Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 20, 1966 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 20, 1966
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EDITQIII Kossuth County Advance __—_——~ _— m „— — — •„ ,tr , — _ , THURSDAY. JAN. M, I*M f OITOR TAKES A VIEW AT ABUSt OF PARINTS OF YOUTHS WHO OBJECT Do we still have right to protest? The Johnson speech The talk by President Johnson Wednesday night promised much in the Way of increased spending but left the gate wide open on whether taxes would be increased. He proposed only two items, both in the penny ante category, for raising more funds—both returns to taxes on telephone calls and on automobiles. On spending his budget was estimated at about six billion dollars more than the previous year's budget, which would seem pretty small in view of the money-spending projects voted in 1965. THE WAR in Viet Nam is costing plenty andit will be costing much more if the peace feelers now out are not accepted by the Hanoi Viet Cong. This was touched on fairly lightly in the president's talk. The appropriations to maintain the Great Society projects were not specifically outlined but the president evidently expects these appropriations to be made. ;•' Such items as the War on Poverty and slum clearance programs for the cities will require money in the billions. And the boost in social security by Medicare will not be felt until later this year but an appropriation must be made. I TRIMMING FAT was the president's solution to the financial problems, but where it is and what fat he had in mind were not specified. In fact the talk seemed more designed to appeal to the television audience as a political gimmick than it did to a sober consideration of problems affecting the country. There is plenty of fat in the budget, but the bureaucrats of variolas sizes in the multitude of departments are certain to see their way of life is not endangered by lopping off appropriations for their special'work; One thing that causes a shudder particularly among business men was a proposal: to withhold taxes "more realistically." And that was the extent of the proposal. He did not spell out any plans, and thus there is no idea of what he had in mind. THE PLAN for a new cabinet position on transportation left doubt. It may be the president had in mind the recent catastrophic subway and bus strike in Nsw York City. Or it may have been the problem of transportation generally in the cities where the downtown areas are strang led by traffic. The four-year term for congressmen is nothing new as it has been proposed many times. Tying it in with the presidential election is new and is designed to give a new president the benefit of his coattails in electing congressmen. The speech was more notable for what it didn't say than what the president did say. It is probable the nation will have to wait for his budget message for the spslling out of how all these things are to bs paid for without raising taxes. (Pat Gallagher in. Belmond Independent) A story in Sunday's Des Moines Register concerning the abuse of a pair of parents whose son has espoused the cause of the Viet Cong and criticizes American policy in Viet Nam prompted many a sigh of thankfulness, no doubt, by parents not confronted by a similar situation. It is a hard row that families of such protesters have to hoe; and sympathy toward them is natural. But the light of history changes the aspect of many policies. Like all questions,'there is two sides even to the advisability of intervention such as the U. S. has committed itself to in this nasty, unwinable war. We don't like to think it could possibly bs so; but the chance remains that perspective of passing years might establish that Uncle Sam made a very bad guess in adopting his present course in Viet Nam. We are not WIT BY IOWANS New tax proposals The treasury department following President Johnson's talk to the congress sent some suggestions for getting money from taxpayers faster than in the past. However this will not solve the problem of increased expenditures over any but the moment. Proposed was payment of social security taxes by the self-employed quarterly instead of annually. At present the tax is paid with the- income tax in the first three months of the following year. By collecting the tax quarterly during the year for which it is assessed the treasury estimate would add $4,810,000,000 to the tax income in 1966. But by so doing it would decrease by that amount the money coming in during the first three months of 1967 when payments would normally be made. WHAT THIS DOES is merely postpone the evil day when a tax must be raised. Most people do not understand that the social security tax money is not kept in a separate fund to make payments when the worker is entitled to receive social security. What is done is this: The money comes in and the treasury issues bonds for the amount. This transfers the actual money into the general fund where it can be spent and all that is placed in the social security fund is a promise to pay la- ter by a bond. The congress every year must make appropriations to take up the bonds necessary to pay the claims during the current year. A NEW WRINKLE proposed by the treasury was the "graduated withholding". Instead of the present flat 14 percent rate a new system of six graduated income tax withholding rates would begin May 1 at 14, 15, 17, 20, 25 and 30 percent accord ing to the income level. This would