Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on October 5, 1967 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 5, 1967
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TV! At Kossuth County Advance! ^JL V.J2 Iff -T* * i M. Pat's cat on Monday holidays NO political party tax Help TMUR$DAY,OCT. 5,1H7 It's a mess Any idea that the new sales-services tax was not mainly the idea of the governor is dispelled by the intense defense of it Hughes is making. The governor went so far as to say the opinion of the attorney-general, a state official charged with giving opinions, was of "no force or effect." This is indeed a strange position for the governor to take. It is undoubtedly caused by two factors — the governor's intense desire to put that sales tax law into effect now — and the fact Attorney-General Turner is a republican, not of the political faith (recently) of Governor Hughes. THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL is not required to be a "yes" man for the governor or the tax commission. It is his duty to give a legal opinion on questions submitted to him. It may well be he can give a wrong opinion. That, however, is for the courts to determine, not the governor. In the past there have been opinions which have been upset, but in the main the courts have held opinions proper. No attorney-general likes to have his opinions upset by the courts, hence the occupant of the office, be he republican or democrat, gives his best idea in his opinion, not one to suit the desires or hopes of an individual, even a governor. IN CONSIDERING the services tax the opinion irked the governor because it actually pointed up a few of the flaws in the law rammed through the legislature in 50 hours — without serious consideration. To look back at the situation in the early days of July it will be remembered The three 'R's The appearance of Ronald Reagan in the midwest stirred up more speculation on his intentions as regards the 1968 presidential sweepstakes. Reagan himself was noncommital, merely saying he was not a candidate. Also Governor Romney, of Michigan, was beating the bushes in the ghettos to find out for himself what the situation was, and perhaps garner a few favorable headlines, The third "R" in the speculation, Governor Rockefeller, was keeping his activity inside New York and he and his following kept repeating he was not a candidate. HOWEVER THE hopefuls may maneuver the situation is beginning to jell and forces over which none of,the three have any control are beginning to be felt. Romney has slipped in polls since his brainwash remark. Rockefeller has jumped up. The really big name, Nixon, still looms as one of the most probable at this time to get the nomination — but Nixon has also slipped in the polls. It must be understood in assessing the results announced in polls that the average • citizen is not much interested at present, and usually says the first name that pops into his mind when asked. These change as the candidates attract or repcll prospective followers. DESPITE THE FACT he is the best prepared man in the country Richard Nixon is being spooked by an idea of politicians that he can't win. This in spite of the fact he lost the 1960 election by an eyelash, if indeed he really lost it because of corrupt voting and counting in Illinois and Texas. His subsequent poor showing in a race for governor of California led to the politicians' opinion he couldn't win. The Cali- that the senate barred all but senators from the floor — and even from the lounge! The senators were forbidden to leave the senate chamber! They were isolated from persons who had knowledge not only of the legal facts but also of what the proposed law would do. Senators were not given the bill to read until debate had actually started. Democratic Floor Leader Frommelt repeatedly badgered the senate by saying the governor would veto anything but the proposed law. An almost similar situation existed in the house of representatives. THE FACTS ARE simply the bill was poorly written by persons evidently who had little knowledge of drafting a law. And they evidsntly didn't care much about what was in it except to get as much money by taxing everything they could. When the bill was passed and the legislature had adjourned the bugs began to be apparent to even the layman. Then, to cover up the mess, the tax commission was required to make some rules plainly contrary to what the law said. The proper way to cure the situation is to get the legislature back into special session, and let the various interests affected present their knowledge, and pass a bill that makes sense. And the governor should administer, not attempt to pass legislation; the legislators should declare themselves independent of the administration; and the attorney- general and the courts should say what the law does. The present situation is an unwholesome mess. (Pat Otllittor in Independent) "t noticed the powers-thai- be in Congress — cr perhaps 1 should, say, the would-ba powers — are again pushing for holidays all to fall on a Monday," commented f J, tho office cat, as We deposited our carcass irt front of the type- wrietr and roiled a sheet of paper into position. The prospects of getting some work done appeared dim, until the feline had had his say, so we gave him our attention. "Weekly newspapers would probably be in favor," we told him. "Mid-week holidays sometimes play hob with advertising lineage and mailing schedules. Anyway, there's nothing sacred about quite a few of the holiday dates — or even accurate. "Like, frinstance, George Washington was actually born on February 11, not the 22nd. And the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 5th, not the 4th. Even December 25th as the date for cel3- brating Christ's birth was a very arbitrary matter, the actual date being unknown. And as for Thanksgiving — there's nothing in the book saying you have to be thankful on a Thursday." "Any Argument," TJ asked,"'about New Year's Day falling on January 