Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 3, 1966 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 3, 1966
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rVTAT Kossuth County Advance tHUMDAY, Fit, i, hurt union cause Any slim chance there might have been that section 14B of the Taft,-Hart1ey law would be repealed was badly damaged by the vindictive transit Union strike in New York City. Repeal of 14B had the highest priority for Union leaders because it permitted states to enact right-to-work laws. There are 19 states including Idwa with such a law. The amount of actual damage if any to the union causes by the right-to-work law is questionable. While union leaders claim it hUrts there is a groundswell among some union members who actually favor it. TOO OFTEN in some unions there is little democracy in practice and ih a few unions it has been demonstrated that a leader once in office can hardly be kicked out. The voting at union elections in instances has been open to grave question. Often the union member'is not a bit loath to see his leaders have to pay a bit more attention, to holding membership by persuasion rather than by compulsion. And it is this fact that makes the union leader see red when he considers the right-to-work law. ;; tinder the right-tb-work law the union leader is much more under control of the ihembership because he must answer to that membership or lose it. He can not use the law to compel membership in a union as a condition of getting work. THE LATE MR. QUILL showedTcom- plete disrespect for the law; the courts, and even his own union membership in his actions in the strike. He tore up a court or- der enjoining the strike, was contemptuous of the mayor, President Johnson, and anyone who crossed his dictatorial desire. It was a real eye opener for the country to contemplate. It showed how one man could tie Up some eight million people, cause untold damage — and get away with it. As a condition of ending the strike, in addition to saddling the city with an inflationary wage boost, the contempt charges and fines were canceled; (One wonders what would have happened if a business leader did such a thing.) There are sighs thoughtful union members are considering the way unions are being run and are seeking to have the membership get a bigger voice. It has been said that the union member is now in the middle class in income and no longer feels the crusading spirit. In fact he finds little in common with some who attend the meetings and get elected because of their ability to denounce. DESPITE THE QUILLS there is an indication the labor movement is growing into responsibility with management in continued operation. Too often the results of a strike do not justify the losses incurred because of it. Few in management now are wildly against unionism. Most in management have found a responsible union the best way to deal with large number of employes. The main problem in such instances as the transit union in New York is that the union leader is still fighting the battle of the 1800s and has no sense of responsibility to people as a whole or even to his own union membership. • • ' The Potter dilemma One of the problems in government is the conflict of interest in which an appointee can promote his personal gain merely by his position or by using that position to his personal advantage. The situation concerning Commissioner Lynn Potter of the tax commission is a case in point. Mr. Potter has admitted helping his wife prepare income tax returns. Mr. Potter operated a tax service at Cresco prior to being named to the commission. He turned it over to his:wife when- he' was appointed. THE QUESTION naturally arises if he helps his wife in the preparation of tax returns is he taking advantage of the fact he is a commissioner? It doesn't take too much consideration to think.an employe in the tax commission office would pass over such tax returns as are signed by the Potter firm. The tax commission employe might feel that Mr, Potter would certainly see the tax return was correct, and as being a higher authority the lower ranked examiner would pass it on that theory. Mr. Potter has a good reputation, served well in the state senate, and has been on the tax commission a couple of years. Few believe he would knowingly file a return he did not believe correct. HOWEVER IT IS ALSO true that a tax- payer in seeking someone to do his tax work would take note of the fact Mr. Potter was a member of the commission and in the belief he would get a correct return would hire the Potter firm to do the work. This would be unfair to other tax accountants. Here is where the shoe pinches. There is a conflict not so much of personal gain as there is of taking advantage of the commission post. One can sympathize with Mr. Potter's position. He .was forced to eive up his private r work"To "devote 0 Mfl q ifm¥^Wne tax commission. And being versed in the way of politics Mr. Potter could assume at the end of his six-year term he might not and probably would not be reappointed. There would be a new governor with new political obligations. THUS MR. POTTER could see at the end of the term losing not only his job as commissioner but also his business as a tax expert. Thus he felt he must continue his business under his wife's name to protect his future. That is one problem in state government — requiring a man to divest himself of all other interests. A lot of good men who might serve as a public duty can not give up a lifetime of work in their business to do so. Yet by the same token a public servant can serve but one master — the public. Wrong There is no reason or