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Norwich Evening Sun (Newspaper) - August 2, 1968, Norwich, New York
Supervisor Meyers to vote against own sales tax plan by Casey Jones new Berlin supervisor Merritt c. Meyers who Intro due eel a Resolution last december for enactment of a two per cent county wide sales tax said this morning he would vote against his own proposal if it gets on the floor again. He said he would also ask members of the boards tax committee of which he is chairman to recommend to the county governing body that the matter tie tabled indefinitely. His comments were made during a poll conducted of supervisors to determine How they will be voting if the proposal is brought up at the aug. 13 meeting. Their opinions appear on Page 3. The county legislator said he was still very much in favor of the sales tax but declared a i am not for cram Ming it Down anyone a he said his decision is based on the percentage of people who appeared at Public hearings held throughout the county the final one being conducted last week in the Board meeting rooms in the county office building at Norwich. A we had the hearings to hear the people a he said and they ones appearing were the ones who were against it. He estimated that about 95 per cent of the some 300 persons attending the five hearings were against the proposal. A i can Only assume that people present represented the general Public a he said in reply to a question. A we committee members could have argued with every statement made at the hearings but we weren to there to argue. We were there just to hear their Side of it a he added. Meyers said he was just As much in favor of the tax is he was before Only in an Effort to reduce real estate tax. He said he had talked with some supervisors from neighbouring Otsego county which recently passed such a tax a they Are exuberant because the amount of Revenue realized next year is going to exceed their he thinks the in which will in1 expectations. In analysing his decision and what results might be the supervisor said a i was the character who first brought this to the floor. I was for it and thought it would help to reduce the real estate tax a which i til Ink has reached its limit. A so we held the hearings and 95 per cent were against the sales tax so at the committee meeting i a ill ask that we recommend to the Board of supervisors that the matter bt1 tabled indefinitely a i just Hope that when the tax notices come out in a january the people will remember the sales tax Resolution modelled after a plan approved in Otsego county last december was referred to the tax committee for study last year. Board polled Page 3 at that time Meyers then chairman of the budget committee spent several minutes explaining the reason behind introducing the Resolution. Criticism from hastily gathered opponents of the measure apparently entered around Tho Short notice on which it was presented. Since that time the tax committee requested and received approval to conduct a series of hearings in new Berlin South Otselic. Bainbridge Greene and Norwich. Meyers said he expects to Call a meeting of tile tax committee next week to Analyse results of the hearings. The vening in vol. 78, no. Friday August 2, 1968 Norwich new York 13815 10c per copy president cracks Down on steel firm Price hikes Washington apr in a major confrontation with the steel Industry president Johnson has authorized an Effort to try to Force a Rollback of increased steel prices by ii Scott int firms who boost their costs. President Johnson thursday told the defense department to avoid buying steel products from firms who put in major Price increase. He said such general boosts could have a dire consequences for the nations Economy because of possible inflationary results. Defense Secretary Clark m. Clifford followed the presidents statement by directing his Agency a wherever possible to shift orders for future deliveries of items of steel on which prices have been raised to companies which have not increased prices of by doing so you can obtain the required product on time at a lower Cost to the the Pentagon took similar actions in april 1962 and january 1966 in efforts to Force steel pro. Duckers to recant on announced Price increases. This pressure contributed to the Success of the efforts. The current most in the Price of steel started wednesday when Bethlehem steel corp., the Industry a second leading producer said it was raising the Cost of its products 5 per cent across the Board. Republic steel corp., the nations no. 3 steel producers followed later wednesday with an announcement that ttys prices on principal products w re going up. The nations largest steel firm . Steel then said thursday it was hiking prices 7 a ton on selective but major items. That boost was announced after Cliffords order to avoid buying from firms who set general increases. Several smaller firms