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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICi Carbondale Murphysboro Htrrln 710 N Illlnolt 1113 Walnut 212 N 7710c Copy tSeetlOl rtt Frni Hrrln Dliy journil Murphyibro lirtilwHlMl MONDAY APRIL 11974 lvc 0 BOX 789 Halt energy demand av A Ford Foundation study shows the government should seriously consider steps to slow or halt the growth of energy de mand instead of concentrflting on fullscale development of en ergy resources The report released over the weekend said most of the na tions remaining fossil fuels are in public lands and offshore The federal government is in a unique position to shape the future patterns of national energy policy through control of publicly owned energy re sources the report said It added that the pace at which the federal lands are opened can play a key role in daermining the overall rate of energy growth the mix of fuels and the degree to which the na tion must rely on imports The twoyear private study by the foundations Energy Policy Project noted that for he present the decision has been Ford group soys nation should slow down growth made to rapidly develop all federal energy resources simul taneously But the report asserted It will be far more difficult to ensure a fair return to the public from the leasing of its re sources and to protect the en vironment under a program of rapid development The study said the countrys growth rate of energy demand ow about 34 per cent a year could be continued through this century with allout develop ment of resources However it said this growth rate could instead be cut in half x with no major disadvantages by a concerted effort to conserve energy through better use of it The report said the energy growth rate could even be slow ed and halted leveling off slightly higher than at present high enough to maintain present living standards and to improve those of the poor According to the Ford study the government badly lacks solid information about its own energy resources and is often forced to obtain data from pri vate industry The governments under standing of what it owns is grossly inadequate the report said In other energyrelated de velopments Sen Frank Church Idaho said the Nixon admin istration should negotiate with Arab countries to help reduce oil prices I am proposing we recognize that the price of oil is a hijacked price with disastrous conse quences and that the federal government do something about negotiating with the Arab governments to bring that down Church said in a tele vision interview Sunday Sen James Abourezk DS D charged Sunday that the Atomic Energy Commission is withholding evidence that solar energy can be developed far quicker and cheaper than bad been thought possible He said the AEC had ignored and even openly misrepre sented information on solar energy contained in a report prepared by AEC Court upholds Bank Secrecy Act MAR An answer to seeding problem Southern Illinois farmers having trouble getting into muddy fields can take a lex con from Allen Coffer a Jack ion County farmer He sits at the wheel of an all terrain vehicle ATV modified to spread seed clover and ferti lizer over muddy cropland Coffer and his son Leland right fixed up the eighfmile anhour balloontired vehicle to use on their grainarid live stock farm between Elkvillo and Vergennes Here fhey work on the farm of a neigh bor Charles Anderson left the vehicle can do 20 acres hours on a gallon of gas Nixon papers may miss some sensitive c New York Times New York While President Nixons gift of prepresidentJal papers to the National Archieves contained thousands of newspaper clipp ings and even undipped news papers sensitive files on J Edgar Hoover Jacqueline Ken nedy and the Vietnam War According to testimony given Ihe Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation which is in vestigating Nixons tax returns and the deduction claimed for the gift the sensi tive material was culled even though Nixon turned the papers over to the government with the specification that no unauthor ized person could see them until after he left the White House Some items of clear historical interest were included such as briefing materials prepared for Nixon before his trips as vice president to the Far East America Australia Britain and the Soviet Union But also among he 1176 box es of paper were 229 boxes of invitations to Nixon to attend social events An inventory of the pre presidential papers located in President Nixons vault at the National Archives has been turned over to the joint com mittee and a copy was obtained by the New York Times The Associated Press reported Friday that the staff of the joint committee which has been ex aminine every aspect of Nixons tax returns for 1969 through Index Chance of showers or thun derstorms this afternoon and evening High 74 to 84 To night cloudy windy and cool er Low in the 40s with show ers Tuesday partly cloudy cooler High in the 50s Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Farm Records Sports Weather details map 1114 15 4 67 5 14 910 8 1972 had found that the donated paoers were overvalued at The appraisal was made by Ralph G Newmam of Chicago a professional ap praiser who has also valued the papers of many other public figures Whether the joint committee staff actually did find that the donated Nixon papers had been overvalued could not be inde pendently confirmed Another document in the pos session of the joint committee and ofthe Times shows how ever tiiat Newman valued all of Nixons prepresidential1 papers going back to his first cam paign for Congress in 1946 at