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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 44

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, February 26, 1970
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MAIL fstery amendment dies; no one admits authorship By BERNtE WYNN A "mystery amendment" which would ftrare thin double benefits of state elected officials —and legislators —was discovered yesterday buried in a complex 30-page bill revamping the state's retirement system. Rep. Sam Flake, R-Maricopa, a member of the special joint legislative committee that drafted the retirement system reforms, promptly moved to strike the provision from House Bill 47 in the House Ways and Means Committee. The section had no business being in the House Bill because Senate Bill 9, a companion measure, dealt with retirement benefits, Plake declared. And the change in elected officials' benefits had not been approved by the summer study committee. Other House members of the joint committee said they also were surprised to see the controversial provision pop up In the House bill, noting that the final Version approved by them did not contain this language. Under present law, elected state offi- fcials, including lawmakers, get the same ^retirement benefits as do other state employes. They must contribute 5 per cent of their salaries, which is matched by the state. At 65, they may retire and receive monthly benefits based on what they contributed, what the state contributed, and the dividends from investment of these funds. But under the mystery amendment, state officials and lawmakers could retire after 15 years of service at half salary. Those serving longer would be given an additional 3 per cent each year in benefits. One irate House member figured that Secretary of State Wesley Bolin, a 30-year man, could retire at 95 per cent of his salary. The elected officials also would be allowed far greater prior service credits for their service than are regular state employes. To top it off, Flake said, the extra retirement benefits for elected officials would come out of surplus dividends which normally are distributed to all state employes participating in the retirement system. Sen. David Kret, R-Maricopa, chairman of the joint committee which drafted the bill, admitted that it probably was "a mistake" to include the controversial provision in the House bill. However, he said he will seek to amend Sfe 9 to restore the provision, although he will provide that the extra money must come from legislative appropriations rather than from the retirement fund. Kret defended the change, noting that state elected officials usually have a shorter tenure that do regular state em- ployes. However, he acknowledged that no one knew what the additional benefits would cost because the committee's actuary had never made a study of this proposal. Who was responsible for placing this provision in the bill without committee authorization? Some House members thought perhaps Barney Schreiber, the committee's consultant, sneaked in the new language. "Not I," declared Schreiber. Some thought Harry Weakley, legislative bill drafter, was responsible. "Not I," declared Weakley. "Don't look at me," said Sen. Kret. Attorney Harry Gutterman, director of the legislative council, said it was done "either at the request of the committee or the committee chairman." He said there is no other way for the language to have been included. The Ways and Means Committee deleted the section and then gave the measure a "do pass" recommendation. As it now stands, the bill upgrades the retirement system board, provides it with expert fund management and liberalizes investment policies. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Thursday, February 26, 1970 Page 21 Paul Dean Famed German designer discusses famous planes , LUKE AFB — Mitchell, Horikoshi, Kitideiberger and Messerschmitt; four horjsemen of an epilepsy known as World War II. •'-.*,' Reg Mitchell was the consumptive who postponed death until he had completed building-the Spitfire fighter for Britain's Royal- Air Force. Jiro Horikoshi drafted a dread;; Japanese legend, called it the Zero' and watched it fly as anything but that. ; Janies (Dutch) Kindelberger was ah American who believed you can't pull a rabbit out of a hat unless you put one in beforehand. So he stuffed a blueprint in fais'an&pulled out the P51 Mustang. And;-then there was Messerschmitt, Professor Willy, Messerschmitt, the mortal German designer who crafted the in^qrtal Bf 109 singleseater that would clasSrirr aeria| combat with both the Spitfire and the-Mustang. •f • " ' - :. Around all fqur men and their four machines, a seVen-beer question is still asked! Which was the greatest fighting ptette? . • ( 1'Mn the beginning of the war it was definitely the Messerschmitt 109 ... but then; the new Spitfires came up and weir? tetter . . . the Mustang had more range and was better than both because it;1carne along later ... the Zero? I don't know this plane." Arid so commented Willy Messer- schroitt, the aeronautical genius whose talents flew in 33,000 Bf 109s that dog- fought .on every German front during World .War II; who created the world's first operational jet fighter, the Me 262; whose airplane held a world speed record for-30 years; and the industrialist forced to: watch an empire misadapt his airplanes in battle and lose a war. Messerschmitt, visiting this base to address a graduation of F104 Luftwaffe pilots* some the sons of men who flew Messerschmitts, expanded his views on fighter aircraft. ; "In 1950," recalled the near-bald, but clear-minded 71-year-old designer, "I was in Spain, to arrange rebuilding of the 109 for the Spanish Air Force. ; '"They did not have Daimler-Benz en- Over 23,000 students enrolled on ASU campus TEMPE - A total of 23,454 Arizona State University students are enrolled in on - campus courses during the spring semester, ASU President H. K. Newburn recently told the Arizona Board of Regents. The total, 