increase the headache for both business and employe in figuring what his take-home pay is going to be. The only advantage would be the government would take in more money and by this scheme it is. estimated ..the .itaxpayej;.ss> would come within $10 of what his actual tax would be for the year. The treasury in line w,ith the Johnson speech also proposed retaining the seven percent excise tax on new cars and the ten percent excise tax on telephones. These two taxes bring in an estimated $1,210,000,000. The theory is the public is still used to paying these taxes hence would not bs so alarmed as if a new tax were levied on some other item. All these suggestions will have to be accepted by the congress, and it is certain they will be discussed at some length. Safety The recent hearing in Des Moines on auto safety did not add much to the general knowledge. It did focus attention on the weaknesses of autos in general, but failed to reflect the general cussedness of the fellow at the wheel. What the concensus boiled down to it seems is that the auto maker should make a car which even a fool can drive and wreck and walk away from. At times it seems the hearing was a sort of a witch hunt with the witches already labelled. It is unfortunate the auto makers did not counter with their own evidence of safety improvements in cars now and those planned for the future. One of the big problems in all highway safety as far as mechanical defects is concerned is the nut that holds the steering wheel. That's one the makers can not control. Strike The New York City transit strike was settled and the city began getting back to normal last week. However the strike cost the city a cool $800,000,000 it is estimated. The transit workers got what President Johnson described as inflation over which he had no control. It is noticeable the president had plenty of control when steel, copper and aluminum wanted to raise prices, but labor is another matter. The wage increase totaled 4 percent this year and some 11 percent next year, way above the president's hold-the-line guide. There is more than a smattering of politics involved in the remarks by the president. If the mayor of New York City been a Democrat the attitude might been a bit different. And Lindsay, a Republican, in his first two weeks of office grasped the opportunity to show he was a mayor of all of the people instead of yielding to the transit workers all the way. In fact, if newspaper accounts are true, Lindsay came out of the ruckus as a bit of a hero to New Yorkers harrassod by what they felt was an unnecessary and harmful strike against the people themselves. The subway and bus systems are owned by the city and the New Yorkers found they were the target of the strike. Some way must be had in the future to prevent such a monumental disaster. No union leader should be permitted to tie up an entire city. It was the poor and lower paid people who were hurt most for they were dependent on that transportation. Constitutional? When is the constitution constitutional? That seems to be a question raised by the Negro in Georgia who was barred from his seat in the legislature because of his views. The constitution says the house of representatives and the senate of a state are the sole judges of membership. This has not been questioned before, even when five socialists were suspended from the New York legislature and a Wisconsin socialist was expelled from the U.S. house of representatives. If the action of a house in barring the young man is upset by the court, then the constitutional provision making the house the sole judge of membership is flouted. It would seem that here is a good place for the courts to quit interfering with the legislative and executive branches of the government. The one-man one- vote ruling went too far as it is. Now if the courts can declare a part of the constitution as unconstitutional there is as a practical matter no constitution left at all. The judges then become the constitution and we have a rule by the foibles of man rather than rule by a written constitution. predicting that this is the case; we personally go with the large majority seeing it as.the only feasible choice. We only say, it could turn out to be that way. What about the evaluation then of these protesting individuals who are standing by their present convictions that otir nation is wrong in this instance? Would we just grin wryly, in retrospect, and concede,, "They weren't such traitorous fools as they seemed at the time. - Too bad that life was made such a hell for them and those who were near to-them.;" There have been other Americans who in this nation's past have opposed what were popular courses at the time, been condemned as urtpatriotic^-and yet have been proved simply possessed of superior foresight. This has happened not just once, but many times. , Many older adults will recall how General Billy Mitchell in his day was virtually made a martyr because he foresaw "too Complied by John M. Henry jf "I Sow It' In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "Grandpa used -to phone the girl who became Grandma; he gave two long rings and one short on the telephone.party line. His grandson summons his girl friend by two long and one short blasts at the curb on his sports car horn." — Atlantic hotel proprietor. "Some of these young things in their funny hair-dos and skinny pants look. almost repulsive. • The same can be said of the girls, too." - — Marengo dentist. "There comes a time when being anything but very dignified makes you hurt in too many places." — Sidney matron. "Bookkeeping can make an unpleasant fact of something you had only suspected." — Hampton PTA speaker. "What availeth it the meek if they can't borrow enough money .to operate what they have inherited!" — Council Bluffs librarian, "It isn't only that visiting relatives mean more mouths to feed, but it means more mouths to listen to." — Parsons college dean. "Not many rose-colored glasses are bi-focal." — Iowa City lumberman. "Try to see yourself as others do, but don't let it make you mad." — Winterset trucker. .