Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 25, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette February 25, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa CV fchc Crdnr Stupid* ©t^rHe Editorial Page Mondav, February 25, 1974 Identity problem for UFOs Impeachment: Public says go, with care THE FACT that millions of Americans believe in the tangible existence of something not yet proven to exist — namely, unidentified flying objects, presumably of nonearth origin — does not make it the U.S. government’s obligation to seek out proof on UFOs, one way or the other. On the other hand, a government does owe concern when UFOs can be a source of mass hysteria among the people, when they ARE taken seriously by a segment of the scientific community, and when they raise a valid question as to national security. Prof. J. Allen Hynek, Northwestern university’s astronomy department chairman who spoke recently in Iowa City, has reached no final judgment as to UFOs but does take seriously many unexplained reports of UFOs. His Center for UFO Studies in Evanston cannot alone handle the size of the job that needs doing, Dr. Hynek indicated. He told the Iowa City audience that greater governmental interest in the problem would be helpful, which means in turn that so would governmental funds for the UFO research. The thought deserves consideration. One approach not touted much but clearly in the government’s domain and possibly worth studying is the idea of using an identified flying object to focus on unidentified flying objects. In other words, by satellite surveillance. If UFOs are tangible, and if they do involve intelligent control in line with the most interesting reports, then some of them should register on various sensing devices: instruments that measure heat, light, radio signals, radar reflections, other kinds of radiation. And if a stationary satellite (or several of them) could be instrumented to pick up these sorts of things and commanded to focus on them while live sightings are in progress, we could go a long way toward separating fact from fiction. If UFOs not only are real but originate outside of earth, detection satellites might even be designed to serve as “beacons” for these visitors — with signals that might draw their notice and attract them for a look, and thus put UFOs under our own observation up close. All this, in fact, might be an added package riding w ith the \arious kinds of satellite's already programmed for earth-science functions. Double duty would help minimize the cost. As UFOs stand now (or whatever they do) in relation to government, an air force study several years ago pretty much dismissed them from serious consideration. But a verdict that is both acceptable and meaningful for most Americans is not yet in. Important questions won’t dissolve for everybody’s good until the government contributes more than it has ventured yet to finding worthy answers. Outdoor flick problem SINCE COUNCIL street NE is a major roadway, Cedar Rapids drivers should be able to travel the Collins-to-Blairs Ferry’ road stretch without worrying about parked cars cluttering the right-of-way. But cluttered the roadway is some nights now that the nearby drive-in theater is showing players cavorting about in their pelts. Sine * soundtracks for skin-flicks are by and large irrelevant, freebie viewing from outside drive-ins is becoming a popular spectator sport All of which is harmless enough, provided that the practice does not interfere will! others and that children are kept away. But the Council street lineup poses an obvious traffic hazard Parkers should be dispersed. The outdoor movie in Marion presents fewer traffic problems because the adjacent K Mart East parking lot affords freebie watchers ample space. However, nonpaying moviegoers should stay away from the tw in-screen facility in west Cedar Rapids. The access road there is hazardous Sixth street road (highway 218). Images from drive-in screens would cease to be an attractive nuisance, of course, if city officials in Iowa would require theater owners to erect visual barriers. Curiously, though, the idea evokes little interest. People s forum Shorted To the editor How long an* the people ol Iowa going in put up with Im rig discriminated against In William Simon and the Federal Knergy Office' First he '•aul Iowa and some other Midwestern states would have their gas supplies cut by 2 percent so that it could be redistributed to other .states as he saw lit 14 it low a s fault that wo ha\e ta t n more consonance than (itll* rs'.' Wo don t have the problem of ions' linos at our >erva e stations now Hut Simon seems to want to make Iowa like tho rest Next, on Feb. Ill he