Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 29, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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25c SUNDAY -fie State Sales Tax Associated Press (/P)Harvey Hits Press at Hendrick Celebration
Responding to the tribute, Boone Powell Jr., Hendrick president, thanked the local community and special friends of the hospital as well as hospital trustees, employes, physicians and volunteers.
“OUR HISTORY reflects we have experienced the bad days as well as the good days together.
After the nearly 90-imnute formal celebration, the multi
tude of guests was served cake and punch in the foyer of the center.
Fifty cakes, one for each of Hendrick’s years of service, were provided by Snowline Bakery.
Touching on a myriad of topics in his rousing speech which earned him a standing ovation, Harvey told the crowd that the tuel crisis could be the best thing that
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Chances 'Good' For Mrs. Ford
operating room at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, in nearby Maryland, at 8:05 a.m. EDT. Surgeons first removed a nodule from the breast to determine whether it was malignant. It was, and they proceeded with removal of the breast. The operation ended at HI: 15 a.m.
Ford, who went to the hospital by helicopter in a driving rain, saw Mrs. Ford as she was wheeled from the operating room.
An hour later, he was addressing delegates at the windup session of his summit (•(inference on the economy, telling them: “Betty would expect me to be here.”
“I just returned from the hospital where I saw Betty as she came from the operating room.’’ Ford said. “Dr. (William) Lukash has assured me that she came through the operation all right.”
At that, the delegates applauded.
ROBY — A $550,000 bond issue to build a new high school tor Roby Independent School District passed Saturday bv more than two to one.
The unofficial tally was 243 for and 114 against in voting in the fisher County Courthouse here.
\ SCHOOL RO VRD meeting
Is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday to canvass the results, and school officials plan to mail architect’s building plans to prospective bidders in late November.
supt. Gaffes Welch said Saturday night a new Roby High School tops the districts agenda, but extensive remodeling in the district’s elemental’)-junior high school building is also planned.
The voters okayed a 40-(**r-cent hike in property taxes for 1975.
A breakdown on the voting by property-owners and nonproperty owners was not available Saturday night.
Welch said the new school will be located east of the elementary-junior high building and that the old high school, which was built in 1925, will be torn down.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
encompasses 175 square miles in central Fisher County.
With the bond issue, the tax rate will increase from $1.70 lier $100 valuation on 35 per cent of assessed value to $170 per $100 valuation on 49 per cent of assessed value.
Welch said main priorities for the elementary-junior high building are air conditioning, heating, restroom renovations, painting and carpeting.
Welch said the project ar-chiteets are Charles Welch of
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Reporter-News. shared the podium with Harvey.
IN A TRIBUTE to Hendrick. WI shea in per reflected on the human drama enacted there during the hospital's first half-century and saluted the institution for its service to West Texas.
“There is no meastttrng the good that this institution has done.’’ Wishcamper said. “It
is beyond reckoning by mortal minds.’’
He expressed indebtedness to Hrs. Millard Jenkens and J. I). Sandefer. hospital founders; Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Hendrick. for whom the hospital is named: Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Caldwell, who gave the hospital site: George S. Anderson, first board chairman and his wife; and many others who helped Hendrick grow.
Harvey Says Work Ethic Will Beat Inflation
Bv ANN FLORES Reporter-News staff Writer
Returning to the “good, old Puritan work ethic” is the way for America to beat inflation today, nationally-known news commentator Paul Haney told Abilene newsmen Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago-based analyst, in town to speak at Hendrick Memorial Hospital's 50th birthday celebration, touched on the economy and politics at a short news conference on arriving at Abilene Aero, Inc.
IN RESPONSE to President Ford s appeal Saturday for American families to njake lists of IO ways they can cut spending and waste in their own homes, Harvey said h<* began work on a list of his own while en route to Abilene.
“The distilled essence of it is just to
revert to the good, old Puritan work ethic and stop expecting something for nothing,’’ he said.
“And cut out all the extravagance and teach our government what we were all taught as children: not to spend beyond your incomes.”
There is no panacea for inflation, he said “If there were they would have figured it out a long time ago.”
He added that the root of inflation, not only in the U. S. but throughout the world, is “people expecting more from doing less.”
HARVEY SCOFFED at the notion that the nation is heading for another Depression.
“In the last three administrations we’ve had recessions deeper than this one:” he remarked. “Everybody forgets that.
“Oh. I think anything is serious that
causes haid.-hip, but do I think this is an acute depression—certainly not.”
Asked if he was pleased with Ford s choice of Nelson Rockefeller for vice president, the veteran commentator mused, “We’ve tried common men. Let’s try an uncommon man for a change.
“Historically, we elect presidents from among the members of Congress...We are electing men with the least possible administrative experience,” he said.
“I DON’T RECALL any governor— and these are men who would have administrative experience and proven administrative abibty—who has the national following to get himself elected since EDR with the possible exceptions of Ronald Reagan and Nelson Rockefeller.
“I’m kinda glad there's an adminis
trator in that position (vice president designate) though Mr. Rockefeller's politics historically have been considerably to the left of my own,” he said.
Harvey would not speculate on who the Democrats will nominate to run against Ford in 1976. “It’s much too far ahead to anticipate that type of thing,” he said.
