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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ct1 tint &tipirU (DttjfHfFord running? Telltale clues abound Editorial Page Mo»vJoy, Eebcuo*y It, I 974 Cor insurance for all? THOUGH THE law of common sense urges motorists to become insured before driving, the code of Iowa makes no such demand All the law requires is that if an uninsured motorist is involved in an accident, he must post bond or prove ability to pay for damages up to the minimum liability limits State Rep George Knoke (R-Gouncil Bluffs), chairman of the house commerce committee, has announced his hopes of pushing through legislation making automobile insurance mandators Eight to 12 percent of all Iowa drivers do not carry insurance, according to the state insurance department. The statistic alarms Knoke: “Now you don’t ha\e to prove financial responsibility until you’ve had an accident. That s too late.” Iowa law does require that insurance companiesoffer “uninsured motorist insurance, which (offered at relatively low cost) covers personal injuries caused to the policyholder by uninsured motorists or hit-run drivers. But the driver who incurs property loss from an uninsured driver is out of luck Sensible as Knoke’s case for mandatory' auto insurance seems, the disadvantages of such a law under the present auto insurance system appear likely to outweigh attributes. Rep. Harold Fischer (R-Wells- burg) offers the reasonable prediction that this requirement would force all premiums up The coverage needs of insurees would dictate that the over-all increase Im* pretty steep Some of Iowa s uninsured drivers may Im* financially capable, responsible types whose eccentricities embrace a loathing of insurance. But most of the state's 8-to-12 percent uninsured motorists obviously are poor risks, unable to obtain coverage at the average rates Unless insurance companies derided to dip into investment returns to cover the added liabilities—don’t hold your breath waiting for it—underwriting losses indeed would necessitate higher premiums all around Beyond that, there* is no guarantee that a mandator) auto insurance law would significantly decrease the number of uninsured drivers It hasn’t in states which require car insurance, according to Herbert Anderson, deputy insurance commissioner for Iowa This isn’t to say the state legislature should dismiss Rep. Knoke’s mandatory auto insurance proposal. The idea should mesh nicely with no-fault insurance when the concept comes up for ratification here. Fair-to-moderate success in a growing number of states hints that nofault’s dav in Iowa is not far off Midwest still one-up TIP FOR IOWANS seeking a silver lining in the energy-crunch gloom: No matter how severe the many inconveniences seem here, the folks back east have it a great deal worse. In Cedar Rapids, for example. no monumental effort is required in finding a fillup of gasoline. Go out before mid-evening (Sundays excluded) prepared to pay at least 45 cents per gallon and you probably will find fuel within two or throe miles of home Waiting time remains surprisingly low But in Chicago, the securing of even half a tank of gasoline for 55-plus cents per gallon ha, become a “.Joe sent me” type* of operation. Smart auto owners there are cultivating family service station operators just as they rely on family doctors, dentists and lawyers. To avoid waiting bumper-to-bumper for fuel, big-town residents find out from their friendly service station proprietors what time the station lot lights go down but pumps remain open The independent truckers sluff-off has further dramatized the discomfort gap between the upper Midwest and the Chicago-Boston-W’a Ellington triangle (which contains TH percent of the country’s population). While consumers everywhere will feel the pinch, beleaguered easterners are expected bi catch the worst of it: buying expensive flown-in meat and other goods both before and after the grocery shortage smites the Midwest Vet citizen> back there expect as much, having fielded most of the air and water pollution, traffic and crime problems before the energy shortage ever topped the horizon. A generally higher cost-of-living pours salt into the lifestyle sore, not to mention other aggravations such as stratospheric taxes and higher priced automobile insurance (and nonin-surability from amie companies in New .Jersey, New York and Connecticut). Indeed, the energy emergency has magnified the quality of life differences between the tranquil, roomy Midwest and the hectic, hemmed-in Fast. By Rowlond Evans and Robert Novak II7ASHINGTON - When a powerful * * Republican pel it usa n sloped in ?