Blytheville Courier News in Blytheville, Arkansas
11 Jul 1977

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11 Jul 1977

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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas1 j a i is Blytheville Ark. 72315 vol. 83 no. 51 10 cents 26 pages monday july 11,1977 citizen postal rate faces double hurdle Washington a the Carter administration s plan to give letter writing americans a respite from postal rate increases faces the first of two hurdles today. The postal service Board of governors was scheduled to vote on a proposed new quot citizen rate quot on Stamps. As part of a proposed dual rate plan the special consumer rate would keep the i cent stamp for letters while raising the Cost of a first class business stamp three cents. If the Board approves the plan the new rates will then go to the postal hate commission. If the commission takes no action in 10 months however the rates would take effect automatically. The Board also planned to act today on a recommendation by postmaster general Benjamin Bailar to discount postage for magazines and newspapers that Are sorted by zip code before news arriving at Post offices. The citizen rate was proposed by president Carter who told Bailar in a letter that Consumers need some Relief from postal rate hikes. He said Carter s interest in the citizens postal rate quot obviously was a matter of critical Bailar told the Board last wednesday that the discounted rate would affect about 20 per cent of first class mail. He said he hoped holding personal letters to the 13-cents-an-ounce rate in effect for the last 18 months would Lead to Public acceptance of efforts by the postal service to Cut costs. Various Cost cutting proposals including a Call for ending saturday deliveries Are aimed at adding $2 billion in revenues for the postal service and virtually erasing its annual operating deficit. Under the citizen rate plan individual letter writers would have to meet the following requirements either the return or delivery address must be Handwritten both must include zip codes both places must be in the United slates and the envelope must meet size shape and height limits of mail handling machines. Business groups Are expected to oppose the dual rate plan. Meanwhile the postal service has raised rates on magazines books newspapers and nonprofit mailings. Under a rate Structure approved last wednesday rates for second class books records and nonprofit items went up an average of 21 per cent. The Cost of mailing an average weekly news Magazine increased from 5.57 cents a copy to 6.8 cents. Rates also went up on third and fourth class items. Bailar also wants to make parcel Post rates competitive with private delivery companies and increase special delivery fees by 62 per cent. Steele roads commissioner f. B. Grice said hand railings on this Bridge on Beasley Road which crosses Steele ditch should be replaced either by the end of the week or the first of next week. The missing banisters on the county owned Bridge have proved a safety Hazard to Steele residents he said. All the old banisters will be replaced by 2 by 8 and 2 by 6 Cypress lumber purchased from a Sawmill in Somersville. Courier news photo by keen Carter nixes of i Swap with Japan Washington a president Carter is abandoning a Swap of alaskan Oil with Japan partly because he would have a Tough time explaining such a move to american Consumers Long warned of an Energy crisis. James Schlesinger the president s chief Energy adviser disclosed sunday that Carter decided it would be wrong to Send alaskan Oil to Japan in Exchange for japanese bought Oil shipped from the persian Gulf to states on the Gulf coast and the Eastern Seaboard. The proposal was among several under consideration for handling the daily surplus of 500,000 barrels a Day expected a West coast refineries once Oil starts flowing at full capacity through the newly opened trans Alaska pipeline. Schlesinger s remarks came on Abc s quot meet the he acknowledged it would be difficult to justify the Export to americans who have repeatedly been told of the need to conserve fuel. Quot As a consequence there will be no exchanges All of the Oil coming out of Alaska will have to be shipped to the states quot he said. Schlesinger said Carter decided to abandon the proposal last monday. The Oil Swap had been touted by some administration and Oil Industry officials As a Means of cutting the Cost of transporting alaskan Oil to Eastern and Southern refineries. Those officials said such an arrangement could Cut As much ass to $1.50 a barrel from the Cost of transporting alaskan Oil East on tankers through the Panama canal. But. Said Schlesinger. Quot we Are unable to demonstrate Clear Cul savings to the Consumers. On balance the president has reviewed the matter and he believes the swaps would be undesirable a partly on political grounds partly for other technical the administration is