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The Editor's Notebook Opinion page An Albert Lea opinion on 1-35 Investing county funds A GLOBE-GAZKTTE SURVEY ojf. 18 main accounts in the Cerro Gordo County budget disclosed a healthy working balance in most of them. The survey looked for the low points reached month by month in the working balances of ouch account over a 10-yoar period. One of these was the general fund, tho most important of the 18 accounts. The lowest point reached in Ihn general fund balance .since 1055 was in August, 1%1, when it dropped 1o $80,- 7'2'l.: ) ,8. The average low yearly balance for ihe 10 yearn WHH $12'!,(if)!). This in formal ion brought, the comment from Mrs. J. K. Wishard, first deputy county auditor, 1hat the general fund balance is get- ling to Die point where it is "more than is needed." There are two ways to approach this .situation, now that the 10- year experience is available. First, the working balances could ho decreased in s o rn e accounts, .such as the general fund. Second, some of tho unencumbered funds (estimated to be $459,- 2'tG on Jan. 1) could bo invested In short-term certificates to earn Interest. County officials havo pointed out that seasonal, economic and social changes prevent them from knowing how much money will bo spent — so they hesitate to cut back the working balances too far. The investment approach appears to appeal more to county officials as a long-range solution. The Board of Supervisors won't consider this possibility until after formation of the new board next Jan. id. Harold F. Andcregg, Dougherty farmer who will be the only new board member, already has stated that he believes money not immediately needed should be invested, however. Officials in the .State Auditor's office have told the Globe-Gazette that they are NOT opposed to proper banking of surplus cash. Iowa law governs interest rates on such deposits. If funds are deposited for a period from 90 days to HJX months, Iowa law requires payment of 2^ per cent, interest. ]f deposited for six to 12 months, the rate is 3 per con). Most deposits are for shorter periods, which don't tie up funds too long should an emergency present Itself. Deposit of $100,000 to $200,000 for example, could return a fair amount of interest to the county treasury. The working balances have been large enough over the 10-year period to permit such investments. It is the logical next step. He's "up from the ranks" TJ1IO SKLKCTJON of Dr. W. Robert Parks as new president of Iowa State University has one especially gratifying aspect. It was that a man "from within the family" possessed (ho necessary credentials. This stands not only as n testimonial to Dr. Parks, but to President James 11. I till on, who will retire next July !. An associate professor of government at Iowa State 12 years ago, Dr. Parks later moved to tho University of Wisconsin. It was in 1958 that Dr. Hilton recogni/.ed his talents and brought him back to Ames as dean of instruction. Since ihcn, Dr. Parks has taken a broader role in university administration. Ho apparently had made such an impression on board members that lie had tho inside Look out below! A man pays n luxury lax on his hill- fold, an income lax on the stuff h c . puts into it, a sales lax on whatever he tnkes out, nnd an inhnritnneo tnx if there's anything left in it when he dies. A gentleman fnnnor is I lie nnc who has very little hay in t h e field, hut plenty in the hank. A genius is the fellow who can convince everybody IIP is simply ^rent .-including his wife. tfse a lot of shorleninj.--Ihai's ||, n best single recipe for ,in after-dinner ipecch. Sour cream supposedly wj|| remove rust and stains—ami one's desire for cnf- frr, too. .Money set aside for a rainy day usually is spent on vacation. Some persons lo\r I,, he on!-spoken, but not by r.tiicr persons. Memo to niolnn.is: peace on earlh, food 'will on ihi> ro;id. -GAZETTE 1 ^ A I.KK NKWSl'A !>!•:» I»MI,-,| Kiriy \VVrk [>;iy l.v Iho MI: I:N i i:i:riu.si-:s, INC. JOO N. Washirisiim Dl-,1 + a |, va , 0fl .* cn ""' (|p ' A ' '''"•'•'f" I'nlil M Mnvin my. i 1:1: i 1 . LOOM is ' n.\^ r \. HOIIK K • i...,, i jmnj:iir ji M.||.;<;I-;I. '.'.'.'.'. i ,i,i,, r J>rix\ c. \vnrn-: ' A S ,I n... \, .. THOU .1. .IKNsi-.X Ma.v.«iiL V.lhr KKN i:. HI-IK; ,\s",,'",,r I 1 ;!;!;;' MAuK-riVKnorM': V::. N'^ ^ ^ C "'' Kr«-r S UT UM '••' <1| "-''" 1 '"''n ^ ; - REbuhWw.'swK.n.A ::;••• 'T!;,'!;;;: M;;:!: „,; '••.•-., Wednesday JV «'-- " Dec. 16, 1944 MKMIIK.lt ASSOCIATl:i> I'HKSS whlrti li rv. cliiMvrl> cnlillril ID n«,- for ri-puhlicMinn nl all local news (innlci) In Dili M<-HA|>/I|I«T n» «i-ll .u • 11 AP ncu.s <!i^pall•hl-^ SUIlSr'HII'TION Ft/.TI.S Ol>- c.'.