The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 21, 1957 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 21, 1957
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5-Algono (la.) D« MetfM* Thurtdoy, felt. 21 r 1957 fle$ lotoes THE BUDGET GAME The great money gome has begun in the legislature. The contest is to determine whether the Republican majority in the general assembly or the new Democratic governor gets the blame for increasing taxes, or the credit for financing worthy projects. The Governor proposes a budget 15 million dollars higher than his predecessor. At the same time he proposes a cutback in sales tax from 2Vj percent to 2 percent, which he estimates will save lowans somewhere close to 13 million. He has suggested as an alternative to a budget increase that state governmental units be revamped along more efficient and economical lines, as recommended by the Little Hoover Commission, a group appointed to make a study £f state finances and administration several years ago by a Republican governor. Now the matter is up to the legislature. It can whittle down the Governor's budget recommendations. By so doing it can stand to make fjuite a few enemies among the units which there in the budget increase, chiefly state educational institutions. It can pass the budget, and by so doing admit it doesn't think the Governor y/as wrong -in the first place. Or it can act on the Little Hoover recommendations. The Governor will have to stand on his record if he seeks reelection in 1958. And all members of the legislature have to go home £nd face the folks, when the Des Moines hay- ride is over. The governor's mathematics, it seems to us, are fairly accurate. If the state general appropriations increase 15 million, and the extra Vt cent sales tax drop saves the people 13 million, the actual increase is two million. But if a good housecleaning of the state's administration could be accomplished, with a subsequent budget reduction, there might be no, increase at all and perhaps an actual decrease. , . We'd like to see someone try it. » * * * * fcOMMENT ON GOV. LOVELESS < * * Harlan Tribune — When Gov. Loveless was* elected, many people voted for him because they , were tired of Gov. Hoegh and comments he was continually handing the press. After Gov. Loveless was elected, then people began to wonder, *what sort of a fellow have we elected". It appears fo me that Loveless has already demonstrated more business-like and tactful ability. than we've had around for some time. ' " . ^ I . He has been reserved in his comm'ents? ne"tias given dignity to the office that was in need of it. Already he has -handled some ticklish situations in a very smooth manner. Although it is early "io tell, but from what we've seen to date, I believe Loveless will make a mark as one of our better governors. Incidentally, his private secre- , tary is a former Harlan resident — Mrs Alma Warddrip and probably better remembered here jis the fomer Alma Munson. When in Harlan, she was secretary to Judge Bennett Cuilison. , t : , * * * LET'S HAVE EVERYONE PAY . . . * Eagle Grove Eagle — The Postal Department has asked Congress to decide who's going to pay for operating the postal department. Will it be the people who use the service or will the taxpay- Jrs be called on to make up the deficit as they have in the past. An awfully good start would be to have EVERYONE who uses the service pay for it, And by that we mean first government agencies and Second officials of the government, congressmen and senators. , -, On one day this week (Tuesday) we received J8 franked (postage free) communciations from the government. Multiply those by 500 newspapers Jn Iowa and then by 48 states and you have a size- eble chunk of the postal deficit right there in one Hay. » * * * In the present war against Communism, we ipd ourselves with some strange bedfellows, i JUl & Qall Street-r-Phone UOO-— Algona, Iowa * Entered a* second class matter at the postolfice i. 0t Algona, Iowa, under Act o! Congress ol A March 3, 1079. Issued Thursdays in 1957 By UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO, R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERfcANPER, Advertising Manager NATIONAL 0 IT Q11 AI MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU MATIPWAI, BSPRESBHmTIVB _ W«»Wy_ «*WMM»p« Representative* Jw?