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Iola Register (Newspaper) - April 22, 1977, Iola, Kansas VOLUME 80, NO. 155 lOLA, KANSAS 66749 FRmAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 22, 1977 TEN PAGES-FIFTEEN CENTS A brief look at late news Marchers shot ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -The army fired on a procession held in violation of martial law today, killing 10 to 22 persons and wounding about 200 in Karachi, reports from Pakistan's largest city said. Four persons were reported killed elsewhere in Pakistan, bringing the death toll for today to as high as 26, which would make it the worst day of violence in six weeks of political unrest. The opposition has been demanding the resignation of- Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, claiming the March 7 national electi,on was rigged. __ Reportnrom Karachrsaid a large procession moved toward the Teen Hatti Bridge, where army troops took up positions. The soldiers reportedly warned marchers to disperse but the procession did not stop. Soviets nosey WASHINGTON (AP) - Soviet reconnaissance bombers flew within 60 miles of the U.S. East Coast last week and passed over several American warships before retreating when U.S. fighter planes were scrambled after them. Pentagon sources report. Two TU--95 Bear bombers passed directly over the aircraft carrier Saratoga, an escorting cruiser and two frigates exercising earlier this week in a U.S. fleet training area about 60 miles off the East Coast,, the sources said. The sources said the bombers were closer to the U.S. coast than ever before. Straw worth more MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - A farm economist at Kansas State University has figured out if a wheat grower cannot get more than $2.50 a bushel for his wheat this year but can get more than $33 a ton for wheat hay he will do better to harvest it for hay than for grain. The projections are by Dr. T. Ray Bogle, extension economist. He was moved to calcu|[ate them by the fact that recent rains have increased the promise of another bumper wheat crop this summer. This, coupled with the fact that there will be a record carry-over of more than one billion bushels of wheat in storage when the new harvest starts in June, does not bode well for future wheat prices. Veto threat WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter indicated today he would consider vetoing the tax bill now before the Senate if Congress refuses to delete business tax breaks he wanted dropped from the measure along with the $50 rebate. 'I'm not in favor of extending the business tax credit," Carter told a nationally broadcast new conference. Then he added that if it is in the bill that passes Congress, "I'll have to decide ... whether I'll sign it or not." Meanwhilei Republicans were preparing a fight to include a permanent tax cut in the bill. Troops promised KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) -President Idl Amin of Uganda met with Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko today and said afterward, "I am ready to send troops" to help Zaire in its war against Katangan rebels. But Amin told a news conference after the four-hour meeting that he was "happy to report big progress on the battlefield." The Mobutu government said Thursday its troops and their Moroccan allies had opened a new front in northwest Shaba Province. It said the rebels were fleeing before Zairean troops on the first front, i^ the southern part of the invaded provmce. Temperature High yesterday 65 Low last night 55 High a year ago today � 81 Low a year ago today 52 Precipitation 24hourJ9(ending8a.m. .13 This month to date 2.01 NormaHor this month 3.92 Total this year to date 5.14 Deficiency since Jan. 1 3.09 AflEA FORECAST - Mostly c|oi^ toalglit, chance of � shower. MlwalnM 401. ParUy cloudy and inamt Q^tWday, hlg^ lower 7H. Winds liglit northerly toylght. Gasoline tax plan seen as imperative Happy song Scheherezade (Lee Ann Willis) joyfully sings of her good-iorttme to be-U(tedup from beggar to the Sultina of Baghdad, iir^^iTliose Arabian Nights,'* a musical being presente^TFridc^nd Saturday nights at 8 p.m. (Register Photo) London fovors Corfer's sfond WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter said today he will fight "to the last vote in Congress" for passage of his plan to impose a five-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline if U.S. consumption exceeds his energy conservation targets. He said the money would be refunded, and a family that does conserve will get back more than it pays in higher gasoline prices. At a nationally broadcast news conference dominated, like Carter's entire week, by the energy issue, the President also said: ----He doesn't-feel-threatened-by criticism of his administration by former President Gerald R. Ford, who drew Democratic protests by saying that he could have won a new strategic arms limitation agreement 'with the Soviet Union by'now. Carter said that historically, "the fraternity of presidents and former presidents" has kept its criticism private, But Carter said he doesn't feel that Ford has violated a promise to keep such comments private. -No decision has been made al>out sending tanks to Zaire, the African nation trying to heat off insurgent