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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - November 15, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION Off KM 710 N IINMla 111 Walnut Htrrhi MNo Cepy Htfrti Mr FRIDAY NOVEMBER LIBBAWf LS KEISPAPHW BECAJUR IU W525 w Ford again rejects large gas tax boost Washington AP President Ford facing massive auto industry layoffs has again rejected a gasoline tax hike that would reduce driving Ford also rapped his top energy official for reviving the Idea after President had already rejected the gasoline tax proposal Interior Secretary Rogers C B Morton had surprised reporters Wednesday b y renewing the proposal Some equally surprised officials con sidered it unlikely that Morton would revive the idea without White House approval But Ford in a broadcast news conference in Ph enix Ariz Thursday night slapped it down hard and needled Morton for raising it We are not considering an additional gasoline tax Ford said I thought that others in the executive branch got the word And I hope that this word Is gotten to my good friend the Secretary of the Interior I am not considering an increase in the gasoline tax The Commerce Department reported today that the deficit in the US balance of payments shrank considerably to million in the third quarter this year The improvement from a billion deficit in the second quarter appeared due to President criticizes idea by Secretary of Interior reduced levels of US bank lending abroad at the same time that surplus foreign oil dollars were reinvested in this country in substantial amounts The balance of payments measur es the overall flow of money across US borders and indicates the relative strength of the US dollar in comparison wih other currencies Fielding wideranging ques tions at an ontheroad news conference Ford also said wants Congress to promptly confirm Nelson A Rockefeller as vice president and stressed there are no conditions I can imagine that would force him to withdraw Rockefellers nomination He wont fire Gen George S Brown as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for his remarks about Jewish in fluence in America He plans to make his trip to the Far East as scheduled next week Republicans took a licking in last weeks congressional elections because of past scan dals and a slumping economy that is no reason to change the GOP role as a middleof theroad party While the United States cant force Israel to negotiate with the Palestine Liberation Organization he said our plans are aimed at trying to get Israel to negotiate additional settlements with Egypt and other Arab parties Ford held the news con ference at a convention of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi after a speech to a convention of real estate agents in Las Vegas where he altered the emphasis of his antiinflation advice to American con sumers The President previously had urged consumers to save more as one way to help in the battle against inflation but he told the real estate agents he strongly opposes suggestions that the best way to defeat in Kissinger for help to reduce oil consumption Chicago AP Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger warning It our liberty feat in tht end is stake has called for rigid International cooperatlonl to cut oil consumption and develop new energy sources Only a serious reduction in consumption by industrialized nations will impel oilproducing nations to negotiate lower oil Now its definite Ford to run Washington AP President Ford definitely will run in 1976 for a full term in the White House his chief spokesman said today Elevating the status of Fords candidacy from probable to definite White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen said Fords decision was based on the fact he enjoys being President The announcement of Fords plans comes nearly two years prior to the election and ahead of any other candidates either Republican or Democrat Nessens disclosure of Fords plans came in response to a question at a routine White House news briefing A reporter noted that there had been speculation Ford was ready to say he would be a candidate and asked if this was correct Yes Nessen replied He Intends to run in 1976 prices Kissinger said Otherwise we face further and mounting worldwide s h o r t a g e s unemployment poverty and hunger imperil ing international order It is our liberty that in the end is at stake and it is only through the concerted action of the industrial democracies that it will be maintained said Kissinger in a major address to kick off a fundraising cam paign for the University of Chicago Kissinger said North America Western Europe and Japan must cooperate because there can be no purely American solution He proposed a fivepoint in ternational program of cooperation to check the ef fects of the global energy crisis The plan included reduced dependence on foreign oil sup plies dynamic development of alternative energy sources a shoring up of economies overburdened by huge outlays paid in high oilprices to pro ducing nations continuing aid at least at current levels to developing countries and meaningful dialogue with pro ducers after bargaining power is attained through reduced consumption Kissinger saidthe most serious immediate problem is economic and financial strain facing industrial nations that currently are burdened with a collective payments deficit of billion He called for the creation of a common loan and guarantee facility to provide for redistributing in 1975 up to billion in money lhat was in vested in consuming nations by the oilproducing nations Anonymous pamphlets FBI turnsover data on antiSimon effort Springfield AP An FBI said to day results of an investigation into the anonymous distribution of campaign literature in the 24th Congressional District have been forwarded to the Justice Department