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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Politics retips the bicentennial wagon Editorial Page Friday, September 20, 1 Toward forced frugality 7 HEN CONGRESS' new budget reform machinery be- comes fully operational two years hence, the compulsive big spend- ers will be regularly exposed, the President will be more answera- ble for his impoundments and so- called "backdoor" spending by federal agencies will be curbed. Right? Wrong, according to Iowa Republican Rep. H. R. Gross, who, after retiring next January, will be viewing the medusan budget tangle from afar. "Con- gress will quickly find ways to warp and bend reform predicts Gross, whose penchant for thrift is legendary. His pessimism is understanda- ble. Repeatedly during Gross' Capitol Hill tenure congress has attempted to revamp the present ridiculous budgeting system; overlooking the budget ceiling in favor of piece-by-piece action on the President's requests for spending authority. The shortfall in financial acumen supports crit- ics' theory that about 80 percent People's forum of U.S. congressmen are experts only at running for office. Misgivings of Gross and other doubters notwithstanding, public pressures seem likely to force congress into fiscal responsibility this time. Under the new bill, votes of individual lawmakers not only will go on-record when goals for money bills are set each spring, they will get a public air- ing at review-and-adjustment time in the fall. Those stoking the inflation furnace will do so at their direst political peril. Now that "You're a big spend- has become campaign cant (replacing hawkishness and soft- ness on a determination of who really practices frugality would be refreshing, indeed. A greater advantage, natural- ly, would be a step toward balanc- ing the federal budget, a debit- side entry 14 of the past 15 years. None of the anti-inflation nostrums brewed at the Presi- dent's forthcoming economy- summit will prove curative if the federal government does not set an example. contributions arc listed. In the adding up of the 12 out-of-state contributions as listed, one will find 21 percent or of his cnntribuliuns are from outside tlie stale. Where is Mr. Stanley's credibility'.' Robert .1. Houlahun 817 Eighth street NW To the Editor: To all those people who think that the Vietnam veterans will be insulted by amnesty, they won't. Most veterans think unconditional amnesty should be granted. The war is over. Let everyone come home. For the last two years I have heard people say that amnesty is an insult to the men who fought. I am one of those men and I am not insulted. If people want a fair decision on amnesty, let the men who fought the war, let the Vietnam veteran decide. Stop asking the congressmen who didn't fight, stop asking the man on the street who didn't go and slop asking the women who didn't serve. Ask the veter- an. He, she, they are the ones who served. It should be their decision. Kevin D. Handle 1623 Park Towne court NE Fund Sources To the Editor: The campaign contributions of (he candidates should certainly be an issue. Mr. Stanley and his staff have continued to barrage The Gazette and other media with Congressman Culver's acceptance of out-of-statc contributions as an issue. In contrast, Mr. Stanley is advertis- ing himself as a candidate who will not accept out-of-state money. But in The Gazette's Sunday edition (page 4B) Sept. 15, the Republican candidate's Haters To (he Editor am against President Ford's deci- sion on amnesty. Our brave men in Canada deserve unconditional amnesty because they have done absolutely no wrong. America had no business in Vietnam in the first place. If we had kept our fat noses out, no American men would have died, no one would've been taken prison- er, and no one now in Canada would be subjected to penalties for thinking for himself. These peace-loving individuals are getting the shaft from people like American Legion members, who parade around and think they're men because they're proud of the violence they par- ticipated in, whether necessary or not. in past human sins called "wars" Ihat should have been forgotten long ago, as soon as they were over. Some people are so insecure that they feel they must always have some- one around to hate, and if there's no one around, then they invent them. This was the ease in Vietnam. It is presently the ease with the Legion's view toward amnesty. If this primitive mental dis- ease is not curbed, it will spread and envelop us all, just as sure as the phlebitis in Mr. Nixon's leg. Tom Urnner Fourth avenue SE By William F. Buckley, jr. AS THINGS stand, it would have been ever so obliging of the Founding Fathers if they had elected to declare our independence a couple of years later than they did. But unless the supreme court discovers that 1776 was an un- constitutional date for launching our Re- public, we are saddled with 1976 as the bicentennial year. And though it is true that very few continuous governments make it through to a bicentennial cele- bration, surely none that has, has botched as we have done, the approach to our own. Years were frittered away in par- ochial rivalries. Should it be celebrated principally in Washington? Or Philadel- phia? Or Boston? What sort of thing should be Who should be on the commission to decide what should be done? The quarrels went on and on and nothing much was done. William F. Buckley, jr. Then, finally, the congress declared that an American Revolutionary Bicen- tennial Agency should be formed. The administrator for it is Mr. John Warner, an able and amiable man, former secre- tary of the navy. And the question was hotly debated: Who should be the chair- man? It was agreed Ihat the commission must be nonpartisan. And that it was too late in the day to take the risk of dealing with second-rank people. No political hacks. Someone who had the reputation for getting things done. Someone urbane, thoughtful, and innovative. The job was tendered to Richard Clurman, a New Yorker, former head of