Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 27, 1974, Page 9

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October 27, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Kaplds Gazrltr Sun., Oct. 27, 1971 Mrs. Lipsky, Sears See Land Use As Coming Issue SA 26th District By Judy Dauhrnmler Opposing each other for the state legislative seat in Ihe 2lllh representative district arc an eight-year veteran of the Iowa legislature and a political newcomer. .loan Lipsky, 55, of Ka Collage (Jrnvo avenue SK, a Hopublican, is seeking her fifth lerm in Ihe legislature, while Democratic challenger Tom Sears, :iil, of 242H Fifth avenue SK, is running for the' first time. In discussing issues which they feel are important this year, Mrs. Lipsky drew on her experience in the legislature, while Sears emphasized feed- back gathered by listening to citizens during his campaign. According to Sears, citizens are expressing a crisis of confidence in government due to Watergale. and are worried about inflation and taxes. "I am very concerned about the crisis of confidence. Some people have been deeply hurt hy recent events. They say. 'If you're a politician, you're a crook'. This concerns me greatly. I do not tuink that charge is justified, of said Sears. A history instructor at Kirk- wood Community college. Sears said he made up his mind lo run for the office following a class during which his students were complaining about corruption in govern- ment and Ihe inability of the individual lo do anything about it. Sears maintained in- dividual involvement call make a difference. "1 decided to pul my shoe- leather where my mouth was, and gef involved." he Mrs. Lipsky reported she has been campaigning harder this year because of the vot- er's attitude toward politics. Notes Apathy "People are kind of turned off by politics this year. There is a big feeling of apathy. I feel if I show I care about the job and get out and work, peo- ple will respond. If it's that important lo me. it will make it more important lo them." she said. To restore confidence in government. Sears called for improvements in the legisla- tive process, such as mea- sures lo prevent whal he called "abuse of the com- mittee Joan Lipsky Tom Sears 26th House District Candidates Election '74 "Committee chairmen are able to sit on important bills, to bring up low-priority bills first, until there is no lime left for high-priority bills." said Sears. Mrs. Lipsky. who has been active in legislative reform, noted the committee system has been changed recently to become more flexible. "It's impossible for a chair- man to sit on a bill that every- body else on the committee wants she said. Appointments to commit- tees arc made un the basis of ability, rather than seniority, she said. legislature really needs more and better staff- ing. Upgrading the staffing would give the legislature better information on; how money is heing used and what is said Mrs. Lipsky. Sears also supported the need for additional staffing for 'the legislators to help them "be more efficient in long- range planning and goal de- velopment. "The legislature been taking care of the immediate crises that cannot be put off any longer." he said. While inflation is being mentioned as an important issue this election year. Mrs. Lipsky nuled there is little the stale can do about what is essentially a national and in- ternational problem. "We have done our bit in Iowa will] our balanced budg- et, and we all wish the federal government would emulate that." she said. "The stale can still do the same kinds of tilings that any individual can do. not feed the fires of infla- tion with unnecessary spend- ing." Sears essentially agreed with Mrs. Lipsky's comments, but sugguslcd something should be done to help Hie "people and governmental programs thai have been hurl by Higher Salaries He singled out higher sala- ries for stale employes, addi- tional aid to dependent children benefits, and tuition grants In students in private colleges as programs ubich should receive additional funding. Mrs. Lipsky. as chairman of Ihe human resources com- mittee, said there is "general agreement" that ADC needs revision. The amount of aid given to families is based on "old subjective judgments." she said, and should be based on more accurate information of what a true need is. For example, the ADC clo- thing allowance was estab- lished by a state employe who looked through a Sears. Hue- buck catalog several years ago and estimated what lie thought a family migh! On the subject of taxes, the third issue raised by Sears. Mrs. Lipsky said. "When we have a large surplus. 1 do not think raising taxes is the best way to spend our time. "If we make any change, il should be making the income tax more progressive. We have raised the bottom level so low-income people arc not being taxed, and I would favor doing it again." "Kvorybody talks about making (he lax more equita- ble. Thai's really a euphe- mism, because what they usually end up doing is rais- ing everybody's taxes." Soars argued against put- ling off tax slruclure changes any longer. The lasl major revision was HI years ago, he said. "Mrs. Lipsky lias been in the legislature for eight years without addressing herself In overall lax accord- ing to Sears. "Taxes have been increased through inflation, rather than through stale action. Ten years ago. the average stall.1 income was Today tile average family income has been increased In SI2.IKIII due In inflation and the families are maintaining about the same standard of living. Tax Comments "Our lax structure! places the income lax on