Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 7, 1971 · Page 4
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IVLAL Kossuth County Adv< ^ • - tmt " •• m ^—• • DESERTIONS. DRUG PROBLEMS INCREASING 6-Kossuth County Advance Thursday, January 7, 1971 Generation Gap There always is a generation gap between parents and their children and sometimes with grandparents and grandchildren. But the gap seems a bit wider now than in the past. In the first place the grandparents of today are mostly those who grew up under or were adults in the Great Depression days of the Twenties and Thirties. They know what it is to be without work, without funds, and having to dig and work hard to get enough to live on. In the days of bank failures and collapse of the economy the grandparents who were young then learned a lesson. That to have you had to work anc save. PARTIES WERE HOMESPUN - sometimes popcorn and soft drinks — remember those were in prohibition days and some did have a little home brew or commercial alcohol to raise the spirits of the guests. But the pleasures were homemade - not boughten. The children of those grandparents grew up knowing what it was to do without and because they didn't have what they wanted, learned to get along without, and not worry about it. The parents felt that they would not have their children grow up in that feeling of want and thus in many cases spoiled the children who became the parents ot today's younger generation. IN THE MEANTIME, World War II brought jobs at high pay, full employment, and inflation. It seemed that money would always come rolling in and it did. Life became easy and today's youngsters have grown up in an expanding economy based on inflation. Incomes raised annually. Money raised in inflation was always a bit ahead of prices. The new television industry, together with products unheard of in the Twenties and Thirties had to be made. Jobs at good wages prevailed. Along came the Korean War and now the Vietnam War, taking thousands out of the work force and putting them in uniform. Industries producing materials of war boomed and wages and prices were continually upward and upward. THERE WAS NO SAVING for rainy days. The politicians said it wouldn't rain anymore. The Ifssons learned by the grandparents following the inflation of World War I were poohpoohed — the new thought said it could not happen again. But the first signs of deflation are appearing. Thousands of men are leaving the service seeking jobs. Plants which made war materials are closing down. The government is billions of dollars in debt and sinking further. The young are disillusioned. They were promised Utopia. They were not told that they had to build it themselves, just as their grandparents and parents did before them. The answer, of course, is that old saying handed down through the centuries that life usually is just three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves, and that "life is real, life is earnest, life is not an empty dream." Non-Iowans Benefit One of the things bugging the legislative committee considering taxation reform is that with property tax relief proposals some of the benefit goes to people who do not live in Iowa. Whether they merit the benefit is not a question with the law makers for they consider, and probably rightly so, that money earned in Iowa should be taxed in Iowa. There have been some suggestions that rental money, particularly in the case of farms, goes out of the state and the people do not pay a state income tax on that income. Besides wealthy people in other states who seek Iowa land for investment there are a lot of former lowans who become heirs of land when parents die. They do not wish to return to Iowa and thus rent out the land. It is thought that many do not pay tax on that income. THERE ARE SOME corporations that own Iowa land it is thought that many of these do pay taxes because their businesses are manned by experts who take care to see all taxes are paid. But some, it is thought, just escape because no pressure to pay is put on them. There is a great move in Iowa to cut down on property taxes. The aim is to benefit the farmer, particularly the one who owns his land and farms it. But nearly half of Iowa's farm land is farmed by renters. A great deal of land is farmed by nearby farmers to add rented land to their own acreage. The person doing the renting often is a local man, sometimes a farmer who quit because his holding was too small to farm with profits One of the real problems facing farmers who wish to own is the high price of farm land and the high price of farming equipment. This requires capital they just do not have. And interest rates recently have been so high as to preclude purchase. ONE LEGISLATURE passed a bill in regard to agricultural land tax credits banning non- lowans from receiving the credit against the tax on the land. The Iowa Supreme Court held the law unconstitutional. The problem is how to tax income from Iowa going to non-lowans through the income tax. It may be a method of withholding by the tenant and may be the answer. The situation shows how tampering with the taxing laws to benefit a group" can result in problems not contemplated in casual thinking on the tax relief proposals. Football Season Dying The New Year's bowl games and the super- events are nearing the end of the season and many wives will be more or less happy to have husbands back in the mainstream of the household instead of glued to the TV to watch the games. Many of the old-timers are plenty confused by the new jargon of the commentators who fill the airways with their stuff. Many wonder what happened to the left end and right end; the left halfback and right halfback. They are called something else nowadays and unless a viewer is up on his football language he is out of the game, mentally at least. The prima donna stances of the commentators leaves a" great deal to be