-trncr> One year .... J2ii nn One week 40 Ouliid* Mitnn City »rrt r;ic»r J.ak« but Wllhln 100 M(lc« of M«kon C'lty. (Norlh Iow» l-;<lltion) By rnnli 1 year Ill no By uiall 6 muMha 750 (Nnilli l<i»a Kihliiiii) On« yrar . |?n no iix munlhi lu.50 iniclc from the stail. This i.s doubly fliKnificanL sincn the number of applicants for the Tovva Stato position was even jfrcutor than for tho presidency of the University of Iowa, filled earlier this year by Dr. Howard II. Howen of Grinnoll. Dr.. Parks, 45), received Ihe greatest of compliments from the man whom bo ia destined to succeed. Said Dr. Hilton: "Ho in one of tho most able men T have been privileged to work with in my 42 years in the field of education." lovvans owe a debt to Dr. Hilton for his work in enhancing tho prestige, of Iowa State University. And in bis successor they have an educator imbued with the traditions of the land grant sy.sl.oni and the assurance of a continuity of purpose in an era of great changa and growth. Pros and cons Some interesting points of view gleaned from our exchanges No disaster at Lincoln Lincoln, Nob., .Star: The air huso is briny phased out in hnrtnony with modern techniques and policies of national defense, '['here is no getting iironnd the fact Hint an $lR-million-;t-year payroll loss to Lincoln is going to bo felt. It' will he fell, ;iml for a j,'<Ki(l long time, hut we have not been struck by disaster. Junior colleges havo opportunity Kagle, Crovo Eagle: If the junior col- logos tiike advantage of their opportunities at this time they can establish themselves in M position of leadership and develop a stabilily dial can carry forward as f;ir »s it is possible to see in the future. Referendum presents problems Hurlington Ilawk-K.vc: Deciding of matters of popular concern by popular referendum sounds in the public inler- e.sl. It seldom uorks out (|iat way. Public fnjth in God Oelwein Register: I low reassuring it is to know ih;u \\e can reaffirm publicly our faith in Cod, in words that menn so much to every Inyal American. Remember? 10 years ago Tostinastei llciuy Pendergraft presented l' - onl K. Knck, superintendent of mails, \\ safety certificate for successfully completing Die Post Office Department's Motor Vehicle anil Traffic Accident Prevention Instructor's Training ( 'nurse- . 20 years ago Ken Kew, former KCLO sportscasler, was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant at amp H;irkeley. Texas, following gradu- l ion from officers training in medical administration school there. 30 years ago The Misses L'nra and Agnes Dwmedy ontcrtaiiied lln> g. K. T. club at llieir home, no I N. President, Bridge pri/es went (o Miss Uirotla Carney nnd .Miss I'leo Woodcock. 40 years ago Arthur I,. Rule, Mason City attorney. lia.s been promoted to A colonel in tha Iowa National Ciuanl. He has been as- mined to the mrd Infantry under Col. iVmfield II. Bailey, Sheldon. al i Now comes the Albert Lea, Minn., Tribune with some editorial observations on the Interstate 35 route through North Iowa antl South Minnesota. It was written primarily for Minnesota circulation— but mostly about Mason City. It Heerm only fair, ill en, that people in and around Mason City should read what was said about us. The editorial is reproduced below in full — interspersed with comments from this end: "ft now appears that business interests of Mason City and Clear Lake have made their views prevail. "Highway ,'!5 (the interstate) likely will be routed through Mason City — or more, precisely between Mason City and Clear Lake. The report i.i the route goes near the airport. "The earlier approved rouln was along Highway fifl, entering Minnesota about one mile west of Emmons and then proceeding north to an interchange with Highway SO (an cast-west interstate running across South. Minnesota) west of Pickerel Lake. "One of the first of the many changes was the swinging of the line from west of Emmons on a diagonal that would permit the route to cross Albert Lea Lake before moving back to a more northerly direction to connect with the then route that ended in northwest Owa- lonna. ''Originally it had been proposed that the western interchange of Highways 90 and 35 would be some distance south of present Highway 16. "Public protest apparently stopped this and an interchange was for a time contemplated north of Highway 16 about in the area of White's Lake. "But as time went on other changes were leaked to the public. Just how much back stage tugging and hauling went on it is probable nobody will ever know. "To their credit, Mason City interests were at least out in the open with their efforts to force changes in the original highway design." Comment: W» «rwy Albert LM its position at tht crois- road* of two lnt»rst*t* highways—No*. W and 35. W* not* with int«r«t that th« Interstate 35 rout* one* pitstd a few miles west of Albert Lei, but was changed to cross Albert Lea Lake. Good for Albert Lea. We note, too, that one proposed interchange was stopped by "public protest apparently." This Is perfectly proper. It was fust as proper for Mason City to present its