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Mount Pleasant News (Newspaper) - March 30, 1970, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
The it pleasant news partly Cloudy vol. 92, no. 75mt. Pleasant Iowa monday evening m Arch 30, 1970 Price to cents these Days by John Chamberlain the Way out of our mail troubles my Friend Leonard read who runs the foundation for economic education at Irvington on Hudson new York was telling us Twenty years ago that the . Post office should be liquidated and the Job of carrying the mail turned Over to private enterprises. Many of us laughed at him but we Are laughing no longer. If his advise had been taken we would have been spared the crisis of the last few Days. Undoubtedly there would have been Many entries into the postal service Field a few doing fast special delivery jobs others catering to the delivery of publications a handful of . And of the business sticking primarily to first class mail and a residue a the scrap Iron dealers of the Trade a handling stuff that has no particular urgency. Junk mail might have posed a problem but who would miss it there would have been Competition of course for labor among the private carriers. Quite possibly there would have been several unions. Before the rage for coordinated bargaining hit us one or two of the unions would have negotiated Good wage agreements with individual employers. The wage level throughout the whole Industry would have tended to Rise instead of a paltry $6,176 a year beginning salary for a letter Carrier which is the figure that Congress in its infinite Wisdom had never bothered to change As inflation galloped ahead Competition would surely have set the minimum at $8,500 or thereabouts Way Back in president Eisenhower a or Jack Kennedy a Day. And surely veterans of the postal services would have been earning up to $12,000 or $15,-000 a year under private auspices. O o o a this can be said with perfect Assurance because it is w hat happened in a Hundred other service industries that require no More and no less intelligence endurance and ingenuity than is demanded of postal workers. The reason the letter carriers never got their just due is that Congress is to put it quite frankly i utterly incompetent to As a employer especially when it is try j ing to run something at one re-1 move. A Public postal corporation would be better for it would not have a thousand things ranging from the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to the investigation of subversive activities on its mind. But if the Public corporation is to be a protected monopoly which is what president Nixon wants it will still have a hard time judging what a mailman is Worth in the Market. First District May greatest interest provide primary Des Moines up a Iowa appears to be in store for one of the dullest primary elections in the states history. Whether the problem is a reduction of 24 House seats and to Senate seats because of reapportionment or simply Lack of interest a Mong candidates. Iowa electors will find very Little Challenge in casting their ballots on june 2. In the primaries the candidates for Federal state and legislative offices will be selected. The general election will be held in november. On the state level the Only major contest will be for the office of governor and even that is one Aid Mezvinsky of Iowa City and wiled. Three democrats will Square off Lam a. A Blackie Strout of Daven for the task of running against the Park incumbent gov. Robert d. Ray in Mezvinsky is currently a member of the Iowa House and Strout is the Scott county sheriff. There will also be primary contests in the 2nd and 5th congressional districts. Veteran Republican rep. Fred Schwengel of Davenport is facing the stiffest fight for years from David Stanley of Muscatine. Stanley a former Iowa Senate majority Leader lost in his bid for a u. S. Senate seat by less than 7,000 votes in 1963. He faced Hughes in the election. The 1st District republicans Are polarized and Stanley openly offended Schwengel earlier this year by telling the congressman to drop out of the race. On the democratic Side University of Iowa economics professor William Albrecht is facing Edward november. A major fight for the democratic nomination is shaping up Between former lieutenant governor Robert d. Fulton a Waterloo attorney and the current House minority Leader William Gannon a Mingo Farmer. Fulton served two terms As lieutenant governor under the administration of Harold e. Hughes and has to his credit a a mini terms As governor when Hughes left his Iowa offices to be sworn in As a u. S. Senator in 1969. Gannon regarded As a political fighter by his fellow party members has vowed to wage one of the hardest primary nomination fights in the democratic party a history. The third democratic contender for the gubernatorial nomination is Robert Kneriem of Des Moines who is considered a dark horse candidate for the office. Too perhaps the most interesting