OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1974 Ed-torialj wrHien by jamw Gray and Chariw Editorial Comment, The fiasco of personal goals for merit pay Alerted by rather hefty salary increases given to some top state government appointees, Senate DFL Leader Nicholas Coleman dispatched two Senate researchists to check up. Earlier this week they issued their report and it caused quite a stir among the natives here in the North Star State. The big raises ($1,600 to $6,000) came about through a merit pay system resulting from Gov. Anderson's Loan Executive Action Program (LEAP is a program initiated by the governor to bring businessmen into government to install moneysaving techniques). The system involved "management by objective." Officials who were participating would list their goals and then be judged on reaching those goals. The shocker was that these high-powered state executives were listing personal goals in addition to those connected with bettering their normal job duties. Some officials said they had taken dancing lessons, lost weight, quit smoking, taken family vacations, gone to church and read news magazines. Closer to his job, one commissioner and his deputy requested merit pay for developing a new floor plan for their offices. Needless to say, people were stunned by this new revelation about the games people play in state government. The Governor's office hastened to reassure everyone that the personal achievement of the officials played no part in getting merit pay. But just as bad as the idea of winning a bonus through dancing lessons is the observation by the researchers that many of the legitimate job goals listed by officials were "reasonably challenging" but still within normal duties. In other words the official who was really on the ball doing what was expected of him would be passed over when the raises were passed out — unless he dreamed up some little extra gimmicks to show he was playing the game. To no one's surprise, this feature of the merit system already has been given the heave-ho. This is all to the good. But there are still some lingering doubts in our mind about the whole episode. How did this ridiculous personal-goal business find its way into the merit pay system in.the first place? Who gave these 53 department heads and their deputies good cause to believe quitting smoking would count towards a pay raise? Wouldn't you think these executive-types would have had some qualms about listing farcical goals for serious consideration? Three thoughts come to mind over this incident. 1) It looks to us as though the personal-goal aspect was meant to go unnoticed by the public. 2) We appreciate Sen. Coleman's vigilance. 3) Politics is a never- ending source of surprises. •Merry-Go-Roundi Ford known for frugality By Jack Anderson Business News Workshop for piano teachers set Tuesday Fergus Falls area piano teachers will meet at the Fergus Falls Holiday Inn Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a workshop conducted by Jane Smisor Bastien and James W. Bastien, prominent young composers and teachers. Tested teaching techniques for both children and adults will be demonstrated. Mrs. Bastien, author and editor of the "Music Through the Piano" series, is as assistant professor of music at Tulane University, New Orleans, and head of the preparatory piano department at Newcomb College. She was the sole lecturer on the New Orleans television program, "Experiment in Teaching Piano," sponsored by the Ford Foundation. She is the com- Fergus Falls employment shows gain Employment in Fergus Falls in July increased by 34 from June and is 302 above July, 1973, the Minnesota Department of Employment Services reports. There were gains in several categories. Comparative figures for July show the total was 5,610 this year, 5,308 in 1973, 5.343 in 1972, 5,358 in 1971 and 5,303 in 1970. The demand for workers at present includes manager, trainee, receptionist, teller, sales clerks, route salesperson, waitresses, fry cook, farm equipment operators, diesel mechanic, semi-truck driver and stationary' engineer. Here are employment figures for Fergus Falls for June and July this year and July, 1973: June July July Category 1974 1974 1973 Retail Trade 911 921 928 Service 1253 1259 1222 Manuf. 769 759 696 Whol. Trade 91 91 82 Pub.Util. 549 544 564 Government 1292 1287 1150 Finance 219 223 199 Const. 455 491 445 Othrr 37 35 24 Total 5576 5610 5308 poser and editor of 38 books and 59 teaching pieces in the "Music Through the Piano" series. Her husband, also a teacher, composer, pianist and lecturer, is an associate professor of music at Loyola University, New Orleans. He has performed in concerts as accompanist for Metropolitan Opera singers John Alexander, Rosalind Elias and Richard Tucker. He has been on the faculty at Tanglewood and at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Mich. He is the composer and editor of 14 books and nine solos in the new "Music Through the Piano" series. The workshop will stress the pre-school beginner, adult beginner, the transfer student, class piano organization, multi- key pedagogy at all levels and piano literature and technique. The workshop is open to all piano teachers at no charge. It is sponsored by the Roy Olson Music Company of Fergus Falls. Bidding set Aug. 23 on IH10 improvement Bids on trunk highway improvements to be opened in St. Paul Aug. 23 include improvements of Highway 10 in Otter Tail County. The projects are scheduled to begin Oct. 7 and to be completed in 110 working days. One of the