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Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1975, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin THE DAILY TRIBUNE Sixtieth 18363 INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin 54494 Saturday December 20 1975 2 Sections Plus Supplement 1 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 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- 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 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 from the blaze The dead were identified as Josephine Shine 38 Richard Shommer 14 Stephen Shommer 13 Stephen 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 ty toll at 903 compared with 880 on this date last year Reed Harris 47 of Glen Ellyn 111 Friday when the car he was a passenger in left Wisconsin 59 about two miles east of Whitewater and struck two trees Sue 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 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 day The committee voted 8 4 to give Voigt a temporary ad- 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 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 Christmas homecoming to be a special event I 11 be for a singer croons and for some persons being home for the holidays is 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 s Hospital Marshfield He vertebrae in his neck ing into a Lity storm water holding pond on and Norton Sts that summer afternoon and has been since The exception was last weekend when for the first time Tim came home He was transported from St Joseph s in a station 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 nice For Tim like most 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 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 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 that stole 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 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 to extend the 1975 tax cuts into 1976 dent Ford refused to accept the 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 Roth Del proposed some vague language Otherwise the 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 of four earning 000 a year would have paid more oer vear on an an basis Under the new actually 519 on 1976 income or less on 1975 earnings But it is the poor who been hardest hit A family of four earning 000 yearly would have paid more in taxes including the loss of a tax credit for the working poor provided under the new Tne measure would give them no tax on 1976 income compared with for this year s income A single person would have paid more next year Under the he pay 331 compared with 452 for this 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- 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 received 29 inch of precipitation Friday Angola military aid ban would hurt U.S interest WASHINGTON AP President Ford says a 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 defense 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 next year That left the entire fiscal year 1976 Defense Department appropriations 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 has about million in 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 ment ceremony Kissinger said The United States cannot escape its responsibilities even congressional votes We have no great power ambitions in Africa Peron under increased pressure to step aside BUENOS AIRES Argentina AP dent Isabel Peron was under increased pressure to step aside today as an air force rebellion seeking to overthrow the 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 engine planes and an 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 the No 2 man on the joint chiefs of staff continued pressing their demand for chief Gen Jorge V idela to depose Mrs Peron and power Videla in a cable to units around the to join the rebellion but told the dissidents the chiefs were asking responsible institutions to fmd profound and patriotic answers to defuse the crisis This was interpreted as a call on con gress to find n to replace Mrs Peron Do teachers spank Are students in area schools a Supreme Court that i- OK urd r certain Turn to b fo the ers to that in 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 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- The Democratic National Committee has ruled that national convention delegates must be chosen only by declared Democrats Wisconsin Atty Gen Bronson La 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 the 72 year old statute If all positions are voters who cast Democratic ballots next April 6 be voting in a popularity poll and 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 party members have a voice in selecting gates The bosses at national quarters have dictated that over 40 per cent of the Wisconsin electorate the independent voters must be disenfranchised 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 fuel to the bandwagons of contenders It put lohn F Kennedy firmly in the driver s seat for the 1960 nomination gave dissident Son 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 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 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 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 Ford a researcher for the legislature s reference bureau says that even the sainted founder of the open Robert M la Sr may have preferred closed primaries La Follette was governor 70 years ago when Wisconsin created the open 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 of a closed primary and most of these bills had La Follete s support Ford said In an 1898 speech nt 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 Had Wisconsin pursued that course to he letter there would be no w th the nev guidelines set do An bv tht national Still la Follette wrote in his autobiography that the open is the most perfect law for the nomination of by direct vote ever enacted It is this sentiment which I a Follette s den Bronson C I a Follette defended 4 m a U S District hear mg in Washington D C The younger La Follette hoping to rescue the legislature from having to make a politically amendment to the primary tradition filed suit against the national par ty s edict The court dismissed the suit accepting the s argument there were no grounds for nge because the convention had not yet taken any action against a Wisconsin delegation
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