Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 17, 1966 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 17, 1966
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Don Reid, mighty mOUSe hunter Endorses the candidacies of THUMOAY, Fit: 17, )M« On being unfair The apportionment of the legislature for 1967 voted last year by the Iowa legislature has been taken to the supreme court which is expected to give a decision on constitutionality of the measure in the next few weeks. If the apportionment is rejected by the supreme court a special session is re^- quired to pass a new plan. The measure is attacked on several grounds. In the first place it provides for 59 state senators. The Iowa constitution says the senate is limited to 50' senators. There are other objections. HOWEVER one of the main attacks is on the plan which gives Polk county, with the city of Des Moines, 11 representatives and 5 senators, all elected at large. Thus a Polk voter would have 11 votes for representatives and 5 votes for senator while the majority of lowans could vote for but one of each. The attack is based on the one man one vote idea. If a Polk county voter gets so many votes does it violate this idea? It would seem almost elemental that it does. This single district with 16 votes is the darling of the organized labor bosses in Des Moines. These same people are the ones who objected so strenuously when the shoe was on the other foot with rural interests having control of the legislature. POLK COUNTY is swung by the controlled labor vote. It's no secret the senators and representatives from Polk coun- ty are solid in their support of each and eve'ry measure of the labor union bosses, no matter how wild. By taking the 1962 election, an. off- presidential year, as the best recent measure of the voting in Polk it can be easily seen where this swing is. The Iowa Official Register divides the Polk vote into three divisions—country, Bloomfield and Des Moines townships, and Lee township. In the country precincts the vote on the Hickenloopef-Smith race showed 8397 republican and 9468 democrat. In the Des Moines-Bloomfield area the vote was 22,048 republican and 23,380 democratic. These two were fairly close. IN LEE TOWNSHIP however the vote was 5324 republican and 11,104 democrat, or better than a two to one margin. The total for Polk was 35,760 republican and 43,952 democrat with a democrat majority of 8192 of which 5780 came from Lee township. With districting it seems a sure bet some republicans would be elected. With the labor union, bosses depending on Lee township to carry the whole group of 16 of their controlled democrats through, these bosses are not about to let the republicans of Polk county have anything. These men are the same who protested so bitterly about unfairness in the former apportionment, but who now are just as unfair, if not more so, in their attitude toward fair representation for others than themselves. Trip to dreamland The proposal by a commission headed by Dr. Howard Bowen, president of the university at Iowa City, that the federal government insure each family an. income of $3000 doesn't make much sense. As Governor Hughes remarked when he heard about it "What is this country coming to?" This idea would be an invitation to free riders to quit work and let the government support them. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS of these commissions and boards is to get men on them who are not lost in dreamland, and who have had to me°>t a payroll s and do real management work thenj$p f lves. 'Tdct.;;. many blast off into the wild blue yonder with theories that look good on paper but because of the cussedness of the human being just will not work. Why would a fellow who doesn't care much want to work if he were sure the government would hand him $3000 to live on? And if given $3000 soon he'd be demanding $4000 and upward. And who is going to work hard to make more money to pay the taxes which will be given to these loafers who do not want to work? Are they going to be happy to see their fellowman taking it easy while they are struggling to make ends meet? Or are they going to get disgusted and take that $3000 and loaf it up? IT'S A BIT ASTONISHING to find the head of a great university promoting such a scheme. A university is supposed to teach a young man or young woman how to progress in business, the professions, and the arts. The stress should be on work, education, and ability. This $3000 deal violates all of these three ideals—work, education, and ability. Why work if you can get $3000 by not working? Why study your brains out if you can get $3000 by staying dumb but happy? Why show ability when the government will pay you anyway? The things that made this country the greatest nation in the world are flouted by such ridiculous ideas. ; America is supposed toj^therte^ portunity to get ahead by one's own efforts, not by a government handout. WHAT HAPPENED to a man's pride in his work, the things he does and makes with his own hands? What happened to his pride in his ability to support himself and his family adequately? Frankly this $3000 handout deal is degrading. It would lead to many people sitting on their duff and moaning to the government to give them more and more and more. And it would make those who do work pay for these loafers. Let's quit this kind of foolishness; and instead teach again the values of doing a good job, of lifting oneself by his own efforts, and of