The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 31, 1967 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 31, 1967
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WASHINGTON Miiiy-Go-Round DREW PEARSON By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - North Vietnam may be starting another peace offensive. U.N. Secretary General Thant has received word from Hanoi that the North Vietnamese would open truce talks within weeks if the bombs stop dropping. They still insist, however, on an unconditional halt to the air attacks. Similar messages have been picked up in Paris, Geneva, and New Delhi. Each message emphasizes that Hanoi definitely is ready to negotiate once the air seige is lifted. One reason may be that China's internal troubles plus Russia's shipments to the Arabs have cut down the flow of war supplies to North Vietnam. Arms intended to be used by North Vietnamese guerrillas against the Americans are being turned instead against Mao T selling's Red Guards. Anti-Maoist forces reportedly have stopped shipments bound for North Vietnam and seized arms, though the extent of the seizures isn'tknown. Also, there are signs the war isn't going too well from Hanoi's viewpoint. The latest U.S. intelligence reports indicate that the communists are now losing men in South Vietnam faster than they are being replaced. An estimated 13,000 to 15,000 Viet Cong are killed, captured or lost by defection each month. This compares with an infiltration rate of 6,000 to 7,000 troops from North Vietnam and a recruitment rate between 3,000 and 5,000. Captured documents also indicate that enemy morale and discipline are cracking. - COSTS OF WAR - For the first time in modern warfare, basic military construction work in South Vietnam has been done largely by private contractors. The big projects were turned over to a combination of four construction firms — Raymond International, Morrison-Knudsen, Brown and Root, and J.A. Jones Construction known as RMK-BRJ. With its profits guaranteed under the contract, RMK-BRJ hasn't spared the taxpayers money. It has gone through more than $800 million in government green like a cow through clover. And it has all but run out of appropriations with barely 60 per cent of its projects completed. Saigon's new military port alone cost five times more than the original estimate. Mountains of lumber, steel, cement and machinery have piled up faster than the construction crews could use them. From these dock side stockpiles, an estimated $75 million worth of material has been pilfered. One report claims that more than $20,000 worth of U.S. supplies are stolen in Saigon alone every week. Government materials also have been used to build fancy quarters for company officials and officers' clubs for the friendly military brass. More than once, RMK-BRJ also has been fleeced by Vietnamese swindlers who would make Billy Sol Estes look like an amateur. The company, for example, spent $500,000 to develop a training school for Vietnamese employees in the Saigon suburbs. Not until the land owners had skipped out with the $100,000 down payment did'company executives discover the land had been zoned for a park. To halt skyrocketing construction costs, the armed forces some time ago started phasing out the civilian contracts and turning more of the work over to military construction crews. The GIs drew an average of $100 a month for the same work that paid their civilian counterparts ten times that amount. Then Secretary, of Defense McNamara came to Vietnam and demanded that the armed forces get more combat utilization out of their available manpower. This would save President Johnson the embarrassment of increasing the draft too drastically. As a result, the Saigon command has now switched gears again and put manpower ahead of costs. Some contractors already have been called back on the jobs to release more troops for combat. - DICKY STILL TRICKY - Former Vice President Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, the House Republican Leader, talked on the phone the other day about strategy for 1968. They agreed that the best political ploy for the Republicans would be to press President Johnson to end the Vietnam war with a knockout blow. The public would like a quick victory, thus the Nixon-Ford line would be popular and be good political, if not military, strategy. What Nixon and Ford do not feel called upon to explain is how they would score a quick victory without precipitating the United States into an even bigger war. - o - - OEO RACIAL AGITATORS - Antipoverty Czar Sargent Shriver ordered his chief of inspections, Ed May, to investigate charges that antipoverty workers have helped to foment race riots. The inspectors have learned that an antipoverty official in Dayton, Ohio, posed with rabble- rouser H. Rap Brown at the airport and introduced himatalater meeting. Race trouble began in Dayton, as elsewhere, following Brown's incendiary speech. In Rochester, N.Y., the inspectors found that antipoverty officials had stirred up a meeting that had been called by city officials to calm race tensions. In several other cities, antipoverty wor.kers have appeared as witnesses against the police. But the vast majority of antipoverty people assigned to the Negro