Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 27, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 'She fust worshiped those little dogs Bof she's afraid the legislature's licensing requirements will run her out.' Editorial Page Saturday, April 27, 1974 Endangered species out? rpHE FRENCH-BRITISH bird L named Concorde (a super- sonic airliner) has taken to hovering on the threshold of ex- Unelion: Britain's Labor govern- ment reportedly is frying to arrange a cutoff on the French end of the money flow and kiss it away as a billion mistake. The French, while not so eager yet, are said to recognize that ecanomic realities may soon dic- tate that script. In that event what started out as an exercise in unrestrained competition will wind up as a hard lesson in what can happen when an artificially contrived demand severely overreaches true de- mand. Concorde took to wing in a three-cornered government mis- calculation of the world's need for supersonic transport (SST) air service. In the face of seeming world competition, the U.S. sank close to a billion dollars in sub- sidized development of a Boeing SST. That pooped out in the sub- sequent face of noise objections, cost objections, environmental objections and great indifference on the public's part to ever riding in an SST. Russia, meanwhile, honored the competitive fever by materializ- ing its own TU-144 and one of those blew the works by crashing at an air show in France last year. Now airlines, worldwide, are can- celing their options for a Concorde purchase, and many major air- pnrts have threatened denial of landing rights to any SST, and hardly anyone who flies long dis- tances is crying in his chilled champagne about it. Concorde seems about to fold, in short, because there is a totally inadequate demand for what the French and British want to sell. A close inspection of the record shows that past "demand" for anybody's SST has largely come from aircraft builders, govern- ments and seekers after gain who conned each other into it for something that the people simply didn't want. It cost a lot of tax-drained plain Americans too much to find that out, just as it seems painfully about to do to sadder, wiser Bri- tishers and Frenchmen too. That's the lesson we should all remember when the fevers for an SST revival come again. Sodbuster dearth COMMENTATOR Paul Harvey, whose nuggets usually pan out 'better on the air than in print, startling revelation in his column (in another newspaper) the other day: There are no farmers in congress anymore. Yup, the columnist insisted, there are lots of lawyers in congress and there are some congressmen who own land which is farmed by others. "But nowhere on Capitol Hill will you find any dirt-under-the-fingernails sod- busting farmers anymore." The unfortunate upshot of rule by city dudes, said Harvey, in ef- fect, is taxation and regulation of farmers, without representation. The situation, in our view, is not so bleak as Harvey imagines it. Perhaps none of the 535 senators and house members is a black- land farmer, but examination of the cast of characters for congress No. 93 discloses an- abundant agricultural background. Thirty-eight representatives and 11 senators list agriculture among their sundry occupations. (Five percent of the country's population resides on farms.) In fact, the only categories outnum- bering agriculture are business and banking, 177; law, 289; educa- tion, 69; politics and public ser- vice, 450; and veteran, 390. Those figures, of course, total far more than 535, but virtually all congressmen list more than one occupation. What's .more, the house agriculture committee has nine of its 36 members (25 percent) list- ing agricultural backgrounds., while five of the senate's 13 agriculture and forestry commit- tee include agriculture among their occupations. Surprisingly, though, the na- tion's leading farm states have relatively few senators and representatives from agriculture. California, the national leader in farm produce, has but 6 of 40 representatives backgrounded in agriculture. Nebraska (with 3 Kansas (2) and Wisconsin (9) list not one congressman from agriculture. Iowa has 2 of 6 (Smith and Minnesota 3 of 8, South Dakota, 2 of 2; and Illinois only 1 of 23. Nonetheless, the U.S. congress enjoys far more agricultural ex- pertise than Paul Harvey's lament acknowledges. And importantly, an elected official need not boast a farm background to understand the intricacies of the farming profession. Isn't It the Truth? By Carl Riblet, Jr. The real medical wizards of the age are not scientists or medical doctors. They are the medicine men of politics who have, through camouflagery of numskullism, on-camera makeup, finan- cial alchemy, arm-twisting and artificial respiration, kept the Republican and Democratic parlies alive long after they should have and would have died from swallowing their own lies. "If I accustom a servant to tell a lie for me, have 1 not reason to apprehend