Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
‘Waiting for Jerry’: Time for a game plan
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Saturday, October 5, 1974
UNDENIABLY, the matter of conflict of interest between a person’s work in some high governmental job and his personal-gain activity as a private citizen deserves the clearest kind of public study and control. The current probing by the senate rules committee into Nelson Rockefeller’s finances has the legitimate purpose of seeing to it that such interest conflicts do not cloud his likely service as vice-president.
When all the facts with relevance are in the open, what to do about them still will be debatable. There is no clear, easy answer to whether one of the country’s lifelong-wealthiest men — his person-al-finance record unblemished through four terms as New York’s governor — should have to go so far as a blind-trust divestiture for all of his fortune, as a number of the senators propose.
But there is a clear anomaly between an apparent fetish for
hound’s-tooth cleanliness on the part of a vice-presidential nominee (whose job would not have much to do with spending public funds) and high indifference to the same kind of possibilities for senators (who do have heavy hands in public spending). So is there a clear disparity of law when interest-conflicts are controlled for people in the government’s executive and judicial branches but not for those who do the making of the laws that touch us all.
Congressmen and senators, in short, can badger others on this score without a parallel accountability for interest conflicts of their own. lf all the preaching as to single-standard justice, office-holding honesty and equal application of the law has any substance or entitlement to honor, congress will extend the interest-conflict system to itself.
Don’t hold your breath.
Rites of autumn
ONA CERTAIN South Sea isle (name not recalled), it is the custom of young men to tie 100-foot ropes around their ankles, lash the ropes to trees and dive off cliffs toward the earth HO feet below. Though the rope going taut saves the youth, the wrenching ordeal usually results in injury.
Why do they do it? About all cultural anthropologists can determine is that what’s good enough for venerated ancestors is good enough for modern native types.
A similar obeisance to tradition can be ascribed to the thousands of Iowans who, six Saturdays each fall, journey to Iowa City or Ames (frequently in wretched weather) to watch football gladiators from other states traditionally have the local combatants for dinner. By all odds, behavioral scientists should investigate the custom. Fascinating dissertations could result.
In the absence of scholarly research, one must conclude that the pigskin pilgrimages inhere from some primordial era when certain pleasures were associated with the ritual. Indeed, some vestiges of those primeval gatherings suggest that the central experience must have been satisfying. For example, the “tailgating’’ practice — orgy-style banqueting from the rear of passenger conveyances.
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To lh** Editor
Elaine E Smith (Forum, Sept. 28) wants to know the difference between special-interest groups such as the milk producers and COPE of the AFL-CIO. In my opinion there is a very distinct difference. Croups such as the milk producers have a conglomerate corporate interest which usually benefits a very few by taking from the vast majority. Interest group* such as COPE concern themselves with issues that benefit millions of people
For confirmation, let s review the issues that are endorsed by COPE, such as pension reform, consumer protection, national health insurance, campaign reform, minimum wage law, oil profits tax, unemployment compensation reform, no-fault auto insurance, workmen’s compen'iation, low-cost public electrical power, job safety, easier voter registration, public employe service jobs The list continues and it is full of what I would define as people programs. How many bills such as these
times back then are the status still assigned those who possess season tickets (at an intimidating $7 pct contest) and the even loftier position of those who own midfield seats but who abstain from attending. The most noteworthy artifact from ancient times, however, is the present team leader, who, historians aver, participated in a championship effort.
A friend — an aged wise man who recalls the last time Iowa defeated Purdue — theorizes that the masochistic Saturday rites are not tradition-bound at all. Rather, according to this methuselah, season ticket holders perpetuate the anguish against the day the home team is no longer the league’s leading beheadee.
Tommyrot. As any anthropologist will affirm, devotees of the University of Iowa football team cannot possibly anticipate victory (in spite of intermittent aberrations like the one with UCLA), because that sensation is so dimly contained within their range of experience. Obviously the exuberance infecting the‘masses is inherited, not learned.
