Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 1, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, March 1, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Common! & Feature Pago Monday, March 1,1976 Preisser & Federal Funds "The question of whether or'not an Amtrak route might obtain some Federal support with Federal monies is not germane. The support is derived from tax dollars whether they reside in Washington or Des Moines." This statement,.one of four statements made by the Iowa Department of Transportation in a report saying additional Amtrak service in Iowa is undesirable, was aimed directly at a proposal to establish an Amtrak route on the Chicago North Western and Union Pacific tracks from Chicago to Los Angeles and Portland. If the proposed route was accepted by the Amtrak board of directors, it would fall under a provision of the 1970 Federal Rail Passenger Act, passed by Congress, that says one experimental Amtrak route will be established each year. The route would be federally funded — no state money whatsoever would be involved in establishing the route. Yet the Iowa DOT will not even endorse the proposal. Now it is revealed that the Recently enacted federal railroad assistance act may provide up to $95 million for track and equipment improvements in Iowa during the next five years. Iowa Transportation Director Victor Preisser said as much as $30 million in federal funds could be forwarded direct to the Iowa DOT for its own track repair projects. The rest would then go to the major railroads serving Iowa in the form of guaranteed loans for capital improvements. "This program begins July 1," Preisser was quoted as saying last week, "so we will have to bust our tails to be ready to spend every dollar that Iowa will qualify for." What about the Amtrak subsidies lowans are helping pay for? Why are these funds under the new assistance act germane and funds for a federally financed Amtrak route are not germane? The railroads generally oppose passenger service, preferring instead to concentrate on freight business. In view of the two statements quoted above, it makes you wonder whose interests Mr. Preisser has foremost in his mind, those of the railroads or those of the people of the state of Iowa. Pot Contradictions Marijuana researchers have done it again — come up with another conflicting report which only confuses the issue. The fifth annual report on marijuana prepared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of the most optimistic reports on health effects of the drug yet published. Dr. Robert L. Dupont, director of the National Institute, reports that research conducted during 1975 failed to confirm several beliefs about marijuana, including that smoking it could / lead to genetic damage, impotence or lower fertility rates. Dupont also acknowledged, however, that the long-range effects of marijuana use are not yet known and that heavy users of the drug do develop a physical dependence and a tolerance to its effects. Numerous other studies on marijuana have not been so kind to its effects on health. An article in the July, 1975 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Gabriel G. Nahas recited some of the studies and traced the history of marijuana usage to Asia and Africa. The author's conclusion was that until long-term .studies have been made, ".'. . preventive medicine would dictate that a moratorium be called on any further attempts to make marijuana socially acceptable and more readily available to the youth of America." Red Tape in Reverse Individual citizens sometimes protest bureaucratic'intrusions in ways which are unique, if frequently unsuccessful. But a federal judge has upheld a protester's gimmick, and an interesting one it is. When South Dakota businessman Ray Godfrey was called upon by an agent of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for an inspection of the premises, Godfrey handed the agent a form entitled "Official Public Servant's Questionnaire." •Among other information, the form requested the agent to list his narri'e, addre'ss, criminal background and name of the person requesting the inspection. The agent balked, Godfrey refused the inspection and the matter ended up in court. At that point federal judge Andrew Bogue ruled that a business has a right to protect itself against phony • inspectors and said a written record of identification was permissible as long as it was "reasonably related" to the identification. In.short, red tape can flow both ways. Farmer's View Grocery Prices By Dean E. Freed Mrs. Housewife, are you relieved to see many of the grocery items at your local supermarket decreasing in price while those that are increasing are doing so at a much slower pace than during the past two years? You have every right to enjoy this financial savings, but don't get overexcited about what you are seeing. Once again prices for most raw farm products have declined to a much greater degree than their individual items selling on the supermarket shelf. Look for a minute at the prices for nine random food and laundry items I have been watching at the same