Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on September 28, 1967 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 28, 1967
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County Adyeace Why M-16 rifle jams in service Ford strike should be illegal THURSDAY, MOT. M, IN? (fit Oallafhef In Independent) Strange requirement Probably the silliest of all of the requirements of elections on population lines alone is requiring boards of supervisors to be districted strictly on population. As is usual the Iowa law is a bit confusing on the problem saying in one section the elections are to be on population but in another prohibiting division of townships. In Webster county, in which is located the city of Fort Dodge, a district court judge has ordered the districts changed to conform with the population rule after the next session of the legislature adjourns. This is to give the legislature time to adjust the law in Iowa. SUPERVISORS have little to do inside cities and towns. If the League of Iowa Municipalities proposals are adopted fully in the next session the home rule would eliminate any work of supervisors inside a city or town. Main work of the supervisors is in drainage and roads — all outside cities and towns. The people affected by the work of the boards of supervisors live outside the towns and cities — the farmers. Mostly city and town people have little interest or knowledge of the work and could care less. But what the supervisors do can be of major interest to a farmer in drainage affecting his Innd or a road near his farm. THE JUDGE who so ruled in Webster county was also pretty much aware of the legal headache in trying to elect supervisors by districts. The districts must follow township lines; not more than one can come from the same township — with the exception of cities with more than 35,000 population can have two. In the city-counties in Iowa it is highly possible under the population rule that alt would have to come from 'the city, a ri' diculous situation considering the work the supervisors do. The only bar is the Iowa law limiting a city to two — but under the judge's decision the legislature would have to change the law. Of course it would be possible to have the supervisors elected at large, which of course would mean simply complete domination of the city or town in many of Iowa counties. TO SAY THIS GIVES fair representation is a misnomer in the case of supervisors. It actually gives an unfair representation to the unaffected city people who are more apt to elect one of their own than to consider the outlying territory. Some Iowa counties have three supervisors and others, including Kossuth, have five. Kossuth is districted and there are some differences in population but not too great in the present allocation. It would be difficult to make them exactly even under the present Iowa law. Election by districts does have an advantage though it is possible for the "Little Kingdom" situation where a supervisor looks not at the county as a whole but at his own little baliwick. The "Little Kingdom" fear is always raised but on the whole it is more often used as a propaganda approach than being actually a situation. And it does work to protect areas needing work done on drainage and roads but which have a small population. With the number of farmers continuing to decrease it would be wise for Iowa to go slow in jumping headlong into th^ presently popular concept of one-man one'- vote idea for supervisors. One of the serious charges that has been leveled at the Army and Marine corps relative to the highly controver- sal M-16 rifle is-that these services provide personnel with the wrong lubricant for the weapon and the wrong lubricating instructions. Familiarity with that fact is perhaps what delayed our hand last week as we were about to deposit in the wastebasket a packet of material we'd received in the mail from a Michigan manufacturer of a patented lubricant. What we found was an intriguing story of a battle ba- tween the producer of what, appears to be a unique, dry, dust-free lubricant and a military bureaucracy that is determined to be "right" even if it costs the lives of fighting men in Vietnam. 'First, a bit of background. What would make the M-16 a highly superior weapon — IF it were dependable — is extremely fine tolerances in its .manufacture that give it a high rate of firing speed and a versatility that rests on its use as both an automatic and semi-automatic firing piece. But these same fine tolerances hace causd it to jam with frequency due to dirt, rust and corrosion that the Vietnam terrain and climatic conditions make particularly troublesome problems. Costs go up and up Under a proposal in congress postage rates would go up in all lines as soon as the law is passed. It is now in the House and may be acted on in a couple of weeks — it then goes to the Senate. Under the proposal letters would go from five cents to six cents for the first ounce, etc., upward; postal cards from four to five cents; from 8 to 10 for airmail letters; and six to eight for airmail cards. Also boosted would be the rates from magazines and newspapers up 10 to eventually 30 per cent; third class from 2.875 per piece to 3.8 cents; and parcels up according to weight and zones. THE BOOSTS ARE needed to pay a total of 12.8 per cent boost in pay for federal postoffice workers. They would get a 6 per cent boost effective October 1st and an additional 5 per cent next July and another smaller boost later. Some who are called "classified and related" workers, whatever that is, would get a 4.5 per cent boost. The terminology is a bit confusing to one not accustomed to the gobbletygook used in government circles to disguise or hide the real meaning of what is being done. THERE IS NO DOUBT something is wrong with the service. The trouble is fundamental and not the fault of those who do the work in the postoffices and on the routes. The so-called sectional centers adopted a few years ago were supposed to cure some of the delays, but there are some rather pertinent examples of how