Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on July 20, 1967 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, July 20, 1967
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niAr ssuth County Advance A ^»AJL Iowa has a tiger by the tail Ambulance service needed THURSDAY, JULY M, 1967 Force generates force The so-called civil rights demonstrations in some cities have turned into moh actions with looting, arson, and violence almost unchecked. News stories last week told of women loading grocery carts with loot from stores in which windows had been broken. Men were hauling away large items such as refrigerators. This is plain unvarnished looting, and whether it is done by whites or Negroes should make no difference. HOWEVER THE situation has been developed by the fact the sit-ins of some years ago went unchecked and un-prosecuted and led to a belief that such things arc all right, as long as a civil rights group does them. The civil rights marches and demonstrations, the sit-ins, and what-have-you of that nature in the past were in their way a limited flaunting of the law. These were actually encouraged in many cases by even the president. In these cases the ends were said to have justified the means. It was felt the targets of such marches or sit-ins were violating the law hence a counter-violation was all right. It was a convenient rationalizing of obtaining a desired result through an undesireable method. IN MOST OF these cases the police who tried to intervene were labeled as brutes, and the cry of police brutality wasn't answered by responsible authority. In fact sympathies always went to the rioters, even by those who should know that a little bit of violence breeds a lot of violence. In fact the situation got so bad police actually^held back in enforcing the law because of the fear of the brutality label This has led to the situation faced in some cities today where the riots are not race .oriented as much as they are using race as an excuse to loot, burn and steal. And in the meantime the "little" violence of the sit-in has led to guns, fire bombs made of soft drink bottles filled with gasoline, and mobs running wild. IN PACT IN some instances the situation resembles a civil war with the Negroes basing their right to riot on their race, in effect as being above the law. It is true the majority of Negroes do not participate in the actual violence, the bombing, burning, brick and bottle throwing. But too many join in the "fruits" of such actions in their looting of stores in which glass fronts are broken. It is also a fact that some of these so- called riots are incited by outsiders who come into a city with the idea of creating a riot, and who, when the going gets tough, move on to another city and let the local people take the brunt of the cleaning up process. The sad fact is the Negroes in the cities have more to lose than gain through riots. The backlash is evident, not only in elections, but in the fact the Negro has lost the good will of most whites who do not differentiate between rioters and others, and these whites are alarmed enough to arm themselves. Force always generates an opposing force. Unions kill newspaper The New York Times has been considering entering the evening newspaper field in New York City as the result of the collapse of the Herald-Tribune. However negotiations with the typographical unions has led the Times to reconsider its idea and probably now will not develop another paper. The Herald-Tribune died because it could not make enough money to stay in the black, It cost the promoters some $17,000,000 before they called it quits. While the Herald-Tribune did have some problems in its product, the fact the unions prevented its operation for several months for negotiations led to good editorial and news help going to other publications. SOME 4,000 PEOPLE were put out of their jobs when the paper finally folded. There was no attempt by the unions to keep the paper going. This same thing is happening now in consideration of the New York Times going into the evening field. The unions have so hamstrung the Times that it could not make ends meet. Newspaper publication depends on advertising for revenue. When the out-go meets the income something has to give— and the paper quits. About so much advertising is available, even in New York City, and when the cost of production reaches that point the paper folds. THIS IS NOT UNIQUE to New York City. It is happening in the small towns. In Iowa, for instance, there is reported to be only one county seat with more than one paper. There is no city in Iowa with more Limit Iowa is the only state in the union which does not place a time limit on the legislature. This tells a bit why the 1967 legislature lasted so long. Only when members were so exhausted they didn't care what happened was a tax bill passed — which is admittedly a mess. Time was when Iowa had a limit of 100 days. And the legislators came up to the problems within that time limit. It was not necessary to wear them out. This "no limit" was one of the "reform" deals so loved by those who never served in a legislature. The limit should be restored. Problem Israel is losing some of its support among the western nations because the leaders seem determined to hold onto all the gains in the quick war. In the first place there is some justification for the Israel position. Holding the high ground won from Syria is important to Israel because the Syrains for years have dumped shells into Israel. And the Gaza strip has important strategic locations as well as the point captured that let Egypt blockade the gulf of Aqaba a lifeline for Israel. And Israel needs assurance the Suez canal will be open to its shipping. Where the Israelis are losing support is in the taking over of the Old City of Jerusalem. Inclosed within this area are the shrines of three of the world's greatest religions — the Jewish, Christian and Moslem. It is strange perhaps to contemplate that the roots of the three are the same in antiquity, only in later''religious history have they become