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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 8

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An*.31,1975 ft DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER/^ 60% of lowans see no harm in gambling (This article was written by The Register's Richard Somerville, ' based on the Iowa Poll; Glenn Roberts, director.) "if some guy wants to go out arid lose money, he should be able to." John C. Leedy, 28, of 2245 Indianola Road in DCS .Moines, Treomputer operator, expresses the opinion of a majority of lowans who see little harm in Iowa gambling. The Iowa Poll found that 60 per cent of lowans don't feel there is a sedous_gambJing problem, while 24 per cent do. "Hell, farming is a gamble," commented a 68-year-old Stan- to'n firmer. • The last session of the Iowa Legislature — reacting with alarm at the spread In gambling since a liberalized law was enacted in 1»73 — voted more strict controls, Including state licensing and banning of certain games. Cut to $50 A main part of the new law reduces the amount a player can win or lose in a 24-hour period IOWA POLL from $500 to $50. The Iowa Poll, taken June 25-28, found that 65 per cent df lowans don't think the money limit will cut down the gambling. For those who see no problem, two reasons stand out: They say gambling isn't widespread, and they cite personal experience. James Reynolds, 35, a Dubuque lawyer who plays "poker and occasionally euchre for money," says the' newHaw-i* unenforceable. "How do you tell how much someone has won in a game, particularly poker? Part of the contest in poker is not to let the others know how much you've won or Ipst." Insurance Salesman Steve Mulder, 19, of Shell Rock, an insurance salesman said he does some gamblini and "I would like to set) other forms of gambling legalized with some controls so it won't get out of hand." For those who see a gambling problem, more than half laid gambling is plain bad. "I just don't approve of gam- Ming at all," remarked a Lake View housewife, 35. Said a Perry Salesman, 25: 'We have enough of organized crime now." Some noticable contrasts: • Thirty-five per cent of persons 50 and older have an unfavorable view of gambling — twice as many as those younger thair50r~~ • Income makes a big differ>nce: 43 per cent of those mak- ng less than $5,000 a year see a gambling problem, while only 18 per cent earning $15,000 and up do. Many more Democrats and independents are favorable to gambling than are Republicans. Orr another question, 56 per ent of lowans favor legalized betting oh horse and dog races in Iowa. Thirty-four per cent are opposed. This is a 3 per cent increase n support of legalization since an Iowa Poll last January. Pari-mntael Betting A pari-mutuel betting bill was introduced in the last session oi the Legislature, but was not acted upon. "I enjoy going to a race track and betting on a horse, but I'd never think of bettinj through a bookie," commentec Louie Walsh, 58, a Davenporl carpetlayer. "I think it would be all right to have a few racetracks in Iowa, and it would bring in more revenue.' (Consistent with the Code of Ethics of the National Council Public Polls, names of persons interviewed by the Iowa Poll remain confidential. The .names and verbatim quotes in the'above article were obtained by Register reporters during interviews conducted separate from the Iowa Poll and are not included in poll tabulations. Reporters assisting in this article were Randy Levitt, Des Moinet? T. J. Ryder, Dubuque; J'flcfc Hovelson, Waterloo; and James Ney, DaoenporfJ Iowa Poll results lowans were asked the following questions June 25-28: Question: "Do you think gambling in Iowa is a serious problem or not?" Total Metro City/Town Yes, serious p/ blem ,2w<, 20% 27% No, ;.ot s«rhu$ 60 69 55 No opinion ....16 11 18 Farm 23% 62 15 50 & Over 35% 47 18 $15,000 A Over 18% 68 By age: 18-24 25-34 35-49 Yes, serious problem 18% 14% 17% No, liot serious 75 75 63 No opinion .7 n 20 Under $5,000- $10,000- By Income: $5,000 $9,999 $14,999 Yes, itrious problem .43% 27% 21% No. not iwlous .39 56 66 Nooplnlon 19 17 13 lowans who think gambling in the state is serious had the following reactions: % Total Serious Problem Gambling Is bad 53% Leads to increased crime 9 Gambling is widespread 8 Read and Ward It's serious 7 Young peopli getting involved 7 Personal experience ...; 4 Miscellaneous, Indefinite 13 lowans who think gambling in Iowa is not serious responded with the following: % Total Not * Serious Personal experience 33% Not widespread . .29 Misuse Is a problem 9 People's own business 8 Gambling always goes on 6 People'w out of slate to gamble 2 Miscellaneous, Indefinite 16 Question: "Iowa's new social gambling law has reduced the amount a player can lose from |500 to |50 in a 24-hour period. Do you think this will result in less gambling in Iowa or not?" Total Metro City/Town Farm Yes, less ....< 23% 25% 20% 30% No 65 67 66 55 No opinion 12 8 14 15 By Age: Yes, less . No No opinion By income: Yes, less .. No No opinion 18-24 ..25% ..68 .. 