announced that ho would ask the refiners to start producing more gasoline and again iowa would receive no more gasoline than it does now. Where are our elected officials while all this is going on? \rc they deaf and blind to all this'> Simon says the station operators can’t 1 discriminate against any customer coming across their drive.” Yet he turns around and does the same thing by discriminating against Iowans, and w* are supposed to take it. I think it’s about time all iowans started hollering a little bit and receive fair treatment Dennis Smith t*34 Thirty-second street \K Police car mileage To th** Editor In .I re. vni statement to the rity council. Jim Miller manager of First Avenue Plymouth, said the four miles tor gallon that the police report from the 1974 Plymouth police cars is far f>* low what they are capable of getting if they are properly tuned and maintained This seems to indicate that we have already worked on tin new ears and this is why t I'm * mileage is so jioor All of our 1974 Plymouths have between 200 an i KOO miles on th* rn. arid we have not “tuned or maintained" any ol them Th* . are running with a first Avenue Plymouth tune up, and only the chiefs and the commissioner are driving them so jar Their mileage is anywhere from 5.5 to K O miles per gallon. This does not include a lot of idling, just normal driving If First Avenue Plymouth can make an adjustment on the new mrs to get better mileage, w*. feel they would be doing everyone a great .servo • bv making this Change on ait new cars before they are sold. Maybe this would help ease the gas shortage Bob (iakley Mike Detana Police department mechanics 310 Second avenue SW By louis Harris I he Harris Survey BV NEAK LY ll to I. the American people want impeachment proceedings against President Nixon to be carried forward, hut they are in no rush to tiring the issue to a vote in the house of representatives. While 29 fiercent of the public agrees with the statement that “an early vote on the matter should be taken to get the matter settled once and for all,” a larger .17 percent opts for “a vote on impeachment only after all the facts have been gone into carefully, even if that took longer." No more than 24 percent say they "oppose a vote on impeachment altogether.” Thus, the decision of the house to go ahead with impeachment proceedings receives a thumping vote of endorsement by the American people. Among people who are enrolled Republicans, only 41 percent oppose this step, and only 3K percent of those who voted for President Nixon in 1972 feel the same way Basically, the public wants the accused, in this ease the President, not to be condemned before the fact and to have a full chance to be heard even before the question is decided whether he will Im* brought to trial before the I S. senate. Before former Vice-president Agnew pleaded nolo contendere in court, a majority of the public was unwilling to condemn him. despite widely circulated stories about his alleged involvement in kickbacks from contractors, and a belief by most people that he was indeed guilty But bv the same token, it is evident from these latest Harris Survey results that the people themselves believe the charges against the President are so grave that a thorough inquiry into the possibility of impeachment is justified. In late January, a cross-section of 1,594 households across the country’ was asked Congren now hoi before it the question of impeachment proceedings against President Ni»on Would you favor an cady vote by congress on impeachment to get the matter settled once and for oN, a vote on impeachment only after oil the facts hove been gone into Prurience vs. Proust now*** ‘Those of us who work in Washington get a distorted view of what America is really like...’ (Huntsville speech) carefully even if that toot longer, or would you oppose a vote on impeachment altogether?’ Favor early vote Vote only ofter oil facts known Oppose any vote Not sure......... Total public 29 37 24 IO If the categories “favor an early vote" and “vote only after all the facts are known" are added together, a total of fifi percent of the public is in effect saying that it is prepared to see impeachment voted up or down. Only 24 percent are convinced there will not be enough evidence to justify a vote by the house on the question of having the senate try' the case against the President. The reasoning behind people’s views on impeachment is revealing Those who want a fast vote follow tw?o bask* lines of thinking: • ‘The whole matter of Watergate has dragged on too long, get it over with." An engineer in Cocoa Beach, Fla., said: “This whole business of whether Nixon is guilty or not has dragged on and on. It ought to In* decided