Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat., Dec. 28^ 1974Folks You Can Write or Call if You've Got a Consumer Problem
By Associated Press
Got a gripe? The federal government has many persons ready to listen, whether your problem concerns food, travel, housing or any of numerous other areas.
Here is a list, compiled by the department of health, education and welfare, of officials to write or telephone if you have a consumer problem:
Nancy Steorts Special Assistant to the Secretary for Consumer Affairs
Agriculture Department Washington. D C., 20250 Telephone: 202-447-3165
AIR TRAVEL .lack Yohe Director
Office of the Consumer Advocate
Civil Aeronautics Board Washington, D.C., 20428 Telephone: 202-382-6376
Sam Sherwin Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Commerce
Commerce Department Washington, D C., 20230 Telephone: 202 967-5491
CONSUMER INFORMATION David Peterson Director, Consumer Information Center General Services Administration Washington, D C., 20407 Telephone: 202-343-6171
PRODUCT SAFETY Mary Ray Ryan SpecTai Assistant for U'gal Matters Consumer Product Safety Commission 5401 Westbard Avenue Bethesda, Md 20207 Telephone: 301-496-7377
Director for Consumer Affairs and Special Impact
Federal Energy Administration Washington, D. C. 20-161 Telephone. 202-254-7546
Emmett J. Gavin Assistant to the Chairman Federal Power Commission Washington, I). C. 20426 Telephone: 202-386-6081
FOOD, DRUGS, COSMETICS Dr. John Harvey Senior Educational Director
Office of Consumer Affairs
Food and Drug Administration 5600 Fishers l^anc Rockville. Md. 20852 Telephone: 30l-i43-3170
ADVERTISING, CREDIT, FRAUD
J. Thomas Rosch Director
Bureau of Consumer Protection Federal Trade Commission
Washington, D. 0. 20851) Telephone. 202-962-0151
OLDER AMERICANS Decker Anstrom Assistant to the Commissioner Administration on Aging Health, Education and Welfare Department Washington. D. C. 20201 Telephone: 202-245-0724
CONSUMER AFFAIRS Virginia II. Knauer Director
Office of Consumer Affairs
Washington, D. C 20201 Telephone: 202-245-6164 EDUCATION
Dr. Virginia Y. Trotter Assistant Secretary for Education Office of Education Health, Education and Welfare Department
Washington, D. CL 20202 Telephone: 202-245-8430
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Wilbur Jones Consumer Affairs Coordinator Housing and Urban Development Department
Washington, D. C. 20410 Telephone: 202-755-7976
ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCES, PARKS Ann Richardson Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Program and Budget interior Department Washington, D. C. 20240 Telephone: 202-343-7785
BUS AND TRAIN TRAVEL Warner L. Baylor Consumer Affairs Officer Interstate Commerce Commission
Washington, D. C. 20423 Telephone: 202-343-4141
Gregory B. Hovendon Chief
Consumer Affairs Section Anti-trust Div ision Justice Department Washington, I). C. 20530 Telephone; 202-739-4173WORK REGULATIONS,
Joanne Gordon Special Assistant to the Secretary Labor Department Washington, D. C. 20210 Telephone 202-961-2027
STOCKS AND BONDS Barbara J. McTigue Consumer Liaison Officer Securities and Exchange Commission Washington, D. C. 20549 Telephone: 202-755-4845
CAR SAFETY, HIGHWAYS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Antonina P. Uccello Director
Office of Consumer Affairs
Washington, D C. 20590 Telephone: 202 426-4518
ALCOHOL, GUNS, TAXES, TRAVEL
John Auten Director
Office of Financial
Treasury Department Washington, I) C. 20220 Telephone: 202-964-5914
Thomas Chadwick Consumer Advocate U.S. Postal Sendee Washington, D. C. 20260 Telephone: 202-245-4550.
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Post-Christmas Gloom Descends
By John Canniff
NEW YORK (AP) - The day after Christmas begins a new season, the season lo pay up. clean up, recover. It is a different mood: it is bleak winter again, no time to be jolly.
The toys that looked so freshly painted yesterday are smashed today, and so are a lot of resolutions to be moderate in all things. Excess is its own penalty; why couldn’t you remember that?
The little gift puppy that was just a bundle of furry love yesterday causes today’s argument. The thing eats food! And it can t tell the difference between wrapping paper and an old newspaper.
