Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 6, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Legislators Finding Sharp Thorns In Tax Thicket By CARI; C. CRAFT (AP) Hampshire1! revenue-huntini legislators find themselves in t tax thicket these days, No matter whore they try to turn, the thorns dig Into .The drums of broad-based lax idvocales little more than a distant pounding In the wilderness seem somehow closer, somehow more of a threat to the state's position of being the only one in the union paying its bills without cash from cither a general sales or income tax. There are selective taxes, lources tapped so often they in danger of drying up. Given the mood of this legis- lature and given the increas- ing demands for more lervlcn the iplll between Ihe broad- baseri and Iht anli-broad-bti> ii causing Increasing ten- You can pick in argument in this massive legislature by limply mentioning Ihe broad- based tax. From one side will an outpouring of statistics proving the necessity of broad- based taxation. From, the other will a matching flow of figures on the evils of such leg- islation. In-Fljitlng It has been said by long-time legislative watchers that thii session has been marked by more political in-fighting Re- publicans against Republicans, Democrats against Democrat! than any In recent history. Adding to the fax turmoil Is a'steady rim of demands from variout state agencies for larger budgets, for more programs of promised progress, for more staffers to handle modern pro- blems of a growing and vital slate. The process of handling the budget has become confusing mainly because of new pro- grams with application of funds in ways apart from the policy of the past. There would appear to be an element of buck-pass- ing between legislative and ex- ecutive branches over the re- sponsibility for either funding or not funding various sensitive programs. The complex budget itself If perhaps truly understood fully in all of its impact, all of its scope only by the small group of legislators closely as- sociated with its composition. The full House will accept or reject based on the recommen- dations of the powerful Appro- priations Committee after the usual complaints are aired on various portions. Then, it will go through the same turmoil in the Senale before being fin- ally worked out in a conference committee where the real weight will be applied on the more sensitive portions. New Hampshire only plans to spend what It intends to obtain from its revenue sources. And, so, it is important to de- where the money is to be found' There had been much debate over the merits of talking Ihe federal government into sharing some of its money with the but, if this should even- tually happen, almost all feel it would be well Into the future be- fore New Hampshire could count on such a federal as- sist. But the state must pay iti own way until and if that happy day arrives. Broad-base tax backers are putting Ihe -full force of their arguments behind the measure that would give New Hampshire a flat 5 per cent income tax. Obviously, the opponents of this and any other income or sales tax are bringing their forces against It, The dispute reaches a head May 14, with the vote on the House floor. By the time the broad-based bill is brought in for a decision, the House will have decided on the budget. The budget Is up .for review on Thursday. The governor Is, pinning the hopes of the state's future on his task force of citizens a blue-ribbon jury that will hear the evidence and return Its ver- dict, a recommendation for ac- tion by the legislature. Thus, he wants to hold the line until the task force gets a good look at everything that moves and shakes New Hamp- shire's governmental machln. ery. Those who want to keep the status quo a little longer are certain to argue against impos- ing a broad-based tax at this lime. Those who want lo sample the sentiment of the legislature are certain to. urge that those who truly want a broad-based tax vote for this one although, many will admil that they don't have the horses to win this round. Thus, (here will be consider- able interest in the, way the House goes on this showdown. If, as widely anticipated, the House again rejects broad-based taxation, then the spotlight will shift toward a variety of. other tax packages advanced ai wayi to finance the budget for ttiil bienniunv legislators find no peace these they face increas- ing pressures, a decision of ei- ther going for the big one or going for more of the little ones. They must weigh the impact of a broad-based tax, with vari- ous exemptions, against that of additions to existing taxes. And they must determine how to raise money lo meet added demands for matching cash to continue in federal programs. The long session enters its final months warm weather Is here and the'tax thicket is growing, adding more and more thorns and causing more pain, Today's Chuckle A new dictionary defines a hippie as a person who dropped the job but kept the coffee break. 