also followed the Lead of the big three and there Are indications that the pattern will spread through the Industry. The Pentagon spends $550 million to $590 million per year on an estimated 3.7 in Ilion tons of steel�?3.75 per cent of tin nations total production. Clifford said the Price increases would have a a serious Impact a on defense costs bul he did t say precisely How much. A this Impact is particularly aggravated under our increased requirements for steel in support of Vietnam and the fact that Over half of our steel requirements today Are for ammunition production a lie stated. The Pentagon policy for patronizing steel companies which hold the Price line will he extended to defense contractors who buy steel items in turning out military hardware for the services. Clifford said rises in steel costs would swell what he called an already austere defense budget which Congress has ordered pared even further. Clifford further directed that a fall practicable Steps by taken to make sure defense contractors adopt the same policy a with respect to their purchases and those of their the Pentagon buys an estimated $25 billion in hard Mill tary Good Yaeli year Many of them requiring steel. The president met thursday night with congressional lenders tint did no task for any specific action. Following the meeting Senate majority deader Mike Mansfield sail the Bethlehem boost a is a very tragic commentary on the social responsibility of a great american corporation. Sliding fun comes to cud Congress gone but filibuster on Fortas looms Washington apr the 90th Congress scattering after today for a month s recess will be Back in september to grapple with an array of major Bills and an historic controversy that could keep it Here till Christ Mas. Overshadowing All else when the unwelcome elect session begins will be the possibility of a filibuster Over presi. Dent Johnson s supreme court nominations. This Prospect and the Impact of the two National political conventions prompted Senate dem. Cratic Leader Mike Mansfield to say thursday that a after the i Cess there will be a lot of politics and Little a i be surprised if we stayed Here the rest of the y. Are he added. If Congress does it will be the longest session since world War in he nominations of Abe Fortas As chief Justice and Homer Thornberry As an association Justice of the supreme court plus gun controls and the nuclear nonproliferation treaty Are the major items facing the Senate. But that chamber must also rap up action along with the House on such things As the farm Bill foreign Aid education and financing the War in Viet Iam. House speaker John Mccormack d-mass., said the House is counting on a Quick session. With the lengthy Battle build ing Over the supreme court however the House Likely will have to Awalt the Senate s pleasure before much is accomplished. Weather fair and a Little cooler tonight. Lows in the 50s. Saturday mostly sunny and warm. Highs mainly in the youngster takes her turn at climbing up slide at Chenango county american legion Camp at Sherburne during daily free play session. Two groups of some 40 children each spent two weeks at the Camp this summer through finances of legion posts and individuals throughout area. Camp will end saturday. Photo by Casey Jones pollsters Gallup Harris say Rocky Snow in Lead new York apr top pol Esters George h. Gallup or. And Louis Harris say that gov. Nel son a. Rockefeller a has now moved to an open Lead Quot Over democratic presidential candidates Hubert h. Humphrey and sen. Eugene j. Mccarthy. They also said in a joint state ment thursday that Richard m. Nixon would run an a extremely close race in a contest involving Humphrey and third party candidate George c. Wallace a with Wallace perhaps holding the Gallup and Harris disclosed these conclusions after their most recently published polls taken in july were in apparent contradiction and created con. Sid Erable political repercussions As republicans gathered in Miami Beach Fla. For their National convention. Top safety Boss asked to resign Cleveland apr the Cleveland Lodge of the fraternal order of police voted thursday night for a Resolution calling for the resignation of safety director Joseph f. Mcman Arnon be. Cause of his handling of last weeks racial disturbances. The group also criticized mayor Carl b. Stokes and police chief Michael j. Blackwell but voted Down a Resolution asking for Blackwell s resignation. Mcman Arnon declined com. Ment. Policemen have criticized the decision by Stokes a negro to withdraw White police officers and National guardsmen from the Glenville area july 24 and let negro leaders quell the Trou ble. The withdrawal followed a night of violence. Gallup and Harris said two key factors accounted for the apparent disparity in the polls the time at which the polls were taken and the margin of error built into the sampling process. A Public