Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 29, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette July 29, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Editorial Page Monday, July 29, 1974 Test is in the doing ABOUT THIS TIME every election year we are deluged by news releases from candidates announcing, somewhat piously, that they have signed the Code of Eair Campaign Practices. Some candidates even go out of their way to let it be known their opponents haven’t signed yet, by suggesting that they do sign, or to call attention to it in some other manner. So what is the Code of Fair Campaign Practices? It is a code that calls on political candidates to exercise the basic principles of decency, honesty and fair play that we are taught in adolescent years and that many of us conveniently overlook whenever we think the occasion demands once we reach adulthood. As written for political candidates, the code requires that they present the issues as they see them, present their own case “with sincerity and frankness,’’ and criticize “without fear or favor’’ items in their opponents’ records “which merit criticism.’’ It calls on the signers to “defend and uphold the right of every qualified American voter to full and equal participation in the electoral process,’’ to “immediately and publicly repudiate’’ methods and tactics which I condemn’’ to either support one’s candidacy or to attack one’s opponent’s candidacy. The candidates who sign also pledge to condemn the use of personal vilification, character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous attacks on any candidate’s personal or family life; the use of campaign material “which misrepresents, distorts, or otherwise falsifies the facts regarding any candidate, as well as the use of malicious or unfounded accusations against any candidate which aim at creating or exploiting doubts, without justification, as to his loyalty and patriotism. Also, to condemn “any appeal to prejudice based on race, sex. creed, or national origin,’’ and “any dishonest or unethical practice which tends to corrupt or undermine our American system of free elections or which hampers or prevents the full and free expression of the will of the voters.” Heads well, doesn’t it? Sounds good, too, when read aloud. Makes you feel good to know that this and that candidate for public office subscribes to it. Must make them feel good, too, judging from the imaginary, self-installed halos some of them seem to wear as the result of having signed. If we sound skeptical, it is because it would be too much to expect IOO percent cooperation in living up to the code, perhaps, but our skepticism results from the experience of seeing too few try to attain the IOO percent mark. In other words, too many signers are like Sunday Christians w ho do not live up to Christian principles the remainder of the week. Signing the code is all right and better, no doubt, than if there were no code to sign. But the test is in the doing, not the signing. Candidates who believe in the basic principles of fair play that the code calls for will observe them if they make a practice of living them in their daily lives, whether or not they have signed the code. Law forgotten? PRESIDENTIAL Press Secretary Ziegler is quoted as saying that the house should “not pass the buck’’ to the senate to impeach the President. Reason: The American people will not accept that. On an intelligence scale of one to ten, that observation rates a minus-six. Open meeting low IOWA’S OPEN MEETING law is constitutional, according to District court Judge Damsgaard of Cedar Falls. He upheld the ruling of Clayton county Magistrate Tuecker in a decision sought by the chairman of the Area One vocational-technical school board, R. L. Evans of Monona. Judge Damsgaard’s ruling comes as no surprise. The real surprise is that such a question should be raised by a public official who should know that meetings of public bodies should be open, whether or not there is a law requiring it. The only reason for the law in the first place was due to the refusal of too many public bodies to open their meetings to the public, which has every right to know what decisions are being made, how the} are being made and why they are being made, since the public is footing the bill. The real problem with the open meeting law is that it isn’t being enforced. Even with the law on the books, many public bodies are finding ways to circumvent it and, up to now, no court has seen fit to crack down on them. But the legislature, which opens all of its sessions and meetings of its many committees to the public, is showing signs of irritation that other public bodies are often in violation of both the letter and the spirit of the law. So look for an early session of the legislature to step in and tighten the law in such a way that open will mean just that. 1&P9PL. People’s forumLetdown To the Editor: We see that the state