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LACK OF SUPPORT CLAIMED Official Quits Civil Rights Post UNUSUAL TOW Auto Service in Englewood. responded to a police call for a tow truck Tuesday and woupd up towing a four-year-old gelding. Police charged a woman motorist with causing a traffic hazard bv driving her auto and leading her horse through heavy traffic. She faces a fine. $15 towing charge, and $2 per day for hav to feed the Wirephoto.

U.S. Pays Farmers To Use Defoliant To Clear Brush By DON KENDALL WASHINGTON (AP) A controversial and powerful herbicide used to defoliate the jungle hiding places in Vietnam has been used even more extensively in the United States to clear away brush from the countryside, according to the Agriculture Department. The spray, has been shown to cause birth defects in laboratory animals, but is offi- Social Security i Tax Money Put Into Trust Funds In 1937, when social security tax was first deducted from wages, only a small portion of the nation's workers were included in the program. Since then coverage has been extended to include practically every type of employment, says Robert Leggett, administrator of the Social Security Office here. I Social security has become a multimillion dollar program and every citizen should be aware of what happens to his social curity tax money, he continued.

Social security contributions! made by working people and employers go into three trust funds. Leggett explains. The largest and oldest of these is the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund established in 1939. In 1956, when payment of disability benefits was made possible, a Disability Trust Fund was established and all disabled workers and their families are now paid from this fund. Hospital bills for people age 65 and over are paid from the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, newest of the three.

In addition, there is another fund called the Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund made up of premiums paid by people age 65 and over who are enrolled in a supplementary medical plan under medicare and by matching premiums from the federal government. Funds are kept separate from all other funds in the Treasury. By law, the money can be used only to pay benefits to people entitled to social security payments and for operating costs. Any money not currently needed for these reasons is invested in government securities with accumulated interest added to the trust funds. Today, employes and self-employed people pay contributions on their annual earnings up to $7,800.

The tax rate for wage earners this year is 4.8 per cent with employers paying a like amount. Self-employed people will pay 6 9 per cent. The law provides for a board of trustees, which is required to make reports to Congress each year operations and status of the trust funds during the previous fiscal year and on the expected operations and status in the next few years and for the long-run future. The law also requires that an advisory council be appointed periodically to review the program. It is made up of experts in insurance, social science, economics, business and medicine.

A pamphlet entitled, of Your Social Security can be obtained from the La Crosse office, 149 S. 6th St. DUE TO LACK OF FOOD BULK IN YOUR DIET cially recommended by the federal government to rid pastures of brush. About three million acres of U.S. crop and range land have been sprayed in each of the last eight years with However, most of this, more than two million acres, involves range or not directly producing food crops.

ture Department would outlaw on food crops beginning last Jan. 1 if by then the Food and Drug Administration had not set safe tolerances for the chemical in food products. Pasture spraying would continue to be approved. The FDA has not announced acceptable tolerances for and the Agriculture Department Government figures cited by Rep. Clement j.

Zabioeki, D- tx-Marines On Way whose foreign affairs JQ Jjma Events committee recentlv looked into chemical and biological war-1 SEATTLE (AP) Thirty-six fare, showed more than five ex-members of the 5th Marine million acres have been spraved Bivision that stormed Iwo Jima with the defoliant in Vietnam are on their waM t0 the island says it will not ban the chemical until the agency acts. Moreover, the Agriculture Department claimed that the laboratory tests that produced birth defects in rats and mice involved 2.4,5-T contaminated by a chemical byproduct and that normally the herbicide has a much lower content of the pollutant. The Nixon budget recommended phasing out the program next fiscal year, thus eliminating future payments to farmers and ranchers for spraying chemicals on their land. Attempts have been made before to kill the program, including one last year, but each time Congress has restored funds to keep it going. By G.

C. THELEN Jr. WASHINGTON (AP) A principal Nixon administration civil rights official has resigned with a charge that White House aides undermined tough enforcement of antidiscrimination laws. Leon E. Panetta, director of the Department of Health, Education and office of civil rights for the past 11 months, said he was forced to resign because of what he termed protests that were heeded at the White House from racist members of Congress on the pace of school desegregation.

Panetta. a 31-year-old, outspo- Official To Attend Equal-Job Parley MADISON head of a federal agency administering the Nixon equal job opportunity program in the construction industry will be in Oshkosh Feb. 27. The Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations said today John L. Wilks, director of the Labor office of federal contract compliance, will attend a session of the governor's conference on equal opportunity that date.