having opportunity to get ahead without having a lot of free riders on a man's coattails. Serious * If it wasn't so serious in its potential, the fuss in Waterloo over equal rights for women would be humorous. The women in a packing company demand equal seniority treatment with men under the new civil rights law. This tidbit on rights for women was stuck in the new law as a move to discredit it, but the tidbit remained. Now the women employes of that plant demand that seniority rights be maintained and men layed off instead of women. The real trouble is the women want all the special rights of their sex, which are rather numerous when it comes down to cases, and also want to take over equal rights with men besides. there wasn't enough money to pay the state's bills there would be a property tax levy. Anyone familiar with the political situation knows what an uproar this would cause. This double taxation of 1965 and, 1966 was deliberate in its inception to permit the 1965 legislature to get away with credit for doing wonders by giving something to everyone. In his zeal to cut down the double taxation the state legislator did not reveal what plans he might have if any for providing the money to pay for appropriations. ' And frankly, from a political standpoint, the last thing the governor would desire is a legislative uproar during an election year. Odd Session The democratic state representative who is calling for a special session of the legislature to forgive some state income tax is not going to get very far. In the first place the 1965 legislature spent all the money it anticipated to get from the double state income tax this year. By withholding state tax this year, plus payment of income tax for last year, the state gets a double take this year. If a special session were ca4ed and some forgiveness of state tax for 1965 granted it would mean the special session would also have to either raise other taxes or cut appropriations. This, to say the least, would be highly unlikely even if the session were called. One thing not generally understood by lowans is that Iowa as a state can not go into debt without a vote of the people. If the state runs short of funds to pay appropriations there is an automatic property tax levy to meet the additional mon- &y needed. Thus if a special session cut taxes and One of the odd things about mankind is his stubborness. Earth slides have been common in California yet people will build houses up to $125,000 on lots which are subject to slides. Three houses were ruined last week. A similar situation exists on the flood plains at Sioux City, Pubuque, and other places on rivers. These areas are flooded almost every year, yet the people go back. It doesn't make sense but they do. Of course mankind has never learned too much from his mistakes including war as one example. Pointed (Den Reid in Witt Des Moint* Exprett) 1 had just settled down for a quiet evening with the daily paper; Big Brother, as 1 sometimes call it— -or him—when t am irritated. Even when I am irritated however, Big Brother is better than the teevy since he doss not carry those silly singing commercials. "Ee-e-e-k!" screamed Dorothy from the kitchen. "Come quick!" I bustled into the kitchen. "Ee-e-e-k!" she repeated. "Eee-e-k!" "If you would just calm yourself, my love, I will be glad to do what I can to resolve your problem." "Mice!" she gasped. "I reached into the waste basket and almost grabbed hold of one. Ee-e-e-k!" "Come now," I soothed. "They are really friendly little fellows. Cuddly and all that sort of thing. You ought to read 'Pogo' every morning, like I do. It would give you a new and refleshing slant on the animal world." "Stop giving me the lecture and Get Those Mice Out of A paragraph in a news story on war on poverty states the situation rather pointedly, by accident maybe. It said: "One of the first steps upon receiving the money is to hire a full-time director for the local anti-poverty programs at annual salaries ranging up to $12,000 or more." This of coyrse relieves poverty for thp director. Here!" Dorothy gasped. She was all shook up, as well a woman might be who had almost grabbed hold of a mouse. "They probably just came in out of the cold," I suggested. "1 will just toss the waste basket outside and give them a fresh start." "Oh no you won't. You get a broom and kill those mice immediately." She handed me a broom. "Do I have to kill them?" "I want them dead," she affirmed. "Dead, dead, dead!" "Okay, Lady Macbeth." I went to the closet and got a broom. Then I peered into the waste basket. Two little furry gray things met my view. "I believe I can catch them alive," I suggested, reaching into the waste basket. "Don't you dare touch those horrid things!" I pulled one out of the waste basket. "It is not really a mouse," I explained. "My gray ear muffs, of which I have been very proud, happened to come apart so I threw them into the waste basket." I pulled out another ear muff. WIT BY IOWANS Complied by John M. Henry of "I Sow It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "Maybe it isn't ethical, but you can throw the opposition off balance if you suddenly quit pushing." — Art Moran, Sioux City. "Often accidents causing special suffering are the one-car mishaps; there's no other driver to blame." — Cherokee foreman. "So live that when you are replaced it won't be by a lil' transistor." — Mason City banker. "This neighbor of ours is so stubborn he always has a cold during National Health Week." — Davenport CC meeting. "Where is the little old white-haired grandmother of yesteryear? She's gone, and been replaced by a gal of the same age, who is that auburn-haired little lady who will trot over and baby-sit with her grand-kids as soon as the hair-dresser is done|with her." — MarengO doctor. "The trouble is, if you treat the women in your office like women, your wife is sure to find out." — jOelwein Rotary bulletin. ..... _.. „ .