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Daily Tipton Tribune (Newspaper) - June 18, 1975, Tipton, Indiana 44 The ONLY fieti*spaper hi ike Warid Dééicmieá to Serving Tif^toii Cau*it>% Indiana 7 VOLUME 79 NO. 143 WtDNESDAY, JUNE*18, IfTS tIPrÓN, INlllAMA. 46072 UCESm. Assembly ethics attacked INDIANAPOUS (UPI) — The failure of the Indiana Legislature to enact meaningful ethics or canpaign reform legislation runs counter to the national trends, according to the president of Cwnmon Cause, a people's lobby group. Eteivid Cohen, a 38-year-dd former lobbyist for the AFL-CIO who now heads the 290,000 member national organization, spoke to newsmen Tuesday afternoon before an evening speech at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He and officers of the Indiana chapter of the organization said the group will continue to work for reforms at both state and national levels to have a “government by the people” rather than one that is really run for special interest groups. Citizens have to take more of an interest in policing their government because lawmakers and executives have shown they will not correct abuses themselves unless prodded —hard and without stop. Cohen said. At the state level, Cohen cited the failure of the Indiana Legislature to provide funding for the Elthics Commission created by a law enacted last year. Richard Hegnier, chairman of the executive branch E^cs Commission, recently submitted his resignation, saying that without the funds, the commission could not function effectively._________ “Citizen pressure on the Indiana legislators, especially the legislative budget committee, is needed right now to correct this appalling negligence,” Cohen said. Co)^ sáid that he feels something kimiliar to the $1 tax checkoff on federal income tax returns should be enacted by the state to help finance major races and part of the money going into the fedmü fund should also be diverted to help; finance congressional races. “Twenty-eight per cent of aU taxpayers ua^ the checkoff this year, twice as many as last year. Thére is no quotion in my mind that by 1978^ you could have three-quarters of the money for congressionai races coming from tax checkoffs,” Cohen said. “Ihen we could limit the amount of campaign contributions a candidate could accept fitmi private sources.” He said the change would “take Congress off the auction Wock” and a ^miliar program in Indiana might correct the Situation - where it seems bills with money behind them are the ones legislators give more .considersttion to. I In his' speech. Cohén hammered away at the shortconv ings of Congress and President Ford in providing leadership in areas of vital concern to people. He said Fwd’s actions on impor^ oil, strip mining and other energy matters were basically negative. However, he said Congress “walked up to the energy crisis and struck out” and finally bowed to bushKss interests to defeat a measure for an effective tax on gas-guzzl^ And neither Congress nor the President has done anything to efiminate conflicts of interest for members of either branch. “Congress is paralyzed. It' exhibits no sense of urgency about anything->oo6t of livings integrity in govemme^ or energy conservation,” Cohen said. “Congress is able to také some actions, however —it goes on vacations. And ' before leaving, the Ifouse allowed itself to receive a whole host of office benefits.” He said that under a system that makes it unnecessary for House members to vote on their new perquisites, the Hoiin Administration Committee —in a ' closed    session—approved more than $10 itéllion worth of new benefits for House members, increasing staff and tr^ allowances and permitting ^ newsletters to be sent aft' taxpayers expense. “And don’t think most representatives disapprove of thw system. Two efforts to prevent (Continaed on Page 12) Public; bargaining is studied INDIANAPOUS (UPI) — The theme of efficient governmental operations should creep into the fall mayoral elections. So said some of the speakers Tuesday at a day-long program to acquaint loóü and a few ^te officials with the substance of a new collective bargaining law for public employes. The meeting, attended by about 150 persons, was sponsored by the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce with cooperation from the Indiana Association of Qties and Towns, the Indiana School Board Association and the Indiana Retail Council. The conference also focu^ on general collective bargaining procedures, including those in the private sector. “Public elected officials must convince the public that what they are trying to do is in the interests of efficiency in go vernment,” said WOiiaiti M. Evans, an Indianapolis attorney whose firm handled bargaining for about 30 school systems last year. He saki that too often schocrf boards have not tried to present their base to the public while teachero and other p^lic employes have gone all out to enlist public suppoh. “Officials must mobilize public opinion. They must show that most demands of unions áre causes of inefficiency,” he added. He noted that seniority systems, for ^example, are kiefricient~ because théy can prevent the best person for a job from fiUbig that posHibii. likewise, the - typical union demand for more money and less Work is not only Iñeffldenk it is ififlatioiiaay. he said. E>ans acbnitted    some dtizeiK mig^ take n dim view of officials’ claims of seeking efficiency in light of the political patronage system, which is allowed to remain Mnhampered under the new law. However, he noted that recent federal court decisions say that non-policy-making level employes can’t be fired for political preference or activities. This is another step toward ending the patronagé system, since it says in effect that patronage will soon cofver only those workers who may be considered “management.” Despite claims during debate on law during the legislature, Evans said