Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on November 2, 1967 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 2, 1967
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THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 196? StOrV Of Spencer and Belmond Teacher as an example / I i •• * i A^^W^ AttdAAAAdh iA >Mi 14 ffff OUr ' v . J™ ' • • ' I0OJIM WWOwrwwII ifi ** *^ * v * v .• ,. , »„ , „ ^ *^.__ was cleajped away wifl tney i?^i *1 ~~~~.~t**, /vuriu»r« ttiixtvii<riiiin0 r the oontlnU' «»nr tan^im* in Reagan is a hit Ronald Reagan, the former Iowa broadcaster, returned to Iowa last week as an honored guest, a governor of the nation's most populous state, and one of the major spokesmen for the republican party. Without question he went over big. Whether he is a candidate for the presidency or vice-presidency is beside the point in his Iowa visit. He was here for the purpose of raising money for the Iowa republican party. He did that — and more. It was the largest fund raising event ever held by the party, and with the exception of the fat cats who pay $1,000 for a democratic presidential dinner, it surpassed anything ever heard of in Iowa. THERE HASN'T been much question (hat Reagan has charm, a good stage presence, and a faculty of saying the right word at the right time. It may be this is a natural result of his actor training. But in his statements so far he hasn't pulled a Gold- watcr or Romncy foot in mouth goof. He did what he was supposed to do at DCS Moincs. He rallied the faithful to the republican banner. He spoofed the opposition with some cutting remarks. He had humor. He paid his respects to the Iowa Nabobs in republican politics. Those who went to the dinner found the food good, the introductory speeches tolerable, and the Reagan speech living up to its advertising despite a hoarse voice. WHETHER REAGAN has serious intentions of going after the republican nomination for president is a question that a lot of astute politicians argue about. He denies >he is running, but his series of speech- What's going on? es in the midwest and south last week have a certain earmark of a prospective candidate. Me is building up good will among the party leadsrship in the states he visits by. filling the party treasury. And he has been careful of republican toes while stomping on the toes of the democrats to the delight of his partisan listeners. Yet he has not been so obnoxious about it as to alienate the middle of the readers. He is undoubtedly a conservative, but not of the Goldwater far right. While he made an effective speech in behalf of Goldwater in the 1964 campaign Goldwater is supporting Nixon. Reagan has escaped the Birch label. REAGAN IS A top speech maker. So far as governor in California he has done a good job. He has cut down on the spending in that happy-go-lucky welfare state and the howls of anguish by the spenders have bounced to his credit. He is new in the political game, and some detractors stress this point. Yet on the other hand Eisenhower had no previous political experience when he became president. Many presidents had little. President Johnson has come up through the ranks, but his performance according to the polls has not hit public fancy. In fact his wheeling and dealing in the presidency has led to a credibility gap. the story of Spencer, Iowa, has b'come something of a tegend through the local region. Nearly everyone has at least a vague familiarity with the fact that a disastrous fife swept the Spencer business district one summer day in the early 1930's. And then, it is recalled With a mixture of admiration and envy, Spencer swept away its ashes and rebuilt a business district which was finer than Spencer or its neighbors had ever dreamed of. The Spencer story is now being repeated in Belmond, Iowa, which last weekend observed the first anniversary of a writhing storm that shral&d the community and left its business district in a shambles. More than one person has been moved to remark, "In reality, Spencer was lucky. And Belmond was lucky. They are better off for away and they ihad a chance to make everything new." There is one erroneous implication in these familiar commants. This -is the sug- bankets, property owners, and businessmen organize themselves as a "Reconstittcv tion committee." An architect is retained; the local commit' tee and design and planning to live with a decaying and declining business district un- Urs it is overtaken by a dis- artsr. The assumption seems to bs that, a town must live with old buildings and a turn - of • century aurd unless it Is "lucky" enough to see its commercial property razed by fire or gOne with the wind. This is not true, of course, it is, in fact, a dangerous attitude in the progress cannot come from it. If there is no progress, decline becomes accentuated. Changing times suggest that when a community marks time it is confronted by a crisis as urgent as wind or fire — and more dan- greous for the fact that the they would like to see develop. An ideal is established. A master plan is drawn. Buildings which need replacement are designated and ways are explored for replacing the old with some- thimg new—and profitable Not evetry plan can be implemented, of course. It is not possible to simply demand or decree that a given building be razed or a new building constructed. But good can come from the effort. A goal is created and a plan is established. The concern of the community comes to be focused upon a new era. Police and the courts Pickers and Highlighting the ing hassle over the Vietnam cowtfot and objections to the draft comes some further fuel fdr the fire this past week from one of our state unlver < sulties. A young English prof, in the student newspaper at Uni> veraity of Northern Iowa wrote that "mass civil disobedience toward the draft