Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 30, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, April 30, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Friday, April 30,1976 What Others Are Saying — Chicago Tribune The economy continues to recover, and even better, it seems to be recovering on its own with the dubious help of patent medicines from Washington. Gross National Product, the broadest measurement of economic output, rose at an annual rate of 7.5 per cent in real terms in the first .quarter, the fourth consecutive quarter of gains since the lows of the recession. After adjustment for inflation, the economy is almost back to its pre-recession high of 1973. .The broad measure of inflation defined as the GNP deflator showed a rise of only 3.7 per cent in the first r quarter, barely half the rate of the fourth quarter and the lowest since the third quarter of 1972. True, industry is still running at only about 80 per cent of capacity; inflation reflected by the narrower consumer price index is likely to run at 5 to 6 per cent this year; and unemployment is still hjgh. So the •economy recovery can hardly be called a boom—but that may be just as well. The steadier the recovery and the less the outside stimulus, the. more likely it can be maintained. The chief political beneficiary •' should be President Ford, who in the convoluted world of Washington, has Inside Report become something of an economic experimenter simply by refraining from experimenting with the economy. There is no sign of the calamity which George Meany of the AFL-CIO and others prophesied if the government failed to pump massive new injections of money into the economy. And as long as the recovery maintains its steady course, we can see no reason to tamper with Mr. Ford's formula of benign restraint. As our Washington columnist Frank Starr .points out, the presidential campaign has largely become one seeking an issue, and day by day the Democrats' attack on Mr. Ford's economic policies become less viable. That is a salutary trend, not because it serves Mr. Ford but because it serves all of us. It reflects the fact that while the government may have a legitimate role in economic affairs, it does not have the solution to every problem. The more we rely on normal market forces to cure the economy, the healthier the recovery will be. If a continuing recovery succeeds in driving that point home, it will make for healthier political campaigns as well as a healthier economy. Ames Daily Tribune The gesture voted earlier this week by the Organization of Transportation and State Employes was unusual and laudable.' •'About 200 of the union's 3,000 'members meeting in Ames voted to give up proposed cost of living • salary increases to stop the layoff of a bout 400 Department of Transportation employes. • That's an uncommon move and we congratulate those few union members for their concern for fellow workers. - However, from the taxpayer's point of view, the DOT layoffs make sense — if. the figures they're based on are correct. State departments should not automatically grow or even remain stable each year. If the work isn't there to justify keeping the employes, then cutbacks are necessary. This should be true whether Victor Preisser is the head of the department or not. His alleged ambitions are not at issue here. If there are honest questions about the information used to make the layoff decision, then full' documentation should be provided by the DOT to prove the reasoning. The layoff is going to be tough on Ames and traumatic to the workers who lose their jobs. But it's nothing less than should be expected from state government under the circumstances. Mason City Gobe Gazette State Rep. Richard Welden's longstanding efforts to get a limit on the length of Iowa's legislative sessions deserves more than lip-service commendations; they deserve active support. And it doesn'.t even have to be support of the Iowa Falls Republican's own proposal calling for an "orderly winddown" of the session. If you favor any plan which would put some kind of limits on the Iowa Legislature to get its' work completed and get out of Des Moines 'as quickly and economically as possible, you should be helping Welden's bill get a hearing. ' Under the Welden proposal, there would be a series of deadlines for shutting down action on bills at various stages in both the House and Senate! Another plan which has been discussed calls for placing a definite limit on the number of days the legislature can be in session each .' year. A third plan calls for a limit on the number of days for which, the ...legislators would be paid each session. The limited pay plan might just be the most effective, but we don't really think it stands much of a chance of passage. Welden calls the present no-limit method of conducting Iowa's legislative sessions "an expensive luxury." We couldn't agree more. There are no limits to the amount of time and money the legislature can spend in Des Moines, and Welden's charges that this is a "ripoff" of taxpayers is indisputable. In the 1973-74 biennium only six legislatures in the nation spent more days in regular session than Iowa's. What is particularly bothersome is that there has been little or no . defense of the present Iowa system. Welden's charges that the leaders of both political parties in the legislature oppose his bill because it "limits their powers to manipulate legislation" are met mostly with silence or questionable utterances about session limits damaging the legislative process. That's bunk. Limits work in other states, so why shouldn't they work here? Thirty-four state legislatures have some kind of session limits;. 