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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., Nov. 14, 1974 Air Industry "Orphaned,” Jamesen Asks DOT Assistance C.R.    Case Prompts Ruling On Emergency Vehicles AMES — Cedar Rapids airport manager Roy Jamesen, representing the Iowa Airport Executives Assn., told Iowa Department of Transportation commissioners Wednesday the air industry has been “orphaned’’ by the state and asked for increased cooperation through the new department. Jamesen noted that while there are separate divisions in the DOT for highways and railroads, air traffic is merely a part of the public transportation division. Vets Exemption Loss to Some Taxpayers Told Some taxpayers who have been receiving property tax exemptions because of their military service won’t be eligible for the exemptions after Jan. I. The exemption is $500. which at the present millage rate means about $65 in actual taxes. James B. Sharpe, chief deputy assessor for Cedar Rapids, said it isn’t possible yet to tell exactly how many men will lose their exemptions. He guessed the number in Cedar Rapids at around 150 to 175. The change was made by the state legislature as part of a lengthy bill regarding tax valuation and assessments. The bill ties eligibility for the exemption to the same criteria used to determine eligibility for the state’s Vietnam bonus. It eliminates men who were in the military for training purposes only, which means many national guardsmen and army reservists. Sharpe said letters have been sent to taxpayers who appear to be affected by the change in the law’. The early notification, he said, will give them time to ask any questions they have about the procedure or to find duplicate discharge papers, if they are entitled to them, to prove eligibility for the exemption. “I trust this dlstinquished; body would obviate this short-! coming and consider reorganization with greater emphasis on air at the assistant director level,” Jamesen said. The airport executive argued that facilities in neighboring states are much superior to those in Iowa because of state funds being distributed for construction and maintenance. Airports in Iowa, however, have received “an average of only slightly more than one-half penny of each transportation' dollar” from fiscal year 1972 through 1975, Jamesen pointed out. 1 He added that the availably of federal funds for airports improvement is as great as it has ever been, but that state money is needed to supply matching funds. Jamesen also called on the DOT to assist small communities in obtaining air service, “even if it has to be subsidized.” And he expressed the view that roads to airports must be improved. Woman Hurt when Car Strikes Pole Velma J. Siefken, 46. of 2600 Rockefeller— (Continued from Page I.) Wilson avenue SW, suffered a he officials were open to serious head laceration Wednesday j°l uestion ’ when the car she was driving 1 earlier said he did not ...    ..    ,    .    . aaa ui i want to foreclose the possibility hit a light pole rn the 4000 block tU „* u:_______—..u    „*•    u„iL DES MOINES (AP) — Police cycles which collided with a car cars, ambulances and other on April 23. 1969. emergency vehicles have no    Crossed Line legal right to drive the wrong way in a traffic lane enroute to The motorcycle, driven by an emergency, the    Iowa    su-    Patrolman James Gillen, was preme court has held.    enroute to the scene of an ac- In a 6-3 decision,    the    high     cidenl at a shopping center. court    Wednesday    said emer-    Cullen crossed the center line gency    vehicles    have    to observe    into    the left lane on First ave- the same traffic laws as other nun to avoid rubber cones which vehicles, except that they can city employes had set up in his exceed the speed limit and. with own lane in order to repaint lcaution. run red lights.    lines marking traffic lanes. The ruling upheld a Linn dis- The motorcycle collided with itrict court jurv’s finding that a car driven by John Nelson t he city of Cedar Rapids was I Moses, which was making a left not entitled to damages to one turn. of its two-wheel police motor-) The jury denied the city any| ---damages after District Judge Louis Schultz ruled that Gillen; was negligent in driving on the wrong side of the street. In    its appeal, the city argued; that    a section of law’ w r hich| gives emergency vehicles the Corps Pul lout Asked by Peru WASHINGTON (UPI) Peru has asked the U. S. to withdraw all 137 Peace Corps workers from that country, saying their work, primarily agricultural development projects, can bi* done just as well by Peruvians. Court Turns Down Appeal Over Narcotics Definition that his money could be