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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Eapids Gazette: Tlmrs., AprU 18. 1971 Historic Iowa Session U.S, State Solons Meet Frank Nye DES MOINES Togeth- erness. That's what it was all about Wednesday afternoon when five-eighths of Iowa's eight member congressional delega- tion visited the legislature en- masse. But it almost didn't come off, due to an understandably eager group of members of the League of Women Voters of Iowa who, by happen- stance, were visiting the legis- lature Wednesday. The LWV delegation several months ago had set Wednes- day as its date to visit the legislature. It was only a few days ago that the congres- sional delegation accepted the invitation of Iowa law makers to start their "togetherness" series on April 17. After the five congressmen each took a five-minute turn addressing a joint legislative session and another trip to the rostrum to answer two ques- tions apiece, each was as- signed to a committee room to discuss the state's many prob- lems with legislators. Open to Public I But each of the five meet- ings was open to the public and that's where the LWV members came in. They moved into some of the committee rooms in such numbers that legislators were crowded out seats and at least one, Rep. Arthur Small (D-Iowa City) left one room a bit miffed that he didn't get to bring up questions. But nobody could blame the LWV members for they are more interested in government than most and here was their chance. So they asked questions about foreign policy and the defense budget when legisla- tors wanted to know how lines of communication between the state's congressional delega- tion and themselves could be strengthened so everybody could be working together for the state's best interests if, indeed, they can decide what they are. No Question There was no question but that all agreed a better under- standing could result if the "togetherness" meetings con- tinue on a periodic basis to the point where the legislative hand knows what the congres- sional hand is doing, and vice versa. U.S. Sen. Dick Clark, Marion, said problems legisla- tors and congressmen, could work on together included cooling down inflation, cutting governmental spending, reve- nue sharing, restoring con- fidence in government, full campaign disclosure, prob- lems of the elderly, energy needs, agricultural problems, women's rights, etc. Second district Congress- man John Culver, Cedar Rapids, spoke of the need to cooperate in getting accurate information about foreign in- vestments in the U.S. We're "working blind" today, Culver said, because it is difficult to get any data on the foreign investment trend. Need Program We must come up with an "enlightened and effective program to defend against penetration" by foreigners while keeping in mind that U.S. investments in foreign lands are estimated at 16 times more than foreign in- vestments in the U.S., Culver declared. Togetherness didn't carry all the way, however, for Con- gressman Wiley Mayne of the Sixth and Neal Smith of the Fourth district disagreed on when the 55 mph speed Emit will end. Smith said he foresees "re- laxation" of that limit "in another but Mayne ob- served "there's no chance the 55 mph limit will go off in the near future." Smith talked of the possible progress by working together on problems in every field of transportation. 1 Asked Cooperation Congressman Edward Mez- vinsky of the [First called for cooperation and togetherness to make sure Iowa receives its fair share of federal alloca- tions to the states. In the committeeroom ses- sions, each congressman an- swered questions for nearly an hour. Only U.S. Sen. Harold Hughes, Congressman H.R. Gross of the Third and Con- gressman William Scherle of the Fifth didn't appear. Hughes and Gross are not candidates for reelection. Culver's Idea The idea for the get- together was suggested some ten years ago by Culver. The legislative council, composed of 16 legislators, visited the congressional delegation in Washington last year. Early this session, Senate Republican Leader Clifton Lamborn (R-Maquoketa) and Senate Democratic Leader James Schaben (D-Dunlap) invited the congressional dele- gation to visit the legislature. A resolution was passed by both houses issuing an official invitation and it was accepted a few days later with the Wednesday meeting resulting. More meetings are planned in the future. Disappointed, Ray Still Wants Coal Bill By Randy Minkoff DES MOINES Gov. Robert Ray expressed keen disappoint- ment over the senate's action in defeating his million coal mine research project in its late Wednesday night session. by Mrs. Forest Johnson, Mcchanicsville Mary Ann Giese, 15, Durant, has her blood pressure checked by Nurse Linda Tou- row, Marion, in preparation -for a special Olympics competition this weekend in Cedar Rapids. Physical Exams for Students Brinegar at least by May 15. They are asking that the North Western railroad be des- 'gnated as the railroad to ,be jrought into service in 1974 under the Amtrak legislation Center