Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 21, 1967 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 21, 1967
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rvfAi r\A uth Vi-i ssu • - ' ' View the protests Suggests an ombudsman - . . ; '-• '• *^« . , .. • , *^ ju . iiji >. ' * H : _ i „•__.« j. _.• i. «=;'.i < (Fat In THURSDAY, DIC. 21,1H7 MERRY Let fhe jo/ one/ faith of frSe holiday season be reflected everywhere. It is probably with mixed feelings that a majority of thinking adults view the recent spread of the "protest" movement to Iowa campuses and cities. , Freedom of thought and expression is a treasured American privilege, and it seems beyond the point of argument that young people in sincere disagreement with policies of their government should have the right to make their opinions known. Minority opinions have sometimes gained so little attention that, when they were in truth the first whisperings of a strong and ultimately common cause, the very real benefits they finally produced were long delayed. So it doesn't do to cry, "Silence the rascals and be done with it." On the other hand a vociferous rabble can create mob action capable of doing immeasurable harm. It is the unhappy responsibility of university officials and municipal authorities to decide when a demonstration possesses the qualities of an honest protest, and when it takes on the characteristics of a rabble move- ment Recent protests in Iowa have been providing stern tests of judgment. They have appeared more and more to impose a challenge to legitimate restraints of the law as to its intent of protecting the rights and privileges of ALL. One begins to wonder if the basic rights of the majority are not being flouted by over- protectiveness shown the dissenting minorities. When the law is flagrantly defied, it would seem apparent that the dissenters are clearly overstepping acceptance bounds. What makes the problem difficult is the fact there is an intermingling of sincerity and irresponsibility that makes some of the protests next to impossible to evaluate. President Howard R. Bowen of the University of Iowa is inclined to be decidedly lenient toward student political activity on the university campus. Rightly, he resists threats of legislative sanctions by Iowa lawmakers who would impose their judgment as to how dissent movements at the university should be handled. He declared that a university might lose its intellectual power, its integrity and its credibility, should its Ability to function objectively be undermined by such threats. At the same time, many lowans will insist that a not minor obligation of the uni- versit yis to teach responsible citizenship and inculcate in its students a sens* of appreciation for ALL the democrat* ic rights and privileges that put our nation in the position of world leadership that it today — if uneasily — possesses. Wrong though the legislators may be who feel compelled to intervene in what MUST be an administrative problem of the university authorities,'it seems that Dr. Bowen — for his part — needs to face the fact that an ivory-tower detachment is not a satisfactory attitude toward the situation at hand. His critics should be devoutly happy that the heavy burden of making the right decisions rest with the university administration, and not on their own shoulders. At the same time, it is only reasonable that the critical legislators — and all lowans, for that matter — should be keenly interested in the actions taken, and to be taken, to see that campus dissent doesn't transform into license. (C.F.We*. In * Chides Governor Hughes Making it Hughes announces The announcement Hughes would run for the U. S. senate came as little surprise to the seasoned political observer. Hughes had two ways to go — one to retire and get a good place in private business, the other to run for the senate. He was spooked in any attempt to run for another term as governor by the service tax bill mess, and also by the fact he would be asking for a fourth term, something no man has ever won in Iowa. By running for the senate he can disavow the tax mess as not applying to the new job he seeks. He can concentrate on being an expert in foreign affairs rather than trying to defend the record of the recent legislature. IN HIS ANNOUNCEMENT he straddled the fence between the Johnson and Kennedy followers, hopeful of getting the support of both. Whether it will be successful depends on the campaign as it develops. If Iowa looks like it is going to go republican with a whoop next year then the men who run the democratic national campaign will not waste any money in Iowa — they'll put it where it'll do the most good. Hughes admits he has a tough fight on his hands. Whether this announcement will force Hickenlooper's hand is another question. Hickenlooper may just wait, let Stanley take pot shots at Hughes, then when the time is ripe and he can get maximum publicity he could announce. Of course he also could leave with honor after four terms of real service to the country. ONE LOCAL (IOWA) EFFECT of the Hughes candidacy will be seen as soon as the new man takes over the tax mess. Some "new" interpretations will be placed on the services tax. It is safe to predict the service tax on feeds and grinding and so on to be declared a mistake'and a new "interprfta- tion" will remove the tax. This