Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 21, 1966 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 21, 1966
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AT County Advance "'" "'- THURIDAY, APRIL 21, 1944 Districting required The long awaited decision on district* ing for"se«ti in the Iowa'legislature was made last'week by the state supreme court which held munrepresentative counties must,be divided to haye only one vote per person for state representative and senator.- ••• - -' , •- -••••'•'• : . It was a decision with dissents, concurring 'opinions, arid some indication of divided thought. It was strange to find the republican members sticking to the one-man onie-vote principle \yith the democratic members taking a different ap- Governor Hughes commented that he went along with the decision , though he would have preferred some election • of members at large. , THE OpVJp^PR thus made his ; bpw to. the labor union leaders i vyh'6 havje preferred the at-large election ,bf all ; $ate representatives and senators in Pbjk and other multi-member counties. By ait-large voting the heavy labor districts' "have swamped the other parts of the city and elected members holding to labor views, : ; There is no real excuse for at-large election if the principle '"of one-man one- vote is adhered to. If anything it would be a return to ah area factor which the U;S. supreme court has ruled out completely. Why Polk county .should..., have an at-large niember or members of the legislature is a! question that (san not be answered in view of the recent trendi \ \ THE SUPREME COURT took the practical approach to enforcing its ruling by pitting the date of compliance ; after the session of the legislature in 1967. Thus no special session is called for and the districting can be done without an unholy uproar in this election year. If a special session were called it would have meant special elections in at leastV14 counties for members who have resigned for one reason Or another. But the best reason is that the people of the state will have a chance this fall to express themselves on the stand a candidate takes on districting. If the districting were done by the present heavily democratic legislature there could be some strange gerrymandering in the multi-representative counties. By putting it off until next year maybe a more representative legislature can be obtained than pne swept in by a landslide on campaigns of the opposition de• Signed for disaster. ALSO THE COURT probably "^understood" that if a special seission were called for this purpose it would he turned into a royal battle not only on districting but also the thorny problem of reUef from double collection of taxes this year. Any special session would be a donny- br;QOk no matter whether the governor wanted it • (confined to one issue or noti And it would come just before the September primary which would have an effect on the November election as well. The bad odor of the 1965 legislature has dimmed with time. To bring it up now could be disastrous for the democratic party. It was evident the court wanted the present legislature to have no part in the districting hassle. Country (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) Rosecoe Drummond, who is a writer of national stature for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses at some length the election prospects for this fall. He believes that the republfc cans are going to win a substantial number of congressional seats this fall—-IF they don't throw their advantages away. He cites three major rsa&ns for expecting substantial G.O.P. gains: "1. The normal off-year election tide is running strongly toward the GOP. The party ift power almost always loses seats at mid-term and the outlook is that the democrats will lose sharply. Because so many borderline districts went democratic in 1964 in the Johnson landslide, they have more vulnerable seats at stake this year. This could easily produce a republican gain of 40 to 50 seats in the House. "2. The GOP has one fresh, republican victory Freeman pulled a boner Trouble for farmers ; -" . . ... : • \ ' i Secretary Freeman, the defense department, and the administratioii in general has been giving the farming industry al series of unjustified jolts recently. ; Most astounding was the 1 Freeman "hope" that prices for farm produce would decline by ten percent this year. The secretary made a bow to the consuming public in the big cities with this little What the secretary should have said is that the fanner himself gets only a small share of the price paid foir meat and farm products. The big chunks go to processing and transportation. WHAT THE PEOPLE in the cities now have is a guide to think the farmer has been gouging .them when in fact it has been the continual boosting of the wages paid to processors and to transporters which is the main cause of the high cost of foods? ;'" The secretary cited the fact farm income this year would be a billion dollars above that of the late 1940s. What Freeman failed to say is that inflation in the last 20 years 'has' taken much more than that away from the farmer in the real value of his produce, -• It would take a lot more than a billion dollars more income to bring the farmer in line with the income of such wage earners as the teamsters union and the railroad union members. Transportation is a big item in everything today. Any- one who has had occasion to pay a transportation bill direct is well aware of the increase that has taken place in the past few years. HOG PRODUCERS have taken it on the chin by the defense department making substitutes for bacon and the better cuts of pork for the armed forces. And dairymen