Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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No time to raise tuitions
ONCE AGAIN the Iowa house and senate appropriation subcommittees on education are at loggerheads, as they have been so often in the last five years. This time it is over tuition rates at the three state universities.
The immediate problem is that the house subcommittee wants them increased and the senate subcommittee wants to hold off until the results are in from a tuition study now being conducted by the regents. The study is to be completed in time for consideration by the regents in making up their budget requests for 1975-77.
The source of this immediate problem, however, lies in trouble the two subcommittees got into with each other back in 1969. They met jointly that year until late in the session when the house group broke ranks and came up with an unrealistically low appropriation for the three state universities. This forced the more generously oriented senate subcommittee to a lower figure than that needed to keep the schools at a high educational level and in competition with sister schools in adjoining states.
In fact, the appropriation finally approved by the legislature was midway between the house and senate subcommittee recommendations. But it forced the regents to raise tuition rates drastically to help make up for funds it had expected to get from the state.
Tuition for resident students went from $370 a year to $620 at Iowa, from $375 to $600 at Iowa State and from $398 to $600 at Northern Iowa. Nonresident tuition was raised from $1,000 a year to $1,250 at Iowa, from $1,005 to $1,230 at Iowa State and from $798 to $1,000 at Northern Iowa,
This action by the regents so infuriated some legislators that in 1971 they succeeded in writing into law an order that the regents were not to increase tuition rates during 1971-73. The present legislature re-enacted that order in 1973.
It is a part of the law today.
As a result the house subcommittee, which wants tuition rates increased for 1974-75, finds itself hoist on its own petard. It can’t order a tuition increase until the order forbidding an increase is repealed and the senate isn t about to go along with repeal at this point. Here, then, is another good argument against the legislature’s trying to assume responsibilities of the board of regents; namely, setting tuition rates.
The original and continuing purpose of state universities is to keep the cost of a college education within the reach of everyone. The purpose is not to price it out of the reach of a good many people.
In that respect, it is interesting that today’s state university student is paying a higher percentage of the cost of education, according to the consumer price index, than students of 20 and 40 years ago did.
In 1933 tuition at Iowa, for example, was $96 a year and a dormitory room cost $287 a year — or a total of $383. In 1953, a student paid $156 in tuition and $595 for a ’ room, or a total of $751 - 107 percent above the 1933 rate and about even with the consumer price index of 1953 over that of 1933 — 106 percent.
In 1973, a student paid $620 in tuition and $1,114 for a room, or a total of $1,734. That’s a 353 percent increase over 1933 whereas the consumer price index in 1973 was only 243 percent over 1933.
Those statistics, plus the fact the state has enough money on hand this year to fund the schools adequately, should weigh heavily against any tuition increase in the next year
The legislature should show sense enough to wait until the tuition study ordered by the regents is completed, if it intends to continue ordering the regents around on tuition rates — a practice that the legislature ought to stop.
Out of place
AFTER Henry Aaron had bashed his record-tying homer in Cincinnati last Thursday, he expressed disappointment that the home ballclub had declined his request for a moment of silence for Dr. Martin Luther King. It was six years ago that day that the Rev. Mr. King was slain in Memphis.
That prompted the Redleg management to point out that as policy, the club does not delve into religion, race and things political. No affront to great men, living or dead, is intended, front-office spokesmen said; “We just don't think our fans want that.”
Good point. But while baseball’s policy makers are sorting out pre-game priorities, they also might examine the cobwebbed old custom of playing the National Anthem before each contest. Could spectators also do without that?
Baseball s “national pastime” image aside, it seems incongruous to sing a hymn of loyalty at an in-ternationally-popular game whose United States teams include many Venezuelans, Dominicans, Mexicans and Cubans. The tradition is equally inappropriate in other sports.
Sehlesinger waryDetente too risky?
By Jock Anderson
WASHINGTON — Inside the secret policy councils. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Secretary of Defense James Sehlesinger have collided head-on over concessions to Russia.
