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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Clamor for morality-on-high rings hollow Editorial Page fiiday. May 24, 1974 C.R. climate THE NATURE of economic trend-prediction being what it is nobody will know for sure until they come what the full results are from this week's rezoning action to clear the way for a huge regional shopping center in southwest Cedar Rapids. A persuasive case was offered to the general effect that such a large development is too big for the market: That it necessarily will damage all existing business elsewhere in the community and may undermine the city's strong downtown, especially. Others persuasively argued that the shopping center can succeed in its own right without harming business elsewhere, weakening the downtown area and wreaking tax-base havoc over-all. Ten years from now when city council members who par- ticipated in the zoning action may no longer be in office a pretty good line on who was right will have materialized. Meanwhile, much of what develops from here on is likely to depend on whether a defeatist outlook follows on the losers' part to help the prophecies of doom become a self-fulfilling force. Naturally, the way to meet stiff competition is by mounting stiffen competition in return. As far as Cedar Rapids' central business district is concerned, nothing could strengthen it more and at- tract people better than fulfill- ment of exciting works now being planned: A community center-ho- tel facility to handle conventions and large entertainments. A "skyway" system of overhead walkways for out-of-the-weather access between major parking areas and businesses. Further ac- tion toward relieving rail-crossing conflicts with street traffic. Nothing could promote the feared decline, conversely, more effectively than giving up on these ideas, assuming the worst and abandoning the dynamic approach that has worked so well in the past. A good bet is that if a hang- loose, go-hard, up-and-at-'em at- titude endures, the economic worst will simply not be able to occur. Consideration due TWO RECENT writers to the People's forum ably stated the opposing cases in a situation that chronically irritates a great many people. One objected to the doctor's-of- fice timing system which finds patients consistently waiting up to an hour and a half in the office or examination room beyond their scheduled appointment times before the doctor finally attends them. The other sympathized with those who have to waste this time but justified it with the explana- tion that medical emergencies come up, illnesses needing quick attention break into the schedule, and expectedly simple problems turn out to be complex and time- consuming. The heel-cooling complainant suggested assigning dollar-values to the waiters' lost time and either deducting the amount from doc- tor bills or billing the .physician if waiting time exceeds the value of the service. That might be fail- sometimes, but in terms of prac- ticality and enforcement it would probably wash out. Simple ways to minimize the waste do come to mind, however. When office personnel find scheduled appointments running half an hour to an hour late because of unexpected trouble, an attendant could try calling people down the list and setting later times to show. Appreciation would exceed resentment. Also, scheduling could rest on an assumption that emergency delays WILL interfere. Allowing blocks of time for interruptions without inviting an expectable overload would be both fair and smart. A little plain consideration could go far to head off most complaints. Programmed poverty AS MANDATED by the comprehensive employment and training act persons receiving institutional training for public service employment are to receive money for tuition, books, transportation and other educa- tion-related needs, plus allow- ances aiding fulfillment of one's basic needs. In some cases, however, trainees might not receive allowances, according to the department of labor. And what could prevent the awarding of stipends for disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed persons? Manpower personnel from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Way with words Athletic premises By Theodore M. Bernstein FAR OUT. Baseball is. or at least was, the national pastime. Perhaps for that reason boll park figures in some national idioms. Out of the ball park refers tn something that is out of reach, just as a homer is. It indicates a range or approximation. Thof's another ball pork suggests something that is not within the frame of reference under discussion. Also, Ihe phrase is sometimes used in an adjectival sense, as when a federal official said, "Thai's only a ball park meaning it was just an estimate. That's enough on Ihat subject. Everybody ready to wind