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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa CANDIDATES HAVE SAY Sketches, Statements, Pictures (In Sections A and B) PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS C.R. Teachers Outline Goals Section (In Section A) Weaker Chance of rain today and tonight. High loday and Monday near 50. Low tonlgltl about 40. CITY FINAL 35 CENTS RAPIDS, IOWA, .SUNDAY, NOVKMBEH 1074 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Party Pros Put Mills into Lead New York Times Srrvice LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The Arkansas Democratic party and several of the state's best political operatives have gone to work to save Rep. Wilbur Mills from an annoyed elec- torate. Arkansas observers and a number of polls place Ihe 65- year-old chairman of the house ways and means committee well ahead of his 31-year-old Republican opponent, Mrs. Judy Petty. But the polls also .show unusually large numbers of undecided voters and that worries the Mills people. Mills has settled down to campaigning in earnest since Ihe embarrassing incident at the Tidal basin in Washington during the early morning hours of Oct. 7. The national park police stopped his car, which was speeding and operating without lights, and found Mills and four other oc- cupants intoxicated. One companion, a former night club stripper, leaped into Ihe water of the Tidal basin and was pulled out by the police. Fumbled When he came out of seclusion after the incident. Mills reversed his previous decision to ignore his opponent and run a low-key campaign. He returned to Arkansas, apologized to the voters and started running hard. Political sources here say In? fumbled at first, possibly because he was unaccustomed to campaigning. He had nol been challenged seriously since he entered the house 3ti years ago. He reportedly began by con- tacting a handful of wealthy business friends in put together a campaign organiza-' lion. They tried, but found they lacked the skill to do it. Then some longtime friends who are experienced political operatives stepped in and of- fered their services. Several of those have been active in liberal, black and reform movements in recent years. Others have worked for con- servative candidates and causes, including the presiden- tial candidacy of George Wallace, governor of Alabama. Liberals Irked There is talk that this is the last time the liberals will work for Mills if he does not produce effective tax reform from the ways and means committee before the election of 197fi. Some liberals were tempted to vote for Mrs. Petty to protest what they consider to he Mills' inaction on tax reform. But Mrs. Petty, a personable, hard-working candidate, frigh- tened them with her economic conservatism. Mills told an audience here Friday that the ways and means committee was con- sidering several lux. reforms, some aimed at easing inflation and Others "designed In (Continued: Page 3, Col. -1) Ford Reunited with Sons When President Ford arrived in Salt Lake City Saturday morning, he was met by two of his sons. Ford grabbed the cowboy hat off his son Steve's head as Jack (at right) looked on. Salt Lake City was the first campaign stop for Ford on the last day of his tour through western states to boost G.O.P. candidates. Study: Insurance Snubs Not Fair Gas Decontrol Could Up Bills Billion WASHINGTON (UPI) American consumers could pay up to billion e.xlra for natural gas through if price controls were removed, a government report estimaled Saturday. The report said there is little evidence that such rising prices would help increase gas production, as proponents of deregulation contend. The report was done by the library of congress at the request of Rep. John Moss (D- who asked for the study lifter President Ford's recent suggestion that natural gas prices should be deregulatt d "I'm dismayed to hear Iho President talking about decon- trol of natural gas and of oil since recent sharp prut increases for petroleum products have had such an im- pact on our economy." Moss saiil in a stalement. The report estimated Ihe increased cost to consumers Ihe firsl year of deregulation of "new gas" produced afltr i given dale would be billion. As contracts Dial currently hold prices of "old gas" in place expire liver Ihe coming years, I lie annual cost would be an extra billion reaching a cumulative tnl .1 of billion for natural t, is and related products by the reporl said. "Clearly Ihere exists good deal of siipporl for dcrcguli lion as an urgcnl move In :.j increase interstate gas the report said. "If it would achieve that goal of increasing nationwide gas supplies say percent or percent, deregulation would pay off. "If we could achieve energy independence by s i m p 1 y increasing energy prices, our problems would be easily sol- it said. "But there is scant evidence to support such optimism." The