he did not see it putting unions in the position shortly of running a dty. “Mayors and other elected oCficials are in a better position to Eesist unions because ^ir political future may depaid on it to a greater extent than the school board merribers,” -jjp said. O m O He noted that unions whidi may want to organize publie employes don’t have enough manpower to blanket the stater this year, and. some mayors of smaller towns had actually voiced concern that no One had indicated an interest to them in bargaining for dty employes. Evans predicted that fqr many small towns, it will be several 5^ars before collective bargaining finally begins. However, Evans said that mayors do face more problems than school boards do. in part because the new law provides for binding arbitration for regular public employes while that covering teacters does Hot, One of the first deciaons a mayor faces when he ieáms that a union has been formed and wants to bargain is whkher he or the Qty Council«should handle the negotiations • Citizens to protest school closing INDIANAPOUS (UPI) — A motor caravan was scheduled to arrive today at the state office complex in the downtomfi area bringing^ Kewahna residents for a hearing' into the status of their small high school. The dtizens hope Co persuade the Indiana Oonrunianon^ on General Education to alter its announced plans to decommission Kewanfuulfigh School. The agency cl£ums the school’s academic offering are insufficient. Other items on the Inard’s program (nduded recontmenda-tkms for impleneniii^ the new finance formula for local school districts and proposed revisions of rules for General Education Development tests. “We’re not planning to take busloáds' down, but I do underótand - several carloads will be going,” a secretary at the Fulton County school said Túesday aftenxxm Dr. Charles Besnhardt, who wedrs a double hat as school superintendent for the Union Township School system and pfindpal of the school, will head the delegation. He said plans have been drawn up to show the commission that the school can meet at least the rninimian accreditation standards. ' Some observers have said that it appears the commission was trying to force the systeni, which has a total of 306 pupils in grades kindergarten through 12, into a consolidation. The conrtfnission glso will be considering authorization of a hearing to consider proposed revision in the GEID rules as well as final building plans for 19 schools and commissiOD for 107 public school and eight nonpublic schools. Two items concerning South Harrison schools are on the agenda,. One is authorization of a hearing to consider a request that it be recognized as a reorganized school district. The other is OB a request to buy mobile classroom units. . (ConUmied on P^ge 12) CATHERINE PETERS Graduates institute Catherine W. Peters, executive director of the Tipton County Chamber of Conunerce, recently completed her second year of attendance at the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame. She was one of 281 voluntary organization executives from 31 states, Canada and Venezuela who participated in the personal development program. The Notre Dame Institute is one of six one- week sessions sponsored annually by the United State Chamber of Commerce at leading univerwties in the nation. The institute has a seven- year program for (organization executives. Daring the five- day session, participants spent 27 classroom hours in the Institute (xxirse of study, which is designed to assist voluntary organization executives in improving the knowledge and skills they need to upgrade the effectiveness of their organization. The Institute curriculum includes such areas as management philosophy, economic issues, government, law, organization structure, as well as contemporary issues, such as'" communication and interpersonal procesaes and environmental concerns. Each participant may attend progressive levels of the program throughout his prafessfonal career. University profesaora chosen to lecture are distinguished authdriries in their reflective £folda, with extensive university backgroundi. Aidltioiial courses are affersd by top- level Chamber of Commerce and Association executives, makiiig the faculty uniqae in its dapth and range of knowledge and G^oience. Tree kills woman Strong windb swept Indiana, killing a weman planting flowers under a true, during a day of tornadoes and thunderstorms Tuesday. ; Mrs. Pati NUes, 71. Elkhart, was crushed to death in the yard of the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Killian, at Stone Lake in the northeast corner of the state whep a tree was tfippied by gUity wSads. Authbritlei md theré Was lio storm at > the time but it was windy with guRs up to 40 miles per hour or more in the general area.    ^ lhat was typical of the day in Hoosiertand frorh Like kfichi-gan to the Ohio River. Many areas had    no stonm but éxperienosd    windy éfeather nonethelen. However, a tornado touched down- three miies south of WhBmamOi nmm m hcM ond damagiai %¥eral others, the small twister apparently swirled to the airth twice in a one-mile ffpih    home    ^ in the area was overturned. But nobody was hurt. Vicious storms were reported in other areas, too, but damage was relatively light. Tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service during the afternoon and evening affected II counties in north, northeestem and southwestern Indiana. Funnel clouds ware .ireportatf near OsRan, hodnvlUe and Rockport. Severe thundentorm warnings 'Were issued for seven oounties in south and southwest portions of the state. A storm hit downtown Evana-vUle an^^Mnpod part of 1.14 thches of rain which fell on that <üty for the M hounMRkflng at 7 a.m. today. Other ^-hour rain totals included Louisville .96, Chicago .71. South Bend .51. IhdianapoUs .25 and Lafayette tfigh csmpefatuias Tuesday ranged from 80 at upstate points to 85 at