Abilene Reporter News, December 8, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

December 08, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Abilene, Texas ifailtnc "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron MTH YEAR, NO. 172 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 8, 1974 PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS Zoc SUNDAY Officials Expect Higher Gas Prices This Winter WASHINGTON (AP) The problem this winter will be high, prices rather than low supplies, a top govern- ment official said Saturday, while President Ford de- scribed the nation's energy- problem as "com- plex as the devil." -Ford held a one-hour, 45- '.minute meeting with .top ad- visers who have been asked to up with a new National -Energy Policy that he can recommend in his State of the Union message to the new Congress. There were no decisions discussed, said Press Secretary Ron Nessen, but aides said Ford made it clear wants some better ideas .'about how to tell American consumers in more specific terms what they can do to help on a voluntary basis. Nessen gave the President's to the "broad look" ?he. got from the experts on energy-economic problems: impressive in the com- plexity it spotlights. It's com- plex as the devil." Afterwards, the chairman of Council of Economic Ad- visers, Allen Greenspan, said the problem of energy this .winter is not one of available supply of gasoline, but one of price. "Supply, except in the area of natural gas, where we do have a problem is not the problem it was during the course of the embargo" last year, he said. "The problem in December and January is going to-be one of having to pay a lot of money for the energy that we use." After the Saturday meeting Ford was depicted as "open minded" and aides indicated he has-ordered his senior en- ergy and economics who are meeting next week- end at Camp David, to give him a total energy policy plan with options both for short- range and long-range solu- tions. Briefing reporters after their session with Ford, Greenspan and Frank Zarb, executive director of the Energy Resources Council and Ford's nominee to be the new federal energy adminis- trator, gave no specifics on any new programs that may be under consideration. But, Greenspan said there would not be any "gross bludgeoning" to put into effect immediate energy-saving pro- grams, like an abrupt ceiling on imports at a fixed date. But rather what he termed a "calibrated" approach that See ECONOMY, Col. I Back page this section Uh-oh, I flubbed Poise isn't a matter of never dropping the baton, it's picking the wand up as quickly and nonchalantly as possible after the bobble, as Christie Hilliard, 3, of Winters demonstrates. Christie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hill- iard, has an additional reason to try to retrieve the stick as quickly as.pos- people marching behind her are a whole lot bigger than she is. Christie was participating Saturday in the annual Winters ade. Related story, PgiOllA, (Staff Photos by John Best) DocumentsShowBellRateMethodslnconsistent By JOHN LUMPKIN Associated Prfess Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. obtains revenue increases from the Texas public through a pattern of deliberately in- consistent rate-making meth- ods, private company docu- ments reveal. One independent rate con- sultant says Bell's approach in jome of the r a a k i n g "is inconsistent with Texas law." Another consult- ant charges the methods are "a deliberate attempt to flim- flam city councils." According to one of the documents, Southwestern Bell has used the procedures with city councils from both large and small Texas cities since shortly after World War II. The Associated Press ob- tained the documents in an in- vestigation of Bell's rate methods in Texas, the only Related story, Pg. ISA state without an agency to regulate telephone company profits. Bell denies it uses unfair procedures to set rates in Tex- as. Phone profits by Texas law can be regulated within city limits by individual city councils. Outside city limits, the law does not provide for regulation. The AP study reveals Bell is able to use methods in Texas it is unable