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Bucks County Courier Times (Newspaper) - January 11, 1969, Levittown, Pennsylvania -.1 JANUARY BUCKS COUNTY COURIER HMES PAQE 7 Who Gets First Pay Increase Of The The President WASHINGTON The first ma- jor wage settlement ot the year a presidential pay increase is now in. Let's sec how it worked out in terms of the latest official wage guidelines. These were laid down on Dec by President Johnson's cabinet committee on wage and price set up sev- etal months ago when looked like in- By Frank Eieazcr flation might go through the roof. Since then inflation increased and the committee said it is time to clamp on some new kind of ceding. short term sacrifices are to project the great longterm interest of labor and a'l Ameri- cans in non-inflationary the committee announced. r And Here's How The Taxpayers Should Try To Fight Inflation By Dean C. Miller NEW YORK lUPD Everyone talks about inflation but what can ihe do about protecting from it this Quite a loi if you have enough self discipline. Specific advice on-how to protect your shrinking dollar contained in Ihe latest issue of Family money manage- ment newsletter of Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Chicago. It advises consumers to consider the fol- lowing seven-point Decline to buy tnose things you know in your heart you don't really need. If you're honest with yourself you'll agree that the lovely antique or new boat can wait. Avoid impulse purchasing and weigh all out-of the-ordiriary buying de- cisions carefully. This is especially im- portant to the housewife when she's wheeling that grocery cart through the aisles of a supermarket or browsing through hat and jewelry departments. The man of the family could remember this when he's walking through the gadg- ets department of his favorite garage or the neighborhood hardware store. Shop for the .best prices available on comparable quality items. The key to this is patience. A little checking of mod- el numbers and price tags can save dol- lars. Take advantage of genuine sales and particularly on major items. Post-holiday or seasonal clear- ances usually are the best times to buy large appliances or furniture. Keep close rein on credit purchases and reduce your monthly credit or loan balances to a minimum. You waste mon- ey by paying too much in interest and Finance charges. Just a few days ago most major banks raised their prime rates to a record 7 per cent. At the that applies mainly to large business loans. But that rate is at such a high plateau it is expected to trickle down in the form of higher rates for personal loans on homes and oth- er individual credit situations. Watch for money in your especially in the areas of transportation and household upkeep. Perhaps the children can do without that extra box of snacks. Or you can resist the temptation to ride a cab home from work instead of taking a bus or-walking. Consider shifting more of your mon- ey from consumer goods you use up to more lasting investments such a's savings accounts and ordinary life insurance policies. If you already have a strong financial base of savings and real quality stocks and mutual funds are inflationary hedges. the way to beat inflation is not to encourage it with foolish and unwise buying. If each individual helped dry up the inflationary would start dipping. Right now it's on the eroding every dollar in your pocket. For their wage earners weie asked to forego pay raises during the year in excess of little below 5 per the committee should absorb some of its cost instead of just passing them to the cusomters in higher prices. the committee was the key to success in this new anti-inflation attempt. President Johnson didn't specifically endorse the report of his Cabinet com- mittee. And President-Elect Richard M. of wasn't asked to. Bui it did turn out that the president's pay was open for negotiation just at this time. Not President Johnson's Presidem- Elect Nixon's. Nixon thought the job was worth trying for at a plus expenses and fringe benefits. Nixon had on his side as negotiators the members of who have had some success in the past in bargaining wage boosts for themselves. And they ran through the with a half hour's debate and no roll a nice pay increase to take effect with Nixon's in- auguration on Jan. 20. Senators are pant- ing to add their endorsement. So what Nixon will get is not the dinky little job he ran but a position. That works out to a pay raise of 100 per which is considerably better than the 5 per cent limit or even the 5.1 per cent average increase won by all union bargainers in 1963. It may even be enough to make Eugene McCarthy. wish he had really been trying. One reason our lawmakers advanced POSITION Proposed 1963 1944 1860 1789 President Vice- President Speaker Congress Cabinet Associate Justice Chief Justice present ami proposed Washington salaries. Congressmen until 1860 got per no salary. for their generosity was that me- presi- dent's salary had not been raised since 1949. Their it was had been doubled m that same period. That last point may have had some- thing to do with their enthusiasm for doing the right thing by our new employ- Richard M. because the con- gressmen have another raise coming from to a possible a year. If all goes as they won't even have to vote on it. President Johnson joked thai if he had knoAn aboul the president's pay boost he mighi e for another four set the ppsstbly somewhat lower than the sum recommended by a commis- sion Congress set up for this purpose fn 1967. Thai commission also put into works to take effect subject only to downward revision by Johnson and a possible veto by House or Senate within 30 days those other increases for top officials of Members of the president's Cabinet of the major from to federal district judges trom 000 10 Supreme Court justices from to chief from to we employers can easily afford to do this for our public servants. The raises recommended will cost year- ly only million or so. And the 10 per cent surtax we are currently on top of our regular tax will produce billion in the current 12 