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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids CazeUf: San.. Feb. 10. 1974 The people's forum, Ignorqnce-destruction urged To (he Editor. This Is a Biieecstlon for your paper anil radio and TV, At present you are carry- ing a scries of articles in Sunday's (iazclte by leading men In Hie world's academic community. These aro ex- cellent, and i rmmiicmt you for the series. Rut, believe It or not, the fact remains that most Americans are very Ignorant about their government how It was set. up, Is carried on, etc. This has been proved many times, when Interviewed thought that parts of tho Declaration nf Independence read to them were com- munist propaganda. Several journalists, pollsters, etc., have pointed out the fact that most Americans do not know who their local city, county or state officers are and as for congress So It behooves us in the Interest of saving this nation to edu- cate the American people via public media. James Kilpalrlck somo weeks ago on your editorial page had an excellent ar- ticle headed "People's ignorance a The Harris poll showed adult Americans know little or nothing about Ilielr government or its members. One- fifth of people thought the supreme court was Included in the congress of U.S. Few could even name their congressmen, senators in Washington or officials local- ly In slate, county and city positions. Yet people still claim the government can save us from our ;own ignorance about it and its workings. Radio, TV and newspapers could serve a patriotic duty in putting out daily a continuing educa- tional process of American government and history, To many people, "Impeach" means throwing the S.O.B. out of the White House not a process of finding out the truth and then voting on It. Few will believe you when you tell them impeach- ment of a President has happened be- fore. Few believe the truth about George Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln the fact that duels and killings, drunkenness and high chicanery went on in our early congresses. It is time, we told the truth about ourselves and faced the fads. The romantic notions of the infallibility and incorruptibility .and religiosity of our early Presidents ain't so. Lct'a separate fiction from and get the country on a solid foundation of truth. Sand (or lying) means a crumbling foun- dation. Nothing If it's builf oir lies. Truth Is the only eternality (here is. Wisdom to see and to tell and to live truth is what establishes permanent foundations. R. Ward 1946 A avenue NE Subsidize students To the Editor Here is a way our state legislators could use some of the million surplus and save the Iowa taxpayers many times the amount they, spend. Several years.ago the Iowa taxpayers' share of a public college student ranged from to even after the student paid about one-third of his true cost in tuition. It is higher now. The legislature should: (i) Appropriate enough money to carry out the present subsidy program In full to college students attending the nonpublic colleges In Iowa. (2) Lift the financial-status requirement for students' parents. (3) Include the hona fide Iowa residents ill- tending nonpublic colleges oulslde, thd stale. This would ho good business, the more the heller: For every ,000 paid into this program, taxpayers would Ret out of paying Wo' would, also ho helping the many fine nonpublic colleges that are struggling for existence. I.co Boddlcker Newhall Helmet option Tn Ihc Editor: I'm not against motorcycle helmets I own and occasionally wear one. 1 am completely against any law thai would make wearing helmets mandatory. If Iowa is that determined to save lives by taking away Individual freedom of choice, may I suggest two other ideas Hint would save not only more lives hut also a great deal of It has been determined Ilia! smoking a primary cause of lung cancer. In Iowa (150 persons died of lung cancer during 1973. To me this Indicates that a law ngalnst clgarcta could save moro lives than any law mnndathiK motorcycle hel- mets. How about alcoholic bnvcragcii? Out nf Ihn DR2 fatal aillniUlihlle Occidents dlirlllK 11173, 217 Involved alcohol, Nol counting luiy.alcoliol-rolnlcil accidents excvpl those In driving, Ilimui flgurim nuirosmt three llmcn an many doiithn im lliOHO In- volving motorcycles, If alcohol were Opinion Page 2 Viewt Ideas Insights Judgments Comments made illegal, once again, would It not protect Hie drinker from