Kingsport News, September 2, 1971

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Kingsport News (Newspaper) - September 2, 1971, Kingsport, Tennessee JNixon Wants Six Month t Delay On Federal Raises VOLUME XXXIV, NO. 173 PHONE 246-8121 3 SECTIONS 46 PAGES KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, 37660, THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 1971 Thieu Runs Unopposed SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. President Nlson formally postponed for six months a fl.3 billion, Jan. 1 pay raise for servicemen and federal em- ployes, and hinted Wednesday he might also delay another raise scheduled for the following October. The President's action Implemented one phase of the economic program he announced to the nation Aug. 15. Virtually all government workers and members of the military of them would be affected. In a message to Congress, Nixon said he was taking the action to "clearly signify the good faith of the federal government as a major employer and to continue to set an example for the American people in our striving to achieve prosperity in peacetime." Under the President's actions, "comparability" increases that normally would go Into effect next January will be postponed until July, 1972. These are pay increases designed to keep federal and military salaries at the levels commensurate with jobs in private industry and are based MI semian- nual surveys. Preliminary figures indicated the increase in January would have been about six per The President hinted that it may also be necessary to postpome a similar increase scheduled in October, 1972, but said he would not be prepared to make a fuial decision on this until he reviews the economic situation in the first half of next year. Nixon announced his intention to take this action SAIGON (DPI) The government an- nounced Wednesday night that President Nguyen Van Thieu would run unopposed for re-election Oct. 3. The official word followed the first outbreak of antigovernment violence in the turbulent presidential election scene. The announcement, which was not unex- pected, was made by acting Premier Nguyen Luu Vien on television. He said the supreme court had ruled Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky off the presidential ballot. The ruling was a reversal of the court's own reversal of itself. Earlier in the day, violence flared when police used tear gas and fired over the heads of a column of students in a funeral procession who distributed leaflets con- demning Thieu and the Americans. The slate of Thieu and Tran Van Huong, a former premier, "is now the only ticket running for the presidency and vice presidency in the next Oct. 3 Vien told the nation. The announcement had been the subject of almost daily meetings between Thieu and U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker since Ky and retired Gen. Duong Van "Big" Minn dropped out of the race two weeks ago, charging that Thieu was rigging the election. Ky remained on the ballot and asked tire court to rule him off. The U.S. government had hoped the South Vietnamese would hold "free and fair elec- tions." In recent days officials had appeared to resign themselves to the inevitable that Thieu would run alone. On the battlefronts, a South Vietnam ar- mored column of tanks and personnel carriers raced through a 500-round mortar and rocket barrage near the Demilitarized Zone with little damage. Communist gunners also rained rockets and mortar onto six government DMZ outposts. The U.S. command began the ninth phase of troop withdrawals by ordering GIs to start packing in the biggest one-day pull-out in a month. Minh issued a statement accusing the 77- year-old Bunker of slandering him. That was in reply to a news report that Bunker was the source of a report that Minh wanted the United States to conduct the elections to in- sure fairness. Other news media quoted only a "diplomatic source." "The diplomatic source which has fabricated the above story could only be a Minh said. "No normal Viet- namese could request the United States to organize the election of his chief of state." The supreme court ruling was its third on Ky's candidacy. It originally refused to ac- cept him because of too few names, under a new Thieu-backed law, on his supporting petitions. Then, at the urging of the govern- ment, it reversed itself and said he could stay on the ballot. Teacher Salary Question Brings Different Answers WASHINGTON (UPJ) Treasury Un- dersecretary Charles E. Walker said Wed- nesday that contrary to widespread belief, President Nixon's wage-price freeze will forbid most teacher pay raises for the school year getting under way. The National Education Association promptly suggested Walker didn't know what he was talking about. "We've worked very hard with the Cost of Living Council to correct the confusion regarding teacher pay said Donald E. Morrison, president of the 1.1 million- member NEA. "And when politicians start espousing their individual views on what rulings mean which contradict what the official governing body says it does a great disservice to at least a million and a half teachers." Morrison said the NEA continues to assert that "many if not most of the nation's teachers will probably qualify under the olficial guidelines." More On Page 10, Col. 1 when he outlined his 90-day general wage-price-rent freeze and other actions for curbing inflation two weeks ago. But this was the first mention of possibly ex- tending'the freeze of this aspect of federal pay in- creases for up to a year. