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Daily Tipton Tribune (Newspaper) - June 20, 1975, Tipton, Indiana Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan was non- committal about his presidential aspirations when he appeared before newsmen at the Indianapolis Convention and Exposition Center Thursday afternoon. Later that night he addressed Republicans at a fund- raising dinner. Tipton County GOP leaders were in the audience. Reagan speaks to Hopsier Republicans INDIANAPOUS (UPI) — It is time for the Republican Party to organize a new majority party because the rank and file members of the Democratic Party no longer have the same stands as their leaders, former California gov-errror Ronald Reagan said here Thursday night. In a speech that focused mainly on revitalizing the Republican party, Reagan also warned that surrender of the Panama Canal Zone would probably quickly follow “unwise” plans in the U.S. State Department to turn over security duty to the^Republic of Panama Reagan spoke to a crowd of about 3.200 Hoosier Republicans at an annual fund-raising dinner sponsored by the Indiana Republican State Central Committee. “It is time we quit trying, to organize the same old minority every two years and begin trying to convince the new majority every day of what we really stand for and who has been responsible for the problems we ere facing every day,” he said, i He said a poll taken in 1974 showed that rank and .file Democrats did not agree on major issues with the party leadership, but ^ aligned very closely with rank and file Republicans. “The Democratic leadership is...still living on the shop-worn panaceas that promises everything and solves nothing,” Reagan said, citing the food stamp programs and welfare as examples. Reagan said that he feels the proposed state department plan could lead to another humilia-tim for the U.S. similiar to the fall of Cambodia and South Vietnam. He called the plan an effort to appease the pro-Marxist distatorship of Omar Torriios. Reagan comm«ited at a news confemece before attending a $100-a-plate fund-raising dinner for the Indiana Republican State Central Committee at the Indiana Convention-Exposition Center. He also visited briefly with Gov. Otis R. Bowen in the Statehouse and took time to sign about a dozen autographs for a small crowd that gathered quickly when word spread he was there. He denied that he is going around opposing President Ford, altlK)u^ he mentioned areas where they differ, notably on economics. He also said he has noticed some lingering hostility toward Vice President o/\ ONLY Ne%i*spaper in the World Dedicated to Serving Tipton County, Indiana 99 VOLUME 79 NO. 145 FRIDAY, JUNE 20,1975 TIPTON, INDIANA 46072 iSCENTl». House approves energy plan WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Ifouse has passed a bill designed to solve the nation’s energy problems, but there are big differences o^ opinion as to how good it is. Its chief sponsor, Rep. A1 Ullman, D-Ore., said the bill, approved 291-130 'Hiursday, “sets the nation on a gradual, long-range swing toward a new energy base, and away from our dependence on foreign oil.” The public interest organization (Common C^use said “the energy bill ... is meaningless. President Ford’s proposals are ineffective, but at least he has a plan.” Rep. Sam Gibbons, D-Fla., said the bill “is about one ounce conservation and a barrel of loopholes.” The White House has not commented on the final version. But as the bill took shape in the House this week. Federal Eiiergy Administrator Frank Zarb said it didn’t -go far enough to cut dependénce on foreign oil. He said the administration would try to correct that in the Senate. The House bill would set oil import quotas, tax business uses of fuels, give tax breaks for conservation and conwrsion to different fuels, penalize makers of gas-ineffident cars and set up a trust fund for research. Ullman said there seemed no way to sell the public on the major point of his original bill, a stiff increase in the federal tax on gasoline. 'Die House took that out early in its debate last week. “The energy bill that emerged after months of debate is probably more a measure of the country’s mood than its politics,” Ullman said. “We have written into the bill a series of checks and balances that do not disrupt the economy.” The quotas would not hdd foreign oil down enough to hurt when the nation’s economy begins to build back up, he said. The car efficiency standards “give Detroit plenty of time to tilt production away from the gas guzzlers.” He added, “By contrast, the President wants to cut back consumption all at once with jarring price hikes. The President’s way is wrong — economically and politically.” The U.S. Geological Survey Thursday released a report which c\A previous estimates of Atlantic offshore oil reserves by 80 per