The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on March 9, 1974 · Page 4
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Humboldt, Iowa
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Saturday, March 9, 1974
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ja$i.iy > . March 9,1974 eari sartrday it 5« Suiter Atom* tow, M*4»t fey tin HtttoUt Prtattag Cmpo* tad a» MM«d datt ttitMr tariff tb« Art »f Mind S, 1879. Second ' < •' tfnMfa«l li mnmati CHASE MeLAUOMLlN ....... . . . .Editor and Publisher ROGER UNERAN, . . ....................... News Editor JANE JORGfiNSEN ............. Assistant News editor DONNA REASON ................ .Advertising Manager MAftOARET LOCKE ....................... Advertising DELMAR DeSMtDf. . , .......................... Foreman BECKY SMITH ............................. ...... Printer DEB DeWtNtER ...... . .............. . . ...... Bookkeeper fVADGLLE PATTERSON .................... Composition BECKY VAtflW ....................... ; ..... Composition DIANE SMITH .................... , . ..... . . .Composition JUDY HALSRUD ............................. Circulation SUBSCRIPTION RATES HUMBOLDT AND ADJOINING COUNTIES The Humboldt Republican, One Year .... ............. $6.00 The Humboldt Independent, One year ........ . ....... $6.00 Both for One Year. ..•**. ...................... -, . . . $7.00 ELSEWHERE IN IOWA Republican or Independent, One Year ................ $7.00 Both for One Year ........ ,...,. ................... $8.00 ELSEWHERE IN UNITED STATES Independent or Republican, One Year ................ $8.00 Both for One Year ................................. $9.00 ADVERTISING RATES Display Per Inch, Republican or Independent ........... $1.00 Combination Republican and Independent .............. $1.47 National Rate, Combination Republican and Independent. $1.47 Classified Ads, Minimum $1.00, Per Word .............. $0.06 Card of Thanks, Minimum $1.00, Per Word ............. $0.05 Notices, Minimum $1.00, Per Word ........... ......... $0.05 Supply and demand Economists at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture are pointing to the unhappy food price situation and saying: "We told you sol" They claim that continuing uptrends are proof that "You can't fool around with supply and demand." A prime example is beef. About a year ago, housewives were boycotting beef and insisting on price controls. Ceilings were put into effect, but the effect was not what calf producers, cattle feeders, meat packers, retailers, economists, or even consumers wanted. Less beef became available on the market, while cattle supplies backed up on farms and in feedlots and price relationships went into a turmoil. It is not easy for consumers to comprehend that they order next year's beef and more or less set next year's prices by this year's purchases. The cycle beings with the number of cows held on farms to produce calves, and continues through the growth, feeding and marketing of the calves as beef. If the market looks favorable, stockmen will push calves to market, but if the outlook is gloomy, they .may be held on pasture or in the feedlots longer, delaying arrival of beef at meat counters. Right now, an abundant supply of fed cattle is ready for market, but low prices may mean fewer young cattle going into ifeedlots, T^his «may 'fesult^in reduced , supplies and arices next falJlna wirileF. k "** higher prices Consumers have been reading about the drop in prices of live cattle and are wondering why retail prices haven't dropped as much. One reason is that marketing costs haven't gone down and another is that retailers try to sell meat bought earlier and higher prices before they adjust to lower prices, to avoid losses. Upward adjustments can be made more readily, as no loss is involved. Because it may be days or even weeks before animals sold to packers reach the meat counter as beef, retail prices do not necessarily reflect each days market. If prices are allowed to rise and fall with supply and demand, competition will insist that suitable adjustments are made. Perhaps some consumers hope that beef prices will decline to preinflation levels, but this is a future expectation. As long as salaries and wages stay high, meat prices will ride up and dowrrwith the demand. states don't even allow twin trailer trucks. The bill, he observed, would open Iowa "to literally thousands and thousands" more trucks per year, most of which would travel on dine highway east and west, which is Interstate No. 80. This highway, Ray noted, has been described as one which is alreadly over-crowded, con- jested and breaking up because of wear and tear. No one can predict exactly how many more trucks would travel across Iowa as a result of this bill, Ray continued, but if the bill were to become law, Ray said he is advised that one out-of-state truck company plans more than 50,000 additional trips across Iowa each year. "Our highways are for the purpose of moving people and commerce and there has to be some limitation to maintaining a balance for the use of all," Ray said as he vetoed the measure. REACTION Some legislative leaders, like Senate Republican Floor Leader Clifton Lamborn and State Democratic Floor Leader James Schaben questioned that there would be an attempt to over-ride the governor's veto which takes a two-thirds vote in each house. The votes simply aren't there, they said. But there is some speculation that an attempt may be made in the House to tie the 65-foot truck bill to a separate proposal which already has passed the Senate. The measure would allow long OF THE STATE By Don /?