Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 3, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette April 3, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Certif ftftpid*Power-flow stemmed in budget reform Edito ria I Page Wednesday, April 3, 1974 Another coll for D.O.T. SINCE TRAIN derailments in Iowa increased an alarming 63 percent last year, the new federal railroad inspection program (effective July I) will arrive none too soon. But before eyeballing of 11,600 miles of trackage gets underway, the Iowa commerce commission must choose between paying half the cost and calling the inspection shots or letting the feds foot the entire bill and maintain total control. Indications are that the state commission will opt for state involvement. That would be conditioned on an easing of some regulations first — notably a requirement that inspectors retained must have logged at least six years of railroad work. Obviously, the commerce commission does not intend to let Iowa become a laggard in the intensified inspection effort. What Iowa really needs, though, is a system of working with railroads beyond merely examining tracks and issuing toothless requests for improvements. Commerce commission Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand adroitly used a recent session with federal officials to emphasize the shortcomings. Van Nostrand maintained that state and federal governments should have the power to give direct financial support to railroads to guarantee that certain lines be kept open. He noted that the proposed department of transportation (D.O.T.) would have the authority to maintain liaison with railroads and work to improve their service. Iowa legislators, presently debating the D.O.T. bill, should heed the commerce commission chairman’s advice. All the commerce commission can do now to improve trackage is pester railroads. But a well-funded department of transportation could inject vitally-needed empathy into state-railroad relations. No one is suggesting that the state subsidize routes where revenue falls well below operating costs. But state expertise and aid obviously could make the difference between saving and losing service on sick routes not yet proven failures. Iowa’s farm-produce transport needs make the case for state action more compelling than ever. A well-coordinated state department of transportation would give Iowa the flexibility it lacks in dealing with railroads.No mystery If our celebrated secretary of state had kept his bride’s name secret, we all would wonder who’s Kissinger now . Kent State indictments BIG BELIEVERS in the chickens-home-to-roost maxim are making much of a federal grand jury s indictment of eight young Ohio men in connection with the May 4, '1970, slaying of four Kent State university students. But rejoicing should be tempered by the following facts: The    national guardsmen (including one member still active) indicted on charges of violating civil rights of students merely are the alleged mechanics in the fatal bullet barrage. They are accused of firing in the direction of a mass of students. Guilt, if it exists, will be determined later. Still untouched — perhaps unanswerable forever — are more critical questions. Were guardsmen dispatched to the scene with orders to fire? If so. who gave the orders? Why was a federal grand jury investigation deemed unnecessary when a presidential commission had concluded that the fatal shooting was “unnecessary, unwarranted and inexcusable”? Did the federal government have something to hide? Does it still? Wrongdoing not yet exposed lo indictment thus falls into two categories: triggering the violent response to student anti-war pro test and obfuscating the need for full investigation. Obviously, neither mystery is cleared by the indictments of eight men who had no choice but to be on campus, weapons in hand. Nevertheless, full daylight in the Kent State case is far more likely than it was in 1971 when then Attorney General John Mitchell ordered the case closed. By ordering the Kent State case reopened. Elliot Richardson eliminated the greatest danger: perpetual entombment of vital evidence. Now the justice department must avoid another hazard: tile temptation to stop investigating only at the rudimentary guardsman-puIls-trigger level. /sn t It the Truth? By Corl Riblet, |f. Every day I hat goes by somebody in government attempts to solve problems of city. state or nation by proposing a new law that takes away from the people some little bit of their liberty. Isn’t it strange that nobody ever seems to offer a law to save our liberty? “The wo rid never has had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one " —Abraham Lincoln, 1864 Interocfon Pi ess Syndicate By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON - Almost without public notice, the congress