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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Lawmakers Discuss Issues of Elderly Karen Franks, 700 Thirty-third street NE, and her daughter, Ronda, 6, took their Christmas tree home Saturday on a sled, completely hidden by the bushy tree They have no car and they walked the several blocks from the Town and Cov’ntry shopping center pulling the sled with the bushy cargo. ‘Beef-ln’ to Capital SIOCX CITY’ (UFI) -About IOO cattlemen and consumers left Saturday on the second leg of a 2,000-mile “becf-in protest” to Washington, D. C., to dramatize their belief that current beef prices are unfair to both farmers and housewives. The 25-vehicle caravan, which includes a livestock truck loaded with 47 head of cattle, is sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America and the Meat Promoters of South Dakota. A spokesman far the Cen sumer Federation said the parpose of the trek was to emphasis that both farmers and consumers are being treated unfairly by carr eat meat prices. Midge Shubou told a news conference blame for the current price spread lies ‘‘somewhere between the farm and the dinner table ” “We want to emphasize the Breakin Damage, Theft Losses Exceed $4,000 Two breakins in Central City and one in Alburnett and Center Point were investigated Saturuay by the Linn sheriff s department. An estimated $4 nut) damage to the Farmers Co-op in Central City was reported. An undetermined amount of cash was also taken The* Central City school was discovered broken into and an undetermined amount of cash taken. The extent of damage wa-, not estimated. The farmer's elevator in Alburnett was reported damaged and an undetermined amount of money taken The farmer's elevator in ( enter Point received a large amount of damage and an undetermined amount ut nlonev waLs taken in a breakin. cooperation between farmers and consumers. I think this is the first time the two groups have come together in a spirit of cooperation.” A spokesman for the cattlemen, Don Loobey of Sturgis, S. D., dented charges that overproduction has caused low market prices for cattle. "I still don’t believe charges that we’ve overproduced. I believe we have only answered the call,” Loobey said. He blamed “unlimited Imparts and this last simmrr's drouth conditions which forced the sale of cattle” be cause of high feed costs for the current price situation. The cattlemen intend to present Agriculture Secretary Butz with IO of the animals for a department-supervised feeding program designed to sl ow the costs involved in raising livestock and the price spread between livestock raiser and consumer. The balance of the cattle were to be slaughtered and donated for distribution to deserving families in the Washington area for a “Christmas dinner treat.” The group planned stops in Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore. Claims $2 Billion Fuel Overcharges GAZETTE TELEPHONE NUMBERS tm *•«! Spam, IuuNNmr^ taws* Mar amt Oft* ti NM UMM tat** Ca*    men (»tute»®« Sutecnpfou Bap*    WI ill: WASHINGTON (UPI) - A General Accounting Office study released by Sen. Ribieoff (D-C'onn.) Saturday reveals that oil refiners may have overcharged the public by as much as $2 billion The study, prepared al Hiblcoff’s request, also showed the Federal Energy Administration has had “significant problems” in enforcing price regulations on the oil industry. htbicoff said his senate reorganization subcommittee will hold hearings Wednesday to permit GAO investigators and FEA officials to discuss the findings “No I se” With oil prices high and industry profits up, Kibicoff said. "There is no use for the public being subjected to illegal overcharges bv the oil industry." The report also said (LAO investigators were unable to obtain certain data from an incomplete FEA audit of the oil refiners, but .t noted future problems of disclosure have been solved. As for the violations, the study cited certain “unresolved issues” in the pnee regulation of the oil industry and said “the magnitude of refineries’ potential violations could be between $1 and $2 billion.” Most of the unresolved issues resulted from hastily drawn FEA regulations, the study said. It also said FEA records up to Sept. 30 showed the aud-dit “had uncovered overcharges by 13 refining companies amounting to $194 3 million " Price Rollbacks Various ‘‘administrative sanctions ' were taken by FEA involving the overcharges. They included $35 4 million in voluntary price rollbacks or refunds An FFA spokesman replied that the GAO report was a “fair and balanced appraisal” but that Ribicoff’s news release “focuses on the negative side and is. in a couple of instances, misleading. *’ He said FEA auditors merely estimated that overcharges could run as high as $2 billion, but that actual audits for a three-month period just completed revealed $500 million was the actual figure. lh* said violations were being corrected and that Ribicoff’s “suggestion that consumers are being bilked and the FEA is powerless to do anything about it is completely untrue.” UUU HU* Ste I • RI * I ►* I UU ort bu* 12 •••• uiuuur H i*. p m Vt* Ate MKN I UUU thru fti I urn rn S pm tutor*y uutii 12 Muuu •a**? <i*urtn«f ............ $•$4222 ! Ie* teSp.