•* Vice-president (Jerald Ford several week# ago. the conversation flitted briefly mer a ne* Harris {Mill showing Ford ahead of both Senators F:du,ird M Kenneth and Henry NI .Jackson blit then turned to more important business However, when the politician was a tx nit to leave Ford , office, the vice-president stopped him and moved bat k to his desk Opening a drawer. F'ord drew out the regional standings in the Harris poll pointing with sureties, to the regional breakdown in the poll showing that F'ord , maximum strength was in the oritieally mijmrtant South and Midwest "The fact that Ford was fasc inated bv that poll.” the politician said later, meant one thing to me \i%matter what he says publicly he’, running for President That conclusion may seem far* fete hts! based on such slender cv idem e Smet then however, almost everything Ford has dune strongly >up|>orts the conclusion that his total presidential disclaimer when Richard Nixon picked him to suet ss si Spiro T Agnew last October is now inoperative Telltale signs are everywhere During his skiing varation iii Vail, I o|n fur example. Ford Pnik the trouble to telephone retired (Jen William I Westmoreland in South Carolina to urge that he accept the Republican nomination for governor this year Westmoreland is still pondering But if he rims run and win. Ford will Ire enhanced politically in South < arolma Similarly, th** rejection b\ F ord , staff of un urgent appeal for help from the beleaguered Republican candidate in last Tuesday’, special elation to replace the late Rep John Savior of Pennsylvania was quickly overturned by Ford himself Ford accepted the invitation, even though the odds were again,! the Republican candidate But the most significant indication of how Ford now views his future came in the aftermath of his hloo|»er sjMTch in Atlantic City la,I month when even his closest political friends were aghast The speech (written bv White House ,pecchw ruers I charged that the im-peachment campaign against Mr Nixon was the result of a few extreme liar tiN,iris It explode m his face The private reaction of F'ord anil hi, chief of staff. Holier! Hartmann was m-stantaneous Instead of trying to operate with a ,mall staff as a White House ap jx ndage face the hard truth that Ford is fad becoming the operating political head of the Republican party whose nominal chief is not welcome across the eountrv Pre,sing Ford hard toward a similar conclusion was (Jeorge Bush, Republican national chairman, who forcefully' urged F'ord to hire un experienced politician a> gobetween with five national committee. the house and senate campaign committee, and the slate party organizations That led to the hiring of national committeewoman (I wen Anderson of Washington state as F'ord’, full-time political adviser Mr, Vnderson ha, unique ideological qualifications Sin* i, highly regarded bv Gov Daniel FA un - of W ashington a Republican moderate with strong tic to the liberals But she also ingratiated her,elf with conservatives by splitting with FA ans and voting again,! the liberal-luu kisl partv reforms at the I*471! Republican national convention When Mr, Vnderson arrived in F'ord’, office last week. one of her first acts was to make contact with southern Republicans, including Mis,i,Sippi state chairman Clarke Reed (who also head, the southern date chairmen’, organization I Other v ice-presidcnts have also had political adv I,crs. but F'ord’, full-time ixditical plans for Mr, Vnderson ,»*f her atxtvp any of her pred»v'*ssor, In the aftermath of the Vtlantic City fiasco. F’ord also wrung approval from the White House for two full-time *Listen to ‘em out there whoopin' and hollerin'... I expect they'll hit us along about daybreak' Evans NOVAK sjKtrhwTiter, also unprecedented One is Milton F'riedman (no relation to tin* economist) hired last week from the house Republican campaign committee F'riedman. a former reporter for the Zionist Jewish Telegraphic Agency who worked fur Idn-ral Sen Jacob K lav its of New York in 1071, ha, good lies to the Jewi,h community but i, also regarded am*™* People's forumMissing lynx myth To the Editor V picture on the picture page Jan 22 represents a method iii which the press can stir public emotion while throwing blame on an innocent public. The picture showed a lynx killed by a man from Omaha I don’t blame The Gazette for the caption of ’ Shoots Rare Animal” or for carrying the brief detail about Mr ( ruiner, who had killed the lynx while fishing along the Missouri river The caption probably came direct from the CPI But I think the editor should use more discretion iii allowing the details to be so meager The lynx is not rare in its home range of Canada and across the northern tier of states in the I S The fact that one may have roamed down the Missouri river makes it rare only because it is not normally found here. Someone knowing anything about wildlife would have pointed this out Maybe this lynx was released after being someone’* pet — an offense to any wild animal The second line of the caption stated that Grainer was fishing Why wa* a fisherman carry ing a shotgun9 One recent letter to the editor panted out 1963 figures of animals killed by poisons I believe tiles'* are figures issued by the department of the interior on animals killed by federal agents to protect domestic livestock or private property. Since October. 