1st? Don't see how they can kick THAT around. On the other hand, I don't suppose it would do any harm to let Memorial Day float around a little. In general, it'd look like maybe there'd 'be more logic to squaring holidays off on Monday than a lot of other things done in Congress." fornia race however turned on local issues and he was up against Pat Brown, then a most popular governor. If Nixon doesn't get the nod at the convention next year it is certain he will have a lot to say about who does. His following consists of old pros who know the game thoroughly and he also has strength in the country as a whole. LIBERALS SEEM to have dumped Romney, just why is not known, but they have turned again to Rockefeller. Rockefeller still says he's for Romney, but that may be just a stalking horse. Conservatives apparently are for Nixon first, then for Reagan as a second choice, but they do not yet publicly,,accept the idea Nixon can't Denominated. ' '":; , , ' : Of the four hopefuls only Romney is making sounds like an announced candidate though he has not formally said so. This campaigning Romney is doing visiting the ghettos has put the spotlight on him, and he has goofed once in his brainwash statement, well-meaning thought it may have been. BEST BET STILL seems jto be a ticket of Rockefeller and Reagan, with the New Yorker to head the ticket. This would tie in the liberals who would bolt Nixon and probably now Romney. The powers believe Reagan not realy for the top post but would take him in second place. This would tie in the liberals with Rockefeller and the conservatives with Reagan. The letter's personal popularity would be unhampered in the race for vice-president by a charge he was not prepared. It would also tie the two most populous states. As for the democrats — Johnson is the key, and that key fits only one lock — and that convention is pretty well locked up now. Pain tin Two w.itercolor paintings by the late unlamented Adolph Hitler have been sold for the tidy sum of $14,000. Art experts say they are competent but not outstanding. He painted them in 1923 when he was penniless. Of course the paintings were not sold or purchased as pieces of real art, but rather as a relic of the horror that was World War II. It can be wondered though what could have been if Hitler had turned to painting instead of his brand of politics. rammed through without thought; and that pure stupidity was involved in writing it; and that the promoters didn't care much what was in it. Of course that wasn't the intent. But intent was not voted on — it is what is written that counts. This is another part of the same bill that put the services tax in Iowa. This is another reason there should be a special session to clean up that monstrosity. Losing Ridiculous Another goof in the new tax law is the refund idea for taxpayers who earn less than $1,000 a year. Every child in the state of Iowa will become eligible for that refund if he earns anything. In fact they may qualify if he earns nothing. A five-year-old could be paid for tidying up her room and be eligible to get $12 from the state. This fact was actually pointed out by members of the press at the time the bill was under consideration. However the leadership of the legislature pooh poohed the idea. Now it is discovared it is not only possible but probably mandatory. Probably there will be an attempt to remedy the situation by another "ruling" by the tax commission or someone else who has a rank of some kind in the state. But the fact remains that any child can claim that $12 merely by making application and submitting the fact he or she didn't make $1,000 during the tax year. It's a ridiculous situation. It points up the fact that consideration of the tax law was nothing — that it was we observed, "has come in fof considerable overhaul in its day. It had gotten in pretty sorry shape when Julius Caesar decided to do something about it, 'way back in 45 B.C. Before then, a year was assumed ta coyer exactly 365 days. "Since -a yeir is. ? dually five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds longer than that, it gradually came about that winter was rtarting with gardens still in bloom and fall was., commencing about the time crops were being cultivated." TJ suggested with a grin, "And Julius regarded it a little ridiculous to ba getting out the Roman equivalent of long- Jdhns in July, just because the calendar said it was time?" "Something like that," we agreed. "Anyway, ha introduced the Julian calendar, which got the monlhs and the sun back into jibe by providing that an extra day ba tossed into every fourth year. Thus Leap Year was born — and the Sadie Hawkins concept of courtship came about in due time." "But if any arithmetic is right," TJ protested, "he should have added only about 23 hours, 14 minutes. Pile up a few centuries, and you'd .have trouble again, wouldn't you?" "Smart Cat!" We Approved. "Every 128 years the world gained a day. And while this was nothing to bother Julius Caesar, by the time Gregory was Pope in 1583 the calendar , was 10 days off the beat. Things weren't the mess they'd been back when Caesar took matters in hand, but the la^ bothered Gregory, neverthe- less. "So . . . ?" queried the cal, "How'd tifegory get afouftd THAT one? Just take in eraser to the calendar?" "Fact of the matter is," we replied, "he did just about that. Me just up and abolished 10 days and in October of 1583 the time jumped from October 4th to the 15th. Like presto! And to keep things from getting muddled up all over again, the Pope ruled that Leap Year should NOT occur in years ending in 00. EXCEPT when a centennial year is divisable by 400 —> like'll be the case in the year 2000. "This Got Things On A pretty even keel, altnj"" 1 ! the Gregorian calendar still fails by 26 seconds a year to coincide with sun time. So, in only 3,323 years — from the time Gregory took matters in hand — the calendar will be off ANOTHER full day. "Consequently, scientists advise« skipping an EXTRA day/in centenary years