Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 3, 1966 · Page 13
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 3, 1966
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County Advance JL X Political pendulum is Swinging This is one way street Jk . ^fii^ ^»^ ... — .a J| A i .. i ^..j _ jj «ai *WkA^ THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1964 * Community television The Federal Communications Commission is threatening to take over regulation Of the Community Antenna Television ay* stems, and in some instances has asserted the right of the commission to regulate all such local propositions. Termed CATV for short the local operation is to take the signals from nearby stations, amplify them, and then distribute to local patrons. There are two methods of doing this. One is by subscription by local patrons who get the signals privately by cable and pay so much a month for the privilege. Another is to take the signals received and rebroadcast them to everyone by a UHF channel in the 14 to 80 ranges. THE FCC SEEMS on best grounds in the second instance for there is a direct re-broadcast of the signals received • and thus could easily come within the laws on broadcasting television. Also in the second instance there are some in this kind of operation which originate their own program. There are . a few using cable which also originate local programs but not many. I The community system that broadcasts the signals on UHF gets its revenue "either by public subscription or from local tax money. The Iowa legislature has legalized operation of,,municipally owned systems. . ;.',.-'-'• THE FEDERAL AGENCY is concerned with the effect of community rebroadcast on the regularly operated stations from which the signal is taken by the community system. ; :,> ', One reason is the, community system can pick up distant stations not available to the ordinary house antenna. This com- petes with the local station and cuts its effectiveness and its revenue from advertising. in the Algona situation both Fort Dodge and Mankato come in fairly good. Mason City claims Algona coverage. All three seek Algona advertisers. IF ALGONA HAD a community system it would undoubtedly pick up signals from Austin and Rochester. Austin has ABC which is not available consistently here with house antennas. Rochester has NBC which would possibly interfere with Fori Dodge. This concern for local stations seems a bit out of place as guaranteeing a monopoly to certain stations in the area. For instance Algonians can not get Austin or Rochester effectively so must get NBC programs from Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge is a UHF station and signals here are not consistent over; the area. At present Algona is denied access to ABC which it could have under a community system. It would seem there is a bit too much concern with the financial fortunes of Fort Dodge and Mankato under the FCC plan, and too little for the service of television on all of. the three networks for Algona people. PARTICULARLY IRRITATING is the habit of Fort Dodge and Mankato of having local programs of only local interest discarding national programs of universal interest. The FCC should not be concerned with giving monopolies to any station. People in Algona should be entitled to network programs from one station if the other station is putting out a local program of no interest here. (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) tt certailnnly won't happen this year, and it probably won't happen in the election year of 1968; but to any observer of the political scene who tries at all to be objective, it seems inevitable that the pendulum is bound to start swinging toward the middle before too many more elections have come and gone. We can point to the opinion of no less an adept politician than our own Democratic governor, Harold Hughes. No one can accuse the handsome, hardworking ex-trucker of being unfaithful to his party. So when he is prompted by the recommendation of a Great Society spokesman to ask, "What is this country coming to?", his reaction is significant. This was Governor Hughes' response when a presidential commission headed by Dr. Harold Bowen, president of the University of Iowa, proposed that the federal government assure each family a minimum income of $3,000. This sentiment expressed by a "self-made man" (who's done a pretty good job on himself) The Amish 'solution' The solution arrived at by Governor Hughes and the Amish plus school authorities in the area has satisfied no one, and will not be settled until the legislature takes a hand in the game. , By letting an outside agency put up $15,000 to pay certified teachers for the rural Amish schools the governor gets around the law. It would be unconstitutional for teachers to be paid from tax money to teach a religious school. The Amish are a bit fearful of what these teachers will teach their children. The Amish do not want any of the "ffiricy" kind of education much beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. State law designates certain subjects not wanted by the Amish must be taught. THERE IS REAL sympathy for the Amish. They are dedicated to a way of life that has been lost by advancing civilization with its benefits and also its defects. The Amish want none of either; They seek to keep their children from the worldliness outside their own little community kind of life devoted to the soil and raising of livestock. ' Undoubtedly they have a point, and whether it is a good one depends a bit on personal beliefs. Few if any Amish get into trouble—except in this instance when the law interferes with their ideals and religious beliefs. BUT THERE IS ALSO another side and that is the Amish are benefitting from the laws in every instance. All these laws must be complied with by