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Waterloo Courier Cedar Falls (Newspaper) - July 23, 1992, Waterloo, Iowa Academic achievers get Cool temps keep down II Qj Income grows faster in inland Waterloo HOME Century later Sandhill Cranes 32 sections JULY 23 1992 Cedar Falls 50 cents Copyright 1992 Waterloo Courier WATERLOO IOWA ON THE Waterloo Open champ defends his Caller ID gets poor reception over privacy fears By CARLA LAZZARESCHI Los Angetes Times William Malone a Maryland businessman now sorts his friends into two those who have a new telephone service known as Caller ID and those who don't He absolutely refuses to place a phone call to those who do I believe people who have Caller ID are he explains I just don't think people need to know who's calling and what their number is When you have to give up your phone number in order to make a call you know there's nothing sacred anymore Perhaps not since the introduction of the telephone 116 years ago has a new communications technology so sharply divided telephone users Essentially an electronic calling Caller ID flashes a caller's number on the specially equipped tele- phones of recipients allowing them to know before picking up the receiver who's on the other end It sents the first concerted attempt to build a device into the fabric of everyday telephone technology and etiquette And it's not going over well Since its introduction in New Jersey in 1988 nents have steadily gathered momentum California in approving the service last month imposed the toughest restrictions in the nation t The guidelines are so stiff that one of the state's three regional phone companies General Telephone already has decided not to offer the service In Iowa US West offers Caller ID in the Council Lake area only It is scheduled to start in Des Moines next year The cost is for per month for residences and for businesses The central problem with Caller ID is two com- issues of a person's right to receive only those calls he wants and a caller's right to guard the secrecy of his phone number Why would someone who's not a movie star a or a politician want to protect their phone Data bases of information about consumer shopping patterns and socioeconomic traits are increasingly being by phone numbers and are widely accessible for as tittle as to anyone with a personal computer a trend that is making phone numbers the gle most desirable bit of demographic data Corporate America can gather on us Everyone wants to know who's calling them but no one wants people to know whom they're says Paul Saffo a technology consultant at the Institute for the Future a Northern California think tank Notes social arbiter Judith Martin the author of the syndicated newspaper column Miss The basic problem with the telephone for the last years is that it left the expectation that you have to be available to answer it It's entirely appropriate for people who can't afford a human one to have an electronic as a buffer against the rest of the world But adds Martin who carefully protects her own unlisted Washington phone number People also have the right not to give up their phone numbers in order to place their calls To the technologists Caller ID is a necessary ic intermediary for the day that the tele- phone evolves into a ubiquitous personal appliance that can travel with us throughout the world And it will mit anyone who knows our phone number to reach us anytime anywhere We're moving into a new era where the telephone is becoming closer to you at all says Robert Lucky executive director of research at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey We're moving into a new era of telephone etiquette and protocols We have to redefine the rules for letting people into our electronic space But to consumer rights advocates and increasing bers of regulators and legislators the new rules devised by the telephone companies trade one problem for Many people fear Caller ID gives keters one more way to track them down ers say it's simply keeping with the times and one step away from when the phone becomes a sonal appliance Sec CALLER ID I page A2 WEATHER Friday Wanner humid High 80s Low 60s Details on A2 Daily TV B5 Mrs Media hurt economy At Iowa fund-raiser vice president's wife says GOP has taken lead in women's issues By ERIC WOOLSON Courier Staff Writer DES MOINES The national economy would be in much ter shape if the media were not preoccupied with bad news Quayle said Wednesday night The wife of Vice President Dan Quayle also said in an inter- view that the Democratic Party does not hold its self-proclaimed corner on women's issues It's a disservice to women to say there are issues that women all walk in and vote on because there said Quayle who was in town for a state party fund-raiser And she was not impressed by the Democratic National opening night spotlight on female candidates Women should be part of the entire convention They shouldn't just be trotted out one night ted on the head and say OK tle ladies we've taken care of she said That's not the way Republicans do things We include women at all levels She said Democratic tial nominee Clinton's pledge to make women's health issues a top priority comes too late because it's already been done with President Bush's ment of a woman to head the National Institutes of Health Quayle said the economy is Very slow but it is inching up She contended that news is at least partially to blame for low consumer confidence One of the things we have a real problem with is daily ple are told by the media how miserable they are In Iowa ple are in pretty good shape yet they're afraid to say they're in pretty good shape because they've been told so often they're in bad she said It's not in good shape don't get me wrong but it's not as bad in most communities as the media would allow you to have She urged voters to