Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 2, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Tuesday, March 2,1976 Park Closing We were disappointed in the Carroll city council for failing to pass an ordinance that would require the city's parks to be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. The ordinance had been recommended by city recreation director Jim Egli and city manager Arthur Gute, and mayor Ronald Schechtman gave his endorsement to the proposal at last Wednesday's council meeting. The reason for the recommended ordinance was to make an attempt to curb the rising vandalism that is occuring in our parks. City officials say they feel the greatest incidence of vandalism occurs during the late night or early morning hours. It would have aided our police officers in their attempts to curb this ever increasing problem. At present about all they can do is stop people they see in the parks and ask them what they are doing. They cannot force them to leave, even if they sus'pect the subjects are up to no good. The ordinance even made a provision that people planning a party or meeting in one of the shelter houses, for instance, could stay after the midnight closing hour if they first obtained permission from the city council. But the ordinance failed to pass when three councilmen, Robert Kraus, Darwin Bunger and Jerald (Wes) Knauss voted against it. One councilman said he didn't think the council should punish the majority of responsible citizens just because of the acts of a few. But what about the vast majority of people, the majority made up of every property taxpayer in the city, who ultimately have to pay the dollars to repair and replace damaged or destroyed city property in the parks. As councilman Dr. Norman Schulz said, "We are not only here to serve the wants of the people, but we must also protect the city's property." ' The midnight hour seems very reasonable. Nine or ten, no — but midnight, yes. There aren't too many responsible citizens who want to go to the park to sit on a bench or ride the merry-go-round at two o'clock in the morning. We doubt if the closing ordinance would have affected more than a handful of private parties and meetings in the shelter houses. That isn't exactly a majority of the citizens, and, if the sponsors of such parties felt their gatherings would go beyond the midnight curfew, they could seek a special exemption from, the council for the evening of therr party. Too often when problems such as this arise, the people say, "Well, can't the police do something about it?" The answer is no if the police are not given the necessary tools to fight such problems. We are not naive enough to think such an ordinance would eliminate all vandalism. But we feel it could have a major Impact in curtailing the problem. We think the council should have at least given the idea a try. Kremlin Era Ending Much of what transpires at the 25th Congress of the communist part of the Soviet Union will not be known to the West until some time after the conclave closes. Even then, much of it will be deduced by observation rather than revelation. As the meeting got underway, one point already seemed apparent. In all likelihood, it will be the last congress in which Leonid Brezhnev participates as the ruling general secretary. Age (69) and failing health both all but dictate a new party leader .will be at. the.helm when the next congress is convened in 1981. Brezhnev has held his post longer than any man except Joseph Stalin. From the viewpoint of the ruling 15-member Politburo, he has achieved an expansion of Soviet influence in world affairs through a constant buildup of armed forces. In domestic affairs, Brezhnev has been no more successful than his predecessor Nikita Khrushchev. Soviet crops still turn in frequent shortages and the Soviet citizenry still waits for the long-promised inprovement in quantity and quality of consumer goods. But unlike Khrushchev's capitulation over the Cuban missile crisis, Brezhnev has not suffered any major embarrassments in foreign policy adventures. That is not good news for either the free nations'or those under Soviet domination, but obviously-Jt is what counts in the Kremlin's power centers. Even as the 25th congress provides Brezhnev his valedictory, the question on the minds of many of those attending must be turning to who and what comes next. When Waste Isn't When the subject is spending public money, those experienced in the art manage to find an excuse for any venture, no matter how far out. As an example, take the ninth floor offices of the Manpower Administration in the federal building in San Francisco. The offices have been "landscaped" with $10,000 worth of huge potted plants, including eight potted palms. To complete