Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 13, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette May 13, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 13, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa *4 V.^t'fl'^' (th? C^ditt llnpuU Editorial Page Monday May ll, 1974 #■ Legislative session, 1974: Difficult but rewarding LABORING under difficulties that divided its leadership on many occasions, Iowa’s 1974 legislature productively repeated its 1973 patterns in adopting legislation other than its tax cut masterpiece. It raised salaries of state employes an average of 7.5 percent. It put up several million dollars to meet cost-of-living increases. It pumped several million into tilt1 school aid foundation program to further relieve property taxes It voted $7 9 million for a capital improvement program in parks and recreation areas. It passed a public employes’ collective bargaining bill. It appropriated several million for now buildings on the statehouse grounds and at regents’ institutions. It allocated $3.3 million to expand the Iowa Educational Broadcasting System statewide. It channeled $3 million to a coal research project that may result in long-range energy-saving recommendations. Second of two editorials WKMtfi    ■**#»    '*>. That barely touches what the legislature did this year. On the darker side. there were some deepenings of dangerous precedent too A $4 4 million appropriation to initiate busing service for nonpublic school students. Another SIRI,(NHI to fund a hot lunch program for nonpublic students A $400,00(1 appropriation to a priv ate osteopathic college in Des Moines to help finance its family-physician program. Still another faulty precedent developed in both houses through the circumventing of presiding officers' decisions by suspension of the rules, rather than by challenges directly to tilt' chair, to gain dubious ends. It was by this means that tilt' house added long-truck amendments to the bill creating a new state department of transportation The upshot was a measure dealing with two different subjects, in direct defiance of Hit' state constitution’s mandate that each bill shall deal with one subject only. After 1973's legislative session the headline over our evaluation editorial read: Frustrating but productive. This time it reads. Difficult but rewarding. Over-all. that well befits the Hoth general assembly, which set a retd)rd not only for length of a two-session legislature but also for tackling more complex problems than any of its predecessors. The legislature, to be sure, could not agree on other complex problems — criminal code revision, no-fault insurance and a land-use policy, to mention only three. But it handled more than its share and rates a high mark for the service it performed. High    camp, vintage 64 Nostalgia collectors who think the 1940s and ’50s yield the choicest artifacts should examine the James Bond trend inspired by President Kennedy in the early HIK. As most adults will recall, .IFK allowed that no leisure reading pleased the presidential palate more than an fan Fleming spy yarn. About as quick as you could say SMKRSH, bookracks were filled with James Bond paperbacks and an out-at-the-elbows actor. Scan Connery, was enroute to riches playing Fleming s antihero in the movies. The gimmicks — exploding briefcases, multi-weapon sports cars, et a1 — still seem fairly up-to-date, but the sexism saturating those works makes them high camp indeed. Consider, for example, “Gold-finger ”, recently reshown on TY: For betraying her boss, the malign Mr Goldfinger, and People s forum Integrated learning To the editor Riven! news reports about negotiations with Maharishi International university for purchase of Parsons college rn Fairfield, Iowa have failed to convey to the public the nature of MIC This gross misrepresentation of Mil needs to be corrected Maharishi International university or gariizi*d rn 1971 employs a new approach to education Subjects are taught in an integrated and holistic manner that relates all fields of study into one. This approach is so successful that it prompted the Western Accrediting Hoard to claim it as “the most integrated approach to education since Aristotle The concept has resulted in a superior form of teaching thai may have a profound effect on improving the quality of our educational institutions \s to tho moral code of Mil students and faculty Fairfield area residents will be pleased to find that they are polite well groomed arni nepotist bk citizens The reason Mil is considering the Parsons c ollege parcel is riot the result el any ill will against the school The last three years classes have been held in a b ased apartment complex in Sarita Bar- surrendering til Bond s charms, the shapely Jill Masterson suffers death by suffocation (symbolically painted gold). One is given to believe that the liaison with Bond made the fate nearly