•;</ Manager Iowa Prait Aitoclation VETO As expected, Governor Robert Ray has vetoed a bill to increase the maximum length of twin trailer trucks from 60 to 65 feet for operation in Iowa. The issue of longer trucks, Ray told legislators in his veto message, has for the most part been controversial and charged with emotion. "This is understandable because this is a subject that involves the life and lifestyles of all the people who use our system of highways as a mode of personal transportation or as a means of sending and receiving goods." Ray noted that it has been argued that Iowa is the only state in the nation with a limit of 60 feet for twin trailer trucks. This is wrong. It should be pointed out, Ray said, that 19 other states limit overall length of trucks to not more than 65 feet and sojne The fastest streaking 1 ever recall doing was the time my wife turned on the cold water in another part of .the house and scalded me in the shower. Quote: It's said that a fireplace can add $500 to $1,000 to the value of a residence these days. And at a cost of $1,000 to $2,000. Just in case you wondered, I have never been asked for my autograph. There is now a legal question of whether Las Vegas is in Nevada or Arizona. It might be suggested that they toss the dice for It. The proposed gasoline rationing coupons bear a picture of George Washington. By the time avaiation had become an accepted thing, Geronomo and Buffalo Bill were still living. There is no rationing or shortage of gasoline in Canada where gasoline sells for about 60 cents a gallon, or in Germany at about the same price, excluding the heavy tax. In both countries, government has not interfered with the operation of the free market system. It is flatly impossible to have unlimited gasoline available in the United States at pre-shortage prices. And if enough American consumers insist on demanding the impossible, they will get rationing for sure. Rough sledding these days mean turning the electric blanket down to medium. trucks in border cities. Some representatives want to broaden the scope of this bill to permit 65-foot trucks statewide. "I won't vote for the border cities bill without this amendment," said House Republican Floor Leader Ed Holden. "I don't think we should be making exceptions for the border cities." Meanwhile, a wildcat strike hit the trucking industry in Des Moines after member of Teamsters Union Local 147 learned that Ray had vetoed the bill. The strike, however, lasted only one day. ENERGY The Senate, by a whopping 46 to 2 vote, has passed a bill giving the governor emergency powers to cope with energy problems. Governor Ray had requested the legislation. The bill creates an 11-member energy policy council to assist the governor in dealing with fuel shortages. The bill now goes to the House where Republican Floor Leader Ed Holden says he will try to incorporate it onto a bill that would create a Department of Transportation. ED TV With Governor Robert Ray's signing of Senate File 1116, the Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network has the necessary funds to complete transmitter construction for state-wide public television coverage. Recommended by Ray in his January supplemental budget address to the Legislature the measure provides nearly $2.8 million for construction of transmitters and a Senate amendment added $500,000 for construction of low-powered translators in those "pocket" areas unable to receive the higher-powered transmitter signal. Don Saveraid, director of engineering for IEBN, said that as soon as construction permits are acquired the building contracts awarded, construction should begin this spring and summer on channels 27, Sioux City; 36, Red Oak; 32, Council Bluffs; 24, Mason City; and 46 in Fort Dodge. (Transmitter channel 32 in Waterloo was funded through past appropriations and is expected to be operational this fall. Originally scheduled for activation in November of 1973, channel 32 was delayed when the KCRG, Cedar Rapids, tower collapsed as workmen were modifying it for the additional IEBN antenna.) Bluffing? &i •••*. 'J&AjWvU..,. . Hlghlondtn initkrt* N. Voinrab Hardy Nine members of Hardy United Methodist Women will put on a dinner in the church basement Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Members participating are Mrs. Lyle Cathcart, Mrs. Ronald May, Mrs. 