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Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Monessen, Pennsylvania1 Tough fight seen for uniform truck limits by Chris Burnett the Valley Independent Washington Bureau proponents of a uniform Pound weight limit for trucks on the nation s Highway system face a Tough fight sell ing the proposal to the House of representatives this year despite grumbling among trucking groups that different weight limits hamper interstate opponents of setting a mandatory Federal Standard say that making All Sta Tes raise their weight limit Laws is a violation of states rights and would Lead to deterioration of the interstate Highway system. The Senate okayed such a measure last month. 13 states and the District of Columbia set weight limits lower than despite a 1975 Federal Law that suggests that figure As the proper limit. Most of these states limit trucks to the weight most of the interstate system was designed to carry. Among these truckers complain most about the lower limits in Missouri and say ing these states constitute a North to South Midwest that effectively reduces the loads Cross country rigs can carry. Other states stick ing with the limit Are Maryland and Pennsylvania. Montana limits truck weight to pounds while North Carolina and Virginia have agreed upon pounds. While reluctant to predict the House observers believe the proposal will have More difficulty than it did in the Senate. An aide to the House Public works and transportation which is consider ing the said he considered Senate approval an unfair test of the measure s significance. The Pound weight limit was approved in the Senate last month by a voice vote with few senators on the floor. The por posed by sen. John Melcher also stretches the maximum truck length from 60 to 65 feet and maximum Width from 96 to 102 inches. Last rep. Sam Gib Bons became the first House member to speak publicly against the Senate s action. He testified before a House subcommittee on sur face transportation that the Melcher amendment was the worst truck size and weight legislation he has seen in his 17 years As a congressman. Sympathize with truckers whose fuel costs have gone sky Gibbons told the sub committee. I think it s time that we stopped listening to this Siren that we Stop subsidizing an Industry by giving it a renewed License to tear up this system even More. A trucker May save a few Gallons of fuel by being allowed to carry a heavier Gross Load. But All other Highway they number into the tens of would be forced to repay much More than just a few cents More in Highway the Carter administration opposes the Melcher Amend believing any size or weight changes can wait until department of transportation studies Are completed in 1981 or 1982. The administration does want con Gress to authorize the presi Dent to lift weight restrictions for two consecutive 90-Day periods in the event of another fuel crisis. Also opposing the higher weight limit Are groups like the american automobile association and the association of Highway and transportation officials con reluctant to invite Wrath from constituents opposed to even bigger appear to be hedging their opinions in Hopes the Issue is not inserted into the curent debate Over deregulation of the truck ing Industry. The Federal Highway administration estimates that some Miles of Road and Bridges on the nation s interstate system need repair. The Bill should Cost taxpayers about it estimates. Last an american automobile association official told a congressional sub committee that fatal accidents involving trucks Rose almost 50 percent after the 1975 Law allowing states to set weight limits at pounds was passed. Weather turning cold with a Chance of Snow flurries sunday. Overnight Low in the High Day in the 30s. Chance of rain or monday. 78th year no. 214 the daily newspaper for everyone in the mid Monongahela Valley area saturday March 1980 convention preparations Are now under Way for a regional student Council convention to be held at Charleroi area High school. Story and picture on Page 3. 25c per copy including holidays by Carrier every month by motor route japanese Trade Mission Linca Luciani Frank Mahalko for the record if the election were held for whom would you vote for that was the question posed by the Valley Independent in an unscientific sampling of Mon Valley residents this week. More than 30 persons were contacted either in person or by random Telephone Call and the largest say they Are undecided or they Don t care for any of those who Are Runn ing. Of those who have made a decision or who leaning in one direction or the president Jimmy with eight sup leads the Field. His democratic sen. Edward Kennedy received support from three per sons. George Bush was the Republican candidate who attracted the most but sup port for Republican candidates could Best be termed As but sparse. Three persons contacted in our Survey support two support former California gov. Ronald Reagan and one person voiced support for rep. John Anderson one interesting sidelight to the Survey was the support received by former president Gerald who was sent out to pasture or at least to the nation s Golf courses by the voters in the 1976 election. The Survey was taken before the news hit at the end of the week that Ford May enter the but three persons we contacted expressed the Hope