Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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94TH YEAR, NO. 197 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 1974 -TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Economist, Panel Advocate Tax Cuts
W ASHINGTON (Af*) - Tax cuts were advocated Sunday as a means of battling the recession by economist Walter W. Heller and by both Republican and Democratic mem-tiers of the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
The committee’s annual report suggested a $12 billion cut and said that $10 billion is the minimum tax relief needed, that it should be enacted immediately and that it should be aimed at low' and moderate income persons.
Heller, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” called for a two per cent reduction in income tax rates on earned income up to about $13,200.
He suggested that the reduction be combined w'ith a call from President Ford for workers to limit their wage de
mands to 7 to 8 per cent next year.
This, Heller said, should lie accompanied by selective price controls but not a full set of wage and price rules.
The tax cut now should Ik* balanced by tax increases later. probably in 1977 and 1978, in order to dampen the inflationary impact of the immediate cut, the committee report said. Heller said the cut would have little inflationary impact.
The committee report painted a gloomy picture of the economic outlook now. predicted a 7.5 per cent unemployment rate by next summer and indicated a belief that inflation should not now be the main target of I S. economic policy.
Without new' policies, the I mted States will slip into
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Today in History
BY KATHARYN DUFF
iffpt of the cfcristmai cards ept those from us lag s) have been delivered over the w eek end most of found time to examine i and aren't they level) don’t you wish you had gilt of some of those I.., ,
rhaps with the cost or ige, more care went into
rtions this year.
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me of the caitif tould b only from those particu-ienders.
ere are the lovely caroli this year by C. T. Mechlin of Snyder. On the r is a reproduction — tble for framing as a mini-e - of one of the few scapes painted by N. < th. Name of the painting The Last of the Chest “ Mr. McLaughlin’s print-ote inside the card identity* picture and mentions this rare landscape by th*
I illustrator, head of the hic Wyeth dan, hangs rn McLaughlins’ Diamond M. cum at Snyder. iere are the ingenious Is created by Peggy ge Bulloch for herself and family, the Rob Sledges of ene and the Bud Sledges Artesia. N. M. On fold-out »ls of the card are sketch-f each member of the clan of events highlighting the r for each.
>r Dr. Rob Sledge Mery history prof, there s a iving of a heart with Hip is quick recovery.” retie* to his successful open rt .surgery early in thp p. And there’s a sketch of i and son, Bobby, taking a ak trip down Elm Creek, historic happening during
flood era last fall.
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lurma*1 Morrison, pianic music historian and pro-isor at Hardin-Snnmons. se a card fitting to his k and interests. Th** cover reduces the frontispiece of t England composer Wil-
i Billing’s “New England im singer.” It was printed 770 The engraving was by el]ow better known as a a-, one Paul Revere.
rntt Christmas cards are tty funny.
ere's one which asks, hat is big and red and goes Ho-HO? Please answer as n as possible. One is stuck ny chimney.” ere’s another which leis: “He knows when you’ve
ii sleeping. He knows when
you're awake He knows when you’ve been bad or good . . . Talk about invasion of privacy!”
Many, many cards this year carr)' simple and beautiful reminders of the religious meanings of Christmas.
Others have other messages. Nancy (Mrs. Ben) Barnes of Brownwood says she was taken with a card they got, one which carried a picture of a dove, symbol of peace. The
dove had a bandaged leg.
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Judv Hartsfield. who moved to Abilene from Lubbock last summer when her husband. Pat, became Reporter-New* retail advertising manager, suggested we call Mrs. Bot) (Shirley) Rout for an item on the way economic news is tangled in children’s minds with Christmas.
So we did. In the course of talking with Judy and Shirley we learned about a new organization in town in which both are involved. It is the Sweet Adeline singers. There are now 23 of the women who meet each Monday night at the Rehab Center to raise voices in sweet song. They’ll have a membership drive in January' if you are interested.
We learned about that and learned, too, about young David Rout’s recital to his parents of the Christmas story.
“... .and three real wealthy people came with gifts for the Baby Jesus, gold, silver and
what could be the worst recession in more than 35 years, the report said.
The report called also for congressional consideration of the already controversial fuel conservation tax “to obtain a sizeable immediate cut in energy consumption.”
