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County Board Education Statement On Schools Algeria (| o .) Upper De« MoinM-3 Thursday, Jan. 18, 1968 To Clarify Procedure As To No. Kossuth Districts The following letter was forwarded, as indicated, by the chairman of the Kossuth County Board of Education, with regard to proposals involving school areas in north Kossuth county. - o - January 4, 1968 Harold J. McNertney Bancroft, Iowa Dear Harold: Your letter of early December came while 1 was out of town and then with the holiday season, it was not possible to reply until now. Your letter was with concern about the matter of the area in the north part of Kossuth county that is not in a high school district. I am sure you understand why nothing has been done before this date but I would again clarify the matter with a summation of the cause of the static condition and the steps that are to be taken. ..!.. During the time the action of the Kossuth County Board of Education decision was carried in appeal to the District Court and to the State Supreme Court, no action could be taken by the County Board to annex territory involved in high school districts. It was not until after the Supreme Court had completed its review of the case and given its decision upholding the decision of the district court that any further steps could be taken. 2. The step that must be taken next is for the Kossuth County Board of Education to attach the non-high school area to high school districts. It is spelled out, as you are aware, what the requirements are that must be met in order to attach an area to a high school district. In the very near future the Kossuth County Board of Education will make such attachment in keeping with the requirements of the law so that the non-high school area will become a part of high school district or districts. JLJThe matter of your concern about the re-organization of the north part of Kossuth county into one district is of interest and the proposed are you mentioned being in conformity with an amended county plan. You are aware that the County Board of Education cannot take such action to bring about a re-organization but that it must come from the procedures as prescribed by law and that the usual petition procedure through the districts involved would have to come from the districts themselves to the county board. jl. You commented that you had visited with the County Superintendent and the State Department about implementing the re-organization of this area. Such discussion was over a year ago. Again with the matter being in the courts it was not possible to have any one initiate a move for re-organization and should there be such a move it would need to come from the area involved not from the State Department or the County Superintendent's office. These agencies can only be a place for counsel and guidance. After a petition is presented, then it requires action by the County Superintendent's office and County Board of Education. 5. As far as the use of the present physical plants that are in the districts involved in the consideration— that would be a matter for a board of the newly formed district to determine. There are many pros and cons about transporting teachers or pupils. I know that you would want done whatever was best to give the best possible education to all at the most economical cost possible. The total teacher-pupil ratio and the nature of the subject matter would be very vital concerns. Most certainly it would be important to be realistic about what nature of buildings would best provide the educational plant to give the best possible advantages to all the pupils. Also the placement of those buildings would be important. These are concerns that would have to be faced by a board of a new district and certainly they would want the counsel of the County Superintendent and the professional people of the State Department of Public Instruction. 6. I am. sure that the Kossuth County Board of Education will want to do all possible to be of service to the districts involved in this matter and will be willing to meet with their representatives and discuss the total problem. However, first we must assign the area. After that we will advise you of any suggestions we might have to make. We will very shortly have the assignments made and then we will undoubtedly establish a meeting plan with the boards of the districts so that we may discuss the possibilities of re-organization. Thank you for writing me, Harold. I want you to feel free to do so at any time or at your convenience to visit with you. Sincerely, Wes H. Bartlett, Chairman Kossuth County Board of Education LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ON MONDAY OPENING Editor Algona Upper Des Moines We're glad your town will remain open Friday nights. You might be interested to know that we used to do our buying, about half and half, between Algona and Fairmont. Then Fairmont went to Monday night opening. Since then we have done most of our buying in Algona, because Monday nights just are not the nights for us to buy. Thought you might like to know our recation. Fenton subscriber - o COMMENTS ON "VIOLENCE" Editor Algona Upper Des Moines Algona, Iowa 50511 Gentlemen; After reading a letter to the editor by Charles Huber of Pius X Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in the Upper Des Moines concerning the lack of knowledge many of our high school students have on the rights of conscientious objectors, I am shocked at the response that was given him by a "religious leader" of our community. Having spent two years in Cathi- olic seminaries myself, I share Mr. Huber's view on the use of violence as a means of settling man's differences. Many men of many faiths have come to the conclusion that violence is wrong and the strongest power man possesses is not of destruction, but of peace. This teaching is deeply imbedded in the teachings of Christ, which are common to many of us. The Catholic bishops at the Second Vatican Council praised those who shun the use of violence: ' 'For this reason, (that all men are brothers in Christ',, all Christians are urgently summoned 'to practice the truth in love' (Eph. 4:15) and to join with all true peacemakers in pleading for peace and bringing it about. "Motivated by this same spirit, we cannot fail to praise those who renounce the use of violence in the vindication of their rights and who resort to methods of defense available to weaker parties, too. . , ." For a young man to refuse to bear arms and to accept