•«» aw "Sfeis^pread bejjggeen the age a man is and jjhe age he acts is what makes him feel the age he does", — Belle Plaine editor. Believes Hughes dodged battle with popular Senator Miller (Paul Bungo in Osage Press) Iowa's political air cleared Friday with Governor Harold Hughes' announcement of his candidacy for a third term as governor. The move ended speculation whether his political ambitions included another term 'as governor or a race against Jack Miller for the senate seat. The announcement left both incumbants as clear favorites in their race. The governor has proved in two races that he is a popular man, although with a smaller following now than in his landslide win in 1964. There is no doubt either but that Jack Miller is a strong candidate for re-election. He upset former governor Hershell Loveless to win the seat and will now be running against an unknown compared to Loveless in 1960. Both parties face a challenge in the coming election. The republicans face a rebuilding job and they know it. They need to regain the initiative and their traditional voters to control, not just of the governors mansion, but possibly more important of the house and senate. The democrats also have their problems. The failure to repeal the right to work law left organized labor sour. But their obvious concessions to labor left many, many lowans unhappy with the party. Now, both parties must come up with strong opposition candidates to face Miller and Hughes, hot an easy task. It is hard to speculate on the whys of the governor's decision. One that will come up often is that he was afraid of losing to Jack Miller. This is a distinct possibility, particularly in the face of Miller's presidential year win over a former democrat governor. We look for the- republicans to take a fresh, new approach to Iowa and its problems. The success of the democrats and Harold Hughes in particular in taking on some "sacred cows" in the post should prove that Iowa wants a forward-looking government and either party must project that image to be successful. Dirkson battle soon" the role that airpower in. warfare wad to attain. The motives of a good many .of the protesters to American intervention in Viet Nam ar<5 unquestionably open to suspi* cion. At the same time, it is equally certain, that many others honestly and sincerely afe convinced that our commitment to this war is wrong for good and proper reasons. It's difficult not to condemn all with the opposing view. This is encouraged by the endless propaganda poured forth to popularize the government policy. But past experience should dispose us to make some allow* ance to all beliefs that differ from our own. If the privilege of expressing unpopular opinions had not been effectively defended by dissenters from the time our nation was born, right to the present day, our problems of the moment could be incalculably more distressing than they are. Crack down one-sided (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) We believe we heard LBJ say that the government would crack down on business and labor alike if they did anything to upset the economy or that would start a spiral of inflation. And that was only a few weeks ago. Now comes some of the steel companies who say they have to raise prices to meet increased costs. As a result LBJ is going to boycott the companies that do raise prices and has ordered the defense department not to buy steel from these concerns. That is half of what he said he was going to do. But at the same time Michael Quill and his transit union workers have tied up New York City traffic to the point that it is causing chaos in the world's largest city and stagnating that city's business over unreasonable wage demands which if met would bankrupt the transit companies. And in addition an eastern firm that makes a powder vitally needed in the am- munitiop used in Viet Nam was also bC,s#ik$t for , inflationary wage raises. So far however there has been no crack down by LBJ on the unions—only on the businesses. Governor chided (Neil Maurer in Lauren* Sun) Gov. Harold Hughes believes a "psychological earthquake" is being felt in all parts of Iowa. He says it has taken place in the last three or four years. , "lowans no longer view themselves as being purely provincial," he told Harrison Weber of the Iowa Daily Press Association in an interview last week. "They think of themselves in relationship to the rest of the nation and the world ..." Come now, Governor! lowans haven't changed that much since you've been living in the executive mansion. If there has been any "psychological earthquake" in recent years it occurred during World War II, when thousands of lowans were scattered around the world. Even then those lowans made an exceptionally good showing , . they weren't half so "provincial" as some of the New York City