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monday, april 8, 1 974
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97, no. 42
Rockefeller extols moral value;
anti-abortionists protest speech
A UNL antiabortioh group staged a protested
Nelson Rockefeller's appearance at Saturday's
Nebraska Republican's Founder's Day luncheon.
By Wes Alters
Former New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller
told Nebraska Republicans Saturday that
Americans must put Watergate behind them
and return to the "fundamental principles on
which this nation was built."
Speaking at the Nebraska Republican
Founders Day luncheon at Pershing
Auditorium, Rockefeller said Americans must
become tougher as individuals and "not look to
Washington for all the answers.
"We need a return to moral, ethical and
spiritual values the fundamental principles on
which this nation was built,", ha said.
Rockefeller was governor of New York for
15 years before resigning last December to
begin work on two national commissions.
During his administration he worked for
welfare and court reforms as well as for drug
An otherwise warm reception for
Rockefeller was interrupted by about 25
persons carrying anti-abortion stickers who
walked quietly out of the auditorium as
Rockefeller was introduced.
The walkout was part of activities planned
by VITA, a UNL ant-abortion organization
charging Rockefeller with using his influence to
"encourage acceptance of the philosophy that
unborn children are expendible."
In 1972 flockefeller vetoed a bill to repeat a
1970 law permitting abortion for any reason.
The veto was not overridden.
. About 100 persons marched and carried
anti-abortion signs in front of Pershing
Auditorium during the luncheon. Many of the
protestors said they were from Omaha, North
flatte, Columbus end Grand Island.
in Rockefeller's remarks to the crowd of
about 1,500, he said answers to national
problems "will be found, as they always haye,
in the hearts ano minds cf the 200 million
"What we don't need is more government
regulation of our lives," he said. "We need
government incentives and penalties designed to
encourage private individuals and free
enterprise to meet the needs of the land."
He called the Watergate affair a "national
tragedy" but insisted that "honesty and
integrity is still the hallmark of politicians and
government representatives. .
"I know of no profession with greater
integrity," he said. "Politics is a noble business
of free people. What we need is more people
Rockefeller said Americans should not let
the Watergate affair draw their attention from
other issues. ,
"The Constitution guarantees every
American the right to a free trial and that
includes the President," he said. "Let's let the
constitutional processes go forward and get on
with other urgent business."
He said critics of President Nixon should
look at "the great record of the Nixon
"Let's not lose sight of his courage and
dedication to this country through the
accomplishments of his administration," he
Former New York Gov. Nelson
Rockefeller (center) addressed
Nebraska Republicans at Pershing
By Annette Sims
"If elected, I promise to tell the
Watergate Grand Jury all."
"In your yard you know he's right."
So read soma of the campaign slogans
for Roger L Welsch, candidate for
Lancaster County Weed Control
"Just because our cause is a serious
one ... we haven't lost our sense of
humor," Welsh said.
Welsch, UNL assistant professor of
English, said he is running for a position
on the Weed Control Authority (WCA)
because "I know a lot about weeds." His
interest in weeds stems from his study of
folklore whirh 'mrUuitm fnnrt mtnm nf
different cultures, he said.
Some foods Americans eat, such as
pork, are considered trash by some other
cultures, while plants Americans consider
noxious weeds are eaten by peoples of
other cultures, he said.
Welsch, . who has taught Free
University courses in edible wild plants,
said, "We have groceries growing all
around us in every ditch. They're not just
edible-they are sumptuous." Welsch said
his decision to run for the WCA began as
"I planned on running as a joke, but
the more I thought about it ... it seemed
that's the way it has been in the past."
,' Welsch . said . many of the urban
candidates in the past hava ben business'
executives and insurance men who ran
"to get their names in tha paper. They
could care less shout weed control
"After talking about it (with friends),
we decided it would be wise to have
sensitive representation f om the urban
area, too." ,
Five members are on the authority,
two representing urban areas and three
representing rural areas. Part of the
authority's membership is chosen in
elections held every two years. Members
serve 4-year terms. Welsch is one of six
candidates running for four slots in the
May 14 primary election, which this year
is for electing urban members.
The work of the authority includes
spraying and mowing of weeds, seed
cleaning and crop inspection. The
members meet once a month.
Welsch said he believed that the weed
control boards of the past have been
' made up of people who could not
adequately differentiate hetwfn harmful
weeds and healthful plants.
If elected, Welsch said ha might
suggest the substitution of weed spraying
and mowing with the planting of less
troublesome weeds which would crowd
out those which are troublesome.
Welsch said his stand is not as
innocuous as those of previous candidates
"Have you ever heard anyone
campaign for weed control authority?" hi
asked. I probably would have a better
chsnc if I kept my mouth shut, but I
think it would be more meaningful to be
elected for my position," ;
Welsch't candidacy has bean endorssd
by Euef! Gibbon' of Grape-Nuts
commercial . fans. Gibbons, who has
written a scries of books about wild food '
and nature, stated in a letter about
Welsch: "I believs someone vd-sj
appreciates tha richness of the plant fife
about m and would like to preset m these
treasures for posterity should be cn every
board cr committee that has part in
deciding which plants shall be saved an
which shall be eradicated.
Gibbons knew of Welsch because when
, Gibbons became ill and could not speak
at the National Meeting of the American
Camper's Assoc., Welsch took his place.
When Welsch decided to run for the
authority, he wrote to Gibbons. Gibbons
sent back an endorsement of Welsh s
"He knew I was not just another
crank," Welsch said.
Welsch, who will be lecturing in
Gibbons' home state of Pennsylvania on
May 14, election day, said he wrote a
letter to Gibbons suggesting they get
togethfir for a victory celebration.
"I told him i would bring some
homemade wine," Welsch said, "but then
I'm not sura if you drink white or red
wine with Grape-Nuts."
If Welsch is successful in the primary
election, his campaign plans for the
general election in November include a
G9-cent-a plate beans and welnies fund
raising dinner, complete with a huge weed
salad. A benefit concert with banjo music
by Steve Hansen, member of the
Bluegrass Crusade, also is being planned.
Roger Welsch T-shirts also have been
The campaign to date has been funded
by donations from Welsch '$ 10-member
election committee and from friends.
Welsch, who has never before run for
political office said he didn't know how
to gauge his chances of winning.
"I'm counting on the vote of an
enlightened electorate," he said. "I hope
there are enough people who'll find out
what I stand for and sympathise with
that stand to elect me."
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