Kissinger came back from Moscow without the “conceptual breakthrough” he had sought in the strategic arms limitation talks. Now he is pleading behind closed doors for ll. S concessions to keep the detente going
Sources privy to the set ret debate say Kissinger and Sehlesinger bitterly disagree over the strategic importance of the heavier missiles Russia is developing. Once these missiles are deployed, each Soviet missile will be able to hurl more warheads than its U. S. counterpart.
Sehlesinger contends that the SALT agreement, therefore, must restrict not only the numbers of missiles but their throw-weight. Otherwise, the Soviets will wind up with a 6-to-l nuclear superiority, he warns
This is disputed by Kissinger who insists that concessions can be granted without upsetting the nuclear arms balance. He points out that the administration has been unable to persuade congress to remove the trade
discrimination against Russia Now the United States, having originally accepted the principle of restricting only the numbers of missiles, is demanding that the throw-weight also bt' controlled
We cannot “thwart” the Soviets from achieving “every thing" they sought from the detente, Kissinger has pleaded. He stresses that the detente has made it possible for the United States to pull out of Vietnam, stop construction of a Soviet base in Cuba and reduce tensions in the Middle East.
President Nixon agrees with Kissinger that the detente “has served us far more than it has served them,” as one source recalls the President’s remarks at a secret session.
Our source quotes the President as acknowledging that our domination of the Middle East peace negotiations has not created a “happy situation” for the Kremlin. Yet the President noted that Soviet leaders have acted “with restraint” and have avoided inflammatory propaganda
Nevertheless, the President doesn t want to risk giving Russia a nuclear edge, which the Soviets might use for political leverage
United Feature Syndicate
Vets' Administration disaster’
Blueprint for power endures
By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak
WASHINGTON — The horrors now afflicting the nation’s veterans' programs can be traced to the radical plan of the old Haldeman-Ehrlichman White House, officially repudiated but surviving nevertheless, to centralize all power in the Oval Office during President Nixon’s second term.
Although ll. R Haldeman and John D Khrlichman are long gone, their grand design endures — administered by spiritual heirs and generally ignored by Watergate-preoccupied Washington The disruptive results are now surfacing in one agency after another In the Veterans Administration (VA), the political explosion has just begun.
A central figure of the Haldeman-Ehrlichman plan was to place trusted Nixon aides, from the White House and the widely defamed Committee for the Re-election of the President (“CREEP”), in key positions of executive departments. Running the government then would be Haldeman and his staff, backed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) headed by Roy Ash and his deputy. Fred Malek, who had been second-in-command at "CREEP.”
Named by Malek to be White House agent for VA’s multi-billion-dollar operations was Frank Nay lor, fresh from a stint at “CREEP” rounding up veterans organizations’ support for the Nixon-Agnew ticket. Naylor moved in to VA’s plush loth floor executive offices as a supergrade 18 pay ing $43,928.
Other “CREEP” alumni from the Malek stable moved to lesser VA jobs Among the many: Michael Bronson, a field representative as assistant administrator for planning and evaluation. Andrew Adams, a Kansas coordinator for deputy director in VA’s now-embattled education divisionPeople s forum
To the Editor
Isn t it ironic? At a time when many people are concerned with cleaning up politics and returning government to the people. Sen Torn Riley is being criticized on the scheduling of hearings to solicit public viewpoints on legislative issues.
Apparently Senator Potter and other members of the senate judiciary committee that Riley chairs feel that such hearings should not fie held unless all members can attend without any inconvenience. How many committees would ever meet if they waited until everyone could attend to hold a meeting? Further. Riley’s committee members seem to Ik* unwilling to travel around the state to provide the opportunity for people to testify
Their criticism is unlikely to impress many people. Most citizens are in no mood to be ignored or abused any longer by political officials. It seems to me that Senator Riley is to Im* commended for his efforts in taking government to the people I believe that such hearings are responsible and productive. Senator Riley should ignore the petty political complaints of his senate colleagues and continue the practice of listening to the people
Rick Evans 40(H) Richmond road NERights repeal
To the Editor
On March 27 your paper had a report, “Women Seek Iowa Equal Rights Repeal”, by Mr. Frank Nye. I have
What was happening at the VA reflected a radical effort to give the White House total control of all major bureaus and departments. Now, 13 months later, the outcome at the VA is clear utter disaster
Naylor, who came to VA without experience in the agency’s highly specialized work. has now been quietly-shunted to the Farmers Home Administration Bronson is on his way out Adams, a polio victim confined to a wheelchair, is slated to run the new rehabilitation office in the department of health, education and welfare (but powerful congressmen may block that appointment).
