Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 29, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette January 29, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ®h* €(tclnt Hup uh ^tvjfH-e Editorial Page ‘They needed a little coaxing, J.B., but I think agree the car pool's working nicely' you’ll Turidav, January 29, 1974 Ray calls for on OEM IN HIS SPEC IAL message to tho legislature last week on “Energy and Transportation”, Governor Hay left no doubt where he stands on the question of whether an energy crisis exists. He repeated what he has said before: We have an energy crisis and it is going to get worse. He emphasized his belief in these words: “It (the energy crisis) cannot be ignored. N on will not wish it away. You will not debate it out of existence. It is real. It is here. It is serious. And it is going to be with us for some time.” That left little room for skeptics, yet skeptics there are. A high percentage of Iowans and Americans, particularly motorists who are experiencing little difficulty getting gasoline to run their cars, are skeptical that there is an energy crisis. There is reason to question it. of course, because of another shortage stemming from Washington for the last several years, starting w ith the V ietnam war and running through Watergate. This one is in some ways worse than an energy shortage. It is, of course, the credibility shortage. When the people know they haven’t been getting the truth from their political leaders in other areas, they have a right to skepticism when they are told there is an energy shortage that many have not yet experienced firsthand. Governor Ray has not been guilty of incredibility during his more than five years as governor. But the incredibility stamp rubs off even on those who have done nothing to deserve it. That’s why there is skepticism in some quarters — including legislative quarters — over his emphasis on the need to face up to the shortage and get ready to deal with it. We are not possessed of any special facts to prove there is, or is not, an energy crisis worthy of the name. That seems to be a question only time can answer But certainly there is no harm in being prepared to meet such a crisis if and when it develops to the point where Iowans will have to sacrifice a good deal more than they have to today. Therefore, we commend tin1 governor for urging the legislature to create an Office of Energy Management to deal with problems arising from either a real or purported crisis. The governor’s proposal calls for an 11-member council composed of nine individuals already on the state payroll — the geologist, comptroller, civil defense director, commerce commission chairman, environmental quality director and four legislators — plus two representatives of the public. People's forum uties ’ Dep sola ries To the Kditor Recently an article iii The Gazette stated that tun deputy sheriffs had applied fur and received food stamps Their need apparently had arisen due to a wage-hike proposal of the deputies that fell short of what they expected to receive from the counts supervisors The day following the news release on the food stamps, the Linn county sheriff was interviewed in regard to the deputies’ actions In his statement, Sheriff Grant stated that he felt the food-stamp move was a jsiwer play by the deputies over their wage dispute. I fee*! Sheriff Grant completely missed the point that the deputies were trying to stress If these deputies are in a situation where they can legally turn to the use of welfare help, there is a definite flaw iii the system Why should a person working in a service-related field, such as a deputy sheriff, have to resort to food stamps? They work 45 or more hours a week in a difficult, dangerous and demanding job, then take home a paycheck that they cannot live on in a semi-comfortable manner Some incentive' This council would employ a paid director and would develop policy dealing with energy needs. It would have charge of administering state reserves tinder the federal mandatory fuel allocation program. It would handle gasoline rationing if it is imposed. It would direct research into possible energy sources “including inquiry into possible conspiratorial practices.’’ It would look into the possibility of establishing mass transit systems capable of moving more people with less energy than through the everybody-use-a-ear system we know today. Details of the bill creating an OEM have yet to be worked out. (’ertainly they should empower the presiding officers of house and senate to appoint the council’s legislative members, with the governor appointing the public representatives. Certainly they should provide for termination of OEM once the crisis, or purported crisis, ends, as recommended by the governor. Then, too, transportation problems should be transferred from OEM to a department of transportation if and when it is created by the legislature, again as recommended by the governor. In summation, it is better to be prepared than not to be prepared. That’s why the legislators, skeptics and believers alike, should follow the governor’s recommendation as we head into the unpredictable energy future. DST disparaged IN FLORIDA, eight