The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 2, 1957 · Page 23
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 2, 1957
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WHOSE FIGURE WAST IT ? Pr«»ld6ttt 6rienh6w«r, at a r««nt prats :oriferers£e, *tateicl thai the U. S. Department of Agriculture budget is about $5 billion a year, and there are fewar then 5 billion farms. He said this means that American taxpayers are paying subsidies "averaging $1,000 a farm family." That aroused a chorus of criticism in Congress, led by Senator Thye (Rep., Minn.) and Cong. Merwm Coad (D-la.), who disproved Ike's figures immediately. "Of the Agriculture Department's $4.9 billion budget, about $2.7 billion, or more than lalf, is spent in programs only partly designed as aids to farmers" said Senator Thye. "borne of these are meat inspection programs, school lunch programs, forestry payments to schools, disaster donations, and others," Thye explained"Also included are loans for the KEA ad- ninistration and Farmers Home Administration. These loans are paid back over a period of years. They are no gift. Some of the programs more than pay for themselves, by producing income such as money from the U. S. Forestry Service sale of timber, grazing leases and sugar tax receipts. The amount that might be charged to a farm support program does not exceed $2 billion o year, and much of that Is eaten up in administrative expense and the farmer never gets it," they concluded. Now the question to us is — where did the President get the information that led him to make such a statement as the $1,000 per farm family. The answer came a few days later when both the White House AND Secretary of Agriculture Benson acknowledged that the President had been wrong in his statement. There is only sne place Ike could have obtained his "$1,000 a farm" subsidy statement. . . from Ezra Benson. * * * MORE FARM TROUBLES In its current issue, Newsweek Magazine has this to say in a column entitled "Washington Trends." "The Elsenhower Administration is about to press Congress to lower farm supports . • . Ike's adviser's want to drop the floor so as to reduce prices and cut farm surpluses. The farm bloc naturally would howl. But city congressman, mindful of their constituents' high food bills, may go along." There you have itl The farmer is being slamed for the high cost of living, and the farm support program given as the reason for theshigh cost of living. Completely-overlooked i is the fact that while farm prices have dropped, food costs have risen; what the farmer has received in actual cash has had no great bearing on what the ultimate consumer is charged. But the farmer and the farm program, and any part of it which tries to guarantee a fair return for agriculture, is being blamed for all the middle-man profits, the whipping boy for the general inflationary situation that exists today. It must be added in fairness, that there are some Republicans who oppose this viewpoint, among them Senator Thye of Minnesota and former Kansas Congressman Clifford Hope who once headed the House agricultural committee. But their voices are only faintly heard in the powerful inner circles running the country today and giving the President his viewpoints. * * * We heard quite a bit a few weeks ago about a V. M. Smith from Indiana, presumed to be in Iowa to manipulate purchases by the Iowa State Highway Commission. Mr Smith, it seems, has been called to appear before a grand jury in Indianapolis investigating Indiana highway scandals. And do you know with whom and what Mr Smith was associated in Indiana? He was head of the highway department under a Republican administration. * * * Fairmont Sentinel: Automobiles will never be safe until manufacturers succeed in turning out a model that not only can climb trees and telephone poles, but can make safe landings. JMgona Upper $)ns jflfomes 111 E. Call Street—Ph. GY 4-3535~Algona, Iowa Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1878. Issued Thursdays in 1957 By THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO, R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERLANDER, Advertising Manager MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU Of _____ CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ' Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc. 404 Fifth Ave, New Tor* W v N. *• 333 N. Michigan, Chicago 1, IU. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSS^JTH CO. One Year, In advance — 13.00 Both Algona papers, in combination, per year $5.00 Single Copies l °° SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One year, jn advance -,——- Both Algona papers in combination, one year,— No subscription less than § months ADVERTISING RATES ADVICE to DEMOCRATS Moafoe Courtly News (AlbJa) — there's no longer an excuse fot the defeatism that has harassed Iowa Democrats since the 40's. If a.Democrat can be elected governor of all Iowa counties, there isn't a single county that cannot elect a Democrat to the-general assembly — provided the candidates are capable and respected citizens and not just available office seekers. Democrats, individually, are no better or no worse than Republicans, individually. Collectively, Democrats have