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    HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES. Thursday. July 2. 1969
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That Giant Leap
A fmall step for man, a giant leap for mankind."
As Americans ponder those words of Neal Armstrong, the
first man to set foot on the moon, it Is heartwarming to sit
back and realize that that small step may hopefully be tne
first step in unifying the world.
Some people still may not believe it. It is indeed diffi
cult to realize, but we saw it, and we know that this task has
been accomplished.
The impact of Armstrong's, and Edwin Aldrin's feat
should be much greater than Just. "We put a man on the
It should make us see that there is hope here on earth
to solve our problems. If man can reach out into the heavens,
he should be able to end poverty, hunger, war. hate and
racial discrimination.
The mission of Apollo XI seems to have already unified
Americans. It may be purely coincidental, but there is less
racial violence this summer than last year.
Let us put our eyes on the moon. But let us keep our
feet on the ground, and work toward solving these less com
plex problems that exist here on the earth.
This morale-boosting moonshot should help.
Farm Safety A Year-Around Job
That this week is Farm Safety Week brings into focus
a little more sharply the job Morrow county farmers have
in keeping their ranches and farms free from accidents.
"American agriculture has advanced more in the past
50 years than in all our prior history," President Richard Nix
on says in a proclamation of the week. "Our abundance is
a powerful force for world peace."
According to the President, the dollar cost to the nation
approaches S2 billion annually. The toll of accidents contin
ues. Our Morrow county farmers seemingly have few acci
dents. But each one of the few reminds us that there is
danger in working around the farm, and that every measure
against accidents should be taken.'
There's no reason to put it off until after harvest. By
then, we'll all forget about Farm Safety Week until next
year. Instead, let's make safety a year-around job. We don't
need to lose a local rancher through an accident that could
have been prevented.
It is Enough
The East Oregonian, in an editorial the other day, says
the "establishment" v.Ul be pleased with the rits 0f an
editorial in the Corvallis Gazette-Times which stands up for
defense spending.
According to the Pendleton paper, "The (Corvallis) G-T
acknowledged that the annual rate of derense spending has
reached $81 billion but emphasized that in terms of percent
ages of the gross national product, defense spending is at
its lowest point since World War II."
Then, says the E-O, "The G-T closed with this clincher:
Those who claim we could solve much of our poverty and
underprivileged problem with the money spent in Vietnam
should realize that if the money were distributed among the
26 million Americans estimated to be living under the pov
erty line each would get $3,115.38. Hardly enough to pull one
self out of economic chaos permanently'."
That last statement is not any clincher.
If a man, his wife and three children were living under
the poverty line, by the Corvallis paper's method, each would
get the $3,000, making a total of $15,576.90. There are a lot
of Morrow county people with three children who would like
to make that much money annually.
We don't feel that $81 billion is going for a good purpose.
That is not to say the money should be distributed among
the poor of this nation.
But the fact that many Americans could be so much
better off If the money were not spent in Vietnam provides
powerful ammunition against any further escalation of de
fense spending.
The Rhyming Philosopher
This Is now that silly season
Which for some reputed reason
They call summer it's the time to Just relax.
Like go camping by the seashore
Which is nice, but can you be sure
That the picture really fits in with the facts?
You can dream, like dreams are made for.
But there's things that must be paid for.
And you'd better fix the roof before the rain.
So there's little time for wishing
You could pack up and go fishing;
Maybe next year this is something you'll attain.
Now the bathroom needs re-doing
Though you'd rather go canoeing,
Someone has to paint the fence around the lot
And the chimney must be reamed out.
While the cesspool must be cleaned out.
So you look around to find w hat help you've got.
For the lawn still keeps on growing
And the weeds require some hoeing.
And who will take your place as mortgagee?
Who will buy the meat and parsley?
It's a good thing that you asked me
Take a look into the mirror and you'll see!
If you have a question con
remine real or personal proper
ty please state all the facts as
briefly as possiDJe ana man ii
to Jovce Ritch, Morrow county
special assessor, under the name
ask only one question per sheet
Then watch this column for the
In computing my household in
eemo when applying for a sen
ior cititen's exemption on prop
erty taxes, can I deduct my
church contributions in order to
reduce the household income be
low S2.SO0?