to use anywhere else in the nation. The documents show that Bell can make twice as much in Texas on its investment than it tells city councils it is making. In Texas, Bell can claim "fair value" on its in- vestment. In two-thirds of the other states, it must use "book value" minus depreciation, a much lower figure than what Bell could call fair value. A! lawsuit has been filed here by a dismissed Bell ex- ecutive, James Ashley of San Antonio, and the family of an- other executive who commit- ted suicide, T. 0. Gravitt of Dallas. The suit says Gravitt, Bell's top man in Texas, and Ashley, chief rate n e g o t i a t o r for two-thirds of Texas, "advised their'superiors that the poli- cies which their superiors de- manded were inequitable, in- correct, duplicitous, deceitful and pub- lic." Bell denies 'executives did this. Now, Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby has authorized the state Senate subcommittee on consumer, affairs to expand its investigation of utilities into allegations made in the past three weeks after the lawsuit. According to one private company document, the incon- sistencies in rate-making Would be hard for Bell to de- fend in court. However, souices familiar with Bell's Texas operations say Bell avoids any litigation that would establish legal preced- ents. There also is not much gqid- ance in Texas statutes. See 1 Back page this section Democrats Shout Approval Of Compromise, Scrap Quotas KANSAS CITY (AP) Averting a threatened black "walkout, Democrats shouted their approval Saturday of a final crucial compromise, scrapped their controversial quota system and passed the first written charter of any Mlnlconvention faces, Pg. 2A major U.S. political party. The final compromise, a product of marathon negotia- tions by the party's governors, blacks and women, was ham- Ratharyn Duff to Lead Cruise in 75 Again next April, The Abi- lene Reporter-News will spon- sor a Caribbean cruise, Pub- "lisher Andrew B. Shelton an- Saturday. Assistant Editor Katharyn will host it. The cruise will be aboard a :Cunard; Lines ship from April inclusive. THE 1FIRST Caribbean '.cruise last April, led by Gen- eral Manager D. F. McCarty, one of the newspaper's successful travel promo- Reporter-News party fly from Abilene to San 1 Juan, Puerto Rico, on Satur- day, April 6, via Dallas and Miami. After arrival in San Juan, the Teams will tour the Puer- to Rlean capital city before boarding the Cunard Adven- turer. The ship will sail at p.m. that night. Sunday will be spent cruis- Ing. at sea. Tne ship will ar- rtve at 8 a.m. Monday, April at LaGuria, tne seaport for Caracas, Venezuela's largest cHt, There will be a full day at Caracas be- Sailing again at p.m. I Itaat Mop will be Grenada, KATHARYN DUFF leads tMrd tour the southernmost of the Wind- ward Islands, with arrival scheduled at 1 p.m. April 8. Grenada is very mountainous and picturesque and its capi- tal, St. George, is set on a lagoon in a protected harbor. THE CUNARD liner Will sail See TOUR, CM. Back Hie lib tecfln mered out in a trailer just off the convention floor as nearly delegates sought to end the internal feuds that have consumed Democrats in re- cent years. "We can't ask the American people to trust us unless we can trust each said Ohio Gov. John J. Gilligan, a key mover in the drive by the governors to assert them- selves as leaders in unifying the. party. For, the most part, the charter takes the party's cur- 'rent practices and embodies them in a constitution that will govern its activities in the years after 1976. But on the question of dele- gate selection rules, the final compromise removed lan- guage that blacks and women feared would make future cre- dential challenges more diffi- cult. It has already been adopted for 1976, but Safe- day's action removed it from post-1976 rules. the compro- mise removes language- that says the composition of a con- vention delegation "shall not constitute prima facie evi- dence of discrimination." It says the burden of prov- ing discrimination cannot .be shifted to the challenged state party. It retains language stat- ing a delegation can't be chal- lenged solely on its composi- tion; if a state party