Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 5, 1966 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 5, 1966
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TMAT Watch but for the other fool driver THUMO AY, MAY 5, 1H6 ftailroact mergers v The trend toward mergers in the railroad field was accelerated last week by the Intel-state Commerce Commission's ap- prbvai of thfe merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central systems. ' The two roads will constitute the largest trackage under one management in the country. The two roads also serve mainly the same territory and cities and will be able to,cut down on the duplicate service now required by competition. -v There have been other mergers re- cently'but mostly of a minor nature, and others we contemplated, one now running into.trouble with the I. C. C. " PEOPLE USED TO BE much more concerned with trains than they are now. The elimination of passenger trains also eliminated the concern people felt in railroad matters. , ....' ! ; Most' people in the old days had their only contact with railroading in the passenger .train. They of course were aware of tti£'freights; but? mostly when they th^ughtjof ;t raUroad^they thought"-.of. -a passenger train. •]•» Some of the famous trains of years ag<> ; are now gone, and others are limping badly with no cncerri fr the o'lblic and little in the way of service. In fact: in some instances travel by train is somewhat of an "ordeal on lines where management ; is deliberately trying to'make things as bad as possible to be able to eliminate the train. .. ./''.' > THERE ARE SOME good passenger trains left, mostly transcontinental and strangely enough mostly now in the western half of the United States. The Illinois Central still maintains its crack Panama Limited from Chicago to New Orleans and some other trains, notably in this area the train from Chicago to Sioux City via Fort Dodge. 7 ; <• The Burlington, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Sante Fe still operate topnotch passenger trains for transcontinental runs." - '• '•.•'.:,.•'•• ';'•. . '•• There ! are some good trains in the south and a few in the east on the seaboard. But all of these serve only limited territory in racing from city to city. Gone are the. service trains on the branch and feeder lines. No longer do these branch trains deliver passengers to the long run trains. , THE PROBLEM FOR the railroads is economic. Management is hamstrung by two contending forces—the commission and the railroad brotherhoods and featherbedding rules for operation, The unions have been short-sighted in the past forcing costs on railroads to a point where the branch passengers were! no longer, able to make expenses of operation. This led to elimination of trains Which cut down the number of employes. The only answer the union had was to try to saddle the workers onto the trains that were left. Glamour of flying plus discourtesy and downright meanness on the part of a few railroad men who dealt with the public led people to take to the air lines, not only for speed, but because they were treated better. If the railroads and the employes had given the same service and treatment to people the airlines do the railroads could still ba running successful passenger trains. (Pat 0*lUaher In Belmond Independent) Winter is passed, spring has come, and the racket of rending metal will soon be reaching its season crescendo on our highways and byways as people like the pair in the accompanying cartoon argue comparative r&spbnsibility. But a new factor of responsibility seems destined to re* tjfotv* unprecedented attention this year as motoring Americans set out to "better their best" as to highway slaughter. * Their "best," by now, is pretty good. In 1965, a total of 49,000 killed and 1,800,000 injured as 20 million cars clattered into 14 million accidents. Time magazine recently warned that "unless the rate is reduced, one out of every two living Americans will some day be injured by a car." : That prospect, under existing circumstances, looms bright. Since 1961, auto fatalities have increased 29 per cent. Now there's progress for you. /But this "new safety factor we mentioned seems likely to be attracting more and more attention and just might cause some changes. It won't make people any smarter,, any more cautious, or any less rude behind , the wheels of their cars. But it might make those cars less lethal. WIT BY IOWANS * When Ralph Nadef, the 3fc yearK>ld Harvard law schdol graduate, published his muckraking book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," this past winter he was n6t really saying anything new about the fallibility of the modern auto. It was the righteous if unwarranted wrath of certain automobile manufacturers — arid General Motors in particular — that brought it a degree of publicity that was so embarrassing to the car-makers. ''•'', We've been in the habit of blaming bad driving, unsafe roads, inebriation and other such causes as the major, curable (to some degree) offenders behind the dreadful fatality lists. Now Mr. Nader has «ug- u gelled that the auto companies tHemselves could help out materially by putting out a safer product — one placing less stress on speed and. power and more on safety. /There can be no disputing thai the manufacturers have bsen giving us the kind of cars we' ask for — or, at least, that they figure we're asking for. But th,3 reaction, to "Unsafe at Any, Speed" suggests that may- cause along by pointing out that safety aftd performance standards afe imposed by the government on every other ma* jor form of transportation except automobile*. This may be in controversy with.that welUknown Washing: ton saying, "What's good for General Motors is good for the country;" but it has gotten a growing number of people to wondering if similar govern* ment concern over the; safety of auto travel isn't perhaps needed. Improved car design unquestionably would