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Intelligencer (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Doylestown, Pennsylvania Sunday March weather today clout in with Chance of rain. High 60-63. Monday Cloudy and mild. High 63-65. It fails Page a 2. C edition vol 100 no. 59 1990 Calkins newspapers. Inc. Doylestown a for Home delivery Call 345-302o Kostmayer May put a limit on Campaign spending by Edward Levenson staff writer the two candidates in the 8th congressional District say they would be willing to form an Independent panel to ensure that their Campaign spending does not exceed each. Republican Audrie Zettick Schaller last week challenged incumbent Democrat Peter h. Kostmayer to agree to a Mutual spending limit of of which no More than could come from political action committees pics funnel Money from corporations unions and other special interest groups. Kostmayer responded by directing his Campaign staff to work out the details with Schaller s Campaign. If approved the combined limit of would Cut in half the million spent in 1988 Mil lion by Kostmayer and by his Republican opponent Edward l. Howard. Kostmayer said in an interview an agreement must provide for monitoring Campaign expenditures and suggested this could be done by an inde pendent panel chosen by both sides. Schaller said she could accept a panel so Long As it did not review expenditures in Advance. She said this could reveal a candidate s strategy such As plans to conduct a mass mailing. I understand the need for some kind of Monitor she said. Both candidates said a spending limit must close loopholes which include bundling a Pac or a political party collects individual checks for a candidate allowing it to raise far More than is permitted for a single Lump sum contribution. Soft Money a political party spends funds for organizing voter registration election Day vote drives and other political purposes directly or indirectly benefiting its candidates. Independent expenditures advocacy groups and other organizations spend to boost candidates they Back but without any consultation or coordination with the candidates. Kostmayer who is running for a seventh term said if we do it let s do it right and cover every single he added i believe we have to get spending under Schaller who is seeking her first elective office said we have to Start somewhere. There s much too much Money being spent on see on Page a 8 Lithuania considers secession Vilnius . Of Lithuania s first freely elected parliament in 50 years convened saturday night to prepare for a historic vote on Independence from the soviet Union. Tomorrow the festival be said Longinas Vasiliauskas a spokesman for the pro in dependence saudis movement which won a two thirds majority of the deputies in the new Parlia ment. The parliament which votes today of whether to secede is the country s first legislature not dominated by communists. Its deputies represent a variety of political parties with no single party dominant. In municipal elections earlier this month a Judis backed candidates based on their views on democracy and in dependence regardless of at the modern building hous ing the parliament citizens and legislators Sang the lithuanian Anthem As the session opened saturday night. Outside about 100 demonstrators waved the red yellow and Green flags of in dependent Lithuania and joked about the Day when they would need passports to travel to mos cow inside lithuanian leaders stood in front of a huge Banner depicting the soviet Star and the communist party s famous Ham Riner and sickle Emblem. Lithuania was an Independent country Between the two world wars. In 1940, Lithuania and the other Baltic states Latvia and Estonia were forcibly annexed to the soviet Union while under red army occupation. The bold move to declare Lithuania Independent could present president Mikhail s. Gorbachev with his greatest crisis in five years in Power. Gorbachev and other soviet officials have indicated the Kremlin May grudgingly accept lithuanian secession but at a Steep Price. Specifically Gorbachev has suggested a Bill of s34 billion in compensation for factories and other infrastructures built Dur ing a half Century of soviet Rule. Lithuanians replied that their Bill to the soviet Union for dec Ades of repression would be higher. New break All those thirsty yuppies out there can relax per Rier is Hack. New uncontaminated shipments of that sparkling water in the dark Green bottle Are due in stores along the East coast next month. This week has been glutted if you la excuse the word with news for the food conscious. Regu lations have just been pro posed to make labels on food products More accurately reflect nutritional Content. I wonder if an entire generation that has grown up believing Light is spelled Lite to is a prefix meaning healthful and new Means buy is going to understand a la Bel that says what it the government Means what it says. Cheers. Jane . Parker Celebration jubilant haitian youths run through the streets of port a Prince on saturday after hearing of the ouster of president Prosper Avril. Many carried branches a traditional Symbol represent ing uprooting. Story Page a11. A photo subway operator tests positive for cocaine use Philadelphia a the Motorman who was operating a subway train that derailed and killed three people tested positive for cocaine after the Accident and has been suspended transit officials said. Investigators have not deter mined whether cocaine played a role in the Accident he said. Meanwhile following a recommendation by the National transportation safety Board officials of the Southeastern Penn Sylvania transit authority said mechanics would work through the weekend to inspect the sys tems cars to make sure their motors Are installed correctly. John k. Lauber an Tbs member said inspectors exam ined 76 motors on 19 cars Friday and found 27 Cotter pins installed incorrectly into nuts that help hold the motors in place. When properly installed Lauber said the Cotter pin fits through notches in the nut and a Hole drilled