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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ftttpitb Top winners in the fith annual Eastern Iowa Science fair at Washington high school were photographed Sunday afternoon follow- ing the judges' decisions. From left, Susan Yohn, 17, Muscatine, senior high biological; Tom Nelson, 16, Iowa City high school, senior physical; Elverna Vaske, 14, Linn-Mar, 1920 McGowan boulevard, Marion, junior high biological, and Kris Gregersen, 14, Muscatine, and Dave Conway, 13, of 290 Twenty-fifth avenue SW, Wilson junior high, tied for first in junior high physical science. Miss Yohn, Nelson and their teachers will receive expense-paid trips to compete in the International fair, May 5-11, at Notre Dame. Wirephoto Donald C. Alexander, com- missioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said Sunday no cause has been found for leveling a fraud charge against President Nixon in regard to preparation of income tax- returns. Wirephoto Telephoto Fight Massive Forest Fire A team of fire fighters from Acoma, N. M., Indian Pueblo battles a massive forest fire on the Lincoln National forest at Cloudcroft. More than 500 men manned fire lines while aircraft bombed the flames with fire retardant. Like their human counterparts, the married couple, these gulls seem to be involved in that age-old matrimonial pastime, a family argument. In any case, after a bit of fussing on a pier at Corpus Christi, Texas, the two calmly resumed their naps in the sun. Naval reservists were busy Saturday afternoon on a good- will cleanup project at 1105 Sixth street SE. On roof, from left, George Melichar, elec- trician, third class; Oswald Hinrich, SK3; Robert Cerney, FTM; Ray Spicher, HT1, and Marvin Schlichte, BM1. Other reservists not identified. The reservists were doing this to help out HACAP, also doing some interior painting at the HACAP building. A Vf W Determined Young Cub o Carrie Grossman, 8, is determined to remain a Cub Scout despite the opinions of Scout leaders who say she doesn't fit into the program. Carrie joined the Cub Scouts in the Dallas suburb of Coppel because she didn't get out of school in time to attend Girl Scout meetings. She won Bobcat and Wolf badges, but officials refused to give her the awards. The den's nine boys joined in Carrie's fight and refused to accept their awards. Now the American Civil Liberties Union says it will take up the fight. Postal Rate Increases Cut Down the Replies For Term Paper Notes By Art Buchwald WASHINGTON MEMO TO: Ellie Cobey, secretary From: The Boss Subject: Increase in postal rates Because of the recent increase in postal rates, we shall have to take some extreme measures in regard to answering mail. In the future we shall not be able to respond to any students asking us to write their term papers for them. While this may cause many of them to flunk their English, govern- ment and journalism courses, we can no longer assume the responsibility of answering their queries on the World Bank, the Social Security system, the NATO alliance and whether President Nixon sleeps in a nightshirt. We also must eliminate all questionnaires submitted to us by foundations and professors who are trying to find out how fair the press is in Washington. And furthermore, we can no longer answer magazine writers who are doing surveys on the state of the nation for which they -are getting large fees which they refuse to share with us. Anyone disagreeing with us, no matter how literate their letters, can no longer ex- pect a response. Also, we can no longer explain the column to those who misread it. If they don't get it right the first time, it is no longer our problem. iVo tteturn As you are aware, one of the major sources of our mail is people who have ideas or manuscripts that they are willing to give us free of charge. In the past we have returned the con- tributions with a nice note saying they should submit them to Russ Baker at The New York Times who always likes to hear from strangers. But now, with the 2 cent rate hike in surface mail, we will be unable to even do that. Baker will be mad at us, but we have to be tough. I also feel we can no longer answer people who are pray- ing for my soul. As you know, we get 20 to 30 letters each week from people who believe that I'm on my way to hell, if I'm not there already. In the past, we've thanked people who were praying for me on the chance that it might do some good. But now I'd rather have the postage instead. You have always insisted on answering letters from Wo- men's Liberation readers who feel my pieces are filled with male chauvinist remarks. Let's forget about apologizing to them. If we make an exception for Women's Lib, we will also have to answer letters from the National Rifle Assn., the Daughters of the American Revolution, the junk mail lobbyists and the American Petroleum Institute. If they are willing to continue to write to us after the postal hikes, I say great. But they must understand our budget can no longer guarantee a response. ignore Photo by John Mclvor All requests for political fund-raising drives are to be ig- nored, as well as invitations to attend foreign diplomatic receptions for ministers of finance and agriculture. As a further economy, we will no longer respond to people who want to know how they can break into the newspaper business, preferably to write a column such as mine. In spite of these harsh restrictions I am happy to tell you we will still continue to answer letters praising us for our fine work, and those citing particular articles that they have en- joyed. Any letter that is considered the least bit favorable must be given a reply, in the hopes that the writer will send another one. In spite of the extra 2 cents, I consider this a worthwhile investment. One more thing. Any passionate love letters should not be replied to unless they have an enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope. Copvrloht 1 Los Angeles Times
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