foreign and domestic correspondents for Time, Inc., former commissioner of parks and cultural affairs, a man who might have been described, in the yeast- ier age of Timestylc as a tough-talking, no-nonsense, self-driving young cosmo- polite. There was a problem. Clurman is not registered in either party, and cer- tainly not a Nixonite. But Clurman is not a doctrinaire liberal, and anti-Nixonism was never his cause militant. Moreover, he recognized, as a matter of instinct, the need for factional restraint particu- larly as head of a bipartisan committee. So he was slated for the job, and started in a few months ago with mountains to scale. Along comes the Ford administra- tion, and a telephone call from the White House. The caller was desperately sorry to have to the news that Clurman would be replaced. "Just a matter of said the caller, who professed abundant admiration for the work Clur- man had already done. Clurman is, lo risk understatement, not without friends. And these include his original sponsors within (he White House, several of whom have survived the transition. They quickly organized to attempt a reversal of the decision. But Clurman aborted their plan. To be successful as chairman of the bicentennial, he said, requires that the post seek you out, not (hat you should seek the post out. He is correct, and the gesture is consistent with the skills and sensitivity correctly attributed to him. It is all very disheartening. Mr. Ford has been in office only a few weeks. To convulse the bicentennial commission yet again would seem an unnecessary augmentation of Gerry Ford's problems. Is the Ford team so hungry for patronage that it has already reached Ihe bicentennial commission? Where does it go from there? To the customhouses? And what is it the White House is trying to say? That no non-Republican will We didn't all come over on the some ship, but we're all in the same boot. Bernard Boruch survive in a position of responsibility, even in a bipartisan committee? Or is it saying that no Nixon appointee will sur- vive? It is all very mysterious, and very disheartening. As a matter of fact, it is a bloody outrage, and one hopes (a) that Gerry Ford doesn't know it has been done in his name; and (b) that he will in due course put together a staff that will prevent such unnecessary damaging and ungrateful deeds from being done in his name. Washington star Syndicate Should Cedar Rapids vote itself a new zoo? WO CONCLUSIONS seem supporla- ble from responses by readers to the zoo-question mini-ballot printed on (his page Sept. 12: 1. Those concerned enough about the forthcoming bond-issue, tax-levy voting to use this forum for their views are chiefly those against establishing a large new zoo in Cedar Rapids: Opposition overwhelmed support by roughly 71 percent to 29 percent. 2. Over-all, the interest in this proj- ect and its testing at the polls Nov. 5 is nut particularly strong: Test-ballot re- turns totaled only about 50. compared with more than 401) for a similar opinion- sampling last month on whether 55 mph should become a permanent speed limit. The Arguments 'I'm afraid if we find out how much Rockefeller is really worth, we're going to have an INcredi- bility gapl' I would like very much to own a Lincoln Continental, but inasmuch as I cannot afford one, I am not getting it. I feel the same about a zoo. It is a luxury that we can get along without under present circumstances. Let's get out of debt before taking on further luxuries. Harrison W. Shipe Thirty-second street NE a The proposed zoo would serve a re- gion, but its cost would be assumed by city property owners, not by a region. Taxes are already ton high, and proper- ty owners cannot afford the upkeep. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Norman 442 Parkland drive SE O A zoo would be nice but is not a ne- cessity. We can't afford "nice" things at this time. Necessities are hard enough to manage. P. E. DeVoc 3827 Skylark Lane SE The present zoo and McDonald's farm were sufficient for the needs of our children growing up. There's the availa- bility of larger metropolitan zoos in close Midwest cities like Chicago and St. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kaufmann 2042 Linn boulevard SE e With property taxes as high as they arc now, nothing more that means permanent maintenance expense, such as a zoo, should be voted in. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil L. Koon 1200 Thirty-fourth street NE I will continue to vole "no" on any issue that will increase my taxes, until we have traffic control that includes noise, spacding and hot-rod driving in this city. Roy W. Stepanek 2228 Mallory street SW We need a library much more. The zoo should be donated. Lavena Leahy 21112 A avenue NK We must have at least a dozen more worthwhile projects worthy of lax dol- lars. I suspect that the costs of this zoo are grossly underestimated. Joseph N. Slepanek 66 Allview drive SW Let's consider our priorities and pass the bond issues for our four junior highs and our badly needed library before we consider a mn. Surely children and peo- ple come first. Sylvia Riley 2017 Glenway drive SE e I do not think Cedar Hapids is large enough for a first-rate zoo. I Ihink we could support a children's where children can pet !he lame animals or an In every case, the answers to both zoo-related questions were the same from each respondent. No one voled one way on the bond-issue matter and the opposite way on the maintenance-levy prupo.