Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on November 23, 1967 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 23, 1967
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EDITQ r\TAT rvA Itossutft County Adyaace I THURSDAY, NOV. 23, Can of worms With a year to go before the 1968 elections politicians in both parties are a bit restless. The problem is not so much the candidates as it is what the issues will be and how to use the issues to advantage. At present there are two over-riding issues with which the people are vitally concerned — Viet Nam and the racial problem with particular emphasis on rioting. ' At present the Johnson administration is taking the brunt of criticism on both these issues. The Viet Nam war is not going good most people believe, and they also are uneasy because they feel they are not being told the truth. THE ADMINISTRATION has been too much pie in the sky as far as the war is concerned. Spokesmen have promised victories which did not devcloo, and have magnified small engagements far beyond the actual value. With more than a half million men and the huge array of war machines both on the ground and in the sky the Americans seem bogged clown. It is an unusual war in many respects — but not so much more in jungle fighting than on some islands during World War II. American casualties are mounting, and the American people see no prospect for victory. Each time more men were poured into the country, we were assurred by spokesmen that this would be all that would be needed — and still the call went out for more. We just are not getting anywhere, the people believe. THE RACIAL ISSUE is just as touchy. There is a white backlash that was evident even though two Negros won victories to become mayors of two large cities. The majorities in each case were slim. What this means in the presidential election can bode ill for the democratic candidate. In the past the huge majorities rolled up in cities for the democratic nominee has offset majorities in non-urban territory for the republican nominee. In the mayor elections the whites voted pretty much republican. People believe the demonstrations and rioting have gone much too far and that the politicians have been lax in enforcing laws. Even many Negroes believe their cause is being badly damaged by the extremists. And despite denials it was apparent President Johnson played politics against Romney in the Michigan rioting. THERE ARE SOME other issues, but rioting and Viet Nam are major. Reckless spending on discredited poverty programs is one of the others that will have repercussions next year. There are many who believe this country is taking the same path England took as a welfare state — and must pay the penalty some day just as England did last week in devaluing its money. The democrats being in power will take the blame for most of the country's ills, and in most cases the party caused some of its trials. There are stirrings in the party against Johnson. McCarthy, Minnesota senator, is actively campaigning against Johnson, and astute Bobby Kennedy is begin' ning to disassociate himself from his position of supporting Johnson on Viet Nam. The main problem for all candidates is that the issues are so intricate they are un sure as to what to attack and what to defend. Both major issues are like a can oi worms — a multitude of beginnings and endings all in one package. Blames newspapers The governor was a bit bitter last week in a speech attempting to defend the hastily drawn three per cent tax bill. He echoed the cry that is usually heard when a politician is miffed — that the newspapers were picking on him. The truth of the matter is the newspapers have been endeavoring for some time to get an honest story on the tax bill. And it was newspapers who last June warned the bill that was being jammed through was as full of holes as a Swiss cheese. The governor took a pot shot saying the newspapers resented paying the three per cent advertising service tax. The truth is the newspapers do not pay it — they collect it from the advertisers. This is a silly argument by the governor. True it will cost some when the tax is placed on newsprint, but that is a minor matter with most newspapers. FRANKLY IT'S ABOUT time the governor admit the whole tax "thing" was a serious mistake instead of trying to bull it through. There has been nothing but controversy ever since the bill was presented ( jn the dying hours of the session on a "must take it without changing the cross on a (t) or the dot on the (i)." The governor is trying to iron out the mess by interpretations by the "lame duck" tax commission. The commission is balking at being told what to do — with the exception of the one man named to continue under the new department of revenue. This is illegal, unconstitutional and an invasion by the executive branch of legislative powers. The law is what the law says — not what some administrator or governor may wish it to say. In the matter of new construction — the law plainly says it is taxable. The governor has no power to change what the legislature did in its wisdom qj lack of wisdom. THE GOVERNOR has made it plain the tax bill is his. At first it was supposed to have been written by leadership of both parties in the legislature. The so-called leaders have been mighty quiet and it appears they were about as ignorant of what the bill contained as was the rest of the state. The governor has been critical of Attorney-General Turner for doing what he considers to be his duty in interpreting the law. Whether the bill is illegal or uncort- stitutional means nothing — the attorney- general was supposed to echo the governor. If ever there is a good reason for keeping the attorney-general elective it is certainly shown as vital by this example. If an attorney-general is appointed by the governor he would have to be a "yes" man. THE GOVERNOR has made it plain the rulings of the tax commission