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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa fcfcfor Editorial Page Endorsemenfs distorted Demo inquisitors fumble, Nixon covers THR LEAD editorial in this space on Sunday. June 9. iiuvaikVi! !ht' Iliiitigiit iiui! Kdward of Iowa's First district faces a conflict-of- interest problem in sitting in judgment (as a member of the house judiciary committee) on the Watergate-affair involvement of three dairy cooperatives after having accepted an SI dairy interests contribution for his own campaign in 1972. Among the strange rebuttals which have surfaced since then was a passionate editorial in the Burlington Hawk Kye over the signature of Publisher .lohii Mc- ronnally. The rhetoric included many colorful phrases such as: "thunders the Cedar Rapids "newspapers fran- tically repenting their sits of 'Tl" "calling a rag a rag." "hortatory homily." "grand array of illogic" and "funnier flight of fancy." Let them stand. What needs an answer just to keep the record straight is this embellishment on the Mezvinsky matter as reviewed by the Hawk Eye: The poor Cedar Rapids Gazette. It is as wrong mm as it was in 1972 when it told us all should he re-elected Doesn't all The Ga- zette's outrage sound suspiciously like its own way of overcompensating for having so warmly supported Nix- on, milk money and all? The real shame has nothing to do with Mezvinsky or money. It is the pious hypocrisy of Eastern Iowa's biggest newspaper, lecturing a congressman about morality when it helped foist Richard Nixon on its readers two years ago. even though it had in hand plenty of reason to know better but put its corporate interests ahead of its political judgment. In these key excerpts from The Gazette's presidential endorse- ment editorial of Oct. 15. 1972, the reader is invited to judge for himself how warm a foisting took place: If the perfect, pure, incomparably wise, inspiring, trustworthy, hand- some, lovable, strong father-figure candidate for President has ever come before the voters of America, it would be interesting to hear who he is. Not even Lincoln, far in retro- spect, approaches that ideal. This year, once again, the A-l. great, heroic candidate has not ap- peared among us. In what for all practical purposes is the usual two- party contest, we will have to choose instead between a pair of sub-divine figures, Richard Nixon and George S. McGovern. (Unless, as seems to be the urge of more Americans than normal this time, one skips the White House problem altogether and applies all leverage to the ballot's lesser (The editorial enumerated several People's forum Sign blight To the Editor Since Mark .layne (Forum, June 8) has raised the issue of sight pollution via campaign yard signs, let me commonl on another form (if the same disease: Real- tor yard signs The practical need for a sign advertis- ing a residential property "for sale" can be appreciated as a service to the buying public as well as the seller. However, after the property has been sold, il ap- pears to be the practice of must real es- tate companies to slap n "sold" sticker on the original sign nr. worse yet. erect a second sign proclaiming Hie house Those which I have observed been left in place until the new owner moves in, sometimes a period of weeks or even months. I recall a recent summer when several houses nil our block were in various stages of changing ownership. With iiie proliferation of "for sale" and "sold" signs, the street took on some nf the garishnoss of the All-Iowa fair midway. In one instance, the house was sold before a "for sale" sign could be creeled, hut a sign wen! up and slayed in place for several weeks. Naturally against that background, according to Ihe recent pulls, wlu'll people face the judging nf one im- perfect candidate against .mother Ihev go tn 1 for Richard Nixon on tin1 quesiiun ill personal Irust anil confidence in handling dunes (Harris Suney. till percent to percent. Oct. Kssenualh by ihat crikTion, we lender Mr. Nivii! The endorsomem for to his second lenn Nov 7. For the sake of the factual record, ton. it is fair to point out that 15 other Iowa dailies (ac- cording to Kditnr Publisher magazine's "final" count) car- ried Nixon endorsements. The papers included: the Ames Trib- une, Atlantic News-Telegraph, Clinton News, Carroll Times- Herald, Centerville lowegian. Davenport Times-Democrat, DCS Moines Register, Fail-field Ledg- er, Marshalltown Times-Repub- lican, Oelwein Register, Ot- ttimwa Courier, Perry Spencer Reporter, Vinton Valley Times and Freeman Journal. Webster City Only the Burlington Hawk Eye and the Shenandoah Sentinel ap- peared on the list of McGovern endorsers. As for allegations that "corp- orate interests" overruled "po- litical judgment" in the fall of '72, that surprises and perplexes us no end. The Hawk Eye owes its readers, and the rest of us accused of prostitution, an im- passioned, logic-laden explan- ation as to how