Ada Evening News, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1962, Ada, Oklahoma
Ada Legislators Doubt If Special Called By ERNEST THOMPSON There will be no special session of the leglislature to deal with reapportionment. Pontotoc County will "be combined with Murray Coun- ty to form a senatorial district. The county will retain its two representatives, at least through 1965.' And, new elections will be held before the general election in the fall. Those four conclusions are the consensus of opinion among Pontotoc County's legislators and nominees. The NEWS contacted various legislators and nominees Saturday. They all agreed a special session of the legis- lature is doubtful. Sen. Buck Cartwright of Wewoka put it this way: "The Governor appears to be reluctant to call a special ses- sion and he isn't convinced it would do any good if he did. I, personally, wouldn't be opposed to it if it would do any good, but I can't-believe any member of the legis- lature would cut himself out of a job (particularly in the Senate) and take on 'virgin territory' as his new district. I'm afraid a special session would produce nothing but the same old re-hashing." Rep. Lonnie Abbott of Ada commented: "I don't ex- pect a special session. I personally feel the legislature should be given an opportunity to. re-district itself. 1 don't think it's fan: -to make those primary election win- ners run again. But, I think that's what is going to hap- pen." Clive Rigsby, Democratic nominee for the other rep- resentative's post, is more emphatic in his opinion: "As of today, I say there will be no special session and the court will order new elections before the fall general election." Other nominees and current office-holders more or less agreed with these observations. What .then would a new reapportionment mean to this area? The plan most likely to be adopted is the one drawn up by the late Dr. H. V. Thornton of the University of Oklahoma Bureau of Government Research, according to some legislators. The Thornton Plan would have a profound effect on this county. For a graphic look at Oklahoma's legislative appor- tionment, under constitutional formula, see page six of this section. The divisions shown are considered to be the ones which will be made by the federal court judges If they assume the task of apportioning the state. In the Senate, it would do away with the old combina- .tion -of JPoctotoc and: It would com- bine Pontotoc with Murray and Seminole with Hughes. It would also place Atoka, Marshall, .Murray, Love, John- ston and Coal counties in one district In the House of Representatives, the count here would be unchanged. Pontotoc County. :would retain its two representatives, at least through 1965, then would go ac- cording to population trends. If all this were to come about, it would mean several veteran politicians (and even battling each other for the new district posts. For example, it could con- ceivably mean that senators Bob Trent (Atoka and Joe Bailey Cobb (Johnston and Murray) and .Eldridge Colston (Marshall and Love) would be fighting for one job. All the legislators and nominees seemed to agree that court action in reapportioning the legislature is not some- thing to be desired, but is probably inevitable: 1 Cartwright summed up his. attitude: "The court is right in its opinion. I hate to see the federal government intervene in affairs of the state, but we have ourselves to blame. I am just as guilty as any of them. We haven't reapportioned anywhere -nearly the way the constitution provides. I have to admit that all of us violated our con- stitutional oaths of office when we failed to do so. I think the thing we should have done was to have follow- ed the constitution or changed it. Of course, public opin- ion forced some legislators not to act and I think a large part of the blame for federal action must rest upon the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. They had their chance to act and they wouldn't accept the responsibility of up- holding the constitution. I don't like to see federal inter- vention, but we asked for it." THE ADA EVENING NEWS 59TH YEAR NO. 88 ADA, OKLAHOMA, SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1963 30 Pages 5 CENTS WEEKDAY, 10 CENTS SUNDAY Oil Dealer Hurls Suit At Majors Independent Claims Big Operators Try To Bankrupt Small OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An independent oil re- tailer claimed Saturday a conspiracy of 24 major oil companies is trying to-drive him out of business. He asked for judge- ment. David Clark, owner of the Clark Oil Company which has 18 re- tail stations in Oklahoma, filed suit in U. S. District Court here late Friday seeking damages. Charges Monopoly "They're trying to monopolize and control the oil claimed Clark, 34. "This is a bat- tle to survive, not just for my- self, but for other independents His suit said "this conspiracy has been accomplished by agree- ments 'and understandings among the defendants to fix prices of gas- oline in Oklahoma and to discrim- inate in prices of gasoline in areas in which they compete with plaintiffs and other small indepen- dents." Prices Dictated The suit charged the major oil company defendants "can and do dictate and control the wholesale and retail prices of their gasoline" specifying the margin of profit for retailers. This, said the suit, violated anti- trust laws. It also claimed that the oil com- pany defendants bear all or most of the losses incurred through the retail sale of their'gasoline during gasoline wars. Several Warned. Among the major oil companies named -.in the suit were Phillips, Kerr-McGee, Texas, Gulf, Sinclair Continental, Socony Mobil, Skelly, Champlin and Sunray DX. During1 gas said-Clark's suit, "it