Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on June 25, 1974 · Page 7
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 25, 1974
Page 7
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State Workers Peeved Over Meals Allowance By Harrison Weber Iowa Dally Press Association DES MOINES — Some state employees, particularly revenue department agents and those in highway maintenance, are peeved at the new meal allowance for state employees. Beginning July 1 the schedule for state employees on assignment away from home will be $1.50 for breakfast, nothing for lunch, and $5 for dinner. The present schedule is $1.25 for breakfast, $2 for lunch and $3.75 for dinner. State Comptroller Marvin R. Selden, Jr., said the new schedule represents an attempt to bring the meal allowance schedule for state employees into conformance with regulations of the Internal Revenue Service. In order for an employee to be reimbursed for breakfast it's generally assumed that the individual will be on the road traveling by 7 a.m. By the same token, Selden said, it's assumed that the state employee being reimbursed for dinner will be on the road after 6 p.m. The logic behind the new rule is that the individual is going to purchase lunch regardless of where he or she is working, in Des Moines, for example, or someplace else. If an employee stays out overnight on state business, the employee is reimbursed for all expenses within the allowable limits. Starting July 1 the per diem allowance will be $18, plus 15 cents per mile if the employee uses his or her personal car. The $18 daily limit covers meals and lodging. Two state senators have sent a letter to Selden protesting the changes. Senators Tom Riley, Republican, and Cloyd Robinson, Democrat, both of Cedar Rapids, are asking that the rule be rescinded. They took the action after meeting with about 30 employees of the state revenue department. "The net effect of the'new rule means a loss of $2 per day income to some of these employees," the senators said. "In some cases, this loss of income will cut in half the cost of living pay raise we voted state employees during the legislative session just concluded. "Many of these people were hired on the basis that the $2 lunch reimbursement was a fringe benefit. They feel, and we agree, they are in the position of one hand giveth (the legislative branch) and the other hand (executive branch) taketh away. Certainly it was not the legislative intent that any public employee lose benefits in exchange for the increase in state salaries," the senators said. "We recognize the Internal !*• f'*«* ", ':'• Revenue Service may well treat reimbursement for lunch as income and that information returns may be required. Nonetheless, the employees with whom we visited are willing to accept the reimbursement as reportable income," Riley and Robinson stated. The two senators suggested that if the rule is not rescinded, adjustments should be made in salaries for all state employees adversely affected. Copies of the Riley-Robinson letter were also sent to the six members of the joint legislative rules committee which has approved the change. A conference is scheduled to be held at Dubuque on July 11 and 12 to discuss current municipal issues facing Iowa's 19 largest cities. The conference is being organized by Dubuque Mayor Allan Thorns. Mayors, councilmen and other officials of all cities in Iowa over 20,000 population have been invited to attend as well as officials of the League of Iowa Municipalities. One of the purposes of the conference is to discuss ways for the larger cities to have a bigger voice in the Legislature. Topics to be discussed at the conference will include community development, land Times Herald, Carroll, la. -y Tuesday, June 25, 1974 / • •••••••ltlfltlMIIIIIM*IIIM*lll**lt*t«tllltt*ttt*l use planning, and property valuation and taxing. State Senator Ralph McCartney, Charles City, has been selected to chair the Republican State Convention to be held in Des Moines on July 19 and 20. McCartney was appointed chairman of the convention by GOP State Chairman John McDonald. This is the second time McCartney has received this honor, as he served as convention chairman two years ago. _^_ A wedding party at the Little Brown Church in Nashua had an unexpected guest recently — Governor Robert Ray. The governor had been in Nashua attending an award ceremony at Hydrotile Manufacturing Company when a company official asked the state's chief executive if he would like to see the famed church. When the group arrived, members of a wedding party were outside waiting to begin the ceremony. Governor Ray and his party left after exchanging greetings with the couple. A study by the State Department of Public Safety shows that half of the drivers involved in fatal motorcycle accidents in Iowa last year either had 1) no driver's license of any kind, 2) no valid motorcycle license, or 3) had their license for only six months or less. Lawyers and the Public's Interest FUNNY BUSINESS By Chesterfield Smith The organized bar has become increasingly sensitive to the fact that historically the poor have been underrepresented as far as the under represented as tar as trie legal system is concerned. They have not had either equal access to courts as plaintiffs or