Saturday Times-News, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1977, Burlington, North Carolina 90th Year No. 140 TIMES-NEWS December 10, 1977 15 Cents 22 pages 3 Sections Stage Set For Tripling Social Security Taxes kept a steady majority against it Sen. Russell B. Long, D-La., the conference chairman, set no time for resuming the negotiating sessions, saying he would wait for word from the House members. The conferees had agreed on the payroll tax increases after intense pressure from the White House and the congressional leadership to bring a Social Security funding bill to a vote before Congress adjourns for the year. The maximum paid equally by workers and their employers curren- tly is 1965.25 per year. The conference agreement would set the 1987 figure at However, the ceiling would apply only to those earning at least If the present law were left unchanged, the max- imum tax in 1987 would be Under the compromise, there would be no Social Security tax increases next year beyond those already provided for under existing law, which raises the maximum tax to in 1978. The House and Senate conference committee moved toward perfecting a bill to be voted On next week, although final action was stalled by a deadlock on proposed tax credits for college tui- tion. The conferees also agreed to in- crease substantially the amount retired persons might earn without losing part of their Social Security pensions. However, they dropped a House-approved provision that would have removed the earnings limitation WASHINGTON (AP) House and Senate conferees working on legisla- tion to keep the Social Security system solvent broke up in deadlock Friday night over an unrelated issue after agreeing on payroll tax increases that would, within a decade, more than tri- ple the maximum amount any worker could pay. A Senate rider to provide tax credits up to for higher education tuition was the issue that stymied efforts to pass legislation this year. The Social Security system that pays benefits to 37 million persons and collects taxes from 108 million workers is threatened with exhaustion of its reserves within five years. Senate conferees unanimously in- sisted on the plan and House conferees Joyous Inmates Arrive SAN DIEGO (AP) With dozens of flag-waving relatives screaming a welcome, 61 Americans held in Mexican prisons touched down on U.S. soil Friday, completing the first leg of a historic international prisoner exchange. The ecstatic relatives were oblivious to criticism that criminals were being given a heroes' welcome as they cheered the chartered flight from Mexico City. "I don't care if they call this a heroes' welcome, we're just glad the're said Barbara McClure of the Los Angeles area, whose cousin, Kenneth Barton, was among the returning Americans. Although the families pressed against a fence near the landing area, they were told by officials they would not be allowed to speak to their loved ones until -rj- rri processing began on Satur- .OQDDV jf O American women who have been in Mexican jails rto" jump for joy as the airplane which will carry k-fk the United States arrived Friday at entirely by 1982. Under present law, any Social Security retiree earning more than a year would lose of pension for every of additional earnings. The limit next year would be and automatic adjustments would follow in future years. Under the conference bill, the earn- ings limit would go to next year and increase in increments to 000 in 1982. After that, the automatic adjustments would resume. The in- crease, however, would apply only to those 65 or older. Persons retiring at earlier ages would continue to be covered by existing law. The panel also dropped a Senate proposal, supported by the Carter ad- ministration, that would have levied higher taxes on employers than on em- ployees. Also dropped in the com- promise was a House provision for loans from the general treasury when Social Security reserves run low. The impasse developed on a Senate rider to the Social Security legislation. It would provide income tax credits up to to help defray the costs of tui- tion for higher education. The proposal would cost the government about billion a year. After an extensive argument, House conferees voted 8-2 to insist on their opposition to the tuition credit provi- sion, while their Senate counterparts voted unanimously to stick to their position. The panel continued working on variations of proposed Social Security tax increases, however, keeping alive the possibility that a Social Security refinancing bill can be passed before Congress adjourns next week for Christmas, if the tax credit dispute is resolved. However, the Senate is backing the administration's Social Security finan- cing proposal that would end the traditional 50-50, employee-employer contribution by imposing heavier taxes on employers. The House's posi- tion is that the employer and em- ployee should continue to divide the tax burden equally. The proposed college tuition tax credit was one of two unrelated provi- sions tacked onto the Social Security legislation. Trustees Rebuff Baptists day. The American men and See Page 7A the Mexico City International Airport. Sixty-one Americans were exchanged for 36 Mexicans who had been in American jails. (AP) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Trustees of Wake Forest University overruled a Baptist State Convention recommendation Friday and voted to accept the full amount of a hotly contested grant of from the National Science Founda- tion. Last November, church members gathered at a state convention in Charlotte voted overwhelming approval of a resolution recommending that the Baptist university return a portion of the grant earmarked for an greenhouse, or negotiate for other use of those funds. University spokesman Russell Brantley said the vote to accept the full -Saturday- 10, 1977 Across The State..............Page 6A Church News.................Page 6A Classifieds..................Page 5-7B Comics ......................Page 4B Editorials.....................Page 4A People.......................Page 3B Sports.....................Page 1-2B Stocks .......................Page 8B