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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                II 4 The Cedar Jtapids Gazette: Man., June 17, 1974 Concern for Dignity" Controversial Platform Adopted By Jerry Murscner T'Prl M 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 week- end. 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 indi- vidual item in the said Whitney, who added there are some planks he op- poses, 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 Satur- day, Rep. John Culver, can- didate for the U. S. senate, and gubernatorial hopeful James Schaben said although they would not dwell on "Wa- Democrats would still score major November. Disputing charges by his op- ponent that people would be voting incumbents out of of- fice, Culver said the people would return him to congress because of his "public ser- vice" voting record. Underestimated "David Stanley's charge that they would throw me out of office just because I am in- cumbent underestimates the judgment of the said Culver, who has been Second district congressman for near- ly ten years. Culver, who has come under attack from Stanley for ac- cepting out-of-state money, said he was only accepting money from "people who sup- port my record in congress." "All contributions to my campaign are public record, and so far only 154 of people who have given are from he said. Culver said he sees nothing wrong with accepting the con- tributions 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 win- ning 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 lowans 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' prob- lems and Ray does not, which will help him beat the gover- nor. 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 Secre- tary Earl Butz." May 24 Burns Prove Fatal IOWA CITY (AP) Audrey Ferguson, 51, New Sharon, died Sunday at University hospitals, from burns she suffered in an explosion and fire last month. S m 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. Mechcmicsville Man Injured in Crash IOWA CITY Michael Hoff- man, 25, Mechanicsville, is in fair condition in University hospitals here following a Satur- day night car accident. Authorities say Hoffman lost control of his vechicle on a gravel road three miles cast of Sutliff and hit a bridge abut- ment over the Sutliff creek. reflects "the overall philoso- phy of the party in that it displays a concern for human- ity and individual dignity." Wholesale Approval The convention, which ad- journed shortly before mid- night Saturday, gave whole- sale approval to most of the platform which includes more than 500 policy statements on topics ranging from campaign financing to re-opening the in- vestigation into the assassi- nations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Live With It am opposed to some of the planks in it, but I can live with it. I feel most of the can- didates can live with 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 sec- tions without debate after the first two planks passed with little change. Included among the provi- sions in the first two planks considered that survived were proposals t o decriminalize marijuana for personal use, support of "universal and un- conditional" amnesty for per- sons why refused to serve in military forces during the Vietnam era and to allow can- didates to make individual considerations on abortion. Campaign Financing The convention also ap- proved a system of public- private campaign financing over total public financing, but did not even debate pro- posals calling for a disman- tling of the TRACIS crime computer and supporting laws allowing "terminally ill per- sons the right to choose not to prolong life by extraor- dinary measures." However, several equally controversial proposals were not individually brought be- fore the convention as the del- egates gave wholesale approv- al to the majority of the plat- form. Among the majority provi- sions included in the platform which were not debated were recommendations against al- lowing 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 wrongdo- ings by President Nixon con- tinue. Resolution Failed A group of Polk county dele- gates had earlier proposed a stronger impeachment resolu- tion, but it failed to gain sup- port and a battle to insert the provision was avoided by the adoption of the entire plat- form. An earlier battle developed over whether to scrap the de- tailed platform proposal or substitute a shorter minority report which dealt primarily with general attitudes rather than specifics. The shorter version was re- jected 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 call- ing 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 repre- sentative on the state central committee. Wanatee: No Conflict Intended AMES (AP) The secre- tary of the Mesquakie tribal council said Saturday the In- dians 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 trying to influence the outcome of the vote be- tween Stephen Rapp and Nicholas Johnson for the Democratic Third District con- gressional nomination, Wana- tee said. Rapp was the appar- ent winner by 62 votes. Asked Injunction The Indians, in their law- Waitress, Bartender Claim Jurors Drank IOWA CITY (AP) De- fense attorneys say they will file affidavits from a bartend- er and waitress who claim they served alcoholic bever- ages to juroVs hours before they found James Hall, 20, guilty of second degree murder. The lawyers claim most of the jurors were served alcohol at the University Athletic dub when they recessed their de- liberations to eat supper. Hall, former University of Iowa student from Toledo, Ohio, was convicted in the March 13, 1973, slaying of Sarah Ottens, 20, a uni- versity 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 deliber- ated 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- fense 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 informa- but later received a telephone call from a club member who said he had wit- nessed the alleged drinking. Tucker didn't specify Sun- day when he would file the af- fidavits. Hall is being held in the Johnson county jail in lieu of bond. Sentencing is set for Thursday. 