Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
gA The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed.. Oct. HO. 1974Jordan-Bertelli: Agreements, Disagreements
By Dale Kueter
In spite of their diverse backgrounds, incumbent Democrat James Jordan and Republican challenger Monty Bertelli. opponents in the 30th representative district, have more areas of agreement than one might expect
But they also have some very sharp disagreements on issues, and hence th*' voter should have ample information to make a choice
Bertelli. UH, of route one. Marion, said he disagrees with Jordan's votes against establishment of a department of transportation; against the conference committee report on removing the three percent sales tax on food and drugs; against granting full adult rights to 18-year-olds; and against statewide voter registration
Jordan. 54. of route three, Marion, said he voted against the DOT “because it was too loaded with highway commission members " I wanted other modes of transportation equally represented on the DOT board
“I did vote against the conference committee report on the three percent sales tax removal because it also included something about fuel, but I did vote for taking the tax off food and drugs on final passage.” Jordan said.
On 18-year old adult rights: “Common sense told me to vote against it. It was nothing more than taking responsbili-ty away from parents and turning it over to police. They (18 vear-olds) already had the right to vote, and that was fine.”
30th house district candidates in . . .
Jordan said he voted against the bill requiring statewide voter registration by 1975 because he wanted it to go into effect immediately The bill was passed during the 1973 session
Bertelli. who is iii the race “because no other Republican candidate decided to run.” is a senior law student at Drake university During the last session, he worked as a legislative aide to state Sen Tom Riley
Jordan, who has served one term in the house, farms south of Midway One of the top bills of interest to Jordan in the upcoming session is land use. while Bertelli, understandably. sees criminal code revision as a major challenge.
“Iowa has too many antiquated criminal laws,“ said Bertelli He said the state has taken the leadership in revision of probate and other law
Jordan agrees on the need for reform, saying the emphasis should be put on greater
scrutiny on granting of new trials “It seems we are getting too technical in the courts, and not using enough common sense ”Controversial Issue
Jordan said land use control will in* a controversial issue, and he favors it “I flunk it should be called land preservation policy, for the simple reason we have had so much prime land washed away
“Crban sprawl and highways have taken good land too We n**ed highways, but we certainly need to do something with the land we have. We’ll have to jolt limits on some areas " But Jordan said the legislature must be careful to keep land use locally controlled
Bertelli too is in favor of a “strong land use policy He noted that a bill had been pas sed in the house during the last session, but not the senate.
Bertelli called for state control over strip mining and “requiring reclamation of all strip-mined lands ” He said
there are places in southern Iowa that look like the Badlands.
Both men agree the legislature must operate within a balanced budget They also agree that a large chunk of the state's $2(M) million surplus should be kept in a rainy day fund
Bertelli said the full effect of taking the sales tax off of food and drugs “is still not known, so we should hesitate to raid that surplus I don't say put it all in a rainy-day fund ”
Jordan said flatly that half the surplus should be set aside Bertelli would favor expanding of state aid to
schools for additional property tax relief, and Jordan would Ilk*' to see the state assume operation of school buses
Bertelli would support increases in state tuition
grants for students at private colleges, and proposed ex
panding such assistance “to those wanting to go into graduate study
He also favors a lottery “with th** provision that all the funds go for education.” He also supports pari-mutuel betting “We have race tracks on both borders and are losing revenue"
Jordan said the legislature must make the state income tax less regressive “It is very unfair to lower income families At present, the tax is seven percent on $9.(NMI income and seven percent on $199.(MNI. and that is regressive It should be so people
able to pay should pay their fair share “
The Democrat said he planned to introduce legislation allowing counties to hire a public defender rather than pay attorneys individually to represent indigent defendants
W ants Audit
Jordan also wants a performance audit of state department heads “Audits now tell us only how much a department is receiving and how many dollars are spent" said Jordan.
“I would like to know if a department has too much equipment or personnel. For instance, the attorney general has 37 assistants. I would like to know how much work they put in Do we need 37 or can we do with 30v'
Bertelli called for a close look at all department spending. including travel expenses. He said there should be greater control over the spending practices of all departments
Bertelli said one of his chief concerns is the lack of communication between a legislator and constituents once the election is over “Mr Jordan has done nothing to inform his constituents on the main issues or why he voted a certain way.
