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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Bluefield, West Virginia
West Virginia Windy with rain today highs in the 40s. Turning colder with rain turning to Snow. My fid Brkl i Lyyti to non second class postage paid at Voi. La a All Ino. 339 Bluefield w. Va., and add k offices Bluefield w. Va., monday morning december 5, 1977 Virginia Cool today with periods of rain highs in the 40s. Turning colder tonight with flurries Likely. I cents 1 j daily 30 cents sunday the Money go disclosure rules eyed preaching part 1 a editor s note americans gave nearly $30 billion to Charity last year. The biggest chunk of 4he Money went to religious groups. And these organizations Are under growing pressure to give donors More information about the Way contributions Are spent. Here in the first of a five part series is a look at the move toward financial disclosure by charities. By Louise Cook associated press writer representatives of the nations top evangelical associations Are meeting in Chicago later this week to talk about Money and to try to decide How much they should Tell the Public about the Way contributions Are does the religious charities traditionally have been the strongest opponents of efforts to Force nonprofit organizations to disclose information about their financial operations. Some spokesmen contend that legislation on financial disclosure would be a violation of the principle of separation of Church and state. The arguments and the fears remain. But a growing number of religious leaders say they must set up a voluntary system for financial disclosure to avoid a mandatory one. In a recent meeting in Washington d.c., roman Catholic Bishops approved strict new standards governing fund raising in the Church. The standards intended for use by All Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the United states require full accountability to contributors with regular audited reports setting Forth the amounts collected the costs of the fund raising and the purposes and uses of the Money. The evangelical leaders a about three dozen of them a were invited to Chicago by w. Stanley Mooneyham president of world vision which a spokesman describes As a a non profit interdenominational outreach of christians concerned with the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world vision has been one of the few religious groups which has always been willing to provide financial information to donors who asked. In july officials of world vision and about half a dozen other religious charities met in the office of . Sen. Mark o. Hatfield r-ore., who is a member of the world vision Board. Among the subjects under discussion was a Bill proposed by . Rep. Charles h. Wilson d-calif., which would require most major charities to provide a breakdown of where and How their Money is spent. Speaking in support of his Bill Wilson said it represented a a Golden Opportunity to take a positive step that will insure that the vital work done by legitimate charitable organizations can be continued in the future in an environment that is not tainted by frequent at about the same time As Wilson was speaking Hatfield was talking to the religious leaders. Richard l. Watson director of communications for world vision said Hatfield told them a if Christian agencies done to take the Bull by the horns and come up with some kind of organization of their own that voluntarily , then Congress is going to Doit. A we agreed with sen. Hatfield. We Felt Christian agencies ought to do something Watson said world vision supports the idea of financial disclosure but is opposed to making it mandatory. There had been pressure for financial disclosure from other sources As Well. Published reports said that the Billy Graham evangelistic association was not in compliance with a Minnesota Law requiring registration and annual reports on annuity plans sold in the state. The problem a which Graham blamed on postal and other errors a was cleared up and the association subsequently provided for the first time a full Public breakdown of its spending. The Issue of financial disclosure is not a new one. Religious organizations in particular have come under attack Ever since the scandal within the Pallottino fathers of Baltimore a roman Catholic order which raised $20 million in a two year period but spent less than 5 percent of the funds on charitable purposes. Some states already limit the amount charities can spend on fund raising. Others require charities to include a financial statement along with appeals. Advertisements for the save the children foundation of Westport conn., include a Section which asks potential donors a do you wish verification of save the children the Section says that 78.1 per cent of the organizations Money is used for direct Aid and support of the Charity itself. An annual report and audit statement Are available on request. World vision tells contributors a Over the past three years world vision invested More than $43.9 million on its ministries while total overhead has averaged 17.1 a Complete financial report is sent to anyone who requests it. Like other charities religious organizations Are covered by a portion of the internal Revenue service code which provides tax exempt status to a corporations or any Community Chest fund or foundation organized and operated exclusively for religious charitable scientific testing for Public safety literary or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or under the code none of the net earnings of the group can go to any private shareholder or individual. Tax exempt groups also Are prohibited from a carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence there Are some 250,000 tax exempt organizations in the United states. Most of them Are required to file financial reports with the irs. Because of constitutional guarantees of separation of Church and state however any religious group which qualifies under irs rules As an a integrated auxiliary of a Church does not have to file such