Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 3, 1974, Page 59

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April 03, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2C The Rapids fiazetle: Wed., April 3, 1974 1 New Fuss On Busing Hearings Sen. Ralph Potter By Frank Nye DES MOINES State Sen. Tom RHey (R-Cedar Rapids) was having problems again Tuesday with his senate appro- priations subcommittee over a planned public hearing he sche- duled for 5 p.m. Thursday on Ihe million nonpublic school busing bill. Riley, who conducted a hear- ing alone on the bill in Dubuque last Saturday with less than 48 hours' notice to his four subcom- mittee members, gave them 56 hours io get ready for the Thursday hearing by sending them a written notice of it at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Called It Off But at p.m. Tuesday, Riley sent a second notice call- ing off the Thursday hearing after committee members pro- tested Riley had not consulted them before scheduling it. Riley himself complained thai calling off the hearing delays for several days the subcommit- tee's decision whether to recom- mend the bus bill for passage if members decide to reschedule the Thursday hearing for later. Riley called a meeting of the subcommittee for 8 a.m. Thursday, its regular time to decide whether or not to reschedule the hearing, which has been requested by Americans United for Separa- tion of Church and State. The bill in question, already awaiting action on the calendar in the Iowa house, priate million in state funds for. 1974-75 to initiate a busing program for nonpublic school students. In addition to Riley the sub- committee is made up of Sens. Karl Nolin William Plyrnat (R-Des Ralph 1 Is Important, 1974's Doubting lowans Told Potter (R-Marion) and Bass Van Gilst Express Displeasure All four expressed displeasure last week Riley had given them such short notice of the Dubuque hearing, which none was able to attend. Even though they were given more advance notice of the now canceled Thursday hearing, some said they already had commitments that would have made it difficult for them to at- tend. Mostly they were displeased over wording of notice Riley sent them of the Thursday hearing. After setting the time for the hearing and observing that the original request for it came from Davenport, Riley's notice read: "I offered to hold the hearing there but (was) advised that this would necessitate a week- end scheduling. Those request- ing the hearing preferred the state capitol as the meeting place and, accordingly, it Will be held in the senate chambers. "I hope tbat 56 hours' advance notice is sufficient for you to make your plans. The request for the hearing was only com- municated to me late yesterday (Monday) afternoon and it was not until last evening that I talked to the interested lowans and fixed the date. "Sit Along Beside "I assume I can count on you to be present and sit along be- side me at Ihe senate rostrum during the hearing. I know that you will agree that this is signif- icant legislation and all view- "I've been a member of the appropriations subcommittee on education for several years." he said, "and many times 1 have not agreed with whoever was! chairman. "But at least we knew when (he meetings were to he and what was coming up at them because we had made these decisions ahead of time acting as a committee. "Serving on this particular subcommittee has been a most frustrating experience. 1 have never been consulted about any hearing or any issue ahead of time as a member of the committee." Van Gilst said he was not at all sure that he could have made the Thursday hearing if il had not been called off. "1 think it at least would have been a matter of common cour- tesy to have contacted me as a member of the subcommittee before scheduling the hearing." Van Gilst continued. "As a member of the subcom- mittee 1 resent it." Plymat said he had read Ri- ley's synopsis of the Dubuque hearing and "it seemed to me there were just a few witnesses and all were for the bill." Both Sides If the Thursday hearing is rescheduled, he went on, "1 hope that both proponents alic opponents will be well repre- sented so that the issue can be amply considered. I want to hear both sides." Potter said he "wouldn't question the chairman's (Ri- ley's) authority to call a hear- ing al his discretion. "But it seems proper to con- sult the subcommittee -members first so the scheduling can be coordinated. "Senator Riley's action on this matter is typical of the that's the word I want to have prevailed under his guidance as chairman of this subcom- mittee. "Serving as a member of the subcommittee has been a very uncomfortable situation and not without its moments of dis- gust." Riley's View By Jerry Mursener OTTUMWA IL'PII _ The chairman for a special confer- ence to shape the state's fu- liire urged lowans Tuesday night to break out of the tradi- tional problem-solving con- cepts and squarely address the problems of the next three decades. University of Iowa Pres- ident Willard Boyd, appearing at the first in a series of regional meetings held in con- junction with the Iowa 20GO program, said loo many per- sons have a tendancy to the present to the detriment of the