-,»—=- when ne s, us, 'It sure takes lot of the long'green to maintain the red, white and blue'." — Anthon youngster. "It's genuine American equality when you don't know whether it's he or she wearing the stringy hair and tight pants." — Ltimoni wit." Sees Viet Nam fight as a continuation of Hitler war (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) With a son and a son-in-law both actively engaged in the war it has been very difficult for this writer to formulate any opinion about "legality" of the war or the necessity of escalating it. Deep down however we have felt that one basic fact is involved and we have not changed our opinion on that in spite of the danger in which our own family is involved. That is that as long as evil and greedy men can gain the power of life and death and taxation over large groups of people we are going to have to be ready to defend and uphold freedom and self determination for all peoples in this shrinking world. We believe that the same principle is involved here that was involved in the wars against the Kaiser and Hitler and Mao Tse-tung (Korea). If these men are determined to grab more power and more land and more people by use of force then we must be just as determined to resist this grab for power. One would think that the Russian dictators would be satisfied with the largest land mass in the world for their doman. Also that Mao should be satisfied to control the largest population in the world. But like the Kaiser and Hitler these evil, greedy men are not satisfied. They have the power to order these people to take up arms and grab more power and wealth for them. One would also think that other freedom loving and self determining peoples would see the problem and be willing to join the U.S. in its determination to create a peaceful world that could then get to the job of creating a good world in which everyone could live a good life. We also feel that this is a modern d^y version of the sit- Uitoi that gxi§te4 when 4bra- hara Lincoln looked at slavery and said this evil must be ended. As a result the U.S. fought the bloodiest of all its wars but it did end slavery. It is difficult to understand why men will not sit down at the conference table and work out their problems without bloodshed. The Kaiser wouldn't do it,'Hitler wouldn't do it, Mao Tse Tung wouldn't do it in Korea and now Mao and Ho Chi Minh won't respond. Some day the possibility of these kind of men gaining this power over peoples must be ended. Let's hope and pray that Viet Nam may be that end. To this end it seems to this writer that we are committed and that we should get on with the job. Would be sad day (Neil Maurer in Laurens Sun) "What's this country coming to?" That was the comment of Iowa's Gov. Harold Hughes when he heard about the idea of guaranteeing everyone a minimum annual income, perhaps of $3,000 a year, as suggested by a national commission headed by Dr. Howard Bowen, University of Iowa president. In our opinion, the governor's comment was quite appropriate. UP to this time, at least, we see little merit in the plan. A guaranteed annual income would remove much of the incentive for work. Those with higher incomes, who would have to pay the bill, would see a greater percentage of their incomes going out in taxes. Those making about $3,000 a year would see Jittte reason for working . . the federal government would make UP the differ* ence anyway. It will be a sad day for the freedom and dignity of the individual if the guaranteed «n« uual income plan is adopted. "If you still want me to beat it with a broom handle, I will be glad to do so." I leered. "However, I will look pretty silly." Dorothy didn't say anything. 1 think words failed her. This happens, though rarely. "I guess it is all my fault," she said. "Come to think of it, 1 have never cautioned you about throwing gray ear muffs into the waste basket." "True!" I said happily. I knew you would be fair about it." "So from now on," she said wearily, "we will just have a rule that you are not to do so." 1 nodded. "Thank you," she said softly. Then something seemed to snap. "And if you ever do it again," she stormed, "I will snatch your ears off!" On this sudden crescendo, she marched into the living room. Puzzled at the switch, I went back to Big Brother. Dorothy will make a pretty good husband out of me yet, I think. In fact, there is hardly anything can happen at our place now but what at some time or another she has issued a White Paper on it. The sugar bowl (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) Whatever happened to the old sugar bowl? If you're older than you like to think about, you can recall that families used to incorporate into their plans for some sort of major household purchase the ways and means of paying for same. It's hard to believe, today; but they saved for it. When the accumulation in the sugar bowl — or in the savings account — equalled the item's price, the purchase was made. That doesn't seem to be the system, anymore. A press association story last week noted that a rapidly growing portion of the population is declining to meet their obligations. Instead, they're sidestepping 'em .."SP^UteS^ .