Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on November 16, 1967 · Page 12
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 16, 1967
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rvTAT Kossuth County Adv, ,5 i . i | . JGross waste of manpower bring back memories M*,,**«*««<* w^ut***^****** THURSDAY, NOV. 14, Bear by the tail , Probably the two winners in last week's city elections who will have the most heat are the two Negroes. Carl B. Stokes won a narrow victory in Cleveland, and Richard Matcher won also by a small margin in Oa ry, both for the mayor position. Of all the winning candidates they arc the most likely to be caught in the middle in the racial problem that, hangs over the cities. The Negro community will expect mira cles which can not be delivered. The white community will be carefully watching ev ery move of the two men. It is probable the men may be soon accused by their own followers of being "Uncle Toms" because they can not wave a wand and abolish poverty. WHILE THE VICTORS were celebrat ing there were more sober men tallying up the returns and without question there was a white backlash evident in both elections. Stokes in Cleveland was the democratic nominee in a city that is five to one registered democratic. Yet he won narrowly. In Gary there was a similar situation Both winners carried the Negro wards by overwhelming majorities, but lost the white wards by similar majorities against them. The Negro wards will now demand th« winners deliver. Only one who has been in political office can understand the limitations of the office. A mayor is not a dictator. He is hemmed in by rules, regulations and law. He can do only what the law allows. His supporters however will not recognize this political fact of life. WHAT THIS MEANS for the future is still in doubt — but if two men were ever on trial these two are. It seems both arn aware of the situation and are cautious in their victory statements. They must have the good Will or at least the acquiescence of the white community and the white members of the councils, boards, commissions and what have you that really determine the way in which a city operates. The sober men who tally- results, not in terms of who won or lost, but in what happens in the voting are concerned. The white backlash bodes no good for the democrats who have depended on city-voting to roll up majorities to out vote the "out state" republicans. This "out state" also is a major problem for the two winners last week, because the "out state" people in the legislatures— and in a minor way in congress—determine the laws under which they must operate. AMERICANS EXPECT too much of their elected major leaders. They expect presidents to do the impossible. They expect governors to run a state when in fact they have little power beyond that of persuasion. And they expect a mayor similarly to cure the ills of a century of lack of attention. It is unfortunate for the two men that the situation exists for if they falter and fail then those who oppose them on race will find not only aid and comfort but a potent battle cry for the next election. But the situation does exist and they must come up with an acceptable solution. It would be well for them at the outset to point out to their followers that they can not cure poverty, can not educate, can not find jobs when there are none, and can not pass miracles just because they have the title. They have a bear by the tail — a mean ugly unpredictable strong bear — and they must throw it. It isn't a happy prospect— enough unhappy so that even their opponents should wish them well. Sauce for gander One of the battle cries that are sounded every time someone gets out of line in demonstrations is that his constitutional "rights" are being violated. And in too many cases those who yell the loudest are transgressing the "rights" of others. It might be well to know what the constitution says in this regard. It is the first amendment that is usually invoked, and it says. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;'or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grieviences." TWO EXAMPLES in Iowa are the demonstrations at Iowa City and Cedar Falls recently. In both cases protesters demanded the right given them in the constitution, but they also violated the rights of others who are or should be protected under that same section. The fuss at Iowa City was over the appearance of marine recruiters in the Union. The protesters sought to prevent other students from exercising their right to contact the recruiters if they so wished. In their zeal they went from demonstration to mob — and to violence. They did not recognize that their constitutional right also has the word "peaceably" as a qualifying requirement. THERE IS ANOTHER section of the constitution that should come into play in these kind of incidents. It too is one of the first ten amendments to the constitu- tion all dopted in 1789. This one says: « "The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." In this mob action the demonstrators were at the least disparaging the rights of others to go their way without hindrence and to act in according to their own conscience peacefully. x The recruiters for the marines were doing their duty — which is also outlined in the constitution. They were in no way abridging the rights of anyone who didn't,, want to talk to them. There was no compulsion. There was no denial of a constitutional right of free choice. DEMONSTRATIONS ARE not a right enumerated by the constitution. The right is that of "peacefully to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." There is no right to march, to tie up traffic, to prevent access to a building, to interfere with the rights of others. These are rights also "retained by the people" as designated by the Ninth amendment, which succeeding the first is intended to be a curb on the First. There is a growing resentment of these mob scenes where the rights of others are being violated in the name of constitutional rights by mobs. Maybe