children have been killed in early-morning traffic accidents, reportedly because they were too hard for motorists to see in the school-time darkness brought about by all-year Daylight Saving time. A survey of utility officials na-, tionwide reportedly also has elicited the view that DST so far is cutting people’s electricity consumption by only a fraction of I percent. Consequently, Florida’s governor has summoned the legislature into session to repeal DST. the governor of Utah has called for repeal, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield is urging DST s repeal at the national level. The dead-of-winter energy advantages of Daylight Saving time were highly doubtful from Hie start. By the time a general repeal could come about, however, the natural onset of earlier sunrise times will reduce the risks and bolster opportunities for saving fuel. The prime concern of legislators now should be with whether DST remains acceptable for next winter’s darkest months. Aid-to-poor denial: ‘Bipartisan neglect’ Washington - one <>r tin- bitter By James Reston VSHINGTON - tragedies of the present world crisis is that the heaviest blows are falling, as usual, on the poor earth. For the rich, inflation, the energy shortage and rising food prices and unemployment are an irritation and at worst an Inconvenience, fait for the poor they are a disaster. The point is ohs ious, but it seems to have been missed bv the house of representatives in its recent vote to kill President Nixon’s hill to aid the world’s poorest countries through the World Bank's International Development Assn This vote tells a lot about the present mood of the congress and the state of presidential and democratic leadership Though the danger of mass starvation in sub-Sahara Africa and iii India and Bangladesh is now alarming, the house voted 248-155 against the relief sought by the administration, with IHS Democrats voting for it and IIH against it. and lift Republicans voting against the President and only 47 Republicans supporting him Now we are beginning to set1 the consequence of Vietnam, Watergate and the turmoil of the Middle Fast. Tile house is IRS on Nixon 's foxes Singular grit, group bungling Moral predicament for man who knew By Don Oakley TJ ERF’S an ethical enigma for you The Internal Revenue Service employe who leaked information about President Nixon’s income tax returns to a Providence, R. I . newspaper has been forced to resign under threat of being fired lie's lucky that's all that happened to him. Ile could have faced criminal action Tax returns are confidential and their unauthorized disclosure is illegal vAs well it should lie It would be a heck of a situation if everybody’s private finances would be made public knowledge at the whim of any revenue service clerk—for purposes of embarrassment, business or political revenge, or any other personal grievance. But nothing like that was involved iii this case. Apparently the employe was so incensed at what he found in the President’s returns—a reaction now shared by millions of taxpaying Americans—that he decided to violate IRS regulations. Had he not done so, had he not broken the law to reveal the rather unheroic behavior of the nation s first citizen—that the President paid a measly $ 1,870 in federal income taxes in 197(1 and 1971 by virtue of some exceedingly dubious deductions and write-offs, which both the IRS and a congressional committee are taking a second look at—would the White House ever have voluntarily revealed this in format ion ? Not likely, even though it is information which the American people have a right to know alxoit their President. Did the end then justify the means in Ibis ease? lf so. will it justify similar exposure of some other prominent person in the future? What would you huve done if you had been the employe? Ne**poper interpnw? Association Federal gumshoes gummed-up inquiry By Jack Anderson rn Stop ploying with that hula hoop, and start looking for some tax deductible historic papers " I wonder if the people and bourd of supervisors of Linn county could sleep nights securely without deputies* When they're needed it s nice to have them around But when it comes tune to pay them their worth that s an entirely different ballgame Having been iii the armed forces and now in law enforcement. I sympathize with the deputies There is simply a sad luck of public supimrt for dangerous, necessary and frequently hard-to-fill service position* Thomas (’ Frceg 141 Twentyfifth street SU Wild horses To the Editor For some tune now animal lovers, naturalists. and sportsmen have been complaining about the useless slaughter of certain Wild animals that are near extinction But little or no attention has been paid to one of this country's national heritages the wild horse For years men have been unmercifully killing these beautiful animals, and I think that it is time we gave these horses a little attention Laws have been made arui are being enforced in regard to authentic wild animals, but tin* wild hors** is known as “feral,” a wild animal once domesticated but turned wild Therefore, these laws don't apply to wild horses It s time that a bill is enacted nationally to protect the remaining