Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 14, 1966 · Page 18
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 14, 1966
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TMAT A message |6 leaded pf big labor He's getting pretty weary THUMbAYi AMIL 14. 1«M An unhealthy situation ' The Charge made by Commissioner Preritis of the tax commission he was-denied access to tax income figures for the month of March, if substantiated, is Seri* ous. The statement by Chairman Potter in the Sunday paper indicated there could be something to the Prentis statement. Potter . said Prentis could have had the figures "if he had asked me." Now it Would seem it would be ele- mfentary that all three members of the commission would have the figures as a matter of course and not have to "ask" anyone for thehi. If IS A SAD state of affairs if a commissioner, charged with a duty to, the state of Iowa, is so belittled because of politics he has to ask for what is certainly due him. The problem of politics should not enter, which it really has, for all .the' commissioners are supposed .to be equal in their tasks and duties. . .•;,• ..•,;•',•„ j "• : ;' " * .The suspicion is aroused that there is some hanky pariky goihg on in the commission arid that the figures may be juggled in order to present the type of picture of state finances the administration wants presented. ; r ' : If the figures are available in the first few days of April, which they certainly should be, then why is the "public" disclosure of them Withheld until such time as the chairman pleases to release them? And if they are held back the question begs r—why? . .••• •' •••••.;.''-;-'• •'. ; THE HUGHES administration is under republican attack for the double collection of income taxes this year, and has re •»• 'Northwiest Iowa has been neglected by the state conservation commission as far as made lakes is concerned is a charge being made by some residents in this portion of'the state. > ; y ' •'{'•• This is of course true. When asked most public officials point to the Okobojis and Clear Lake as enough for horthern Iowa, and they want to take care of the under-privileged folks in southern;Iowa — as far as lakes are concerned. : . •;; The last six lakes made in,Iowa havie been in the -southern half of the state. And there are at least two big lakes now under construction in the central and southeastern part of the state. ;, THE IDEA the Okobojis and Clear Lake are sufficient for northern lowans no longer holds even a shred of truth, if inr deed that idea ever was valid. ' ; ^ Anyone trying to find a place to approach any of north Iowa lakes find, the cottagers and resort areas doniinating the lake shore to an extent a person almost has to trespass to even see the water. The shorelines are built up until ther0 is no room, and actually much of the cottage area is owned and occupied by people from Iowa's cities including Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, etc. A REVIEW OF the acreage ratio pub- presented a picture presumed to there is only a small surplus in the treasury. ^. • . . . •.•.'••:•: • ' ,••_;.;.• • fax collection figures, particularly during this income tax paying time for the year of 1965, are pertinent to this discussion. If the figures are more than Iniici* pated then the charge against the administration of taking more money than rte*ded is substantiated. ' ^ • .> .... in this situation it becomes a duty of the opposition party to force out the facts so the people of Iowa can know what the real situation is. THE BULK OF INCOME taxes come into the state treasury in the first third of the year. A great amount comes in dur- irtg. March and tax experts can estimate the amount to be realized by the state by the March take of taxes. / *This holding back of figures seems to indicate the state is getting a lot of money. Not only is the take from 1965 incomes included in the first third of the year but also the first take from the withholding on 1966 taxes. ,; A bulging treasury could be embarrassing to the Hughes administration because of the pressure to call a special session to "forgive" some of the 1965 taxes. DESPITE THE political situation there is one fact in this controversy that is important — and that is a commissioner should have access to all figures as a matter of course. To require a commissioner to "ask" the chairman for them indicates an unhealthy situation. Governor Hughes should see to it his appointees are servants of the state 1 first, not pawns in a political game. lished over the weekend shows the disparity in the state. Acreage ratios are: Southwest Iowa — 26.58. \ Southeast Iowa — 22.73. North Central — 7.76. Central — 7.76. Northeast — 6.94. East Central — 5.94. Northwest — 5.62. > This certainly indicates favoritism for southern Iowa in the matter of made lakes even though that part of the state has been the heaviest loser in population in the state. ONE REASON for the building of lakes in southern. Iowa is of course the fact the terrain is good. There are hills and valleys which lend to good lake areas. Also the property in this part of the state is not as expensive as it is in heavily-farmed northern Iowa. ; : However the last six lakes were built at Kellogg, Creston, Villisca, Harlan, Lovilia and Anita, in southern Iowa with the exception of Kellogg, near Newton, which could be considered central Iowa. It would seem proper as well as desirable for the commission to now consider northern Iowa for made lakes. It would also be well for north Iowa politicians to suggest such a step to the commission. ortns In this season of filling'out government tax forms it is perhaps futile to hope that someday the experts will design a form that is easy to complete, and write instructions that can be understood. Most people have only the individual tax forms to figure out. The employer has a multitude of fprms, federal and state, to complete. About all he can do is the best he can and hope he hasn't transgressed one of the zillion rules of the government. Last