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Page 4 Cheney Free Press I [] Thursday, December 9, 1982 Gas tax may help highways It&apos;s a known fact that more and more of the nation's roads and highways are falling into a sad state of disrepair, and for this reason the Free Press initially approves of a plan for a nickel-a-gallon gas tax to help finance highway and mass transit projects. Promoters of the plan indicate the measure would help during the present recession to create upwards of 320,000 new jobs across the nation, primarily for male construction workers. The Free Press also leans toward the measure since it would not be financed with Federal deficit spending. Currently, much of the reason for the reduction in arterial street funds available to cities in Washington State is because of a reduction in revenues generated by gas taxes. People simply are traveling less and using less gas. There is the possibility that an additional gas tax might cause people to drive even less, but we don't think so. A new, national tax would certainly address a problem that exists, nationwide. Those against the measure say that recessions generally do not last long enough to support any public works program. Here in the Northwest, though. we do not see any immediate turn-around in the local economy. Because of cutbacks and layoffs in the mining and timber-related industries, the Northwest has an unusually large unemployment problem. We also have many roads in need of repair--along with a state and county government that seems unable to keep road maintenance programs on schedule. If the new gas tax would create new jobs and improve roads, without increasing the Federal debt, we are all for it. Friday, the Washington State Employment Security Department released its October unemployment figures, noting an increase from 11.1 to 11.4 percent from September. Manufacturing employment fell by 4,200 jobs, accounting for nearly half of the 8,600 jobs lost between September and October. Spokane area unemployment is at 11.7 percent, with Pend Oreille suffering the most at 23.3 percent. The farming counties of Lincoln and Whitman remain the most stable, reflecting unemployment rates of only 4.7 and 4.1, respectively. Statewide, some 32,700 jobs have been lost in non-farming areas during the past year. Give pets with care At this time of year, a great variety of pets are given as Christmas gifts. Among the obvious joys, consideration should be given to the inescapable problems of pet ownership. The following suggestions may not fit into the traditional idea of gifts beneath the Christmas tree, but the Spokane Humane Society feels they will work out much better for both the pet and its new owner: --If you are giving a pet to a child outside of your own family, make certain the child both wants and is ready for a pet, that the parents approve, that the household is equipped to handle a pet and that it is the kind of pet that is wanted. --If the pet is for your own family, get a good book on pets and their care before you start to shop for a pet. Learn something about how to choose a pet, how to feed it, what type of care it requires and what type of medical attention it should have-shots, etc. --Dogs and cats make ideal pets, but tiny puppies and kittens can't fend for themselves. Children must be taught how to handle a pet, and they should be taught to show kindness and consideration to all animal life. --When choosing a pet at a pet shop, kennel or at the Humane Society, consideration must be given to the size, breed and disposition of the animal, the size of the home or apartment and the age of the children. Small, but not tinyl to medium-sized dogs are usually best suited for children. Be sure to pick a healthy, active pet, and then be sure to take it to a veterinarian for a physical examination. Whether you choose a male or female, be sure to have it altered. --Don't hang an animal up in a stocking or pack it in a box under the tree. It is a good idea to bring the new pet home several days before Christmas so it can adjust or bring it home a few days afterwards so it will have the undivided attention of the family. Prepare the children for the arrival of the pet. Be sure to tell them it is a playmate and not a plaything. --Be prepared ahead of time and have a place for the new pet to sleep, have a suply of food and other necessary equipment. --Be sure to introduce the pet into the household in an atmosphere of calm. Don't let the children handle it too much the first day. Let the pet adjust gradually to its new home. / DIDITr 00.oR00UeD oVe00 WeL00M00 To ire / Like a salmon takes to he By Adelle Ferguson Slade Gorton took to being a U.S. Senator like a salmon takes to fresh herring. tte almost glows with delight, so much so that I often wonder about the old days when he was known as a cold fish. I never considered Gorton the prig :rod the snob a lot of others did, although he had every reason to par- tray the image of snob, coming from the wealthy Gorton family of frozen fish tame no, they don't own the company :my more. although their name is still 'lsod ). And l fl)und him the same old charmer I knew, when he dropped in on me during Thanksgiving week. Remembering how much the Dan Evans inner circle, of which he was a card-carrying member, used to put dmvn the then governor of California, Ronald Reagan, [ asked Slade how he <els along with the president. "I like him," he said. "Especially the great quality he has, that is important m a president, of a sense of personal self-worth, tie is at home and at peace with himself. That means he doesn't have a big enemy list. He can disagree with people. }te can get upset or angry without having it carry over." The president, said the senator, "is pertectly happy to have someone dis- atree with him on policy. His mind is not easy to change, but you can disagree and debate with him without destroying the relationship. That wasn't true of Carter, or Nixon or Johnson." Will Reagan run for a second term? "If