divis- able by 4,000. That would get the cumulative error dow v n to one day every 20,000 years and really seems, all in all, sufficient unto the need thereof." . TJ nodded solemnly, saying, "This, obviously, is an issue with which the world must come to grips before the year 4000 rolls around. Any progress being made?" "If people don't get smarter in the next couple of thousand years than they have in the 2,000-plus since Julius Caesar broached the Leap Year matter, there may be nobody around to be concerned," we answered, turning to our labors. Stou* Center News: Thti Senate Finance Committee approved Thursday a campaign . financing bill that would make a total of $28 million in government funds available fof fi'.nianoing the 1968 presidential campaign. The ^proposal would make $14 million available to each major political party. , The legislation also provides a tax credit to stimulate taxpayers to make further political campaign contributions. This would permit a taxpayer to subtract from his final tax bill half of the amount of a political contribution up to $50. The maximum credit, would ba $25 in the case of a $50 contribution. While, admittedly, it is becoming more and more difficult to get well-qualified men to run for president and other high government positions because of the high costs involved and the difficulty in raising needed funds through pub- thiftfc An out-right financing of pptilicW campaigns ffotti the federal treasury is potentially dangerous to our; Democratic system. Such .a plan takes the choice completely out of the hands of the individual. E>ery taxpayer will, in effect, be helping finance the political cam*. paigns of all candidates—even those he does hot favor or might feel are highly unqualified for office. In view of the present $30 billion deficit in the federal budget, it means, also, that the coat of the 19.68 campaign (much of itV will be born by future generations. And why, pray tell, should our grandchildren pay for next year's elections. t Federal financing of political campaigns means the whole control is in the hands of the politicians — not the people. We don't like it. Not one bit! ALOONA ROISUTH COUNT T A* V A_NICJI Publithed by th» Advonee Publlthing Co., Monday* ond Thuridav* AOVANCI RATI :=H Orm Y«or in County and to nearest poit offie* outside of County — Six mootht In County and to ncoreit post offiet .---Year outside County, and • to other than nearest outside P.O.s All rights to matter published in the Al^ono Kossuth County ™»»w.»- are re»MV*d, including news, feature, advertising or other, ond nlpfpdue- tion in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of th» publishM of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each. Instance. All manuscripts, article* or pictures are sent at the ownert risk. Trying to switch the heat Don Reid is BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Sibley Gazette) : Governor Hughes has gone -• out of his way on several oc- '•' casions lately to take blasts • at Iowa newspapers for what he called their inaccurate, er- ronepus and false reporting of the facts about his sales tax law. There is a tried and true method of switching the heat onto someone else, which has been used in politics for years. Franklin Roosevelt brought it into perfection and a lot of top government people have adopted the tactic since. ft is simply get a whipping boy, and when the people don't like what you do —'blams it all on the whipping boy. Folks who are old enough to recall will remember it was •the doctors at one time—and then it was the lawyers — and the horrible bankers came into the line of fire too. In this case Hughes has come' up with a tax bill that cant be figured out. It's his bill, he forced it through the legislature without any adequate debate or discussion — and now he is saddled with it. Last week he said that the newspapers were against it because they were being taxed — sure, so are the shoemakers, the TV repairmen, the banks, the furniture repair people, the abstractors, •and the beauty operators, He was asked if reports about the bill as carried in the newspapers were wrong — and he said no, but the headlines were misleading and tha stone: wen pieced in the wrong spots. Which, cut it anyway you like, is a lot of hog-wash. Then he said that the news- papers wanted a special session to repeal the bill or part of it — and he was asked how many newspapers had approached him on the matter '.and asked for a spacial session, he said "none." , No one likes to pay taxes ;.. . . . not even the governor. ', The present bill is so complex and so poorly written that the state tax people have not even got it figured out yet, nor ' have they 'got the rules and 'regulations .for ,collecting :;it ); , ''completed iV'.,'-<"IK.'.,:,-•;,;•; -ii. -.•> iGPA's (Certified Public Accountants) who went to Des Moines recently to find out 'how the bill would work, and ;what they should advise their ''clients, came home with the , word that they didn't know .jijthe full answers, they didn't think the tax people knew the answers, and they just ..would be unable to give a 'complete picture of how pro- visions of the tax bill will be carried out/ The public was given the run-around when this bill was passed. No adequate debate or discussion was permitted. No one was allowed to present outside information to the members of the General Assembly — which is a darn poor way to pass legislation — and the governor certainly knows that is a fact. The governor is mistaken, if he thinks he can put the blame for this bill in the newspapers. If he thinks it is a good bill why doesn't he let it go at that? 