Altoona Mirror, January 5, 1980

Altoona Mirror

January 05, 1980

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 5, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania Central Stuns Mount Union, Lions Win 14th See 18 aitoona VOL. 173 PHONE 944-7171 Aitoona, Pa., Saturday Evening, Jan. 5, 1980 Founded June 13, 1874 20c a COPY Carter Orders Reprisals Against Soviets for Afghanistan Invasion WASHINGTON (DPI) Warning that Ihe Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan threatens the security of all nations, President Carter has retaliated against the Soviets with a series of punitive measures, including a sharp cutback in grain sales and military aid to Pakistan. In a nationally televised address Friday night, Carter said no nation "can continue to do business as usual with the Soviet in ordering the most stringent reprisals since the end of the Cold War. He warned that a Soviet-occupied Afghan- istan threatens both Iran and Pakistan and "is a stepping stone to possible control over much of the world's oil supplies." Carter said the Soviet Union will receive only 8 million tons of grain this year instead of 25 million tons the United states had agreed to sell them. It was the first time the United States has U.N. Council To Debate Afghan Crisis UNITED NATIONS (UPI) The Se- curity Council has brushed aside objec- tions from the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan and pushed ahead with a debate on Russia's military push into the strategic central Asian Moslem nation. But any stern action by the CsBHeWf such as a resolution censuring Moscow for sending troops into the Moslem nation, faces a certain veto by the Soviet Union. Pakistan, the country that feels most threatened by Moscow's push into Moslem Afghanistan, asked to be the first speaker in today's full debate that was requested by some 50 nations, including the United Stales. Before the debate ends, a cross-section of the world community could raise a collective voice against Ihe biggest Soviet foreign intervention since the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. But laced with a Soviet veto, there is little the Council can do except hear complaints about the presence of Russian troops in the central Asian nation. Friday, the second highest ranking diplomat in Afghanistan's U.N. delega- tion, Abdul Hakim Tabibi, called a news conference and announced his resignation lo protest the Soviet invasion. "The whole world should raise its voice in our said Abdu Hakim Tabibi, Tabibi said, "f am leaving my post be- cause of of the sovereignty and independence of my country by our close neighbor, the Soviet union, who until now was regarded as a respected friend of Ihe people of Afghanistan." used agriculture as a foreign policy weapon "for overriding national security a White House officiaf said. To soften the blow to farmers, officials said Ihe administration will spend between billion and billion over the next two years to protect prices and markets. Carter also warned that if Russia continues its aggression in Afghanistan where it now has troops, Ihe United States may withdraw Irom the Olympics in Moscow next summer. (See Page Other retaliatory measures he announced included a severe reduction of fishing rights for Soviet trawlers in U.S. waters, a ban on exports of high technology, particularly oil drilling equipment, and a freeze on Soviet consular, cultural and economic exchanges. In addition, Carter offered to provide mili- tary equipment, food and other assistance to help Pakistan "defend its independence" against the Soviet threat. He said the United States also stands ready to help other nations in (he region lo forestall aggression. A White House oflicial said if Iran releases the 50 American hostages and comes to realize the threat to its own security, U.S. aid would be forthcoming, Carter made it clear that he fears the Kremlin intends to alter the world balance of power and may be benl on further expansion. "If Soviets are encouraged in this invasion by eventual success, and if they maintain their dominance over Afghanistan and extend their control to adjacent countries, the stable, strategic and peaceful balance of the world will be he said. "This would threat- en the security of alt nations, including of course, (he United States, our allies and friends." Carter also delayed the opening of the new American and Soviet consular facilities. Aero- flot flights between America and Russia, which were to be increased, will continue on a twice weekly basis. Carter noted he already had sought and won postponement of Senate debate over the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with Russia. But he said he is not rejecting the pact for Ihe long run because "the entire world will benefit from the successful control of strategic nuclear weapons through the implementation of this carefully negotiated treaty." Carter also noted that 50 nations have petitioned the United Nations Security Council to condemn the Soviet Union and lo demand immediate withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan. If the Soviet Union exerts its veto, he said, immediate action "would be appropriate" in the U.N. Genera] Assembly where it does not have a veto. PRESIDENT CARTER no "business as usual" Laingen Won't Be Turned Over Iran Militants Rebuffed FREEDOM FIGHTERS of Afghanistan burn a Soviet flag and an effigy of Leonid Brezhnev during a demonstration Friday at the United Nations in New York. About 150 people protested the Russian invasion, (DPI) TEHRtVN, (UPl) Foreign Min- ister Sadegb Ghotbzadeh today rejected demands from the militants holding the American Embassy thai U.S. Charge D'affaires Bruce L, Laingen be handed over to them to answer charges in a spy future trial of hostages. In a letter addressed to AyatolTah RuhoLlah Khomeini, Ghotbazdeh said La- ingen and two other American diplomats had been placed under the Foreign Min- istry's protection with the knowledge of Khomeini and the ruling Revolutionary Council. "I folEow orders only of the leader (Khomeini) and carry out decisions taken by the Islamic Revolutionary Council and request that necessary orders be issued in this Ghotbazdeh said. There was no immediate response to Gholbzadeh's letter from either Khomeini or the Revolutionary Council. The militants have also threatened to try one of the 50 American hostages for Vietnam war crimes, but the foreign minister made no comment on that mat- ter. In another development, dissident Ayatollah Kazem Shariat-Madari today ordered the dissolution of his political party and told followers he'could no longer support their opposition of the