Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 14, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette May 14, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa jyy»‘#v r ■-lyvrrW.'MMI Jtlu Ctcchtr- l\npuU fbtytHt , -.**. f,-< — -‘it. rpifirirffiMtti‘‘^^    *: **»*mn-*#***-«*nm*0mr*r*"•«*<) Nixon’s mercy plea: ‘A vast deal to ask’Editorial Page MMMMN Tuesday, May I 4 I 974Can CAP WHKN TMK Nixon administration unexpectedly declared war against war-oti-poverty programs last year, a priority target was the community action program (CAP) composed of IHKl-plus agencies that focus on health, employment and other an-ti-povert> efforts in communities. PAP and other Office of IEconomic Opportunity efforts survived — thanks to several successful court skirmishes — but the reprieve is good only till June 30, when funding expires. To appreciate Iowa’s stake in the effort to retain CAP’S services (if not the program s name), one need only to review the nine-year performance. Of 1,300 community action employes working for the state’s 19 CAP agencies, HU percent have advanced from the ranks of the poor. The $14 million spent annually by CAP agencies serves 150. UUU disadvantaged persons; the turnover of those funds represents nearly $1HU million for the state's economy. Opportunities for pre-school children; family planning assistance; job chances for the so-called harcore unemployed; employment for youth, coupled with incentives to remain in school; emergency food and medical supplies; aid for the elderly — all these services and others have been offered through CAP agencies. In Iowa at least, the record strongly contradicts the opinion of Howard Phillips, whose admitted goal during a short stint last year as Office of Economic Opportunity director was to dismantle OKO and CAP programs. In a steamy session before the house education and labor subcommittee on equal opportunity, Phillips ironically hilled the administration’s plan to close out OKO as “an effort to strengthen and improve” the use1 of federal antipoverty funds. Said Phillips to the subcommittee:    “The old approach of trickling down dollars for the poor through a vast array of poverty contractors and professionals has only alleviated poverty for the middlemen . . The nation's poor are entitled : to a dollar s worth of results for every dollar spent in their name." As in most astounding exaggerations, there was a kernel of truth in Phillips’ assertion. When the war on poverty was begun in 19H5. administrative salaries within OKO did seem surprisingly high — lofty at least in comparison with salaries previously received by professional social workers. But once accomplishments began replacing blueprints, complaints about bloated agency payrolls decreased. Nevertheless. Phillips craftilymumm People ’s forumBond-vote footnote I'm Uh* Fditor A Gazette editorial May IO (“No torn* for spite ) r of or rod to my suggestion of dropping Wilson from a rerun of the junior high howl proposal as “dismal” NU remarks were made in an informal, free-flowing discussion at a school hoard afternoon workshop We were consider mg the failure of the April ‘lh hood proposal and I was attempting a positive suggestion to improve our vote the next time around I thought we might gain support if we economized However no other Isiard member was interested in dropping Wilson, and even I brought out some arguments against it rho suggestion was not made because the Wilson area didn t support the bond issue Enrollment projections show that we could accommodate all the junior high students in five schools by 1978. saving the cost of remodeling Wilson and its annual operating costs Wilson was mentioned because it has by far the miallest enrollment and many ol its students live as close or closer to Taft or Roosevelt On the other hand, there are some used the ov cr pa id - profess ion a I stereotype iii his short-lived attempt to dismantle OKO Significantly. lu‘ failed to explain how the total elimination of an tipoverty funding beyond fiscal year 1974 would benefit tin' deserving poor. Phillips also insisted that the elimination of OKO meshes with the administration’s aim to revise welfare programs in favor of a better deal for the “working poor.” What he neglected to mention, however, is the CAP program’s role in assisting the working poor without doling out cash. In Iowa, for example, more than 50 percent of the people agency personnel work with are not receiving public assistance funds. How would CAP agencies in Iowa fare under a federal funding cutoff? Knowledgeable sources report that all probably would In* eliminated except agencies headquartered in Cedar Rapids and Decorah (where local monies presumably would ensure survival of skeletal programs) Fortunately, however. Democratic congressmen are not too busy tripping through the transcripts to wage a last-ditch effort to bail-out CAP programs First a three-year funding exten-sio i was proposed; however, a more likely solution is that offered by the house education and labor committee It has approved (27 to 8) a measure which would abolish OKO as such, but transfer its major programs to a new Community Action Administration within the department of health, education and welfare. Bv planting the embattled program under an old-line agency, strategists hope to ease administration opposition Though