projects calls for grading of 5.5 miles, from 3.7 miles southeast of TH 78 in Perham to 1.8 miles northwest of CSAH 67 in New York Mills. Included is the construction of bridges to carry eastbound and westbound traffic of the Burlington Northern tracks some five miles west of CSAH 67. The other project calls for gradingof 5.4 miles between 1.8 miles northwest of CSAH 67 at New York Mills and .5 mile southeast of TH 106 as well as construction of bridges to carry eastbound and westbound traffic over CSAH 67. The project was readvertiscd when bids received July 26 were rejected. WASHINGTON - There wasn't a bit of hypocrisy in Gerald Ford's onslaught against "escalating federal spending" in his first address to Congress as President. Indeed, he's the country's most prominent, personal skinflint. While his generosity to his friends is unchallenged, Ford's wallet is so threadbare that he recently had to borrow three dollars for lunch from Senate Minority Uader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania. Ford dug into his pockets and came up with nothing but lint. Characteristically, he repaid Scott at the next weekly luncheon of Republican congressional leaders without being reminded. The new President is expected to sit down often at the weekly lunches with his old cronies, who joke that lie's just as interested in "saving a buck" on the cheap congressional menu as he is in keeping his political channels open. Ford's frugality also shows up in the confidential report prepared by the Internal Revenue Service for his vice presidential confirmation. "He was surprised himself to know that he can go through a week spending $5 or less" on lunches, said the report. As often as not, Ford was campaigning and settled for the chickenjand-peas menu provided as the only payment for his oratory. The then House minority leader confided to the I.R.S. investigators that his eating habits helped maintain both a trim budget and a trim waistline. "Mr. Ford stated, when asked about the number of times he eats at the House of Representatives Restaurant personally and the cost, that 'the House session starts at 12 noon and he only eats there two possibly three times a month.' "He also stated," said the study, "that the cost of his usual lunch of cottage cheese and unsweetened grapefruit juice is very nominal." Not only is Ford tight-fisted with his own money, but he shows every sign of matching Lyndon Johnson's mania for cutting White House costs. Johnson cruised the executive halls turning out light bulbs, to the delight of the nation. Ford, when he was a congressman, balked at installation of a costly telephone service in his office, even though many legislators accepted the system as a matter of right. It would have permitted direct dial calls anywhere in the nation from five p.m. to nine a.m. at the taxpayers' expense. But Ford thought the regular House system was doing the job adequately. In short, the new chief executive's oldtime penny- pinching bears out his own self- effacing proclamation that "I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln." TAX TORMENT: A Senate oversight committee has found that federal tax collectors have been treating ordinary citizens and small businewsmen as if they were kingpins on the Nixon "enemies list." According to a confidential staff memo to the committee chairman, Sen. Joseph Montoya, D-N.M., the Internal Revenue Service has repeatedly failed to give audited taxpayers a statement of their rights during the audit. The draft report also says the IRS neglected to tell taxpayers they can protest IRS actions in a "small case tax court" where they can file actions without lawyers. The Montoya report cites "jeopardy assessments" as one of the most flagrant areas of IRS abuse. Under this little- known rule, "property is seized if the agent decides there is a possibility the government will lose the opportunity to collect," charges the report. In one such case described by the memo, a man was assessed 1508,000 when "at no time was his original tax error . . . more than $25,000." The taxpayer won his case, but it hung over his head for five years and cost him $15,000 in one year alone for legal fees and other expenses. In the report are horror stories from average taxpayers. Wrote one: "In short, my rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been badly kicked around. The Gestapo just marched through. Another writer charged that "during the past six months my wife and 1 have been through a terrible physical, mental and financial strain ... We were contacted weekly by phone, demanding payment ... We were told we must pay (or) close our business. . ." When a tax expert sought to fight back, he was charged $460 "just for a copy of the table of contents of the IRS manual... which tells agents in the field how to operate," said the study. Finally, he got a federal district court to order release of information, but according to the report, the IRS told him, "Oh, we don't pay any attention to that directive." To bring such abuses to a halt, Montoya and Sen. Lowell Weicker, R-Conn., are asking Congress to force IRS to go to court within five days to explain any jeopardy assessment. The senators would give the taxpayer rights to a hearing within 10 days and force the IRS to prove that taxes could not be secured through normal legal steps. Footnote: The IRS insists that taxpayer abuse is extremely rare and that the few genuine cases are blown all out of proportion. The IRS points out that an internal inspection service investigates all