Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Friday, June 21, 1974
Ominous sign in
POLITICAL buffs, the people who sift election results in search of shreds of information that might serve as indicators as to what’s ahead, or as to why something happened in the past, are still coming up with tidbits from the June 4 election.
From one in Des Moines comes word that he has discovered Republicans cast more votes than Democrats despite newspaper reports to the contrary. As a result, he argues, Iowa is not becoming a Democratic state, as described by Secretary of State Synhorst, the state elections commissioner.
It is true, he admits, that Democrats cast about 1,400 votes more for the top contested race (for governor) on their ticket than did Republicans for the top race (for senator) on theirs.
But if the highest totals throughout the state for contested congressional, legislative or county offices are added together, the record shows that Republicans outpolled Democrats by about 1,000 votes - 138,434 to 137,382.
For example, in the Third district 32,306 votes were cast by Republicans for five candidates for congressman — 5,114 more than were cast for the two candidates for U.S. senator — while Democrats cast 745 votes more for their four candidates for congressman than they cast for their three candidates for governor.
That proves, the analyst maintains, that Democrats haven t taken over the state.
From down Tipton way comes another indicator, however, to the
effect that regardless of whether Iowa has or has not become a Democratic state, it is likely to go Democratic this fall.
Sifting through June 4 election results in Cedar county, Editor Herb Clark of The Tipton Conservative discovered that 31 percent of the votes cast in that normally Republican stronghold on that day were by Democrats. And anytime Democrats cast more than 30 percent of the primary vote in Cedar, he pointed out in a recent editorial, the county usually goes Democratic in the fall. Editor Clark put it this way:
In 1964 the Democrats got 33 percent of the total (primary) vote cast: 567 Democrat and 1,119 Republican. Republicans shudder when they recall what happened five months later. Lyndon B Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater by 1.500 votes. Harold Hughes defeated Evan Hultman for governor by 1,500 votes and the Republicans lost the race for lieutenant governor . . . All of the precincts in Cedar county voted Democrat, the only time in the history of the county, including the depression year sweep ... in 1932. . .
History may not repeat itself. But the cold fact is that the only time the Democrats really ran well in Cedar county since 1932 was in 1964 when they went over 30 percent of the total primary vote. At least the Republicans ought to be apprehensive.
Taking these indicators together, they would seem to say the political winds are blowing in different directions. Obviously, we’ll have to wait until general election results are in this November to tell which was the more accurate. But part of the fun of politics is the speculation that goes with it. If nothing else, these indicators give those interested new factors to crank into this year’s speculations.
E' is for . . . euphemism
THREE of the dairy lobbying groups whose 1972 contributions to the campaign of First district Congressman Mezvinsky have hit the fan lately bear clumsily contrived titles that squeeze down to neat little acronyms:
Agricultural and Dairy Educational Political Trust (ADEPT).
Special Political Agricultural Community Education (SPACE).
Committee for Thorough Agriculture Political Education (TAPE).
One common thread in all of those, it can quickly be noticed, is the word “education.” That stretches a point to lengths making even the titles look stunted.
Education, indeed. Spelled a lot of other nifty ways. Persuasion, pressure, influence, promotion, lobbying, nest-feathering and possibly several it would not be prudent to print.
Well, chalk it up to fun and games. A lot of special interests have been playing them together, all alike. But let us cream the notion that great herds of voters in the boonies go forever getting entertained — or fooled.
Isn t it the truth?
By Carl Riblet. |r
Until a year ago Americans believed that any boy or girl could grow up to bi' President, even if he or she had been disadvantaged by being born in a hospital and reared in a tri-level in the suburbs instead of in a log cabin in the woods. Kids now don’t want to grow up to be President. They don’t want to be First Lady, either. What they want is to be like Henry Kissinger and own their own travel agency.
It s no fun to be President. ”
Any man who has intellectual honesty must conclude, however reluctantly, that women are smarter than men. A woman always knows which side of the bread is buttered; the man spreads the butter.
