Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 30, 1974 · Page 6
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 30, 1974
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Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Won., Sopt. 30, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS For Consumer Representation Arkansas Consumer Research Group Fills Need LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Fred Cowan used to write headlines now, he makes them. But, Cowan, 28, doesn't think .of himself as making headlines. ~TIe gives the credit to the private organization which he founded on Dec. 1, 1971 -- Arkansas Consumer Research. Cowan, a former fifth grade schoolteacher in North Carolina and Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, was a copy editor for the Arkansas Democrat when he decided to forpi ACR. "A friend of mine and I were talking about...the need for some kind of consumer organization that would represent the consumer interests," Cowan recalled. "That was, basically, the genesis of the idea. We went out and raised some money." Cowan opened ACR's first one-room office at Fourth and Chester Streets with a one-man staff -- himself. "The first year, it was almost a haphazard organization." Cowan recalled. "I didn't really know anything about an organ ization like this. Money was hard to come by, and it still ' I thought after we did our firs project, I could go out am raise $50.000." But Cowan found out the fun raising wasn't that easy. Today, ACR shares a house at 1919 W. Seventh St. with Ih Arkansas Ecology Center anc has three fulllime employe ; and four parttime employes. MAIN PURPOSE Cowan said ACR's main pur pose is "to provide a voice fo the consumers that, in the past have not had an organized ex pression.-" ACR is funded mostly b membership dues and contribi tions although, · Cowan saic foundations contribute som money. "The biggest problem is iden tifying" the members. "Mos people don't even know that w have members or that we nee members. Members are th lifeblood of our organization." Members pay at least $10 an nually unless they are student. · who pay at least $5 annually, lifetime membership costs $101 Cowan said the facl lhat AC members "renew their mem : berships each year and giv . more money each year prove . there's a great need for con · sumer representation in th: · state." Members get newsletters and her booklets containing infor- lation such as "92 Ways to ave Energy" and food price omparisons. ACR's financial report for an! 1 - Oct. 31, 1973 showed lat it got $2.300 in grants and bout $4,990 in membership ues and contributions. It had bout $101 on hand when the ear began. SALARIES DISBURSED Among ACR's expenditures luring lhat period were a salary )f $1,250 to its director, Cowan, vho is married to a lawyer, and $1,250 to its research assoc- ale. Jacalyn Carfagno, the re- lort indicated. "Nobody here makes a third is much as he would at a business," remarked Cowan. ACR apparently has spent its unds wisely. It takes partial or "ull credit for: --The state Public Service Commission's decision to cut Arkansas Louisiana Gas Go's, proposed rate increase by several million dollars. --A toy safety survey which resulted in the Food and Drug Administration's banning of 56 toys nationwide. --A complaint against Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. that resulted in, among other things, the firm's being told to change certain deposit practices; tell residential customers of the existence of the various services and rates; inform all customers required to make a deposit that a guarantor agreement is also possible. -- The state Transportation Commission's denial of a 5 per cent rate increase for intrastate fares in a 14-month period for the out this ACR also is opposing the proposed constitutional Amend' ment 57, which would remove ;lie 10 per cent limit on interest rates and allow the legislature to set limits. Glen Nishimura is heading that project, and he said problem will be "to pull enough people to vole on issue." I dare say that, at this point, most people are not even aware of what the amendment says or its likely effect," Cowin recently said. "The major effect of this amendment -here's no way to get around it -- there are going to be higher 'nlerest rates." ACR also is engaged in campaign to determine whether lard-oHiearing persons are Deing sold certain hearing aids unjustifiably. FOOD Another PRICE SURVEY ACR project is its weekly food price survey in the Little Rock area. Meredith Kumne is food project coordinator. She prices 35 items weekly at six Little Rock supermarket stores belonging to three chains -- Kroger, Safeway and survey is Weingarten's. That published while a bus companies in Arkansas. --A published survey of checking account services in 21 Arkansas banks. --Five televised consumer problems shows during the summer of 1973 and a weekly radio show for three months. FIGHTS RAT EINCREASE ACR now is fighting Arkansas Power Light Go's, proposed $36.5 million rale