reports of taxpayer harassment. v :..AN INCREDIBLE RECOVERY/* Air service is approved MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Civil ^Aeronautics Board has awarded a new nonstop route between Duluth-Superior and Winnipeg to North Central Airlines, an airline spokesman said. Service on the 314-mile route will be inaugurated in October, said David E. Moran, a North Central vice president. The new North Central flight will be only the second direct flight from Minnesota to Winnipeg. Northwest Airlines, Inc., flies from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Winnipeg. It will be the first single-plane service from several Wisconsin cities, including Milwaukee, to the Manitoba capitol, Moran said. Orange cars most visible Engineers from a large German auto manufacturing firm have ascertained, through the use of a color evaluation scale they developed, that bright colors on cars are the most visible, with luminous orange leading the list, followed by white, light yellow, light orange, and dark yellow. The evaluation scale which measures the relative visibility of different colors and combinations of colors in varying light conditions and backgrounds, found the least visible colors to be dark green, black, dark brown, dark blue, and dark red in that order. The researchers also found that combinations of colors improved visibility, although many of the combinations tested, such as yellow and light blue, are not likely to be • popular with motorists. Seven lawmakers miss ethics law deadline ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Seven Minnesota legislators who voted for a new campaign ethics law last March violated one of the provisions in the law. The lawmakers failed to meet an Aug. 7 deadline requiring candidates to file "statements of economic interest," a listing of certain ownerships in securities and real estate. An eighth lawmaker. Rep. Walter Klaus, R-Farmington, has refused to file such a statement but voted against the bill. Klaus contends the "Strictly Personali Rarely known ittle things By Sydney H. Harris- — That the name "heroin" was originally a trademark. — That icebergs from the Arctic have been spotted as far south as Bermuda. — That a newborn baby has about 40 per cent more bones than an adult. (And that a grasshopper has about 100 more muscles than a man.) — That, unlike the U.S. with four, Canada has seven time zones: Yukon, Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic, and Newfoundland — the latter only a half-hour later than Atlantic time. — That about 2,000 thunderstorms are going on the the world at any given moment. - That King Louis XIV of France reigned so long — 72 years — that he was succeeded on the throne by his great- grandson. — That bats don't suck blood from humans or from other animals. That Magellan didn't sail around the world — he was killed by natives in the Philippines, i One of his ships did, however, returning with only 18 men put of an initial fleet of five ships and 265 men.) — That the "coffee bean" is a misnomer, and is not a member of the bean family at all. They'll Do It Every Time THE RyjTEas WHO WERE GOWNS NEXT DOOR SOUMPK? JUST FINE YAS-ID A NICE! OLP coupte VALLEY- •• SOCIAL WORKERS! rfl HEAR REHTEP OOT VOOR TlK/lX to 6i,BN WILKINSON, CORONAPO. CAUF. THEN •mev wove IN- — That the beaver has to keep busy or his mouth would clamp shut and he'd die of starvation; for his incisor teeth keep on growing in a curve, and he constantly needs material to gnaw on and keep them short. (So much for the vaunted "industry" of the beaver.) — That the original "Dixie land" was not in the South at aU,,but a farm on Manhattan Island, New York, owned by John Dixie. — That garlic, onions and asparagus are all members in good standing of the lovely Lily family of flora. —That the planet Uranus had for a time the improbable name of "Herschel," after its discoverer, Sir William Herschel (who himself tried to name it "Georgium Sidus" — George's Star — after the mad King George III of England). — That the strange creature known as the duck-billed platypus is even odder than it looks: although a mammal, the female has no teats, but nourishes its young through tiny abdominal openings. — That to get an identical reading on a Fahrenheit and a Centigrade thermometer, you have to go down to 40 degrees below zero. — That at least one famous city has been named by a man in honor of his wife: Salonica, the second largest city of Greece, was so named by Cassander, King of Macedon, as capital of the province. — That the adult moth does not eat anything at all. Erdahl views Nixon amnesty requirement is an invasion of privacy. The lawmakers who voted for the bill and missed the Aug. 7 deadline are Sens. Norbert Arnold, Pengilly; John Chenoweth, St. Paul; Hubert Humphrey III, New Hope, and David Schaaf, Fridley, all DFLers. Also missing from the list were House DFLers John Spanish, Hibbing, and Neil Haugerud, Preston, and House Republican Adolph Kvam, Lil- chfield. The State Ethics Commission voted Friday to send registered letters to all 27 candidates who missed the deadline, giving them an additional seven days to file. If they fail to file within seven days after the notice, they could be charged with a misdemeanor. Schaaf filed his statement late Friday. The statement of econojnic interest requires candidates and numerous appointed officials in state government to list their holdings. The requirements are not rigid, excluding homesteads, bank accounts and the precise value of property holdings. Candidates and