Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Tuesday Febmary 12, 1974
Re-run of hot-lunch error
(The similarity between this and an editorial published here May 15, 1973, is intentional. Only the figures, time elements, names of the legislative bodies involved and details of their actions have been changed.)
TN SENDING to tho full I appropriation committees a hill approving $104,837 in state funds for hot lunch programs in Iowa’s nonpublic schools, tin' joint appropriation subcommittee of the house and senate last week repeated the folly of a similarly wrong proposal launched in 1073.
The unexpected kick-through of a “hot-lunch” windfall illustrates precisely the danger in ill-considered subsidizing of this sort: t arried to its logical end. tax support for religious education can expand until it takes in everything but the church-instructional part itself
First conies voluntary special-services support, optional with those in charge of each school district. Then mandatory support, required oil demand. Then cafeteria support. And what next?
Public funds for nonpublic school busing? Public funds for classroom construction? Public funds for athletic facilities? Public funds for everything on the curriculum except the religious instruction?
As noted here before but bitterly disputed by proponents of tax funds for private schooling, private schools exist APART from public ones solely to promote a chosen religion as part of the program. Public schools, too, do all the rest, for everyone who wants to go. Their programs touch the full range of learning — intellectual, physical, cultural, emotional.
They even deal in nutrition — lunches for the “hungry children’’ who might otherwise not eat. (Do any parents of a disadvantaged “hungry child’’ send him to a church-school, claiming that the spiritual fare is more important
there than eating free at public school?)
Tilt' one thing public schools do not concern themselves with is specific religion. They keep hands off because sound public policy bas long maintained that training in religion is a home-and-church responsibility freely chosen in a land of great diversity To each his own Therefore, church-related schools exist apart from public ones to purvey religion as an integrated day-long part of all the rest.
The choice for this exposure, too. is freely taken with the understanding that the church alone assumes expenses for all private schooling because of tin4 religion element va hied so highly by those who partake
Now to call upon the public as a whole to underwrite the cost, increasingly, of ev erything except tilt4 church instruction is a grave perversion of the principle from which all public schools have grown No matter bow tilt4 gloss and double-talk spin out. this is public money going to promote. support and subsidize specific churches and their bodies of belief
Periodic chips and nibbles at the separation principle repeatedly have been adjudged unconstitutional: They weaken and
erode the church-state separation that Americans have deemed essential to the freedom, strength and safety of BOTH church and state as independent entities.
Tin* Iowa lunch-subsidy proposed for private schools has been defended on the ground that federal funds for a similar purpose have not liven ruled unconstitutional
A potent challenge in the courts should snag this action promptly if the legislature as a whole follows through with an appropriation of public meal* funds for church-school attenders It could lead, perhaps, to knocking out a dead-wrong system at both levels — federal and state alike
FROM the Cedar Rapids human rights commission to all water bill receivers goes a leaflet titled “How To File a Discrimination Complaint”, which lays that information on the line in plain English.
The procedure to follow is there along with answers to questions that might occur to a would-be complaint filer
What caught our eye, though, even more than tilt4 outline of procedure, was a statement by Ralph C’oty, executive-secret ary of the city’s human rights commission.
“The most important thing to note,” it read in part. “is that the filing of a complaint is a relatively simple matter. .lust pick up the telephone or come to the Third floor. City Hall; that's all it takes You can rest assured that when you leave the commission you will have a satisfactory answer to your problem(s).”
Now that is something in this day of continuing uncertainties a flat, unequivocal guarantee of a “satisfactory answer “
Wouldn’t it be something if every government agency could make such a boast — and deliver?
To the Editor
While the Cedar Kaputt* school hoard is making plan > for a SH million bond issue. it is also spending some $1.2 million on renovation work at McKinley and Roosevelt junior high schools Bond issue funds would finance what G planned for the other two older junior high* — Franklin and Wilson
There is no question as to the durability of the original four buildings and the additions built a decade later They should endure for another half century or longer. . .
