Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on September 14, 1967 · Page 16
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 14, 1967
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EDITd Til AJLJTV/L Kossuth Cotmty Advance I Why Pat lias T.J., an bffiee cat Puts blame on : V r * / - ^ JJ.. «, Jt'Jtt ** f» .i*/* iT* THURSDAY, SEPT. 14,1f*7 Tax law blues At the "rump" meeting of some legislators and the state tax commission last week the ridiculous part of enacting a law in haste after it was written in secret became even more apparent than before. The remark of one state senator, a lawyer, regarding a section of the bill is a strange position for a lawyer to take. He_ was commenting on the provision in the law that construction is to be taxed. This would mean all new construction in Iowa, which he said the legislature did not intend. He advocated a commission rule exempting such construction. He said "Who is going to contest a rule exempting such construction from taxation." THIS WOULD BE a contrived illegal interpretation of the law. It is the law that is at fault. It is not the perogative of the tax commission to do anything but what the law says. The law says construction is to be taxed. A lawyer should uphold the law — even a bad one such as this evidently is. What if the tax commission made a rule on another exemption which would not be favored by the senator? He undoubtedly would object. Another state senator, Andy Frommelt, who was democratic majority leader said the intention of the law was not to tax farm custom work. The law does not exempt it, and Mr. Frommelt's "intention" has.no standing in law. He, no matter what he may think, is not the sole custodian of "intent" of the entire legislature. ONE OF THE MORE ridiculous ideas was the taxing of advertising in magazines, newspapers, etc. coming into Iowa from outside the state. It is doubtful Time, Life, etc., would take kindly to paying an Iowa tax on the advertising in their publications. The same is trjie in the case of tele' vision and radio, the networks would not jump at the chance to pay an towa tax on the commercials in network programs, Would REYC, Mankato, the best (received) TV station serving this area, pay an Iowa tax on its advertising revenue? Even if it would bow in the world would Iowa determine the amount of advertising impact on lowans which would therefore be taxable? These are just a few examples of the muddled mess the tax bill is. THE FOLLY of secret meetings to write the bill, and then ramming it through the legislature in 50 hours without a chance to look it over is readily apparent to anyone, now even to those who did the ramming. Some of this is the fault of the legislators themselves who let themselves be coerced or talked into voting for the monstrosity. They should have insisted on taking «ome time to look over a proposal that will take from an admitted $120 million to a more realistic $150 million from Iowa taxpayers. With a few exceptions they acted like a bunch of sheep led by a Judas goat. True they were frustrated, tired of the whol*. thing, and anxious to get home after the longest session on record. The leadership itself however is the main culprit. If the leadership had been on the ball the tax bill would have come up days or even weeks before for a real debate instead of being written in secret and held back until the legislators were so worn out they apparently didn't care much what was in it in their desire to get out of session. Compulsory arbitration The time has come, indeed may be past, when unions must be restrained on strikes. There is no exploiting of labor in this country anymore despite the headline- seeking statements of Walther Reuther and other big-labor leaders. The strike at Ford now is an example of what a big strike means in this country. There have baen other examples, such as the railroad strikes, and other industries such as steel in recent years. When the Ford Motor Co. was.struck it had repercussions far beyond those involved in the controversy at Ford. Many firms that supplied Ford with parts of the cars had orders canceled for the duration, and therefore had to lay off men in their plants. THIS ESCALATION of the effects of a strike in a big industry put men out of work who had no interest or stake in the controversy at Ford. It also seems to be of no concern to the union at Ford what happens to other workers tied in with the operation. The attitude of Reuther in his public pronouncements is a parroting of the claims of days long gone about industry taking advantage of workers. The auto workers make good salaries with multiple fringe benefits not enjoyed by others who may work in smaller plants or in other industry. ' Reuther is irresponsible in his demands. His attitude is playing to the audience of his union members rather than getting down to fundamentals in ending the strike. He seems to have no concern about what the strike does to his men or others in industries allied in supplying parts. THE TRUTH IS the costs of any labor boost in wages and fringe benefits is passed on to the consumer in higher prices for the product. Any advantage to the Ford worker is temporary at least for he must pay more for his car as well as pay more for priced boosted because of wage hikes in other industries which supply him. The end of such a road is apparent in the recently departed Studebaker motor company. Too many demands led to too high prices among other things and the public refused to buy the cars and-the- company had to quit. • •,- -t -; • ' ';-- «.