I were to make a guess, yes," said Gorton. "And that's because Paul l,axalt took the chairmanship (of the National Republican Committee). But I do not think the president has made up his mind irrevocably. His wife seems inclined to say no. He may see what the next six or eight months bring. Are we on the road to recovery? I don't think ( his running) is a foregone conclusion." And otherwise, how have things been ? Super, said Gorton. He campaigned in 12 states for fellow senators or Republican candidates and six of those WOn. The best fund raiser he ever saw, he said, was in Minnesota, where he was one of lO senators brought in to help L600ers U I S " Sen. Davel seat against a oral who was try, to The tab was were set up with a blue visiting senators the dinner and over, went u speak. Each was the first Wyoming, was that the prospect of having 'I was sixth," managed to they laughed." But sitting near ing over what he up with, was who followed When senator rose and what to say. "I feel like husband," he expected of make it Gorton, and eve" came to rest on throes of a diV much-married Warner joined it" Sen. it. Back Evans and Novak This Week by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak Social Security Collision Tax and Tax WASHINGTON--President Reagan's endorsement of a nickel-a-gallon in- crease in the federal gas tax to finance highway and mass transit projects will not still the congressional voices calling for additional tax increases to combat soaring budget deficits. Congressional sources believe the president's support of the gas tax hike, coming after his statement that it would take a "palace coup" for him to support such an increase, signals he is moving toward accommodation with the expanded Democratic majority in the House which is pushing for more taxes aimed at the rich. But even moderate White House advisers such as chief of staff James Baker are con- vinced that tax increases will not balance the budget and bring down deficits in the midst of a recession. Althoueh the president did not primarily sell the gas tax hike as a jobs bill, his aides offered it as an alterna- tive to Democratic hills calling for public works spending. Reagan did contend the tax increase would create 320,000 new jobs, but a comprehensive study by Jimmy Carter's budget office vigorously disputes that theory. In 1979, Carter's advisers reported the average length of the six post-war recessions was less than a year and "far too short" for a public works program to benefit newly unemployed workers. The OMB study estimated it would take an $80 billion program to lower the jobless rate by just 1 percent, that only 12 percent of people hired for public works are likely to be un- employed and that 75 percent of such jobs are skilled or specialized and therefore not available to most of the hard-core unemployed. CALLING ON THE POPE The Reagan administration is pin- ning its hopes of neutralizing the Catholic bishops' call for nuclear dis- armament on Pope John Paul II seeing the need to tone down the bishops' final statement on nuclear arms. Several Catholics in top jobs in the Reagan administration, including National Security Advisor William Clark, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman and Ambassador-at-large Vernon Waiters, are involved in trying to convince the pope to help blunt the bishops' anti-nuclear stance. Gen. Waiters, a veteran U.S. diplomat quietly visited the pope in October to inform him of the American bishops' attack on the U.S. nuclear deterrent. HARD-LINE GLENN Ohio Senator John Glen is fast becoming the favorite presidential candidate of anti-communist labor union Democrats. At a recent New Orleans party Democrats he will be taking a hard- line foreign policy stance, criticizing the Reagan administration for "flip- flops on the grain sales, the pipeline and Taiwan." Glenn told Democrats the administration has "abandoned" a loyal ally in Taiwan by kowtowing to Peking. New York politicians believe that Democratic governor-elect Matin Cuomo is interested in the 1984 vice presidential nomination and would make an excellent running mate for Glenn if he gets the presidential nomi- meeting, Glenn indicated to fellow nation. Stry F The Cheney Free Press regrets a typing error in last week's front-page story which changed the meaning of a statement by Cheney School Board member Roger Harder. corre00.ted Harder said ther would be no attempt to eliminate the present soccer pro- gram being conducted by the Spokane Sports Association. i Thank you The staff here at Eastern Washington University Theatre wish to thank you for your coverage of our recent main stage production of "Our Town". We are very pleased with the audience response for "Our Town", which was very well attended and well received. Your support'of our production provides a vital public service. We greatly appreciate your cooperation. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Craig C. Smith Publicity Director Eastern Washington University Thank you Thank you Cheney Junior High P.T.O. officers and parents for finding our school library a project you chose to support. We received $63 to help re- place lost books. Those books have been ordered and should be in circulation soon, Sandra Gower, Librarian, Cheney Junior High A free press: Your key to freedom. For about refusing might be city marshal has man or municipal This syster shall go loitering in but it ma can get back doors IIII|IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIII I [ Cheney Centennml _ __ I wish to be contacted by the Cheney Free Press as I have information and/or photos I my family's history that may be of interest to others. I I Name __ Address Phc Please contact me (best time) Mail immediately to: Centennial, Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004. llllilllllllIlllllllllllIllIlliiill 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 earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. 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