that went. Skeletal story ONLY THE bare bones surfaced on the Associated Press wire the other day when the federal government yanked the road funding rug from under Nebraska: Federal Highway Ad- ministrator Norbert Tiemann said the funding cutoff resued from the state's failure to remove 42 illegally-posted tourist signs along interstate 80. What the wire service might have added, to heighten reader interest, is that Tiemann used to be governor of Nebraska; doesn't it take a record quantity of grit to turn against the old diggings Another way to flesh out the fund-cutoff story would have been to explain where in that tabular expanse on Iowa's windward side are there enough tourist spots to rate the posting of 42 signs. Until a colleague mentioned the estima- ble Pioneer Village at Minden, the consensus here was that all the tourist wonderland sites out Nebraska-way are found in Colorado. Uo real estate companies believe thai Cedar Rapids residents are nol bright enough to figure out that a properly is no longer for sale if the "for sale" sign has been removed? I doubt it. At this poinl the sign no longer serves Ihe public bill simply provides promotion fur the real estate company involved. I am not aware of any older Cedar Rapids business which uses front lawns of private citizens for advertising pur- poses. And I see no reason why real es- tate firms should be allowed to offend the eyes of the public any longer than neces- sary to get (heir jobs done. Mrs. William .1. Huffy Meadowlark lane NW Bird-killers To Ihe Kdilor: With sunflower seeds al over 'ff. cents per pound (I have spool Will 4.'! on bird food since November I, H's too ex- pensive to feed the fine birds we have n; our neighborhood only lo have big cats come to our home lo catch and eat them almost everyday. We chase one or Iwo off our property daily. Lei's gel an ordinance making people control Ihcir pels, especially cats lhal like cardinals. c. C. Birr 11211 Koresl drive SM By Rowland Evans ond Robert Novok WASHINGTON on the bouse juiliciarv coiimiiilfc. help- mi; io lilt- tide .010 give the momentum lo President Nixon, was applied luM week hv independent actions of the justice department and a federal uidge (In Wednesday morning (June a exercised Depuiv Virn Lawrence Silbcniiao placed an angry telephone call to John Hoar, majority counsel for the impeachment proceed- ings. Silberiiuin bluntly informed Hoar thai Ihe justice department and the FBI were red hoi about leaks from the com- mittee They simph could not tolerate FBI reports appearing on the front page ol morning's Washington Post. About the same time, minority counsel Albert Jcnner had a lower-keyed conver- sation with federal Judge Gerhard licsell Asked by Jonnei for private comment on Ihe conmnltee possibly go- nig into open session. Gesell said no. If committee proceedings went public, the judge warned, he would not be able lo empanel a jury ill Ihe Kllsberg burglary trial of John 11. Khrlicliman and others. Hep. Peter liodino of New Jersey, the committee chairman, quickly responded lo Silberntan's warning by pleading wiih fellow Democratic committee members al a caucus ihat afternoon to summon a little self-restraint in maintaining con- fidential information. Rul with jury selection for the Kllsberg burglary trial to begin June 2li, (lesell's admonition could keep the proceedings closed until well into July. Thus, a squeeze has been applied lo the committee, dropping morale of the Democratic majority to its lowest ebb since Doar took over last Dec. 211 to bring order out of chaos. While not sufficiently disciplined to prevent leaks, the com- mittee cannol go into the open sessions that would avoid the need for discipline. Coupled with resurgent Nixonian regularity among the committee's 'Y-y-yes, I'm the one who reported a leak' Republicans, the initiative has moved from the impeachment investigators lo Ihe President's defense. The 38-mcmbcr judiciary committee is belatedly follow- ing the course predicted months ago by senior White House aides: polarization along parly lines and disintegration among the 21 Democrats. Signifying incipient disintegration is the first substantial criticism among committee Democrats of the Rodino- Doar leadership. The complaint is twofold: First, in retrospect, the com- mittee should have in open session, closing the doors only for specific con- fidential points; second, Doar should have conducted the inquiry much more rapidly, oven al .the sacrifice of thoroughness. Thus, there is substantial unease among committee Democrats over indefinite continuation of closed-door sessions wilh the July la large! date for a committee vole on impeachment slipping into August. Senior Democrats on Ihe committee are urging Rodino to hold to July 15. House majority leader Thomas P. O'Neill of Massachusetts is privately exasperat- ed with the delay. Whereas Doar was a hero lo house Democrats a month mail) now i-rmnMi' Ilial over-preparation of cases