of Iou a has made a decision to affect cottages along the Mississippi river at Marquette Why, uhen there are miles and miles available other places uithout aggravating many people? People’s rights should govern, not a bunch of men in monkey suits who all their lives have lived off the taxpayers. We send senators and representatives to Des Moines to protect our rights, but they instead give away to the conservation commission, the department of transportation and the superintendent of schools who take all the individual rights from the taxpayers. We see law and order haven't been working out; why? ( an all the various departments stand up under a thorough grand jury investigation? Our public servants have failed us We have lost many privileges here in Iowa with the present administration and not much relief is in sight We have a real nice park here at French town which could accommodate many, many people, but you never see over Kl or 12 campers or cars thtre any more over a long weekend. Why? Ask the campers We don’t need the Marquette campgrounds and if we did. who would be responsible for the lives and property in case of a train wreck? The state of Iowa is setting up a death trap. People who live there now are part of our way of life or individual rights Who’s giving all these various departments all this authority? The governor must sign these bills. I’m real sure These various departments and all their power are a lot worse than Watergate ever was thought to Im-. Stop and think, voters. Marvin I Kainz Garnavillo Insights Burglar 's bane No hard feelings, Al’ Tips from a friendly tapee By William Safire WASHINGTON — When recently-released FBI documents showed Gen. Alexander (“Only You”) Haig to be the man who requested the wiretap on my telephone in 1969, I called the President’s chief aide in California to wonder why he had chosen me. It hadn't been his idea, he explained — he had only been an agent carrying out somebody’s orders. What’s more, the tap was my own fault — I never should have taken that call from a British correspondent whose phone was being tapped. As we spoke, a voice with a Senior Official’s accent kept badgering him in the background. “Tell him it wasn’t me, make sure he knows it wasn't me.” Haig gladly made that point, that Henry Kissinger had never known about the wiretap on the White House speechwriter the* house judiciary committee calls “F”. When I asked him to put Henry on the phone, the secretary of state took time from settling the Greek-Turkish war to assure an old colleague that he had been totally unaware of this wiretap which had his office’s fingerprints all over it. Besmirched A few days later, Kissinger repeated that denial under oath to the senate foreign relations committee, which is pursuing him with the identical say-it-lsn't-so lethargy that Mr. Nixon showed to Messrs. Haldeman and Ehrlichman in March of last year. Obviously, Haig intends to support that denial of Kissinger complicity when he testifies this week The plan seems to be to blacken the name of .1 Edgar Hoover, which cannot please his old friend in the Oval Office, but these are hardly times to be finicky about dead men s reputations. Al Haig, a good man in a pinch, was the gift to the Nixon administration of President Johnson’s aide. Joe Califano, with whom he whi/kidded under Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Ironically, nobody has been more barbed in criticism of wiretapping than Califano; nobody was more deeply enmeshed in wiretapping than Haig. As a service, then, to a good soldier who is possibly being asked to take the rap for somebody else, and whose superb discipline and patriotic fervor kept him from expressing any misgivings about wiretaps when they were illegally installed, let me help you. Al, prepare for the kind of question that might come up when you appear before the committee William Safire Did you ever have a recording capability in your office? Were your telephone calls all monitored by a sec retary on a “dead key,” who then transcribed the verbatim notes, unbeknownst to your callers? Was this true of Henry Kissinger as well when you served as his deputy? Where are these transcripts kept today0 Is there anything on any of them, yours or Dr. Kissinger’s, referring to the installation of. or the fruits of, the 17 wiretaps? Specifically, do you have transcripts of calls to William Sullivan or Bernard Wells or Robert Haynes of the FBI? Are there records of the conversations Dr. Kissinger had with J. Edgar Hoover about the wiretaps? Forwarned is forearmed; with advance knowledge of these questions, Al, you will be able to frame answers that will turneth away wrath without turning on your present or former boss. Here are some more: Did you know of the existence of the tap on “F“ when it was put on? Did you conceal this knowledge from the President’s national security adviser. Dr. Kissinger? Why? Did anybody tell you not to tell your