Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 8, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., April S, 1974 Unusual Accord April 19 Adjournment Unlikely by Frank Nye publican Leader Clifton Lam-jizing 65-foot twin-trailer trucks last week's DOT DES MOINES In one "but use four-lane highways andjboth times it was their rare moments of not make bcfore others provided their des- ,her amendment erness this session, the Republican majority leaders of the legislature agreed Monday jEdgar Holden (R-Davenport) put jit this way: I "I'm shooting for April 19 but it is more realistic to think in I we'll j tination or origination point is in House Republican Leader Iowa. Present length is limited Clifton Lamborn they want to close down shop by April 19. But, they conceded, it prob- ably can't .be done until April 26. "I'm hoping to be out of here by April said Senate Re- terms of April 26. Surely be gone before May 1." Varley Agreed House Speaker Andrew Varley (R-Sluart) wouldn't set a date except to agree with Holden, saying, "I want to be out of here before May 1." One bill that could cause a hangup is the senate-approved measure creating a new depart- ment of transportation which the house was scheduled to resume debate on Monday. It appeared likely the house would add an amendment legal-1 to 60 feet. Livestock Trucks The amendment also would authorize an increase in live- stock trucks to 60 feet from 55. Edgar Holden The amendment actually was passed twice by the house in No Democratic Commitment On Gubernatorial Choice debate. B attached designed rewrite the entire DOT bill. An By Paula N. Quick DES MOINES (AP) The business of choosing a Demo- c r a t i c candidate to run against Republican Gov. Rob- ert Ray remained up in the air following the Iowa Demo- cratic Party's 99 county con- ventions. "The vast majority of dele- gates did not commit them- selves" to a gubernatorial candidate, said Richard Bender, assistant to Demo- cratic Party Chairman Tom Whitney, who couldn't be reached for comment. Bender said he was im- pressed with the apparent lack of time consuming roll call votes on issues at the bi- ennial conventions, describing their absence as "remarka- ble." Exact Vote He said roll calls indicate that an exact vote is needed on issues which generate strong feelings. He said he believed the lack of roll calls in many precincts was "positive" and showed a willingness by Democrats to "let's vote together." Black Hawk, Scott, Linn and Story counties were among those reported to have had no roll call votes. Delegates to the biennial conventions began hammering out a platform and elected delegates to the district and state conventions to be held May 4 and June 15. Statewide, a major thrust of Democratic politics is the no- mination of a candidate for governor. Seeking the nod to run against Republican Gov. Rob- ert Ray are William Gannon, Mingo, former Democratic leader of the Iowa House; Sen. James Schaben, Dunlap, Democratic leader of the Iowa Senate and Clark Rasmussen, West Des Moines, former Democratic state chairman. Edward Crawford, Des Moines, has filed for the no- mination, but Rasmussen said Sunday night that Crawford had been ruled ineligible. Gannon, Schaben and Ras- mussen have asked delegates to remain uncommitted before the primary election. Based upon preliminary reports from the county conventions, it appeared delegates were doing precisely that. Public ownership of all utili- ties, controls of strip mining, laws allowing mercy killing in cases where the patients suf- fer "intractable pain and irre- versible brain damage" were the hot issues in Scott county. Amnesty Unconditional amnesty for men who non-violently Op- posed the draft, the military 'or the war in southeast Asia, and the impeachment of Pres- ident Nixon were also central issues. The abolition of the elector- al college and a two-year term for governor were sup- ported in Buena Vista county. Unconditional amnesty for draft evaders and an anti- abortion amendment to the U. S. Constitution were defeated. Polk county delegates sought a platform opposed to 65-foot-long trucks, favored creation of a state department of transportation and a freeze on tuition payments at state- owned universities. Other issues at various con- ventions were: a law forbid- ding the history of a rape vic- tim to become evidence in a rape trial, and the free deter- mination by health care per- sr.nnel to assist in legal abortions. Dubuque county delegates supported a conditional am- nesty resolution and one to allow health care personnel to refrain from performing abor- tions if it involved a matter of conscience. Linn county delegates adopted resolutions to: de- criminalize all sexual activity between consenting adults in private; oppose the death pen- alty; eliminate the corrobo- rative witness clause in Iowa rape law; prohibit courtroom exploitation of the rape vic- tim's sexual lifestyle; and de- criminalize possession of marijuana for personal use. Farm Commodities The Linn county group also advocated the. impeachment of Nixon, a two term gover- norship, giving the terminally ill a choice of "Death with and unconditional amnesty. Democrats Have Edge In Campaign Check-Off s By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) The political campaign check-off on the state income tax is favoring Democrats over Republi- cans by about a two-to-one margin. State Revenue Director Donald Briggs reports of the in- come tax returns processed so far Ihis year lowans have designated