16 legislatures do not. A 2-1 edge for limits indicates it not only can be done, but should be done. Vague, Suspicious By Ray Cromley 1 WASHINGTON - (NBA) : Secretary of State Henry Kissinger '; strides 'into the press conference • dramatically late, flanked by two •' sturdily built young men with black ''.. faces. They station themselves to his left and right,- and through the session ply ;•- their eyes from front to back across the ' ; sea of reporters, who have already ,! passed through two security checks before being allowed into the room. No '; photographer — or reporter — is • allowed to the rear of an imaginary line running directly through Kissinger's : speaking stand. . The security'is tighter than that at :• any conference I've :'•' attended. Kissinger is. obviously nervous, ..'though surely not in fear of the ''i' reporters. His jokes,.for the most part, '" do not come off well, certainly not with • the ease of earlier days in the White • House. He repeats himself. Even when ' questions from reporters he knows well, he stares blankly, unlike his casualness of months back. But he clearly relishes being Secretary of State. It is difficult to believe he will give up the post willingly, even under today's pressures and political attacks. Criticism has always bothered Kissinger deeply and he has been known to go to pieces when under sharp attack. He has had a tendency, for years, which shows up now in his private conversations, to be deeply suspicious of the motives of those who differ with him. Disagreement is taken as personal affront. The danger here is that this man who continually looks inward at his own emotions and logic and refuses to understand the emotions and the reasoning of those who believe the United States would be better off • following different policies could, in his eagerness to show himself right and his critics wrong, carry this nation into stands and agreements reached for their dramatic effect rather than for the longtime good of this nation. Whither Humphrey? By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — The mood in Suite 202A of the Shoreham Hotel here Tuesday morning was buoyant, with Robert Short, longtime political confidant of Sen. Hubert Humphrey, putting final touches on the breakfast meeting scheduled for Wednesday which would finally bring the Humphrey candidacy out of the shadows. By nightfall, Short had cancelled the pro-Humphrey breakfast on orders from Humphrey himself, orders that dramatized the ambivalence of Hubert Humphrey and sharpened the dilemma which has dogged him ever since Jimmy Carter started winning presidential primaries. With Carter's stunning triumph in Pennsylvania.' showing anti-Carter labor barons to be paper tigers and the entrenched political leaders of the Democratic party only marginally more potent, Humphrey now stands alone between Carter and the presidential nomination. That leaves the Senator in a far more exposed and delicate position than before Pennsylvania, when Sen. Henry M. Jackson was still viable as the candidate perceived by anti-Carter forces not as a possible nominee himself but as the candidate who could stop Carter, deadlock the convention and prepare the way to broker Humphrey into the nomination. Jackson lost that viability somewhere between the unbossed steelworkers of Pittsburgh and the coal miners in Wilkes-Barre — but just as big a loser as Jackson was Hubert Humphrey. Indeed, the dilemma that has dogged Humphrey's role as a non-candidate is now leading him into ever more agonizing procrastination. Thus, Short truly believed that under pressure from anti-Carter operatives assembled here for that big pro-Humphrey breakfast meeting Wednesday, Humphrey could be persuaded to enter the June 8 New Jersey primary election (with an April 29 filing deadline). The revision of Short's plans downard Advice Don't Leave Her With Buddy By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Buddy, a guy I work with, likes to fish and so do I, so last weekend he and I went on a fishing trip. When we came home and Buddy met my wife for the first time, he looked her up and down, and then he turned to me and said, "Hey, man, you must be nuts to leave a beautiful gal like that alone for the weekend." Do you think I was? LIKES TO FISH DEAR LIKES: I don't know about THAT weekend, but the next time you go fishing, ,be sure to take Buddy with you. DEAR ABBY: A year ago I married a widow. I owned a home, but it was too large for two people, so I sold it and moved into hers. She had a mortgage on it, which I paid off, then I bought her home from her and put it in both our names. The problem is her son. He has been in a lot of trouble with the law. (Burglaries.) Right now he's on probation. He has always carried' a key to his mother's house, which means he can come