CAP'S survival chances are improving, federal appropriations likely will drop to basic amounts expandable only by matching state and local monies In light of the program’s excellent record, grassroots governments should not hesitate to flesh out bare-bones allocations. Goof power IF’ THE (liminess Book of World Records ever tabulates tape-destroying feats, No. I ranking most surely will go not to White House personnel but to a Los Angeles goat aptly named Coat In the Oddball Olympics out there two weeks ago, Coat devoured 8,413 inches of pa per tape Perhaps administration brainstormer goofed when they spent all those months searching for scapegoats. What they really needed was a tapegoat. Like the inimitable Goat, for instance students she would have to Ik- bused and the preference of most of the Wilson area is obviously to continue their school There is also some feeling that junior highs should be smaller than their present levels of 900-1.SINI students If the tniard desires to submit the same borid proposal again I will repeat iii> support The chance of informal discussion tx-mg reports! out of context and blown up •tut of proportion discourages aggressive discussion and initiative by school hoard members All our meetings must be public, so if we forego a completely open discussion in front of reporters, much of the decision making process is relegated to the staff who can discuss in private Although I regret unduly agitating the Wilson community, I feel deeply that my responsibility to the public requires that I should think for myself find out what others think then discuss this with fellow board members even if it results in con trovers)’ or opposition to tlie established staff or Isiard (Mention In tile future, I will contline to vigorously question, dissent and ad v ovate new approaches when appropriate However. I must admit that I have in the past usually found our schools to Im* efficient, effective and nitrated by a dedicated highly qualified staff We can all Im* proud of the educa Hon our kids can have in this community Ronald Moore, board membci Codal Rapids Community school district 211111 Indian filii load SF By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON    Let me come back to the presidential transcripts Some sad second thoughts are in order When I first wrote about tin* transcripts III days ago, I had read the first adit pages of the blue book 1'he President. I said, emerges from its pages in pretty good shape That judgment was premature When the 1.100 pages are contemplated as a whole, and read in conjunction with the President’s public statements, a regrettably different conclusion apl tears We are facts! with two questions about the President s conduct The first is a question of law Was his conduct criminal” The second is a question of morality Was hts conduct wrong” lf the issue before the country were co nf int si to the first question, I would not be so troubled These I.SIMI pages settle that question My President is not a crook The most serious charges that have been raised against Mr Nixon are that he twice suborned felony — first iii the Ellsberg matter iii California, second in the burglary at the Watergate — and that he later obstructed justice by conspiring to cover up the unlawful conduct of his aides The record as to these charges admittedly is ambiguous, lf one reads only an isolated passage here and there, an arguable case can be made that the President at least indirectly commis sinned the penetration” of the pyschta- inst s office Similarly prosecutors can find evidence to support their contention that Mr Nixon knowingly sanctioned the payment of hush money But the record has to be taken as a whole Pnder two familiar rules of criminal law — the presumption of iii noeenee and the rule of reasonable doubt — a fair jury would vote to acquit lf the tapes here transcribed are the most damaging evidence that can Im* adduced against the President, the house could not rightly impeach hun nor the senate Hist I v remove him from office Alas, this It*aves the second question, the question of morality Was his conduct wrong” On this point, the evidence is overwhelming. His conduct was indefensible lf all that one asks of a President is simply that hi* is not a crook, one asks very little. One is entitled to ask more One is entitled to ask for a certain purity of conduct, for a sure sense of moral leadership, for a keen understanding that Presidents must be judged by standards more demanding than the standards we apply to lesser men Here, too, one can find isolated passages iii which Mr. Nixon says what one would liki* a President to say “It would he wrong, that*stfor sure Tell the truth. John, tell the truth! We’ve got to prick the ImuI arid take the heat The President lets his sense of compassion show through in his sympathy for E. Howard Hunt arid for others caught in the Watergate net. Insights Duty is the sublimest word in oui language Do your duty in all things You cannot do more You should never wish to do less. Gen Robert E Lee But when allowance has been made for these comments, hundreds of bleak pages remain In page after page after page, tin* President emerges as little more than a strand-rate public relations man He waffles, hr* squirms, Im* ducks and he bobs and hr* weaves He cannot fact* John Mitchell Ile yields to John