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of the individual THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 19oo N6t for One of the real problems in a smaller legislature is that of getting good men to make the. campaign necessary to get elected in a district which area-wise majf be large. U. S. ^upreme court has made it mandatory that representation be on population, and population only. This poses no travel handicap in a city district, but it does materially in a rural district. The smaller the legislature in numbers tne' larger a distilct a person most' represent becomes in population of that district. In rural areas this means perhaps as much. as four or five counties, if 'a population of 55,000 is the guide. THi PROPOSAL voted Jast year by the legislature as a constitutional amendment and up for its second go-round in 1967 puts the state senate at 50' and' the house ; of representatives at 100. Each senator would represent theoretically 55,006 people. A house member would have at least 27,000. . . ... Depending on ' how the districts Were gerrymandered (which they certainly would .be no matter which party was in" power) several counties woUld have to be grouped 'for a senatorial district ari'd at least two in many instances for a house member. The mechanics of covering a large district in area can be imagined without too much difficulty. And this would discourage some good candidates from making the race. THE SUNDAY REGISTER, in discussing t the subject said a cure for this situation' would be an increase in pay to attract good men. Frankly this would be the worst solution that could be had — to make service in the legislature a paying, proposition. Few 1 of the legislators in the past, if any, have run for the office because of the pay involved. In fact it has only been recently that the pay came .close to offsetting the actual cost of the .person running-for office plus actual expenses in bes Moihes The ideal of public service has been the best argument to get good men as candidates. These men have no particular axe to grind, but can devote their labilities to the solution of the state's problems. .,. MANY LEGISLATORS have sacrificed their Doliticallife in fighting 1 a bad law or proposition which for various reasons was tavbrecl'in'their little baliwick. This kind of a man cannot be bought by salary. His only guide,is that of service. The premise that legislators represent their district is a false assumption in tire'first place. A legislator who rises ,to speak in either house is recognised as ; the senator (member) FROM his county — not a 'senator or member FOR his county. A'member's'vote affects the entire '«tate. ;• While he does see to it his district's interests are advanced, his first duty is to the state as a whole. MAKING SERVICE in the legislature a money-making project would simply mean the member would be more interested in keeping his job because of the money that's in it. He; would be the prey 1 of all special interests that might affect his reelection. When the district becomes too large in ^rea for a man to cover personally in elections it means the candidate must depend on help to get his message to the people. Such help fs. often based on special interests, most of them good, but also a few that are not. Sadly the latter influence more than, the former. And if a man •fa rmre interested in his salary than in his service these organizations have a real club over him % As one legislator said a few years ago: "I can beat my enemies, but deliver me from"my friends." The Reagan victory The victory of Ronald Reagan in California was only in the republican orimary, but political pundits admit Governor Brown, the democrat! running for an unprecedented .third term, is in'trouble with Reagan's challenge. Reagan won by an astonishing two to one margin over his opponent, and while he had been given ,the nod as the winner no one really expected him to win by such a margin. California is not a state to be classified as either republican or democrat. The democrats have the big edge in registrations but when it comes to the general election the voters are as independent as a hog on ice. • IN THE FLUSH of Reagan's victory some republicans saw a big upsurge for the party. This may be true, but it is also certain that California voters were not as much impressed by his party label as they were his personality. "* Reagan is an accomplished actor, which comes in handy in politics. For a lot of political activity is acting, or giving a show to entice listeners and inserting the philosophy in easily assimulated amounts. His stage presence was good and his speeches were excellent. He avoided the pitfalls that trapped Goldwater. His line was moderation and while not entirely satisfying everybody he made it easy for even the extremists on both sides to vote for; him., IF REAGAN WINS in this fall's contest with Brown, and well he might if polls are anv indication at this stage of the game', he will become a force to be reckoned with in the republican convention in 1968. At present Romney seems to have the inside track for the nomination, and Senator Javitts, N,ew York, is active for the vice-presidential nomination. Reagan will have to be counted in on the political maneuvering if he wins this fall. Politics being politics it is not improbable, that Romney; if nominated, would have to choose between Reagan arid Javitts for the vice-presidential nomination. This wouldn't be easy. California and New York have the big electoral votes. To choose between them could possibly lose the votes of the state passed up. However, as the man said, a lot of water can go over the dam between now and 1968—and one of these may be washed over the dam by that time. It is difficult to rationalize the visit of Senator Robert Kennedy to South Africa unless it is in line with his desire to become president. It is certain the Kennedys would blow their