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Waterloo Courier Cedar Falls (Newspaper) - October 28, 1992, Waterloo, Iowa UNI professor Dr John Eiklor lln Q SW has Taking a toll on nation's Waterloo 42 sections Cedar Falls WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28 1992 50 cents Copyright 1992 Waterloo Courier WATERLOO IOWA HOOPS Cyclone fans expect big FIRST Footing the for nation's future By ROBERT A ROSENBLATT Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Jaci Crim has nothing against old people But the baby boomer from Fort Worth Texas can't afford health insurance for her three young boys and it doesn't seem fair to her that older Americans have some of their medical bills paid by Medicare at the same time they collect Social Security My generation barely has its head above water while a tremendous amount of money is going for the older Crim said On the other side of the generational divide is Dale Hines a retired teacher in Granada Hills Calif who insists that seniors are really strapped He rejects as terribly unfair proposals to make the elderly pay more income taxes on their Social Security benefits or bear a bigger share of their Medicare costs The tightening federal budget the soaring cost of health care and the graying of America are all coming together in a way that is creating growing competition among the generations for scarce dollars and political attention Democratic presidential nominee Clinton calls on affluent older Americans to pay higher monthly ums for their Medicare coverage and suggests that they might eventually have to pay more taxes on their Social Security benefits President Bush says that he wants to put a cap on all entitlement spending except Social Security -a step that could eventually restrict payments to doctors and tals providing Medicare services Independent candidate Ross Perot who says that rich people like him should give up their Social Security entirely appeals to seniors to join in a program of shared sacrifice to reduce the deficit To defenders of these programs the critics appear to be forgetting that Social Security and Medicare enjoy popularity in part because they provide Everyone pays and everyone eventually Shortage of funds may give winter upper hand By TIM JAMISON Courier Staff Writer City forces may arid this year if Old Man Winter unleashes a full frontal assault in battle for control of Waterloo's streets Many of the city's lower streets may not see a until the second day a or snowfall Works Director John M Meyer State reductions amount use tax revenue that the city receives has forced cuts in the workforce that have left plow the bare minimum There Quick removal may not be possible this winter are no spare snowplow operators in case someone gets sick If somebody coughs out there you're short one plow said street superintendent Dick Grimm The Public Works budget woes also have affected the tral garage which is short on mechanics to repair the aging snow removal fleet Some of the road graders are almost 30 years old and are prone to break down said garage superintendent Larry Cunningham I've been doing this for 15 Cunningham said and it does not look good Meyer said he would feel com- with four more ees but said the problems could be cleared up if he was able to transfer employees in other departments to work assignments oh plows Union contracts preclude the city from forcing employees in other departments to handle ing chores Several Parks ment or garbage collection employees for example could not be moved to snow removal duties Meyer said he hopes those issues can be resolved during con- tract negotiations this year with the Public Works employees But those negotiations will do little to help this winter guarantee clean Meyer said In snow removal cy reviewed this week by the City Council Bare dry ment should not be expected and will not be provided The city attempts to maintain adequate traction for vehicles properly equipped for winter driving con- ditions Following a snow storm the city will dispatch plows along primary and emergency routes before clearing the downtown business district according to policy Plowing on residential streets will follow but many low priority routes may remain snow covered for more than a day Meyer said He urged people to be patient after a buzzard I feel that Waterloo residents maybe they don't have a Cadillac but they've got a Buick or an Oldsmobile for snow removal Meyer said These are compacts between workers of all ages said Martha A McSteen dent of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Social To distinguish between the rich and the middle class would set up class tions which none of us in this country want to Social Security created during the New Deal reforms of the helps 36 million retired workers and viving spouses to live independent lives without asking their children for financial aid Medicare enacted during the Great Society days of the protects 31 million people over the age of 65 and more than 3 million disabled all ages from potential bankruptcy by paying a significant share of their hospital bills But on the elderly is consuming an federal outlays 30 percent now com- pared in and some experts con- tend diverting scarce dollars from other pressing social While Social Security has significantly reduced economic hardship among the elderly poverty has been increasing among other groups particularly children Social Security benefit payments are expected to total billion during the fiscal year that began Oct 1 passing defense outlays of billion to become the government's biggest single expenditure Social Security actually reduces the magnitude of the federal budget deficit because payroll taxes currently exceed benefit payments this year's surplus is estimated at billion But all of the surplus and much more will be needed when the baby boomers begin retiring Assets in the trust fund will reach a peak in the year 2014 but will be exhausted in the year 2036 unless