help. In addition, we've never yet heard a reasonable explanation of why it should be necessary for any privately-owned automobile to go 100 or 125 miles an hour (85 or 90, for that matter). But the human factor would still remain a critical one — and find gents like the pair at the top of the page arguing the matter of fault" . ... if so lucky.as to still being capable of argument. Meanwhile, most of us are going to be doing more driving in the months ahead. If a damn fool catches you broadside or head-on through no fault of be'highway carnage is reaching your own, you're going to be a point at which genuine, dem- just as dead as if it was your on&trable safety features might fault. But you can drastically notr make such lousy selling at- reduce your chance of becoming a statistic by driving like you wanted to live. Oftentimes, that tract'ons after all. Sanator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut has helped the Problem of ethics The problem of ethics in the acceptance of funds by SenatoV Dodd is being raised by congressmen and the senator is probably in for a rough time which may end nis political career. Whether he did anything dishonest is still a good question but it is being made to look bad. ... , iw.'For all of that"tKe»real^uhaerlyirig problem is not Senator Dodd—it is f the demands put on congressmen and senators by the public that makes it almost necessary they have some kind of a campaign help at least. , RUNNING FOR off let is an expensive proposition. It costs money even for county and state offices and in a greater degree for congress. , The simple reason is people—every politician is duck soup for a program chairman of any kind of an organization who invites the politician to speak—for free of course—and if he doesn't accept eagerly he is condemned as insulting that organization. The men in congress have the problem of transportation. If they Keep, up their home contacts they must fly out and back many times a year. They have to be on duty in congress and also on duty at home, an almost impossible situation. ALL THESE THINGS cost money. A constituent visits Washington as a tourist. He is intrigued with the idea of visiting his senator or congressman. The visitor is there for a day or two and the politician must drop his work and entertain the visitor from home—and is expected to pick up the tab. . Congressmen and senators get some $30,000 a year. From that is deducted their}income and^.other. taxes. Living ..in . Washington is expensive. Sometimes they must maintain two homes—one in their state and one in Washington. With congress in continual session they have no time for any other business which demands any personal effort. Some of them are in demand as speakers and get paid, but that pay is subject to income taxation. SENATOR DODD probably did no more than many of his fellow members of congress, the trouble being that he was not astute enough to hide it. Maybe this isn't exactly cricket, but it is a way of life forced on public servants. There is a cure for the kind of business now being berated by those who have not been caught or who are holier than thou in their approach. , But that cure would not be too pop- U l ar __for it would mean paying members of congress enough or giving them expense money enough to live according to our demands upon them. bny The Minnesota legislature and the governor are in a hassle over apportionr ment of representation. That legislature is in special session going through the agony of remapping the state which cuts down rural representation. The governor has threatened to veto one plan and insists on a plan made by a special commission named by him. His plan was sidetracked temporarily at least for another plan, and thus there is ground for a real fight. lowans should watch it carefully for the next session of the Iowa legislature will be faced with the same kind of a fight. Partisan politics is not so involved in Minnesota however for the members run on. conservative and liberal tickets uv stead of the traditional republican and democratic. But it's still big city against the rural area of the state. problem, after a short truce and "arrangement" made last fall when schools started. School people are charging the Amish with breach of faith in keeping what they considered an agreement to attend the schools. The Amish say they must have their children to work in the fields with them. The Amish treat this as a form of their religion and thus the religious issue is raised, a bugbear if there ever was one when there is a conflict involving religious beliefs. Thus school people demanding a modern education for children and the Amish demanding they be permitted to raise their children as they wish are faced with a definition of how far religion can be brought into the field of education. No solution is going to be satisfactory to either. It's a pity it must come up—but some solution must be found. Solution? Progress The problems of the Amish seem to be always with the state in these recent months, and the Ainish are now causing, some headaches with their insistence oh their way of life. The Amish now intend to take their children out of school to work in the fields after May 11. This is 9 traditional date with the Araish and because of their old- fashioned way of farming it is necessary to have extra hanxis, even though, sinajl But $he state of Iowa djroaiidf 180 days of echool for all children and the Aiiish will be some 20 days short of the requirement. Now the Amish and the authorities seem about to go head and head on that Farmers in Wright and other areas affected by the re-routing of interstate highway 35 have succeeded so far in keeping survey crews off their land, but the highway commission is beginning to move in through the courts. Re-routing of interstate 35 to satisfy Mason City put a diagonal section in the Wright county area, and thus the highway will divide farm lands into triangular seo tions, most