tops if some foreign visitor would come to this country and raise the fuss Kennedy has done in South Africa. He certainly was interfering with the internal interest of that area, whether right or wrong. It may well be the black-white situation is bad there but it ill behooves a U. S. senator sticking his oar in. It would seem the senator is more interested in what it does for his image back in, this country than what it does for South Africa. Extremists It's very difficult to assess the real purpose of the march by Meredith in Mississippi and the shooting that took place. In the first place it seems certain if Meredith had been allowed to march from Memphis to Jackson there would have been little attention paid to it. Meredith has not been one of the top leaders. It has been known he smarted from being ignored after his fight to get into the university of Mississippi. He has been booed at some civil rights meetings. Whether his motive was the announced one of showing Mississippi Negroes they had nothing to fear, or whether it was for his personal benefit to gain recognition, of course is his secret. The shooting was ridiculous for several reasons. In the first nlace the person who did it was slunid for his act made a martyr out of Meredith. In the second nlace it stirred uo all the civil rights people to gang up on Mississ- ippi which has been comparatively tranquil in recent months. The result was a massing of marchers to the detriment of everyone traveling that highway, a main line from Memphis to New Orleans, It put the law enforcement officers in Mississippi at a disadvantage in keeping traffic open and the marchers in line, because undue efforts to do so would result in charges of police brutality whether justified or not. Extremists on both sides of the problem^ of desegregation do more harm to their cause than they accomplish in their efforts. :er The merger of the two professional football leagues into one is designed to halt the bidding between the leagues for the star performers in college football. The country has been amazed at the $400,000 or more paid to a college star for signing with a team. It just didn't seem right- And quite often the highly paid prospects failed to deliver when in the big time. Professional football is an exciting and interesting game particularly for those who can watch it in the comfort of home on television rather than half freezing in a stadium. It brings in big money, and some of this income should go to the men on the field. But it does seem ridiculous to pay such a bonus for an unproven man when those other professionals, particularly in the line, work for comparative peanuts. (C. P. WoW, In Sh.ld^n M*il.) . There appears td be some hv timation in current reports that the notorious Baker, case and its related Black affair,,may ( be entering on some shaky ground because r> Black's, % ^constitutional rights were possibly violated by federal wire-tapping. , Whie we are far' frortii con- ddning any violation of individual or personal rights' by any law enforcement .agency, and while we may feel very strongly about the necessity of maintaining the constitutional rights remaining to us; we' would still feel it would'.be^a'nratter of almost national disgrace to permit the Baker-Black case, to be jeopardized on some such' grounds as thode mentioned. , Of course; the rights of individuals must' be maintained, but the rights of the public, the collective group of individuals, must be maintained too. And when the federal courts', including the Supreme Court, learis over backwards as precariously as it hai in some cases, we think the rights of the public are; bein'g jeopardized for the sake of sonic razor-edge decis- ions. We suppose there is a Very learned school of thought devoted to the development of law arid the furtderriental rights of matt. While We. haVe' n'6 in- tehtidri of applying for adhiis$- ion to Whatever thosei sacred precincts are, We can still 1 be Venturesome enough to suggest that back in the dawn of civU- ization, when men first began to realize they must,have some form of law, the basic step was an effort on the part of the group to protect itself from danr gerous individuals, .rather thari to protect the individual from the group. , Man-kind undoubtedly found that the many, the "normal" humans stood in more danger from the few "red-hot opera.- tors" of the period than the other way round. While several hundreds of generations of humanity may have, found the situation some^ what .altered since those niost primitive days, society still is constantly menaced by those same "red-hot operators" who have no, sense of .group well-, being, bilt who carry their type of ruthless "individualism" to the ultimate dangerous extreme of graft, corruption, greed, assault or even murder. We still need a great deal of ptbteotioH front thehi. That tft& t&tioh sh6uld ri6t be jeopardized by a'to'O de-humahized attention to the most extreme of th6 fine points of th^i law. It would se'eni nlore logical to us, for instance, if wire-tp^plhg of Black's conversations revealed illegal activity, to press a charge against the wire-tappers but still let the evidence, if it proved guilt, stand. ,Thi$ suggestion may .offend the legal mind, but oh' the other hand, there is,little doubt that some of, the recent court decisions which HaVe let criminals go scot free on technicalities, offend even more the mind of the average citizen. There does appear to be growing reaction among the public against some of the recent; trends ih ah over-delicate bal- andhg of the scales of justice; this must reflect a growing fear of the public that it is losing some of its defense against the outlaw element. WIT BY IQWAtiS Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw It In The Paper'' 1 In McCall's Magazine. hazard "Solitude is more enjoyable if you have someone with you to talk to about it." — Sioux City Sue. '7 know not what others may think; but no, matter what the mechanical contrivance developed for the home, I favor keeping women." — Belmond contractor. "If she won't look by the second whistle, she's probably too 'hard of hearing to be much fun anyhow." — Shenandoa'h clerk. "This young wife was in her kitchen explaining, 7 missed a good many meals to get him, and I'm going to prepare a good many to keep him.' " — Burlington clerk. . ',.. "The older one gets, the longer it takes to get to the door if Opportunity knocks. '.