Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Quick Read
USC Plans To Limit Overnight Visitation
COLUMBIA (AP) — University of South Carolina students acknowledge defeat in their fight to retain overnight, opposite-sex visitation rights, but say they’ll continue seeking to change the policy.
“What age is old enough to make your own decision?” asked Elliott Hiddleson, a junior from Beaufort, after the school’s Board of Trustees approved the change.
"We’ve lost. We understand that,” said Amy Beckham, a sophomore from St. Matthews. But she said students may lobby incoming freshmen to tell them of the upcoming changes in student lifestyle.
The trustees decided that freshmen entering the University of South Carolina in the fall of 1990 will not be allowed to spend the night in school housing with members of the opposite sex.
The board’s action will extend the visitation ban to all freshmen and sophomores in 1991 and to the entire student body by the 1992-93 school year, unless an ongoing study decides otherwise.
Agreement Reached To Sell Enquirer
NEW YORK (AP) - Can a romance magazine publisher find happiness cranking out a weekly supermarket tabloid full of celebrities and
Inquiring minds want to know, and National Enquirer readers may soon find out.
Macfadden Holdings Inc., whose titles include True Story, True Confessions and Modern Romance, said Thursday it has agreed to pay $412.5 million for the company that publishes the National Enquirer, the saucy scandal sheet put on the auction block nearly four months ago.
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a chance of showers and thundershowers. The low will be in the low 50s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 50 percent chance of thundershowers. The high will be in the low 70s.
Please see details on Page 16A.
Melvin R. Atkinson, Augusta Matthew D. Bordeaux, North Augusta Hurtzhell H. Ford, Aiken Josephine Herrin, Johnston Marvin Prather, Belvedere Please see details on Page 15A.
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Friday, April 14, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 90
U.S. Trade Deficit Grows In February
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The U.S. merchandise trade deficit swelled by 20.9 percent to $10.5 billion in February as Americans increased their appetite for foreign goods, the government said today.
The Commerce Department said the sharp deterioration in the trade picture reflected a 5.3 percent increase in imports, which swamped a slight 0.6 percent rise in export sales. The report was in line with economists’ expectations.
The February deficit, combined with a revised shortfall of $8.68 billion for January, would translate into an annual imbalance of $115 billion compared with a deficit for all of 1988 of $119.76 billion.
I .ast year’s figure represented a 21.3 percent improvement over 1987’s record high of $152.1 billion, but analysts gener
ally expect the positive trend to fizzle this
Rising prices for imported oil and a strengthening of the value of the dollar, which make U.S. goods more expensive overseas, are contributing to the stall.
The sharp narrowing of the trade deficit last year was credited with providing almost half of U.S. economic growth. With trade providing less momentum, overall growth, as measured by the gross national product, is expected to slacken as well.
That would be bad news for the Bush administration, which is counting on strong economic growth to keep tax revenues high and hold down the federal budget deficit.
(See U.S., Page 15A)
Shealy Hopes To Force Floor Vote On Lottery
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
NEW LOOK: A workman uses a roller to put a fresh coat of paint on the Ridge Spring water tower.
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
LANGLEY — Sen. Ryan Shealy, R-Lexington, said Thursday night he hopes to force a floor vote in the Senate next week in an effort to pry his lottery bill out of a committee.
Shealy, in Langley for the Aiken County Republican Party, convention, also hinted he may havr .lough votes to get action on the bill regardless of the number of senators present.
If the Senate’s full membership is present, it would require 24 votes to pull the bill from the Senate Finance Committee.
Shealy was in Langley for the Aiken
County Republican Party convention.
Shortly after discussing his lottery plans, he went on the convention floor to tell Republicans he will work for Aiken and Edgefield to get two resident senators when the General Assembly is reapportioned next year.
Shealy said because of the growth of the two counties, the people deserve two senators.
Edgefield currently shares a Senate district with Aiken and is without a resident senator. The district is represented by Democratic Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore of Clearwater.