should be made the focus of anti-war strategy" and that draft registrants "should mutilate, destroy or turn in thieir draft cards, refuse induction, halt the operations 1 of induction centers and disrupt pre- indiuction physicals." We cannot argue with his right of free speech and right to discent, but we do question his method of doing it. While laws and regulations are often open to question, it would appear to us that he has an obligation to the University, the state and the taxpayer to uphold the laws of the state and nation. adults to set upholding law professor, like any teacher in our public institutions, is in a particularly vulnerable position. Legally he may be right in his dissent, buit his normal obligation to ithose toe serves does not give .him license to advocate disobedience to the law. (C. P. Wood* in Sheldon Mail) 'Someone in Sheldon sent us a letter yesterday — by airmail. The accomodaiting clerk at the postoffice, Jerry Latlter- ell, offered to toss i tto us, so it would travel by air at least that far, but we declined. There was two much risk involved. ' If we had not made a good caitch, and dropped it, Jeirry might have had to write out a detailed report on the accident, with six copies for Washington. (Charles Davit in Iowa Fall* Citiztn) The long-simmering feud between police court judge Charles Wallace and the police department, largely chief Paul Hodgson, has once again been brought into the open. However, this doesn't mean that the officer is. always right in his assessment of the situation nor doss the fact that a charge has been filed necessarily mean that the investigative work haa been thorough and according to ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCi Published by th« Advoncc Publiihing Co., Mondavi and Thursdays, - • -- - L •-- «"•• Alaona, Iowa. 50511. (Pat Gallagher in Btlmond Independent) Farmers blame machinery, animals, the weather, or almost anything else for corn offices ond shop, 124 North Thorington St., Alo.ona Iowa. 50 ?Ll, rW ,,.. Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chnschilles. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER 19VBB>67 _____ _____ ^ It could be that Reagan will find him- Regrettably, it is accompan- law. ' . _ .. picker accidents except the leading the party a year from now. i e d by Wallace's resignation. Completely aside from tne ^^ c&mQ of accidelrts _ leauing i»c v _/.'._ ------- tt ._ involved the .. ----- ^._ ui --- i* nn,-»>c personalities involved, the in his resignation Wallace 'the operator himself. That's Dut there is a lot of water to go over the Somehow lowans are not getting the true picture of the financial condition of the state from the administration. The figures given out during the recent session of the legislature bear little resemblence of the actual figures as they are quietly reported. During the session the talk was the 2 per cent sales tax brought in around $70,000,000. The report of the state tax commission for the year ending June 30, 1967, showed the sales tax brought in $91,337,708. In addition the use tax at 2 per cent brought in $21,494,142, or a total of $112,831,880. Of this $10,574,437 was use tax on automobiles which goes to the highway commission. It does not include gasoline taxes, which also go. to; the highway com- missios. THE "TAKE" FROM sales tax in the year ending June 30, 1936, the preceding year, was $85,187,042 with a use tax take in addition of $20,619,767, for a total of $105,356,809. Of the use tax the total for automobiles was $10,992,527. These are sizable sums. So far no report on the additional take from income and other taxes has been made. Sales tax forms one of the largest tax takes with income tax the next. The new law will boost this sales tax on these items already taxed by 50 per cent. Thus the tax take for a full year at 3 per cent would reach $169,247,820 based on the same sales as in the year ending in 1967. IN ADDITION the new tax law places a services tax. The estimates on this have been pretty hazy. There was talk during the session that the new tax bill would bring in $102,000,000 additional. No explanation was given whether this would include the 50 per cent boost on the present sales tax or whether the $102,000,000 was just from the services tax alone. The talk was pretty hazy on all of this tax business, and many believe it was designed that way. There have been some estimates the services tax alone 'would bring in upward of $150,000,000. The estimators said they were conservative. THE MORE TIME passes the more it seems the sales-services tax bill Is a collosal mistake. Itttvas-rushed through before anyone could find out what it really did. No debate was had — the only talk was the repeated threat the governor would veto anything else — and also veto the school aid bill as an additional club. The bill was presented to the senate at noon one day — and had passed both houses by the next night, a consideration of 50 hours. It is so filled with ambiguity as to make intelligent administration impossible. For instance shoe shine boys are exempt but shoeshine parlors are not — lawn mowers and snow shovelers must pay but new construction doesn't, maybe. There has been more heat than light on the bill. It's high time for some light and less heat — with an admission the whole thing was a mistake in its enactment. "proper authority" has created a situation of which is more of a "hazard than service." The dispute between the police court and the police department is not new, nor did it start with the appointment of Wallace as judge. And regardless of the pros and cons concerning Wallace and Hodgson, this dispute demonstrate es again some of the weaknesses in Iowa's lower court system. While most police officers will not say it publicly, they will privately admit tihat their disdain for Wallace's court rests in the fact that he occasionally dismisses charges filed in the court. For the most part, these seem to 'be lesser court must never be placed in a position of becoming an extension of the police department nor must the court ever be allowed to dictate what charges are to be filed say • good reason to know. "In the past years, daich corn; picker accident in sample counties across Iowa was investigated by an agricul- ADVANCI suMcmrrioN »ATI «r nn One Year in County ond to nearest post office outside of County ...