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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 1, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle The law of heredity Is that all un- desirable traits come from the other parent, Nashua Celeqra 1969 Tht Ttkyuph'i lOOHi Year As A Doily C M Weather Clear, Cool Tonight Sunny, Mild Friday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 101 NO. 52 Established it i Weekly October 20, 1831 Incorporated 11 Daily March 1, IMt NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1969 Second Class Posiaje Paid At Nashua, N. H. 24 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Speaker Cobleigh Asks Tax Package; Ups Utilities' Levy, Ticket Admissions A Pompidou and Press Former French Premier Georges Pompidou is en-, circled by photographers at a brief press conference one day after he announced his candidacy to succeed Charles de Gaulle as president. Sources today said his candidacy has gained strength since the announce- ment. (AP Wirephoto via cable from By Adolphe V. Bernotas CONCORD, N. H. (AP) House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh's tax package, which he says will yield million to meet the state's needs, was to be introduced In the lower chamber to- day. Proposes Hikes He proposes increasing the franchise (ax .on public utilities from the current 9 per cent of net earnings to 20 per cent and to have it applied to the telephone company in addition to gas and electric utilities. Cobleigh also proposes a 10 per cent amusement tax on ad- missions to ski resorts, movies, drive-in theaters, golf courses, bowling alleys and auto races. Also taxed would be cable tele- vision. Cobleigh also proposed doub- ling the corporation filing fees. He told the House Rules Com- mittee late Wednesday he earl- ier had considered raising the beer tax and registration fees for doctors, but dismissed these because they wouldn't yield enough money. The committee voted to ac- cept Cobleigh's proposal that the tax package be entered as three bills and to allow Gov. Walter Peterson's million unclassified state employes sal- ary bill to be entered today. were no dissenting votes. Cobleigh revealed his plan at the' committee hearing, imme- diately after he addressed a caucus of fellow House Repub- Property Tax Exemptions Older City Residents Favor Bill By Clamletic Diirocher About 90 persons, most of them older citizens, at- tended a public hearing in City Hail last night to dis- cuss a bill which would per- mit real estate tax exemp- tions for Nashuans 65 years and above, who earn less than a year. Draw Support Generally, reaction to the bill was favorable though several who testified felt it was unfair thai Social Security payments and interest earned on savings would be considered as income in determining an applicant's exemption eligibility. Speaking as opposed to the bill were Jay Culler, 55 Penni- chuck St., and John Hostage, 7 Lee St. Hep. Roland H. LaPlanle (D- Warci chairman of the city's delegalion to the stale legisla- ture, conducted the session and praised the unexpectedly large turnout. He also noted the sparse at- tendance of his fellow repre- sentatives. Out of the 26 Nashua representatives, only four at- tended the session, including La- Planle. The others were Reps. Louis D. Record Jr. (R-Ward Romeo Lesage (D-Ward 3) and Maurice L. Bouchard (R- Ward sponsor of the bill. Lack of a quorum prevented the adoption of a recommenda- tion on Bouchard's bill .last night. LaPlante said the Nashua delegation would be convened Tuesday (o discuss tile measure and formulate recommenda- tions. Bouchard explained his bill at the start of the hearing. HB 503 provides that properly owners 65 years and above with an income or combined income of less than would be eligible for a 75 per cent exemption on their as- sessed real estate tax. Persons in this age bracket earning less than would be eligible for a 50 per cent exemption and those earning less than would be en- titled to a 25 per cent exemp- tion. Where title is vested in either the husband or the wife, their combined income may not ex- ceed the income sums specified and such income would include social security payments, other retirement benefits, interest, di- vidends, rental income, salary or earnings and income from self-employment. Gifts or inheritances would not be considered as income, however. Plan Specifies The bill also requires ihat title of the properly must have been vested in the owner or all the owners of the property tor which an exemption is sought for consecutive months prior to the exemption applica- tion. Nevada Governor to Decide Hudson Man's Extradition LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) Gov. Paul Laxalt says he plans to "digest the record" deciding whether to extradite retired industrialist George Gil- bert, 48, of Hudson, N.H., want- ed in Massachusetts in the slay- ing of his wife, Mary, 36. Francis J. Dimcnto of Boston, Gilbert's lawyer, asked Laxalt to delay a decision (o let the fed- eral government decide whether it has juriscUclion. Dimenlo said the wife's body may have been found beyond the Ihree-mile limit off Glouces- ter, Mass., making her death a federal case. Gilbert, former part owner of Reese Folding Machine Co., sat at the other end of the table from Laxalt at Wednesday's hearing in the governor's Las Vegas office. He wore jail clothes and slippers and was in handcuffs. Docs Not Testify Once he chuckled but most of TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH Abhy 1910bituaries 2 Classifieds Pearson 20, 21. 