justification for the sale of contraceptives by a coin machine in a filling station. Such a proposal was made recently by a firm at Waterloo. The only reason is to sell the product to make money on the prospect of quickie sex. It would aid and abet promiscuity and in matter of fact would depend on it for the sale. If the Iowa law does not now prohibit such a sale, then the next session of the legislature should correct that deficiency. There is no legitimate reason for such a selling practice. the city but owning Iowa farm land. It's high time, as the recent election amply demonstrated, for the republican party to appeal to those 285,819 independents. There are GOP votes in the cities — and they count just as much as a rural vote. Why not get together and win? Plates Votes Republicans have been taking some comfort in the fact the voter registration in cities shows a few more republican registrations than democratic. In fact is it astonishing that so many would be so bold as to announce they are republicans in view of the Goldwater pasting and the contempt some democrats have for the GOP. Anyway there are 125,789 republicans and 124,333 democrats registered as party mempers. But the big registration is in the independent group with a total of 285,819, or more than the combined total of party members. Too many republicans, particularly from rural areas, are too willing to write off the city vote and stick in the mud, content to lose, cussing the city slickers. Now is the time for the party to get to work to get the city vote, which despite djre predictions from some rural leaders, is not adverse to rural interests. In fact spme of the best legislation for rural interests has been sponsored by thosf living in License plates for Iowa cars are made in the reformatory at Anamosa. The work is done by prisoners as a part of paying their debt to society. This year the number of complaints about faulty plates, wrong numbering, late delivery, and other deficiencies has become a chorus. Maybe the prisoners have been getting by without too much supervision and inspection. At any rate something is wrong. One problem is the state legislature did not give the reformatory enough money to buy the metal for the plates. This required buying a lighter weight metal subject to problems in manufacturing. It may be argued that the workmen at Anamosa are not dependent on the quality of their workmanship to hold their jobs. Hence they take little interest in doing good work, or may even take a perverse delight in sending out inferior work, wrong numbers, etc. MANY MOTHERS DISTURBED WHEN BOY STARVES TO MAKE HIS WEIGHT Problem of wrestling considered There were 5000 farms lost last year. There are that many fewer than there were at the beginning of 1965. They have been absorbed by adjoining farms into bigger units. But there are 5000 families who have left the farm. It's one of the facts of life in this age. The so-called "family farm" for which so many politicians have bled (but not died) at election time is no longer the quarter section. (Pit O.IUflh.r in Belmond Independent.) There are frowns in many a household — particularly from, Mom — when "certification time" comes in the lives of high school wrestlers. That is the time, in early December, when a boy must "make" the lowest weight at which he aspires to compete during the current season. It can be a time of trial, if a lad has a good handful of pounds to lose! short rations for a week . . . maybe even a meal or two skipped. Mom thinks, "This CAN'T be good for a growing boy!" And as the season Wears along, Mom hates like'sin to see her son picking and choosing from her good table fare instead of eating as if there were no tomorrow — as is the normal procedure. A year ago, the Cresco Times- Plain Dealer published a piece written by a young wrestler at Turkey Valley Community high school in southwest Winneshiek county. Victor Amoroso, we think, did a pretty goad job of telling why a grappler thinks "it's worth it": "Is it worth it to starve oneself for many weeks in an effort to make weight, to watch most of your friends eating hearty meals and tempting you with their desserts and assorted goodies, or to sweat night after night in the heat of the wrestling room to get into the best possible physical condition? "Emphatically yes! It is very worthwhile to go through the miseries associated with wrestl* ing to achieve the goal that accompanies this sport. But to make wrestling worthwhile, the individual must be dedicated to the task at hand, to be the best. In striving to master this task, a boy becomes a man. He is doing a man's job as a man would. "Yes, he has been practicing for weeks and drilled diligently by his coach, but when he engages in, combat for those six fateful minutes, the boy is alone. He can't rely on any help from his teammates or coach, This situation promotes self respect, confidence and pride. "Although winning is the main objective, there are some instances when the wrestler is the loser. This is not disastrous at all. He learns to cope with setbacks and profits from the experience so he is able to whip WIT BY IOWANS Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "About the most unfair thing the style-makers have done is promote the idea that it is un-American not to doll up your wife." — Marengo doctor. "Almost any child would learn to write sooner if allowed to do his home-work on wet cement." — Atlantic contractor. "Experience is what makes you wonder how it got a reputation for being the bast teacher." — Mason City editor. "But it costs less for transportation if you are here today and HERE tomorrow 1 ." — New Hampton implement dealer. "Some times you can't fool the people, even part of the time, because they have done such a thorough job themselves." — Cherokee dentist. "Do -unto others as you would that they do unto you, and it helps i/ you can do it first." — An. thon teacher. "You get, along better; if you ask some of the questions, even if you know alji the answers." — Tipton matron. ' ; atif-/. ...