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WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON - Despite the diplomatic statements of Secretary of State Rusk and Secretary of Defense McNamara that if s possible the USS Pueblo might have been inside North Korean waters, insiders insist the final facts will show it was not. This Is one time when the United States was telling the truth. There is no question that the Pueblo was picked up about 18 miles at sea. Furthermore, the commander had very strict orders to stay outside the 12-mile limit, and had no reason to go inside the territorial zone, since he could listen on his very delicate and sensitive electronic equipment to Russian pilots as far away as Moscow. It will be found eventually that Premier Kim of North Korea, who hates America, seized the Pueblo as a means of humiliating the United States and attracting attention away from the coming Viet Cong attacks in South Vietnam. - o - - PRICE OF DEFEAT- Despite official optimism, the setback the United States has suffered In South Vietnam is so serious we may never entirely recover from it. The loss of the confidence of the South Vietnamese people is the single most serious blow. We have told them that the attacks were no surprise, that we knew they were coming. So now they ask why we could not protect them. We have announced imposing lists of enemy dead, but have not announced the tragic lists of civilian dead. They cannot yet be totaled. But there are so many that the bodies lie rotting in the streets; survivors hold their noses as they pass. And at the same time, Gen. Westmoreland was announcing that the situation was "very, very encouraging" and "safe," the Associated Press reported thai Saigon and other cities lay in "smouldering ruins. 1 ' At least 300,000 refugees are clogging the cities with no place to go, stores have been closed part of the time, and the streets are unsafe except for a few hours a day. The situation boils down to the fact that we are supposed to be the saviors of Vietnam, yet we were not able to save. And the only way we can restore control is by shattering buildings and killing civilians with bombs and artillery. In other words, to save Vietnam we must destroy it. This is the kind of saving the Vietnamese say they can do without. They were already resentful of too many Americans. Now more and more of them would like to see the Yanks go home. - o - -WESTMORELAND BLUNDERS- One key mistake Gen. Westmoreland has made is to spread American forces too thin. His search and destroy missions have sent American troops out into the jungles where it is difficult to find the enemy and where it can retreat easily. Another mistake was to let the Marines get isolated at Khe Sanh. This part of the country is not worth defending at a heavy loss of American lives. Despite denials, there is a lot of talk about whether Gen, Wesmoreland should be fired. His appearances on Capitol Hill have made him apolitical general, with talk that he might run for President. However, he has a long record of being wrong. When he was last in Washington, in the fall of 1967, he testified that the war was about to enter phase three, when the South Vietnamese would take over much of the fighting. Then would come phase four, when American troops could begin withdrawing. Westmoreland stated that the enemy could fight in large numbers only at the edge of his sanctuaries, where he could pull back into Cambodia or Laos, He said that the Viet Cong were suffering from morale problems and their guerrilla force was declining steadily. Yet just the opposite proved true, The Viet Cong advanced far from their Cambodian and Laotian sanctuaries to the city of Saigon and made it a shambles. Their moral was high. In the past, when a commander has been caught so far off base, he has been removed. However, it appears unlikely that President Johnson will remove Westmoreland. DREW PEARSON - KOREAN VIEWPOINT - Over in Korea where it happened, grim U. S. officers give a different version of the Pueblo Incident than the Pentagon has peddled to the public. Those who dare to talk declare bitterly that the spy ship, with its super-secret electronic gear, could have been rescued If our Air Force squadrons in Korea had not been stripped of planes and weapons. Only a few token fighter planes - F-104 Starflghters and F-105 Thunderchiefs - were ready for action when the Pueblo called for help. But, unfortunately, these were armed with nuclear weapons to defend our forces against an invasion. They were not equipped merely to intercept a couple of communist patrol boats off the Korean coast. The nuclear armaments, of course, give these few fighters tremendous firepower. In theory, this is supposed to provide our 50,000 ground troops In Korea with adequate air protection and still free a maximum number of planes to fight In Vietnam. It would also seem to commit the United States to a nuclear response in case full-scale fighting should be resumed in this bleak country. What many Americans don't realize is that the Korean War Isn't really over. A truce was declared 15 years ago, but the negotiators at Panmunjon still haven't been able to agree upon peace terms. - o - - VIETNAM COMES FIRST - Vietnam also gets first call on men as well as material. The best-trained soldiers and most experienced pilots usually are sent to Saigon, not Seoul. Thus it happened that the Pueblo's alarm brought no help, and North Korea's challenge caught the United State unprepared. The real lesson of the ..Pueblo incident, therefore, Is that American might is stretched dangerously thin. To cover up its unprepared- ness, the Pentagon has put out the word that the Pueblo was caught by surprise. The approach of North Korean patrol boats, according to the Pentagon version, was mistaken as routine