The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 11, 1957 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 11, 1957
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tWyfttfttt (fej ifpptf Btt M&tftw Thursday, April 11, 1957 SUMMERFIELD'S POSTOFFICE Thingi are getting so that we don't know frofn one Saturday to the next whether or not the Postoffice Department will be functioning. Postmaster General Sumtnerfield was all tet to close everything last Saturday, but Congress came up with 17 million more dollars on Friday and the former auto dealer now postmaster-general decided his operation could continue for one more week. But he also served notice that he would need 47 million more to operate until the end of June without curtail' ment of postal service. Congress had this under advisement, but for all we know by the end of this week postal service may be on a five-day week. Congress last year gave Summerfietd more than the two billion, one hundred eighteen million that he asked for. We are spelling 1 this out because we doubt if our Linotype machine has enough zeros to set the total in figures. It has been said that Summerfield deliberately spent fourth quarter funds in the second and third quarters, which now result in his being short of funds. * Probably Summerfield has some legitimate complaints. We know it takes a lot of money to run the postal system, with all the extra services we seem to expect from it. We have often wondered, though, why the postoffice department had to be In the banking business, for example, with its postal savings expenses. Postal savings were established long before other arms of the government began to guarantee all bank deposits and federal building and loan institutions under F.D.I.C. Handling of money orders is another service, but not a profitable one. The government sells stamped envelopes for less by far than what the envelope actually cost. It's a service, to be sure, but an expensive one. Mail order catalog houses are subsidized to some extent by postage rates lower than they should be for the service rendered; third class mail is handled at a loss. One of the 1952 pledges in the platform of the party which put Mr Summerfield in office was that the postal service could and would be operated at a profit Instead of a deficit; it doesn't seem to be working out. We're probably .qll .at fault. If wve, expect the postoffice department to not only handle the, regular mail but run a banking department, money order business, subsidize the catalog houses, and sell envelopes at a loss, we can hardly expect it to break even in operating expenses, , ' ',-•••'••>>'.+ ' .*' • * '. fOltt '••!. GOOD OLD KILROY Kilroy the Immortal. Not a member of the armed forces from World War II or Korea has forgotten about Kilroy. But until last week he had been missing from the news for some time. Then they raised the tugboat Edgar Bonnat which had gone to the bottom of the Suez Canal dur|ng the recent fracas over there. Painted on the bridge of the tugboat was the inscription "Kilroy Was Here." As nearly as anyone can figure out, if Kilroy was there he had to get inlo a diver's suit and go to the bottom of the canal to paint his famous signature. But there it was — Kilroy,had been there I It is good to know that Kilroy is still getting around. Somehow the sad state of world affairs doesn't seem quite as hopeless, knowing that Kilroy Is still making the rounds, checking into 'things, and leaving his mark when he finds the right place for it. * * * It has now come to light that in conjunction with the murder of that American woman (and four men M well) in Iran, the trip was unauthorized so far as she was concerned. And the resignation of the Iranian premier, as a result, lost the U, S, one of its best friends in the Middle East. * * * Pity out President! No matter what speed he travels, there are deriding headlines . . . First it was that slow boat to Bermuda, and then that fast auto to Gettysburg. III Upper Pr Str9et.^-Ph. CY 4-3535-~AJgon». Iowa Bntered as second daw nutter »t the postoUlce at Algona, Iowa, under Act of Congress ol March 9, W9. _ i«sued [Thursdays in 1957 By UPPER DEB MOINE3 PUBLISHING CO, R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor £. S, BBLANDEE, Advertising Manager NATIONAL EDITORIAL flW f *"3S1P"***W| I <^^ P** ***7 HEPREeENTATIVB ! *, ¥ rf ^wk 1 tV^' V. W ' WJ» Chicago J, Jli BATKfl IH KQSStfTH CO, 13.00 p GOWTT BWSWBR ^ r-^r-".-^ t*,' l! flD J V *' '' lEH^.Ti, PASSING THE BUCK There has been a lot of buck passing going on in Washington as to who should bear the blame for loss of farm income. Each side blames the other. There is one thing, however, that should be made clear, as Congressman Merwin Coad did in a speech in the House of Representatives last March 7. He pointed out that while parity at that moment stood at 62.9 in Iowa, it did not have to be that way. It requires no new legislation for the Secretary of Agriculture to support commercial corn at any figures he may choose for those planting within their allotted acres. Coad asked the Secretary to declare a support price of $1.60 for corn planted within allotted acres. Secretary Benson rejected the proposal. Congressman Coad's major point was that if our farmers have to plant such a small acreage then they ought to have a decent price for what they do raise. The Secretary of Agriculture did not see