of help to any staff member or friend in government who faced dire medical expenses or other of Sixth street SW. Mrs. Siefken was treated at Mercy hospital and released. Police charged Mrs. Siefken pressing humanitarian needs with failure to maintain control     n , of her vehicle The accident    Bv rd Support happened at 8 a.m. during a Despite the questions, Byrd snowfall that caused three other said at the close of Wednesday’s accidents involving injuries to motorists. The report of the accident was not filed until later in the day, police said. Iowa City Physician hearings that Rockefeller likely will be confirmed by congress, barring any new and more damaging disclosures. Byrd, a key member of the senate rules committee and one • c    of Rockefeller's toughest ques- Named to state Agency Honers, said he will vote for the DES MOINES (UPI) — Robert nomination as of now. But he D. Ray Thursday announced the appointment of an Iowa City physician to the board of physical therapy examiners for the state. Dr. Reginald Cooper, who serves on the orthopaedic sur- taxation places Rockefeller’s said he would do so with some reservations. In another development, it was disclosed that a study by the congressional joint committee on internal revenue Appliance Thefts Reported to Police Nine new household appli-i ances valued at $3,118 were reported taken Wednesday from a, . , . f warehouse at 720 Fifth street SE     r f' °! *!»’ , 0,h( ' r    ,ra f ' c in a breakin.     Glllen ,0 dnve    ln ,he .. ,    .    .    .    left lane. Police said four refrigerators. 1 two ranges, a dryer, a washer    Three Dissenters and an oven were taken from    The majority opinion, written | the building. The appliances, by Justice M. L. Mason, how-stored by Archie’s Transfer and j ever, said the general priority Storage, were still crated at the given to emergency vehicles time of the theft, police said. does not allow them to travel in the wrong traffic lane. Jutice K. David Harris wrote) a dissent in which Justices! Ward Reynoldson and Mark Mc-, l ,. .—~, , j Cornrick joined. of the third world group includ- Harris said emergency vehic-^ an ?    termed    jkg are gj ven a special privilege the PLO a band of murderers    j aw    r eq U i r ing other traf- and said Arafat s speech called jj c to y| e j d them. and it was for the end of Israel as a state. an error t0 hoId Gil , en was | “Israel will not permit the es- negligent as a matter of law. tablishment of PLO authority in ________ any part of Palestine, Tekoah said. “The PLO will not be forced on the Palestinian Arabs. It will not be tolerated by the Jews of Israel.” Brown— (Continued from Page 1.1 ry was published in the Washington Post, Ford decided to issue a statement. Dore Schary, honorary chairman of the Anti-defamation League of B’nai B rith, said Brown's remarks “are not only false but contemptible and have an illiterate odor of prejudice and malice.” Schary. in a letter to Ford, suggested “Brown’s irresponsible statements make him unfit for his responsible position . . . and that he should be removed by you forthwith. Senator Proxmire (D-Wis.L said Brown showed “an appalling ignorance” and called for his resignation. DES MOINES (API - If the j legislature defines a drug as a narcotic it’s a narcotic, the Iowa supreme court held Wednesday. It upheld the conviction of Richard Dean Ritchison of Cedar Rapids on a charge of selling a narcotic drug, although a chemist testified the marijuana he was accused of peddling isn’t chemically a narcotic. Ritchison was convicted in Linn district court on selling seven “lids” and two “nickel bags” of marijuana to an undercover state agent on June 25. 1970. The law In effect at the time, which since has been changed, defined marijuana as a narcotic drug. In his appeal. Ritchison contended the legislatures classification of marijuana as a narcotic was so “arbitrary, unreasonable and irrational” as to make the statute unconstitutional. The supreme court opinion by Justice M. L. Mason rejected the contention and said trial Judge Robert Osmundson properly sustained the state’s objection that the chemist’s testimony was irrelevant and immaterial. The judge also was correct in telling the jury that marijuana was legally defined as a narcotic drug, the opinion added. Mason also rejected Ritchison s contention that it was improper to admit in evidence testimony by state agent Frank Cooley that Ritchison stated he had been a drug dealer for four to four and a half years. He said the statement was made by Ritchison during the sale to justify the price he was asking and in support of a statement that the marijuana was of high quality. 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