Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, February 26, 1976

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

February 26, 1976

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Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1976, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin THE DAILY TRIBUNE Sixty-First Year-No. 18419 INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494 Thursday, February 26, 1976 16 Pages Two Sections Plus Supplement 15c Raps proposed regulations on ambulance service By Thomas Berger Tribune Staff Writer GREEN BAY Wood County Supervisor Charles Arnold today rapped proposed am- bulance regulations as too costly for small communities. Arnold represents three of Nekoosa's four wards. Nekoosa provides ambulance service through its volunteer fire department. The supervisor was scheduled to testify at a Department of Health and Social Services hearing in Green Bay today on proposed regulations for licensing ambulance services and attendants Nekoosa Mayor John Voss, who said he will attend a similar hearing Tuesday in Madison. said the ambulance service rules have resulted in the city losing several qualified firefighters. Arnold, in his proposed testimony, said to- day training for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) is sometimes superfluous, ambulances which will be re- quired are too costly and reports proposed after each ambulance run are unnecessary. "With your rules and regulations you are going to disgust the volunteers to such a degree that they will not afford the needy 'areas with their Arnold said, "then then what will you "Some communities may need ambulance services but might not have the dollars to purchase a vehicle according to these federal he said. He said the 25 weeks of three-hour sessions necessary to receive EMT certification should be reconsidered. All ambulance atten- dants are to be certified EMTs, according to state plans. Because of the problems of maintaining ambulance service, the Nekoosa Volunteer Fire Department has lost four firefighters and a leave of absence for a fifth was denied in the last month, Arnold said. "We presently have the minimum number of firemen required to maintain the city's present insurance rating due to the Arnold said. He said the city needs ambulance service, citing two Nekoosa Papers, Inc., mishaps at the Nekoosa mill, one requiring hospital treatment for more than 20 persons a.id another killing three men. Nekoosa now has seven trained EMTs among its 22 firefighters. The other 15 will have to be trained by January of 1977, Voss said. The city may be granted an extension for the training. The city is trying to get an EMT course held in Nekoosa for the benefit of its depart- ment. The prospects seem good, Voss said. "It all depends on whether we can get enough people from the surrounding area to fill out the class." He said he would favor giving a test to prospective EMTs before classes begin and then concentrating on areas in need of further training and possibly cutting the number of classes. Voss said some classes begin with the in- structor telling his class, "this is an am- bulance and this is a siren." Many of Nekoosa's attendants have had years of ex- perience and all hold Red Cross cards, he said. "Why take the whole 25 sessions when you know part of Voss questioned. Because many of Nekoosa's firefighters are shift workers for Nekoosa Papers, they sometimes have to trade shifts to make train- ing sessions. If they miss a session they have to go elsewhere. Nekoosa EMT trainees have driven to Crandon, Tomah, Richland Center and Black River Falls for sessions, often get- ting back home late at night. "This is what the basic objection Voss said. "They can't picture themselves being tied up one night a week." "Over the years the ambulance service has lost us some good the mayor said, "and they're all excellent firemen." "I wouldn't give up an ambulance he said. "We'll have an ambulance service Blue Shield is probed by FTC WASHINGTON (AP) Federal Trade Commission is investigating the huge Blue Shield insurance system to determine if physician control of the 72-milhon member program stifles competition and contributes to the dramatic increase in health care costs for all Americans. Blue Shield now provides physician-care in- surance for 40 per cent of the nation's popula- tion and pays out over billion annually in doctor's fees, the FTC said. The FTC said today its non-public in- vestigation will encompass all of the 71 Blue Shield plans across the nation as well as the National Association of Blue Shield Plans. Blue Shield officials said they would cooperate with the FTC investigation. They also said the investigation was not evidence of any illegality and they defended physician involvement with Blue Shield FTC officials gave no details of the planned investigation, except to say they would study control of Blue Shield by physicians and its impact on competition and delivery of health- care services to all Americans. But it was learned that the agency is con- cerned, among other things, that the plan's Another step toward development of a playground area in the 9th Ward was taken by the Wisconsin Rapids Park and Recreation Commission Wednesday at McMillan Memorial Library. On three separate motions by Joan Holden, school board representative on the commis- sion, the commission recommended the con- cept of a park in the 9th Ward, purchase of land bounded by 4th and 5th Sts N., Poplar St. and the future Cherry St and application for outdoor recreation funds to buy the land. The recommendations follow approval by the commission, the Wisconsin Rapids Plan- ning Commission and the Wisconsin Rapids Common Council of a city park plan in 1974, which included provision for a park in the 9th Ward area north of Spring St. It also follows a petition from 9th Ward residents last year requesting a playground for children. Several 9th Ward residents expressed opinions at the Wednesday meeting. Paul Graff, 311 Poplar St said he is reluc- tant to send his children to play at Robinson Park because they have to cross Spring St. and Green Bay and Western Railroad tracks. Mrs. Dick Blackburn, 1812 1st St. N., said children now play baseball in the streets in the ward. "Right field