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*\ •f^^^S^TS?: =*««;• I 1 4 Mail delivery on Saturdays promised WASHINGTON (UPI) — Postmaster General William Bolger Friday assured the public most post offices will remain open Saturdays even if congressional budget slasfieYs order an end to Saturday mail delivery. \We can't eliminate our seven-day opera- tion/' Bolger said,* \We might be able to adjust here and there, but not eliminate it. I thinK*these people who are talking about eliminating Saturday service are confining it to delivery services.\ \I'm not even giving a second thought to closing post offices on Saturday, or stations or branches.\ Postal officials estimate elimination of Saturday service will saveabout $500 million after the first year. Bolger stressed that the House Budget Com- mittee's* proposal to reduce mail delivery from six days to five \isn't coming from the Postal Service.\ \They put down this menu of items to be cut from the budget,\ he said-^'We're an entree.\ He said he has not decided whether he will support elimination of Saturday mail delivery if Congress' final legislation removes the Postal Service's $736 million public service subsidy without specifying which services must be terminated. The House Budget Committee Thursday ap- proved a plan to eliminate the public service subsidy and another $100,million in subsidies for certain \junk mail.\ Committee language on that proposed legislation states, \The recommendation assumes elimination of the federal subsidy payments to the Postal Service for Saturday delivery.\' Bolger, speaking to the National Newspaper Association and later to reporters, said three factors will be considered in evaluating future postal, services if the public service subsidy is cut: —How much of the budget cut could be ab- sorbed by further increasing productivity through mechanization and other steps. —Which w services must be altered or eliminated if the Postal Service cannot absorb all the cuts. Any service changes would re- quire approval from the Postal Rate Commission/ - —Should increased postage rates be sought to offset the lost subsidies. Day 140 Vol.85—No. 182 Press-Republican The Hometown Newspaper of ^H Clinton, Essex, Franklin Counties Pittsburgh, N. Y., 12901, Saturday Morning, March 22,1980 Snow » Suggested Price: 25c 46 Pages Khomeini to Iran: fightlL.S.. r -RiJssia By United Press International In his most sweeping policy pronouncement since toppling the shah, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini exhorted his people Friday to spread their revolution abroad, fight both the Soviet Union and the United States with equal zeal and purge Iranian \society of \intellec- tuals\ contaminated by Western thought. In what amounted to a sort of \state of the revolution\ address marking the start of the Persian New Year, Khomeini took virtually every sector of his Islamic society to task, announcing plans to reform the army and the police, the government and the courts, the universities and the economy. \We are* fighting against international Communism just as we are fighting the Western world-devourers led by America and Israel and Zionism. My dear friends; you should know that the danger of the Communist powers is not less than that of America, and the danger of America is such that we shall be destroyed,\ Khomeini said. For every announcement there was a denouncement — of the United States and the Soviet Union, .of workers # who strike for better wages, of people who complain and of university professors who have studied Western ideas or dare to teach anything but Islamip thought. Khomeini, joined by President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr who told the Soviet' Union \to- get out\ of Afghanistan, touched on virtually every issue of concern to Iranians as they entered <Jie New Year save one; he did not mention the 50 Americans held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for the 139th day. In Washington, State Department spokesman David Passages said Friday that despite the stalemate over the hostages, the United States had no intention of breaking rela- tions with Iran \because we con- tinue to see some purpose in the status quo.\ Khomeini's address was delivered by his son, Seyyed Ahmad Khomeini, at a ceremony in Tehran's Beheftht-e \ 2ahra '\ntTemelefy \ncamljPem7MFafih^~'IEe\ \martyrs\ of the revolution that toppled the shah in February of last year. Bani-Sadr also spoke at the ceremony but focused his speech on the Soviet Union, which he told to \get out of Afghanistan... whether you like it or not.