Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 26, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, April 26, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Monday, April 26,1976 American Example If Americans are left with only one thought after this year's Bicentennial hoopla is over with, it will all have been worth the effort. That is the realization that America's immense importance in history, at least for the greater part of the past 200 years, has been due not to its vast size or natural resources or military might alone but also to its moral example. This truth is brought home anew by an article, "Contemporary Austrian Views of American Independence," published by that country's information service. Liberal thinks all over Europe hailed the Declaration of Independence, it recounts, and that of .the later French Declaration of the Rights of Man, which the American document inspired. The reception by statesmen and monarchs, however, was somewhat less enthusiastic. European rulers of the day perceived the Declaration of Independence, and the subsequent U.S. Constitution to be frontal attacks on the "correct" political order and feared they would set a dangerous precedent. A Vienna newspaper warned that the "dangerous, explosive" American ideals could upset "the proper relations between princes and their subjects and lead to disaster." Such fears were well-founded. The American contagion was to spread throughout Europe and Latin America and inspire a host of independence movements and democratic governments, not all of which were to survive. The important point is that at no time did the United States send agents abroad to stir up popular unrest or influence the politics of other countries. There was no counterpart to the Communist Comintern designed to foster the spread of a particular ideology. There need to. Just the example of America, the simple fact of its existence, was enough to alter the course of history. Americans in 1976 might well ponder how far we have departed from our forefathers' trust in the inherent strength and Tightness of our political foundations. Our example, whether for good or bad, is still capable of exerting profound influence on the rest of the world. Inside Report One-Way Issue Undoubtedly the good economic news of late (Gross National Product up at an annual rate of 7.5 per cent in the first quarter, inflation down to less than 4 per cent) provide the Ford administration powerful ammunition in this election year. Pocketbook issues, the President's campaign rivals have been saying, will rank.high on the voter's checklist wnen he goes to the polls. And indeed they might, if they had not been showing such a strong improvement. That does not 'mean the White House is going to gain much from the issue come November, even if the economic recovery continues at a strong pace. Pocketbook issues are among those strange topics which seem to be mostly one-sided. It is very easy to be against a sour economy, but when a reasonable facsimile of prosperity rolls around again memories tend to dim. It is easy to become angry with an incumbant when inflation, the GNF and unemployment are unfavorable. But when the indicators more or less return to normal, voters begin looking for other issues to ignite their voting interest. Defusing an opponent's issues is part of good political strategy. That is about the most the Ford campaign can expect to gain from the pocketbook issue. Report Manpower Bill by Sen. Dick Clark Legislation designed to help alleviate the lack of medical services in rural areas — a problem currently being faced in a number of Iowa communities — cleared a big hurdle in the Senate recently when it received preliminary approval by the Labor and Public Welfare Committee. " Medical services in rural areas have steadily deteriorated as medical personnel, understandably, are drawn to more lucrative practices in heavily-populated metropolitan areas. A 1974 report showed that 94 of Iowa's 99 counties were below the national average in the ratio of doctors to residents. The problem is three-fold:' there are not enough doctors; the doctors are geographically mal-distributed; and there is a serious shortage of general practitioners. The answer seems to be to provide incentives for newly-graduated medical students to locate in rural areas, with the hope they will choose to practice there on a permanent basis. That is the thrust of the Senate legislation. . The bill requires medical schools to set aside a certain portion of their ' first-year classroom slots for students who agree to practice in medically under-served areas after graduation. These students would be assisted in their education by federal scholarships. The legislation also includes a provision allowing the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare to correct surpluses and shortages in certain medical specialities by allocating residency