Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 24, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa tnpitU These particular Greek ruins date back to August 19, 1974, A.D.' Editorial Page Check before firing away TWO RKl'KNT letters to tin- People's forum again have pointed to the need for checking facts before advocating action, particularly when an explosive is- sue is involved. The letters urged readers to write to the Children's Television Workshop of York City, producer of the popular "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company" series, and to the Cor- poration for Public Broadcasting, protesting plans for abortion- related programs next season. According to the first letter (which apparently prompted the Ifi episodes of a "Sesame Street" health series would use the word "abortion" in talking about family planning, and the series would also feature an episode involving a pregnant eight-year-old who is denied an abortion by her mother. Pretty questionable use of tax funds, if true. But is it true? "There is absolutely no founda- tion to the rumor that an abortion is going to be portrayed on 'Sesame said Stewart Awbrey, director of information for the workshop. "No plans have ever been discussed for discussion of those topics (abortion and family planning) on a children's he added. Awbrey said the rumors began reaching the workshop over a year ago. He explained the course of the rumor, as traced by public broadcasting officials. In February, 1973, he said, a seminar was held to discuss what subjects should be covered in a television show for adults dealing with health problems. The seminar was one of nine similar planning meetings. One of the subjects dis- cussed was family planning, and among the participants was the late Dr. Alan Guttmacher, a planned parenthood advocate. After the seminar, Awbrey said, (iutlmacher included in his newsletter some of the views he presented to the meeting. The views were picked up and in- terpreted by some people as tin- views of the television workshop. "His newsletter is very well read, apparently, by opponents to any kind of family said Awbrev. Awbrey said a "pro-life" newsletter in Clovis, Calif., used the remarks to suggest "Sesame Street" would be used as a propaganda tool for pro-abor- tionists. "He had his own interests, and his enemies had their own interests, and it kind of put the Children's Television Workshop in the Awbrey said. He added that family planning was one of more than 100 subjects considered for the new series (its title is "Feeling and was not one of the 11 chosen for the show. Awbrey said that even if family planning had been chosen, abortion probably would not have been included because the program deals with preventative health care and planning. The whole issue recalls a flood of letters that swamped CBS two years ago regarding that network's plan to show X-rated movies (no such plan was ever This is not meant to ridicule writers to the People's forum or others who were concerned about what certainly sounded like a shocking plan, particularly to pro-life adherents. It is meant to suggest that it is wise, par- ticularly when dealing with emo- tional issues, to check the source and veracity of rumors before passing them on. Moscow Olympiad? IF THE International Olympic Committee decides to hold the 1980 Olympiad in Moscow, Soviet authorities will do their "utmost" to make the games successful. That's the promise as relayed by Tass, Soviet news control agency. No doubt Kremlin chiefs are hoping the invitation evokes among IOC members only the most pleasant recollections of Soviet participation in the Olym- pics: Tiny Oiga Korbut charming the world with her gymnastic grace, Russian runners-up heart- ily congratulating western world gold medalists, and sundry other scenes proving that the Russians indeed are a sporting people. If deportment of athletes were the only criterion on which Soviet participation in the Olympics were judged, there would be no quarrel from here on the Moscow Olympics idea. But other con- siderations becloud the horizon. As the record book on interna- tional relations shows indelibly. People's forum Victimized To the Kdilor: Some response lo the letter or, the Roosevelt hotel strike (Forum. Aug. 20) should be made. As a regular patron who had affection for the dining room employes and showed it in both tips and words of appreciation. I am saddened by their being victimized by labor union agitation not based on reasonableness. H isn't reasonable to strike against the only inn for transients that is especially when it is already paying more with better benefits than the other com- peting inns and paying waitresses fill percent more than the federal minimum wage rate for waitresses. The strikers are circulating a paper citing the Roosevelt's wage rales as "unbelievable." Of course, these wage rates don't compare with those in some other kinds of work. Not even in a com- munist slate are wages uniform. It doesn't make sense to compare different kinds of wage rates anyway, eg. teachers' wages with trash collectors' wages. There are other important factors in employment