Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 3, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette June 3, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Sh* Ct? flite i\tt pieta (OttjcHe Editorial Page Nixon rated ‘too easy’ on big business Monday, June 3, 1974 MMM Unattractive election A STATEWIDE turnout of less than 300,000 — only 15 percent or so of Iowa’s 1.9 million eligible voters — is predicted for the state primary elections this week. Party leaders mourn the apathy and warn that those who fail to vote simply do themselves out of their franchise in the nomination process, a main link in the chain that puts people in office. The mourner-preachers ought to know enough by now to save their breath. More voters in Iowa purposely declare themselves as members of no party than express a preference for either of the main ones. Not until election laws of Iowa convert the system to an “open" primary — requiring no pre-affiliation and letting any voter privately pick either party’s ballot at the polls at any election — will primary turnouts come anywhere clote to elections themselves. As things stand now, it is true that anyone may freely change his declaration at the voting place. Past allegiance is not binding. There is no compulsion to go one way all the time. In the final elections, split-ticket voting is always an option for all. Still, the picsent system does force voters to choose openly between one party and the other if they want a voice in w ho goes on the final ballot. All must go on record, temoorarily at least, as Democrats or as Republicans. Many count that as a privacy invasion, as a secret-ballot rights- infringement. By hundreds of thousands, it keeps them away. The trend, moreover, is toward rising independence. Prom registration records here in Iowa, the pattern ran this way last fall: Independent —    36 percent. Democratic —    35 percent. Republican — 29 percent. Linn county and Cedar Rapids specifically last year showed a breakdown of 40,000-plus independents. almost 25,000 Democrats and some 21,600 Republicans. The party-oriented leadership understandably prefers a elear-affiliation system and closed primaries. There are organizational advantages and loyalty-promoting benefits. A good case can be argued for the point that no one unwilling to commit himself to party principles has any real business helping tell a party who should represent it on the ballot. But from the other side of that coin it is impossible to claim that party ties promote enthusiasm (low turnouts disprove it) and illogical to chide voters for shunning a kind of primary system whose terms art' unacceptable to so many. Some day Iowa’s election laws should acknowledge this resistance, respect the place of independence in a party structure and provide a truly open door to the primary process. Only then are these elections apt to pull more people and be more effective in accomplishing their purpose. Revenue-sharing letdown WHEN THE federal government’s revenue-sharing brain child was turned loose “no strings attached’’ 20 months back, wary local officials sensibly began looking for the catch. The drawback, as most people diagnosed it back then, was that the money could not be used for direct property tax relief. What no one predicted —publicly, at least — was that cities would be expected to use special revenue-sharing allotments to continue projects soon to be sidesw ipcd by impoundment by the President. Communities just now are totaling up the damage. As Gazette Reporter Mike Deupree noted May 26, revenue sharing’s net cost to Cedar Rapids is about $2 million yearly. That is, the city’s revenue-sharing take totals some $2 million less than was received through categorical grants in the pre-“windfall’’ days. In that light, Uncle Sam scores not as Santa Claus but rather as the cutpurse Grinch As Mayor ( annoy has observed, court battles resulting from impoundments have swung most decisively against the administra- People's forumMan enters ERA fray Th the Editor I never miss >uur People's forum, and I ve never written a comment before, hut I can’t overcome this temptation to jump into the verbal battle going on over the equal rights amendment. First, I haven I run into many women who weren't very happy to sit around all day and let the old man slave away (at sometimes as many as three jobs) to support their "equal” partners and their children. Bills arc made and paid, and it takes years of continual hard work to accumulate what a family needs for living But when a woman decides she wants a divorce, then where i this socalled equality? What happens to the man s equality' I came out of a 13-year marriage with not half of what I slaved for all those years (none of it), not half of my children (nom* of them), not half our friends, etc. However, my share did consist of all the bills, all the support, all m.v worn-out clothes, a broken-down car. and a crummy old apartment. tion. This sugg*- is ti .at federal funding reductions such as recorded in Cedar Rapids in fiscal years 1973 and ’74 will not be nearly as severe next year. Nonetheless, the Kenwood ditch storm sewer project, open spaces parkland acquisition, water pollution control and federally-supported housing for disadvantaged persons all have been hindered by the innovation ironically billed as “new money.’’ The only people satisfied with the reversal are those who for years deplored the city’s repeated trips “to the federal trough.’’ What that small minority forgets, however, is that no matter what name a federal grant carries, the money is none other than tax funds funneled from here to Washington in the first place. Another sometimes forgotten fact is that Cedar Rapids’ actual losses under revenue sharing total more than the annual reduction of $2 million. What losses a community sustains in business slowdowns and job losses is inestimable; however, no economic analysis of revenue sharing should ignore the so-called multiplier effect of monies not received. m rn ■ x i Second. I wouldn't want to be forced to fight in a war with women anyway. You'd hav e to lay your weapon dow n too often to open tank hatches for them, carry their field packs, let them use the gangplank first, arid stand in line waiting at the latrine I've never seen a group of people who have it so well made women do (with some exceptions, ITI concede) yet who complain so much, and now they're fighting among themselves Gary G Fairbanks 442b Bowling street SVV Lot IMNo Sunday work To the Editor: Where is < hristianity in the world today? Where is the original Bill ol Hights that guarantees a person th* right to religion and freedom of worship7 Where is God in modern America? I was recently employed at Cornell college in Mt. Vernon, a supposedly Christian college. I was also just released from the Veteran’s hospital in Iowa <Tty on May 23. When I arrived home, after having surgery for shrapnel removal, I received a letter from my recent employer stating that they were forced to terminate my employment due to my refusal to work on any Sunday.By Louis Harris The Morris Survey SOM F WH AT SHUNTED into the background by the controversy surrounding Watergate is the fact that the Nixon administration is in deep trouble with the American people on the domestic economic front. By 82-15 percent, the public gives Mr. Nixon negative marks on the "way he has handled the economy,” the lowest rating on this score for the President since he has occupied the White House. The magnitude of the loss of confidence in administration economic policies can perhaps best be measured by the 60-20 percent majority w ho feel Nixon policies are "doing more harm than good." A nationwide cross-section of 1,555 households was asked between May 4 and 7, as they have been asked before: Do you feel the economic policies of the Nixon odminittrahon ore doing more good thon harm or more harm thon good?’' Wore flood More norm thon harm than good Not sure % % % May 1974 20 AO 20 February 1973 54 28 18 September 1972 55 26 19 September 1971 53 23 24 January 1971 35 39 26 Without doubt, the public is more crit- ital now of Nixon administration economic measures than at any time over the past 3>*2 years One key criticism leveled by the public is that the administration and the Republican party “have been tint close to big business,” a view now accepted by 72 percent of the public. People have been asked periodically: "Do you agree or disagree that the Nixon administration and the Republican party have been too close to big business? have to go further than those big profits being piled up by the oil companies as a result of the energy shortage. That’s be* ing * too close to big business,’ as far as my pocketbook is concerned ” Other views expressed art' that “the Republicans have always favored the big companies and the rich man and "wages were kept under control, hut profits never were” during the rapid rise in inflation As a consequence of these suspicions and doubts,# sizable 69 percent of the public is now prepared to say that the Nixon administration has been "too easy” in its dealings with big business. The cross-section was asked: “Do you feel the Nixon Administration hoi been too tough on big butine**, too eo*y, or about right in the way it ha* treated big butine**?” Toto. public Too tough Too eoty About right Not sure 2 69 17 12 Agree, has Ho* Not been not sure % % % May 1974 72 12 16 November 1973 64 21 15 February 1973 61 23 16 November 1972 57 29 14 Augu*( 1972 57 30 13 Since the 1972 political campaign, the belief that both the Nixon administration and the Republican party are "too close to big business" has risen from 57 to 72 percent of the public. The biggest cingle criticism leveled against this administration in its relations with business is that “it has given too many advantages, made too many special deals with business,” volunteered by 38 percent of the public. A steel worker in McKeesport, Pa., put it this way: “Why, Nixon and the Republicans have just about handed over everything to big business and left us with next to nothing. Their idea is ‘if in doubt, always give big business the break.’ ” Others were more specific. A retail merchant in Canton, Ohio, said: “That deal with ITT was typical They gave ITT everything they wanted in a straight fix. Just pro-big business all the way.’’ In Encino, (’alif., a retired man on a pension added: “That steal on raising milk prices after they gave some big cam paign contributions was one of the rawest deals in behalf of business ever made in this country.” The illegal campaign contributions of business in the 1972 election campaign were cited by another 20 percent as evidence of the administration's close ties with corporations. As a 24-year-old pattern maker in Lowell, Mass., put it: “Big business just bought up this administration and Nixon personally dollar by dollar with all those secret campaign contributions. Big business owns them now ” The increased profits of the oil companies during the energy shortage is yet another major reason volunteered by 15 percent of the public. As an engineer in Monroe, Mich., said: “Look, you don’t It was not unexpected that, when asked about the future direction federal policies ought to take toward big business, a substantial 71 percent opted for "tougher” measures. People were asked: Do you (eel (he Nixon adminstration should be tougher on big butine**, easier, or treat big bu*ine*i the way it ha* in the post'-’ Total public Should be tougher Should be eatier Should treat as in past Not sure 71 2 15 12 Given their low estimate of the job done by the Republican administration in bringing the economy out of the throes of a recession, voters this fall are likely going to be in a receptive mood toward Democratic campaign charges that the Nixon administration has been too closely linked with special business interests. It is almost a certainty that this familiar Democratic refrain will become a standard theme once more in Democratic campaigning across the country both this year and in 1976. Cbicoflo Tribune New York News Syndical* Teaching children to read Phonetics cannot recover tooquicklyBy James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON — A couple of weeks ago, the Reading Reform Foundation held its annual meeting at the old Park-Sheraton hotel here. A mile or so away, on Capitol Hill, the senate was engaged in passing the omnibus education act of 1974. The better dollar value was at the Sheraton. The Reading Reform Foundation is a spunky little outfit, founded in 1961 by the late Watson Washburn of New York City. It exists for one purpose only: to encourage the teaching of reading through emphasis on old-fashioned phonics. The foundation operates on an embarrassing budget — embarrassingly low, that is — but it gets results. The phonetic approach slowly is making a comeback. It will be weeks cr months before local school boards and professional educators fully discover all the goodies spread out for them in the omnibus education act. So much attention was directed toward the controversy over racial-balance busing that the wild proliferation of educational grants and subsidies was obscured The bill authorizes a staggering 125 billion for federal aid to education over the next four years, including )635 million in programs intended to improve reading skills If the whole of this $635 million authorization were actually funded, could the money be effectively spent? The melancholy answer is probably no. If some small fraction of this sum were turned over to the Reading Reform Foundation — say, one-tenth of I percent — the taxpayers would get far more per dollar than they ever will get from the professional educators who soon will be romping in clover, crying “oh, oh, jump, jump, and look, look!” It is a sad situation. The principal sponsors of this new reading program. Senators Glenn Beall of Maryland and Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, have theJames J. Kilpatrick ; When I applied for this position, I clearlv stated on m> application that I was a Sunday school teacher and youth leader and, of course, this means I hav* obligations on Sunday I was fired not mr any Sundays I have missed, but for future Sundays I might miss it I were called to work due to snowstorms or storm damage How would these people know that it would be bad weather on any Sunday this year? What is really ironic is that I was m-capacitated and later in the hospital from May 13 to date, I was, of course, bv order of the doctor unable to work on May 19 which was ( ommencement Nundav ai Cornell, ( auld I have been fired tor this? It would seem to me to Im unfair to fire a man for obeying the Ten Commandments where we are commanded by God to "Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy ” When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior. I vowed unto God that I would never do anything on Sunday that we Id not bring glory to His name I intend to continue to live up to my promise. If it costs me my job and my livelihood, then it shall be so, because after what Jesus had done for me, how could this Im- too much to ask'' I think Cornell should be exposed though, as a wolf in sheep s clothing I do not feel they should Im- given tax credit or anything else, donations from churches that are really trying to serve God. when in reality these people have no respect for G'*d and His laws I pray that I may never be found guilty of compromising my promises for earthly or selfish gains as these people have* done Max R Jordan Mi VernonRecycle containers To the Editor \ recent Gazette editorial page covered arguments on both sides of itll* question ' Should congress outlaw no return ImiI-tles and cans?” I would have to agree with the “yes” arguments because, ae* cording to the article, 8 2 million tons of he* r and soft drink containers discarded per day during 1972 were responsible for 21 percent (ii wastes which came pac kaged The article added that today, if the beverage industry would use reusable bottles it would tx* saving at least 