year an employe of the income tax bureau told a congressional committee that a man should be able to complete a form in ten minutes. He may be a tax ex* pert but he has a very hazy idea of the length of ten minutes. (Pat Gather In Belmond Independent) There was a message to labor in the recent third failure of the effort to repeal Section 14 (b) of the Taft-Martley Act that hopefully will be taken to heart. Three times in a span of 90 days the effort had been made to erase the right of individual states to outlaw compulsory unionism, strongly supported by labor leadership and bearing a top-priority rating given the action by the federal administration. It was highly significant that despite all the pressurees brought to bear, insufficient sUp-, port could be gained to get 14 (b) off the books.,For if the bill to eliminate the section should now "be inscribed R.I.P. (Rest In Peace)" as staunch Democrat Senator IVtike Mansfield of Montana declared after its latest defeat, the meaning should be clear. , To fully appreciate that meaning, it helps to be able to remember the Great Depression which was fomented in the 'Thirtijes by "Big Business". The irresponsibility and greed of too iriany "Captains of Industry" bases are to defend his country against attack. The attitude of the tourists seems to be if DeGaulle doesn't want American troops there then he doesn't want Americans. That is the proper attitude to take and about the only one that will bring the high and mighty DeGaulle down to earth. DeGaulle pictures himself as the biggest man on earth, as a buffer between east and west, able to swing the tide as it suits him. He is not only a supreme egotist personally but also views the French as the abiters of the world. There is np such thing as gratitude in his make-up. The money this country poured into France after world war one and world war two doesn't concern him at all. It's about time this country lets France stew in its own juice for a while, and ignore the grimy fleshpots and moth-eaten culture of Paris. Right Bomb There has been a substantial drop-off of tourists going to France. Fewer now want to go to Paris, and are instead going to other European cities and to England. The lure of the sin plus culture city of Paris has begun to diminish. There are some good reasons for this. In the first place the French tradesmen consider Americans fair game and gouge to the limit. The French are insulting and do not give service. And DeGaulle has contributed to the U. S. dislike of the French by his hjgih handed methods of statesmanship. Despite the fact this country has pulled France out of the chaos of losing two world wars the French government takes an attitude which is about as insulting- as can be imagined in world politics. DeGaulle is catering to Russia and China, and dismissing NATO. He has told this country to get its bases out of France within a year, in spite of the fact these The hue and cry. now is on the manufacturers of cars to make them more safety conscious. While cars can and will be made more adaptable to crashes the fact remains ft's the driver who causes the crash, not car. Recovery of the lost H-bomb off the coast of Spain was a relief to his country as well as to Spain. There was always a fear the bomb had been picked up by an unfriendly power which had its secrets. Also the presence of the bomb off Spain was a strain on the relations between the two countries as well as a propaganda piece for communists among the Spanish people. Assurances the bomb would not ex? plodo prematurely have been proven correct which should set minds at rest in areas where there are such bombs. thrust the nation into tfiatVefa of demoralizing hard times, tt still had the u. s. in its grip until the vast demands of World War II for manpower and manufactured goods finally extricated the country froni this economic morass. Back in the pre-depression days, the "malefactor of great wealth" was the villain, and our government seemed Wholly unable to cope With the pdwej 1 that 'teig" Business" had grasped for itself. It was unimaginable that a warning "Here, nio\v!" from the president could head off an industry-wide boost in prices. But "Big Business'! today ; is alert and responsive to threats of public disapproval. The pendulum has swung mightily. And a n^W "villain" has taken the stage. The arrogance which once cahie from the "robber barons*! how conies from the men who wield labor power. ' Trade unions hav& sought to '•make" American foreign policy, .have shut down huge cities at tfieir whim with transit strikes,' have deprived millions of people .of their normal sources of information by newspaper strikes. WIT BY IOWANS Complied by John M, of "I Saw It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "Two thirds of the people of the country now live in or near big cities, part of them because they can't find the superhighway exit," — Clarinda druggist. "Now the Canadian bboman spy situation renews the old, old saying about politicians and bedfellows." — Fort Dodge contractor. "The Dutch fellow who married the princess says she will be boss of the.family. Quick fellows to get this American idea, aren't they?" — Sioux City Sue. .' "When Grandpa was d boy there were no distinctive lipstick jlavors_Jor,ithe girls, and when he kissed the girls all he tasted was girl. Which, he said was all right -with him;- because' he usually knew whom he was kissing anyhow." — Burlington minister. |V "Hours are or varying length. Those after midnight, before the kids get home|from parties, are much longer than those immediately before your guests arrive for your dinner party. And when ascertain head Of a household conies through the door of ajn. evening, calling "Hey, guess who's home, and what's for.Jjeating?" then time stops altogether." — Des Moines club Speaker. "Any wife with an,inferiority complex- can .cure it by,being sick in bed banditries-. tg,jnanage the ho' .