Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 20, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Inside Repert Tuesday, April 20,1976 Campaign Red Ink With or without federal matching funds, the presidential candidates have found this election year an extremely expensive one. But without the funds — cut-off by a January Supreme Court ruling — the campaign treasuries of several of the leading contenders are awash in red ink. Ironically, the tool which was supposed to free candidates from relying on large contributions from a few individuals, or from whatever personal fortunes they might possess, has turned into an obstacle threatening to curtail campaign plans at a critical point. The refusal by Congress to reactivate the Federal Election Commission's authority to dispense matching funds before going on a 10-day Easter vacation means candidates whose treasuries already are depleted will be going through several important primaries at least before the federal checks begin arriving again. By then, it could be too late for some of the candidates. In reports filed with the FEC at the end of March. Ronald Reagan's campaign reported a deficit of almost $1 million, Jimmy Carter's organization was in debt $185.000, the Mo Udall campaign had accumulated debts of $38,000 and the Henry Jackson organization reported no debts but a declining bank balance. Only President Ford's campaign treasury appeared to be well off at the end of -March, with a balance of about $750.000. More than half the primaries — including some of the most important ones — are yet to be held. The candidates' struggle for financial support- is now on in earnest. That Time Again Already it has begun — advice to the would-be gardeners who had hoped to prolong their off-season idleness a little longer. Now is the time, according to those who dispense the advice, to get at those weeds. A vigorous attack now will save much time and energy later, we are told. If weeds are not mastered early in the season, they will take possession of the field. All of which unfortunately is true. as the gardener is forced to admit after looking at his plot. Weeds seem to be better adapted to taking advantage of good growing weather than cultivated crops. They appear overnight, add inches to their stature seemingly in a few hours, and soon they are seven feet tall and ready to go to seed. There are always weeds too close to the rows to be handled by modern mechanized methods. Therefore it is necessary to take hold and pull. It is not exactly fun, but to get in the spirit of the game is to experience a certain savage joy. It is a pleasure to see the serried ranks fall and then.wilt in the sun. It is even a pleasure to yank the interlopers out by the roots and place them in a pile to wither and die. With weeds as with other things, the bigger they are the harder they. fall. Except that the process soon begins anew. Politics is the art of making points with the voters by giving them back some of their own money. What Others Are Saying— Quad-City Times, Davenport The Iowa Legislature — in its 14th week of gestation — has delivered a property tax "relief" bill designed for a three-year life expectancy. Gov. Ray says he is weighing the possibility of trimming that life-span to one year. Neither the Democratic majority that steamrollered the bill through the House nor the Republican minority that forced distasteful compromises in the Senate can be proud of it. We have already expressed our disenchantment. Some acclaim it as property tax "relief." The most "relief" we find is the fact the Senate-House debate is over. Now, perhaps, the 150 legislators will turn their attention to other major legislation too long delayed. We can accept the first year portion of the package, all that remains of the bill originally passed by the House. It. at least, makes an attempt to cushion the tax increase impact on residential and agricultural property resulting from the sharp'upward adjustment of valuations caused by inflated prices buyers have been willing to pay to get a home or a farm. But do not be deceived. The $54.8 million from the state treasury for first year increases in homestead and agricultural land tax credits is not "new money" for tax "relief." It is money the state would otherwise have "saved" because the property valuation increases would have reduced the state's obligation for the school aid formula by that amount. What the bill does is distribute that money to owners of residential and farm property at an increased ratio by using the shares that otherwise would have gone to owners of commercial, industrial, utility and personal property. Commercial property values were increased only slightly last year — while no change was made in the taxable valuation of industrial, utility and personal property. Thus owners of those classes stand to receive a tax break without new "relief" legislation. Through all the rhetoric and dollar grabbing, the legislators bypassed the need to expedite revaluation of industrial, utility and personal property — a job left undone by local assessors and the Department of Revenue last year. Until that/revaluation is accomplished, it is premature to enact any short- or long-range revision of the property tax structure. Yet that is precisely what the General,Assembly in its "wisdom" . did with the second and third years of its "relief" package. In those years, all agricultural properties are to be revalued totally on the basis of the productive capability of the fields. But there is a hooker in the bill that even some of the strongest advocates of productivity missed until too late — "structures" oh farms are to be taxed at their market value. No one is quite sure how extensive the definition of "structures" may be — but certainly it will include barns, machine sheds, silos, granaries, milk houses, shelters for confined livestock feeding, etc. To livestock feeders, who devote more of their land to "structures" than field crops, the new tax base may be costly. There is another, and we think more important, reason for