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Editorial . . . ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, MON., FEB. 14, 1972 Page 4 Mail Contains Praise, Criticism Storm Lake Says Thanks Dear Sir: I would like to express to the residents of the Estherville Community School District the appreciation of the people in the Storm Lake Community School District for assisting our students in a time of need last Friday night. One of our school buses containing 43 high school students, a faculty chaperone and bus driver would not start following the Storm Lake- Estherville basketball game and within an hour your school officials had arranged for an Estherville school bus and driver to take our students back to Storm Lake. There was no vandalism involved on the part of Estherville students and the problem of the bus was entirely mechanical. Rivalries between schools are inorder on an athletic field or gymnasium but the kind action in Estherville certainly indicates that we must all help one another when in difficulty. Again, our thanks to the school officials and the patrons of the Estherville School District for assisting our students in time of need. Sincerely, Donald D. Ambroson Superintendent of Schools bers of our city council to remedy this situation before it becomes cancerous. Apathy will only lead to a more serious problem. We should give each and every one of our employees every consideration without personal prejudice. Performance of duties and sincere dedication should carry far more weight in these considerations than personal friendship. It would seem to Business Mirror me, from the facts that were presented on Monday nite, the scale being used for weighing the evidence was badly out of balance. Only councilman Meadows seemec' to recognize the malfunction of the scale. Congratulations, Mr. Meadows. M. L. Wee 1008 N. 10th St. Estherville, Iowa Monday Graffiti Calls Treatment Unfair The Family Farm And the Farm Family To the Editor: We are in agreement that, in the sector of Public Employment, there must be found an effective substitute for the strike weapon in the settlement of disputes. The community at large must not be made the victim of official shortsightedness. Employees of private and public institutions must continue to have an unrestrained right to organize and an influential voice in setting the terms of their employment. They must have adequate grievance-solving machinery at their disposal and devices to keep pay levels of every occupation promptly comparable with the market. The individual employee is entitled to effective protection from arrogant excesses of his superiors. We have been denied fair and orderly arbitration procedure and an effective voice in establishing conditions of our employment. When employees, individually and col- toctively, have that to which they, are entitled, the public is entitled to absolute assurance of continuity of all services. THE COMMITTEE OF THE ESTHERVILLE CITY EMPLOYEES ASSOC. Recording Secretary Victor S. Goraczkowski Asks Consideration To the Editor: After attending Monday nites council session I found myself decidedly disillusioned and thoroughly disappointed in the consideration given to our city employees by our city officials. I would be equally in error to say that their action was without cause. However, it seems that extreme powers have been given to one public employee which include making unilateral decisions as to who shall and who shall not remain as a city employee. It would seem that such power, put in the hands of a relative stranger in the community, is a dangerous precedence. At a time when major industry throughout the country has adopted a strong labor-management policy it would seem that we are in reverse gear on this particular issue. Why was it necessary to abolish the labor board which handled such controversial issues as were discussed at last Mondays council meeting? Was it only because the City Manager demanded it or did our city council sincerely think this was an improvement? I would suggest that serious consideration should be given to changing this power structure from a one man judge and jury to something where the accused can at least defend himself before an impartial hearing. When years of dedicated service are completely ignored the employee loses his job security and is governed by fear. Fear is transferred into a antagonistic attitude and false dedication to their job. This situation now prevails among our long time city employees and those that doubt this statement has only to discuss the matter with these employees to authenticate it. It behooves the mem- uiMiiiiHiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiifiiiimimrmMMiiiiiimiiiimiiirimiim AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publish- § ing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. | Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, T e r r i 1, | Graettinger and Superior, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for i 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mail in Emmet and border- § ing counties: $14.00 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. | Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Stan Brotherton, Managing Editor; Richard | Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald | Stoffel, Production Manager; Randy Shierk, Shopper Manager. ! Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press | Association. 