the sectional center concept actually delays ra- ther than speeds the mail. Also the zip code is supposed to speed the mail by using numbers. The numbers in turn indicate the postal area, the smaller sectional center, the city, and areas inside a city. THE ZIP CODE book listing all the codes for the country is a book two inches thick with page size of BVfexll inches. Each of 1771 pages has five columns with 86 listings to a column. Cities have many pages of separate zip codes according to areas inside the city. For instance, Des Moines, no metropolis, has 21 columns of zip codes. Some streets will have, several zip codes. Some large industries or businesses or huge office buildings may have their own zip code because of a large volume of mail. All this is to make it possible, the department says, for inexperienced people to route the mail according to the number instead of street address, city and state. All newspapers and magazines must address by zip code. SO FAR THE zip coding and sectional center concept has not worked out in speeding the mail. It has not as yet really had a fair trial, but the result so far has not been encouraging. Most people do not have access to the huge code book. The pocket variety doesn't do the job. The postoffice now is sending cards for addresses to be zip-coded for people sending mail to relatives frequently. But for other than that mail the average mailer has no way to get the zip code other than by asking the postoffice or asking the recipient of his mail. The costs go up and up. Fun A freshman at the university of Iowa from an eastern state is protesting that Iowa is not a "fun" state. He seems to be a bit unhappy about it. He does not define what he calls fun, hence it is difficult to say whether he is right or wrong in his concept of what Iowa provides for fun. As is usual the frashmen have all the knowledge in the world. It's not until they have graduated that they discover that they really didn't know whet they knew. In fact the "simple" things of early life have an exasperating habit of getting mighty complicated as a person gets old- even fun changes. L. G. "Buck" Myers, ideht of Dri-Slide, Inc., in 1965 sent 7,000 cans of his molydenum disulphide lubri> cant to the troups In Vietnam as a Christmas gift, the "dope" is liquid when applied, but soon bee Dines a slick, dry surface .that won't wash off. Recipients of the gift cans were delighted to find that it eliminated jamming like no other lubricant they'd ever used. Soldiers, Marines and "Green Berets" who were so fortunate as to receive small supplies of Dri-Slide have since made direct reports to the company for more — between 250,000 and 300,000 more cans; and sporting goods hcuses and the like have supplied thousands more. A typical letter from a U. S. calvalryman who got his hands on a can stated: It far surpasses any product I have yet used in this capacity. As both a lubricant and a pre- serative, Dri-Slide is truly wonderful." Another GI, who said troops have sometimes been using a popular hair oil in preference to Dhe M-16 lubricants regularly issued by the services, was similarly enthusiastic and pleaded for a new supply of Dri-Slide. By January of 1966, 16 Congressmen had received desperate appeals from servicemen constituents asking why a lubricant that could very well save their lives was not being made available to them. While the Aitny, plagued by complaints about the oil being issued for M-16 Use finally shifted to another. — which firing tests proved little if any better — some hope was raised in the hearts of Vietnam Marines when the corps ordered 100,000 cans of Dri-Slide for general issuance. But last month the Marine corps announced it had decided to withdraw the lubricant from its supply system. The only explanation was that the corps did not want to stock two lubricants. Why the armed forces in their refusal to use a product that the men in the field swears by so completely appears to be just another typically bureaucratic mystery. A certain Robert MacDonald of Baltimore, a glove-trotting gun exporter who has sold thousands of the commercial version of the M-16 to other nations, had this to say at a Congregational hearing on the matter. "'t's a shame the .way (the U. S. forces) are teaching men how to lubricate the M-16. The way they do, the damn thing fires better bone dry." 'Despite information readily at hand that GI's have found the disregarded lubricant invaluable to them as fighting men, the "top brass" refuses to provide for them. (M. B, Crabbe In iafle) We have been pondering this Union strike against the Ford Motor Co. With all of the big motor companies opefat' ing under the same Union contract we don't see how it can be legal for the Union to pick one company and strike them while letting their competitors operate under the same contract at the other companies that they are striking against at Ford. Even if the big companies have some kind of a combine that evens up the cost of the strike it is crippling beyond financial repair for the Ford company. Not many people who were planning to buy one of Ford's cars will wait for them. They will switch to another make. When the trucking companies were faced with a strike they beat the Unions to the punch and staged a "lockout". It was successful too and there was no strike. At the time We heard Char* ges that the "lockout" was illegal. But we are unaible to see the difference between a lockout on the-part of mAnr agement and a selective strike against one company. Undoubtedly the right of labor to strike has to be preserved. But it Would seem that when competing cpmpan- ies are bargaining with the same Union and operating un> der the same contract it should be illegal for a union to wreck one company financially and allow its competitors to profit. A lockout by the entire motor industry might not have averted the strike but we will wager that it would bring the strike to an end much qiucker. The costs of this strike are going to reach clear down into every local community in the nation with disasterous effects. It would