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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICH Carbondalt Murphysbero 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 16H Southern Volume a Copy Three sections Tabloid SupplemenH56 luccuwr It Cirbondli Frt fnu Herrln Dilly Journal Murphysbure IndipudMt WEDNESDAY APRIL 171974 CirhMdiltHtrrinMurphysbore Michigan vote leaves Nixon vulnerable By Jack W Germond c Washington StarNews Washington The voters of Michigans 8th Congressional District have left President Nixon politically vulnerable to his enemies as he faces the verdict of the Congress on whether he should remain in toffice The victory of Democrat J Bob Traxler was not unex pected and his margin was not impressive But its impact wag magnified immeasurably by Nixons gambling decision to fly to Saginaw six days before the election and openly ally himself his prestige as President with Republican James M Sparling Jr Now all the worst fears of Republicans and the grandest hopes of Democrats have been confirmed To professional politicians the results say that the tide of opi nion running against the Presi dent and the Republicans is so strong that even Nixons extraordinary personal cam paigning for a lowly con gressional candidate cannot reverse it The voters of the Michigan 8th have pointed out in effect that politically the President carries no weight On balance the impact of the Nixon foray seems to have been minimal The only straw Republican analysts might grasp would be that Traxlers narrow margin was less than the 6 to 7 percentage points opi nion polls had shown before Nixon arrived Perhaps the most revealing fgures were those from t h e Ihree rural overwhelm ingly Republican counties through which Nixon rode jn his pi S I News analysis Republican Sparling lost some 9000 votes either because Republicans stayed home or changed their a 11 e g i an c e Neither is a comforting ex planation for the White House or motorcade last Wednesday In each case Sparling won by a far less impressive margin than was achieved in 1972 by Republican incumbent James Harvey Sparling won Huron County for example 6795 to 4330 but Harvey had carried it almost three to one Sanilac County had voted four to one Republican two years ago but Sparling took it less than two to one In Tuscola County Sparling won 6689 to 4457 but Harvey had captured it more than two to one The Democrats matched their vote of two years ago but The result will be considered significant by national politi cians for two reasons beyond the fact that it came from a district feat has voted Republican for more than 40 years and had just been treated to a presidential visit First the Republicans made an organizational and financial effort here unmatched in any of the three prevous elections they lost earlier this year Reports filed here show the national party sent to help Sparl ing more than they spent in all the other districts combined and a staggering amount for a single Downstate mass transit aid urqe By Richard H Icen LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield An effort to provide a permanent state operating subsidy for Downstate mass transit systems was launched Tuesday in the Illinois House A bill setting aside million or this purpose was filed by Rep James G Krause DEast St Louis Missouri officials have threatened to halt Illinois service of the BiState Transit Authorityunless the statepro vides a permanent state subsidy Krause and most other Metro East legislators voted last December for the bill establishing a Regional Transit Authority tn a six county area around Chicago Bill would set aside million for subsidy Included in the package is a state subsidy which in fiscal 1975 will amount to million Krause and the others hops Chicago RTA supporters will remember this when it comes time to provide subsidies for other transit systems The bill does not specify how much of a subsidy BiState would get The program would be ad ministered by the Department of Transportation The formula to allocate money would be based on a ratio of the ridership of each system to the ridership of all Downstate transit systems All public transit systems are running heavy deficits which areexpected to increase because of rising operating costs due in part to gasoline price hikes The attitude of me Walker administration toward subsidiz inb Downstate transit units is unclear No money for this is provided in the 1975 fiscal appropriation for the department of Trans portation filed Tuesday in the Senate An administration spokesman indicated toe governor and the department have not yet taken a position and apparently were unaware of Krauses intention to file the bin The appropriations bill calls for spending about billion but provided no additional clues as to administration priorities for highway construction The state plane to ask for total authorization to spend about million on highway pro jects For rail passenger service has been set aside for another effort to provide a train link between Delate and Chicago through Champaignand Kankakee The portion from Champaign to Chicago was opened several months ago but a squabble between Amtrak and the Norfolk and Western Railroad has delayed extending the service to Decatur Legislature may limit action Agenda vote nears Springfield AP The members cf tie Illinois House Rules committee have consulted with rankandfile members and the committee is ready to vote on whether to limit the subjects for the spring session The 19member committee on which the leaders of both parties serve planned to meet at am Their recommendation will go to the House floor and it is ex pected to Mow the precedent set by the Senate which has decided already to limit the session to matters dealing with Con state change time Story on 10 has come from lawmakers from the Chcago suburbs who want a chance to revamp the recently approved Regional Transit Authority law The suburban lawmakers say they want to give their consti tuents a chance to get out of the ter to the rules committee Faffing approval there a sponsor would have to get a majority of the members of the House to have his bill con sidered The restrictions planned for this spring apparently would smother the campaign ethics bills remaining before the General Assembly They do not involve the state budget or tionment of legislative and con gressional districts and emergency matters Most of the members on our eide agreed