months. Despite The Fireworks Navy Doesn't Look For Any Major Trouble At Gitmo By Matthew Kenny EDITOR'S NOTE The nnder of a group of Cuban refugees who managed to storm their way through Cuban troops in- to the U.S. Navy Base at Gnantana- mo Bay has put a fresh perspective on the position of that base. Berry's World 1969 br Inc. being a teeny hopper has Its disadvantages when it's freezing The United States will never let Fidel Castro take this strategic base by force and. is preparing for a long stay here probably for as long as Cuba remains under Communist control. A visitor reaches this conclusion soon after taking a look at this 45-square-mile military enclave on Cuba's Southeast Oriente coast. A talk with Rear Adm. James B. the base command- confirms it. would have to be somewhat irrational to the 48-year-old Hildreth. of said modestly. knows full well we would defend the If a Cuban attack did come it -more likely have to tie into a bigger world he said.' The running flurry of incidents be- tween Gitmo'Marin es Castro's troops which prevailed here tip to two years ago has faded away. strange tranquility has taken its place. watch them and they watch the two-star admiral explained. The watching is done from observation posts and bunkers and trenches on both sides of the 17-mile chain link fence which separates Gitmo from Cuba. Land mines are everywhere. There are 4.000 Marines mostly bat- tle-seasoned Vietnam veterans and Navy men here. Precise figures on Cu- ban troops across the fence are undis- closed but they include at least one artil- lery battalion. A Marine officer described Castro's bunker system as sophisticated right out of the latest Soviet Cuba has the advantage in-observation since its forces hold the higher mountain gronnd encircling the base. ''Whoever laid out this place in 1903 year a base agreement in perpetui- ty was signed with the fledgling Cuban was thinking about the Hildreth said wryly. Gitmo is the oldest U.S. base on for- eign soil and is the only American base in a Communist country. Its value and importance stem from the fact thai it guarantees the United States control of training grounds for warships. basic mission here is to train the Atlantic Hildreth said. sec- ond basic mission is to defend the base for fleet power is now in operating making the base self-sufficient in fresh water. But the margin of self-sufficiency is narrow and another million installa- tion may be according to plani engineers. Another million is about to be spent for air-conditioned bar- officer s' quarters and famdy housing. which is scarce. To make the big base some civilians live and work here. They in- clude military about 500 self-exiled base employ- nearly 400 other Cuban workers who still through one gate in the fence to their homes in Cuba. Ja- maicans working on a contract handful of Chinese who've been here al- most ast long as the base and various other types of U.S. civilian personnel. Gitmo's combination of marshy salt- water terrain and cactus- and weed-studded hills such names as John Paul Jones Hill and Suicide Ridge is the most formidable be- tween the Florida keys and Southern California. In the close distance loom the brownish grim mountains of Cuba's Sier- ra Maestra birthplace of the rev- olution which Castro turned into a Com- munist coup 10 years ago. This is perhaps the most unusual American base in the world. Guantanamo which comprises ful- ly one-half of the base is one of the best deep-water harbors on earth. Off-shore the Navy has the unlimited deep water of the Caribbean Sea to ma- neuver in and usually perfect weather with uncluttered air space overhead. An average of 12 but at times as many as 19 go through train- ing off Gitmo month after 'month by expert ''ship from the fleet training group based here. The John F. newest is one of the ships here now. In event of a Cuban attack the firepower from ships in training would back up Gitmo's defenses while Marines from a Caribbean ''ready always at sea in the area and others .from the U S. mainland would fly here within hours. _ Dear iL- A Prayer For Those Who Will Be Parents By Abigail Van Buren A continuing series of tug-money out- lays by the Navy can be viewed as idence of our determination to stay the admiral said. They began four years ago when Cas- tro cut off Cuban fresh water to the base. A S10 million salt water conversion plaiit which also supplies electric Beautiful Capital Of The World By Arnold Dibble MANILA The sunset on Mani- la Bay is one of the most beautiful sights in the worM. But the same sun also sets over city squalor and ugliness so revolt- ing as to be almost unbelievable. Manila lives for its the kind you question on airline calendars as too beautiful to be true. But each day between those sunsets an average of at least three persons in the city die violently. This is a city of incredible beauty and of incredible violence and meanness. It is a city of modem boulevards lined with gently bobbing but with streets full of pot holes. It is a city where you can get a man murdered for as little as and where a modern Sa- murai class has arisen nearly 20.000 armed guajds who protect everything from banks''to barbershops. In the nation as a there are 64.000 privately hired guards compared with only Manila is a city where even at the entrance to congress and at the doors of international agencies there is an ever present sign that firearms Tne murder rate in the is about 5.4 per persons annually by 'official figures. Crime ex- perts generally concede it to he almost with many murders not report- ed. There are registered firearms in the a country with an esti- mated 34 million but say unregistered -Runs outnumber regis- tered weapons by at least four to iyie. The rich of-the Philippines are very rich. The- pqor are very poor. This led one visiting correspondent earlier this year to report he found in the nation potential for Undoubt- edly the- B but few think it is near at hand and most doubt will ever hajppen. Roman- Catholic church in this only Christian land of combined with what is perhaps the strongest fami- ly system in would seem to bar the way. In the warm climate there is no. grub- bing for protective shelter and there is food for nearly everybody al- though it is badly distributed and un- doubtedly if not do not have enough to eat or a reasonable diet. They abound. There are wanted criminals in the Philippines. Rats destroy million to million worth of crops every year. A vice governor of Tarlac -Province was gunned down in front of 100 but the fear of revenge was so great none of onlookers would identify even a photo of the suspects.