Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 18, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

June 18, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Tiles., June 18. 1974 Mutually Beneficial Teleptioto When Tim Austin, Marshalltown, owned a farm near Melbourne, he had no trouble exercising his dogs. He simply turned them loose in an open field. However, now that he lives in a city, he had to devise a better way to keep track of the animals. This method, employed despite heavy traffic, also provides him with exercise. Clark, Hughes Ask Action To Save Meat Producers By United Press International Iowa's two U. S. senators, noting the likelihood of higher meat prices for called Monday for emergency measures to be taken to pre- vent thousands of beef and hog producers from going out of business. In speeches on the floor of the senate, Democratic Sens. Harold Hughes and Dick Clark made their plea for ac- tion to help producers offset low prices for meat and avoid going into bankruptcy. Hughes said that should beef and hog producers go "down the drain" they will take many banks; and other small ag-business enterprises with them. Worst Squeeze "They are in the worst price cost squeeze predicament since the Hughes said. "Let the consumer take heed that if small, indepen- dent meat producers go bankrupt 'and out of business, they will not be coming back." Clark, who noted prices that producers receive for beef and pork had fallen sharply in the last six months, said feed- ers have been losing from to a head throughout the year. Burlington Utility Man Electrocuted WAPELLO (UPI) A young Burlington man was electrocut- ed Monday while he was on top of a utility pole here, i L o u i s i a county authorities identified the victim as Daniel Snicker, 21, of Burlington who was employed by Iowa Southern utility. In addition, Clark said there is also evidence that the finan- cial crisis is spreading to other segments of the live- stock industry, such as the turkey and broiler producers. He said the problem began with the administration's "in- credible" decision to freeze beef prices and keep them frozen after Other price con- trols had been lifted. "We are now paying the price of this shortsighted poli- Clark said. "Six months of high costs and low prices are wiping out the results of decades of dedi- cated labor. Not Limited "And these bankruptcies may not be limited to farmers and ranchers they extend to the businesses, banks and even entire communities which depend upon beef and pork production." Clark said the bankruptcies would lead to a "devastating" impact on the economies of many rural communities. The Iowa Democrat said there appears to be no hope feeders will have an improved price situation and that this will continue to cause wide- spread losses and bankruptcy. Less Production "These losses will inevitably mean less production and sub- stantially higher meat prices for consumers in the Clark said. "Every consumer has a stake in seeking that the live- stock industry gets the help it needs now." Clark said an emergency loan program, rcimposition of quotas on meat imports and an investigation of the price spread received by whole- salers and retailers should be instituted. In addition, Clark again called for the government to increase its purchase of meat. Waterloo Man Denies Slaying of 2-Year-Old WATERLOO (UPI) A 27- year-old Waterloo man Monday pled innocent in Black Hawk county 'district court here to the slaying of a 2-year-old girl. Russell Fitz is accused of murder in connection with the slaying of Shelley Day two weeks ago. The child's body was found in the attic of Fitz' apartment building following a day-long search by authorities and neighbors. An autopsy revealed the girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil- liam Day, had been sexually assaulted and strangled iwith an electrical cord. Fitz' attorneys have indi- cated they will ask for a change venue for his trial. Court-appointed lawyers for Fitz are expected to charge a fair trial would be impossible because of emotional 'feelings against the accused. District Judge Peter Van Metre told the defense motions in the case must be filed by Thursday and will be ruled on by June 27. No trial date was set. Ottumwa Teens Tried as Adults In Murder Case OTTUMWA (UPI) i- Asso- ciate District Judge Charles Ayres ruled Monday that two Ottumwa teenagers (charged with the strangulation death of an elderly woman last Jan- uary will be tried as adults. Following the ruling, Wa- pello county officials filed first degree imurder charges against Douglas Mike Bur- ton, 14, and Robert Lewis Williams, 16, who had been held at the state training school at Eldora. Judge Ayres said the icases were switched from the juris- diction of the juvenile court because it was against the best interests of society to try them as juveniles instead of adults. i The youths are (accused in the Jan. 26 death of Ada Cald- well, 65, in her home. The iteenagers are to be re- turned to Ottumwa this week for arraignment on the mur- der charge. Bond for each was set at Drowning Claims Otranto Youth OTRANTO (UPI) The body of an 11-year-old Otranto boy ivas found Monday afternoon by a Mason City fireman in the Jed Cedar river near here. Dragging operations for the )ody of Allan Blake first began ast Friday when the boy was reported missing and presumed drowned in the river near the 3tranto dam. Officials said young Blake was apparently playing with soma other youngsters at the dom when he disappeared be- neath the water. Otranto is about 18 miles northwest of Osage in northern Iowa. Far-Reaching Implications In Two Democratic Resolutions 1 Ity Frank Nye Virtually lost in the actions taken by the slate Democratic wore two items that will have j a bearing in the party's lu- ture. They were: I I. Adoption of an amend I men! to Article (i of the p a r t y s state constitution which makes the county, dis- trict and state platform com- mittees continuing bodies be- tween state conventions. 2. Adoption of a resolution giving the stale central com- mittee the authority to set procedures and guidelines for the platform committees. Meeting Planned Richard Bartel of Iowa City, chairman of the 1974 state platform committee, told The Gazette by telephone Monday he plans to call a meeting of his group within two months to discuss future plans in its new role as a continuing body. "The committee will meet periodically after said Bartel, a Johnson county 'su- pervisor. Two of the committee's jobs, he said, will be to moni- tor the legislature to see how closely Democratic lawmak- ers follow the platform adopt- ed by state convention dele- gates. 