have been slapped by the substitution of oleomargarine for butter for troops. What this does is put all out of proportion the publicity on the "high cost of living". With the government cutting down on pork and butter the impression is given that the prices for these items make them too expensive — with the government stamp of approval on that impression. The publicity gives the housewife an exaggerated idea of the real cost of pork and butter. This has resulted in a buyers strike which was recently endorsed by President Johnson who asked the housewife to sharpen her pencil and polish her glasses to buy cheaper items! The real trouble is this administration counts votes—and there is a declining number of farmers and an increasing number of consumers in the cities. Justice or right has nothing to do with decisions—what counts is the number of voters influenced favorably to the administration. And the chances are good for more trouble for farmers. f { ' '-&% •'•$ ..K-f n. t i > ,; rtistratitig Frustrating is the only word that comes close to "describing this country's situation in Viet Nam. The background of continual -fighting between Bu,ddists, Catholics an4 other groups in that unhappy country continues unabated. ' ' In fact the group leaders seem more interested in their petty little quarrels than Ui fighting the bigger enemy the communists. And sad to relate is the fact there is so much uproar by the beatnik and lunatic fringe in this country against the Viet Nam fight. Sometimes it seems it would be goqd for the Viet Nam objectors to Stew m their own juice and let the Chinese have the headache of trying to rim the/ country. Taxes Probably the nation as a whole brea* thed a sigh of relief last week as the final returns of income tax for last year were finally completed, and for better or worse (usually worse) sent m to the great white father. It's amazing how docile the American public is <si the matters of taxation. There is some grumbling, but in the ma«i people send the money in, and after April 15 try to forgei it for another year. What's more amazing is how "instructions" can,..^ writtejj. to give aja ipipres- sion for something having to toe dope but leaving 'wtjat completely up in the |ir. At first reaSkig it seewis simple—but when it come$ dj&wn in caasideratiW of a specjaj item as to what is th# thing to do the "explana^Qffl 1 ' seems to inean hjjf § dozen different tfcjflgs. . . Few people actually try to'd,o4f« a ftir taxr But by the same token there are Surplus few people who can be sure when they have made their return that it is accurate. Only those who are on a wage alone with withholding can be certain. For anyone with several types of income the task is monumental. It is interesting for a taxpayer while visiting a lawyer's office to watch him struggle over the sections and item nunv hers, to contemplate the rows of books and rulings of the various tax commissions. It does give a taxpayer a sense of importance that such a lot of work is dedicated to him, even though few rulings are in favor of the taxpayer generally. Most taxpayers are nervous, are endeavoring to be honest but wanting what breaks they are entitled to, but concerned over recently threatening publicity the computers will get them if they goof. Republican candidates should keep on with their campaign to get the present administration to reveal what the surplus is in the state. Jowa is unique in that situation—Iowa hia§ no public debt. But it appears the state is collecting more money than it actually needs. This should not be. lowans should pay only what is necessary. Withholding and the new jump in state income taxes will bring in tremendous sums this month to the state. Th? new bracket for incomes over $9QOO really boosts the state take. It is the duty of the party out of power to force these figures into th# Q$m so lowans can judge for themselves wfee- thjer taxes take only the necessary money to run the state. No state has any business compiling a surplus. vital, and valid issue. I refer to, the danger of grave inflation Which thus far the administra* tion shows little sign of doing much about. Nearly everything which adds to inflationr—prices, wages, spending, income, profits, short labor supply—is going up. "Most republicans are united behind one or two actions—either a cut in non-defense spend* ing or an increase in taxes. The white house keeps putting off the hard decision and the longer it is delayed the stronger the republican stand becomes. It is true that voters don't like taxes but all the polls show that they fesr inflation more than they dislike a tax rise. "3. On top of all this, George Meany, president of the AFL- CIO, has cut some of labor's close ties with the democratic party. He says that because the Johnson administration has not produced what is promised, labor ought not to be tied to one party hut should court the jvuwwwyvvwwwv^^ wn IOWANS Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw It... In The .Paper" In McCall's Magazine. WWtfVWUWyVWWWW^^ "She's the video of her father and the audio of her mother." — Davenport TV station manager. "If the office girls begin confiding in you, you probably are older than you think." — Council Bluffs librarian. "Marriage is usually successful if the boys grow up to love the girls at 16 as much as they do their dogs as 6." — Des Moines "marriage counsellor." "If you cannot answer the question with a simple 'yes 5 or 'no', you have political sense or are remarkably honest." — Woodbury county official. "Mothers, too, are clock watchers, to get the neighbor kids out of the house the minute mentioned by their mothers." — Mother of six, Mt. Pleasant. "Good judgment usually is an