opinion changes Over time and each was an accurate reflection at the time it was taken Quot they said. The Gallup poll published monday and based on inter views Between july 19 and 21, showed Nixon defeating both Humphrey and Mccarthy while Rockefeller was Only Abie to tie them. The Nixon Camp cheered this Survey. Then the Harris poll based on interviews taken july 26-29, became available wednesday night and showed Rockefeller could prevail Over either of the democratic hopefuls while Nix. On could not. Rockefeller sup. Porters cheered. The statement further buoyed the Rockefeller Camp for the new York Republican has based his Campaign to upset Nixon for the gop Novini. Nation on convincing Delegate that he is More popular with the voters than Nixon. In Miami Beach Leonard Hall Rockefeller s convention floor manager said the joint statement provided a further confirmation of the momentum that has been building up in re cent weeks All Over the country for or. in the same City Herbert g. Klein Nixon a chief spokesman charged that a professional to. Get Herness Quot keeps pollsters from criticizing each other. He said Rockefeller chose polls As the Battleground and a struck in filipine quake loll Viou tiling Manila apr Rescue workers dug through the rubble of a five Story apartment House that collapsed Iii Manila today during the Philippines worst earthquake in memory. One filipino said he saw 12 tidies removed from the wreckage and a police spokesman said it was believed that about 200 persons were killed throughout the Philippines. It will probably take Days for a reliable casualty toll to be compiled. It was believed that most fatalities occurred ill the apartment building that collapsed in the capitals chinese Quarter but estimates of the number of tenants ranged from 400 to 1,100 and reports of the number if missing varied just As widely. The quake came at 4 21 a.m., while most people were in bed. It lasted almost a minute and registered six on a scale of nine. It was Felt throughout the main Island of Luzon and damage was believed heavy. The tremors toppled the spire a if the Church of Christ Cathedral in Manila levelled Cement Walls throughout the City twisted steel bars and shattered countless windows. It set off a fire in Manila Harbor and authorities said about ?7.5 million in imported cargo burned. Officials said it consisted of general merchandise Medicine dry goods and silverware from the United states i Europe and Asia. Czechs protest red bloc Parley Prague apr Czechoslovakia a five hard line critics appeared today to have ordered a cease fire in their propaganda War against tilt Liberal Prague concept of communism. Reports available Here from Moscow and other East european capitals that had expressed hostility to the course of Alexander Dubcek a reformist regime said the flow of inv fives ceased after the Windup of the soviet czechoslovak conference at Cierna thursday. The Prague press was similarly decorous. Except for a few generalities czechoslovak newspapers carried no editorial comment on the Cierna communique and headlines stuck to the few facts. Czechoslovak leaders assured their countrymen thursday night they had held their own at the showdown meeting with the russians but thousands of Deni on stators in Prague expressed scepticism. News that the Prague leaders had agreed to meet the four other soviet bloc opponents of their policies brought demands from demonstrators that the new talks include Romania and Yugoslavia who support the Liber ablation course. The meeting will be held saturday in Bratislava the capital of Slovakia and the russians also will attend. President Ludvik Svoboda in a Telephone address said the soviet politburo agree at the four Day meeting with the czechoslovak party presidium to support Czechoslovakia s new reforms. He pledged that he and his associates would not tie swayed from their course. Many were reluctant to be. Lieve that the russians had Given such a pledge without wresting major concessions. Thousands roamed Prague after Svoboda spoke. They demanded time party chief Alexander Dubcek or another top proponent of the new czechoslovak concept of communism Tell them what really happened. A crowd of a font 10,000 most of them Young people shouted a of r e e d o in Freedom a in Prague a ancient town Hall Square. National Assembly chairman Josef Smrkovsky who attended the conference with the russians insisted that the caucus had brought a full Success Quot for tile czechoslovak leadership. But he Drew Boos from persons suspicious of stir. Render. Smrkovsky be id agreement had been readied to a strength. In cooperation Quot Between tile soviet Union and Czechoslovakia in economic and other Fields. This aroused speculation that the Prague leaders had consented to the stationing of soviet troops on their territory but sources close to the party Dis. Counted this. The crowd dispersed after