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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Tuesday, March 23,1976 Clean Up the Water Inside Report The closer the nation gets to the goals set by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the harder it becomes — and the more it is costing. Spending for pollution abatement and control by business, consumers and government in the United States ' totaled $23 billion in 1973, reports the Department of Commerce. This was an increase of 18 per cent over the $19.5 billion spent in 1972 and the bulk of it — $13.2 billion — was spent by industry, and most of it went to combat water pollution. Figures for 1974 and 1975, when they become available, will no doubt show a continuing upward trend. According to the government's Council on Environmental Quality, some industries will have to put 10 to 20 per cent of their total plant and equipment investments into pollution control to meet existing federal laws. But not only is industry feeling a cost pinch. Municipalities were promised federal grants~to cover 75 per cent of the capital cost of sewage treatment systems. These grants were to have totaled $18 billion over the last three years. Congress, however, has released only $9 billion to date. Present indications are that 40 per cent of the nation's municipalities and 10 per cent of industry may not be able to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's July, 1977, deadline for compliance with water quality standards. When Congress passed the amended Water Pollution Control Act, it set a series of progressively higher standards. If and when the 1977 standards are met, the nation will have achieved 90 per cent of all water quality goals envisioned in the original bill. Already, however, there is a growing chorus of calls, not only from industry, but from labor leaders and local politicians, for a relaxation of pollution control standards lest the nation's recovery from the recession be endangered. At least one business leader has suggested a more positive way of reducing the adverse economic impact of pollution control laws in the area of water quality. F. Perry Wilson, chairman of Union Carbide Corp., proposes the "creation of a "Water Quality Board" which would evaluate the progress each industry and municipality toward the goals of clean water and identify where those goals were not being met. "Where the goal has been achieved," he says, "the board would require additional control only as necessary to maintain the quality level. Where the goal has not been achieved, it would identify the additional technology that would have to be applied, determine its feasibility, and ascertain the desirability of the benefits expected." Such an approach, he says, would avoid the unnecessary cost of an automatic and sweeping standard by establishing realistic and economically justifiable goals. Another solution to the dilemma is through technology itself — through "second generation" water pollution control equipment — according to Ecodyne Corp. At a recent Pollution Control Roundtable, Ecodyne reported innovations which have sliced thousands of dollars off the initial capital cost of water treatment equipment as well' as energy costs and still more in annual operating costs, with better results in terms of water quality. The nation's course over the next few years would thus seem to be, not to abandon the goal of "swimmable and fishable" water, but rather to make haste slowly so that healthy water and healthy economy may both be realized. Sadat's Moscow Split Several messages were combined in Egypt President Sadat's call upon his country's assembly to revoke the 1971 20-year treaty of friendship and cooperation with-the.-Soviet Union/- • The most obvious message was the refusal of the Soviets to provide more arms or spare parts for those already received to the Sadat government. Another message was the deepening financial difficulties Egypt is experiencing, at least partly as a result of Soviet demands for repayment of its loans. Unlike many of its Arab neighbors, Egypt is not oil rich. Sadat in recent weeks has been making the rounds of Arab capitals, seeking funds to help his faltering economy. In his assembly speech, Sadat referred to the Soviet demands for repayment. "They even demanded that I pay the interest on the military debts," he said, "even though it is common for war debts to be canceled." |J ,, „.-;•. . ' ., But an even more persuasive reason for Sadat's near-total break with Moscow could be the Kremlin's large-scale shipment of arms and other assistance — including Soviet "technicians" — to Libya. Egypt's unpredictable neighbor has been driving hard for influence in the third world and is becoming increasingly bellicose toward Egypt. Sadat's break with Moscow is good news (of the West, but the intrigue in the Middle East is becoming more complicated. Legislative Repert Tax Report by Sen. William Winkelman Saturday, March 27 I will be in Ida County on Ida Grove's main street from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and in Carroll County at Mt. Carmel from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Just come as you are and we'll discuss anything you would like. The morning of the 27th I will be in Cherokee at the legislative forum sponsored by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. The conference committee voted out a complex report on S.F. 1062, containing seven divisions. Div. I includes budget limitations for political subdivisions for fiscal years '76-77 and '77-'78 from 7-9 per cent. If the budget exceeds the guidelines, voters may petition to go to the State Board of Appeal. Div. II explains the valuation of agricultural land and homesteads. 