consistently demonstrated in the fields of legislations and government administration better vision and a greater understanding ol humanity and its dreams and needs than have Republicans. The Mews doesn't believe that while every county can elect a Democratic legislator, every county will — despite the general disaapproval of the inaction and partisan concern being demonstrated in DCS Moines now. There are Republicans who by their records and their abilities and their philosophies prove their right to be elected, and will be elected. A one-party legislature made up of Democrats Could be just as hazardous as a one-party legislature made up of Republicans. When power doesn't corrupt, it tends to encourage irresponsibility. What we need in Iowa is bi-partisan legislatures, where the balance of power between parties can be shifted with Sufficient ease to make political organizations more truly responsible to the state as a whole. * * * POSTAL MESS IS NOT COMPLICATED . . . Eagle Grove Eagle — If the postal service is to continue operating at a deficit then Congress will have to appropriate money to carry it on. (The postal service was originally set up to give service — regardless of cost.) If the service is to be self supporting then rates will have to be raised all along the line. Second and third class rates are the only ones that have experienced major rate increases recently. A 3 cent letter will still go from Key West, Florida, to Nome, Alaska, and post cards continue to cost the government 2.6 cents for each one mailed. Little Hitler Summerfield continues to jump on second and third class mailers. But if he is going to win his fight to'make the postal service self supporting he better adjust, rates all the way along the line. Including the tons of FREE mail that come out of Washington, D. C. * * * HOME TOWN BOOSTER Emmelsburg Democrat — We challenge Florida or California to produce a more beautiful scene than our own Five Island lake Monday night when a full golden moon made silver ripples across the deep blue waters (sounds like one of those Minnesota beer commercials!) We happened to glance from our kitchen windows late in the evening and the lakeshore view took us by surprise after all the blustery, dark nights. The pine trees were silhouetted against a white-clouded sky, with that moonlit background for, the lake. It was the sort of colored picture that travel-folders feature to lure vacationists to far-away places. * » * SMALL TOWN SURVIVAL Swea City Herald — If a person has done any traveling around a town the size of Swea City, or smaller, you will note quite a few vacant store buildings — now what is the cause for this? Do businesses close because of local jealousies ox- lack of hometown loyalty? It is quite evident that in some instances the farm people in the trade area are more loyal to their home town than the town' residents themselves. It is hard, to understand just why people in business in one town will patronize other towns for things they can get right at home. (And, this can even be applied to the media of advertising!) These persons don't realize it, but when they do buy out of town the things they can get from a neighbor — it hurts them as much as the neighbor. It is hard to believe that a petty jealousy would be the reason for a business folding rather than a lack of loyalty — or, just plain thoughtlessness. Everyone bemoans the fact that there are empty store buildings, but they fail to see the cause. It could be that the businessman was forced out because the other members of his local business fraternity chose, to buy his products out of town. And, that empty building depreciated the value of all other business houses and homes in that vicinity. The merchants in the neighboring city (or advertising outlet), or the mail order catalogues contribute nothing to the support of the tocal schools or churches. The itinerant peddler does not help support the local schools or churches either, but he certainly hurts the businessmen who do. If Swea City, or any other town for that matter, is to continue to survive as a shopping center, it won't be through a selfish, selfcentered attitude. It will be by taking the attitude that the other businesses in the community must all survive! A thriving, progressive shopping center is not just ONE business — it is a group of them all working together to bring all kinds of .business their way! * * * There's a 1°* of talk about Iowa counties being bankrupt. One solution offered is a consolidation of counties. Nobody has mentioned the obvious, which would be elimination of some of the services that have gradually been added to county operation and which pf course cost money to maintain. You can't have your cake and eat it too. * . * * Contrary to established belief the sq.calted Leaning Tower of Pisa does not lean . . . that's a \\\\}e like some pronounced government policies, which upon closer examination do exactly the ' opposite of what they arc, proclaimed to be doing. JUNKETING CONGRESSMEN — Hero's a note of irony: Congressmen returned to the Capital after their Easter recess to resume demands that the budget be cut... More than two dozen oi these same legislators used theii vacation time to spend taxpayers' money