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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ow *«    I    ’OZ’W IMMClamor for morality-on-high rings hollow Editorial Page Friday May 24, 1974 C.R. business climate TUE NATURE" of economic trend-prediction being what it is (imprecise), nobody will know for sort* until they come what the full results are from this week’s rezoning action to clear the way for a huge regional shopping center in southwest Cedar Rapids. A persuasive case was offered to the general effect that such a large development is too big for the market: That it necessarily will damage all existing business elsewhere in the community and may undermine the city’s strong downtown, especially. Others persuasively argued that the shopping center can succeed in its own right without harming business elsewhere, weakening the downtown area and wreaking tax-base havoc over-all. Ten years from now — when city council members who participated in the zoning action may no longer be in office — a pretty good line on who was right will have materialized. Meanwhile, much of what develops from here on is likely to depend on w hether a defeatist outlook follows on the losers’ part to help the prophecies of doom become a self-fulfilling force. Naturally, the way to meet stiff competition is by mounting stiffer competition in return As far as Cedar Rapids’ central business district is concerned, nothing could strengthen it more and attract people better than fulfillment of exciting works now being planned: A community center-ho-tel facility to handle conventions and large entertainments. A “skyway’’ system of overhead walkways for out-of-the-weather access between major parking areas and businesses. Curt her action toward relieving rail-crossing conflicts with street traffic. Nothing could promote the feared decline, conversely, more effectively than giving up on these ideas, assuming the worst and abandoning the dynamic approach that has worked so well in the past. A good bet is that if a hang-loose, go-hard, up-and-at-’em attitude endures, the economic worst will simply not be able to occur. Consideration due TWO RECENT writers to the People’s forum ably stated the opposing cases in a situation that chronically irritates a great many people. One objected to the doctor’s-of-fice timing system which finds patients consistently waiting up to an hour and a half in the office or examination room beyond their scheduled appointment times before the doctor finally attends them. The other sympathized with those who have to waste this time but justified it with the explanation that medical emergencies come up. illnesses needing quick attention break into the schedule, and expectedly simple problems turn out to be complex and timeconsuming. The heel-cooling complainant suggested assigning dollars allies to the waiters’ lost time and either deducting the amount from doctor bills or billing the physician if waiting time exceeds the value of the service. That might be fair sometimes, but in terms of practicality and enforcement it would probably wash out Simple ways to minimize the waste do come to mind, however. When office personnel find scheduled appointments running half an hour to an hour late because of unexpected trouble, an attendant could try calling people down the list and setting later times to show. Appreciation would exceed resentment. Also, scheduling could rest on an assumption that emergency delays WILL interfere. Allowing blocks of time for interruptions without inviting an expectable overload would be both fair and smart. A little plain consideration could go far to head off most complaints. Programmed poverty AS MANDATED bv the comprehensive employment and training act (CETA), persons receiving institutional training for public service employment are to receive money for tuition, books, transportation and other education-related needs, plus allowances aiding fulfillment of one s basic needs. In some cases, however, trainees might not receive allowances, according to the department of labor. And what could prevent the awarding of stipends for disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed persons? Manpower personnel from Iowa. Nebraska, Kansas and Way with words Athletic premises By Theodore M. Bernstein FAH OI T. Baseball is. or al least was, the national pastime. Perhaps for that reason ball park figures in some national idioms. Out of the ball park refers to something that is out of reach, just as a homer is It indicates a range or approximation That s another ball park suggests something that is not within the frame of reference under discussion Also, tile phrase is sometimes used iii an adjectival sense, as when a federal official said. “That's only a ball park figure." meaning it was just an estimate. That’s enough on that subject. Everybody ready to wind up? • Incomplete alternative comparison. Don't let that long-wmded designation get you down, but do let the offense it describes do so What it refers to is this type of construction “Some of our schools are as bad or worse than those iii Eskimo villages.’’ The word worst* is Missouri sought the answer recently at a department of labor briefing in Kansas City. Well (went the explanation), in some cases the position being trained for might not pay any more at the end of the training program than the client is accustomed to receiving during training, i.e., the minimum wage of $2 hourly. In such a case, the allowance — raising effective income beyond $2 an hour — might bi* w ithheld. In other words, it’s best not to get folks used to living too high off the hog. No doubt about it. Uncle Sam is all heart completed by than, but what completes as bad? The answer is, nothing; it stands there lonely and up in the air One corrective, though a formal one is to make it ‘ us bad as or worse than Another natural corrective is to complete the as bad as immediately and tack the worse idea on at the end, thus: “Some of our schools are as bad as those iii Eskimo villages or worse Either way the construction must be made shipshape Wo rd oddities As another month is almost on the way out you may want to know when* it came from — the word month, that is. It goes all the way bar k to the lndo-Europ< an menot, meaning moon or month. It refers to a division of time during which the moon makes a complete revolution of the earth N»** for* I imcs Theodore M. Bernstein By James J. Kilpatrick WVSHINti TON - Patriotism, said Dr Johnson, is the last refuge of a scoundrel, and “morality’’ by the same token, may be tin* last refuge of those seeking the removal of Mr Nixon Then* is something fishy about this latest outcry bet me walk around it, sniffing To avoid misunderstanding: I have several times expressed the dismay , disappointment, and revulsion of many conservatives at the devious attitudes disclosed by the presidential transcripts The President’s own threat to “fix’’ Edward Bennett Williams, and to create “damnable, damnable problems" for the Post-Newsweek television station, bespeaks an atmosphere in which a John Dean could retire confidently to his office. licking a pencil, there to prepare his enemies lists Enough said But it is one thing to express regret, disillusion, and even contempt, and it is quite another thing to argue that Mr Nixon should be removed from his office for want of "moral leadership.” We do not elect a President to serve as our moral leader. We elect a President to James J. Kilpatrick execute the laws, to make treaties, to nominate judges of the supreme court, and to serve as commander-in-chlef The recent outcries about “moral leadership" have a faint air of desperation: All else having failed, let us try morality Under the most rudimentary rules of due process, it now seems plain that Mr. Nixon has committed no criminal offense. Ile did not connive in the Watergate bugging, he did not participate in the coverup; he did not suborn perjury or obstruct justice or involve himself in misprision of felony. He did not take bribes from ITT or the milk producers He committed no criminal fraud in the matter of his income taxes, and he took no graft at San Clemente, lf an impeachable offense is to be equated with a People s forum What ERA won’t do To the Editor A letter in the Forum May 20 insisted that the equal rights amendment (ERA) is an attempt by a small minority of women to masculinize the female scv Then1 are many misunderstandings concerning the ERA No woman is going to be forced to leave her home to obtain a job so she can provide her half of the support for her family Actually any woman with a home and family is contributing much more to “support" than can be measured in monetary terms. Nor can the ERA force a working woman to undertake a job that is dangerous or harmful to lier health It is, rather, an attempt to see that women are not denied jobs for which they are qualified and which have prev iously been unfairly closed to them. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) already has invalidated job discrimination on the basis <»f sex. and states are beginning to extend protections concerning difficult physical work to men employes as well as women Women will not be forced to use men s restrooms nor men women’s. The supreme court ruled some years ago in favor of the individual's rights ty privacy The ERA would mean equal facilities for both men and women in places previously limited to "men only" and "women only.” The ERA will not wipe out laws protecting women against rape. What it will do is assure that sex crimes — which cover adultery, prostitution, and sodomy as well — will apply equally to men and women This may do much to help erase the guilt many women are forced to bear by being unwillingly made the victims of >ex crimes. Maternity leaves would also not In* disallowed a working woman under the ERA Presently, in many places, receiving maternity leave is often tantamount to being fired The EEOC has ruled that childbirth should be accorded the same privileges as any other medical Fierce independence reconfirmed criminal offense, or even with a "serious offense against the state,” tin* evidence thus far adduced falls short of the rule of reasonable doubt But “morality” has a nice ring to it Coming from members of the congress, it has a nice hypocritical ring to it There are many representatives and senators, of course, who are models of impeccable integrity. There are others who make up the biggest bunch of nickel grafters iii town. Periodically some enterprising reporter compiles a list of the perquisites that congressmen have voted themselves, ranging all the way from lush pensions, fret* medical care and franking privileges, down to cheap haircuts and reserved parking; at the airport. Some of these high-toned fellows are now intent upon voting themselves life tenure in the name of election reform. Many of them have accepted campaign contributions, whether from business or labor, that bear an aroma — a sort of eau de garbage dump — not to be readily distinguished from the smell that emanated from the Committee for the Re-election of the President. Some of the lugubrious remonstrances from the private sector have little more to commend them We are hearing from political parsons more concerned with defending the terrorists of Angola than with serving their own flocks. We are hearing from great newspapers whose demonstrated concept of morality is to traffic iii stolen goods It is a great dividend, of course, when the country is led by a President who inspires respect, affection, and love. Washington iii his first term, Lincoln in the war years. Franklin Roosevelt in the Depression, Eisenhower in the postwar exhaustion — one thinks of these, and perhaps there have been others. Yet it seems to me a mistake to demand of a President that he serve as a national symbol, like a British monarch, or that he become a spiritual leader, the One (ireat Scoutmaster of us all I am as concerned as any man about the amorality of Mr. Nixon. Again I deplore it But I would trade ll),IKM) expletives deleted for one U‘wis Powell on the U S, supreme court. If it is moral leadership the President’s critics want, let them first seek to provide it themselves, by the high example of their own lives. Washington Star Syndicate Jaworski: biggest menace, worst mistake By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s blistering letter to the senate judiciary committee was a political act, calculated and combative, which exposes the extreme danger of President Nixon’s continuing fight against turning over subpoenaed ev idence Neither asking nor desiring senate . lion. Jaworski was firing a long-contemplated signal By publicly revealing that the President broke his promises not to interfere with the special prosecutor Jaworski has made himself more fireproof than ever. Yet, if Mr. Nixon eventually loses iii the supreme court, Ills only sensible alternative to the self-destructive sacking of Jaworski would be to obey the court and surrender the tape recordings. However, there is universal suspicion (Jaworski s men included) that those tapes contain information at least as damaging to the President as tin* revelations of nine tapes he surrendered after the Saturday night massacre last October Thus, while attention is now glued to impeachment proceedings on Capitol Hill, Jaworski s office in downtown Washington is ail actively dangerous second front where the President’s prospects are bleak Jaworski remains perhaps the worst o! all the blatant White Bouse mixcaicula turns about Watergate. The President wa-, wrong from the start that the HH-ycar-old Houston corporation lawyer would prove a welcome relief from tin* deposed Prof Archibald Cox as special prosecutor After seven long months, the White House will not admit that error < ontmumg to misinterpret Jaworski s character Nixon aides insist he really wants tti » lean up the Watergate cases without causing more trouble and go home t<* the good life iii Texas It s just that poor old Leon, they say, is the captive of ferocious young anti-Nixon liberal lawyers he inherited from ( ox I his conflicts w it Ii ev idence I hat Jaworski is totally iii control — as iii the relent decision on how to handle former Atty Den Richard Klcmdicnst’s admitted deception before a senate committee Although these young prosecutors want cd a perjury indictment, Jaworski iii sisted that Klemdienst — more sinned against than sinning — should be let oil with a one-count