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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Ik fitter llnpttb 'Nobody here but us elephants' Editorial Page June 21. Ominous sign in Cedar? POLITICAL buffs, the people who sift election results in search nf shreds nf information that might serve as indicators as to what's ahead, or as to why something happened in the past, are still coming up with tidbits from the June 4 election. From one in Des Monies comes word that he has discovered Republicans cast more votes than Democrats despite newspaper reports to the contrary. As a result, he argues, Iowa is not becoming a Democratic state, as described by Secretary of State Synhorst, the state elections com- missioner. It is true, he admits, that Democrats cast about votes more for the top contested race (for governor) on their ticket than did Republicans for the top race (for senator) on theirs. But if the highest totals throughout the state for contested congressional, legislative or county offices are added together, the record shows that Republicans outpolled Democrats by about votes to For example, in the Third dis- trict votes were cast by Republicans for five candidates for congressman more than were cast for the two can- didates for U.S. senator while Democrats cast 745 votes more for their four candidates for congressman than they cast for their three candidates for gover- nor. That proves, the analyst main- tains, that Democrats haven't taken over the state. From down Tipton way comes another indicator, however, to the effect that regardless of whether Iowa has or has not become a Democratic state, it is likely to LTO Democratic this fall. Sifting through June 4 election results in Cedar county, Kditor Herb Clark of The Tipton Conser- vative discovered that 31 percent of the votes cast in that normally Republican stronghold on that day were by Democrats. And anytime Democrats cast more than 30 per- cent of the primary vote in Cedar, he pointed out in a recent edi- torial, the county usually goes Democratic in the fall. Editor Clark put it this way: In 19B4 the Democrats got 33 percent of the total (primary) vote cast: 3liT Democrat and Republican. Republicans shudder when they recall what happened five months later. Lyndon 15. Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater by votes. Harold Hughes defeated Evan Hultman for governor by votes and the Republicans lost the race for lieutenant governor All of the precincts in Cedar county voted Democrat, the only time in the history of the county, including the depres- sion year sweep in 1932. History may not repeat itself. But the cold fact is that the only time the Democrats really ran well in Cedar county since 1932 was in 1964 when they went over 30 percent of the total primary vote. At least the Republicans might to be apprehen- sive. Taking these indicators together, they would seem to say the political winds are blowing in different directions. Obviously, we'll have to wait until general election results are in this November to tell which was the more accurate. But part of the fun of politics is the speculation that goes with it. If nothing else, these indicators give those interested new factors to crank into this year's speculations. is for euphemism nHHREE of the dairy lobbying JL groups whose 1972 contribu- tions to the campaign of First district Congressman Mezvinsky have hit the fan lately bear clum- sily contrived titles that squeeze down to neat little acronyms: Agricultural and Dairy Educa- tional Political Trust Special Political Agricultural Community Education Committee for Thorough Agriculture Political Education One common thread in all of those, it can quickly be noticed, is the word "education." That stretches a point to lengths making even the titles look stunt- ed. Education, indeed. Spelled a lot of other nifty ways: Persuasion, pressure, influence, promotion, lobbying, nest-feathering and possibly several it would not be prudent to print. Well, chalk it up to fun and games. A lot of special interests have been playing them together, all alike. But let us cream the no- tion that great herds of voters in the boonies go forever getting en- tertained or fooled. Isn't it the truth? By Carl Riblet, jr. Until a year ago Americans believed that any boy or girl could grow up to be President, even if he or she had been clisadvantaged by being born in a hospi- tal and reared in a Iri-level in Ihe suburbs inslead of in a log cabin in the woods. Kids now don't want to grow up to be President. They don't want to be First Lady, either. What they want is to be like Henry Kissinger and own their own travel agency. "It's no fun to be President. Lyndon Johnson Any man who has intellectual honesty must conclude, however reluctanlly, lhat women are smarter than men. A woman always knows which side of the bread is buttered; the man spreads the butter. "Man was made fo serve woman." Dictionary of Opinions interOcoon Press