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llStfiYCAR-NUMKR 17 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 1974 £82 PAGR-2S CENTS Congress Hearing Completion Of Pension Reform Law WASHINGTON (AP) - Historians will record the 93rd Congress for its Watergate probe and impeachment inquiry, but millions of ordinary Americans may remember it as well for protecting their pensions. Pension reform legislation is coming -- after years of risk and worry by workers who saw and heard about cases of heartbreak, hardship and financial horror because promised retirement benefits somehow got lost along the way. "In all too many cases," a labor specialist once said, "the pension promise shrinks to this: "If you remain in good health and stay with the -same company until you are 65 years old, and if the company is still in business, and if your department has not been abolished, and if you haven't been laid off for too long a period, and if there is enough money in the fund, and if that money has been prudently managed, you will get a pension." But now, through a bill known simply as U.K. 2, after one of the most difficult legislative operations ever ' undertaken, the fruit of many years of congressional labor is virtually ready. As Rep. AI UUman, D-Ore., chief author of the bill's tax features, told the House earlier this year as it worked on U.K. 2: "It represents landmark legislation whose beneficial effects in protecting the pension rights of individuals and encouraging more adequate provision for the retirement of all gainfully employed people will be felt for decades to come." The Senate passed its version by 934. The House .passed Human's by 375-4. The goals of these separate measures were the same, but a summary of differences between them filled four books. At last, following a lengthy set of meetings. Senate- House conferees are within one wrap-up session of delivering a massive compromise for the expected swift final okay by Congress and anticipated signature of the President. The new legislation would not force companies to provide pension plans. But it would set rules for existing programs and any started during the coming years. Wealthier professional people also would gain more generous tax breaks. The bill seeks to guarantee that those -enrolled in pension plans actually get benefits when they retire. It gives workers permanent vesting rights; there would be contribution standards to guard against in adequate financing; and an employer-financed bgovernment operated insurance s y s t e m would protect workers against Josses of benefits if a pension plan fails. Stricter fiduciary standards would be a voluntary process of portability so a worker could take pension rights' from one job to another. Vesting simply means giving a nonforfeitable right to benefits even if the worker loses or leaves his Job before he retires. Roughly 30 million - workers are covered by private pension programs which have more than $150 billion in assets. That is about half of the private non- f a r m work force, and the new legislation is expected to hike the number. Better tax breaks provided through the bill, meantime, would benefit taxpayers by some §450 million annually. More generous pension-connected tax treatment would be provided for self-employed persons such as lawyers and doc- In Special Legislative Session. Key Spending Bills Still Pending LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The major spending proposals have yeL to get the attention of legislators in the special legislative session. Gov. Dale Bumpers told the Legislative Council the week before the session that he would like to see the work completed in one week--he grinned broadly when he said it. But few of the big items in his call for the session came up during the first four legislative days. Friday was not a meeting day because legislators' motel and hotel accommodations for the weekend had been committed earlier to delegates to a convention of Jehovah's Witnesses. The governor's request for $1.5 million more for the free textbook program was approved as were his requests for $300,000 for the Arkansas School for the Blind, $300,000 for the Arkansas School for the Deaf, $2.1 million for 13 construction projections under the Social and Rehabilitative Services Department, $380,000 for expansion of the women's refor- matory at Pine Bluff, and $524,000 for Educational Television Commission transmitter towers. The obstacle to action on the larger measures was the impasse between Bumpers and legislators on the biggest item--salary increases for state employes, public school leach- ers, and employes of state-sup- Colombian Landslide Toll Expected To Exceed 2M BOGOTA. Colombia (AP) -"The earth began to rumble like when thousands of horses gallop on the range. I felt myself sink up to my waist. Something hit me on the head, and 1 lost consciousness." That was all Mauricio Forian, a Colombian peasant, remembered of a massive Andean landslide Friday that authorities said killed more than 200 persons. Gen. Jose Jaime Rodriguez, Colombia's Civil Defense director, said Saturday that 50 bodies had been recovered and 101 persons hospitalized. "We 1 never know exactly the number of victims of this national tragedy," Rodriguez said, but "if the information we possess ... is correct, we would calculate the number of dead would rise to more than 200." Rescue workers were digging for bodies under the threat of more slides, 'beneath shifting masses of rocks and mud. Rodriguez said the avalanche, about 95 miles east of Bogota on the road to Villavicencio, buried more than 20 vehicles, including six- loaded buses. COMMUNICATIONS CUT Communications wilh Villavicencio, capital of the state of Meta, remained cut off Saturday. Witnesses said the cascading earth and rocks, which covered more than 800 yards of the t w i s t i n g highway, pushed around tractors and other heavy equipment like toys. It pitched many into a ravine known as Quebradablanca, or White Gully, and posed a threat of floods by damming a river at the bottom of the ditch. Forian. who liver, near the slide area, told newsmen that after he blacked out, "Someone lifted me up by my arms. 1 thought I was dreaming, but I awoke in the hospital." Bobby's Bluff Foils NICE, France (AP) -- The International Chess Federation refused Saturday to change its world title rules to suit Bobby Fischer and gave the American champion 90 days to decide whether he wants to rescind his resignation and defend his crown. The federation's General As- semblj' brushed aside picas from American chess officials and voted more than 2to-l to confirm its rules for the 1975 world championship. Fishcer's objections to the rules led him to resign the world title on Friday. Another survivor, Antonio Segura, related his horror at seeing victims covered by tons of debris. "A mass of earth, mud and rocks began to chase us down the slope of the mountain," he said. "We watched horrified as children and'adults were buried among heart-vending cries for help. 1 saw a man about SO holding a child by the hand. "They ran beside me helplessly. I Jumped to one side when a giant rock rolled toward us. The man. with his eyes filled with terror, jumped with the child Into the chasm. The earth grabbed them, buried them, and I never saw them again." The government declared the area a disaster zone and sent in a rescue team of 100 soldiers, police and civil defense and Red Cross volunteers. Youth Killed In Accident A 15-year-old rural West Fork youth was killed early Saturday evening in a farming accident at a farm near his home at Strickler. The victim was identified as Jerry Sevedge of Route 1, West Fork, who had moved to the area only recently from Colorado Springs, Colo. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Washington Regional Medical Center. The youth, along with two other persons, were hauling hay In a field near Sevedge's home when the 7 p.m. accident occurred. Sheriff's, deputies who investigated said young Sevedge was standing on the bed of a hay truck driven by Stanford Ramey, 20, also of West Fork Route 1, when he slipped and fell. In falling he struck the rear dual wheels of the truck and was run over. The victim was laken to the hospital by a Luginbuel ambulance. The Horse Knows The Way Debbie Kvhalachek and Paige Hammett started for a ride at Dallas, Tex., with Dehhle on her horse Navajo, and Paige on her hike. When Paige had a Hat, Navajo was pressed Into service as a tow (ruck. (AP Wirephoto) EKEfflm^ NEWS BRIEFS No Rain Likely A high pressure ridge over the southeastern states began rebuilding westward Saturday and decreased the chances of weekend showers in Arkansas. Very little change in the state's weather picture was expected through Monday wilh partly cloudy skies, warm days and fair and mild nights expected. Station Looted SPRINGDALE -- Two adding machines and one typewriter, valued at a total of $700, were reported stolen from the Hembree Service Station, Hwy. 71 south, late Friday night. Police said entrv to the b u i l d i n g w a s gained b y breaking a glass out of a window and then unlocking the door. Crop Duster Killed HAZEN. Ark. (AP) - A Texas pilot was killed early Saturday when his crop duster crashed into a soybean field two miles west of .here along on Arkansas 248. Trooper James McElroy iden tified the victim as Dan Asbille 30. of'Euliss. McElroy said the wing of As bille's plane struck the top of a tree after the plane made a pass over the field. Crash Kills 29 MEXICO CITY (AP) -- At least 29 persons were killed and more than 40 injured Saturday when a crowded suburban bus slammed into the side of a hill near here, the Red Cross said. The incident occurred on a regional highway about 10 miles northwest of Mexico City. Cause of the crash was not known at once. ported colleges and universities. The governor's original plan of giving raises equal to 5.5 per cent of the employe's salary got little sympathy among lawmakers, who prefer to give across-the-board increases of equal amounts for state em ployes, teachers and professors. The Joint Budget Committee finally made a recommendation Thursday--$425 for state env ployes, $351 for teachers, $268 for college personel. The com mittee meels again Monday and likely will be asked by people of opposite perspectives to make some changes. Bumpers wants the committee to back away from that recommendation and approve something more akin to what be is supporting. Supporters of the committee recommendation would like the flat amount for