Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 23, 1974, Page 8

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September 23, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Sept. 23. 1974 r INK; I ;M'y    ■    > ■    ^ 7 V ' f' ‘ Mg P ■ >'v. ,V'» " • - v: i -XV'- , ■ v. ‘ ■ * ' - * > %•'    0    fj't vi,--    -s’. AP Wirephoto Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) emphasizes a point to her audience at the Iowa Women s Political Caucus held in Ames Saturday and Sunday. Over n thousand attended the state convention, claimed to be the nation’s largest. Abzug: Pardon Is Cover-Up Women s Political Caucus: Adopts Eight Legislative Priorities MT VERNON - Rep Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) Saturday labeled the pardon of Richard Nixon ‘‘the worst Watergate cover-up of all” and questioned the legitimacy of Gerald Ford’s presidency. Speaking at Cornell college, the liberal congresswoman delivered a commentary on key national issues in the outspoken style that has become her trademark ‘‘National leaders must have compassion on the American people, for it is we who were victimized by Watergate and deprived of a fair national election.” said Abzug. declaring that the “un finished business” of Wat ergate can only be resolved by the continuation of present investigations and prosecu tions. Resolution Recently she introduced in the house of representatives resolution of inquiry which would require President Ford to answer questions about the pardon. Abzug crtffclzprf recently publicized plans — now scrapped — by the President for a general pardon to those involved in Watergate, and warned. “He may still be biding his time for a more opportune moment to suppress all investigations in the name of reconciliation ” llonrymnon In obvious reference to the President’s portrayal of his term as a “honeymoon” in his first address to congress, she said, "I never did see Ford s presidency as much of a honeymoon. but instead a shotgun marriage betw een a non-elected President foisted upon us by Richard Nixon and a public still eager to hope that equal justice would prevail over secret deals “Have we been witnesses to a constitutional succession to the Presidency, or to an arranged coup d'etat in which Mr. Nixor picked his successor and Nelson Rockefeller. a man who is the symbol of big business and special interests, has been placed in line for the White House0” asked Abzug She stressed that restoration of full constitutional powers to congress would prevent further erosion of congressional powers that was evolving formerly to what she termed ‘‘an imperial presidency.” “Congress is still in the hands of white, male, middle and upper class men.” she declared. “ and we need more women in government so that we can return real compassion and an understanding of People’s needs to Washington. A stag senate in a stag nation.” Minorities And although speculating that today’s students are sitting in judgment of American government and society, she urged their presence in government, saying. “You should have a stronger and more direct voice in creating your future ’’ What can ensure that more women, minorities, and young people run for political office? “We need campaign spending reform so that you don't have to be a millionaire or know a millionaire to get elected.” said Abzug. Drastic reductions in defense spending were advocated by the congresswoman as she turnip to domestic issues, observing, “We already have more than six times the number of nuclear weapons we need to blow up the world, and only madmen in the Pentagon, rn uniforms can discuss such a prospect with considerable coolness." Stanley Receives $30,000 From Out-of-State Source MUSCATINE (AP)— Republican David Stanley, a candidate for the U.S. senate, has been given a $30. (NHI campaign contribution from an outof-state source, but he contended in Muscatine Sunday that Democratic opponent John Culver has taken much more. Stanley has said repeatedly in his campaign that Culver s senate bid is heavily financed by sources outside Iowa “More than 80 percent of our money is coming from Iowans," Stanley said “A much higher percent of Culver’s money is coming from out of state.” First Day on Job Tragic for Dispatcher BURLINGTON    <AP)- Eighteon-y ear-old    George Pinker was expected to return Monday to his job as a Burlington police dispatcher, despite the tragedy that struck his first day on the job He had been at his post only 18 minutes last week when he answered an emergency call— from his home. Pinker dispatched an ambulance but the driver reported faulty brakes A second ambulance was sent, but 71-year-old Ralph Pinker. George's father, was dead by the lime it got him to hospital. He had been in poor health for some time Young Pinker left the police station immediately after handling the call. Police Chief Gene Loose said. “He wanted to build a carer rn law enforcement,” pilose added “This is some way to start a career ” The Republican Congressional Booster Club in Washington said it had given Stanley the $30,000, The Des Moines Register reported in its Monday edition. It said club officials confirmed that none of the money came from Iowa. Stanley has said that labor unions have raised funds in Iowa for Culver, but delivered the money elsewhere for administration purposes before it was returned to Culver. Stanley said contributions received through this process should be considered from out-of-state sources. Stanley also said he has never b«*en against accepting “a reasonable amount of out-of-state contributions ” Coralville Death Caused by Explosion CORALVILLE—State    fire marshal investigators said Sunday a fire which took the life of an elderly woman here Saturday was caused by an accumulation of gas in her kitchen stove Investigators said Florence Musack. 