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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa tht Mw a«pub    Before    rebuilding,    an    inspection    of    debris Editorial Page r^doy. Ajgui* 9. 1974 Nowhere to go but up Everyone who tuned in to the resignation speech of President Nixon Thursday night felt the touch, in a personal way, of a truly historical moment — not the smoke-thin, soon-forgotten stuff of past appearances that took the Watergate fiasco down the road, but something both immense and singular in the presidency’s annals. Cold type will record it for posterity. But personal experience and feeling etched it into memory for all who lived the moment. There are those, no doubt, whose prime emotion in the Nixon downfall was pure happiness. Others doubtless felt still-seething anger at the forces that contrived to bring the end that finally spun out. For most Americans, instead, the feeling over-all is probably a melancholy one: Sadness at the blemish that has marred the highest office in the land. Regret in such a sour climax to a presidential story otherwise distinguished by some fine achievements and some lasting good. Disappointment in the letdown by a leader both intelligent and talented but deeply flawed in ways that came to light too late. Now the makings of continued bitterness and strife hang on concerning the details of Mr. Nixon's exit, the terms of his withdrawal, the interpretation he gave it personally, the prospect for a loose-end tying, legally, of business still unfinished. But the overriding sense now on the sidelines has to be relief: That finally the dismal days are almost done. That disarray is passing and new leadership, respectable and strong, can pick the pieces np and set them straight. And most of all, that presidential trust can work once more, both ways. Everybody brushed by history as we have been now owes it to himself and to us all to share in working out repairs so no one in our system has to live through this again. Teamworking for bikeways COME ALONG on the daylong bicycle hike through the wilds, beckons the sign in Cedar Rapids’ downtown YMCA. What landmarks will be observed — historic Indian lookout south of Iowa City? Ancient Abbey creek school near Mt. Vernon? Scenic Palisades-Kepler state park0 No, the idea is to transport bicycle hobbyists up to the famous Elroy-Sparta bike trail in Wisconsin. As noted in this space July 19, Iowa has no bicycle paths to compare with Wisconsin’s, though the bike bug infects Iowans as thoroughly as other native types. In light of that enthusiasm — now long past the fad stage — one wonders when Linn county and Cedar Rapids will begin establishing safe, nonmotorized bike paths. As explained in a Gazette feature last Sunday, county and city officials face several roadblocks, including cash shortages and lack of ridership patterns suggesting where bike routes might logically be created. Yet the comments of Mel Meyer, city traffic engineer, and Bill Harrington, county engineer, suggest an opening for cyclists. Upon learning that federal funds can be spent for bike paths located adjacent to roadways under improvement, Meyer envisions a possible bike path paralleling widened Bowling street SW between Wilson avenue and Kirkwood Community college. Meanwhile, Harrington speaks of the obvious desirability of a bike trail along Ely road SW toward Lake Macbride. While the city idea is tentative and the county notion merely a People's forum ‘No septic problems’ To the Editor As a resident of Turn View Heights west of Solon, I wish to correct some of the impressions given by loc al TV and newspapers that our locality is reeking with odors from defective septic tanks and leach fields In the first place we only have about KO homes instead of IOO as stated on TV. Second, if the original septic systems were installed as approved by the .Johnson county health department the way they are now. no troubles would haw* developed In the nine years I have lived here most troubles were due either to improper installation or to runoff from our hills, some of which contain springs The picture shown on TV purporting to be pools of sewage were natural runoff from culverts which we installed My own system gave me trouble seven years ago due to improper installation, which sample of what might be someday, the suggestions side-by-side write a feasible scenario for city-countv cooperation in bike-path establishment. Since Ely road and Bowling street SW are but several blocks apart, a bicycle route running from southwest Cedar Rapids to the Linn-Johnson county line along Ely road looks suddenly possible. And the idea of Johnson county joining in to complete the link with Maconde state park is not as farfetched as one might think. Johnson is participating happily in the creation of the Iowa City-to-CoralVille bike trail, a concrete and crushed-rock ribbon scheduled for completion this fall. Realization of that goal of Johnson county cyclists provides yet another blueprint for bike enthusiasts in Linn county: Propose a route and RAISE some of the money. In Johnson county, $10,000 of the needed $32,000 has been supplied