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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                UttjMtb Residual question: Nixon guilt punishable. Editorial Page U, 1974 Ford off to good start t i OMMI'NICATION. con- filiation, compromise and cooperation." Those four will serve as the cornerstones for the relationship President Fnrd hopes to build with consress, with a view toward a lasting marriage while he holds the office rather than a short-lived honeymoon. Unless the signs mislead com- pletely, they will also underpin u better relationship than we have known for some time between the presidency and the public, as the new President seeks to salvage something worthwhile from the shattered administration of his predecessor during the last 2M> years of Mr. Nixon's second term. In other words, the plain- speaking, down-to-earth Mr. Ford is off to a good start, judging from his first two public appearances since he was sworn into office last Friday. Taken together, these two addresses went far to set the tone of the Ford administration a tone that was just right under the most trying circumstances. In delivering both he came through as a warm human being who cares about other people and wants them to care about him. He displayed a good sense of humor. His informality in the house chamber, where he was familiar with the surroundings, must have endeared him to millions of Americans. Though he could easily have carried that too far, the President did not. Good taste set the limits, as it did with other qualities the speech brought out as well: A firmness that left no question he will always be in charge, but al- ways with an open door and an open ear. For the most part, Americans must have warmly endorsed what he had to say in his message to the joint session of congress: Continued support for the foreign policy laid down by former- President Nixon. A proposal for instant wage-price monitoring authority to help tackle inflation head-on as everybody's No. 1 problem. A balanced budget. Ac- ceptance of senate Democratic leader Mansfield's plan for an economic conference of business and labor leaders with govern- ment officials (at which he will personally preside "in full view ol the American A proposal for enactment of a national health bill before this session adjourns. Most listeners also must have welcomed his promise to seek enactment of "tough laws to prevent illegal invasions of privacy of both government and private activities." Animalism overruled In fact, the only item of appreciable concern, with respect to Ihis outline of goals, is Mr. Ford's failure to include waste in the nation's military-defense bud- get as a starting place to put tin- damper on continuing inflationary trends. The President did stress the continuing need for a strong defense, a point on which he should get no dispute from any loyal American. But even loyal Americans are getting sick and tired of wasteful spending by the military and would like to see it brought up short. As for Mr. Ford's remarks the swearing-in ceremony last week, they were right on the button, from his early recognition that he is this nation's first appointive President and needs confirmation through the people's prayers to this significant paragraph: "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteous- ness but love, not only justice but mercy." Timely, truthful and well spoken, an impressive note of reconciliation that can guide us all in going forward now together. Confrefemps? FROM AN AD (purportedly disseminated nationwide through magazines and papers with a total circulation topping 50 million) soliciting customers for computerized horoscope readings on behalf of the International As- trological Assn.: "Nature's cosmos imprints each of us at the time of birth when the umbilical cord is cut. We then become ourselves. Until the cord is cut, we are part of our mother." Questions: How does that asser- tion sit with those opposed to liberalized abortion as a public policy on grounds that in- dividuality begins at conception and the fetus is a "person" all the way, not just "part of" the mother? No one against abortion can possibly believe in astrology and still remain consistent with important principles? No rational answers expected. Undisclosable "What parly do you affiliate with'.'" the election clerk asked. "Have I gotta answer "If you want a ballot you do." "Well. then. I don't want no ballot. The party I affiliate with ain't divorced yet." Farewell to smell By Jim Fiebig MAN HAS NEVER been completely comfortable with Darwin's linking of our ancestors to the lower forms of life. While our heads may accept the theory quite readily, on an emotional level we embrace it with great reluc- tance In other words, it is easier on the ego to trace our beginnings to a u-ry human Adam and Eve than lo some squirrel-like creature rooting about the ground for Those who make Iheir livings by com- ing up wilh new consumer products have exploited Ihis quirk in our nature to the fullest There is scarcely a physical ves- tige of our primitive beginnings that some product does not promise to remove, cover up or cleanse. We shave, we brush, we gargle and spray. We wash, we pluck we painl over and we dab on. We are human beings, (hank you. Take a look, lake a whiff you'll find nol a trace of the animal here Yet, because these product-makers began wilh our heads and worked down- ward, I here remained one good and very hoiiesl reminder of our humble origins. Afler a long day of parading proudly Jim Fiebig about, one could sigh and remove hi.