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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 21, 1967
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WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Ronnd WASHINGTON - The unanimous denials from all sides didn't give the true story of the mysterious Vietnam peace signal that Sen. Robert Kennedy, DN. Y., was reported to have picked up in Paris. It is significant that, before the Senator got around to denying he had received any peace message, his office had told reporters he would have no comments on it until he had conferred with Washington authorities. Not until he had talked it over with President Johnson did Kennedy deny that he had brought home a message from Hanoi. Actually, the peace hint was picked up by government radio monitors before any foreign sources could deliver it. It came in the form of an interview given by North Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh to communist newsman Wilfred Burchett. The interview emphasized that suspension of the bombing of North Vietnam could lead to truce talks. A full report of the interview was placed on the President's desk on January 26. He ordered an immediate and thorough check as to whether this meant Hanoi had relaxed its conditions for starting negotiations. Canadians, Indians and Poles who sit on the International Control Commission were sounded out. Other governments with contacts In Hanoi were queried. The Vatican was asked whether it had received any new peace offers. None of the responses contained the slightest indication that the Hanoi government had changed its terms. On January 31 a message from Paris advised that Mai Van Bo, North Vietnam's chief representative in the French capital, had promised that a halt in the bombing "would be worth something." Other foreign capitals had relayed substantially the same message —namely, that a bombing halt would be Interpreted In Hanoi as a goodwill gesture. Since there was nothing new in this, U. S. policy makers concluded that North Vietnam was merely intensifying its campaign to stop the bombing without offering any concessions in return. The peace signal had been carefully double-checked and double-analyzed before U was picked up belatedly by Sen. Kennedy in Paris. He was told by French officials on February 4 what they had already passed on to the American Embassy on January 31. In any case, the State Department has become highly skeptical of French peace messages, which in the past have been capricious. Our policymakers had good reason to suspect that the French were merely playing games with us. When Kennedy arrived at the White House with his belated word from Paris, President Johnson showed him the memos describing how carefully the peace message already had been' checked out. Satisfied, the Senator simply chose to deny to the press that he had ever received a message in the first place. Note - Some top officials be- DREW PEARSOI lieve we should respond to Hanoi's peace hint without any advance guarantees. The chance of achieving peace, they argue, would be worth going more than halfway. Others contend that Hanoi merely wants a respite from the bombing in order to build up for a later offensive. - o- - DAWSON DUDGEON Behind the sudden departure of the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt from South Africa was an outraged howl from Illlnois's 80-year-old Bill Dawson, dean of Negro Congressmen. When he learned that the carrier was scheduled to stop at Cape Town and to abide by South Africa's race laws, Dawson phoned Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze in high dudgeon. The secretary tried to explain the careful arrangements that had been made for the visit, but Dawson wouldn't listen. Nitze hurried up to Capitol Hill to elaborate on his explanation face to face. But the old Negro leader, a power in the House, insisted that the Navy should not tolerate discrimination against the carrier's 400 Negro crewmen. Out-talked, Nitze radioed orders to the Roosevelt canceling all shore leaves and directing the carrier to leave Cape Town. - o - - MEDICARE-GO-ROUND Here are excerpts from the storm of protests received by this column over the administration of the new Medicare program: E. George Siedle, Lancaster, Pa. — "Inter-County Hospltal- ization Plan Inc. in Pennsylvania has brazenly used Medicare to cold-bloodedly unload those who have reached 65 regardless of how long their membership or Algena (la.) Upptr DCS Mo!n**-7 TuMdoy, Feb. 21, 1967 how good their health record. Only after top-side pressure protests did they consent to continue policies, and even then they imposed the new condition that no payment would be made If the subscriber received Medicare aid. Like many others I have long carried dual protection ... Many oldsters are now confronted with the bleak possibility of no longer being able through Insurance to guard against having their meager resources wiped out and replaced by debt in the event of Illness." Charles H. Elliott, Florida"My premium before Medicare was $15 a month for the two of us, now it is $11 for Blue Cross and Shield and $6 for Medicare, a total of $17 a month ... for practically no protection, only the $40 entrance fee. Seems like the senior citizens of Florida have been taken for a ride." John Delandos, Arlington, Va.