Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on November 30, 1967 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 30, 1967
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Don Reid a biast honker THURSDAY, MOV, *>,IH7 Gold and DeGaulle Devaluation of the British pound sterling has had some rumbles that may mean trouble for the United States, the rumor this country would also devaluate stirred up a storm of gold buying which attacked the solidarity of the dollar. President Johnson made it plain this country would support the dollar by paying $35 per ounce for the heavy matal. This would support the dollar because the country would pay in gold at the $35 rate. Behind a lot of the international pressure on the dollar was President DeGaulle of France. It was rumored France would soon demand gold for the dollars it has. DE GAULLE FOR SOME reason has a hate for everything not French. He has kept Britian out of the common market. He has stirred up trouble in the French speaking province of Quebec. He has taken every opportunity to belittle the United States. He has forced NATO out of France despite the millions of dollars it brought in. If DeGaulle gets out of line it might be well for the United States to demand payment in gold for the billions this country sent into that country to build it up after two wars — World War I and World War II. France has not yet paid its debt from World War I. The DeGaulle announcement increased the demand for gold instead of paper dollars. ONE PROBLEM this country faces is in its aid to foreign countries. The United States foreign aid program is listed at about $3 billion, but actually it may run as high as $35 billion. This money is spent in the foreign countries, and some even tric- kles back in purchases from this country. Askings this year total $9 billion for foreign aid. But a lot of it remains in foreign hands. Since 1946 this country has poured $114 billion dollars into foreign aid. Over the years there has been a steady drain of gold reserves of this country. Biggest demander of gold has been France. The shrink is continuing, and it was accelerated last week. In the year from Nov. 22, 1966 to Nov. 22, 1967 this country's gold reserve shrank from $14,329,003,000 to $12,906,761,000. Demand last week was heavy but the figures have not been released. AMERICANS ARE inveterate tourists and have a desire to visit almost every country on earth. They take millions of dollars abroad every year to pay for their travels and purchases. This money does not easily return, particularly from France. It might be a good healthy thing for tourists from this country to avoid France as an object lesson to DeGaulle. Besides many tourists report gouging is a French habit, and Americans would do well to avoid the country. All this money can be used to embarrass the United States by the country in, which it is spent demanding gold. The English pound sterling and the American dollar are the main mediums of exchange between all countries. This sears DeGaulle's soul for he pictures the French franc as the common currency. It is high time DeGaulle and his French followers be taught a lesson. This country pulled that country out of two World Wars, set it up in business again, and even was too lenient on repayment of loans. Could cause uproar Chairman Harry Bradley is advocating cutting some 15,000 miles of roads out in the near future. These would be the county roads in the state system which serve some isolated farms. \\ The state has some 115,000 miles of roads of all kind, of which 104,000 miles are in the county road systems. These roads are administered mainly by boards of supervisors with the federally supported farm to market roads included. The latter are the main-line rural roads as differentiated from the primary and interstate systems. There is some reason to believe the state 'has over-built on roads for the present time. IN DAYS NOT SO long ago there was a farm house for about every 160-acre farm. These required a road and as a consequence the state is cross-hatched, particularly in the northern half, by roads every mile north-south and east-west. However as the machinery revolution hit the small farms the owner sold out to his neighbor to make a bigger farm which could be farmed more economically with machines. As machinery use increased so has the size of farms continued to increase. Now a farm of under 240 acres is a rarity, and the large farm the rule. As the tenant farmer moved off the small farm the buildings were razed. First they were taken down to get more land, and second their removal resulted in a low- erinp of the property tax. Thus recent years has seen the disappearance of hundreds of sets of farm buildings from the state, and particularly in the north half of the state. IT IS THIS SITUATION that Bradley feels is a cause for a new look at the rural road program. While it is true the state contributes heavily to the non-primary road system it is also true local taxes are used in the local road program. However it is going to be difficult for locally-elected supervisors to eliminate any material road mileage. The people are used to the road every mile system and to having more than one outlet to a town or market. Actually what Mr. Bradley is aiming at is the elimination of sending some of the state money that is now going to counties for the rural and farm to market road >~ system: If this could be accomplished it would add that much more to the amount of money available for the state primary and the interstate system. IN SOME PARTS of the state this wouldn't cause too much of a roar but in others it would cause a major uprising. The problem always has been that some counties use road money more wisely than others. Kossuth has been particularly fortunate in its supervisor and engineer operation of roads together with a favored supply of gravel. It is probable Kossuth would suffer more because it has a good road system than would other counties in the state < which have lagged in developing the county system. Selfish One of the first things a "profession" seeks to do