desired. They hog the camera with supposed highly appropriate conversation that actually means little, if anything. They parade their faces instead of letting the viewer see the half-time activities. And the interviews with the players makes many wonder Interesting Lawsuit Three lowans have filed a lawsuit against a packing company and a labor union contending a wage agreement between the two infringes on the farmers' rights to freely sell their product. Army Esprit De Corps Dying? Survey Facts Frightening if either of the persons pictured know much of anything, including football. Sportscasters leave little to the imagination of the viewer saying who made the tackle when the viewer saw it himself. And instant replays quite often prove the sportscaster no more expert than the little woman who comes in occasionally to check to see if hubby is still alive and well. There are monster men now and even a new one showed up after the Christmas weekend football orgy when a player took pride in being a "gizzard!" One thing that would be desireable in the winter season - and that is having the games played in warm climates with astrodomes. Then the weather is not a factor. Games in subfreezing weather on mud fields are no real test. It's a matter of luck more than skill. The three contend the contract has a cost of living wage boost which in effect discriminates against the farmer's product because it labels the farmer as responsible for the living cost increase and prevents him from benefiting from the natural law of supply and demand. It may be the suit is a bit far-fetched but it does indicate that contracts between labor and management can cause hardships to not only consumers but also sellers of products to the company for manufacture or processing. There is no doubt that strikes are aimed primarily at the public in many instances. The recent General Motors strike also involved warehouses which stored parts. This deprived motorists who had no connection with the strike from getting repair parts for their cars. The unions in many industries have become so powerful that they can dictate terms by putting pressure on the management to give in because of public demand for the product. It would be well for Congress to investigate the contracts between labor and management with a view of protection of the public. This, of course, would enrage the union leaders and would demand a great deal of courage by members of Congress who do the investigating. Unions are in the same position today as the trusts were a half century ago. A Sherman "antitrust" law is needed to protect the public from unreasonable demands by unions capable of tying up the economy of the country. ***** Only the first snowfall is pretty. ***** Did you ever contemplate what a dog's life really is like when someone complains about having one? ***** Why is it you can fall asleep watching a dull TV show but can't sleep when you get to bed? WASHINGTON - The Army is 'in trouble. From the gold braid that adorns General Westmoreland's cap to the mud that clings to the footslogger's boots. The system is floundering. The brass know it. The noncoms know it. The GIs know it. What they all know, however, the Army is reluctant to admit. Official spokesmen give only partial answers or no answers at all to inquiries. To find out what's wrong with the Army, we have talked to GIs and generals alike from the Potomac to the Rhine, from Seoul to Saigon. Here are the stark facts-. - GIs are deserting in droves. In 1970, 52 out of every 1,000 soldiers risked court-martial to escape from the Army. This three times the desertion rate just five years ago. - Discipline is lax, approaching outright insurrection in some units. Lawful orders given under combat conditions are often ignored. Soldiers publicly participate in unauthorized demonstrations. Underground newspapers, some openly seditious, are flourishing. Lawsuits to protect soldiers' rights, unheard of just a few years ago, are becoming commonplace. The first sergeant is no longer God, but just another misguided "lifer." - The Army is literally going to pot. Marijuana is as abundant as the monsoon mud in Vietnam. Hard drugs can be purchased for pocket change in Saigon. Army hospitals have become havens of drug abuse. — Racial tension is simmering on many Army posts. Blacks and whites work together day by day, segregate and fight by night. Many militants frankly intend to use their Army training to wage guerrilla warfare against the U.S. - o - PROMOTION VS. PATRIOTISM- M«rry-Oo-Round ntnimnitnniiimimiiimmim JACK ANDERSON - Too many officers put promotions ahead of patriotism. A combat command, for example, has become an unwritten agreement requirement for field grade promotions, especially for Colonels seeking their first star. Generals also move uptheladder faster if they have combat records. For the sake of their careers, combat commands in Vietnam have been rotated every six to eight months. Consequently, the troops are constantly being led by green officers. Human life literally has become a means to an end for ambitious officers. The dfrt soldiers die, their parents get flag-draped coffins, and the generals receive the kudos. — Generals also feel they need medals to add to their luster. These are handed out to just about every general who takes a helicopter ride over a battlefield. Almost half of the generals back from Vietnam last year, most of them swivel-chair commanders, came home decorated for bravery in combat. Colonels in charge of battalions get decorated so automatically that their medals have become known as the "battalion commanders' packets." Among the enlisted men who do most of the fighting and dying, in contrast, only one in ten was decorated for bravery. - It is also drilled into officers that the way to get ahead is to conform and never to criticize. Efficiency reports, which largely determine promotions, measure conformity rather