1,685 less than the residence enrollment for the fall semester, includes 17,464 undergraduates and 5,990 graduate students. gines and the 1945 armistice prevented Mercedes from manufacturing aero engines," he smiled. "So I told them, 'drive it with a Rolls Royce Merlin,' the same engine that was in Britain's Spitfire. "They did," smiled Messerschmitt. "And my 109 was then better than the Spitfire." Twenty-five years after a war should be a time to center an interview around peace and flinch from recreating times when young men died horribly in combat. Except as war destroys soldiers, it also redirects the energies of scientists and designers; men of peace drafted as involuntary, sometimes unwilling servants of Mars. Willy Messerschmitt was such a man, and one who easily recalls those sweet-sour moments between 1939 and 1945. His triumph, he said was the twin-jet Me 262 that shot new holes in air combat in 1944. And his greatest frustration was tied to that same airplane. For the Messerschmitt jet prototype was flying in 1938, years before the Allies had even begun jet sketches. Yet a fractious fuhreur delayed production of the revolutionary fighter in favor ol bombers. "The 262 could have been completed in time for the Battle of Britain, which we would then have won," said a blunt professor. "Later, it would not have been possible for the U.S. Air Force to destroy German towns. The kill ratio for the 109 against bombers was one to one. With the jet 262 it would have been one fighter shot down for every 40 bombers lost. "But we were too late," he said, with a twinge. Messerschmitt's second major frustration concerned his mid-war design for a four-jet, long-range reconnaissance plane that could be converted into a commercial jetliner. Again, Hitler vetoed Messerschmitt's plans. "But if we'd won, I could have had a passenger jet flying nonstop from Frankfurt to New York by 1947 or 1948, almost 10 years before the Boeing 707." Messerschmitt is now working on a design for a jetliner which can take off and land vertically "to relieve the terrible problem of airports crowded by cities." He was experimenting with a flying prototype several years ago. It crashed. "However," grinned wily Willy, "so did my prototype of the Messerschmitt 109." Harvill says W to student 'ultimatums' Associated Press TUCSON — University, of Arizona President Dr. Richard A. Harvill yesterday rejected all demands made Feb. 16 by the United Front Organization, a student coalition group, saying their actions were in the interests of confrontation and protest. The group had issued a series of demands, including one that the UofA sever all ties with Brigham Young University, and another that Harvill work toward the dismissal of charges against six students accused of rioting. The students, were among nine persons arrested following a violent demonstration on campus during an Arizona- BYU basketball game. Charges were dropped against one person and a superior court judge dismissed charges against two others. Harvill said in a four-page statement the university cannot consider ultimatums in the nature of demands. Harvill advised James R. Crosson Jr. and William Moore, student representatives of the organization who delivered the demands, "that disorderly or pressure tactics, including sit-ins and interferences with institutional activities, have no place on the campus and will not be substituted for orderly discussion." In the statement, Harvill said: — The university will resist intimidation, demands and compulsion. — BYU has been found to be in full compliance with civil rights legislation and the UofA will not break athletic ties with that university. — The UofA administration cannot lift charges against the six students charged with rioting after a Jan. 8 disturbance on campus. — It is naive to assume that the president of a university has unlimited authority to act on . suggestions and demands for changes in the governance or programs of the university. He clearly does not. — A town-hall meeting consisting of remarks by the president and questions and criticisms from the audience would likely prove disappointing. Harvill also had these comments to make on his position: "The task of a president of a large institution is never a simple one. He cannot please all segments of the university at all times. It is not possible for him to attend to all matters personally. "There are, however, certain responsibilities he must carry out, regardless of criticism, in order that the university continue to thrive." "Among them," Harvill said, "he must assure responsible freedom of speech in the classroom and on the campus. He must hold this position against all outside criticism and pressure. This he has always done and. will continue to do. "At the same time he must protect Continued on Page 22 J-l \\t IS ( THAT'S Y0?V NICE J V ALL SECRETARIES NEEP A LITTLE COMPLIMENT NOW AND THEN., Republic Photo by Bob I vim Showing off their broken limbs are neighbors, from Debra Chacon, 10, and Tom Staggs, 5, who suffered left, Mischelle Lorenzo, 6; Mrs. Robert Prescott; their misfortunes in an unusual chain reaction. Neighborhood edgy at broken bones plague It was like a chain reaction. It all started Feb. 8, a Sunday, when Mrs. Robert Prescott was helping her husband build a camper at their home, 5543 W. Whitton Ave. She picked up a window pane .to hand it to her husband but dropped it on her right foot. Now she's hobbling around with a heavy autographed cast that reaches almost to her knee. The pane broke the top of her foot. Then, on Thursday, the 12th, Mrs. Lee Staggs, who lives at 5522 W. Weldon, and her son Tom were at the playground at Cartwright School. Tom, 5, was playing on the monkey bars and slipped. He ended up with a broken right arm. The following Thursday, the neighborhood had its third calamity. Debra Chacon, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chacon, 5533 W. Weldon, was having her turn at the monkey bars at John F. Long School, when she, too, slipped. She