Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 1, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Thursday, April 1, 1976 Nearly 2,000 mayors and city officials from around the country descended on Washington recently to stump for renewal and expansion of federal revenue sharing, and few were the voices heard on Capitol Hill to oppose them. At a joint gathering of the National League of Cities and United States Conference of Mayors, mayor after mayor warned of the consequences if revenue sharing — formally known as the State and Local Assistance Act of 1972 — were not renewed. The legislation is due to expire at the end of the year. While some of the speeches were both foolish and unrealistic, many undoubtedly reflected a genuine concern for the problems of our cities, particularly larger cities. Even President Ford, not otherwise renowned as an advocate of big government spending, joined the mayoral chorus and lashed out at Congress' hesitation to extend revenue sharing for another five years and nine months, as he proposes. By Dec..31, 1976, revenue sharing will have paid out $30.2 billion to the 50 states and some 39,000 communities. Under the President's plan, they would receive $39.85 billion more over the next five and three-quarter years. However, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Operations, has cut the president's recommendation to three years and nine months, with no increase in funding, and by way of retaining some kind of congressional control over the program, has amended the renewal legislation to provide for year-by-year appropriations. What has revenue sharing wrought, besides helping the nation's financially strapped cities meet payrolls and find chuckholes? In Carroll, the money has been spent largely for capital expenditures. A study by the Tax Foundation in 1974 found that the bulk of the funds were being spent on routine housekeeping expenses and very little on social betterment programs, such as health care. The League of Women Voters apparently speaks for a number of organizations when it claims that Revenue Sharing D revenue sharing "is plagued with deficiencies and should be overhauled or allowed to lapse.'' The League has also criticized the fact that the funds have not been used for more "social" programs. But isn't revenue sharing supposed to go to the states and cities with no strings attached, to be used as the recipients see fit? Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Tex., chairman of the Government Operations Committee and one of the few legislators calling for an outright end to the program, laments that revenue sharing has drained $30 billion from the federal treasury, "and no one is directly accountable to the taxpayers for how it is being spent." Thus, if the program is ended, according to Brooks' reasoning, there would apparently be no proportionate reduction in federal spending (the $30 million would be lapped up by other programs) and state and local taxes would have to be increased, Contrary testimony on the issue comes from a rather unlikely source — the business sector. Revenue sharing has not only done the job for which it was intended, but it has done it without building a new bureaucracy in Washington, says Dayton, Ohio businessman Thomas B. Andrews, head of a task force of the United States Chamber of Commerce, which recommends extension of the program. Unlike most new federal spending programs, Andrews points out, revenue sharing did not require a new staff to administer the funds. "Overhead," a businessman's term for operating costs, is "almost infinitesimal." In addition, he says, the program has 1 been scandal-free even while distributing so many billions to so many communities. In summary, if we must have federal subsidization of the cities — and no one has suggested a more politically acceptable solution to their problems in this election year — revenue sharing would seem to be the best way to go about it. The question is thus not. whether revenue sharing will be continued, but for how long and for how much more. Inside Report Yiewpeint The Next President ByTomTiede WASHINGTON - (NBA) - There is loose information circulating the country that Ronald Reagan, Henry Jacknon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Wallace are the leading contenders this presidential season. Hah! After months of consultation with the top political strategists of both parties, I've learned exactly the opposite is true. These men have no chance at all, and I shall tell you why. It is disarmingly simple, for the most part. You'll recall that Carter won the New 'Hampshire primary. Well, no — fix your mind on the idea that he lost, for that is the core of the ultimate design. In Ne\y Hampsire Garter was used by his supporters merely for the purpose of embarrassing Birch Bayh, who represented Washington. Morris Udall also represented Arizona, with which Carter's New Hampshire supporters sympathized, even though its Indian jewelry tends to be radical left. You see? It is of course true that Carter did have the solid backing in New Hampshire of the coalition of center-right Democrats who oppose Lincolnesque candidates with one eye,' which Udall is, but this group is discounted in most camps as being little more than the soft underbelly of the faction that really favored a Lloyd ^entzen-Miltbn Shapp ticket which would give the Russians some'real pause. Incidentally, one must not forget that it was Bentzen, in effect standing in for John Connally, who conducted the early poll in New Hampshire which indicated that 96 per cent of the voters^knew whom they liked but wouldn't tell. That, of course, effectively eliminated Nelson Rockefeller from further consideration and thereby set the scenario for the Carter win that destroyed his candidacy. (By the by, Carter was also hurt by his smile; what's so damn funny?) But the servere winnowing out process began in Vermont, where Gene McCarthy lost any chance he may have had. True, he was not on the ballot, and that explains the whole thing. His end was naturally followed by that of Sargent Shriver in Massachusetts who in his unflagging support of moral government simply let the