Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY IN 70s. ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV No. 170 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-26 PAGES Players make r yards no tax Benson hold the line By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) - Income taxes were cut July 1 for both low- and upper-income taxpayers. But one class of taxpayer^ professional football players, will continue to feel a pinch. As announced by Finance Minister E. J. Benson In his June 18 budget, tax rates on taxable income up to $3,000 a year arc being reduced. Income taxes are ended for the second half of 1971 for people with taxable income of $500 or less. The tax saving for these low-income taxpayers is estimated at $35 million for the balance of the year. Mr. Benson pictured the move as greeing that amount of tax money for other spending as one step towards revitalizing the economy. Affecting the moderate- to upper-income taxpayers is Mr. Benson's withdrawal of the three-per-cent surtax on income taxes in excess of $200, also starting July 1, But by a quirk of income tax law, some of this surtax will continue for some taxpayers until the end of 197L Personal income taxes are generally collected through payroll deductions from taxpayers whose incomes are earned from employment. They make a final settlement of their tax bill in tax returns filed after the end of the calendar year,- So tax rates are quoted in the law on the basis of calendar years. Pay no more When Mr. Benson proposed "cancelling" the three-per-cent surtax, effective July 1, he in fact simply cut the rate to 1.5 per cent for the whole year. This means that nearly all taxpayers who have had jpayroll deductions through the first half of 1971 will now have paid their tax for the whole year at 1.5 per cent, and will pay no more. But taxpayers who have had no earned income since Jan. 1 and now become taxpayers in the second half of the year will be required to pay 1.5 per cent surtax on any of their taxes owing in excess of $200. This will apply to people arriving in Canada after July 1 and becoming Canadian taxpayers for the first time, to new entrants in the; labor force who. find their first jcbs-^fter-tod.-.ov md. to seasonal workers whose major income is earned in the seeped iialf of the year. Pro footballers probably are-�ffici'biggest earners and taxpayers whose incomes are concentrated in the fall of the year. New tax deduction tables for employers making payroll deductions have been prepared by the revenue department and are expected1 to be distributed about the middle of July, to take effect Aug. 1. They will reflect the discontinuance of the three-per-cent surtax' effective July 1. Will pay later I But taxpayers who are caught by the 1.5-per-cent rate applying for the balance of the year, because they have paid none in the first half of 1971, will be as-eessed when they file their 1971 tax returns next spring. Withdrawal of the the surtax means freeing another $90 million for personal spending. The withdrawal also applies to corporations, who are expected to have a tax saving of $40 million. Some of Mr. Benson's other tax cuts came into effect earlier. Removal of the 12-per-cent sales tax on anti-pollution equipment, and the 15-per-cent luxury on radios, record players, television sets and other electronic equipment, became effective the night of June 18 when the budget was delivered. The same was true of lower import duties on petroleum fractions such as naphtha used in the petrochemical industry, and on heavy fuel oils, and an increase in the protective tariff on polyethylene. Mr. Benson also removed income taxes retroactive to last Jan. 1 on supplements paid to recipients of federal old age pensions. This was estimated to mean a tax saving for them of $10 million. will cost yon more to send holiday cards OTTAWA (CP) - Tine new postal rates which went into effect July 1 include increases in Christmas card rates, especially for cards mailed to countries other than the United Scales. The old rate was tive cents for a one-ounce card, cajrrying a five-word message, which was posted to any country in North or South America or, under a special agreement, to Spain. Season's greetings could be sent to all other countries for faix cents. Starting Thursday, the rate for a one-ounce card mailed to the U.S. will be six cents. Preferential postal tariffs to all other countries have been dropped, and it will cost eight cents Lo mail a card anywhere else in the world. The rates for two-ounce cards carrying a five-word message and posted to any point within Canada will be six cents, up from five. Meanwhile a new seven-cent stamp was issued by the post office Wednesday, just in time for the new mailing rate structure which is effective today. ' First-class letters