« M Ave., New York 18. ¥. V, N. Michigan, Chicago 1, IH- •UBSCIUPTtQM RATES W K©SS9f« 9m per RATES OUTSIDE KOWVTH ISTRICTLY- BUSINESS ANOTHER "CONFLICT OF INTEREST" Recalling the headlines given to several incidents during the Truman administration where members inside the administration were found to be peddling influence, it is indeed strange to find the current crop qf scandals in Washington being so consistently 'played down.' The latest is that of an assistant Secretary of Defense, who used his influence to provide business contacts for member! of his wife's family and his wife. The contacts led to the placing of some five million in? clothing orders for government use. He has resigned. There have been a dozen Or so similar instances in the past four years, some more serious. The present Administration is far from lily white and simon pure when it comes to influence peddling. Some highly placed officials have been found to be silent owners of business firms making big rake offs from government contracts; some have even represented a government branch and a private business at the same time, as in the ill-fated loan of government funds for the Dixon-Yates project. The surprising thing is not that these in* stances crop up. Government is so big that it would be expecting too much to hove any Administration, Republican or Democratic, not to have some who would consider peddling influence for private gain. The surprising thing is that in no instance has the present Administration ITSELF uncovered any of these instances. In each case, the Administration has waited for Congress or newsmen to expose them. A cleansing of its own house has never seemed warranted in the eyes of the Eisenhower Administration. And some of them, after resigning after such exposees have been honore'd with medals, military reviews and letters of commendation. There was one exception, however. A U. S. Information Agency officer in Korea was fired quickly, after he made a public statement to newsmen that "profiteers, grafters and politicians around the world are getting hold of U. S. aid funds." He added "I cannot conscientiously support a foreign policy which I believe may lead us beyond the brink and into atomic war." He said he was prepared to resign if ( his bosses objected to his views and he quickly found out that they objected, not only to his views but his belief that he had a right to express them. * * * BRUSH V/ITH THE LAW „ Whittemore Champion -7- t Returning home from our .little suburb to th.e eas't the other night' we noticed the car behind was flashing a red light, which .we knew was a highway patrolman but never thought it was meant for us, so we continued driving for a mile or two when the car behind drove up along side ours and on the fender we noticed the word Stop. So we stopped and a guy in a fancy uniform came over and with a pad and pencil proceeded to write out a ticket, We couldn't have been speeding nor were we o'n the wrong side of the road, so we wondered what in heck we had done. With a silly grin the patrolman informed us that we had no tail lights and ordered that we have this repaired and to sign the ticket and mail it to him within 48 hours. We don't know how long the tail lights have not been functioning, just for one night or a week or a month, but you can depend on the highway patrol to be Johnny on'the spot to apprehend violators, which of course is their duty. * . * . * "ENGINE" CHARLIE DOES IT AGAIN Grundy Center Register —- When things are reasonably quiet in Washington, folks can usually count on Defense Secretary Charles Wilson to stir things up. With the President and the entire State Department concentrating on rolling out the traditional red carpet for King Saud, the monarch of Arabian oil, Charlie Wilson uniimbered his verbal golf club and "teed off" on the National Guard. As usual there was some sense to what Mr Wilson had to say, but instead of pin-pointing his remarks — as a man in his position should — his sweeping statements have a tendency to cover everything from coast-to-coast. From Grundy county, much of the roughest, toughest fighting in World War II was done by the boys who had enlisted in the National Guard units. They virtually fought the battle yard by yard all the way from Africa to Italy, to France, to Germany, and there were plenty of casualties along the way. These men who did the heavy fighting on the battlefield naturally regent any blasts at their branch of the service. But to bring matters down to date, the post-World War II setup of the National Guard left much to be desired. There no doubt were plenty of enlistments in this branch of the service by men who have preferred the National Guard training at home to fighting in Korea or elsewhere. There were probably 40 or more boys from Grundy county who availed themselves of this type of military service, instead of taking their regular tour of military duty thru selective service channels. The present National Guard setup could stand much better organization if it is to remain an effective defense unit. This is probably what Secretary Wilson meant to infer, Some revision will take place as the result of his efforts, but really, there is no need for our defense Secretary to get so radical in his statements every time he thinks it's time for a change in military strategy. * * * . ' We cannot wau» the queiiieo of whether g a tate ^districting move wouW or would not he beneficial in all ways -*• we know that it would provide the more heavily populated areas of Iowa with control of our state legislature, What we cannot understand, however, is to find state legislators who corae from rural areas which would definitely lost 1 representation in some cases being the our.