market for the past two years. In doing so you will get a good idea of what has happened to your long-range grocery budget without merely noticing one or two of the major items such as meat or dairy products. First of all, here is the brighter side of the supermarket budget. %of 3/75 2/ 76 Cha nge Cha nge shocking 44 per cent increase when compared to the so-called "lower" February 1976 prices. This is how it looks. %Of Maple Syrup Sugar (10 Ib.) Chocolate Syrup Laundry Detergent Fabric Softener Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Salad Oil Crackers Oatmeal 1/74 S1.05 1.29 ' .29 1.53 1.69 .59 .65 .51 .64 8.24 1/76 Change Change 1.69 2.14 .39 1.78 1.72 1.19 .89 .67 .93 11.40 + .64 + .85 + .10 + .25 + .03 + .60 + 24 + .16 + .29 3.16 + 61 + 66 + 34 + 16 + 2 + 102 + 37 + 31 + 45 44% Increase Maple Syrup 10 Ib. Sugar Chocolate Syrup Laundry Detergent Fabric Softener Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Salad Oil Crackers Oatmeal 1.89 4.49 .49 2.07 1.85 1.29 1.37 .89 .87 15.21 1.69 2.14 .39 1.78 1.72 1.19 .89 .67 .93 + 11.40 .20 2.35 .10 .29 .13 .10 .48 .22 .06 3.81 -11 •52 -20 •14 - 7 • 8 -35 •25 + 7 18% Decrease Due to lower raw farm prices and increased competition for this supermarket we see an 18 per cent deflation in these staple grocery items. However, in comparison to January 1974 prices of these items, there is a Granted, our entire grocery bill during the past two years probably hasn't increased 44 per cent, but then such essential, but less conspicuous items such as these tell us a great deal. For example, these nine items increased from January 1974 to March 1975 at a page of 85 per cent. In . contrast, from March 1975 to February 1976 they decreased 41 per cent. Ironically enough, this still left a 44 per cent rise in prices for the two-year period. Just when everyone on the periphery seems to be feeling a little more stable about hjs or her grocery budget, all one needs to do is conduct a price comparison and he will quickly see the real picture. I guess all that is left is to complain to our congressmen, or maybe instead everyone should consider 1976 also lost to artificial price spreads and patiently wait for 1977 and see whatjt brings. Inside Report Scoop's Busing Bust By Roland Evans and Robert Novak BOSTON — Sen. Henry M. Jackson has irrevocably lost this state's dangerously alienated hard-core anti-busing vote to Gov. George C. Wallace, a failure of profound significance in the March 2 Massachusetts primary and for what lies beyond. With the angry despair of low-income whites spawning a climate of continuous violence, Jackson moderation is no match for Wallace rhetoric. Attempting an anti-busing posUion while maintaining respectability within the liberal Democratic mainstream, Jackson has failed to distinguish himself from the pack of liberal presidential candidates in the eyes of embittered anti-busers. The result could be a disastrously low finish by Jackson in the nine-man field, while Wallace has an outside chance to finish first: Shattering though such an outcome would be in a state counted on by Jackson's high command, even worse is what it suggests about his overall viability. If Jackson cannot compete with Wallace for Northern blue-collar workers, does his candidacy have a broad enough base of support? Ih keeping with the bad luck and poor timing which have plagued Jackson's long quest for the presidential nomination, he put forth a moderate formula to combat busing just when moderates in the anti-busing movement were losing ground. The unspoken fear at city hall is that extremists are taking over ROAR, Boston's anti-busing organization, bringing into the streets a fight that has been lost in the courts. Thus, Jackson's anti-busing legislative package fell with a dull thud when unveiled two months ago. "The most I can say is that it was better than nothing," Louise Day Hicks, the anti-busing city council president, told us. But less moderate anti-busers than Mrs. Hicks considered it worse than nothing. The result is that Jackson has neither mass nor leadership support among Advice Her Man Was Street-Smart By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: This is for Joe's lady friend who is concerned about Joe's poor grammar: I think she is both immature and a snob. I am a retired school teacher whose late husband's education ended with the third grade. He, too, used poor grammar. , I never considered it a fault because he had attributes that far outweighed his lack of education. In fact, his knowledge of many subjects was far superior to mine. MABEL IN GAINESVILLE, FLA. DEAR MABEL: I'm not putting down men who achieved success with "book learnin'," but even more credit is due those "street-smart" winners who made it without. DEAR ABBY: That woman who complained because they are now letting women work side by side with men in the coal mines is absolutely right! It has been proved that one of the biggest reasons for the increase in the divorce rate is letting men and women work together. It all started when Legislative Report Audit Bureau by Rep. C. W. Hutchins While" the Legislature is