positions. And in order to encourage more doctors to become general practitioners — instead of specialists — the Senate bill requires medical schools to reserve a certain percentage of their hospital residency slots for family practice physicians. This is important legislation in the goal to restore equity to the system of medical services. The American taxpayer underwrites a considerable part of the cost of medical education in this country, but unfortunately, people in rural areas are not getting their money's worth in medical services. The outlook for this legislation is considered .favorable, especially since similar legislation has already been passed in the House. Legislative Report Good Service Bill by Sen. William Winkelman I am looking forward to seeing you Saturday, May 1 in Somers from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30; Knierim 1:45 to 2:45; Jolley 3:15-4:15; and Knoke.4;30-5:30. Come as you are and we'll have a good visit about anything you like, The Iowa Senate passed Senate File 1258 by a vote of 40 to 7, The bill gives the Iowa State Commerce Commission the authority to assign service areas of electric utilities and to change those service area assignments any time the commission deems such changes or assignments to be in the public interest. .This legislation is very similar to laws already passed in a majority of the states. It recognizes both the need to protect electric'consumers from unnecessary duplication of electric A Study in Contrast By Roland Evans and Robert Novak PITTSBURGH — The tough and practical men of big business who slipped unobtrusively from Jimmy Carter's suite in the William Penn Hotel Tuesday evening were barely able to suppress fascination for the onetime peanut farmer. "We think he's got the best chance of any Democrat to be nominated, and so naturally when you are asked to meet the next possible President you say yes," one of them told us. "There is plenty we don't like about Jerry Ford," he added. Saying yes were presidents and executive vice presidents of U.S. Steel, Westinghouse, Allegheny Ludlum, Alcoa, National Steel, the Mellon Bank, Jones & Laughlin, Koppers and other corporate giants — about 20 executives in all, only two of whom were Democrats. If the invitation for the non-fund-raising chat with a possible future President had come from Sen. Henry M. Jackson — Carter's main rival in next Tuesday's presidential primary — instead of Carter, the hotel suite might have looked empty. "We wouldn't do this for Scoop," one industrial mogul told us. "He's prostituted himself for labor." That Carter event, which the former Georgia governor's campaign staff failed to include on his schedule, capsuled some of the political razzmatazz that has marked so much of Carter's daredevil campaign for the presidential nomination. For at 7 a.m. the next morning, there was smiling Jimmy Carter shaking hundreds of hands at the plant gate of U.S. Steel's huge Homestead plant here, handing Advice facilities, as well as inu neeu tu provide investors in utility bonds assurance that the utilities revenues will be available on a continuing basis to amortize the bonds. In most of Iowa's investor-owned utilities the loss of a single large city could impair the rate structure and ability to serve the remainder of their customers. The same thing could happen to many of,Iowa's Rural Electric Cooperatives if a significant part of their service area was to be annexed, If the bill passed by the Senate becomes law, the commission will have the necessary authority to protect the interests of all rate payers. The bill also puts Iowa's R.E.C.'s under complete commission jurisdiction, including both rates and service. Matching Dinner Guests By Abigail Van Ruren DEAR ABBY: Where do you live that you have not heard of a hostess who plans a successful dinner party by matching her guests' interests and. yes, sexes? I am a female psychiatrist, and I wouldn't even think of starting a therapeutic group unless the sexes were matched more or less equally. Who, male or female, feels comfortable in a group of, say, six females and two males? Do you? N. Y. PSYCHIATRIST DEAR PSYCHIARTIST: Certainly! A dinner party is not a therapeutic farmer's View Farmers Misled By Dean E. Freed "I still look for prices over the next six weeks or so to stay basically under $40 on choice cattle . . . Retailers have been a little slow to recognize that there is not as much nonfed beef and more fed beef." (Comments of Gene Futrell, Iowa State University extension economist; Des Moines Register, March 14,1976) How many Iowa readers remember reading these professional comments just a month and a half ago? Secondly, how many of ,you know, what the cattle market has done since then? 