cent and said the United States may have only half the undiscovered oil and gas thought to exist a year ago. It said this still leaves a 37 to 62-year oil simply at expected rates of production and imports. In another development, Zarb assured Americans they will have plenty of gasoline this summer despite a 6 per cent drop in the nation’s gasoline stocks. Tough crime laws proposed Nelson Rockefeller because of his stand in 1964 when Arizona Sen. Barry GolQwater was running for president. ’ Reagan, seen by some members of the national media as wanting to bring conservatives together as a viable political force and perhaps a third major party, said he did not believe in third parties, because they are not effective. “I’ve never had much faith, based on the historical perspec-tive, in the third party movements.” Reagan said. “Most of the time, third parties only succeed in electing the people they oppose by dividing themselves from others who share their same feelings.” He said this had repeatedly been the case, although there do come times for reallignment of political attitudes among groups. He noted that the Republican party 120 years ago, was not really a third party, since is was a new coalition of the old Whigs and othér factions and therefore was “a reconstituting of what I myself am calling for—a second party.” “\^en I say rather than a third party, what we need is a second party, I mean a Republican Party that will do (Cimtinued on Page 3) WASHINGTON (UPI) — Fh^sident Ford has asked Congress for tougher federal crime laws and urged state and local governments to enact their own “strong measures.” In a message to C^ongress Thúrsday, Ford called for changes in federal laws to provide mandatory prison sentences in certain cases, higher fines, payments to victims, upgrading of a sometimes iniiumane prison system, a degree of gun cwitrol and a crackdown on organized crime. He said the nation has been “far from successful in dealing with the sort of crime that obsesses America day and night —I mean street crime, crime that invades our neighborhoods and our homes — murders, roberies, rapes, muggings. holdups, breakins —the kind of brutal violence that make us fearful of strangers and afraid to go out at night. “We are facing,” Ford said, “a basic and very serious problem of disregard for the law.” He said the nation’s crime rate has more than doubled since 1960 and that a recait study estimated the actual number of crimes was three to five times more than reported to police. Ford said that while the federal government can set an example, enforce its own laws and provide leadership and assistance to the states, “the level of crime will not be substantially reduced unless state and Icoal governments themselves enact strong measures.” He asked Congress to enact a model criminal code that states could emulate and to give states and localities an additional $50 million a year for the next five years to focus on urban crime areas. These were Ford’s major proposals to Congress for federal criminal laws: —Set mandatory prison sentences for. those committing federal crimes using dangerous weapons, for those guilty of aircraft hijacking, kidnaping and trafficking in hard drugs, and for repeat offenders of violent crimes. The sentences need not be long. Ford said, but there should be no doubt in the minds of those who commit violent crimes that they will be sent to prison if convicted. He will later send Congress proposed minumum sentences. —Raise the present $10,000 limit for most federal criminal fines to $100,000 for individuals and $500XXX) for organizations. —Provide compensaticm of up to $50,000 for victims of violent crimes. —Ford opposed federal registration of guns or gun owners. But he urged Congress ban the manufacture, assembly or sale of “Saturday night specials” and make gun dealers take positive steps to verify the qualifications of gun purchasers. Admits bank holdups INDIANAPOUS (UPI) - An Indianapolis man Thursdáy admitted guilt in five Indianapolis bank robberies in April and May and said he will testify for the government against seven men accused in one or more of the robberies. Robert G. Jones Jr., 24, was the only common defendant in all the armed holdups. The total loot in the holdups was $20,000. . Jon^ pleaded guilty tefore Federal Judge S. Hugh Dillin to the May 8 holdup of Merchants National Bank and Trust Company’s downtown Massachusetts Avenue branch. The loot there was $4,729. He told Dillin he intends to plead guilty also to the May 14 holdup of an Indiana National Bank downtown branch on Walnut Street, where $4,660 was taken, and the April 8 robbery of a Merchants branch on North Station Street, where robbers grabbed $6,474. Rail strike deadline delayed WASHINGTON (UPI) — A railway clerks union agreed today to delay until mfdnight July 21 its deadline for a threatened