<, — Clinton attorney. "You can't make footprints in the sands of time by sitting down." — Ames prof. "A good motorist should continue the practice of his childhood and approach the schoolhouse slowly" _ SCI senior. r^^ ..... • ly should be split into two. 'classifications Indians and internes." — Newton supt. "Early to bed and early to rise soon makes you able to do otherwise." — Harlan farmer. Inflation is adding to other woes of the farmer . Every time the astronauts return safely from orbiting there is a concerted sigh of relief in the country generally. (Paul Bunge in Osage Press.) Inflation is making itself felt. The cost of living increased at an annual rate of six per cent in February and only slightly less in March. Administration spokesmen point out that ah important part of this increase was due to higher food costs, which included higher prices paid farmers. The official finger of blame is being pointed everywhere except at the major cause of the problem — unprecedented, nonmilitary and nonessential spending. For over 30 years the government has poured billions of dollars into price support programs and other schemes aimed at raising the prices of farm commodities. An American Farm Bureau Federation spokesman points out: "Now that prices of farm products are rising naturally in response to stronger demand, the administration has set about the job of not only trying to lower them, but of trying to use the farmer as a scapegoat for government-induced infla^ tioh." Uke most of the rest of us, farmers have not caused inflation. They are the victims of it. Farm production costs have increased $4.1 billion since I960, while net income in the same period has risen only $2.4 billion, In a recent address at a Cornell university forum Charles B. Shuman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, put the case in strong terms when he sa^d: "Now we are getting the double whammy from the administration as it pushes for an increase in the minimum wage, spiling higher prices for production items farmers must buy, and a$ the same time using various devices to beat down farm priges." Mr. Shuman cites five instan- cy of farm price-depressing actions: 1. Sharply increased saje<s of surplus porn at cut-rate price's. 2. Incre^d support prices on soybefciis; foj 1966, the pur- po?e—to artificially stimulate production and so, lower prices. 3. Steps b«ave b,eeo taken to lower prices on dairy products —eliminating butter from the armeid services menu, increasing the cheese import quota by one-third, raising dairy price support—all to artificially boost supplies and weaken prices. 4. The use of prime pork products by the military was decreased. 5. Recently imposed quotas on hide exports are intended to drive down domestic prices. The farmers are not in a unique position. Other industries — aluminum, copper, steel — have felt the pinch of 'unofficial prive control." As long as it can government will seek to make the people pay for its own mistakes—the inflationary, monetary, fiscal anl labor policies chiefly responsible for rising Penalized (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun.) The property owner who makes improvements is penalized; the owner who allows his building to deteriorate reaps the benefits of lower taxes. That fact was pointed out last week by Edwin A. Getscher, Hamburg attorney and former state representative, when he appeared as a witness at a Re> publican platform hearing in Council Bluffs. Property tax laws need a complete overhauling, he said, because unfair property taxes are making slums of Iowa's small towns. Furthermore, a small town businessman who tries to serve his customers better by stockuig a large inventory is "clobbered" by personal property taxes. There has been considerable concern over the property tax paid by farmers, and we agree that it is often unfair. This is especially true of the tax on farm buildings and groves. At the same time, we should not forget that the small-town businessman has b|s tax problems, too. Our current tax laws are definitely holding up progress, contributing to the deterioration of (the small towris, ... It's about time for a complete review of our tax structure, (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter.) There' we're a'number of very tragic drowning accidents over the Memorial "day weekend — in addition to the usual gory statistics from.the nation's highways. Brownings are just as unnecessary as highway accidents — even more so, because almost always they are the result of the taking of unnecessary chances. Lakes and rivers are always dangerous,, and people who live ar round these bodies of water are always very respectful in their relations with them. Two men drowned on one of the Missouri manmade lakes. They were out in a boat, the wind started kicking up — and the boat swamped. Neither man had on a life jacket. A former Iowa football player drowned on a small lake near Emmetsburg. Again he couldn't swim and he did not have on a life jacket. Folks who 'go to'lake' irifre- quently, should be extremely careful around water. If they go out in boats they should be very careful that the boat is not overloaded—an overloaded boat is "asking for trouble." Then they should be very sure to head for the closest shore if the wea.