Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 6, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

September 06, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Kaplds Gazette: Sept. 6, 1871 Interstates "Safer' Urgent Need to Complete System By Margy Mi-Cay AMES a decrease In the number of vehicles traveling on Inter- stale highways In Iowa, there still is an urgency to complete the system. There are twu reasons for this, said Program and Scheduling Director li.W. Anderson: the interstates are better roads and they are safer roads. The four-lane inlerstutes re- placed many bad roads. An- derson said, including some two-lane highways thai were jusl 18 feel wide. "For iaslance. between Cedar Itapids and Waterloo (where construction of in- terstate highway is pending) (here is no good road." he ad- ded. "And no mailer how you measure it, the safely factor is greater on (he Intel-stales Ihan on the two-lane highways. If we postpone completing the system, we are lorcgomi: uic potential for saving lives." Death Kale Anderson said the death rate nn rural inlerslales Is less than one-third the rate on other primary highways and less than one-fourth the rate on secondary roads. On urban Intel-states, the rate is less Ihan half thai on other city roadways. About 85 percent of Iowa's interstate system is open tn traffic. That amounts to (i70 of the proposed miles. There-are three interstates in Iowa. crosses Iowa easl and wesl through DCS Moines. 1-35 bisects the stale north and south through Des Moines'and I-1MI runs along Iowa's western border from Sioux City In Ihe Missouri line. The national limit of 42.51111 miles of Intel-stale set by Congress is 80 per cent complete, although Anderson said only 711 per mil of the federal funding has been ap- propriated. lunation But when (he entire system, and Iowa's share of it. will be completed has. not been dc- inflation is one of the culprits. The concept of federally- funded highways connecting (he -18 states was formally rec- (ignin'd in with the pas- sage of the Federal Highway Act. Bui since no funds were appropriated, the concept did nut progress very rapidly. Then, in (lie federal highway lax fund was created, .which provided money for the interstate system on a Jill-10 percent federal state funding basis. The initial deadline for completion of (lie system was 1972. Now, funding has been extended through 11179. al- though Anderson said the Iowa Crime Rate Doubles; Officials Question Figures WASHINGTON ous crime in Iowa nearly dou- bled from 1972 to 1973. the FBI reports, bul Iowa law en- forcemenl officials seriously qucstion what the figures mean. Across the nalion, the fed- eral agency reported that seri- ous crime increased cenl. The "Total Crime an accounting of serious viu- lenl and properly violations, in 1972 was for Iowa. A year later, the figure soared to "I'm not ready to agree that crime ha1; doubled in the stale Ihis vcar" said Iowa Public Support for Work Right Law Growing DES MOINES (AP) Sup port is growing in Iowa for retention of the state's 27- yearold right to work law. tin chairman of a group support ing Ihe statute said Thursday. Cenlcrville publisher Robert K. Beck, chairman of lowaus for Riglil To Work, said a recent survey revealed that 83 percent of tiO? people ques Honed favor llic law. Thirteen per cent oppose il and four percent had no opinion. Support for the law in- creased three percent since the last survey in 1966. "This is a strong endorse menl of Ihe principle of vol- untary Beck com menleu. Among union members and their families questioned, the survey said support for the law is 70 percenl. Twenly-six percent were opposed and four percent were undecided. Beck noted thai Ihe He- publican and Democratic parties are at odds of the law, which states thai union partic- ipation may not be a prere- quisite to employment. The Democratic platform favors repeal, while the He- publican's platform urges that it be retained. Slate Sen. James Scliuben, Dunlap, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, was quoted this summer in a union publication as saying lie would be happy lo sign a bill repealing the law. In the survey commissioned by Beck's committee, support for the law reached 91 per cent among Republicans, 85 percent among independents and 76 percent among Demo- crats. Safety Commissioner Charles Larson when told of the fig- ures. More Officers The numbers arc "probably an indication nf more peace officers on the street. and probably more people are re- porfiiiL' crimes in hopes fbal something can be done." Lar- son added. The figures listed for show there were 2.831.B seri- ous crimes committed in the stale for each 1110.000 people, as opposed to in 1972. The report also quoted fig- ures for hundreds of other American cities, even those nf only population. in addition to a six percent increase in serious crime across the nation. cilies over population report- ed actual decreases in serious crime, compared lo 114 cilies the year before. Crime was up in Hie sub- urbs, loo. the FBI said. II increased nine percent, while rural areas had a 10 percenl rise. The report said Ihe more numerous property crimes such as larceny and auto theft increased faster than