alternative service in areas of service to his countrymen is a type of patriotism that lies at the heart of what makes a nation strong and worthy of being called a world leader. Should not we inform our youth of their rights as Americans or should we let them be regimented in such a fashion which leads to the rise of many dictators in other countries? Edward J. Welp Box 679, Loras College CABIN A cabin built in Montgomery county In 1866 is still standing in Fremont township of Page county where it was moved from its original site, A loft in the cabin was the sleeping quarters for the children then. The loft was so low the children had to crawl in it on their hands and knees and the only access was a pole up to the cabin ceiling. WASHINGTON Meny-Go•Round WASHINGTON - We reported recently that Adam Clayton Powell had offered to campaign against black power and Stokely Carmichael if President Johnson would order the Justice Department to let him off the hook regarding a grand jury investigation of his finances and his finagling with airplane credit cards. President Johnson turned a deaf ear. Powell's next move was to turn up in the Watts area of Los Angeles making speeches which clearly encouraged the black power movement. In other words, Powell gave a preliminary demonstration that he could either help or hurt race relations in the United States, according to how the Justice Department treats him. We can reveal that the Justice Department has done a very thorough job on Adam Clayton Powell, and the result is incriminating. However, Attorney General Clark is still reluctant to prosecute him at the same time some white Congressmen have been getting away with exactly the same type of finagling with the taxpayers' money. For example, more than half the members of Congress scattered all over the world during the year-end recess, taking vacations in many cases entirely at the taxpayers' expense. An unofficial count showed that 67 were going to Vietnam to get their pictures taken in the war zones with GIs from their districts. This is always good publicity, especially in an election year. Many other junketeers headed for sunny climes, "investigating" everything from foreign aid to space-tracking stations. In most cases they simply were looking for a Winter sUntan, but their expenses we re being paid as long as they claimed they were investigating something for Congress. So Attorney General Clark has a point when he argues that pillorying Adam Clayton Powell for the sins forgiven his white colleagues in Congress would not be entirely fair-no matter how guilty Adam may be. - o - -SENATE ETHICS- Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York is behind Life magazine's attack on Sen. Ed Long of Missouri. It's a part of his long vendetta against Jimmy Hoffa. Life accused Long of accepting forwarding fees from Morris Shenker, Hoffa's St. Louis lawyer, charging that Long, in return for these fees, used his wiretap investigation to help Hoffa. This PAPER A PLEASURE Algona Upper Des Moines Dear Sir; Please find enclosed my check for $7.00 for the paper for 1968. I have had lots of pleasure in having had your paper here so I can keep up on all the news from the home town. We have had quite a long time of freezing at night and warm-up in day. Lots of the plants will have to be replanted this year. Thank you for the good service. Henry Douglas Redlands, California Jan. 9, 1968 DREW PEARSON information was developed by Kennedy investigators while he was Attorney General and later was turned over to Life magazine by Bobby's former Assistant Attorney General, Herb Miller. The first Life article forced a Senate investigation which ended in Long's exoneration. Miller then gave Life additional material, which caused a second Senate investigation. Now Miller is developing more information, which is supposed to show that Long timed his moves in the wiretap investigation to help Hoffa each time he awaited a court ruling. Whether the charges against Long are true or not, they apparently were spirited from Justice Department files upon the orders of Sen. Kennedy. The Senate Ethics Committee condemned four employees of Sen. Dodd for leaking information from office files. It will be interesting to see whether the Ethics Committee now condemns the powerful Senator from New York for leaking information from Justice Department files. - o - -LBJ WISECRACKS - Despite the pressure of war and politics, President Johnson hasn't lost his sense of humor. Lately he has been turning famous quotations into wistful wisecracks. He was talking one afternoon about the Presidential ambitions of Ronald Reagan. LBJ commented wryly that there is a difference between acting the role of President in the movies and .actually holding the job. He quoted the late Will Rogers, who said: "Spinning a rope is a lot more fun when your neck ain't in it." Another time, the President was discussing women's rights. He recalled a quotation from Dr. Samuel Johnson, who once remarked: "Nature has given women so much power that the law very wisely has given them little." Still another time, LBJ tried to console Secretary of State Rusk over the opposition of Senate Democrats to their policies. He told Rusk to remember Notre Dame's immortal football coach, Knute Rockne, who, when disgruntled over the performance of his football team, once dashed out on the field and yelled: "If you four fellows will get out of the way, the others will go over for a touchdown." So, however irritated he may get at his critics at times, LBJ still recognizes he's not the first man in history to have problems. - o - - NKRUMAH'S EGYPTIAN - Ghana's deposed strongman, Kwame Nkrumah, who once aspired to become emperor of all Africa, has not only lost his country, his palace and all his trappings. He has also lost his wife and three children. The marriage was arranged 10 years ago on the advice of a soothsayer, who consulted his occult sources and solemnly counseled that the great Nkrumali should marry an Egyptian. The soothsayer prophesied that the couple would have a son who would become Emperor of Africa. Obediently, Nkrumali dispatched one of his tribesmen to Cairo to find an appropriate Egyptian bride. A volunteer, named Fathia, ac- companied the emissary back to Ghana. Less than three hours after she was introduced to her famous fiance, they were married, on Dec. 30, 1957. The marriage turned out to be less romantic than she had dreamed. She could not speak the language; her husband neglected her; and.she became desparately