Baker knocks Carter
on leadership, energy
DETROIT (UPI) - Senate
Republican Leader Howard Baker
scolded President Carter yesterday for
his "failure of leadership" on the
nation's energy problems and called for
the immediate dismissal of Energy
Secretary James Schlesinger.
Baker said Americans are confused
because the president keeps changing
his energy policy and cannot even win
the support of the Democratic majority
"This is a failure of Carter leader-
ship," he said.
BAKER, WHO plans to officially en-
ter the race for the 1980 GOP presiden-
tial nomination this fall, met with
reporters before addressing delegates
at the annual National Educational
He called for Schlesinger's dismissal
as a "good beginning point" for Carter
as he once again re-evaluates his
energy strategy. He also suggested the
president abolish the Department of
Energy "and start all over again with
Baker said Carter has been unable to
usher his energy proposals through
Congress because he has not convinced
the public there is a crisis that can be
cured only by personal sacrifice.
"IT'S AN ODD thing. President Ford
got along better with a Democratic
congress than Jimmy Carter has," he
said. "I think I get along with a
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The Dial-a-Ride reductions would
eliminate 25 of the vans currently in
use. All 12 vans then would be used for
the handicapped and elderly, compared
to the five vans now earmarked for use
by those groups.
SERVICE REDUCTIONS are a
result of a decrease in actual dollars
available to AATA, said plan proponent -
and AATA staff member Tom Hackley.
Although AATA funds will increase
this fall, rising fuel and labor costs will
force AATA to reduce its service, ac-
cording to supporters of the proposal.
"Even given an increase in revenues,
we're limited in the services we can
provide," said AATA Executive Direc-
tor Richard Simonetta. AATA will see
"substantial increases in revenues,
from $400,000 to a million dollars," he
THE REDUCTIONS included in the
proposal come after changes in bus
service to Ypsilanti which were effec-
tive July 2. Several routes were con-
solidated or extended, and the number
of stops on some routes were changed.
Routes proposed for this fall include
two on Plymouth Rd.; one serving
downtown, the Broadway Ave. shop-
ping area and Riverview Medical Cen-
ter; one on Maple and Scio Roads; one
on Stadium Blvd. and Pauline St.; one
serving Liberty St. and Jackson Rd.;
and one that would run through down-
town and connect Central Campus to
Briarwood, the airport,.Arborland, and
to Washtenaw County Community
Democratic Congress better than
President Carter does.
"It's a mark of presidential leader-
ship that a Democratic president can't
get his programs through a Democratic
"I'm also convinced that if a strong,
aggressive president can convince this
nation of what it needs to do, and can
set the example and lead, Congress will
In his speech, Baker said Americans
will continue to be plagued by gasoline
and fuel oil shortages until a decision is
made to "produce ourselves out of this
crisis instead of depending on the
whims of a friendly Arab someplace."
Baker said that while Carter's
popularity has slipped to an all-time
low in the polls, he does not consider
him dead politically and presumes he
will win the Democratic nomination to
seek a second term next year.
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