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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 22

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Friday, August 29, 1975
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22 / DES MOINES REGISTER • Fri., Aug. 29, 1975 I don't know much about what a bond lawyer docs, but I do know that you don't have to be smart to do it. I've known that ever since I found out that John Mitchell was a bond lawyer. If I needed further proof, however, William Simon has provided it. Mr. Simon is the secretary of the treasury and one of President Ford's chief economic advisers (which has to tell you something right there). The other day he appeared at a Senate hearing and came out strongly against bribery; which is all right, public officials are expected to do that in public. It was the way he did it, though, that marked him for the successful bond lawyer that he used to be. This wasn't bribery in general he was talking about; it was the specific case of Lockheed Aircraft which, it was revealed, has spent some $22 million in recent years bribing foreign officials in the sale of its products to foreign countries. This, Simon said was wrong. " Practices-such :asrbribes-to: secure foreign business can only increase the distrust and suspicion that is straining our national institutions," he said. "To argue that bribes to foreign officials are necessary for effective competition is contrary to every principle under the free-market system." What nonsense! It might be more easily argued that the free-market system is based on bribery. Why else would salesmen take potential clients to dinners and shows, businesses have buyers on their Christmas lists or corporations send journalists on expensive junkets to review new products? It is a prettified form of bribery, all of it. What's more, it's all deductible as a business expense and, therefore, state-supported. But, really, that's too cynical a view. The "free-market" system depends neither on bribery nor the absence of it to function properly. It is oblivious to such moral subtleties. (Oh, theoretically perhaps bribery interferes with rational economic decision in the free market system, but in the real world, where everybody but bond lawyers live, it doesn't make any difference.) Is Mr. Simon seriously saying that Lockheed officials should have refused to pay the bribes demanded by foreign officials and let the business RO elsewhere? What would they have told their stockholders — "We're not doing any business but, boy, are we h o n e s t.'' The stockholders bought Lockheed in hopes of making a profit, not to make the world a better place to live. Come to think of it, the American public should be up in arms over Simon's position. We have guaranteed loans to keep Lockheed afloat. If it goes under, the loans will he defaulted. And here's Simon saying that he favors stopping future loans unless Lockheed promises to stop bribing foreigners. That means we'll be loaning huge sums of money to this company that can't pay bribes, but is competing against companies that can. In another part of his testimony before the Senate, Simon said that he was "distressed" that Lockheed hadn't told Congress and the rest of government about the bribes. The whole point of a bribe is that it's secret. A bribe isn't a bribe if people know about it — it's a commission. You know, you really have to wonder what bond lawyers do for a living. The job must not be anything like what it sounds like. It must be of a highly spiritual nature. Perhaps they go around telling firms whether or not bond issues are moral. They probably sit around Lower Manhattan every noon, discussing ethical questions. That's the only thing that could explain the dippy views Simon and Mitchell put forth. Either that or lying. —Donald OBEY ORDER, LOAD WHEAT HOUSTON, TEX. (API Longshoremen obeyed a court order Thursday and loaded wheat on three ships bound for the Soviet Union. Willie Wells, president of In ternational Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1273, said there was no question here about compliance with an or % dcr Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Owen Cox of Corpus Christi. The judge enjoined longshoremen from Lake Charles, La., to Brownsville from boycotting the loading of wheat on freighters bound for Russia. ILA lawyers said the ruling would be appealed. Grain was loaded Thursday in Houston on an Italian vessel, the Mario '/,\ a Norwegian ship, the Doverfjell, and the British freighter Ixia. The British ship took on 19,000 tons of grain Wednesday and was expected to complete loading Thursday. In New Orleans, ILA officials could not be reached, but a spokesman for the city's port commission pointed out that since there was presently no wheat in the port's grain elevators, the issue of compliance remained moot. He also said no Russian ships