if this trend continues the Ninth amendment will come into play. Those who take part in so-called exercising their "rights" should also grant to others thair rights as well. Sauce for the goose should also be sauce for the gander, > Astonishing It's a bit astonishing to find the student newspaper at the university at Iowa City coming out in favor of doing away with criminal penalties in the use of marijuana. It is probably a part of the new liberalism in the educational circles, but it cer- atinly is not a course that should be followed. People under the influence of marijuana are not to be trusted say for example in driving a car. They can be a menace on the road. And such mind-influencing drugs as marijuana should be prohibited by every device possible, including the criminal law. with interpretation of a bad law, is a lame duck commission. It will be replaced January 1 by a single commissioner as head of a new department of revenue. What this new commissioner will rule is a puzzle, but the lame duck commission must interpret the law now so taxpayers can have some idea of how to proceed. Governor Hughes has indicated the new commissioner will follow the governor's idea of what the tax law says. This just means more confusion. It discounts the present tax rulings. It adds confusion on confusion. No one can be sure what the new rules will be — and even the "old rules" are not yet written. This new law is the most gosh-awful mess ever perpetrated on the suffering people of Iowa. Gosh-awful Spectacular (OsfSrfty ReMi in Watt DM Maine* luafatt) Hive you ever run right smack-bang into a drawer Ml of memorial? Hu» happened to me one day last week. 1 traded one antique secretary Mr another and as t was rushing to 'unload the drawers before the men arrived with the other secretary I was surprised when 1 opened the last drawer and it was full of what appeared to be old rags. I shrugged my •shoulders and threw the batch of materials in a pile on the floor to be sorted after the exchange of furniture had been made. .' After the men left and I began putting things away in the new/old secretary there was something vaguely "fa-- im&liar about the pile of rags so I began sorting it, and the memories came rushing back. On. the top of the heap was a pretty, but terribly wrinkled, summer, dress. Pinned to it was a little piece of paper with these words on.it, "Dress I was wearing the,first time Don 'asked me to marry him." I really didn't need the words to remind me because I remembered the dress, very well—my mother had to hurry and iron it before our first date because for some reason, out of all the clothes I had I felt that I absolutely must wear that particular dress Why, 1 realty don't know. Teen-agers are, like that. ... ."'••'." We went on our date—to a movie, then out to eat and on for a short ride in his car. Somewhere along the way he said, "WiM you marry me?" and 1 said, "Oh sure," thinking he was joking. We had 'been married several years before Don's bother told me Iowa income taxpayers this year will not get an instruction book. It is being delayed because the new tax law is so fouled up no one can figure out what the instructions should be. This may or may not be a boon to the taxpayer. Usually the tax instruction booklet is more confusing than any help. One of the bugs in the tax law is the provision lowans who do not make more than $1000 a year are entitled to a "refund" of $12. This applies to everybody — as the law is written — and even children who get a buck for cleaning up a room can •claim the refund. 'This refund deal is a part and parcel pf the Sfme bill that produced the menu- mental lijess in regard to services tax. If Probably the most effective way to ever % bill w«s written that should have deal with sit-ins when they get-a bit out of been buried this new bill was. Unfortunate- line is in the suggestion that itching powder ly it Wfj rammed through the legislature be properly applied in the area. by threats of a veto of other legislation. No It's a cinch the protesting people would wajieven permitted. be more or less antsy and their zeal to The present ta^f commission, struggling demonstrate would be considerably cpol<»J. The United States had two spectacular outer space shots last week to tally up with the Russian claim of orbiting a potential bomb carrier. This country's vehicles were on peaceful missions — one to set down on the moon and tell what the green cheese actually is, and the other to put up a capsule that could take men to the moon. These are tremendous feats. It is the more exciting because it was only ten years ago that the first grapefruit sized satellite startled the world into the space age. It's a long way from that to the several ton vehicle sent up the other day. that Dot! had come home from that .tint date and announced matter-of-factly that he had found the girl he was going to marry and had ask' ed her and she had said, "Yes," After all these years Don probably thinks that I asked him to marry me, The next dress was several years older than the first' one; a wild, bright orange in what was known as the HooV- er apron style. How the Hoov* er or the apron got into it I'll never know because it had no resemblance to either—it was a perfectly normal dress in the back but had big wide double lap-over fronts with ties that ran through the side seams. It was made this way so that as one became broader across the front it could be let out to fit. If Jo Lee had waited another two weeks to be born that dress would not have met in the middle and 1 could not have worn it to the hospital that day she was born and changed our lives in a wonderful way forever. Maternity dresses are more becoming nowadays. My next find was a dilapidated evening gown that I had worn all during World War H. I tried it on and Whirled around a few times, but it hurt just to look at it, so I tossed it into the fireplace: and watched for a minute or two as the flames quickly consumed it. Thus I threw out World War H. That war didn't do much good anyway, it seems, as we look ;back upon the years succeeding it. When the final garments were untangled they turned out to be a dress of lavender taffeta and a matching lace overskirt—also two strips of sewed! together flatfjftelta, matching elbow length mits Uthn A Harm Lakt * * 0 .