- shoes and rub his toes and still discover one of the honest aromas that comes from being close to the earth. Perspiring feet. They were good for our perspective. Perhaps even vital. But now. alas, even the fool is the tar- get of such an onslaught of dehumanizing products that it seems sure to lose its character. Montgomery Ward has announced taken on a new line of men's socks that have odor-hiding compounds built into the fabric. Another manufacturer is of- fering an anlismell innersole thai fils into the shoe. And of course, there are Ihe fool sprays if your bathroom has space for one more aerosol can. Charles Darwin where is thy sting'' Gcnerol H-uhjrns Corucitutim) Justice demands no immunity grant By William V. Shannon WASMINUTON Sen Mike Maii- fiehi of Montana, '.he leader, has made ihe wise anil construc- tive suggestion that impeachment proceedings should continue against President Nixon despite his resignation. .sen Kciwani IJrookf (ii-M.iv. ha> meanwhile put forward the sentimental and wtMMgheaded notion that congress should pass a resolution urging that Nixini not be brought to trial for any crimes he has committed while in office. The reaction lo Mansfield's idea was generally adverse. The response to Brooke's proposal was much more favorable, though probably not strong enough lo get il adopted. The differing reactions in these two suggestions tell much that is both good and bad about American political attitudes and par- ticularly about the moral atmosphere of this capital. On the good side, the charitable atti- tude toward Nixon's offenses demon- strates once again that Americans are a generous, amiable people. Our national history has been fortunate; there are no defeated elemenls in society nursing an- cient grudges or old hatred. Our politics, though it lias an economic base, is not embittered by the antagonisms of class wiirfare. Thus it is thai Americans arc usually ready to forgive and forget. But some undesirable attitudes also shape this viewpoint. There is the monarchical reverence with which too many Americans regard a President. It is as if, once elected, he partakes of the divine right thai kings in earlier times were thought to possess. This is far removed from the simplicity of Thomas Jefferson who on the evening of his first day in the presidency stood and waited for a place at the dining table in his boarding house. Another unhealthy influence is notably presenl in Washingion, D. C. This is a one-industry town where politicians, senior bureaucrats, lobbyists, and news- papermen work and socialize together. William V. Shannon People's forum Profiteers To Ihe Editor: The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Aug. I, page 8, column 3: "Oil Firm Reaps Million in Quarterly Gains." The item lells how Standard Oil of California had earnings for the first six months of 1974 of S578 million, as compared with million a year ago. Presumably for the same period of 1973. Now _ look at The Gazette nf Aug. 2. page 1. column 5, and we see where Standard Oil of California announced a one-cent increase in the wholesale price of gasoline: the higher price will be passed along to the motorist. This increase, after showing what seems to be a million-plus earnings the first six months of 1974, over the same period of 1973. We've all been told thai increased costs of foreign oil imports have cost Ihe oil companies more money the last year. We've also been told thai our 55 mph speed limits have saved hundreds of thousands nf barrels of crude oil, which in turn means much, much less gasoline sold by the oil companies. One would think that by selling less gasoline, their earnings be reduced. Not so. it su-ms. It appears that by paying more for foreign oil and selling less gasoline, they show a million increase in earnings in the first six months of 1974. over the same period of 1973. How come. I ask. Seems In me that not only is inflation at work here, but something else seems to be rearing its uiily head. Something called profiteer, um. .lolin W. Tubbs Teresa drive SW Detox funding To the F.ditnr. In regard to the Aug. !l stury of the hospital detoxification being a financial bombshell for the community, I have a suggestion for funds to supporl it. Use the many thousands of dollars that come back to our community yearly from state liquor store profits. Thiil. lo me. is Ihe iniisl logical source of money. Profits from liquor be used to support detoxifica- tion Hint is made necessary by unwise use of liquor sold by stale stores. What liislilicalion is there for use of this money for any olher purpose, snch as streets, roads or general fund activities'? How about The Gazette carrying an arlicle pointing out what liquor profits Contrary to the argument of some Nison supporters, il is not true that "they all do it." Most po'iticians are not corrupt. But it is true that like most people in any in- dustry, they tend to become tolerant uf one anoiher's failings Washington is also an Horalio Alger town. People here are accustomed lo the spectacular rise of previously obscure men who have been elected or appointed lo high office. The city vicariously enjoys their ascent, their brief years of power and