Clipped From Herald and Review
jf-- :. " . . : 1,11 5 i . ,4 . ' ; I A 1 BiMMSM&t . W 's.-::' ; '-4-15 J - L fly r. . : '. . - . If ' ' ; tf-lbi j: - s ... r 1 ' . . - " . . . , I Mixing breakfast with politics were, left to right: Skinny Taylor, Del Closs and Marvin Jorgensen. Richard Reudi, Kenneth Harm, Charles O'Neil, Bennett Bradley Jr., Local GOF is all grins (Photo by Ron Ernst) By BOB SAMPSON Herald ft Review Special Writer It was a happy breakfast table today at the Tiffany Cafe, where Macon County Republicans daily gather. President Reagan spoke the words Wednes day night they had been hungering to hear for years. Some commentators have labeled Reagan's speech the end of the New Deal. "No," laughed Kenneth Harm, "it's the start of the best deal." To Harm and other Republicans sitting at the table, the speech was a daring step in the right direction. "I think it was a tremendous speech," said "Skinny" Taylor, Macon County GOP chairman. "It was a bold approach a"nd it took guts. I never thought I'd see it, but a sick country has to have something done to it." Taylor wasn't worried about potential negative effects in Macon County from the elimination of public service jobs and federal grants. "I think it will only help Macon County if we can get the economy back moving." he said. Macon County Board Chairman Bennett Bradley Jr. said county government will weather the loss of public service jobs and Economic Development Administration grants used to build highways. An estimated 20 CETA workers are employed by the county, most of them in the sheriff's office. Bradley said the cost to the county of picking up those jobs would be "about $2u0.0U0. once you figure in fringes." The future of those workers is "difficult to assess at this point," Bradley said. Contacted later. Sheriff Stephen D. Fisher said that if the CETA program ends, he would lose nine correctional officers assigned to the county jail. "That's one more person than the number of deputies currently assigned to the third shin." Fisher said. "If we have to replace those correctional officers with deputies, it could mean the end of 24-hour police patrol in this county." Loss of EDA grants will likely delay the county Highway 30 project between Mount Zion and Elwin. "We'll just have to do it on our own. and I guess it will just take longer," said Bradley. Taylor and the others believe Reagan will get his program of tax and budget cuts through Congress. "This-soon, before he's got any sores on him. with the mood of the Congress and the people being a willingness to change things. I think he could do things today he couldn't have done two or three years ago." said Taylor. Patience may be required, he said, predicting it would be a year to a year and a half before benefits of the program become evident. "But it's a good start."