Syndicate pushing Roadmen's ride-ons? By Tom Fruehling Gazette staff writer AMES Followers of the Iowa high- way commission no doubt recall the fuss caused by the multi-million dollar freeway through Ihe heart of Burlington. Land on which some of the town's old- est and nicest homes stood was excava- ted for the road, resulting in what was dubbed "Derby's Ditch" after commis- sioner Derby Thompson. There was more than a littic grumbling thai Thompson, from Burlington, pushed the project as a sort of lasting memorial before lie quit the commission. Now the highway commission, as it prepares to be absorbed into the new state department of transportation, is talking about a million bridge in Sioux City, which happens to he com- missioner .Jules Busker's homestead. The other four commission members, picking up the '-lie from Chairman Robert Rigler, have naturally taken lo calling this planned structure across the Missouri "Busker's Bridge." A bad precedent could have been set. Commissioner David Shaff, who is already mildly miffed that the Sioux City bridge will be toll free while the one at Clinton is not, might propose 50-foot wide "Shaff's Shoulders" for roads around his hometown. Harry Reecl of Winterset would then expand on this by urging the purchase of all of Madison county for "Heed's Right- of-way" along highway Things might gel further oul of conlrol if Rigler and Vice-Chairman Stephen liarsl are named to the DOT commis- sion, which will handle all transportation issues in Iowa. One can envision Rigler designating highway 03 as "Robert's Runway" for the convenience of his New llamplon hanking customers who want fly-in facilities. And (iarsl would be given ine cnance 10 turn Coon Rapids inlo a seaport, from which the portly gentleman farmer could ride in comfort on "Stove's Steamboat" down the Raccoon river. The commissioners might even see fil lo construct "Bill's Hikeway" in honor of Cedar Rapids' own former highway man, William Gray. Credit where it's due for good things afoot By James Reston Wr xsill.V.i'f W 'Iiiml is sui'h a rare commodity in tin- tangled af- fairs of the world Ihcsc dav.s lll.il it is scarcely recognised when it occurs. Yet a survey of recent events, as cum pared with the situation a year or so. or cxctt a iVvv iiionfiis genuine progress in the relations between nations. None of (he great issues of human misery, iiialdistnliuiion of food and other essential raw materials, inflation, prices, or the control of military arms or money has been settled. Being faced lint the discussion of these issues has advanced, with the barriers and taboos against diplomatic negotiations lifted, if not removed. The evidence of this limited but important advance is all around us: In the Middle Kasl. there was war only a few short months ago. a threat of Soviet military intervention and a startling worldwide alert of Ihe American armed forces. Now there is at least an uneasy calm, a widening gap between the contending armies with a United Nations corps of observers in between and a renewal of diplomatic intercourse between the United States and Egypt and Syria. Next stop: Sin Stop Isolating Boston's sex market By William F. Buckley, jr. BOSTON iu in the news having dis- covered nol a solulion to the ob- scenity problem, but an accommodation to it. It is the hallowed (if we can borrow the word for this purpose) Red Light District. Perhaps not exactly that. Boston has not gone so far as to say that it will license bordellos. But practically everything else. There are to be X-rated movie houses, strip-tease bars, "adult" bookstores (which is to say bookstores that specialize in post-pubescent fare) and massage parlors and so on. There are counterparts all over the world, notoriously in Frankfurt, in Am- sterdam, and in Copenhagen. It appears to be the obvious solution, if one accepts the concept that that which used to hap- pen only under the table should move to an entire area in the city. Convenience It makes sense both for the city, which wishes to conlain lhat part of itself that specializes in appealing to prurient in- stincts; and for the customer who, in search of that kind of thing, need waste little time getting there. Presumably Boston will provide express subway ser- vice to Sin Stop, a gesture of municipal courtesy that becomes that old, civilized city. There arc of course complications. There is the book shop at the other end of town which will wanl to make available to its customers at least a good sampling of the season's pornography. In part because that book shop desires to give its clients anything they might desire; in part because there is very brisk trade in the sex books. Indeed, a recent figure reveals lhat in middling size bookstores, books that can reasonably be called "sex-oriented" do a critical 50 percent of the business. Since they are only ten percent of the titles, one can see how important they are as an economic matter. What will the booksellers outside