will be changed to suit the governor after the new department of revenue takes over in January The department will be headed by a single commissioner who will be named by and serve "at the pleasure" of the governor. It is apparent now the governor will be Ws own tax commissiohner as far as the services tax is concerned. And what's more important is, that once appointed they could not be removed at the whim of a governor. The wisdom of past legislatures in refusing this one-commissioner gimmick is illustrated here. A governor might command two of three commissioners on the board— but not all of them — a mighty important safeguard for the public. Pity It is a pity Shirley Temple Black was defeated in her campaign to get to congress. She would have given a bit of beauty at least to the marble halls. She still seems a bit like the little happy girl of many moons ago. She hasn't gone the route of so many former child stars. She seems just like a wholesome American woman. Maybe that had something to do with the defeat. Politics is not a happy game it is played for keeps and there are no second prizes. Maybe it just didn't seem right to cast the Shirley Temple in such a role It would break a beautiful illusion, to sav the least. Bilked print disavows all promises except those written. One of the big bunco businesses is that of furnace repair. The salesmain raises fear of explosion, escaping fumes, etc. He "inspects" the furnace and always finds it in need of immediate attention. And the houseowner gets bilked for an unneeded job. There is only one way to stop this — and that is in towns like Algona to call the local plumber or builder or local man for whatever service is needed. At least if the job isn't right he is available to fix it or to get cussed out. Always ask if the salesman has a local connection. If he says yes — be sure to check. If he squirms around it there's always the possibility he's a quick change f k ~ £ nanging vour money into his by A Waterloo man was charged and convicted of obtaining money under false pretenses when he charged a widow $745 for "fixing" the chimney on her house. He had quoted $125 for the job. It consisted of repairs only above the roof line, a minor project for which $125 would have been outrageous. When he finished the job he billed her for $745. He is also accused of billing other hapless people for $650, $354, $172, and similar amounts for chimney "repair" jobs. In this instance the widow complained and her case was taken up by the county attorney and the conviction obtained. But there are thousands of cases every year of unscrupulous people taking advantage of particularly older people and widows. There is always the same pitch — that of being an expert — that the chimney or whatever they are pushing is dangerous — that they are equipped to do the job. They projnise jnany things and usually have a contract to be signed in which the fine Illegal (& P, Waft* iff Sh«M<mM«il) Iowa's Attorney General, HUJhafd Turner, has come in tar a certain amount of adverse criticism because of his statements and rulings on various controversial matters. Before we become too receptive of such criticisms it might be a goad idea to consider where they come from. The answer to this is obvious enough, they come from those Who have been the targets of those rulings or statements and we can therefore judge such criticism to be natural even if undeserved. To be a kittle facetious about it, we might add that it would hardly be expected that anyone, from the Governor down, or up, according to the viewpoint, who has had some favored project stymied by the Attorney General would then say, "Turner is certainly an able and conscientious man^— he ihas stopped me in my illegal acts." We feel that our Attorney General is, moreover, paying the penalty of being a consistent man in an inconisdst- enlt era. He evidently believes (that the use of written English should be for the purpose thait writing was devised— for the permanent transmission of thoughts with as much accuracy as possible and without the hazards to which the spoken word is liable, and with the assets of definiteness and precision. In this connection it seems necessary that when a law is written in what'should be adequate English, it should convey the exact meaning intended When that law was adopted. If, by some mischance or bad design, the words used in writing this law literally The professor who is advising young men to turn in their draft cards is exercising free speech, no doubt, but he is also crime 8 3betting the commi $ 5io n <* a •He is possibly guilty of being an ac- at least. The law requiresa young draft can > at a « ^. I* to destroy it or turn it jn their Hr Sa ff gin ! °! L m "S me « to turn ° do v law wrong •' •'.-.•• .. «; , "^ and technically con vW some other meaning, ttieh that tew should be re-wrttten to correct any wrong interpretations. •'•.••• • -• • •....'.. .. Weil-thought out use of language, particularly that used by those trained in legal matters, is as close as we can ever come to. conveying our thoughts, wiilhes or instructions with clarity and precision. ., . Attorney General Turner's connection with some of the details of the new Iowa tax on services, as well as the decisions of the tax commission, are good cases in point. The decision on taxing new construction, for example, well illustrates the problem. Our English language certainly should be exact enough in this matter. If the law, as written, says new construction should be taxed, then how could any law enforcement officer either logically or legally take upon himself the liberty of denying this? If the intent of the legislature, however, was not to tax new construction, but because of what could only be highly inept use of the language, the exact opposite was expressed in writing the law, it would seem the only legal or moral solution to the problem would be to re-write the law as soon as possible. In