Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on October 19, 1967 · Page 12
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 19, 1967
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r\A Kossuth County Advance " ' r>C Appalachia a costly failure I 1 1 if; J •• l!K^J l^rf (M. t. Crabfe In the psople Who didn't fiead someplace else. •^— — * * ' Mess couldn't be worse THURSDAY, OCT. If, The airplane fuss The governor of Iowa should have an airplane suited to his status. It should bo good enough and have enough capacity to do the job it is supposed to do. However when it comes to by-passing the legislature and buying a plane much more expensive than the legislature allowed — that is something else again. The governor asked the legislature to appropriate $150,000 to buy a new plane. The legislature passed the bill and the appropriation was made. The legislature went along on what was asked. BUT WHEN THE TIME came to make the purchase the net cash price had upped to $202,000 — even with the trade-in of the present plane that had been used by governors. Total cost was $237,000. The legislature's budget and financial control committee was asked to approve appropriation from "emergency" funds to make up the $52,000 difference. There was some objection to the rush-rush in the committee. Two members voted no in the morning but in the afternoon changed their votes because the rush-rush said this plane would not be available very long. The executive council, with one man absent, also approved the purchase. THERE IS NO OBJECTION to the governor having a good plane. But there is and should be objection to the way in which this deal was handled. If the estimate was too low when the $150,000 appropriation was asked and obtained, then the slate executive branch should abide by it. The state takes a very Call a session A majority of lowans feel there should be a special session to clean up the tax bill written in secret and passed in the dying days of the 1967 session with bullwhip procedure. Latest in the list of those who feel the law as written is wrong arc the cooperatives who grind and process feed for livestock. The law taxes them just as it does other services, and the farmers feel they should be exempt. The farmers are not alone in this feeling. When it comes right down to cases no operator of a service feels the law is too fair to him and his service. THERE SEEMS TO BE some indication the law will bring in a tremendous amount of money, more than was anticipated in the session hassles. And the state now has a surplus of some $50,000,000 more than is needed for current expenses. This extra money brought in will inevitably lead to much more spending in the next session, for the tax caters will be grasping at tho opportunity to get the money while it is there. And this builds up an anticipation of similar funds in the future thus creating a vested right in more and more state money. NOT ONLY DOES the tax bill need cleaning up but also the so-called school aid bill also passed under some rather unsavory methods in the legislature. For instance — state aid is to be divided "equally" between the taxing districts in a county under one section. This means if there are four taxing districts then each shall share equally. Schools, which have big expenses will have to give an equal Belmond This is a salute to Belmond, a little town with a big heart that had been ravaged by a tornado. Belmond came back and it wasn't easy. Lots of people sent aid and help and the people of Belmond were grateful. They showed it Saturday and Sunday with the invitation to people who helped— and anyone else who cared — to come as guests, to see what had been done, and to have a free dinner. ( It was a real way to show appreciation, and the people of Belmond are to be congratulated on the fact they showed that they did appreciate it. Too often in such things people let the happening make them bitter. Salute. Encouraging dim view of a citizen who underestimates his income by as much as the cost of the plane was underestimated from $150,000 to $237,200. After the hassle a legislator asked the Attorney-General for an opinion on the le* gality of the purchase in the manner hv whkh it was done. The attorney-general ruled that there was no apparent "emergency" that permitted use of funds not appropriated by the legislature. THE GOVERNOR was reported to be irked at the opinion and is reported to have used some forceful words in a closed session. If the reports are true then it would seem the governor is a bit out of line. After all the attorney-general when asked must give his best idea of what the law is no matter what the outcome of that opinion could be. And the attorney-general is not a "yes" man for the governor. In fact recent developments are the best examples of the fact that the attorney-general should always be elected by the people — and not be appointed by and responsible to the governor. The governor is serving his third term and shows signs of the occupational hazard of those who hold high office. Too often they are so surrounded by yes-men and fawners that they become to believe in the superman idea. However and for all that — the governor, no matter whether a democrat or republican, should have a good plane. But it should be done legally and properly. share, say, to the extension council whose budget usually is less than $50,000. In many instances the council would receive upwards of $75,000 in state aid — some $25,000 more than they need. It is easy to see that human nature being what it is that some "use" for that extra money will be found. It is hoped an administrative ruling can clear up this little goof, but it is an example of bad legislating. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE that the governor does not like to call a session. Few governors do, for the legislature once in session is a law unto itself and the governor has no legal control. Also the governor is committed to much more state aid, and a careful revision of the tax law could cause reduction in anticipated income. The fact the bullwhip was used to get the law passed is evidence of resistance that might break loose in a special session, i, _...-•-! ;-:,';:; And the'pressure from various interests in the state would be tremendous in the session. Those who grumble now but go along will raise up if a session is called to "protect their interest." HOWEVER the tax law is a real mess. It was ill conceived, ambiguous, unfair, and left too much to the tax commission to interpret. There was no real study of what it did or would do. The result is chaos. To let the situation go further would be to aggravate the conditions. As one tax commissioner said: "If in doubt — it is taxable." As one man said — "That's a heck of a way to run a railroad." The governor should call a session. And the legislators once in session should not be sheep. (M. t. Crabfe In lift* Of*»a tafto) Analyses of the Great Society's record of accomplishments in the Appiltchi* program, along With other spending programs, are becoming increasingly critical and may prove to ba a millstone around LBJs political neck. If reports we hear and read are accurate the program as far as its grandoise goals has accomplished exactly nothing. It has lived up to one ex-, pectation—it has eaten up a lot of tax money with no anticipation end in sight. Oh, the area looks better. New courthouses, naw federal buildings, new highways, new airports and all but what about the people that were supposed to be helped by all this? They're still in about the same situation they were before. Half of them don't have cars to drive on the highways 'and those that do can't go anywhere but down to the new courthouse to pick up their welfare check. And more of them are doing that now than were before the whole thing started. Overall the federal monay is judged to have helped most ery bureaucrat ceaselessly avoids commitment that could be traced directly to him, and thus so clouds procedure as to make it cumbersome. There is no such thing as responsibility in government office. There's always a ring-around-the-rosy to avoid being tagged with a mistake that could affect a career. The multitude of welfare agencies are fantastic in their operation spending more money at the top than the bottom where it is supposed to go. The OEO is but one example of inefficiency compounded according to many writers. The feeling is growing that the money flowing from Washington must go to the states and cities—without the apron strings of some bureaucrat in Washington. The money must be given freely — with the thought the state and city can know local conditions best. Record One of the more encouraging signs coming out of Washington these days is the turning away in part at least from the idea everything had to be administered from Washington. It was believed only a strong central bureaucracy could function successfully. This has been proven so wrong that even some of the bureaucrats are recognizing the facts of life in politics and in running federal programs. There is growing support to decentralize the inefficient and wasteful practices that are centralized in Washington —where the region, the district, the state, the area, and the local district had to route its needs through channels to the top and back again. Most of the states and large cities have been so hamstrung in their use of federal funds as to actually waste a large part of the money. The fact the final word had to come from Washington via a lot of little demigods in the departments was exasperating and deadening. One of the facts of political life is that Washington is slow to act on anything. Ev- the psople Who didn't nead the help ill the tint place. H adds up Jiitt like too many of our foreign aid ventures. Lots of money to spend but no one ta spend it who knows how t6 get the value returned for that spending. Ths bureaucrats burst with pride as thsy point to the big dams In foreign countries which generate electricity for people who are lucky to have . lamps, lei alone wires for electricity; to the .beautiful roads which run from nowhere to more remote spots for people who walk everywhere they go. The same type of "planning" is true in Appalachia. The roads and the airports were to serve the industries which would flock to the area once they found the large reserve of labor ready and willing to go to work. Industries have looked bUt thay are not stumbling over each other to move into this area. The bureaucrats didn't educate themselves to the fact that labor supply is only one of the factors considered by Industry when it surveys a potential site. If the other factors are not right that industry would rather move in: •ID a competitive labor market someplace else. The E*gte Grove Rotary Club ran headlong into the bureaucrat system When it tried to build the Rotary Ann Home, Plans were made, ideas were presented and regulations and requirement were met and the lower eche< Ion. bureaucrats said "Yes, this is go»d." But not one would put his stamp of approval on anything. Everything was forwarded to a higher office until it got to the people who couldn't care less. They threw Rotary Ann Home papers in their "Boon Docks" file and only heated pressure from our legislators jarred them loose. To finance this type of bungling LBJ wants to tax our taxes with his ten percent surtax. The average taxpayer, we feel, doss not mind sharing his good fortune with people who need and make good use of the aid, either in welfare or selif4help programs. But we also feel that LBJ could put some sense into his spending program and the federal government could let these free-loading, free- spending bureaucrats put up or get out before we are asked to carry an extra tax