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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 7, 1967
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Are we really any better off ? Must maintain dollar value J v ; (jehft Andef ion in The doUtf his bcootni trie ««t _i4.L tt_i.i »_ .. , i Ainu .jttiiijkii : _....:«*i**tiut .*•*•*,& iijbHi&M-tii til.. tiL.*. ' 1.L&*,* .<AA&<U I *L* •il«A,¥*lftu»tt*i nrvlv rilf*»ftCV itl. ' VMI ,: WMW THURSDAY, OIC, f t 1H7 Must wait and see The departure of ttobeft McNamara from the cabinet will be studied for some time for its implications on the conduct of the war. in Viet Nam and the political overtones. It has been reported McNamara has not been a whole-hog bombing advocate as far as North Viet Nam is concerned. He is believed to have been advising the president to hold back on such targets as the docks and shipping facilities at North Viet Nam ports. He fears repercussion of a bomb sinking a Russian ship. There is some speculation McNamara is to become a "fall guy" for the administration's failure to get far with the Viet Nam war. This is however a speculation that seems to have little base in fact. THERE IS SOME TALK that McNamara has been too chummy with Senator Robert Kennedy. It is a well known fact of political life in Washington that chums of Kennedy are objects of intense dislike by President Johnson who sees Bobby as his personal enemy. For some time Kennedy has been quoting McMamara with a position somewhat different than the one being currently quoted by President Johnson as being said by McNamara. It's no secret Johnson and Kennedy have become political enemies despite the careful references by each to the other. The endorsement of Johnson and Humphrey for 1968 by Kennedy is now quietly being restricted to an "if" they are nominated. THERE HAVE BEEN some major differences between McNamara and the service chiefs of staff on the conduct of the war. Also there have been some rather bitter complaints about the airplane con- tract rejected by the navy but approved by McNamara. The TFX plane has failed. The contract was let, not to the low bidder, but for the design favored by McNamara. The military has never been happy with McNamara, but it is doubtful at this time that McNamara will be made the scapegoat for failure to win rapidly in Viet Nam. McNamara has insisted on civilian control of the military in ways which have irritated the admirals and generals. He has stepped on toes which still smart. While civilian control is mandatory under the constitution yet the admirals and generals have had a closed corporation as far as fighting a war is concerned. McNAMARA HAS BEEN in the office for seven years. This is longer than any other secretary of defense has held the position. It is inevitable in that position as well as in any other field of politics that he had made some healthy enemies. The Viet Nam war has not been going well the general public believes. There is a bit of "I told you so" in the attitude of the military. McNamara has had the confidence of President Johnson up to about August, according to the pundits. Meanwhile the president is being sniped at from every side on the Viet Nam war and he has been seeking a way to shift some of the heat away from him. McNamara is a good target and the "I told you so" of the military has begun to influence the president. What McNamara's leaving means is still speculation. The moment he announced his resignation his influence vanished no matter how long he continues- to hold the title. What the country can do now is just wait and see. An 'annual' session It might be Governor Hughes has come to the conclusion a special session of the legislature may be necessary. He confirmed reports Jast week that the problem of filling vacancies is being studied. Under the law the governor must call special elections in senate and representative districts to fill vacancies when the legislature is either in session or about to go into session. There are at least five such vacancies now and the possibility of a few more this spring. Nominations are usually made at party conventions for special elections and no primary is held. Thus the long period of campaigning for the primary and then the general election is by-passed. A QUIRK IN THE law passed in the 1967 session may have an effect. The legislature abolished the old districts of all representatives and about half of the senators. This is in line with the new apportionment to be effective with the 1968 elections. However it is believed that the law setting up the former districts is still in effect until the election of replacements for the 1969 legislature. In most cases public officials serve until their successors have been elected and have qualified. It should be the same in the life of the office itself. GOVERNOR HUGHES has undoubtedly become a bit more aware of the inequities of the new tax law and of the companion so-called property tax relief and school aid bill. He tied these together in insisting on passage of the 3 per cent services tax. The services tax bill is a mess. It is complicated by the fact the present tax commission expires January 1 and a new department of revenue takes its place with a single commissioner. The governor has not been able to get a person to head the new department with only some three weeks left before the position is to be filled. It is reported three persons have been asked and all have rejected the position. Cited by the prospects in turning down the job is the problem of enforcing an admittedly obscure law, and the fact the position might last only a year. The new head serves only at the pleasure of the governor. It is not expected Hughes will run for a fourth term so the prospect sees the job for only a year. .•.