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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 14, 1956
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J-Algeno (la.) Upp«r D«» Moinfcj Tuesday, February 14, 1956 wet fle$tltofae$ 4drf^ M ^ i ^* MM<aBI * MI *** >a ^^ GAS BILL AND THE PUBLIC By legislation, the American public is about to gc gouged by special interests to the tune of between 600 and 800 million dollars, as a result of-the passage of the Gas Bill which removes control of gas prices from the hands of the Federal Power Commission. This means, simply, that the few corporations owning the land beneath which our supply of natiital gas lies, can soon fix their own prices without regard to fair profits or the eventual consumers. When the gas producers raise their prices to the pipelines, the pipelines in turn will have to raise their prices to the local distributing companies, and then it moves on to the final user of gas. Opponents of" the Gas Bill have argued that natural gas is a ntttural public resource and should be treated as such. Their view was defeated in the U. S. Senate by a -.yote of 53 to 38. Of .Ihf 'S3 Senators voling in favor of this measur*, 22 were Democrats and 31 were Republicans. Included among those voling Iri.laWe of this gouge of the public were Senator*' Hickenlooper and Martin of Iowa, who • jbolh come from a stale THAT PROErtjdES KO NATURAL GAS but USES A'tiOT Of IT! Mixed in with the whole 'disgusting mess is the disclosure that one U. S. Senator was offered §2,500 to look with favor upon the Gas Gouge Bill. The Nebraska lawyer who offered the money, wKich was rejected, is said to have, represented a California oil concern .which produces natural gas. •- • "* • The manipulation • of this bill is a typical example of how lobbyists with their almost un- lirpited 'funds can procure legislation detrimental /to the welfare of the whole public, but beneficial tOithe greedy, grasping, few. The United States Supro/ne Court, sometime ago, ruled that the Federal Power Commission had the right to regulate the well-head price of natural gas under its then existing power. Thus, the only way left to change it, .was for the gas producers to, change the Supreme' court decision by new legislation. This they proceeded to do. The cost of an estimated 600 to 800 million • dollars impending in natural gas price increases is almost equal to the billion it is estimated it mightiest to support the prices of both pork and cattle ori a cost-of-production basis, if pork and cattle prices remained at their present levels "on the'"free and open".market. v When a few gigantic corporations can lobby and legislate a change in the existing laws so that they can then legally assess a tremendous gouge oh 1 the public pocketbqpk, o^ur system of democratic government nfeeds" a good, close examination —, and also the men who are filling the elective and appointive off ices, in it. ,, The Gas Bill was bought'by Ihe self-seeking groups desiring its passage, and the American public will pay for it through the nose. We started s out a little over three years ago by giving,away all control over the vast off-shore oil deposits in the nation. Now we are giving away all control of the vast natural gas resources of the country. Upper jbts 111 E. Call Street—Phone 1100-Algona, Iowa Entered as second class mailer at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under Act OL Congress of M;irch 3, 1B7H. Issued Tuesdays in 1956 By THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERLANDER, Advertising Manager NATIONAL EDITORIAL MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF _ CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc. 920 Broadway, New York 10, N. Y. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Year, in advanc-i> ..83.00 Both Algonu pupurs. in rombiiuitiun, per year —S3.HO Single Copies . • -- 10c SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year lu advance — .S4.00 Both Algonu papers in combination, one year .--$6.00 No subscription less than (i months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch ..-- U3c OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER Some clay the average American voter is going to wake up and fully realize what \is happening to him. How soon that will be, we don't know, but we hope for the sake of all of vis that it's mighty soon. • * * * PHYSICAL FITNESS While we have been following the "cold war" pretty closely on the political fronts of the world, loss attention has been paid' to something else that might be almost as-important. This is the recently published comparison «of the physical fitness of American youth as compared with those in other countries. It may come as a surprise to us to find that despite our high standard of living and nutrition, and the comparative case with which we acquire food in this country, surveys statd that the physical fitness of most European children is 50 per cent better than that of our own kids. Half of the youth called by the draft in tl^ United Slates are rejected for lack of general fitness,. That's a pretty high percentage — HALF ARE NOT PHYSICALLY FIT. Standard physical tests were given to American and European children to make the comparisons and Harvard University analyzed them for the results. Lack of physical activity is given as the reason for_ the difference, With obesity or overweight being a chief contributing cause. This is the result of our mechanized, motorized, effort- saving civilization, the survey says. And more and more, beginning in babyhood, just sit and watch TV. Very few of our youths engage in sports. Most attend the games, just sit and ydll loud. More and more children ride buses to school, and few ever engage in school sports. Along with this decrease in physical activity comes a decrease in mental activity, the survey says, and the present philosophy of education applied at home and school is called "allergic to anything that smacks of effort." We are building mare school gymnasiums and athletic fields but they arc used by only, a comparatively few, and physical education classes are devoted chiefly to games and contests, and any semblance of setting-up exercises is taboo.' If the survey is correct, the nation should heed the alarm. There are more ways than the political front for a nation to be undermined. * » * 48 HOUR LONG MAIL BLACKOUT . . . Eagle Grove Eagle — The more than 5,000 persons living in this area are becoming incruasr ingly irked by the 48 hour mail blackout thajt incloses Eagle Grove from Saturday evening until Monday evening each week. There is no way to j get k letter out of town during that weekly period except to deliver it by hand yourself. It would be interesting to know how many other communities are finding themselves in the same pioneer atmosphere postal wise that Eagle Grove has attained in this modern day and age. If there are other communities that are sadly disappointed in Secretary Summerfield's stream lined postal service we would appreciate it if you would drop us a card. This is an election year and maybe by some concerted effort we can get something done. Alone we are apparently helpless. We can't even get a letter of protest out on the week end. * * » EDITORS ARE USED TO CRITICISM Exchange — All of us older editors have had brickbats thrown at us from time to time and have been ostracised and criticised by some of the neighbors for printing something that didn't sit well, though it was, the truth. Editors become thick skinned and unjust criticism doesn't sink in. Editors gel used to criticism. They don't mind ft. They mind more when criticism stops. It is then the editor begins to feel that he must be slipping. An editor who is never criticised doesn't amount to much and he rates low in the subscriber's book. * * t f ' Exchange — The G.O.P,. realizing that Ezra Benson is a political liability, have-taken measures to build him up. A public relations firm from Los Angeles has been hired to supervise the public relations work of our secretary of agriculture. They will prepare for him a better approach to the public and they will write his speeches. If this public relations firm will get the secretary to use his authority to stimulate farm prices they Will put him back im the rifcht track. Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure — William Somerset Maugham. Mason City Globe-Gazette: Charlie Knuuse has it all figured out why the cnw jumped over the moon. The milk maid's fingers were cold. * •:• * I Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes abundance.