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   Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 20, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire                               Today's Chuckle Most bachelors have' no objec- tion to frozen orange juice, but they like to squeeze their own tomatoes. 1969 Tht Ttltgraph'i Year As A Daily Newtpaptr Weather Cloudy, Cold TonlghV Little Changt Fridoy FULL REPORT ON PAOI TWO VOL. 100 NO. 299 Established as s Weekly October Incorporated a Daily March 1, 1861 NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 'fHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1969 Second Class Postige Paid At Nashua, N. H. 24 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Fire Budget Sparks Battle By CLAUDETTE DUBOCHEB A hearing on the fire department budget last night left behind blazes of dissatisfaction over Mayor Dennis J. Sul- livan's plan to retrench holiday pay for certain salaried members of the department's personnel. Chief Unhappy. He said he wished to set And the unhappiest fire fight- similar standard in. municipal government for the sake of er of them all was Chief Albert L. Tanguay. The department has requested total of or more than last year. i At the hearing, Sullivan pre- sented a budget which had been trimmed to J759.227. Deducted from the budget but not elimi- nated was an allocation of for the payment of an terial ladder truck now on order. The allocation will be taken from the fire budget and put in the capital improvements budget. Other major expenditures knocked out by the mayor in- cluded for the purchase of a car and a fire alarm truck with bucket at a cost of While the chief and the fire commissioners objected to these two cuts, the conversation cen- tered on the holiday pay ques- tion and the granting of a one- step salary increase for Tan- guay instead of the two step raise requested. Holiday Pay A sum of had been isked for to defray nine paid holidays for the department. But in his .budget, Sullivan had left the item without an allocation. He said it had come to his attention that the fire and police chiefs, though salaried, were receiving holiday pay. Checking with two major local Industries, Sullivan said, he found that salaried personnel .beyond a certain weekly salary range received no holiday pay. achieving a businesslike opera- tion. He suggested that salaried personnel receiving weekly and up be excluded from getting holiday pay. Tanguay said that the fire de- partment could not be compared to business. "If you're going to compare the Tanguay said, "com- pare them all the way down the line. We work 58 hours, they work 40 or less. They get many, fringe benefits we don't get. The work is different. I say, if you're going to compare the two compare them all the way down the line." His salary was to be boosted from to in the budget presented by the com- missioners. Sullivan, however, allowed only a one-step increase bring- ing the chief's salary to Tanguay said abolishment of his holiday pay, plus retrench- ment of part of his proposed raise, would leave him with less than he was getting now. Pension Earnings Aside from the immediate loss, Tanguay said, the arrange- ment would affect his pension earnings. He said he was now establishing his pension rate, as the pension is based on the last 60. months of his earnings. He said the mayor's proposal would mean a difference in pen- sion earnings. FIRE DEPT. BUDGET Paje I Rain Unlocks Deep Freeze The rain and rising temperatures of yesterday and today offered some relief from this week's cold .spell in the Nashua area and freed most.streams of ice. Evi- dence is this winding and once-ice-clogged stream on Northeastern Boulevard. (Tel- egraphoto-Shalhoup) Police Cruisers, Pay Raise Plan. Stalled To buy or not to buy more cruisers for the police department reached an inconclusive impasse, at the hearing on the "depart- ment's budget last night. Also reaching a stalemate point was a request made. by Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan and several alderman that the police commis- sioners reconsider the 5.5 per cent raise proposed in favor of a 5 per cent increase. Sullivan opened discussion on the budget by reading a state- ment in which he said he had re- frained from interfering in depart- mental affairs or from publicly criticizing it in the past because of the delicate nature of its services. But, Sullivan added, through ob- servation he had found..that the efficiency of the department has deteriorated and it is beset by three factions. He added that the commission- ers seem to view their positions as merely honorary ones, similar to "Kentucky Tad Service Cited Cruisers were being used to wovide taxi service for person- nel, he said, sdding that the en- tire department could stand a thorough review. He asked that the commission- ers reconsider the 5.5 per cent raise they allowed the police force and stick to the five per cent to be allowed other municipal em- ployes for the sake of harmony between departments. A similar plea was made by Aldermanic President Maurice L. Arel who said the extra half per cent increase was being viewed enviously