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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Afdar ftapub Editorial Page Monday, February 18, 1974 Regulating cable TV Voters urged to saw presidential timber IF THE LEGISLATURE passes a bill creating a 12-member, part-time cable television advisory commission, it is conceivable that 50 years hence Iowans will look back and praise today’s lawmakers for exhibiting some foresight. If they do, they can thank State Rep. Arthur Small of Iowa City. Small became interested a year ago in the need for some state guidelines to regulate the new cable television industry before it grandfathers itself into situations that should never have been allowed to develop. Due to his persistence, the legislature passed a resolution last session setting up a study committee to deal with the subject. The committee came out with a rather weak-kneed recommendation that Governor Ray ap point a committee to work with cable television promoters and developers. But the governor didn’t fall for that. He put it right back in the legislature’s lap — where it belongs — with a recommendation that a cable television advisory committee be created. The house commerce committee, with Rep. Small playing a leading role, last week voted out a bill to create a state cable television advisory commission. As written, the bill doesn’t give the commission much authority, which is a mistake. But it is a start. There is a definite need to establish guidelines and standards, in the public interest, for cable television as the industry expands through Iowa.Presidents mental fitness PRESIDENT NIXON has emerged from a 2Vfc*hour physical examination with an A-OK rating. In fact, he is in “excellent health,” according to Maj. Gen. Walter Tkach, Mr. Nixon’s personal physician. That finding, plus word of the President’s emotional good health, should please all responsible Americans, regardless of political persuasion or views on the Watergate mess. Yet the intense round of X-ray* mg, cardiographing and blood-pressure testing calls to mind a serious omission in the health examinations given our Chief Executives: The President of the United States should have a regular psychiatric checkup. No matter how’ emotionally stable a President appears, he should undergo meticulous mental fitness tests befitting the holder of one of the world’s most exacting jobs. The President’s war-making powers further dramatize the need. Obviously, the custom isn’t likely to take root during the Nixon administration. The move most surely would be ascribed to Watergate pressures or this President’s alleged eccentricities. But the nation’s next President could make the innovation without casting undue doubt on his own stability or that of his predecessor. Certainly Americans now are sophisticated enough to cast out old stereotypes surrounding therapy with “shrinks.” And a huge majority, newsmen included, doubtless would appreciate the tight publicity groundrules which presidential psychiatric tests would demand. The information from them would go only to a small core of American leaders. Other citizens could feel assurance, meanwhile, in the knowledge that their President’s needs were being administered to. Grammy’s competition f V PRODUCER Dick Clark (not to be confused with Iowa’s junior senator) may not be noted for original thinking, but his “American Music Awards” format (ABC, Feb. 19) sounds fairly promising. Winners of 1973’s pop, soul and country music awards will be chosen by the public, for a change. The contrast with the music industry’s incest-laden Grammy Awards show (CBS, March 2) obviously is intentional. Clark’s idea actually is borrowed from major league baseball’s balloting format for the All-Star game. And that brings to mind the one inherent flaw in such pulse-taking: Inordinate local campaigning. When the public chose its first baseball dream team 18 years ago, Cincinnati’s infant-to-octogenarian voter stampede put eight Red legs on the , National League’s starting team. The team’s third-place finish that year verified that not all were stars. If some of the music world’s lesser lights score heavily in music awards balloting, the same grassroots influence can be suspected— except, perhaps, in the country music division, where everyone seems to be from Nashville Potential drawback aside, though, Clark’s idea is a refreshing antithesis to the Grammy hoopla We’ll give him an 85 Political putdown Barry belts ‘Scoop’ By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - A blistering attack on Sen. Henry M Jackson by his old friend. Sen. Barry M. Coldwater, stunned a blue-ribbon audience of top U.S. industrialists here last week who had invited the 1964 Republican presidential nominee to give them a cl used-door political talk The Coldwater assault was not personal, but in strictly political terms it sought to lay bare what Coldwater called “the myth’’ of Jackson as a conservative Democrat close to big business. Not at all, said the usually mild-mannered Coldwater: “Scoop’’ Jackson was parading in Conservative-Democratic sheepskin, concealing the wolf