Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., June 17, 1974 ''Concern for . . . Dignify Controversial Platform Adopted By Jerry Murscner AMES (UPI) — Democratic State Chairman Tom Whitney confidently predicted Sunday the party’s candidates can win in the November general elections on a controversial platform approved in a 13-hour session over the weekend. Whitney said the platform, which is expected to set the tempo for the 1974 Democratic drive, adequately reflects the ultimate goals of the party but conceded that there are some planks that could cause some disagreement even among party faithful. “No Democrat in Iowa could agree with every individual item in the platform,” said Whitney, who added there are some planks he opposes, He said, however, it Top Democrat Contenders See Victory AMES (UPI) - The top two Iowa Democratic candidates expressed confidence Sunday they could lead their new “majority party” to sweeping victories this fall. Following the Democratic state convention last Saturday, Rep. John Culver, candidate for the U. S. senate, and gubernatorial hopeful James Schaben said although they would not dwell on “Watergate,” Democrats would still score major victories this November. Disputing charges by his opponent that people would be voting incumbents out of office, Culver said the people would return him to congress because of his “public service” voting record. Underestimated “David Stanley’s charge that they would throw me out of office just because I am incumbent underestimates the judgment of the people,” said Culver, who has been Second district congressman for nearly ten years. Culver, who has come under attack from Stanley for accepting out-of-state money, said he was only accepting money from “people who support my record in congress.” “All contributions to my campaign are public record, and so far only 154 of 2,200 people who have given are from out-of-state,” he said. Culver said he sees nothing wrong with accepting the contributions since as a U. S. senator “you vote on issues of national importance.” An Underdog Schaben, acknowledging he is an underdog for governor, forecasts the voters will elect him into office this fall. Schaben, who hopes to keep Gov. Robert Ray from winning an unprecedented fourth term, said he will pull the upset because the “people of Iowa know I am the stronger candidate.” The senate minority leader from Dunlap said Iowans are “tired of phoney issues and a nice guy who doesn’t want to rock the boat.” In addition, Schaben said he understands the farmers’ problems and Ray does not, which will help him beat the governor. He charged that Ray had not done enough to help the farmers or acted quickly enough because “he doesn’t want to speak out in defiance of President Nixon and Secretary Earl Butz.” May 24 Burns Prove Fatal IOWA CITY (AP) - Audrey Ferguson, 51, New Sharon, died Sunday at University hospitals from bums she suffered in an explosion and fire last month. She Was the second victim of the fire and explosion May 24 on a New Sharon farm. Her mother, Eunice Busby, 71, New Sharon, died the next day. Mechanicsville Man Injured in Crash IOWA CITY - Michael Hoffman, 25, Mechanicsville, is in fair condition in University hospitals here following a Saturday night car accident. Authorities say Hoffman lost control of his vechicle on a gravel road three miles east of Sutliff and hit a bridge abutment over the Sutliff creek. reflects “the overall philosophy of the party in that it displays a concern for humanity and individual dignity.” Wholesale Approval The convention, which adjourned shortly before midnight Saturday, gave wholesale approval to most of the platform which includes more than 500 policy statements on topics ranging from campaign financing to re-opening the investigation into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Live With It “I am opposed to some of the planks in it, but I can live with it. I feel most of the candidates can live with it,” Whitney said. “The purpose of a platform is to stage long range goals and no one Is suggesting that it be adopted overnight.” The conventions adopted 29 of the 31 major platform sections without debate after the first two planks passed with little change. Included among the provisions in the first two planks considered that survived were proposals t o decriminalize marijuana for personal use, support of “universal and unconditional” amnesty for persons who refused to serve in military forces during the Vietnam era and to allow candidates to make individual considerations on abortion. Campaign Financing The convention also approved a system of public-private campaign financing over total public financing, but did not even debate proposals calling for a dismantling of the TRACIS crime computer and supporting laws allowing “terminally ill persons ... the right to choose not to prolong life by extraordinary measures.” However, several equally controversial proposals were not individually brought before the convention as the delegates gave wholesale approval to the majority of the platform. * Among the majority provisions included in the platform which were not debated were recommendations against allowing longer trucks on Iowa roads, eventual elimination of tuition at state universities, reimbursement of Indians , for land taken from them and a request that the impeachment* inquiry into possible wrongdoings by President Nixon continue. Resolution Failed A group of Polk county delegates had earlier proposed a stronger impeachment resolution, but it failed to gain support and a battle to insert the provision was avoided by the adoption cf the entire platform. An earlier battle developed over whether to scrap the detailed platform proposal or substitute a shorter minority report which dealt primarily with general attitudes rather than specifics. The shorter version was rejected after delegates argued that the main report was drawn from the “grass roots’’ level of the party. The major battle of the convention came over a proposal by members of the Black Political Caucus who proposed an amendment to the party constitution calling for automatic appointment of a caucus member to the state central committee. Whitney said Jim Porter of Waterloo had been named by the Black Caucus as its representative on the state central committee. Wanatee: No Conflict Intended AMES (AP) — The secretary of the Mesquakie tribal council said Saturday the Indians did not mean to create a conflict in the Democratic state convention when they filed a lawsuit challenging June 4 election results in Tama county. Donald Wanatee told the convention the