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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 50

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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CITY THEARIZONAREPUBLIC Thursday, June 18, 1970 Page 31 Airline fare tax higher; passengers won't be told By JESUS A. BARKER Beginning July 1, domestic commercial .airline passengers will be paying more taxes to fly, but they'll have to ask to find out how much. On July 1, the 1970 Airports and Airways Act goes into effect and, thanks to an amendment introduced by Sen. Russell Long, D-La., and accepted by both houses of Congress, any ticket agent who discloses the amount of federal tafctl pn an airline ticket, unleM specificity asked, will be subject to « misdemtlftor criminal charge with 4 maximum $100 fine, As a remit of thi tegtilation. federal air tranipprtatlon t|g«t *ltt t«xei on. aircraft fuels will increase on J«ly 1. The federal transportation tix will in< creas« from I per oent <tf the baeta tick, et price to | per cent. In addition, th« new legislation imposes a federal tax hike of 3 cents per gallon on aviation gasoline and 7 cents per gallon on jet fuel used on noncommercial aircraft. Although there was no congressional explanation for inclusion of the penalty against agents who volunteer tax amounts, it was apparently an attempt to prevent widespread public awareness of. the increased tax. Long's amendment to the bill, which made it mandatory that the ticket seller not list a breakdown of base price and federal taxes on the ticket, was approved in a conference committee. So now ticket agents are faced with the problem of making a ticket for the customer listing only the total price, while on the copies of the same ticket for auditors and the airline there has to be a breakdown showing the base price, the. tax and the total. In a bulletin sent to all airline ticket agentl by the Air Traffic Conference of America, the agents are reminded that if they djscloje. the amount of the tax and. btaio price without a specific request from a customer, they are liable to a migdeiReanor criminal eh*r|e and maximum $100 penalty. A ipokesman for the Air Tratfto Conference In Washington said yesterday that the ATC was against the Long measure, "but it was approved by the House-Senate conference committee" and it was now too late to change it. The regulation limiting the breakdown of basic price and taxes on a ticket does not apply on international flights. But on commercial flights, it may only be listed on the carbon copies of each ticket that go to the airline and the auditor concerned. Paul Dean Campaign technicalities require cruder insults LONDON — Lord Ardwick chinked teacup on saucer, selected a cigarette from a box crested to denote that his brand is also used by the Royal Family, and began chatting about swines, bastards and guttersnipes. Then rats, jackasses, stool- pigeons, murderers and hooligans. All of which, he noted, are insults banned by rules of debate in the British House of Commons. However, agreed the portly, pink- cheeked peer, for the general election which sees Britain bicycling to Jhe polls today to select a new government for the next five years, the rules appear to have been bent "by a distinctive lack of restraint." By the speech where a Tory opponent called Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson a "swine." By the Labor minister who flailed his Tory counterpart as a "Nazi" who should raise the flags of "Dachau and Auschwitz" over his constituency. And by an electorate which has thrown raw, soft-boiled, hard-boiled and even china eggs at the Prime Minister, until Mr. Wilson (nobody uses bare surnames in this country) sought medical treatment for a dinged ear. Despite American opinions that all; things British come dripping with couth, commented Lord Ardwick, "our elections have always been incredibly vulgar . .. but with deadly insults in a framework of elaborate and archaic courtesy best described as "giftwrapped doses of poison." As illustrations, Lord Ardwick, who until his elevation to the peerage was better known as John Beaven, political editor of the London Daily Mirror, cites the flashing rhetoric of men like Sir Winston Churchill, Aneurin Bevan and Reginald Paget, Q.C. Paget was the Member of Parliament who once cauterized Sir Anthony Eden for being "an overripe banana, yellow outside, squishy in," Churchill demolished Ramsay MacDonald as "a boneless wonder"; Neville Chamberlain as "a good Lord Mayor of Birmingham in a lean year"; and Lord Clement Atlee as "a modest man with plenty to be modest about." Five health problems defined The Arizona Health Planning Authority yesterday reported it has received Gov. Williams' approval of its comprehensive 1970-71 plan defining five health problems on which future planning work should be concentrated. the five listed in the plan, Arizona's first, are: —Medical care for the indigent, which now varies widely from county to county in cost, range of care, accessibility and eligibility requirements; Driggs offers garbage talks By GRANT E. SMITH Mayor Driggs returned to the city last night from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Denver and said he and the city council were willing to talk with the sanitation department employes about their problems. "We're always ready to listen," Driggs said. "This is no time, however, for any emotional demonstration. "I have been reassured that all possible measures have been taken to return service to normal. This should be Related pictures, Page 1 in a week to 10 days, assuming there are no further slowdown attempts." Garbage collections were about a day behind schedule in two of the three collection areas in Phoenix yesterday, according to Clyde Noack, sanitation supervisor. The only section on schedule was the southwest collection area, south of Indian school and west of Seventh Avenue, Noaok Mid crews were ptartlng each day whew they had stopped the day before so that no place would be skipped. Collections began to (all behind Monday, The Service Workefi Allocation, which repreients the sanitation workers, said the workers were following prescribed safety precautions. The