\ \We cannot tolerate the presence of your armed forces in our neighborhood, we cannot see a Moslem nation under the occupation of foreign forces... we cannot tolerate such .overt aggression. Consequently, whether you like 1 it or not, you must get out of Afghanistan,\ Bani-Sadr said. The president and the ayatollah apparently consulted one another on their speeches, having met at length on Friday to coordinate their pronouncements. Together, they represented the most comprehen- sive articulation of Iranian policy, foreign and domestic, since the February 1979 revolution. — On foreign policy, Khomeini declared the Soviet Union as much a threat to Islam as the United States, whose diplomats Iran has* been holding hostage since Nov.4. Warning that Islam \in an - Just the facts enclosed environment faces defeat,\ Khomeini exhorted his followers to \try hard to export our revolution to the world.\ School teacher Tom Bainbridge, left # stormed the panel of Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Metropolitan Edison rerjyrj&sentatjves duriiM Elizabethtown, Pa., to demand an answer to whether Three Mile Island plant would melt down if left unattended. Met Ed President Robert Arnold would not answer directly*lJLJ J? LL--- ~_. - Budget cuts seen as to remain WASHINGTON (UPI) — Several liberals said Friday they have little hope of restoring much of the $16.2 billion in cuts the House Budget Committee h^s approved — most of it in social and other domestic programs. Conservative and moderate Democrats aligned with Republicans for the first time in the five-year history of the House Budget Committee Thursday night to approve the cuts 18-6. The $611.8 billion budget the panel approved — $16.2 billion lower than what President Carter proposed in January — would give the government a $2 billion surplus in fiscal 1981. Six liberal Democrats voted against it. The conservative victory was compounded when the panel approved a plan to use $10.3 billion in revenues from Carter's new oil import fee to give American? $20 billion in tax cuts — if the final budget is balanced. Carter, who will send his own detailed budget proposals to Congress shortly, told* business leaders at the White House Friday the spending cuts recommended by the House Budget Committee \very closely parallel ours.\ \We are closely working with the congressional leadership and the House Budget Committee/' he said. Good morning ! In the Thursday night session on Capitol Hill, the liberals' last hope collapsed when Rep. Robert Giaimo, D-Conn. the Budget Com- mittee chairman, helped Republicans defeat a proposal by Rep. David Obey, P-WIs., to set up a $500 million fund for cities hurt by elimination of state revenue sharing. \What-was clear is that he had to get some Republican votes, and he got them,\ said Rep. Paul Simon, ^)-Ill., who voted against the budget. He said the outcome of the two-day budget writing session was \really sad.\ Rep. William Gray, D-Pa., said the budget spelled \disaster tn human terms.\ Both men said tjie Budget Committee was the last place some of the domestic money might have been restored. But Obey, who ex- changed angry words with Giaimo over the 12*12 defeat of his aid-to- cities amendment, vowed after the meeting to carry his fight to the House floor. Simon said Republicans, who traditionally vote against the budget to protest high spending, would help pass the btil on the House floor. The committee will send the measure to the House for action next week. Three Mile Island woes mount as accident anniversary nears Stands firm— Members of the Congres- sional Joint Economic Committee failed this week to convince the head of the nation's central bank, Paul Volcker, that a tax cut would benefit America by cutting pro- duction and reducing in- flation. (UPI) MIDDLETOWN. Pa. (UPI) - The operators of the Three Mile Island .nuclear power plant, with the anniversary of the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident a week away, are confronted with hostile citizens, regulatory delays and continuing leaks of radiation. \It is not going to be easy for them/' said John Collins, chief on-fcite official for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, &s a steady rain drenched the darkened Susquehanna River Valley Friday. \I never expect it to die down,\ he added. \I haven't seen any relaxation of public's attitides since the thing happened last March.' The Three Mile Island accident occurred March 28, 1$79, when human and mechanical errors com- bined to precipitate a temporary breakdown in the vital Water cool- ing system designed to prevent the uranium fuel core from melting and spewing deadly amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. Collins said the most hostile citizen protests to date erupted at this week's public meetings to outline proposals for venting into the atmopshere radioactive krypton now trapped inside the reactor containment building. The NRC and . the operating company, Metropolitan Edison Co., say the venting of 53,000 curies of radiation could be accomplished with insignificant effects on the public health. \What right do you have to play God?