Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on October 12, 1967 · Page 12
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 12

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 12, 1967
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HfAT County .Adv. "* Belmond prepares for its party Economy must come first in THURSDAY, OCT. 12, W7 We are frustrated No matter what the temporary victories may be the situation in Viet Nam is not a healthy one for this country. It seems sometimes that the daily papers are headlining skirmishes as big battles with our side the glorious winner. Then the next paper has another report and the reader is confused as to what is going on in that unhappy country and what this country is really accomplishing. The facts are it's an unusual war. It is not fought by armies lining up and shooting it out with a decisive end in sight for one side or another. THIS VIET NAM war is an ugly one of hit and run by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. They do not congregate in massed array to be mowed down by the overwhelming American fire power. They operate.in small groups, usually at night, get in and get out just as fast — before the Americans can react. In the search and destroy missions it is seldom the American forces catch very many enemy soldiers. They fade into the population or run away. There is no front line, no objective that can be conquered and stay conquered. It is difficult to tell the enemy from the friend in the country. In fact it is known that many Viet Cong live in a village but operate to kill at night. They can't be caught unless fingered by other villagers. AND THE VIET NAM people in the villages don't seem to care too much which side wins. Viet Nam has been a battlefield for hundreds of years, has always been a divided country, and no stable national gov- ernment has ever really lasted. The people nre so poor they don't care who runs the country — they are too busy trying to keep enough food to just keep living. In this country there is an increasing (iemciiid for a review of the situation and a growing belief that somewhere along the line the United States made a mistake. HAWKS AND DOVES fly in the congress, and neither makes much sense out of th2 situation for the simple reason no one seems to have any idea of what the situation is. About the only thing the congressmen have haen able to agree on is continued support for the American men doing the fighting. But here again there is a division on what is best help — the question of bombing ports a good example of the division. President Johnson the other night gave a report to the nation, but it didn't ring any bells. There was nothing new and nothing to rally the country behind the policy of fighting the Viet Nam war. IT WOULD SEEM this country has come to a fork in the road and that a decision must be made either to get in with no holds barred and knock out the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese with,all the power we can manage — or seek an honorable way out neither victor nor vanquished. It is unfortunate the American people do not have the facts on which to judge that question. There is too much of a feeling we are not informed, and the average American is frustrated. We haVe.no feeling of fighting for a great cause. We have no victory in sight or in prospect. We can't put a finger on what's wrong but suspect something is. {•)•* AftllMttM 1 in \W •• ^SFOJllOJ^f fWW ••• •MllffNNNl lflflw|MfMinNlf While an isolated individual here and there has expressed personal doubt as to the propriety of holding a "Tornado Day," and somewhat larger number have implied indifference by failure to give the undertaking support in any way, there can be little question but what a "big day" is in the making. 'Because Tornado Day is, insofar as we know, literally unique as a community gesture there has been absolutely no pattern to go by. It can only be hoped than an embarrassing omission does not occur in the planning, despite the steering committee's determination to the contrary. And how many do you set the table for, when you invite "the world"? The last we heard, the Jaycees were being instructed to have barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans and "the extras" ready for 7,000. That MIGHT be enough for all visitors and the home folks, too; then again — particularly if the hosts eat along with the guests — it could leave several hungry onlookers. Worry, worry! But the important thing is, we've a heap of gratitude to show. And we are going about it the test way we kft'ow how. Because of the impMi Jerabtes involved, and because proper perspective is sometime? difficult to obtain when you're too close to the subject, we valued a letter received last week from Sgt. Lynn Jeniton at Fort Campball, Ky. Me slipped in a $10 check to be divided equally between the Park Fund and the Tornado Day Fund. He had this to say: "1 regret that I will be unable to attend the Tornado Day festivities. I took an emergency leave last year and arrived home the night following the tornado to personally witness the.immensa destruction. "I was home for a week and was amazed at the hard work and determination of the local people and the cooperation of the 'outsiders.' Much was accomplished in that short week. . . . "The up-coming Tornado Day is one of the finest gect- ures the people of Belmond could make. It is actions of this type that make us proud to call Belmond our horns- town. My best wishes for a successful day and continued success in the rebuilding of Belmond." Lynn added that the series of ribbon-cuttings pictured in The Independent have kept him posted on reconstruction progress, biisinewwise; and that he will be discharged Nov. 24 and is looking forward to seeing the changes that have taken place in Bel' mend. It was gratifying to u» that one of Belmond's own sons, viewing the Tornado Day plans from a distance, felt that his hometown was so very much doing "the right thing" in undertaking the elaborate "thank you" planned for a week from next Sunday. The "party's on," and time is growing short. Contributions to help swell the Tor nado Day Fund can still be used to decided