up? Incomplete alternative comparison. Don't let that long-winded designation gel yon down, but do let the offense it describes do so. What it refers to is this type of construction: "Some of our schools are as had or worse than those in Eskimo villages." The word worse is Missouri sought the answer recently at a department of labor briefing in Kansas City. Well (went the in some cases the position being trained for might not pay any more at the end of the training program than the client is accus- tomed to receiving during train- ing, i.e., the minimum wage of hourly. In such a case, the allowance raising effective in- come beyond an hour might be withheld. In other words, it's best not to get folks used to living too high off the hog. No doubt about it, Uncle Sam is all heart. completed by than, but what completes as bad? The answer is, nothing: it stands there lonely and up in the air. One corrective, though a formal one. is to make it "as bad as or worse than." Another natural corrective is to complete the as bod os immediately and tack the worse idea on at the end, thus: "Some of our schools are as bad as those in Eskimo villages or worse." Either way. the construction must he made shipshape. Word oddities. As another month is almost on the way out you may want to know where it came from Ihe word month, that is. It goes all the way back to Ihe Indo-European menol, meaning moon or month. It refers to a division of time during which Ihe moon makes a complete revolution of Ihe earlli. Now York Times Theodore M. Bernstein By James J. Kilpatrick WASIll.XGTON 1'alriulism. said Dr. Johnson, is Ihe last refuge cif a scoundrel, and "morality" by Ihe same token, may be Ihe last refuge HHIM- seeking the removal of Mr. Xixon. Then- is something fishy ubuiit this lalesl diilcry. Let me walk around it, sniffing. To avoid misunderstanding: 1 have several times expressed the dismay, disappointment, and revulsion of many conservatives at the devious attitudes disclosed by the presidential transcripts. The President's own threat to "fix" Edward Bennett Williams, and to create "damnable, damnable problems" for the Post-Newsweek television station, be- speaks an atmosphere in which a John Dean could retire confidently to his of- fice, licking a pencil, there to prepare his enemies lists. Enough said. But it is one thing to express regret, disillusion, and even contempt, and it is quite another thing to argue that Mr. Nixon should be removed from his office for want of "moral leadership." We do not elect a President to serve as our moral leader. We elect a President to People's forum What ERA won't do To the Editor: A letter in the Forum May 20 insisted that the equal rights amendment (ERA) is an attempt by a small minority of women to masculinize the female sex. There are many misunderstandings con- cerning the ERA. No woman is going to be forced to leave her home to obtain a job so she can provide her half of the support for her family. Actually any woman with a home and family is contributing much more to ''support" than can be measured in monetary terms. Nor can the ERA force a working woman to undertake a job that is dangerous or harmful to her health. It is, rather, an attempt to see that women are not denied jobs for which they are qualified and which have previously been unfairly closed to them. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) already has in- validated job discrimination on the basis of sex, and states are beginning to extend protections concerning difficult physical work to men employes as well as women. Women will not be forced to use men's reslrooms nor men women's. The supreme court ruled some years ago in favor of the individual's rights to privacy. The ERA would mean equal facilities for both men and-women in places previously limited to "men only" and "women only." The ERA will not wipe out laws pro- tecting women against rape. What it will do is assure thai sex crimes which cover adultery, prostitution, and sodomy as well will apply equally to men and women. This may do much to help erase the guilt many women are forced to bear by being unwillingly made the victims of sex crimes. Maternity leaves would also not be disallowed a working woman under the ERA. Presently, in many places, receiv- ing maternity leave is often tantamount to being fired. The EEOC has ruled that childbirth should be accorded the same privileges as any other medical James J. Kilpatrick execute the laws. In make treaties, to nominate judges of the supreme court, and to serve as eommander-in-chief. The recent outcries about "moral leadership" have a faint air of despera- tion: All else having failed, let us try morality. Under the most rudimentary rules of due process, it now seems plain that Mr. Nixon has committed no criminal of- fense. He did not connive in the Water- gate bugging; he did