Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 28, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette January 28, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa I A? WW KIM Editorial Page Mondoy, January 28, 1974 Poll portends ‘disaster’ for Republicans 5 Harris    Tin*sc latent results slum little chan*'    In    this    latest    survey,    a    series af heller than  « !**»« 1— <i—> -.i..ulmnu uiim mil In (lit* oilier SUNH' Meter-cheaters targeted FOR MORK than a year now. behind-the-scenes debate has led to no conclusion on a question as to whether the quick-pay fine for overtime parking at meters in downtown Cedar Rapids should be raised from its level of 25 cents Recent happenings suggest ttit* matter should be settled soon, and that a boost at least to 50 cents should be the answer. What raised the issue in the first place was increasing evidence that gamblers and cheaters were beating the system More and more have learned that if you put no money in a parking meter, take a chance on escaping a ticket during the first hour or so. then let the car sit another hour even it' a ticket shows up. you come out ahead: For 25 cents in an early-pay fine, you park for time that would have cost you 40 cents legitimately at the hourly rate. These sharpy-tactics still persist. One strong body of thought among those concerned is that raising tin' convenience fine from 25 cents at least to 50 would discourage this gamble, stimulate turnover and be fairer to good-faitIi parkers, still giving inadvertent, close-eall overtimers a break they deserve. (A flat SI penalty applies to later payers.) Those against a change say that cutting off the two-bit fine will irritate too many people and reduce their patronage downtown. Expressions from the public in a recent questionnaire conducted by the Greater Downtown Assn., however, tend to indicate that adverse feeling has been overestimated and a fine-inerease would be acceptable. Questioned on this point specifically, half the people wanted the quick-pay quarter left unchanged. Half preferred an increase; half of those were willing to accept a first-hour fine of $1 or $2 instead of merely 50 c('iits Evidence of no great fear or irritation over meter fines appeared in answers to another question, too. Only 7 percent of tin' people expressing concern with parking difficulties downtown listed “paying fines for overtime parking” as their No. I worry In addition, city officials have calculated that for every 25-cent meter fine collected, the overhead costs the city 33 cents: It loses money every time one conies (and some still take the form of 25 pennies in a postage-due (‘live lope). Officials also know that other cities charging 50 cents in Iowa include Waterloo, Ames, Burlington. Mason City, Fort Dodge, Oelwein, Keokuk, Oskaloosa and Grundy Center. The $1 group includes Davenport. Iowa City, Dubuque, Davenport, Sioux City and Council Bluffs. In Des Moines, it’s a $2 bite. Accordingly the mood at city hall appears to be that a $1 fine would be proper. The case for that is persuasive. There is also a good case for going gently on the honest overtimers with a 5b-cent break. But there is practically no cast* at all any more for sustaining temptations to gamble, and for cheating honest parkers as a consequence. by failing to invoke at least a quick-pay minimum of SII cents. By louis Harris The Hoi tis Survey TK TRK VOTE for congress were held -*• this month instead of next November. the Democrats would win nationwide bv a landslide 50-32 pen ('lit margin. Such a division could gi\e the Denim rah in the races for the house of representatives as much as a til)-til percent margin, larger than any since the 19.lt Is rills latest survey also tested the popular idea that incumbency will be a detriment in 1974. regardless of political parly. The theory goes that with politicians se unpopular these days, incumbent congressmen will meet with voter scorn and oven repudiation this November The facts show, however, that for even person prepared to vote against an incumbent, almost three limes as many would vote for a sitting congressman simply because he has been in office \ majority of H2 percent, however, say that incumbency by itself will make no difference to them in deciding their 1974 off-year election vote. Here is the trend of voter sentiment for the house races as measured periodically in this question, the last time asked of 1,157 likely voters between Jan. 7 and IO: In the election this year for congress here in your district, if you had to decide right now, would you vote for the Republican or Democratic candidate for congress5' January, 1974 September, 1973 June May Demo erotic 50 53 51 49 Be nub Ucon 32 31 35 39 Not sure 18 16 14 12 Back to yesteryear ALL DOUBTS that radio drama * was audibly delicious art* put to rout now that the “CBS Radio Mystery Theater” rides the late night airwaves. Doors never creak more ominously than when the listener, like the show ’s hero or heroine, can not see the stealthy-stranger, butler, mad uncle or whoever the evildoer happens to be. One suspects that exhuming of old comedies, westerns and soap operas would furnish further proof: Jack Benny’s vault-moat alligators were more toothsome and funnier than real ‘gators; an unseen Tonto was nobler than his screen image, his masked friend infinitely more daring and resourceful; Ma’s other life was sudsier heard than seen. Oldtime radio indeed took listeners as far as imaginations could propel them. But the medium offered more than participatory satisfaction, and today’s nostalgic few broadcasts verify the memory:    Adver tisements for a radio shew were more honest than blandishments of TV and mov ies How many times have you been told a video or theater offering is a rollicking comedy or a breathless suspenser only to discover the theme is unfunny or yawn-provoking? Radio shows of the 1930s and '40s tossed no such curves. If an escapist melodrama was promised, you could bet the unseen actors and sound experts would deliver the goods just as claimed. As the Radm Mystery Theater now reminds. there is a refreshing similarity between a radio show ad and a nice succinct book jacket summary. Also in kinship with leisure reading, a good old-fashioned radio show beats the daylights out of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s chitchat on one channel and “Love Slaves of th#* Amazon” on the other Conclusion to the coble fable? Pay-TV nears turning point By Don Oakley 'PHF CONTI NU NC stor\ ilia? asks the question “( an a little idea from oui of the slicks find happiness as the rival of the big television networks” may bt reaching a climax The idea. whose time keeps coming but never quite seems to arrive, is cable television, or pay TV. which began bv piping in clear telev ision pictures to folks whose reception was garbled bv mountains or tall buildings or bv their distance from the broadcast source. The climax is a decision expected soon from the Federal Communications Commission on whether pax TV should have the right to bid tor late-run Hollywood movies or live sports events such as a Super Bowl or World Series These shows would then be offered to flumes with cable TV. cither for a flit fee per show or lier month The over-the-air stations supported bv advertising fear that they would begin losing large numliers of viewers affluent enough or interested enough to afford pay TV. With audiences declining, advertisers would start losing interest iii sponsoring the lug, expensive movies and skirls events now provided free to the great mass of TV -watching families. Already, they point out. we have seen heavyweight championship fights disap pear from free television, where the telecasts were paid for by advertisers Instead, boxing fans must now purchase expensive tickets and go to a selected theater to see such attractions A sjrokcMiian for the industry. Arthur H Taylor, president of the Columbia Broadcasting System, states that he does not oppose pay television as a legitimate competitor if it operates independent Iv of over-the-air television But he argues Blat the programs which cable television now transmits over its wires to gain entry into the American household annot its own but those of free television ( aide TV does |H*rforill a valid service bv giving tn'tter r clept ion lo sonic areas says Taylor, ‘ hut the locai-origin programs they are telecasting lack any mass audience appeal arid the systems would serve a better purpose if they put on speciali/cd attractions which most of them don't Don Oakley The pay TV people counter that the only way cable TY can U'come profitable. and therefore tie able to bring viewers extra channels and diversified programming, is to offer top movies and shirts events and charge viewers to soc them And of course, they cannot improve their programming unless they get more subscribers It is thus a real ‘ chicken-arid egg” situation \< lording to al least one television critic I IM writer Hick DuBrow the commercial networks are waging a scare campaign. Anyway, he asks “What is so free about a system that springs commercials on you every few minutes” That's a price and the public pays it --as a captive consumer audience a d iii terms of mental distraction Kv cry one agrees that cable TV is an important technological advance In the futufe, if financially feasible, cable TV will lie able to bring 20 Pl or even PMI additional channels into homes l ins means at least theorem ally, that local special interest groups could air their vo ws on television, entertainment (•vents appealing lo limited audiences could be presented and even such benefits as shopping by television would be |M!sslhle I'be big hitch is money — how ii ionic lo Im paid for and bv whom Nf witxKN’* I ntof un*# Asso< njfton IS all These latest results show little change from an earlier test run made last September The Republicans have picked up marginally and the Democrats have dropped three points But the lead for the Democrats is still massive There seems lo be no doubt that the (JOI* is iii deep trouble in the off-year elections as this key political year begins Most harmful to the Republican cause is the fact that (JOI* candidates are running behind in those areas which as recently as 1972 were viewed as the new heartland of a revived party Iii the South, tin- Republicans trail by 52-28 