unsatisfactory for farming. Farms will be cut in two, with the highway as a bar in getting from one section to another. However progress, as it is defined now. requires the highway and the farmers must lose in the end- But they do deserve some sympathy as well as tfcie money they will get. Complied by John M. Henry of "I Sow It In The Paper" :in McCall's Magazine. "Is there anyone as aloif and accusing as a repair man who discovers you have been trying to fix it yourself?" — Marengo dentist. "She was just a sweet little thing, whose kisses tasted of nothing but girl". — Dubuque Loras senior. • \ . ., "The easiest way to make a mountain of a mole hill is to add a little dirt". — Des Moines banker. "The faith in life of little children enables them to take 'No' /or an answer without letting it disturb their plans". — "Sioux City Sue". "A mother of seventeen youngsters says that having another child is the only way s 'he knows of keeping the youngest child from being.,spoiled". — SUI science prof. ,..,,:=! . - . I.,..,. T - ;...... ..,.-•-.../ .'.lS|Hl|J .-.I • I '_UeiJ.l. 1 .511/1 .f. "Punctuality wouldn't^be so bad, except /or the waiting you have to do".—.Mason City contractor. ., . . . . ' "That part of a woman's ,,work that is never done is the part she asked her husband to do". — Keokuk factory supt. ia ;| "One o/ the ?nore common factors in success stories is the alarm clock". — SCJ lecturer. "There's one pretty reliable test. If it's hard to dust, probably it's an antique", — Mt. Pleasant attorney. Farm income drops while other endeavors prosper can make all the difference! This editor unhappy (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) We're not at all happy the way things are shaping up in Viet Nam — and we don't know of anyone who is. We do not have a "pipe-line" to get information from the white house — but we are willing to make a wager that L.B.J. is just as upset as anyone else — and maybe more so. We have been strongly behind the administration's policy of defending Viet Nam. We have believed that this is bsst for this country — in a strictly selfish sense. We will some day have to face up to the commun- l .ilUaAi.l A'UM•»'•%*• A.'** nnA ea*r''"n/\'* 3|}d (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) We are in receipt of a report on the Gross National Product which says that farm income for 1965 reached $14 billion dollars, the highest since 1952 and the only time in the period that the increase in farm income has kept pace with other industries. The GNP has been increasing at an annual rate of 5.5% each of the last six years but not so the farm income, its only noticeable increase came in 1965. In other words when farm income reaches or approaches that of other industries or the average for the nation then far- products to bring the farm prices down." At least that is what LBJ tells us and the housewives. And brother Freeman echoes him by being "happy that farm prices are currently going down." We notice that the Des Moines Register editorial department agrees with these sages in Washington but they are the only ones in Iowa we have heard of that thinks low farm prices are a good thing. The Register wants us to shed a few tears for the poor consumer. Well who are the two and a half million people in Iowa but consumers. If any resident of Iowa ever casts another vote for LBJ and (C. P. Wood* In Sheldon Mail) Iowa's reappoftionment trou* bles appear to have been settled in at least oiie regard, the matte* of how legislators in MUttl* member districts, of counties, are to be elected. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that such district must be divided into sub-districts, each to elect its own representative. . Priof to this decision, the multi'membsr districts, such as Polk county, were to elect all its representatives on an ak large basis, Polk 'county, for example, is entitled under the present apportionment to eleven representatives. They would all be elected at large. Those who opposed this system pointed put that the majority party in the heaviest voting area was thus given undue power, being able to elect all eleven representatives. In, this case, of course, it was assumed that the majority party to Moines would elect all theicoun- ty's representatives, in effect making the votes of all others It would be logical to assume that With subdistricting, the ma- party will naturally con- to elect the majority of representatives, but at least the minority party voters will have sorte representation. Ideally, we suppose, the number elected under each party label would come out to be the same percentage as that of the popular vote represented in each party. The attention being given to voting rights both state-wide and nationally, we imagine, will eventually work its way down to the local level, with demands in towns and counties such as ours that more attention be paid to population in determining councilmen's wards and supervisor districts. AD VAN C I A 10 ON A K O S S U T M C 0 U N T Y . Published .by the Advohce P"bjlshlr« Co Mondays and Thursdays, NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ADVANCI SUMCMPTION *ATI One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County *--|b.uu Six months in County ond to nearest post office -------- |J>=" Year outside County, and (o other, than nearest outside P.O.s .