a report. Page two column five some miners already out Industry Union Are still at Odds Washington a Industry and Union negotiators bargained for several hours sunday on a new Coal contract but apparently failed to reach agreement on any major Issue. A nationwide strike by the 130,000-member United mine workers Union seemed a foregone conclusion beginning Midnight monday. Some 2.200 miners in Ohio and West Virginia were reportedly already off their jobs sunday in anticipation of the walkout. Union president Arnold Miller who earlier in the Day reported Progress was being made said As he left the negotiating room a if wed reached any agreement today i would Tell Miller s Union mines about half the nations a oat. Its last Strace Ltd 1974. Fasted 42days. Chief Federal mediator Wayne l. Horvitz said a a we be got some hard problems. We re working on them. That a the nature of this he said there had been no talk about a possible contract Extension an option Miller has said he would consider Only if there is substantial Progress on major issues. Joseph p. Brennan chief negotiator for the bituminous Coal operators association said As he left the meeting a we had some interesting asked whether there had been any agreement he said a you done to reach any agreement on substantive issues until you tie it All talks were recessed late sunday until monday morning. On saturday Horvitz claimed the bar gainers began talking about a the troublesome issues a including Union demands for a limited right to strike at individual mines Over local issues and a demand for refinancing the nearly bankrupt health and pension funds. The companies Are seeking greater stability at the mines and an end to Wildcat walkouts that have plagued the Industry recently. Health benefits to an estimated 820,000 miners retired miners and dependents will be Cut off tuesday in the event of a strike. The funds Are financed by Industry payments made on the basis of Coal mined and hours worked. A strike could be expected to last 10 Days at least since rank and file ratification takes a minimum of that Long. Railroad men All for one and one for All i opinion Survey do you think the women s equal rights amendment should be ratified ? Telegraph readers take sides by Mary Davis Dally Tal Atrah sum Waltar mrs. Sue Abel a homemaker from Bluewell does no to think the Era should be ratified As it stands now. A there Are certain parts i agree with because there Are certain Fields that women should have equal rights in. I done to think a woman who has a family to support should be denied the same pay for the same Job Only because she a a added mrs. Abel. A was far As the liberated woman is concerned a woman can be As liberated As she wants to be without the Era a she said. A a in a strongly against mothers being put in combat units during War time. A Mother should be with her a homemaker and minister mrs. Thelma Ball of Richlands va., thinks the Era amendment should be revised before being ratified. A women should be treated equally As far As employment is concerned. If a woman does the same Job As a Man and does it up to standards she should receive equal wages. A the Issue of women in combat a which have been seriously included should be excluded because it is ridiculous. I also think anything that could Benefit homosexuals should also be taken out of the amendment. This May not appear to be a threat now but in the future i think it will definitely become a problem for our children and us As parents a concluded mrs. Ball. Mrs. Dorothy Geary a Bible teacher and missionary from Richlands va., is against the Era. A i think that if the Era amendment is passed it will do More damage than it will Good. A one clause i specifically disagree with is the possibility of mothers being put nto combat during War conflicts. This would not Only damage the Homes of Many americans by taking the Mother away from her children a a but would also harm our society. The Young men who have to go to combat creates enough of a crisis if the women had to go along with them it would result in Complete chaos. A the one Point i do agree with is women being payed equal pay for the same work done by men a continued mrs. Geary. Retiree William b. Gore of Princeton thinks that the ratification of the Era would be the worst thing that could happen in our country. A the equal rights amendment has every Radical group As followers and homosexuals and lesbians Are working hard for ratification of the Gore continued a with television shows like a a soap Maude and All in the family All we need is for the radicals to try to show the movie a the passover plot in Honor of mrs. Of hair Only then will they be mrs. Ola Goodman a homemaker from Davy thinks if women Are granted full Equality to men it would change our entire system. A i think women should have always received equal pay for doing the same Job As men. But i done to particularly agree with the women a movement in existence now. A if women Are granted equal rights to men on turn to Page 9 by Maryanne Stevens Dally to in of graph staff Waltar the men gathered around in the hotel lobby of the Matz where they live while working on the n amp w. Railroad men All their work is intricately bound with the steady working of the mines and with a United mine workers strike expected at 12 01 . Tuesday the Railroad workers May be among the first to feel it. A a they be already Laid off 1,500 men a one worker said of the n amp w system. A the shop Crews a we wont feel it for a Long time a w. P. Stewartjr. Said. A a we re in nevertheless the Railroad Lias Laid off men and the workers seem to expect before All is done that More will lose work because of the mine strike. Despite financial losses which they could incur because of a miners strike the consensus of the men in the hotel lobby was that the majority of Railroad workers Are behind the miners. A a you be got to be a John King said. A a we re Union and they re Union. The miners always support everybody else in labor disputes. I say if they can get what they want More Power to