The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1956 · Page 32
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 32

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
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T (lo.) Upper Dai M6ln6> Tufeiday, February 7, 1956 THE Sf AT6S' Some of 6ulj neighbors from Southern Iowa nrc waxing 'properly irrcti'gnant because of excessive fines, reckless jailing, and general mfsstreat- ment, coming .'to light in the State of Missouri when lowans happen to be found violating some Missouri law. . , , It is repbrted.that the Mayor of ;Adair was fined $52.50 for, running a stop sigh in Missouri. We' do hot condone such goings on from Missouri, and stand squarely with, our southern Iowa neighbors in their objections. However, it might be well for us to ponder a little on the fa"ct that maybe Iowa really started it all. Last -summer our state government sent special agents out to stop trucks coming in from Mis- 'souri (and other states as well) and measure how much gasoline the trucks were carrying. If they had over a specified amount in their tanks they had to empty it out, buy the higher-priced Iowa gas, and pay a fine on top of it, all because of a certain state law. Missouri drivers were hopping mad. Last year there were several periods when other state agents from some department or other stopped cars entering the state and if they found over two packages of cigarettes without the Iowa revenue stamp imprint the excess cigarettes were impounded, all because of. a certain state law. We have done several rather foolish things as a mature state to make our neighbors mad at us; we should not be too surprised to find some of them adopting retaliatory measures. * * * WILL IT BE A "GIFT"? The future of the use of atomic power in our lives is. beyond the 'ordinary imagination but reports indicate that atomic energy may someday be used to generate electricity, bring benefits to .'agriculture, be used in medical treatments, power cars and buses and trucks, and hundreds of other useful purposes. ' At present the control of atomic energy is . entirely in the hands of the government. Its development, which brought. a quick finish to the .war with Japan, was financed by billions of dollars from the taxpayers of the United States. In other words, atomic energy belongs to all of us. How, in the' future, will the use of atomic energy be permitted to enter normal, civilian life? Will it be through leasing of patent rights by the . government, outright gifts, or what? Atomic energy was bought and paid for by all the people. It's use in private industry and general life would be one of the biggest possible • : plums to be picked off for personal gain, unless the - government itself as custodian of this great power • protects the rights of the people who financed it. The problem may be some years away, but it's worth thinking about. * * * If you want to keep young, associate with young people. If you want, to realize your age, try to keep up with them. — GOSPORT, PENSACOLA, FLA. The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations. — Mary Baker Eddy. Clipper pcs' JHHoincs 111 E. Cull Street— Phone 1100-Algona, Iowa EntcTccl us second class matter at the poslolfice ;d Algnna, Imvn, under Act in' Congress of Mil re h 3, IBTtl. Issued Tuesdays in 1956 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. SUO Broadway. New York 10. N. Y. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Year, in .-ulvam-e Hull) Alsi>n:i papers, in cumbiniitum SllK-lc- Omits S3.0D ye.ii' _ S5.00 - 10t SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Ye;,r in ;idvinn\. s)1|| . No"sublc-riiiiion''it!s' ';'...''. l .'". 1 . l ".'.'. ; "".'. 11 - '""•• ^-" -• »«.C« ADVERTISING RATES »i.s|)la.v Advertising, per inch u;k . OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER SPEAKING OF SUBSIDIES Ezra Benson's statement at Austin, Minn, last week that it was impossible to support livestock prices "because it would cost the .government about a billion dollars a year" brings up some interesting thoughts and facts. ' • '• In the first place, the Secretary did not state how he arrived at the billion dollar figures, and on what basis, so nobody knows whether that figure is correct or not. He may be right, and let us assume that he is. Let us also assume that a subsidy such as this is wrong, that is against the basic principles of good government. ' ; If that is so, however, then it also stands to reason,that there are some other present practices nn government that are much worse. Five billion dollars was spent on foreign, aid last year. That is a government subsidy. •• t ••. About thirty-four billion dollars was paid to American industry on defense items. Perhaps we cannot call that a subsidy, but it is a mighty big sum for the .government to be handing out, and we'lj bet a nickel that at least a billion of