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September 24, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 19

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The Roll Call Report NorihwMt Arkansas TIMES, Tues., Sept. 24, 1974 PAYKTTiyiLLK, ARKANSAS T9 State Delegation. Backs Aid To Railroad Retirement Fund WASHINGTON -- Hero's how Arkansas Members of Congress were recorded on major roll call votes Sept. 12 through Sept. . 18. HOUSE ACTION Passed, 343 for and 10 against, a bill to protect the railroad retirement Fund from bankruptcy and to generally rc- s t r u c t u r c the fund. The Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (El. R. 15301) now goes to the Senate. Since 1935 the federal government has administered the retirement fund for railroad workers. The arrangement is unique in that the government manages the retirement pro- gram of a private industry. Floor debate revealed that the fund, unless restructured, would go broke by 1981 and be unahle to meet its pension obligations to railroad retirees. The major thrust of H. R. 15301 is to authorize shoring up the fund witli as much as $4.5 billion in U. S. Treasury funds over the next quarter century. Supporters said the retirement tund is approaching insolvency because of mistakes made by Congress, principally in 1951 legislation, and that Congress rather than the private sector ' must therefore supply the remedy. Opponents said the bill sets a bad prcdeccnt of the government bailing out private industry, and that it unfairly requires all taxpayers to assume the burden of the railroad workers. "Congress does not do the same thing (or a retired employe who was a carpenter, an electrician, a plumber, a dress factory worker, a lumberjack or a painter," said Rep. Jim Collins (R-Tex.). Reps. Bill Alexander (D-l), John Hammerschmidl (R-3) and Wilbur Mills (D-2)° voted "yea." Rep. Ray Thornton (D- 4) did not vote. SENATE 'VOTING Adopted, ' 55 for and 24 against, a resolution expressing the "sense of the Senate" that President Ford should not consider pardoning Watergate defendants until related judicial proceedings are completed. The resolution (S. Res. 401) lacks legal force and did not move to the House utter passage. It was drafted in response to reports that Ford was considering Watergate pardons In addition to the one g r a n t e d Richard Nixon. Sen. Hugh Scott (R-Pa.) a sponsor, said Watergate trials must take place because they are "the American people's best chance of learning what has not come out about Water gate." County Road Wor/c Delayed By Rain, And Inflation Washington Judge Vol Lester said today that many area residents have become impatient lately over the needed repair of county roads and bridges. He listed the recent heavy rains, inflation and a lack of proper funds as the main difficulties in county road repair work. "Many citizens think that every cent paid into county taxes goes to the County Road Department. We receive only a .fraction of the taxes and can do only so much work at one time. Our 10 gravel trucks are now in the process of laying six miles of blacktop in two locations and resealing t w o miles of county roads," Judge Lester said. He said that the $! million appropriated for this year's county road repair makes immediate work on all county roads impossible. "If the c o u n t y had $75 million, it wouldn't be enough to repair all the roads in one day," he said. Lester said, of this year's $1 million budget, that $320,000 had been appropriated through revenue sharing, $550,000 had been funded by the state, and that the three-mill county tax had completed the balance of funds. He also pointed to inflation as a major detriment'to county road work. "Last year, grader blades were $1.15 per foot. This year they are $2.65 per foot. - The price of tile and gravel has doubled. Everything has gone up at least 50 per cent, while our budget has increased only ix to seven per cent over last 'ear," Lester said. He said that there is a possibility now of federal mass transit funds being supplied to the state and these funds, would alleviate most of the problems n Washington County. He said, he funds, if allocated, would not arrive before next year. CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP -- olice say the 4-year-old daugh- er of Charles S. Mechem Jr., xiard chairman of Taft Broad- asting Corp., was kidnaped as he played in front of her borne. A $2,000 ransom w a s de- Children Questioned In Popsicle. Thefl SPRINGDALE - A popsicle as stolen from the freezer ol Vatalie Vancleave's home Mon day. Mrs. Vancleave, 2500 Jo Circle, told police she found a chair outside the bathroom win dow, and the popsicle wrapper in the backyard. Police said entry was'gaine by crawling through the bath room window. Officers ques tioned two neighborhood boys in connection with the incident one aged, three and one hal: years and one aged four years. Mrs. Vancleave said the pop side theft is one of several inci dents in the recent past. Bennett Arraigned Jack Bennett of Springdale was arraigned in Washington Circuit Court Monday on a charge of grand larceny. Bennett allegedly stole a check, valued at more than $35 from the D.L. Young and Pola Express Co. of Hwy. 68 west Springdale. Foiir-Year-Olcl Girl Kidnaped From Her Cincinnati Home manded oh Monday for the safe ·eturn of . Allison Mechem in me of,at least two phone calls o the family, police said after he abduction oh Monday. FBI agents joined police in he search for the child. Mechem left, his home in the irosperous Mount Lookout resi- lential area twice during the evening. The first trip took him o a phone booth a few blocks rom the house. On the second trip, he was ollowed by a second car carry- ng police. He had not returned several lours later. The Mechems have two other children, both teen-agers. Witnesses told authorities a man of about 30 with light-colored hair and driving a 12-14 year old white ear stopped near where Allison and a playmate were riding tricycles. They said someone leaned out of the car, spoke to the youngsters, then pulled the girl into the car and sped away. SEES COMMOTION Ron Laker, a university sfu- Ron Laker, a universiyt student who was painting a house nearby, told police he saw a commotion and attempted to follow the fleeing vehicle in his own car. He said he lost it in traffic. Police said Mechem subsequently received a call at his office and was directed to a car in 'the parking lot of a dairy store near the Mechem neighborhood. In the vehicle, which police said was the kidnap car, officers said they found a ransom note in the pocket