22, ZlilRcston Comics Crossword Kditnrial Financial Hal Boyle 11 4 Nashua Scene 4 4 SlSports" 16, 17 {Suburban 41 News 14, 15 61 Television 17 Theaters 17 Dr. Thosleson .19 Weather 2 the time sat patiently with his arms on the table. He was not asked to testify. Prosecutors said the couple had been married 16 years and. had three children before Mrs. Gilbert said she was leaving her husband. f She and Gilbert disappeared on a boat trip off Gloucester Sept. Nine months later her body was found by a fisher- man. Gilbert was found last Janu- ary lying in the desert near North Las Vegas and claiming loss of memory. John J. Jennings, first assist- ant district attorney in Essex County, Mass., told Laxalt blood was found in Mrs. Gilbert's In Gloucester. Tf she was in- jured in the car, Massachusetts would have jurisdiction no mat- ter where she died, Jennings said. Dimenlo answered that the type of blood in the car was nev- er determined and "in a fishing village it could very well be haddock blood of a household pet." Dimenlo described publicity about the case in Massachusetts as "horrendous" and said that in such a small slate it would difficult to transfer the case far enough to get an unprejudiced jury. The defense lawyer also said prosecutors did not file a war- rant against Gilbert until he was found. On that point, Jen- nings replied that a complaint might have made it even harder to find Gilbert because he would try to get away. Asserting Ihat jurisdiction ap- peared to be a key, considera- tion, the'governor asked Dimen- to, "Do you- think jurisdiction should be considered by a gov- ernor miles from where the crime allegedly look The property would have to be used exclusively for resi- dential purposes by the owner and occupied by him, wholly or in part as his legal residence. Finally, the property would have to be in Nashua. Applications for an exemption would be made annually to the assessors who would be era- powered to request satisfactory proof of any facts contained in an application. Carries Fine Any person convicted of hav- ing made a false statement would be punishable by a fine of not more than J1IW and dis- qualified from further exemp-. tion for five years. The bill, if adopted by the legislature, would require ap- proval by a majority vote in a city-wide referendum next November. take effect- Jan. 1, 1970. Bouchard said 18 states have similar tax relief measures and that his bill represented a com- bination of these. He acknowledged that the bill was imperfect but pointed out it represented a first attempt at getting some form of relief for property owners on fixed in- comes. The lead-off witness was Mer- lon Caswell, 31 Gordon St., who said he favored the bill largely because it would enable the elderly to keep their own horns instead of being forced to enter housing for the elderly. But he added that gifts and inheritances should be consid- ered as income so that "some well-endowed owners" could not take advantage of the exemp- tion. llcans and polled them on th< tax issue while Minority Leader Robert Raiche of Manchester was taking a poll of the same sentiment among Democrats. Cobleigh would not say what the specific points were in the poll. However, The Associated Press learned the members of the majority party were asked whether they favor annual leg- islative sessions; a four year term for governor; an income tax; a sales tax. They also were asked a tout- part question on whether they favor Peterson's proposals for increasing Ihe inheritance lax; real estate transfer tax; rooms and meals lowering the exemption to 16 and the insurance tax. Cobleigh estimated that if the budget, as recommended by the House Appropriations Commit- tee, were passed between million and million would bs needed and ;that sum "still would not bring'back the uni- versity's request to what the governor proposed, which I sup- port." The university had requested 533 million, or at least mil- lion for the fiscal biennium. The governor recommended J28 million, but the Appropriations Committee cut it mil- lion. Expresses Need Cobleigh also said there would not be enough to cover the state employes raise, health and wel- fare needs and the state retire- ment system, unless his tax package were enacted. The Democrats, meanwhile, decided they'll take no official stand on taxes as a party. Raiche told newsmen he him- self, as minority leader, will re- frain from taking the floor and speaking either for or against new levies. Raiche did say, however, that, as an individual, he might have other feelings and would make known, '.but riot on' the; flooiv'laler. l I Raiche said