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Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1975, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin THE DAILY TRIBUNE Sixtieth Year-No. 18363 INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494 Saturday, December 20, 1975 16'Pages 2 Sections Plus Supplement 1 5c News briefs on SSI to get 'pay hike' MADISON, Wis has begun paying a share of health insurance costs that will add 70 to the monthly checks of about recipients of Supplemental Security Income according to Gov Patrick J Lucey's office The state had been paying the premiums only for those receiving SSI who are not eligible for Social Security But new federal regulations required that Wisconsin euher stop paying the premiums for those recipients or expand its program to include all SSI recipients eligible for Medicare It was erroneously reported in a story Thursday that the state had heen the premiums for all SSI recipients and the federal regulations said the program must be ex- panded !o include all persons eligible for Medicare Mother, 6 children killed in blaze TINLEY PARK 111 (AP) A mother and her six children were killed early today when fire swept the family-room of their home in this suburb southwest of Chicago Five firemen received minor injuries fighting the blaze in the tn level home Damage was estimated at Police Chief Richard "Jack" Long said, "We can't be sure, but the fire seemed to center around the family Christmas tree Cause of the fire was under investigation Authorities said most of the victims apparently were asleep in the upper floors and died from toxic fumes and srnoke from the family-room blaze The dead were identified as Josephine Shine, 38, Richard Shommer, 14 Stephen Shommer, 13, Stephen Leven- doAski 11 a foster child Michael Shine, 5 Terry Jo Shine, 3 and Sharon Shine 2 Authorities said the Shommer brothers were from a previous marriage of Mrs Shine New London woman, Illinoian killed By The Associated Press Two accidents Friday put Wisconsin's 1975 traffic fatali- ty toll at 903 todav. compared with 880 on this date last year Reed Harris 47 of Glen Ellyn 111 was-killed Friday when the car he was a passenger in left Wisconsin 59 about two miles east of Whitewater and struck two trees Sue Monanty. 21, of New London lost her life Friday when tne car she was in collided with another auto on U S 10 about one mile east of Custpr in Portage County Voigt to stay on as successor's advisor MADISON Wis (AP) Lester Voigt eased out as head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources earlier this year, will stay on in an advisory capacity under action taken by the Legislature s Joint Finance Committee Fri- day The committee voted 8 4 to give Voigt a temporary ad- visory position as special executive assistant to Anthony Earl, his successor as DNR secretary Bills to create temporary advisory posts for Voigt and for former Health and Social Services Secretary Wilbur Schmidt were rejected during the special session of the legislature last week But Earl former Administration Secretary who took over ihe reins at DNR on Monday, asked the Joint Finance Committee to take another look at the proposal In a letter to the committee, Earl said having Voigt in the advisory position would provide for greater continuity and more orderly transition as he took over management of the department Swinging the snow shovel Michael Laskowski, 640 9th Ave S sends flying some of the fluffy snow that fell Friday night and early today Laskowski was clearing the walk in front of his home Friday evening The city's snowfall was part of a storm that dropped up to 6 inches of snow in the northern third of the state (Tribune Photo by Thomas Enwnght) Christmas homecoming to be a special event I 11 be for Chns'mas a singer croons and for some persons being home for the holidays is probnblv the biggest present of all Timothy Helke, 15, son of Mrs Patricia Helke 1031 21st St N and the late Donald Helke is such a person He'll be home for Christmas if all goes well home for only the second time since 1 Tim has spent the rest of the time at St losepn s Hospital, Marshfield He frac'ured vertebrae in his neck div- ing into a Lity storm water holding pond on 26th and Norton Sts that summer afternoon and has been hospitaliztvl since The exception was last weekend when, for the first time Tim came home He was transported from St Joseph s in a station wneon with an air mattress cushioning the ride He came home Friday night and returned Sunday his grandmother, Mrs Henry Sprafka said Tim's friends, some of whom have been helping raise money to lessen the impact of the monumental hospital expenses on Tim's widowed mother came to see him He enjoyed it very much Mrs Sprafka said "It was realiv nice For Tim like most 15-year-old boys, sports were a big part of his life Now Tim is able only to spectate "For a boy that goes in for sports like he did it was realiv such a shock for his grandmother said "But he's taken it really good Mrs Sprafka said arrangements are being made to bring Tim home again the same way as last weekend, if he feels well enough Congress, Ford take credit on tax pi WASHINGTON (AP) Both PresidentFord and Congress are claiming victory in blocking a Jan 1 tax in- crease, but the clear winner is the American taxpayer Neither side wanted to be "the gnnch that stole Christ- mas, said Sen Russell B Long, who helped draft the com- promise proposal Without Friday's agreement, temporary tax cuts earlier this year would have ended and a typical worker would have faced a tax increase of up to per week The bill provides for a slight expansion of the 1975 