Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 17, 1966 · Page 22
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 17, 1966
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•'a* ~ * •—• t B .^,,.> ..m~~i,,m..... B..M.--..: • p,.f^ Kossuth County Advance S± VAX UL«« A JL .' '.'*.-.!, Confused editor wants to be helpful Problem of getting i THURSDAY, MAMH 17, IM« on road money The League of Iowa Municipalities has announced a drive to secure more road money from the state for use in cities and towns. At present the cities and towns get 13 percent of the funds, with 47 percent going to primary and 40 percent to secondary roads. The cities want 20 percent at the expense of the other two funds, mostly aiming at the 40 percent now going to local a*nd farm to market roads. The road fund is made up of income from gas tax, auto licenses, truck licenses, less refunds made to farmers and contractors who use gasoline for off-road purposes. KOSSUTH COUNTY gets better than a half million dollars a year from the state for use in building county and farm to market roads. A. cut in this amount would probably mean a higher property tax for road purposes on rural property. Town and city property 'is not taxed for county road purposes but is taxed for streets and alleys.. Thus if the road fund for rural roads were reduced it would mean more tax for rural property and less for town property if the spending were kept at a constant rate. Some federal money is also allocated for farm to market roads, and' considerable 'federal money is spent on the primary and interstate systems. THE ROAD SITUATION in Iowa is 'Created equaP The U.S. Supreme Court has outlawed literacy tests as a requirement for voting. This is in line with recent decisions 'in civil rights cases in which about the only requirement for casting a vote is that the voter be breathing and still warm. It would seem that a voter should be able to read the names and the parties on a ballot in order to be capable of casting a ballot. It is ridiculous to assume a person is really qualified to vote if he has no knowledge of the issues, the candidates or even how to read the names. The Supreme Court is plenty fussy about the qualifications of lawyers who appear before its august presence, but casts aside any qualification for a voter who casts the ballots for the president who appoints the members of the supreme court. THIS IS CARRYING the "created equal" phrase in the declaration of independence to a point never contemplated by those who wrote the document. It is carrying it to a point where it becomes a catch-all phrase in connection with the 14th amendment to the constitution to permit the supreme court to do almost anything. The "created equal" phrase means simply a person is equal in the courts and all laws must apply alike to every person. It does not mean that everyone is the equal of everyone else in everything. There are persons who are mechanically inclined while others can't seem to grasp the idea of which end of a screwdriver to use. There are those who can WICF! The State College at Cedar Falls wants to be called a university. The professors have an inferiority complex because they teach in just a college. The naming of the institution at Ames as a university has confused people enough without having three. Most news accounts avoid the "university" word and substitute Iowa City and Ames as a real designation. Maybe Iowa will have to do like UCLA —have the University of Iowa at Iowa City, University of Iowa at Ames, and University of Iowa at Cedar Falls—UHC, UIA, and UICF. Welcome The end of the strike at the Weiden- hoff plant was welcomed by everyone concerned and also those not directly interested. ' Whether the strike was beneficial will depend on the attitude of the persons involved, but it would seem it will take a long time for the amount gained to equal wages lost during the six weeks period Not only were wages lost but the company also lost production, and six weeks product loss can be very influential in whether a company makes or loses money in a year. There was no violence or disturbances during the strike. The union and nonunion members and management behaved correctly, but there is certain to be a bit of bitterness involved. No one really wins in a prolonged strike. There should be a better way to determine what is fair as between management and worker. While it is true a worker should have a Jiyine wage it is also true the cpmtpany roust make a profit or go broke—which spotty. Generally speaking northern Iowa has the better rurftl and farm to market roads. Property Valuations are higher in northern Iowa and raise more money. And the flat northern Iowa land lends itself to road construction. , .- . | Southern Iowa has hills with deep valleys. Prdperty there is not as valuable nor capable of paying high taxes. The cost of building a road is complicated by the hilly cduntry and the numerous bridges. Northern Iowa water is dumped on southern Iowa. It costs to replace flooded bridges and erosion control is vital. And where northern Iowa has been enabled to build roads and in many cases blacktop them southern Iowa has had to use construction money 'for maintenance of the roads they do have. , SOUTHERN IOWA particularly would be hard hit by any reduction in foaA funds. That part of the state must depend on state money for local property taxes do not raise enough funds. The drive by cities for more funds is certain to be bitterly opposed. The cities cite the large number of cars as justification for more money because of the license fees and gas tax paid on these cars. The rural areas contend the farm to market roads carry the produce that supports the cities. While the cost per person served in rural areas is many times greater than in the city the fact