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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., June 4, 1974  Ray Signs Last of Legislation  DES MOINES (AP) - Gov. Robert Ray worked into the night Monday before signing into law the last bill given to him by the 1974 Iowa legislature.  It was also one the governor seriously considered vetoing.  Ray signed 18 bills into law during the long day, and used his item veto power on specific provisions in three of them.  The major piece of legislation signed Monday was a consumer credit law to permit retailers and lenders to charge up to 18 percent interest on revolving charge accounts and other types of credit.  It also put into the law many provisions to protect the consumer.  The final measure was one granting ten-year-property tax exemptions to industries for installation of federally-ordered pollution control devices by a May 31, 1975, deadline.  Questioned Measures  Devices installed since September, 1972, when the state’s water and air pollution rules went into effect, also would qualify for the exemption.  After he signed the bill, Ray said he had seriously questioned the measure because “certain elements of society might be given an undue advantage in preventing pollution which they are required to do regardless of any tax benefit.  “I am also aware of the practical and economic implications of this legislation and recognize the particular bind that some Iowa industries face through no particular fault of their own.”  He also noted that “Iowa industry must meet its environmental obligations. Iowa industry is required to comply with the federally established health-related air quality standards set forth in the clean air act.”  Absorb Cost  Ray said most large companies can absorb the cost of in-stalling pollution control equipment “and pass the cost on to their consumers.” But he said smaller firms often  Turner Sees Problems, Three Demo Hopefuls Hit Ray Action  DES MOINES (UPI) - Iowa Attorney General Richard Turner said Monday he “respected” Gov. Robert D. Ray’s decision to sign controversial consumer credit code legislation, but renewed his prediction the measure will become a “nightmare.”  Turner and Ray, both Republicans, clashed over the merits of the bill during the weekend, but the governor signed the legislation Monday despite Turner’s opposition.  The bill, passed in the waning hours of the 1974 legislative session, raises to 18 percent the maximum interest that can be charged on revolving charge accounts. It becomes law July I.  Difficult Problems  “I respect and support the governor’s decision, but I  Wellman Council Okays Purchase For Parking Lot  WELLMAN—The proposal to purchase property for offstreet parking in Wellman was adopt ed by the town council Monday night following a public hearing on the project.  Acquisition of the property, located on the west side of the business district, would cost an estimated $30,000. The ten-lot area would provide offstreet parking for 50 to 70 vehicles.  Although opposition had been expected, only a handful of residents appeared at the hearing. No complaints were voiced.  Mayor D. Duane Tadlock pointed out “the plant is not a spur of the moment thing.” The parking area proposal has been included in the town’s comprehensive development plan since 1967.  “Ready cash to purchase this property is not that much of a problem,” Tadlock said. The council, however, must decide where funds for development will originate. There is no estimate on development costs.  The council hopes to level a portion of the area and gravel it this fall. The major work probably will not begin until the fall of 1975. The total area measures 220 by 120 feet.  think we’ll have a lot of difficult problems with the new law,” Turner said. “I think the bill does have some very serious defects.”  The attorney general labeled the bill a “120-page monstrosity” and said the jump from the present 9 percent interest ceiling to 18 percent is too great. He said the measure will harm consumers, merchants and businessmen.  Turner said the bill could become an administrative “nightmare” because it is so vaguely wTitten that apparently any retailer, doctor, dentist or even newspaper boy could be defined as a bill collector and governed by the measure.  Doesn’t Want Job  He said he will have to dictate who is a bill collector and added he doesn’t want that job.  The newlv-signed bill allows 18 percent interest on the first $500 of borrowing on revolving charge accounts, and 15 percent on balances exceeding $500.  The three Democratic candidates for governor Monday criticized Ray for signing the consumer credit legislation.  