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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                NEWSPAPI PUBLICATION OPFICI 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Horrln 212 N P 0 BOX 789 DECATUR ILL 62625 82No 291 Oe a Copy 2 It Pagu rrtt fnn Hwrln Dally Journib 4 W4 CarbendaltHtrrinMurphytboN Governm strikers talk By Robert A Dobkin Washington AP Negotiations between the government and striking in dependent truckers resumed to day with a White House official saying he was hopeful a way could be found to meet the truckers needs W J Usery Jr special presidential assistant and the governments top mediator said the administration would pro lose legislation today designed to speed up Interstate Com merce Commission procedures for approving higher freight rates Usery said he had discussed several issues earlier in the day with federal energy chief said William E Simon in their effort to find ways not only to satisfy the truckers but to meet their needs Mediator voices hope for settlement Pennsylvania Gov Milton J Shapp on whose initiative the meeting was called said the solution to the dispute depended on the administrations ability to work out some sort of com promise with the truckers The ball is in Mr Simons court at this time Shapp The governor said that as a result of the strike 50000 workers had been laid off in his state and he predicted that between 350000 to 400000 would be out of work in Pennsylvania if the strike lasted through the end of the week A key demand of the truckers is a rollback of diesel fuel price but Simon said during negotia tions Sunday night that he was opposed to it However he did not flatly rule out a rollback Simon said he thought that an equitable solution could be worked out short of rolling back fuel prices and said that the talks when resumed would focus on other solutions for the independent truckers One of these possible solutions was another key demand of the truckers speedy approval that would allow them to increase freight hauling prices to add in the cost of higher fuel prices Embargo backed anew Beirut Lebanon AP Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have given President Hafez Assad of Syria firm pledges to continue the oil embargo against the United States Beirut newspapers reported today The reports said King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Kuwaits ruler Sheik Sabah al Salem al Sabah assured Assad that the embargo will be maintained until an agreement to disengage Syrian and Israeli forces on the Golan Heights is worked out on Syrian terms Both the proEgyptian paper Al Anwar and the independent Driven Ken Springs and Ray Coffey Olp at left talk to Williamson County Sheriff Oxford at truck Truckers wait it out at Marion Al Bayrak carried Heights front only if its a part of a plan for a total Assad met tor five withdrawal from Arab Saturday with Faisal the conquered both in the of the Arab oil embargo and 1967 wars Riyadh the Saudi capital leaders have flew to Kuwait Sunday and made clear that expected back in Damascus is going to retain Syrian capital today Syrias foreign minister some of the territory taken in 1967 because they Halim Khaddam laid it is necessary to Israels terms Sunday for a And one piece of ter ment agreement that Israel they are most adamant certain to holding is the Golan Khaddam in a statement from which Syrian bat the Saudi press and shelled Israeli settlements radio said Syria willaccept in northern Galilee until military disengagement on the 1 Israelis captured them v u Services in West Frankfort end missing in action1 case By Don Frost Of The Southern Illinoisan The Vietnam war will end tor Mrs Mary Winchester Wednesday Funeral services for her son Capt Warren Robert Orr Jr will be held that day in West Frankfort Capt Orr had been listed as missing in action in Viet nam since May 121968 Upon receiving permission from Capt Orrs parents the Department of the Army as of Feb 1 changed his status to killed in action Mrs Winchester said she gave up hope that her son was alive three years ago when mothers and wives were allowed to read prisoner and missing in action reports I have no reason to be lieve that he is still alive the said today On May 12 1968 Capt Orr and 11 other Green Berets were making a last effort to defend Kahn Doc a villagfe under seige by the Viet Cong Mrs Winchester said They fought until they were out of ammunition An Air Force C130 airplane was called in to save the men They boarded the evacua tion plane but according to a Sauth Vietnamese Army officer Mrs Winchester said the plane was struck by three mortar rounds and disinteg rated in mid air about 20 feet above the runway Only a small section of the planes tail was found she said I am a broken hearted mother Part of me was left in Vietnam But I am a proud mother I am not bitter to ward my country or God My son was on his third tour of duty in South Viet nam He believed the people of South Vietnam should be free It was his wish to go there Military services for Capt Orr age 25 when he was re ported missing will be at 3 pm Wednesday in the Union Funeral Home West Frank fort Charles Donahue will offi ciate Burial services will be in Tower Heights Cemetery West Frankfort Friends