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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                On Schedule The new bridge over the Cedar river at Twelfth av- enue is about 90 percent complete, according to Public Improvements Commissioner Richard Phillips. The bridge itself should be done by Nov. 1 and the bridge approaches by Nov. 15, allowing traffic to use the facility before Thanksgiving. At left, welder Jim Shelley, 1014 Dover stree! NE, is shown recent- ly climbing the structure to cut down and salvage steel framing used before concrete was poured. In the background is the city's changing skyline, high- lighted by the IE Tower and Cedar Tower. Draft Evaders' Parents Back Them By Enid Ncmy NEW YORK Al Ihc lime Ihoir sons wont into exile or hiding, some parents thought they were wrong. Today, although few deserters and draft evaders have had second thoughts ahoul their decisions, many of their parents have. Interviews with families of resisters acni.ss Hit1 country indicate that most parents now view their Kims' actions with respect, and even pride. They helieve thai amnesty should he iincimdiliona! and that President Ford's earned "re-entry" proposal is unfair and impractical. The great majority arc convinced the Vietnam war was an illegal one and that their sons resisted service on the basis of conscience and moralitv. They disagree strongly with detractors who maintain that thousands of young men, many of whom also had reservations, gave their lives obeying the law or served jail sentences for Iheir convictions. "lit1 Was Highl" "I wouldn't .say I'm proud of what he did, hut 1 think he was right." said .lohn Pic- ciano of l.odi. N. .1. Picciano's son, John, jr., was one of the first army deserters and lived in Sweden for almost six years. "I didn't approve in the Pieciano said, "and I evtMi went to Canada and brought him back when he escaped from Fort Dix the first lime. But 1 couldn't convince him. lie was the one who finally convinced me that Hie '.yar v.as wrong." Pieciano, a textile worker who came lo this country from Bennett Heads Campaign Unit C.I. Hire, 1974 United Way campaign chairman, has announced the appointment of Harry Hcnnoll as chairman of unit No. 'I (small business- es) In (he coming campaign Hemii'H is district manager nf American Mutual Life In- .suriuicc Co. A graduate of Ihc University of Iowa, he ma- jored In accounting, lie has served In various United Way campaigns in leadership posi- tions 110 was chairman of Ihc 197.1 Hoy Sroiil-0-Knmn. He is a member of Ihe Cedar Hapid.s Barry L. Bennett Associates nf Underwri- ters, Ihe Thursday Noon Opll- misls club and Hie First Congregational church. Ill1 and his family reside at .1851) Lost Valley road SI1'.. The I'nilod Way campaign begins Oct. I. Italy at Ihe age of 9, has made five Irips to Sweden lo see his son. He said he doubled thai anything other than idanket amnesty would gel his son back here. "If il was fighting for his own country, he would see il another he said. "But .this wasn't fighting for the IJniled States." .Joseph Jones, a retired air force colonel who served in the South Pacific and who was with the U. S. occupation forces entering Japan, also did not agree with his son's decision to flee lo Canada. "1 told him I thought he ought to let them drafl him to gold-brick for1 two years and stay out of the actual Jones said. "But for him, il was a matter of principle. Afler a while I came to respect him for stand- ing up as he did. What he did look guts." The Jones', ivho live in Wllkesbnro. a town of in North Carolina's Western piedmont, said their son would never come home if it meant doing some kind of alternative service. Sinnc Hitler "Mi1 tried lo do lhat 'icfore he for Mrs Jones said. "If lie came back lhal way now, the whole point of what he dli! would be lost. These boys are human enough not lo bo punished any further for standing by their beliefs. They did nothing criminal. They have suffered enough." Although a large number of parents gradually came to approve of their .sons' active resistance lo the war, some have remained biller. "My son-in-law's family has never fully accepted his deci- said Mrs. James Pri- goff of Scarsdale, N. Y. Mrs. Prigoff's daughter was mar- ried in 1070 only two months before she followed her hus- band into exile in Canada. "We were very proud of their decision." said Mrs. Prigoff, wlio is a social work- er. "But ills own parents didn't support him. They thought il was his patriotic duty to serve, and there is still a lot of bitlerness and mis- imderslanding." Flil Surveillance Although a number nf families encountered antagon- ism and outright hostility from friends, neighbors and their communities, and al- though siime said they had been visited and