Wilks is a former New York longshoreman. The conference, fourth in as many years, will attract businessmen and union and governmental representatives. office administers Nixon's order requiring that contractors working on federally funded projects provide equal job chances. The directive is known as the It was recently extended to 19 other cities, including Milwaukee. ken liberal Republican, said governmentwide civil rights efforts are endangered because of lack of sustained presidential support.

think they (the administration) are playing with a big danger here of losing a lot of good people who have fought this battle for he said at a news conference Tuesday. Leon E. Panetta Panetta condemned a of buying and going on in administration civil rights policy that is undermining crimination enforcement. Panetta said he believed President Nixon is still committed to his campaign pledge of bringing the country together. I do believe those around the President and others whose principle goal is not to bring us together but to win the next election are primarily responsible for the policies that have resulted in this he said.

Panetta would not identify particular White House aides or members of Congress who demanded his resignation. The rights official said he first offered his resignation four or five months ago but was talked out of it by HEW Secretary Robert H. Finch. However, Panetta said, the two agreed Tuesday had fought this into the ground the pressures got too great and the people affected by the pressures became too Asked whether the White House demanded his resignation, Panetta replied: can say congressional sources asked for it. Either way you want to play Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Ronald L.

Ziegler, when asked if Panetta had been fired, responded he could only say the official had submitted his resignation. Answering another question on whether the White House was satisfied with role in school desegregation, Ziegler said, know of no with Finch in that area. voice broke several times during the emotional news conference, especially when he called on the Republican party to return to the principles of Abraham Lincoln. am hopeful the Republican party will assume its principal role in the battle for equal he said. have been proud to call this the party of Lincoln.

I am particularly disturbed that on birthday there were not only announcements out of the White House but the vice president making comments indicating that full efforts to achieve equality is not the way we are Panetta said. The Lincoln Day statement last week was one of neutrality on two Southern-sponsored amendments aimed at slowing school desegregation. Vice President Spiro T. Ag- new attacked preferential quotas the same day for minority students in colleges and universities. City Couple To Show Art Work In Racine Dr.

and Mrs. Dale (Betty) Kendrick, 127 S. 11th recently exhibited art works during an invitational Testament display in the Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee. Mrs. Kendrick's stitchery piece, and two of Dr.

acrylic paintings and been chosen for the Racine Art Jewish Art Show Feb. 25 to March 3 in the Wustom Museum, Racine. Dr. Kendrick is head of the La Crosse State University art department. Agnew Gives Medals To Apollo 11 Crew WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Spiro T.

Agnew, presenting the National Geographic Hubbard Medal to the Apollo 11 astronauts for first moon walk, expressed confidence men would land on Mars before the end of this century. won a place alongside Christopher Columbus in American the vice president told Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins at the award ceremony Monday.

The Hubbard medal, first given to polar explorer Robert E. Peary in 1906, has been awarded onlv 25 times. since 1962. to commemorate the 25th anni- In 1968 alone, the Agriculture versar-v Thursday of the invasion by some 20,000 Leathernecks. They will be joined in Tokyo by about 25 former Japanese Department paid farmers a total of $8.8 million for brush and weed control on more than 2.6 million acres.

Most of it involved 2.4,5-T. according to offi- soldiers who fouShl al lwo cials. Jima, said Charles Early of Sar- organizer of the Records show payments and Fla acres sprayed have increased steadily under the program dur- meet ing recent years, and officials nese Peace and friendship, say privately that needs will Early said, continue to be great. He said the venture is sponsored by the 5th Marine Divi- T. sion Association.

Both groups nder the program farmers are chartered flight can get up to half their costs paid bv the government for car- a I rying out approved conservation WindOWS Are broken practices. Among them are two Protest involving brush and weed con- MAmcnv T. TT trol, mainlv by applying chemi- MADISON S. cal herbicides Armed Forces Instltute was the Besides 2.4.5-T, the most fre- target of two autographed quentlv used herbicide is the re- v. a later! 2.4 which is suspect iu brlak broke a the minds of manv conserva- olbor a glass in a door.

tionjsts One side of each brick carried The Agriculture Department the names of the Chicago con- appears to be in a dilemma over spiracy trial principals; the oth- pollution control, commitments er had the message: will to farmers and economy measures recommended by the Nixon budget. Last November Dr. Lee A. DuBridge, White House science adviser, announced the Agricul- mated the damage at $300. message: absolve USAFI provides correspondence education courses for military service personnel.

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