* ,». f ^itfiTOaia«p , . .... dren. —Ttotary club bulletu "If a mother could mix year old with the brawn of a 1< real helper." — Manchester fillini l.ddy while her hus- |ehold and the chil- ie willingness of a two year old, she'd have a station. Nation faces big inflation (Paul Bunge in Osage Press) President Johnson is about to add the "war on inflation" to our present conflicts with poverty and the Viet Cong, according to recent White House rumblings. Not many many months ago, credit tightening policies implemented by the Federal Reserve Board met with near solid opposition from administration officials. Now measures to cut down excessive consumer spending, slow private business expansion and other antispending measures are coming directly from the White House. There is little question among even the most liberal of economists that the nation is facing an inflation spiral of much more drastic proportions than the gradual inflationary trend we have lived with for years. Government's official policy of priming the economy through increased domestic spending, tax helps for equipment purchases and a loose money policy has worked. Even before the effects of the Viet Nam war were becoming apparent, we have seen unemployment figures drop to new lows and have watched consumer buying and the gross national product climb steadily. With the war effort costing more and more in materials, we are ^beginning to see its effects in g>ur everyday lives in the form of shortages or long waits for i products. The natural by- procjuct of this is higher prices. The administration, while recognizing the problem and seeking i some measures to counteract "inflation, ignores many obvious remedies. One of the obvious measures is a cut-back of spending for domestic programs, This would include much of the war on poverty items, huge projects such as the proposed Alaskan Rampart dam, and;' the huge possible cost of a vice; ^presidential home. We feel that more than suggestions should be expected frona an administration in cutting f i the gold out-flow and the wage advances currently being won^by labor. The 3.2 percent guideline for raises in wages and 'prices is almost mythical so far »as government action against ^unions and their leaders is concerned. The same zeal should be used on wage increases as has jpsen shown on industry price raises, Everything that could be said a generation of so ago against the "capitalist" can be, and is being, said of men who hold the power over labor, And just as it earlier ,was necessary to safeguard the public against the selfishness of men of great Wealth, reforms how are called for to jftotecl the general public against the unrestrained power that has fallen into the hands of labor leadership. It would do the coUHtry ad much harm to se4 labor lose the rightful gains it has achieved in four decades' tim6 as it , would to return to the day of the "robber barons". But With independence and power, labor has to assume corresponding responsibility. The defeat of 14 (b)'s repeal underlines this fact. No segment of our society can pursue its aims without due regard for the general Welfare, whether the nation, a state or merely a community is concerned. There is a feasible, middle ground that can be properly sought. To overstep its limits regardless of the cost to others is unlikely to bring any permanent benefits. Those callous car pitalists of a generation back discovered that. Apologists unreal (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) Apologists for the Iowa Democrat party are reacting as might be expected to the Republican charges of "double" income tax collection. Their reaction is that the label "double" is a phony one. The explanation is that there is no double taxation under the Iowa withholding plan; rather, they say, we are paying taxes on two years' income during the year 1966, which they feel is considerably different than paying double taxes on the same income. Taxes oh 1965 income, due and payable in 1966, are being collected as usual; 1966 income is being taxed on the pay-as-you-earn basis, via payroll deductions. At any rate, that is the Democrat explanation of why the "double" label is a phony one. From the standpoint of English composition or strict interpretation upf^the , fine points of the 'language,' this may well be true. But from the standpoint of how deep one must dig into his pockets to pay his taxes, it will still take a double amount of money in 1966 as compared to the normal, and as far as we are concerned that comes close enough to the label to keep it from being even slightly phony. If this year's withholding tax should be the end of state income tax payments, the "double" label might come in for some good words, because one could at least then anticipate relief after 1966 was over. Taxes, however, as everyone knows, go on forever, and there will be, naturally, 1967 taxes withheld in 1967 and so on, we sadly anticipate, forever. That being the case, what difference does it make what date label we place on the collections? The amount will be the same, and the payments will continue until the taxpayer receives the final, and very drastic, relief from them that all mortals face eventually. In the meantime, we will pay two years' taxes in one year, Which is a double payment of taxes and will put a nice extra chunk of money in the public "till". That is, it will be there "till" someone comes up with a good idea for spending it, and we don't suppose that will require too much effort. perhaps expecting too muo in an election year, but we Hiope Congress has the trinv ming shears out on much of the President's requests on nonessential spending. Double taxation an issue (Neil Maurer in Laurens Sun) "Double taxation" is going to be an issue in the state election campaign this year, despite Democratic efforts to keep from being drawn into it. Gov. Harold Hughes, seeking hjs third term as governor, recently told reporters that he has no intention of allowing" "double tax collection" to become the central issue. "That is not double taxation because it is not taxing the same income twice," he said. Now that's an interesting