glory, and then accommodates them as permanent has-beens or forgets them altogether if they depart. As a result, many people here can identify with the lifestyle of these tran- sient men of power their sudden increases in rank and salary, their limousines, their hushed offices and deferential secretaries, their smiling faces at cocktail parlies every evening, their children attending expensive private schools. To be deprived suddenly of all thai as the Spirb Agnews were lasl year and as Ihe Nixons are now to be to be dropped from every hostess' party list, to be stripped of offices, secretaries and even (oh. precious one's limousine, to have the dream killed prematurely and abruptly that seems like punishment enough. Bui this weird inversion of values. Ihis sloppy sentimentality toward men who have betrayed the public trust has no basis in the Constitution or in the ideal of equality that ought to prevail in a republic. A prison term for an impeached President if his offenses merit a criminal penalty is clearly what the trainers of the Constitution intended. They provided in article one, section 3: ".ludgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal are received and how spent by what public bodies? And how much would be needed annually for detoxification? Howard W. McKmght 12511 Thirtv-fifth street NE Search service To the Editor: We would like to thank all volunteers, the members of the Linn county sheriff's search-and-rescue organization and the fishermen in the area of Twin Bridges near Cedar Rapids. Their assistance Sunday, Aug. 4. in locating our father, who had suffered a fatal heart attack while fishing, was most sincerely appreciated. Dean OToole family 221) Twenty-first street .lack O'Tiiole family 3S57 Soutter court SE Program plans To the Editor: A message concerning the planned programming of this fall's Sesame Street Way with words Jobless By Theodore M. Bernstein A LITTLE more than a month ago the question was raised here about the word for a doctor or a dentist whose license lo practice has been revoked a word similar to disbarred for a lawyer and unfrocked for a clergyman. Morton .1. Simon of .Icnkintown. Pa., says several nf his medical and dentist friends use the word decertified or In a light moment your host suggested demedicoted for a physician, extracted for a dentist and footloose [or a chiropodist. For A clergyman another wag suggested Now still another wag, Loren W. Smith of Philadelphia, proposes a different term for an ousted chiropodist: defected. If not. One of the things that make written language and spoken language occasionally quite different is a rise or fall in tonal register, something that written language cannot always indicate. The following sentence provides an example: "Senior government officials said that Mr. Yariv's remarks represented a new lone in Israeli statements on {lie Palestinians if not a from office. but the pcrty convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject fo indictment, trial, judgment and punish- ment, according to law." (Emphasis ad- ded.) Let there be no more dithering about conferring immunity on Nixon for crimes he committed while in office. The special prosecutor should now allow a grand jury lo do what the original Watergate grand jury wanted to do last winter, namely, indict Nixon for conspiracy to obstruct justice. Assuming that he is convicted after a trial, .Nixon can then be the recipient of a pardon if President Ford wishes to confer one upon him and upon all the other Watergate defendants as well. But clemency must follow convic- tion, not precede it. The principle of equal justice before the law has already suffered two rude jolts in the cases of Agnew and of former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst. How can judges anj-where in good con- science continue to sentence ordinary men and women to prison if Nixon is also given a "sweetheart" deal? At the same time, as Senator Mansfield has suggested, let the house and senate conclude the impeachment proceedings and render a judgment on his "high crimes and misdemeanors." For the future "domestic tranquility" of this Republic, it is essential that Nixon not be allowed tn leave office in a manner that leaves either his criminality or his unconstitutional conduct open to any doubt or question by him, by his supporters, or by sympathetic historians in the distant future. To guard against tomorrow's myth- makers, let the record be clear and irrefutable. has come to my attention. Dr. Alan Guttmacher (a leader of the planned parenthood, world population and euthanasia movements) and the creators of Sesame Street are planning 26 one- hour shows on health. This Dr. Guttmacher and other pro- abortion spokesmen aided in advising on the "family planning" segments. They have decided the word "abortion" should be used constantly (in 16 of the 26 shows) in order to "detoxify" the viewing audience from cultural shock of the word. After this accomplishment, a dramatic segment follows which involves a pregnant 8-year-old gin (that's eight years old) who will be denied an abortion by her mother. Does this not prove the death peddlers are aiming directly at our children and their minds? To prevent these segments from leaving the planning board, con- cerned parents and others can write protests to the following: (1) Corporation of Public Broadcasting, 888 Sixteenth street