—,-*/.ou All rights to matter: published, In the. Algona Kossuth' County Aciyance 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 owners risk. «»»«»•«»»••«•••»•••••»•••»•••••••••"•"""*••*• expansion and say "no" then back that position up — and this looks to us like the best place to do just that. There are new factors in the case now. It .looks like there may be a completely new form of government for the unhappy little southeast Asia country we are trying to defend — and it well may be that we'll be invited to get out and stay out. A dramatic change in the whole southeast Asia picture could come rather rapidly — and we are not at all sure we're going to like what happens. If we have to leave Viet Nam it will be a terrific jolt to our international prestige — it will be a severe blow to the memory of thousands who have died or been wounded in this fight. Above all, it will be a terrific blow to the administration, which will have to admit that it backed the wrong team, at the wrong place, and at the wrong time. It probably would mean a radical change in the political picture in the United States. mers are getting too much mo- company they should have their ney and "we must boycott their head ^-"""i—" 1 Results (M, B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) That the National Farmers Organization marketing program is getting results has finally been brought into the open and will undoubtedly be a matter of continuing discussion in the future is found in news releases originating at Austin, Minnesota. The George A. Hormel Co., Austin, meat packers, have trimmed their hog killing oper^ ation in Austin and have laid off by job elimination some 300 employees this March 14. They also gave notice to some more employees that their jobs would be terminated in March 1967. The Hormel Co. in Austin has taiinme4 its hog killing operations from an average of 2 million hogs per year to 1.7 million last year and plans further puts this year. This dispute between the union and the plant management comes into the picture at this, aoint. M»«3£ e »J£a;t s/ayg that "costs, particularly labor, have become too high for them to kill hogs and meet competition." The union says that "management has failed to ne- potiate with the NFO and is thus not getting enough hogs to keeo the plant busy." The union went on to say that an NFO marketing center in the Austin neighborhood is selling 1,000 hogs a week and all of these hogs are going to Swift and Co. plants in the Twin Cities which have been cooperating with the NFO marketing program. Creep* (BUI ***vrer in Laurent fun.) What a way to make a buck! in Des Moines, they're selling green berets to the kids b«t in some cases it's almost a disservice to the Special Force* fighting in Vietnam who've mad$ fvein famous. Cause half the c£$$p»£l saw wearing them wouldn't fight U you. stuck a bayonet to their throat. Or at tea4 they djdn't look like they'd tighi:'|fay1»"'ssr»tch and slap, though. (C. P. Wood* in Sheldon Mail) We observed a citizen in the process of s*ourine a new key for;his postoffice box the other lea?n that one ouestion on the form he was filling out asked "for what purpose is this key to be used?" Such questions are highly frustrating for anyone with even a small degree of whimsicality; he can hardly reftrain from stating, for example, his belief that such kevs are ideal for prying off the lids of paint cans or some other such logical use. It takes a stout-hearted individual, indeed/to put a reason of this nature down on the form, because the normal nephew has found out by now that good old Uncle Sam is a humorless fellow with 8 gloomy mind, weU aware that there is nothing funny about government. That is. at any rate, as the popular ph,rase has it, nothing "ha ha" funny. We don't know how the dti? zen we observed handled this rrwtter, but we did heir about a fellow who made an application with a welware agency one time for a pair of shoes and the form he was reauired, to fill out asked, among other thines, "hoA»r are these shoes to be used," "I intend to place them on my feet," he answered, and has been in. disgrace ever since. 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 Lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm ~~~ KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ovr $102.000000 worth of incurnncft in force. A home Cbm"V»ny. S»f«. secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For A"tb, Hou«*. Ho»«"^hold Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 29R-3733 Ted S. Herbrt RICHARD A. MOEN Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Ftt. 9 a.m. - 5 p.«n. Phone 295-3371 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Mon. - Tues. - Wed. - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30 - 12.00 Friday evening — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management CARLSON MANA6EMINT COMPANY 121/a N. Dodf* Ph. 295-21*1 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business fW) So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern on*-*to« mmm Insurance Service |AUM M V rMeeirir u n Business - Home - Cur - Life WHN N. KENEPICK, M. D. 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Physician and Surgeon Sundtt Insurance Ao«ney Comr»M« Tns«rance Service 11R South Dodge Alsona. Iowa Phone 5-2341 * 6PPLAN INSURANCE AGENCY Al| TytwM Of ||Wf«rPi»e« Ph. 295.5S->« OP 995-3111 ALGONA 21R W. State Office Phone 205-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. PhvsiHsn *; Surtreon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. MD. Clinic Bid?. 109 W. State St, Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 Dr. HAROLD W, E«ICK«ON JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M. D. Eves Examined. Contact Lenses. Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East St^te Street Phone 295-21W6 Hours 9:00 a.m.. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan. Algona Phone £95-3743 Closed Off I, t. SNYPii 113 iMl State St. Dial 295-2715 Ajfternoons CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact bilt Reports Phonft 295-2335 DPAN P. KOOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Phvsicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Alffona Office Phone 295-2401 Dentists OR J, I, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 395-2334 OR. LEROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 118 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, DD-5. 123 E. Call 995-5109 Algona DR. J. G CLAPSADDLE Dentist 112 N. Thorington

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