that he will tell many lies for Johnson, 763 The people's forum Bond benefits cited Important ones To the Editor: On April 30, my husband and I will vote in favor of the school bond issue. would like to encourage all parents of elemen- tary students to do the same. Those of us with children in the four older junior high schools know there is a need for remodeling and repair that should be done now. It is my hope that we receive the sup- port of those parents who presently have their children in the newer schools. We need the same educational advantages for our children that those children already have. Anyone with doubt about the needs in the older junior highs should take the time to visit them. All parents favoring the bond issue should conscientiously get out and vote, because it does take 60 percent to pass. Mrs. Jerome Sherman 73 Twentieth avenue Prayer day To the Editor: Senate Joint Resolution 183 makes April 30 a "national day of fasting, humiliation and prayer." 1 believe this is very important, and if our people as a nation will cooperate in it, with earnest purpose, great things can be ac- complished in our nation. Our Scripture reads: "If My people who are called by My name humble them- selves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their (II Chronicles Mildred S. Krebs 1224 Thirteenth street NVV Massive tie-up for 'reform' to try impeachment? By William F. Buckley, jr. rHAS NOT been widely noticed that the house judiciary committee faces not only the question whether to impeach Mr. Nixon, but what to impeach him for. The general assumption is that he withstand trial or not depending on whether the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that Mr. Nixon knew about the break-in, or participated in its cover-up. It is not widely enough recog- nized that a huge intellectual lobby has built up asking that Nixon be impeached on multifarious charges. The judiciary committee cannot help but feel that any failure to acknowledge these charges against Mr. Nixon is in ef- fect to take, negatively, a historic posi- tion concerning the powers of the execu- tive. Consider the question of the secret bombing of Cambodia. The American Civil Liberties Union is only one of many who hold that this is an impeachable of- fense. The Rodino committee has un- doubtedly discovered itself that there are a dozen precedents in American history for doing this kind of thing. War power? But having been asked formally by the house of representatives to establish whether Mr. Nixon has committed any impeachable offenses, inevitably the committee will feel that NOT to impeach Nixon on this count is to say to future Presidents, in effect, that they may safely rely on the Cambodian precedent to bomb at will, and disguise from the people and the congress the fact of their having done so. Inevitably there will be congressmen on that committee who will reason that they are best off voting impeachment, and passing the burden along to other bodies to validate or invalidate the im- peachment. First, of course, the house of representatives-at-large. Then the senate of the United States. If the trial of President Nixon is going to result, in effect, in a deliberate review of the powers of the President, we may as well consult not only the entire house of representatives, which by failing to im- peach on a particular point takes upon itself the responsibility of establishing policy for future Presidents; but also the senate of the United States, which is in any case linked more closely by the Con- stitution to the making of foreign policy. My guess is that if the committee is ambiguous on the whole Watergate business, it will be tempted not. to im- peach at all. But that if it is driven to impeaching for any reason at all, it will be tempted, while at it, to impeach on practically every allegation. Dog immune Well, no; I suppose it isn't foreseeable that the committee will impeach on the grounds that King Timahoe rode on Air Force I reminding Anthony Lewis and Garry Wills that congress is irretrievably corrupt. But this side of utter triviality, if the committee moves at all it will probably move comprehensively, inaugurating a great and historic debate on the American presidency. Now if this happens, as Mr. C. Dicker- man Williams of New York has pointed out, it cannot be expected that the senate will do its business in less than one year. The trial of Andrew Johnson took almost three months. It was infinitely less complicated than any trial that would undertake to look into not only Mr. Nixon's connections with the plumbers, and later with the justice department, but also into his conduct of the Cam- bodian war, perhaps his handling of his taxes, his authorization of individually specified security procedures. We are talking about a year. Whereas all the talk has been about how difficult it would be to run the government without a functioning President during the period of an impeachment trial, suddenly we are