would please the cooperatives and farmers. ' . It is also a sure bet the tax on services in connection with new construction will be declared also a mistake, and that tax will be removed. This will please contractors (who make contributions) and also labor which fears the tax would affect them in two ways — in their jobs and in what they pay for new homes etc. .Hughes will take credit for these "interpretations" and perhaps some others. He has already said his new appointee would make some changes from interpretation by the lame duck commission. Republicans will undoubtedly charge that his record in • sponsoring legislation leaves much to be desired and cite the service tax mess as a pertinent example. (M. B. Crabb* in Eagle Grow Eagle) Gome-Come Governor Hughes, it is hardly fitting for the Governor of the state to advise his citizens to obey some laws and ignore others. Particularly so when you the Governor are indicating which laws to obey and which to disregard. And that is what you are doing when you say that you don't believe that the service tax should be collected on new construction when your own tax commission and the Attorney General of the state have ruled otherwise. That question is a matter for the courts or the legislature to decide, not the Governor. By making these statements you are indicating that you prefer a government by men (Dictatorship) instead of parts of the law. That authority just doesn't belong to you. You were accused of dictating to the legisltaure that they had to pass the new sales and service tax law just as it was with no debate and no amendments. Now you are compounding your original error by telling the taxpayer to do as you wish, not as the law you and your people tell them to do. We are also distressed by your downgrading of local law officials. The statement you made that Sheriffs (apparently including all of them) are poor law enforcement officers because they are elected by the local voters. If the Sheriff of Johnson county is a poor law enforcement officer then it seems all the more reason you should have instructed the highway patrol officers who had been sent to (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) There may be some possibility .of misunderstanding as to just who is the disillusioned group in the continuing running battle between the more disturbed members of the younger generation and their elders. A great many observers seem to feel that the peculiar goings on of the hippies and others of that.inclination are a tesult of disillusion, partic- t ularly in regard to the mess the older generation has made of the world. The opposite would seem more logical to us. , What, for example, could possibly indicate a much greater degree, of "illusion" than the idea ; that wearing a JlB^ftB \»^»^V»»»W» U>»*gr / ••••••^•.^ •—•— Uil»V*** «» " ** V ••*•%• «*****•• •»»••» »»- J , ,„ ; -I ,, ( , j. w , .. ,.-_ ,l^ >. a government by law (Democ- fowa City'to help the Johnson-*• badge, ^containing tne. c j]ford ___..\ A... ot._-:«f :_• 4uA «*ii«lAm«- "litua 1 ' is antna in snlvp anv- An racy). It also is not fitting for you to ask the taxpayars of Iowa not to collect refunds from their heavy tax burden to which they are entitled by law. If you and your party leaders and administration officials made these serious mistakes in the tax law you can't correct them by telling the people to obey some of the law and ignore other county Sheriff in the student riots instead of keeping them at the fair grounds as it has been charged \yas done. It is apparent that the Johnson county Sheriff wanted and needed their help. You used to be able to touch all bases as you made home run after home run in the political game. But in recent months you seem to be striking out quite frequently. uncommon man Chatter on the radio The death of H. M. Smith, better known as "Slim," last week was a real blow to the county as a whole. For more than 44 years he had been the county engineer but in fact was more than that. He was no believer in the 40-hour week and all the "enlightened" things that go into today's work. He believed when a job was to be done it was to be done, and that was all there was to it. HE DIDN'T BELIEVE much in vacations either. The times he took off were for a few days, usually for hunting or allied sports, In fact it is difficult for anyone to recall when he really had what might be called a vacation. His passion was roads, and he built well. While he was under some criticism because of high grades and lack of wide shoulders on the county roads, he stuck to his way, building more and better roads. The high grades were found to be excellent because of little snow deposit on the roadway and deep ditches in which to pile the snow that did fall. His theory was the country roads were not super highways but were designed for convenience of farmers to get to market. He wanted them open all the time — not just in fair weather. He was raised in the days when the spring thaws, winter blizzards, and heavy rains marooned farmers for days. Hi WAS A TOUGH task-master for contractors who built the roads, and he was a familiar sight, usually accompanied by a dog, in unannounced inspections where road building was in progress. When the new courthouse was built he discovered some poor workmanship, and had it torn out immediately and rebuilt to specification. He