The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 4, 1957 · Page 22
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 22

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 4, 1957
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ft~Alo«ft« (I*.) Upjm DM Metn*" Thur$day, April 4, 1957 HOME RULE FOR SCHOOLS In both fb« Mot* bgiilature and the halls! »f C«fl0rei», legislation it being dltcusted and proposed with regard to the direction, control! end financing of education. With ttote educotionol inttltutiont, runi with itat* tax oppropriationt, it it reasonable! and proper that a ttote legislature have some*] thing to toy about the general management and financing of universities and colleges. When we get down to the local level, however, with public grade and high schools, we 1 wonder whether state legislatures and Congress should inter the picture at all. Local schools, it seems to us, should have horn* rule. They are financed with tax money coming directly from the individual community. Tha home community con have the kind of schools It wants and is willing to pay for. True, general legislation can be expected from both state and federal sources with regard to education, but to attempt to go beyond the scope of "general legislation" Is taking away the autonomy that belongt to the people directly supporting local schools. v In Des Molnet some efforts were proposed requiring certain high school subjects to be taught.'One of them was two years of a foreign language. Were that law in effect today, Algona high school could not comply this school year. No foreign language is being taught in the local school because a foreign language teacher could not be found who would accept a local contract. In Washington there has been considerable discussion about expenditures by the federal government to help construct schools, On the surface that sounds great; everyone is inclined to feel that someone else will pay for such construction. The assumption Is false. The plain old taxpayers would foot the bill for such construction, and have no control of any kind over where the money went and how it was spept, and it is ou/ guess that a lot less for the dollar would be obtained, if previous experience with federal construction programs can be used as a yardstick. "If individual communities want to finance new schooj,construction they will vote accordingly, and elect school boards to run the program. If they» don't like what' they are getting, they can always changed school boards. But at least the home folks will have something to scry about what they spend and how. : There is another danger in too much state or federal legislation governing education. The minute that politicians of either party, in Des Molnes or Washington, start passing more laws governing and controlling education watch out. Our school system down through the years has been one of comparative freedom of thought. When public education becomes governed by by state and national laws and appropriation-/ down to the local level, the freedom of the schools is likely to cease existing. That would indeed be a calamity. * * * 5Q THEY PID Granite Falls (Minn.) Tribune — The Minnesota newspapers of last week reported the loss of three more firms, employing approximately COO people, about the first of the year. , "Pne firm had literally bent over backwards in an attempt to stay in Minnesota, but found to dp so would practically put it out of business. Reason for this was a state income tax so high there was no money left to plow back into the business, a parsonal property tax so high it prevented the firm from carrying an adequate stock of raw materials, a real estate tax sp high it forced rentals tp an unreasonable peak and, in addition, a dl9torial policy on the part of the labor unions who take the position "if you don't want to meet our terms, why don't you move." The owners decided to do just that. •» ' * * If owe iegUlatwr* gives us another withholding tax on the state level, the amount withheld may soon amount to more than the amount paid. Upper PCS Entered «s second claM jnatter »t the 9t Mgona, Ipwa. under Act 9! Qongrsw of March 8. 