NW, Washington, D. C. 20006; (2) Children's Television Workshop. No. 1 Lincoln Plaza. York City. N. Y. Margaret Ileaverlo Twenty-second avenue SW substantive change in the official posi- tion." As was said here once before, in print it is nol possible lo tell whether the phrase if not has the sense of but not or the sense of and perhaps. A speaker would leave no doubt about what was meant. If he dropped his lone a hall note beginning with if not he would indicate that "a substantive change" was not in contemplation. On the other hand, if he said "a SUBSTANTIVE lift- ing his voice and stressing change, he would be suggesting that such a thing was a real possibility. For the writer the solution lo tins am- biguity should be apparent: Don't use if not in this kind of context; if you mean but not, say so. and if you mean and perhaps, say so. Word oddities. Elizabeth Ecllerly of .lonesboro. Ark., who is obviously a word lover, asks whether it would be a legitimate coinage to call people like her Why not? Her word is made up of two Greek roots: logo meaning word, and phile. meaning liking. Not a had idea. Static Nol lung Is quite as annoying as to have someone go right on lalking when you're inlerrupling. Only decent course: Let him off gently By William F. Buckley, jr. SFN IIOHKKT BYK1) is quoted as saying that ho sees no reason at al win liiiiiard Nixon shouldn't go to jail if KUi'lty II is fortunate that the people, in Uieir treatment of Senator Byrd, are more forgning than Senator Byrd is prepared lo be towards Mr. Nixon Mr. Byrd's indiscretion wasn't a coverup. He merely joined the Kn Klnx Klan Come to think of it. my memory is thai Senator Byrd then proceeded to cover up his relations wilh Ihe Klan. Kichard Nixon's real crime isn't, in my judgment, the kind of thing you bump into on tile statute books. It is a cliche that no man is above the law. Like many cliches, one must avoid a parsing of it. The fact of the matter is thai mosl Presidents are above many laws, and if they wcreifi, they wouldn't be able to function in the way we expect them to function. The law Nixon violated the coverup is not intrinsically important, viewed as a presidential perspective. Mr. Nixon made it important by his denials and by the incredible mismanagt'iiurii of his case. A prominent New York accountant said privately the other day that he thought the offenses which led to Mr. Nixon's departure from office were relatively trivial. "He should have been im- peached, instead, for being a horse's ass." I have, as a mailer of delicacy, preferred the euphemism to the term he actually used: which is the term Mr. Nixon revealed in Monday's tapes, to describe Gordon Liddy: Ihe single characler in this e-ktraordinary drama who has not been caught telling a lie, in return for which he has been sen- tenced lo go lo jail more or less per- manently. Understandable II was Mr. Nixon who gave importance to Watergale. Discovering a liltle scandal in his household the ill-conceived and ill-executed burglary he reacted in a way not commendable, but entirely human: He tried lo keep the knowledge of the involvement of his associates in it from becoming a major public issue. He was wrong to do. that, but Presidents of the United Slates play high slakes, and it is underslandable lhat, when running for re-eleclion, Ihey tend to put their own interesls foremost. Bui Mr. Nixon proceeded not only lo lake a. cer- tain course of action, but to denounce lhal course of action publicly. William F. Buckley, jr. He got up there several times before the television cameras and deplored in stentorian tones the coverup. He teased the Puritan conscience of America, and loosed the hounds that finally arrived at his door. He demanded loudly that congress and the judiciary investigate, and track down criminality to its lair. He was giving the public orders for his own execution. Even then, he'd have got away with it except for the tapes. So help me God, I'd have removed myself to St. Helena rather than permit the public to examine such conversations. Lyndon Johnson revolted television viewers of sensibility by showing his stomach scar. Nixon revolted the public by letting them view his table manners in the Oval Office. Indefensible But assuming that everyone has the right to seek out diligently his own ex- tinction, why do it tn your friends and associates? Why permit, as lung as he had physical custody over them, the release of tapes wherein he spoke dis- paragingly about old friends, about people whom he sent to the supreme court, and others he will still scud to jail? He should have taken those tapes, plumped them down on the lawn of the White House, and sel a torch to them. "This is my he might have said, "and you can do what yon want to me, but you're not K'.ilnn to have access to it." If they had decided then to impeach and convict him for Hint, at least they'd have done it over a constitutional point. Now he has been turned out with the chicken thieves. Hul the notion that he also should be sent to jail is not merely cruel, it fails to understand the moral character of (he problem. Mr..Nixon's removal from of- fice was a necessity To send him on lo jail is mil merely superfluity, it Is sadism. Ami il would contaminate us much mure than il would hurl him It would lie an acl nmr anil humiliating. man decently.   

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