Congress raises roll Medicare meanwhile is expanding at three times rate of inflation and faces potential bankruptcy within the next decade Propelled by soaring health care costs Medicare spending is expected to explode from billion this year to billion five years from now Unless the rate of spending is curtailed or taxes are raised Medicare funded by a payroll tax on income premiums paid by the elderly and general revenues will run out of money in 1997 Both Social Security and Medicare are entitlement programs that provide automatic benefits to all who qualify under the terms of the legislation that governs See ELDERLY I page A2 Thursday Partly cloudy High 40s Low 30s Details on A2 INDEX Stacy Maher Texas searches for the perfect pumpkin at Glenwood Methodist Church in AP PHOTO Tyler Texas The church was selling pumpkins to for mission work State of economy continues to be hottest campaign Daily Record A8 The Associated Press President Bush and Clinton clashed over the economy today in ing national television appearances with the a fresh report of growth and his Democratic rival saying the long-term trend is down Things are beginning to close Bush said in response to polls showing a narrowing race Clinton said he never expected to win by 10 points and added that a victory would be a very large one indeed You can't evaluate anyone on one three-month said Clinton arguing that Tuesday's report of 2.7 cent economic growth in the September quarter was a one-time blip and that major economic reforms were needed to guarantee sustained growth Trickle down economics is the Clinton said Bush and Clinton rival morning news shows Perot was heading for a speech in Colorado tonight his second personal outing and first since his bizarre allegations of a Republican smear With six days to go Clinton and Bush were up early and the economy was the issue both wanted to talk about Bush was touting Tuesday's ment report which showed growth that was less than in past recovery periods but more than economists had expected Our economy is doing better than the world Bush said on ABC's Good Morning adding a fresh criticism of a news media he said preferred to focus on bad news The big issue is look at the trends u the last 10 was Clinton's counter on Today show saying the growth was good news but came because of several big arms sales and President Bush Clinton Ross Perot ELECTION UPDATE p See POLITICS I page A2 The Associated Press FORT Colo A speech by Al Gore at a high canceled crude bomb in the The explosive was discovered bleachers at Rocky Mountain High School in the hours before the Democratic candidate was to speak Secret Service spokesman Carl Meyer said from the Secret Service and the military were called in to dismantle ft The bomb containing black powder was a very crude mentary type of device incapable of causing structural damage but could have caused injury to ple in the Meyer said However he said Gore would not have passed by the bomb and City superintendent faces charges By KENN MacADAM Courier Staff Writer CHARLES CITY A Floyd County grand jury on Monday indicted former Charles City School Superintendent Larry Beard in connection with the alleged mishandling of district funds The most serious charge against Beard is degree theft a Class C punishable by up to 10 years in prison Beard also faces one count of second-degree theft one count of third-degree theft two counts of misconduct and one count each of forgery and falsifying public documents The grand jury's gation also resulted in an probably would not have been hurt had it gone off The latest tracking polls in the presidential race show Clinton's lead over President Bush shrinking to 6 and 7 centage points among likely ers Both included some sampling conducted after the assertions by Ross Perot that the Bush planned dirty tricks against his daughter A third poll which also included some sampling after the weekend flap showed Clinton with a point lead among likely voters Perot had and 18 cent in the three polls The narrowest spread between Clinton and Bush was in the Today sample of 800 See UPDATE I page A2 nier school President Marlys Mitchell for degree theft a Class D punishable by up to five years County William Cavanaugh said Larry Beard today has warrants for Beard's and Mitchell's arrests County Attorney Normand today that Beard would probably file a court appearance through his attorney eliminating the need for the arrest warrants I don't think he'll appear in rud said I expect he'll file a written appearance subject himself to the court's jurisdiction and plead not guilty klemesrud said he did not expect a trial to take place until sometime next Beard currently the superintendent of schools in Wapakoneta Ohio resigned from his Charles City post in June 1991 following a state auditor's report questioning thousands of dollars in es The biggest questions concerned Beard's See BEARD I page A2 CPR guidelines now recommend seeking help first Quick response with a latof is the key to saving heart attack victims experts say By NANCY RAFFENSPERGER Courier City Editor and The Associated Press CalTan ambulance before you start CPR experts say t In a reversal medical experts now that lone rescuers postpone resuscitation on until they summon help That's because CPR rarely saves lives unless it is followed quickly by advanced medical treatment such as defibrillation to jump-start the heart said the experts in today's Journal of the American Medical Association The old recommendation was that a lone rescuer give a victim one minute of CPR before calling CPR alone will not get a person out of ventricular said Waterloo Fire Rescue paramedic Dave Boesen lar fibrillation is the chaotic electrical ity in the heart in most cardiac arrest cases Defibrillation is the shock given to the heart to stop the chaotic activity in hopes that the heartbeat will start again The change is one of 19 drafted by the See CPR I page A2
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