forced to ask ourselves: What are we going to do with a senate that devotes it- self for a period of a year almost exclusively to matters touching on im- peachment? Real gem The cynics will say that this might prove to be the most useful senate we ever had. Others will suggest that under such circumstances what you would have, in the senate chamber, is the chief justice of the supreme court, the "managers" representing the prosecu- tion, the President's defense, and after opening day only a scattering of sena- tors. The staff, in effect, would do the work. And Mr. Nixon would be the human in- strument through which the Constitution as it has evolved would be rethought in- sofar as it touches.on the growth of the American presidency. It is not unlikely that Watergate will be the highway for the constitutional reform of the executive. Washington Slor Syndicate To the Editor: Before the end of. National Volunteer week, I would like to offer thanks to all volunteers in general and in particular to those wonderful people who volunteer their services in nursing centers and homes. These important "friends in deed" cheerfully give then- talents and concern, as well as that precious com- modity, time, for the benefit of those who are ill, handicapped or elderly those whose days could move painfully slowly without the cheering presence of the volunteer. The volunteer represents home, family, community normalcy to nursing center patients. They bring the world to the shut-in. The time given by the volunteer is precious indeed and should not be wasted MUST not be misused. The volunteer is there not to replace employes but solely to make life more pleasant or meaningful for patients and this they certainly do. I've said this before and sincerely believe it, so may I repeat: Volunteers are golden people. I'm happy for this chance to thank them all. I know our pa- tients join me in appreciation. Mary Duncombe. activity director Americana Nursing Center 1940 First avenue NE Used To the Editor: Hooray for Senator Hatfield! The Lord has used him to call forth our nation to mass prayer and fasting, for the Middle East crisis, on Tuesday, April 30. What a beautiful thing it will be to hear our voices lifted as one, in faith, to God. Praying is for all men and has great authority and power. In a country found- ed "under we should pray na- tionally more often. God puts people into government posi- tions for a reason and uses them to fulfill His purposes and will. Church and state may be divided to many extents, but a call from the government for national prayer should be honored and accepted as the will of God. Lana Baker Hiawatha Travel dog To the Editor: .There has been some controversy over whether dogs owned by Presidents of the U.S. should get free rides. President Franklin D. Roosevelt allegedly once sent a navy ship to re- trieve his dog, Fala. Mr. Nixon's King Timahoe may not be a globe-trotter, but he is a well-seasoned traveler. Air Force I is an expensive form of transportation. Its propulsion and cost come from the efforts of millions of people in the form of taxes. Considering how massive the aircraft is, a dog, more or less, thus has little or no effect economically. Those who heard FDR extol "my little dog" will understand the bond between master and dog. Although I hold no brief for the incumbent President, I couldn't be an accessory to the deprivation of King Timahoe. As we all know, nobility caters to nobility, so let King Timahoe enjoy the company of King Richard and vice versa. Pondering that, we may find that the "Irishman" (the setter) is the lesser al- batross here. Reflections on a reassuring trend Birth-decline paradox; In bum world, families best? By James Reston WASHINGTON The birthrate in the United States, according to the government's National Center for Health Statistics, has now dropped to its lowest point in history, and judging by the bare facts all around us, this is not because sex has gone out of style. The government, which somehow keeps track of these things, tells us, with all of the emotion of the multiplication table, that the national fertility rate dropped in 1973 to 1.9 children per family, and that there were births or thereabouts last year, the lowest number since 1945. Also, the officials tell us that if the trend of more sex and fewer babies goes on like this, the population of the United States will level off to "zero growth" sometime in the first half of the 21st Century. On the whole, this is good news. Already we are producing more people than we can understand or govern, and bur mental growth obviously leveled off long ago. Our bodies are running ahead of our minds. While our record is belter than most nations, we cannot quite find enough money, jobs, schools, houses, or transportation to keep up with the fer- tility of our people So apparently the people have decided to adjust themselves to the government, which is a switch. All the other govern- ment tables are going