advantage. But above all, each of us should regard himself a committee of one to make our guests welcome on "the" day. General plans have been drafted and are being executed to the very best of the abilities of those in charge. In the last analysis, (hough, the test of our hospitality is going to be on a person-to- person 'basis. Plan to mingle with our visitors and extend every possible courtesy. THAT is what our guests are going to remember i — along with the giant strides our town has made toward recovery — when Tornado Day has come and gone. Storm Life* the American people might be more inclined to accept the proposed surtax oft federal income taxes if the government itoelf was trying to show some restraint in spending to curb inflation. Government's failure to act in labor disputes is showing lip on several fronts that will have it* repercussions next year in price increases or inflation, whichever you choose to call it. The government arbitration board in the rail strike seltle- ment allowed just about what the union bosses wanted — some 11% increase in wages. The House postal committee approved a 12% raise for post office employees mainly due to the pressure of the postal workers union'. The airline 'mechanics started it all off with a fat contract a year ago under federal mediators. Down on the state level, the 'average .teacher salary increases across Iowa this year was about 13%. «v.-~~ -"sar- cotildn't cope with the BEA j organization. , Teacher* ill the eatt have been out on strike for higher salary increa** tilan bp*fti« were willing to grant. What •ains they have made in trying to create a "ptofesshmil status" is rapidly going by the boards as they exercise the sarnie tactics as the craft unions. Their attitudes cannot help but be transmitted, con- sciou£ily or otherwise, to their students in the classroom. Long gone is President Johnson's plea of the recent past for limit of 3.5% in wage increase demands. However, a plasterer's union took action to lower its wage requirements by $10 a week, saying it was better to have jobs than no paychecks at all. While new building techniques might replace plaster, we cannot do without teachers, railroad or postal service. But the necessity of these jobs is not a permit for ransom. ALOONA-ROSIUTN CO PuMMNd by th» Advonc* PuMMhing jftioN and rfwp, 124 North Thorlngton 'for and puMMwr, Culm f N e s MOM Cdl Julian Need no new university Startling figures A release from State Auditor Lloyd Smith gives some rather startling figures on the growth in spending of the state department of public instruction. In a comparison of receipts and disbursements for the years ending in 1965 and 1966 shows a jump in disbursements from $46,041,674.41 to $67,914,501.82. This is a whopping increase and another is forecast in the fact the department still had a balance on hand of $17,745,106. Revenue received by the department increased from $42,106,819 to $83,617,988, or nearly doubled. AS IS CUSTOMARY in academic circles there is considerable razzle, dazzle. in_ the wording of the reports .and proposals of the departments. For some reason it is deemed very academic to go around the barn in making a statement, and a bald fact is abhored. There is probably some reason for the big increase. However the average citizen is not anxious to ask "why?" because of fear ,of being swamped with words that conceal instead of reveal. Also, as many have found out in the legislature, there is a certain resentment by the people in the department of any questioning of their statements or figures. They make an inquirer feel like he was beating a helpless child when they want to know something. UNDER THE NEW TAX and property relief law, if that muddle is ever resolved, education units in the state will receive tremendous sums of money. It would be well now to require all the education units in the state to make understandable reports. For instance — Auditor Smith reports a jump in administrative school aids from $27,939,250 to $41,878.185 in one year. It would be helpful for the average citizen to know what additional aids were given and what administrative aids are. Then there is a jump in "pupil personnel services" from $3,428,904 in 1965 to $14,261,453 in 1966. The item of administration co^ts frDm $649,672 to $1,053,900 is understandable. It means either more were on the payroll or those on the payroll got boosts. But the report of Auditor Smith doesn't say which. . IOWANS ARE ANXIOUS the children in the schools get the best education they can have. lowans have not been stingy in •.-schjootionattats? <$esplt0r>thje crying- ; of^some years-regarding teachers-salaries. These have been boosted materially without much complaint from the average citizen. But in some quarters there is a growing feeling that the educators are getting so involved in professionalism and in academic standing as between teachers that the main factor of teaching.is obscured. ' : th THE BEST TEST of teaching is not in Lobbyists perform 2i the number of letters a teacher has follow- *-»vr^r**j*«»^ j~ (M. B. Crabbe in Eao> Grove Eagle) There has been little publicity or discussion about one of the 'bills passed by the last General Assembly. That bill appropriated $500,000 for the possible acquisition of B site and to explore the possibility of a state school or university in Western Iowa. If any work is being done on the subject we are not hearing: about it. But it undoubtedly will be spent and it behooves Iowa taxpayers to take an interest and express their views on the subject. Iowa is not growing in population and neither is the Western half of the state developing a population explosion. Our total population remains relatively static. The increase in enrollment alt our . .