James Schaben, Dunlap, and William Gannon, Mingo, said they were not surprised that the governor signed the  bill, and Clark Rasmussen, West Des Moines, said the signing means the “consumers of Iowa lost out again to the big money special interest groups.”  Clearest Evidence  Schaben said. “The voters now have the clearest kind of evidence the governor doesn’t understand or care about the facts of economic life faced by average Iowans.”  Gannon said the governor’s signature “must come as an extreme disappointment to the thousands of Iowans who will be injured by the higher rates.”  Rasmussen said a reasonable rate could have been established “if the governor had shown some leadership during the legislative session.” However, he accused the governor of remaining silent on the measure and riding “his proverbial political fence.”  find the cost of pollution control devices nearly as expensive as the big companies’ and far more costly in relation to their output.  “I have also considered the facts,” Ray continued, “that government forces industry to install pollution control devices at their own expense; industry must pay sales tax on the cost of the equipment even though it is ‘non-productive’; and that property taxes would be levied every year on top of the original cost and sales tax if this bill allowing a moratorium did not become law.  Effect on Others  “There are questions about this bill that have not been ad-e q u a t e I y answered, about such things as where the exemptions will be granted, to what extent they will be granted, and the effect on others.  “As a result, I seriously considered vetoing this bill with the thought in mind that I would charge a research group to seek out additional information.”  But he concluded that to take such action would not leave sufficient time before the May 31, 1975, deadline  “for companies to learn if, or if not, the state of Iowa would grant a moratorium to them.  Broad Authority  “lf such exemption is to have any effect in retaining industry in Iowa, it must be granted now.”  Under the bill, Ray said, the departments of environmental quality and revenue “have broad regulatory and rule-making authority. By exercising this authority judiciously, the departments can interpret the law to avoid abuse.  “A research group can still be formed to determine what changes or modifications in this law, if any, should be made. I intend to follow through on this idea.”  Business Support Acquisition of  FAIRFIELD (UPI) strong objections by g i o u s community, Fairfield business leaders who watched the rise and fall of Parsons college, are advocating take over of the campus by Mahari-s h i International university (MIU).  Claims by officials of MIU, also known as Meditation U., that the transcendental meditation (TM) taught by the university is not anti-religious, fundamentalist church leaders call it idolatry.  Be Welcomed  They claim Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who once led the likes of Mia Farrow and the  - Despite I leash heresy in their communi the reli- ty.  Key business men say they’re “impressed with the calibre" of the ambassadors sent by the Maharishi to check out the feasibility of moving MIU from its present location in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Fairfield.  They contend the unique university would be welcomed by most of the town’s 8,715 residents and would save the state and community a lot of money besides.  Sen. Forrest Schwengels (R-Fairfield), a realtor, said, “I personally do not think having MIU here would damage anyone’s religious theology. The  Beatles in meditation, would un- 1  majority of citizens are willing  Blown Off Building, Man Is Listed Fair  POSTVILLE - Mike O’Heron, 31, Waukon, suffered a fractured pelvis and wrist in a 39-foot fall Monday.  Officials said O’Heron, who was working on the new Nor-plex plant here, was blown off the top by high winds when severe storms struck Northeast Iowa Monday afternoon.  He was first taken to the Postville hospital and then transferred to Lutheran hospital at Lacrosse, Wis., where he was in fair condition Tuesday.  MANCHESTER - A write-in -  campaign was under way Tues- Delaware Supervisors day in the wake of the an- rib*.,,    rU«i N #.  nouncement by Rep. Harold Mc- 0* a y Road Closing  Cormick (D-Manchester), Mon- MANCHESTER — The Dela-day that he was withdrawing as  wa re county board of super-a candidate for re-election. visors approved a motion allow* Phyllis Hughes, chairman of  j ng the county engineer to close the 18th legislative district  4 28 mi ks of road from Bailey’s  Write-In Campaign Under Way To Fill McCormick's Seat  Marijuana Patch Next to City Hall  SILVIS (AP) - A small patch of marijuana has been found flourishing next to the Silvis city hall.  