Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on June 20, 1974 · Page 10
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, June 20, 1974
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Iowa Is in the Midst of Noble Experiment By Harrison Weber INDIANOLA - (IDPA) Iowa is in the midst of a noble experiment — you might call it a town meeting of the entire state. It's been labeled the Governor's Conference on Iowa in the year 2000. But for some 50,000 participants tomorrow has become today. These lowans hope they are charting a course for the future of Iowa and maybe beyond. Sounds idealistic, maybe so. But delegates to a two-day state conference at Indianola last week came away convinced that maybe, just maybe, theirs may not be a voice in the wilderness. Reviewing the events that lead up to the state conference, we find the idea originated with Congressman John Culver of McGregor who suggested such a conference in a speech before the Council Bluffs Junior Chamber of Commerce in January of 1972. Culver had just read the book "Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler and had visited Hawaii which was just embarking on a program of self diagnosis. Congressman Culver corresponded with Governor Robert Ray about the need "for getting lowans involved in their future." A resolution was adopted in the Iowa General Assembly calling for a statewide conference. Several speakers from outside the state at the conference at Simpson College noted this air of "non-partisanship." Leading up to this conference was a series of meetings held in living rooms across the state as the sponsors tried to obtain grass Times Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, June 20, 1974 10 roots participation. University of Iowa President Willard L. Boyd, who served as chairman of the planning committee, said the plan was a success. "We had dedicated participation on the part of a lot of people." At a news conference preceding the Indianola session. Governor Ray observed that the purpose is to "generate thinking." The speakers did just that, especially Toffler and futurist Robert Theobald. The 600 or so delegates jammed into Simpson College's Great Hall heard author Toffler discuss a "super-industrial revolution" that is occurring throughout the world. "We're not witnessing a breakdown of capitalism or communism," he told the delegates, "but a general crisis of the industrial society regardless of its political form." Toffler said this may sound "terrible forboding." But, he added, it depends upon whether a person is a pessimist or an optimist. Toffler said a person could look upon "a general crisis of the industrial civilization" as an opportunity to create a wholly new society which in many respects can be better, more democratic, sane and more safe. "The revolutionaries who are bringing this enormous and historic transformation are not political militants. They are scientists who introduce certain kinds of new technology. Businessmen who introduce these new technologies and try to speed up production. People who plan television commercials and cram enormous amounts of information into ten seconds are contributing to the breakup of the industrial world. "Farmers struggling to feed a hungry world without poisoning us and without consuming disproportionate energy resources are part of that revolution as well as teachers trying to redesign education," Toffler said. He told the delegates that they, in fact, in a very small way may be beginning to lay the plans for a new civilization by drafting a blueprint for future life in Iowa. In an interview, Theobald said what excited him about the Iowa program is "people participation." He, like other speakers, saw a need to keep people involved in the program. "There aren't many places or states where people are doing this," Theobald commented Hawaii was one of the starting points. The state of Washington is involved in a program called Alternatives for Washington. "lowans are going to be able to say they have been involved in a major cultural innovation." As the next step, Theobald thinks there should be some sort of "Midwest Coalition" for getting people and ideas together. "I think someway six or eight Midwest states should get together because they share very common concerns. "I think our only hope is for the states, particularly the states outside of the Northeast part of the country, to decide they have something to teach the country. Whether it's going to happen, I can't say, but I think it's an absolute necessity," Theobald remarked. By necessity the planners of the conference were forced to select a few topics for special consideration. They picked energy, economic development, natural resources and life enhancement. Understandably most of the recommendations of the task forces assigned to these subjects are rather broad in nature. For example, on one of the hottest topics, land use, the group suggested a strong, carefully developed land use policy for the state with the policy being developed in cooperation with other states with the regulatory body composed of both elected and appointed persons. The planners, such as Dr. Boyd of the University of Iowa, are hopeful that this will be an on-going program and other subjects will be dealt with in subsequent programs. For now, the conference has established some guidelines for the future. People through the town meeting process have examined Iowa, it's strong points as well as it's weak points, and have come up with some recommendations for the future. As a byproduct John Culver is hopeful that the process has created a "public interest lobby'' in the form of the 50,000 participants "who will monitor the implementation or failure to implement these kinds of goals for Iowa and that they will be a source of pressure in the public's interest on the legislative and executive branch of state government." Celebration for the Bridge that Put St. Louis on Map ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP)— The bridge that is said