The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 20, 1956 · Page 24
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 24

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 20, 1956
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Z-Alflono (la.) Uppir D« Md!n«* Tuesday, March 20, 1956 A MUDDLED MESS With the 1956 planting season only a short distance away, the nation's agricultural section is still not certain just what type of a farm program it will bo advised to follow this year. The whole situation in Washington with regard to a farm program is in a sadly muddled shape. It would seem now that no matter what comes from it. the farmer will have a real problem in figuring out what has and has not been done. Even reading the day-to-day progress in debate and amendments and votes on amendments is enough to make one dizzy. There are always 2 — and often more than 2 sides to any question. We have felt that with the cost of living as it is. a 90 percent parity support plan for farm products was only fair to the farmer, and from past experience know that 90 percent support cost the final consumer no more by the time he bought the processed food than it has cost under the flexible program. But maybe the flexible program has good points not hitherto revealed. Regardless of which is best, at this moment the farmer doesn't know which way he is headed, who is doing the driving, or whether or not the gas in the tank is going to be sufficient to get him to the next period of cash income. If some of the so-called "business men" in Washington ran their own businesses like they are running some departments of the government, they would soon join the ranks of the unemployed. * * * HOUSE ORGANS FOR G.O.P. Exchange — It was most unfortunate, of course, that Secretary of State Dulles should have been quoted a few weeks ago by James Shepley in Life magazine as saying that "the ability to get to the verge (of war) without getting into the war is the necessary art" of diplomacy. Mr Dulles also said a number of other equally unfortunate things, including his recollection that the U. S. had decided to use atomic weapons to back up certain demands on China. But serious as were the worldwide repercussions to the Dulles statements, more serious still is the attempt by Henry Luce, publisher of Life and Time magazines, to extricate Mr Dulles from the difficulties in which he now finds himself. Condescending to "make a few simple points." Mr Luce unavoidably revealeci what a good many American citizens had already suspected long ago —that Mr Luce has turned Time and Life magazines into house organs for the present Administration in Washington. This may strike Republicans as fortunate: and it may strike Democrats as shocking. What I hope most citizens will sec, regardless of their political loyalty, is that they cannot rely upon either Time or Life to be truthful in its reports and articles. This is something many have been saying for a number of years. Prostitution of a publication is nothing new in the history of journalism. What is novel in this instance is that in attempting to give the present Administration a nice running start in this Presidential election year, Mr Luce and his assorted accomplices overplayed their bit; they snared Secretary Dulles in the web of their own partisan journalism. » * « A SICK MAN Knoxville Express — Why all this argument about the president having a medical examination to find out the state of his health? Every person in the country knows Ike is a sick man and sympathizes with him over his misfortune. He is foolish to anticipate running again, maybe to lace certain defeat. He has had plenty of glory, and it is not necessary that he be president again for there are men available who are better qualified in all ways to take his place. * * * The owl constantly is described as "a wise old bird." The fact is that the owl is a dumb bird. One of the least intelligent of our feathered friends Then consider the dove, which is utilized as u symbol of peace. The dove is not peacefully inclined. It is a very belligerent bird. Always looking for trouble. So says a columnist. 111 E. Call Street—Phone 1100-Algona, Iowa Entered as sci-onrt fUss matter ;it tlu' posUillii'c a" Ateon;.. Iowa, under Act ui Congress ol March 'J. W-<. — 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 PUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc. U20 Broadway, New York 10, N. i. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. "BOO, AU^a'pai^'lM combination. l*'i v, ,, sH* n" Single Copies '"' SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH Our yVnr lii adv^ni 1 -,.