Anderson Daily Bulletin, March 1, 1978

Anderson Daily Bulletin

March 01, 1978

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Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 1, 1978, Anderson, Indiana Index PAGES Mirth* ..............  2 Coni ic* ..............30 Death*   ........... 2,3 Editorial*  ......... 4 Entertainment 28,29 Family emphani* ....    6,7 Sport* ............ 19-22 lf hat'* where.........31City installs new computer system See page 31ll bile saving energy avoid fire hazards See page IS Weal he *r tonight generally clear and I cold. Lou in the mid and upper J teen*. Thursday cloudy and cold I ti ith chance of snow bv late morn- I inn or afternoon, finch in the fan I and mid 30*. Prohnhilit \ of I precipitation 40 percent. Yester* j day'* high. .15, overnight Iou. 32. I Wednesdoy, March Anderson, Indiana Vol 93 Ne 295 Price Fifteen Centi Public opposition to canal pact up NEW YORK (AP) - Public opposition to amended Panama Canal treaties has grown in recent weeks as the Senate moves slowly toward a decision on the pacts, a new Associated Press NRC News poll shows. Despite the increase on a broad front in opposition to the agreements, a majority of Americans still express support for the treaties if they are amended as suggested by the Senate leadership. Forty percent of those familiar with the treaties oppose ratification by the Senate, even if the pacts are amended to guarantee U.S. defense rights and the right to speedy passage through the waterway in time of crisis after the year 2000, when Panama would control the canal. In an A P NBC News poll six weeks ago, respondents were asked if they supported the treaties provided they were McIntyre joins 45 pro-treaty legislators WASHINGTON (AP) Sen Thomas J. McIntyre, undecided until now in the Panama Canal debate, said today he will vote to ratify the treaties despite threats of political retribution involving what he called "coarse and brutish" tactics. The New Hampshire Democrat’s announcement was accompanied by a harsh denunciation of some conservatives, whom he said seek not to compete honorably but only to "annihilate those they see as ‘enemies’.’’ McIntyre’s decision brings the number of pro-treaty senators to 46 in a running count kept by The Associated Press. Ratification of the treaties would require approval by two-thirds of those present and voting, or 67 if all IOO senators vote. The AP tally shows 25 senators opposed. Twenty nine are undecided. Of these, ll have said they are leaning in favor of ratification and seven that they are leaning against. McIntyre had not indicated before today that he was leaning either way. He has been courted by the White House to vote for ratification President Carter campaigned in New Hampshire in mid-February for McIntyre. amended to guarantee US defense rights. At that time, 25 percent of those interviewed op posed the pacts In the most recent poll, taken last week. 54 percent said they support ratification of the amended pacts In the January poll, the figure was 65 percent in support Six percent were uncertain in the February survey. Thus, the latest poll found an increase of 15 points in opposition strength and a drop of about ll points in support for the treaties in the last six weeks. Public awareness of the treaties continued to climb, increasing to 81 percent of those interviewed last week, versus the 77 percent who said in the January AP NRC News poll that they had heard or read of the pacts. The latest poll was taken Feb 22 and 23, as the Senate met in secret session to discuss allegations that the family of Panamanian leader Omar Tor-rijos was involved in drug smuggling and that Torrijos did nothing to stop the crimes. In the week prior to last week's telephone interviews with 1.600 adults, there were news accounts of the allegations against Torrijos and his family. As with past polls, the February survey found that those who say they feel very strongly about the Panama Canal are evenly divided among supporters and opponents. And. in general, the less importance a person attaches to the canal issue, the more likely the respondent is to favor the pact. The January survey was taken as moves aimed at amending the treaties were prominent in the news, but actual debate on the pacts had not begun. There are two Panama Canal treaties. The first describes the gradual takeover of the operations of the waterway by the Panamanians between now and the year 2000 The second assures Panamanian control of the canal and its continued neutrality after the turn of the century. As with any sample survey, the results of the AP-NBC News poll can vary from the exact opinions of all Americans with telephones solely because of chance variations in the sample. For a poll of 1,600 adults, the variation due to sampling error is-no more than three percentage points either way. The error margin is said to be valid at the 96 percent confidence level. This means that, if the same questions were repeated in 20 polls, the results of at least 19 surveys would be within three percentage points of the results of this survey. »«!