Governor Ray to seriously consider using the item veto to excise the second and third year provisions from the bill.' The measure provides for appointment of a blue ribbon commission to make a thorough study of the property tax structure, along with the.financial needs and resources of cities, counties, schools and other local taxing districts that rely primarily on property taxes to fund their budgets. That commission is to make its report and recommendations in time for the General Assembly to make necessary adjustments in the taxing system next year. By mandating a major change in the tax base — such as productivity for agricultural lands — the legislators have upstaged the role they are handing to the study commission. The second and third year portions of the package are not etched in stone. Even without a blue ribbon commission's report, the 1977 General Assembly could —'and likely will — alter or replace those provisions. / Better that they be removed now — by the governor's item veto -r- so local assessors can be spared the futile exercise of calculating productivity valuations and changes in homestead and agricultural land tax credits. Let's quickly complete the revaluation process by dealing with industrial, utility and personal property so the study commission will have the total picture. • Otherwise, the commission is being asked to do a balancing act on a two-legged stool. Humphrey Holdouts By Roland Evans and Robert Novak PITTSBURGH — Jimmy Carter's basic problem here is not his much quibbled-over "ethnic purity" fumble but two attitudes among badly alienated lower-middle income voters: suspicion of Carter as a trimmer and their old love affair with Hubert Humphrey. That conclusion is drawn from answers of Democratic voters in Pittsburgh's Ward 15 to a questionnaire prepared by Patrick Caddell's Cambridge Survey Research. Oblivious to the political firestorm caused by Carter's defense of neighborhood "ethnic purity." these voters nevertheless did seem affected by steady criticism that Carter avoids tough issues. But his principal rival, Sen. Henry M. Jackson, is disliked for being overassertive and overaggressive. Accordingly, an extraordinary number of voters — confused and made unhappy by the political process and apathetic about the race for President — claim they will write in Humphrey. That indicates the critical Pennsylvania primary April 27 may well turn on whether Carter or Jackson solves his own problems and wins these voters away from a non-candidate. Ward 15, largley Catholic blue-collar (with median income around $10.000 a year) was a good statewide barometer and a nearly perfect countywide barometer in the 1972 primary. Our interviews this week with the help of Caddell polltakers showed these results (adjusted to reflect the ward's 8 per cent Jewish minority) from 56 registered Democrats: Carter, 13; Jackson, 11; Humphrey, 10 (write-in); Rep. Morris Udal), 4; Gov. George Wallace, 4; Sen. Frank Church, 2 (write-in); President Ford, 2 (write-in): Mayor Peter Flaherty, 1 (write-in); Ellen McCormack, 1; undecided. 8. Apart from obvious indecision, what this reflects is spontaneous yearning for old Hubert — with nearly one of five voters volunteering Humphrey's name to the interviewer, though il is not on the ballot. Typical was a 53-year-old steel worker who says he knows "very, very little" about Carter and feels Jackson "thinks he knows it all." His choice: Humphrey because "he's got more insight, more experience." Apart from obvious indecision, what this reflects is spontaneous yearning for old Hubert — with nearly one of five voters volunteering Humphrey's name to the interviewer, though it is not on the ballot. Typical was a 53-year-old steel worker who says he knows "very, very little" about Carter and feels Jackson "thinks he knows it all." His choice: Humphrey because "he's got more insight, more experience." These voters gave Humphrey a 78 per cent favorable rating, exceeding even the 67 per cent for the popular Mayor Flaherty. Jackson and Carter, each at 61 per cent, are not quite so well thought of, followed by Udall, generally Advice Abby Gets His Homework By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Our English teacher said we had to rite to someone in another city as a homework asighnment. so I am riling to you. Dear Abby. You are solving my problem without even noing it becuz I choze you to rite to. I think your colum is pritty good. I don't always agree with your ansers but then nobody is perfek. I shur got to give you a lot of credit. It takes a lot of guts to tell people what to do becuz you no what happins to people who stik there nose in other people's hiznus. Very truly yours. ."FIN ENGLISH" Health Pacemaker Value Bv Lawrence E. Lamb. M.D DEAR DR. LAMB — I have had complete heart block since 1971 and my pulse rate is between 41 and 44.1 am 59 years old and my general health is excellent. In 1971 my doctor consulted with the hospital internist and they decided not to use a pacemaker for another 10 years. I was told not to do anything too physical and to avoid become over tired. Trying to take care of my home is practically impossible since my vitality, is very low. My understanding of the reason for not giving me a pacemaker is that I would be relying on something mechanical with the chance of a malfunction. In my opinion I would rather take the chance of a malfunction if the pacemaker would help me become more normal. I respect my doctor's opinion but do not fully understand it. Is the prognosis in such cases bad? Is the care of a pacemaker too demanding? These questions are unanswered in my mind and I would appreciate any information you can give me. DEAR READER — Ask your doctor to send you to a cardiac clinic at a nearby medical center or medical university. The decision on whether to use a pacemaker or not would be influenced by the overall condition of your heart, but if there are no other .'unusual characteristics to your heart and your low heart rate is causing you to have limited vitality then it certainly should be