that we should limit the session House Speaker W Robert Blair RPark Forest said after meeting with house Republicans privately Tues day Most of the Democrats were in agreement that it should be limited Rep Arthur Berman DChicago a member of the rules committee said Blair said most of the opposi tion he has heard to a limibaton it has been designed primarily to bail the Chicago Transit Authority out of financial hardship The RTA was accepted by a margin of less than 15000 votes of 13 million oast in the six northeastern counties of Illinois k the March 19 primary It was rejected soundly in the five counties surrounding Cook County but won by a large margin in Chicago If the House were to limit the subjects of the spring session it would leave the decision of what constitutes an emergency mat reapportionment islator has thus and no leg far seen the grounds that they are needed on am emergency basis In other action Tuesday Members of both parties sponsored a bill in the House to provide million which Gov Daniel Walker cut from the allotment for the states 1100 school districts last fall Walker has said he is not convinced the schools need that much money to make it through the current school year despite the fact that j he signed legislation last fall that promised it to them The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a number of minor budget bills including two which involved expense money for legislators and money for the operation of the House and Senate Mobile home lax break proposed Owners of older mobile homes would get a tax break under a bill proposed Tuesday in the Il linois House by Rep Rolland Tipsword DTaylorviUe The current rate is 15 cents per square foot for mobile homes of all ages or conditions This rate would be kept for all homes up to six years old For those six to 10 years old the tax would be reduced to 90 per cent of the 15 cent figure For those older than 10 years the tax would drop to 80 per cent Simon named treasury secretary Washiteton AP President Nixon named federal energy chief William E Simon to be Treasury secretary today and pledged to play expanded personal role directing the governments economic policy Nixon pro moted Simons chief assistant John C Sawhill to federal energy administrator congressional seat Second the only nonNixon issuesin the campaign seemed to work against Traxler By all estimates Spading was ef fective with his tough criticism of Traxlers record of absen teeism as a state legislator And he had raised some fears in the Traxler camp with his accusa tion mat the Democrat was soft on school busing to achieve racial balance It was clear when the returns came in however that Trax lers insistence that Nixon and by implication Watergate was tne issue that carried far more weight with the elec torate And after Nixons visit Republicans found in their telephone convassing of voters not a single trace of the Presidents impact on the elec torate as one Republican strategist put it It was an ominous sign for the Republican Party confirmed by the voters Tuesday night Congressional race Democrat wins Michigan seat By Gene C Schroeder 1 Saginaw Mich AP Democrat Bob Traxler has ended Republicans 42year hold on Michigans 8th Congressional District with a victory that Vice President Gerald1 R Ford called a bad omen for the nation One party control is not good for America Ford said after Traxler took slightly more than 51 per cent of the vote Tuesday in special election that pitted him against Republican James Sparling Jr And the trend in con gressional elections now is for the Democrats to end up with an overwhelming majority in the House This will mean a legislative dictatorship Ford said the election would have no bearing on how Con gress treats the President in regard to the impeachment in quiry now being conducted by the House Judiciary Com mittee Sparling said he did not blame his defeat on Nixon who made a personal appearance in the district last week But Traxler who campaigned as much against the President as against his GOP opponent disagreed adding that Nixon is the pro blem of Republicans not Democrats They are the people that are going to have to decide just how big an albatross hes going to be around their necks in November the 42 yearold Traxler told newsmen Trawlers victory gave the8th District seat to Democrats for the first time since 1932 It marked the fourth time in five special elections this year that normally GOP areas have fallen to the Democrats But it was the first time Nixon took an active role in trying to stem the tide With all of the 296 precincts in the district accounted for in unofficial returns Traxler had 59918 votes Sparling 56575 or 514 peir cent of the vote for Traxler In his victory statement to hundreds of cheering supporters who chanted Nixon must go Traxler said he felt all along that his opponent lived in a big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington He said the president acknowledged that when he appeared here last week I dont ever want to be in a presidential election again In his comments in a state ment given to newsmen at Palm Springs Calif Ford said he had talked with Sparling and he informedme that Watergate was not the principal factor in his defeat The unions simply did a better job than the Republican organization in get ting out the vote Sparling said decide later whether to challenge Traxler in November when the seat opens up again in aregular election J Robert Traxler the winner APWirepheta Nixon nof dismayed White House reports 1 Not reluctant Saxbe guard think heiress is robber San Francisco AP Atty Gen William B Saxbe and a bank guard both said to day that they believe Patricia Hearst participated willingly in a San Francisco bank robbery Monday Saxbe said in Washington mat he is convinced the 20yearold newspaper heiress was not a reluctant participant and that he considers her a common criminal Saxbe told reporters at his weekly news conference that he was expressing his personal views about Miss Hearst who was reported kidnaped by the Symbkmese Liberation Army more than two months ago In San Francisco Saxbes view was bolstered Edward Shea Hearst was by bank guard who full said Miss of curse words and appeared ready to an J fire a sawedoff carbine if in necessary during the rob bery Shea 66 who was disarmed during the holdup said Miss Hearst absolutely was a participant in the bank heist Monday in which two pissersby were shot