one way or the other — and fast." • "President Nixon is guilty now. no need to wait.” As a young lawyer in Providence, R I., put it: “He’s done so many things thai are impeachable that they ought to bring him up right away and throw him out." Those who oppose any impeachment proceedings al all break into three main groups: • “Nixon s doing a good job, keep him there." A retired male in Sarasota, Fla., put it this way: “He’s doing fine in foreign policy. Let’s forget Watergate and put it behind us.” • "Nixon may be wrong, but so are a lot of others.” A Republican precinct captain in Cambridge, 111., said: “Sure, the President did things he shouldn’t have done, but so has just about every other member of congress. It’d bt* the pot calling the kettle black ” • Impeachment will tear the country apart and will damage U.S. foreign policy.” A business executive in Chicago said: “The country can’t stand impeachment and if Nixon goes out, it will mean the end of progress with Russia and China.” But the largest single group wants the first step in the extends! impeachment process to go forward, but, above all else, wants the house judiciary committee to gather all the evidence pro and con before bringing matters to a vote on a bill of impeachment. As a school teacher in Denver put it: “What’s come out so far is very damaging to President Nixon. The only way we can ever have faith in that man again is for him to be cleared by the congress. If he is guilty of violating the Constitution, then he should he removed from office. But it all must be completely legal and deeply searching, because it would be the first time a President has had that ballpen to him.” CIhcqoo Tribune Ney* Vork News Syndicate Sexorcism: getting it down to a seance By Russell Baker THIS! OLI MN was originally going ti* bt* an essay on sex, but will instead deal with ghosts. In preparation for the sex essay. I was studding Dr. Alex B Comfort s best seller on the mechanics of the* thing — “The Joy of Sex" is the title — when a friend pointed out that I had missed the belat. Sox, he said. was don*' for with the public The new thing was ti:*' supernatural. Movie lines that had once* formed for “Deep Throat" now stood patiently for “The Exorcist." Americans were* lost in ecstasies of demons, gurus, poltergeists, Oriental mysticism and n lignum freakery. Prating tables, second sight and visitations from The Other Side — this was the heady fantasy of Ameriea today I was no! too unhapp> to learn this. for writing about sex in a newspaper is heavy going Comfort’s discussion of ropes and knots — of which he could Im* said to approve in moderation — could riot really have lM*e*n analyzed properly iii a newspaper I doubt that I could even have raised the logical next question which ( onifort conveniently i mores •— ti* w it. is there a role fur I ire chains in amorous play? Iii any ease, this I inn Iv su itch in public tastes mak. s it possible ti* tell a ghost story Ii* re \ few years ago a group of us had taken a summer house in Nan-tueket, arid tiler*- w at a ghost in inv bedroom 'I his was rn* great problem for boyhood in a southern rural community had conditioned me to bf*- among ghosts. After sundown im those days the grownups could scarcely go into the next loom with the coal oil lamp without encountering two or three long-dead n latices Russell Baker standing around in the shadows staring around .it them Electricity finally arrived and everybody moved to the city. probably because the ghosts refused to show up anymore with so mu* Ii light around the house and their disappearance mad* country life seem humdrum and tedious. In that Nantucket bedroom the ghost made itself manifest as soon as the lights went out. There was the prickly sensation at the flack of the tie* k and the usual sense of something incorporeal at the foot of the bcd which you invariably get with your stand ird bedroom ghost Why they alw av stand at the find of the bed and never at the sides, or at I he head, or even in the air overhead, since they are incorporeal, nobody knows Th* ‘Queen bee' syndrome foot is where they stand, and this ghost did it just like all the others In one respect, however, he was different. He wouldn’t go away after several ounces of whisky. He just stiMHi there rather sullenly An odd thing was this I happened to be reading a sex-manual at the time and when, because t Im* ghost refused to go and let me sleep, I turned the lights on again to read, the ghost’s presence went away, and I was able to sleep at last This routine recurred three or four nights By the fifth, having finished the sex manual, I opened “Remembrance of Things Past ’ bv Marcel Proust. This time, however, the ghost refused to leave