homesick. Nevertheless, the marriage produced three children, including the prospective emperor, who was named Gorke Gamal. The latter is now nine years old and emperor only of his play room in Cairo. For Fathia hurried back to Cairo at the earliest opportunity after Nkrumah's downfall. Recently, he summoned her and the children to Conakry, Guinea, where he is living in shabby exile. She showed up without the children- to discuss divorce and alimony. Now back in Cairo, she sent word through the Egyptian embassy the other day that she also intended to retain custody of the children. No one seems to know what happened to the soothsayer who originally advised Nkrumah to marry an Egyptian. - o - - FISH INSPECTION, TOO- Congress came to the rescue of the housewife last year by finally passing a tough meat inspection bill. However, we also eat two billion pounds of fish a year, and there are 1,500 intrastate processing plants not subject to inspection. In addition, 50 percent of our fish is brought in from foreign countries, uninspected. As a result, you can look for President Johnson to ask Congress for a tough fish inspection bill - a new milestone in consumer protection. - o - WPA REVIVED?- It's likely that the WPA, the much-maligned project of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, will make a reappearance in 1968. Government planners are now drawing up programs that would put thousands of unemployed people to work on the government payroll. The idea is to make the government the "employer of last resort," which will develop and provide jobs for those who lack the skills to find and keep jobs in private industry. The old WPA drew constant criticism for its obvious failings. It was characterized by the social commentators of the day as a fat payoff to loafers; and the symbol of the WPA, in the public mind, became a man leaning on a shovel. In retrospect, the WPA made a considerable contribution to bringing the United States out of the depression. Although many WPA projects were contrived, others produced lasting improvements. And the WPA did give men jobs, and paychecks, which paid the rent and fed families. The planners who are putting together the new proposals contend that the work doesn't have to be wasted and that the workers can perform functions that otherwise would be left undone. A few government programs, such as the Labor Department's Operation Mainstream, have already demonstrated on a small scale that men who are considered unemployable can make genuine contributions under government supervision. The handful of workers caught up in Ope ration Mainstream has produced some dramatic improvements in park and highway beautification. Significantly, programs such as Uiis have met with considerable approval from political conservatives who applaud the idea of paying people for work performed. They prefer the principle of a hand up instead of a handout. For And About Teenagers ] THE WEEK'S LETTER: "I am a seventh grader and our school has the most uppity eighth grade girls. Every time you try to say something to them, they give a wise remark to you. They treat us seventh graders like little kids. And eve- rytlme they start talking about something they say, "Oh, don't let the little kids hear." I know they should feel real proud because they are eighth graders and will be graduating next summer, but this doesn't mean they have to talk so smart. Should we wise back or ignore them? Please reply." OUR REPLY: You should neither wise back nor ignore them. Forget about seventh and eighth graders. Be friendly with schoolmates — both in higher and lower grades — if they are friendly in return. There is no great status in being an eighth grader. This year's eighth grader is next year's high school freshman. Man, how sophomores in high school look down on freshmen . . . and how juniors try to lord it over sophomores. And, high school seniors, they're king of the hill, some of them believe . . . until they enroll as freshmen in college. Don't let the class bit bother you. Be nice to nice people and you will have many friends. * * * N you hovt o ttffnog* problem you won! to diteutt or an observation to moV*. oddrctl your l<H>r to FOR AND ABOUT TEENAGERS COMMUNITY AND SUBURBAN PHESS SERVICE FRANKFORT. KY billion dollars, for instance, went to Lockheed Aircraft for alleged "research and development," and another approximate half billion to General Dynamics. While some of this may be necessary expenditure, the real fact is that almost nothing is done to check on the efficiency of the alleged research. Furthermore, so many retired admirals and generals are hired by the big defense contractors — and there is such a chummy relationship between the defense contractors and the Pengaton- that it would be almost impossible for an accurate estimate or accounting to be made This is what President Eisenhower had in mind when, in his last message to the American people, he warned that the greatest danger facing the nation was the alliance between a big peacetime military establishment and the defense industries. - BRAVE PRISONERS - Word has filtered back from communist prison camps that American captives are behaving gallantly. With rare exceptions they are resisting Viet Cong indoctrination attempts. Special racial appeals to Negro POWs have fallen on deaf ears. The prisoners have made repeated attempts to escape, though they know that it is almost impossible to elude their jungle-wise captors and that the punishment will be terrible. Conditions in the camps are reported often to be subhuman. There is seldom enough food and medicine, and some prisoners have died of starvation. One English-speaking defector, who had been trained to indoctrinate captive Americans, reported that the Americans were taking care of one another with a team spirit that the communists had been unable to break down. - o - ~ BIG BUSINESS BONANZA If the next session of Congress really wants to get serious about cutting the budget, the biggest slice of fat that could be eliminated is part of the $5,323,000,000 subsidy to private business which the public knows little about but which is listed as "RDT&E"-this stands for "research, development, test, and evaluation." During fiscal year 1966, the last year for which figures are available, a total of 2,001 defense contractors sliced up a total of $5,323,000,000. Of this, however, by far the largest hunk$5,210,000,000 or 97.9 percent- went to 500 of the largest corporations in the nation. 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