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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                'Waiting for Jerry': Time for a game plan Editorial Page Saturday, 5, 1974 Unreturned dish-out TTNDENIABLY, the mailer of LJ conflict of interest between a person's work in some high gov- ernmental job and his personal- gain activity as a private citizen deserves the clearest kind of pub lie study and control. The current probing by the senate rules committee into Nelson Rockefell- er's finances has the legitimate purpose of seeing to it that such interest conflicts do not cloud his likely service as vice-president. When all the facts with relev- ance are in the open, what to do about thorn slill will be debatable. There is no clear, easy answer to whether one of the country's life- long-wealthiest men his person- al-finance, record unblemished through four terms as New York's governor should have to go so far as a blind-trust divestiture for all of his fortune, as a number of the senators propose. But there is a clear anomaly between an apparent fetish for hound's-tooth cleanliness on the part of a vice-presidential nom- inee (whose job would not have much to do with spending public funds) and high indifference to the same kind of possibilities for senators (who do have heavy hands in public So is there a clear disparity of law when interest-conflicts are con- trolled for people in the govern- ment's executive and judicial branches but not for those who do the making of the laws that touch us all. Congressmen and senators, in short, can badger others on this score without a parallel accounta- bility for interest conflicts of (heir own. If all the preaching as to sin- gle-standard justice, office-hold- ing honesty and equal application of the law has any substance or entitlement to honor, congress will extend the interest-conflict system to itself. Don't hold vour breath. Rites of autumn ON' A CERTAIN South Sea isle (name not it is the custom of young men to tie 100-foot ropes around their ankles, lash the ropes to trees and dive off cliffs toward the earth 110 feet below. Though the rope going taut saves the youth, the wrenching ordeal usually results in injury. Why do they do it? About all cultural anthropologists can de- termine is that what's good enough for venerated ancestors is good enough for modern native types. A similar obeisance to tradi- tion can be ascribed to the thou- sands of lowans who, six Satur- days each fall, journey to Iowa Ci- ty or Ames (frequently in wretched weather) to watch football gladia- tors from other states traditionally have the local combatants for dinner. By all odds, behavioral scientists should investigate the custom. Fascinating dissertations could result. In the absence of scholarly research, one must conclude that the pigskin pilgrimages inhere from some primordial era when certain pleasures were associated with the ritual. Indeed, some vestiges of those primeval gather- ings suggest that the central expe- rience must have been satisfying. For example, the "tailgating" practice orgy-style banqueting from the rear of passenger con- veyances. Other indications of high People's forum Interests that count To the Editor: Elaine E. Smith (Forum, Sept. 26) wants to know the difference between special-interest groups such as the milk producers and COPE of the AFI.-CIO. In my opinion there is a very distinct dif- ference. Groups such as the milk pro- ducers have a conglomerate corporate interest which usually benefits a very few by taking from the vast majority. Interest groups Mich as COPE concern themselves wilh issues that benefit millions of people. For confirmation, let's review the issues that are endorsed by COPE, such as pension reform, consumer protection, national health insurance, campaign reform, minimum wage law, oil profits tax, unemployment compensation re- form, no-fault aulo insurance, work- men's compensation, low-cost public electrical power, job safety, easier voter n'i'islralion, public employe service jobs. The list continues and it is full of what I would define as people pro- rrnins. Mow many bills such as these times back then are the status still assigned those who possess season tickets (at an intimidating per contest) and the even lofti- er position of those who own mid- field seats but who abstain from attending. The most noteworthy artifact from ancient times, how- ever, is the present team leader, who, historians aver, participated in a championship effort. A friend an aged wise man who recalls the last time Iowa defeated Purdue theorizes that the masochistic Saturday rites are not tradition-bound at all. Rather, according to this methuselah, sea- son ticket holders perpetuate the anguish against the day the home team is no longer the league's leading beheadee. Tommyrot. As any antliropolo- gist will affirm, devotees of the University of Iowa football team cannot possibly anticipate victory (in spite of intermittent aberra- tions like the one with because that sensation is so dimly contained within their range of experience. Obviously the 'exuberance infecting the'masses is inherited, not learned. As for the hope that Kinnick stadium again will know habitual hilarity, greater concern should dwell on whether it is destined to become another Slonehenge. One can see scholars someday ponder- ing the ancient arena and wonder- ing if it was human sacrifice that brought forth the throngs. That would be a pretty good guess. have helped us through these trying times or would have helped? These are the issues that give .lolin C. Culver an 82 percent favorable voting record and II. K. Gross only 4 percent favorable with the AFI.