by .the fire department and the Department of Public Works union. Another anticipated point of envy, Arel said, are lib- eralized longevity allowances pro- posed by the commission. He pro- posed that some other type of merit allowance be considered. ,..Alderman-at-Large Maurice L. Bouchard said with funds raised by cutting back on the extra half per cent raise the department could purchase a cruiser. Police Commissioner Daniel R. W. Murdock said the 5.5 per cent pay increases were based on cost of living increases and the need to improve police pay to attract qualified candidates for the force. He said recently negotiated con- tracts in industry had allowed up to eight per cent pay increases. Maurice Bouchard said at the state level a 4.7 per cent figure is being used as the cost of liv- ing increase. This figure is also being used by the AFL-CIO in basic bargaining, he added. Theode Durocher, the second member of the police commission, was present. Absent was Howard Hammar. No Committment The commissioners made no commitment oh the raise issue. The department has autonomy in wage matters and raises proposed cannot be cut by the aldermen nor by the mayor. The' matter of holiday pay for Tracy came up with Sullivan saying it should be disallowed and 'Murdock defending the pres- ent arrangement. Sullivan said he has cut out an allowance by which Tracy's pri- vate home phone was underwrit- ten by 'the city. In presenting his case for three new cruisers, Tracy outlined the cruiser usage by his department. "I care less if the city gives me a car.for.ray official business, but there should be an extra cruiser.'at-the; station at all times for emergency and breakdowns of Tracy said. "I don't think you gentlemen are acquaint- ed with police work and 95.per cent of the people are not acquainted with our work so it's. hard to justify our needs to give the-taxpayers and the general public what they deserve for pro- tection. When people cali for po- lice they expect immediate res- ponse." Parking Explained As for cruisers being parked in the rear of the police station for hours, Tracy said, this was pos- because inspectors who -bring, in persons .for vinterrogaf tion -must park their cruisers somewhere, during the interroga- tion. At night, he said, .cruisers may be parked at the rear of the station for what seems long .periods of time but, he added, this is the time when vehicles are generally serviced. .Residents. in outlying areas, Tracy said, expect to see a patrol car in their neighborhood occa- sionally and this service cannot be provided now with the 11 ve- hicles at hand. He said the department has not received an additional vehicle in five years, despite the .city's growth: He. added that he failed to see how the addition of -for- three cruisers could make much of a difference in an over- air'budget of million. Sullivan said he remained un- convinced by the chief's argu- ments. He cited a national report on the need to increase .police efficiency by adopting more sophisticated administrative techniques. Tracy said many of the out- lined recommendations had al- ready been pursued and he de- fended his department as "sec- ond to none in New England." He also stated the mayor was not always right on every question. The final budget figure remained unavailable because salary and other accounts were left open. Diplomats See Path Clearing For A Nixon Visit to Moscow TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH Abby Baker Classifieds 20 FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. Serving Nnhui and Ini towni. 465-2267 21, 22, 23 Comics Crossword Editorial Financial Hal Boyle Lawrence Nashua Scene 4 Obituaries Pearson Sports Suburban News 14, 15 i 4 18-19 Television Sulzburger Theaters Dr. Thosteson 8 Weather 2 Wicker 5 20 5 20 THE FOLLOWING STORES WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY FRIDAY'TIL 9 P.M. BERGERON'S CARTER'S MEN'S SHOP ENTERPRISE DEFT. STORE ISIDORE'S HAIR STYLING JORDAN'S LUGGAGE SHOP LYNCH'S MEN'S It BOYS' STORE MILLER'S SEARS ROEBUCK 20th CENTURY High St. Mkt, WINGATE'S DRUG STORE By PETER GROSE Nsw York Times Strvict WASHINGTON President Nixon and .the Soviet leadership have opened a broad dialogue on foreign policy problems thai could lead to an eventual presi- dential visit to Moscow. Communist diplomatic sources said that the Sovi e t Ambassador, Anatoly F. Dpbry- nin, delivered a general and pro formaHnvitation to Nixon when they conferred at the White House on Monday. Diplomatic officials said that there was no discussion of spe- cific timing for trip that Nixon has long said he wanted to make at some point. Beyond that, the Ambassador just returned- from 'two months in the Soviet Union was said to have given the President a broad review of So- viet foreign policies and started to elicit a similar statement of U.S. intentions in various world problems. The two men were together for an hour in the President's office. Officials said they agreed that neither side would discuss publicly the content of their talks, except to make It clear that no immediate decisions were made. U.S. officials said the meet- ings should be considered at the start of wide