Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 8, 1974, Page 6

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iii—V. niillfcimi'    ar    * "©hr Ctr cl nr En pi fiji fbnytftt Election trend chills GOP Editorial Page Friday, March 8, 1974 Goose-pimple games S CULTURAL advances pioneered in more creative sections of the country filter into Iowa these days, it looks as if the big zing here on college campuses this spring will be “streaking.” Ames, Iowa City, Grinnell and a few other eool-cat hotbeds (including one or two at the high school level) have introduced the art to corn-country scholars this week. The simple essence of streaking is to trot from here to there, collectively or solo in the so-called raw, without the benefit of standard haberdashery but preferably with witnesses along the route reacting one way or another. Naturally a question conies up: When members of the audience include a few whose interest centers more on law enforcement than on cultural expression, what should they do? Sternly guard the public peace by means of naked power in the form of ordinances tending to debar the skinnyzip? Or let ’em streak and get it finished quickly, as a contribution to pneumonia prevention? As usual, a certain cover-up-devoted anti-skin segment of virtue's rear guard will count a let-live attitude as one more proof that we have ALL streaked farther than we think down the sure path to perdition. But there is something also to be said for hanging loose this time. The campus cupboard just a term or two ago was not benignly bare at all. Streakers now aren't throwing rocks, smashing windows, overturning cars, storming barricades, starting fires, heaving bombs, bashing heads or getting bashed, provoking guardsmen, troopers or police the way steamed-up collegians did in recent memory on other grievances on springtime nights. Alternatives and relativities deserve some thought. If there is any hazard in a hands-off answer to the seasonal buff-oonery of '74, not the least of it may lie in too much emphasis by minions of the law — from Iowa’s attorney general on down — that recent rulings on ‘‘indecent exposure” have given streak-freaks here complete immunity in the unleering eyes of Iowa law. Nothing could destroy the fun so fast as full legality and gross indifference on the establishment’s part. Would anybody care to speculate on the interesting effects of an early, large and ravenous mosquito crop this year? By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - The reek of White House scandals in the wreckage of three major Republican losses in special congressional elections has brought this panicky reaction from top party leaders: Future Republican candidates must totally insulate themselves and their campaigns from any connection with or help from the Nixon administration That word soon will be gingerly passed to the White House, where President Nixon’s politics-as-usual rule still governs, despite the ravages of Watergate The rule was applied a da> or two before Republican Willis Gradison, jr.. was defeated in Ohio’s strongly Republican first congressional district, when Hie White House sent this urgent command to Secretary of the Interior Rogers Morton Go to Cincinnati and campaign for Gradison Wise old pro Morton balked Instead of going, he checked with the Republican congressional campaign committee. Forget it, he was told; the last thing we want for Gradison is any new connection with the Nixon administration The White House call to Morton followed an earlier frantic effort to intervene just after the Republican disaster in Vice-president Gerald Ford s old Michigan district. A Nixon aide, presumably with the President’s personal blessing, telephoned a high official at the Republican national committee to demand: Why haven’t we been getting our cabinet troops into these special election campaigns0 The only Republican victory in the four special elections so far this year came Tuesday in California's 13th district, where the no-interlerence-from-Washington rule was scrupulously followed That, combined with a highly favorable district and an overwhelmingly superior candidate, meant Republican victory The fear of Watergate taint is also limiting administration attendance at the party’s regional meetings. Not a single White House political aide or a single member of the Nixon cabinet has been united to the Midwest regional meeting late this month in Chicago. The only bigwigs invited are National Chairman George Bush and two top domestic aides vitally concerned with key issues: energy czar William Simon and Herbert Stein, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Behind this party effort to neutralize the Nixon-VV’atergate drag is a growing consensus among party leaders around the country that the Nov. 5 general election will be a disaster — if Mr Nixon is still in the White House Thus, a shrewd party operative says the election will turn on one question: "Who will be President of the U. S. on Nov. 5?” In full agreement, many state party leaders for the first time are sending a series of SOS’s here practically begging the President to resign, even though no one feels there is any chance. Vet, continued rapid deterioration of the party as shown by the loss of three strongly Republican congressional seats seems assured without it. The