separated into opposing sects. But the very differences make for than one newspaper — except perhaps some suburban weeklies. The cost of production has risen faster than the income to more than one weekly. Labor costs have skyrocketed with withholding, unemployment, and other taxes being passed on to the employer. Employes naturally consider what they get in their hand as their pay — they have no concern about what the employer has to send in to the state and federal tax collectors. WHAT IS HAPPENING is a monopoly in the smaller towns as far as a newspaper is concerned. People hear but one side of a town problem — the one the editor believes. They are thus denied perhaps an opposing or different view. It is not good for the real welfare of the town for there is a power of the press — to print"— or to withhold. It can be vicious if the paper owner so desires in a monopoly. Or the owner can get so soft and fat he has no opinions and thus no real leadership in thought for the town. About one-third to one-half a newspaper is in news and comment from which there is no revenue. In fact it is costly to get, set in type and print. The subscription price paid does not now cover the cost of postage and mailing. Advertising revenue must carry the load of free news material. Even in the cities this advertising revenue is cut by shoppers and other forms of advertising which carry no news. In fact if the present trend continue:; a lot of county seat towns will have no newspaper of their own — but will have to depend on an area paper. Hero? JftaU t* flAAavaUfeiA itit |vv« v. j*rn*jin in ttiAAtw I AB»A aHii^fcA-^AlfcfcjAjfcA VfVffT? l»flKV rllW I rlWVfV lowans may have the tiger by the tall. The legislature; passed a new tax revision law which now gives us a tax on almost everything we buy or do. Only a few services are exempt. The tax on retail sales wilt now be 3% (it was 2%) and the same levy will apply to most services. It is designed to bring in over 100 million in state revenue, so that some of this money can be channell- ed back to the local school districts. This is supposed to lower the property tax levy 18 to 20 mills on taxes payable next year. With school costs rising for 1967-68, the mill levy decrease will probably be more in the neighborhood of 10 mills on taxes payable in 1969. But the new service tax lav/ may create more problems than it is supposed to solve, We naturally are concerned about the tax on advertising, so can use that as a good ex< ample. Does it ipply to ill ads sold, including those in local fair books, on school calendars, in church cookbooks, and the myriad of advertising gimmicks that arc sold every day? If it does it would seem to be an almost impossible jo'o to collect and administer. If it doesn't, won't the taw discriminate against the public news media that depend upon advertising to pay their costs of operation? How is this newspaper to collect a 3% tax placed on ads ordered by a car manufacturer in Detroit? Retail sales and ad volume are tied closely together. The new law could well result in the decrease of both. Hence a loss in revenue from the sales tax. There are similar problems involved in other services to be taxed. Sen. Merle Hagedorn of our district, commented that he thinks the sponsors of the law underestimated the revenue that will be received. He ha* a good point. Remember, that it was some of the Mine fiscal planners in the state house that footed to the extent that we built up a 100 million surplus thru this fiscal year. But from some of the laws that were passed it would seem that our state treasury is destitute. Why allow bond issues for. state construction when we have plenty of money in the state treasury to cover all the capital improvements our state institutions can get bulit in the text few years? Our fiscal planners in the state are rivalling our national planners in Washington on the ability to goof. This is an attribute we do not need in Iowa. The question remains — what has happened to that 100 million dollar surplus we were supposed to have accumulated thru that withholding tax "windfall" we heard so much about a couple of years ago? Sees new legislative faces Lawn mowers (Noil MftUror »n Laurent Sun) How to provide ambulance service is a problem facing many communities throughout Iowa. Rising costs, plus new federal and state regulations, 'are forcing funeral directors out of the ambulance busi- new. Most of them point out it has been an unprofitable service; and now they can no longer afford to carry it on. Thus far there doesn't seem to be any clear-cut responsibility for anyone—county government, town or city government, fire department or hospital—to provide this service. Apparently any one of them could do it, but in any case there are problems of financing, providing trained operating personnel, etc. An ambulance is something you are not going to miss until you need it. Then it often becomes a life-or- death matter, Should a needless death occur due to inaccessibility of ambulance service, someone is going to be Warned for it. The blame may be wrongly directed, but it will be there Just the same. In our opinion this service could beat be furnished on a county basis, with ambulance* stationed in the larger centers of population in each county. There would be need for an agreement between counties, so operators could answer calls across county lines. Perhaps they could be assigned to districts, similar to the existing fire districts, subject to call to other areas as needed. Volunteer personnel could be trained to operate them. Wherever possible, we believe, the service should be free of ties to any one hospital. Someone must shoulder the responsibility for ambulance service. If the county isn't going to do it—and supervisors have pointed out that they will not take any action on the matter this year—then we believe the town must fill the gap. Smaller towns than Laurens are doing it, and this community cannot afford to be without this protection. (M. B. Crabbo in Eaglt Grovo Eaglo) That is a question that a great many politicians will bs