\ (Mer Input
“I believe a representative to really bt* a representative must have this kind of voter input. To this end, I propose to hold precinct meetings before each session where the people can come and bring up what they are interested in ”
Bertelli said, if elected, he would have another round of30th District
The 30th representative district includes parts of northern Cedar Rapids and northern Linn county. Cedar Rapids precincts are 34 through 30 (Kennedy high school. Pierce school and Nixon school in Hiawatha) and these townships: Boulder
(Prairlehurg fire station); Brown (Springville city hall); Buffalo (Waubeek town hall); Jackson (Coggon city hall); Linn (Linn Grove Presbyterian church); Maine (Central City fire station); Marion township (Linn Mar school); Monroe (Hiawatha city hall and Robins city hall); Otter (reek (Alburnett fire station); and Washington (Center Point city hall).
precinct meetings halfway through the session and a third round following the session
Jordan said he had good communication with voters “I put a newsletter in both the Marion and Central City newspapers regularly, but the* Cedar Rapids paper wouldn’t use it.” Ile also noted his attendance at legislative liaison sessions.
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Jordan and Bertelli had these comments on other issue's:
Nuclear Power— Bertelli I don’t believe nuclear energy in its present state of technology is an answer to our energy problem But I would not support a moratorium on building nuclear plants I would sup
port. instead, the requirement that before they can go into operation they would have to file a report stating what safe1 tv procedures they have and also what procedures they will employ to warn tin* population in case' of radioactive spillage* Jordan I ani not in favor of a moratorium There are plants in operation and they are monitored continually
Legalize Marijuana — Jordan: I am opposed to it If the majority wanted it. I might change my views. Bertelli: I favor decriminalizing use* of marijuana From what I have heard use of marijuana is no worse than alcohol So. I would favor removal of all sanctions I don’t think the use of marijuana should be a crime It should still be an offense to sell (it).
Capital Punishment — Bertelli: I am opposed to capital punishment except in very limited cases, for instance, for (killings by) a prisoner under life sentence who has nothing to lose bv killing, or assassination of a public official Jordan I would favor capital punishment for certain crimes.
Abortion— Jordan I support the conscience clause The courts have taken the rest of the argument out of the hands of the legislator at present. Bertelli As a law student I believe we have to enforce the law. and the supreme court said it is up to th** woman to decide I believe it should be left to the conscience of the woman with the advice of her doctor
Gun Control— Bertelli I support very strict gun control. I would like to see all firearms, especially hand
guns registered Beton* a permit is issued, ballistics tests should tie taken Jordan I think there should tie a
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Right lo work - Jordan I am for tin* right to work law but could accept the agency shop where some support for collective bargaining is required Bertelli I am a firm believer in right-to-work I would not support any legislation requiring union shojis
Other Issues— Bertelli lf we’re going to keep 55 mph speed limit, we should start enforcing it I have been told the highway patrol is not issuing citations until around HO or H3 I would like to see abandoned railroad tracks converted to a statewide network of bike (laths. Jordan: I would favor a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists until they reach 18 I would vote against a strict helmet law thereafter I would also like to see the (•(Hie revised so that if a jier-son does not make out a will, all of the estate goes to tin* spoils*'. Now. if there is no wilt, two-thirds automatically goes to the children
Other Facts- Jordan Na live of Colorado, moving to Iowa as youngster Attended Toddy ill*' schools and served five years in the army during World war II Operated a restaurant before farming He and wife. Mildred, have three children Bertelli Native of Centerville. but attended Cedar Rapids schools. Was graduat'd from Drake in 1979. worked for father for two years and entered law school in 1972 Married
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Report Criticizes Police Trend Toward Hollow-Point Ammunition
Eastern Iowa Science Fair Leaders Are Named
BOSTON (ITI) - Police departments nationwide apparently are following “a definite trend” toward the use of high-velocity bullets which cause "extensive injury.” according to a report issued by the Massachusetts Research Center.
