Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 9, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette October 9, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 'Sh* 6?ds$ tfttvpitU Editorial Page I think I've found an impartial juror!’ Gift-goof stopped Wednesday. October 9, 1974 For the U.S. senate: Culver TWO GOOD MEN are running for the U.S. senate seat available through Harold Hughes' decision not to seek another term. The Gazette's opinion is that John C Culver is the one more qualified to fill it as a consequence of what the voters do Nov. 5. Five terms as a congressman from Iowa’s Second district have demonstrated Culver’s prime ability in government outstanding service to the area he represents. For whole communities, for institutions, businesses and individuals in this part of Iowa, his attendance to their needs and interests has produced results The same approach, with parallel effectiveness, can be assumed for all of Iowa if Culver moves up to the senate. Other proven capabilities, of course, will serve him there too. As a member of the house foreign affairs committee and chairman of • its subcommittee on foreign economic policy, he has developed skills and knowledge valuable not only at the world level but in serv ice to a state strongly geared to world trade. His work toward needed house procedural reform has marked him as a leader there and as a getter of results. Again, these qualities would broaden in a carryover to the senate Culver's voting record on specific measures in the house has been attacked as super-liberal and out of step with Iowans in general. He does miss the beat now and then — you can't please em all. including this paper, which has taken issue with him periodically on matters open to differing judgment. Behind the ratings, nonetheless, his over-all performance on the issues has been not as far from what the bulk of Iowans prefer as vehement detractors usually portray it. Very little there, if anything, can be decisively condemned as hurting Iowa or going counter to most people’s interests here The congressman who scores on every run has not been born. In State Rep. David Stanley, Culver faces an opponent who could also do a creditable job in Washington. Service at the statehouse stamps him as a sound thinker, a tireless worker and competent mover of bills. As to drawbacks, possibly a tendency to ride the fence and yield to expedience (on reapportionment on time past, for instance) marks him down as much as anything for some. ('oncoming what has been the race's main smokeup so far — campaign contributions from outsiders — that counts for little but the wind to blow it away. This has bom standard procedure on all hands for years, both commonplace and legal too When a person serves in the senate or the house, he not only represents a home constituency but performs on behalf of ALL Americans as well. United States senators are what we choose in these events — not Idaho, Ohio, Iowa or Texas senators alone. Their action has effects on all the country's people, just as senators and congressmen from other states do things affecting Iowans along with everybody else. That others from beyond the state contribute to their running compromises no one, anywhere. On balance, therefore, from the key considerations touched on above, The Gazette's endorsement for United States senator from Iowa in the election of 1974 goes to Rep. John C ulver, one good man whose good job in the house now qualifies him for another, one step up. A treat for UNICEF IF INFECTIOUS enthusiasm can assure suet ess, the upcoming United Nations ( hildren’s FUND (UNIC EF) drive in Iowa will yield another record flow of funds for helping the world's disadvantaged children Anticipation in the Cedar Rapids area apparently reflects the outlook statewide. More than a week before the start of United Nations week (Oct. 20-27) school children already seem more concerned with filling their orange UNICEF cartons on Trick or Treat for UNICEF day (Sunday, the 27th) than with raking in goodies Halloween (Oct. 31) The unprecedented urgency of this year’s fund drive is spelled out in current events reports which young people read at school 500 million children of developing nations face severe malnutrition and famine as a Unlivably boxed result of world wide shortages of food and fertilizer. UNICEF has adopted a record $139.9 million program to assist those children. For Iowa’s part, the UNK EF trick or treat and church or school activities yielded I10MHH last year — an 18-percent increase over 1972 That made Iowa the nation’s third highest per capita contributor to UNICEF. In the Cedar Rapids area. contributions rose approximately 20 percent to slightly more than $5,400 That also was a record