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   Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 13, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire                               Today's Chuckle A physician says that 1 million women are overweight. These of course, are round figures. 1969 Tht Ttlegroph't 100th Year A Daily Newspaper Weather Cloudy, Cold Tonight Little Changt TuMdoy FULL PAGI TWO VOL. 100 NO. 266 Established as a Weekly October JO, WSJ Incorporated as a Daily March 1, NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 'MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1969 Second Clan Postage Ptld At Naihua, N. H. 20 PAGES Price TEN CENTS LBJTo Report Tuesday Night By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Johnson starts his final week in office today with some prospect that might leave his successor a budget of around billion to operate the government in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Begins At In t nationally televised and broadcast appearance before a Joint session of Congress Tues- day at 9 p.m. EST, Johnson will report on the state of the union ts he views it after more than fix years in office. Although he can point to a record run of prosperity during his tenure, Johnson may feel impelled to warn against the rising wave of inflation that has pushed bank loan interest rates to a record high and is reflected In the soaring cost of living. At home Johnson can point to his administration's programs to grapple with the problems of the breakdown of law ami c1 der, racial rioting, decaying cities, water and air pollution, and poverty. In the international area, the President can cite the prospect that the beleaguered Paris talks eventually may lead to an end to the fighting in Vietnam. He can caution the nations that the explosive situation in the Middle East is a potential spark for a general war, but he must defer .to the incoming president, Rich- M. Nixon, any definitive an- iwer to the Dec. 30 Soviet, note proposing U.N. Security Council action to bring about peace. Johnson is expected to review the nation's achievements in space exploration and to recom- Iriend full-scale continuance of that program. But it is the budget message, which will -follow his farewell report, that has been giving the President, the most trouble dur- ing his final days in the White House. Both the Slate of the Union address and the budget message delayed by Johnson in the hope that he could coax Nixon into taking a public position on extending the per cent in- come -surtax, now scheduled to expire on June 30. The House announce- ment Saturday that Johnson would make his State of the Un- ion address Tuesday was Inter- preted generally as signaling the failure: of efforts to get Nix- on to take a stand at this on the surtax. Although the President-elect said during campaign that the tax should wiped out as soon zs the Viet- nam war ends, Johnson was re- ported to have hoped that Nixon wouldn't want to lose the bil- lion revenue it produces annual- ly. The President, who wrunu approval ot the tax from a balky Congress with the argu- ment that it was needed to com- bat inflation, also is reported by aides to believe that it is still needed as a check on the rising cost of living.' Balanced Budget Johnson is represented as being determined to leave be- hind a nearly balanced budget. Nixon, naturally will make some changes in it, but he would have difficulty altering the basic spending assumptions, a point he himself made last month in a meeting with congressional Re- publicans. Lacking any commitment from Ni.von, Johnson could adopt the course of recommend- ing a continuance of the tax in some form as a price that he feels it might be necessary to keep expenditures and revenues close together. Or he could say that the new administration would be court- ing a deficit if it let the tax ex- pire on schedule June 30 and could give figures supporting this position. Johnson was represented as being' reluctant to make paper reductions in expenditures that he knows Congress won't allow. But he could take that route to avoid recommending an unpop- ular tax and giving Nixon the chance to say that the Demo- crats went out in a blaze of tax- ing and spending. President and Mrs. Johnson are expected to fly to New York City late today to attend a pri- vate dinner at which they will be honor guests. Enemy Destroys v 15 U.S. 'Copters Worth Million Mishap In Merrimack Kenneth J. Mason, 24, of Merrimack Currier Road is in critical condition in St. Joseph's Hos- pital, Nashua, with injuries sustained in an accident on the Baboosic Lake Road about a.m., today. Police said Mason lost control of his vehicle at the intersection. It skidded several hundred feet, sheared a mail box from its stand and rammed into a tree in front of the Arlen Jarry home. Mason sustained multiple fractures. Chief Gran- vine Stearns is continuing his investiga- tion. City Planning Board Favors Delay of Rezoning Proposal Rezoning of the Kessler Farm on Amherst Street to allow for commercial, light industrial and apartmet house development' may be held up until spring. In a report to to1 Board of .Al- dermen, the City Planning Board states that it voted unanimously to recommend that any further consideration for. the rezoning proposal be delayed until current zoning studies are far enough along to make a "knowledgeable decision on this matter." Data to Be Ready And a representative of Metcalf N.H. Medical Society Says Marijuana Problem Grows and. Eddy, the Boston consultants firm making the studies, esti- mated the necessary data would be forthcoming early in the spring. The ordinances to rezone the 270-acre dairy farm'from a subur- ban district into light industrial, farm, general business and mul- tiple residence districts were in- troduced in October and are in the aldermanic planning commit- tee. The committee had relerrer the measures to the Planning Board for an advisory recommen- dation- Representing Kessler'Farm be- fore the Planning Board Was for- mer City Solicitor Leo R. Lesie'ur. Questions Raised Board members, questioned such matters as the need for another shopping center in Nashua, the high water, table in this area, the absence of seweraga and the prob- able need for a pumping station off Tinker Road. There was discussion on 'the, possible interference with Bpire' P'ield flight patterns as there is a beacon presently located with- in Ihe Kessler tract. Also' dis- cussed was the heed for.additional tight industrial zoning. City Planner Fred D. McCut- chL-ii sa-id the request for rezoning .