seem that our labor practice laws are in need of major over-hauling. AlCONAROIIUTM COOM T T A •J Published by the Advonee Publishing Co., Mondow and A r - offioes and shop, 124 North Thoringfon St., Aloono. low* 9°2L!u...iiL- Editor and publisher, Ouone E. Dewel, Monogini Mltor, Julian Chrlsehllta*. f. ( ADVANCI SUBKiirnON HATI • ««ft .On* Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County —is.nw Six months in County and to nearest post otfie* —.. — --. H-jW Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.t »7.0O Statisticians make goofs (John Anderson in Storm Lake Register) Midwest cattle feeders berated USDA statisticians last spring' for miscalculation on the estimated numbers of beef cattle and cows on hand. The estimates came up some three million head short of what actual numbers proved to be later.. Cattle feeders use the estimates to help judge the trend of prices & as to when they should buy feeder cattle. Erroneous figures cost them money. Several farmers^ spoke on the mistake when the ASCS held a regional "grass roots" meet at Storm Lake this summer. They were highly critical. Errors are showing up in other segments of our gov- irnment prognostications. The 1966 forecast'of gross nationail product by the Com- merce Department was $33 billion short of what it proved to 'be. Top economic advisers scoffed at the deficit estimate of $30 billion, but six weeks later President Johnson warned it could easily reach $29. The Bureau of Census admitted missing one of every six young Negro males in the 1960 census and slum housing units were undercounted then by some 1.6 million units. An error in computer programming caused the bureau to overstate the ranks of Americans classed as impoverished by some 800,000 persons back in 1965, states the Wall Street Journal. It's little wonder that people begin to question the planning 'of government, bureaucrats" wh'6 ; r may be" basing ! the expenditure of tax "money" on such foggy forecasts. U.N. goes up one penny. With the new tax on services only a week away the tax commission did come up with rulings. These are subject to interpretation and few have any idea of what the interpretation will eventually mean. Complicating the situation besides the prospective court action is the fact a legislative rules committee has a shot at them— and on January 1st the tax commission goes out of existence to be replaced by a "department of revenue" under a single commissioner — who also has a new crack at the rules and interpretations. Without doubt the bill was badly written, poorly conceived and rushed through without consideration. The people must pay until some sort of sense is made out of it one way or another. (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) The election of Romanian Foreign, Minister Cornediu Manescu to the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly marks a new step in that organization. Manescu is the first communist to be elected to that position. It will be interesting to observe how the Russian contingent will react to this step, to observe if the Russians attitude and actions in the Assembly will be altered to any degree as a result. It is not only in our democratic world that queer things are taking place; the communist world seems to be having its share of them, too. The wave of unrest which has struck at our country, and which to our critics may bs blamed on the "inadequacies" of democracy, has struck in. very comparable fashion in the communist countries, too, which seems to effectively do away with the idea that our system is uniquely at fault. An almost humorous example of the present trend is the report that Romania is vastly disturbed by what they term the western influence of beards and long hair. Romania has come up with a plan to curb such facial vegetation by this method; bearded youths are asked to produce identity cards which are then confiscated on the grounds that the bearded countenance presented by the card carrier is not the same as that on the card. This is a real switch from the days when all communist^ were popularly supposed to sport big black beards and long hair. Karl Marx was in this class by himself, with a very luxuriant example of such adornment. How do you suppose he would react to this Romanian move? Watch out for this deal Must pay i j The 3-per cent sales tax goes into effect next Sunday, barring any ruling by the attorney-general that it is unconstitu- • tional. Several aspects are under fire, particularly that of new building construction. Best guide is to collect it, and wait for a ruling, rather than not collect and have to go back to get it. It is certain the law is going to be attacked in the courts on several items under the new so-called "services" tax. However it is not likely that the hike from 2 to 3 per cent on tangible sales items will be affected. ThUf the three per cent should be collected and paid without question on the item* that have been required to have a sales tax collected in the past. It i« believed this part of the new law is nfet »pU$ *» faMWfc«l » U J. t The IK ml «*w*f*» & four points— on H 44, IJ0.4 H cents. This is the same Whether tb$ it?IW i* Im ttM»n a dollar or more. 4t each 9* Ihf Ihree points the tax Protest A group of 113 writers has agreed to refuse to pay any surtax on incomes as proposed by President Johnson. They also are proposing to deduct 23 per cent from their income tax normal payment in protest against expenditures for the Vietnam war. This of course is a protest movement and will not bother the internal revenue service much. The tax collectors will put liens on the writers' property and otherwise colledt the tax, plus interest, plus penalties. The major sin in this country is not paying a tax, and most people can be sure that in the long run the government will get its due from every taxpayer. The writers can be applauded for their courage, but not their sense. The Queen Mary has made its last voyage and will live an ignoble life in the future as a hotel and attraction for the port of Los Angeles. It's a sad death of a way