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Page 4 Cheney Free Press Thursday, August 26, 1982 L Couponing skyrockets in United States Many. advertisers, at one point or another, attempt to use coupons to sell their goods--some receive excellent results and others fail. All too often, when a coupon fails to attract customers, the merchants are quick to point an accusing finger at the newspaper. Perhaps they even add the comment, "No one reads the paper anyway..." Last week, the Economic Service Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture released its latest statistics about coupons, and it is easy to see that the success of a coupon is not so related to readership as it may be to already developed customer shopping and purchasing patterns. In short, people look for and use more food coupons than they do coupons of any other sort. However, this does not seem to have hurt the coupon industry. Since 1965, the number of coupons offered by manufacturers and retailers has skyrocketed from 10 to 90 billion! Other findings by the study include: -About 3.3 cents of every $10 spent by the consumer for food goes to cover the cost of coupons. --Coffee, prepared foods, breakfast cereal, and flour and flour mix products, which account for 10 percent of the consumer food budget, make up about 60 percent of the value of coupons redeemed. -There is no hard evidence that food prices would drop in the absence of coupons because manufacturers could shift to other types of advertising. --Manufacturers use coupons to introduce new products, build brand loyalty, and ensure that price reductions are passed on the to consumer. -tn general, retailers feel that couponing reduces their control over shelf space. Some retailers also view reimbursement of their handling costs as inadequate and think that double couponing (coupon redemption at twice the coupon face value) cuts their profits. -Coupons have little effect on the demand for raw farm products because coupons are mostly used to promote food with a low farm price compared with retail price (that is, a large farm-to-retail price spread)• -Coupons are primarily issued for storable, branded items instead of less processed, perishable products. -Coupon redeption rates are highest for coupons in or on the package; production and handling costs are also lowest for these coupons. -The average face value of coupons is 23.5 cents. - Newspaper coupons account for more than 50 percent of all coupons distributed and about 40 percent of those redeemed. - Lower income consumers use fewer coupons than other income groups. Olympia Report By Adelle Ferguson Well, I said Gordon Walgren would be back in politics and I was right. The ex-Senate majority leader and Bremerton lawyer has been elected to the Inmate Advisory Council at the Lompoc federal prison where he&apos;s serving a five-year term for his Gain- seam conviction. In fact, he got more votes than any of the six candidates in the running. Further, he has been elected presi- dent of the prison Toastmasters Club. His popularity, he feels, may be due to the fact that word has gotten around that he's a lawyer (though disbarred) and former prosecutor and his assist- ance is eagerly sought. "I try to give them a standard answer that, obviously, l'm not very good at it because I'm here," said Walgren. And he's still burning over why he's there. He has responded to a letter from James F. Neal, chief counsel for the Senate's Select Committee on Under- cover Activities, which is conducting an inquiry into the FBI's actions in, primarily, the Abseam ease. The Committee is trying to determine if the FBI has been creating crimes where crimes would not have otherwise been committed. That's what Walgren and fellow Gamscammers John Bagnariol and Pat Gallagher have maintained from the start in their case -- that they were the targets of a political vendetta conduct- ed by then Gov. Dixy Lee Ray and U.S. I How to Obtain an Absentee Ballot: Any registered voter who cannot vote irl person may apply directly to his county auditor or department of eke:Lions for an absentee ballot• For your convenience, an application is reproduced below. The addresses of the auditors or depactments of election are also listed be!ow in order to be certain that the voter's application is authentic, the election laws require that the signature on the application be verified by comparison with the signature or the voter's permanent registratiort record COUNty aDOR(S ( J r y lp b9 $olm ................ I]5 Se<md Sreel ,, 02 Dtmlon ................ Cmy Cour*hoe P,,e, 3SO CbaH ............... C ouny ( out, house Wend, ee 1 l ...... Coun r ¢ ouh,e • We,*,te  Franklin • • 1016 N,r #,,,,h ,> Y01 £r(*4d ...... ( c,ny ( ouhoe P,,merov 91,  Attorney John C. Merkel to remove them as potential candidates for gover- nor (Bagnariol) and attorney general (Walgren). There was no reason whatsoever to believe them to be predisposed to becoming criminals when FBI under- cover agents, posing as businessmen with mob ties, offered to let them share 18 percent of the profits if they helped expand gambling in the staete, they said. No such laws were ever discussed, drafted, proposed or passed, Walgren wrote Neal. And no statements were ever made by him that appeared on the surveillance tapes used by the agents that show him agreeing to any such arrangement. The agents testified that the statements were made but their tape recorder malfunctioned. What has come out since in the FBI inquiry is the possibility that, at least in the Abscam case, the FBI may have withheld tapes that could have helped defendants prove their innocence. It's tough to defend yourself in a "sting" operation where only the accusers were making tapes of conver- sations without the knowledge of the accused. Those accusers can produce only the tapes that help their side and somehow misplace or fail to produce tapes that would hurt the prosecution. That's what Walgren suspects may have happened in Gamscam -- that tapes of conversations he had with the agents wherein he said something that might have gotten him off the hook as a possible bribery suspect were sup- pressed, in favor of oral testimony that he went along but the tape recorder broke. What bothers him the most, however, he wrote Neal, is lack of any judicial sanction for the FBI to commence such investigations where there is no evi- dence of a predisposition to crime and such a sanction should be required in the future. Otherwise, he said, there's no other conclusion to be reached than that the "stings" are politically motivated. KIkka ............ Cmy Courhoe "" Port meeting set coodn d*t 9a620 Absentee Ballot Request I ........................ HEREBY DECLARE THAT I AM A REGISTERED (Print name for positive idetificatton) VOTER AT Addre--ss ............ Ciiy o; Towr, .............................. Zip PHONE NO ............................. PRECINCT ....................... (If known) SEND MY BALLOT TO: SAME ADDRESS AS ABOVE THE ADDRESS BELOW: There will be an informative meeting regarding the Pro's and Con's of the Port District on Aug. 26, 1982 at 7:30 p.m. at the Windsor Elementary School. This meeting is open to all the ' general public who wish to attend. The Port District will be voted on by the entire Spokane County. We as voters should be fully aware of the issues (Pro and Con) that will affect our futures. This is an open invitation to one and all to attend and learn the issues of a Port District. Location: Grove and Hallet Roads. Hosted by: Greater West Plains Associ- ation. Hope to see you there. Terry Munro Greater West Plains Board Member Street Address City or Town State Zip THIS APPLICATION IS FOR THE NOVEMBER 3, 1981, GENERAL ELECTION 'o BE WLZD, YOlk. I SIGNATURE HUST I SIGNATURE X BE INCLUDED l FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Registration Number ............. Precinct Code ............. Leg. Dist.__ Regiatrstio Verified ............... Ba lot Code ...... Ballot Mailed ...... Ballot Returned__ IHiB|i|il| illiBii|lHillili|iilHili|ilil Letters to the editor, obituaries, wedding and engagement an- nouncements, club news, birth announcements and other local news always is welcome for con- sideration. For more information, contact Ad Manager Larry Kincheloe or Editor Tom Thrun at 235-6184 or 747-7395. Those wishing to submit Medical Lake news can contact ML reporter Mari Perotti at 747-7395. I IHD|DHilliBiilillilHilRBlllaHiHiBl||Hil t East, go Wes The recent celebration at on Aug. 18 proved attracting hot the community as institutions. As seen in the gathered with party as the parade went gawa announcing parade proceeded local civic groups, fun-loving Shriners, pictured play and a calliope rive musical note to individuals like Bret Cheney High School contributed to the display. Prior to the gave runners a for a fun-run "mile. of the afternoon. child Air Force demonstrations of dogs gave everyone Other activities Old Time Fiddlers, Walk in the Wild and country and western ing dance. Other teers contributed throughout the day attendance with a The Cheney Free many local talents ally participate in the Goes Western" day. fun made possible operation among private community are accomplishme¢ proud of. photos by Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the arlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. The Free Press requests that contributors observe the following dealines which will be strictly enforced: SPORTS, LATE BREAKING NEWS, OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES- Tuesday, 10 a.m. CHURCH NEWS, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER SOCIAL NEWS- Monday, noon GENERAL ADVERTISING- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING- Tuesday, noon All letters must be signed, with the writer bearing sole respon- sibility for their contents; libelous letters will not be printed • "\\; POSTMASTER: Send address correchons to Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Washington 99004 Published at 1855 1st Street, Cheney, Washington 99004 Second Class Matter entered at the Post Office at Cheney, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Published every Thursday morning by the Times Pub- lishing Company, Davenport, Washington. Publisher ............................. Jerome H. Jantz Editor ..................................... Tom Thrun EducationlMedical Lake .................. Marl Perrotti Advertising Manager .................. Larry Kincheloe CHENEY Free Rates: In Spokane County, $10.00 per year state $12.00 per year; outside the state, senior citizens, $8.00 per year; for other 235-6184 or 747-7395. Name:. Address:.