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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazette: June 4, 19! 1 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 legisla- ture. It was also one the governor seriously considered vetoing. Ray signed 18 biiis into law during the long day, and used his item veto power on specif- ic provisions in three of them. The major piece of legisla- tion signed Monday was a consumer credit law to permit retailers and lenders to charge up to 18 percent inter- est on revolving charge ac- counts and other types of credit. It also put into the law many provisions to protect the consumer. The final measure was one granting tca-year-property tax exemptions to industries for installation of federally-or- dered pollution control de- vices by a May 31, 1975, dead- line. Questioned Measures Devices installed since Sep- tember, 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 ques- tioned the measure because "certain elements of society might be given an undue ad- vantage in preventing pollu- tion which they are required to do regardless of any tax benefit. "I am also aware of the prcictlcil 2nd economic hupU- cations of this legislation and recognize the particular bind that some Iowa industries face through no particular fault of their own." HD also noted that "lown in- dustry must meet its environ- mental obligations. Iowa in- dustry is required to comply with the federally established health-related air quality stan- dards set forth in the clean air act." Absorb Cost Ray said most large compa- nies 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 Hif Ray Action DBS MOINES Attorney General Richard Turner said Monday he "re- spected" Gov. Robert D. Ray's decision to sign con- troversial consumer credit code legislation, but renewed his prediction the measure will become a "nightmare." Turner and Ray, both Re- publicans, 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 wan- ing hours of the 1974 legisla- tive session, raises to 18 per- cent the maximum interest that can be charged on revolv- ing charge accounts. It be- comes law July 1. Difficult Problems "I respect and support the governor's decision, hut I Wellman Counci Okays Purchase For Parking Lot proposal t purchase property for offstree 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 The ten-lot area would provide offstreet parking for 50 to 70 vehicles. Although opposition had been expected, only a handful of resi- dents 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 compre- hensive development plan since 1967. "Ready cash to purchase this property is not that much of a Tadlock said. The council, however, must decide where funds for development will originate. There is no es- timate on development costs. The council hopes to level a portion of the area and gravel it this fall. The major work proba- bly rail not begin until the fall of 1975. The total area measures 220 by 120 feet. Wins Award DBS MOINES (UPI) Grad- uating high school seniors from Des Moines and Iowa City have won the Iowa Broadcasters Assn's. scholarships in .broad- cast journalism. The winners, announced Monday, were Nata- lie 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 mem- think we'll have a lot of dif- ficult problems with the new Turner said. "I think the bill does have some very serious defects." The attorney general la- beled the bill a "120-page monstrosity" and said the jump from the present 9 per- cent interest ceiling to 18 per- cent is too great. He said the measure will harm con- sumers, merchants and busi- nessmen. Turner said the bill could becom.e an administrative "nightmare" because it is so vaguely written that apparent- ly 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 dic- tate who is a bill collector and added he doesn't want that job. The newly-signed bill allows 18 percent interest on the first of borrowing on revolving charge accounts, and 15 per- cent on- balances exceeding "The three Democratic can- didates for governor Monday criticized Ray for signing the consumer credit legislation. James ScHaben, Dunlap; and William Gannon, said they were not surprised that the governor signed the bill, and Clark Rasmussen, West Des Moines, said the signing means the "con- sumers of Iowa lost out again to the big money special inter- est 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 lowans." Gannon said the governor's signature "must come as an extreme disappointment to the thousands of lowans who will be injured by the higher Rasmussen said a reason- able rate could have been es- tablished "if the governor had shown some leadership during the legislative session." How- ever, he accused the governor of remaining silent on the measure and riding "his pro- verbial political fence." Write-In Campaign Under Way To Fill McCormick's Seat MANCHESTER A. write-in campaign was under way Tues- day in the wake of the an- nouncement by Rep. Harold Mc- Moh- lay that he was withdrawing as a candidate for re-election. Phyllis Hughes, chairman ol he 18th legislative district )emocratic Central committee aid Monday a campaign was under way to write in the name of Milt Kramer as the Demo: cratic candidate for state rep- rentative in