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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Editorial Page Henry's threat reflects 'polished paranoia1 U, Political checkoff mistake IT WOULD be interesting if some earnest young can- didate for a doctorate in political science undertook to study this subject: "How Many lowans Rould'Have Used the State's ilitical Checkoff System in 1974 If It Had Been Established on a Nonpartisan Rather Than on a Partisan Don't laugh. This wouldn't be the first goofy-sounding study un- dertaken by a student in quest of an advanced degree. Moreover, it could be a valuable study. It might come up with the facts and figures needed to prove to the legislature that it made a big mistake when it adopted a par- tisan checkoff system, requiring taxpayer participants to designate which of the two major parties they wanted to receive their contribution. The first problem came up recently when Iowa's revenue department received some income tax returns from single taxpayers designating that their should be split 50-50 between the two par- ties. State Revenue Director Briggs notified the state campaign disclosure committee which, in turn, asked the attorney general's office for directions. Solicitor General Hasemeyer an opinion, that single taxpayers cannot split their donations under the law. Nor can married taxpayers filing joint re- turns split a donation. However, a husband can designate that he wants his to go to the Republican party and the wife that she wants hers to go to the Democratic party, or vice versa, since the law permits those filing joint returns to checkoff of their income tax. The in the case of single re- turns, or in the ease of joint returns, is deducted from the tax due if the checkoff is used so the state treasury is the loser, not the taxpayer. Revenue Director Briggs reports that as of May 31, his department had processed of an anticipated one million re- turns. The political checkoff was used by only 13 percent, with designated for the Democrats and for the Republicans. This means that the partisan political checkoff is being ignored by those filing 87 percent of the returns as of May 31. It is likely that the checkoff would have been used on a sig- nificantly higher percentage of returns if it was on a nonpartisan basis. That is, the checkoff money would be divided equally between the major parties. Thousands of taxpayers, obviously, have the same reluctance to participate in a partisan political checkoff that a million-plus voters show toward closed primary elections. Under the partisan checkoff system available to federal tax- payers, checkoff money is divided equally between the major parties after qualifying minor parties get their proportionate share. Iowa legislators should take note and act accordingly. plight AS IF all the woes besetting Iowa farmers this disas- 1 trously wet planting season were not enough, a man-made reversal now has added to the damage. This is the five-day rollback in the Federal Crop Insurance Corpora- tion's Iowa cornplanting deadline for insurance purposes. Until this year, farmers south of JDubuque county had until June 10 to plant corn and still qualify for FCIC coverage. But last January, 'the deadline for central- and southern-tier counties was made .identical with the northern Iowa cutoff date for corn crop insurance ,As explained by FCIC officials, ;the move was merely an adminis- trative adjustment aimed at making deadlines uniform. Under usual spring weather conditions, there is no appreciable in crop insurance liability between June 5 and June But for some farmers the five- day reduction in corn crop in- surability has brought added hardship. When May's savage storms made it obvious that many rain- soaked farmers would be unable to replant before the June 5 in- surance cutoff, Iowa's Senator Clark entreated U.S. Agricul- ture Secretary Butz to extend the deadline to the normal date. No deal. As a result, about a third of the acres usually insured were not covered by the deadline date. Meanwhile, the heavy rains of June 7 and 8 have compounded the crop-insurance debacle. Had the deadline been extended, corn planted on the 6th and 7th but washed out hours later would have been covered by FCIC. Secretary Butz says the ad- ministration has suffered perhaps a 10-percent loss in popularity among farmers who helped har- vest the bumper-crop of pro-Nixon votes in 1972. Hardship stemming from the crop insurability reduc- tion heightens belief that Butz grossly underestimates discontent in the farm belt. By Rowland Evans and Robert Novok WASHINGTON Henry Kissinger's first serious thought of resigning lame imi iasl bui in April. as the Watergate crisis exploded and it was directly linked to his precarious position as an outsider in the Nixon White House. For four years. Kissinger had been the target uf chief of staff il. K. Haldeman. who used to refer to him in the inner sanctums as "Superkraut." Despite ris- ing popularity and diplomatic triumphs, Kissinger always felt imperiled Partly from that sense of siege came his ready consent to wiretap his