Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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The people’s forum
Saturday, April 27, 1974
Endangered species out?
THE FRENUH-BRITISH bird named Concorde (a supersonic airliner) has taken to hovering on the threshold of extinction: Britain’s Labor government reportedly is trying to arrange a cutoff on the French end of the money flow and kiss it away as a $2.5 billion mistake. The French, while not so eager yet, are said to recognize that economic realities may soon dictate that script.
In that event what started out as an exercise in unrestrained competition will wind up as a hard lesson in what can happen when an artificially contrived demand severely overreaches true demand.
Concorde took to wing in a three-cornered government miscalculation of the world’s need for supersonic transport (SST) air service. In the face of seeming world competition, the U.S. sank close to a billion dollars in subsidized development of a Boeing SST. That pooped out in the subsequent face of noise objections, cost objections, environmental objections and great indifference on the public's part to e\er riding in an SST.
Russia, meanwhile, honored the competitive fever by materializing its own TU-144 — and one of those blew the works by crashing at an air show in France last year. Now airlines, worldwide, are canceling their options for a Concorde purchase, and many major airports have threatened denial of landing rights to any SST. and hardly anyone who flies long distances is crying in his chilled champagne about it.
Concorde seems about to fold, in short, because there is a totally inadequate demand for what the French and British want to sell. A close inspection of the record shows that past “demand" for anybody’s SST has largely come from aircraft builders, governments and seekers after gain who conned each other into it for something that the people simply didn't want.
It cost a lot of tax-drained plain Americans too much to find that out, just as it seems painfully about to do to sadder, wiser Britishers and Frenchmen too. That's the lesson we should all remember when the fevers for an SST revival come again
COMMENTATOR Paul Harvey, whose nuggets usually pan out better on the air than in print, Diadem startling revelation in his column (in another newspaper) the other day: There are no farmers in congress anymore.
Yup, the columnist insisted, there are lots of lawyers in congress and there are some congressmen who own land which is farmed by others. “But now here on Capitol Hill will you find any dirt-under-the-fingernails sod-busting farmers anymore.’’
The unfortunate upshot of rule by city dudes, said Harvey, in effect, is taxation and regulation of farmers, without representation.
The situation, in our view, is not so bleak as Harvey imagines it. Perhaps none of the 535 senators and house members is a blackland farmer, but examination of the cast of characters for congress No. 93 discloses an abundant agricultural background.
Thirty-eight representatives and ll senators list agriculture among their sundry occupations. (Five percent of the country’s population resides on farms.) In fact, the only categories outnumbering agriculture are business and banking, 177; law , 289; education, 69; politics and public service, 450; and veteran, 390 Those figures, of course, total far more than 535, but virtually all congressmen list more than one occupation.
What’s .more, the house agriculture committee has nine of
its 36 members (25 percent) listing agricultural backgrounds, while five of the senate's 13 agriculture and forestry committee include agriculture among their occupations.
Surprisingly, though, the nation's leading farm states have relatively few senators and representatives from agriculture. California, the national leader in farm produce, has but 6 of 46 representatives backgrounded in agriculture. Nebraska (with 3 representatives), Kansas (2) and Wisconsin (9) list not one congressman from agriculture. Iowa has 2 of 6 (Smith and Scherle), Minnesota 3 of 8. South Dakota, 2 of 2; and Illinois only I of 23.
Nonetheless, the U.S. congress enjoys far more agricultural expertise than Paul Harvey’s lament acknowledges. And importantly, an elected official need not boast a farm background to understand the intricacies of the farming profession.
Ism't It the Truth?
By Carl Riblet, Jr
The real medical wizards of the astare not scientists or medical doctors They are the medicine men of politics who have, through camouflager) of numskullism, on-camera makeup, financial alchemy, arm-twisting and artificial respiration, kept the Republican and Democratic parties alive long after they should have and would haw died from swallowing their own lies
“lf I accustom a servant to tell a lie for me, have I not reason to apprehend that he will tell many lies for himself?
