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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                ftnpttb Editorial Page Sunday August 25, 1974 Tax undeserved 'I'm a Republican candidate save WHEN THK not-for-profit Geneva Corp. labored selflessly to build apartments for the elderly in downtown Cedar Rapids, the 13-story building was intended as a non-assessable property similar to other untaxed housing-for-the-elderly projects in Iowa. The corporation's orsanixa- tion under auspices of the Northeast Iowa Presbytery seemed to guarantee the project's tax-free status. But in addition to seed money provided through charitable gifts and bequests, Geneva Corp. need- ed funding from the U.S. depart- ment of housing and urban development Paradoxically, HUD's in- volvement in the altogether worthy rent subsidy endeavor was to jeopardize Geneva Tower's tax exemption. As observed by Linn District Judge Clinton Shaeffer recently, the corporation's need of tax dollars forced it to relinquish certain characteristics that would tend to qualify it fin- tax-exempt status notably housing for indigents and con- tinued close lies with the Northeast Iowa Presbytery. In ruling that Geneva Tower does not meet requirements for tax exemption, the judge thus followed the same precedents which had led the local board of review to refuse tax exemptions in 1971, '72 and 73. Pending a possi- ble appeal to the state supreme court, Geneva Corp. faces a tax load totaling about per year. Here, if ever there was one, is a classic case of the law tugging in one direction while one's sense of what is right pulls strongly the other way. Thanks to the tireless members of Geneva Corp., Cedar Rapids has a lH2-apartment home for the elderly located adjacent to stores, theaters and most im- portantly medical facilities. The building nicely complements the community's other successful efforts in subsidixcd housing. Though legally estranged from the Northeast Iowa Presbytery, the administration of the apart- ment building is not divorced from the charitable spirit in which il was created. Vet the yearly tax levy is to be Rules, regulations and court decisions aside, excising a tax hunk of that magnitude from a charitable en- deavor simply does not seem right. Remember, the only factor separating the apartment build- ing's tax status from other church-related housing quarters for the elderly (Meth-wick Manor, for example) is federal participa- tion. Certainly, the apartment build- ing's occupants draw upon the community's tax-supported ser- vices (though they do not add to the school Yet one doubts that a citywide sounding on a proposed tax exemption for Geneva Tower would bring a firestorm of protests. The problem, of course, reaches beyond the clash of sentiments. Unless a supreme court ruling overturns the district court decision, Geneva will need a change in state law to win a tax exemption, or a partial one. What- ever break can be arranged will be deserved. New virtues, moderately TO THE EXTENT that close observers can appraise a per- son's character by watching what he does, the traits accountable for bringing on the presidential fall of Richard Nixon were too strong a craving for power, too devious and secretive an attitude, too much capacity to act through hate. To the extent that longtime watchers can appraise the per- sonality of Gerald Ford, the main difference between his predeces- sor and the new President is that Mr. Ford is much more heavily endowed with openness, sim- plicity and honesty in most of what he does. Thus, Mr. Nixon coveted the office, worked and planned ambitiously for years to win it, and finally did. Mr. Ford fell into it without the prior urge and deep desire. In the circumstances, hardly anybody knocks the background or the qualities of Mr. Ford. America needs openness, simplicity and trust, for a change, in the highest of places. All the virtues promise hope and better davs to come. Way with words Tell-all travelway HANGMAN'S NEWS. In the press reports of the Watergate affair President Nixon was quoted quite a few times as referring to taking the hong-out road. What he meant by the expression apparently was to disclose the complete truth. The phrase obviously derives from the Afro-American slang invention lei il all hang out, meaning to speak out uninhibitedly, to tell it all. That expres- sion has been with us about half a years and most probably had a vulgar derivation. Relaxation. Another word that has figured in the news is detente, a French term on long-term loan lo English. The word began with the Latin desfendre, meaning lo slacken. The French made it into desfente, at first a mechanism in a crossbow that released the taut string and later a trigger that released the projectile in a firearm. There must, however, be a note of caution in the catalog of traits. What must have been a sense of simple loyalty in Mr. Ford