signs are overwhelming. In the fifth district of Wisconsin, for example, ll state legislative seats will be on the block in November; so far, there is no Republican candidate in any of them. The fifth district is strongly Democratic, but Republicans contested every assembly seat there in 1972 and came close to w inning three In the South, where the party has had spectacular successes under President Nixon, one state leader concedes for the first time that “candidates aren’t reeruitable for us Republicans as easily as they used to be ” Equally ominous for Mr Nixon is the tendency of rank-and-file Republicans holding elective office to say out loud what they have l>een saying only in strict privacy for the past six months Rep Pierre duPont of Delaware, a 39-year-old Republican moderate, dramatized this new tendency iii a little-noticed talk iii Wilmington last week DuPont severely criticized Bush for "going around the country saying that the American voter is fair and will not take Watergate out on me” and other Republican officeholders. Declaring Bush tragically "wrong,” duPont said that "unless something is done, George Bush is going Ut preside over one of the worst debacles the Republican party or any party has ever st*en iii the annals ol our country: 1974 is going to make the Coldwater election look like a Republican victory ” What duPont is pushing fits with the post-Ohio mood in high party levels here: Republican candidates can no longer try skirting Watergate but .must talk about the scandals, urge a clean-up and keep far. far away from the Nixon administration. That means far more candor in discussing Watergate and far less charity in handling the Nixon problem. With Mr. Nixon on record — that defense of the presidency has higher priority than the fate of the Republican party — that should be easy. Publishers Holt Syndicate Labor trouble brewing NOW THAT the consumer price index has shot to a scary 8.8-percent annual increase* the federal government’s rather flexible 5.5-percent wage increase ceiling soon will be as extinct as the dodo. Again the recommended ‘‘guidelines” will approximate the cost-of-living increase. If workers can keep up with basic home-operating costs year-to-year, they’ll remain satisfied. So goes Uncle Sam’s theory, in effect. What fiscal analysts seem to forget, however, is that no worker worth his salt is likely to accept for very long any wage control system, official or not, which tells him he’s worth no more to his employer than he was 12 months earlier. It is amazing that in the 2^-year freeze-and-phase stretch virtually everyone has forgotten this economic verity. The oversight may owe in part to Big Labor’s uncharacteristic policy of seeking raises barely a nose ahead of breakaway inflation. In a shrewd, little-publicized move, however, labor bosses are pushing for sizable fringe benefit improvements—notably higher retirement income. But that tactic isn’t likely to satisfy young workers whose retirement dates lie in the still distant Twenty-first century. They resent the seven-year inflationary spiral that has prevented them from “getting ahead.” And they reject the government’s apparentWay with words judgment that happiness is breaking even year after year. Little wonder, then, that economic forecasters are predicling a stormy season in labor relations. Who can blame a worker for hoping to outrace inflation during his most productive years?Absolved SOME of the angriest prose triggered by the fuel shortage comes from columnists who themselves must wait many predawn hours in gasoline lines. Liberal Tom Wicker of the New York Times is a charter member of that impatient club. Naturally, Wicker was one of the first to reject the oil industry’s slick Madison Avenue attempt to spread out the blame for the oil crisis. The blame lies “only marginally on the hapless driver of the great American gas-guzzler or the housewife-consumer of electricity...” W icker wrote in a Feb. 26 poke at the petroleum behemoths. What a refreshing breath of enlightenment that is. Up till now Wicker has been implying— if not stating flatly—that we average stiffs are to blame for social ills ranging from unemployment and poverty in general to the Attica, N Y., prison riots in particular. It’s nice to Im* absolved on at least one count. Co-ownership rule By Theodore M. Bernstein JOINT POSSESSION of joint Let s say you know a couple named Mollie and Joe Zilch, and you want to talk about the place where they live. If you say, ‘‘Mollie and Joe Zilch’s home,” there is no problem But some people find it a problem when the name common to both of them is omitted and the first names alone are used; the question concerns where the apostrophe is to be placed The answer is that the sum of possessive is placed after the second name (or the last of the names if more than two are involved). Thus you would write, ‘‘Mollie and Joe s home” (or ‘‘Adam, Smith and Robinson’s book”) Additional possessions. One news arle said, ‘‘Commander Brant, a lawyer th I I years service in the navy, dined to comment ” Another said, Ie had had three hours sleep and in-merable telephone calls during the jht at his home in Jamaica, Queens rhose phrases — 11 years service and ee hours sleep — should be in the .v#»    or    nmr<» anim v <*•*•»» there is no real possession involved, the