Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 16, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Editorial Page Monday, September 16, 1974 Enforcement is a problem S THE 55-MPH speed limit be- ing observed and enforced on Iowa highways? That's the ques- tion stemming from a pair of edi- torials and a forum letter that ap- peared on this page recently. It started with our July 30 ed- itorial questioning a statement by Chairman Van Nostrand of the Iowa commerce commission that "statistics will show we've had little problem with enforcement regarding speed limits." The ed- itorial pointed out that statistics sometimes don't tell the whole story; that in this instance they don't show how many speeders get away without being caught even though they do show an un- disputed increase in speeder ar- rests since the 55-mile limit took effect. In an Aug. 28 forum letter, Mr. Van Nostrand furnished personal statistics he compiled during a 93- mile trip on 1-80. His speed varied from 52 to 60 miles per hour, he was passed by 22 vehicles (includ- ing seven trucks) and he passed 28 vehicles (including 18 campers, car-trailers or His conclusion: The 55-mile limit is being observed, implying that it. is being enforced. He suggested that we conduct such a survey next time out on the highways for comparative purpos- es. We agreed in an editorial appearing on the same page with his letter. Worthwhile 'knowledge' REGULAR SCANNERS of tho movie ads in this newspaper doubtless have been amused by the billing for a notorious 1971 production now being recycled: "The United States supreme court has ruled that 'Carnal Knowledge' is not If that disclaimer has not kept crowds away, word-of-mouth re- ports that "Carnal Knowledge" is a thought-provoking and generally meritorious work probably has. (Only six people, including this corner's film critic, attended the first show last Tuesday evening.) The re-appearance of "Carnal or as one puritanical southern publisher billed it, shows how inappropriate an entry the film, was in the U. S. supreme court's on-again, off- again deliberations on obscenity. Certainly, the script is laced with gutter language. Indeed, Ann Margret's bare bosom is amply visible. But the thesis that hu- man beings are lo be loved, not used holds more intrinsic worth than a half-dozen other R- rated efforts. It's true that no sane person discusses sex all the lime as do the screenplay's two male principals. But how, other than by drawing gross caricatures can a storyteller compress a 20- year chroiiology into 100 minutes of running time? Why did this high-quality pro- duction enrl up before the su- preme court when dozens of low- grade plotless and bestial peepshows slipped by virtually ig- nored? The guess here is that most of the vigilantes generating lather over "Carnal Knowledge" never even bothered to see it. That oversight could be remedied by showing it on TV late some night when the audience is guar- anteed all-adult. Info fhe rough Golf guff Jim Fiebig T N RECENT remarks at the Golf Hall of Fame dinner, President Ford look a swing at comparing his pardon of Richard Nixon with the game of golf. It was a slice. "I have never seen a Mr. Ford said, "that didn't end with the victor extending his hand to the van- quished. (Get it? Nixon was "van- "The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympalhelic nod fur what Mr. Ford continued, "are as much a part of golf as life it- self." (Get il? Richard Nixon is parl of "life Mr. Ford's analogy landed in Ihe rough because Nixon did not lose the Jim Fiebig tournament al all. He was disqualified for cheating before even completing the course. And gelling disqualified requires a bit of exlra effort. If he had committed only a minor infraction, like kicking Ihe ball a few- inches to a better lie, he might have got off with just a couple penalty strokes. Bui he did more lhan thai. In a game for the highest stakes, Nixon falsified Ihe score card. Worse, when accused, he attempted to shift all the blame to his playing partners. In golf, the person caught cheating at a tournament doesn't get a pal on the back and a sympathetic nod from the victor. All he gels is good riddance. Isn't it the truth? By Corl Riblot, jr. It is said that Him is a time and plan- for everything, but the fads do not sup- port Ihe philosophy. There is no time when il is convenient to pay taxes and there is no place where we can enjoy Ihe company of a live skunk. "Skunk o friendly looking little pussycat that would rather bo alone. Dictionary of Opiniom Detached from Ted, a hero's star shines Our report: In the last three weeks one editor spent several hours, spread over five days, on Iowa highways. He drove a total of 853 miles, including approxi- mately 300 on 1-80. Maintaining a speed of 