*%.%S^X** aw* Wortd War U the 1 because they were what wore to Jo Lee's wedding, t remembered so many and particularly * Mom of dollar* in lite name of national defense. Million* of young men have gone thru she itad espe^ally requested their terms of enlistment or that 1 wear lavender taffeta conscription, in, defense of and face. Store* in De» Moin es and a few in Chicago and their country. We have air bases ringing one in New York tiled to find those nations .that threaten fom Chin*. All of these systems have been a «pur to the economy thru the mflitery-ifldiisttial complex. Stewart Ateop^in the Saturday Evening .Post recently questioned tfie fea* Ibiitty of an .ABM system. Me Used a hypothetical case to make his point, tn hi* rtory he has our ABM ayatem established, so that China can't surprise us by aerial attacks with nuclear bombs. But China quietly smuggles nuclear bombs into this coun- a Bride's Mother gown in our security, We hav£ air- lavender and old Hoe but craft In the air con^antly to none of them could so I end' report suspicious acttvUles ed up buying the material 'that may threaten us. .._ — «_^ and sitting up after midnight The Strategic Air Command try via shrimpvboats from a for severilTight* the^JSt (SAO i* fli existence for ttus Latin American 1 base. Rent- before the wedding sewing purpose, hi part, it has been on the gown. The lace over- replaced with a missile sys- * ' tern. Now some of those mis skirt was murder to work with because I made it cir- «Me bases are being discard^ cular and cut the pattern of ed as obsolete. Newer, more the lace so that the skirt met "sophisticated" systems ate in front at the top and grad- taking over, ually curved down and out- Now there is the argument ward toward the side seams on whether to spend S5 Withe taffeta of the dress lion or $20 billion on and- ballistic missile systems to AL6ONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ABVANCI so would show. I had come full circle in that drawer from the dress I wore on my first date with .... my. daughter's father to the ° fficcEsdit °7 dans 5° p ' • - 1 . 2 . 4 N 2- rth Th ° rl "o»°". day we gave her into the keeping of a wonderful husband, i i I looked at the pile of old clothes for a long time and debated with myself whether 1 should throw them into the fire along with the World War 'II evening gown. I didn't need these things to remind me of milestones passed — I hadn't seen any of them for years, and they did take up much needed drawer space. Finally I got up from my chair, carefully folded each one and layed them all neatly 'in the bottom drawer of ithe secretary. Maybe our daughter or our grandchildren, some day will enjoy seeing them. If not, one of them may have the Latin Americar a-trucks haul the bombs discreetly to all the major cities in the U. S, All are timed.to go off at .about the same moment. • Would that we could, use the billions of dollars to promote peace and human welfare on this earth. It is a gross waste of manpower and resources. Published by the Advance Publishing Co. 1 , Mondays and Thursday*, ' ' ••' "orth Thorlngton St., Algoho, Iowa. 50511 Duane I. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrischillts. 1 ADVANCI SUBSCRIPTION "ATI One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County —$5.00 Six months in County and to nearest post office 13.50 Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance ore 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 owner s risk. eee»eeee»»»eeee»e«»»»»»»»eeeeeeeee»eee«e»ee BUSINESS4PROFESSIONAL Better than a computer (Pat GalUghtr in Btlmond lnd«p*nd*nt) r < : By an error in mathematical calculation we ciyerdhairg- ed a lady the other day by a matter of 68 cents. It didn't bother her, because she didn't know it had happened. It bothered us, though, and; we gave her a ring to 'inform her , ,the, money woultfxbe 'WsiiltSng . for her the next time she happened to come into the. office. The incident was somewhat in contrast with some exper- ; iences that the procurement division of the Department of 'Defense has been having lately. They have had some real foul-ups; but the defense department powers - that - be seem undisturbed. The taxpayer would seemed entitled to take a more concerned attitude. Two examples (publicized by tine Des Moines Register's Washington bureau cited a $1.60 handle for which the department has been paving $312.50; and anlother $2.00 item for which procurement has been blithely spending $120 per copy (oh, they DID save $12 on some of these when a cagy supplier aware of the buying practices offered a quanity at the "special price" of $108 land got a nice order). Assistant Secretary of De-, fense Thomas Morris waved the whole thing aside with .the explanation that if human errors are fed into computers, not only will mistakes occur but they are projected and compounded by the machine. And. since the purpose of computerizing the procurement operations is to save ;millions, no dismay should be felt if booboos cause an occasional few thousands of dollars in actual waste. Some members iof the House Armed Services Investigating committee have found this explanation a bit difficult to swallow. These examples of cybernetics in reverse leave the Congressmen wondering out loud "Who's in .charge?" — the computers or the people who operate them. Morris may be theoretically correct in the broad view, the savings made possible by computerizing purchasing operations make the cited examples of waste inisjgnifiealnt. (But 'the taxpayer, along with the Congressmen, are entitled to harbor some nagging doubts. At what point does it become worthwhile for man to assert his role over machine? When a $160 item due to -someone's negligence begins to be acquired at a price of $3,125 . . . when a $1,600 item is hiked to a $91,250 defense department buying price? Is there no point vrihere the computer's predominance over tiie people who run it should "be challenged? Excusing the department's employees for the "negligible" errors committed, Morris declared defiantly, "You can't have it both ways." In other word®, you computerize and take pot luck with the results or you accept the inefficiency of human cerebration and pay the price, /•.'