herds The wild horse is very nearly extinct, lf we don't stop their useless killing, they also may join such other heedlessly slaughtered species as the carrier pigeon, whooping crane and bison Putti Pickett .1701 Filiiw(mkI drive NE Retrench To tile Editor It has become apparent to me as a consumer that Americans for fur too long have been induced lo consume more and more to keep production humming, prosperity roiling, and the profits gushing in As a result, we consume 40 percent of the world's resources while constituting only ti percent of the earth's population. As tIm* energy crisis begins to affect the lives of all. people are becoming aware that our natural resources are far more valuable than money and should not tie needlessly expended .lust as Americans have been induced to consume wastefully, I lie!levo we can Is' induced to consume conservatively We can start by writing letters of fur-suasion to electric, telephone, and water companies iii our area that could help considerably through policies giving Ihe c onsumer reduced rules for consuming less instead of present policies allowing for reduced ruti*s with greater consumption. Factories, industries institutions and ’ASHING ION - The Internal Revenue Service muffed the investigation lust year into President Nixon’s controversial 1970 and 1971 tax returns, according to Inside sources. The tax agents tried to run down our story thut a secret $100,000 cash gift from billionaire Howard Hughes had been delivered to Be be Rebozo for the President Yet the agents never bothered to look at the President's bank records, which were kept in a special vault at Rebozo's Key Biscayne bank large organizations should be made aware that they could help relieve the fuel shortage by offering advantages to those whose automobiles carry a large number of passengers jht cur One such possibility is to allow cars with large numbers of people to have close parking We need to let our legislators know that we are in favor of hills to allow for deposits on nonreturnable bottles. We could encourage reuse of metals bv suggesting that recycling he made more profitable In this way metals already processed could in* reused saving great amounts of energy I U'lieve thut lf we let people know that we are ready and willing to practice better consumer methods, those in a ignition to help will help by advocating better consumer methods. Colleen Grecnhaw Route I, Marion Doves' beauty To the Editor Anyone who loves and enjoys the Isauty of nature as much as our family does must share our anxiety over the recent introduction (to Hie Iowa house) of a bill to legalize tis' bunting of mourning doves. We count among our pleasures iii life hearing the hauntingly beautiful call of these creatures No urtist can capture their full beauty — the delicate pink-shaded breast to the soft gray of the I wick the sense of dignity these lovely birds Re bozo has sworn that the $1011.1100 gathered dust in a safety deposit box. Yet the agents made no real effort to check who had access to the box. whether money was removed and to whom it was distributed. Rebozo also collected cash from other fat-cats in Nixon’s behalf. Yet the agents made no attempt to run down who contributed, how much they coughed up and what happened to the money. Nor did the agents challenge a $576.19)0 tax deduction, which Nixon claimed for donating his vice-presidential papers to the government. Yet the President’s appraiser didn't even select which pajiers should bt' donated until four months after the July 25, 1969, deadline had passed for claiming such deductions. The President paid such low taxes — $792 HI in 1971 and $873.02 in 1972 on an income that averaged more than $280,000 a year — that the computers automatically targeted his returns for audit Most of his income, including his presidential salary checks, were routed to his tax attorney, Frank DeMarco, in California. Then DeMarco would relay them back across the country to Rebozo’s bank In May of 1973. the agents s|>cnt less than eight hours with DeMarco going over the President’s books They found the paperwork in order A few days later, the suj>erficial Internal Revenue investigation fizzled out On June I, IRS District Director William Walters wrote the President: “Our examination of your income tax returns fur Ihe years 1971 and 1972 revealed that they are correct.. . I want to compliment you on the care shown in the preparation of your returns ’’ But like so many other statements concerning the President, this, too. has turned out to Ik* inoperative. Tax agents are now back investigating the President's returns again for evidence of l>ossible fraud and tax evasion. United feature Syndicate exude, perched on a fence or wire; their tender devotion to their young; their gentle existence in the weeds and grasses of Iowa. How anyone can derive pleasure from blasting to pieces any llv mg thing such as this in the' name of s|s»rt is beyond our understanding. It has the same logic as tipping tombstones for fun and cutting down trees in a park for excitement Apparently the congress min from Oelwein who suggests that “the revenue from the dove stamps cun be used to improve their habitat" feels that being