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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- cloudy tonight mill Saturday. tu- night, mid 'Ills. .Highs .Saturday, near 55. VOLUMK --TlUMIiFJt 2% CKDAll RAPIDS, IOWA, FKIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, l'J74 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES SIOUX CITY (UPI) Prcs idcnl Fore! announced plans Thursday to protect American farmers against any subsidizec or increasing competition from foreign dairy and meat suppli crs. Opening a final, three-day Re- publican barnstorming trip be fore Tuesday's congressional elections, Ford said at an ah port rally he has made several policy decisions "which I be- lieve will relieve some of the anxiety" felt by farmers. First, he said, "If imports of meat subject to the meg', import law threaten to pick up marked ly during (he next year and the agriculture department's c.s limate of 1975 imports exceeds Ihe trigger level under the meat import law, I will either impose quotas or negotiate voluntary export restraint agreements with foreign suppliers." ''This he .said, "is not going to permit foreign dairy producers to com- pete against American dairy- men in the U. S. market with subsidized products. "If Ihe Europeans reinslitute their export subsidies on dairy products directed at this mar- ket, I will impose countervailing duties on these products." Also, he said, (here will be a review" of market conditions and "full opportuni- ly" for American dairymen to speak out before there will be any action to change current dairy import quotas. In addition, the President said he was asking Secretary of Agriculture Blitz to consid- er additional increases in gov- (Conlinucd: Page 3, Col. 6.) Out Spenders Even If Republicans" LOS ANGELES (AP) Pres- ident Ford has come up wilh a new battle cry for his final fling on the 1074 campaign trail: "Throw the big spenders out" even if they are Republicans. He softened some of his earli- er assaults on the Democrats and, for llin first time, suggest- ed Thursday night that perhaps some Republicans might be worthy of oblivion, too. At a GOP fund-raising dinner in the Century Plaza Hotel, Ford said: "If you arc unhappy about the handling of: the na- tion's finances over Ihe past. 20 years, if you think it is lime for a change, remember next Tues- day who Ihe big spenders are and Ihrow (be big spenders out." "So lie It" This prompted n hurst of ap- plause from parly faithful, drowning oul Ford's politically significant windup phrase: "And if some them are Republicans, so be II." Ford said it was time "for responsible men and women of all political persuasions Re- publicans, Democrat, indepen- dents lo come together, not in an effort at polilieal advantage, hut in a spirit of true American palri'ilisin to whip problems like inflation, energy and the environment, lo strengthen our successful foreign policy by Ihe restoration of bipartisanship." Nixon "Very Ford Says After Visit LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) possibility still exists for Ford visited ailing former President Nixon Friday and said Nixon was "very alert" but apoeared to be "a very sick man." "I told him all oyr family was praying for his complete total Ford said. and further complications." Mental Attitude However, he indicated that! Nixon had made slighl gains: j "His spirits and mental attitude are excellent. He is A custodian at Harding junior oriented to everything going school was dead on arrival Rapids Ford, who spent 20 minutes at nim> ;llld cooperative." t St. Luke's hospital Friday AH Drummed Oui Mark Golueke of the DePere, Wis., high school band stretches out for a rest after the homecoming parade. Marl; was so tired he didn't bother to unhook his bass drum. Raw Farm Prices Gain 4'Percent WASHINGTON of raw farm products jumped our percent from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, more than offsetting a decline one month earlier, the agriculture department said Thursday. The Crop Reporting Board said higher prices for wheat, corn, hogs, soybeans and cotton vere moslly responsible for the ncrcase. Lower prices were reported; 'or calllc, calves and potatoes. The 4 percent increase fol- owed a 2 percent decline from Aug. 15 lo Sept. 15 which had been Ihe first drop since mid- lunp. The miri-monlh index rose 6 percent in July and 3 percent in August. Over Ihe past year the price index has fluctuated widely but as of Oct. 15 it averaged 0.5 per- cent above a year earlier. Prices farmers pay to meet ex- icnscs, meanwhile, were up 0.5 icrconl in Ihe month ended Oct. 15 and were 17 percent above a year earlier. The Oct. 15 price index for all commodities averaged 185 per- cent off its 1967 base compared with 178 in September and 184 n October last year. The record was 208 percent on Aug. 15, 1973. Food Retailer Favors Telling Profit Margins WASHINGTON (UPI) The why other food stores cannot do boaro" chairman of a major food store chain Friday broke ranks with other giants in the retail food industry, saying there is no reason why consumers cannot get information on profit mar- gins in the meat department. Donald Perkins of the Jewel Co. in Chicago told a govern- ment conference on food prices his stores make an