everyone including the Amish. To permit a person to determine which law he wishes to obey and which he rejects would lead to chaos. This the Amish seek to do—to have the benefits of law on their commercial activities such as selUng'tfefr^proolrte^atid reject the law on teaching of their children. The present solution does permit the Amish to disregard the full extent of the law while conforming to a part of it. IF THIS IS PERMITTED -to stand there are other situations where the law now pinches which would seek a similar kind of exception or dispensation. Letting down the gate for the Amish would let it down for others if the solution for the Amish is constitutional which is in serious doubt. Maybe this little breathing spell will be beneficial, but the legislature will have to either let down the bars or insist the law be enforced the same for all, Amish or not. This solution is merely postponing the day for not only the Amish but also the education authorities. Stupid The vandalism at Garrigan high school was a stupid thing. It was destruction for its own sake. It did nothing for the person who did it. It does not take any brains or intelligence to push over a statue or burn a picture. And it presented a poor image of Algona to the state-through publicity, parti' cularly on the front page of the Des Moines Register. It was stupid for even a juvenile delinquent if such were the culprit. Judges In the American way of life a judge should be above any kind of suspicion and should bend over backwards to avoid the appearance of being influenced. In Oklahoma there is substantial evidence that one to three of the federal judges have been less than discreet if not deliberately flouting the law they are supposed to enforce. Federal judges are appointed for life. They can be removed only by impeachment proceedings by the congress with, the respresentatives bringing the proceedings which are tried with the senate as tfo.e jury. Impeachment proceedings are not a good answer to the problem because of inertia in getting congress to act and often the political overtones involved. The rules on impeachment are not similar to those in a normal trial. Judges are appointed for life to give them security so they would not be susceptible, to. .influence for a price. There are aecysi&otts one or more jydfies. jjtj 0%- homa profited personally and financially in suggests that limit* which most U.S. citizens find acceptable in the realm of paternalism art being drastically over-extended by LBJ & Co. '.Another example is offered by the unemployment compen* sation bill which the Johnson administration is fostering •— and which has the National Small Business association in very much of a tizzy. It would provide for 52 weeks of unemployment checks, even for persons who quit their jobs voluntarily without cause, or who are fired for willfull misconduct on the job. Its cost to small business, particularly, would inevitably be backbreaking. Needed social reforms are one thing — and some of the Great Society's endeavors in this field have been commendable. Vote-buying nonsense like the guaranteed annual income and unemployment insurance that doesn't even pretend to be essentially a buffer against temporary, unavoidable deprivation is entirely something else. When a Democratic friend of ours heard us observe that Harold Hughes was "beginning to talk like a Republican" in his some of their decisions. This of course is intolerable. If the charges are found to be true then the judge so found guilty is unfit to serve as a judge. Confidence in the integrity of a judge is of first importance in a judicial system. A judge can be excused for honest and human mistakes, but not for judgments in which he personally benefits. Congressman Gross is on solid ground when he insists the accusations in the Oklahoma cases must be tried out in the open. It is the only way to maintain confidence in our judicial system which is badly shaken by the accusations. On this both republicans and Democrats should be completely positive. Thank you In contrast to the vandalism at Garrigan was the performance of Algona wrestlers at the state meet over the weekend. These young people did a good job and came back with three state championships, a runnerup, and the team Class A title. This isn't bad for only four young men. Wrestling is a tough sport, requiring conditioning and training. It is also a solitary undertaking—one person against another—not a team effort. A boy is on his own in the spotlight and he alone must win. Algona can take a bit of pride in the efforts of not only the wrestlers, but of the team sports, and the young men who play them at both high schools here. It makes all of us feel good. Remember boys and girls—parents were once teenagers and while not as ex- huberant now they get some of that same tltfpj at a good perfprQignce eyej) if they no longer can participate. WIT BY IOWANS Complied by John M, Henry of "I Saw It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "As time goes on you hear more and more of "stay home" pay—an amount to go to the wife who has to endure a retired husband around the house all day". — ISC faculty wife. "Ana, it can be added, nothing is much more pleasant for us fools than to ask questions you wise men cannot answer". — Hampton banker. "A trouble is that if you resist temptation too vigorously, it may not come again". — Clarinda clerk. " 'Knowing how' will make you a good worker and 'knowing why' will make you boss". Fort Dodge plasterer. "It's a smart husband who doesn't plant more than his wife can hoe". — SCI math teacher. "A chrysanthemum Jy£, any other name would be easier to spell". — Atlantic editor. "So live that if there is lipstick on your collar, the neighbors will have no doubt ;about who put it there". — Burlington banker. | "When all is said