74, died when she apparently lit a match which ignited the gas Mrs Mu-sack's body was found by Coralville volunteer firefighters when they responded to the alarm, authorities said. Fire officials reported the womans body was badly burned and she apparently died as she was trying bi reach a phone to call for held. ON THIS DATE in 1914. in World war I, the British carried out their first air raid in Germany, hitting Duessel-dorf. _ __ You We put you first! OUR SIRVICI DIPT. IS OPEN 7:30 AM-5.00 PM DAILY . . . and on THURSDAY ’til 9 someone special AT RAPIDS CHEVROLET u becher you want a new or used car ... a new or used truck ... a motor home for seeing the good or USA ... or the kind of great service you like! * Chick our Classified Auto Ads CHEVROLET Bv kristelle Petersen AMES (UPI) — Renewing its fight for reforms, the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus (1WPC) Sunday called for funding welfare recipients to UMI percent of minimum standard of need and dismantling all nuclear arsenals in the nation and abroad. Winding up its second annual convention here, the 5,* OtNl-member caucus re-elected Chairwoman Roxanne Conlin, Des Moines, and adopted eight legislative priorities it will ask the With Iowa general assembly to approve. Joan McKean, of Waterloo, was chosen to replace Rep. Soma Egenes (R-Storv City) as vice-chairwoman. Phyllis Guthrie, of Des Moines, was elected treasurer and Secretary Ruth VanNote, of Des Moines, and Rep. Mary O’Halloran (DJ’edar Falls), the delegate to the national women’s political caucus steering committee, were reelected Pearlie Aytch. of Decorah, was chosen to represent black women on the state steering committee and representatives to the .tate committee from the six congressional districts were also selected \cfomplishmeats Conlin said the accomplishments of the two-day meeting convinced women they have the strength and ability to win every one of the proposals in their plank of legislative priorities She predicted hundreds of members will effectively lobby their legislators for issues such as tin* welfare hill and measures authorizing the civil rights commission to investigate discrimination in insurance and education The caucus gained eight of its nine reque.\s from the legislature this year which Conlin said created among convention delegates “a spirit of unity and power” that will he transformed into one of the strongest political forces in the state during the upcoming elections and 1973 legislature. She cited the interaction, outspokeness and participa- Eight Persons Killed On Iowa Highways By The Associated Press Eight persons died on Iowa highways during the weekend J in1 Nave, 32. a Bettendorf police deter*4’ e who was riding in a car driven by his wife. was killed Sunday when the vehicle plunged off a Clinton county road at the edge of Clinton Mrs. Nave. 27. and their 8-yearold son. Michael, were hospitalized in fair condition Mark Rude. 18. St Olaf. was killed early Sunday in a one-car accident on Iowa 58 when his car rolled three times just west of Elkader. Randy Walsh. 27, Muscatine. died in an Iowa City hospital Sunday of injuries received when the car in which he was a passenger went off a L>uisa County road near Fredonia. The driver of ihe car Darrell Keith Ha/lowing. 21, Muscatine, was reported in fair condition in an Iowa City hospital The head-on crash of a car and a pickup truck on Iowa 9 a half-mile west of Waukon claimed the life late Saturday of Daniel Kugel, 24. rural Postville. The truck was driven by Edwin W’iken, rural Dirorah. who was reported in fair condition at a Lacrosse. Wis., hospital. Lvnette Stevens. 18. Waterloo, died aboard a National Guard helicopter which was taking her to the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn., shortly after she was gravely injured Saturday in a ear-truck collision in Waterloo, Her ear collided nearly head-on with a fuel truck driven by Gaylin Knoll 22 Hudson Ivan Linn. jr., 18. Des Moines, died in a Des Moines hospital Saturday night about two hours after his motorcycle collided at a Des Moines intersection with a car driven by Mrs. Marjorie Markle. 88. Des Moines. Marion Porter, 38. Emerson. a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Darrell U»e Porter, 30. Emerson, died Friday night when the truck went off old U.S. 34 a mile west of Emerson and overturned in a ditch Porter and another passenger. Ronnie Porter. 24. suffered minor injures. Gregg Kettelsen, 18, rural Sabula, was killed when his car ran off a curve of U. S. 52 about two miles south of Green Island in Eastern Iowa. Delbert Van Eossen. 51. St. Albert. Canada, died Saturday of injuries suffered Friday in a one-car accident near Waterloo His wife. Claire. 