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News Journal (Newspaper) - April 12, 1971, Mansfield, Ohio -Billion, 15-Year Fight for Clean Water Fruitless By MICHAEL J. REILLY WASHINGTON (AP) A consum- er study says the federal govern- ment 15 years, billion and sev- en laws alter immersing itself in the fight to' clean Americas waters has yet to reduce pollution in any major body of water. i Ralph Nader's Task Force on Wa- ter Pollution issued Sunday a lengthy report on the government and clean water, culminating a study begun in mid-1969. Since the government started work- ing on clean water in 1956, the re- port said, "Its effectiveness to date can be concisely assessed by the vir- tual absence of any evidence thai the seven laws passed and billion spent by the federal government have reduced the level of pollution in any major body of water." Action by the government against industrial polluters, the task force said, has been most notable for the back pedaling involved. "Federal officials routinely trip over each other hi their frenzied re- treat from any dealings with pollu- ters which have even the faint air of the report said. The Federal Water. Quality Admin- istration (FWQA) suffered some of the task force's most blistering as- saults. Under the Water Pollution Control Act, one city St. Joseph, Mo. out of polluters involved in fed- eral enforcement action has been taken to court, the report asserted. "Court action has never been tak- en against an industrial polluter un- der the the report added. The study showed "around Ohio After Title of 'Safe Haven9 for Industrial Polluters WASHINGTON (UPI) A task force report on efforts to clean up water pollution, sponsored by Ralph Nader, charged today Ohio has at- tempted to provide a "safe haven" for industrial polluters. "Ohio has always tried to provide industry with a safe haven from the tough pollution control requirements that would otherwise be part of the cost of settling in a heavily, indus- trialized the report said. It also claimed little "has been done to stop the pollution of Lake Erie despite the fact the lake's problems have been known for years. Industrial plants located on the Ohio River, it said, have "not even complied with the' minimum control requirements" set by the Ohio Riv- er Valley Water Sanitation Commis- sion (ORSANCO) in the 1950s and 295 communities on the river "still have no sewage plants." ORSANCO, in 22 years of exis- tence, "has not initiated an abate- ment order against a single in- dustrial it charged. The task force labored 21 months on the study, concluding that in- dustrial polluters and the federal government had combined to turn the nation's rivers and lakes into a "water wasteland." industrial polluters are routinely vio- lating the 1899 Refuse Act. Yet FWQA has asked the Justice Depart- ment to initiate suits against only 14 of the industries as of March 1971." Research by the water agency, the task force said, has produced no real progress toward solving the prob- lems of water pollution. Further, some jobs have been filled on the basis of politics by the Nixon administration, the report said, citing the appointment in 1969 of David Dominick to be the agen- cy's administrator. "The new commissioner had vir- tually no administrative experience and was largely ignorant of water pollution problems." the report stat- Weather Cloudy with a chance of showers late tonight. Low in 50s. Cloudy, not as warm tomorrow, with chance of showers. High 65-70. 87th Year, No. 37 NEWS JOURNAL North Central Ohio's Foremost Newspaper PHONE 522-3311 Mansfield, Ohio, Monday, April United Press International, Associated Press Washington Post Los Angeles Times Service Chuckle Modern fable: Once upon a time a son asked for the garage keys and came out with the lawn mower. TEN CENTS Easter Sun Symbolic of Resurrection By JOAN BROWN The sun timidly peeked over the greenhouses at Kingwopd Center ear- ly yesterday like a child poking his head out of the covers. Then, in an- ticipation of the day ahead, it bound- ed out joyfully, bouncing light rays on the pond where ducks took morning baths standing on their heads. It was a perfect Easter Day, and-at Kingwood, where more than people gathered for a.m. church services on the lawn, the morning sunrise was a symbolic reminder that Jesus Christ, too, had ascended into the heavens. Temperatures, in the mid- 30s, were only slightly altered by the sun's warmth and most worshipers arrived in winter coats and jackets. A brass choir from Lexington High School trumpeted the news of resur- rection and a choir from St. Mark's Lutheran Church, which spon- sored the