Newsman over a period of months has repeatedly refused to respond to attempts by the Times to reach him for ques tioning about the methods he used in valuing the papers Items of interest not included in the gift or in an earlier one made in 1968 included corre spondence with President Eisenhower and his family during the years that Nixon was vice president and a fiveinch thick file of correspondence with and concerning Murray Chotiner the controversial po litical adviser of Nixons early years in politics who died re cently Washington AP The Supreme Court today up held a controversial federal law requiring broad scale reporting by banks of citizens financial transactions Zoning law upheld The US Supreme Court today upheld a zoning ordinance simi lar to a Oarbondale ordinance that prohibits more than two unrelated individuals from liv ing in a structure in a single family zone The court upheld by a 7 to 2 vote the constitutionality of a New York villages ordinance that bans communal living in onefamily dwellings The court said the Belle Terre NY ordinance was a reasonable method of governing land use Associate Circuit Judge Ro bert Schwartz upheld the Car bondale zoning law last Oct 26 in a case filed by the city against four women living in a house on Crestview Drive in Oarbondale At that time an appeals court had said the Belle Terre NY ordinance was unconstitutional Douglas Ingold of the Legal Assistance Foundation cited the Belle Terre case in his argu ment against the Garbondale or dinance Critics call the law a massive invasion of constitutional rights but the government claims it is necessary to fight increasingly sophisticated crime By a vote of 6 to 3 the court upheld the Bank Secrecy Act overturning in part a lower court decision that had voided the laws most sweeping do mestic reporting provision The act was written to give government access to informa tion having what the Bank Secrecy Act describes as a high degree of usefulness in criminal tax or regulatory in vestigations or proceedings Under the act and regulation of the U S Treasury Depart ment financial institutions must file reports Internal Revenue oh transactions A threejudge court in California had approved the ex tensive recordkeeping require ments of the act But the judges of the lower court had said that the vir tually unlimited reporting from banks of domestic financial transactions required by the act so far transcends the constitu tional limits as to unrea sonably invade the right of pri vacy In other action today the court Refused without comment to hear a plea by the state of California for greater latitude in the use of statements made to police by criminal suspects Declined to review a lower court decision requiring the United Mine Workers union to pay damages in a law suit stemming from a 19month strike against Solar Fuel Co of Hooversviie Pa BASKET COMPARISON BOSTON CHJCA6Q MmtP WBIIHIW i I HfWYORK PHLMflPJjM Small break for consumers Chart shows prices March 1 1974 April 1 1974 and com pared by percentage of ehan ge for three of 15 Itemscheek ed in the Associated Press marketbasket survey in i 14 ctt ies In nine cities the total for all items was down an average of 11 percent but In York Miami Philadelphia the total incrtMM an average of 14 per Food bills come cfown New York AP The family grocery bill de clined slightly during March the first uch drop in five months an AP marketbasket survey shows More items went up in price than went down but sales on meat and eggs cut the dollar value of toe marketbasket in nine of 13 cities checked with an average decrease of 22 per cent It was the first month since October that marketbasket declines outnumbered in creases Prices in every city were higher at the beginning of April 1974 than they were on March 1 1973 The marketbasket bill was up an average of 133 per cent over the 13month period with increases ranging from 6 per cent in Los Angeles to 25 per cent in Philadelphia AmbulancesDo they A necessity Funeral directors had to provide ambulances The history of funeral di rectors providing ambulance service is an illustration that necessity is the mother of Invention toIhe early 1900s when Americans were trading in their horse and buggies for motorized cars the local fu neral director was the only person with a vehicle his hearse big enough to haul a body Thus when a person crack ed up his Model T and needed to be rushed to the hospital the funeral director was the only one in town who could answer call Gradually since then am bulance services have become businesses in themselves And funeral directors fac with rising costs difficulty in collecting bills and mount ing paperwork because of gov ernment health programs have quit the business However many others par ticulary in small communities such as in Southern Illinois have continued to provide am bulance service in town In other instances though it serves as a way of build ing good will in the com munity As one funeral direc torambulance operator ex plained the money he loses on ambulance service he more than makes up on fu nerals secured through con tacts made in his ambulance work Sometimes because funeral have traditionally handled1 ambulance work some community residents ex pect them to continue and are angry when they do not In Benton some funeral di rectors have said they will quit the ambulance business because of proposed govern ment regulations Funeral di rector Joseph E Mitchell however plans to continue his ambulance business Mitchell tellsof talking to one Franklin County resident upset with the other funeral directors plans who told him he wanted Mitchell