has fol- lowed acceptable anti-discrim- inatory procedures. It also bans mandatory'quo- tas while putting the burden on state Democratic parties to take steps to assure full parti- cipation of women, minorities, See DEMOS, Cel. 4 Back page this secttti Inside Today Changing Times With Wilbur Mills For years Wilbur Mills wos. the model Congressman. Then his image started to slip about 3 years ago. Now, Mills is in a Wash-' ington hospital and .his-, image is irreparably dam- aged following his escap- ades with a stripper. Pg. 10A. A newly organized black drama group is finding many talented youngsters in Abilene. Pg. IB. Thanks to modern medicine, 5-year-old Cindy Hall can romp and play like other youngsters in her class. Pg. T7A. Practical education is just as important as formal learning, says an Abilene High School. teacher who holds a PhD.'Pg. ID. Abilene Events Calendar 4B Amusements MB Austin Nottbaok SA Berry's World 4A Books 4B Bridge 8A Classified M3C Crossword Puiilo 20A Editorials 4A Farm Nom 16C Heertline 26A Horoscope ?3A Hospital Patents ISA Families With Tragedies Seek Help From Goodfellows lUeordlnts 31 Settlne the Seem II Tn Week In Wait 't J4A Today In HHtatv Van Owd Health TV Trt Women's New M4D Two families bearing per- sonal, tragedies asked Abilene Goodfellows Saturday to help brighten their Christmas. "I would like for you to help nle out'With some food and clothing and toys for my chil- dren because my husband is in prison and I don't have a way to give them a good one woman wrote. "I don't have a way to go to the mother of three said. Another woman said she was just writing a few lines to ask help "my husband is blind and sick so-I can't go out to work." Goodfellows received 34 let- ters Saturday from persons seeking help to brighten up someone else's Christmas. Contributions from 47 sources swelled the cash total by up to for the cam- paign. Persons wishing to contrib- ute to the Goodfellows or those wishing to report needs of a family or individual may write Goodfellows, Box 30, Ab- ilene, Tex. 79604. Latest contributions include: Rosemary R. Rivera 3.00 John A. River 3.00 Paul Rivera 3.08 Chano and Martha Rivera 5.00 R. J. Strader, D.D.S. S. Haloert, M.D. 50.90 In; memory of my husband, C. Howard Stanley and my broth- er, t: Howard Casada by Mrs. C. H. Stanley, Sr. 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. R. E. FinleyS.OO Mr. and Mrs, Sidney Holmes 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Edward V. While 10.00 German American Club of Ab- ilene 50.00 Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Hill 10.00 Mrs. Faye Allen, Wingate 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Jordan, Jr. in lieu of Christmas cards 10.00 Mrs. Maurine Miracle Castles 20.00 In memory of Bob Stinchcorrib from Winnie Dunlap 10.00 Mrs. Al Stowe 5.00 SSgt. and Mrs. Jerry E. Free- man 5.00 Anonymous 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gardner and daughters 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. John Easter 10.00 In memory of Leon P. Nova- koski 15.00 In memory of Fred Gartside 15.00 In memory of Helena Horton i'15-OO Mrs. W. L. Medley 20.00 Anonymous ,'25'.00 Hazelle O'Fallon Mr. and Mrs. BSileyJ 'Lewis 20.00 Onyx'.Oii Company In memory of Mrs. 'Lucille Cole and Mr. Noble Touch-' stone by Lu and Sonny DiUard 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Norman Boggs A-l Beauty Bar 50.00 Mr. and Mrs. R; WVCnalker .25.W Mr. and Mrs. W. N.: Jones> Jr. Anonymous 25.00 In lieu of Christmas- cards' to Abilene friends from Mr. and Mrs. Carl Clemmer .10.00 Brownie Troop 119 5.80 Anonymous 25.00' Mr. and Mrs! T. G. Odell Soroptimist Club of Abilene In memory of our parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Webb and the late Mr: and -Mrs. George Masser from Mr. and Mrs. Charlie C. Webb 10.00 In memory of my darling 'Wife by W. A. Alexander Psi Gamma Sorority 2jMO In lieu of- Christmas cards 'to dear friends in Abileat iron Mrs. Grady Weir Dr. and Mrs. Erie D. Setters _ Hav 6 you jorgotten something? You still have 14 shop- ping days until Christmas, Big Country Dodge: Emptoyew Bill and Floyd Keeble IMl Anonymous TOTAL MM Tetaltodate Goal ;