for possi ble prosecution Paul Simon who won the race asked for the investiga tion after a fourpage pamphlet describing him as a puppet of the Chicago Democratic or ganization and accusing him of fomenting racial strife in Cairo was mailed to Southern Illinois newspapers a few days before the Nov 5 election The FBI spokesman said the investigation was complete and the results have been turned over to the election law division of the Justice Department in Washingtor for a decision on prosecution He said he could give no details of the findings flation is to curtail buying Instead of curtailing purchases I say to consumers buy wisely shop sharper Fordsaid Later at the Phoenix news conference Ford declared that what the nation needs in its in flation fight are more tough Yankee traders He defended his economic proposals declaring I see no justification for any major revisions in thepackage he presented Congress last month As for wage and price con trols Ford declared anew that he will not ask Congress to enact mandatory or standby controls and that there are no circumstances I foresee today that would justify such con trols The President scorned sug gestions that the nation faces a possible depression He said his economic proposals and ex isting safeguards such as unemployment insurance would prevent any depression Fordwas firm in his defense of the Rockefeller nomination and in his insistence that Congress confirm it There are no conditions that I can imagine under winch I would withdraw Gov Rockefellers name h e declared Referring to Rockefellers gifts and loans Ford said If you have that much money you ought to have the right to give some of it away The chief executive also stood behind Brown a fourstar Air Force general under attack for public comments viewed as disparaging of Jews Ford said he had called Brown to the Oval Office this morning at and rebuked him But he added He has made a has recognized it but he is a fine officer and he has done a good job and I dont think he should be fired for that one mistake Later in the news conference Ford acknowledged that we made a mistake it wont happen in his nomina tionof Andrew E Gibson as Federal Energy Administrator without knowing details of his severance agreement with an oil transport firm Sirica orders tape replay Washington AP US District Judge John J Sirica today ordered a replay ing of the June 231972 tape on which thenPresident Richard M Nixon and aide H R Haldeman discussed trying to use the Central Intelligence Agency to limit the FBI in vestigation of the Watergate breakin Sirica ordered the tape played again with the jury absent after Haldemans lawyers in the Watergate coverup trial contended that Haldeman had reason to believe the FBI might com promise covertCIA activity in Mexico Defense counsel objected but Sirica said Ive already ruled the tape will be played I want to know what their defense Miller Theres lot more argument ahead Washington AP Arnold Miller president of the striking United Mine Workers said today there re mains a lot more argument to go through before a proposed settlement to end the na tionwide coal strike can be voted on by the UMWs bargaining council However Miller said he was still hopeful the council would approve the proposed contract eo it could be put to a vote of the full 120000member union Once we get past bargaining council and get out into the field weve got H worked out very well Miller said The union Tuesday struck mines which produce 70 per cent of the nations coal The 38member UMW bargaining council began deliberations Thursday night on a tentative settlement but recessed after eight hours without taking a vote Another session was set for later today Miller interviewed on NBC Today Show said it is too early to make an assess ment on what the bargaining council will do Meanwhile Guy Farmer diief coal industry negotiator said the tentative agreement Is industrys final offer He said even if the contract should fail to be ratified by the UMW we are not open to renegotiate the agreement was also interviewed on the Today Show Miller and aides have been explaining the contract line by line to Hie council The UMW president has predicted that the package which includes sizable wage and benefit increases would be ratified by the membership possibly In time to end the na tionwide walkout befort Thanksgiving SNOW Cloudy tonight with occasion ally light snow likely Liow around 30 Saturday mostly cloudy occasional snow ending by afternoon high in the upper 30s Partly cloudy Sunday through Tuesday cold during the period Highs in the 40s lows in the 30s INDEX Classified Religion Comiei TV Bridge Crossword Family Living Records Sports V Weather Malls Hello Some telephone users startled when male voice answers O By Sue Spaeth Of The Southern Dlinoisan What do you do when you dial the operator and a man answers the phone He added that customers of ten react to male operators in funnny ways When they hear my voice some just say Oh and then people are so surprised hang up Others cover up the that they are dead silent said receiver and whisper Hey Robert Witt its a man he said Jewell Wilson chief operator for General Telephone in Car bondale said she is amazed at how quickly the substitute operators learned their new jobs These people have done re markably well The first day it took toee of us to help them but normally an opera has marketing ser vices manager for General Telephone Co of Illinois Witt began working as a phone operator Oct 27 when 1900 service construction and supply workers and 1000 oper ators and service office em ployes began a statewide strike Management and nonunion personnel took jobs of striking em stitute workers I first started work ing the switchboard everything Ratification VOf6 looked like spaghetti I had B to learn to do many things at once it was all I could doto handle three