to handle funeral arrangements when members of his family died The hell with these fellows who want to wait until they die Mitchell quoted him as By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan First of a Series vMany Southern Illinois fu neral directors think that if the state decides to regulate ambulance service the area could face a medical disaster If current operators are le gislated out of existence be cause they will not meet new standards for equipment and many communities will be unable to obtain am bulance service they predict In addidion they say even in communities fortunate enough to have a service many people will decide against using an ambulance To meet the standards will be so expensive they argue that an operator will have to charge a prohibitive price for his services In the sce nario written by some funeral directors Southern Illinoisans will drive themselves to hos pitals and nursing homes ra ther than pay the going price for ambulance service The regions emergency me dical service coordinator Ro bert Motti of Carbondale said however he does not believe tight restrictions on ambu lance service will hurt the area Rather he said it will improve the care available to area residents What has precipitated the concern of area funertl di rectors is the states over the past several years to require licensing for am bulance services Many ob servers think that a bill to be introduced in this session of the General Assembly will pass and the Dept of Public Health will be charged with regulating ambulance service beginning July l 1976 But even if that particular bill fails this year most fu neraldirectors concede that licensing is inevitable in light of federal and state govern ment policy Almost all funeral directors in Southern Illinois surveyed about impending ambulance regulations said they would drop the service before in vesting money in new equip ment and hiring trained per sonnel Many of them said the regulations under discussion make sense in a metropolitan area but are impractical for a rural area such as Southern Illinois Bernard Wilson owner of Wilson Funeral Home in Ava echoed the sentiment of many area funeral directors when he said the regulations are going to put rural areas in quite a bind Motti agreed that rural ar teas might have more diffi culty with regulations than ur ban But he added they still should be able to main tain ambulance service He said that Hardin County one of Illinois smallest and poorest raised to begin an ambulance service meeting all government requirements If they can buy and run one Motti said I dont see why any county in Southern Illinois cant do it Motti conceded that the ad ditional equipment and train ing required under the pro posed regulations would in crease the price of ambulance service But he does not think it will discourage those who need an ambulance from calling one I think it will knock off a lot of the superfluous am bulance runs he said but the people who really need an ambulance will use it However W M Keeling owner of the Keeling Funeral Home in Du Quoin thinks there is another reason area residents will spurn a pro fessionalized ambulance ser vice I think the public is going to suffer because if it regu lations prevails its going to get ambulance service thats not interested in the person but in the professional as pects explaining the veteran of 20 years in the ambulance business Id say 86 per cent of the people we transport are no interested in having wheels under them but in somebody they know somebody they know will take care of them I think theyre not going to get what theyre after It may be more prompt and profes sional but it wont be as in terested in the patient Answering Keeling Motti noted Pope and Johnson counties BiCounty Ambu lance Service which is based at the Vienna Correctional Center There was a lot of con troversy when that first start ed he said but now people prefer it Theyve seen the difference between the new service and what funeral di rectors previously Now they can look at both sides and they prefer the new way A lot of people have never had anything to com pare by Another frequent comment of longtime ambulance ser vice providers is that expen sive emergency equipment which would be mandatory un der proposed regulations is rarely needed and not worth purchasing Motti however thinks dif ferently I dont believe this he said He said he could cite Numerous examples where bandages were needed for au to accident victims but fu neral directors ambulances did not carry them He added that there are fu neral directors with this ne cessary equipment who do a damn good job But he said those who say they have never needed for example suction equipment either dont know how to use it or have never had somebody along to oper ate it while they drive Suction equipment could be used for example in the case of an auto accident victim with mouth damage In such a case fluids such as blood and vomit would be going down the victims throat A machine called an aspirator would be used to suck the fluids up and prevent the vic tim from suffocating Youre talking about a hu man life Motti said noting the cost of the equipment With more smaller cars on the road he added there is even a greater need for the equipment Several veteran funeral di rectorambulance providers also argue that training in how to stabilize a victim at the scene which the regula tions would make mandatory is unnecessary Rather they say the ambulance attend ants major concern should be to get the patient to a hospital as soon as possible   

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