The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 15, 1967 · Page 10
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WASHINGTON Linda Sands Of Algona To Wed In Fall Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Dej Moinei-5 JACK ANDERSON SAYS: AGED SMALL-TOWNERS DOMINATE CONGRESS; CITY PROBLEMS LOSE OUT TO PORK BARREL PROJECTS; SENIORITY PRODUCES COUNCIL OF TIRED ELDERS WASHINGTON - Vice President Hubert Humphrey pointed an accusing finger in the right direction when he blamed Congress last week for failing to respond to the crisis in our cities. What Humphrey could have said, but discreetly didn't mention, is that Congress is run by a gaggle of old men from small towns, who have never been much interested in the problems of the cities. Even as riots raged out of control in city after city, the old men cracked the whip and the House obediently voted down the rent- subsidy and rat-control programs. They also lopped a whopping two thirds off the model- cities program. These are measured that would ease the pressure in the slums and help to prevent future riots. Nor did the Senate Appropriations Committee, contemplating the House action, show much disposition to . restore the cuts. Throughout the threes-day hearing Senators wandered in and out of the ornate committee chamber without the slightest show of urgency. At its most crowded moments only eight of the 17 committee members bothered to show up at the hearing. Usually only two or three were present. Only 69-year-old Sen. Milton Young of LaMoure, N.D., showed any awareness that the riot- wrecked cities might have to be rebuilt. He demanded to know whether these cities would be "rewarded by receiving priority over other cities in the model- cities program." Robert Weaver, the Negro Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, hastily assured Young that no favoritism would be shown to cities hit by riots, "Ifs a sad commentary," piped up 60-year-old Sen. Gordon AUott of Lamar, Colo., "that the federal government has to provide 80 percent of the money to help cities do the things they should have done anyway." Weaver suggested tactfully:. "The cities just don't have the financial capacity to do this." - o- - PORK MORE 'POPULAR - Meanwhile, the House demonstrated far more'eagerness to vote $4.6 billion for dams, parks, harbor improvements and other public works projects. This is the pork that wins them votes back home, The bill was steered easily through the House by 80-year-old Rep, Mike Kirwanof Youngstown, Ohio, who received enthusiastic back pats from his pork-hungry colleagues. One of the most ecstatic was 57-year-old Congressman Jamie Whitten of Charleston, Miss., who has blocked funds to help feed hungry Mississippi Negroes, Yet while he opposed spending one cent for food, he got $4 million out of Kirwan for public works projects in his state. He verbally embraced Kirwan. "I have come to love him," exclaimed Whitten happily, "and to appreciate his great contributions to our nation." This was how Congress has be- comg largely a council of elders, dominated by tired old men whose only claim to power is their ability to outlive their colleagues. The seniority system lias given command of the committees to these men, with no "consideration for their ability, honesty, or possible senility. -The system has produced chairmen who are not representative of the country's geography, its desires, its politics or its people. - o- -ALL-POWERFUL CHAIRMEN- The committee chairmen have the power to appoint subcommittees, to set hearings, to decide what witnesses will appear and to determine when and whether committee meetings will be held. They also have the first and last words in the floor debates. With half the electorate under 30, the committee chairmen average more than 67 years of age. Most of them come from small rural towns. Most are Southerners; thus Congress is not unlike a Union army run by Confederate generals. In the Senate, ten of the sixteen chairmen are from the South; the rest are Westerners. Although 65 is often the mandatory retirement age in private industry, ten of the Senate chairmen are past that age and six are past 70. This situation is much the^ame in the House. Of the twenty chairmanships, fourteen are held LINDA SANDS Mr. and Mrs. Russell Sands announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Linda Jean, to Randall Scott Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Wagner, Davenport. She is a graduate of Algona High School and will be a sophomore at the University at Iowa City this fall. He is a graduate of West High School at Davenport and will be