load. Hogging the area school Much too (M. B. Crabbo in Eagle Grow Etgjt) We noticed an interesting paragraph in a recent Fort Dodge Messenger story about the Area 5 Iowa Central Community College (ICCC). The story reported that the Area 5 board discussed plans for holding one commencement program for ICCC at the Fort Dodge Center in 1968. The story continued "This would eliminate individual commencements at the three centers - Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge and Webster City." We imagine that there are those in Webster City who have the same feeling of pride and proprietorship about their Junior College that we do about the Eagle Grove JC. Our individual communities organized and started these junior colleges and have kept them going for •some 20 years with taxes (ours) and donations and scholarships. We also kept them going through two wars when only a handful of girls wore enrolled as students. We seem to have a rather deep attachment to that institution which includes commencement exercises and basketball and baseball teams from the institution. The Areft 5 college embraces 10 counties and so far includes three centers. It is not supported in total by, nor is its program limited to the confines of the Fort Dodge city limits. We want tq thank Dr. Edwin Barbour for stalling the decision on the commencement exercises until a later date. The Area 5 Community College system is not supposed to be a Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce promotion. Marijuana must be cut • • •" • • j ,',-,- ., (John Anderson in •, Storm Lay* Pilot-Tribune) All the publicity about marijuana growing in Iowa and its subsequent use by a limited number of young people may have only spurred more people to experiment with U4 effects. For years, marijuana has grown wild in . Iowa along railroads and drainage ditches. Most people haven't paid any attention to it or didn't know what it was. It increased substantially during WW II when it was grown as "Indian hemp" in various Iowa communities for a source of fibre for rope making. Foreign sources of fibre had been cut off because of the war. So now this war-baby has come home to plague us. Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture L. B. Liddy may have the right approach to suggesting that Indian hemp be declared a noxious weed by the legislature. If private property owners don't control the marijuana the country weed commissioner could come in and have it cut with the cost asoassed to the land' owner. It has not been illegal to grow hemp—only illegal to have marijuana in your pos- ession. The smoking of "pot" has become a fad — like miniskirts and beatle haircuts — among some collegians. Like glue-sniffing, the novelty will probably pass on in due time. But if we can eliminate the hemp plant, we will take away the temptation which is now right outside the back door. . Appointment is approved The death of Tommy Mannville last week stirred up memories in the oldsters of the days when he was shocking the nation with his many marriages. It was a shocking thing in the days gone by when a man and a woman married for the moment and divorced without much reason. It just wasn't being done by ordinary people. But a fellow .with ten million dollars may be an ordinary person but his money isn't and his marriages were more concerned with the money value than of an enduring and everlasting till death do us part love. He probably did set a record though— one marriage lasted just seven hours and 45 minutes. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) John van der Linden, editor of the Gazette and Triune at Sibley, has been named to a three-year term on a new board to develop the Iowa Educational Radio and Television facility. Also named to the board were the president of Buena Vista college an a Clinton contractor. It eheered him up The annual fall madness is over, and people can relax again until next fall's so- called world series starts again. What there is about it that causes such mass hysteria is a mystery to the uninitiated. The antics of some 18 bloomered gents in a cow pasture surrounded by a multitude of screaming people can not be explained satisfactorily to a foreigner. (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) Monday is not always a cheerful way to start the week, and the news reports in most cases do nothing to help. This week was an exception. This was due to a news report from the California Institute of Technology concerning a new discovery in regard to how life reproduces itself. The final statement in this jolly piece of news was as follows: "An attractive hypothesis is that this RNA (ribonucleic acid) may be involved in directing the synthesis of struc- There will be six other members of the group to be appointed by the board of regents and by the board of public instruction. Highly capable and well versed in education, van der Linden should prove to be a most valuable member on the 'board. We compliment 'the .governor for his good judgment in making this appointment. tural components on mitoch- ondia and other membranes in the cell's cytoplasm." This cheered us up no end because, by golly, this is just what we've been saying all along. Reverse comment (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) The experts advise the necessity of a $5,000,000,000 missile defense system for •this country, and if the experts .have reached this decision it will be a good idea to go ahead with the project'. One thing we can ba thankful for. It will ba paid for with federal funds, so it won't cost the taxpayers anything. ikinny vehicles (John Anderson in Storm Laki Moflstar) The situation surrounding lowa'A new service tax law is developing to a point where GoV. Harold Hughes will have no Alternative but to call v a special session of the legislature it appears to this writer. We do hot tnake that state' ment