-;^ year was the 13th year in a row that the number of U.S. bankruptcies increased. During 1965, surrender to debts was declared by 163,000 individuals and businesses. Economists don't seem to be too much concerned so long as 90 per cent of the bankruptcies are declared by wage-earners, as is currently the case. What has brought about this state of affairs? We suspect it is due in part to the rather general conviction that just about everyone in this Great Society of ours is owed the same comforts and conveniences as the next fellow, regardless of relative abilities possessed or efforts put forth. For those so deluded, there is "easy credit" available from numerous sources, which makes it possible for them to get so hopelessly enmeshed in debt that there seems to be no way out. "Red" Blanchard, the former Mason Citian with the witty tongue, pokes some fun at this "easy credit" in his bi-monthly column in Wallace's Farmer. These credit agencies, he notes, enable one to gather his host of little debts together into one back-breaking load. Many a poor money-manager has also found himself in a situation like that which "Red" not too drastically exaggerates when he tells of borrowing "$50, on which I've now paid $80, leaving me with only $97 to go." One bankruptcy official referring to the sort of ring-arou- nd'the-rosie that "Red" Blanchard derives a wry laugh out of, observed, "When people have trouble meeting their credit installments they being traveling from loan company to loan company. That's like trying to drink yourself sober." In these days when inflation has become the prevailing economic way of life, we doubt that the sugar bowl school of financing will ever return. Several bankruptcy court officials suggested that teaching money management in grade schools might be the answer. Well, maybe. But we're not sure that modern math lends itself to such practical applications. . . There are times we're fearful that perhaps a Denver bankruptcy refree was uncomfortably close to right. Commenting on the fact that Colorado bankruptcy cases have been rising 10 per cent annually for the past 10 yean, h» predicted, "At tbi§ rate, we'll eventually reach everybody." H.R. Gross and Dirksen (W. C. Jarnagln In Storm Lik* Pilot-Tr!bon«) Congressman H. R. Gross of Waterloo, the only Republican on Iowa's delegation in the House of Representatives, has announced his candidacy for reelection. The veteran lawmaker is serving his 9th consecutive term. Altho his last election was contested by a Democrat opponent, Congress refused to unseat him. Gross has the reputation of being an ardent advocate of "fiscal responsibility and preservation of constitutional rights and freedoms." His counterpart, one might say, is Everett Dirksen of Illinois, minority leader in the senate. "Ev" is at present fighting for two principles that seem to be troubling the voters. One is his determination to block repeal of the "right-to- work law." The other is his continuing effort to side-track the supreme court's "one-man-one- vote" re-apportionment decision. ., „., This ruling, as we are fully aware, gives cities overriding power at the expense of rural people in state legislatures. It will do the same with congress, when it is put Up to that august body to re-apportion. Both "H. R." and "E" come in for considerable criticisms from political opponents. But we are of the opinion that the common people favor having at least two "scrappers" in an organization that in past months has been described as a "a rubber stamp" senate and house of representatives. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY AOVANCI Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and ^Thursdays, offices Editor 'ublished by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. 50 5L', c .. hil | B , tor and publisher, Duone E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Cnnschilles. NATIONAL NEWSPAPJR 66 ADVANCE 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 — 1,22 'Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s V.OO 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. _ Ph. 295-3176 Chironractors 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 Rwresentine 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 A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvoe* 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 Phon* 295^196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed. Saturday Afternoons DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - flri. "^•%.i^v* Phone 295-3. 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 Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 121/2 N. Dodfl* Ph. 295-2191 PR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, AJgona Phone 295-3743 Or. L, L, SNYOER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons 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 0. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L, BRAY, M. 0. M.D. cii n i c 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 CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collwtrite Service Fact DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. 'Phone 295-3334 DR. LEROY I. 5TROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-313; KiVIN ft <m

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