primary fight will be for the 1st District congressional nominations. No primary will be held for the offices of lieutenant governor Secretary of state state auditor state treasurer and Secretary of agriculture. The five Republican incumbents Are running again. Sen. Minnette Doderer d Iowa City became the first woman in Many years to seek state offices by announcing she will Challenge Roger Jepsen of Davenport for lieutenant governor. Another democratic woman Sharon Robinson of Des Moines has announced she will run against Melvin Synhorst for Secretary of Tate. Synhorst a office said Only 340 candidates filed for office this year a compared to 418 in the last primary. About 40 late Comers filed nomination papers until Midnight sunday. May Quot it big j cd a sum to apply on sewer Cost it. Pleasant evidently ecu d re Olive nearly one half million dollars in Federal and state payments if gov. Robert rays pm n to Fer funds for pollution control is adopted. It. Pleasant has expended $971,-163 for sewage disposal Plant and sewer construction in the last two years and evidently would be i eligible to receive funds to hell defray those costs which have been paid by a Bond is be. The amount i of the payments As anticipated would be $220,638 under an additional Federal Grant and $242,790 from a state Grant. The it. Pleasant payments i would be among the largest in the i state for cities similar in size evidently because of the heavy exp Pendi cure of funds for the sewer i improvements. Wayland would be eligible for $32,520 from Federal funds and $40,- 656 from state funds on an original project Cost of $162,Coo. Quake toll in t Turkey mounts Gediz Turkey up a time powerful earthquakes rocked Western Turkey today and streams burst their Banks in my Center of a disaster area already in ruins from saturday nights killer tremors. A total of 637 bodies had been recovered. One official said More than 1,000 persons had been killed and 3,000 injured. Officials struggling to restore order and evacuate earthquake survivors from the paths of boiling hot flood Waters forced up from below ground said a third catastrophe was a threat a plague spread by contaminated water and rats. New casualties were reported from the punch of the new tremors. The strongest was registered at 7 on tin Richter scale compar with 7.5 for the original Shock saturday night. The others today were recorded at four. Gediz Creek burst from its Banks nine Miles from the flattened City and poured Waters to a depth of 24 feet in some areas. Although it was flattened by the first quake Gediz was Only one of a dozen of villages and towns de wasted by the disaster. More than 500 persons were killed in the nearby Village of Akca Alan population 1,700. A medical officer in Gediz said the newest threat was plague a spread by contaminated water and rats. Surveying the ruins of a Village near Gediz construction minister Hayrettin in Kiroglu said a the death toll is above 1.000 and there Are More than 3.000 in All parts of Kun fairy a province. In the West Anatolian Village of Saruhan i villagers Knelt in the streets to Pray As buildings toppled and monuments crashed about a a farm Bureau leaders discuss plans to oppose property tax increases Iowa District 7 farm Bureau leaders met at the it. Pleasant farm Bureau office monday morn ing and discussed the problem of the increase in property taxes with Harold Anderson of the Iowa farm Bureau office in Des Moines. If Leonard reads counsel had been followed Twenty years ago Fred District Holsteen of West Point 7 director to the Iowa who knows what technological parm Bureau in charge of the marvels might have been developed meeting and introduced Anderson. District 7 is made up of la South in the area of postal service the electronic age was Only in its infancy in 1950. Instead of mailing checks to suppliers and employees companies might use a chosen communications company to signal the Transfer of funds to individual accounts in a selected list of Banks. Maybe an ingenious Enterprise would have figured out a Way of putting correspondence on tape for instant transmission to receiver stations Miles away. Our son in Distant Vietnam keeps us informed of his experiences by speaking into a tape recorder and mailing us the results to be listened to in our living room. Is it impossible to visualize a time when the spoken word might go out Over 8,000 Miles via a Bounce off satellite to be taped instantaneously in a local a Post office in ones own Home East Iowa counties Henry Muscatine Louisa Des Moines Lee Washington Keokuk Jefferson Van Buren Wapello and Davis. Representing Henry county at the meeting were William Tolander president Fred Strothman chairman of the legislative committee and Xen Earnest voting Delegate. Too Anderson said that paying taxes is an individual proposition and that the purpose of the meeting is Only to provide guidance in the problem of rising property taxes. A property taxes Are too High and Are going