a i done to really know what they want a Stewart said. A but they pay me $100 a Day to go Down there. They re the miners entitled to what they can in fact most of the men expressed admiration for the Union and its Solidarity. A i wish our Union was As together As the ump is a Chuck Shepard a younger Railroad Man said. His comments echoed those of his contemporary Lawrence Lavender As Well As those of the old timers like r. E. Booth. A a in la Tell you this wont be my first ump strike a Booth said. A but its going to be my last. In a getting ready to retire. A this time this strike is going to either make or break the Union and they know it. A i done to think they the Coal operators want to break the Union a Stewart said. King added a i done to think they can. They re never going to break the Union until they shoot All the miners and there Isnit a single one a if they do go Down go Down swinging a Booth said. Its a Quality that the Railroad men understand and Admire and they criticized their own Union a the United transportation Union a for being too soft and unorganized. A the Coal miners stick together a Booth said. A Coal strike with probable subsequent layoffs will be difficult for Railroad workers but As King said a no catastrophe. We get paid $25 a Day if we get Laid off. If we strike wed get paid $25 a Day for 10 out of each 15 Days so that a $500 a a we wont be bringing Home those big paychecks a Stewart said. A but Well get a who i feel sorry for is the younger fellow a Booth said. A some of these Guys just starting out have a lot of obligations House payments that sort of thing. These Young conductors and brakeman a i had a brakeman once who told me if he missed one run he meet his obligations. Its going to be rough on a a it a not going to Hurt us that bad Quot King said. A it la probably Hurt the Railroad but not necessarily the the Railroad workers seem to expect a Long strike. A i think it la last at least three months a Shepard who is in the Craft division said. A i look to be Laid off probably around february or a a they re going to stay out this time until they get what they want a Booth said. A and eventually i think the Coal operators companies will Cave in and give them what they a i think the Coal operators Are just trying to drive up the Price of Coal a King said to the nods of Booth and Stewart. A a they re not in any big hurry to Settle this inside today s sir graph palestinian leaders had some Strong words for egyptian president Sadat sunday. The Mideast Roundup is on Page 8. What if Santa s Reindeer went on strike and if they did How would it be resolved staffer Jim Gilreath takes a Potshot or two at strikes in a humorous essay on Page 14. With the exception of Bluefield College area College basketball teams fared Well Over the weekend. A wrap up Story reviews saturday nights contest. a to buy state Coal Charleston . A for the first time in its 38 year history the Tennessee Valley authority has signed a contract to buy West Virginia Coal to fire its electric generating plants. A legislative committee which has been working toward that goal for the last two years was told sunday by three to a officials that the pact signed last week Calls for the West Virginia firm to Supply the Tva with a one time shipment of 30,000 tons. Tva Board member David Freeman was optimistic in predicting there would be future such purchases. He noted the Tva up until now has purchased mostly medium and High Fulfur Coal but said the authority now needs Low Fulfur Coal like that produced in West Virginia to meet air Quality standards. He also emphasized there Are no plans to Purchase Coal from the West. A the Tva should be purchasing Eastern Coal. We do not have any plans for purchasing any Coal supplies from the West. On the contrary we Are looking to the Region we serve a he said. Freeman did not disclose the name of the company involved in the contract or the Price per ton but added a we Hope this opens a new Era of Trade Between the Tva and West he said that ordinarily the Tva negotiates Long term Coal contracts but that in periods of emergency it can negotiate for the spot Purchase of Coal. He said with the Prospect of a Coal strike the Tva has declared such an emergency exists and is currently buying up to 300,-000 tons of Coal a week including the West Virginia Purchase. A a it a not a question of buying heat anymore. We re buying cleanliness which makes it a completely different Ball game a said James Williams who is director of purchases for the Tva. A i think the policy of the Tva Board. Is to try our level Best to buy the Coal from this part of the country. The idea of using Oil to haul Coal Halfway across the country offends me. In a concerned about the Energy crisis. And it also offends me to think that we re going to create such a demand for Coal in the West that they have to build Boom towns out there while we still have less than full employment a said Freeman who also told the lawmakers a he believes the Tva would be willing to Aid in the financial development of Coal facilities in the Mountain state if such agreements could be worked out Between Coal operators and the to a. A there May be a need for a seminar involving the Tva West Virginia Coal operators and Railroad officials to discuss the Tvan a needs and the possibility of negotiating unit Tram shipping rates to make hauling the Coal from West Virginia to Tva plants More economical. Freeman said the Tva buys an estimated 35 to 40 million tons of Coal annually and that he saw no appreciable change in that demand despite proposed nuclear Power plants coming on line in the Tva system Between now and 1985. The Montcalm Fillah school gymnastics class was going though its paces one Day last week when Telegraph photographer Wade Spees round and about. Happened by the gymnasium in the Bottom photo Kim assists with a similar route Only with a different gymnast. At the end of the class most of the students would Tell you its an upside Down world they live in
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