by Project Green. an environmental organization, through a series of bike-a-thons (in which sponsors pay participants certain amounts per mile pedaled). Whether cyclists’ attention in the Cedar Rapids area focuses upon the southerly route theorized here or some other attractive proposal, this much is certain Policymakers cannot act until petitioners narrow their proposals to one or several feasible ideas, then show a willingness to help pay the way. Given the high cost of establishing bike routes, all proposals except those favoring a maximum number of hobbyists probably are out the window . as of now. was corrected I have had no trouble since According to information given us at a meeting of the Lake Macbride Assn bv researchers from the university and the state conservation commission. 74 percent of the pollution in I.ake Macbride is due to runoff from farms and feed lots Harry ti Huck Route 4. Solon Police support To the Editor Today the attackers against our local police continue The cry of police brutality is a matter of serious concern across our nation Let’s see why. in the past decade, more than 500 law enforcement officers were murdered in the line of duty In 1908 for example, there were 158 assaults for every 1,000 officers in the country. This means that one of every seven policemen is being attacked every 12 months Added to all this. policemen are harassed by civilian review boards, human relation commissions and other groups They must face criminals who know even better than they of the permissiveness and leniency of judges and He’s a liar; wish he were a crook instead’ By James J. Kilpatrick II7ASHINGTON - Very well The VV wreckage of Richard Nixon’s administration is now so nearly complete that further demolition will merely tidy up the ruins I write on a Tuesday morning. 12 hours after the bombshell disclosures of Monday night, and I am close to tears Grown men ought not to weep. I have been covering politics and politicians for more than 30 years, and have seen enough of duplicity to be immune to shock Nixon ’n duplicity is almost beyond bearing. The thing is: I believed him Millions of other Americans believed him also. When he said. over and over, looking us squarely in the eye. that he had known James J. Kilpatrick nothing of the Watergate coverup until March of 1973. we believed him “Your President is not a crook.” he once said I believed him It no longer greatly matters My President is a liar He lied to the people, in his public statements. He lied to his lawyers. He lied to the press. On June 23. 1972, just five days after the Watergate breakin, he himself set in motion the coverup He himself knew of the Watergate cash He himself set a pattern of deceit for others to follow Why did he do it? His conduct is beyond comprehension In June of 1972. George McGovern’s nomination was assured. which is to say thai Nixon’s own re-elec-tion was assured Give,, the political situation at that time, there was no way that Nixon’s candidacy could have been fatally damaged If he had told the people the truth at that time — the whole truth, holding nothing back — the Watergate scandal would have been a nine-day wonder. The campaign could have pr<*ceeded on course But he lied One grop<*s amidst the debris Monday night’-- disclosures clear up a few points More than a year ago, when I was among many persons urging the President voluntarily to release the tapes. I said that his refusal would permit an inference that he had something to hide All right He had something to hide A couple of months ago. I suggested to Mr Nixon that Bob Ha Idem an, by not keeping him informed, had betrayed him The President sharply denied it. At least he told the truth about that Haldeman had indeed kept him informed Haldeman did not betray him The President betrayed himself The just-disclosed conversation of June 23. 1972. explains another puzzling thing We foolish believers kept searching through the later conversations of March. 1973. looking for expressions of presidential amazement and outrage. We found none. It seemed odd. because we were given to understand that he was only then beginning to comprehend the involvement of such aides as Maurice Stans and John Mitchell We had been led astray; we had been lied to. No wonder he was not amazed that March! No wonder he was not outraged’ The lies, the lies. the lies! My President is a liar I wish he were a crook instead Three months ago he gave us a stack of transcripts, and he provided a fine false summary to go with them ‘ Throughout the period of the Watergate affair the raw material of these recorded conversations establishes that the President . . . had no knowledge of any coverup prior to March 21. 