Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 10, 1967 · Page 12
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nrAr ossuth County Advance I • ^V JLi • • ^ ~KA> A. Praise for the budget makers Uniform Monday holidays . ^itaX ism »^ »_A.^..» •B^*«»J ffc» ^ a a * a t% -^—* THURSDAY, AUG. 10,1*6? Solomon is needed The muddle the recent legislature gave the state In the tax bill and the so* called school aid bill will have the state in an uproar for some time as bureaucrats develop the rules and regulations. Involved for instance in the school aid bill will be four departments — the attor-. ney-general, the tax commission, the comptroller and the state auditor. And after next January 1 also the hew head of the department of revenue. The tax commission was abolished and the department of revenue will be headed by a single commissioner whose rulings will have the effect of law in tax matters. Whether he will agree with the lame-duck commission is also a question. THE SCHOOL-AID BILL did quite a few things. But what it left undone to be ruled and regulated on is more important than what the bill actually says. For instance the bill provides a $2500 personal property exemption from taxation. The state will make up to the local taxing district the revenue lost by this provision. Thus if a school district has a levy that would cost a taxpayer on $2500 personal property the state would step in and pay It. This procedure is similar to the homestead and ag land tax credits. But if the local district boosted the valuations then the state would have to pay more than anticipated. This is a threat not entirely avoided in the bill. AND CONFUSING the issue more is the real fact the tax levying bodies have no guide line. The law requires, for instance, that all real estate property be valued at 27 per cent of its true value. The farm land in south Kossuth that was sold recently at some $700 per acre would have to be taxed on a valuation of $189 per acre at 27 per cent. This sale price established the value — but what about adjoining land that has not been sold recently and on which the valuation has been much less? Is this adjoining land to be valued as equal to the land that sold at $700? The state is a bit short of Solomons who could figure the true and actual value of property. The value depends on what a person would pay and what a person would sell for — not a guess by a bureaucrat. In the instance cited the land had an exceptionally good house on it. IT IS BELIEVED Kossuth and other northern Iowa farm property has been valued at about a real 18 per cent of true value. If the new law is followed the value of farm property will be bumped to a point where any tax relief would vanish. Town property is now valued at near the 27 per cent and in some instances above that amount. It is not expected there will be any big boost in town real estate valuation to match that of farm land. Town property has been paying on the higher valuation. In any event there will be no important tax relief for most of the 1967 taxes payable in 1968. The new tax bill will not bring in additional state income until the first of 1968. The new sales and services 3 per cent tax doesn't take effect until October with first returns to the state, in January 1968. In the meantime all lowans can do is wait as patiently as possible until the state employes give their version of what the legislature did. (M. B. Crabbe in tegle Ofdva fefle) There is going to be a lot of grumbling among taxpayers as they read the budget estimates being run in tho Eagle during July and August. And there will be more grumbling next year in March and September when we havs to pay these taxes. But local taxes are spent for things that we can seo and which affect our daily lives. They are to pay for services that we have requested. They are also levied by people whom we have elected to office and who have been doing their level best to provide us with what we ask for and want. None of this money will go to build political fences or help anyone to get reelected to office or to support rioting mobs who won't work. As a result we have what think is one of the best we school systems of any city or town in the U. S. We have asked for things that the school Is providing. And wo have a very fine high quality of staff and personnel employed in the school system who deserve to be and aro highly respected citizen* of our community. If you think you could do a better job thar, these highly respected, busy men who give hours of thei.' time and energy to providing you with the school sy.^tsm you ask for then I am suro they will gladly relinquisn their place to you on the board or in the system. Our city government we believe is outstanding; providing good police and fire protection, good streets and paving, an excellent water system, fine parks and recreation programs and outstanding cemetery. And now in addition what appears to be a much needed efficient ambu- lance service. Waftdh for the mill levy publication when it comes out and you will find that you are getting these services at a much lower cost than mo* of the bigger cities which do not provide the quality of service we get. The same can be Mid of the county government. Much is being said about the bigger counties providing cheaper and better county government. But the figures don't bear this out. Our counity government is among the most economical in the state and, we believe, doing an excellent job in all of its services. We will all grumble now and when we pay the taxes but remember these local taxes are for services which we have asked for and want and they are administered by our friends and neighbors who are doing their best to satisfy us. Uniform Monday holidays is not a new idea. For several yean, there have been proposals of one form or another to change the dates of certain nonreligious holidays so they will occur regularly and uniformly on Monday. Tlu> objective, of course, ia to ere* ate additional three-day week' ends like Labor Day—-not to establish new or added holidays. iet. There are some bills before congress'which would make this possible. We'd suggest you write your views to your congressman and your senators. You should get better Acquainted with them anyway. They are: Oongrssman Wiley Mayne and U. S. Senator