people. that me ' nt 50methin « to *° (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) A Rock Rapids businessman last week showed us a card he had received from a "directory" firm on the we:t coast which had all the appearances of an invoice — for about $70 — for directory service. It had all the appearances of a statement from the telephone company. Fortunately he took the time to read all of the print — and down in the corner, in very fine print, was a statement that this was an offer, not a bill. This is getting about as close to the border line as it is possible to get. If not misrepresentation, certainly it is misleading. Every businessman probably has dozens of such "offers'.' every year and a lot of them are "taken" or the promotion would not be continued. We urge everyone to take plenty of time to study all such material very carefully — unless, of course, they have money to throw away. Which again proves that if you'll always do business with your home town business people, and with other firms you know well, you are much less likely to be taken. At any event we urge great caution. The mails are filled with sharp offers, and a lot of them are pure "come-ons" to take your money. Frightening thought (Bill Maurer in Laurent Sun) Stokley Carmichael, a young rabble-rouser who's driving more Americans nuts than the Irish, has written a book called "Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America." Few persons will probably read it. And those who do will probably double up in laughter. But so did a lot of people who read "Mein Kampf," written by some screwball paperhanger from Austria. Frightening. Where's the nutmeg!? (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) A representative of the Sheldon Mail who feels that the preservation of our cultural heritage is a real jim dandy idea, has been looking around for some heritage to practice on and so far has come up with only two, neither of which, he admits is going to raise the store of preserved culture objects to any noticeable degree. They are, however, the best he could do. One is-an historical note concerning the Charleston, the other involves a fervent,, fearless stand in fav-, ,or of: .jjjie.,retujrn of the nut- rpeg sMker~,tp the^,malted,, milk bar. Item One: Haying heard that Miss Doris Dickinson, of Des Moines and Lake Okoboji, was the performer of the Black Bottom on the New York stage, he made a personal inquiry of Miss Dickinson and now has the cultural history on this matter straight. •What Miss Dickinson did was the Charleston, not the Black Bottom, and her first ranking performance of this was not on the New York stage, but was rather the first performance of that famous dance in Iowa. Miss Dickinson had learned the Charleston, when it first appeared in New York; when she returned to Iowa she was approached by Mr. Green, owner of the Terrace Park Casino at Lake Okoboji, who wished to engage her for a performance at the Casino. Nothing, as they say, loath to do so, she offered her service at a suggested price of $25. Mr. Green said he had something more like one-half of the ticket sales in mind for pay. She agreed. Much to Green's surprise, the performance drew remarkably well. Miss Dickinson's share turned out to be $125. Well, so much for that. Now in regard to the other matter, that of nutmeg in malted milks. Our representative reports over some past experiences while having a cup of coffee recently; at this psychological moment George Urban passed across his field of vision which reminded hrm that a favorite, and rather rare treat, of his earlier days had been a cherry malted milk at the soda fountain in its original location on the east side of Third Avenue, George was the highly capable young man in charge of that well-known fountain. As a result of a brief negotiation, 'George produced a nostalgic cherry malted milk for our subject, complete with nutmeg. Out scouit reports it tasted just as good as he remembers. It's the touch of nutmeg does it, he asserts, and can't understand why that very worthy spice has disappeared from the malted milk dispensaries. A shaker full of grated nutmeg was an indispensable item. If there were any justice left in this country, there would be a movement to restore it to its proper position. All right* to motter publiihed in th« Aloono Koituth Ceunjy "-"•••— or* r«Mfv*d, including news, feoturt, odvtrtiting or other, and f*Prp*£- tion in any manner i« prohibited except by written p»rmililon of the publiOwn of the Algono Koituth County Advance in each Inttane*. All manuscripts, article* or pictures ore sent at f» .own»rt riifc. •; e+«ee»e»«eee»eee< BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance Insurance ALGONA 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 Chiropractors •OHANNON 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 home Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 I Real Estate RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typos of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists DR. HA 10! 0 V . 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 Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 last State St. Dial 295-27)5 Closed Saturday Afternoons Cr^dH Services CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 2954182 Algona DR. D. D. ARNOLD ,. ... Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9a.m.—5p.m. Phone 296-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone . , Res. Phone, 295-2378 '"'"'? 1! " 285^3306' Office Hours: ''V'", 1 Mon:—Tues;—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Friday Eve. — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management •H '•%M^X »0 ati-atti 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 F. KOOB, M, D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists _ OR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 D *- LEROY i. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 2953131 KEVIN NASH, D.D.S. 123 E. Gall Algona P* 4. 112 N. Tfoorington Phone 295-2244

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