«/ IV*-** REPRESENTATIVES OF I MV* LOC AES LOOK OYER PROPOSED CONTR ACI* . . . contract precented today lf* member**: vole ■*«*! for March I State union leaders meet to hear contr aet details By The Associated Press Leaders from all 21 of Indiana locals of the United Mine Workers will hear details of the tentative coal strike settlement today a's the union moves toward a weekend ratification vote About 200 union officials were called to a meeting in the UMW Astrict ll headquarters in Terre Haute to hear details of the proposed contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. The local leaders then will take the information back to rank and file members who have the final decision on whether to accept the contract and end the 85-day strike A tentative schedule set by Indiana UMW leaders would give the miners at least two days to study the contract, with a ratification vote probably on Sunday. District ll President Larry Reynolds returned to Washington on Tuesday and in contract talks as a member of the UMW bargaining council, which approved the settlement earlier Reynolds said he would have no comment on the contract until Thursday-, after meeting with local union officials However, he was quoted in earlier reports from Washington as saying the agreement is workable but "not something you can jump for joy over." As the crucial vote neared, state officials said strike related unemployment appeared to be stabilizing. And on Tuesday, striking UMW members halted a Conrail freight train carrying coal from the southwestern Indiana community of Oakland City by forming a human blockade across the tracks. The Indiana Employment Security Division said 4.400 p<*r sons were idle Tuesday, up about 500 from Monday The increase was attributed to a series of small layoffs around the state, including a one day furlough for about 80 employees of Mobile Aerial Towers at Fort Wayne Retail establishments at Terre Haute were open Tuesday after abandoning their earlier plans to close each Tuesday to meet 25 percent power cutbacks imposed by Public Service Indiana, the state’s largest utility. The businesses were operating with shorter work days instead, closing before dark. • * It (unemployment; is still going up," said Bruce Meyer of the employment security division "It looks better because there don’t seem to be many signs of further one-day layoffs being contemplated." About 6,000 workers at General Motors’ Delco Electronics plant at Kokomo were on a one day layoff last Friday On Monday, about 2,900 Delco Remy employees at Anderson and 2,500 BCA workers at Marion were idled, but they were back on the job Tuesday. Chuck Hardy, a spokesman for Delco-Remy, reported the layoff at his company resulted in a 26 percent reduction in power usage. He said this was 6 percent more than the company anticipated and that there w'ere no plans for further layoffs. Meyer added, however, that only 50 workers laid off indefinitely because of the coal-induced energy crisis have been recalled Oakland City Police Chief Bob Bighan said about 35 or 40 miners blocked passage of the train, which he said was going to take about 60 cars loaded with coal to a northern Indiana location He said the men stood on the tracks, carrying picket signs and that some climbed on the caboose and threatened the train’s engineer. "No one was hurt, but it could have been a bad situation," said Bighan "I immediately called for additional help because there was only one other officer on duty besides myself " He said members of the Indiana State Police and Gibson County Sheriff’s Department responded and there were no incidents. Sgt. Paul Montgomery of the state police said union employees on the train refused to drive the train through the picket line and that management personnel were going to the scene to get the train going again.Missingfunds probe requested By DONNA DOUGLAS Bulletin Staff Writer At the request of Madison County Prosecutor William I* Lawler Jr., the Anderson Police Department has assigned a detective to investigate th* missing funds of the Anderson Township School Building Corp An audit of the corporations accounts completed recentlv shows $233,244 missing from it-* funds. Lawler told the Bulletin today since the State Board of Account* would not order an investigation because the corporation is a private one, he felt such an investigation should be undertaken. No one contacted him personally asking tor the probe, bul "since there is possible criminal action involved, wt* felt we should go forward with it, Lawler said today. He explained APD s detective will try to discover what if any, criminal activity may bi* involved in this case. Lawler said appointments have also been made to contact persons involved with the issue to gather additional information on the missing funds Lawler said he made the request to the police department Tuesday. They immediately responded, he