own aides in the name of security. From it. too. came his brooding 14 months ago that the wiretaps would someday be used to entangle him in Watergate. He was prophetic. Intimates are con- vinced that Haldeman's chief associate. John D. Ehrlichman, has leaked infor- mation against him. But the irony of his resignation threat is this: I! fortifies both Mr. Nixon and indicted Watergate con- spirators including Haldeman and Ehrlichman. All now seem under the same tent. Mr. Nixon and his disgraced aides benefit from association with Nobel Prize winner Kissinger. But both his brilliant career and American foreign policy are threat- ened. Suspicion of Kissinger by the Haldeman gang came from his associa- tions: Harvard professors, Georgetown dinner parties, Vietnam sessions with Nixon-haters. He had also hired scorned "eastern elitists." In the paranoiac White House, where everyone beyond Haldernan's inner- circle was an enemy, Kissinger's poli- tical antecedents as intimate adviser of Mr. Nixon's political foe, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, were suspect. Kissinger had his own ample share of paranoia, and the Nixon White House polished it. Thus, two years ago Kis- singer ended an early-morning Oval Of- fice session with the President and Hal- deman to keep a breakfast appointment. When Haldeman asked who with, he named the author of a new Nixon book. "He's no friend of Haldeman exploded in anger. Kissinger turned to the President and said the book had praised the Nixon foreign policy, but that he had skipped the rest of it. Mr. Nixon was amused, but Haldeman was out- raged. When the division was made in May, to start tapping telephones of reporters and national security aides. Kissinger offered not the slightest resis- iari'T He himself '.re? enraged a! the leaks. They threatened his network of secret diplomatic activity. He fell that a government unable to keep its secrets could not operate But beyond that was his own cndan- grioi flank, fiumitmueti by aides whom Haldeman regarded as Nixon enemies, Kissinger was "holier than the listing his closest associates on the na- tional security staff among those having access to secret information. When Watergate broke, Kissinger quietly suggested that both Haldeman and Khrlichman resign in Mr. Nixon's interest. They did not react favorably, and Ehrlichman later became a source of newspaper stories seeming to link Kis- singer into the enveloping scandal. Kis- singer kepi silent, but even in April. 1973. was privately talking resignation if a spurious tie-in connected him with Wa- tergate. Thus, when he went public in Salzburg, the words that flowed had been practiced in his mind for many months. in going public, Kissinger is seeking a total exoneration that may be beyond anyone's power. Ambiguities over his exact words about the wiretapping issue i'itn'i. Or n-Miiutt. Kissinger has now given Mr. Nixon his best anti-impeachment ammunition: Linking his celebrated name to the President's, in the sense that, for totally different reasons, both are now under attack from press and politicians. As one member of the house judiciary commit- tee told us: "This affair has robbed the impeachment proceedings of its viability." Kissinger's enemies are now cheering: liberals who will never forgive his toughness and success on the Viet- nam war; Zionists who feel he has be- trayed Israel; anti-Soviet hardliners who hate his jwlicy of detente. Kissinger's public outrage over the.is- sue of the security taps has now crys- tallized an international dilemma, but the real problem stemmed from a White House that fed and fostered paranoia in everyone who touched it. Jurors who sow co-conspiracy Where probity did not erode By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON The American people'are entitled to know more about the historic grand jury which named President Nixon an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Watergate crimes. The 23 grand jurors, selected from all walks of life, watched the Watergate drama develop behind guarded doors. They heard the secret testimony; they listened to the presidential tapes. Four were absent when they met on March 1. The remaining 19 voted for the first time in history to accuse an American President of criminal conspiracy. Were they fair to Richard Nixon? Or were they out to get him, as he has said of his ac- cusers? We have broken through the secrecy which has surrounded the Watergate grand jury. Inside sources have described the closed-door drama; we have had access to actual transcripts. We are perhaps in a unique position, therefore, to assess this red-letter grand jury. 23 citizens including an economist, a cleaning woman, a retired army officer, an elevator operator, a receptionist, a taxi driver were called together on June to hear evidence of crimes in the District of Columbia. Courthouse sources say one grand jury in is outstanding. This one, in the opinion of Assistant U. S. Attorney John Forney Rudy II, then in charge of the grand jury section, was "exceptional." Most of the jurors were alert and re- sponsive, with a keen sense