(.;...:..,'.; THERE ARE SOME other goofs by the recent legislature that could be cleaned up without too much of a fight. One is the problem of the governor's plane. Another is the $12 refund to taxpayers who earn less than $1,000 which can apply to eve*) children. There are some problems also in other, fields as well as in the services where the law is so fuzzy it is being taken to court in at least two cases now pending. Some legislators have said they didn't intend to tax some things in the services tax. A special session would give them an' opportunity to make their intentions plain. The governor has long advocated, annual sessions. Here is a chance to have an annual session of the 1967 legislature by calling a special session to clean up the faults of the regular session. The governor can get out of an awkward situation by not calling a "special" session but by calling an "experimental annual" session. Threat The statement by the chairman of the tax commission sounded too much like a threat in his "closer look" at tax returns of people who ask for refunds. This was designed to keep children and so forth from seeking that $12 which the tax bill allowed. The law says any lowan who did not make $1,000 in 1967 is entitled to $12 from the state. It's no business of the tax commission to persecute those who seek it. If there's any blame it should go to those who rammed the mess through the dying days of the legislature without consideration or debate. appearances. His wheeling and dealing on too many things has come to the surface to make people suspect all he says is but a cover- up. The fact McNamara quit just a week or so after Johnson had expressed complete confidence in him is a case in point. Vice-President Humphrey has not been a big asset — in fact somewhat of a liability. The talkative Minnesotan has let a few felines out of the bag inadvertently. Politically it's a long time until the convention. A lot can happen. Johnson still holds the trumps. But it is strange at this early time to see a flocking to a cause of dumping a president in office. It just isn't done ... or rather hasn't been. Collapsed Thankful It is amazing how the political standing of President Johnson has collapsed since his landslide defeat of Goldwater just three short years ago. Now there is open rebellion in democratic ranks. A senator is openly challenging the president in at least four primaries next spring. And an organization called Concerned Democrats is advocating dumping Johnson jn the 1968 democratic convention. A meeting that was well attended was held in Iowa last week, and a national meeting was held in Chicago. Stout assertions of continued loyalty to the president by party cnieftians have the aspect of loud whistling while walking through 3 cemetery. Johnson has not worn well. People suspect him of being a bit too crafty, and not above giving a false impression if it serves his purpose. -The credibility gap is reajl He _fc n«t convincing in his public The wedding coming up Sunday will be a literary treat for the feminine contingent in the country who always seeks a Prince Charming and the Fair Princess. A White House wedding is about as close to such royalty as this country affords. It is certain the newshens will make as much of it as the news desk will let bv into the final editions. In the meantime the men can perhaps be thankful Johnson only has two daueh- ters. b An Illinois judge declared the services tax bill in that state unconstitutional because it was discriminatory, and so complicated and indefinite as to call for guess by the administrator of it. Wonder if he's read Iowa's tax bill? ...••«» , (Derethy Meld in Weft He* Matntt txpfetft) Do you think much about taxes? If you don't you are unusual. Recently several of us were sitting around visiting and the talk turned to taxes, as it al< most inevitably does howa* days. One friend of mine did' n't have any thing to say but was actually Just sitting staring into space. Finally I asked her what she was thinking about and she replied, "Well, I was just trying to think of something that I get now with all these high taxes that I didn't have when I was a child and so far I can't think of anything." Our group broke up soon after that and I didn't think any more about what she had said until I should have been going to sleep that night. Then I began comparing my childhood with that of my granddaughter's just to figure out what Shayla is receiving for her parents' tax money that I didn't have for the taxes my parents paid. When I was a little girl 1 lived in a nice big house on a paved street. I had bathrooms, city water, telephones, oars, bicycles, dolls, wagons, skates, books, magazines, newspapers, record players, only they were called phonographs and were not stereo. There were several hospitals in Osceola with excellent doctors and nurses. I had fine schools —maybe they were hot brand new, but they were lovely brick buildings with ivy growing up their walls, and I had devoted and dedicated teachers. 1 had a radio too, as t grew a little older. It is true that the sound was sometimes erratic, but then this also happens today, especially during storms. I think that perhaps the most important thing t had was the feeling of security. I am trying to think of things that Shayla is receiving for all these high taxes that I didn't have. She has television — but then we had the movies — so does she, mostly on TV, and the same ones. She periodically, can watch on television rockets being launched into space and perhaps soon will be able to hear •the voice of a man on the moon; a voice that will be sent back to earth by the same basic technique that brought radio sounds first to our ears so many years ago. Her toys are almost exactly the same as mine were all those years ago. The house she lives in, with the exception of a dishwasher 'and clothes dryer is equipped exactly the same as the one I grew up in. Our electric lights When I was a child were fully as adequate as those we 'have now and we had more street lights. The school she attends has no stairs to climb, but if it wcte arranged like the three story one I attended at lief age I doubt if hers has atiy more space than mine did, Her school playground equipment U almost identical with thai on the schoolground where t played. The subjects she studies are the same as those that t studied except that some of them are called by different