- ther shows signs of turning bad — and on even medium, sized lakes, the weather can and'does turn bad very rapidly at times, Then above all, everyone going out in a boat, unless they are good swimmers, should wear a life jacket. There are plenty of such jackets available which are comfortable, inexpensive — and efficient, if the wearer should suddenly find himself in the lake — instead of in a dry boat. Boating can be a lot of fun. Fishing is a great sport. But these activities can be killers — if proper precautions are not taken, and if extreme care is not exercised. Business hurt (W, C. Jernagin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune,) The controversial minimum wage law jumped its first hurdle when the house of representatives at Washington passed it by what the newspapers call "an overwhelming vote," As it goes to the senate, the bill provides for an increase from $1.25 per hour minimum to $1.40 February, next year and $1.60 per hour as of February 1, two years later. The measure adds several millions of wage- earners to those now covered. The actual number varies ae- cording to estimates. This action by the lower house pleases the labor leaders but the small business man feels as tho he gets it in the neck to use a slang expression. As we talk to the SBM—small business man to you-rrwe find the "consensus" is that the new law will make it tough on the smaller employer. Farmers will not like it either. The "consensus" seems to be that this is another instance of the federal government butting in on private enterprise. For employers feel that it is none of Uncle Sam's business what he and his employes agree upon as fair wages. "Consensus" also says that laws like this are enacted by men who p,eyer had to njeet a payroll. And tow true that is. Congressman Stanley Greigg, our representative in the lower house, is registered as voting yes on the measure. Fuss over safety of cars ignores causes of crashes (M. I, Crabbe In Eagle Orovt E«gU.) It has been hard for us t6 understand all of the fuss ahd publicity attending the charges that present day automobiles are un» safe. As you read the items it seems that the only persons who want to do anything about it are the political office holders who seem eager to get their fingers in the control of, car manufacturing; • We have Had two cars, in our time that have been called in ( by theV deale|' to correct 'delects which the . manufacturer had discovered arid .ordered corrected. Even though we had not realized that anything Was wrong we were surprised and pleased that the maker was interested enough in his product after it was sold to make these corrections. Also in a great deal of driving around* the country it ia pur o> pinion that the irresponsible dti- ver and the narrow arid unsafe roads are more of. 4 a haiArothafi any' car 'We hive d>tvin, ' You can't take a trip an> place that you don't observe sdmfe *— fool driver violatdhg safe driving practice to get there fister. A good rfiany years ago 1 ,? Bart Hill, editor of the Mai5*fr f City Globe Gazette, and an ektfett on safety, said that we could not have safe driving until there are separate: lanes for traffic, which is headed in opposite directions. Thiis has been proven , by the safety records of the freeways and interstate . highways, that have separate lanes of traffic, i It r would seem to us that the first requisite for highway safety is to improve the roads and to get better control of the drivers. We don't believe anyone wants to ride around in a pad- ded'cell at'40 miles an hour. ALGONA K 0 S S U T H C 6 U N T Y A D V A N C t Published by the Advance Publishing Co.', Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop,: 124 North' Thorington , St., Algona, Iowa.- 505 Kl.. • , Editor and publisher, Duone E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrischllles. NATIONAL NEWS*AH« , ADVANCI SUBSCRIPTION RATE ; One Year In County and to nearest post office outside of County -$5,00 Six months In County and to nearest- post office ; $3.50 Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s $7,00 All rights to matter published in the AJgona Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in, any manner is prohibited except by written permission .of the publishers of the Algona Kossuth , County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or'pictures are sent at the owner's risk. ' ' BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ——> DIRECTORY < Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lanes 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 $102,006,660 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 Algeria, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS * GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5S29 or 295-3111 ALGONA Optometrists Dr, HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 995-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIBLD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Ifarlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. I, SNYDIR 113 East Stat? St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Serviced ..Chiropractors... ...„ DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. . fti. 9 a.m. - 5 pin. Phone 295-3571 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Off ice 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 tan* MANAOJMtNT COMPANY. Ill/, N. O.tff* Ph. 2tS.2S91 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 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. ~ M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W, State St. , Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIBTMTp. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F, KOOi, M. £ Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, ASS* Office Phone W5-240* CREDIT KOSSUTH COUNTY (Mlectiyi Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 AJgo&a DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295*3384 *>*. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 112 N. Thorinetbn

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