'Gerald Rasmussen, Mrs. Lyle Kitley, Mrs. Lillian Bray ton, Mrs. Gladys Cameron, Mrs. Myron May, Mrs. Raymond Schipull and Mrs. Evelyn Mack. Ruth Circle of Trinity ALCW will be held Tuesday evening in Trinity Lutheran Church. Hostess is Mrs. Richard Amosson. Bible study leader is Mrs. Edward Nervig. Sun City, Ariz. March 3,1974 Chase McLaughlin Editor of Humboldt Republican Dear Chase: I think it should be front page news that Wiley Mayrie* is again fighting against any raise in congressional pay. Nine Democrats out of 15 on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee did not attend the vital meeting of that committee so as to prevent the quorum necessary for transacting business. By doing nothing the Democratic leadership greased the way for a pay raise. As Wiley said, "This is legislative irresponsibility at its worst." If the Democratic leadership in Congress makes it possible to raise their own pay and increase inflation how in the world do they expect the little people all over U.S.A. to solve this problem. The citizens of Humboldt County should know the truth about this congressional action — (inaction). Sincerely Yours, Percie Ellen Van Alstine What the public doesn't know does hurt them. To the Editor of The Humboldt Independent Regarding the editorial "The Price of Thrift." Shame on you! Even an editor of a small town paper should know the average American is the same the country over. I'll wager the people of the northeastern U.S., especially those from the smaller cities and rural areas, are much like your lowans. CHECK-OFF Preliminary figures released by the state revenue department indicate that from 11 to 15 per cent of the lowans who filed their state income tax returns in January checked off $1 to be given to either the Republican or Democratic party in Iowa. A total of .$10,457 was designated to be contributed to the two political parties, $3,523 for Republicans and $6,934 for the Democrats. The state income tax check-off is a provision of the Iowa Campaign Finance Dis,closure Law passed by the 1973 Legislature. It states that any lowan who pays more than $1 in state income tax can contribute $1 to the party of his or her choice. The $1 comes from tax money already paid or due to be paid and does not change the amount of state income tax owed or a potential refund. We North Carolinians protested our allotment, one of the lowest in the nation, but more than that we were begging. Uncooperative? No, our gas consumption has been cut more than 25 per cent. We have the Oregon plan of rationing, we have car pools, extra busses and commuter runs, etc. Our speed limit has been 55 mph since December, we didn't wait (like Iowa) until March when federal legislation required it. But the volunteers of our rural fire departments had to protest, they couldn't find gas to respond to their fire calls. _ Our hospital employees desperately searched for gas. Our working people slept in their cars at night, lined up at 'service stations to be assured .,.; of a favorable place in line when the station reopened, for you could wait in line for hours (our longest line reported was a ridiculous 177 cars) only to have the days' allotment give out three cars ahead of you. Our problem? We were receiving less than 70 per cent of the gas we used in 1972, our area population has grown more than 20 per cent. "Allocating those uncooperative states more gasoline, as a sop to stop their protests"? You go ahead and believe that if you want, but Humboldt Independent, you don't know what you are talking about!! Joan M. Meadows 800 Miller St. Winston-Salem. N.C. 27103 LVHS concert Tuesday Lu Verne High School band director Bruce Ward announced his musicians are preparing a 7:30 p.m. concert, Tuesday, in the LVHS gymnasium. The concert band will perform "Second Suite in F," by Hoist; "Solvig's Song," by Grieg; "Coat of Arms", by Kenny; "Latina," by Ben- crisotto; "Jesus Christ Superstar," by Webber and "Proud Heritage" by Latham. The jazz ensemble will play "Tribute to Basie," "Games People Play," "Shambala," and "The Sponge." The junior and beginning bands will also be featured during the concert. Streaking? "How do they get away with it?" and "When they gonna do it here?" are two questions making the rounds of Humboldt discussions this week. Of course, these comments are related to the current epidemic of streaking which is sweeping Iowa and the nation. "Streaking" for those of you who've kept your head in the sand recently, is the newest rage on college and high school campuses. The Streaker, or participant, shuns his, or her, wearing apparel and runs (streaks) past the crowd of onlookers, or streakees, who have gathered in the area for the excitement. So far, streakers have been reported on the three state university campuses. Also, smaller colleges and at least two high schools have reported streakers sprinting through the halls and environs. According to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling, Feb. 20, streaking is not illegal. On that date the 122-year old lewdness, indecent and obscene exposure law was ruled unconstitutional because it is vague on what conduct is prohibited. In making its ruling, the court upheld the decision of Cedar Rapids Municipal Judge Anthony R. Scolaro made Dec. 9, 1972, concerning an indecent exposure case. The high court said the state's argument that terms used in the law had 'generally accepted meaning "is without merit." • In the opinion written by Justice Maurice Rawlings, the