considered. Implanting cardiac pacemakers is no longer difficult and they are very reliable. Perhaps one of the best known •public figures with a cardiac pacemaker is former Justice Douglas of the Supreme Court. He had used one for years before he developed his later illnesses and during this period was physically vigorous and often hiked great distances. There is a lot of difference in an individual's response to heart block. Some individuals with heart block can speed up their heart rate enough to increase the amount of blood pumped by the heart to enable them to exercise a great deal. One of my earliest cases with this problem had a blockage between the top and bottom of the heart because of a birth defect. He had a slow .resting heart rate but could run on the treadmill, for quite some time and was able to significantly increase his heart rate. Until his condition was found with an electrocardiogram he had been a jet pilot in the United States Air Force. Complete heart block prevents the normal impulse from passing from the top to the bottom of the heart. This usually results in a fairly slow heart rate. If the heart rate is too slow then the circulation is compromised to the point that fainting spells and other complications occur. In any case I would like to encourage you to obtain consultation from a cardiac center to see if you couldn't benefit at this time from one of the modern pacemakers available. 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 and City Subscription Rales By carrier delivery per week * .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year S20.00 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 "/ don't have any attitudes of my very own. The media has shaped all of my attitudes!" DEAR ABBY: I have heard that men who are bald at an early age have a very low sex drive. Is that true? GOING WITH ONE DEAR GOING: Not necessarily. Just because there's chrome on the dome doesn't mean there's no power under the hood. DEAR ABBY: I am writing from my hospital bed where I have been confined for three weeks. I'll be here for at least another three weeks for treatment, but that's not my problem. My problem is a relative who comes to visit me nearly every day. 1 never saw that much of her when I was well, and she aggravates me. She always brings me bad news and the worst kind of gossip. If I have other visitors while she's here, she doesn't let anybody else talk. She is a very loud and overbearing person. And she's an authority on everything. She asks questions that are none of her business, such as: "How much does it cost to stay here and how much is covered by insurance?" Then she ends up by telling me that most people go home sicker than they were when they came to the hospital because there is so much disease around there. Also, she said. "You aren't really sick at all: it's all in your head." Abby. how can I keep that woman out of here? 1 don't want to put a "Do not disturb" sign on my door because I like company — but not her! What can I do? TRAPPED IN THE HOSPITAL DEAR TRAPPED: Enlist the help of your nurses and or your doctor. Ask them to please tell the woman that her visits are upsetting and she is not to come again. unknown to these voters but getting a 51 per cent rating. The fallen Wallace, who carried nearly one-third of Ward 15 in 1972. had a surprisingly low 32 per cent. Nor can Jackson backers count on these Humphreyites April 27 if voters cannot master the mechanical demands of a Humphrey write-in on the voting machines. Second choices of Humphrey voters were scattered, with Jackson getting only one more than Carter. In short, they are yet to be convinced by any active candidate. A 47-year-old Irish Catholic telephone wireman supporting Humphrey told us Carter's "ethnic purity" blooper "was not in good taste." But he was an exception. Out of 56 voters, only 11 said the controversy influenced his vote — 6 toward Carter, 5 away from Carter. One voter in three never heard of the controversy or was terribly confused about it. Indeed, these voters rejected harsh statements about either Jackson or Carter. Only two voters in all agreed with this statement: "Carter is a racist." Only eight voters agreed with this sUiteme'nt: "I worry that Jackson would only get us into a war." Rather, problems of the two candidates are more subtle. A restaurant busboy supports Carter because Jackson is "too sure of himself. He's always right; they're always wrong." Similarly, a 36-year-old owner of a small trucking line complained: "To Jackson, he's got the only way. Everyone else is wrong." But he still prefers him to Carter who is "always off the top of his head — never has ideas, no depth, no background." A retired factory worker, who intends to write in Humphrey, likes Carter's sincerity, personality and the way he talks but added he "doesn't say anything." Even a young television technician who backs Carter because "he's more honest than others" complained that he "won't address the issues. There's just this toothy grin." But the famous Carter smile is mentioned more often as a plus than a minus. In contrast, Jackson's appeal is non-cosmetic — and. in fact, hard to pinpoint, Although no more than 12 voters agreed with the statement that Jackson is the only candidate who cares about the working man, that appeal accounts for some voters. "I just don't think Carter's in favor of unions — at least not as much as Jackson," a steel worker's wife told us. Generally. Jackson's supporters had trouble articulating why they support him — beyond familiarity. "He's the only one running I know," a draftsman's wife told us. Carter? "I don't know him at all." The possibility such thin support might vanish if Jimmy Carter intrudes on her consciousness as more than an issue-dodging master of platitudes is Jackson's danger and Carter's opportunity. Combine this with Humphrey holdouts and the undecided, and it becomes clear the Pennsylvania primary, with its immensely high stakes, is yet to be won or lost by either of the candidates. 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