She wasnt scared Ill tell you that he said She looked as though she knew what she was doing She had a gun and looked ready to use it She had plenty of command in her voice She was full of curse words She let it be known that she meant business Saxbe said he believes tho FBI i would be justified in breaking into a dwelling to capture Miss Hearst and SLA members The entire group were talk ing aout are common said Asked if he was including Miss Hearst in that description he replied Miss Hearst is part of it Earlier Miss Hearts fiance said he believes the SLA con trived the bank holdup in which she carried a carbine to make people think she had Washington AP President Nixon was depicted by the White House today as neither dismayed nor disheartened by the victory of a Democrat in Michigans special election and believing the cam paign was decided on the issues there The President believes that Jim Spading fought a good fight and if a man iswilling to run hard and campaign herd on the issues the President will never turn away an opportunity to help that candidate said Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L Warren He said Nixon did that in the eighft congressional district election The results were far closer than were expected a few weeks ago Warren saM in com menting on the victory of Democrat Robert Traxler over GOP candidate James Sparling Jrfor whom Nixon had cam paignedin rural areas Another man victim of Zebra1 slaying joined the terrorist group Steven reporters Weed Tuesday 26 that told Mon Soy if went beyond boards recommendation Pentagon sources criticize Galleys clemency days bank heist in which two persons were wounded and was stolen was designed to get people to believe she is converted without having to let her go Patricias father Randolph A Hearst returned Tuesday from a 10day rest in La Paz Mexico San Francisco AP A young man was gunned down in the street Tuesday night in what police said appeared to be the 18thrandom attack on whites by one or moire black assailants The latest victim in the so called Zebra was NelsonT Shields IV 23 who was fatally woundedby a gun man who shot him in the back at pointblank range It looks like another Zebra case said Police InspectorGus Coreris referring to the police code name for the case A total of 12 persons have been killed and six wounded since last November In all cases the victims were white and the assailant black Saves four jobs Washington AP Pentagon sources say Army Secretary Howard Callaway went fax beyond the recom mendation of a clemency board in halving Lt William Galleys pdson sentence to 10 years for the My Lai massacre Gateways decision Tuesday means Galley could come up for parole within the year The Army said it could not make public the recommenda tion of the ArmyAir Force Clemency and Parole Board But sources said that board proposed only a slight reduction in Galleys 20year sentence Callaway said he remitted 10 years of Galleys prison sentence because of mitigating circumstances indicating that Lt Galley may have sincerely believed that he was acting in accordance with the orders he bad received and that he was not aware of his responsibility to refuse such an illegal order At the same time the Army secretary said there is no reasonable doubt in my mind that he perpetrated the acts for which he stands convicted The case is now before Presi dent Nixon who has said hewill review it personally and make the final decision Army lawyers said Nixon could affirm the present sentence or cut it further but could not increase it Galleys civilian lawyer Ken neth M Henson said to Colum bus Ga that the Army secretarys ruling was disap pointing Were still hopeful thatthe President of the United States exonerates Lt Galley Henson said Army officials said Galley will be eligible for parole after serving onethird of his sen tence He gets credit for the two years and more than ten months he was confined to his quarters at Ft Benriing Ga before a federal judge freed him on bond in late February After Callaway acted Tuesday Army officiails said Galley will be eligible for parole in less than six months But it appears they meant after six more months of confinement His nearly two months of freedom on bond do not count toward parole they said Officials at Army head quarters said they believe Galley spent only one night in the Ft Benning stockade after his sentencing by a court martial to life in prison at hard labor on March 311971 Nixon ordered CaUey released from the stockade April 1 1971 and sadd he should be confined to his quarters pending review of his case Since Feb 27 Calley has been free on bond Fair and wanner tonight with mid or upper 40s Thursday partly cloudy and warm with high in the 70s Index Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 1518 31 4 67 1819 1314 Other similarities to previous shootings were the weapon used a 32caliber pistol and tie ap parent lack of motivation Theres no motive Coreris told reporters A guy just comes over to help move a carpet and winds up dead Shields the son of Du Pont Co executive in Wilmington Del was shot three times outside a home in a quiet residential street where he had come with a friend to pick up a rug The shooting in the Ingleside District was several miles from the Western Addition area where most of the previous shootings took place A neighbor who heard the shots told police she saw a black man running up toe street City employes forego wage hike By Joseph Arimond Of The Southern Ulinoisan Thirtyfive members of the General Teamsters Union Lo cal 347 of Carbondale agreed to a contract today with the city of Carbondale that inclu des no increase in wages In lieu of a 62 wage in crease for union employes four employes who had been scheduled for layoff will re main employed during the contract year which termin ates April 131975 These 35 employes work in the areas of building and eq uipment maintenance ceme tery maintenance and park ing and street sanitation The Teamsters past con tract covered 34 men Wages range from S304 an hour for maintenance helpers to anhour for foremen The pre sent contract expires April 30 Asked whether or not the unions decision would influ ence negotiations with the po lice departments union and that of the citys fire depart ment Carbondale City Man ager Carroll Fry said he did not have the faintest idea Those two union contracts ex pire May 1 J   

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