(See SHEALY, Page 16A)
Agreement Could End Quota System
By KATHY KADANE
States News Service
WASHINGTON — Textile industry and congressional leaders agree the Bush administration has picked up the trade liberalization policy of the Reagan years, and in international trade talks in Geneva, is seeking an agreement that could end the quota system now limiting U.S. textile and apparel imports.
If an agreement is reached, world trade rules in textiles and clothing would change, and more foreign goods may enter the U.S. market, industry spokesmen say.
Commerce Department statistics show that foreign goods now account for over half of all textile and apparel sales in the United States, and industry leaders have blamed increased imports for the loss of thousands of U.S. and South Carolina jobs since the early 1980s.
The agreement the U.S.is seeking would also require exporting countries — many of them lesser developed countries, or LDC’s — to lower tariffs on textile and cloth products imports. In previous talks, most LDC’s resisted pressure to cut tariffs that give their domestic goods a price advantage over imported goods.
U.S. textile industry leaders say they are confident the LDC’s — who are pressing for an end to U.S. and European quotas — will not get what they want unless there is a substantial reduction or end to domestic subsidies and tariffs.
Negotiations advanced last weekend when the administration announced that a framework had been worked out for talks that could bring textiles and clothing under the rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). GATT rules would substitute a multilateral textile agreement for the Multi-Fiber Arrangement, a system of bilateral agreements with a quota system now in use.
Real bargaining in the so-called Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations will begin in early July, when the
(See AGREEMENT, Page 16A)
'Freedom' From Taxes Comes May 4
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Once the Monday deadline for filing 1988 federal income-tax returns passes, the average worker still will have to toil an additional 17 days before having earned what government tax collectors will demand for 1989.
“Tax Freedom Day” arrives this year on May 4. It has not been later since the Tax Foundation began calculating this measure of the burden imposed on workers by federal, state and local governments. It was Feb. 13 in 1930.
(See FREEDOM, Page 16A)
Tax Freedom Day
The estimate of when the average worker would have paid his or
her share of federal, state and local taxes for the year since 1930.
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Kids Look At Taxes From A Different Point Of View
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
With the April 17 tax deadline rapidly approaching, many people don’t have time for idle chatter — they are too busy rushing about completing the paper work the federal government demands.
In this hustle and bustle season, when we contemplate doing everything except taxes, it is hard to slow down and look at the situation from a different point of view.
Have you ever stopped to wonder what an elementary school-aged child thinks about the frustration, confusion and other anxieties the federal tax deadline causes parents every April?
Tammy Lord’s second grade class at South Aiken Baptist Christian School was asked its views about taxes.
Taxes are “a tax bill that you have to pay to keep your house and the money goes to things that help make stuff,” said John Lawrence.
Heather Adams said that taxes are “money that you have to give to the tax
‘Taxes are hard to pay. Taxes have to be paid all the time.’
— Brenna Matlock
people so that you can keep your property.”
In addition to talking to the group in class, each child was asked to write a story entitled “How Our Tax Money Should Be Used.”
Many of the children said that taxes had to be paid to protect such things as houses, cars and other personal items, but only one of the children knew the consequences of not paying taxes.
“If you do not pay your taxes, you will be sued,” Miss Adams said.
Sara Porter accurately identified the consequences of not paying taxes when she wrote, “Tax money should be used in a special way. It should be given to
the judge. If it is not, the judge will lock you up in jail.”
When asked how the government arrives at the amount of taxes that each individual must pay, the children took a different approach than the people in Washington.
People pay different amounts of taxes “because everybody does not use the same amount of electricity as other people,” said Julia James.
Tax refunds were another interesting concept for he children.
"When taxes come in, they give it beck,” said Scott Riley.
“I think our tax money should be used to make schools, churches and houses,” Lawrence wrote.
Misty Brady wrote, “I think our money should be used for sick people so the doctors can buy the medicine for them.”
“Our taxes should be used to build more malls and stores,” Miss James wrote.
(See KIDS, Page 16A)