and go as he pleases, whether we're home or not. I have missed a pair of expensive binoculars, a portable TV and a very good camera. I believe this young man took them and sold them. His mother thinks so, too. and she has asked him Around the Rotunda Performance Audit by Harrison Weber DES MOINEsi — Iowa may soon join the ranks of a growing number of states that have adopted performance audit systems. . . . . ..,,,,. The thrust of such a system would be, '•to provide 'legislators with'more information so they can better evaluate on-going programs. A bill is being readied for introduction in the House by a select appropriations subcommittee headed by Rep. Richard Byerly, D-Ankeny. At the present time the Legislature uses what Byerly describes as the "plateau system" in making appropriations. "We always start with a certain plateau, the budget from the previous year, and then add to it," Byerly observed. Under the proposal, the lawmakers would have the means of using the latest management techniques to evaluate programs. "We'd have bench marks to measure programs," Byerly explained. "This is very much akin to some of the moves by the General Accounting Office on the federal level in justifying expenditures. What it boils down to is a means for getting a better handle on spending." Right now legislators don't have an effective way of determining if the money they appropriate is used precisely the way it was intended, Byerly pointed out. A move is underway, both in Iowa and across the nation, to have closer legislative scrutiny of state expenditures. In Iowa, for example, Byerly points to the job that has been done by the joint House and Senate appropriations subcommittee on human resources which has spent hundreds of hours over the past year pouring over the budget and programs of the department of social services. Another problem, as Byerly sees it. is that under the present system the state officials who are the glib speakers tend to come out better in terms of the size of their budgets. "I think all agencies should be treated equitably. Committees try to do that, but there is always the human element. Without proper information it's hard to "Quote/Unquote" "Even though they may be clothed in economic considerations, most industries' decisions to leave (New York City) are basically immoral decisions. Look over your city and weep, for , your city is dying." —Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore, Jr., in an Easter service at the Cathedral of St: John the Divine in New 'York, calling on businesses not to desert the city in its time of need. "I don't know if I have to throw out , the first meatball or pizza, but I'll be prepared for both." —Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, on being invited by the Tuscany government to open the first Tuscany Gastronomic Festival in Florence, Italy in May. challenge the budgets presented by the administrators. "This proposal will allow legislators to apply some known efficiency measure_s to state agencies. These practices' haVe been taken'for granted in many business and industrial settings:-government in Iowa has not chosen to grapple with it until now." said Byerly. It's interesting. Byerly noted, that ten years ago performance auditing was considered a very conservative movement. Today it has evolved into a very progressive movement. Rep. Byerly is very frank to admit that he has some reservations about the bill. "I've not been enchanted with what I've read and seen in some states where they take on paper tigers and politically powerful groups are exempt from this ... "Sometimes the committee overseeing the program has compiled mountains of minutiae. We have to guard against this." Obviously the Legislature would not have the means to apply performance auditing procedures to every state program. The proposal calls for creating the position of performance auditor under the legislative fiscal director. A committee of legislators would determine which areas would be examined using the performance auditing technique. At the outset, Byerly sees three or four individuals working in this area with the possibility of building up to eight or nine employes in a couple years'time. Other members besides Byerly. on the select committee drafting this legislation which is wanted by the Democratic leadership include Representatives Carl Nielsen, Altoona; William Monroe. Burlington: John Brunow, Centerville and Donald Avenson, Oelwein, all Democrats, plus Andrew Varley. Stuart; Laverne Sphroeder. McClelland: and Delwyn Stromer. Garner all Republicans. ^_ ri _r^r\j-ij-ij\ m f-\ m s\s^j\f\j~i_r\j~ij~ij~ts~i*~~ii''' i 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 2,1897. 