received their checks. Other Edwardsville teachers refusal to sign the statements but were given paychecks. The Telegraph has learned that the issuing of the statement forms was apparently the action of Dodds, without a vote by the seven- man board of education. Dodds refused to reveal why the statements were required as a prerequisite to issuing the teachers' pay. Dodds denied that he was attempting to intimidate the 272 striking teachers who refused to report for work Monday. Although the declaratory statement was prefaced witn a sentence stating that "the board of education" asked for a declaration of one of the three categories, Dodds iui- mitted that the board had no 1 , authorized the action. Roland Brummitt, president of the school board, said Dodds acted on the advice of the board. However, Bnimill also confirmed that no formal vote was aken. Brumitt said the statement McGovern unveils revised welfare, tax reform plan NEW YORK (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate George MeGovera today proposed liis second welfare and tax reform plan of the year — one that he said would assure an annual income for the poor, close tax loopholes for the rich and leave middle- income Americans generally unaffected. The South Dakota senator unveiled his revised plan in a speech to the New York Society of Security Analysts, a Wall Street audience whose meml>ers would feel the brunt of McGovcrn's numerous tax reform proposals. The Democratic candidate called for a federally guaranteed annual income of $4,000 for a family of four, expanding Social Security to cover thousands not now protected and guaranteeing one million public service jobs for the presently unumploycd To pay for the roughtly $29- billion-a-year p r o g r a m , McGovern outlined a scries of tax reforms aimed at closing so-called loopholes on those who make money from investments in property, stock, bonds and the like. He also called for a §30 billion cut in military spending over the next three years. "No American," McGovern said twice in the talk, "whose income comes from wages and salaries would pay one penny more in federal taxes than he does now." McGovern made no specific mention of (he $1.000-per- American income supplement plan he had previously proposed as an alternative to the present welfare system. He said, "We must resolve the question of income supplements for working people who, in spite of their lalxir, .still have trouble making ends meet." adding that he had asked leading economists to work on the problem. "Money made by money should be taxed at the same rate as money made by men," MeGovera said. "Tax justice demands equal treatment for Americans who earn their living with a shovel or a slide rule, and Americans who live on stock market and property gains." Chief among the senator's proposals was a plan to eliminate the tax preference on capital gains and have all long-term proceeds from stocks and other capital holdings taxed at the same rate as regular income. McGovern also called for eliminating depletion allowances for oil, gas and other natural resources. He said "there is no allowance for the depiction of a worker's strength and years; at. the least, there should not be an excessive allowance for the depiction of a corporation's mineral assets." I f these and other M c G o v e r n changes were written into the nation's tax laws, the senator said, the maximum tax rate on earned and unearned income could be reduced to 48 per cent from the current ceiling for individuals of 70 per cent. "By closing loopholes and applying that rate to wealthy individuals," McGovern said, "we will end up with a net increase of about $22 billiot in federal revenues." McGovern advisers, in * briefing for the press before McGovern spoke, placed the cost of the senator's welfare plan at $14 billion a year by 1975 and said the public service employment program would cos 4 , ?10 billion by the same yea r . But, they said, the cost of the program would be more than offset by the new tax revenues and the proposed cuts in the defense budget. The fact is, McGovern said, his plan would take only an extra l'£ per cent of the gross national product while leaving the present tax rate on wage earners and annual income tax exemption unchanged. Suit filed to force striking teachers to return to work forms were intended to provide the board with a statistical breakdown of the number of teachers actually striking and those w'.io reported to workshops scheduled Monday. Dodds termed the declaratory statements an administrative matter. The four signed statements were later destroyed at the request of EEA officials. The intimidation charge w a s made during the marathon session of the board Monday night. EEA negotiators and board members met until 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in an unsuccessful attempt to end the strike. At 1:30 a.m., the seven-man board reopened the meeting after nearly four hours of closed executive sessions. The board voted unanimously to authorize the filing of .111 injunction request. EKA negotiating members appeared highly irritated following the late-ni^hi discussions. One member charged that the board failed to negotiate in "good faith." The board maintains that the strike is illegal and will ask the Madison County Circuit Court to intervene. A hearing on the injunction is set for 2 p.m. with Judge James Monroe presiding. The regularly scheduled board meeting was ;ittende'l by an overflow crowd of ab-mt 250 persons. However, afliv 20 minutes of routine board matters, the board