- ^•',,,1 Both Alcuna papers Jr. i-oinbinainni. .i;,u >wai jo.ou No subtoriplior. lea* tlian U moiiiti:- ADVERTISING RATES U*»1'I.'J Ad\i:i 11*111$. pel null 'iiic OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER MARGARET MATCHED UP England has its Margaret, and the U. S. also has one often in the news — Margaret Truman. In the ease of Miss Truman she is now engaged and about to marry a New York newspaperman, and as one wit remarks "In this case Harry can't can't say too much about the one-party press." We're glad Margaret is getting married. This will relieve us of the chore of reading the assorted news items every time she says hello to a man, rides with a man in a car or plane, drinks a cup of coffee with a man .or happens to dance with someone somewhere. None of this has been Margaret's fault; as the daughter of a president and ex-president, she just couldn't escape. * * * PACKERS PLEAD FOR PACKAGED PROFITS Decorah Journal — On February 1, Mr Benson addressed the National Swine Industry Commilee. This committee, composed of representatives from retailers, puckers, marketing agencies and producers, was assembled by Charles B. Shuman, president of the American Farm Bureau. Mr Benson asserted: "This is not time to take advantage of the American Farmer.—We cannot afford to let him carry the full brunt of increased processing and distribution costs, yes even increased profits, in other sectors of the meal industry." Brave words! Let's listen now to the music. Packers assert that their costs have risen 34 percent since 1949. In dollars this is an increase from about 2 billion to 2.65 billion. Farmer representatives failed to mention that their costs had risen equally percentage wise and vastly more in terms of dollars and cents, while their gross income has shrunk. Packers asserted thai the prices received from wholesalers had declined 23 per cent from peak levels of 1955. Farmers present, and this surely must have included Mr Shuman who assembled the group, did not reportedly mention that the prices they received had declined as much as 50 per cent from 1955 peak levels. Unmentionecl' also is the fact that packers may, according to existing Federal tax laws, exclude that portion of their profits from taxable income which is used for research. Omitted from discussion also is the fact that in at least one case packers made six times as much in 1955 as in 1954. The Morrell Plant of Ottumwa showed a profit of 60c per share of stock in 1954 and $3.60 per share in 1955. . Mr Benson declared that he would not "stand idly by" without "defending the farmer with every means at my disposal." A few days later Mr. Benson told swine producers at Austin, Minn., that he couldn't support hog prices, without doing the same for cattle, turkeys, and other commodities. With all the subsidies being granted to other industries in America, and with the farmer subsidies being paid, not to farmers but lo the processing industries, is it so terrible for farmers to be granted equalizing subsidies? For that matter, if subsidies are to justify themselves they must be applied to assist necessary industry. What is more necessary than food? Until the time comes when we can operate without any government subsidies at all, we must realize that subsidies are justified only to the extent that they maintain solvency in necessary industry. Is there a more necessary industry than the one concerned with food production? example, he quickly offers a congressman in the next office, say, $0 farmers' bulletins for three tax books, etc. The other day, fellow congressmen opened up their inter-office mail to find a long, mimeographed letter from a desperate Rep. E. C. Gathings of Arkansas. The handsome, tall Democrat wrote that he needed all the agriculture yearbooks he could lay his hands on. "I will offer liberal trades," he said, "on the following items ..." And Gathings was willing to part with things like two new steel trunks, still in their original wrapping; several reports on the Smithsonian institution, 1950 through 1954; copies of the U. N. Charter—and even several volumes of foreign relations reports of 1919! Seems that congressmen are willing to trade almost everything on Capitol Hill these days. except maybe jobs . . . * « • WHAT'S FREE. Music for the "Pledge of Allegiance." Most congressmen have adequate supplies Understand* Your Child Spdnsofed by Sl«« Uftitetsilf of lowt Child Welfa*« R»»earch Siahon Hold It, Foster! 