1973.” The sentence is a devious work of art. He did have knowledge of the coverup: He himself had helped to contrive it. What a pity. what a pity! Here was a President who get us out of Vietnam, ended the draft, restored a needed conservative balance to the supreme court, launched hopeful programs of new federalism, and by his bold overtures to Red China opened new avenues toward world peace. Now the good vanishes in the wreckage of the bad. The swearing-in of Gerald Ford conies not one hour too si Kin. Wash<no*on star To the rescue 'Ba    7a parole boards. No wonder the job has iH^pnie .so difficult. "'Tn*June. 1981. the internal security subcommittee of the V S senate released a small report which detailed communist plans to discredit and destroy local police forces Titled “A I ommunist Plot Against the Free World Police,” this report was ignored by much of the mass media Here, in part, is what it said Our police are among the foremost guardians of freedom and thus a major target of the communists The better the force the more vital it is for the communists to destroy it The communist technique has been directed primarily toward discrediting the police in the eyes of the people There is a natural antipathy between police and communists The police learn early in their careers that the Communist party is not just another political party but it is an international conspiracy. A campaign against the police of one free countr> is not planned and directed by the purtv of that country; but by the strategists of international communism We are extremely concerned about relent developments in this country which have imposed new and dangerous burdens on our local police. Harassment and outright attacks against the police in many instances organized and con trolled by subversives and criminals have increased alarmingly. Our Marion Support Your Local Police Committee of the John Birch Society puts its emphasis on the word "local " We want no national police force: a synonym for that is Gestapo We pledge to inaugurate a communitywide program to support our local police and keep them independent. We will work to create more understanding of the problem and threats our local police face We remind our fellow citizens that our police have earned our help and need it now Gary L. < ulver. chairman 7<K) Thirty-fifth street. Marion Downhill To the Editor Just how far down do we have to go as a so-called "God-fearing” country before we hit the bottom ' With Channel 7 s open defiance to God creating man, and < flannel 9 s new way to show viewers it is strictly a family-viewing TV' by flashing all those R- and X-rated movie previews for our children to see. Watergate, impeachment, arid even our armed forces can’t keep up their pants (That refers to an incident that took place I>etween Martelle and the Fairview A • Nixon problem): ‘Guilt enough for removal? By William Safire N'EW YORK - rho* President concluded he would lose a trial in the senate as a result of the latest "firestorm ’’ Since he has already admitted guilt, the question goes, why not instant resignation? There were several realms why tic should not resign, and staffers with heavy hearts - and inclinations to the contrary - dutifully provided him with lists of those reasons. One reason was selfish: He would lose his White House pass. Thiat sounds ludicrous — he might not hav** an actual plastic pass — but it meant he would lost' access to his papers and tapes, lose* his government counselors, and perhaps lose access to the now vice-president A more cogent reason was institutional: He believed that to let himself be hounded out of office would weaken the presidency. Since he had done much to weaken it already, he felt that a stoical march down humiliation road to certain defeat might be a way of expiating his sin. A third argument against resignation had to do with political loyalties. By hanging on the hope's, he could enable his previous supporters to make themselves whole, as they went on TY to demand his Insights William Safire resignation or on record voting his impeachment. Loyal congressmen could1 drown out the I-toid-you-sos with the righteous boom of had-I-but-known. Finally, there was history s reason. which carried the most weight with him at the end. Nixon believed that what he has done may warrant censure, or even house impeachment, but not the "extreme” of removal from office. The President s argument, directed at judges a generation or two from now would pose the question. How much guilt is enough to justify removal? His would be a defense of degree, that would use the mandatory nature of the punishment (removal) as a weapon against the verdict. asking the senate to acquit not because the defendant was innocent but because he was not guilt* enough to justify the penalty. Keeping in mind his realistic expectation of defeat, would such an agonizing period for the nation, and such a strain on the defendant, be worth it? Could anything be salvaged, for now or for later? Perhaps. But weighing on the minds of the men advising him. and tipping the scales toward resignation as the final advice was what can be called the Profumo problem John Profumo. the reader will recall. was the British minister who became involved with prostitute Christine Keeler, who included among her clients a Soviet diplomat. The security risk turned out to be inconsequential, but what ruined Profumo and nearly brought down the government was the fact that the man accused stood before the House of Commons and lied. In his long, score hed-earth retreat over the past year. Mr Nixon took positions "at variance" with