The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 23, 1967 · Page 29
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 29

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 23, 1967
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Meditations From New Member Of Legislature TO THE EDITOR: Is it Important that the House of Representatives spends one morning to defeat the idea that our state should put a slogan on our license plates, go home for the weekend and then come back on Monday morning and "reconsider" the measure, then pass it ? It all depends on whom you talk to. In my mind there is no doubt about the beauty of our state and no lowan should be ashamed to say so. We are a state with a people that not only the United States is proud to have as a part of its Union, but also the kind that every country in the world envies because we produce one thing which is more vital to man than anything else - food. And yet when we have passed the Medicare bill with only five dissenting votes, it makes me wonder. Why did we pass a bill that Is so close to European socialized medicine as anything I have seen ? Because the Federal government gave Iowa the choice between receiving 18 million dollars or nothing. One representative calls it "blackmail", and yet as he speaks my question Is - will he be the leader to solicit some six dollars from every Iowa citizen so that our elderly residents can be cared for ? I most certainly am for giving the elder citizens of our state enough funds so that after many hard years of strenuous work in developing the state they now may have assurance and peace of mind in their golden years of life. But- I fear very much from firsthand experience in Europe that this kind of program also encourages the younger generation to develop the attitude, "Why should I save ? Why should I think of my retirement? Why should I be concerned when my earnings are at a peak ? Why not spend it and live a 'happy' life ? When I am 65 or 70 years old, I need not worry because I will be cared for." Such a program destroys that which made this state and nation great, namely, initiative, character, self-respect and a willingness to work for one's own living and that of his country. My mail is day light saving time and Medicare this week for the most part. It is an honor to be a leader and represent your own county's voting citizens, but it makes me wonder if this is all I came for. Last night I was a guest with a small group of legislators and several lobbyists. The statement was made that a "no" vote is easier to defend that a "Yes" vote because in the first you can find some part of a bill that is really against your principles and people, whereas in the latter you indicate that you agree with every word, sentence, comma and period and you must be able to defend it. What a challenge this is and it calls for some real digging to understand each part of these bills Insofar as It Is possible. Karl E. KiUsholm State Representative Kossuth County WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON - The story of the bawling out which President .Johnson is supposed to have given Sen. Robert Kennedy regarding his "peace talks" in Europe was very much exaggerated. ,-. In the first place, Johnson did not call Bobby Kennedy in; Bobby asked for the appointment. Second, while there were some differences of opinion between the two, Johnson did not bawl out the brother of the late President, though he did remind him that the present State Department leaders mostly were picked by the late President Kennedy. LBJ said he was satisfied that they were doing a competent Job in pursuing peace. However, there was great disappointment among our allies, In London and other European capitals, that the State Department and President Johnson did not do better with the peace overtures made by Prime Minister Wilson and Premier Kosygln. They had a pledge from Hanoi that there would be truce talks If the United States would continue the moratorium on bomb- Ing North Vietnam. But President Johnson wants a definite concession from North Vietnam that he can show to his Republican critics so they can't charge him with appeasement at the next election. So when Hanoi did not come through with even a gesture, he ordered the bombing resumed. Thus 1968 election considerations are affecting war decisions. Incidentally, Secretary of De- fenst, McNamara believes we have just about run out of targets in North Vietnam. And he also has said privately that we could halt the flow of supplies southward if we used ground troops Instead of bombing. This of course might mean sending more troops to Vietnam, and higher U. S. casualties. - o- - CONGRESSIONAL MANNERS Rep. Burt Talcott of Salinas, Calif., a proper Republican, has written to his 186 colleagues In the House suggesting delicately that they ought not to read newspapers and play cards in the House of Representatives while the House Is in session, Talcott didn't think it was his place to write the Democrats, but he hopes his fellow Republicans will set them an example in proper decorum, and the Democrats will take the hint. . o- ~ CIA SUPERVISION It looks as If the Central Intelligence Agency at long last may be brought under the basic system of checks and balances which con- DREW PEARSON trols the White House and every other branch of our government except the FBI and the CIA. Since J. Edgar Hoover is practically sacrosanct, nothing is going to be done to the FBI ,, .despite^ the, recent. revelations ', _6t its'! abuses "of power in wlr$- tapping and electronic eavesdropping — but the CIA may not be so lucky; it has goofed too badly too often. The disclosure that it has been secretly subsidizing student 'groups and other supposedly "Independent" organizations is highly embarrassing to our government, of course. For example, the American embassy in Moscow has vigorously denied that certain students arrested by the Russians were subsidized U. S. intelligence agents. Now it appears the Russians may have been right. And every American organization with international contacts will be suspect from now