THE TITONKA TOPIC April 3, 1975 — Page 4— Senator Culver Statement On Aid To Rock Island Last night (Friday), I joined with a number of other Midwestern Senators in sponsorship of a bill to provide $100 million in Federal loan assistance to the Rock Island Railroad. In all candor, I don't want to raise false hopes among the many thousands of lowans who are deeply concerned about the preservation of the vital'servic- es of the Rock Island. The general view is that any proposal * for direct financial assistance to yet another beleaguered railway system will face heavy sledding in Congress. Yet is encouraging that the Rock Island cause has support in the Congress that was ric^ in evidence two weeks ago. On March 10, when I testified before the Senate Surface transportation Subcommittee on the imperative need for sustain- in the essential services of the Rock Island, comparatively few members of Congress from the Midwestern and border states were speaking out strongly on the subject. In recent days, however, a growing number of Senators and Congressmen In the 13 states served by the Rock Island have become deeply concerned that a phasing out or major reduction in the essential services of this major carrier would strike a devastating blow to the entire economy of America's food- producing heartland. There is a growing awareness that the economic and social costs ofthe Rock Island's demise are simply too disastrous to be accepted if any conceivable, rational alternative can be found. Among the voices now being h'eard on behalf of Federal loan assistance to make it possible for the Rock Island's services to be continued is that of Senator John McClellan of Arkansas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator McClellan joined in sponsorship of the Rock Island Bill introduced by Senator Bartlett of Oklahoma, last night, as did 13 other Midwestern Senators. I would emphasize that 'emergency assistance for the Rock Island should be seen in the' context of the imperative need for the Administration and Congress to develop an over-all blueprint for dealing with the railroad crisis of the Midwest. The Rock Island is not the only major rail system in our region that is facing severe fiscal problems. However, I cannot agree with those who have insisted that euthanasia for the Rock Island would benefit the general health of rail transportation in our part of the country. If one major railroad is allowed to die, it will be just that much easier to let the next and the next one after that go down the tube. In the meantime, rail services and facilities in the Midwest will deteriorate rapidly and the economic climate will worsen. Nobody likes government loans or subsidies, but it is better to act now- than to let things slide to the point of no return. . I'm not talking about favoring one corporate entity over others. I'm talkiri| about preserving the economic lifeblood of the Midwest. Essential, low cost transportation services for the Midwest are no less important than those services are to other regions of the country. I would add that the Federal loan assistance to the Rock Island trustees is labor intensive, since two-thirds of the $100 . • million Will be use for recon- '• struction and upgrading of obsolescent rail facilities. At a time when unemploy- We need many more production workers! Most openings start at '3 50 an hour! Due to the need for more workers OUR EMPLOYMENT OFFICE OPEN 9 a.m. TO 4 p.m. (Except Mondays 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. only) We offer excellent starting wages for all jobs and have a broad fringe benefit program. Apply at employment office in the shipout building, located on the south side of the Crystal, Lake blacktop road in south Forest City. industries, inc. • forest city towa AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER LIFT-OFF DOOR FOR EASY OVEN CLEANING 80 IBS. 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