was Ins weakness as Ihe justice department's ciul rights chief in Ihe But most disruptive liaic been the coiimiitlee's leaks. Democrats privately suspect two anti-Nixon fire-eaters, Heps Holier! Drilian of Massachusetts and Jerome Waldie of California, ol disas trolls wholesale leaks. The worst blow lo Ihe eoinmillce's self-respect came from Hep- Joshua Lll- berg. no fire-eater but a Philadelphia Democratic machine politician best known for camion. II was Kilhcrg who made the co litlee Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's persecutor by racing from a closed session with a garbled version "f Ihe wiretap affair. "It was mindless, absolutely a Democratic member "Kilherg never says anything, bill Ihis lime lie saw a lop secret document and began talking before digesting il." Thai aberration partially justifies the prediction by hard-liners at Ihe While House lhal judiciary committee Democrats ultimately would help Mr. Nixon through their excesses. The President's men now want to keep them on Ihe defensive. They may accuse judiciary commiltee Democrats of ob- structing justice by defaming and de- stroying the public images of Watergate defendants, precisely the felony lo which Charles Colson pled guilty in regard to Daniel Kllsberg. Divided and demoralized about tactics and procedures, the committee's Democrats now look elsewhere for a revival of impeachment momentum. With good reason. I hey believe a supreme court decision ordering Mr. Nixon to obey the special prosecutor's subpoenas could force the President back on the defense by mid-July. For now. however, he has his congressional inquisitors al bay. Fiddling while voters bum 'Congress runs comedy relief into By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON Throughout the senate side of the Capitol, the three-bell alarm clamored urgently, summoning senators to Ihe Chamber. In- to the great oval, its antique desks arranged in a graceful arc, they shuffled. After answering to their names, some barged off again with the harried looks of men having more important duties. Others lingered on, waiting for the debate to begin. Many profound issues cried for senate attention: impeachment, detente, infla- tion. Ihe energy crisis. The two opposing senators shifted ner- vously mi their feet as they braced for another lest in the world's foremost forensic arena. There was Sen. .John Tower sandy-faced, his short, husky stature giving him the appearance of a larger man standing in a well. A few- desks away was Sen. Barry Goldwater a look of stern amiability upon his familiar face. From the throne-like leather chair behind the marble rostrum, the presid- ing senator inlonerf: "The senator from Arizona is recognized." For the next several minutes. Gnldwater and Tower solemnly debated the merits of Arixona vs. Texas chili beans. They agreed to settle their differences in the way of the West, with a chili cook-off. The scene was not at all uncommon. With the government in crisis, the people's elected representatives often pre-empt the floors of congress to em- bark upon excursions into triviality. Most of the time, it is (rue, they are engrossed in weightier matters, and perhaps a little comic relief should be welcome. But day after flay, they pause Ironi (he momentous problems of our times lo honor the winner of a local talent contest or to proclaim Future Hoiiieniakers of America week. They fiddle while the burn. I'ongress shll hasn'l completed its work on campaign reforms, which would help clean up politics and prevent fiilure from happening emigres-, is also dawdling over reorganizational reforms, which would put its own houses in order. Yet the members found time for such antics as these: On a mad March morning, Ihe house devoted almost ils entire morning ses- sion to thunderous oratory over Actress Jane Fonda's request for the use of a house hearing room. No less than 25 congressmen, with a great exercising of lungs, joined in the polemics. Others who missed the chance to declaim kept the debate going for two more days. Vet the issue was altogether moot, for the actress already had conducted her seminar in the hearing room several weeks earlier. The day after May day. Rep. Ed Derwinski (R-I11.) solemnly rose to his feet to commemorate Constitution day in Poland. Not to be outdone in their fealty to their Polish constituents, a score or more congressmen scrambled like spawning salmon for the house microphones to add their praise of Poland. It is part of the daily routine for members to wish one another a happy Land use shoofdown birthday, to congratulate one another on a new honor or. for no apparent reason at all, to adorn one another, with complimentary verbiage during public sessions. No issue before the congress, no matter how urgent, is permitted to interfere with the political backslapping and backscratching. Accolades are also bestowed, willy- nilly, upon random constituents. Sen. ,1. Glenn Beall, jr., (R-Mtl.) interrupted