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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                4 The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Mon.. Sept. 23, 197-1 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 a thousand attended the state convention, claimed to be the nation's largest. MT. VERNON Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) Saturday labeled Ihe pardon of Richard Nixon "Ihe worsl Walergale 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 out- spoken style thai has become her trademark. "National Jeaders must have compassion on the American people, for il is we who were viclimized by Wal- ergale and deprived of a fair national said Ab- zug, declaring that the "ur finished business" of Wat ergate can only be resolved b the continuation of presen investigations and prosecu lions. Resolution Recently she inlroduced in the house of representatives a resolution of inquiry which would require President Fore to answer questions about th pardon. Abzug criticized recently publicized plans now scrapped by the President for a general pardon to those involved in Watergate, and warned, "He may still be bid ing his lime for a more op- portune moment to suppress all invesligalions in the name of reconciliation." Honeymoon In obvious reference lo the Presidcnl's portrayal of hi., term as a "honeymoon" in his first address to congress, she said, "I never did see Ford's presidency as much of a hon- eymoon, bul inslcad a shotgun marriage between a non-elect- ed 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 constilullonal succession to the Presidency, or to an ar- ranged coup d'etat in which Mr. Nixon picked his suc- cessor and Nelson Rockefeller, a man who is the symbol of big business and special in- terests, has been placed in line for Ihe White asked Abzug. She stressed that reslora- lion of full constitutional powers to congress would pre- vent further erosion of con- gressional powers lhal was evolving formerly to what she termed "an imperial presi- dency." "Congress is still in Ihe hands of white, male, middle and upper class she declared, and we need more women in government so that we can return real compassion and an understanding of peo- ple's needs to Washington. A stag senate in a stag nation." Minorities And although speculating that today's students arc sil- ting in judgment of American government and society, she urged their presence in gov- ernment, saying.. "You should have a stronger and more direct voice in creating your fulure." What can ensure thai 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 said Abzug. Drastic reductions in de- fense spending were advocat- ed by the congresswoman as she turned 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, in uniforms can discuss such a prospect with considerable coolness." Stanley Receives From Qut-of-State Source MUSCATINE Re- publican David Stanley, a candidate for the U.S. senate, has been given a campaign contribution from an outof-statc source, but he contended in Muscatine Sun- day that Democratic opponent John Culver has taken much more. Stanley has said repeatedly in his campaign Dial Culver's senate bid is heavily financed by sources outside Iowa. "More than 80 percenl of our money is coming from Stanley said. "A much higher percent of Culver's money is coming from out of state." :irst Day on Job Tragic for Dispatcher F3URLINGTON iightecn-year-old George linker was expected lo return Monday to his job as a Bur- inglon police dispatcher, de- spite the iragedy lhal struck lis first day on the job. He had been at his post only 6 minutes last week when he answered an emergency rom his home. Rinker dispatched an am- iiilance but Ihe driver 'd faulty brakes. A second ambulance was enl. but 71-year-old Ralph Rinker, George's father, was cad by the time it got him to hospital. He had been in oor health for some time. Young Rinker left the police lalion immediately after nan- ling (he call, Police Chief icne Loose said. "He wanted to build a car- er in law oose added. "This is some ay to start a career." The Republican sional Booster Club in Wasl ington said il had give Stanley (he The IX Moines Register reported i ils Monday edition. It sai club officials confirmed tha none of Ihe money came fron Iowa. Stanley has said that labo unions have raised funds i Iowa for Culver, bul deliverc Ihe money elsewhere fo administration purposes In. fore il was returned to Culver Stanley said contribution received through this proces should be considered fron oul-of-state sources. Stanley also said he ha never been against acceptinj "a reasonable amounl of out of-stale contributions." Coralville Death Caused by Explosion CORALVILLE-Slale fire marshal investigators said Sunday a fire which took (hi 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 firefigh- ters when they responded to the alarm, aulhorities said. Fire officials reported the woman's body was badly burned and she apparently died as she was trying to reach a phone lo call for held. ON THIS DATK in 1914, in World war I, Ihe British carried out Iheir first air raid in Germany, hitting Duessel- dorf. Women's Political Caucus: AT RAPIDS CHEVROLET We puf you OUR SERVICE DEPT. IS OPEN AM-SsOO PM DAILY and on THURSDAY 'til 9 whether you want a new or used car a new or used truck a motor home for seeing the good ol' USA or the kind of great service you like! Check our Classified Auto Ads Adopts Ei B Priorities By Krislelle I'rtrrsrn AMKS (Ul'I) Renewing its fight for reforms, the Iowa Women's Political Caucus (IWI'C) Sunday called for funding welfare recipients lo 100 percent of minimum standard of need and disman- tling all nuclear arsenals in the nation and abroad. Winding up its second an- nual convention here, the 000-member caucus re-elected Chairwoman Itoxanne Conlin. Des Moines, and adopted eight legislative priorities it will ask the (itith Iowa general assembly to approve. Joan McKean, of Waterloo, was chosen lo replace Rep. Sonja Egenes (R-Slory City) as vice-chairwoman. Phyllis Guthrie, of Des Moines, was elected treasurer and Secretary Ruth VanNote, of Des Moines, and Rep. Mary THalloran :he delegate to the national women's political caucus steering committee, were re- lecled. Pcarlie Aylch, of Decorah, vas chosen to represent black women on the stale steering of members as "one of committee and represenla- progress since last year's from the six congressional districts were also selected. Accomplishments Conlin said the accomplish- ments 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 legisla- tors for Issues such as the welfare bill and measures authorizing Ihe civil rights commission to investigate dis- crimination in insurance and education. The caucus