-, schools : and universitiesv js\ coming from the increase in ; the number of young people who today feel the need of a college education to prepare themselves for competition in the modern world. ' • ; In addition the previous' General Assembly set up and activated 16 area community and vocational technical college centers for the establishment of two year colleges and post-high school training centers. These will serve thousands of young people including those in Western Iowa, And for the young people who want to attend a four year college or university we, the taxpayers, can do it more efficiently and for less cost by expanding the universities already in operation. In these days of easy transportation we need a fourth state college or university like we need another tax which we will get if the fourth university idea is carried out. Iowa, State University at Ames is some west, of the center of the state and is in easy and quick reach of every .Western Iowaitown or ctty. ; ( , J • If we have an extra hundred million dollars to spend on a university let's spend it Where it will get the most for our money, by expanding the three universities we already have. A ridiculous situation ADVANCI WMCairrMM BATI On* Y«or in County and to iwartit pott offlea wiWdt of County — ] Sin month* In County and to noowttpoit offko s -- £ --f X ...... Yoor outildt County, and t» othtr than ntanwt ouhMt P.O.* ---All rlgntt to matter pubKihtd In th» Alaona K or* iwwvSd, indudlna nawt. Jjatyw, agyftMnojBf tton In any monntf li pronibitad jmctpt J»r J?M«n puMirtMn of th» Algono KoMUttv County Afranca In -_ manuscript*, articbt or pictuiw arc itnt at ttw awmrt of tortanea. tha All ing his name. It isn't in the standing among. the profession as a professionist. It isn't in the salary. The best test of teaching is in what the child learns. The Smith report lends some weight to the idea the department could stand a bit of shaking up just to let the public know what is going on and whether the teachers still believe the improvement of the child is the main aim of education. We've heard for years about the status of teachers—now let's hear about the status of the children they teach. Thought It's always nice to have the high school bands come to Algona every fall to strut and parade. It sort of renews life for a lot of older people who have watched the parades for years. In fact it is a kind of a parade of life — for the members are here for a few years — then others take their places — but the band goes on and on into the future. The faces are happy faces too, well scrubbed, and not a beard or a beatnik in the bunch. Yet at the same time there comes a thought about what kind of a world this and the preceding generations are giving them. one — including the students themselves. There is a general turning away now by youth from some of the restrictions, particularly in the matter of boy and girl relationships. Youth, sure in its strength, is impatient with taboos of the past not realizing that their strength can also be their weakness. It would be well for the administration to be patient in the matter, but at the same time also be firm in the necessity for some guidance and control over student activities. If the students get into trouble one way or another the parents and the legislature is going to blame the university for not keeping a tighter rein. Life being what it is the students will not get the blame for their own actions. (Charles Davi» in Iowa Falls Citizen) Completely aside from the relative strengths and weaknesses of the tax revision .bill passed by the last Legislature, it offers a lesson in the poten- itial value of lobbyists which is worth consideration. It is safe to say Wat had the lobbyists in the Legdsia- iture been allowed to study and lobby for and against the measure, it would have baen a far different bill. Whether dit would have been a good bill is questionable, but some of the hazy, vague wording of the measure would have been changed. •For instance, if lobbyists for the general contractors could have had their "day in court," the confusion over taxation of new construction could naive been avoided. Cer- tainly, the advertising media would have had some suggestions on the ad tax. As it stands now, this part of the new law is still "up for grabs." On the other hand, the legislative leaders recognized the hazards of allowing the lobbies to operate while the tax 'bill was under hurried discussion. The pressures against it would have been tremendous •and certain sections of it would have been altered substantially, if not killed altogether. A legislative study committee is now looking at the prop er role of lobbyists and how they may work to the benefit —not the detriment — of the Legislature. But lobbyists do have a place in the legislative process and it behooves legislators to use them to tine beet advantage. ct (Fort Dodge Messenger Under a provision of Iowa's new tax law, thousands of state income tax returns could be filed for children who haven't earned a penny but Who would stand to get up to $12 for filing such returns, our attorney friends tell us. This is because the wording of the law provides that "every resident individual . . earning less than $7,000 annually .... shall be entitled to a sales tax refund . . . with respect to himself" in amounts ranging from two to 12 dollars. Said refund is to be allowed as a "credit against the personal income tax imposed, but if the tax is less than the full amount of the refund, then the excess of the refund over the"income tax otherwise" due shall be refunded by the department of revenue." A "resident individual" is defined by the law as a person who has resided in the state of Iowa for the full taxable year. This means, our friends say, that thousands of youngsters, and oldsters, too, even though they're carried as dependents oni other returns, could file for and be paid a sales tax cash credit. Such was not the legislators' intent and the state tax commission will attempt to define the law to exclude the possibility. But the tax commission cannot make the law; it can only implement it. And when a law is not explicit, its effect can be far different from its intent. This is another example of the controversial interpretations of a law that admittedly was hastily passed in the closing moments of the legislature without due study and debate. BUSINESS 4 PROFESSIONAL Insurance (C. P. Weeds in Sheldon Mail) Independent? Tolerate? A "declaration of Independence" was passed by the student senate at the university of Iowa at Iowa City the other day. In it the students declared only the council could make rules that "affect