Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 31, 1967 · Page 6
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
Issue Date:
Thursday, August 31, 1967
Page 6
Start Free Trial

m- sau JL JL i TMU(»t)AY, AUO. session needed /the idea of Senator Andrew Frommelt (bem. Dubuque) that the leaders of the recent legislature advise the tax ootnmts* sion on the new tax law is off base, •V In the first place no group of legislators can spe.'k for the entire legislature. And in the second place if the legislature goofed then a special session Should be called to clean up the mess. : How does Mr. Frommelt know what rea« •ions led to the voting of the members of •ftlthfer the senate or the house? How in that heated chamber in the last gasp of the legislature could he know whether a man voted his convictions or his frustration? THE TAX LAW is a mess. It \s the fault of the leadership and the governor. It was 'written in secrecy against all the high minded pronouncements of the democratic leadership in favor of open meetngs and Dills openly agreed to. It was rammed through the legislature in 50 hours. The legislators were even restricted from leaving the chambers during the passage agony. In the senate all lobbyists or anyone who had anything to say to Ms senator was barred from access to that senator except by telephone. ...... Senator Frommelt on the floor of the ««at2 said this bill had to be passed "as is? without change. He later accepted some changes t v at added bu-inesses to the service tix, but no real study was permitted. He used the threat of a veto by the governor, which was confirmed by Hughes to halt any changes. THE ACTS ARE NOW revealed that the bill was so poorly written that the tax com- nVasion 'has no idea what the legislature WW trying to do. It is not Mr. Frommett's perogartive to speak for the legislature to teU the tax commission "his" idea of what the entire legislature meant. ..;•; In the period since the adjournment of (he legislature studies of what the bill "might" do have teen made, And In most CKM Hie studies have shown it to be so vague no one has any conception of it* effects, which would be pretty bad on industry. There was no consultation with tax experts prior to passage. The only person who seems to have* hand in it besktoB the governor and some legisMive leaden la a professor in Indiana, ft was his theory that was followed. The professor, however, does not have to live with his theory. REJECTION BY republican* of Fromm- elts idea was proper. Tihey were "used" in the passage and their paws are burned, it's no disgrace to be fooled once—but a second time is too much. It is well known now that many legislators have some second thoughts about the tax measure. They were not given the true facts about it, probably because no one, not even the promoters, had any real idea of the impact on Iowa's taxpayer*. How then can Mr. Frommelt or other leaders know what the intent was then or is now? Senators had not even seen a draft of the b'U until after debate was started. How could they have an intent in such a case? The situation is now that the tax commission has to make rulings on hazy grounds that may b? knocked out by court action. The provisions of the bifl are BO confusing they have to guess. And some provisions conflict directly with other provisions. Which in such conflict was the real intent? Senator Frommelt should urge the governor to call a special session to dean up the mess, or batter yet repeal it, and start all over "in public this time" to write a bill with the advice of people who are effected by it Frommelt is presumptuous in the Idea that he or anyone else can speak for the entire legislature. Credibility gap widens ;: The attitude of congress in recent weeks reflects the fact President Johnson hai lost popularity to a point where con- gtfss can defy him. *,•& The ploa for a 10 percent tax surcharge 1|: unpopular even (hough the big economists and big leaders approve as a measure to halt inflation. This is disputed by others who say it will actually cause inflation be. Ciuse the tax is added to the selling price ot theipToduct. . "i^Cue' to the attitude of congress was thy passage of the foreign aid bill which squeezed through with only four votes to spare in the house of representatives. Republicans hud to give it the majority. i, . THE CREDIBILITY GAP is not a figment of the imagination. There's dome- ining about the president that gives rise to ..disbelief when he appears at a press corijarertce and on television. HK state- n>sntB are not given immediate acceptance . until they have been checked elsewhere. ^.•r Of .course one of the situations that lends itself to disbelief is the report from time to time that comes via the White House on the Viet Nam war. There is no questioning the fact some of the reports have been slanted. .