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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Odar Rapids Gazette: Mm., Sept. 23, 1974    7 A spectacular inside job. We gave our new Grand LeMans the most luxurious mid-sized Pontiac interior ever. And with its formal grille, parking lamps and hood ornament, you'll find Grand LeMans is pretty spectacular outside, too!Pontiac strikes again.See the beautiful 1975 Pontiacs at your Pontiac dealer pontiac PsMim Molo< Diction Your United Way At WorkNobody's perfect...but we’re trying. When you buy a new car, you deserve a quality, de pendable product And a dealer that treats you fairly We're trying to see that you get what you deserve For example, we offer a new Maximum Mileage System that's available on every 1975 model. It requires unleaded fuel and includes items like GM specification steel belted radial tires, a High Energy Electronic Ignition, and a catalytic converter It s designed to help you get up to 7,500 miles between oil changes up to 22,500 miles between spark plug changes To help reduce overall operating costs We call it our Maximum Mileage System because it represents the most advanced engineering and technology we can ofter on our 1975 Pontiacs Our assembly lines are constantly improved to help build better cars And we send a questionnaire to every new Pontiac owner Because we value your opinion on where we need improvement Nobody builds perfect cars But at Pontiac, we re sure trying Worth waiting for. The '75 Astre's so new, your Pontiac dealer may not have it in stock yet But don't let that stop you Contact him to get the full story on the many features and availability of the new Astre Hatchback and Safari wagon. He'll be happy to take your order 1 Our mission: give the compact some class. Mission accomplished We just built the classiest Ventura of them all...Ventura SJ. It’s got your kind of style. Distinctive. A luxurious interior. And a Radial Tuned Suspension with steel-belted radial tires. That's class in a compact. Marilyn Langhurst is a volunteer telephone counselor at Foundation II. Your contribution helps her to help others. Her personal interest in helping others through volunteer work is reflected in the following account of part of her Foundation II experience. “I’ve found the reasons people call Foundation II to be* almost as vaned as the individuals who call. Yet, frequently the problem seems to be more one of redefinition and clarification of problems which leads the caller to the crisis situation. To illustrate. I would like to relate two phone calls I received several months ago. “Kach caller began the conversation, i want to commit suicide.’ After determining whether or not they were in physical danger at the moment, we began to talk about why suicide seemed to b their solution. Both individuals had recently been confronted with a number of problems, family, school, separation from friends. In each case, I helped the caller put the problems in perspective and discussed alternatives for dealing with what they decided was the most important problem “At the end of the call. they each had a goal to work toward in dealing with their problems more effectively. One of the callers said it best when she called back to say, ’Thank you for helping me to help myself.’ And. thanks to you — its working through United Way and Foundation ll Air Is Stolen From Station UVTA ANA, ( alif (UPI) —    transmitting equipment, io station KYMS Program    housed in another building. •dor Dave Foreman began .......................... day’s broadcasting, but    DRIVE    SAFELY red he wasn't transmitting hat's how the station •ned that burglars had    g>w . ..Gvvelour led off $20,000 worth or    rAL5t I ELC. I H Moro Biting Power A denture adhesive ran help. FASTEETH* Powder dntn all of thin: I) Helps hold uppera and low. era longer, firmer, steadier. 2) Holds them more comfortably. 8) H**l|>» you rat more naturally. Why worry? IJae FASTEETH Denture Adhesive Powder. Dentures that fit are etHM-ntiul to health. See your dentist regularly. Enlist Consumers In Inflation War 30 Years After Battle for Bridge, Bitterness Lingers By Sylvia Barter NKW YORK — Imagine that you suddenly received a letter from President Ford inviting you to take the chair on his side of the desk and come up with some new policies to help curb today’s vicious price spiral br*fore it literally destroys us and our system. You have heard the eagle on the dollar screaming with increasing urgency as our currency's buying power has shriveled. You have complained, criticized, spread your denunciations across the board — from the White House to congress to business, labor, farmers and hack again. Challenge Now the President has challenged you: '‘Complaining is easy. What can you contribute?” Precisely this happened to me in late August when a letter came in from the