Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 31, 1966 · Page 18
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 31, 1966
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KOSSuth County Advance | JJL vJH-'-'-ULar JL "arTC Takes a look itltO the future An interesting appointment 1 .•''"•._.-- *. m . 14*. • h - I.I *_.*tA^A P)ii ^'/R THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 1966 What about the surplus? - The state of Iowa has a surplus estimated at from 30 million dollars to over 200 million dollars, depending somewhat 6n the political complexion of the viewer, And this in spite of heavy spending by the recent legislature. By the time the next session takes up there will be a large amount of money in the state funds for the legislature to spend. One of the problems in state financing is the lag between the time the legislature makes the appropriation and the project is completed and the money paid. NEW BUILDINGS at the state schools and institutions have a time lag of up to two years or more after the actual appropriation is made. !•.'• Counting this money as surplus is- not correct even though it is still in the state treasury. The money has been ear-marked and is the same as being spent because, it is 'obligated'. i Money comes into the state treasury from several sources, and some like the road funds are allocated even before the state gets it by law. It is spent by the highway commission only. ; DOUBLE TAXATION this year is certain to put a lot of money into the treasury. This however is just a one-shot deal and can not be repeated./Counting this money as regular income to the state Toll road There has been some agitation for a toll road system for Iowa advanced by cities which are not on the interstate system. The toll road would be financed initially by a bond issue and the income from tolls would be used to retire ^the bonds. The project would have to be approved by the state; legislature and the state would probably have to guarantee the bonds. Some 15 years or so ago there was a proposal before the legislature to establish a state toll road commission, but with the adoption of the interstate system the project was dropped. THERE ARE several cities not on the interstate as proposed now including Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Fort Dodge. The toll road proposal would be supplementary to the interstate system serving places not now on the system. One such proposal is for a road from Dubuque to Waterloo, Fort Dodge and Sioux City. This might be the most practical east-west road for a toll road must have users to make it pay out. However there are some objections to toll roads which include the idea of a road starting and terminating in a city. It would be fine in the open country but would cause a city traffic problem by dumping traffic at one spot. Now the traffic, comes in at several places. would be a serious mistake for it is a windfall that can, come only once. While this extra money will be a real surplus the state must, be careful not to spend it on projects that will require con-. tinuing funds in the future. It should go for buildings and non-repeating projects. It should not be spent on welfare or Similar programs that are continuous. The politics of the situation is apparent. The democratic administration wants to be able to spend money next legislature and get the political cretlit without having to take the political blame for boosting taxes at the same session. REPUBLICANS are now tying the double-tax burden on the democrats and are using the idea of huge surpluses to get the idea across. However no one, including Governor Hughes, really knows how much surplus the state has or will have. It is however readily apparent the state will have extra money from the double tax on incomes this year. Hughes has rejected a special session to pass some forgiveness of tax this year to get away from the double take. This of course is political for it means the governor will be able to point with pride to a balanced budget and have an easier time next session on appropriations. THE HIGHWAY commission a couple of years or so ago came up with a proposed supplementary system of highways, including one for highway 16, This under the plan would be' widened to double lanes separated by a median strip. By using the present highway as one of the double-lanes only another double lane would have to be built instead of an entirely new construction of all four lanes and median. At present the commission is devoting funds to the interstate and to widening narrow roads of which several hundred miles still exist in Iowa, one being 169 from south of :Algona into Humboldt. PRESENT FUNDS do not permit much in the way of construction of the highway commission's supplementary system. There is also no sign of any let-up in the demands for work on the present primary system. Perhaps the toll road idea is advanced as a way of getting additional funds. However the road fund is now under attack by the cities who want more money diverted for streets in the cities. The cities now get 13 percent of the state road money and they ask for an increase to 20 percent. Any diversion would hurt either the primary road fund or the secondary road fund, the latter being local county roads. Truth Fortunately the missing H bomb was found off the coast of Spain. Despite all efforts to show the bomb was not armed and therefore could not explode the nearby people were alarmed, J jrheH : .very fact this country dug up nominated dirt to be buried in this country was sufficient to show there was some danger of radiation. The real problem however is that the general public no longer really trusts any government to tell the whole truth. People have been