-j war is pretty vital to the people pnqrvhave a son in the area or a son in gaining who may go to that unhappy land. There are 500,000 troops in Viet Nam and the casualty lists are looming larger and larger. J|THE ADMINISTRATION has been less this! frank atx at that situation, and (he secretary of defence has not added to any enlightenment on the situation. While rosy pictures have been painted the facts now are apparent this Viet Nairn war is a major operation that has bogged down. It is reminiscent of the American Revolution warfare in which, the Indians and Indian .tactics changed the course of warfare from armies in the open firing at each other. Indian style warfare beaJt Hie Brittish. In Viet Nam the,hit and run tactics, the guerillas, and the Viet Oong Filth column inside cities and towns are fighting an unconventional war. The jungle and rice paddy war in the lowlands and the forested warfare in the hills and mountain) areas are conducted by Americans untrained in that kind of hit and run war. BECAUSE AMERICANS have been led to believe the U. S. army is unbeatable their conf idertce is shaken when the facts become known that all is not going well, and in fact American victories are pretty much wiped out by lack of ability to hold ground against slippery enemy. The administration has been too rosy in its propaganda. Demands for more and more troops have been followed by victory is soon statements that are in turn followed by demands for more troops. Johnson as president is the final depository of all the gripes of the American people who are prone to hold any president liable for any ill whether he had anything to do with it or not. And Johnson's record has not been the best of getting through to the people the honest facts on too many problems. tjnlamented A^, »» B »««*tKHi of George Lincoln Bi«kwell may make a martyr out of him 1j6.-.Ms followers, but the U. S. Nazi party ia.a mighty small group. f. Rockwell and his followers have made n/jlbre' noise than their size warrents, and .the press and particularly television have •wen Wm more publicity that he and his following deserved. ^H/tote brave statements hove been made by other 'leaders" in his group the .that his death is also the death of hu tip: This is a fact that will not be lament- jHickenloopei .Politicians in both parties are now In ^ worrying stage albout candidates for the 1988 elections. 1 Whether Senator Hickenioioper will be a candidate or not has the republicans eon- cernea, and democrats have no real idea if**.governor Hughes is going to do. David Stanley, state senator, bus d for the nomination, for U. S the announcement had little im- republican leaders who wait to ... has been an exqeileml He w second in seniority among tJictns, and hts ability has brought • -r-.—_v i Trrr^v-r T-^T qiiiBB V n>^ «•<•*? Mf <W%jSJU A ( one of the leading positions in the tton, as it seems possible they will at this stage of guessing, Hickenlooper will be one of the most powerful men in government. He not only has the following among republicans but also deep respect among deni- ocrats. It is felt Hughes has no real stomach to go up against him. That report a few weeks ago Hughes might take a good job in private 'Industry is viewed as a trial balloon by most knowfed&ble politicians, There seems to be a tide running in favor of the republicans that bodes no good for democratic candidates parUcukrly in the midwest. While Hughes personally has a big following, politics also requires » good solid backlog of party vote* to win, This could be tacking for him in this com. ming election. In the meantime moat republicans are hopeful or even anxious lor Hicfcenlooper to run again. His 24 years seniority, high standing in congress, and real ajbUiiy would be of great service fe> Iowa as well a« the nation. Underestimated When tstunatee go wrong in actual ap- it means trouble, ami tie Hampers flow of information Taxpayers getting worried ( fat It is rather ironical that an element so basic in the creation of this nation's robust economy as consumer advertising should find it so frequently necessary to defend itself. Long ago, the old caii. ard that advertising adds materially to the cost of a widely advertised product should have been recognized as pre< cisely just that. For actually, the mass production that i*. makes possible more that! compensates for what cost it adds to the sale price of most articles. Now comes a proposal from the Federal Trade Commission to the effect that restrictions on advertising should be devised to prevent it from creating irrational brand preferences and misleading consumers as to the actual differences between products. In response to this allegation, Justice John Marshall Marian observed, "It is very difficult to discover at what point advertising