crimes of violence, six In five percent. In all. there were 8.8 million serious crimes reported lo peace officers lasl year, compared lo 8.1 .million the The KBI report showed that, year before. Suburban Crime level has dropped in rece.lil years. This reduction will increase the lime il lakes lo complete the svstem. The first leg of Ihe inter- state completed in Iowa was a section of 1-35 from the edge of Des Moines to Osceola in 1959. The next stretch was on 1-29 north of Council Bluffs. I- SO, the most heavily-traveled interstate in Iowa. was completed in 1972. But inflation has created a question mark instead of an answer lo when Ihe last of Iowa's interstate will be completed. Cost Index "It's quite said An- derson. "Our cost index has gone up 40 percent in Hie last year. That's our costs for the first half of 1973 compared with the first half of 1974." To date the commission lias let bids for million for interstate construction in Iowa, Anderson said. Of that amount, Ihe federal govern- ment has (or will have) ab- sorbed million. When the entire system completed, it will serve 20 pi cent of all motor traffic in tl U.S. on about one percent the public road mileage. Traffic Decrease (lone Mills, Iraiisportatlo data base engineer for II commission, said traffic Iowa Intel-stales lias droppe about eight percent in the las year. Based on Ihe results seven traffic! counters, (her were vehicles travelin Ihe inlerslutes on an averag day in January, 1973. A yea laler the figure had droppe lo decrease of 7. percent. In July, 1973, a figure of 76 706 was recorded. For 111 same period this year, traffi was down lo a drop o 8.2 percenl. Mills said the net loss ac- tually is about 14 percen because until tills year, traffii on the inlerslales had in creased an average of percenl a year. State Program Begins to Wipe out Child's Diseases DES MOINES (UP1) State health officials have un- dertaken an ambitious program aimed at completely eradicating children's diseas- es in Iowa within the next two years. Stale Health Commissioner Norman Pawlewski said today the Iowa health department has imitated (he program lo completely wipe out measles, german measles, whooping cough and other child-related illnesses in Hie stale by He said Iowa and "a few oilier" stales are in a rare position at the present time lo eradicate diseases that are subject lo iiiimutiixation pre- vention. Culver, Riley Express Shock at East Iowa Disaster Aid Decision Two Iowa office- holders' and 1974 candidates expressed "shock" ill separate statements that the federal government has denied disas- ter aid to 26 Iowa counties which suffered storm damage this summer. Congressman John Culver. Democratic candidate for U.S. senator, issued a statement in DCS Moines while State Sen. Tom Riley, Republican can- didate for Second district congressman. released in Kirschen Pays Into Client Func SIOUX CITY (DPI) As sislanl U. S. Attorney A Kirschen, of Sioux City, Fri day paid his 825 lulu the Bar Assn.'s client securilj fund. Kirschen was among 52 lawyers suspended earlier I lib week from practicing in Iowa courts for failure lo comply with the fund's regulations. The payment was made under protesl because of what Kirschen called "the recogni- tion of the power of Ihe court over me." The Sioux City attorney, who is the special prosecutor in charge of the Wounded Knee (rials, said he lias been in (ouch with Ihe U. S. justice department over the mailer. lo said the justice depart- ment is not concerned over his suspension and lie said it considers the suspension both an adminisfrntivo and legal error. Now! Have your furnace cleaned and checked before cold weather! Your headquarters for PAUL NOVAK 24-HOUR SERVICE All Mokes Models Furnaces and Air Conditioners Call 364-4626 Alter Business Hours: Call 385-56111) NOVAK Heating Air Conditioning 56 16th Avenue "Serving Cedar Rapids for 39 Years" Collar Itapids copies nf a tel- egram In.- soul In U.S. Secre- tcir) ut Agriculture- Earl "Having urged Full prodne- lion, il is inconceivable that government will mil move offer assistance to farmers wliii have lieeii crippled ceo- nnniiuall.v because of condi- tions beyond their control." Riley wired Will Ask Kay Hiley said he will ask Gov. Robert Ray to a formal request that the denial deci- sion be reconsidered. Culver said lie understands the Iowa agricultural slabili- xalion conservation committee was informed AUK. 21) that the Deep River Man Killed in Crash BROOKLYN' (UPI) Danny Cole, 22, rural Deep River, was killed Thursday in a car-truck crash near tb intersection of interstate 80 and a Poweshiek county road south of here. Slate troopers said Cole car was hit by a truck driven by William Fisher, Tama. Fisher was not injured bul was charged with making an improper left turn. Cole was dead nn arrival at University hospitals in Iowa City. AND SERVICE Get Ready Now for Winter Don't wait until tho cold season to havo your fumacn repaired. Save delays, got the Job done now by our Repair Specialists. eciaism) in Climatvol LMSMEN 210 29th STRtfT Nf request for emergency assist- ance for the 2li counties had been turned down. He said the government has an emergency conservation measures program which provides help on a cost-shar- ing