Theaters.....................Page 3B Weather.....................Page SB Women's News...............Page 5A AREA DEATHS: Fred Lane Loy Sr.; Joe Garland Pointer. See Page 7A. Weather Precipitation: near 0 Highs: mid 30s to low Lows: teens to low 20s Winds: NW 15 to 25 mph WINDY COLDER DAYS TO CHRISTMAS Kidwives Deliver Their Baby Brother ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) For Jimmy and Chuck Morrell, serving as midwives in the emergency delivery of their baby brother came as naturally as playing with the infant does now. The brothers, aged 13 and 8, now "just mother him" reports Kathy Morrell, mother of the three boys. The boys were home from school for Veterans' Day when Mrs. Morrell went into labor on Nov. 11. They called for a paramedic team and an am- bulance, but the baby wouldn't wait, so the boys delivered it while a policeman gave instructions over the telephone. Because the baby was premature and surroundings at birth were not hospital-sterile, Keiichi Jr. spent 10 days in intensive care for treatment of pneumonia and jaundice. But the in- fant is home and healthy now, the mother reports. "They just cuddle him and love him. They just mother Mrs. Morrell says of Keiichi's big brothers. "If you rub his left cheek very soft he kind of laughs a said Jimmy, who occasionally babysits. "He has kind of a small teddy bear. I hold it by its fingers and he kind of grabs onto it." Chuck, younger of the two brothers, said the baby most likes to be talked to. He said that when you tickle the baby, "he smiles." The baby was expected Dec. 13, but Mrs. Morrell said she felt some dis- comfort early in November and twice reported to the hospital. "They said, 'You're not and sent me she said. When it started the third time, she told herself, "I'm not going and the baby was bom in the bedroom. She and her husband had taken classes for natural childbirth, and the boys had acted as stand-in coaches during breathing practice sessions at home. When police Sgt. Franklin Van De Weerd provided the directions over the telephone, the boys knew just what to do. Moments after coming to the telephone, Chuck told Van De Weerd: "The baby is out." With Chuck relaying the policeman's directions to Jimmy, the teen-ager then cleared the baby's throat and nose. Soon he reported the newborn was crying. "I could hear Jimmy in the background asking why the paramedics weren't said Van De Weerd. "Then I asked Chuckie whether he had a baby brother or sister." The reply was "I don't know." 000 grant under terms of the original agreement came during a closed-door meeting and was by a substantial ma- jority. He said opponents voiced fear that the conven- tion, which funds the univer- sity, would be angered by the decision. The 1976 grant to the un- iversity's biology depart- ment produced a running controversy over a conven- tion policy that Baptist schools should not accept government funds for bricks and mortar. Other grants, such as those for research, have gained convention ap- proval on the grounds that they are related directly to services rendered by the university. 'We desire no conflict with our the trustees' resolution said. "Wake Forest is un- ashamedly a Christian in- stitution and seeks to shape its goals, policies and prac- tices by Christian ideals...We shall continue to consult with the leadership of the Baptist State convention and the convention-university rela- tions committee." Another portion of the statement said, "The services-rendered commit- tee of the Baptist State Con- vention has been kind enough to verify that the university's acceptance of this grant was done in good faith and with full public acknowledgment. For the trustees not to honor this good-faith agreement would have adverse implica- tions for the entire univer- sity." Egbert L. Davis of Winston-Salem, chairman of the board of trustees, said before the closed-door meeting that he anticipated the final decision would be delayed. Ralph Holt Honored As Citizen Of The Year Ralph Manning Holt Jr. Ralph Manning Holt Jr., a man long active in community and civic programs of Alamance County, has been honored as the Citizen of the Year for 1977 by the Burlington Kiwanis Club. Holt was lauded for his civic endeavor at the club's annual awards program and ladies night observance at the Alamance County Club Thursday evening. The award was presented by Jim Lashley, who chaired the Kiwanis Citizen Award program this year. Holt was con- gratulated by club President Bob Poindexter and received the large, permanent trophy relinquished earlier in the even- ing by C. R. Byrd, the 1976 Citizen of the Year. Holt's citation included his community contributions through work with the Memorial Hospital of Alamance, the Cherokee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, his leadership in the United Way for many years, plus his work with the Community Y.M.C.A., the Burlington Day School, the Alamance County Health Planning Advisory Council, the Presidential Board of Advisors at Elon College, St. Andrews and Davidson Colleges and Glade Valley School. Also cited were his many years of service to the First Presbyterian Church, where he has served on the Board of Deacons, the Permanent Property Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Every Member Canvass and the Youth Ministry Task Force. He was honored by the club for his "enthusiasm and most unselfish manner" of participation in "many community ac- tivities, giving very little attention or interest, if any, to whether the activity is a popular or unpopular or prestigious one." "Not only has he contributed to so many activities for the Sec Citizen Page 7A Mebane Parade Several thousand people braved a chilly, winter wind late Friday afternoon to watch Mebane's Christmas parade. More than 70 units, including floats, bands, clowns and Santa Claus himself, circled the town's business district to officially usher in the Christmas season. Parade Grand Marshal Vance Foust said "we are encouraged by the response from participants and those who came to Christmas parade in Mebane was revived last year following many years without one and the Mebane Merchant's Association intends to keep it as an annual e- vent.