last week passed a watershed point. By this summer, if all goes well, a budget reform act will be in full operation, and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches will have been significantly altered. The watershed metaphor is remarkably appropriate. Geographically speaking, Washington’s river is the Potomac. Politically speaking, our river is power. For the past 40 years, first slowly and then in flood, this river of power has been channeled toward the White House. The movement began even before Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It continues to this day. Now-, with the budget reform act, some part of governmental power will begin to flow back toward the house and senate. The grow th of what Arthur Schlesinger has termed the “imperial” presidency was perhaps inevitable. Part of this massive trend of power toward the executive was the result of population changes and social demands. Our people People's forumNutrition freedom To Hie Editor: Reliable studies by the department of agriculture and the National Institute of Health have demonstrated that the diet of the average American does not provide all the nutrients needed to maintain optimum health. Because of this, many health-conscious people take food supplements. The Food and Drug Administration, despite overwhelming opposition by professional nutritionists and the general public, plans to severely restrict the availability of food supplements. If the EDA succeeds, many people will be forced to follow diets which they feel to be inadequate. In addition, many health food stores would probably be forced coit of business. Fortunately, Sen. William Proxmire of Wisconsin has introduced legislation which would prevent the EDA from carrying out its plans to limit sales of food supplements. Passage of this legislation is vital to everyone. It would essentially guarantee one’s freedom of choice in the area of personal nutrition. I urge everyone to write to our senators and ask them to support senate bill S.2801, the food supplement amendment of 1973. It’s our health. Ed Hartmann 5IK Seventh street SEVan Buren reunion? To the Editor: I am the one who wrote to The Gazette in February or early March, 1968, about the 50th anniversary of the group of 32 volunteers who left Cedar Rapids the night of July IO, 1918, for induction into different branches of the army at .Jefferson Barracks, Mo. As a result of that notice, the remaining members of our group still get together on July IO each year in good old Cedar Rapids for an annual reunion. For three years Mr. and Mrs. I^eo Rigel of airport road just east of the new highway overpass have been hosting the reunion and have arranged catering service. Also, Mrs. Rigel and her daughters have prepared and served homemade pies and James J. Kilpatrick became less rural and more urban, and the accelerating urbanization created accelerating problems. When state and local governments failed to cope with the problems, a host of federal agencies sprang into being. These agencies, dealing with welfare, medical care, housing, urban redevelopment, industrial safety, and environmental improvement, swiftly became entrenched in the broad field of government. The years since Roosevelt have seen other developments — space exploration, for example, and atomic power — that led to highly sophisticated federal agencies. The changing nature of warfare tended to vest greater authority in the presidency. Inflation sent all governmental costs soaring. Sen. Sam Ervin spoke out on the situation last month. In January, he said, when the budget for fiscal ’75 went to the Hill, it was ‘‘with a sense of helplessness” that congress contemplated the figures. This budget ‘‘breaks the $300 billion barrier, lifts the federal debt above the half-trillion mark, increases federal spending $36 billion above the amount first estimated for this year, requires $30 billion just to pay interest costs on the public debt, and delivers the 14th budget deficit in the past 15 years.’’ “At the rate the budget is growing," Ervin added, “it will exceed $400 billion during this decade. By the time the U. S. celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1976, the government will be spending more than $1 billion a day, with no letup on Sundays or holidays.” Congress, in Ervin’s view, has lost control. The White House effectively has decreed what will be spent and what will not be spent. And a congress “that cannot control spending, cannot effectively control the executive branch either." With approval last week of a budget reform act, the senate took a major step toward regaining congressional stewardship. The senate bill must be reconciled with a house bill, but the outlines of a new structure are clear. For the first time, the congress will have its own Office of the Budget. For the first time, the house and