1969 Tht Telegraph's 100th Year As A Daily Newspaper. Weather Fair, Cold Tonight Somewhat Warmer Wednesday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 101 NO. Established n a Weekly October M, 1131 Incorporated ai a Daily March 1, 1M NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1969 Second Class Postage Paid At Nashua, N. H. 22 PAGES Price TEN CENTS The frame of the former Campbell house is silhouetted by the furious flames of a midnight blaze which consumed the historic house on Route 3-A; Fin Destroys Litchfield Landmark officials suspect arson as the cause of the fire. (Leach Photo) William Johnson Tagged For Superior Court Post By Adolphe Bernofas CONCORD, N. H; Gov.. Walter Peterson today nominated state Rep. William Johnson of Han- over, a former state Repub- lican chairman and leader .of- then Michigan Gov. George Romney's 1968 state" primary campaign, for a seat on the .'New. Hampshire Superior Court. Fills Vacancy If confirmed by the all-Repub- Use of Town Office Spurs Hudson Hassle By BILL ROBERTS HUDSON A heated discussion developed at the Selectmen's meeting last night when Joseph Gagnori questioned the Board about report that a former se- lectman entered the selectmen's office after hours. Gagnon asked if the person in question had been and what action has been taken, or is contemplated being taken. Selectman Stanley Alukonis stated that the individual did go into the office, and, as he un- derstands it, one of the office girls asked him not to. Former Selectman John Bed- nar, present at the meting, snid that "the rumor obviously is di- recled at me, as was a previoui statement that somehow has been leaking out of the office in a de- liberate campaign to discredit me." Bednar went on to say that he is a member of the town Budget Committee and was in the office on town business. He explained that he wanted some copy run off the machine for a Budget; Committee meeting scheduled later that night. Bednar said that the office girl was "too busy" just before clos- ing time lo run off the requested copy, so he offered to do it. He said that he told the girl it would "take a couple of and said that to his mind, the girl agreed. Alukonis agreed that a request was made. He noted however, that the offer for the person in question to make his own copy was declined, and the person wai not to do it without a selectman being present. Alukonis further staled that the "gas reports" that were copied were later found "under the sink." Bednar, showing signs of in- creased irritalion, stated that he would be at the office today at a.m. to "straighten the mat- ter and requested to know who from the Board would available. Selectman Frank Nutting said that he would be out of state on a previous1 appointment, and Se- lectman Robert Levesque indica- ted he would be in Bristol, .N.H., on business. Alukonis said that he would tiy to be present, but that his father is critically ill and that situation determines his time. Neither Selectman Alukonis nor Bednar .were available for com- ment, at press time today. Ilcan five-man Executive Coun- cil, Johnson who is the GOP governor's close associate and liaison -with the legislature would fill the vacancy created when Democrat Hugh H. Bownes became U.S. District Court judge in Concord last Au- gust. Johnson, an allorney with de- grees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, is 38 and would serve until man- 'datory retirement age of 70 on the court that has a chief jus- tice and seven associate jus- tices. A native of Minnesota and re- sident of New Hampshire since 1949, Johnson made an unsuc- cessful bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 1966. He gained votes, finishing third in a six-way race won by Harrison R. Thyng. Thyng then lost to Democratic Sen. Thomas Mclntyre that November. Johnson was campaign man- ager.for Peterson last year and is considered the governor's voice in the legislature. During his legislative career, Johnson also has served in the state Senate where he had been majority leader. He also teaches business law at Dartmouth and is treasurer of Canaan College. As justice, Johnson would re- ceive a year. Johnson's first involvement In New Hampshire politics came when he worked for Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 presiden- tial primary. In other nomination, Peterson picked a pair of Republicans to become special justices of com- munity-level courts. These, along with all other nomina- tions, are subject to council con- firmation. Peterson nominated Robert Teller of Seabrook to be.special justice of that town's municipal court, and tapped Richard Tal- bot of Keene for the correspond- ing role in the Keene District Court. If confirmed by the council, the judges would serve until they are age 70. The governor also offered a series of other nominations. These include: Dorothy Cox of Nashua, new term on the Industrial School Board. Dr. Clarence Bent of Nashua, replacing Eugene Hussey of North Conway on the Board of Veterinary Examiners. Frank Clancy of Nashua, new term on the State Library Com- mission. State Republican Chairman Robert Bass Jr. of Hopkinton, replacing Holland Tapley of Wil- ton on the slate Commission on the Arts. Mayor Plans to Cut Budget A preliminary review at a proposed' fl.5 million capital improvement account was con- ducted by Mayor Dennis J. Sul- livan and the aldermen last night. Sullivan said he plans to de- cide which items he will delete from the budget within the next few days. It is now planned, he said, to Introduce the municipal budget to the aldermoi