percent; iii the small towns by SISO percent; in rural areas by 48-38 percent; among the 50-and-over age group by 45-39 percent; among union -members by 58-27 percent; among the $10,000 15,0(10 Income group by 53-28 percent; among (’at holies by 52-30 percent. These results portend nothing short of disaster for what President Nixon once called his “new majority,” if it does not close between now and November Similar Harris Survey results in the past have been questioned on the grounds that the factor of incumbency has not boon taken into account. This theory claims that all politicians are in such disrepute that any sitting member of the house of representatives, regardless of party, may be in trouble in the 1974 elections. And. since there will be more Democrats than Republicans up for re-election this year, the anti-incumbent feeling might tend to neutralize potential (JOI* losses. People's forum Prisoners To the Fditor My, how my heart bleeds for those poor fellows iii the county jail. Just why arc they there iii the first place? And when they break the law do they expect to live in a palace? Seems instead of siftin'' around on their chairs it wouldn’t hurt them to sweep and clean a little. Are they so much better than us taxpayers'.’ Who feeds them while they are sitting in there taking life easy.’ And why do they think they need a banquet? Why did they wait until getting to jail to complain of their ailments and then insist on the county paying a doctor for them0 Also I inst can’t understand how they dare sue the police department and claim they have been robbed, etc That I don’t believe. Seems to me if they were not babied and treated sn well there would not be as many crimes rc|>eated Maybe a few had better read and practice obeying the law for a change instead of trying to set* how far they can go with lawbreaking, then growling how badly they are treated I certainly don't think the |x dice man or sheriffs deputies get a fair break If we expect them to do their work and protect us. why are so many criminals turned loose when the proof is there that they are guilty0 (Jive our lawmen a chance I. too. Im'Iicvc Sher iff Brant is doing a good lob Maybe others had better try doing as well Yerla I .a Kose Springy ilk' Roadhogs To the Editor: I was under the impression that the purpose of First avenue here in Cedar Rapids was to advance more traffic iii less time. If the vehicles which aren't passing would get in the right lane, faster-moving vehicles could pass on the left Many people drive side-by-side with another ear. allowing no others to pass It ought to be made known to the public that traffic would proceed much faster, safer, and with fewer frayed tempers if this practice were followed more often It would be for the good of the city if traffic moved faster. If radio announcers would urge and remind drivers to stay to the right when not passing, this would help too Chuck Key 1435 Third avenue SF Snow him To the Editor In regard to the reading of “The Americans” that is played on Kl ANAV and WMT radio several times a day. I am very impressed by this and feel it is the most truth we’ve heard in years I sent to KI WW and got two copies, kept one and sent one to Mr Nixon I wish everyone reading this would do the same it s very easy, all you have to do is send a self-addressed envelope to KL WAV radio station. Cedar Rapids, and Mr Nixon will receive his if you send it to the White House. Washington. I) C. May In* if he got enough copies he'd take time to read it and fake to heart what It says I just wish more people felt as strongly about this as our fellow Canadian D*t’s take some action iii order to get some action After all. it s for our better interest, isn’t IC* Mrs I Jonah! II I abs Hiawatha Ignorance To the Editor I cannot allow myself to go to bed tonight without writing a response to Russell Baker s column Jan 21 Mr Baker s first mistake was where tie stated that he knew he was tieing unfair to the insurance industry hut “reasoned ttiat the industry could put up with a little unfairness since they take iii so much money and pay nothing out in return when the plumbing leaks ” My first jMiint is I don't understand how Mr Baker feels he has the ‘‘right” to Im- unfair and then make such a sarcastic issue of tiis reply iii an otherwise perfectly good newspaper Ills second mistake was his display of his complete ignorance relevant to iii durance The 12th. lith and 14th paragraphs iii his sarcastic continuity give the impression that homeowner policies do not cover damage caused tty leakage of water from pipes There are five types of homeowner policies available, forms I. II. Ill, IV and V Two of these, III and V, cover I hut tyjie of loss Form III states, ‘‘Coverage is extended to include damage caused by accidental discharge, leakage, or overflow of waler or steam from plumbing benting, air conditioner systems or domestic appliance Of course, I probably pay more for my Iii this latest survey, a series of projective questions were put to the cross-section dealing with tins issue of incumbency. People were asked Now lot me aik you about voting tot or again*! a mon who ha* held office and i* running ogam for