operated his office with only two helpers. He did not have a fancy desk. His work was at the drafting table. The trio in that office designed, profiled, made up specifications, and blueprinted the road plans. With the supervisors of many years he also disavowed the "little kingdom" idea in which each supervisor had so much of a share of the money allocated to his district. This kind of business made wasteful piecemeal work. With the supervisors he built long stretches of good roads, and now the county is criss-crossed with good blacktopped roads. HIS SPECIFICATIONS were often more rigid than those of the state highway commission, and as a result the roads have lasted more than the usual time. He was a modest man. He was a bit embarrassed when a surprise party was given him on his 40th year as county engineer. Perhaps secretly he was. pleased, but he never let on about it. His monument for most people will be his roads, and recently the little lake built by the county conservation commission which he headed. It would be well if the commission named the lake after him, for he was an uncommon man. HE WAS THE FRIEND of many, from the humblest to some of the great. On the wall of his office is an original cartoon by a friend, J. N. Darling, "Ding's" farewell to life, published after his death. It portrayed a closing door on Ding's workshop, with a "been nice knowing you" as the title. U was nice knowing "Slim" too. W. Earl Hall in Independence Bulletin-Journal 'More than a few once well respected radio stations are altering their program content in a way that isn't universally accepted as improvement. Iowa's best known voice of the airways, WHO, is a case to point. By day, and well into the evening, its output consists largely of collect calls from listeners who obviously like the sound of their own voices. 'Talk Shows" is the term applied to such programs but a more accurate designation would be "An exchange of ignorance." By night, and almost to the break of dawn, it's so-called "Country and Western" music from that great center of Hillbilly culture, Nashville, Tenn. There's the ever present "geetar" and maudlin lyrics. The announcer becomes a huckster for records and albums. This pattern, it should be explained in fairness, is not unique with the Des Moines station. It has been adopted by scores of stations, some of .which measure their signal in candle-power rather than kilowatts. Whether it's a phe- nomeon calculated to increase music appreciation, promote culture . or elevate musical standards is debatable, to say the least. Skeptical of rosy forecasts FLAP The flap over the highway patrol services or lack of them at the ruckus in Iowa City recently ignores one fact. The highway patrol is hot a state police unit. It wax formed and designed as a highway unit to enforce laws on the highways. The patrol should be used only in a situation amounting to insurrection. speculation about Jackie Kennedy U § Wt oifgufting. Whether she remarries and who js^somettuog that is her private business, not something to be sensational The statement by a tax man in a trial that a haircut in Chicago by an lowan would be subject to the new services use tax, but that political advertising is not is illuminating. At least the politicians took care to exempt themselves. Passage of the strict meat inspection bill will remove some doubts people now have about the small packing plants. It will be good in the long run. Stokely Carmichael advocated revolution by force in the United State* in his foreign speeches. This would seem to be close to treason. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) If the estimates being advanced by General Westmoreland, Ambassador Bunker, and other leaders of the administration are worth any- tiling, we can hope to see substantial improvement in the Vietnam situation in the coming yean. Unfortunately (here have been so many rosy forecasts before, coming from the president as well as many of his top leaders, which have been proved wrong, that everyone is « kttie skeptical. There is » lack of confidence in title uncemente of adnunis- the situation the administration is now in. The people have been fooled a lot of times—now most of them seem to be looking askance at what our leaders do and say. There is a credibility gap—and the administration has only itself to blame. Fable , leaders— and the reason is that we've been misled too many times. One of the inner circle even boasted that gut mMejtfBflC 'and information was all p. T. Baroum once said that you can, "fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people, al of the tune— feu* you can't fool all of the people a]} of the time" and that seems to be about (C, P. Woods in Shflden Mail) Another sadly significant symptoii of the times comes in a news release from the Extension Service concerning ulcers in swine. Up to this time we had thought that the porkers, at least would be immune from such things. . Now we find that "the >high«ct incidence of ulcers is found in herds being raised in confinement on a high en- «fgy ration that is injtenided to get them to the martoet place in the shortest time." It sounds almost 'like a fcible as a human fesson. There is a growing interest in this country in th« establishment of the "Ombudsman" system as originally set up in the Scandanavian countries. The Ombudsman is an