Ehrlichman s stronger will Ile is concerned above all things with a “scenario,” with a “strategy,” with a ‘ line He does not lead, he merely goes along Finally. to be sure, he does act decisively He wrings a resignation out of John Dean and reluctantly he lets ll R Haldenian and Khrlichman go But the whole record is a record of cy nicism and amorality There is more Mr Nixon was charged wit Ii surrendering these tapes as evidence to the house judiciary committee. The transcripts that he offered are fatally defective The Washington Post has counted 1,870 notations of “inaudible" or '‘unintelligible Newsweek has counted 1.787 In one conversation with Henry Petersen, at least 3H2 passages are thus marred The President himself ordered the deletion of a dozen portions of material "unrelated" to presidential actions on Watergate Viewed as evidence, the blue book has limited probative value The pages may serve Mr Nixon badly, hut they are self-serving all the same “I am so sick of this thing, Mr. Nixon says at one point We are all sick of this thing The country is sick of this thing But the miserable prosjiect is that we will all Im* sicker yet before the country begins to get well Kven if the house refuses to impeach (a prospect that grows increasingly uncertain), a pestilential virus of these I, MMI pages will persist The President 'n ap |M*al now is not for understanding or for justice or even for vindication His appeal is for mercy, and for compassion Pnder the melancholy circumstances, it seems a vast deal to ask. Woshinqtnn Star SyndircMe Steep odds for poverty clinics Medical monopolies face senate scalpel By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON — Senate investigators have found that medical societies have (int their pocketbooks before their patients by freezing out doctors who try to sot up low-cost health eare centers The societies, often made up of the wealthier doctors in the community have created a quiet monopoly in one town after another The result higher costs at a time when all medical cost controls have just been lifted by the federal government I’his finding will surface this week in the senate antitrust subcommittee chaired by Sen Philip Hart (D-Mich ), who ironically looks like a stereotype of the oldtune doctor. Later this month. Sen Edward Kennedy (D-Mass ) will chair more hearings The ailment the senators will analyze I*- little known but costly to the ordinary patient and sometimes fatal for the poor It is the stranglehold that county, state and national medical societies have on almost all medical practice. They can and have blocked doctors from forming clinics to dispense good, reasonably-priced health care under a single comprehensive fee Instead, the average ailing American must go to an individual doctor, or to a "clinic” set up by d<K*tors who sock them with a separate ft*e for each ailment medical societies, often supported by government, can Im* disastrous Poverty physicians have actually been banned from using local hospitals, dispensing medical information and even from practicing. Typical of cases discovered by Hart s sleuths is that of a young idealistic physician, Dr Daniel Blumenthal IR* was determined to help a community of black canc workers iii rural louisiana. Documents collected by Hart show that among 197 people iii the community, ranging from the aged to babies, "a total of 1U2 pathological diagnoses were made. Forty two of the 197 needed im-mediate hospitalization For poor patients, the attitude of the The diseases ranged from tumors to ‘Are you covered by hospitalization at the present time? And if so, what kind and how much?9 ' ■ ; ZnBusiness chaos? To the Editor: America is addicted with unrealistic expectations anti many if not most of our major national problems may Im* traced to an unrealistic expectation of one form or another Inflation can Im tract*! to our exacting to live better each year without increasing our productivity enough to make it all possible. The energy crisis can Im* traced to our expecting to endlessly int Tease oui na ttonal energy consumption year bv year iii the face of ultimately limited energy supplies The population crisis can Im* traced to our ex|M**tmg to promote endless growth in the fact* of a limited amount of land on our planet The educational crisis eau bt tract*) to our expecting that most if not all our youth can and-or should have what has traditionally lM*eti the best education a heavily academic hook oriented out Die crisis of our cities can Im* tract*! to our expecting that ii a city of KHI.990 residents is a good plate to live because ol what it can offer a city of twice that size will Im (*vi*ii better because it will Im* able to offer more < lur polit leal crisis can Im* I racerl lo our experting that vs hilt* most of us busy ourselves in nonpolitical religious and < ha fit a bit* work others will somehow wisely s|M*n«i the massive tax payments we thoughtlessly turn over to them lf members of tile ( edar Rapids city council unrealistically exited there to in* enough business for existing places of business in (‘filar Rapids plus all those planned in tin* monstrous new shopping <-enter—then in a few years ( edar Rapids will have a crisis of business chaos as merchants cut service in an effort to make ends meet in a locally created business recession of too many merchants and not