\ Fran Cain of Middletown asked Collins at a Wednesday night meeting, attended by more than 500 persons. \We won't pay our taxes to the NRC. We've had enough and we're not going to take it anymore,\ shouted another protestor, Ann Sessa. At a meeting Thursday evening, attended by 300 others, Thomas Bainbridge, said he had had enough technical explanations about Three Mile Island. Frustrated, he jumped on the speakers' stage, shook his fist angrily at Met-Ed Vice President Robert C. Arnold, and demanded a \yes or no\ anwswer on whether a nuclear catastrophe was possible. Collins himself expressed frustration at the public's frustration, insisting that recent leaks of radiation had been blown out of proportion by the publicin the area. \The public wants to be aware of every little perturbation that oc- curs*. Then when the company does make the public aware, we spend the next three days trying to ex- plain how insignificant it is„\ he said. Met-Ed Is impatient, with regulatory delays. For example, it wants to restart the undamaged twin reactor at Three Mile Island, hut the NRC has put the matter off Draft protesters flood capital N Inside today Business News Classified Comics Date Calendar Deaths. Public Record Editorial Commentary Entertainment Family Life ReiigKMts News Speak Out Sports Today Waatiber Scope 24 1S-23 12 S • 4 10-11 s 9 € 14~1€ C Riverfront park may be in Keeseviile s future. PageS m Saranac. Moriah advance to finals in the regional girls basketball tournament. Page 14 MAI takes on Beiiport m the state basketball tourna- ment semifinals. Page 14 WASHINGTON (UPI) — An- tidraft activists old and new, mobilizing as \the anti-war movement of the 1980s/' gathered ja the nation's capital Friday to protest President Carter's draft regi stration propose I. Organizers of MAD — the National Mobilization Against the Draft — hoped to draw as many as 10.000 people to an evening candlelight vigil outside the White House They also planned a mass rally on Capitol Hill Saturday with a host of Alleged Mafia chief gunned down in car PHILADELPHIA (UPI. - Angeio Bruno, reputed Mafia kingpin, was shot and kiiied Fnday night as he sat in a parked car ;n South Philadelphia, police reported Police said Bruno was shot about » 54pm Authorities had no further detail immediately. 1960s anti-war figures taking part. Police said up to 25.000 may participate. \This is not the culminatkxf; but the beginning of the antiwar move- ment of the 1900s/* said \Duane Shank of the Committee Against Registration and the Draft. \If necessary it will go on from here and, if necessary, will grow from here.\ Shank compared the protest to the early days of the Vietnam War protest rallies in the mid-1000s. Stick 'em up when you get time m HOUSTON (UPI) — The waitress knew from previous visits the man was always in a hurry, but she wanted to wait on the customer ahead of hyn before handing over all the money in the cash register. I know what you want You want to hoW the pi&ce up I'll be right with you. but first iet me take care of this customer.\ police quoted her as saying ^ when the bandit* made his fourth visit to the doughnut shop in two weeks Oh. that's okay.\ the bandrf r*p\i*4 Your customer is with me.\ Police sani the bandit had sent a iS-year-Oid boy into the shop as a scout before carrying out the rob- bery Wednesday The pair left with a total of IIS.\1. Officers said they arrested the suspects »ater with the heip of informants at least another several months pending more reviews/-* Met-Ed says it liKglKAsitive to the public's concern in thematter. \Everytime something happens, the people are worried. They should be concerned/* said Sandy Polon, a spokesman. \It is up to them to decide whether it is safe or not:\ The latest leak was reported by Met-Ed Thursday, and the company and the NRC said they still \have not put a finger cm it.\ It was a very small leak, and possibly involved particulate contamination \kicked up\ during efforts to clean up the nuclear plant, the company said. Last month, two larger — but also insignificant, according to the SRC — leaks occurred. They occurred when a valve allowed some con- tamination in water to get into a non-secured area and then into the atmosphere. Notice Effective Monday. March 41, the* Press-Republican will adjust tfee carrier home delivery price to 11.15 per week. It has been two years since^ the last carrier home delivery price adjustment. This„ only our second price chance since 1974. is necessary due to substantial in- creases m the price of newsprint from Canadian suppliers pius the rapidly rising costs of producing the newspaper We were recently notified of our thrrd newsprint price increase in just 1\ months Press-Repubiicar. carriers t wiii share m the price adjustment with an increased profit return per ropy delivered Motor route prices w; 4 ; be ad- justed starting wxh Apr.: charges Our suggested newsstand price will remain at 25 cents per copy

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