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Around the Rotunda Balance of interest Who Represents You? DES MOINES - (IDPA) - Who represents the average citizen in the Iowa Legislature? There are few adults who are not represented by some group, be it a labor organization, a business association or a farm group. Now, a new group dedicated to the average Iowan is entering the scene. It bears watching. It is the Iowa Student Public Interest Research Group, which has the acronym, EPIRG. This group is concerned w ith such things as the environment, individual rights, and accountibility in government. It is financed through fees paid by Iowa college students; the fees are $3 a year. The fees are collected through a check-off. When a student registers at a participating college he can state that he wants the fees deducted, or In some instances, the fees are deducted unless the student declares that he doesn't want to participate in the program. John C. Neubauer, a Des Moines accountant, is executive director of EPIRG., Neubauer, only 24, hopes to have a budget of $60,000 to $80,000 to work with during this coming year. The group's most successful project to date has been a survey of department stores across the state for unsafe toys. They discovered more than 100 different toys that had been banned by the federal government BPtRG is a take-off on Nader's Raiders. Several of Ralph Nader's staff members came to Iowa last year to help organize the group. Like Nader's study on Congress, EPIRG plans to make a study of the Iowa Legislature. "We are interested in government accountability and responsibility," explained Neubauer. He hopes to have every legislative committee meeting staffed by someone representing the EPIRG organization. This study would represent the work of a citizen watchdog committee, he said. The group has no axes to grind; it is just interested in seeing how well the Iowa Legislature performs. EPIRG is also interested in the role of regulatory state agencies and may follow its legislative study with a study of a state agency. Those being considered include the commerce commissi**^ department * of public safety, In ^lrance 'department and banking department. EPIRG's priorities include preserving an individual's right to privacy. The group is especially concerned about the new crime and traffic computer known as TRACK. It also sees a need for legislation to regulate collection agencies. Iowa's health and safety standards also concern these young people. They are interested in finding out how effectively the present standards are being enforced and if they are equal or above national standards. Another key point In EPIRG's priority list is preserving Iowa's rural life and farm land resources. Among other things, they'd like to know what effect chemistry farming is having on Iowa soil. Their goals are high and perhaps unattainable in some instances. But they are dedicated young people and conceivably could become a powerful voice in Iowa's future, particularly when that voice speaks for Mr. Average Citizen. A bill calling for expansion of the state's family planning and birth control services could trigger a lively debate at the next Legislature. Federal statutes stipulate that family planning services must be offered to anyone desiring such service regardless of age, marital status or parenthood. Iowa's present law conflicts with this federal requirement because suchservices may be offered only to persons who are married or a parent. The state department of social services plans to support legislation to bring the Iowa law in line with federal rulings. ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS. TUES., JAN. 2, 1973 Page 4 Business Mirror It Could Be Worse BY JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - As you peer at the busted toys and broken budgets—uptight, hung over and suffering the guilt of financial and sensual excess—take heart. Maybe it isn't all that bad. The year may have culminated in a buying orgy, but it followed months of stern discipline that put retailers to the test. It was a year of consumer selectivity, and a year in which they asserted their rights, options, opinions. As the consumer analysts say, it isn't just what the consumer has in his pocket that determines how much is sold. Attitude counts too. The consumer isn't entirely predictable. He's wiser; he makes his own decisions. Check with some resort operators and they'll probably tell you that the days of the free spenders and lavish tippers are over, Op wjutm Physicians Remember the hue and cry several years ago that Iowa was being left behind because it did not have legislation to allow for physicians' assistants? The theory behind the legislation, which was adopted, was that pari-medics were returning from military service and many would like to remain in medicine. Well, to date, Iowa has ha J three applicants and only one has been certified as a physician's assistant. By Don Oakley Inflation? We're Not the Only Ones LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters to the editor are welcome. They should be brief, legible, ^written on one sjkj|e,of Jthe paper ;S8B include signature, address and-, ^telephone number;' Daily News re-» serves fight to edit contents. T 0AIL AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of MkKAmerica Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Terril and Graettinger, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mall in Emmet and bordering counties: $15 .60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Charles Ostheimer, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald Stoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. Inflation is an economic illness sweeping the world, according to an international survey reported in World magazine. While consumer prices in the United States have jumped more than 12 points since the Nixon administration took office in 1969, many governments would be happy if they could get their inflation down to that rate of advance. Using 1963 as a base year with a level of 100, here is how consumer prices have soared in a sampling of countries since 1969: In Denmark, up 17.4 points to 153.9; in India, up 15.0 to 190.0; in Japan, up 19.1 to lw.2; in Britain, up 20.9 to 148.1; in the Philippines, up 30.0 to 155.6, and in Nigeria, up 35.3 to 159.1. Even