-. w THE RAMIFICATIONS of a big strike reach into almost every hamlet in the country. Ford dealers, salesmen, and those who prepare the cars for delivery are done until the strike ends — and for some time after that until production resumes. The truckers and railroads who transport the cars from the factory to the dealer lose that business for the duration. Banks and lending agencies lose business from new car sales. Makers of steel, radios, clocks, tires, plastics, etc., that go into the Ford cars are affected immediately and their workers lose that work. It's high time to find a better way. The right to strike does not include paralyzing 'the country and affecting the incomes of hundreds of thousands of people not involved. The day of compulsory arbitration, so hated by union bosses, is hastened by such strikes. The public is going to rebell one of these days just as the people did against the Big Trusts of 75 years ago. Romney Governor Romney either goofed or was painfully honest, according to personal following, in his statement he changed his mind about Viet Nam because he had been brain-washed. It may be he is completely honest, as he is claimed to be by most observers. But his statement on being brain-washed was not a sensible comment. U was too all- including. There is ground for controversy in the Viet Nam war. It is not popular, nor is the necessity for continuing it readily apparent. One can be critical without being one- sided. The suspicion lingers he changed his mind because of political considerations, how unfair that might be. to go along with any other splinter. The black caucus demanded and got voting control and then the conference blew up. The people who put up the money left in disgust. The main trouble in all this is that it paints all Negroes with the same brush in the minds of many. The black power groups are doing more to hurt the Negro cause than a whole army of white southern sheriffs of the old days or the Ku Klux Klan. It's time for the Negroes to reject such claims of leadership that are made by such groups including the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee headed by Carmi- chaei and Rap Brown. Poor way Fiasco That National Conference for New Politics in Chicago last week was a fiasco of the first water. For some reason the 400 Negro delegates were given the same number of votes as 1750 white persons. There were some 4,000 attending off and on, and the meetings were out of control much of the time. .The Negroes formed a black power organisation within the organization and threw out any white who attempted to join. The result of the whole conference was a demonstration in futility of trying to reason with some of the Negro black power advocates who in their way are as unreasoning as the Ku Klux Klan. The meeting was an attempt to form a ijf w. party in addition to the republican an4 democratic parties and have an effect in national and state politics by swinging ejections one way or a-nother between the two major parties. It was a strange conglomeration of leftist fronts, none of which seemed inclined The mayor of Milwaukee let the demonstrators who invaded his office go their way and the result was a demonstration of ill temper and as the mayor called it — bad manners. Wrecking the office of the mayor is not conducive to gaining civil rights or an open housing law. In fact the very thing that happened makes others in Milwaukee want to resist to the fullest having any such people as neighbors. All this kind of thing does is firm up the opposition, and included also are the marches into white neighborhoods to in fact dare the local residents to do some' thing. It's a poor way to win friends and influence people. U. S. representatives and senators are beginning to dislike the "dove" and "hawk" labels being pinned on them according to their attitude toward the Viet Nam war. Some of them, including Iowa's Sen. Jack MUler, insist on being called "Eagles" or for the United States. (People sbmetimes wondef why ah editor writes a person* column, attributing to another identity like the Old Goat, etc. Recently Pat tiallagher, editor of the Belmohd Independent, left on a vacatoin and his partner wrote "The Office Cat", Gallagher won the top columnist award recently with the column, and the .partner reveals a hidden talent for the same kind of writing—perhaps giving away the editorial secret. Here's his substitute column.) What