According to the Gazette article of Fib 3. these buildings are structurally sound but not flexible enough to meet changing educational requirements Is this a paradox? During prior remodeling periods some desired alterations were omitted due to cost of changing massive concrete arni steel supports. If the buildings are inflexible, how many times should they be renovated?
While the public'> main concern is the quality of education here, many also are interested iii these questions
•McKinley school i> on the edge of the downtown business district. New businesses and apartments arc developing nearby. In a decade or two how many students will reside within the present boundaries? Possibly the building then .may have some other useful purpose
•Franklin school is in another area where drastic changes are occurring Within a short time all property along First av enue F w ill Ik* zoned commercia! light industrial, or for more apartments or condominiums What w ill be the .school enrollment here a few years hence'*
•What are the 211-year enrollment c> ti mat es for all four oldest buildings”
•What amount ha-, been spent on altering each of these four buildings since the additions were built in 1935'* How many times has each been renovated ”
•When 1*380 is completed, will it have any effect on elementary, junior high and senior high school enrollments near the expressway site?
If is laudable to install an elevator for
By James J. Kilpatrick
MFW (IHI KAN’S — I have been on the * road lately. fly mg the rib eye circuit across the South, and (listill this impression from a hundred conversations Inflation may he Concern No I in this region, but Topic No I is impeachment In every gathering, tin4 first questions have to do with Richard Nixon Will lh** old pro hang on to Ills title”
The sports metaphor has unusual application down here. For good or ill. th** South in recent years has lost many of its regional distinctions, hut it has retained this much: Southerners, as a breed, ar** still wild about sports
The tradition goes back In lh** first fun-loving Virginia Cavaliers, with their racehorses and gamecocks, it is manifest ini her** iii New Orleans today in iii** awesome Supordome. which squats Ilk** some massive Buddha over the central l it\. a $130 million idol for the fans
(iiv cli this obsession, ii is not surprising to find that many southerners look upon impeachment as a kind of novel spectator sport It is Nixon iii this corner aud his collective opposition in the other FII** Fight of the Century, folks and how do you see the odds” After a few hours of such conversation, a political writer wants to y ield to Howard Cosell
Flu* approach may sound both cynical
James J. Kilpatrick
and superficial, hut it has its advantages Flier** is this to be said of any sports event, that it is played by rules, that it is subject to referees or umpires, and that it winds up with a division or a final score.
However wildly the fails may disagree with the official, the outcome is accepted And Iller*4 is this above all: No matter how passionately the fans may view a particular event, they understand that a sports event is not the hi* - a 11 and the end-all lf Tulane loses, the university sun ices
It is no had thing to look upon impeachment in this fashion. There has been entirely too much apocalyptic fulmination about the state of th*4 President.
If the house impeaches Nixon, and the senate removes him from office, th** Republic* will survive. The old pro will have boon toppled, but this is a familiar
fat** for old pros Such an outcome would elate the Nixon haters aud crush the Nixon rooters, hut so long as the fans had seen a fair match, played In lh** rules, iii time the event would fade into th** record books Ilk** last year's Superbowl — or last year's v icc-prcsidcnt
What are tho rules of this contest'' The house judiciary committee is attempting to reduce them to writing now Because not even his worst enemy has impute*! "treason” to th** President, it is clear that under the (’oust it ut ion he could In* impeached only for ‘‘bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors " Th** terms conn* from flu* vocabulary of iii** criminal law
The Constitution also speaks of "conviction” and of “trial ” I take all this to mean that an impeachable offense must he a criminal offense
If this is a reasonable construction, it follows that Nixon might fairly bo impeached on such charges as obstruction of justice, evasion of taxes, acceptance of bribes iii the guise of campaign contributions, or th** misappropriation of public funds to his private benefit Ile could not be impeached for such actions as the bombing of Cambodia or th** impoundment of various funds
Is there probable cause to believe th** President has committed an impeachable
offense" It seems lo he highly doubtful But if ii majority of lilt* louise should vole to impeach could proof of guilt he produced before lh** senate'1 lins strikes hic its more unlikely still
As a defendant on trial Nixon would be entitled to every protection of duo process „f |;j\\ _ to the presumption of innocence to cross-examination of hostile w it nesses, to tho exclusion of hearsay testimony, to a final instruction on reasonable doubt
Will the old pro hold his title" I am no Jiminy the Greek, hut ii you want to make hook Three to on.4 the house will not impeach, all to one til** senate will not convict When th** lights go down in th** congressional Superdome, Nixon will be th** winner, and like it or not still th** champ
Washington Slat Syndicate
/sn t It the Truth?
