Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on June 2, 1966 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 2, 1966
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I -t; Forecast of decay in Olir System? Truman good president THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 1966 This means inflation Under the lash of unions congress is in the process of setting a new minimum wage bill. This is touted as a great deal for the ordinary citizen who is pictured as downtrodden by employers. Actually it is a new cause of inflation, a design to get more money into the union treasury, and also to get more money in from withholding. .And it will do little for the average newcomer into the ranks of labor. THE MINIMUM WAGE now in force has forced employers into more and more automation. Many plants which hired large numbers of men now have automatic machinery which reduces the number of men who are employed. New men can not be 'trained at the present minimum wage in many fields because it is too high for what the men can produce in their training periodi And the services of a highly trained and high paid man is required to teach the new employe the trade. As a case in point the Advance for many many years has given opportunity to high school students to learn the printing trade. Many have gone on to college working their way in printing plants at a good wage after being trained. The new minimum wage is apt to preclude that because it is just too high to offset the potential of the employe who leaves soon after, his training is completed. IT IS INFLATIONARY for the simple reason that higher pay means a higher cost of the product which requires a higher selling price to meet the increased costs. The employe buying the product finds his additional pay absorbed in the higher cost of what he must purchase. Unions are for it because the higher pay means a higher dues income. And the unions, ignoring the fact it increases costs, take great pride in getting "more money" for their members. The fact the money isn't as valuable seems to be lost on union and member alike, The government has a vested interest in higher pay because it means higher withholding on income. With 60,000,000 employed a raise in withholding of only one cent an hour per person means a tax income of $24,000,000 per 40-hour week. BOOSTING THE minimum also means escalation of the entire wage scale in a business. The proposed raise from $1.25 to $1.60 per hour affects the higher hourly pay of trained workers. For instance a man getting $1.60 now or 35 cents more than a beginner would not stand hitched for $1.60 when an untrained man gets the same. When the present $1.60 man is raised the $2 man also wants a proportionate raise, and so on and on. All this is inflationary, by increasing costs which means depreciating the value of the dollar. Anyone interested can look at his dollar bill now. It is no longer backed by silver. The old silver bills are being drawn in by the government. All that is left is a promise to pay a dollar — whatever that may mean. The old dollar bill had a promise to pay "one dollar in silver payable to the bearer on demand." The new bill just says it's a federal reserve note called a dollar. Who is robbed by inflation? The lower paid men even at a high minimum wage, those who saved good dollars for their old age, and those who put good dollars into insurance who get back depreciated money. The paper in a dollar bill isn't worth anything. A dollar is worth only what you can get in trade for it. Hurray for the farmer A news story last week told that members of the state and local committees managing the farm programs have been ordered to defend the administration .from the complaints of farmers and others. This is the answer to the goof by Secretary Freeman in taking pride at lower farm prices this spring, in the administration's dropping purchase of butter, pork products and similar items for the military, and other such proposals which affect the farmer directly. Freeman is getting desperate over the complaints from farmers about the way the department is conducted, He is under pressure now from the administration to get the farmers off the back of the democrats, and he must deliver or get bounced from his job, IN THE FIRST PLACE the A. S C. S. committees are not designed to be propaganda offices for the administration. The committees are to administer the program voted by congress. While the committees are politically oriented that fact should not be determining in policy. Politics has no business in the administration of the program. A farmer is entitled to his part in the program whether he is a democrat, republican or mugwump. The fact the program is going sour is not the fault of the committees. It is the fault of the administration and the administration policy. To force the committees to defend an indefensible position is rank injustice to men who do the real work. FARMERS ARE declining in numbers. That means fewer votes. Politicians are not interested in anything but votes, and with more voters in the cities and fewer in the rural areas the picture is clear. All the fine words and great praise for the tillers of the soil so fondly voiced in the election campaigns means nothing when potential number of votes is the prime consideration when the roll is called in congress. City people are chaffing under higher prices induced by inflationary measures of the administration. These city people want lower food prices. They have the votes. In this fall's election there will be a great concern in this farm state by self- serving politicians for the welfare of the farmer. But too often in the past