study said Ford's proposal to lift controls would he "highly inflationary." WASHINGTON (AP) A federal study has found that millions of people apparently are excluded for no sound reason from obtaining the in- surance they need to drive a car, buy a house or protect Iliomselvos from catastrophic losses. The study said millions of older so-called high-risk in- dividuals can gel insurance only by paying inflated premiums, even though they are "clean" risks by industry standards. For "clean" drivers Ihe surcharge amounts to a na- tional average (if 86 percent a year on insurance premiums, the study estimaled. No Federal Hole The reporl by the Federal Insurance Administration, an arm of Ihe department of Housing and Urban Develop- ment, recommended that people be guaranteed the right by law to buy insurance, with rales based on govornmcnl- regulated classifications. Bui the study avoided sug- gesting any federal role in Ihe process, leaving regulation to the slate agencies which have traditionally watched the industry. "We're trying to avoid il because of our faith in the private insurance system, in the tradition of slate regula- said George Bernstein, federal insurance administra- tor. The reporl said thai the la- lesl count, in showed 20 percent of Ihe nation's drivers were not covered by insurance and a total of 4 million drivers are in various slate assigncd- risk plans. The assigned-risk plans are supposedly reserved for those drivers who don't qualify as acceptable risks for conven- tional commercial Insurance. Such drivers pay more than the national average of a year for Iho basic auto in-. siirancc which the conven- tionally insured drivers buy. Yet 3.3 million of the as- signed risk drivers haven't had an accident within three years and are Ihus "clean" wilhin the definition applied by com- mercial insurers, the report said. And 2.7 million neither had been involved in an ac- cident nor committed any chargeable driving violation wilhin three years. Property Insurance The report said a similar si- tuation exists for homeowner and property insurance. Twenty-seven states maii.1- lain FAIR plans which provide access to federally supported riot insurance programs. FAIR stands for Fair Access to In- surance Requirements and is supposedly reserved for other- wise uninsiirable properly owners. Yet the federal study found that of the 3 million policies written under FAIR plans since their crealion under the House Act of 95 percent of Ihe policies are loss-free. The report offered no specific reasons why ap- parently low-risk individuals had been refused conventional insurance, but Bernstein of- fered a few possible reasons. Applicants might be refused because a company doesn't want to wrile any more in- surance in a certain area. Perhaps the company doesn't wanl to give an agency any more business. Maybe the applicant has been reported to keep a messy house. Or perhaps an individual lives in Ihe wrong neighborhood, Bernstein said. "Hard To Believe" "I find that hard to said an industry spokesman in reply to the report's finding lhat good risks apparently can't get conventional in- surance. Eugene Kacson, manager of (Continued: Page Col. 4) Now Today's Chuckle llumpcr Slicker: neither for nor apalhv." "I am iigninsl By Dale Kueter Memo to all candidates: For weeks now, nay even months, you have been telling prospective voters that you can "make a difference" and "balance the budget" and "bring reform" and be "hard and, of course, favor "people programs." Tuesday it's the peoples' turn In speak and you'll find mil how many believed you. Following is a mini-poll which may, nr may nol, provide some llth hour iusighl inlo whal Ihe people arc llunking al cleclion-time-74. These revealing quolalions are the result of a very un- lechnical polling apparatus, like closing one's eyes and point- ing ill a name in the phone book. Some balance business- Inbor, young-old, einployed-imeniplnyed was soiiglu. Parti- san speeches were discarded. Right off, and it may be a surprise lo you, bill nol every- thing yon have said is believed by everyone. In fad, Gregg Raymond, co-owner of Raymond llrnlhcrs D-X, 1204 Blairs Ferry voad, Marion, said he hasn't seen much new in Ibis year's campaigning. "The politicians are saying the same old things, it seems lo said Haymonri. "I know this. The people are startini; to watch a lot eloser." Scary slntt, huh? Of Ihe nine persons interviewed, all bill one indicated (hoy plan lo vole. Contrary lo whal Ihe press and olhers have been saying, apalhy doesn't seem lo be widespread al leasl in Linn coiinly. "I think there will lie a positive reaction by the said George Filling, 2925 Schultx. drive NW, a member of Ma- chinist local 8.11. "People are disgusted wilh high interest and inflation and want lo turn il around." "This apathy Ihiiig docs worry said Robert Faxon, executive vice-president of Hie Cedar Rapids-Marion