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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                I PUBLICATION OMICI Carbondak Murphytboro KUrrln 710 N Illincll 1113 Walnut 212 N 16th Voluma 82No 3110e Copy 4 Stettoni Pm Hirrin Dlly Jamil Murphyrtow WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY it if Mxon submits By John Stowell Washington AP President Nixon sent Congress today Ms new national health insurance plan which he said would boost federal spending billion a year but could be financed without a tax hike I am opposed to any com prehensive health plan which new taxes Nixon said The President urged early congressional action on health insurance The overall cost is believed to be somewhere around Million in federal spending The President said his plan would provide the same health care benefits for everyone regardless of age or income under one of three pro grams Mandatory insurance coverage for workers with employers paying twothirds of the premiums government subsidized coverage on a sliding scale based on ability to pay for the poor working poor and high risk cases arid continuation of for the aged and disabled The President said the average American family would have to pay about four health insurance premiums un der his plan and the average employer would payabout for each employe who chooses to participate In no case would a familys outofpocket medical expenses exceed Nixon said He said his new plan would cover hospitalization doctors services prescription drugs laboratory tests X rays medical devices ambulance service and limited skilled nursing home care and treat ment for mental illness alcoholism and drug Nixon proposes end to controls By R Gregory Nokes Washington AP The Nixon administration told Congress today it intends to remove all mandatory wage and price controls after April 30 except for the health and petroleum sections of the economy If Congress agrees it would mean the bulk of the US economy would be functioning controlfree for the tost time since August of 1971 Authority for present Phase 4 controls expires April 30 Cost of Living Council Direc tor John T Dunlpp who outlined the administration plans said consumers could expect some additional increase in prices as a result of lifting of controls He said this would result from realignment of some prices that have been held down the removal of builtin delays on price increases by big com panies and testing of the market by some companies to see how high they can raise prices Dunlop implied present con trols had outlived their usefulness despite the prospect of continuing inflation Under the economic condi tions anticipated in the year ahead he told the Senate Banking subcom mittee on production and stabilization the problems created by a full program of mandatory wage and price con trols outweigh the contributions such controls can make to price stability Dunlop said the council plan ned to continue its gradual decontrol of the economy before April 30 and would continue seeking commitments for price restraints and other inflation reducing actions from industries in exchange for decontrol during this period The administration also pro posed turning the Cost of Living Council into an umbrella economic agency to1 watch over inflation and to coordinate economic activities of federal and local government agen cies Such an agency has been Dunlops pet project Dunlop said the administra tion wants authority to continue mandatory controls over wages and prices charged in the health industry including hospitals doctors and dentists until the government enacts a national health insurance program He notedthat Congress already has granted separate authority to continue controls over the petroleum industry un til February 1975 Those controls are administered by the Federal Energy Office Dunlop indicated the ad ministration would reluctantly seek to continue controls in other areas as well if the need arises between now and April 30 We shall continue to review other particular sectors as the Cost of Living Council proceeds with the program of gradual sectoral of the economy he added Terrorists take over Japanese embassy in Kuwait By Joseph Panossian Terrorists seized the Japanese Embassy in Kuwait today and threatened to execute diplomatic hostages unless four terrorists holed up in Singapore get safe passage to Kuwait The terrorists also demanded that three hostages held by the Singapore group be flown to this Persian Gulf sheikdom where other terrorists found haven without facing trial The Japanese government in touch by telephone with the ter rorists in Kuwait agreed to the demands Japanese officials said the plane would arrive in Singapore from Tokyo at about 11 am Thursday Singapore time pm CDT Wednesday The Singapore terrorists have been holed up in a ferryboat with their hostages for a week after trying unsuccessfully to blow up a Shell oil refinery there It was not known how many terrorists seized the embassy in Kuwait Patricia Campbtll Hwrit and Andrew Wwd APWircphoto Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira said the terrorists pro mised not to harm the hostages at the embassy once the Japanese pledged to send the plane The Foreign Ministry said the captives included the Japanese