service with Kingwood, of- fered such traditional hymns as "Christ Is Arisen." The Rev, Carl W. Cunfer, delivered the morning mes- sage at the 15th annual Easter cele- bration. A few blocks away, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, on Sherman PI., a young people's 7 a.m. worship was moved from the parking lot to inside the domed building. The Rev. Clyde A. MeGee, pastor, said that 125 young people rose early to hear the Easter (Please Turn to. Page 6) POW Trade' Proposed Compiled From Wire Dispatches U.S. prisoners of war in, Laos, in-, eluding downed pilots, will be re- leased immediately "if the United States ceases its bombings and other interventions in Laotian the Pathet Lao leader, Prince Souphan- ouvoug, said in an interview p u b- lished in Stockholm, Sweden Sunday. A reporter from the trade unionist paper Aftonbladet was admitted to the prince's secret headquarters in mountainous northern Laos. The re- porter quoted the prince as saying: "Captured U.S. pilots are humanely treated although they have perpetrat- ed untold crimes against the Laotian Deal Involves Captives in Laos people, including indiscriminate bombings of hospitals, schools and homes with women and children." The prince, whose followers control major parts of northern and eastern Laos, disclaimed the Nixon adminis- tration's claims of success for the Vietnamization program. "Their victories are only true on he told the Swedish newsman on March 29. "We have utterly de- feated them and the world must know the truth." Meanwhile, Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott said Sunday that every American serviceman in South- east Asia could be brought home by the end of 1972 if President Nixon can engineer a release of American pris- oners of war. 'Scott said in a TV interview that the pullout would include support, as well as combat troops. On the Viet battlefront. U.S. mili- tary sources said today the U.S. Air .Force was dropping 7.5-ton bombs on Communist troop concentrations around besieged Fire Base 6 in the first such tactical use of the weapons in the war. B52s also hit Communist positions there today with 500 tons of bombs. The U.S. command reported Com- munist troops inflicted the worst American casualties in two weeks (Please Turn to Page 6) Rest Easy... City Income Tax Records Careiully Guarded Secret COZY SPOT Barely awake and maybe thinking mostly about the Easter eggs at home, little Liesl Cop.- per, 4, Lexington, found a "snuggle spot" during early worship services at Kingwood. (Photos by Otto Schmidt) By TERRY MAPES City council made it an official poli- cy last week, but guarding personal tax records from unauthorized eyes has long been standard procedure in Mansfield's income tax department. Only the five employes of the in- come tax department have direct ac- cess to files which show the earnings of individual taxpayers. On rare occa- sions, when there is sufficient justifi- cation, the city solicitor will give per- mission for the police to check a file. In general, however, the information is not revealed to anyone mayor, bill Collectors nor even the spouse of a particular taxpayer. it if "He won't even let me look a't said Auditor L. Norman Walker of In- come Tax Director Harold G. Adams. "And he works for me." While this may not be quite true Adams said that Walker could see the files if he asked to, which he hasn't it still testifies to the watchdog attitude of the tax deparment. "The system they have now is probably as tight as you can make it for the size of business we have here." Walker said. The resolution passed by council last week makes this type of security the official policy, thus both easing the public's mind about the possibility of tax records getting into the wrong hands and insuring that if Walker and Adams are eventually replaced by less careful officials, the safeguarding will continue. Specifically, the resolution spon- sored by Council Finance Chairman Robert E. Boling directs that infor- mation submitted by the auditor or tax director to a data processing ser- vice is to be identified only by ac- count number and not by the names and address of taxpayers. Mansfield taxpayers' names will not wind up on some company's mail- ing list, Boling pointed out. According to Walker, there are no plans now to convert income tax rec- ords to data processing. The income tax department under Adams is so ef- ficiently run now without benefit of computers that little would be gamed at this time by changing over, he said. It remains a possibility for the future', however. Other types of city financial infor- mation are now being submitted for