Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on November 9, 1967 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 9, 1967
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| rfP .^1 ^ ^l^ A \ SSuth County Advance | L V.1X 'ULrit "X X A, Pat Gallagher has a 'swoose' THURSDAY, NOV. f, I*? Social security threat The U.S. senate committee dealing with the social security amendments has come up with a plan to increase the benefits but also increase the tax. The proposal voted last week by the committee would boost the tax to 5 per cent from the employe and 5 per cent from the employer for a total of 10 per cent of the payroll beginning next year. This would increase the tax take from a maximum payer from $290 to $400, a boost of $150. The committee also proposed to give a 15 per cent boost to all social security recipients and put the minimum at $70. THIS SCHEME of boosting the social security tax is viewed as an "end around" means of getting more money in without boosting an income tax surcharge as proposed by President Johnson of a total of 10 per cent. The congressmen believe there would be less political fireworks by doing the job in this manner. One of the facts of life not understood by the average citizen is that the money sent in for social security is not set up in a separate fund to be drawn on to pay benefits. It is not an insurance fund at all. When the money comes in it goes into the general fund and is spent and a bond is placed in the so-called reserve. The money is gone. Remaining is a bond. Congress must then appropriate each year to pay social security benefits. IT IS ESTIMATED the committee version would provide an annual surplus of some six billion dollars more than necessary to appropriate to pay claims. This is easy money for congress because people think it is being saved for their old age. Big brotherism The attitude of Governor Hughes in the controversy ove rthe services and sales tax bill seems to have more than a tinge of Big Brotherism. He is quoted as saying last week: "I don't like the idea of a lame duck tax commission promulgating rules that obviously will be overturned Jan. 1 at which time the two commissioners no longer will have a job." Hughes recently has had sharp words for Attorney-General Turner because Turner did not rule on a legal question the way the governor wanted. Hughes also berated the legislature when it didn't see fit to follow his instructions. IN THE FIRST instance the legislature directed the tax commission to implement the services tax law, bad as it was. The governor was not given that duty. The tax commission was. Whether the commission was lame duck or not — it had the duty. It may well be the commission did not suit the governor in setting up its rules. The governor is not alone in this respect — a lot of people did not like the rulings — but the law is so ambiguous it is extremely difficult to interpret. . It would seem the governor is smarting from criticism of the new services tax which was written in his office and ram- roded through the legislature without consideration in 50 hours. THE INSINUATION that things would be different after January 1 when the new department of revenue takes over is not a good sign. It indicates the governor will appoint a "yes" man as head who will do the governor's bidding instead of run the In understanding congressional bookkeeping it is necessary to know there are three actual budgets, prepared in different ways including different items. It is possible to quote from one budget to give an entirely different financial picture than that given by one or both of the other budgets. For instance the administration budget shows a deficit of $29 billion, but that one does not include trust funds such as social security bonds. The national income accounts budget shows a deficit of $18 and this would be reduced to some $13 billion by the social security surplus windfall. Neither tells the whole story. THERE IS SOME TALK the boost in social security taxes would cut spending by citizens and hold back the inflationary spiral. By taking more of a workman's pay he would have less to spend. This is a fallacy because wage increases in big industry have gone hog wild — and employes dp not consider their total pay — they consider what they have to take home as their pay — not what the employer has to pay in for them. These taxes must be passed on by the employer or he will go broke. No business can stand a 10 per cent tax hike. Few clear 10 per cent above costs. This means the buyer of the product must pay more for that product. And that is what inflation is all about — paying more for less. There is one thing for sure — the government can not continue to pay out more than it gets in — and that includes social security doubly, because the money sent in is not saved for use of the people who pay — it is spent. (pat in the Belmeitrf tndapand^t.) A month has passed since Iowa's horrendous sales tax law went into