his own actions as well as protect Innocent victims from him? llow many lives could a mandatory motorcycle helmet law actually save? Iowa statistics aro not convincing. Out of the motorcycle accidents reported in 1073, resulted In personal injury. Sixty-eight of the accidents were fatal, killing a tolal of 72 people. In 12 nf (he accidents the victims wore wearing hel- mets, and 14 of the accidents Involved alcohol. Comparing tlteso statistics to the motorcycles registered In Iowa during 1973, it appears that the motor- cyclists have already proven their qualifications to judge for themselves when and where to wear motorcycle hel- mets. Even though eigarets and alcohol are a potential threat to many lives, you are free to enjoy them almost anytime and anyplace you choose. If these freedoms of choice are left to the Individual, I can see no justifiable reason to revoke from the motorcyclist his privilege of choosing not to wear a helmet. Kevin Callies 12li Twenty-first avenue SW Another View 'Take il over and hong it in (he congress." Night-sneaks To the Editor: This message is directed to thieves and vandals, and to would-be thieves and vandals. Why is it that some young people who claim "there isn't anything to do in this town" can think of something wrong to do? Although they may not have thought of It in this light, thieves and vandals put- themselves in a lower bravery category than rats. Rats arc not too cowardly to do some of their dirty work in broad daylight with people watching. Thieves and yandals perform their wrongdoing under cover of darkness, then sneak" 'away in fast cars, lest they he identified' with their acts. Milton Smith, 'Oelwein': More causes To the Editor: I feel I must respond to James Houser's letter Feb. 1 because he made .an erroneous statement, that "only govern- ment can possibly cause inflation." While it is lure that our government has, on more than one occasion, con- tributed to Increasing prices, there are several other forces at play in the process nf rising prices. This is illustrated by the present increases in gasoline prices, The government did not create the present gasoline shortage (the question of whether the oil companies did or did not remains to be When demand exceeds supply in a market system prices tend to rise. This process occurs Independently of any government action. There are several other forces that can contribute to Inflationary pressures, hut the'concept I wish In stress Is that Ihc government is not the only cause of inflation. H. S. ;MuiTay SOI! Seventh avrinno SW Keep the derby, To Ihc Editor: In reference In the derby" (Kni'ltm Knh, I have received word that (horn will he a 11174 Soapbox Derby on both HID iiallonnl and local level. There will also I......ic Derby In DCS Molncs, All conlcNlanls who pnrtlclpaln In Ilio Cniliii1 linplds Derby will bo Invited In nice. III Dos Mnlnns. Tho 107-1 Simp Dux Derby will to boys and girls whose ages aro It through 15 on Aug. 1, 1974. They must tmlld their own cars but may accept advice and counsel from adults on dcslgn-and construction. lust year 45 contestants raced down the hill hi Cedar Rapids. Several raced mjalii In DCS MolncH. One went on to Akron, Ohio. Most of these cars aro ready to go again this year. agree that wo had a sad situation at Akron last year when a teenage contes- tant had to compete with another contes- tant's uncle In construction of the cars. This is an exception and certainly nut Hie rule. I also agree that some of the cars look like they were designed by IBM and built by Lockheed. However, my three years with the Derby have taught me to never underestimate the ability nf a'teenager with a sheet; of plywood and a handful of tools. Tho first meeting for old and now contestants, (with their parents) will he held sometime in March at the Central YMCA. Drop the Derby? Why? Because someone cheated? Might as well drop the country for the same reason. Glen Trucsdcll Twenty-fourth avenue SW Plurally right To the Editor: I've read a number of articles, as well as bumper-slickers, proclaiming that abortion is murder. I have not deter- mined In my own mind yet, however, exactly when the fetus becomes a baby; whether it be at three months after con- ception or urion receiving a slap on the "cheek" to invoke respiration. Theidilemma is a cause for serious In- trospeclion and individual thought. It is also a question which was swept under the rug and out of sight by decisions handed to us some 100 years ago. Aljprcsent, however, abortion is not the dangerous proposition it is feared lo be. According lo many doctors the operation is considerably safer than childbirth, under sterile operating conditions. This means thai by allowing the could-be mother the alternative, for whatever her reasons, we could indeed be saving a life. Is it not murder, as well, sometimes lo Ihe woman who eilher wants or has to.