Theoretically, tougher times for most income earners should weigh against unparalleled generosity Happily, though, campaigns staged by legions of carton-toting youngsters seem to defy laws of economies All who care about the world's youth should mark the dav: Sunday, Oct. 27. Window-skip panned By Jim Fiebig THEBE ABE several nr* buildings in t<»*n — some of them sc hools — that arr buffering from a dangerous and high-Iv contagious rn * architectural disease N»t windows Absolutely no windows at ail I have watched these roffmllke structures inhale children and adults in the morning and disgorge them again at night, and the sight makes me wonder what progress is doing to them behind those bricked-up walls What are the penalties of working and learning hour after hour without the briefest glimpse of trees or passing clouds' Daydreams show up badly on a wall iou have to project them through a window"— out into the world — before the images become clear. No good dav dream can live in a box Of course, there are some very practical reasons for buildings without windows They frustrate    vandalism They 'w easier to cool and easier to heat They're quicker to put up and probably longer to last Some would even say thev increase productivity by shutting oui distractions But what good is a day without distractions' I once worked for a newspaper that put me in an office without a window I did my worst work there lf they hadn t fired me I would have quit Or ki< Red a hole in the wall Any architect who designs a building without windows should be made to live in it General    Cfvj-    >* Ford throws a block By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - President Ford was outraged when told that Sen Walter Mandate of Minnesota, a Democratic presidential hopeful, had suddenly pushed through the senate a $200 million special aid fund for Israel last week Ignoring the $250 million aid fund earmarked for Egypt and Syria iii the now-dead foreign aid hill. Mondale. never before a leader of the powerful pro-Israeli senate bim*, tacked the special Israeli fund to a routine resolution permitting the government to continue its spending programs in the absence of new appropriation measures Mr Ford acted fast and with considerable political courage He telephoned Sen John McClellan of Arkan sas. chairman of the senate appropriations committee handling the continuing resolution At worst, he warned. Mondale’s dis-criminatory Israeli fund could risk war; at hest. it would torpedo Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s mission to the Middle East to move deadlocked peace efforts off dead center Jackson of Washington. Sim Jacob davits of New York and Sen Abraham Hi hicoff of Connecticut were surprised when Mondale suddenly emerged with his discriminatory aid fund for Israel They spoke and voted for Mondale in the 85-28 senate tally approving the amendment. hut privately one leader of the pro-Israel bloc viewed it as a slap in the face of the Arabs which was too public at too delicate a time. “There are quiet ways to help Is* rad,” one told us. “and noisy ways Mondale picked the wrong way The Presidents intercession with McClellan and at least one other senator on the joint senate-house conference committee barely tipped the balance against Mondale. The committee voted, J to 3 to kill the special pro-Israeli fund and let Ixith Israel and the Arabs wait until the regular foreign aid hill is taken up again early next year Mondays foreign policy advisers told us that the senator or his staff consulted both tho Israeli embassy and “lower levels” of the state department and foreign aid bureaucracy before deciding to offer his amendment. I here was general approval in ail three places. Vote-collecting goes grubby By Russell Baker WASHINGTON — Poverty has never been so richly displayed as it is this fall among campaigning politicians This is why I didn t recognize Senator Sunine on Pennsylvania avenue the other day Instead of his usual Saule How worsted, Lib**rty silk cravat, hand-tooled Venetian sandals and cashmere cummerbund. he was wearing a khaki workshirt open at the neck, a shiny hand-rhe-down blue serge suit from the Salvation Army and burlap wrappings around tho senatorial feet I was attracted by the large crowd of widows and orphans clustered around this macabre figure and when I saw it was Senator Survine I asked if he had taken a hath in the stock market. “Don t you read the papers, boy he replied. “I ani campaigning for re-election.” In several thousand words the senator explained that the hig-money abuses of Watergate had so poisoned the political atmosphere that a candidate had to run poor to satisfy a presumed public desire for politicians not indebted to rich contributors He slapped af the widows and