effect, and in tthe 33 days of its legal esd*- ,tance this "swoose" of a bill has bsen the subject of more conversation in the state than the Vietnam war, civil liberty mairches or even politics — altogether. We call it a "swotoje' (because if ever a legislative ef- ifjotft turned out to be "half swan, half goose" certainly : this one has. Perhaps we're 'being too kindly. We're inclined to believe that the "goose" element outweighs the "swan". The bill's major objectives were admirable—relic! to the property tax payer by in- cr&asiing the amount of state iaid to education. But, ah! The implementation! Nobody tout nobody — knows with any certainty exactly all that is taxable under tthe laws provisions. Certainly our poor bookkeeper doesn't. There are enough foggy areas in the single business of printing - and - publishing to driive a bookkeeper complet- ly distraugt. And we can well imagine that our line of business has no monopoly on •sales tax mysteries. Some trades, like that of of bartering, have found it (possible to avoid aill dilemma by simply adding to the pretax service charge a small additional even - figure from ed with a slight profit for the tfobte involved. We don't make this comment crlt- icatly; just enviously. Other Unas of business who have never had to before now •are having to involve themsel' veis in ths game of penny, penny, Who's got the penny, that merchants of retail goods •have been participants in ever since the original Iowa «al' cs tax went into effect. If they are providing a clearly defined service for local consump- tton, (though, it's as simple ais 1-2-3. Just add and collect the three percent tax, keep accurate enough records to satisfy .the tax inspector — and welcome to the club. Now, if you are a well dig- geir, that's some-thing different. The law specified drillers for water, oil, etc., are provid White fib money change! hands, de *« pay tfiref J*f? cent an $25 , ,. .or on $26.25 . . of because it's an out of state advertiser do we just forget the whole thing. We 1 ' ve got some other quandfif* lets that beat this one *tt hollow incidenitly. To top it all off a Davenport district court judge tort Thursday suspended collection of the advertising tax by the stats pending the outcome of a suit challenging it constitutionally. Meanwhile, we go ahead and collect it with the prospect of returning what we have collected if the supreme court rules this section of the law to be unconstitutional! Although we appreciate What the legislators were trying to do for the property tax payer (what they actually did, we suspect, was relieve him tw „ t 7 . irig a taxable service. But the <,f some property tax at the *ix commission ruled that expense of several 'times — water well is "new ' ' drilling a construction" — and though the bill clearly makes new construction taxable, the tax commission has ruled that it is not. Did we lose you? However 'this isn't really so much of a puzzler. Take onto of ours, for examule (just a small one). We get our subscription to the Christian Science Monitor by publishing its approximate cost equivalent in advertising. The price is $25; but to meet it, we puiblisih a seven-inch five times — which comes $26.25. ad to much money in sales tax) and what they did in increasing state aid 'to schools, we're plnimb exasperated with the outcome. Before they return to their law-making duties another time (some won't), we fed very strongly that every legislator who voted for the tax bill should have to copy on a piece of paper 1000 times, "I wiH never again vote in favor of a MM unless I KNOW what is in it." And we'd say itfliiat "KNOW" should, just exactly as indicated, be carefully printed in capital letters. Should be tried in court department. The governor seems to have an idea the office he holds entitles him to run the state single-handed. He quarrels with the attorney-general, elected also by the people, because the attorney-general doesn't rule to suit him. The attorney-general is a lawyer. The governor is not. The attorney-general is charged in the constitution with giving opinions on legal questions. The governor badgered the legislature into passing the services tax by threats to veto appropriations and a school aid bill. He threatened to veto all if the legislature didn't take the services bill as written. If he is disssatisfied he has no one to blame but himself and the select few who wrote, that law. ' '-•:•••;-!.. THE ATTITUDE makes it all the more important that Iowa not go along on those so-called reforms which would let the governor appoint all the state officials including the attorney-general. Such a constitutional amendment has been considered. If such were passed then the governor could well be a dictator in spirit if not in fact. By having appointees "serving at the pleasure of the governor" he could boot out any who didn't follow his line and put in "yes" men who would. This would be bad for even the best-intentioned governor. Governor