The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1956 · Page 68
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
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(Id.) Upper D«« Mo!n«ft Tuesday, February 7, 1956 et fle$ ulome$ 'WAR BETWEEN THE STATES' Some of our neighbors from Southern Iowa are waxing properly indignant because of excessive fines, reckless jailing, and general misstreat- mcnt coming to light in the State of Missouri when lowans happen to be found violating some Missouri law. It is reported that the Mayor of Adair was fined $52.50 for running a stop sign in Missouri. We do not 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 fact that maybe Iowa really started it all. Last summer our slate government sent special agents out to stop trucks coming in from Missouri (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. i 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 sdmeday 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 wanl 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, JUgorm Upper j$cs ^Hoincs 111 E. Call Street—Phone 1100—Algona, Iowa Kntcrcd as second class matter at the postnCCicu at Algona. Iowa, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1B70. Issued Tuesdays in. 1956 By. THE UPPER DEB MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERLANDER, Advertising Manager NATIO N AI EDITORIAL « I • ' '. i A I t MfVBM MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc. 920 Broadway, New York 10, N. Y. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Yrur. in iKlvunc'u ..... ......... ________ S3. 00 Both Alfiona papers, in combination. pc.-r year ... $5.0(1 Single Copies ____ ....... .... ..... .. ______ ____ ... ___ 10c SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year in aclvaiiff ..... ... r -'iili Al",,.,-. i>;ij)..] s j,. rumbiM;j! ji>ii. one v No subseriptior." lesb than Ci munths. ADVERTISING RATES Di»pl;iy AcivcrtiMng. per inch ........................ . 63c OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER S4.00 _ . $0.00 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 governmenl about a billion dollars a year" brings up some interesting thoughts and facts. Ill the first place, the Secretary did not state how he arrived al the billion dollar figures, and on what basis, so nobody knows whether thai figure is correct or not. He may be right, and let us assume thai he is. Lei its also assume lhal a subsidy such as this is wrong, thai is againsl Ihe : basic principles of good government. If lhal is so, however, then it also stands to reason that there are some other present practices •in government fliat are much worse. Five billion dollars was spent on foreign aid last year. That is a government subsidy. Aboul 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 lo be handing out, and we'll bet a nickel that at least a billion of the cost could be elminated with better ^governmenl business practices, better contracts and elimination of "conflict of interest" personnel. 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 enlerprise 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 — Wo don't believe people in other parts of the United States half realize the hard going farmers, are having right now due to 10-cenl hogs. A friend, en route from Illinois to the west coast, stopped to see us and as we talked along he learned of Ihe big loss in income farmers are taking. He didn't believe it, saying "why, the rest of the country is booming!" If you aren'l hurl yourself, it is hard to feel sympathy for others fat- away. From another friend, also living in a state east of us, we got a letter the olher day. He is an absenlee landlord, the owner of an Iowa quarter section with good buildings and well-conditioned soil. Half of his letter was a complaint on his farm income. He has lost heavily on both hogs and steers; he was unhappy because he thinks the farm slump could have been easily and with justice prevented by government action. "I have been a Republican for years but I'll be a Democrat next November even if Ike does run and even if I like him," he wrote. Whether you think it's right or wrong lo be that way, the Democratic party has become synonymous with prosperous farming while the Republican party has come to mean the opposite to many food producers. We don't like the attitude, even funnel among some local residents thai Ihe "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 cases. Because- a farmer 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 fertilizer bills are staggering and a fanner's capacity lo pay them depends directly (with many) on income- from future crops. Like- everyone else, the farmer has heavy taxes to pay, a family to educate-. Through the; years, like the rest of us, he has geared his income to a standard of living. Well, you can't change your standard of living overnight, but young farmers jusl getting started in- older men still climbing out of debt can 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 cents very Ions without painted results i'eir everybody in county like- Palo Alte>. * * * In 1952 we were told lhal the U. S. posloffice deparlment could and would be "self financing' 1 with proper business management, and without any increase in postal rates. Last week the- President's message te> Congress said the U. S. post- office department in 1 ( J55 lost SI,000 a minute and that increased postal rate's were ui^u'n a necessity. Postmaster General Summerlield isn't any more of a genius than any of his predecessors when ii comes lo taking the postal system out of the red — and in some way> lu-'s worse, if tho-e inwns | having mail "blackouts" for 30 to -lei hours arc- j collect. ! M*i- piool Watch for THE GREEN-AND-GOID BJUSTROM FURNITURE VANI t • Putf- PETER ASROBEL PUBLIC BUIL5IN5S COMMISSIONER The St. Louis Po»t-pispatJl '' 'Membership Troubles Washington, D. C.