The answer is no. The legis
lature provided clear standards
bv defining income ( in part)
to mean "adjusted gross in
come" as defined under the in
come tax law ORS 316.035. Those
items deductible from adjusted
Eross income for personal in
come tax purposes tsucn as
church deductions) must be in
cluded in the household income.
Social Security
Taxes Due for
Household Help
Housewives who pay someone
550 or more for household serv
ices during any three-month
calendar quarter must report
these payments and pay the So
cial Security taxes due to the
Internal Revenue Service. A. G.
Erickson. District Director for
Oregon, said the report for the
April, May and June calendar
quarter is due July 3J. 1969.
The Social Security tax on
household wages is 4.8 percent
for the employer and 4.8 per
cnet for employee. When the
quarterly report is filed, a check
or money order representing 9.6
percent of the cash wages re
ported for the period should be
included with the return.
Form 942, Employers Quarter-,
v Tax Return for Household
Employees, is used to report the
Social Security taxes due. After
the first one is filed, a copy of
Form 942 is mailed to every em
ployer in time for the next quar
terly report.
Erickson said that anyone
who hires a maid, cleaning
woman, cook, governess, house
keeper, caretaker, gardener or
chauffeur will be liable for So
cial Security taxes if cash wag
es of $50 a quarter are paid to
one employee. Money given to
employees for carfare is to be
counted in total wages paid.
However, the value of meals is
not included.
Failure to pay Social Security
taxes can delay payments and
decrease the amount of benefits
upon retiring.
IRS then has to secure delin
quent returns, Forms 942, from
the employer, sometimes cover
ing several years with a sub
stantial amount of taxes and
penalties due.
No taxes are due on amounts
paid to persons who are inde
pendent contractors and not
household employees. Erickson
said this exempts payments to
painters, plumbers, repairmen,
carpenters and others who pro
vide household services as inde
pendent contractors.
A Salem Scene
Annual Summer Picnic for
former and present resi
dents of Morrow County
Laurelhurst Park, Portland
Sunday, August 3, noon
Coffee served. Bring friends.
Center open Friday afternoon,
July 25, to Senior Citizens
and friends of area.
Social time together, from
2:00 p.m.
Gilliam and Bisbee Building
Sunday, August 17, noon
Anson Wright Memorial rarK
All Grange members and
Sunday, August 10, from 9:00
County Fairgrounds
All day competition for 4-H
club members
Honoring Janet Palmateer
Music by The Spring Rain of
Saturday. July 26, 9:30 p.m.-
l:0O a.m.
Fair Pavilion. Heppner
Sponsored by Willows Grange
of lone
P. a Box 847 PH. 676-9625
Form, Rate Changes
Simplify State Tax
"I got the April 15 blues.
From my eyebrows to my
shoes . , ."
Traditional American
Paving state personal income
taxes is not expected to be any
less painful, but thanks to the
199 legislature Oregonians now
will have an easier time figur
ing out their shares.
Effective retroactively to Jan
uary 1 this vear. House Bill 1026
simplifies Oregon's complex tax
law bv relating state and fed
eral taxable income. It is con
sidered to be the most signif
icant change In Oregon's per
sonal income tax in its 40-year
It does not mean that state
taxes will be assessed as a flat
percentage of federal taxes paid,
as is done In some states. It
does provide that federal tax
able income as defined in the
Internal Revenue Code and re
ported on federal returns, less
certain deductions and plus
some additions, is taxable in
come for purposes ol uregon s
personal Income tax.
Allowable deductions from
federal taxable income in arriv-1
ing at state taxable income in
Amount of any federal in
come taxes actually paid by the
taxpayer during the taxaoie
year less the amount ot any
refunds or abatement of federal
taxes paid or credited to the
Certain retirement incomes.
Interest or dividends on ob
ligations of the U. S. and its
territories and possessions ex
empt from state taxation.