of a N blue jacket and a shoe belonging to the missing girl. Bob Gilmartin, news director at WKRC-TV, a Taft station here, said there was cone about the amount of ransom asked. He said police fearec the "potential mental in stability" of a person who de manded a $2,000 ransom. Mechem is n o t related to the politically prominent Taft fami T Ohio, which has ties with broadcasting firm foundec by the late Hulburt Taft Jr. He was a distant cousin to Sen Robert Taft, R-Ohio. The firm has six television stations and five radio stations two large amusement parks and two film production firms the latter on the West coast. ly of Ohio! the broadi Opponents said the resolution nfi-inges on the Constitution. Jen. Ernest Hollings (U-S. C.) irgued that a congressional resolution would incorrectly 'presume a power vested indci- the ConstitJilon in the Sxeculivc." Sen. John McClcllan (D) /oted "yea." Sen. J. W. Kulbright (D) did not vote. ABORTlQN-Hejccled, 34 for and 50 against, a motion to able an amendment which vir- ually prohibits federal f u n d i n g of abortions. These opposed to abling were generally anti-abortion. The amendment was attached o the FY 1975 Labor and Health, Education and Welfare appropriations bill (H. R 16580), later passed and sent .0 conference with .the House. If the House and President Ford go along the vote will deny federal funding of abortions. Sen. William Hathaway CD- Maine) moved . to table the amendment on ' grounds that denying Medicaid funding for tbortions discriminates against the poor, since wealthier women can and do pay for abortions without help from Medicaid. Hathaway a l s o questioned the germancness of attaching a complex and controversial legislative' amendment to an appropriations bill. Sen. Dewey Bartlctt (R Okla.). one opponent of tabling said that the use of Medicak money to finance abortion a m o u n t s to an unjust t a x p a y e r subsidy of a practice which he said ha; hot been constitutionally sane tioned. Referring to a recen Supreme Court ruling which die not specify when life begins Bartlett asked, "Do you think it is right to use the taxpayer' money to resolve this issue?" McClellan voted "nay." Fulbright did not vote. ENVIRONMENT--Passed. 64 or and 23 against, a bill setting broad policy to govern the 'xU'uction of oil and gas from tie Outer Continental Shelf OSC), the mineral-rich land which generally begins at a distance of three miles from the lation's shoreline. The Energy lupply Act of 1974 (S. 3221) now goes to the House. · The bill set rules under which he Interior Department will case OCS land to commercial iiteresls In search of oil and natural gas. It contains cn- ·ironmental safeguards, provides grants to slates to ease s o c i a l a n d environmental iroblems, and seeks to accomo- date an existing law dealing vilh the orderly development of coastal areas, the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act. Supporters argued that the legislation is needed to protect ,he environment and the public nterest from the possible ravages of uncontrolled oil and ;as exploration. They said the bill strikes a proper balance be- ;wecn environmental concerns and energy demands. Opponents generally favorec: less governmental regulation ol OCS lands. They argued that, because of the nation's urgenl need to develop self-sufficient energy resources, oil and gas explorers deserve a freer hanc in seeking new sources of energy. M c C l e l l a n a n d Fulbrighi voted "yea." ENERGY-Adopted, 54 for and 39 against, an amcndmen to S 3221 (above) giving governors of coastal states strong powers to protest- leases awared by the Interior Depart ment for oil and gas exploratior on the Outer Continental Shelf The amendment enables 1 !ovornors to seek a three-year lostponemcnt of a lease ap- iroved by the interior secre- ary, pending further study of lie lease's environmental and conomic impact on his state. An adverse decision by the nlcrior secretary could be appealed by the governor to the ·.'alional Coastal Resources Board. Sen. Charles Malhias (R- Vld.), the sponsor, . said his amendment would · "provide reasonable respect for the itates and for the public servants who have the responsibility of administering tho laws within the slate." Opponents said the bill already contained ample safeguarding of states' rights. Sen. Paul Fannin (R-Ariz.) said delays caused by the amendment would "frustrate the attainment ot the sufficiency program that we are trying to have in energy." Fulbright voted "yea." McCllean voted "nay." More Violence At Boston School BOSTON (AP) -- About 200 persons protesting court-or- lercd school busing demonstra- ed near Charlestown High School today and racial disturbances broke out anew at Hyde Park High School. They were charged with disorderly conduct. About five blocks away, at the school's Barton Rogers Annex, police said a 15-year-old white girl was bitten on the The white protesters in Char- face in a fight with another c s t o w n , middle-aged and $· She was taken to a hospi- young, carried placards saying, · tal for treatment. 'Stop forced busing." Police said six persons were arrested and an officer was bitten by a demonstrator. Uniformed officers were sent inside Hyde Park High today after an unidentified 17-year-old white boy was assaulted by four blacks, police spokesmen said. The school, located in a largely white neighborhood, had been closed Friday because of scattered fighting between blacks and whites. The youth hurt today was treated at a hospital for an arm injury. Two boys, a 16-year-old black and a 15-year-old white. s were arrested at Hyde Park High in connection with another, unspecified, incident, police said Rates Increased NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's 50 largest utilities boosted their rates by an average 55.4 per cent during the first six months of this year, compared with an average 12.4 per cent rise for all of 1973 .according to a private study. National Utilities Services Inc., a group specializing in utility rate analysis, said the companies cited higher operating costs, including the jump in petroleum prices, for the big rate hikes. RECORD DAYS SALE SAVE UP TO HALF Special Group! Orig. $22 and More Men's Winthrop Shoes Now is the time to get the fine quality shoes you prefer . . . while they are priced so lowl Choose from leathers, patents and combinations in slip-on or tie styles. Popular colors and a good range of sizes. Complete your shoe wardrobe with this great buy in famous make shoes. Men's Shoes--DILLARDS-First Floor PR. 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