Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2A The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Nov. 21, 1974
20th Century Moses
A modern-day Moses Medal. A medallion struck in memory of David Ben-Gurion, the leader who was instrumental in the rebirth of Israel At the height of his political career, Ben-Gurion guided a population slightly in excess of two million people, but his image became known and famous throughout the world.
The medallion, in the tradition of the Lombardo mint, is overwhelming in simplicity. The obverse legend reads: “Israel s First Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, 1886 — 1973. The sculptor captured
by Mort Reed
the craggy features, the halo of white hair, and the deter-mind jaw of the man who said, “It matters not what the Goyim (non-Jews) say. but what the Jews do.”
The reverse carries the wording, “Although he led his nation in war, he never abandon*^ his search for peace.” A laurel wreath is an indication of Ben-Gunon’s great desire for peace, but a bayonet reflects the old warrior’s tenacity in leading his country in war. An acorn and oak leaves depict the strength and power of the tiny nation
For obvious reasons, this
medallion should become a
well deserved collector’s item
Bronze copies are available at
$3 50 and 999 Fine silver at
$14. Interested .readers may
write The I/mibardo Mint,
P.O. Box 203, Sherbrooke,
Quebec. Canada. Or P O. Box
525. Derby Line, Vt. 05830.
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The U.S. mint has just announced new offerings of Bicentennial coins and medals available for ordering the latter part of this year and during 1975.
Quoting Mary Brooks, director of the mint, “The mint had to get an early start if it was to significantly par-tnpate in celebrating the Bicentennial. And now that so many of our new projects are reaching fulfillment, we have had to make changes in our ordering cycles to permit the smooth inclusion of the new special bicentennial coins and medals programs.”
At the end of the article is a list of ordering periods for both Bicentennial coins and medals during 1975. But please be aware that cut-off dates amid be earlier than noted if orders exceed the mint’s production capacity for
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each separate offering and that orders are limited to a maximum of five sets or units per person Persons already on the mint’s mailing list will automatically receive order cards at the appropriate time for special coins and medals made available by the mint. Those not on the it may obtain order forms for the new silver Bicentennial coins at local banks and post offices. Persons using these order forms will be added to the mint’s mailing list. Others wishing to be added to the list should write: Bureau of the Mint. 55 Mint Street, San Francisco, (alif 95175.
Regional Library Book Collection Increase Told
With the total collection showing an increase of 1,500 books, the rotating collection of the East Central Regional Library System is being made available this week to 22 libraries in five counties.
Mrs. Melle Neafie, ECRL administrator, said Wednesday that the distribution will be completed by Friday to libraries in Tama, Poweshiek, Iowa and Benton counties and to the Fairfax and Hiawatha libraries in Linn county.
The 1,500 book purchases in the last five months have boosted the total collection to more than 17,500 books which are available for circulation to the smaller libraries in the ten-county district.
The books are rotated monthly, Mrs. Neafie explained, with half of the counties served each month. William Swim. a refired Cedar Rapids educator, handles the monthly distribution.
Purpose of the rotating collection is to enhance the collection of each library by providing books which may be* of limited appeal or which cannot be accommodated in the budget of the local library'
The regional library system was established last year by the Iowa general assembly to make a library' service available to persons who previously did not have access to a library and to strengthen the operation of existing libraries. The ten-county East Central Region Regional Library System is one of seven such systems across the* state.
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Three-piece 40% siher
Bicentennial Proof Set
Three-piece 40% saber
Bicentennial uncirculated set
Nodal her 1R75 Proof set
Nuns I her ‘74 Uncirculated
>et Bicentennial Designs
American s First Medals
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Plans To Stick with West, Portuguese President Says
By Peter tebersax
LISBON (UPI) — President Francisco da k’osta Gomes denies that Portugal is sliding toward a Communist takeover and says his government intends to keep the country in the Western Alliance.
In an interview, the HD-year-old president confirmed that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has begun withholding information from Portugal because of the presence of a Communist in the cabinet. But he said this might cause more problems for NATO than for his own country.