—Samuel Johnson, I 763
Bond benefits cited
To the Editor:
On April 30, my husband and I will vote in favor of the school bond issue. I would like to encourage all parents of elementary students to do the same.
Those of us with children in the four older junior high schools know there is a need for remodeling and repair that should be done now .
It is my hope that we receive the support of those parents who presently have their children in the newer schools. We need the same educational advantages for our children that those children already have.
Anyone with doubt about the needs in the older junior highs should take the time to visit them. All parents favoring the bond issue should conscientiously get out and vote, because it does take Bl) percent to pass.
Mrs .Jerome Sherman 73 Twentieth avenue SW
To the Editor:
Senate .Joint Resolution 183 makes April 30 a “national day of fasting, humiliation and prayer.’’ I believe this is very important, and if our people as a nation will cooperate in it. with earnest purpose, great things can be accomplished in our nation . .
Our Scripture reads: “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will r* hear from heaven, will forgive their sins. and will heal their land ” (II Chronicles 7:14)
Mildred S Krebs 1224 Thirteenth street NVN
Massive tie-up for reform’
Full year to try impeachment?
By William F. Buckley, jr.
IT HAS NOT liven widely noticed that the house judiciary committee faces not only the question whether to impeach Mr Nixon, but what to impeach him for
The general assumption is that he withstand trial or not depending on whether the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that Mr Nixon knew about the break in, or participated in its cover-up It is not widely enough recognized that a huge intellectual lobby has built up asking that Nixon bi* impeached on multifarious charges.
The judiciary committee cannot help but feel that any failure to acknowledge these charges against Mr. Nixon is in effect to take, negatively, a historic position concerning the powers of the executive.
Consider the question of the secret bombing of Cambodia. The American ( n il Liberties Union is only one of many who hold that this is an impeachable offense. The Rodino committee has undoubtedly discovered itself that there are a dozen precedents in American history for doing this kind of thing.
But having been asked formally by the house of representatives tit establish whether Mr Nixon has committed any impeachable offenses, inevitably the committee will feel that NOT to impeach Nixon on this count is to say to future Presidents, in effect, that they may safely rely on the Cambodian precedent to bomb at will, and disguise from the people and the1 congress the fact of their having done so
Inevitably there will be congressmen on that committee who will reason that they are best off voting impeachment, and passing the burden along to other bodies to validate or invalidate the impeachment. First. of course, the house of representores-at-large Then the senate* of the United State's
If the trial of President Nixon is going to result, in effect, in a deliberate review of the powers of the* President, we may as w«*ll consult nett only the entire' house of representatives, which by failing to impeach on a particular point take s upon itself the responsibility of establishing Pedley for future- Presidents; but also the* senate of the United States, which is in any case linked more closely by the* Constitution to the1 making of foreign pedicy
My gue'ss is that if the committee is ambiguous em the whole Watergate* business, it will be tempted not to impeach at all. But that if it is driven to impeaching feer any re-ason at all, it will be tempted. while at it, tee impeach on practically e*very allegation
Well, no; I suppeese it isn t foreseeable that the committee will impeach on the grounds that King Timahoe rode on Air Pe tree I reminding Anthemy Lewis and (larry Wills that ceengress is irretrievably corrupt. But this side of utte*r triviality, if the committee moves at all it will preebably move comprehensively, inaugurating a gre at and historic debate em — the* American presidency
Now if this happens, as Mr C Dicker-man Williams of New York has pointe*d out. it cannot lie expected that the* senate will do its business in less than erne year The* trial e»f Andre*w .leehnson took almost
three months It was infinitely less complicated than any trial that would undertake to look intel not only Mr Nixon s connections with the plumbers, and later with the justice department, but also into his conduct of the Cam-be Khan war. perhaps his handling of his taxe's, his authorization of individually specified security procedures
We are- talking abeeut a year Whereas all the talk has been about how difficult it would be to run the* government without a functioning President during the* peruKi of an impeachment trial, suddemly we* are* forced to ask ourselves What are we* geiing to do with a semate* that devotes itself for a period elf a year almeist exclusively to matters teiuchmg em impeachment?
