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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iih* crittur l\rtjntU (StcjcHt Editorial Page Moscow mission: ‘masterful performance’ Saturday, July 6, 1974 Franking privilege limit IT ISN’T OFTEN that a candidate for public office comes out for doing away with some of the very privileges he or she would enjoy if elected to the office being sought. In fact, however, several have been doing that this year. A number of candidates for congress, in particular, have come out strongly for congressional reforms recommended in the Bolling committee report. The Democratic house majority has tried to bury that report, refusing only last week to clear it for debate on the house floor. This action by the Democrats, incidentally, was over the protest of the Second district’s Democratic congressman, John Culver who, along with only six other members of his party, voted with Republicans to open the way to debate the report. Here in Iowa’s Second district both candidates for the seat Culver is leaving to run for U.S. senator, (State Senators Tom Riley, Cedar Rapids Republican, and Michael Blouin, Dubuque Democrat) favor the Bolling committee report. If passed, it would cut the w inner of their race out of a few privileges he otherwise could enjoy. Riley has gone so far as to tell campaign audiences that congress should adopt a stricter limit on the use of the franking privilege. Ile would deny incumbents free postage for mass mailings for at least six months prior to every general election. The present limit is 28 days before both a primary and a general election. Riley makes a good point. It always has seemed unfair that an incumbent congressman, regardless of party, should have the advantage of free postage on any mass mailing basis during a campaign period. The average challenger is at enough of a financial disadvantage with having the taxpayers pay the postage for some of his incumbent opponent’s    campaign-re la ted mailings. A mass mailing, under present congressional regulations, is one of 500 copies or more of material that is similar in nature. This, in itself, indicates the restrictions are loosely written. What, for instance, is to keep one bent on circumventing the rule from mailing 400 copies on successive days until his or her constituency is saturated? Any incumbent    who has compiled a good record in congress, a record that pleases the constituency, already has a decided advantage against almost any challenger. He can win in a majority of cases without expecting the public to pick up his campaign postage bill. U.S. juniors win JUST IN CASE anyone missed it, the United States junior track team walloped Russian juniors in a meet at Austin, Texas, the other day and so did America’s young women. In fact our girls’ team ran off and left the Russians far behind while U.S. males had a little tougher time when a dropped baton cost them one relay race where they held a big lead. But that infuriated them so much they came back to win two or three more relays that the Russians had been favored in. To make a long story short, these kids did something our grownups haven’t been able to do — either men or women — in track competition with Soviet teams: They beat ‘em. Who says American youth is going to the dogs? Rodino changes course ALL THINGS considered, Chairman Rodino has done a good job in handling the house judiciary committee, which is conducting the seemingly never-ending impeachment study. There are exceptions, of course. One was his original decision denying the request of the President’s lawyer, James St. Clair, to bring six witnesses before the committee to testify. Fortunately, Rodino reversed himself arid now will recommend that all six be given time before the committee. That’s as it should be. Although the fine points of legality involved in Rodino’s original decision remain obscure, clearly from the public’s point of view it makes no Separation too far sense for Rodino to complain that President Nixon isn’t passing along all the tape evidence and then to deny the committee the chance to hear witnesses who, conceivably, may testify to evidence that is pertinent. It is always difficult for the public to understand why any attempt should be made to not hear testimony of those who may know something that would solve the case at hand. Chairman Rodino deserves commendation for reconsidering his earlier decision. To have insisted on it possibly would have created another knowledge gap in the Watergate case. There are more than enough of those already. History overlooked By Jim Fiebig IT ALL started when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) discovered to its horror that kindergarten children in a Santa Rosa. Calif., school district were singing this little ditty before settling down to milk and cookies: “Thank you for the birds that sing. Thank you. God, for everything.” Well, the ACLU had this thing against the word “God” being spoken in school. So they challenged it Another I ie iv WGMEN WORKING AtEAD And to the anger and disgust of many Santa Rosa parents, the judge who handled the (ase ruled the verse in violation of the separation of church and state provision in the Constitution Not being a judge or lawyer. I find my common sense unburdened by too much legal knowledge. All I can do is put two and two together when trying to understand the intent of the fine folks who framed our Constitution And it seems to me that when they sought to keep separate “church and state.” they didn t intend to separate “God and state.” Or to separate God from schoolchildren. indeed, if they had intended that, why dul they allow and even encourage the adoration of God iii the schools of the day? If anyone knew what the Constitution was meant to say and do, it was certainly the very men who put it together and approved it Yet, almost 200 years later, we find ourselves saddled with judges who interpret the Constitution without a backward glance at history. God must laugh a lot at us humans — just to keep from crying. General features Corporation By James Reston PRESIDENT NIXON is a great admirer of Woodrow Wilson, and when he goes abroad he tends to speak in the heroic idiom of the most eloquent American President of this century. This was evident in Nixon s television address from Moscow Never mind the