Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 6, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Editorial Page Saturday. April 6, 1974 Easy gap to close 'We overcome...' pREDIBILITY problem? Examine a new one: Iowa Attorney General Richard Turner has ruled that a state legislator doesn't have to keep on living in the district that elected him, in order to stay qualified for his elective post: He can move outside the district and sign up as a candidate for another stale of- fice from his new residence dis- trict without relinquishing the post he holds already. State Rep. (from Fella) and state senate candidate (from Des Moines) Russell DeJong is the new case in point, on challenge by two Democratic party leaders. Turner's version of the consti- tution on this matter flatly con- tradicts another ruling by the Iowa attorney general in 1906 and still another by a subsequent at- torney general as recently as Which attorney general of Iowa should everyone believe? The constitution may leave room for argument in legal terms about this sort of situation. There is nothing vague, though, about another legal point: Consistent with the constitution, any legisla- ture can enact a law to cover problems such as this, spell out what must happen and erase all doubt about il. The logic of the case at hand suggests that if a person has to live within the district he would represent before he can run for election, the person should be obligated In continue living there after his election as the district's representative. A simple legisla- tive act could settle this on credibility's behalf in short order. -or-else mania NOW THAT college athletics' frenzied recruiting season is fully underway, Ihe names of hotshot school kids from Brooklyn, Chicago, Canlon and other sports hotbeds will become household names. But the biggest headlines might go lo an older man, George Hanford, leader of an academic task force just wrapping up a six-month pilot study of college sports. According to an 11-man New- York Times reporting team, Han- ford and colleagues have enough evidence to make the scandal-ripe sports scene burst open like a bulging persimmon. Here is Hanford, executive vice-president of the College En- trance Examination Board, lamenting the drive on campuses to be "number "Because winning depends so much on material, the unethical recruiting and subsidy of the able young athletes continues to intensify. It prompts recruiters to falsify transcripts, coaches to get grades for their athletes in courses they never attended, alumni to give star quarterbacks automobiles and athletic departments to use work-study funds to pay athletes for sham or non- existent jobs." Never one to await the press release, the monolithic Times dispatched its reporting crew to nail down names and places con- nected with recruiting improprie- ties. The result fiOO-plus column inches, serialized March 10 to 15 is largely reportorial overkill. Nonetheless the prevalence of recruiting abuses is vividly ex- posed. For example, sports enthusiasts in Iowa (never mentioned in the expose) might be shocked to learn that several years ago, an over- zealous group of UCLA alumni pooled funds so that Bruin basketball players could collect for every rebound cleared during games. The five-day Times series also Way with words By Theodore M. Bernstein NO LIKE. An ad in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch magazine showed a picture of a pretty blonde with a car behind her and carried this caption: "You can win and a Chrysler Imperial just like me." Mrs. Francis A. Koehler of Jackson, Ohio, writes that the use of the word me ".jolted" her. She had a right to he jolted, but not just by the word me. The sentence is am- biguous. The blonde didn't moan to say that the Chrysler resembled her, but that is what the sentence seems to imply. What she did mean, of course, is thai "you can win a Chrysler just as I and that is how the ad should have been worded. But you know how ad people are: They try to sound as commonplace as possible. More ad-diction. It is not unusual to see phraseology like this in some types of advertising: "You can save up to even Jack Sharkey of Norlhbrook, 111., who discovered an ad written lhal way, sent it in with the comment that wording of that sort sets a double upper limit. He is right. When you say "up to Srill" you have established that figure as the most lhal can be saved. When you go on lo say "and even more" you have des- troyed the ceiling you have previously set and substituted for it a vague one. It makes no sense. Word oddities. Less than two decades old is the word meritocracy, which is a coinage meaning rule by the intellectual class or by those most talented. It is composed of merit, meaning excellence, and -crocy. meaning rule by. We could use some of that. Now York Timos Svnrlicoit Theodore M. Bernstein took before lopping Livesaving loopholes By Don Oakley IN 1970, according to Internal Revenue Service figures, Americans reported billion in personal income. But more than half this