misdemeanor But tile White House has talked so much about the captive .laworski theory that Mr. Nixon s lawyers actually broached it lo Jaworski himself, crudely attempting to alienate him from tile Cox holdovers Jaworski responded with some heat that he runs his own show That heat displayed .1 combativeness by trial lawyer Jaworski far more intense than appellate lawyer Cox s As the White House remained adamantly un EVANS NOVAK cooperative. Jaworski long ago decided he would return — at the proper time — to the senate to complain about the President. When Nixon defense lawyer James St Clair argued in closed session before Judge John Sirica that Jaworski was subordinate to the President’s wishes, Jaworski knew the proper time had come Ills intent is certainly not to further the basic Nixon strategy of delay by getting congress to establish a statutory special prosecutor’s office. Rather, the letter to ttie senate was a means of getting his case-in Hie open without breaching the court's semi gag rule (imposed upon Jaworski hut not St < lair) The letter further undercut Mr. Nixon with many remaining Republican supporters iii congress Realizing Mr Nixon can neither fire Jaworski nor seem to be impeding his investigation, they view tins struggle with the special prosecutor as deflating the President s hopes for shiv ival The unsinkable Jaworski deepens problems Mr Nixon faces iii Ins lawsuit against tile subpoenas. Just as last October, tile White House inner circle — iii tins case, the President. St Clair and chief of staff Alexander Haig — lias talked itself into believing it will win iii Die supreme court So. White House counsel J Fred Buzhardl might be telling tile truth when tie contends Hie reaction to an adverse court decision has not even been discussed But outside lawyers believe the supreme court could very well order the tapes be given Jaworski Since tie cannot turn off this process by firing Jaworski. Mr. Nixon would have to consider presidential defiance of the supreme court, leading to a constitutional crisis which would likely result iii his conviction by the senate. I tie President s problem, then, boils down to the actual contents of Hie sub poenaed tapes Risking Ins very office to keep them secret reinforces the inescapable suspicion which lias always dogged him that tie is protecting not his tonner aides hut himself I hat suspicion would endure even it the supreme court ruled for him Only a lenient special prosecutor could ease lins pressure against ttie President, and even Hie White House must now realize Hi.it Leon Jaworski IS anything but that Iowa monsoon, 74 disability iii terms of sick leave and benefits What the ERA could do is allow men a paternity leave. The ERA can do nothing more than exactly what its name implies — assure equal rights to women and disallow discrimination on the basis of sex No woman will be forced into any unwanted “sexless” or “masculine" positions Therefore it is certainly unfair for any woman who desires to tend husband, home and children to deny other women the freedom to make their choices too. . Barbara J Taylor ( oralv Hie Undercovered To the Editor I. for one. was very disappointed vvitti the coverage on both TV and in the newspaper of the Eastern Iowa Band festival Our kids trudged gamely through pouring rain to the delight of drenched sideliner and were anxious to see the TV coverage, since our Norway band has for two straight years brought home the top rating for class (' schools, plus having our queen chosen. There was only a fleeting glimpse of the bands. Were all the reporters iii out of the rain0 We appreciate the lovely picture on the front of the Sunday Gazette of our queen. Melanin* Schutterle, and we are very proud of her. But we were certainly disappointed when we turned to the inside and found no pictures of tile winning hands We at Norway arc very proud of our No I band and our lovely queens, and w is ti youth could got more recognition for this type of accomplishment. Mrs Louis Blackburn ( barnman. Norway Music Boosters Norway (Editor s note There is practically no way that a picture of a whole marching band — let alone three of them in the same paper — can be made interest mg to anyone except the people in the picture, or their families. A full page of pictures and text in the May 19 Gazette gave ample recognition to band festival participants ) Backing To the Editor I’m not old enough (at 13) to vote, but if I could vote I would support Mr Norris Dobbin for the {{(‘publican nomination for state senator. He has been one of my favorite teachers this year at school. I Hunk In* is a very honest man. He is interested in helping kids, better education, and particularly Hie senior citizens He's a great guy and I think you’d like turn too. if you personally knew him. Jeff Klein 2HIHI Meadowbrook drive SF ;