immediate superior about this? Who told you to tell the FBI that it was okay to install the tap? Can you think of another instance in which you were asked to do anything by a high authority without informing the man who was nominally your boss? Did the President deal with you on other matters behind Dr. Kissinger’s back? From whom other than the President or Dr Kissinger would you have taken an order in 1969 and 1970?Vivid Picture If you are determined to substantiate the Kissinger-never-knew story, AI, even though it makes it seem you were in cahoots with somebody to keep Henry in the dark, then watch out for Robert Mardian, the former assistant attorney general. Mardian told the FBI in excruciating detail how he delivered the satchel full of w iretap summaries to the White House in 1971, and how you and he and Henry Kissinger carefully checked off every single one of the 1969 taps. That vivid picture of the three of you going over the itemized list of taps is going to be hard to handle, but there should be time between now and testimony time to come up with something plausible. Besides, Mardian has been indicted as a co-conspirator, and has no friends on the foreign relations committee. Nobody likes to learn that he has been systematically spied on by his colleagues, using a flagrantly illegal na-tional-security cover for snooping into political loyalty. Bv preparing you for these questions, Al, I hope to have shown that “F” harbors no hard feelings. As you pointed out. the eve of impeachment is no time to bear a grudge. New York Times Service Absenteeism on Capitol Hill Empty chairs match rhetoric By Tom Tiede WASHINGTON — Time and again during these indolent hours of summer, members of congress rise in their wisdom to address themselves to a single question; “Mr. Speaker, I suggest the lack of a quorum.” How dignified. How diplomatic. What the honorable gentlemen are really saving is; “Where the hell is everybody?” It is a gravely important question. The population at high levels of government appears as of late to be infected with “Kissingeritis.” The President is managing to be absent from his post about 49 percent of the time. The vicepresident has traveled 199.000 miles in seven months making 409 notably unnotable public ap|M*aruncex. In congress, there are far more tourists in the gallery than members of the floor. William Simon is on a 16-day seven nation tour Law ignored Beauty is not caused It is. Emily Dickinson Naturally, everyone has an excuse. Harrumph, kaff-kaff. There is a law in the U.S. ( ode (Title 2. Sec. 38) which provides for salary deductions when members of congress are absent unless the reason assigned is illness. But the statute hasn t been enforced in UM) years, says Senate Secretary Francis Valeo, because; “We feel members are on duty 24 hours a day wherever they are.” The President, too, we are told, is knocking his brains out for the good of America be he at Camp David or San Clemente. “Would you have him stay in the White House every day?” asks a laired aide incredulously. “Where would we be with China if he did?’’ And so, too, it is with the capital's third or fourth best known gadabout, Gerald Ford His people rationalize that his travels are “unifying the country,” and “making government more visible.” And the man himself reasons that he should not “stay on the banks of the Potomac and listen only to the strident voices” of Washington.Itinerant V P Sorry. Nobody is fooled. Certainly public officials must move around to function fully, but if it is at the expense of their primary responsibilites. as it may lie now, then the excuses are phony as the language “suggesting” a lack of a quorum. What the nation needs now is not visible government so much as working government. Poor leadership does not regain public confidence by absenteeism. instead it just passes from lethargy to the comatose state The situation seems especially unfortunate in the* case of the itinerant vice-president. He, not the choice of the American people, was presented to them not as a unifier but a doer He was selected, it was promised, because his 23 years in congress qualified him as the man to join that body to the administration in the course of progressive legislation. Great goals were ahead; Gerry Ford was just the fellow to see at least some would be met. Great goals? Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield said the other day that while inflation is paralyzing millions of citizens, “Neither congress nor the administration is doing a damn thing.” Strip mining legislation flounders at the expense of land and energy future Nuclear proliferation accelerates, to the threat of all humanity. Even when legislation does move, it seems, it’s often unwise the senate commerce committee has recently passed, without dissent, a Another I ieiv Now I ve seen everything. Bumper shelters for cows. " bill to transfer wildlife control on public lands to state authority, a good thing for hunters but doom for the* animals Meanwhile the vice-president, the doer, is off about the nation — 33 states so far — putting people to sleep with speeches of better times. Even worse, many of the speeches are for Republicans only (73 by count, raising about $1 million for partisan politics). Far better it would lie if he stayed in Washington to help calm the “strident voices” which if he listened to carefully, he might identify as those of the people he was foisted upon Cut the jet engines Say no to the invitations Sit down to work, sir, or step aside for someone else, that seems to Im* iii vogue these days Newspaper enterprise Assot lotionTraceable hot goods By Don Oakley Burglary is still the No. i crime in America Some 2l*2 million burglaries are committed every year — about one every 13 seconds — for an estimated loss of more than $722 million Only about one in every five burglaries is solved. Of the relatively small percentage of stolen goods that police recover, a large share can’t be identified and is eventually put up for public sale. This lack of positive identification of stolen property also makes it difficult to obtain convictions for breaking and entering. “Operation Identification,” a protection program sponsored by the National Assn. of Insurance Agents (NAIA), is a plan to put the thieves out of business. It simply involves personalizing or branding portable belongings with the owner’s personal identification number. Electric engraving pens are available at no cost through the local offices of NAEA members across the country. After branding their property, participants in Operation ID put decals on wind< ws and doors reading, “All items of value on these premises have been marked for ready identification by law-enforcement agencies.” The idea is that, being forewarned, burglars won t usually break in. for any good burglar knows that marked items are not only hard lo fence but offer police hard evidence for a conviction and are, therefore, an invitation to jail. The results, where the program has been put into operation, have been dramatic. In the Cincinnati area, for example. in one year’s time there were 12,000 burglaries in 125.000 non-Operation Identification homes. During the same period there were only IO burglaries in the 17,000 homes participating in the program. Wichita, Kans., reports 5.553 burglaries in 90.000 homes. But of the 20,000 homes involved in Operation ID. only four were burglarized and of these four, only six marked items were taken and three of them were subsequently recovered. Operation Identification thus has three functions; it deters burglaries, traces stolen property and helps prosecute thieves. It also helps keep down spiraling insurance costs. Currently, about 1,000 cities are participating in the program. Ne*«>oper Enterprise AssociationSave cash, yell ‘Git!’ By Jim Fiebig I SEE where the agriculture department has granted $96,000 to scientists at Colorado State university to study ways of keeping coyotes and dogs away from sheep. The dog part is easy. Every time he goes after a sheep, hit him with a newspaper (the dog. not the sheep). Hitting the dog with a newspaper will stop him from doing almost anything — except biting newspaper boys Coyotes present more of a challenge. For one thing, it s hard to get close to them with a newspaper. For another, since sheep neither run like a jack rabbit nor fly like a quail, coyotes have come to depend upon them as an indispensable and easily-obtained part of their died. In other words, when coyotes get around sheep, they act like animals (the coyotes, not the sheep). Still, I think handing science $96.(KH) to study the problem is another unfair expenditure of taxpayer money. When one decides to raise sheep, he accepts the fact that coyotes come with the territory \\ by should the rest of us be expects to help underwrite the solutions? Put another way, when s the last time a sheep rancher did anything for your business? Nevertheless. I'm not insensitive to the problem. In fact, I may even have tin* answer. My plan is for sheep ranchers to hire men (or women who resemble men) to guard their sheep. These guards should be supplied with a weapon — a staff, perhaps, or even a rifle. I hen, when coyotes come sniffing around the flock, the guard lets loose with his staff or rifle, thus either scaring the predators away or rendering them senseless I even have a name for these guys I call them — shepherds. General f eatures Corp ;

  • Al Haig
  • Bernard Wells
  • Edgar Hoover
  • Francis Valeo
  • Gerald Ford
  • Gerry Ford
  • Henry Kissinger
  • J. Edgar Hoover
  • Jim Fiebig
  • Joe Califano
  • Mike Mansfield
  • R. L. Evans
  • Robert Haynes
  • Robert Mardian
  • Robert Mcnamara
  • Tom Tiede
  • William Safire
  • William Simon
  • William Sullivan

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: July 29, 1974

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