—J. Pctit-Senn. STRICTLY BUSINESS "Wife iiuittt I «*l a hot lunctTevery day!" 20H1SS TH6 McCorkle aTmost was awarded a TON By Ed Koterba Washington, D. C. — THE BIG PUZZLE. In recent weeks, 13 members of the House of Representatives announced they would not seek reelection this fall ... This is a near-record for drop-outs this early in the campaign. Why is it? It can't be a money reason, for all these men got $7,500 raises last year... Eleven ot the 13 are Republicans ... Talk here is that there would be few — if any — Republican drop- ouls were' it definite that Presi-*; dent Eisenhower would run ... •FLOOD RELIEF? The flood sufferers in the Northeast will run into formidable opposition to* the 33 new flood control projects costing $500 million now uncieM consideration in Washington. ;; Senator Kerr, Democrat of Oklahoma, chairman of the flood control and rivers and harbors sub-committee, boasts: , "I am going to fight (the projects) every inch of the. way. 1 ' Why Because, Kerr says, the government allotted only $5 million to Oklahoma's dam program POSTAGE. Don't expect any increase in first class mail this election year despite the fact that Postmaster General Summerfield wants higher rates . .. Although there was a postal deficit of S3o2,700,UOO last ye;,r it was less than half the all-time high deficit of $727 million in 1952. Rates for "junk mail" may be upped, , however. In fact. Rep. Harrison, Virginia Democrat, h;is already offered a bill to make the third-class "circular" stuff pay first class rates. bounce. Meanwhile, by sunshiny contrast, Gov. Mennen Williams of Michigan appeared buoyant when discussing possible Democratic nominees . . . Intimated strongly he'd be satisfied with second place on the Democratic ticket. ODDS ON. THINGS. They're giving informal odds around Washington: Three to two that income tax exemption:; of SHOO to S700 will be voted this year.. .Three to two that Ike will not run . . . And in the. social circle.-: Two to one that Grace will NOT marry the Prince . . . Five to o;n> that Margaret Truman will NOT marry Gov. Meyner of New Jer- Everybody needs "time off"—even you* telephone. Especially "if you're on a party Hue, it's important to leave a brief ''holiday" between phaJie call* - so that incoming calls can reach you; so that other people on your lino may use the other trps for good party-line service: hang up quickly and quietly when the line is in use, replace the receiver carefully, give up the line for emergency calls. Remember, party-line courtesy is catching. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, ON THE FARM FRONT. Congressmen from agricultural area; are quietlv expressing fears that the soil bank idea, if enacted, muy back-fire. Reason: If certain portions of farmland are divM'ted to grasse.-., what will prevent fanners from pasturing their cows on this lar.'.l? Should this happen, the country would end up with a.ldfd -.ur- pluses of beef, milk and dairy products ... A vicious circle. ATOMIC SHIPS. Congress is up in the air about what to do about atomic' ships, j! more or less scuttled Ike's "i;ood will atom merchant ship" idea . . Now the members are being badgered by Navy brass for money tor an atomic cruiser. Changes are that 'Congie-s will toss cold water on the lale.-l proposal, '.OO. GRASSROOT LETTERS to Congre.-s. Finn! Anton Novak Wiili.'ton. N. D.: -Dear Senator- 1 want to tell you that I butchered a 4-yeai -old tat cow . . . and ,'Oce:\'i-d only SI.5-1 for the hit'. "Tlu.'ii I had a pair of si iocs j ':al:'-;..,k>d and Jt ju-t do.. ft no! add up ..." WHAT'S FREE? Having income tax worries? The Inlcmal Iii'Venue St.'rvav- has a eoiHpit-li 1 - lv iifV.' IjiMii-:. "Your Kudera! Income Tax" with "a!!" t!u ,111. we i .i. You; con-;:•(•:.Milan v. :!! b>- ppy ou a copy. CANDIDATES. A mood of sinking confidence has muved m- lo l h e KeiauvcT-t'ur-Hre.-i'.lt.-nl • -i.'iijj . . Tin: Ti.'iiii'v •' i- -i n ;i DRUGS. The Federal Trade Commission is studying current "excessive" prices of prescriptions and oilier drugs .. . May at- tevftpt to cajole Congress into investigating. In a development concerning other kinds of drugs, the government is getting set to reinforce its squad of Federal narcotics investigators ...Shocking truth is.that only 200 or so Federal; 1 agents are charged with the full responsibility of policing the entire globe for narcotics ... This is LESS than the number of narcotics agents assigned, by the New York police to Manhattan .jlone. • JUNKETS. The bubble of hope thftt the secrecy on congressional jui.'kets would be unveiled this session has burst... Rep. Burle- sr>n, Texas Democrat, says his House Administration Committee is discarding the plan to have the funds disclosed to the public Rough estimates .are that the junkets made by some 250 members of Congress lust year cost taxpayers $1 million. RACIAL. Most congressional leaders feel that the federal-aid- to-schools bill is doomed