The cynics will say that this might prove to be the most useful senate we e*ve*r had Others will suggest that under such circumstances what you would have, in the senate chamber, is the- chief justice of the supreme court, the “managers’’ representing the prosecution, the President’s defense, and — after opening day — only a scattering of senators.
The staff, in effect, would do the work And Mr Nixon would be the human instrument through which the Constitution as it has evolved would be rethought insofar as it touchesjin the growth of the American presidency.
It is not unlikely that Watergate will be the highway for the constitutional reform of the executive.
Washington Star Syndicate
To the Editor:
Before the end of National Volunteer week, I would like to offer thanks to all volunteers in general — and in particular to those wonderful people who volunteer their services in nursing centers and homes. These important “friends in deed’’ cheerfully give their talents and concern, as well as that precious commodity, time, for the benefit of those who are ill, handicapped or elderly — those whose days could move painfully slowly without the cheering presence of the volunteer.
The volunteer represents home, family, community - normalcy - to nursing center patients. They bring the world to the shut-in. The time given by the volunteer is precious indeed and should not be wasted — MUST not be misused. The volunteer is there not to replace employes but solely to make life more pleasant or meaningful for patient — and this they certainly do.
I’ve said this before and sincerely believe it, so may I repeat: Volunteers are golden people. I’m happy for this chance to thank them all. I know our patients join me in appreciation.
Mary Duncombe, activity director Americana Nursing Center 184(1 First avenue NE
To the Editor
Hooray for Senator Hatfield’ The Lord has used him to call forth our nation to mass prayer and fasting, for the Middle F'.ast crisis, on Tuesday, April 30 What a beautiful thing it will be to hear our voices lifted as one. in faith, to Cod Draying is for all men and has great authority and power. In a country founded “under God,” we should pray nationally more often
God puts people into government positions for a reason and uses them to fulfill His purposes and will Church and state may Ik- divided to many extents, but a (all from the government for national prayer should Im- honored and accepted as the will of God
l,ana Baker Hiawatha
To the Falitor
There has been some controversy over whether dogs owned by Presidents of the U S should get free rides President Franklin I) Roosevelt allegedly once sent a navy ship to retrieve his dog, Paia Mr Nixon s King Timahm* may not Im- a globe-trotter, but he is a well-seasoned traveler
Air Force I is an expensive form of transportation. Its propulsion and cost come from the efforts of millions of people in the form of taxes Considering how massive the aircraft is. a dog, more or less, thus has little or no effect economically
Those who heard EDR extol “my little dog’’ will understand the bond between master and dog Although I hold no brief for the incumbent President, I couldn't In* an accessory to the deprivation of King Timahoe
As we all know, nobility caters to nobility; so let King Timahoe enjoy the company of King Richard and vice versa Pondering that, we may find that the “Irishman’’ (the setter) is the lesser albatross here
Reflections on a reassuring trendBirth-decline paradox: In bum world, families best?
By James Reston
WASHINGTON — The birthrate in the United States, according to the government’s National Center for Health Statistics, has now dropped to its lowest point in history, and judging by the bare facts all around us, this is not because sex has gone out of style.
The government, which somehow keeps track of these things, tells us. with all of the emotion of the multiplication table, that the national fertility rate dropped in 1873 to 19 children per family, and that there were 3,141,000 births or thereabouts last year, the lowest number since 1845
Also, the officials tell us that if the trend of more sex and fewer babies goes on like this, the population of the United States will level off to “zero growth’’ sometime in the first half of the 21st Century'
On the whole, this is good news. Already we are producing more people than we can understand or govern, and our mental growth obviously leveled off long ago. Our bodies are running ahead of our minds. While our record is better than most nations, we cannot quite find enough money, jobs, schools, houses, or transportation to keep up with the fertility of our people
So apparently the people have decided to adjust themselves to the government, which is a switch. All the other government tables are going up — prices, unemployment, interest rates, crime, even rape* (which is odd considering the availability of sex). But the population index is going down.