independent, high-level officer who receives complaints from the citizens, He makes inquiry into the matters involved, and recommends suitable action. He may also investigate on his own initiative, The system is designed to assist the individual citizen in his contacts with increasingly big government, to protect the citizen from too heavy bureaucracy. When the Ombudsman receives a complaint * which seems to him .to have sound basis, he asks the government agency involved for an explanation, consults with both complaintant and the reports his findings and nukes recommendations. There is no complaint to the complaintant. The Ombudsman operates informally and efficiently ^and does not follow formal hearing procedures. The system has worked very successfully in the Scan- danavian countries. The American Assembly, an organization established by President Eisenhower at Columbia University in 1950, recently held sessions on the Ombudsman proposal. The Assembly is composed of approximately sixty men and women representing a broad range of experience, competence and American leader* ship. The group recommended that Ombudsman offices be established in American local and state governments. A L O 0 N A KOSSUTN .COUNTY A • V A N C • Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Monday* and Thursday*, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona. Iowa. 50511 Editor and publisher, Ouane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian CnriMhillM. AOVANCC SUMCRimON RATI „ One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County —fS.OO Six months in County and to nearest post office S3.90 Year outside County, and to other than near«st outside P.O.t .,--$7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of tn* publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. •••••»•••••••*••••••••«••»•+»••••»•«••»••••»••» BUSINESS&PROFESSIONAL love" is "going to .solve anything? And what, likewise, could indicate much more "illusion" than that the group practice of letting one's hair grow long and dirty, or wearing old Confederate army coats, in 'some way express individuality? Or what, when you get right down to it, constitutes a much greater illusion than the idea that the human race is free , from the necessity of control by standards of approved behavior, common decency, and laws derived from thousands of years of experience with the peculiarities of individuals. There is nothing new or unique to the modern world in rebellion against accepted standards or restrictive laws. What is forgotten sometimes is that these standards and laws have been found necessary to make "togetherness" tolerable. Role of the police (Neil Maurcr in Laurent Sun) "There is no place on. a university campus for policeman. They have little comprehension of the nature of role of universities." This statement was made last week by student demonstrators at the University of Iowa, in a petition presented to the university president, Howard Bowen. It was written after eastern Iowa law enforcement men had broken up a riot in which some 200 students participated, protesting the presence on campus of recruiters from Dow Chemical Co. Perhaps the rioters, who should have been in class, are actually the ones who have little comprehension of the nature or role of universities. They represent only a tiny minority of the 18,000 students enrolled at Iowa City, and they were certainly interfering with the normal lives of others. If all citizens obeyed the laws, there would be no need for police anywhere. Unfortunately they do not, so law enforcement officers are needed. And when students (and perhaps even faculty members) act like hoodlums, then police are definitely needed on the campus. It's as simple as that. Insurance Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 Bast State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge Ph. 29^2735, i;i 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 Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 TodS.Horbst 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 Typos of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA Optometrists OR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2198 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 295-8743 Dr,LL. SNYDfR Hi fait Itati St. mt j Diilt9M715 ClftffJ feturtJay Afternoon* Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU KOffUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports MILTON G. NORTON •JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICES Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2K East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Eri. 9a.m. —5p.m. ,,.,. Phone 2953373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 2953306 Office Hours: Mon.—Toes.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Farm Management CARUOM LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 2953810 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 ft Surgeon 118 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 111 i •• ..... w DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F, KQQB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. 622 E. State St. Phong 295-2334 DR. Lf ROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. CUKIFIfD ADS IN THE ADVANCE GIT QUICK REfyLTSI m 183 Ajgona •ft

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