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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - January 16, 1974, High Point, North Carolina The High Point Enterprise an Independent newspaper Randall b. Terry president co publisher d. A. Rawley co publisher David a. Rawley jr., vice pres. Mrs. H. Lockwood vice pres. Joseph p. Rawley Gen. Mgr. Joe Brown. Editor Washington merry go round big Oil plots to bleed naval reserves 4a wednesday january 16,1974 first and last annual event the general Assembly convenes in Raleigh this week for its first annual session since the Days of the civil War More than too years ago. The session will be influenced More by other factors however than its historical uniqueness. This is an election year and the legislators Are going to be acting and voting with an Eye toward the polls in november when their deeds will be close to View before the voters. Another political Factor will Bear on the session. Democrats Are in the majority in the general Assembly a Republican is the governor. The democratic legislative majority and gov. James Holshouser were cautious toward each other in their first encounter in the 1973 session. The political differences will be sharper this time around. Disagreement Between the governor and the legislature is already discernible in such areas As the state budget and taxes and on the question of the medical school at East Carolina University. Gov. Holshouser is to deliver his annual budget and legislative message to the general Assembly on thursday. The 1974 75 budget As prepared by the advisory budget commission will be officially presented at that time. The budget is reported to place state expenditures at $3.2 billion for the next year a record figure. The states financial condition is Good however. There is a surplus of some $300 million in the Treasury. It is around this surplus that political lines Are being drawn. The budget commission recommends spending the surplus for such things As raises for teachers and other Public employees enlarging kindergartens purchasing land for new state Parks and providing for Rural health care facilities. At the same time. There is pressure for tax cuts because of the surplus. The House finance committee which has a democratic majority proposes that income tax on lower incomes be reduced that an income tax credit be granted to manufacturers wholesalers and retailers for inventory taxes they to local governments and that the elderly be provided some income tax Relief. Gov. Holshouser has not made known his precise proposals for the budget and taxes but he has indicated at various times that he is against any major changes or reductions in the states financial Structure at the moment. Gov. Holshouser also appears to be at Odds with the democratic legislative majority Over the medical school Issue. The democratic leadership in the general Assembly is largely from Eastern North Carolina and they have All voiced their support in one Way or another for expansion of the one year medical program at East Carolina. This is counter to the recommendation by the Board of governors of the states University system. The Board has recommended against expansion of the ecu program at this time. Instead the Board proposed the statewide system of area health education centers should be developed further As aids in the training of doctors and improving health care in Rural areas. Gov. Holshouser has said this is the program he favors. A other matters which can arouse prolonged controversy Are land use measures a Campaign finance Law no fault insurance and the question of capital punishment. Committees have been at work since the 1973 session adjourned on some of these issues. The result is supposed to be Quick action by the legislature in this session. One unexpected fallout of the interim period however is a general disillusionment with annual sessions. Many legislators say the demand on their time and finances is too great and the return to the state too minimal. Whether the general Assembly will continue with annual sessions is now questionable. How North Carolina will move in the next few years will be largely determined by legislative action on the budget and on the ecu medical school Issue. It is on these two Points that the governor and the general Assembly appear the widest apart. It is also apparent that on these two issues the general Assembly with its democratic majority is prepared to break As much As necessary away from the governor in staking out its own record in an election year. It. Gov. Jim Hunt a Democrat says there is no movement in the general Assembly to a get the nevertheless gov. Holshouser is going to need All the Powers of persuasion and influence he can master if he is to keep his own programs and goals alive during this session of the general Assembly. By Jack Anderson United feature Syndicate Washington the Oil Barons Are pulling strings in Washington for drilling rights to Spring a leak in the Navy a alaskan Oil reserves. At stake is the future of an Oil Field which nearly equals the size of All other known u. S. Reserves combined located under alaskans North slope it is listed on the books As naval Petroleum Reserve 4 but is known to oilmen everywhere simply As a pet 4.�?