Hughes is taking the attitude he knows best for the state. He lambasts the tax commission when it tries to interpret the law he had a part in writing. He badgers the attorney-general because he does not like his legal decisions. He bullied the legislature into passing the very bill of which he is now complaining. (M. B. Crabba in Eaglt Grova Eagfe.) We were interested in the reaction of the legislators to Ithe questionable actions of Prof. Hoffmans of the Univer- , silty of Northern Iowa. It is ap- parant .that they ihave not become acquainted with the power of the American Asso- uiation of University Professors (AAUP). In these days of a shortalge of qualified professors to staff our growing and multiplying iinisltuitultions of higher learning 'this group can just about wreck such an institution!. All -they have to do is blacklist an institution making it almost impossible for them to h i r e tany .professors. And they issue their blacklisting reports More quickly on an institution that restricts freedom of expression more frequency than for any other violation of a professor's rights. We see Iotas of publicity about the strength of the djoc- ,tors and dentists organiza- itions and the automobile workers and the teamsters but very little about the AAUP. But don't think they don't wield equal cr more power over the employers of their imeimbers because they do, quietly but effectively. Free. Maucker found him- self in a very tight spot and we think he handled the prob- Oem in a very forthright and decisive manner. As Dr. Maucker said if the man is acting illegally it is a matter for the courts and civil law. And there seems to be a very good possibility that Hoffmans was acting in an "overt and illegal" manner. Some day this question of whether or not a person can defy public law and advocate violation of 1hiat law and still go unpunished will be settled. We can't continue to obey *he laws we like and disobey the ones we don't like. It is incon- ceivaible that people of professional standing can adopt suchanaittitu.de., £. * *'.,.. 5 > ; In Iowa we are getting ter^ ribly worked up about the oomititutionaility of the $102 million tax increase law passed by the last legMaiture. And we should if it is unconstitutional in any part. But we are going to shunt this "apparent" violation of loyalty to the constitution by the UNI professior to one side with letters of protest to the Board of Regents and to Pres, of UNI Dr. Maucker. We would like to have this Hoffmans tried in the courts to find out if his actions have been "overt or illegal." Demonstrators hurt U.S. Childish It's a mystery why some college professors get so insulted when they are asked to take a loyalty oath. They fume and fret like a bunch of kids. Every office holder in the United States takes an oath to support and defend the constitutions of the state and nation. Why should professors be exempt? Are they like Caeser's wife — above suspicion? They are paid by public money just as are officials. , All they do by such antics is create an idea they are a bit childish and perhaps couldn't stand a little investigation. Either they are a citizen with all the responsibilities of a citizen, or they are not. They act a bit like freshmen. staged the hassle. They are not typical of the student body as a whole. Every war has its quota of screwballs. There were the Wobblies in World War I. There were the C. O.s in World War EL A few really had reservations but did serve in other capacities. But it is suspected the majority just were scared stiff. Looking at the pictures of some of the demonstrators at Iowa City does nothing to support any kind of an idea they would make good soldiers or even good citizens. They looked more like self-convicted outcasts from the world. It was a sorry picture. Romney Sorry lowans were a little startled last week to find the state university at Iowa City in the national news with a riot at Iowa City. It seems the bearded ones also attend the institution of higher learning in Iowa. The protest was against a marine recruiting team. There was some scuffling, a number of arrests, and considerable loud talk. Later some of the more militant ones tossed a cup of their own blood on the entrance steps to the student union. Some of them got their pictures in the papers, a big to-do was made in the television and news stories, and the whole thing was a bit overdone and somehow ridiculous even for college students. They are not going to stop the recruiting. They are not going to stop the war in Viet Nam. The time is coming when they too will be called to duty — and as some Shakespearean character sail — "there's the rub-" They evidently don't want to go. So did a lot of others who went. Maybe they too were afraid. What didn't get on the news shows and print was the fact it was a small fringe who Governor Romney is going to make an announcement on or about Nov. 18 as to whether he is running for president. It seems sometimes he is doing