Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 6, 1974, Page 8

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa We shall overcome...’ UJI' Look before lopping Editorial Page Saturday, April 6, 1974 Easy gap to close CREDIBILITY 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 state office from his new residence district without relinquishing the post he holds already. State Rep. (from Pella) and state senate candidate (from Des Moines) Russell De long is the new case in point, on challenge by two Democratic party leaders. Turner’s version of the constitution on this matter flatly contradicts another ruling bv the Iowa attorney general in I DOR and still another by a subsequent at torney general as recently as 1M63. 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: ('(insistent with the constitution, any legislature can enact a law to cover problems such as this, spell out what must happen and erase all doubt about it. 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 to continue living there after his election as the district's representative. A simple legislative act could settle this on credibility's behalf in short order. Wm-or-e/se mania NOW THAT college athletics' frenzied recruiting season is fully underway, the names of hotshot school kids from Brooklyn, Chicago, Canton and other sports hotbeds will become household names. But the biggest headlines might go to 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, Hanford 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 Entrance Examination Board, lamenting the drive on campuses to be “number one!": 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 nonexistent |obs. Never one to await the press release, the monolithic Times dispatched its reporting crew to nail down names and places connected with recruiting improprieties. The result — 600-plus column inches, serialized March IO to 15 — is largely reportorial overkill. Nonetheless the prevalence of recruiting abuses is vividly exposed. For example, sports enthusiasts in Iowa (never mentioned in the expose) might be shocked to learn that several years ago, an oxer-zealous group of UCLA alumni pooled funds so that Bruin basketball players could collect $5 for every rebound cleared during games. The five-dav Times series alsoWay with words is amusing (widely recruited basketball player: “English is my most best subject''), and brimful with regional interest (University of Nebraska student: “You know something is amiss when the football stadium is the third largest city in the state on a home game day"). Eor animal lovers and racehorse fans, there is a mention of Secretariat, whose name surprisingly is used as a recruiting come-on for the University of Kentucky basketball program. In light of the recruiting irregularities exposed. Secretariat himself probably could land a scholarship somewhere if he could dunk a basketball or tote a football. Saddest part of the Times survey, 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 ride," 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 matter 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 suggests that the system is unalterable. After another round of crackdowns and suspensions bv understaffed NCAA investigators, college sports most likely will drift into their accustomed win-or-else rut the same way they have drifted there before. Ad wording bad By Theodore M, Bernstein NO UK!'. An .cl in the < olumbus (Ohio) Dispatch magazine showed a picture of a pretty blonde with a car behind her and carried this caption “You can win $32,000 and a Chrysler Imperial just like me.” Mrs Francis A Koehler of Jackson Ohio, writes that the* use* of the1 word me jolted her She* had a right to be jolted, but not just bv the word me The sentence is ambiguous The blonde didn t mean to say that the Chrysler resembled her, but that is what the sentence seems to imply. What she did mean, of course, is that “you can win a ( hrysler just as I did. and that is how the ad should have been worded But you know how ad people art* They try to sound as commonplace as possible. • More ad diction It is not unusual to see phraseology like this iii some types of advertising “You can save up to $50—and even more’ .lack Sharkey of Northbrook. Ill , who discovered an ad written that 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 $50“ you have established that figure* as the most tfiat can be saved When you go on to say “and even more ’ you have destroyed the ceiling you have previously set and substituted for it a vague one It makes no sense. • Wo rd oddities Less than two decades old is the word meritocracy, whic h is a coinage meaning rule bv the* intellectual class or bv those* most talented, ll is composed of merit meaning excellence, and -cracy meaning rule by. We could use* some of that. New YO th Times Syndicate Theodore M. Bernstein Livesaving loopholes People's forumToo slow To the Editor The* 23 rn p Ii speed limit posted on Council street NL between Blairs Ferry road and Bowman road has been bugging me for a long time. This is basically a nice paved country road, between mostly farmland and Northbrook It has no crossroads, no pedestrian traffic and no school c rossing. When this road was a muddy, full-of-c hue Tholes excuse of a road, there was no posted speed limit. So why the slow spree! limit now? The people in Northbrook have petitioned the city council to have the speed limit raised, but