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4—The Daily Collegian Monday, April 9, 1984
election 6 A
oft Pennsylv ania Primary
Tackling unemployment tops candidate's list
Philipsburg Mayor Ira Smades said
getting Pennsylvanians back to work
would be his primary concern if elect
ed to the state House of Representa
Smades, running unopposed in the
Democratic primary for the 77th leg
islative district seat, said many areas
of the district are still suffering from
"We have to do something to create
more jobs. I guess my major concern
is to get back to brass tacks and get
these people back to work," Smades
Smades said his background as
attorney, solicitor and mayor make
Candidate cites water pollution as major issue
Republican Norman Domblisky of
Rush Township spent more than 20
years in the U.S. Army, and his
travels included three tours in Smith
Korea, one in Japan and one in Ger
many. If elected, Domblisky said, the
- - . district
Rudy says state must support small
'Economic revitalization and con
stituent Service will be her prime
goals if re-elected, said incumbent
state Rep. Ruth Rudy, D-Centre
'Rudy, 46, is running unopposed in
the Democratic primary for the 171st
ldgislative district seat.
State support of small businesses is
crucial for Pennsylvania's economy,
because small businesses create
most new jobs in Pennsylvania, Rudy
Rudy supports state underwriting
of new small businesses and incuba
tor centers like the one at the Mat:.
terliville Elementary school, she
;Rudy supported decreasing the cor
por'ate net income tax from 10.5 to 2.5
percent for small corporations, she
said. However, she said a proposed
Sciabica says state must streamline programs
Dennis Sciabica said his back
giound in education and human serv
ices makes him the best Republican
candidate for state representative
ftom the 17 - . t legislative district.
Sciabica, a former instructor and
coach at the U.S. Naval Academy,
now serves as a volunteer on the
boards of directors of Counseling
Services Incorporated of Bellefonte
and the Bellefonte YMCA.
The endorsement of the Association
of Pennsylvania State College and
University Faculties shows commit
ment to education, Sciabica said.
Sciabica, 29, also has experience in
the private sector through running a
promotions company called Magnum
Productions Inc., he said.
Although Gov. Dick Thornburgh's
U.S. House of Representatives
Steel industry needs tax breaks, Wachob says
By MIKE NETHERLAND
Collegian Staff Writer
State Rep. William Wachob said he
would tackle the state unemployment
problems that stem from a slump in
the coal and steel industries if elected
to . the 23rd Congressional seat.
Wachob, running unopposed on the
Democratic ticket, said, "Creating a
climate to revive those industries
could reduce unemployment."
By MIKE NETHERLAND
Collegian Staff Writer
Seeking a fourth term, Rep. Wil
liam F. Clinger Jr. has pledged to
continue the fight to improve the
nation's roads, bridges and water
works that has earned him the nick
name "Mr. Infrastructure."
Running unopposed on the Republi
can ticket, Clinger is adamant that
there is a' direct connection between
economic growth and the quality of
him a qualified candidate.
"I've been involved in a lot of
different ways with government
agencies. I know how they run," he
Smades, 34, said that despite media
coverage of an alleged scandal in
volving a lawsuit, he does not intend
to withdraw from the race and has
not been pressured to do so by the
Centre County Democratic Commit
Smades said that as a representa
tive he would "try to be more of my
own person rather than be guided
exclusively by my party." Evaluat
ing situations separately and talking
strong leadership skills he developed
as a non-commissioned officer will be
Domblisky, who left the army in
1969 as a sergeant major, said he is
concerned about environmental prob
decrease in personal income tax
might not help taxpayers. The per
sonal income tax rate is currently
2.45 percent and is slated to decrease
to 2.35 percent by July 1. Legislation
that would change the rate to 2.25 -
percent has been introduced in the
"The tax decrease sounds like a
good idea on the surface, but under
neath it has hidden problems," Rudy
State funding for education would
decrease if personal taxes are cut,
and taxpayers will pay more in local
taxes to make up the difference, she
Understanding and responding to
constituent needs is the primary re
sponsibility of a legislator, Rudy said.
"I have made myself accessible to
constituents and have heeded the
administration has initiated some
good programs for small businesses,
the programs need to be streamlined,
"We need to pay special attention
to the small business man, since the
bulk of jobs come from small busi
nesses," Sciabica said.
The state needs to expand retrain
ing programs for displaced workers
as well as encourage small business
development, he said.
Voter turnout for the primary is
impossible to predict and will be
affected by weather conditions, Scia
bica said. He does not expect a large
turnout because of the uncontested
Republican presidential race and be
cause many area Republicans are
running unopposed, he said.