kept under surveillance by the FBI. few allowed unpleasant experi- ences 'to shake their belief in Ihe morality nf their sons' ac- tions. "You find people stop talk- ing to said Irene Saluti of Braintree, Mass., south of Boston. "My daughter had to stop taking the school bus. For Ihe first few years, things were terrible. They really Mrs. Saluti's son de- serted from Ihe army in Germany when luld he was lo be shipped In Vietnam. "I remained very iV'rs. Saint! recalled. "1 spoke lo no one. Just smiled very sweetly, went to church and said thank God he's safe and this is what he wants lo do. and this is what he firmly lie- i'.oves in, and his father and I are firmly behind him." Indexation Old Hat in Belgium BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) idea of wages going up when prices process dubbed rela- tively new in the U.S. and is debated in the Kuropcan Common Mnrkcl countries, but it's an old slory in Bel- gium. Mines here have been get- ting their pay on a sIHing scale of this kind since 1920. About five million workers in the U.S. already are covered in union contracts by "escala- tor or indexation. Virtually all Belgians, in- cluding old-age pensioners, are now under similar plans. Other countries have adopted such plans for at least part of Iheir population. Whenever there is a rise in the official measure of living earners automatically get a fatter pay envelope. Forked Tongue The most accomplished linguist ever known was Cardinal (iiiiseppe Caspar Mcw.ofnnli, the former keeper of Ihe Vatican library, lie could translate 114 languages and 71! dialects and spoke languages fluently -4-Year Hunt for Drainage Pipe LONDON (AP) Christine Woodley didn't pay much at- tention when workmen started digging a hole in the street outside her home in the Wnp- ping district nf London four years ago. But they're still digging. They've been digging Ihe same hole, filling il up and then digging il again for four years. Mrs. Woodley said His workmen "lold me they were searching for a gully pipe which drains away the waler. They have been looking for il for four years and still haven't found it. I wonder they donT give up." Said neighbor Mrs. Esther Terry. "Every time it rains Fm flooded out. Afler four years I've given up complain- ing. The waler has nowhere lo go and il is just pumped hack up the pipes, flooding our apartments." The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Sept. I, 1974 5 Pools Close Monday All four of the outdoor' pub- lic swimming pools adminis- tered by Ihe city reereatlon commission will close for the season Labor day. Weather iperinitling and attendance warranting, the pools in Bev- cr, Ellis. Jones and Noclridgc 'parks will remain open until !i p.m. Monday. If the weather is cold or wet the shut down could lake place as early as 5 p.m. The pools will be drained and winterized. All equipment and supplies will be removed and stored for the winter and needed repairs will be made. The Elizabeth Bender pnol. an Indoor facility, was closed for a week in Augusl for its annual inspection and repair and is now available for public swimming. An inspection of attendance figures show that despite an earlier opening by one week this summer and one of the most suslained periods of hot weather in July in many years, a very cool August has held figures under 1973 levels. Total attendance at all pools through Aug. 28 was compared lo last year. Figures by indivitlual pools are as follows: Bender, Bever, Ellis, Jones, and Noelridge. Monthly totals were June, July, and Augusl, Spring Shows Light Tone in Tree Wood Each spring and summer, a tree adds new layers of wood lu ils trunk. The wood formed in spring grows fast and is lighter because il consists of large cells while growth is slower in the summer causing darker wood of smaller cells. When a tree is cut, the layers appear as alternating rings of light and dark wood. to Tar Several car ramps have proved to be defective. If you have purchased these car ramps (painted either gray or green-black) at any Target store after July 1, 1974, we urge you to return them immediately for cash refund or exchange. At Ihe present time, we do nol know the number of defective ramps lhat have been sold or the exact extent of the problem. In tKe meantime, we have removed all remaining ramps from our shelves and have senl samples lo our testing laboratories lor further analysis. We are also in contact with the manufacturer to determine the full cause and extent of this problem. We are concerned! If you bought these ramps, please return them immediately. Target Stores Incorporated Hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM to 10PM, Sunday 10AM to 7PM First Avenue S.t. Across doiii LincMIe   

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