genitive case. Therefore they should be rendered with apostrophes I I years service and three hours sleep e Word oddities. There are two words apostrophe in English The one we have been talking about came about through confusion with the one we have not been talking about. That one, from the Greek base apostrophe, a turning away, referred to a putting aside of an address to a crowd to speak to one person The punctuation word also had the meaning of turning away, but in the sense of omitting a letter or letters from a word New Vorfc Time* Svnditol* Theodore M. Bernstein People s forumDecriming favored To the Editor: A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has been introduced in the Iowa senate. Many groups in recent years have recommended the removal of all criminal penalties for the private use and possession of marijuana. These groups include the National Council of Churches, the National Education Assn. and the governing hoard of the American Medical Assn. However, only one state (Oregon) has taken any action along these lines. There are many reasons why I feel that this action is warranted Criminal laws punishing marijuana users are incredibly harsh and disparate among the different states These laws encourage the invasion of privacy and violation of individual rights These? laws divert law enforcement resources away from the control of serious crime Marijuana “crimes” are crimes without victims Possession of marijuana is a criminal act because our legislators were persuaded more than 30 years ago that marijuana was a "killer weed” that drove people to crime and insanity. It has been since proven that these fear* are unfounded, but the laws remain I urge support of the effort in the Iowa senate to decriminalize marijuana Rodney Miller, vice-president I of Iowa Student Assn senate Iowa CityToo much To the Editor: Something should be done and fast to stop this big pay boost for ail these highly paid congressmen They can’t run fast enough to earn the money they are getting now , let alone another raise People on social security get a few dollars raise now and then, and the raises of congressmen go up thousands of doll a rv We of the lower income group have to eat, too, and we don’t get any discounts at the grocery stores and clothing stores, and we’re taxed to the hilt. We are supposed to tighten our belts and live on our little checks and let them live high on the hog, and they keep getting richer as they have all the fringe benefits, too, Where do we start to block all this0 lf they’d throw away all their laws and start over with the same set of laws for everyone, and let the millionaires carry the tax load, etc., they wouldn’t miss it anyway, and the little guy would have a chance to eat. God created us all equal, and that is the way we should be judged, by our honesty and decency and not by the title we carry and amount of money we have or the color of our skin. Mrs Ix*e E Minton OelweinDangerous' To the Editor On Saturday, March 2. there was an explosion at the nuclear generating facilities in the Quad Cities. The news was not made pubbwuntil today (March 5) I’d like to know why. Would keeping it a secret make a nuclear accident any safer for us or is it that what we don’t know won’t hurt us? I am really tired of reading about how the "environmentalists” have held back the advent of nuclear fission energy I think we have left the yelling and screaming to those few far too long. It s time for all of us to join in on the vocal assaults against this dangerous method of electricity production We hear so much these days about "good old American technology.” Why not take advantage of the technology that has already been developed to employ solar production of energy0 I just can’t understand why we must always take the most absurd of our alternatives Currently millions of dollars are being spent to find a cure for earner An increase in atmospheric radiation will almost certainly increase the occurrence of cancer on our planet. So iii addition to searching for a cure let s say "no” to our government’s goal of coast-to-coast nuclear power plants. Frank Parrino 1113 Second avenue SEHolidays To the Editor Maybe if I think hard I can comprehend why congress changed some of the holiday dates to fall on Mondays. The reason had to be to make sure of more three-day weekends, to verify known statistics that we kill more people on the highways on such weekends than we do on any three separate days added together Does this make sense0 No. 1. We are changing car styles, inventing seatbelts and airbags, and recalling cars with the slightest defect to try to reduce this awful loss of life from the use of motor vehicles 2. We teach driver training in our schools as a required subject in some places, and then we "hep-up” our killing statistics for those young people to face 3 We hear a lot about lack of respect for government, democracy and statesmen, yet we have dishonored the memory of President George Washington bv printing, on most 1974 calendars. "Washington’s birthday” under Feb. IK without one word about the significance of Feb. 22. Next, will they conjure a device to alter citizens’ birthdates on the computerized histories of all of us so as to make us appear younger, thereby postponing the date of our collecting social security benefits? 