Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Monday, February 4, 1974
SENATOR Potter of Marion wasn't serious, of course, when he proposed the other day that states should be given the right to set the salaries of the congressmen they elect. Like the farmer who reasoned that to get a mule to work it was necessary first to hit him with a club to get his attention, the good senator’s barb was designed to attract the congressmen’s notice
If he succeeds in getting it — and there is no assurance anyone will notice except the Second district’s John Culver — he has a proposition to make.
The proposition is one which originated with Culver himself a few years ago and w hich has been revived by Senator Lamborn of Maquoketa, the senate Republican leader, to wit: The eight-member Iowa congressional delegation should meet in a body periodically with Iowa administrative and legislative leaders right here in Iowa. By periodically. Senators Potter and Lamborn surely mean at least twice a year.
This is a good proposition. It has
had our support ever since Culver first voiced it several years ago as a novice congressman.
There is nothing but good sense in a procedure that would help Iowa’s congressional delegation and Iowa’s administrative and legislative leaders to keep in tune with each other so far as the state’s interests are concerned. There is no sense at all in the congressional delegation’s ignoring invitations from legislative leaders to arrange liaison meetings right here in Iowa.
It should not be necessary for state leaders to go to Washington to meet with our congressmen — only to have some fail to show — when they want to discuss state problems requiring national attention.
When all is said and done, Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Taxpayer foot the bill for salaries of all these officials. Isn’t it time they get well enough acquainted with each other to be on speaking terms when it comes to dealing with Iowa’s problems?
Rx for what ails rails
HIGHWAY routes and rights-of-way that did the job 40-50 years ago have long since given way to new alignments and designs that meet a new time’s different needs. It stands to reason that a rail network virtually unchanged from its alignments more than a half a century ago is handicapped in answering today’s requirements for users and itself.
Last week’s study-summary by the transportation department gave due recognition to that fact of life in concrete terms: Twenty-five percent of the railroad mileage in 17 states of the Midwest and Northeast is now uneconomical or redundant.
What to do about it also was spelled out in the report: Abandon now-useless trackage, causing only minor difficulty for shippers or riders. Then rebuild remaining lines into a well-maintained, high-density core system of interstate rail lines, consolidating traffic from secondary feeders and branches. Also discontinue the unprofitable branch lines or downgrade them into secondary lines.
Ordered by congress, the report amounts to a recommendation that will be considered by the new U.S. Railway Assn. in its planning for a system to consolidate seven bankrupt railroads into something viable. The principles make sense for modernizing rail routes and service in some situations not yet quite so critical as well.
To bring it home: In Iowa a good strong handful of rail routes
touching the state's main centers of population and production (with adequate feeders and branches) could do everyone more good than a dozen strung-out. spread-thin, run-down, long-line relics from the heyday of the train. Redundancy and duplication lead to poor service and poorer profits. Better quality on fewer routes could get the job done right for most of those who need to ship or ride today instead of done unsatisfactorily for almost all the way present multiplicity id' systems now performs.
The DOT idea naturally has applications that could tie in nicely with the effort to promote an Amtrak route across the central part of Iowa. If federal support, encouragement and even funding, possibly, contribute to the fewer-better trend as touted now, there might be offshoots that could also lend a hand toward cracking Cedar Rapids’ Fourth street impasse after all these years.
A state and local push for what the DOT proposes thus belongs on the agenda too as necessary changes start to jell.
Isn t it the truth?