that be set aside for the Democrats and for Republicans. The campaign finance disclosure law enacted by the gen- eral assembly in 1973 allows any lowan who pays more than in state income tax to contribute to the party of his choice. The comes from tax money already paid or due to be paid and does not change the amount of stale income tax owed or a potential refund. Briggs said the percent of lowans who designated on their income tax returns be given to state political parties is declining slightly. The initial reports, issued a month ago, indicated that out of returns processed 14.57 percent had signed the politi- cal check-off. Now, with returns processed, the percentage has dropped to 14.24. Supporters of the check-off, namely the lowans for the In- come Tax Checkoff, had hoped the publicity received a month ago would prompt more lowans to contribute to the two par- ties through this means. At that lime only iiad been contributed to both Republicans and Democrats through the check-off. Five statewide political organizations have joined together to form the group called "lowans for the Income Tax Checkoff." Groups involved arc Common Cause, Iowa Demo- cratic party, Iowa Women's Political Caucus, League of Women Voters and the Slate Republican parly. Top issues in Union county were: free movement of farm commodities, opposition to non-farm interests in farm businesses in order to avoid taxes; and the breaking up of conglomerates that interfere in the free enterprise system. Webster counly delegates defeated a proposal to prohi- bit 65-foot double-bottom trucks. However, they ad- vocated state laws to control the sale or distribution of 'ob- scene literature to minors, in- decent exposure and non- therapeutic abortions. In a resolution adopted over the weekend at the Woodbury county Democratic conven- tion, county Democrats se- verely criticized State Demo- cratic Chairman Tom Whitney and the state-Democratic cen- tral committee for scheduling the conventions on the first night of passover, the holiest of Jewish holidays. Permanent Rule The Woodbury county Dem- ocrats also asked the party to adopt a.permanent rule pro- viding that no caucus-or con- vention held at the precinct county, district or state level be held on any day that is ei- ther a national holiday or a day held to be holy or sacred to any religious faith. A spokesman for the Wood- bury County Democrats said that Jewish delegates were noticeably absent from the convention. Rasmussen said he thought the conventions indicated a "fantastic year for Democrat- ic witnessed by the enthusiasm of the dele- gates. He said now the "next two months" can be fully used to present the issues facing lowans. Gannon said he felt most delegates remained uncom- mitted for a gubernatorial no- minee "because they want to be" and said he also felt Dem- ocrats stand to fare well in the November elections. Ed Skinner of the Democrat- ic state central committee said the county conventions showed "unity and strength" among the party. He said the conventions showed that "we're away from being a party of person- alities" and said instead "issues will be discussed as issues." Schaben was not immediate- ly available for comment. in both eases those ani ments were beaten, taking tl truck section with them. But the truck amendment still alive to be added to th main bill if the house wants it. Lamborn, who favors Ion trucks, doesn't think the amen ment has any business being the DOT bill; that it should b handled separately. So 1: doesn't think the senate wi lake it even if the house make it a part of the main bill. Sacrifice DOT Gov. Robert Ray has indica ed he'll sacrifice his top-priorit Andrew Varley DOT bill if it has a long true amendment attached. The governor earlier this ses sion did veto a long truck bil and ihe legislature has not at tempted to override him. Holden said he think Lamborn and the governor ar bluffing; that they'll take the DOT with long trucks if such bill is sent to them. He noted that Lamborn had said the senale wouldn't take the house version of a bill giv ing public employes collectivi bargaining rights either. "But he Holden pointed out. House Version The senale approved the house version of the collective bargaining bill last Thursday and sent it to the governor. For his part, Lamborn said, "Long trucks have nothing lo do with this (DOT) bill. I'm not saying what the governor will do if he gets such a bill. But if I have anything to do about it I'm going to take that truck amend- ment out of the bill if it is in the one the house sends us." April 19 for adjournment? Well, April 26 at the latest. That's the word. Tractor Overturns, Illinois Man Dies SILVIS, III. (AP) _ Earl Wilde, 54, Hock Island, was killed Saturday when he was pinned beneath a tractor. Authorities said Wilde had been using the vehicle to ex- pand the parking lot at the Cliff Heights golf driving range he owned in Silvis when the tractor overturned. North Tama Teacher Pay Rates Hikec TRAER The North Tama board of education has movei to increase 1974-75 salaries fo all school system employes. The board increased basii salary for teachers from to and said 15 teacher al the top of the salary seal will receive an additional With annual increments, the teachers' increase will Iota and the board antici pated a total amount increase of for the coming year Of that total, will come from savings realized from the closing of Dinsdale school ant is based on the home version of a school aid pact nol yet passed by the legislature. Wages of five administrators Don Lenth, principals Neil O'Kones, Robert Clark, and Clarence Villont., and guidance counselor LaVeell increase a total of Lenth. Villont and Clark will receive an additional apiece anc :he others, Board secre tary Don Buffington received a raise of Extra-duty pay for teachers was raised as follows: heac coach of major sports to athletic director, instru- mental music, vocal mu- sic, minor sports coaches. 