Patrolmen Joseph Small, Mel Malmloif and Larry Beale said the dozen marijuana plants were about IO to 12 inches tall and were growing rapidly.  The officers said they uprooted and destroyed the plants after they found them Friday night.  “We do not know how the plants got there, but we kind of suspect someone may have de liberate^ scattered some seed just to show us up,” Small said.  The seeds may have been im bedded in the ground last fall when trees were planted on city boulevards, they said.  Protest Sign Ordinance  Democratic Central committee said Monday a campaign was under way to write in the name of Milt Kramer as the Democratic candidate for state rep-rentative in the 18th district.  Kramer is a political science teacher at the Manchester high  Forde to Delhi when he deems it necessary for road construction.  The board also approved the request by Delaware county Recorder Joan Sheppard to advance Ruth Stones to the position of deputy recorder at 70'pending  school, a city councilman, and Percent of the recorder’s salary. | charges, last year served at the president  Car Slams Into Camper, Boat, Driver Charged  CORALVILLE - Ronald D. Griffin, Iowa City, was charged by Johnson county sheriff’s deputies with intoxication and reckless driving early Tuesday.  Griffin, 19, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. after his car missed a curved at the West Overlook at the Coralville reservoir and smashed into a camper-trailer and boat, deputies said.  The camper was occupied by Rick Lewis, 17, Iowa City, who escaped injury. The camper was destroyed in the crash, officials said.  Griffin was being held in the Johnson county jail Tuesday arraignment on the  By Mary Helle  MANCHESTER - A proposed sign ordinance for the Manchester business district drew many protesters to the city council meeting Monday.  Tho ordinance, which would prohibit right angle signs in front of businesses, and restrict use of overhanging or window signs, was drawn in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce beautification program for downtown.  Ed Dubois, owner of a dry cleaning shop, angrily said, “If you have someone come in to take my sign out, you will have to send someone in to carry him out.”  When Dubois read the proposed ordinance attached to a letter from the Chamber, “It made me so mad, I almost threw it away,” he said.  “That means you will have to take your sign out, too,” Dubois  Vi Koehnc, owner of a flower and ceramics shop, considers the regulations more advantageous for a mall area. “We might as well lock our doors if we have to take down our signs,” she said.  Mayor Francis Gosling thought the council was being unduly criticized. “I would point out the thought did not originate in this room,” he said.  Phyllis Hughes, who specializes in selling bridal apparel,  a new parking arca on West Main and West Fayette streets.  The new lot would be south of St. Mary’s Catholic church.  City Light Rates  John Feld, manager of Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., Manchester, explained the new rate increases for the city street lights that took effect on 17.  for MIU  Parsons  to give it a chance because Fairfield is a relatively cosmo-politan community and general* ly receptive to new ideas.”  Different Way  Schwengels, an educator and the former development director at Parsons, sees MIU as “another liberal arts college which does its job in a little different way.”  Darrell Bridgewater, the evangelical leader of the Fairfield Church of Christ, viewed it differently.  Bridgewater, who brought in an English spiritualist medium to preach against the evils of MIU, says the mind-expanding TM introduced to the West by the Maharishi is really a non-Christian religion.  He claimed allowing Meditation U. to settle in Fairfield would be the first step toward introducing TM into the public schools and would initiate a “dangerous" trend.  Work Out Problems  In the face of such charges, MIU’s vice-president of expansion, Les Schmadeka, 26, says the “warm, sweet people” of Fairfield will work out the problems.  Schmadeka, who with another May MIU official, spent one week feeling out the community, em-  Under the new rates, the city phasized TM is merely a tcch-will pay $1,751 a month, com-jnique to relieve tension and said, "it was 60 years ago that pared with the $1,655 a month bring about clearer thinking, my father put the sign up over previously paid. This amounts not a system of beliefs or anour store. I consider it an em- to a 5.8 percent increase, Mavor other religion, blem of good luck. It would Gosling said.    