'Fact is, the people think it is a very poor bill, and the governor doesn't want them to put the blame where it belongs, right smack on his administration. Sounds like a good idea When the federal census figures are in following the 1960 head-count in the United States it seems a sure bet Iowa will lose one of its seven congressmen. Iowa's population growth is nil and a decline is actually predicted in preliminary estimates. It isn't the state does not have a good birth rate — it is because lowans move from the state. At one time Iowa had 11 congressmen, but this has been whittled down by the migration from the farm to the city and the city in Iowa to the city in other states. Iowa's tie to agriculture has been too strong, and the state for one reason or another has not attracted really big industry. Too many lowans must go elsewhere to find opportunity. From now until the glow wears off the poor men in the country are going to be bombarded with, the gaga sisters of the press with the reports on the upcoming White House wedding. The country has just about recovered from the other daughter's wedding now that they're settled in comfort. This next one will probably be a bigger blast than the first, what with the ma- nnes leading the attack and the politicoes angling for a seat on the aisle. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) John Gray, president of First Federal Savings an r J Loan Association has come up with what sounds like one cf the most sensible ideas to build rural America, we hav3 heard yet. He points out thtt the seven percent investment tax credit was a great inducement to industry to building new plants, and expand, their operations. Now he suggests that tha' investment tax credit bs changed so that it is available for those plants which ars built or developed in cities of say 5,000 or less. Secretary Freeman has been rushing about the country telling everyone how important it i$ that rural America lw built up, and thai we find some way to get people out of the cities and into the smaller communities where they can live so much better in every way. Here is a method that would almost surely encourage industry to spread out—and gain the benefits of small community operations, for themselves and also for their employees. We think Mr. Gray has an answer to a big problem in his suggested tax credit for businesses who expand into the smaller communities. We •hope some of the powers that be in Washington get the message and then do something about it. Siamese steaks! (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) We had an exhibit of Siamese tomatoes last week, and 'this week, following the trend, were introduced to a Siamese acorn squash, brought into the office by Ralph Warner. They were attached as neat- 'ly ait the tops as the tomatoes. Now if someone would only come across a pair of Sfo- mese Porterhouse steaks, our Ijfe would become well rounded out. Den Reid in West Des Moines Express I switched off the teevy with a few brisk mutterings. Dorothy came hurrying in. "My goodness!" she said. "I thought I heard you saying something about a blankety- blank football game." ; I was astonished at her language.' "Dorothy," I said sternly, "if you say anything like that again, I will tell your mother." '! was just quoting you. You DID say 'blankety-blank football game', didnt' you?" I nodded my head. "So what?' "Well, I am astonished. For years, whenever you mention football, you have sounded just like Billy Graham. You always make it sound like the Rose Bowl was something like the Holy Grail s or perhaps even the 23rd Psalm. In fact, you have always revered foot- 'ball more than anything. Next to me, that is," she said modestly . "It is still a very fine game." I insisted. "So why are you muttering bad language about a blank- ety-blank football game? You do not care for it any more?" "It is the teevy that has done it," I admitted. "If there is a way to ruin football, and 'there is, television will find it. It used to be that a full day of football on New Year's Day was quite an event, something to look forward to. And here it is only September 17 and already there is one game on Channel 13, another on Channel 8 or vice versa and as soon as these games are over, ithere will be still another one. A triple-header yet and the season hasn't even gotten started in most colleges," "I think you are telling me that you are getting more football than • you really need," Dorothy said. There was genuine awe in her voice. After all these years!" "Something like that," I admitted. "Especially when they run every play through twice or occasionally three times, if they can squeeze it in between the commercials. So if I were to watch every, play three times in three different games, that would be the equivalent of nine football games in one afternoon." "Now you know how we women feel when our children 'grow up and go away to college, leaving us with our careers ended. You. too, are going to have to make an adjustment." I nodded miserably and went out to my automobile. Somewhere, on three separate football fields, some big halfback was probably running for a touchdown but J decide^ 1 couldn't care less. Enough is ' Insurance Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.— Wed.— Fri. 9a.m. — 5p.m. Phone 296-3373 All lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge Ph. 295-2735 •OHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE « 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. Sefe, secure, Lola Scuffhem, 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 Real Estate RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harian, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 119 left Stiff St. Dill 295-2715 Clesed Scturdey Afternoons ^Creditjjervjices^ CREDIT BUREAU •f KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fajct-bgt Reports 29&3182 Algona ./„ 'Offi 2S953 DR. M. R. BALDWIN ",: Chiropractor, ' ,, . „.. Phone Res. Phone 78 295-3306 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 CARIMN fwm MANAOIMINT COMPANY lift N Mi. 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 Si Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bide. 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 0R " tf ^"^HMAN 116 N. Moore St. Phone 2954131 123 E. 285-5*08 1J2 N. Thorington Phone 395-2244

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