1879. • - ' Issued Thursdays in 1857 By THE UPPER PBS MOINES PUBLISHING CO. '* R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor jg. S. 8RIANDJSB, Advertising Manager 57 NATIONAL CpirollAt ' p*r year— -$ -" — *»* IflP KQS6UTH to Itttt VERTISING RATES [THE SALVATION ARMY Generally speaking, the public is snowed hinder with fund drives for this and that. Until la few years ago, there were three or four basic Idrives for contributions for various organizations. Toddy we have so many that hardly a Iweek goes by without a drive for funds for this for that. But there is one drive for funds each year that is done without any great amount of fanfare, any great amount of propaganda, any large administrative expense, and where the money donated finds a larger percentage of the dollar doing actual good than with any other organization. We refer to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army pays no high salaries, keeps its administrative expense to a minimum, and asks no local individuals for large contributions of time to promote the drive or large donations for that matter. Most of the money donated to the Salvation Army gets right down to the level of .destitution when It is spent. Where other so-called philanthropic organizations are ready to quit, the Salvation Army just begins. We see comparatively little of what the Salvation Army does in our own area; but in larger centers of population, the work of the Salvation Army is better known. If you feel that you can stand one more donation, you can be certain that your money will be properly used if you care to send a contribution to Harold Gilmore, Iowa State Bank, Algona, who is acting as treasurer for the county drive for the Salvation Army. * * * FARM PROGRAM BANKRUPT Iowa Falls Citizen — The nation's so-called "farm program" is bankrupt. Look, for instance, at these facts: Two years ago, with a roll of trumpets, the "soil bank" was heralded as the long-awaited answer to the farm-price problem. But it got out late because, so we were told, there was "too much politics involved." In any case, it got out late. t Eventually some 750 farmers in Hardin County signed up, a good many of them only to take advantage of the "crop insurance" features of the program. But this year the soil bank program was out in plenty of time. The sign-up dates were announced eafly and farmers advised of its provisions. So what happened? Exactly 283 Hardin county farmers had signed up by the deadline — or less than 13 percent of the county's total! And Hardin county had one of the better sign-ups in this immediate area ! What kind of an "adjustment" program can we have when less than 15 percent of the farmers will participate? Of course some farmers may still plant within their allotments and thus qualify for corn loans. But it is a pretty safe bet that not more than 30 percent of our farmers will be in both programs together. Of course the charge will be made that farmers could participate if they want to — or could have voted in favor of the soil bank idea last December! The facts are that they gave a vote of "No Confidence" to Ezra Benson in the December referendum. They wejen't ready to let him set support levels wherever he chose. The lack of confidence in the secretary oi agriculture could be cured quite readily. But there is just one person who can do that. In any case, it can be taken for granted that, for whatever reason may be involved, our farm program has virtually broken down when only 13 percent sign up in much heralded soil bank and only a few more will stay within their allotments in all probability. On top of what we are faced -with this situation: The federal government will make an outlay for agricultural programs of one kind or another this year of MORE than 5 billion dollars. That is not only an all-time high, it is two or three times HIGHER than the average cost of farm programs for the last 20 years or so. . in spite of these tremendous outlays, farm income is still sharply down and agricultural prices are pointed to as "the one soft spot" in our economy- What's the answer? As a matter of fact net form income this year will probably be in the neighborhood of 11 billion dollars. Federal expenditures on behalf of agriculture will be nearly half that amount. Yet an agricultural depression is on the land. Four and a half years qgo Mr Benson's chant was that "we have inherited a mess." Nobody, at least not this newspaper, disputes that what he inherited was a "toughie" — although j it was no worse than he made it put to be. But the fapts in the case are that, with a few rather minor exceptions, the situation has grown not better and in many major respects it has continually worsened. Many of the surpluses are far greater than they were four years ago. Many farmers, due to increased cogtg and lower prices, are far wprge off than they were four yeavs ago. Granted there are some "politics" involved at the present time. There is a Democratic Congress. But one of the reasons there is, a Pem.pcra- tic congress is because of a revolt against the policies of E«ra Benson. The only problem is, from the standpoint of the farmers, that the revolt wjts not quite sufficient to bring about a complete change o? administration. Put tjig Administration should recognize the faptp of lifje T- that the "politics" being played with the fajm. program js nothing but a reactien o{ last f^U's farm vote -~ and that it should come^up with some new, more acceptable, practical and we-j-kpble farm programs. And the first Step is to ££t & secretary of agriculture who h<*s the confidence of the farm people. ICTLY, BUSINESS "Leaving work an hour early it getting to be a habit with. Grommet—you did it on March. 