Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 78 Carroll, Iowa, Tuesday. April 20, 1976 — Ten Pages Delivered by Carrier Kach KvoninR for 60c Per Week 1C- I3C Copy School Board Adopts Discipline Policy Bus Drivers Get Pay Raise Spring Work Under Way — —Staff Photo Spring was in the air Monday afternoon. As west central Iowa basked in sunny weather, many people worked outside on their lawns and gardens. Mark Siemann, left, and Brad Wuertz decided to take advantage of their last day of Easter vacation and earn a little extra cash by raking and mowing yards. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Siemann.and the Rev. and Mrs. Don Wuertz, of Carroll. House Rejects Proposal to Decriminalize Marijuana DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Possession of marijuana, regardless of the amount, should remain a crime, the Iowa House has decided. After a debate which lasted more than four hours, the House voted 60-34 Mon'day against a proposal to "decriminalize" the possession of an ounce or less. (Voting against the amendment were Reps. Bill Hutchins, D-Guthrie Center; Opal Miller, D-Rockwell City; Carroll Perkins, D-Jefferson. '~- Absent or not voting was Rep. Frank Crabb, R-Denison.) It was one of the few major issues to be decided as the House sailed into its seventh week of intermittent debate on a massive 427-page bill to revise and recodify all Iowa criminal laws. Majority Floor Leader Je- rome Fitzgerald, D-Fort Dodge, said that with the nearly 500 amendments on the bulky bill whittled down to less than 40, the prolonged debate should be completed by the end of the week. Among the major battles still awaiting action were obscenity law provisions, a proposal to repeal the motorcycle helmet law. and a replay of an earlier fight over topless waitresses and nude dancing in bars and taverns. Decriminalizing marijuana possession, overwhelmingly endorsed'by a high school model legislature in February, was proposed in an amendment offered by a House subcommittee on the criminal code. Rep. Tom Higgin,s. D : Davenport, who formerly ran a drug abuse program, said laws malting marijuana use a crime have not stopped Woman Joins Fire Company at Ralston By Mary Lee Hagert RALSTON — JoAnn Johnson, Ralston, became the first woman in the area to join a volunteer fire department as a fire fighter here Monday night. She joins a staff of 16 men on the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department, Larry Tesdall, secretary of the Ralston fire department said. "As far as I know, she is the only woman in the area, who is a fire fighter," said Ed Feld, Carroll, president of the West Central Iowa Fire Fighters and Rescue Association. According to Tesdall, Miss Johnson said she would like to join the fire department and help it all she could. "We decided that was okay," he said. "We can use any help we can get." The department is not short of volunteers and has not been hayi.ng a membership drive, he said. But, extra help is always welcomed; Tesdall added. Miss Johnson is in her early twenties and works at the Farmers Co-op Association in Ralston as a grain grader. Tesdall did not anticipate any difficulty in integrating a woman in the department. "Naturally, we will use a little bit of judgment on what we will have her do," he said. "I don't think we will have her climb up a ladder with a heavy hose, but there are other things that she will be very helpful with. For instance, somebody has to run the fire truck motor and control the water valves." "A lot of times, we need people for communication to relay messages or carry fire 'Fireman', See Page 2 young people from experimenting with the drug. He said the present law is unenforceable and that reduces respect for all laws. Besides, he said, most available evidence indicates that marijuana is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco. "Nobody is saying that marijuana is a good thing." Higgins said. "But prohibition of alcohol created more problems than it solved and the same is true with marijuana." He was supported by Rep. Arthur Small. D-Iowa City. "Whether you know it or not. we have made illegal something that is socially acceptable, at least among young people. "Small said. But Rep. Robert Kreamer. R-Des Moines, contended the present law should be retained. "The present law makes a proper distinction between the user and the pusher." Kreamer said. "We should retain the profit factor instead of a weight factor" as a standard. Rep. James Jordan. D-Cedar Rapids, replied that both alcohol and marijuana produce a drug effect. "They'd just as well get drunk off a weed as off of alcohol." Jordan said. He urged his fellow House members, "don't lose your head over this thing. Remember, your brain is in it." ''* *' ' ' **, ^ t ff ^^ Inside GOP raps Demo parliamentary maneuvering on property tax bill — Page 5. Women's news — Page 4. Editorials —PageS. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news — Page 2* Sports Unser from goat to hero, Rose on 22-game hitting streak, Warriors picked — Page 6. By Myron Williams School.bus drivers for the Carroll community school district were granted pay raises by the Board of Education Monday night. The starting salary for the first year bus driver,was upped from $200 to $220. The rest of the pay schedule includes: second-year driver. $230; third-year, $240: fourth-year, $250; fifth-year, $260. and sixth-year and other, $270. Kindergarten routes will pay one-half the drivers' base pay. Shuttle pay will be calculated according to next year's routes. Earl Wittrock, a spokesman for the bus drivers, said the present pay scale is lower than the wage scales of about 10 other schools which were surveyed. There is a "bad attitude" among the drivers as to what they're being paid and what they think they should be getting, he added. With the pay increase, the Carroll drivers are now on a "favorably comparable" basis with other school bus drivers, Dennis Hornick, assistant transportation director, said. The district employs 36 bus drivers. In other business, the board accepted the $9.557 bid of Haverstein & Burmeister. Inc. (American Seating) for desks and chairs for the Fairview Elementary addition. The board will purchase 300 chairs. 140 desks. 36 desks and 36 detachable tablet desk arms, for the band room, and a dolly for the detachable desk arms. Four other bids were received but did not include the 36 desks, detachable arms or dolly. They wererTriangle. ( Virco ) ; $6,841.90; Metropolitan (Artco-Belll. $6.038.25; Piggot (National School-Grigg). $6.670. and J. S. Latta (Irwin-Royal). $7.275.50 or $6,850.50 with another chair. Baumhover Construction Company's bid of $8.960 for a nine-gauge, eight-foot fence was accepted by the board. The fence will be erected around the south side of the Fairview Elementary building where the school buses will be parked. Baumhovers bid was $400 over the low proposal, but the board felt the local company would provide better service in case of trouble. Repairs could be more easily made and the fence also would be installed when it is wanted. The other two bids were from Des Moines companies. Frontier Fence Comapny, $8.572. and Hurricane Fence Company. $10,780. The board approved the ground leveling work at Fairview and appointed Directors Gerald Haubrich and Eugene Pudenz to measure the farm ground at Fairview for rental, seed the playground area and gravel the school bus area. Three teacher resignations were accepted by the board. Leaving are Mrs. Mary Tigges, school nurse; Roger Trachsel, social studies, and Jacquelyn Ruefer, special education. Three teachers were hired. A seventh and eighth grade math teacher, a high school and junior high art teacher and a high school French and English teacher. Two nurses were also hired. Mrs. Michelle Hilsabeck was hired as the public school nurse and Mrs. Benny Bliss as the nurse for St. Lawrence and Holy Spirit Schools. The board hired two school bus drivers. John Hays and Dean Kollasch. On Superintendent Allen N. Stroll's recommendation, Roger Ranniger was relieved of his job on the janitorial staff. Another person will be hired. The board's policy on discipline was adopted. It is as follows: ''It's the board's responsibility to provide the best education possible for all the students in our district. We realize that breaches of discipline seriously detract from the educational opportunities of each and every student, not just the guilty of a violation of policy, therefore the board insists that discipline is maintained. "Those students who are in violation of this policy will be reprimanded and actions of serious nature may cause the board to recommend corrective measures up to and including expulsion of the student." A priority committee was appointed to look into how $68,000 which was given to the district by the former Carroll County Board of Education for special education should be spent, The committee consists of Gary Tessmer. board secretary; George H. Fair, high school principal; Director Emmett Lahr and Fairview Principal Gene Bentley. The board voted to initiate a summer school reading Board, See Page Z Strike Deadline at Midnight No Progress in Rubber Negotiations CLEVELAND (AP) — Time was running out on United Rubber Workers' contracts today, with no indication of Setter Gives Birth to Litter of 16 Puppies A member of the Ronald Wilson household, 915 N. Adams St., recently delivered 16 new faces into the family. Tiffany, the Wilson's female