than ability. Able officers who raise criticisms get low ratings. The inevitable result is that the Army has come under the sway of mediocre officers. - In recruiting for the ranks, the Army promises soft jobs for those who enlist. Those who are shanghied- the draftees, the poor, the black, the dull, the walking wounded — are thrown into the foxholes. The best men invariably get the choice, rear- echelon assignments. Thus the cream become the bureaucrats. The dregs become the dirt soldiers. In other words, the purpose of the Army is to fight, yet its policy is keep the best men out of combat. - o -POLITICAL POTPURRI- Transportation Secretary John Volpe, whose health has been bad, has spoken to friends about resigning from the cabinet . . . President Nixon has given no hint to George Romney, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, that his resignation will be requested . . .The President will establish a foreign economic council to coordinate foreign economics policy, which is now patched together by 12 separate cabinet committees, not to mention another dozen sub- cabinet committees . . . Liberal House Democrats ; will make an- ;:«£«#:•: ££:^^ Takes Exception To Nov. 2 In Priebe-Knight Political Contest Fenton, Iowa Dec. 31, 1971 Kossuth County Advance Algona, Iowa The year 1970 has been full of surprises, but nothing has surprised me more than the absence of letters answering the front page editorial by J.T.C. in the Advance for Nov. 2, 1970. This endorsement of Priebe for Representative was fitting and proper, even at the 59th minute of the llth hour when no one could answer before the election. But the hateful and divisive rhetoric of the editorial was so offensive that I cannot let 1970 come to a close without writing this reaction. As an outsider to the Humboldt- South Kossuth district, I noted that JTC's editorial omitted many facts. The Auxiliary Services Bill was said to be "... for the pupils", a standard label for all forms of parochaid. The recipients of its benefits don't regard it that way. Bishop Dingman of the Des Moines Diocese, who was a guest of the governor when the bill was signed into law, promptly issued a statement saying that since the state has now recognized parochial schools, it is to be hoped much more aid will be coming to them. Why did not JTC tell us this bill was passed in a context of an effort to recognize and save parochial schools, not pupils? JTC deplored the "llth hour letter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State." Then why did he not tell us that the Auxiliary Services bill was rushed through in the closing hours of the 1970 legislature when everyone was more inclined to adjourn than to study and debate the legislation at hand? This llth hour passage was a case of clever politicking that caught the opposition completely disorganized. It has been emphasized that the Auxiliary Services bill is strictly permissive. But why have not JTC and others told us that this measure has already cost the taxpayers 01 'owa millions of dollars (possibly as much as five million in the first year)? if any school district does not provide these services for a parochial school in its bounds, we will listen to see how "permissive" the paro- chialists really think the law is. The margin of the House vote (110-5) is often emphasized, as though that makes it right to have LETTERS TO EDITOR the Auxiliary Services bill become law. No, it only makes it legal. It only shows that Gov. Ray and the parochial school lobby knew how to apply political pressure where it got results. Why did not JTC tell us that the political irregular — of which he accuses Americans United were committed by the proponents of parochaid (multiplied a thousand times) to get those votes? But doesn't the margin of Rep. Priebe's victory at the polls prove that he voted right on this bill? No. It proves what most observers already knew: That Harold Knight is not a charismatic figure; that Knight was not a vigorous campaigner, that your paper (and other media) convinced the voters to vote for a personality rather than issues. In spite of the front page editorial, few voters saw the election as a referendum on the Auxiliary Services Law. Where aid to parochial schools in any form has been submitted as a constitutional amendment t>r any proposal for state-wide referendum, the voters have consistently rejected parochaid. It happened in Nebraska in 1966 and 1970, in New York in 1967, and in Michigan in 1970. No wonder it has to be slipped through in the last hours of the legislature when the public is not alert to the danger. Through JTC's bitter epithets for others, it is clear that he is anti-Roman Catholic, for he ignored, and in effect denounced the letter's quotation from Cardinal Gushing in the very week this distinguished churchman died; he is anti-Protestant, for other attempt this year to strip all Mississippi Congressmen of their seniority . . . Defeated Sen. Charles Goodell, R-N.Y., won't be welcomed into the Democratic Party because he refused to pull out of the New York Senate race despite polls showing this was the only way Democrat Dick Ottinger could win. Democrats feel Goodell, who was too liberal for the White House, is too Republican for them. - o - - SPY FILES DESTROYED Several readers have asked us whether the Army has really destroyed the exhaustive data banks it was keeping on civilian activists. More than eight million names were swept into the confidential files, which were kept at Ft. Holibird, Md. The files were loaded with derogatory comments- true statements, deliberate lies, idle gossip - that had been whispered into the ears of eager gumshoes. For instance, the name of an Army hero, a be-medalled senior officer, turned up in the files as a known war protester and potential civil disturber. His name had been submitted by a prankster. Competent sources assure us that most of the files have now been