53-to GO-miles per hour, he was passed by 165 vehicles, including 29 trucks and one bus. He passed 36 vehicles, including 11 campers, car-trailers or small trucks, mostly pickups. In (hat driving span he saw only two state troopers one making an arrest on the opposite corridor of 1-80 and the other on a primary highway. Conclusion: The 55-mile limit is being neither observed nor en- forced as well as it should be. The reason it isn't being observed better undoubtedly can be traced to the fact it isn't being enforced more rigidly. The reason it isn't being en- forced more rigidly: It is impossi- ble for a state patrol of some 400 troopers to keep a 24-hour watch on more than miles of high- way, including about 550 miles of four-lane interstate. Given the manpower, the patrol could enforce the 55-mile limit to the point where observance would become the rule. But realistically, most motorists know it is physi- cally impossible, with the present manpower, to enforce the speed limit. And knowing that, many are willing to exceed it and take their chances. By Rowland Evans and Robert Novak COLUMBUS, Ohio When Sen. Ed- ward M. Kennedy arrived In Cincin- nati lust Thursday night to campaign [or Democratic Rep. Thomas Luken, con- spicuously absent from the platform was John Glenn, whose sweeping popularity in campaigning for the U. S. senate is surprising hard-bitten political opera- tives here. Cilenn, the first American in space, was careful to be elsewhere, 400 miles across the state at a Democratic clam- bake in Toledo. Indeed, the kind of "help" that Glenn might want from any Democratic party leader outside the Buckeye state would be found last in the person of Teddy Kennedy. Now running a phenomenal 2-lo-l ahead of colorless Republican Mayor CANDIDATE GLENN Ralph Perk of Cleveland, the high-flying Glenn may become the first statewide candidate since Lyndon Johnson In 1964 to amass a million-vote plurality. As one Republican statewide lender here told us, "Glenn is taking even the Republican vote away from Perk without half trying." The Glenn phenomenon is unique In the post-Watergate politics of mass voter disillusionment: a national hero, unen- cumbered with the ideological baggage that has fragmented the Democratic 'party, who seems eminently acceptable to blue-collar hard-hats and left-of-center intellectuals. Glenn's personal constit- uency today ranges from deep right- center to left-center, a broad spectrum the Democratic party badly needs in the embittered search for its soul. It is only natural, then, that Glenn does not need or want the kind of politi- cal help which has made Kennedy an attraction for some other Democratic candidates this fall. Beyond that, Glenn will not soon forget that Kennedy cut him dead in his losing 1970 senatorial primary battle with Howard Metzcn- baum and in his decisive victory over Senator Metzenbaum in their return engagement last May. What rankled Glenn partisans about that Kennedy snub was the memory of hawkish, ex-Marine Glenn's stalwart support for Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign, despite his dov- ish position on the Vietnam war. Help from the Kennedy family which Glenn got in last spring's primary battle with Metzenbaum came not from Ted Ken- nedy but from Jacqueline Onassis. who taped a television Glenn in the campaign's closing days. Now that Glenn looks like a glitter- ing winner against Perk In November, Ted Kennedy is not above wanting a piece of the action. But a private offer from his senatorial office to Glenn's headquarters here suggesting that Kennedy would be more than glad to give Glenn a helping hand on his Ohio visit this week was politely rejected. That Glenn is being courted by such national party leaders as Kennedy is not surprising. He is likely to emerge from the senatorial campaign as the No. I Democrat in the fifth largest state. If his awesome lead over Perk holds, Glenn could become a major factor in the parly's 1976 presidential battle at least a strong possibility for second place on the ticket. That very prospect is viewed darkly by Gov. John J. Gilligan, running for re- elpctiun against Republican retread James Rhodes. Afflicted with the usual liabilities of an incumbent governor, Gilligan is only marginally ahead of for- mer Governor Rhodes. Democratic pol- iticians agree that if Glenn emerges on Nov. 5 with a plurality which exceeds Gilligan's by anything like voles a distinct possibility Gilligan's own presidential aspirations will shrivel. The result would be a strong indication that the national party should move to the center in 1976, and away from the left- liberal ideology of John Gilligan. Glenn was treated by the Gilligan- controlled state party like a pariah until his primary win. He is now showing the same bleakness