that Ford would seek the nation s highest office. It would appear that sen. Howard Baker decided just in time to pull out of the race. No one in our Survey even mentioned him. Here is a Sample of some of the choices made by area residents and Why they feel the Way they Shirley Bush. Hes the Only one who s made any sense so far. I m afraid of Kennedy and with i think if i had a son in i d be swimming after him. No Choice. I m suck of the political scene. Joyce Chuprinko Joyce Chuprinko. Clover Ford. I think he s the Best Man for the Job. He seems honest to me. He did what was Best for the country. Norman Belle Bush. I worked for the government and i met the Man. He s nobody s fool. Frank Carter. He s the Man for the Job. Denise Carter. I think he s doing a Good Job. You can t change horses in the Middle of the Stream. Ruth Carter. I think he s trying to being peace in the world. Governor gets foot in door Tokyo Penn Sylvania gov. Dick Thorn Burgh Friday ended four Days of meetings with government officials and businessmen designed to get the japanese to buy products from and in Vest in Pennsylvania. Think i have a very real View of the problems we have to face in both the area of in creased exports from Penn Sylvania firms to Japan and the area of japanese in vestments in Thornburgh told United press International in an interview. Here to put a foot in Many the governor said. Thornburgh arrived in Japan monday and began meeting tuesday with officials and executives of various including Japan s two top Auto Toyota and Nissan. He and a group of Pennsylvania businessmen leave saturday for a week in China. Thornburgh said officials of Toyota and Nissan makes Dat Sun did t say if they planned to open car manufacturing plants in the United As demanded by United Auto workers presi Dent Douglas Fraser and Man charged in Charleroi school cases an Elizabeth Man has been charged with two counts each of harassment attempt to Kidnap in the Wake of two separate incidents involving elementary school children in Charleroi. Police chief Larry Celaschi credited Quick work by his officers Ana the alertness of the children and school crossing guards in the arrest yesterday of Robert j. Holton of 1061 Blythedale Elizabeth. Was apprehended near 13th St. And Mckean ave. As he headed toward North Charleroi. Celaschi said the Case actually began on feb. 26 when police received a Call at . From Michael principal of the Crest and Meadow elementary schools in Charleroi. The administrator told police that a Young was walking in the 300 Block of Meadow ave. To the Meadow school when a Blue Green car with a Black stopped. The Driver asked the girl if she knew where a certain per son Celaschi said. Told the Man she did t know and began walking up the Steps to a nearby telling him that her aunt lived there. The Guy then told her to get into the but when she kept going up the Steps he took Celaschi said the Young girl then ran to the school crossing guard at fourth St. And Meadow ave. And they went to Defigio. Was really said Celaschi. Gave us a full description of the Man. He had shoulder length red hair and a Long Beard like the Smith Brothers on the cough drop Box. She even told us what he was wearing. Her recollection really helped Celaschi noted that police conducted an intense Obser Vance of the area after the initial complaint. Men were Hunting for Index Shirley Goethe Norman Monack 2 10 8 12 4 3 3 12 7 9 har Risburg i the Revenue department has announced that the Commonwealth received million in Revenue from horse racing in 1979 at the six tracks licensed by the state. Church news classified comics a crabby editorials Hospital registers obituaries school menus sports television Heaters race Revenue several others in the . Automotive Industry. The governor said he told the car makers that if they did decide to open shop in he wanted them to consider Pennsylvania. He pointed to Volkswagen s Suc Cess in making cars in his state. Thornburgh said the japanese expressed interest in his suggestion that Japan consider buying coking or steam Coal from Penn especially coking Coal for steel. Have the kind of Coal the car and the Man Ever since that he said. Lot of times you get these kind of complaints and you never see the person that was not the As police later Learned that the suspect s work had taken him out of town for several Days. Yesterday at . Another Young girl this one also 11 was walking up the North Side of fifth St. And she reached Lookout ave. She saw the same Blue Green car stopped at the Cor Ner. A Man fitting the description of the one seen in the feb. 26 incident was inside the car and hollered to the according to Celaschi. Told him no and then he hollered at her Celaschi said. This she began running the rest of the Way up fifth St. Until she Fot to the crossing guard at fifth and Crest and told her about the police officer William Lundy was Crest school on another Call and he was alerted by the crossing guard. Lundy took the Young girl into1 the patrol car and they took off in search of the Blue Green car. Holton had obviously left the fifth and Lookout site by this time and was heading out of town when he was stopped at 13th St. And Mckean ave. By officers Francis Behrendt and Joseph Piccinotti who were in a second patrol car. 6-5 and 230 was taken to the police station and placed in a lineup with three other persons. Celaschi