of civic duty. At least one woman gave up her job to stay on the jury. They were well in- formed and asked sharp questions. So when chief Watergate prosecutor Earl Silbert asked for an experienced grand jury, Rudy immediately recom- mended this one. They had already served several weeks and could have begged off. "We asked whether they would be willing to sit nn a case that might last five or six recalls Rudy. "They were not told it would be the Watergate case." Without hesitation, they agreed to stay beyond the normal period of duty. The early transcripts revealed no hint of prejudice against the President. On the contrary, the grand jurors at first seemed to shy away from implicating the President in the Watergate horror. We spotted many openings in the secret testimony, where it would have been logical to ask about his in- volvement. But in the beginning, the follow-up questions weren't asked, al- 'Oh, darn it I had so hoped to dear People's forum Rights run over To the Editor: Should businessmen ever be allowed to .make a higher profit if by doing so they Jeopardize the health, safety and well- being of others? And should they be per- mitted to intentionally violate a law? I don't think so. Yet this is what the farmer-trucker group protesting the new truck-route or- dinance is threatening to do. All they seem to care about is their profit, with little or no regard for those who would suffer from the noise, pollution and safety hazard they would cause on residential streets. We live here, and we have children. If Jlhc truckers really want to be able to roar and rumble past our homes, let them Ituy the homes on those streets they would use, and live there. This seems only fair to me. They should have to en- dure the annoyance their group would cause, and not be allowed to force others io uuffcr. An alternative solution might be to require the farmer-truckers to reim- burse us for the reduction-ln-value of our homes that they would cause, so that we might move to another street without trucks at no financial loss. However, I think it would be to their advantage to obey the law and push for a rapid completion of the expressway in- stead. In the meantime they are going to have to quit running over the rights of others. The ordinance protecting dwellers on residential streets from trucks has been needed for a long time. Let's let city hall know that we want more intensive pa- trolling of these streets, and a hard crackdown on anyone who dares to flout the law. Big trucks have no place on a residential street. Steve Keller 1045 Oakland road NE Poor Choice To the Editor: Special thanks to E.W. Ehrlich for his 'elter of June 2 concerning Rep. John Culver's election to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. My regret is, it did not appear in every newspaper in the slate and was not read on every TV and radio prime time news as well. Members of the CFR have dominated the high appointive positions in our government in all recent administra- tions. The first Nixon administration had over a hundred CFR members The membership roll includes lions of in- dustry, controllers of the news media and heads of the tax-exempt foundations. Yet since its beginning only two articles about the CFR have ever been published in the general news media. With all of this political clout working for one-world socialism, the mere lack of publicity is significant in itself. If Mr. Culver does not believe this charge about the CFR he should read the book, "Hope and by Dr. Carrol Quigley, a professor at George- town university and a member of the CFH. He writes proudly of the organiza- tion's accomplishments toward this end. Another excellent point Mr. Ehrlich made was the fact Mr. Culver has misrepresented us here in the Second district. Neither is everyone 95 percent socialist in philosophy nor are we 95 percent avowed socialists in number. Any way you cut it, Mr. Culver has been voting his own views and not ours. For the most part lowans arc hard- working patriots who would just as soon stand on their own two feet wherever possible. They would like to see our friends treated better than our enemies and above all are not in favor of sacrificing our national sovereignty for world government under socialism. Culver's opponent in the November election Is David Stanley, who is a former member of the United World Federalists, nn organization working for the same goals as the Council on Foreign Rela- tions. Unless the American party comes up with a man willing to drive home the truth, this race shapes up to a no-holds- barred game of pattycake between liberal A and liberal B. lowans should not be electing to the senate a member of the CFR. Instead they should be electing a man who would lead or at least vote for its full inves- tigation. Jim Whitford Volga Offensive To the Editor: The civic obligation of media news is to report a reality that affects a majority. "Reality" is an elusive term. What is reality to a Wilson packinghouse worker may not be reality to me. On June 111 Wilson's seriously mishandled the retrieving of a stranded steer. The fumbling was