Galveston Daily News, September 30, 1970

Galveston Daily News

September 30, 1970

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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - September 30, 1970, Galveston, Texas FIRST SUIY BAXK IN GALVESTON Texas' Oldest Newspaper, Established in 1842, Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Galveston and Ail of Galveston County 39th Monday VOL. 129. NO. 173 Associated Press AP Wirephoto Service GALVESTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING. SEPTEMBER 30.1970 The County's Only 7-Day Paper SINGLE COPY lOc County Tax Statements Being Readied Though Rate Not Set By BRIAN GRAHAM NEWS STAFF WRITER Thirteen days before oKicial action can be taken to set the county tax rate for next year it appears the rate has already been set. it was learned Tuesday. Tax statements using the proposed (1.33 per 5100 valuation tax rate are already being prepared by the County Tax Assessor Collectors office. Tax Assessor C. R. Johnson confirmed Tuesday although county commissioners court can't legally set the rale until Oct. 12. Johnson said the statements were being prepared on his authority as "it's the tax assessor's duly to put them out by Oct. but later Tuesday County Judge Ray Holbrook and commissioner Paul Hopkins said Johnson had at least the tacit, if not formal, approval of county commissioners court. The court had originally hoped to set the rate tup 2 cents from last year! Sept. 17 but. at the last minute, discovered it couldn't legally do so. Reportedly, Johnson then began to go from commissioner to commissioner asking for assurances that the rate would be no matter what. And. according lo Holbrook, he got them. "We had fully intended to adopt the tax rate at Ihe Sept. 17 Holbrook said confirming that Johnson had been authorized "to run the tax rolls." Unless the rolls are run by Oct. I it will be legally impossible to give taxpayers time to qualify for the 3 per cent discount allowed for early payment. Johnson cited that reason for wanting to run the statements in advance of formal approval by the commissioners court. Asked what would happen if the court changed the rate between now and the Oct. 12 formal adoption. Johnson said he didn't think that would happen. "If it ithe rate! is the wrong one they'll have to be done he admitted although he quickly added, if that happens, "somebody will have to pay about That's the amount that it will cost to run the tax rolls over, he said. Holbrook, contacted by the Galveston Daily News to confirm the reports, specifically asked the source of the News' information saying, "Did Craig Foster call you on Foster is the executive director of the Galveston County Research Council and has suggested that the See TAX. Page 8A Death Of Nasser Dims BEIRUT Lebanon (AP) "It's a vacuum too horrible to "I have been pretty pessimis- in modern Arab history and his Gamal Abdel Nasser's death a Western-edu- tic all a diplomat com- anti-American public posture, has dimmed hopes (or peace in cated Arab said Tuesday. mented. "Now I'm really blue. Nasser exerted a moderating in- the Middle East and created a can see only chaos ahead." Who can bring the Arab world flucnce on Arab extremists. potentially explosive vacuum this volatile part of the world. said a Beirut University profes- together His country is easily the Despite his revolutionary role strongest and most powerful in ASSOCIATED PRESS WIREPHOTO CROWD MOURNS NASSER OUTSIDE KUBBAH REPUBLICAN PALACE Hold Aloft Mementos Of Late Arab Leader In Cairo 3 New Moves Announced In Cutback From Vietnam Nixon Announces Trip Will Be As Scheduled the Arab world, and his seniori- ty among Arab heads of state enabled him to provide a meet- ing ground for both leftist and right-wing regimes in the area. In Egypt itself, a power strug- gle appears inevitable. And the Arab world, deprived of Egypt's dominating influ- ence, faces a period of doubt, confusion, turmoil and probably violence. Mobs took to the streets of Beirut, smashing windows and burning cars, within minutes of See MIDEAST, Page 8A SAIGON (API The United States made three new moves Tuesday to disengage its men and machines from the war, in- cluding completion of the trans- fer of a big combat base to the South Vietnamese army. It was the 57th American in- stallation to be turned over to the Vietnamese since the U.S. withdrawal started just over a year ago. The other disengagement moves announced by the U.S. Command were the further re- duction in U.S. troop strength by 2.565 men and the transfer of 40 jet attack bombers to the South Vietnamese air force, next Thursday. To Israel House Approves Open Arms Sale WASHINGTON (API A J19.9 billion defense bill-includ- ing authority for open end arms sales to Israel "to restore and maintain military balance in the Middle the House 341 !o II