Mon was made to serve woman. ’’
Dictionary of Opinions
InterOteon Pre** Syndicate
By Tom Fruehling
Gazette »taH writer
AMES — Followers of the Iowa highway commission no doubt recall
the fuss caused by the multi-million
dollar freeway through the heart of
Land on which some of the town’s oldest and nicest homes stood was excavated for the road, resulting in what was dubbed “Derby’s Ditch” after commissioner Derby Thompson
There was more than a little grumbling that Thompson, from Burlington, pushed the project as a sort of lasting memorial befire he quit the commission.
Now the highway commission, as it prepares to be absorbed into the new state department of transportation, is talking about a $20 million bridge in Sioux City, which happens to be commissioner Jules Busker’s homestead.
The other four commission members, picking up the cue from Chairman Robert Bigler, have naturally taken to calling this planned structure across the Missouri ‘ Busker’s Bridge.”
A bad precedent could have been set
Commissioner David Shaff, who is already mildly miffed that the Sioux City bridge will be toll free while the one at Clinton is not, might propose 50-foot wide “Shaff’s Shoulders” for roads around his hometown
Harry Reed of Winterset would then expand on this by urging the purchase of all of Madison county for “Reid’s Right-of-way” along highway 169
Things might get further out of control if Bigler and Vice-Chairman Stephen Garst are named to the DOT commission, which will handle all transportation issues in Iowa
One can envision Bigler designating highway 83 as “Robert’s Runway” for the convenience of his New Hampton banking customers who want fly-in facilities.
And Garst would be given the ( nance lo turn Coon Rapids into a seaport, from which the portly gentleman farmer could ride in comfort on “Steve’s Steamboat” down the Raccoon river
The commissioners might even see fil to construct “Bill’s Bikeway” in honor of Cedar Rapids’ own former highway man, William Gray.
Credit where it s due for good things afoot
By James Reston
WASHINGTON - Good news is such a ran* commodity in the tangled al fairs of the world these days that it is scarcely recognized when it occurs
Yet a survey of recent events, as compared with the situation a year or so, or even a few months ago, shows some genuine progress in the relations between nations.
None of the great issues of human misery, maldistribution of food and other essential raw materials, inflation, prices, or the control of military arms or money has been settled.
But the discussion of these issues has advanced, with the barriers and taboos against diplomatic negotiations lifted, if not removed. The evidence of this limited but important advance is all around us
• In the Middle East, there was war only a few short months ago, a threat of Soviet military intervention and a startling worldwide alert of the American armed forces.
Now there is at least an uneasy calm, a widening gap between the contending armies - with a United Nations corps of observers in between — and a renewal of diplomatic intercourse between the United States and Egypt and Syria
Next stop: Sin Stop
By William F. Buckley, jr.
BOSTON iu in the news having discovered not a solution to the obscenity problem, but an accommodation to it. It is the hallowed (if we can borrow the word for this purpose) Red Light District.
Perhaps not exactly that. Boston has not gone so far as to say that it will license bordellos But practically everything else. There are to be X-rated movie houses, strip-tease bars, “adult” bookstores (which is to say bookstores that specialize in post-pubescent fare) and massage parlors and so on.
There are counterparts all over the world, notoriously in Frankfurt, in Amsterdam, and in Copenhagen. It appears to be the obvious solution, if one accepts the concept that that which used to happen only under the table should move to an entire area in the city.
It makes sense both for the city, which wishes to contain that part of itself that specializes in appealing to prurient instincts; and for the customer who, in search of that kind of thing, need waste little time getting there. Presumably Boston will provide express subway service to Sin Stop, a gesture of municipal courtesy that becomes that old, civilized city
There arc of course complications. There is the book shop at the other end of town which will want to make available to its customers at least a good sampling of the season’s pornography. In part because that book shop desires to give its clients anything they might desire; in part because there is very brisk trade in the sex lx»oks,
Indeed, a recent figure reveals that in middling size bookstores, books that can reasonably be called “sex-oriented” do a critical 50 percent of the business Since they are only ten percent of the titles, one can see how important they are as an economic matter
What will the booksellers outside Sin Stop in Boston now do? Will they not come up with the identical arguments to insist on their right to continue to pander to the taste of their customers? I would not want to be at the other end of a lawsuit arguing the point.