-CIO's Com- mittee on Political Education. Where would you pul your "special-interest" vote in favor of or opposition to this type of legislation? Let's get back to ihe "real issues" at hand and support those who support people and their needs. Iowa needs .lulm Culver in the I1. S. senate and more like him. Jack Tessin 49 Dcvonwood avenue SW Moral standards TII Ihc Editor: I join all Ihe people who oppose the display of indecent ads for X-rated movies and ads for some of the enter- tainers in our area. I'm .sure with the circulation The Gazette has, which 1 understand is in the vicinity of it does not need the money so badly that our editors would have to lower their moral standards. Our editors should be responsible people arid familiarize themselves with Ihe effects of their actions. They would not advertise drugs which they Ihought would be dangerous and harmful to the public. This kind of garbage is just as harmful Io Ihe minds of our minors as By James Reslon NEW YOltK In (he normal switch from one American President to an- other, the new-man has about III weeks between election and inauguration to fig- ure out where he's going and who's going with him, but Gerald Ford was an instant President who had to put the ball in the air before anybody knew the signals. The result has been about what might have been expected from any new coach: a lol of cautious plunges and ilusl along Ihe line, a few broken plays, and plenty of locker-room speeches. Now. however, the exhibition season is over, and Ihe gap between the problem and the performance is clear. Secretary of State Kissinger, both in Washington and at the United Nations, is defining the problem of the modern world in the most solemn, even in apocalyptic terms, but so far there are no policies to meet his perception of Ihe problem of inflation, and everybody is "waiting for Jerry." What will he do? How can a conserv- ative, partisan politician, even with Ihe best of intentions, and diverted by seri- ous personal problems within his own family, handle radical world problems that require unpopular political reme- dies? These are the hard questions now, and even wilh the greatest sympathy for the President, (hey cannot be evaded. Secretary Kissinger, if we under- stand his argument to the President, the cabinet, Ihe officials here at the Uniled Nations in New York, is saying that de- mocracy as we have known it in this century cannot survive for more titan three or four years the presenl rate of inflation. If the people, Ihe parties, and governments of the free world do not co- operate and sacrifice to get this inflation by the throat, the resull will be econom- ic, financial, and political anarchy with authoritarian governments of the right or left: Western civilization will be transformed beyond the desires tir imag- ination of the leaders now in power. Obviously, there are tactical political and diplomatic reasons for this melan- choly Kissinger theme. The inflation In search of a symbol cannot be turned around by a single party or a single nation. It io a world problem demanding polieies no party or nation likes, and Kissinger is trying to startle people into reality. .But be is also talking as a historian who knows some- thing about the fragility of nations. He is pleading privately and urgently for a whole new way of looking at things, of sacrificing and cooperating, at home and abroad President Ford is well aware of Kissinger's perception of the world problem, of the warning signs out of Bri- tain, with its 211 percent inflation, out of Italy, Greece and Turkey, and even out of Germany, and .Japan, which are worried about unemployment and the dangers of excessive deflationary poli- cies in the United States. The leaders of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund pre- sented an equally gloomy view of the world picture to Ford in Washington this week Hubert Mr-Namarn. president of the World Bank, told him that the poor nations faced "appalling deprivation" and "the risk of death" under present economic conditions, and called for more aid from the industrial nations. io managing director of mnne- lary fund, II. Johannes Wlttcveen, sug- gested lluil Hit1 situation In the Industrial world is now "becoming more suitable" fur government efforts to influence or control wages and prices. Hut Hie congress of Hie United Stales is opposed