fooled too often by "official" statements, and the U.S. government is certainly no exception in recent years. cash price. In some lines the interest on installment payments is much more profitable than the profit or mark-up on the item sold. Easy credit is becoming much too easy. The number of bankruptcies is, increasing at an accelerated rate. In some cases a borrower obligated himself to several companies for more per month than he earned in pay. Education of the borrower is as necessary to stave off this situation as would be any full disclosure of the real interest charged. Ct~ Too far Easy Before congress is a bill to require lending institutions to make full disclosure of the interest being charged pn loans. At present there is no such requirement and charges have been made that some places are charging much more interest than they profess. Installment buying is one of the fields in which interest is a bit difficult to pin down. A recent television show demon- started how the actual interest charged was much higher than the borrower was aware of. Most of the time all the borrower really wanted to know was how much it would cost per month. He rarely if ever computed how much was principal and how much was interest in his payments. In some instances rates have run as high as 3 percent per month—which in truth means 36 percent a year. The borrower seemed unconcerned with the 36 concentrating actually on the 3 percent which sounded low. The present generation is not as thrift conscious as were previous genera- lions. Once it was almost an unwritten Jaw that people djd without yntil they could pay cash. Now the ten4eney is to borrow or buy on time payments. In fact in some things the seller really is put out when a customer pays the The investigation ordered by General Motors of an author who wrote a book lambasting the auto industry went way too far. Whether GM actually intended to go as far as the investigators did is not the question. The investigators did go to extremes and the author was justifably incensed when he discovered what was going on. However GM was justified in wanting to know something about the person who was accusing them of making unsafe cars. That is normal even for an individual. Anyone is entitled to have his accusers face him in court and be subject to cross examination. GM went far beyond this and are justly criticized for it. Saucers Flying saucers are in the news again and the air force is again investigating reports from people who have seen the unidentified flying objects. One person even reported getting within 10 feet of one. In the past most sightings have been at long distances with the object going at tremendous spaed. This 10-ft. deal is new. In the past the air force has found normal causes for the so-called saucers. Only in rare cases is there no explanation readily available. (M. B. Crabbe In Eagle Grove Eagle) If you expect to bs alive in the year 2000, according to the Futurists you may be getting $30,000 a year (1966 dollars) for doing nothing. Only 10% of you Will be working and producing and this 1.0% will be drawing a fabulous salary. •, • This may all sound like the crazy day dreams of some nut but when you think of what has happened already it may not bs-sa far out in left field as you think. It used to take over 60% of the population to support the other 40%. Today however only 40% of the population is working and producing enough to support the 60% who are not producing. The business of predicting the future has become BIG business in capital letters. For in- stance The General Electric Company has a division called Technical Management Plan* ning Organization (Tempo) which has a budget that tops $7 million dollars a year and whose job is to plan for the future of that firm. The U.S. Air Force spends $15 million a year with the Rand Corporation to think about the future and there is a firm in France that doss this sort of future planning on a fee basis. They num- bsr some of the world's biggest firms among their Clients. Several leading universities are also in the business of planning for the future. •'...• The outline for this fabulous year 2000 is contained in an article in Time magazine this past week. If you are interested in what is going to happen between now and 34 years from WIT BY IOWANS •x Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. , "A pretty good marriage is one with one partner who makes the living and one who makes the living worthwhile". — Mason City CC speaker. "Usually a woman is s'o much- younger than you'd think she is, that she never would think of acting her age, whatever that is". — Sioux City Sue. "The earlier vice presidents are getting back from Florida, and summer soon will be here". — Iowa City "weather man". "This service man had a girl in every area .code". — Ames professor. "Oldsters don't disagree among themselves so much on whether something happened as on what year it happened in." — Spirit Lake banker. "Out of the mouths of babes come words Papa didn't think they were hearing". • — Mapleton farmer. "A pessimist is a person who looks in the mirror and concludes it's no use." — Perry packer. "Justice brings you your rewards and' the fellow down the street what he's got coming to him". — Atlantic cafe proprietor. • , . . . , . . . .... Political billboards placed on public buildingi project (Cresco Times Plain-Dealer) Federal aid to most everything is attached to "strings," but a new wrinkle has developed regarding federal funds towards construction projects at colleges and universities. In fact the "strings" take on the appearance of "rope." The federal government is scheduled to contribute about $800,000 towards construction of a $2.5 million building at the State