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Daily Review (Newspaper) - April 15, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaTowanda school budget to be unveiled in May Page three special preview of Aba playoffs Page eight a tuesday raindrops wednesday soggy a Complete weather on Page 2 a government report indicates Russia is getting ahead of the iks. In Many ways and its no wonder. They done to have to spend half their time fighting communism. 106th year no. 42,142 tuesday april 15, 1986 25 cents . Planes attack Libya Washington apr . Warplanes attacked a the Headquarters and terrorist facilities of libyans Moa mar khad Afy president Reagan said monday night initial reports were that the Middle of the night air strike succeeded he said adding a if necessary we will do it again. A defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said an air Force full was unaccounted for. But he did not know if it had been downed. Libyan radio said three . Planes had been hit and the Crew of one Jet had been killed after they were downed a by libyan Reagan in a nationally broadcast address to explain the military strike said the United states had direct precise and irrefutable evidence that khad Afy had ordered recent anti american attacks including the bombing of a discotheque frequented by servicemen in West Berlin. A when our citizens Are abused or attacked anywhere in the world we will respond in self defense a Reagan said in an unmistakable warning to khad Afy he said a we have done what we had to do. If necessary we will do it at the Capitol in Washington Security was tightened just minutes after the air strikes had ended. Reagan a spokesman Larry Speakes said the purpose of the raids was to a pre empt and discourage libyan terrorism and he said the United states had evidence that khad Afy had or dered More anti american incidents. He said the raids began at 2 . Tuesday Tripoli time 7 . Est. And were Over within minutes. Correspondents in Tripoli were reporting sporadic explosions and gunfire More than three hours later a Well after Weinberger said . Planes had returned to base. Knowledgeable officials said khad Afy s Headquarters was one target of the raid although it was not on the Pentagon a official list of targets Reagan himself described the attacks As a concentrated and carefully targeted to minimize casualties among libyan people with whom we have no a broadcast by Libya radio monitored by the British broadcasting corp., said a a. The Savage american invaders carried out a treacherous and Barbaric air strike. Against the residence of the brother Leader of the revolution khad Afy. A number of members of the family of the brother Leader were injured As a result of this see a Libya a Page 14. Support from Congress Washington apr Early reaction from Congress was supportive of president Reagan a military move against Libya. Senate majority Leader Bob Dole r-kan., said Reagan a action was a what the american people would have wanted him to do a and said he believed there had been a substantial compliance with provisions of the War Powers act. And sen. Richard Lugar r-ind., called the air strikes a the logical next step Quot against continued terrorist attacks by Libya. Lugar is the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee. Dole said during an approximately two hour Long briefing for congressional leaders from the president and top administration officials Law makers were in agreement that action had been necessary against Libya a a no one there indicated we be doing this a said Dole. However Dole added Quot there were a couple of lawmakers who expressed some reservation a adding that some members of Congress Felt they should have been consulted earlier and also expressed concern about the nature and number of targets of the american attack a i just believe the president did what the american people would have wanted him to do a proportionate response to an act of terrorism where there a no doubt about libyans fingerprints being All Over the disco bombing in West Berlin a said Dole. Taxpayers playing beat the clock Washington apr the postal service and the internal Revenue service Are gearing up to handle an estimated 10 million Federal tax returns that Are expected to be filed in the last few hours before the tuesday Midnight deadline. Most of the 104 million couples and individuals who will file this year already have done so. Nearly 40 million of them already Are enjoying refunds averaging nearly $800 apiece. The average american will have to work another 15 Days a until May 1 a to pay his or her Federal state and local taxes for the year the tax foundation estimated monday. That is what the foundation a nonpartisan research organization Calls a tax Freedom if every Dollar earned were earmarked for taxes until the average person s tax Bill were paid the state Senate erases governor s insurance veto Harrisburg apr legislation allowing sex based Auto insurance rates to continue in Pennsylvania finally won approval monday when the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override gov. Dick Thornburgh a veto of the Bill. The 43-6 vote marked a major Victory for the insurance Industry which mounted a massive lobbying Campaign for the Bill. The vote also marked a rare override of a Thornburgh veto during the governors nearly 7vfe years in office. As a result of the vote conducted without any debate the insurance department will not be allowed to Force insurers to implement unisex rates on june 1. Under a unisex insurance system rates for Young women in Pennsylvania would have increased while those for Young men would have dropped. Thornburgh spokesman David Runkel called the vote an a empty women a groups which Call sex based rates discriminatory probably will take the Issue to court Quot and the courts will uphold the governors View a he said. But David Snyder a nationwide insurance lobbyist applauded the Senate a action and said he doubted the effectiveness of any Legal Challenge a this legislation prevents rate increases for More than 1.1 million pennsylvanians a Snyder said. A thai involves 600,000 Young women older women who now have a 10 percent discount and older Drivers male and female who would have had to subsidize Young males a he said. The Battle Over unisex insurance rates in Pennsylvania began in 1978 when two northeastern Pennsylvania men filed suit to Challenge the insurance Industry a policy of using a Drivers gender As a Factor. Closed Sayre Street should open today Sayress West Packer Avenue which has been closed 11 Days due to a gasoline leak is scheduled to reopen sometime today according to assistant Sayre fire chief Pat Cahill. He said officials continue to Monitor downtown buildings affected by the gasoline leak on a 24-hour basis and Are venting the gasoline fumes from the buildings. However creative effects and the tackle Box and the Sayre theatre remain closed due to gasoline fumes still contained in the basements of the buildings. Cahill said that special filtering equipment is expected to arrive tomorrow for those buildings which is designed to vent larger buildings More quickly. He said that some equipment expected to arrive yesterday was