it that way. * * * LEGISLATIVE PAY RAISE ? A bill has been filed in Des Moines to allow legislators to be paid $30 per day for each regular and extra session, plus increased mileage. If the bill should pass, it will probably have some good and some bad results. On the bright side, it will probably result in more and better candidates for the state legislature. On the dark side, it will of course increase total state expenses and have a tendency to lengthen out the sessions of the legislature so long as the pay goes on. Heaven forbid I * * * CONFIDENCE IS LACKING Charilon Leader — The latest popularity poll by the Wallaces Farmer Homestead shows Secretary of Agriculture Benson and President Eisenhower have failed to make believers of Iowa farmers. * Startling as it may seem since Mr Benson is still the secretary of agriculture, only ten per cent of the men readers of the Homestead said he was doing even a "good" job. On top of that, 60 per cent said he was doing a "poor" job and 27 per cent rated his efforts as only "fair." It is hard to believe that the secretary, in view of the almost universal "poor" appraisals by farmers, should be permitted to administrate' farm programs. . That might be considered a.partisan view of Benson except that less than 20 per cent, of the Republican farmers say Benson is doing even a "good" job. In all, it looks like Mr Benson's Hooper rating has slipped below that of John's Other Wife. " ' if*<*«$ The president, whose policies have been changing more and more to the dissatisfaction of the GOP, got votes of 56 per cent of the farmers ' in the poll. Yet only 7 percent said they voted for hinj because they believed he could raise farm income! Ike got the farm vote largely because farmers hoped he would keep world peace. Ap- pare"ritly there isn't much confidence in Ike and Ezra when it conies to preserving the "peace" of farmers. * * * POLITICIANS AND BUDGETS Grinnell Herald-Register — Now we have it. President Eisenhower delivered his budget message to Congress. It is bigger in askings than some people wanted it to be. And, not big enough in some places to satisfy some of the military brass, particularly the air branch of the army. It was big enough, though, to be branded by the press and other news media as the biggest peace-time budget in the history of our country. As stated here last week, government is getting bigger, and the prospects of getting tax deductions, and the possibility of paying something on the huge national debt, are getting slimmer and slimmer. Citizens and groups of citizens want more and more from their government all the time, and since the demand for more and more is so prevalent it pleases the politicians to be able to grant their wishes. That's why big spending and big budgets are so easily enacted. The politicians, in the main, are out to please their constituents, and when the former can connive together with eager citizens to get the federal government to carry the ball, they are usually right in their glory and how. * * * DOLLJVER'S APPOINTMENT Emmeieburg Democrat—We have no personal grievance against Jim Dolliver. The practice of handling appointment to lame ducks has been popular with Democrats as well as Republicans, but this kind of business makes us and probably other taxpayers gag a little. When we look around and count up how many local business men and farmers it will take, shelling out hard-to-cough-up income taxes, to keep Jim living in the manner to which he has become accustomed, well, it's just as well not to say it. * * * BOONDOGGLING? Deowah Journal •» They pay it isn't politics. Bosh! Those Iowa Republican legislators bent on reducing, our Democratic governor's take-home pay must have a new concept of the meaning of that word. Jn one session they give a Republican governor a $4,000 expense allowance to help offset the inadequate salary provided an Iowa governor, and in the very next ses«ipji they try to find a way to take jt away from the Democratic governor. It is true they propose to add it on to his annual salary, but the ultimate effect of that will be a reduction of the governor's earnings because o£ deductions. "They don't pay much attention to the clock wnce w« put the bow's picture up there!" fy r# KOTERBA— - RECESSION? — Congressmen are receiving mail which worries them even more than the complaints about the high budget." The letters tell of a~ severe slump in trading activity — .especially among the smaller merchants. A 1,000-mile trip by this writer through Western Pennsylvania last week confirmed this. However, most merchants said business is steadily picking up as the Easter season approaches. —o—• GASOLINE WARS — As predicted by this column two months ago, gasoline prices are being cut. A personal observation in the East showed high test gas selling for 26,9 cents a gallon in six different communities. IKE EASING TEMPER? — At last week's press conference, the President still showed signs of temper when he retorted sharp- that talk pf his resigning ,was .he 1 Worst Tot 1 .have; heard.''' """HlMever, there was a marked softening-up in his attitude in contrast to the week before when he blew up at the question about White House helicopters. When William McGaftin, the reporter who was cut short by ihe President the previous week, asked Eisenhower another budget question, the patiently tapped while listening to the drawn out