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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ford spurns advice to 'shut up' on Nixon Editorial Page F'.dov. August 2. 1971 Mayne's flowed defense UNLESS Time. Newsweek or some ambitious news digest tells the story, there may he no ruast-to-c'oast reading on how as- pirants for certain niiifjressional seats have reacted to their op- ponents' judiciary committee ora- tions. Such a pity, because linvans doubtless would appreciate know- in" whether Democratic can- didate Berkley Bedell's verbal potshot at Republican U.S. Wiley Mayne was an exceptional blast or political pyrotechnics as usual. Certainly there are compelling reasons for silence, even though the impeachment debates have given incumbents TV exposure beyond their most delicious dreams. For one thing, the gravity of presidential impeachment tends to place deliberations above the plane of ordinary fac- tionalism. As the supreme court's 8-0 ruling against the President's evidence holdout suggested, prin- cipals in the impeachment drama are guided more by lofty desires to serve country and conscience than by the more mundane urge to satisfy philosophical predilec- tions. Then, too, the knowledge gap between judiciary committee members and those bidding to unseat them next November is an abyss that barbs from the sidelines can only accentuate. Nevertheless, there was can- didate Bedell in Spirit Lake the other day, tossing the gauntlet to Rep. Mayne. By all odds, the challenge was not in good form. Yet a look at Mayne's argument shows how mightily his opponent was tempted. Referring to what he considers "the strongest case" in the obstruction-of-justice charge the question of presidential in- Too little hurts, foo FOR THE MILLIONS of Americans fed up to here with month after month of information on a subject they would rather see die Watergate, of course it might be comforting to know that they would not be burdened with this problem if they lived in Rus- sia. It was only last month, just after the U.S. supreme court ruled that President Nixon would have to surrender contested tape record- ings, that Soviet readers got their first word that President Nixon might be impeached. Reporting on the court's decision, Pravda quoted Vice- president Ford as saying the President's plan to comply would bolster his public support in the face of congressional movement to oust him from office. That reflected the official Soviet view on impeachment as a limited U.S. conspiracy to sabotage detente: "Certain circles of the military- industrial complex" are seeking to undermine President Nixon because of the work he has done to make friends with Moscow. Fully informed Soviet experts know the truth and can draw valid conclusions, according to a New York Times dispatch from Mos- cow. But once a party line has spun out in the tightly controlled Russian press (a line which has depicted Mr. Nixon as a world peace nothing can abruptly change that without a suitable ad- justment period. Thus between the freedom- voided way of communism and America's wide-open way the contrast glares: Russian people underinformed and misled, U.S. citizens overinformed to a point of wanting (voluntarily) to tune it all out. Those tired of it here might also bear in mind that if they lived in Russia there would likewise be no way to rid themselves of any high official of the government even if they knew enough to want to. Way with words Dicey one By Theodore M. Bernstein THE QFESTIOX before the house is Ihe term loaded question. H. T of Philadelphia asks about the meaning of it and wants an example of its use A had- ed question is one that is so phrased as to trap the person into giving a desired answer An example that is si, familiar as to be classic is. "Answer yes rr no. have you slopped beating your wife1'" The term undoubtedly originated in the crooked practice of tampering wiih dice load- ing them with weights lo cause a certain number to turn up frequently. The use of like as a contnnction seemed like Ihe storm was "lie tells it it has been deplored here several limes before. But Mrs. K. Diehard Taiinen of West Palm Beach. I'Ta.. asks whether that usage has become accepted, whether it is regional or whether it is simply poor English. II is not regional, it is poor English and il is nol accepted as of now. .More than 75 percent of the Usage Panel "f The American Heritage Dictionary ruled il out. Whether that view will hold true a dozen years from now cannot be forecast. All that can he said is that Ihe English language changes and it is not unlikely Ihat some things that are disapproved today will be accepted in the future I Mrs. Tannen also asks about the pronunciation of palm in Ihe name of her home town. Either pahm or pallm is deemed correct, but pahm is by far more common Word oddities. To repeal, the English language changes, and some of the change occurs in the area of