1975 remain unchanged; 1976 valuations will be based upon 100 per cent productivity on ag land and include a $3,250 exemption on all homesteads. Div. Ill deals with credits for residential property. The homestead credit for fiscal year 76-77 will be an amount equal to the levy on the first $4500 on actual value for homesteads. The $62.50 homestead credit is eliminated for this year. For fiscal 77-78 the $62.50 credit is reinstated, and a $3,250 exemption on the actual value of homesteads is implemented. Div. IV deals with the ag land tax credit fuijd. For 76-77 the fund shall be increased frorri $18 million to $42 million. There will be no increase for 77-78. Div, V — the state school foundation is considered. The state foundation base for fiscal year 1976-77 will be 74 per cent'of the state cost per'pupil, as provided for in the Code. For fiscal year 77-78, however, the base in increased to 77 per cent. Div. VI provides for Va of all special property assessments to be reimbursed by the state for elderly low income and disabled. The elderly income level is also raised from $8,000 to $9;000 for eligiblity for the property tax reimbursement program, and additional five per cent increases are added at each income level. Div. VII — a task force on local government spending is set up to report back tO'the Legislature by Jan. 1,1977. An appropriation of $100,000 is provided the task force. We can do better than this so I am trying for a new conference report, The plan has serious problems; among them is the writing of social reform into the property tax structure. It is overly complicated and deceiving to the people. ,; I am striving to get to the major crux of the matter and make adjustments in basic millage rates in the school aid formula. The conference proceedings overshadowed other important action in the Senate this week, one of which was the long truck debate. S.J.R. 1002, disapproving-rules of the state department of transportation providing for long trucks on the highways was defeated 24-22. It is not right for the DOT to be given this much power. The taxpayers of Iowa intended for this major issue to be handled all the way in the legislature, open and above board. Jackson: Thorn in the Rose By Roland Evans and Robert Novak NEW YORK - Although Sen. Henry M. Jackson's flower-strewn course through admiring Jewish ghettos of New York City and its Long Island-Westchester suburbs last week forecasts a major Jackson win in the April 6 Democratic presidential primary, warning thorns were among the flowers. For Jackson, self-professed heir to Franklin Roosevelt's famed grand .Democratic coalition, the Empire State is crucial. Failure here would doom his nomination. Consequently, it is understandable that he plays to his strongest suit: his commitment to human rights and what he has long seen as its corollary — unquestioning support for the state of Israel, for Israel's rising demands on the U.S. and for Jews tragically trapped in Soviet Russia. "It is almost a shidach," an admiring rabbi told Jackson from the head table lectern as 450 diners ($50 a plate) at Brooklyn's Aperion Manor roared their welcome for the Senator Thursday evening. Shidach is Yiddish for a merger into one, and that is what the evening was: a merger of.political potency and sentimental intimacy between Jackson and the Jewish Democrats who will dominate the primary vote two weeks from Tuesday. In similar fashion Jackson swept through other major Jewish areas: the Greenberg Community Center in Westchester County's Dobbs Ferry; Singers Hotel in Spring Valley; and late at night, the jam-packed Temple Beth-el out at Rockaway Beach on'Long Island. Advice Gay Says Be True to Self By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Your answer to TORN was perfect. If those parents really love their tall, handsome, athletic son, the best way to show it is to allow him to be himself, even if his choice of a life's companion is another mart, and not the Legislative Report Political Football by .Rep. C. W. Hutchins The property tax conference committee this week passed out a report which will have been published across the state by the time you read this column. I had hoped that this issue would not become a political football; however, it appears as though this can not be avoided. Of the ten members of the committee each and everyone had to compromise. Most had ideas in certain areas that conflicted with the ideas of others. As the vote came to pass the report out of committee, all five House members voted "aye." The three Senate Democrats voted "aye" and the two Republican Senators voted "no." Now that the report is out, the governor has ^attacked the contents of the plan indicating that the report had several disappointing features. The three features mentioned were lack of effective controls on local government' spending, a price tag of about $6,'00tf,00io••' more than he had'recommended in January, and furthermore, a disappointing proposal for a task force to study property taxes. To elaborate on these particular points, I would suggest that in fact the controls on local government spending are not as stringent as the governor had recommended; however those adopted are in line with my concept. As to the price tag being more costly than the governor's original proposal, I would only say that the additional $6,000,000 expenditure did raise the total cost to a figure that was nearly identical to the shift that took place as a result of the equalization order of last fall. The conference committee approved a task force make up that would include, four legislators and twelve members appointed by the governor with two of those members coming from each congressional district in the state and a requirement that they not be of the same political party. The four legislators on the task force would be the chairpersons and ranking minority members of the Ways and Means committees of each house. We also caused the task' force to make Me study and report back 'tb ! the Legislature no later than January 10, 1977. The governor wanted the study to be conducted over a two year period. I see no reason for this task force to study the issue for two years. In conclusion, I believe that the objections are rather frivolous. Legislative Repert Visit to Anamosa by Rep. Carroll Perkins woman of their dreams. I speak out of agonizing years of personal experience. I made my personal decisions on the basis of what would please my parents, my friends and society in general. I have tried to live a straight life in a straight world and have been relatively successful. But each day is an inner struggle. I have conformed to a way of life that is "proper," but it's unnatural for me. My life has been one long succession of unfulfilled yearnings. I would advise any young person who is struggling with homosexual feelings to be true to himself. Thank God for the openness society is developing. Had I known 25 years ago that there could possibly be an alternative, I would have taken a different course. Now, in my 40s, I still wear a mask