Daily Globe, March 19, 1982

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March 19, 1982

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Daily Globe (Newspaper) - March 19, 1982, Ironwood, Michigan North Country tVLoo Today! Space shuttle pilots take last practice (Page 3) Flooding plagues lower Michigan (Page 13) Index Builders Pago...........5 Comics................14 Family 6 Lottery Numbers........2 Obituaries.......... g Sports...............'9 10 Our 63rd Year-No. 101 IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE IRONWOOD MICHIGAN GOP senators talk pay cut FRIDAY, MARCH 30 CENTS By CLIFF HAAS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Republicans looking for ways lo dramatize the need for budget reductions are considering a 5 percent salary cut for members of Congress and top-ranking federal workers, according to congressional sources. In addition, private discussions among GOP senators on paring the record deficits projected in President .Reagan's budget have produced an idea for slicing scheduled cost-of-living increases for Social Security and other benefit .programs by two-thirds, sources said Thursday. Several of'the sources, who in- sisted on not being quoted by name, emphasized that no final decisions ha ve been made. Holding down such cosl-of-living increases also was discussed favorably at a meeting Wednesday of House and Senate GOP leaders, sources said. In addition, separate lists of budget options submitted to the White House by House and Senate Republicans contain similar proposals. Despite objections from the president and White House officials to such cost-of-living changes, the idea refuses to die. White House spokesman David Gergen has said changes in Social Security are "off the agenda" for 1982, a remark that reportedly angered Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. of Tennessee and other leading Senate Republicans. After meeting with Reagan at the White House on another issue Thursday, Baker was asked by reporters about White House op- position to limiting Social Security increases. "1 do not believe the White House has closed the door on anything except the president's strong determination to continue with his military commitment and the .fundamental tenets' of his tax Baker said. Poll sees Reagan support eroding DONALD M. ROTHBERG AP Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Opinion analyst Louis Harris told businessmen today thai public support President1 Reagan s economic program is eroding rapidly and the president is on something of a collision course with the prevailing mood of American public opinion" on the issue of defense spending. Speaking to a meeting of the National Association of Manufac- turers, Harris said his surveys also indicate that Reagan's personal popular! ty is dropping. "He's got a negative rating a t last count that has dropped from 52-47 percent positive in January to the lalesl one that is 44-56 Harris told Ihe breakfast session. "Every sign I can read from the results we're getting would indicate that support for President Reagan is going to be lower before it gets headded. Harris said the drop of eight percentage points in support for Reagan as reflected in his polls would indicate the Republican president is following "a course quite parallel (o what happened lo Jimmy Carter. Carter slipped 17 points in three months right about this time in his term in office." The pollster also said lhat last summer, his surveys found the American people by a majority of 59- 39 supported increases in the defense budget. His latest survey found a majority of 58-32 how saying Reagan s defense budget request should be cut So when the president says I cannot preside over any less than my budget -requires for defense because this is the key to peace for the rest of this said Harris, "1 tell you here and now that he's on something of a collision course with the prevailing mood of American public opinion." Harris said the figures he was quoting were from a poll he took for Business Week magazine. That survey founds negative ratings for the president on economic questions such as his effort to reduce the federal deficit, to get the country out of the recession and to turn the economy around. On the deficit, Harris said the negative rating was 65-28 over those who s aid (hey thought he wa s doing a good job. On efforts to get the country out of the recession, the negative rating was 69-28 and on turning the economy around it was 65-33. "What