sinner's vote slip away. There was for a time talk of teaming Shriver and McCarthy on a breakaway ticket, with the idea that since the country is in such bad shape even they couldn't hurt it. But then it was remembered that George Corley Wallace was still an announced candidate. Ah, Wallace, he's the sly one this campaign. Actually, he favors the busing of every black child in Alabama . to Boston schools, yet there wasn't a peep of it in the Massachusetts' primary. One supposes therefore these elections are called preferential primaries because candidates will say whatever the voters prefer. Wallace might have pulled it off, too, except for diligent work by NBC Television; its election analysts located a sample precinct in Worcester where every voter's head came to a point, and on the basis of returns there projected Wallace the loser and, by extension, the Republic the winner. This brings me to Henry Jackson. And that is enough said about him. When Hubert Humphrey announces, he will inherit the Jackson supporters, for they are infatuated with dullards, and in fact are led by one, George Meany. It is true that Humprhey will be a sentimental favorite. There are still some people in the country who remember that unforgettable speech he ,made last Monday. Yet he will be rejected by millions who feel he is like a parachute on a plane that never goes up. And the Republicans' Reagan did show strength in Vermont with 18 per cent of the vote, thus eliminating Gerald Ford who got a transparent majority. Yet he can not last after Florida, where the sun melted his makeup, and besides his wife Nancy's pictures were not good either. Between him and Ford, this year's GOP convention will meet only by habit. So there you have it, briefly. On request I can go into greater detail. But the hub of the matter is that the next president will emerge adjacent from the debris of those mentioned. And though I know not what others may think about it, I feel Richard Nixon deserves another chance. The Sonnenfeldt Ruckus By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - Facing his toughest Republican critics across the breakfast table last week, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger tried — but failed — to deflect their wrath by attributing the Sonnenfeldt doctrine to sloppy State Department notetakers without actually repudiating it. Members of the Study Committee, a group of conservative Republican Congressmen, were up in arms over a secret briefing in London last December by State Department counselor Helmut Sonnenfeldt. We reported last week that Sonnenfeldt had told U.S. ambassadors to European nations that the U.S. should strive for a permanent "organic" relationship between the Soviet Union and Eastern Advice Europe to avoid World War III. Breakfasting with the Study Committee three days later, Dr. Kissinger suggested our column was based on inaccurate State Department cables. Trying to keep up with the Secretary of State's smoothly flowing prose, some present even though he had totally rejected the substance of the Sonnenfeldt doctrine. In fact, he had not. "Henry's answer did not satisfy me or, I suppose, any of the others," one Study Committee member, a strong supporter of President Ford, told us. Therefore, the ruckus over the Sonnenfeldt doctrine will continue until it is unequivocally repudiated by Kissinger or the President himself. The breakfast meeting, sought for nearly two years by conservative Congressmen seeking a first-hand grilling of Kissinger, immediately turned to the Sonnenfeldt doctrine. Rep. Edward J. Derwinski of Illinois, one of Mr. Ford's most important conservative backers and a national leader in the Polish-American community, suggested the Sonnenfeldt doctrine is "the straw that broke the camel's back" following U.S. acquiescence at Helsinki in Soviet control over the Baltic states. Derwinski reflected rising anger among ethnic nationality groups that could affect not only Mr. Ford's contest with Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential nomination but the November general election as well. Hospital Should Have Told By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Our son, David, was recently killed in a car accident. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died five hours later. A state trooper removed David's wallet at the scene of the accident, and we recovered it at the local state'police post two days later. David's wallet contained a UNIFORM DONOR CARD issued by the Kidney Foundation and signed by him. In our grief we had forgotten about our son's desire to donate his kidneys at death. How we wish that his wallet could have been examined at the scene of the accident so that his wishes could have been carried out! It's too late for David, but my purpose in writing is to ask you to please remind all police and hospital personnel to examine the victim's wallet or purse for such documents. Had this been done, perhaps a life could have been saved through our David's Around the Rotunda Nagging Question by Harrison Weber DES MOINES — Where, and at what cost, will the spent fuel from midwest nuclear plants be reprocessed? That nagging question is being asked by Maurice Van Nostrand, chairman of Iowa's commerce commission. So far, he hasn't received a satisfactory answer. Prior to this year, such reprocessing was scheduled to be accomplished, at minimal transportation costs, at the General Electric facility at Morris, 111. After spending $65 million on the Morris plant, General Electric acknowledged that it did not function as intended and it is not accepting spent rods for reprocessing, Van Nostrand said. "This puts a cloud on nuclear development in the midwest," Van Nostrand declared. "You've got to get rid of those spent rods. Everyone has been telling us for three years how lucky we were because all we had to do was put those rods on trucks and haul them to Morris, 111., reprocess them, bring back the unspent fuel and get rid of the waste. And now it doesn't work. "For years people have been saying that once the rods have been pulled out of the reactors that, on the average, about 17 per cent of the uranium in those rods is