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 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 1 and 2 per • year J23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year J27.00 for the key. He gives her one excuse after another and still has the key, How can we get the key back without making an ugly scene? CHICAGOAN DEAR CHICAGOAN: Forget the key. Change the locks. DEAR ABBY: I'm a mature, 15-year-old girl, and I can't wait until my next birthday so I can quit school and leave home. My mother is always on my back about something. Nothing I do ever pleases her. She has never trusted me, even when I had nothing to hide. She makes me feel so low and cheap. I can't wait to get away from this house and HER. There is this dude I really dig. He's 22 and being divorced. I'm not supposed to be seeing him, but I see him anyway. He says when I turn 16 I'll be able to do what I please, then he'll take me on the road with him. He's a trucker and makes good money. It wouldn't be a shacking up deal, Abby. He wants to MARRY me as soon as his divorce comes through. He's got two kids, but his wife keeps them, and she doesn't hassle him because he's always been on time with the support checks. I love this dude, and the only thing I can say against, him is thai he gets awfully mean when he drinks. But he's not an alcoholic,'and he'nev'er'drinks'ori the job. Help me decide what to do. Anything would be better than living here. WANTS TO RUN DEAR WANTS: Of all the reasons to marry, yours is the poorest. Please get some counseling, dear. Your school has a service for troubled students. And a talk with a clergyman would help. But the word from here is to stay home and get your head together. from that peak was abrupt. Instead of an active Humphrey race in New Jersey. Short was forced into a retreat which left him this alternative to nothing at all: persuade Humphrey to sign a letter authorizing formation of an exploratory Humphrey-for-President committee. That would permit Short and anti-Carter forces to start raising money — and to hope that the Senator would formally announce his candidacy sometime next month. That Humphrey, even though under pressure from his family and close friends to keep out, will sign Short's drafted letter is probable. But even if he does, and then later declares his candidacy without actively campaigning in New Jersey or any other primary, the likelihood of stopping Carter is remote at best and the prospect of deep bitterness within the Democratic party is certain. That became clear in the immediate aftermath of Pennsylvania. For example, Douglas Fraser, top political activist of the liberal United Auto Workers.union and until now quietly but determinedly anti-Carter, believes that if Carter has 1.000 delegates (out of 1,505 needed to nominate) when he gets to Madison Square Garden in July, any effort to block him could be disastrous for the party. "The rank and file of labor spoke out pretty clearly in Pennsylvania," Fraser told us. "That voice will be ignored by the party at its peril." A somewhat similar concern about the stop-Carter battle has been privately but strongly voiced by Rep. Peter-Rodino of New Jersey, who (with Sen. Pete Williams) is co-chairman of the uncommitted delegate slate in the New Jersey primary. Rodino has threatened not to enter the New Jersey primary at all because his uncommitted slate has now become so inextricably identified as a stop-Carter movement. He has warned Humphrey that only a clear and unambiguous Humphrey candidacy will keep Rodino on the New Jersey ballot: that he will not "front" for any shadow candidate. But Humphrey, the target of growing pressures both from politicians who are for Carter and from Carter enemies begging Humphrey to jump into the race, has shown signs of bewilderment and of not knowing what to do. His extraordinary statement last Sunday that if he was asked he would campaign for the Rodino uncommitted slate in • New Jersey — even though not, an active 1 candidate himself — appalled perceptive politicians, including Ro'lino. Given Carter's sweeping momentum and Humphrey's refusal to run the risks of all-out battle. Bob Short's task in trying to galvanize Humphrey now seems almost as formidable as Humphrey's will be if — a big if — he finally does go all out to trip up Jimmy Carter between here and Madison Square Garden. At Court Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Where judges sit 4 Law court 9 Bring into court 12 Spanish cheer 13 Elevate 14 Tons (ab.) 15 Place of iniquity 16 Given by court 17 River islel 18 Long for 20 Yearly income (Fr.) 22 Greek letter 24 Affirmative vote 25 Prison exercise place 28 Feline 30 Takes into custody (slang) 34 Curved molding 35 Explosive 36 Female ruff 37 New Zealand parrot 38 Indebtedness paper (ab.) 39 boy (slangy praise) 40 Whirlpool 42 Mover's truck 43 Former Russian ruler 44 Be indebted 46 Superlative suffix 48 Aid in catching felon (2 wds.) 51 Large brass instruments 55 Stinger 56 South American animal 60 Pub drink 61 Guide's note 62 into custody 63 Electrified particle 64 Law degree (ab.) 65 Turf 66 Allow DOWN 1 Group of people 2 Sheltered side 3 Girl's name 4 Representative (slang) 5 Rowing implement 6 Relieve of 7 Utilize 8 State of person acquitted 9 Boy's nickname 10 Distinct part • 11 Famous Italian lamily 19 Counsel (archaic) 21 Evening (poet,) 23 Not slothful 24 Bring into harmony 25 Symbol of bondage 26 Old 27 Peruse 29 Wild ox of Celebes 31 Talents 32 2nd Greek letter 33 Char 39 Aleutian island 41 Personal pronoun 45 Flesh marks from lashing 47 Witness 48 Adam's son 49 Jail room 50 Go first 52 Money deposited with court 53 Tropical plant 54 Dispatched 57 Rule of conduct 58 Police record for "also known as" 59 Sea (Fr.)

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