processing by Interstate Business Ser- vices, and though this information is public, steps are still taken to protect if from misuse. Walker explained, "This informa- tion is a matter of p u b 1 i c record to begin with, but if it is to go out to the (Please Turn to Page 6) CONFIDENTIAL These files in the city income tax office were opened by Auditor L. Normaii Walker for the purpose of this photograph today, but at other times they are kept locked and only employes of the department have access to them.' Infoi mation such as the earnings of an individual taxpayer is not disclosed to others. (Photo by Terry Wolf) Rhodes Gets Healthy Pension Benefits Near o Month On The Inside PAGES, J Line 6 19 People 29 7 23 8, 9 13-17 Dr. 22 Me Why 29 2 TO REJOICE The Rev. Carl W. Cunfer, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, ted early morning Easter worshipers at Kingwood Center yesterday an a prayer of rejoicing over Christ's resurrection. Housing Needed for Mansfield Relays Athletes Housing accommodations for ath- letes and coaches participating in the 40th edition of the Mansfield Relays are needed "very Relays Housing Chairman Bob Guthrie said today. "We have placed 800 boys and coaches but we still need accommo- dations for 622 more. The .entries are up from last year for those who will be staying overnight but we have fewer rooms for Guthrie said. He said last year Mansfielders had contracted to keep 300 more coaches and boys by this date. The field, including contestants who will not require housing, totals 217 high schools represented by ath- letes. The relays will be held Friday and Saturday at Mehock Field. Persons desiring to house one or more schoolboys Friday night and provide breakfast for them the follow- ing morning, should contact one of the members of the housing commit- tee. They are Guthrie, Mrs. Robert Lee, Mrs. Jack Bargahiser, Mrs. Mi- chael Bryne and Mrs. Al Ward. By LEE LEONARD COLUMBUS (UPI) Former Gov. James A. Rhodes is drawing public employe retirement benefits ap- proaching a month before taxes and will continue to do so for 20 years, if he lives that long. If he does not, the money will go to his wife, Helen, or to his estate. In anv event, the pension will approxi- mate the estimated a year figure until a per cent cost of living increase takes effect July 1, 1974. The Public Employes Retirement System (PERS) is forbidden to make public the pension of any of its mem- bers. Rhodes' benefits were calculat- ed by United Press International ac- cording to a complex formula fur- nished by PERS. The governor began drawing his pension in February, choosing, a plan which guarantees "certain and con- tinuous" payments for 20 years. As of February, 1991, his benefits will be exhausted. It must be noted Rhodes contribut- ed heavily to his retirement fund, particularly during the eight years he was governor. From November, 1965, when the governor's salary was hiked by until he retired Rhodes eacned a year. J. Douglass Peters, a deputy direc- tor of PERS, said it normally takes retirants only three years to use up all the contributions they put into the system. If this rule of thumb applied to Rhodes, he could have contributed up to to tlie pension fund during the 31 years he was Columbus city auditor, mayor of Columbus, state auditor and governor. Rhodes" benefits were calculated by taking 1 9 per cent of the average of his five highest annual salaries, and multiplying by his num- ber of years of public service, 31. This produces a base annual benefit of II lie had been 65 at retirement and chosen the "straight life" plan, he would have received the full amount. However, if he died. Mrs. Rhodes would only have received a lump cash payment of his contributions to Ihe system. Legless Viet Vet Accused by Nurse PHILADELPHIA (API The U.S. Navy is bringing charges of striking an officer against a 19 year old Marine double amputee in Philadel- phia Naval Hospital -who sometimes dreams he is imprisoned in a North Vietnamese hospital, the Philadelphia Bulletin, repotted in its Sunday edi- tions. The charges against Lance Cpl. Charles D- Stewart, a native of Con- nelsville, Pa., center on an incident on Feb. 3 when, as both Stewart and the Navy agree, he struck a nurse Cpl. Stewart 'real uptight, scared' in Navy hospital is a lieutenant commander while struggling to avojd a blood sample. Stewart told the Bulletin he was -real uptight, scared" as the nurse was about to take a blood sample in preparing for an operation for his badly damaged right arm. He said he was restrained by four (Please Turn to page S) I
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