And what about the movie house say 541 city blocks from Sin Stop7 Will it not make a case for relieving the lame and the blind, the senior citizens and (he unescorted children, of the risk and tedium of traveling all the way to Sin Stop to see an X-rated movie?
What will be the municipal mechanics by which the corner movie house will actually be prevented from showing that which is permitted to Im* shown elsewhere? Will zoning laws prevail over direct appeals to the First Amendment?
The success of the old Red Light Dis tried rested, really, on prc-constitu-
William F. Buckley, jr.
Boston’s sex market
tionalist dispositions, effected by the fiat of the ruler, unavailable for appeal on generic grounds. The conventional idea was to outlaw vice, but to agree to ignore it within certain bounds in the city. So that those who sought to practice it outside those bounds were not only violating the law, but were inviting penalties.
In the United States we are given to pragmatic solutions, and it is generally agreed that, for instance in certain areas in Harlem, peaceful bookmakers are not going to be disturbed by the police, though they would he if they started to practice their wares openly on Madison Avenue*.
The current civil libertarian mood in America argues against such pragmatic solutions. Even as the secularists argued that to recite a common prayer in New York rity’s public schools whose formulation was satisfactory to priests, ministers and rabbis, was a violation of the First Amendment, someone in Boston is sure to insist that pornography bring a general right, it is a violation of
the Constitution to insist that people take the subway to Sin Stop rn order to exercise that right.
A year ago the supreme court wrote a decision that appeared to inconvenience, once again, the obscenity peddlers. As a matter of fact, the decision appears not to have done anything of the sort, though at one theater in the South, “( amal Knowledge”, a dismal picture about the travails of satyriasis, was suspended, frightening the avant garde in New York and Holly wood half to death.
The best way to deal with oddball supreme court decisions one disapproves of is to ignore them and hope nobody will notice. This is what they are now trying
The Boston experiment should be indulged. The anti-obscenity people should keep quiet about it, and their counterparts should accept a little selfrestraint and see how it works. These things are better left unpublicized, so I promise I shall not cite the Boston solution again
Washington Star Syndicate
Way with words
By Theodore M. Bernstein
FOR A FEW years now we have had the word econometrician, referring to economists who use computers, mathematical data and economic theory to analyze the past and forecast the future. Now we have a subspecies of these analyzers who call themselves Cliome tricians.
Instead of using the apparatus and theory to forecast the future, the Oiome-tricians use such tools to try to figure out what economic activity was like back in the past. The word links Clio, the muse cf history, to the idea of mathematics
Times should be achanging. An article on astronomy spoke of the moon as being “460 times smaller than the sun.” How, asks John F. Brennan of Philadelphia, ran anything be described as 466 times smaller than something else? Ifs a good question. Such expressions are quite frequent in common usage, but technically and strictly speaking they are not proper
The word times has the sense of multiplied by and really should be applied to something mat is larger than something else. A better way of describing the moon would be to say it is “one 406th the size of the sun or “one 466th as large as the sun.’’
Word oddities. Now for a little bite of mat/es herring. Webster’s New World Dictionary, just about the only dictionary that seems to have any taste for the delicacy, tells us that the term traces bark to the Dutch maatiesharmg, which in an earlier form meant maiden herring, that is, a herring that had never spawned. So much for the appetizer at the end of this meal.
New york T tm et Syndicate
Theodore M. Bernstein
To the Editor
I have always lik<*d Cedar Rapids; therefore, this letter I believe in the free enterprise system and individual rights So if one wishes to build a shopping renter and it does not interfere with others, the right should ho
My concern is Has enough consideration been given to the final results? What effect will It have on the community as a whole? I do not think you need to look far to see what could happen to your downtown. To cause deterioration to such a fine downtown would Im* too had
One might say, to not allow a new shopping renter is not progress. The contrary is true lf you allow deterioration of the downtown you would lose a good tux base, much more than could hr gained Cedar Rapids has been fortunate
that a progressive downtown has been maintained, To this idea, you have an obligation.