were in port. The injunction had been sought by a shippers' organization after longshoremen stopped loading wheat here last week. Cox granted the preliminary injunction after a hearing. Another hearing was scheduled for Sept. 30 on whether to make the order permanent. The ILA had ordered the work stoppage until it received assurances from the U.S. government that the sale to the Soviet Union of nearly 10 million metric tons of American grain last month would not mean an increase in domestic food _pric£s £ _A_,jnetric ton is 2,200 pounds. AFL-CIO President George Meany Uaiended the boycott saying that American consumers must be protected [rom higher food prices which could result from the sale of grain to Russia. Meany and President Ford met on the issue for about 90 minutes Tuesday. Meany told newsmen after the discussion hat it had changed nothing, that the boycott was still in effect. California bar president raps actions of striking police By DARYL LEMBKE ft) if ?i Lot Annies Timn SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF". The president of the state Bar of California Thursday expressed "outrage at the apparent evasion — perhaps even the defiance" of court orders here last week by striking police officers. The reference by Brent M. Abel of San Francisco was to the frustrations of a process server in attempting to present Gerald Crowley, president of the striking Police Officers Assn., with a judge's order to end the strike. Bodyguards as Shield Husky young policemen serving as bodyguards for Crowley prevented the process server from handing Crowley the order and at one point ejected him bodily from the hotel room strike headquarters where, Crowley was located. The court order, issued by Superior Court Judge Robert Drewes, banned picketing and directed the strikers to go back to work. Mayor Joseph L. Alioto ended the strike four days after it began by declaring a state of emergency, thus suspending the city charter, and then granting a wage settlement which he had negotiated with striking police and firemen. State Bar Board Abel told the state bar board of governors in a meeting here that it is not up to the state bar, representing 50,000 attorneys, to pass upon cither the merits of the strike or the propriety of strikes by police or firemen. "But when we see an order of the Superior Court thwarted by the deliberate acts of persons whose duty is to support the law, we must speak out," Abel said. ~ "The very fabric of our society is in jeopardy if police officers seek to evade service of process or deliberately disobey a court order which they know to be in effect, whether it has in fact been personally served upon them or not. Both Repugnant "If police officers place them selves above the law which they are dedicated to support, either anarchy or despotism GETS 2 YEARS ON GUN LAWS By BONNIE WITTENBURG Frank Anthony Worland, 41, of 2909 E. Thirteenth St., was sentenced in U.S. District Court here this week to two years in prison for violating federal gun laws, U.S. Atty. Allen Donielson said. Worland had pleaded guilty to charges that he made false statements to obtain a firearm and that he possessed a revolver after being convicted of a felony. Donielson also said Worland was given a two-year prison term for failing to appear at his trial on the gun charges last September. That term is to run concurrently with the other sentence, Donielson said. In other court action before U.S. District Judge William C. Hanson: • Clark Douglas Swanson, 24, formerly of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and now of Montezuma, was placed on probation for one year for failing to report for induction in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1970. Swanson pleaded guilty to the charge earlier. • Christopher John Anderson, 20, of Omaha, Neb., was placed on probation for five years on charges that he distributed 449 grams of LSD last December in Oakland. Anderson pleaded guilty to the charge last month. • Everett Raymond Amsden, 46, of Anita, was placed on four years probation on charges that ie—made—false statements in 1971 to the Anita State Bank that persons owed him money when they did not. He pleaded guilty to the charges. threaten Both are repugnant to the way of life in our state." Abel commended Judge Drewes for his "prompt, forthright and courageous actions in dealing with the crisis caused 6y the police strike." He also commended policemen who complied with the court order. Abel urged members of the police department to henceforth "confine his or her conduct in pursuing employment objectives to methods which are within the spirit as well as the letter of the law." Local bar associations throughout the state, he said, should monitor the conduct of public safety officers and "curb the conduct of any public offi cials whose actions tend to place himself or herself above the law." FORD TO DINE