on. Two of the other CIA blunders that blazed in headlines around the world were the U-2 spy plane incident which wrecked the Eisenhower-Khrushchev summit meeting in Paris, and the Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba. In addition, the CIA supported a plot against Franco in Spain at a time when our government wanted and needed Franco's support; it has contributed to the royalist political forces In Greece, and the Christian Democratic party In Italy. In some cases this help has been direct; in others, the CIA has worked through private foundations, reimbursing the foundations for contributions they made to various political groups. The Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs, for example, was established by the Houghton family of Corning Glass for the purpose of channeling CIA funds to American student groups. And other foundations were tapped to finance American Friends of the Middle East, which in the past has been considered anti-Israel. In addition, CIA has pumped money into labor unions. A lot of. CIA money has backed the work of Jay Lovestone, a former communist and former OSS man who guides George Meanyof the AFL-CIO on foreign affairs. This is one of the unpubllcized reasons Walter Reuther has been so critical of Meany's handling of the AFL-CIO. Up to now, Sen. Russel of Georgia and Rep. Mendal Rivers of South Carolina, chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, have insisted their groups are all the "control" needed by Congress over the CIA. Since it is very clear they are not, there's a strong movement in Congress to set up a joint watchdog committee over the CIA - and this time it appears to have a chance of succeeding. - o - - PUBLICITY PREMONITION - r Metromedia, the radio-TV chain which also owns the Ice Capades show, invited four busloads of Washington celebrities to attend the latest Ice Capades opening. The official hostess was Florence Lowe, who once deluged Sen. Tom Dodd of Connecticut with invitations to keep him from investigating Metromedia for sex and violence in Its TV programs. At the same time, Dodd placed Mrs. Lowe's son Roger on the .Senate Juvenile Delinquency Committee staff. Despite Roger Lowe's presence, the committee staff recommended an investigation of Metromedia. Dodd then flatly overruled his own investigators. Regardless of all the bad publicity which resulted from this backstage dealing, Mrs. Lowe invited Sen. Dodd to the Ice Capades opening as the guest of Metromedia. She was horrified, however, when a photographer for the Washington Star photographed the Dodds at the opening. She pleaded with the photographer not to use the picture. Drew Pearson, she said, might see it and write another story. The Star published the picture anyway. And Mrs. Lowe was right Drew Pearson did see the picture and now writes about it. Note - The Ice Capades show was very good, according to those who saw it For some reason, this writer was not Invited to be a guest of Metromedia, Mrs. Lowe, or even of Sen. Dodd — perhaps because of this column's exposures of their secret dealing. - o - - BATTLE OVER ETHICS An Important backstage battle has been brewing in the House of Representatives regarding the future policing of ethical conduct. The battle is between old- timers on the House Administration Committee, who want to police ethical standards, and Rep. Charles Bennett, D-Fla., who has long pushed a bill to set up a separate ethics committee but got little support from "the Establishment." Now that. the Adam Clayton Powell investigation is in the headlines, many Congressmen realize the importance of an ethical conduct committee, but they would feel more comfortable if their conduct is scrutinized by such oldtimers as Omar Burleson of Texas, chairman of the House Administration Committee, Sam Friedel of Maryland, Robert Ashmore of South Carolina, Democrats; with Glen Lipscomb, Nixon's old friend from California, and William L. Dickinson, the Alabama Republican. The House Administration Committee was asked to check on Powell's globetrotting, but it did nothing until last fall when headlines were important. At that time, Wayne Hays of Ohio did an excellent job as chairman of a special committee, but it took two years for Burleson to move. This week the House Rules Committee will make the critical decision as to whether to place ethical conduct under the complacent Congressman Burleson or entrust the standards of the House to eager-beaver Chas. Bennett and a new live-wire ethics committee. Reps. Howard Roblson, Republican, and Richard Ottinger, Democrat, both of New York, are supporting Bennett on a fresh deal for ethical conduct. St. Joe Youth On Dean's List At College ST. JOE - Chuck Becker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Becker and a sophomore at Eagle Grove Junior College, was named to the Dean's list with a 3.50 grade point for the past semester. Chuck is a 1965 Garrigan High School graduate. - o Daryl Kohlhaas, student at Trinity prep school in Sioux City, spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Kotilhaas and family. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Thllges spent last week with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stacy and family in Washington, Mo., and made the acquaintance of a new grandson. Sharon Kay Berte, Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Berte, born Feb. 11, was baptized Feb. 19 in St. Joseph's church by Rev. L. C. Schumacher. Sponsors were Mrs. Joe Berte and Felix Thllges. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Berte, St. Joe, and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Thilges, West Bend, are grandparents. Knights of Columbus held their annual pancake and sausage supper and ladies night Feb. 22 in the St. Joe club rooms. In charge of cooking details were Bernard Strelt, chairman, assisted by Francis Erpelding, John R. Capesius, Thomas Bormann and Francis Bormann. Serving committee chairman is Eugene Mertz. The K. C. monthly meeting will be held March 1 Committee in charge will be Peter Becker, chairman, assisted by Alfred Thilges, Herman nig, Herb Kayser and Ted Wagner. The annual father-son banquet will be held Wednesday evening, March 15. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Chicolne, Jefferson, S. D., are parents of their first child, a son, David Harold, born Feb. 15. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reding, St. Joe, and Mrs. Agnes Chicoine, Jefferson, are grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Reding drove to Jefferson Monday where Mrs. Reding is spending the week in the Chicolne home. Sunday, David Harold will be baptized in the Church of St. Peter at Jefferson, with John F. Reding sponsor Thursday, Feb. 23, 1967 Alflona (la.) Upper Dt« Mo!n**~J Calls Attention To Bus Petition From Faculty Dear Editor: On the Bus Bill. One of your readers made a request for information regarding the truth of a rumor that some of the Algona Public School Teachers had signed a Petition requesting action against any Bill giving Funds to Private or Parochial Schools. This is no rumor. It is a fact. Elsewhere in this paper you will find a full size paid ad reproduction of this Public Document, a petition signed by 36 individuals and sent to Senator Don Murray, as a Member of the Iowa Legislature, And this Document is really a very sad commentary indeed. It was a genuine disappointment to discover the names of some of those who supported this view. We pride ourselves on professional Integrity, so imagine our teachers stating, "We believe that such Legislation would be Unconstitutional." Many times this situation has already received a favorable decision in our fair land, and it has been decided that it IS Consltitutlonal. Nearly 20 states have authorized the transporation of Private and Parochial school children. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the practice. Next we read "and not in the best Interest of the Public School System." We ask you to consider what could be better In the Interest of the public school system than to offer every encouragement to the students being educated tax free, and to TO THi EDITOR help those who are footing the BUI. Further the petition states, "With the Public Schools in drastic need of Increased State Aid we cannot afford to further dilute these funds by diverting them to Private and Parochial schools." We'll, our present school enrollment as previously indicated Is operating under a 47% "dilution". And this petition is the thanks that the signers give those who are paying the entire bill of these privately educated students. When one sizes up the names and the positions of the individuals signing the petition it becomes clear that the thinking Involved must have been considered school policy, sanctioned by the school administration, and with their full knowledge. It seems to us that it is very inappropiate for teachers who are being paid from public tax funds, who are in effect public servants, to be attempting to shape the legislature, and to ask the legislature to discriminate between one class of students and another. It is a certainty that the majority of the taxpayers are shocked. James T. McEnroe Algona, Iowa February 21,1967 If you thought Pontiac was coming out with Just another sports car, you don't know Pontiac! PonlUe Motor Division Pontiac announces not one, two, three or four, but five magnificent new Firebirds for every kind of driving. Now you can choose from five new Firebirds with the same advanced Pontiac styling, but with five entirely different driving personalities. And they all come with supple expanded vinyl interiors, wood grain styled dash, exclusive space-saver collapsible spare, bucket seats and wide-oval tires. Firebird 400. Coiled under those dual scoops is a 400 cubic inch V-8 that shrugs off 325 hp It's connected to a floor- mounted heavy-duty three-speed. On special suspension with redline wide-oval tires. This could be called the ultimate in grand touring After this, there isn't any more. Firebird HO. HO stands for High Output. As a split second behind the wheel will attest to. The Firebird HO boasts a 285-hp V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor, dual exhausts and sport striping. Standard stick is a column-mounted three-speed. Naturally, all Firebird options are available. Firebird 326. Is there room for a family in a sports car? There is now. The excitement of a sports car with the practicality of a 326 cubic inch V-8 that delivers 250 hp on regular gas. Standard transmission is an all-synchro three- speed, but you can order an automatic. Firebird Sprint. Now you don't have to go to Europe for a sophisticated road'machine. This is the 215-hp version of our eager Overhead Cam Six. It's mounted on special suspension that practically welds it to the road. (Any road!) With a floor-mounted all-synchro 3-speed. Firebird. This is our economy Firebird—with the same exciting options and interiors as the more exotic ones. It's Overhead Cam Six squeezes 165 hp from regular for inexpensive fun driving. See them all at your Pontiac dealer's. IUM Of IICIUSMCI The Magnificent Five are here! SCHULTZ BROS. South Phillips, Algona, low* April 15, 1965 Algona Community High School Algona, Iowa State Senator Donald Murray Senate State Capitol Building Des Moines, Iowa Dear Senator Murray: As citizens of the State of Iowa and teachers who are interested and actively engaged in improving the education of our youth, we feel that it is imperative that you vote NO on any proposed legislation that would allocate public funds to private or parochial schools. We believe that such legislation would be unconstitutional and not in the best interest of the public school system in the State of Iowa. With the public schools in drastic need of increased State Aid we cannot afford to further dilute these funds by diverting them to private and parochial schools. It is our hope that you will encourage 6oristittitional. legislation that will give the public schools the support which we so desperately need. / fuas*-^-**--* *'•« >£&*>- *x^ •%?. -- (This reproduced copy paid tor as advertising by Disgruntled Taxpayer)

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