-iai. There was yeo-ur-iio consisten- cy across the board. These were the questions that people considered: e Do you want a good new zoo in Cedar Rapids badly enough to pay about 1.24 mills a year more on your property tax levy to help cover the construction cost? o Would you be willing to pay up to 1 mil! more on your taxes for a zoo's operation, on the understanding that the actual charge will probably be only that much? Whatever the expression heavily against both ballot issues signifies about the likely outcome in November, it does vary notably from other recent polls. en a response ot percent support tor the zoo-construction bond proposal. That was on the basis of a typical-household property-tax increase averaging about (ill rfinfy :i InMnth (ill cents a month. The Gazette's opinion Priorities compatible T UST AS IT is all but indisputable that a good, J modern zoo is a prime civic asset, so it is a cer- tainty that first-class zoos arc closer to a luxury than a necessity in almost any town. What Cedar Rapids residents should keep in mind when voting on zoo questions in November is that their decision on a is not an choice between this community asset and anything else. It is possible to have a fine zoo, if people want one urgent- ly enough, and also to acquire other assets which perhaps are more essential. Unquestionably, much of the public would rate other projects than a zoo as greater in priority a community center, an expanded library, renovated junior highs, airport expansion, more storm sewers. Most of those are still in the works. Many will come up for public votes in due course sometimes for a second or third try to get approved. As with any major undertaking keyed to bond- issue money, it will be the people who determine whether any given project moves or has to wait. Cedar Rapids does have the capacity to handle every- thing proposed without a crushing load of new taxa- tion. One project's clearance need not mean another's doom. Spaced across the next few years, most of the big enterprises now foreseeable CAN come about acceptably, whatever their priorities on anybody's scale. The zoo envisaged now is most of all a quality-of- life improvement, a recreation-education opportunity for people of all ages, a potentially high-powered attraction nf regional visitors, and a fine source of enjoyment. Whether it is worth the price in balance with all civic needs is what the voters have the privi- lege of judging in November. They should pass their judgment well aware that each important project still receives its turn before (he public, and that no improvement's passage has to moan another's death. expanded farm-type zoo. Wo need a library so much more. 1 am familiar with the San Diego zoo. It is very ex- pensive lo run and lo provide all of the extra features. Mrs. J. Rayner Harper 2222 First avenue NE Arc those Jtizcns advocating the zoo as a "needed educational facility for our community" the same ones who voted "no" to a library? Come on. first things first. Let's have the cake before we have tin; icing. Lynne Morgan 1080 Seventeenth avenue, Marion Priority item: storm sewers for addi- tions (Hickory Kidge, for one) and all the side slreets abutting 0 avenue NW on the south side so that 0 avenue isn't flooded with mud and water after rains. Mr. and Mrs. II. 0. llaasen 2447 0 avenue NW When I can .show more compassion for animal needs than the people of this city, I'll give up. Jess Van Antwerp 1010 Center Point road NE 3 We do not need a zoo. We do need lower taxes. Dick Lucore 1110 Crestvicw drive SE e I fei.'l a zoo is not necessary in a city the size of Cedar Rapids when we are close enough lo the SI. Louis zoo lo drive and make il a special occasion. Mrs. flnitli V. Phelps 182! Wilson avenue SW I don'l feel Ihat il is important lo have this zoo. The city is just piling las on tax on us. and we havt> lo draw the line. Mrs. C. A. Loftus 2IOS E avenue NE When Frank N. Magid Associates did a study for the Linn county regional planning commission last March, they found that only percent of Cedar Rapids residents would "be willing to spend a few UIY in build a brand- new, larger zoo." Preferring to "see tax. money used some other way" were 51.8 percent of those polled. In order to carry at the election Nov. 5, both zoo questions would require fiO- percent approval or belter as specified by Iowa law. A representative selection of com- ments follows from both sides in this month's test-run as to whether Cedar Rapids ought to build and operate a new The Arguments A zoo is an everyday, year-round source of entertainment for the whole family. It can be a source of immense pride to a city. II can be the means of preserving more species. A zoo can provide many educational benefits, as well as full-and part-lime jobs for peo- ple. Jean R. Oliphanl 648 Old Marion road NE Although the park syslem is good, there is little else in Cedar Rapids for family recreation and education Mary J. Gross 1602 Eighth avenue SE In recent years this fine and pro- gressive city of ours has developed a negativism thai is beginning to stifle our growth, our cultural advantages and our esthetic values. A new zoo, while not essential, would benefit us educational- ly, culturally and commercially. I'll stake in my city any year. Let's get moving again new library and airport In follow. Robert C. Moorman 711 Grant Wood drive SE We accept this only if it will be an educational facility which emphasizes deep respect and understanding of an- imals and the environments in which they live. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Goldstein Dunreath drive NE At considerable cost, my family has always had to go to Chicago, St. Louis or some other out-of-state zoo to see these animals in some other place than a cage such as we have here in Cedar Rapids. I will certainly take my grand- children lo our local zoo and think it much cheaper. Also we can go more often. I certainly favor more natural- habitat zoos. Harold G. Poland 1700 B avenue NW e A good zoo would benefit the com- munity in many ways. In any event, that inhumane, mess at Bever park should be abandoned. C. R. Gray Thirtieth street NW Cedar Rapids families and their guests deserve to have a wholesome and educational place to learn and lo find entertainment locally. Max M. Proctor .'106 Twenty-first street NE A zoo can be enjoyed by young and old alike. II is a place to go on Sunday and lo lake oul-of-lown guesls. We can '.earn so much from animal life. We iiiusl pay for what we want and need lo improve our city. Dorothy M. Bush 1107 Eleventh street NW
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