that apparently has been put in the* circular file. Another point rile* e xtension elf Council street north toward Robins recently has be*e*n improved. The first of the* year, the speed limit on that road was raised from 33 to 50. Now anyone* traveling south on the* Council stre*et extension comes up over the hill at 50 rn p Ii and has about IOO feet to slow clown to 25 Do you get the 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 mph is a realistic spe*e*el limit for that stretch of road? I don t. and neither do a lot of other people who traved Council strert e*very day to go to work Pearl Miessner Route* I. MarionGrateful To the Editor Resielents of Cedar Rapids have* proven once again that in spite* of our several internal problems, this is one of the very be*st communities in which to live*, work and raise a family They have* proven this as they have given freely of their time* and their talents in making the just-completed Iowa Kidney Foundation gift-of-lile march one* of the* most succe*ssful ever. To the 1.2IHI volunteer marchers in the ( edar Rapids-Marion anni who spent time away from their homes and families canvassing their neighborhoods, and to the thousands who opened their doors, hearts and pocketbooks that many of the nearly I (MI, 0(10 Iowans suffering from kidney ailments might receive the “gift of life*,” we* of the* Kidney Foundation ariel the thousands who will be*rn*fit offe*r a most profound and sincere thank-you Tom Eggleston, President Cedar Valley Chapter Iowa Kidney Foundation Box 279, Cedar RapidsDamnation To the* Editor After the* last two insane killings we are ready for the death penalty Maybe a few legislators and senators ought to say, “I pass.” considering statistics on al-coholic* driving on the* highway and the* slaughter of human beings there Can one slaughter be justifie*d over the* other? Society calls them sick What a devilish excuse*. (Joel calls them sinners and subject to eternal damnation A recent forum letter stated that we arc* .judging when standing up against sin One would have to be totally blind to the word of (aiel Judging is when we* don't know for sure the aet has been done. May In* some are so deep into it that they don't recognize it . Some sav it is their right to sin, yet every sin affects someone else. Pro Life is doing great in changing feelings, but they are subject to change as often as the* wind. Only Hod can change the heart The fear and love of Him will keep evil thoughts from the act. This nation has a bad case of the blind leading the blind, and I am sure* that w ith the* wickedness we placed upon it. one cannot cry out to God. don't we deserve hotter'’ Terry Palmer KUS Harold drive SFCheck them out To the Editor What is behind Watergate is a 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 fie in our government Yet could 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 tile cases have been discussed, argued, investigated and exposed until the cit -i/eiis use Watergate like a four-letter Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters Jane A us ten By Don Oakley IN 1970, according to Internal Revenue Service figures, Americans reported $806 billion in personal income. But more than half this sum—$485 billion—was untaxed. Dr. Roger A. Freeman, a senior fellow at Stanford university’s Hoover Institution 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 tax reform call for the elimination of many, if not ail. of these special provisions. Well-known tax critic Philip M Stern, for instance, advocates “abolishing all the preferences or loopholes for the unrich many as well as for the wealthy few .” Before Americans hop on the bandwagon in an effort to recover these untaxed billions, however, Freeman would remind them that, historically, many “loopholes” were written into the tax laws to benefit the “unrich many.” “Most of these tax differentials.” he says, “aim at providing greater equity 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 saki* of democracy Watergate has clearly shown us the* lac e* of dirty politics It has shown us that politicians are being bought off by big corporations, and that criminals have been advising the President. How can Americans support political parties or candidate's if they have already been bought off? How can a President be trusted who has had criminals to help and advise* him0 For the safety ut democracy. Watergate* and related cases must be* investigated as vigorously as possible* If not. it won’t be the* “plumbers ' or “( REEP that will suffer, it will be America Bruce Revers 2516 Worthington drive* sWSensible approach To the Editor Bravo on the* April I article by Roland Krekeler. a staff writer for your paper You have truly exposed your paper for what it truly is a gimmic k to sell papers When the city ordinance* was railroaded through with only one dissenting vote, that of the one councilman most knowledgeable of the* facts, denying the* policemen of this city of their constitutional 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 beeth honorable and a man of his conviction, they suddenly become “cops" “Judge (’an't Enforce Cop Quiz Ordinanc e*” I believe this to be an affront to the men we ask to 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 that no one in this community would condone anyone* hold- 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; exemptions for dependent children over 18 who qualify as