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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 15

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Mighty Mastodons Of Industry Have Fallen Into Trap By JOHN CUNNIFF NEW YORK (AP) -- Few people waste any sympathy on electric utilities. Utilities always are big and impersonal, and often they are over-computerized and unresponsive. Many critics claim they are poorly managed, The product they supply is taken for granted, and their ACORN Attacks Reynolds Metals On Power Bills LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Seven persons 'representing Arkansas Community Organizations charged Thursday that Reynolds Metals Co. totally lacked corporate responsibility. That, the seven contended, had added about $1.2 million to the electric bills of other customers of Arkansas Power Light Co. Mrs. J. Humphrey read a prepared statement to Kenneth Parker, Reynolds' public reja- tions representative, at the firm's office at the Commercial National Bank building. She also presented him with an oversized IOU for the $1.2 million bill, payable to APL customers. Parker told the group that since both ACORN and Reynolds were intcrvenors in APL's $38.6 million rale increase proposal, he had been advised that it would be improper and counterproductive · to discuss the rate case. The ACORN statement contended that Reynolds had purchased electrical power from APL since 1971 at rates below ' the cost to produce it and that APL had passed the difference on · to residential customers. The statement said the group h d ' C o m e to "express our outrage at both APL and Reynolds Metal Co. The statement said ACORN twice had sought appointments with Reynolds officials and was refused, leading it to "share these issues with the general public. "We are all suffering under the new electric rates," the statement added. "Everyone should know how this rich cor- bills therefore usually seem excessive. They are unwelcome neighbors too, accused of erect- Ing ugly A even dangerous plants, and of polluting the air and water. Their image often is that of self-interest perception forced by appearances and actions. They often are nepotistic. It is assumed by cynics " ' they have compromised power regulators. Even their investors seldom have anything nice to say to them, at least of a personal nature. Occasionally they are complimented on the regularity and size of their dividends, but usually that is expected of utilities. But now the utilities need sympathy, the mighty masta- (lons of industry have fallen and arrogance, a sometimes rein- that the into a trap that seems to get deeper the harder they try to Bumpers Praises Rate Of Slate's Economic Growth FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -: Gov. Dale Bumpers indicated Thursday night that he was proud of Arkansas' economic growth but. that he was proudest of the state's reluctance to sacrifice any of Its beauty for the sake of progress. He said an official of Beakerl Steel Wire that broke ground in Van Buren Tuesday for a $20 million plant had told him that "Arkansas was the only state contacted as a possible site for the new plant which would not relax its pollution control laws he military, ' churches, the lews media and politics. "Wo are not suffering from an economic depression," he said, from "but we are a depression of suffering a human problems. There distrust and sus- TRAP solve the poration causes us their electricity." to pay for' Judge Refuses To Move Four Refardees escape. FALLEN INTO See if you can puzzle: 1. Because of the expensive equipment needed to operate itilities, they are very heavy Jprrowers. Interest ratts have risen sharply, greatly adding to their costs. In some instances this forces them to borrow even lore. 2. Their credit rating falls, forcing them to pay more. 3. They consider cutting dividends, but this would lead inevitably to lower stock prices, thus eliminating or reducing that source of capital. 4. Having no choice, the utility skips the dividend, which automatically forecloses the likelihood that it can offer a new issue of stock. If customers don't like the existing stock -- and some analysts don't -- why should investors be interested in more shares? 5. Meanwhile, the price of fuel continues rising. Switch to other cheaper fuels? The environmentalists won't like that. Raise prices? Yes, even if it offends customers. fi. The customers cut back on their usage. Financing is further disrupted. 7. Burdened with ill will, insufficient revenues, an unsympathetic bond market and a disinterested stock market, the utilities postpone construction. 8. In 'so doing they generate great problems for the future. Utility plants become worn out arid outmoded. Old plants can't use new fuels. They are costly to operate and maintain. They break down. AUDED PROBLEMS If you believe there is no resolution of the scenario, you might add these possibilities: 1. Shrinking profits look increasingly unattractive to investors. Brownouts demonstrate to millions of people that utilities are "mismanaged." The public demands nationalization or municipal expropriation. 