the environmental effects, a $10,000 music system alternates between background music and a "whirring, soft air-like roar," which is supposed to resemble surf. These are only part of a $90.000 "office landscaping" project recommended by the General Services Administration — for the purpose of cutting costs. Honest, that is the explanation offered by the GSA. The idea is to save costs of room dividers and partitions. At least that is the explanation for the plants. As for the surf sounds, even a regional Manpower official said he didn't know what that would accomplish. That's easy. It is to make the palms feel at home in a very strange environment. ' Viewpoint Chinese Wrench By Ray Cromley Inside Report WASHINGTON - (NBA) Excepting on-ly his prediction for beautiful young women, China's Mao Tse-tung does not take any action, however, trivial, through whim or nostalgia. Thus his invitation to former President Richard M. Nixon is not to be interpreted as merely a courtesy extended to an old .friend who opened the long-closed door separating the U.S. and China. The invitation is, most certainly, a signal, a signal which follows a pattern. In the fairly recent past, Mao has invited West Germany's out of office political leader, ditto Great Britain, at a time when he favored the policies of the "outs" over those of the "ins." It may be so now in the case of the Nixon invitation. For what it's worth, men who spend their time analyzing these matters figure that Mao is most assuredly signaling he would like President Ford to get back on the track Mao believed Nixon was following. This entails a full recognition of Mao's China, coupled with diplomatic cutoff from Chiang's China on Taiwan and the end of the U.S.-Taiwan defense pact. This, however, would leave the U.S. free to make unofficial economic deals with Taiwan similar to the' Japanese model. The Shanghai communique issued when Mr. Nixon visited China, coupled with private assurances given then, led Mao and his associates to believe this shift was decided arid would take place sometime in 1976. It is 1976 and Mao, so this theory goes, is reminding Mr. Ford and Henry Kissinger that it's time the implied promise was kept. The experts assume there was such a promise, but they are not certain. Dr. Kissinger keeps such secret deals close to his vest and there is a good possiblity that even Mr. Ford does not know. The Chinese also hope for stronger U.S. opposition to Soviet meddling in Third World countries and,a firmer U.S. military posture. It is true that Mr. Nixon, as President, opened the door to detente with Russia, arranged the first Strategic Arms Limitation Agreement (SALT II) with them and did, to Mao's discomfort, withdraw from most of Southeast Asia, leaving the door open, for Russian encirclement of China. * But according to information reaching here in bits and pieces, Map seems to believe Mr. Nixon, seeing Russia's actions this past year, would have taken a much firmer stance as President than has Mr. Ford. Reagan's Last Stand By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — Highly favorable New Hampshire poll results a week before the primary led Ronald Reagan into miscalculations that magnify the impact of President Ford's eyelash win Tuesday and dictate tactical campaign changes that may appear a policy of desperation. The eleventh-hour poll results, showing an eight-percentage-point Reagan lead, promptly leaked throughout Republican political circles. More important, that seemingly comfortable cushion persuaded the Reagan high command not to retaliate in kind against the President's surprisingly cutting anti-Reagan remarks on his nationally televised news conference Feb. 17. The impact of those decisions could be fateful. By exciting such high expectations, the Reaganites Have puffed up the President's two-percen- tage-point squeaker. Consequently, by Wednesday morning Reagan supporters — both on and off his campaign staff — were pleading for Reagan to assault the Ford presidential record between now and the March 9 Florida primary. But criticism that might have been effective against Mr. Ford in New Hampshire last week may seem a desperate last stand in Florida today. Desperate or not, such a tactical change was being urged by Reagan advisers in the small hours Wednesday at the New Hampshire Highway Hotel in Concord, N.H., when the Ford win finally crystallized (while Reagan slept). Contrary to public statements of bland satisfaction, Reagan insiders privately viewed the outcome as a chilling defeat which makes Florida two weeks hence an absolute make-or-break situation for Reagan: he has to win. That view is fully shared by Reagan's conservative backers, never happy about either his rigid adherence to the llth Commandment ("Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican") of campaign manager John Sear's decision to turn the other cheek to the Ford attacks on Reagan on grounds they were a sign of weakness. "I can't see Reagan having a chance now unless he takes off the gloves," a pro-Reagan Congressman told us. Just why Mr. Ford was able to close that eight-percentage-point gap in one week may be explained partly in terms of his last campaign trip there, but much more by the awesome power of incumbency. While committed voters favored Reagan, the undecided — voting in heavy numbers on an unusually pleasant Feb. 24 —picked the Advice ^Inside' Counts for Women By Abigail Van Burcn DEAR READERS: Yesterday, my column included the first half of the results of my reader survey on what women first notice about men. ("Physique" won first place, capturing 58 per cent of the vote, with "grooming" — including attire — a close second and eyes third. Here are the rest of the results: After eyes came the "smile," including the teeth. Women in every state and Canada expressed more interest in the "smile" than the responding men did. Next the voice. Those who said they first notice a man's voice remarked that they find a deep, resonant voice most appealing. About one percent said they first notice "tell-tale jewelry," such as a wedding ring, a friendship ring, a necklace, bracelet, as a "sign" that he is "taken." (An Arkansas woman wrote, "A man who would allow a possessive woman to hang such obvious 'keep-off signs on him is weak and immature. She can have him!" A Tucson woman expressed it typically: "First, I notice how he's built, then the expression in his eyes, then whether he's well-groomed or not, but the most significant part of a man is • Around the Rotunda No-Fault Move by Harrison Weber DES MOINES — (IDPA) -The debate in the Iowa House on a no-fault automobi'le insurance proposal could add a new dimension to legislative procedures. Tired of haggling day after day on major bills, Rep. Arthur Small, D-Iowa City, wants the House to try a new approach. As chairman of the commerce committee, which is handling the no-fault auto insurance proposal, Small plans to ask for an "orchestrated debate." Under his plan, which is a modification of that used in Congress, Small wants the House to set aside a predetermined number of hours for floor debate on the issue of no-fault insurance. This time would then be allocated to floor managers representing opposing views. Small believes the whole bill can be debated in four hours. To carry out this approach, Small plans to file a resolution setting forth the conditions of the debate which is expected to be held within 'the next two weeks. Under the bill approved by the commerce committee, a person would be prohibited from registering a motor vehicle without evidencing ability to pay no-fault benefits. In the aggregate, coverage may not be less than $20,000. -0- Around the Polk County Court House they are talking about a lawyer who was assigned by a judge to defend a person charged with a misdemeanor. The lawyer turned in a bill for $1,000 even though the maximum fine under the offense is only $100. -0- Clarence Kading, 65, has retired as statistician for the Iowa supreme court. He was appointed to the position in 1955 after serving as an assistant attorney general for eight years. Kading served under three Attorney Generals — Robert Larson, Leo Hoegh and Dayton Countryman. Kading's duties as statistician are being divided among several staff members. DAILY TIMES HERALD 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W.WILSON, Publisher W. L. REITZ, News Editor JAMES B.WILSON, Vice President, General Manager Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the actof March 2,1897. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier delivery per week .$ .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year 120.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones I and 2 per year $23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year $27.00 Berry's World © 1975 by NEA. Inc. 100 per cent natural additives and pure preservatives." his reaction to ME! If he shows an interest in me, I want to know him better. "His line of conversation soon tells me all I need to know. Does he talk about himself, or does he ask me questions about myself? Egotistical men talk about themselves. Generous men ask questions. If he talks about others, is he kind? Does he gossip? "Does he ever say, 'I don't know'? (I like a man who is quick to admit that he doesn't have all the answers.) Is he profane? Is he intelligent? Is he bigoted? Is he informed? After 10 minutes, I know whether I like him or not." Most women who wrote that what they first notice about a man is his packaging assured me that it is