future." "Not Ejisy" Boyd, who is chairing Ihe entire Iowa 2000 program, ac- knowledged that "it is not easy to take a long view of events near and close to but added that such planning is necessary if the state is to prepare for Ihe problems the state will encounter in Ihe next 26 years. He said Ihe current pro- gram must increase the "fu- ture consciousness" of all lowans and spur them to con- sider what lowans want the slate to be like at the turn of the century. He said there would probably be "future countless b u t that they would be no more troublesome than the chal- lenges of the last 26 years. In addition, he said lowans should become involved in the "grass roots" future program to have some imput into shap- ing Iowa society. "It is neces- sary to recognize that govern- ment is not the sole agency for change in Boyd said. The Ottumwa meeting was the first of eight regional con- ferences which, will be held during April and May in pre- paration for a statewide con- ference in Indianola in mid- June. The next meeting will Riley told The Gazette that Van Gilst and Nolin both had told him they saw no reason for holding a hearing, that their minds are made up on the bill. Van Gilst and Nolin told The Gazette they -were not against holding another hearing but they were against the original scheduling of, it for. Thursday without being consulted by Ri- ley first. "I was unaware there was any. objection to holding a public hearing on a bill as controversial as this Ri- ley said in an interview, "If the committee won't agree to hearing these people, I'll call a hearing regardless. A committee having jurisdiction of a bill of this significance should be willing to let ail sides >e heard. "Despite what Sen. Van Gilst and Sen. Nolin may be saying now, both (old me they saw no need for a hearing and were villing to approve the bill out without a hearing." Riley, a Republican candidate for Second district congress- man, said it is now up to the committee at its Thursday morning meeting, whether to reschedule the hearing. Meanwhile, Riley notified Ar- .1 nuuneci Ar- pomts should have an opporlum- Jens of Davenport Iowa Hf In hn nvnfnfnnrt ty to be expressed. Senator Nolin's reaction was that with the session nearing an end the subcommittee would be better off holding meetings rather than hearings, "unless there is a broad public demand for hearings." "There was a bit of sarcasm in his (Riley's) Nolin continued, "because some of us complained that we got only a day or so of notice about last Saturday's Dubuque hear- ing. "Now we get 5fi hours' no- j tice. He (Riley) didn't consult me or ask me ahead of time if Thursday would be satisfac- tory for a hearing. "He makes the assumption that the committee will be there and, condescendingly suggests (hat we sit along side him at the rostrum, "He hasn't conferred or co- operated wilh Ihe committee to a great degree yet. He just goes ahead on his own." "Ahead of Time" Senator Van Gllsl was equally upset. president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, that the Thursday hear- ing had been called off. That organization had just finished lining up its speakers for the Thursday hearing, ac- cording to a spokesman at its state office in Des Moines, when notice was received the hearing was off-a't least tem- porarily. Major Spring Events Slated At Upper Iowa FAYETTE There will be lil-i le vacation for many members! of the Upper Iowa college facul- .y and staff this April. Upper [owa's facilities will be used at lear capacity levels during the college's vacation period the third week of April. Two major spring events are being held on campus that week that will de- mand the participation of many faculty and staff people. The first event will be the Iowa Academy of Science annu- al meeting to be held at UIC in Fayette, April 18 through April 20. Over 700 Iowa scientists and science educators will be hosted at IAS meeting in a variety of sessions during the three-day period. Dr. Dave Pippert, pro- fessor of science at the school, is coordinator of the event for the college. The second major event on campus during the spring break is the Iowa high school class B solo an dsmall ensemble groups contest. Approximately 800 high school students have registered for the event to date and es- timates of the number who actu- ally come to Ihe contest run as high as 900. Members of the Upper Iowa music department are responsible for the coordina- tion of the contest. Waukon Purchases New City Sweeper WAUKON The city council this week traded in its 17-year- old, three-cubic-yard Wayne street sweeper on a new four- j cubic-yard one of the same! brand, agreeing to pay a net difference of Io Herman M. Brown of Cedar Rapids. The council also accepted Ihe bid of from Great Plains for a pole and wood structure by 36 to be built on the south edge of town where a water lower is located. The building will be used to store salt and seasonal equipment. Marquefte Tables TV MARQUETTE The Mar- quetle town council Tuesday night gave a cool reception to a request by Kickapoo Antenna Vision Io raise cable TV rates from Io a month. The council said (lie firm should justify the rate increase request by better service and offering of additional channels. The