killed, mortally wounded, tracked and hunted by the most ruthless of predators (man) is ail “improvement” iii habitat We don’t agree. The greatest '‘Improvement’’ would be to leave them iii m ace He also suggests “lf it appears they are becoming extinct, the legislature cum again hun hunting doves “ I can't help but think this man s talents are being wasted in Iowa He should be lo Washington working with Hie individuals who are conserving our energy with win lertlme Daylight Saving time All readers who posses* a true scum fix ity to the wonders of nut ore and see humble (Tealures such as our mourning doves as things of beauty should help prut eft them by contacting their representatives to vote against this lull Mourning dove, do you minim for those too blind to see, or for your future left to mc? Beverly Hannon Route ? Anamosa surly and frustrated, disillusioned with foreign aid and foreign adventure. and hostile to a President who Impounds funds for the |>oor at home while seeking more ald for countries overseas Presdient Nixon anticipated (his mood but he underestimated it By diligent private negotiating over the last year, and with the help of Robert McNamara the head of tin* World Bank, he managed to persuade the other industrial nations of the world to Increase their “soft loans” to the poorest countries from 4(1 percent to 66 7 percent, allowing the United State's to reduce its contribution to one-third from 40 percent Even at 4(1 percent of the total funds contributed by (he rich nations through I D A. to the poor nations, the United States was putting up less of Its gross national product than 14 of Ihe 16 most prosperous countries Nevertheless, though inflation bas reduced the value of LD A ’s soft loans by almost 30 | ie r cent iii the last few years, and though starvation is an immediate problem in most of the countries concerned. the vote for relief iii the house wasn’t even close. If this were un isolated ease of nationalism, it might be passed over as a regrettable and correctable offense*, but the tide of nationalism is running strong in the world again, and there is little doubt that the vote in the house will probably be popular with (he voters iii this country. Wherever you look in the advanced countries today, you will find leaders arguing for a new world order and pointing to the monetary crisis and.the energy crisis as evidence that this is an increasingly inter-dependent world, requiring mutual aid and cooperative action between nations. But at the same time, many of these same nations turn protectionist whenever they get in trouble. Europe is trying to James Reston form a more cooficrative union, but when Holland irritates the Arab oil-producing countries, the Europeans leave the Dutch to fend for themselves. Likewise, though Europe is engaged in the most delicate monetary negotiations in order to bring stability to its currencies. the French float and devalue the franc on their own Now it is the house of representatives that recognizes the danger of world hunger twit votes against relief The leadership on both sides of the aisle was appalling during the debute A White House preoccupied with its personal and legal problems gave Us toll very little support — in fact. tin* President’s name was seldom mentioned by his own house leaders—and the Democrats were just as bud. Rep George Mahon of Texas, who is normally a sensible man except in election years, warned Ihe house that he wouldn’t Im* for appropriating the money requested by the President even if tInhouse authorized it. and Rep. Wayne Hays, (Hilo s gift to diplomacy, was even worse He argued (hat money voted for the poor countries would merely he used to pay for higher gas and oil prices, and thus would probably wind up iii the pockets of the oil sheiks Tills was like saying that lf you’re gouged bv the rich, you are justified in turning round and kicking the pour. Hie situation is particularly awkward now. not only because the World Bank will run out of “soft loan" funds at the end of June, but because no nation is obliged to meet its commitments to I D A lf other nations refuse to meet their quotas Se» ret ary of Slate Henry Kissinger and Secret ary of the Treasury George Shultz reacted immediately and strongly against (lie house vote. but Ihe following day. Kissinger was condemned oil ( appui Hill for doing so, A< t ordmgly. they are (iou turning lo the senate for a more careful reappraisal of the problem Their aint decision reversed or at before Fell ll, when producers and consumers meet here discuss cooperative action distr Ibid Phi of fuel is to get the least modified the world oil to on Hic cost and How (an we cx|H»t coo per,it ion un ult if we will not cooperate to relieve hunger ’ Kissinger asks But has Its mind on ut bel the President congress tilings and so li.is N# * y tit b ti ;

  • Colleen Grecnhaw
  • Frank Demarco
  • George Mahon
  • George Shultz
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Howard Hughes
  • Jack Anderson
  • Mike Mansfield
  • Putti Pickett
  • Robert Mcnamara
  • Wayne Hays
  • William Walters

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: January 29, 1974

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