may call from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday at the funeral home He was born March 201943 in West Frankfort to WR and Mary Carpenter Orr attended schools in Ke wanee Survivors are his father of La Madva Calif his step father and mother Mr and Mrs Harold Winchester San Jose Calif a brother Gre gory Colorado who was wounded in 1968 in Vietnam and an aunt Lida Fletcher West Frankfort His uncle John Fletcher preceded him in death By Wanda Barras Of The Southern Illinoisan The number of drivers wait ing out the independent truck ers strike at the Marion Truck Plaza grew to about 75 today Trucks began piling up at the truck stop after midnight Thursday and most drivers were asked by their c o m panies or decided on their own to stay with their trucks Some drivers are sleeping in motels in the area Others are sleeping in truck units while they wait for the strike to end About five of the truckers stopping at the plaza continu ed on their routes at the in sistence of their companies Ray Coffey an independent trucker said today Most waiting truckers say they support the objectives of the strikers to bring down the price of diesel fuel and increase the amount of fuel available Most drivers said they feel safer at the truck stop than driver saida brick was thrown at his truck from an overpass and I aint going nowhere until the strike is settled Some drivers said they were on the road before the strike began Others said they were not aware of the strike and started out after it began Some said their companies told them to drive or lose their jobs Lee Covington Granada Miss said his company told him to drive or be replaced He decided to drive but he told officials he would park the truck if there was trou ble He is stopped at the Mar ion plaza A 26yearold driver from St Louis who had been un employed several months got a call from a St Louis trucking company to come to work He started on a run from St Louis to Chicago at 2 pm Saturday I had no idea what I was getting into he said He said he had a brick thrown at his truck and when he got to Marion he parked it Truckers say they are go ing to stay until the strike is settled even though many will pay their motel and other expenses from their own pock ets Bobby Akers Guin Ala who has been at the stop since Saturday said I dont mind paying when I can get some thing out of it Ed Gillespie Chicago en route to Texas with a load of soap said he doesnt mind the expenses especially when he considers losses to an in dependent trucker because of high fuel costs and traveling expenses Some trucks have perish ables on board Akers has a truckload of potatoes and while he is laying over he watches the tempera ture of the potatoes If they get too hot he opens vents to cool them If they get too cool he turns on a heating unit Charles Wilkins Paris Tex as had a load of mush rooms which his company said to move out this morning Wilkins said the mushrooms i would not be saleable after Wilkins said he would feel safer staying but if he did not go he would not have a job Drivers say there has been no cussing and fussing ex cept over the pool table However Arnie Lober op erator of the stop closed the plaza at 2 pmSunday Po lice said he closed the slop because of arguments among drivers when one truck had the air let out of all its tires The stop was opened again after midnight and truckers were served free coffee by Lober Ray Coffey of Carter villesaid Early today a trucker pull ed up to the pumps When asked to cooperate in the strike he got out of his truck and went into the restaurant Coffey said Coffee said he learned later the man had a gun lying on the table while he drank cof fee Coffey said he called police but before they arrived the man left the plaza hit a car on the entrance ramp to In terstate 57 and traveled down on the highway to Benton where he was stopped by state troopers TTjrjiiBr IN Calls proposal antiinflationary Nixon asks budget cooperation By Bill Neikirk Washington AP President Nixon sent his billion budget to Capitol Hill to day terming it antiinflationary and antirecessionary In Cabinet Room ceremonies where he signed the document Nixon said the cooperation of Congress is needed because ex ceeding his proposed spending limits would have an infla tionary impact He had words of praise for the several dozen budget officials who surrounded him during the signing ceremony Much of the budget has been revealed in advance either in Nixons State of the Union message or in his economic report last week It features a billion deficit the biggest defense budget in history and a record billion in spending for income security for the needy Whether the budget can fulfill its promise of keeping the economy from swinging into a recession is already being debated on Capitol Hill But Nixon has pledged to increase Illinois projects listed Washington AP The proposed federal budget for fiscal 1975 includes in appropriations re quests for construction on Corps of Engineers projects in Illinois They consist of Calumet Harbor and River Carlyle Lake Cahokia Creek Dam at East St Louis interior flood control at East St Louis and vicinity million Harrisonville and Ivy landing drainage and levee district No 2 Illinois Waterway CalumetSag modification