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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa mn €tthttnpitb    Timely    proof:    indictment    not    conviction Editorial Page Saturday, May 4, 1974 • MMKs‘    MMPliiPte.<>*>• a    'N Meter-fine success WHENEVER the best-laid plans of city officials pay off with precision just as they were meant to do, that is worth at least a small cheer. Such is the laudable case with Cedar Rapids’ recent change in its system of fines for overtime parking downtown. Tightening up on the timing and collection method for quick pay 25-cent fines in lieu of the regular $1 fine, the new arrangement yielded a first-month record which has seen: The fraction of parked cars in violation at a given time decline from roughly one in three to one in eight. The ticket-total written daily drop from HIH) to 440. The percentage of violators ticketed go up from 14 percent to 30. The daily revenue from parking meters rise from $000 to SHOO — projected as a possible jump of $71,000 a year. The daily revenue from fines increase from $285 to $380 — perhaps $28,500 a year. The occupancy rate in both downtown parkades go up about 13 percent, with revenues up 20 percent — presumably with good effects for people seeking short-time parking on the streets. In short, it looks as if the cards fell right: Meter-feeding down, street-space turnover up, parkades better used, funds for more parking on tap, infractions off, enforcement more productive, fairness improved, public generally adapting well if rough spots in the payment method can be smoothed. It is nice to see a carefully-drawn plan work out. What grumbling there has been finds fault with the size of a $1 sting where a two-bit pat used to work (and promote noncompli ance). What violators should perceive in these stings is that when the parking meter system started years ago, a $1 fine was more like $2 now in buying power, and an old-day 25-cent nick would now equate with an inflated 50 cents. I od ay’s fines still go easy on the careless. As the pleasingly productive system goes along, it is also still worth pondering what further good for violation rates and parking-space availability a quick-pay fine of 50 cents would do, instead of 25 In the dark ONE STRONG body of opinion in the nation's top economists regards the index of business-activity indicators as a portent of sustained economic recovery just ahead, says the Wall Street Journal. Another strong contingent of these same professionals, the story says, delivers the view — from the same indicators — that the slump now in progress will keep going on and may even get worse Then the Journal quotes the chief economist for the Mellon bank of Pittsburgh:    “Never before have I been so painfully aware of the inability of economists to forecast.” Well, sir, score one for the ignorant! there. Those of us whose total economic marbles come from what we pick up at the office, on the street or from the news have known of that deficiency but too well, all along. Racial parity in the arts THE RECENT presentation of Broadway’s Tony awards furnished the best proof yet that blacks are gaining equality in show business. Joseph A. Walker’s “The River Niger” and the musical “Raisin” (from Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun”) both are black — in the sense that Christian Science Monitor critic Joseph A. Walker describes “Niger” as contributing “genuinely to the ever-growing volume of illuminating black theatrical experience.” Importantly, the shows are noted more for general excellence and universal appeal than for ethnic distinction. The fact that no one is saying much about the works’ blackness says plenty about show business’ swing away from racial stereotyping. The outlook in Hollywood is happily similar. Ten years ago Sidney Poitier’s best-actor Oscar nomination was received with misgivings among Motion Picture Academy members: What if he didn’t win — would discrimination bi' alleged? (He did win.) But last year no criticism resulted when Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and Diana Ross all failed to win Oscars. W hile no one claims absolute racial parity in the lively arts, it appears that talent now can stand judgment solely on the basis of merit. Way    with words Ifs got support By Theodore M. Bernstein A PHILADELPHIA public relations director writes that a colleague has put up money to back his belief that it is wrong to use it s to represent it has Both of them decided to let your host settle the bet, and the writer of the letter says that if he wins he’ll send in half of his winnings How could one pass up a chance like that? Therefore this is notification to the writer of the letter that ifs been a privilege to settle the bet in his favor Webster’s unabridged, second edition, does not give it has as a meaning for ifs, but every newer dictionary does Ifs taken some time for some dictionaries to catc h up w ith modern usage, but they all have caught up now. Naturally you can’t indiscriminately use ifs in place of it has; for example, in speaking of a dog you can’t say, “Ifs four legs.’’ But in speaking of money in a wager, one can say, “It s rarely come so easily.” (P. S., Mr. latter Writer, don’t send in the loot; it will only make the income tax go up.) • But. The expression. "I will not Im* but a minute,” is fairly common, and Mrs. ll Roy Turner of Orchard Park, N. V , asks whether it is correct. The answer is no. The sentence is the equivalent of a double negative. In older English the negative ne frequently preceded the verb. If the verb was is, the two words were run together as ms. so that a sentence might qgad. “She ms but ti years old.” Irater the ms was omitted, so that but took on the meaning of nothing but or only, and that is where it stands today Therefore it should not tie preceded by a negative. • Word oddities. Just as children often speak of a nappie when they mean an apple, so our forefathers not infrequently did the reverse: If a word began with an n, they would assume that latter was part of the article an and drop it from the word. For instance, opron in Middle English was napron, Hie snake adder in Middle English was nodder and orange in Arabic was noron/ Thus did the names of some commonplace things get