college personnel raised to level recommended for public school teachers. A main bone of contention between the committee and the governor is the distribution ol the money for teachers and state employes. The governor wants the teachers' increases distributed through the Minimum Foundation Aid Program, which contains an equalizing formula. He wants state employe pay raises to be a one step jump in the state's Job Classification and Compensation Plan. BILLS DELAYED The major items -- supplemental college construction ap- propriaions -- in his $30 million capital outlay plan also are awaiting action. Bumpers' bill to appropriate $2 million for purchase of- equipment at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock has been introduced, but he has not introduced a bill to appropriate the $8.3 million he wants for UAMC construction. This money would supplement $18 million appropriated last year for construction at the medical center. Bumpers is waiting to see how much legislators are determined to add to other college construction requests before submitting the UAMC bill and other UA construction proposals. Another proposal pending is the bill to appropriate $4.5 million for expansion of the kindergarten program the state established in public schools last year. But perhaps the most controversial item will be the proposed expansion of the state's medicaid program. Dr. Roger Bost, head of the SRS Department, has been before legislators a half-dozen times in the last two weeks explaining the plan, but many still seem dissatisfied with it. Underlying some of the opposition is a desire to delay implementation of the expansion until January, when a new governor will lake office. Bumpers is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Guerrillas Jailed CAIRO (AP) _ Egypt has jailed not only the eight Palestinians convicted of killing three diplomats in Khartoum hut also five terrorists accused of blowing up an American jetliner at Rome last December, a Western source said Saturday But Mutt Jones Won't Go Away Senators Uneasy In Role As Judges LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The case of Sen. Guy H. "Mult" Jones Sr. of Conway has put the Senate in the role of ju'fge ·nd jury, a role in which many senators seem illat-ease. Sen. Morrell Gathright nf Pine Bluff, one of 10 senators named to a committee to make preparations for handling the case, summed it up in a speech to the Senate one day last week. "I don't like having to face ftis problem any more than m do." be told h i j colleagues. But iff befort uj and we've got to deal with it." Jones was sentenced in April 1873 to three years on probation and payment of a $5.000 fine after being convicted on four federal felony income tax charges. The state Constitution says no one convicted of an "infamous crime" can hold any office "o/ trust or profit" In the state. The special committee was formed to set up procedures 'o: an inquiry to determine whether Jones will be permitted to continue In the Senate. Sen. Bill H. Walmsley of Ba- les vi lie and six others sponsored the resolulion. Although the business of the Senate requires (he members to frequently disagree wilh Ihe judgment of one another, the Jonts case puis Ihe practice in a different light. It no longer is a question of the merit or folly of some proposal. It is n question of Ute senator himself. "He's supported some of rr.y bills and he's voted against some and I've done the same with him," iald one tenator last week. "I don't like having to make this decision. "If Ihis were a court of law, we wouldn't cien be allowed to sit on a jury tnat involved him, but in this case we are the only jury allowed by the Con- slilution." T h e Walmsley resoluton passed without dissent Monday, but the air held the hyperbolic chill--understandably, if not excusably, so. As perhaps the most exclusive club In Arkansas, membership 35, Ihe Senate functions u n d e r written rules in a procedural manual, itat* law, and the Constitution But it also ha« unwritten among gentlemen," which require, in essence, that members of the club deal squarely with each other. The theory ir that a senator, seeking commitments of support for his bill, has a right to expect those who pledge support to keep their word. But it extends beyond that. The extension, in practical effect, prohibits one senator from taking steps lo defame another. Editorial writers m»y say CONTINUTD CCT P4CI TWO tors who could get a tax deduction by setting aside up to $7,500 a year for personal retirement plans, compared to the existing limit of ?2,500 annually. This would be effective thij year. Beginning next year, for the first lime, workers not covered by a company plan would be ajlowed to set up similar individual retirement programs but tho maximum tax-deductible contribution would be $1,500 a year. (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO A Cool Pause On The Trail A group of campers, led by a park naturalist, pause during a nature hike to study fish In Lee Creek at Devil's Den Stale Park in south Washington County. The rediscovery of the park by fuel- conscious Arkansans is described on page ID. (TTMES- photo hy Ken Good) Rodeo Of The Ozarks To Open Monday Night SPRINGDALE -- More than 200 horsemen and women will