city administration said it was an intentional slowdown. As a result, the city fired 127 garbage collectors and truck drivers. At a meeting last night in Abel Hall, Continued on Page 42 Republic Photo by E«rl McCartney Overloaded garbage cans become common as collections fall a day behind Legal Aid challenges new election laws Coofe *° answer And Bevan once welcomed Prime Minister Harold Macmillan back into Parliament with the words: "Why attack the monkey when the organ grinder's here?" But now the scholarly and snobbish invective of British politics is on the wane. Many political observers feel raw vulgarity has been staged deliberately to awake public interest in a contest where Conservatives could be elected out of despair and Labor re-elected out of complacency. As a means of gaining the attention of 40 million voters clearly preoccupied by weeks of uncharacteristic sunshine and England's performance in the World Cup soccer championships at Guadalajara, Mexico. But Lord Ardwick, touching another match to another royal weed, disagrees. He feels the major issues of taxes, prices, unemployment and balance of payments have been cut clear enough to prevent reliance on mudslinging and slander. "But''political arguments have changed," he lamented. "Nowadays they're largely economic and technical and this doesn't lend itself to flamboyant campaign oratory. "Winston would work for days on a major speech, polishing and repolishing," he added. "These people do it in trains, make too many speeches and need philosophers rather than gag writers. "It's all very sad . . . the essence of political communication is to capture the truth in one vivid expression, one that lives. There has been none in this election." His Lordship makes a solid point. For a recent informal survey by the British Broadcasting Corporation showed that during the three- week election campaign politicians, on the average, were using ,only 13 words per sentence. Apparently because there is no time in a 20th Century television newscast for 18th Century eloquence. "First hamburgers, then slot machines and teabags," sniffed one man on a London street. "Now America has given us politicians who talk for the bloody telly, not the people." By ALBERT J. SITTER A two-pronged legal challenge to Arizona's newly amended election laws was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court by the Maricopa County Legal Aid Society. Attacked by two companion suits, both authored by Jerry Levine, Legal Aid senior staff attorney, were statutes requiring citizens to take a literacy test before they register to vote, and requiring county recorders to cancel all voter registrations after the 1970 general election and at intervals of 10 years thereafter. Both laws, the suits maintained, violate federally guaranteed civil rights. Named as defendants are state and county officials. Levine asked that a special three-judge court be convened to rule on the two cases, a prerequisite in matters involving constitutional conflicts between state and federal law. Purging the voter registration rolls each decade, Levine charged in a class action on behalf of the 306,025 registered voters in Maricopa County, would deprive voters of civil rights accorded them in the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. The suit also contended that the registration purge violated three federal civil rights acts and Arizona's constitution. In addition, Levine stated, the law, adopted earlier this year by the state legislature, "provides broad disreqUon* ary power of the county recorder which is arbitary and capricious and will cause irreparable harm to the elector." The suit attacking the literacy test law, dating back to 1909 and readopted in the last session of the legislature, was based on the refusal of an elections department clerk to register an elderly south Phoenix couple because they were unable to read the U.S. Constitution in English, as required by the law. Mr. and Mrs. William Vasquas, 2380 S. 15th;.Prace, who read only Spanish, had voM' for nearly 40 years in California Continued on Page 37 —Population planning for the best use of land, air, water and other resources; —Environmental health; and —Centralization of health statistics to pinpoint health problems and avoid duplication of remedies for them. The authority said the five problems emphasized in the plan are the ones it found most detrimental and costly to the state. The authority credited its 36- rnernber Health Planning Council with moil i,t tin' work and rfe<:o»ujjcnd.&Uo/is Political novice opposes veteran Sen. Bob Wilcox A political novice yesterday said he will challenge veteran legislator Bob Wilcox, R-Maricopa, chairman of the Senate appropriations committee, in the Republican primary election for the i Dist. 19 Senate 1 seat. Ray Rottas, in announcing his can- d i d a c y, charged that Wilcox has not devoted enough time to the office and has been inaccessible to his constituency. Rottas, 42, of |6130 N. Third Ave., is president of sev- Kottas e r a 1 automotive supply companies, but pledged to devote full time to the office if elected. Wilcox, who is completing his 10th year as a legislator, disputed Rottas' contentions and said he spent "as much or more time than any other legislator" tending to his duties in the Senate. To another Rottas charge that Wilcox represented only a minority of the district's Republicans and has been able to get re-elected because of the absence of primary opposition, Wilcox replied: "Maybe he's a liberal •— I always considered myself a conservative. And except for last time I have always had primary opposition." Rottas is a native of Ohio and a graduate of Western Reserve University. He came to Arizona in 1946 and was a combat pilot during the Korean war. He has since been active in thie Air Force Reserve where he holds the rank of major. He started an automotive warehouse and rebuilding business here in 1956 and now has four outlets in Phoenix, Buckeye and Kingman. His businesses include Automotive Warehousing, Inc., M and L Auto Parts, Community Auto Supply and Allied Auto Supply. Carpenters' contract results won't be known 'til Saturday Outcome of carpenter union voting on whether to