calls at a time said Witt He added that he now has a better appreciation of what a phone operator goes through David Griffin who normally works with insurance and pen tute operators trained only four hours before they began working the switchboards Long working hours have kept many substitute employes away from their families ac cording to Debbie Ambrose clerk in the engineering de partment of the phone com panys general office Miss Ambrose who recently began working theswitch poard said Substituting is OK for me because Im not married It doesnt matter how long Im gone But I feel sorry the married workers Hazel Sauerbruna secretary for the plant service manager ago and I wanted to see ii I could do it again she said adding that modernized equip ment has made an operators job easier than it was in the past Most substitute operators said callers have been court eous and understanding during the strike But people will put up with minor inconveniences for just so long said Witt plugg ing in his switchboard for s longdistance call It may not be long now un til Ihe regular operator art on a twoyear contract was announced by company and officials General Tel and union reach agreement sions in theGeneral Telephone personnel department said personnel aepmumaik ocuu substituting as an operator has jjeen announced on a been as difficult as I figured at General Te it would be Ci0 Ot Illinois by uni Bloomington AP tentative agreement twoyear Telephone 4 Co of Illinois by union and Being an operator takes pany officials awhile to get used to It really 2 m members of scares you the first time Internatonai Brotherhood one wants to place a call to Electricai Workers have Iran or Iraq1 he on strike since Oct 26 when they rejected a contract offer Tentative settlement was reached Thursday night said C Sumpter Logan a company vote by union members fltrly next week The union to to notify company by 8 am Thursday of the outcome of the vote onratification of the contract Logan said if the contract is ratified it will take several Griffin explained men have an easier time substituting as operators than women do The customers expect a man operator to be dumb so they are more patient than theyd be with a woman he said spokesman The tentative contract is believed to contain higher wages than the 1315 per cent has offer that was refused but Logan refused to disclose details of the new contract until ratification scheduled for next Tuesday John Boswell business agent for BBEW Local 702 of West days to get employes back into Frankfort which represents job rotation Some would begin the 988 employes in Southern Illinois did not call it a tenta tive agreement He said the union has a proposal which we will bring back to the mem bers to vote on rext week njU luwxuwjii working Nov 22 most would be back by Nov 25 and all would be working again by Nov 26 he said Both sides agreed that no details of the contract settle US wont boost w White House for million Citing inflation and other domestic considerations the White House has turned down a request for an immediate in crease of one million tons in world food aid a US official said today decision seemed sure to spark criticism from many participants in the World Food aiu UB Conference whoalready feel was sent to Ford by the meeting has done nothing Agriculture Secretary Earl L concrete toward countering Butz at the urging of Democratic congressional leaders in Rome for the con denies request ton increase starvation The announcement by Anne L Armstrong counselor to President Ford and third ranking member of the US government felt from the start delegation to the conference me conference was not said the one millionton grant would have a commercial value ference But Butz had said the US ference She called the request un just and said in food aid the United States was second to none The Ford administration said repeatedly it was tor he newly rich oil exporting to help pay the food bill for their needy neighbors in Asia and Africa But no such pledges have been made Mrs Armstrong said pressure for the request was based on a certain amount of partisan politics In pressing the US delega tion to ask for doubling of humanitarian aid Sen Hubert H Humphrey DMinn an observer to me conference had called the request modest meant to spend a great deal of time discussing the im of about millipnand would mediate food aid problem r j af Ant ijl awvut ytiv have boosted total US food aid We are this year to 43 milliontons compassionate to Mrs Armstrong said White House decision based on domestic considera tions and what such an in crease in aid would have inflation prices in America ujc She said the request cameat ference had been to seek shor time when the American term solutions we could all housewife is having a tough have stayed at home and sent time meeting her own budget the money we saved to the American citizens are having a needy said non f the food the needs of others Mrs was Armstrong said but added that the aim of the conference was toimplement longrange food on policies rather than winding up as a pledging forum If the aim of the con Russia may buy more US wheat Memphis Tenn AP Nearly six weeks after President Fords ban on the sale of 34 million tons of corn and grain to the Soviet Union Cook Industries Inc has an nounced fresh negotiations are complete and that exports will begin wimin a few days Ford halted the sale by Memphisbased Cook and the Continental Grain Co on Oct 8 then relented It was feared tht deal would have an adverse effect on domestic prices and supplies The original sale was for 13 million metric tons of corn and 570000 metric tons of grain Under the new terms Cook reduced the corn sale from 13 million metric tons to 570000 metric tons The grain ship ment remained the came Ametric ton is of UOZtons
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