1971. the use of poison has been prohibited on federal land It is the private landowner or leaseholder who continues to kill wildlife with the indiscriminate use of poisons Example the killing of golden eagles in Wyoming Predators sin h as tile lynx and even the tMthcat serve to dam (moi the fluctuations of wild rodent populations Nature controls rodents through disease, food supply and habitat F’ven without these cats there would not be the rodent problem that another letter writer dreamed of Anyone wishing to help save wildlife should channel funds and efforts through the conservation commission and other organizations which seek to provide or preserve habitat for wildlife All the laws a legislature can pass won t save the lynx if there are no areas where it can escape the constant encroachment of man Donald Pfeiffer Solon Energy handling is key Consolation for Nixon: Congress hits bottom, too By Louis Harris V* Hor rn Vur V»V TUP PUBLIC s rating of congress fell to 6W-21 percent negative in January the lowest ever recorded for that body by the Harris Survey This is even lower than the over all jot) rating for President Nixon also at its lowest point 68-3(1 percent negative Public confidence in the federal establishment thus has touched bottom Surprisingly with the exception of Watergate President Nixon receives slightly better marks from the public than d<M s congress on eight specific is sues However the massive story that emerges from these results is tun Un Ii the executive arid legislative branches of Jon ret, Ii /) 21 38 <59 4 5 IO I 7 louis Harris the federal government have come as close to losing the confidence of the public completely as might Im* possible iii tills kind of republie lietween Jan 18 arid 22, a cross-sect ion of 1,5#5 households across the country was asked Ho* do /oo rate the (ob con^ratt ti doing excellent, pre"/ good. Of*!/ (alf, Of poof’ Cav*'re good ex..•Hen' Negative 'only tan poo* Not sure I his reading on congress is flu* lowest the Harris Survey has recorded for the federal legislative brunch in more than IO years of measuring the standing of that body among tin* American people The previous low occurred in 1070 when congress received a 03-26 percent negative standing The high point through the years for congress was IM65 when it received a 64-26 percent positive rating When the public was asked about tin* job congress was doing iii eight s|M*eifie areas the results were even more ncga live than its over all standing People were asked No* let me ask you some spec .Cd questM ans Post Neon Not about congress Mo* *ould yot I rote the rob live five s urn congress Sos done on {read list excellent, Inspiring confidence rn governme pretty good, only (air O' POO'7 it 78 82 N.xon Congress Handling energy shortage I 7 IO 5 8 P *.Y* Mega Nut * Nixon Congress 22 IO 74 82 4 8 Handling the Watergate ase 19 72 9 Keeping spending under control Keeping ftie economy healthy 13 80 7 NI mort 21 74 5 Handling impeachment proceed Congress IO 83 7 •nqs against President Ni*pn I I 71 IR Controlling ir alation Handling relations *.tt Nixon 12 8<5 2 President Nixon I I 79 IO Congress <5 88 6 Inspiring conCidence in Handling relations *ith government IO 82 8 (Congress Nixon. Handling the energy shortage IO 82 8 Nixon 18 77 5 Keeping spending under control Congress I I 79 IO IO 83 7 Controlling tnt lotion i5 88 <5 IierceiH negative, while that of congress is an even lower 82-10 jM*rceiit negative The man in charge of the energy sp. nation. William F! Simon, was also rated by the public Ho* *ould /ow rate the (ob betag done by William E Simon, the ne* energy chief excellent, pretty good. only (air, or poor^ T otfi I Parlier iii January the Harris Survey had tested public opinion on the President s handling of the same issues Here is how congress and the President compare PMM tire Nr-wo tive Nut Over od (ob rating Nixon 30 68 2 Congress 21 69 IO Handling Watergate rase Nixon 13 82 5 Congress 19 72 9 Keeping economy healthy Nixon 19 78 3 Congress I 3 80 7 Wliether the issue is Watergate, inflation energy