Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 22, 1972 · Page 4
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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation C K K K L E Y (Colo.) T R I B U N E Saturday,April 22,1372 Page 4 Pause and Ponder For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of (he knowledge of the glory of God in the face, of Jesus Christ-- II Corinthians 4:6 Apollo 16 Thoughts The first manned flight of an Apollo spacecraft was the earth-orbital mission of Apollo 7 in October, 1968. During the three and a half years since then we have witnessed a succession of ever more ambitious and complex missions, highlighted when man first set foot on the moon in July, 1969. Thus the Apollo 16 mission has a bit of an old hat flavor about it. We are only moderately impressed by the spectacle of yet another Apollo ship heading for a little more rock-gathering on the moon; we've seen all that before. Yet have we, though? The fact is thai step by step the moon shots have expanded understanding of the moon and of the solar system, and have at the same time posed new questions -- which in turn have spurred on later astronaut teams and the scientists who back them up. Apollo 16 is carrying on this tradition, notably by focusing for the first time on lunar highlands country. There is something else about Apollo 16: it is the next to the last of the series. Seventeen is scheduled for launching next December, and after that there will be a long dry ,pell so far as American exploration of the moon is concerned. Our space program will turn its main attention to other undertakings, and the moon will be left to the Soviet space people for a decade, or so. It will be a melancholy, anti-climatic end for a program that' has been at once glamorous and scientifically productive. Meanwhile, Apollo 16 remains a wonder and a delight for all not rendered blase by the succession of its predecessors. Other space ventures will undoubtedly be interesting, but many will be sorry, as we are, to see ·the Apollo program end. GUILTY, ALL RI6HT, WE PLANNED THE JO INTO IT, EQUIP?t HlfA FOR IT, ANt (AU6HT HIM AT' IT Letters tO the Tribune Environment Conference Hopes School Board Will Choose Woman To tiie Tribune: The School Board has until May 15th to choose a replacement for past director Robert Singer. I wonder who will finally be drafted to the job. Personally, I am 'hoping that the Board will consider and choose a woman. I would he happy to hear that a business woman had been chosen. A ·women with children in Greeley's public schools or a woman who has been a teacher herself might be a good choice. An honest, open-minded woman director on tho Greeley School Board wo::ld be refreshing and a step in the right direction. I wonder if it is possible? Mrs. Barbara Maxfield 1715 12lh Ave. Calkins Corrects Hr?.ring Statement To The Tribune: At the public hearings concerning Mountain Bell Telephone Company rate increases held April 14, in Grceley, I relayed to the Public Utilities Commis. sion hearing officers information from n survey taken of telephone customers in Fort Luplon, Colo. I made two in- corcrect statements at the hearing. I made the statement that of 20 Chicanes who stated.that at one time or another they hnd failed to pay their telephone bill on time, 19 of these people had their phone service disconnected for not paying their bill on time. This statement is incorrect. I misread the correct figure which is that of 20 Chicanos who stated that (hey failed to pay their bill on time 10 had their phone service disconnected. The figures slated for the counterpart Anglos slill hold, Twenty Anglos staled that they had failed lo pay their phone bill at one time or another. One Anglo of these 20 staled that (heir phone service was dis' connected for not paying their phone bill on lime. The second error concerns Chicanos and Anglos (jueslioned about (heir financial background by Mountain Bell prior lo receiving phone service. Al Ihe hearing I staled that CO per cenl of (ho Cliicanos were questioned about their f i n a n c i a l background. This figure is incorrect . The correct figure is that 40 per cent nf Die Chicanos were questioned about their financial background. The statement that six per cent of Ihe \nglos were questioned about their l.'nancial background is still valid. As for the other numerical figures which I quoted from Ihe survey, I stand Hehind Iheir correctness. I apologize for Ihe mistakes. James W. Calkins Fort Lupton Current Quotes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "We don't have lo walk far to pick up rocks. We're among 'em."--Apollo 1C astronaut John W. Young, a f t e r landing on the moon. "I wouldn't give you 2 cents for orange juice as a hair tonic. It mats the hair down."--Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., in reporting that orange juice had leaked into his space helmet. "Everydoby should rise up smi fay, "Thank you, Mr. President, for bombing H a i - phong.' " -- M a r t h a M i t c h e l l , wife of former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell, In a speech lo Republican women. Starlings Are Coming To The Tribune: Yes -- the starlings are coming again! They have been here before and they are known to be a nuisance, a destroyer, a health hazard, an expense, and a terrible pest to the rural areas where they feed and to the residential areas where they roost. The slarlings feed in rural areas during the day, but choose foliaged urban neighborhoods for roosting sites. They turn these areas into noxious, stinking places. They drive out all species of birds except a few blackbirds and grackles. At dusk they fly in from the feeding areas and, as flocks, they nearly darken the sky. The noise level is almost beyond human endurance. The slarlings really take over the site in which they choose to roost. No knowing person would venture near a starling roosting site while the birds are (here. No sensitive person can walk near a starling roosting site during the day because of the foulness and stench! If you are a doubter of the above, I invite you lo come during the next few months to Ihe Glenmcre area and risk Ihe proliferation and dirt. I suggest that you bring an umbrella to avoid bcingplastcred and a clothespin for your nose. Of course, the starlings can be cr- radicalcd! Many city, county, stale and federal health agencies agree that this should be done but arc still hesitant to initiate this course of action. However, if Ihe birds cannot he killed, they can be moved lo another location. This has been done in Greeley. The neighbors of Glenmere inherited the birds from a sile on the UNO campus. We don't necessarily want to "pass" the starlings on to another neighborhood, but we are not going to tolerate the situation. The birds are going to go!-either by extermination or "moving- thcm-oul!" What would you suggest? Do you want (hem? R. Sj. James 1836 Hlh Ave. Generates Own Pollution By EDWARD NEILAN Copley News Service WASHINGTON -- An upcoming United Nations conference on the human environment has already generated a kind of paper pollution all its own. The June -16 meeting In Stockholm will attract delegations from some 100 nations. These delegations have already received five-pound bundles of documents comprising 800 pages of background, guidance and proposals that are to be discussed at the sessions in Sweden. The documents are a condensation of some 12,000 pages of preparatory material churned out by the conference secretariat. ·Summed up, the background papers say, "Pollution is bad; everyone's against pollution; let's all get together and declare war on pollution." "I have never read such elaborate hogwash in all my life," said one diplomat who requested anonymity. Maurice Strong, the Canadian secretary general of the conference, defends the concept of the gathering against a mounting array of criticism. "A couple of years ago environment was an unknown concept in many areas," Strong said. "I visiteddozens of countries in organizing this conference and I can assure you that today while there are all sorts of differing views about what should be done and how, in every country there is a rapidly growing core or cadre of what you might call environmental awareness, deeply concerned about these problems." "Stockholm," Strong Insists, "will be a starting point for action." Maybe so, but among the dissenters are those who point out skeptically that it will be the starting point of a U.S. commitment to spend $100 million over fiveyearsto"combatglobalpoUution." The critics say that the main thing the money will go for will be creation of a new environmental bureaucracy'and the printing of "more five-pound bundles of background papers." There is by no means an international community of interest on what constitutes an environmental problem. In industrialized countries, smoke- belching steel mills are main targets for control. In developing countries, steel mills of any kind are welcomed whether they belch smoke or perfume. Small country chauvinism has already reared its head. An African delegation, in declaring it would attend the conference, says it will oppose any "big power" dictation on how it should clean up its cities and industries. These conflicting attitudes and requirements give some inkling of the problems faced by the conference planners. The foremost matter before the conference will be the creation within the United Nations of a new permanent unit to coordinate international environmental improvement activities that are now nonexistent or spotty in application. Another major item on the agenda will be the "setting up of an "earth- watch" -- a global system for monitoring atmospheric and oceanic pollution. The conference is scheduled to attack the world's environmental problems on six fronts: "human settlements," resources, pollution, economic development, information and education, and the structure of operations of the new U.N. environment unit. · TheU.S. delegation to the conference in Stockholm is already doing its homework. The group will be headed by Christian A. Herter Jr., environmental assistant to Secretary of State William P. Rogers. Today In History TAKES A GOOD SHOT TO GET OUT OF THE ROUGH By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday, April 22, (he 113th day of 1972. There are 253 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this dale in 1898, the first shot of the Spanish-American War was fired when (he USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship off Key West, Fla. On this dale: In 1793, the United Stales proclaimed its neutrality in a war between France, and Britain. In 1364, the U.S. Congress authorized the Mint lo use Ihe molto, "In God Wo Trust," on American coins, In 1889, thousands of homesteaders swarmed into Ihe Oklahoma Territory and slaked out Itind. In 1915, the German army used poison gas for the first time in World War I. In 1964, the New York World's Fair opened, Ten years ago: The acting secretary general of the United Nations, UThant, warned that a powerful nation could bankrupt the world organization by refusing to contribute to its peacekeeping activities. Five years ago: The United Auto Workers gave the union's executive board power to withdraw from the One year tgo: Haiti's dictator, Francois Duvalier, died at the age of 64and his son, Jean Claude Duvalier, was sworn in as the new president. Today's birthdays: Violinist Yehudi Menuhln is 56. Actor Eddie Albert is H. Thought for today: A rich man's joke Is always funny-- T.E. Brown, British poet, 1830-1897. ' · Open House A Tax Bite Hurts And Unfair ByJAMESM.WOODARD Copley News Service "Every time I write a check for my ever-increasing property tax, I suffer * bit of trauma and frustration. I just can't understand how such an unfair and inequitable tax can continue to be forced on the millions of home owners in this country." This is the consensus of expressions from many homo owners regarding property lax, which is generally larger this year than ever before in most communities. The home owner, through property taxation, is required to carry the lion's share of the costs of schools, welfare and other services shared by the efitlft population. The reasoning for this taxing system, started (and belongs) in the Middle Ages, is based on the concept that persons owning a high-value home can afford to pay more tax than those own-ing a lesser-value home. In fact, the present system would indicate a person's capability to pay tax is determined in direct ratio to the value of his home, and other real properly. The inequitable nature of this system is obvious, but still it hangs in there as our primary source of revenue for government services. Probably the greatest hardships resulting from the property tax are suffered by elderly home owners. While they try to subsist on fixed incomes, taxes on their home jump upward each year. And each year it becomes more financially difficult, if not Impossible, for them to keep their home. · In some communities, government leaders are not only increasing property taxes, they are also demanding them earlier in Ihe year. In one easlern area, for example, Ihe practice has been to collect property taxes in four equal quarterly payments.' This year, property owners must pay their taxes in two payments -- 60 per cent of the total year's taxes for the first payment, 40 per cent-for the second. Of course, it takes a certain amount of money to operate the increasingly complex government machinery. But more and more taxpayers feel the property owner.is carrying a much too large share-of'.this tax burden. It's too easy to raise the property lax rate each year in a proportionate amount to cover added costs of government. Taxpayer groups iir some communities are becoming so concerned about the problem they are talking of a general "tax revolt." Others are taking a more realistic approach by working with legislators or instiluting "tax limiting" initiatives on state ballots. Q. Last fall we moved .to a new community. We had a difficult time selling our former home. In fact, a sale was not consummated until a month after we moved. Are any of the costs in keeping up this vacant home tax deductible? A. Yes. The Tax Court recently ruled that a home put up for sale and not used as a residence by the taxpayer becomes "property held for the production of income." As such, it gives the home owner two important break' n n his de- come tax return. He can deduct depreciation on his old home from the time it becomes vacant and "for sale" to the time it is sold, and he may deduct repair and maintenance costs incurred on the property during the same period. Check it out with your own accountant. Q. We are considering moving into a spacious apartment offered for a rental of $540 per month. Are such rents limited by federal controls? A. Most renlals are limited by federal "Phase II" rent controls. However, luxury apartments, renting on January I9lh for $500 or more are currently exempt from these controls. Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Publ ished every weeV day even : ng by th · Tribune-Republican Publishing Co.tlflci, 7H iih St., Greeley, cwo., ewi. Phww MI- 0111. Mildred If a riltn. Publisher Leoo. Koenij, BuiinessManaaer Jake Ellrlck, Circulation Manager RoberlWidlund, Edilcr A. L. Ptlersen, Advlrlis'ng Manager Jamesw. Poppe, SuperinleMtnt Second class poslagt p*'4'tl Grtttty, Colo. Member of Ir.i Assoclaltd Prni, Coelw Ne*s Service, Colorado Prtss Assn., IiviM* -Daily Press Assn., Avdil iurtau o(-c«r. cuUiion. . . ; Issued to Ihe Tribune.ReouUlclfi P»» listiliv) Co. by Oreelfy Typo. -graphical Union no. at. iLjal

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