was leading him through all the months of mounting evidence down almost to the eve of Mr. Nixon's resignation to affirm the Nixon innocence and denounce the house judiciary panel's judg- ment as a "partisan" result. After 25 years in the house, Gerald Ford can be accused by no one of naivete in the ways of poli- tics. He knows the game; he the score. And delicate though his position was as presidential heir, candor, open- ness, awareness and the facts dictated something other than a simple vouching-for of innocence and simple blame on "partisan" concerns for something vastly- bigger at the end. Too much veiled and vindictive power-hunger is a good thing to be free of at the White House for a long time to come. Too much open, orthodox simplicity would be a good thing not to overload there in its place. Theodore M. Bernstein The ancestor destendre from the Latin dis, equivalent to our modern dts-. and the French fendre, to stretch, is still evident in a general way in the modern word; the sense of slackening or relaxing has persisted. Today detente denotes an easing of ti II.-MW.. particularly in inter- national relations. Word oddities. Rigmarole refers to meaningless or foolish talk and more commonly to involved, time-consuming procedure. The word results from a popular alteration of ragman roll, which applied to lists, catalogues, deeds and other documents written on rolls of parchment. Sorry lo disappoint you. but ragman did not mean what il means to you today, it referred to a group of acts by which Scottish nobles swore loyally lo Edward I. He A York times Syndicate Opium of the people Poppy dilemma misunderstood By C. L. Sulzberger KOXYA. Tl'HKKY The upium of the people in Turkey is not religion but politics. Or, put another way, opium is the politics of the people in terms of an agitated argument with Ihe United States that is not adequately understood by either side. Premier Ecevit assured me that "the Turkish government is not emotional on this but in the areas where it is grown, the entire peasant economy depends on the poppy. Therefore the curb imposed in 1971 stirred up psychological reaction. Opium areas have been reduced by na- tural process from 42 to 7 provinces and will be reduced further as new livelihoods appear. We will do what we can to control illegal traffic but world medicine needs more, not less, opium." Poppy growers depend not only on the sap from which the drug derives but also on flour, fuel and oil extracted from the plant. And the Anatolian peasant is sometimes at the lowest subsistence level. Prof. Ragip Uner, an expert, says: "In Turkey there are still people who live in caves and burn oil lamps." The United States pledged million three years ago when a ban was an- nounced by Turkey in accord wilh Washington. Nevertheless Ihe govern- ment of Konya province, which now resumes cultivation on a small scale, says the money was slow in reaching ac- tual growers. Substitute crops were not swiftly introduced and peasants found themselves idle. This became a psychological problem. Criminal's profit The Turks make surprisingly little out of opium. Between and 1971 the an- nual crop ranged between 120 and metric tons. (It to make one People's forum First step to amity To the Editor: In The Gazette of Aug. 15. Ms. Frances Heaton broke a lance for the return of Latin as a regular subject in our school curriculum. But who needs Latin? A teacher, who has no other ambitions than to put two feet solidly in the past, drooling about the great issues of the dark ages of so many centuries ago. Big Deal! Unfortunately. Latin happens to be one of those unneeded and unwanted subjects like foreign languages and history. No one can make a living with such subjects, except probably some teachers, which are in over-supply anyway. No. it is far better to concentrate on mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology and similar modern subjects of scientific- value. Correct? How tragic! We are living in a time when great statesmen arc needed at the helm. What is a statesman other than it politician with a thorough knowledge of history? And how many of our politicians have a thorough knowledge of (national and international) history'.' We are living in a time when great diplomats are needed. What is a diplomat other than a politician with a thorough understanding of the nei'ds of other peoples1.' And how manv politicians have acquired this linw LETTERS The Gozeffe's editorial page readers' opinions, fo fhese guidelines: Length l.trrl. 400 words. One letter per wnit-r notify 30 day, All may be condensed ond odiit'd without changing mean.ng. None published telephone numbei (nol prink-dj ihould follow name, addieii and readable signature lo lie'p oulhenlnate Conlcnti more with muoi and uvenM than per- ioncilihei. No poetry metric ton of heroin. I The grower here was getting perhaps a kilogram for raw opium gum and now might receive roughly But the retail price of heroin, smuggled out of this country, processed, then sold in New York, is about a kilogram. It isn't the farmer who got Ihe vast differential, but the crook. The moonshining peasant hojds back a minor share of his crop from the government purchasing agency, sells it to a local bootlegger who sneaks it along to refiners and transporters elsewhere. Although this country grows far fewer poppies than India, it is said 80 percent of U. S. heroin derives from Turkish gum. Enter politics On June 30. 