what's on the inside that counts. Letter after letter emphasized that what usually attracts a woman to a man is not necessarily what holds her interest. Women placed much more importance on "behavior" than the men did in their survey. A Washington Star reader put it eloquently: "The first thing I notice about a man is his attitude toward others. A man who respects himself will show respect for others. A gentle man will listen. An unselfish man will not interrupt. A considerate man will defer. A spiritual man will not use the name of the Lord in vain. A clean-minded man will not offend others by vulgar language. "When I look at a man. I don't look at his 'build.' his clothing, his shoes or even his face to see if he is handsome physically: I look at his 'soul' by listening to him. And if he is spiritual, considerate, unselfish, clean and respectable, he is a beautiful man. Worth knowing better. And perhaps, worth loving." incumbent by a probably 3-to-l margin when they entered the voting booth. Beyond incumbency, the President's late-hour attacks on Reagan — exaggerating and essentially misrepresenting his position on Social Security and his $90 billion transfer scheme — may well have weighed heavily with the undecided. Thus, there is remorse within the Reagan camp over the lack of retaliation by Reagan himself. Also contributing to the narrow victory was last-minute energizing of New Hampshire's moderate Republicans (perhaps 20 per cent of the party). In retrospect. Secretary of Commerce Elliot Richardson's swing through the state Feb. 9-10 followed a week later by Rep. Paul M. (Pete) McCloskey Jr. of California stirred the first pro-Ford sentiment among the moderates. McCloskey, repaying Vice President Gerald R. Ford's courageous support for him in the 1974 Republican congressional primary, was particularly effective, not only in campaigning but in recruiting liberal Republican Congressmen for the President. One of these. Rep. William Cohen of Maine, visited the University of New Hampshire and stimulated formulation of Ford-for-President student clubs less than two weeks before election day. Lack of a similar moderate base in Florida makes a repeat performance of the Richardson-McCloskey success doubtful. Nevertheless, their effective use in New Hampshire militates against any sharp rightward swing by the President. Key Ford conservatives in Congress, the cabinet and the White House itself have been most unhappy with the President's calculated ideological positioning of himself left of Reagan and have been privately critical of the anti-Reagan campaign carried on at the .President Ford Committee by political pro Stu Spencer. Had Reagan won in New Hampshire, demands for a sharp change in tactics would have been irresistible. But now it is Reagan who is forced to change course. His supporters feel he must not only make a far more trenchant self-defense but open a broad attack on the President's foreign, military and domestic policies. That such a switch is coming is taken for granted inside the White House, which worries even about a Reagan attack on the background of the Nixon pardon. But Reagan is being forced into this new and unaccustomed offensive in a state with no friendly Republican governor, with an often hostile daily press and where the intensity of Ford workers is now at last comparable to Reagan's. Thus, that narrow loss in New Hampshire — a far stronger showing than the famed "moral victories" there in the bygone eras of Gene McCarthy and George McGovern — has transformed Ronald Reagan into a longer long shot than at any time since he announced his uphill candidacy. Olio Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Canadian city 7 Befitted 13 Speaker 14 Eaten away 15 Deflect 16 Ripped anew 17 Compass point 18 Shade tree 20 Narrow inlet 21 Gaze amorously 23 Louisiana (ab.) 24 Emmets 25 Hops' kilns 27 Fondle 30 Zoo primate 32 Courtesy title 33 Cushion 34 Roof finial 35 Solid (comb, form) 38 Girl's name 41 Long fishes 42 National Guard (ab.) 44 Son of Leah (Bib.) 46 Hawaiian pepper 47 Over (poet.) 48 Oriental coin 49 Linger 52 Queen Victoria's consort 55 Man's name 56 Delight 57 Property items 58 Church festival DOWN 1 Western cattle show 2 Candied sea- holly root 3'judlcial mallets 4 Resident of (suffix) 5 Neither's partner 6 Soviet guild 7 Road shoulder 8 Before 9 Folding bed 10 Embellishes 11 Earns 12 Belonging to Miss Ferber 19 Varnish ingredient 22 Storehouses 24 Antenna 26 Shadowbox 28 Peer Gynt's mother 29 Tears 31 Dutch city 35 Flavors 36 Retinues 37 United 39 Seat anew 40 Unwilling 41 Roman helmet 43 Wine source 45 Bury 47 Table scraps 50 Pipe joint 51 East (Fr.) 53 Lady Literate in Arts (ab.) 54 Babylonian deity 7 8 9 10 11 12

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