equal representation as defendants. Our hearts traditionally have gone out to the poor because, economically, poor individuals can do little to obtain adequate legal assistance. But it seems to me that the lack of adequate legal representation embraces far more Americans than the poor. There are both individuals and groups who are, for practical purposes, barred from the courts and from the legal process generally because they lack sufficient commitment to a particular issue pending in the courts to support litigation on the same scale as their adversaries. Environmental and consumer concerns are two immediate and obvious examples. There are many, many more. One device which has evolved to remedy part of this imbalance is the so-called public interest law firm. This type of law firm offers the best possiblity of enhancing truly equal legal resources for all those groups who have been largely unrepresented. Unless and until a better mechanism than the public interest law firms is found, all lawyers should support and help fund those firms. One possibility is the funding of public interest firms directly by bar associations. A portion of each member's dues could be allocated to the bar association's firm. This procedure is now under way in Beverly Hills, Boston and, perhaps, other cities. The imposition of a tax directly on the individual lawyer for the use of the public interest type law firm is another alternative. Perhaps each lawyer should tithe for "public good" activities in either money or services. The American Bar Association has been interested for several years in the program by which large law firms are encouraged to create a public interest department or to fund a separate public interest firm. This has worked with notable success in some instances, but it alone can never be the whole answer. It may be possible at least partially to staff public interest offices with lawyers donating a portion of their time, but who are otherwise employed elsewhere. I am convinced that the best way of supporting public interest law firms will vary from area to area. There may even be devices other than public interest firms which are better suited to accomplish the goal for both society and the legal I &ee.' A By Roger Bollen RfcCEJPT PDg IKS/ c profession. Further examination of public interest law firms and all other possibilities by the organized bar clearly is warranted before substantial restructuring of the profession should be undertaken. What is immediately important as I see it is the recognition by lawyers generally of the proposition that every lawyer owes a substantial portion of his time — or its monetary equivalent — to the perfection of the adversary proceedings in our courts. That obligation is of course not in lieu of our obligation to serve our own clients. In my judgment it is, however, as important as any of the other traditionally recognized professional obligations of lawyers and, to now, one which in the main has been sadly neglected. The giraffe is the tallest living animal. The Library of Congress, Washington D.C., containing more than 59 million items, is the world's largest library. NEW OPENING HOURS OPEN Wed. & Friday till 9 P.M. Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. flPPLIflnCE CERTER Carroll Phone 792-2525-Lake City Phone 464-3281 THE SHARP FUNERAL HOME IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that effective July 1, Thomas W. Schapman and Donald Masching will become associates in the ownership of the Sharp Funeral Home with Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Sharp. Sharp Funeral Home - 8th & Carroll Streets - Carroll Donald Masching L. Sharp graduated from Mitchellville High School and was graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science in 1933. He moved to Carroll from Sioux City in 1940 and opened the Sharp Funeral Home in September of that year. His marriage to Marie Burns took place on October 1, 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp are the parents of one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Masching of Breda. Donald Masching graduated from Kuemper High School in 1959 and from the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science in 1968. He received his Iowa Funeral Director's License in 1969 and his Nebraska License in 1972. He has been associated with the Sharp Funeral Home in Breda since 1966 and has been resident manager since his graduation in 1968. He is married to the former Barbara Sharp and they are the parents of three boys, Bob, 9, Pat, 6, and Thomas, 4. They are members of St. Bernard's Parish in Breda. Thomas Schapman graduated from Kuemper High School in 1962 and from the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science in 1965. He worked summers at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll while in school and also served his apprenticeship there. He received his Iowa Funeral Director's License in 1966 and his Nebraska license in 1972. He is married to the former Judy Balk of Carroll and they are the parents of two daughters, Jennifer, 3'/2, and Jill, 9 months. They are members of Holy Spirit Parish. F. L.(Barney) Sharp Thomas Schapman Sharp Funeral Home - Breda SHARP FUNERAL H CARROLL BREDA

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