|5.0O Six month* in County ond to nearest post office __—----- |J.»u Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s *7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algono Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of the publishers of the Algono Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owners risK. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL fore it. The City Council is now faced with a twofold problem(1) finding a suitable replacement for Wallace, and at least one candidate is now being considered; and (2) de^ t£.irmining that both the court and the police department each operate within their proper jurisdiction. The second part of the job may prove more difficult than the first. If the council is convinced that the police have intentionally been circumvening the is not, in Wallace's opinion, sufficient for conviction. Wallace has also followed what is often termed a "liberal" viewpoint with regard to de- was reconstrlcted, the injured person usually recognized immediately the action tliiat caused the accident. Many of <the aoddents resulted from •two or more causes." Getting in a hurry was a cause in about 30 per cehlt of the accidents. Using an un- 'Safe meithod was* an active cause in two-thirds of the accidents — although most of the injured farmers had not recognized the act as unsafe before the accident occured. Then it was too late. Characteristic unsafe acts were cleaning out the rolls by hand while the machine was running, brushing trash off the turning rolls, or pull- J Insurance Charges where the evidence police court, it must put_a !_ __i. i_ iir_n-™n.v .minimi stop to that practice immeu- lately. It should be remembered the loweir court justice in Iowa Falls has stood several steps above the average fendants' civil riflihts H he for the simple reason that the i ng out a stalk caught in the has determined to his satis- city has not relied on justice rolls while the machine was faction that a person's rights of the peace and mayors -«« -—•-- - - - - courts and their infamous fee system. Courts of all degrees exist for only one purpose and that is to dispense justice. Police officers, judges and prosecutors only play supporting roles to that purpose. have been violated, he has again dismissed the charge. Naturally, these dtemisalls rankle the police officers. Hopefully, at least, they dont take a persoi to court unless they are certain in their own mirtds that they have a caise. U.S. (C. P. Woods in Shelden Mail) months of 1967 is $9,206,154,- Plane Now that everybody has had their political fun, and things have calmed down a bit it is proper to consider the problem of a decent airplane for the governor. Iowa's governor should have a good one. The legislature appropriated $150,000 for such a purchase. The present plane has been valued at $35,000 as a trade-in. This makes a sum of some $185,000 available. This time — bids should be taken from more than just one outfit. And if the bids are too high for a suitable plane — well maybe the present plane can be used unti' the next session can vote a bit more money to make a suitable purchase. chers and card-burners DO give aid and comfort to the enemy. This under the constitution is treason. They may cite the free speech section of the constitution but they must also abide by the entire document — not just what they may choose to like at the moment. The professor is misguided. It is unfortunate he is in a position to misguide those who may look up to him because of his position. He is not a credit to the institution. Question Disturbing It's a bit disturbing to have a college professor — (pardon, a "university" by grace of a recent legislature) advocate burning of draft cards, disobeying laws, and generally being an aginer. Once upon a time there was an American who said something to the effect that it was his country and he hoped it would always be right — but right or wrong it was HIS country. Seems in those unenlightened days of yore such was taught in the schools. There have been some disturbing things happening in the halls of ivory which sometimes seem to indicate the ivory is being used as a hat holder on a bowed neck. And sometimes it also seems there are some beatniks on the faculty as well as in the student body. It is granted the college student, trying his wings outside the home for the first time, is entitled to be a bit of a nut. However it has also been taken for granted the teachers have outgrown that and seek to guide the young into better paths. In the present situation with the war in'Viet Nam it would seem close to treason for a person in the position of guiding our youth to advocate disrespect for the law in burning draft cards, no matter how much he may disapprove. There is no question these peace mar- Announcement that the five-county community school board had contracted for 120 acres at $1,000 per acre is a bit disturbing to taxpayers. The need of 120 acres seems a bit ambitious. The new school will be just west of Emmetsburg. An interim auto mechanic school will be held here for a couple of years until the new facility is built. What this building project will cost has not been revealed. This is a strange situation. Normally people in a district have had a right to vote on such