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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The people's forum Amtrak services downgraded TM lln- Kililiir; In Tom Wii-ki-r's recent i-ulumn ,m Amtrak. hi- nave it M over-all ('.plus I to Amtrak a D-plns wuuW liave Aiiitrak's allribules include clean a well 1 "I (liiiint; table tlmvers, i-nmf.irta. We seals a simnilli ride. M.v train ride started off on ttronf, track (linn In Laramie. Wyii.. nfler we asked for our reserved tickets In Ml. I'leasant, the woman Have us a inuk and denied any such train slop. We corrected her by iiolnlliiK to the postal map behind her. She and started hunting for ou'r tickets. She was able In find one blank ticket and put both of us on it. Then she waited mi some others, without telling us where to put our bnKKiiKf. We went lo the end of the line. She irritated everyone else in the line with equal ease. Later, on the train, we wrote our order: KiiKlisli muffins, hot oatmeal, crisp bacon and milk. We received hard-lack, frosted nine in refrigerated bowls, rubber and cartoned milk. We ended up trusting only the milk. The waiters were tired and dour-looking. We were afraid not to leave lips. In the afternoon we received a telegram informing us that there wasn't a baggage stop in Ml. Pleasant. We'd have lo lug their ISO-pound mistake through the aisles of 20 cars. The bags were lead, and I knew my arm sockets were going to pop. While' we were suf- fering heatstroke, everyone gave us un- derstanding smiles. We grew from frus- trated to furious. Finally, a gentleman offered to help us. Both laughing and crying, we let him oblige. The rest of the trip was uneventful, barring the fact thai we didn't have any more food and didn't sleep thai night. Stephanie Chapman 2336 Linden drive SE Ray's record Nonshelter To the Kdilor. What is an animal shelter or humane place where animals are given humane treatment and are sheltered from the outside? Kor the Cedar Itapids animal shelter, thai Just Isn't true. The Cedar Itapids animal shelter shelters no animals from anything and, In fact, exposes almost all of the animals brought there lo a wide variety of CIHI- liiglous and fatal diseases. For a city the of Cedar Haplds, this Is an absolute disgrace. We that animal shelters are ralher pitiful places lo begin with, bill sonic things cnn certainly be done In Im- prove the flllhy, slinking, iiaiiHoatlng 1'omllllonn Hint exist there now. Most of Hie cals Ihere are dying "f feline ills- lemper (probably likewise dogs nf Minimi Opinion Page 2 Ideas Judgments Views Insights Comments Cages are filthy. The food is far from sufficient. What can be done? First, we think Ihat every council member or any oilier per- son who can bring about prompt, decisive action should visit (be shelter. Then there will lie no doubt that what we're saying is true. What to do next is op lo the council, but there can be no doubt thai the public must keep pressure on In bring tilings up to reasonable standards and keep them Ihere. After all, it's .the council thai lias allowed Ihings to deteriorate lo llieir present stale. If Cedar Rapids does not make these changes, it had betlcr change (he name of this place lo something other than "animal shelter." It is not a shelter. II means death for most animals in a very disgraceful and Inhumane way. Before taking on the responsibility of that sweet litler of kittens, think are living creatures, loo, and they should have the respect they deserve, Jeff and Paula Risk Sixth avenue Marion Another View Tu the Editor: The Gazette carried un editorial Jan. 29 on Governor Ray's call for an OEM. The editorial staled that Governor Ray is not guilty of incredibility. For some reason or other, The Gazette has a short memory.; In hisi-1968 campaign Governor Ray promised the people of Iowa the at no increase in taxes. When have we had a greater increase in taxes than during the Ray administration? Last year the governor asked the legislature to hold the line on the hiring of state employes and then turned around and gutted the efforts of this legislature lo hold the line on state employment. The governor has refused to remove his ap- pointees who have proven to be either ineffective or incapable of doing their job. Tiie only things that have held the Ray administration high in public esteem are a Favorable press and an inept Democra- tic state central coinmitlee. A. Brinck State representative, 85th district West Point Bargaining bill Tn the Editor: 1 would like to point out lo citizens of Cedar Rapids and to members of the slate legislature the problems that exist within the Cedar Rapids fire and police departments on wages and fringe benefits for These problems emphasize that we, the public employes, urgently need a collec- tive bargaining bill. If we had had the opportunity to sit down over a bargaining table in 1973, possibly some of these problems could have been solved, and we could now be back to the business at hand of fighting fires and crime instead of city hall. Carrol Hayes, president Local 11, Fire Fighters Thirtieth street NE "I've stopped seeing uniden- tified flying Now see (dings like Ihis." Differentiate To the Editor: I am just an old farmer who has driven cars since 1914 and trucks since 1926, and there is a world of difference in their flexibility. Trucks cannot perform like cars. II seems almost humanly impossible to drive mile after mile in congested traffic and polluted air, caused by from one to several trucks keeping the cars from moving at a regular speed. Trucks slow down on hills, linl cars can'l pass because il is loo dangerous. During a 30-mile trip recently, I drove more miles at speeds between 30 and 45 miles per hour than I did at 55 m.p.li. It is my contention thai (here should be a I least a 10-mile difference in speed limits for trucks and cars. George E. Pclsel Route 1, Iowa City another natural rale increase upon us, effective next March 4. The