now cost seven cents for mailing to points within Canada. On Jan. 1, 1972 the rate will be eight cents. Except for the denomination figure, the stamp's design is identical to an existing six-cent issue depicting transportation and communications systems and a portrait of the Queen. MUSCOVITES SADDENED - Muscovites gather in Red Square in Moscow today during burial services for the three Russian cosmonauts who died at the controls of their ship just before completing an epic space voyage. The cosmonauts were laid to rest in the Kremlin Wall, the nation's traditional burial place for fallen heroes. Space heroes buried MOSCOW (AP) Three So- stood before viet cosmonauts, who died at the controls of their ship just before completing an epic space voyage, were laid to rest today in the Kremlin Wall, the nation's traditional burial place for fallen heroes. The cosmonauts-Georgy T. Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev-were eulogized at funeral ceremonies in Red Square for their flight aboard the world's first space laboratory. Mstisiav V. Keldysh, president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, told the thousands of Russians assembled in Red Square for the cosmonauts' fu� neral that they had "opened up vast possibilities for ail mankind." "Their flight aboard the world's first long-term manned -�^"pa^'station, .salute, marks" the; begjoming of a ne^r stage in the conquestfc�.ffim$?sj>aGe,iy said f Keldysh, speaking from Lenin's Tomb beside the Kremlin wall , A fellow cosmonaut pledged" the Soviet Union will continue to conquer space. He is Vladimir A. Shatalov, who comimanded Soyuz 10, which linked up briefly with Salute in April, but he didn't board the station. URNS PLACED IN WALL After the eulogies an escort of military officers carried the urns to three niches in the Kremlin Wall and placed them inside. An artillery salvo fired each time a plaque was placed over the niche and sealed. A military band played the. Soviet national anthem as the r mourners stood silently. Woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova-Nikolayeva, who flew in space in 1963, comforted the-cosmonauts' wives, as they families and sobbed. The wives knelt before the wall and kissed portraits of their husbands placed below the niches. The open coffins lay in state for eight hours Thursday as thousands of Russians filed past in the Central Army Hall in tribute to the men who died in their spaceship Wednesday after a record-breaking flight aboard the Salute. The bodies were cremated during the night and then returned to the hall and the public continued to file by." Then a funeral cortege bore the ashes from the Central Army House through the streets of Moscow to Red Square. HUMAN ERROR In London, meanwhile, Moscow. correspondent of London Evening News says the the the cosmonauts i iqse "they failed to seal the hatch%i their spacecraft properly." T The usually well-informed correspondent, Victor Louis, a Russian, says this explanation of the death of the three Soviet spacemen was put forth by Moscow scientists gathered for the state funeral. OTTAWA (CP) - Leaders of the Letter Carriers Union of Catvada will meet with post office officials this afternoon to try to prevent a dispute about delivery of "junk" or third-class mail from erupting into a national walkout. Jim Mayes, first vice-president of the union, said in an interview today that ho will ask postal officials to delay imposing new delivery regulations until he can meet Deputy Postmaster-General J. A. H. Mackay next week. He said that if the post office goes ahead with its plans to reorganize the delivery system for "dear householder" mail, "we can't be responsible for the reaction of the membership." Earlier, a union spokesman said a bulletin will go out to all of the 12,000 union members today advising them to "lock up and leave" if they are forced to conform to the post office proposals. William Findlay, second vice-president of the' letter carriers, said in an interview the post office had breached an agreement signed April 3 regarding junk mail telegram from P. C. head of the post of relations, said the post with union-opposed changes in handling junk-mail. "He's threatened us," said Mr. Findlay. .