President inviting me to attend as a participant both the presummit conference of banking and financial leaders in Washington this past Friday, Sept. 20, and the summit on inflation itself to be held in Washington Sept. 27-28 Then came a letter from Treasury Secretary Simon inviting me to submit a summary of my views. Then came a phone call from a high treasury official asking that my statement be devoted not to monetary or fiscal policy, wage-price controls, tax incentives and other subjects on which I have oeep convictions, but rather to the final topic on the agenda — “Other Suggestions to Combat Inflation”. New Ideas “Other suggestions,” indeed! Or translated, what new ideas do you have? “Well, you asked for it,” I mumbled to myself as I put my feet on the desk in the traditional thinking position. And then guess who and what I thought about? You. In the anti-inflation fight to date, the consumer has been lectured, exhorted, patronized — but not enlisted. Yet, it is the consumer who is being squeezed by tight and horren dously expensive credit, trapped by soaring prices, battered by crashes in the securities markets. This, I believe, is an extraordinary oversight. I also believe that consumers are now as eager to help combat inflation as we were eager in World war II to help combat Nazism. The consumer wants to be a participant in this battle, not just a pawn. There is an unspoken cry of “what can I do9’’ in the hearts of millions of Americans which the President can and should answer. Thus, it is with humility but with confidence that I speak for you, that I suggest to the President: (1) Work shoold begin at once on preparations for the President’s call for cooperation at the consumer level — voluntary, but very definitely cooperation. There need be no “stick,” such as rationing. And the “carrot” is implicit in the fact that the consumer is doing something positive to help ease the squeeze. (2) Representatives of the widest range of groups of consumers should be called to meetings in Washington to be informed of the plans and hopes, to be asked for policy suggestions and for practical ways the program should be carried out. All types of groups should be included. They may be broken down so each meeting is small enough to he productive. I have seen this sort of call for action work magnificently under far less critical circumstances. (3) The help of professionals in the fields of public relations, advertising and the like should be enlisted. (4) The program should be identified with the White House to give it stature and insure its duration. But this program is to be implemented at the regional and local — not national — level. This is a key aspect of it. (5) After the details have been carefully worked out, the President himself should issue a major policy statement and kick off the call for voluntary cooperation via a prime-time TV address. Here are several illustrations Sylvia Porter that come quickly to mind There must he hundreds of others equally valuable or far superior Recycled Scrap Victory gardens both on a community and an individual family scale, in densely populated pities as well as outlying areas . . . Recycling with the scrap collection and sale under the direction of communities themselves . . . Revival and maintenance of energy conservation measures by businesses, homeowners and individuals . . . Inexpensively printed educational pamphlets explaining the many significant ways consumers can help hold down living costs in all areas to be distributed at the regional and local levels. Above is only the briefest sketch of an idea that easily could be developed into both a great anti-inflation and consumer unifying force in what is now a battle for survival which we must win. Tell me, do I speak for you as well as myself? By Boh Considinr ARNHKM, Netherlands — It has been just 30 years since one of the most fierce and frustrating battles of World war II swirled around the bridge that crosses the lower Rhine at this old city. Wrinkled survivors of that desperate allied effort to crush the (Jerman war machine and end the war in 1944 gathered in Holland last week There was much to talk about, principally Cornelius Ryan’s just-published “A Bridge Too Far”, the classic account of a bloody.snafu that never quite caught the imagination or the comprehension of the world. It is a controversial book, this one that completes the great correspondent’s trilogy of the war — the others, of course, being “The Longest Day” and “The Last Battle”. But Market-Garden, the conflict’s code-name, was controversial from the hour it was conceived by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery. I^ss exuberant It remains so three decades later. The retired officers and men at this reunion — British. American, Polish and members of th0 Dutch un derground — were less exuberant than most old