is the practice-of defend- ants to make wholesale price adjustments, known as >'gas war protection', to their customers.. Clark of. Oklahoma City said he had been particularly hard hit by gasoline price wars in Oklahoma the past several years. He has nine gasoline stations here. These practices, charged Clark's suit, constitute price discrimina- tion. Sells Below Cost Effect of the gas wars on his company, said Clark, was to force him to sell gasoline at prices which didn't allow a reasonable profit and in some cases to sell below cost. "Since the plaintiffs (the Clark firm) do not receive gas war pro- tection from their suppliers, they had.to bear all the losses them selves.and in some instances were forced to close their service sta- tions for the duration of the gas said, the suit. Injunction Ashed The suit, which also called for an injunction against the. com panies against the alleged price discrimination, claimed the com- panies were made in "surrep- tious meetings and telephone con- Court Order Halts Strike At Pan Am; JFK's Ignored r "SOUTH PACIFIC" WEEK IN ADA- Mayor Carl Mayhall operation, has provided pleasure and instruction for an ever- increasing number of Adans, on stage and oft Whereas, is pictured in the foreground as he signed a proclamation inert Saturday, declaring this week to be "South .Pacific Week" in such an the city of Ada. Pictured with Mayhall.are two members of port of its townspeople the Ada Community Theatre east (dressed in their stage sa- Linda Robertson-: (left) and Kathy. Bell Ed Whereas, A.C.T. has chosen for its third musical a play based on James Miehener's "Tales .no u of South Pacific" Mayhall, .as mayor of Ada, BeU, president of A.C.T. is in the center. MayKall's proela- Okla., do hereby Polish and matfon read: "Whereas, Ada Community Theatre, at non- through June 30 as SOUTIH PACIFIC WE6K..-NiWS Sjaff organization In; Its fourth When They Said Community Everyone Helps With A.C.T. When -they put the word "com- munity" in Ada Community Theatre, it wasn't just to'make it come out "A.C.T." If ever anything could be call- ed a "community" project, it's Ada's little theatre group. Theatre- fans seldom see the folks .who really make it tick. There are Hundreds of ,them, working, around the to pro- duce a show such as the upcom- ing "South Pacific." In fact, if A.C.T. had to pay by "the hour for all the energy, time and effort in each, production, the theatre couldn't exist.. The are those whom the audience sees and ap- plauds for their work in front of the footlights. They didn't arrive at their polished performances overnight. At the present time, A.C.T. is three weeks away from curtain time on "South Pacific." It's scheduled for July 13, 14-and 15 at the Ada" Amphitheatre. But, already, weeks of planning and hard labor have gone into the show. -It all began back in the fall of 1961 when .the A.C.T. board of directors decided to do "South Pacific" this summer. Director Frosty! Adans Keep Cool During Summer's Heat By W. L. KNICKMEYER Hot enough for you? The familiar summertime con- versational gambit is losing "some of its sting, at least in Oklahoma. For according to a re- cent news release, has a higher percentage "of air conditioned wmes than any- other state. And' Ada, according to; a quick survey by a NEWS reporter, .is right-up there with the rest .of'the state maybe even a 'little ahead. The national figures show that 29.5 per cent of all Oklahoma homes have either, central air con-1 fact that fewer rural homes are ditioning or one or more room units. (Kansas is 'second with 29.4 and Texas third with 29.3 -per cent.) On the- local level, official De- partment of Commerce statistics released in April report, that of the occupied housing units in Pontotoc County are air condi- tioned. This works out to 27.5'per cent two per ''cent'less than the state proportion. In' Ada itself, 'however, the'f ig: ure would be; considerably, higher. Taking- the OAK HILLS welcome shade tree, two spectators and a photographer look out across the fifth green during the Oak. Hills .Invitational .Golf Tournament here Saturday afternoon. A sizeable gallery followed almost all the foursomes during match play Saturday. The finals are today at the Ada Staff Chinese Reds Say Invasion Planned TOKYO (AP) Red China charged Saturday the 'Chinese Na-, tionalists are preparing to invade the mainland "with the. support and encouragement of U.S. imper- ialism." Without mentioning Washington reports of a big Red Chinese mil- itary buildup on the coast oppo- site the Nationalist island of-For- mosa and possibly aimed at Que- moy and Matsu, radio Peiping de- clared: "Military men and civilians in the provinces along the southeast coast and in their rear, areas, es- pecially must heighten their yigi-: lance and be fully prepared in ev-. ery way to smash an invasion of the Chiang Kai-Shek gang.at any- time." 1 The broadcast said a correspon- dent of the official New China.1 News Agency learned from authoritiatiye .sources....-that, the Chiang Kai-Shek in Taiwan (Formosa) ing, with.the.-support and encour- agement of U.S. imperialism, for a large-scale'military adventure, an invasion -of -.the coastal areas of The correspondent quoted Mao leader UII.VIIIC j.-._- _ _ 'the garbage service 'Business .housed basic miriimunr Minimumcharge ot will re- revealed the; service, has operating at :a month; The action to change; the fees was adopted by.the same'time Vttf AC of service nec- essary, with minimum be it was pointed water New sanitation service charged for garbage collection of main the s ofU.for the first thereof, is made as a'minimum charge. For over gallons, a .charge of 75 cents per for. each; additional gallons it made: Heretofore there was a reduced rate for-.