the 18th district. Kramer is a political science eacher at the Manchester high chool, a city councilman, and ast year served at the president if the West Delaware Education Assn. If the write-in effort does not meet the required 35 percent of he vote, the committee will ssue a call for a state conven- ion at 8 p.m. June 12 at the lantation Inn in Manchester. Another write-in campaign also was under way in Man- hester, this one to oppose in- umbent Republican William Burbridge, Greeley, on the bai- ot 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-j seeking the write-in nomination bate team. on the Democratic ticket. Ufemt a new fireplace? You can get it now with a low-cost Merchants National Home Improvement Loan. Merchants National Bank Blown Off Building, Man Is Listed Fair MSTVILLE Mike O'Heron, 31, Waukon, suffered a frac- tured pelvis land wrist in a 30- 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 Post- ville hospital and then trans- 'erred to Lutheran hospital at LaCrosse, Wis., where he was in fair condition Tuesday. Delaware Supervisors Okay Road Closing MANCHESTER The Dela- ware county board of super- visors Approved a motion allow- ing the county engineer to close 4.28 miles of road from Bailey's Forde to Delhi when he deems it necessary for road construc- tion. The board also approved the request by Delaware county Re- corder Joan Sheppard to ad- vance Ruth Stones to the posi- tion of deputy recorder at 70 percent of the recorder's salary. find the cost of pollution con- trol devices nearly as expen- sive as the big companies' and far more costly in rela- tion to their output. "I have also considered the Ray continued, "that government forces industry to install pollution control cie- vices at their own expense; industry must pay sales tax on the cost of the equipment even though it is 'non-produc- tive'; 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 1 y answered, about such things as where the ex- emptions 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 (hem. Broad Authority "If 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 exercis- ing 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 for MIU Acquisition of Parsons FAIRKIELD (UPI) Despiteileash heresy in their give it a chance because strong objections by the gious community, Key business men say they're Different Way Schwengels, an educator and business leaders who watched "impressed with the calibre" of j the rise and fall of Parsons the ambassadors sent by the college, are advocating lake-jMaharishi to chcck out fca- over of the campus by ,bm, rf s li i Intel national university, Claims by officials of MIU, also known as Meditation U., that the transcendental medita- tion (TM) taught by the univer- sity is not anti-religious, fun- damentalist church leaders call it idolatry. Be Welcomed They claim Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who once led the likes of Mia Farrow and the Beatles in meditation, would un- [nm present location in Santa Bar- bara, Calif., to Fairfield. the former development direc- tor at Parsons, sees MIU ss "another liberal arts college They contend the unique uni- Job in a little dif- versity would be welcomed by 'ercmttaJ- D a r r e 11 Bndgewaler, the most of the town's 8.715 residents and would save the state and community a lot of money be- sides. Sen. Forrest Schwengels (R- a realtor, said, "I personally do not think having MIU here would damage any- one's religious theology. The majority of citizens are willing a 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 Malmloff and Larry Beale said ;he dozen marijuana plants were about 10 to 12 inches tall and were growing rapidly. The officers said they uproot- ed and destroyed the plants after they found them Friday night. We do not know how the >lants got there, but we kind of suspect someone may have de- iberately scattered some seed just to show us Small said. The seeds may have been im- jedded in the ground last fall when trees were planted on city joulevards, they said. By Mary Helle MANCHESTER A proposed sign ordinance for the Man Chester business district drev many protesters to the city council meeting Monday. The ordinance, which woulc prohibit right angle signs in front of businesses, and restric use of overhanging or window signs, was drawn in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce jeautification 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 pro- wsed ordinance attached to a etter from the Chamber, "It made me so mad, I almost :hrew it he said. "That means, you will have to :ake your sign out, Dubois said to city councilman and downtown business man, Ted 'rawford. Dubois said he Oar Siams Into Driver Charged CORALVILLE Ronald D. City, was charged >y Johnson county sheriff's dep- uties with intoxication and reek- ess driving early Tuesday. Griffin, 19, was arrested at a.m. after his car missed a curved at the West Overlook at he Coralville reservoir and smashed into a camper-trailer and boat, deputies said. The camper was occupied by lick Lewis, 17, Iowa City, who escaped injury. The camper was destroyed in the crash, of- 'icials said. Griffin was being held in the fohnson county jail Tuesday lending arraignment on