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Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - May 28, 1964, Cedar Rapids, IowaE4ll.fi.i citizen times flattery we were flattered beyond description this week by a Sim ple but significant action by. The mayor of this City the honorable Robert . it was reported to us that or. Johnson apparently carried away with the. Zeal of clean up paint up f exr up week re stack of citizen times from the news counter of. A Cedar rapids hotel and placed them beneath the counter. What his Honor hoped to profit from this childish act we leave to his conscience and to Bur Reader s musings but we would remind the mayor that Book burning has been tried before most often by dictators and has never worked. We doubt that it will work now and if it did it would do Little credit to the dignity of the office that he holds. Cedar rapids association of Independent insurance agents that in More than 75% of the cases of car theft during the last six months in this Community the keys were left in the car. The group is study ing the problem and is c considering the possibility of recommending a City ordinance which would prohibit leaving keys in parked automobiles. Simi Lar ordinances else where reportedly re Duce the number of automobile thefts. The insurance agents Are doing the Community a definite ser vice by looking into the problem. If reduction in automobile thefts can be brought about As a result of their studies and re citizen times May 38. 1964 Page 6 William Rexroad a wort Well proposal commendations their efforts will be appreciated by everyone. The evidence they have gathered so far Veri fies problem of car owners leaving their keys behind when they Park is one to be overcome. Law enforcement officials Are aware of this and Are continually re minding us to help Bur selves by not leaving our keys in the car. The question of an ordinance against Leav ing our keys in the car is one which de serves considerable thought. At first glance it appears to be a Good idea a or Fine might serve As a pretty Good reminder not. To leave your keys in the car a second time. Looking deeper Tho ugh imagine yourself in the position of facing a judge and being asked to pay a Fine for leaving your own keys in your own car. The thought is an irritating one. Such an ordinance it seems would be just one More Chip out what once was a massive Boulder of individual freedoms. Perhaps there is Ano ther solution to the problem. One which would serve the same purpose yet on a More voluntary basis. One approach which might be Worth investigating is suggested below. As the meter maids make their rounds and the motorcycle patrol Man who Check Park ing zones make theirs they could keep an Eye out for keys left in parked autos. When they spotted one they could leave a remin Der on the Windshield informing the owner that such a practice is an open invitation to car theft and ask ing him to be More careful next time. The reminder could be printed on a form i identical in color and appearance to a regu Lar parking ticket so that it would not be obvious to a prospective car their that Here was one ready to go. Such a policy would be easy to carry out would Cost almost no thing and would pro Bably irritate no one. It might be every bit As effective As an ordinance against Leav ing the keys in the car. Our readers write opponents of posed Cedar Valley Roadway have made an interesting and to us a seemingly Worth while proposal this week. Have asked that a panel discussion of the pros cons of proposed expressway be held with both proponents and opponents led by an impartial Moderator tackling any and All facets of the proposal that either Side wishes to bring out. That there Are questions that need ans Wering and perhaps even some that Are at. This Point Dunans a wearable appears obvious. We can think of no better Way to Clear the air of remaining doubt than to schedule such a free and Frank Public de Bate at the earliest possible convenience of both interested groups. It would be in keeping with the City Council s repeated pledge to inform Cedar rapids on All Pha ses of the Road s development and would either answer or give credence to Allega a tides by those who pose which imply ser ious weaknesses in Roadway planning up to this Point. There is no Legal obligation incumbent up on City government to take part in such a discussion but there can be Little doubt that their unwillingness to do so would Only add fuel to an already glowing Blaze of doubt while their participation could possibly Lay a great Deal of con Cern to rest. We Hope that both groups will be Able to arrange the proposed panel discussion. It could provide the path Way of understanding upon which to build a Road. Lighting might help a dangerous Cedar toward making it a a rapids Street claimed Fer Road to travel. We another life last week have commented be the fourth within re fore on the need for cent memory. An Al better Street Light Man was the la ing on j Street and test victim and his Dea would urge the de the on Busy and heavily apartment of Public a trafficked j Street so Fety to consider this As once More Points out one possible measure the need for the City for making this danger to take a Long look at Ous Street a Little Saf j Street with an Eye or. Arrive alive the Highway depart Preci dented number ment has reminded remind you that unless we slow Down Over the memorial Day Holiday an in of us will become traffic statistics. Please slow Down Over the hectic week end. Take your time and arrive alive. To the editor my congratulations to the Jefferson seniors who attended the All night party at the Eagle s Friday night. It was Young of people who were so Well behaved and out to have a last remembrance of their High school it is regrettable that the enjoyable evening was brought to an a abrupt Climax by a Tow Happy towing ser vice. We realize that this area North of 1st ave. Was posted As a Tow away zone be tween 2 a.m., and 6 , however these youngsters and i might add the police department were the impression that these streets were to be exempt from the towing restrictions for this special party. Assistant cheif fell Wack took the time to advise my husband that the youngsters were in violation by double parking in front of the eagles. T his Courtesy was greatly appreciated and the youngsters moved their cars. It would seem to me that the local towing service could have shown the same Courtesy and advised the chaperones that the cars were parked in violation. After All five minutes of their time would have done ten tons As much Good in Public relations As air the teaching of City Pride in twelve years of schooling. Upon calling commissioner Stolba on sat urday morning i was advised that this or Durance had been on the books for Ber of years. Now i a so you How Many of you knew this was a summer Rule or thought it was strictly for Snow removal so if some Jefferson boy knocks on your door and asked for Odd jobs treat him kindly remember he s trying to earn Back the towing charge. To the editor our Cedar rapids Iowa taxpayers association inc., wish to express to you and the entire staff of the citizen times our sin Cere appreciation for All of the articles both pro and con on the proposed Cedar Valley expressway. We would especially like to commend you on the excellent Arti Cle the Roadway some oppose for valid which appeared in the citizen times on april 30, 1964. It is Only by acquainting the Public with All sides of the question that they will be Able to judge this Mammoth project objectively and then make the decision whether it is or is not Good for our City. Red Cedar the problem of our spiralling population and the question of How we shall feed ourselves in the future has been on the mind of congressman William Natcher of Kentucky. To Point out the pro Blem to his colleagues Natcher introduced some interest ing material into the record this week. Shavings ing a. The toward living is taking a Good share of it out of production. Industrialization is biting away at it. At Best Only 25 to 30 per cent of the land sur can Cul the answer appears to be More efficient uses of available this will re increased use of United and la in the less aggressive to to Libbie Melsa Secretary at the an. Present rate the world within 40 years. It May have to turn to is estimated the Globe Man made foods will have 6 billion peo they re already in the pie by the year Laboratory stage. Just about 20 percent More recently a dinner was food has to be produced served consisting of toward 1970-just five Ham Bacon and Gau and a half years away sages which had com and by the year 2000 pie Teiry bypassed the production must be animal doubled. It s something to these figures an think about. A Man statements came out made synthetic Steak at the International to go along with the agricultural Sympso inevitable baked potato sum at Augusta French Fries Ter a goo Home what s the big pro Grove and Home Cook Blem simply noted meal while Youcan enough soil suitable if you expect to be for cultivation for one around forty years thing. Land is becom from now

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