By Corl Riblet, |r
Love can be described in two ways: one, as a high-pneed ticket on a series of rocket trips between heaven and hell and the other as something like a well — a good thing to drink out of, but a bad thing to fall into. ll in imptmnible lo lore and ho trine," bromin Huron, 102 »
By William Satire
WASHINGTON — At 4 .15 am. on the morning of May IO, 1970. as the nation's capital was besieged by demonstrators after the Cambodian incursion, a 30-year old aide to John Khrlichman was on duty at a Secret Service command post in the offices used by the Peace Corps
Hi* heard an amazed voice cal! out on tin1 police squawk box “Searchlight is on the lawn!” This meant that the President of the United States had surprised his Secret Service protectors, appeared in the middle of the night on the White House lawn. and was making a foray out into the darkness to mingle with the demonstrators
The aide hurriedly telephoned his boss, woke him with this information and asked what to do Sensibly, John Fhrlichman told hint to follow the President, introduce himself as a White House aide at an appropriate time, and make himself generally useful.
That night, Egil “Bud” Krogh met Richard Nixon for the first time. In the predawn hours at the l incoln Memorial,
Krogh — a “straight arrow” by al! accounts — was profoundly impressed by the awkwardly earnest attempt of the President to communicate with and reassure some young people.
A year later, it was Krogh, the liaison with the department of justice on narcotics control and District of Columbia matters, who was given the assignment to stop security leaks. An infuriated President put him in charge of a “special investigations unit” that was to be just about everybody’s undoing
Runaway inflation still sensed
By Louis Harris
The Harri* Survey
l^OR THE FIRST time since 1A71 ji majority of 54 percent of the
American people now say they “feel the country is in a recession.” The mood of national pessimism about the economy is reflected by the HI to IS percent who also predict that a year from now the country' will still be in a recession.
The key to this public estimate about the economy is the widespread perception that inflation is continuing unabated and unemployment is on the increase
The number who say that unemployment is on the rise in their own immediate area has jumped from 22 to 44 percent since last November During that same period, the number of Americans who feel that the prices of most things they buy are rising faster
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‘lost week I got change!
To the Editor
Dr. and Mrs Galbreath “appreciate concern for potential life in the womb” (Forum, .Jan 27). It is a documented fact that some abortions have involved the problem of very live babies surviving the abortive process. This is not “potential” life, it is life And if not human what?
The pertinent question very definitely is whether life has begun and whether that life is human lf there is reasonable cause to believe that human life is present, then the possessor of that life is entitled to the protection of our Constitution, especially as it relates to the right of life This is the issue; everything else is secondary.
August A Gureno 928 Third street SFUnwanted, worse
To the Editor:
Mrs Sharpe’s anti-abortion letter Jan 2H emphasized what the unborn life might have turned out to be, including another “Lincoln. Kennedy, or King who would give his life for a great principle that he believes in for the good of others ”
I feel an unwanted baby may be better off aborted than what it would probably have turned out to be I think such a baby has a better chance of being a mark against society than one for it Why bring a child into the world to suffer or cause others to suffer for what the parents actually did?
I don’t know if I could ever have an abortion myself, but I feel it should be a personal, private decision, up to the individual. I hope and pray in years to come there will be another answer for this type of birth control, but I for one ani in favor of it for now
Linda S. Hrcnncman TiptonGod s intent
To the Editor
The greatest gift and privilege ever given t<» women is that of intimately sharing with (iud in the creation of a human life. To assume this responsibility regardless of the cost is one of the most loving, self-sacrificing kind, courageous deeds a woman could do for herself and for the community of man
To quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Protestant theologian hanged by the Nazis in the 1940s “Destruction of the embryo in the mother s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life To raise the question whether we are here con
cerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being arid that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived rd his life ”
Mick and Mary Kay Muttiace 2021 Hamilton street SWExistence
To the Editor
Concerning the letter. “Imbalance’’, by John Ely Jan. 23 on abortion Read again the I. I E Iv ad of Jan 20 ll advocates family planning and exposes the danger of euthanasia
This, too, is a legal medical issue Fortunately, these signers, most of whom arr- doctors, saw fit to alert us to the danger Cedar Rapids has few women doctors, but this is not a "battle of the sexes ”
The issue is life What an awesome power to become a political pawn Who has the right to say, "You, you and you must die that I may live',“ Upon that issue may depend the existence of our civilization
Virginia Richards 915 Wiley boulevard NW
After Ins sentencing last month, an older and differently illusioned Krogh put out a 2,500-word statement that should br* required reading for anyone thinking of entering government serv ice.