not used and can be reprocessed. "They have been saying that the reprocessed uranium would offset all the cost"- of reprocessing, transportation and ^,000 years of storage. In other words, that the rods have a credit. "But," Van Nostrand continued, "it now appears very clear — and no one is 'arguing with me — that the rods do not have any value and it is going to cost a sizable amount of money to dispose of them." It's been calculated that by the end of last December, lowans had used enough electricity from nuclear plants to cause a debt of $13.4 million on spent rods. Van Nostrand reported. "We have a $13.4 million debt that somebody owes somebody and it will have to be paid sometime. "When the reprocessing plants start running, they are going to move those rods in and we're going to find out. All this has happened since October when the word went out very quietly to utilities not to book any more credits (for the 17 per cent uranium in spent rods). "They are saying the rods have no value. But they are not taking into consideration the costs involved, both for transportation to the reprocessing plants and for storage. "The whole thing is ridiculous and all this is going to come home to roost someday," Van Nostrand asserted. 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 2,1897. 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 end City Subscription Rates By carrier delivery per week J .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year $20 00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones t and 2 per year J23 00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year J27.00 Berry's World "Hubert looks good, even though he must be going through a very difficult time—being a 'noncandidate'!" death. MRS. R.D. WATT, BLOOMINGTON, IND. DEAR MRS. WATT: I am informed that in your state, the officer who arrives first at the scene of an accident must collect the victim's personal property and immediately turn it in to headquarters — WITHOUT even opening the wallet! However, the hospital personnel should have advised you that if you knew that your son had signed a donor card, a form was available at the hospital for the next of kin to sign, granting permission for a transplant. DEAR ABBY: What do you do with a man who refuses to bathe or brush his teeth? HAD IT DEAR HAD IT: Nothing. DEAR ABBY: My problem concerns my husband and our sex life. He won't have sex with me since I had our baby five months ago. He was with me when the baby was born, and he said watching the birth made him sick and he can't get it out of his mind. We have had sex only twice since and he acted like he was doing me a favor. If I am aggressive toward him he just pushes me away. Whenever I bring up the subject, he tells me to shut up. We've been married for two years and always got along great. I am willing to try anything. I truly love him and I know he loves me. He's a good father and provider, but our sex life is zilch. I don't want to get a divorce over this, but I sure feel cheated. FRUSTRATED IN FLORIDA DEAR FRUSTRATED: If your husband really loves you, he will want to get over this hang-up. Ask your doctor to talk with him. He needs some sessions with a professional to straighten him out. He's being unfair to you as well as to himself. Accordingly. Dorwinski told Kissinger, the Sonnenfeldt doctrine must be disposed of as quickly as possible. In reply, Kissinger said he had not read the State Department cable reporting Sonncnfeldt's briefing and did not know what it contained until he read our column (though, in fact, he was in London for that meeting). Kissinger next went into what one Congressmen called "a song and dance." describing how some junior foreign service officer takes notes on such briefings, from which another diplomat drafts the cable, typically leading to distortions. Kissinger said he could not control every State Department employe — interpreted by some Congressmen as an abandonment of Sonnenfeldt. More likely, however, Kissinger was casting blame on that nameless junior notetaker. because he reassured the conservative House members that Sonnenfeldt is "a hard-liner just like you." All this left Derwinski and the other Congressmen unsatisfied. Nor was the explanation viewed as plausible by some high government officials. "Whatever Hal (Sonnenfeldtl said in London was in total 'synch' with Henry," one official said. "It always is." What's more, the Sonnenfeldt doctrine as contained in the cable is viewed in the administration as generally consistent with the overall Kissinger-Sonnenfeldt view of the Soviet Union as an emerging superpower. Finally, the portions we earlier quoted from the seven-page cable reporting Sonnenfeldt's remarks were in no sense isolated but, instead, reflected a theme reiterated time and again. In one paragraph not quoted in our previous column, for example, Sonnenfeldt declared: "we seek to influence the emergence of the Soviet imperial power by making the base more natural and organic so that it will not remain founded in sheer power alone. But there is no alternative open to us other than that of influencing the way Soviet power is used." At another point. Sonnenfeldt said Hungarian leader Janos Kadar's "performance has been remarkable in finding ways which are acceptable to the Soviet Union which develop Hungarian roots and the natural aspirations of the people." In short, to substantiate Kissinger's explanation, the State Department report on Sonnenfeldt's briefing would have had to be inaccurate and distorted not just in one or two remarks but in its entirety — a most unlikely possibility. It is too unlikely to be accepted by Ed Derwinski, who wants nothing less than an unequivocal repudiation of the Sonnenfeldt doctrine. If need be, Derwinski will go into the Oval Office to get that repudiation from the President. If he does, there would be covert rejoicing high in the administration from officials who were appalled from the start by a doctrine acquiescing in Soviet dominion over Eastern Europe. Literary Bit Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 American mystery writer 4 Novelist. 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