long-stable West Germany registered.a 10.6 cost- of-living increase to 126.7. But the sick man of the world 'lias to be Brazil, where prices have gone up 389 points ksince .19$9,: from 879.0 to 1,268.0. That is..JflL almost 13 times above the 1963 level. H ^B; •' "The malaise of inflation is by no means a rich man's disease," writes the author of the article, Colin Jones of the London Financial Times. Very few of the world's developing nations have managed to avoid catching the infection. The worst outbreaks are to be found in South America, in Africa below the Sahara and in Asia. Even Communist bloc countries, where according to Marxist theory inflation cannot exist, have not been spared .though higher prices are often hidden and never officially acknowledged as such. In the Soviet Union, for example, when the price of vodka was raised two years ago, all the brand names were changed overnight so that the change appeared to affect only "new" vodka. Translated into homely terms, the worldwide impact of inflation means, for more examples, that a Russian must pay $11,000 for a small Soviet Fiat car, when he can get one; that Filipinos are paying the same amount of money for a loaf of bread that has been cut to almost half its former size; that a Nigerian apartment dweller is paying two and a half times as much rent as a few years ago, and so on and on. There is little consolation in these figures for Ameri cans, however. Instability anywhere in the world, whether economical or political—and rarely are the two separate— is a threat to stability everywhere. Calendar, a Fine Tradition One tradition of the holiday season that is still going strong—indeed, seems to be enjoying a revival of popularity—is the complimentary calendar. Long a mainstay of promotional efforts by companies ranging from banks to insurance agencies to international industrial conglomerates, calendars continue to be big business. For the statistically minded, yearly sales of calendars amount to more than $150 million. Of this, the pin-up- type calendar (which has its own kind of statistical appeal) accounts for $7.5 million. The most widely distributed^ commercially sponsored pin-up calendar is published by Ridge Tool Company of Elyria, Ohio, for its customers in the electrical, plumbing and hardware industries. The printing for the 1973-74 issue is 600,000 copies. In a time of changing mores and morals and more and more explicit gatefold girls and the like, it is interesting to note that all of the girls in the Ridge calendar are fully clothed. Well, fully bikinied. The Likes of These Lakes! When a Minnesotan says he's going fishing on Long Lake, you might have trouble finding him. According to the Midland Cooperator, there are 156 different Long Lakes, and some of them aren't even long. Minnesota also has 122 Rice Lakes, 83 Bass Lakes, 72 Twin Lakes, 70 Round Lakes and 91 whose names are Mud. Name duplication is inevitable, of course, in a state which has over 15,000 bodies of water more than 10 acres in size. On the other hand, when a Minnesotan tells you he's going to Mawskiquawacunda Lake, you know he doesn't mean lakes Bashitanaqneba, Sisabagamah or Winnibigoshish, b'gosh. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) for the time being anyway. People may have money to spend, but they look at the price tags. They are, in fact, spending more at resorts and on cruises than ever before. But if you think they aren't demanding more, try counting all the discounts being offered. The one-price days are gone. It was a good year for automobiles, but if you check you'll find that imports accounted for about 15 per cent of the market, despite the dollar devaluation that put them at a disadvantage. One explanation being offered is that most of the imports were low-priced editions, and that the big attraction for them remained those relatively Ion price tags.. People clearly are exercising judgment in spending. While personal income rose 4 per cent this year, consumers didn't spend that money evenly. In fact, some of it went upspent. Savings deposits at savings and loanas- sociatlons soared to $33 billion, a 19 per cent one-year increase in total deposits, capped by a gain of $3.6 billion in December alone—right in the midst of the Christmas selling season. But look at what happened to the stock market and mutual funds. Small investors refrained from committing themselves heavily to stocks. Week after week they sold more than they bought Redemptions of mutual funds presented serious problems for that industry, which was built on small investments and too often on big promises. Many once enthusiastic fund investors soured on fund management. In summary, the consumer exercised his will and his judgement many times during the year, even though today he might feel that he succumbed in the final month to an old spending habit. If you are among them, look at it this way: You were entitled to a little indiscriminate spending. And the merchantwas entitled to the same. By Hal Boyle Conclusions NEW YORK (AP) - Jumping to con, elusions: No wife ever divorced a husband who made a habit of massaging the back of her neck regularly when she returned home after a hard day's shopping. One out of every 10 men over 50 still keeps as a souvenir somewhere a tooth he had pulled earlier in life. Two out of every four men who get their nails manicured are bald or on their way to baldness, and two out of every three are overweight. If you lend money only to men who still wear spats in public, you won't have to lend so often. Anybody who sleeps in a soft bed instead of a firm one has only himself to blame when he wakes up feeling like a sodden pretzel. SGT. STRIPES... FOREVER by Bill Howrilta THE BORN LOSER by Art Sansom ^TAM,I PONYKUOrV WHAT VJe'ee *oiH£r -r& EAT' VJET(2E CUTTA letmee tocos* ( ... Af*7 CUflHM* AMP MQggAgMS! j 0 O ]l a & ^a* O O O CARNIVAL by Dick Turner SIDE GLANCES by Gill Fox WINTHROP by Dick Covalli HOvVCO<rCUUKE \ THE RJNNV \ FACE I DREW ONAWEW-LOON / WITH A FELT- / -nP/VSABOa?" / <P IT71 fc, HIA. W. TM. It VX OH. IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW TO Sf*CKRAFT LIKE THAT.' THE BADGE GUYS by Bowen & Schwarz CAPET HARPER GAVE Up) HIS PIPE. J—~ "A* long as we're having that gooey chocolate cake, Mom, why don't Tjust wash up AFTER dinner?" "Birds and bees . . . Mrs. Clancy speaking!"