if the Powell amendment takes hold in Congress... Rep. Powell, Harlem's choice in 'Congress, says he's determined to see the bill through. The amendment sets out that no federal construction money would go to schools where whites and colored pupils are segregated. FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES FEBRUARY 18, 1$36 * • • The county was stilt in the grip of extreme cold weather'—and snowfall during the week totaled inches. Temperatures for the week ran from a high of 17 above to a low of 26 below zero, but for the most part, sub-zero temperatures prevailed. Total snowfall for the winter to date was 34 inches and drifts from ten to 15 feet high were not uncommon, leaving many stale and courtly roads impassable. Both of Algona's school systems ordered their schools closed due to a fuel shortage and a Northwestern railroad crew was working frantically to free a stalled train near Gerled. Winter, good old winter. * * * Republican precinct caucuses were held Monday throughout the county. Kossuth was to send 13 delegates to the state; convention and 13 state delegates to Ihe national convention vyere to be seleced at the state meeting. In the meantime. C. H. Ostwinkle of Algona announced he would be a candidate for state representative on the Democratic ticket. Alex Bonnstetter,—present representative, was a probable candidate for a state senate post. * * * The former Kossulh Bank building was sold at auction in the courthouse Saturday morning for $12,675. A bid in that amount from A. Hutchison of Algona, representative of a group wishing to organize a new bank, was accepted. Other bidders were Harry Bode, representing' the Kossuth Mutual Insurance Co.. and Ed Capesius. Following the purchase of the building, directors and officers for the new bank were named. C. B. Murtagh, president. A. Hutchison, vice president. Frank Kohlhaas, active vice president, and Eugene Schemel, cashier, were selected to be in charge of the new bank, named the Security State Bank. * * * It was reported a portion of a cornfield on the Alfred Schenck farm, which was not picked last fait, is thick with pheasants seeking food during the cold weather. The unpicked corn brought praise to Mr Schenck for saving starving birds due to its availability. * * * Woe is me. . Three carloads of men from the south £nd of the apparently in for a swell home-, cooked .dinner in the near future, They cleared out a big drift on highway 18 east of Algona in V.-ont of the Ray McCorkle farm. Mrs McCorkle had planned to attend a cooking school in Algona. and noticed when the crews went by that she still had time to make it to town. An hour later, Mrs fainted. She new electric range at the conclusion of the booking session. * * * A last-second basket by Mel Krumm. Ushered Swea City to a thrilling, 20-18 victory over the Algona Bulldogs, on the local court Friday night. The locals led most of the way, but fell to n timely /conrfcback staged by the bullet-passing visitors. Top scorer in the game was Kenny Lynk of Algona with seven points. Twelve teams were set for the county boys basketball tournament lo be held this week in the Algona gym. Ledyard, Titonka, Algona and Swea City were pre-tourney favorites. * * * Catlle in Ihe Irvingion vicinity have been sick during the recent bitter cold weather with frozen tongues, a result of eating frozen feed. It was the first time in history an illness of this variety had been reported there. county headed for Wednesday. They Algona last battled their way through snow drifts and spent most of the day getting to town. They went directly to the state liquor store-f-and to then dismay found it closed due to Lincoln's, bi"thday. The store also planned to be closed for Washington's birthdays * * « State snow plow crews were Reader Comment Gives Views On Politics Have you always been a Re.- publican? You still vote on that ticket being in the predicament sve are in today? Are you proud of those wealthy men appointed to rule over you? But let's forget the name Republican for the time being and just examine- the principle's for which this party stands. Do you agree with them? Are they leading you down a blind alley? They certainly arc- and are proving that they intend to continue to do so. As time goes on they arc getting worse. The enjire country, not just the farmers, is on the brink of going overboard. Some are financially ruined already. Look at Kos- sulh's local papers smeared with farm sale ad's. Is that something of which to be proud? The majority of farmers do not have farm sale:; "just because." They invested large sums to go into business and don't drop it easily until forced to do so. Eisenhower is still saying let's hang on to flexible supports for the purpose of reducing surpluses. This long range program they are favoring is going to have many more walking down the road. It just won't work. The proof, is already before us. Big business tells you business was at an all time high last year. Do you believe that?