senate will fix their own spending levels, hor the iirst time, congress will operate with a comprehensive picture of revenues coming in and expenditures going out. The budget reform act is not as strong as some conservative observers had hoped for, but probably we hoped for ton much. As passed by the senate, the act is immensely encouraging. It lays a foundation on which future congresses can build additional barricades against executive power. True, the “imperial” presidency will not be deposed overnight, but if this aet works as its sponsors believe it w ill work, future Presidents will be something less than kings. Woshinoton Star Syndicate ‘We save our worst punishment for your type, comrade make you rich and famous exiles!1 we SiV* ut    tx "nr CVV/1 and cakes to the group, including some very near relatives of some of our departed buddies. So all of us really appreciate the item The Gazette ran for us early in 1968 Now the point comes up that there are some members of the 1914 sixth, .seventh and eighth grade classes of old Van Buren school now living in California or other states, or, like myself, here in Zephyrhills, Flu. Also there are still some in Cedar Rapids whit were in these throe classes together with the former Merrill Rowland (now Mrs. Earl N. Faith) and myself Even though Mrs. Faith now lives in Ventura, Calif, we have come up with the thought that we would like to organize a 60-year reunion of those three classes for this coming July in Cedar Rapids, sometime between July 12 and 20. I hope you can put some of these words on the editorial page so that if anyone is interested in this 60-year reunion of old, fun-loving Van Buren, our reunion could become a reality. Those interested should write to Mrs. Earl N. Faith, 6257 Clara, V entura, Calif. 93003, or to me. <hear () Bales 304 Sixteenth street Zephyrhills, Fla. 33599Garbage After you get it,    you ve had it Getting it all together gets you nowhere By Russell Baker WASHINGTON - English is a general language. To live it successfully, we must first get a good night’s sleep, then get up, get a bath, get shaved, get downstairs, get the papers, get breakfast and get the children off to school. All this presumes, of course, this being a family newspaper, that you will first get married, and then beget children, lf married, you have got to make breakfast conversation or, if you prefer the passive voice, breakfast conversation has got to be made. “Get a load of this,” you might say, reading something clever from the paper. “I don’t get it,” is a standard riposte, Inviting the retort, “Get with it!” At this stage you are in a classic getteral American situation. Language purists would say a classic gotteral situation. You’ve got trouble. Shall you get your gat? Get out of here! That can get you 20 years. Get off your high horse. Get smart. Get around it by saying, “Get off my back.” Or, “Get out of here and get me some money " With money you could get out from under, get in the swim, get over the hump, get away from it all. get yourself gloriously adrift on a sea of prepositions and jauntily cry to a world that is out to get you, “Hey, world, look! I am getting out from under iii over away on!" You’ve got it! Go-getters get the early bird. Stay-non-getters get got. "Get this!” (You are still at breakfast with ungatted spouse now.) “I am going to get mine, beloved. John D. Rockefeller got his and I’m going to get mine.” "John Dillinger got his, too." Get in the car, get to the job, get on the phone, get through to somebody who’s got plenty on the ball, get him in a good mood, get cracking, get results, get ahead, get a headache, get tired, get some gin, get the car, get in the car. get iii a traffic jam, get furious, get a cop’s dander up, get a ticket. Russell Baker John Dillinger got Ins. You got yours. Get home. “They got me today. Get the vermouth ” “Get your chin up off the floor.” “How can I get my chin up off when I can't get the main parts of me out from under? Get your head out of the clouds and get this: Eve got to get ready to get through to somebody who’s getting set to get into politics so I can get him on notice he’s not getting my vote unless he gets something done about getting this traffic ticket getted.” ( an you get away with it? Get back to earth! People who can't get away from it all can hardly expect to get away with it, because it is much easier to escape from than it is to carry with you. Get the martini pitcher, get happy, get through dinner, get another headache, get invited to assist a child’s understanding of how to subtract in base 13, resist the impulse to cry, "Get lost!", get lost in base 13, get children into bed, get television focused iii time to see Hamilton Burger get the wrong person for the murders of Getsworth Gelt and his rotten brother, Gotten. Get merry. It is getting on