of economic populism. Playing on his virtual ostracism by the left wing of the Democratic party, Jackson has concealed the economic liberalism that makes other liberal Democrats anathema to U. S. business, Coldwater said But in fact, Coldwater went on, Jackson represents a profound threat to American business. He cited Jackson’s Senator Jackson Senator Coldwater sponsorship of the bill to place government and public members on boards of directors of major U. S. oil companies. That, he implied, could la* the beginning of the end of the free enterprise system. The next target, Coldwater said, will la* steel. As prime architect of federalizing major American industries, Coldwater claimed, Jackson must be perceived as a skillful and dangerous antagonist. Moreover, with full political backing of the powerful American-Jewish community, said Coldwater, and his “IOO percent” pro-labor voting record, Jackson looms today as the most potent presidential threat against the Republicans in 1970 Publisher i Holt Syndicate By Roscoe Drummond WASHINGTON - Isn t it about time that you and I and other interested citizens played a bigger role in picking candidates for presidential nominations? The choice has always been far tot restricted, tint narrow, too unrepresentative — the process itself barring hundreds of qualified Americans just because they don’t get mentioned at the right time by the right people in order to be considered Recently President Nixon came out with his list of Republican presidential potentials, four in all — Gerald Ford, Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan and John Connelly, And when the Democrats talk about their 1978 potentials, they are fewer than the fingers of one hand — Edward Kennedy, Henry Jackson, George Wallace and Walter Mondale. Four! There ought to be 40—or 400. Aren’t there that many Americans — or more — with the capacity and the character to be worth looking at as presidential prospects? There are, but the party system has become so inbred that the key to the front door — or even the back door — is given to very few. How few? Fewer than you could possi* People 's forum Checkoff? To the Editor. For anyone working on income tax returns, we would like to call attention to the presidential election campaign fund checkoff — an optional way to participate in the political process. If you choose to have $1 (joint return $2) designated to go to the fund for use in the 1976 presidential election, it will neither cost you more taxes nor reduce any refund you may have coming. This is the procedure: On Form 1D4D— check box for yourself (and spouse, if joint) on line 8. If you did not do this last year on the separate sheet provided and you now choose to do so, check the square(s) just above the signature lines, “Note: 1972 Presidential Election Campaign Fund Designation.’’ On Short Form I (MOA — check same as above on line 8 on the front and the “1972 Note:” on the back of this form. On Iowa income tax forms, just above the signature lines on page I, Iowa Election Campaign Fund, you may designate $1 (joint $2) to the political party of your choice by marking the appropriate boxes for yourself and spouse, if joint return, Democratic or Republican If you made a political donation during 1973, you claim a tax credit by entering one-half of the amount donated (maximum $12.50, joint $25) on line 52, page 2 of Form 1040, or line 18 of Short Form 1040A. Or if you itemize your deductions on Form 1040, you may claim a tax deduction by entering the amount you donated on line 33. Schedule A (maximum $50, joint $100). You cannot do both, so choose either “credit’’ or “deduction.” On Iowa income tax forms, you claim a tax deduction for political donations made in 1973 by entering the amount donated on line 4, part IV, page 2 (maximum $100, individual or joint return). Both federal and state instruction booklets give more details. Help also is available from the IRS office, Federal building. Cedar Rapids (366-0436) and from the state tax office at 736Vi Eleventh street, Marion (377-8268) Margaret S. Smith, President Mary Rinard. Representative Govt. League of Women Voters of Cedar Rapids-Marion Roscoe Drummond Prices, wages To the Editor: A ginid long look at the way the prices of everything have risen sharply over the las! 12 months has left me with the baling that there will never be a ceiling for any of the pntducts and services that we all enjoy today. It appears the below-average earner will continually sink into a mudhole of poverty. The OKO and HEW are working to minimize the families victimized bv this terrible dilemma, However, these departments have been defeated in their purpose by a lack of constant price controls. Prices increase but wages do not increase correspondingly. Many companies are in a tight time — production down, energy short, supplies sometimes hard to obtain This can only mean these companies ( annot give wage increases to coincide with the rising prices of nearly every thing consumed today To combat this problem, I would like to see a committee that would set a wage for every type of work done iii the world (or United State's) today. But at the same lime of setting the wage, maybe it should be stipulated that the fewer jobs there are. the higher the wages will be for those lily believe. Consider that in a span of ll) presidential nominating years — from 1936 through 1972 — only 47 Republicans received sufficient attention to attract even I percent support. Democrats did a little better but not much. Democratic voters gave at least I percent support to a total of 62 candidates Think of it: In 36 years a nation of millions of voters produced only 109 persons who were even faintly considered as possible presidential nominees by the two parties. That’s not good enough. Something should be done about it; something CAN bo done about it. The American Assembly, a project initiated by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower when he was president of Columbia who are working. That would be no different than raising the prices on un article as it becomes less abundant. Robin Lentz Lisbon Veto’ power To the Editor. Regarding your editorial of Feb. 12, tax-supported school lunch programs are a public health measure which should be available in all schools, public or private. A hungry child should not be penalized because through no choice of his own he has inherited membership in a church operating its own school. This is not an opening wedge to destroy Insights i974 by £>*cago    N    f    ***w%    ^*"0    '**€ Wtcf‘<J StigM* l-V I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head Theodore Roosevelt university, recently examined how lite two parties go about looking for good presidential candidates. It concluded that they hardly go about it al all It proposed '’that well before the nominating process begins, national, state arid local party organizations, members of congress, state and local officials and private organizations not only assess such candidates as present themselves but also conduct a systematic search for persons who could be encouraged to contend for the presidential nomination.” In response to this useful idea, the Ripon Forum is conducting its own “systematic search” for likely-to-be-over looked presidential prospects by inviting its subscribers to suggest names. That’s good, but I would like to broaden the search. I would like to unite readers of this column to offer their suggestions of both Republican ond Democratic prospects who ought to be Considered by the rank-and-file of both parties and by the party organizations. Draw on your knowledge of men and women in public and civic life, in business and the professions. Try to propose someone in your own state or your own community. Omit the familiar names. ehureh-state separation. It should be considered as in a similar category as fire and police protection and other public services which nonpublic schools now receive. As stated in editorials on various subjects, the question should not be decided on theory alone but also with consideration of practical realities. In many areas voters with an interest in nonpublic schools comprise a balance of power in their districts. Thus they are capable of vetoing desired improvements in public education if they object to increased taxation to support benefits in which they will not share. W. V, St. Peter 613 Eighteenth street SE Church subsidies To the Editor: I highly commend you for your editorial Feb. 12, "Re-run of hot lunch error”, I am grateful that you have the courage to speak out for the rights of all citizens under the Constitution. I sincerely believe the silent majority agrees with you. I am not against parochial schools as long as they remain parochial and not subsidized by the state or federal government. However, as a firm and outspoken advocate of the separation of church and state, I believe that those who wish private education for their children must be willing to bear the burdens and sacrifices it involves. May you continue to have the fortitude Compliance limited Voluntary rationing By Louis Harris The Harris Survey BY 66 to 21 |>ercent, a sizable majority of the American people prefer a system of voluntary rationing of gasoline to a system under tight control of the federal government. By 54 to 29 percent, a majority holds the view that “the public’s voluntary cutback on the use of energy will be enough to get us through the wurst of the euergy shortage.” In general, then, the American people tend to agree with the judgment of energy czar William Simon and the administration that a national system of gasoline rationing, involving coupons and tight controls over consumption of gasoline, is not necessary, However, when asked about “a system under which people restrict their use of gasoline to IO gallons per car a week.” the public was dubious (49-34 percent) that it would work And when car drivers themselves were asked if they would restrict their own usage to IO gallons a week JMT car, 57 percent indicated they would, while a significant .