1 Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. How- § ever, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. | BlllllllllllllllllMIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIItllllllllllllllllHllltlMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMItWllltllllllll»IIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlff HI AND LOIS BY JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) Among the concerns of Americans with a love for what they feel is the traditional way of life is the fact that farming has taken on the corporate form. How sad, they say, that the family farm is disappearing. Lost along with it, they fear, are the wholesome qualities of a strong family life, thrift, independence, individuality, responsibility, hard work and a respect for property and person. The major flaw in this point of view is that it assumes corporate farms and family farms are the antithesis of each other. They aren't. Some 75 per cent of corporate farms are family owned. Moreover, according to a man who should know, these fears are partially based on an incorrect assumption: that the important factor is the family farm when in reality it is the farm family. Those virtues, according to Walter Penn, are not lost because of the corporate form, which really is evidence only of a more stable, businesslike operation, partially necessitated by the fact that a 320-acre Iowa farm, for example, might have assets of $225,000. Farm families change, of course, says Penn. But they remain constanttoo. Those old virtues remain. A family farm that incorporates does not suddenly involve a farm family of employes and executives. The old relationship remains. Penn, who was born on a farm and who is now responsible for close to $800 million in farm loans, has watched closely the changes that have occurred in the past 30 years or so and is far more impressed than disappointed. As vice'"president of Equitable Life Assurance Society he has found a tremendous source of investment—steady, reliable, good collateral. Because of the depression of the 1930s, Equitable became the reluctant owner of 8,000 farms by 1940. It owns none now. Moreover, farm loans involve almost no defaults. Farm families pay back steadily, and many of the farm once heavily mortgaged are now free and clear of debt. Of U.S. farmland worth $220 billion, only $30 billion is mortgaged. He maintains that the future of farming as a solid, businesslike operation with profit potential is excellent. And Prudential Insurance must think so too because it has $1.4 billion invested in farm loans. During the evolution of the factory farm, which is really what many people have in mind when they refer to the corporate farm, a discovery was made: Big- ARCHIE BEETLE BAILEY ness reaches a point of diminishing returns. Once it was thought that the more acreage under cultivation the greater the economies of volume. But more than a few huge ventures have learned that this isn't always so. During recent years Penn has watched corporate farms of 5,000 to 10,000 acres run into severe problems of inefficiency that in effect destroyed them. Some have since been dissolved. "There is a limit to how much land can be operated efficiently," he says. "A farmer must have an interest in the land, especially an equity interest; he can't merely be an employe working regular hours." A farmer, he maintains, is successful because of the amount of extra effort he is willing to put into his job, work that a paid employe of a large farm wouldn't be inclined to use, at least without added compensation. "A farmer with an interest in the land, because he owns it or owns the crop, will do the work when it has to be done. What time it takes to do the job is made available." Nevertheless, he feels, today's farmer lives a better life than did his father. He doesn't work as hard, and he enjoys more benefits. He is more efficient and a better businessman, an opinion buttressed by statistics showing three farmers can now feed 100 people. The farm family, Penn maintains, is not just a great investment. "It is the backbone of American agriculture." Still. Designed to Begrin Your Week Right BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Monday, Feb. 14, the 45th Jay of 1972. There are 321 days left in the year. This is St. Valentine's Day. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1663, Canada became a royal province of France. On this date: In 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the Union. In 1886, the first trainload of oranges from California left Los Angeles for eastern markets. In 1903, a federal Department of Commerce and Labor was created. In 1912, Arizona was admitted into the Union as the 48th state. In 1929, seven hoodlums who were rivals of the Al Capone gang in Chicago were murdered in a garage. The killings the small society became known as the St. Valentine's Day In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations. Ten years ago: U. S. planes which had been dropping propaganda leaflets over South Vietnam were grounded after one crashed, killing eight American servicemen. Five years ago: Britain announced the existence of aSoviet-Britishplanforpeace in Vietnam, if and when the combatants were ready for one. One year ago: U. S. warplanes mistakenly hit a U. S. central Intelligence Agency base in Laos, causing heavy damage. TALL An unusually tall Caster bean nearly 15 feet was grown by Mrs. Howard Clingerman of Eldora. Although they grbw quite tall this one was of unusual height. by Brickman Letters to the .editor' are welcome. They should be brief, legible, written on one side of the paper, and include signature, address. 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