ranging discus- sion which would continue at va- rious levels over months to 'come. One reason for the official si- lence on the substance of the discussion, according to the American side, is that Nixon wants to brief Western Euro- pean leaders on his impressions of the Soviet position during his five-country tour next week. No President of the United States has ever visited the So- viet capital. President Eisen- hower's scheduled trip in 1960 was canceled at the last min- ute because of the ill feeling stirred up by the U-2 -spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union. N.H. Senate Awaits Abortion Measure; Stiff Fight Seen By Adolphe V. Bernotas CONCORD (AP) Aft- er more than five hours of bitter debate which pro- duced tears and invocations to heaven and hell, three roll calls and a standing vote, the House passed the controversial bill. revising New Hampshire's century old abortion law. The bill would allow abortion in cases where the physical or mental health of the mother is in danger, when there is a chance Of mental or physical deform- ity in the fetus or when the pregnancy results from rape or incest. "50-50 Chance" Sen. John P. H. Chandler Jr., R-Warner, chairman of the up- per chamber's Public Health Committee, said today the chances of the House-passed bill are now about "50-50" in the Senate. Meanwhile, it was expected a move would be made in the House today to reconsider the measure. The Current Law The current 1848 law allows abortion only to save the life of the mother and only after fourth month of pregnancy. The bill passed 204-171 in the third roll call Wednesday. A move to kill it failed by only 22 votes. An equally acrimonious floor fight is expected when the measure reaches the Senate. The key vote was a close one. The motion to kill the bill failed in a roll call, 197-175. Then carne a standing vote of 234-109 through which proposed amendments were approved. A majority of the House Public Health Committee had called for passage of an amended ver- sion while a minority of that committee wanted the bill killed. .Following that vote, there was a roll call on a move to put the entire abortion question up to the voter's next year. That was defeated, 217-159. 30 Speakers A total of 30 speakers went before the rostrum in attempts to pass or bury the bill and twice as many representatives arose to ask questions such as. posed by Rep. A. Theresa Dra- binowicz, D-Nashua: "Who are we to determine who is to live and who is to Others such as Rep. Robert Trowbridge, R-Dublin, rose to say that "we also represent the minority. If there is even one person in that minority who might want an abortion, he not we should be given the right to choose." There were about 100 persons in the visitors' gallery, most of them .women. In'the chamber, several women legislators had tears- in their eyes during the debate. Rep. Arnold Clement, R-Ro- Chester, former state liquor commissioner, expressed his op- position in these words: '.'The Devil's chamois drawn by the forces of Hell are ram- pant in the aisles of this honor- able hall today." Rep. Sarkis Maloomian, D- Somersworth, who moved that the bill be killed, told his col- leagues that enacting' the bill would be "to invite the 'Un- touchables' from Chicago, to in- vite the butchers." Some, like Rep. Marcel Va- chon, expressed fears that New Hampshire "will be going into the abortion busi- ness." Bednar Sees Loopholes Others, like Rep. John Bed- nar, D-Hudson, saw loopholes in the bill which would make abortions easy to get. "If there were adequate safe- guards in the bill, I would not be so vehement in my Bednar said. Then there were those who felt the bill was a fair measure but that they could not vote for it because of conscience. Such was the position of Rep. Ken- neth Tarr, D-Concord. The opposite viewpoint was expressed in the voting of House Minority Leader Robert Raiche. He said he could not ac- cept the idea of abortion be- cause of his religious beliefs but the Democratic leader also felt that "no legislator should impose his religious beliefs on other persons." Raiche's voting produced the major political development in the debate. Raiche said he had been "ad- vised by some of my closest friends both in the legislature and at home to vote against the abortion bill." Raiche made an effort to show his position In the contro- versy during a vote on the ref- erendum amendment offered by Rep. Phyllis Keeney, R-Hud- son. During that roll-call the young Democrat supported what was an effort to delay the bill. The Assistant Minority Lead- er, Miles Cares of Pelham, also supported the measure. Raiche Jeered Raiche was. jeered every time he voted for the measure. The boos came from the predomin- antly Roman Catholic and Dem- ocratic delegations of Nashua and Manchester, Raiche's home town. Mrs. Jean Wallin, D-Nashua, sponsor of the bill, called Raiche "an obvious profile in courage." Raiche issued a statement saying his support of the bill was one of the most difficult de- cisions of his life. Mrs. Wallin, National Demo- cratic Committeewoman for New Hampshire, said Raiche "was emotionally not in favor of the bill but intellectually