up prices, unemployment, interest rates, crime, even rape (which is odd considering the availability of But the population index is going down. The interesting thing about this, of Another View "The birth ond fertility rales hit a new low again, bui we can always remove their tonsils and adenoids." course, is not the statistics but the philosophy, not whether this is a good or bad thing, but why? Never has any society advertised and glorified sex as much as America and shot so many blanks. George Gallup suggests some of the reasons for the decline in the birthrate: "Including the cost of the cost of education, widespread use of contraceptives, concern over crowded conditions and overpopulation, more liberal abortion laws, and changing values and lifestyles as reflected by woman's liberation." He could probably have added to his list: The uncertainty of life in America today. The decline in respect for the authority of the family and the church. The doubt, whether the young want to repeat the hard work and the experience of their parents. The widespread accep- tance of divorce. The easy satisfaction of sex and entertainment. In short, the increasing freedom and mobility of the young and their hesitation to commit themselves to anyone or anything for life: "Live it up, and throw it out." Gallup, when he looked into all this, confirmed the obvious. Producing and raising five or six kids was a bit of a tussle, and eight or nine even on the old farm was unthinkable. Two children, he found, were about right, but only one was a problem both for the parents and the Child. All responsibility for the old folks and no help from the other, kids. What Gallup's poll did not deal with is the increasing number of couples, married and unmarried, who want no children at all. My favorite family reporter, Russell Baker, has just been out at the University of Colorado, run- ning away from Watergate, and tossing around life with the undergraduates. i He found, if I heard him right, that the topic of sex, married or otherwise, was old stuff. The young pretended that it was an appetite that could be satisfied as naturally as eating or breathing, which is a lie, but anyway they were much more interested and concerned about the larger problem of commitment to a life of raising children. "Do you take this child for better or for worse, 'til death do you That is a harder question, even in these days of disbelief, than "do you take this You cannot divorce your own child but you can avoid the problem. You can do what you like, free at last to have and to hold until something better turns up. No promises either way. "Who gives this womnn? Who takes this The trend toward smaller families and even toward planned spinsterhood has some obvious advantages for society as a whole. It eases the nightmare of doubling the population every 40 years and makes the problem of planning and governing life a lot easier. And yet there may be a paradox in the current trend. The young seem to be longing for something to believe in these days, and the family is probably the last refuge they have. On the one hand the argument is made that this is a rotten and dangerous world, full of wars, crooks, crime, and dope, so why subject one more soul to its bru- tality? On the other hand, if it is true, as charged that the preachers are not to be believed, the politicians not to be trusted, and society as a whole is a.jum- ble of lies and tricks then the family, with all its struggles, is still about the best bet available. Maybe even better than being liberated into loneliness. One day the government statisticians may expand their efforts measure not only the GNP and the population but the growth of happiness. Meanwhile the la- test figures are reassuring. If we can't handle the people we'vp got, why double the problem? New York Times Strvlcc We proletarians know what a dog's life it is anyway, so tolerate the setter; he may have a point. We know he is no crook. Hjalmar Johnson 2409 C avenue NE Refreshing To the Editor: Recently we read here of a good experience Jan Harville of Dubuque had with Schamberger Motor Co. after she purchased a used car. We would like to share one we just had there too. We bought a 1973 Matador last put it in our garage and never drove it until the warranty period had passed. When we did take it out, we noticed several things that needed to be fixed. We took it down to Sdhamberger's and they fixed everything for us right away. We were delighted with the fast and courteous service, but when we came to pay the bill were we ever surprised. Though the warranty had passed, Mr. Schamberger offered to split the bill in half. We paid half, they paid half. We could well afford to pay the bill, and intended to. They knew this also, because we had paid cash for the car. Isn't this approach refreshing? Too bad things like this can't make the front page in place of the world's worst deeds Mr. Mrs. Elbcrt Noel McCluskcy 335 Thirteenth avenue SW ;