This accelerating collapse of the Haldeman-Ehrlichman centralization of power barely begins the story of tin* \ A's crisis
The American Legion cheered when then Republican Sen. Jack Miller of Iowa (defeated for re-election in 1972) persuaded Mr Nixon in 1989 to name Don Johnson, a fringe Iowa Republican politician and former national commander of the Legion, to head the VA Today, however, even the Legion has soured on Johnson’s performance running the VA's 171 hospitals. 39 regional offices and tens of thousands of employes
“Don." said one congressional critic, “is a political primitive who plays everything by the Malek rulebook ” Malek’s first rule is sav ing money Thus, Johnson’s critics complain he automatically overrides his own experts, plus the organized veterans’ lobbies, to accept OMB’s budget proposals even at the expense of essential veterans’ services
The most dramatic case was the Johnson -contrived ouster last week of Dr Marc J. Musser, VA’s highly regarded chief medical director. In a private letter April 3 to Rep. Olm Teague, chairman of the house veterans committee, and Sen Alan Cranston, chairman of the senate
received three copies of that issue, plus a number of cutouts, and so many communications approving our position andor asking for petitions that I would never consider denying the power of the press I am grateful
The crowning point came in my mail April 8 Though it confirms my views on the how and what of the Iowa legislature’s enactment March 24. 1972, the ultimate thrill lies in the fact there are still teachers and students who are alert enough to make a study which led them to take a poll after reading in The Cedar Rapids Gazette of our movement to rescind the equal rights amendment
Mr Doug Fairchild, government teacher, and Randy Wade, government class representative, of the Williamsburg Community school district sent me a copy of their poll The questions they asked in their community were intelligent and pertinent. They set forth their conclusions in a professional manner showing much time and effort
I most heartily commend the Williamsburg school district, its government teacher and its splendid class for their initiative. May this be the beginning of a whole new generation of responsible citizens.
Mrs George M Paradise, chairman My Right To Be A Woman Sioux CityFire service
To the Editor
On March 28, the voters of North Liberty again defeated the proposal to build a community center and a fire station. We want to reassure the citizens of North Liberty, Penn and Madison townships that proper fire protection will continue to be provided, even though this bond issue failed
Several noteworthy accomplishments
subcommittee on veterans health and hospitals, Musser said that “an antagonistic and uncooperative administrator (Johnson)" made his job impossible and that “the infiltration of the department by personnel selected and appointed by the administrator has virtually eliminated any possibility of functional integrity” in the medical branch
When Musser came under attack by Johnson’s office last year, then presidential counselor Melvin Laird interceded. Laird wrung from Johnson a firm agreement to stop interfering with Mosser s operation.
More significant, Mr Nixon himself strongly indicated to Teague last Decern bt* r that Musser would stay Now, with the President preoccupied with fighting impeachment and with Laird gone, Musser has been hounded out of office.
Musser s top deputy, Dr Benjamin F Wells, was also form! out Wells told us Johnson "just could not stand” Wells connections with jmwerful congressional Democrats
By throwing its full weight behind Johnson. OMB retains draconian control over \ A's budget The cost is high loss of support from the powerful veterans' lobby, from tens (if thousands of Vietnam veterans, and administrative chaos in the VA Such is one bitter after taste of the Haldeman-Ehrlichman blueprint for power
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of the North Liberty volunteer fire department have been (a) Continuing the basic fire training through Kirkwood Community college; (b) acquisition of a new pumper, water supply vehicle and equipment van
Unfortunately, the tanker and van cannot Im1 put into serv ice due to lack of housing We all recognize that fire fighting — paid or volunteer — is a dangerous task To provide maximum protection of life and pro|**rty, adequate facilities for training will have to be obtained
Therefore, we pledge to continue our efforts to secure adequate facilities for training and housing of this fire fighting equipment We ask for the support of all residents of our protection area in this effort
Dean Yordi, fire chief Volunteer fire department North LibertyGood protection
To the Editor
How very lucky the people of Cedar Rapids are I am visiting a friend whose daughter lives on the EMM) block at the Cedar Valley apartments. I had been invited to dinner by my friend’s daughter, but little did I know that later I was to witness a very near tragedy. Because of the efficiency and quick response of the Cedar Rapids fire department, a life and many People’s homes were saved.