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said the President intended to "very dramatically and very clearly demonstrate action by the government in keeping wages'down" but said the action should not be taken as an indication that he is planning to extend the general wage-price-rent freeze beyond the 90-day period. More Water For Thirsty Kingsport The city's new water station is under construction on the Holston liiver. It will accommodate one pump capable of supplying up to 10 million gallons a (lay. The present four pumps, shoirn behind conn true I ion pilings, can supply eight million gallons a (lay. The job is being done early n each day before the water level rises from the dam overflow. Photo Karl ('arter) Home Vote For Students: Mitchell Rural Schools Shortchanged? WASHINGTON (UPI) More than 10 million children who attend rural area schools are being shortchanged because their teachers are often castoffs and misfits, a Senate witness testified Wednesday. The children in rural areas too frequently are deprived of good education, he added, because their parents are "relatively content to keep what they have as good enough" and not try new approaches to learning. Robert M. Isenberg, associate executive secretary of the American Association of School Administrators, made the statements. Isenberg said rural school districts are unable to compete on equal terms with city and suburban schools for personnel. "As a result, rural school boards for more than three decades have been employing the cast-offs, the misfits, and the provisionally certificated, along with an occasional gem." Arab Unity Referendum BEIRUT (UPI) Approximately 10 million persons in three Arab nations voted Wednesday for a federation that will gather together nearly half the population of the Arab world. The voting took place in Egypt, Libya and Syria. Political sources said it was the first referendum in moderm history to be held simultaneously in three Arab countries. They predicted a massive "yes" vote for the federal constitution. The federation would have a total population of 42 million. The Arab world population is 100 million. FDA 'Musical WASHINGTON (UPI) Peter B. Hull, 37, became general counsel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Wed- nesday, one day after his predecessor, William W. Goodrich, became president of a food producers association which Hutt formerly represented. "What is taking place? An Alphonse and Gaston mutual benefit asked Ruth G. Desmond, president of the Federation of Homemakers. She said the "musical chairs" switch in jobs raised questions about FDA regulations and products made by Goodrich's association, the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils. Germany To Get Phantoms WASHINGTON (UPI) The United States has agreed to sell West Germany 175 F4 Phantom jet fighter planes that will "add quite significantly" to the Bonn government's ability to defend itself, Defense Secretary Melvin L. Laird announced Wed- nesday. But in making the announcement, Laird declined to discuss Israeli requests to purchase Phantom jets, the best plane the United States has for dealing with Russian Mig fighters. WASHINGTON (UPI) Attorney General John N. Mitchell said Wednesday that allowing newly franchised students to vote in the communities where they attend college would be unfair to other voters, particularly servicemen. The Democratic National Committee promptly accused Mitchell of trying to in- fluence President Nixon's re-election in 1972 through the use of his Justice Department position. "It isclearly a political tactic by Mr. Nixon's chief political the Democrats charged. Speaking to a New York meeting of state government officials, who normally ad- minister state voting laws, Mitchell said: "There are many persons who must be away from home at election time." Mitchell said special legislation to allow college students to vote away from their permanent residences while others in similar situations would have to cast absentee ballots would be discriminatory, "in- cluding the servicemen who are also in this new r.ge and also located away from home." However, the Democrats said this "curb- stone legal opinion clearly recognizes that the Nixon administration has little appeal to the aspirations of millions of