Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 The Cedar Rapids C.s/ettr: Frt.. Oct. 23. 1974
Ford Boosts GOF
Iowa Democrats Ask Equal Time
By Freak Ny*
DES MOINES - For the most part. lea a Republicans were ecstatic about President Ford's visit to Des Moines Thursday while Democrats, brough State Chairman Tom Ah liney. were asking for "equal time ’ to promote their candidates
I: was a rea lift for our part> said doe Gaylord ex ecutiw director of the Re publican state centra com mince
"His mil created enthusiasm and greater visibility for our candidates I think the President is pretty popular * Former State Rep Jewell Waugh of Whiting, a candidate for stale senator described Ford's visit as a picker-upper ’ for Republicans whose stock ha* been running low
Rut Waugh added, the real problem is lo translate Ford s
Either this tiny tot is a non Republican, or he doesn t like the idea of being ignored. At any rate, tears were in order as President Gerald Ford shook hands Thursday with persons who greeted him in Des Moines. The man in the background who appears to take a dim view of the infant’s attitude is a secret service agent . . . checking the crowd.
visit into Republican votes at the November election.
State Sen Tom Riley of Cedar Rapids, the Republican candidate for Second district congressman, tackled that problem, saving he doubted whether the visit would have "much impact” except among party members.
"My honest reaction.” said Riley, whose election Ford called for, along with other GOF congressional candidates. “is that it is a plus for the party.
"It helps to raise the spirit and the morale of Republicans, who have been in the dumps during recent months because of what s happened in Washington.
"But I doubt that it has much impact beyond party members themselves.”
In other words, Riley believes Ford’s visit will motivate many Republicans to go to the polls, who might not have gone otherwise.
But he is skeptical that it will lure many Republican votes from the high percentage of Iowa independent and swing voters.
Ford made two talks during the day — one on the statehouse steps to a friendly crowd variously estimated between 8.000 and 12,000 that was billed nonpolitical and the other to a partisan Republican luncheon gathering of about 1,500.
It was the so-called “nonpolitical” speech at the statehouse that fired Democratic State Tom Whitney into action.
Whitney said several Iowa stations have acceded to his request for time to reply to
Newspaper Fined For OSHA Violations
DES MOINES (UPI) -Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offload have fined the Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. for 13 violations of federal regulations concerning on-the-job safety of employes.
Sid Levalds, area director for OSHA, said a fine of Ififl was levied against the newspaper for the violations.
Levalds also said he has been told by the company that all but one of the complaints has been corrected and that the remaining one will be corrected within a time limit. Most of the safety hazards were in connection with the company’s mail room.
Vinton Council Votes Against Dismissing Bid
VINTON — The Vinton city council held a bid letting Thursday night for a chassis for its new fire truck.
Only one bid was received from International Harvester Co., Waterloo, for $10,977.48 for a gas engine and $13,300.37 for a diesel engiene.
The council expressed displeasure at receiving only one bid but a motion to reject the bid was rejected by council vote.
The matter was then referred to the public safety committee for a full study.
Ernie Hanover appeared before the council concerning water and sewer lines to his housing development in Northeast Vinton.
He claimed he had two lots that are of no value to him for building purposes because the city has utility easement rights through the lots and proposed selling the property to the city.
The council tabled action pending study.
The council decided on a $13,000 bond to be posted by the developer of Hillside subdivision in Southwest Vinton for platting and gave two-years for the developer to make improvements.
In other business, the council set Nov. 14 as bid letting date for a new one-ton truck for the water department and approved purchase A a 1972 used Chevrolet for Public Works Director Gordon Kunz.
The price of the used car aas $1,875 plus a $625 trade-in >n the old police car.
Court: Council Has Authority for Chief
KNOXVILLE (UPI) - The city of Knoxville finally knows who its police chief is.
Marion county District .fudge Evan Van Wifvat ruled Thursday that Charles Wooldrdige will take over the police chief responsibilities for the town. Van Wifvat said only the city council has the authority to fire a chief of police.
The controversy all began when Knoxville Mayor Ju-lianne Jensen fired Wool-
Charge Des Moines Man With Possnssion
CORALVILLE - Gary K. Banks, 26 of Des Moines was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Coralville police and Johnson county deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Banks was arrested at a Coralville motel. According to Johnson County Sheriff Gary Hughes, “A number of suspected drugs were confiscated and are currently undergoing* chemical annalysis. The suspected drugs are barbi-tuites. amphetamines and LSD. We expect additional charges to be filed.”
Banks is currently being held in Johnson county jail.
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drdige last month and had her appointee. Robert Koch sworn in as chief without the council’s prior knowledge. The council then set Koch’s salary at $1 per year.
However, following an investigation into the matter, the council fired Koch and rehired Wooldridge
Van Wifvat also ruh*d Koch is not entitled to any compensation.
One policeman here commented on the decision saying "we sure are glad to have this thing over with.”
Boards Can Set Snowmobile Routes
DES MOINES (AP) -County boards of supervisors have discretionary powers to designate which county roads can be used for snowmobiling, the Iowa Attorney General’s office said Wednesday.
The boards must also evaluate all county roads — not portions of them — to determine which can be used without causing hazards to motorists, the opinion said.