Islamic regime. The (rail, white bearded ayatoltah suc- cumbed to mounting pressure from re- ligious groups loyal to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after thousands of persons dem- onstrated in Qorn, today and called for his execution by firing squad- Health Agency Challenged On Nursing Home Position By REBECCA BENNETT Staff Writer Are there enough nursing home beds in. Blair County? Nursing home administrators, cler- gymen and physicians attest lo long wait- ing fists at most nursing homes, and tell stories about families desperately searching for a place for an elderly relative. The Keystone Health Systems Agency on the other hand, says Ihe county has enough nursing home beds, and recently discouraged two nursing home expansion proposals. A state nursing home inspector based in Aitoona, while taking neither side, says loo many people are put Into nursing homes long before they need to be. Examining the availability of nursing home beds also raises larger questions of our attitudes toward the elderly and whether institutions are an acceptable way of caring for them. The KHSA has adopted and is enforcing a criterion of 42 nursing home beds per thousand elderly (85 or While conceding that the criterion Is "con- the agency points out that it to encourage the development of alternatives to nursing home care. The KHSA says that with the develop- ment of such alternalives as adult day care, and improved coordination of com- munity-based services for (he elderly, there will be a need for only 115additional nursing home beds in the area by 1985. Nursing home administrators and oth- ers take issue with that. The Rev. Russell Wise, administrator of Epworth Manor in Tyrone, said the agency's projection of need doesn't square with his home's waiting list of 250 people. "We have people coming in two or three times a week begging (or a he said. He criticized the agency as being "loo far removed from Ihe front lines." Lois Gutshall, administrator of Al- legheny Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg, agrees with Rev. Wise. "There appears lo be a she said, "when we look at the number of beds we have and the number who have applied for beds." Both Epworth and Allegheny Lutheran recently approached the KHSA about expanding their facilities and were told that if they submitted applications, the agency probably wouldn't approve them. Donald Trotter, administrator of Val- ley View Home, said Ihe county facility has a "lengthy" waiting list of more than 100 people. "We deal with the medically he said. "The need for this type of bed is going to continue and continue to grow." Ralph Delk, administrator of the Mor- risons Cove Home at Martinsburg, noted: "We've got a few openings now, but enough applicants to fill Diem. We've been turning away people one after another, telling them there's not enough beds. All of the homes in the area are full or will be in a short time." The controversy cropped up at the November KHSA meeting at which the agency ruled on four applications for construction of new nursing homes in Ihe Cambria-Somerset area. The agency staff and the Program and Facilities Committee, applying the 42- beds-per-thousand criterion, recrecom- mended that two applications be approved and two be rejected. The agency approved two applications for Hastings and Myersdale Community Hospital without much discussion. Then alter hearing testimony criticizing its 42- beds-per-thousand level, the agency ap- proved the construction of a third new facility at Johnstown. (See NURSING, I) In the Mirror Stouffer After 16 years in elected office in Aitoona, Mayor William C. Stouffer will be sworn In Monday as a Blair County commissioner. On Friday, his last workday at City Hall, the mayor sat in his empty office talked with Mirror reporter Don Hopey about his past in Ihe city, and his future in the county.....Page 17. Middle School The middle school concept ap- proaches in the Spring Cove School District. With its initiation about a year away, it appears the idea final- ly has been accepted by taxpayers and teachers....................Page 26. INDEX Accidents......14 Area.............M Movies..........11 Obituaries.......4 Crime...........23 Opinion.........12 Firm...........74 Religion... .24-25 Features.......21 TV Listing......( WEATHER TONIGHT: Snow Hurries, low in the upper teens. TOMORROW: Continued cold, flur- ries, high in the mid to upper 20s. Details.............................Page II. Yesterday's Circulation: U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL Kurt Waldheim talks to reporters on his return to New York from Tehran on Friday. Waldheim denied that his mission was a failure. "I hope and he said, "that my mission will contribute to a peaceful solution of this (UPI) TRANSITION Mayor to Take Oath More than 150 city business and govern- ment leaders have received invitations to Altoona's inauguration ceremonies at a.m. Monday in the Logan Room of the Penn Hotel. The inauguration will begin with in- vocation by the Rev. Charles F. Bodziak of St. Leo's Catholic Church. Betty Jo Seno will then sing "The Star Spangled Banner" and Daniel A. Dis- abalo, city police chief, will lend the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Following the pledge of allegiance. outgoing mayor William C. Stouffer and outgoing councilman Travis B. Young will make short remarks. City Council will then be formally adjourned after which certificates of elec- tion will be presented to City Clerk Con- stance J. Hilling by Mayor Allan G. Hancock, Counctimcn Thomas W. Byrne and Richard L. McEldowney and Treas- urer Mary A. Long. Judge Joseph F. O'Kicki, of the slate Superior Court, witl then administer the (See NEW MAYOR, Page 3) County Ceremony Set By PHIL RAY Stati Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Inauguration Day at the Blair County Courthouse a.m. Monday) will be a time to look ahead and a time to realize that county govern- ment doesn't change that much from decade to decade. Blair County Register and Recorder James F. Shuman a few days ago was looking at newspaper photographs of the inauguration In 1960. Things are different now in some re- spects. Blair County then had a district at- torney's office composed of a district attorney and two part-time assistants. When District Attorney Oliver E. Mat- las takes his oatd Monday, four assistants, one a full-time employee, will join him in office. President Judge Robert Campbell will administer the oath of office to two new judges, and for the first time. Blair will have a common pleas court o! three judges. But there Is a consistency about county government. (See COUNTY, 1) ;