average between what you think tomorrow and said today." — Burlington attorney. "Whether two heads on one shoulder are better than one depends on whether the car is parked or moving." — Ottumwa law clerk. "A family will never have greater prestige than when being described by .the girl who's marrying one of the sons." — Rotary speaker, Osfca- loosa. . Losing local government (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) As we turn more and more to federal financing and control of s local services we are at the same time eroding the power and control of our county and city officials and our center of government. The concept of county government and local control of these services is also gradually receding from our thinking. We have social security, me- dicare, state police, employment security, area education, federal and state income taxes, rehabilitation, federal court activity—you name it—we ourselves are moving away from local control of these services to area control under federal and state management and financing. People in Eagle Grove find themselves going to Fort Dodge for information and help in areas of taxation, education aqd social welfare almost as often as they use to go to Clarion, The concept of larger areas to take over county court house functions has long been talked and-speculated about. This writer has often wondered just how i the larger area of government idea would be accomplished in spite of the deeply in•grained concept of local government by county units. But it is being accomplished even as we speculate about it. We are gradually drifting into the area without realizing it. If the Clarion Jaycees want to get a new court house in Clarion for Wright county they better get at it because we predict that in 10 years a large part of our local government services that are now administered by the county will be centered in Fort Dodge and the government will grow larger and larger every year. Personally we don't like it. But also personally we don't know what to do about it. We have no one to blame but ourselves. We clamor for more and more federal and state aid for local services. And the people who tax us so that they can in turn dish out the money for these services are going to determine where they will admin* ister the services. ''progressive elements ift both parties." This is healthy for la* bor and it is in the interests of two-party competition. It will make the labor Vote more open to moderate and liberal republicans." Drummond cautions the republicans against making an issue out of the Viet Nam situa- . tion. He believes that the party is on good sound ground as far as the Viet struggle is concerned, right now, and they should "let well enough alone." But barring a bad muffing of the campaign in months ahead, Drummond expects republicans "are headed for a very tidy net gain of seats, which will lift their voice in Washington." We hope he is right, and that the G.O.P. puts on a successful campaign. Our form of government works best when there is a strong minority, which can provide an effective opposition to the administration. That has not been the case the past two years.""-' •." '• " •: *' • " ' ' . Crekte new problems (C. P. Wood* in Sheldon Sun) Supposed social and economic reforms, imposed by the government, may be well meant. But, in case after case, they create more problems than they solve, an4 these problems are felt moist severely by those least able to bear them. For example, Professor Yale Brozen of the University of Chicago, writing in the New Individualist Review, says: "The net result of our urban renewal program has been increased cost of housing for the poor and the destruction of the livelihoods of hundreds of small businessmen. As the minimum wage rate has been raised, more and more people have been laid off who were not worth the higher wage rate. . ." There is abundant evidence to support these pessimistic declarations. All over the country, where urban renewal has been practiced, great numbers of people, mostly in the low income brackets, have been forced from their homes. In many instances, they have had no al- -•terrtatiye save to accept.poorer-., lodgings at increased rents. And this, let it be stressed, is happening at a time when a war on poverty is an official national goal. The steady increases in the federal minimum wage—and a campaign is underway to up it at this session of Congress—has produced similar troubles for large numbers of people. The fault lies in the fact that the minimum is entirely arbitrary and takes no account of a worker's productivity or value. The inevitable result is that various industries, retailing being an outstanding example, which have room for unskilled and marginal workers are forced to reduce this kind of employment to the limit. The workers simply cannot produce enough to justify the legal wage. And so these workers are denied the opportunity to gain experience and skills that would qualify them for better jobs. Too often, the poor are the victims of ill-conceived social betterment programs. (W, C, S*«rm Difficult (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) erage small-town merchant, already caught in the cost-price squeeze. , Something was. added to, the debate relative the agricultufal situation toe o*hef day when Sec'y. of Agriculture Freemin expressed pleasure, that price* received for farm products have dropped. '•.-.