“The invocation of national security slopped me from asking the question, Is this the right thing to do?’ . . . to invade (citizens’ rights) unlawfully is to work a destructive force upon the nation, not to take protective measures
“When contemplating a course of action.” Krogh wrote to young people who may enter government, “I hope they will never fail to ask. ’Is tins right?’ ’’
The advice is straightforward enough, yet wv can see in his statement how hard it must have been for a man working in a grey area to differentiate between black and white
Krogh was shown the parallel between the Hiss case and the Ellsberg case. He listened to the unchallenged assertions of the CIA that the Soviet embassy had received a complete set of the Pentagon papers, including unpublished secrets He was told that further hemorrhaging of national security information would jeopardize Vietnam peace negotiations
than a year ago has gone up from 73 to 83 percent
Despite this over-all sense of gloom about the state of the economy, there are signs that individuals and families art1 not cutting back on their buying of products and services The main impetus to consumer purchasing in this period is the decision to buy now “because the price may be higher later on.’’
For example, the number of families expressing an intention to buy new furniture has gone from 19 to 2H percent since last September. The number intending to take a vacation trip by air travel has risen from 14 to 21 percent over the same time.
Thus, it is possible that the prevailing down mood about the economy will not find a commensurate decline in actual consumer demand, lf this happens, then the current recession could well lie shallow rather than deep.
A crosssection of 1.494 families across the nation was recently asked:
Do you Feel the country is in a recession todoy or not '
Although a majority feel they arc iii a recession for the first time since late 1971, the current 54 percent who feel that way still are well below the H.jFighting it
To the Editor
While I was not iii the group paving for tile L l F K ad Jan 20 against abortion. I agree with its intent I, too, noted the lopsided amount of men s signatures But I ani glad men are willing to fight this menace. If women will riot fight, men must fight and make the women open their eyes to this problem square-on
I low much less filled would our world of literature be if Mr arid Mrs Shakespeare had decided to have tin* babe she was carrying aborted’’ Can you imagine no William Shakespeare iii our libraries'' Or cun you imagine no “Gone With the Wind’”'
So you see the world of literature would be poorer So would any field So I protest abortion from the esthetic point of view as well as the moral
lf you could know, how would you feel if your parents had decided to abort you’' ( ould you love them in their selfishness''
How can one call murder legal? No climate is right for that God alone can control life. When man plays God he can only cause trouble, just as with euthanasia, which is really only abortion to the old How would you like someone to tell you that you had lived long enough and now you were to die?
and set back hopes for an end to the arms race with the Soviets.
All this worked on a young man who had seen with his own eyes an emotionally-moved President try and fail to explain his noble motives of peace with honor to a disbelieving group of youths. Krogh knew that the goal sought by the President was not personal power, but permanent peace
“Is this right?’’ never occurred to Krogh because he saw himself involved in a vast effort to combat so many wrongs, with so many lives at stake. Although he received no orders from the President to break any laws, Krogh felt the clutch of circumstance was so extenuating that even burglary could he seen to be in the public interest.
percent high viewing the economy with comparable pessimism in March of 1971.