the meantime, unfortunate as it may be, it is the law and should be obeyed. , Our national government for quite a few years now has been influenced to a very large degree by the opinions of our highest courts being subject to change according ito ithe sentiment of the particular period involved. What is legal in one decade becomes, through official initerpre- ttiigai fat trtothM. The* c*rt*rtJy cannot be the goal of written laws. Mr. Turner h« made Inflation and Franklin (Jehu AA^rtim in ' etnmenrt agency Itetm Like Ntfittar) C«TegidOf-BaWAtl ' ' '"*•'' J • • ' ' f^'-jLmn MiJsVs» Aft " IT '• vVftA fieri Ff attMiiiy the sage of to erexi a ' memofialln"%" Philadelphia iboti*J»« titn« Philippine bbtito, j ¥l& Mjj 1 be « « t born, would amity lion was **'«"' laws to suit the Immedette dfervitiye *d mm, it was desire. Every day, Mir, Turner nys, seem* to bring forth a new example of "the end JusU B«i who ixiiit«r many sagaci- siruciion in 19§6» f^"^*^, -c nViintti 1963 that $180,000 was appropriated to covef dost* of design and admiilW' tration. Congress wow has given the project on* more year to get finished. About v time We'd say. . '.'. ttenV: The Pentagotir it ; ,_., K ~ „. — — ,_- Modern day inflation might tying the meana." TJiere are revise that to read "a doMar some instances, he add», saved is a dollar saved" and v ..-,., where interpretation of e law dollars quickly g?ow into fiy- seems, doesn 'i spend $1 if or of a ConSiitution is chtng- es, tens and twenties. But it's w ut do the same job. The ed "on the specious- around seemingly impossible to Inv that the former result could press this fact upon congress, not possibly have been intend- Washington bureaucrats and ed by the legislators or the particularly the Pentagon, people." Item: Recently congress Mr. Turner calls "dttnger- authorized the continuance of oils" the idea that the "new a subversive activity commis- tagahty or the doctrine of sion that hasn't had a case for bending are the only several years. Several million mean of attaining worthwhile dollars have gone down the 'nuts and bolts" scandal is an example. Some $.50 items were billed to the Pentagon for prices from $100 on up. The small purchases, which apparently no one in the Pentagon watches, involve some $4 billion per year. Dimes grow into dollars. It objectives." "Traditional methods work too. They may take a little longer and require more effort. But, in .the long run, they preserve relevant values, logic and throughtfully arrived at." "Without respect for law, we will indeed become a government of men and not of law." Mr. Turner said Governor Hughes has suggested that "the law be bent" when the statute appears "to thwart .thought at the moment to be desirable." The Attorney General says rulings of the Supreme Court ihave been called "the new legality" and he adds: "The easy morality which the new legality contains is appealing." "Thus, we see people from all walks of life and in all parts of the country deciding for themselves which laws to obey." drain on this one. Item: Fourteen years ago congress established a gov- one in Washington Would appreciate those' sage words on saving by Ben Franklin. ALOONA KOfSUTM COUNTY ADVA/NCI Published by the Advonce Publishing Co., Mondays \ and Thursdayi, nrecflflaitll offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngton St., Algona, Iowa. 50511 *T^^? Editor ond publisher, Duone E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Cnrliehillw. NATIONAL NtWIf AMI ADVANCI SUMCRIPTION RATE One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County — Six months in County and to nearest post office ' Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s 1 All rights to matter published In the Algona .Kossuth County ,Advance V. are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of th« publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advonce in each instance. All ^ .manuscripts; articles or pictures are sent at the owners risk. »•»•»«•»•»«»•«•••»••«•••••»»•»•*•••«**•*»»•••** Running one-man show? Will face a (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) In following the news of former presidents we have noted that Kennedy and Eisenhower particularly used their cabinets and various special aides and committees of advisors a great deal. In those administrations the president's cabinet met regularly and each meeting was followed by some excellent news stories of the decaskms reached 'by the President and his advisors. r We can't remember reading aibouit a cabinet meeting under LBJ Or of any meetings with special committees and , aides Who are experts in certain fields. We wonder if President Johnson listens to any of his cabinet members when they do have advice? . Rather it seems that Johnson •himself decides what is to be the policy and if it is to be something that will be looked upon With favor by the electorate he announces it him. self and if it is a "touchy" decision or a trial balloon he lets one of his aides or cabinet members make the announcement and take the blame. We have noticed on a few occasions when Vice President Hubert Humphrey made a remark on his own that didn't go over good with the people or with President Johnson, Hubert has been called in and dressed down soundly and also taken out of circulation for a period of time. LBJ is looking for a scapegoat on the conflict of the Viet Nam war and it seems to be a toss up so far as to whether it will be Defense Secretary McNamaia or General Westmoreland. Which makes us wonder Whether either of these men have been allowed to make any policy ' decisions on their own, If not, then neither one should be made the scapegoat for President Johnson's errors. It would also be injerest- ing to know if President Johnson's cabinet does meet >anJd does get to thrash put problems and form policies. The 'feeing is not this writer's alone that the policy mat-: te>rs are decided by Johnson and his aides and