18, 1947»/ and again on July 10* 19511" IKE SHOCKS NEWSMEN — Never, in the five years this writer has been covering the Eisenhower news conferences,' has he seen the President explode his temper as at the March 27 session. It happened when a Chicago reporter asked if the President could possibly start cutting the budget by eliminating two hell 5 copters ordered recently for the White House. The President snapped erect like a five-star general. His shouts could have been heard on the other' side of the State Department building and not the ponference room .doors been closed. : '. Mr Eisenhower refused to answer the question and, his chin quivering, he wheeled around and shouted to the reporter, "That's all!" : THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH — Perhaps some reporters havf been unfair in exaggerating Ikei recent illnesses. However, the above incident served tp bring about widespread speculation that the President may be troubled more in ,a physical and emotional way than the general public has been led to believe. | Mr Eisenhower has always been frank about his health. Lapt week's news conference was njo exception. He admitted he wasn't feeling so good. (To this reporter, he lacked the bounce et the Eisenhower of two and three years ago). : WILL E I S E N H O W E R SIGN? — Two other significant events occurred at the presidential news conference which gaye reporters food for speculation. The President started out the meeting by paying emotioriaJ post-humous respect to President Magsaysay of the Phillipines who was killed in a plane crash while Ike was out of the country. Mr Eisenhower followed this immediately with the statement that he wants to make sure President Nixon will be able to take over without a hitch should a "disability" strike the President. • This came a few days after the British press published a report that Mr Eisenhower would resign in the near future. I 'INSIDE' BRIEFS — Labor: Secretary of Labor .Mitchell tells, intimates he wjll not seek to modify the Taft :Hartley law jn favor of labor, as he had earlier promised, in view of the "odious" labor racket hearings. Postal service: The post office department, alarmed by wholesale quitting by mail clerks (their average weekly fate: $70), will soon announce tp the public it must raise salaries and .-— if Cgjj- gress fails to increase the postai rate m cut service drastically, Missiles: Atomic warhead missiles will be made available to France (as well as England) '&> late 1958. But ttyere is qne definite stipulation: U, S. so Idler t — n.Qt French — will m»n 9 W guard the missiles at all times. WHAT'S FREE? — If you> planning a Washington visit yqu max. get free fact sheet, "Seeing the Nation's Capital," frqm Washington Board of Trade, K St. NW, Washington, D. MISCELLANY -~ Sen. AJar Bible of Nevada is earnestly try ing to get an appropriation fpi a five-year experiment to try to make rain in drought-strickj?r areas. Secretary of Treasury Gegfgc Humphrey doesn't like to jiajk about it bjl he has been gctilnf a flood of budget mail, just JJfci the congressmen ... 99 per cf n* qf the writers are against ifir high spending. The Mediterranean and Seas are connected by tho Canal, whivh was completejin 1869. It is about 100 miles' in length. Congressman Goad's Comments 6th District Congressman From Iowa Reports On Washington Activities REPORT TO THE DISTRICT There has not been a letter received in this office which has even suggested that the budget not be cut. According to a survey, of opinion which 1 notice was recently taken among our Iowa >eople 26% feel that the high budget and cut in taxes are the riost important items for consideration at the present time. * * * This week I offered an amendment on the House floor which would strike out an item of $2Va million dollars from the budget. This item is for the program ot importing Mexican workers into this country to do farm work. 1 could think of no easier way to save the American taxpayer an average of $1.50 for each man, woman and child than in this manner. We have farm workers now without jobs in the United States and many of our farm workers and farmers are going into our towns and cities competing for what jobs are available. We do not need Mexican workers to make the competition all the stiffer. Ii seemed to me that this amendment was in the best interest oi both our taxpayers and our farm labor group. * » * The government has been selling thousands