ambassador four other Japanese diplomats and another embassy employe But a telex message received from the embassy indicated tiiere may be as many as 16 hostages in all including Japanese businessmen All 16 are jn good health the message said Hearst heiress sought Berkeley Calif AP Police report some progress in the nationwide search for kid naped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst Her father pleaded for word from her ab ductors We want our daughter back unharmed Randolph A Hearst president and editor of the San Francisco Examiner said Tuesday If she is released we will not seek to imprison her abductors We plead with them to com municate with us direct or through the press Miss Hearst 19yearold granddaughter of the late William Randolph Hearst founder of the Hearst newspaper and magazine publishing em pire was kidnaped from her Berkeley apartment Monday night amid a barrage of gun fire HerTKhce Steven A Weed was beaten brutally The young couple were engaged in December ond planned to wed in early summer Police said there has been no word on Miss Hearsts whereabouts and no ransom note Some progress is being made but nothing to lead us to believe it will lead us to an early conclusion Berkeley Police Lt Henry C Sanders said Jordan mutiny Beirut Lebanon CAP Mutiny by a unit of the Jordanian army forced King Hussein to postpone a trip to the United States and return home early travelers arriving in Beirut reported today The king flew to Amman Tuesday night from London where he had been on a private visit He had been scheduled to go on to Washington The travelers said foreign newsmen in the Jordanian capital had been prohibited from sending reports about the mutiny They said the mutineers demonstrated against various Jordanian officials accusing some of corruption but repeatedly expressed their loyalty to the king The independent Beirut news paper An Nahar carried a denial of the mutiny reportThe denial was attributed to Premier Zaid Rifai of Jordan But the travelers said the mutiny oc curred in the garrison town of Zerqa 15 miles northeast of Amman and was led by units of the 40th ArmoredBrigade Jordans elite tank unit COLDER Tonight cloudy with occa sional freezing rain Rain changing to light snow and snow flurries Windy and much colder with lows in the 20s Thursday mostly cloudy and colder Highs in the 20s Partly cloudy Friday through Sunday Cold Friday but warmer Saturday and Sunday INDEX Classified 2325 Comlef TV Bridge Crosiword 27 Editorials 4 Family living 47 Rtcords 2524 Sports 911 Waathir dttaili mip 26 Robert Master and Kay Gurley register from district M m No surprises few caucus By Ken Kimsey Of Tho Southern Illinoisan At 2 pm Tuesday the eight men and women in the Car bondale Township Meeting Hall wondered if they had come to the right place for the District 7 Republican county board nominating cau cus Viola Prineas 19m Pre cinct committeeman appear ed nervous as she approach ed the front table to call the meeting to order Mary Nell Chew incumbent member of the Jackson Coun ty Board sat in the end chair front row occasionally chatting with people in the row behind her At pmMrs Prineas hesitantly called the meeting to order This is the smallest caucus Ive ever beenat in my life she began The crowd all seven nodded in agreement Seven of the fourteen seats on the Jackson County Board are vacant at each election she explained The purpose of this meeting is to nominate a Republican candi date from the 7th District to run in the April election W I Ike Brandon C a r bondale township supervisor EDITORS sessions are important parts of the basic structure cf coun ty government where candi dates for some offices are nominated Jackson County and Franklin County held caucus sessions Tuesday in districts which comprise the countys representation on the county board Southern Il linoisan reporter Ken Kimsey attended Jackson Countys District 7 caucus in Carbon dale where advance indica tions showed test for the Republican no mination OtherCaucus se lections on Page 3 entered and took av seat against the wall Before we begin nomina tions Idliketo establish a few ground rules We will limit nominating speeches to five minutes and the same fiveminute rule will apply to seconds Votes will be cast by secret ballot The chair is now open for nominations said Mrs Pri neas The words were barely spo ken when Janet See shot up a hand I nominate Mary Nell Chew she said After a brief pause Mrs Prineas asked for a second Cecil Mae Severs lifted a hand Second she said Are there any other no minations Mrs Prineas asked A long pause followed as Mrs Prineasjwaited If tnereare no other no chair would en tertain a to niake the nomiriationofMary NeEfChew1 by acclamation Brandon former chairman of JacksonCountyBoard of Supervisors the in the spacious room who had been expected to give Mrs Chew any competition lifted his head So moved he said Before Mrs Prineas asked for a second several voices economized on the fiveminute limit with second All those in favor Mrs Prineas said at pm No one was opposed That is uh thats it Mrs Prineasconcluded Mrs Chews hand went up as she said Id like to thank you all for coming out today Im your representative and I would like to receive your support and comments She added a sentence or