Abilene Reporter News, May 12, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

May 12, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSc TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS 17 3RD YEAR, NO. ,329 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604. SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 12, 25c SUNDAY Sute By KATJIARYN BUFF Keporter-News Assistant Editor Taylor County Republicans in their Saturday afternoon convention voted, with a few quiet a resolution strongly supporting President Nixon and a quick end to any impeachment pro- ceedings. The GOP delegates, in spaisely-altended session a ADileiie Public Library: 'shouted down a floor resolu- tion sharply critical of the na- tion's news media in general and The Abilene Reporter- N'cws in particular and by :iamc. The media resolution, of- fered from the floor by former Party talk Jack McGlothlin, left, chairman of the nominations committee during the Taylor County Republican Convention Saturday, discusses events with Dr Rod Cannedy Taylor County GOP candidate for county judge. (Staff Photo by John Davis) Nixon Vows Never to Quit, Wants Issue Ended Promptly ST1LWATER, Okla. (AP) Vowing he would "never give President Nixon came to America's heartland Saturday night and told a university commencement crowd that Congress should promptly dispose of the impeachment issue. As a warm spring twilight settled on Oklahoma State University's football stadium, N'ixon lolil the graduating class: "Whal a great time for a new generation." He said Ihe graduates forward to a more peaceful world where people of all nations work together in the common cause of bettering mankind. Only once in his 35-minute address did Nixon refer directly to efforts to oust him from Ihe nation's highest office, although he acknowledged that some in the stadium crowd of about "obviously disapprove of the speaker." The President declared that he had "presented all of lo Congress" a statement greeted by. a 'smattering of boos and added: "I trust, the House of Representatives will act promptly so the President and Congress can gel on with the people's business, as we should." The crowd was generally quiet, but a few shouts such as "pay your taxes" and "liar" could be heard as Nixon spoke. University President Inside and placards from the stadium; and in introducing HPC Chief Iran Dr. Guy Newman, Best Hope Berry's World to campus "as President and as a fellow human being." Kamm said Nixon should be treated with "the affection and respect due otie has lor of Howard Payne Col-v leqe soys Country Calender Book i so much in public service -.1 ity in the Middle East regarded as friendlier Iron. Pg. less heckling lhan Puzzle he received last weekend Dr Frank Charlfon will Newi 21 month after 12 years Patients received standing ova- pastor at St. Paul Puzile when he was introduced 12 lene. Me looks bock and when he and Mrs. his years in the were escorted from the in on interview the TB Sports 1-6, to head back lo Washington Several times the Pg. ISA. Abilene Events Calendar Week In 41 To Your Good Heahh tA TV Tob efforts to conn.uer (he energy crisis and world Amusements Ncvrj and health problems. Ford Says He Told No Contingency Plan Exists DALLAS, Tex. (AP) Vice President Gerald R. Ford said Saturday he has told President Nixon that the government isn't "about to sink" and said tie is not preparing any contin- gency plans in the event !ic should become president. Ford repealed again his be- liefs thai Nixon is innocent of wrongdoing in Watergate am! will not resign and said that his hour-long conference willi ths President on Friday was arranged after news reports said he had attacked Nixon in a speech. "I don't think it's fair to the President lor him lo resign with the inference that he be guilty when lie doesn't believe he is Ford said at the Dallas air- port. Ford's remarks came as the President's daughter and son- in-law Julie and David Eisen- hower told a White House news conference the President would not resign. She said her father would fight impeach- ment through a Senate Vial "even if there were only one senator who believed him." Ford spoke at a Dallas air- port news conference Satur- day night after delivering a commencement address ear- lier in the day at Texas and attending a Republican party function in Houston. Asked if his staff was pre- paring contingency plans in tlie evenl he became presi- dent, Ford said: "If they are doing it, Ihey are doing it without my knowl- edge or consent, f do not sit around thinking about what I'd do.... What.l do now pre- pares me for any contingen- Fofy new lo Dallas for a GOP fund-raising dinner. Saying again that the Presi- dent would not resign, Fovd said it would .be "worst of all" if Nixon should slcp aside under provisions of the 25th Amendineiil, which provides for such a possibility. Resolve to Back Nixon... GOP county chairman Jim Templeton and seconded by Marcus Anderson, labeled lo- cal radio and television "s q u a w k i n g parrots" and called the newspaper "a sheep among sheep." Templeton, who did not ex- plain that last characteriza- tion, said his resolution was "partly serious and part in levity." Several speeches for and against it were made. COUNTY GOP Chairman Paul Sr., named convention chairman, com- mented during the dsbate, "I wonder if we came here to work tlic media over or lo take care of party business." Fifty-five delegates and al- ternates from the precincts of the county attended the con- vention, a fraction of the eligi- ble number. Spectators and reporters swelled Ihe conven- tion crowd to 69 in the early part of the ineeling. The 55 elected 40 delegates and 4fi alternates to the stale convention in Houston in Sep- tember. While they voted strongly their support of President Nix- on as voiced in a resolution re- ported by the committee on resolutions, Ihe problems be- selling (he President