As for the hope that Kinnick stadium again will know habitual hilarity, greater concern should dwell on whether it is destined to become another Stonehenge. One can see scholars someday pondering the ancient arena and wondering if it was human sacrifice that brought forth the throngs. That would be a pretty good guess.
have helped us through these trying times or would have helped''
These are the issues that give John (’. Culver an 82 percent favorable voting record and ll R. Gross only 4 percent favorable with the AFL-CK)’s Committee on Political Education. Where would you put your “special-interest” vote — in favor of or opposition to this type of legislation9 Let s get back to the “real issues” at hand and support those who support people and their needs. Iowa needs John Culver in the I’ S senate and more like him.
Jack Tcssm 49 Devon wood avenue SW
To the Editor:
I join all the people who oppose the display of indecent ads for X-rated movies and ads for some of the entertainers in our area. I’m sure with the circulation The Gazette has, which I understand is in the vicinity of 80,000, it does not need the money so badly that our editors would have to lower their moral standards.
Our editors should be responsible people and familiarize themselves with the effects of their actions. They would not advertise drugs which they thought would be dangerous and harmful to the public. This kind of garbage is just as harmful to the minds of our minors as
By James Reston
NEW YORK — In the normal switch from one American President to another, the new man has about IO weeks between election and inauguration to figure out where he’s going and who’s going with him, but Gerald Ford was an instant President who had to put the ball in the air before anybody knew the signals.
The result has been about what might have been expected from any new coach: a lot of cautious plunges and dust along the line, a few broken plays, and plenty of locker-room speeches.
Now, however, the exhibition season is over, and the gap between the problem and the performance is clear. Secretary of State Kissinger, both in Washington and at the United Nations, is defining the problem of the modern world in the most solemn, even in apocalyptic terms, but so far there are no policies to meet his perception of the problem of inflation, and everybody is “waiting for Jerry.”
What will he do? How can a conservative, partisan politician, even with the best of intentions, and diverted by serious personal problems within his own family, handle radical world problems that require unpopular political remedies? piese are the hard questions now, and even with the greatest sympathy for the President, they cannot bt* evaded.
Secretary Kissinger, if we understand his argument to the President, the cabinet, the officials here at the United Nations in New York, is saying that democracy as we have known it in this century cannot survive for more than three or four years the present rate of inflation. If the people, the parties, and governments of the free world do not cooperate and sacrifice to get this inflation by the throat, the result will be economic, financial, and political anarchy — with authoritarian governments of the right or left: Western civilization will be transformed beyond the desires or imagination of the leaders now in power.
Obviously, there are tactical political and diplomatic reasons for this melancholy Kissinger theme. The inflation
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cannot be turned around by a single party or a single nation. It is a world problem demanding policies no party or nation likes, and Kissinger is trying to startle people into reality .Rut he is also talking as a historian who knows something about the fragility of nations. He is pleading privately and urgently for a whole new way of looking at things, of sacrificing and cooperating, at home and abroad.
President Ford is well aware of Kissinger’s perception of the world problem, of the warning signs out of Britain, with its 20 percent inflation, out of
Italy. Greece and Turkey, and even out of Germany, and Japan, which are worried about unemployment and the dangers of excessive deflationary policies in the United States.
The leaders of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund presented an equally gloomy view of the world picture to Ford in Washington this week. Robert McNamara, president of the World Bank, told him that the poor nations faced “appalling deprivation” and “the risk of death” under present economic conditions, and called for more aid from the industrial nations.
The managing director of the monetary fund, ll Johannes Witteveen, suggested that the situation in the industrial world is now “becoming more suitable” for government efforts to influence or control wages and prices.
But Hu* congress of the United States is opposed to more foreign aid, and Ford, facing awkward elections next month, is opposed to wage and price controls and is not wildly enthusiastic about more foreign aid
In short, while he has been more willing than President Nixon to listen to Henry Kissinger’s vision of the world as it is, it is not yet clear that President Ford is prepared to support the hard and politically unpopular policies to correct it.