not participate in the coverup; he did not suborn perjury or obstruct justice or involve himself in misprision of felony. He did not take bribes from ITT or the milk producers. He committed no criminal fraud in the matter of his income taxes, and he took no graft at San Cletnente. If an ini- peachable offense is to be equated with a criminal offense, or even with a "serious offense against the the evidence thus far adduced fulls short of the rule of reasonable doubt. But "morality" has a nice ring to it. Coming from members of the congress, it has a nice hypocritical ring to it. There are many representatives and senators, of course, who are models of impeccable integrity. There are others who make up the biggest bunch of nickel grafters in town. Periodically some enterprising reporter compiles a list of the perquisites that congressmen have voted them- selves, ranging all the way from lush pensions, free medical care and franking privileges, down to cheap haircuts and reserved parking at the airport. Some of these high-toned fellows are now intent upon voting themselves life tenure in the name of election reform. Many of them have accepted campaign contributions, whether from business or labor, that bear an aroma a sort of eau de garbage dump not to be readily distinguished from the smell that emanated from the Committee for the Re-election of the President. Some of the lugubrious remonstrances Iowa monsoon, '74 from Ihe private sector have little more to commend Ihem. We are hearing from political parsons more concerned with defending tin' terrorists of Angola than with serving their owi: flocks. We are hearing from groat newspapers whose demonstrated concept of morality is to traffic in stolen goods. II is a great dividend, of course, when the country is led by a President who inspires respect, affection, and love. Washington in his first term. Lincoln in the war years. Franklin Roosevelt in the Depression. Eisenhower in the postwar exhaustion one thinks of these, and perhaps there have been others. Vet it seems to me a mistake to demand of a President that he serve as a national symbol, like a British monarch, or that he become a spiritual leader, the One Great Scoutmaster of us all. I am as concerned as any man about the amorality of Mr. Nixon. Again 1 deplore it. But I would trade expletives deleted for one Lewis Powell on Ihe U.S. supreme court. If it is moral leadership the President's critics want, let them first seek to provide it them- selves, by the high example of their own lives. Washington Star Syndicate disability in terms of sick leave and benefits. What the ERA could do is allow men a paternity leave. The ERA can do nothing more than exactly what its name implies assure equal rights to women and disallow discrimination on the basis of sex. No woman will be forced into any unwanted "sexless" or "masculine" positions. Therefore it is certainly unfair for any woman who desires to tend husband, home and children to deny other women the freedom to make their choices too. Barbara J. Taylor Coralville Undercovered To the Editor: 1, for one, was'very disappointed witli the coverage on both TV and in the newspaper of the Eastern Iowa Band festival. Our kids trudged gamely through pouring rain to the delight of drenched sideliners and were anxious to see the TV coverage, since our Norway band has for two straight years brought home the top rating for class C schools, plus having our queen chosen. There was only a fleeting glimpse of the bands. Were all the reporters in out of the rain? We appreciate the lovely picture on the front of the Sunday Gazette of our queen, Melanne Schutterlc, and we are very proud of her. But we were certainly disappointed when we turned to the in- side and found no pictures of the winning bands. We at Norway are very proud of our No. 1 band and our lovely queens, and wish youth could get more recognition for this type of accomplishment. Mrs. Louis Blackburn Chairman, Norway Music Boosters Norway (Editor's note: There is no way that a picture of a whole marching band let alone three of Ihem in (he some paper con be made interest- ing to anyone excepf (he people in the picture, or their families. A full page of pictures and text in the May 19 Gazette gave ample recognition to band festival participants.) -Backing Tii the Editor: I'm not old enough (at 13) to vote, but if I could vote I would support Mr. Norris Dobbin for the Republican nomination for state senator. Me has been one of my favorite teachers this year at school. I think he is a very honest man, lie is interested in helping kids, better education, and par- ticularly the senior citizens. He's a great guy and I think you'd like him loo, if you personally knew him. Jeff Klein Meadowbrimk drive SE Fierce independence reconfirmed Jaworski: biggest menace, worst mistake