enough shop(>ers Baul A Smith 1924 Maplewood drive NEWaterloo worse l o tile I rf itoi for the past two years we have bern going to Water Uni once or twice a month Therefore, we have been able to observe the Waterloo-*'filar Falls seem* Iii the mid lilts, shoppers on Fourth street iii Waterloo were five abreast Now, it would be unusual to see MMI people at any tune on this once "Main” st reel of Northeast Iowa When the shop ping centers were built iii Waterloo, the downtown area, which was a civic arid cultural center of Black Hawk county, developed into a disgusting mass of deteriorated and empty brairded buildings The shopping center areas are very difficult anti dangerous to get into and out of The centers themselves, while not being particularly attractive from I hr* outside, are beautiful ami comfortable inside if one survives the trip to them It is obvious that many Waterloo residents, especially in older areas, have lost pride in their projierty Arr* higher taxes, roused by revenue lost from downtown Waterloo restricting property improvements” The statistics in Sunday’s Gazette (May 12) say nothing of esthetics and civic pride We arr* iii favor of thr* smaller shopping center projMisal iii (’edar Rapids We would hate to sec our city's downtown arca ruined as WaterThi s lias been There is nothing to aspire to iii Wa terlon for Cedar Rapidians We still tin have a city that looks like a city not a deteriorated decentralized memorial to miNplanning Frank W and Anita J Fighmey 178 Twenty eighth avenue SW Unsilenced Little pimor, who bailli I spoken a wold iii all af his six years, finally blurted at breakfast ‘ Mom. the toast is burned Ills mother, amazed, shrieked with joy, hugged him anti sit it! ‘‘Junior, whv haven’t you spoken lo us before this' "Well,” replied JU ll IPI ‘‘Up lo now everything’s been okay various heart problems (including two with undiagnosed heart failure), rotten teeth, blindness, arthritis, alcoholism, various ulcers, psychiatric disorders, emphysema and hernia Ninety percent of these children had worms. The sugar companies paid the first $5 of medical care, aiMiiit enough to curt* one cast* of worms As described in the Hart documents, the ordinary sugar worker “goes to a physician only when his children are sick with fever or pain, or when he or his wife has obvious pain They usually go knowing they cannot afford the medical cart* and usually incur a hill that they cannot pay. As for the doctor, bt* spends ‘long hours seeing his regular paying patients” and sees the charity patients inly when he must Blumenthal stepped intl* this medical nightmare and tried to help local antipoverty workers set up a clinic. Despite the fact that the clinic was only for the poor, the l»M*al nit*!leal society and daters on a federally sponsored planning council blocked it When federal funds wert* finally obtained. the local doctors refused to approve the clinic as a National Health Service Corps site. so this ruled out a full-time government doctor Blumenthal’s experiences art* not unique The Hart studies have turned up similar medical outrages in Texas, Wisconsin. Massachusetts, Ohio and other st ates In Ohio for example, Charles Raw lings, then director of health consumer affairs at Case Western Reserve university, told Hart investigators how the American Medical Assn killed his program lintier a federal Public Health Service grant, Rawlings had prepared a simple slide show to demonstrate to Cleveland residents, particularly the poor, what their medical options were Rawlings brisk, factual slides were accompanied by a text that said, "Private doctors have left the inner city and rural areas where people do not have as much money to pay them Making large amounts of money is often a major consideration for many private physicians . . When the American Medical Assn and the Cleveland Academy of Medicine learned of the inntM-uous little presentation, they showed acute symptoms of soaring blood pressure The academy’s executive director, Robert Fang. wrote a choleric letter to then ll S. Surgeon General Jesse Stein-feld ‘ I am amazed .," sputtered Lang ‘‘This is obviously a piece of propaganda I do strenuously object lo the list* of government funds The American Medical Assn published a three-column story and an editorial against the “sinisterly blast*!" slides In a letter to the health, education and welfare department, the AMA suggested the grant Im* withdrawn Surgeon General Steinfeld stuck to his guns but the AMA won anyway Medical alumni of Case Western, the Cleveland Academy of Medicine and others (ml pressure on the university, which withdrew its support These and other stories of medical malfeasance will make the medical establishment squirm But there is stronger medicine still in the s|mmui The Hart Kennedy hearings may result in a formal request for antitrust action by the lustier department against the AMA and tither medical siMiettes UiiitMl I •filii' r 'ivnrtx (Me ;

  • Daniel Blumenthal
  • E. Howard Hunt
  • Edward Kennedy
  • Hart Kennedy
  • Henry Petersen
  • Howard Phillips
  • Jack Anderson
  • James J. Kilpatrick
  • John Dean
  • John Ehrlichman
  • John Mitchell
  • Philip Hart
  • Robert E Lee
  • Robert Fang
  • Ronald Moore

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: May 14, 1974

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