the charges. Protest Sign Ordinance needs signs 'because nobody can see your ilace otherwise. If anyone takes town my sign, they are going to lave to pay me for it." Copied Iowa City City Manager Garth Arnold said in drawing up .the ordi- nance he copied part from an owa City ordinance that he bought would apply to the Man- chester situation. "There is no final decision Arnold said, at the discussion made on 'This is itage." Arnold said he, too, was won- iering how businesses, such as ;asoline stations, with their pro- ruding signs, would be affected )y the proposal. Vi Koelme, owner of a flow- er and ceramics shop, consid- ers the regulations more ad- vantageous for a mall area. "We might as well lock our doors if we have to take down our she said. Mayor Francis Gosling thought the council was beinj unduly criticized. "I would poinl out the thought did riot originate in this he said. Phyllis Hughes, who special- izes in selling bridal apparel, said, "It was GO years ago thai my father put sign up over previously paid. This amounts to a 5.8 percent increase, Mayor our store. I consider it an em- blem 'Of good luck. It would break my heart if I had to take it down. That sign is important to me." Business Loss Most of Miss Hughes' business comes from outside of Man- chester, she said, and added she sustained a considerable loss of wsiness when highway 13 was re-routed. By taking down the sign, she would lose even more, Miss Hughes said. Other business persons agreed with the opinions presented to :he council. Council members decided to table action on the sign ordi- nance and refer it back to the Chamber for more investiga- tion. Ed Lawson, a Prestolite of- ficial, appeared at the meeting :o request that Grant street and ts extension near the new in- dustrial plant, be re-installed in he seal-coating project because of a "deplorable dust situation on this road." The council agreed to recon- sider seal-coating. The council approved a mo- ion to hire Tri-State Engineers o make a preliminary study of a new parking area on West Main and West Fayette streets. The new lot would be south of St. Mary's Catholic church. City Light Kates 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 May 17. Under the new rates, the city will pay a month, com- pared with the a month Gosling said. "However, the city foresaw the rate increase and was able to budget for the mayor said. A report dealing with the pro- posed expansion of waste water treatment facilities was accept- ed by the council. Al Miller, Tri-State engineer, said the report does not reach a final solution for the Hide Ser- vice plant. Arnold said the .city may be involved in the new landfill operation by Aug. 1. The council should look into mak- ing up a new garbage ordi- nance and start considering a private contractor to take over garbage collection, he said. A resolution setting salary for swimming pool employes for .the iummer was approved. They are Less Carlson, mananger, Clark Tyrrell, assistant manager and head lifeguard, 5750; lifeguard, an hour, and basket room help, an wur. The positions do not fall under the minimum wage guide- lines, Arnold said. evangelical leader of the Fair- field 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 Medita- tion U. to settle in Fairfield would be the first step toward introducing TM into the public schcols and would initiate a Work Out Problems In the face of such charges, MlU's vice-president of expan- sion, Les Schmadeka, 26, says the "warm, sweet people" of Fairfield will work out the prob-. lems. Schmadeka, who with another MIU official, spent one week feeling out the community, em- phasized TM is merely a tech- nique to relieve tension and bring about clearer thinking, not a system of beliefs or an- other religion. He said the university's 400 students are clean-cut young people who. must follow rigid rules prohibiting drinking, smoking and the use of non- prescription drugs. He's hopeful MIU can become a self-support- ing institution on the site of a college which once made the same promise but folded in bankruptcy with a million debt. Help Community Gordon Aistrope, the pres- ident of Fairfield's major bank, Jefferson Savings and Loan, said he hoped MIU will "tender an offer." Aistrope, a former creditor of the defunct Parsons, said the influx of busi- ness and money would greatly help the community which' floundered when .Parsons shrunk from to 800 stu- dents before its close. Aistrope, who also has han- dled the feasibility study on what to do with the Parsons campus, pointed out, "TM is not witchcraft and the major denominations within the com- munity have not opposed it; it's only a couple of the fun- I damentalist churches. Save on casual shirts from regular stock. Ideal for Father's Day gifts! Reg. 812.00 to A BANK', Of- IOWA RANi 18 WOMEN'S SHOES STREET FLOOR quality is economy Casual shirtsto keep you cool and comfortable this summer. Short sleeve mock turtle style has full fashion shoulder. Short sleeve collar placket style features pocket and trim. Both 100% polyester for easy- care. Completely, wash- able. A good choice of colors. Sizes S, M, L; XL. MEN'S SPORTSWEAR THIRD FLOOR   

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