1971, Premier Nihat Erim (whose government was put in by the military) prohibited opium production. He said: "Illicit traffic from our country has become very Turkey had been "unable to prevent and "we cannot allow Turkey's supreme interests and the prestige of our nation to be further shaken." But politics got into the question as full democracy returned. The minority Ecevit government is based on a coali- tion. The vote of the poppy growers was needed and all parties courted it. Were an election to be held now, in the wake of the Cyprus landing, Ecevit would win by C. L. Sulzberger many even speak that foreign language? History will judge our statesmen and diplomats by their decisions on Korea. Vietnam. Watergate, reconstruction. Cyprus. Red China, divided Germany, presidential elections, wage and price controls, welfare, and many other sub- jects. Maybe Ms. Heaton does have a point. Maybe everyone should learn at least one foreign language at school, so that we may understand the people in other countries a little belter. Or at least become more interested in them, which is the first step In friendship. And is this not America's biggest problem: Lack of real friends'.' And many foreign languages (including English) have their roots in Latin. With a basic knowledge of Latin, it would be much easier to learn a foreign language. And it would greatly improve the mastery of our own language. Perhaps we should concentrate a little mure on (national and international) history in order to be inure proficient decision-makers. Maybe we even should concentrate a little on religion, sn ihat Ihe moral values of life become more important to all of us. Back to the three H's is a subject worth thinking about. I'roficial, Ms. llealon. for standing up and being counted. It lakes courage to risk ridicule. .Ian .1. Xonneveld Slfi Twcnlythird street SE Cabin owners Tn the Editor This is in reply to State Sen. ('loyd lioliinsoii of Cedar Kapids who spoke out against the cabin owners in Northeast Iowa. Sen. Robinson probably is like most conservation commissioners and bus never visited Ihe cabin sites. The only legislators who have are Hop. John Mendenhall, NYw Albin: Sen. Dale Tieden, Klkuder: and Hep. Don Avenson. Oi'lwem Yet Sen. Kobinson says we shouldn't he there. a landslide. But the ban was rescinded July 1, just before Cyprus exploded. Politicians argued that farmers were being oppressed, that there was a world shortage of medicinal opium, that Ihe United States was turning to India as a source, that anyway America had no right to boss Turkey. Prof. Uner writes: "No other country has any right to dic- tate what we have to cultivate or not to cultivate." But he acknowledges that Turkish opinion does not realize the "hysteria" in the United States prompt- ed by drug addiction. American politics is also involved. The U. S. congress, influenced by exaggerat- ed statistics, felt its own government was not doing enough. To propitiate congress, American Ambassador Macomber was withdrawn from Ankara right after the restoration of poppy-farming. Macomber had to fly hack out of the opium frying pan into the Cyprus fire. Addiction horrors There has been inadequate under- standing on both sides. Americans cannot grasp the misery of impoverished poppy farmers or the significance of their vote. Turks cannot even imagine the horrors of mass addiction among American youth. It is certainly impera- tive that smuggling here (which Erim admitted was "impossible to be curbed and that the criminal chain from farmer to addict be broken. But it would be well for both nations to remember the tolerance of Mevlana, a 13th Century philosopher-poet who founded the whirling dervish order here, and counseled the fanatical medieval world: "Our center is not one of despair. Even if you have violated your vows a hundred times, come again." The word "try" should be substituted for "come." New York Times Service Has the senator driven along the Mis- sissippi and seen all the land that could be cleared so people could at least see the river instead of weeds and brush? Remember that was what the land we are on originally looked like. I'm also willing to bet our location will also grow back to weeds once we are evicted. Has he ever visited the New Albin landing that has a big sign saying "con- structed by Iowa Conservation Commis- There used to be a boat landing