Cedar Rapids people should be proud of their dedicated fire department. The police department also is to be commended for the way its officers assisted and organized traffic, which avoided much confusion. If all cities had such dedicated men to help the citizens, we would all feel more secure. God bless each and every one of them.
Marjorie Sandoval Hammond, Ind.Evil act, groveling reaction
By James J. Kilpatrick
Washington - The melancholy news, as this is written, is that Patricia Hcarst has joined her fanatic kidnapers, taken an underground name and denounced her parents. If true, it is one more wretched chapter in a story without a redeeming feature.
I suspect the purported conversion is not true. To my own untutored ear, her recorded voice was flat and lifeless; it had none of the verve and passion one would expect from a born-again revolutionary. This was the voice, or so it seemed to me, of a drugged child reciting lines. She was almost surely coerced.
But sons and daughters sometimes are born to break hearts. One of the conspirators in the Symbionese Liberation Army is 28-year-old Nancy Ling. There must have been pride and happiness in her household when she went to Whittier college, then transferred to the University of (’alifornia at Berkeley, won her bachelor’s degree in English literature and went on to graduate school.
According to a report from the house internal security committee, Nancy Ling then married a black musician, Gilbert Scott Perry, separated from him, became a topless blackjack dealer in a San Francisco night club, and finally identified herself heart and soul with long-term inmates of the Vacaville prison She is now thought to be totally committed to violent revolution We may suppose Nancy Ling broke some hearts also
One searches this dismal story for some meritorious aspect, but one searches in vain
The abductors are a vicious and arrogant gang, lacking even a shred of that honor which is supposed to obtain among thieves These are no ordinary thugs or hoodlums As Dr S I Hayakawa has observed, their letters an* articulate, their spelling and grammar an* flawless
From what little is known of the SLA, experts have deducted that this “army includes men and women with keen minds and skilled hands These abductors are dedicated and ruthless, and they must in* captured and disarms!
If one views the SLA with a certain respect — the kind of respect one accords a rattlesnake in ambush — one views the beneficiaries of the “free food” with contempt Nothing in this whole affair has been more disgraceful, or more degrading, than the willingness of thousands of persons to take the food pac kages prepared as ran soul
lf one purpose* of the kidnapers was to demonstrate the malleability of proletarian clay, they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams
There might have been something pleasant to report if the civilizing forces of society — the family, the press, the agencies of justice — had exhibited the same fortitude* and toughness exhibited
by the* abductors
Throughout the* orde*al one* felt compassion and sympathy for the* He*arsts None* e»f us can say how he* would have acted in the* same* desperate situation. But the* image of the* family was an image* of weakness, almost of fawning The SLA's Field Marshal Cinque must have* clutches! his siele*s in cruel laughter
For a time, at Ie*ast. the* pre*ss and radio-TV stations permitted themselves to be dominated arid use*el by the* criminals They toe»k eiders It was met their most glorious hour
Attorney General Saxbe. in his first time on the national field, fumbled lamentably The* FBI. which distinguished itself in the* Atlanta kidnaping of Reg Murphy, has yet to prove itself here
Is it possible to profit in any way from this bleak experience? Sen Jesse Helms of North Carolina has introduced a bill, aimed at banks and bankers, that might be effective in preventing the preparation e»f ransom sums. The senator also has proposed to tighten existing laws which, lf enforced, could mean fines and imprisonment for those who accept “free food” as part of a ransom deal.
The tragedy may serve as an education for bleeding-heart liberals who tend to apologize for revolutionaries Maybe the country gains from the Hearsls’ loss; but thinking back to the food mobs, I’m afraid we don't gain much
Washington Star Syndicate
James J. Kilpatrick