bearable. Later, following his near emasculation by a laser (the most harrowing episode, naturally), Agent 0(17 conquers erstwhile lesbian Pussy Galore. lier defection from Goldfinger's camp straightaway foils the plot to knock over FT. Knox. The amour sizzling at fadeout will be short-lived, however, because in the next adventure Bond’s sundry conquests involve no mention of Miss Galore The late Mr. Fleming's works and tilt* sexist films they inspired are fertile grounds indeed for nostalgia nuts. If “Goldfinger" is ever refilmed, though, the lib movement may dictate that the laser finds its mark. bara, Calif The university has been seeking a site for permanent facilities since its organization Parsons is centrally located in the Frilled States and could serve the needs of the university I urge that the media investigate the school further to inform the public of the tremendous benefit to Iowans by locating MIF at Fairfield Personally, I would overwhelmingly welcome the move Mark K Rainbow 254MI Glen Elm drive \F. Misinformed To the Fditor On May I tile Gazette ran a small ar tide on page 2A purporting to Im- an ar count of statements made by a Democratic candidate for congress at a candidate forum sponsored by tin' Hawkeye l,abor Council The story unfortunately, seriously misinformed readers since the candidate, Michael Bloom did not even attend the minding I feel this is irresponsible journalism by The Gazette and shady politics on Mr Bloom s part I assume Mr Bloom prepared a news release in advance arid then went ahead and let it lie printed knowing that it would Im* inaccurate After doing some cher king I discovered that his hometown newspaper The Dubuque I olograph Herald was taken iii by the same trick I urge you to consider giving your readers more first hand coverage of the many primary races so that in the future, candidates for public office might Fulbright slips, bumped by rising star By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak Little: rock, ark — The reason for the probable defeat of Sen .I VV Fulbright bv Gov Dale Bumpers iii the May 28 senate Democratic primary , an event that would propel an important new figure into national polities, can Im' partly explained by a whispered comment to Bumpers at a roadside restaurant. A retired Methodist minister pledged Bumpers lits vote, then confided: “But to tell the truth, Governor. I d even vote for a colored man against Fulbright " Such incidents arc commonplace, leading to this consensus ANYBODY could beat Fulbright in Arkansas in 1974 Thus, his defeat would stem not from the Watergate syndrome polluting Washington politicians, nor even Bumpers' unquestioned popularity Rather, after 3(1 anomalous years of representing \rkansas in the senate, tin1 string has finally run out on tile aloof and aristocratic intellectual By pure accident. the man taking advantage of that is not a provincial nobody hut an impressive political newcomer of broad ambition and potential Although the courthouse cliques traditionally in control of Arkansas politics arc backing Fulbright, that is no longer adequate Poll results are staggering: Bumpers' latest figures show him mon1 than 2 to I over the senator \nti- Fulbright sent mien* has so hardened that only a miracle can save hun That stems partly from a feeling here that Fulbright, who maintains no residence in Arkansas, has become dis taut and unapproachable as chairman of the foreign relations committee in Washington “Bill s a lot smarter than the rest of us hi Arkansas,’’ says a country lawyer who formerly supported him but now backs Bumpers, “lf you don’t believe that, just ask him ” Beyond personality considerations lies a murky ideological incompatibility Im*tween Fulbright and his native state To blue-collar workers and farmers who carried Arkansas for George Wallace iii 19HH. Fulbright's battle against the Vietnam war confirms their Instinctive identification of him as a “liberal’’ and “egghead" (though, in fact, his voting record is not all that liberal on domestic issues). Fulbright was ready for plucking in I DHS and managed only 53 percent against two lackluster primary opponents. Arkansas politicians viewed his defeat as inevitable this time, probably by former Gov. Sui MeMath if Bumpers did not run Bumpers’ entry simply enhances the prospect Emerging from the obscurity of a small-town lawyer four years ago to score a stunning upset for governor over Orval Faubus and Winthrop Rockefeller, EVAN NOVAK Bumpers al 48 is one of the most popular politicians in tho state’s history. The Bumpers national image is that of a new breed southern liberal, lait he views himself more as a centrist and privately derides “limousine liberals ” Most important, lower income whites who backed Wallace can relate to Bumpers as they cannot to Fulbright Although Prof Arthur Sehlesinger if , and the New Republic have commenced public mourning over the probable loss of Fulbright