So far you have been taking forward steps I hope I shall always like Cedar
Harry F Young Oelwein
Money and favors
To the Editor
Here is one reader's answer to your islitorial about Mr Stanley and his “low blow” (June ll) Mr Stanley’s remark will be taken, I am sure, for what Ifs worth When we read of a candidate get ting thousands of dollars from eastern millionaires and others, mostly out-of-state unions arid pressure groups, one has a right to suggest that the evils of Watergate will continue iii Washington
We know without being told by Mr Stanley that for a candidate to have friends, etc,, in other states is both understandable and commendable But
• In Europe last winter there was a narrow and petty argument within the Western alliance not only over policy but even over how to discuss policy. I ublle c harges were made on both sides that Washington was not consulting with the European leaders and that the European leaders were not consulting Washington on their common problems.
Now the* NATO foreign ministers have been meeting in Ottawa in a much more open and successful attempt to agree on a statement of purpose and principle
• In Moscow, we have It from Aw rt ll Harriman, who is not given to sentimental statements about the Russians or the Republicans, that the Soviet government is committed to an era of compromise with the United States, and that we should back President Nixon in his efforts to peach new understandings on arms and trade in Moscow later in the month When Harriman comes to the aid of Richard Nixon, it must be assumed that something new is happening.
Co ming along
There are other advances: A
reappraisal of policy by the new regime in Portugal. A revival of interest in Washington in the long-neglected but ultimately critical relations between North and Central and South America. Important conferences among the nations on population and the law of the sea. New understandings of the common danger of polluting the waters and atmosphere of the world
It is a tribute to the Nixon administration and to the congress of the United Stales that despite all their differences over Watergate, inflation, jobs, prices and taxes, they have not forgotten their common responsibilities to the larger questions of world order.
The facts in the field of foreign policy are almost as dear as the facts on Watergate There are ambiguities in both
places, hut the record at home is appalling and the record abroad is encouraging. Nixon has to take responsibility for or he given credit for both
He created the atmosphere and picked the men for both — the atmosphere of conspiracy at home, and of trust and innovation abroad, the convicted felons, as well as the Kissingers. But now that his Middle East trip is over, his achievements deserve to be recognized.
In this opening up of discussion in world affairs and breaking down of the old barriers, the President and Secretary Kissinger were responsible
It was not China that initiated the compromise but Washington. It was not the Soviet Union that pressed for arms control hut the United States, The compromise in the Middle East did not come about because of the actions of Moscow but in spite af them
And that is not all It was the United States that suggested a common approach to the energy crisis, now wracking the world, and offered to devote its technology to finding new sources of energy This was not always done at the right time and in the best way, but it started here, and is beginning to pay off
All the hard questions lie ahead and the outlook on arms, money, trade, prices, food and other raw materials is fairly bleak, but at least they are being discussed. This is better news than we had a year or even a few short months ago.
New York Tim** Service
when it involves huge amounts, you have the right to begin to wonder and ask questions. From my experience with unions, they don’t give or spend a dime unless it buys power, favors and under-the-table votes from the receiver, be he Mr. Culver or any other candidate
Just for the record. To judge a President or any person before hi* is absolutely proven guilty, and to print pie-lures and captions as you have of our President, Mr Ford and others, is also a low blow, and disgusting to some of your readers This great country has outlived teapot Dome, Bobby Baker scandal and others, and it will also outlive W atergate
Here is one thing you can bet on Even if impeachment comes, the names Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill,. Graham and now Mr Kissinger will go down in history as really and truly great men and Americans for ages and ages But two-bit newspapers like yours (umi your two-bit writers and hatchet men) will long since have bitten the dust
Bernard J Napiantek Marquette