this concern has faded when the election is over, and the "greater good of the party" becomes the paramount goal. It'll be hurray for the farmer until after November 8. There is now hope for the elms threatened by the Dutch elm disease. A new treatment is now advanced for saving the trees by a simple injection into the tree. The old method of spraying the trees to kill the virus carrying beetle has been unsatisfactory. It poisons without discrimination and threatens bird and other life. And it has not been too successful. The new method hits at the virus itself, letting the beetle alone. The injection seems to block the virus from spreading. Those who love the stately elms can take some hope the new method, which is inexpensive, will work. Sick One of the reasons for the sick condition of the railroads is the strangle hold the unions have. Two unions now are demanding fantastic raises in salaries together with additional fringe benefits. The engineers are asking a 30 per cent raise in salary plus costly fringe benefits, and the trainmen are asking a 25 per cent boost, also with fringe benefits. Not all of the railroad troubles can be blamed on the men who run the trains. A lot of fault lies also with the management itself, which has been loath to make improvements, particularly in service. A case in point is the deliberate campaign to drop all passenger trains. Poor service, lack of diner service, poor connections, and just plain dirty cars are the rule in many cases.' Only a few railroads give a hoot about passenger business. Management, with some justification, blames the unions which enforce working rules based on conditions of nearly a cen- turv ago. The rules make for high co^ts particularly in passenger operation. The unions want no change in many costly items .. which are unnecessary now. These new demands are a part and parcel of one of the big troubles. Income just doesn't match outgo on many lines. There are a few big lines which show a profit but that is on freight runs of long distances. The feeder or small lines are handicapped, but by union rules must pay the same rates as the more prosperous lines. The railroad industry is sick. It is the railroad's own fault — management and labor alike. And neither seems to give a hoot whether the industry survives as long as they get "theirs" for the time being. Impatience When one crisis is averted another seems to pop up in the unhappy country of Viet Nam. The revolt of army units seems to have been put down, at least for the moment. But now the Buddhists are at their usual harassment campaign because the situation is not entirely to their liking. It seems the Buddhists are more political than religious in their outlook on the Viet Nam situation. They seem to want the fruits not only of victory over the Viet Nam but also to have the country turned over to them to rule. There is a growing impatience in the United States with all factions in Viet Nam who concern themselves with their own ag- grandisement and not with winging the war. (C. F. Woods in Sheldon Mall) The outrageous attack on Judge George Paradise by four SioUX City teenagers reflects a condition of mind on the part of the attackers which might be an early symptom of a fatal disease in our governmental system. The circumstances were, in brief, that the judge heard a disturbance in front of his resk dertce at about 11 or 11:30 p.m., including threats to a young girl; went outside • to quell it & encountered four youths. He told them he was a judge and ordered them to. stop their ncv ise and go home, citing this as an order of the court. One youth said, "Let's get the. ; . .," and struck at him. The others said, "To Hell with the judges and the courts," and they, too, attacked the judge. In later bringing charges against the four, the Judge placed in the position of prime importance! the fact that they had failed to recognize his authority as a Judge and the representative of the Court, and has charged them with Contempt of Court. He placed in the secondary WIT BY IOWANS position the fact of assault Upon his person, as an individual. We have heard of Judge Paradise for many years. His back* ground is this: He came to this country from Greece, alone and penniless. In the best traditions of the once idealized American success story, he earned his first money, by being, a news boy. Through practice of the honored virtues of thrift, hard work and the exercise of intelligence, he Won for himself both material success and the esteem of his fellow American citizens. We do not, of course, pretend to know what may have been the thoughts in the Judge's mind about this outrageous attack, but it occurs to us that in placing his first thought on the offense against the dignity of American Justice, as represented by his position as a Judge of the District Court, he reflects the love and regard he has for the entire American system which made it possible for the eager young immigrant to gain, to hold and to enjoy the great blessings of this great republic. He holds the personal attack upon himself and the deeply serious affront thus expressed Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "One of the nicest feelings is hunger, with nothing to keep you from eating." — Hampton drug store. "A good pair of legs can get a person to first base, even if she isn't a good baseball player." — Sioux City Sue. "Actually, most wives do understand their husbands; that's why they love them." — Burlington bus station. "Ij you stop to think twice before you speak, some other person may start speaking, and that will be that." — New Hampton implement store. "There may be a few girls who never have been