-i "He's a new fellow down ijere that feels the old brigade has been too soft on us. Well we're sending out a bulletin today to all our members and when junk mail comes in our people, will refuse to touch it.V ^ "We'll lock up and leave." WANT EXTRA MINUTE ^ Mr. Findlay said all the letter Tim^ jrtary cum- ^3^^ want ^ �an exfcra ^ The problems regarding third-class or what postmen generally call junk mail arose from a change in rules agreed on during a long post office-union consultation session that ended April 3. On May 31, the new rules were set out. They asked companies sending out their third-class mail to bundle it in batches of 20, 25 or 50 pieces, Mr. Findlay said. The post office agreed to deliver such mail within three days if it came bundled. Letter carriers previously had six days to sort and deliver unbundled mail. The union accepted the three-day delivery time for the bundled mail because it was faster to handle. But companies using bulk mail were displeased because exact numbers were to be put into bundles. Mr. Valois told the letter carries in his telegram July 1 that because of ' 'increasing customer dissatisfaction and a potential loss of business the restrictions on householder bundling will be changed immedi- ately to require a reasonable-size bundle without specific reference to the number of householders in each bundle." REJECT UNION REQUEST The telegram rejected the letter carrier's request for an extra minute a day to sort and bundle the third-class mail. "Management is satisfied that the time allowances for the preparation of householder mail are objective " A spokesman for the post office said today that to grant an extra minute a day for each householder mailing would cost the post office about $200,000 a year-"this on top of our $114 million deficit.'' Householder mail is sent to every household and bears no address. He said the discussions on the third-cJass mail-"it's our biggest source of revenue and we don't consider it junk"-was not part of contract negotiations. - In Lethbridge, postmaster Arthur Lewis said this morning niether of the sides involved locally had been informed of the dispute. Bernadette Ian fflbbri PREGNANT r-Devijn, Northern Roman Catholic expects a baby in ilte fall, a Dublin newspaper viiys.jJTi a pregnancy is reporter ' t i mins of the pap^r says Miss Devlin told her in : London: "My morals are a private matter." Miss Devlin is 23 and the youngest member of the British House of Commons. Trudeau has busy day at Kimberley - Cranbrook �Je'* from Newsday^ dean Do you want to renew your subscription?9 By STEWART MacLEOD KIMBERLEY, B.C. (CP) - After a leisurely day in the Okanagan Valley, Prime Minister Trudeau wjbn to c ^ntinue his tour of British 1 V.i�ubia's interior today wiiu a town hall meeting here at which he would entertain briefs and answer questions. The 90-minute event, followed by a service club luncheon, was to be in sharp contrast to the informality Thursday when he spent the afternoon in Kelowna riding bicycles, chatting with children and relaxing at an outdoor dinner. Mr. Trudeau arrived here Thursday night to begin a one-day visit to Kimberley - Cranbrook area of B.C., and after being met by about 100 persons at the airport, he immediately went to bed. He had had a busy Thursday. He and other members of the federal cabinet were in Victoria Thursday morning to help celebrate the province's 100th birthday and he then flew into Kelowna to spend the afternoon, taking a bicycle tour of the city, visiting a senior citizens' home meeting residents at two parks and attending an outdoor box dinner sponsored Howard. Liberal MP by for Okana gan-B oundary. He was to begin Ms day with the town hall meeting at 9:30 a.ma, and after its conclusion, he was to drive to Cranbrook to officially open a new swimming pool. Later he will address the service club luncheon before flying back to Vancouver where the tour officially, ends. There he will rejoin Mrs. Trudeau who, after attending the Victoria ceremonies, visited with her parents in West Vancouver. ute a day" to sort such mail-circulars, advertising brochures and the like. Unless the letter carriers receive this extra minute, Mr. Findlay said, "there is no way we touch these things." He said Roger Decarie, co-chairman of the Council of Postal Unions and head of the letter carriers, had left instructions to have members walk off the job if the post office did not comply with the union-requested changes. Mr. Decarie is on a holiday in the Maritimes. "He was so damn mad when he left he told us to close it up if they (the post office) went ahead. Mr. Findlay said the .J^ter carriers could easily Iqay?; .?ir jobs within a day or two if; uifcir demands were not met. But "if they would give us one more minute a day we could fix this thing up." .... If ' POPS TO SURFACE-B. P. Beckett, one of three seamen who were trapped in sunken British submarine Artemis for ten hours, pops to the surface (centre) after being ejected from the sub at Gosport, England Friday. Beckett and the other two seamen were rescued. Seen and heard About town Cardston man wins $10,000 in sweepstake WAWANESA, Man. (CP) F. R. Sloan of Cardston, Alta. was a $10,000 sweepstake winner with a ticket on Timmy Bird, winner of the ninth race in a harness racing card Thursday. TANDLUBBERS Bob Day - and Bob Stevens hoping to remain dry during a sail boat ride this