Kaskaskia River Levee district No 23 Dively Lock and Dam 26 at Alton million Lock and Dam 53 temporary lock million Louisville Lake advance par ticipation on US 45 Chain of Rocks regulating works on the Mississippi River between Ohio and Missouri rivers million Rend Lake Rock Island Smithland Locks and dam million William L Springer Lake Advance engineering and de sign appropriations requests for Illinois included East Moline Helm Lake Illinois Waterway Duplicate Locks Louisville Lake Milan Moline A request for for a metropolitan correctional center in Chicago was included in the budget federal spending if necessary to keep that from happening Defense spending is expected to rise about billion to billion including funds for the Atomic Energy Commissions j defenserelated activities Nixon has revealed plans to spend billion in energy research focusing on efforts toj develop a nuclear breeder reactor and convert coal into a cleaner fuel He has proposed a new trans portation revenuesharing pro gram designed to pump more federal aid into cities to develop mass transit systems Although Nixon is not ex pected to propose the drastic budget cuts he suggested a year ago he is not expected to pro pose many massive new federal initiatives for fiscal 1975 However the budget is ex pected to deal with his plans for welfare reform and national health insurance for which legislation is being prepared There will be no federal money for either program in fiscal 1975 Where dollar goes Half of every dollar that President Nixon is asking Congress to spend in the next fiscal year would go for a category labeled human resources The Presidents budget pro posal for the year beginning July 1 envisions spending billion Of each dollar 29 cents would go toward national defense seven cents to pay interest on the governments debt 50 cents for human resources eight cents for physical resources and six cents for other programs Human resources includes funds for education and man power health incomensecurity and veterans benefits The White House provided a second slightly different way of slicing up fte money pie That one allocates 37 cents of each dollar for benefit payments to individuals 17 cents in grants to states and localities 10 cents for other federal operations and the 29 cents for national defense and seven cents for interest Charles Wilkins of Parrish Tex gets under way with load of mushrooms 90 per cent of areas truckers reported out By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan About 90 per cent of South ern Illinois independent truck ers are participating in a strike Motesting high diesel fuel pric es according to a trucking as sociation spokesman William Schulte president of he Midwest Truckers Associa ion said reports he has re ceived indicate about 90 per cent of the trucks are off the road WARMER cloudy and cold to night with lows in the 20s Tuesday mostly cloudy and warmerHighs in the 40s Cloudy and warmer with chance of rain Wednesday Thursday and Friday partly cloudy and turning colder INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Farm 1114 7 4 6 5 Records 1415 Sports 910 Weather details map 15 today in Illinois He said the Southern Illinois percentage is at about the statewide level The association claims a membership of about 2000 in dependent truckers statewide according to Schulte a grain dealer and trucker in Trenton Although the strike is mostly by independent truckers some drivers who are union mem bers and work for large truck companies are calling in sick in sympathy with the strike Schulte said The strikers are protesting a multitude of things building up over the years he said but the primary issue is skyrocket ing diesel fuel prices We either have to have a rollback of fuel prices or if the prices are justified hen we have to have some rate increases Schulte said Truckers also want uniform regulations weight laws and bridge laws among the states he said but do not expect im mediate action on those griev ances Asked how long the strike might last Schulte said he does not see a long drawn out af fair The economy of this country couldnt stand it he said But hewarned truckers are prepared to shut down for two to three weeks if we cant get immediate relief from high fuel The quicker we get it set tled the better off we all will be he added Norman Wantzell field repre sentative in the associations Salem office drove to Olney this morning for a meeting with truckers He said trucks were parked at truck stops at Flora and Olney and apparently no diesel fuel was being pumped Wantzell said he had heard that all truck stops between Cairo and Chicago were closed but had not been able to confirm the information Both Wantzell and Schulte dis counted the possibility of a con sumer backlash against the truckers if shoppers begin hav ing difficulty finding items I think a lot of people are in sympathy with the strike Wantzell said although there are some who will cuss at them swear at them and call them villains Schulte also said he foresees no consumer backlash against the truckers because of possible shortages But he said some backlash has already developed because of violence We just dont sort of thing he said i   

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