earlier it is un< fortunate "that Gov. P.eterspn and Appropriations Committee Chairman Joseph Eaton, both Republicans, have gotten in- volved in a dispute over the budget proposals. He described it as a "hairpul- ling contesl which solves noth- ing." In other developments on tax and budget matters: Sen. James Koromilas, R- Dover, went to bat for a gradu- ated income tax. But he said it would do nothing to lower the property tax. Koromilas argued in favor of a proposed stale constitutional amendment that would let the legislature levy a graduated in- come tax. He said if the volers don't get to decide on the issue, "it will be a sales tax by default." Koromilas said the change in the New Hampshire Constitulion would permit a levy similar to the federal income tax. He lold the House Constitution- al Revision Committee no mat- ter what new taxes are levied, property taxes are not going down. He explained he does not necessarily favor any new taxes at this time but that, when the time comes for additional levies, Ihe option of having a graduated income tax should be open. Health and Welfare Com- missioner Charles Whittemore went before the House Appropri- ations Committee to plead for re- visions in the budget the com-, mittee is recommending for him. Whitlemore noted that the long-awaited letler oullining New Hampshire's options from health officials at the fed- eral level his arrived. But he said it is complicated and diffi- cult to understand and it might take a week before the ramifications of it are public. The letter details exactly what the federal government requires to be spent in the area of wel- fare. One portion that will get spe- cial attention concerns whether the federal freeze on the aid for families with dependent chil- dren program will be in by nexl year. Whittemore indi- cated that, on first glance, he thinks the freeze would be de- layed for at least one year. The letter could make a dif- ference in state spending on welfare of as much as mil- lion more than what Ihe gover- nor and the committee recom- mended. The president of the Stu- dent Government at the Univer- sity of New Hampshire says the students are not making de- mands on the legislature, they just want to present what they think are the facts regarding the school's budget cut. A statement by Bradford Cook of Lee was read into the House record by Rep. James O'Neil, R-Cheslerfield. Cook slated he thinks the only -way to meet state needs is through a broad-based tax. also said he doesn't want to see the university get money at the expense of other state agen- cies. Senate Approves A pair of minor House- passed tax measures won the approval of the Senate. MARSHALL COBLEIGH One involves the taxation of real estate separate from that for such things as ore, gravel, sand or loam; the other repeals the law that exempts persons in military service during World War II from the state's poll taxes. Meantime, the House and Senate both passed a resolution approprialing to meet a budget deficit at the New Hampshire Soldier's Home in Tilton. In the House: The larger chamber de- layed action on three bills deal- ing with school teacher dis- putes. The House also delayed, until May 21, action on a bill deal- ing with teachers and public re- lations. House Subcommittee Seeks Income Tax of 5 Per Gent CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A subcommiliee of the House Ways and Means Committee to- day urged passage, of a.5 per .cent.income tax that would be broad based tax in New Hampshire history House Speaker Marshall Cob- leigh said the bill will be brought to the floor for action May 14. New Hampshire is the only state in the union without one of the so-called broad-based taxes meaning a levy on ei- ther all sales or all incomes, with various exemptions. The report of the seven-mem- ber subcommittee was to be voted on by the full committee in a private session today. The subcommittee issued lengthy report outlining the pro- posal. Previous attempts to. gain broad-based tax have failed in the legislature. The 5 per cent ihc.ome tax Is apparently to be the lest of House sentiment for broad- based taxes. It is among four broad-based levy bills under study by the committee. In general, the bill calling for a 5. per cent income tax would place the levy on personal and business incomes. The head of the household would have a personal exemption, his wife a 51500 ex- emption and every child a 000 exemption. Tn effect, a family of four earning a year would not pay any Income tax to the state. The measure also repeals sev- eral existing levies such as the stock-in-trade tax, the interest and dividends tax, the poultry tax, the machinery lax and oth- er similar levies. Soviets Dispute Brezhnev's Leadership TAX Page J By DAVID BINDER New York Tlmii Sirnoi BERLIN Highly placed East European sources say thai op- position has developed in the Soviet Communist Party tojhe leadership of Leonid I. Brezh- nev. THE FOLLOWING STORES WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY FRIDAY 'TIL 9 P.M. BERGERON'S CARTER'S MEN'S SHOP ENTERPRISE DEPT. STORE ISIDORE'S