remember the condition of the economy in 1980 near the end of President Jimmy Carter's term We had four years of a ern Democrat president a false moderate who was a very liberal president with a very liberal Congress and they put all of their party positions into play and we got high interest rates high taxes high unemployment and spect she said Quayle discounted polls that indicate low public confidence in her husband saying the media distort the results of public pling I don't believe in polls and neither does the vice she said People are sick of polls There was a thing in USA Today with people saying We lie It's nobody's business how we think so we don't tell the truth She disputed the contention that the real message behind her husband's low standing in the polls is a deep concern about his leadership abilities It's not because you're taking public confidence in leadership from a poll not what's really she said You'll never get it from a sampling of people Cow boy Three-year-old Dustin Osvald finds a com- spot to take a rest while he and his Holstein calf DAN photo editor wait for the judging in their division to begin Wednesday at the Buchanan ty Fair in Independence Quayle dismisses rumors he will leave GOP ticket Vice president says he stand by his daughter if she ever chose to have abortion WASHINGTON AP Vice President Dan Quayle used a tele- vision talk show to deny tion he was being dropped from the GOP ticket and some top Republicans suggested he's been wrongly blamed for problems that rest with President Bush Quayle also said that if the question of abortion ever came up for his own daughter he would support her in whatever she ed to do but that he would talk with her first in hopes she would not have such an operation The question came up day night on Larry King Live when Quayle was praising a Pennsylvania law that requires parental consent before minors can have abortions Quayle's daughter Corinne is 13 King asked Quayle what he would do if his daughter came to you with hat problem that all See QUAYLE I page A2 Colombia defends policy despite escape BOGOTA Colombia AP President Cesar Gaviria insists Colombia will not change its cy of prosecuting alleged drug lords at home despite the ular escape of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar surrender in June 1991 was the crowning success of strategy to coax major traffickers into custody under a promise of leniency and no extra- dition to the United States But the escape of Escobar and nine associates from a jail near Medellin on Wednesday raised questions about whether Colombia's tem was capable of holding traffickers and stopping their business even from behind bars Authorities also worry that with Escobar loose the cartel could unleash a new round of anti- government terror similar to the 1989 campaign that forced the government to end extraditions Gaviria said that Escobar the world's top cocaine trafficker in the 1980s had vanished after a Shootout with guards trying to transfer him and 14 of his tenants to a military prison late Tuesday Escobar and the others overpowered guards seized their weapons and took three ment officials hostage The Bogota newspaper El Tiempo reported in today's tions that 26 guards at the jail were arrested on suspicion of ing taken orders from Escobar The jail was surrounded by 400 See ESCOBAR I page A2 Widow who tried to keep drug dealers at bay gets home back Federal officials seized the home saying she didn't do enough MONTGOMERY Ala AP A widow whose Home was besieged by crack dealers and users evicted her drug-selling children called police repeatedly posted a No Trespassing sign and bolted the door But the pushers did not leave and the federal government said Gussie Mae Gantt did not try hard enough It seized her house and took some of her belongings even though no charges were filed against her or anyone in her home On Monday U.S District Judge Myron Thompson ordered the government to give back her home and pay all her legal bilis The woman has been living in an apartment with her daughter I'm going to move back in my Gantt a housekeeper and mother of 10 said Wednesday I've got to wait until they take the padlocks off At the center of the case is a federal law coming under increasing criticism from civil libertarians that lets tors seize property without charges if authorities suspect it has links to drug dealing It's repressive said Maurice Bell Gantt's lawyer Our country is not like that In his ruling the judge wrote that he was convinced that Gantt wanted the drug activity in front of her home stopped He said she took all reasonable steps that a person of her abilities could be expected to take Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to appeal Anybody that owns property can do more than that to keep AP PHOTO Gussie Mae Gantt plans to move back in to the home that federal officials seized last year crack dealers from selling drugs The government has cited in their U.S Attorney Jim Gantt's refusal to sign a Wilson said ing warrant against drug dealers who sometimes ran into her home for cover Her problems started in Jan- uary 1991 when her husband died After that the curving street in front of her small frame house became a popular spot for crack dealers The pushers included some of Gantt's children and grandchildren Gantt said she tried to get rid of the dealers including the ones related to her I told some of them to get out when I found they were in she said She and some of her relatives called police and so did her neighbors The judge said police received more than 100 com- plaints about the drug dealing between January 1991 and this spring Gantt even posted a No passing sign in her yard and kept her front door locked to keep out pushers scurrying for cover as police cruised by the judge said J
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