the cost could be elminated with better, government, business practices, better contracts and'elimination of "conflict of interest" personnel. -. ., k Our airlines and our steamship lines are all subsidized with government contracts of various kinds; our private airplane factories are all waxing fat on government contracts; inland waterways are on a subsidy basis by having the government pay the costs of maintaining channels deep enough for private enterprise to use. All of these are Subsidies in 'one form or another. The Secretary of Agriculture may be right' when he speaks of the cost of government support; he, and most other government'spokesmen, are conveniently forgetting about the far greater subsidy cost in vogue at present as outlined above. * * * TEN CENT HOGS Emmeisburg Democrat — We 1 don't believe people in other parts of the United States half realize the hard going' farmers are having right now due to 10-cent hogs. A friend, en route from Illinois to the west coast, stopped to see us and as we talked along he learned of the big loss in income farmers f are taking " He didn't believe it, saying "why, the rest of the country is booming!" If you aren't hurt yourself, it is hard to feel sympathy for others far away. From another friend, also living in a state east of us, we got a letter the other day. He i an absentee landlord, the owner of an Iowa quar ter section with good buildings and well-cohdi tioned soil. Half of his letter was a complaint on his farm income. He has lost heavily on both hogs ani steers; he was unhappy because he thinks th farm slump could have been easily and with jus tice prevented by government action. "I hav bee.n a Republican for years but I'll be a Demo crat next November even if Ike does run and even if* I like him," he wrote.' Whether you think it's right or wrong to be that way, the Democratic party has become syn onymous with prosperous farming while the Republican party has come to mean the opposite to many food producers. We don't like the attitude, even found among some local residents that the "farmer has had it so good the last 15 years let him take the bitter with the sweet." A flippant remark isn't so funny when you start applying it to qases. Because a fanner owns a lot of costly equipment, has a TV, a couple of tractors, a good automobile and a pickup, a ranch house with modern plumbing, doesn't mean he can drop $2,000 on his farm operation in a year's time without getting hurt. Farmers have a cost load that would smother many in other occupations. Expensive machinery needed for present-day farming is usually paid for by installments; seed, feed and fertiliser bills are staggering and a farmer's capacity to pay them depends directly (with many) on income from future crops. Like everyone else, the farmer has heavy taxes to pay, irfumily to educate. Through the years, like the rest of us, he lias geared his income to a standard of living. Well, you ean't change your standard of living overnight, but young fanners just getting started or older men still climbing out of debt ean be cleaned by a hog market like the present one. We don't know the answer: but we do know hogs can't be 10 tents very lony without painful results for everybody in county like Palo Alto. In 1952 we were told lhal Jhe U. S. posloffice department could and would be "self financing' 1 with proper business management, aivl without any increase in postal rates. Last week the President's message to Congress said the U. S. post- office department in 1055 hut $1,000 a minute and that increased postal rates were u%nin a necessity. Postmaster General Sumnierfield isn't any more of a genius than any of his predecessors when it comes to taking the postal system out of lae red — and in some ways he's worse, if tho.-e lowiis having mail "blackouts" for 3(i to 4!) hours are eonect. PErErUSTROBEL PUBLIC BUILDlNSS " : 1 Af<e)nbirsJ»}> Troubles • ' i • *• . . Washington, D. .C.—Republican Natipnal Chairman Leonard Hall has , told . his closest campaign advisers at a secret session that President . Eisenhower will not disclose his intentions until after March 1... This was before la'st week's Presidential press confer r ence. ; Private, ^thinking among lU>- publiean' ' legislators'": the. past week Was that'it will be somewhat sooner, and that the President's statement will be, "Regrettably, iNq" ..; . • i; ' *; *', v '' THE ;DIPLOMATIC. CFRONT. Embassy Row is' whispering that Washington's most 'enigmatic i.of ambassadors will bite the djist here in the next few months y\ f He is Ged'rgi Zaroubin, Soviet ambassador, idolizer of Joe Sta,- lin's techniques, but apparently not in the best of favor with thy present Moscow regime ... :•.