ghettos, according to the inspectors, did their utmost to soothe tensions and prevent riots. In some cases, the antipoverty offices served as the only communications channel between city officials and the ghettos. The most ironic statement about the big-city riots was made by Sen. Dirksen of Illinois, who blamed them on President Johnson. Actually, Dirksen could have pointed the finger more accurately at himself. He is the man who has been battling to keep state legislatures under the domination of the rural areas. As a result, many state legislatures have voted schools, parks and other projects for rural areas, but have criminally neglected the big cities. This has been a major cause of the race riots. The Supreme Court's reapportionment decision would change this top-heavy rural domination. But Dirksen has fought for a Constitutional convention to change the Constitution and upset the Supreme Court. - o - - CARDINAL TALKS POLITICS- Boston's colorful Richard Cardinal Gushing, the intimate friend and spiritual adviser to the Kennedy clan, has predicted privately that Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-N.Y., will never make it to the White House. The difference between the late Jack Kennedy's successful campaign and Bobby Kennedy's prospects, the Cardinal explained to friends, is the illness of their father. Without old Joe Kennedy pulling wires in the back room, the Cardinal suggested, Bobby won't win the Presidency. The prelate jovially recalled how he and old Joe, both hard- shell Catholics, made strategic contributions to Protestant ministers in West Virginia to help win friends and influence voters for Jack Kennedy in the crucial 1960 West Virginia primary. "We donated $200 to some, $500 to others - and a few got $1,000 — depending upon the size of their congregations," confessed the Cardinal, chuckling merrily. - o « - TALCOTT AND TEAGUE - The plight of the migrant workers has been getting attention in the press lately, but it has received little attention from Congress. The powerful California and Texas delegations, with few exceptions, are lined up on the side of the big ranchers against their underpaid stoop laborers. Two of the most vociferous champions of the ranchers are Congressman Burt Talcott and Charles Teague, both Republicans, who represent adjoining California districts. Teague's family owns Limoneira Ranch, the world's largest lemon producer. Although Talcott is not himself a rancher, his law firm represents the packing and processing houses that do business with ranchers. Talcott and Teague have always stood together in the House, opposing curbs on the admission of cheap Mexican labor, favoring legislation that benefits the ranchers, crying out in angry duet against any infringement upon the feudal rule of the big ranch owners. Guidelines For Poverty Level Announced Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. received word Aug. 24 of new poverty-level guidelines. They will be effective Sept. 1. The new guidelines are: Family Size Non-Farm 1 Ciean-Up After Storm 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Farm $1,100 1,400 1,400 2,200 2,600 3,000 3,300 3,700 4,000 4,400 4,700 5,100 $1,600 2,000 2,500 3,200 3,800 4,200 4,700 5,300 5,800 6,300 6,800 7,300 These income guidelines will determine the eligibility for programs such as Headstart and Neighborhood Youth Corps. Before a pre-school child is enrolled in Headstart, a signed statement from the parent is obtained as to the family income. Then the local county OEO committee has to approve the admission of the child into the program. This is also the procedure in enrolling the 16 to 21 year olds in the Neighborhood Youth Corps work program. The Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. serves Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and Kossuth. M. Peter Hart is the director of the seven-county agency located in Emmetsburg. Some Medicare Bills Slow In ing Paid Iowa Medical Service, the carrier for Medicare doctor bill payments in Iowa, reports there has been unnecessary delay in the settlement of many accounts because the billing forms have not been fully completed, Clifford W. Swedlund, Social Security district manager in Fort Dodge said today. In some instances the beneficiary has not signed the form and in other cases the addresses have been omitted. Without the proper address, Iowa Medical Service people do not know where to send the checks and the only way to obtain the address is to write to the doctor who treated the patient. Swedlund urged that the post office box number, the complete street or rural route address, town and state of residence, and the Zip code be shown on every Medicare claim form. Social Security representatives will be glad to review the claim forms before they are submitted, to be sure the claim will not be delayed because some item has been left out. Representatives of the Fort Dodge office visit county seat towns on a regularly-scheduled basis. The dates of their visits can be obtained from the nearest post office. Commission On Crime In Iowa Begins Work James P. Hayes, director of the newly formed Iowa Crime Commission, said today that members of the four divisions of the commission—prevention, enforcement, courts and corrections, have begun