the senate proceedings, for example, to in- form his colleagues glowingly that his high school coach was retiring. Rep. Mendel Davis brought to the attention of the house some essays writ- ten by school children back home. And a friend of ours, Rep. Claude Pepper (D- Fla.) provided the house with a splendid account of what occurred at a luncheon we helped sponsor. Jack Anderson But collectively, congress remains hopelessly cumbersome. The seniority system holds back the brightest young men, whose leadership is needed in this swift-moving lime. The old men who run congress, honorably though they may have served in the past, are placing an intolerable brake on the law-making machinery of the national government, already in desperate need of overhaul. The droning, out-of-context oratory on Never has Ihe need of reforms been the senate and house floors, of course, more urgent. But the members of isn't always a true reflection of the real congress appear to be more interested in workings of congress. Individually, the chili beans, .lane Fonda and school average congressman puts in a Hi-hour children's essays, workday. He usually gives constituents COnSCientiOUS service. United feature Svndicnlc not do 'best they can'? I con; lo belong lo o club Idol (jccopli likii mo m momben. Marx By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON The house (if representatives last week killed the long pending land use bill. The action triggered an explosion of angry charges and recriminations, but the vote was a pretty fair manifestation of representa- tive government in action. We can learn something from it. The bill would have authorised up lo SSItl) million over an eight-year period in federal grants to Ihe slates. The grants would have been used by participating stales to develop land use plans accord- ing to federal guidelines. The idea was to promote the1 conservation of watersheds, wetlands, scenic and historical areas, and areas of particular environmental importance By its rejection of Ihe bill, in Ihe view of Ihe Washington I'osl. the house deall a "low blow lo !he land." The newspaper said the house had voled for exploitation and destruction. II was an irresponsible performance, bolh disheartening and discouraging, the work ol a coalition of "the profiteers, the priinilivos and Ihe President." "Willionl any national program." said Ihe I'osl, "Hie various stales and locali- ties will be li'fl lo deal gniwlh, speculation and suburban sprawl as best thev can The absence of coherent land use planning policies docs nol mean Ihe absence of regulalion; instead, il means continuing Ihe proscnl langlc of fragmeiiled, often confiicling federal, stale and local laws, which have already cos! so much in hligalioii. uncertainly and ugliness." James Kilpatrick The editorial offers a textbook example of conlemporary liberalism. It dues not occur lo the Post that Ihe house.members who voted against the bill might have been motivated by honest convictions and well-founded doubts. The only explanation thai occurs lo the Post is thai profiteers and primitives were irresponsibly determined lo pursue their policies of exploitation. The un- derlying assumption of the editorial is thai federal regulation is bound lo be belter than slate and local regulation. Without federal grants and federal guidelines, the slates and localities will have lo gel along "as best they can." To which the eonsorv alivo replies: Whal is sn wrong aboul IbaC' Where is Ihe evidence lo prove thai federal iiMilonmly is inlioronlly holler than stale diversity'' The bill thai died lasl week wasn'l killed by some wicked coalition Thai bill died ol disenchantment. Whal has the federal government clone lalcly lo inspire confidence in Ms superior wisdom'' When one looks al Ihose areas of unchallenged national responsibility, the record is nol impres- sive. The White House is stained by corruption. The congress cannot pass even a modest budget reform act. The defense establishment provides a shocking exhibition of cost overruns. The Postal Service cannol deliver the mail. Anitrak cannot run its trains on lime. The District of Columbia offers a beau- tiful example, does it not, of federal authorily in action: dirty uir, polluted rivers and crimo-ridden streets. The people, il occurs lo me, are jus- tifiably skeptical of further federal guidelines. They have had a bellyful such guidelines. Under federal guidance racial tensions in the schools have not been diminished bill increased Because of federal guidelines the Fn- virnmnental Protection Agency rapidly is losing public support. The people have sound reason lo believe thai a lillle federal control soon is followed bv larger federal control. II is true thai lasl week's land s'r 'I "f Hie pimiiive sane- proposed, but experience has Hie people to beware of enterine ce a prog, an, bad become I'Mtcl "lone, "asbcsl i" "ingress ought lo leave
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