Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 23, 1974, Page 6

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette December 23, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa c C Q ffffftffQC anTTV^ >v>»‘ o r r' r • <    .'.V.ivi. 'Sht    ftnpitU    (iDttjc'H-e Editorial Page Mondoy. Docombor 23, 1974 Revenue-sharing Full reason to cross frontier: Ifs there When this newspaper endorsed the continuation of federal revenue sharing (editorial, Nov. 24), approval by the 94th congress seemed certain. But homework recently turned in by the National Assn. of Counties (NACO) suggests that revenue sharing’s proposed seven-year renewal (to 1983) may be in trouble. The revenue-sharing act enjoyed a successful debut two years ago — house 275-122; senate 64-20 — but, according to NACO, the introduction of 92 new congressmen and ll new senators on Capitol Hill next month makes old statistics irrelevant. No, county association lobbyists have not interviewed all 535 lawmakers — information is yet unavailable from most congressmen — but known supporters of revenue-sharing extension total only 28 in the senate and 184 in the house. No wonder revenue sharing’s backers are a trifle concerned. Even more worrisome is the committee setup in the house. Under congressional reform, a new committee, government operations, will be chaired by Jack Brooks (D-Texas), who opposed revenue sharing in 1972. Twenty of the committee’s 41 members reportedly support it. The subcommittee most likely to handle revenue-sharing legislation, intergovernmental relations, is chaired by Rep. L. H Fountain (D-N.C.), an erstwhile proponent who reportedly leans now against re-enactment. In the senate, Russell Long (D-La ), a supporter of revenue sharing, will continue to handle legislation. “County officials must act quickly to let their representatives understand the crucial importance of revenue sharing,’’ declared NACO in its publication. County News. Fortunately, a wealth of new information supports NACo’s evaluation. One seemingly accurate barometer of revenue sharing’s value is the financial health of states. According to a UPI survey, more than 40 states are operating in the black and at least 14 reduced taxes in 1974. Editorial Research Reports, which terms revenue sharing a “godsend” to participating governments, believes revenue sharing will survive in some form. “More than 38,000 governmental units benefit from the program,” reported E.R.R., “and taken together they form as powerful a lobby as can be imagined.” Unless, of course, all 38,000 happen to let the revenue-sharing concern slide during the holiday season. That would be a grievous error. As observed here previously, revenue sharing is not a flawless instrument, but it is a highly promising means of returning tax monies to the people who shelled out in the first place. Glittering again With American materialists re-pmpowered by their government to own gold at home (or stashed somewhere) effective next Jan. I. sharpies all over the place have been polishing ways to cash in on the urge. You can buy gold in bars, in medallions, in wafers, in trinkets, in sculpture, in coins. Before the mystique of a metal less useful than lead enchants m-flation-worriers too much, one small point to bear in mind about the gold rush of ’75 is this: For all gold’s mythic merit as a tangible item of wealth, the sharpies dealing in it still are more than willing to exchange THEIR gold for other forms of lucre, fully confident of profiting thereby. Gold, which famed economist Lord Keynes once labeled “a barbarous relic,” has not suddenly now been transmuted to a sure-shot, fail-safe, inflation-hedging security blanket. This would even be a timely moment for a quick review of what some shrewd oldtimers of the world have passed along as guidance on thai matter. “Whereas gold is the kindest of all hosts when it shines in the sky, it comes an evil guest unto them that receive it in their hands.” Simonides of (’cos, 556-469 B.C. “O cursed lust for gold, to what dost thou not drive the hearts of men!” Virgil, 70-19 B.C. “How quickly nature falls to revolt when gold becomes her object”. William Shakespeare, 1564-1616 “The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless; the last corruption of degenerate man.” Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784 “Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold.” Thomas Hood, 1799-1845 Footnote, courtesy of Mark Twain: “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate — when he can't afford it, and when he can ” Throwaways rankle Precarious riches? By Jim Fiebig Batk when I still thought cocktail lounges were interesting places to visit. I once saw a well-known tipsy attorney light a cigar with a $20 bill “That,” I marveled to myself, “is being filthy rich ” If, on the other hand, he had taken that same $20 bill and bought a round for the house. I would have considered him a philanthropist I think you see the distinction. “Filthy” rich is extreme wealth without compassion. a combination that manifests itself in the literal wasting of money. While my definition of this pitiful stale has remained stable through the years, I realize today that the tipsy attorney failed to qualify He was merely a biol and his money. Now I know It s these oil * princes who’ve gas and other and dropping a in two or three it. what filthy rich really is saturated Saudi Arabian been flying into I^is Ve-world gambling capitals much as a million bucks days. And smiling about Jim Fiebig That's filthy, brother Thai's rich It may also be temporary Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wasn't just whistling the blues last week when he said overinflated Arab oil prices could lead to an economic crisis that would damage the West s ability to defend itself. What he was saying between the lines, I think, is that the West will not sit around idly twiddling its armies if the oil squeeze turns into a death grip The Arabs had better start buying a few rounds for the house General feature* Corporation By William Sabre The search for the Northwest Passage — a water route from Europe to Cathay, across the frozen wastes of North