names, and of course she has the advantage of the "New Math" which may or may not be more helpful to her when she is an adult than the math that I learned. She and her friends play many of the same games that I played with my friends when I was her age. She 'does have one thing that I didn't have, and that is a little brother, but that is not due to the advantages of higher taxation. There have been advances made in medicine, thank goodness, so that she can hope to avoid measles, whooping cough and the dreaded Polio,, but she has just as many colds and sore throats as I had. She does have the advantage of traveling on better ' highways than I did. Because of the threat of unclear . warfare she does not grow up with the same sense of security that I did. We get a little more for our mounting tax dollars than we did a couple of generations ago, but not enough. Do you agree with me? Animal Crackers popular x McNamara's (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent.) 'In a world that finds few things the same when the sun comes up as they were when it set, it's comforting to discover once in a while something that remains unchanged. Some time ago, we happened upon a radio interview with an executive of the National Biscuit Company. One thing he had to say, gave us heart. It had to do with, that popular delight known as "Animal Crackers." First introduced on the market in 1902, "Animal Crackers" today are exactly the same little cut-outs in the shape of 13 different beasts that they were 6\jz decades ago. The recipe is the same. Only the box is different from the original — and since this change was made in 1911 and the red circus wagon container has remained the same for 56 years, we feed Nabisco can be forgiven on this score. We operate a business that is largely dependent upon the usefulness of advertising, so perhaps we shouldn't mention another point brought out in the interview. The Nabisco spokesman stated that at no time since "Artimial Crackers" were in- troduced have they benefited by a nickel's worth of tlheir producer's huge, annual advertising budget. Nabisco products — by and large — have changed in variety extensively since 1902; and today they number more than 300. Yet "Animal Creck- ers" outsell all but 24 of tlheir NBC companions! National Biscuit Company is at a loss to explain tihe undi- miiriishiing popularity of this unique goodie. Today they are being consumed by a generation that never saw, and never will see, a circus parade of the sort recalled by the little Barnum boxes. Gone are most of the merchandising "verities" of our childhood. We've never ceased to miss the intriguing Niagara Falls street scene from the Shredded Wheat box. The sailor boy and his dog are still to be seen on the Cracker Jack box, but reduced in size and no longer the focal point Of the oarmel corn container (and gone aire the delightful surprises that really WERE prizes, nestled in the toothsome contents). 'But "Animal Crackers" are still "Animal Crackers," any way you look at them. Somehow, we have become just a little more encouraged about the future in general, know ing this. legacy Free speech has limits (John Vender Linden in Sibley Tribune) The United States Constitution 'guarantees free speech — and its corollaries, a free press and freedom of religion. Some of the increasing number of demonstrations in America seem to be under the delusion that these freedoms also give them the freedom to use violence (generally in not too violent a form) in expressing their disapproval of racial laws, the draft, the Vietnam War, school segregation. Careful reading of the Constitution, however, fails to disclose' any permission, express or even implied "be- tween the lines," for breaking windows, blocking doors, sitting-in in cafes. For this reason we were glad to see an Iowa City court fine about 70 of the young demonstrators for their attempts to use force in preventing student interviews with a Marine Corps recruiter. It is essential, that flree speech be preserved, even when the ideas of protestors disagree with current national political or military goals. But when speech turns into action which breaks a law, such law violation should be punished. Until a law is repealed or amended, it should be obeyed. Franzenburg a candidate? si nrS V* Ame . s college fund was to pay offi In Ca "n«*wnt doesn't seem out of line to pay the same to HLcteenlooper. (John Andersen in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune) Strategists have been trying to forecast the political action in months to come prior to the 1968 primary election. Who will be the Republican presidential nominee? Will B. B. 'Hickenlooper run for re-election to the U. S. Senate? Will Gov. Hughes retire from office, run again or seek the Senate seat? State Treasurer Paul Franzenburg may be one barometer for the future plans of Gov. Hughes. Franzenburg has been making numerous speaking appearances around the stite, including the one in Storm Lake last week. He's been tabbed to be tthe Demo- oral nominee for governor if Hughes doesn't seek a fourth term, Franzenburg is apparently political fences around the state with seemingly mote effort than it would take to be re-elected stats treasurer. Is it a barometer of Hughes' plans? This we must say for Franzenburg, he is the owner of a food processing plant in Conrad. This isn't exactly a plug for Franzenburg for governor. But we need more business men, fellows who have had to meet the payroll every week, in charge of things at Washington and Des Moines. Many perplexities that haunt business folks, such as countless reports, withholdings, keeping books for the federal and state governments, paying silly taxes, and the like would be eliminated if we had more business men >and fewer politicians managing affairs at Washington. A»4 we might add at Des Moines. (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) The White House statement that Secretary McNamara's resignation as Secretary of Defense would mean no change in the conduct of the Vietnam War was disputed by some Congregational leaders who