basis for recovery from storm damage. Callous Disregard He said the agriculture department's reason for re- jecting the request was that "repair of damage is not be- yond the capability nf prod- ucers with their own equip- ment." Reading to that. Culver commented: "Once again the USDA has shown callous disregard for the Iowa farming community. The truth is thai farmers don't have the kind of equip- ment needed for much of this work and their resources are far from being as abundant as the USDA officials seem to be- lieve." The denial does not affect the crop damage disaster aid sought for many counties by (lov. Ray earlier this summer. Part of the program is de- signed to urge parents to continue immunization _, of children for childhood diseas- es and to pinpoint any cases of these diseases immediately, he said. Stop Spread "We want to put out the brush fires before they Pawlewski said. "We want to stop the disease with Ihe child and not let it spread. We are confident we can du it." Pawlewski said Ihe depart- ment has asked the Iowa med- ical society lo urge their members to cooperate in the eradication program. He said if a child is suspected of hav- ing one of the diseases, the parents are urged lo have a physician get a "definitive" diagnosis. "Through Ihis procedure, we can go in and find out the child's contacts, through school children or relatives and this will help slot) the spread of Ihe diseases." Pawlewski said. Hopkinton Youths Injured in Crash HOPKINTON Three Hopkinton youths were injured in a one-car accident on a county gravel road a mile north and five miles wesl of here Thursday night. All were admitted to Mercy hospital in Cedar Rapids. Patrick Murray, 17. was in fair condition in the intensive care unit. Kent Ridenour, 18, and David 15, were in good condition. Slate police radio said Jones and Delaware county deputies investigated (he accident. II was reported thai Ihe car. driven by Murray, went over Ihe crest of a hill, crossed over the oncoming lane and went into the ditch, coming lo rest at an embankment 246 feet from where it left the road. Traffic Jam Students are back at the University of Iowa, and with them come the perennial problem too many bicycles. The growing number of bicycle enthusiasts on campus has made overcrowded bike racks a daily occurence. Another popular means of student transport, CAMBUS, is in the back- ground. Charge Omahan With Assault of Scherle's Son OMAHA, Neb. 8year-old Omahan has been harged with assault In do ,'rcal bodily injury after an ncidenl early Sunday morn- ng involving the son of Hep. Villiam Schcrlc Benjamin .1. Harris ap- eared before Municipal udge Theodore Carlson Tucs- ay and a preliminary hearing n tile felony charge was set ;pv. 27. Harris was arrested Sunday morning and freed on bond laler thai day. .Judge Carlson continued the bond. John H. Schcrle. an Oma- han. told police he argued with a man in an Omaha bar Saturday night, then was met by the man early Sunday morning after closing. Scherle said the man and several com- panions knocked him down. Hep. Scherle, of Henderson said Ins son is a Creighton university student and woks parttimc as a musician at the bar. Rule Prosecution Witness History is Private Data DES MOINES (AP) Noi- Iher judges nor (he Iowa Bn- reau nf Criminal Investigation may tell defense attorneys about any criminal record a prosecution witness has, an attorney general's opinion said Thursday. Public Safely Commissioner Charles Larson had asked for Ihe opinion. Asst. Ally. Ceil. Peter Vonrhces wrote that stale law says criminal history data can be transmitted only lo crimi- nal justice agencies, which does not include defense al- torneys. "The Investigation of a wit- nesses' background is the duly of the counsel, mil the Voorhees wrote. "The court has no duty lo aid either parly in Ihe prepa- ration of their case." The attorney said the Iowa Supreme Court recently held thai prior felony convictions can be used to impeach the credibility of a witness only if the crime involved dishonesty, and "Hie judge determines any danger of unfair prejudice does not substantially out- weigh (probable) value of such prior felony convic- tion..." Tama Police Return Juvenile Runaway police ap- prehended a Ifi-year-oid runa- way in the Tama Livestock Auction this week after an employe arriving for work re- ported the building had been broken into. The youth, who was found asleep on Ihe floor, was re- lurned lo llic state juvenile home in Toledo from which lie had made two escapes in three days. ON-THIS DATE in 1973. Israeli and Syrian jets clashed over the Mediterranean in their biggest air battle since the war. o 0 0 0 o Q Will your z leave you out in the fall? Come frost, a lot of chilly homeowners will discover, the hard way, that their furnaces are on their last legs. They'll need emergency service. And maybe, intensive care which can be expensive too. The smart move is to call your heating contractor now, before the rush. Ask him to check, fix, replace and oil everything that needs it. Then you'll be set for the- heating season with the nice warm feeling of knowing old faithful can do the job one more time. CALL YOUR HEATING CONTRACTOR NOW... He's in the yellow pages ;