is in the middle of Ash St.." she said Eldon Engelman, 2010 1st St. N who said he started the original petition for a playground, said he was looking for a play area rather than a park. "Why should we have to spend a lot of money on a park site when all we wanted was a playground area'" Dennis Davey, 321 Ash St.. said he favored a park that would allow a play area for younger children. The site chosen for the play area is about three acres, City Planner Lloyd Matthes said. The initial plan calls for a ball field, in- novative play equipment, a multi-purpose court and skating rink. Mrs. Holden said if the common council decides to buy the land the commission would still have to recommend how to develop it and when. Matthes said acquisition of the land would cost about The commission also agreed to allow advertising on the outfield fence of the field used at Mead Field by the Wisconsin Rapids Men's Softball Association, with proceeds to help pay for the association's use of the field. Field use requests by the Assumption Athletic Association and West Junior High School were deferred to the Wisconsin Rapids School District WASHINGTON (AP) members of Congress sued the Postal Service today, asking for a court order against clos- ing unprofitable, small post offices and say- ing the agency is carrying out "a massive assault on the country's small communities." The Postal Service says post offices are be- ing closed only in communities where service would not be reduced. Rep Paul Simon, D-I11., leader of the group of 41 representatives and three senators who filed the 50-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court, said the action is being financed by several associations of postmasters. The Postal Service responded in a statement. "The congressmen by joining with the postmaster associations in effect en- dorse make-work or featherbedding, and their actions can only serve to damage the Postal Service's efforts to resolve its current financial crisis." The agency said that some of those who voted against additional appropriations for the Postal Service last fall are now suing in an attempt "to hamper us in implementing the only remaining route available to cutting postal costs Six members of the congressional group appeared at a news conference to announce the lawsuit. Asked how they would finance the continued operation of unprofitable rural post offices, Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, said, "Raise taxes, if need be." Dems vow passage of unemployment measure MADISON, Wis (AP) Democrats flexed their political muscle in the state Senate to- day and vowed to win passage of a new un- employment compensation bill even if it re- quires working into the weekend. "We're going to be here Friday and Satur- day if necessary, but we're going to pass this Democratic majority leader Wayne Whitlow of Milwaukee told Senate colleagues at the outset of today's session. Republicans believed labor opposition to the controversial proposal might split Democratic support, and indicated they were ready for a showdown even if it meant remaining at their desks Saturday. succeeded in advancing the document to passage stage Wednesday night, despite opposition from management, Republicans and even some labor leaders. The bill's critics said it could cost the state's estimated employers, who sub- sidize the compensation fund, about 132 million more annually. Democrats were unable to get a two-thirds vote necessary to advance the bill to a final vote, but Democratic leaders predicted they could get it advanced despite labor lobbyists' objections to some provisions. A key provision sought by labor would eliminate a one-week waiting period before a jobless person can become eligible for com- pensation, but .would not go into effect until 1977. Another provision would reduce the number of consecutive weeks a person must have worked before becoming eligible. Currently one must have worked 17 weeks. The bill will be on the calendar and ready for a final vote Tuesday, Democratic Lt. Gov. Martin J. Schreiher predicted Wednesday. The Republican minority leader, Clifford Krueger of Merrill, had declared that labor "hM withdrawn its support of this bill." large share of the physician-care business allegedly gives Blue Shield a major voice in determining the prevailing fees charged by phy icians in any given community. There were indications the investigation would touch on contentions that since medical doctors themselves control the program, competition from other health plans not administered by doctors is in- terfered with. Physician control of Blue Shield vanes from plan to plan but physicians involved in administration of Blue Shield basically are determining the amounts that Blue Shield will pay them for services performed for sub- scribers. A three-month investigation last year by The Associated Press concluded that Blue Shield's practices encourage physicians to raise their bills. The national Blue Shield association re- quires local boards of directors to have a majority of "public" members representing subscribers instead of doctors. But The AP investigation found that many of these "public" members are chosen by doctors and hospitals rather than by subscribers. 2 freed U.S. officials are reunited with wives ATHENS, Greece (AP) Two officials of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, held separately for four months in tiny cells in a Palestinian guerrilla prison in the Lebanese capital, had tearful reunions with their wives in Athens today Charles Gallagher, 44, of Roanoke, Va., and William Dykes, 50, of San Jose, Calif., were flown here in a commercial jetliner after their release in Beirut Wednes- day evening. "We are all right, no big said Gallagher, who said he was under orders not Panel OKs development of new city playground 44 in Congress sue Postal Service Range fire's path Boosted by high winds, fires swept through dry grass prairie earlier this week. This four by six-mile burnt area began eight miles southwest of Gridley, in southeastern Kansas. Kansas National Guard troops aided farmers fighting fires in the area where winds of up to 50 miles an hour were reported. (AP Wirephoto) to give any interviews about his experiences. "But at some times we thought we just wouldn't