for the liberal cause in foreign policy, Fulbright knows hts only chance to survive is on more mundane issues "Seniority is an asset to a small state,’’ he told uncomprehending students at Westark junior college in Fort Smith last week Almost plaintively, he challenges Bumpers to say where he has failed. The strategy concocted for Fulbright by Washington campaign consultant Mark Shields is to portray Bumpers as just another pretty face. “We are not running for homecoming queen, says Fulbright His theme for fullpage newspaper advertisements and television commercials “It s more than just a popularity contest It’s the most crucial election in America The vigorously pro Fulbright Arkansas Gazette refers to the governor editorially as Smiley Bumpers But stronger medicine is needed to In-at Bumpers, a sujwrt) campaigner and stump speaker whose governorship has been widely acclaimed There is consequently apprehension in the Bumpers camp that Fulbright's dignified and restrained criticism will intensify into all-out assault as election day nears. That prospect terrifies Bumpers supporters, not because it may defeat him hut iMteause it may scar him for a future national role. When Bumpers was considering the race against Fulbright early this year, an aide asked an Arkansas labor leader his opinion Bumpers would win, th** union man said, but the battle would Im* so bitter that Bumpers' national amibitions would b«* prematurely crippled. To prevent that, Bumpers never mentions Fulbright s name and soft pedals all criticism on the theory that Fulbright’s number is up anyway. The intent is obvious lf he can win without bloodshed, Bumpers could become the most available southern moderate for a Democratic national ticket — if not in 1978 then in the future. Publishers Hoi! Syndicate Too much self-service sensed Political gamesmen turn the public sour By Louts Harris The Harris Survey CCOMPARING government leadership z to that prevailing ten years ago. HO percent of the American people feel that the state of the nation has grown worse Basically, the public agrees with tilt' statements that too many leaders arc “just out for their own personal and financial gain,’’ arc too busy “playing smart politics," and arc afraid to trust the public as adults and tell them the hard truth about inflation, energy, and other subjects.’’ Taken together, there is a strong undercurrent in America today that political leadership is sadly out of date, (tut of touch, and wedded to a politics of “promise more” rather than possessing the courage to ask the people to make sacrifices for the good of the country There seems little doubt that the traditional electioneering appeals to fear or self-interest may haw* become outmoded. Recently in mid-April, the Harris Survey asked a cross-section of 1.503 households nationwide this series of questions ’ let me read you some statements which have been made about political leadership in this country For each, tell me it you tend to agree or disagree (read statements) pm* ‘First Golda and now Willy Brandt — that's TWO world leaders who have gracefully resigned recently . . . ' Dis Not Agree nqree Sure Agree Dis agr er> Not sure Government leaders should ask people not what their country can do for them but what they can do for their country The trouble with most govern ment leaders is that they think people will believe them when they make promises Too many government leaders are (ust out for their own personal and financial gain 89 78 17 76    18 Most government leaders are more interested in playing smart politics rather than in sharing in the same genuine idealism the people have Most government leaders are afraid to treat the public as adults and tell them the hard truth about inflation, energy, and other sub|erts Most people are too quick to condemn most things government leaders do 76 14 to People who could make good government leaders don t want to run for office because they know government leaders receive no thanks for public service anymore 55    34 I I The way the media treat government leaders, they hove little chance of sue ceedmg in the public s «*y**s    44 45 72 60 18 IO 35 These results shed light ort inst hew far the public feels the leadership of the country has drifted apart from the people. rn find it more difficult to deceive \ titers in such a manner. Carolyn Thys I UMI Wiley boulevard NAV (Editor $ note It is impossible to staff all candidates political appearances, so the choice is etfher to ignore them or to print information based on their own releases Blouin campaign spokesmen have promised not to let the same mistake occur again When any candidate s releases are found to be consistently unreliable, their publication naturally is discontinued ) Misusing Books To the Fditor Do you enjoy and appreciate hooks from the Cedar Rapids public library '' So do I Insights One of the many things no body ever tells you about middle age