Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Politics retips the bicentennial wagon
Friday, September 20, 1974
Toward forced frugality
YT7HEN CONGRESS’ new VV budget reform machinery be* comes fully operational two years hence, the compulsive big spenders will be regularly exposed, the President will be more answerable for his impoundments and socalled “backdoor” • spending by federal agencies will be curbed. Right?
Wrong, according to Iowa Republican Rep. H. R. Gross, who, after retiring next January, will be viewing the medusan budget tangle from afar. “Congress will quickly find ways to warp and bend reform rules...," predicts Gross, whose penchant for thrift is legendary.
His pessimism is understandable. Repeatedly during Gross’ Capitol Hill tenure congress has attempted to revamp the present ridiculous budgeting system; overlooking the budget ceiling in favor of piece-by-piece action on the President’s requests for spending authority. The shortfall in financial acumen supports critics’ theory that about 80 percentPeople s forum
To the Editor:
To all those people who think that the Vietnam veterans will be insulted by amnesty, they won’t. Most veterans think unconditional amnesty should be granted. The war is over. Let everyone come home.
For the last two years I have heard people say that amnesty is an insult to the men who fought. I am one of those men and I am not insulted If people want a fair decision on amnesty, let the men who fought the war, let the Vietnam veteran decide
Stop asking the congressmen who didn’t fight, stop asking the man on the street who didn t go and stop asking the women who didn’t serve. Ask the veteran. He, she, they are the ones who served. It should be their decision.
Kevin D. Randle 1823 Park Towne court VEFund Sources
To the Editor:
The campaign contributions of the candidates should certainly be an issue Mr. Stanley and tm staff have continued to barrage The Gazette and other media with Congressman Culver’s acceptance of out-of-state contributions as an issue.
In contrast, Mr. Stanley is advertising himself as a candidate who will not accept out-of-state money. But in The Gazette’s Sunday edition (page 4B) Sept 15, the Republican candidate's
of U.S. congressmen are experts only at running for office.
Misgivings of Gross and other doubters notwithstanding, public pressures seem likely to force' congress into fiscal responsibility this time. Under the new bill, votes of individual lawmakers not only will go on record when goals for money bills are set each spring, they will get a public airing at review-and-adjustment time in the fall. Those stoking the inflation furnace will do so at their direst political peril.
Now that “You’re a big spender!” has become campaign cant (replacing hawkishness and softness on crime), a determination of who really practices frugality would be refreshing, indeed.
A greater advantage, naturally, would be a step toward balancing the federal budget, a debit-side entry 14 of the past 15 years. None of the anti-inflation nostrums brewed at the President’s forthcoming economy* summit will prove curative if the federal government does not set an example.
contributions are listed. In the adding up of the 12 out-of-state contributions as listed, one will find 21 percent or $32,050
of his contributions are from outside the state.
Where is Mr. Stanley’s credibility?
Robert J. Houlahan 817 Eighth street NWHaters
To the Editor
I am against President Ford’s decision on amnesty. Our brave men in Canada deserve unconditional amnesty because they have done absolutely no wrong.
America had no business in Vietnam in the first place. If we had kept our fat noses out, no American men would have died, no one would’ve been taken prisoner, and no one now in Canada would be subjected to penalties for thinking for himself.
These peace-loving individuals art* getting the shaft from people like American Legion members, who parade around and think they’re men because* they’re proud of the violence they participated in, whether necessary or not, in past human sins tailed “wars” that should have been forgotten long ago. as soon as they were over
Some people are st* insecure that they feel they must always have someone around to hate, and if there’s no one* around, then they invent them. This was the case in Vietnam It is presently the* case with the Legion’s view toward amnesty. If this primitive mental disease is not curbed, it will spread and envelop us all, just as sure as the phlebitis in Mr Nixon’s leg,
Tom Bruner 1259 Fourth avenue SE
By William F. Buckley, jr.
AS THINGS stand, it would have been ever so obliging of the Founding Fathers if they had elected to declare our independence a couple of years later than they did. But unless the supreme court discovers that 1776 was an unconstitutional date for launching our Republic. we are saddled with 1976 as the bicentennial year. And though it is true that very few continuous governments make it through to a bicentennial celebration, surely none that has, has botched as we have done, the approach to our own
Years were frittered away in parochial rivalries. Should it be celebrated principally in Washington? Or Philadelphia9 Or Boston? What sort of thing should be don#*9 Who should be on the commission to decide what should be done9 The quarrels went on and on and nothing much was done.
William F. Buckley, jr.
Then, finally, the congress declared that an American Revolutionary Bicentennial Agency should be formed. The administrator for it is Mr. John Warner, an able and amiable man, former secretary of the navy. And the question was hotly debated: Who should be the chairman? It was agreed that the commission must be nonpartisan. And that it was too late in the day to take the risk of dealing with second-rank people. No political hacks. Someone who had the reputation for getting things done. Someone urbane, thoughtful, and innovative.
The job was tendered to Richard (Furman, a New Yorker, former head of foreign and domestic correspondents for Time, Inc., former commissioner of parks and cultural affairs, a man who might have been described, in the yeastier age of Timestyle as a tough-talking, no-nonsense, self-driving young cosmopolite.