remains these rural areas must be served. express themselves in speech while others get tongue-tied. THERE ARE THOSE who study the issues and the candidates and come up with an informed vote. And there are those who haven't the foggiest idea of what the party, candidates or issues are. To say the vote of the intelligent voter and the one of the uninformed are equal is just plain ridiculous. Sad to recognize is the fact it is the minority of voters who study the candidates and issues. The great majority do not, but vote prejudices, a party because their father did, or support a candidate because he is better looking. And it is the uninformed who thus control an election and who tend to support a candidate who promises the biggest giveaway whether it is possible or not to come close to delivering what he promises. IT IS SIGNIFICANT in the south there are symbols for the parties, like a rooster and a star. In Alabama there was a big fuss over the democratic party label on the ballot and the words "White Supremacy" were taken off this spring but the rooster remains. It means simply the party is appealing to those who know a rooster when they see one but can not read. They vote the rooster ticket! Sometimes it does seem it is probably unintentionally correct—they are voting for roosters and not for men. To hear some politicians crow and brag about their abilities sounds a lot like a rooster. means the end for both management and labor. It means a worker must produce something the company can sell. It's what a worker produces that justifies his pay. If a company can not produce a product economically that will sell on the market the amount of wages per hour and amount of product is meaningless. Whether the strike injured the image Algona has tried to create to bring new industry here remains to be seen. However it is true most industry avoids areas where labor disputes are common. And if industry does stay away it means less competition for the services of labor here which injures the local labor market itself. If two industries are competing for labor it means more for the worker. But if labor hurts industry it means industry stays out and the worker has no choice of jobs. Farce This is a strange situation—the democratic party seeking $2,000,000 from television companies to broadcast the national convention next year. Frankly the average television viewer could care less about the conventions which have been a sham battle of little interest. In fact the interruption of favorite programs to show the conventions has been irritating. The only real thing both parties could do is let only one network have the convention so the other two networks could produce shows which would be watched While this might offend the politicians who love to see themselves on TV it would be a relief to the viewer to have a choice. Frankly both conventions are a farce as far as letting the people in on what is going on. And the commentators seem as bored as the audience. In swIHMHo IfMMjMfMMftt) We've received in the mail a letter frt»m a gentleman in D*s Moines stating that the U.S. Civil Service Commission needs our/help. We were only too painfully aware that the Internal Revenue Service needs our help; but we hadn't previously known that we were all this important to the Civil Service Commission. Anyway, we are asked to tell our readership that a host of college trained personnel is urgently needed "to staff many of the new positions in the federal government established to Support our military effort in Viet Nam." To validify his point, our correspondent says there actually are some Department of Defense positions open — even in the midwest. Then he warms up to what we suspect is the real crux of his plea by saying that "in addition,, there are WIT BY IOWANS nefcds in many of the ftftftr 'programs of the 'Gteai SotteV- 1 ' Utilizing LBJ's catch phrase in this manner strikes us a something on, a par with those signs adjacent to federally-built college buildings and other government-financed projects intended to imply that they were befttowed virtually out-of-pocket by LBJ, himself. That man. is going to let nobody forget who is in charge of, the money tree. Be that as it may, pur CSC friend finally gets around to what we suspect is his real point when he notes that the Medicare program, the innumerable facets of the Office of Economic, Opportunity war on poverty program and many other hew programs of the "Great Society" are needing manpower like crazy. i \<t\\ AH of which points to the fact that, if you think we've had a federal bureaucracy, in the past, "you ain't seen nothin' yet!" One aspect of the Civil Ser- Complied by John M. Henry of "I Sow It In The Paper" in McGoli's Magazine. vice Commission's appeal Us temporary solace, Run-of4he-> mine college graduates with ho experience are offered ft relatively niggardly starting salary of $5,181 per year; "Supeiiot" students, Master's degree holders or persons with qualifying experience would be started at only $6,269 or $7,479 per yetf. While these amounts aren't exactly in the "pittance" class, they at least aren't too sharply competitive with what business, industry, schools and the professions a're offering. The recompense offered hardly threatens to drain off the cream of the crop. Anyway, we herewith dispose of our obligation to the Civil Service. Jobs are open; the pay- is as stated; and inquiries may be directed to U.S. Civil Service in the Old Federal building in Des Moines or the post office at Mason City. Applicants will be tested on April 16. At this point, we wash our hands of the entire matter. "In a good, intense marriage, it is possible to be still mad about something you have forgotten". — Oakland clerk. "// you don't see what you want, our competitor doesn't have it". — Sign in