ratify a new three-year contract with the construction industry won't be known until Saturday, it was learned last night. R. E. Barret, secretary of the Central and Northern District Council of Car- McCune mansion Tax sale faces Walker McCune's 26-bathroom man- .sion ato'p Sugar Loaf Hill in Paradise Valley will be placed on the public auction block to satisfy a $60,000 state tax judgment against McCune, it was learned yesterday. Sheriff's Sgt. James Alantiar said the sale will probably be heUl late next month. ••'The fate of the mansion has been held up for nearly two years in legal battles in and out of court. Last March, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the $6 million mansion could go to the auction block to satisfy a $116,000 judgment obtained by Phoenix Attorney Robert Kersting. Kersting won the judgment in Superior Court as payment for legal and financial advice he gave to McCune. Last week, the auction was called off when lawyers for both sides agreed to a settlement of $100,000. Yesterday, however, the state attorney general's office ordered the Maricopa County sheriff's office to go ahead with the auction. Leonard Bell, an assistant attorney general, said the state obtained a summary judgment last year against McCune in Superior Court for $55,117.55. Bell said McCune owed that amount for state income taxes for the years 1966, 1967 and 1968. He said the state also seeks an additional $5,000 for interest on the back taxes. Continued on Page 37 penters, said all but three union locals voted on the contract yesterday and the vote was close. Barret would not reveal whether the pact, which would give the carpenters an additional $3.35 per hour in wage and fringe benefits over the life of the contract, was winning or losing. Early last night, Phoenix carpenters rejected the contract, 624 to 384. Labor observers said they felt that carpenters elsewhere in the state would provide enough favorable votes to offset the vote here, but the last word provided The Arizona Republic was that the proposal was behind by 21 votes. Barret said locals in Douglas and Safford were still to vote and so are millwrights in Phoenix. The millwrights won't vote until Saturday, he said. Reporters were incorrectly under the impression that all union carpenters would vote on the proposal last night. Two other unions, laborers and teamsters, have ratified new contracts with the Arizona Building Contractors, Associated General Contractors and the Home Builders Association of Arizona. The contracts will pay them $2.55 per hour more over the life of the contract. The contract the laborers, teamsters and Tucson Cement Masons are negotiating with these groups is known as the Arizona Master Labor Agreement. The last contract expired May 31. Phoenix Cement Masons are negotiating a separate contract with the same employer groups. Operating engineers earlier approved a contract with these groups that will provide them with $3.39 in wages and benefits per hour by the end of the new three-year pact. Carpenters, under the old contract, were paid $5.31 per hour plus another 41 Vz cents per hour in fringe benefits. Under the proposed contract, which would be retroactive to Monday, they would receive an additional $2,54 in wages spread over three yean and 81 cents more in fringe benefits. They would receive an immediate wage, boost of 69 cents per hour. On Jan, 1, Continued on Page 38 contempt charge over Drew firing Allen Cook, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, yesterday was ordered to appear in Superior Court next Wednesday to explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt of court. Superior Court Judge Yale McFate issued the order on a petition of William Drew, who charged that Cook had failed to reinstate Drew as chief of parole services as ordered by McFate. : McFate, in the order reinstating Drew, said Drew could be dismissed only "for cause." Cook reinstated Drew, but immediately suspended him. Yesterday, while McFate was ordering Cook into court, the State Department of Corrections prepared to deliver to Drew a formal dismissal notice containing 15 charges of "improper performance," according to William Dixon, assistant attorney general representing the department. • Dixon said he could not be more specific about the charges until he determines that they have become matters of public record. This is because Drew's attorney has threatened a slander suit against state officials involved in Drew's ouster, Dlxon stated, Drew has 30 days to file an appeal on the dismissal notice with the State Personnel Commission, Dlxon said. Drew, an ex-FBI agent discharged by Cook on Dec. 19 without being given specific reasons, said in his court petition that Cook had "wilfully, maliciously arid contemptuously" disobeyed McFate;'s reinstatement order. • Drew said that Cook has refused give him his pay retroactive to Dec. 19 unless Di ew "puts ,up a bond." McFate ruled-last month that Drew did not become a probationary employe, as Cook contended, when Drew's job was phased into the correction's department last year. Cook hired Rudolph Kuhn, 47, of Sacramento, Calif., to replace Drew several days before the McFate reinstatement order. Kuhn has been in corrections and parole work 19 years. Drew served three years with the Arizona Pardons and Paroles Boajd before it was merged Into the Department of Corrections. . ; I'l AMIS / STANP LOSIN6 ALL THE TIME.' MUST BE 1 50METHIN6 } WRONG WITH/ , Mt.^/ I USED TO COME HOME AMP HURL MY 6LOVE INTO THE CLOSET.. NOW, I CAN'T EVENHITTHE • CLOSET; Republic to run Udall coliimn Stewart L. Udall, Arizona native, former congressman and for eight years secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, joins the list of Arizona Republic columnists starting Sunday. His twice-a-week syndicated column on environment will be published on Sun- end J&ursday. was one of the first men in public life to tackle problems of the environment. He pub- Udall lished two books, "The Quiet Crisis" and ''1976: Agenda for Tomorrow," on ecologic and public problems while serving in the cabinets of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon &. John-

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