untaxed. Dr. Roger A. Freeman, a senior fellow at Stanford university's Hoover Institu- tion on War, Revolution and Peace and author of numerous books in the field of public finance, compared the current tax laws with a huge sieve. They let half of what is supposed to be collected slip away through "loopholes" special provisions, exclusions, exemptions and deductions which whittle down taxable income. Some proponents of lax reform call for the elimination of many, if not all, of these special provisions. Well-known tax critic Philip M. Stern, for instance, ad- vocates "abolishing all the preferences or loopholes for the unricli many as well as for the wealthy few." Before Americans hop on the band- wagon in an effort to recover these tin- taxed billions, however. Freeman would remind them that, historically, many "loopholes" were written into the tax laws to benefit the "unricli many." "Most of these tax he says, "aim at providing greater equity among taxpayers by taking into account differing circumstances and offering relief for hardships. They also serve to provide incentives to taxpayers to engage in or enlarge activities which are held to be desirable as a matter of public policy." To name only a few of those that benefit middle- and lower-income families: Interest on mortgage payments; interest on consumer loans; finance charges on credit purchases; property taxes; state and local income, sales and gasoline taxes; deferred profits on sale of a residence; medical payments; alimony payments; exemp- tions for dependent children over 18 who qualify as students. Freeman agrees that special exemp- tions which benefit only a small number of taxpayers should be repealed, but cautions against wholesale repeal of the present provisions which would affect millions of middle- and lower-income families. "When these people see their existing privileges he says, "they will rise in wrath to defend their es- tablished benefits. What some regard as a 'loophole' is to others a birthright, an indispensable lifesaver and a means of achieving tax parity with others." Newspooer Enterprise Association is amusing (widely recruited basketball player: "English is my most best and brimful with regional interest (University of Nebraska student: "You know something is amiss when the football stadium is the third lar- gest city in the slate on a home game For animal lovers and racehorse fans, there is a mention of Secretariat, whose name surprisingly is used as a recruit- ing come-on for the University of Kentucky basketball program. In light of the recruiting irregularities exposed, Secre- tariat himself probably could land a scholarship somewhere if he could dunk a basketball or tote a football. Saddest part nf the Times sur- vey, in our opinion, is a sidebar feature on the financial travails of the brainy nonathlete. While star athletes are barnstorming dozens of campuses to see-which offers the best "full thousands of the nation's best scholars must incur massive financial debt to reach college. That, naturally, is one of the major concerns of George Hanford and his investigatory task force. Hope springs eternal that no mat- ter how long the job takes, a housecleaning in college athletics can be managed and a balance between athletics and academics achieved. One intriguing proposal is to establish a professional) league of college teams and stop requiring that players be students. Unfortunately, however, the cyclical 50-year-plus history of scandal in college athletics sug- gests that the system is unalter- able. After another round of crackdowns and suspensions by understaffed NCAA investigators, college sports most likely will drift into their accustomed win- or-else rut the same way they have drifted there before. People's forum Too slow The 25 m.p.h. speed limit posted on Council street between Blairs Kerry road and Bowman road has been bugging me for a long lime. This is basically a nice paved country road, between mostly farmland and Northbrook. II has no crossroads, no pedestrian traffic and no school crossing. When this road was a muddy, full-of- chuckholcs excuse of a road, there was no posted speed limit. So why the slow speed limit now? The people in Norlhbrook have petitioned the city council to have the speed limit raised, but that ap- parently has been put in Ihe circular file. Another point: The extension of Council street north toward Robins recently has been improved. The first of the year, the speed limit on that road was raised From 35 to 50. Now anyone traveling south on the Council street extension comes up over the hill at 50 m.p.h. and has about 1011 feet to slow down to 25. Do you get tin- picture? A stranger traveling that road would be nailed for speeding before he had time to slow down safely. Under those conditions, do the safety commissioner! and traffic engineer think 25 m.p.h. is a realistic speed limit for that stretch of road? I don't, and neither do a lot of other people who travel Coun- cil street every day to go to work. Pearl Miessner Route 1. Marion Grateful Ihe Editor: Residents of Cedar Rapids have proven once again that in spite of our several internal problems, this is one of the very best communities in which to live, work and raise a family. They have proven Ibis as they have given freely of their lime and their talents in making Ihe just- completed Iowa Kidney Foundation gift- of-life march one of the most successful ever. To Ihe volunteer marchers in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area who spent time away from their homes and families canvassing their neighborhoods, and lo the thousands who opened their doors, hearts and pockctbooks that many of the nearly 100.001) lowans suffering from kidney ailments might receive the "gift of life." we of the Kidney Foundation and the thousands who will benefit offer a most profound and sincere thank-you. Tom F.ggleston, President Cedar Valley Chapter Iowa Kidney Foundation Box 279, Cedar Rapids Damnation To the Editor: After the last two insane killings we are ready for Ihe death penalty. Maybe a few legislators and senators ought to say. "I considering statistics on al- coholic driving on the highway and the slaughter of human beings there. Can one slaughter be justified over the other? Society calls them sick. What a devilish excuse. God calls them sinners and sub- ject to denial damnation. A recent forum letter slated that we are judging when standing up against sin. One would have to be totally blind lo I hi) word of God. Judging is when we don't know for sure the act has been done. Maybe some arc so deep into it that Iliey don'l it... Some say il is their right to sin, yel every sin affects someone else. Pro Life is doing great in changing feelings, but Ihey are subject to chiuige as often as the wind. Only God can change Ihe heart. The fear and love of Him will keep evil thoughts from the act. This nation has u bad case of the blind leading the blind, and I urn sure that with the wickedness we placed upon it, one cannot cry out to Cod. don't we deserve better? Terry Palmer Harold drive SE Check them out To the Editor: What is behind Watergate is u question that has been on my mind constantly since the beginning of this year. I wonder if President Nixon is guilty of obstructing justice in the Watergate cover-up I wonder how many criminals could be in our government. Yel coulcl the whole thing be only an effort by politicians to destroy each other by scandal? I wonder. Because of the gigantic system of media that this country has, both sides of the cases have been discussed, argued, investigated and exposed until the cit- izens use Watergale like a four-letter Insights Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters. Jane Austen word. Investigations continue because no one can make a judgment without getting lost in a jungle of tapes, testimonies and secret election contributions, the number of which staggers the mind. Yet they must continue for the sake of democracy. Watergate has clearly shown us the face of dirty politics. II has shown us that politicians are being bought off by big corporations, anil that criminals have been advising the President. How can Americans support political parties or candidates if they have already been bought off? How can a President be trusted who has had criminals to help and advise him? For the safety of democracy, Water- gate and related cases must be inves- tigated as vigorously as possible. If not. it won't be the "plumbers" or "CREEP" that will suffer, it will be America. Bruce Rovers Wurlhinglun drive 'Sensible approach' To the Editor: Bravo on the April 1 article by Roland Krekeler, a staff writer for your paper. You have truly exposed your paper for what it truly is: a gimmick to sell papers. When the city ordinance was railroaded through with only one dissenling vote, lhal of the one councilman most knowledgeable of the facts, denying the policemen of this city of their constitu- tional right, they were referred to as policemen who had contracted "blue flu." Now that they have been exonerated, at least temporarily, by a judge who is both honorable and a man of his conviction, they suddenly become "Judge: Can't Enforce Cop Quiz I believe this lo be an affront to the men we ask lo protect us daily and nightly. These men also arc taxpayers and have families who anxiously await their return from a tour of duty. I am quite sure lhat no one in this community would condone anyone hold- ing a position of trust to be unworthy of that trust To deny them the same right as the criminal or the populace suspected (hereof is certainly not an endorsement of that trust. I have nothing but the highest regard for those who chose lo employ every peaceable means lo insure lhat the rights of all the citizens be pro- tected and especially those with the intestinal fortitude and that of their commander to assure the proteclion of (hose rights to all. This city was not without protection at any time; by the sheriff's department, national guard, etc. These men in blue are of greater characler than that and should be commended, not condemned, for their