obstructions, the treacheries and blinkered diversions of world politics. The goal is everything. Peace in our time and our children’s time. Ail we need, Nixon seemed to say, is patience and goodwill — a through ticket and a sensible slow timetable to everlasting concord. This was a reasonable, even an inevitable theme for the President's television message from the Soviet capital. For he was speaking to both the American and Sov iet peoples and to the world He could not tell them that he and Brezhnev had agreed on the control of nuclear weapons or the future of Europe or the Middle East or the freedom of Soviet citizens or world trade, so he fell back on generalities and ideals and arranged to keep the dialog going. It was really his only course, and he carried it off very well. Summit meetings between leaders of great nations in the past have often been more disappointing and even disastrous. Public opinion used to assume that when the great men got together they had to settle something or everything would be worse than before they met. But people are more reasonable or cynical now. They expect less and they get it, and un1 not surprised. Still, there is a problem, for in his approach to the Soviets, Nixon was far more generous than he is to his opponents at home. He lectured the Russians on the responsibility of power, on removing the causes of conflict, on the dangers of fear, on respect for the rights of all men, the weak as well as the strong. There would always be differences, he said, different values and standards, but whatever the different strands, the fabric had to be held together. Power had to serve principle. lf he were king, what? Nobody who has watched Nixon over the years could argue with this theme or even doubt that in that broadcast from Moscow he was anything but sincere in his yearnings for peace or his message to the Soviet and American peoples. Given his problem in the Kremlin, he spoke in the evangelical spirit and on the planetary scale of Woodrow Wilson, but back home, he acts on the tactical level of .John Mitchell or Pat Buchanan. This has always been the puzzle about the President. He lives in the world of roles and not of realities. He deals with the public relations of his mission to Moscow, with the objectives of peace, which everybody from Isaiah to Karl Marx have agreed upon. But not with the means to his noble ends. As a result, after his long, hard negotiations over the control of nuclear weapons, trade, Europe, the Middle East, and human rights, we don’t really know where we are. Nixon has told us everything but the facts of his negotiations, but in fairness to him, he has at least kept the conversation going. He has not made the compromises, or so it seems, Henry Kissinger wanted, or made the concessions to the Soviet Union that the Pentagon and Senator Jackson of Washington feared. In short, he seems to have come out about as he planned. He has not upset the conservatives in the congress who hold the balance of power on impeachment. And at the same time, he has not broken with the Soviets by following the tough line proposed by Jackson and some of the members of the joint chiefs of staff. In this sense, Nixon, as usual, has proved to be a shrewd politician, and has probably picked up some votes in congress against impeachment and conviction. In Moscow, he concentrated on things that might bring the Russians and the Americans together — trade, culture, and their common experiments in space — and minimized their differences. He did the same thing in his TV address back home: Look to the common goal of peace, he said. Keep the search for compromise going. Brezhnev is coming to the U. S. next year to talk to me and discuss these things all over again, so let’s be patient and work together. On the whole, it was a masterful performance under very difficult circumstances. Nixon is a tangle of complications, self-contradictions and noble yearnings, but he is also fighting very shrewdly for his political life, and despite his disappointments in Moscow, he seems to have come off fairly well. New York Times Service G. Ford: Not your ideal interviewee By William F. Buckley, jr. ER ALD FORD is one of those J strange, strange men about whom it can bt* said with some conviction that he appears to have nothing to hide. Let s put it this way, to dispose of the cynics: Sure, he probably would like to be President. But so would Prince Charles like to Ik* king, which doesn t mean that he would slip a little ratsbane into his mother’s soup, the way some of his ancestors did. It is not reasonable to suppose that when Dwight Eisenhower was struck down in Denver in 1955, it should have failed to cross the mind of Richard Nixon that if the angels and the saints desired to summon the compliant spirit of their servant, Dwight David, there and then. he Richard, accepting destiny, would take up the duties of the President with fortitude. By the same token, Gerald Ford, if something were to happen to Richard Nixon, would unquestionably undertake to do his duty with resignation, and a little furtive exhilaration But meanwhile, he is acting as dutifully as the Prince of Wales, who when he sings “Long Live the Queen,” does so with that facial commitment that would defy the most inquisitive lens ever invented. The question is — is he overdoing it? That is to say, does the pull of Ford’s attachment to the individual cause of Richard Nixon blind him to some of the political problems with which he and Nixon are inextricably attached9 Consider this question, put to the vicepresident last week Suppose (I said) Insights - People 's Forum Wasteful To the Editor It seems an utterly unnecessary risk for the United States to build, or help build, nuclear power plants in Egypt and Israel, as planned With the world’s largest reserves of oil and natural gas. the Middle East is the one area on earth that has no need whatever for nuclear power To send our uranium over there would truly lie a case of “carrying coals to Newcastle.” as the saying goes There is so much natural gas in Kuwait that they destroy it by burning it day and night iii the desert, just to get rid of it. which is a crime against all mankind Why not build one or more [lower plants there, run by natural gas, large enough to supply the entire electrical needs of the whole Mid-East? The United States could build