tax cuts The goal is to keep a person's tax withholding rate at the same level m 1976 as in 1975 despite increases in most wages The compromise ended an impasse that developed Thurs dav over the bill to extend the 1975 tax cuts into 1976 Presi dent Ford refused to accept the bill first passed by Congress because it did not contain a spending ceiling for fiscal 1977 And the Democrats would not accept Ford's de- mand for a specific dollar ceiling The face saving compromise between Congress and the White House came when Long and Sen wi'lidmV Roth, R- Del proposed some vague antisfending language Otherwise the bill passed Friday that Ford said he would sign is essentially the same as. one he vetoed earlier As a result of the agreement American and businesses would get a six-month extension of the tax cuts that are due to expire on Dec 31 Without tne extension an average familv of four earning 000 a year would have paid S180 more oer vear on an an nual basis Under the new bill the> actually pa> 519 on 1976 income, or less on 1975 earnings But it is the poor who woula been hardest hit A family of four earning 000 yearly would have paid more in taxes including the loss of a Slo5 tax credit for the working poor provided under the new bill Tne measure would give them no tax bill on 1976 income compared with for this year s income A single person earn.ng would have paid more next year Under the bill he Ml! actualK pay 331, compared with 452 for this yepr s income Housing official fired MADISON, Wis (AP) C Hayden Jamison was fired Friday as director of finance and administration for the Wisconsin Housing Finance Authority by its outgoing ex- ecutive director George D Simos Simos said he fired Jamison effective the end of the vear as he attempted to implement recommendations made in a recent audit of the quasi- public agency "I don't want to make any further comment said Simos who had announced a week earlier that he would step down Jan 1 but later agreed to stay on until a successor was named Jamison said he declined to resign at Simos' request before being fired He said needless errors had been made in the financial ad ministration of the authority and they ought to be aired "The whole concept of open government and its integrity are at stake Jamison said in a letter to Simos Clear, colder weather due Following a fast moving snowstorm that dropped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of Wisconsin and left roads in poor winter driving condition, clear but colder weather is on the way State lows tonight will be from 10 below in the north to 10 above in the south, under clear skies Sunday is due to be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the 30s Monday through Wednesday should be mild with some snow possible by Wednesday Lows in this period will be in the mid teens to mid 20s Wisconsin Rapids had a high temperature of 24 Friday and a low of 9 It was 24 at mid night and 20 at 5 45 a m to day The citv received 29 inch of precipitation Friday Angola military aid ban 'would hurt U.S. interest' WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford says a Senate-passed ban on covert U S military aid in Angola would "seriously violate the national interest of the United States The Senate voted 54 to 22 on Friday to bar use by the Central Intelligence Agency of any monies in a 3-bilhon defense ap- propriations bill for covert military activities in the south African nation Ford shortly after the vote, asked the Senate to reconsider before adjourning its session for the year It did not Speaker Carl Albert D Okla said the House, where at least 140 members are on record in opposition to further Angolan aid will consider the bill next year That left the entire fiscal year 1976 Defense Department appropriations bill in limbo for a month But, like other agencies awaiting final action on their budgets the Pentagon programs and the CIA activities funded in disguise in the appropriations can continue at current levels under a blanket resolution The CIA reported'v has about million in unsoent aid committed to Angola a covert activity reserve of million and a request pending for million Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger said the Senate s ban if upheld by the House would have disastrous consequences for U S foreign policy Speaking to reporters at a State Depart- ment ceremony, Kissinger said The United States cannot escape its responsibilities even b> congressional votes We have no great power ambitions in Africa Peron under increased pressure to step aside BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Presi dent Isabel Peron was under increased pressure to step aside today as an air force rebellion seeking to overthrow the govern- ment entered its third day The three armed forces commanders reportedly told Mrs Peron that unless she leaves office the rebellion may spread The report was neither confirmed nor denied Opposition Senate leaders told Interior Minister Angel Fedenco Robledo that the only way to solve the crisis is for Mrs Peron to take a leave of absence Mrs Peron spent Friday at her office in the Government House Tension was at its highest when four single- engine propeller-driven planes and an F86 Sabre jet fighter flown by rebel pilots buzzed the Government House and the air force headquarters building in the heart 01 the city The rebels led bv Brig Orlando Jesus Capellmi the No 2 man on the joint chiefs of staff continued pressing their demand for armv chief Gen Jorge V idela to depose Mrs Peron and assu-ne power Videla in a cable to armv units around the countrv ref'ised to join the rebellion but told the dissidents the militarv