is that rf s such a rn re change from being young Dorothy Canfield fisher But can one really say hr* enjoys a book that a previous reader has underscored bracketed, arrowed, or marginal-noted, to such an extent that your mind is turned away from the text cited, rather than to it? Der ha its the previous reader’s point of emphasis does not coincide with yours litres the next reader want a book outlined for you by someone else? lf the previous reader was smart enough lo thus propound his viewpoint on the subject matter, it is experts! that he would Ire decent enough to take a piece of paper to note thereon tile number of the page that intrigues him. and jot down Ins remarks Simple When he returns a • lean (rook to tlo- library , he still has his meaningful notes tin tin* person who perpetrated this defacement iii pencil (which took mc three-quarters of an hour to erase), it is my view that to also underscore in numerable lines in red ink shows a lack of regard for Ins privilege of borrowing the t»ook from the library, no charge His lack of respect for the next presumably knowledgeable readers is urifoigiveable The (M»ok I refer to is “Introduction to Logo by Brot I'af rick Nappes, propert y <»l the Cedar Rapids public library It is my hope that the person who was so profligate with us#* of his red-ink |m*ii on this book will read this letter, and be moved to send a cheek to the library to compensate Im his misuse of privilege Hilda Walteriek 1224 Thirteenth str»*ct NW Left too soon To the Editor: I would like to iisi* this forum tor the purpose of telling those (tropic who left before Monday night s (May 8) symphony concert was over what a great piece of work they missed Brahm s Fourth Symphony wits superbly performed Soloists come and go. but our symphony is the result ut hours of proc tire by our local (teople, who must pci form at least one great work per month besides accompaniments tor guest soloists I feel it is ii dishonor to our director and musicians when they play to ii lesser audience following intermission GI course, it pjst happens that the piece th* resistance tor me was Brahms Bettv Rem Icy Anamosa LETTERS The Gazette s editorial page wet comes tenders opinions, suh/ect ta these guidelines twnqtb lima 4()0^woir|s Ow l#0«r (»♦•( writer *v#r/ JO days All may b* foaOmiwd cmd «Hn» H without changing moaning Now Dublntnwl anonymously Wan-' s ♦#l»pbon« number (not panted) should follow nam#, addr#ss and wadable hondwnOmn oanafur* io h**l|> authentic ate Cr,ntecas deal mare with issues and events than pm sodalities No r>o«?tt y 1 The public has obviously grown weary of hearing politicians promise quick and easy solutions to complex problems, and that self-interest of the electorate will automatically Im* served by returning a particular party or candidate It) office 2 The puhlit is convinced that the practice of politics is too often an exer-cist in self-aggrandizement and a quest for personal gain by the officeholder. 3 The notion jnipular among some politicians thiit the average voter has a 12-year old mentality’’ is belied by the voter’s own testimony. Nearly three in every four say they are tired of being treated us children and would prefer til hear the hard realities about this country’s problems. Nearly nine iii every ten go along with the urging of the late President Kenntdiy that government leaders should ask people not what their country can do for them hut what they can do for their country.” I \t the satin* time,   pie seem to Im* asking better types of candidates to present themselves, expressing reg ret that pimple who could make good government leaders don’t run for office Inn ansi* the\ know government leaders receive no thanks for public service anymore By ii narrow 47-44 pcrecni. tin* public rejects the idea that (hi* mass media don’t give out leaders ii chance to sue-( ••cd. although ii sizable 80 35 |»erccnt say that citizens themselves are (im) (jun k lit condemn most tilings government lenders do. Fundamentally, tin* (Maple ap|M*ar to he m ii mood to welcome new types af political loaders, and are ready lo give sui Ii leaders tin* lienefit of flu* doubt Thev are weary of the lime-honored approach of assuming that (lit* people do not want to hear about troubles, cannot face the hard realities needed to over come serious problems, and are assumed to be neither mature enough intr courageous enough to put their own pa rot ti I a I interests above those of th(. country and the common good ;

  • Arthur Sehlesinger
  • Carolyn Thys
  • Dale Bumpers
  • Dorothy Canfield
  • George Wallace
  • Glen Elm
  • Hilda Walteriek
  • James Bond
  • Jill Masterson
  • Louts Harris
  • Mark Shields
  • Michael Bloom
  • Orval Faubus
  • Robert Novak
  • Rowland Evans
  • Sui Memath
  • Willy Brandt
  • Winthrop Rockefeller

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: May 13, 1974

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