the plant, sell electricity to all the nations there, and help our balance of trade for tin* money we send them for oil Robert I) Smith Route I, Swisher A conservative is a mon who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. Woodrow Wilson that it became clear that the house was going to vote to impeach the President. Would it not then make sense for President Nixon to ask the house Republicans to go along with the majority? His motives would be quite frankly political, but in the best sense. Mr. Nixon is not obliged to do his best to make it hard for Republican congressmen to be* re-elected. If, it having been made clear by the vote of the judiciary committee and by the private poll-taking, the majority of the house was going to vote to impeach, the President could with considerable dignity insist that the principal point to be transacted by the senate had to do with presidential authority, and that since the house was already determined to send the question on over to the senate, it may as well do so unanimously. This would have the effect of permit- Crossed paths To the Editor Henry J. Geiger must have been a special person to many others. This has been shown to us in recent days (after his death June 22) through expressions by a great many people. Perhaps in this manner my sister, Evelyn Olmstead, and I can best show some of our gratitude. I know that we cannot possibly thank everyone that we should because our father, Henry Geiger, had so many friends and acquaintances whom we did not know Whenever I walked with him along the streets of ( edar Rapids it seemed that every other person would smile and say “Hello Henry’” He meant something different to each, depending on how his path crossed theirs To his pastors at First Lutheran, the Revs Schwegler, Youngquist and (’alison, he thought of himself as just a lam)) iii tile* fold — from wine ll he* tried never to stray To Ins fellow parishioners, Martha /ipso* iii this column said last week that tie' was an “uncommon” man in their midst To all his Amana friends ane! relatives he was, at heart, still one of them. lh* had ting individual Republican congressmen to face their constituencies and satisfy both camps: those in favor of impeachment and those opposed. Mr. Ford takes the position that individual congressmen should make up their own minds on the subject — that indeed they are committed to do so by their oaths of office. In fact, it is not that clear. Because if the Richard Nixon case goes over to the senate with the attention focused primarily on his refusal to give up the tapes to the judiciary committee, you will have here something of a clean constitutional question — as you did in the case of Andrew Johnson. And a congressman is entitled to take the position that he has no transcendent right to consult only his own passions and convictions in settling the issue: that the issue is better settled decisively — like the issue of presidential authority over federal appointments which was settled in the Johnson case and subsequently corroborated by the supreme court — in the senate chamber William F. Buckley, jr. so many memories and tales to tell of his boyhood and his young manhood and how he loved to share them with us. I could write a book — in fact have already begun. To the members of the lodges to which he belonged he was truly a brother and those particular fellowships meant much to him. To his fellow workers he was a good carpenter Ile was proud of his trade He felt it a very special privilege to have had the 0 F Paulson Construction Co as his employer for over 30 years. To his Legionnaire buddies he* was a good soldier lh* loved his country and gave it not only his loyalty but the supreme sacrifice of Ins only son. Henry George To the count Ic who enjoyed and woodcarvings he* modestly proud them to anyone* . . . To siste*r “Dad”. Ile* ere beauty with his But he* and our things of he'uuty and minds for heritage' >s numbers of people appreciated seeing his was an artist Ile was anil pleaseel to show who asked about them ‘Suz“ and me he was •ated many things of tale'iited hands for us mot her e reated many with the-ir loving hearts ii-, who ti are our true Lila A Olmste ad Reiute I, Toddvlib* Mr. Ford could not sympathize with this line elf reasoning, and one suspects that he is unwittingly influenced by the* suspicion that even to speak contingently abeiut impeachment by the house might blur in the public mind as advocating impeachment. All of which is very honorable, except that meanwhile 50 of a hundred Republican congressmen might lose their seats on account of it. Mr. Ford is a truly amiable man, of intelligence and loyalty, so that it proved impossible to get him to talk about whether, if he became President, he might find it statesmanlike to grant amnesty to the Watergate 10,000. Once again, it is a little like asking Prince Charles to say w hat he would do if he were king. Which means that all conversations with Gerald Ford, perforce, tell us something about him, and not very much about public policy in any administration headed by him. Washina*on Stor Syndicate Contrite sinners? Give us just men anytime By Don Oakley WE ARE TOLD that there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repenteth than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance. If so, the greater the sinner, the greater must be the rejoicing. Heaven must be ringing with the news that ( hades Colson has seen the error of his ways and has dedicated his life to Christ. Colson is the highest ranking former aide to President Nixon to be convicted so far in the Watergate scandal. As chief White House “dirty trickster,” he once said that he “would walk over my own grandmother” to insure the re-election of Richard Nixon rill* repentance is of course, welcome, and those who know Colson and who helped him arrive at this turning point in his life say that it is quite genuine Yet this is the earth, not heaven. Down here, there would be more rejoicing if sinners did not attain positions of influence and importance in the government iii the first place Far better to have ninety and nine just persons in Washington than any number that doeth wrong and later repenteth Or ninety Or even nine Ne*sDop««r I ntrrprtte Association r A Don Oakley 'vtpe /nrjwt ak 4 4 ;

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