HAIR STYLING JORDAN'S LUGGAGE SHOP LYNCH'S MEN'S BOYS' STORE MILLER'S NASHUA WALLPAPER SEARS ROEBUCK 20th CENTURY High St. Mkt. Boy Returned to Mother Randy Grahame, 6, is hugged by his mother, Mrs. Floyd R. Grahame, after he was found unharmed in a hotel in Chicago two miles, from his home. Police arrested a part-time dish-washer on kid- naping charges. His father is in back- ground. (AP Wirephoto) KUHLS MARINE PRODUCTS Available at Nashua Wallpaper Co. W. Pearl St. 882-M91 Open Thuri. Ftl. Mgbti Til 9 What's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA TRUST? minimum balance if you're under 65 and NONE if you're over. That's what! Member, F.D.I.C. These sources say that Com- munist leaders in East Berlin and two other unspecified Com- munist capitals are predicting that Brezhnev, the party's first secretary, will be ousted. (Sources in Moscow and m Washington had no information about these reports.) One authoritative East Euro- pean source said two major fac- tions in the Kremlin leadership have become increasingly dis- satisfied with Brezhnev since he took over Ihe party post from Nikita S. Khrushchev in 19G4. Describes Factions The source described these factions as "isolationists" and "limited disarmers." Both, he went on, agree that the basic strategic goal is to strengthen Soviet power and that Moscow's main problem is to increase domestic production and living standards. Disagreement has arisen dur- ing the last two years on how to 'go about strengthening the Soviet economy, and this has crystallized the factions, he said The, under growing influence of Army mar- shals such as Defense Minister Andrei A. Grechko, favor shield- ing the Soviet bloc from West- ern penetration and strengthen- ing the economy through lighter integration of Eastern Europe in the Council for Mutual eco- nomic Assistance (COMECON) and the Warsaw Pact. "The led by Pre- mier Aleksci N. Kosygin, have been urging limited disarma- ment agreements with t h e United Slates, especially in nu- clear weapons, as R means of freeing Investment capital for ehdomestic consumer goods pro- duction. Though disinclined to go Into the line-up of the factions, the source (tressed Ihat several members of the Soviet leader- ship, including Brezhnev, had appeared to shift from one to the other on different issues. This, he went on, was a partial explanation of why Soviet policy had followed such a zigzag course during the last year on critical problems like the re- form progrsm .in Czech- oslovakia. He also cited Ihe last-minute Soviet switch in March from threats to impair access to isolated West Berlin to a policy of conciliation as an example, of the zigzag course. The East German parts is still resentful about this sudden shift. Another switch occurred in the case of the Budapest appeal for new European peace initiatives by the seven Warsaw Pact members on March 17. The sources said this had originally been intended strictly for effect within the Communist states as a gesture of unity prior to the planned Moscow meeting ol world Communists parties next June. Spurs Discord The Soviet leadership was sur- prised by the-receptive echo the Budapest appeal had In various Western capitals and the ap- peal became a matter of dis- cord between the "isolationists" and the "disarmers." The for- mer interpreted it to suit their doctrine of confrontation with the West and the latter pushed it as means of improving .the atmosphere for, disarmament talks with the Nixon adminis- tration. An Eastern source remarked that the latest COMECON meet- ing of East European leaders was a small victory for the "disarmers" and a defeat for "isolationist" tighten economic integration, of the block. f Despite tactical conflicts be- tween the two factions in the Kremlin, the sources said, the factions agree on the need for a show of Communist unity, however small, at the upcom- ing Moscow conference. The sources said they were certain that no changes in the Moscow leadership would lake place, before the June meeting or as long as the situation in occupied Czechoslovakia re- mained restive. State Opens Bids For New Bridge Bookkeeping For small businesses and sub-contractors Reasonable Rates Tel. 883-3912 The new Hudson-Nashua bridge, In the proposal stage for about nine years, took on more tan- gible form today as bids for its substructure were opened in Con- cord. Officials of Ihe state Depart- ment of Public Works and High- ways opened bids for the first stage of the bridge project 1 p.m. City and Hudson officials were Invited to attend Ihe milestone event. The proposals were referred for screening and before con- tract cm be they murt lie submitted, to ,Gov. Walter Peterson and the Executive Coun- cil. Underwater earth and ledge ex- cavation; erection of cofferdams; driving of sleel bearing piles; and pouring ol concrete footings are called for in the substructure pro- posal. A completion date of Nov. 21 has been set (or the work. Tlie new bridge, long the.sub- ject 'of a three-way controversy between the state, Hudson and .Nashua, built about leet north of tin Taylor's Bridge. ;