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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 'One more day of frying fo reason with Arabs, and I'll go straight up the Editorial Page Saturday, November 2, 1974 Tax-free earnings incentive The Iowa Savings and Loan League has joined hands with the United States League of Savings Associations in petitioning congress for a tax break for mon- ey savers. The petitions urge congress to complete action on II.R. 16994, a bill providing tax-free earnings, up to for individuals and 000 for couples, on savings ac- counts. The bill already has the house ways and means committee's approval. The U.S. League estimates that a tax break for savers based on those figures would attract billion annually in additional deposits at savings and loan as- sociations. That extra billion would provide mortgage financ- ing for residential units, including new homes of which there is a shortage at the moment with no relief in sight. The League also estimates the building of the new housing would generate jobs and the multiplier effect of new homes alone would increase the Gross National Product by billion. That's not all. The League estimates that the U.S. revenue department would take in bil- lion in net taxes as a result of the increased economic activity more than offsetting (he million which the revenucrs es- timated would be lost as the re- sult of making the earnings tax- free. Inasmuch as the bill covers savings interest earned from all financial institutions including commercial banks, mutual sav- ings banks and credit unions, as well as savings and loan busi- nesses the economic impact would be more far-ranging than estimated by the League for sav- ings and loan associations only. The bill has considerable merit. It would help promote con- sumer savings which, in turn, would reduce consumer buying, giving it an anti-inflationary flavor. It would give small inves- tors a break similar to that en- joyed by those well-heeled enough to purchase tax-free mu- nicipal bonds and other market instruments. For those reasons alone, it deserves careful scru- tiny by congress before this ses- sion is adjourned. Head-counf for C.R. The U.S. Census Bureau es- timated earlier this month that Iowa's population last July was up some from 1970's official level of If the new figure is right, it repre- sents a meager gain of 1.05 percent from the tally 4% years ago. In turn, if Cedar Rapids by it- self has grown by just or so since 1970, that will represent a higher rate of population gain than the state's as a whole. Thus it would pay to find that out and thereby let the city collect a larg- er amount of the liquor and road use tax funds that are parceled out to cities by the state on a pop- ulation pro-rata basis. The Cedar Rapids city coun- cil's informal decision this week to arrange for a special federal census midway between the de- cennial ones was therefore in the city's best interests. Considering the decade's ups and downs and a generally unset- tled economy, both here and na- tionwide, precisely what the Cedar Rapids population trend has been in recent years is hard to pin down. Even so, most in- dications point to a sizable gain. A corresponding mid-term census in 1965 found Cedar Rap- ids up more than from 1960's A slower rise of 000-plus from 1965 to 1970 left the last count at Even gains at only half that rate since 1970 would more than justify the special- census cost by upping Cedar Rapids' share of state fund al- locations. Information on the trend will be both valuable and interesting no matter what the figures show. The council would be out of order only if it over- looked the chance to call it forth. Way with words Towned By Theodore M. Bernstein Julie Elfman of New Orleans writes in lo ask why so many surnames of Eastern Europeans end in ski The answer is that in Slavic languages ski or sky means an inhabitanl of, so lhal if you meet a Mr. Phineas Sokolski, you can be reasonably sure that he comes from, or at least his forebears came from, Sokol in western Russia. I Dippy Hem A high school English teacher, Mrs. Paul W. Barden of Ripley, N. Y., apparently is having trouble persuading her students which of two words is the right one in a momentous context. The world-shaking question is whether you duck for apples or dunk for apples. Without a moment's hesitation the answer emerges here: You duck for apples. Dunk comes from Ihe German word tunken, meaning to dip or soak. II is mainly used Iransilivcly, as to dunk a doughnut in coffee, though occasionally it becomes intrasitive, which is the mood called for in this apple situation. It, too, has a German background and il means lo dip, dive or plunge, which is what you do for those apples. Mrs. Barden didn't say which side she was mi, and all we can say is, "Lord love a duck." Word oddities. A whipping boy does nol do any whipping; rather he is or at leasl was until about the 17th Century one who gels Ihe whipping. A young European prince in those days usually was brought up with a lower class hoy who got whipped whenever (he prince did something bad enough to he deserv- ing of punishment. How that was supposed to make the prince any belter the books do not say. Anyway, a whipping boy is one who lakes Ihe blame for another's mistakes. tia's a scapegoat. Now you wanl to know