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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ors l&tftlrtr -&wpub ( Editorial Page Friday, April I 2, 1974 Divorce busing and schools NINE YEARS ago Rep Keith Dunton of Thornburg, an experienced hand in education at the policymaking county board level, introduced a bill in the Iowa house to relieve school districts from the business of transporting children to and from school. He took the position then that schools were in business to provide an education for students, not to haul them back and forth from their homes. But he was realistic. He knew that with schools reorganizing into larger geographical districts, thousands of students throughout Iowa couldn’t attend school daily without some kind of transportation His proposal: Transfer the responsibility of transporting students to and from their schools from the state department of public instruction to the state department of public safety. His bill got nowhere, which was not unexpected. But it planted the seed of an idea. A few days ago Sen. Tom Riley of Cedar Rapids, in making his own proposal to relieve Iowa schools of transporting students, recalled Dunton’s bill and properly described it as “a good idea whose time had not arrived.” Now, with the legislature about to complete action on a bill appropriating $4.4 million to the public schools to start busing nonpublic school students to school on public school routes, (he idea’s time has come. Riley’s proposal would be more far-reaching than the transportation of nonpublic school children. It is to form a state transit system, hopefully under a new department of transportation, that would provide rides for the elderly, physically handicapped, low-income citizens, day-care children and commuters to college or to work. The system would be meant to serve in every useful way making it easier for individuals who need transportation to travel where they have to go. As the senator has pointed out, the present system of bus transportation appears to be ‘‘a fragmented hodgepodge — overlapping duplication and waste on the one hand and great gaps in service on the other.” The state spends 26 million tax dollars a year for public school busing alone in Iowa. This figure will soar beyond $30 million if the state takes on the added cost of busing nonpublic school students. In this time of fuel shortages which promise to continue into the unforeseeable future, the legislature would-be wise to consider seriously the possibility of taking schools out of the bus business and setting up a system to serve students and other citizens on a basis that conceivably could be more timely, more efficient arid perhaps less costly. Charter flight choke-off EVER WONDER what became of the man who designed the unfoldable roadmap and the guaranteed not-to-run car clock? (The theory is that one man engineered both transportation-field blunders.) The guess here is that he has joined the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) as a consultant. The CAB’S campaign to crack down on charter airlines flights heightens the suspicion. Consider the evidence: Auto gasoline costs are heading up to 70 cents per gallon and train fares are accelerating like Casey Jones’ special; so naturally would-be vacationers are looking to airline charter flight schedules for a solution. Good choice. To a public now applauding car pools for short-range travel, fully-booked charter flights seem the super-efficient way to cover hundreds of miles. Now enter the CAB True to its historical dislike of charter flights, the board last month told the National Education Assn. (NEA) that it is “not a charterworthy organization.” Hence the NEA no longer will be able to sponsor charter flights to Europe and other popular vacation spots. The edict was a keen disappointment to thousands of NEA members scheduled to take charter flights this summer. No doubt other large national organizations soon will receive similarly bad news. Meanwhile, the CAB approves higher regular air fares and urges airlines to install more seats (usually at the expense of lounge space). As always, special rates are discouraged. While some airlines may applaud the charter trade’s mandated decline, the CAB’S action rudely interrupts a happy and economical arrangement: travelers happy to fly cheaply and qualified carriers eager to transport them. Governmental intrusion thus threatens to transform air travel into a convenience for the affluent. That would be an unhappy reversal for millions of mid-income earners who are just now becoming able to afford bargain-rate charter flights. Only an agency given to discombobulated thinking could tweak the public so. Defense fizzling? Once the court’s panel of experts released its .Jan 15 preliminary report knocking down an accidental erasure, the White House went shopping for its own expert. The choice was Dr. Hecker, a EVANS senior research engineer at the Stanford (Calif.) Research Institute If a scientist of his standing would refute the other experts, the erased tape would drop from the Presidents massive load of problems. But St. Clair has grown as unhappy with Hecker as he has been with the court-appointed experts That raises the probability that when the experts produce their detailed findings, perhaps within two weeks, the White House will have no scientific refutation. The matter will then be in the hands of federal grand jury Mo. 3 Although the grand jure might indict presidential secretary Rose Mary Woods, its more likely course will Ik- no action. Rather, the teihnical report will generate long-delayed attempts to get Mr Nixon's version. ‘Personal control1 According to Secret Service logs, only three persons — the President. Miss Woods and presidential aide Steve Bull — handled the .June ‘ill tape Both Miss Woods and Bull have sworn they placed no part in erasing a portion of Mr Nixon’s conversation with ll R Haldeman on June ill. the first working day after the Watergate burglary If Mr Nixon had granted the grand jury request early this year for him to testify , he would have been questioned in depth about the erasure. What explanation could he give? Did