wrestling with the issue of local budgets. I think it worthwhile to mention that this week the State Government Committee has approved a bill to create a legislative performance audit bureau to oversee the programs and expenditures of state boards, agencies, and commissions. The bureau would operate under the direction of a newly created legislative fiscal and audit committee, subject to approval by the Iowa Legislative Council. The Legislative Council is also authorized to appoint the audit bureau's director, and fix the director's and employe's salaries. The performance audit bureau is to carry out continuous review of state agency expenditures, cost comparisons, and workload information and to make recommendations to the General Assembly concerning the state's budget and revenue. The 18-member legislative fiscal and audit committee would be made of legislators: the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Seante taxing committee and budget committee, and five House and five Senate members appointed by .the presiding officers. The bureau could recommend improvements, consolidation, or the elimination of state agencies, programs, or administrative rules that are not cost effective. The bill gives subpoena powers to the audit bureau's director. Informal annual review of state departments' efficiency has been carried out as part of the legislative budgeting process in the recent past. A law to mandate legislative performance audits has been a priority of mine for some time. I hear constantly from constituents of bureaucracy in state government.'I believe this proposal is an excellent tool to curb or reduce this problem; Legislative Report Tax Alarm by Sen. William Winkelman Representative Wayne Bennett and I will be in Odebolt from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m'. on main street, and at Hanover School, southwestern Buena Vista County from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 6. We need to discuss some important concerns. Property Tax Alarm. The impending property tax crisis is one of great alarm. I cannot over-emphasize this. Even though the issue is the weightiest one before the Legislature and is emergency, the majority leadership is. floundering as a ship without a rudder. The effect of the large property valuation increases- on the 20 mill minimum in the school aid plan is the single-most severe problem. Rollback Amendment. This week the Senate rejected 18 to 29 an amendment on the local budget limitation bill to roll back taxable values 20 per cent on agricultural and residential property, which took the brunt of the valuation increases last fall. x As a co-sponsor I will admit the amendment had imperfections: however, they could be worked out, and it was about the only opportunity we had to do something meaningful. The bill si in a second conference committee now, and we are still trying. Sponsorships. I introduced a bill this week to limit the subjects which can be considered by a general assembly meeting in even-numbered y'ears to budgeting, tax matters, and other subjects approved by two-thirds of the members. As another attempt to prevent a permanent'politician-type legislature I'm providing for a maximum limit of 75 days. Another bill I filed requires the approval of the general assembly before any agreement between a state agency and the federal government or an agency of the federal government which adds employes to the agency's . table of organization may be concluded. Bicentennial. We are proud that Iowa is the number one state in the nation for the number of Bicentennial projects officially approved. It looks as if we may now be the top state in number of communities recognized also. The deadline for communities filing for official recognition is March 31. As chairman of the committee that initiated the Iowa American Bicentennial Commission, the only temporary state agency, I encourage your participation in this fine incentive to preserve the best and project from it for a better future. DAILY TIMES HERALD 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W.WILSON, Publisher W.L.REITZ, News Editor JAMES B.WILSON, Vice President, General Manager Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2,1897. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republlcation of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier delivery per week $ ,40 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year J20.