gained eight of ils nine roquets from Ihe legislature Ihis year which Conlin said created among convention delegates "a spirit of unily and power" that will be transformed into one of the strongest political forces in the stale during Ihe upcoming elections and 1975 legislature. She cited the interaction, oulspokeness parlicipa- founding convention when many women remained silent. Make Changes We have proven and are sure now that we have the power to make the changes we Conlin said. "And here we demonstrated on a real gut level our ability to function officially and gel things done." The caucus became the first political body to call on Pres- ident Ford to ask the United Nations to establish an in- ternational panel of scientists to plan the dismantling of the "nuclear arsenals of the world." .loaune Soper, the Sioux City delegale who pre- sented (he resolution, said the latest research indicates one nuclear exchange could de- stroy the earth's atmosphere ami all life on Ihe planet. Delegates also unanimously called for legislation during the 1975 session to upgrade the pay of female stale employe's, 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- priation for the slate commis- sion on the status of women. I'rlurllles Other platform priorities approved direct thai immedi- ate membership drives be un- dertaken "II low' caucuses to recruit more ttiuiorllies ami that investigations be made within Ihe Republican and Democratic state parlies lo determine and reform their policies on election of women to official parly positions. The caucus also voted lo monitor school and slate educational policies and possible incidents of sex discrimination in the schools and seek to increase the appointments of women to stale commissions and depart- ments. Eight Persons Killed On Iowa Highways ty The Associated Press Eight persons died {in Iowa ilghways during the weekend. Joe Nave, 32, a Bettendorf L' who was rid- ig in a car driven by his was killed Sunday when ic vehicle plunged off a lintnn county road al the dge of Clinton. Mrs. Nave, and their G-yearold son, lichael, were hospitalized in lir condition. Mark Rude. IB, St. Olaf. killed early Sunday in a lie-car accident on Iowa 'hen his car rolled three mes just west of Elkarier. Handy Walsh, 27. Musca- tine. died in an Iowa City hospilal Sunday of injuries received when the car in which he was a passenger went off a Louisa County road near Fredonia. The driver of the cur. Darrell Keith Hazle- wood. 21, Muscaline, was re- ported in fair condition in an Iowa City hospital. The head-on crash of a car and a pickup truck on Iowa H a half-mile west of Waukon claimed the life late Saturday of Daniel Kugel. 24. rural Poslville. The truck was driven by Edwin Wiken, rural Decorah, who was reported in fair condition al a I.aCrosse, Wis., hospital. Lynelle Stevens, IS, Wat- erloo, died aboard a National Guard helicopter which was taking her to Ihe Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn., shortly alter she was gravely injured Saturday in a car-truck colli- sion in Waterloo. Her car 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 Iwo hours after his motorcycle collided al a Des Moines in- tersection with a car driven by Mrs. Marjorie Maricle, K6, Des Moines. Marion Porter, 38, Emer- son, a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Darrell Lee Porter, 30, Emerson, died Fri- day night when the (ruck went off old U.S. 34 a mile wesl of Emerson and overturned in a ditch. Porter arid another passenger. Ronnie Porter. 24, suffered minor injuires. Gregg Kettelsen. 18, rural Sabula, was killed when his car ran off a curve {if U. S. 52 about two miles soulh of Green Island in Eastern Iowa. Delbert Van Fossen. 51. St. Albert. Canada, died Saturday nf injuries suffered Friday in a one-car accident near Wat- erloo. His wife, Claire. 50 died shortly after the accident. By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) The assessed value of all Iowa utility companies is up 6.7 percent. Acting State Revenue Direc- tor Gerald D. Bah- reports the 1974 assessed value of Jowa utilities is million, an increase of million over 1973 valuations. This is the taxable value of all eleclric, gas, water, tele- phone, pipeline and railroad companies as determined by the state revenue director. f'ounty auditors have been notified by the stale of Ihe laxablue value of utilities lo- cated in their county. Local property taxes will be collect- ed from the utilities on the ba- sis of these stale assessments. The properly of utilities is assessed at 27 percent of its fair market value. The actual value (100 percent) of all utili- ties in the state is pegged at billion, an increase of nearly million. Biggest Increase Cooperative companies had the largesl percenlage in- crease in assessed value, up 15.1 percenl, from mil- lion to million. Electric companies, how- ever, had the biggesl dollar increase in assessed valua- tions. million, from million to mil- lion. Iowa Electric .Lighl and Power Co., Cedar Rapids, is the largest investor-owned ulilily in Ihe slale with an assessed value of S102.9 mil- lion. Wilh ils new nuclear gener- aling plant at Palo on line, Iowa Electric's assessed val- uation jumped million over last year. Iowa Electric's assessed valuation surpassed that placed on Iowa Power and Light Co. by ?20.g million as Iowa Power's valuation was increased by million to million. Iowa Public Service is the Ihird largest with an assessed valuation of million, followed by Iowa-Illinois Gas and Eleclric Co., million; Interstate Power, mil- lion; Iowa Southern Utilities, million; and Union Electric Co., million. The assessed value of railroad property in Iowa dropped by lo million. The North Western, which has the largesl amounl of trackage in Iowa with miles, had an assessment value of million. The Rock Island, which has the second largest, amount of trackage with ,5 miles, had its assessed value cut by 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 al up while Ihe Milwaukee had an assessed value of mil- lion, down million. Assessments for telephone and pipeline companies also increased with the 1974 as- sessed value on telephone companies going up million lo million and Ihe valuation of pipeline com- panies raised to million, up million. The assessed value for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company jumped from million to mmllion, an increase of million, while Ihe assessed value for Amer- ican Telephone and Telegraph dropped slightly, by lo million Among Ihe pipelines, Northern Natural Gas Co. had the biggest assessment million, down by Nat- ural Gas Pipeline Co. of American was second with an assessed value of mil- lion, an increase of mil- lion. 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