Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 9, 1974, Abilene, Texas
Abilene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
93RD YEAR, NO. 206 PHONE 673*4271
ABILENE, TEX., 79604, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JAN. 9, 1974—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS
Associated Press (ZP)
'Just the Bare Facts,Nixon: No Influence From Gifts
WACO, Tex. (AP)—A carpenter from Collinsville, Tex., shivered in his underwear early Tuesday and told deputies he hadn’t been robbed, just disrobed
The man said he picked up three hitchhikers who then pulled a gun on him, told him to drive to an abandoned gravel pit north of Waco, and
The various officialdoms who order our daily lives seemed calm about it but, my, constituents were unhappy Monday over the change in time. And at least a couple of calls Tuesday suggested protests were not stilled.
One of the not-too-unhaopy calls came from Mrs. T. J. Newman of 1266 N. 16th who asked if we had heard how “mad everybody is.”
She was not so upset, Mrs. Newman said, because She has no children to send off to school in the dark.
“But you should hear what tome mothers are saying,” she continued. “I talked to one who was really scared — she almost ran over a child in the dark taking her children to school.”
Yes, we heard from several.
The safety angle was a main complaint. (It’s a personal complaint, too. We had to hit the brakes to avoid a dark-clad voungster who darted across the street to his bus stop early Tuesday.)
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Mrs. Newman said she heard someone describe the new time as Central Energy Saving Time. And she heard others wondering how much energy they are saving. what with decisions to drive to school children who walked in daylight, what with the need to turn on lights and heat in homes and schools and offices an hour earlier.
The same sort of wonderings and then some were telephoned to this office.
One caller took exception to a recent Associated Press story which suggested DST can be blamed on Benjamin Franklin.
“I’m not blaming old Ben,” this caller said. “I’m blaming people I elected.”
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Luckily, the new time rode into this region on mild weather. Perhaps those who enjoyed the long warm afternoons like the change but they did not call. We heard from those who don’t like to see the moon set. One mother of a school-age child found I)ST-in-January the final straw.
“We had Watergate and the beef shortage,’’ she recounted.
“We have inflation and the cost-of-living situation.
“We have learned we pay more taxes than some who make much more money.
“We have had the strange situation of not being able to buy gasoline at these new high prices.
“All that I have been able to thin.
“But getting up this time of
dav is too much.”
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Troubles, troubles. But back to Mrs. Newman who is not so upset.
What she really called for was to ask if any remembered the meaning of the symbols printed on the World War II ration stamps. She got out some she kept, stamps and some of the “tokens” given in change. Some had pictures of ships, some pictures of airplanes and cannons. lf anyone recalls the identity of the different coupons she would like a call.S«n. Jones Misses Convention Opener
Sen. Grant Jones of Abilene missed the opening session of the Constitutional Convention in Austin Tuesday due to the illness of his wife.
Sen. Jones’ wife, Ann, underwent back surgery in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Jones was reported in good condition following the surgery, according to Morgan Jones Jr., the senator s broth-
then relieved him of his car and most of his clothes.
The man told Deputy Vince C i n c a r d o n a the trio then pushed his car and clothes into the water-filled ditch and took off in a car of their own.
The man walked back to town and called police, who listened to his story, found his submerged car, and gave him a pair of overalls.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that President Nixon was influenced by “traditional political considerations” but not campaign contributions when he ordered a 1971 increase in federal milk price supports.
Issuing two White House white papers. Nixon again denied that campaign contribu-
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tions or pledges influenced his action on dairy prices or on the settlement of an antitrust case against International Telephone & Telegraph Corp.
“Both allegations, given broad circulation, have been
repeatedly denied and are utterly false,” a White House statement said.
Issuing a sheaf of papers as part of Nixon’s so-called Operation Candor, the White House said no documents or tape recordings were being released because the President is determined to maintain their confidentiality.
“In view of the fact that the
documents are on file with the special prosecutor, it should be clear that the accounts published today are consistent with the basic facts contained in those documents and tapes.” the statement said. At the same time, it urged the Watergate prosecutor and grand jury to keep them confidential.