explanation! Perhaps it isn't tax on the same income, but it IS double tax in one year. You are going to pay state tax twice this -year—a double dose of it —antf as long as you live you'll go right on paying the tax each year. You're not going to get it back, since the governor has refused to call a special session of t;he legislature to forgive a portion of the state income tax^ es. • Regardless of what Mr. Hughes .palls it, this is. the year of double taxation in Iowa. The nevr withholding system adopt' ed by the Democratic state leg- isiafcure, at the request of pur Democratic governor, makes it necessary for most residents to pay both 1965 and I960 taxes in ( qne year. . jt'fe a windfall for the slate, Jwt! a- (M. S. CriM* IH % Orovt la«li) We are getting moffc tnatt Weat-y of Having that Sanctimonious LBJ get up in front Of the television cameras (he seems to do it 4 or 5 times a day) and give us a lecture on what "papa" thinks is best for us. His latest .lecture was more Uncalled for than usual. He told the housewivefc'.that he wanted them to look at the prices they Were paying for foods in the grocery store and if they no- ticted that the price had gone Up they were not to buy that food. And he added— "If you do that for. a While it will soon bring those prices down." It isn't hard to figure out that he had pork and beef and milk and butter in mind when he was suggesting this boycott of food. He said he had also told Makes no sense (N«il Maurer in Laurtnt Sun) U.S. Labor Secretary W. Willard Wirtz is reported to have advanced the "novel idea" of social security payments to teen-agers as well as the retired. He suggested that "a pre-employment equivalent of social security would make eminent good sense." In. our opinion it doesn't make sense at a.11! Teen-agers need an opportunity to work, at a wage in line with their ability and productivity . . . they cer? tainly do not need to be paid by the government for not working. Social secMrity payments to teenagers would encourage youngsters to depend upon the government for all their needs. It would certainly <^scourage the old-fashioned virtues of industry, thrift, eponomy an4 in- Lady Bird to do just ttat and he hoped,that ,all housfcwivfcl would ( do (the Same., ,-,< , During tills same lecture m which he waved-his .speclwftt us he said that all of our tfiwjt of inflation came from Wat four things; three metals and foods. And to top this off Secretary of Agriculture Freeman stated in a speech he made that he "was very pleased that the livestock market and the,wain market were declining." PrevicAisiy We had had the opinion that the Secretary of Agriculture was Supposed to be a friend of food producers and that his job was to help them improve their incomes. For a long time the Democrats have been telling us that the farm vote doesn't amount to much anymore and this is apparently conclusive proof. A L 0 6 N A K 0 S I U T M C 0 II N T * A 0 V A M C I . Published by the Advance .Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays,;. offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngton s .t., Algona, Iowa. .sus 11 Editor. omT publisher, Duane'E; Dowel, Managing Editor, Julian cnriscnmes. NATIONAL ABVANfcl SUBSCRIPTION "ATI . _ ,„. « oo One Year In .County .and, to nearest post ; offlce outside of County —-is.uu Six months in County and to nearest post office ------ ij?.----— {7 nn Year outside County, .and to other than nearest; outside O; .— 7.uo --— 7 nn ..— *7.uo 'All' rights J to matter ..published in the Algona Kossuth cr are reserved, including • news, feature, advertising , or .other, and, .reprouc- tion in any manner is prohibited :except, by written permission vof the publishers of the .Algona Kossuth County Advance in each nstanCe. .All manuscripts/ articles or •'pictures are, sent at , the 'owner s risk., t :, BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Ones 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-r-Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102.000.000 worth of insurance in force. A home Como«ny. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Ho'isehold Goods, and Many Other Forms Pb 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Rprwsentinf? FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern on«-«tOD Insurance Service Business - Home - Or -Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aoency Complete Tn<mrance Service 118 South Dodge Ateona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY /t|| Twn»* of |ntur»"»ee Ph. 295-SW9 or ALGONA ^Chiropractors ; DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Ftt. 9 a.m. - 5 poc Phone 295-3371 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Qffice Phone Res, Phone 295-2378 295-3308 Office Houn: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:90- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management CARLSON MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12'/a N. Drt«» Ph. ItS-Iltl LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G, BOURNE, M, D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St, Office phone 295-2345 Residence Ph, 295-2277 Dr HAROLD W, ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses, 9 East State Street Phone 295-219Q Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons OR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan. Algona Phone 295-3743 Or. L, L. SNYDIR H3 East State St. Dial 295.2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Senrteei CtlDIT KQSSUTH COUNTY Collective Seryicf F«ct bUt DAN L. BRAY, M, D, M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Jowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTW, HI. P, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F, KOOB, M. D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons W N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-?4Qt Dentists DR. J. B. HAMI$ JR. Dentist m E. State St. Phone g95-2334 , HiOY "I STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. WIN

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