kissed, but there are mighty few who have been kissed but once." — Des Moines high school. "If scientists are seeking a delicate trigger for an atomic blast, they might try a blonde hair on the coat of a brunette's husband." — Boone brunette. •; .',. "A mpther4n-law can^betsjcmpathetic. Before-ypu came along, she spent two decades trying to understand that man you later married." — Charles City salesman. "So often the line of least resistance is the one we sign on." — An am osa attorney. Gambles away his wife is a dangerous story to tell The death of three little tots test week in an abandoned refrigerator again points up the necessity of taking doors off all discarded large appliances. The kids do not know the danger. Adults should remove that threat to the lives of youngsters. (Don Reid in West Des Moines Express) "It has been some time since you told me about your golf game," Dorothy said Sunday. "Why don't you amuse me with a little of that old malarkey about how you almost got a birdie on Number Four, then three-putted for a six?" "Why, fine," I said. "I had no idea you would be interested." "Well, I'm not, really," Dorothy said. "However, as a good wife, I will do my best to show attention and offer 'sympathy at the proper time." "In that case, we will skip the golf game. As a matter of fact, all of us were more interested in the predicament one of pur fellows has gotten himself into. He gambled away his wife." "He WHAT?" "Just what I said. He was playing with a newcomer who asked him if one could hit the ball across the creek from the spot where he stood. My friend, whom I shall call Mr. X for the sake of anonymity, bet him $10 he couldn't do it. Then, being somewhat carried away by the impossibility of the shot, he further agreed to throw in his golf clubs and his wife." "I never head of such a thing," said Dorothy, her big brown eyes snapping indignantly. "Well, Mr. X thought it was an impossible shot but the other chap cranked up and hit the ball over the creek, clean as a whistle. Mr. X attempted to resolve the bet by paying the $10 but the other golfer refused to accept the money. He said that Mr. X had made a package'deal and he wanted the whole bundle or nothing." "In that case, he should get nothing." "You wouldn't want Mr. X to welsh on his bet, would you?" I aske4 very astonished. Dorothy said she couldn't care less. "Anyway, all of us are trying to figure out how Mr. X should go about breaking the news to his wife.; that she will have to pack up and move out and all that sort of tiling." "Are YOU Mr. X?" Dorothy said suspiciously. "I am not." "It sounds just like you," she said. "To think after I have worked my fingers to the bone all these years and reared your child for you, now I have been gambled away like a mere chit- tel." "A mere what?" "A mere chittel," she said forlornly. "I think the word you want is chattel," I explained. "But anyway, I would certainly not gamble you away." "Are you sure?" "Of course I am sure, angel. Not for ten dollars anyway." With that I took both of her little hands in mine and not a minute too soon, either, Had I been a second slower, she would have belted me one. to the legally sacred concept of the individual, as secondary. Thett consider the state of mind of the four youths who attacked him. Born to all the rights and privileges of this country, having these same rights Which Judge Paradise won for himself through his own diligent efforts actually given to them at birth, with all the benefits of decent freedom and liberty available for little more than the asking, they Can find nothing better in their minds than a callous, brutal "To Hell with the judges/and courts." We do not sympathize with Judge Paradise at all in this matter. He does not need sympathy because in himself he represents something much be*yond that need. The ones we feel sympathy with are the ones who see in this disgraceful incident the sign of decay in our beloved system. And, from a purely logical standpoint, we should feel sympathy for the four youths who have permitted their minds to become so distorted to real values that they could reduce themselves to this degree of lowness. Approves of Miller (Neil Maurer in Laurens Sun) Anyone who knows U.S. Senator Jack Miller has been confident he would be a candidate for reelection, regardless of whom the Democrats might put up to run against him. His announcement today, therefore, is no big surprise. Jack Miller proved 5 ¥2 years ago that he is a terrific campaigner, when he won 'the Republican nomination in convention and went on to beat Gov. Herschel Loveless in the general election race for the Senate seat. Winning over Loveless was no easy task, but Miller's hard- hitting campaign paid off. Before he went out after the position he now holds, Miller had served in the Iowa legislature—both House and Senate— but was not too well known throughout the state. Now he hasi many friendS'in every county, and support from thousands who had never heard of him before he ran in 1960. In addition, he has a record in the Senate that would be hard to surpass by anyone. In announcing his candidacy for relection, Senator Miller asserted that bis record has been "both progressive and responsible." He pointed to progressive legislation in the areas of education, human rights, and projects which will promote the economic growth of our state. "But to have true progress— progress which will be lasting and constructive," he asserted, "there must be^ a sense of responsibility to the people who are paying the bill—the taxpayers." Jack Miller speaks a language that lowans can understand. We believe a large majority of lo- wans approve of his work in