America — was one of the great adventure stories of all time, the vain quest of .Sir Francis Drake and Henry Hudson, finally discovered at the turn of this century by arctic explorer Ronald Amundsen. With a prosaic thud, the commercial consequence of this adventure was covered on the shipping news pages recently under the headline: “Waters Off Jersey Will Become Terminus of Northwest Passage”. Icebreaking supertankers will one day bt* bringing millions of barrels of Alaskan crude oil down through the bays and seaways of Canada to offshore terminals near Cape May. Once again we see the pragmatizing of a dream, the glory of exploration ending up rn a big tank in New Jersey. But the search for the Northwest Passage always had a commercial impetus. What has happened to adventure for adventure’s sake, the sweetening of life by risk that rejects the practical application of exploration or the commercial embodiment of Evel Knievel? Sir Kdmund Hillary, who led the expedition that conquered Mt. Everest, spoke of adventure the other day delivering the Frank Nelson Doubleday lecture William Sabre at the Smithsonian Institution. “I have often resented the way that science has sometimes been introduced to justify an interesting adventure — particularly if a lot of money is required. "Adventure is worthwhile for its own sake,” said the man who had just come back from scaling some peaks in the Antarctic. “How many of us have been stimulated by some glorious effort that had no conceivable economic or scientific reward 9 ” Not many of us. The remnants of America’s space program, a great adventure drowned in the sinking of America’s national spirit after Vietnam, is today justified merely on military, diplomatic and applied-science grounds. When John F. Kennedy said “America has tossed its cap over the wall of space” — and what a beautiful figure of speech that was, of a kid presenting himself with a challenge — he did not sav that spacefoods designed for astronauts would bo great in school lunch boxes, or that satellite reconnaissance would make possible future arms control agreements. Essentially, the object was to shoot for the moon, which would not only enhance our national pride at beating the Russians there but lift our spirits at the* thought of what puny man could do But then we became self-conscious about our success, and embarrassed at spending so much money on pure adventure when there were mouths to feed on earth Accordingly, our space program today is justified on practical terms. The link-up of Soviet and U S. space capsules scheduled for July 17. 1975, is said to be important for detente, and to show other nations who the real superpowers are. The probe of the solar system by Pioneer ll is said to be finding useful data on radiation belts and whatnot numbojumbn. The reason we have poked a hole in the sky with a rocket is that we are as curious as hell to find out what is out there. Adventure is danger faced for the sake of curiosity, the rise to a challenge “because its there ” Such self-testing ennobles the human spirit. Why, then, is there not great public fascination with the half-billion mile flight of Pioneer ll to Jupiter, wonderment at its grazing the Jovian clouds and then using Jupiter’s gravity to “crack the whip and head for Saturn, a half-billion miles beyond? The answer, of course, is that there are no human beings aboard and there can be no adventure without danger. But one day then* will be men aboard (and women, and blacks, and young people, and ethnics) and this whole world will hold its breath as the human spirit reaches up and touches another whole world. Viewed from centuries hence, these explorations will bt* the big news of our time, and our descendants will be amused at our self-consciousness at heavy costs of adventure without practical payoffs. Why couldn’t we see that such contests and heroics provided the necessary moral equivalent of war-’ That is why we can hope that NASA’s publicists do not equip next year’s astronauts with link-up messages like “this is a giant step for detente’’ or “the march of scientific progress is irreversible. ” Let our adventurer crawl through the passageway, stick out his hand and say something more appropriate to the gloriously impractical spirit of the occasion. Like: “Dr Livingston. I presume?” New York Times Service Looking for federal action Public wants more done against inflation By Louis Harris The Morris Survey Although the public supports many of President Ford s specific programs to cure the economy, a sizable majority (77-11 percent) of the American people believes “more federal action will bt* needed to curb inflation and the recession ” The President is going to have to come up with a more decisive program if he is going to recover from the HI-32 percent negative rating on “keeping the economy healthy.” an.even lower 75-18 percent negative rating on “keeping inflation under control” and the disastrous 82-10 percent no-confidence vote on his WIN program. These results most likely stem from public reaction to the cornerstone of Ford s proposals, the 5-percent surcharge on incomes of $15.(MNI or more for families and $7.5(H> for individuals. His projected surcharge is solidly rejected by 82-28 percent. A cross-section of 1.525 households was recently asked by the Harris Survey. " Prescient Ford Hoi put forth o program for curbing inflation ond for getting the country out of tlie recession Let me read you some key ports of what President Ford has pro posed For each tell me if you favor or oppose it. (Rood list)" FORD S ECONOMIC PROGRAM Favor % Require the auto industry to come up with new cots that give 40 percent more mileage to the gallon by 1978    89 Put tighter restrictions on the shipments of gram out of the country    88 Lower the taxes of families earning $8,000 or less a year    86 Enforce the anti trust laws ogomst price fiMing and bid rigging more    strictly    80 Speed up the construction of nuclear power plants    66 Give on additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance to those who have used up their benefits    63 Op pose % Not sure % IO 16 16 18 25 Put on absolute limit of $300 belion on federal