working persons and the middle class. "The slate surplus was accumulated primarily by this raising of taxes through infla- tion. If we had kept up with inflation in our appropriations to state programs, we proba- bly would mil have thai surplus today." he said. Sears suggested using the surplus to fully fond programs hurl by inflation, rather than using it lo starl brand new ones. Mrs. Lipsky cited uncertain- ly over this year's agricultur- al economy in favoring saving the surplus for a rainy day fund. "The bad agricultural year we're having is going lo have a cumulative effect on Iowa's surplus. II could significantly decrease if predictions of this year's crop and Ihe plight of the agricultural people are as predicted. "The surplus reflects the boom year farmers experi- enced last year. I think it would be foolish lo rush in and spend the surplus." she said. November 5th? There is a great need today for quali- fied. well-motivated people to be in Government We Sisipis have always gone where the need is Today, loi instance a nun is in charge ol the compulei department al The Continental-Illinois National Bank Trust Company. Chicago Why'1 only because of her superior performance and educational background For your evaluation EDUCATION I have a Bachelor s Degree in Com- merce from the Umversily of Iowa, and a Master s Degree in Economics from Marquette University With additional study at Iowa State and the Umveisily of Omaha EXPERIENCE R ynais Rusmess Morcy College I collected and tuition as Inw as pn'.sihlr t-rpp In summary my l''p i'> M ih T'l pr.nplr ,ind II, en want soivf you as I. inn r.iMinl Tioasuici and I will with vol Mnyomhn way lo the im- portance of a land-use agreed Mrs. Lipsky. "We, know time is running out on us in our abilities to make this kind of decision. I would very much dislike seeing Ihe fed- eral government set our pol- icy." Transportation Issue Another issue ranked as important by Mrs. Lipsky is transportation. She supported the dopartmenl of Iransporla- lion, and favors taking a look al what can be done lo help Ihe railroads. Sears Ihe creation of the deparlmenl of Iranspor lalion. "The DOT is an example of not having adequate planning when the bill was passed. I basically support the DOT. but it would have been a belter bill if the legislature had done some of Ihe work left In the DOT such as setting up Us guidelines." IK: said. "We didn't really know what it was going to he until after the governor appointed Ihe members." "The slate is really in the Iransportalion system now." said Mrs. Lipsky. "Our bus system is aimed al the school children. There are other peo- ple who are just as dependenl on mass transportation as children Ihe elderly, poor, handicapped. "In Odar Rapids, we're actually operating three sepa- rate systems, one fur the eld- erly, line for the school children, and the city buses. "It just doesn't make sense to operate separate systems." said Mrs. Lipsky. She also favors re-structur- ing of Ihi' sub-divisions of government lo reduce the "multiplicily of small gov- ernmental nulls thai have tax- ing authority" "Our county syslem creaks Counties with or Dllll.nmi people bolh operate on the same governmental model." said Mrs. Lipsky. in support of allowing some options for regional or melropolilan-area arrangements. One area where Ihe can- didates took opposite slands was on abortion. Abortion Stands Sears said he would not vote lo ratify an amendment to the Constitution protecting the rights of the unborn. "I believe abortion is a moral issue. On moral issues Both candidates picked the establishment of a land-use policy as likely lo be a major Ewoldt Is Named Chamber Delegate issue during this session. "Most decisions on land use should be made basically on a county-level basis. Others will need planning on a state-level, such as a rational plan for roads and highways. We need to meet our Iransportalion needs, yet preserve our rich agricultural resources." said Sears. "I don't think there's any Harold Kvviilclt. general manager of Ihe Cedar Hapids- Marion area Chamber of Commerce, has been named a stale delegate by tin1 president of Ihe American Chamber of fommcrce In this capacity, liwoldt will acl as a liaison between the national Chamber office and local chapters in Inua. Versatile Polyester Shirtdress 12.99 Missy siznd shirtdress wild bullon fiont styling takes you any whole. Easy to-tarn- for polyester in berry, brown 01 greon. Duo pocketed dress, I 2 to 20. Budget Store and lindalc Budgot Shop l THE KILLIAN COMPANY, Cedar Iowa 57406 l.-an Inynv Shnppt'r firm.- send ,.lf. fnllowtru) j I 90 pi, 11 In. nnd 7V 'nr poitn.v nni) l.nndl'nn. I Colo, I O'rrk in a pluralistic society. 1 do not believe the government can coerce one side (o adopt Ihe morality of (he other he said Forbidding abortions has not worked, he said, and has caused abortions to be per- formed illegally and unsafely. Mrs. Lipsky said she oppos- es abortion. "1 do not think we are very close lo voting on a constitu- tional amendment, she said. Sears, a Cniled Melhodisl minister, is married and has two daughters, tie has lived in Cedar Rapids most of his life and is a graduate of Franklin high school. Cornell college. The 26th represenlallvc district Is composed ol these Cedar Rapids prcclncls, with polling places listed alter the precincts: Precincts 5, Orant Wood school; 6, Jane Boyd Community House; 7, Immac- ulate Conception schoool; R, Johnson school; 9. Polk school; Garlleld school; 11, Arthur school; 12, Franklin Junior high, and 13, Wash- ington senior high. 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