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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 31, 1957
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th«*«ley, Jttfttrory 31, et Ue$ mm STATE OF THE NATION BUDGET - "IN 1955, the consumer was behind the boom. In 1956 it was business investment. In 19^7, it's going to be the govern- merit." This was the summary of Newsweek magazine, last week, in its section devoted to Business trends, and in commenting on the President's budget message. for the next 18 months it will be government spending which will be the prop under the economy, the magazine continues. This fact may help to explain some of the misgivings of Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey. The budget, incidentally, does not include the costs of Federal highway construction, unemployment compensations, social security benefits, and similar additions to budget spending. In all, Federal outgo is expected to be up $47 BILLION over the current fiscal year. Also, there are some who are not counting too heavily on the $1.8 billion surplus the President predicts. The President bases his e»t!mate on governmental income on the assumption that there won't be a loss In any tax revenue, that mail rates will be raised, that peak prosperity will continue and that corporate profits will rise. Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia, known as a staunch economy-minded senator right down the line, comments like this: "It is somewhat paradoxical that the President stated he opposed inflation, yet the only way this 9 billion dollars of additional revenue will come to the treasury is by inflation." PHYSICAL FITNESS - Two New York U. scientists have released the result of a study they have made of American youngsters and their physical fitness as compared with European children of the same ages. They gave six tests to children between the ages of six and 16 here and in Europe, and their resulting tabulations, if correct, are worth thinking about. In the U. S. 57.9 per cent of the youngsters failed to pass the tests, while only 8.7 percent of the European children failed. "The average American pupil spends five hours a week on a school bus and only 15 minutes a week in a physical education class", it was observed, and "where kids formerly spent Saturday afternoon playing they now sit around hatching TV." CONSUMER PRICES - The Bureau of Labor , Statistics says that prices climbed 0.2 per cent In December for a total rise of 3 per cent in .the year 1956, and a new all-time high for the .»ation in 1956. '. '•' • ; — WHO RUNS IOWA? - A strongly-worded message from the Republican State Central Committee cracked the whip over the Republican controlled legislature in Iowa last week. The GOP State Central Committee — (not publicly elected) - told the state legislature - (which is publicly elected) - that it should immediately enact legislation which will place full control of all state personnel under the State Executive Council, which is Republican-controlled. Newly elected Governor Herschel Loveless has announced dismissal of the state personnel director as of Feb. 1. He intends to appoint a new one of his own choosing. The personnel director by law is appointed by the state comptroller, who serves at the pleasure of the governor. The personnel director does not hire or fire, he merely supervises the classifications and pay scales of state employees. The council already has jurisdiction over employee classification and pay scales as administered by the personnel director. Governor Loveless commented: "If it is fair to have a personnel director serve at the pleasure of the governor last year, why Isn't it this year?" The Republican State Central Committee evidently intends to do all in its power to not only crack its whip over the legislature but to hedge the governor into as innocuous a spot as possible in his state administration, 0M»- FOOT IN MOUTH-Secretqry of State Dulles JUgana Upper 111 g. Call Street— Phone 11QO— Algona, Iowa Entered as second class matter at the postotflce at Algona, lows, under Act pf Congress of March 9, 1879. TUB Issued Thursdays in 1957 By PE8 MOINES FLUSHING CO. R, B. WALLER, Managing Editor S. ERLANPER, Advertising Manager got his foot in hit mouth again when h* taid 'Personally, I'd rather not havt o French and British soldier beside me, one on my right, and one on my left." Whether or net He Jntimdad a slur on the troops of our former allies U now NATIONAL iOITORIAl the moot question. » * * RTAPPORTIONMEHT DANGERS Northwood Anchor — In his "swan song" Gov. Leo Hoegh urged reapportionment of the state legislature to give proportional representation to the more populous sections of the state. And, adding a bi-partisan touch to the suggestion, Gov. Herschel Loveless in his inaugural address