50 died shortly after the accident. Two Washington Men Arrested for Arson LINCOLN, Neb (AP) -Two Washington. Iowa, men have been arrested on arson charges stemming from five fires in the Washington area Aug 30*31. authorities said. Police said Harry Knott, 23. and Clark Leslie Wagner. 21. were being held im $10.IMM) bond each, pending extradition to Iowa. Officials sluI the fires damaged two abandoned houses and three farm buildings near Washington Exact dollar amounts of damage were not set. 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The caucus became the first political body to call on President Ford to ask the United Nations to establish an international panel of scientists to plan the dismantling of the “nuclear arsenals of the world," Joanne Soper, the Sioux City delegate who presented the resolution, said the latest research indicates one nuclear exchange could destroy the earth's atmosphere and all life on the planet Delegates also unanimously calk'd for legislation during the 1975 session to upgrade the pay of female state employes, reform the state’s adoption and juvenile delinquency laws, establish more community based correctional facilities for women and girls and provide more funding and tighter standards for child care centers The caucus also asked for an increased appro priatlon for the state commission on the status of women Priorities Other platform priorities approved direct that immediate membership drives be undertaken by all local caucuses to recruit more minorities and that Investigations be made within the Republican and Democratic stale parties to determine and reform their polit ies on election of women to official party positions. The caucus also voted to monitor school and state educational policies and possible incidents of sex discrimination in the schools and seek to increase the appointments of women to state commissions and depart-ments. Utility Value Up 6.7% By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) -The assessed value of all Iowa utility companies is up 6.7 percent Acting State Revenue Director Gerald D. Bair reports the 1974 assessed value of Iowa utilities is $908 5 million, an increase of $57.2 million over 1973 valuations This is the taxable value of all electric, gas, water, telephone. pipeline and railroad companies as determined by the state revenue director County auditors have been notified by the state of the taxablue value of utilities located in their county Local property taxes will be collected from the utilities on the basis of these state assessments. The property of utilities is assessed at 27 percent of its fair market value The actual value (KH) percent) of all utilities in the state is pegged at $3.3 billion, an increase of nearly $211 million Biggest Increase Cooperative companies had the largest percentage increase in assessed value, up 15.1 percent, from $45.1 million to $52 million Electric companies, however. had the biggest dollar increase in assessed valuations. $31.4 million, from $363 2 million to $394 6 million. Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., Cedar Rapids, is the largest investor-owned utility in the state with an assessed value of $102 9 million. With its new nuclear generating plant at Palo on line. Iowa Electric’s assessed valuation jumped $15 5 million over last year Iowa Electrics assessed valuation surpassed that placed on Iowa Power and Light Co. by $20 6 million as Iowa Power’s valuation was increased by $5 6 million to $82.3 million Iowa Public Service is the third largest with an assessed valuation of $73 5 million, followed by Iowa-IUinois Gas and Electric Co., $56 4 million; Interstate Power, $39 I million; Iowa Southern Utilities, $31.3 million; and Union Electric Co., $7 9 million The assessed value of railroad property in Iowa dropped by $828.(HH) to $77 million. The North Western, which has the largest amount of trackage in Iowa with 2.488 miles, had an assessment value of $22 6 million. The Rock Island, which has the second largest amount of trackage with I ,5 miles, had its assessed value rut by $1.3 million, the major reason being that the line reduced its trackage by 86 miles. Telephone, Pipeline The assessed value of the Burlington Northern was placed at $16 4. up $600,OOO, while the Milwaukee had an assessed value of $118 million. down $13 million. Assessments for telephone and pipeline companies also increased with the 1974 assessed value on telephone companies going up $17 8 million to $244 4 million and the valuation of pipeline companies raised to $129 9 million. up $1.7 million. The assessed value for the North western Bell Telephone Company jumped from $144 6 million to $158 3 mmllion, an increase of $13.7 million, while the assessed value for American Telephone and Telegraph dropped slightly, by $300,(HK). to $20 8 million Among the pipelines. Northern Natural Gas Co had the biggest assessment $55 6 million, down by $100,000 Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of American was second with an assessed value of $29 3 million, an increase of $1.4 million T\ • Refrigerators • Ranges • Dishwashers • Washers and Dryers and Season-end-priced Air Conditioners NOW through THURSDAY General Electric FHgjdaire Appliances! Shop Monday and Thursday nights ’til 9 and all day Saturday 9. 106 Second Ave. SW    Phone    363-0283 West End of the Second Avenue Bridge ;

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