20YESBS 1 AGO IN THE; The home is a part of the world. It is at the same time the child's bulwark, his security, his world in a large measure. If we are fair to our children, we will help them be a part of the larger world—not in any sense of forcing world events on children but, to help them by talking in our homes of world problems, of the problems facing our community, our school, our church. In fact, we cannot keep children from knowing world events—the home's responsibility is to interpret life as it is lived in the world today. No authoritarian approach is /ecommended here, and events should not be interpreted in a certain way just because we say so. But our responsibility as parents is to learn constantly the "why" of events and. encourage our children as they grow to think things through themselves. This is a -large order, but the stakes are immeasurably high. The child naturally becomes aware of events outside of himself, and of course no child should be exclusively the center of attention throughout h i s developing years. When he "goes out into the world" he won't be such a center of attention—many unhappy persons today, in fact TON ',-. i ••*&., jv v nsr a*** *By Ed Koterba SOIL BANK COMMENT Swea City Herald — This soil-bank idea the present administration proposes may have some merit — but it also lacks the necessary impetu to give the farmer the immediate relief he no\s needs. It was Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration which originally set up a soil-conservation plan, for it was then that top-level strategists saw the need for conserving our vitally needed "producing acres." Today, the Secretary of Agriculture wishes to promote a soil-bank. Just how the operation will be carried out is still not too clear. But, according to reports from the White House, it is designed for a dual-purpose — to save soil and to give farmers immediate income relief. From what can be determined, by reading the reports on the plan thus far. it WILL do one thing — conserve soil. But as for immediate relief to the fanner, it cannot hope to succeed — at least for several years — perhaps us high as 10 years — if then. *** A few dollars picmium on non-productive land cannot hope to give the fanner the needed income iviiel he now needs - it will take a much better plan than that -- and a much better inducement for him to refrain from putting those acre's into some type of cash crop. So far. Secretary of A«neidlm e E/ra Unison has blocked or listened with elosed ears to every ruposal but his. And, it mml.t be added, none ot THE PRESIDENT. Mr Eisenhower's attitude about Vice President Nixon the past two news conferences has thrown the Capital into puz/.led confusion For one who watched the President from arm's length away as he tried to explain his stand on the Vice President, the situation ends up as pure enigma. Most fantastic of theories is that the President is using a delaying tactic .. .saying he will run and then at the last minute before the Republican Convention bow out in favor of Vice President Nixon ... This "delaying tactic" thus would stave off ny bitter criticism of Nixon by he Democrats between now and h on. .-and by that time would O ive*"fhe Vice President an op- jortunity to "prove" himself to ,he public. That Mr Eisenhower is still acutely concerned about his health was also very much in evidence at his press conferences. He talked about four Presidents dying in office the last 50 years and things like lhal. Optimism about Ike's running is only skin deep among some top Republicans . . . One Midwest Republican congressman offered a $1,000 bet last week Ike would not be the candidate. . .No taker; Another thing GOP lenders are desperately afraid of is that unmerciful attacks by opponents or. Ike's health may agitate the President into overstepping physical limits set by his doctors . . . Even Republicans admit there'll be "teriffic" pressure from their own party for Ike to appear personally in a do/en key cities this year... * * * SCHOOL MONEY. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is being blamed for the apparent killing off of the Federal school aid bill House members say the $!.fi billion proposal for school construction is dead for this year be- pr to the benefit of cause of the Powell amendment. The amendment, sponsoved by Rep. Adam Powell of,Harlem— :it the urgings of the NACP— would exclude any schools which refused to mix the races. * * * FARM LEGISLATION. MOST startling revelation about the farm situation—all Senators expressed amazement at the news —was made just before the Senate voted initially against flexible supports. The news was that the U.S. farm income for 1955 was off by ONE BILLION DOLLARS—or 9 per cent—from 1954. Also, that farmers last year earned an average of $860, compared to $1,922 for non-farmers. • » * MISCELLANY. Rumors are cropping up again that Felix Frankfurter will resign from the Supremo Court .. . The Census Bureau expects more than 177.000.000 persons in the U.S. by 1960... The 1950 population was 151.132,000 . . . The Justice Department is studying complaints by TV officials that film distributors are forcing stations to accept "stin- keroo" pictures along with the better ones . . . * * * HORSETRADES. Congressmen are the wiliest horsetradcrs! In a way, they're like the kid down the street who will trade you a slingshot for a live frog and three match covers. It isn't merely a pastime with the Solomons of the Hill. This constant swapping is more or less forced on them by