next Tuesday to begin approval procedures. If all capital expenditures pro- posed were approved, Sullivan told the aldennen, they would cause a rise in the tax ratt alone. But it was later observed, that several of the larger items in the account, particularly for the Myrtle Street urban renewal project and an additional for acquisi- tion of land in the Four Hills area, would involve bond issues rather than budget appropria- tions. Lengthy discussion ensued on a proposal to appropriate 000 for an enclosed swimming pool. At the beginning, most of the aldermen seemed to favor dele- tion of the appropriation for this year. But after the Item had been KUHLS MARINE PRODUCTS Available at Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. Pearl St. 882-M91 Open. Thnri. Frl. Nljhte 'Til What's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA TRUST? balance if you're under 65 and NONE if you're over. That's what! Member, F.D.l.C. vigorously defended by the Park- Recreation commissioners aj part of their long-range recrea- tional program for the city, the- issue moved back into the "un- decided" category. Also reviewed last night were the bonded indebtedness ac- counts and the Planning Board budget. Stock Listings Missing Today The Telegraph today, became of mechanjcal problems, lorced lo abandon the daily publi- cation of slock listings of the New Vork and American Exchanges. Although repairs were under way, It was unlikely they would be, completed before either the wburban or city Tax Problems? Bookkeeping and Accounting Services Fred Aclclty 883-3912 Fires Level Landmarks In Area Communities By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER Fire officials in Litchfield Kid Lyndeborough today are investigating fires which have leveled century- old structures in their communities. Litchfield Fire Chief Ar- thur E. Burgess said arson is suspected as the cause of the fire which destroyed an old abandoned house on Route 3-A near the Rodonis Farm in a spectacular mid- night blaze. Lyndeborougli Blaze In Lyndeborough, Fire Chief Edward Schmidt Jr., said still un- determined was the origin of a fire .mid-afternoon yesterday which swept a barn ell more than 150 years old. The property, owned by Earl Bullard: was destroyed and also lost were a bull, tractor and other equip- ment. Litchfield fire, chief said the state, fire marshal's office has been. called to. determine., exactly how the fire which razed the two-story wooden house was set. Burgess declined to. comment, however, if there was a connec- tion between .the fire and an in- cident three weeks ago in which cement was poured into the town building inspector's car. Roland E. Bergeron, the build- Ing inspector, is the owner of the razed house and has been ihe center of several disputes with builders involving building per- mits he has held up granting for conformance to legal require- ments. Awakened At Midnight Bergeron said he was awakened at about midnight by an unidenti- fied young man knocking at his door to inform him the house next door, was afire. The man, Bergeron said, had parked his pick-up truck in his yard and there appeared to be other occupants in the truck. At the time, Bergeron said, he assumed they were townspeople arid had not asked them for their names. They told him they had seen the glow of the fire as they drove toward Litchfield. The fire department was sum- moned by Bergeron and the first to arrive at the scene was Bur- gess who said the house "was a ball of flame." "It sure would help Bur- gess commented today, "if vra could talk to the man who alerted Bergeron." Built in (he early 1800's, ttn house was at one time a show- piece and most recently served as the residence of the Charles Campbell. At his death several years ago, the weatherbeaten house, in a considerable state of disrepair and strewn with the bachelor's per- sonal effects, had been boarded up. Bergeron bought the property, which abuts his residence, about two years ago. He and his family had searched through the con- tents of the house and one ol their latest "finds" was a letter from a soldier during the Civil War. Bergeron said he planned to dismantle the house this sum- mer, with view toward preserv- ing the timber and'a "hoop skirt door" for home renovation pur- poses Selectmen On Hand Among spectators the flri was the Hudson Board of Select- TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH Abby 4 5 18, 11. 20, 10, 11 Comics Crossword 1 Kditorial 4 Hal Boyle It Ijiwrence 17 Nashua Scene Thostcson 17 Obituaries J men which had just ended its regular Monday night meeting. Selectman Frank A. Nutting Jr. said the selectmen had spotted the glow from Hudson apparently be- fore it had been reported to the Litchfield fire department. They had made telephone inquiries to find out Where the blaze was but had been unsuccessful, Nutting said. Litchtield's three pumpersiwere used to quell the fire and no as- sistance from Hudson was needed. The firemen left the scene at 3 a. m. The Lyndeborough fire depart- ment was called Into action by Mrs. Bullard who was home when the barn fire .broke out. 