and done, it's better to leave it that way". — ISU Ph.D. "A woman is good to a iftan for one of M^eej^Tjj. on^HifiatSe she lovi^' flmfjj two,7r>ecause sTWrwaWW; something from him; or, three, just because". — Anamosa judge. Schools most important of all of the public services (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) It costs a lot of money to operate our schools—-and all other public services. But of all the public services we suspect that our schools are the most important. Last week teachers here appeared before the board of directors of the district and asked for increases in the salary scale which is in effect, and has been for the past two or three years. The proposals which the school people advanced would mean an increase in the basic rate for teachers with BA degrees of $300 a year. In the proposal also are suggestions for several other changes in the agreements between the teachers and the board. We disagree with the teachers in their desire to maintain overall levels of remuneration for all teachers, based on education and length of service, without considering quality of the work they do, but this seems to be the modern thinking. On the matter of the basic increases asked, we hope that the board can see its way clear to grant them. We then would be on a level with the top schools in the area—and should be in . a position to attract the quality of teachers we want, In saying that we could then attract the quality of teachers we want, we are not throwing rocks at our present teachers—we are merely quoting their arguments as presented to the board. Humphrey ball (W. C. Jarnagin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune) Vice-President Hubert Humphrey has been having a ball for himself, flitting around the world promising loans of many millions of American dollars to nations that don't appreciate it. And without the consent of congress, this is supposed to have something to say about how we carry on our foreign aid program. Some of the experts at Washington give out the impression that LBJ selected Hubert to make this journey because of polls which showed that Bobby Kennedy has been more popular with the voters than has the veep. Which would indicate that when the next presidential convention rolls around, Bobby would have an edge over Humphrey in selecting the candidate for vice-president to head the ticket with LBJ. This may be plain unadulterated gossip. But remember that the newspaper columnists who write about affairs in Washington have a certain amount of space to fill in the daily press. Why not lowans ? (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) The board of regents, who have charge of three major state schools in Iowa, as well as some other institutions, have just voted to hire a Chicago firm to do the architectural work for a major addition to medical school facilities at Iowa City. At least two members of the board protested vigorously, saying that Iowa architects should have been hired. We agree heartily. Iowa produces plenty of skilled architects and engineers, who could have done the job for the school of medicine—but no, the folks at IQW§ City wanted someone from Chicago. It's the same on the local level in every community. Too many local institutions insist on passing up the local businessman when something has to be bought. The folks who are good enough to pay the taxes, who support every local project that comes along, are far too fre-- quently ignored for someone on the outside, when there is money to be spent. It's an age ol<} problem, and we do not have the answer. rejection of L&J's pie4n-the-sky foolishness, «id Mend tuggeafc ed "maybe you're just begin' nifig to listen like a Democrat." 'We don't think thy 'p ®* one. Rather, we suspect that, a middle ground is going to 'have to be found between traditional Republican conservatism and the politically-inspired "liberalism" that LBJ calculates will keep him in office until 1972. It seems improbable that such party brethren as Governor Hughes will have any success in moderating LBJ's belief that "promisiijg the moon" is the surest key to continuing political power. That leaves a lot of territory that the Republicans can move into with good prospect of winning majority support. Probably 1968 is too soon to expect the pendulum to change its direction; at any rate, to the extent that any possibility of a change in national party control is likely. But don't be surprised if even in the off-year election of this fall a very discernable trend to the right appears. Many a less astute man than Governor Hughes is wondering "What is this country coming to?" . .and is fearful of the path being followed. Suggestion to King (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) There has been a tradition in New York that the welfare workers in Harlem have had a sort of "diplomatic immunity" in that area, which has kept them free from attack v , The tradition has been that the black looseleaf book carried by the welfare investigators is the one thing that can make the stairwell loiterers step out of the way for a young woman instead of pouncing on her. This was from no feeling of regard for the work of the investigator, but rather for the twice-a-month welfare checks made possible by the investigators' work. But that tradition has now gone the way of a great many others. One day last week there were only 8 out of the normal 130 welfare investigators out on the job. The rest were afraid. One investigator said: "I think, the black book makes them hate you. I've been mugged twice. And whenever you go on a street these kids look at you and pass remarks and say, "Whitey, you better not come on this block anymore.' " Cases such as these point, up one fact of the racial problem that is usually soft-pedalled. That is the fact that the