destroyed. But Army Intelligence will continue to gather information on civilians, these sources say, in cases involving theft or damage to Army property and imminent threat of civil disturbances. - o - - U.S. PRISONERS PAWNS Like the terrorists who kidinap political hostages, communist governments hold prisoners as political pawns. Red China, for example, has been releasing British and Italian prisoners as part of a diplomatic thaw with Britain and Italy. But the five American prisoners in Red China are still stuck in their cells, victims of the continuing Chinese hostility he favors Auxiliary Services for parochial schools but not to Sunday Schools; he is anti- Harold Knight, rejecting him because he is a statesman who stood up against the pressures from a governor of his own party for the good of the greater number of citizens; he is anti- public schools, for he seems to approve this expensive aid to parochial schools at a time when public schools are held down financially and many of them face problems due to too small enrollment. JTC says that of the "no- voting" 5, only Knight ran in the General Election. Why did he not tell us that as many of the 110 dropped out for various reasons? This included almost all of the top legislative leaders, majority and minority. The Americans United letter clearly pointed to a choice on a vital issue. Apparently the nameless JTC does not want the voters to have a choice. Sincerely, Rev. Wallace Farmer (EDITOR'S NOTE: Letters such as Rev. Partners' are welcomed and encouraged by Algona Newspaper readers. Although Rev. Parmer picturesthis writer as anti-Catholic, anti-Protestant, anti-Knight and anti- public schools among other things, we feel a bit more positive on some of these topics than he gives us credit for. But we are reminded of the old saying, "A light reply answereth wrath" so we'll leave it at that and look forward to a "positive" 1971. JTC) Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE Published by the Algona Publishing Co.. Mondays, office and shop 111 East Call Street, Algona, Iowa 50511 Issued weekly Mondays R. B. Waller, Executive Editor Julian Chrischilles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertising Mgr. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr. Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER toward the U.S. They will be released, possibly in return for'a U.S. concession, when it suits Peking's political purposes. Likewise, North Vietnam is holding our war prisoners ransom for a political price. Hanoi has shown no disposition to release the prisoners, or even to treat them according to civilized international standards, until the full price is paid. There are signs, however, that Hanoi is sensitive to world opinion. As Americans withdraw from the fighting, world opinion would rise against North Vietnam if the prisoners were kept. Observers predict the communist leaders will decide to make the best deal they can get before the prisoners become a political liability. They expect painstaking negotiations to be completed this year for the prisoners' release. - o - - OUT OF VIETNAM IN MAY?- President Nixon has hinted to congressional leaders that he may withdraw all Americans from combat in Vietnam by the end of May. Service troops would remain in Vietnam, and American pilots would continue to fly combat missions. With his fighting forces dwindling, General Creighton Abrams, the American commander, has expressed concern in his secret message to the Pentagon about his ability to protect the American withdrawal. The White House has also received a blizzard of mail over the prisoner issue, demanding why the President doesn't bomb North Vietnam's cities, blockade her ports and take other military measures. This White House mall has made the President wonder whether the majority of Americans aren't really hawkish, despite the dovish cries in the Senate, on the campuses and in the press. He has responded by making hawkish statements threatening air retaliation BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance Chiropractors Association • Founded J805 Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. fi95-3176 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $124,000,000 w^rth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS & GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Phone 295-5529 or. 295-3811 Algona Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSOM EYES EXAMINED GLASSES FITTED CONTACT LENSES Phone 295-2196 Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Closed Thursday and Saturday afternoons 9 East State St. Algona, la. DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodge Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed-Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bill Reports .295-3182 Algona CLEGG CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Algona, Iowa 124 N. Moore 295-5235 DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Monday - Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. — 5 p.sa. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday - Friday 9. a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MILTON G. NORTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICES Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2& East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 1IV4 N. Dods* Ph. 213-llfl LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet _ Phone 295-3810 Doctors MELVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M.D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Phone 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M.D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians & Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 296-2406 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. 296-2334 DR. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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