Sin Stop in Boston now do? Will they not come up wilh the identical arguments to insist on their right to continue to pander to the tasle of Iheir customers? I would not want lo be al Ihe olher end of a law- suit arguing the point Inconvenience? And what about the movie house say city blocks from Sin Stop? Will it not make a case for relieving (he lame and Ihe blind, Ihe senior citizens and Hie unescorted children, of the risk and tedium of traveling all the way lo Sin Stop lo sec an X-rated movie? What will be the municipal mechanics by which the corner movie house will actually be prevented from showing lhat which is permitted to be shown else- where? Will zoning laws prevail over direct appeals to the First Amendment'' Tlie success of the old Red Light Dis- trict rested, really, on pro-conslitii- William F. Buckley, jr. tionalist dispositions, effected by the fiat of the ruler, unavailable for appeal on generic grounds. The conventional idea was to outlaw vice, but to agree to ignore it within certain bounds in the city. So that those who sought to practice it out- side those bounds were not only violating the law, but were inviting penalties. In the United States we are given to pragmatic solutions, and it is generally agreed that, for instance in certain areas in Harlem, peaceful bookmakers are not going to be disturbed by the police, though they would be if they started to practice their wares openly on Madison Avenue. The current civil libertarian mood in America argues against such pragmatic solutions. Even as the secularists argued that to recite a common prayer in New York City's public schools whose for- mulation was satisfactory to priests, ministers and rabbis, was a violation of the First Amendment, someone in Bos- ton is sure to insist that pornography being a general right, it is a violation of the Constitution to insist that people lake the subway to Sin Stop in order to exer- cise that right. A year ago the supreme court wrole a decision that appeared to inconvenience, once again, the obscenity peddlers. As a mailer of fact, the decision appears not to have done anything of the sort, though at one theater in the South, "Carnal a dismal picture about the travails of salyriasis. was suspended, frightening the avant garde in New York and Hollywood half to death. The best way lo deal willi oddball supreme court decisions one disapproves of is to ignore them and hope nobody will notice. This is what they are now trying. The Boston experiment should be in- dulged. The anti-obscenily people should keep quiet about it, and their counter- parts should accept a little self-restraint and see how it works. These things are better left unpublicized, so I promise I shall not cite the Boslon solution again. Way with words Backlookers retitled By Theodore M. Bernstein FOR A FEW years now we have had the word economerricion, referring to economists who use computers, mathematical data and economic theory lo analyze the past and forecast the fu- ture. Now we have a subspecies of these analyzers who call themselves tricions. Inslead of using Ihe apparatus and theory to forecasl (he future, Ihe fricions use such lools lo try to figure out what economic activity was like back in the past. The word links Clio, the muse of history, to the idea of mathematics. Times should be achanging. An article on aslronomy spoke of the moon as being limes smaller than the sun." How, asks .John F. Brennan of Philadelphia, can anything he described as 400 times smaller than something else? It's a good question. Such expressions are quite frequent in common usage, but tech- nically and strictly speaking they are not proper. People's forum Don't slip To the Editor. 1 have always liked Cedar Rapids, therefore, this letter. 1 believe in the free enterprise system and individual righls. So if one wishes lo build a shopping center and it does not interfere wilh others, the right should be. My concern is: lias enough considera- tion been given to the final results? Whal effect will il have on the community as a whole? I do nol think you need lo look far lo sec what could happen lo your down- town. To cause deterioration lo such ,i fine downtown would be too bad. Our might say, lo nol allow a new shopping center is nol progress. The conlrary is Irue. If yon allow deteriora- tion of lint downtown yon would lose a good lax base, much more than could be gained. Cedar Rapids has been forluniile The word times has the sense of mul- tiplied by and really should be applied to something trial is larger than something else. A better way of describing the moon would be to say it is "one 400lh the size of the sun" or "one 400th as large as (he sun." Word oddities. Now for a little bite of herring. Webster's New World Dictionary, just about the only diclionary thai seems lo have any lasle for the delicacy, tells us that the term traces hack to Ihe Dulch moofjesfWing, which in an earlier form meant maiden her- ring, lhal is, a herring