Point May Vote June 4 on Bond Issue CENTER POINT The June 4 property on Main street for use primary election date has also been tentatively set as the date for a special election on the is- suance of in general obli- gation bonds to finance an addi- tion to the municipal building to house fire equipment. The date will be officially set May 8 after a public hearing at p.m. before the council con- cerning the non-zoning of resid- dential property and lot set- backs which will enable the structure to be built. At an environmental impact public hearing Wednesday night, the only objection raised was by a town councilman who said he felt the proposed build- ing would be out of date within 20 years, and there was no room provided for the mayor's and clerk's offices in the structure. Councilman Charles Ferguson said the proposed addition, while providing room for fire department vehicles and a 30- by-40-foot community room for town council and other group meetings, would soon he out- grown by the expanding munici- pality's needs. Sleeping Quarters Fire Chief Ed Gustoff said that within 20 years the eommu: nity room might have to provide sleeping quarters for full-time firemen, if either the communi- ty might grow rapidly, or con- solidation of fire districts is re- quired. But, Gustoff added, the de- partment is trying to keep costs down, and the 24 volunteer fire- men are donating their labor for finishing the interior work. Road Work In other action, the council accepted the bid of Prairie Roadbuilders, Inc., Oelwein and Hazleton, for to patch and seal-coat the Urbana road from Main street to the city limits. Three street lights will be placed on Trader and Iowa streets through an agreemenl worked out with the council and Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., and the council accepted the use of the Kenneth Andersen as a small park. The subject of oiling streets for summer dust control wai discussed, but the price of 38 cents per gallon of oil seemed to discourage the council. The topic was tabled, howev er, pending further information and price quotes. The council also approved the appointment of Viola McGinnis ;o the library board to fulfill the unexpired term of Mayor Eileen City, for improvements on Neenan. Mrs. Neenan had been Windham road in southern a member of. the library boan since 1959, but because of her elected duties had to resign :rom the board. The council will also hold a public hearing at p.m. on Way 8 to close an alley on Main street between State and Iowa streets. Outlook Bright for Rail Service in '75, lowans Find By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON, D. C. A move to re-establish the North Western railroad service through Cedar Rapids has "an outside chance this year, and (for success) a tremendous chance for backers of the effort said here Thursday. In the meantime, Bill Keith of Carroll, and Dr. Marvin Lhid of the Iowa development commis- sion, who are spearheading the drive with the aid of Rep. John C. Culver are ready- ing a formal application for reinstatement of the wanted Selection Soon Keith and Lind and a Culver aide, during a meeting here Wednesday with Amtrak and department of transportation of- icials, learned Brinegar will make the selection sometime in choice will be announced July 1. "We got a foot in the Keith told The Gazette after the meeting. "We have an outside train to be presented to Trans- Sen- (Robert) Taft (R- 3 o r t a t i o n Secretary Claude chance for this year and a tre- Rapids, Marshalltown, Ames, mendous chance for 1975. Ap- Can-oil, and Council Bluffs, to parently, Sen. (Robert) Taft (R- Granger, Wyo., where the City )hio) has made a very good of Los Angeles would head Johnson Board Votes Road Work IOWA Johnson county board of supervisors Thursday morning, by a vote ol two to one, authorized major improvements on 1.7 miles ol Dingleberry road in northeast Johnson county. Supervisor Robert Burns voted against the project. The section of the road to be improved is in Graham town ship and will cost approxi- mately In other action, the board ac- cepted the low bid of of Baker Construction Co., Iowa case for a train from Boston to Chicago via Cleveland. No Amtrak "Cleveland is the only major ity without Amtrak service." Keith said he and Lind are as- embling endorsements from ;overnors of the nine states along the .North Western route, and from interested Chambers of Commerce. He said the pro- moters already have written en- Johnson county. Supervisor Lorada Cilek an- nounced her resignation from the Johnson county regional planning commission. The supervisors appointed Su- pervisor Burns to fill the va- cancy created by her resigna- tion. Political Advertisement Political Advertisement PUBLIC INVITED FREE RECEPTION MEET MIKE He's WORKING His Way fo Congress APRIL 19 P.M. TOWN HOUSE T 4747 FIRST AVE. S.E., CEDAR RAPIDS FRIDAY OUR GUEST CONGRESSMAN BILL SCHERLE Paid for by FelJ for Congreii CommillaB, Barbara Hollingiworlh, treaiurer vhich provides for the addition dorsements from three govern- if one experimental route each