believed to favor building pipelines to carry surplus alaskan Oil to markets in the Midwest. Schlesinger said Carter s decision to keep alaskan Oil in the United slates should encourage that development. In Anchorage trans Alaska pipeline officials said sunday they hoped o resume pumping Oil within Days. The flow was halted Friday night after a fire knocked out a pumping station near Fairbanks. Meanwhile House Republican Leader John Rhodes said Sun Day he does t believe Congress is any mood to give the president Broad standby authority to impose a gasoline rationing program. He appeared on Abc s quot issues and Rhodes renewed gop criticism of the Carter Energy program. He said a Republican plan to allow Gas Oil and Coal to find their own Price Levels in a free Market makes greater sense than the administration s advocacy of More stringent controls on prices. He noted that under the Republican plan Oil companies would have to pay taxes on any Windfall pipeline route Anchorage Alaska a Alyeska pipeline service co. Officials were expected to decide today when they could resume Oil movement around pump station no. 8, destroyed three Days ago in an explosion that killed one worker and injured five others. They have a plan by which Oil can be pump Tel Over Alaska s 2,711-foot Thompson pass the highest remaining Point before the Oil already in the pipe reaches the port of Valdez. But the plan to bypass the pumping station won t allow the pipeline to maintain its production schedule. Today s decision hinges on reports from company engineers and Federal agencies and will come after installation of an unspecified piece of equipment flown in sunday from Houston said an Industry source. La Orlaws Washington a organized labor is counting on the Carter administration to lend it a hand in winning enactment of legislation aimed at revising and strengthening american lat or Laws. The al Cio has Given top priority to Vissage of Laws that would make it easier for unions to organize and get collective bargaining agreements. The proposed legislation would also Speed up Union representation elections and impose stiff penalties against employers who violate labor Laws. The unions in an apparent Effort to bolster their chances have abandoned their Long sought goal of repealing state right to work Laws that ban the Union shop. Dec al Lead Washington a follow up testing is planned in the Wake of the government s confirmation of the discovery of Lead in cartoon decals on the outside of glasses distributed by Mcdonald s corp. Both the environmental Protection Agency and the food and drug administration will be involved in the testing program which will not be limited to Mcdonald s glassware. Although the Fra said on sunday that tests turned up traces of Lead in Mcdonald s glasses it declined to Issue any formal health warning or recall order. An Fra spokesman said quot there was no indication of an acute health however Mcdonald s has suspended promotion and distribution of additional glassware pending completion of the additional tests. Flood toll Seoul South Korea a the flood toll in the Seoul area Rose to 206 dead today but the number of missing was reduced from 147 to 85, the National flood Relief Center reported. . Military authorities said there were no american casualties in the floods and landslides that followed 17 inches of rain Friday and saturday. More rain was forecast. The Relief Center said 476 injured persons were hospitalized. Damage estimates ran As High As $20 million. Officials said More than 22,000 houses and other buildings were inundated or ruined. Kent state protest Heads for face off by Sergio Salij associated press writer Kent Ohio a the two sides in the two month Battle Over a piece of ground on the Kent state University Campus Are about to come eyeball to eyeball. Both say they Are sworn to nonviolence. University officials were expected to seek a court order today calling for students and other protesters to vacate Blanket Hill the Knoll where four students were shot and killed by National guard bullets during a Vietnam Era protest. The students say they will have to be carried off that there will be no surrender of the site they consider sacred. The University says it has $6 million tied up in a planned gymnasium Annex at the foot of the Hill. Outgoing University president Glenn Olds says he allowed the Hill to be occupied in deference to the students rights to peaceful protest. Students have lived in tents on the Hill since May 12. But now that construction workers Are ready to begin excavation for the 120000-Square-foot building he says the demonstrators have become trespassers. Students in the May fourth coalition a named for the Date in 1970 when the four students were killed and nine others were wounded a say they have a moral right to occupy the ground. Roseann Canfora 27, a demonstration Leader rejected As spurious the University s claim that the location of the Annex was