By providing tax breaks to the steel
industry for retraining its labor force
to move out of the raw steel market
and into specialty steel, this country
has a comparative advantage which
will increase profitability and em
ployment, he said. Wachob believes
other industries could also profit
Wachob would also seek to estab
lish a quasi-public agency that would
subsidize interest rates and under-
the nation's public works facilities.
While a supporter of Reagan's eco
nomic recovery program and efforts
to shrink the size of the federal gov
ernment, Clinger acknowledges that
"too many people are still out of
work" in Pennsylvania.
He attributes unemployment in the
state to the slow recovery of heavy
industry, which he maintains is nor
mal for capital intensive industries.
Thus he has opposed cuts in education
and job training programs because
with constituents to determine needs
would be important as a responsive
legislator, he added.
Smades is the only candidate in the
77th district who opposes state dives
titure of liquor stores. He supports
state Liquor Control Board reform,
but opposes abolishing the LCB.
"I'm not sure if there is an enforce
ment problem in the LCB, or if it is
simply a political issue created by the
governor," Smades said. "No one has
been able to convince me that it
should be turned over to private in
It is hard to guarantee total lack of
corruption, Smades said.
lems, especially water pollution.
Domblisky, 54, said he would ini
tiate a project to protect the Six-Mile-
Run area between Philipsburg and
Black Moshannon on Route 504.
"Pollution of our drinking water is
Rep. Ruth Rudy
voices of the 171st district," she said; r .
Rudy sits on the Agricultural and
Rural Affairs Committee, the Feder
al-State Relations Committee and the
Local Government Committee.
"I feel I can bring knowledge and
expertise about local government,"
On the issue of state divestiture of
liquor stores, Sciabica said he would
support divestiture only if four condi
tions were met: measures for effec
tive enforcement; a quota system for
the number of state stores allowed
write bond sales and stock offering to
help spur new corporations. Such
stocks and bonds would attract pri
vate investment, creating a pool of
Despite the taint of acid rain on
Pennsylvania's high sulfur coal, it 'is
important to maintain the coaLindus
try, a key part of the state's economy,
Wachob said. He is confident, howev
er, that technology will provide the
means to burn coal safely.
"the older, basic industries on which
we have relied for jobs in the past,
such as steel, simply will not be able
to absorb as many workers in the
But, he maintains, the labor sur
plus will not last long. He cites an
increase in small business and pro
jections warning about labor short
ages by 1990.
going to be a real problem,", he said.
Funding for education would also
be a priority for Domblisky as a
legislator, he said, adding he would
like to see increased spending as well
as 'higher pay for teachers.
Domblisky said he expects a mod
erate turnout for the primary.
"I think a lot of voters are dig
gusted with a lot of issues," he said.
He said he sees a real difference in
economic revitalization between the
State College area and other parts of
the district. State College's economic
Incumbent Herman confident
Incumbent state Rep. Lynn Her
man, R-Centre County, said his big
gest accomplishment during his first
term in office was preventing Lincoln
University from becoming a land
Herman, running in the Republican
primary for the 77th legislative dis
trict-seat, said land-grant status for
Lincoln University would have de
creased funding for Penn State and
for agricultural research throughout
Centre County. Educating his col
leagues about the bill's effect and
showing that the change was uncon
stitutional kept the bill from being
passed, he said.
"I'm very proud that I was able to
stop that bill' from being pushed
Witmer wants more state-backed job training
Charles Witmer said a record that
shows 'aggressiveness and acheive
ment wakes him a strong candidate
for the state House of Representa
"My record shows that when I set
goals I can achieve them," Witmer
Witmer, running in the Republican
primary for, the 171st legislative dis
trict seat, said creating jobs would be
a vital issue for him as a legislator.
"If people aren't working, then
nothing is going to go right in their
lives," he said.
A bigger state commitment to job
training is crucial, Witmer said.
"People have got to be retrained to
be able to function in our economy,"
Witmer, 31, backs state support of
small businesses, such as the recent
ly passed decrease in corporate net
income tax for companies with 35 or
Ortenberg sees many issues as philosophica
Environmental and energy issues
are part of what Tom Ortenberg,
unopposed Consumer Party candi
date in the 77th legislative district,
calls "a different philosophy, not just
Ortenberg said issues like acid
rain, right-to-know legislation and
hazardous and radioactive waste dis
posal are central to his campaign and
will not be addressed by either Demo
cratic or Republican candidates.
It is a legislator's job to "put the
public good ahead of special inter
ests" said Ortenberg, who is chair
man of the Centre County Consumer
The state could create jobs and
provide public service by investing
public pension funds into housing,
small business and energy conserva-
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climate is better, he said. Domblisky
said he thinks of the district as a
whole human body.