• News writers declare this is the first time in the memory of federal farm officials that secretary of agriculture was pleased with a decrease in farm pn> ces. ' • '•'•', •••• Probably the secretary, a former governor of Minnesota, was thinking about cheapening the cost of living to consumers. But in a s|ate ; like Iowa we depend to a tremendous extent upon the prosperity of our rural population. It is difficult to come up with the basis of reasoning President Johnson used in connection with his statement of a few days ago in which he urged the housewives of America to help curb inflation by cutting their buying. Because the President has proved Wmself to be such an astute politician, it is safe to assume that he had a good reason for making a statement of this kind. ]lt would be extremely interesting to know what that reason was. It hardly seems possible that the suggestion can be taken at its face value, in view of the fact that the major reasons for the current threat of dangerous inflation comes from the government itself. Its vast spending programs to create the Great Society in America, are considerably more inflation-producing than any other factor. We don't know what big business in the cities thinks of Johnson's statement, but we have a pretty good idea of tjie- type of appeal it has to an av- (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) Political problems keep building up for the democrats, Two recent events have complicated matters for the party in power —and will make this fall's elections just a little bit rougher for them. In Iowa one of the younger democratic members of the state General Assembly, has been arrested on a hit-and-run charge. The 65-year-old man, who was hit, died from the injuries. In Washington, an official i» the state department was kicked out when it was discovered he had bought two $10,000 tife insurance; policies on an American who had been captured by the Viet Cong. Be said the polir cies were to help the captive's familyT-Jwjt they were issued in the name of the state department man. Incidentally ttoey were service insurance policies, and Sto£ purchaser did not have to pay anyjjjing for Itshem, is aa exaj#pte of -"] behavior." We read in the papers that some of the bigwigs in congressional agriMpral ^pi |* pressed "&HSterna4idnV'. For instance, Seh. Allen J. Ellender, Democrat from? Louisiana who is chairman of the senate^gri;- cultural committee. In a signed article by Jack Bell of Washington, Associated Press writer; "Because of the movement, to the cities, the farm vote isn't what is used to be. But the point some politicians make is that it still is a heavy factor in the Midwest where the Democrats picked up a number of GOP seats in the 1964 election, Our own impression is that regardless of what Sec'y. Freeman was aiming at, he pulled a boner! Dutch elm disease (Pawl Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) LuVerne's Frederick Manfred was in town last week and stopped at the Reporter office for a short time. The talk got around to elm trees—and their gradual disappearance on account of the Dutch elm disease. Manfred came up with the best suggestion we have heard yet. He says that right now everyone who has an elm tree should plant a hackberry tree. The hackberry is a good looking tree that grows to good size. It is a "dean" tree in that it does not drop a lot of twigs, etc. While the hackberry grows slowly—it is very rugged and seems immune to the blights or disease which attack our trees. Manfre4 believes that the elms are bound to go. Some of them he believes will develop an immunity to the beetle and the disease which it spreacUhr-and maybe a hundred years from now we will have a strain (tf elms which pan live in this area, and withstand Dutch elm disease^-but tpat is too far in the fujture. If everyone who has 8ft eyn tree would at once pl^it a gjopd- sized hackberry, then when " • • ' ' to be AI GON A KO$$OT H COUNTY ADVANCI dvance Publishing Co.. Mondays and Thursdays, by the arid publisher, Duone E. 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(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 . ., _ • _ -j - ,:• -. _ <c BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home— Automobile — Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102.000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Comnany. Safe, secure. Lole Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 29R-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN RoTvresent'ne FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stoo Insurance Service Business - Home • Car >• Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aqency Complete Insurance Service ' 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKI«?FS A INSURANCE AGENCY AH Tv0»« of limira.nct Ph. 295-5*2* or 295 3811 ALGONA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Fti. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Houn: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Management CARLSON Form MANAGEMENT COMPANY 121/2 N. Dodge Ph. 295-2191 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. , Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Phvsieian & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2829 Dr. HAROUD W. f RICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 29&-2198 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J KINOFIiLD Optometrist Visual Analysis and. Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 29$r2715 Closed^ Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact bUt Reports M. SCHUTTER, M, D, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Alpona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. J. i, HARRIS JR. Dentist 822 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. IEROY |. STROHMAN Dentist 118 N- Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, D.D.S. to take its place. Algona DR. J. 6. CLAPSAPDLE Dentist 112 N. Thorington >»»»»tlM«f»t(

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