present rate iustiluksl a couple of years ago, is currently being collecled under bond. That increase is still being reviewed in appeals court. Theoretically, il could be declared illegal and the increase thai has been ciillecled from us would have lo be refunded. I am amazed at the gall of Iowa-Illinois in attempting to burden us with another increase under these circumstances. Of course, there is always the possibility thai officials there know they can pull the proper judicial strings lo ensure court approval of both increases. Earlier Ihis month, 1 received a ques- tionnaire from Iowa-Illinois. My opinion of the company's capricious withholding of deposits, its illegal late charges, and its (liiestionable rale structure can be slimmed up by my answer lo point number five of Die questionnaire: Q. "By comparison with oilier local business concerns, how would yon describe the over-all reputation of A. "You can't be compared to other local businesses. 1 wish you could! You see, they have to provide top service, quality goods, and reasonable prices in order to compete with each other for the community's business. As a monopoly, you don't have to concern yourself with such trivia." Incidentally, anyone can file an objec- tion to the proposed rale increase by writing to the Iowa stale commerce commission, Valley bank building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319: Dean S. Varner 232 Thirty-first street NW Tax inequities To the Editor: The tax setup in this country of ours is nothing short of incredible. I pay more income lax on my small income than many do with 10 limes as much: To be specific: President Nixon paid' in .1971, in 19.72 on income of over per year. I paid more than that each year on less Maybe I should donate my "personal" papers lo the governmenl, loo.'and write off worth of deduclions. Wow! I wouldn't have to pay any more tax (he rest of my life. On the other hand, one gentleman I read of was socked for paying a total of only in taxes against a lax liability of What would (he true liability be for in- come of even it you were President? Crooks should pay taxes also not just us "poor folk trying lo gel along." Raymond F. Wells Sixth street NW TV lineup To the Editor: When a recent issue of Sunday "TV Time Table" listed the stations by number, in strictly numerical order. I was real pleased. To a logical mind, Ihis seemed the proper way lo list them. Now I notice in the Jan. 27 issue il is back to 7, 9 and 2 at the lop. This throws me, If it is true these three stations are competing for lop listing and are to be rotated as such, that impresses me as almost immature and child-like on Ihis point. Inasmuch as usual listings in Hie business world are either alphabetical or numerical, I believe that my request is reasonable and relevant. Please list the TV channel numbers in strictly numerical order. Hilda Walterick 122-1 Thirteenth street NW Gas rates Mrs. Jiilui liiielwimn has raised an question (Forum, Jan. Just how many meter deposits are being Illegally held by Ilio lowa-llllnols (las and ICIeclricCp.? Jler revelation doesn't really surprise me. I've lost a lot of faith In liiwu-lllinols since Us tmiiouiiccinoiit of liilenl ID folsl Help selves To the Editor: The American people are stupid. We dole out billions of dollars to other coun- tries in time of flood, typhoon, earthquake, famine and oilier disasters. Yet not one of these countries ever has helped this country in any disaster of ours. I think we should cut off all foreign aid and use this money for our own problems instead of wasting it on countries thai don'l appreciate what we have done for them. We shonlihise these large sums for the poor, disabled and people on social security and give them a better medical program, furnish medicines and all the health care they need. Instead of keeping them on a bare existence level, give them a decent income each month lo live on. The way the cost of living lias jumped since Nixon took office, it is ridiculous lo keep people on such low incomes. A single person on social security gets only A man and wife receive only 80, and this does nol count taking out apiece for Medicare. Wilbert E. Stern 4 Tower Terrace Marion Timely To the Editor: I wcimler how many people who watched and listened lo Nixon on television Hie night of Jan. 30 noliced the two commercials thai were on right after be was through polluting Ilio air and Icy- ing lo mislead the people. The first was for llennzll air freshener anil (lie one thai followed was for liufferln. Estol C. Foster 1217 Creslvlew drive SE The Cedar Rapids Caittte: Wed., Ftb. t. 9 of candy from a coring heart to a Valentine. 1 of selected milk and dark choc- olates with a variety of oil in beautifully done Valentine wrappings. Reg.53f.l-lb.'Bogof Convenotlon Candles, 4 Days Only...... POLYESTER SLACKS y SHEER NYLON PANTY HOSE Reg. 8.96 4 Days 6 in i 29-42 Solids and fancies In All-sheer stretch nyloi nude oanty hose in popu nudeponty hose inpopu- Top With tor Xs for spring Save car.fr.. double VALENTINE BIKINIS Reg. 63t-3Doyi VALENTINE CUTOUTS Box of 24, Bej. lit Sox of 3t-60.lleg.54t All-nyjon panties with all-over red heart print on white. Elastic braid I eg and waistband.Save, TERRY TOWELS Reg. 48c valentine (un packs with humorous and whim- sical greetings galore, (or all a youngster's Irlends and schoolmates. Special savings. STRETCH SOCKS 4 S Men's, nylon. Ill sizes 10-13. Gallon terry kitchen tow els. goy prints. TEFLON II'-CO AT BAKEWARE 7J1 IRREGULAR BLANKETS Reg. 3.97 No-stick coke, muffin pans. Baked Meat Loot, Potatoes, Vegetable, S.KRESGE COMPANY And to keep up with it, you have to be smarter today than you were yesterday. That's why you need The Cedar Rapids Gazette! Get The Gazette home delivered by calling 398- 8333 or talking to the Gazette carrier in your neighborhood. CEDAR RAPIDS MORE of inferesf fo Eastern lowans
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