And, Heller, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy, said drastic steps are needed to reduce oil consumption in this country.
Heller suggested either a gasoline rationing program or a system of graduated increases in the gasoline tax over the next several years.
Che gasoline tax idea was als© backed Sunday by Sen. Edward Brooke. R-Mass., appealing an ABC Radio’* “Issues and Answers.”
Brooke said that together with a 20 cent increase in gasoline taxes he has proposed a weight tax on autos lo force the industry to convert to production of smaller »ars.
On general economic matters Brooke said that “We might have to go into guidelines. possibly into wage and price controls ... ”
More comment on the nation’s economic problems came Sunday from E B. Speer, chairman of the board of U.S. Steel Corp., who appeared an CBS’ “Face the Na* lion.”
Speer said some national
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The downhill racer?
Skis over the shoulder. President Gerald Ford calls it a day on the slopes at Vail, Colo. The President and his f a in 11 v arrived for a holiday vacation Sun
day afternoon and the President hit tile slopes shortly afterwards. Story, Pg. 12A. (AP Wirephoto)
77 Die in Airline Crash
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M ATI 'RIN, Venewiela ( AP i
— A Venezuelan airliner on a domestic flight exploded and
crashed shortly after taking off from Maturin airport Sunday, killing all 77 persons aboard, a spokesman for Av-ensa airline said.
The spokesman declined to speculate on sabotage or a possible hijack attempt, saying only that there “was an explosion aboard’’ about four minutes after takeoff and “then the aircraft went down.”
The PCP. which was bound for Caracas 360 miles to the west, was on the last leg of its journey which began in Ciudad Bolivar with stops in
Puerto Greta/, and Maturin.
The rrash occurred during bad weather and after the
plane entered an area “where atmospheric conditions are very bad,” the airline spokesman said.
An airline official, who headed the rescue team at the scene of the crash, said the plane was carrying 71 passengers and six clew' members. Earlier the company said there were 66 passengers and four crew members aboard, but it revised its figures to include passengers who boarded during the stopovers.
An Avensa spokesman said two North Americans and a numlier of other foreigners
may have been among the
passengers. The company's partial list of thus* aboard included several foreign names, but their nationalities were not i rn in e d i a t e I y known, the spokesman said.
The Maturin airport control tower said the jetliner made no mention of any problems.
“Takeoff instructions still were being followed and the plane still was making altitude,” a control tower official said.
A member of the rescue team said the victims were strewn over a wide area. “I can assure you that it will be difficult to identify the dead (todies,” he added
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were being taken to the hospital in Maturin to await indents atom where possible. Th* government ordered an immediate investigation into the clash.
Most of the paNsengers were traveling to the capital to spend Christmas and New Year’s vacations with their families.
The IX’9 was the second Venezuelan airliner to crash in the past four months.
A Viscount turbo-prop of the state-owned Aeropostal airline slammed into a mountain in August while attempting to land on the resort island of Margarita 187 miles east of Caracas. Forty-eight persons were killed and only the copilot survived.
MIAMI (AP) — Rescuers using air hammers chiseled through coral rock Sunday and freed a 15-month-old girl trapped in a narrow irrigation well. The girl emerged without a scratch after four hours.
Amber Noel Peebles wandered from her parents as they picked tomatoes for their Christmas dinner. She fell through a 9-inch-wide hole and was stuck in waist-deep water about seven feet down the 22-foot well.
“I imagine she was plenty frightened. I knew she was walking behind me. I turned around, and she just wasn't there,” said her father, Harry S. Peebles, a 21-year-old sergeant at nearby Homestead Air Force Base.
We were picking tomatoes Christmas dinner with my folks in St. Petersburg,” said Peebles. “She has been walker almost six months I let her walk w henever I get the chance.”
Fire Lt. Pete Hendricks a member of the three-man team that dug for the girl, said, “We had to dig a new hole to get to her, because we couldn't chance anything falling in from the top of the well.”
Rescuers said the 36-inch-tall girl apparently did not fall all the way to the bottom because of a pocket of air which buoyed her up. But- her movements caused the water to rise up to her waist, they theo-
“We had to dig under her and then through to her, and with the water table so high here, we had to make sure no water '.tot over her head.” he said. “We've done this four times before. There s just no other way to do it.”