case at a public hearing on Interstate 35, specifically designed to hear pro-and-eon views,, then document Its position before the Iowa Highway Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, The documentation Is available to the Albert Lea Tribune or anyone else interested. Back to the Tribune editorial: "Now for all its pious protestations, the Mason City Committee on Interstate 35 was acting tm the belief that the city would benefit from trade that would presumably be attracted there over the new interstate highway. "And it may be true that some additional trade dollars will be attracted there. But wa suggest that Mason City is running a risk in losing some of its customers to other trading centers—among them, we believe, Albert Lea." Comment: The Meson City Committee on Inrervtat* 35 proposed a route that would past near the Mason City Municipal Airport, six miles west of the city limits, in the belief that it would benefit the total city-and surrounding area to a greater degree than a route 20 miles west of the city limits. It based its case on specific requirements of the Interstate highway act which directs, among other things, that the Interstate system be developed "with due consideration to the probable effect on the future development of urban areas of more than 50,000." This means Cerro Gordo County — and Mason City — in North Iowa. Now about Mason City's risk in losing some of its customers. If the Tribune believes Mason City would lose through the rerouting of Interstate 35, while We endorse a broadly-based Republican party!" Life begins at 40 The desire to live By ROBERT PETERSON Q. "Does the desire to live keep older people active and vital? Or do interesting, active pursuits kindle the desire t.o live?" A. The latter. Many older people desire to live yet have no interests in new activities or pursuits which might acid zip and flavor to their existence. To Your Health But stimulating routines and an engerness to sample new experiences definitely heightens the desire to remain among the living. Q. "For years my parents stocked their library with bestsellers. They said they didn't have time to read but wanted books on hand for retirement. A good appendix By DR. JOSEPH MOLNER Dear Dr. Molner: Please explain the reason for removing a good appendix during a gall bladder operation. Does the appendix interfere with the function of the liver? — H.A. No, it has nothing to do with the liver. This is the reason: The appendix, a relatively unnecessary organ, has an ornery tendency to become inflamed or infected. When the abdomen is surgically opened for some other reason, it is simple to remove the appendix, too. It is "an ounce of prevention," a means of avoiding, at little effort, what might ln Guid°e rs Income for retirement By SAM SHULSKY Author, "Ktnck Buying Guide" and "Invnilinrnl fnr Urllrrm«nl" 0. We hnve 100 share amounts nf Consolidated KclLson AT & T, liordons, Ford, General Motors and some bank and mutual fund .shnro.s. Wo ;irn beginning to think ahout retirement income — four years off. Do \vc dispose of llu> above .stocks now and lull. Ilio proceeds into the mutual fund, or wait until rctireiiiriil'.' Wo will ni«eil more than Social Security income. A. There's no reason why one can't begin In think about re- liieineiit income Ititit; liofciro actual retirement. In fact, that's \vhnt most of us are doing when we hecin buying securities and enter pension programs in our !10s find 40s. However, that doesn't mean we have to jump into retirement income-type securities while we are still employed, even if it's only .1 scant •( years before IT- tircmcnl. In (act, where large capital gains have built up - as in your case - you should mil make any securities ehaimcs until after you have retired, until -~ if possible — you have experienced a year of no earnings. It is then that your tax bracket will drop, or may disappear al- logether, and you can take profits and still avoid heavy capital gains taxes. Wlien you retire you might sell your low-yield stocks and switch the proceeds into the mutual fund, or into higher yielding corporate issues — commons, prcferreds and bonds. You already have about $10,000 in the mutual fund, so that would be sufficient to set up a $. r )0-a-montli level withdrawal plan. Whether you add other funds to the mutual or not is something you can decide when the time comes. Why borrow problems ahead of time? Q. I am a widow with income of $200 a month. I have $10,000 to invest. Would municipal bonds be good for me? Are any Treasury or government savings bonds tax free? How would you invest the $10,000? Why do bond departments d 1 s c o u r age me from buying municipals because "of my small income?" A. Evidently those brokers who know more of your situation than you have outlined in your letter reason — and correctly, it seems to me — that there is no point to your paying a price for tax-exemption when you don't need it. Tax exempts yield around 3 to 314 per cent. If you were in the 30 or 40 per cent tax bracket, or higher, tax-exempts would make sense for part of your funds. But an annual income of $2,<100 (incidentally is this all taxable? Social Security should not be included) is hardly high enough to put you in a tax bracket which makes (ax-exempts desirable. I'm sending you a list of investment quality corporations with commons pcrfcrreds and bonds yielding from 4 to 5 per cent. Mr. Rhuliky vrlrnmr< ill rradrr mall and trim tn Inrludr all prnh- lrm« nt genrml (nltrril In the t olumu. They'll Do It Every Time i,">L/PlM4 Lfk'CS TO TTIL EVERVONE ,\!