Nonetheless, the public does not expect a quick turnaround. The crosssection was asked
By this time next year, do you think the country will be in a recession or not'*"
expected the country to go into a recession Hut never before since the Harris Survey regularly began asking about consumer expectations in the fall of 1970 has anything approaching the current HI percent projected a recession for the year ahead
The public does not feel that tilt* pressures of inflation have eased at all, with 83 percent now estimating prices to Im* rising more rapidly than a year ago At the end of 1972. only 49 percent saw prices going up at a faster rati* than before But the most dramatic change has taken place in people’s perceptions about unemployment. The cross-section was asked
When we sink sn low as to destroy our offspring and our ancestors, we sink to the level — no, below the level — of the animals. We break (owl’s law (multiply and fill the earth) and again interfere with (owl arid His might. Man is not to judge who is to live or who is to die. for man is man, not (owl
If I have knocker! abortion I must have an alternative method of birth-control, and I do. There arr* the pill and other contraceptives Yet as a good Catholic I am not supposed to use these, so I am left with the oldest type of birth control ABSTINENCE I am, rd course, going on the assumption you an* married, for premarital sex is a no-no, even if there is marital planned
Even in the cases of incest and rape I do riot see abortion as an answer. Man should bow to (owl and allow Him to rule us I may well sound like a fanatic. I am, but not when* my religious convictions arr* concerned I am just set against murder Murder is a crime Abortion is murder
I Thomas Hreslin. jr H3H Twenty-ninth street NEImmobilized
To the Editor
Keep the kids out of trouble and off the streets — famous last. words Our boys have been riding their snowmobile on our rented farm only until 8 30 on nights when weather permits
Tilt* justification for an immoral or an illegal act is often "the big picture,” the righteous cause, which seems to trails form transgressions into necessary and noble disobedience to unjust or uncomfortable restrictions
On that basis, Daniel Ellsberg took the Pentagon Papers, and Bud Krogh okayed the plumbers’ plans to break into Hit* office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. (The fact that one man is being canonized and tilt* other cannonaded is a twist of irony and not a consequence of logic )
Voice to voice
Here enters the crucial need to ask, Is this right’’” out loud. Asked silently of themselves, the question would then have produced a “yes” in both Ellsberg and Krogh. hooked as they wert* on higher laws arid greater goods. But asked aloud of at least one superior or friend, the ethical question might have produced a restraining doubt, or a refusal to join iii responsibility that would have engendered second thoughts.
The lesson Krogh learned, and is anxious to pass along, goes beyond an understanding that the only national .security comes from lawful vigilance. It is senseless to plead “I was only following orders" or in Krogh’s case, “I was only following what I interpreted my orders to mean ”
That “Eichmann defense*" died with Adolph Eichmann. Taking his medicine without complaint and without falsely passing the blame up or down, Bud Krogh is saying that the moral buck ends with each tine of us.
As he jogs around the prison yard, he can take some comfort from the fact that “Is this right?” will be emblazoned across the forehead of every aide to sign on at the White House.
New York Times Service
Compared to a year ago, do you feel the number of people unemployed around here has increased, decreased, or stayed about the same?”
Since last September, the number who see a rise in unemployment in their own home area has soured from 22 to 44 percent However, the current level is Still well below the record 70 percent who reported unemployment rising back in June of 1971.
Despite all of these down signs in the mood of the consuming public, demand for buying products and services has not yet dipped The cross-section was asked:
In the next six months, do you feel certain you will purchase (read list), that you probably will, or that you probably will not purchase it?*'
Certain prob Prob Not
Jon , 1974
Sept., I 973 4 Vocation trip by airplane
Jon , 1974
lf consumer demand holds up despite the widespread feeling the country is in a recession, then Hit* chances are that such a recession will not be long-lived
Chit OOO Tribune New York News Syndicate
Ifs too bad that when we try to find things to entertain our kids at home, someone has to ruin things Recently our landlord had the nerve to go out and scrap furrows, making it very dangerous to ride in our hayfield. I feel this snowmobile is no more annoying than his lawn tractor was at our place every night and Saturday last summer, mowing fence rows.
How are we to help our kids with interference like this? lf people get so upset with the youth of today, let them move to a retirement center where they belong This is only one of the several incidents, and the whole neighborhood is getting upset.
I guess just because the last generation has got its families raised, they an* trying to deprive us of this privilege
Mrs Robert E. (lark Route 2, Central City
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