> abort a pregnancy to seek the clandestine services of a local butcher, to subject her lo (he consequences of back- room bolchery? i Certainly I am not a woman; I will never feel the kicking inside one's womb. iBut Is it not possible that loo many moralists are making a dire mistake? There are far loo many viewpoints in this world for any one lo prevail. Possibly all righl from their own point of view. Michael Jones 5100 Rich Mar lane NW Good home To the Editor: Reading the letter Feb. 2 on nursing homes, I too had a nauseated feeling as I have seen some that were plenly bad also. My father is a diabetic and in very poor health. He has been in the hospital a lot, and ho and my mother lived with a daughter for six months so she could care for him. When the doctor said she could no longer take care of him and Hie family should be looking for a nursing home lo put .him in, il nearly lore us apart because I; had seen many poor ones. We went looking, and mother chose the one to go to. She and Dad have a room together. It is very peaceful, clean and quiet. They have television, radio, gixul care and food, dining room, visitors wel- come, no worry about medication, nurses on duly all Ihc lime, entertainment every week, church service on Sunday. They are very content and happy In their new home, although Ihcre is no place like your very own home. Bui I re- ally changed my mind. As the editor's note said, "All nursing homes should not he judged by the poorest." Mrs. Sam Vargason Klairslown Good show To the Editor: Our hats arc off to CBS television In general, WMT television in particular, and the Xerox Corporation, for Ihc sensi- tive and Informative program "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pillman" which was viewed Jan. 31, 1974 over channel 2. We arc grateful to CBS and to the Xerox Corporation thai I here will be additional programs which will show Black history In an honest and courageous manner a total part of our American Heritage. Thanks again. Jim Hlcgel 1714 Third avenue SK De-demonize To Kdltnr. Somebody has suggested getting HIP licv. Hilly Graham to nxorclso Nixon. Might II not ho a good Idea In get someone In oxorclsc Hilly Graham flrsl? Vic McCarthy Ml. Vcrnnn GOT A PROBLEM (Picture taken at the site of our new office location is Cedar River Towers.) At 1st Ave. 1st. St. N.E. Seven of those pictured above qualified for designation as "Million Dollar" salesman of the month. 1st Row: Ronald Denny, Robert Wickersham, C.F. "Bud" Hunter, George Erzinger, Betty Berry. 2nd. Row: Chas. W. Boegel, Jr., 'Robert K. Leedom, Cliff Poulsen, Kay Williams, Norman Lipsky, Sue Ladman, "Loren Wilcox, Gordon Mitchell, Barbara Lenzen, Glenys Anderson, 'Martin H. Gurvey, Linda Brecht, Kenneth M. Babbitt, George L. Erwin, Thomas Hoegen, 'Mark Donahue. Not pictured: George W. Griffith, Carl'llick Participated in a million dollar transaction in January. Do we now start "Millionaires" of the year awards or will we keep our cool and recognize the fact that the name of the game isn't numbers, but honest effort based on knowledge and experience. Hedges' has served your parents and your grandparents and wants to be of service to you and your grandchildren. Now meet Ken Babbitt... a really great guy, who sold more real estate for Hedges' and served more people in 1973 than any other salesman (substantially over that re- quired for "million dollar" recognition) and deserves special recognition! So what does it all means we wouldn't take a million dollars for any of our sales people or personnel, and you won't either after you've worked with them. REALTORS Phone 364-8T21 107-2ndst. S.E. MEMBERS OF THE MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE AGENTS FOR "HOMERICA" REFERRAL LEASING MANAGEMENT AGENTS FOR CEDAR RIVER TOWERS' AMERICAN BLDG. 8. CHALET SOUTH DEVELOPERS OF RANDOM ROAD 8. COTTAGE GROVE WOODS, AND AGENTS FOR COTTAGE GROVE MEADOWS. RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL FARM BROKERAGE SINCE 1887,
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