He appealed for economic assistance “from the democratic peoples of the world,” including the U. S., and for understanding from Washington.
Costa Gomes granted the interview in his Belem palace study crammed with 18th-Century furniture and old books. A former monastery, the palace is now guarded by paratroopers in battle dress.
A former field commander in Portugal's African wars, Costa Gomes moved in Sept. 28 after President Antonio de Spinola was forced out in a power struggle with the left-leaning young officers who engineered last spring's coup against the right-wing regime founded half a century ago by Dictator Antonio Salazar.
Costa Gomes, who has been described by diplomats as a moderator between the nation’s political forces, said the new government has stressed “several times that we are determined to remain a member of NATO ”
“I do not think the fact that NATO has been hiding secret info, ^nation from us should cause apprehension to the Portuguese government,” he said. “It should cause apprehension to NATO itself as it would In* contrary to its own spirit — that decisions are taken unanimously.’’
^According to Washington reports, nuclear and other sensitive NATO information has been withheld from Portugal since the Communist party became a coalition partner in the post-coup provisional government.
The Communist presence in the government and the ouster of Spinola also sparked fears of a left-wing takeover.
Costa Gomes roundly denied such speculation.
“I cannot believe that the great majority of those foreign newspapers are publishing such reports in bad faith or because of their reactionary involvement.” he said. “It can only be assumed that they are not correctly informed We are sufficiently calm and tolerant to allow time and the facts to clarify the situation ’
Some foreign publications have speculated that Portugal
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could go the way of Chile under the late President Salvador Allende, a Marxist whose attends to move his country to the left sparked a rightist overthrow In turn, fears have been expressed rn Portugal over possible Chile-style involvement by the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Asked about this, Costa Gomes said “My military life gave me the opportunity to learn how to think coolly in a dangerous situation. Besides, Portuguese geopolitical conditions are very-different and minimize the danger you refer to. ”
He said Portugal as a country in a “ pre-democrat ic" stage trying to stabilize its political scene, has “the right
to political and financial support from the democratic peoples of the world and above all from the U. S. with its immense capacity of support.
“Our foreign policy cannot, for sentimental and pragmatic reasons, forget the U. S. We expect a reciprocal attitude from them.”
Diplomatic sources said Costa Gomes brought back few , if any. pledges of American aid from recent Washington meetings with President Ford and Sec retary of State Kissinger.
Costa Gomez granted the interview shortly after meeting with Ambassador-at-large Robert McCloskey, chief U. S. negotiator for the renewal of an agreement granting the U. S. a strategically important airbase
on the 'Azores islands in the Atlantite.
“We negotiate with good faith and goodwill,” the president said. “We know that by allowing use of a base we have to pay a high political price at the level of world opinion, but we also know the IL S. will negotiate with the loyalty of a traditionally friendly country,”
He said. despite “Important difficulties,’’ Portugal was continuing on the road to an “authentic pluralistic democracy."
He said elections for an assembly which will write a new constitution “will be held early-next spring, with the exact date to be fixed HD days in advance. We will take all measures considered tec hnically possible to guarantee their autheneity.”
The* president said measures to safeguard electoral honesty were “inspired by a study of the legislation and experience of democratic European countries ’’ He said the only groups excluded will be “persons and institutions whose line of thought may lead to establishment of a totalitarian system of any color."
That restriction will not affect the Communist party. which has advocated a multiparty system since its emergence as Portugal's best-organized political group after the April 25 coup.
Costa Gomes said a recent Moscow visit by a Portuguese government mission resulted in “studies of the viability of a more intensive collaboration'' including a trade agreement which “will be particularly
advantageous for our exports.”
Government sources said the Soc let Union offered to cover a large part of Portugal’s oil needs in exchange for agricultural produc ts and textiles.
“Our economic situation is more difficult than that of other European countries,” Costa Gomes said. “The fragility of our economic structure is badly affected by the Inflation imported through investment and essential goods. ”
He added that Portugal welcomes and needs new foreign investment.
“We only demand that these investments are not made with the aim of exploiting abundant and cheap labor.
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