< Incidentally, there will be -an avalanche of criticism about l year's visiting delegates ti the Soviet.. . Word here is thtl the Russians, copy-cats of Ame)- r ican inventive genius, arc putting their "legalized spying" to good use over there. > " * 9, THE RACIAL ' FRONT. Tie Negro crime situation in the District of Columbia is causing deep concern among the liberals who've tried to paint a rosy picture of integration in the Capital City ... With nearly 80 per cent of the city's crime committed last year Dy Negroes—according to police ecords—parents of white children are moving by the thou- •;;'nrls every month to suburbs vhich are not yet "integrated" ... Almost two-thirds of Washington's school population is now Negroi; < ."- - i • Northern Democrats, meanwhile, are keeping their eyes,;on the state ' of Virginia,' which borders the District on the south ... The recsnt 2 to 1 vote by Virginians to make public schools "private" to get around the Supreme Court decision mny snowball into a inajor national political issue which would hurt the Democratic party this election year... • • - • UPCOMING: • Ai congressional proposal that small - medium newspaper publishers be given a huge loan to pool their resources for a newsprint mill. This would offset the tremendous newsprint shortage expected to hit the smaller papers from now on ... But an informal check of editors shows t they don't cotton to the plan ... They say It takes about $36 million to build u substantial plant 'and it "Would be years before the mill would be in operation. f f « FROM THE FARMS. This is what the grass-rooters are telling congressmen in Washington: Quiney Rice, Keokuk County. Iowa •• — "The flexible price-support program for the livestock producer is like a rubber .crutch lor a man who is crippled... " Jacob Swenson, Minot, North Dakota — "TRe economy of our country is based on the purchasing power of the American farmer. Therefore, greater recognition must be given the family- type farm." « a » WHAT'S FREE? If you have a teen-ager around • the liatfae who wants rfff'int'ertStirtg job 'this* sufhmer, fake a ndte of this: National Parks and Forests will need thousands of students this tourist 'season, Full infdrma* lion in free pamphlet issued by the Department of Interior Write your congressman, < ' People often wonder, "What is a Presidential news conference actually like?" '' • , ) . First of all, the gathering isn't in the White House,, like most people think it is. ! You step up to Room 474 of the old State Department building! across the barricaded narrow private alley from the White House. > You're armed With your White House press pass Which you obtained after weeks of the severest Secret Service screening in America. You were stopped at every turn in the corridors by uniformed or plain-clothed guards. Although they recognize you, .they scrutinize you as they did the first time youvwere. there. As you step inside the tight, cube-shaped auditorium, you get an idea how ancient it is' from the sign above the door; "Peace Treaty Room," -a carry-over from World War I. * ' * * A single, dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling which is as high as the room is long or wide. The conference isn't until 10.30 a.m., b,ut newsmen have been queued up for 90 minutes. More than a dozen agents are seated among the mob. They're dressed to appear like Correspondents and constantly they peer at the men with the pencils and pens. It's best you not make any sudden, aWkwafd moves . . * » * In this cramped, shoulder against-shoulder condition, the farthest newsman is barely 40 feet from the President. The early-comers have grabbed seats at the edge of the mahogany "table at the front center. You watch on your left the red second hand sweep across the electric wall clock toward the hour of 10:30. News-hardened, blase reporters lose their normal casualness, sit on the edges of their foding chairs ii\ open anxiety, All eyes keep time on the side door on the right * * ' * From the hallway emerges -a lone secret service man. He takes a long,. slow 3dok about ;the room, then windmills his arms as a signal to the guards to iock the doors. The exits are not to be opened until ' Merrifnan Smith of the United Press "yells,' "Thank you, Mr President," signalling ' the end of the conference. The President strides in. All stand' silently. You detect a 'self- conscious, though tense, grin on the 'flushed face' of the Chief Executive. He perhaps knows this is the gravest potential unwitting booby trap that faces Presidents. A single misstep with even "the smallest of words could betray him and his country. His every word is "on the record," but you mustn't quote him directly until the Whit House reviews tlie transcript an< releases the quotations it desire. to. Questions fly for nearly 31 minutes. The President's first utterance may be world-shaking, but the reporters are helpless at the moment to convey the message to the outside— for no one can leave the room until the c< inference it over . . . MAI- proof Watch for THE CREEN-AND-GOID BJUSTROM FURNITURE VAN) t