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'Think I'll take the stairs'
As many lambs awaited their turn to go into the auction ring at the Coleman County Junior Livestock Show Tuesday, one of the smarter ones decided he could get out of it bv walking up the stairs. He didn’t make it, however, and was auctioned with 106 other lambs which all totaled brought S18.434.71 for the youngsters of the countv’s 4-H and FFA.
Tanya Vineyard. 3. w as not going to miss a moment of the Coleman County Junior Livestock Show auction Tuesday at the Coleman Livestock Auction Barn as she spent the day traveling from the arena back to perch on the pens* and watch everything from lambs and steers to chickens. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Vineyard of Novice. Story, pictures, Pg. 12A. (Stat! Photos bv J. T. Smit hi
Convention Mix: Politics, History
AUSTIN, Tex. (AIG - Appeals for statesmanship and a sense of history mingled with the residue of old political rivalries Tuesday as the legisla-tor-delegates to the Texas Constitutional Convention began their work.
House Speaker Price Daniel Jr., was elected presiding offi-
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err, 146-26, with the “no” votes coming largely from conservative representatives, both Democrat and Republi-can.
Discussion of procedural
rules drafted by a pre-convention planning committee kept the delegates in session until 6 pm,, and Daniel said the debate could run most of Wednesday and into Thursday.
“I begin with confidence that this day will not be a footnote in history, but the historic beginning of a new era
of responsible government for ail Texans.” Daniel, 32, said in his address to the delegates.
Glaring television lights inside the House chamber. which serves as the convention hall, contrasted with a dismal fog outside the high windows.
When It's All 'Figured' Out, IRS Claims Telephone System Is Better
By MIKE MURPHEY Keporter-News Staff Writer
It is virtually impossible for an Abilene resident to contact the local office of the Internal Revenue Serv ice by telephone.
But as unhandy as that might seem, it is all for the better, according to Bill Bion-di, public affairs officer of the IRS for the Dallas District, which includes Abilene.
If an Abilenian dials the old IRS office number of 677-9146, an operator will answer and tell the caller to dial a toll-free number in Dallas, 1-8INS 492-4830. This is the IRS’s new central tax information
service, designed to improve assistance to citizens who seek telephone assistance in filling out a maze of income tax forms.
THE PROBLEM is, however, if anyone wishes to contact an employe of the Abilene IRS office on something other than a tax matter, there is no local number for him to call either.
For instance, if a reporter on the local newspaper wishes to contact A K. Fogle, head of the Abilene IRS office, in order to get information for a news item, he must call the toll-free number in Dallas
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where the information officer who answers the phone will take his name and phone number.
The information officer will then place a longdistance call to Fogie, and relay the message. Then, hopefully. Fogie will return the call and the parties will finally gel together.
The concept of the central Information office, as explained by Biondi. seems to be a good one. He explained that the service will offer quicker, more accurate, and more uniform answers to any tax questions asked.
“We have 17 different field offices in the Dallas District,” he added, “and when changes oc cur as quickly as thev often do, it is hard to communicate directly and accurately throughout the area.”
KAUK YEAR about this time, in order to handle the influx of questions from citizens puzzling over their income tax forms, temporary help has to lie lured, quickly trained, and dispatched to the 17 local offices. These are the people who previously answered telephone income tax questions.
“Now.” Biondi explained, “the people we hire are more permanent, they are better trained, and being centrally located, they can give more accurate and uniform information.”
The toll-free number presently is operating on 73 lines and
has a capability of 200 lines if necessary. Biondi said the sy stem has been tested in several other states over the past four years and has proven “a boon to taxpayers.”
The role of the local IHS office has not changed, according to Biondi. in the past, the telephone questions to local offices in the rush season were handled bv the temporary help, and the more expert permanent staff handled the “walk-in” questions.
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Ceremony ami pageantry opened the state’s first attempt since 1875 to write a brand new set of ground rules for Texas government. Gov. Dolph Briscoe led the pledge of allegiance to the flag, which was presented by the white-uniformed, saber-wielding Boss Volunteers of Texas AAM.