perverted But after all what’s iii an ame? Ne* York Time* Syndicate Theodore M. Bernstein By Roscoe Drummond WASHINGTON - The “not guilty” verdict in the Stans-Mitchell trial is being dismissed by the extremists, who want to get Richard Nixon im-[leached whatever the evidence, as having only passing psychological value to the President. It is more than that. True, the case was not central to the main Watergate offenses. True, a jury finding the two former cabinet officials innocent does not mean that another jury—the senate—will find the President innocent. They are separate cases But the Stalls-Mitchell verdict is a salient and significant boon to the White House side for these reasons. • Fortner White House counsel John Dean was the only witness before the Senate Watergate committee accusing Mr Nixon of knowledge of tin1 coverup Iii the Stuns Mitchell trial, none of the jurors believed him • On a recent TV program special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski said that he had no evidence to doubt the credibility of John Dean. Now he has such ev idence — since the Stans Mitchell jurors found Dean’s testimony lacking credibility. • The verdict of “not guilty” on Stalls and Mitchell cannot fail to sharpen public awareness that an indictment is not a conviction. It should be accepted with great reservations and this applies to any indictment which the judiciary committee may present to the house. Roscoe Drummond 'A Vi J *. rf It was a balanced jury, several of them iii lower-income brackets, and it was certainly not tilted by blas or background in behalf of Mitchell or Stalls Its forew oman w as a LM-year-old bank teller who voted for Sen George McGovern for President. It included two blacks—one a highway engineer and another a subway conduc tor—a mail carrier, a telephone installer, an insurance clerk, a yardman for a food company, un elderly housewife and un apartment superintendent After watching them perform as jurors, U S District Court Judge Lee P Gagliurdl gave (his appraisal of their quality “You are 12 of the finest citizens it has been my privilege to associate w ith Jury duty is the highest function in civil service any citizen can perform and you have exemplified the highest standards of that service ” All of this gives new assurance that nobody is going to bt* railroaded or lightly exonerated The judiciary is working well. Los Angeles Times Syndical* Natural causes, foul deed checked Obituary for Controls, a real cool dud By Leonard Silk NEW YORK - Price W. Controls, a child of the Nixon administration — renowned as an anti-inflation fighter in his youth but failing in health for more than a year — expired in Washington the other night at the age of 2 years 8 months. Conservative doctors gave old age as the cause of death, but an autopsy is to Ik* held to determine whether there was foul play. Controls was born at Laurel Lodge, Camp David. Md., on Aug. 15, 1971, after a labor that began on Aug. 13. The baby was delivered by John B. Connally of Texas, then secretary of the treasury. John Ehrlichman, then President Nixon’s chief assistant for domestic affairs, later said that Connally saw a great political future for Controls, “but he wasn’t the only one by any means . . . There were also some old Nixon hands who also measured the political realities George P. Shultz, then director of the office of management and budget, who was to succeed Connally as secretary of the treasury, was regarded by some as an evil spirit at the birth of Controls. The former University of Chicago business sc hoi ii dean often expressed his antipathy to Controls. Yet friends of Shultz insist he did a loyal job of standing in loco parentis, despite his prejudices. Shultz's former colleagues at Chicago considered Controls illegitimate. Indeed, his actual father is unknown. Dr. Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, is generally accepted as only the godfather. Burns had been carefully kept away from Policy, the mother of Controls, by the White House staff for a long time before he was iHirn President Nixon never claimed paternity for Controls. He appeared to dislike the child as much as Shultz. The President rarely played with Controls or even consulted with his guardians Some of his wards said they could never get to sec the President Controls often complained of being treated like an orphan. Some of his detractors in the administration accused the news media of being his true father. Nixon had been distantly connected with Controls’ grandfather, John Kenneth Galbraith, during World war II, and often expressed his dislike of the entire, although very brief, experience Born in the midst of a freeze, Controls proved a hardy and adept youngster, whose early successes astonished his Nixonian guardians But the last year of his life was an agony. As Controls went into his Phase-3 decline, food prices soared, and the public howler!. World inflation was roaring, esfjecially in the agricultural area. The Middle Fast war and the quadrupling of oil prices caught him as he tried to get off the canvas for the last time The referee was slowly counting to IO as the fight ended I,a bor spokesmen said of Price W Controls: “He was a phony, an enemy of the working class.” Business men said "He produce! distortions, he caused shortages, he worsened inflation ” A few friendly economists conceded that Controls had his faults, and tried to do too much with too little, but maintained that the economy would Im- worse off without him The general judgment was that Controls had failed. Ile himself seemed to recognize this, although he left a note that said, "After me, the deluge." John T Dunlop, director of the Cost of Living Council, is Controls’ principal heir, and is seeking to establish a foundation in his memory. The administration and the American Economic Association have requested that flowers Im* omitted Ne* York Times Verve* ■P.