is have a law prohibiting advertising by its members. This is said to be for protection of the public with a lot of high- sounding platitudes. The Federal Justice department has now brought suit against the National Funeral Directors Assn. on the ground the association conspired to eliminate competition by a ban on advertising cost of funerals, By eliminating the advertising the association permitted members to get away with higher charges for services. While the high-sounding phrases boom from the advocates the real reason might be the selfish one of charging all the traffic will bear. which more money was to have been spent than the law provided. In the services law new construction is to be taxed the law says, but the governor says it isn't to be despite what the law says. And now in the case of church suppers the law is to be "bent" to allow a tax exemption despite what the law says. The tax law is an unfortunate mess. But the way to remedy it is to re-write it and pass a good one at a special session. It is not to "bend" it or "interpret" it contrary to its wording. This latter way is as much a contempt of law as is draft card burning. Applause?! Contempt There is a growing tendency of disrespect of laws and even a contempt for the rule of law. This is seen in the way rioters get away with looting, arson, and even bloodshed all in the name of demonstrations or civil rights. And it is seen in the colleges in the demonstrations which infringe on the rights of others, It is seen even in a college professor who openly advocates the breaking of the draft laws because he does not agree with them. It is seen also on the highway with trucks overloaded to in extent it must have been intentiongl. It is feared only a frac. tion of the violators are caught. It is also seen even in administrators of-the' law who advocate "bending" the law a bit to suit their purpose. This is apparent in the attitude toward th* new services bill in which what the \>W »ys w not to be important. It U to to "interpreted" ac- cordjng fc thf desire of administrators. In recejtf. weeks tber* have been three iMfi£i to wWsh tbf **£*** hii been, or attempted to fee, disregarded. 5f w to • Pte for the governor in Prior to the opening of the 1967 session of the legislature there was a great applause for a new idea — a bill drafting system "upstairs" from the legislative halls. Legislators no longer would write the bills — it would be done by experts. It now seems the experts could have used a bit of the know-how of the old time legislators who wrote their own bills sometimes with help from the attorney general's office. One principle was impressed on every freshman legislator — the title of the bill must state what the bill intends to do. It now appears three bills were faulty in this primary objective. As a result the conservation commission loses a $66,210 appropriation, the new state building is short $13,000 and strangely enough the commission on uniform laws gets $900 more than it asked for! And in addition the new services tax is suspect because the title of the bill did not include services as an item to be taxed- The last one however can not be blamed on the writing experts. It was done secretly and in haste and rammed through the legislature without reading. (OM fttid In 1 am hiving • Very hard week and I would like to tell you my troubles. After ail, a person has to talk to softie one. The family is hardly speaking to me. This- misfortune begins when 1 was on a fishing trip to Minnesota and one of my associates, Dwignt "Bump" Purcetl of Hampton introduces me to a wonderful new gimmick, a gas-operated bull horn. This horn produces a mighty blast, such as you might expect from Gabriel's trumpet with a touch of lovesick bull moose thrown in, slightly off key. Had the Titanic carried a horn like this, it could have aroused the California which was only 20 or 30 miles away. So, for lack of a bull horn, several hundred lives are lost. I decide to take no chances. Still, Bump looks a little dubious when I asked him to get me a bull horn. "Pray tell me," he inquires, "just what will you do with a bull horn like this in a metropolitan area?" "Oh, do not worry about that," I replied loftly. "I am very inventive, if not actually original I will think of something." So, a few days ago Bump's father Dwight brings my new bull horn to Des Moines and I am sitting quietly in my office, screwing the gas can in place, when I notice that it is long past quitting time and the ladies in the front office are still worki t decide it would be a gen* erous move on my part Id let the staff know that the day's work is over so I lift up the bull horn and pull the trigger. This does not turn out to be the finest idea 1 ever had Within the confine* of a small office, the bun horn'* mighty bellow rattles the windows and the girls simply go into orbit. And haven't come out of it. We may have a couple of vacancies; it least, every time they swish past on the apogee, they hollar mean things at me. • 1 decided they do not Hke to be notified it is quitting time so I get up and go home. Dorothy meets me at the door and white I am giving her a big hug, she notices the bull 'horn. "This is a new-fangled kind of musical instrument," I explain. "I thought our little granddaughter would enjoy it. When you lift this little lever, you will hear a lovely chime." / "Why, how nice!" Dorothy stays. Some times wives are very gullible. She turns the bull horn this way, and that and finally pulls the trigger. "BLOONK!" says the musical chime. "YIPE!" says Dorothy. AN this is two days ago and already I miss her very much. Her little shoes are still standing there, right where she shoots out of them as she goes through the ceiling, breaking all her old records both for altitude and rate of Shortly discouraged, i look out into our back yard and «•* y«le ohtldrefl at pity, 1 decide to give the buy htm one more try, adding lustre to their happy little lives, So 1 stick the horn out the door and its mighty voice rip* the skies asunder over lath street.' -. .