gallop into the arena at Parsons Stadium Monday night to open the first performance of the 30th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks. C o w b o y s from across the nation will compete in the five events: Saddle bronc riding, Dareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, and calf roping Cowgirls will vie for fastest times in the barrel racing event. Approximately 200 contestants are expected this year. Grand entry into the area at Parsons Stadium is at 8 p.m. each night of the rodeo -- Mon- day through Thursday. Prior to the 'grand entry, Shetland pony races for families will be held iii the arena. Appearing in each night's grand entry will be the 11 contestants for the crowns of Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks and Miss Rodeo Arkansas along with Hie Rodeo Host Queen, Debbie Garrett; the 1973 Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks, Connie Jo Cohea, and the 1973 Miss Rodeo Arkansas. Miss Chry Novak. Hadley Barrett of Norlh Platle, Neb., will announce at 2ach performance. Barrett, who has announced at previous Rodeo of the Ozarks performances, was selected lo announce Isabel Peron Takes Power BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Vice President Isabel Peron took over as acting president Saturday so that her .husband could continue medical treatment for a serious ailment. Peron, elected president in September in a dramatic return after 18 years' exile, was ordered to lake "absolute rest" while doctors treated what they said was infectious bronchitis with heart complications. The 78-year-old president transfcred the mandate during a cabinet me«?iing at his official mansion in t h e Buenos Aires suburbs. He remains as president but his wife has his full powers until he takes them back. Isabel, an attractive 43-year- old former dancer, wilh no former polilical experience, rm Ihe country under a similar mandate for two days whnn Peron took brief trips to neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay. ANNOUNCES STEP She announced the step over .clevision, with her face an emotionless mask, her chestnut lair swept up in an elegant boullanl. "I have assumed this ex- .raordinary responsibility u n d e r he upright inspiration of General Peron. I call for the solidarity of Argentines and ask jod for his protection," she said. Armed forces and opposition leaders called for universal support of the constitution, which allows Mrs. Peron to assume the mandate, but there was little immediate public reaction. The Peron'Et Youth, a leftist group of 250,000 which tm juestioncd Mrs. Peron's posi- .ion in the past, announced it3 jnconditional support for her, however. A medical bulletin Friday night said Peron needed rest and medication, but it did not say for how Icng. and it gave no indication a* to the degree of seriousness. f. here by the national Rodeo Cowboy Association. Stock will again be provided by Hie Elra Buellcr and Sons Company, under the direction nf Jiggs Beutler. Total prize money this year is $18,000. CLOWNS TO PERFORM During each performance, two clowns will, perform as well as help with the bulls in tha arena. On hand to entertain will be Dan Willis of Aqiiilla, Texas, and Wilbur Plairgher of Fresno, Calif. Plaughcr clowned around the arena at last year's rodeo. Some special performances are planned during the four nights. Mexican "charro" (cowboy) Francisco Zamora of Tia- j u a n a , Mexico, will entertain. Former winner of the National Twirling Contest Joyce Rice of Glcnview. III., will twirl batons, flags, and knives. For the Monday and Tuesday night performances, a group of eight men from Fort Sill. Okla., will fire a 75 millimeter field gun immediately before the National Anthem is played. Rohert Wagoner, music director of the First Baptist Church, w i l l ' lead t h e N a t i o n a l Anthem. Scores will be kept each night wilh cash prizes awarded after Hie final performance to cowboys and cowgirls with the best average times and the best times in ejich go-round of the competition. ISABEL PEKON .. .takes over as acting president LOCAL FORECAST- Partly cloudy u i t h hot clays and clear, mild nights through Monday. High today in the upper 80s to low OOs. law tonight low to mid 60s. Sunset today 8:37; sunrise Monday 6:03. Weather man on page 6D. Truck Driver Killed 1'KNCIL BLUFF. Ark. (AP) -- Ray Don Hamby, 41 of Wichita Falls. Tex., was killed Saturday when he lost control of the pickup t r u c k he .VFIS driving on U.S. 270 less than a iiile east of the Scott Countv inc near here. State Police said. Trooper J u l i a n Cooper said the accident occurred when tho pickup [ruck failed to m a k e a curve, went on', of control, went off the left side of the highway, returned to the center of the ijghway and ovxreturned. Hamby was pinnM in the truck. Four other persons who were njurcd were laken to Ouachita Hospital in Hot Springs. Inside Sunday's TIMES Young Pianist To Perform At UA 3A Bicentennial Bock To Grassroots 5A Father Of The Bride Faces Expenses a Crossword Pvnle 7^ Arkomans Rediscover DeviKs Den JD Big Brother Mentality Seen hi BiN u Editorial ,,... 4A Sports 1C-5C For Women 1B5B Entertainment ..,.!... JB Book Renews ., 8B Classified 4D 6D

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