than wage rales. Wages are whal Hie public will sup- ine Soviels are the world's worst hosts when asked to be polite to ideological adversaries. Rudeness certainly held sway at the University Games held" in Moscow last year. Not only did the Soviets bar South Korean and Israeli journalists, they sent sol- diers to harass persons cheering for the American basketball team. The most recent courtesy breach, Moscow style, involved a visit by the Chilean soccer team in World Cup compelition. The Marxist Allende government con- trolled Chile when the visit was scheduled, but was overthrown before the game was played. The upshot: a Chilean journalist harassed and the soccer match blacked out in the Soviet media. The 1980 Olympics in Moscow'.' If the International Olympic Committee doesn't torpedo the proposal, another bitter dose of Olympic games politicizing most surelv will follow. port much more lhan what a company wants to pay. If wages get beyond what the people will support, the business will have to fold up or be drastically altered. Many a union strike has simply struck out the jobs altogether, leaving the employes, management, and the public all holding empty sacks, with the employes suffering the most. Kleanor Taylor 2444 Grande avenue SF Who controls? To the Kditor: In relation lo a world-wide, socialist conspiracy, which is in harmony right now. I ask the following questions of all my fellow Americans especially to Ihe middle class: Kver wondered what is meant by (he term, "insider" and who it refers lo? Kver wondered what a former FBI man. Mr. Dan Smoot, has to say about this conspiracy in "None Dare Call It Con- Kver wondered what function some of those large foundations were or- ganized (or and by whom, and why these particular foundations are tax free? Kver wondered who really financed Ihe Bolshevik Revolution? Kver wondered what the word: "Establishment" really means? Ever wondered what is the or- lopus arm of this world conspiracy in the Lesson in political roller-coaster ride By William Safire WASHINGTON In what was laughingly referred to as Ihi1 elec- liuii campaign of 1972. President Nixon made a token foray into New York Slate's Wi-sli'hi-sli-r county by motorcade and wound up at Hie Poeantico Hills estate of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller. The reception was held in the palatial indoor sports house, a tennis court with two huge fireplaces at either end. The Rockefeller and Nixon staffs mingled, their old rivalries stifled by circum- stance, with (he Rockefeller people en- vious of the hauteur of presidential power and the Nixon staff envious of the hau- leur of Rockefeller wealth. Framed in a mezzanine archway overlooking (he entrance hall, amidst giant portraits of the Rockefeller brothers in World war II uniforms, two ivomen sat apart from the staffs. They were old friends with memories to share and secrets to keep. One was Hose Mary Woods, longtime secretary to Richard Nixon; the other Ann Whitman, former secretary ti> President Eisenhower, and, after lie left office, secretary to Rockefeller. When they first met, in the early 'Amnesty stand makes sense' Ford turns to the middie By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON Within a couple of hours after President Ford completed his remarkable amnesty statement in Chicago, TV newsmen had lined up a few young exiles in Toronto. The exiles proceeded to spit in the President's eye. Ford's statement was remarkable for several reasons. Both in tone and in sub- stance, his gesture of conciliation represented a sharp break from the Nixon administration's position of "never." Demonstrating a rare political courage, he made his statement before James J. Kilpatrick an audience the Veterans of Foreign Wars that predictably would disapprove. Coupled with his nomination the next day of Nelson Rockefeller for the vice-presidency, the amnesty statement indicated a deliberate refashioning of Ford's own conservative image. He is moving to the middle of the road. The two actions, taken together, will produce a considerable thunder on the right. Many conservatives (I count myself among them) have no use for the contentious attitude displayed by draft- dodgers and deserters. Many of us want- ed Barry Gnldwater, if a 66-year-old man were to be named as vice-president; and many of us still regard Rockefeller as a patsy who floats over the political net like a soft second serve. There will be time enough, as confir- mation hearings proceed, to get to Rockefeller; he has many good points, and if enough freaks of the New Left start shrieking he may look better by reason of those who oppose him. Ford's statement on amnesty was far removed from the unconditional amnesty demanded by spokesmen for the exiles. United States today'' F.ver wondered why the middle-class people seem to "pay" for everything and who is running this show1' Kver wondered who really controls the stock market and how "they" manipulate it'1 Kver wondered what the term: "new world order" really stands for? F.ver wondered why the public may be confused by television news and newspapers'.' Kver wondered why the Chase Manhattan Hank in