-; most vigorous for "I like men with good judgment, Beekle—and the way you pussyfoot around me shows you have ill" KOTERBA — HIGHWAY SCANDAL — Tha vast federal highway program^ has bogged down. Serious delays; in construction, insiders say, may be the makings of a new Washington scandal. There are a number of reasons why the new road system — expected to get into full swing this fall — won't really get underway until 1958 . . . Reasons that can bd revealed now are: Shortage of steel, and breakdown (a snat'u) in bureaucratic paper work... BIG MONEY SPENDER — A fast about-face by Marion Folsom. has irked pe&ple in the admin-,; isration like Treasury Secretary George Humphrey. Folsom, secretary of Healthi Education and Welfare, used to} be a budget-cutter when employ-J ed by the Treasury Department.) Now, he is potentially one of the! heaviest spenders in Washington.^ He will soon demand that his" department's spending , .be eased kfrom three billion to bHiion. dollars the next-5 years.! HIGHER GI LOANS?— What's behind the "lobbying" of the Veterans Administration for higher interest rates on GI home loans? •'. " This is what the VA is telV" ing Congress: The rates should- go up to at least 5 per cent (from the present 4>6 per cent) in order to SAFEGUARD the veterans. The VA claims that the big money lenders are getting more and more reluctant to accept GI loans at the low rate. Soon, warns the VA, there won't be any lenders around to pick up the GI loans — unless the rate goes UP ... — o — 'ROUND - TRIP' MONEY — States righters arc becoming increasingly alarmed over federal interference, financially, in state affairs. Fact is that federal aid to state and local governments has jumped from 490 million dollars to 5Vfe BILLION dollars in 13 years. A lot of this is "round trip" money. ;That is, a taxpayer will, dish out to the federal government and then Uncle Sam returns the money to the taxpayer's state _^ AFTER a big hunk is taken out by Washington for "administrative" costs. The big question, then, is, "Why don't we just keep the money in the state in the first place?" ; WHAT'S FREE? —Bulletin No, 46 — a 50-page booklet that tells you how to combat all insects and vegetable diseases of the home garden. Write to: Department of Agriculture, Washington 25, D. C. — O-*™ MISCELLANY — Internal Revenue Service is greatly increasing Us Staff Qf 50,000.- for the obvious purpose of giving more income tax returns a closer look i : Cost of chocolate candy bars may go down in the next six months. Reason: Price of cocoa is down substantially on the international market. Opposition to federal aid for school construction is stiffening in Congress . . , Biggest contention is thqt constituents are writing in griping that too much money is wasted m federally- sponsored projects ... . The Senate Small Business Committee has pledged an all- out attpck upon government competition with private business ".Some &Q government "businesses' 'are expected to, get the ax this year. Letters to Congress aren't from rabble-rousers. Many seek, intelligently, answers to a solution to turn the trend of federal spending DOWNWARD. Congressmen, both Republican and Democrat, are voicing fear that this top-heavy federal spending is dangerously weakening our state and local governments. "It looks like Washington will soon take over completely," is the cry heard over and over again. Here is how Uncle Sam has been "taking over." In 1900, the federal government spent only $7 on each person in the United States. In 1925, it rose to $25 a person. 'In 1935, it was $50. ! And if the present budget is 'approved as is, it will be $417 per capita in 1958! The big question is, "Why is President Eisenhower so willing to spend so freely when r in hif; ,1952: campaign.