2. Utility Faced with Never Too Late S. W. Folsom, 78, of Little Axe, Okla., received the Purple Heart award Tuesday, 55 years after he won It OH a battlefield In France in World War I. Gov. David Hall, who made the presentation, noted the Choctaw Indian had been discharged without anyone's noticing he had qualified for Silver Slipper Manager Says Mills Was Patron 01 The Club iust to get In new industry. '"They liked this attitude of the people," Bumpers said. 'The governor, addressing the 88th Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce Banquet, said the city was economically in step with the state and possibly ahead of it. Bumpers, the Democratic nominee .for the U.S. Senate, noted that the U.S. Department of Commerce. had announced that in 1973 economic growth in Arkansas jumped from 43lh nationally 'to 45th. This, he said, is a significant barometer. "Manufacturing growth in the state went up 18.per cent last year as 119 plants were expanded or built in Arkansas," he said. "These expansions accounted for $1.6 billion worth of construction and 14,391 new jobs. "In .the Fort Smith-Van Buren area alone, 15 new plants or expansions were made, accounting for ?60 million. This shows that the area is the fastest .growing in the state." On another subject, Bumpers said the latest Harris poll showed a drop of respect for American institutions, including spirit and will. "The people want action from eadcrs who are not afraid to .ackle the big is a feeling ol picion in all institutions by people. To overcome this, everyone must make sacrifices and those sacrifices must be on an equal basis. The crisis is not entirely because of a lack of re- Northwest Artaniat TIMES, Friday, Oct. 18, 1974 "·' 15 FAYITTtVILLE, ARKANSAS Liz's Boyfriend Faces HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Henry Wynberg, actress Elizabeth Taylor's boyfriend, faces arraignment today on five counts of grand thoft for sources, added pollution, poverty or hunger, but from a lack of will, spirit, and determination." Arraignment allegedly altering odometers on cars he sold. The 40-year-old Wynberg, a former used car dealer, is to be arraigned in Municipal Court here. Turning back odometers -- to make it appear that used cars have been driven fewer miles -- is considered grand theft In California if the car is sold for more than $200. WASHINGTON (AP) - Arthur August, manager of the Silver Slipper Restaurant has acknowledged that Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., did patronize the night club that features singers and strippers, the Arkansas Gazette reported today. August previously had denied that Mills, 65, was a Silver Slipper customer. August said he had denied reports that Mills visited the night club because he thought the news media had "overblown" the Tidal Basin incident in which Mills was involved on Oct. 7 and was "trying to hurt a very good man." August told a reporter f o r the Little Rock newspaper that he became manager of the Silver Slipper on Jan. 3, 1974 and that Mills had been there "not more than eight times" in the ensuing months. Records at the Alcoholi; Bev- about five months before gust became manager -.hereafter spent between and $400 a visit. erage Control Board District date as ol Columbia Dec. 4, 1973, for list the the the day the Silver Slipper was sold to its current owners. Mills' wife, Polly, member of her husband's party on about six of those occasions, August said. Two other times, Annabel Battistella, an ex-strip- pcr, was a groups, "There people," August said. the was member Gazette always groups oJ of Mills' reported. He A GENTLEMAN said he never had seen FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -A Judge has refused to grant a temporary injunction to prevent four mentally retarded persons from Jiving in an apartment complex here until a lawsuit is settled. Chancellor Warren Kimbrough of Sebastian County issued the decision after a two- hour hearing Thursday on the request against Inc. filed by 24 residents Independent Living, Independent Living is a nonprofit organization which works with mentally retarded adults to help them become self-sufficient and live in the community. The residents had contended that the apartments are being used as an out-facility for the mentally retarded and, therefore, are violating city zoning laws. The plaintiffs also alleged that the retarded adults are threat to the health, welfare, peace and dignity of the neighborhood. The plaintiffs, who live near the complex, alleged that their property values will suffer because the apartments are being used as a dormitory. Kimbrough ruled that the ' plaintiffs did not show s u f - ficient grounds for their contention of immediate danagcr and harm. He said the case will be continued for further pleadings. managers agree, bankruptcy, they find their only source of funds is the government. Nobody can demonstrate that he latter two possibilities will occur, and among stock market a n a l y s t s a preponderance agrees a solution will be found in time -- through tax changes, most likely. But nobody can deny, either that much of the preceding scenario is being enacted right now. On the slock market, to use one illustration, utility shares are selling far · below book value. One analyst observes that at current prices investors have even discounted nationalization. Presumably, the government would pay book value, he said. Mills intoxicated and said the House Ways and Means' Com mittee chairman "always con ducted himself as a gentle man." August said he did no know Mills well but had sat oc casionally at Mills' table for a few minutes. Mrs. Battistella, 38, is who plunged into Park Wa Tidal Basin, a backwater of thi Potomac River, on Oct. 7 afte Mills' speeding, unlighted car which he was not driving, _\va stopped by police. U.S. Police said Mills' face bleeding and that he smelled o alcohol when he emerged from the car. Mrs. Battistella formerly danced at the Silver Slipper un der the stage name of Fann Foxe. She had quit dancing be fore the Silver Slipper was sole August noted that she had nev- r worked for him. He said he cally didn't know her hut from vhat he had heard, "she's a cry nice person." August said he had never seen nor known Mills to spend 1,700 in one evening at the Silver Slipper. "Even with a party f eight, you can see that vouldn't -be possible," he said, nstead, August said, the tabs vert small 'and varied with the iize of the group with Mills. The Washington Post had quoted two current strippers at ,he night club as saying Mills spent the $1,700 in uly'1973 -Alt- and $100 FAU.S INTO A WOMAN'S ARMS WITHOUT PAULING INTO HER HAMOS; Juvenile Rights Are Re-Examined PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) -Former slate Correction Com- .sioner Robert Sarvcr says Arkansas juveniles are being deprived of their rights and 'getting locked up in jail in the name of love." Sarver said Thursday that Arkansas' juvenile delinquency law is inadequate and its en- :orccment would require viola;ion of "every constitutional lew in the land." Sarver, now an associate professor of social work at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, addressed the Southeast Arkansas Conference on Social Welfare. If an adult is arrested, his rights are guaranteed, Sarver said. Minors do not have the right to counsel, trial by jury or the right to refuse to testify a'gainst themselves, he added. Sarver also said juveniles sometimes get stiffer sentences than adults. For example, a 15- year-old charged with in volvement in an act of delinquency is often given an in- determinant sentence until he is 18, Sarver snid. Kalmbach Request Denied By Court SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Herbert W. Kalmbach, former personal attorney to Richard M. Nixon, has lost a bid to have his interim suspension from law practice lifted. The California Supreme Court rejected Kalmbach's bid Thursday to have the suspension lifted and also denied him a hearing on whether moral turpitude was involved in his conviction on a charge of promising a European ambassadorship In return for a $100,000 political contribution. · The court referred the mailer back to (he California Stale Bar Association to make a report and recommend In the court what dicipline should be Imposed for the ambassadorship incident. Kalmbach, of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court in Washington, and began serving a 6-to 18- month federal prison term July 1. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS 1974-75 Fine Arts Concert Series Fine Arts Concert Hall--University of Arkansas --SIX BRILLIANT ATTRACTIONS-- Manhalfan Siring Quartei Leo Smil, Pianist Friday, October 25, 1974 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, 1975 8:00 p.m. BenilaValenfe, Soprano Daniel Domb, Cellisf 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 1974 Wednesday, March 26, 1975 8:00 p.m. James Fields, Pianist Francesco Trio Monday, November 25, 1974 Saturday, March 29, 1975 8iOO p.m. 8:00 p.m. Season Subscription: General Admission: $6.00 Non-University Students: $3.00 U of A Students Free With ID Cards For Tickets Contact Secretary, Fine Arts Concert Series Room 104, Fine Arts Bldg., Phone 575-3706 feaclt/Mfatd CmttMte: THE MOST VERSATILE AND DURABLE BUILDING MATERIAL IN THE WORLD. T«E NAME'CONCRETE"IS SYNONYMOUS WITH 6TRL NSTH AND DURABILITY. RED T MIX PHONE-- 442 8251 In Springdale SEEBURG MUFFLER NOW OPEN HEAVY DUTY MUFFLER f Guide exc/r/ws October--National Restaurant Month Installed LIFETIME GUARANTEE Being a lady, most places would bave taken advantage of me. But, Seebiirg Muffler gave me the best deal around, explained what had happened and guaranteed (he muffler for as long as I owned my car. That's what I call a good deal. Miss Nancy Shackelford Razorback Hall University of Arkansas Fayetteville FAST SERVICE S E E B U R G MUFFLER Highway 71 North (at North City Limits) SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS Tim's Pizza with Schlitz Town Country Restaurant Open 24 Mrs.