the story as we know it now and as he might have known it then Trying to prevent disclosure of his Moved plumbers may or may not be an offense worthy of removal, but deliberately misleading the American people over this long a period is not the sort of *    "A- junction last weekend 1. Half a dozen uniformed men turned their backs to the oncoming traffic and dropped their britches in view of all What respect to the U S army and to our people. I How much more is our God going to take before He stands up and says, enough? Prepare to meet thy God Jesus says. “I arn the way. the truth and the life ” How soon? Norman R Seelev Anamosa Reassurance To the Editor I would like to urge the many people who are worried and depressed about our country — our democracy — to read an editorial by Howard Flieger, “Durable Democracy as I did. in the current issue, (Aug 12) of V S News & World Report Mrs V a1 Barta 261 MI Twelfth avenue SW Comedy routine lf any politic al party puts an economy plank iii its platform lins year. ii will be Manse of force of habit or for a laugh Example is not the main thmg rn life — if is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer thing Presidents should be permitted to do. An argument can be made for occasional. emergency misleadership, and it is true that a President is not under oath when he makes a speech. But he is under a general oath of office, and there is a bond of trust between the man in the presidency and the man in the street that makes sustained duplicity not only offensive. but removably so Nixon knew, as he considered the most suitable approach to his rendezvous with defeat, that it can be shown that he deliberately misled the American public. Above all, that is what he would hate to see impressed again and again on the audience watching on television. To the question. “How much guilt is needed for removal?”, the high crime of sustained deliberate misleadership would be enough The President thought about that as he made up his mind. Hew York Times Service Ford s plans: upbeat, bipartisan, no cliques By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - A dramatic shift from the Nixon era of exclusionary politics to an "open door" Ford administration is now being plotted by Gerald Ford s intimates with this symbolic capstone: an offer to Sen. Hubert Humphrey of a major post in the Ford administration. Humphrey, the 1968 Democratic presidential nominee, is perceived by snme of Vice-president Ford's key advisers as the best possible Democrat for inclusion in Ford’s new-style government. That nrv style will emphasize an opwi White House door, genuine bipartisanship in foreign policy and reconciliation within the Republican party. This is a death sentence for the royal attributes of the Nixon era with pervasive Ova! Office political dominance and remoteness from both Republicans and Democrats on < apitol Hill An offer to old pro Democrat Humphrey, moved by time and events to the deep center from the outer left wing of his party, is seen by some Ford operatives as the obvious catalyst for reconciliation even if he turned down the offer The new style in politics would be summed up by President Ford s offer of the vice-presidency to Nelson Rockefeller. Nominating the worldfamous Rockefeller would achieve notable objectives: reassurance to foreign countries; restoration of a truly national Republican party with an anchor in the liberal Northeast for the first time since 1964; finessing the Ford succession problem (Rockefeller. 66. would be too old to run for Prudent in 198(1). Rockefeller advocates, including Laird, advance one other major asset: Rockefeller and his vast political and financial resources could tap valuable new talent to a corrupted national government which has become the target of cynical sneers Now tieing eyed as high-level operatives in the Ford White House are a handful of experienced Republicans who, one way or another, ran afoul of the Nixon Berlin wall' Robert Ellsworth, the former Kansan congressman who was handed off the? White House staff in 1969 bv ll R Milkman, perhaps slated to return as director of the Office of Management airn! Budget; former Sen C harles Goodedl of New York, whose campaign for re-election was sabotaged bv the Nixon (Mal Office; and Donald Rumsfeld (now U. S ambassador ti* NATO) who as a prudential counselor had his troubles with the Haldeman-Ehrlich-man clique* Secretary of the Interior Rogers Morton is a strong possibility for White House chief of staff He never has fitted emotionally into the weird political world of Richard Nixon Effectively sidelined bv the Oval Office, hi* is Ford’s close ally I he major objective of Ford s political friends now pressing for such sweeping changes is psychological: to end the Nixon era not with a whimper but with a bang Each of these moves is designed to rehabilitate and broaden the dangerously weakened Republican party and at the same tune strengthen Ford s posture as a national leader by giv ing him, at least for the first two years, a leading Democratic ally in government Pubiithcr* Holt indicate ;

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