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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Chauee of through Thursday. Lows tonight near 40 Highs Thursday near 60. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 77 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Snags May MOSCOW (AP) A stale- mate in nuclear weapons negoti- ations may keep Secretary of State Kissinger in Moscow until the end of the week. Informed sources said Kis- singer and. Soviet Communist party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev have been unable so far to achieve the ''conceptual breakthrough" that could lead to the new arms limitation treaty President Nixon hopes to sign when he visits the Soviet capital in the summer. Delayed Talks Brezhnev delayed today's talks for six 'hours, but he and Kissinger began their talks in the afternoon. ,A U. S. spokesman said the Soviets called a half-hour before the discussions were scheduled to start to .ask for a postpone- ment. He said the Soviets gave no explanation, but sources said the polilburo, the party's policy making body, met Wednesda; morning and Brezhnev woult have attended such a meeting. Brezhnev is understood to have cautioned Kissinger during their first meeting Monda; against stressing the massive U.S. advantage m missiles carrying7multiple warheads. He is reported to have likened such talk to blackmail. This could explain warning at a luncheon Monday that "if we attempt to black- mail there can be no peace in the world. Unravel Knots While Kissinger and Brezhnev turned Tuesday to the Middle East problems, aides were trying to unravel the knots in the nuclear issue. Kissinger during his stay in Moscow hopes to work out a deal for a treaty limiting the development of missiles carry- ing multiple warheads, the MIRVs in which the U. S. has a big advantage, while balancing off the Soviets' edge in payload capacity. Kissinger C. R. Voters Again Reject GATV Issue By Mike Dcupree For the second lime in less than two years, Cedar Rapids voters have soundly rejected a proposal to bring cable lelevi sion to the city. The vote Tuesday, in a special referendum on a proposal to grant a 15-year non-exclusive franchise to Community Cable Co. of Cedar Rapids, was for and against. That's only 39.4 percent, and a simple majority was needed foi passage. 1972 Vole evidently has re- minded Brezhnev that the U. S. government is fully aware ol the implications of the Soviet missile tests conducted last Au- gust. The U. S. is reported will- ing for the Soviets to do enough testing over the next few yean to narrow the MIRV gap. But Kissinger is seeking concessions to offset the preponderant Sovi- e t advantage in launching power. "Constructive" Talks Brezhnev and Kissinger met again for eight hours on Tues- day. A joint statement said they had "businesslike and construc- tive" talks on the Middle East situation and the East-West con- ferences on European security and cooperation and troop re- ductions in Central Europe. While they talked, the Rus- sians arranged a news confer- ence by Dzherman Gvishiani, deputy chairman of the State Committee Technology, for fdr Science and the American newsmen who accompanied Kis- singer to Moscow. He warned lhat most of the big Soviet- American trade deals that have been talked about since Nixon's last Moscow visit could fall through unless the U. S. congress granls the Soviet Union increased trade credits and tariff concessions. Joint Responsibility VIENTIANE, Laos Laotian government Wednesday transferred responsibility for the military security of Vien- tiane to a joint command with the Pathct Lao. In November, 1972, voters re jected a similar proposal by General Electric Cablevision Corp. by nearly a 2-1 margin. The light turnout Tuesday (more than persons were eligible .to vote) was expected Supporters made little'effort to publicize the referendum, be lieving. chances of approval were greater with a sparse vote. Dr. Percy Harris, president of the company, was disappointed and surprised at the outcome of the referendum. "It wasn't the 'no' votes that killed us, it was the 'yes' he said Support Base Harris said'they .knew a base of .at least persons who favor cable television existed in the city, because about voted, for the ,GE proposal in 1972. An extensive telephone cam- paign during the week prior to the election netted voters who said they were definitely ;oing to vote for the franchise. Even on election day, Harris Telepholos of the nine astronauts from the crews of Skylabs I, 2 and 3 ride in antique cars along a Chicago parade route. In the front car are, 'from left, Charles Conrad, Joseph Kenvin and Paul Weifz. In the rear are Alan Bean, Owen Garriott and Jack-Lousma. The nine were made honorary citizens of Chicago. said, they received positive commitments from about voters. For one reason or an- other, though, they didn't vote. Were Confident He said company officials were confident of victory until about C p.m., when poll- watchers