cruel and stupid. Beyond that it was not real or pertinent to me or to anyone else outside of the Wilson gates. With this in mind, WMT news had no need to be then' film- ing the entire incident in excruciating color. This film presentation wns ugly, senseless and, what's more, disturbing. It was highly typical of the WMT news formal, On other occasions WMT has been pleased to be on the spot with video tape as cattle were shot lo death or fire victims were carted away. This blatanl featuring of man's cruelty to himself and other creatures is more than offensive; it is a wound to all living things. It is un- bearable to watch. That same night 1 switched the channel to watch the KCRG news program. They ran a story about children splashing in puddles left by a flood. Admittedly this was not a pertinent reality, hut it was cheering. And in the long run it was equally as essential for me to know about the children playing as it was for me to know about the stranded and mangled steer. The only difference is thai one makes a more sensational news story than the other It seems thai WMT's intention is to be morbidly sensational. Personally, I find too much dignity in life than lo be snared by such baseness. I hope others feel the same and will join with me in turning off vulgar news coverage masquerading as reality. Rob Nassif Thirty-fourth street at Collage Grove SE o Isn't it the truth? Itv Curl millftl, No man is ever ;i match fur a woman before ho marries, and he isn't match ever after, cither. That explains why there are more well-pleased old ladles Mum well-pleased old men "Woman hoi (ho (oif word (ivos lonyer." Dictionary of Opinions most as if there was an unspoken wish It keep the President out of it. As the evidence piled up, the feeling seemed to grow inside Ihe grand jury room thai Nixon was responsible al leasl for Ihe Walergate atmosphere, that his own suspicion and hostilityi had infected the White House with a moral rot. Occasionally, the growing outrage would surface. During a discussion of propriety, for example, a juror snapped: "Is 'proper' an obsolete word these The grand jurors were irritated with the special prosecutors, incidentally, for restricting the questioning. After the special prosecutors took over the Water- gate case, they stopped inviting Ihe jurors lo cross-examine wilnesses. The jurors had a high altendance record and put in long hours. Once they stayed in session until midnight and found the cleaning crew had locked them in. They had to pound on the doors to rouse a janitor to let them out. They were scrupulous about the grand jury rules and kept the Watergate secrets locked behind the tightest lips in Washington. They were absolutely furious at us for publishing excerpts from the grand jury transcripts. They were highly upset, too, with the Washington Post's intrepid Watergale sleuths, Bob Woodward and Carl Bern- stein, for attempting to question grand jury members. The 23 Watergate jurors, a cross-sec- tion of the people of Washington, closely followed the case as it evolved from a foolish burglary into a plethora of dirty deeds. The coverup came apart before their eyes. White House witnesses lied and cried. The high were humbled; careers were ruined. In the end, they concluded that the President was implicated. Seven days after they named him an "unindicted we reported that they believed he was involved in both "the Watergate coverup" and "an alleged conspiracy to buy the silence of the. Wa- tergate defendants." We even gave the nose count on March 7, reporting that "all but four of the 23 grand jurors (sought) some way to hold Nixon accountable for the coverup" but "the prosecution informed them it would be impossible to indict a sitting President." The best commentary was given by President Nixon himself who declared over nationwide television on April 30, 1973: "It is essential that we place our faith especially in the judiciary sys- tem." Unlled Feolure Syndicate Way with words Wow word By Theodore M. Bernstein and useful. The word beauttlity, coined by Ihe architec- ture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, was in- troduced in this space some time back. It means something thai is useful as well as beautiful. S. Campbell of Montreal calls It "a wow word an elegant description of its own bui he wants to know what Ihe adjectival form of the world would be: No, because at first glance neither the derivation nor the pronunciation of Ihose words is apparent. He asked your host lo propose a definitive derivation. All righl, then, how about beautilitorian? One or two. A misunderstanding of the phase ono or two can lead Into error fake this sentence, for example: "There is always one or rwo players out with In- juries." It Is true that when nouns of unlike number are linked by either or, neither nor or simply or the verb takes Ihe number of the noun thai Is the nearer to It. In the cited sentence, however, there are not two Independent nouns, bui rather a phrase, ono or two, which means "a lew." Therefore the verb should oro, Nnw Ynrh TlniM   

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