orphans who were pressing u. on him with nickels and dimes Not yet not yet.” he fumed “I don't know where my staff gets these widows and orphans.” he ^aid “They don t understand campaigning. Senator “I keep telling them not to press the nickles and dimes on me until we attrai t some press photographers, hut thev won t learn Every time I stop to cross a street they close in on no- and start pressing me with their nickels and dimes ” “Why didn’t he fire them and get some new ones?" "Easier said than done, boy," the senator replied “Do you know how many candidates are running this fall?" “There must he a million at least ” "And each one needs widows and orphans to press small campaign contributions on him for photographers I'm lucky to have these dregs My opponent waited so long to get organized that he's hem able to scrape up only two orphans and not a single widow ” “Then you're far ahead in the running, I suppose " "I'm taking nothing for granted." Survine said "Hight now I'm on my way to a press bouncing.’’ " A press bouncing ’” "It s replaced the press conference You call the reporters together and let them watch xx hilt* you bounce a fat cat out of your office Gome along I II show you." We went to the stone of the press bouncing and conferred with the fat cat. whose name was Burgos "I have just one request, Senator.” said Burgus. "When you throw me out of the press bouncing will you,aim me so I land on my hack My knee was banged up this morning when Senator Mr Jasper threw me out of his breakfast press bouncing, and I don’t want to aggravate it." “Who is this BurgosI aski*d abaut the bouncing “He’s one of the sweetest old fat cats you ever saw.” Survine said “Dial the telephone and hell corpe up with a hundred thousand before the TY boys can cancel your ad time.” “Doesn t he resent being bounced around by you campaigners, now that you don’t need his money any more?" "Nonsense, boy It was his idea Old Burgos came around last August and said. I know you fellows don't want me to lay any cash on you this year, hut Eve been thinking about what I could do to help America by getting you re-elected \nd I thought suppose I let you bounce me out of your office for offering you big contributions Wouldn't that help get you re-elected by showing how untainted you are'’" • It seemed unrewarding for Burgos. I said What was the point of being a fat cat if he didn t establish due hills with politicians? “The fat cat is a has-been in this election." Survine explained "The big man this year is the bounced cat A man who lets you heave him on his kidneys at a press bouncing is going to have a lot of doors opening to him after the election " Survine headed for a television interview at which he intended to disclose financial records showing that he was overdrawn at the hank and hadn t eaten for three days "All right, you widows and orphans," he barked to his following. "Fall in, and don’t start pressing me with those nickels and dimes until you see the red of the camera’s eye ” I didn't see how he could lose But in the Oval Office there was consternation Egypt and Syria, the two Arati countries that have reached limited Israeli withdrawal agreements with Jerusalem since the Yoni Kippur war one year ago, have been watching the new President carefully for signs of possible change from Richard Nixon s evenhanded (as opposed to pro-Israeli) policy in the Middle East With negotiations on dead center since last spring, they want reassurance that Mr. Ford is keeping Nixon style pressure on Israel for new withdrawals from occupied Arab lands The President immediately understood that if th** Israeli aid money was attached to the eon tinning resolution — hut the Arab money was not — the evenhanded C S policy in the Middle East (‘ssential to keep the negotiating doors ojH*n would have been shattered Thus Mondale s senate-approved Israeli aid package carried ominous overtones for the Arabs If the Ford administration had permitted it to become law without the compensating aid pledged to the Arabs, it would not only have aborted Kissinger's new round of Middle East shpttle diplomacy. It also might have spilled over and undermined continuing American efforts to persuade the oil producers to reduce their crude oil prices. That in fact is why more senators than usual voted against the special aid package for Israel The Mideast today is too explosive for polities as usual. HOM Syndicate EVANS Deliverance from nonsense urged Word-fog worsens murk of economics By James J. Kilpatrick WASHINGTON — Something will have to hi1 done about Alan Greenspan If the President s chief economic adviser I*- to ujqiear in public, the White House may have to provide a translator to stand at his side Sad to sav. the gentleman speaks no English, and