cabinet members are given the programs and ordered to carry them out and sell them to the public. Even Secretary - of State Husk seems on many occasions to be mouthing policy that has come from the boss without too much conviction on 'his (Husk's) part. We also wonder' whether; • it was Secretary of Agricul- tifre OrviUe Freeman who decided on the policy of making the farmers suffer in 1967 so that they would come to heel and sign up for the'govern- ment programs in 1968 in 'time for an election year mar- ket, or whether it was a political decision by LBJ himself? While this theory of forcing a big 1968 sign-up by letting the market go to pieces in 1967 has been talked about for some time it was the subject of a news release by an Associated Press farm reporter Sunday. It will be interest-, ing to see if Freeman, denies it. . - .. •.... i;;,;r; ; ••-:•'•;; ;*• Too many signs point to the fact that we have a one-man government which is not good and which is not supposed to be possible in the U.S. Tribute to big job (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) "Cactus Jack" Garner is dead. He was vice-president of the United States during turbulent time's. He was probably a political accident — Roosevelt needed Texas support for his nomination, and by throwing the viice^presi- dent job to Garner, Roosevelt got Texas support. Garner was more than just an accident. He had some questionable habits, but he was staunchly an American, a Texan, and a democrat. He was a great power in Washington, because of his friendships and influence in the congress—and he used that power to help pass a lot of legislation, taking this country off into areas until then considered ' "socialistic" to say the least. "Cactus Jack" broke with Roosevelt when the president decided to go for a third term as president. That was against Garner's ideas of Americanism. Returning to his beloved Uvalde, Texas, Garner lived out a long, long life, He was 98 years of age when he died. Some of the new dealers called him names—but the great majority of the .people believed in him, trusted him, and considered him a great American. (Neil Maurer in Lauren* Sun) One of the biggest jobs in Iowa is a new post, director of revenue, and the man who will hold it after Jan. 1 is expected to be' named very soon by Goy. Harold Hughes. The job is bigger that it might have been on account of the tax program passed by the laist legislature, which is developing into a real moneymaker for the state but a terrific 'headache for everyone concerned. The tax commission has found it full of problems, and the three men who make up the commission will probably be quite relieved When the time comes to turn over their functions to the new director. Guidelines ' for collecting ithe three per cent tax on services have been especially difficult to set up. The tax bill was drawn up in secret and passed in haste, pushed through by Governor Hughes and legislative leaders, and is so indefinite that even legislators who voted for it are in disagreement as to how it should ibe applied. It is under attack in the courts, changes have already been made in some interpretations of it, and there is reason to believe that the resulting confusion ihas done serious damage to the Iowa economy. Perhaps an even more severe headache will result from application of that part of the new law which states thai all real estate shall be assessed at 27 per cent of fair fend- reasonable market value. Land prices have gone up; property taxes on many farms will, rise substantially if the 27 per cent formula is followed closely. And this is the tax bill that was supposed to bring property tax relief to Iowa! The new director of revenue witt draw a good salary, but it looks like he is going to earn it. Ooops! T)^ acrkr » J.\v<tStm worry t (C. P. Wood* in Sheldon Miil) The statement from Pres\dent Johnson last week that there would be no World War {II is one to give any citizen a moment of solemn thought -~ considering the records of 'the Democrat Presidents who made comparable remarks prior to World War I and H. mill Maurtr in Uurtnt Sun) Operation Edith, the first "exit drill in the home" staged in Laurens in conjunction with Fire Prvntion Week, was pulled off last week. But it was almost a disaster, at least at one household. When the whistle blew, one lo'cal matron leaped out of her chair and out into the yard with the family in a per- fi.<?l escape. Except for one little problem. She left her cigarette burning in the house. She got back in time to put out the fire before the fire department had to be BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance 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 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 force. A home Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 TtdS. H.rbtt SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS A GEELAN 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 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Or. L. L, SNYDER 113 Eilt State St. Dial 295-2715 CI<M«d $«turd«y Aft«rnoon« ^ Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 295-3183 Algona CLASSIFIED ADS IN THE ADVANCE GET QUICK RESULTS! MILTON G. NORTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION'SERVICES •''• Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2»/2 East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA _i_.r Chiropractors .; DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor x 120 N. Moore { Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9a.m.—5p.m. ^"t Phone 295-3373 & 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 CARtSOH F«rm MANAGEMCNT COMPANY 12*/a N. Do** Ph. 29S-2M1 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 BWg. 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 I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 123 123 E. Call AJgona, 2«§h5iQ8

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