question. But his voice was calm and subdued when he replied — and he gave a thorough answer. until 1940!!! fETflRSW THEEDITOR President inj- his right foot THAT SPEEDING INCIDENT — No one was more relieved at Mr Eisenhower's pledge to stop speeding than the newsmen who accompany him. Two reporters, both of whom have families, earlier told then- superiors they would reluse to "risk" their lives on the fast trips. However, their editors brushed them aside with this order: "Carry out your assignments. You must consider yourself ex- pendible — 'just as in combat service." PREDICTIONS -~ Defense Secretary Charlie Wilson tcx ru- sigu on or about July 15. Dave Beck will not seek re election as Teamster president this fall as he boldly predicted he would ... . „< , 1 The Federal Trade Commission will force out of business a large number of thei 400 compantej selling trading ; stamps by clairar ing the firms .-violate merchandising laws .... The federal school-aid bill will be defeated — largely by the vote of southern congressmen who say they wouldn't get any of tn"e aid anyway because the south refuses to integrate Negroes . . . Lower down payments for FHA-financed houses will be made available this summer. The Agriculture Department will step up soil bank payments next year, even though it's against Ezra Benson's philosophy The Federal Communications Commission will allow pay-as- you-go TV in some' cities — but oa'y on a trial basis. LIKE EDITORIALS i Editor, Upper Des Moines: t I like your editorials and have for a long time. I have been thinking how unfair the Farm Program is and to my way oi thinking it is playing into the hands of the big wigs. There should be a limit of the total paid in the Soil Bank plan, not over 3 to 5 thousand per owner, ijegardless of the size of the farm. Take the little farmer with 240 acres on crop-share lease, tenant in livestock, corn base 50.7, the Jtahdlord gets half the. grain. How can the tenant get along? Take a look' at the enclosed circular ... . R. B. Berninghaus West Bend, Iowa Mr Berninghaus' circular tells of 11 big concerns who average $40,000 each for participating in the Soil Bank with their large acreages. The largest, a corporation farming enterprise in Kansas, received $61,354-50 from ths Soil Bank. FROM THE riLES, OF THE ALGONA UPPER Bfi8 MOIME9 APRIL IS, 193? Siamese pig* wet* born on lh« Al Peterson farm, which was tenanted by Cliff Hoover, Monday. The pigs were joined from the breast to the navel cord. Both died. Being quite an oddity, many persons visited the Fox- Winkel veterinary establishment in Algona to see the pigs. * * • The housing situation ai Swea City was acute, with no less than five families looking for houses and none available. gTwo new home were being built and possibility of three more appeared likely. • * * Several business improvements were announced here. The Mid- Continent Oil Co. was set to erect a new $10,000 gas station, Dick Rising was going to construct a new grain elevator south of his former cite, and work on a 20*room addition to the Algona Hotel was slated to get underway just as soon^ss the contractor finished a job in Waterloo. • * * Two West Bend school teachers, Irene SchmidthUber and C1 o y c e Hasbrooke, found a pocketbook which contained a considerable amount of money lying on a sidewalk in downtown Algona. The'teachers were commended when they turned it in at the Upper Des Moines office. The UDM was waiting for the owner to identify the pocketbook and offer a close estimate as to the amount of money it hel'd. * • • George Evans, Jr. and Bob Barracks of Corwith signed contracts to play baseball duving the summer with the Southern Missouri Baseball League on the Monnett, Mo. team, a farm of- the St. Louis Cardinals. Evans was a fine pitcher and Barracks an outstanding catcher on the Corwith high school team the year before. • * • Miss Jennings, high school principal at Wesley, was just going to have to improve her baseball skill. The principal; fractured the ring finger on her left hand Saturday afternoon .while playing catch with one of the youngsters. Lone Rock's chapter of the Kossuth County Conservation League decided to hold a crow hunt.i- The hunt, with Art Priebe and Alton Pettit team captains, was to run uritU June 15, with the losers to entertain the winners. It was proposed to rent 80 acres of ground for a private game area. We'll bet they weeded out a lot of crows in two months. * * •» Algeria's newly formed Junior Chamber of Commerce chapter received its charter Wednesday evening during ceremonies at the Maaofdc Temple. The local gfoup became the 26th such organization in the state. • * i thd Aiftmi eaekirtf «*acl opened Wednesday afternoon i*j the high school auditorium and wa* a real success with a totel of 588 women present* It #*s the first of three afterfcdoft tei- sions on cooking and tfl evening style show. ScaS* of free prizes were awarded during a hage dfawing Wednesday. thirty more new autei wet* sold in Kossuth county during the past week, running the total to 301 for 1937. The 30 sold dur-r ing the week ran the total for 14 days in April to 50. talk about a propousd new sewage plant for the city of Algona continued, but most of the sentiment seemed to be nega* tive. Among reasons given—No need.iseerned to be the most common and also the farthest from the truth. About 18 years later the city got one. Behind The