^.he promised to i'cut.. the budget' — and cut it hard?" : The answer is simple: There are more demands by individuals and groups for things that will bring them a better life — more schools, more highways, grpater security on the farm and in old age, more money for veterans, better food, hospitalization and. clothing for the needy, and so on. Eisenhower has given in to these demands. \ And, of i course, he cannot sidestep the greatest drain of all -r~ the military and foreign aid. both of which come under the heading of "our national security." of their attack at useless Spending of v&st staffs ot money by the state and wire going to attempt to enlist the aid of businessmen) from all areas bordering states which had no sales tax in the battle. The sales tax was passed several years before as an "emergency measure", and it was apparent the general assembly was'going to keep the law intact during the present session. Economy in government, it was maintained, would save more than thq amount raised by the sales tax each year. * * * A list of 24 nominee* for director of the Algona Chamber of Commerce was announced by the nominating eotntnlttee^. Of the 24, 12 were to be elected to serve the coming year on the board, with the election slated to follow a dinner at the high school Mar. 9. All of the present directors were up for reflection. Two Irvlnglon beyt. Roland and Seward Thornton, sons ot Mr and Mrs SeWard Thornton, had a pet squirrel for a playmate. He wasn't an ordinary squirrel, possessing unusual intelligence. Hide and seek was a favorite game of the little animal, who could usually be found during such a game in a vase, shoe or any other spot that. would con* ceal him. He also made life miserable for the Thornton cat, for he took great delight in playing with its tail. Casey Loss and Carl Pearson of Algona had a cribbage session recently, And after Casey had left, Mrs Pearson (present county clerk) discovered all the twos and threes out of ,the deck the pair had been using in .the kitchen. She asked Carl where they had come from, and Carl wanted to know also, so he asked Casey the first chance he got. Casey explained he didn't realize the twos and threes were used in cribbage, so he had removed them from the deck before the session got underway. It must have slowed the scoring down to a walk. who will be known at "fht Ptkma QirH." . si£i Mo! Studio cfwnts lift* 2D-1HBS "AGO IN TH £ 0ILU0N QUESTION Rarely in Washington history have so many »»*?««« bom, barded congressmen with such bitter complaints about a propos- e4 budget as they have done m recent weeks. When President Eisenhower asked Congress for $71,870,000,- OOQ for federal spending begin- ne*t July, h» .teauahi up«n. , . . himself the greatest wrath of his Behind The Movie Sets WITH /Hollywood. Calif. — Know a young lady who looks exception- 1 ally fetching in pajamas? Warner Bros studio has a search under-way for six beautiful girls not ditching typical chorus wird- robe. Wh«n picked, this even- half-dozen luscious cookies Will start rehearsing key production numbers of "The Jajam* Qame", picture vtrsion of the Broadway smash musical which start Ddrls Day. * *.-«*';• ... fnett at« many f«a*on« why a girl not currently working in films should try out for a group of this kind. First, it's a good way to obtain membership in a talent guild. With a largt, percentage of their qualifieain«hV bers unemployed, it il not easy to join a Hollywood talent Union. « * • ' "' » . . However, guilds ffeofniM fha value of contests and .specially picked groups to the producer and to the industry. They stimulate pre-proauction interest in a forthcoming film and offefr unusual public relations benefits. A critical sifting of contestants for the waiting job assures them that those finally picked will be useable, fresh talent with a considerable amount oft potential ability. Intense training given to such a group, and the cumulative publicity, make it reasonably certain that the girls will not have to join the ranks of job seekers after their initial picture assignment. Thus, contracts between guilds and producers include provisions for taking them into the unions. The winners are coming to a job, plus the fact that, in all probability, there will be a more or loss continuing market for their services. * * • Girls who have the good fortune to be included in the list of- successful finalists,, will get special grooming and a solid grounding in stagecraft. They have a better - than - average chance of becoming useful, working members of Hollywood's film community. * • * Many of today's top stars first came to public attention through their association with such outstanding, prize talent assemblies as the Goldwyn Girls. Just as Ziegfeld Girls held a high success rating, the attention given to developing .every talent-facet of the girls in -these pre-assigned showcasings eventually directs industry attention to the individual girls. Each little lady becomes a recognized "name-product" with certain established values. ,.. , .