Evinaville and 90 at Louisville. Highs today and Ihursday were expected to range from the mid 80s to near 90. Tornadoes dipped from purplish skies, battering houses and threatening horses and horse-lovers alike at a race track. Rains deluged a golf toumam^. Hail built up to the size of baseballs and pummefted a mountain-fringe convnuntty. From the Roddea eastward across the NOdwest Tliesdsy, June weather was on a wild Building going up A new building to house maintenance equipment at the 18- hole Tipton Municipal Golf Course is nearing completion as the tractors and other tools are left out in the weather. The pole structure will replace a frame building that was too small for the modern equipment the golf course now utilizes to maintain the championship course. The 3,400- square- foot building will be completed within two weeks, weather permitting. It is being constructed under approval of the Tipton -Park and Recreation Board. * timber testimony ends The Stafford- Wolf timber dispute trial underway in Tipton Circuit Court ended late Tuesday aftemcxNi as attorneys wrapped up what Special Judge Nelson Bohannan described as “slow and meticulous cross-examination.” Attorne'ys cx>mpleted their cases in the two- day trial after a full day of testimony in the hot third- floor courtroom. Judge Bbhannan took the case under advisement and is not expe(;ted to make his determination for about two weeks. At issue in the case is the fair market value of trees cut on the Robert Stafford farm, Rt. 1. Kempton, by Wolf Lumber Co., Peru, in March of 1974. Plaintiff’s counsel completed 1^ case Tuesday nKxrtíng with testimony from Dr. Eklgar J. Lott, state extension forester. In rebuttal testinnmy another consulting forester, Ralph Miller, of Franklin was called in on Stefford’s behalf. Key testimony for the defense Tuesday cane from Kenneth Wolf, defendant in the lawsuit filed by the Tipton County farmer. Wolf testified that the quality of the lumber taken from Stafford’s woodlot was only suitable for pallet material and was of low grade. He said that most of the hickory logs although “sound”^ were “defective”'and that none of the logs were of suitable (luality for furniture use. Wolf also told the court that he did not take any walnut logs from the farm and did not see any walnut trees. The kHBber conipany owner testified that $10 per 1,000 board feet was a fair price for the logs taken from the Stafford farm. The plaintiff’s expert witness. Miller, however, stated that at the time of the contract between Wolf and Stafford, the fair market value of the logs could have ranged from $45 to $60 per 1,000 feet. Miller told the court that he had never had the e?q¡|erience where a woodlot had no good trees, but also said that hickory is usually considered of ‘ ‘low quality. ’ ’ Defense (Dounsel Horace C. “Bud” Holmes asked Judge Bohannan to leave the courtroom to view a log to better understand the evidence, but drew strong objections from Plaintiff’s Counsel Max Qx)k. Judge Bohannan sustained the objections and said he would not view the logs, which were never introduced into evidence. Other defense witnesses in Tuesday’s court session were the Joe Hollingsworth, operator of the Russiaville sawmill where Stafford’s lumber was taken and Max Gilbert, an employe of Wolf. Stafford has ask^ the court to make a determination of the fair market value of the logs, while Wolf filed a counter- claim for damages suffered when Stafford detained equipment used in log-cutting He 'cons’ government spree. Another twister touched down near the Arlington Race Track m Chicago’s suburban Arlington    lltlftf Hdfhts about 35 rrtnutes before the first race, toppling unat-tendad horse Mkrar. The racing began Ml scfiedhled. There were no’ injurieb to people or horses. A tornado warning prompted officials te tMfgnrari^ 'empty the prIsB tetttm the MedfoMi Country Club near Chicago, where drenching rains kept (CoBfiaiMd on Pagalft) CHICAGO (UPI) — The idea was to make its “reliable” informant appear wealthy. It backfired, and it may cost the government $1.75 million as a result. Government sounjes said Tuesday the unidentified informant, woiidng on a stolen securities case, bilked the Justice Department and the Continental Illinois National Bank out of that much money. Bank officials said the government is liable for the losses. “The certificate of deposit was issued at the request of the U.S. government with their (ximmitment and hence it is our expectation that the Continental Bank will not suffer a loss as a result of this incident.” the. bank said in a statement Tuesday. Sources said the bank issued a certificate of deposit for $1.75 million to the informant in 1973 at the request of the Justice Department’s strike foixie. Thé certificate was obtained to make the informant appear wealthy so he could assist in an investigati(xi of interstate sale of stolen securities, sources said. Instead, the sources said, the informant used the money to buy property. Although the bank received no money to beck the certificate. (Continued on Page 12) A*************** ft tttaja . . . , A*************** 200 YEARS AGO News of yesterday’s battle of Banker Hill ba^ns to spread tilhxigh the Colonies. American losses were 100 dead. 267 wounded, with 30 prisoners takea WEATHER Slight chance of late afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy, quite warm, and humid today and tonight. Partly sunny, very warm aad humid Thursday. Highs today mill 80s. Lows tonight mid to upper 60s. Highs Diursday mid to upper 80s. Precipitation probability 20 per cent today and tonight. Extended Outlook: Friday through Sunday: Partly sunny and warm Friday. Chance of showers with a cooling trend Saturday and Sunday. Highs Friday In low Ms. Highs Saturday and Sunday in mid and upper 80s. Nighttime lows In low 70s Friday, cooling to low 60s by Sunday.

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