-is'prem'ature in light of the plan- ning studies being conducted by Metcalf Eddy. He added that in considering re- zoning of this area, the entire area, not just specific properties should be considered. McCutchen also said that better site design controls were needed such as through "planned dis- tricts" as proposed by the Plan- ning Board lo the aldennanic planning committee last fall. By WILLIAM L. RYAN SAIGON .The Viet Cong blasted their, way into the biggest U. S. airfield in the Mekong Delta early today and blew up 15 helicopters worth an estimated before they were repelled by base defenders. See Offensive Another six helicopters were reported damaged in a mortar barrage at the headquarters of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division 40 miles away. One officer called ,the attacks an "oozing, begin- ning" of the long-awaited ene- my offensive in the stiuare mile delta south of Sai- gon. The Viet Cong attack on Can Tho, 80 miles south of the capi- tal, was the first major ground probe against an Allied airfield in several weeks. It hit. the headquarters of the U.S. Army's '164th Aviation Group, the nerve center for military operations in the Mekong Delta in the re- gion's biggest city. Enemy sappers broke through the airfield's defenses under cover of a heavy mortar, rocket and machine-gun barrage tha_t pinned down the American's while the Viet Cong attached ex- plosives to the helicopters. A barracks area west of the air- field was attacked simulta- neously. Field reports said five cargo and troop-carrying. Chjnnoks and 10 smaller helicopter gun- ships were destroyed or dam- 1 aged. U. S. casualties were eight killed and 10 woounded. The U. S. Command said: "The enemy soldiers were quickly repelled by airfield se- curity personnel, supported by U.S. Army helicopter gunehips and a U.S. Air Force Dragon a fixed-wing aircraft equipped with rapid-firing Ga- tlihg guns. A spokesman said the American retaliatory fire killed four Viet Cong. Forty miles north of Can Tho, Viet Cong gunners slammed about 10 mortar rounds into the 9th Division headquarters at Dong Tarn. Field reports said there ivere no casualties but six helicopters were damaged, in- cluding the command chopper of Gen. Julian Ewell, the division commander. Ten helicopters were dam- aged at Dong Tarn in a similar shelling three days ago. Prospects Dim In Paris, North Vietnam, calling a new American initia- tive left the United States today with little hope of getting the Vietnam peace conference started in the immediate future. The United States Sunday, of- fered two more proposals on speaking and seating arrange- ments for the conference, in- cluding what a U.S. spokesman called an "important conces- sion." The North Vietnamese delegation quickly cold-shoul- dered both offers. .While the word "rejected" was' not used and. the North Vietnamese agreed to present the proposals to their ally, the Viet Cong's National Liberation Front, a U.S. spokesman held out little hope of acceptance. Involved Speaking The "important concession" to which the spokesman re- ferred involved speaking ar- rangements at the conference. The Slates is willing to drop tht ilea of drawing lots for the order of speaking and per- mit the other side to arrange its speaking order in any way it chose, in the interest of guting the conference started. This offer was coupled with another: That the delegations should gather around a table upon the demarcation' designating two sides would be narrowed to a simple-line. This was intended to meet the North Vietnamese objection'to a pre- vious proposal for a green baize strip across a round table as "too conspicuous." The argument over the shape of the table involves the quarrel whether there are two or four sides in the conference. The United States and South Viet- nam insist there are two the adversaries say there are four. At stake is the status of the Lib- eration Front, which is claiming equality at the conference' table with the South Vietnamese. After a 15-minute recess to permit the North Vietnamese representatives to discuss U.S. proposal, Ambassador Ha Van Lau returned and declared it unacceptable. Offers Alternative U. S. delegate Cyrus R. Vanes then put forward an alternative proposal. This a pack- age. Instead of meeting at a round table with a strip across it, it could be any shape table at all, with a line across it. The or- der of speaking once again could be by lots, with the win- ning side to speak first and the speaking order rotated thereaft- er. Lau also rejected this. Vance urged the North Vietnamese ENEMY ATTACKS Page 1 Groups to Review Contract Dispute CONCORD "Hard core nar- cotics are not a problem in New Hampshire, but marijuana is both in terms of use by young persons and in the atti- tude of society toward that use, Dr. Anthony D. Bower said here yesterday. His talk was one of the high- lights of the House of Delegates, New Hampshire Medical S o- ciety, at its annual session. "We suspect that LSD is not widespread, and that pockets of NHAtoAIr Slowdown Of Project Construction difficulties at the million Tyler Street project for the elderly were to be aired at a meeting today in the Nashua Housing Authority office on Major Drive. Noel E. Plante, NHA chairman, said the authority was to confer with project architects and the contractor, A. Mason 
                            

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