Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 10, 1966 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 10, 1966
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H - :<,U">u~,~i f.«»- > ^B. Mn .,^<.«..4..^..j.B , ; , m • ~__«_i y Advance FEELS ORDINARY CITIZEN IS FORCOTtEN IV LEADERS OP PARTY THURSDAY, PEL 10, 1966 Difficult to believe The state education society composed of teachers, administrators and school people in general sponsored a series of advertisements in recent weeks pointing . out the doleful condition of the State Of Iowa as far as they are concerned. The latest pictures Iowa third from the bottom in all of the states on state aid to education. How this is arrived at is rtot stated, but by "written request" (it says in fine print) an explanation can be had. Not so long ago an Illinois paper came out with an advertisement by that state's education group giving a doleful picture of education in that state. Iowa strangely enough didn't show up so bad. THERE ARE FEW people who will believe they are overpaid and Underwork- ed. In fact most people just naturally come to the conclusion they are certainly "hot appreciated in this vale of tears. Everyone believes his contribution to society is greater'than another's. > This is particularly trUe of people who are in the so-called ."professions*'. It;is assumed anyone in a profession is a superior breed : of cat entitled 'to more than the general run of the mill. This is illustrated by the extreme desire of many occupational groups to be called a profession. Recently there Was a proposal that barbers becalled "hair- ticians". This Was killed by a humorous barber observing it sounded too much like a mortician. Undertakers are how morticians." MOST PROFESSIONAL men make much of the long period of sdhoblihg they had. This is countered by the fact in many trades a man must be an apprentice at low pay for some six years before he is called a journeyman entitled to the higher rate and fringe benefits of being a "qualified" man. The teachers are now confessing to bsing a profession and they are as entitled to the title as anyone else* And because teaching is therefore a profession the prac- ticioners are set apart from ordinary "lay persons". The problem in such advertisements as given recently by the teacher group is how it is figured. It is a cinch the association does not consider the agricultural land tax credit sent out by the State as an aid to education. Yet that is a tidy little sum each year returned to local taxing districts to replace local school taxes. TEACHERS SHOULD be no more blamed for trying to better their situation in life than other so-called professions. It is a cinch the same situation exists for them as for others—no one else is going to do it for them. But this kind of advertising is not in their best interests for it does give a false picture Unless the way it is figured is also given so people can assess the portions left out as well as those included in the calculations. The truth of the calculation is not questioned, but whether it is the whole truth can be another matter. It's a bit difficult to believe Iowa is in that bad. a state.. Resents being collector The Waterloo man who billed the government for $3000 for his services in making out tax returns for,his employes has a point, but that's about all he'll get OUt of the government. What he did is point out the fact business today' is harrassed • by a multiplicity of forms and 'reports. •• 'No longer is the average citizen really responsible for paying his taxes. By withholding, federal and now state; an employe has them figured by his employer, and it is the employer who is responsible, All sorts of, dire penalties are hinted at in the fjorms sent 1 out;' - ;; • '•-'• ' , If the employer^ _goofs on a return/it is the employer who takes the rap. FOR INSTANCE at the close of 1965 the employer had to report his payroll to the state and federal government. He had to give each employe a statement of his earnings, income tax withholding, social security withholding, and 'so forth. In addition to reporting the payroll he must also report each item of social security to one office and the income de* duction in another statement.' He must send in a withholding receipt for each em- ploye besides giving the employe a statement in duplicate. , , . Then he must also pay in and report for unemployment compensation. This little deal is for the employer only and nothing is deducted from the employe for his unemployment compensation. It amou- nts to 3.1 percent for new employers though 'those who have paid in for years still get a break on the state deal, but not the federal. EACH OF THESE little goodies must be accompanied by a check and the penalty arid interest charges for mistakes, late filing, etc. are on the employer. And the employer is also a tax collector for the state with the sales tax law. If the 'employer does not collect enough sales tax that's his hard luck. He must pay even though he didn't collect from, The employer must report quarterly on his employes, and pay in the amount to the government every month. THE WATERLOO employer represents a lot of employers in their resentment at being made government collectors. Most employers do not have enough employes to require a full time bookkeeper to make these records. Thus at,the end of the month, quarter, or year, someone, and it's usually the employer, must get himself all upset with figuring the things out. And to add insult to the whole business the state forms and the federal forms are different. Why is a puzzle unless it's a bureaucrats pride of authorship in his manner of making the forms. The Waterloo man