— "Before Medicare I was paying $18.89 a month for four persons. Now I am paying $19.89 for three persons and only 40 per cent coverage for me." - o - - THE DIPLOMATIC POUCH While Sen. Karl Mundt, R.- S. D., and a few other die-hard Senators are trying to undercut the U. S.-USSR consular treaty, West Germany has moved to resume diplomatic and trade relations with communist Romania, communist Czechoslovakia and communist Hungary. Ironically, East Germany, also communist, is protesting. East Germany and Mundt seem to have something in common ... U. S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson has reported that the Kremlin is trying to stop its satellites from recognizing West Germany. Romania has already opened diplomatic relations with Bonn. The Kremlin, perhaps in deference to East Germany, doesn't want Hungary, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia to follow suit. FIVE Five generations of the family of Mrs. George Bopp of South Amana all reside in the Amanas. Mrs. Bopp and her daughter, Mrs. Martin Berger, reside in a home there which is more than a century old. They have occupied this home for the past 55 years. mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm i BOTH ALGONA BANKS will be CLOSED WED., FEB. 22 (Washington's Birthday) THE SECURITY STATE BANK Office In LuVerne I IOWA STATE BANK COMPLETE USED CAR SELECTION 1966 MODELS CHRYSLER Newport 4 dr. sedan PS, factory air .tinted glass, RAH $2995 CHEVELLE 300. 4 dr. sedan, 6 cyl. stick, heater, one owner, extra clean $1895 FORD Galaxle 500 2 dr. hdtp., 289 V-8 engine, standard trans. R & H, white with red vinyl interior $2495 FORD Custom 500. 4 dr., 289 eng., cruiseomatic, power steering, fact, condit., dark green $2495 FORD C-500. 4 dr. 289, cruiseomatic, PS, Fact. Air Conditioned, yellow with fawn interior $2495 FORD Galaxie 500. 4 dr. 352, auto, trans., R & H, one owner, warranty, white with red interior, like new .. $2395 1965 MODELS CHEVROLET Chevy II 4 cyl., stand, trans., R & H, extra clean $1295 PLYMOUTH Fury 1, 2 dr., 6 cyl., R & H, maroon with red In- interior $1375 FORD Custom 500, V-8, automatic transmission, 4 door, power steering, turquoise R & H, SHARP $1695 1964 MODELS MERCURY COMET Callente 2 dr., hdtp., 289 engine, 4-speed, red with red vinyl interior $1475 CHEVROLET Bel Air, 4 dr., V-8, AT, R & H, dark blue, matching interior $1395 PLYMOUTH Fury, 4 dr., V-8, auto, trans., power steering, power brakes, R &H, light blue, still in warranty $1495 FORD Custom 500, 4 dr., V-8, auto, trans., R & H, light blue with matching interior $1185 VOLKSWAGEN, 2 dr. Sedan, like new, one owner $1185 STATE-OWNED TRADE INS (All under state maintenance warranty in state ownership protection plan). 1964 Chev. Biscayne V-8, stick, heater, tint glass, white, blue interior $1250 1964 Ford Custom 2 dr. V-8, stick, heater, burgundy with fawn Interior $1250 1963 Ford F-100 6 cyl., 3-speed, long wide box, mud and snow tires .$1250 1963 Ford 4 dr., 6 cyl., stick, R & H, four new tires $895 1963 MODELS FORD Galaxle, 4 dr. 6 cyl., stick, R & H, light blue with matching interior $895 FORD Fairlane, 2 dr., V-8, stand, trans., R & H, dark green, fawn interior $895 FORD Galaxie 500, 2 dr. hardtop, 352, Cruiseomatic, R & H, very clean $1295 1962 MODELS FORD G-500, 2 dr. Sedan, 352 engine, stand, trans., R & H, a real sharp looker $795 OLDS Super 88 4 dr., R & H, Power strg., & power brakes, tint glass, green $1050 CHEVROLET Impala, 4 dr. Sedan, V-8, auto, trans.,power steering, radio and heater .$1195 CADILLAC, 4 dr. hardtop Sedan Deville, full power, one owner, like new $1695 DODGE Dart 44, 4 dr., V-8, R & H, AT, light blue and matching interior, extra clean $775 1961 MODELS CHEVROLET Biscayne, V-8, stand, trans., R & H, four new tires $695 FORD Fairlane 500 2dr., 6 cyl., AT, R & H, runs good $495 I960 MODELS FORD Fairlane 500, 2 dr., 6 cyl., stick, R & H, w/red, runs good $495 1959 MODELS CHEVROLET Biscayne, 4 dr., 6 cyl., stick, R & H, runs, looks 8°° d $450 1958 MODELS CHEVROLET Delray, 4 dr., 6 cyl., radio, heater, stand, trans. $250 PICKUPS 1966 FORD F-100 Custom Cab, custom appearance, 2-tone, tint glass, WSW, big hub caps .$2095 1954 CHEVROLET 1/2-Ton, 3- speed, 6x6 stock and grain box $325 1964 FORD F-100, 1/2-ton, 6 cyl., 3-speed, long ie box, factory radio, 6-ply rubber with split rims - near ne 1961 FORD F-250, 8 ft. step side box, 6 cyl., 3-speed, 6-ply tires. One owner. 1965 BRIDGESTONE Motorcycle, BS90S, good cond $235 OLT' 1 CARS - We Need The Room - Most are equi id with heaters and radios. Priced KRAUSE AUTO tHQNf MV 2143 ttNTOK IOWA

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