* ferae 0floe rn pa “We sell better living" H. P. “CY” Stanton 377-1153 TOMMY TUCKER REALTY Realtors 365-6956 Concerns of the elderly, including the need for transportation and nursing home facilities, dominated the first meeting with constituents held by Linn county state senators and representatives Saturday morning. Six senators and representatives, all Democrats, listened to viewpoints of about 35 citizens and representatives of county agencies. The meeting was held at the Educational Service center. The need for state funding of transportation of the elderly was emphasized by CC Birr, chairman of the SEATS committee for Linn county which provides door-to-door low-cost transportation for the elderly. The SF.ATS program in the seven-county area had been federally funded. Birr said, but that funding expired Get. I. Boards of supervisors in the seven counties were ap-proachcvl for funding, and the system now has enough money to operate until June I. Federal Funds More federal funds may he available in February, Bin-said. but they cannot be depended on indefinitely. “We feel that the state legislature is going to have to be concerned about this program from a state level.” he said. "The department of transportation is going to have to be the funding body. We cannot continue receiving federal funds.” State Sen. Cloyd Robinson, Cedar Rapids, recommended that the group meet with Don Gardner, who has been appointed to the department.. “Find out what the philosophy of Gardner is connected with this program. I feel very strongly about this program, and if he doesn’t, we could have a lot of things to talk about when his appointment comes up for confirmation in the senate,” said Robinson. Newly-elected State Senator Steve Sovem. Marion, suggested the group seek greater cooperation with the city of Cedar Rapids’ bus system for the elderly. “We have thousands of school buses that do nothing most of the day but just sit," pointed out James Redmond, Cedar Rapids, another newly-elected state senator. “We have a responsibility to be* more efficient. ” Nursing Homes In other issues affecting the elderly, Joe Mazur, Marion nursing home operator, told the goup nursing home operators will ask for an increase in the per day reimbursement from the state for taking care of state patients. The rate, recently raised from $13 to $15, now should be raised to $22. he said Nursing home care availability in Linn county is in dire straits, Mazur said. Construction of nursing homes totaling 300 beds has been approved by the Hoover Health council, he said, but developers are not going ahead with the projects because of high interest rates and construction costs. The health council cannot approve new projects until the developers withdraw or their options run out, according to Mazur, because the total number of beds approved so far would put the county at its saturation point In the meantime, high costs and strict safety and fire regulations in nursing home building codes are forcing many older homes to go out of business. Rate Increase The increase in daily rate for state patients would make j it possible for nursing homes to add more beds. In other areas, Jane Knapp, repressing the Cedar Rapids Education Assn., urged the legislators to work for improvements in the Iowa Public | Employes Retirement System (IPERS). Changes suggested include ' retirement benefits based on the high five of the employe’s last IO years of sen ice, removal of the ceiling on earnings which are covered by IPERS, and a two-to-one match of employer’s contributions and employe contributions to the fund. Robinson said he feared the estimated $81 million price-tag for the improvements might be too much for him to support. Joe Rinas, state representative from Marion, said he would want ta set* the specific costs of the program. “We may have to settle for less than that,” he said. Bond Margins Arlo Schultz, 1325 Parkway drive SE, asked the legislators for their position on lowering from 60 to 50 percent the majority needed to pass general obligation bond issues. Two legislators, Rinas and State Rep. James Jordan, Marion, favored continuing the present 60 percent majority requirement Rinas said a 60 percent majority “is not too much to ask when the result will be a 20-year impact on the taxpayers.” So vein and Redmond suggested the issue was connected to the larger one of tax reform and shifting from dependence on the property tax to dependence on income taxes. A joint committee of the house and senate standing committees on education funding will meet Tuesday, to consider allowing school bond issues to pass with 50 percent. Waily Horn, state representative from Cedar Rapids, a member of the committee, said he could not predict whether the commitee will vote to recommend that to the legislature. Others speaking at the meeting included Loren L. Jansa, administrator of family and adult services for the Linn county social services department. He urged a revision of hoarding and family foster home standards, standards for day care, passage of an adoption bill, minor changes in the child abuse code, appropria tions and legislation for community basial programs for youths, adults, rehabilitation. mental health needs, and others Other legislation proposed by Jansa included revision of the levels of care for