about (he word scapegoat. See us next lime. More oddities. The teacher shouldn't let Ihe' kids in on Ihis, but underlying the word school is the idea of leisure in fact, Ihe word comes from the Greek word scliole, meaning leisure. The leisure referred to was employed in discussion, leaching and learning, and that's what il should be used for today. e And still more. What distinclions are made among holligans, hoodlums and thugs? The answer is virtually none. Milton D. Miller of Wilminglon, Del., who asks the question, recalls from his childhood a comic-strip character named Happy Hooligan. He was a sad, funny fellow, but not vicious. Perhaps that character had something to do with slightly softening the impression con- veyed by Ihe term hooligan, which nevertheless means a ruffian, though usually a young one. That impression is not in the minds of the leaders of the Soviet Union, who refer to those they wish to disparage as hooligans. Tougher and more violenl than holligons are hoodlums, who are usually members of gangs. The worsl are fhugs, who commit the whole range of crimes up to and including murder. Indeed the word (hug originally de- noted a member of an of professional assassins in northern India. The distinctions set .forth here may be purely subjective am! the FBI may have quite different views on the subject New York Times Svndlcoln People's forum Theodore M. Bernstein To the Editor: It really is something to live in a society where people become enraged about 600 calves' being slaughtered in Wisconsin but don't give a second thought when they read about a murder where they want high wages and low food costs. One woman (article on page 1013, Oct. 3) was unable to comprehend "how people in a supposedly civilized country could stoop lo the level of murdering helpless animals." By definition, murder means "the unlawful killing of human beings with malice afore thought." The animals were slaughtered (you can also slaughter humans but you can't murder Slaughter, had they been allowed to live now, was their eventual destination anyhow. Another woman said the persons doing the killing "are taking out the problems of inflation on defenseless an- imals." If you want to find out what inflation is, visil a farmer, It's not just sugar that costs more but everything we buy. Most farmers operate on borrowed money and fluctuating incomes. When our costs go up, we can't demand higher wages or prices to compensate. At the same lime we have household and busi- ness payments to make too. The farmer is a business man with a product to sell. He easily has a to investment to prole-jt. Mosl wanl to provide the product at the least cost lo consumers, but no one- can ex- pect them lo put in the hours, lake the gamble and constantly lose money. Today's farmer cares whether you eat or starve. lie does his best lo give you his best product. Bui farming isn't like the factory production line, because nature can't be controlled. The farmer plants his crops and hopes that with care, rain and sunshine they'll grow. He feeds crops (M livestock and hopes they'll grow without disease wiping them out. Then he sells and hopes he'll make enough to pay his bills. Those calves were offered for sale at cost. They could have been purchased. Others now are being sent to Honduras, but the call has been heard. You have reacted. Now act: Support your farmers; they're the best friends you have. We eat belter in this country, cheaper than anywhere else, and complain the loudest about cost. But for nonlifegiving prod- ucts we expect prices to rise, and wo pay them without question. It's lime this society checked its priorilies and placed food at the top of Ihe list. Mrs. Earl (ilandorf Koule 1, Homestead Stop killing To the Editor: I'm sure that what (his country needs more than anything else in Ihe world is unity. Surveying secular history one sees thai all the troubles of countries relate to a lack of unity of purpose. Rome, at the beginning of her decline, had lo accept Christianity lo achieve a unily of sorts, but even this was not enough, because 7f> years afler making Christianity legal Rome met her downfall by invasions from Ihe north and soulli by the Visgntlis and Vandals. I am a Baha'i, and one of Hie reasons I am a Baha'i is that from my reading of secular history, il is the only faith that makes sense, Cod iniisi have a purpose for mankind, such as reaching maturity and stepping the killing of his ieilow man. I was a Christian for -17 years. The transition from Christian lo Baha'i wasn't easy because many nf lln- false thinkings of man I had lo over- come. The iiaha'is believe Dial mankind, since its first gropings for a Supreme Being has been in school, l.inlc by lilllc lie learns Dial when says, "Thou shall not kill." lie doesn'l mean Dial man learns that when God says, "Thou shall not He doesn't mean that except in case of war this should be so. He means, "Thou shall not peri- od. Nowadays a man can press a button and very impersonally kill 35 or 40 million people. Maybe the way lo stop killing is lo give every country on earth an atomic bomb and Ihe means lo de- liver it. Maybe then they would think twice before using it. James H. Hacker 1501 Firil avenue, Marion Clarification To Ihe Edilor: As a candidate for stale representa- tive from the 29th district, I can hardly complain about the