slang Words once considered vulgar have become acceptable nuts, for example Others Ihat once were standard English have become vulgar An example of one of these came up in the While House transcripts recently As published by The Xew York Times and some other newspapers, John W. Dean 3rd, former counsel to President Xixon, was quoted as saying, "How do I protect my That word developed out of arse, meaning the bullocks or posterior, and both are considered vulgar today. But until Ihe middle of the 17th CeiHury arse was a standard English word used in polite society Times do change1 and so does Ihe tongue of the people. By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHl.XllTOX Vicc-prcsidcnl c.eraM Ford 'MS launched his Uciuham new defense of President Nixon In avoid political reprisal from !lie in the Mayne called evidence at hand "purely circumstantial." In his contempt for the evidence in that "strongest Mayne implied that in the absence of'ad- ditional information, there is in- sufficient cause for commending the impeachment proposal to the house as a whole. As an attorney, Hep. Mayne knows that a raft ill circumstantial evidence pointing to presidential wrongdoing indeed falls within the house's province. One needn't be an attorney to notice the Swiss-cheese composi- tion of another of Mayne's major assertions: that though President Lyndon B. Johnson enriched him- self while serving in congress. Democratic control of congress shielded him from the t.ype of scrutiny now inflicted upon Mr. Nixon. Bringing LB.J or any other former Chief Executive into im- peachment deliberations concern- ing President Nixon is, as they say in legal circles, "irrelevant, in- competenl and immaterial." Mayne's cliched recollections of President Johnson thus gave his opponent a springboard he could not ignore. "One of the most par- tisan speeches of the (judiciary) committee." Bedell claimed. In notable contrast to the carp- ing from the northwest is the silence of Republican Jim Leach, who is challenging Democrat Ed Mezvinsky for the First district seat. Whatever the background there the competence of Mez- vinsky's observations or Mr. Leach's choice of silence no mat- ter what the incumbent says on this momentous, supposedly bipartisan issue the conversa- tional void is refreshing. cutmi.g him with Republican moderates iipclii.fiiii; "launch friends in the house Ford's thesis, spelled out tu aides repeatedly is that he must not risk a trace e! a fingerprint on Itie impeach mem dagger lo insure ilia! the Republican nghi wing will not lur i him Republicans and voters of per- suasions join Hie pro-impeachment ranks, intimates say Ford is convinced their resentment will disappear if in end, he is catapulted into the White House That is in Ihe future For the present at least, even old Hopnblicaii friends are expressing doubts about the vice-president's political judgment m handling a delicale and unprecedented situation .fust as tlie house judiciary committee began its formal impeachment inves- tigation, a Ford aide drafted a speech for Ihe v ice-president lo gel him off the hook The thrust of that never-delivered speech: Xow that tile house is consider- ing the evidence, it would he injudicious for Ford tu express an opinion siiue such evidence is not available In him. lie hail faith in tile ['resident but would refuse ex Ford threw the speech avv.iv. tu the dismay of anxious In preserve Ford's ctvitihility and popularity. Ford's political lieutenants say he has ii" iiiteiilion today oi modifving his loyalist defense of Hie man w ho made him v ice-president lie still lobbies quiclly. urging house Republicans to give Mr Xixon the benefit of every donlit ibiii av oiding arm-lw His top assistants have been dismayed by Die escalation of Ford's public defense of Ihe President while other Republicans abandon Hie sinking presidential ship That new intensity began .Inly 25 in Muncio, Ind.. in his speech for Rep. David Dennis, a Xi.xon defender on Ihe tudiciary committee facing re-election troubles a speech viewed by some Ford intimates as a disaster Outside pressure for a change of course is on the rise. There is almost as much gossip in the house Republican cloakroom over Ford's repeated declarations of Mr. Xixon's total "in- nocence" as over impeachment itself. The criticism comes not only from pro impeachment Republicans but from leiice-sitlers and Xixon loyalists deeply worried that Ford is frllteriug away his gill asset of national popularity b1. blatant eaUTing lo Ihe dwindling hardcore. Ue all waul -lerrv lo shut up and Slav thai way." one of Ins longtime friends in the house lold us "He is the hope of the party and of the country for special lorce is the tact thai it from one of the elected house Republican leaders, a Ford-style Republican vv h Another member of the house Republican leadership holds similar views Ford, he says nri'.aiely is Ins unique political assei-, both within his parly and in the country at large by as- serting Mr Xixon's ianoeence in the face of overwhelming house judiciary com- mittee voles declaring him guillv of 1111- peachable acts Ford is being strongly advised nol to overestimate the pro-Nixon hardcore, particularly with Ihe defections of such coii.