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Public unimpressed by
Carter's tax refund gift
By The Associated Press
President Carter has paid $6,000 in income taxes he did not
owe, saying everyone who has a significant income should pay
taxes. But Beatrice Davis, one of several American taxpayers
who was asked about the gift, said, "It's just a big show."
Carter disclosed Friday that he and his wife, Rosalynn were
due a tax refund of $26,026 on a gross income of $55,000 and
i r oWed no taxes for 1976 because of various business andother
deductions. But the President asked for only $20,026 back.
don't think he 'should be so bloody big about it," said
Monika Huntley, 29, a Sherman Oaks, Calif., housewife. "I
Think he should go change the tax laws and then he will
Probably have to pay some taxes and not have all those
Mrs. Huntley was one of several taxpayers contacted by The
Associated Press and asked their reaction to the President's
..,'lf he would have . given the money to a poor family, maybe
in Plains or somewhere else, that really Would be something
and then I would say, boy, what a nice man," said Mrs.
Huntley, the mot her of a 4-year-old. "But to give it to the IRS,
which needs it like a hole in the head It's stupid and I'm
quite sure this is purely political."
„ But Daniel J. King, 32, k high school social studies teachet
ft m Chicago's West Side, felt that Carter's action was l 'a
f really,good public relations thing . , . ” •
King said he thinks the main reason Carter did, it is that
"after the Watergate affair we saw the last president, Nixon,
taking deductions which he should not be entitled to. Carter
might do this to get some credibility back to the office of the
President of the United States. Following him along the way,
he seems to be a very principled man."
~K ing said he wouldn't do the same himself.
.The tax donation is "more publicity than it is generous,"
Refugees given food, money
Vietnamese find Israeli
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Sixty-six
Vietnamese refugees, turned away by
Asian nations after they fled their
Communist homeland in a leaking
fishing boat, found asylum in Israel
yesterday and were promised jobs,
housing - and lessons in Hebrew.'
- "I hope you hear tin my voice what I
i t hink of all of you. I am very touched by
your, kindness," said Dr. 'Fran Quang
Hua, a former army surgebn who acted
as group spokesman. His voice trembled
Each refugee was given $7O, canned
food and a packet of tea on arrival. The
refugees, some Buddhists ' but mostly
Roman Catholics, were taken to a hostel
in Ofakim in the Negev Desert 75 miles
south of Tel Aviv. They were •greeted
t here by welcome signs and a youth band
playing "Jerusalem the'Golden."
Officials said that for the next few
HARRISBURG (AP) After dozens
of.. hours of work by 202 legislators, a
final state budget will most likely be
decided by six men.
' If the House approves its proposed
budget when it returns to work today,
the Senate is sure to reject it, lawmakers
have said repeatedly.
Then it would go to a conference
committee of three 'senators and three
representatives, who would create a
Yesterday's fine weather will continue,
with sunny skies-today and a high of 82.
Clear tonight, low 60. Tomorrow will be
Mostly sunny early, but becoming partly
sunny la l er in the day, high near 82.
'Living together' is relaxing, efficient for
By DIANA YOUNKEN
Collegian Staff Writer
Editor's Note: This is the last of a.two
part series on couples who are living
lan and Jenny have been living
together nine months, and they have
encountered few external pressures.
',"The landlord knows about us,'l lan
said. "I told him a female friend was
moving in. He said it was okay as long as
her name was on the lease, and. just as
long as he knows who's here and who
"I guess there are different things
about `a female friend moving in' and
'we're going to live together,' " he said.
: , The landlord did stipulate, however,
that he didn't want any arguments to
provoke either of them to walk out on the
lease, lan said.
Jenny said she hasn't told her parents
she's living with lan but she thinks they
know anyway. "My father called the
other morning and lan answered," she
said, "so I think they sort of know
something must be going on."
`"I think they'd be a'little upset but
they wouldn't say anything like, 'Well,
we disown you for it,' she added.
"They're pretty understanding. I'd
rasher just not tell them and if they ask
I'll tell them!'
According to lan, his parents know
about his relationship with Jenny and
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months most would stay in Ofakim, a
development town of Yemenite and
North African immigrants where they
would find work in small industries.
The 34 men, 16 women and 16 children
spent four days huddled on a fishing
boat, with supplies. of food and water
running out, when an Israeli freighter
plucked them from the South China Sea
two weeks ago. . -
An Israeli official said about half the
refugees, may be eligible for visas to the
United Slates. Many said they planned, to
stay in Israel, where they can become
citizens in five years under
naturalization laws similar to those of
the United States. Jews gain automatic
citizenship on arrival.
