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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa vC^tlnt Unpitb ($113 f He Editorial Page Nixon up 5 points, still deep in negativity Monday, April 8, I 974 Truck low needs toughening SCOFFLAW TRUCKERS in Iowa' are pursued by three separate agencies, state officials noted during a brainstorming session in Ames the other day. Highway patrol troopers chase those who barrel beyond the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit; highway commission personnel try to nail vehicle weight restriction flouters; and commerce commission employes go after all who try to slip by without proper licensing authority. None can perform the others' job, a situation which finds truckers laughing at state law enforcement. State Commerce Commission Chairman Maurice V an Nostrand says the lawbreakers are “making monkeys of us." But there is nothing funny about a truck driver highballing down the road with a vehicle scaling thousands of pounds beyond the safety limit. The situation poses something of a paradox. Individually and as a whole, truckers are good people. Yet an estimated 9 percent play hob with Iowa speed, vehicle weight and licensing laws every chance they get. Ironic, too, is the most common means of foiling law enforcers: To warn fellow truckers of state troopers or weight officers working up ahead, the big-rig boys use citizens band radios — the same valued equipment used so valiantly following accidents or during storms. How to stop the miscreant minority from grinding up pavement and endangering travelers? Fine increases of up to 40 percent for overweight cases should help. The fine-schedule change, first in 20 years, was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor last month. The proposed addition of seven officers to the 76-person weight division staff also should aid in the collaring of violators. Obviously, though, state agencies working 56,000 square miles need more help than tougher fines or added enforcers can give. Dennis Ehlert, traffic weight operations director, says a crackdown by the Federal Communications Commission could bring a solution. According to Ehlert, the law should be tightened to prevent misuse of citizens band radio equipment, such as using it to avoid detection or to provide information to others. Under present regulations, truckers enjoy the same 23-channel capability as other citizens band radio operators. By restricting the frequency range, the FCC could make lawbreaking truck drivers more vulnerable to prosecution. That proposal should go full speed ahead. Without their devious early warning system, law-flouting truck drivers would take the same chances as anybody else given to disregarding the safety and property of others. Drivers wishing to register disgust at the crackdown could go the rear-end signplate route: “This vehicle spends more than $10,000 yearly in overweight and excessive speed fines." Enc-rooch-ment SEVERAL YEARS ago, wildlife experts shot holes through the theory that the alligator is an evil varmint which the world would be better off without. The next creature to escape the animal kingdom's rogue’s gallery was the wolf It turns out the classic villain of fairy-tales and Dis-neyized folklore is a comparatively noble beast given to close family ties. All right, no complaints; ’gators and wolves can be admired from afar if not at point-blank range. But now enter a pest-control expert, Dr. C. Douglass Mampe, who asserts that cockroaches scarcely deserve man’s efforts to exterminate them. Cockroaches carry fewer micro-organisms than the housefly, according to Dr. Mampe, National Pest Control Assn. entomologist. And since they feast mainly on spilled food, roaches are alleged to be much less destructive than moths or termites. Next week's loud rejoinder in this argument may be that if the cockroach somehow disappears, nature’s precarious balance would be knocked awry. The environmentalists' case is easily visualized: What oily, repugnant insect will scuttle forth in the dark to clean up spilled soda pop (the cockroach's favorite) if not the cockroach? Merely for the sake of debate, consider: What if the cockroach suddenly ascended to the same lofty plane as the previously maligned ‘gator and wolf? Would someone dream up similar defenses for the rats and other evil rodents? Soon all the creatures we love to loathe — for psychological reasons if none other — would be enjoying sanctuary from scorn. No, membership in the Better Critters club must be limited sometime. In that light, the cockroach seems a model rejectee. Students hunt bias News-twist deniedBy Don Oakley LAST Oct 26. President Nixon I declared in a televised netts conference that he had never seen such outrageous, vicious, distorted reporting in 27 years of public life.” It happened that at the moment the President was making his charge against the networks, 12 graduate journalism students at the American University in Washington were in the midst of a study of television news programs covering the two weeks from Oct. 15 to Oct. 26. That was a period of much fast-breakmg news, including a new war in the Middle East, a global alert of U.S. military forces and the ‘‘Saturday Night Massacre’’ in which special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William D Ruckelshaus were fired and Attorney General Elliot L Richardson resigned.Don Oakley Divided into three teams, one for each network, the students checked written transcripts of newscasts against video tapes to determine whether by direct comment or by voice inflection correspondents editorialized their news reports. Although the students found a few instances of questionable editorial judgment, they found “none of the distortions President Nixon was talking about,” according to Prof. Edward Bliss, jr., conductor of the graduate seminar. The network reports were ‘‘fair, objective and balanced overall.” One team, however, was critical of one straight news story out of 216 broadcast during the two-week period In a report on a White House dinner for former Secretary of State William P. Rogers, the students objected to the identification of one of the guests, former Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans, as “under indictment in New York in the Vesco case ” This, they said, deliberately cast the President in an unfavorable light In the meantime, broadcast journalists still await the White House’s promised documentation of the President’s blanket charge against them. Newsooper Enterprise AssecutionBy Louis Harris PRESIDENT Nixon’s over-all standing with the American people has risen 5 points to 31 percent positive since he embarked on his stepped-up television and radio campaign. During the past month, Mr. Nixon has engaged in a heavy schedule of public exposure in many parts of the country, holding press conferences, open sessions, and making speeches. Prior to this, he had reached his all-time low of 26 percent positive. The President, however, is by no means out of the woods. One bottom line indication that the President is still in real trouble emerged when by 49-34 percent, a plurality of the people agreed with the statement that “when all of the investigations and crises have finished. President Nixon will be found to have violated the law, as was true with Vicepresident Agnew.” Back in February, the public felt the same way, but by a much closer 43-38 percent. On a whole spate of separate readings, the President’s standing is heavily weighted on the negative side: • By 48-39 percent, a plurality does not feel that Richard Nixon “is a man of high integrity,” precisely the same division that existed lr. February. • By 80-16 percent, four in every five People's forumObstacles To the Editor: Comment is needed regarding the overgrown flowerpots now profusely propagating on our downtown sidewalks. When these grotesque structures first began proliferating, I thought new storm sewers were being entrenched I appreciate the idea of beautifying our City of Five Seasons by tree plantings in th<» loop, however, pedestrian obstruction should be considered as well as decorativeness A five-foot walk space on a wide sidewalk is an unreasonable burden to place upon pedestrians. For example, the narrowness of the walkways along the west side of the Roosevelt hotel and the north side of the Federal building is completely unnecessary. The hazards of these rough-sided pigeon roosts encumbering the walks and the snagging of knit clothing justify their removal. Brent G. Harstad 217 Bernita drive NWIssues day To the Editor Washington high school’s Issues day, to be held on April IO, will replace regular classes with a variety of speakers, discussions and entertainments designed to enlighten and intrigue students about the many-faceted fascinations of modern life. Entitled “The Shape of Things ’74”, t ie program for pupils, teachers and interested citizens will offer controversy, such as a discussion by pro- and antiabortion panels; information, such as a lawyer's discussion of student legal rights; and entertainment, such as a student-faculty basketball game and two showings of the popular movie, “Little Big Man”. Issues day gives Washington students the opportunity to experience presentations not available in the normal school curriculum. Each youth has responsibility for and independence in choosing the activities he wishes to attend It is hoped that such a broad spectrum will freshen each student’s outlook while extending his cognizance of his role in contemporarary life The public, too, is invited to attend Issues day sessions. It is felt that every member of the community tan benefit from this exposure to “The Shape of Things ’74”. Nancy Thompson 2205 Forest drive SE Giveaway To the Editor; In reference to the article March 26 concerning the Cedar Rapids school board’s decision to turn down the offer of $65,000 from Cedar Rapids Christian school and rather give Lincoln school to Kirkwood college for $1 Do taxpayers of Cedar Rapids realize that this means the city will be giving this building to serve Area Ten covering seven counties, and so are giving away $65,000 to other countries9 It seems that as high as our taxes are here in Cedar Rapids, and with a bond issue coming up to finance remodeling of the junior highs, the amount offered could be used for repair and the Christian school would be able to continue to serve the families in this area who take advantage of Christian education. Mrs. Clifford Smith 908 Harvest drive NW people give him low marks on the way he has “handled the Watergate case.” This showing is only marginally better than the 81-13 percent negative rating he received in February. • By 80-15 percent, the President is rated negatively on his “handling of the Watergate tapes,” again only slightly better than the 81-12 percent negative standing he had in February. • By 83-12 percent, he is given negative marks on his “handling of corruption in government,” almost identical to the 83-10 percent negative rating he received in February Perhaps most telling of all is the fact that when asked about his ability to inspire confidence, by 78-15 percent the public gives him negative marks, the lowest point yet recorded in a Harris Survey since Mr Nixon assumed office in 1969. The cross-section of 1.495 households across the nation was asked between March 24 and 29: How would you roto President Nixon on inspiring confidence personally in the White House—excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?" March, 1974 February, January Good- excel- ent % Only fair- poor % Not sure % November, 1973 18 76 6 March 38 50 12 February 48 41 I I Despite the lack of any gain in engen dering personal confidence, nonetheless the President’s over-all job rating has risen 5 points since early March: How would you rate the job President Nixon is doing as President — excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?" Good- Only excel- fair-lent poor % % Not sure % Late March, 1974 31 66 3 Early March 26 71 3 February 29 68 3 January 30 68 2 November, 1973 37 61 2 October 32 64 4 July 42 54 4 June 4fl 49 3 March 59 39 2 February 60 39 s I Good- Only excel fair- Not lent poor sure % % % 15 78 7 15 77 8 17 78 5 This latest survey reflects a pickup in Mr. Nixon’s standing of 5 points over-all. and a commensurate 5 points in the way he has handled the Middle East situation and in his easing of the energy shortage. He