also asked for reapportionment. If the legislature is to be reapportioned, certainly the suggestion of Loveless — that one house be apportioned on a population basis, the other on the basis of area — should be followed. There are groups which would like to see both houses apportioned according to population. Any attempts to bring this about should be fought. The general assembly as now set up admittedly gives disproportionate strength to the rural counties in both house and senate. But reapportioning on a population basis in both houses would merely exchange one evil for another — it would give the urban areas complete domination of the legislature. However, most fair-minded persons will admit that one house should be reapportioned on a population basis. The most-talked plan has been of apportioning the house on an area basis (one representative to each county) and the senate on a population basis. This would be satisfactory enough. However, on the national level the precedent has been ed- tablished of having house representation based on population — and if the same plan could be followed it might be more readily understood and more acceptable to many persons. However the job is accomplished, reapportionment should be studied most carefully. It would be well if an easier method of reapportioning, with careful safeguards of course, could be devised so that in the future reapportionment of one house on population could be accomplished regularly every ten years — preventing the situation from getting so far out of hand as it has done now. • * * CORN SONG COMMENT Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune — This life is-filled with mysteries. One that we haven't been able to fathom is why the SUI band refused for the past five years to include the old Iowa corn song in its repertoire. Couldn't be because the bandmaster is an old Michigander, could it? We'll admit that the Hawkeye band gave Iowa oodles of favorable publicity at the Rose Bowl football game. Just the same, the SUI trumpeters can blow themselves out of steam playing "On Iowa" or "Iowa Proud and Secure On The Hill Looking Down On the River Below". Both are good songs. » But neither will fire a crowd like the old Iowa corn song. We've seen that tested scores of times — particularly in Shrine parades. The words were originally set to the tune of Traveling by a Des Moines Shriner, George Hamilton by name, away back when. As the Shriners sing it the words go "We are from loway, loway — from that grand old land, traveling o'er the sand." The tune immediately caught on. It was paraphrased to make it singable by everyone. So that now the public sings it "We are from loway, loway—from that grand old land, joy on every hand." Or "we'll have you understand it's the best state in the land". To get back to the original puzzje just why does Iowa dislike to admit that it's the leading corn state of the union? We never could understand why so many took a dislike to having "The Corn State" on our auto plates. The critics said it was corny. Now they say the Iowa corn song is. corny. What if it is? Why don't we lowans admit we're corny and cash in on it? Tp ignore a song that catches the public imagination as does the old Iowa corn song is just plain silly. More than that, the words and music are kjjown from coast to coast. We imagine there were thousands of lowans, past and present, in the Rose Bowl audience who would have been delighted to join in singing it. * * COMMENT ON F. B- HEAD Grundy Center Register — Chavles B. Shuman, president of the American Farm Bureau, in a recent speech made in Miami, Florida, said that "Farmers need to be m9re dependent on the federal government than any other business or industry." Mr Shutnan would propose that by congressional action the secretary of agriculture be prohibited from making, government loans to farmers on their crops. 1$ Mr Shuman expressing the sentiments of Secretary of Agriculture Benson, who has from the outset not favored support prices for farm products, or is the Secretary getting his farm policies from Shuman? Tljere geenjg to be no difference either way. Farmers can expect no support or sympathy from either one. Writer Raps Form Bureau Head For Move To Sfop C C C Loans to tht Uppwr Des A short time ago President Charles B. Shumah of the Amer* Jean Farm. Bureau FederatioA said in Springfield, 111. "Don't let anyone tell you Any government farm program has helped the farmers because none of them have." At that time news reports indicated Farm Bureau of- licials in Washington - >favoreu ending basic corn suppdrts ' mit would take no stand publicly.] However, the last issue (Jart- uary 1957) of this official Fftttti Bureau publication called "i'hs Nation's Agriculture" contains 6human's position more definitJ- iy in a speech delivered