reported less than 20 percent of the persons who hac premised to vote for the mea- sure were appearing at the polls. Voters will probably be asked ;o decide the issue again. "We certainly appreciate the lelp we got from the communi- and we will continue our ed- ucational efforts on cable televi- sion in the Harris said. "We plan to try again." Today's Chuckle More twins are being born these diiys. Maybe kids lack Ihc courage to come inlo this world alone. -canvrimu Ford Says He, Wife Decided on 77 Retirement NEW YORK (AP) Vice- president Ford says he and his vife decided last year, while he vas still in the house of repre- sentatives, that he would retire by 1977. He said the bargain holds as ong as his wife and children vant it to, according to People magazine. He said the only pos- sible exception he could cn- rision would be a deadlocked Republican convention turning o him. The magazine quotes Ford as describing a nervous ailment uffered by Mrs. Ford since 1964 and diagnosed as resulting from he pressures of his political ife. The magazine said: "Finally, n 1973, they reached a decision, "'ord realized he would probably icvcr attain his ambition to be peaker of the house of repre- entatives, but he did want to un for congress once more and erve a full 28 years. Then, in anuary, 1977, he would retire." "I made a real firm commit- icnt not only to her but lo the Ford said. W i t h his situation now changed, he maintained the commitment still applied as far as his family Is concerned. "I think they think it holds. I Ihink it does as long as they he said. Senators Ask No Nixon Aid WASHINGTON (AP) A ma- jority of Republican senator: running this year say they, don't plan to ask for campaign Help, from President Nixon. Only one of 11, Sen. Henry Bellmon of Oklahoma, says he has asked Nixon to. campaign for him in. 1974. Seven of 11 say they don't want Nixon to cam paign for them. The G.O.P. senators were questioned-.in advance of Wednesday night's fund-raising dinner, at which Nixon will be the main speaker. Party officials predicted the affair would bring in between and about .the same as the Democrats raised at their fund-raiser last week and the lowest of any G.O.P. dinner in memory. In the half-dozen years before 1973, when the Watergate scan- dal cut the G.O.P. take to about the annual Republican dinners brought in an average of million, reaching a record million in 1969. "Still Party Head" Despite their noticeable coolness to the idea of having ihe President campaign for them, most of the G.O.P. sena- lors said they plan to attend the dinner and don't see anything wrong with the idea, of Nixon speaking. "I think it's said Sen. Peter Dominick 'He's still the head of our party." However, the Colorado sena- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) I Oof 11 GO? Byrd Blasts Nixon for i A I Criticism of Congress WASHINGTON Assis- tant Democratic Leader Robert Byrd accused President Nixon Wednesday of misleading the people and trying to sabotage the-house impeachment inquiry. Byrd said he believes Nixon's credibility is almost entirely gone and that the President is engaged in a desperate, last- ditch campaign to save himself from being ousted from office by blaming his problems on congress. "It is a strategy that can only mislead the people, and it is calculated to sabotage the legiti- mate and constitutional im- peachment inquiry by the house of. representatives and avoid the disaster of a possible trial and conviction by the the West Virginia senator said. "Strong Language" "I know that this is strong lan- guage. But it comes from one who will not prejudge the Pres- ident's, guilt or innocence before a house vote on articles of im- peachment if such occurs." Byrd's remarks came in a speech to the National Capital Democratic club. He said Nixon "has virtually commandeered the television and radio media to launch sub-! lie, but sustained and unjustified I attacks on the legislative branch." The senator said he believes Nixon's objective is to create a wave of sympathy for himself as an underdog, an embattled President fighting back against a partisan congress out lo-gei him. But he said that virtually the reverse is true. He said Nixon blamed congress for not acting on 17 energy bills while he vetoed comprehensive energy legisla- tion which contained many of them. Dragging Out? He contended Nixon sought to imply that congress is dragging out Watergate when he told an audience in Houston last week: "To drag out Watergate only drags down America." "The President could have done more than anyone else to put Watergate .behind us a long time ago. if he had only co- operated with the courts and the special prosecutors in carrying out their Byrd said. Byrd said that while the Pres- ident has said the house judici- ary committee wants a truck- load of documents and tapes from the White House all it has asked is the production of 42 tapes of "presidential conversa- tions and information on the White House indexing system "all of which would probably not fill a wheelbarrow, let alone a 'IJ-Haul trailer'." Byrd asserted that the Water- gate scandals have weakened the U.S. at home and abroad because the President has caused the erosion of the power of the presidency. "He speaks, and the people do not believe Byrd said. Dean Sticks To Charges On Mitchell NEW YORK (AP) Ousted White House counsel John Dean completed his testimony as a star government witness at: the trial .of John Mitchell and Maurice Stans Wednesday and la stuck to his story under House Unit HikesVolga Lake Funds By Frank Nye DBS MOINES A house ap- propriations sub-committee split ranks with its senate counter- part Wednesday to approve a appropriation bill for the state conservation commis- sion that includes million to carry on the Volga lake project in Fayette county. The bill calls for an appropri ation of over the million recommended for con- servation projects for 1974-75 by Gov. Robert Ray, whose budget ncluded only for million Volga lake project. Increase in the Volga lake appropriation in the bill, which now goes to the house-appropri- ations committee, was a victory for Rep. Donald Avenson (D- Oelwein) and Sen. H. L. Keying (D-West who have been battling all session to increase the governor's proposal for Volga lake. Specific Amounts Senate members of the joint sub-committee refused to go along with the house members in directing the conservation commission to use specific amounts of money for specific projects, such as Volga lake. Senate-members also rejectee a proposal to appropriate million to the commission'to use at its discretion its un- completed projects. To get more money for Volga Jake, and jsillion for com' pletion of Rathbun in: fish Hatchery at southern Iowa by defense lawyers. In three days of testimony, Dean said that former Atty. "en. Mitchell had called him repeatedly about a fraud inves- ;igation of financier Robert Vesco, who gave a secret contribution to Pres- ident Nixon's re-election cam- paign. Dean said both Mitchell and Stans tried to" delay disclosure of the contribution, at least until after the election. The two quit the cabinet to head Nixon's, re- election campaign, are charged with conspiracy to impede the Vesco investigation, obstruc-. tion of justice and perjury. Transcript For the first time, a brief ex- cerpt from a transcript of a a p e d conversation between Dean and the President in the White House was put into evi- dence. The converstaion, on March 10, 1973, concerned Mitchell T house sub-committee members had to accept a .million item for dredging 'the state's artihcal lakes as proposed by. Rep. en n is Freeman (R-Storm Lake) anufSen. Berl Priebe (D- The governor did not recommend either of 'these items. To come close to the gover- nor's budget, house' sub-com- mittee members eliminated his; recommendations million appropriation for the state's open spaces program and a million appropriation to acquire land at Rathbun lake for a proposed state- owned resort lodge. Avenson was even successful in amending the house proposal which prohibited use of. any money to purchase or lease re sort lodges by adding that nei (Continued: Page 12, Col. 8.) Losing Hope: Mrs. Hearst NEW YORK (AP) Cathe- rine Hearst said Tuesday that to Dean about his ap- )earance before the grand jury indicted the general and hat eventually "ormer attorney tans. According to the transcript, )ean told the President that he lad just talked with Mitchell (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) that hsr kidnaped daughter will ever be freed. "You try to keep your spirits up, but now I'm finally begin- ning to lose she said. "I can't think of any way out of it for Patty now." Mrs. Hearst was in New York vilh her husband while he at- j tended a Hearst Corp. meeting. Women Seek Iowa Equal Rights Repeal By Frank Nye DES MOINES If there is a move under way to persuade Ihe Iowa legislature to rescind its ratification of (he women's Equal Rights Amendment house and senate lead- ers are unaware of it. That's what they told The Gazette in separate interviews Tuesday after the newspaper was notified that two groups of women are working to get the legislature to reverse it- self. Circulate Petitions Mrs. George Paradise of Sioux City said one group, Iowa W o m c n Against the Equal Rights Amendment, is circulating petitions in the southern and eastern portions of the state asking lhc legisla- ture to rescind ratification, Another group with which she is affiliated, My Right To Be a Woman, is circulating the petitions in northern and western Iowa, Mrs. Paradise said in a letter to The Gazette. Senate Republican Leader Clifton Lamborn (R-Maquokc- ta) and House Republican Leader Edgar Holdcn (R- Davenporl) both shook their heads when asked if they know of any move lo rescind the legislature's action okay- ing ERA. "I haven't heard anything about Lamborn snid. "I think I've had one letter on was Iloklen's reply. U. Gnv. Arthur Neil snid he didn't know of nny activity