>OMT il.'.R FllTTfR I! ALPS GOOD N-UU^-i'iiL ITM'S! N' M'(A\NOEND«« JLIST WONPERFUL/ HfVS\ SO-0 RATlCNT-SOO UMPER-J ST.AMPlMo-s'OUETIAAES I \ TlMNKflfj.UlKTKL-ASAlNT". ! Ls s'O (MLM-sO E4Sy6OlN(3./ 3 HIM •-/ ENTERS SAINT CMEPRAR .4NP 7MCRE 00 ML THE COOP THINGS THAT HAVE 6ECIM SAID ABOUT HIM" / WWAT ARE X\LL TWOSE /CARS DOIN'IN OUR #//—#// DRIVEWAY?/ WMERE'S AV/, DINNER?/ WHY DIDN'TCHA RxiKE THE LEAVES LIKE J TOLD you TO ? OF ALL THE LAzy _. otherwise mean an operation later on. It is true that we have no way of knowing in advance whether that particular appendix will cause trouble. But appendicitis remains frequent enough so that incidental removals of the appendix without question avert trouble later on for a good many people. The original operation, of course, would have to be in that specific area — removal of a gall bladder because of stones; a hysterectomy; removal of ovaries with cysts. This is done, however, only when there is no infection in other abdominal structures. Empyema of the gall bladder, or infection in a Fallopian tube, or similar conditions would dictate that the appendix should NOT be removed then. When infection is present, the least that is done, the better. The exact purpose of the appendix, by the way, still eludes us. This has been studied for a Dr. J. G. Molner long time. I have recently read technical papers suggesting that it may have some role (perhaps subsidiary) in the antibody system of the body. Yet we have no indication — and it should have become apparent by now — that the appendix is necessary. Perhaps it is similar to the tonsils: useful in some modest way, but not vital. Dear Dr. Molner: I have heard that Negro babies are born white, then turn dark. Is this true? Do all white babies have blue eyes when first born, then get their permanent color later? — L.H. Negro babies are not white at birth, but they may have any skin shade from light tan to quite dark. They may also, like white babies, have quite a reddish cast to the skin for the first few days. Yes, all white babies have blue (or sometimes somewhat violet) eyes at birth. If the eyes become brown later, this is caused by changes of pigment in the iris. Troubled with Tarlrrxe vein*? To m»kr <uir« you arc dnlnj >ll jrnu ran In rrHevf the problem, wrltr lo Dr. Molnrr In rare ot Ihlj nrwipaprr requesting Ihe booklet. "How To Dral VTIIh Virlrmt Vrfn.i." enrlos- (tif a !nn(. ielf-addre>ied. lUmped rnrelopr and 20 <-enl« In roln (o rivver the cost of printing anil handling. BOUQUET To GRANDMOTHERS CLUB —for entertaining crippled children at a Christmas party at Floovcr School. The evcnl illustrates the many activities of this active women's organization designed to benefit both the members and the community in general. They retired last year but read very little today. Their excuse now is that reading tires their eyes." A. It's difficult to whip up interest when retired in a pursuit such as reading which you've neglected in earlier years. Also, it's quite true that with age it becomes increasingly tiring to the eyes to sit and read for long periods of time. That's why we should enjoy pleasures and activities throughout life as opportunities occur- rather than put these interests on cold storage awaiting old age. Q. "Heard a depressing speech the other day from a doctor who said most older people lack strength and energy and require twice as much medical care as younger folks. Are we really as enfeebled as this suggests?" A. No. Too many speakers present a dismal, depressing view of age when in fact elders today are enjoying, a remarkably high level of health. Statistics show that fewer than five per cent of elders become so infirm and helpless that they cannot care for themselves. The average elder today can anticipate occasional aches and pains and some diminuation or energy. But if he practices basic rules for health maintenance he has a good chance of being able to care for himself and live independently until the very end. Q. "I'm worried sick over my 32-year-old daughter who lives with me and has taken up with a widower who at 67 is two years older than her father would have been had he lived. She thinks she's in love and plans to marry him after Christmas. But