crease and has announced the formation of the Citizens Utility Project to join the effort. Tim Holcomb, coordinator of the new organization, says the project is preparing testimony to be given at the PSC's hearings, which begin Oct. 21 on the proposed increase. Need For Sacrifice Admitted, Nobody Is Willing To Make It WASHINGTON Catholic priest, (AP) Msgr. -- A Lawrence J. Corcoran, made one of the few offers of personal sacrifice at President Ford's week- summit confer- themselves that somebody is going to, have to make some sacrifice if the nation is going to come to grips with its economic problems. A major challenge more extensive survey is taken 'or ACR's own purposes. x Miss Kumpe said she has found that prices often have varied from one store to another in the same chain. "It apppears that they are trying to eliminate the crepancies (since ACH been conducting the survey) if for no other reason than it's embarassing," she said. "Kroger has called and made a lot of efforts to help us." ACR also supports unit pricing. Under such a system, the price per unit -- per ounce, for example -- would be listed as well as the total price. This would allow a shopper to determine without dividing which brand of peanut butler, for example, is cheaper when two brands come in different sizes. Cowan and Miss Kumpe said, to their knowledge, no store in Arkansas has unit pricing except in the areas of meat and cheese. Miss Kumpe said ACR w a s looking into the possibility of surveying supermarkets in the Fayelteville area and that anyone desiring a survey form should contact ACR. Cowan believes ACR lends balance in areas such as rate cases and food pricing by presenting the consumers' viewpoint. "Instead of all the pressure coming from one side -- the industry -- there's a little bit of balance -- pressure comes from the other side -- the consumer," he said. "I guess o u r main feeling over-all is that as corporations gradually become TV Critic Evaluates New Crop Of Weekly Series heir civilian [eaves. By JAY SHARBUTT NEW YORK (AP) -- I see by he old clock on the wall it is ime for the fall Fearless Forecast, I h e peerless prophesy which dares say which of the 24 new weekly TV series this season will prosper or poop out. As in past seasons, the predictions are made without reference to Nielsen ratings or equivalent, tea We prepare the prophesy by ;aking a case of beer into the TV room, shutting the door and watching TV all week. Sometimes we turn the set on. Here- .vith, then, is this fall's Fearless Forecast; SUNDAY -- ABC's"Sonns Comedy Revue" is doomed, ka put, fini, and also won't sur vive. ' ' MONDAY -- CDS' "Rhotia 1 has many rooters and is in for a long, long run. NBC's "Born ·" will be cut free by Do Free" comber, leaving Elsa to wonder where her next gazezlle is com ing from. WEDNESDAY -- CBS' "Sons 1 and Daughters" will go the way of the Mamas and the Papas. "Manhunter" also will lose its way very soon. At NBC, "Little House on the 'rairie" will have its FHA loan oreclosed by spring; "Lucas Tanner" may teach at least wo years, and "Petrocelli," about a lawyer, will win its lard-fought case for renewal: At ABC, "That's My Mama," set in a barbershop, will be in December. "Get hrislie Love" will be gotten -- have its badge and eye shadow.' aken away before Christmas. At ABC, "Kodiak" faces immediate extinction, but "Texas Wheelers" may survive if its acid content isn't diluted--as lappened. two shows ago--and f it is moved to a different evening. "The Night Stalker" also needs a new night for stalking; wretched though it is, it has a bizarre charm that may keep it going if the change is made. SATURDAY -- CBS' "Paul Sand" show, about a young bass player, will string along for a season, then bow .out. At ABC, "The New Land" will be subdivided and its tenants evicted before the spring corn ripens. "Nakia," about a Navajo deputy sheriff, may survive for a season, but only if better scripts emerge from the producer's hogan; This concludes the Fearless Forecast. I must go now and pay that bet I made on President Thomas E. Dewey. Over, under, around and through -- these youngsters have fun climbing oh the re- tired tire jungle on the playground at Henry Adams Ele- ent ary school in Gary, North Carolina. (AP \Virephoto) Ford Speaks To World Bank, IMF Officials facing to dis- end economic ence. 'President Ford is how Msgr. Corcoran, a delegate! tribute the sacrifice, repersehting the National Con- "Inflation strikes society line- Terence of. Catholic Charities, Ivenly," Ford said Saturday, said he would accept a 10 per , "Government must concern it- larger and have to be they won't be protected. larger, consumers more organized or WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ford told government financial officials from around the world today that economic problems are serious and complex but the United States believes they can be solved through international cooperation. In his text for the opening session of the annual meeting here of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Ford said: ' ',,. ., . :: "I think I can 'sum up our thinking very briefly. We want solutions which serve broad interests rather than narrow self-serving ones. We want more cooperation not more iso lation. We want trade not pro tectionism. We want price sta bility not inflation. We wanl growth not 1 stagnation." Ford declared that the Unitec Slates is prepared to play constructive leadership role. He described the major eco nomic problems as "a world self with those on whom this burden falls excessively.'