were ob- viously on GOP minds. UK. KOD CANNEDY, liar- din-Simmons professor and GOP nominee for county judge, first brought Hie Waler- gate problems but in the open during a brief keynote ad- dress. Dr. Canncdy lisled reasons lie was running for lief in the two-party principle and belief "it should begin at the "the need lo break up the clique in that octopus need to bring to light some local prob- lems-and "the need to ...Demos Condemn Gov. Briscoe's 'Unity' Petiton Is Rejected cleanse our image :ol Water- gate." Dr. Cannedy cited the allenr dance at the county conven- tion as evidence thai Water- gate lias hurl the party. "If ever there was a tinie Republicans need'to sland-'to- gelher it is this Cannedy said. "I ani uneasy about 'the Washington he con- tinued, "I don't know where the final': responsibility will fall: But we need to get' out and'go to have no. See ISA, til. I By JERRY REKD Heporter-News Staff Writer Taylor County Democrats strongly censured President A'ixon and his administration and rejected Gov. Dolph Bris- coe's "unity" petition Satur- day afternoon in their conven- tion at the Taylor County Coli- seum. The convention also elected 46 delegates and 46 alternates to the Democratic state con- vention in September in Aus- tin. One resolution said that "the Democratic Party of Taylor the ad- ministration for the following activities.. (1) Burglarizing of Daniel Kllsburg's psychiatrist's of- fice. (2) Receiving and sending illegal contributions. (3) Committing perjury. (4) Committing obstruction of justice. (5) Committing tax- evasion. (6) Committing the burglary of National Democratic Party Headquarters. "WE FURTHER condemn Die President of the United Slates for horrible misman- agement of our domestic poli- cies and our economy in gen- eral..." the Nixon resolution read in part. A resolution requesting Gov. Briscoe to lead the Texas delegation to the National Democratic "mini-convention" in December failed 72-56. Bris- coe, vSen. Uoyd Bentsen, Na- tional Democratic Chairman Robert Strauss and State Dem- ocratic Chairman Calvin Guest were lauded in the pro- posed resolution. The close vote drew one of Ihe sharpest lines between vot- er factions at the convention. Virtually all under 30 voted against the Briscoe resolution and added enough older allies to carry the issue. NEARLY ALL young Demo- crals also voted for the Nixon censure, but their cohesion was not vital to Ihe resolu- tion's success. A majority of older voters also favored" the statement. Selecting delegates to the slate convention was the most lime-consuming item. Confu- sion about which precincts were entitled to how much representation caused much of the delay. Eleven precincts did not qualify for representation since they did not send official delegate lists to County Chair- man Larry Cunningham. And two more elected delegates only to have none show at the Coliseum gathering. Tentative pairings included several precincts which had forfeited representation. These were reshuflled on the conven- tion floor. Twenty precincts were allowed one vole each (based on a minimum of 300 Democratic voles for the gub- ernatorial nominee in the last general election) and 16 other precincts wre paired off inlo eight caucuses wilh one vole each. The 28 precinct-level dele- gates thus chosen amounted lo three less than anticipated by the nominations committee, which had I he responsibility of picking a slate of al-large del- egates to fill out the rest of the delegation. When it developed thai only four of the precinct caucus choices for delegates were women, Sally England told permanent chairman Davis Scarborough, "Thai's not ex- Sec DEMOS, Pg. UA, Col. Count at the caucas Dr. Harold Wilkinson, chairman of Democratic Precinct 11, lakes a vote durinc a caucas Saturday at (he Taylor County Democratic Cpnyenlum in the county's Colise urn. The delegation passed a strong anti-Nixon resolution. (Staff Photo by John Best) American Party Resolutions Reiterate Impeachment Call By JOHN (i.VNDY Reporter-News Staff Writer Members of the Taylor County American Party at their county convention Satur- day unanimously passed six resolutions, including three calling for (he impeachment of President Richard Nixon. Other resolutions passed at the convention, held in the of- fice of Dr. Jrby Fox at 12.V X. Mockingbird, 'included up- posing the U. S. efforts in clearing the Suez Canal of de- bris, keeping the Panama Canal and demanding Con- gress gel an accounting of sol- diers who were reported miss- ing in action in Southeast Asia. FOX. T1IF. party's wittily chairman, said the resolutions had been passed al the four precinct conventions of (he American Party last Saturday. They be taken lo the stale party c o n v c n t i p n in Foil Worlh Jrnie S. The 10 persons who allended the county convention all will be eligible to attend the stale convention in Foil Worth. Fox also passed out peti- tions calling for the name of Sam McDonnell. American Parly candidate for governor, lo be put on Ihe slate ballot in November. Ttie party needs signatures in order to be assured of a ballot .Hme 30 is the deadline for submitting the pelilion. Fox said, and any person who has been a resident of the county for 30 days or more who did not vote in either the Demo- cratic or Republican prima- ries and is registered to vole is eligible to sign. FOX SAID the "a constant oppositioiffor the socialists, big government and special interests" in the fu- ture. He said the party is hurl this year because it has no national candidates such as George Wallace in IMS. Historically, he said, major parties have been forced to shift to the policies of a third party when Iheir policies be- came popular. "The people who run the Democratic and Republican parties know he said. He said many citizens don't understand Ihe electoral pro- cess, and said il was either the fault of parents or the pub- lic schools. ;