-ervatives as Maryland's Rep. Lawrence ,1. tlogan and Virginia's ('aid- well Butler. The Ho.gans and Ihe Butlers, they believe, are vastly more important than the handful of ultra-Xixoniles who have written Ihe vice-picsideni scathing letters for having said that a vole for impeachment will not keep him from campaigning on behalf of .1 Republican nblll I'uis Collceillnif ing 111 his cross counlrv speaking lours on sii.ne-aec Republican audiences who i oar their approval of his defense of Mr Xixon. Ford seems out of touch with Hie trend among house Republicans now threatening the President viilb a massive iiete.l! That could leave Ford a hero with Hie -o-i ailed hardcore but a villain at least moiiicnlaniv with the rest of the country More uncomfortably for Ford, he viioiid be on the wrong side of Ihe fence from every Republican in congress who ends up voting not that President of the Culled Slates is right." as Ford proclaimed in Muncie. but that he is very wrong Having spoken out loudly for Mr Xixon when other Republican leaders were silent. Ford has more than paid his dues Xow. his friends believe, is Hie lime lo avoid gelling trapped on the wrong side of the fence, nol by turning against the President, but by simply deciding to "shut up and stay that way still want males Main stymie to women clergy: Women By David Poling, D.D. 'TUIE CHRISTIAN community, through J- ils several branches and denominations, is reaching a flash point on tlie present and future role of women. In the last years, the Protestant expression has permitted, and at times encouraged. Ihe ordination of women to Ihe .gospel ministry. The more liturgical communions, particularly the Episcopal Church, have resisted pressures to allow the ordination of women tu priestly office and parish leadership. In other denominations, women have gained or- dination and certification as pastor, only to be blocked in gaining meaningful employment. Right now Ihe Episcopal Church is in Ihe trenches over the ordination of women to pastoral office. Three bishops look i! finally upon themselves to or- dain 11 women in a so-called "rebel" service since their parent body has stalled so long in making the necessary policy changes in the church constitu- tion. This move has alarmed those who favor the ordination of women but argue il must be done in compliance with church procedures. Others are more an- gered than alarmed. They have warned Ihe three bishops (Robert L. Dewitt. Daniel Corrigan and Edward R. Welles) that they face defrocking at the upcom- ing national meeting in October when Ihe House of Bishops next convenes. As noted, for more than a century Ihe mood of the Christian church in North America has been for the ordination of women but nol in a convincing manner where it really has taken hold. Mary Ellen White. Amy Semple McPhersnn and Mary Baker Eddy started major religious sects but found that they were still the edge, not tlie center of'Chris- tian enterprise. (My own grandmother People's forum 55 no boon To HIP Editor: Sumo observations mi whether the legislature should make iierm.'inenl Iowa's current 55-mph speed liniil: The mail claiming an 8 In 1 majority favoring Hie 55-mph limit must he written by people who don't drive, or dnn't practice what they preach. I find darn few cars and trucks on the roads under fill. This must not be local, because the commissioner nf California's highway patrol claims you can'l enforce that limit, no matter how you try, when 7U percent of (he '.chicles disobey it. I can I agree with our legislators thai the 55-mph limit is the boon it is claimed in be for saving lives They say I he reduction in mileage driven can'l ac- count for the drop in the fatality rale I submit thai the lype of mileage reduced can I doubt the mileage driven by truck salesmen, etc.. uho drive to make a living has decreased appreciably. and I feel ilial they have a much belter accidcnt-per-miii' record than Hie average driver The "casual" mileage driven by teenagers in the family car. Sunday drives, weekend jaunts, etc.. has been more sharply reduced, and this type of mileage would show a much higher ac- cKlciH-pcr-iinlc rate. Otherwise, why would certain California highways, where Ihe speed limits were always 55- inph or less, show a reduction of deaths over Ihe same period lasl year If Ihe 55-mpli limit is made permam nl. I feel all work on inlerslales. freeways and linir-laiie highways should slop im- am pleased to report that thy will is being done on earth as it is in was ordained in the Ex-angelical Church in Oregon but never held a parish aside from grandfather's