he knew he shouldn't impose his morals on somebody else." Asked what impact Raiche's bolting of the Manchester-Nash- ua Roman Catholic Democrats would have on the party, Mrs. Wallin said the effect would be "transitory." She added: "Of course, there will be some flak." Among others supporting the bill was Marshall Cobleigh of Nashua. He said, however, he was not talking as House Speaker but as an individual. "Irresponsible Publicity" He -said there had been "Ir- responsible publicity" about the bill. "I decry the' scare tactics and the irresponsible publicity given to this issue. This effort ABORTION BILL Page 1 How Area Legislators Voted on Abortion Bill The abortion bill was passed In the state legislature yesterday and although the bill was spon- sored by Rep. Jean A. Wallin, t Democrat from Nashua's Ward 1, only three of the other 22 mem- bers of the local delegation voted in favor of the measure. Voting to pass the bill, along with Mrs. Wallin, were ward 3 Republicans Helen A. Barker, House Speaker Marshall W. Cob- leigh and Louis D. Record Jr. Casting votes to "indefinitely or kill, the bill were: Maurice L. Bouchard, ward 1 Re- publican; Agenor Belcourt, Ro- land LaPlante, Romeo Lesage, all ward 3 Democrats; Peter Cote, A. Theresa Drabinowicz; Samuel Mason, ward 4 Democrats; Wit Uam Desmarais, Henry Lachance, Arthur Poliquin, ward 5 Demo- crats; Arthur Bouley, Francis Chamard, Margaret S. Cote, ward 6 Democrats; Adelard Aubut, Ralph Boisvert, Wilfred Boisvert, waiti 7 Democrats; Robert A. Dion, Eugene Dubois, ward 8. Democrats, Leo 0. Sirois, ward 8 Republican; Oscar Bissonnette Aid. Jean Resignation Due Tuesday BILLS ARE A PAIN LET A. B. 0. HELP YOU GET OUT 0V BY CONSOLIDATING TOUR BILLS PAST DUE .OR NOT. YOU CAN AVOID LERAI. AC- TIONS BUNS LETTERS AND THHUATENINO PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN NO SECURITY NO CO-SIONEBS IF TOT) OWE PAY AS LOW AS WEEKLY S25 WEEKLY. 835 WEEKLY CALL OE WRITE TODAY Tor Peace of Mind Tomorrow 1271 Elm St MMicheitor 669-5161 lionin I OB 92 Main St. Nashua MM737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS or Office Appointment! Arrtofed Alderman-at-Large Arthur H. Jean will submit his resignation to the Board of Aldermen next Tuesday 'riight. Jean declined to discuss the reason for his resignation but in aldermanic circles his resignation has been expected since he was hospitalized last .summer ,for heart ailment. As they receive Jean's resigna- tion, the aldermen will also elect a new ward 3 alderman to suc- ceed Bertrand J. Bouchard who was elected alderman-at-large at the last meeting. Considered as the front runner for Jean's seat is a former man-at-Large Donald R. Hardy who received five votes against Bouchard at the Feb. 11 meeting. The ward 3 contest continues to attract candidates. The list includes Charles F. Fink, 72 Berkeley St., -Francis McFarland Jr., 134 Princeton Road, Sherman Horton Jr., 24 Swart Terrace, Jay Cutler, 55 Pennichuck St., and James Lagios, 9 Edson St. Sportwelt Firm Given Contract WASHINGTON The Supply Agency 'has awarded a firm fixed price contract to Sportwelt Shoe Company, Inc., Nashua, for pairs of men's leather combat boots. The value of the contract Is Work is to be done in company plants in Newport, Na- shua and Manchester, and in Houl- ton, Maine. ARTHUR H. JEAN Resignation Due DONALD R. HARDY Leading Candidate and Ernest R. Coutermarsh, ward 9 Democrats. The Area Vole Area legislators who voted in favor of the bill were: Webster E. Bridges Jr.; and Daniel'Brock- lebank, Republicans representing the towns of BrppkHne, Hoffls and Mason; Arthur F. Mann and Fred E. Murray, Republicans-rep- resenting Peterborough and Sha- ron; Theodore Karros, the Repub-' lican from New Ipswich; Philip C. Heald, Jr. and Edward G. Warren, Republican' representing Lyndeborough, Mid Wil- ton; Roscoe Coburn and Charles Ferguson, Jr., Republicans from Milford. And, Orson Bragdon and Ken- neth W. Spakfing, Jr., Republi- cans representing Amherst and Mont-Vemoii; Miles Cares, Dem- ocrat from Pelham; Harold Wat- son, Democrat from ilerrimack; Frederick Goode and Anna Van- Loan, Republicans representing Bedford and .Litchfield. Voting against the bill were: 0. John Fortin, the Democrat from Greenville; John M. Bed- nar Robert C. Lynch Phylfo M. Keeney all of Hudson; John J. Loxtoti, Re- publican representing Bedford and Litchfield. Probe Continues In Bank Robbery Nashua police and FBI officials today report no new developments in the investigation of the Feb. 11 robbery of the Second NationsI Bank branch at Simoneau Plaza: Authorities launched an exten- sive dragnet for the two suspects after a gunman entered the bank brandishing a gun, cleaned cash- ier's drawers of money, and re- treated after dropping a cannister of gas. He fled in a car driven by his accomplice, who.waited out- side. One suspect, Ivan Wallace Brown, 40, of Kingston Drive, was apprehended by police in Dorches- ter, Mass., two days the robbery. Brown will be arraigned Feb. 28. Custom Framing by Experts at reasonable rates plus Green Stamps at Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. 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