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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Editorial Page Saturday, May 4. 1974 Meter-fine success Timely proof: indictment not conviction WHENEVER the best-laid plans of city officials pay off with precision just as they were meant to do, that is worth at least a small cheer. Such is the laudable case with Cedar Rapids' recent change in its system of fines for overtime parking down- town. Tightening up on the timing and collection method for quick- pay 25-cent fines in lieu of the regular fine, the new ar- rangement yielded a first-month record which has seen: The fraction of parked-cars in violation at a given time decline from roughly one in three to one in eight. The ticket-total written daily drop from 600 to 440. The percentage of violators ticketed go up from 14 percent to 30. The daily revenue from parking met- ers rise from to pro- jected as a possible jump of a year. The daily revenue from fines increase from to perhaps a year. The occupancy rate in both down- town parkades go up about 13 percent, with revenues up 20 percent presumably with good effects for people seeking short- time parking on the streets. In short, it looks as if the cards fell right: Meter-feeding down, street-space turnover up, park- ades better used, funds for more parking on tap, infractions off, enforcement more productive, fairness improved, public gener- ally adapting well if rough spots in the payment method can be smoothed. It is nice to see a carefully-drawn plan work out. What grumbling there has been finds fault with the size of a sting where a two-bit pat used to work, (and promote noncompli- What violators should per- ceive in these stings is that when the parking meter system started years ago, a fine" was more like now in buying power, and an old-day 25-c-ent nick would now equate with an inflated 50 cents. Today's fines still go easy on the careless. As the pleasingly productive system goes along, it is also still worth pondering what further good for violation rates and parking-space availability ,a quick-pay fine of 50 cents would do, instead of 25. In the dark ONE STRONG body of opinion in the nation's top econo- mists regards the index of business-activity indicators as a portent of sustained economic recovery just ahead, says the Wall Street Journal. Another strong contingent of these same professionals, the story says, delivers the view from the same indicators that the slump now in progress will keep going on and may even get worse. Then the Journal quotes the chief economist for the Mellon bank of Pittsburgh: "Never before have I been so painfully aware of the inability of econo- mists to forecast." Well, sir, score one for 'the- ignoranti there. Those of us whose total economic marbles come from what we pick up at the office, on the street or from the news have known of that deficiency but too well, all along. Racial parity in the arts rpHE RECENT presentation of J_ Broadway's Tony awards furnished the best proof yet that blacks are gaining equality in show business. Joseph A. Walker's "The River Niger" and the musical "Raisin" (from Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the both are black in the sense that Christian Science Monitor critic Joseph A. Walker describes "Niger" as contributing "genuinely to the ever-growing volume of illuminating black theatrical experience." Importantly, the shows are no- ted more for .general excellence and universal appeal than for eth- nic distinction. The fact that no one is' saying much about the Way with words works' blackness says plenty about show business' swing away from racial stereotyping. The outlook in Hollywood is happily similar. Ten years ago Sidney Poitier's best-actor Oscar nomination was received with misgivings among Motion Picture Academy members: What if he didn't win would discrimination be alleged? (He did win.) But last year no criticism resulted when Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and Diana Ross all failed to win Oscars. While no one claims absolute racial parity in the lively arts, it appears that talent now can stand judgment solely on the basis of merit. It's got support By Theodore M. Bernstein A PHILADELPHIA public relations il director writes lhal a colleague has put up money to back his belief that it is wrong lo use it's to represent if has. Both of Ihem decided lo lei your hosl sellle the bet, and Ihe wriler of the loiter says thai if he wins he'll send in half of his win- nings. How could one pass up a chance like lhat? Therefore this is notification to the writer of Ihe letler that it's been a privilege to settle the bet in his favor. Webster's unabridged, second edition, docs not give if has as a meaning for it's, but every newer dictionary docs. It's taken some time for some dictionaries to catch up with modern usage, but they all have caught up now. Naturally you can't indiscriminately use it's in place of il has; for example, in speaking of a dog you can't say, "It's four legs." But in speaking of money in a wager, one can say, "It's rarely come so easily." (P. S., Mr. Letter Writer, don't send in the loot; it will only make the in- come tax go up.) e But. The expression, "1 will not be but a is fairly common, and Mrs. II. Uoy Turner of Orchard Park, N. Y., asks whether it is correct. The answer is no. The sentence is the equivalent of a double negative. In older English the negative ne frequently preceded the verb. If the verb was is, the two words were run together as nis, so thai a sen- lence might "She nis but 6 years old." Later Ihe nis was omitted, so that fauf took on the meaning of nothing but or only, and lhal is where it stands today. Therefore it should not be preceded by a negative. o Word oddities. Just as children often speak of a when they moan an apple, so our forefathers nbl infrcquenlly did the reverse: If a word began wilh an n, Ihey would assume that latter was part of. Ihe arliclc on and drop il from the word. For instance, apron in Middle English was nopron, the snake odder in Middle English was and orange in Arabic was noranj. Thus did the names of some commonplace