delayed and will arrive today. In addition two More workers from the Philadelphia firm groundwater technologies will arrive in Sayre by the end of the week. Chaill said the lingering gasoline fumes and the venting process must now take their course As they will not dissipate overnight. He commended the efforts of All involved including the fire department personnel Osmun and Steve skin Ner of Vandyne Oil Grant Frisbie manager of the Chevron service station and workers from groundwater technologies. A a they Veall been working on a 24-hour basis through this whole thing a he said Cahill is unsure when the three businesses will reopen depending on the Progress of the new venting equipment expected to arrive this week he said that he knows of no state funds available to the Borough or those affected by the emergency situation. He said that from what he can Tell the Vandyne company owners of the Chevron station Are responsible. Residents of the buildings affected by the gasoline leak other than the three still closed have returned to their Homes. Helen Hel vantis one of those residents was emotional yesterday when she described How Happy she was to return Home to her apartment. A this is the nicest place that i have lived a she said a and it Felt so Good to be Back. A foundation said it would take until May 1, the same As a year ago but three Days later than in 1984 the latest Date on record was May 4, 1981, before the big Reagan tax cuts were enacted. In 1930, tax Freedom Day was feb. 13 in 1970, april 28 viewed another Way the foundation estimated the average worker will put in 2 hours and 39 minutes each Day this year to pay a share of All taxes including those paid by corporations. That is the same As in 1980, although the Federal tax share will have dropped four minutes to 1 hour and 44 minutes. As the tax filing deadline neared Sellers of individual retirement accounts were working overtime to collect the last of what is expected to be $40 billion set aside in those tax deferred accounts this year. Even with a tax filing Extension the 1985 Ira deadline is Midnight tuesday. Tax preparation businesses had their hands full a the places Are crowded people Are coming in late and we done to know if we can handle them a said a1 James Golato spokesman for a amp a Block which is preparing about 10 million individual returns this year. The postal service promised enough workers would be on hand to receive the last minute returns All returns received by the deadline will be postmarked april 15, although Many of them probably wont go through Post office machinery until several hours later the irs was ready to tackle the last minute crush of returns Sun like last year. A things Are Back to Normal a said irs spokesman Steve Pyrek at this time a year ago problems with a new computer system at the 10 regional service centers were so bad that Only 60 percent of the re tax preparation fewer people do it themselves prepared by. A Ortw taxpayer % of Federal tax returns tax years 1963 1984 58.8% 55.2% paid tax preparer 41.2% 44.8% i r s n6a/whltney vol to or Jyh turns that had been received had been processed. At last Check this years figure was 78 percent on the average the irs is taking about 3weeks to process a return and certify those eligible for re funds a Treasury department Bureau takes another two weeks or so to get the Check in the mail a re turn filed this late will take seven or eight weeks. If you cannot get your return ready by the deadline file a form 4868 to obtain a four month Extension the irs expects 4 4 million will do this. You still will have to estimate your tax liability subtract the amount withheld and other credits and enclose a Check for the difference. You Are not eligible for this Extension if you file form 1040ez nominal group method of priority setting worked Well for Rev up thursday night my industrious Side won an argument with my apathetic Side so i attended the Eftev up committees town meeting Here. That session was supposed to determine what most needed revving up. My initial reluctance to attend grew from not wanting to listen to Long confusing dissertations about somebody a bizarre pet project. Even if some valid priorities made it to the floor How would we indicate support or displeasure a show of hands speeches applause Boos it looked like it might be a Long night in which Little of value could really be decided. But since in be chosen to make in Black of a and a Whiten by Denny Irvine this my Home to live work and raise my children in the Towanda area i thought id be remiss if i did no to do something i see problems that need Resolution. I Felt the time was right to get involved. How could i complain about what others were doing or not doing if i did nothing myself anyway i had my own pet projects to promote like adding More downtown parking spaces and improving the attitudes of both store personnel and shoppers. So i went. About 40 others did too fortunately. Not necessarily our political Industrial or business leaders thought there were a few of each present but rather a pretty fair Cross Section Bette Willeman who has a reputation for getting things done steered the meeting. She said she was going to familiarize us with the a nominal group method of priority setting a or something like that. While i was still scratching my head Over that one worksheets were distributed and we counted off around the room each person getting a number from one thru five. I was a i Learned that meant i was on the Public safety committee for the night to prioritize problems relating to police Borough codes Etc of no i was going to have to work we be just sitting around and listening would there be a test at the conclusion anyway like probably everyone else in the room i was wondering what would happen to the pet projects id come to promote. I was thrown for a Loop. None of my thoughts at that moment had any thing to do with police or codes. The a a ones reported to a table at the front of the room while other numbers went to their own Corners about eight people were a Jones a we were supplied with a Moderator from the Rev up committee among our group were a Mother a merchant a Council person a county official a businessman and a couple of other concerned citizens. We were Given pens pencils and exactly ten minutes no talking al Lowed to list and rate our individual priorities for Public safety i think of any. At first. Then they began to come. Yeah there was this one thing that had been bothering me now that i thought about it there was another and another i ended up with six. I Felt strongly about them. If we got done Early we were allowed to list our priorities in other areas i noted my two pets when the ten minutes expired we took turns around the table each naming his top priorities for Public safety. Each new one was written on a Large Sheet of paper on the Wall there was some amplification of thoughts As the revolutions around the table continued. Duplication eliminated some of the items from our individual lists. We ended up with 14 suggestions written on the Wall then we added six from our individual a a others category see a in a Page 14.

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