seeking the answer to before the 1968 elections. If the answer seems to be "yes" we will see many new faces and names in the coming campaign. For 35 years voters ha ^2 abdicated their rights and turned things over to the big government, big spending, high taxing officials. Their only interest has been to get as much for themselves as they could without getting .hurt by the taxes that furnish this government largess. But lowans with Harold Hughes' new tax bill and budget to support are going to find that taxes will hurt and will hurt everyone, rich and poor alike. We also hear responsible federal officials saying that we will have to have a federal tax hike to support Johnson's war effort and great society programs. The federal tax is already almost confls- catory and another increase is going to have to hit everyone. It can't be levied against the rich alone as there are not enough rich left. If history repeats itself, which it has a habit of doing, violent feelings. The Israelis were barred from their Wailing Wall by the Arabs who are Moslems. The Israelis now feel they are entitled to it, and with it also the shrines holy to Christians and Moslems. They evidently intend to hold the city which infuriates the Arabs. Perhaps the only way out of the situation is the guarantee, with teeth in it, of freedom of the gulf of Aqaba, the Suez canal, the Syrian border, and the Sinai desert region, as well as making Jerusalem an open city free to all. That isn't going to be easy — a guarantee to Israel with teeth to really guarantee that situation. we are eventually going to have a reaction against the program of tax and spend and tax and spend. There have been many signs lately that this reaction has already started. Many people thought so three years ago when they nominated Goldwater but it didn't prove out mostly because, we think, that the voters were afraid of his Viet Nam war aims rather than his opposition to big government, big spending and big taxing. We are amazed that the Republican leadership in both the Iowa House and Senate went along so willing with Gov. Hughes' and the Democratic leadership's $102 million dollar tax increase program. Especially when it turns out to be so poorly thought out that even before it takes effect it is faced by a multiplicity of court tests. It will be interesting to se* what effect the 30% tax increase will have on Iowa voters next year. Has the pendulum swung clear back? We hope it is not too strong a reaction. We need moderation in the taxing and spending of government but a violent reaction to ultra conservatism could spell disaster to our economy. dang A L 00 MA KOISUTH COUM erous Offifl .T .T. „ . •»*»••»•»» t»WVf*IV MWTMP Publuhed by tht Advance Publiihtng Co., Monday! and Thui and thop, 124 North Thoringfon St., Algona. Iowa 5051 liter and publisher, Duane E. Dtwel, Managing Editor, Julian Ch Thurtdoyt, Editor Bicycles can be dangerous (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Roporttr) We would hate to see the law regarding bicycle riding on the sidewalks enforced, There are too many cars on the streets these days and when a kid on a bike and an automobile come together, the youngster always loses. At the same. time bicycle riders have a responsibility to ride with care, and remember that pedestrians do have first call on the sidewalks. Last week we watched one youngster whip up on the sidewalk at the corner of First avenue and Marshall street, and ride smack into a door which was being opened. In that case the youngster had his head down and he was really peddling for all he was worth. When cars and bicycles are involved in an accident far too often the driver of the car gets blamed—when actually we think that almost always the fault lays with a youngster who wasn't being careful enough. We hope that all drivers are being especially careful these days—we do not want any of our young people hurt while riding their bikes. But parents should frequently caution the young folks that they have a responsibility too. Policy on printing news Political pundits are toying with an idea that may or may not have some basis. However the idea is intriguing. The fact it involved long-range planning and theory makes the idea unlikely but it is interesting. These pundits wonder* if the new sales and services tax bill is actually designed to raise more money than it is advertised to bring in. The governor said he would call a special session if it did. So if the money flows in, and Hughes calls a special session to cut the tax, he will become the hero who cut taxes instead of raising them. Clark Rasmussen, the state democratic chairman, is evidently smarting under criticism of the new sales and services tax. In the state democratic paper he places all the blame on the republican majority in the house of representatives. He ignores the very real fact the tax bill was written in the governor's office with leadership from both parties under the whip of the governor's threat to veto anything else. And also that even his .own leaders (as well as republicans) in both houses admitted they didn't know what was in it. (C. P. Woods in Sholdon Mail) Periodically it is desirable, and necessary, for this newspaper to set forth its policy in regard to police and court news. This is due to the fact that we receive, rather frequently, requests to omit news of this nature. To all these requests we have, for at least twenty years, politely but firmly been obliged to say "no." Our policy is this: All items formally entered on the dockets of the Justices of the Peace and the Mayor in Sheldon, and the District Courts of •O'Brien and Sioux counties, are so reported in this newspaper. Moreover, we have a fixed policy on the size of head placed on the specific item of driving while intoxicated. We use what in our trade is known at a thirty- point head, three lines, for all such items. We report such items for the obvious reason that we are in the newspaper business, and this is one of a newspaper's functions. We cannot limit ourselves to only "good" news. As long as we print any news