Duit- Weaihn flQQt You've got your chicks off to a flying start with FELCO CHICK STARTER. Now keep 'em gaining and growing with FELCO GROWING MASH. Your bird's still have to develop bones, body and feathers before they are ready to lay. FELCO GROWING MASM supplies the proteins, vitamins and minerals that chicks need to develop and grow. Thf better grown out your pullet* are at the- time they start to lay, the better they'll be able to stand the strain of laying. Stop in and see us soon. Remember; With FELCO, you get thoio cooperative savings. Farmers Cooperative Society, Wesley. Burl Cooperative Elevator,, gurt. ' Lone Rocj< Cooperative Elevator Co., (.one Rpck. Fenton Cooperative Elevator Co., Fenton. Whittomore Cooperative Elevator, Whittemore. The Farmers Elevator, Bode. Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co., Svyea City- West Bend Elevator Co., West Bend FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGOMA UPPER DES MOINES FEBRUARY 11, 1936 • * * * •. '. "• BLIZZARD LEAVES KOSSUTH SNOWBOUND was the bold headline that topped the front page of the UDM. And.the head meant what it said. Nine inches of snow, accompanied 'by high winds, tied up the entire area. Stores at LuVetne closed due to a shortage of':coalj no trains had entered the,,; county since Friday and no .mail had traveled in or out of tlie area for two days. According to', the weather station, an accumulation of 26 inches of snow coffered the ground everywhere, , -a n d in places drifts were insurmountable. One drift keeping the Northwestern trains from enter; ing the territory mea'sured ten feet deep and 1100 feet long at Ceylon, Minn. Fuel shortages around the state prompted Governor Herring to state anyone seriously in need of coal \coulcl get it from the nearest source and charge it to the state. V * * , * Stanley Simpson, who worked at the Lander Garage at Wesley, was injured when his jacket caught in a running engine. He suffered a broken nose and a gash on the chin. ' * « * Running out to warn her child of an approaching car, Mrs Jesse Stoddard of LuVerne fell and broke her hip Saturday. . * * * Basketball aciivily was hoi and heavy around the county. Algona finished in second place in the North Central Conference with a 4-2 record on the strength of a 34-24 conquest of Humboldt in the local gym. The locals inaugurated new suits and a new electric Scoreboard during the night. Bob Post topped the scorers with 15 points. Lone Rock and Fenton committed 59 fouls as Lone Rock won, 35-34, at Lone Rock. Eight Kossuth County girls teams were set for the county tournament at Lone Rock, which was to open Friday night, weather permitting. * * * Liquor sales in Algona dropped following the holiday rush. Receipts slumped from $9,479.49 in December to $6,404.83 in January. The local store's decrease followed the state-wide trend for the first month in the new year. * * * Welker Cochran, San" Francisco, one of the world's greatest billiard stars, was booked for an appearance at Barry Billiards here . Tuesday night. Cochran was the present balkline billiards' champion and in 1933 became; the drily matt in history to kkrthe three-cushion title on the first "attempt.; His exhibition Was open to men and women; # ' » -.*•-., Only six games sepwafed the •six teams in the bowling league at Barry's. The Phillips 68 and Courthouse^ team's were .tied] for first with Identical; 23-19 ;rharks, while the Befrbers were last'with a 17-25 record. A note in the story stated It was doubtful if the Farmer's tearri would be able/to bowl its' games: this week—the weather again. .. ; - * ,' * .>•*:• .:•''• Seeding of pheasants in sub- 2erfr weather was, aided by casb donations td conservation offiper E, V. Pierce during the week, and W. A. Murray, Bancroft, was furnishing corn to anyone who had trfe time to deliver it to feeding stations around the county. Bird loss was high due to the weather. • • • Bancroft By Mrs. Lawrence Bergman Mrs Art Leason received word recently of the death of Virgil Cobler,' 30, of Pasadena, Calif. Mr Cobler was the husband of the former Shirley Sewick, a niece of Mrs Leasori. Mr-and Mrs Cobler had attended a family gathering at the home of the letter's brother-in-law and sister, Mr and Mrs Vernon Schreier, over the Christmas weekend. Mr Cobler died very suddenly Dec. 28. Mrs Schreier is the former Neva Sewick. New from the Kraft Kitchen! SPOON IT into hot foods HEAT IT for cheese sauce SPREAD IT for snacks fl r ** A Pastiurlzdd Process OIMM Spreid Let greetings by long distance line unite you with your valentine / There's a special warmth about a lone; distance calj on Valentine's Day. U ' s thoughtful, personal.., and the cost is surprisingly low. Enjoy a yoice-to-voice reunion with your loved ones ou this sptx . lal da> , h , & (J1)C J^ way your telephone makes living fuller, richer lor everyone. 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