said, assigning a detective to investigate the situation. News of the in'.saint un cb wa first reported in the Bulletin Feb 3. Members of the board of directors of the holding cor (Mira lion. which was formed to finance the construction of Madison Heights High School in 1954, were reportedly told by former treasurer William i Edmundson in December 197. that he had misspent certain funds belonging to the boldin company. An audit of the corporation accounts was ordered When completed, it was discovered unauthorized checks on it accounts were written, with large sums of money going to Thornv n and McKinnon, a local -.lock brokerage firm, and Don J Merchant Inc. Other sums were also written on the account including more than $1,000 to Edmundson^ son, Dan According to a member of the board of director.-. Dan Edmundson returned the money deposited in his account after he learned where the money hat! come from. William Edmundson has also reportedly repaid $75,4 of his own money to th** account! See Page 31, Column 5New organization to help unemployed By TOM WATSON Bulletin Staff Writer In Anderson, and in every American city, there are a certain number of ‘‘hard core’’ unemployed persons. These are men and women who may have family problems or problems with drugs and alcohol, or perhaps they are just lazy. But for whatever reason, they have never been able to hold a steady job. Many private and governmental social service agencies have virtually given up on these people. But one new agency, successful across the country and just now getting started in Madison County, was founded with the philosophy that no one is beyond help and, ‘‘Everybody can be somebody.” Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, more commonly known as OIC, is an organization which was started in 1964 in an abandoned jail in Philadelphia by Dr. Leon Sullivan. According to OIC literature, the agency is now ‘‘the largest non-profit minority manpower institution (in America) that provides free skills training and placement to unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged men and women." Hie OIC currently has about 200 offices in the United States and branches in six other countries, including Nigeria and Jamaica. Dr. Sullivan, pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, still maintains a training program for local OIC leaders in that city. Besides his leadership of the OIC, Dr. Sullivan is also involved with other social service agencies and has been on the board of directors of General Motors for the past six years. The Madison County OIC was organized last November by the Rev. Tom Robinson, pastor of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1525 W. 15th St. Robinson moved from Marion recently to become pastor of the local church. He had been involved with the OIC in Marion and was asked by representatives of the OIC’s state planning office to try and get the agency established here. The minister organized a 13-member board of directors, with local real estate agent Jesse Johnson as president; Dave Middleton, principal of the Anderson Area Vocational Technical School, as vice president; and Jack Samuels, executive director of the Community Action Council, as treasurer. OICs across the country have been successful by "dealing with the whole individual," Robinson says. "We develop a plan for an individual based on his own interests and capabilities." This is known as the "employability plan.” "We don’t do any actual (job) training," Robinson continues. "We bring them (the hard core unemployed) up to entry level" so they are mentally prepared to begin training at a facility such as the local vocational school or Ivy Tech in Muncie "We call this inspirational and motivational training," Robinson says. On Jan. 9, the first five students were enrolled in Madison County OIC classes, which are now being held at the 17th and Lincoln Neighborhood Center. One student dropped out of the program because of illness. But of the other four, two are now enrolled at Anderson Area Vocational School and two are at Ivy Tech One of these four, Lester Walton Jr., has already been hired as a supervisor at Carter Industries. Walton has nothing but praise for the agency. "OIC has changed my whole life around,’’ he says. Eleven more students began the six-week OIC program on Monday. Robinson says the local OIC’s goal is "to train 40 p< >pl* ii six months." Another goal is ti* place 20 of these people i ‘ non subsidized jobs’’ not Comprehensive Employment and TYaining Act, or CETA, jobs) Funding is currents ar unanswered question for the fledgling organization, but Robinson says an application ha been made for federal CETA funding. Board of Directors President Johnson says he was somewhat skeptical at first, but now that he has seen what OIC can do he is a believer "They (OlC-trained counselors) can convince these people that they can do better," Johnson says, "and they do seem to do better." ;

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