of this nature, we feel it is only consistent and decent that we print all of it. If we should agree to any requests to leave such items out of our news column, then, obviously, we would feel required to leave all such items out, at request. It would not be long, then, before such requests would be automatic and it would not be long after that that our function as a newspaper would have vanished. It gives us no pleasure nor satisfaction to run these items; it is, on the other hand, because we operate in a small town, often very painful, unpleasant and awkward. But police news, court news, is just that—news—and that is the business we are in. We also have a policy on the printing of letters from our readers. This policy is: We will print any original letter which is not libelous or obscene which is signed by the writer, reserving the right to limit length to what we determine is reasonable. The publication of such letters obviously does not imply our agreement with them, as our agreement is not pertinent to such matters. Confused (C. P. Woods in Sholdon Mail) We were a little embarras- ed by the news picture showing President Johnson and Premier Kosygin together, with their accompanying background of aides. This embarrassment was due to oui gradual realization that we couldn't tell from looking at the pictures which were the villanous Russian and which the virtuous Americans. (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) It seems to be man's fate that a good share of the time when he's blessed with a new convenience, he's subjected to an new menace, also. There's no disputing -that we pay a pretty stiff toll for our modern modes of transportation, the airplane—and most certainly the automobile. A typically mixed blessing of recent years is the power mower. If you think IT'S not a menace to be taken seriously, consider the National Safety Council's statistic that 90,000 persons were injured last year in grass-cutting accidents. More than a handful to these mishaps bred fatalities — like the little girl who recently died with a wire imbedded in her brain, driven there by a power mower. Sure, you've probably read the Safety Council's advice on proper precautions to take when operating such a mower. But read them again. They could save you some hambur- gerized toes ... or worse. Therefore, we reiterate the Safety Council's suggestions to; -;;;s:;.,v :;•;•-. •.•' . . . Keep the children at a safe distance from mower in operation. 'Wear leather shoes and keep legs covered while running mower. Disconnect spark plug before 'making adjustments to mower. Don't unclog or refuel mower when running or hot. Don't pull mower backwards. Mow hills back and forth rather than up and down. Be alert at all times and never leave running mower unattended. Mid-East delays (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) Don't expect an immediate settlement to the mid-east ruckus. Settlement will come eventually, but there are a lot of side-issues to be gotten out of the way first. For example Russia has to build a firm basis on which to explain her failure to jump in and support the Arabs with troops—as they expected. Then the Arabs have to build up some bogey-men- ideas so they can blame their defeat on the United States and England—it just wouldn't do to have it evident to their own people that the badly outnumbered Jews simply kicked the living daylights out of the Arab legions. And don't ever think that the Israelites are going to want to wind things up too fast. They want to keep just as much of the territory they overran as possible. They'll talk loud, bluff and threaten —but eventually some sort of a settlement will be worked out, and a tenuous peace restored to the area. It looked like Russia was the only country who was go NATIOMA iriictiittat. NfWfPAP.ll ADVANCI SUBSCRIPTION "ATI One Year in County and to nearest pott office outside of County ... Six months In County and to nearest post office Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s .. All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of the) publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner'* risk. BUSINESS&PROFESSIONALj Insurance Insurance ALOONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lanes of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines of Insurance 109 .North Dodge >; Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of insurance in fore*. A horn* Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffham, Sacy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tad I. HUrbit SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundtt Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate * RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typos of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA . Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and flsual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 «' Office Hours: Mon.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Friday Eve. — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management CAMUON Farm MANAWMINT COMPANY 11Vi N. 4.1-1 Dr. L L. SNYOER . . .. . „ „ e _ HI fait State St. ing to gain anything from the Dial W-2715 fighting — now it doesn't Closed Saturday Afternoons look like they'll gain much either. Must have been a bitter pill for them to swallow to see the billions of dollars worth of planes, tanks, and munitions they had sent to the Arabs, destroyed so easily by the Jewish fighters. It is pretty obvious the Red* bet on the wrong horse in this race. CREDIT BUREAU •f KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Facl-bW Reports 295-3182 Algona LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTER, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN P. KOOB, M, D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. J. I. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY |. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, 0,0.*. 123 E. Call 295-5108 Algona PR J. G. CLAPSADDLE Peng* 112 N. Thorington Phone 295-2244

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