Irish Setter, Wednesday gave birth to 16 puppies. As of Tuesday, 13 are still living. Mrs. WilsOn feels the large birth and the large number of survivors is "very unusual for any dog." Tiffany has been a mother before, but this time she outdid herself. The Wilson dogs are all American Kennel Club registered Irish Setters. Tiffany will have to try harder next time she gives birth to break the world's record, which is 23 puppies. BLOODMOBILE VISIT MANNING — The Red Cross Bloodmobile will make its semi-annual visit to Manning Thursday. April 22. The unit will be at the Manning Plaza on Main Street from noon until 6p.m. Quota is 75 pin ts. progress in talks between union negotiators and the Big Four manufacturers. A strike has been authorized if agreement is not reached by midnight tonight. Peter Bommarito. the URW's international president, headed the union team meeting here with representatives of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. — the company the URW has concentrated on to set the pattern for about 60.000 of its employes who work at the Big Four. Negotiators for the union and Goodyear, B.F. Goodrich and Uniroyal. meeting in three different cities, were reported marking time and watching for developments from the Firestone sessions. Spokesmen for Detroit's auto makers said the four companies supply about 65 per cent of the industry's tires but that it was unlikely a strike would immediately affect car production. A Ford Motor Co. spokesman in Cleveland said, however, that a long URW strike would cut into car production at some point because production also depends on such rubber products as bumper parts, hoses, floor mats, gaskets and seat covering. Monday's talks with Fire- stone started at 10 a.m. and continued far into the night. The URW presented a new offer worked out in weekend planning sessions, but under the current blackout on contract talks, details of that offer and management's reaction to it were not disclosed. Before talks began on March 8. the URW said it was demanding an unlimited cost-of-living adjustment provision and pay hikes which would boost the rubber workers to parity with auto workers. Bommarito has said that would mean adding about $2 an hour to the current average $5.50 hourly pay of URW workers. He said health and supplemental unemployment benefits also are at issue. Meanwhile, Goodrich — the first of the Big Four to report — said first quarter net earnings totaled $9.1 million on sales of $526 million for the first three months, a sharp jump from the $3.7 million on sales of $428 million reported in the first quarter a year ago. Goodrich said, however, that 1975 was an exceptionally bad year. Senate Unit Votes for Denison Prison State Gears Up for Four-Part Swine Flu Vaccination Effort DES MOINES. Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Health Department is gearing up for a massive four-part effort to protect every lowan from the often deadly swine influenza. State Health Commissioner Norman L. Pawlewski said Tuesday the outbreak of swine influenza could become critical by November. "We are treating this as an emergency situation and are asking all doctors and medical personnel to cooperate in the project." he told a news conference. When the vaccine arrives in mid-July, officials plan to begin a program to inoculate ill persons and those in nursing and rest homes with a vaccine that would protect against swine flu as well as "A Victoria" influenza which has been prevalent in Iowa the last two years. In mid-September, all doctors and hospitals will be expected to open their doors to provide swine influenza inoculations to anyone who seeks them. State Public Health officials a few da.vs later will launch a program to vaccinate people in schools, factories and other institutions. In October, efforts will be made to reach people who were not protected in the earlier phases of the drive. Pawlewski said a form of swine flu killed 548,000 Americans and 20 million people world wide in 1918. DES MOINES. Iowa I AP)— A $7.5 million package to increase the capacity of state prisons, including $2.9 million for a new prison at Denison. was approved by the Senate Appropriations committee Monday. The committee voted 13-12 to include purchasing the former Midwestern College campus for a new medium security prison instead of building a new prison at Newton as the Social Services Department requested. "I think we can get as much for our money at $2.9 million as we can get at Newton for $10 million." said Sen. Berl Priebe. D-Algona. The Denison prison was added to a package previously passed by the House. The committee also voted to eliminate a $675.000 appropriation for additional prisoner beds at Oakdale. The package.'which now goes