Asked about the future of Amtrak, Haney chuckled, “I wish Amtrak would quit running backwards, don't
“Everytime you give the government the prerogative to nm a business, it always seems to have to come back to us taxpayers for artificial respiration periodically,” he remarked.
He added that he hopes Amtrak can revive good passenger train senice became “air arteries are getting clogged now and we should have some options.”
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HARVEY SAYS HORSEFEATHERS' . . to notion America is over the bil
Ford Creates New Economic Board
BvGAYL ORD SHAW
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -President Ford consolidated government economic policymaking and formed a blue ribbon labor-management committee on Saturday, then exhorted Americans to join in a citizens crusade to whip inflation.
Ford came from the bedside of his wife, who had just undergone surgery for breast cancer, to address the conclusion of his two-day economic summit conference.
“Betty would want me to be here.” he said to the applause cf the 1.800 delegates and spectators after reporting that doctor s said “she came through the operation all right.”
Ford was clearly shaken by what he called “a difficult 36 huuis.” His voice quavered
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with emotion as ne mentioned his wife’s surgery. Sen. Hubert Humphrey. D-Minn,, said alter the speech that “tears were streaming from his (yes.”
But the President’s voice was strong and his tone firm as he delivered his prepared-in-advance address concluding a two-day “town hall” forum which aired scores of conflicting suggestions from economists, business and labor leaders. congressional and government officials.
Ford said he would outline for Congress and the public within IO days his recommendations for ‘’a coherent and consistent” inflation-flghtine program and indicated ii would call lur major tax reform.
lie also disclosed “three steps I have just taken.” The President said he has:
—Consolidated by executive order the government’s domestic and foreign economy efforts under an Economic Policy Board, to be headed by Treasury Secretary William Simon.
—Established by executive order a White House Labor* Management Committee to advise him “man-to-man and lace-to-face” on major economic policy. Its eight labor members include AFL-CIO President George Meany, while the eight management members include some of the biggest names in business and
—Appointed Princeton economist Albert Rees to head the Council on Wage and Price
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Nixon Reported Looking Better
I VONG BEACH. CAUF (AP) —The archbishop of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic diocese visited hospital patient Richard M. Nixon on Saturday and said the former IYesi-dent “looked better than I ve seen hun in two years.”
“He showed no sign of strain or illness,” said Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Manning. “He said he was in no pain. I was amazed. He was in excellent spirits, very happy.” Manning said he and Msgr. Clement Connolly, secretary of the diocese, spent IO minutes with Nixon in the former chief executive’s sixth floor hospital room and delivered a prayer for the sick.
He anticipates being out of ’he hospital very soon,” Manning told a reporter outside the hospital. “The rest seems lo be doing hun fine.”
Nixon was raised as a Quaker but Manning said they’ve known each other since 1940 — “way back then, when he was a young congressman and I was a young oishop.”
The archbishop said Nixon was “very distressed” over the condition of First Lady Betty Ford, who underwent surgery Saturday for removal of a cancerous breast.
Nixon phoned Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland Friday night to express hrs concern and s y rn p a t h y but couldn’t get through to Mrs. Ford. He left the message with a secretary.
Manning said his visit with the former tchief executive was arranged “through channels at my request.” Meanwhile, there was no word from Nixon's doctors on nb medical condition.
By ANN FLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer
Paul Harvey put up his verbal dukes here Saturday and pommeled the American press for prophesying doom for America.
In spite of the fuel shortage, unemployment, inflation and other in a t i o n a I problems, “Wha|a thrilling time this is to be ail American,” the veteran news analyst told a crowd
of 2,001) gathered at the Abilene Civic Center Saturday
OCCASION B VS the 50th birthday party of Hendrick Memorial Hospital at which Harvey was primeval speaker.
Scolding the profession which is his ow n, Harvey said, “News isn’t news any more; it s around the clock warning. lf you want to see a pic
ture of America the beautiful don't look at page one.”
While he spoofed the news industry for “accentuating the negative.” he added, “It’s not without purpose that we in the media focus on what's wrong...We concentrate on the mistakes because we're hopeful we can help our contemporaries recover their fumbles.” Another newsman, Ed Wish-camper, editor of the Abilene
Hello Abilene . . . ifs Paul Harvey
Uncle Sam is alive and well, veteran news commentator Paul Harvey told those attending Saturday night’s observance of Hendrick Memorial Hospital’s 50th birthday. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing)
By FRANCES LEWINE Associated I*ress Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Betty Ford underwent a 2l/2-hour operation Saturday for removal of a cancerous right breast. President Ford said the First Lady “came through the operation all right” and doctors said they were optimistic >he will fully recover.
The surgery was described as a radical mastectomy, involving removal of the breast, underlying chest muscles and part of the lymph system that extends under the armpit.
Navy. Capt. William Pouty, who headed tile three-man surgical team, said the outlook for Mrs. Ford is favorable. “All of the gross tumor was confined to the breast,” he said.
When asked whether Mrs. Ford, who is 56, will be able to live out her normal life, Pouty replied: “I would hope that .she would.”
Mrs. Ford went into the
Touring the hospital
While touring Hendrick Memorial Hospital Saturday, Paul Harvey, nationally-known news commentator, paused to sign his name to the cast of Rebecca Shofner’s right arm. Rebecca, ll, Is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Shofner of 2601 Ross. (Staff Photo by John Best)