mailer was tabled. The council hired Tri-Slale Engineers of Manchester Io de- velop a long-term plan for n new park just south of lite new Mississippi river bridge. i Cornell Recital j MT. VERNON Soprano I Margaret Hauplmann of Desj Moines, formerly a soloist wilh I dOOSt Robert Shaw Chorale, will pre-1 sent a recital in Cornell college's King chapel Friday. The public is welcome to attend the 8 p.m. concert, which will include works by Schumann, Puccini, Wolf and Spohr. Assisting will be pianist Frank Wiens and clarinetist James jr PECK'S OPEN HOUSE STARTS THURSDAY Willard Boyd be held for the resident." of southwest Iowa in Red Oak Friday. "Hopelessness" During Ihe six-hour session, several county chairpersons from the 14-county southeast Iowa region complained that they had encountered prob- lems in their efforts to com- pile information because many lowans felt a hopelessness in dealing with the future. Former Republican State Sen. John Rhodes of Chariton, who chaired the Lucas county committee, said many persons he talked with had "a frustra- tion as to the magnitude" of the project. "The people in general do not appear interested in the he said. "The peo- ple said we should solve the problems of 1974. These peo- ple do not realize what we do in 1974 will determine what we do in the year 2000." He said there was also a "feeling that they like Iowa the way it is and want to keep it (hat way. They are over- looking the forces for change at work today." Boyd said, however, thai he was not depressed by the frus- tration of some lowans be- cause "it will lake time to sensitize" lowans to think of the future. Concerns Listed Among the major concerns expressed by the county chairperson w ere concern over too much government in- volvement, a desire to pre- serve Iowa's rich farmland, a general expression that ways must be found to preserve Ihe family unit and an overriding concern by young people io care for problems of the el- derly. Also addressing the 135 resi- dents who registered for the conference was Gov. Robert Ray. who said that "one of the problems that is too often brushed aside is consideration for the future." He said Ihe program was "an effort to find ways to strike a balance in Iowa a partnership of economic and recreational opportunities for people in harmony with the environment." Although many lowans liv- ing in the region who partici- pated in filling out question- naires on the program ex- pressed a helpless feeling in dealing with the future, most said they would be willing to become involved in additional studies aimed at charting Iowa's future. Forty-nine percent said they would be willing to participate in any upcoming future proj- ecte, 44 percqnl said "per- haps" and 7 percent gave a flat no. William Epperheimer of Ml. Pleasant, regional chairperson on Life Enhance- ment, said that "maybe we're making some progress." The counties represented at the regional conference were Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Burcn, Wapello and Wayne. Senate Strikes Out Rape Corroboration ;By Val CI. Corle.v DES MOINES bill to'tb the part of county attorneys tightly the amendment could not [remove the requirement that Riley said that juries would I still require some other evi- fil under senate rules. A motion by Mrs. Doderer to suspend those rules was defeat- 25-49 after Sens. Gene Glenn 'other evidence was passed 43-l'rape- jlD-Ottumwa! and Ralph Mc- by the senate Tuesday. I Sen. Doderer ID-Carlney (R-Charles City) the testimony of an alleged rape dence than just the testimony of jvictim must be backed up by a victim Io convict a man of It was sent to the house after ;lowa co-sponsor of the measure, said Iowa is one of I the senate rejected a motion five states that still re- jsuspend rules to consider an quires Corroboration of testimo- I amendment to prohibit the in rape cases. .man's past sexual conduct, from! 'being brought up in a rape trial, j Less Reluctance ar- woulri Mrs. Doderer and Riley also are lawyers gucd Ihe amendment hamper trial lawyers in their rights to cross examine wit- nesses. Both Glenn and McCartney sponsored the amendment to prohibit a woman's past sex- Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar! ual Conduct from more than a chief sponsor of Ihe bill, said removing the stale law that requires the Corroboration the pasMron, being Riley, also an attorney, said past sexual conduct of the al- leged victim especially in Ihe riage one or two or five years beforehand'1 as a defense against rape is Riley said. Mrs. Doderer said that the senate's failure to act on the amendment menus women will continue to he demeaned in court and only about 211 percent of all rapes will be reported, The only vote against the bill was cast by Sen. Karl Nolin (D- Absent and not voting were Sens. William Gluba ID- in court as evidence. rape trial. j "Outrageous" of testimony of a rape victim But Lt. Gov. Arthur Neu ruled I "The idea that a woman and' N or'mTn would "result in less reluclanceithe basic bill was written so sexual relations outside past year should not be ad. H. L. Keying (D- IWest Kevin Kelly (R- !Sioux Elizabeth Shaw (R- I Bart Schwieger Sale Ends Sal. P.M. 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