In more foreign aid, and Kurd, facing awkward elections next month, is opposed to wage and price controls and is not wildly enthusiastic about more foreign aid. In short, while he lias been more willing Ihan President Nixon to listen In Henry Kissinger's vision of the world as il is, it is not yet clear that President Ford is prepared to support the hard and politically unpopular policies to correct il. "We want lie told the leaders of the World Bank and Fund, "which serve broad interests rather Ihan self-serving ones. We want more cooper- ation, not more isolation. We want trade, not protectionism. We want price stabili- ty, not inflation. We want growth, not stagnation." But within the new Ford administra- tion, which has had so little lime, and with its mixture of old Nixon and new- Ford advisers, there is no agreement indeed there is fundamental disagree- ment about how these admirable hopes and principles are to be achieved. It is reassuring how the new Pres- ident has opened up the decision-making process to everybody who has something to say, and even to a lot of people who have nothing to say. In fact, he has de- voted so much time to listening to what other people think that he has scarcely had time to define what he thinks him- self. And this is what everybody is wail- ing for now, waiting for the President and his decisions: on gasoline consump- tion, food consumption in a hungry world, unemployment and taxes. There is, in Kissinger, a deep pessi- mistic historical strain, and in Ford a pervasive optimistic political strain. But fairly soon now, the President is going to have to sort out all the conflicting advice and call the signals. Travails of the dairyman By James J. Kilpatrick DISNEY WORLD, Fla. There once was a lime, unlikely as this may seem, when I briefly owned a cow. Or vice versa. This was a real, live cow, with four legs, four faucets, and a bellig- erent look on her homely face. Her name was Tugboal Annie, and her game was kicking buckets. Time lends to plaster over a check- ered past. I had not thought of Annie for nearly 30 years. But the memory of those baleful eyes and that bawling bullhorn voice came back a week ago, when I went with several hundred milk produ- cers who had come to Disney World to drown their troubles in Grade A humo- Another View MIT drugs are to their bodies and even more difficult to cure. We see the effects of these movies and indecent pictures in the increase of sex crimes. The editors are just as re- sponsible for these crimes as we arc for not speaking up. l.el us prolecl I he minds of our minors and feed them ma- terial that will not get them in prisons or mental institutions. So let us inform The of our wishes and our concern. The Gazette, on the other hand, should take a closer look at what it is handing out for the extra dollars il collects. Mrs. Tom G. Shiirpe 1812 Blake boulevard SF, Anti-UNICEF To the Editor. We are once more approaching Ihe Halloween season of "tricks or gliosls and goblins and fun for Ihe children. Hundreds of ihonsands of children throughout Ihe United Slates will be ringing doorbells to collect mon- ey tor UNICEF. In view of this. I sug- gest that all who read Ibis Idler, espe- cially the sponsors, lake another look at UNICEF, the organization lhal is pledged Io "help the needy children nf Ihe world." If il were really what il is purpurled genized Scotch. I had one Annie. The dairy farmers have 10 million Annies, more or less, and they all spell [rouble. Alan Greenspan, the President's doctor of public relations, recently told a gathering of poor people lhal percentage wise, stockbrokers are suffering worse Ihan any other group. Dr. Greenspan has not met the milkmen. All farmers have il rough. But some have it rougher than others. These days, if you are into milk, you are into misery. Part of the problem the least part, but the most painful part is a problem of public image. Say "milk" in Washinglon, and Ihe media boys begin to snort and roll their eyes. It isn't fair, but who says life is fair? My brothers of the press see the milk producers as a gang of wheeler dealer salesmen with quarts of cream to give away. A suspicion remains that back in 1071 the milkmen were bent on bribing a President. Campaign records suggcM thai they are out to butter up every guy in town. Even Peter Rudino, whose New- ark constituents never have seen a cow, got a bucket of campaign cash. Presumably. liodino was on the cream list because his judiciary com- mittee handles anti-trust bills. The milk- men know all about anti-trust bills. They are up to their udders in anti-trust suits. These proceedings might lie bearable if the industry were grazing in high clover. but the industry is down to crab grass and thistles. to be, it would be a wonderful thing and I would support it wholeheartedly. P.ul is it? As you know, UMCEF is a United Nations organization. But do you know who is in control of the Uniled Nations? The communists. Do you know who is administrating the UNICEF program'.' The communists. Almost all of Ihe posi- tions of authority are held by commun- ists or others with strong communist leanings. Do yon know who reaps Ihe benefit of the funds collected by so many innocent children'.1 Again, Ihe communists. Ill Kllil, SHI million of UMCEF funds were borrowed by Ihc communists (with Uniled Nations approval) Io help in their bombing of hospitals and murder- ing of civilians in aiili-cnmimiiiM Ka lauga In bring that coonlry under LETTERS pcnje renders' opinions, Id Ihese tfiiijlli limil: 400 word', Or. I.