'Mutual aid from Milford .and Wilton assisted Lyndeborough at the fire while Greenfield stood by at the fire station. Heifers and a pony were in a pasture 'at the time and were un- harmed, as was a pig found after the fire. Another Blaze Another fire broke. out at I p. m. yesterday about a half mile behind the home of Zoel Lucier Sr. on Lyndeborough Center Road. Hie grass and brush fife burned over about an acre and a half. The cause of this blaze Is under investigation. In other parts of the state, at least 75 acres of brushland have been burned up in forest fires; Fires Monday, hit Allenstown and Gilford. Wind-fed flames raced across more than 50 acres, of land near the Bear Brook Reservation in Allenstown. Firefighters from four communities fought the fire. In Gilford, about 25 acres of brushland went up in smoke, be- fore men from' four fire depart- ments contained it. Richard Diehl, chief of forest fire control for New Hamp- shire, noted that historically, the forest fire danger reaches its peak by May 8-10. After that, a so-called "green" condition or foliage, begins to diminish the danger. Navy Secretary Overrules Decision by Pueblo Board (AP) Navy Secretary John H. Chafee said today the court of inquiry into the Pueblo incident recommend- ed general court martial for the -intelligence ship's captain, Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher, and one of his chief assistants but "I have de- cided that no disciplinary action will be taken against any of the personnel involved Chafee's disclosure came in a six and a half-page report on the exhaustive court of inquiry probe into the ship's takeover by North Korea on Jan. In overruling the court's re- commendation for court mar- tials of Bucher and Lt. Stephen R. Harris, Chafee said: "They have "suffered enoughratfd further pun- ishment would nofc'be justified" Harris was the .officer in charge of the research detach- ment aboard the 'Pueblo, which was conducting an electronic eavesdropping mission off North Korea when she was seized. Chafee reported these recom- mendations had been made by the court of inquiry: Bucher be tried by general court martial for five alleged offenses including per- mitting his ship to be searched while he had the power to resist, failing to take protective meas- ures during the attack, com- plying with North Korean or- ders to follow them into port, "negligently falling" to destroy all classified material on the ship, and "negligently failing" to see that his crew was fairly skilled in procedures for de- stroying classified material. Harris be fried, by gen-, eral court martial "for three al- leged offenses of dereliction In performance of his mainly dealing with the lack of ability and readiness on the part of the research detachment to be able to destroy all classified materials during an emergency. Lt. Edward R. Murphy Jr., executive officer of Pueblo, be given a letter ol ad- monition for failing "to organize and lead the crew on that day. Nixon Nearly Ordered A Strike On Korea After Plane Incident By WILLIAM BEECHER New York Times New! Service to top administration officials mili- tary retaliation was President Nixon's first inclination as he considered his response to the shooting down of an unarmed U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane by North Korea April 14. Efforts to reconstruct the President's thinking in the first hours after the plane incident have produced consistent re1 ports in several agencies of gov- ernment lhat he started moving Nixon, Union Officials Meef President Nixon chats with George Meany, presi- dent of the AFL-CIO, during a meeting with the union executive council in the White House, In background, from left, nre: Secretary of Stale William Rogers; William F. Schnitzler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL- CIO, and Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird. (AP Wirephoto) the machinery of reaction close to such a response, then stopped short of ordering an air strike. Officials say the planning had gone as far as the selection of two specific targets in North Korea, and, according to one source, a speech had been pre- pared to explain the retaliation to the American people. Factors Noted But several factors are said to have turned Nixon toward a course of greater restraint. These Included: slowness of military preparations to move ships and planes into position to handle not only the retaliatory raid but possible subsequent counter- moves by North Korea against South Korea. Arguments by close asso- ciates of the President, notably Secretary of Stale William P.' Rogers, lhat he find some course shorl of retaliation to an- awer the unprovoked attacked. concern, as time passed, that the American peo- ple might consider bombing raids against North Korea as hauntingly similar to the Gulf of Tonkin air strikes of August, 1964, that lead to a broader American involvement in the Vietnam war. Sources say that most of those Involved In policy discussioni held the view that in attacking the Navy EC-121 aircraft on April 14 about 90 miles off its coast, North Korea was not try- Ing to spark another war. Hath- they believed, the Pyong- yang regime was determined to demonstrate that the Nixon Ad- ministration was just as preoc- cupied with Vietnam as the Johnson Administration, and thus would not take any pre- cipitate retaliatory action, just as President Johnson had not struck back for the seizure ol the spy ship Pueblo 15 months earlier.