at the annual convention in Miami, Fla. tie proposed "crop by crop elimination of the Secretary ol Agriculture's authority to buy and store farm commodities." Hfe said this buying authority should end as soon as the Commodity Credit Corp .could dispose of its holdings and proposed action. He said "they should be sold at reduced prices or given away to needy people at horn)? and abroad and should not bje replaced." (Page 6 — Nation's. Agriculture). I consider this objective both foolish and dangerous. In Des Moines on Nov. 18, 1956, Henry Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture — and who I believe is one of the ablest thinkers on farm problems in the nation — said: "Commodity loan system which was created wheh I was Secretary of Agriculture has saved the tanners .from the most serious kind of a debacle during the past five years. Without it we would be approaching a situation as bad as that we went through in the early thirties.". A Lesson From Past We older farmers who expejsf ; ienced the devastating depres: sion of 25 years -ago know that the government program cpn- ceived largely by Henry Wallace was what rescued not only "the farmers but the nation from the terrible disaster which overwhelmed us at that time. Henry Wallace also said "to the young men who have gone into farming since World War the government owes the possibility of maintaining bility in. the general price levejL If the drive for flexible farm* prices were to undermine the. farm jjrice level and create a stijj, wider gap between the price received for surplus products and the price paid for everything the farmer buys, many of the younger generation would go bankrupt just as their elders did during the period extending from 1921 through 1933." All the evidence now shows that ever since the "flexible support" idea has been in operation that ever widening gap which Wallace feared has been steadily STRICTLY BUSINESS "For 10 year* I've wondered where this conveyor belt wentl" RSPRBiENTATIVE Representatives, Inc. Michigan!, Chicago J, III. RAfEi W JCQiSOTH SO. - &M to ouinWaation, per year—J500 ,..„_„,.,, ,—, JOc W RATES OUTSIDE KOS6UTH .,„.,,,_...,,„ |4.oo In iji?innJI*iR84 Ufrn* Q-tifi RATES .,.,....: «*: CITY AMD COUNTY NEWSPAPER It is hard. )to uncter&tand how an, organisation like Th,e Farm Bureaju that was created and is being sustained to promote and safeguard the best interest of farmers, should keep a man at their head who seems not to understand the farmers' problem or who chooses to work, not for, but against the interests ol American farmers. . * * * Ti* foldup el |b« CreweU'CeiUw publications threw nearly 4,000 employes out oj jobs, but about half of them will, be, employed b> the Cowles Magazines, largely in tb,e circulation The editorial and pcyjURg employes who the readers more directly, are out permanently, • going on — in fact ever since Benson took office. ] But the scuttling of the Commodity Loan system would be bad for several other reasons. Food A Reserve. Weapon^ On account of the ever-present danger of drouth and war the security of our nation depends on the government owning and preserving at all times adequate reserves of grains and other farm products. With the invention of such new and destructive weapons as jet bombers and atomic and hydrogen bombs it very obviously makes reserves more advisable than ever before. Communist dictators of the So,-, viet have .these weapons too. Our vulnerability to attack is evif denced by our building of bombing bases all over the earthi with the avowed purpose of not so much to prevent an attacl| but to 'retaliate, and hoping tha^ such retaliation will keep the Soviets from attacking us in the first place. Such an attack could very well damage our oil refineries so as' to make difficult if not impossible a new crop of corn. Our farmers are that dependent now. on gas and oil. We have lately had opportunity to see how valuable adequate reserves of grain are to proven war. President Eisenhower jus recently asked Congress fo: authority to use our armed miglv to protect small independent na ticns in the Middle East, anc pending such use this country 14 sustaining these nations with several hundred millions of dol lars worth of wheat, meat ant; other agricultural products. Wf couldn't ship U if we didn't havf in the business of the elevator. With the Commodity Loan system abolished as Shuman and associates propose, the farmers immediately would lose that market for the surplus or reserve that the very safety of the nation requires. These 'Co-ops'are not able to. buy and store on their awn. The* hazard of an unprotected market is, so great that none, of them would dare undertake it. . T have no doubt that farmers without any controls or supports would do as they did in the early thirties — frantically do