nlong Umt line except, per- haps, by (he Daughters of Ihc American Revolution and thai so as lie knows thai orga- nization has not pressed yet for legislative action. One of the prime movers for ratification in the 1972 legisla- tive session was Sen. Minnette Doderer (D-Iowa When she was asked about Mrs. Paradise's statement that a rcscindmcnt move is under way, Sen. Doderer said she had not heard of it and com- mented: "The Birchcrs are at it again." Another leader for ERA rat- ification, Rep. Joan Lipsky (R-Cedar Rapids) observed: "I haven't heard a word about it and as far as I know our ratification action has re- ceived overwhelming approv- al. "The National Women's Po- litical Caucus has chosen Iowa as the site for its next political convention because we had such an enormous turnout at the organizational meeting of our.Iowa Political Caucus in Ames last September. "That was substantial evi- dence that Iowa women want lo be politically active. ERA is their first priority." House Speaker Andrew Var- ley like other Re- publican majority leaders, said, "I haven't heard a word about any move to rescind our ratification of ERA." In her letter Mrs. Paradise said: "We tested the mood of the women of Iowa with petitions and have amassed a goodly, impressive number of signa- tures. "We have sufficient legal opinion lo assure us rescind- ing the ERA is legal. A stale may reconsider to the poinl of ratification of the 38 slates." (Editor's Note: Ratification by 38 states is necessary be- fore an amendment can be- come a part of the U. S. Con- stitution. At last count 35 states had ratified ERA.) "The state of Nebraska has rescinded its hasty action. Thirteen other states arc in the process. Numbers Growing "I am chairman for My Right To Be a Woman com- mittee. Our members arc tall, short, Democrat, Republican, Catholic, Protestant, and our (Continued: Page 12, Col li.) WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon's order giving the agriculture dcpartmenl access .0 lax files on farmers was a model for snooping into lax re- turns throughout the govern- ment, according to a congres- sional committee. The order, issued in January, 1973, was revoked last week. It permitted the department lo in- ipect more than three million federal income tax returns of 'armors to compile mailing lists for statistical surveys. Model for Future According to foreign operations and .government in- formation subcommittee, which leld hearings last summer on the plan, "the first executive order had been drawn up as a model for future executive orders opening lax returns for similar statisticaluses by Other federal agencies." The panel said in its report that the justice department, confirming this, wrote: "The original order was 'prepared by the department of the treasury in language'desigried to serve as a prototype for future tax return inspection Rep. Bill Alexander a member of the parent com- mittee on government opera- tions, asked in "a" separate report whether the first order would allow the de- partment of commerce to, in- spect business men's .'tax; re- turns, the department of labor those of. wage earners, or the department.of health; education and welfare those of doctors and teachers. "Is this evidence of a master plan of the federal government to oversee the private affairs of every _group of he are shocked at what we eventually uncovered. A committee hearing confirmed our worst fears." "Waves of 1984" "I .for one am not going to stand idly by while the first waves from 1984 Wash over he said. The 1973 order was announced in a notice in the Federal Regis- ter but was not publicized by t h e agriculture department. Ciritics on Capitol Hill voiced fears that the government would not restrict itself to infor- mation for statistical surveys. Dr. Don Paarlberg, the agri- culture department's director of economics, told the committee that the IRS and his department were ready lo design safeguards o prevent the abuse of the in- 'ormation. But one observer said, "You wonder why this wasn't publi- cized from the beginning, espe- cially if it was for the glorious mrpose they said it was for." "Who will guarantee that in- spection will be for the limited and harmless sounding purpose of compiling asked Rep. Jerry Litton ap- pearing before the subcommit- .ee. Although the order was re- voked last week, Rep. Abraham Kay.cn (D-Texas) introduced a bill Monday amending the Inter- nal Revenue Code to restrict the authority for inspection of lax returns and the disclosure of in- formation in the returns. Today's Index Comics ....................7D Crossword .................71) Daily Record ..............3A Deaths.....................3A Editorial Features.........BA Farm .....................11C Financial ..................81) Marlon ....................4C Movies Society ...............10B-13B Sports ..................ID-DO State ...................1G-3C Television Want Ads ............IOIM3D   

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