and am more miserable than ever. Surely those parents wouldn't want that kind of misery for their son. Abby, please continue to tell parents that the opinions of their friends and relatives are not as important as their children's right to be themselves. UNHAPPY CONFORMIST DEAR UNHAPPY: I could not have said it better than you did. DEAR ABBY: My 23-year-old daughter is planning to be married. Five years ago she had a baby out of wedlock, and she kept the child and raised her. ..,. . My'daughter now wants a traditional wedding with a white dress and veil. She also wants her daughter to be the flower girl! What is your opinion of such a wedding under the circumstances? CONVENTIONAL MOM DEAR MOM: I hope I won't shock you, but I say, let your daughter have the kind of wedding she wants. This is her first wedding, and il probably has been her heart's desire for many years. One swallow doesn't make summer, and one mistake shouldn't cast a shadow over a person for a lifetime. t My newsletter last week stated we would be debating the Criminal Code for two or three weeks. After two weeks we still have over 100 amendments to consider, with probably more to be filed. Many good amendments have been adopted, along with a number which I consider not in the best interests of the state. Several of these will be reconsidered later and hopefully removed or changed. Debate should continue for at least another week in this area. I certainly hope the finished product will be workable and will be one which reflects the wishes of the majority of the people of Iowa. On Saturday, March 13, I spent the day inside the walls of the men's reformatory at Anamosa. As your "Quote/Unquote" "Some critics suddenly pretend that the Soviets are 10 feet tall and that America, despite all evidence to the contrary, is becoming a second-rate nation. They know these erroneous and reckless allegations to be dangerous because they may, if continued, persuade our. allies and adversaries of our weakness, tempting the one to accommodation and the other to adventurism." —Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, attacking political candidates for what he sees as misrepresenting U.S. foreign policy during their campaigns. "They wanted to exert pressure and to bring me to my knees but I don't go down on my knees except before God Almighty." —Egyptian President Anwar Sadat explaining why he is nullifying his nation's treaty of friendship with the Soviet Union. Perhaps carried away by the extraordinary force of his welcome in one encounter after another. Jackson tossed restraint to the winds and before his standing-room-only audience at the Greenberg Community Center referred to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) this way: "First it was genocide against the Jews and now (in Lebanon) it is genocide against the Catholics ... It is terroristic war against the Jew and the Christian alike." Politically-minded Jewish and other Democratic leaders privately differed whether this definition by Jackson of the Lebanese civil war was acceptable political hyperbole. But they were unanimous that continuation of such inflammatory rhetoric could endanger Jackson's post-New York campaign. "This is going to hurt Scoop in the West and the Midwest." a top non-Jewish party leader who is publicly committed to Jackson told us. A liberal Jewish politician who may wind up supporting Jackson for President was more pointed. "That's bad both for Scoop and for Israel." he said, because it could help crystallize a political sentiment in this country to challenge pro-Israel sentiment. Moreover, such rhetorical overkill by the politician who is far and away the most admired by American Jews of any politician today seems unnecessary and runs counter to a slight change in emphasis in Jackson's foreign policy talks. Cautioned that liberal Manhattan Jewish Democrats are not entirely happy with his attacks on detente (in contrast to far-left liberal Jewish voters in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx), Jackson is heavily emphasizing his devotion to a detente that is "properly managed" and to an immediate, mutual reduction of nuclear and conventional arms. Although his hold on the vital Jewish vote is secure here, Jackson is using his close ties to New York labor unions — including the building and construction trades unions — to build an election-day labor organization. He hopes to duplicate the phenomenal labor showing in Massachusetts March 2, when he beat the field — including both of his opponents here: former Gov. Jimmy Carter and Rep. Morris Udall. But New York state labor unions never have performed noticeably well in Democratic primary elections. That 'may 'be why Jackson is playing his Jewish trump.car,d so very hard. It should assure him a major victory here where the Jewish share of a normal Democratic primary vote tops 40 per cent because Jews take the trouble to go to the polls and vote. But his trump care here could turn into a joker in the later primaries, starting with Pennsylvania on April 27, if he does not use it with less flourish soon. It could tag Jackson (who is already under grossly inaccurate attack by anti-Jackson Democrats as a "conservative") as a one-issue candidate on an issue — the Middle East — of rapidly changing perceptions. representative, I felt I should gain some first hand knowledge in the problems which we have heard so much about — overcrowding, drugs, homosexuality, -poor rehabilitation programs, etc. The warden accompanied me throughout and therefore I was able to visit the entire facility — moving among the convicts as I chose and occasionally visiting with some who sought me out. As I entered the prison a young black prisoner was being transferred from Black Hawk County in chains and handcuffs. I wondered about his life and crimes that had led him to prison, but wondered even more about what thoughts must be going through his mind as he saw the bars open in front of him knowing it would be years before he would walk out. Then, as I moved through the facility I wondered if the State of Iowa would really be able to do anything for him and the others locked up with him. The problems are acute and will need action before we adjourn. 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. JAMESW. 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 2,1697. 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