their utmost to mak^ up in volume what they lost in price. History shows it always works that way. I believe farmers are confront* ed with a dangerous threat — a menace because Shuman and Associates claim to speak for many thousands of farmers. They have a big war chest \yith which they employ high salaried lobbyists. It is well known that solicitors for ,the organization collect many a $15 memberhip fee from -other people than farmers — usually with a hint of. a boycott if they do not "kick in." To us< these funds 4n a war chest with which to sink the Commodity Loan system is a diabolical thing to do. I believe in view of the critical condition of agriculture today "to scuttle or terminate" as is urged would engulf our farmers and our country in the worst disaster of its history. In saying that, I ant merely repeating the warning made by Henry Wallace in November, 1955, as previously mentioned. Shuman's objective is dangerous for another reason. Many farmers don't realize that these fundamental aims are obscured in a flood of oratory and propaganda championing other ideas which have some merit but really have little opposition, and are of much lesser importance — as for instance the Federal gas tax refund, etc. Yours very truly, Congressman Goad's Comments 6th District Congressman From Iowa Reports On Washington Activities it. hardp$» feb of an independent man can sometimes be tp keep the government from taking cgr§ c»f him. Cites Example At Burt And there is another reason wiiy Shuman's objective of scut* tling the Commodity Credit loan system is bad. I give you the Burt Co-Op elevator as a local exanfple. We constructed a steel and concrete elevator (250,» 000 bu. capacity) to protect gov r eminent reserves of grain frqnj fire, insects arid storms. We do a good job- We take good 1 cart of some pf .Uncle Sam's indisr ponsaple reserves' of grain. '' The jstpragu payments, this. yeajp will be about $40,000. : To l this annual fee would cripple not destroy our corop . elevator. There are hundreds of commur nities in the corn belt where these grain elevators are the main industry. With our Burt elevator, such a loss immediately jegpardifc 1 ? some $170,000 of patronage divicU belonging to customers', ends but now being withheld and used George W. Patterson Burt, Iowa * * • Editor's note — Letter to the Editor on pertinent subjects of the day are welcomed from .any legitimate source, with signatures. » « • ON SAFE DRIVING Editor, Algona Upper Des Moines Sir: You have a page ad last week in regard to the driving of automobiles. This may be for some of us and it may be for all of us. You ask for good suggestions and you ask for good sensible driving — fine, that's what wg should have. But when good sug gestions are turned in and then not used, lots of people are going to suffer, and znaybjj die because these suggestions were not pul to use. „ I am not writing this to rap any editors. From the tone ot the advertisement, you have no doubt received numerous letters and calls to print such an ad- A lot of said-mentioned safety should start at the factories .that build these cars- The minute a var is built and a price tag put on it, somebody is going to buy it. So long as cars are built to go at their present speeds there will be accidents. For me to practice safe driving wherever I am, J do not need one single policeman here or elsewhere. Thank you — Merle Wellendorf, Algona. and BALL Mrs Stull of Steamboat Bock brought back a line souvenir from the Hose 3owl game; the ball which {enny figcil carried, touchdown run. y behiiultb* goal nade a clean catch of Pyescottg tick for the extra point. - . President Eisenhower's State of the Union message to the Joint Session of the Congress was not a specific proposal but gave only. a general indication of the Administration's outlook concerning the nation. There was mentioned in this message the fact that the agricultural economy was now in a strengthened position and that the farm economy is now rising to higher levels. However, I observe the fact that the .parity level remains at only 80 .per cent and that the farmer remains in a very tight financial position. * * * Since the delivery of 'the State of the Union message we have now received the Budget Message and I was glad to see that there is a specific request foi legislation to help the corn farmer. As I traveled throughout the district prior to coming into Washington it was obvious that something definite needs to be done regarding our corn situation. In this regard I feel that measures will be proposed by both sides of the political fenc'e but we must seek out the solution on the merits of the legislation not on political consideration. There are two items which obviously must be included in a corn program, namely: 1. Raised Soil Bank payments, 2. Increas* ed "acreages. Presently the Soil Bank is not a profitable venture and will be effective only ii farmers participate in it, Also, the acreages are presently set at such low levels that farmers* will not enter the program in any realistic extent. . * * * The Banking and Currency Committee, of which I am a member, reported out a bill to grant further money to the Small Business Association so that it can meet the increased demands for loans on the part of the small businesses of our country. * * • I checked with the Agriculture Committee and the hearings on legislation to increase the corn allotments should begin right away — perhaps within a few days. This is vital legislation for the State of Iowa and it is my opinion that the less delay the better. I remember only too wel] the long delays and lengthy de- jjatef held last year on farm legislation. This is not to suggest tha,t we should not go into the legislation in a thorough manner but proper investigation should not J>e such as to kill the 'program. 9 Last week I attended a meet *<+ *i- *U,**f *'-&. • • '•- • "- <•* 20.MJ5 tME FILES OF THE ALGONA VPPEK DES M01NES FEB. 4. 193? * * * While th» proposed guest al a shower was quarantined with the measles, the many friends who had planned the affair went on with .the program at Bart. Mrs Bernard Jensen, the former Ruth KUeck, was the new bride who couldn't attend, .the post-nuptia. doings. * * * •. Jubilant conservationists from all over the county were set to gather in Algona Friday evening to celebrate the successful climax of their campaign to make Uni&n Slough a game reserve. The federal government announced last week that the four tracts of land not under option would be condemned,, making way for the completion of plans dreamed of for many years by many in the area. A total of 882 acres was involved. Joe Lowe, Conservation League secretary here, received word of the government's action by telegram. • «. « The Whitlemore girls and Swe?. City boys carried off the titles fought for during the county basketball tournament. The Ledyard girls and LuVerne boys, class B champs, were runners- up. St. Cedelia Academy's nine •game winning string was snapped by Rodman, 28-24, Friday night, ending perhaps the long.- est winning streak ever chalked up by the locals. • » * Bob Loss, young farmer near Algona, was named chairman o.{ the county soil conservation committee county at a meeting committeemen of last all Friday. He served the organization as secretary last year. W. J. Frimml, Wesley, had headed the committee for two years, but asked to, be relieved of the job. * * * Special precautions wore being taken in Humboldt due to an outbreak of smallpox. A total of nine families had'been stricken and every effort was being airned controlling epidemic. the threatened The annual bantjuel aftd business meeting dt the Algona Cooperative Crearhery wii set for the high school gym* this Saturday. Preparations for at least 1,000 were expected to attend. The annual 'report was to be given during the business meeting. Kossuih county resident* had donated at least $5,017 in cash to the Red Cross for flood sufferers in the Ohio find Mississippi valleys. In addition to the cash, a whole carload of clothing was to be shipped to the area which so badly needed it. Workmen were busily trying to clean up the mess left when .the two big rivers went out of their banks and chased thousands of persons from their homes. Funds here in the county were raised through oyster suppers, basketball games, auctions of one kind and another, and just plain contributions. Kossuth county persons, were not rich, but they figured they were a lot better off than those living in the flood area. * * * Algona's city election wasn't due until March 20, 'but already talk of possible candidates had sprung up. The terms of Mayor C. F .Specht and all councilmen were expiring, and all persons interested in filing for the posts had to do so not later than ten days prior to the balloting and-not more than 40 days ahead of the election. Filing was to begin later this month. * * * Three farm sales were on the docket around the county within tlie next week. They were advertised in the Upper Des Moines in those days, Just- like they are now. DIES A one-time welt known endurance swimmer died at the Hardin county home at Eldora recently; August Willie, 89. As a youth lie "almost" swam the English channel. He came to Iowa Falls in 1919 and used to entertain thousands of persons by swimming in the Iowa river, while holding a parasol and smoking a cigar. MILK About 4,000 gallons were destroyed when of milk a .semi- trailer hit a bridge and rolled over, near Decorah. Driver Vern Weinkaus, Creseo, was unhurt. Total damage was about $22,000. OLDEST Shelby county's oldest resident is Hans Anderson, who recently observed