Jack Miller .and Bourke Hickenlooper, Mouse of Representatives and U. S. Senate, Washington, D. C. t respectively. Belmond to say thank you gense A business or not That congressman who is investigating the Farm Bureau and the farm organization itself each seem to have a bear by the tail and uncertain what to do about it. The congressman is after the Farm Bureau on the theory it is more a business than a real farm service organization. There is no real question but what the organization is in business in insurance, fertilizer, and allied products including gasoline and oils directly or indirectly. Where the dividing line is between an organization that is cooperative in natire and thus tax exempt and an organization that is a profit enterprise and therefore taxable is a fine distinction. FARM BUREAU memberships are sold in towns and cities. The Advance has long been a "contributing member" in the sense it bought a membership. The theory is the organization does much good for the farm people and thus is worthy of support. There have been charges the organization "blackjacks" businessmen into joining merely for business reasons. This could be true in some instances where the words are not spoken but the implication is not missed by either the committee who calls on the businessman or the businessman. The charge the Farm Bureau participates in politics has no merit. All group organizations do. All businessmen have their "line" organizations which attempt ta influence legislators and elect or defeat candidates. There is no reason the Farm Bureau should be faulted for that. WHERE THE SHOE pinches however is in the business part of the Frrm Bureau organization. The insurance angle is used as a basis to get members. And independent insurance men in towns are pretty bitter about the competition. The same thing holds true of businessmen^ fertilizers, gasoline, oils, and feeds. These businessmen are bitter about the fact they must pay taxes while they believe the cooperatives escape such taxes for the main. The groups claim they pay taxes on the business part of the organization, but this is hotly denied by the businessmen who claim the Coop's tax is but a shadow of what an individual must pay in the line of business. THE CONGRESSMAN making the investigation was slapped down by the full congressional committee, but he is pursu- . ing an investigation of his own and recently •was in Omaha among other places taking ' testimony. The Bureau itself has ignored invitations to appear. This could be a tactical mistake for only the one side is now being presented and publicized. Over the years the Farm Bureau has been a valuable organization and has fought hard to help fanners. It has provided the leadership, not as an organization, but because of moral support, of such worthwhile projects as the 4-H clubs. This project is run entirely by the extension department, but in the club and other leadership there are usually found active Farm Bureau members. Whether the Bureau has now gotten away from the idea of such service to the farmers and has become a big business giant is a question. The Bureau does not publicize its membership, organization, profits, and activities. Whether it should or not depends on a personal viewpoint. The congressman has raised some questions which good sense should tell the Bureau to answer fully — perhaps in a more favorable climate than his investigation, but which from a public relations standpoint are important. (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) Since shortly after last Oc tober's disastrous tornado there has been much discussion concerning the method by which this community might best say "Thank You" to the thousands of peoplo Who came to our aid when wo so desperately needed a helping hand. In nearly every conversation in which we've been involved the idea of issuing an invitation to all Who assisted in any way last October 14, and in the weeks following, to come back and see how we've progressed in our rebuilding program 'has been dominant. All Belmond, in looking back on T-day, has two common emotions. First gratitude to the many who helped us; second pride in our own efforts and plans for a better and more prosperous c)3mr' munity. Every club, every church, every individual shares tlhes? emotions. Our city government, oulr school administration, our business and professional people, our industries 'and our workers want to bo involved in the effort to say "Thanks" to all who helped in any way. There is no question in our minds that Belmond wants to proceed with such a project. What is needed now is organization, planning and execution to these plans. We feel that no one club, no single group can manage it. A committee of a dozen or so reprc- senlting every group desiring to participate seems to be the answer. Perhaps a public meeting at which clubs and individuals could express their ideas would be of value. At any rate somebody must start the ball rolling and soon. The Chamber of Commerce, •the Jaycees and the Lions have in the months since thr> twister on several occasions demonstrated their ability to work together. Representatives of these three organizations plus the city and the school could be the nucleus of the T-Day Committee. W« hope they will be. This newspaper and the other communication media of this area will give their complete and whole-hearted '.assistance to the planners. We '-share the pride you all feel in .Belmond. We want to say .V'Thanks," too. ,'; If a start is made we feel sure this community will respond with enthusiastic support. How about it? Let's get going ! ! Only existing hok days, with ri 1 ^ J „ „ „ „ • ~ ~ the exception of Christinas LrlaCl SCSSIOll and New Year's Day are included in the proposals for change, We think most Poeaihontas county folks agree such a plan has merit. In a national poll conducted recently, a whop- ptinig 85 per cent of some 10,000 questioned approved tin- idea. In another poll conducted by a national magazine. 