lhat had never spawned. So much for the appetizer at the end of this meal. Theodore M. Bernstein that a progressive downtown has been maintained. To Ibis idea, yon have an obligation. So far you have been hiking forward steps. I hope I shall always like Cedar Itapids. Marry Iv Young Oelwein Money and favors Here is one reader's answer lo your edilorial aboul Mr. Stanley and his "low blow" (.Inne Mr. Stanley's remark will be taken, I am sure, for what it's worth. When we read of a candidalc gel- ling thousands of dollars from eastern millionaires and others, mostly niil-of- slale unions anil pressure groups, one has ii right lo suggest lhat II.....vlls of Walergale will conlimie in Washington. We know without being lold by Mr. Slanley lhal for a candidale lo have friends, etc., In other slates Is both mi- dcrslamlable and commendable. Hut In Kiiropc last winter there was a narrow and pelly argument within he "u'r 'v even m'er iiow lo discus.-, policy Public made boll, sales -ha! Washington was not consulting with Ihe FimiiH-aii leaders and lhal the Kuropcan leaders were nol consulting Washington on their common problems .Now Ihe NATO foreign ministers have ,mriing in Ottawa in a much more open and successful allempt lo agree on ;l statement of purpose and principle. In Moscow, we have it from Averell llarriman, who is not given to senti.....n- lal statements aboul the Russians or the Republicans, lhal Hie Soviet government is committed to an era of compromise with the United States, and that we should back 1'resident Nixon in his ef- forts to reach new understandings on arms and trade in Moscow later in the month. When llarriman comes to the aid of Richard Nixon, il must be assumed thai something new is happening. Coming along There are other advances: A reappraisal of policy by Ihe new regime in Portugal. A revival of interest in Washington in the long-neglected but ul- timately critical relations between North and Central and South America. Impor- tant conferences among the nations on population and the law of the sea. New understandings of the common danger of polluting the waters and atmosphere of the world. It is a tribute to the Nixon administra- tion and lo the congress of the United States that despite all their differences over Watergate, inflation, jobs, prices and taxes, they have not forgotten their common responsibilities to the larger questions of world order. The facts in the field of foreign policy are almost as clear as the facts on Wa- tergate. There are ambiguities in both James Reston places, hut the record at homo is ap- palling and the record abroad is en- couraging. Nixon has to lake respon- sibility for or be given credit for both. He created the atmosphere and picked the men for both Ihe atmosphere of conspiracy at home, and of trust and in- novation abroad, the convicted felons, as well as the Kissingers. But now lhat his Middle East trip is over, his achievements deserve to be recognized. In this opening up of discussion in world affairs and breaking down of the old barriers, the President and Secretary Kissinger were responsible. It was not China that initiated the compromise but Washington. II was not the Soviet Union lhal pressed for arms conlrol but the United Stales. The compromise in the Middle East did not come about because of the actions of Moscow but in spite of them. Offering help And that is not all. It was the United States lhat suggested a common approach to the energy crisis, now wracking the world, and offered to devote its technology lo finding new sources of energy. This was nol always done at the right time and in the best way, but it started here, and is beginning lo pay off. All Ihe hard questions lie ahead and the outlook on arms, money, trade, prices, food and other raw materials is fairly bleak, but at least they are being dis- cussed. This is belter news Ihan we had a year or even a few short months ago. when it involves huge amounts, you have Ihe right in begin (o wonder and ask questions. Krnin my experience with unions, they don't give or spend a dime unless il buys power, favors and under- the-table votes from (he receiver, be he Mr. Culver or any oilier candidale. for the record. To judge a President or any person before he is ab- solutely proven guilty, and lo print pic- lures and captions as you have of our ('resident, Mr. h'ord ami nlhers, is also a low blow, and disgusting lo .some of your readers. This great country has oull'ived Teapol Dome, Bobby Baker scandal ami others, and il will also oullivo Watergate. Here is one Ihlng you can be! on: Kven if impeachncnl comes, the names Riehiird Nixon, Herald Kord, Illli, (irahnin and now Mr. Kissinger will go down in history as really and Iruly great men and Americans for ages anil ages. Hill two bil newspapers like yours (and your Iwo-bit writers and luilchel men) will long since have bitten Ihe dusl. lliTiiard .1 Napluntck Manpielle   

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