"If .any, part of that body is de
cayed, then you have to repair it. We
have a lot of sore spots over here,
much more than State College,"
Domblisky said he opposes the
state divestiture of liquor store
s." There are a lot of unanswered
questions," he said. "There are too
many hidden factors."
through the House," Herman said.
Herman, 27, said that his second
biggest achievement in office was his
help in passing a bill that would
change the retirement system for
employees of the Univ ersity's AD
plied -Research Laboratory. Senate
Bill 639, passed by the House of Rep
resentatives last week, includes lab
employees in the State Employees
Retirement System and is considered
a more equitable way to handle the
employees' pension . fund. Herman
sponsored a similar bill in the House
and strongly supported SB 639, he
Herman, who - has worked with the
state Department of Education and
Department of Transportation, said
fewer shareholders, he said.
Education would be his second big
gest concern, Witmer said.
"We're cheating our youth if we
don't follow up and make sure they
get quality education," he said.
Witmer said that Penn State's pow
erful effect on the 171st district would
make him a strong "lobbyist" for the
University. Penn State has critical
needs that must be addressed, includ
ing improvement of engineering
equipment and student aid programs,.
He said he supports state divesti
ture of liquor stores. "I think right
now the commonwealth is charged
with two conflicting responsibilities,"
Witmer said. "On the one hand, the
state is trying to promote the sale of
liquor, and on the other hand it's
trying to control liquor sales and keep
liquor away from those who shouldn't
tion programs, Ortenberg said. The
state now invests its pension funds
almost exclusively in Fortune 500
companies, Ortenberg said.
Ortenberg, 23, said he would also
support legislation that would require
corporations to give one-year notice
before they shut down a plant. '
"Corporations usually know seve
ral years ahead of time when they
close. They give the least po'ssible
notice to prevent dissent from build
ing up," Ortenberg said.
Ortenberg said he supports state
divestiture of liquor stores because
"the Liquor Control Board seems to
be just incapable of handling things
right." An overwhelming number of
consumers have longstanding com
plaints about the LCB, Ortenberg
out on issues
Area candidates in the race for
seats in the state House of Rep
resentatives have voiced various
positions on two measures pending
in the state legislature that would
Gov. Dick Thornburgh, in his
1984-85 budget, has asked for a 7
percent funding increase for the
University. In addition, the House
has introduced a bill that would
require competency testing for
high school graduates. The posi
tions of the seven candidates are
Do you support the proposed 7
percent increase of state funding
for the University?
• Democrat Ira Smades sup
ports more of an increase in state
funding for Penn State than the 7
percent proposed by Gov. Dick
• Republican Norman Domb
lisky supports the proposed 7 per
cent increase in state funding for
Penn State, but is not sure he
would fight for a larger increas
e." Education should have more
money, but the question is: can we
afford it?"he said.
• Incumbent state Rep. Lynn
Herman, R-Centre County, be
lieves the 7 percent increase in
state funding is realistic, and said
of primary win
Rep. Lynn Hermen
he expects a slight decrease from
1982 in voter turnout for the Republi
can primary. Because many area
Republicans are running unopposed,
voters may not be motivated to get to
the polls, he said.
Witmer said he strongly supports
"right-to-know" legislation in prin
ciple, but needs to "meet and talk
with as many people as I can."
a greater increase is not likely.
• Incumbent state Rep. Ruth
Rudy, D-Centre County. Rudy sup
ports the 7 percent increase in
state funding fur Penn State but
thinks a greater increase is possi
ble. "We cannot continue to short
change higher education, she
• Republican Dennis Sciabica
believes the seven percent in
crease in state funding for Penn
State is realistic but would fight
for a larger increase as a legis
• Republican Charles Witmer
said he believes the 7 percent
increase in state funding for the
University may not be enough.
"I'm not sure that it (the increase)
is adequate, but I'm encouraged
by it it's more than last year's
proposal," he said.
• Consumer party canidate
Tom Ortenberg said, he does not
believe the 7 percent increase in
funding for the University is
enough. He supports a larger in ,
crease, including funding for an
aggressive minority recruitment
election 'B4 Pennsylvania Primary
for 'a safer world'
Former Vice President Walter F.
Mondale sums up his agenda if elect
ed as "leading the world to a safer
world" by pursuing a nuclear freeze
and arms control initiatives and con
ducting foreign policy "undergirded
by our values," and principles. In
addition, he forsees a "tough econom
ic policy to restore our competitive
edge," and enforcement of discrimi
nation laws that protect civil rights.
Mondale is courting the remnants
of ,the New Deal and Great Society
coalitions that dominated the nation's
policies for the last 40 years.
