Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 18, 1971 · Page 4
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, January 18, 1971
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EDITS Kossuth County Advance *± \^mx AJL-*— JL JL j 4 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, January 18, 1971 * s Legislature Starts Fast TRACING 'CHAIN OF COMMAND' The opening of the 1971 session of the legislature was much faster than in previous years with many bills being filed and some of them important. In the past it has been usual to delay the important bills till later in the session pending study. However during the period from the close of the legislature last spring committees have been working planning legislation that is needed in the state, at least in the opinion of the committee. Some of these proposals are now slated for early action in at least one house. How the legislature accepts the findings of the committees will determine their value. The committees have spent a lot of time and in- cidently a lot of money during the interim between sessions. In the past the interim committees have not been too successful in getting their proposals passed by the legislature. SOME LEGISLATORS are conscious of the criticism over the length of the sessions particularly now that Iowa has annual sessions. One factor that may tend to shorten sessions is the fact that legislators now get an annual salary and not per day pay. They have no financial reason to prolong a session. Lieutenant Governor Jepsen took note of com- Small Claims Court Lome Worthington, Iowa insurance commissioner, has come up with what looks like a good suggestion to have arbitration panels to settle small claims against insurance companies. The panel would consist of three attorneys or experts in the field of accidents and the law. They would have original jurisdiction under Worthington's plan for all cases in which the estimated damages would be less than $3000. The panel would not have all the trappings of a court trial and would be designed to determine actual damages and who is at fault and which insurance company is to pay. The proceedings would be informal. Such an idea would permit those involved in an accident to thresh out the details without the formalities and to come to some kind of ment that conflict between the governor and the legislature has been predicted. It is reported Jepsen has plans to run for governor in 1972 and this is interpreted by some as a cause for conflict between the two men in legislation. Jepsen said, "From things one hears and reads it appears the climate (for conflict between the governor and legislature) is right for this situation to develop again in this session. I will do what I can to see that it does not happen and I urge all of you (senators) to do the same thing." Jepsen was referring to the administrations of Governors Hoegh and Erbe when bitterness between legislators and the governor resulted in both being one-term governors with Democrats winning the top job in Iowa. Indicative of a faster start than normal was the introduction of the drug abuse proposal by the interim committee studying it. It will be controversial. Also introduced early was a proposal to implement the recommendations of the governor's economy committee. Other more or less controversial bills are in the process of being drawn up for early consideration. If the legislature does not bog down as it has in the past this could be a landmark session for being short and productive. (D.E.D.) a settlement. It would relieve courts of a lot of minor cases which are time consuming. If a person was not satisfied with the finding of the panel he would be free to take the case into a district court for final determination. However it is believed the great majority would be satisfied with the panel's findings. It would be a boon to the person whose car was damaged and who finds it difficult to collect from the offender's insurance company. It is no secret in the legal profession that some insurance companies are difficult to get any kind of a settlment from out of court. The company just sits and dares the insured party to take say a $27 damage claim into the court. It will be interesting to see the insurance industry's reaction to the suggestion (D.E.D.) Snowmobiles After a couple of years' hesitation the state safety department is now considering snowmobiles as "motor vehicles" and thus subject to all the laws and restrictions of the auto safety laws. This means particularly the department says that drivers on public property must be licensed under the driving code. In a way the snowmobiles are similar to a motorcycle — a one-person means of travel. However, snowmobiles do have "cabooses" which are dragged along behind the motored vehicle. In some instances youths under the age of 16 drive the snowmobiles and up to now the department disregarded the drivers license requirements. Snowmobiles are a sports vehicle, but in the case of such snowstorms as the one recently the snowmobile can become a necessary vehicle for emergency use. Several instances have been reported in which snowmobiles rushed patients to hospitals, and other such acts. In several areas snowmobile clubs, including Al- H... ! I •tvv gona, offered rescue and hardship service to residents. The first snowmobile law in Iowa was enacted in 1969 with penalties for drunken driving, for harassment of farm animals and wild game, and for liability for property damage. Like most other things, the snowmobile is adaptable to abuse in its use and those who use them sometimes have gone beyond the sports angle and have become obnoxious to some farmers. Tales of fence cutting have been reported and chasing of animals by the higher powered vehicles. There have been serious accidents, also. In two reported cases drivers have had their heads torn off when running into a snow covered fence. There are numerous reports of accidents by being caught in the tread. The present legislature is certain to consider regulation now that the number of snowmobiles in Iowa has reached nearly 10,000. (D.E.D.) Blanda Top Athlete Probably nothing in recent years has given the middle-agers and even the older gents more of a lift than the naming of George Blanda as "Athlete of the Year." He is 43 years old, an age as far as athletics is concerned, is a basket case. He was not the main performer in his job. He was a substitute for the Oakland Raiders as quarterback. He specialized in place- kicks where a person seldom got his uniform dirtied. He