expenditures. No vote to bond the counties has been had, except for an annual levy of three-quarters of a mill. This will not be adequate for the proposed expenditures. It will raise only $180,000 per year. Some federal and state money will probably be available, but more information should be given than has been the case up to now. The need for 120 acres should be explained. A big fuss was made over the fact the Gross National Product jumped $15 billion dollars in the third quarter of the year. The Gross National Product is the amount of goods produced during the period figured in dollars. A much better guide of national progress would be a per unit count instead of the dollar valuation. The valuation in dollars means nothing unless inflationary conditions are considered. It is misleading. One of the interesting things about being a tesidient of the "richest nation on earth" is the fact that this nation's balance sheet shows an entirely different picture from 'that happy phrase. For example: The public debt of the United States as of Dec. 31, 1966 was $329,548,000,000 which exceeds the total combined public debt of all other Free World countries by $81,548,000,000. 'For example: The gold holdings >of the United States have decreased since 1952 ftrom $23,252,000,000 to $13,159,000,000. During that same period the gold holdings of •all other countries, not including the Chinese-Russian group have increased from $13,028,000,000 to $28,974,000,000. For example: Short-term dollar claims held against the United States by other "Free Worid" countries have increased since 1952, from $10,546,100,000 to $31,837,300,000. For example: The United States deficit in Balanceof- paiymewts in regular Wansr actions with other countries from 1950 to 1966 inclusive •has reached a total of $33,339,000,000. In the face of this, the United 'States is now committed to spend for foreign aid in 100 nations and 5 territories of the world. If the Congress approves all new funds requested by the President this year, the amount of money oommitted for spending in these foreign countries will be $25,602,935,000. Well, of course, as they 'it's only money." Money, as the dictionary solemnly describes it, is "anything customarily used as a medium of exchange aind measure of value, as sheep, wampum, copper rings, quills of salt or of gold dust, shovel btades, etc." On this basis, we can at least be thankful that ouj medium of exchange is not shovel blades, because 329,548,000,000 shovel blades would be a h— of a lot of shovel blades still running. "You can blame machinery .lor corn picker accidents/' Ward4e reminds, "but machinery is merely an agency; .human actions are a basic cause of most farm accidents". Belmond and 1 vicinity have their full share of one-armed, one-handed, and minus- fingered farmers who will vouch ttot this is the case. Profit by THEIR mistakes. Don't join them in becoming a statistic! (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) Residents of other states are amazed at Iowa's new tax law, which takes a out of everything from advertising to lawn mowing. The law, secretly drawn and rushed through both houses of the legislature in two days, has drawn ridicule from many sources. It has brought unfavorable publicity to the Hawkeye state. One tiling is certain. If the courts allow the law to stand, Iowa wiUi probably be the wealthiest state in the union the poorest citizens! (Pocahontat Democrat) The last session of the Iowa legislature, besides passing the ridiculous sales tax increase bill in the wee, waning hours of the session, did adopt a bill for slow moving vehicles on our highways. Iowa roads and highways should be safer places for our 'farm friends to travel as a result. Public Safety Commissioner Jack M. Fulton says, "We are concerned with the toss of life in farm related accidents, and through the use of 'these approved safety devises hope to cut down the needless toll of death and 'injury involving farm related, or slow moving equipment." Farm tractors, implements or road equipment may now be equipped with and display not more than two flashing lights. Lamps are to be of flashing amber visible to the front and rear, as well as from the sides at 90-degiree angles. When a single lamp is used, it should be mounted as Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All line's,' of Insurance. ' 109 North Dodge x Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON 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 Scuffhem, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Horbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Chiropractors Real Estate close as practicable to the left rear ol the equipment. Local farm organizations have the exact specifications for such lamps and we're joining in urging farmers to get in touch with them and Rap Brown says there's no adopt this new saf^equip- Lucky (C. P. Weeds in Shtldon M»U) justioe for negroes, in bis case, considering his depre- «*** as soon as possible. . tri- RICKLEFS A GEE LAN 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 106 So. ' Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 EMt State St. Dili 295.2715 Clewed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU Of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 2954182 Algona DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone ! '295-2&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 CARLSON F«rm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 121/2 N. Dodg* Ph. 293-2191 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 DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. Stats St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY |. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, D.D.S. 123 E. Call 295-5108 Algona \

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