Smrkovsky told them that dub Cek needed a rest after tile strenuous conference with the russians. Hall says favorite sons to stand fast Miami Beach Fla. A a strategist contended today that Nelson a. Rockefeller has sealed Oft a Quick presidential nomination for Richard m. Nix. On with an informal agreement of major favorite sons to stand fast on the first two ballots of the gop convention next week. Leonard Vav. Hall the new York governors convention manager said he had been assured that goes. George rom Ney of Michigan and James a. Rhodes of Ohio would hold their powerful delegations in line for two Roll Calls. Countering this Herbert g. Klein Nixon a press director said in a separate interview that Nixon can win on an Early ballot without the help of die favorite sons if they decide to hold out. He stuck to his claim that the former vice president has about 700 votes elsewhere More than the necessary 667. Even with the help of a favourable National poll Rockefeller a forces a battling up Hill to hold the line against a Nixon surge on the first ballot. Nixon himself has vet to Lerude whether to go All out of that initial test or wait for a be Ond round. Hall conceded that he has no firm commitments from either Romney or Rhodes whose delegations will Xiii a total of 106 critical votes among the 1,333 to be cast when the nominating convention gets around to its main business next wednesday night. But the Rockefeller Leader said he is satisfied that both governors whose Lead is Likely to be followed want to see what develops on two Roll Calls before they take any action to withdraw As favorite sons. Klein said the Nixon forces had no word about either governors intentions. The Nixon men obviously Hopes that Ohio will give their candidate substantial support in the end but Are not counting heavily on Michigan in any event. Romney has not been a Happy mail since he concluded before the March new Hampshire primary that he had Little Chance of gaining the nomination himself and abruptly quit the race. He has expressed dissatisfaction with All of the contenders. Romney has not been noticeably appreciative of Rockefeller a previous efforts to promote the Michigan governors candidacy. Some intimates suspect Romney harbours tin thought that he was pushed out by Rockefeller a circumstance the new York governor has vehemently denied. The Michigan delegation plans an informal meeting saturday night and a formal mucus sunday night. Mrs. Lily be. Terson the state chairman said the delegates have a talked about staying with Romney be. Pond the first ballot. Sen. Robert Griffin r-mich., noted that the Michigan group is pledged to Romney Only for the first ballot. He said he doubts that Romney could deliver the whole group to any one candidate. John s. Andrews Ohio state chairman said Iii a statement that the Ohio delegation will re. Main uncommitted when the convention opens. He added that Rhodes a name will to placed Iii nomination As the states favorite son. Purines hit Kuril ily Kii Emy Saigon apr hurling Bangalore torpedoes and cattier sex. Plosive charges North vietnamese troops attacked two . Marine units in South Viet aunts Northern provinces and killed or wounded nearly All of the americans. Fourteen leathernecks were killed and 22 were wounded in tin attacks thursday and today. They occurred South of Danang within 35 Miles of each other. The . Command said 19 of the enemy were killed. In one attack before Dawn today North vietnamese troops hit combined action platoon of about 15 to 20 marines and 40 to 45 South vietnamese militiamen in night defensive positions around a Small Village about 60 Miles South of Danang. Two or three enemy soldiers penetrated the platoons perimeter throwing charges As they broke in but they were quickly stopped. When the fight was Over . Headquarters said nine marines Throe South vietnamese and 12 of the enemy had been killed eight marines were wounded and so were several militiamen. Twenty four hours earlier a . Marine reconnaissance team outnumbered to to i was overrun by North vietnamese troops who killed five marines and wounded the other 14. Seven of the enemy were re. Ported killed during the attack before Dawn in Jungle mountains 22 Miles South of Danang. Demo convention fees a strike Chicago apr the demo Erat in National convention one confronted by a Lack of communications now faces the possibility of a dearth of taxi. Cabs. The threat to transportation Springs from a contract dispute Between the yellow and checker cab companies and local 777 of the democratic Union Organ thing committee an affiliate of the seafarers International Union. Yello. Has 2,166 and checker 1,500 of the 4,600 licensed cabs in the City. The 934 others Are independents. Today a chuckle though some of the women who Are dyeing their hair become Bra Jette Many Are still i Iglitz headed
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