action. There are limes when strong measures arc necessary to awaken the populace to the situalions in which we are not directly involved. Congratulations to the gentlemen of the police department on their sensible approach to the silualion. If this latest incident in any way casts reflection on compulsory arbitration for public employes, then count me out. This letter is written as a personal observa- tion, not in my capacity as directing business representative for the Interna- tional Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. But I am quite sure it will reflect the thinking of a great number of working people in Cedar Rapids. Russell A. Fisher 11224 First avenue NE LETTERS The Gazette's editorial page wel- comes renders' opinions, subfecf fo these auidelines: Length limit: One letter per writer every 30 days. All may be condensed and edited without changing meaning. Nona published anonymously. Writer's telephone number {not printed) should follow name, address and readable handwritten signature to help authenticate. Contents deal more with issues and" events than personalities. No poetry. That's where our money goes By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON Some 50 persons, .nost of them doctors of philosophy, met last month at a posh motel just across Ihe river from Washington, for a three-day workshop sponsored by the National Institule of Education. This was a part of the Washington Wonderland. These were your lax dollars being spent. The purpose of the workshop, accord- ing lo an NIE press release, was "to help career counselors expand career options for men and women." The press release was dated "Febraury which was perhaps an omen of things lo come. As the release made clear, the more specific purpose was to examine sex bias and sex fairness in "career interest inventories." An informational paper advised the participants lhal al least 25 such inven- tories arc now in use. These arc tests, in a lay person's word, intended to discover occupational aptitudes. The male or female who is thus inventoried is asked to express his or her preference for various jobs. Docs Ihe person like auto repairing, laboratory work, sewing, farming, fighting fires? The results then are tabulated and in- terpreted, and the job seeker is advised to lake up nursing, wrestling, shingling, or whatever. The informational paper indicated that such inventories arc nof widely used. Interest tests "arc not part of the required tests in most local guidance programs." One survey found that only 12 percent of the public school systems were using such tests. Another survey forum yields 'concensus' indicated lhat only 7 percent of the private-parochial schools were using them. A bemused lay person, reading this paper, might have wondered why the workshop was held at all. Nevertheless, the workshop was held. Six months of planning went into it. Eleven working papers were commis- sioned in advance. Draft guidelines were prepared for dissection and recommen- dation. Professional consultants made all the arrangements. James J. Kilpatrick On March 6 the participants arrived. After a general session and a coffee break, they divided into nine separate task forces, each with a chairperson, a facilitator, a writer, and a rapporteur. Or perhaps there was only one rapporteur. II is hard lo say. Thereupon the participants spent Vfa days complaining to each other about sex bias in these interest inventories, and delivering themselves of recommenda- tions for correcting this horrid situation. They were unanimous in assorting (hat Ihe "generic he" must be stricken from the- English language. Antecedent pronouns must be stated alternately as "ho or "her or or simply All job lilies must be similarly cleansed of sexual connotation. Inven- tories must be purged of all references to mailmen, pressmen, chambermaids and busboys. These should be replaced by letter carriers, press operators, lodging quarters cleaners and waiters' assis- lanls. There was some dispute over whether revised tests should he described as "sex or "neutral." But the three days appeared to produce general agreement on most points. The workshop, that is, produced a "concensus." That is how some of the writers, rapporteurs, and facilitators spelled it in a final summary. This scholarly document complained of a finding that "80 percent of vetinarians are men." It spoke of "bone fide" at- tempts at improvement. It asserted that job titles must be "sexually bivolent." Much could be accomplished in an "interiim" if test makers were "vigilent." The aulhor of a paper on legal issues a bit foggily placed Judge Simon Sobeloff of the Fourth U. S. Cir- cuit on the U. S. supreme court. About all this solemn dumbshow ac- complished was to provide a three-day forum for a group of radical feminists. The workshop produced a fat sheaf of papers lhat will go singularly unread. It cost the American taxpayers If anyone ever asks the American citizen where her or his money goes, tell him or her, ladies gentlemen, this is where II goes. Woshlnolon Star Syndlcoto ;