> , A At a later date, in arranging an interview with -producer, • or director, for an open role, a casting 'director can speak volumes by simply introducing a candidate as "a former So-and-so Girl.." This, in tffecU takes her beyond basic requirements. It says: this aspirant for the role came to Hollywood as the result of being chosen from a vast field of beauty, poise and promising talent. A choice made by acknowledged experts. She's been schooled in stagecraft and gfoom- ed through the early stages of theatrical experience. She now has that essential known as "stage presence" gained only from constantly appearing and working before cameras and audiences in show-business. Sha h*s been measured by an accepted, standard, yardstick. She has scored bette?4han-passing grades In the essentials. Here is quality "clay" that you Can mold easily with your creative skills. * * » The brief introduction as a "So-and-so Girl" implies all the above story. More, it parallels a soap company chemist's report: "This product has all the desired ingredients. It is above standard quality. You can package expensively in full confidence or retain as a standard, stock lino. YOUR manner of presentation to the public will determine its value to YOU!" That's as close a comparison as we can make—BUT—believe me, kiddies, you'd have more fun making a grand entrance at Giro's with a future "Pajama Girl" on your manly arm than you could by lugging in a whole case of the world's finest soap UNDER the same wing! Swea Student Is I.S.C. Graduate Sw»a City — Clair Uhr, senior student at Iowa State College, Ames, was one of 375 students named on the list of outstanding undergraduate students at the end of the fall guarter. A grado point of at least 3.5, or B plus, is required for this honor, and about one student in 25 attains that average, among the more than 8600 undergraduates at the college. Clair is the son of Mr and Mrs Selmer Uhr of Swea City and enrolled at Iowa Stale College following completion of a tour of duty with the military forces. He previously studied at Iowa State following graduation from the Swea City high school. He is married and has one daughter. SPLIT A big trailer was split in two in an unusual collision on 4- bridge near Cascade recently. The trailer was pushed partiallj off the bridge, and broke in the middle. FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES FEB. 25, 1937 « * » An Algona man, Charles Han son, was host to "Dracula's Daughter" one night last week and didn't know it. Mr Hanson found and picked up a strange looking metal box in the street near his home. He took it with him for safe-keeping in his house and the next morning discovered the box, contained eight reels of movie film. The film had been lost" off a truck which was headed north after the movie had been shown here. Mr Hanson turned the film over to the company that owned it, and heaved a sigh of relief, thinking that he undoubtedly slept more soundly that night because he didn't know the name of the film. i . * * * Snowfall measuring 3V? inches descended on this area during the week, causing traffic tie-ups Sunday, but the digging out pro- pess was fairly well completed soon after due to warm temperatures and hot snow shovels. It hit 40 degrees twice during the period, while the low mark was a -2. Forecast for the coming week was for mild temperatures and fair weather, » * * The rebellion against th« two percent state sales tax was still on in this area. Center of thq resistance movement was Swea City, where 250 businessmen from 30 towns went on record against the tax with a resolution. The men were in attendance at » meeting Tuesday night when the resolution was drawn up, The meeting ended with a re-. cheer during 'Hhey not, after April J, 1837, POntinwe to collect the state gales tax." The Stand, of thq businessmen seemed to be BJJW- ally sound, as all declared they losing customers to the,' .cam 1 !', state of Siinnesota which had no KMk's tax. Tin.' nw-'n aimed much MORE JOBS BOOST IOWA PAYROLLS Regular employment for nearly 23,000 lowans is provided by the brewing industry. These clerks, truck drivers, mechanics, wholesalers, retailers and warehousemen, 4niw their livelihood from this great industry. The steady payrolls of these workers reach into every section of the,state and into every segment of Iowa's economy. This is truly a sizeable factor in Iowa's ever growing prosperity^ Iowa receives additional contributions from the brewing industry. More than $62,500,000 is invested in Iowa by the Industry. The industry's annual payroll totals over | $30,000,000, Millions of additional dollar* are spent annually for insurance, transportation, taxes and farm products* All 'i. ' • ' ' • Iowa benefits from this spending, , . , he I pin ft a build Iowa United States 8rewe«f Piwtatlfla * W WWJftWWW liberty Hdpi'-Des Moinej

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