the demands of their constituents. This is what happens: Each congressman is allotted so many free publications by the Government Printing Office to give his constituents upon request. But often there's a run in hi* district on a certain item, and it completely wipes out the congressman's reserves. S,o what does he do?' II' ho runs out of the incorne tax book, for 1^. $ O 0 C* v FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES MARCH 24, 1936 Peter Wagner, Jr., Tilonka, mel with a very painful injury while chopping clown a tree Tuesday. The tree toppled on him and injured his pelvis bone. He received aid locally and it was expected he would be taken to Algona for further treatment. » * • Members of the Fenton Community Club met last Tuesday night to discuss the branch office of the Armstrong Trust and Savings Bank. Officials of the Armstrong bank issued a request to Fenton business men that they stand back of the bank if conditions proved the bank operated at a loss during the first several months. It was the belief of the business men that no loss would be realized. Final details with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. were to be cleared up in the near future, paving the way for a bank in Fenton. * * * A total of 25 cases, including 16 law and nine equity, were on the docket for the March term of district court, set to begin next Monday in Algona. Any criminal court actions would depend on later developments. * r * Francis Poole discovered dynamite in the coal.bin of the Swea City Creamery as lie was about to fire the boiler. It was believed the dynamite was a dud left in the coal at the mine. The fuse, are unhappy just because they are not now the center of atten- ;ion like they were as growing :hilriren in their homes. Everyone who has children knows that nothing much escapes their attention. If we answer questions when they come, simply but with a core of truth, we will keep contact with our children and have influence in things that really matter. The home that is also a part of the larger world would seem to give the child the best basis for growing into a responsible citizen. cap and dynamite were intacl when found. Might have beer a real surprise if Mr Ppole hadn't discovered that red stick. * M fl Lawbreakers were numerous in Algona during the week. Down at the swimming pool, baskets and windows were broken and other serious damage committed by some unknown culprits. Some equipment was stolen during the spree. The Coffee Shop on North Thorington street was robbed of $115 in cash; $43.50 in cash and stamps was taken from the insurance office of C. R. LaBarre: the desk of C. W. Nicoulin was rifled and two cartons of cigarettes taken; and a total of about Si5 in cash was taken from the Clement Barber Shop, Permanent Wave Beauty Shop and the Gamble Store. Windows were broken at the Corycll gas station, but nothing was taken. And to top it all off, a student in a local school forged the name of a teacher to several notes, then obtained goods from a local store. The teacher discovered the fraud when she received bills for the goods, reported it to authorities and parents of the child made tf<>od on the "purchases". • » • Wall Lichier of Algona received a new cigarette lighter as a birthday gift. Not used to a lighter, Walt put it in use while driving down the road in his car. He lit his cigarette and tossed the lighter out the open window like a burnt match. It couldn't be found. Ken Renken Have YOU heard about Lutheran Mutuai's SELECTOR Plan ? In less than a year, this plan has become my company's best selling policy! And here arc three reasons why . . . 1. The low cost of this policy has convinced Lutherans that they can't afford to be without the extra $10,000 insurance it affords. 2. The Selector plan has an unusual feature which permits the policyowner to have it mature as an endowment at age 65. 3. The initial success of this policy not only convinced prospects, but it convinced out- agents - and that includes me that this is the plan most Lutherans want and need. I'll be glad to tell you about it. Kenneth Renken District Agent Lutheran Mutual Life Insurance Company •* 218 W. McGregor Phone 1065 8-12 Congratulations TO LARRY'S RECREATION V y O y O O O y O his proposals has worked out agricultural areas. Some grass-roots thinking is needed in high administrative quarters •- and then tho>c ideas put into practice. It's certainly not in the cards lor big corporation men to solve the problems ul an indusliy of which they know nothing. I,. 4 *• Former Governor Dan Turner, who recently had a e. .lite,, lice with President Eisellhowel ,,11 the subiecl ol lain) prices, dluil'l WuicL- ;iU er' the visa. He said that high support prices weie defeated in the larm bill belou- the Senate by direct intervention tiom the White HOUM-. 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