and thousands oi bushels of corn on the market during the past few weeks. This has forced the price of corn down nearly 20c per bushel since the) heavy movement started and 1 have offered a resolution to study whether or not the Commodity Credit Corporation is operating contrary to the law in this regard. The law specifically states that if this kind of selling forces the prices down then the CCC shall repurchase an equal amount of the given commodity so as not to lower trie market price. The escape clause under which the CCC sells all this grain is that it is in danger of going out of condition. If you stretch your imagination far enough they could sell all of it for it is all in danger of going out of condition sooner or later. * * * However, when the CCC has gold all this grain they have forgotten to carry out the further provision of the law in repurchasing an eq^al amount, The government pan completely break the grain market if this activity continues and jt will make for cheap feed prices which will in turn make for an overproduction of. livestock with the possibility of another tremendous slump in livestock prices which we experienced in late 1955. In fact, the way things are shaping up it appears to be in the making already. We are going to have to act fast if we are to stop this trend in time. Hence, this is the reason for the offering • of this resolution at this time. March 23, 1957 Your Congressman, Merwin Goad FROM THE FILES Of THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES APRIL 8, 193? * « * Fire of unknown origin was discovered in the Matt Zeimet home a mile west of St. Joe Monday noon. A daughter, Elizabeth Zeimet, discovered the bla/e upstairs in the house. A hole about four feet square had been burned in the floor of one room, but the arrival of help and three fire extinguishers put a halt to the blaze. Smoke damage Was abundant, although actual damage by the fire was slight. » • » The new council for ihe city of Algona was eworn in Monday noon by Mayor C. F. Specht. Councilmen Bill Hawcott, H. M. Harris and AhvSn Huenhold began their first terms. G. W. Stillman was appointed to the park commission and aft city employees were reappointed. * * * Thomas Klrby, son of Mr and Mrs P. J. Klrby of Algona, won the county spelling championship Monday in the courthouse. Thomas, an eighth grade student at St. Cecelia Academy, was to represent Kossuth in the sta,te meet in pes Moines April 24. Vivian Stott of Titohka was second and Ruth Kollasch of Whittqmore nailed down third place in the county event. A total of 47 students competed for the county title. * » » Music students from the Titonka and Fenton areas took a beating Friday — and we mean literally. One of the seven cars transporting students from Titonka had an accident on the way to Nevada, site of the sectional music contest, and Mareta Huber and Mrs Ed Zwiefel were injured. The Huber girl suffered a fractured collarbone. A car driven by Hans Baago was involved in a head-on crash on the way home from Nevada. Mi Baago suffered a head gash and injured nose, while his daughter, Leona, suffered a fractured knee. Mr Baago and his daughter and the other three passengers in the auto, all from the Fenton ai'ea, were taken to a Clarion hospital. Icy roads were blamed for both accidents. * * * Dr. F. C. Scanlan was named president of the Rotary club at Monday's election. J. F. Overmeyer was named vice president, E. Ji Gilmore, treasurer,, and R. H. Miller and G. S .Buchanan, directors. A new member of the club was Bill Dau, who was named president of the organization this year (1957). » * * Stanley Gracjowski of Armstrong received two smashed fingers when an auto jack he was using slipped down on his hand while he was raising a car. * * * A Fenicn farmer; Andrew Thompson, who lived east and north of that town, lost four valuable horses during the week. The animals died of corn stalk poisoning. Henry Berghofer, also from the Fenton vicinity, suffered a painful accident Sunday morning. An endgate from a 60TH Mr and Mrs Joe E. Shogren recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary jit' their home in Stanton where they were married 60 years ago. Witli the exception of three years, they have spent all oi' their mavried life in their present liunic. truck dropped oft Mi foot ahcl several toes were smashed. He was taken to the doctor for treatment. * * • Sparks were Hying ai Irving ton. The directors pf the Irvington Power Co. met in special ses sion Monday evening for a dis cussion of just what to do to supply additional power thai would be needed in the near future by the Algona Rendering Co. The rendering plant waf installing new equipment which required more juice and way. 1 and means of supplying it proved to be a problem. Behind The Movie Sets WITH Hollywood, Calif,—While filming "The Spirit of St. Louis". Warner Bros, studio Research Department discovered that "historic quotes" are not necessarily words spoken by the person "quoted." No two sources could agree ,on Lindy's exact "firsi words" after landing at Le Hour- get Field, France! * • « We often wonder how many of the Illustrious gents who rate marble busts in various and sundry "Halls of Fame" are credited with a line or two of dialogue that actually was "ghost-written!'