The interesting thing about this, ofAnother I iou
“The birth and fertility rates hit a new low again, but we can always remove their tonsils and adenoids.
course, is not the statistics but the philosophy, not whether this is a good or bad thing, but why? Never has any society advertised and glorified sex as much as America and shot so many blanks
George Gallup suggests some of the reasons for the decline in the birthrate: “Including the cost of living, particularly tin* cost of education, widespread use of contraceptives, concern over crowded conditions arid overpopulation, more liberal abortion laws, and changing values and lifestyles as reflected by woman s liberation.”
He could probably have added to his list The uncertainty of life in America today The decline in respect for the authority of the family and the church. The doubt whether the young want to repeat the hard work and the experience of their parents. The widespread acceptance of divorce. The easy satisfaction of sex and entertainment. In short, the increasing freedom and mobility of the young and their hesitation to commit themselves to anyone or anything for life: “Live it up, and throw it out ”
Gallup, when he looked into all this, confirmed the obvious. Producing and raising five or six kids was a bit of a tussle, and eight or nine even on the old farm was unthinkable. Two children, he
found, were about right, but only one was a problem both for the parents and the Child. All responsibility for the old folks and no help from the other kids.
What Gallup’s poll did not deal with is the increasing number of couples, married and unmarried, who want no children at all. My favorite family reporter, Russell Baker, has just been out at the University of Colorado, running away from Watergate, and tossing around life with the undergraduates
He found, if I heard him light, that the topic of sex, married or otherwise, was old stuff. The young pretended that it was an appetite that could be satisfied as naturally as eating or breathing, which is a lie, but anyway they were much more interested and concerned about the larger problem of commitment to a life of raising children. “Do you take this child for better or for worse, ’til death do you part?”
That is a harder question, even in these days of disbelief, than “do you take this man?” You cannot divorce your own child but you can avoid the problem You can do what you like, free at last to have and to hold until something better turns up. No promises either way. “Who gives this woman? Who takes this pill0”
The trend toward smaller families and
even toward planned spinsterhood has some obv ious advantages for society as a whole It eases the nightmare of doubling th** population every 4(i years and makes the problem of planning and governing lib1 a lot easier.
And yet there may be a paradox in the current trend. The young seem to be longing for something to believe in these days, and th** family is probably the last refuge they have.
On the one hand the argument is made that this is a rotten and dangerous world, full of wars, crooks, crime, and dope, so why subject one more soul to its brutality? On the other hand, if it is true, as charged — that the preachers are not to be believed, the politicians not to be trusted, and society as a whole is a.jumble of lies and tricks — then the family, with all its struggles, is still about the best bet available. Maybe even better than being liberated into loneliness.
One day the government statisticians may expand their efforts — measure not only the (INP and the population but the growth of happiness. Meanwhile the latest figures are reassuring. If we can’t handle the people we’ve got, why double the problem?
Ne* York Time* Service
We proletarians know what a dog s lib* it is anyway, so tolerate the setter; he may have a point We know he is no crook
Hjalmar .Johnson 2408 (’ avenue NERefreshing
To the Editor
Recently we read here of a good experience Jan Harville of Dubuque had with Schamberger Motor Co. after she purchased a used car. We would like to share one we just had there too. We bought a 1973 Matador last February, put it in our garage and never drove it until the warranty period had passed When we did take it out, we noticed several things that needed to be fixed.
We took it down to SChamberger’s and they fixed everything for us right away. We were delighted with the fast and courteous service, but when we came to pay the bill were we ever surprised Though the warranty had passed, Mr Schamberger offered to split the bill in half. We paid half, they paid half.
We could well afford to pay the bill, and intended to. They knew this also, because we had paid cash for the car. Isn’t this approach refreshing? . . . Too bad things like this can’t make the front page in place of the world’s worst deeds
Mr & Mrs. Elbert Noel McC’luskey 335 Thirteenth avenue SW