the economy, spending, or simply getting along with ouch other, the devastating fact is that roughly three out of every four adult Americans come up with a negative assessment of the jot) being done by congress arid the President Perhaps as kev .iii area as any is that of Hie energy shortage, where tile puhln is tieing asked to make some sacrifices, although rationing of gasoline with coupons has not yet either been authorized or requested The standing of the President on the energy issue is 74-22 Positive {good excellent Negotive (only (off poor ■■ No' iu'f Despite tin* fact that of the public has riot judgment about the William Simon receive and lower negative handling of energy President or congress rated more negatively the public 26 35 39 a high 3M percent yet shaped lip a energy chief, s higher positive marks on his than either the Hut Simon also is than positively bv As the Harris Survey has already reported, the oil industry does not escape blame for a share of the energy crisis Thus on this critical issue of contemporary public policy, public confidence iii its leadership is low straight across the board fhltogu Tribune Na* York Ne*, Syndical* In Repiibln on pro a a moderate conservative Nu one on Ford’* Stall will admit it but old political friend sav the vice president has been restive over the pi i siiloiil * Iii 11 ii r e lo give him clear authority tit atty pulley or operating field All the well publicized conversation, he IS suppli ed III he having every day with the Pre.ideo! have not added up to a meaningful role Sn having abandoned his party , highest politic al post in tin* house to re* cue the administration .if a disastrous hour Ford is described bv old friends as moving toward a far more* independent posit ion than he originally planned The steudy growth of his staff, independent of the crippled Nixon presidency, I, one* more signal he* i- looking toward a larger future* Publish!*) * Moll SyndicatePut-off To the* Editor What s holding up congress iii its move to impeach the* President? What’s keeping ii from doing what the* (Mople want to happen? Do we have a hunch of wishywashy, look-the-other-w ay men representing us’’ I feel thai the* President should re*sign as did the vice-president. Mr Agnew Mr Nixon is hurting his image and the* country by refusing to leave his office* Ile is admitting his own guilt by the* tats* erasures and by refusing lei hand over the tapes The* firing of sperm I prosecutor Archibald Cox helped to strengthen the e*ase against him Mr Nixon’* tax incident is not hedping him. e*ithe*r I must admit that Nixon has done* his good things for America. Ile brought the* boys home from Vietnam, ende*d the* draft, ended price* fre*e*zes and upped social security. But he* also is somehow linkc'd in Watergate, used bugging devices in his offices, did not pay his taxes, arid kne*w alMHit the* energy e-risis y et made no moves to cut it off I’m glad this is his last term he can serve* as President I wouldn’t want him in again, messing up our way of life and our government ( raig Boca LisbonSame old story To the* F'.elitor \ short time ago a few concerned housewives and lower inc ome* families took it on themselves to create a boycott against the high priers of meat They we*re* ridie*ule*d. and the* news media had pie*twre*s showing empty c attle* she*ds. and once more* the* public was the* goat Now with the* news of a truck strike, news reports say that if the* strike* is not s«*ttle*el we* will have* over a million head of cattle* that are* getting too fat and need slaughtering We* have had so much of it in our one and*wspa|M*r — pictures of books tieing scatterer! all over the building sn a, to make it ap|M*ar as if we nerd a ne*vv library, pictures outlie airport runways doctored up Now they te*ll us that if the* truck ,trike doesrft ge*t settled, meat prices will go up. I wonder — after the* strike is settled, w ill they come* down’’ Once more we will Im* given a chance* to vote* on cable TY Beware*, de*ar citizen* If we kerp tin, up. there* will be a wall built around us that makes the- Chinese wall ItMik like* a foot-high picked fence Frank J Sase*k M2 Hamilton street SU Band boost To the Editor \s a Kennedy band parent. I would like to thank the numerous busito*s,e, in the* ( edar Rapids area who were ,o generous with their donations, large and small, to the* Kennedy band Ihe donations were* auctioned off at a carniv al F'eh ti. in an effort to raise fund, for the band to go to Virginia Beach Without the all-out support of the local busines, men and womc*n. this drive would not Im1 -nerestful F rederic <’ Bedard JaUK Town House drive NL I UXI [flits Common sense is not so common von Alftt ;