Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 25, 1974, Page 9

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February 25, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Solans' Word Antics Revisited By William L. Ebcrlinc DES MOINES If you can keep your head when all about you arc losing theirs and blaming it on you, maybe you just don't understand the situation. Thai's a paraphrase from Iludyard Kipling, but it lias an application to the way legisla- tors talk. Taken out of context, what they say can sound asinine. But for an observer who ap- preciates neat use of the En- glish language, their debates can be fun. Familiar Ring Some of the things said on the floor of the Iowa house have a ring to them like maxims from "Poor Rich- ards' Alamanac." Legislators are not above, however, overstating the obvi- ous, poking a little fun at each other during debate, or mix- ing a metaphor. Here are some of the things that have come out in house debate thus far this session: Maxims: "One man's ethics is another man's sin." Rep. Adrian Brinck, (D-West "If you don't know, vole 'no'." Brinck. "If 'its' and 'bills' were Richard Norpel candy and mils, we'd all have a merry Christmas." Rep. Carl Nielsen "I always say, if you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk." Rep. Richard Norpel "The way to get an estate is to get up off your recumbenl posterior and do a little work." Rep. Charles Slroth- (R-New "There's no such thing as being half pregnant." Rep. Inpver Hansen Self doubt: "The courts usually presume thai what we do has some meaning, per- haps incorrectly." Rep. Philip Hill (R-Des No Problem? "Why is it that we have to get locked into a dumb posi- Rep. Norman Jesse (D-Des "If we'd give the people we are trying to help the money we spend trying to help them, they wouldn't have any prob- R. G. Miller (D- Rockweli "Just like a bunch of hogs, we're all trying to get our noses into the trough a little bit deeper." Brinek. Poking funt Rotund Rep. Harold Fischer (R-Wells- burg) asked Rep. Lavernc Schroedcr (R-McClelland) for an explanation of an amend- ment to a hill to define a "public scale." Schroedcr, built like a siring bean, replied: "The agri- culture department asked us for an amendment to exempt from inspection those penny scales, which people aome- limes are weighed on if Ihey aren'l too heavy." Fischer replied that "if the scales aren't properly cali- brated, you can always weigh one leg at a time." Sometimes t h c remarks border on the ribald. Consider this from Rep. Floyd Millcn "Mrs. Joan Lipsky (R- Cedar Rapids) has offered an amendment lo exempt aspirin from the sales tax to take care of a pain in the head. "Maybe we can draft an- Harold Fisher other amendment lo exempt Preparation H and lake care of a pain somewhere else." Sometimes legislators in- dulge in reminiscences. Slew Meat "When I was a said Miller, "we were so poor the wolf had lo go by our door like a shol, because if he didn't, he was going to wind up in our etew." The exchanges are some- times amusing. For example: Fischer, questioning whether a bill might have to go to the appropriations com- mittee, asked Rep. Richard Drake "Isn't Ihis commonly known as pass- ing the "No, Mr. Drake replied, "this is commonly known as passing an appropri- ation." When a barber bill was up for discussion, bald Rep. Ray- man l-ogue (K-Marengo) said he had told Rep. Emil Husak ID-Toledo) that "If he had a haircut like mine, he'd be a good-looking man." But balding Rep. James Ml-PCS Moines) asked Logue to join him in voting "lack of interest" on the bill. Miscellaneous q ti 01 c s "Once again I am amazed at the fiscal irresponsibility of the fiscally responsible." Itcp. Itoberl Krause (D-Ken- "Please don't get lost in the smoke as Ihe train goes roll- ing through." Rep. Terry Branstad "They have a disease in that committee. When bills like this walk across the table, they fall down dead." Jesse. "At the risk of damaging Mr. Drake's reputation, 'I'm going to defend the work of his committee." Rep. Gre- gory Cusak Mass Drug Arrests Staged at Concert DBS MOINES (AP) Mass arrests by police at DCS Moines' Veterans Auditorium should itop drug and alcohol abuse during future rock concerts, ays auditorium commission chairman Russell Laird. At least 37 persons, including 14 juvenilos, were arrested at a concert Saturday and later charged. Charges of possession of marijuana, the only con- trolled substance involved in the arrests, were filed against 29 persons, police said. "I think the word will get out ;hat if you want to go to a rock concert to enjoy it, that's Laird said. But you can't come 'or the purpcse of smoking pot." Many of the persons at- :ending the concert were searched by police as (hey filed into the auditorium. Earlier this month, Polk County District Judge Anthony Critelli