! Men of action are seldom noted for lengthy orations. It is highly possible that a few of the boys whose fedoras have been replaced by marble laurel-wreaths may have had a timely 'assist in the "Undying Words" department. * * • Through the ages, members oi the reporting fraternity haven't changed to any startling degree. Whether an early-day scribe- furiously raked , a flea-bitten dromedary with roweled spurs to get his story under the wire for the late papyrus editions — or a later-day cousin conried an ambulance jockey into passing his newspaper office on the way in, there is no record of either lact being averse to nudging history a bit. Especially, when historic action left his hero tongue-tied on the brink of fame. * * * What heroic figure ever remembered his own exact words, uttered while turning the tide of battle, or while teaching a sextette of screaming savages how to do back-flips off a stockade wall with the butt end of a Continental flintlock? Yet, History students .expect "undying words" from a guy like Horatio, who is fairly well occupied trying to clobber a whole army off a bridge in a one-man delaying action. If the boy added a monologue to his act, it would probably consist of: "Any (unprintable unprintables) who try to put one (unprintable) foot on till* (unprintable) bridge will ge: their (unprintable) hair neatly parted — clear down to their (unprintable) Adam's apples!" * * » Now any legman who knows the difference between newsprint and facial tissue realizes he can't do justice to this kid's heroism with a statement composed oi; unprintable words. In fact, if he turned it in, he'd be rewarded with enough more unprintable words to eoffter the mftffcet on 'em. So, any good beat-man covering this particular bf idfe« opening, would simply note thai Horatio firmly planted his num* ber twelves across the brldge- nead and, raising his eyes to the heavens of his assorted gods, defiantly vowed, "They shall not pass!" Sizing up the situation, a livewire would give you odds that any rebuttal would have to be made through a medium at a spirit seance — or await an early reincarnation. So, the scribe credits Horatio with a hero's curtain-speech suitable to his noble deed, and lams off to beat an Impending deadline. * *• • And, what has all this to do with Lindy and the filming of '"The Spirit of St. Louis?" — Well, Warner Bros, researchers found that Charles A. Lindberg did not announce his namsK wh«n ha landed on that French field. Nor did he ask for a glass of milk— or a cigarette — as variously reported! — Or ask, "Is this Paris?" According to his bookj "The Spirit of St. Louis," his first words were: "Are there any mechanics here?" and "Does anyone here speak English?" » • • Producer Leland Hayward and director Billy Wilder were in a spot! If they used ANY reported "first-words** they'd make liars out of an army pf reporters and question all other first-hand accounts. Billy Wilder, once a Vienna and Berlin newspaperman and Leland Hayward, one-time, United Artists publicist read the research findings and hastily called a story conference. When they emerged ALL, "first-words" had been eliminated from the landing sequence. Arrival of "The Spirit of St. Louis" in France was filmed jus$ outside Paris. As the little plane taxied to a stop, thousands o| French extras surrounded it on all sides. And, before he could say a word, Jimmy Stewart, playing the part of Lindy, was lifted from his cockpit and carried across the field in a triumphant procession. To quote Mr Wilder: "And that is where our story ends — at the supreme, and wordless moment, in one of modern history's most dramatic adventures." * « * As we said before ,ihe reporting fraternity hasn't changed too much through the ages. And, there are no "ex-newspapermen." .That's ^merely a term applied to newspapermen not currently practicing their profession! - UDM Classifieds Pay Dividend! NOW! A full-powered EAR-LEVfl HEARING AID NEW 4-lraniiilor ^P^^ ^ 'Diplomat* Only $125.001 WORN tNTIRUY DEMONSTRATION & PERSONAL SHOWING ALGONA HOTEL TUES., APRIL 9 9 A.M. to 12 Noon Batteries and service for most makes — You are invited to cpme in. IOWA AUDIPHONE CO. 611 Fleming Bldg. . 6th & Walnut Sis., D.M. 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