will not get anything—not even sympathy, Oh well It had to come. Now Indians and Chinese are objecting to b^ing cartooned in advertisements for a soft drink. The manufacturers quickly quit it with deep apologies. It is no longer possible to sing Old Black Joe on the networks. In fact most of Foster's songs are barred unless the words are changed. Negroes object to being portrayed as Uncle Toms. Italians forced the TV show of the Capone days off the air. The only ethnic group which seems to enjoy poking fun at itself is the Jewish comedians and they make a good, thing of it. In fact the cowboy and Indian shows are running into troabje trying to distinguish the Indians as {he bad guys all the time. Have you noticed how many good Indians there are lately winning from bad white guys? Maybe the newspapers should object to reporters being pictured as drunks who rush into the office screaming "stop the press" with a scoop of monumental proportions. Of course in the early shots the newspaperman is pictured as hobnobbing with gorgeous available dames. On the other hand maybe it's all right. A man can dream can't he? Nincompoops Maybe the situation as concerns Lynn Potter, state tax commissioner under fire because he has not completely given up his tax business, can be compared with the situation as regards recent presidents. Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson put their holdings in trust—"beyond their control" and in the hands of others to administrate. Potter put his in his wife's admitted he helped her on occasion, In the case of President Johnson his TV enternrises in Austin, Texas, were put iri n trust. But ^v th« same token Johnson could also 'he. charged with having an interest in whatever legislation might affect that trust. It would be ridiculous to assume he would wipe all memory of 'it or concern for it out of his mind. After all he is human even though some of his followers seem to think different. This does not mean that Potter should run a business on the side which would conflict with his duties as a tax commissioner. But the example is there on a higher pline. The entire problem is thpt peoole expect an office holder to be like Caeser's wife, above suspicion. They do not want him to have been anything before he took the iob. In fact if all the ramifications of conflict of interest are considered onlv a nin- comnoon or a hum off the streets could qualifv for public office. What we need is able men in office, and able men do have other interests. We should accent them as they are and not until they take advantage of their public position should we lower the boom and drum them out of office. Nincomnooos can do more damage than anv able man who might take advantage of his situation. (Pat O.lltoh.r In Belmond Independent) If we were a member of organized labor —' there's a pfet' ty strdng chance that we'd be yoting the Straight Democratic ticket next fall. Of Bourse, at this point we wouldn't haVe much notion Who is going to bs ON the ticket. BUt that wouldn't make much difference. When you've got ah outfit that Will do jUst about anything short of murder for you (and you even harbor -the suspicion that mUi'dfer performed, to a constructive purpose might be Winked at), yoU Shoti* Id feel a little silly looking into the whys arid wherefores. There's .just one thing that might make Us hesitate. If We happened to belong to a union that is strongarmed by leadership that seems appreciably 'more interested in personal power thah bur legitimate rights . . . well, we might pause to think; On the federal level, it has become blatantly apparent that the Democratic administration regards itself as under heavy obligation to union labor. Eveh when a 'conscienceless power- grabber like Mike Quill stuck a WIT BY IOWANS Jimmie Hoffa, the trucker union boss, is now in the open in an effort to organize professional football and baseball players. However it would seem a lone whoop and hollar indeed from truck driving to playing baseball or football. And judging from reported salaries and bonuses they are much better off financially than the average fellow. One wonders whether the dues from such large salaries might also be an incentive. gun in the ribs of New York City via the recent transit Sttfikevand extMcted concessions that boldly flouted LBJ's aftti* inflation effdrts, President Johnson mildly hummed to himself as he looked but the window, Wasn't it a newly-elected republican- mayor who Was being embarrassed and haifasseti by the preposterous situation? Yes indeed, it was. There cart be little question that Quill's demands Would have been very different, and that an agreement with the transit Workers could have been achieved short of a strike, had the Democratic mayorality candidate been successful. •'.How important the Democrats' liason With labor is regarded can be seen -in our own state. To create a pro-labor picture, Lex Hawkins, Iowa's Democratic central committee chairman, 4s circulating petitions seeking 100,000 signatures on a demand that Congress vote on repeal of section 14-B of the Taft-Hartley: law. This is . the section of the -law that permits states to have , right-to-work laws, which are one of the laboring man's few protections .Complied by John M. Henry jf "I Saw It In The Paper" in McColl's Magazine. "Experts in such matters say there's significance in what the bride doss with the little figure of the groom on the wedding cake". — Marengo dentist. "If you put it off until tomorrow, maybe some other person won't". — Red Oak merchant. "It helps some, we are told, if you can be poor at one particular thing, rather .than scatter your lack of talent over many things". — SCI sehior. "It adds to your feeling of security if you think people are better than they are". — Northwood automobile dealer. '.