his 99th birthday by taking a bus trip to Council Bluffs to meet his son. He came to the United States from Den- ;nark..aj. age 22 and has lived most of his /life in Council Bluffs. ing pf the Committee and Congressman Walter of Pennsylvania stated there that some of the first Hungarian refugees were not fighters for freedom but were communists who sought to escape those who w\|. v re fighting for freedom. It ,wa§ his ppjnjpn. that there were some who have been, brought to this country who were communists. This situation is to be investigat-i ed for I agree wholeheartedly that we want no communists in this, country/ Please visit your congressional office whenever you are in Wash* this ,is yojtir office. Congressman ingtpn, An Eajgle QreVi Ww was given jail sentence for drivin across a newly-flooded ice rin COATTAIL RIDER—A highly- secret Republican report which purportedly disproves President Eisenhower's "invincible popularity" will break out in the open very shortly. , . • ' It shows that some 20 Republican congressmen last Novembei "carried" the President in their districts. The carefully- computed study reveals that the congressmen polled substantially more than did the President in their respective districts. In fact, several -of- the legislators received personal letters from "Eisenhower thanking them for "letting me ride your coattails ..." —o— RANDOM NOTES — There's been quite a bit of head-shaking at the antics of Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn at the recent Touchdown .Club dinner ... Biggest complaint: Abusive language directed, at the guests. The Supreme Court will make big headlines for big city tabloids in the next few months on the question of whether prohibiting sale of obscene books and lewd pictures is unconstitution- 'al. The tip-off that Moscov/ would return to the Stalin line could have been found right in Washington ... Despite the anti-Stalin attacks in Russia, , the Russian embassy here consistently displayed a huge portrait of a benevolent-faced Joe Stalin — and none of any of the current Moscow "bigs." MRS NIXON IN MINK — The old '.'cloth coat days" for Pat Nixon are as dead as a dodo... The vice president's Mis. is now wearing mink... A Christinas gift from hubby... Alabama's braggadocio, Rep. Frank Boykin, whose hair is tinted orange, gave his wife a wide-band diamond bracelet for their 43rd wedding anniversary ... It was originally made .feu- Clark Gable as a gift to Carole Lombard ... DODDERING . Grand Old Gentleman Theodore Francis Green of Little Rhode Island is NOT, despite popular belief, the^ oldest man ever to serve in the Congress of the United States... The 89-year-uict senator learned last week from , )ll Call, the Capitol Hill's newspaper, that two congressmen (now deceased) served while sev- al months oldiT than Green is now ... They were Rep. Isaac R. Sherwood of Ohio, who left Congress in 1925, and Rep. Charles M. Stcclman of North Carolinn, who died in office in 1930 —o—• HUMPHREY DISAGREES -, On the surface it may appeaj thiit Secretary of the Treasury George Humphrey has fallen oui with President Eisenhower be. cause of his subtle attack on Ike's "inflationary" $71.8 billion budget for 1958. Humphrey, who must defend the budget, was wistfully hoping for a cut — rather tha,n an increase — ih government spending ... The President, on the other hand, is sold on heavy military expenditures for the sake of national security. Mutual friends say the Humphrey-Eisenhower "feud" is "an honest difference of opinion ...- , Q-,.xj THAT GAS INCREASE — Irritation in Congress over the recent oil industry's three per cent increase in the cost of gasoline is building up steam on Capitol Hill. Congressmen are now using terms such as "greedy oil interests," "indefensible price increases" and "completely, unjustified 7 ' ... Congressional action is almost a certainly .. .'President Eisenhower is reported to be sore abo«»t the increase, too. FARM NOTE — The devastation by grasshoppers and Mormon crickets in the West and Midwest may be repeated this year ... The Agriculture Department says that ranchers and farmers may expect the heaviest infestation in Montana, Nevada and Wyoming. HELICOPTER INVASION — Whirlybirds are increasing in number across Washington skies ... Newest thought is to put a heliport on the roof of the new State Department building . . . The Pentagon already has a helicopter landing strip. .Experimental jnodcls of corner "console"'mailboxes, which have a foot pedal to facilitate opening the majl slot, proving successful they may soon be put into mass production... ^ Q WHAT'S FREE? - The Farmers' Tax Guide, a helpful booklet for farm families preparing their 1936 income tax returns. Wrilo your runyreiismrm in VVm-ihhu'k'i).

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