for Gillian's now court- ship as he Is for Kennedy's. When Gllilg'in arranged a private meeting with Glenn here ten (lays ago, hoping for Joint Gllllgan-Glenn cam- paigning, Glenn asked as a quid pro quo the right to have equal voice with Gil- ligan in naming the state chairman and executive director of the parly. He want- ed a 50-50 voice in party control. There was no deal, and Glenn con- tinued on his largely independent cam- paign. Bui Glenn will move hard into state parly affairs after the election. Far more a parly-line Democrat- than a party-hated maverick like former Demo- cratic Governor and Senator Frank Lausche, Glenn will use his predictable victory in Ohio as a case study for his party, so harassed and wakened by ever- widening ideological splits. SENATOR KENNEDY People's forum To the Editor: Since President Ford's unconditional pardon of Richard Nixon, cries of pro- lesl have been voiced across Ihe nation. The most common reaction from congress, the press, and Ihe American people seems to be that it has set a dou- ble standard of justice. That it is a double slandard of justice is a Iruism, but to infer that it has been "set" by President Ford's action is a classic misnomer. All he has really done is to reinforce a double standard which has always existed. The percentage of blacks, other minority groups and those who are nol affluent presently interned in our fed- eral prisons is ample proof thai this double standard does exist. That all Americans do not have equal rights and equal justice under the law is painfully obvious. If Richard Nixon had not been par- doned, he would have been able to cry "double standard" just as wo have now that the pardon has been granted. His protest could have been that he was Ihe victim .r a double standard of a double standard. To the chagrin of our judicial system, he would have been right. In granting the pardon, President Ford expressed concern for the health of Richard Nixon and the suffering that Watergate has inflicted on him and his family. This feeling of compassion is an allribute which was sadly lacking in the previous administration, hosl exempli- fied by the fact that Nixon showed little or no concern for the tens of thousands of war rcsislers and their families. So once again, this man who has al- ways shown so little' concern for the suffering of others and a complete lack of remorse for his misdeeds, has been forgiven. This would seem to be one of the true ironies in Watergate and the life of Richard Nixon. Dave Bradley 2131 Blairs Ferry road NE Bill's 'author1 To theEdilor: Congressional candidate Michael Blouin continues lo claim "aulhorship" of the private college tuition grant Insights Kids today ore too pam- pered. My mother's meal time menu always offered two choices. Take it or leave it. Sam ievenson which passed (he state, legislature in 19B9. The fact is that Blouin. who was in the house that year, could no! have authored the bill, SF 295. It was au- thored by a senate committee, passed by the senate and Ihen was voted on in the house. Several amendments were considered in the house, but none by Blouin. All he did was vote for the bill along with 94 other legislators. For Blouin, an "advertising consul- lo take credit for authoring a senate bill raises serious questions about his credibility. Ironically, it was Blouin's opponent for congress, Tom Riley, who proposed the private college tuition grant program in his book, "Re- sponse to pages 40-41, published a year before :31ouin entered the slate legislature. LeeAnne Donaldson 3533 Redbud road NE Heaith-care cost To the Editor: Does free national health sound good lo you? Look at the supposed advan- tages: 1. "The expense will be borne by our employer or government." The products or services of thai employer will have to be priced higher to meet this added expense the government part is OUR part just what we need, more infla- tion. 2. "It's tux-deductible to employer." If taxes aren't paid into the treasury here, they will bo somewhere else by you. 3. "It will provide better health core." National health will not provide more doctors. In fact, through loss of incentive, probably less over the haul, but increased use of medical facilities through voluntary, elective treatment (colds, hernia repair, hysterectomies, etc.) will cause longer waits in the al- ready overburdened doctors' offices. 