to the Senate floor for debate, also includes provision for a citizens committee to study the problems of Iowa's overcrowded prison system. Sen. Louis Culver. D-Dunlap. proposed the Denison prison, saying the 20-acre campus and four buildings constructed in 1965 by the defunct college could be purchased for $300.000. "One building is very, very good" and can be used almost immediately for prisoners. Culver said. He said the campus could be converted to a 300-bed prison for $2.6 million. Area Forecast Gradual clearing Tuesday night, lows in low to mid 40s. Partly cloudy Wednesday, highs upper 50s to lower 60s. Rainfall chances 20 per cent early Tuesday night. Ll. Governor Criticizes Democratic Leadership Neu: Whole Legislative Session Has Been a Shambles By Harrison Weber I Iowa Dally Press Association) DES MOINES — Lieutenant Governor Arthur A. Neu of Carroll thinks the whole legislative session "has just been a shambles." Neu, a Republican, is very critical of the Democratic leadership in the two houses. He doesn't think the Democratic leaders are on top of things. "Even when we sit down and ask them (Democratic leaders) about major bills, they don't seem to be able to tell us the status of the bills." Neu said in an interview; Neu thinks some antagonisms are developing between the Democratic leaders and he sees the session going on a long time, perhaps late May. Most people really don't know what the Legislature is doing, Neu observed. This has been true in the past, too, he added. "But those people who tend to follow the Legislature who talk to me, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, have the impression that the Legislature hasn't accomplished anything and I think that's a fair conclusion to draw." The Democrats, though, are likely to put things together in ttie last days of the session, Neu conceded. "There could be an avalanche of bills. The problem, of course, is that nothing is going to be properly considered." Neu expects some of the Democrats' priorities to be resolved, such as the anti-trust legislation. He feels the chances of the criminal code bill being enacted are probably 51 or 52 per cent. "It's a little better than half," Neu smiled. • "I think having gone this far on the.criminal code the Democrats would be made to look absurd if they didn't pass the bill; this is particularly true in the House where they have such a wide margin. To spend the number of weeks that they (House) have on the criminal code, and what the Senate spent last session, plus what they are going to spend this session, and then not pass it would be an incredible thing to do." Neu is concerned about the property tax relief plan approved by the Legislature, "I don't think anyone can tell us what the proposal is going to cost down the road. "I don't think the Legislature should have gone into the detail that it did. I think we've gotten into new concepts in a haphazard fashion without understanding what the implications might be." Not only is Neu concerned about the cost of the property tax'relief plan, pegged at $192 million over three years, he also expressed concern. perhaps alarm, at two other on-going programs — Medicaid and area education agencies. "Medicaid is"costing the state $50 million a year now and it could go up another $10-to-$20 million over a period of years. We just don't know what it's going to do; it could go up substantially and necessitate some kind of a tax hike. • • We have no way of knowing what it's going to cost to fund the area education agencies IAEA's) the way additional students are being qualified. This is an open-end appropriation. They could continue into infinity finding students that qualify under the present guidelines and then politicians are going to be reluctant to put any kind of limitation on because it would look like you are against children who need help in special education." Neu is also critical of the state department of social services for not providing the Legislature with all of the alternatives regarding the need for a new prison. "We had to ferret them out ourselves and I kind of resent that." Neu said. "We're in a box. I still think we need a medium security facility, but I don't view that as the solution in the lonj< run. Neu, See Page 2 $50 for Facility- -Staff Photo The Welcome Wagon Club presented the staff of the Carroll County Care Facility with a $50 check Monday afternoon. Mrs. James Workman, president, gives the check to steward Elmer Daiker. center, and County Supervisor Leonard Rupiper. The money will be used to purchase games and puzzles for the new recreation center at the facility. Rupiper is the supervisor assigned to oversee the county care facility.
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