court held "It is to us apparent the statutory terms here challenged by the defendant are so indefinite and uncertain that persons of ordinary intelligence are given inadequate notice as to what conduct is thereby prohibited." Therefore the innocent streaking fad, along with the disgusting exhibitionistic "flashing" are not banned by Iowa law. According to one local rumor, one streaking incident has already occurred in Humboldt. The unsubstantiated story states a couple youths streaked across Highway 169 between the Hillcrest and Humboldt High School late one night. Harlyn Stoebe, city attorney, told the INDEPENDENT, "We have no local ordinance prohibiting nudity .. ." but there are other legal areas to consider before engaging in a case of streaking. One state legal official stated streaking is legal as long as the streaker leaves a premises when asked and causes no hassles. If the streaker is belligerent, he, or she, may be arrested for a charge such as disorderly conduct. Some streakers have been arrested and some have not. So, peopole who enjoy participating and spectating in streaker events may do so with some measure of legal impunity. However, the wags in the state legislature are considering an anti-streaking law. Until then, streakers and streakees should heed the advice of Attorney General Richard Turner to "grin and bare it."—Linehan. Church Notes ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Robert Snyder, Pastor Humboldt, Iowa Saturday, March 9: Hansen- Berka Wedding. Sunday, March 10: 8:45 a.m., Bible Class and Sunday School; 10 a.m., Morning Worship; LYC Bowling Tournament, Rockwell City; 7 p.m., Fellowship Club, Honoring Golden Age Members. Monday, March 11: 7 p.m., Elder's Meeting. Tuesday, March 12: 10 a.m., Altar Guild; 7 p.m., Volleyball; 7:30 p.m., Adult Information. Wednesday, March 13: 9:30" a.m., Bible Study; 12 noon, Devotions; 7 p.m., Lenten Worship. Thursday, March 14: 7 p.m., Confirmation; 7:30 p.m., Choir. OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH Paul A. Otto, Pastor G. D. A. Engelhardt, Pastor Humboldtf Iowa Sunday, March 10: 8 a.m., Worship; 9 a.m., Coffee.Hour; 9:15 a.m., Sunday School, Confirmation and Adults; 10:30 a.m., Worship; 5 p.m., "Welcome to the Lord's Table", students only; 7 p.m., Adult Study, "The Future of the Great Planet Earth;" 7 p.m., CaMeLuBaCon, interdenominational youth, meets here. Monday, March 11: 6:30 p.m., ALCM Hamburger Supper, 50 cents. Tuesday, March 12: 6:30 p.m., Girl Scout Banquet, here; 7 p.m., Women's Volleyball, Junior High Gym; 6:30 p.m., Circle Lesson Leaders; 8:30 p.m., Men's Volleyball, Junior High Gym. Wednesday, March 13: 12:05 p.m., Lenten Meditations and Lunch, Methodist Church; Rev. Francis Burr, speaker; 7:30 p.m., Midweek Lenten Service, Mr. Marc Engelhardt, speaker. Thursday, March 14: 6:45 p.m., Children's, Junior and By FRAHCIS TOWER Twenty-one new of the University of Iowa Scottish Highlander! received the Order of the Garter at the initiation banquet held last week, Feb. 24. • Nancy Valnreb, daughter of the Joseph Valnrebs, Gllmore City, was presented red and black garters by Shannon Oaffney, drum major, and Bettina Hass, assistant drum major. She is a drummer in the marching bagpipe band, which includes 60 pipers, drummers and dancers. Director of the Highlanders is Acton Ostling Jr. He ia assisted by pipe instructor Dan MacRae, Syracuse, N.Y., and percussion instructor Howard Meeker, Iowa City. Out pwwmt taireept of eld • age afQBftdefi a wealth of human reieufee thai we cati Hri better aflbfd than we can afford pouting high octane gasoline down a sewer. Old age might be defined as the advanced years of human life and subject to decline of strength and vigor. It also implies • knowledge, experience arid mature judgment honed to the point of precision and often less subject to chronological age. The current trend for mandatory retirement above age 60 is insensitive, arbitrary, with too little thought for ability wasted. Some choose to retire at an early age, with all the pieces in place ( for their place in the future. This is good, Others with a different background of Opportunity or adversity, however capable or dedicated may be forced into "retirement" early and the result can be loss of talent for the employer, frustration, even want for an employee retired early by impersonated mandate. Often, the over 60 talent can find no market in a specialized field, tn search of some legal way to supplement early retirement income, eroded by inflation and prejudice against employing an over 60 person — you'll find a lot of people in this bracket performing menial services far below their ability. It seems to me that arbitrary retirement in the 60 area needs refinement, a filtering system comparable in scope to the evaluation employee applicants undergo. To do less for the proven employee tends to pull the plug by the tick of the clock with no relationship to performance. With these reflections I am suggesting that we can and should learn that we tend to waste a reservoir of talent, power for progress by arbitrary "early pasture" for many'in the over 60 group. , Senility ,is