two before Mrs Prineas de clared the meeting adjourned There were no indications of surprise Everyone seemed to have expected the outcome Everyone but Mrs Chew and Mrs Prineas left immediately Mrs Chew and Mrs Pri neas said they wished more had attended Mrs Pri neas was madly upset so few comraitteemen had come Of eightprecincts only three were presesit j including herself i I contacted most of them she said after tiie meeting Mrs Chewsaid she had of a funeral Tuesday afternoon which she said ex plained the absence of many committeemen At Tuesday fee Carbondale Township Meeting Hall was only slightly emp tier than it had been 10 minu tes earlier The only difference was a candidate had been nominat ed in a process equivalent to a districtwide primary Negotiators reject Nixon offer Government plead with truckers By Robert A Dobkin Washington AP Government negotiators today resumed their efforts to end a strikeby independent truckers that is slowly choking off the nations supply of food and goods Illinois strike spreads By the Associated Press Striking independent truck drivers in Illinois are having mixed success in halting local truck deliveries and many say President Nixons order to freeze diesel fuel prices at present levels will not end their stoppage Strikers persuaded most truckers bringing goods into Streator and Wenona to turn back Tuesday choking off sup plies needed by area in dustries Throughput the state in dustrial production slowed and more plants were forced to close because they could not get raw materials or ship their pro ducts p Major grocery chains found necessary toship an increasing amount of food supplies by air and rail Gov Walker in a precau tionary move ordered state police posted atmajortruck stopstoday Negotiators for the truckers rejected an offer Tuesday from President Nixon to end the strike and told their members to keep their rigs off the road A spokesman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said today that special presidentialassistant W J Usery Jr met with the truckers late this morning following a night of informal discussions between representativesof the government and the truckers Usery expressed disappoint ment Tuesday night that a set tlement had not been reached but said he would continue ef forts to settle the dispute We recommend the drivers continue to stand down and not return to work said truckers spokesman Leonard Fleet in rejecting Nixons proposal Tuesday Fleet said the truckers had made crystal clear precisely what problems need solution during the three days of negotiations that began here Sunday with Usery and Pennsylvania Gov Milton J Shapp But he said thead ministrations response Tuesday deviated markedly from the truckers proposed The administration has ordered an immediate freezeon diesel fuel prices while the Interstate Commerce Com mission acts on new regulations that will enable the independent owneroperators to pass on to shippers the increase in fuel costs since last May In the meantime an adminis trationproposed resolution now before Congress would allow the higher fees to take effect Feb 15 without tEe 30lay delay under normal ICC regulations Federal energy chief William E Simonalso said he had directed that the trucking in dustry be supplied to the max imum extent possible with all the fuel it needs But Fleet a Hollywood Fla attorney representing the Coun cil of Independent Truckers said that before the truckers go back to work they want further assurances that the price freeze will remain in effect until the higher fees take effect plus an additional five per cent surcharge on all truck freight Also he said the truckers are demanding administration sup port for similar action by all state regulatory agencies sup port for uniform regulations on truck weights and lengths a public audit of oil industry finances and fuel reserves and a commitmentfrom the Federal Energy Off ice that fuel supplies will be shifted throughout the country to meet the industrys needs States advised to try awn rationing systems By the Associated Press State and local plans for ra tioning gained momentum today as federal energy chief William Simon told states beset by gasoline shortages to implement programs on theirown Meanwhile the shutdown by independent truckers protesting the fuel prices entered its seventh day A trucker was shot and killed inDelaware and new reports of shootings came from Alabama Minnesota and Missouri In Washington government negotiators today resumed their efforts to end the truckers shutdown as officials warned of possible food shortages in some areas if the tieup continues much longer Gov Marvin Mandel of Maryland said today that as soon as possible he will authorize a plan that would add Maryland to the list of states where motorists may purchase gasoline only on alternate days is scheduled to begin a similar voluntary ra tioning system next Monday New Jersey is expected to put some form of rationing plan in effect perhaps late this week More than 75000 layoffs have been reported since the truckers shutdown began last Thursday The auto industry has been particularly hard hit with more than 26000 auto workers offthe job or working short shifts Tuesday in plants the nation   

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