*. "Of all head-wear, the hardest to keep on is the halo". — Dubuque matron. ;•: "You really don't get to know a person until he or she leaves the party early". — Hampton editor. "Of course monkeys look worried; they have only to look put through the bars to see what evolution can -do".7iTn-3(«puriftU»iWutfi libratyi Mj id "The educational value of TV depends a lot on what kind of book it makes you snatch up in defense". — Nevada teacher. "Of course it's hard on mathematics, and we have to get a new kind between civilizations, when we try to run on a five-day week a world that took seven days to make". — Leon housewife. ' ' ' ',?•* Married student problem is going to supreme court (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) A district court decision requiring Waterloo East High School to allow a married student to play basketball is to be appealed by the Waterloo school board to the Iowa Supreme Court, '"••'• Judge Blair Wood last week issued an. injunction requiring the school to let Ronald Green try out for the basketball team despite a rule against married students taking part in extracurricular activities such as sports. Green, 17, played as a regular last season but was dropped from the squad this year because he was married last summer, Whether one boy is to be allowed to play basketball is not the problem facing the Waterloo board. In fact, the basketball season will undoubtedly be over and Green may have his diploma before the high court hands down a decision. The Political power (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Sun) During the second session of Congress, an all-out drive will be made to repeal section 14(b) of the Tart-Hartley Act—the section which authorizes the states to pass right-to-work laws. These laws say, in effect, that it is up to each individual worker to decide for himself whether he wishes to join a union or not, and that he cannot be compelled to do so on pain of losing his job. The House voted to repeal 14 (b) during the first session. But a determined group of Senators, representing both the parties, prevented action in the Senate. We will soon know whether union political power is sufficient to abrogate a right which would seem absolutely basic in a free society. Strict laws forbid discrimination against workers board decided, however, that an appeal is needed in order to find out how much authority school officials-have. School officials throughout the'state will be watching with interest. If the Waterloo judge's decision is upheld, it may become difficult for them to make various rules effective. A reversal by the high court would uphold their authority. The "big push" on civil rights during the last couple years has stressed the rights and liberties of the individual, even to the point where the best interests of society are sometimes overlooked. There is a possibility that this trend may be carried too far, If it continues, rules of conduct will be harder to enforce and there will be an eventual breakdown of law and order. If courts continue to overturn the decisions and rulings of local boards and councils, elected by the people, then government by the people no longer exists. on such grounds as race, creed, color and sex. But without right-to-work, the law supports, and to all intents and purposes enforces, discrimination of the most absolute kind against workers who for their own good reasons do not wish to become union members. against irresponsible, intrench- ed union leadership. ' ' A recent poll indicated that •la per cent of lowans favor the right'tb-work law. (Jetting the required number of signatures on Hawkins* petition should riot be hard, But they would piftve; mainly that labor likes having a federal administration that will jump through hoops on -demand. The petition will certain* ly not prove that the majority of lowans believe union membership should be compulsory. On second thought, we're hot really so sure, at that, that we —as a laboring man, with ah election coming Up—would Want union leadership calling the turns.as would be possible with the states' privilege of haying right-to-Work laws erased. There is no question but Whit the Johnson administration is pledged to this course. Failure of the administration to do anything about the transit strike in New York Was indicative of the administration's attitude, it is highly questionable if any segment of our economy should .have the unrestrained power that the Democrats seem all too willing to grant labor in fulfillment of a political bargain.' •' ' '•; " .• .• .'• . ',..•"' Taxes will go up (W. C. Jarnagin in Storm Leke Pilot-Tribune) We hear a great deal of talk about reduction of taxes due to the immensity of our gross national product. But some consternation has followed the recommendation by LBJ that the excise taxes eliminated on telephones and automobiles as of January 1 should be restored. As a matter of fact, insiders expect a continued rise in living costs and a necessary boost in taxes. Richard Wilson, head of the Washington staff of the Des Moines Register arid Tribune, summarizes the situation in these paragraphs, taken from a recent Washington letter. We may expect, he says: . Higher fees for parcel post. increased taxes on airline 'passenger tickets and air freight. A new tax on heavy trucks. Higher .taxes on automobiles. Higher taxes on local and long distance telephone, and teletypewriter service. A $36 million increase in post office department fees for money orders, insurance, registry, certified mail and C.O.D. Of course, this refers only to