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SUPER BOWL: Brains against brawn ? The Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles (Oakland) Raiders appear to be two different ball clubs on the field. Washington has ac- Uired such remarks as "precise," aslc, and welloded whdeL.A, is .onymous with "brawling," "street ghters," and "bad guys." This year ,e two wil! clash in the Super Bowl tot football s most hallowed award. A closer look at these teams may UnCOver some ironic factors which are hidden beneath their reputations. Washington without a doubt must e the most physical team in the FL By brute force their line mauls i!s OPponents on defense and offense. John Riggins is not as fast or aqile as most star running backs but he sUrfaces with 100 yard games quite Consistently. His style is simple; run and run over. Defensive names like Dexter Manley nd Dave Butz can give a quarter- ack nightmares. The physical game of the Redskins is molded quite well io a thinking machine with Joe _ eismann at the wheel and Joe Libbs calling the directions. Now we look at those Raiders from Los Anqeles. One thinks of the Pirates of long ago who dropped in to lil the party on every ship in sight. u can never deny this team the tPaivilege of being a good football m. However bad their image has been put up in the football arena, these fellows are very good. They made the trip and deserve the spot across from Washington. As far as being the "brawn" against the "brain," I would say their style is very intelligent. Intimidation can give a team the edge before the opening kickoff. Quite simply the Raiders do indeed play a mind game. Players like Alzado and Hayes can influence any opponent into questioning their own ability. Once the Raiders give the opposition some room for doubt, the momentum is in full swing on the L.A. bench. The big question is can they intimidate Washington? By now it may be hard to tell who is the brains and who is the brawn. This may turn out to be one of the greatest Super Bowls in history. Ad ice Both teams present some powerful V weapons for combat. Prediction: Washington has a weak- ' ness in the pass defense. If Plunkett gets hot the Skins may find some trouble. The Raiders have an excel- lent pass defense but the Skins certainly are no slouch on the pass- ing offense. John Riggins may have an easier time at the line than Marcus Allen. But if Allen gets into the secondary! I look for the passing game to be the key factor. Hides hanging up to dry and stretch, this is a common scene in sheds and back buildings from Maurepas to Bedico during the height of the Louisiana fur season. (Photo by Clifton Trahan 1I) tax payers on a pension Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants - Money Management Retirement is a time to reap the harvest of one's life, a time to collect on the dues paid for decades. Having income from a pension, Social Security and maybe a small nest egg makes it possible to enjoy this time of any benefits. Retirees receiving Social Security benefits should also be aware of a new wrinkle in the tax law that could expose benefits to taxation next year. To determine if your 1984 benefits will be taxed, add up your adjusted gross income, half of your annual THE PONCHATOULA TIMES JANUARY 19, 1984 PAGE THIRTEEN SLU prof to study Soviet threat By RICK SETTOON A member of the SLU military science faculty has been invited to meet with the nation's top defense experts on possible Soviet reactions to deployment of the Pershing II missile. Captain Douglas Doan, a 1979 grad- uate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, has de- parted for Washington, D.C to meet with Soviet and Western European experts at the National Security Council. He and council experts will be discussing the topic of Doan's master's thesis written one year ago entitled "Possible Soviet Responses to the NATO Deployment of Persh- ing II and Ground-Launched Cruise Missiles." Doan's paper is considered signifi- cant since the United States recently deployed the Pershing II in Western Europe, exactly a year after he wrote his thesis, in a move prompting adverse Soviet reaction since the missile can strike right at the heart of Russia. Portions of his thesis are currently being prepared for publication in "Strategic Review," one of the most prestigious U.S. Department of Defense publicat ions. "It's a high honor that Captain Doan would be considered by experts at the National Security Council," said Colonel Karl lngram head of the SLU Department of Military Science. "He'll be representing not only the U.S. Army but also slu and the military science department. He has a level of expertise from concentrated study in a critical area that the Council would like to tap." Doan was assigned to the South- eastern department in October after attending the National Intelligence Defense School in Washington, D.C. He has also served as an intelligence officer in the Federal Republic Office in Germany on the border of East and West Germany. Investigation I'll take the Redskins by two points, life. Social Security benefits and any Sunday school workshop set For many retirees it's not that easy. interest you receive from tax-exempt Retirement can be a time of personal bonds. Forindividua]s, if the total of saves Louisiana $128,000 cThe First United Methodist hutch, Ponchatoula, is sponsoring Workshop for Sunday School leachers on Saturday January 28, 1984 from 9 a.m. -'3 p.m. for eachers of children, youth, adults and youth counselors. The Leadership team includes: Sandra Brock Holley, Pleasant Sibley Jr.. and Dr. Donald S. Hoover who will be speakers. Registration is from 8:30 - 9 a.m. The fee is $5 which includes lunch. All denominations are invited. Six Door FREE $129.95 Storage With $500 Value _Pedestal or more purchase 15199 ALL WATERBEDS COME COMPLETE WITH "SOLID WOOD" HEADBOARD &FRAME, SOLID WOOD DECKING AND PEDES- TAL, T-CORNER LAP MATTRESS & SAFETY LINER & HEATER, AND FRIENDLY FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE. s249" SANTA CRUZ s15 PER MONTH NO DOWN PAYMENT VIRGINIAN PER MONTH EASY CREDIT Hammond Town & Country Plaza 542-7304 Easy Credit Terms - 90 Day No Interest - struggle that demands a financial balancing act. Whether your retire- ment is a bountiful harvest or a high-wire feat, it's important you get all you're entitled to at tax time, says the Society of Louisiana CPAs. As the tax deadline nears, be sure you know how much money you can earn before you must file a return, how much you may earn before losing some of your Social Security benefits, if you're eligible for a tax credit to the elderly and where to go for help with filling out your tax ret ur n. If you are 65 or older, you can claim extra exemptions: one as a taxpayer plus another exemption for your age. If your spouse is also 65 or older and you file a joint return, you claim four exemptions. This means that indi- viduals do not have to file an income tax return unless income is $4,300 or more. That's $2,000 in exemptions plus $2,300 for the standard deduc- tion, or zero bracket amount as it is now known. If you are married and file a joint return, you do not have to file unless your combined gross income is more than $7,400. If you receive Social Security bene- fits, you can earn some extra income without losing any benefits. If you are .over 65 but under 70, you can earn up to $6,600 without losing any benefits. For each $2 you earn above $6,600, you will lose $1 of your benefits. If you are 70 or older, you can earn any amount without losing those three numbers is greater than $25,000, you will pay tax on half of your benefits or half of the excess above $25,000, whichever is less. For married couples filing jointly, if the sum of those three numbers is greater than $32,000, they will be taxed in the same manner. Anyone 65 or older should know about the tax credit for the elderly. It can cut as much as $375 from a single taxpayer's bill, and $562.50 from the tax bill of a couple filing jointly. The credit is mainly for those who do not receive Social Security benefits, so the income limitations are tight. Still, more than 200,000 people received the credit in 1981. To qualify for the credit you must receive less than $208 a month in Social Security benefits if you are single. If you are married and both you and your spouse are over 65, you can receive no more than $312 a month in Social Security benefits. In addition, single people applying for the credit must have an adjusted gross income below $12,500. A qualified married couple must have an adjusted gross income below $17,500. " Figuring the credit can be compli- cated, however. If you think you pass the Social Security and income test for receiving the credit, you may want to get some help in figuring out what you're entitled to. And help is available. BATON ROUGE -- An investiga- tion conducted over the past six months by the Enforcement and Intelligence Section of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation resulted in the uncovering of a fraudulent state income tax refund scheme. Had the scheme gone unde- tected, over $128,000 in refund checks would have been issued by Revenue and Taxation. The investigation began when Rev- enue and Taxation Special Agent Jim Apple received word from the State of Montana that fictitious income tax returns were being received. Special Agent Apple discovered that fraudu- lent W-2 forms were being used as the basis for requesting refunds on false returns. The income tax forms filed were "non-resident returns" and were filed under the actual taxpayers' names and social security numbers, but all refund checks would have been mailed to California addresses. All the refund checks were for ap- proximately $6,O00 each, and the investigation revealed that the names appearing on the returns were all names of minors under 13 years of age. Using an information exchange net- work among taxation agencies across the country, it was discovered that this same scheme was being attempted in 10 other states, and many of the same names and social security numbers were being used. All refund checks were for over $5,000 and were mailed to private post office boxes in California. Mean- while, fraudulent returns accom- panied by fraudulent W-2 forms continued to be received at the Department of Revenue and Taxation in Baton Rouge; as they were re- ceived, they were used in the investi- gation. The Internal Revenue Service had received several of the same fictitious returns as did the California Depart- ment of Revenue. Surveillances were set up at mail-drop locations and a California attorney became a suspect of the investigation. Additional falsi- fied returns were received, and more states joined the investigation. Hand- writing analysts were called in and compared the suspect's signature with the signatures on the fraudulent returns. On May 27, 1983, Mr. Thomas L. Cooper, a 45-year oid California attorney, was arrested at one of the mail-drop addresses used on the returns. Another suspect was subsequently arrested, identified as Mr. Lawrence C. Shaw, a 29-year- old certified public accountant employed by a dental insurance company. Shaw used computer printouts from the insurance com- pany to obtain the names and social security numbers used on the ficti- tious W-2 forms and income tax returns. THE NEW CHRYSLER CORPORATION ... is now served by O new dealer... LO00NA O41[VY I./ULUI$ ASSOClATK)N 501 S. First Amite 748-7118 229-6217 345-1815 8784786