- ii..... People’s forumTrip off To the Editor. I’m writing about the human relations exchange between Hanley junior high (from Universal City, Mo, and Taft junior high of Cedar Rapids. Theyi arrived on Thursday (April 25) and left Sunday and during that time I learned to love and respect them We, the Taft students, had planned to go to Universal City and s|>end four days with them, hut our part of the exchange was cancelled as the result of a meeting of the board of education. The board of education said we can’t even go out of the state for more than one day. This is an unfair decision. Our teachers, Gary Williams and Les Santee, did the Ilest they could do to persuade the ixiard to let us go to Universal City but they held fast to their decision. All we can hope now is that they let next year’s eighth graders go to Universal City. Randy Hunter 3713 Westwood drive NWPoor example To the Editor This energy crisis—shortage of gas. oil and power— high prices and cost, underpayment of wages, unemployment, impoverishment, the Watergate expose and increasing taxes all prove that the President and congress were more interested in getting millions of dollars from big corporations and financial institutions to save them from [laying their just tuxes and also in getting re-elected. Then instead of the welfare of the underpaid, unemployed, impoverished and in the conserving of their nation’s resources, stopping erosion and pollution arid utilization of waste, they looked after their own and the rich’s profits by dishonest means, thus helping the rich escape tuxes To wit "The Rich Welfare Program"—a $1 million income to get a $7211,(MKI tax welfare exemption. Note what the President did He spent more of the money collected from taxpayers than any other President He was given the White House to live in—ail ex penses [laid Yet, he spent millions improving and decorating two luxury estates This also include! commuting by air flight. Think about the millions those chiefly pleasure fhghfs cost the taxpayer He also bud lawyers figure out every way (hey could to escape taxes, arid he ended up filing :« tax report that a man earning $8,000 would Is this an example for a President to set lur the taxpaying publir • Au. 4*% -■rn**** U sa revelation how many millionaires are able to escape taxes. This is why our taxi's are too high. The President and congress have given the rich and themselves ways to escape tuxes. When five million persons who should be drawing $6,000 a year are unemployed, they lose $3(1 billion. The interest on an 8 percent 30-year loan costs 24 times the cost of the loan A 4 percent 30-year loan costs half the cost of the loan. No person should have to spend 30 years paying for his home. How can he save for emergencies and retirement? A smart President and congress would establish minimum wage sufficient for a father to support his family honorably without his wife working or their getting welfare or assistance. Let the employer pay a fair wage and his employe [jay taxi's instead of having taxpayers paying 'or their welfare . . John Irwin Si lith 830 Wellington street SEBeautifying To the Editor; For years man has fought and campaigned to keep America beautiful to such an extent that we put commercials on TV’ saying "please don’t litter.” anc# we put up signs saying "No littering.” and “IOO dollar fine for Uttering," and then turn right around and throw things on the ground and walk away without looking back Everyone crusades for green grass and blue skies, but no one wants to take the time to do something about it. If everyone would stop talking about it and do something, our America would lx> as people say they want it to in- That’s the trouble, most of the time all people do is talk They don’t want to get involved in helping keep a clean world to live in When God created the world, it was beautiful, and there were no factories to pollute the air. no uncaring people to mess up the land But since God created man, we have succeeded iii turning what wus once a beautiful place to live into a land scattered with rubbish. How can mm letters The Gazette s editorial page welcomes readers' opinions, subject to those guidelines length limit 400 wofds One letter per writer every 30 days AH may be condensed and edited without changing meaning None published anonymously Writer ) telephone number (not printed) ihouid (allow name, addr#)) and readable handwritten signature to help authenticate Contents deal more with issue) and events thon per sonolihes No ooetrv man be so ungrateful for what God has given him that he can let it go to waste I suggest that if people really love their country, they will get busy and clean it up And then keep it that way. Joanna Hurt LisbonThanks for helping To the Editor: I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped in the many phases of the March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon April 27 Thanks to all the businesses which were always helpful and thoughtful when requested to furnish supplies and food and drinks for these walkers. I also thank the merchants who so generously contributed prizes for our participants. And thanks especially to all the walkers who participated in the March of Dimes fight against birth defects. These young people were the best behaved, least complaining, and among the very best group of youths with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working This community should be proud to count these young people as relatives. friends, and neighbors. When they come around to collect from sponsors, they should In* welcomed with a hearty and warm congratulations for a job well done Manta Stevens Executive Director Hawkeye Chapter March of Dimes 3H4 Eastland drive SEPrayerful To the Editor In response to the resolution making Tuesday, April 30, a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, ten women in our neighborhood met this morning (April 30) for Bible study and for prayer for our nation, its leaders and ourselves. We would like to publicly thank the members of congress and the Iowa legislature for passing this resolution and for encouraging the nation to turn to God for forgiveness and guidance As we studied, we noted the many nations that have been defeated when tin y have ignored the laws of God We believe no man-made laws can be effective unless they are based on God s laws Our concern for America prompts us to suggest the importance of maintaining this attitude of humiliation, prayer, and Bible study throughout the year Mrs James V Smith IH54 Eighth avenue SE and nine others err Zig UMMnews ;

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