The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 18, 1965 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 18, 1965
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M*rry*Go-Rouncl ifiiiniiiiiiiiiiiniiinnnniiiiiiniiniHR Drew Pearson WASHINGTON - the most serious International result of the Northeastern power blackout last week was kept secret - the "Hotline" between Moscow and Washington was out of commission. This meant that if there had been any real suspicion that it was sabotage and that the U. S, was facing an attack, or any false indication of an attack, the White House would not have been able to communicate instantly with the Kremlin. On several occasions there has been such false evidence on radar, blips which for a few minutes were thought to be Soviet planes or missiles coming across the Arctic. Since missiles could be blasting the United States 30 minutes after they were launched, there wasn't much time for thinking or consulting. Fortunately for the world, North American defense commanders ~ decided the blips were not what they first seemed, and no counter strike by U. S. missiles was ordered. But for several minutes the world was teetering on the brink of a nuclear war. The Hotline was established partly to prevent a war starting between Russia and the United States by accident, by making it possible for both the Kremlin and the White House to ask questions Instantly and get instant answers. It was put in operation after the U. S.-Soviet crisis over Russian missiles in Cuba, when President Kennedy became convinced that delays in communication had added gravely to the danger. When the power blackout struck and the Hotline failed, the White House rushed word to both the Soviet Embassy in Washington and to Moscow as to why it had broken down - so that the Russians would not think for a moment that their inability to contact Washington was a prelude to a U. S. attack. The line was reinstated within two-hours,. <n and ..jhe.« Russians finally were amused instead of being alarmed. - o - —BLACKOUT DAMAGES-The damage resulting from the power blackout may never be known. Obviously theaters, television stations, restaurants and night clubs lost millions of business. Factories had to halt work; airline flights were cancelled, railroads and subways were shut down. Some suits already have been filed; others probably will be especially if the various investigations finally pinpoint where the power system broke down and find some individual company was at fault. However, private utility companies usually have clauses in their contracts holding them blameless if power failures are due to acts of God. And the courts may well find that the blackout in the Northeast was too massive to be blamed on any single company or system; that it was, in legal terms, an act of God. - o - —VIET NAM PEACE HOPE-French Foreign Minister Couve de Murville, just back from Moscow, has passed word to the American Embassy that the Russians are trying to persuade the North Vietnamese to end the war, He reported that the Russians are now telling the North Vietnamese leaders it will take more than guerrilla ambushes and communist propaganda to drive the Americans out of South Viet Nam, Up to now, he said,. Ho Chi Minn, the North Vietnamese ruler, is still threatening to continue the fighting until the U. S. pulls out. But De Murville is optimistic that Soviet advice eventually will prevail. - o - -CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR GI'S- The Military Sea Transport Service, which handles shipments of military supplies to Viet Nam, recently called upon U. S. shipping lines to turn over more ships for government use to move vital cargoes to the Far East. MSTS said the need for supplies had increased so rapidly that existing government cargo carriers couldn't handle the load. The shipping lines have been reluctant to comply, since government cargoes are less profitable than their commercial business. Now, however, the Defense Department has a big new headache. Drives to send Christmas presents to GIs in Viet Nam, to show them the nation as a whole does not agree with the antiwar demonstrators, have piled up thousands of gifts - eight pounds worth for every GI in Viet Namin cities and ports across the nation. This tremendous accumulation cannot be transported without reducing the already short shipments of vital military goods. - o - -RIO CONFERENCE- The Pan American Foreign Ministers Conference, inRiothis week, will bring only headaches to the United States. Mexico, Chile and Uruguay will try to disrupt the OAS police force idea, now bailing the United States out in the Dominican Republic, which the United States wants to broaden so it can be used in case of an anti-Castro revolution and subsequent vacuum in Cuba. U. S. critics also want to move. .tbe,.