� the oilmen would like to put their rigs three Miles closer to the Rich Reserve which would probably enable them to tap into the Navy soil. To accommodate them the Bureau of land management has raised a Boundary dispute in an attempt to pry the desired area away from Navy control. By my Stop spokesman in the secret meetings Over the Boundary claim is Interior undersecretary John Whitaker who came to the Nixon administration from Standard Oil of California. His former company has been charged with illegally draining the Navy a Reserve at elks Hills. Calif. But the Oil crowd has an even More potent Friend in the Pentagon. He is Deputy Secretary of defense William Clements also a former Oil Industry executive who established and for a time headed the task Force dealing i amp t \ Al i Quot in a a. Quot i Fern \ on. Ii Arr an unpatriotic. I us Miliran Conj Rator a word edgewise with military Oil decisions. In a memo intended strictly for official eyes one of Clements consultants Oil executive John a. Hammack recommended a that the Navy should place apr 4 into the Federal lands program in order that it can be developed by the Petroleum argued the memo a the Navy has neither the capital resources the manpower the expertise nor the experience to aggressively explore apr 4. I believe apr 4 should be explored by the Petroleum Clements is a she million stockholder and former chairman of Secco a Dallas drilling firm. Representative John Moss d-calif., has called for his resignation because of Sec of a potential involvement in the alaskan Oil scramble. Secco is readying a bid for some of the construction rights on the alaskan pipeline and Many of its client firms Are participating in the project. Credit in m is several weeks ago we published a detailed report on the operations of the credit investigators who file too million reports a year on those seeking insurance Bank Loans credit cards and other services. The Federal Trade commission has now moved in on the biggest of the Back Fence firms retail credit company. The Gigantic Atlantic based company has been charged with a variety of Shady practices All of which it has denied meanwhile the complaints have continued to pour into us the Etc and the Senate. Here Are a few typical examples with the names omitted of those who Don t want to be identified a Charles k. Herbert of Stewartstown pa., who easily qualified for seven other credit cards was turned Down by Banka Encard. He Learned that the York a. Credit Bureau had informed Banka Dericard that Herbert was Wershing on a $20.57 debt at a local department store. In fact it was a different Man with a similar name. Yet Banka Dericard without so much As phone Call to Herbert rejected his application. Hired lawyers a a Chicago teacher was turned Down for credit because of a supposed $54 debt. It was another mistaken identity Case but the teacher had to get lawyers to write the credit Agency a letter before the records finally were cleansed two years later. A a Washington medical equipment dealer was rejected by his own Bank and a department store on the grounds he had deserted his wife. The a a deserted woman was someone he had never heard of. A a tennessean received a notice that his four year old son was being refused credit. A when aggrieved victims try to Correct their records the results often Are harrowing. An oregonian made six Calls to a credit Agency and was put on a a hold for a total of 65 minutes. When he finally heard a human voice on the third evening he was told a everyone has gone a a nebraskan wrote similarly a live spent probably. Ten dollars on phone Calls have had substantial rate increases on insurance policies on All three cars and. Am just As far from learning the reasons As i was ten Days a from Seattle e. N. Deane wrote us that he observes three a Golden rules in handling credit snoops. Rule one he says is to a shut up when anyone Calls to ask questions about Rule two a ask neighbors to observe this and Rule three a do not answer personal or impertinent questions about yourself. Other than name address age and place of employment. Because credit reports go out to airlines Banks insurance companies and countless other businesses sen. Joe Biden d-del., and William proximire d-wis., have demanded that the credit bureaus give copies of All written reports to the credit applicants so mistakes can be corrected their Bill has been blocked so far by sen William Brock lt-tenn., a Bank directors son footnote the credit Bureau of York told us they go beyond the requirements of present Law and allow those investigated to Sec their entire files. A spokesman said the error on Herbert was quickly corrected but As so Ottun is the Case the damage already had been done. 1973 in Law and order what sort of year was 1973 for Law and order in the United states a report by the department of Justice about what happened to it and in it last year is its own commentary on 1973. In its account of a major accomplishments or significant activities in 1973, the department of Justice reported that the former vice president of the United states two former Cabinet officers three congressmen a former senator and a Federal judge were indicted convicted or sentenced. More than 50 indictments of state and local officers were also returned during the year. Two attorney generals resigned. The Federal Bureau of investigation finally projecting the news got a