his level best to get himself out of the picture. Recently in Dakota appearances he set farmers on their ears with a suggestion of selling crops at world prices, considerably lower than U. S. prices. Whether he intended it that way or not it was poor politics — farmers are used to hearing politicians promise them the moon. (Delivery is something else again.) The farm aid programs have gone on so long they have become a right. While it may be said the good farmer gets the benefit designed for the poor farmer still farm income is below what they at least consider a fair return. (Paul Smith in th» Reck Rapids Raportw.) There is one thing real Hure. That is, recent demlon- strations against the war in Vietnam can do nothing but hurt the cause of our country, encourage the enemy and coat us more lives. We're all for dissent. We believe strongly in the right of people to express themselves on any subject. Bust during war time that right has certain limitations^— and rioting, mass demonisitralbions Hike the recent one at the pentagon and in other places — aire defintely out of bounds. A lot of people do not agree with the presidtent's policy which took us into Vietnam .—but they still support the government and will continue to do so. Right or wrong, we are in Vietnam and we Wave to stay there until a decision is aittained, either by fighting or through negotiationi*-fcnd we see no evidence that the worth Viet leaders are ready to negotiate. That 'leaves us only one course of atition— and that is to flight, continue ithe pressure, and do our best to win. Those who organize and direct mass demonstrations against our nation's course are wrong. They should be(have like patriotic Americans, whether they are that or not. It is time for the counity to close rank's and fight the enemy without. Those who want to object can do so in many ways—far short of riots, demonstrations and the like. Americans should stand staunchly behind our policy until objectives of the policy lare achieved, or the policy is changed. Strikes out too often (John Anderson in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribun*) One would think that after several miscalculations of the amount of tax revenue coming into the state treaisuiry some heads would fall at the Iowa capitol. Take for instance the latte $100 million dollar surplus •we had 1 year. Governor Hughes and his experts in. the state house started out saying we'd ihave a small excess. As revenues grew they were forced to up their estimates. They , only m^ey^bout a $70 .mil,lion error. ; - ,. :.,u=-; ; Now comes the news that the two cent tax on cigarettes was supposed to raise about $6.2 million a year, but in-stead is going way over that mark. The revenue from the new service tax hals been estimated by the state house tax "experts" to bring in between $20 and $30 million. Opponents say it will bring in far more than that. "While it is much safer to have more money coming in than you estimate publicly, consistant miscalculations make one doubt the competency of those who are supposed to have some conception of taxes. •Mistakes are always possible, but as in baseball, a batter that strikes out all the time shouldn't be on the payroll very long. Another jolt for dairyman, ? 3 ittm iridt or wnUr, Hit i *• - ' •' ' - : ' . * ' • i i.. ' i * ' 1 '**:. J*i . Rt agrtnrt the Marqual of QueMMbury rate to atrllw a boxer when he's down* But «hofe rate* dont apply to the nigged world of burinew •lid farming. The daily farmer haft been taking it on the chin in recent years. Hi* market lor butterfat tm decUned aa house wfvet subsUtute pleo m a cheeper spread. On the other hand oteo has brougt * bigger market for soybean «nd corn oil. Dairy cow number* have gone down aubatatiaUy aa fanners go out of the bushv ess or cull their herd* of low producers; This 'has been nee- seary in order to get the highest return per unit of labor and capital. Now they've gotten another low blow as some major food companies naive come out with a substitute for whole milk. It is made of nonfat dry milk, vegetable oil, from •operating. It sells for five to seven onHi jrf jiiliti lew than milk, So far tt't to ing test-marketed and tt may not oatdt on. fJeirymen hope it doesn't. - "•••» r « So the future is not brigh for EMe the cow. rarmen have been trying to get h* • to produce more butterftpt n the milk. Now it's getting U be a detaimentaJ ingredient^ «he wiy things look. f r( But It's hard for us to see .how the formulated mitt substitute can be made for;any tees than the 9 or 10 cents a quart the dairy farmer gets' from the processor for whole mUk. •• : ' '.';," Perhaps the new substitute wifl step up the conm of both products. The man may have an increased; demand for grade 8 milk, which is used for milk pbifcV, der in the new concoction. The Wheels of change and in*< novation: never keep from turning. ..'