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Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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THE ARIZONAREPUBLIC REPUBLIC MAIL Thursday, Jane 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 taxes on an airline ticket, unless specifically asked, will be subject to a misdemeanor criminal charge with a maximum $100 fine. As a result of the legislation, federal air transportation taxes and taxes on aircraft fuels will increase on July 1. The federal transportation tax will increase from 5 per Cent of the basic ticket price to 8 per cent. In addition, the new legislation imposes. * 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 the action, it was apparently an attempt to prevent widespread public awareness of the increased tax. The new law provides that fuel delivered into fuel supply tanks of commercial aircraft may be tax free, provided that the airline has filled out the proper forms. 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 agents by the Air Traffic Conference of America, the agents are reminded that if they disclose the amount of the tax and basic price without a specific request from a customer, they are liable to a misdemeanor criminal charge* and maximum $100 penalty. A spokesman for the Air Traffic 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. Garbage collection picks up Garbage collections wore a day behind schedule in two of the three collection areas in Phoenix yesterday, but there was optimism in the Sanitation Department that collections might be on schedule by Monday. Clyde Noack, sanitation supervisor, made the assessment late yesterday afternoon after a day of no incidents and no reported intentional slowdowns. "The men are working at an acceptable pace," he said. "But we do have a lot of new employes who haven't done this type of work before, and some of the drivers aren't fully familiar with their routes." He also said there were some crew? working overtime on a voluntary basis, at the city's request. The only area on schedule is the southwest collection area, which lies south of Indian School and west of Seventh Avenue. Everything else is behind. Noack said the crews were starting each day where they left off the day before so that no place would be skipped. He said trash collections were suffering because he had taken 65 per cent of the personnel to collect garbage. "However, I have my hand on 98 applications that were processed today," he said. "These men are ready to go to work. We will have to reman the trash collection." Collections fell behind Monday when the workers staged a slowdown. The Service Workers Association, which represents the sanitation workers, said they were following safety precautions. ft i i Republic Photo by Eirl McClrtnty Overloaded garbage cans become common as collections fall a day behind Paul Dean Campaign technicalities require cruder insults Legal Aid challenges new election laws Cook to «»««»• 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 the 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." 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 disrection- 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 Place, who read only Spanish, had voted for nearly 40 years in California Continued on Page 37 Political novice Auction of McCune mansion ordered to satisfy tax liens 5 health problms 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 i liability niquntfi.'tfilv —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- IJeaitli Manning Coum-il wilii ,i ll.l .-,<;)} 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 ,Dist. 19 Senate ! seat. Ray Rottas, in lannouncing his can- jjdidacy, charged f ' that Wilcox has not ''devoted enough ytime to the office and has been inaccessible to his con- I stituency. Rottas, 42, of |6130 N. Third Ave., is president of sev- itoitas e r a ] au t om otive 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 dis- » trict's Republicans and has been able to gel 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 qf Western Reserve University. He came to Arizona in 1946 and was a combat pilot during the Korean war. He has since been active in the 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, Buck' eye and Kingman. His businesses include Automotive Warehousing, Inc., M and L Auto Parts, Community Auto Supply and Allied Auto Supply. Walker McCune's 26-bathroom mansion atop 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 Alandar said the sale will probably be held late next month. The fate of the mansion has been held Salk: World ills 6 like a cancer' PITTSBURGH (UPI)-Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of antipolio vaccine, yesterday likened the world's current problems to cancer, "a disease for which the world is asking a cure." Visiting the D. T. Watson Home for Crippled Children, where the first in- noculations of his vaccine were administered in 1952, Salk urged scientists to join the fight against "the cancers of man—war violence, and pollution." He said it was the responsibility of scientists to assume a dual role as scientists and as members of mankind. Both cancers, Salk said, represent conditions where certain elements no longer are under internal control and regulation, and the solutions to both are complex. Salk is engaged in cancer research at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, Calif. Gore blames Nixon for 'economic carnage' C5 WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Albert Gore, D-Tenn., accused the Nixon administration yesterday of doing a sorry job in curing the country's ailing economy, With inflation continuing, interest rates high and unemployment growing, Gore told the Senate, President Nixon alternately "wrings and sits on his hands." 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. Last month, Bell said, the state also obtained an order to satisfy the judgment by placing the mansion on the auction block. Superior Court Judge Charles L. Hardy ruled at that time that after the auction, Kersting would receive his money first and the state would then collect its judgment from what remains. McCune would take whatever was left. But since the McCune-Kersting settlement, Bell said, the state went ahead and ordered the sale. A check of the county treasurer's office shows that property taxes of $152,391.34 for the years 1966 through 1969 have never been paid on the mansion. Construction on the mansion was started in 1960 and it took five years to complete the house. No one has ever lived in the mansion, which covers about two acres of a 33-acre estate. McCune, member of a millionaire Pittsburgh family, at present resides in California. contempt charge over Drew iiring 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 1 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, Dixon stated.. Drew has 30 days to file an appeal on the dismissal notice with the State Personnel Commission, Dixon 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 and contemptuously" disobeyed McFate's reinstatement order. Drew said that Cook has refused to give him his pay retroactive to Dec. 19 unless Drew '"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 corrections 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 Board before it was merged into the Department of Corrections. RATS,'I CAN'T , / STAND LOSIN6 / NI ALL THE TIME, \ 1 USED TO COME HOME AND HURL AW SLOVE INTO THE CLOSET. Republic to run Udall column Stewart L. Udall, Arizona native, former congressman and for eight years secretary ,of the U.S. Department of Interior, joins the list of Ari* zona Republic columnists starting Sunday. His twice-a-week syndicated column on environment will be published on Sunday and Thursday. Udall was one of the first men in public life to tackle problems of the environment. He published two books, "The Quiet Crisis" 1976: Agenda for Tomorrow," on ecologic and public problems while serving in Die cabinets of Presidents J'-ii!) I' hVi;i.V(Jy ;.,),(! !,y, i( j ( ,,i JJ J 0 }, n .

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