spending    59    18 Reduce the amount of oil imported horn abrood by I million barrels a day by end of 1975    57    19 Lower capital goms taxes to encourage people to invest their money rn stocks and bonds    52    26 Have the federal government put up $3 billion to finance 100,000 new homes    50    35 Abolish the oil and gas depletion allowances    47    17 Eliminate electric power plants that use oil by 1980    47    25 23 24 Use U S naval oil reserves for generol consumption    44 Take off all price controls on natural gos to increase its production    44 Increase up to IO percent the investment tax credits to business 40 34 35 31 22 15 36 28 22 21 29 Favor % Make the regulations of the dean air act less strict    39 Op pose 46 Put o 5-percent surchorge on tax#! paid on incomes over $15,000 for families and $7,500 for individuals    28    62 Not sure % 15 IO • The people strongly favor controlling energy consumption, but not at the expense of a clean environment Majorities hope the government will speed up the construction of nuclc*ar power plants and reduce oil imports into the country, and a plurality favors using more coal and less oil in electric power plants, but a plurality of 4fi-39 percent opposes easing the regulations of the clean air act. • The public is also solidly behind measures to help those hurt by the recession lowering the taxes of families earning $8.(MN) or less a year (favored by SH UI percent); giving an additional Ll weeks of unemployment insurance to those who have used up their benefits (favored by 83-25 percent); and having the federal government put up $3 billion til finance HH).INN! new homes (favored by 50-35 per-eent). • The people support measures to help business survive during these hard economic times, but want additional safeguards against the possible emergence iff monopolies. A plurality (44-35 percent) favor taking off all price controls on natural gas to increase natural gas produc-Hon. and 40-31 percent favor increasing business investment tax credits by IO People's forum Rationing ’2 To the Editor: In response to all the pleas for gas rationing in preference to a higher tax, I d like to say that rationing would turn out til bt* just as burdensome on the common person as the higher tax would Looking at the days of World war ll, you can see just what rationing could do It brought a tremendous rise in the blat k market, which could and would supply almost any amount of gas to those who could afford it. primarily the rich Even then the government had the support id the people due to the fact that we were at war Now, the government would not have this. because it is still unable til prove validly that there ever was an energy shortage to begin with or whether it was just perpetrate! by the greed iff big oil Is rationing an answer? I don’t think so If those who are so in favor of it wish a better solution, they should try voluntary measures and not depend on the federal government for everything Duane Cooley Lisbon For mobile homers To the Editor: The recently publicized problems of a mobile-home family attempting to move their home and having to abide by state percent. Still, an overwhelming majority, 80-4 percent, desire stricter enforcement of anti-trust laws. Although the people support many iff President Ford’s programs to curb inflation. they still doubt that he has taken enough measures “Do you fool thai what Provident Ford Sos proposed ii enough lo curb inflation cmd tSe recession, fbot it is too much or that much more federal octton will be needed? Is enough Too much Much more will be needed Not sure Total Public IO I 77 12 Chicogo Tribune Ne* York Ne** Syndicate laws which turned a routine moving into a nightmare are only some of the tribulations endured by people opting for this form of residence. In addition to discriminatory laws. there are many instances of slipshod manufacture, improper installation, unhonored guarantees and insufferable park conditions, some of which may combine to place the individual owner in a position of absolute helplessness and frustration Owners of mobile homes should know that there is now an organization, duly incorporated under the laws iff Iowa, whose directors and members are pl«*dged to do whatever is necessary to protect the rights of these people It is known as the Mobile Home Owners’ Assn., Inc. Its president is Mr. Kenneth Place. As secretary of the organization, I would like to extend to you. your staff and your readers an invitation to inquire about us and our airns My home telephone number is 393-0304 Stephen O. Moroso 92 Summer circle NE Treatment To the Editor When do we get to see the cham gang treatment for petty offenses, such as a meter violation, jaywalking, spitting on the street? It seems as if the chief of police is trying to bring this type of treat-inent to Cedar Rapids I know of a person who was treated like a common criminal on a parking ticket — put in a squad car by two policemen, with hands cuffed behind his back, no less. This type* of treatment wont work up here in the north part of these United States. Maybe it does down South, but it won’t up here . . , Whatever happened to the individual’s rights? Why can’t thc*se same police get these kids doing all this damage ti) the schools and other places0 These people are causing lots of trouble for others, not to mention the expense of repairing all the damage I say make these same kids replace the stuff that they damage Then the police will have all they can do besides roughing up John Doe William Burrows 403 Second avenue SE Insights Patfnc* is tb» companion of wisdom St. Augustine The President will now take a skiing vacation ;

  • Duane Cooley Lisbon
  • Francis Drake
  • Frank Nelson Doubleday
  • Henry Hudson
  • Jack Brooks
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Kdmund Hillary
  • Kenneth Place
  • Lord Keynes
  • Louis Harris
  • Mark Twain
  • Ronald Amundsen
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Stephen O. Moroso
  • Thomas Hood
  • William Sabre
  • William Shakespeare

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: December 23, 1974

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