--7 Doys Wk. Hwy. n E, (Old P«iKik» Houwl 521-8686 Rt. 2 Mmon Rd. Foy»(t«vill«, Aik. BB BAR-B-QUE (3 Blocks South of Ozark Theater on 71 By Pass) Dining Rooms, Carry-Out, Sandwiches We Cater Large and Small Groups, Too! Ph. 442-9674 11-9 Weekdays, 11-10 p.m. Fri-Sat.-Sun.--Closed Tucs. Closed Mon. at 3 p.m. Venesian Inn nwy. 63 West -- Tontitown Open 4-9 (Closed Sunday) BantAmericHri -- Master CliBrg* aii CHICKEN HOUSE Serving The World's Finest Fried Chicken Hwy. 71 N. Sprmgdale . Marty Marys COACHMAN RESTAURANT 1212 N. College Colonial Village Meet your friends at the COACHMAN RESTAURANT TUBS., thru Sat., 5 p.m. til 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. til 3 p.m. CHilW DISHES**' delicious . . . ·TEAKS SHRIMPS Open 89:30 P.M. Sunday Monday RTC6 BOWL Hi Etna; 112 North -- Bring the Family and Dine In Comfort at the Breakfast B:30-10:30 Lunch 11:30-2:00 Dinner 5:00-9:0(1 09 BUFFET 3 kinds ol meat, assorted vegetables, salads, home made pies. Restaurant Will Close 2 p.m. Sunday 2 JOHN PAUL, We appreciate all you have done for Washington County during the 8 years you have represented us in Congress. Here are some of your accomplishments: WATER AND SEWER FACILITIES West Fork--Over $1.5 million in federal funds has helped finance extensive water and sewer system improvements including water distribution to newly annexed area of town and to 61 rural residencies, sewage collection and treatment facilities for over 1100 users. ano" construction of a wastewater treatment plant. So far, the project has taken 7 years and involved contracts with four government agencies. Springdale--Extension of sewage collection facilities to the Industrial Park and construction of an access road was partially financed by $141,500 In federal funds. Prairie Grove--Construction of a sewage treatment plant and the collection system to serve 608 users was partially funded by $283.890 in federal grants and loans. Last year, plans for wafer treatment riant and transmission lines to serve 735 users were federally funded at $460,000. Lincoln--was granted over $80,000 to help fund additions to the sewage treatment plant, and later $261.000 for facilities to add 100 homes to the sewage disposal system. Fayelleville--Was awarded $485,000 to help fund the extension of sewage collection facilities to the Industrial Park and for the construction of an access road. I.alcr, the city was granted SSOD.'iOO to heln fund the construe-, tion of a waslewalcr treatment facility. Residents in the While River area of the Northeast part of Washington County received federal financial assistance of over $2.6 million to help improve and extend the water distribution system. Tonlitown--a $132,000 loan helped finance exnanslon of the water distribution system to an additional 110 homes. COMMUNITY FACILITIES ; Elkins--a grant of $10,900 to help develop Bunch . Park. - . . . . . . . Springdale--a $100,000 grant to add a 29 bed nursing home addilion to Springdale Memorial Hospital. Washington County--County.wide ambulance service was established in 1970 with the help of $110,000 In federal funds. Springdale--Murphy and Airport city parks were provided with playground equipment with a matching grant of $19,652. Tonlitown--Installation of a ballfield at the city park was partially funded by a $6,000 federal grant. " Eayetteville Veterans Hospital--The addition of a 10 bed intensive care unit was partially financed by a grant of $240,000. Fayetteville--A matching grant of $95,852 helped fund the development of seven city parks, including ball fields and playground equipment. UTILITIES Federal loans of over $10 million have financed the '·-Installation of approximately 700 miles of electrical power distribution line, making electricity available to over 9,000 residents of Washington and surrounding counties. Federal loans of over $2.2 million v/ill finance the construction of 100 miles of new phone line and system improvements, providing previously unavailable telephone service to over 2,000 residents of Washington and surrounding counties. AIRPORTS Drake Field in Fayetteville--over $294.000 in improvements have heen financed by federal funds, including runway resurfacing and Installation of a lighting system. Snrlngdale Municipal Airport--Runway resurfacing and improvements was financed by $145,000 in federal grant funds. EDUCATION Since 1970. over 7,000 students at the University of Arkansas have benefittcd from almost $2.5 million in federal contributions to student grant, scholarship, ana loan programs. In addition, over $295.000 in nursing scholarships has been awarded. HOUSING · · · · · · ' · Fayetteville's urban renewal projects, low-rent housing and for the elderly housing construction pro- jecls have been funded by federal grants and loans or $5,9 million. Springdale's (wo urban renewal projects and several low-rent and elderly housing construction projects have been funded by $10 million in federal grants and loans. and more . . . much more! Let's Keep John Paul Hammerschmidt Serving ALL Of Us. Paid for by the Washington County Hammer«ehmidt Appreciation Commltf*e, Gerald Tweedy, Chairman

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