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Press-Republican. (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1966-current, March 22, 1979, Image 1

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Olympic Lottery alive, but not at all productive By JIM FLATEAU Ottaway News Service ALBANY — The Senate temporarily beat back an attempt Wednesday to abolish the Olympic Lottery because the game of chance has not yet raised a penny toward the post- 1980 training of Olympic hopefuls. A bill that would alter the complex formula for apportioning lottery receipts was tabled for future consideration following a debate during which the OJympic Lottery was termed failure and \rip off. p Sen. Ronald B. Stafford of Peru, R-43, whose district includes the Lake Placid site for the 1980 Winter Games, defended the lottery against its chief attacker, Sen. H. Carl McCall of New York City, D-28. Legislation authorizing the Olympic Lottery was enacted in 1976 with the provision that, between it and the regular lottery, no less than $120 million a year in total lottery receipts were to go to education. Only after that plateau was reached woulda percentage of the balance of lottery intake be set aside for use after the Olympics to main- tain a training site. The amount to be set aside was to be determined by a complex formula. Total lottery receipts were $96.2 million in 1977-78, the year before the Olympic Lottery began. ** ' The regular lottery drew $90 million the following year and the Olympic Lottery only $6.7 — for a net Olympic Lottery gain of only But because theJ$120 million level wasn't reached, no money was set aside for the Olym- pics. The legislation presented yesterday would, simply, have lowered the $120 million plateau for education. McCall charged the Olympic lottery had been a failure and \people buying the Olym- pic Lottery caused the regular lottery to fall off. Everyone feared that would happen and it did.\ He offered an amendment to abolish the Olympic Lottery because it had \deceived people and bilked people\ of money they may have played thinking it would support the- international games. The bill before the Senate, McCall charged, \diverts education money for the Olympics. Instead of deceiving the people and fudging w^th figures let's be honest and admit we have a failure on our hands. \When people realize the deception, the credibility of the lottery will be so undermined we will have killed the goose that laid the golden egg of the regular lottery,\ he charg- ed. Sen. Stafford said he and McCall often disagree \and again Senator McCall has his facts wrong.\ * Press-Reoublican own Newspaper of ^^m Clinton, Essex, Fronklm Counties Vol.84- No. 181 The Hometown Pittsburgh, N.Y., 12901, Thursday Morning, March 22,1979 Mild Suggested Price: 20c 32 Pages Arabs bolt as Begin talks tough By United Press International Tough talk by \Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin about the fate of Jewishoccupied ter- ritories Wednesday brought new Arab calls for a \jihad 1 * holy war and nearly caused a brawl in the Egyptian Parliament. JERUSALEM (UPI) — The Israeli parliament, climaxing an h -unprecedented 2$- hour debate* Thursday ap- proved the first peace treaty ever between Israel and an Arab state. The Soviet Union promised to support Arab hardliners who rejected the Egyptian-Israeli treaty, and a Saudi Arabian newspaper, concluding that only force would win freedom for the Palestinian people, called for a \long and uninterrupted war\ against Israel. Begin addressed the Knesset (parliament) Tuesday and promis- ed that Israel W<t\M never A motion to oust Nasser was passed by a show of hands, and he was eventually persuaded to walk out under his own power. .Despite the furor created by BTg in's speech, Egyptian newspapers said Sadat will Leave Cairo Saturday, spend the night in Madrid, arrive in Washington Sun- day and sign the treaty on schedule Monday. The Middle East News Agency said that duriiigliis 9day trip Sadat and President Carter will discuss economic and military aid to Egypt. Part of that aid will come from Japan, which agreed Wednesday to contribute to the $5 billion package. Tokyo newspapers said Turke Oman, Sudan and Jordan will also receive Japanese economic aid. Jordan's King Hussein, who has soundly condemned the Egyptian-Israeli treaty, arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh Wednesday for talks with King Khaled and Crown Prince Fahd. The rest of the Arab world was _ahuzz over the treaty and Begin's relinquish the West Bank of Jordan, the Gaza Strip, or the city of Jerusalem, which he called Israel's \eternal capital.\ His vow not to return to Israel's pre-1967 borders rubbed raw nerves in Cairo, where members of the Egyptian Parliament met Wednes- day to discuss the treaty that Presi- dent Anwar Sadat plans to sign in Washington next week. Independent member Farouk Metwalli urged condemnation of Begins statements, which he said were''grave and have an even more grave significance.\ Ahmed NasserVnother member known for his leftist leanings, took the floor to denounce Begin and ig- nored an order from the speaker to be silent. Several members of Sadat's party rushed from their seats and con- verged on Nasser, apparently plan- ning to eject him from forcefully. remarks. Kuwait's ruler Sheikh Jaber al Ahmed As Sabah Wednesday received a message from the Soviet leaders assuring him of continued Krelin support for \the just struggle of the Arab people to regain their legitimate rights.\ Government _S0Jir.ce§ __ said the message \denounced the Egyptian- Israeli peace treaty and reiterated Kremlin's support for a comprehen- sive peace settlement that ensures total Israeli withdrawal from all Arab lands occupied in 1967.\ Syrian President Hafez Assad received*\ a' similar ~\nf£sSage Tuesday. The Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Jezirah criticized Begin for his in- transigence and said \his words on- ly confirm our belief that Israel will not withdraw from the Arab lands it occupied in 1967.