• When 1 peek out, the happy little children are scattering like quail so t step out to intercept my granddaughter. "Dont thop me!" she pleads, "Thome one's mom-' my just called — and THOUNDED AWFUL MAD!" She scampers on home. Over on Ashworfh Road, three motorists have pulled over to the side of the street and are looking around for the officer to give them a summons! I take the bull horn and hide it in my closet under some sweaters, half-way expecting a bull moose to stick his head in the window and makes eyes at me. I am not sure what to do next, I think I could rent the bull horn to the volunteer Are department as an auxiliary fire alarm. Or, I may hire out to the Eighteenth Street Young Mothers Club. One blast on this horn and every kid in the block will be home in five minutes. However, I guess I will sit tight until Dorothy comes back. If she does. I have a hunch she will wish to discuss this bull horn. And I thing she will tell me exactly what I can do with it. What foreign aid costs us Problem confusing At this distance it seems a bit foolish for Turkey and Greece to go to war for an island neither really wants. (M. B. Crabbs in EagU Grey* Eagle.) The editor is in receipt of a 'brochure on the facts of foreign aid assistance which the U. S. grants to other countries. The facts have been ga<- Vhered and are presented to news disseminating agencies by Otto E. Passman, Democratic Congressman from the Fifth. District of Louisiana and chairman of the Foreign Operations subcommittee on appropriations . Congressman Passman's information! reveals first that 23 countries delivered supplies to the North Vietnamese enemy. Of these 23 countries 17 of them have received $49 billion dollars of foreign aid. (American taxpayer's money.) Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Democratic Senator from Virginia, introduced an amendment to the foreign aid bill which would deny U. S. foreign aid to countries supplying North Vietnam. Incidentally Sen. Byrd states—"this would stop the .President from authorizing $50 million of our taxpayer's money to help build a Fiat automobile plant in Soviet Russia." Congressman H. R. Gross, Republican of the Third District of Iowa, has offered another amendment which is even more restrictive. Gross' amendment provides that "nothing in this amendment or any other act shall 'be construed to authorize the President to waive the provisions of this sub-section." Congressman Passman continues—"The Byrd and Gross aimendments should be approved by the Congress. Denial of supplies to the enemy in time of war must take precedence over commercial trade, business profits and courting favor." Congressman Passman com- tinues with the following information — "Net foreign aid costs, 1946 to 1967 inclusive, amount to $114 billion 694 million dollars. Interest on what we have borrowed to give away amounts to 37 bil- lon 839 million dollars for a total cost of $152 billion 533 million dollars." "New foreign aid funds requested by the president for the first 7 months of 1967 total $9 billion 206 million 154 'thousand dollars. This figure does not include $1 billion 400 million dollars previously carried in mutual security now in the Defense Department appropriation. Neither does it include a request for $4 billion dollars to pay the interest on what we have already borrowed to give away." "Unliquidated (not spent yet) funds on hand June 30, 1967 from prior years' authorizations total $16 billion 396 million 781 thousand dollars. If you add the new 1987 requests by the President and •they are approved by the Congress there will be on hand the staggering total of 925 billion 602 million 935 thousand for the President to give atyay in the current year of 1967 which ends on July 1, 1966. Our country is committed to disburse funds during the present fiscal year in 100 nations and 5 territories of the world." To get these and other facts and figures contained in his brochure Congressman Passman has searched 1,300 pages of the budget to locate the individual items of foreign aid (that have been obscurred in other appropriations. Bach year he has found from 14 to 16 items that were actually foreign aid 'but not listed as such nor included in the foreign aid bill. Those extra items , Congressman Passman says, "total twice what is called foreign aid and 'what the public thinks is the public aid total." (Foreign Aid is listed as $3 billion 226 million 420 thousand.) ; Congressman Passman says — "Only the first item on the attached list (Foreign aid assistance $3 billion 226 million 420 thousand) is mentioned publicly as foreign aid; however the other 15 Items are indeed foreign aid. — Indeed we have substituted aid for <trade and appeasement for firmness. I believe it is my obligation to furnish factual information on the foreign aid program," and we agree with him. You will note that this editorial is not critical of all aspects of foreign aid. We believe there are some programs in the foreign aid program which are good, such as the Peace Corps. We are opposed however to granting aid to any country wjhioh uses the fruits of this aid to develop and sell military and other war supplies to North Vietnam. We also seriously fault the. government for attempting to hide foreign aid grants in other appropriations, These are the facts that Congressman Passman objects to and attempt* to disclose and criticize here. Feature the bands (Bill Maurtr in Laurtni Sun) Contrary to all you've read and heard, Iowa really didn't come out on the short end of the big contest in Iowa City Saturday. Even though they were horribly ouitmaimed, and surely didn't have as strong a forward wail, not nearly as much depth, and were short on weight. 