Six of 18 cities surveyed nationwide were using hollow-point bullets which are banned in warfare by international law . the report said
“A definite trend toward more powerful bullets and weapons capable of shooting higher velocity bullets was apparent .” the report stated
JFK, Not Ford, Hardest Face, Cartoonist Says
WASHINGTON (AIM -Even-featured President Ford isn t the hardest of recent Chief Executives to caricature, cartoonist Hertiert Block says He says John Kennedy was But Herblock — as he signs his syndicated Washington Post editorial cartoons — told the Washington Press club “anybody is eartoonable.”
He was asked at a club luncheon Thursday . "How do you guard against [Kitting your own feelings in cartoons?”
"I don’t guard against it "Cartoons are a means of criticizing You don't do oil [Mirtraits ”
He said on*- ot his biggest problems is avoiding other People's ideas for cartoons He doesn’t read those that come in by mail and tries to cut off those offered bv telephone — although that isn't always easy
Hi* said the ideas of others would be sure to influence a cartoonist, even against his will — “It s like try mg not to think of an elephant for five minutes The difficulty about drawing cartoons of Kennedy was that “he was young, handsome — there was less to get hold of he said
Similarly, women are more difficult subjects than men — “They have more regular features. They don't look like John L. Lew is Herblock. known as one of the most persistent pen-and-ink critics of Rh hard Nixon. said he probably drew more cartoons of that former President than of arn other even Franklin Roosevelt “How do you feel now that Nixon is out of town?” hi* was asked
“Somewhat better. he replied
The center's survey and study was prompted by the recent controversy in Connecticut where the state judice are using 357 magnum, hollow-point ammunition. Massachusetts state police are using 38 caliber, hollow-point bullets
The center said 20 percent of the communities responding to a survey in Massachusetts are using hollow [mint bullets The center rejxirt also said use of the bullets may be unconstitutional Researchers were critical of th*1 defense given by Connecticut officials for tin* us** of hollow-point bullets, who said state police used their guns only to kill
“Shooting to kill is tantamount to summary execution which has long been recognized as a war crime,’’ the rejiort stated The studv included actual test firings of various types of ammunition into HO-pound blocks of soap which have approximately the same specific gravity as human tis
Citing published works on ballistics and its own tests the center report stated. “High-velocity bullets, have been found not only to leave a j>**r-manent track in the body, but also cause the formation of a temporary cavity as they jiass through “This cav national effect has been likened to an internal explosion"
The center concluded the higher powered bullets “clearly have a greater wounding capacity
In addition to the wounding effects of higher velocities, the study found hollow-point bullets “mushroom on imjiact and can therefore cause more damage
The center studv said hollow point, high-velocity bullets tend to expend most, if not all. their energy within th* human body. thus increasing the wound area
Concluding the section on hollow-point bullets and citing studies of their wounding effects, the center states. “The energies calculated above, however, if expended totally or largely allwhere within tile trunk id a human body, can almost guarantee d< atli
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The center said ammunition has been developed which has greater stopping power than
th** traditional 38 caliber jxdice bullets but which will not cause th** extensive injury of hollow points
The center said it was unable to find any evidence to back up other claims of police officials that hollow-point ammunition has a lesser tendency to ricochet.
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Jo** Beach, teacher at Cedar Rapids Wilson, will bt* in charge of the junior high physical science session and SS Slatier of West Chester will supervise the junior high biological science workshop
At the senior high level.
Henry Dickinson will handle fhe physical sciences and Risky Casim of Muscatine, the biological sciences Robert Ernst, jiresident of the sponsoring Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering fair. said general session at 9 a.m. Saturday will feature a discussion on “What s Happening in
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“Several previous winners at the Eastern Iowa Science fair also will be on hand Saturday to participate in the individual workshops and to
answer questions students may have about preparing research projects for silence fair competition" Ernst said The workshop will start with registration at 8 30 a in in the Kirkwood cafeteria The four individual session will start at IO 45 a rn. with the workshop winding up at noon
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