Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The new bridge over the Cedar river at Twelfth avenue is about 90 percent complete, according to Public Improvements Commissioner Richard Phillips. The bridge itself should be done by Nov. I and *he bridge approaches by Nov. 15, allowing traffic to use the facility before Thanksgiving. At left, welder Jim Shelley, 1014 Dover street NE/is shown recently climbing the structure to cut down and salvage steel framing used before concrete was poured. In the background is the city s changing skyline, highlighted by the IE Tower and Cedar Tower.
Draft Evaders’ Parents Back Them
By Enid Nciny
Nr* York T*n>»% Service
NEW YORK - Al the tim** their Mins went into exile or hiding, some parents thought they were wrong. Today, although few deserters and draft evaders have had second thoughts about their divisions, many of their parents have
Interviews with families of resisters amiss the country indicate that most parents
now view their sons actions with respect, and even pride They believe that amnesty
should Im* unconditional and that President Ford s earned “re-entry" proposal is unfair and impractical
The great majority are
convinced the Vietnam war was an illegal one and that their sons resisted service on the basis of conscience arid morality They disagreeBennett Heads Campaign Unit
(’ I Rice, 1974 United Way campaign chairman. has announced the appointment of Harry I.. Bennett as chairman of unit No 4 (small business est in the coming campaign
Bennett is district manager of American Mutual Life In Sumner Co A graduate of tin* University of Iowa, In* majored in accounting He has served in various United Way campaigns in leadership pose (ions lit was chairman of the 1973 Roy Scout-O Rama Ile is a member of the Cedar Rapids
strongly with detractors who maintain that thousands of young men. many of whom also had reservations, gave their lives obeying the law or served jail sentences for their conv tenons
“Ile Was Right"
“I wouldn't say I'm proud of what he did. hut I think he was right.' said John Pie* eiano of l,odi, N J Pieciano's son. John, jr , was one of the firs! army deserters and has* li\»*d in Sweden for almost six years
"I didn't approve in the beginning, ” Pkriano said,
' and I even went to Canada and brought him hack when he escaped from Fort Dix the first time Hut I couldn't convince him Ile was the one who finally convinced me that tin* war was wrong
Picciano. a textile worker who came to this country from
Associates of Life Underwriters, the Thursday Noon Opt! mists club and the First Congregational church Ile and Ills family reside at 3856 Lost Valley road SE The United Way campaign begins Get I
Italy at the age of 9. has made five trips to Sweden to see his son He said he doubted that anything other than blanket amnesty would get his son hack here
"If it was fighting for his own country, he would see it another way." he said "Hut this wasn't fighting for the United States "
Joseph Jones, a retired air force colonel whee served in the South Pacific and who was with the U S occupation forces entering Japan, also did not agree with his son s decision to flee to Canada "I told him I thought he ought to let them draft him — tee gold-brick for two years and stay out of the actual fighting," .limes said “But for him. ii was a matter of principle After a while I came to respect him for standing up as he did What he did took guts
The Jones', who live* iii Wilkesboro, a town of 4.WM! iii North < arolma s Western piedmont, said their son would never come home if it meant doing some kind of alternative service
“Ile tried to do that before he* left for Canada," Mrs. Jones said "lf he caille back that way now. the* whole point of what he did would Im* lust These boys arc* human enough not to In* punished any further for standing by their lieliefs They did nothing criminal They have suffered enough " Although a large number of parents gradually came to
approve of their sons active resistance to the war, some have remained bitter “My son-in-law s family has never fully accepted his decision." said Mrs James Pri-goff of Scarsdale. N. Y Mrs Pngoff’s daughter was married iii I97<( only two months before she followed her husband into exile in Canada "We were very proud of their decision," said Mrs Prigoff. who is a social worker "Hut ms own parents didnt supiNirt hun They thought it was his patriotic duty to serve, and there* is still a lot of bitterness and nils understanding
FBI Sun cilia mr
Although a number of families encountered antagonism and outright hostility from friends, neigh Is irs and their communities, and al-Indexation Old
BRUSSELS, Belgium (APi —The idea of wages going up when prices do—the process dubbed “indexation"—is relatively new in the U S and is debated iii the European Common Market countries, hut ifs an old story in Belgium
Mint's here have been getting their pay on a sliding scale of this kind since 19241. About five million workers iii the IJ S already are covered in union contracts by “escalator clauses," or indexation Virtually all Belgians, including old-age pensioners, are now under similar plans
though some said they had been visited and kept under surveillance by the FBI. few allowed unpleasant experiences to shake their belief in the morality of their sons’ actions.