adjourned to executive session. Crowds of parents, teachers and students milled around the school board building until 10:30 p.m. when it w;is announced thai negotiations would continue. Bi-State agrees to reveal records Close to the problem Edwardsville school board president Roland Brumitt, at left, and superintendent A. Gordon Dodds, to Ms right, met with the teachers as 250 persons crowded info the board meeting room Monday night. December is goal for ending draft WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is aiming to stop draft inductions by December, about six months ahead of President Nixon's deadline for ending military conscription. "Every effort will be made to minimize draft calls, if not avoid them entirely, between January and July, 1973, when the current induction authority expires," Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird pledged in a report to President Nixon. The 51-page report was distributed by the California White House and the Pentagon Monday as Nixon announced in San Clemente he will make good on a 19(58 campaign promise to end the draft and rely entirely on volunteers to fill the aimed forces. His stated goal is July 1 of next year but Laird's report showed a zero draft may be reached half a year early. Neither Nixon or Laird linked announcement of the report with the current presidential election 'but Laird agreed the statement could reap large benefits from the youth vote this November. The Pentagon already this year has slashed planned inductions to a maximum of 50,000 young men—the lowest total in ten years and about 330.000 below the Vietnam war in I!)(i6. Laird's report said "The dramatic decline in draft calls has been made possible by substantially reducing the size of the active force and by at- trading more voluntary enlistees to military service." U.S. military manpower now stands at slightly more than 2-3 million men. This is 1.2 million below the Vietnam war peak. Both the President and Laird stressed achievement of the all volunteer force will require congressional enactment of a series of bills broadening authority to pay enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses for military skills in both the regular forces and the national guard and reserve, and bonus incentives designed to attract doctors to military careers. By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer EAST ST. LOUIS - The Bi- State Development Agency and Transit System agreed to open all its records to the staff of an Illinois Senate committee that concluded a hearing here Monday on charges of poor service, discrimination, and mismanagement of Bi-State. The Senate committee also will write to the Bi-State board asking them not to automatically renew the contract it has with Transit Services Corp., an 11-man "management team" that actually runs the bus system. Transit Services present contract runs out on April 1, 1973, but provides for an automatic five-year renewal if notice is not given six months in advance, or by Oct. 1 of this year. The chairman of the investigating committee, Sen. Kenneth Hall, D-East St. Louis, also said that one probable recommendation the committee would make is that a new commission composed of legislators from both Illinois and Missouri be set up to more closly oversee the transit system's operation. One of the witnesses at Monday's hearing at the Holiday Inn here, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale professor Marian Ridgeway, whose 1971 book "Interstate Compacts" contains several chapters on Bi-State, told the committee that it would have been better for a joint Missouri-Illinois legislative investigation of Bi-State. A committee of the Missouri House conducted hearings on Bi-State in March. Testimony at the afternoon session of Monday's hearing included a lengthy presentation by Charles Q. Troupe, a black bus driver and head of the Bi-State Transit Committee on Racial Equality, and Mrs. Carmen Moody, chairman of the committee's East St. Louis citizens component. Troupe and Mrs. Moody alleged that Transit Services had given contradictory figures on the number of blacks it had hired in reports to the Illinois House Contract Compliance Committee, in a letter to Missouri U.S. Rep. William Clay, D-St. Louis, and in a report to the Bi-State board. They said their check of seniority lists against these reports showed that some blacks had been counted "two, three or four times." Troupe also charged that Bi- State fired a black employe for every new one it hired. Transit Services president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Transit, John S. Baine, responded that the percentage of blacks employed had steadily increased from 14 per cent when Bi- State Transit began in 1963 to 28 per cent currently. Baine denied the charge that figures had been added (See Page 2, Col. 6) Bus bias not proven, report says By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer ST. LOUIS - Charges of discrimination against Bi- State Development Agency have not been proven, the Transportation Task Force of East-West Gateway Coordinating Council said here Monday. "On basis of evidence that, "however, the task force, the allegations of discrimination have not been proven," the task force saiJ in a unanimous opinion. However, in a 5-4 vote, the task force defeated attempts by some members to criticize Bi-State for deficiencies in service, routing and fares. (See Page 2, Col. 1) Analysis of Justice Department U.S. offers EDITOR'S NOTE: The following analysis Is based on u report by Ur. Lee