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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., April IR, 1971 Historic Iowa Session U.S., State Solons Meet Frank Nye DES MOINES - Togetherness. That’s what it was all about Wednesday afternoon when five-eighths of Iowa’s eight member congressional delegation visited the legislature enmasse. 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 happenstance, were visiting the legislature Wednesday. The LWV delegation several months ago had set Wednesday as its date to visit the legislature. It was only a few days ago that the congressional 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 questions apiece, each was assigned to a committee room to discuss the state’s many problems with legislators. Open to Public !    ! But each of the five meetings 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 of 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 legislators wanted to know how lines of communication between the state’s congressional delegation 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 continue on a periodic basis to the point where the legislative hand knows what the congressional hand is doing, and vice versa. U.S. Sen. Dick Clark, Marion, said problems legislators and congressmen could work on together included cooling down inflation, cutting governmental spending, revenue sharing, restoring confidence in government, full campaign disclosure, problems of the elderly, energy needs, agricultural problems, women’s rights, etc. Second district Congressman John Culver, Cedar Rapids, spoke of the need to cooperate in getting accurate information about foreign investments 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 investments in the U.S., Culver declared. Togetherness didn't carry all the way, however, for Congressman Wiley Mayne of the Sixth and Neal Smith of the Fourth district disagreed on when the 55 mph speed limit will end. Smith said he foresees “relaxation” of that limit “in another year,” but Mayne observed “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. Asked Cooperation Congressman Edward Mez-vinsky of the First called for cooperation and togetherness to make sure Iowa receives its fair share of federal allocations to the states. In the committeeroom sessions, each congressman an swered questions for nearly an hour. Only U.S. Sen. Harold Hughes, Congressman H.R. Gross of the Third and Congressman 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 Lambom (R-Maquoketa) and Senate Democratic Leader James Schaben (D-Dunlap) invited the congressional delegation 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 Holden also attacked the upper chamber leadership for betraying a pledge not to take up the legislation this session. Holden maintained the leaders from both chambers had agreed not to consider the legislation because it lacked adequate support for passage in both chambers. The Davenport Republican said there was “no way” the house would consider the proposal, even if Lambom succeeds in securing senate passage. But Lt. Gov. Arthur Neu, re- —Photo by Mrs. Forest Johnson, Mechanicsville 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 Outlook Bright for Rail Service in '75, Iowans Find By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON, D. C. — A move to re-establish the North Western railroad service through Cedar Rapids has “an outside chance (for success) this year, and a tremendous chance for 1975,” backers of the effort said here Thursday. which provides for the addition |dorsements from three govern-of one experimental route eachjments and from several year.    ;    Chambers. Selection Soon    Culver’s    office    will work here trict Keith and Lind and a Culver aide, during a meeting here Wednesday with Amtrak and department of transportation officials, learned Brinegar will enlisting support from senate and house members from the states and districts along the route. Two Trains Center Point May Vote June 4 on Bond Issue In the    meantime,    Bill    Keith    of make the    selection sometime in    Two trains—the City of Los Carroll,    and    Dr.    Marvin Lind    of the next four to six weeks. His    Angeles and the City of Port- the Iowa development commis-1 choice will be announced July I. < land—would comprise the sion, who are spearheading the “We got a foot in the door,” North Western service, running drive with the aid of Rep. John Keith told The Gazette after the from Chicago, via the Iowa C. Culver (D-Iowa), are ready- meeting. “We have an outside communities of Clinton, Cedar ing a formal application for chance for this year and a tre- Rapids, Marshalltown, Ames, reinstatement of the wanted mendous chance for 1975. Ap- Carroll, and Council Bluffs, to train to be presented to Trans- parentis Sen. (Robert) Taft (R- Granger, Wyo., where the City intQ p o r t a t i o n Secretary Claude Ohio) has made a very good of Los Angeles would head Brinegar at least by May 15. case for a train from Boston to south, and the City of Portland They    are asking that    the Chicago via Cleveland.    would    head north. No Amtrak    To    strengthen his efforts    to “Cleveland is the only major 1 regain the train, Keith    has city without Amtrak service.” founded the Western Assn. of Keith said he and Lind are as-'Railroad passengers and col-sembling endorsements from lected more than 70,000 signa-governors of the nine states tures from would-be passengers, along the    North Western route,|    These petitions will be and from    interested Chambers.    turned over to Brinegar along of Commerce. He said the pro- with a detail presentation de-10WA CITY—The Johnson moters already have written en-tailing needs of the service, county    board of supervisors!    — Thursday morning, by a vote of i By Randy Minkoff ‘ des MOINES - Gov. Robert Ray expressed keen disappointment over the senate s action in defeating his $5.5 million coal mine research project in its late Wednesday night session. “I think there is so much potential in this proposal to solve or help solve so many problems,” 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 sponsing to Holden, said there of coal operators in the east W as no agreement made on the unless the state does something measure and that the senate to improve its own energy took up the proposal because it purees.    