has also picked up 4 points from 29 to 33 percent positive in his TV speeches and press conferences. But the gnawing doubts about Watergate still surround him and there has been little if any movement on this score. Perhaps most symptomatic of all was the result of this question, asked periodically in Harris Surveys: "When oil of the investigations and crises hove finished, do you think that Pres'dcnt Nixon will be found to have violated the low, as was true of Vice-President Agnew, or don t you think this will happen?" March, 1974 February January November, 1973 October While the American people have suspected right along that Mr. Nixon will be found guilty of having “violated the law,” the margin now has reached its largest proportions, although still below a majority of the public. The net impact of his recent flurry of public exposures has been to impress people that he is trying and to give him higher marks on the general conduct of his office, but the underlying troubles of doubt and suspicion about his integrity and ultimate guilt regarding Watergate still remain as strong as ever Chlcogo Tribune-New York News Svndlcote Yes No Not sure 7, % % 49 34 17 43 38 19 47- 37 16 44 34 22 39 36 25 How close would Monsieur like the haircut?’ TH    *>    J Fable of the other Henry Turn for the better detected By James Reston WASHINGTON — Once upon a time — this was away back in April of 1974 — the human race suddenly fell into a terrible slump Everyone, it seemed, was striking out Nobody could even draw a walk Nations lost the art of doing what they had done well for centuries. Old friends and allies fell apart, and all heroes vanished from the face of the earth The seasons changed Clocks ran out of time, and it was dark in the morning when it should ha\e been bright and golden with sunshine The British lost the art of government and even of sailing ships on the seven seas America ran out of gas. The Middle East forgot the pity and religion of their fathers The Chinese denounced Confucius And the French lost their skipper and their logic. Top dollar Even worse, l^arry Csonka. Paul Warfield and Jim Klick, the last of the heroes of the Florida peninsula in North America, deserted their faithful multitude and fled for money to a foreign land Greed and selfishness prevailed Daughters left their grieving parents, and even the people of New York gathered in a great sporting arena, ironically calk'd a garden, and cried out against the favorite champion, a wizard named Frazier. Then a strange thing happened The melancholy present suddenly caught up with the glorious past. There was a black man of that time, Henry Aaron by name, full of years and the cunning of the ages, who equaled one of the spectacular achievements of all time. In a vast arena, before a throng of unbelievers in a place (ant'd Cincinnati, he hit a 3 and I pitch, which is not the sort of pitch a sensible man is supposed to consider. out of the green area of chemical turf (grass had gone out of style in that advanced age) and over the chemical fence It was a simple act. really He merely drew a bead on it, like David on Goliath, and demonstrated that all men are mortal, even the Babe Later, in another place, the man called Babe, whose name was taken from the Biblical character Ruth, told Arthur Daley of the New York Times, who was with him in that place, that it didn’t mean much to him now and that actually he was very pleased The reaction to this stroke of personal skill, patience and persistence was sudden and spectacular. Th** pessimism of the time vanished Larry MacPhail, who had brought light to that old German city on the Ohio river, said he was sorry the home run had not bounced off the old laundry roof outside left field in th** old ( rosley field, and that Bob O’Farrell, Chick Hafey, Leo Dunn her, Red Barber and the rest of his old Rhineland buddies hadn’t been there to see it. But like the Babe, he was happy.Spirit-Ii ft Insights Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle Meanwhile, there was a transformation in the great republic People began to believe again in the possibility of heroes and institutions. Baseball, the dying national sport, revived. Its commissioner, who had ordered Henry to command the lightning on opening day, began to feel like Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the last benevolent dictator of American sport. Even Washington, which has lately been staggering and blundering in both politics and sports, suddenly realized that all the problems of life might be a little easier if only you had somebody called Henry — Kissinger or Aaron. Something human had revived the spirit of Washington, a sense of history and a sense of humor. The outsiders had made Washington smile again — Henry the Kissinger with his wedding and Henry the lovely old geezer, with his home run. Everything then fell into place The congress took heart The courts began to insist on the law The President finally figured out his income tax and agreed to fork over The herring began to run up the Potomac, and even into Rock creek, defying the pollution And miraculously, the daffodils, the azaleas, the cherry blossoms and the willows on the balcony of the Kennedy ( enter began to bloom again It was a miracle —the first since Nixon’s comeback. In the house of representatives, the judiciary committee went about its work The tax committee and the Internal Revenue Service put out the facts (in the President as if he were a careless or conniving butt her in Chicago, trying to save a few extra bucks.Redeemed So the idea began to get around in Washington that maybe the system wasn’t a fraud after all, maybe there were some heroes and some triumphs that could be equaled or even broken The news from the lockerroom rn Cincinnati was that Henry Aaron didn t exactly have any of this in mind, hut here in the Three-I league, everybody is cheering. Sports had proved in some ways to be better than polities, and everybody felt a little better after Henry hit it over the fence. Moral: lf you have a new kid, name him HENRY. New York Times Service Another No traffic lams, no pollution, gasoline worries, no nothing. "t ;

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