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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas \ the Rouhieh hews Blytheville Ark 72315 vol. 83 no 51 to cents 26 pages monday july la 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 a citizen rate on Stamps As part of a proposed dual rate plan the special consumer rate would keep the 13-cent stamp for personal 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 to months however the rates would take effect automatically the Board also planned to act today on a recommendation by postmaster general Benjamin Hadar to discount postage for magazines and newspapers that Are sorted by zip code before Sis. Arriving at Post offices. The citizen rate was proposed by president Carter who told Bailer in a letter that Consumers need some Relief from postal rate hikes. He said Carters interest in the citizens postal rate a obviously was a matter of critical Bailer 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 82 billion in revenues for the postal service and virtually erasing its annual operating deficit. Under the citizen rate plan individual letter writer 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 states 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 Cia is items. Bailar also wants to make parcel Post rates competitive with private delivery companies and increase special delivery fees by 62 per cent. Recap pipeline route Anc Horage. Alaska apr 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 pumped 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 labor Laws Washington apr organized labor is counting on the Carter a do in Ultra lion to lend it a hand in winning enactment of legislation aimed at revising and strengthening american labor Laws the Al Cio has Given top priority to passage 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 Wark Laws that ban the Union shop decal Lead Washington a follow up testing is planned in the Wake of the governments 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 a 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 Hazard a however Mcdonald a 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. U s. 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 820 million officials said More than 22,000 houses and other buildings were inundated or ruined. 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 Hornersville. Courier news photo by Keon Carter nixes Oil Swap with Japan Washington a pres ident 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 at West coast refineries once Oil starts flowing at full capacity through the newly opened trans Alaska pipeline Schlesinger s remarks came on no cd a Quot meet the press a he acknowledged it would be difficult to justify the Export to americans who have repeatedly been told of the need to conserve fuel a was a consequence there will be no exchanges All of the Oil coming out of Alaska will have to be shipped to the states a he said Schlesinger said Carter decided to abandon the propos Al last monday. The japanese 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 As 81 to 81 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 Cut 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 reasons 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 states should encourage that development. In Anchorage trans Alaska pipeline officials said sunday they hoped to 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 no to believe Congress is any mood to give the president Broad standby authority to impose a gasoline rationing program he appeared on abcs a issues and answers Quot 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 administrations advocacy of More stringent controls on prices he noted that under the Republican plan Oil companies would have to pay taxes on any Windfall profits. Kent state protest Heads for face off by Sergio Lalli 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 86 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 Arnee May 12. But now that construction workers Are ready to begin excavation for the 120.-000-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 Symbol of what happened to Olds. Hired six years ago to Calm the strife torn Campus. Denies the charge he acknowledges that there is still a great Deal of frustration and bitterness Over the Kent state killings and. He adds. Quot there has been no final or adequate fixing of no Public Agency has been Kent state. Page is f i Roundup july ii storm knocks Power out Blytheville received 3 28 inches of rain during a thunderstorm that began about 5 30 saturday knocking Down Power lines and severing communications far both the Blytheville police and fire departments police chief Robbie Cox said his department was without Normal communications for several hours saturday. Forcing Roundup. Page 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 Pointa direction of the county a Landfill aits located North of the Mississippi county sheriffs office. A sign off Highway 168 to the South provides the same direction information. Hours of operation Are 7 a m. To 4 . Monday through Friday according to Mike Wilson of Wilson a member of the Mississippi county quorum court. Courier Newe photo by Binz Neutron bomb Energy plan top congressional Agenda Heath Booker and John Kirby Harris teat 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 a recreational devices picnic tables Barbecue grills and a basketball court. In background workmen can be seen installing playground equipment. Courier Newe photo by lows by Mike Shanahan associated press writer Washington a Rig Orous examination of president Carter s Energy plan will occupy much of Congress time this 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 r-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 Power of other nuclear weapons has been criticized As an addition to the arms race. Proponents say it provides a needed weapon for the North Atlantic treaty organization whose european forces Are outnumbered by soviet 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 that would produce More plutonium than it 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 nuclear weapons. Environmentalists say the plants Are 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 so. Carters ally in the Senate debate will be sen. Dale bumpers d-ark., who plans an amendment to an Energy research and development administration appropriations Bill to allot 833 million to phase out the Clinch River Plant. Other senators will urge spending the full 8150 million for further construction. Sen. Frank Church a Idaho a supporter of eventual plutonium development is expected to urge a Compromise 875 million authorization with a years 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 presidents 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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