harassment. By the time the crew realized that the North Koreans intended to seize the ship, so the story goes, It was too late to summon military help. This is disputed by a confidential report which was sent to the White House, detailing the Incident. The report, made available to this column, states that two fishing trawlers silently circled the Pueblo about noon on January 22, then departed without Incident for Wonsan. The following noon, a North Korean subchaser circled the Pueblo three times, and on the last circle, signaled the spy ship to heave to or be fired upon. Three patrol boats joined the sub- chaser an hour later, and two circling MIG fighters appeared overhead. Clearly, this strange drama at sea lasted long enough for the nearest U. S. jets, less than 20 minutes away, to have flown to the rescue. But they simply weren't equipped to cope with the emergency. - o - - STRONG RUSSIAN NAVY - There was also some hesitation over whether U. S. planes had authority to attack the North Korean marauders without direct orders from Washington—which, incidentally, never arrived. U.S. forces can return the fire of any hostile force which shoots first. But planes loaded with nuclear weapons cannot attack without direct orders from the President. Apparently the question arose as to whether the planes could fire substitute conventional armaments without White House approval. When the United States belatedly reacted, a naval task force was rushed into Korean waters. Yet the only reason the nuclear carrier Enterprise, frigate Truxton, and two escort ships were available is that they happened to be In the Sea of Japan enroute to Vietnam. In contrast, Russia had several naval vessels 1in the area, part of a powerful surface and submarine force that is guarding the shipping lanes from Vladivostok to Haiphong. Soviet ships are reported to be carrying sophisticated new military equipment to the North Vietnamese over these sea routes. Indeed, the Pueblo's principal mission was to monitor this Soviet sea traffic, particularly Russian submarines. Aerial reconnaissance can keep count of the surface ships. But the Pueblo was equipped with secret, sensitive devices, which could identify and track Soviet subs under the sea. The Pueblo affront, coming at the same time that the British are planning to withdraw their forces east of Suez, is another sober reminder that the West can no longer police the world. The demands of the Vietnam war, for example, have compelled the U.S. to cancel planned fleet visits to Indian ports. For And About Teenagers 1 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••i electric heat is Clean Convenient Economical Dependable Automatic Flexible These are six good reasons why you should switch to electric heat when you consider improving your home. Its flexibility lets you do more, gives you more chance to change. SO when you plan home improvements, plan to switch. Remember, you can't beat Electric Heat! Algona Municipal Utilities THE WEEK'S LETTER:''! read your column all the time. I thought you could answer my question. I know a girl who nas a paper route. The kids at school tease her and call her a paper boy. She has to buy her own clothes and that is the only way for her to make money. What is wrong with having a paper route? How can I help her get the boys to stop teasing her? She would like to have these boys for friends, anyway. They're nice." OUR REPLY: There Is absolutely nothing wrong with a girl having a paper route. This writer — and many who will read It — believe this young lady is to be highly commended for having the inl- ative to get a Job and do something for herself. She should be praised, not crltlzed. This writer would also perfer to believe that the majority of the boys who tease this girl are really her friends. In the majority of instances, people only tease someone they like. There may be one or two "teasers" who are not friends; if so, these are boys who are themselves too lazy to do any kind of job and therefore not worth worrying about for a single moment. With one possible exception, a paper route is the only means by which a young teenage girl can earn money. The other is babysitting — and some girls have family responsibilities which leave them not enough time for sitting assignments. » yi.- hovt a fltnog• problim you won! to dixuu or on obltrvoHon (o moh*. oddrMi your ItH.r lo FOR AND ABOUT TEENAOEHS. COMMUNITY AND SUIUMANPIESSSEirVICE F«ANKFO«T, KY. The blunt truth Is that the U.S. doesn't have the military force today to oppose communist so- called "wars of liberation" all around the world. - o - - DE GAULLE'S GALL - The latest diplomatic wisecrack: "Is it true that DeGauUe will let England into the Common Market if England will change the name of the Rock of Gibraltar?" "Yes - if Britain will call It DeGaulle Stone." - GOP DIXIECRATS ON SPOT - Republican Congressmen will be put on the spot right after the Lincoln Day holiday when Dixle- crats propose naming the veterans' hospital in Jackson, Miss., after the late Congressman John Rankin, one of the most fanatical rabble-rousing, race baiters ever to come out of that state. Congressman Jonathan Bingham of New York will propose naming the hospital not for Rankin but for Medgar Evers, the Ne- gro leader slain in Mississippi. Republicans who belong to the Dixiecrat coalition will have to make a hard choice - whether to offend their Dixiecrat colleagues by voting for the Negro Medgar Evers, or offend their constituents by voting for the white Congressman who made a career of racism. - o - - NASSAR WANTS YANKEE DOLLARS - Ever since the Israeli- Egyptian War of last June, Egypt has had no diplomatic relations with the United States. She charged that American planes intervened on the side of Israel. As one result, Egyptian mobs damaged the American