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Eau Claire Leader Telegram (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Wednesday february 2, 1983 serving eau Claire and West Central Wisconsin vol. 13 no. 201 6 sections 48 pages 25 cent Independent truck traffic slows effects not Felt yet to Amie a regional editor Independent eau Claire truck traffic in the area has slowed Down according to freight shippers and fueling Points but the effects will not be Felt until the end of the week. The Independent truckers association called a shutdown to protest an increase in taxes License fees and other government regulations along with the 5-cent a gallon fuel Price increase. Some truckers Are protesting the use of those fuel taxes saying they will be going for pork barrel projects rather than Highway improvements which was the original intent of the legislation. Although violence has been reported nationwide and in the Southern part of the state in connection with the shutdown area sheriffs departments report no problems. Douglas Mcvey a freight broker from eau Claire said usually his from Independent Drivers looking for loads from this area. A we Haven to had any Calls. In be just one nibble from a Driver looking for a Load. There a is nothing moving a a he said. He estimated the shutdown to be from 50 percent to 75 percent effective. A a we la know More in a few Days when the freight starts to pile up a a he said. Phones Are ringing a Day with Calls Mcvey a firm matches available freight loads with available truckers. About 90 percent of his business is with Independent Drivers. A i Tell shippers that we just done to have the trucks a he said. A Survey of area fueling stops and truck stops indicated that business was Down to about half of Normal. An up to Date status report from the truckers Point of Yew probably will come saturday during a Public meeting at 3 . At the vow club at Starr Avenue and Riverview drive in eau Claire. Bruce Hepburn manager of Gamble Robinson a wholesaler of produce for area stores said he has been receiving regular shipments. However he said the effects of the shutdown would be More apparent later in the week. Independent truckers because of their refrigeration units have been doing most of the trucking of produce in the nation and into this area. Hepburn said any effects of the shutdown will Start in the Fields if the packers fear they May not be Able to move their products. The Independent trucks now coming through have two men in the cabs to increase observation one wholesaler said. Many Are at night rather than running through some trouble places at night to wholesaler added. Continued on next Page Reagan optimistic about Economy so this is Winter in Wisconsin ? Soh Pho a by Dick Fri do Quot the expression on this woman a face indicates scene on Agnes St. Was enacted throughout More falling throughout the morning. See re she s not particularly enjoying a stroll through the eau Claire area As residents arose to find a lated Story on Page 3a. The Snow left by this morning s storm. This few fresh inches of Snow on the ground and nations groundhog does t see Shadow Punxsutawney a. A Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog emerged from his heated Burrow on gobblers Knob in a downpour today and failed to see his Shadow thus predicting an Early Spring for the nation. The groundhogs 97th moment in the Sun a or out of it on this dreary Rainy Day a came at Dawn when folklore says he a a whispered his prediction to James h. Means a contractor who is president of the Punxsutawney groundhog club. A better Days Are on the Way a said the 59-year-old Means who As club president is said to be the Only human Able to translate for the woodchuck. A this movements indicate that just like the Economy of the nation the worst is Over a Means said at a ceremony outside this Mountain town. About 300 people mostly College students watched As the wriggling and sniffling Phil emerged from his Hole and was met by a wet 36-degree Day. A Phil wants All of his Loyal subjects to know we have weathered the storm this Winter. Spring is on the expert on Way a said Means who wore the traditional top hat and tails. Punxsutawney groundhog has failed to see his Shadow Only five times since the tradition began in 1887. He most recently predicted an Early Spring in 1975. Folklore dictates that if he sees his Shadow a even through miserable Winter weather a then six More weeks of cold weather would follow. The ceremony is All in fun of course. The prediction was decided secretly by the clubs 12-member a dinner circles Well in Advance. For the record the National weather service issued a 90-Day forecast last week calling for unusually cold wet weather for much of the nation through april. In Sun Prairie Wisconsin a Jimmy the groundhog also did not see his Shadow this morning thus forecasting an Early Spring. The groundhog saw freezing rain when he emerged at 7 12 . Sun Prairie chamber of Commerce spokesman Karen Schmitt said Jimmy has been right in such forecasts 20 times during the last 24 years. Washington a president Reagan says the economic recovery is under Way and Ever the Optimist he Hopes it will be stronger than predicted. But he says interest rates still have to come Down. Reagan made his comments tuesday in an interview with the St. Louis Post dispatch aboard air Force one As he flew to St. Louis to visit a Chrysler co. Automobile Plant and speak at a business luncheon. A i think the recovery has begun a Reagan said in an interview. A and i have to put it that he added that while a fall the economic indicators Are up a he thinks a the key still lies in further reduction of the interest in the interview Reagan also did not Rule out Compromise with congressional democrats Over differences in jobs proposals to ease unemployment now at 10.8 percent. On monday Reagan sent Congress a $848.5 billion budget proposal that was based on what aides said were carefully prepared estimates and less than Rosy assumptions. Although Reagan said he would stick to the economic forecasts he added that a just being the Optimist he Hopes a it will be a firmer recovery than is Martin Feldstein chairman of the presidents Council of economic advisers did not dispute Reagan a Contention that recovery has begun but stopped Short of saying so himself. A i think the president was on solid ground when he said the recovery has begun a Feldstein said. But he said that As an economist he could not technically make that claim. A a it a one thing to feel that a recovery is Here to have a sense that a lot of things Are falling into place a he said adding a a we la Only be confident of it in March and april and May As a Long string of these positive indicators build Reagan a chief economic advisers have not been unanimous in their assessment of what is happening to the Economy that has been in the longest recession since world War ii. Treasury Secretary Donald