Anticipation, like an old wrapping, has lost its brilliance, and satiety immerses everything. Idealism is strained and hard reality lies ahead. Yesterday’s feast becomes the bones to Dick
today. Don't you know there s a recession?
The air remains charged, it is true, but it has a different vitality. It is time now for paying bills and returning gifts, and where is the money or time coming from?
Sales slips written weeks ago in seconds now cannot be deciphered in hours, and after all the trouble you went to retrieving them from piles of puper and ribbons and bows.
The friendly salesman who offered your money back if not satisfied — “absolutely no trouble all’’ — is seen slipping behind the drape into the back room as you approach, package in hand
His behavior is understandable. Any merchant would prefer to go ahead with more positive business. There’s no money in exchanging gifts, or worse, in refunding money. Profits require sales, and they’re hard enough to make.
To a merchant, pre-Christmas and post-Christmas are the same season, the season to sell, and this year and next they hope to demonstrate that conviction
By tradition, that season becomes active after Thanksgiving dav. but some anxious merchants have been known to use Halloween as a starting block, luring customers with layaway plans, big stocks, low prices and no crowds.
It extends far beyond Christmas, and includes the post-Christmas sales that, in contradiction of the calendar, begin as early as Christmas eve. when wrapping papers, cards, toys and other items are marked down.
The traditional white goods or linen sales soon will be advertised.Some furniture and appliances also might go on sale — some say even automobiles — as merchants fight the mid-winter depression of spirit.
By mid-January the holiday selling-buying season is usually expended, exhausted. Money and enthusiasm have been wrung from all but a few customers, but when times are bad you might, if you are a merchant, try one more twist.
If that happens it will run the “sale" season clear through to the big blow-off on Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 17, when thousands of Americans will be waiting in line all night for “fantastic bargains.”
Don’t become depressed, therefore, by those day-after blues. There s plenty of excitement in store for you. if you and your wallet can take it. Just one big, happy, expensive. Christmas season, from Halloween to Washington’s Birthday.
Rough Draft of Note to U.N.
By Bob Co bs id inc
NEW YORK - Would anything catastrophic happen to the country if President Ford sent a message to UN Secretary-Genera I Waldheim telling him that we’ve had it with the “last great hope of mankind"?
To save the President the energy of writing such a note, herewith is a rough first draft:
“Dear Kurt: We’re fed up with your club As you know. we got it off the ground in 1945 and we've been its main Sugar Daddy ever since. We’ve fought its wars; kept its peaces. But there comes a time when enough’s enough.
“Would you do us a favor? Just leave, just vacate the land our new vice-president's old man gave you for your permanent headquarters. We'll think of something to do with the buildings Matter of fact. Bugs Baer had an idea on that many years ago. Bugs sent an open letter to the UN which read, ’Do something soon or put back the brewery.’
“Lots of luck when all of your delegates from Afghanistan to Zambia reassemble for your 30th anniversary next year in the Peoples Republic of Yemen, or whatever new wonderland you choose. I hope* the local cops let your limousines park double or triple in (he clogged streets of your next capital and that the residents are as patient with your more boorish members as New Yorkers have been over the years.
“The fact of the matter, Kurt, is that we have more urgent uses for our money than feeding multitudes of poor Arabs and others who have been abandoned by their own kith and kin. We have a lot of needy people, too, not one of whom ever received a dime from, say, Kuwait.
"But perhaps there is a more
urgent reason for resigning, and that is a matter of pride — not necessarily false pride. You’ve hurt our feelings as a nation, made us feel impotent. Your so-called Third World members have conspired to diminish us in the assembly voting, either for political reasons or out of petty spite. Uganda has as much power during balloting as we have So does Cameroon, ( had. Fiji,
Guyana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Togo and Zaire.
‘ That’s not contrary to the letter of the charter, of course, but it stains the spirit of that hopeful declaration when all the little countries of the Third World unite automatically — at the snap of Russian or an oil monarch’s fingers — and knocks us in the head
Variety of Relatives
"We’ve put up with so much, playing the role of indulgent host to such a bewildering variety of relatives within the human family. We’ve privately paid the* membership dues for dozens of countries who were in arrears — but w hose leaders had rich accounts in Swiss banks. We’ve endured such rude guests as Krishna Monon.
Kikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro. But it was a bit too much when the President of the 29th Session. Algeria s Ab-delaziz Bouteflika, welcomed pistol-packing Yasir Arafat, the terrorist leader, to the stately halls of the UN. Even broke out the armchair which Pope Paul VT had used during his visit to the assembly, to make the killer comfy.
“It’s all been quite an experience for us In another generation we were damned lur not joining the League of Nations Now wi re damned for not only being a member of the League's successor but also by far the most substantial contributor to all of its humanitarian efforts.
“We’re not retiring from the world. Kurt. We ll continue to be the champion of the rights of all our allies in NATO and elsewhere; the chief source of information and aid in medicine, agriculture, food preparation, engineering, industrial know how, the solar system and the deepest depths of the oceans. We ll continue to show concern about where every sparrow toileth.
"W hat we’re bowing out of is your congregation of little minds. What we’re saving good-bye to is your organization’s futile and endless rhetoric, your debates on whe ther or not to debate, your interpretations of what is substantive and w hat is procedural. In short, we’re sick from the purple canapes at your nonstop cocktail parties.
Stator tttizM Bums
Cedar Rapids System Telephone 3614(244
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In Cedar Rapids 386 5605 Elsewhere 800-332-5996
’’Tuck your shmtails in, George."
Sees Cannibal Crabs as Answer To World Hunger
l.OS ANGELES (AP) — Asian Red crabs might be the answer to the world’s food problems if it weren’t for a problem of cannibalism, actor Ted Hartley believes.
Mother crab has about 15 million babies, but she eats all but three or four. Shortly thereafter, the father crab eats the mother.
Hartley, star of last season’s “Chopper One’’ television series, says he hopes he can change all that and put two crabs in every pot.
Hartley has imported meaty Asian Reds from Indonesia and is studying them in a 10-by-40-foot saltwater pond at his Burbank mansion
He is seeking ways to help more baby crabs live longer. Within a couple of years, Hartley thinks he can come up with a crab-growing system that will! cut supermarket price*s to 50 cents a pound.
Hartley says he has invested $50,WK) in the project and has brought crab experts from Indonesia and Ceylon in to help hun.
U.N. Resolution On Information Delayed Again
UNITED NATIONS (IPI) — Fifteen years ago, a proposed declaration on freedom of information was first put to the United Nations
It took the* draft nine years to gel on the agenda of one of the I’ N.’s standing committees.
Despite its "priority" listing, the U N. never got around to talking about it.
Now Joseph Segel of the I tilted Stab's has told the committee that so muc h time has passed since it was first proposed and the world body membership has mushroomed such that nations will have to reeunsider it all over again.
“It now appe*ars that serious consideration of this matter, which jiotentially affects the citizens of every country, is about to Im* once again J.ostponid,*’ he* said.
The* matter now won’t be* looked at again until late 1975.
ON THIS DATE in 1816, Spain recognized the indepen-denee of Mexico.
Graceful silhouettes are framed inan enormous window during tennis lessons at Moscow s Central Sports club. The popularity of tennis is reportedly on the rise in the USSR with tennis clinics opening in search of future Wimbledon material.
Mexican Jail Stay Cost Him $60,000
SAN LEANDRO, Calif (UPI) — Ralph Fong, a real estate broker, >avs he spirit more than $60,000 to stay alive six years in a Mexican prison where he was put fur a crime he didn t commit.
“In a Mexican jail you can get by if you have money,” Fong said. “If you have no money, heaven hi*ip you."
The 45-year-old business man has filed a $600 000 ftdcr-al suit against his accusers, the Banco International, a Mexican bank doing business in California.
After being accused by the bank of attempting to sell stolen sic unties, Fong was jaihd four years waiting for a hear ing.
He finally appeared in court and drew a six-year sentence which was later overturns! by a judge who callid the incarceration a “total injustice."
Fong said his time was served in U* urn berri prison outside Mexico City, a facility ininaU*s railed the “black palace ’* lh was released last year after being held from Dee. 8, 1967, to CKI 24. 1973
During the prison time. Fling had to ask his mother to send him $200 a month so hi*
could afford to buy good treatment.
“I paid $ MN) a month rent for my room. Fwd nisi about $1*0 a month. I had to pay for lights. laundry and showers .’’
In his suit, filed by San Francisco attorney Helen Cull* ner, the Banco international is charged with negligence, malicious prosecution and conspiracy, Fong askid $300.(98) general and $300,000 punitive damages.
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