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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Abilene, Texas WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YKAR, NO, 242 PHONE G734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING; FEBRUARY 14, PAGES IN THREE'sECTlONs" Associated Prta (If) Dad's Valentine Won't Come Back RANDOLPH, Mass. year, 8-year-old Joseph P. Dunn Jr. sends his father a Valentine card. And every year, the card goes half way around Ihe world only, io return stamped "Addressee Unknown." The cards'are sent in care of the'Chinese Red Cross, Peking, China, because the boy's father is Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Dunn; a Navy pilot whose Sk'yraider was shot down off Hainon Island on Valentine's Day'1968. And while.his wife and. son maintain hope that he is slill alive in a Communist prison, Dunn remains one of the miss- irig' in action'of the Vietnam War. a letter might not come wife, "Maureen. "This couid mean the Chinese forwarded it to a prison'camp." Outside their home, the American flag ha-; flown con- tinuously'-for': six years. Mrs.. Dunn vows to leave it up clock as a reminder that "not all Americans have Hike Seen in Wheat to Arabs By DON KENDALL AP Kami Writer WASHINGTON (A P) Sales'of U.S. wheat and other grain lo Ihc Mideast, mostly lo oil-rich Arab countries, may more than double this fiscal year, says an Agriculture De- partment analyst. John B. Parker of Hie de- p a'r t m t 's Economic Re- search Service said tensions from Hie Mideast war last Oc- tober and the Aral) oil embar- go have had ho visible effect on shipments. He said exports may total a record 'mil- lion this year. Fiirllirr. he said in an inter- view, soaring prices of U.S. grain have not deterred pur- chases such countries as Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The new export estimate by Parker is up sharply from Ihe million predicted last fall for the year ending June 30. In 1972-73, sales to the region to- taled million. Part of the increase is due to higher prices, but quantities also are up. "The whole area is extreme- ly a Parker said. "When we estimated earlier that sales might go lo SfiOO million, that didn't take into account rising prices and fur- ther orders at those prices." Parker said poor harvests in some countries UIB past year or two have helped boost im- port ncods, lie also be- lieves ttic region is so rich that it could bo developed into an important steady market for U.S. food products. "Matter of fad, if U.S. Com- panies really tried and went ihcre lo develop business they could sell more grain as well as processed Par- ker said. "As it is, they have to come here and track it down." Hxporl figures compiled by USDA show that in the first lialf of the fiscal year which began lasl July 1 wheat ship- Clouds Tantalize Parched W. Texas ABII.KNK MAYOR .1. C. HUNTER JK. expresses optimism (luring interview ISIalf Phole by-Don Bltklcy) if V.' Mayor: Manager Pick No. 1 Task Ity CAIIY BAI.DIHDOK licporlcr-Ncws Slaff Wrilcr Approaching the last year of his second term as Mayor of Abilene, .I.e. Hunter Jr. looks ahead and sees Ihe selection of a new city manager as the top issue facing the city coun- cil in 197-1.. City Mgr. II. P. Clifton is retiring this spring after the council chooses his successor. A decision on the new city manager is expected within the next month or so, Hunter' said. a very important posi- tion because you've hiring a man who will be in charge of over 800 employes and a million lie said dur- ing the discussion in his city hall office. APPOINTMENT of a quali- fied city manager, says Hunt- er, is Ihe key to Abilenc's type of city government. He highly approves of the city-manager form over Ihe type of government, in which a full-time, salaried mayor plays the principal executive role. He says it would be hard lo find elected officials who have the training to administer the increasingly-specialized "busi- ness" of municipal govern-, menl. "But having'the council (as policymaker) puts city gov- ernment closer to the people, through public contact, to de- termine what they want." This brought up the question of why Abilene docs rot have a one-man, one-vole concept, whereby conncilmen