new permanent director 14 months after the Deaty of j. Edgar Hoover. For the first time in the history of the department a special prosecutor s office was established its purpose to investigate the watergate affair a and All other allegations of misconduct arising from the 1972 presidential the year also saw these accomplishments. There were 667 indictments and 1.207 convictions of organized crime figures. There was a 37 per cent increase in the number of narcotics cases Over 1972. Finally the department filed or joined in a total of 239 civil rights cases a another record. Nearly in the cause of Law and order and Justice 1973 was a year to be remembered. Social Security tax soaking the poor terminal blues in a roundabout Way the Energy crisis May further the cause of historic preservation. Amtrak reported in december that rail passenger Trail in was by per cent greater on some routes than it was a year earlier. Assuming gasoline remains in Short Supply the Outlook for rail travel looks even More bullish for 1974. And Here is where historic preservation enters the picture. Preservationists have been fighting Tor years to save old railway terminals i rom destruction sofar they have met with scant Success. But a lasting increase in rail passenger traffic could make the terminals economically viable once again and preserve them trom the wrecker s Ball. Railroad stations earned a place on architecture s endangered species list years ago. As passenger service declined Atter world War ii Many once bustling stations fell prey to disrepair. Some ceased to be used at All. Demolition seemed the Only solution. The process is still in motion. According to Grady Clay editor of landscape architecture quarterly a dozens if not hundreds of 19th Century Railroad stations Are Likely to disappear in another decade he adds a the prospective death of this great Cross Section of american. Architecture is a serious matter. As a group it represents probably the finest and perhaps the last example of grand downtown space in american cities. These were self conscious works of Fine Art spend Ferous expressions of civic Pride. A perhaps the most splendid of All was Penn Sylvania station in new York City. When construction began in 1906. The station was described As an a undertaking without it was w idely regarded As one of new York s most architecturally distinguished Public buildings. By 1963, however the hard pressed Pennsylvania Railroad was no longer Able to resist pressure to turn the site Over to More productive uses. So the station was moved underground and the terminal demolished. In its place were erected an office building and the new Madison Square Garden. Cincinnati Union terminal has met a similar Fate passenger operations have been moved to a much smaller station. The terminal meanwhile is being torn Down to make Way for freight facilities. And in new London. Conn., a rail station designed by the noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson is scheduled Tor demolition. Nevertheless persons who want to preserve rail terminals have some reason for encouragement. Attempts to save new Yorkus Pennsylvania station ended in failure but the Battle to keep Penn Central from erecting a High Rise office Tower above grand Central station a 1913 landmark in the exuberant beaux arts style goes on. Union station in Washington i. C., w ill be turned into a visitors Center with parking and rapid transit connections. The old terminal in Chattanooga is now a successful restaurant and several suburban and Rural stations around the country have found new usefulness As boutiques. By John p. Roche King features Syndicate the internal Revenue service certainly did t waste any time this year packed in with the Christmas cards was that Jolly Book full of income tax forms. I gather that there Are a number of loopholes but since i have never been Able to afford a farm to lose Money on or to persuade Congress that columnists should have an a idea depletion allowance a or to organize my family As a Church and claim immunity under the first amendment guarantee of religious Freedom i May Well end up paying More than Howard Hughes. Such is life and in american As it May sound i Don t resent equitable taxation a i just recall that my tax Bill is a sum larger than my father Ever earned and i m glad i can afford to it. Soak the poor but income tax loopholes aside there is a tax which i find inequitable and outrageous. Curiously it is one nobody seems to make much noise about although it is the biggest a soak the poor operation in the country the social Security tax listed cryptically As fica on your vv-2 form. I suppose the reason this silence a broken Only by wrathful statements by the Al Cio a is that we Are All in favor of social Security and that to criticize the present regressive system is to Lay profane hands on the Ark of the covenant we All want to see the 29 million people who qualify Tor benefits taken care of a this is what a Community is All about a and we recognize that recent runaway inflation has necessitated a substantial increase in payments to the aged the disabled the Blind and others receiving assistance. So a cheer goes up when Congress raises the benefits and a since it stands to reason that these increases must be funded a nobody much objects when the legislature increases