Des Moines store. • "Down through the generations parents have pointed out that curiosity killed the cat, and for just as long the children have asked what the cat wanted to know". — Burlington bus driver. "Consider the elephant; she has weight and wrinkles, but lives to be 100 years old". — Fair- yield 'hotel manager. "Another ten years and the national flower will be the concrete clover leaf". — Council Bluffs Kiwanis speaker. "Ah, progress! It takes ten times the gear for a cook-out than Grandpa < used to conquer the wilderness". — Belmond filling station manager. . "In a free nation, it is said 'believe it or not'; in the other kind 'believe it or else' ". — Cedar Rapids Coe teacher. "The best help a wife can give her husband is the knowledge that there she is; no matter what". — Cedar Falls minister. '' .. ; • 'i"One.of the sure things keeping persons .going into debt is trying to keep up with persons already there". — Anamosa abstractor. Missouri chides Io\ya with bigger corn crop p,er acre (M. B. Crabb* in EagI* Grov* Eagto) We noted in the last Wallaces Farmer that Missouri people were poking fun at Iowa, the corn state, because our state's master corn grower only produced 178 bushels per acre While the Missouri champion produced 304 bushels. Our first reaction was that probably the Missouri man used an unusual amount of fertilizer. But the item said to turn to page 50. On turning to page 50 we found the fertilizer program that the Iowa winner had used and it doesn't seem possible that any more fertilizer could be used. In fact he used so much fertilizer that it would seem that the only crop he could have raised was more fertilizer. Farm magazines and extension news releases are full of advice on the use of fertilizer. It seems, according to these experts, that we are only beginning to realize the value of fertilizer in grain production. Many farm experts are also talking about 30 and 20 inch rows. You even hear talk about a sort of broadcasting method of planting corn wherein the weeds are killed by chemicals thus 'making cultivating unsubstantially. And did you notice the price paid for the boars at the CCA boar sale last week? This indicates a strong desire on the part of feeders to increase die productiveness of their market hog herds. We have to credit the Eagle's advertising manager Dick Bell necessary. It is claimed that 30 to 40 bushels per acre increases are possible with this method. It seems certain that 150 bushel corn is going to be a possibility for every farmer in the very near future. And all of the time we have corn stored in every available place and the corn-hog ratio is the best it has been in the life time of most of us, All of which makes us wonder what the future is for the livestock business, especially the* hog business. Hogs after all are the best known market for corn and if the ratio continues to be as favorable for the hog feeder the number of market hogs are bound to increase for this sage remark. He thinks the future of farming and the price of farm land are both due for a bigger and better place in the economic future. You know he said, "They have quit making land." People are not trusted (C. P. Wood, in Sh.ldon Mail) Although it is obvious that many matters of international importance must remain secret during emergency periods or during sensitive negotiations, there is a growing tendency in this country to keep many mat ters of public concern from the public for no good or ethical reason. This tendency is seen at all levels, national, state, county and town. It apparently means that those who seek to keep vital information from the public do so because they do not trust the public or because they do not quite trust themselves. The public has a right to know public business, and this right may well be one of the most vital of ail the foundation stones of democracy. If government reaches the point where it feels it is above the public—the citizens—then surely democracy has suffered a great defeat. Perhaps a tendency such as this might constitute a graver threat to democracy, in the long run, than does the obvious and so apparent threat, imposed by communism. Of equal importance along with the outright withholding of information from the public is what seems to be a growing feeling thai official statements from the government cannot be trusted. There is naturally a tendency on the part of any agency releasing news of its own 'activities to paint a rosy picture, but it will be a sad state of affairs in4eed if this tendency jgrows to the point that public confidence is completely destroyed in, official government statements. Confusing attitude (W. C. Jarnagin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune) We >Storm Lakers are a bit confused over a situation that has arisen in Sioux City involving both TV stations. ; Seems that both channels are competing for a franchise that would enable them—or itr—to establish coaxial cable television service. . When Storm Lake recently held an election on a proposition of that sort by a corporation which 'included our own Vista theatre manager, both SiOux City channels opposed it. On the strength of their arguments that such would handicap the service we are now getting, our voters defeated the proposal. .. . Now the shoe seems to be on the other foot. The Journal says that the two groups seeking the franchise are owners of radio station KTRI and Sioux City Cablevision Co., Inc ; , formed by owners of television stations KVTV and KTIV. The contenders are pointing out'how this proposed .cable,, op-, eration would increase the number of oUtof-state programs brought to Sioux City and surrounding area. And we thought that when both stations united to erect that huge antenna tower, all would be friendly in the Sioux City TV world. Just now the problem seems to be whether -either applicant should be granted a franchise without a special election. In Storm Lake we had an election as we have noted. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out at Sioux City. But we recall what Manager Del Farrell of the Vista told us after we had defeated the proposal here. He said the request for a franchise will be brought up again in Storm Lake and other towns that voted it down some weeks back. Government weakness (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) We are glad to see the President's proposal that four-year terms for members of Congress be made to coincide with Presidential terms has met with overwhelming opposition. And as far as that is concerned, we hope that there will be enough opposition to four-year terms to defeat that proposal, too. One of the weak points in our government has been an inabili- , ty to respond quickly enough to changes in public opinion. If the terms of Congressmen are extended to four years, it will make this response, obviously, even less sensitive. If the terms should all be made to coincide with the Presidential election years, the situation would be even worse. We have had many cases in the past when Congressional candidates of little merit have been elected because they went in on the coattails of a strong and dynamic Presidential candidate. As the population of the country increases, the personal contact between the voters and our national representatives becomes constantly thinner. There is no use in increasing this lack of contact and responsibility more than population growth itself makes necessary. It would he better, in our opMon, to be working on the malter from, &e viewpoint of increasing the direct influence of the voters on th*ir representatives, rather thin the other way around. (Ntll M«ur*r In Uifr*M fttfl) Dowli in Soltthefn Wwa, the residents of Leon have donated 1100,000 to get a Chicago lift* gerie nwnificturing company to Ideate in the community. The money is to foe an outright gift, with no assurance thfct the manufacturer will continue in operation. It is interesting to note that this particular firm had similar offers,from at least a half dozen other Iowa communities. The Leon ptoject gives some idea of the importance attached to industry, and the efforts that are made by some development groups to bring industrial firms to town. Leon had tried and fail* ed to get other industries; its civic-minded citizens were willing to make substantial cash contributions to attract a payroll. It is their hope that this new industry will improve the future of their town and their area. We wish to commend the Leon residents for their attitude, and congratulate them for their §u&te&. At the same time, we would like to express our own opinion that Iowa communities cannot afford to "buy" Industries, too often the industry thAt locates with the highest bidder moves oh again when a better offer shows up at some later date. Community financing of industry, on the other hand, is not only desirable but necessary. Long-term loans from a development corporation, or in the form of municipal revenue bonds, give growing firms the help they need in a businesslike manner. We strongly believe in the principal of the loan, rather than the gift. Even more important, however, is the community atmosphere. It must be friendly to industry, and every effort must be made to make it attractive to both management and workers. It must be a good place to live, to work and play, and to rear families. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY AD V A NCI Published by the Advohee Publishing Co., Mondays ohd Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thoringtpn St., Algona, Iowa. 50511 Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlschllles. NATIO •ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in County .and to nearest post office 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 Kossufh County Advance ore reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any'manner' is prohibited except by written permission' of the 'publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL 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 Ones 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 fore*. A home Company. Safe, socur*. Lola Scuffham, S«ey. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Hcrbtt RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern ont-stbp Insurance Service Business - Home - Car - Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundct Insurance Agency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEPS 4 GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurant* Ph. 295.5929 or 2f 5-3111 ALGONA Optometrists INVESTORS 'Diversified Services, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^"^^^^^^ 'Chirbiiractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore . Mon. - Wed. 9 a.m. - 5 Phone 295-3871 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Houn: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:80-12:00 Farm Management CAtUON form MANAGIMINT COMPANY l>'/ a N. OoNt Ph. 2*S-2Stl 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 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 KINOFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Barton, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CRiQIT BUREAU Collective Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 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 F. KOOB, M, D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algoni Office Phone 295-5490 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY !. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Fhoas 295-3131 , KiVIN NASH, P.B.I. 123 I. Call 295-5108

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