Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 11, 1974 · Page 10
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, April 11, 1974
Page 10
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Assailing the Double Standard By WILLIAM J. SCHERLE The present climate surrounding the question of impeachment is profoundly disturbing. Although no bill of particulars has been handed down by the House Judiciary Committee, the battle lines are already being drawn . Without viewing one single page of incriminating evidence, some Congressmen have committed themselves to a pro-impeachment stance. Whatever decisions are finally reached regarding the President's tenure, history must be able to record that all proceedings were fairly and honorably done. This has been a trying year and the disillusionment and frustration expressed by many Americans can be understood. But, using circumstantial evidence to deprive any citizen of just treatment before the law and due process guaranteed in the Constitution cannot be condoned. Particularly dismaying are cries of "impeach the President," which are ominously reminiscent of the vigilante screams, "lynch him," sounded a century ago. Hopfully this immediate gut reaction will soon be replaced by one of reason, which sets justice above emotional mob rule. In the eyes of the law, every defendent is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Under that principle, even a person with a criminal record is entitled to fair treatment. Hopefully, just as a defendant is guaranteed that grand jury members will not discuss his case, the President should also be assured Congress will not sit in premature judgment. If the full justice of U.S. law is denied to Mr. Nixon, how can it be preserved for other citizens? Ultimately, a lack of respect for the judicial process will bring chaos to the legal system. Either the law protects all Americans or it protects no one. Those so hasty to condemn the President without due process should imagine themselves in his place, subjected to charges by his potential jurors even before the trial begins. Incredibly, some of the worst offenders have been House Members with legal expertise. One recent assessment that "the votes are there" for impeachment was especially rash. To my knowledge, Members have not been polled regarding their views and the majority wisely refuse to bind themselves to an impeachment position until all the facts are in. Prejudicial comments being volleyed about in Congress are irresponsible, a product of unthinking, blind response. The world is watching, curious Times Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, April 11, 1974 10 to see if American justice will continue or crumble under mob hysteria. Congress is pledged to uphold Constitutional guarantees which are particularly applicable as we embark on the route of impeachment. Acutely aware of this responsibility, the Judiciary Committee is working deliberately to avoid rash or impetuous decisions. If the Committee does report out a bill of impeachment based on the evidence before them, the case still must run the full course of the law. Each Member will meticulously assess the facts before casting his ballot to decide what constitues an impeachable offense. The indignation that Americans have expressed in the past year is understandable, but this country must progress a step beyond its present turbulent state. The United States cannot be governed by actions which step outside the Constitution's boundaries. While justice for all is certainly not the easiest route, it is the only way to insure preservation of our great heritage. In this respect, impeachment would be a trial, not only of the President, but of our nation's ability to survive. -0- If you fail to pay your exorcist, will you be re-possessed? -0- Congress championed the movement toward improving the health of older Americans by authorizing higher federal funding for the Nutrition Program for the Elderly in March's overwhelming House vote. Senate action on the measure will hopefully yield similar approval. The program, providing a nourishing hot meal every day for nearly 200,000 senior citizens, should then be able to expand its coverage. Last year, $100 million was made available for the food project; that amount will be upped to $150 million this year and to $200 and $250 million in the two succeeding years. Although nutrition is a top priority in this outstanding program, its goals are more far-reaching than the name implies. Volunteers are employed to bring the elderly to nutrition centers where meals are shared in congenial company. The facilities also house other services for older persons — adult education, recreation, and health care. In short, the program tries in a number of ways to enrich the quality of like for our senior citizens — a greatly needed endeavor! -0- Arthur Sampson, head of the General Services Administration, felt he was doing his bit for the energy crisis when he turned in his plush Chrysler limousine the government provided for a DONT WAIT FOR A HEAT WAVE! 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The classic cars, including medles from the early 1900s to the 50s are all on display at the New Jersey Antique Auto Museum and are valued at over $5000,000. Leading the cortege was a 1931 Ford Model A Cabriolet, (above, left). smaller sporty Maverick. But, having grown used to being squired about, he refused to give up his civil service chauffeur. -0- There is no doubt that increasing amounts of energy will have to come from America's abundant stores of coal. In Iowa, and in the Fifth District particularly, there is a rich underbed of bituminous (soft) coal. This resource has been shown to be ideal in conversion to electrical power — a need which grows daily as other energy forms become less plentiful. Demand has been severe on sources of natural gas and Iowa utilities have been warned that by 1978 their access to this commoditv will be halted. 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