me alone even with the reading light on. and I had to abandon the room. Nantucket is full of ghosts. They are m«*stl> long-dead sea captains (never mates or able-bodied seamen) or the frustrated wives of same who went mad due to overly long separation from long-dead sea-captain husbands Somebody sent me to a man callid I ap’n ( offin who was said to bi* "a good ghost man.” The best way to get rid of a Nantucket ghost, ( ap’n Coffin said, was to send it to the mainland on the Woods Hole ferry — Nantucket is an island cut off from America by rough seas — but this was impossible in summer because* the ferry was always booked solid and took pride in being unable to prov ide serv ice when it was urgent. Instead, the cap’n proposed to spend a night in the haunted bedroom, which he did. “Don’t worry," he said next morning. "We can move him." His story was sordid. The ghost, a long-dead sc*a captain. was utterly fascinated with sex. As long as the light was on and the* sex manual was opened so he could read, he was not dispose*d to make himself a nuisance The ghost hate*d Proust and could not allow rest to anyone reading such a book Nothing interested him but sox. ”1 told him,” said Cap’n Coffin, “that most folks thought ghosts was a sight more interesting than se*x, and the ghost gave off a lot of warm vibrations which I instantly recognized as me*aning, ‘That goes to show just how much dumber folks is than ghosts.’ ’’ Thereafter, we left the sex manual ope*n in the kitchen nights, with the light on, and had no more trouble, although one night we* did hear the eerily sexual clanking of tire chains down there New vork Time* ServKe Boss ladies’ battle half won In.si gilts ■titJ * lf 50 million people toy a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing Anatole France By Don Oakley WHEN Mrs Dorothy Hoffman recently bec ame t he first woman president **f the American Vacuum Society, she said that one of her biggest problems is that jxople always ask her if In r work has anvilling to do with the familiar household appl! iii* »*. Ii doesii t — not professionally anyway The 20 year old society is a na tionwHie organization of s* lenti »ts and i ngirieers involved in vacuiim lech oology. Mrs Hoffman is a chemical cnemis r But the question illustrates, in a small way. the obstacles that ‘'till face women moving up in their chosen career fields, even as Mrs Hoffman’s example shows they can do it More and more women an- entering lower and middle management positions, the pipeline to the top, in business, science and Hie professions — and dis covering that is only half the battle. I was promoted to the executive level. now my closest office friend won’t talk to me," “Some of the men I work with still treat me as a steuotypist They refuse to accept the fact that I ani on the same managerial level with them.” “I never liked having a woman us a boss Now here I arn the ‘twrss lady.’ ” These are a few of the more frequent complaints voiced by newly appointed women executives, according to Mary Fram es Shaughnessy. president of The Distaff Group, which provides career training, education and counseling for women in business For lady executives, the buttle isn’t always against men or female co workers Sometimes it takes place wit bin themselves Women who succeed in the “man’n world" of work often become “Queen Bees who try to keep other women from entering the game, claims a team of I Diversity of Michigan researchers writing in Psychology Today magazine Whether or not Queen Bees succee because th© system needs “token women at higher levels, they say, man successful women relish the fact the they are ‘’special *’ I he Queen Bd* has type ally worke very hard to get where she is; havin gone through a difficult initiation, sh doesn't want younger women to have any easier than she did Anetln*r factor is thui the woman wh is successful iii a male dominated fie I feels little animosity toward the systei thai permitted her lo re,o h Hie top an may therefore tie suspicious of th women 'n movement, * win rh vaults t (twinge some of Hie rules of Hie game I lei in more players Fortunately. Hie researchers see sign thai the Queen IU i t-.yioirolm- is fudim As mon* jobs open lo women it vc 111 Ii less unusual lo Hi e lo iglu females in to positions And as Ho women s uiovemer gains am planer worm ,, will be les alf.lid lo it -.MM tall Ho ol ives With It Na MVI,t Muffin*# a,,», f ;

  • Dennis Smith
  • Don Oakley
  • Dorothy Hoffman
  • J. Allen Hynek
  • Jim Miller
  • Marcel Proust
  • Mary Fram Es Shaughnessy
  • Russell Baker
  • William Simon

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: February 25, 1974

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