said he was identified by All parties As the Man involved in both cases. Holton was then arraigned in two counts of harassment and two counts of criminal at tempt to Kidnap before magistrate Matthew Cowell of Charleroi. Unable to Post he was then transferred to Washington county jail yesterday afternoon. Celaschi had High Praise for his officers As Well As the the crossing guards and school officials. Parents of those youngsters obviously have taught them Well about said Celaschi. Girls gave us Good descriptions and acted in an Alert Celaschi also credited the school crossing guards in the areas of Meadow and Crest schools for keeping a con Tinous Lookout for the car and its Driver. Lundy. Behrendt and Piccinotti reacted quickly when the thing broke yesterday Celaschi said. Was a combination of Good work of everyone involve they he said pro is getting that Coal to terminals where it would be he said Pennsylvania now will have to improve its transportation system move Coal not just to the far East but even to new he also acknowledged that troubles in Japan s steel Industry might keep demand for coking Coal Low. Thornburgh said the mayor of 300 Miles Southwest of told him in giving him a key to the City thurs Back Home a drawn and unshaven Edgar the austrian ambassador to col leaves an aircraft yesterday on his arrival in Vienna from Colombia. Who was one of the diplomatic hostages being held at the besieged dominican embassy in was released unexpectedly thursday to Fly to the Side of his wife who was reported seriously ill at Home. The remaining hostages Are still being held by the guerrillas. You re the most famous governor in the United because of the nuclear Accident last year at three mile near the state Harrisburg. The governor said he thought the who operate 21 nuclear Power have a commitment to nuclear Energy like ours cautious but determine think there is a realistic appreciation in Japan of the need to include nuclear Power in Short term Energy Thornburgh said. Autoworkers take at import cars Washington the United Auto workers fresh from a Victory in winning a Federal bailout of the Chrysler is now ask ing Congress to do something about the flood of japanese imports on the . Auto Market. Law president Douglas trying to win Back the jobs of an estimated unemployed Auto will ask the House ways and Means Trade subcommittee to consider legislation limiting imports of hondas and other foreign cars unless a Good Deal of them Are manufactured in America with labor. More than a Quarter of All . Car sales last year were of foreign which Are More fuel efficient and generally cheaper than their american counterparts. Fraser has proposed Legisla Tion that would require foreign car makers who sell a certain number of cars and trucks in the United states to build Assembly plants in America. He said in a speech to Union executives in the Law will aban Don its Long held position and ask for import restrictions. He said he wants the japanese to Cut Back their imports to the 1977 level of about 18 percent of the . Market. Time to end the diplomacy and take off our gloves and Start fighting on this he said. Congressional sources say that unless the situation gets worse this such legislation is unlikely. The foreign cars Are obviously filling a Gap for . Car and Trade restrictions would drive up the Price of american models. Schedule for outreach the Washington county commissioners have announced scheduling of the outreach project for the week of March 10-14. The outreach con ducted by the Washington county employment and training Agency involves the establishment of outreach centers in local communities throughout Washington county. The centers Are designed for the purpose of accepting applications from residents of Washington county who Are interested in employment and training services offered by Uceta. Prior to enrolment in Uceta proof of and past six month income is required to determine eligibility. Individuals who Are Plann ing on applying at one of the centers should bring copies of the following documents for eligibility Drivers birth baptismal or voter s registration. Paycheck w-2 welfare or unemployment insurance card. The following schedule lists and addresses of outreach centers for March 10 through the 14th. All centers will be accepting applications from . To . As applications Are accepted at the Washington office East Maiden every work Day. March 10 municipal building at 113 main Street. March 11 West Pike run twp. Building. March 12 Donegal twp. Municipal building. March 13 municipal building at 68 East Pike Street. March 14 municipal building at 603 Meldon Street. In Tig Columbia gems on their Way Homo. The roving Bachelor miffed again after wedding rehearsal snafu. Someone stepped on his Pink Quiana causing him to lose the veil and drop his nosegay. Jogger sprinting along Railroad tracks Between Dunlevy and Allenport. Two Charleroi girls hoping to pin Down their favorite Kcal cars if they have time to spare at Bowling Alley. Monongahela couple feeling up to Par As they prepare their Golf clubs for another season. Bobsled enthusiast not let Ting a Day go by without new ideas on brains and Bronze. Non Colorado Denver giving serious thought to going or a diet. A hand of gypsies asked if they could use his pants for an overnight Campground

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