predicted that a step-up in the war would result. McNamara is leaving what is certainly one of the world's most difficult positions, which he has held for a record- breaking seven years. A highly capable man, he has come in for the amount of criticism one would expect to be attached to a position of the complexity his has 'had, combined with the extremely high emotions the decisions involved brings forth. The fact that the name of the position has been changed from Secretary of War to Secretory of Defense, following the present trend we have of thinking to make a thing or situation better by changing its name, has not altered the fact that the matters connected with this department are concerned with the- most tragic and most basic, and sometimes most ' shameful characteristics of the human race. It would require a truly superhuman man to run a department such as this without creating extremely bitter enemies and extremely bitter criticism. One change which Secretary McNamara is credited with having brought about is the shift of authority in the Department from complete military dominance to a highly influential civilian authority. This is a gain which the country can well hope will be protected by whoever McNamara's successor is. Sterm Lake PHef.TrlhvrW) The devaluation of the British pound seems far removed from the com fields of the midweM, but it could be a forewarning of future developmems, In itself, the devaluation so far has had little repercussion, Perhaps this evidence of the declining influence that the British financial structure is having on international circles. But then comes a reported effort by some European financial circles to convert U.S. dollars they hold into gold. This could serve to lower the U.S. gold supply held at Ft. Knox to stabilize the value of our dollar in foreign trade. France, which owes much to the U. S. for its very survival as a country since 1940, is literally "biting the hand that feeds it." An increasing number of countries are forgetting about the billions of dollars in foreign aid that the U. S. has expended. doil*r nil only currency 1ft . wtth any stability al*d fottign countries stould fttlti It. F^ficli Premier tfcirt* De Gaulle <haa * visidti 4hM he can iwurfect France to Jte former position of J*omi< nettce. In aohievinf tW« n* means to gaifl finaiidaJ lead* ership in the world from tt»e capable hands of U, S. and BrUian. People in the U, S. have seen the purchasing power of their dollar go from 47 cents to 41 cents in the past seven years. If this same thing happens in world trade circles we will be in for more rapid inflation at home than, we have now. That's what British and French actions mean to us as we see it. It's up to congress and the administration to keep our domestic economy in such a strong position that the dollar will maintain its reputation all over the world. If not, even a mountain of gold won't save us. ALGONA KOSSUTN COUM T V A 0 V A M Ci Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondavi and ThufKloyt, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. 50511. . Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel,. Managing Editor, Julian Chritchilm. Who is to decide? (Neil Meurer in Laurent Sun) A group of educators, clergymen and literary figures has signed what these, people label "A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority," in which they attempt to make churches and synagogues sanctuaries for all those opposed to military service. It is 'an attempt to force withdarwal of the U.S. from Vietnam by encouraging mass rejection of service in the armed forces on the part of young men. For a nation at war, such action seems treasonable. At best it is extremely shortsighted. If U.S. citizens who, enjoy our nation's benefits can reject the responsibility to serve their country, then freedoms which the church and individuals now enjoy are in great danger. Furthermore, who can decide what is illegitimate authority?" If one law can be resisted, so can others. The ultimate result could be making 'the churches sanctuaries for all lawbreakers. NATIONAL NIW4PAMI ADVANCI SUMCRirriON RATI One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County —S5.0O Six months in County and to nearest post office _------- JS'sS Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.* -.--*7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algqna Kossutn County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of tnji publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the • owner's risk. BUSINESS&PROFESSIONAL i Insurance Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lanes 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 fore*. A horn* Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbtt SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundtt Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types off 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 DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. I. SNYDER 113 Eiit State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Sfturdey Afternoons 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. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 296-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Mbn.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Farm Management Ph. Ml-lttl CREDIT BUREAU el KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 2954182 Algona CLASSIFIED APS IN THE ADVANCE GIT QUICK RESULTS! LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 _ Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L, BRAY, M, D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W, State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTiR, M. p, Residence Phone 295-2335 DIAN F. KOOt/M. D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Podge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists PR, J, B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 885-8334 Pi. LEROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 89*318* I * A|H < M* 2*5-5106 AJgona eMMeee

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