4 As to changing Nov. 11,how do you do that0 It is history and should have deeply felt patriotic meaning £or all of us Those persons who sacrificed life and limb in World war I could have said. “Let’s change the date of the sinking of the Lusitania, and fight this war some other time.” We must thank them for the freedoms we still enjoy, if we have proper gratitude •r> lf some stales have declared an in tention to use the old original dates ii question, this poses a problem of how far we wish to carry states’ rights ll wool* Im* real friendly like if all IHI stales could agree on an issue of such magnitude a-congress made of it, just to satisfy tin wishes of vacation mad government per sons. Hilda Waltencl pen Thirteenth street \W That'll teach those barbarians!Torch for Watergate unmasked By William Satire Washington - i-tke Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, which supposedly kicked over a lantern and started the great Chicago fire, I might have been personally responsible for the whole Watergate conflagration Presumptuous? Surely But here s my claim: A few days ago, after an essay in ibis space castigated the staffs of committees and prosecutors for sloppiness iii transcripts that levi to a perjury indictment for ll K Haldeman, I received a call from the senate Watergate committee. An investigator there named Marc Lackritz, age 27, ominously said he wanted to interrogate me in connection with a memo I had written to Haldeman four years ago. Goosebumps, spine-tingling and scalp-crawling wracked my frame; this was the celebrated “chilling effect" that every intimidated member of the media looks forward to. I told the young investigator with the engagingly anti-elitist name that I suspected a clumsy effort to retaliate for the essay in the paper that morning. He had not even read the New York Times that day, he expostulated. Lackritz hastened to add: “There is no suggestion or question of impropriety on your part." I told him there was a big, fat question of impropriety on his part, and called Sam Dash. chief counsel for the Watergate committee, so he could hear my teeth chattering from the chilling effect. Dash soothingly explained that he had not read the Times himself that morning (at this point, the chilling effect should be felt by the circulation department) and added “yours is not highly critical information. We’re only clearing up the scraps, getting around to the low priority fact finding.” As the newest devotee of the Miranda decision. I asked him to explain my rights: "You can turn down the request for an informal interview ,” counsel Dash replied, “and only if Senator Ervin, Senator Baker and I thought the information was so important would a subpoena be issued, but frankly, your memo is de minimus. " My attitude changed from chilled to heated — de minimus, indeed! On the understanding that I would write about the committee's line of questioning, I spoke with Lackritz, whose protestation that he is not one of my constant readers I now accept. Over the telephone he dictated a memo from me to Haldeman dated Aug. 4, 1979, which it would be good to have out in the open: ' According to Newsweek, lorry O'Brien (along with Cliff White) will be on the board of directors of an ‘international consulting firm.' Lobbying for foreign governments without the appearance of lobbying, I guess. Can’t we raise a big fuss about this? Insist that he register as a foreign agent, demand to know what fees he will be getting for that work and ‘to what extent the Democratic national committee is available for sale to foreign governments'? We could have a little fun with this and keep O Bnen on the defensive." This was not even political hardball Such a demand for public disclosure of outside income by the head of a political party was proper then, and in retrospect seems more appropriate than ever. The midterm campaign was beginning; O'Brien, a hearty and effective partisan, was blazing away, and a public counterattack was in order But what interested the committee was not so much my suggestion as the possible Haldeman reaction He did not send a reply to me, but Lackritz then read to inc a memorandum from Jack Caulfield dated later that week Caulfield's memo, addressed to nobody, reported that a “discreet inquiry’ was being made about the Newsweek item. As we all know now, * Millfield was in the investigative line of work along with Anthony Ulasewicz What happens then? I don’t know But the investigator's questions reveal the outlines of the chain of evidence that the Watergate committee is trying to forge The questions begin with Haldeman's interest iii O'Brien and the request that must have been made to investigators to dig something up Then there is a gap, followed by questions about a knowledge of O’Brien’s employment by Howard Hughes, and by questions about the Hughes contribution lo Rehozo < an the senat mmittee develop a link between Caulfield’s “discreet inquiry" and tin- subsequent llunt-Liddv operation0 The like Iii   ls that the leaky Watergate committee stall has not vc l made I fiat eonnec lion. or else everybody would already know about it But if they do, and if it should turn out that my query was (he- o Leary cow that started the whole thing, wha! can I say after I say I iii sorrv ° Nr* york ?Srrvue ;

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