the level of fica assessments. Congress has recently done both with the interesting consequence according to hew Secretary Casper Weinberger that More than half our taxpayers will be laying out More for fica than for income taxes. How can this be Well to put it simply because the motto of the social Security administration is a to him that hath shall it be Given from him that hath not shall it be taken social Security is alleged to be an insurance program. The Way it operates is that every employer and employee must in 5.85 per cent of a workers wage or salary up to the new limit of $13,200 raised from $10.8001. What this Means in specific terms is that the worker earning $13,200 pays precisely the same fica tax As the executive making $150,-000. Moreover the working making $13,200 has his contribution matched by his employer which again to be Concrete Means that his wage is docked 5.85 per cent. By my calculation this amounts in effect to $1,461.24 knocked off his and contributed to the Federal Treasury. Stuck with it this absurd system began in the 1930s when it was believed that any direct program of Federal assistance to the aged and afflicted would encounter a constitutional Roadblock when the a nine old men a the reactionary supreme court eur. Inherited a got their hands on it. The constitutional problem has Long since vanished but we Are stuck with this Rube Goldberg scheme that becomes increasingly costly at the Bottom of the income Pyramid precisely where one Hopes to see purchasing Power increased. It is not in any Normal use of the word i have been paying it for 25 years As have my employers but i have absolutely no equity in the amount listed in account 103-18-1716. I have other insurance policies which meet the definition i can if necessary Hock them borrow on them Etc. In the grievous event that my wife and i should depart this Vale of tears before we achieve eligibility not one Nickel would go to our heiress. So what should we do junk the whole present funding apparatus and raise the Money necessary by the progressive income tax. This Way every one would share the Load in proportion to his capability. In Overall social terms fica is a tax loophole you could drive a Bulldozer through it ought to be soaper Kohoutek is in the spirit of �?T73. Off its record so far nobody is Ever going to believe in comets again. The colosseum in Home is pretty much of a mess although there is no evidence that the gladiatorial combats were televised locally. Bus demand would soar rationing would hit school traffic hard by Alan Emory North american newspaper Alliance Washington Nana the new standby Gas rationing plan is already creating headaches for school officials and students alike. The plan involves distribution of ration coupons for Drivers at least 18 years old but docs not cover those under 18 specifically. Many student Drivers have not yet reached their 18th birthdays. School officials already Short of school buses say their available equipment cannot possibly handle the extra students who would be Riding buses instead of driving their cars to school. An official in Fairfax county va., said the local school system had ordered 87 buses in april and had yet to see the first of them. At $9,000 per bus he said it would take $1.5 million to buy enough buses to accommodate the students who now drive or Are driven to school in the county. Four ways a spokesman for the Federal Energy office says the problem could be met in four ways a students could car Pool with 18-year-old Drivers. A some could ride school buses or use Public transportation instead and others could use bicycles if their Homes were not too far away. A for a a hardship cases local boards could make exceptions and Issue coupons where the student lived far from a bus line and had to drive to school As virtually the Only Way to get there. A finally students less than 17 years old would still be eligible to Purchase coupons with which to obtain gasoline. There was some speculation that families that could afford cars for their children to drive to school could also afford the 75 cents a gallon that Gas would Cost with the anticipated Coupon Cost added to the present Price of gasoline. Students would have to return Home monthly to obtain the coupons for personal or family use. Many observers have criticized the 32-to-35 Gallons a month target used by Federal planners As unrealistic. Flexibility the spokesman said that if the rationing plan did go into effect a fair amount of flexibility would be used in its implementation. He stressed that one area where the government hoped to Cut Down on fuel use was students driving to nearby schools. A we have been asking them wherever possible to use school buses Public transportation or bicycles a the spokesman said. The Federal Energy office is also considering the possibility of Exchange arrangements Between states to handle the cases of persons spending Long vacations away from Home and of allowing parents to pick up the coupons of children away at College especially if the parents have an authorizing note from the child. As the rules stand now Only the individual licensed Driver to can pick up his or her own coupons at the local distribution Point of strictly enforced this would mean that Graffiti i

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