By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON Special Prosecutor Leon .laworski's blistering letter to the senate judiciary committee was a political act, calculated and combative, which exposes the extreme danger of President Nixon's continuing fight against turning over subpoenaed evidence. Neither asking nor desiring senate lion, Jaworski was firing a long-con- templated signal. By publicly revealing Ihat the President broke his promises not in interfere wilh the special prosecutor. Jaworski has made himself more fireproof than ever. Yet, if Mr. Nixon eventually loses in the supreme court, his only sensible alternative to the self-des- tructive sacking of Jaworski would be to obey Ihe court and surrender the tape recordings. However, there is universal suspicion (.laworski's men included) that those tapes contain information at least as damaging to the President as the revelations of nine tapes he surrendered after Ihe Saturday night massacre last October. Thus, while attention is now glued to impeachment proceedings on Capitol Hill, Jaworski's office in down- town Washington is an actively dangerous second front where the President's prospects are bleak. Jaworski remains perhaps the worst of all lhu blatant While House miscalcula- tions about Watergate. The President was wrong from the start that the 8K- year-old Houston corporation lawyer would prove a welcome relief from the deposed Prof. Archibald Cox as special prosecutor. After seven long months, the White House will not admit that error. Continuing to misinterpret Jaworski's character. Xixon aides insisl lie really wants to clean up Ihe Watergate cases without causing more trouble and go home to the good life in Texas. It's just that poor old Leon, they say, is the cap- tive of ferocious young anti-Nixon liberal lawyers he inherited from Cox. This conflicts with evidence that Jaworski is lolally in control as in the recent decision on how to handle former Ally. Gen. Richard Kleindienst's admit- ted deception before a senate committee. Although these young prosecutors want- ed a perjury indictment, Jaworski in- sisted that Kleindienst more sinned against than sinning should be lei off wilh a one-count misdemeanor. But the While House has talked so much about the captive-.laworski theory that Mr. Nixon's lawyers actually broached it to Jaworski himself, crudely attempting to alienate him from the Cox holdovers. Jaworski responded wilh some heat Ihat ho runs Ins own show. That heal displayed a combaliveness by Irial lawyer Jaworski far more In- lenso than appellate lawyer Cox's. As the White House remained udaimmllv un- EVANS NOVAK cooperative, .laworski long ago decided he would return at the proper time In the senate to complain about the President. When Nixon defense lawyer James St. Clair argued in closed session before Judge John Sirica Ihat Jaworski was subordinate to Ihe President's wishes, Jaworski knew Ihe proper time had cnnir. His intent is certainly not to further the basic Nixon strategy of delay by gelling congress to establish a statutory special prosecutor's office. Rather, the letter to the senate was a means of getting his case-in'the open without breaching Ihe court's semi-gag rule (imposed upon Jaworski but not The letter further undercut Mr. Nixon with ninny nmuilnlng Republican sup- porters in congress. Realizing Mr. Nixon can neither fire Jaworski nor seem to bo impeding his Investigation, they view this struggle with the special prosecutor as deflating Ihe President's hopes for survival, The unsinkable Jaworski deepens problems Mr. Nixon faces in his lawsuit against the subpoenas. Just as last Oc- tober, the White House inner circle in this case, the President, St. Clair and chief of staff Alexander Ilaig has talked itself into believing it will win in the supreme court. So, While House counsel J. Fred Biixhardl might be telling Ihe truth when he contends the reaction to an adverse court decision has not even been discussed. But outside lawyers believe the supreme court could very well order the tapes be given Jaworski. Since he cannot turn off this process by firing Jaworski. Mr. Nixon would have to consider presidential defiance of Ihe supreme court, leading to a constitutional crisis which would likely result in his convic- tion by the senate. The President's problem, Ihen. boils down to the actual contents of Ihe sub. poonacd tapes. Risking his very office to keep them secret reinforces the ines- capable suspicion which has always dogged him: that he is prolocllng former aides but himself. Thai suspicion would endure even if the supreme court ruled lor him. Only a lenient special prosecutor could 'ease I'his pressure against the President, and even the While Mouse'must now Ihni I.i'iin Jaworski is anything hul that. f'ulill'.lirrs Hull Svniliuiti'
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