'For those of you-who do not know, the fed cattle market and the retail movement have been the complete opposite of what Futrell was predicting. I use Professor Futrell's evaluation only as an example of what is frequently happening with professional agricultural predictions. While more people than ever these days seem to think they have the expertise for evaluating agricultural production, very few agree on the particulars. This should be a rather strange situation within an age of so-called computerized surveys. The introductory evaluation has me quite puzzled. Less than 60 days after the published data, the market already has surpassed the $45 cwt. market and has the possibilities of reaching $50. Yet, according to Mr. Futrell's analysis, the market is still supposed to be under $40 cwt. Are such close-range evaluations the fault of the evaluation or is market manipulation such that price projection is nothing more than a guessing game? With regard to price manipulation, it is more prevalent today than it was 10 years ago, but it is not the primary reason for totally miscalculated price adjustments for farm marketings. The unforeseen need not be quite so confusing to farmers and consumers. While a voluminous quantity of economic agricultural projections continue .to flow from behind the desks of experts..the quality continues to decline, 1 Consequently.! farmers are being unduly misled by armchair economists. During'the current cycle of instability, an addition of poorly developed economic data has only made things more perplexing. The farming and ranching industry presently has too many so-called economic chiefs untuned to the real facts of agriculture. Too many chiefs are preoccupied with the rapidity of their economic predictions in comparison to their colleagues. Consequently, thorough background research has become almost a thing of the past. This is truly an ironic situation - at a time when a greater number of farmers are reading and listening more intently, in order to become better qualified in judging marketing dates and alternatives. In the meantime, agricultural economists have failed to follow suit in upgrading their research based evaluations. group, and all one needs for a successful party is stimulating company — be they male or female — unless they plan to pair off and go to bed. DEAR ABBY: John and 1 were married just three months after my father died, so Mom talked us into moving in with her. We get free room and board, although John and I both work and can afford to pay her. (Dad left her fairly well off.) Now the problem: Mom expects us to take her everywhere we go. If we don't, she pouts for a week. When we have company. Mom dominates the conversation. We've never had a trip without her. We have no privacy at all. It's been six years, and John is fed up. So am I, but every time I mention leaving. Mom cries and begs us to stay. If we live with her, she has promised that she'll leave the house and everything to me when she dies. (I have two married brothers.) Mom is only 52. but she won't even try to make a life of her own. She keeps nagging us to have a baby, but we're not even sure we want children. Please help me. TRAPPED DEAR TRAPPED: Your "free" room and board is costing you far more than it's worth. Move out. Your mother will never make a life of her own as long as you make one for her — and sacrifice your own privacy in the process. DEAR ABBY: I am going steady with a girl on my block. She's 10 and I'm 11. She gave me her I.D. bracelet, and I gave her my frog. She has gotten very bossy lately, and I would like to break off with her. How should I go about it? ALLEN DEAR ALLEN: Return her I.D. bracelet and tell her you don't want to go steady anymore. Then ask for your frog. But hurry before the frog croaks. CONFIDENTIAL TO JOHN C.: Even if you aren't without sin, cast the first stone. And make it a diamond. Legislative Report Building Code by Rep. Carroll Perkins Debate has begun on a bill which, if passed, will establish a uniform state building code for Iowa. We were unable to get an amendment passed which exempted farm buildings before we adjourned for the weekend. I am going to scrutinize this bill closely but at this time I believe it will be difficult for me to support it. Again, it seems to me, we have a bill that is designed for a problem of our urban areas that becomes rather ridiculous when applied to smaller cities and towns. Local governing bodies now have the power under home rule to enact codes which they feel are needed. Decisions made by local elected officials are usually in the best interests of home communities than are the rules which bureaucrats adopt in Washington or Des Moines. When establishing new governmental agencies those agencies are always given the power to • formulate such rules as are necessary to carry out the intent of the legislature. Therein lies the danger. Last Thursday evening shortly after 9 p.m. we finally wound up debate on the revision of the Iowa Criminal Code. After seven weeks of off and on debate and over 500 amendments, many of which were terribly controversial, the final vote was 66 aye — 28 nay. Although there were several amendments adopted which I strongly opposed I did support the entire bill on final passage. It will now go to the Senate where I hope some mistakes by the House will be corrected. I intend to visit with several Senators on particular areas 1 feel are in error and urge them to work for corrective action. The bill will be back to the House again 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. JAMES W.