College of Iowa, Cedar Falls. With this federal aid comes the requirement that a sign eight feet wide and six feet high must be erected at the building site listing the agencies involved and bearing the names o£ "Lyndon B. Johnson, Presi- dent;" nandi "Harold Hughes, verfyor. " __iis same request was made at the two-year school at Forest City, Waldorf college, for a similar; but smaller building which involves federal aid. didn't see any similar signs erected by Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican president, a few years back nor by President Kennedy, a Democrat. What makes Mr. Johnson and Mr, Hughes think that federal and state funds should be used to put up political billboards? Does refusal to erect such a sign stop federal aid? Will aid go only to the schools which erect political signs rather than to schools that need and deserve federal aid? now it would be a good idea to read this article. Crazy as you think it may be you must keep in mind that technology has made larger advance in the past 56 years than it did in the previous 5000. And that the pres- ' ent technological revolutions has just started. The advances made 'in the printing industry in the past 10 years would have, been declared impossible ten years ago. Personally we have quit scoffing. And those of us conservative old fogies who threw up our hands and screamed when Pres. Bowen's committee suggested that the government should guarantee everyone a basic $3,000 a year salary had better review our thinking on this. According to the professional Futurists the Bowen committee members also rate as conservative old fogies. Problem is created (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) The Chamber of Commerce of the United States points out that while the government is spending billions in attempts to reduce joblessness, legislation is now proposed that could cause more unemployment. The legislation in question is a federal unemployment compensation bill which would drastically change the present federal-state system. And it is expected to be one of the major issues in this congressional session. The bill would encourage states to abolish the experience rating system under which payroll tax reductions are given employers who reduce unemployment. Under this system, the less unemployment a firm causes the less state unemployment tax compensation it pays and vice versa. That is a long-established principle, and it works to the direct and lasting benefit of employer and employee alike. As an example, the Chamber quotes a statement by an officer of a power company: "Recently our company revised its method of operating line crews with the result that over 100. employees . . . were no longer needed i, ( . ' G As' a result of advance'planning,- we were able to assign them to other work. If the incentive of experience rating had not existed, the company would have considered terminating the services of these employees." There is a current mania for further engaging the federal government in just about every activity anyone can think of. The state unemployment compensation systems, under the existing federal-state arrangement, do an excellent job for the most part. If there are weaknesses, they can be corrected without throwing proven principles overboard—and without discouraging employers from stabilizing employment to the best of their abilities. (C, P« Woods "in SMdon Mill) An interesting appointment in the United Nations Association was reported recently, The $21,000-a-year job is that of director of labor participation in the Association. The director is charged with "fostering international law and order as practiced by the United Nations." The new appointee to this position is James B. Carey, Who less than a year ago was forced to resign the presidency of the International Union of Electrical Workers after it was discovered that he had been elected through some rather amazing vote frauds. The investigation, conducted by the. Union itself, found that in the original count of the ballots, by a hand-picked group of Trustees, Carey received 67,897 votes to 65,704 for his opponent. After a long legal battle, a recount gave Carey 55,159 and Starving millions come will be the fate of India." Millions of lives can still be saved, but there can be no delay. Bigness peril (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) India now faces one of its most severe famines of the century . . tens of millions of people may starve. All the resources of both the U.S. government and voluntary agencies will be needed to meet the challenge. Catholics and Protestants in this country have been called upon by overseas relief leaders of both faiths to help stem the looming famine. The World Council of Churches is prepared to raise a special fund of $3,000,000 for the next several years. An attempt will be made to double the mass feeding program already under way. Catholic Relief Services has increased its feeding program from 132 million pounds to 200 million pounds in an effort to help meet the famine emergency. A special shipment of 22 million pounds of flour is being sent for a special feeding project in six areas officially declared as famine areas, by the Indian government. The bishops of the United States have given Catholic Relief Services a supplemental grant of $100,000 for special emergency projects. Dr. Roger Reyell of Harvard University recently told a Congressional committee considering the famine: "The future of mankind is being ground out on the anvil of Jndia and other impoverished countries . . . unless the rich and poor countries together can solve this great problem, then the fate of all men in times to Solution doubtful (W. C, Jarnagin in Storm Lake Reporter) Altho Governor