has both arms in plaster of paris. The schoolyard was the scene of yet another unfortunate accident Monday. While playing on the slide in the playground, Mischelle Lorenzo, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lorenzo of 5533 W. Clarendon, fell off. Mischelle has something in common with Debra, now — two broken arms. The neighborhood is still on edge, according to Mrs. Staggs. Everyone's wondering who'll be next. "I called a friend of mine at church and she said she was going to move out of the neighborhood," said Mrs. Staggs. "My Avon lady came by and, after I told her, she said she was going to drive home very carefully. "It's like a jinx on us," she added with a laugh. A. L. Slonaker, long-time dean at UofA 9 dies TUCSON — A. Louis Slonaker, 71, who was dean of men at the University of Arizona from 1947 to 1963, died yesterday at the Tucson Medical Center. Private services are pending at the Arizona Mortuary here. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Slonaker had been a UofA administrator for nearly 50 years. A graduate of Tucson High! School, he enrolled at the UofA in 1917 and in 1920 he was the captain of the football and basketball teams, earning 13 athletic letters — more than any other athlete at the university. Mr. Slonaker received Harvill his bachelor's degree in 1921 and was voted the outstanding member of the senior, class. In 1922 after he received his master's degree, he was named UofA graduate manager, a position he held until being appointed dean of men. Although Mr. Slonaker retired as dean of men in 1963, he assumed the newly created position of associate director of the UofA scholarships and awards office where he served 1 until his death. He was active in the school's alumni association. "Many thousands of persons who attended the University of Arizona during the past half century and great numbers of friends of the university and of Louis Slonaker will feel a deep sense of sorrow that he has gone from the ranks of those who contributed so much for so long to the development of this universi-. ty," said Dr. Richard A. Harvill, UofA president. Mr. Slonaker was president of the Tucson Kiwanis Club and served as district governor. He also was a member of the Tucson Committee of Human Relations. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth. Sheriff revises visiting policy; court action off By JACK CROWE Sheriff John Mummert slightly revised his jail visiting policy for public defenders yesterday a few hours before a court hearing on the matter. The sheriff also disclosed to The Arizona Republic that electronic bugging devices are installed in 12 police interrogation rooms inside the jailhouse. The sheriff eliminated the need for the hearing — demanded by the public defender because of the visiting policy — by removing a wire mesh screen separating attorneys from clients in six barred visiting rooms in the public visiting area of the jail. Visiting Judge Jack L. Ogg of Yayapai County permitted Oral Tucker, chief deputy public defender, to withdraw a habeas corpus complaint when Tucker said removal of the screens by the sheriff early yesterday negated the "main thrust" of his complaint against the jail visiting policy. Tucker had sought to have the court free murder defendant Robert Earl Douglas, 34, because of the policy. Tucker maintained such things as the wire mesh screen violated Douglas' right to effective consultation with his defense attorney. One objection to the screen was that it prevented easy exchange of official papers between attorney and client. Deputy county attorney William Bennett advised Judge Ogg that besides removing the screens, the sheriff would investigate the feasibility of sound proofing the six rooms to meet another objection from Tucker. Mummert later told a reporter that he would soundproof one of the six rooms in a pilot project to "see how it works." However, he said that under no circumstances would he allow use of the 12 police interrogation rooms inside the nonpublic, maximum security area of the jail. The sheriff made the 12 interrogation rooms off limits to public defenders, probation officers and police investiga* tors early this month in order to tighten jailhouse security. He decreed they all must now use visiting facilities formerly, used only by private attorneys and bail bondsmen. "The ironic thing is that the police interrogation rooms they want are bugged, and the rooms we've given them now aren't and never have been," Mummert told The Republic. The sheriff's statement is believed to be the first public acknowledgement by any person in authority that electronic listening devices were being used in the jail. Rumors to that effect in the past by defense attorneys were never officially confirmed. Mummert said that the listening devices were never used when attorneys were using the rooms to consult with defendants. He said the bugs were used only when officers were interrogating suspects. However, he pointed out the latter practice is now virtually impossi- Continued on Page 38 Husky 'critical 9 following stroke Corporation Commissioner Milton J Husky was reported in "very critical" condition yesterday in a Washington hospital after suffering a stroke. Officials at George Washington University Hospital in the nation's capital said three doctors were attending the 48-yearK)ld commissioner, who apparently has a blood clot blocking the flow of blood to his brain. Husky suffered the stroke, Tuesday night while en route to the Watergate Hotel, where the National Association pf State Regulatory Utility Commissioners was meeting. He had just arrived in Washington and was on his way froin the airport to the hotel when the stroke occurred. Hospital officials said he had not regained consciousness. Husky, a Democrat, was elected to a six-year term on the P9jmmm in IW& He is a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. At the time of the stroke, Husky was Continued on Page 22

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