180,000 ballots favored tho uniform holiday plan whila only 10,000 were opposed. That's a supporting vote of 95 percent, which is probably about as close to a unanimous agreement as the public can is over (Paul Smith in Rock IUp!d» Reporter) Members of the General Assembly are delighted that the session has ended— and, the rest of are too. This has been a draggy, unsatisfactory session, which wound up in a blaze of fireworks. It will be quite a while before the whole impact of some of the new legislation is felt—but changes arc definitely on the way. in riots (C. P. Wood* in Sheldon Mail) A L 0 0 N A KOSIUTM COUNTY ADV AM C I Published by the Advance- Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offioci and shop, 124 North Thorlngton St., Algona, Iowa. 505M Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlsehilles. Education and some jobs Halt The effect of the Johnson plan of placing a 10 per cent surcharge on income taxes will be noted and resented by most taxpayers. The reason for the tax is the Viet Nam war and the "Great Society" expenses. The Viet Nam war is increasingly unpopular and the riots have indicated some of the welfare programs are merely pouring money down a rat hole. There are more people who work for a living than live on a public dole. These working people resent the loafers who get paid for doing nothing and resent bitterly the tax money they worked frr going to the malcontent who won't work. If money is needed the taxpayer believes it's time to call a halt to welfare foolishness and giveaways rather than tax more and more and get less and less. Hugh es One of the popular games now in Iowa is the debate on what Governor Hughes is going to do come next election decision time. The debate was given a boost by a report he would enter private business after his present term ends. However others believe he will run for the U. S. senate. Some political experts discount this. Hughes, like anyone else, doesn't like to enter a race in which he might not win. And the signs are how that the democrats will have a rough go of it in 1968. The Viet Nam war U unpopular. The growing tension in the cities and the backlash following the riots bodes no good for democratic candidates. Also there is a bit of a backlash already in Iowa against the new tax bill and the so-called state aid to schools. By next spring lowans will have enough experience with the new taxes to be rather unhappy. And unhappy taxpayers usually blame the governor for their troubles. It's no secret the governor was the main force behind the tax bill though the meetings were held secretly, a sore point with many affected taxpayer groups who were forestalled on an effort to show how the new tax would affect them, The governor is well aware a person in the executive branch of the government accumulates a healthy set of enemies for one reason or another. If the governor makes an appointment the appointee believes that's what he is entitled to and no credit to the governor, while those who sought and were rejected take it personally. A governor can't win. The best guess is that Hughes doesn't know himself what he wants to do. There are risks in politics. A dead duck is mighty dead. Most observers feel he is alienated from the Johnson administration and hence could expect no good federal appointment. But most also feel he is completely honest in saying as of now he has no idea what he is going to do. (Neil Maurer in : Laurent Snu) '• Unnecessarily high educa- • toon requirements are keeping low-income persons out of jobs they could fill satisfactorily, a Negro state employment official said this week. This is one of the major causes for the trouble among Negroes in the United States, according to George Reed of Cedar Rapids, a member of the Iowa Employ meivt Security Commission. In an interview reported by George Mills of the Des Moines Register, Reed pointed out some of the "unrealistic" education requirements of labor unions, business and industry. He declared a person can be a good carpenter, or proficient in other trades, without being a high school graduate. We believe in education, and are of the opinion that everyone should get as much of it as possible. We agree .with Reed, however, that there should be some lowering of educational minimums for job applicants where present minimums are not justified. As Reed pointed out, figures-show there will be need for 800,000 additional craftsmen in the United States in the next ten years. At present, he added, there are 3.5 million job openings that are going unfilled in the nation for lack of qualified applicants. At the same time there are thousands of unemployed. hands The racial upheavals in pur cities are a matter requiring the wisdom of Solomon himself to solve. And what point does restraint become weakness, or discipline become oppression? It is one of the prices wo pay for democracy that we cannot react in the manner of a police state. A potted state reaction probably would mean .at least control of ths ugly situation for the time ibeing, but that is a step which takes one on a oneway street. We have heard citizens who. in the height of their anxiety •and anger at the situation say they "would send tanks and machine guns in" and blast the areas — and the rioters. More sober thought brings the realization that to control outrageous) individuals with equally outrageous acts is only to multiply the disaster. There must be thousands upon thousands of good neg- ro citizens in these cities who look upon the actions of their violent brethren with nothing but extreme sorrow, fear and shame. To include such worthy people in a blanket!condemnation is beyond decency or good sense. Another point of great delicacy in such matters is the constant danger of creating a new cult of "martyrs." Extremist groups have long been rtoted for capitalizing on real or fake persecution. It supplies the most effective propaganda in the world. This is a time for the extreme stress; a time for the exercise of intelligence in the reaction of government. And it is not a time for either political party to play politics. It is painfully apparent that the race problem will be with us for generations to come. It may require the wisdom of several, generations of Solomons. 1 ADVAMCt suaicaimoM RATI One Year in County and to nearait pott offict outlide of County —$5.00 Six monthi in County and to nearest poit office .