Trick or Treat
SIGOURNEY — Sigourney Mayor Glen Parkhill and the city council have designated Thursday as trick or treat night in Sigourney. Children may go out for trick or treat Halloween night from 6 to 8 o’clock.
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Ford’s statehouse address and that he plans to file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission against stations that don’t
"The essence of this is that we think it was a partisan appearance . . . period,”
Whitney said “It was billed as nonpartisan but obviously didn't turn out that way.”
Republican State Chairman John McDonald accused Democrats of using “cry-baby tactics’’.
"We didn t ask for such a thing when President Johnson was here on the statehouse grounds (in 1964),” McDonald told United Press International.
"It’s always a delightful thing when the President comes. We feel presidential visits in the state should be made available to as many people as possible, regardless of persuasion.
“I’m rather surprised they would be crying about this kind of thing. It sounds rather petty.”
In adidition to asking equal radio-television time. Whitney also called on the GOF to reimburse the state for money spent in preparation for the President’s appearance.
Republicans might make a case that Ford's statehouse steps speech was largely nonpartisan.
In his opening, for example, he said that “during my years in congress. I have always been impressed, frankly, by the men of both parties that Iowa has sent to Washington.”
In establishing a link between Iowa and his home state of Michigan, Ford recalled that Forest Evashevski, a former Michigan player, did a great job of coaching at the University of Iowa a few years back.
Evashevski was one of the state’s most prominent Democrats when he live in Iowa.
Ford did praise* Gov. Robert Ray and Republican congressman during the statehouse speech, which was devoted largely to reassuring Iowa farmers his administration is dedicated to making sure they, along with all the nation's farmers, are fully rewarded “for services rendered.”
But that praise* was nothing compared with the laudatory phrases he used on them during his obviously-partisan address about an hour later to the Republican fundraising luncheon crowd at the Val Air ballroom in West Des Moines
He again praised Ray and called for his election to an unprecedented fourth term
Seated on the platform with him were two of Iowa's three congressmen. William Seherle of the Fifth district and Wiley Mayne of the Sixth, who came in for another presidential blessing. So did the Third district’s H R. Gross, who was not present.
In fact. Ford brought Gross’ name up again in alluding to the candidacy of State Rep
David Stanley, for I S senator
"Dave Stanley is a man who has the same dedication to saving — the same opposition to spending as H R Gross. Wiley Mayne and Bill Seherle,” the President said.
While Stanley, seated near Ford, beamed, the President continued, saying he also knows Congressman John Culver, Stanley’s Democratic opponent.
“Dave Stanley is a saver and his opponent is a big. big spender,” Ford said in un aside from his text.
This remark was along his general luncheon speech theme of blasting the Democrats, as a group, for spending the nation into inflation.
Security was tighter than during the presidential visits to the state of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
A pool of reporters, including this one, admitted to a pre-luncheon reception where the President shook hands and exchanged greetings with about 30 individuals who sold tickets for the luncheon, were kept so far from the group they couldn't hear what the President said, other than "Hi Jack,” or “Hi, Jim.”
Republican state headquarters confirmed Friday that most of the ticket-sellers present were well-heeled business men who had underwritten a number of the $50-a-plate tickets to insure a successful luncheon.
GOP headquarters said the next disclosure report will show who bought the tickets.
When he left the ballroom, Ford doffed his coat in the warm sun and strode over to a roped-off area lined with several hundred well-wishers to shake a few hands.
His total time in Des Moines was slightly less than three hours
Waterloo Girl Molested: Witness In Fitz Trial
FORT I MHM IF (AP)- A Waterloo pathologist has testified in the murder trial of Russell Fitz, 27, that 2-year-old Shelly Day was sexually molested shortly before she died.
Dr. Gilbert Clark said Thursday he performed an autopsy on the child which revealed a cord may have been tied around her neck and given a sharp tug to cause swift death by strangulation
He was one of seven prosecution witnesses who testified in the jury trial being held in Webster county district court following a change of venue from Blac k Hawk county.
Dr. Paul O’Keife, Black Hawk county medical examiner, said the girl s body was in rigor mortis when he got to scene in a Waterloo apartment building about ll pm last June 6 He said the girl died about 4 311 p.m.
The girl s body, an electrical cord around her neck. was found in an attic in Fitz’s apartment.
STAND ON IHE ISSUES.
STAN S STAND
Member F.D I.C.
I Favor Raising the speed limits on the in-terstate or enforcing the present 55 MPH limit. It is hypocritical to havo laws that are not enforced.
I Favor A limit on political contributions.
A reasonable limit should be set on oil contributions, both by the candidate and by outside interests.
I Favor Cash discount on timely sales tax pay* meats. Businessmen are penalized for late payments. They should be allowed a discount for on-time payments.
The “Issues” Candidate for State Senator
Pad fir bj Stanley fir Senator Corn mitt ce-Ms Betty Riley Treasurer
ANXIOUS HANDS REACHED out to touch President Gerald Ford in West Des Moines as he greeted a throng of well-wishers Thursday. Ford faced this reception as he left the Val Air ballroom after a $50-a-plate luncheon.