re election for each statement I read you, tell me if you tend to agree or disagree (read batement*) about public Office the decisive (iii conv meed Ayr ee Dt* iiyr et' Not sure Pro incumbents One good thing obout a man who already is in office is that you can fudge him by his record, not hi* promises lf a mon has been in office, it is more likely he is e*penenced and knows how to get things done for the people he represents Anti incumbents The trouble with most elected officials now is that they are out for what they can get out of politics, rather than helping people The country would be better off in 1974 if the voters swept with a clean broom, and elected a lot of new people to congress The cynicism holders dites emerge 25 pencil! majority who an “most elected officials are oui for wha! they can gel out of politics, rather than helping people ” This means that any incumbent run mug this year will have lo go to more than usual lengths lo persuade his electorate that he has been genuinely working to serve not himself Ins constituent* 91 issue net was impac t of measured the incumbency hi this question 77 15 asked of the cross-section Doe* a mon presently in office, *uch a* on incumbent in the U S house of representatives, make you feel more like voting against him, more for him, or doesn t difference? make much 66 25 More against him More for him Not much difference Not sure Total public 7 19 62 12 44 37 19 These results hardly bespeak a voter mood in which having been elected to office previously is automatically a serious handicap to winning this year The vliters believe they know a man who is now iii the house better than a newcomer and that he can be judged on more tangible evidence than simply his campaign promises They also believe by a wide margin that a sitting public official will know how to get things done Thus, as of the moment, the set of the American electorate is to be far more likely to turn sitting Republicans than sitting Democrats out of office The impact of Watergate appears to be greater iii determining ultimate voter preferences than just the dimension of incumbency And on that e(|iiation, the Republicans are now running far behind for congress in 1974. despite some late margin gains Chicago Tibune Now Vol* Nows Syndical' ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad exorcist, the big bad exorcist, the big bad exorcist . . form III policy than Mr Raker does for Ills form I or II Most people fully realize that this is a basic concept of economics and your right to purchase what you choose Mr Baker, however, is apparently different aud wants the broadest form of coverage, tint desires to pay only for a more limited type of contract It never ceases to amaze me that some people elect themselves as an authority on everything regardless of their knowledge on the subject This would not Im' damaging iii itself if they kept it to themselves However, when Bus happens to a newspaper columnist, it could be very damaging Some innocent person wilt) finds it hard to budget money might believe Mr Baker’s erroneous information and drop an insurance policy that could save one from serious financial disaster, such as an entire home, rattier than just a few water spotted ceiling tile The third mistake Mr Baker made was his pretense of apology Ills headline. “Apologies to Friendly Iii summa* Folks”, really set bim up as a phony, because the ensuing article was filled with nothing tint insolence and not one sign of .I sincere apology Darrell \\ Rest el I >t rom Ii (Editor s nob* Mr Baker \ piece and the headline we yare it were of o literary genre known os satire ) Bankrupting? To the Editor I wish to impure as to how these ques tunis may he answered iii 1971 lf we allow an unconstitutional state and national land use lull to lim nine law and constitutionally acceptable, who will own agricultural and rural real estate0 How much world prestige and integrity can we afford to lose. with foreign powers manipulating our monetary value'* How long cull our legislative system remain economically illiterate, ami our nation survive financial disaster'* So it seems our economy is being bankrupted into prosperity with printing-press money, an economy of manufactured shortages, excessive taxation aud governmental control Are we a nation to become bankrupted economic conquest or consent" bv Hubert H Caner Route I Kredcrii ksburg Taped out To the Editor I'(Mil todav old Nixon’ I heard his dog died Too bud TMM worms Hovel' Howard I Bn Fourth avenue ST’, Delivered To the Editor I am w i ii mg in pi .us* service of the Cedar and our rural earner (iv cr I tie holiday we t l ive the excellent Rapids post office Russell Helms . ... received mall addressed Sara I Him and I hat lene” or “My family rite Kilt liens’ with no state listed from the West • bast You can see then** dedicated men the mail through rn* matter how strait gels addressed et it. . , V,,r‘l Kitchen < < 'Or IM,,„|S ;

  • Arthur H Taylor
  • Don Oakley
  • Hick Dubrow
  • Iicvc Sher Iff Brant
  • Russell Baker
  • Russell Helms

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: January 28, 1974

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