officials must list companies in which their stock holdings exceed $2,500, but need not list the precise amount of such stock. Purpose of the law is to disclose conflicts of interest. Only one statewide candidate failed to file, Daniel J. Slater, St. Paul, the candidate for secretary of state of the American Party. Other legislative candidates who missed the deadline are Mark Forthun, District 3-a; Will Sandstrom, 5-a; Ben Swarthout, 6-a; Wilfred Doig, 5-a; Gene Wenstrom, H-a; Cheryl Roberts, 13-a; Marty Angell, 14- b; Duane Benoit, 17-b; John Baucom, 19-b; Donald Sprandel, 31-b; Robert Prosch, 45-a; John Schneider, 53-a; John Doherty, 54-b; Hobart Mitchell, 59- b; Bob Heine, 65-b; Marlowe McCrady, 47; Austin Clancy, 64, and Daniel McLaughlin, 64. The campaign ethics bill in its final form passed both the House and Senate last March 27. It also sets limits on campaign spending, requires disclosure of some campaign contributions and establishes an ethics commission to monitor campaigns. In other action Friday, the commission agreed to investigate a complaint by the Communist Party. The party- says that U.S. Steel Corp. and other employers require job applicants to say that they are not members of the Communist Party, nor do they intend to become members. Sadist. Dear Minnie, Would you rather I'd address this letter to you as "Ms" instead of "Mrs."? Or doesn't it really bother one way or the other? Do you think it's bad to say so-and-so is chairman of her ladies aid? Or do you prefer chairperson? It's a funny thing about using chairperson because that's discriminating, too, in a way. Anyone would know it's in reference to a woman. This business of not using a word because it's sexist goes a little far for an old-tuner who hasn't taken up the women's libber cause seriously. Origin of words is kind of a mystery to me but what about the word "human"? The last three letters make it look kind of bad. And what should we use instead of the word "mankind"? Maybe Ed has me brainwashed, but I agree that it doesn't really make sense to refer to women all the time as ladies when we don't call all men gentlemen. I'm not going to mention any names but I do know some women who are not ladies. And it seems some women these days no longer want to be called girls. I'll admit the word gets used a little loosely when we senior citizen females get called girls, but is it degrading? Some boys and some girls I've seen around town this summer are still working on the game of looking alike. Once in a while I'm left guessing completely when the boy doesn't show his sex with a bit of beard. The Department of Manpower Services is now the Department of Employment Services. Do you know if they've changed the name of what used t6 be called Workmen's Compensation? When I need repairs at home should I ask for a repairperson or a serviceperson? Men, I suspect, have enjoyed the summer because they haven't felt the need to wear neckties. There's been an effort to do away with them, as well as hats, by the younger generation but there seems to be rules about wearing neckties when a man dresses up for HIBBING, Minn. (AP) - The nation should consider "individual amnesty" for former President Nixon, says Secretary of State Arlen Erdahl. However, Erdahl said in an interview Thursday that he is not advocating congressional immunity for Nixon because it would set "an unwise precedent." "Even in wartime we have not been vindictive," said the Republican state official. "I hope the courts would take this into account. 1 don't think the American people are crying for the last pound of flesh." church and lots of other gatherings. Some restaurants that are really swanky still turn away men without ties, I guess, or else they have some to loan to sloppy males who try to get in without them as well as jackets. So it seems men may need a little liberation, too. The best part of the summer is gone even though it is beautifully green after last weekend's rain. Ed and I still have the old habit of getting up at 6 a.m. but you may not know that it's dark now at that hour. Fields that have been harvested are brown. School will start again in only a couple of weeks after three months of vacation. The ragweed is so well along it's got hay fever victims sneezing and snuffing. Of course, fall isn't doomsday. It's really a beautiful time in Minnesota. My only hope is for a few ripe tomatoes out of my grubby garden before the first frost. Are you getting stuff in the mail and seeing ads in magazines on how you can pay tribute to this country's 200th anniversary? Just about the end is a gimmick I came across. A company offers a "handsome commemorative toilet seat with a coyer featuring an unusually fine, classic rendering of the American eagle, molded from an original hand carving." Our bathroom could do with some up-dating but we can do without that feature. It would be nice to have a heated bathtub and that's a new trend I've read about. That sudden chill when I need to stretch out for a little relaxing in the tub has always bugged me. Bathrooms don't need to look antiseptic. If I was Ms Gotrocks I'd have gold-plated accessories, soft lighting and paneling plus a whirl-pool bath, more space, a chaise lounge and a sunlamp. Some folks do right her in Fergus Falls. If you were around this weekend you could see some of the greatest horseflesh performing. Besides a quarter horse sale of choice horses on Saturday there's an all-day horse show at the arena near ' Wall I^ake on Sunday. 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