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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Cloudy with a chance of ruin tonight. Occasional rain on Sat- urday. Low tonight near 50. High Saturday in 60s. VOLUME 92 121 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, MAY ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES HOUSIN Senator Schweiker Asks Nixon Resign WASHINGTON (AP) Sen- ator Milton Young (R-N.Y.) said President Nixon should consider bowing out temporar- ily while Impeachment pro- ceedings arc under way. He said Nixon could resume of- fice if found innocent. WASHINGTON (AP) Sena- tor Richard Schweiker of Penn- sylvania added his name Friday to a growing list of Republicans urging President Nixon to re- sign. In a letter addressed to the President, Schweiker said Nixon should step down because the Watergate transcripts released by the White House last week "reveal a total disregard for the moral and ethical values upon which this nation was built." "I am compelled to speak Schweiker said. "I cannot remain silent in the face of the now 'obvious moral corrosion destroying the presidency." Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, White House counselor Dean Burch said Friday, "I don't think the President has any intention of resigning. I have no reason for believing the President is considering resign- ing." Feels Obligated Burch said Nixon feels he has not committed any impeachable offense and feels obligated to complete his term. Burch pre- dicted Nixon would give that an- swer to any delegation that might come to the White House to seek his resignation. "It seems to me the President of the United States is entitled to due Burch added. Schweiker, who has often split with Nixon on issues, said he would not prejudge the Pres- ident on issues relating to im- peachment. But he said the transcripts "will inevitably de- stroy your capacity to lead our nation effectively for the re- mainder of your term." "I am convinced you can besl serve your country and the pre- sidency by resigning now, "Sch- weiker said. Third Republican He is the third Republican senator to call for Nixon's resig- nation. The others were Edward Brooke of Massachusetts and James L. Buckley of New York. One top Republican, former New York Gov. Nelson Rocke- feller, said Thursday that, al- though Nixon should not resign the process of impeachmen should 'go onward. He said res- ignation would leave too many unanswered questions and cir- cumvent the Constitution. Expressing "sorrow and dis- may" over the transcripts, Rock- efeller told a news conference in Kansas City that "it is in the national interest lo get this situ- ation resolved promptly." "In the crisis of Watergate there can be only one rea" that is to let the constitutional processes go for- he said." Newspaper Calls Rockefeller, in Kansas City for a G.O.P. fund-raising din ner, added that "our Constitu- tion guarantees that every American has the right to a fair Irial-and that includes the President of the United Stales." Calls for Nixon's resignation came from the Chicago Tribune Ihe Omaha World-Herald, and the Kansas City Star Co., pub lishcr of the afternoon Star am morning Times. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Los Ange les Times called for impeach- ment. All the newspapers hat' supported Nixon in the past. "There is no question that Ihe President's position is conlinuing to said a senior Republican senator. Another re- ported increasing cloakroom Chuckle If George Washington ncvei told a lie, wlmt is his piclun doing on a dollar Mini's wortl only 43 cents? cowl ua alk that Nixon would resign if he house votes to impeach him. Almost nobody in the house, n private conversation, now be- ieves impeachment is not a oregone conclusion, said Rep. Charles Wilson Schweiker told a news confcr- ince he decided Thursday night o speak out because of "the ul- imate sense of responsibility in my role as senator." He said if he had based his decision solely on political fac- org "I would have played it safe. I would have kept silent." But Schweiker said he fears 'a moral decay has begun in our government which will cause us to lose our young peo- ple for a generation to come inless we stop it." He insisted his statement in no way compromised his poten- :ial as a judge in an impeach- ment trial.. "I made 'a moral judgment jased on my own strong convic- he said. "Has Become Realty" Until the transcripts came out, Schweiker said, lie didn't relieve the President would re- sign under any conditions. "The possibility of resignation las become a reality by the sequence of events he has start- the senator added. "The thing that is unknown is ;he President's sensitivity to this thing." He said that, based on the transcripts, "there seems io be lack of sensitivity here." Schweiker .was <accompaniec to the news conference by his wife, who said in response to a question that she and their five children discussed the decisioi Thursday night and "we al agree he made the right deci- sion." She referred lo the "agony1 of the decision and said "none of us got any sleep last night." See Kissinger Taking Pause In Peace Bid CAIRO (AP) Secretary of State Kissinger may return to Washington soon and let the Syrian and Israeli governments think about their rival disen- gagement proposals for a week or two, members of Kissinger's staff indicate. One senior American official said the negotiations to separate the warring armies on the Golan Heights are "barely in the starling and so far the odds are less than 50-50 tha Kissinger will be able to work out an agreement for a pullback of the Israeli forces. Although Israel is willing to give up all the Syrian land she captured in the October war, she has offered only a token withdrawal from the Golan Heights territory seized in the 1967 war. The Syrians want much more as a first step toward complete Israeli withdrawal from the heights. But the Israelis have given no indication of a relrea from their often-repeated slam that they will never return al of the plateau from which the Syrians shelled northern Israel at will. One Israeli official displayec optimism Friday, however. Deputy Premier Yignl Alton told newsmen in Tel