to have put St. Louis on the map will celebrate it's 100th birthday July 4th amid flowery Independence Day orations and the boom of cannon fire. A festival is planned to equal the one that heralded the opening of the Eads Bridge, when for the first time the banks of the Mississippi River were connected by steel. The idea, hatched by Capt. James Buchanan Eads, met with laughter 100 years ago. But the guffaws subsided when steam locomotives began rumbling across the mile span. People also stopped calling Eads a crackpot. But it took seven years and $6.5 million plus a fight with steamboat operators, whose craft were doomed by the gleaming tracks that now directly connected St. Louis with the east. The first bridge Eads ever built put St. Louis on the map when the nation was in the booming post-Civil War period. It became to St. Louis what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Empire State Building to New York. The nation once touted it as the seventh wonder of the modern world. Construction on the world's first steel truss bridge began in 1867 after President Ulysses S. Grant rescinded a con- demnation order obtained by steamboat companies. The companies said the bridge would be a hazard to navigation since the craft would not be able to clear the bridge's three graceful arches. Eads, who built armored ships for the Union during the war and created the system of jetties in New Orleans that turned it into a major port, insisted on sinking the foundations of the bridge into bedrock, 123 feet below the normal water level at the east pier. A pneumatic system was used for the foundations, the first of its kind in the country. Eads also made extensive use of steel, another first. Incorporated in the design was a double tracked lower railroad deck that enters a tunnel crossing the downtown area. The upper deck was for equestrian traffic. At dawn on Julv 4, 1874, the boom of cannon shots echoed along the streets of St. Louis. Most of the citizens were al- ready awake, however, either to participate in a 15-mile long parade or a celebration that is probably unmated in the city's history. Visitors flocked to the Gateway to the West by steamboat, train and horse to watch the great Mississippi roll indifferently under the giant triple arches of Eads Bridge. Eads, the hero, was hailed with the motto: "The Mississippi—discovered by Marquette, 1673; spanned by Captain Eads, 1874." Nine bridges now cross the river in the St. Louis area and vehicle traffic on Eads has declined steadily. The Terminal Railroad Association, which owns the bridge, says revenues from railroad use and the 25 cent auto fee just about cover maintenance costs. But civic officials will make speeches and cannons will boom again on Independence Day to honor an old bridge that is still described as an engineering marvel, its harmony of granite-faced piers and steelwork an architecural triumph. Amend Law Suit Challenging Iowa Addition to Auxiliary Services Act PRICES GOOD JUNE 20 THRU 24, 1974 By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) The plaintiffs in a law suit challenging the state's "auxiliary services" act have filed motion to amend and supplement their pleadings to reflect action taken by the Legislature. The lawmakers, in the session just ended, expanded the definition of auxiliary services to include transportation for non-public schoolchildren. A three judge federal panel granted a temporary injunction last fall preventing the state's auxiliary services law from going into effect. The suit was filed last year by the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Iowa Civil Liberties Union Foundation and ten individuals. They claim the law violated the principle of separation of church and state. The 1973 Legislature approved spending $2.2 million annually for auxiliary services to the state's 65,000 private and parochial students. These services to be administered through the public school system, were to include such things as remedial education, guidance and audio visual aids. After the federal panel issued the injunction pending a formal hearing to determine the facts in the case, the proponents of auxiliary services tried a different approach by getting the Legislature to include transportation within the act. In filing their motion Tuesday in federal court at Des Moines for permission to amend their pleadings, the plaintiffs' attornies argued that the Legislature had replaced the auxiliary services statute "with one of similar impact and import." The panel of federal judges is comprised of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roy L. Stephenson and District Judges William C. Hanson and William Stuart. Gallon PLANT FOOD Jugs GREEHOL EVERGREEN lAZUEA for $ 4.98 MIX OR MATCH Easy to apply with sprayer or watering can. Fast two-way absorption through foliage and roots assures immediate availability of nutrients. ORTHO-GRO LIQUID PLANT FOOD A complete and balanced fertilizer for vegetables, flowers, lawns, trees and shrubs. ORTHO ROSE& FLOWER FOOD Fast feeding action through foliage and roots insures stronger plants with larger, more fragrant blossoms. Especially recommended for roses. One gallon feeds over 60 bushes. ORTHO EVERGREEN & AZALEA FOOD For evergreens, azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias and all acid-loving plants. One gallon treats over 60 medium size shrubs. ORTHO GREENOL LIQUID IRON Use on lawns, roses, camellias, azaleas and all ornamental shrubs to correct chlorosis (yellowing of leaves). Prevent Lawn Insect Damage Now! Scotts LAWN INSECT CONTROL plus FERTILIZER Provides control of most lawn insects, such as armyworms, ticks, sod webworms. Supplies long-lasting feeding of Scotts fertilizer at the same time. 5,000 Sq. Ft. Bag M3.95 1.awn Inset t Conlrpj plusri'rlilim DISSTOIM EGS-6 CORDLESS GRASS SHEAR Trims the hard-to-get-to places. Has 3-inch super hard steel blades and longer-life energy cells - runs longer on a single charge. 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