* He promised a program in the next 10 days that will in_ ^ elude help for the jobless and Tbody else to do the sacrificing, tax adjustment to help those iHomebuilders wanted sub- hurt most by inflation, .sidles, thrift institutions wanted! But how much help, and how incentives for more savings ac- to give it, is the second big cent reduction in his income to help the economy if everybody else would do the same. . But it seemed that most ev- . 'erybody else expected some- tivity, people on welfare didn't .want their programs cut, Defense Secretary James R. '-Schlesinger said defense spend- · ing already was cut to the ' bone, businessmen said price controls wouldn't work for leaders said in- eroded them, labor flation has enough. challenge. If help for the jobless means a public service employment program, which is likely, then the money must come from somewhere. Housing and Urban Development Secretary James T\ Lynn Still there was virtually unanimous recognition by all of the 800 delegales who expressed Soviet Artists Display Abstract Work Sunday wages | acknowledged the dilemma talking about a proposed special program for home mortgage subsidies to help the sag- ;ing housing industry. " He said the government ivould have to turn to the credit markets to borrow the billions hat would be required, and th;it would result in some slight upward push on interest rales, with some inflationary consequences of its own. ' MOSCOW (AP) -- Soviet abstract artists finally succeeded in displaying their work at an outdoor show allended by more ·man 5,000 persons, but most of ·them think it will be the last exhibit of its kind. . The artists' first attempt to show their work two weeks ago was broken up by plainclothes police using bulldozers and water cannon. After widespread foreign condemnation, the Moscow city council gave official sanction to an exhibit Sunday. .There were no uniformed po- · lice in sight this time, but eight busloads of militiamen were standing by a mile away. Six of Ihe 61 exhibiting artists were reported to be members of the official artists' union who took part even though they had - been warned by the union to stay away. The others were artists whose work does not . conform with the realistic style approved by the Communist parly. "This is the first time I've exhibited publicly since 1963 and it will probably be the las) for a while," said Misha Chernishev. Many of the other artists agreed. tXPIITT WATCH REPAIR SWIFTS flTNcrth Thieu Addresses Public Gathering SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) -- President Nguyen Van Thieu made his first public appearance in Saigon in two months today amid mounting political dissent and accusa- .ions of personal corruption, Thieu opened an exhibition at an education center and spoke tor 10 minutes to a crowd of 1,000 students. He made no mention of the charges of corruption against him and his family but is expected to reply to them in a broadcast Tuesday night. Elsewhere in Saigon today, plainclothes policemen roughed up Associated Press photographer Neal Ulevich and Haney Unwell of the Columbia Broadcasting System as they tried to photograph a small anti-government demonstration outside the National Assembly. Howell was kicked in the kidney but recovered quickly. Ulevich was not hurt. 6 3 /4% TVa.% We have a savings program and Interest rate to meet your needs. Faycfteville Savings Loan Association Ml N. 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T H U R S D A Y -- NBC's "Sierra" will join the Donner party beofre the snow falls, but "Movin" On, 11 a double-clutching version of the old "Route 66" series, will last a year and possibly move on to another. At ABC, "Paper Moon" faces a pink-slip eclipse after one season, but "Harry 0" is gooc for two years, maybe more. FRIDAY -- CBS' "Planet of the Apes" will slip on its own banana peels by December. At NBC, "Chico and the Man," currently a hit show will sag as the year wears on and last but one season. Not sc with "The Rockford Files,' destined to amiably amble 01 for years. "Police Woman" wil William Reed Family Plans Sunday Meet MORROW -- The William leed Family Association will sponsor a,luncheon Sunday at Uie Morrow Community Center. Serving will begin at 12:30 p.m.. according to Neal Reed, ^resident, who will conducl a )usincss session. Mrs. Pauline Carmack Cox, secretary, will direct the program. Reservations have been made by persons covering a wide geographical area. 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