determined soley because it would be close to the existing gymnasium. Quot this is a she said. Quot they want us to forget that four students were murdered on May 4, 1970. This Hill is the most significant sym two of what happened to Olds hired six years ago to Calm the strife Lorn Campus denies the charge. He acknowledges thai there is still a great Deal of frustration and Bilter Ness Over the Keni stale killings. And he adds. Quot there has been no final or adequate fixing of no Public Agency has been state Page 12f1 Roundup july 11 storm knocks Power out Blytheville received 3.28 inches of rain during a Ali understory that began about 5 30 . Saturday knocking Down Power lines and severing communications for both the Blytheville police and fire departments. Police chief Robbie Cox said his department was without Normal communications for several hours saturday forcing in age 12 warmer partly Cloudy and warmer through tuesday. A slight Chance for thundershowers today and tuesday afternoon. High today Low 90s, Low tonight Low 70s. High tuesday mid 90s. Precipitation probability 20 per cent today and tuesday. This sign off South Highway 61 Points direction of the county s Landfill site located North of the Mississippi county sheriff s office. A sign off Highway 158 to the South provides the same direction information. Hours of operation Are 7 . To 4 . Monday through Friday according to Mike Wilson of Wilson a member of the Mississippi county quorum court. Courier news photo by Binz Neutron bomb Energy plan top congressional Agenda Heath Booker and John Kirby Harris test a new Park Bench recently installed at the site of Holland s City Park scheduled for completion sept. 31. The Park encompassing three acres bordered by Walnut Street first Street and the Frisco Railroad will be equipped with children s recreational devices picnic tables Barbecue grills and a basketball court. In background workmen can be seen installing playground equipment. Courier news photo by Lowe by Mike Shan asian associated press writer Washington a rigorous examination of president Carter s Energy plan will occupy Ililau slim Cuil i v.-,.-, Livi quot tiv ,. Week but at the top of today s Senate Agenda is a vote on giving Congress the final say in adding the Neutron bomb to the nation s nuclear Arsenal. Sen. Mark Hatfield ore., had earlier failed in an attempt to persuade the Senate to ban outright any deployment of the Neutron bomb. A Compromise he is sponsoring would permit either the House or Senate to veto a decision by Carter to go ahead with the weapon. A proposal requiring both houses to veto the bomb was Given a better Chance of approval however. The Neutron bomb which relies on controlled radiation to kill enemy soldiers rather than the huge explosive x wer of other nuclear weapons has been criticized As an addition to the arms race. Proponents say in provides a for fun Vorih Atlantic treaty organization whose european forces Are outnumbered by Soviel and Eastern european forces. As it returns from its 10-Day Independence Day break Congress has less than a month to work on a heavy legislative Load before leaving town for the traditional August recess. The Senate is due to vote this week on Carter s proposal to halt a controversial reactor project thai would produce More plutonium than in consumes. The president said earlier this year he wants to end . Development of such nuclear breeder reactors such As the one planned for the Clinch River nuclear Power Plant now under construction in Tennessee. Carter said such facilities would provide an easy target for terrorists trying to build nude or a canons environmentalists say the plants arc vulnerable to nuclear accidents. Supporters of the reactor say Japan the soviet Union and Western european nations Are proceeding with their own programs whether or not the United states cancels the Tennessee Plant and a plutonium recycling facility at Barnwell . Carter s ally in the Senate debate will be sen. Dale bumpers Ark., who plans an amendment to an Energy research and development administration appropriations Bill to allot $33 million to phase out the Clinch River Plant. Other senators will urge spending the full $150 million for further construction. Sen. Frank Church a Idaho a supporter of eventual plutonium development is expected to urge a Compromise $75 million authorization with a year s construction delay to give Carter time to dissuade other countries from proceeding with their plans. While the full House has few issues of Broad Public interest scheduled this week its committees will be Busy. There Are House Senate committee meetings scheduled on the president s proposed Energy department with major differences to be ironed out Between the two versions Over How much control the White House will have in setting natural Gas prices. Other conference committees Are to attack differences in leg bomb Page 12

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