~headquariers.~a£,. the OAS from Washington, perhaps leaving the innocuous Pan American Union - largely cultural and economic - where it is. Unquestionably, U. S. intervention in the Dominican Republic has hurt us in much of Latin America. Debate at Rio will be bitter. Probably in the final voting we will be able to sidetrack most of the critical proposals. However, from Washington's viewpoint, the conference will not be constructive. our awakening came when they fired the first Sputnik into orbit, a feat it took the U. S. years in time and billions of dollars of crash research to match. This time we didn't snatch at the bait. Anyway, Pentagon experts say the two new Soviet missiles aren't any better than weapons we already have in our arsenal. - o - --EFFICIENT POST OFFICE-Ed Day, the former Postmaster General, tells a story in his new book, "My Appointed Round," of how a letter bearing only the address "SOB Washington" was delivered to me shortly after President Harry Truman shot some uncomplimentary abbreviations in my direction. The ex-Postmaster General told the story to illustrate the efficiency of the Post Office. Actually the Post Office was even more efficient than he indicated. The letter did not bear the address "Washington." It simply bore the initials "The SOB" with no street address, no city, and no country. The Post Office brought it straight to my door. - o - —LBJ SUPPORTS A FRIEND— It's ironic that President Johnson wired Chairman Joe Swidler of the Federal Power Commission asking for a complete survey of the power blackout in New York and what caused it. Johnson had recently refused to reappoint Swidler as Chairman of the FPC, despite the fact that Swidler has done one of the best jobs in recent history and received the backing of both consumers and industry alike. Johnson's telegram requesting an immediate survey of the causes for the Northeast disaster was sent on November 10, twelve hours after Swidler announced that he was retiring - because of Johnson's failure to reappoint him - on November 15. Behind the President's pulling the rug out from under Chairman Swidier is an interesting personal story which goes back to 1956 when Lyndon Johnson, Senator from Texas, was Immersed in cutthroat Texas politics. Johnson was then supporting Gov. Price Daniel against Ralph Yarborough in the race for the U. S. Senate. In that race LBJ got the support of Clyde Ellis, head of the rural electric co-ops, and a potent political force in Texas. Johnson's friend, Gov. Daniel, lost the race to Yarborough, who is now in the Senate. Nevertheless, Johnson remained grateful to his friend Ellis. And when Ellis protested against the reappointment of Joe Swidler to the Chairmanship of the Federal Power Commission, the onetime Senator from Texas, now in the White House, backed him up. Ellis was sore because Swidler Thursday, Nov. 18, 1965 Algona (la.) Upper Dei MoInes-S had maintained the RE A co-ons dealing in interstate commerce should be regulated just like any other company shipping power across state lines. Swidler did not favor regulating; intrastate co-ops. Stepping on the co-op's toes aroused such a backfire in Congress that the FPC had to retreat and Swidler eventually lost his job. Award Night Union Boys 4-H Club held Its award night at the high school Annex here Nov. 9. Leaders are Kenneth Strayer, William Dodds, Dean Dodds and Tom Henry. Awards went to Ken Richter, Mike Nitchals, Tom Molacek, Dennis Richter, Jean Abbott, Susan Dodds, Mike McEnroe, Mark Nitchals, Linda Nitchals, Douglas Schenck, Bob and Tom Thllges and Jon De!m. Union 4-H Installs Union Alethean 4-H club met at the home of Connie and Julie Molacek, with twelve'members, and four guests present. Nov. 12 the Cresco Chums held a skating