Additions to federal taxable
income include:
Amount of any Oregon in
come taxes deducted on the
taxpayer's federal income tax
return for the taxable year, less
any refunds or abatement of
Oregon income taxes paid or
credited to the taxpayer.
Interest or dividends on ob
ligations or securities of any
ty Cvwttt L Cutter
foreign state or political subdlv-
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! Interest or dividends on ob
ligations of any authority, com
mission, instrumentality and
territorial possession of the
V. S. which by the laws of the
U. S. are exempt from federal
income tax but not from state
income tax.
The revised law also enacts
new rates for Oregon taxpayers,
running on a scale from 4 per
cent of taxable income under
SOO to a tax n Income over
,$5,000 of $345 plus 10 per cent
J of the excess over $5,000.
New rates are intended to col
lect the same total amount of
revenues as under tne previous
law, according to State Depart
ment of Revenue estimates.
There can be individual tax li
ability increases or decreases,
however, even though the state
says it will collect no addition
al revenue.
Estimated personal income
tax revenue to the state in the
1969-71 biennium is expected to
be $455 million.
Another measure passed by
this year's legislature. House
Joint Resolution 3, will put to
a vote of the people at the No
vember. 1970 general election.
It would amend Oregon's Con
stitution to permit the legislat
ure in the future to enact laws
to automatically adopt changes
in the federal Internal Revenue
California Couple
Welcomes First Son
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Foster,
Alameda, Calif., are the parents
of a baby boy born July 13. The
6 lb.. 1 oz. infant was named
Daniel Edan. He joins one sis
ter. Nicky. Mrs. Foster is the
former Mary Shannon, daughter
of Mrs. Martha King, Heppner.
Mazama Climbers
Shoot Fireworks
Mount Hood resembled a re
activated volcano Saturday eve
ning. Flares ringed the crater
and fireworks shot from Its cen
ter on the 75th anniversary of
the Mazama', a mountaineer
ing club.
Tom Hughes, Bob Jepsen and
his son. Bill, were present at
the site, as were 200 other mem
bers of the club. At 11:15 p.m.
Governor Tom McCall gave the
starting signal Just as the
Apollo 11 astronauts came
around the moon In orbit.
Four or five cases of fire
works were set off Into the air
and could be seen by all of
Portland and as far south as
Salem. A haze prevented East
Oregonlans from seeing the dis
play. Rnh Ahrnme lsr A member
of the club, was prevented from
going since ne is recuperamiK
from back surgery.
Mrs. L. E. MikeselL Spokane.
a house mother at Whitworth
College, visited Mr. and Mrs.
Buck Ruhl and other relatives
July 19-21. Mrs. Mikesells dau
ghter and granddaughters, Mrs.
Bob Jones. Lori and Terry, of
Yakima, were also in Heppner
Monday. July W
Chamber of Commerce, Wagon
Wheel Dining Room, 12 noon
Fire Department. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday. JuT '
Willow Lodtie. IOOF Hall, 8 p.m.
Jaycees, 8 p.m.
Friday. August 1
Sans Souel Rebekah Lodge No.
33, IQOF Hall. 8 P m.
Photo Session
Offered at E0C
Anyone Intrigued by develop
ing and printing colored trans
parencies may develop tech
nique during a colored photo
graphy workshop August 18-29
at Eastern Oregon College.
The workshop director, Dr.
Richard A. Hermens. assistant
professor of chemistry, said that
enrollment will be limited.
Anyone interested may contact
him personally from 8 a.m. to
noon Monday through Friday,
at 212 Science building or by
telephone at 963-2171.
Two hikes Into the Wallowa
mountain wilderness for photo
graphic assignments are on the
schedule. On their return, the
11 Hevetnn their col
ored film and make prints from
those transparencies in a conege
Dr. Hermens pointea our inai
iu rnn.iritv of the darkroom
will limit the enrollment.
Mrs. Frank Ayers was visited
by Mrs. Leslie Pruitt of Eugene
July 16-20. While here she also
saw Scott Furlong, her uncle,
while he was at St. Anthony hos
pital in Pendleton.
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9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Spring Rain
Honoring Princess
If no answer call Ray Boyce.
676 5384