Aviv that the Americans had informed the Israeli government "that there has been a move of principle on the Syrian side and now more than in the past they are ready for disen- gagement." Secretary of Stale Kissinger had liirec hours of "extensive and detailed" talks with Egyp lian President Sadat Friday then flew lo Israel and met Prime Minister Golda Mcir for mi hour and fifteen minutes. Meanwhile Israeli planes at tacked guerilla sanctuaries in side Lebanon Friday. Syrlni jets raided Israeli posilions on Iho Golnn heights, nml tnnk artillery duels erupted along tin '10-mllc front. Hints Nixon Knew About Liddy'sPlan WASHINGTON (UPI) On lie opening day of its impeach- ment hearings, the house judici- iry committee has been told bat President Nixon may have icon more intimately involved n Watergate than he has ever icknowledged. The implication Nixon had at east general knowledge of the ilan for espionage against the Democrats came behind closed (Photo on Picture Page) loors from John M Doar, the jommittee's chief impeachment counsel. Methodically in a session characterized later by Rep. Hamilton Fish, jr., (R-N.Y.) as read from a hick looseleaf notebook called 'Book He presented evidence for two and a half hours to the first con- fessional hearing in 106 years nto the possible impeachment of a President. The hearing will resume Tuesday. Sessions are ilanned for three days a week. Before Breakin Doar focused attention on events in the Oval Office before he June breakin. On March 30, 1972, Jeb Stuart Magruder, then running the Committee -to Re-elect the Pres- ident, met .with John N. Mitchell at Key Biscayne, Fla. Magrufler testified later that Mitchell at that meeting ap- proved a modified version of G Gordon Liddy's "intelligence- gathering Magruder then met with H. R Haldeman, White House chief o staff, on his return to Washing ton. On April 4, Nixon met first with Haldeman, then with Mit- ihell, then again with Hal- deman. Three congressmen said Doar indicated Nixon may have been .old of the Liddy not of plans for the actual breakin at that-time. "Got To Get Tape" Nixon has always insisted he had no. prior knowledge of the oreakin. The committee may now sub- poena the April 4 tape one that it has already requested. The White House said Tuesday that it would give the committee no more Watergate, evidence, feeling the panel has "the full story." "We've got to get that said one member after hearing Doar. 'It would determine whether the President was involved, il would reflect on presidential said another. Said a third: "In my opinion, Haldeman had conversations with the people who were put- ting together the intelligence- gathering operation, and then Haldeman goes in to talk with the President, -then Ithere must be an inference that the Presl dent had prior knowledge." (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Mrs. Richard Nixon chats with John Rhodes house Republican leader, at a reception in her honor given by the Capitol Hill Club Thursday. Earlier in the day, Rhodes said the President's resignation would probably be beneficial to the G.O.P. May Ask Nixon Repay Homes Fund The final draft of a house report concluding million in fed- eral funds has been spent in connection with President Nix- on's homes says action should taken to recover any "im- proper expenditures." The report also recommends :hat security spending in the fu- iure be limited to only one of a President's private homes. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler strongly at- tacked the million figure, saying it includes all security, communications and personnel costs and not just work on the homes at Key Biscayne and San Clemente. "Honest Report" "An honest report would show that out of the million referred to, only approximately was spent on the Pres- ident's Ziegler said Thursday night. The report is to be considered by 'the house government opera- tions committee on Tuesday. It reportedly had broad sup- port of committee Republicans at a caucus Thursday. They had won some 150 changes from Rep. Jack Brooks chairman of the subcommittee that drafted the report, general- ly softening the tone but not the conclusions. Copies sent to committee members, were numbered to prevent leaks. However, the As- sociated Press was permitted to take extensive notes from a copy. The draft report says the ?17.1 million includes million spent at San Clemente, million at Key Biscayne and at the Grand Cay retreat in the Bahamas. Personnel Assigned It says ?7.6 million was for military and federal personnel assigned to the homes, mil- lion for communications, million for administrative sup- port and million for protec- tion. The draft report does not al- lege any specific improper ex- penditures and does not es- timate how much of 'the million enhances the value of the properties. II simply recommends that "appropriate government agen- cies should seek restitution take other appropriate action with respect to any improper expenditures of federal funds." The joint congressional com- mittee on internal revenue taxa- tion estimated of federal spending improved the homes and that Nixon should pay taxes on it. The final draft still has the previously disclosed findings that some of the spending was "far in excess" of security re- quests and that some of it was paid for items personal Nixon aides already had procured. "It appears that at times non- government personnel virtually took over direction of the gov- ernment work at San Cle- the draft says. Kalmbach People Key. whose functio 'he report says could have bee served by a or cyclone fence. Congress has imposed straints on, security spending (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) It says a fireplace ex- haust fan, and in surveys were secured at the direction of people under Herbert Kalm- bach, the President's private lawyer, and paid for later by the government. Examples of "excessive ex- the report says, are a heating system at San Clemente and a more than or aluminum spike fence at Amana Incorporation a Possibility By Tom Fruchling AMANA- Though admit- ting it is a "last resorl" mea- sure, Amana Society Secre- tary Don Shoup says there is considerable discussion among residents and