through the Bolt holding up a motor. What inspectors found he said were nuts turned Down so far on the Bolt threads that Cotter pins installed through the bolts did t locked the nuts. That is not the proper Way of securing that he said. The Nosb recommended sep to immediately inspect All 240 subway cars. Louis Gambaccini general manager of Septa said the transit Agency would follow the suggestion. Investigators believe a motor under a subway car came Loose wednesday hitting a switch and sending half of a six car train onto a second set of tracks. The fourth car smashed into steel support beams killing three Pas sengers and trapping survivors. In a 17-minute delay yet to be explained by Septa or City officials no alarm was issued by a Septa dispatcher for nine min utes and medics weren t summoned for another eight min utes. But when the Call went out hundreds of medical fire and police personnel swarmed to the see Motorman on Page a 11 hundreds attend Warminster axe the tax rally by Diane Marezel staff writer the axe the tax coalition s push to get thousands of people to attend a Warminster anti tax rally saturday netted Only hundreds but those who attended seemed to enthusiastically support the group s varied Mes sages. Many of the More than 300 peo ple who came to the township building saturday afternoon signed petitions that will be turned Over to Bucks county court with a lawsuit against a Warminster supervisor Accord ing coalition member Patrick bound. In addition Many wore the group s buttons which were pinned to their jackets along with Green ribbons. The Green ribbons Are a Symbol devised by the coalition to represent the Money residents and employees in the township now Are paying enjoy with the new 1 percent earned in come tax. The non partisan coalition was formed by former Republican committeeman Walter Clemens to oppose the tax and the three Republican supervisors who voted for it Carl j. Messina William t. Davis and chairman Christo Pher staub. Several of those Clemens invited to speak to the crowd including democratic supervisor Raymond j. Regan his 1989 run Ning mate Frank s. Burstein and former democratic supervisor Michael Harlem encouraged the continuing opposition to the tax and the three men. Clemens also voiced the coalition s "100 percent support of Republican John p. Cataldo who was appointed to fill the seat left vacant with the resignation of Thomas w. Lisowski last month. Cataldo a retired accountant said during the rally he would examine every aspect of the township business and finances with the Hope of reducing or repealing it in 1991. Clemens told the crowd which gathered in the township office s parking lot taxes should have been raised gradually during the past 14 years As expenses Rose not a one time another coalition speaker former democratic supervisor John Palumbo said he did not support Clemens philosophy that taxes should have risen Over the years with costs. He added however he probably would not have vocally opposed the Board majority this year if it had instituted a 0.25 percent tax. Palumbo argued spending should be Cut in areas such As the township solicitor s salary and that Warminster s five see axe on Page a 6 hundreds of Warminster residents attended a rally saturday to show their opposition to the township s new earned income tax. Staff photo by Richard m. Hendrickson at the movies Tom Hanks shot to stardom with his films seem to be tween smash hits and with Joe versus the Volcano he took a Chance on an unusual movie Aad a character very different from his Assai interview is on cd. X Best bets on to in Erity Oloa criminals hold Powers inert. One policeman is of Fieland the fetish life tse Philadelphia St. Airs on acclaimed Bill Ries Campbell and the Power Imp Ell a scholar who traced the Mani y i i. R s a movie the Case of the Mason defends a inside sunday Syracuse ousts Villanova from pkg East tournament v sports by Freedom marchers aim to rekindle movement experts were dead wrong about Gorbachev j f perspective a19. Rec Essic Are easing on Wall Street business b15 fewer firms higher fees Mark Cable to by Dona m. Amici staff writer the Cable television act was designed to encourage growth within the fledgling Industry. It succeeded perhaps too Well the Cable Industry has grown into a multimillion Dollar business of few provi Ders and rapidly rising prices. According to a Survey done by the United states Telephone association a nation Al Trade group representing most of the baby Beds and larger Independent Tele phone companies the Price of Basic Cable service in Pennsylvania jumped by 72 per cent from 1986 to 1990. Usta is a special interest group supporting Cable legislation that maintains a deregulatory stance. In Doylestown one of 19 areas broken out by Usta rates jumped 75 percent according to figures garnered from the Cable Industry said Paul a. Rogoski a spokes Man for Usta. Typical suburban Cable television customers in Central and upper Bucks Are paying a month for a 34-Channel Basic Cable service. Premium channels such As Hob prism and Showtime carry an additional charge from to a month. In 1985, monthly Basic Cable service was in upper Bucks and in Central Bucks. The Cable television act passed in 1984, deregulated the Industry and was de signed to Foster growth unhindered by Competition from other areas within the Cable television Industry. The act worked so Well for Cable service providers that the 101st Congress is considering is Bills to redefine and curb the Industry. Re regulation is one option and two of the Bills would allow Telephone companies to enter the Field Central and upper Bucks Are typical of Many areas in the nation. Before deregulation there were several choices of Cable to providers but since then most have merged with suburban Cable. Customers of the Central Bucks Cable system appear to have benefited from mergers to the form of savings. Cd customers five years ago were paying a monthly fee of the same average Price they pay today. See Cable on Page a 8

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