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year 123.00 All Other Mail In the United States, per year $27 00 women went to work in war plants during World War II. Why would it be any different in the coal mines? As long as women can work where they can throw themselves at men, the ones who want to can start a lot of trouble. BEENTHERE DEAR BEEN: So what's the alternative? Are you suggesting segregating the sexes where both men and women are employed? That would set equal opportunity back 100 years! You can't stop a woman from throwing herself at a man at work — or anywhere else — if she's the type who'd do so. DEAR ABBY: I am a 42-year-old woman with a wonderful husband and family. However, I have had a problem that has been with me ever since I can remember. I don't believe the parents who raised me are my real parents. I know I am not adopted! I have a birth certificate from Queen of Angels Hospital in L.A., and everything is in order, but what drives me nutty is how can I be sure that I am the person on the birth certificate? I have never felt that I was the child of my parents. Since childhood, people have observed that I bear absolutely NO resemblance to either of my parents, or to any of my brothers or sisters'. '•' I was born when an earthquake hit L.A., and my mother didn't see me for three days during that time, so I think it's possible that some of the babies in the hospital nursery were mixed up. How can I make sure that I am really the child of my parents? I don't care if you print this. DIANE IN CATHEDRAL CITY DEAR DIANE: An infant's footprint is usually registered at the time of birth, so you could make a comparison. But think it over: What will you (or your parents) gain from discovering an error? You both have a stake in this, you know. Boston's anti-busing constituency. One perceptive South Boston politician believes voters there, confronting the loss of their school system and indeed their way of life, view George Wallace as their only protector. "They see Jackson as just like the others," he added. "They can't tell Scoop Jackson from Fred Harris." State Sen. William Bulger, deeply apprehensive of Wallace's rise in his South Boston constituency, consulted with Jackson on his anti-busing proposals, and continues to advise him — but da re not and will not endorse him despite Jackson's pleas. Similarly, Mrs. Hicks has been intensely criticized within ROAR for collaborating with Jackson in seeking $10 million in federal funds to ease the crushing cost of busing. Mrs. Hicks cannot openly support Jackson and has been hard put to keep the organization from supporting Wallace. Jackson's dilemma was typified two weeks ago when Wallaceites booed him off a platform in the Charlestown section of Boston, an anti-busing hotbed — an event shown repeatedly on telecasts across the state. Jackson came over as cool and self-controlled but also, incorrectly, as a supporter of busing. The end product: admiration from pro-busers who will never vote for him and rejection by anti-busers whose support he must have. No such identity problem is encountered by Wallace, though he is consciously softening his rhetoric to avoid provoking violence. Privately informed that South Boston is a powder keg. Wallace told a boisterous rally there last week at the Lithuanian Club: "You can win this battle ... at tKe~ ballot box and peacefully." Still, he triggered bedlam in the packed hall by shouting: "When they (national Democrats) said busing. I said no!" Wallace is drawing easily the biggest, most enthusiastic crowds of the Massachusetts primary, not only in the busing area of Boston proper but in such blue-collar suburbs as Somerville and Lynn. Nor does he dwell on busing. He hammers home Jackson's key issue of naval construction — for national defense and for Boston naval yard jobs — but with far greater intensity than defense expert Jackson. Democratic politicians are praying for inept organization and diminished strength beyond Boston to stop Wallace from winning. His leading contenders are Rep. Morris Udall (taking a pro-busing stand and wowing liberals on Beacon Hill and in the high-income' suburbs! and Jimmy Carter (typically fuz/ing up busing to satisfy an indistinct base that includes surprising business support I. If this means Jackson lacks a constituency here, it is calamitous fora presidential campaign now in its sixth year. But worse news for Democrats generally is the strong implication that George Wallace has a monopoly on primary voters who feel betrayed and persecuted by busing. At least in that limited sense, the Democratic party has advanced not one step since its debacle of 1972. Monetary Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Mexican coin 5 British money of account 8 Coin ol India 12 Above 13 Fisherman's gadget 14 Lions 15 Skinny 16 English river 17 German coin 18 Hebrew ascetic 20 Sacred songs 22 World 24 Cotton fabric 28 Next 33 Turn aside 34 European blackbird 35 Fortification 36 Lift 37 Goddess of peace 38 Raged 40 Ice pinnacle 42 Take into custody 46 Fringes 51 Approach 52 Amount (ab.) 54 Coin of Morocco 55 Tale 56 "Raven" author 57 Indolent 58 Fruit drinks 59 Auricle 60 Plant ovule DOWN 1 Caber 2 Nights before 3 Baltic, North, et al 4 Trieste wine measures 5 Trying experience 6 Caviar N. .1C Q N HHHS amis s 7 Expert 8 Mourning fabric 9 Boy's name 10 Pattern 11 Requests 19 Tidiness 21 Irish floral emblem 23 Musical note 24 Raw silk weight 25 At all times 26 Counsel (dial.) 27 Common swift 29 Dismay 30 Decorate 31 Otherwise 32 Organ part 38 Elder (ab.) 39 Sampler 41 Storehouse 42 Handle 43 Peruse 44 Storm 45 Epochs 47 Flower 48 Be borne 49 Story 50 Winter vehicle 53 Extinct bird 8 9 10 11 14 rr 29 30 31 32 47 48 54 5T 60~ 49 50 28

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