There was a problem. (Furman is not registered in either party, and certainly not a Nixonite. But Clurman is not a doctrinaire liberal, and anti-Nixonism was never his cause militant. Moreover, he recognized, as a matter of instinct, the need for factional restraint particularly as head of a bipartisan committee. So he was slated for the job, and started in a few' months ago with mountains to scale.
Along comes the Ford administration. and a telephone call from the White House. The caller was desperately sorry to have to relay the news that Clurman would be replaced. “Just a matter of politics,” said the caller, who professed abundant admiration for the work Clurman had already done
Clurman is, to risk understatement, not without friends. And these include his original sponsors within the White House, several of whom have survived the transition. They quickly organized to attempt a reversal of the decision. But Clurman aborted their plan
To be successful as chairman of the bicentennial, he said. requires that the post seek you out, not that you should seek the post out. Ile is correct, and the gesture is consistent with the skills and sensitivity correctly attributed to him.
It is all very disheartening. Mr. Ford has been in office only a few weeks To convulse the bicentennial commission yet again would seem an unnecessary augmentation of Gerry Ford’s problems.
Is the Ford team so hungry for patronage that it has already reached the bicentennial commission9 Where does it go from there? To the customhouses? And what is it the White House is trying to say? That no non-Republican will
We didn t all come over on the same ship, but we re all in the same boat
survive in a position of responsibility, even in a bipartisan committee? Or is it saying that no Nixon appointee will survive?
It is all very mysterious, and very disheartening. As a matter of fact, it is a bloody outrage, and one hopes (a) that Gerry Ford doesn’t know it has been done in his name; and (b) that he will in due course put together a staff that will prevent such unnecessary damaging and ungrateful deeds from being done in his name.
Washington Star Syndicate
Should Cedar Rapids vote itself a new zoo?
TWO CONCLUSIONS seem supportable from responses by readers to the zoo-question mini-ballot printed on this page Sept. 12:
1. Those concerned enough about the forthcoming bond-issue, tax-levy voting to use this forum for their views are chiefly those against establishing a large new zoo in Cedar Rapids: Opposition overwhelmed support by roughly 71 percent to 29 percent.
2. Over-all, the interest in this project and its testing at the polls Nov. 5 is not particularly strong: Test-ballot returns totaled only about 50, compared with more than 400 for a similar opinion-sampling last month on whether 55 mph should become a permanent speed limit.
I rn afraid if we find out how much Rockefeller is really worth, we're going to have an incredibility gap/
I would like very much to own a Lincoln Continental, but inasmuch as I cannot afford one, I am not getting it. I feel the same about a zoo. It is a luxury that we can get along without under present circumstances. Let’s get out of debt before taking on further luxuries.
Harrison W. Shi pc 484 Thirty-second street NE •
The proposed im would serve a region, but its cost would be assumed by city property owners, not by a region. Taxes are already tin) high, and property owners cannot afford the upkeep.
Mr. and Mrs Raymond E. Norman
442 Parkland drive SE rn
A zoo would be nice but is not a necessity We can’t afford “nice” things at this time. Necessities are hard enough to manage.
P E. De Yoe
3827 .Skylark Lane SE •
The present zoo and McDonald’s farm were sufficient for the needs of our children growing up There’s the availability of larger metropolitan zoos in close Midwest cities like Chicago and St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs Charles Kaufmann 2042 Linn boulevard SE •
With property taxes as high as they are now, nothing more that means permanent maintenance expense, such as a zoo, should be voted in.
Mr and Mrs Cecil L. Koon 1200 Thirty-fourth street NE rn
I will continue to vote “no on any issue that will increase my taxes, until we have traffic control that includes noise, speeding and hot-rod driving in this city
Roy W Stepanek 2228 Mallory street HW
We need a library much more The zoo should be donated.
Lavena U*ahy 2312 A avenue NE
We must have at least a dozen more worthwhile projects worthy of tax dollars. I suspect that the costs of this zoo are grossly underestimated,
Joseph N. Stepanek 66 Allview drive SW •
Let’s consider our priorities and pass the bond issues for our four junior highs and our badly needed library before we consider a zoo. Surely children and people come first,
Sylvia Riley 2017 Glen way drive SE •
I do not think Cedar Rapids is large enough for a first-rate zoo. I think we could support a children’s zoo where children can pet the tame animals or an
In every case, the answers to both zoo-related questions were the same from each respondent. No one voted one way on the bond-issue matter and the opposite way on the maintenance-levy proposal. There was yes-or-no consistency across the board.
These were the questions that people considered:
• Do you wont a good new zoo in Cedar Rapids badly enough to pay about 1.24 mills a year more on your property tax levy to help cover the construction cost?
• Would you be willing to pay up to I mill more on your taxes for a
The Gazette's opinion
zoo s operation, on the understanding that the actual charge will probably be only I /20th that much?
Whatever the expression heavily against both ballot issues signifies about the likely outcome in November, it does vary1 notably from other recent polls.