ruled that evidence obtained at a Nov. 30 concert bv such means could not be used in court. Iowa Tourism Unit Predicts Increased Resort Area Use By Terry Kinncy DES MOINES (AP) lowans who vacation out-of-state have created a multi-million dollar drain on the state's economy, Iowa development commission officials say. But this year's nationwide gasoline shortage may change all that. The commission's tourism de- partment predicts lowans will spend more time at resort areas near their homes and less time driving and sight-seeing this summer. "Trips will be less haphazard because of the uncertainty oi gasoline said' David Schuetts of the commission's promotion staff. "We're tailoring all our pro- grams to the energy-gas situa- Schuetts said. "We feel that vacations have become a way of life and that people will still be traveling. But, he said, "it looks like they will be driving shorter dis- tances and staying in one place longer than before because of the gasoline situation." Emphasis in the past has been to urge lowans to "Stay in Iowa." The state's new approach asks all Midwesterners to "Va- cation in Iowa." Tourism personnel are pre- paring brochures describing Vinton Rites for Mrs. Rolin Johnson VINTON Mabel Johnson, 81, wife of Holin 0. Johnson, died early Saturday at Virginia Gay hospital following a long illness. Mrs. Johnson was born March 19, 1892, near Vinlon. She and her husband were residents of Cedar Rapids from 1942 to 1958. Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Burlchart of Vinton and Mrs. Harolil Greaser of Cedar Rapids, four grand- children and two great grand- children. Services: Tuesday at 2 at Campbell funeral home. we can't make you drive safely It's something you have to want to do. but stop and think-for a second. Every time you get be- hind Ihe Wheel, lives are -at stake. Yours, too. We injure them, but we'd rather save I them. WITWER INSURANCE 701 MNB Phono 362-3030 attractions and special events in each region of the state. Last year the commission dis- tributed some pieces of promotional literature. Of- ficials expect to increase that amount by 15 percent in 1974. Iowa's most salable summer attraction, the commission be- lieves, is the Iowa Great Lakes area. The fall hunting season is also heavily promoted, as are several scenic and historic sites. Tourism promoters answer many inquiries about traditional and ethnic celebrations, such as the annual Old Threashers Con- vention at Mount Pleasant, the Pella Tulip Festival and the Nordic Festival at Decorah. Officials say revenue from Iowa's travel-tourism business could reach million- this year, nearly 15 percent :more than in 1972, the last year for which statistics are available. The Iowa conservation com- mission says 25 percent of the visitors to Iowa's state parks are out-of-state residents. Iowa conducts a relatively low- key tourist campaign compared to aggressive "come on down" approaches used by several es- tablished tourist states. Promotions tend to be in, the rustic style of last year's Tri- Centennial recreation of the journey of Marquette and Joliet down the Mississippi river, a joint venture with other north central states. In the past, the development commission has sponsored an annual caravan of Iowa "am- bassadors" who promoted the state's products and tourist at- tractions. But that, too, has been scut- tled by the energy crisis. M- steacJ, the tourism division will step up ads in Midwestern news- papers and billboard displays to "Vacation in Iowa." Legisfofi've Nofes by Frank Nye Solon's Open Campaign Announced in 'Secrecy rvES MOINES When he announced for the Republican nomination for Third district congressman on his dad's farm near Hampton last Monday, Stale Sen. Barton Schwieger (R-Waterloo) said he was going to conduct his campaign right out there in the open. In fact, Schwieger said, "my intention to run for congress has been no secret." Well, maybe his intention to run was no secret hut, inadvertently, his announcement turned out to foe one. Schwieger forgot to tell the senate press corps, whose desks in the senate chamber are only three feet from his, about his announce- ment. To top that, he mailed announcements to news media in his area to arrive Monday, Feb. 18. But there was no mail delivery that day Washington's birthday holiday for federal employes. aan Little Illumination INK OF TWO BIG ceiling lights was burned out in.a house committee room when a joint subcommittee met recently, just before the house resumed debate on the collective bar- gaining bill. "We're past the negotiating exclaimed Rep. Del- wyn Srromer "They just took our light away from us." "There hasn't been much light around here con- soled Rep. Donald Lippold "The lights around here are taking on the image of the legislature." 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