"They will enjoy all hospitality," said
Prime Minister Menahem Begin, whose
first official act after being sworn in
Tuesday was to grant asylum to the
Once that budget is returned to the
House for final approval, legislators can
only vote yes or no. They cannot make
That bothers the rank-and-file House
members, because the final budget may
have radical changes: a call for higher
taxes and more state funds for public
schools, including Philadelphia's.
"It's frustrating, but what are you
going to do When you're under a
deadline?" said Rep. Phyllis Kernick, D-
"This all should have been done a long
time ago," she said.
The House and Senate have until June
30, the end of the fiscal year, to pass a
If they don't, paychecks to 108,000
state workers and money for 800,000
welfare recipients would be cut off.
"they sort of like it. Don't ask me
why . . . Basically, I don't think it's a big
deal and I don't think they think it's a
real big deal . . ."
lan said he views Jenny's moving in as
a rather sudden process, however, and
in the beginning he had some reser
"At first I was wondering, you know,
'ls this going to work?' " he said.
" 'What if I want it to end? . . . 'How am
I going to say I want it to end?' be
cause I wanted to see other people."
"I thought a lot about that," he said.
"There were times when I just had to get
away from her."
Jenny said she thinks their
arrangement was established gradually.
She had been paying rent on another
apartment and "it was a waste of time
and money," she contended. "I didn't
live there. I had my stuff there (but) I
was sleeping over here all the time. I did
everything here except keep my stuff
Jenny moved into lan's apartment
officially in June and they share ex
lan said he has few qualms about the
set-up anymore "because we're getting
along really well."
"It's not as if we're married," he said.
"We both have our separate lives. We're
each free to do what we want, go where
according to F.H. Compton, 65, of Nashville. "I certainly
wouldn't give 'em anything." •
When asked why Carter decided to pay the $6,000, White
House Press Secretary Jody Powell replied:
"People who reap substantial benefits from this country
should pay something back even when the law does not require
it in a particular case."
But Powell said the payment was only "indicative of
the President's general approach" to taxes and tax reform.
Frank Higgins of Philadelphia, who is retired and lives off
his social security, commented: "He just did it as a political
move with his second term in mind."
But Higgins also called Carter "a very generous and
benevolent man" who "shows he is willing to sacrifice
A New York City resident. "wasn't impressed" by Carter's
move. Mrs. Nathan H. Jones, who describes herself as a
"senior citizen," added, "We just have to view these things as
common sense and this doesn't make sense to me."
She said if Carter had .refused to take a salary as did
Presidents Kennedy,'Hoover and Washington, that would have
been generous. -
In Carter's hometown of Plains, Ga., none of six residents
contacted had heard of the President's gift to the U.S.
Treasury. When briefed, however, Ben Deal, 27, said it "was
mighty kind of him (Carter)." .
But - the agricultural specialist added that he didn't believe
Carter's motives were entirely pure. "He's .not stupid.
Somebody in his position has to watch it politically."
Another Philadelphia resident, Thomas M. Conroy Sr., said
the $6,000 donation was definitely "a political move" but still
"a good thing."
lan agreed. "Just the fact that she's
going to school and working
someplace," he explained, "and I work
' someplace ... right now we only see
Vietnamese. He said their plight evoked
memories of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany
and being denied entry to Palestine.
Yehudit Huebner, an Interior Ministry
official, said this was the first time
Israel had received a party of non-
Jewish refugees. Israel normally gives
no aid to non-Jewish immigrants, but
officials said the Vietnamese would
receive Me same' aid offered to Jewish -
Though Heubner said Israel has never
turned away displaced persons, it has
consistently refused to allow Palestinian
refugees to return to the homes they
abandoned when the Jewish state was
formed in 1948.
The refugee group was rejected by
Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong before
Israel offered them asylum, and they
said at least.five ships had passed them
by in the sea without offering assistance.
But the average taxpayer wouldn't be
affected immediately unless the state
employees balked at working without
Last Friday the House over
whelmingly rejected a $5.6 billion budget
that would have increased state spend
ing by 13 per cent.
It also would have required raising
either the 2 per cent sales tax, the 6 per
cent sales tax, or a combination of the
" House members are aft Lid of what
might happen to their proposals when
the three senators on the conference
committee get their hands on them.