lawsuit was filed in federal court because “some legal questions had ben raised about the lack of a voting place in the Indian settlement.” The Mesquakies had no thought of flying to influence the outcome of the vote between Stephen Rapp and Nicholas Johnson for the Democratic Third district congressional nomination, Wanatee said. Rapp was the apparent winner by 62 votes. > Asked Injunction The Indians, in their law- Waitress, Bartender Claim Jurors Drank IOWA CITY (AP) - Defense attorneys say they will file affidavits from a bartender and waitress who claim they served alcoholic beverages to jurors hours before they found James Hall, 20, guilty of second degree murder. The lawyers daim most of the jurors were served alcohol at the University Athletic club when they recessed their deliberations to eat supper. Hall, former University of Iowa student from Toledo, Ohio, was convicted in the March 13, 1973, slaying of Sarah Ann Ottens, 20, a university nursing student from Morrison, 111. Late Supper The case went to the jury on the afternoon of May 23. Jurors later ate supper at the club and afterward deliberated another two hours before returning their verdict, the lawyers said. A hearing is set for Tuesday when District Judge Louis Schultz will hear a 43-point defense motion filed last Thursday for a new trial. The information concerning the alcoholic beverages was not included in the original motion because it didn’t come to light until later, said de-f e n s e attorneys William Tucker and Bruce Walker, both of Iowa City. Checked Report Tucker said Sunday he had originally heard of the alleged consumption of alcohol shortly after the trial ended. He said he checked the report and received “erroneous information,” but later received a telephone call from a club member who said he had witnessed the alleged drinking. Tucker didn’t specify Sunday when he would file the affidavits. Hall is being held in the Johnson county jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. Sentencing is set for Thursday. suit, asked the federal court to enjoin the Tama county auditor and board of supervisors and Secretary of State Melvin Synhorst from finalizing and certifying the vote in Tama county. They also asked the court to order a special primary election in the Indian settlement to make sure that all settlement residents who want to vote get a chance to do so. Wanatee said it is true that no polling place was set up for the primary in the Indian settlement although state law says one must be provided there. Vote Elsewhere He said it also is true Tama county Indians were not necessarily denied the right to vote because they were told they could vote elsewhere. He conceded the Indians do not turn out to vote in great numbers, but said that is true of other Americans, too, and is not grounds for failure to provide a voting place in the settlement. Regarding the Rapp-John-son race, however, Wanatee said “the Mesquakies do not want to polarize you people in this convention. “We wish you well in your work here and we hope this can be settled (rn a friendly basis.” Stanley Club Forms STANLEY - The Stanley community club has finalized incorporation. Plans are under discussion for the club’s annual fun day to be held Aug. ll. (tht (Jechtr TWpicb (flnje-He ~Estab 11 ihedTn 1883 byfheGaiette Co. ana published dally and Sunday at SOO Third ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa S2406 Second class postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rotes bv carrier 95 cents a. week. By mail: Night Edition and Sundoy 6 Issues $3.75 a month, $39.00 a year: Afternoon Editions and Sunday 7 issues $3.85 a month, $40.00 a year. 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The senior citizens, who meet on t e Tuesday of each month, will hold the regular pot luck dinner here Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Community Center Opens MANCHESTER - A grand opening was held at the new Manchester community center here Saturday afternoon. The three-story building located in the downtown business district has undergone extensive remodeling on the basement evel and main floor since it Fire Deaths About Same As Year Ago DES MOINES (UPI)— State officials reported Monday that the number of persons who have died in fires in the state thus far this year is running at about the same rate as one year ago. State Fire Marshal Wilbur Johnson said 41 Iowans lost their lives in fires through the first five months Of this year. Last year, 88 persons died in fires around the state and Johnson said the rate of fatal fires is running “just about the same as it was one vear ago.” was purchased by the city earlier this year. A well-lighted room in the walkout basement has been paneled and furnished kvith tables and chairs for card playing. The main floor will be used by the senior citizens for their twice-monthly meetings. No plans have been made for he third floor at present, said city councilman Elvin Re ph. Other organizations and clubs are also encouraged to use the building for their meetings and activities said city manager Darth Arnold. No rental fee has been set for using the new faciltity, however the city hopes donations will be given. Pictures, tables, chairs, coffee pots and other miscellaneous items have been donated by or ganizations, businesses and individuals for the new center. A kitchen area and public restroom have been installed (Hi the main floor. . The senior citizens put “about 1,000 hours of labor in fixing up the building,” said Emit DeWulf, president of the Manchester Senior Citizens club. Sometime in the future DeWulf said he would like to see an old-time fiddler contest held in the center. Attempt To Cross Creek Rapids Results in Youth's Drowning HAZLETON —• Steven Fer-rington, D|6, drowned Sunday night in Otter creek three miles south of Hazelton as the result of a horseback riding accident. Ferrington, who lived with his grandparents, the Harlan Whites of Hazleton, was riding a horse with Robert Palmer, 30, also of Hazleton, when his horse stepped into deep water as he attempted to cross the creek at the rapids. Ferrington apparently panicked, according (to sheriff’s authorities, and jumped off the horse. Palmer attempted to rescue the youth, but when unable to do so he went to the Laverne Perry farm to call fire officials. Ferrington’s body was recovered at 7:37 p.m. by Independence and Hazleton fire of-i ficials, approximately one hour after he fell into the water. Services are currently pending at White’s funeral home in Independence. it always Happens su last. 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