characteristic , of age. But some are senile at 35 and others are not, at twice thai 8"ge>.' ' *-"*" * There must be a better way to use, permit productive opportunity for talent of the over 80 people. They should not be, en masse, condemned to shuffle board, <ga§ island hoppers on the midnight shift, or recluses waiting to die 6n I minimal budget, I'll finish this concept M it started. Presently we squander a wealth of human resource in our over 60 people that we can no better afford than we can afford pouring high octane gasoline down; a sewer. With respect t& the author Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth, read his two small verses and sense their value for today, OK? We must not hope to be mowers, And to gather the ripe gold ears, Unless we have first seen sowers And watered the furrows with tears. It is not just as we take it, ' This mystical world of ours, Life's field will yield as we make it A harvest of thorns or of flowers. I liked this thought too. "Life wouldn't be worth a dime, if there weren't a few hills to climb." We have the hills. Our blessing is that our democratic melting pot permits us to climb the hills in our own way and — that is a rich blessing! It costs. But, it doesn't cost as much as the millions who lived before — without choice, the hundreds of millions alive today who would trade their agony without choice for the freedom of choice we waste. Lincoln said more than a hundred years ago — "We are still testing whether this nation, or any nation, so - conceived . and . so dedicated •can long.endure." .,. ; ,-.•• It will,., if enough;; people, care enough. I believe they care enough! Happenings on the Hill Sen. Berl Priebe Considerable time was spent this week on the revision of the Criminal Code. This bill is more than 400 pages in length and we received it only a few days before it was taken up in the Senate. It is pretty hard to vote intelligently on a bill of this magnitude if you haven't had a great deal of time to study it. We discussed it for three days and then it was placed on the unfinished business calendar. I think we will correct procedures and that is probably all that will be done this year as far as the criminal code is concerned. We took up the increase for state employees who drive their own cars in their work and increased it from 10 cents to 15 cents a mile. It was a bill I felt probably had to be passed with the increases in car expenses. I advocated going only to 13 cents per mile but this amendment was defeated. This will not take effect until July 1. The energy bill was gotten out on Thursday and it is on the agenda for Monday. This is a very far reaching bill and will give a tremendous amount of power to the office of the governor. However, with the council that is being appointed we will have a real watch over these powers. It is a bill which will effect us in many ways if this energy crisis is as bad as some of us are being told down here in Des Moines by people returning from their meeting in Washington, D.C. with the Federal Energy Office. I believe we have more than a 5 per cent shortage of fertilizer in spite of the fact our Secretary of Agriculture says we have a 95 per cent supply. I have called fertilizer suppliers in my Senate area and they say they are a lot more short than that, especially anhydrous ammonia. They did state that if they get their full quota they would be about 10 per cent short but they do not feel at this time that they will get their full quota. A public hearing was held on the T.G.E. bill in the Senate and we had several people from all over the state to speak on this bill and especially the people from my Senatorial district who made the effort to testify before our Senate committee. I believe this was the best hearing I have ever seen held in the legislature. I feel we have a chance to get this out of committee in the Senate. I believe we need to see if Iowa State University can find the causes and possibly a cure for T.G.E. in pigs in cooperation with any other agency which will cooperate with Iowa State University. I hope this is a start. If we can be successful in the eradication of hog cholera, I believe we can find a cure that is successful to eradicate T.G.E. The Des Moines Tribune was very kind to the Priebes in this past Wednesday, Feb. 27th, issue. We have had a lot of calls from people who read the article. Miss Becky King, the present Miss America, spoke to the Senate for about five minutes this week. She is from Hancock, Iowa, but won the title as Miss Colorado. However, she is a great representative for our state as she travels all over the High School Choirs; 7:30 p.m., Seventh and Eighth Confirmation Instruction; 7:30 p.m., Senior Choir. Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17: Confirmation Retreat, Lakeside, Okoboji. Sunday, March 17: 8 a.m., Traditional Worship Services; 9 a.m., Coffee Hour; 9:15 a.m., Sunday School, Confirmation and Adults; 10:30 a.m., Informal Worship Services; 5 p.m., "Welcome to the Lord's Table"; students only; 7 p.m., Adult Study: ''The Future of the Great Planet Earth."

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