After members of the zoo-promoting Hawkeye Zoological Society surveyed the public earlier this year, they reported a response of 73.4 percent support for the zoo-construetion bond proposal. That was on the basis of a typical-household property-tax increase averaging about 60 cents a month.
UST AS IT is all but indisputable that a good, modern zoo is a prime civic asset, so it is a certainty that first-class zoos are closer to a luxury than a necessity in almost any town.
What Cedar Rapids residents should keep in mind when voting on zoo questions in November is that their decision on a zoo is not an either/or choice between this community asset and anything else. It is possible to have a fine zoo, if people want one urgently enough, and also to acquire other assets which perhaps are more essential.
Unquestionably, much of the public would rate other projects than a zoo as greater in priority — a community center, an expanded library, renovated junior highs, airport expansion, more storm sewers. Most of those are still in the works. Many will come up for public votes in due course — sometimes for a second or third try to get approved.
As with any major undertaking keyed to bond-issue money, it will be the people who determine whether any given project moves or has to wait. Cedar Rapids does have the capacity to handle everything proposed without a crushing load of new taxation. One project’s clearance need not mean another’s doom. Spaced across the next few years, most of the big enterprises now foreseeable CAN come about acceptably, whatever their priorities on anybody’s scale.
The zoo envisaged now is most of all a quality-of-life improvement, a recreation-education opportunity for people of all ages, a potentially high-powered attraction of regional visitors, and a fine source of enjoyment. Whether it is worth the price in balance with all civic needs is what the voters have the privilege of judging in November.
They should pass their judgment well aware that each important project still receives its turn before (he public, and that no improvement’s passage has to mean another’s death.
expanded farm-type zoo. We need a library ho much more. I am familiar with the San Diego zoo It is very expensive to run and to provide ail of the extra features
Mrs J. Raynor Harper 2222 First avenue NE •
Are those , itizens advocating the /'*» as a “needed educational facility for our community” the same ones who voted “no” to a library? Come on, first things first. I**t’s have the cake before we have the icing.
1080 Seventeenth avenue, Marion •
Priority item: storm sewers for addi lions (Hickory Ridge, for one) and all the side streets abutting O avenue NW on the south side so that 0 avenue isn’t flooded with mud and water after rains Mr. and Mrs H. (’. Hansen 2447 O avenue NW
When I can show more compassion for animal needs than the people of this city, I’ll give up
Jess Van Antwerp 1010 Center Point road NE •
We do not need a zoo We do need lower taxes
Dick Lucore HIO Crestview drive SE •
I feel a zoo is not necessary in a city the size of Cedar Rapids when we are close enough to the St. Louis zoo to drive and make it a special occasion. .
» Mrs Hugh V Phelps
1821 Wilson avenue SW •
I don’t feel that it is important to have this zoo The city is just piling las on tax on us, and we have to draw the line
Mrs. C. A. Loftus 2108 E avenue NE
When Frank N Magid Associates did a study for the Linn county regional planning commission last March, they found that only 46,2 percent of Cedar Rapids residents would “be willing to spend a few tax dollars to build a brand-new, larger zoo.” Preferring to “see tax money used some other way” were 51.8 percent of those polled
In order to carry at the election Nov. 5, both zoo questions would require 60-percent approval or better as specified by Iowa law
A representative selection of comments follows from both sides in this month's test-run as to whether Cedar Rapids ought to build and operate a new
A /(Mi is an everyday, year-round source of entertainment for the whole family. It can be a source of immense pride to a city. It can be the means of preserving more species. A zoo can provide many educational benefits, as well as full-and part-time jobs for people.
Jean R Oliphant 848 Old Marion road NE •
Although the park system is good.
there is little else in Cedar Rapids for
family recreation and education
Mary J. Gross
1802 Eighth avenue SE •
In recent years this fine and progressive city of ours has developed a negativism that is beginning to stifle our growth, our cultural advantages and our esthetic values. A new zoo, while not essential, would benefit us educationally, culturally and commercially. I ll stake $7 in my city any year. Let's get moving again — new library and airport to follow.
Robert C Merman 711 Grant Wood drive SE •
We accept this only if it will lie an educational facility which emphasizes deep respect and understanding of animals and the environments in which
Mr and Mrs Gary Goldstein 418 Dunreath drive NE •
At considerable cost, my family has always had to go to Chicago, St. Louis or some other out-of-state zoo to see these animals in some other place than a cage such as we have here in Cedar Rapids. I will certainly take my grandchildren to our local zoo and think it much cheaper. Also we can go more often. I certainly favor more natural-habitat zoos.
Harold G. Boland
1700 B avenue NW
A giMmI zoo would benefit the community in many ways In any event, that inhumane mess at Bever park should be
C. R. (iray 342 Thirtieth street NW’ •
Cedar Rapids families and their guests deserve to have a wholesome and educational place to learn and to find entertainment locally.
Max M. Proctor ■306 Twenty-first street NE •
A zimi can be enjoyed by young and old alike ll is a place to go on Sunday and to take out-of-town guests We can learn so much from animal life We must pay for what we want and need to improve our city
Dorothy M Bush 1107 Eleventh street NW