“You find people stop talking to you,’* said Irene Saluti of Braintree, Mass . south of Boston "My daughter had to stop taking the school bus For the* first few years, things were terrible* They really were," Mrs Salutes son deserted from the army iii Germany when told he* was to tx* shipper! to Vietnam
“I remained very quiet," Mrs Saluti malled "I spoke to no one* Just smiled very sweetly, went to church and said thank God be s safe and this is what he wants to do, and this is what he firmly tx*-lieves iii. and his father and I are firmly behind hun "Hat in Belgium
Other countries have adopted such plans for at least part of their population
Whenever there is a rise iii the "index"—the official measure of living costs—wage* earners automatically gel a fatter pay envelope
4-Year Hunt for Drainage Pipe
LONDON (AP) — Christine Woodley didn t pay much attention when workmen started digging a hole in the* street outside her home in the Wapping district of London four years ago
But they’re still digging They’ve been digging the same hole, filling it up and then digging it again for four years
Mrs. Woodley said the workmen “told me they were searching for a gully pipe which drains away the water They have been looking for it for four years and still haven’t found it I wonder they don’t give up."
Said neighbor Mrs Esther Terry "Every time it rains I’m flooded out After four years I’ve given up complaining The water has nowhere* to go and it is just pumped bac k up the pipes, flooding our apartments."
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Sept. I, 1974 5/^
Pools Close Monday
All four of the outdoor public swimming pools administered \ ' the city recreation commission will close for the* season Labor day Weather permitting and attendance warranting, the pools in Bever, Ellis Jones and Noelridge parks will remain open until 9 p m Monday If the weather is cold or wet the shut down could take* place as early as 5 pm
The pends will he* drained and winterized. All equipment and suppliers will be removed and stored for the winter and needed repairs will be made
The* Elizabeth Bender pend, an indoor facility, was closed leer a week in August for its annual inspection and repair and is now available for public swimming.
An inspection of attendance figures show that despite an earlier opening by one week this summer and one of the* most sustained periods of heil
weather in July in many years, a very cool August has held figures under 1973 levels. Total attendance at all pools through Aug. 28 was 217.921 compared to 255.597 last year Figures by individual pools are as follows Bender. 17.864, Bever, 43,531; Ellis, 37,673; Jones, 40,256, and Noelridge, 78,988 Monthly totals were June. 65.410; July. 118.341. and August, 34,170
Spring Shows Light Tone in Tree Wood
Each spring and summer, a tree adds new layers of wood to its trunk The wood formed in spring grows fast and is lighter because it consists of large cells while growth is slower in the summer causing darker wood of smaller cells. When a tree is cut. the layers appear as alternating rings of light and dark wood
The most accomplished linguist ever known was Cardinal Guiseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, the former keeper of the Vatican library. Ile could translate 114 languages and 72 dialects and spoke 39 languages fluently
Urgent notice to Target customers who have purchased car ramps since July 1 st.
Several car ramps have proved to be defective. lf you have purchased these car ramps (painted either gray or green-black) at any Target store after July I, 1974 we urge you to return them immediately tor cash refund or exchange At the present time, we do not know the number of defective ramps that have been sold or the exact extent of the problem In the meantime, we have removed all remaining ramps from our shelves and have sent samples to our testing laboratories for further analysis We are also in contact with the manufacturer to determine the full cause and extent of this problem
We are concerned! lf you bought these ramps, please return them immediately.
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