Brown of Portland, Ore. University, who wjs •ent Into Alton by the U. S. Department of Justice ulier a series of flrcbombinss and sniper shootings at police i-ars. At loa-,1 some of the trouble between Alton minorities und tlju city admimv tratlon was based on the fact that the city has only two bluc-li*. on the police department and none on the' fire department. ])i Brown's report deals with this lack, pointing out that the city 1 civil service commission is outmoded aud some of Its procedures are unconstitutional. By ARTHUR J. THOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Justice has offered to assist the City of Alton in establishing minority recruitment and community relations programs to correct employment practices which discriminate against blacks. The offer was made .by Jesse Taylor, Midwest regional crisis coordinator for the Justice Department's Community Relations Service. The Community Relations S'en'ice, the Telegraph learned, would provide the city with technical assistance in the areas of testing candidates for the police and fire departments if the city seeks the assistance and the city abandons the existing examinations used by the Civil Service Commission. Alton Mayor Paul Lenz, unhappy with the Justice Department's assessment of the city's hiring practices, said any implementation of the Justice Department's recommendations would be purely coincidental. report to help Alton The blistering ivpon recommends that the city review exist Civil Service rules and regulations to assure that Ihe-y aiv in line with up-to-date methods of management. One of the current methods of testing applicants for police pa'rolman involves an examination purchased from UK' Public Pel-sound Association in Chicago. One of the test booklets used in this method dates back to l!*a(J. The Justice report concludes that the courts would declare the examination illegal or unconstitutional if n were tested in I he courts based on Die precedent uf C, versa-. Duke Power Co. case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decision required that any written personnel selection device such as the written exam used in Alton, be validated — or il IIIUM measure what it purports to measure, according to Dr. Lee Brown. In perspective, the Supreme Court decision, in protecting a person's civil rights, seeks to discontinue the use of the general I.CJ. type of testing which has a lot to do \v;th a person's cultural background inMead of an ability to handle a specific job. Although the report was not critical 01 lh<' member-, of the Civil Service Commission, it indicaied ih. i as laymen the members are noi knuwledgable in leslmy app'ieanli, for .spucinc jobs. Generally, for the same reasons there arc only two blacks eliminate civil service bias on the police department and there are no blacks at all, nor lui\e there ever been any. on the city's fire department, the aulhor of the report concluded. The absence o 1 ' blacks on the lire department, he said, also creates an atmosphere of distrust aril frustration which in turn hampers the city's ability to interest blacks in the department. Testing procedures for firemen candidates are generally the --ami' as they arc for police except that no psychological examination is required. *-iicces.sful'iy ivnuiling blacks for poliw and fire department jobs, however, takes much more than current ci\il ser- vk'i. requirements dictate. For instance, a dispassionate newspaper ad announcing that tests will Ik.' guen for police anil fire department jobs iJtK'.s hltle more than nothing to encourage blacks to apply for the job:, becau>e already they ha\e little or no laith in tile system for hiring people fur the positions, Nowhere in his recommeiulation.s did Dr. Brown suggest that the city lower n- standards for candidates for the police ami lire department-. He recommended, iioweuT, that the ti-stiir..' procedure-, be changed, primal i ! \ tliej are outdated and are I'niMid to be biased Although IA-IIX .'la-, said Dial ihe sl.mdard- fin- poluvnteii and firemen job.-, could nut be loweied, some oi those so-called hagl) standards aix- discriminators, .it-cording to ihe Justice Department's report, and have been struck down in Supreme Court decisions. The scorching report implies that the city administration and city council have a lot of work to do to correct discrepancies in hiring policies and to develop better relations between city hall and minorities. Lenz said Monday he had not made up his mind whether 01 not to give, the Justice Department report to the city council. The mayor made the statement, however, prior to the Telegraph's disclosure of the report. The mayor said he was sworn to silence about the report by the Justice Department which "said they didn't want it to ap|>ear they were dictating policies for the city." Then- were a lew people on hand in the mayor's office when the report was presented to the mayor. Those who had knowledge of the report's contents at that time included Mrs. Betty Powell of the Anon Urban League, Jimmie Wilson of the Middletown .Nei.'hborliood Center, and Richard Vandergnft. executive secretary of the (ireater Alton Association of Commerce. But the report, itself, was to be withheld from the general public, the justice department spokesman lold lh<- Mayor and othel reprc.--enKili.cs in the mayor's oll'ice Jl !he -.-ily oniiK'i! mnv gels cupte.-. M (he n-;i<.rt their reactions are expected to be even more negative than the mayor's, ciU hall ob.serxer.s led

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