- It doesn't pay to tangle with the rich or influential here. The wild sons of pow- erful fathers 'punished and victims usually don't bother to prosecute. The son of one politically prominent family has been acquitted of murder charges and been involved in some cele- brated night club fights. Last year he was elected mayor of his home town. is has been a crime that is settled out of court in the Yet there are signs of a better future. One such is Luneta 125 acres in the heart of one of the largest if not the urban parks in Asia. A few years ago it was risky Jo walk through Luneta Park area by daylight and utterly unthinkable at night at least alone. The area was filled with squatters and vicious criminals. this area hard by dowager old Manila Hotel is as beautiful and manicured as expensive as well as clean and safe. The whole development was pushed to its present slate of beauty by Imelda the lovely wife of President Ferdinand Marcos and a civic-minded columnist for the Manila Teodoro Valencia. What makes it all the more remarkable is that the mainte- nance and guarding of the park are han- dled by not one of whom has been relieved of duty because of a lapse into crime. Doroy Valencia is convinced that the Filipino will rise to greatness if his pride can be reached. where even lit- tering is all but would seem to offer such promise. And there are many Lunetas in the Philippines. There is the town of Infanta where church and laymen joined forces to put in an irrigation wine out corrup- tion and crime and put the entire popu- lation on its feet. ago. some of the nation's largest in cooperation with Aleneo and De LaSalle universities and the Harvard School of Business under- wrote a new graduate school called the Asian Institute of Management Its portent on the future would be hard to overestimate. The gifts of the donors were as great totalling millions in cash and property as the vision of the founders. Members of the Catholic laymen the go about quietly doing wondrous things in this essentially- cruel land. One can remember too. that it was the Philippines with the help of the U.S. government and the Ford Foun- among others that pioneered the development of ''miracle which represents a food revolution in hungry Asia. The underlying problem of the PhiKp pines is the disparity between belly-gnawing poverty and great wealth. Less than 2.5 per cent of the popula- tion earns more than '0.000 pesos a year according to popularly accepted figures. Guadencio S. Manalac. a noted indus- is one who disputes these fig- ures. He says it is nearer three per and adds that 10 per cent of the people own only 39 per cent of the coun- try's wealth as opposed to the popular estimate that 10 per cent own 90 per cent of the wealth. On the other hand Alejandro a noted said recently FO per cent of the famires in the Philn- pines make less than pesos a year Carmen Guerrero Nakpil. the Philip- pines' foremost woman once poor Filipinos we don'l even have reliable statistics to tell us miserable we really I I I i I DEAR You once print- ed Parent's which had some wonderful advice in it for parents. I kept it for about five years and now I can't lo- cate and I am just sick. If you know the piece I'm refer- ring too. I beg you to print it again. LUCY ANN DEAR Thanks to a competent secretary I was able to dig it out. And here it Parent's Prayer O heavely make me a better parent. Teach to understand my to lis- ten patiently to what they have to say. and to answer all their questions kindly. Keep me from interrupting them or contradict- ing them. Make me as cour- teous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mis- or resort to shame or rid- icule when they displease me. May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal. And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness. Reduce. I meanness in me. And when I am out of help 0 to hold my tongue. May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgment of adults. Let me not rob them of opportunity to wait on them- selves and to make decisions Bless me with the bignass to grant them all their reasonable and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm. Make me fair and just and kind. And fit me. 0 to be loved and respected and imitat- ed by my children. Amen. are with their My mother watches us girls like but she lets my brothers do just about anything they want. My friends tell me it's the same at their house. I think this is very unfair. CINDY DEAR It all aver- ages oat. The fathers are usual- ly stricter with the boys. DEAR There is a young couple in our church who have been married almost a year. Some of the folks are get- ting disgusted by the way they act in church. She nibbles on his ear. and he kisses her neck. They aren't teen-agers. He is 33 and she is 24. I am also newly but my husband and I show our affection in private. Maybe if you say a word in you column it will help. DISGUSTED DEAR Love is beautiful. But in c n u r c h contact sports. CONFIDENTIAL TO Monev isn't everything Some it isn't even enough. DEAR Why is it that mothers are so much stricter with their daughters than they DEAR Re. the han- dling of personal I had an experience along those lines which might intercut your One evening at our a woman came up to me and said. your hair looks pret- ty.'1 Then she grinned and add- and the people at our table have a bet on about whether you're wearing a wig or not. Are I grinned right back at her and a coinci- The people at our table also have a bet on aboul wheth- er you're wearing falsies or but nobody had the nerve to ask Needless to that took care of her. TOUCHE ;