New York is so chummy with Moscow'.' Kver wondered why Nelson Rockefeller wants to be President and what he really stands for9 F.ver wondered why our defense budget is so astronomically high and why the plan is to keep it high? Kver wondered who is at the apex of world socialism right now'.' Kver wondered why socialism is not a movement by the downtrodden'' Kver wondered how Ian Fleming was able to make his James Hum! character (concerning a fight against an interna- tional conspiracy) so real? Head "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" and find out what you will never learn from news- papers and TV. Phil Olmslcad 1745 Iligley avenue SF, Their position seems to go something like this: "We draft-dodgers and deserters are morally pure. All those who sanctioned the war in Vietnam are morally rotten. We were right. All others were wrong. It is not we who have broken laws; it is Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and six Congresses who have broken laws. Unless we are given an apology, back pay, other rewards, and the hero's reception to which we are plainly en- titled, we will not condescend to return to a corrupt and degraded country that does not deserve our purity and light." This was the general attitude displayed by the spokesmen interviewed in Canada on Tuesday. The general reaction of many observers here at home will be to suggest that the exiles stay in Toronto until their beards grow down to their ankles. More particularly, this is likely to be the bitter reaction of many whose husbands, sons, and brothers died or suffered wounds in Vietnam. The grim fact cannot be blinked away that for every serviceman who deserted because he could not stomach Vietnam, another youth went in his place. For every young man who dodged the draft, another had to be called for military Pay, dignity both up duty. Many thousands who obeyed the law did not like the law; but they did not take the law into their own hands. The President made two points that ought to be kept in mind as public dis- cussion continues. The first is that "there are differences" among the exiles. The second is that those who w ish to come home "should have a second chance to contribute their fair share to the rebuilding of peace among ourselves and with all nations." In brief, they must "earn" their re-entry. This makes sense. Deserters fall into different degrees of culpability. Those who fled to avoid the draft may have fled for reasons ranging from heartfelt con- viction to cowardice. Not all the exiles may be as contemptuous of compensa- tory public service as their TV spokes- men seemed to be. In lipping the scales of justice to the side of leniency. Ford has extended a hand. He has rejected the concept of "revenge." Most Americans, I believe, will buy that firm but compassionate position. They may be willing to swallow their prejudice. It remains for the exiles to swallow their pride. Washington Slar Syndicate By Richard L. Worsnop MANY AMERICANS pay only lip ser- vice to the notion that all work, be it ever so humble, is of equal dignity. In practice there is an instinctive tendency to look down on those who push brooms, scrub floors, or collect wastes for a liv- ing. These and other "jobs of last resort" traditionally have been among the lowest-paying available. Attitudes toward menial work may now be changing, however. The realization is growing that such jobs are truly essential and that those who perform them should earn a decent wage and be treated with respect. Richard L. Worsnop wrote in Fortune. "The 1970 census showed 'janitors' at work in the U. S., up from a decade earlier. In the same period the ranks of unskilled hospital workers, i.e., 'nursing aides, orderlies and rose by nearly 80 percent to and the number of 'garbage collectors' doubled. And the trend seems likely to continue." Another trend is to dignify menial work by inventing new job descriptions and titles. Thus, maids become domestic workers, copy boys become news aides, janitors become building service aides, and so on. These cosmetic changes mean little, however, unless accompanied by mure generous pay opportunities for advancement. In this connection. American Airlines' treatment of its low- status employes is instructive. At New York's I.aGuardia airport, the 185 workers who clean the airline's planes are called "cabin service clerks." They earn from to an hour, and many have moved on to more prestigious positions within the company. Where this approach is taken, the results often are dramatic. In San Fran- cisco, for instance, thousands of people have applied to join the city's street- swcoping force. The reason is that street-sweepers now earn a year and will get a raise in .lime, 1975. A provision of the city charter ties the sweepers' salaries to those earned by industrial and construction workers in the Hay Area. Much tin1 same situation prevails in New York City. Sanitation workers' pay there approximates that of firemen and policemen, and all three groups are covered by a generous pension plan. As a result, few New York sanitation workers ever

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