ceases to be an aspect of healthy competition. It is not the commission's function to decide which tftwfut elements of the product . . . should be com tidered useful and Which should be considered the sym- tottis of industrial sickness, it is the consumer who tnurt make the election through the exercise of his purchasing power." While we must confess to having some reason for prejudice in the matter, we hav; the conviction that Justice Marian's observation has definite merit. If one producer is more successful than his competition in selling his product via advertising, we can see little benefit to the public by penalizing him for that success, The charge that this weakens competition by developing consumer loyalty for particular products and companies, as the FTC contends, we cannot regard as a valid one 1 . There are sufficient legal safeguards against out-and-out misleading advertising to protect the public from flat misrepresentation. ; '.., Any impairment of the channels through which in. 'formation is conveyed to the public should be subject to Charges politics in war (M. B. Crabbe in Eaglt Grovt Eaglt) Evidence seems to be piling up daily that Johnson and MacNamara are making the Viet Nam war a political struggle. They restrict and direct military efforts and air force raids because of political .considerations and when military and Congressional critics ask questions they silence the questions by 'saying that they do not understand the politics involved. As a result public opinion, which still is the controlling factor, is dividing sharply on the conduct of the war. It appears now however that sometime before the next election this public opinion will force Johnson to start an all out drive for the victory that military men have said was possible from the beginning. In which case the victory coming just before the election will be the biggest political boost that Johnson could get in any other manner. The •question then arises -Is he smart enough to see that and is this eventually part of his political campaign? Too many commentators and news analysts are voicing this suggestion to ignore it. If so we hope the voters will keep in mind ait the 1968 election. A president that would use tactics doesn't deserve a chance to be a candidate. Every military leader and many of our presidents have slid that there is only one possible result of war and that is to achieve victory as quickly as possible. And our military men who are running the Viet Nam war under Johnson's direction have said repeatedly that they could win in a matter of a few months if they were allowed to press the war as they want to. Negotiated peace in the past ihasn't seemed to work very well. In Israel and the Arab countries the negotiated peace 'has erupted into three wars now. The (negotiated peace in Korea is also in such turmoil that U. S. troops in force are required to keep the peace. And it is difficult to see how a negotiated peace in Viet Nam would ever work as long as there is present ithe local hatred bred by 20 years of war. Neither the Viet Cong or the Vietnamese in- jdicate that they would be sat-, isfied with any negotiated peace. If public opinion forces Johnson to give the military men their chance to. win it quickly and they achieve that result LBJ will be a national hero and our president for another four years. Rioting unpopular in Iowa (Nial Maurer in Laurens Sun) Widespread rioting by any group—minority of otherwise —is going to be mighty unpopular in Iowa. Governor Harold Hughes last week called on city officials to use "cool heads, infinite patience and judgment based on sober reflections" in dealing with civil strife. At tine same time, he said that no cause in pur society could justify rioting, murder, arson, looting, vandalism or any other act of crimminal violence. "If any city in this state should be threatened with serious violence," he said, "you may be assured that the state will support you immediately and fully with all the law enforcement resources at our command. Mob violence, if it should threaten any Iowa city, can, must and will be stopped dead in its tracks." At the same time the Iowa National Guard, under orders from higher headquarters be- gan special training on how to control riots. And-the Iowa Department of the American Legion, at its recent convention in Davenport, called upon both state and federal of- ficals to deal with the problem, requesting a non-partisan approach to a solution of the underlying causes. The Legion "statement of law and order" ended with these words: "Let the word go forth and now that the vicious tactics of the lawless will never again under whatever guise or for whatever cause be permitted to wreak 'havoc and inflict irreparable damage, suffering and despair upon American communities; that every practicable means