party from 7-.30 - 10:00. Installation of officers was held and Donita Kiilsholm and Julie Molacek gave talks. Linda Nitchals gave a demonstration Jean Ann Dodds and Julie Molacek had recreation. NEIGHBORS GOOD - o - —CUBAN DOPE SMUGGLING— Sen. Smathers of Florida has scheduled public hearings in February into Cuban dope smuggling. He has quietly investigated reports that Dictator Castro has encouraged Cuban gangsters to smuggle dope into the United States, and believes this is behind the recent alarming increase in the cocaine and marijuana traffic which had been brought almost to a complete halt before Castro's take-over. Last year cocaine seizures in this country tripled, almost all traced to Cuban sources. - o - —RED BAIT— U. S. observers were not alarmed by the two new missiles in Russia's recent anniversary parade. Fifteen years ago the Red army fooled Western military observers badly. They paraded models of new bombers, which convinced our Pentagon planners the Russians were concentrating on airplanes; so we followed suit. Too late we learned the Reds were working on rockets instead; AROUND THE TOWN & COUNTRY Meet Duane Habeger; Lone Rock Duane Habeger, 35, Lone Rock, is this week's Country Neighbor. He farms 480 acres a mile south and a mile east of Lone Rock and has been on the present place, where he is a tenant, for five years. Prior to that, he farmed for five years a mile west of Burt. During 1965, he had 200 acres of corn, 225 acres of beans and 45 acres of hay and idle land. He also has 60 Angus cattle and 225 hogs - and his favorite job on the farm is feeding cattle. He'is a member of the American Legion and a Burt township trustee. Duane's hobbies include fishing and music. Duane is a son of Mrs. Fred Habeger and the late Fred Habeger and was born July 22, 1930 at Bancroft. Mrs. Habeger is the former Shirley Mitchell, daughter ofMr. and Mrs. Melfred Mitchell of Lone Rock. She was born at Cylinder Feb. 7, 1934 and met Duane at school activities. Her hobbies are sewing and knitting. Duane and Shirley have four children, Kirsten, Sandra,'Kent and Lori, and Duane has two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Sarchet, Burt, and Mrs. Dick Furst, Humboldt. He served with the 43rd Division Band in Europe in 195253. (UDM Polaroid Photo) Uppor D*i Molntt Publishing Co. PRINTING AT ITS ilST - WITH QUALITY AND ECONOMY, Buscher Brothers Impl. Minneapolis Molln* - Kdly-Ryan - Pop* New Idea Farm Machinery • • rrtnuar C«ifiM1U Ahrayi N. MttaSt Phone 2MUU1 Robinson Construction Co. Sioux Stttl Buildings Building Construction F«r ilM, •trtDfth. toM »nd •*•• d kail* 111* Ipg, OB SIOUX — Another Bdvmnc«m«U In •Mtoi Urmlnf. E. B. Hobliuea Eut on Hwy. II Phone 2M4374 Pictured above U the P. R. Irons Heating and .Plumbing establishment located at 812 East McGregor Street in Algona. The business has been In Algona since 1Mb. A larger building was needed to facilitate the expanding business back in 1946 and this Is the building to the east of the original building. Irons features the leading brands of plumbing futures, furnaces and air conditioning equipment. In addition to the heating and plumbing work the business does a complete line of sheet metal work, 'which is all done in their location.' For reliable, efficient and friendly service in year plumbing ft heating needs, be they large or small, call P. R. Irons Heating and Plumbing. They are "Completely equipped to serve yon completely." Joe Bradley Equipment South Hotel Algona Farm Machinery — Trucks — Tires Allii-dhilmcri Ollv»r • '" OMC Truckt FUctton* TlrM Phone 295-2421 Algoiw Ernie Williams John Deere Farm Machinery BOTH QUALITY t SERVICE Located east of Algona on highway 18. Phone 295-3561 Algona Implement Co. Your Friendly International Harvester Dealer FARM EQUIPMENT MOTOR TRUCKS Sales & Service Phone 235-3501 ALGONA Irons Heating & Plumbing "Completely Equipped To Serve You Completely" Plumbing - lUlliaf Sh**l M*U1 CM or OU Ualrt Pump* Wtler Bytltmi Compl«i« FixlurM Phonr 293-^640 ALGONA ABSOLUTELY ENDS SATURDAY! FURNITURE FLOOR SAMPLES SALE & FALL SALE LAST CHANCE TO CASH IN ON MANY, MANY FINE BARGAINS USE OUR i-Z PAYWAY PUN COAST TO COAST STORE fDWOlF. Owner AIGON4 LAY AWAY NOW FOR CHRISTMAS ALGONA ¥¥l*^

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