up too fast a he said. A a that a the one Point we should not let escape in any meetings held on the material was passed out on the the schools. Holsteen said that an important Factor is to keep property taxes for school costs Frozen that a lid must be put on property taxes for education so we can get other help. Recent Large increases in property taxes on farm land have come about As a result of i greatly increased farm land assessments 2 the uniform county Levy for schools that results in transferring considerable tax funds to other districts and 3 dramatic increases in school costs. The valuation of farm land increased from 1957 to 1968 by $399 million and from 1968 to 1969 by $233 million after the equalized value of All counties was in effect. This $632 million increase in a land valuation is More than double the total taxable value of Industrial real property and fixed personal property $311.3 million. Since school boards and other local taxing bodies have been unable to hold the line we undoubtedly would have had a much greater increase in property taxes since 1967 if the tax revision Law had not passed. It would be inaccurate to taxation suggestions for the con say that this Sharp increase in that if such things could be made duct of countywide tax meetings state Aid had very Little effect on a reality it wont be done by a sponsored by county farm Bureau s property taxes. Purposes and premises of county annual increases in school costs wide property tax meetings Sug Jar past. Three years have been Gest ions for county action tax re of private mail corporations would form and the statements of the lobe Good insurance against revolt a farm Bureau federation before tion. When the letter carriers went the House committee of ways and on strike they flouted the Law Means regal Ding the property tax a a Jor schools increased which says that Federal employees problem in Iowa by j. Merrill an from percent t0 about 36 per must seek other Means of publicize Derson president of the Iff a cent in the percent of state ing their grievances. The Law when copy of the if legislative news percent and the postal crunch came was was also passed out to the 40 men a Esu mated to about meaningless. Well if uniformed present. R. These in urls show men to can Trike with impunity those present asked Anderson the Sharp increases in school costs numerous questions about the Are being borne almost entirely by problem and there was much Dis property taxes. Some legislators have expressed. I interest in proposals which would town i do not know whether i am farm bureaus position on property dreaming or not but i am sure government mail monopoly. Too politically a competing number about 14 percent As compared to increases of 4 percent to 5 percent six years ago. Following passage of the tax revision Law Ini 1967, then other men in uniform a the police the army a might draw their own conclusions. When the czars army struck Lenin walked in. My conclusion is that the fewer men in uniform the less the danger of a revolutionary strike against the state. This rugged Cross Well built and neatly erected on the Lawn at first United methodist Church appeared sometime Over the weekend probably late saturday night. Rough Hen and crudely nailed it bore red paint resembling blood splotches at the penetration Points and a Crown of thorns circled the upright just above the Cross bar. The printing in red was interpreted As asking Quot when Are you going to take him Down Quot Cross appears on Church Lawn you can interpret the meaning no one knows just when. Easter worshippers at first United methodist either did t notice or it just was t there As they entered the Church. But some time on easter sunday a Cross was placed in the front churchyard with the words Quot when you Gonna take him Down Quot in Bright red letters. Some no doubt Are horrified. Others can t keep from feeling a Little of what the unknown donors must have had in mind. This Cross Points out very graphically something which Christian people Don t really care to admit. This could have been placed on the Lawn of just about any Church in town. The methodist just happens to be the largest. But even the most dedicated christians know that we re missing the Mark by a Long shot. We can t even feel snugly comfortable right Here in it. Pleasant if we allow ourselves to look squarely at All the facts. And when we look beyond our City and county lines and face squarely still More problems we know we Are barely making a Dent. But you have to begin somewhere. The Crown of thorns hanging Over the bar of the Cross in t a very pretty sight. It in t pretty on a Church Lawn and it was t pretty when it was placed on Christ s head some two thousand years ago. But there Are people who Are trying to take him Down. And even though we do still crucify him there Are Many who Are trying desperately to take the nails from his feet. Talk to the transient who got a Good night s sleep in a clean bed last