clerical duties.) Presently, there are at least women preparing for ordination at Yale. Union and Princeton. Some Christian educators have staled that in five years, half of the enrollment in the major seminaries will be women. This movement is for real, not a temporary issue or fad. and holds major questions for the whole Christian family: First, is the church prepared to absorb Ihe essentials of women's liberation? Here is a primary interest of many women seeking ordination. They see the 3; i mediately. Most two-lane highways are reasonably safe at 55. they usually offer a more direct route, and the average point-to-point time differential would probably be minimal compared lo expressways The money not spent could Ihen lie used lo upgrade the dangerous two-lane roads we do have left. Also I wish the speed limit to be much more vigorously enforced, because that may spur more people to urge their legislators to take another look at Ihis law- Sieve Singleton Hiawatha avenue XE Utility promotion advance being made in the secular world nf business and education and are not about to permit the church to coast by. They see the church as having women clergy as well as cleaning ladies. Second, is the church able to face the theological questions related to women leading in worship'.' If the answer is yes. will congregations adopt the major revisions in prayers, hymns and scrip- lure proposed by many of those seeking ordination? For an excellent discussion of this question, read "Women and Worship" (Word) by .Sharon Xeufer Emswiler and Thomas Xeufer Emswiler. Third, will Ihe hundreds of women Therefore. Hie commission staff proposed roL'iilations prohibiting certain practices such as offering services at less than cost to ensure a greater consump- lion and requiring promotional ads be paid with company profils rather than customer rales. Other states have adopt- ed such regulaliuis. It's noteworthy thai utilities in these states drop promotional advertising when it must he taken from shareholders' profits. completing seminary become employed? This whole issue is heading for a finan- cial decision, for too many recent women divinity school graduates have not found employment or received a call to a congregation where 611 to 70 percent of Ihe members are women! Alas, the'nl- limate rejection of those persons is not really coming from nervous old Epis- copal bishops but from the women in Ihe Pews. Surveys, polls and studies have shown that today most women in the Christian church prefer their pastor In be a man. I-'nlil that attitude is reshaped, there really will be more cleaning ladies than clergy in the church around the corner. commission, ignoring Ihe hulk ol evidence, opted for an accountin procedure which would simply require utilities to list their promotional prac- tices. I urge concerned persons In write Iowa Commerce Commission. Valley Bank building. Des Monies. Iowa and demand Dial at a minimum the commis- sion's staff proposal lie adopted Orelchon drive SW Why educate? Big-money brooming On Aug. S the Iowa commerce com- mission has scheduled the second of two hearings In determine whether advertis- ing and other promotional activities of public utilities should be allowed or whether the cost of promotional activities should be charged lo the customer Testimony at Hie first hearing found much of nlihiv advertising to lie misleading and generally of no direcl benefit to tlie customer. Yet he was pay- ing for it in the rales lie paid lo the utility Conclusions from the testimony. 1 Flilities1 advertising and promo- lional activities promote Depletion of resources and greatly increase inflation and environmental problems Sin h pracliccs increase Ihe need for new, cosily plan! facilities which iiiusl be paid mil of consumer rales nol iililitios' profits Such costs conslilille an unreasona- ble burden on Ihe consumer. By Jim Fiebig A READIXG that San Francisco city street sweepers are currently earning a year and will jump to 17 grand before .January I vowed my daughter would never go to college. Why should she subject herself lo all Ihal academic anguish, not lo mention expense, when vvilh a little training and encouragement she could be earning big money as a sired sweeper1' As (ale would have H. 1 found her sweeping Ihe palm Ihal same day "You have some beautiful moves with Ihal broom." I beamed. "Back and forth back and forth real nice moves Yon look like a nalural." "Thanks." she said. "Mommy laughl "Your mother's good, darned good." I said "Some people say she mighl even have been one of Ihe greals Then her forearms gave oul II was one of the greatest disappointments, of her life." "Why are von talking so dumb''" she asked "Because I'm flunking of your [inure." I replied "Honey have vou ever Ihoiiriil of Inrning professional when you're "Id'T' You know 1 "'il1' 'and in m, that aiid-forlh .Miir I'.ul
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