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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Le/fers 7~o    Congressman Sentiment Over President “Running About 50-50 » By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON - As a member of the house judiciary committee now weighing the fate of President Nixon, Hep. Edward Mezvinsky, Iowa City Democrat, is flooded with mail almost evenly divided for and against the Chief Executive. Although earlier letter writers numbered many critics of Nixon, in recent weeks, according to a Mezvinsky aide, defenders of the President have been coming forward to counterbalance his attackers. Frequently supporters of the President enclose a form clipped from a newspaper advertisement or express their views on a petition under the heading, “National Citizens (Committee for Fairness to the Presidency”. The Mezvinsky aide es- Edward Mezvinsky timated the Iowa lawmaker has received from 15,000 to 20,000 letters concerning the impeachment inquiry into Nixon’s conduct, with the sentiment “running about 50-50.” Occasionally the communications are as simple as the handwritten note from a Coralville man, asking “Would you please impeach Nixon?” Months Have Passed More often they are lengthier, detailing some of the opin ions of the writer such as the Iowa City woman who wanted to know, “How can you believe John Dean when he accepted immunity for himself by consenting to testify against his former friends and teammates. I never could believe a man so low,” she added. The writer went on to point out that months have passed with investigations into various aspects of the Watergate matter. “Why can’t you come out like men and say you find him not guilty of any impeachable offense?” she asked. From a Cedar Rapids woman came the comment, “Our President has proven himself great — too bad our congressmen can’t do the same.” “How many politicians in Washington could stand up to income tax investigations?” an Anamosa woman wondered. Demoralizing People Twenty years hence, she cautioned, we are likely to look back and think “What were those Democrats doing — wrecking our country, the economy and demoralizing the people?” “If he is impeached, all the senators and representatives should be ousted, too,” a Dewitt woman said. “They are no better than he. There are plenty of skeletons in their closets.” A Mt. Vernon man wrote he had just finished reading the transcripts of the taped conversations between the President and his staff and that he was struck by the “erosion of leadership in the executive branch.” He remarked Mr. Nixon was No Code Provision in Iowa on Insurance For Legal Service By Harrison Weber DBS MOINES (IDPA) -Should prepaid legal service programs be regulated by state insurance departments? Some national organizations, such as the National Education Assn., think not. The NEA claims such programs are not commercial ventures but are, rather, extensions of service programs offered by existing organizations to their members. Five companies have filed proposals with the state insurance department to set up legal service insurance programs in Iowa; none has been approved. Iowa Insurance Commissioner William H. Huff reports there is no provision in Iowa law for legal service insurance. The code of Iowa (Section 515.48) specifies the various kinds of insurance which may be written by companies authorized to do business in the state Other kinds of insurance which are not specifically enumerated by the statute may be approved by the insurance commissioner after public notice and hearing if he determines such risks are a proper subject for insurance and not prohibited by law or contrary to sound public policy. No Hearings asked None of the five companies has requested a public hearing. The five companies are Stuyvesant Insurance Co., Allentown, Pa.; Stonewall Insurance Co., Birmingham, Ala.; St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co., St. Paul, Minn.; North Union Fire Insurance Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ranger Insurance Co., Houston, Texas. Huff has just returned from a meeting of the National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners in San Francisco which has given preliminary approval to a model act on Raises Approved for Voc-Tech Personnel prepaid legal insurance programs. Possible Bill The insurance department plans to circulate this model draft among interested parties in Iowa and may, depending upon the reaction received, have a bill introduced in the 1975 Iowa general assembly. The Iowa State Bar Assn. has a special committee studying the ramifications of prepaid legal insurance programs. The committee is chaired by Byron G. Riley, a Cedar Rapids lawyer. Commissioner Huff reports he has also received an inquiry about such a program from a group of university professors. Huff is fairly certain there is going to be a “push” for such legislation in Iowa and elsewhere. Basic Question One of the basic questions that will have to be answered is whether a person can go to .. - *  . — any lawyer for such service or if the individual must go to a designated attorney or law firm. Across the country a variety of prepaid plans are being drafted by labor unions, private insurance companies and bar associations. One of the first plans established in the country was in Shreveport, La. It is funded by the Ford Foundation and the American Bar Assn. for the hod carriers’ union. The plan calls for a premium of $40 a year for lawyers’ office consultation, up to $250 for office work and research and up to $325 for court work. In major legal cases the plan allows up to 80 percent of all expenses beyond the standard benefits, up to a $1,000 maximum. About one-third of the claims for those covered by the Shreveport plan have been automobile-related problems, such as auto accidents, titles, insurance and warranties. “unwilling to trust us, the people, and after he has been telling us to trust him for nearly two years.” Also from Mt. Vernon came a post card from a woman who complained the Watergate inquiry has become “a personal thing now. A person has a right to think a few things he doesn’t want reviewed in public,” she added. “Isn’t that true with you and everyone else?” Disregard for Law “What on earth would compel a man to release the transcripts that so clearly implicate him?” a Cedar Rapids man inquired. “Only one thing — and that is the existence rf far more incriminating evidence.” A Solon woman charged that Nixon, throughout his political life, has showed a “continued disregard for law. The attitude is descemible from the Oval office (of the White House) all the way down to the county offices.” “Impeachment seems imperative for survival of the Republic,” a Washington couple wired. Doesn’t Apply A Wellman man wrote that in his opinion “innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt does not apply to the most prestigious office in our land and the world. “The moral deterioration displayed in the transcripts can only be handled by what is left of our system that is closest to the people, our elected men and women of congress.” “You have not kept your inquiry within the bounds of the Constitution,” a Marengo couple wrote Mezvinsky. “Your actions have been treasonous.” “We do not think the transcripts show criminal offense,” a Keosauqua woman wrote. “We are against impeachment. “Don’t ever ask me to vote for an immoral Kennedy. He isn’t half the man President Nixon is.” Then the writer asked if Mezvinsky had returned the contribution he acknowledged receiving from dairymen. “You can afford to, and more,” she said. Partisan Move From Decorah, a woman wrote that the President has been “tried and judged on television and in the newspapers. I don’t like him, but in the interest of justice and fair play this looks like a partisan Democratic move.” A Ft. Madison man said he voted for Mezvinsky, but now he is sorry “because of your impeachment action against our great President.” Iowa City voters wrote with the following comments: “President Nixon has done nothing more than the rest of you have done . . . The trouble with your committee is you aren’t big enough or fair enough men to stand up and admit you found no impeachable evidence.” “Get this thing behind you and devote some time to the real problems and issues confronting the country.” “Your committee is way off balance in what you are trying to do to the President.” “Should Nixon continue to be defiant and not turn over the evidence that you request (as things in the subpoena) your duty is clear cut, cite the king in contempt of congress and move to impeach the (expletive deleted).” Won’t Be Easy “Surely everyone would like the whole mess to go away, but be assured at least one of your constituents understands it won’t be that easy.” “First, he (the President) tried to provoke the committee into precipitous action which didn’t succeed. Now it seems that he finds consolation in stalling as long as possible. If you let him succeed in forestalling a vote in the full house or a trial in the senate until after the November elections, I fear that certain representatives of the people will no longer feel a need to take account of the views of their constituents.” “If your guiding light and the committee’s guiding light is to seek the real truth, I don’t see how you or the committee can be faulted no matter what your decision is.” The truth is what the committee is after, Mezvinsky explains in replies to the letter writers. “I believe the impeachment inquiry holds the key for finally resolving the doubt which has eroded confidence in our government,” he explained. CALMAR — The Area One oc-Tech school board voted ist week to raise salaries for ll custodial and secretarial ersonnel in keeping with recent icreases in the cost of living nd the minimum wage laws. Custodial employes received a 2 percent increase, and secre-arial workers an increase of 14 ercent. At Thursday’s meeting, Paul aiser, director of student serges, reported enrollment for ie fall quarter at Area One is p 5 percent over last year’s en-3llment for the same period. According to Kaiser, about vo-thirds of the programs ac-epting fall-term freshmen at rea One are near capacity. Applications Dr. Max Clark, superin-rndent, said enrollment appli-ations will be accepted at Area •ne for the fall-quarter prorams through the first week in eptember. A bid of $26,100 by Rodney ewgard of Calmar, for pur-hase of the sixth house built by rea One’s construction trades as accepted by the board. A >tal of four bids were submit- J enmity Bids totaling $59,865 for furniture to be used in the new Wilder Learning Resource Center also were accepted. Bids Included These bids included Library Bureau division of Remington Rand, West Des Moines. $12,438; Dayton’s Contract division, Minneapolis, $17,496; Younkers. Des Moines, $14,293.40, and J. S. 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