'Cuz the big contest was the Hawkeye Marching Band versus that ISO-man gang from the Gopher state. And, as long as Hawkeye football fortunes remain at the low ebb at which they're standing, the buUfinger'i in favor of having 60 minute* of band show, with a 20-minute intermission, to watch the rugby teams. Let the Nagle 11 play in IJhj* park next to the Union. T (rVVl vlnltfl III Reck Maptdt Neptrter) Action of the British in devaluating the oouftd, which Wil followed by simitar action by the Iriih, ht§ nised quite • ruckus, The British working people do not like Che move at ail—*nd support* era of the labor party, which to ill power there, lost no time in demonstrating and letting their administration know they were unhappy, The action' probably was long overdue, England's balance of trade position has fawn bad for a long time, and getting worse. In acting to correct the situation the British government knew that It would take a lot of knocks, , and presumably was ready for such activity. There comes a time in the economic life of s a country when the facts of life have \ to 'be recognized. It is impossible to eternally increase wages and pay out benefits, the . country warm* Mdii *** ductton hain't the spending. •theft *re • tot oi in the United «**« who feel that w» are headed in the atme direction. One of these days, it is entirely jMMsfelB, that we too Witt have to lice up to Ihe fact that we hive spent ourselves into trouble. As a matter of fact we may have reached «hat porttton •trendy, and are Just kidding ourselves 'that we can escape paying the bill. Exasperating (C. P. Woods In Shalden Mall) It must be quite disturbing for a'll the plump people who (have been working so hard to take their weight down mart- 'by-mark on the 'bathroom scale. All that effort and then Britain. devalues the pound. A L 6 6 N A KOSSUTH C 0 U N TV A • V A MCI Published by the Advonce Publishing Co., Mondoy* and TJWfWOyt, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. 50511 Editor and publisher, Duone E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian ChrlMhlllM. NATIONAl NLWSrfAMR (C. P. Weeds in Shtlden Mail) Alter reading, and sincerely attempting to understand, currant comments on the international monetary situation in connection with the devaluation of the British pound, we have come to the conclusion this would be an excellent subject for an adult evening school class. ' Perhaps it would not make us any happier to have more knowledge on this subject, but It would at least make the world news 'more intelligible. There is always a temptation to over-simplify some malttere. For example, some folks, mostly the more conservative, sometimes etttempt to make an analogy between national economics and small- scale of family-size economics. Evidently this is not a true comparison. Or if it is true, the country is going to be in for a mighty big shock at some time in the future. A dKHft-yourself project in attempting to understand the Antes of labor, capital, credit «nd the uses of money might start on a small basis in which one would imagine a small group of people living in complete isolation from the rest of the world on a desert island. In this case it would not require much deep 'thought to realize that the old-fashioned ideas of hard work, saving, honesty, good credit, freedom from debt, thought of the future, would 'be absolute necessities. 'But evidently, somewhere along the line where this original small group would grow into a 'large nation, the old standards would no longer apply and now ones would take over. When we add to the complexity by including other nations in our imagined set-up, as we in fact have now, all the rules of common behavior seem to undergo another revolution. There are many difficulties in attempting to reconcile •mall-scale thinking with ones that reach astromomioal proportions. Someplace along •the 'fine bigness seems tq distort the entire picture. In our daily life we seem to be completely assured that the drawing and measurement of a straight line is § ample matter. In the far reaches of the universe, it is suggested that space is curved, that our little standards are only dreams. From the sound of the experts on large scale economics, this appUei to those matters, top. 'Let us hope the experts are correct. If they aren't there will someday be an extremely rude awakening. * * * PhMttnt Gerald O'flern of Clinton shot an albino pheasant recently |n a cornfield between GrtHid Mound and Calamus The albino birds are extremely rare. ...M.OO ....$3.50 ..-$7.00 ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATI One Year in County and to nearest |5ost office outside of County — Six months in County and to nearest post, office ---- J ----Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s All rights to matter published in the Algqna Kossuth County AdvancB are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner Is' prohibited except by written permission of tnjl publishers of the Algono Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owners risk. 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 $102,000,000 worth ef insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 er 295-3811 ALGONA _ Optometrists OR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses JOB So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 •-••--- . t | i. Dr. L. L. SNYDER 119 iait State St. Dial 395.2715 Cleod Saturday AfUrneent __grgilit Services CREDIT BUREAU A£ KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bill Reports ' - MILTON G. NORTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICE? Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2' 2 East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri.' 9a.m.— 5p.m. Phone 286-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor .-,-,< Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Mon.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Farm Management LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors _ JOHN N. KENEPICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 ^ DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg, 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTER, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F, KOOB, M, D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algn.' Office Phone 295-2406 Dentists . J. B, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 1 W N. Moore St. CLASSIFIED ADS IN THE ABVANCf 6iT QUICK «i$ULTil A1 Mgoaa »i*10fi

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