Area Chamber of Commerce, "but I hope people will volt1 because we have two serious problems that need lo be resolved inflnlion and heller world relations." "Kvcrynne I talk lo says they arc going lo said John Vcrnon, vice-president of Ihe Firsl National bank in Marion. "I don'l know where any apalhy lies. Now is Ihe lime to participate. We may nol like all the candidates, bill I can't recall when I did." Mrs. Robert Gndcnkauf, 1122 Thirty-eighth slreel said she plans lo vole "afler doing a little more .studying up on Ihe c.'indidalos." Mrs. Kenneth K. Myers, 51111 Longwond drive N'K, said she hasn't detected unusual apulhy. "If anything, people should lit1 more anxious lo go In (he polls. I am certain Watergate will have some effecl in llu1 election, both it, whether a per- son voles anil who he or she voles for." Heckle Iliirnpol, 21 Thirty-sixth avenue SW, a sophomore at Klrkwood Community college, estimated that only half her (Continued Page IfiA, Col. 1) Nixon Still Critical, but Able To Eat LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former President Nixon appeared lo be gaining some ground Saturday in his fight lo rebound from a brush with death, but a hospital source said, "We're watching him closely. There's a dozen things lhal could go wrong with him." Nixon, who went into shock after surgery last Tuesday to prevent a potentially deadly blood clot moving through his body, received a "therapeutic boost" from Ihe surprise bed- side visit Friday by President Ford, Nixon's personal physician said Saturday. And for the first time since Nixon was reported In critical condition last Tuesday, Dr. John Lundgrcn said his patient could begin eating light foods such as gelatin and consomme. Hospital spokesman Norman Nager described as encourag- ing the medical bulletin issued Saturday the llth day of Nixon's hospitalixation at Memorial hospital medical center. There was some encourag- ing news this morning from Ihe he said "But until the dangers art1 passed and our personnel are told they are salt1 on certain things, he is on Ihe tutu il list." Hit medical bulletin said there had been no further in- 'M< ition of internal bleeding, thai the clot in Nixon's left leg which forced Ihe operation last Wednesday had nol enlarged and that Nixon had required no further blood transfusions since Thursdav. 12 Die, 50 Hurt in Seoul Blaze SI South Korea (AP) A four-hour predawn fire killed i li isl 72 persons, and injured about 511 others Sunday in n sum story building housing a small hotel, apartments and shons police said. Musi of the dead were over- conic by the smoke while olhers were killed in jumps or other altcmpls In escape, police said Tin1 cause of the fire was not immediately known. His Theme: 'Cooperative Congress' WICHITA, Kan. (AP) President Ford wrapped up his campaign for a "cooperative congress" Saturday with a cross-country crusade intended to help Republicans hold three crucial senate seats. The day's journey was marked by a finger-wagging, backstage debate with three Vietnam veterans who pressed Ford to sign a bill increasing GI education benefits. It also was a day of campaign rhetoric including a plea by Ford for voters to join him in cutting off the tenacles of "oc- tupus-like" government in the nation's capitol. The presidential jet bounced through turbulent weather before landing here for Ford appearances at three recep- tions and a rally to boost the re-election hopes of Republican Sen. Robert Dole. Earlier in the day, Ford ap- peared in Utah and Colorado on behalf of G.O.P. senate can- didates. Waited In M McConncll air force base outside Wichita, hundreds of persons waited In a heavy for Ford's arrival. The President rewarded his sup- porters by donning a raincoat and moving along the edge of the crowd shaking hands and exchanging greetings. Then, with Dole at his side, he headed by motorcade for a downtown convention center. During his journey Saturday, Ford continued to hammer away at the dangers of a major Democratic landslide in Tues- day's elections. We cannot spend our way to happiness, but we can spend ourselves into debt and we can spend our nation straight into raging he said. "Cooperative" Congress Addressing a crowd officially estimated at that filled a baseball stadium on the wes- tern Colorado city of Grand Junction, Ford declared a "cooperative congress" would be good for the nation. He also plugged the sagging campaigns of Republican Sen. Peter Dominick and G.O.P. Gov. John Vanderhoof, both of Colorado. After the speech, three Viet- nam veterans approached Ford backstage and asked him whether he would veto or sign a Today's Index SEfCTION A Cllv Hoi! Nolrs.......................................9 Dooms..............................................3 Ronort Cnrtl............... ..................77-13 SECTION B Mows................ 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