things gel perverted. But after all what's in an ame? New York Times Svndlcotc Theodore M. Bernstein By Roscpe Drummond WASHINGTON The "not guilty" verdict in the Stans-Mltehell trial is being dismissed by the extremists, who want (it KC( Hiclmrd Nixon im- peached whatever the evidence, as hav- ing only passing psychological value to the President. It is more Hum that. True, the case was not central lo the math Watergate of- fenses. True, a jury finding the two former cabinet officials innocent does not mean that another find the President innocent. They are separate cases. But the Staiis-Mitchell verdict is a salient and significant boon In Hie White House side for these reasons: Former White House counsel John Dean was Ihe only witness before the Senate Watergate committee accusing Mr. Nixon of knowledge of the coverup. In the Staiis-Mitchell trial, none of Die jurors believed him. On a recent TV program special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski said ll.al ho had no evidence to doubt the credibility of John Dean. Now he has such evidence since the Stans-Mitchell jurors found Dean's testimony lacking credibility. The verdict of "no! guilty" on Stans and Mitchell cannot fail lo sharpen public awareness lhal an indictment is not a conviction. It should be accepted wilh great reservations and this applies to any indictment which the judiciary committee may present to the house. Roscoe Drummond It was a balanced jury, several of (hem in lower-income brackets, and it was certainly not tilted by bias or background in behalf of Mitchell or Stans. Its forewoman was a 21-year-old bank teller who voted for Sen. George McGoverii for President. 11 included two a highway engineer and another a subway conduc- mall carrier, a telephone Installer, an Insurance clerk, a yardman for a food company, an elderly housewife and an apartment superintendent. After watching them perform as jurors, U.S. District Court Judge Lee P. (iagliardi gave Ihis appraisal of their quality: "You are 12 of Ihe finest citizens it has been my privilege to associate with.... Jury duty is the highest function in civil service any can perform anil you have exemplified the highest standards of that service." All of this gives new assurance that nobody is going lo be railroaded or lightly exonerated. The judiciary is working well. Lob AnoNes Times Svndlcgte Natural causes, foul deed checked Obituary for Controls, a real cool dud By Leonard Silk NEW YORK Price W. Controls, a child of the Nixoii administration renowned as an anti-inflation fighter in his youth but failing in health for more than a year expired in Washington the other night at the age of 2 years 8 months. Conservative doctors gave old age as the cause of death, but an autopsy is to be held to determine whether there was foul play. Controls was born at Laurel Lodge, Camp David, Md., on Aug. 15, 1971, after a labor that began on Aug. 13. The baby was delivered by John B. Connally of Texas, then secretary of the treasury. John Ehrlichman, then President Nixon's chief assistant for domestic af- fairs, later said that Connally saw a great political1 future for Controls, "but he wasn't the only one by any means also some old Nixon hands who also measured the.polltical realities George P. Shultz, then director of the office of, management and budget, who was to'succeed Connally as secretary, of the treasury, was regarded by some 'as an evil spirit at the birth of Controls. The former University of Chicago business school dean oftsh expressed his antipathy to Controls. Yet friends of Shultz insist he did a loyal job of standing in loco parentis, despite his prejudices. Shultz's former colleagues at Chicago illegitimate. Indeed, his actual father is unknown. Dr. Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, is generally ac- cepted as only the godfather. Burns had carefully kept away from Policy, the 'mother of Controls, by the White House staff for a long time before he was born. President Nixon never claimed pater- nity for Controls. He appeared to dislike the child as much as Shultz. The President rarely played with Controls or even consulted with his guardians. Some of his wards said they could never get to sec the President. Controls often complained of being treated like an orphan. Some of his de- tractors in the administration accused the news media of being his true father. Nixon had been distantly connected with Controls' grandfather, John Ken- neth Galbraith, during World war II, and often expressed his dislike of the entire, although very brief, experience. Born in the midst of a freeze, Controls proved a hardy and adept youngster, whose early successes astonished his Nixonian guardians. But the last year of his life was an agony. As Controls went into his Phase-3 decline, food prices soared, and the public howled. World inflation was roaring, especially in the agricultural area. The Middle East war and the quadrupling of oil prices caught him as he tried to get off the canvas for the last lime. The referee was slowly counting to 111 as the fight ended. Labor spokesmen said of Price W. Controls: "He was a phony, an enemy of the working class." Business men said: "He produced dis- tortions, he caused shortages, he wor- sened inflation." A few friendly economists conceded that Controls had his faults, and tried to do too much with too little, but main- tained that the economy would be worse off without him. The general judgment was that Con- trols had failed. He himself seemed to recognize this, although he left a note that said, "After me, the deluge." John T. Dunlop, director of the Cost of Living Council, is Controls' principal heir, and Is seeking to establish a foun- dation In his memory. The administration and the American Economic Association have requested that flowers be omitted. Hew York Times Service 'Gof any good People's forum Trip off To the Editor: I'm writing about the human relations exchange between Hanley junior high (from Universal City, Mo. and Taft- junior high of Cedar Rapids. Theyt arrived on Thursday (April 25) and leftl Sunday and during that time I learned to. love and respect them. We, the