—Republican National Chairman Leonard Hall has told his closest campaign advisers al a secret, session that President Eisenhower- will not disclose his intentions until after March 1 ... This was before last week's Presidential press conference. Private thinking amonj; Republican legislators tlin past week was 1hi.iV. it will lie somewhat sooner, and that the President's statement will be, "Regrettably. No" ... ' ' . ' «< * * THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT. Embassy Row is whispering that Washington's most enigmatic oi' ambassadors will bite the dust here; in the next few months . . . lie is Georgi /aroubin, Soviet ambassador, idoli/e.r of Joe Stalin's techniques, but apparently not in the best of favnr with the present Moscow regime ... : Incidentally', there will be fin avalanche: of criticism about Ijjnt year's visiting delegate's ft^jn the Soviet .. .Word here is that the Russians, copy-cats of American inventive genius, are putting their "legalized spying" It) good use over there. :': :;• * THE RACIAL FRONT. The Negro crime situation in the District of Columbia is causing deep concern among the liberal:' who've tried to paint ;i rosy picture of integration in the Capita! City . . . With nearly !>0 per cent of th.v city's crime committee! last year by Negroes—according to police records—-parents of white children are moving by the thitu 1 -ands eveiy mi.nth to suburbs which are not yet "integrated" . . . Almost two-thirds of Washington's school population is now Negro. Northern Democrats, meanwhile, are keeping, their eyes on Hie state of Virginia, which borders ihe District on the south . . . The recent 2 to 1 vote by Virginians. to make public schools "private" to get around the Supreme Court decision may snowball intn a inajoi national political i.^sue which would hurt the Democratic' party this election UPCOMING: A 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 they don't cotton to the plan ... They say it takes about $30 million to build a substantial plant and "it would be years before the mill would be in operation. ;,; * * FROM THE FARMS. This is what the grass-rooters are telling congressmen in Washington: Quincy 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, Mmot, North Dakota' ..... "The economy of our ci.'iintry is based on the purchasing power of the American farmer. Therefore, greater recognition must be given the family- t.vpe farm.' a teen-ager around the house who wants an interesting job this surnmer, take a note of this: National Parks and Forests will need thousands of students this tourist season. Full information in free pamphlet issued by the Department of Interior Write your congressman. « * « NEWS CONFERENCE ... 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 While 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 you were 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 10.80 a.m., but 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, awkward moves . .. * * * In Ihis 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 reel 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 Coding chairs in open anxiety, All eyes keep time on the side door on the right * * * From Ihe hallway emerges a lone secret service man. He takes a long, slow look about the room, then windmills his arms as a signal to the guards to lock the doors. The exits are not to be opened until Merriman 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 countiy. His every word is "on the record," but you mustn't quote him directly until the White House reviews the transcript and releases the quotations it desires to. Questions fly for nearly 30 minutes. The President's first utterance may be world-shaking, but tin reporters are' helpless at the moment to convey the message to the outside—for no one can leave the room until the conference is OVl.T . . . FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA 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, accorhpanied by high winds, tied up the entire area. Stores at LuVerne closed due to a shortage of coal, no trains had entered the county since Friday and no mail had traveled in or out of the area foi two days. According to the weather station', an accumulation of 26 inches of snow covered the ground everywhere, and in places drifts were insurmountable. One drift keeping the Northwestern trains from entering the territory measured 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 could get it from the nearest source and charge it to the state. * * * 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 lo warn her child of an approaching car, Mrs Jesse Stoddard of LuVerne fell and ' broke her hip Saturday. * * * Basketball activity was hot 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 5!» 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. * 0 » 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 only man in history to take the three-cushion title on the first attempt. His exhibition was open to men and women. * * * Only six games separated the six teams in the bowling league at Barry's. The Phillips 66 and Courthouse teams were, tied jfor first with identical 23-19 marks, while the Barbers were last with a 17-25 record. A note in the story stated it was doubtful if'the Farmer's -tbim would be sable to bowl its games -this week'—the weather again. * « * Feeding of pheasants in subzero weather was aided by cash donations to conservation officer E. V. Pierce during the week, and W. A. Murray, Bancroft, was furnishing corn to anyone who had the time to deliver it to feeding stations around the county. Bird loss was high due lo 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 Sevvick, a niece of Mrs Leason. Mr and Mrs Cobler had attended a family gathering at the home of the hitter's brother-in-law and sister, Mr and Mrs Vernon 'Schreicr, over the Christmas weekend. Mr Cobler died very suddenly Dec. 28. Mrs Schreicr is the former Neva Sewick. New from the Kraft Kitchen! SPOON IT into hot foods HEAT IT for cheese sauce SPREAD IT for snacks „ A Pastiurlztd Pronss Chnse Spread Let greetings by long distance line 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 birds still have to develop bones, body and feathers before they are ready to lay. FELCO GROWING MASH supplies the proteins, vitamins and minerals that chicks need to develop and grow. The better grown out your pullets 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. 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