you've got is a mounting opposition, make no mistake about it, to the president's Fuel cost clause's future is in doubt MADISON, Wis. (AP) The future of fuel adjustment clauses which allow Wisconsin's public utilities to increase automatically their customers' bills remained undecided Thursday after the Assembly debated the thorny question. Even Ihe Cilizens Utility Board a critic of aulomatic rate increases, acknowledged thai they save customers some money when fuel prices are adjusted downward. Gov. Lee S. Dreyfus said the automatic provisions ought to be discarded, complaining about government by "formula." The clauses allow utilities to in- crease their customers' electricity and gas rates in proportion to in- creases in the costs of the coal and other fuels provided by the utilities' suppliers. Backers of the measure say the Public Service Commission (PSC) should have direct control over rates atall times. Opponents say abolishing the automatic clauses would cost consumers more because utilities would be tempted to inflate their costestimates. It also would mean more expense in bookkeeping and preparing testimony-for PSC. hearings, the opponents said. The CUB, while supporting the bill, acknowledged in a memorandum to legislators that the fuel adjustment clauses saved utility customers In Wisconsin million last year. v The Assembly first decided to reconsider its vote to kill a bill which would abolish the clauses as a vehicleforraisingelectricrates. Assemblymen then adopted an amendment to apply the ban only lo residential customers. Then Ihey were unable to reject, table or give preliminary approval to the bill. The 47-W vote against giving the proposal a preliminary endorsement was scheduled to be reconsidered. The Assembly killed the bill 48-48 Tuesday. Utilities passed on million in rate increases through the automatic mechanism last year, legislators were told. But the clause can also automatically lower rales if fuel prices drop, and Wisconsin Electric Power Co., the state's largest utility, passed on J59 million in reductions to its customers, the CUP memosaid. .The bill would allow rate cuts through a. fuel adjustment clause, just not rate increases, which op- ponents of the bill say is unfair. Skeptics, however, doubt that the PSC would approve a one-way clause. Dreyfus expressed support for the Idea of eliminating the clause. "I think that would be pretty good right Dreyfus said. "I see no reason why, if it is a legitimate pass- through, that it cannot come before the Public Service Commission." Drejrfus said he opposes "formula operation of and the fuel adjustment clause qualifies. Something special: The junkies get a treat ByANDHEWHILL Globe Slate Editor MARQUETTE The regional basketball tournament at Northern Micniganuniversity draws two types of fans. Some fans have learns in the tournament.' They may be visiting Hedgcock Field House for the first time. Dreams of glory float before them. The second group at the tournament is made up of basketball junkies people who would be thereno ma tier who's on the floor. They come for the basketball only, And without the consensus slate champion-type teams the 1966 L'Anses, the 1967 Menominccs or the 1972 Ewen-Trout Creeks on hand, they pin their hopes on seeing a good .game or, just maybe, a great individual performance The basketball junkies got a treat Thursday. Ewen-Trout Creek's Dave Besonen had the night most players only dream of, scoring 42 points, just one shy of the single-game record for the tournament. Twisting, turning, wiggling and squirming, Besonen riddled the Bark River-Hams Bronco defense (or 18 first-half poinls. But what the junkies were wailing for was yet to come. After sitting out part of the third quarter with four personal fouls Besonen took to the field house floor and began to light it up from ali angles.He hit 11 straight shots over one stretch. As the shots fell through with nothing touched but net, thePantherfansroared. In the press area, writers and broadcasters, one after another turned to the pages of the tournament record book to have sneak a look There it was in black and white, the single-game record for the tournament- Chuck Day, Norway, 43 points vs. Bessemer, 1971. With about 36 points in Besonen's column and around (wo minutes left to play, one of the broadcasters leaned over and showed Ihe record book to the E-TC scorckeeper. The information was relayed to coach Tom Caudill and Besonen was informed amomentlater. With 42'points