racial wrongs have not always been on one side and that they are still not all on the part of the white majority. Regardless of the original causes for the worst of the reactions with which this minority group expresses itself, the situation exists as shown in this Harlem example, and should not be disregarded merely because it is unpopular to do otherwise. The ills that beset the lowest elements of the Negro population are terrible ones. Their symptoms show up in attiudes and actions which are wildly out of control, and abysmally illogical, such as the actions of those in Harlem who benefit from the work of the most devoted welfare workers attacking those same workers as they attempt to perform their duties. For racial ills of this kind, it should appear fairly obvious that strong medicine, scientific, devoted treatment is required. It would hardly be advisable to recommend as treatment for one who is extremely ill that a makeup expert be called in to paint his face with a good healthful color, or a tailor to pad out his clothes to make an emaciated frame look stalwart —and stop the "treatment" there. It has been frequently pointed out that there are many Negroes of remarkable capabilities and intelligence who cannot find a place in society which, is rewarding enough either in money or worthiness. Why would it not be a good thing to recruit and train social workers from among this big group and inspire them to go into the more hopeless of the Negro areas and help these members of their own race take the necessary steps up into their desired place in our socir ety? It would see to us, for example, that a man of Dr. King's obvious skills .and abilities could be doing more for his race in directing such constructive activities rather than in some of the more extreme methods which produce pnjy jftjg tekeft appearance of acceptance through forced integration. (M. §. Crabbe lit Ca«> Oftvt We hive often it in titit wheti one Of otif local residents Of dab group* if to be featured on a television of ffdio program it is considered Help worthy fof free spaor tor th« newspaper's columns. Yet in til of our years of watching or lis^ tening to television and radio programs we have never heard a plug for the fact that the newspaper carried the same event and in more and better detail with pictures and story than did either the television or radio. We even noticed that one of our federal agencies in its an nual report to the people that they listed ais one of their ac complishments for the year 1965 that they were bragging about the number of televisioi and radio programs they had initiated. Yet the Eagle had giv en this same activity severe itttes as many flews stpfiei and everal titfiel Hi tnttoi wtpen* stve ipa«e free of eliafge .yet Mere wa7 fid tiientiOii what**; ever of what they had*cM§V*d through newspapef We counted up no v»«.iw~ - r ^ sue'oMne fiagTe'and found 9 *ee plugs for television or »• dio. It is our guess that this was below average week also. We would like just once to hear some station say "Read the details in story and pictures in your local newspaper. But we doubt it it will ever happen. Help! (C, P. Woods in Sheldon Mall) After studying the matter for some time on television, we have come to the conclusion that we know at least one major reason why the free world is having such rough going. UNCLE needs more than two agents in the field. COUNTY ADVANCE A L 0 0 N A K 0 S $ U T H Published by the Advance Publishing Co.,_ Mondays and Thursdays, 50511 ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATI One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County ---J5.0O Six months in County and to nearest post office --.----- K'tvn Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s S7.00 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 \n each instance. A|l manuscripts, 'articles or pictures are sent at the owner s risk. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL > DIRECTORY < Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 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 Compcny. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham, 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-stoo Insurance Service Business - Home • Car • Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Agency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Podge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS t GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvpe« of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Ont.nmptrfcts 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 INVESTORS Diversified Services, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - fti. 9 a.m. -5pm. Phone. 295:3873 . . •.!.iini? •••!:> r-/ !!-;•// V<1 l>HVia DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3308 Office Hour*: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:80-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 121/2 N. Dod«» Ph. 295-21*1 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295^3743 Pr, L. L. SNYPfR 1)3 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services 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 Si Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph, 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M, P, M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. . Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M. D, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M, D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-5490 ^^^JPeinifcijts^^^^ DR. J- S. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact bilt Reports 29&.3183 Algous DR. LERQY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, D.D-5. R OsW 293-5108 AlgOBi 11»t •» it tMii ft ttntttttt 11 »ft tit 1111 • MI u M »

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