For Mondale, restoring the compet
itive edge includes 'bailouts like the
Carter administration's intervention
on behalf of Chrysler Corp. In that
case he said, he is proud of the fact
that he helped put 600,000 auto work
ers back to work. He is also proud of
the administration's trigger price
policies on imports. In short, he fa
vors protectionist trade policies
, against "foreign companies' preda
The major difference in his cam
paign, he says, is his pledge to fight
In a bid for his first public office, school lunch programs. Fully funded,
the Rev. Jesse Jackson's campaign he indicates, these programs would
has been one built primarily on help- reduce crime among the poor and
ing the poor and the downtrodden, the minorites.
unemployed and the minority. "Its so much cheap& to feed the
His "peace economy" would divert • child than to jail the men and the
federal funds away from what he women," Jackson said at the League
perceives as a wartime buildup of of Women Voters' debates in Pitts
arms and waste, both of which can be burgh last Thursday.
cut down, he says, without impairing Jackson said the middle class
U.S. defense capabilities. Jackson should not bear the burden of debt
has said that in an emergency, "I reduction by paying the most taxes.
would use the draft." But, he adds, a Pledging to bring a "democracy in
draft would not be necessary- be- paying taxes," Jackson would go
cause, in an emergency, the throngs , after corporations and the upper
of patriotic men and women would class that, he says, do not pay taxes.
readily enlist for service. He described President Reagan's tax
Funds previously earmarked for cuts as a "reverse Robin Hood proc
defense, he says, could go into infras- ess."
tructure repair programs that would In foreign policy, Jackson espouses
reduce unemployment. isolationism in military matters. He
The savings from a pared defense insists that Europe and Japan defend
budget, he says, can also be used to themselves. He claims that such poli
restore cuts in the food stamp and dies could save $5O billion a year.
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THE "CUT AND DRIED" LOOK
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what he calls, the "femininization of
poverty." He would concentrate on
helping the rising percentage of wom
en who are working. He said they face
discrimination and dramatic salary
Mondale, in reducing deficits,
would cut spending and raise taxes
instead of "doing it with mirrors,"
alluding to President Reagan's sup
ply side economics and New Federal
ism policies of encouraging
investment and savings and reducing
\ the size of the fedeial government.
He protests Reagan's accusations
that Democrats are free-spending tax.
raisers. Eventually, he maintains,
Reagan will have to raise taxes to
reduce the deficit if he is re-elected.
Part of his tax program is a 10
percent surcharge on people earning
$lOO,OOO or more and a 15 percent
minimum tax on corporate profits.
He would also delete or reduce loop
holes and tax breaks and conduct "an
all-out effort on collecting taxes from
the underground economy."
Mondale has also said he will not
"tolerate human rights abuses" in
aims to help
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Hart brings 'new ideas' to election
As the "new ideas" candidate of the Democratic
party, Colorado Senator Gary Hart said he opposes
corporate bailouts by the federal government and
U.S. troop involvement in Central America and the
At the League of Women Voters debates in
Pittsburgh last Thursday, Hart said "item by item,
case by case, bandaids" are not the way to return
heavy industry to profitability
Instead, Hart said he favors a "national policy"
that would encourage labor, management and
government cooperation. Hart opposes laws de
signed to protect American industries from foreign
competitors by tariffs, trigger prices, quotas and
so-called domestic content bills requiring that
imports contain certain amounts of U.S. made
Democratic presidential candidates (from left) Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart and Thursday night. The candidates were campaigning in Pennsylvania last week in
Walter Mondale share a friendly discussion following a debate in Pittsburgh order to gain support in tomorrow's primary election.
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Hart, who said he is for "tax fairness," wants to
defer President Reagan's plan to index the margi
nal tax rate to the rate of inflation. Tax indexing,
scheduled to go into effect next year, would prevent
inflation from pushing middle income earners into
higher tax brackets by inflating the real value of
income. Deferring indexing, he said, would cost the
middle class about $6OO per year while helping to
reduce the deficit.
While recognizing the importance of Persian Gulf
oil to the
. allies in NATO and Japan, Hart said he
would not commit U.S. ground troops to that area to
maintain stability. He maintains that only about 4
percent of U.S. oil imports comes from the gulf,
therefore Europe and Japan should take more
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responsibility in defending that area. The defense:
strategy for NATO, meanwhile, is obsolete, Hart'.
said. Today's highly mobile war machines, Hart
believes, would easily thwart a series of defense
lines with pdrmanent supply stations. This, he says,
is now NATO's strategy.
He compares the strategy with the failed Maginot
Line permanent defense of the French during
World War H. German troops simply went around
the line into France and destroyed the defense from
behind. Hart favors, instead, deployment of a
system of highly mobile units that would attack
invading Warsaw Pact units.
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