week. Talk to the Shutin who needs transportation to the doctor s office and who now has Only to Call fish for that badly needed ride. Talk to the family whose Home and possessions were lost by fire last year. Talk to the kids the Phi delts took to Pueblo Colo last week and if you still Aren t convinced talk to Bobby Kitch. Perhaps our Community needed that unkind reminder. Maybe we will be jolted off our Well padded complacency to do the work that the risen Christ expects us to do. Long before this Cross appeared in our town Elizabeth Cheney expressed the longing of every Christian to be better than he is in her poem Quot the Man on the a contributed there is a Man on the Cross whenever there is silence around me by Day or by night a i am startled by a cry. I came Down from the Cross a the first time i heard it. I went out and searched a and found a Man in the throes of crucifixion and i said Quot i will take you and i tried to take the nails out of his feet. But he said Quot let them be for i cannot be taken Down until every Man every woman and every child come together to take me Down Quot. And i said Quot but i cannot hear you cry. What can i do Quot and he said Quot go about the world Tell everyone that you meet there is a Man on the Cross waiting for them to take him Elizabeth Cheney Cussion. Anderson said that county action tax Reform meetings should be require the state to provide As kept on a High level and the coun organizing local child i Alert program the it. Pleasant , in cooperation with the police and schools is in the process of inaugurating a child Alert program for it. Pleasant. The purpose of child Alert is to offer a place of Refuge and a person to help any child who has trouble on the streets or sidewalks of it. Pleasant. The child Alert Parent displaying the Orange and Black card in her window will give the proper i help for the child s problem by1 calling the parents school or police department As needed. She is not intended to be a Babysitter or to give care for More than a Short while. Assistance might be needed for the following problems i older children bullying younger children. <2> a child becoming ill or sustaining an injury. 3 a Small child becoming Losi or confused. 4 dogs either frightening or attacking children. 5 a child being approached by adult strangers. This is i sound project. In other i cities where it has been in effect i crimes have decreased greatly. This j is not Only an Aid to children by also a deterrent to crime. Child molesters do not go near areas where there is a Chance they will by a i caught. In addition the time lapse Between an incident and the time it is reported is very Small and police can be in the arca before the offender can get away. At least one Home in every Block is needed. The intention is to establish the child Alert program be i fore the end of the school year 5 fill any gaps in coverage this summer and be ready with a Complete network of Protection for children this fall. Those in charge need to find Ali women who Are interested enough i in children s health and safety to help w till this Block Parent plan. A woman does not have to be a Parent of a school age child to participate. If you Are Home when children come and go to school and Are willing to provide this service please co fact one of the chairmen for additional information. The following chairmen have. Been appointed to help organize the child Alert program for it. Pleasant Harlan school mrs. Leonard Kuchenmeister. Lincoln school mrs. Harold Rankin. Saunders school mrs. Jay Wehrle. Van Allen school mrs. Bill Bankston. P. T. A. Safety chairman mrs. Leon Shahan phone 385-4778. Shortly after the new shocks them. Uprisings in cambodian seven areas phom Penk up a anti to the United nations fora in. Of government uprisings fomented by server team to come Here and Veri the Viet Cong have broken out in by reports that Viet Cong Are Vio the seven cambodian provinces lating the cambodian Border. He bordering Vietnam reports from told newsmen a there have been the area said today. The govern fights Between our troops and Viet ment said the Viet Cong was Send Cong and that a Why we made the ing thousands of guerrillas into Cambodia to stir up More trouble. I he had appealed earlier to the one guerrilla group was report International control commissioned barely 37 Miles from phenom and the . For support. Penh and the defense ministry said a Force of 60,000 Viet Cong and vietnamese cambodians in revolt have pushed from five to seven Miles into the Interior of the country and away from the vietnamese Border. Although the major incursion has penetrated Only a few Miles european planters in phenom penh said dutch and French landowners along the is Kong River in Kampong Cham province were leaving rubber and tobacco plantations As far As 50 Miles from the Vietnam Frontier. Cambodian Premier Lon nol said today that Cambodia had appealed foreign diplomats in phenom penh were notified of the Viet Cong