makes an office oat? Since TJ is on vacation with Ye Ed perhaps this might toe a good time for the full-time shop supt., part-time editor, ad man, printer's devil to ex- pond on his view of why an "office cat" came into being. When a good news man, which .my partner Mr. Gallagher is, writes a news story he is compelled by training and convictions to stick to facts as he has gathered them or as have been presented to him. When a feature writer comes up with a really interesting sidelight on the, news it must be "done up" in such fashion as to be interesting, humorous and of signifiance to a rather substantial portion of the paper's subscribers. When an editor expounds on (the world around him, its . happenings and its people, tils ,, point of view must necessir- ily be tempered by thoie of his, partners, his publisher of even his wife's bridge club. So when and how does this good newsman, feature-writer, editor reveal his innermost convictions of his personal prejudice or his desire to tell someone off without -, being too obviouS about it.? ',- Whtn to writt a column When? Well just about once a week when you attempt to do all these newspaper jobs 't at once. Because every week i something or' someone or some event causes the inner >, being to cry out to be heard. f How? Obviously a column. A column of -your own in which you may express your • views without involving tho publisher, your partner or your wife's bridge club. A .column in which, as long as you keep it. clean and free of libel, you may express your• self as you wish. OK! write a column — but why a talking cat? Why not a dog or a horse or even a parkeet? Easy! a cat is notoriously independent. It owes no loyalty, no allegiance and is subject to almost none of the conventional rules. - -• You don't have .to license a cat nor tie him up in the summer months. A cat catches his own mice and requires little CUfryif OfttUt SD, Uke TWlnd M him talk, Let him My. die things others, have slid and answer as you please. Who can object to what you call a cat or how you make him cat his words. . . . but §et your ptint acrati . , Or, let the cat express your view even it it is unpopular or even a little awlnine. Then, bait him a little to get your point across. ; NoWj you may wonder •— is there really any office oat? Yes, certainly, As 'certainly as there's a Peanuts, as surely as there are Schmoos in the Valley of the Schmoos. TJ is as real as Santa Glaus. He's as sure of himself as Lucy and as timid as Charlie Brown. He sometimes needs Linus's security blanket, but. more often than not he's a vulture perched on a tree limb. TJ is real, all right, and he'll be around again as soon as he gets through climbin' mountains and fishin' for trout. We've missed TJ these two weeks; we'll be glad to have him back in the office. One thing for sure,— if we had ito edit, sell ads and shop superintend as a regular regular 'thing we'd have two office oats. And so would you, like it or not. £ H j What about Adam Powell? Excellent (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent We always look forward to reading Congressman H. R Gross's weekly dispatch from Washington, "On the Capitol Firing line, " eager to sec who he's mad at this time. H. R. keeps himself pretty well stirred up, and we must confess that there is merit to a great many of his com : plaints. He has the old-fashioned idea that "wrong is wrong," no matter how highly placed and distinguished the offender of his sense cf fitness may be. In his news letter of last week, Congressman Gross was bringing his constituents up to date on the latest status of Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Who doesn't seem to be one '-Of H^K.'s faydrite people: We • v. were 'glad for the informafciion, for 'we'd temporarily'"' lost track of the Harlem dilettante since his re-election to Congress last April following his dismissal from the ranks of his peers. Comments the 3rd District Representative: "Early in January, the House of Representatives refused to seat Powell and this member took a leading part in the action. The society of bleeding hearts promptly denounced those .who refused to seat him, insisting their action was too drastic. Now, four mortths have passed since the reverend gentleman was reinstated by 'his constituents and Mr. Gross divulges that '"Powell has refused even to present himself before the House to take ths bath of office. Instead, he continues to disport himself on the island of Bimini — fishing and patronizing the End of the World Bar. "Meanwhile, and strangely, U. S. Attorney General dark has made no effort to haul . P-owell into court and, prosecute him for defraudmgythe government Equally strange, ',_ 'the bleeding hearts are how silent as to why Powell refuses to even try to claim the office which he was elected on April 11. Why?" We'U readily go along with Congressman Gross on this one. . . Why? project An event of some note! (C. P. Weeds in Sheldon Mail) We would like to call to the attention