“We want solutions,” he told the leaders of the World Bank and Fund, “which serve broad interests rather than self-serving ones. We want more cooperation, not more isolation. We want trade, not protectionism. We want price stability, not inflation. We want growth, not stagnation.”
But within the new Ford administration, which has had so little time, and with its mixture of old Nixon and new Ford advisers, there is no agreement — indeed there is fundamental disagreement — about how these admirable hopes and principles are to be achieved.
It is reassuring how the new President has opened up the decision-making process to everybody who has something to say, and even to a lot of people who have nothing to say. In fact, he has devoted so much time to listening to what other people think that he has scarcely had time to define what he thinks himself .
And this is what everybody is waiting for now, waiting for the President and his decisions: on gasoline consumption. food consumption in a hungry world, unemployment and taxes.
There is, in Kissinger, a deep pessimistic historical strain, and in Ford a pervasive optimistic political strain. But fairly soon now, the President is going to have to sort out all the conflicting advice and call the signals.
New York Times News Service
Maligned, cowed, going broke to boot
By James J. Kilpatrick
DISNEY WORLD, Fla. - There once was a time, unlikely as this may seem, when I briefly owned a cow. Or vice versa. This was a real, live cow, with four legs, four faucets, and a belligerent look on her homely face. Her name was Tugboat Annie, and her game was kicking buckets
Time tends to plaster over a checkered past. I had not thought of Annie for nearly 30 years. But the memory of those baleful eyes and that bawling bullhorn voice came back a week ago, when I went with several hundred milk producers who had come to Disney World to drown their troubles in Grade A homo-
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drugs are to their bodies and even more difficult to cure.
We see the effects of these movies and indecent pictures in the increase of sex crimes The editors are just as responsible for these crimes as we are for not speaking up. lA*t us protect the minds of our minors and feed them material that will not get them in prisons or mental institutions
So let us inform The Gazette of our wishes and our concern. The Gazette, on the other hand, should take a closer look at what it is handing out for the extra dollars it collects
Mrs. Tom G. Sharpe 1812 Blake boulevard SE
To the Editor:
We are once more approaching the Halloween season of “tricks or treats, ghosts and goblins and fun for the children. Hundreds of thousands of children throughout the United States will lie ringing doorbells to collect money for UNICEF In view of this, I suggest that all who read this letter, especially the sponsors, take another look at UNICEF, the organization that is pledged to “help the needy children of the world ”
If it were really what it is purported
genized Scotch. I had one Annie. The dairy farmers have IO million Annies. more or less, and they all spell trouble.
Alan Greenspan, the President’s doctor of public relations, recently told a gathering of poor people that percentage wise, stockbrokers are suffering worse than any other group. Dr. Greenspan has not met the milkmen. All farmers have it rough But some have it rougher than others. These days, if you are into milk, you are into misery.
Part of the problem — the least part, but the mosf painful part — is a problem of public image. Say “milk” in Washington, and the media boys begin to snort and roll their eyes. It isn t fair, but who says life is fair? My brothers of the press see the milk producers as a gang of wheeler dealer salesmen with quarts of cream to give away.
A suspicion remains that back in 1971 the milkmen were bent on bribing a President. Campaign records suggest that they are out to butter up every guy in town. Even Peter Rodino, whose Newark constituents never have seen a cow, got a bucket of campaign cash
Presumably, Rodino was on the cream list because his judiciary committee handles anti-trust bills. The milkmen know all about anti-trust bills. They are up to their udders in anti-trust suits. These proceedings might be bearable if the industry were grazing in high clover, but the industry is down to crab grass and thistles.
to Im*, it would be a wonderful thing and I would sup|w»rt it wholeheartedly. But is it?