attackers. "... It's highly unlikely I would advocate such a sale," he said. -He is concerned about possible overexposure during a week that has seen two nationally televised ad-dreoses and the news conference, but it isn't likely to happen often. "Attendance at the press conferences is voluntary," he said with a smile. -The energy program he proposed to Congress Wednesday night would, if fully implemented, cost the federal government $4 billion between now and 1985. He said that would be the over-all expense counting expenditures and tax revenues from all features of the program. Carter said that with net spending of $4 billion, the nation will purchase and store one billion barrels of oil, worth $13 billion, as insurance against a future em- ' bargo or emergency. -Carter will meet in Geneva next month with Syrian President Hafez Assad as he seeks "some common ground" for Middle East settlement. -The administration has information that Katangan insurgents fighting-in-Zaire-were-trained by Cubans. "I have no direct evidence at all that there are Cubans in Zaire," he said. His formal news conference finished. Carter insisted in conversation with newsmen that his figures on gasoline and crude-oil tax rebates were accurate, and that his program would mean refunds of $188 for an average family to offset higher oil prices, and $100 in refunds for each five-cent gas tax twost if that tax is triggered. The gasoline tax proposal, already Stirring strong opposition in Congress, is to add gasoline taxes in five-cent increments up to a maximum bf 50 cents for each year in which consumption exceeds govern-mentset target levels. The President dismissed speculation that his gasoline tax proposal may actually be no more than a bargaining chip, to be dealt away in Congress in exchange for other measures he wants. He said he is "deeply committed to the standby gasoline tax as part of a comprehensive and well-balanced energy program. "In my opinion the gasoline tax is a good idea," Carter said. He said it will help families that cut their gasoline consumption, because the proceeds wotild be rebated to taxpayers. Asked why he did not ask for authority to impose gasoline rationing as a means of reducing consumption. Carter said he has that power under existing law if there should be a national emergency such another oil embargo. The President also indicated he would consider vetoing a tax bill how being debated in the Senate if it contains a business tax credit Carter asked Congress to delete along with the $50 rebate. During the news conference Carter also made these points: � -He pledged his administration will not ignore rapid transit systems but said they would be handled by the Department of Transportation instead of as part of his energy program. -Asked how he could meet his goal of increased coal production without causing further air pollution, the President said that "In some areas where the air pollution is extremely bad, then we will consider making exceptions and let utilities continue to use, perhaps, oil rather than coal. But that would be a rare situation. -The President acknowledged that his proposed energy program will have some inflationary impact but said it probably would be -less than one-half of a per cent a year. He said computer studies indicate the program would increase, rather than decrease, jobs. CHICAGO (AP) - Former Kansas Gov. Alf M. Landon, the 1936 Republican nominee for president, had words of praise Friday for President Jimmy Carter's initial dealings with the Soviet Union concerning human rights and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Landon, who will be 90 next September, said he endorses the Democrat president's "firm stand on keeping the Helsinki Accord and his prompt action in pulling together NATO." The former Kansas governor also warned that the human rights issue in Eastern Europe may prove to he the "Achilles Heel" of the Soviet Union. Landon, a respected elder statesman in the foreign policy field, spoke before the Executives Club of Chicago. He said Carter's stand on the 1975 Helsinki pact in which the Soviets agreed to soften their position on human rights, and the support the new president got at home on that stand served as an important sign to the Russians. "The Soviet Union should be realizing that the Helsinki agreement and the charter of the United Nations which it signed have changed human rights from a political philosophy to a hard realisitic political fact in life's affairs that may sway the destiny of humanity," Landon said in prepared remarks. "Therefore, they cannot be defined cordially one day and wiped out the next. The sooner that is realized and atdjusted to by all the world's governments, the better it will be. "Basic human rights is the seedbed for civil rights. Civil rights is the base of the democratic process. I need not point out that democratic processes mean the end of autocratic government. ACCJC musicians to present annual concert Tuesday students in the music department of Allen County Community Junior College will be featured in the annual spring concert Tuesday, April 26, at 8 p.m. This year's program will be presented in the Complex A Exhibit-Area. There is no charge for admission. To be heard are the college choir, stage band, vocal and instrumental