on junkets to Paris, Vienna, Italy, London and Panama. The trips were listed as "official inspection visits." FOOLING THE PUBLIC — Most of the' highly-publicized budget cuts being voted in the House of Representatives will ba quietly restored. The cuts not restored by the Senate will eventually be made up in "deficiency" bills (such aj the recent post office payment ol $41 million). Here's an idea of what happened last year: The President's budget request totaled $60,802,000,000. "With a lo; of ilourish, the House cut it to $48,584,000,000.' So what did the Senate do" They upped it to $61,259,000,000 — more than the original request! The final outcome was $60,647,000,000 — and this did not include a raft of "deficiency" bills! the parties which set them back an average of $265 for 100 guests last year now cost $300 ... The President expects to vacation in Denver this summer ... This would be his first trip to Colorado since suffering his heart attack there. 20YE1S 1 IN THE FROM THE .FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES MAY 6 1937 r ' * * . * One Algona policeman (we'll not mention his name) had a pretty rough time of it. Ho started on the run for a fire at the Ben Sorenseh home on Kennedy street. Instead, he turned and made a hurried trip to his own home. Reason for the sudden change in destination was a split down the back side of his trousers when he took too large a stride. » • * three persons, including two who were still recovering from injuries received in a crash fou. weeks beiore, were injured when two autos hit head-on Hfc mile., northwest of Fenton. Hans Baago was taking his daughter Leona to a doctor at Ringsted for treatment of her prior injuries when the Baago car and another driven by John Haack, also of Fenton, crashed, Leona lost four teeth and received a fractured jaw, Mr Baago and Mr Haack each received cuts on the face in the mishap. Mr Baago was driving his auto for the first time- since it was repaired followinf the accident cany in April. * « • Swea City's baseball team annexed the county crown with E i thrilling 3-2 veraict over Burl in ihc finals at Bancroft Saturday Burl had advanced into the- final round with a 4-2 win over Grant and a 21-2 rout of Seneca, while Swea City blasted Fenton 11-0 .in its other contest. Rain caused the tourney to be played at Bancroft instead of Burt. The diamond at Burt refused to dry up. «. * • A conciderrble drop in the cost of road maintenance and road construction was responsible in an $U5,000 reduction in county expenditures between the years 19d5 and 1936. Total warrants in 1936 amounted to $406,187.9-1, compared with $491,135.03 the year before. • • • Thieves broke into the K & H oil station and Burt Friday night and got away with about $45 in cash. The culprits gained entrance to the station by breaking in the back door. • • t Westcn Hillard of CorWilh and a group of young people started out in his auto for the dance at Sexton. Enroute they were involved in a two-car crash and all received minor injuries. The autos were badly damaged. • • - • People were still talking about the Call Theater fire — and some of the talk led to some mighty interesting goings on. First el all, many business places and homes got a complete cleaning from top to bottom as all refuse got hauled away. Many Al- gonans were waging an active campaign to sell the idea of two full-time firemen for the city, one on duty all day, the other all night. According to city officials who were asked many questions about the theater fire, an estimated 250,000 gallons of wager were used in the battle against the blaze. That amounted to 500 gallons per minute. fhtftday, May 2, 1957 AlflOfte. (to.) Upper t>« Mflfn«-7 A f ilonka woftian, Mrs August j Sharlppps, was hospitalized at Estherville following an auto ac- cidrnt. She suffered a ffaetured leg in the mishap and was expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks while the injury mended. Behind.The Movie Sets WITH Hollywood, Calil. — "Spike", an overgrown mutt dog and ex- dog-pound resident now strolls about on the Walt Disney lot, proud monarch of all he surveys' including the rows of fine youft£. saplings behind the nursery, 01. the back lot! Perhaps he oc casionally wonders what all tht tramp dogs and strays are doine these days! » » » Sine-) Walt Disney rescues "Spike" from the City's well- managed but confining, dog bas- tile, "Spike" has been plopping his battle-scarred carcass in the plush lap of luxury. It seems that Disney needed a large nonde- i script dog to star in the title role of "Old Yeller." This called ,'or a casting tour of the local Port of Missing Mutts. Qualifications for the role? Just a large lump o) fur-covered hide with a friendly, lazy, dog inside. So, fhe Disney dog-casters visited the City, dog-catchers. At the pounjd, sprawled in a corner of a clean cage, with food and water within stretching reach, they found.the answer to th,3ir "old Yeller" casting problem! Just when the big tramp dog was fully convinced "that "he'd never had It so good,'.' he was bailed out and transported to a dog heaven, right here; on earth. * • • >• •. "Spike's" first reaction was an alert wariness. A whole studio full of friendly, two-legged beings actually