activities Lon nol said and it was decided to protest the a aggressions and violations. Of International Law at the . He said the communists were a conducting themselves As ousted Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Now in peking was flooding Cambodia with broadcasts urging the populace to Rise up against the Lon nol government. Government sources said these appeals were being heeded in the seven Border provinces where mobs rampaged through the Countryside burning and killing. Controllers step Usick out up terse verse by a. C. Gordon a cocktail party is a throng of people where All the drinks Are a mixing All the people. To farm bureaus should be the guiding influence. Some of the other statements made at the meeting follow valuations have levelled off in Urban areas and gone up in Rural areas. Property taxes Are not a Large much As 95 percent of school costs excluding transportation. Such a Bill could also be used Las a vehicle for a discussion of this approach to financing Public schools. Action on any proposal will result Only by a major Effort on the p of taxpayers to demonstrate a enough base to pay for operating Strong and sincere demand that retail committee to meet tuesday the retail committee of the it. Pleasant chamber of Commerce will meet at noon tuesday at the Harlan hotel. Something should be done immediately to prevent continuation of these Large annual increases in property taxes said although some personnel will remain on duty to handle internal administrative matters. A total of 25.227 military men had been called to duty in new York during the strike. The others were released earlier. As negotiations Between the government and the postal unions continued. Rep. Morris k Udall d-ariz., an authority on government pay said Congress could touch off strikes by other government work approximately 10,000 guardsmen ers if it gives Post office employees Are to be released from duty by a raise Tut ignores other govern Midnight tonight the Pentagon ment employees. Releasing last of guard in n. Y. City Washington up a the Pentagon today ordered demobilization of the last National guardsmen called to duty in new York during the postal strike. By la i air traffic controllers stepped up their a sick out somewhat today primarily at major centers in the East. Flight service was cancelled or delayed in some areas but Back to Normal in others. Summing up the situation a spokesman for the Federal aviation administration it Faay said a at the same Center where it has been bad it is still bad. And where it has been Good it is still about 25 per cent of the controllers at the 21 major traffic control centers around the ration have been out for the past six Days. The professional air traffic controllers organization it Patch. Representing bout 7 530 of the nations 14.000 controllers said delays at such major raffle centers As new York Chicago and los Angeles were running a about the same As yesterday a four and a half Patch called the Boycott to emphasize its demands for better working conditions improved equipment and exclusive bargaining lights on behalf of ail the controllers. As the Job Boycott went into h sixth Day the air transport association a Trade organization representing la major airlines Drew up a suit asking the Federal District court in new York City to enjoin the a stay away and order Patoo to pay damages Lur the flight disruptions. The Faa spokesman said the percentage of controllers off the Job was slightly higher today at new York Cleveland Chicago Denver and Kansas City. He said the number off the Job sunday legitimately or otherwise was 1.115. Too Patch Oil the other hand claimed that More than 4.000 were out. However the organization said it expected the airlines to maintain service a by combining and cancelling american airlines has reduced by half its scheduled flights connecting new York. Boston and Chicago. The airline Industry said the Boycott aggravated by Snow rain and poor visibility caused cancellation of up to 700 flights sunday. Large crowds on Chilly Day j j Large crowds attended services in the churches of the it. Pleasant area easter sunday. Easter outfits were colourful in the Sunshine but had to be sufficiently heavy to keep Cut the Chilly winds. Tile Sunshine took off most of the remaining Snow but the temperature remained below freezing most of the Day. The Eastern Bonnet had not reappeared. One observer noted Only three women wearing hats at one local Churm service. Four Days remain in feed Grain sign up Des Moines up a with Only four Days remaining in Iowa to sign up for the 1970 feed Grain program 107,053 Farmers have enrolled and intend to remove 3.2 million acres of com and Grain sorghum land from 1970 production. H. K. Russell of Bedford a member of the Iowa state agricultural stabilization and conservation committee said 126.000 Iowa Farmers enrolled and diverted nearly four million acres last year
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