warriors are at such get-togethers There were tinges of remaining bitterness just under the veneer of their good manners. Montgomery’s plan, drawn up on what for him was the spur of the moment (he was normally exasperatingly deliberate), was dramatically innovative. He would send three divisions of airborne troops against five German-held bridges along a (54-mile corridor iii occupied Holland, seize them before the Germans could destroy them, throw in the ground forces, and charge into the Ruhr and on to Berlin. It sounded a bit too much to LL Gen. Frederick Browning, deputy commander, First allied airborne army, when Monty outlined his remarkable plan , Ike Misgivings Pointing to the Arnhem bridge on the top ut the map. Browning asked, “How long will it take the armor to reach us?” “Two days,” Mont go im ry replied crisply. “We can hold it for four,” Browning said “But, sir, I Bob Considine think we might be going a bridge too far.” Eisenhower, the supreme commander, had his misgivings, but finally assigned Major Gen. Maxwell Taylor’s 101 st airborne division and Brig*Gen. James Gavin’s 82nd to participate with the First British airborne division, the Red Devils. Ryan’s book begins with the awesome scope of the engagement: “Shortly after IO a m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, 1944, from airfields all over southern Fngland the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled for a single operation 'ink to the air . . . Sheer Hell “Market, the airborne phase of the operation, was monumental: it involved almost 5,000 fighters, bombers, transports and more than 2,500 gliders. That Sunday after noon, at exactly 1:30. in an unprecedented daylight assault, an entire allied airborne army, complete with vehicles and equipment, began dropping behind the German lines.” The Americans generally achieved their goals, notably at the Nijmegen bridge. But it was sheer hell for the British Red Devils at Arnhem. Of the 10,000 dropped near the “Bridge Too Far” only 2,163 came out after nine days of fighting They had been “sacrificed and slaughtered,” Ryan writes. They had been dropped more or less into the middle of one of Hitler’s hest panzer divisions. Their commanders had ignored the warnings of the Dutch resistance forces. The British didn’t trust that heroic band because of the reported existence in it of certain double agents. But the underground had developed a good communications system around Arnhem. It would have been of enormous help to the Red Devils who had floated down from the clouds. Polish Brigade Instead, the British blew up a vital link of it, though their own communications were appallingly bad Hence the carnage, shared by the Polish airborne brigade when it was dropped into a nearby cauldron of German firepower. In all, Montgomery’s plan fizzled and killed more men and civilians than the allied D-day invasion of Normandy In the course of his enortnous research, Ryan took his tape recorder to Eisenhower’s place at Gettysburg and asked him what he thought of Montgomery. (Ryan had just interviewed Montgomery.) “You don’t have to tell me what he told you,” Ike said with heat. “He said I knew nothing about war — right? Personally, I don’t believe I would put too much weight on what generals remember, including me . . . “When the whole thing was done (World war IIL I never heard from the British any golden paeans of praise. And you’re not going to hear it now, particularly from people like Montgomery “Caa’t Tell Troth” “I don’t care if he goes down as the greatest soldier in the world He isn’t, but if he goes down that way it’s all right with me. He got so damn personal to make sure the Americans and me, in particular, had no credit, had nothing to do with the war, that I eventually stopped communications with a man that just can’t tell the truth.” There are distant echoes of old animosities still floating about Arnhem. At a press conference a burly former member of the Dutch underground interrupted his talk about the bad old days to stare at a retired British paratrooper and said, “I asked your officers why they destroyed our communications. Why? They would give me no answer Our plot for 1975 is simple. Outclass the competition. lf we could build only one car. this would be it. As if Grand Prix    Strictly a high level operation. For '75, we started at    the top With an elegant    new wasn't luxurious enough, now we have a super luxurious LJ model.    roof line. Then we added new rectangular    headlamps.    A luxurious interior. And    our Super two-tone paint outside. And a super posh interior, lf you could    Radial Tuned Suspension with steeLbelted    radials standard Bonneville makes your own only one car, this should be it.    driving strictly high class. Announcing Pontiac’s new mid sized Grand LeMans. Bk?? Slit*»A* ■ Xv '    - For the Finest in Points ;