7 Under $5,000 ..26% ..54 ..20 25-34 24% 68 8 $5,000$9,999 19% 65 16 35-49 20% 69 11 < $10,000$14,999 20% 70 10 50 A Over 23% 61 16 $15,000 &0ver 25% 66 9 Pari-Mutuel Betting Question: "Do you think pari-mutuel betting on horse and dog racing should or should not be legalized in Iowa?" June Jan. Poll Poll Should be 1-^lized 56% 53% Should not be legalized 34 38 No opinion .10 9 By Sex and Party: Men Women Rep. Dem. Should be legalized 63% 49% 46% 59% Should rot be legalized 29 39 43 30 No opinion. 8 12 11 11 By Residence: Metro Should be legalized ......................... 61% Should not be legalized ...................... 29 No opinion ...... . ........... . ........ .....10 By Age: 18-24 Should be legalized .............. 68% Should i-pt ...................... 25 .......... No opinion ..................... .7 •THM 25-34 63% 27 10 City/Town 54% 35 11 35-49 58% 32 10 Ind. 62% 30 8 Farm 53% . 37 10 50 & Over 49% 40 11 4a4an.l»liMm.liiitr^ aarapa> aiw. lSiitf ~ln""lt« ~ •» r ami Trtbuna Ca am- DUBUQUE'S JAWS' IS ET PIRANHA By T. J. RYDER ntitirniff WFIIW DUBUQUE, IA. - "taopte com* here to see him because e's different," laid Mary Tinell, head bartender at the Idle Hour bar here. "It isn't every ay you get to see a manual- ng fish." Thus stated simply is why- George is the big attraction at he popular establishment on Dubuque's old Central Avenue. George is a black piranha, a ish native to South America. The b«t> owner, Cy Meitl, 59, ot him nine years ago from 'a Dubuque, tropical fish store when he was a baby, barely hree inches long. Now he's at east 14 inches long. He looks like a big, harmless bass. The only thing remarkable about him is his teeth. They're big and they're razor- sharp. In South America, pi- anhas have been known to attack almost anything, including man. And there are some accounts of piranhas, attacking in schools and stripping the flesh from victims in minutes. In fact, one tropical fish store proprietor here said there was piranha attack in the Mississippi River two years ago. The proprietor, who asked not o be named, said some young boys bought about six or seven riranhas from his store and re- eased them in the river near some bathers. "The piranhas, three or four inches long, attacked the swimmers and put at least two in the hospital," he said. "Since then, I've never handled piranhas." The-proprietor said the piranhas could live in the Mississippi's colder waters for only a couple days, but some southern states have banned importation of the fish for fear they would get into streams and multiply. Dubuque'Jaws' But George, sometimes called the Dubuque "Jaws", is peace ful — when he's not hungry — and is content to lie in the atcr of his tank, pump water hrough his gills, and look out t persons looking in at him. Meitl said he feeds George ve ounces of beef heart each unday morning;' and then bout Wednesday, slips him a ozen goldfish. "The goldfish make a good ay to feed him," Meitl said. Whenever he gets hungry he akes a little snack." Meitl said a customer once rought in a six-inch river e e c h for George and he ropped it into the tank. "George's big eyes rolled," ifeitl said, "and qll of a sudden, ow! George got him and had lim gone in a second." Meitl said he has no qualms bout feeding George live meals. 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Send in the coupon below and we'll send you floor plans, options and prices of the six Wausau Homes, and the name and location of the Wausau man and model home in your area. .Welcome Home. — ——— --. Wausau Homes, Inc. { Ottumwa, IA 52501 Mary Tlndell, head bartender at the Idle Hour Bar In Dubuque arid Cy Meitl, the bar'i owner, stand In front of a fish, tank in the bar which houses a piranha. The pirioha — • fish native to South America — is said to be capable of attacking humans. would live peacefully with George, and put a large, plump goldfish in the 55-gallon tank, and they were "buddies" for more than a year. "Then one week I forgot to feed George and the goldfish disappeared," Meitl snid. He added he thinks George acquired his taste for goldfish through the incident. Handy Souls Tindell said that persons from surrounding towns as well as Dubuque come to see George and that their curiosity is akin to the wet-paiht-sign phenomenon. "They all wonder if the piranha would really bite If they would stick their hand in the tank," she said. "One guy offered me a large sum of money to let him put 1 his hand in the tank, but I refused. If had been a couple days since Georga ate." Some patrons, she said, regard George almost as a person. I don't know if it's his size, or big eyes, or what," Tindell said. "One guy talks to him after he has a few drinks. He says things like, 'How ya' doing today, George?'" But George, named off the top of their heads by schoolgirls who bought potato chips from Meitl to go with their noon lunches, actually may be a Georgette. And the sex, as • well as George's weight, are likely to remain a mystery, because Meitl 'doesn't intend to investigate. He said George is like every other fish — you never know when he's going to bite. 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