Movie Sets WITH Hollywood, Calif. — "A rose by any other name —" O.K.I All right! We'll grant that a name like the "Lirnburger Beuton- nlere" wouldn't keep it from smelling like a rosel But, we'll give you odds that it would keep a lot of folks from finding out that a rose so named had a pleasant odor I If YOU happened to be shopping around for a floral peace offering, would you take aboard a dozen long-stemmed posies with a name that brought up memories of the west wing oi an East Side delicatessen? That old bromide may make sense to the fertilizer jockey ^n a Jiot- house but, let's face a few facts of life. A rose that was advertised "by any other name" as suggestive of stockyard fragrance wouldn't start any buying stampede in the rose market; » • ' • Which brings us, in a roundabout way, ,to the subject of motion picture titles. It has been proved that the-same film, released in widely separated''tern- tories under TWO different film names, will be a hot hit with one title and a flat flop with another. Producer Jack Rose and director Mel Shaveison recently conducted a postcard poll among exhibitors and newspapermen to determine whether whether ito csll their i\ew B.ob, Hope - Ver$ Miles picture "Beaij James" or "Love Me In December.' 1 » ." • • "Beau James" was the original title of Gene Fowler's book about New York's colorful and controversial mayor during t h 9 Roaring Twenties, the late Jimmy Walker. Paramount's Bob Hope.starrer is the screen version of Fowler's best-seller. Producer Rose and director Shaveison matted 2,000 f»«tcatd "votes" with rtqaeits for comment, that's fikt inviting the Politico who originated the mi- blister to say "a few wofflst" The boys are now digging out from under an avalaucne of Opinion Hash. As tor the votes, with about 70% of tue cards in, and tallied, "Beau James" is romping down the stretch with a 4 to l lead! t , , Most newspapermen favo»d fowler's "Beau James." Some theatremen thought this name suggested a costume 'drama. Powdered wigs and tights make the theatre janitorial staffs happy in many areas, tolks certainly can't Utter a theatre floor with the popcorn dropped in front oi their own TV screens. We suspect that exhibitors with short marquees, and shorter alphabets of marquee letters, noted the length of the "Love Me In December " title, counted the "E's", added the one in Hope plus the TWO in Vera Miles ana promptly turned thumbs down. A majority oi the cards expressed interest in the film's subject. Many'referring to "fabulous Jimmy Walker." 'me remaining few probably think that Beau •James, Beau Brummell and "Beau* Peep are Mother Goose characters. And, they don't run kid matinees! This lively interest in Mayor Jimmy prompted Snaveison and Rose to append a sub-line, "Story of fabulous Jimmy Walker," to the main title. Actually, all they need to coax your'Hollywood er« rand-boy into a theatre seat is the simple announcemuent, "Bob Hope's latest picture!"— In this game, the "name" IS important! So much for that "rose by any other name" routine. It doesn't apply here. Unless, that is, they mean Jack, and he's never used an alias. Besides, he's changed shaving lotions! Dolliver Out Of 1958 Race Former Congressman James I. r Dolliver of Fort Dodge announced last week that he would not be a candidate for nomination U that office in 1958 on the Republican ticket. Dolliver had • been contesting the election of Merwin Goad, Boone Democrat, to the sixth district 'seat, and has evidently dropped that contest in view ol the announcement. He was recently appointed to a government position in Iran at a base salary of $15,000 and will be leaving for the Middle East in the near future. Congressman Coad, in the meantime, has asked an investigation of the "voluminous" sales of grain by the Commodity Credit- iCocp which he.says is "depress-" ••• jng market price." CCC has said that a large quantity of corn was in danger oi spoiling and would have to be sold on the open market. 30 YEARS Leo Smith, service chief for the telephone company at Lakota, was feted recently on thu completion of 30 years of service with the company. $1 BILLION President Eisenhower is against padding the roll of civil service workecs with additional help. He said so at his last news conference. This came up after Sen. Harry Byrd of Virginia disclosed that federal workers are now taking in wages and salaries totaling one BILLION dollars a MONTH . . . The budget proposed 40,000 new additional civil service em- ployes, but this is expected to be eliminated, aUESTION^Of THE WEEK— How much money have American taxpayers contributed to foregin aid since 1940? The answer: $130,350,033,000. That's more than the Unitecf Statt'ii iiucnt on itself from 1789 The Sweet, Smooth and Sassy '57 Chevrolet... it likes to /lex those big new muscles! CONTESTI Here's a car d^gned to put the sparkle EOTER CHEVROLET'S back into diving, . • $375,000 "LUCKY Chevrolet, you know, won the Aut$ Decathion»-*a teivway test of handling qualities. Chevy also.walked off witti the Pure Oil Performance Trophy at Daytona Beach for "best performiag U, S, automopjie," How do you Uke to drive? There!* a Chevy combination to iuit e^fry motoring moo4 from the thrifty Si$ Jto the temftc "Ctorvette V8," from tie sports car ctosfrrgtio stick shift to the fre«-flight ^ feeUof of Turbogli^e or Fowerglide? 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