“Just so she s okay,” Peebles said as rescuers using air hammers and hand tools worked their way underground. Mrs. Peebles dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief and said nothing.
Hendricks said A rn b e r s clothing was secured by a hook so she would not slip further down the well.
Workers said the little girl’s cries encouraged them and
helped them estimate her position in the well.
“That rock was hard as concrete arui sharp as a knife,” Hendricks said during the rescue attempt. But doctors at Baptist Hospital said the girl survived the ordeal without apparent injur)*.
The uncapped well, half-covered with tomato plants, is rn a field where buyers are invited to pick their own vegetables.
After a child drowned in a similar well earlier this year, a county ordinance was passed ordering all such wells capped or marked. Police said they would investigate to see if there was a possible violation.
Calendars don't bide it. Christmas is 2 days off.
Susan Ford: Trying to Live a Normal Life
SISAX FORI) not intimidated bv
By ANN BLACKMAN Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON ( AP) — Susan Ford says she hates politics, didn’t follow the Watergate scandal and hasn't the least interest in the cover-up trial. But she agrees with her father’s decision to pardon Richard M. Nixon.
“The poor guy had been through who knows what,” Susan said. “He needed to be totally relieved. It’s only fair. Congress is out to get him. I think its bad enough what they’ve done to him already. They were going to stab hun in the back It’s a nasty game, and I don’t Uke it.”
In an interview at the White House, Susan Elizabeth Ford spoke candidly about her distaste for politics and what ifs like to be the President’s only daughter.
At 17, she receive* an allowance of about $7 a week. And she occasionally accepts a babysitting job. But now the Secret Serv ice goes along. “They come in and help,” she san!, “It’s very con
She teases her father about tieing President — “bowing down to him, giving him the treatment.” And he teases her in front of her steady boyfriend about dating other boys. ,
At dinner, which the Ford family usually has together, the President of the United States likes to discuss what his daughter did at school that day. “I feel like a little kid.” Susan >aid, shaking her head.
Just that morning, her mother had reprimanded her for putting her feet up on her father's desk in the Oval Office. “That really bugs her.” Susan said.
She giggled when a gold wedding band on her left ring finger was mistaken for her own. “Ifs my grandmother’s.”
For the interview', Susan sat in the office of her mother s pies* secretary, Sheila Rabb Weuienfeld It was exam week at Holton-Arms. a private school for girls in suburban Maryland, where Susan is a sitfpr. Susan wore found,
tortoise shell glasses and a navv blue school uniform that fell about midthigh.
Asked if she followed the Watergate scandal that swept her father into Hie presidency, she replied matter-ol (act I) . “No. I don't read newspapers Ifs a vv a.Ste of time. I read magazines ..I never watched the hearings. My lather never watched them. My mother did. She’d turn them on, and my father would leave the room. ’
She said she hasn’t followed the trial of Nixon’s associates, who are accused of covering up the scandal. ‘ It doesn I interest me in the least ”
She said she has learned to ignore criticism and iokes about her father. “I can’t say they've always criticized my father because thee haven’t. But Eve been brought up to ignore that type of thing. At first fd come home and go, ‘Mother, that’* not fair.’ But she d go, ‘Ignore it.' I totally ignore all politics, all that stuff.”
She is uMptiundated bv W hile House
pomp, and she appears determined to live as normally as possible. “People sa) the White House is stuffy ” she ^aid. crossing her lens and sipping colt from a can “I don't think it is. Maybe it's us. I mean, ifs real!) nice. Ifs like Jiving in a hotel, though.”
Unlike Nixon’s daughters. Tricia and Julie, who made a point of never boing seen in a pants suit, Susan wears dungarees around the White House.
She 'aid she hasn t been affected much by the women’s movement — “I mean, I believe in equal rights, but that s it.” By her own account, she v more interested in getting married and having six children than a career.
“I don’t want a job,” she said “I want to be an everyday person. I want to get out of the spectacle so badly. When I get out of college. I’m going oui and live in the country, just here in
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