residents they met in uniform! lowans have been "thinking of themselves in relationship to the rest of the nation and the world" for many years. Need second political party to keep other on the track (W. C. Jarnagin in Storm L»ke Pilot-Tribune) Senator Everett Dirksen declares that when congress gets back into action he'll renew his efforts to have the senate knock out the supreme court s "one-man-one-vote" ruling in choosing legislators. To get the job done, Dirksen must; have a two-thirds vote because he is proposing an amendment to the constitution. Observers at Washington think the Republican senator has a losing battle on his hands. But anyway Dirksen adheres to his belief that there are enough votes to overturn the holding that puts legislatures under the domination, of cities. The farm Bureau Federation gave Dirksen its support when it held its national convention. This indicates the feeling of the farmers. It is a symbol of how smaller cities and towns feel, too. But with rural precincts losing population while the cities are gaining, a doubt is raised as to whether the senator can put it over. Anyway, he says he's going to give it his greatest endeavor. We folks in the hinterlands are with him,-that's for sure. Increased taxes (M. B. Cribbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) This is the week when you start paying increased social security taxes, it is also the week whren you start paying double state income taxes. If yoy get a pay check it wi!i be withniW and if you ar* $ farmer or sell (Paul Smith in Rock R«pld» Reporter) Nineteen hundred sixty-six is an election year—and the fires of partisanship are already being stoked. This is the American way of selecting the individuals whom we wish to hold public office, and by the larga it is the, best system that has ever been devised. Under our system we need two strong political parties to complete for public favor. Then the one out of power can watch what the other is doing, and criticize unmercifully. We need that criticism to make our sys tern work. Politicians have demonstrated time after time, that on greal national issues, they can. and do work together—but one of the most essential functions in a republic is that of the opposi- employed you will pay quarterly- There are also many other new provisions in both the state' and federal tax assessment which if you are like the writer you have been trying to absorb from the daily accounts in newspapers of the changes. But also, unless you are extra smart you have just thrown up your hands and said "I give up." So the soundest advice we can give at this time is to get good tax advice from a knowledgeable source on what you actually should be paying. There are still many deductions that are legally allowable and you will want to take advantage of them. Our complicated governments are getting expensive and their tax systems are getting more complicated. U. 5. iemrtf SOJM 3,800,000 Pounds of mercury a year. tiort to criticize the party in power—and thus turn..up weak' ness which can be corrected. As the campaign develops we hope that all of our people will remember that nominees for major office are all pretty high type people or they would not have been nominated. Most of the scurrilous stories which circulate about candidates should be dismissed as pure fabrication. Study the ideas that are presented, and study the ability and the performance of the men who seek office. Then vote your convictions—and be sure that which ever way, the elections goes—you'll have good men working for you. The Wabash River was named for the Indian word "ouaba- che" meaning white. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices, arid' shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona Iowa. 50511 1 Editor and publisher,. Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County —1 Six months in County and to nearest post office Js-xX Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of the publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL > DIRECTORY < Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE INVESTORS AGENCY Diversified Services, Inc. J. R. (Jim) KOLP DONALD V. GANT Surety Bonds — All Lines Phone 295-2540 Box 375 of Insurance ALGONA, IOWA 206 East State St. _ Ph. 295-3176 Chiropractors BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge PH. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio 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 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business - Home - Car - Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aoency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS ft GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvoec 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 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 395-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p na. ' Phone 295-3373 i DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 , 295-3306 Office Hours: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management CARLSON Form MANAGEMENT COMPANY 121/z N. Dodge Ph. 295-2S9I 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. Clinics 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, Algona Office Phone 295-5490 Dentists OR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 CreditService^^ DR. CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, D.p.S. 123 g. Call 295-5108

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