-13.50 Year outlide County, and to other than nearest outlide P.O.! $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including newt, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner ii prohibited except by written permission of the publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in eoch instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner's riik. «««»»»»»«»•»»»•»«»•»•«»»»••»»•»••••••»»••»»••» BUSINESS * PROFESSIONAL Insurance Working with your cam be just as honorable, just as dignified, as sitting behind Pi i K M <i h 1IICT a desk. We must have people A UUHOlUllg doing all types of work. It's time for us to recognize the importance of all types of legitimate employment in order to provide a better living for all. names (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) Editors view new tax law FIGURING Another passenger train in Iowa has bit the dust. The Illinois Central passenger from Waterloo to Chicago has been . canceled. One by one the passenger trains are being taken off. It's difficult to understand the figures given by management of huge losses from their operation. Many believe these are based on self-serving calculations. For instance the roadbed and rails are there for freight trains whether a passenger train runs or not. Is the upkeep for these charged entirely to passenger trains? The various commerce commissions should take a closer and better look at the railroad figuring. Storm Like Pilot-Tribune) The 1967 legislative session will go down in history as tho year of the big tax bill. But it should be remembered as the year Iowa changed to s more progressive tax system. Levy on property is regarded as a "regressive" system. This tax has increased to a point where owning real estate is a questionable economic objective, many declare. It is a favorable political ' gambit to say that we "must legislate for the good of the person and not property." We'd like to have some of our do-gooders point out to us where the line is drawn. Property and people are tied closely together in our economic system. The only place they can be alienated is under a socialistic system where the government owns the property. Perhaps we arc moving in that direction but it is a situation we must strive to avoid. If these political benefactors have more in mind than vote-getting, they can really help the "little guy" in another way. That is to cut government spending. The squandering of public money causes the inflation that makes the "little guy's" pocketbook even smaller than they say it is. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) Now there is talk of a special session of the General Assembly to correct some of the worst bobbles in the governor's new tax bill. For on* 1 thing it is pretty obvious that no one knows how much money will be taken in. The whole mess is the re-' suit of trying to legislate in secret. The governor pledged legislators to secrecy, then patched together a bill, rammed it through the General Assembly—and now even those who voted for the measure say that they are not sure what it really covers, how- much it will bring in, or how it will be administered. Government should always be conducted in public. Errors are frequently the result of secrecy. Almost always when a public official goes wrong —it can be traced directly back to someone's efforts to keep the public from knowing what is going on in its business. T^he 1967 tax bill is a fine example of what results when the psople are denied information— the public is not given the opportunity to study proposals and then be heard on them. One of the things every newspaper editor finds out early in the game .is that parents do not like to have the names of their youngsters who get into trouble, appear in the papers. There are all kinds of arguments about the matter, all kinds of pleas, and you would be surprised how many mother's heart is bad, and it might kill her if the item is printed. Never have we heard of a mother with a bad heart, who had any ill effects from the crime her youngster committed—only when it got in the paper was it dangerous. We were very much interested in an item in the Sheldon Mail recently. There, members of the Kiwanis club took a poll on the question "Should minors' names be published when they have committed a crime or have been apprehended?" The vote was 89.7 percent "yes"—only 10.3 per cent "no". The more juveniles' names get in the paper — the fewer will get into trouble, is one mighty sound rule. Personally we're of the opinion that youngsters who are old enough to get into trouble with the law, are plenty old enough to have their names appeair in the paper. And *f mother's heart can't stand the publicity, then the youngsters had better keep out of trouble in the first place. Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All lines 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 $102,000,000 worth of Insurance in force. A homo Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffhem, Sexy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Htrbtt SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore . Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9a.m. — 5p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN . .... Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Mon.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri, 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Friday Eve. — 6:30 - 8:30 /. Farm Management CARLSON Farm Real Estate RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typei of Insurance Ph. W-55W or 29S-3IH ALGONA DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 Bast State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons OH, DONALD J. KINOFIILD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. HarUn, Algous Phone 395-3743 Pr. L. I. SNYOIR 111 fait Statt It. Dial *t«71$ Clf**4 Sftvrtby AfttrnMni ^^redi^tervjeg!^ CMDIT lUIIAU if KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bill Reports 295-3182 Algona LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 j)octors JOHN N. KEN6FICK, 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. p. Residence Phone 296-2335 DEAN F, KOOB, M. P. Residence Phone 295-5017 Physicians and'Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 PI, J. B. HARRIS JR. 622 & State St. Phone 295-2334 OR. LltOY I, STKOHMAN U8 N. Moore St. Phone 385-8181 KiVIN NASH, P.Q.S. 1238.0*11 3954108 Algona D» J. G. CLAMADOLI Dmttt 113 N. Ttoo Phone 295-2

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