ON BEEF FROM FAIR CHAMPION Terrace Hill lien called fictitious The Iowa attorney general's office Thursday asked Polk County District Court to rule that a lien filed against Terrace Hill is fraudulent and therefore void. Orlan A. Saucke of Chattan oo ga, Tenn., filed the $800,000 lien earlier this month against the future home of Iowa's governors, contending that the federal and state governments, Teamsters Union, American Telephone and Telegraph Co., Merchants Mutual Bonding Co. and the Warehousemen's union owe him money. In a petition filed Thursday, Asst. Atty. Gen. John E. Beamer called the lien "wholly void and fictitious." He said Saucke is not entitled to compensation because he has not rendered any services or provided any materials for Terrace Hill. District Judge Wade Clark ordered Saucke — whom authorities have not been able to locate — to appear in court Oct. 29. The hearing is the first step in the legal process to have the lien removed. ByDONMUHM RMrittr Farm Idller President Ford, who praised Chris Maier's grand championship steer when he saw it during his visit to the Iowa State Fair, will dine on choice-grade rib roasts from the animal. Harvey Feilen of Feilen Meats Co. of Des Moines, who purchased the 1,203-pound steer for a record $3.10 a pound, will give both standing rib roasts to the President. The steer's carcass was graded at Bookey Packing Co. in Des Moines Thursday, and Robert Rust, a meat specialist at Iowa State University, said it graded low choice and "produced a pretty darned good Carcass." Tto rib measured 16,4 square inches and was covered by two-tenths of an inch of fat. It dressed out a "hot" carcass of 831 pounds, Rust said. "If all beef was like that steer," Rust said, "there would be few complaints from consumers." Don Greiman of Garner, superintendent of the fair's cattle events, said Feilen will give the standing rib roasts to Mr. Ford and the rest of the beef to Iowa State University football players for their training table. "It's a dandy carcass," said Greiman after hearing about the steer's meatiness. Feilen has bought last six grand champion steers at the fair. The last two were shown by Maier, a 15-year-old 4-H Club member from Eagle Grove. What's the difference between these 2 buttery^tastingplatters of corn? about 100 calories! about 57 milligrams of cholesterol! Watching calories? Cholesterol? Meet buttery flavor Golden Touch—the no cholesterol spread that comes in a spray. Golden Touch specially blends a delicious imitation butter flavor with natural vegetable oils toduplicatethetasteof butter. And because it's a spray, you use less-can save calories without giving up the buttery taste you love! •based on an average pat of butter per ear o( corn (6Vj Grams) Love butter flavor in cooking? Use Golden Touch for frying, baking, roasting. Just spray the pan with Golden Touch instead of using butter. Foods won't stick- cleaning up's easy. It's a great way to make eggs, muffins, pancakes with delicious buttery flavor. Why not add Golden Touch to your total dietary program? and a seven second spiay ol Golden per plotter a; above. Golden Touch puts delicious buttery flavor in cooking too. And food won't stick. Clean up's easy! Vicious spray coatm: Easy basting bcrk-to-school ^^•^•MIIM|M^ &^^^H^|uM|j^ I soisneie! Gets 'Cowpilt COLORADO CITY, TEX. (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner John White said Thursday that AFL-CIO President George Meany deserves t h e "Cowpile-of-the-Month Award" for his opposition to sale of American wheat to the Russians. fashion stars in the spotlight In or out of the classroom, ingenue role fashions make a hit in these designs from Broadway Directions. 1. The jacket dress of poh/ester with acetate/nylon blend print bodice, collar and cuffs. Teal or green. 5 to 13, $29.2. Coat dress of polyester with bright print accent at collar and cuffs. Set-in waist with tie back. Green or rust. 5 to 13, $21 Junior Deb; third floor, Downtown, Merle Hay Mall and most stores. Phone 244-1112, ext. 243. On mail orders add 3V. tax in Iowa, 80c postage and handling. Please give account number. OUNKE SATISFACTION AlWAVS the complete edition by Marty Gutmacher Just imagine! Five pieces combined to give you one great » k look, each versatile enough,to switch about with basics. All of machine washable polyester. You get the cardigan button front jacket with pockets, the skirt, the elastic waist pant, the belted vest and a dickey. In blue or green. 10 to 18,-$40. 14V 2 to 22y 2 , $42 Boulevard Shop (10 to 18); street level, Parkade (ext. 463) and Fashion Plus (14'/i to 22'/i); third floor (ext. 221), Downtown, Merle Hay Mall and most stores. Phone 244-1112. On mail orders add 3% tax in Iowa, 90c postage and handling. Please give account number. 'OUNKE iATISUCriONAlWAVl Vacation *"* Sundays in the Register

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