without deliberation, The. last session of the General Assembly set a record for length, In the last 50 hours of confusion it passed the set' vice tax law. It was put together in the governor's of" fice and passed without floor debate. It was this law or nothing. the clamor for property tax relief surred many legislators to vote for the bill, even though they knew it was less than perfect. Now they are finding out what a botched up job they really did. It was spawned in haste, nurtured on partisanship and passed under coercion. Under this conglomeration, the public winds up paying the bill not only for the taxes assessed btit for the litigation (that is developing. Parts of the law are sure to be declared unconstitutional. Some sections violate the privileges and immunities clauses of state and federal constitutions. Calling a special session will be like opening the proverbial "Pandora's box". Every lobbyist and special interest will converge on the legislators to push for exclusions. But surely whatever a special session comes up with can be no worse than the mess we "now have. If the governor and our legislative leaders are of the stature we have been led to believe they will admit their mistakes and start over. In the long run, it will be to the public's advantage—both morally and economically. A L « 0 N A KOflUTN COUNTT A O V A M C B Published by the Ad v once Publishing Co., Mondoye and Thursday*, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington »., Algeno. Iowa. SOS1I Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlschillee •tWMAMft (Bill Mauror in Laurons Sun) In the Demon Register was a picture the other day that really caught the bullfling- er's eye. He's sort of got a strange mind, and on occasions the wildest things interest his feeble brain. Like the picture the bull- flinger hobbled about: It filled the whole top of the paper, as he remembers it, and when the bullflinger first caught a glimpse, he was sure it was some historical picture brought out of ithe Nazi files which showed a hundred starving prisoners in one of their infamous World War II concentration camps. But the bufflfpngier, who finds that he's wrong about three times as much as he's right, was his usual v erron- edus 'self. """•"',,'','" Those skinny humans, their eyes sunken, their bones poking out all over, their faces twisted in some horrible contortions, weren't prisoners at all. They were, according to some group of idiots, the 100 most beautiful, or the 100 best, or the 100 something, models in the country. And that • brings up a point the bullflinger's harped on for scores of years. If they want to sell clothes, why don't they put them on some hunk of women that looks like a woman. If a man wants to go shopping for his wife and see them hang on some rail, he can do that without having any skinny model around. Dress the curvaceous ones, the bullflinger reckons, and •they'll sell more clothes to husband. And maybe to women, too, who might get fooled into thinking they could look a bit curvy. Watch slow (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) "Iowa's rural roads are primary highways will be literally sprinkled with farm vehicles in the next 60 days" according to Iowa public Safety Commissioner Jack Fulton. That situation, he indicates, calls for added care on the part of automobile drivers — as well as the drivers of trucks and tractors which will be hauling farm loads, to avoid accidents. It's a good time to put "Slow moving vehicle" signs on all slow moving vehicles, and to be especially careful -about how these SMV are handled. At .the same time car drivers had better watch themselves especially carefully. Historically there are always a lot of bad accidents on farm roads at this time of the year—and we sure don't need any additional accidents in this county. 'Let's be more careful in coming weeks. Good driver •> can often prevent accidents if they drive defensively. Poor drivers are a danger to everyone on the highways. ADVANCE SUMCMmOM tATE On* Year in County and to nearest pott office outside of County —$5.00 Six rnontht in County and to nearest pott office S3.SO Year outilde County, and to other.than nearest outside P.O.i $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algono Kostuth County Advance are reserved, including new*, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of the publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or picture* are sent at the owner'* risk. BUSINESS&PROFESSIONAL Insurance Insurant* ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lanes of Insurance 109 North Dodge , Ph.. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Mome—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ovor $102,000,000 worth of Insurant* in fore*. A homo Company. Safe, socuro, Lola Scuffham, Soty. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tod S. Horbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundot Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typos 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. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr, L. L, SNYOER 113 East Statt St. Dial 295-2715 Clostd Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Faet-bilt Reports 295-3J82 Algona Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 296-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: >' Mori.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Friday Eve. — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT 'COMPANY 11Vi N. Dotfee Ph. 2*I-2S*1 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 J»5-5917 Physicians ard Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 11 Dentists DR. J. B, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. Lf ROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, D.D.S. 123 E. Call 295-5108 Algona

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