1976 Recommendations Another responsibility, he went on, will be to begin de- velopment of recommenda- tions to submit to the 1976 platform committee. Bartel expressed disappoint- ment that the state convention gave the authority for es- tablishing procedures and guidelines for the platform committee to the state bentral committee instead of the plat- form committee itself. Before the convention Bar- tel had charged the central committee, along with some Democratic legislators and "self-interest with forming a coalition to do in the 50-page "grassroots" plat- form his committee was sub- mitting to the convention dele- gates. Coalition Support He said the coalition was behind a proposed substitute platform written by a minori- ty of six members of the 23- member platform committee. Bartel was pleased, natural- ly, that the convention reject- ed the substitute platform in its entirety and opted, instead, to accept the longer "grassroots" platform almost verbatim, even though it in- cluded a few planks that are in opposition to views ex- pressed by State Sen. James Schaben of Dunlap, the party's governorship can- didate. Truck Length The most widely-publicized of these is a plank opposing legalization of 65-foot twin- trailer trucks on Iowa high- ways. Length of these twin-trailers now is limited to 60 feet and Gov. Robert Ray, Schaben's What will I be? Will I be Will I be rich? While the future is not ours to see, careful planning can provide financial security for the future of those we love those who depend on us. Modern Woodmen can help with your plans. Since 1883 we've been providing the finest life insurance and fraternal benefits for our members and their beneficiaries their dependents. Ask your Modern Woodmen representative how you can best plan for your future and the future of your family. MODERN WOODMEN OF AMERICA OKC of the nation's leading jnncriicd insurance organizations. Home Office, Rock Island, Illinois 61201 MERTOND.KRUMREI.FIC 216WindiorDr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 Ph: 377-0077 opponent, vetoed a bill passed by tiie Republi- can-controlled 197-i legisature feet. Harlel agreed the parly's 1974 piatform is too long. He said there just wasn't enough time before the convention to refine and condense it. Disagreed liul he disagreed with a view expressed by some that a platform should be limited to a given number of planks just for the purpose of keeping it shorter. "The platform committee intends to make some reeom- mendations to Ihe state cen- tral committee for procedures and guidelines for our com- Bartel said. H'viclK't! in Demo- cratic state headquarters in Dos Moines, Chairman Tom Whllnw The the Bartel committee recommen- dations will be v.vkomcd by the central committee. Taking Samplings In developing recommen- dations for the 1976 platform committee, liartei explained, his committee will be taking samplings throughout the state from meetings of the county and district platform committees, which are also continuing bodies beginning this year. "We hope to reduce plat- form writing to an Bar- tel commented. lie hopes his committee will recommend to the state com- mittee that either professional politicians, meaning Oeino- cratic office-holders, (1) be limited to an advisory capaci- ty in dealing with f'onn committee, or IK; limited to minority status on Ilk' platform committee. Reflect Sentiments In other words, Barlel wants the platlorm lo reticri the sentiments of a majority of "grassroots" Democrats. He also hopes that in its continuing status, the stale platform committee members will become more knowledge able iilwut what is practical and what isn't as it goes about its job of choosing among pro- posed planks to hammer into .something candidates c a n stand on. Ag Land Capitalization Rate Increased to By Harrison Weber state board of tax review has increased the capitalization rate on agricultural real es- tate from six to six-and-one- half percent. This is the rate by which in- come from agricultural land is capitalized for the purpose of determining one-half of the assessed value of such proper- ty for property tax purposes. The other half of such value is based on market value. The determination of the ca- pitalization rate for agricul- ture is the responsibility of the State Board of Tax Re- view 'and the rate is applied by the local assessor in deter- mining the assessed value of farm land. Two Laws The board of tax review is comprised of E. A. Hicklin, W a p e 11 o Keith McKinley, Osage, and Louis Nussbaum, Des Moines. Since 1966, the legislature has passed laws specifically requiring the state revenue director to order the equaliza- tion of the levels of assess- ment of each class of proper- ty. The purpose of equalization is to determine that the level of assessment for each class of property is 27 percent of its fair market value. Equalization attempts to in- sure that neither agricultural, residential, commercial or other types of property are as- sessed at a higher or lower rate than anyone of the other classes. Agriculture real estate in- cludes farms with buildings as well as farms without build- ings. Data Verified The level of assessment is determined by accumulating data on real estate sales for each class of property. The county recorder fills in basic data on a sheet called an as- sessment-sales ratio sheet. The city or county assessor, depending upon in which juris- diction the sale took place, fills in additional information and sends the completed sheet to the revenue department. The data is verified by the department through various sources to place additional va- lidity to the sheet. The sheets are grouped resulting in a sample for Hie assessing juris- diction. The sample indicates whether the level of assess- ment is higher or lower than the 27 percent statutory re- quirement. The only class of property which is handled differently is agriculture really. For agriculture realty, in addition to the assessment- sales ratio sheets, an income factor is applied on a county- wide basis. Each of the two factors is given equal weight in the determination. No Changes as Democrats Okay Majority Platform AMES (AP) i- The 50- page platform endorsed by a majority of the platform com- mittee was approved without change by the Democratic state convention Saturday night. The delegates rejected in toto a shorter version which would have omitted several of the more controversial planks in the platform's committee version which was offered by six of the 23 committee mem- bers. Among the nearly 500 planks in the platform are recom- mendations for legalization of personal use of marijuana, "universal and unconditional amnesty" or Vietnam war era draft and military serv- ice evaders, ending all mili- tary aid to Southeast Asia and opposing 65-foot trucks on Iowa highways. There were moves on the floor to eliminate the mari- juana plank and the amnesty provision and to call for con- ditional rather than uncondi- tional amnesty but all were shouted down by about delegates present. The convention, however, did approve three additions to the platform which were recommended to the platform committee. 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