their work. Governor Hughes recently appointed 16 prominent lowans to the Iowa Crime Commission to conduct new studies and "focus new effort on reducing crime by eradicating its causes, treating its symptoms and curing its ills." "We are combing every available source for relevant information," Hayes said. "The universities and colleges, public and private social agencies, law enforcement and other state and local departments are offering their assistance." The local barbershop singers come from distances up to 50 miles to pursue their international objective and "Keep America Singing". They are affiliated with the international organization known as Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. During the year the group and quartets from the chorus are available for a variety of public appearances and programs. President of the local barber- shoppers is Ed Ruhnke. Steve George is director of the chorus. Thursday, Aug. 31, 1967 Alaona (la.) Upper Dei Motn«t-3 Miss Zeigler Of Algona Is Engaged To Wed I Servicemen B COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO- Glen D. Thilges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Thilges of Algona, has been promoted to airman second class in the U. S. Air Force. Airman Thilges is a jet aircraft mechanic at Peterson Field, Colo. He is a member of the Air Defense Command which protects the U. S. against enemy air attack. The airman is a 1966 graduate of Garrigan High School. KOSSUTH COUNTY'S ~ FAVORITE NEVVSPAPERI FRANCIE ZEIGLER Mr. and Mrs. Willart'. Zeigler of Algona announce the engagement of their daughter, Francie Eileen, and E. Howard Sonksen, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Sonksen, Mapleton. Miss Zeigler, a recent graduate of the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, is employed by the Des Moines law firm of Dickinson, Throckmorton, Parker, Mannheimer & Raife. Mr. Sonksen taught in the Algona school system four years and will be teaching at Grinnell High School this fall. No wedding date has been set. miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiu LOCALS iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiniji, MRS. VIVIAN SKOGSTROM and Tom have returned from a visit since June 20 at Anaheim, Calif, with her daughter Chloris and husband, Mr. and Mrs. James Kennedy, Cindy and Craig, and a son, Steven Dale, born July 20. Sho was also with another son-in- law and daughter, Darlene, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Klnsey, Phil, David, Tim and Wendy at Westminster. RECENT GUESTS of Mrs. William Barry were Mr. and Mrs. David Berrie and children, Fairborn, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Boesen and family, El Monte, Calif. Mr. Berrie and Mrs. Boesen are grandchildren of Mrs. Barry. Priscilla Doll, 18, Armstrong, mops up in the Snack and Dari Bar there Tuesday morning after hail extensively damaged the roof of the building. Water leaked through the roof in many places and Mrs. Lawrence Saxton, owner, stated the cleaning session began at 2 a. m. that morning. (Fairmont Sentinel Photo) "The Commission will examine compiled reports and statistics, visit authorities, poll the public for opinion and in other ways seek to determine just how much and what kind of crime we have, and how our existing system of law enforcement and criminal justice stacks up," Hayes said. The Director asked that city, county and state authorities, other public and private agencies and the citizenry pledge their full cooperation to the Crime Com- ' mission in its effortto seek better methods for prevention and control of crime. "Watch the CLASSIFIEDS Area Chorus Will Resume; Practice Set The Kossuth County Corn Belt Barbershop chorus will resume Tuesday night practices for the fall season. First practice will be at the Algona Hotel dining room starting at 8 p. m., Aug. 29. Current members are urged to attend and prospective new members, guests and observers are welcome to the • practice sessions each Tuesday evening at the hotel. "I left my husband anotetellingwheretomeetus. HALF OF WHAT YOU SAY GETS LOST wherr you don't speak directly into the phone. Try holding the phone about an inch from your lips and see how seldom you have to repeat things for the person at the other end of the line! (£) Northwestern Bell protect her sight.. with better light * Young eyes need good lighting: have plenty of • light — lor reading and study — In your home! Algona Municipal Utilities Did you have another nice "nothing" vacation this year? MAKE IT really "something" in '68! Open a vacation savings account here-and now. Our generous earnings help travelers go farther! Convenient Passbook Savings This is the best all-around savings plan for everybody — the best way to have money available when you need it ... the best way to build small sums into large. Dividends are paid twice a year. Put any amount into your account . . . any time. HOME FEDERAL Savings & Loan Assn. All Accounts Fully Insured to $15,000 Save From The 15th — Earn From The 1st SINCE 1917 —ALGONA, IOWA ON PASSBOOK SAVINGS AND 6-MONTH INVESTMENT CERTIFICATES | Savings Accounts insured up to $15,000 by F ederal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation^

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