elderly persons, increasing the maximum income for property tax reimbursements for the elderly, and creation of an adult abuse law to deal with cases of adults being abused in nursing homes or private homes. The legislators set another meeting for IO a m. Jan. ll at a site to be chosen in Marion. A portion of the meeting will be* devoted to discussion of highway construction and financing. Cedar Rapids News Briefs SMK Program — Harry Conn of the W A. Whitney Corp., Rockford, 111., will speak to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Thursday evening at Hassan’s Supper club. Social hour begins at 6 with dinner at 630 p.m. Reservations must lie made by Monday, His topic will be “Economical Justification of Fabrication and N/C Equipment”. * * * Christmas candles, candle rings, party napkins, table covers. Designs by Halmark for a festive Christmas. Paramount Pharmacy No. 3. 3330 Mt. Vernon Rd. S E -Adv. *    •    * Graduates    —    Linda    K. Curtis,    650 Staub court    NE. and Katherine McHugh. 1H7 Dows lane SE. received ba<h-elors degrees from Colorado State university, Fort Collins, at the end of the fall quarter, u    *    u Holiday Bazaar — Doll clothes and Gifts. Saturday 9 30-4. Sunday 1-4. 614 34th St. S E. - Adv *    •    u Radi® Taken — ('.J Naakt- gcborcn, 1413 First street SE. Saturday reported a two-way radio taken from a vehicle while it was parked at 1538 First avenue NE. Santa’s coming, Dec. 14. Plant Boutique (free candy) 309 First Ave. SE. — Adv Car Entered — Terri L. Gellerman, 1651 Thirty-fourth street SE, Saturday reported a tape deck, a tape box, and 18 tapes taken from a car parked at Washington high school. • • • Pillow Cleaning — New ticking. $3 25. Duchess Cleaners 365-0724 — Adv. Metro kiwanis — Board meeting night, 6 p.m. Thursday, Roosevelt hotel. • * • Fairfax St. Patrick’s Cook Books $3 50 Box 39, Fairfax, Iowa 52228 — Adv. • • • Buresh Rental — Rent better brand equipment.—Adv. • • • Parents Without Partners, 362-3716, 364-4373 - Adv. • • * Old fashioned horse drawn bobsled rides, 365-4435. - Adv. Arrives for Prize OSLO, Norway (AP) — Eisaku Sato, the former prime minister of Japan, arrived here Saturday for next week’s Nobel peace pnze ceremonies. Starting December 8, Grand New fun and games held monthly Regis high school gym. It s new. It’s fun. Public invited. Please try it. We think you’ll like it. 7 p.m. Your donation supports the school.—Adv. • •    • Retired Employes — The National    Assn.    of    Retired Railroad employes Unit 29 will meet at Bishop’s Lindale at I pm. Friday, (’apt. James Barnes of the police department will show a film titled “Bunco Boys”. • *    • La Salon Bleu, too! Now open to serve you. Town & Country Shopping Center. 362-7047, Tom Gregory, Sue Rice, Barb LeClere and Diana Miller. — Adv. ♦ • • Jaycee Toastmaster — Speakers L< ren (apron, Charles Cannady and Phil Saunders. Tuesday at 7 a m. at Bishops. *    #    * MMK) Wigs on Sale, Gift Certificates, Mabeline’s, 363-3391. - Adv •    •    • George Chi Hair Styling Salon closed until further notice. — Adv. • • * Pars exclusively — Berger Furrier, Mars un — Adv. Sertoma Club — The Greater Cedar Rapids Sertoma Club is conducting its annual campaign to collect operable and inoperable hearing aids for donation to the needy. Interested persons should contact John Kiesel at 364-4191 or Tom Osborn at 364-3697 or write P.O. Box 9, Cedar Rapids. Iowa, 52406 • * * Visit our Greenhouses for Beautiful Poinsettias — Tropical Plants. Pierson’s Florists, 1800 Ellis Blvd. N W. Open Sunday. — Adv. * * * Neurotics Anonymous — Monday at 7:30 pm., Grace Episcopal church social hall, 525 A avenue NE. This is a self-help program for people with emotional problems. For information write Box 6, Cedar Rapids. * * * To welcome Judy Soukup back to serve you, Bob's Hair Styling has hair shaping special Call 393-8147 for details. — Adv. • UU Ex Club — A speaker on transcendental meditation will head the Tuesday noon meeting at the Roosevelt hotel. UUU Vacancy for I man and I lady rn lovely board and room home for elderly . 365-7892 — Adv. Avoid the crowds, shop at home with Shaklee. A complete selection of Christmas gifts for everyone on your list. Call on us. We’ll call on you. Marilyn and Bob Tucker, 362-7908 — Adv. UUU Sertoma Club — Greater Cedar Rapids Sertoma Club will meet Tuesday noon at the Elks Club. Sergeant Gillen, of the police department, will discuss the use of a helicopter in police work UUU Basement Sale Bake goods, games, puzzles, gifts, clothes, etc. 897 Oakland Rd. N E Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. — Adv. UUU East Side Kiwanis — Will meet Tuesday noon at the Town House for a Christmas party. Jarona and Co. will present “Fantasy in Magic”. UUU Holiday Special Shampoo living room $10 95, bedroom $7.95. Diamond Carpet 386-6226-Adv. UUU 1975 “Redbook” of United States coins $3.00. Jerome’s. — Adv. • UU Leek ta the Stars! Christmas shop the Want Ads. — Adv. UUU Best Rental Rents The Best. — Adv. For Her Best Christmas Ever! Gazette Photo bv L W Ward Bringing Tree Home Complete Selection of Diamond Dinner Rings - $150 up CONVENIENT CREDIT TERMS Downtown Cedar Rapids 2nd Ave, & 2nd St SE Open ivory Wnnknight Til 9 P M. ;

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