most of the rest of us speak no Greenspan These observations are prompted by a fraris< rip! that < ame in the mail the other day This is a report of the proceedings of the Financial Conference on Inflation held here on Sept 2t» Greenspan made the opening address He remarked that our svstem cannot indefinitely withstand the effects of double-digit inflation Then he said * If you extrapolate the strains that we now already see as a consequence of what we have for an extended period of time, the institutions — economical, financial, structural — begin to break down because thev are essentially constructed or have been developed over the decades in the context of low smgle-digit infla tion. arid it s fix no means clear or had not l**en clear I should sav. how signifi cant this element was until we actually have tested it. and haying tested it. we found that it does not respond terriblv well. "Clearly, we sh* — I don t have to go through examples, I’m sure that all of you are most familiar with all of the various problems tha1 each and every institution is having, hut that clearly the savings and loans are under extraordinary pressure; insurance companies, banks, business — especially smaller business — were having difficulty getting financing The system clearly dia s not work well under these conditions Some years ago, Rudolf Pies. h People 's forum propounded a formula for determining ease in reading The formula provides a fog index 85 is easy, 85 is standard. 40 is difficult, and 15 is impenetrable To judge from this passage from Green-span. the gentleman scores ll ti If you -don’t count that short third sentence, he comes in at minus K 4 Better he should s|M*ak Swahili The suhjert does not lend itself, of course, to baby talk “I s**«> inflation Inflation sees me ” Flesch’s famous fog index has limited application All the same the people have a right to expect some reasonable level of clarity in public discussion of the tix we are in Now we are hearing proposals to impose higher taxes on Industries and individuals It would he pleasant to hear them defended in language we can understand Why is it socially la tter, or economically better, for the government to spend an additional $5,Mil taken from a wealthy taxpayer, than it is for the taxpayer to sja*nd the $5,000 himself’ How is the stn I industry to build new plants if steel companies are denied high profits’ These giddy notions ought lo be discussed in English Heaven help this re-puhlic if our leaders explain them only in Gnmspan Woe-my- Star S, if* James J. Kilpatrick Corteges To the Editor Mv husband and I were in Cedar Rapids recently to attend the funeral of mv sister s husband We were wondering whv your police department doesn't have a patrol ear escort to accompany funeral processions from the funeral home to the chun Ii and from the church to the cemetery As we passed through all the in-ierse» lions from st Jude s church across the < itv to the ( affinite cemetery. if gave one the feeling that an accolent < -Mild hapjeen without police protection Here in Hen bester uheii people are bur led at an out-of-city cemetery, the re* is a police escort for the funeral procession to the city limits and then a county sheriff’s (ar takes over to the* destination-# Mrs E J Smith Ro* be ster Minn We* feel very unhappy that we lost our beloved pets in thi> way We hope that this will help people realize the damage done because dogs are not tied up Nancy and Sharon Huebner 481 Indiandale road SE Loose dogs Insulted To the Editor We are writing this in behalf e»f our guinea pigs. (linger and Garlic Satur day. Oct. 5, we left our guinea pigs in a screened-in cage outside When we (ame home one was lying there dead and trampled and the other was carried off The cage had been torn up We found gray dog hair on the screen To the Editor I would think a (in** station like K( Rf i-1\ would show more concern tor its viewing audience Allowing “The East Picture Show ’ to ta* shown on IV Sunday night was an insult to the view (TS Mary K Lynch 2034 Eastern boulevard SI Down-at-the-heelers up Indeed, such veteran stars in the* senate s pro-Israeli bloc as Sen Henry Moreover, state department and White House lobbying teams, aware that the amendment had been offered with no similar amendment for Egypt and Svria. did nothing NOVAK ;

  • Alan Greenspan
  • David Stanley
  • Harold Hughes
  • Henry Kissinger
  • James J. Kilpatrick
  • Jim Fiebig
  • John C Culver
  • John Mcclellan
  • Richard Nixon
  • Robert Novak
  • Rowland Evans
  • Rudolf Pies
  • Russell Baker
  • Sen Abraham Hi
  • Sen Walter Mandate
  • Sharon Huebner
  • Yoni Kippur

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: October 9, 1974

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