- IcIlCT per wnliir .10 All may und williout >hi tlc-ru- Wriliil'% mimri.T (not ilmulrl mm.', mat rxnilulilf In Gmtmitl clccil rnr.K- will, nr.il Ilinn pr-r Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin dug up some doleful statistics. Twenty years ago Wisconsin had dairy farmers. Today (here are fewer Ihan (KID. Eighty percent of the Wisconsin farm operators are over 45 and 38 per- cent are 55 or older. Over the past 10 months, dairy farmers have gone out of business in Wisconsin alone. In the nation as a whole, the number of milk producing farms is expected to drop from today to by 1080. The reasons are economic. In the past couple of years, dairymen have wit- nessed a 100 percent increase in fertiliz- er costs. The price of feed concentrates recently jumped 18 percent in a single month. Between 1948 and 1072 net farm income went up by 21 percent; farm wages went up by 400 percent. These burdens too might be bearable if domestic demand were soaring also. Alas, the milk producers arc plagued by imported .competition. Since the first of the year, five billion pounds of milk equivalent have come in from abroad, including 100 million pounds of cheese. Most of this comes from Common Markel countries lhal subsidize their milk producers. U. S. producers benefit from their own subsidy, in the form of a support price at 80 percent of parity, but they don't benefit much. The dairymen who met here are hoping to see the rate go to 90 percent Senator Nelson is plumping for 100 percent but they look at Secre- tary Butz and they see the eyes of 'i'ng- communisl control (see Congressional Record, June 19, lOlil, page True, some of Ihe money does go to help needy people. But who? A very large share of it goes Io the communisls for food and medicine to be used as a polilieal weapon Io keep enslaved people- under submission. In other words: "Submil or starve." Do you want your money used to fur- ther the communist cause or your children collecting Iliis money? Mrs. Clarke F. Mason Central Cilv Insights boat Annie. When il comes to raising parity, the secretary is as cold as a cow barn on Christmas. Whenever the dairymen look up from their buckets, they see that another doctor is skimming off some publicity by saying mean things about milk. A glass of cold milk is the most wholesome natu- ral food in the world, but to some doctors milk spells cholesterol, obesity, and the galloping bolts. Between the Dutch and the bolts are the bankers, hiking Iheir interest rates. Every lime the milkmen raise (heir price, they sland accused of exploiting little children. 1 got rid of my Tugboat Annie, but the professional producers are stuck wilh theirs. They can't even give Iheir herds away. Ik-re in the fantasy realm of Disney World, these are hard realities Io dispel. Unlike Annie, they- seem to be here to stay. No-good fences do not make good neighbors By Jim Fiebig A N UNORTHODOX but highly suc- ccssful police operation in New York City has given me a revolutionary idea for controlling a major area of criminal activity. It will be a boon io law enforce- ment agencies, insurance companies, amateur and professional thieves and millions of citizens each year who are in- voluntarily relieved of Iheir property. What happened in New York is an undercover cop set himself up as a "fence" (a buyer of stolen goods) and in six months paid out to thieves. The operation terminated with ISO ar- rests and 1.400 victims getting their property back. My plan, to be administered by the government, calls for an aboveboard vari- ation on the New York Hienie. Specifically, Ihe establishing of "federal fencing centers" in all major cilies. They would work like this: Instead of dealing with an underworld buyer, a thief would carry his stolen goods to a federal fencing center where lie would be required to furnish only the names of his victims. The goods would be appraised and the Ihief receive I'.Fi percent of Ihe Moms' value Ihc- cash ID be supplied by Ihe appropriate insurance firm or from federal funds. Josf as thy IkiUvry nl a con pervorf, so Ilio insult of (jo eneniy COM correct. St. AtKiushm: Insurance- companies would be mon- ey ahead, victims would gel iiic-ir slolcn properly hack, thousands of police would be- freed to crimes and thieves would no longer have to as- sncialc wilh crooked buyers. Federal fencing centers may mil offer a cure for crime, bill Ilic-y'li go a long way toward making it more rcspecl- able   

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