Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 8, 1974 · Page 12
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 12

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 8, 1974
Page 12
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Police, Firemen Protection By William J.Scherlc Fifth District Congressman) I Just a reminder that according to law. a mass mailing can't be sent out in the four weeks before a primary. We will resume sending our newsletter immediately after the June 4 primary. Don't go away, we'll be right back after this short intermission. -0- Personal risks taken by policemen and fire fighters are too often taken for granted. Professionals in these two hazardous areas daily disregard their own safety, but new statistics have made them take a cautious second look at their chosen fields. For these public safety officials, job-related fatalities have surged over the past decade, nearly quadrupling since 1961. More alarming, younger officers are being killed -- the median age has dropped from 31 years in 1961 to 25 last year. Many policemen and firemen have begun checking into their survivor's benefits and are finding them woefully slim. While some metropolitan forces can dip into ready reserves, smaller communities with scant city revenues are unable to finance death compensation. The pitiful result has been charity programs where survivors rely on the vacillating generosity of contributors for their livelihood. To remedy this deplorable situation. Congress has enacted a bill with my support to cushion the financial fall of spouses, children and dependent relatives left by the death of a fireman or police officer. The measure would cover safety officials in such varied pursuits as crime prevention, probation, and narcotics control who were killed during the performance of duty, retroactive to October 11. 1972. A lump-sum payment from the federal government is planned and would be a flat $50,000 for the officer's dependents with $3,000 of that available for an emergency advance. While we can never adequately compensate police officers or firemen for their unfaltering public service or repay grief-stricken families for their loss, we can bolster the financial protection for survivors. It is the least we can do. -0- Overheard recently: "You know, antiques are really hard to get because they aren't making them any more!" -0- Tiresome perennial squabbles-over the Congressional seniority system have surfaced again. Unfortunately, advocates of overturning the traditional use of seasoned political talent in the House and Senate have not reasoned out their point of view. Seniority is nothing more than experience on the job. The pragmatic good sense of seniority is a stark reality for airline passengers. Just last week, I was returning to Washington by plane from a trip home at 30,000 feet in the air with nothing between the airplane and the ground but the pilot's experience and good sense. Abruptly the thought struck - "I'm glad there is a tested aviator at the helm and not a greenhorn on his first trip up!" How much more important it is for our government to be guided by leaders with know-how when the lives of all Americans are at stake. In business and industry, the principle of seniority is a cornerstone. Promotions are granted to those with proven ability and length in service. Labor unions would scoff at the lad wanting to start at the top -- there is no way for him to become an adroit journeyman without first serving an apprenticeship to gain mastery of his skill. The seniority rule of thumb holds true for professionals across the board from teachers seeking tenure to carpenters, Postal Service employees, railroad workers and military men working their way through the ranks. In many respects, a Congressman is like a soldier seasoned by battle. Through committee assignments he has skirmished with the bureaucracy and has learned to hack his way through Times Herald, Carroll, la. - — Wednesday, May 8, 1974 I O jungles of red tape and duck deceptive volleys. Invaluable expertise is developed by Congressmen who have learned which ideas are sound and which are just unworkable. Flowing from a Member's finely honed proficiency is intricate knowledge of what loans, grants, and federal projects are available to benefit his district and the nation. In this profession, where politics is friendship, experienced Members gradually swap the stiffness of protocol for a more practical first-name basis. Working relationships grow which can only be obtained with time. Newcomers are floored by quirks of the tangled bureaucracy and lack the associations needed to be effective: they start at the bottom rung of the ladder. Until someone devises a pill to replace experience, know-how and colleague cooperation, seniority will be a fact of life for all trades and professions. -0- Throughout the year, we receive a tremendous response from our readers complimenting us on the research evident in our articles which often carry helpful predictions. In line with this, as spring buying fever hits this year and you toy with the idea of making major purchases, we recommend you do not wait. There is no question that with price controls abolished April 30th and a minimum inflation level of 10 per cent throughout 1974, costly commodities like cars, machinery, clothing, and appliances will swell in price through coming months. So, if you need an item and will have to come up with the cash eventually, we suggest getting your purchases in before the inevitable price bulge. When money is tight, we want to make the most of every dollar. -0- Americans are hitting the highways again and as lowans face the monotonous journey between distant towns, it's time for a sensible change in the speed limit. Drivers have found 55 mph extremely uncomfortable as they eye the odometer and think of the miles ahead to their destination. I have introduced legislation to raise the speed limit nationwide to 60 mph -- a more pleasing maximum for most people, still a safe limit, and efficient gas-wise. Experts tell us that heavy gasoline consumption is delayed until the two additional barrels of a four-barrel carbureator kick in as a car hits 63-65 mph. Higher speed limits would facilitate the steady flow of traffic, cutting down on "fuelish" traffic jams and frayed nerves. We count on truckers to move food from Iowa to California and baby cri bs from Idaho to Mississippi. Stop the wheels of progress and every section of the nation misses a vital commodity. Higher speeds would help the trucker shore up supplies which have seen frantic demand all winter long. Travelers who have found plodding along at 55 mph tedious are backing this legislation which motorists say would be better over the long haul for everyone. -0- Read recently in the Guthrie County Vedette: What this country needs is the "income of'66," the "prices of'36." the "taxes of '26," and the " spirit of "76." Distributed by the Iowa Daily Press Arcadia UPW Holds Meeting ARCADIA — The U.P.W. of the Arcadia Presbyterian church held their May meeting Thursday. Mrs. Joe Schweers presided. After a hymn and psalm, Mrs. Schweers gave a resume of the recent meeting she attended at Storm Lake. The sewing assignment of five pair of pajamas has been completed by Mrs. Minnie Kasperson. Church World Service projects were read and discussed. The group voted to have a money making project later in the year. Another chapter of the Story Book of the Bible was read. It was decided to visit the Carroll Health Center on June 6. After the meeting closed, lunch was served by Mrs. Warren Andersen. JCPenney Remember Mom Sunday May 12th 20% off all bras and girdles. Reg. $2 to 12.50. A great opportunity to really get you and your budget in shape. 20% off all our bras- plain or fancy-even beginner bras, plunge bras, lined and padded bras, and many, many more. 20% off girdles—from light control to total support—in your favorite fiber and fabric blends. So stock-up now. At 20% off, you can figure on big savings. Sale prices effective thru Sunday. off pantihose. Sale 56cto4 25 Reg. 66c to $5. That's 15% off all our styles. We've got everything from all sheer with sandalfoot to total support. Subtle shaper with the reinforcement where you need it and many more, including Penneys own Flexxtra® to assure a perfect fit. So hurry over. At 15% off, you'll be walking pretty. Catalog Phone 792-3524 Save 20% on pant tops. Sale 7 20 to $ 12 Reg. $9 to $15. A fantastic selection featuring pant tops. Choose from zipper front and shirt jacket styles in assorted prints and solids. Long. Short, or Sleeveless for now or later. Misses Sizes. STORE HOURS: 9:00-5:00 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sat. 9:00-9:00 Wed. & Fri. 1 -.00-5:00 Sunday OPEN WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY NITES TILL 9-SUNDAYS 1 to 5

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