solos and small ensemble numbers directed by Francis Medaris, music instructor. Concert patrons will also have the opportunity to view the annual student spring art exhibit currently in jNTogress at the college. "... The systematic denial of basic human rights is the Achilles heel of communist governments." Landon said he supported Carter's move to patch up the NATO alliance, which he said was a bi-partisan policy. But Landon called on Carter to twister U.S. military manpower and increase military research and technology, which he said was the country's major military weakness. "That alarming threat to world peace must be corrected promptly by President Carter and the Congress jointly-thereby signaling to the USSR that the United States has the will and the strength to meet agres-sive action on its part," he concluded. Landon served as Kansas governor from 1933 to 1937. He was defeated in the 1936 presidential race by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was seeking reelection to his second term as president. Appeal planned iolan is found guilty Spring forward Daylight savings time goes into effect at 2 a.m. this Sunday. Register readers who are sticklers for precision will set their alarms at 2, arise at the sound of the bell, advance their clocks to 3 a.m. and return to bed for what's left of the night. The less pernickety will set their clocks an hour ahead at bedtime. Those who fail to do either will miss church. William Thomas was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, in District Magistrate Court today. The conviction came after an hour-long trial in which Allen County Sheriff Glen Cooper and Undersheriff Ron Moore testified that they found a plastic bag of marijuana seeds, a plastic bag,of marijuana, and seven LSD tablets at 524 North Fourth. The search of the house was part of a drug raid by lola and Allen County officers February 22. Moore said four officers entered and searched the house at 6:50 p.m. that evening. They found the drugs in "the back bedroom, which they said was Thomas' room. Thomas had moved into the house two days before the search, and was not present at the time of the search. Thomas' attorney, John White, Social Security checks to be larger come July WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're among the 35.5 million Americans who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, there's a silver lining to the latest cloud over the consumer price index. You're going to get a cost of living increase. The index, which measures inflation, soared at an 18 per cent annual rate during the first quarter of 1977, the biggest three-month leap in two years. But government economists think it will moderate to al)out 6 per cent by year's end. The index also rose 5.9 per cent from the first quarter of 1976, and that means that the 33.4 million Social Security recipients and 4.3 million aged and disabled SSI recipients can count on an extra 5.9 per cent in their checks starting July 1. Those increases will- cost Social Security $5.3 billion during the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 1978. The financially troubled trust expects to pay out a total of about $92 billion next year. The SSI increase, paid from general tax funds,: will cost $265 million. The cost-of-living increase, which is automatic when the index rises more than 3 per cent in a year, will mean $23 extra each month for the average elderly couple, both of whom are on Social Securiy and now draw $377 a month. ' ' An average retired worker livjing alone will get a $13 increase, raising his monthly benefit to $234. Consumer prices rose six-tenths of 1 per cent last month - an annual rate of 7.2 per cent - following jumps of 1 per cent in February and eight-tenths of 1 per cent in January. Carter administration economists blamed the sharp first quarter increase on the harsh winter, which drove up food and fuel prices. "The underlying rate of inflation is still in the 6 per cent range, "said Courtenay Slater, the Commerce Department's chief economist. contended that County Attorney John Chappell had not proved that the drugs were controlled by Thomas. Judge George Levans thought otherwise, finding Thomas guilty. White said he will appeal to District Court Judge Robert Stadler. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. , . The tri2l-.wa� the-iirst of five in connection with the drug raid. Last month, attorney Jim Immel moved to suppress the evidence in the trial of Elbert Nelson, but Judge Levans denied the motion. His trial will begin soon. Still to come are the trials of Katherine Kuns, Eric Copening and Douglas Johnson: Dogwood frees ore in bloom lola is abloom with delicate pink and white flowers as dogwood trees throughout the city put on their spring finery. The Ida Garden Club has set up a route for this weekend that those wishing to see the flowering trees can follow. The houses along the route in order, are: 402 South Jefferson, 622 South Jefferson, 217 East Madison, 401 East Street, 717 East Madison, 815 East Street, 925 Meadowbrook Road East, 1121 North Jefferson, 28 West Edwards and 106 West Edwards. The anyone interested in planting dogwoods, Garden Club members can. help. The dogwoods are in bloom!
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