a junior in the school of pharmacy at Iowa City this fall. A September 16 wedding is being planned. ._M-_T-». n~ - . " - ~ - ~ ~ " r-~" by Congressmen from Southern and border states. Thirteen of these legislators are past 65, seven over 70. Texas alone has five House chairmen - Agriculture Chairman W.R. Poage, 68, Waco; Appropriations Chairman George Mahon, 68, Lubbock; Banking and Currency Chairman Wright Pat- . man, 75, Texarkana; Administration Chairman Omar Burleson, 62, Anson; and Veterans Chairman Olin Teague, 57, College Station. The clamor to investigate big- city riots has come chiefly from House Un-American Activities Chairman Edwin Willis, 64, St. Martinville, La.; Senate Internal Security Chairman James East- ALGONA FREE Back To School Show! THURSDAY, AUGUST 24th TWO SHOWS - 1 AND 3 P.M. Pick Up Tickets At The Following Firms: Laings Plumbing Fareway Store Harmon's Variety Hub Clothiers Coast to Coast Penney Store Upper Des Moines Pub. Co. Iowa State Bank S & L Department Store Graham's Honsbruch Rexall Drug KLGA Radio Chrischilles Store Advance Publishing Co. Gambles Smoke Shop Diamond's Frederick V & S Hardware Hutzell's Security State Bank Bomgaars Ben Franklin Sheakley's You Must Have Tickets To Be Admitted ON OUR SCREEN YOU'LL SEE: "MR. SCOUTMASTER" And Cartoons land, 63, Doddsville, Miss.; House Armed Services Chairman L. Mendel Rivers, 63, Charleston, S.C.; and Senate Armed Services Chairman Richard Russell, 70, Winder, Ga. Most of them belong to the clique in Congress which blames the communists for all our evils. They apparently believe the race riots can be solved by sending Stokely Carmichael and his ilk to Jail. But while these old men are busy looking under their beds for the culprits, Humphrey's accusing finger is really pointing at them. - o - - ADMINISTRATION CHARGED WITH NEGLECTING PRISONERS Disturbing whispers have leaked out that the Johnson administration has not done all it could to arrange better treatment for American prisoners in enemy hands. One high official complained to this column that prisoner problems have been given a low priority at the State Department. He quoted Secretary of State Rusk as telling aides that the captured Americans are not prisoners but hostages, that the communists would demand a quid pro quo for treating them decently and that he had no intention of granting any concessions. In the Pentagon, the brassbound generals are so embarrassed over the unmilitary-like behavior of a few captives that they have slammed the lid shut on all prisoner information. The prisoners' families have been warned not to talk to reporters lest the slightest publicity 1x2 used against the captives to increase their torment. ENDS TUESDAY AUG. 15th "Not With My Wife You Don't" ALSO "Blindfold" STARTS WEDNESDAY Once Again ForEveryone! WaltDisneyfe Snow White AND THE Seven Dwarfs Also "McHates Navy Joins The Air Force" THIS PROGRAM ONLY CHILDREN 50c Actually the North Vietnamese are sensitive to world opinion and probably take better care of the publicized prisoners. The great Pentagon hush-up seems to be aimed less to protect the prisoners than to protect the authorities from criticism. Perhaps to quiet the critical stirrings, the State Department has prepared a white paper on prisoners which will be published later this month. It is the work of George H. Aldrich, a legal counsel, who has summarized U.S. efforts to reach prisoner agreements with North Vietnam. It is true, as the white paper will point out, that the United States has made repeated overtures through a dozen different channels to arrange prisoner exchanges, to get communist prison camps Inspected by neutrals, to secure better treatment for American POWs and to obtain more information for their families. 100-YEARS The Preston Masonic Lodge No. 218, Prairie City, celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding by an official cornerstone laying ceremony for their new temple on July 29. Grand Master of the Iowa Masons and many other Grand Lodge members were present. -102- Sven 0. Rogness of Crystal Lake was 102 years young on Aug. 5. One of his many activities, especially around his birthday, is to dig potatoes to distribute to his children. Mr. Rogness is Hancock county's oldest resident. ENDS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16th DICK VAN DYKE DEBBIE REYNOLDS JASON ROBARDS" JEAN SIMMONS VAN JOHNSON si. STARTS THURSDAY DOUBLE FEATURE You'll really be hungSjon this one! Mammas Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelm - So Sad Both Features In Color DONAHUE DREA

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