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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ft r. The Cedar Rapids Gazettes Tues., June 18, 1974 Mutually Beneficial WTI I VI STK* * VI 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. Far-Reaching Implications In Two Democratic Resolutions 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 consumer?, called Monday for emergency measures to be taken to prevent 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 action 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 1930s,” Hughes said. “Let the consumer take heed that if small, indepen-d e n t meat producers go bankrupt and out of business, they will not be coming back.” Clark, who noted prices that producers receive for lrc^i and pork had fallen sharply in the last six months, said feeders have been losing from $100 to $200 a head throughout the year. Burlington Utility Man Electrocuted WAPELLO (UPI) - A young Burlington man was electrocuted Monday while he was on top of a utility pole here. 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 financial crisis is spreading to other segments of the livestock industry, such as the turkey and broiler producers. He said the problem began with the administration’s “incredible” decision to freeze beef prices and keep them frozen after other price controls had been lifted. “We are now paying the price of this shortsighted policy,” Clark said. “Six months of high costs and low prices are wiping out the results of decades of dedicated 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 widespread losses and bankruptcy. Less Production “These losses will inevitably mean less production and substantially higher meat prices for consumers in the future,” Clark said. “Every consumer has a stake in seeking that the livestock industry gets the help it needs now.” Clark said an emergency loan program, reimposition of quotas on meat imports and an investigation of the price spread received by wholesalers and retailers should be instituted. In addition, Clark again called for the government to increase its purchase of meat. Ottumwa Teens Tried as Adults In Murder Case OTTUMWA (UPI) Asso-ciate District Judge Charles Ayres ruled Monday that two Ottumwa teenagers lcharged with the strangulation death of an elderly woman last January will be tried as adults. Following the ruling, Wapello county officials filed first degree mm der charges against Douglas Mike Burton, 14, ami Robert Lewis Williams, 16, who had been held at the state training school at Eldora. Judge Ayres said Ute cases were switched from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court because it was against the best interests of society to try them as juveniles instead of adults. The youths are hocused in the Jan. 26 death of Ada Caldwell, 65, in her home. The teenagers are to be returned to Ottumwa this week for arraignment on the murder charge. Bond for each was set at $100,000. . Drowning Claims Waterloo Man Denies Otranto Youth 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. William Day, had been sexually assaulted and strangled with an electrical cord. Fitz’ attorneys have indicated they will ask for a change of 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. OTRANTO (UPI) - The body of an 11-year-old Otranto boy was found Monday afternoon by a Mason City fireman in the Red Cedar river near here. Dragging operations for the body of Allan Blake first began last Friday when the boy was reported missing and presumed drowned in the river near the Otranto dam. Officials said young Blake was apparently playing with soma other youngsters at the dom when he disappeared beneath the water. Otranto is about 18 miles: northwest of Osage in northern Iowa. By Frank Nye Virtually lost in the actions taken by the state Democratic convention in Ames Saturday wear® two items that will have a bearing in the party’s future. They were: 1. Adoption of an amendment to Article 6 of the party’s state constitution which makes the county, district and state platform committees continuing bodies between state conventions. 2. Adoption of a resolution giving the state central committee 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 that,” said Bartel, a Johnson county supervisor. Two of the committee’s jobs, he said, will be to monitor the legislature to see how closely Democratic lawmakers follow ithe platform adopted by state convention delegates. 1976 Recommendations Another responsibility, he went on, will be to begin development of recommendations to submit to the 1976 platform committee. Bartel expressed disappointment that the state convention gave the authority for establishing procedures and guidelines for the platform committee to the istate central committee instead of the platform committee itself. Before the convention Bartel had charged the central committee, along with some Democratic legislators and “self-interest groups,” with forming a coalition to do in the 50-page “grassroots” platform his committee was submitting to the convention delegates. Coalition Support He said the coalition was behind a proposed substitute platform written by a minority of six members of the 23-member platform committee, Bartel was pleased, naturally, that the convention rejected the substitute platform in its entirety and opted, instead, to accept the longer “grassroots” platform almost verbatim, even though it included a few planks that are in opposition to views expressed by State Sen. James Schaben of Dunlap, the party’s governorship candidate. Truck Length The most widely-publicized of these is a plank opposing legalization of 65-foot twin-trailer trucks on Iowa highways. Length of these twin-trailers now is limited to 60 feet and Gov. Robert Ray, Schaben’s Republican opponent, vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled 1974 legisature to legalize the additional five feet. Bartel agreed the party’s 1974 platform is too long. He said there just wasn’t enough time before the convention to refine and condense it. Disagreed But 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 recommendations to the stale central committee for procedures and guidelines for our committee,” Bartel said. Reached by phone in Democratic state headquarters in Dos Moines, Chairman Tom Whitney told The Gazette the Bartel committee recommendations will be welcomed by the central committee. Taking Samplings In developing recommendations for the 1976 platform committee, Bartel explained, his committee will be taking samplings throughout the state from meetings of the county and district platform committees, which are al&o continuing bodies beginning this year. “We hope to reduce platform writing to an art,” Bartel commented. He hopes his committee will recommend to tho state com mittee that either professional politicians, meaning Democratic office-holders, (I) be limited to an advisory capacity in dealing with the platform committee, or (2) ho limited to minority status on the platform committee. Reflect Sentiments In other words, Bartel wants the platform to reflect the sentiments of a majority of “grassroots” Democrats. He also hopes that in its continuing status, the state platform committee members will become more knowledge able about what is practical and what isn’t as it goes about its job of choosing among proposed planks to hammer into something candidates can stand on. Ag Land Capitalization Rate Increased to 6 1 /2% By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA)-The state board of tax review has increased the capitalization rate on agricultural real estate from six to six-and-one-half percent. This is the rate by which income from agricultural land is capitalized for the purpose of determining one-half of the assessed value of such property for property tax purposes. The other half of such value is based on market value. The determination of the capitalization rate for agriculture is the responsibility of the State Board of Tax Review and the rate is applied by the local assessor in determining the assessed value of farm land. Two Laws The board of tax review is comprised of E. A. Hicklin, Wapello; Keith McKinley, Osage, and Louis Nussbaum, Des Moines. Since 1966, the legislature has passed laws specifically requiring the state revenue director to order the equalization of the levels of assessment of each class of property. 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 insure that neither agricultural, residential, commercial or other types of property are assessed at a higher or lower rate than anyone of the other classes. Agriculture real estate includes farms with buildings as well as farms without buildings. 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 jurisdiction 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 the assessing jurisdiction. The sample indicates whether the level of assessment is higher or lower than the 27 percent statutory requirement. The only class of property which is handled differently is agriculture realty. 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) - The 50-page platform endorsed by a majority of the platform committee 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 members. Among the nearly 500 planks in the platform are recommendations for legalization of personal use of marijuana, “universal and unconditional amnesty” or Vietnam war era draft and military service evaders, ending all military aid to Southeast Asia and opposing 65-foot trucks on Iowa highways. There were moves on the floor to eliminate the marijuana plank and the amnesty provision and to call for conditional rather than unconditional amnesty but all were shouted down by about 2,500 delegates present. The convention, however, did approve three additions to the platform which were recommended to the platform committee. They called for improvement in Iowa public employes retirement system, home rule for Iowa counties and denouncing President Nixon’s promise of nuclear aid to Egypt. IO YEARS AGO - President Johnson politely rejected a n offer by Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy to serve the administration in South Vietnam. What WUU be? Will I be famous? 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. 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