- If so, how was it done? More credit is the answer. Do you think a nation can survive on much of the population purchasing on credit? How many of us arc going to continue to give $15 yearly to the Farm Bureau? Are you ot the opinion that they are fight in s. for you? Let's clean out this State House of ours In Iowa. It has been rotten for a long time. Do you like that 2*6 per tent sales tax that Qov. Hoegh signed into law? He wants to repeal it now. Why sign it in .the first place? How many of us using natural gas favored the affirmative vote on the Gas Grab bill? You are going to pay for that. You have your appliances bought and it's natural that you'll use them. Bourke Hickenlooper and Tom Martin both Iowa products and representing us in the capitol as U.S. Senators both voted "Yes" on this. It would be best to vote ^ against them when the first opportunity rises. ' At a courthouse meeting, Feb. 7 Rev. Coad, a minister of one of the largest Boone churches, gave one 6f the best speeches I have heard. He is running for U.S. Representatives on the Democratic ticket. He is running against Dolliver. Dolliver is another that should have been removed from office a long time ago. As a minister Rev. Coad had a secure position but he felt as many others that things being run as they were, nothing could be secure long. What does the Republican party do that is right? Their first • 'act was to give away Tide Land Oil? We should* all be receiving large'sums from this for running • our schools. Why; take it away and tax us until there's nothing left? > We've had the Republicians ' much too long and the cabinet couldn't be worse. It's time to ' vote for the only party that really represents all the people. Kathryn Arndorfer MOTOR REPAIRS •0* Large Stock of REPLACEMENT PARTS On Hand v Prompt Service At All Times Service Motors Available For Emergency Use PRATT ELECTRIC CO. 'hone 170 Algona, la. INVESTIGATIONS. Lawyers over the country are watching with interest the demands of hard-dicing Sen. Williams, Delaware Republican, that Congress look into the income tax antics of lawyers over the past years This is the result of recent developments which disclosed thai 1 I wealthy Philadelphia urea attorneys uot by for several years without filing tax reports . . . Con- gress—ami the Internal Revenue Sei vice- won't let this go by... Whoh.-a!e checks of all attorneys records i:- considered a likelihood FAKE CHARITIES. Expect mine cor^rc.isional talk that lake, charity drives are mulcting the unwary public of $500,1101) or more a ycar...liui any direct action by Coii-jre-s is considesed dangerous .-:nee it could hurt the ion- st chantic-.s. C^n-ire. s is also cvein.-; the jutoinohi!;.' insuraiici.! gypping racket . . . Apparently it.'s more wkicspi.'ail than originally believed ... Latest state to uncovci eyicit. uce ot overcharges on auto insurance premiums is Florida. WHAT'S FREE? Interested in buildm.u «n expansible .split- It ve! !ai mhoiise 1 ' You can yt-t, free, any or all o! J57 L'.'p.ii'tment of Agriculture "how-'o-cl.'-it" pamphlets —• in- cludim.: mil on h<-w to biii!.! farmhouse.-. Write your congress.- m;m lor a FKKK catalog. Banquet Chairman Eirol !\te-.en, Algona. Is! chairman of the baiuiuel commit- ] tee o! the Block an.J Bridle Club ' at Iowa Stale colie^.' planning the annual event to be hold bv Ihe or-an^ation ,,n Feb. 23. The Block and Bi'idle Club is an animal husbandrv department nr- | ,'.;am/.ali"n "ji tiie Iowa Slate < WINTER GRADE > PREMIUM GASOLINE WITH DE-ICER Gives You 9u/n/ner Driving m NO GAS-LINE FREEZE NO KNOCK FAST STARTS QUICK WARM-UPS Svper PIRMAIUBE Motor Oil Saves Gas Wherever you live or drive .. . whatever the climate . . . you get perfect performance and engine protection plus greater oil economy with Super PERMALUBK. This remarkable rnulii-grado oil helps cold engines sUirt quickly and resists thinning when engines are hut. Ke- duccs friction dray to save up to '2 gallons of gas in a tankful. 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