potential young voters of the United States. More reprehensible, he Is attempting to drag the law of the land into the political arena." As a result of the recent enfranchisement of youths 18 to 21 years old, some officials of small college towns where the student population exceeds the municipal population have expressed fears that students could virtually take over their city governments if allowed to vote locally. On the other hand, some states provide no means for absentee voting, meaning that More On Page 10, Col. 1 Atlantic Hopping Grandmother Dies, Reason For 160 Trips Unexplained AMSTERDAM (UPI) A 74-year-old widow from Cleveland who flew across the Atlantic with her 14-year-old grandson as many as 160 times during the past four months died Wednesday without saying why she had done it. The boy, Mitchel Howard Gelfand, and his father, Leonard Gelfand, 44, also of Cleveland, refused to say anything about the long, costly and puzzling transatlantic trips taken by the boy and Mrs. Sarah Krasnoff. "It's none of your Mitchel said to reporters. Officials of the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) said Mrs. Krasnoff and the boy had made crossings that cost They always traveled first class and Mitchel became so well- known to KLM crews that he was often allowed in the cockpit, officials said. Leonard Gelfand, who flew to Amsterdam Wednesday, said Mrs. Krasnoff died in her sleep in a hotel room where she had been confined since Sunday, suffering from complete exhaustion. Newspapers in Cleveland, where the family lived, quoted George Sadd, assistant county prosecutor, as saying child stealing charges would have been brought against Mrs. Krasnoff if she had returned to Cleveland. Schiphol Airport officials said it was difficult to determine exactly how many crossings the boy and his grandmother had made as they normally stayed in the transit lounge until the next flight back to New York. Stamps in their passports showed they had left the airport lounge only 16 times. Passports are not stamped if travelers remain In the lounge. Airport officials said they became suspicious early in August of the pair's mysterious comings and goings and began shadowing them. They once were searched for contraband. Officials said Mrs. Krasnoff and her grandson always politely brushed-off queries about their travels. "The boy's mad about Mrs. Krasnoff once told questioners. INTEREST VARIES While Secretary of State William Rogers is addressing the American Legion convention, the Legionnaires show varied degrees of interest in his speech. Property Ruling May Revamp School Financing weather forecast Partly cloudy and warm today with a 20 per cent chance of rain tonight. The high should be In the middle 80s and the low 65. Wednesday's high was 89 and the low was 62. There was no rain and.fhe total for the month Inches.' By United Press International State and local officials across the nation cast a wary eye Wednesday at a California Supreme Court ruling that a public school financing system based largely on local property' taxes discriminates against the poor. The decision lent impetus to moves in several stales !o challenge existing methods of financing education. In several states, officials described the California decision as "precedent-spiling" and a "bombshell." 1 They predicted that the ruling, if upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court where the issue appeared headed, would eventually force drastic overhaul of school financing programs. Officials in many other states saki they did not expect the California decision to affect even indirectly their methods of paying the costs of educating children. Several pointed to equalizing factors which, they said, make their states' systems different than the one declared unconstitutional in California. Many governors, legal officials and legislators adopted a "wait and sec" attitude until they could compare their school financing systems with California's or until the U.S. Supreme Court speaks. Oklahoma Attorney General Larry Derryberry said the California ruling "could strike close to home" In the Sooner State, and Oklahoma state Sen. Bryce Baggett said, "This case is going to require legislatures to reconsider the school finance picture all over the country." New Jersey Education Commissioner Dr. Carl Maruberger, a defendant In a suit challenging that state's use of property taxes for schools, said: "I think this may be a landmark ruling since up to now, in Michigan and Illinois, the courts have uphold the local property tax." KnnsasstateSon. Joseph C. Harder said the ruling could have a "marked effect" in Kansas, where about 70 per cent of school finances come from property taxes, and might force a special legislative session. Connecticut Attorney General Robert K. Klllinn snid the decision "is going to have an More On Page 10, Col. t ;

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