pf prevention can and will be used to that good. This can be the beginning of the restoration of law and order, of the peace and tranquility every loyal American desires and is entitled to enjoy." A firm policy, in our opinion, will be most effective in preventing trouble. Real tragedy of the wai , aecurity tystem is in trouble wi& **n* the medicare programs. The nursing home §ervk» for the aged was estimated (p coat about 25 to 50 mjl. y»ir. fa tte Ciat yetjr o| Its the power structure of the sen. country. gtiaed power next eto- * miUwa djdlnf § year. ft now fearni oertaui tyis cost wlU bv- creaae because of new benefit*. H if hoped the new estimate* are nst 1000 percent off. (Chsrlti Davit in lews Falls Citiitn) One of the little-publicized tragedies of our war in Vietnam is the group of draiftdadg- ers taking refuge in Canada. Their number is ml great —perhaps about 1,500—but here is a group of young Americans unwilling and unable to cope with the responsibilities of citizenship. You'll find all types among them. Some are openly Marxist and pro-North Vietnam; others are sincere pacifisfs who fear that their philisoph- ies of life would not fully qualify them under the draft laws as conscientious objectors; and a few are just out- and-out cowards. But they are all alike in that once they cross the border and refuse their draft call, they face imprisonment if they return to the United States. This is a tragedy not only for these young men, but for the country as well. Somewhere, somehow, too many of our youth have failed to grasp the full meaning of U.S. citizenship . . its advantages and responsibilities. And this is not altogether (heir fault. Unfortunately, the national leadership, over the last 15 to 20 years, has failed to fiiuj a way to communicate its in* ternational aims and policies to the people. The post World- War II generation has been left to learn these for itself. A totalarian nation doesn't need a free flow and exchange of ideas between the government and the people. carrful scrutiny. In this connection, m regard that the recently instituted *a* on advertising alt i "service" by the latest low* General Aa< sefnbly wis of questionable advisability. H will, of necessity, be passed on to the advertiser by the' media required to -pay it*and the advertisers,. in - g*w eral, will inevitably pass the cost on to the public. ,Since advertising ftetve* a* an important avenue-for the dLsseminaition of information that goes far beyond the UmiU motion of consumer goods, the tax is a restrictive influence on the spread Of public information. As such, It provides something of a precedent for control of.such Information by taxation, which would be completely contradictory to the principleS.de" fended by the "freedom of the, press" concent: '.' t .'., ' It behooves the powers-that- be on both the federal and state levels to examine carefully the potential effects of such legislation as the FTC proposes and the Iowa legislature has enacted. Serious unimpeded flow of legitimate information. ' : in Stern Uka One of these fellows who write "the news behind the news" declared in an article the Other day that our representatives at Washington are beiftg flooded with letters from their worried constituents. The chief source of anxiety is what is happening in Viet Nam. Instead of a brush-fire, we are engaged in a merciless war which isn't going well. No one is exactly certain why we are draining our young manhood,and our finances in a struggle 10,000 miles away . that we: cannot hope to win. ..Race riots at home are dis- • turbing. Many declare these are a greater, menace right . now than Viet Nam. It is commonly believed .that there are organized gangsters, probably communists, who travel from spot to spot stirring up Sabotage, arson and even rebellion. . If so, why .doesn't the administration find out who these disorganizes ire and irtite them? , v ' • • • « • THe ahrmtng increase to crime is causing extreme uneasiness fetid tetter. When • woman — ft mifl — daf« «oi step out Oft the street at (tight it is high time thit some more stringent action be taken thin naming a commission to make an investigation. Freeing confessed murders and rapists thru technicallUen imposed by ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court is causing much concern, not to say in* dignation. Protests against high ta*e*» mounting deficits, strikes against, the public, inflation, lower prices for farm products and increased prices for nee- cesities — all these are the subjects that are causing bitter protests. The writer says this has been "a summer of discontent." That's a mild analysis in our judgment. For we see no reason to expect these Worries will end with the summer. .,. • . A i e e N A nest o T M c e UN T T A » v 4L * e •, Published by tht Advance Putrilthing Co., Mondays and Thurtdoyt, office* ond shop, 124 North Thoringtan St., Algona. Iowa, 50511 ' - . J . ..'