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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Tues., Feb. 12, 1974 Farmers, Women Lash Iowa's Inheritance Tax Sen. Palmer Will Run for Lt. Governor DES MOINES Gov. Robe Ray struck a blow for women rights Tuesday, saying Iowa inheritance laws should changed so that widows ar treated the same as widowers. He said he shares the view expressed at a house way means hearing Monday afte noon that just because a hue band usually makes the mone doesn't mean his wife hasn helped to build their estate. "I've always felt it was un- fair to assume that women contributed nothing to build- ing an Ray said, ans- wering questions at his news conference. He said the idea that the; hadn't contributed to buildup an estate wouldn't be aeceptablt to men if they had to stay home to tend the kids, do the laundry clean the house, wash the dishes and do all the other household chores. Under the present Iowa lav men receive full credit for what ever they have contributed ti an estate, but it is difficult for women to establish what their monetary contribution has been without going to court to prove it. Budget First As for doubling inheritance tax exemptions to from from for sons and daughters, from for parents and from 000 for grandchildren, Ray said he wished the legislature would first take care of his budget and then determine of there are suf- ficient funds left to absorb the estimated million loss 'in revenue. i A remnant of feudalism exists in the way the Iowa inheritance tax law treats women, the house ways and means committee u told Monday. Representatives of sever women's groups said at a pub hearing that when a woman husband dies, she is assessed leritance tax on the full val of property they held in coi mon unless she can prove s made an economic contribute :o amassing the estate. But when a wife dies, the said, the surviving fausban often doesn't have to pay in heritance tax on their join property because the pre sumption is that the husbam earned it himself. "The law presumes that roman who labors in the hon ias made no economic contrib ion to the accumulation of ma al said Roxann }onlin, an assistant attorne eneral and chairperson of tl' owa Women's Political Caucus "Horribly Disadvantaged" She and representatives ther groups asked that the la1 e changed to create a "conclu ive presumption" that whe Douses property in join enancy, half of the proper! e I o n g e d to the survivin pouse. "It is incredible to th she said, "that 'oman who has served her fam y, her community and her so ety through her services as ull-time homemaker should b horribly disadvantaged afte er marriage ends because o he death of her husband." Betty Durdan, appearing foi e state commission on the atus of women, echoed Mrs onlin's statement. "The fact of not placing a alue on a housewife's time Mech'ville Council Acts On a Variety of Topics MECHANICSVILLE The city council approved in disbursements for January. There were in receipts for the month. The 1973 street report indicat- ed was spent on the city's streets. Murray Hall from L. L. Pell- ing Co., Inc. discussed seal coating 52.6-M square yards of sfest ibis SESTET. He also dis- srs-si dasi vestigate activities for senior citizens. Employe Millie Oldorf was given a 40 cent an hour raise. Mayor Railsback urged town residents to write a letter urg- ing Dennis Scbuller, a prospec- tive dentist, to reside in Mechan- icsville. tssaS. sfesJE. ffiDundU afet zor The need for a nursing home, re-codifying the town's laws and xzxk cm ofeg ounces and light for the jsoSiall diamond enabling night 322 Ten: discussed by the Oiy 3ffiaffliaiaace Csnl Jffanan -was 'gramad imsskEi ws She city indiar track io difre io Manchester attend a water school. The need for a walkway ani guardrail at the sewer plan was aired. Cost of 'the walk way will be investigated. Mayor Tom Railsback aske anyone knowing of a citizer with limited income to conta him or Janet Ford. If they ar over 65 or disabled, they ca qualify for supplementary i: come. The senior citizen housin project soon will be letting bit for another five-resident unit now has 13 applications on th waiting list, according to a re port. Permission was granted 1 buy an O.B. kit, a slin stretcher for burn patients an a tank of oxygen for the ambu lance. Councilman Hugh Lamont, jr., suggested an ad hoc com- mittee be formed to find out plans for highway 30 and in- yes, you can say "charge it" when you have us fill 'your prescriptions It's hard to budget for ill- ness, so we're happy fo provide you with a conve- 'nienf charge account. Serving you is paramount with us. pharmacies 7 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS wonted another peek new Fleet-Air the finest infants' and children's shoes made. Sizes 3 thru 9 and widths 8 thru EEE. CHILDREN'S SHOES DOWNSTAIRS STORE can no longer be defended by the circuitous logic her work is Invaluable and there- fore, not able to be rationally she said. Sen. William Palmer DES MOINES Stale Sen. William Palmer (D-Des Moines) Tuesday formalized his can- didacy for the Democratic nom- ination for lieutenant governoi He is expected to be joined i the race later this week b The committee is considering Stale Sen. Charles Miller (D a bill to meet the request of the groups, and also a measure to double the present inheritance tax exemptions for survivors. The women's groups, Iowa 'arm Bureau Federation and Iowa Farmers Union all en dorsed both measures, as did Reps. Charles Strothman (R- and Sonja Egenes (R-Story The present inheritance tax exemptions under Iowa law are for a surviving husband jr wife, for each surviv- ng child, for a surviving larent and for other lin- :al descendants. Farm Inheritance Lowell Gose, Iowa Farmers Union president, said the ex- mptions haven't been changed ince 1931 and it is time for both tale and federal governments o revise estate taxes. With today's inflated values of arm land, Gose said, it is be- oming increasingly more dif- icult to convey a family farm y inheritance from one genera- on to another intact. Part or 11 of the land too often must be old to satisfy the inheritance