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. 11. suit, asked the federal court to enjoin the Tama county auditor and board of super- visors and Secretary of State Melvin Synhorst from finaliz- ing and certifying the vote in Tama county. They also asked the court to order a special primary election In the Indian settle- ment 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 on a friendly basis." hi' tttftlrtr- fttijpitta (Ottjf-ttf Established iifl8B3 bv The Gazette Co. ana published aallv and sundav at 50Q Third ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second class postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates bv carrier 95 cents o. week. By mall: Night Edition and sundav 6" Issues a month, a year: Af- ternoon Editions and Sunday 7 Issues a month, a year, other states ond U.S. territories S60.00 a yeor. No Moil Subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republlcatlon of ail the local news printed in this news- paoer as well as oil AP news dispatches. At the HOME of the FREE free checking with no service charges and no gimmicks, for personal and business ac- counts, Another free service from the Home of the Free. GUARANTY BANK TRUST CO. 3rd Sr> 3rd Ave. Downtown 1819 42nd St. NE J9I Jocolyo Dr. NW Phon6 Manchester community center here Saturday afternoon. The three-story building locat- ed in the downtown business district has undergone extensive remodeling on the basement :evel and mam floor since it Fire Deaths About Same As Year Ago DBS MOINES State officials reported Monday that ;he number of persons who have died in fires in the state thus1 'ar this year is running at about he same rate as one year ago. State iFire Marshal Wilbur Johnson said 41 lowans lost heir lives in fires through the first five months tof this year. Last year, 88 persons died in ires around the state and John- son said the rate of fatal fires s running "just about the same as it was one year ago." The new community center purchased by Manchester will bo able to seat approximately 100 persons on the mam floor which has been completely remodeled. Enjoying a cup of coffee in this room arc Marguerite Carter, senior citizen son, and Emil DeWulf, president of the Manchester Senior Citizens club. The senior citizens, who meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, will hold -the regular pot luck dinner here Tuesday at p.m. Community Center Opens MANCHESTER A grand openint was held at the new walkout basement has paneled and furnished was purchased by the city earli- er this year. A well-lighted room in the been Svith tables and 'chairs for card play- ing. The main floor will be used by the senior citizens for their twice-monthly meet tags. No plans have been made for the third floor at present, said city councilman Elvin Reph. Other organizations and clubs ganizations, businesses and indi- are also encouraged to use the viduals for the new center. A building for their meetings and activities said city manager Dartli Arnold. No rental fee has been set for using the new faciltity, however the city hopes donations will be given. Pictures, tables, chairs, cof- fee pots and other miscellaneous items have been donated by or- kitchcn area and room have been public rest- installed on the main floor. The senior citizens put "about hours of labor in fixing up the said Emil DeWulf, president of the Manchester Se- nior Citizens club. Sometime in the future DeWulf said he would like to see an old-time fiddler contest held in the center. Affempf To Cross Creek Rapids Results in Youth's Drowning HAZLETON Steven Fer- H6, drowned Sunday night in Otter creek three miles south of Hazelton as the result of a horseback riding accident. Ferrington, who lived with liis grandparents, the Harlan Whites of Hazleton, was riding I a horse with Robert Palmer, 30, I also of Hazleton, when his horse stepped into deep water as he attempted to cross the creek at the rapids. Ferrington apparently pan- icked, according ito 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 reco- vered at p.m. by Indepen- dence and Hazleton fire of-i ficials, approximately one hour after he fell into the water. Services are currently pend- ing at White's funeral home in Independence. It always happens so fast. And, this time, you're right. It did happen to "the other guy." You know: The guy who wouldn't hurt a fly, turn down a friendly drink-or take a cab home instead of driving. A nice guy who'd now and then smoke in bed, maybe swim out a little too far, sometimes hurry a little down the stairs. We know you knew him. And that you'll miss him. We just don't want you to join him. "Oops" is a pitiful epitaph. A the NiUloiml Snfoty Council. A non-prom nuiwovernnimiin public service orK.iniii.itlo.i. Our only In u anfcr National Safety n Council If you don't liko thinltinc about sutoty. think wlioro you'd 'on without it.   

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