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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                A controversial city ordinance adopted Wednesday proved to be a headache for the Cedar Rapids city council. Here Mayor Don Canney listened to a protest over the ordinance, which said a police officer might be discharged if he refused to testify or take a polygraph test as part of grand jury proceedings. 1 The ordinance precipitated a one-day walkout by patrolmen. The ordinance was amended at a special session of the council Thursday night and most officers were returning to work Friday on their regular shifts. The walkout by Cedar Rapids.police officers Thursday resulted in bringing in state troopers and sheriff's deputies. This was the picture in front of the police department building Thursday. The parking lot back of police headquarters was full of police cars, not in use, with a sprin- kling of Iowa highway patrol cars. State Trooper Kent Gabrielson of Cedar Rapids was getting into his patrol car to go on the 4 to midnight shift Thurs- day. Sort of a Neighborhood Pet Not His Own Wirepholo Don Pagos, a Michigan City, Ind., fireman, "res- cues" a toy fire truck from the apartment of a small boy. No one was injured. The toy (ruck was broken and scorched, but not beyond repair. The Mood of Those Waiting for Gasoline Changes with the News By Art Buchwald WASHINGTON There is an old saw hero that if you just give the people the facts they will rise to any situation. This theory is now inoperative. A group of us were lined up here in Washington, D.C., the: other day waiting to get gas from a station located in somebody yelled from his car, "I just heard on the radio that the Shah of Iran says we have more than enough. gasoline in this country." There were shouts of joy and everyone started tooting their horns in a V for victory Morse code. But an hour later someone passed down the word that William Simon, the energy czar, had just made a statement that the shah didn't know what he was talking about. People stopped honking their horns and satgloomiiy inching along toward the pumps. Another bulletin was then given by the man in front of me. "President Nixon has just announced that the crisis is over, but the problems still exist. Pass it on.'' I told the lady behind me who broke into tears of joy. "Thank God for the President, she said. The President's announcement gave a new lift to the line and we all stood around our ears chattering excitedly about the good news. Then from way back in the line we heard cries of anguish Someone had heard on the radio that the National Petroleum Council had just issued a report that unless new stiff conserva- tion measures were instituted there would be mandatory ra- tioning by spring. Katiwning said the lady who had just blessed the President Nixon said there wouldn't be any need for rationing "That was 10 minutes a college student said "Con- ditions change very fast during an energy crisis "There isn't any a mother with two children inter- jected. We ve just got problems getting gas." We all got back into our cars and moved up one foot. A man came running down the line. "Bill Simon just told a senate committee the lines for gasoline will be reduced bv April" We all whooped and started slapping each other on the A truck driver had a crowd around him. "I just heard on my two-way radio (hat 14 oil tankers arc 100 miles off the coast of New he said. "Yeah." said another man, "but Ihey just turned around and are heading back to Europe because they can get a dollar a barrel more for it there." A newspaper boy came by holding a headline, "Simon says northeast to get more fuel." He was sold out in minutes While we were reading the story, a new bulletin came out on the radio "Simon is raising the price of gasoline 2 tents a gallon." A little old lady who had been in line for three days lold me "I'd like to get just one full lank before I die me, "I'd like to get just one full lank before I die x We all moved up another fool. Then someone started i volley ball game. Other people sat on (he curb exchanging addresses and business cards. Word reached us lhal Shell and Amoco had cut their dealers alUpllons In March. This was followed by an an- nhot'Tll w n T '7 "K r f M "K hl h'S "Wn ThC hC COmCS W -he squirrel, sor. of a neighborhood pet, makes himself at home with a bird feeder on feel about .11' this, but they're probably squawking to someone at city hall. -he birds MM 11173 lo billion. One man started smashing his radio with a tire Iron The euphoria about Nixon's original announcement had died diiwn As I turned ii corner mid saw the Exxon sign way off In die' sunset, I couldn't help thinking lo myself, "They could solve Ilifi whole energy crisis If they made William Simon ambus- sador to the court of the Sluili of Irnii." CouYMohl 197-1, l.os Anoftloi   

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