‘18 percent said they would not. As an increasing number of states take to the Oregon system of rationing (under which cars with even numbered license plates get gas on even numbered days and the odd numbered on odd days, with everyone being able to get gas on Saturdays and no one on Sundays), it appears to the American people that the country will just about muddle through the gasoline shortage this winter and spring. Between Jan. 18 and 22. a cross section of 1,594 households across the nation was asked All in oil, to taw ibm energy »hortny*, would you per tonally prefer a iy»tom of voluntary gatolirie rationing — that it limiting ut« to 10 gallant p#r cor per week •— or would you profor a ty*tem of mondo tai y governmental rationing? Voluntary Mandator y Not ture A major reason why people prefer a voluntary system of restraint is that they feel voluntary cutbacks in consumption of gasoline will be sufficient to get through the crisis. The cross-section was asked Do you feel ttie public* voluntary cutback on the Ute of energy wtH be enough to get ut through the wont of the energy thortoge, or do you think the government will Hove to toke ttronger measure*'5" Voluntary cutback* enough Need Wronger govt measure* Not sure I o*o» public 34 29 17 Despite their preferences and their judgment that the public will come through on restricting the use of gasoline, a plurality also has a gnawing doubt that enough people will violate a voluntary rationing system so that it might not work People were asked: Do you think a system under which people restrict their use of gasoline to IO gallon* per cor a week will work a* a way of avoiding mandatory rationing or not?" Will work Will not Not sure total public 34 49 17 When the 81 percent who are drivers were asked what they and their families would do about voluntarily restricting their use of gasoline, a substantial minority (24 percent) said flatly they would not cooperate Do you think you and your family certainly will, possibly will, possibly will not, or certainly will not limit yourselves to IO gallons of gasoline per cor a week?" The purpose of tins poll Is not to try lo nominate anybody or prove the popularity of anybody ll is lo begin a broader search for candidate material from the rich talent of those who have not had much if any political notice. Your Democratic proposals will be sen! to the Democratic national committee Your Republican proposals will go both lo the Republican national committee and the Ripon Forum If you are interested, please suggest Uh* names of (lins* candidates and mail them. (on the form below) to Roscoe Drummond, 1290 National Press Bldg , Washington, D.P 20004 Los Angeles Times SyndicateWhite House - worthy My suggestions for 1976 Republican or Democratic presidential nominees are:I I I ! 2 I ! 3 to speak out for most of us who see our freedoms and liberties gradually being erroded. We, too, fight for our constitutional rights, but an editorial not only is read by more people than letters to the editor, it also carries much more weight Herbert F. Beer 1617 C avenue NW Unamused To the Editor: In reference to a filler item some time ago by Carl Riblet, jr., I would like to say this: What is the truth? A plumber, an electrician or an appliance repairman I’m not. But in defense of those who are, Riblet’s remarks about robbers and guns were misleading. I agree, these craftsmen are paid well to perform duties, which most homeowners cannot do. But so are many other specialized people. Furthermore, with the description most homeowners give, to think any of these craftsmen could bring all the tools and parts that may Im* required to make a repair is like expecting a doctor to stop at the scene of an accident and pull a hospital out of his little black bag. Crooks arc criminals, ignorance is ignorance. and [laying for something you cannot take care of yourself is only fair. Loren K Srigley lr)64>2 Second avenue SE Talol dr ivert Tolar public Certainly will 31 % Po»ubly will 26 66 Humbly will not 14 21 Certainly will no! 24 13 Not tore 3 Although 57 percent indicate they will abide by a 10-gallon restriction, 38 percent say they will not A key question, then, is whether the 38 percent minority will indulge itself rn so many excesses of usage that this will cause the essentially voluntary system of restraint to break down I he most serious situation ap|>ears to In* shaping up on the East Coast, where a majority of 51 percent of the public does not think voluntary restrictions on gasoline will work and where 43 percent '»f the drivers say they will not abide by-voluntary cutbacks The East Coast is more dependent on oil from abroad than any other section of the country, anil therefore stands the biggest risk of being in short supply. At the moment, then, it appears that people neither expect nor think that gasoline rationing is necessary But they are nervous and islgy about de|>cndiiig on voluntary restraints. II the lines and the waiting for three or five gallons of gasoline continue to lengthen or spread, it is not hard to foresee a turnaround in public opinion and a strong demand emerging for a federal mandatory system of gasoline rationing « Mfcooo Tribune Hmm York N#w% SvruJMal* preferred Louis Harris A ;

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