By Carl Riblet, |r
Th*4 miser and the four-flusher have one thing in common; they both deceive The miser pretends to be poor when he is, in fact, rich The four-flusher pretends v> Im* rich when he is on th** verge of bankruptcy. Never decide about a man until you have seen what’s in his pockets
"Money i* Uke murk; no flood unit'** uproot!.
— bromin Huron
Honest, Abe, pundits have changed
By William Safire
117ASHINGTON. 1862 - President
* ’Lincoln announced today his intention to free the slaves in tints*4 states still iii rebellion as of Jan I IMT White House aides referred to the press handout as an “emancipation proclamation” and characterized it as a ‘'major statement ” A fictional roundup of comment
By on Evans and Ncvok
At a stormy, secret cabinet meeting two months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Postmaster Gen Montgomery Blair — the only man with political savvy still close to the increasingly isolate*! and morose President — warned Lincoln that the move could spell disaster for candidates in the midterm elections
By polling bellwether-beaten districts chosen for us by psephologist Oliver Sea in mon berg, we find four border states — Maryland. Kentucky, Delaware and Missouri — are still loyal and highly necessary to the union cause But they arc slaveholding states At th** urging of vote-conscious Blair. Lincoln watered down his edict to apply only to confederate states
Even so. pro-slavery sentiment in th** North is likely to caus** a political whiplash. Barring bombshells, insiders -ay anti-Lincoln forces will sweep New York. Pennsylvania, Ohio. Indiana and Illinois — all states Lincoln carried two years ago
By a William Buckley
Th** rodomontade accompanying th** Whit** House statement — "Emancipation Proclamation” has a mouth-filling quality obscures on** of th** recherche ironies of this administration
Here is a President freeing slaves (on paper, at least I and at th** same time imprisoning thousands of his country men unlawfully denying them the basic Anglo-Saxon right to habeas corpus
( an w«* expect to hear a mighty roar from liberal abolitionists on that issue, sensitive as they are to the cause til human freedom? \s Gen Nathan Bed*
the handicapped But according to th** Lob 3 article placing it in th** center of th** McKinley cafeteria was not ideal G*mh1 aci es-, to the street level is essential too (an congest mn Im* avoided al the end of study periods if thu service is available to all students”
If th**-.** buildings are I** have long future service, air conditioning should be in Jailed, provide! th** buildings remain -iifficiently flexible for future alter mg
\ heavy responsibility ret-, on tho a* who determine whether a building is to** old or inflexible bu remodeling or should
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To th** Editor
My* aul is an Alaskan court nidge and Ufause of this I have quite a few mother asking rn** why their sons can t get a lob ••ii this oil pipeline . There ar** hits of things that never get out of Alaska F irs! thor** G ii** union in Alaska, but men gi lling a jot) there have to answer to their union here. Jobs in Alaska belong to th*
ford Forrest said only last week. "I told Min twice!, goddammit, no ”
Although th** assault of tins proclamation by central government on private property is troubling, th** constitutional principle of th* equal creation of men must control, which is why conservatives can support the restoration of certain muniments, if not th** aureate rhetoric, of this ‘proclamation*
By a C. I Sulzberg er
(in** must assume that th** primary reason for Mr Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was to influence the government of England not to cuter America’s Civil war on the side of th** South
Antislavery sentiment among England's workingmen is high. and no
stat** and are given to th** stat** wards (those Eskimos and Indians who receive a monthly paycheck from the statei There is never enough work fin all of them
There will tx* IT) to UMI met! killed put-ting in this pipeline, and some will be rugged mountain climbers There c no place iii Alaska for Cheehaeoos (newcomers, greenhorns, monkevsi