the personal lives" of the students. This of course is an echo of the unrest among students in universities all over the country. The most violent was some months ago at the university at Berkeley when outright rebellion was led by bearded agitators. The. SUI senate declared it is the only power in regulation of non-academic student affairs- Up to now the students resolutions were subject to veto by a faculty- student committee and by the president of the college, currently Howard Bowen. ' Youth is always straining at the leashes-of life and the rules that have been adopted by their elders for what they considered good *nd sufficient reasons. It takes soine aging and experience to find some rules that are irksome really r the welfare of every- Why the country tolerates violence in strike situations is a mystery. The trucking strike in the east is an example of what shouldn't be permitted. Truckers were shot at with rifles. Trucks were soaked with gasoline and burned. Two non-striking truckers were beaten until they were unconscipus,. Stones were thrown at windshields to break them — and incidentally endanger others on the highway. One driver was killed. The right to strike is one thing — and it doesn't include the right to kill, beat, burn, or damage. The post office department has canceled mail cars on 158 trains in the interest of speed and economy. It is certain the department could use a bit of speed and economy in its overall operations. This of course will hasten, the day when the passenker train will join the passenger pigeon in limbo. Now the Sante Fe is hauling mail on its fast freights instead of the passenger trains it has left. As our country's population has grown, and as the size and activity of government has grown even bigger along with it, the individual finds he pays here, too. Bigness brings the penalty of added controls; each added control is an infringement on individual liberty. Many citizens find these continual infringements to be highly disturbing, but as they are imposed on all, that same average citizen quickly finds .that the only good of protest is to relieve internal pressure. Most of us resent these side burdens of the system, but most of us also resign ourselves to the unpleasant fact that they evidently have to ba -accepted, In the same manner, at some time in the future the organizations of individuals in Igijctar or professional unions of any kind, and in particular, organizations, including those iii vital services, are going to have to resign them- selves to the fact that they, too, must accept the penalty of size and of a complex society, and accept controls which will prevent groups, in the same manner as an individual would be prevented, from halting the vital activities of the nation. Serious but laughable (C, P. Wood* in Sh*y«n Mail) If the matter were not so serious, it would be rather laughable to observe with what unanimity both the Democrats and Republicans disclaim responsibility for the new Iowa tax law. If the N.A.A.CP. win forgive us for mentioning it, the case is somewhat comparable to Topsy, well-known liltble negro character i» "Unelte Tom's Gabin." When questioned concerning her parents, eiie said she had none. "I jess growed, I guess," she explained. answer: (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) We wish someone who has superior initelligencje wcjild tell us where this Iowa tax picture is going to wind up. The tax commission says the new taxes are going to be collected — the attorney general says some of them are unconstitutional — the governor indicates the attorney general is a so-and-so — and the rest of us don't know what the situation is. A majority of the members of the legislature have signed a petition saying they didn't intend portions of the law to apply the way they voted them. The governor accuses the newspapers of trying to force a special session to change the law — but he says not a single one of them has asked him to call such a session. It all simmers down to the fact that some very important legislation was passed without adequate consideration — in fact it was forced down the legislators throats by the governor and a group of legislative leaders from both parties. The give and take of legislative debate, public scrutiny, and calm consideration was voided, and the result is the mess we are in now. Insurant* ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295417ft •LOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines of Insurance 100 North Dodge Ph. 205-2735 •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 fforet. A homo Company. Safa, secure, Lola Scuffnam, Soey. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tod S. Horbtt SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Jottnson . 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLES * GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typo* of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Hon.—Wed.—Fri. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 2964373 ) —- — : DR. M. R. BALDWIN , . Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 2954306 • " Offloa 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 MAMAMMINT COMPANY lltt M. D«tft* Ph. MI4M1 Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Byes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 But State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINOFIf LD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So, Harlan, Algona Phane 296-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDiR 113 fait Stale It, Dill 295,2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Report* 2954183 Algonf LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 2954810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 216 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. 296-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, ML D. Residence Phone 196-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N, Do<|ge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LJROY I, STROHMAN 116 N. Moore St. Phone 2954131 ~-" ; - J •' - " ' • • ' '•' !, -- ,,. "P KEVIN NASH, D.D.S, 123 E. Call Algona

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