was one of the governor’s chief Improve Landscape    goals. In addition to the possibility of    Never    Sure finding new energy sources for sa | d ^at ** we a t no time industry, Ray said the research to j d the house we would no t project also could result in im- j a ^ e d U p >• proving Iowa landscape    , <We    never    wGre    sure    we had I don’t think the future is ^ vQtes Qn ^ anyway/* going to have any high mar \s sa j d ,,^ e never took a for those who dont thinkere a- ^ ^ count an(J evervone was on j tively on things like this,” Ray ^ Qwn „ Hit seems Uke every time you Senate    “ submit a proposal that looks James Schaben moved to a. limo the future there is a great the motion to reconsider on the deal of hesitancy to accept it. table u “I don’t think it is good plan-!have prevented Republican ning, wise, or sensible not to from passing the bill. look into the future.”    The bill, drafted by State Ge- ^    .    .    ologist    Dr. Sam Tuthill and of- Develope    Ificials    of Iowa State university A major rift erupted among would have funded an experi-Republican legislative leaders mental project aimed at finding Wednesday night after the sen- ways to capitalize on the state’s ate defeated the appropriation. vast coa i resources without inju-Senate majority leader Clifton r j n g t he j and or environment. Lamborn immediately filed a    .    ..    ... ■.    Demonstration    Mine motion to reconsider the proposal after the senators defeated In addition, a commissaon the measure 26-23, but the maj- would have been created to de-ority leader said he was uncer- velop a demonstration coal tain when he might try to revive    mine to prove that Iowa's pock- the bill — if at all this year.    ets of coal would be mined “I’ll have to see how things go    more economically, when, if ever, I decide to do it,”i Included in the proposal is a --Lamborn said.    (provision to have the state 30 YEARS AGO The house However, house Republican “strip mine’’ coal — rich areas military committee    abandoned    Leader Edgar Holden said the    and replace the land through a plans    for special    legislation    to    lower chamber has no intention    process of reclamation. The force 4-F’s into essential war of considering the controversial coal washed at various locations work through threat of induction bill and charged that senate to remove any sulphur content MECHANICSVILLE Twenty-seven special education students in Cedar county received physical examinations recently at the Pioneer Medical Center here in preparation for participation in special Olympics Saturday. . The students, who attend classes in Tipton, will compete in the East Central dis-special Olympics Satur day at the Coe college field-house and the YMCA pool in Cedar Rapids. Each student may participate in two events. Winners in the Coe event will be eligible to compete in the state contest May 7 in Des Moines. the army and navy labor passage would only "embarass” which is battalions.    G.O.P. members of the house. the air. a prime pollutant of North Western railroad be designated as the railroad to be brought into service in 1974 j under the Amtrak legislation Johnson Board Votes Road Work Ste CENTER POINT —The June 4 property on Main street for use     two    one ’    aphorized    major primary election date has also! as a small park.    improvements on 1.7 miles of been tentatively set as the date The subject of oiling streets Gingleberrv road in northeast for a special election on the is-1for summer dust control was! Jo ^ nson count y- suance of $45,000 in general obli- 1 discussed, but the price of 38    Supervisor    Robert    Burns gation bonds to finance an addi-'cents per gallon of oil seemed to    ' 0 ?     a k aias ® projec • ..    .    .    .    , ....    .    L. r °    The    section    of    the    road    to    be tion to the municipal building to discourage the council.    improved is in Graham townhouse fire equipment.    : The topic was tabled, howev- 1 ship and will cost approxi- TTie date will be officially set .er, pending further information mately $30,000. May 8 after a public hearing at ;in d P r i ce quotes.    *    *    * 7:30 p.m. before the council con- The council also approved the In other action, the board accenting the non-zoning of resid- appointment of Viola McGinnis cepted the low bid of $129,641.77 dential property and lot set- to the library board to fulfill the of Baker Construction Co., Iowa backs which will enable the unexpired term of Mayor Eileen City, for improvements on structure to be built.    Neenan. Mrs. Neenan had been Windham road in southern At an environmental impact a member of the library board Johnson county. public hearing Wednesday night, the only objection raised was by a town councilman who said he felt the proposed building would be out of date within since 1959, but because of her. Supervisor Lorada Cilek unelected duties had to resign nounced her resignation from from the board.    j    the    Johnson    county    regional The    council    will also hold a    planning commission, public    hearing    at 7:30 p.m. on    The supervisors appointed    Su- 20 years,    and    there was    no room    May 8    to close    an alley on Main    pervisor Burns to fill    the    va- provided    for    the    mayor’s    and    street    between    State and Iowa    cancy created by her    resigna- 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 be outgrown by the expanding municipality’s needs. Sleeping Quarters Fire Chief Ed Gustoff said that within 20 years the community room might have to provide sleeping quarters for full-time firemen, if either the community might grow rapidly, or consolidation of fire districts is required. But, Gustoff added, the de- j partment is trying to keep costs down, and the 24 volunteer firemen are donating their labor for! finishing the interior work. Road Work In other action, the council! accepted the bid of Prairie: Roadbuiiders, Inc., Oelwein and Hazleton, for $2,864.66 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 agreement worked out with the council and Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., and the council accepted the use of the Kenneth Andersen' streets. tion. Political Advertisement Political Advertisement PUBLIC INVITED FREE RECEPTION MEET MIKE He’s WORKING His Way to Congress APRIL 19 4:30-6 P.M. MOTOR INN 4747 FIRST AVE. 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