press in light nf the fairness shown me in printing news releases throughoul my campaign. I would, in facl like to thank and compli- ment you for making so well known Ihe views of all candidates seeking office this year. However, it is important to me thai I correct an impression which one may draw from the article on me in the Oct. 30 Gazette. The story said I would allow lax Incentives to "the wealthy" and to business to stimulate productivity. I'm certain my statement to your reporter called for incentives to save for all indi- viduals not just those who are wcal- Ihy. I have throughout the campaign called for lax-free interest up to or as an incentive to save. Another point, less significant but easily misunderstood, was my reference (in the interview) lo men like Arthur Collins, Howard Hall, Mr. Fisher of Marshalllown. Mssrs. Maytag, Shaeffer, Foorstncr and Hubbell, who helped make Iowa the rich and decent place il is to live. While I understand your space limitations, the names of these Iowa industrialists were reduced to "big guys" a lerm which has a considera- bly different connotation to me. Again, my thanks for your excellent coverage. Jay Kacena 2745 Firsl avenue, Marion Problem solver To the Editor: 1 can agree with the recent letters noting the special interest Tom Ililey has shown in individual constituents' problems. Since early I had been attempting to obtain my final release records from the marine corps in order lo obtain military exemption on my property lax. I had written numerous letters to the marine corps office and received no response. I had made sev- eral phone calls and again nothing was done. Tom Riley's reputation for getting things done prompted me to contact him for assistance. After four years of un- successful attempts on my part, Tom Riley was able to solve the problem in less than four days. Within a few weeks I received the necessary records. 1 sure hope Tom Riley is elected to congress so that he can continue to help solve Ihe problems people encounter. Bob Dunahugh 11511 0 avenue NW Women's rights To the Kditor: Iowa holds a prominent position na- tionwide because of the strong legisla- tion supporting the basic righls of wom- en. The people of Linn counly can hi? proud lhal Iheir stale senator, Tom Hiley, took an active ride in furthering Ihesi' basic affirmations uf human righls. In Hie legislature, Tom Hiley has done more than simply vole for human rights legislation. He has demonstrated his leadership by sponsoring and work- ing hard for many major human rights laws. Tom has worked lo protect the dignity of rape victims, lo outlaw sex discrimination in the granting of credit, and lo gel highly qualified women ap- pointed lo many stale commissions anil boards. lie has been active in his commitment lo Ihe righls and needs of his consMliietils. Carol II. Dillard 330 ''resronl si reel SK Service To the Edilor: As election day approaches, many have been publicly supporting a favorite candidate. But it is also Important to express lhanks to a candidate who has gone out of his way to help without ask- ing for any publicity in return. Our problem is the lack of safe, effi- cient transportalion to Hiawatha ele- mentary school for over 70 of our small children. We are nol quite i'ar enough from the school to qualify for a public school bus, even (hough Iraffic and safe- ly factors make it unacceptable for our children lo walk. In the late spring we began investigating charier bus possi- bilities. Just when we thought the problem was solved, Ihe bus we expect- ed became suddenly unavailable. As co- chairmen of the Twin Pines North school bus commillee, we decided lo gel in touch with Sen. Tom Riley. Within hours of receiving our letter, Senator Riley telephoned us for a more complete picture of our situation. He personally visited our neighborhood and drove the route our children must take to school. He then began a continuing series of calls and personal contacts on our behalf, in addition to writing several Idlers. As a result of Senator Riley's efforts, we have had meetings with school, city and private bus officials, and greater progress has been made in the past three weeks than we managed in Ihe previous five months, i On Oct. 27, a second option we had thought was the answer unexpectedly fell through. As soon as we contacted him. Senator Kiley was back on the problem, and we are hopeful a solution will still be reached. In our opinion, Tom Hiley is a public servant in Ihe truest sense. He makes use of his influ- ence to benefit common people in cases where a solution might not be possible without his help. We anticipate working with him until we have a bus for our children, and we would like to thank him publicly for his effort. Mrs. John Arbore 3725 Yellow Pine drive NK Mrs. Steven Cramer Yellow Pine court NK Registration To the Edilor: Being a mobile registrar is a thank- less job. They volunteer their time and gas. It's hard to get to everyone when your mobiles are volunteers and can'l always go out when a person wauls. Get- ting lo people in Ihe cily of Cedar Rail- ids is not as hard as in the counly, he- cause of Ihe many miles between farm houses. When registering rural areas it's best lo do a lot at one time. I'd like to ask Mr. Dyrland (Forum, Oct. 211) why he waited five days before the culoff day to decide to check