The senators are expected either to be
led or at least influenced by Sen. Henry
Cianfrani, powerful chairman of the
Senate Appropriations Committee.
at penn st
we want, not necessarily with the other
Jenny reflected "I thought maybe I
was going to lose a little bit of my
identity, but it hasn't turned out that
"e have totally opposite schedules
this term which makes a difference,"
she added. "It's a workable relation-
Utilities say gas supply OK
HARRISBURG (AP) At least four
major gas utilities in Pemisylvania say
they'll have more gas this winter and
customers may be spared some of last
season's fuel shortages.
- The companies will have more gas in
storage when winter approaches and in
one case, will have a new source of
In addition, all utilities in the state will
be under a uniform curtailment plan'
designed to put, any - cutbacks on in
dustrial and commercial customers who
can best absorb them. The plan should
help ease a repeat bf the massive job
each other late at night or every now and
then in the day.
"It's strong," lan said of their
relationship, "and it's made us stronger
"I feel a lot better now 'cause
everything's opening up for me," he
"I don't know if Jenny's had anything
to do with it or what, but the past couple
terms my grades were shooting up," lan
said. "Before, my grades were really
low, and just lately —I think since we've
layoffs of last winter, said a Public
Utility Commission (PUC) official.
The picture painted by the utilities and
state officials contrasts with a gloomy
report issued last week by the Federal
Power Commission (FPC).
Pipelines which move gas from the
fields of Texas and other Southwest
states will have less fuel than last
winter, the FPC said.
Even with normal temperatures this
winter, the interstate pipelines will be
unable to deliver about 23 per cent of
utilities' firm requirements, the FPC
said. The shortage last winter was 21 per
been living together my grades have
Jenny said that living with lan has
made school more enjoyable and less
lan agreed: "It's easier going than
before. Before, I was constantly on the
make, and not able to settle
down .. . going out to get laid ar
something . . ."
"Now it's different," he added. "It's a
lot slower. Living with Jenny, I don't go
out and look to get laid. I find time to do
Both lan and Jenny will graduate
winter term and they don't expect to find
jobs in their majors. They said they are
relatively unconcerned about their
future plans, including marriage.
"If we're still together, it's a
possibility," lan said, "but we're not
committed. You shouldn't be com
mitted, because 'commitment' is
something outside yourself that you
have to stay for that reason."
"I think if I were committed to her,
then things would go downhill real fast,"
he added. "(And) I wouldn ' t s walk out on
her 'cause -- just the way .I feel about
Jenny agreed: "If I said to lan, 'you
better not leave' or something, he would
feel pressured, and I think that would
put a different aspect on the relation
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Photos by Sally Hunter
"Star Wars" sold out 45 minutes before
its first showing on Friday afternoon,
John Guss, manager of The Movies, The
Garden Theatre and the Screening Room
said. "So far it's equal in popularity to
"Jaws" and "Rocky," he said. Vince
Swistak, operator-manager for the three
theaters, said The Garden had sold out
every show since it opened. "I hope it will
continue on that way," he said. Guss said
he "couldn't-estimate" the •number of
people turned away from the movie be
cause it was sold out. See review on
"We worry about generalized
statements that come out of
Washington," said William Harral,
executive director for the Governor's
Actual shortages will vary from utility
to utility depending on weather, demand
and other factors, Harral said.
It's important to make people, aware
that gas is not plentiful and conservation
measures should continue, "but you
can't 'cry wolf' all the time," he said.
"We're painting a much more op
timistic picture for our customers," said
Walter Rogers, spokesman for
Equitable Gas Co.
"I'm thinking, 'gee, it'd be hard for me
to leave,' " she said.
"And I'm thinking the same thing,"
lan said. "But yet I think if it came down
'to where one would want to leave, it
would hurt a lot.
"I don't think we'd try to stop each
other," he said. "We'd probably talk
about it a lot."
Because he and Jenny are friends,
talking about their relationship has
made "a lot of things easier" and their
quarrels end quickly, he said.
Some people think too much about
their relationships and what can go
wrong, lan contended. "The imagination
can do strange things to the mind."
Another couple, Kay and Jack, have
been living together for several months
and they told their landlord they're
In fact, it's just a matter of time until
they do get married, according to Kay, a
student. "I just don't feel like going
through all that wedding stuff. It's just
not convenient right now."
At the moment, living with Jack is a
logical alternative, she said. "There
really wasn't much to think about."
"Knowing we're going to get married,
we have everything together, like a bank
account," Kay said. "It's just like we're
"I don't think I'd want to marry
somebody I didn't live with for a while."