••-. . ;., Vq •'* ALOONA KOSSUTH COUNTY A»VA N C'S ~ Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondavi and Thundayt, offices and shop, 124 North Thoringtcn St., Algona, Iowa. 50511 ' •' Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian ChriKhilto*., . NATIONAL NLWfcPAMI Sad story Seems like it The cheating ring at the Cedar Falls institution points up something that is not good — students are in college to learn. Cheating is an admission of failure, not only in the course in which the cheating occurs — but more importantly in character. Too often the pressure for high grades is the cause. . (Bill Maur«r in Laurent Sun) The bullflinger at the local beanery, overheard some guy telling how that when he got home Sunday there was a note on the table. It was, obviously written on two different dates. The first entry went in Saturday night, the guy is figuring, and the second entered the following day some time. First entry said: "Borrowed a bottle of your whisky. Will return." Second entry, in somewhat less legible—almost snaky— tendwriting, said: "Borrowed a bottle of your aspirins. What's left of the whiskey is returned." (C. P, Wopda in Sh.ldon Mail) jt comes as no surprise to us to hear that one of the major <auto companies uses baboons to safety test their cars. We Wish 'they'd watch them a little more closely, however, v^s'd swear we've met several of them on the highways. "A free press stands as one of the great interpreters between. government and the people. To allow it to be fettered is to fetter ourselves." — U. S. Supreme Court, GTOS- jean vs. American Press Co., et al, Feb. 10, 1936. Serves her right (Bill Maurar in Laurana Sun.) Earlier this year some publicity hungry go-go daincer down in Texas whipped off 'her top and went racing down the aisle to get married. Made all Dhe papers, and the pig probably got a big boost in salary in the sleezy joint in which she plied her questionable trade. But things have not gone well for the newlyweds. The other day ishe filled suit for divorce from her husband, saying he "represented himself as a man of good moral character." H~, lady, if he had 'any moral chatraoter git ail he wouldn't 'have married you! ADVANCC SUBSCRIPTION RATI One Year In County and to nearest post office outside of County —S Six months in County and to nearest post office --laii Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advanei* are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of ttw publishers of the Algono Kossuth County Advance in each Inrtane*. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner s risk. (Nail Maurar in Laurtn* Sun) Fredom of thought should be defended, along with freedom of speech and freedom of the press. There is room for disagreement on the Viet Nairn war, of course. We believe it is going too far, however, when a teacher in a state universtiy calls for mass civil disobedience 'against the draft In our opinion this is an act of disloyaitiy bordering on treason. BUSINESS&PROFESSIONAU 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. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 290-3373 Y.1T sv .. , All Lines of Insurance ' ' ' 109 North Dodge' ' Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance , Ph. 295-5443 Home— Automobile — Harm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of insurant* in fore*. A horn* Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tad S. Harbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sund.t 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 295-3111 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 PR, DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist visual Analysis and * Visual Training Contact Lenses 106 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L, L. fNYDIR 113 fast State St. Dial 295-2715 Saturday Afternftus CRIDIT iURf AU KOttUTH COUNTY Collective Service DR. M. R. BALDWIN .'«?'.''. Chiropractor ' V/f" 1 '.^ Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: ' Mon.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. •<>••8:30—5:00 , w Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 , Farm Management ^ CARLSON ; w;;.;v ; ; MANAWMINT i/. COMPANY : UVi N. Dctftr^ M. MLiati LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management '^ Good management is ";;. Good Business • ; • -«'• 820 So. Harriet " Phone 295-3810 •IHBVMB^BUHHIB^B^B^Bfli^B^BflBiHB^BflM' )" Doctors U JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. 1 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 -'/I- DAN L, BRAY, M, D^ M.D. Clinic Bldg, 109 W. State St Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 " JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M. D. H Residence Phone 295-2335 ^ DEAN F, KOOB, M. 0. 1 Residence Phone 295-5917 i Physicians and Surgeon* I 220 N. Dodge, Algona 1 Office Phone 295-2406 | Dentists | DR. j. §. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. Lf ROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 29W131 ,o, 123 E. Call NAIH ' I

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