Washington, and that he will be returned to the Senate by an overwhelming vote next fall. Fight (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) The fight within the democratic party over the administrar tion's conduct of the war in Viet Nam gets hotter, day by day. The fight is strictly within the democratic party but that doesn't make it any less "bloody." The "Hawks" and the "Doves", as the advocates of more and less strenuous activity in southeast Asia are termed, are making life for the president and his principal supporters mighty rough. We said this is a democratic fight—and that is exactly what we mean. Republicans have been staunch in their support of the war effort and have let the party in power do the ftgfrting. Personally we think it is time that the administration and the congress makes up their minds as to which way we are going. We are not getting the job d^, as the war is «ow being f ojyp4 -rand everyone who makes an effort to get at the facts knows this is true. Let's quil fooling around. Either we sfeouW get in and win this wax sit last 304 as ftopJy -r-in terms- of our casualties— as we can, or get out. Hysterical plea (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) We received a rather earnest sort of communication this week from the Iowa Office of Economic Opportunity in Des Moines, headed "Sound Off, Loudly and Clearly," and which carried the following as its opening remark: "Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the support of the Community Action phase of the Economic Opportunity Program, for it is in trouble right now in the United States Congress," While we certainly have no argument with any citizen who wishes to bring influence to bear in an attempt to get his Senator or Congressman to vote his way, we seriously doubt the position of an office operating under a Federal Grant, as in this case, using its' position, time, materials and public money to further itself. The communication from Des Moines further urged those addressed to "write your U.S. Congressman and Senators and urge them to strengthen, not weaken, the Community Action Program." Regardless of the merit, or possible lack of merit, of the program invojyed, the pjea is 4 beautiful example of the al- Wfl^ fcysJberisaJ instinct of aJJ bureaucracy to perpetuate itself. Doing so through use of puJ^lM*- fljnjg is. to OJjr W&Y flf thanking, decidedly unethical and unwise. (W. C. Jarni«!n In Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune) We read with interest about the recent observance of Haffy Truman's 82nd Wrthdlay. TWS former president wa* gu«t ait a two hour banquet at Kansas City during which he Was Widely acclaimed. Harry modestly ad> mitted that some of the praise was exaggerated but he gladly accepted it President Johnson who wad vacationing at his Texas ranch, called to the guest of honor over long distance to extend best wishes. But as we read about this joy ous occasion, we wondered why there were no congratulatory remarks from the Kennedy boys. Or at least, we saw no mention of best wishes from Bobby or Ted. This may signify that there is a rift between the Kennedy am Johnson forces and that LBJ »nd HST are at the head of one action , with the Kennedys in n oppbsittg camp. ( The Washington newsplper boys claim that Bobby Kennedy s campaigning right now^ for the presidency While LBJ; is spokesman for the element ait jresent in control of the yoiy machinery. ^ Be that as it may, We have come to the conclusion that Truman was a good president. He had intestinal fortitude and that's needed in these times of international stress, eh what? ALGONA KO $ S U TH COUNTYA»*AWe» Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mciwtow crdl offices and .shop, 124 North Thorington St., Atgcws, tew-m. S Editor and publisher, Duahe E. Dewel, Managing fcdtor,, -Miiim NATIONAL NEWSPAPtl A F f 111 A T E ,«." ! W 5 i ADVANCI SUBSCRIPTION *ATf One Year In County and to nearest post office outside of County —$5XO Six months in County and to nearest post office S3.5O .Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.S J/.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 tne publishers'of the'Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. *»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»*»•»•»»»»»••»»••»••••«»•• BUSINESS a 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 Over $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business • Home - Car • Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Agency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 . j _ RIGKUEFS * GiELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295.5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA Optometrists Dr, HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses, 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Phone 295-3743 Dr, L. L, SNYPER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CilOIT BUREAU KQSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 " "Algonji Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - fti 9 a.m. - 5 p,«. Phone 295-3571 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 Uim MANAOEMENT COMPANY 121/j N. Do*. n. 2*s-ani 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 MEL VIN G.^oTJRNETMrD. Physician k Surgeon 118 No. Moore st Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 °*N L "MAVTMrDT' M.D. Clinic Bldg 109 W. state St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 Residence Phone '295-5917 P ^ l « an « and Surgeons 2 2 ° N. . Dodge, Alwma Office Phone 295.2401 OR, J, Dentist 622 E, State st. Phone 295-2334 N. Moore «. 295-3131

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