He    said    the    university’s    400  break my heart if I had to take “However, the city foresaw students are clean-cut young it down. That sign is important ^  rate  j nc ’ rea c € and was a 5j e  people who must follow rigid  tome.” ^  Business Loss Most of Miss Hughes’ business comes from outside of Manchester, she said, and added she sustained a considerable loss of business when highway 13 was  to budget for it,” the mayor said.  A report dealing with the proposed expansion of waste water treatment facilities was accepted by the council.  rules prohibiting    drinking,  smoking and the use of nonprescription drugs. He’s hopeful MIU can become a self-supporting institution on the site of a college which once    made the  ai    *,rii    m    • rn    *    same promise but    folded in  At    Miller,    Tr.-State engineer,  bank   P  t with a $]6 minion   IIH rnn rnnnft WAAn ma! nnnnh o !    Mr t/  said to city councilman ^nd i  re - rou t e d. By taking down the said the report does not reach a downtown business man, Tedl ci „ n cVwi     I™,    _J,..™ 1 ,V t!J . „ _ debt.  Crawford.  Dubois said he needs signs “because nobody can see your place otherwise. If anyone takes down my sign, they are going to have to pay me for it.”  Copied Iowa City City Manager Garth Arnold said in drawing up the ordinance he copied part from an  sign, she would lose even more,(final solution for the Hide Ser-    „    .    _______  Miss Hughes said.    I vice plant.     P   Other business persons agreed .    ..    .,    ..    .    Gordon    Aistrope, the pres-  with the opinions presented    to    .  r P° ,  s . m  .  e y     ident of Fairfield’s major bank,  the council     ,nvolv , ed in  k  "*  new     Jefferson Savings    and Loan,  Council members decided to    °P era l0n    u 8*    •    said    hoped    MIU will  table action on the sign ordi-    ? ouncl[  should look into    mak- « tender an offer ..     Aistr0 pe, a  nance and refer it back to the     ,ng up d '  n ^ w  . 8     .    former creditor of    the defunct  Chamber for more investiga-     nance and start  consi enng a    p ar?ons sa j d  the influx    of busi-  tion.    private contractor to take     ness  and money would    greatly  Ed Lawson, a Prestolite    of-    °'fT garbage collection, he    ^gjp  t ^ e commun ity    which  Iowa City ordinance that he.ficial, appeared at the meeting •    floundered when Parsons  thought would apply to the Man- to request that Grant street and A resolution setting salary for shrunk from 5,000 to 800 stu-chester situation.    its extension near the new in-swimming pool employes for the dents before its close.  “There is no final decision dustrial plant, be re-installed in summer was approved. They! Aistrope, who also has han-made on this,” Arnold said. the seal-coating project because are Less Carlson, mananger, died the $60,000 feasibility study “This is at the discussion of a “deplorable dust situation $1,250; Clark Tyrrell, assistant on what to do with the Parsons stage.”    on this road.”    manager and head lifeguard, campus, pointed out, “TM is  Arnold said he, too, was won- The council agreed to recon- $750; lifeguard, $1.35 an hour, not witchcraft and the major dering how businesses, such as sider seal-coating.    and basket room help, $1.25 an denominations within the com-  gasoline stations, with their pro- The council approved a mo- hour. The positions do not fall ; munity have not opposed it; ifs truding signs, would be affected tion to hire Tri-State Engineers under the minimum wage guide--only a couple of the fun-by the proposal.    ! to make a preliminary study of lines, Arnold said.    i damentalist churches.”  Wins Award  of the West Delaware Education  Assn.  If the write-in effort does not  DES MOINES (UPI) - Grad ,    ,  uating high school seniors from j ™ et .. t j! c ;  re ? utred 35  I*,™ 1  Des Moines and Iowa Citv have  won the $400 Iowa Broadcasters Assn’s. scholarships in broadcast journalism. The winners, announced Monday, were Natalie Ann Kanellis, Iowa City, and Arzania S. Williams, jr., Des Moines. Miss Kanellis has been editor of the newspaper at Iowa City West high school, a men  the vote, the committee will issue a call for a state convention at 8 p m. June 12 at the Plantation Inn in Manchester.  Another write-in campaign also was under way in Manchester, this one to oppose incumbent Republican William Burbridge, Greeley, on the bal  lot for a seat on the board of ber of the student council and supervisors. Mary Ann Roling is| a three-year member of the de- seeking the write-in nomination bate team.    on the Democratic ticket.  I'm?  it  Want  a new fireplace?  You can get it now with a low-cost Merchants National Home Improvement Loan.  Merchants National Bank ill  A BANKS O IOWA BA’ IK  18  ALL OUT COMFORT  WOMEN S SHOES STREET FLOOR  quality is economy   

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