make Gallagher added. He said he lost 14 pounds. Dykes also lost weight during the ordeal but said he was not mistreated. They were met by their wives who had been evacuated to Athens after Gallagher and Dykes were kidnaped Oct. 22 during Lebanon's civil war. Both men rushed fcr two black U.S. Em- bassy limousines, one wife waiting in each. Cooler weather coining A big, bad cold front is heading southward from Canada and threatening an end to our unseasonably mild weather in Central Wisconsin. Lows tonight are expected to be from the mid-teens to around 30 with highs Friday from the lower 30s in the ex- treme north to near 50 in the extreme south. And almost on cue, the weekend will bring a relapse into lower temperatures with highs in the 20s to low 30s but no precipitation. Lows will be from five below in the north to near 10 in the south. Wednesday dozens of com- munities from Minnesota to Maine set temperature records with Traverse City, Mich, reaching 52, its warmest Feb. 25 since 1902. Wisconsin Rapids' high was also 52, a degree less than the record set in 1958. The low was 20, it was 28 at midnight, 21 at 6 a m today and 48 as noon approached. Today's chuckle Keep raising the roof and people will think there's something wrong in your at- tic. Reagan lists worth at WASHINGTON (AP) Ronald Reagan, a millionaire who has plowed most of his money into real estate, has offered a partial look at his finances which shows he is one of the wealthiest presidential hopefuls. Reagan says he is worth and earned last year. The richest presidential candidate, and the only other acknowledged millionaire, is Democrat Milton Shapp who says he is worth about million Sargent Shriver put his net worth at as of last August, but no information was given about his wife, the former Eunice Kennedy, who shares in the Kennedy family's trust funds. Reagan did not itemize the sources of his income, but his financial statement released Wednesday shows he is a far wealthier man than his Republican opponent, President Ford, who has listed assets of Reagan released net worth and income tax figures for a five-year period, while Ford's disclosure went back nine years and was itemized so the public could trace the sources of his and his wife's income Most of Ford's worth is in real estate. mostly in his home and several other proper- ties the Ford family uses occasionally. Reagan's statement indicated he has heavi- ly invested in real estate and common stock, and one real estate investment seemed un- dervalued, though the county assessor said Reagan's estimate was accurate. Based on a previously reported assess- ment, Reagan's undeveloped Rancho Califor- nia "investment" property in Riverside County, Calif was believed to be worth million The assessor said Tuesday that the property was worth as Reagan said, chiefly because it is zoned as agricultural land Reagan said his total income for the five years ending in 1974 was and es- timated his 1975 income would be No breakdown was provided on the sources of Reagan's income. The financial statement was released without comment as Reagan was cam- paigning in Illinois, where he faces Ford in the state's March 16 primary. Today he is stumping in Florida, where they vie March 9. Dems turn eyes to Massachusetts BOSTON (AP) Democrats running for president, led by newly advanced front runner Jimmy Carter, are turning their attention to Massachusetts and the second primary test of the election year. The Bay State primary next Tuesday in- volves more Democrats and less Republican introduces new rules and a highly volatile issue, busing. The Democratic field in Massachusetts in- cludes the five candidates in Tuesday's New Hamsphire primary as well as three others Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington, Penn- sylvania Gov. Milton J. Shapp and Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace. Carter, the firmer Georgia governor who polled 30 per cent of the vote to lead the field in New Hampshire, predicted Wednesday he would win, place or show in the second primary test. Following Carter in the New Hampshire voting were Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona, Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, Former Oklahoma Sen. Fred Harris and Sargent Shriver, the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1972. The key stumbling block for Carter and the others could well be Wallace, who chose to start his primary campaign in the only state that voted Democratic m the presidential election four years ago. Wallace already has devoted an extraor- dinary amount of time to Massachusetts. Most others will spend a good part of the next five days here, but Carter aides say their can- didate has planned a bare four hours here bringing his total Massachusetts time to 85 hours. Udall, whose second place finish in New Hampshire led him to declare himself the leading progressive candidate, said Wednes- day he believes Wallace could get 15 per cent of the vote in Massachusetts Other estimates have been higher in the seven-way race which could be won with 20 or 25 por cent. President Ford is considered the heavy favorite on the Republican side m a lackluster contest with Ronald Reagan, the former California governor who took 49 per cent to Ford's 51 per cent in New Hampshire. Ford aides designated Reagan the "phan- tom" opponent because he lacks an official organization here. But his television and radio advertising has reached both Massachusetts and New Hampshire audiences Schools in Boston, Massachusetts' capital city, are being desegregated by court order and busing an explosive issue is ex- pected to figure prominently in the state primary election Both Wallace and Jackson have courted the anlibusing vote None of the other Democrats have made direct appeals for the antibusing vote. Wallace challenges audiences to "shake the eve teoth off everyone who have done what they've done to you" by giving him "a good vote Rut publicly, Wallace, who polled 7.2 per cent of the 1972 Massachusetts piimary vote after one appearance, is modest in his expectations, saying only his status has "im- proved Jackson, meanwhile, forecast triumph in Massachusetts "This is the final drive to vic- he shouted at a rally Wednesday night. INEWSPAPERif INEWSPAPERif ;