I.t. Gov. Bill Hobby presid-over the opening of the convention. gaveling it to order five minutes before the noon hour prescribed in the 1972 constitutional amendment that established it-
“The people of Texas have already decreed that you have a place in their history. You, as delegates, have yet to determine whether that historv will record your actions as wise and good or as unwise and lacking in courage. It is up to you to write this episode in Texas history, in bold strokes, with your own hand,” Hobby said.
He said the present 56.OOO-word constitution, originally adopted when Reconstruction memories of abused power were fresh, “limits the ability of our state government to act effectively in the face of
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that, on milk price supports, Nixon’s action was prompted by congressional pressure, the economic merits of the industry’s case for higher prices, and “traditional political considerations relating to the needs of the farm states.”
The milk fund allegations involve campaign pledges and contributions from dairy industry interests. The administration is now being sued by Ralph Nader and others who allege that the price support increase was In return for $427,000 that the Nixon campaign eventually received from the nations three largest dairy cooperatives.
The three dairy groups are the Associated Milk Producers Inc., Mid-America Dairymen Inc. and Dairy- Men, Inc*
The ITT case stems horn disclosures that the corporation had offered at least $200,000 to help finance the 1972 Republican National Convention when it was planned for San Diego. The pledge was confirmed on July 21. 1971, and IO days later the Justice Department agreed to settle an antitrust case against the conglomerate.
The White House said Nixon’s only intervention in the antitrust case was in April lf, 1971.
“The President was not aware at that time of any pledge by ITT to make a contribution toward expenses of the Republican National Con-
See NIXON. Pg. 12A. CM. ICold Front Hits Area
A cold front which entered (he Abilene area shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday is predicted to bring subfreezing temperatures and a possibility of freezing rain Wednesday and W ednesday night.
National Weather Bendee forecaster Dale Eubanks said the front pushed into the area much faster than had been exacted. thrusting the temperature at IU p.m. Tuesday- to .17 degrees after a 9 p.m. reading of 63 degrees and a Tuesday high of 73 degrees.
Although there is a 30 per cent possibility of precipitation forecast, Eubanks said there is little chance of snow here.
The National Weather Service issued a cold wave warning late Tuesday night. Wind warnings are also in effect on all area lakes.
High Wednesday is expected in the low 30s with a nighttime low in the mid 20s. High Thursday is forecast at near 40. Winds will be out of th# north 15-25
Blinding fog shrouded much of Texas late Tuesday night while snow fell in Panhandle sections and bitter cold descended into the Plains country and Northwest Texas
I he new batch of cold air sent thermometers plunging across the Panhandle and South Plains and threatened to tumble lite leadings over th# state by Wednesday afternoon.
Late Tuesday night, dense fog and occasional light rain or drizzle continued over sections of Louisiana, Arkansas and northeast Texas.
Motorists were warned that fog lowered visibilities to near zero. This along with wet streets and highways made driving hazardous throughout the area.
Official Says Dollar's Growing Power May Force Oil Price Cut
GENEVA. Switzerland i API — The skyrocketing price of Persian Gulf oil may Im* rolled back 6 per cent next month because of the dollars growing strength, an Iranian official said Tuesday.
But even if the rollback takes effect, it will be little comfort to consumers affected bv the approximate 400 per cent increase in the cost of Persian Gulf oil in the past year.
Iranian Finance Minister Jamshid A rn o u z e g a r told newsmen the rollback was “p r o b a b I e” under a 1972 agreement in oil contracts
providing for monthly readjustments tied to the strength of the dollar.
The largest cost of producing oil comes from taxes paid bv oil companies to the producing countries. These are calculated in dollars, aud when the dollar is strong, the oil countries get fewer of them. Conversely, when the United States currency is weak, they get more.
The dollar, growing stronger on foreign currency markets because of predictions that the I luted States will weather the energy crisis better than other consuming nations, reached
its highest point since last February on Tuesday in Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels and Milan.
Amouzegar spoke during a recess of the meeting of the Ogam/at ion of Petroleum Exporting Countries —OPEC.
He said if the monetary correction is made, the tax-re-rection is made, the tax re-are figured would fall “by 60 or 65 U S. cents” for the six countries along the Persian Gulf. These prices set stand aids for all the world’* oil prices. They were recently
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