Tuesday and went to the Senate. House Armed Services Chair- man L. Mendel Rivers. D-S.C.. said Israel is "standing alone against Communism" in the Middle East and i! she falls to the Arabs the Soviets will con- trol oil to the Western World. "If we give Israel the lools." he told the House, 'she will do the job of protecting the inter- ests of the Western World in t; c Middle East." The provision declaring Con- gress' "grave concern with tht deepening involvement of the Soviet Union in the Middle East" and authorizing unlimited arms sales on credit to Israel was attached to Ihe annual au- thorisation for procurement of missiles, ships, planes and other weapons for U.S. forces. Specifics on arms to be sold to Israel have not been announced bat a House subcommittee re- port last week said she needs MOO million worth of weapons over each of the next two years. Although the defense bill pro- vision mentions only planes and related equipment, Rivers told the H 'use that means all weap- on? "tanks and how- iUers." In war action, one sharp clash was reported but (or the most part the battlefields remained quiet. In the action, a South Viet- namese annored column en- gaged North Vietnamese troops along the Cambodian border and reported killing 21 while listing their own losses as sis dead and 14 wounded. The U.S. Command also sig- naled a. forthcoming disengage- rnenl move. It'announced that three units of the 1st Marine Di- vision and an Army artillery battalion have been pulled out of action and are preparing to depart The combat base that was turned over to the South Viet- namese is at An Hoa, 21) miles southwest of Da Nang, It was set up four years ago by U.S. Marines and was once one of the largest bases for the Leath- ernecks in the northern sector. The newly announced troops reduction lowered the current American strength lo about men and this figure will b? cut by another during the coming weeks. The withdrawals are part of President Nixon's fourth-phase cutback of troops that will lower authorized American manpower in Vietnam to by Oct. 15. The 40 bombers that will be turned over to the South Viet- namese 6r, Thursday comprise two squadrons of A37 jet attack aircraft. NAPLES, Italy (API Presi- dent Nixon lulled Ihe 6th Fleet on Tuesday as a "power for peace." and announced that the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser will not interrupt his planned travels through Medi- terranean lands. "The trip will go on and the balance of stops will be Nixon told newsmen after U.S. officials had checked out that Yugoslavia's President Tito still wants Nixon to come. Nixon heads for Belgrade on Wednesday, then goes on to Spain, Britain and Ireland to complete his tour be- gun Sunday in Rome, A main "aim of the presiden- tial journey is U> underscore U.S. commitments in the Medi- terranean area. Nixon is also soliciting views of leaders about what type of long-term peace they would like to see. Nixon, clearly buoyant, spoke to newsmen in Naples on Tues- day night at the end of a long day which began with a confer- ence about the Middle East with top advisers aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Saratoga off the Italian coast in the Mediterra- nean. The President ordered the firepower demonstration cut out of a special 6th Fleet review, in deference to the Egyptian lead- er who died Monday. He told the men of the fleet, the main U.S. military arm in the Mediterra- nean and Middle East area: "I have ofttn described our forces, our Navy, Army and Air Force, as the peace forces of the world. "The 6th Fleet was certainly in that great tradition during this period of tension. The pow- er and the mobility, the readi- ness of the 6th Fleet in this peri- od was absolutely indispensable in keeping the peace in the Med- iterranean "The nation, therefore, ex- presses appreciation to you, for making is possible for America to wagp the kind of peace diplo- macy we always want to wage, based on power, which is ready but which will be restrained when it will serve the cause of peace." While House officials said the fleet, which was beefed up on Washington orders during the recent Jordanian crisis, contrib- uted to a peaceful solution by discouraging those who might- have wanted to intervene. Nixon: huddled on the Sarato- ga with Secretary of State Wil- liam P. Rogers, Secretary of See NIXON'S, Page 8A ASSOCIATED PRESS WIREPHOTO Schwartz Urges Citizens To 'Make Pollution Issue' By SAIJJE SHARP NEHS STAFF WRITER State Senator A. R. (Babe) Schwartz Tuesday urged citizens concerned about the polluted bays arid waterways in the Gulf Coast area lo "mske an'issue of the pollution problem between now and election time." if they want to see the problem solved soon. Speaking before a group of almost 100 persons during 8 preventive medicine and community beallb seminar held on