into registering, when we've had people reg- istering since May. Even if Mr. Dyrland wasn't 18 until this month, a 17-year-old can be registered six months before his birthday. The form is nol valid until dale of registration, lhal date being his birthday. The Linn county courthouse was open on Saturday, Oct. from noon to li p.m. I feel Mr. Dyrland could have laken a half hour of his Saturday after- noon lo go and register as opposed to a mobile registrar's going lo his house, since he had a very limited lime at home. Charlone Hauserman 3515 avenue N'E Peaceable To the Edilor: As a member of local U.A.W., I wish to say lhank-you to the Cedar Ra- pids police force for its cooperation and diligent law enforcement efforts during Ihe wildcat strike at the Harnischfeger plant on Oct. 23 and 24. Their sincere cooperation helped keep everything peaceful and orderly in our effort lo heller union and company relationships and our fight for heller working and safely conditions. C. A. Sands Will Third avenue, Marion Zealots lust for new war By William Safire WASHINGTON The Arab lenders who Blithered in Bubal this week decid- ed that a peaee settlement was not a worthy objective, and that ultimate vic- tory over Israel was within their Krusp. Toward that end, the Palestinian terrorists who fervently pledge the destruction of the .Jewish state have been legitimatized by the Arabs as a government-to-be on the west bank of the Jordan. Why have the Arabs chosen a course so likely to lead to another war? Several good reasons: First, the monied Arabs hold West- ern Europe and Japan hostage to oil power, and these nations have short- sightedly chosen appeasement as their policy. Second, the legendary invincibility of the Israelis went up in the smoke of the Yom Kippur war. Given enough chances and plenty of firepower, Goliath now thinks it could take David. Finally, United States peacemaking has been on an assumption of good faith by both sides. But the Arab extremists do not want peace, they want Israel, and the Arab moderates let them have their way at Rabat. The hard fact is that the Arab ex- tremists are in the saddle, and war is their solution. The question now is not whether the Israelis can be forced into negotiating with the Palestine Liberation Organization, the question is whether the Israel will be pressured inio agreeing to the creation of an adjacent nation which professes itself to be dedicated to Israel's destruction. The answer must be -no. Arab moderates can be expected to take over only when it becomes appar- ent that a countervailing power exists to block the obliteration of Israel as well as the dominance of world trade by Arab oil power. That means that the United States, in this period, should be less of a broker and more of a counterforce. As Dr. Kissinger learned in Vietnam, the ap- plication of power is an urgent reminder of the need for good faith in negotia- tions. Deliberate ambiguity has not worked in the Middle East; our "cven- handedness" has had its fingers crossed. Now is the time to make clear to the Arab world that the United Stales insists upon peace without victory. We can help moderates gain the upper hand again by showing the futility of the extremists' case. Here's how: 1. We should reaffirm that as long as organized forces are committed to the destruction of Israel, we shall see to it that in the words of a Republican candidate in 1968 "the balance must be tipped in Israel's favor." We can on- ly be a supcrbroker by acting like a superpower: The United States should become evenhanded as Arabs become settlement-minded. William Safire 2. The Jews to be permitted emigra- tion out of the Soviet Union are not going to Israel for their annihilation; part of any trade deal with the U.S.S.R. ought to be an agreement that limits So- viet offensive military aid to regimes like Iraq and Syria. 3. Oil independence should he assert- ed by the United States not only in the limitation of our auto horsepower but in providing incentives to stimulate pro- duction. U.S. policy should actively encourage U.S. companies to explore for oil everywhere from the Gulf of Mexico to the Sinai desert. 4. Someone might observe quietly that the manifest destiny of the Indian subcontinent lies westward toward the Persian Gulf. If oil inflation causes the per capita income of the resident of Kuwait to continue to soar hundreds of limes higher than that of Ihe average Indian, (hen that economic imbalance might likely be redressed by undiplo- matic means: A nuclear power is not go- ing to stand there with its hand out forever. The Arab power play at Rabat calls for an unemotional, purposeful power response. Israel is the symbol of the Arab bid for dominance throughout the noncommunist world. If the new nil power succeeds In scaring away all sup- port for the Jewish state, it will bo used to subdue democratic systems else- where. The only way to turn the Arabs away from extremism is to show how it will lead to no progress regaining disputed land. The only way to turn Arabs away from dreams of economic domination iif the Western world is for the United Stales to lake the lead in cracking their cartel. The only way to turn Arabs away from war against Israel is for the Unit- ed Stales lo make cle.ir to them lhal Israel would win.
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