All of th** soli iii Alaska is silt pushed up from t In* ocean floor ll Ila' im* adhesive lo it. but i' held together with frozen water, an*) honeycombed There are earthquake-, cvcrv day When the top surface begins to fall nit** (Im* earth1' cavities, it take' everything on top with ll That means men equipment everything, never to Im* brought to Hi** airfare again, lf is ton dangerous Tliev lust cover ll up, sn if a man mines up missing they will toll you when lure* rived his last paycheck And that I all one ever will hear from brother son or husband
All Alaskans know that unylmdv going then* to work is a fool. needs a lot* and is not loaded
AIr> Danse VocliO'ka 235 Thirty-fourth greet drive SE
To the Editor
A letter in the Forum on Feb H bv Hilda Waiterick made. I thought, some interesting observations on TA’ listings iii The Gazette We also noticed, several weeks ago that tho listing for the Cedar Rapids-Waterloo stations was iii strict numerical order, and it seemed a little easier t*» find th** programming and chunnel number by having them so listed
Most of th** readership studies which w** have seen indicate that the TV listing in a newspaper is one of lh** best-read features and provides a very real sen ice to th** readers
F rom that standpoint, we agree that the TV listings should not Im* used as a promotion device for any or all of the stations, hoi should lh** listings Im* rota! cd from week to week "to Im* fair and iioncnm|>ctitivc ” They should simply Im* I Im* bes! possible service to th** Gazette subscriber and reader who refers to them After all, isn’t The Gazette's objective to iM’lter serve its readers lust as th** ob|ee!iv»* of channels 2, 7 and H (in numeral order) is to better serve our v lew era?
.lunies B Get ken Vue president station manager WMT Telex Ison Cedar Rapids
British leader, much as In* would like to encourage a southern victory that would enhance England’s commercial dominance, can afford to oppose it
Thus the emancipation is seen by observers here in Flan Bator, strategic nerve-center of Outer Mongolia, as a diplomatic-military masterstroke
By an Art Buchwald
Now that emancipation is hero. everybody wants to be a slave Aly friend. Simon J Legree, who has inst become a management consu'tant to I .it t lo Eva Industries. thinks new that slavery is on the way out. nostalgia for it will grow
"Chains and flogging turned a let of people off for awhile.” says Simon “But now they're coming to sec the advantages no taxies, no responsibilities, no .Miry duty
By a Mary McGrory
So th** word finally crashed through th** harrier erected bv his “secretaries." Nicolai and Hay. to tin* wisecracking warrior that cartoonists have come to know and lev «* as “The Big Baboon.” that th** civil war is not being fought about preservation of th** union after all. hut about tin* abolition of slavery Ifs about tun**
Lincoln's name may be on th** document, but th** real authors are Wendell Phillips and William Lloyd Garrison. who were out marching iii the streets w h 11 * * Honest Abe was doffing his stovepipe to til** gang who tried to tag ‘Copperhead’ on the people who believe iii peace and human freedom
By a James Reston
The trouble with Mr Lincoln's proclamation is that it deals with th** politics of the problem and not th** problem 11 s* * I f
The President, in seeking a compromise, has freed th** slaves iii only those stall's in which his government has int power to enforce emancipation, and
has not freed tin* slaves ut tints** states where ins government does have the power to enforce it
I im I s wily til** mood pervading fins capital today is somewhat cy nical holding that tin* proclamation is a lot of weak talk, and tins is especially difficult for t ii** v* iv es
The problem has not lent itself to a political solution, which is why we're fighting a ( iv ii war "Preservation of th** union." a worthy goal, is a political abstraction Slav cry is another matter — a profound moral issue — and ii can no hinger Im- ducked, compromised about or p* *st put ie* I All Lincoln will soon have to take an unequivocal moral stand
As the yet-unborn Walter Lippmami will on** day writ**. “
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