the University of Texas Medical Branch campus, Schwarlt also nrged the citizeni cf the Gulf coait area to help jnmre tbe future of the bays and waterways by overwhelmingly supporting the tax for the finlf Coal! Waste Disposal authority during the election Nov. 3 of this year. Schwartz criticized public officials who were not concerned about !hc problem of polluted bodies of water in the coastal area. "Since most had never seen an oil spill or smellcd a fish kill, they were not aware of any problem until air pollution became recognized as a Schwartz told Hie group. "Water pollution has gone unnoticed and unchecked in this area in staggering amount? fo'r as long as I can he added. Schwartz gave the League of Women Voters most of the credit for making the problem known In local areas. Explaining tome background history on the problem ol pollution, both air and water, In Texts, Schwartz told tbe group that until recently the Texas Leglilalure was more concerned with maintaining a healthy business climate in the itale than with maintaining a health climate. Now the Legislature Is worried about the bealth climate, he said. The attitude of governing bodies is one of change, he said, as evidenced as by the new powers of enforcement given such groups as the Texas Water Quality Board and the Texas Air Control Board. Schwartz told the group that no business or industry had ever been fined for polluting with oil spills until the recent oil spill which affected the Galveston beaches. "The is a lack of attention to the problem by what I consider the See SCHWARTZ, Page 8A SEN. SCHWARTZ Fighting Pollution I Weather S GALVESTON AREA Clear to partly cloudy and mild through Thursday. High Wedaestsy. upper 70s Island, near 8P Mn's'.and. Low Wednesdaj night, near 70 Island, raid 60s Mainland. High Thursday, i V 80 Island, low 80s Mainland. BOATING Northeast to easv winds, 8 18 mph. Waters will bli slightly choppy. Wave heights offshore, 3-5 feel. WATER TEMPERATURE 78 degrees. FISHING-Slow. TC LM latest available sampler reading, 52 micrograms per cubic meter. (State limit 125.) News Wins: Advertising: Top Prize The Galveston Oaily News is first place winner in Ihe annual advertising ideas competition of the Texas Press Association. The first place award was presented to Ronald B. Schultz, advertising director of The News, for "The Best Ad Idea In Texas for 1970" at the association's 20th annual ad meeting in Waco last Saturday. Winning in competition with 80 other ad ideas submitted from newspapers in all circulation brackets through- out the state was the Fal- staff Brewing Corp. section in the annual "Salute to Industry" edition. "This gives The News a clean sweep in awards from the Texas Press Association for said Us Daughtry, editor and publisher. "The Galveston Daily News had been awarded first place for editorial excellence ai the Texas Press Association editorial meeting last June." The Salute to Industry this year will be the eighth Vronsecutivo annual edition of )Us kind and. will salute Galveston's banking indus- T- "I am extremely proud ol our advertising department for achieving this outstanding honor- "in advertising excellence, especially in' view of the .fact that The News has previously won lop honors for editorial Daugh- trysald, Check These WHAT HAPPENS to the brown water when the blue water comes in? Page 6B. YES, JERRY, Galveston has been unusually wet this month. Page 9A. Other Features: Bridge.......12B Comics 6B Crossword.....12B Dr. Alvarei......7B Earl Wilson......1JB Editorials......SB Garden Column 12A Horoscope 12B Marine Log 7B My Two Cents 6B Snorts i 15-17A TV Listings.....4A Want Ads 8-I1B Weather.....8A Women's News 4-SB NEAPOLITANS CHEER NIXON, RETURNING FROM U.S. SIXTH FLEET VISIT President To Spend Night In Roseberry Villa, Naples Leaders Begin Arriving For Nasser's Last Rites CAIRO (AP) Soviet Pre- mier Alexei N. Kosygin and oth- er world leaders arrived Tues- day night to pay their last re- spects to Gamal Abdel Nasser as Arabs throughout the world mourned the death of the Egyp- tian president. The Egyptian military com- mander in chief. Gen. Mo- hammed red from continuous Kosy- gin at Cairo airport. He em- braced and kissed the Soviet leader repeatedly. Kosygin, whose nation has given Egypt''hundreds of mil- lions of dollars in military and economic aid, will be in the forefronts of kings, presidents .and high officials from five con- tinents who will mourn Nasser at a.state funeral.Thursday. death Mon- day of a coronary stroke after 18 years at the center of the Arab stage left a void that for many Egyptians was too dread- ful to contemplate. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians kept vigil outside sur-. burban Kubbah Palace, the park-Fringed official residence of Egypt's president, where Nasser's body lay in state. Gov- ernment offices, schools, stores and all public entertainments were closed as the nation began 40 days of mourning. The streets were almost emp- ty. The usual breakneck traffic slowed spontaneously to a crawl. Weeping women and chil- dren wandered about with va- cant, shocked expressions more than 24 hours after Nasser's death. The mournful wail of Moslem prayers for the dead, broadcast almost without interruption by the government radio, blared out of open windows and from loud-speakers set up in the min- arets of city mosques. Massive cordons of white-uni- formed police were drawn around the city's major hotels lacing the Nile. The hotels were requisitioned for visiting digni- taries. President Nixon is sending a five-man U.S. delegation to Nas- ser's funeral: Elliot Richardson, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; former roving en- voy Robert D. Murphy; New York lawyer John Don- ald C. Bergus, chief U.s'. diplo- matic representative in Cairo, and Michael Sterner, director of Egyptian affairs in the State Department. Although President Tito of Yugoslavia was a close friend of Nasser, he also will.send a rep- resentative because- he is plan- ning to receive Nixon in Yugo-. slavia on .Wednesday. Tito dele- gated Edvard Kardelj, a mem- ber of the Council of the Federa- tion, to attend the funeral. Before leaving Moscow, Kosy- gin joined Communist party sec- retary Leonid I. Brezhnev and President Nikolai V. Pcdgorny in a telegram to Nasser's wid- ow, praising the dead Egyptian president as "a tried, tested and consistent fighter against impe- rialism." Still No Word On Sewage, Dump By LINDA WESTERLAGE NEKS STAFF WRITER Word from state agencies on how much chlorine is needed in the Galveston sewer system and okay of the proposed plan to correc; city dump reportedly have not yet been received by city officials. The city reportedly has been chlorinating the sewage which goes through the main plant bni the by passed sewage ten adt receive tre-sinient. At a hearing in Austin in August the city was told to place enough chlorine in the treated effluent to give the untreated sewage some treatment when tbe two mixed. Since that time the chlorine used has not been increased and city officials say they arc await- ing word from the Texas Water Quality staff for a recommendation on the amount, that should be used. Lind Nelson, director of municipal utilities, said Tuesday expected recommenda- tion has noi been received. He added that a large amount of (low had lo be by -passed during September due (o heavy rains. Nelson said tbe city is taking samples and running various test as reqnested by the TWQ staff. For one tbi.ig, the TWQ staff wants to reduce tbe coliform count in the waters arou-H the area. Test are to be conducted in Galveston Bay and Offatts Bayou. Nelson says he does not know- when the city will add the additional chlorine The city reportedly is also still waiting on approval from the state health department on a plan to correct the city dump pollution problem. The dump is-reportedly polluting bay waters. In -January (he health department asked the city to correct this situation. In April the city council approved a plan which was sent to the state for approval. A recent letter from the state health department read in part, "due to the broad Implications of. this type project and its possible effects on'the. environment, we arc advising other slate agencies of the various considerations Involved In the resolution of Galveslon's solid waste problems. When we have rccclVcd review comments from pollution. This area would then be filled with trash. these agencies, we will advise the city of Galveston of our decision regarding their proposal." Part of the plan included construction of a clay dike around the sboreline to prevent water The city has applied for a permit with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers 10 dredge in the area. That lovable and lovely lady, MRS. EMILY SZOLOSKY, president of the Samaritan Club is back in St. Mary's Hospital, Room 468 and all her friends are hoping she'll soon be up and at 'cm again W, T. BOLTON SR. who was 90 years young Monday, is the oldest living member of the Eagles Aerie No. .ANN BOROELON brightening autumn scenery with her pretty blue and white pant suit for office wear Sheriff's SOT, and MRS.- LARRY CHAMBERS of Texas City and the two little Chambers have just returned from an Arizona vacation DKI.ORKS MARTINEZ has a new hairaVanti does she ever look, BILLY D. and CHARLEHE Me- DUFFIE and at home'in Springfield, Ohio since he transferred by Aifelool.'Mfg. Co. She is the former CHARLENE HOWARD of Hitchcock. Birthday kids arc ALFONSO AGU1HHE who's 60 years-young, TITUS SENNETTE, GREGORY SAMPSON of SHAR- ON KERSHAW, MICHAEL MOU- TON, JOHNNIE' MURELLO o( Alia- loma; CALLIE SEND, JOAN HITCHCOCK, BARBARA BjTEnHYMacLEOU ;