\ Is anybody happy? Strikers march along O'Connell Street in 100,000 workers took to the streets in a pro- Dublin, Ireland, this week during massive test against taxes. (UPI) demonstrations. Officials estimate about Wage limits called unfair as prices rise WASHINGTON (UPI) — The American inflation, -cannorbcex- y pected to hold down wage demands while business practices \price-gouging\, AFL- CIO President George Meany warned Wednesday. A new government report which showed business profits are soaring \demonstrates the greed of corporations and their disregard lor the geaeraJ weHbeing of the economy, 'Meany charged in - wordecf attack on the nation's business community. Meany. a staunch opponent of President Carters voluntary wage-price standards, also repeated his demands for an excess profits tax. White House press secretary Jody Powell said Carter is concerned but is not planning to propose any sort of excess profits tax. He ssid the Wtrtte House has no view on what \an exact, overall, upper level of pro- fits\ ought to be. A government report Tuesday said pre- tax business profits during last years fourth quarter soared by 26.4 percent over a year earlier. They also rose by 9.7 percent from the third quarter. It was the largest fourth quarter increase since 1950. Alfred Kahn, chairman of the Council on Wage and Price Stability, labeled the large profits a \catastrophe\ and said it will in- crease his difficulty in convincing labor to abide by the administration s 7 percent wage standard Heath Larry, head of the National Association of Manufacturers, said govern- ment criticism of business profits puzzled him Oil need security hazard By United Press International The United States' increasing demand for foreign oil poses a major threat Jk> national security that will not be lessened by conservation measures or alter- future, a Treasury Department study concluded Wednesday. \This growing reliance on oil imports has important conse- quences for the nation's defense and economic welfare,\ Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal told President Carter in a memorandum accompaning the study. As the debate mounted in america should do to solve its energy problem, government and industry witnesses told, a Senate Energy fcomnvtt*** hearing that U.S. oil corrfpanies* have acted responsibly in the aftermath of the Iranian oil cutoff. Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Brock Adams said the country faces a \mobility xyjpis\ because existing public transportation w o u 1 d be swamped by even modest energy-saving cut- backs in automobile use. The Treasury, which conducted a year-long investigation into the U.S. energy situation, said foreign oil im- ports have risen to 45 percent of domestic demand from only 39 per- cent in HT75. \The threat to national security is thus greater now than at any time in the past,\ the Treasury study said. \This threat arises both from increased reliance on *a smaller number of foreign oil suppliers and the monetary repercussions accompanying continued large payment outflows for imported oil.\ Conservation efforts and other sources of energy will be insufficent to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil supplies, the study said. Treasury predicted the United States will continue to import substantial amounts of oil from the Middle East over the next decade despite the risk of political disagree- ment with producing nations that could disrupt oil supplies. George Meany Good morning I Inside today ... Peanut probe needs free hand, Byrd says Business News € Classified r-31 Comics 21 Date Calendar I Deaths PublK Record 10 Editorial Commentary 4 Entertainment 25 Family Life 1.9 Speak Out Sporu Today iS-23 Weather Scope T New directors named at Center for Music Drama and Art in Lake Placid. Page 8 Lou Fngon wouid consider another coaching offer if made to hire. Page IS vms SIT titie with over Purdue WASHINGTON (UPI) — Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd ta»d Wednesday the administration must give special counsel Paul Cur- ran written guarantees he can investigate the Carter peanut business with no holds barred and without fear of being fired Adding his voice to criticisms raued by Republicans Byrd said he is disappointed Attorney Genera: Gnffin Beil did no* grant Curran the independence of a Watergatest>i« special prosecutor for his ^co6e of financial operations at the Carter family enterprise Since the attorney genera* has appointed a special counsel instead of taking the statutory route < of ap- pointing a special prosecutor; it is incumbent on him to assure that Mr Curran has the independence need- ed to carry on an investigation which w:ii leave no doubt :n the public's mind that justice has been done Byrd said in a Senate speech ^_ lcit protectionist a:nst ^. except for extraordinary mproprieties is a»so essential Byrd said — drawing the same Watergate parallel that Republicans have been using This is the standard of the special prosecutor legislation he said It was aisc pan of the chaner which Attorney Genera. Eiiiot Richardson g*re special prosecutor Archibald Cox :n 11*3 I expect that a simuiar written charter for Mr Currar. w... fc* for- thcoming this week and a gx^arautee against arbitrary removal must form t cracial aspect of Mr Cur- ran s :rydeperxjetice Beil announced Tuesday that Curran 46 a Republican and former U S attorney from New York had been selected as special counsel to investigate how the Carter peanut warehouse got its mulumiiiion dollar loans from Sen Lance s National Bank of Georgia and what it did with them BeU used his own statutory powers in crtmung Curran s post and not the mechanism of a new 4« which toot effect Oct. 21 and provides for appointment of in- dependent special prosecutors.

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