Embassy and Americans were forced to leave the country. However, one of Egypt's chief sources of revenue used to be American tourists. Since the war, tourism has dropped off to a trickle. In the near future, Egypt will offer to repay the United States for damaged buildings, apologize for its false charges, and resume diplomatic relations. Then Colonel Nasser hopes American tourist dollars again will ball him out of his financial troubles. - o - -DANGEROUS DRUGS- Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin revealed in committee hearings last week that many doctors had prescribed chloromycetln, a very dangerous drug, for very trivial illnesses. Parke Davis, makers of the drug, had warned in advertlse- Thursday, Feb. 15, 1968 Algeria (la.) Upper Dei Moln**-3 ments that chloromycetin should be used only for serious Infections; yet, Sen. Nelson claimed, the warnings did not go far enough. The Senate is expected to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration law, requiring drug manufacturers to give the widest publicity to dangerous drugs and not to put such drugs on the market without very careful and widespread warnings to all doctors. - o - - TRUTH ABOUT EARTHA - Washington is still talking about Eartha Kltt, the Negro nightclub entertainer who heckled Mrs. Johnson at a White House luncheon on crime. On the same day the story broke, the United States and Soviet Russia signed a nuclear proliferation pact which may affect the lives of millions. However, the headlines on how Eartha Kltt told off the First Lady aroused more Interest than the vital Soviet-American move for peace. Lumber Manager Resigns, Wesley WESLEY - Dean fUcke has resigned as manager of the Farmer's Coop. Lumber Co., effective March 16. He has been employed there the past twelve years and served as manager eight years. The family will move to the farm near Hayfleld owned by her parents, the Tony Trca's. Rickes are offering their three- bedroom house here for sale. AWARDS Capt. David Van Busklrk, formerly of Alta, during his tour of duty In Vietnam, was awarded the Combat Infantry badge, two Bronze Stars for meritorious achievement in military operations against hostile forces, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Iledal and Vietnam Service Medal. Capt. Van Busklrk was also presented the Armed Forces Medal by the government of Vietnam. He is now assigned to Ft. Benning, Ga. Stops Tormenting Rectal Itch Exclusive Formula Promptly Stops Itching, Burning and Relieves Pain of Piles In Most Cases New York, N.Y. (Special): The embarrassing itch caused by hemorrhoids is most torturous. But science has found a special formula with the ability, in most cases - to promptly stop the burning Itch, relieve pain and actually shrink hemorrhoids. And all without nar- cotics or stinging astringent* of any kind. The secret is Preparation H*. There U no other hemorrhoid formula like it Preparation H also lubricates, soothes irritated tissues and helps prevent further infection. In ointment or suppository form. GOOD NEIGHBORS KNOW AROUND THE TOWN& COUNTRY Meet Francis Gisch X FRANCIS GISCH .. Our Good .Neighbor this issue is Francis Gisch, who farms 320 acres on the home place, one mile west of 169-18 and 1 3/4 miles north of 18 in Union twp. Also being farmed .are two parcels of ground, 80 and 107 acres, adjacent to the Gisch place, which was acquired by Lorenz Gisch, father of Francis, In 1932, from John Frankl. Before that It was owned by Joe Zanke of Burt. Francis was born near Fort Dodge at Moorland, Iowa in 1921. The Gisch family moved to the Union twp. farm in 1932. Francis' mother died seven years ago, and his father, Lorenz, was in the hospital at this writing. Francis has been operating the farm for the past 10 years. His wife Is a former French girl, Irene Klein, and they were married in November of 1945 in Nancy, France, while Francis was in the service. Irene came to this country early In 1946, after the red tape of coming to America was unraveled. Mr. and Mrs. Gisch are parents of eight children, five girls and three boys, all In school. The eldest is 18. Francis had seven brother sand sisters, two of whom are deceased, and the Gisch family Is well-known throughout the area. The farm is mostly a grain farm, and Francis also does custom work, welding and machinery repair work. There Is no livestock on the place. Irons Heating & Plumbing "Completely Equipped To Serve You Completely" Plumbing - Heating Sheet Metal Gas or Oil Units Pumps Water Systems Complete Fixtures Phone 295-3840 ALGONA Algona Implement Co. Your Friendly International Harvester Dealer FARM EQUIPMENT MOTOR TRUCKS SALES & SERVICE Phone 295-3501 ALGONA ERNIE WILLIAMS Your John Deere Headquarters In Algona 1 TkeT/uufs/nuvvk o^ Quafota rfc/tnt Suapnte^tC i ERNIE WILLIAMS JOHN DEERE ... a most trusted name in farm equipment . . . located on U.S. Highway 18, just at the east edge of Algona. "Service that Satisfies" is not just our slogan, it's a guarantee. For tractors, implements or parts, we can assure you of the finest. You're welcome to drop in anytime. We'll be glad to demonstrate our equipment, and we'll be more than glad to answer any questions you may have. Remember, "You're a neighbor, not a stranger" at ERNIE WILLIAMS JOHN DEERE. "The Quality Name In Farm Equipment" East of Algona on Highway 18 Buscher Brothers ImpL MinneapelU Molin* - KtJIy-Ryan - Papee Ntw Idto form Mqthintcy f Sales f Services f Friendly & Courteous Always N. Main St. Phone 295-3451 Ernie Williams John Deere Farm Machinery BOTH QUALITY & SERVICE Located east of Algona on highway 18. Phone 295-3561 ALGONA Joe Bradley Equipment South Hotel Algona Farm Machinery — Trucks — Tirei GEHL STANHOJ8T OLIVER CMC trucks FIRESTONE tires Phone 296-2421 ALGONA

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