ax, he said. :arm Building Fire, Hay, Animals Lost DYERSVILLE de- royed a 40- by 60-foot building n tha Jack Moore farm two dies south of 'here 'Monday ght. Authorities said bales of ly, 40 pigs and three sows ere lost in the fire. Cause of e blaze and damage estimate ve not been determined. Girl, 17, Killed WESTSIDE (AP) Cindy Ra- aller, 17, Westside, died in a arroll hospital Monday follow- a car-train collision in West- Palmer, 39, president of an insurance agency, said bis de- cision was "spurred by the campaign abuses of the lasl general election, Iowa's ineq- uitable tax structure and the state's extravagant spend- ing." He purposely timed his an nounecment on Lincoln's birth day, Palmer said, to reflect o his statement that we have government "of the people, b the people and for the people." "Government by Wealthy" Judging from the abuses i campaign financing in 1972 Palmer continued, Lincoln' statement might be para phrased into "government o the wealthy, by the wealthy am for the big corporations." This is something "we eanno allow to he told a news conference in the state house press room. Palmer said .he will work foi restoration of confidence am credibility in our political sys tern by making public all his campaign contributions. He said he'll depend on small contributions from "or- dinary people the farmer, he wage earner and the busi- ness 'man out there along main street." Palmer said Iowa's tax sys- tem must be made more equita- ble and spending must be re- duced. "Fresh leadership and what may be properly called 'the Iowa cure' a strong dose of independent are needed to move the state for- ward, Palmer said. Iowa City Native Palmer was born Jan. 3, 1935, in Iowa City ibjit has lived in Des Moines most of his life. He was educated in Des Moines schools and attended Drake uni- versity. He was elected state repre- de. 1972 from the 32nd district u Polk county. Married to the former Evelj Johnson, lie is the father of tw sons and a daughter. He is a member of the Lion club, Masons and the Unite Methodist church. He is a member of the senal commerce, ways-means and c ties-towns committees. Ray Questions Nuclear Plant Safety Aspects DES MOINES (AP) Gov Robert Ray questions whethe :he Atomic Energy Commissio !AEC) is doing an adequate jo of policing safety and environ mental aspects of nuclear powe plant construction. Ray said that because of Hi doubts, the commission Iowa commerc is doing "som vork" to determine if a morato ium should be placed on th building of additional atom-po vered electrical generating st'a ions in Iowa. Ray stressed Monday that hi oes not have the answer to tin [iiestion of whether the AEC L dequately protecting the publii rhen it grants licenses for the onstruction and operation 01 uclear power plants. But, he said, the question bout nuclear plant safety an( le disposal of. radioactive rastes from power plants "gives ise for some concern." Ray said the builders of owa's only nuclear plant so far, he Duane Arnold plant at Palo, ave "done everything they can 3 make it safe. But still, the waste from nu- ear plants "live for thousands years." The fact that one ound of plutonium released .to the atomosphere could ause lung cancer to nine mil- on people is "a pretty serious he said. Robinson in Race For State Office DES MOINES Less than a lialf day after he returned to his senate desk following nearly bur weeks of illness, Slate Sen. Cloyd Robinson (D-Cedar Rapids) became a candidate Monday for the Democratic nom- ination for secretary of state. This came up fast and I uiOw I'm not ready for it yet, nit I'm going to Robinson !old The Gazette. He explained that he had been ;iving some thought to running but not too seriously since he came down with a viral infec- ion the first week of the ses- sion. But when he got a call Mon- day from Tom Whitney of DCS Moines, Democratic state chair- man, asking him to make the race that did it. Robinson's four-year senate term does not expire until January of 197? so he will not have to resign to run for the state office now held by a Republican, Secretary Melvin Synhorst. If he wins the nomination and s elected, he would have to re- Sen. Cloyd Robinson Donaldson Tells Expansion Plan Of Million OELWEIN Plans were un- eiled at a city council meeting ere Monday for a million xpansion program at Donald- on Co., Inc. Ed Mallom, plant manager, sked the council for support in .suing industrial revenue bonds o finance the expansion. This will be the fourth expan- on of the plant, which makes xactor filters, in the 20-years it as been located in Oelwein. Plans call for a lot factory addition east of the resent factory, and a quare-foot office space. Bids on the project will be lened next week and ground' reaking will be held in the "It is expected the addi- on will'be completed 12 to 16 onths following the ground- reaking. March 11 was set as the date a public hearing by the uncil on the issuance of indus- AutO Compass Handy gadget that not only tells you which direction you're headed but (he temperature in- side your car. 16.50. 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Cheryl Holderness, 17, route 5, Iowa City, was in serious condi- tion with multiple injuries at University hospitals Tuesday. Julie Rundell, 15, Iowa City, was treated for lacerations and abrasions and released. Police determined that the ruck was southbound at about p.im Monday when the ac- cident occurred. The girls reportedly were walking along the curb area vhen the accident happened. Let a want ad help you solve your buying or selling prob- ems! Dial 398-8234. sentative in 1964 and re-elected in 1966. He was elected to the senate in 1968 and re-elected in Valentine Gifts for the Traveler Skimmer Uniform from Bob Designer Series La Costa polyester doubleknit front zipping skimmer with a wide-wing col- lar and sleeves. Sizes 6 to 16 Many other styles, up. ARMSTRONG UNIFORM SHOP SECOND FLOOR Fine quality shoes for women in white specially designed and crafted for all-day walking comfort. Choose yours from several styles. ARMSTRONG -WOMEN'S SHOES STREET FLOOR quality is economy
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