of the Associated Press, and even Tass, the Russian news agency, in case they Want it, the fact that our pet oat has now reached the venerable age of twenty years. This is, we hasten to point out to all who are not cat- conscious, an age worthy of respect, probably being the equivalent of about 140 in a human. Our favorite office dictionary refers to cats by describing them as carnivorous quadrupeds (Felis libyca dome&t- ica) which appears to have originated in Egypt, probably derived from one of the wild species of north Africa known as the Caffre cat. YCatffre" seems to have some connection with the word "kaffir," a word of Arabic origin which meant "infidel," an epithet applied loosely to all unbelievers by the Mohammedans. Anyway, that's what the dictionary says, but we must confess that we never felt exactly this way about our cat who is known among his intimates as "Kitty" and who has a steadfastness of purpose, a degree of self-possession and a crystal-clear attitude in ignoring the ills that befell him that would suit well an untold number of humans. If this carnivorous quadruped of ours were a human he would undoubtedly be interviewed by a great throng of newsmen, who would ask his opinion on world matters (h'is due for having passed the normal expectancy) and who would solicit his advice on longevity and health, his opinion as to what he attributed his old age. It's a good thing this is not going to happen, because we can assure you that all this great throng of, newsmen would receive for their pains would be a remarkable cool stare of indifference, probably a deliberate turning of the back, whereupon the subject of the attempted interview would probably stroll over to our direction and carefully stroke against our trouser leg depositing aquanity of hair. This cat of ours has already spent more than his allotted share of nine lives; we suppose that it will not be too long before he finds all his reserves spent, the bank, up- oi| which he has drawn a great many times, broken. Then we will probably remember that the ancient Egyptians, the land in which Felix libyca domestica first appeared, wore their hats backward when their favorite pets died. • «• v« V lVClS_ 'Oil •••WB WVBBVM 1 sidelight revealed in a recent Regist&r item about tdWs new $102 million tax increase bill, It placed the credit or blame for the huge tax increase squarely on the should' ers of Gov. Hughes.and, his Democratic Tax Commission, The Tax Commission asked the legislative leaders to give them information on the "legislative intent" of the bill. Both Robert Rigler, Senate minority leader, and Maurica Barrihger, Republican House floor leader, declined to do so, saying that they had not seen the'list of services, to come under the new 3% s«r- •vice tax until.it Was deliver-; ed .tp^the,.legislature in final printed form. Adding that the Tax Commission had prepared the list of services included without .knowledge of the. Republican leaders. Previous attempts to make this tax monstrosity appear oMhVtwti ... sessions in the .Governor's of' fice, Nowjt appears that the bitl was written,'even more secretly by the Hughe* appointed Tax Commission. No matter how you View' the tax increase bill the blame or the credit lies directly on Gov. Hughes and his political' ly appointed Tax Commission. And it is going to cost lowans $102 million of additional tax dollars.- True , (Bill Maurir irt ;; LsUrerts Sun) '' ' .'. Dick Gregory/ who used to be a funny man,'is now a reel leader inHhe movement.' Somei. writers still describe him as a comedian. , Ridiculous^ ; A I « O N A R 0 I I U f M... C O U H.T T A.BVAMCS Published by th« Advance Publishing Co, Mondow ond Thursday*, ' offiw> and »Jop,J24 Norm Thofington ^., AlflOMIMW. : .SOSlr"?"' Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dtwtl, Monogirv Editor, Julian ChriteMlto*. •tWMAMI (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle 'For anyone who wants the experience of doing some- tilling for others ,— total strangers — and receiving their sincere thanks, we .recommend spending some time. at the annual Safety Rest Stop conducted by the Wright County sheriff's. .office. A few hours spent there makes a person feel real good. You can. stand off to the side 1 and listen to the coim- " mewls of people as they take a break or you can find a conversation, with nearly everyone who . stops in. If you get into a conversation you find yourself answering questions ; on who ilit, who *qggatB&sto, nidea it was, who pays fo how long it has been going on, what the purpose is, etc. 'Reactions run from acceptance to amazement when people learn that they are required to pay for nothing at the Rest Stop. Many donated to the cause far more than they would pay if they stopped at 'a restaurant. About 4 a.m. Monday a man who had broken down many miles •away and spent most of the night trying to get his car home enjoyed his coffee as much as anyone we saw there. 