chiefs were asking responsible institutions to fmd profound and patriotic answers npidlv to defuse the crisis This was interpreted as a call on con gress to find n v.av to replace Mrs Peron Do teachers spank kids? Are students bi'ing spankfd in area schools, follouing a Supreme Court ri.1 that i-. OK urd( r certain Turn to b fo the Qn.su ers to that ob'aincd in tn- tcrneui Tribune Bonh Presidential primary 'may be only beauty MILWAUKEE (AP) The Wisconsin presidential preference primary, a classic fictor in pre convention skirmishing for most of the years of this centruy, may be only a beauty contest next spring, at least for Democrats The Wisconsin primary a keystone of the late Robert Fighting Bob" La Follotte s famed Wisconsin Idea" of returning political power to the people was adopted in 1903 when La Follette was governor Under it a voter is not required to state a party preference or affiliation but may vote anv ticket The vote in each congressional district commits the delegates from the dis- trict The Democratic National Committee has ruled that national convention delegates must be chosen only by declared Democrats Wisconsin Atty Gen Bronson La Democi.it himself, and grandson of Fighting Boh to the federal courts But the state's suit was dismissed earlier this week, while the legislature in special session refused to consider chinging the 72 year old statute If all positions are main! voters who cast Democratic ballots next April 6 w.ll be voting in a popularity poll and Demoratic delegates will be chosen in district caucuses once more However Republican delegates would still be picked in the primary, which introduces additional possibilities in a contest where so called crossovers and the swing of the state s vast block of independent voters frequently is decisive The Democratic controlled legislature refused on Dec 10 to close the primary in the face of public protest, despite a personal appearance by national party chairman Robert Strauss The state party's executive committee now is to meet in January to draft a system of caucuses in which only leginmale party members have a voice in selecting gates "The bosses at national Demoratic head- quarters have dictated that over 40 per cent of the Wisconsin electorate the independent voters must be disenfranchised stfte Republican Chairman George Parker said The April primary scheduled early in the campaign and coupled with the opinion of in dependent voters in the selection process has often provided speical fuel to the bandwagons of contenders It put lohn F Kennedy firmly in the driver s seat for the 1960 nomination, gave dissident Son Fugcno McCarthy crucial momentum in 1968 and was a key factor in Son George McGovern's 1972 campaign Meanwhile Democratic officials annoyed by the large number of votes Alabama Gov George C Wallace has gotten on the state s Democratic ballot, say the open primary allows too many Republicans to cast mis- chievous crossover votes on the Democratic ticket F von the meaning of the early date of the primary in 1976 is further eroded by the mul- tiplicity of primaries in other states, a record 30 next year and by a decision of New York to hold its primary the same day Wisconsin has no party registration system for voters Ironically it may be the Republicans who salvage a major share of the limelight for the Wisconsin primary Ody J Fish, member of the Republican National Committee, said the tandem New York and Wisconsin primaries could settle the competition between President Ford and his chief challenger, former California Gov Ronald Reagan It will be the first primary in which Ford s Midwest American image will be tested Fish said Equally ironic, Reagan may pick up mis- chievous crossover votes from Democrats who, because of the new caucus arrange mem, would no longer be inspired to ballot on their own party s list of candidates Yet the biggest irony may lie in a historical footnote Bill Ford, a researcher for the legislature s reference bureau, says that even the sainted founder of the open pnmarv Robert M la Follelte Sr may have preferred closed primaries La Follette was governor 70 years ago when Wisconsin created the open primnrv at his behest then served almost two decades in the U S Senate before running for president as an independent He tht political limitations of the primary system and often applied his in fluence to the selection of candidates "It is interesting that all of the direct primary bills introduced in the Wisconsin legislature prior to 1903 envisioned the es- tablishment of a closed primary, and most of these bills had La Follete s support Ford said In an 1898 speech nt thKlmversity of Michigan La Follette recommended a primary system in which the voter would be allowed only "the ballot of the party with which he affiliates NEWSPAPER! Had Wisconsin pursued that course to 'he letter there would be no con'hct todav w th the nev. guidelines set do An bv tht national par'.v Still la Follette wrote in his autobiography that the open pnmarv is the most perfect law for the nomination of can- didates by direct vote ever enacted It is this sentiment which I a Follette s pnmlson den Bronson C I a Follette defended 4 m a U S District ourt hear mg in Washington D C The younger La Follette hoping to rescue the legislature from having to make a politically pmnful amendment to the primary tradition filed suit against the national par ty s edict The court dismissed the suit, accepting the parlv s argument thnt there were no grounds for challt nge because the convention had not yet taken any action against a Wisconsin delegation
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