4. "The government can provide more economical health care than pri- vate sources." Look at social security, medicare, welfare and the postal service for thai answer. Granted, we need improvement in the area of protection from catastrophic illness or accident but this can be han- dled with slighl increases in exisling insurance policies. The elderly already have medicare, the poor, medicaid. What we is a bureaucracy providing health care which conserva- tive estimates indicate will cost at least twice what we now pay. Our new bill will he billion and we'll get less for it. We need a government that gov- erns not more socialism. Lee Slyckel 4415 E avenue NE Overfed To the Editor. Saturday's article (Sept. "Beasts gorge, people starve" by Tom Tiede provides FOOD for thought. To some extent we might sympathize with (he owner who said of his voracious German shepherd, "The dog eats worth of food every damn week." What seems odd, though, is where he applied the explelive. C. M. 341 Day street NW Before the stroke, clear disapproval By Louis Harris The Harris Survey AT THE MOMENT President Ford was deciding to grant former President Nixon a full pardon, a 57-35 percent majorily of the American people fell lhat "it would be wrong for President Ford to pardon former President Nixon on the grounds that he has suffered enough." The position of the public has con- sistently been thai no citizen in the country, even if he is a former Presi- dent, should be "above the law." Whether or not this long-standing attitude has changed in light of Mr. Ford's plea to make the Nixon case "one of a kind" will be reported shortly when a special poll now being concluded by the Harris Survey is compiled and ,-ina- In a survey completed on Sept. (i, two days belore President Ford's dra- matic announcement about a pardon for Ihe former President, a 58-35 percent majority agreed with the statement lhal if Ihe Watergate grand jury sees fit lo "indict former President Nixon as a en- conspirator in Ihe Watergate coverup, it would be righl to indict him and have him stand trial." By a 2.1-point margin, the public said, in effect, that oven though Richard Nixon had resigned as President, if he had committed possible crimes, he should have to stand before the court of justice, as any other private bo I" ''r- In granting the full and sweeping pardon, President Ford laid on the line the sizable reservoir of goodwill toward his administration that had accumulated (luring his first monlh in "office. His over- all job rating stood at 67-20 percent post- live, and a remarkable 87 percent felt him to be "a man of high integrity." By 81-li percent, a lopsided majority also predicted that "he will run an open administration lhal will listen to the peo- a prospect in high favor among an electorate fed up with secrecy and non- disclosure from high places in govern- ment. How much Piosidcnl Ford has now jeopardized the widespread approval accorded him in his first days in office, how long any temporary reverses might linger mid how much adverse public re- action to the pardon might affect Mr. Ford's chances for election in 1076 all remain to be seen. lint there is no doubt lhal the new- President was risking a storm ,if public disagreement on the pardon issue. Louis Harris Between Sept. 1 and fi. Ihe Harris Survey polled a cross-section of adults across the country in person and asked: "Do you think President Ford should pardon former President Nixon on the grounds he has suffered enough, or do you Ihink such a pordon would be Nationwide By region East Midwest South West ByAqe 18-29 30-49 50 plus By Income Under By Party 35 57 30 62 35 57 41 50 31 64 27 68 33 60 48 5 7 10 35 55 10 32 62 6 34 59 7 311 54 n And il is this supporl upon which Ford will have lo rely lo effect his programs on inflation and foreign policy, and to win the election in 1976. Tin; heart of the issue on the pardon undoubtedly will be whether former President Nixon's case is perceived as being so unique lhat il warrants waiving the normal process of justice. President Ford argued lhat it was, indicating lhal he both had doubts about the fairness of any trial Nixon might receive and also whether "in good conscience" he could allow a trial to lake place. ISul u majorily of the public had little doubt about bringing former President Nixon to trial. The cross-section was asked: 'If tho Walor'jato grond jury fell that former Piosidcnl Nixon should bu indklud as o co con- spirator in Iho Watergate cover-up, do you think i' would bo righl or wrong to indict him and have him stand 5? 27 35 311 10 66 7 y> 6 Bight Wrong Unsure 58 35 7 During Ins first monlh in office, President Ford had drawn a wiirm re- sponse in liolh Ihe Fast .-.ml Ihe West, among young people, and ,-11110111; the belter educated, more ,-iffluenl arul'indc- pendent segments of Ihe country. Hut Iheso are precisely Ihe subgroups Hint frU TTlftvl m-r-ilM n Now President Ford has placed the' former President beyond Ihe reach of the normal system of justice by grant- Ing him a full pardon lor his entire tenure in Ihe White House. Thai act is now likely to be a major dimension for judgment of the Fonl .idiiiinislralion over Ihe next Iwo years.