petted and scratche'cl him instead of chasing him off the premises, What's more, they appeared to know all the best places to scratch. Plenty of personal attention, heavenly food, a warm, dry bed, a shiny hew harness, his own dog-toys and, best of all, that hitherto rarely found treat — AFFECTION! It was rtice bw't; wntiewhei 1 e••''%: somehow —'there had to be a catch to all this come-on. At first, "Spike" kept a weather - eye peeled for the rightful aog- owner of this soft {berth.,* t |Jc- must eventually show up and try to oust Spike from the studio This was too,good to•t«8tI'"'•'''" • » '» But. es time wore on, sttd no contender descended upon hiift with bared fangs, "Spike" lapsed into « delightful feeling of security. All this was his simply for obeying a few commands promptly — and correctly. Before long, he came to expect this homage as his just .and rightful due. The old, miserable, life was a fafntly remote wretchedness that only searched him out in an occasional bad 'dream. * . » Under the spell of kindntss and loving care, "Spike" expanded like a convention greeter with an unlimited expense account. And, with regular feedings of nourishing food, he began to do a little physical expanding, too. Like a Cinderalla wtto suddenly starts to overflow her beautiful, new gowns, then discovers that the door to her pumpkin coach seems to be shrinking around her, the facts of life were beginning to catch up with ''Spike." » * * When his new friends began to notice mat the crstwmle Daggy- hide was takftig on the appearance oi an ove.stuliea sausage, the food situation took on an abrupt, about-lace, to-lhe-rear- marcn, turn. Too many goodies had been going to the rear. The tail which once wagged the dog now operated from a definitely substantial base. "Spike's" 115 pounds threatened to rocket into stratospheric poundage. Everyone spoke of "Paying tne piper" — tnough "Spike" cpuldn t recall ever having music with his meals. The overindulgence of kind fritnds had resuueU in 'ot/.KOs's overindulgence. * « * Motion pScturis are not shot frojn script in scene-for scene- sentience! "Spike" couldn't very well leave one place, looking iiiio an overmflated inner-tub* and arrive at another spot, "moments later," with his hide sagging at the inseams, once more. A few dietary cuts replaced, culinary cuts, and cutlets. But, it had been wonderful while it lasted. For that matter, life is still wonderful — except at medl times. Back cantankerous calories to enjoy all those marvelous saplings on the back lot I QUALITY ENGINEERING in LOW COST CHAIRS! Favorite maiahr«> ban deilgn, foam cu*htoned and with dramatic two»totte upholitery & eaiy fingertip »dju»t- **"" CHALLENGER SECRETARIAt-CHAIRS a'THEM .AT UPPER MOINES PtfB, CO, Algona, Ta, RACIAL — The National Association for Advancement oj Colored People is spending tens of thousands, of dollars in direct mail and other promotion to influence people across the country to pressure Congress into voting against federal aid for "illegal segregated schools" ... If th ; .' NAACP gets its way, it woulo mean no new federal aid to any schools next year . . . Police in the District of Colum bia are disturbed by the increase in Negro bands who attack picnickers in Rock Creek Park •. Eight persons were injured b> one gang last week. SEN. KNOWLAND'S PLAN.'> — The best-kept political secre, in Washington is, "What wil, Sen. Bill Knowland do next year?" The California Republican ha shrugged off demands that he resign. (The demands began afte Knowland said he would not see/, re-election). However, insider say he will quit the Senate earl\ next,year to mn for governor 6 California, using that office as ; springboard for the Republican nomination for President. One thing sure, he will receiyi no support for the governorship (if he runs) from Vice President Nixon ... Nixon feels 99.8 per cent sure he himself will get th Republican nod in '60. SPY HUNT -^ The Fedenr Bureau of Investigation is digging for faets in a sensational new spy case . . . Tip came from Mr, Leon Trosky, widow of the Rus sian revolutionist... ,__„ Q TRADING STAMPS — A con gressional committee will dis close information at hearings in early May that some trading stamp companies have forced the cost of food to go up as much as- two percent ... OM mmted to the ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES .*•-» COOKING FRIDAY, MAY 10 SATURDAY, MAY 11 FOR SUMMERFIELD — Des pite the raft of bitter complaints from the grassroots about Postmaster General Summerfield, there is a quiet admiration in the Capital for the former car salesman .. . One little-known fact; He turned back to the Treasury $155 million in savings in 1954 and '55... | f\ __-,,-, MINOR NOTES — President JSisenhower has wearied of reading Western novels and watching Western movies — a pastime he was so fond of earlier in his lenw Cost of partying has gone up in Washington.. .Socialites" find (hat Susan Lowe of Rural Gravure Farm & Home Magazine ^^^^^^^* l *''****'''* l '' BrT ^ | BwwiwNi*ii^ ' Algona National Guard Armory Starting 0) 1:30 P, M, Eoch Day Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. MP WP •'•j-j '•£ " ' ' ' ^^^ , t end Coopir»t d Firms

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