he give the tapes to anybody else? What makes these questions so pertinent is Mr. Nixon's declaration last July 23 in his letter to Son Sam Ervin ‘ The tapes, which have been under my sole personal control, will remain so.” Not only was the grand jury unable to question the President but newsmen did not seize the opportunity Following disclosure to Sirica of the 184-minute erasure last Nov. 21, Mr Nixon delayed conducting another press conference until Feb. 25. By then, the erased tape had been eclipsed by other Watergate sensations. Mr Nixon was asked nothing then or in later question-and-answer sessions. A new report by the experts will probably trigger questions at Mr. Nixon's next press conference But whatever the press does, the house judiciary committee is deeply interested. Its members feel the matter cannot be resolved without the President s own explanation of w hat happened to evidence “under my sole control." That poses new trouble in congress for the President A bipartisan majority of the committee spurns Mr Nixon’s offers of responding to written questions or meeting with the committee’s two senior members But the White House says the President will never submit to interrogation by the full committee or its staff That judiciary committee members now contemplate how to question Mr Nixon about the erasure indicates that the impeachment proceedings are entering a new phase, toward the substantive and away from the procedural Thanks to compromises bv Chairman Peter Rodino, the committee seems likely to avoid both an internal partisan split and a confrontation with the Whit<* House over procedural disagreements. Instead, committee members are now getting involved in the substance of the Watergate cover up Those who have* been given an inkling of the evidence passed to the committee bv the grand jury in that locked briefcase feel Mr Nixon will face a formidable task in responding to it The probability that hi* will also be asked to give a reasonable explanation of what happened to the June ill tape only adds to his burden. Publisher* Molt Svndieot* A clockwork immunization Perhaps we’re beyond riling By Jerry Elsea Gazette Editorial Writer GIVEN A sneak-preview of Richard Nixon’s baek-tax travails. Arkansas sage Wilbur Mills predicted last month that the findings are damning enough to blow the President out of the water. Now that nothing of the sort has happened. Mills’ reputation as a seer is suspect The prevailing theory is that if he hadn t been elected congressman. Mills could have made it as a weatherman. Where did the Ozark oracle trip up’’ Some say he underestimated the American ability to sy mpathize This notion seems credible. After all, the Internal Revenue Service volley indeed sj^ems merciless Anyone who has ever paid $3 daily for canine room and board can understand why the President ( hose to spend a few measly government bucks transporting his pooch aboard Air Force I Jerry Elsea Also weighing in the President s favor is the still-obscure contention that the $47fi,(HKI is owed not by Mr Nixon, but rather, by the presidency. Then. too. there is th** traditionalists’ view that the President is not culpable in the tax debacle because, “they all do it Propounders of that argument not only bid to rescue Mr Nixon s hide, they have evolved a means of erasing the national debt All we need do is soak the descendants of Washington, Jefferson. Lincoln, et al. for the vast levies Presidents of yore failed to pay The resulting mountain of currency , plus interest, doubtless would bail out America till century s end Other defenders of the President adduce ’hat he owes no back taxes at ail because he qualifies for the tax depletion allowance This little-known loophole was created as incentive for those exploring for new means of taxing middle-income earners The White House understandably has accorded the measure little publicity out of fear that stampeding congressmen would abuse it. But back to the mystery of why Rep Mills misread the nation’s pulse The theory here is that Mills failed to compensate for the immense increase in the Citizens’ Toleration Index (( TI) That is he correctly figured that if a Chief Executive had dodged tax payments of a half million dollars IO or 15 years ago. he couldn't have qualified for President of Pittsburgh But Mills forgot that in order to risk a thorough scourging today, an administration would have to commit twice the improprieties requisite to humiliation a decade ago War-waging without authority, electronic snooping, “enemy” listing — all these errors of state and others have joined In kety-split inflation to inure the citizens against outrage (Granted, the populace reacted with alarm following last October's justice department purge, but that seems to have been a mere reaction to immunization Expel the President for his tax-reporting omissions? Nay ’ Better to retire Rep Mills for losing touch with his country's temperament Insights Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil. Henry FieldingI People s forumRights of retarded To the Editor Our country has always had individuals and groups organizing to win fair treatment. But one group, ti million mentally retarded Americans, cannot organize themselves. Today, therefore, other concerned citizens are speaking for and with them to end discrimination. To focus public attention on the rights of this "silent minority.’’ governors have been asked by the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation to proclaim April as "Legal Rights for Retarded Citizens" month Governor Ray is among the 20 governors who have issued such a proclamation. Iowa, particularly Linn county, has been progressive in meeting the educational needs of their retarded citizens. Locally we have a special education program we can be very proud of. Right now. before the Iowa senate is a special education bill, already passed by the house, that would provide funding which could make our educational program for the retarded one of the best in the nation The retarded are entitled to other rights as well as education They should receive the same due process of the law as others. Yet, because of lack of information and understanding the retarded offender often becomes the abused prisoner. The retarded have the right to perform productively to the extent of their capabilities. They have the right to proper training for employment, to protection from exploitation, and to guidance that will enable them to develop their abilities While the retarded have the right to live at home with their families, whenAnother l ieu' Sam Ervin said it first. " that's possible, they also have the right to leave home at IK or ill so as to become physically and emotionally independent of their parents Yet, this implies the need and right to proper residential care. When their degree of mental responsibility proves them capable the retarded have the right to own and dispose of property, to vote, to marry and to have children There is a long road before the mentally retarded gain all .their rights, but the recognition that they have rights is paving the way for progress that is needed. Gen Pettitt 4538 Navajo drive NERights twisted To the Editor I am shocked over the news that was just released of the Kent State riot. I am truly embarrassed for our country’s set of rules on civil rights. My heartfelt sympathy to the guardsmen who were on duty. When facing a radical riot and facing death themselves, trying to keep the peace in our land, protecting us all and our properties, they arc now the ones who are damned Life is a short span, but eternity is forever. Those who twist the laws to read their way — I say God have mercy on them When will we start judging the lawyers and judges who are twisting every word of our rights laws and morals? I. for one, am sick and tired of the courts’ protecting the offender; they are the ones with all the rights-twisted laws. The protectors, policemen, guardsmen and law abiding people have become the unprotected. Laws were made to protect and respect When people break a law they cry, "civil rights.” They seem to think it s their right to kill, destroy, burn and riot and that the law is to only say, "I’m sorry but I don’t believe you should do that People, old and young, should start writing congressmen, governors, anyone. Let s get this monkey off of our laws. ( arleeta Pit hier 2(»95 Golfview court MarionMessy dump To the Editor: I am using this means to inform Linn county residents of the awful and sickening mess that the county dump — excuse me, landfill — has become. Driving south on highway 13 and looking west just before you get to the county home, it is disheartening to see filth, rubbish and waste blown all over the countryside. What happened to our good people’s pride in a dean environment0 What happened to our good intention of clean ing up our land? Are we forgetting that our children and students copy our actions in what we say and do? What will Linn county be like in the year 2000° At the rate we are piling junk upon junk it looks awfully dismal. Let us have some pride rn our cities, county, state and country Let us get it all together and trv to do better Ix*t us put our shoulders together and work to clean up our roadsides. The big question is What is to be done to the trash after it is taken to the landfill? Margaret Scott Route 3, MarionInfant deaths To the Editor I am writing in regard to Dr S. L. Andelman’s syndicated article, "There is No Known Cause for Sudden Death Syndrome", in the March 19 Gazette. The statement that bottle-fed babies are the only victims of “crib death" is not true. I arn a mother and parent victim of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). On May 14 of last year my 4 week-old son became a victim of SIDS. I breast-fed him An autopsy was done, and it was confirmed my son was a victim of SIPS Our son had been to the doctor the week before and received an excellent report. He was very healthy. The following Saturday my husband discovered him dead. The International Guild for Infant Survival has formed statewide chapters to inform the public about SIPS, more importantly to educate the parent victims alxiut their grief and guilt feelings An article such as this is damaging to those who read it It increases the ignorance already present. Mrs James (' Davis, jr , sec retary Iowa Guild for Infant Survival Route 2, Mt VernonTax relief To the Editor; Where does free enterpise begin arid where do regulation and taxation end? Why is the legislature so reluctant in providing Iowans tax relief? The proposed tax relief bill on food would have cost grocery stores over SKIM! per cash register to remodel them for nontaxable items. This cost would have been passed down to the consumer Rolling the sales tax back to 2Vz cents per dollar would be more practical Legislators should become aware of the necessity for tax relief. Iowan-, are faced with highway robbery, excessive inflation, and over-taxation, and a host of regulations to be imposed on our basic freedoms. Robert R Lauer Route I, Fredericksburg Nixon, tape-gap sailing collision course By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — White House lawyers are disappointed and exasperated with the technical expert they hired to study the famous I8V2-minute tape erasure, a fact likely to further deepen President Nixon’s difficulties in the house impeachment inquiry. Nixon lawyer James St. ( lair s irritation with Dr. Michael Hecker, the West ('oast technician retained by the White House two months ago, has become obvious in recent weeks. That strongly suggests that Hocker s findings will not he tar from the verdict of the court-appointed experts: the gap in the vital June 20, 1972, Oval Office conversation could not have been accidental. The erased segment, forgotten of late but not gone, will again plague Mr Nixon when the experts submit technical findings to Judge John Sirica. If the White House cannot produce expert rebuttal, the President inevitably will be called on personally to explain the gap for the first time Indeed, members of the house judiciary committee are determined to pursue the sensitive question of Mr Nixon’s connection with the tape erasure. ‘So what's wrong with claiming you and Nixon as dependents?1 ;

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