* ;,... •.„„„,... - • .,; •, T *t r\~* \ t f. > » i «•> T*^\ r\ M W •• •* »«» 1% > "It is better to have :l loafed and not like it than never to have loafed at all." — SCI sophomore. "Among the reasons some men prefer blondes are brunettes." — Newton physician. Is social and political life to be controlled by young? (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle.) Recently we heard a sermon in which the minister expressed confidence in the young people whom he said were setting up their own concepts and guide lines and were refusing to accept traditional mores that have guided the actions of the writer's and previous generations. The minister, believed this was good and that they would develop a better world and society than we have. (It's a cinch we haven't done very well.) In the paper Sunday there were two stories dealing with this changing world and the problems of getting older. Not long ago one of our good young friends told the writer "This is a young man's world— you better join up or get out of the road." In addition all you have to do to realize that our average age limit has gone down drastically is to look around you in your own environment. Every store, every business, every neighborhood is largely people with young folks and children. As we pondered this we got to thinking about the changes that are taking place in government and politics and social controls by government. We wonder if some day in the future historians won't see this as the century of the change to a social and political life dominated by young people instead of the traditional older community leaders who have set the mores which have governed us for generations. On the surface of it one might think that this century would again be recorded as a century of strife and war such as the 100 years war of the past. But this strife may be only an aspect of the greater revolution. Ever since FDR there has been a move on foot to take care of the older and to make room for the younger who are coming on in greater numbers than ever before. A large percentage of the new ideas have been created to take care of the security of older people and to make room for the younger people who want a larger share in the social order. In the larger scheme of things as the historians see it this may ba the last dying effort of the old folks to take care of themselves before they throw in the sponge of defeat. At least you can't deny the fact that young people who never heard of the depression and aren't worried by fiscal problems now outnumber the older folks who have made a mess of things and sent these younger folks to war 5 times in the first 65 years of the century to mend our mistakes. Law must govern (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Sun) "Can a disorderly society survive?" That question is asked in an article by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Whittaker which originally appeared! in the Kansas City Star and has been reprinted by The Reader's Digest in condensed form. His answer: "In all recorded history, none ever has. On the contrary, history shows that the first evidences of each society's decay appeared in the toleration of disobedience of its laws." Justice Whittaker relates this historical fact to the attitude of certain groups within this country which hold that they have the right to violate laws they consider bad. Of this, he says: "The great pity here is that these minority groups are actually eroding and destroying the legal processes which alone can ever assure to them, or permanently maintain for them, due process and equal protection of the laws, and thai can, thus, protect them from discriminations and abuses by majorities." his opponent in their next meeting. "Besides building valuable character traits, wrestling gives everyone a chance no matter, what their stature or strength may be. A small boy may become a state champion and gain recognition, whereas he might not consider football or basketball because of his size. "But don't get the idea that wretling is for small people oh- ly. It is for anyone who has courage enough to work hard. Wrestling is so desirable, because it does not rely on natural talents such as. size or strength. It depends upon coordination, quick reactions and swift thinking. These qualifications are within almost everyone's reach. "Finally, there are some joys in wrestling that you experience in no other sport. The most spine"tingling feeling you become aware of is when you are on the mat before a home crowd, and you are winning. The mat is the center of attention. All eyes are fixed on you. The cheer when the referee signifies you the winner is enough to make wrestling worthwhile ... Certainly wrestling is worthwhile!" Well, Mom. You see how it is? Keep it out of paper (Sibley Gazette-Tribune.) Most everyone likes to see his name in the paper when something good happens to him, and would just as soon see no mention when the newsworthy event is something bad. Quite often folks who have been in trouble will come to the editor and ask that some item about them be omitted. Such requests have come to this editor an unusually large number of times recently. In every case we have explained the newspaper's position, declined the request, and published the news item in question. We are thankful that most never ask. Since other readers may be interested in our policy and the reasons for it, we are writing this editorial. First let it be said that the primary purpose of a newspaper .is, to,.