Harold Hughes appears to think that he arrived at a satisfactory settlement of the Amish problem, the general public seems to be doubtful as to the score. Apparently the governor arranged with a foundation at St. Louis to advance $15,000 and hire certified teachers. These will take over the Hazleton schools. Then the Amish are to send their kids to these instructors, That's the sticker. Looks to us as tho the "settlement" is only temporary even if it works. The big question, of course, is what about setting a dangerous precedent that might become too general to become practical. Or what will happen after the first year aiid the $15,000 in funds is exhausted. Apparently then it will be up to the legislature to get into the act. And just how will the lawmakers analyze the case? That's a good question. REUNION — For the first time in 25 years three daughters ol the late Mr. and Mrs. Fidell Kessler, formerly of Dunlap, werj2 together last month. They are Mrs. Etta Seieroe, Ute. Mrs. Helen Snv/ler. Sajina, Calif., and Mrs. Edith Pedersen, Dunlap. his opponent 78,475. The election was interesting, to say the least. Pof example, a Carey man ordered 70,000.mog ballots than there were eligible voters; thousands of members in good standing were denied ballots; the roll of voters included deceased membars, former members and persons not legally eligible to vote; the mfmlJers of 29 locals did not even receive ballots; the ballots of four locals were not counted; although there were five counting stations, only one watcher was permitted Carey's opponent; one Trustee testified he had been ordered by the Carey forces to miscount while the sole watcher was elsewhere occupied. .„ . Unfortunately, there will be no way for us to observe how Carey "fosters international law and order" in his new position. It would be an interesting matter to watch, however. (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Sun) Writing in The Freeman, Joel Dean, Professor of Business of Columbia University, deals with misconceptions that now exisit concerning welfare. Protecting and strengthening the competitive process is the white hope of the consumer, "The main peril to competition is not bigness, not concentration, not conglomerates (variegated product lines), not mergers, not even price conspiracies. Instead, the main peril is prejudice: distrust of the competitive system, in its modern guise." Then Mr. Dean writes at some length concerning such misconceptions as these: tliat competition is on the decline; that competition becomes "cutthroat" unless curbed by toe government; that profits are at the expense of the consumer; that advertising is economic waste, and so on. In each instance, he shows them to be absolute fallacies. There is, for instances, fierce competition the consumer never sees, as in research laboratories. Profits are an index of success in serving the public. And advertising, as he puts it, ". . . opens many more doors to new and beneficial competition than it closes." The gist of Mr. Dean's powerful analysis is that the American economy is one of the most competitive in the world and works to the vast benefit of the American consumer. It amounts, also, to a compelling case against the idea that we peed more government controls over the decisions of retailers and all others who play a part in. serving consumer needs. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCf Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and .Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Alao "°t J f ° wa -, u , iQn) Cnrlschllles Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian t-nnscnuies. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ADVANCI SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year In County and to nearest post office outside of County ...J5.UO Six months in County and to nearest post office --------- -JS'XX Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s V.OO All rights to matter published In the Algono 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. ' 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 • f , ,,Ph. 295-2735 , , BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000.000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffharn, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - fti. 9 a.m.- -'5 pm. Phone 295-3971 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3309 Office Hours: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30.12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management CARISON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY »'/» N. Do4f* Ph. 2»).2ltl FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern on«-«ton Insurance Service Business - Home - Car - Life 295-5955 P O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aqencv Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GEEIAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvo»t of Insurance Ph, 295-55*9 or 395-3811 ALGONA Optometrists Or, HAROID W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2198 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINOFIilD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan. Algona Phone 295-3743 Pr. L, L, SNYDH 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CRfPIT BUREAU ff KOISUTH C QUNTY Collective Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 Algona LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph, 295-2614 MELVIN G. Physician & Surgeon 118 No, Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 AN I- BltA^rMT M.D. Clinic Bldg 109 W. State St Algona, Iowa Office Ph, 295-2828 Residence Phone N. Office Phone i, HAJMtt$ «, Dentist 622 E, State Si. Phone 116 N. Moore St. ™— 3863131*

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