toward tomorrow and you have, after all, gotten through another day. Get your spouse in good spirits by getting witty. Tell her, “lf whoever got Gett and Gotten gets Getting before Perry Mason gets the right getter, nobody in America will ever tie able to communicate again." Spouse may reply, “Get your head together." Both should then get a good night’s sleep. Nf'w York limp* Servile To the Editor: The Cedar Rapids city management (mayor, director of personnel, et al) need a cram course on people management \ continuing program would be preferable. lf management is so em hauled with this new ordinance I would think they would revise it to read: “that any city official-employe, elected or appointed. shall forfeit his position and shall tie subject to immediate discharge from city employment . . . ” It appears the stale's special prosecutor wanted to change the rules to fit his conception of the law and the case at hand; and the mayor and council (one exception) acceded to his whims Perhaps the prosecutor felt he does not have a case and was attempting to make one? Or fishing.’ I ani sure there is a better way to determine what needs to be determined Perhaps a little more and better homework on the part of the special prosecutor and Cedar Rapids city council is in order? Too bad Canney, Phillips, Reims and Schaefer have to impose such an addr tional workload on the sanitation depart inent; I quote: “The ordinance is necessary to end the investigation and restore public trust in the police department.” What a load of garbage, this. John J Lieb 1630 First avenue NE. Apt. cBiblical streak To the Editor; Streaking is as old as the hills. While it may be popular, it is expressly condemned by God. The Bible has several instances of nudity, and most of them brought shame and judgment by God. Our ancestors, Adam and Eve, enjoyed unashamed nakedness until they sinned. God gave them coats of skins to cover their bodies. St. Paul prophesied that the time would come when humanity would undress in public. Man still loves himself more than God and is intensely proud of his own beauty. Noah got drunk on wine and alcoholism (willful sinning by my definition) and a curse was placed on Ham, his son, who saw his naked father. God takes nudity seriously. David, king of the children of Israel, looked upon the wife of Uriah, Bathsheba, while she bathed. Adultery was the result. Iii those days that was punishable by death. Today adultery is popularized David never forgot what he (lid. I i I Another fellow by the name of Sceva. a Jewish exorcist, tried to fake what St. Paul did. and the evil spirits came out of a possessed man and leajied on Sceva s seven sons. The evil spirits wounded the seven sons and they fled out of the house naked. There it is — streaking in the Bible. I he moral is Think before you streak. Richard M. Wallace 1135 0 avenue NVY Religious ad To the Editor Thanks so much for the full-page ad of "Jesus Christ Is Coming” (March 22, Church of the Foursquare Gospel). Many of us appreciate it very much. There are so many sad things and so much bad news these days. We know many people couldn’t help but see and read a full page in color. It would Im* great to have more of this. So mans need this promise of God for survival. We will also send 1 hunks to the Foursquare dos fie I church for this good proclamation . . Evelv ii W ay ma n Belle PlaineGood 93rd To the Editor: On March 19 I celebrated my 93rd birthday. I was surprised to receive congratulations from President and Mrs. Nixon. I appreciated the cards and flowers from my friends and relatives and especially the real birthday party with candles, c ake and coffee arranged by volunteers from Bethany Lutheran church. All of the residents here enjoyed the big cake my son, Marion P. Russo, brought for me. It was a great way to turn 93. Josephine Russo Greene Square Rest Home 519 Fourth avenue SEPolice rights To the Editor: I completely agree with Geraldene Conners letter in the People's forum, March 28. We should support our police department KIO percent — “They put their lives on the line for us” — protecting our rights. Why shouldn’t they have rights too? And I should know. My husband was a cop. L. Pointeek 512 Fifteenth street NE ;

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Arthur Schlesinger
  • Bethany Lutheran
  • Corl Riblet
  • Earl N. Faith
  • Elliot Richardson
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Geraldene Conners
  • Hamilton Burger
  • James J. Kilpatrick
  • John D. Rockefeller
  • John Dillinger
  • John J Lieb
  • John Mitchell
  • Josephine Russo Greene
  • Marion P. Russo
  • Perry Mason
  • Richard M. Wallace
  • Russell Baker
  • Sam Ervin
  • Van Buren
  • William Proxmire

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: April 3, 1974

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