to his credit and the record in reach three Panthers moved out on a fast break, Besonen at the point. He pulled up 10 feet from the basket, launched himself and passed up the high-percentage shot, the shot which could have broken the scoring record, dumping the ball to a teammate for an easy layup. On his way back down the floor, he gave Caudill a big grin. The basketball junkies went home happy. (Some day-a.fter scrutiny of the record book shows that Besonen did manage to surpass Day in one category, hitting 20 field goals in 31 tries Day s43 pointefforlmdudedlSfieldgoals.theoldmark.) An elite group of scorers Player, Team Opponent, Date 1. ChuckDay, Norway, 43 points.......vs. Bessemer, 1971 2. David Besonen, E-TC, 42___.. vs. B. River-Harris 1982 3. Bruce Pantti, Republic, 39 vs. Charming, 1971 4. Warren Groleau, Nahma, 34......vs. Trout Creek, 1959 5. Dave Smith, Powers, 33..... vs. 19S6 6. Gerry Gerard, L'Anse, 33..........vs. Wakefield, 1967 7. Jim Manning, TroutCreek, 32 Vulcan, 1961 8. Don Besonen, Trout Creek, 31.......___vs. Mass, 1966 9. Bob Gale, Trout Creek, 30, vs. Negaunee St. Paul, 1966 DAVID BESONEN Two taxi services OK'd for Range RANDY BAROSS BERTSAARI The Daily Globe Staff Two new taxi services for the Ironwood-Hurley area were ap- proved loday by the Ironwood City Commission. Randy Baross and Berl Saari told the commission Ihey planned to operate cab services in the area seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The services were approved unanimously by commission members. Baross said he will begin operating at 6 a.m. Saturday. He said his radio dispatched cabs will be based in an office in his mother's home on Hemlock near SilverStreet. Saari said he will purchase ad- ditional cabs for his fleet today and plans to be operational wilh his service by next week. He said his service will operale out of Bert's Skelly Station on Second Avenue in Hurley. The area was formerly serviced by Yellow Cab, owned by Gene Clemens, Ironwood. Commission members were told by city manager Rudolph Mlkullcb Clemens, "has lold everybody in town, except the c i ty, he has gone out of bu siness." Commissioner Robert Genelli asked that Clemens' city license be revoked; however, commissioner Jay Eshenroder pointed out no action on Clemens could be taken because Ihe matter was not on the agenda and all commissioners were not present, a requirement for ad- ding an item lo the agenda. Mayor Grant McCullongh said, "I firmly believe Clemens will be back in business." The commission decided that as long as Clemens had indicated he was out of business there was a need for cab service in the area and if he started up bis scrvce again il would result in a competitive situation; however, the commission would not get into Ihe business of regulaling Ihe service to the extenl of deter- mining who could or could not operate a taxi service. Faust balks over AAilliken tax plan By MALCOLM JOHNSON and NANCY BENAC Associated Press Writers LAPSING, Mich. (AP) A top Democrat is balking at Gov. William Milllken's hop-to-it timetable on raising the state income tax. Senate Majority Leader William Faust said Thursday he does not expect approval of a lax boost from 4.6 percent lo 5.3 percent until at least !ate spring, despite Milliken's hopes to pa ss it by Easter. Faust also said he said he opposes making the tax increase, if it is approved, retroactive lo April 1, as Millikenaides have suggested. Meanwhile, the director of the Senate Fiscal Agency suggested Ihe tax Increase may be easier to sell if it took effect when a 10 percent cu I in federal income taxes moves into place July 1. "If the state income tax hike would take effect July 1, ail tax- payers in Michigan would see a net tax said Theodore Ferris in a report lo majority Democrats in the Senate. "That is, Ihe 10percent federal tax cut would more than offset the 15 percent state lax increase, by about five to one. There still would be a large decrease in income taxes for every taxpayer in the he said. The Weather Temperatures (More weather on page 13) For the 24 hour period ending at 10 a.m. today in downtown Iron- wood: high 38, low 20. Previous 24 hour period: high 40, low 29. Year ago: high22, low 19. Snow: trace. Season's snow: 170 inches. Snow year ago: 166.5 in- ches. Precipitation since Jan. 1: 5.67 inches. Barometer, 11 a.m.: Forecast Mostly cloudy and breezy tonight and Saturday with chance of snow. Lows tonight in 20s to near 30. Highs Saturday around 30 lo mid 30s. ;