business officials about incorporating Ihe seven Amana villages into one cily. This idea comes amid a wave of whal Shoup lerms "excessive unjustified crili- cism from uninformed or mis- informed friends" in rural Iowa county concerning the amount of road fund money allocated by the board of su- pervisors lo the colonies. Shoup said he and others in Iho Amnnns have heard much talk that (lie counly gives a disproportionate share of sec- ondary road funds to Ihe vil- lages. Getting Feedback "We're sure the supervisors are getting feedback on Shoup continued. "And if they decide (o restrict the funds, we'll have lo do something. One choice would be to incor- porate. Anyway, we're not discounting Criticism of the road fund- ing is unwarranted, Shoup feels' If anything, he says, the colonies should be getting more money, not less. With its acres of farm land, the society contributes 25 percent of (he county's rural portion of the property tax. Counly Economy In addition, (he many busin- esses such as Ihe area's largest, Amana Refrigeration, and the numerous lourist- orienled shops and restau- rants contribute a sizable share to Ihe county's treasury. "There's no com- ments Shoup, "that Amana has the largest amount of busi- nesses in Iowa county. There arc about 40 now." On the other hand, Shoup points out about five percent of the county's secondary road funds are spent for main- tenance of Amana roads and streets. This is despite the fact that Iowa county receives annually an additional from the state, due to legislation sever- al years ago to recognize the lourist value of the colonies. Saddle Residents The incorporation, Shoup admits, would saddle resi- dents of the seven villages with extra (axes, since the counly and the Amana Society now provide many services which the citizens would have lo absorb. He pointed, for instance, to law enforcement, street light- ing and utilities as areas which would have to be picked up by city property taxes. He added, however, it is possible that as a city, road and street conditions would probably be upgraded, al- though he did say the roads now "are not. in bad shape." In any case, Shoup hopes the switch to a municipality for the residents of the vil- lages will not come to pass. "We don't want he says, "but if the need arises, we'll have no choice." He, Nixon Get Along Fine: Fore BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Vice-president Ford said Fri day that the rapport betweer him and President Nixon is "a good as always and that ha been excellent." Ford spoke at a news confer ence after flying here from Washington, where he met pri vately with Nixon earlier in the day. In answer to a question abou his relations with the President he said: "There was no indica lion of any displeasure on the President's part in the role tha I have played. "He indicated that perhap; I was working too hard." Ford, who told an Illinois au dience Thursday that Water gate has caused "an erosion o confidence in our federal gov crnment that I believe has reached crisis said Nixon mentioned that th Vice-president had been travel ing quite a bit. But Ford said, "I know of nc areas at the moment where there is any sharp disagreemen between the President and me "If there is, I shall conlinui lo be candid and frank as always. I will speak my piece.' Ford said he and the Presi dent covered many topics in their one-hour meeling, whicl caused Ford to delay his trip lo Buffalo. He said he and Nixon strcssec foreign policy mailers, sonv problems before congress am Ihe impeachment proceeding in the house. Ford was in Buffalo to nllcni a meeting of the Buildin, Trades Council and a fund raising reception for Rep. Jacl Kemp. President In Bid To Stem Sag WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ent Nixon announced Friday at he is pumping in an addi- onal billion to bolster the agging housing market. He said the money will be sed to subsidize interest rales conventional government-in- ured mortgages and to provide dditional cash for savings and ian institutions. The President said the money upplied the savings and loans nstitutions would be provided the treasury under its .andby loan authority. The savings and loans are the iggest contributors to the hous- ng mortgage market. They ave been plagued by declining money to lend as investors seek more lucrative investments with nterest rates soaring. Nixon said .the money the gov- rnment is committing should elp finance more than additional homes. Steady Decline The housing industry has been n a steady decline since 1973, vith starts of for the irst three months of this year compared to .for the same period last year. .The President's action ex- pands a program initiated last January: when the department of .housing and urban develop- ment; committed more than billion to mortgage subsidies in an effort to spur construction of homes. The money was applied to Veterans Administration and Federal Housing Administration mortgages to cut the interest homeowners pay from the cur- rent FHA-VA maximum of jercent to 7% percent. The ef- :ect is to trim the monthly pay- ments on a mortgage over 30 years by just over per month. The administration commit- ed billion to-the subsidy irogram this time and raised he percentage home buyers vould pay to 8 percent. The difference between the FHA-VA maximum and the subsidized rate works out to on a mortgage extending over 30 years. Second Injection new injection was billion to' allow the Federal (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Liddy Convicted; Contempt Case WASHINGTON (AP) G. Gordon Liddy was found guilty on two counts of contempt of congress Friday despite a plea hat "his lips were sealed" against telling what he knew about the White House plumb- ers. U.S. District Judge John Pratt ;ave Liddy a suspended sen- ence of six months on each count and put him on one year's probation. The judge noted that Liddy is already serving a heavy scn- ence in connection with his Wa- .ergate 'conviction and another contempt conviction. Pratt found .Liddy guilty Fri- day in connection with his refus- al to testify before the house in- elligence subcommittee last July. 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