92,000 barrels of oil per day This would help greatly as well as be a con Vt thence to the container manufacturers themselves Also, the cost of returnable bottles is very little Oregon, which passed a law iii 1972 banning the use of nonreturnable bottles un*1 cans from the market, has found it to he a great success and a saving of large amounts of energy other states at least very best intentions. They are concerned, as thoughtful persons ought to be concerned, about the inability of so many Americans to read. Millions of children, both black and white, have grown into adulthood as functional illiterates, unable to read the printed material they must deal with in everyday life. The problem cries out for attention. The Nixon administration several years ago began an attack with its Right-To-Read program in the Office of Education. The program is budgeted at $12 million a year. This pays for a flock of reading experts, demonstration projects, and the like, but a glum impression cannot be dispelled that the program functions chiefly as a bonanza for bureaucrats, professional grantsmen, paper-shufflmg pedagogues, the salesmen of educational gimcrackery and the devisers of tests testing other people’s tests. Senator Beall agrees that the Right-To-Read program has had only “spotty success,“ but he believes the vastly expanded program authorized by his amendment will prove more effective. Local school boards will have considerable discretion in shaping their programs to community needs. Substantial sums can recycle these containers sit us not to pollute our endangered environment. The cost of recycling equipment isn’t too expensive. People should wake up to the idea that we do have a pollution problem. and something has to be done about it . . Current facts indicate that within a period of 3(1 years, if we do not find any more fuel than we already have, it will cease to exist That goes for copper, aluminum, and other metals too. That is why w<‘ must ban tho use of nonreturnable bottles and cans in order to conserve the energy we now have Nudemu Shewn lek IM Thirty-first street WY'Persecution’ To the Editor: I feel it is my duty to express concern over a situation that has happened in our community A very dear christian friend of ours hus bi en permanently released from the job he held al Cornell college in Mt. Vernon The fact that he loves God and has put Him first in his life meets with only scorn and disapproval at this so-called Christian college, It has always been my belief that a Christian school was a place where children could not only prepare for a vexation but also learn the ways of our Lord Jesus, being with others of like would he invested in training reading specialists who would work directly with classroom teachers. UH us hope for the best. It is an oversimplification to say that teachers are divided irrto two camps, one under the flag of “phonics” and the other under the flag of “look-and-say.” Good teachers, borrow from both approaches. Some teachers appear to get promising results, at least temporarily, from various machines and visual aids that have appeared over the last 20 years. But the grim results speak eloquently of failure. None of the glittering new techniques have replaced basic phonics, and until the primacy of phonies is fully restored, the new federal millions are likely to go gurgling down the drain The victims of this tragedy — and it is a tragedy — are the children who grow up with only a hazy idea of what reading is all about. It is bad enough that they miss the joy of “good reading,” or that they are defeated by the “hard words” of a daily newspaper. Too many of them, irony of ironies, cannot even read the questions on a public welfare form How will they cope in the Brave New World7 Washington Star Syndicate rn t •, ■■ V faith who have made a personal commitment to God. This is why we have Christian colleges and worldly colleges. I fail to see how this Christian college tan teach anyone how to walk in God s love and adhere to His teachings when they hire Satan’s disciples and fire God s children I personally would never allow any of my children to attend a so-called Christian college that doesn’t even want Christian teachers or other personnel on staff ... In this day and age of faisc-h(Kid and sham one needs a college that will stand up for Christ, not more that sell out to Satan. Our friend was in the Veterans hospital for surgery of a wound received in Vietnam. . What a sad state of affairs it is when a man wants to worship his Master on Sunday . , . and adhere to the commandments of our Lord, and an employer posing as a wolf in sheep’s clothing has the right to take away his livelihood and tell him he is worshiping a “dead God ” Barents should wake up. This is truly another sign of the times. WY* who love the Lord will he persecuted, and then after famines, earthquakes, diseases, rampant sex, crimes and false religions, the Rapture will finally take place Take a long look uround and then look heavenward Margaret Freeman Lisbon ;

  • Gary G Fairbanks
  • Glenn Beall
  • J. Kilpatrick
  • James J. Kilpatrick
  • Louis Harris
  • Margaret Freeman Lisbon
  • Max R Jordan
  • Mike Deupree
  • Thomas Eagleton
  • Watson Washburn

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: June 3, 1974

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