'We 'heard two families say they pass through here every year on their: Labor Day Weekend trip and make a point to stop at the Rest Stop each year. Others say they never saw anything like it and wish there were more along their route. None have ' anything but high praise for the project. ( This year the rest stop served its expressed purpose for • being— there were no fatal auto accidents in the county during one of the worst accident periods of the year. Us service can never be measured accurately because it is accident prevention. Perhaps. every traveler who stopped would have made it anyway even without a break from driving and a cup of coffee. But maybe the relaxation and refreshments made him or her a little more alert, enough to avoid an accident a few miles down the road. It is a long grind to operate the Rest Stop for 80 con- tinous hours. It is almost impossible to judge supplies accurately and the weather seldom cooperates as well as it did this year. But the results it gets and the attitudies of the people it serves make i| worth the time and effort. ADVANCI SUUOnmON RATI Or» Ytor in County and to nearest post off let outside: of County .. .15.00 , Six months in County and to nearest post office - .....13.90 Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s .... 17.00 All rights to matter published in the Algeria Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reprodue- • tioni in any manner \t prohibited except by written permission of the , publishers of the Algono Kossuth County Advance in each Instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. :• *»»»»•»•»••••»••••»»«»»»«»»••»«»»»»««»»»»«•»»» BUSINESS&PROFESSIONAL Insurance. Insurance •' '•-' ALOONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East Stale St. . Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE ' • < Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore 9 a.m. — 5 pirn. Phone 295/3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN t'.^f :J Complete schooling in pen Protests (Ptul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) About 100 inmates at the Menard state penitentiary in Illinois were granted high school diplomas this year after study and taking of General Educational Development tests. The men were from all kinds of backgrounds—nfrom various social levels. The important thing is that 'these men decided that even though they had violated society's rules and were behind bars for extended periods, they wanted to improve their minds, and make plans ahead fjnd when they were released from the "pen". We've followed the news of Menard for several years, because we have been getting * copy of the Menard Times —a little newspaper publisher by She inmates of the obviously^ ffcpve. iverage penitentiary. ' We -think that there must be a fine administration over —from the attitude inmates seem to have. (C. P. Weedi in Sheldon M*il) After reading former Jowa University student Smith's comments on the blessings of marijuana, which, comes, at a time when he is considering again favoring Iowa with Ws presence, we have come to a conclusion of o^r own. If the tax-supported university tjakes Smith back into'the fold, we thjnk the taxpayers would be justified in a protest march of theur own. All Lines of'Insurance ,->•> 109 North Dodge u Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ovor $102,000,000 worth off Insurant* in fore*. A hem* Company. Safo, sacuro, Lola Scufffham, S«cy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other ' . . /Forms Ph. 295-3733 TadS.Harbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundat Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 ' Real Estate RICKLES A OEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typos of Insurant* Mi, 2tS4S2f or 2954111 ALGONA Optometrists DR. HAROLD W.ERICKSON Byea Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 Bast State Street Phone 295-2199 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Otoaed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIILD Optometrt* Vlauti Analysis and Visual Training 106 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 29»3743 Or. L L. fNYOfK 111 Itft Slalf ft, mt ^ pialtfS-lliS CNaaJ Satvrday Aftorno«ni Credit Service CREDIT BURf AM KOfSUTH COUNTY ^ Service 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 turn . • '• MANAOtMIHT COMPANY lift M. D«tfe*> Pk.MS.lSfl LEON H. LAIRD , Farm Management Good management if Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 __ Doctors. ; JOHN N, KENBPICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State' ; Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN 0. ROURNE, ML D Physician 4 Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. MAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295.2820 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M, D. Residence Phone 296-2335 WAN F. KOOt, Mi D. Phone 299*917 Pentis OR, 4, •. HARRIS 622 E. State St. Pbone2»5-2334 DR. LIROY I, ITROHMAN Dentist ' 116 N, Moore St. 4U.1B..PIU,

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