students. Freeman agrees that special exemptions 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 threatened,” he says, “they will rise in wrath to defend their established benefits. What some regard as a ‘loophole’ is to others a birthright, an indispensable lifesaver and _ means of achieving tax parity with others Newspaper Enterprise Association mg a position of trust to be unworthy of that trust To deny them the same right as the criminal or the populace suspected thereof is certainly not an endorsement of that trust I have nothing but the highest regard for those who chose to employ every peaceable means to insure that the rights of all the citizens be protected and especially those with the intestinal fortitude and that of their commander to assure the protection of those rights to all This city was not without protection at any time, by the sheriffs department, national guard, etc. These men in blue are of greater character than that and should be commended, not condemned. for their action There are times when strong measures are necessary to awaken the populace to the situations in which we are not directly involved Congratulations to the gentlemen of the police department on their sensible approach to the* situation If this latest incident in any way easts reflection on compulsory arbitration for public employes, then count me out This letter i^ written as a personal observation. not in my capacity as directing business representative for the International Assn of Machinists and Aerospac e Workers But I am quite sure* it will reflect the* thinking of a great number of working people* in (edar Rapids Russell A Fisher 3224 f irst avenue NE LETTERS The Gazette s editorial page wet comes readers opinions, sub/ect to these Guidelines lenath limo AOQfwords One letter per writer every 30 day* All may be conden**d and ed'*ed without chanqinq meat* i aq Norte published anonymously Writer * telephone numbei nol printed:    should follow nome, address and readable handwritten signature to help authenticate Content* deal more with i**ue* and events than personalities No poetry That s where our money goes Lib forum yields ‘concensus’ By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON - Some 5(1 persons, most of them doctors of philosophy, met last month at a posh motel just across the river from Washington, for a three-day workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Education This was a part of the Washington Wonderland These were your tax dollars being spent The purpose of the workshop, according to an NIE press release, was “to help career counselors expand career options for men and women.” The press release was dated “Febraury 27,” which was perhaps an omen of things to 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 that at least 25 such inventories are now in use. These are 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. Does the person like auto repairing, laboratory work. sewing, farming, fighting fires? The results then are tabulated and interpreted, and the job seeker is advised to take up nursing, wrestling, shingling, or whatever The informational paper indicated that such inventories are not widely used. Interest tests “are 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 indicated that 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 commissioned in advance. Draft guidelines were prepared for dissection arid recommendation Professional consultants made all the* arrangements. ^ I James J. Kilpatrick On March B 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 It is hard to say. Thereupon the participants spent 2Mi days complaining to each other about sex bias in these interest inventories, and delivering themselves of recommendations for correcting this horrid situation They were unanimous in asserting that the ‘‘generic he” must be stricken from the English language Antecedent pronouns must be stated alternately as “he or she,” “her or his,” “he/she,” “s/he,” or simply “they”. All job titlc-s must be similarly cleansed of sexual connotation Inventories must be* purged of all references to mailmen, pressmen, chambermaids arid busboys. These should be replaced by letter carriers, press operators, lodging quarters cleaners and waiters’ assistants There was some dispute over whether rev ised tests should be described as “sexless.“ "non sexist,” “sex fair,” or “neutral.” But the* three* days appeared to produce general agreement on most jsnnts The workshop, thai is, produced a “concensus ” That is how some of (he writers, rapporteurs, and facilitators spelled it in a final summary This scholarly doc ument complained of a finding that “SD percent of vetinarians are men It spoke of “bone fide” attempts at improvement. It asserted that job title's must be* “sexually bivalent.” Muc h could be accomplished in an “interum” if test makers were “vigilent ’’ The author of a paper on legal issue's a bit foggily placed Judge Simon Sobeloff of the Fourth U. S. Circuit on the ll. S. supreme court. About all this solemn dumbshow accomplished was to provide a three-day forum for a group of radical feminists The workshop produced a fat sheaf of papers that will go singularly unread It cost the American taxpayers $H7,373. If anyone ever asks the American citizen where her or his money goes, tell him or her, ladies and/or gentlemen, this is where it goes. Washington Star Syndicate ;

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