weekend . . . Bill Kergan admitting that his wife Jeanette has threatened to take a full-time job if he plans to be at home all day after retirement . . . Ken- Spence and Dr. Bob El liott caught in the act of helping themselves to dessert when a dividing curtain at a smorgasbord was suddenly pulled back. 4 Pilots trade blows in big air race studies Viet Cong peace plan WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nixon administration's immedi-ate concern over tlie newest Viet Cong peace plan appears not so much whether to accept or reject, but to determine the m 0 tiye be hind the propos a I. The official White House and State department stance is the seven-point plan contains "positive as well as clearly unacceptable elements" and will be given serious study. The new ingredient and apparently the positive one in official United States eyes is the proposal made Thursday by chief Viet Cong Paris delegate Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh: "If the U.S. government sets a terminal date for the with* drawal from South Vietnam in 1971 of the totality of U.S. forces and those of the other foreign countries in the U.S. camp, the parties will at the same time agree on the . . . release of the totality of military men of all parties and of the civilians captured in the war, including American pilots captured in Vietnam so that they may all return rapidly to their homes." Administration officials have agreed the United States should, at the outset, determine the meaning of the Viet Cong's gesture and whether it indicates a serious intention to negotiate. STUDYING ALTERNATIVES Among alternatives U.S. officials say privately axe being considered are these three: -The time has come in North Vietnam's mind to negotiate total withdrawal of U.S. forces, including advisers, out of the South. -Recent defeat of congressional efforts to legislate a withdrawal has led Hanoi to attempt to pump new blood into the anti-war drive in the United States. -The peace plan may be an effort to generate bad feelings between the United States and the Saigon government at a time of the impending South Vietnamese presidential election. Beyond the troop withdrawn-prisoner release part of the plan, the United States found other elements in the seven points more obviously troublesome. A Viet Cong demand restated Thursday is that "the United States government must - . . stop the policy of 'Vietnamiza-tion* of the war." Mrs. Binh also repeated her oft-stated demand for a coalition government which, in the minds of the Nixon administration, means a try at ultimately controlling the South. While not going into detail, presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the United States will continue to reject any proposal that would turn "17 million South Vietnamese over to the Communists/' AYR, Scotland (AP) - Two Americans flying. together in a $170,000 air race between London and Victoria, had a fight en route Thursday night. The pilot flew on alone, and the co-pilot went to a hospital in Ayr with cuts and bruises about his head. The injured man, Dr. Lawrence Dennis, a 56-year-old osteopath from Milwaukee, Ore., told police he and pilot Roger Hannagan of Canby, Ore., tangled in midair when Dennis insisted they turn back for repairs. The plane, a four-seat Mboney Ranger, landed at Prestwick and "there was an incident on the tarmac," police said. "Dr. Dennis was left lying on the ground bleeding from a face injury. "His co-pilot went to the aircraft, which immediately took off again." Dr. Dennis was not seriously injured. The plane passed through Reykjavik', Iceland, early today and headed for Greenland. Officials of the race in London said the plane might be disqualified if flown solo but that was up to the headquarters in Canada. COST HIM $5,000 Police said Dennis is co-owner of the aircraft with another doctor. Dennis told reporters he paid $5,000 to finance bis attamrt to r win the international air race, including a fee to his co-pdlot. "I had to have someone along with instrument-flying experience,'* he said. J Hannagan, 22, is a flying instructor at the airport where Dennis usually keeps his plane. Train disaster in England CHESTER, England (AP) A major train disaster was ported neajhere Friday night. First reports said a childen*! excursion was involved in th< crash, and that /several school children were killed. Plane hijacked SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) - A Braniff International airlines flight carrying 102 passengers from Mexico City to San Antonio was diverted shortly before noon today by a hijacker, authorities said. Longshoremen out SAN FRANCISCO (AP)-Civilian cargo shipping ground to a virtual halt today from Seattle to San Diego in the first strike by longshoremen on the United States West Coast in 23 years.