ments and from several Chambers. Culver's office will work here he next four .to six weeks. His Angeles and the City of Port- comprise the North Western service, running from Chicago, via the Iowa communities of Clinton, Cedar enlisting support from senate and house- members from the states and districts along the route. Two Trains Two City of Los Mutn, and the City of Portland would head north. To strengthen his efforts to regain the train, Keith has founded: the Western Assn. of Railroad Passengers and col- lected more than signa- tures from would-be passengers. These petitions will be turned over to Brinegar along with a detail presentation de- tailing needs of the service. ONE 8x10 Portrait in Beautiful Color 88 HAVE IT TAKEN THIS WEEK BACK FOR MOTHER'S DAY All ages: Babies, children and adults. One sitting per subject. Additional sub- jects, groups or individuals in same fami- ly per subject. No proofs. Choose from finished professional- portraits (poses our You may select additional portraits offered at low prices. THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY APRIL HOURS: 18th: a.m.-8 p.m. 19th 20th: a.m.4 p.m. ARMSTRONG INFANTS-THIRD FLOOR quality is economy MECHANICSVILLE Twenty-seven special educa- tion students in Cedar county received physical" examina- tions recently at the Pioneer Medical Center here in prep- aration for participation in special Olympics Saturday. The students, who attend classes in Tipton, will com- pete in the East Central dis- trict special Olympics Satur- day at the Coe college field- house and the YMCA pool in Cedar Rapids. Each student may partici- pate in two events. Winners in the Coe event will be eligible to compete in the state contest May 7 in Des Moines. 30 YEARS AGO The housi abandonee plans for special legislation t force 4-F's into essential wai work through threat-of inductioi into the army and navy labo battalions. Holden also upper chamber I think there is so much po- tial in this proposal to.solve or help solve so many prob- aitacked the leadership for the governor said, even as he expressed the hope that the bill still can be passed on reconsideration. Ray said Iowa industry, which depends on natural gas, is going to lose that source of energy in four years and be at the mercy of coal operators in the cast unless the state does something to improve its own energy sources. Improve Landscape In addition to the possibility of finding new energy sources for industry, Ray said the research project also could result in im- proving Iowa landscape. ;I don't think the future is going to have any high marks tor those who don't think crea- tively on things like Ray said. It seems like every tune you submit a proposal that looks into the future, there is a great deal of hesitancy to accept it. "I don't think it is good plan- ning, wise, or sensible not to look into the future." Rift Developed A major rift tempted among Republican legislative leaders Wednesday night after the sen- ate defeated the appropriation. Senate majority leader Clifton Lamborn immediately filed a motion to reconsider the propos- al after the senators defeated the measure 26-23, but the maj- ority leader .said he was uncer- tain when he might try !to revive the bill if 'at all this year. "I'll have to see how things go when, if ever, I decide to do Lamborn said. However, house Republican Leader Edgar Holden said the lower chamber has no intention of considering the controversia bill and charged that senate passage would only "embarass'' G.O.P. members of the house. betraying a pledge not lo take up the legislation this session. Holden maintained the lead- ers from both chambers had agreed not to consider the legis- lation because it lacked ade- quate support for passage in both chambers. The. Davenport Republican said ihere was "no way" the house would consider the pro- suc- pas- posal, even if Lamborn ceeds in securing senate sage. But Lt. Gov. Arthur Neu, re- sponsing to Holden, eaid there was no agreement made on the measure and that the senate took up the proposal because it was one of the governor's chief joals. Never Sure He said that "we at no time !old the house we would not .ake it up." "We never were sure we had the votes on this bill said. "We never took a lead count and everyone was on iiis own." Senate Democratic Leader James Schaben moved to lay the motion to reconsid_er on the table which would, in effect, tiave prevented Republicans from passing the bill. The bill, drafted by State Ge- ologist Dr. Sam Tuthill and of- ficials of Iowa State university would have funded an experi- mental project aimed at finding ways to capitalize on the state's rast coal resources without inju- ring the land or environment. Demonstration Mine In addition, a commission would have been created to de- velop a demonstration coal mine to prove that Iowa's pock- ets of coal would be mined more economically. Included in the proposal is a provision to have the state "strip mine" coal rich areas and replace the land through a process of reclamation. 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