national railway strike, federal mediators said. The agreement to put off the strike deadline, which had been set for 12:01 a.m. Monday, followed bargaining since 2 p.m. Thursday by union, management and mediators. A spokesman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said its director, W.J. Usery Jr.. and National Mediation Board Chairman (ieorge Ives requested the extension after it became clear an agreement could not be reached before Monday morning. “When it became apparent this would not be attainable, the officials asked the union for an extension in order to avoid the threat of a shutdown this weekend that would have in a short time crippled the nation,” spokesman Norman Walker said. C. L. Elennis, president of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, AFL-CIO, asked to confirm union agreement on the extension, said, “It is right.” A strike could quickly disrupt the econoni^ shutting down mines and eventually spreading to steel mills, the automobile industry, utilities and factories and piling up grains on farms. “TTie parties are a good distance apart,” said William Dempsey, chief negotiator for the National Railway Labor Conference representing the railroad companies. “We have had no real meaningful gut bargaining yet,” said Etennis. The union has about 131,(X)0 railroad members. If they go out other railroad unions, totaling .more than a half million members, would be expected to honor the picket lines. All remedies and legal delaying maneuvers available under the National Railway Labor Act have been exhausted. A 30-day cooling-off period which follows a report by a presidential emergency board' runs out Monday. Dennis said the contract terms, accepted by seven other unions and urged upon the clerks by the President’s board, were not good enough. Dempsey said the union was rejecting “a very rich contract.” He dismissed E>ennis’ complaints the 41 per , cent increase in wage and fringe benefits, in the “pattern” of three-year settlements with other unions, was not enough for the clerks. TTie pay for clerks was “extremely favorable compared to wages paid for similar work in other industries,” he said. Shipwreck victims rescued GALVESTON, Tex. (UPI) — TTiey had been drifting in a life raft in the Gulf of Mexico for days, and starvation was setting in. That’s \\iien Richard Lebo offered to kill himself so the other could eat his body and stay alive. “No, I ain’t no cannibal,” Gary Gillespie says he told Food stamps sold 116 houses A total of 116 households participated in the Tipton Ckxmty Food Stamp Program during the month of PJay, according to Joyce TTiompson, Food Stamp cashier, and Carolyn Perry, director of the Public Welfare Dept. Sixteen of the households, containing 61 persons, were public assistant cases. The remaining 100 households, containing 337 persons, were nonassistant cases Although local officials had anticipated an increase' of participants in the Food Stamp Program due to unemployment and the arrival of migrant workers, that increase was not dramatic. Only four migrant cases, involving 22 jjersons, participated in the pn^ran^i. The number of Food Stamps issued in May county- wide totaled $14.277, showing an increase of $2,111 from 1974. Of the current amount, $13,513 worth of Food Stamps were issued to local residents, while $764 worth of stamps went to migrants. C^ash received for Food Stamps totaled $6,171, and the number of bonus coupons issued amounted WEATHER Hot and humid with slight chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms today and Saturday. Highs both days mid to upper 80s. Lows tonight mid to upper 70s. Precipitation probabilities 20 per cent today, tonight, and Saturday. Extended outlook Sunday through Tuesday: Mostly sunny Sunday and Monday with chance of showers by Tuesday. Highs during the period upper 80s to low 90s. to $8,106. Both categories increased by more than $1,000 from figures released last year. In conjunction with Food Stamp figures, Mrs. Perry also relea^ information regarding a five per cent increase for the cost of stamps effective July 1. Purchases will, however, also be given an estimated four per cent increase in their bonus or free stamps. The higher purchase price has be«i necessitated by anticipated increases in Social Security benefits and in welfare checks, according to Wayne A. Stanton, adminstrator of the Indiana State Department (rf Public Welfare. When mass changes occur, said Stanton, the State Food Stamp agency is solely responsible for making the appropriate adjustments in the household’s food stamp purchase price and determining the household’s continuing eligibility to purchase stamps. The increases in Social * Security benefits effective July 1 are the result of Congressional action. Aid to Families of Dependent Children (AFE)C) checks will be increased in most cases by varying percentages due to the fact that the Indiana General Assembly decreased the rateable reduction employed in computing AFDC grants from 25 per cent to 12Vi per cent effective Julyl. Stanton said that individual recipient notice of change in the purchase price of food stamps or change in the size of the welfare check is not mandatory when such change is required by new Federal or State law or regulation The purchase price of each of the state’s more than 90,000 food stamp cases will be individually adjusted. Larger counties such as Marion and Lake will have the advantage of computerized systems.tm Lebo. “So just get you mind off that.”    