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. 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 Rates By carrier delivery per week 1 .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 1 and 2 per year i23.oo All Other Mall in the United States, per year J27.00 out literature promising that it elected he would sign the common-situs picketing bill (vetoed by President Ford) and a repeal of Taft-Hartley's right-to-work section. Both are anathema to corporate America. Moreover, in the face of strong support for Jackson from the entire bureaucracy of the AFL-CIO Steel Workers Union — a dominant political force in this steel capital of the world — Carter's presence at the plant gate seemed to demonstrate conclusively that, in the anti-organization politics and culture of today, rank-and-file, blue-collar workers are taking direction from no one. "A majority of us here are voting for the man any more, not the politician the union says to vote for," a stamper of steel shapes told us on his way to work. The sentiment became repetitive. Thus, following his surprising heart-to-heart talk with not unsympathetic titans of industry, Carter went to the workers they pay, over the heads of the union bosses, and doubly verified the political truth on which his campaign is based: political office is more vulnerable than ever to capture by a resourceful, imaginative campaigning that exploits the skepticisms and the decay of power in almost all organizations. But while Carter has designed just such a strategy. Jackson seems inescapably tied to the old. In Philadelphia Monday, there was little imagination in the morning of campaigning at the antiquated Frankfurt Arsenal, a federal installation now under death sentence, which he promised to salvage if elected President. The few hundred workers who saw Jackson were almost certainly already part of his own constituency, and the guide who took him around for the benefit of TV cameras was a uniformed Army colonel — an association Jackson does not need. Hence, some usually astute politicians are saying that if it weren't for the support of the steel workers, most other unions and virtually all wings of the divided Philadelphia Democratic party, Jackson would not have a chance. In truth, however, the mere fact that Jackson is so publicly backed by so many once-powerful organizations may prove to be an albatross, not a blessing. That was clearly hinted by Carter's surprising success with both Republican big business and Democratic steel workers here. Indeed, with both Rep. Morris Udall and Gov. George Wallace dropping far off the pace, the contrasting campaigns of Carter and Jackson in the all-important popular vote or "beauty contest" portion of this Tuesday's primary election, threatens to catch Jackson at a dangerous low point. The snickers that Jackson is only Humphrey's stand-in are. of course, part of his problem — but a small part. • His real problem is the abysmal failure of his campaign to get out of its pedestrian rut. while Carter cavorts on the field with an eye-boggling demonstration of broken-field running. Countryside Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Farm building 5 Circular grain storage 9 Fowl 12 Away from wind 13 Large Australian tree 14 Indonesian of Mindanao 15 Weight measure (pi.) 16 Against 17 Head covering 18 Hunting dog 20 Garden vegetable 22 Adjective suffix 23 Single thing 24 Used to reach ha'ymow (2 wds.) 28 Want 32 Babylonian god 33 Poem 34 One (Scot.) 35 Latitude (ab.) 36 Source of maple sugar 39 Sainte (ab.) 40 Dutch cheese 42 Farm machine 44 Route (ab.) 47 Narrow inlet 48 Work animals 51 Make clear (po8t.) 55 Labor group (ab.) 56 Goat's baby (2 wds.) 58 Meat of calf 59 School sign (simp sp.) 60 Dried 61 Jewish month 62 Make lace 63 Epochs 64 Silk (Fr.) DOWN 1 Sometimes invade barns 2 Lily plant 3 Lease 4 Setting hens have done this 5 Began 6 Electrified particle 7 Game of chance 8 Strong vegetable 9 Laughter sound 10 Slate (Fr ) 11 Atlantic treaty group (ab.) 19 Within (comb form) 21 Farm workers 24 Qualified 25 Pipe material 26 Alberta (ab.) 27 Relaxation 29 Direction 30 Inner (comb, form) 31 Forest creature 37 Pleases (archaic) 38 Used to carry milk 41 Married lady (ab.) 43 Baby cows 45 Pester 46 Glacial gravel 48 School subject (ab.) 49 Spanish jar 50 Certain class of vegetable 52 African river 53 Common mule's name 54 She (Fr ) 57 Boy's name

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