/•Morris doesn't convince us. The human brain may be stow and fallible. But with all its faults, it has some advantages over a computer gone wild. The question, "Who's in charge?" has some merit to us. Teenagers O.K. (Bill Maurar in Laurent Sun) The bullflinger doesn't think parents have to worry honor of throwing them into ithe fire. Shopping at home (M. B. Crabb* in Eagl* Grov* EagU) It's time to get the "shop at home" editorial ofif the shelf and dust it off in preparation for the biggest spending season of the year. We have pleaded, begged, , reasoned, threatened, asked, ciMded, coerced .. .-you name lit and we 'have tried it... to get the idea across that everyone benefits many-fold from | the money spent with our local businesses. For the past 15 years this writer has successfully applied this test to every temptation to spend some of our hard earned money goodbye by shopping out of town ... if we can't find what we need in our home town or our local merchants can't order it for us . . . we are just trying to live too high on the hog . .. we can get along without it ... or our Insurance about the present batch of tastes just aren't compatable teenagers. with the community that is He wandered into the Home- providing the opportunity for coming Dance Friday night us to earn our living, ready to cut a big rug, but 'For those who understand spent most of the time on the the philiosophy of "shopping sidelines because he didn't at home" this cooperative at- hdar anything that he recog- titude makes sense. To those nized as music. At least, those who subscribe to the philosophy that sounds he heard surely weren't danceable, especially for anyone as old and as decrepit as he. So he had plenty of time to watch, Watch those crazy teenagers do what ever it is they call it. But he's sure of one thing. Tairv't gonna cause no trouble. They don't even touch one another. In fact, one kid was dancing with his hands in his pockets. Now, if the bullflinger were a parent of his, he'd be wondering about that kid, dancing with a cute girl and not wrapping her up in his muscular limbs. But alas, the bullflinger has no sons. As yet. UGH (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) An unidentified correspondent sent us a clipping from the Los Angeles Times which contained an editorial comment on 'the peculiarities of Iowa's new service tax. Whoever sent us the clipping limited himself to one notation, the word "HA" inked in beside the editorial. That shows the beauty of what migjhl be termed; the de- tachad view. In as distant a point as las Angeles one might Ounk "HA" to be a sujitaible comment. As dose as we are to the fact itself, the right word to have used would have been " the money they earn and is their own and they will spend it where they dang well please, no amount of theorizing will convince them, Next time you are tempted to hand over a big hunk of your paycheck to a Fort Dodge merchant, hesitate long enough to figure what is going to happen to that money ... it will help pay the taxes for better schools, streets, etc., remodel the store, pay salary of clerks, buy the store owner's wife u nice fur coat, put profit in the bank, add more stock to •the store ... all in Fort Dodge, not in Eagle Grove where the opportunity to earn this money was provided by your fellow citizens. Yes, next time you get caught shopping out of town, hang your head in shame . . . you gyped some Eagle Grove merchants out of the opportunity to make Eagle Grave an even better place to live . . . and shop! ! Could he be right? (C, P. Wood* in Sheldon Mail) A fellow who never reads beyond the bag headlines went for several weeks thinking that all the remarks about "The Pill" referred to. Somebody in Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSpM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge 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 fore*. A horn* Company. Safe, ••cure, Lola Scuffham, Stcy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tad S. Htrbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundat Larry C. Johnson ' 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typas of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists DR, HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 Bast 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 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr, L. L. SNYDCR 113 East State St. Dial 295,2715 Closed Saturday Afternaens CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 295-3X82 _ Algona CLASSIFIED ADS IN THE ADVANCE GIT QUICK if SMlTi! MILTON G. NORTON: JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICES Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2% East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 296-3373 i'\ : ' '™"~.~ -•. .'1 • V- . ' DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone , Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Mon.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Farm Management CARLSON Nrm MANAGIMINT COMPANY 12ft N. Dodf* Ph. 29S-2S91 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 Nor Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 — — 7" ••• - . ^ 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. KCOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists OR. J. |, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 895-2934 -"•-• - • • '• —- •-•••• r--. - "!.. . -i 1 ! 1 ""* DR. UfROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KiVIN NASH, D-D.5. J23E, Call 295:5108 AJgona ' M a MMMM M M a M a aa •

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