t. Regan has said a recovery has begun but Feldstein said monday the Economy was in an a ambiguous at the Chrysler Plant in Fenton mo., near St. Louis Reagan said a the shoots of an economic recovery Are beginning to push up through the recession with its attending Reagan cited the $96 million expansion at the Chrysler Plant As part of the evidence that the Economy is on the rebound. Other positive indicators Are increasing Auto sales and housing starts he said. Paraphrasing a Chrysler advertising slogan the president said of his economic program a if you can find a better program than that you buy the presidents Job program which Deputy White House press Secretary Larry Speakes said would be sent to Congress within to Days envisions an Extension of unemployment benefits a minimum wage for teen agers that would be 85 cents below the current $3.35 hourly minimum wage and incentives to businesses to hire the Long term unemployed. Terrorist acts paints frightening picture by Bob Brown Leader Telegram staff a disturbing picture of nuclear weapons in the hands of political terrorists was envisioned for an audience of about 250 tuesday night at the University of Wisconsin eau Claire Arena. Sabi Shabtai an expert in the Field of International terrorism warned that All past terrorist acts May Pale by comparison to what the future May hold with the possible Advent of nuclear terrorism. Shabtai a warning came during a nearly two hour forum lecture. Western democracies have Learned How to Deal with acts of a conventional terrorism since the first political hijacking occurred in 1968, Shabtai said. A however a he added a there is another danger. And that is the danger of terrorism going nuclear. And there we Are talking about what you americans like to Call a whole new thousands of pounds of plutonium the critical ingredient in producing a nuclear weapon have been reported missing from nuclear Power plants Over the years Shabtai said. Usually the material is said to be stuck within the plants pipes. A a in a worried. In a very worried about this missing plutonium he said. Because it takes Only la pounds of plutonium to construct a weapon As potent As the one dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, Shabtai is concerned that some of this missing plutonium will turn up in terrorist hands. A a we be got a problem Here a he warned. A a we be definitely got a problem Shabtai a native of Israel and a former member of the israeli army is currently with the israeli Institute for the study of International affairs. He is also director of counter terrorist studies for a private California based International Security organization. He has served As a consultant on terrorism to airlines police departments and the . Army. Political terrorists will never physically destroy a huge democracy like the United states Shabtai said. He is concerned though that the fear of terrorism might result in a curtailment of some democratic freedoms. This he said is the goal of political terrorists. A terrorism is basically psychological warfare a Shabtai explained. By their acts terrorists seek to intimidate All members of a democratic society. In spreading a web of fear Shabtai said a the Media unintentionally is the terrorists Best without publicity for their acts he said terrorists would be ineffective. Citing the kidnapping of . Brig. Gen. James Dozier by italian red brigade terrorists a year ago Shabtai remarked a it if Wasny to reported in the Media who would care about it except his family and very close friends a a the Media does act As a selective magnifying Glass in reporting on terrorism he said. The 4,000 people who have died As a result of terrorism since 1968 have been widely publicized while the Many More acts or criminal homicide that occur everyday Are easily accepted by the Media he added. Continued on next Page Sabi Shabtai expert on terrorism Petroleum Price wars begin to heat up by the associated press a Price Cut of $1 a barrel is spreading through the american Oil Industry and four open members have threatened to slash their crude by $4 a barrel unless the Cartel settles a dispute Over production and prices. The reductions along with decreased demand for fuel could mean that gasoline prices at the pump will continue dropping along with the Cost of heating Oil analysts say. Eight major . Refiners reduced the Price they pay for Domestic crude on tuesday to $31 a barrel and sources said the soviet Union dropped its Price by $2.15 to $2.35 a barrel on a Long term contract with an italian Oil company. The official Kuwait news Agency reported that saudi Arabia Kuwait Qatar and the United Arab emirates a All members of the organization of Petroleum exporting countries a would Cut their prices by $4 a barrel a within one week unless the Cartel settles its dispute. But today senior Oil officials in Kuwait said the news Agency report was wrong insisting the Gulf producers would not reduce their prices without formal agreement among All open members. A a warm Winter has tended to de-4 Zelop an oversupply not Only of gasoline but of heating Oil a said Industry analyst Dan Lundberg publisher of the Southern California based Lundberg letter. He estimated tuesday that Gas prices would fall 5 to 7 cents a gallon by april i. In Oregon for example a Price War escalated tuesday when Portland area service stations began offering regular gasoline for 88.9 cents a gallon. Lundberg said that was the lowest Price he knew of anywhere. The collapse of an emergency open meeting last monday in Geneva Switzerland triggered speculation that persian Gulf producers have decided they must Cut their Price to regain lost sales in the glutted world Market. William Randol an Energy analyst in new York said he believed the average world Oil Price would drop at least $4 a barrel within four weeks. A bigger decline is possible if open cannot agree on a method of limiting production he said. A without any restraint on production this could turn into a free for All a said Randol who analyses . Oil companies for the investment firm first Boston corp. The Oil glut already has pushed Down the average world Price from More than $35 a barrel two years ago to around $33 a barrel now. Spot Market prices have gone lower m Gas prices falling by Bob Brown Leader Telegram staff a mild Winter and decreasing prices for foreign crude Oil Are having a beneficial effect on gasoline and Home heating Oil prices in eau Claire. While eau Claire has not been the site of sub a a gallon Gas prices like some communities in the Northwest Many local service stations have lowered their prices in recent Days. A random Telephone Survey wednesday revealed that Many eau Claire stations have dropped their prices for self service regular gasoline to $1.12.9 a gallon. The Price for self service unleaded was $1.14.9 or $1.15.9 at most stations contacted. Continued on next Page

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