plus containers for litter. This year there is no float for the landing and no con- tainers for litter. In fact, it looks like the ICC has abandoned it. Does the senator call this a good park run by the conservation commission? Don't take my word for it, call Rep. Mendenhall. This is not the only land I have seen owned by the ICC that needs maintenance care. Why should the Il'C be entitled to buy nr take all the land it wants, then not take care of it.' Is it trying lo time lowans to other states for recreation? Our cabin is one of those located (in a strip of land that has the Milwaukee road tracks on one side and a high river hank mi the other. I personally invite you to look at the sile and speak to the cabin owners. Mrs. Lester Waterloo A professor is one who in someone sleep. Wystan Hugh Audon Wallace: Sipping on memories By James J. Kilpatrick X- M. We found him propped up on some yellow pillows, his crippled legs barely rumpling the red "range bt-ilspirad. A couple of hours earlier he had addressed Ihe National Legislative Conference. George Wallace was tired, but not too tired to talk with a couple of correspondents he had known for many years. Joe Krafl asked how lie was feeling. The governor put on a solemn face. doin.u all he said, "exeept for my of course. That's not so good. And my lungs. They're pretty had. My kidneys are leaking and the bladder me trnuhle, hut except for my eyes and my teeth and a few hemorrhoids, I'm all right, .loe. F.xcept for my liver, that is Then the governor broke intu his old happy grin. He has Ihe same sort of cat- fish muiith that William Jennings Bryan had, an orator's mouth, stretched by the rigors of stump speaking. "Jimmy." he said he is the only politician in the world who calls me Jimmy "why are you writing all that stuff down'.' Don't you know when I'm funnin'? I'm fine, except for my legs." His eyes darkened and the grin retreated. "I can't walk, you know." This is Wallace. Half-paralyzed by the bullet of an attempted assassin, he still can joke about his condition. He still can James J. Kilpatrick talk sense to state legislators and young Democrats. He may well be the shrewdest politican in the Democratic party, but his party has passed him by. In his talk to the state legislators, Wallace sounded all the old bugles of state rights. In his talk to the young Democrats, he spoke bluntly of his party's failure in the 1972 campaign: "The average citizen of this country felt that the government of the United States was not tuned in to their way of thinking but was aloof from him. He felt that the Democratic party paid more at- tention to some of those who made all the noise but who had never worked a day in their lives but were writing guidelines for people who work and sweat every day for a living, and the average man in this country just did not like it." They clapped for Wallace, and they treated him kindly, but this was mostly out of respect for past events and not for present power. Wallace is in the position of every man whose empty victory is to say "I told you so." He saw his advice rejected by the Democrats in 1972, and he has the air of a man who expects to see his advice rejected again in 1974. It is not much to say, "I told you so." Wallace mellows. We baited him with a couple of fat questions, but he was not biting. "There's not as much par- tisanship as there used to be." Joe Kraft finally got a rise by suggesting that such progressive Southern governors as Carter in Georgia and Askew in Florida were leaving Wallace behind. The governor struggled to a sitting position. "Who's leavin' who behind0" he demanded. He launched into an indignant recital of his own achievements in Alabama. Then he saw he was being kidded and relaxed. "Hell, he said, "they the ones that got to catch up." We asked for his views on interest rates, on remedies for inflation, on foreign affairs. He had nothing much to say. Wallace is not a man for specifics, exceiil in the recollection of his own campaigns. He still can and inces- santly does recall every vole he won in 19fiH. lie dwells on those days, the good days, hut this is the thin broth of memories, mere convalescent soup. Will Wallace come back as a national force? The realities of party politics say no. He will be 55 on August 25. a good age, but the cards are stacked against him for HI7B. So far as the national Democratic party is concerned, he has gone the way of Dixie and the Con- federate flag. Regionally, at least, these once were well-loved symbols, too; once these symbols stirred a Democratic crowd. No more. The stricken Wallace, resting abed in an Albuquerque motel, is one with them now. Wd-Jiinulrm Slcir Svmltcnte Hide-seek Fella wr know, remarking on the proliferation vvhilc shm.s, wonders whether Hie iiiiinulacliircrs are going In be able lo gel enough while UP With Illl' dlMlalld.   

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