__-*TI »--- r Julian. OiriKhillM. Editor and publiiner, Duonc E. Dwwcl, Managing editor, An American ' \ war (SibUy GaxeHe), The war in Viet Nam started out to be a conflict between the north and south halves of that sadly divided country. We dame in merely as advisors to the more democratic (or at least still capitalistic) south half. But the war has progressed through the years, the South Vietnamese have become discouraged and taken a continually lessening role in the conflict — while American, forces have gradualy taken over the brunt of the fighting. ' ' '' " 'V ;;•"';:: As Harod Stasseh> said recently the war has changed, from a Vietnamese affair to an American war! Yet what interest ,do we Americans really have in a war in the southeast corner . of Asia? ; Exploding' enough •; bombs^ jsagnficing Venojugh n ' -American ^^sir^ere,,, we^con^, cetrainly 'win' militarily ^ butj", having done so, what will we have won .... if, as now seems apparent, the Vietnamese people care little one way or the other? The ostensible government of South Viet Nam apparently is ah American.pup- pet government, . outof-tune with public feeling and with little public support. . . The National liberation Front, (Viet Cone) remains strongly despite years of effort to wipe out; it actually controls most of South Viet Nam — and American territory consists merely: of enclaves or pockets within a largely hostile land. Very likely, if a free election were held today, this Communist government would win. Certainly we would like to see a pro-western government in the country — but can we go around the world setting up prowestern governments in every unsympathetic nation? If we did, they'd probably turn out to be just as shaky as the South Vietnamese government is now. If Stassen is right: if the war has become an American war, it would seem to be a war without a recognizable goal. Perhaps that is why we are having such a hard time winning; the Vietnamese are fighting for their homes, for their lives — and we are fighting merely to impose a political system upon them. Certainly it would seem in order for America to take a respite from agruments about how many bombs we should drop on targets north of the 17th parallel — and talk a bit about just what our goals <are in this war. Once we have some established goals,, their execution can be planned. Or, if we find no goals worthy of the great effort we are expending, we could bring that effort to a close without further waste of manpower and resources. Yes! Let's deliver! (C. F. Wte* in ShtWan *Uil) The Bureau of Internal jfey. ewie says: "Taxes are (the Pr«e we pay for a civilized nation." Fine. Now when do we get delivery? 7 NATIONAL NIWMAMI , ..•',.. ADVANCI WSKftlPTION RATI One Yeor in-County and to nearest pott office outside of County —I Six monthi in .County and to nearest post office ---1 Yeor.outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.t ....17.00 . All, rights. to matter published in The Alaona 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 instant*. All manuscripts, articles or picture* are sent at the owner's risk. : »»••»•»•»•»>»•»••>••»»»»•»•»»•»»»»»»•»•»»••»»»»» BUSINESS4PROFESSIONAL Insurance Insurance ALOONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All lines' of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 Chiropractors 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 hem* Company/Safe, tacure, Lola Scufffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 TedS. Herb.t SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. SuiwUt Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Type* off Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 296-3373 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 Mi.at»i DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 Bist State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oloaed Saturday Afternoons PR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD .Optometrist; Visual Analysis and Visual Training : Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Or, L. L. SNYOf R IWfMt INfe $t. 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. 1RAY. M. D. M,D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 . SCHUTTBR, M. D, Residence Phone 295-2335 I 10 " 0 2W-5917 ind Algona Phone 295-2408 DR. 4. R, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 6. State St. Phone 29S-2334 Claatd Satyr*? Afternoon* Credit Services CMOIT KOSJUTH COUNTY Collective Service F»ct-bilt Reports 295^188 Algona , STROMMAN . Dentist lie N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 123 123 NASM ' AJgona 295-5108 * . KM:

What members have found on this page

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free