-print the news; if it.does not print the news it becomes no better than an ordinary advertising sheet. Any newspaper worthy of the name tries to print all the news, whether goad or bad. Readers are just as interested in bad news — deaths, injuries, robberies, fires, arrests, business failures, etc., as they are in good news such as athletic victories, new buildings, births, parties, elections and reunions; and they have every right in our free country to be fully informed on both. Practically all requests to leave news out of the paper have to do with court cases. Reasons suggested recently for leaving such out have been along these lines: "He is so young ..." "She should be given a chance." "It's only my second offense." "I don't want my wife to know." "It will hurt the children." "You'll do it for a friend, won't you?" "I didn't really do it, but I can't afford to take a day off from work to go to court." Those are some that we have heard; other editors have heard many others we are sure. But regardless of the arguments, it is an ethic of the newspaper profession that all people must be treated alike and treated fairly; neither bribes nor threats nor friendship nor pity may interfere with fair and impartial news coverage. In most cases a brief statement of the charge and the sentence is made, although in more important cases, particularly in district court, more complete articles are written. To persons who object to their names being printed we can say that we are truly sorry, for we do not wish to hurt anyone. To those who say "Having my name in the paper is worse punishment than paying the fine," we must say we hope that printing his name will dissuade him from such an offense again — and also be a warning to others. Money is plentiful and fines are becoming meaningless to many persons; perhaps newspaper publication and resultant public disapproval will be more effective than fines in the future. When covering court news, M well as other news, this newspaper attempts never to be sensational but always to be factual; we feel $jal this is, the iype of newspaper coverage our readers want and deserve. Silly requirement in law on equal opportunity (Chit. Dftvi* In Iowa Pell* Cltlt.n) The CM! Rights Act of 1964 has been hailed as a milestone in ending disctittiination because of color in employment. Its backers thought of it as a means toward assuring Negroes equal consideration for jobs. But the legislation also had some words pertaining to discrimination because of sex and, to date, there have been more complaints filed over this part of the bill than for color. For instance, newspaper want ads may no longer be classified as "Help Wanted, Male" or "Help Wanted, Female." That's discrimination. Instead, the classified headings usually separate the sexes under headings which say "Jobs of Interest, Male" or "Jobs of Interest, Fehlale." It all boils dowii to a matter of hairsplitting and one can imagine all softs of absurd situations. For instance, how do thd Playboy Clubs advertise , for "blihHies". Suppose some ven* turesome male applied for one of these jobs. Would the "bun^ nymaster" disqualify him be- dause of his sex or for hair on the chest? Yup (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) We don't know why there is so much criticism of the Poverty Program. It seems to us that for a Poverty Program it's about as Poor as could be expected. A L G 0 N A KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE • Published by the Advance Pu.blishlrvj Co Mondays ond Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, J°* a - Ju | ia =V n l iscnl i| es Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian i-nriscnmes. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER |AsK 6 TI 6 N J""fl"":1 ADVANCC SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in County and to nearest post, office outside of County ...|5.0O Six months in County and to nearest'post office •-- — --- »J.=u Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s V.OU 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 owners 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. ^_M^_«_^_ Ph. 2953176 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 Combany. 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 RonrRsentine FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-ttoo Insurance Service Business - Home • Car - Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aoency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Aleona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvao* of Insurance Ph. 2955SW or 295.3111 ALGONA DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Rri. 9 a.m. -5pm. Phone 295-3378 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 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 995-3743 Dr., L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295r?7l5 Closed Saturday Afternoons ^^^^Credi^^rvjjgs CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY ColJe^feJ^^ 9 -fflfW 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. Phvsician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M, D, M.D. Clinic Bid*. 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 DR. J. i, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY (. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295.348* KEVIN NASH, DDS * wW ft'-* ^/SRSJB

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