I ^ In all, Lebo, 36, arid Gillespie, 21. spent 13 days asea in the raft, drinking their own urine to stay alive. The two Fort Lauderdale, Fla., men had been adrift since their 48-foot cabin cruiser sank just north of the Straits of Yucatan June 6. A crewman identified as Andy Carmone was still missing but may have made it to safety in another ^ lifeboat. A Coast Guard helicopter rrai^ued them Thursday 70 nral^ south of Galveston after a pilot for Petroleum Ifelicopters, Inc., spotted the rubber raft. “I think it was yesterday (Wednesday) morning I wanted to slash my wrists and get it over with,” said Lebo, recalling the experience. “But it was cloudy and cold. “Man, I couldn’t even die in peace.” The men said they drank ^ A****** ********* tt UISB . * . * *-  A-. A A A- A A ■* .A *    * A wwwwwwwwwiirwww irwn 290 YEARS AGO Britain’s Gen. Cage requests search of New York vessels for “pork, beef or any kind of flesh provisions” which might serve his-majesty's troops. their own urine because they had no water and only 12 cans of food and several cans of milk. Gillespie lost 27 pounds. * “I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “They put me on the scales and I weighed 138 pounds. I haven’t weighed 138 pounds since I was 13 years old.” Two days after their cruiser took on water and sank, a Mexican fishing boat passed within 100 yards and another 500 yards but neither would stop, Gillespie said. “We were really mad, but we figured, what the hell, it’s early. Stwnebody will find us soon,” Lebo said. But no other boats came close. That’s when Lebo offered to give his life for his friend. He said Thursday’s rescue kept him from committing suicide. “I just didn’t want to go through another night of that,” he said. Gillespie said he maintained his will to stay alive through transcendental meditation. A Galveston Memonal Hospital lab technician said the men were in good shape after drifting 600 miles. “It was really surprising,” the technician said. “They weren’t really all that dehy-, drated and their blood levels were amazingly stable.” “I’m really thankful to be alive now,” Gillespie said. “But rn never go near the sea again.” Auto slump is over DETROIT (UPI) — The auto industry is finally getting out of its longest slump since the Eiepression —but all that can end with a national rail strike set for Monday. Etealero contacted by UPI said car inventories are large enough to (xxwide a fair selection for several weeks. But they said orders for the last of the 1975s to be produced later this month and during July probably would be lost. Spokesmen for the four U.S. auto companies, which consider railroad cars sun extension their assembly lines, said Thursday a total rail strike would virtually halt all auto production within a week. Even if bankrupt railroads, particularly the Penn CSentral. are exenipted. the industry would still be able to limp along only for a few weeks before closing the plants. “A rail strike now would definitely cost us business since many people will just sit back and hold off,” said John Hiilman, of Dean Sellers Ford in Detroit. “That’s business we can’t afford to lose now since we’re just starting to pull out of our slump.” At Hanley Dawson Cadillac in Chicago, sales manager Jerry Mazzara said there were enough cars in his lot to last several weeks. But he added, “We sure woul(ki’t like to see a strike now, especially when we’re going good and summer is coming.” While the industry does have a slightly above normal 68^y jupply (1.61 million cars), the sales pace has been picking up. Early June deliveries were up 9 per cent over the May 1-10 period and the best early nwnth period since October. The auto industry led the nation into the current recession when its slump began with the start of the Arab oil embargo. It traditionally leads the economy out of recession, but auto executives have said any interruption in supplies now could break the momentum. Ford sales of its new high-mileage small models would be hurt since they just went into production. It has just begun a widespread advertisii^ campaign for the 34 miles per gallon can. but dealen Iwve only a few in stock. É

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