how can a girl love a man in a true romantic sense who's that old?" A. What's so old about 67? Maurice Chevalier is quite a few years older than this and many gals in their 30's and 40's think he's a real dreamboat. History is replete with examples of May- November marriages, many of which have worked just fine. At 32, your daughter is no longer a girl. She's old enough to make her own decisions. You can object, but you really shouldn't be interfering. If you would like a booklet "Caring for Aged, Infirm Parents in Your Home" write to this column c/o Globe-Gazette, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope and 10 cents to cover handling costs. Albert L«» would sain, then why proH»t? The Tribune continued: "By any standard of measurement, Mason City is a grubby city. Its few attractive buildings are sandwiched between structures that have not been kept up. "The whole net effect of the city is hodge podge plunked along narrow streets. There are a few stores of good reputation that probably prosper ia spite of their rather dreary outward appearances. "We suggest that when cus. tomers learn of the clean and orderly cities north of the Iowa line they can be induced to come here to trade. "Almost every survey of tha future of which we have knowl. edge predicts that this immedi. ate area will be one of tho fast, est growing in the Midwest." Comment: Hmmm! Now w» get the black frown and tba sales pitch. No one in Mason City has expressed fear of Interstate 35 leading to Albert Lea, a most pleasant place. The theory here is that an interstate highway runs both ways — and customers go to the trading center they prefer. Bud Leckore, general man. ager of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, notes that Mason City annually sells $72 to $73 million worth of goods through its merchants to "rank ninth in the nation in total retail sales per household according to the respected Sales Management magazine survey." "This is an indication that people in our trade area respond to service, selection and quality," said Lackore. "Surely, we recognize th« need for renewal in Mason City. Both Mason City and Albert Lea have been leading retail centers for many years and BOTH have many old buildings. "We recognize such prob. lems and meet them. The Bar* ton - Aschman comprehensive city plan, now in progress, is proof of this awareness." The Albert Lea Tribune concluded: "For our part, we should be prepared to keep these new customers by wooing them with service, sincerity, price and quality. And none of this should be taken lo mean that our local leaders who believe in the Highway 69 route should abate their efforts. "We think they are morally right and that they should push their case until the road is finally built." Comment: To me, this is truly a "pious protestation." What makes a route morally right or wrong? Perhaps we should have ex. amined the moral position of the interstate route-makers in Minnesota when the control point for Interstate 35 was shifted from west of Albert Lea to a point just southeast of tha city? Perhaps we should have ex. amined the moral position of interstate route-makers when Interstate 90 angled northeastward to pass within a few miles of Rochester before dropping southward to pass through LaCrosse, Wis., when a more direct route would have passed near such small towns as Spring Valley, Lanesboro and Rushford? Perhaps so, but we think not. These were Minnesota's prob. lems and we believe the decisions wera right—they wero made to better serve population centers. Thafs what tha interstate highway act requires. We still lik* Albert Lea's push and go. We like that sama attitude in our home town, Mason City, in stating Its Interstate 35 position openly and factually. Try and Stop Me .. by Cerf T3IG-LEAGUE ball teams delight in stealing the signs ofi XJ their opponents. One summer, the Chicago White So* caught" Casey Stengel's bunt sign. It look Casey a whila to latch on to this, but when he -did, he waited for a, strategic moment, then flashed the old sign. The White Sox infield promptly edged, in and, the batter lashed a double through the charging infield, thereby sending home the winning run. Casey put on a magnificent act of bawling out the batter for missing; his sign. The Chicago team fell for it hook, line and sinker. The very next day he pulled the same stunt •—and won another game. • Don Freeman reports the completion of a completely up-TV western in San Diego. Every time the p*p a Indian wants Li* blanket, hla teen-age daughter is using it for snwke signals. * • • There's a pro football player In Dallas who i3 so rlcH tliat hd *nsista on wsering * uniform with an unlisted number. / » * • According to Vaughn Header, tha Indian really squared &e* count* with th« PUgrinu who wtMd thrtr l*nd. They taught them to amok* tobacoal :-«*•

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