1550 each; speech instructor, 5450; junior high assistant :oaches, junior high track coach, newpaper adviser, 250; FHA adviser, club advisers, Custodians received except head custodian, Jliff Allen, who received All bus drivers, cooks, teach- ng aids, and other workers eceived raises, some on a flat ate and some on hourly wage chedules. legislative Notes by Frank Nye Busing Bill Opponents Get Their Say Tuesday Bus Hearing EARLY indications are that opponents of the controversial million appropriation bill to extend school bus trans- portation to nonpublic school students will dominate the public hearing scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the statehouse. Perhaps that's because proponents got their shot at it during a hearing at Wahlert high school in Dubuque March 30. Among those expected to appear against the bill are Dr. Paul Vance of Des Moines, representing the Parent-Teacher- Student Assn.; Dr. Ray Stenshad of Bettendorf, representing the Iowa Assn. of School Administrators; the Rev. Richard Bentzinger of. St. John's United Methodist church of Des Moines; the Rev. Kenneth Metcalf of Des Moines, a United Methodist district superintendent; Arlene Jens of Davenport, president of the Iowa branch of Americans United for Separa- tion of Church and State, Verlyn Hayes of Adel and State Sen. Joan Orr Opposition or no, it appears the bill is greased and will slide through in a jiffy once the hearing is over. D D D Scfiofoen's Billboards QENATE Democratic Leader James Schaben (D-Dunlap) ap- >J parently is the first governorship candidate out with bill- boards in this campaign. They carry this message: Jim Schaben Senate Democratic Leader for Governor "He'll tell it like it is" S. Tama Principal Quits After "Plea Bargaining" TAMA Donald Bachman 19, principal of South Tarn; County high school, resignei Friday night after three hour of "plea-bargaining" between attorneys for him and the schoo >oard. In an official statement, th board said, other specific rea ons for considering Bachman's ermination were resolved b; ils resignation. Sunday, Bachman said a pri ate hearing planned Friday light was never held, the pl Tuesday in South Tama on School Additions TAMA Voters in the South ama Community school dis- ict will decide Tuesday if the istrict issue in onds for additions to the senior gh school building in Tama nd the South Tama junior high uilding in Toledo. The addition to the senior hig ould be used for combination rades and" industry classes, vo ational agriculture classes am eneral classrooms. The junior high addition ould be a metal pre-fab build g to be located east of tin .ain building, and would in ude an industrial arts shop nd classroom. Polls will be open from 7 a.m 8 p.m. Tuesday. Supt. Jerry Nichols said resi ents of South Tama distric ave participated in developing e program and plans for the roposed additions. Why take our word ihat wan s work? Try one yourself all 398-8234. Home Grounds Management Courses Are Scheduled Cemetery Assn. Elects Officers Meyer was elected sexton of the Post- ville cemetery Saturday during the annual meeting of the Post- ville Cemetery Assn. He will be responsible for marking and selling lots, and overall responsibility for opera- tion of the cemetery. Eibert Jahncke was elected assistant sexton. Everett Cook and C. F. Larrf- mert were re-elected to (he cemetery board of trustees for three-year terms. Arbie Rose was re-elected president; Ralinda Lammert, vice-president, and Marvin Che- valier, secretary-treasure. Long-holding" FASTEETH" Powder, ft takes the worry out of wearing dentures. Evening classes in horn grounds management will be ol fered beginning this week in si: Gazette area communities. Th classes will be sponsored by th Kirkvvood Community colleg community education division. The classes are designed provide instruction in soils anc fertilizers, annual and pcrennia lowers, turfgrass seeding am sodding, fruit and vegetable Droduction and lawn utilization Classes will meet weekly fo three hours on the following schedule: Cedar Rapids Kirkwood campus, building C, 7 p.m. each Monday. Iowa Valley high school. Marengo, room 11, Tuesday eve ning at 7. Vinton Tilford school, room 12, 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Marion Linn-Mar high school, room 104, 7 p.m. eacl Wednesday. Washington Washington high school, 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Anamosa Room 140, Ana- mosa high school, 7 p.m. 'each You'll enjoy year 'round comfort with RUSCO WINDOWS and DOORS Order yours now for early installation 364-0295 515 8th Ave. SE. Thursday. There is a tuition fee. Registration will be at the first class meeting this week. Mel Essex, program chairman in horticulture at Kirkwood, said two other gardening-land- scaping courses will be offered in Cedar Rapids. An eight-week class in exterior decorating will meet for the first time Monday at 7 p.m. at Franklin junior bigh. The course will emphasize landscaping, plant materials and soils. A class in fruit and vegetable gardening will meet Monday evening at 7 in building E on the