Taft students, had planned to go to Universal City and spend four days with them, but our part of the exchange was cancelled as the result of a meeting of the board of education. The board of education said we can't even go out of the state for more than one day. This is an unfair decision. Our teachers, Gary Williams and Les Santee, did the best they could do to persuade the board to let us go to Universal City but they held fast to their decision. All we can hope now is that they let next year's eighth graders go lo Universal City. Randy Hunter 3713 Westwood drive NW Poor example To the Editor: This energy of gas, oil and high prices and cost, un- derpayment of wages, unemployment, impoverishment, the Watergate expose an.d increasing taxes all prove that the President and congress were more interested in getting millions of dollars from big corporations and financial in- stitutions lo save them from paying their just taxes and also in getting re-elected. Then instead of the welfare of the un- derpaid, unemployed, impoverished and in the conserving of their nation's resources, stopping erosion and pollution and utilization of looked after their own and the rich's profits by dishoncsl means, thus helping the rich escape taxes. To wit: "The Rich Welfare million income to gel a lax welfare exemption. Note what the Prcsidenl did: lie spent more of the money collected from lax- payers lhan any other President. He was given the White House to live ex- penses paid. Yel, he spent millions improving and dccoraling two luxury es- tates. This also included commuling by air flight. Think about the millions those chiefly pleasure flights cost the taxpayer. llo also had lawyers figure out every way they could lo escape laxos, and he ended up filing ;i lax reporl that ;i man earning would. Is Ihis an example for a President to set lor the laxpaying public It's a revelation how many millionaires are able to escape taxes. This is why our taxes are too high. The President and congress have given the rich and them- selves ways to escape taxes.. When five million persons who should be drawing a year are unem- ployed, they lose billion. The interest on an 8 percent 30-year loan costs times the cost of the loan. A 4 percent 30-year loan costs half the cost of the loan. No person should have to spend 30 years paying for his home. How can he save for emergencies and re- tirement? A smart President and congress would establish minimum wage sufficient for a father to support his family honorably without his wife working or their getting welfare or assistance. Let the employer pay a fair wage and his employe pay taxes instead of having taxpayers paying 'or their welfare. John Irwin Smith 839 Wellington street SE Beautifying To the Editor: For years man has fought and cam- paigned to keep America beautiful to such an extent that we put commercials on TV saying "please don't andl we put up signs saying "No and "100 dollar fine for and then lurn right around and throw things on the ground and walk away withoul looking back. Everyone crusades for green grass and blue skies, but no one wants to take the time lo do something about it. If everyone would stop talking about it and do somclhing, our America would be as people say they want it to bo. Thai's the trouble, most of the lime all people do is talk. They don'l wanl lo get involved in helping keep a clean world to live in. When God created the world, it was beautiful, and there were no factories lo pollule the uncaring people to mess up the land. But since God created man, we have succeeded in turning what was once a beautiful place to live into a land scattered with rubbish. How can man be so ungrateful for what God has given him that he can let it go to waste I suggest that if people really love their country, they will get busy and clean it up. And then keep il that way. Joanna Hurl Lisbon Thanks for helping To the Editor. I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped in the many phases of the March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon April 27 Thanks lo all the businesses which were always helpful and thoughtful when requested to furnish supplies and food and drinks for these walkers. I also thank Ihe merchanls who so generously con- tributed prizes for our participant. And thanks especially to all the walkers who participated in the March of Dimes fight against birth defects. These young people were the best behaved, least complaining, and among the very best group of youths with whom I've had the pleasure of working. This community should be proud to count these young people as relatives, friends, and neighbors. When they come around to collect from sponsors, they should be welcomed with a hearty and warm congralulalions for a job well done Marila Stevens Executive Director Hawkeye Chapter March of Dimes 364 Easlland drive SE Prayerful LETTERS editorial page wolcomas readers' opinions, to those guidelines-. Length limlli 400 wordi. One letter per writer every 30 dayt, All may be condoned arid edited without changing meaning. None publiihed telephone number (not printed) ihould follow name, addron and readable handwritten ilgnaturc to holp authenticate. doal more with iiiuoi and ovonti lhan pur- tonalltloi. No poetry To the Editor: In response to the resolulion making Tuesday, April 30, a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, ten women in our neighborhood mel Ihis morning (April 30) for Bible sludy and for prayer for our nation, its leaders and ourselves. We would like to publicly thank the members of congress and the Iowa legislature for passing this resolulion and for encouraging the nalion to lurn to God for forgiveness and guidance. As we studied, we noted the many na- tions that have been dcfealcd when they have Ignored the laws of God. Wo believe no man-made laws can1 be effective unless they are based on (Sod's laws. Our concern for America prompts us lo suggest (lie Importance of maintaining Ihis attitude of humiliation, prayer, and Bible study throughout Ihe your. Mrs. .liuiii's V. Smith HIM Eighth avenue 81! anil nine others   

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