federal boosts.'We lowans are already beginning to note increases in social security payments, withholding taxes and what have you. We'll get a clearer insight into what the recent legislature did to us as we get further into the year. And don't expect any lessening in the demands from Washington. Who?! Tears! ». Cr.bbe in Grove i*glt) Tbg>re was a news story in the Monday paper that said, we quote, "President Johnson braved the winter blizzard to attend a Catholic worship service in his Honor which eulogized him by comparing him to President George Washington at Valley Forge." The news story further said. "Jt (the comparison) Bought tears to his eye*." Pardon us but the news story of the comparison brought both laughter and teajff to r fcrge segment of the population. Special Paradox in poverty war fcurttfe Irt 0*iflt Prtli) The "War oh poverty" is get* tirtg dds»-to home. A Series, sponsored here by the Exten* siort Service, is showing the need in Mitchell county for effort .along this line, artd what the various programs are. Perhaps the most effective Ibhfe-term program is education and training for those who fall into the poverty dptagory. With the 1960 census showing over 30 percent of Mitchell county families earning less than $3,000 hfet jter year, We must assume that some poverty exists here, unbelievable as that fig ttfe tnay be The poverty effort advocates training for better jobs and seeking the job classifications for trainees that are in demand today. , Tne paradox here is that no matter what 'kind of training or retraining program is institutes (Chat. Davis in Iowa Fells Citiion) Reaction to Governor Hughes' decision to seek a third term as the state's chief executive has been wide and varied. Senator Jack Miller issued a confident statement which contained an almost audible sigh of relief. {state G.O.P. chairman Robert Ray couldn't think of anything worth saying, so decided to opine that Hughes was afraid of Miller (Ray obviously hasn't made much of a study of Hughes). And Professor Bill Murray, the current front-runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination has been notable for his silence. Our good Mend Duane Dewel of the Kossuth County Advance theorizes that the Democrats have only one candidate for either governor or U. S. senator , . . that's Hughes. Duane hasn't been doing his homework either. We'd bet our able colleague § stub end roll of newsprint that Paul Franzenburg could have won the governor's chair over anyone the Republicans could have thrown at him. But now, we'll never know ... at least in 1966. (C. P. Weodi in Ihetden M*il) We wanted to do something special for Ground Hot Pay, but the best we could suggest was a picture of a tray of pork sausage, with the caption "It didn't see the shadow in time." On second though*, we <&cide4 to abandon this tf««, so yoM have been spared this miserable pictorial pun. here, the commodity we need so badly here is more jobs. Training otir people for employment elsewhere ih Iowa or elsewhere n the country solves nothing for Mitchell county. Industrial development, here and in nearly every town, is of vital importance to community expansion and prosperity—whether it is called a "war on poverty" or not. With a diminishing farm population, industrial jobs are necessary. Industrial development is not something for only businessmen or property owners to be concerned with ... it effects farmers, workingmeh and everyone else connected with the Osage area community. It's good sense to boost Osage Wherever we are and to dd everything possible to make the town attractive to visitors . . . we never know when we talk to a potential employer. ,A LOO N A KOSSUTH COUNTY AOVANCt by the Advance Publishing Co.. Mondays and Thursdays, offices, and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. 50511 . Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing • Editor, Julian Chrischilles. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER : 6 TI 6 N AFEILIATE MEMBER ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year In County and to nearest post 'dffice outside of County —$5.00 Six months in County and to nearest post office $3,50 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. 00000»000000000000000»»»»»OO« 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 •'.:.'.•".- ; ." i 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 fere*. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, ahd Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst ^ i ^ RICHARD A. MOEN Ronresentinp FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern onw-itoo Insurance Service Business - Honie - Car - Lite 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aaency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5^2341 RICKLEPS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tv(M« of Insurance Ph. 2955529 or 2953811 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 flours 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 11^ East State St. P»al 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore , Mon. - Wed. - fti. ', 9 a.m.,,- .5 p.m. „,•' ,~ ""Phone 295-3373 1 " 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 12Vi N. Dodfl. Ph. 295-2191 CifOIT §URfAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fact bat Reports w*m 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. SCHUTTER, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN P. KOOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-5490 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 OR. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, P.P.S. 123 E. Call 295-51Q8 Algona

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