As you know, UNICEF is a United Nations organization But do you know who is in control of the United Nations? The communists. Do you know who is administrating the UNICEF program'' The communists. Almost ail of the lotions of authority are held by communists or others with strong communist leanings. Do you know who reaps the benefit of the funds collected by so many innocent children? Again, the communists
In 1981, $19 million of UNICEF funds wen* borrowed by the communists (with United Nations approval) to help in their bombing of hospitals and murdering of civilians in an ti -com mu nisi Katanga to bring that country under
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Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin dug up some doleful statistics. Twenty years ago Wisconsin had 127,000 dairy farmers. Today there are fewer than 53,-IWW. Eighty percent of the Wisconsin farm operators are over 45 and 38 percent are 55 or older. Over the past 19 months, 3,800 dairy farmers have gone out of business in Wisconsin alone. In the nation as a whole, the number of milk producing farms is expected to drop from 400,000 today to 200,000 by 1980
The reasons are economic. In the past couple of years, dairymen have witnessed a IOO percent increase in fertilizer costs. The price of feed concentrates recently jumped 18 percent in a single month. Between 1948 and 1972 net farm income went up by 21 percent; farm wages went up by 400 percent
These burdens too might be bearable if domestic demand were soaring also. Alas, the milk producers are plagued by imported competition. Since the first of the year, five billion pounds of milk equivalent have come in from abroad, including KW) million pounds of cheese. Most of this comes from Common Market countries that subsidize their milk producers.
U. S. producers benefit from their own subsidy, in the form of a support price at 81) percent of parity, but they don’t benefit much. The dairymen who met here are hoping to see the rate go to 90 percent — Senator Nelson is plumping for KW) percent — but they look at Secretary Butz and they see the eyes of Tug-
communist control (set* Congressional Record, June 19. 1981, page 9,932).
True, some of the money does go to help needy people. But who? A very large share of it goes to the communists for food and medicine to be used as a (Mimical weapon to keep enslaved people under submission. In other words “Submit or starve.”
Do you want your money used to further the communist cause or your children collecting this money9
Mrs Clarke F. Mason Central City
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Just as the flattery of a friend can pervert, so the insult of an enemy can sometimes
boat Annie. When it comes to raising parity, the secretary is as cold as a cow barn on Christmas
Whenever the dairymen look up from their buckets, they see that another doctor is skimming off some publicity by-saying mean things about milk. A glass of cold milk is the most wholesome natural food in the world, but to some doctors milk spells cholesterol, obesity, and the galloping botts. Between the Dutch and the botts are the bankers, hiking their interest rates. Every time the milkmen raise their price, they stand accused of exploiting little children
I got rid of my Tugboat Annie, but the professional producers are stuck with theirs. They can’t even give their herds away. Here in the fantasy realm of Disney World, these are hard realities to dispel. Unlike Annie, they seem to be here to stay
Washington Star Syndicate
No-good fences do not make good neighbors
By Jim Fiebtg
AN UNORTHODOX but highly successful police operation in New York City has given me a revolutionary idea for controlling a major area of criminal activity. It will bt* a hmm to law- enforcement agencies, insurance companies, amateur and professional thieves and millions of citizens each year who are involuntarily relieved of their property
What happened in New York is an undercover cop set himself up as a “fence” (a buyer of stolen goods) and in six months paid out $7(WUWW) to thieves The operation terminated with 180 arrests and 1,400 victims getting their property back
My plan, to Im* administered by the government, calls for an aboveboard van adon on the New York theme. Specifically, the establishing of “federal fencing centers” in all major cities
They would work like this Instead of dealing with an underworld buyer, a thief would carry his stolen goods to a federal fencing center where he would be required to furnish only the names of his victims. The goods would be appraised and the thief would receive 25 percent of the items' value — the cash to Im* supplied by the appropriate insurance firm or from federal funds
That s it Simple as the hula hoop
Insurance companies would be money ahead, victims would get their stolen property back, thousands of police would Im* freed to concentrate on other crimes and thieves would no longer have to associate with crooked buyers
Federal fencing centers may not offer a cure for crime, but they’ll go a long way toward making it more respectable
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