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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mun.. June 17, 1974 Letters To Congressman Sentiment Over President "Running About 50-50 By Dorothy Wlllhms WASHINGTON As a member of the house judici- ary committee now weighing the fate of IVcsidcnt Nixon, Hep. Edward Mezvinsky, Iowa City Democrat, is flooded with mail almost evenly divided for and against the Chief Ex- ecutive. Although, earlier letter writ- ers numbered many critics of Nixon, in recent weeks, ac- cording lo a Mezvinsky aide, defenders of the President liave been coming forward to counterbalance lu's attackers. Frequently supporters of the President enclose a form clipped from a newspaper ad- vertisement or express their views on a petition under the heading, "National Citizens Committee for Fairness to the The Mezvinsky aide es- Gdward Mezvinsky limaled the Iowa lawmaker has received from to letters concerning (lie impeachment inquiry into Nixon's conduct, with the sen- timent "running about 50-50." Occasionally the communi- cations are as simple as the handwritten note from a C o r a 1 v i 11 e man, asking "Would you please impeach Months Have Passed More often they are length- ier, detailing some of .the opin- Iowa City woman who wanted to know, "How can you be- lieve John Dean when he ac- cepted immunity for himself by consenting to testify against his former friends and teammates, i never could be- lieve a man so she added. The writer went on to point out that months have passed with investigations into various aspects of the Water- gate matter. "Why can't you come out like men and say you find him not guilty of any impeachable she asked. F r o m a Cedar Rapids woman came the comment, "Our President has proven himself great too had our congressmen can't do the same." "How many politicians in Washington could stand up to income tax an won- dered. 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 "If he is impeached, all the senators and representatives should he ousted, a Dc- Wiit woman said. "They art- no better than he. There are plenty of skeletons in their A Ml. Vernon man wrote he had just finished reading the transcripts of the taped con- versations between the Pres- ident 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 organiza- tions, such as the National Ed- ucation Assn., think not. The NBA 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 insur- ance department lo set up legal service insurance pro- grams in Iowa; none has been approved. Iowa Insurance Commis- sioner William H. Huff reports there is no provision in Iowa law for legal service insur- ance. The code of Iowa (Section. 515.48) specifies the various kinds of insurance which may be written by companies au- thorized to do business in the state. Other kinds of insurance which are not specifically enu- merated by the statute may be approved by the insurance commissioner after public no- tice and hearing if he deter- mines such risks are a proper subject for insurance and not prohibited by law or contrary to sound public policy. No Hearings asked None the five companies has requested a public hear- ing. The five companies are Stuyvesant Insurance Co., Al- lentown, Pa.; Stonewall Insur- ance Co., Birmingham, Ala.; St. Paul Fire and Marine In- surance Co., St. Paul, Minn.; North Union Fire Insurance Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ranger Insurance Co., Hous- ton, Texas. Huff has just returned from a meeting of the National Assn. of Insurance Commis- sioners in San Francisco which has given preliminary approval to a model act on prepaid legal insurance pro- grams. 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 pro- grams. The committee is chaired 'by Byron G. Riley, a Cedar Rapids lawyer. Commissioner Huff reports he has also received an inqui- ry about such a program from a group of university profes- sors. 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, pri- vate insurance companies and bar associations. One of the first plans es- tablished hi the country was in Shreveport, La. It is funded by the Ford Foundation and the American Bar Assn. for the hod carriers' union. The plant calls for a pre- mium of a year for law- yers' office consultation, up to for office work and re- search and up to for court work. In major legal cases the plan allows up to 80 percent of all expenses beyond the standard benefits, up to a 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 lr> 'rust 'he ple, and after he lias been telling us to trust him for nearly two years." Also from Ml. Vernon tame a post card from a woman who complained the Water- gate liM personal thing now. A person has a right to think a few things he doesn't want re- viewed in she added. "Isn't that true with you and everyone Disregard for Law "What on earth would com- pel a man to release the tran- scripts that so clearly impli- cate a Cedar man inquired. "Only one thing and that is the existence of far more incriminating evi- dence." A Solon woman charged that Nixon, .throughout his po- litical life, has showed a "con- tinued disregard for law. The attitude is descernible from the Oval office (of the White House) all the way down lo the county offices." "Impeachment JEHUS im- perative for survival of the a Washington cou- ple wired. Doesn't Apply A Weliman man wrote that in his opinion "innocent until proven guilty beyond a rea- sonable 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 in- quiry within the bounds of the a Marenfo cou- ple wrote Mezvinsky. "Your actions have been treason- ous." "We do not think the tran- scripts show criminal of- a Keosauqua woman wrote. "We are against im- peachment. "Don't ever ask me lo 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. all'tnl to .she said. ('artisan Move From Decorah, a woman wrote that the President has been "tried and judged on television and in the newspa- pers. 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 wroU: 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 impeach- able evidence." and devote some time to the real problems and issues con- fronting the country." "Your committee is way off balance in what you are try- ins; 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 'July is clear cut, cite the king in contempt of congress and move to impeach the (ex- pletive Won't 15e 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 thai easy." "First, he' (the President) tried to provoke the commil- tee into precipitious action which didn'l succeed. Now it 'ba' ff> finds tion in stalling as long as pos- iible. If you let him succeed in forestalling a vote in the full house or a trial in the senate until after the No- vember elections, I fear that nl 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 S'ee how you or the com- mittee can be faulted no mat- ter what your decision is." The truth is what the com- mittee is after, Mezvinsky ex- plains in replies to the letter writers. "I believe the impeachment inquiry holds the key fnr final- ly resolving the doubt which has eroded confidence in our he explained. Raises Approved for Voc-Tech Personnel CALMAR The Area One. Voc-Tech school board voted last week to raise salaries for all custodial and secretarial personnel in keeping with recent increases in the cost of living and the minimum wage laws. Custodial employes received a 9.2 percent increase, and secre- tarial workers an increase of 14 percent. At Thursday's meeting, Paul Kaiser, director of student ser- vices, reported enrollment for the fall quarter at Area One is up 5 percent over last year's en- rollment for the same period. According to Kaiser, about two-thirds of the programs ac- cepting fall-term freshmen Area One are near capacity. Applications Dr. Max Clark, superin- tendent, said enrollment appli- cations will be accepted at Area One for the fall-quarter pro- grams through the first week in September. A bid of by Rodney Newgard of Calmar, for pur- chase of the sixth house built by Area One's construction trades was accepted by the board. A lolal of four bids were submit- Icd. Bids totaling for furni- ture 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, Dayton's Contract division, Min- neapolis, Younkers, Des Moines, and J. S. 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