inventory of all items in all departments every four weeks. He released a scries of figures for his own food' chain indicat- ing the cost of meat products the stores buy and the average retail cost per pound that the meat is sold for. Perkins also released the gross margins on the products and said "I don't understand" the same thing. Specific Margin The National Assn. of Food Chains and Ihe nation's two largest chain stores Safewaj and have maintained they do not have information on the specific margin breakdowns for meal departments. These groups say such figures are available only for the entire store, nol broken down item by item and department by depart- ment. Perkins said the agriculture department's weekly reports on price spreads meaning Ihe difference between what the farmer receives for his live ani- mal and what the consumer pays for meat arc inaccurate. His own store, Perkins said, has lost money selling fresh meat thus far in 1974. Agriculture Secretary Butz opened Ihe conference Thursday by saying lie did nol want it "to flail Ihe point fingers or "turn into a jawbon- ing session.' issued his plea as he opened the conference on food productivity, costs and prices Thursday. Elsewhere in Wash- ington, however, Treasury Sec- retary Simon was saying the ad- ministration was ready lo battle Ihe food industry middleman, (Photo on 1'icture Pane) including refiners, canncrs and the packaging and transpor- tation industries. "Wilh limes as difficult as WASHINGTON (AP) Au- feller or any of bis people were.they are, we cannot permit one thors of Iwo political books responsible for it. Iseg'mcnt of Ihe economy to which house invesligalor.s ''The only Rockcfellerisb cheeking into say there is no ev-ilhing was lhat local people wen: idence Vice-president-designate coming in very openly to buy a Rockefeller was connected wilh lot of copies. They said (hey were Rockefeller workers and Ag Department Waxes Poetic WASHINGTON (AP) In a report on September weather conditions in Spain, the agricul- ture department had this to say: "There was little or no rain on the plains of Spain, thus delaying the seeding of winter Fail To Link Rocky to cither. One of the writers, Charles Ashman, said some "outside they wauled to spread copies around the office lo show what a force" helped him promote bis rascal Connally was." scathing biography of former! The author said such (Continued: Page 3. Col. (i.) WASHINGTON (AP) The Today's Index Treasury Secretary Rockefeller supporters bought; 0 s ,-atc however, and lhal local Hocke- from 25 to loll copies each ,.ls, jnm 5 ll'i'lliT supporters bough, cp ,o Dallas. Houston. Scalllc, Clnca- 100 copies of it. igo and Cleveland. Ashman said in a telephone Family Money interview Ihe secret lir.lp could have come from anyone who ('mnirs Crossword Daily Itecnrd Deaths Kditorial Krnliiri'.s Farm Financial Marlon Movies Society Sports Male Television Ail.s wanted lo hurt Connally, but he said lie 'had no evidence it was Rockefeller. percent, ils highest in Ihree years. Ihe government reported October level was the source, confirmed Hint investiga- tors have talked lo authors and iilhcrs involved in Ihe deroga- tory biography of former New "Nothing Unusual gubernatorial Rockefeller's office in fm. York said "H is absolutely HMMfr he promoted the hook A Ol, spokesman for Ashman s Alihmnn-s. lishpr said there was nothing; highest, sines November, 1971, when it also hit (i percent dur- ing a lime of recovery from the recession of 1970 and 1971. The last lime unemployment was above fi percent was in Novem- ber, also a post-rcccssion- ary period. i Moth Hie length of Ihe average week tho fad Ihiil investigators madcj'imc declined last month. 5-29 the interviews does not nece-: "Look, I gol no financial help fl jtrom Uockeleller. I only wish I j had." A.sliman said. "We gol inili.'il heavy front-end advance m erage hourly earnings rose two ccnls lo up .15 wills over Ihe last year. Weekly earnings; averaged last month, but 1 have no evidence liocke- (Continued: Page :1, Col. .1.) Reward Offer Is Withdrawn by Patty's Parents SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Randolph and Catherine Hearst saying a reward 'they've posted for the safe return o their daughter might jeopardize her safely, have withdrawn th' offer. Patricia Hearst, 20, was kid naped Feb. 4 by the Symbioncsc Liberation Army but later allc gedly joined her captors ant now is sought on charges includ ing kidnaping and armed rob bery. In a statement issued Thurs iday and printed in Hie San Francisco Examiner, of wliicl Hearst is editor and president (he Hearsts said: "We are prepared to do all in our power to help her, protect her and defend her. We have reached the conclusion, howev- er, that the reward offer be misinterpreted by her and may, therefore, be a deterrent lo her voluntary return. "Further and most impor- ant although the offer called for Patricia's safe return, we 'eel the money may encourage seekers of the reward to take actions lhat could endanger the safety and well-being of our daughter. For these reasons, Ihe reward offer is withdrawn." The Hearsts posted the ward Mav 8. Warship Fire M1LFORD HAVEN, Wales AP) A fire aboard a Royal
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