kicked some field goals that saved his team a defeat, a few of them in the dying minutes or even seconds of the game. On occasion when the main quarterback was injured he took over that post and ran the team almost as well if not better than the No. 1 man himself. He scared the daylights out of defensive men opposed to him when he was quarterbacking because he could pinpoint a pass. While the Raiders did not get into the Super Bowl, it wasn't the fault of Blanda. in matter of fact, without him the Raiders would not have been in the play-off. These are the days of the youth cult. Anyone over 30 years old is relegated to the dump by the militant young. They feel nothing good happened before they were born and have been pretty obnoxious to oldsters who felt under the conditions they did at least a creditable job of getting on with the world's business. Blanda started in pro football in 1949, long before most of today's pro players were even in high schools. Many were in the grades. He has been playing year after year at various positions and now is mostly a place kicker. But as a former quarterback, he has the know-how to get on the Scoreboard. Most elderly gents will take some pride in his being named, but probably few of them will try to imitate him on the football field. (D.E.D.) Now that we have a new Congress and new legislature all will be well with the world, no doubt. * * * * One thing the legislature in session does is give Donald Kaul something to fuss about. * * * * The interest discount rate advertised by big financial institutions applies only to those who don't need a loan. * * * * i • If you don't repay a loan you don't get to deal with the fellow who writes those "friendly" advertisements. * * * * Some of the new TV shows seem to be like the old ones only with different people doing it. * * * * • Wisdom used to be the perogative of old age but now every college student seems to nave more of it he can use. * * * * A woman asks $100,000 for loss of her hair. That'll buy a lot of wigs. * * * * Even his critics will admit Agnew livens up the dull political season. Lower Rank Men Made Scapegoats In Massacre? By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - Almost three years after the My Lai massacre, the agonizing military trials are still going on as the Army continues its search for scapegoats. The court-martial defendants, without exception, are men from the lower ranks. This bears out our charge on Dec. 4, 1969, after mass-murder charges were brought against Lt. William Galley, Jr., that the Army hoped "to wipe its own hands clean on a lowly lieutenant." The Army's secret interrogations, we reported, indicated that Galley merely had carried out orders from higher up. We can now report additional details. At least two secret statements taken by Army interrogators, charge that the orders to wipe out the tragic village originated with Col. Oran Henderson, the regimental commander. He has vigorously denied responsibility for the massacre. Lt. Col. Frank Barker, Jr., the task force commander, later killed in an air accident, allegedly relayed the orders to Capt. Ernest Medina, who briefed the troops. After the massacre, at least five separate reports should have been submitted. Rumors eventually filtered up to division headquarters which ordered an investigation. This was conducted, . incredibly, by none other than Col. Henderson. "' ; -o- KILLERS CONGRATULATED- The division commander, Maj. Gen. Samuel Koster, received his report, but the Pentagon apparently was never notified. Meanwhile, the men involved in the killings were routinely congratulated "for outstanding action" by Gen. William Westmoreland then the U.S. commander in Vietnam. The killing of civilians was not unheard of before My Lai. In a war where the enemy seldom wears a uniform and employs women and children to set booby traps,, civilians are bound to get .'> hiirtr 1 : Stiff 'itieli My Lai massacre, which saw months-old babies machinegunned to death, can only be described as cold-blooded murder. The Americal Division, whose men committed the horror, was a ragtag collection of hastily organized and poorly trained units. The three companies in the task force were taken from separate battalions. Not only had they never been trained in village fighting, but this was their first assault mission. Few of the men in Charlie Company had gone to college. Indeed, 13 hadn't even met the Army's minimum intelligence requirements but had been accepted under a special "remedial education" program (which, incidentally, they never got). Almost half of the company was black; several others were Mexican- Americans. Some of the men didn't even know one another. Lieutenant Galley, personally charged with killing 102 civilians, was a young-looking, junior college flunk-out who commanded little respect from his men. He graduated from Officers' Candidate School without learning to read a map properly. - o - - CAREERS VS. COUNTRY When the Americal Division was thrown together, General Koster chose many of his friends and West Point classmates to serve under him. Lower ranking officers, seeing a chance to earn some battle ribbons and "get their tickets punched" in Vietnam, scrambled for the coveted combat commands. This is the way military leaders have been playing the game since the Korean War. What happened to the Americal Division could just as easily have happened to many other units in Vietnam. For the name of the game, all too often, has been careers ahead of country. General Westmoreland himself has been quoted as saying the Russians are jealous of the experience we are getting in Vietnam. "Their general staff," Westmoreland said, "wishes their army was being trained in air-mobility tactics." To accomodate all the ambitious officers who want battlefield experience, the combat commanders not only are rotated every six to eight months, but company grade officers are limited to one year. This virtually assures that our combat troops are commanded by inexperienced officers. M«rry-Oe*R«und The Army, if it wishes to atone for My Lai and avoid future tragedies, must start at the top not the bottom. - o - - FOOTBALL JUNKET Fourteen top Air Force generals flew to New Orleans at the taxpayers' expense to attend the New Year's Day Sugar Bowl football game. It was an unhappy outing. Not only did the Air Force Academy lose to the University of Tennessee, but we caught the top brass using military aircraft for their personal pleasure. Chief junketeer was Gen. John Ryan, the Air Force chief, who flew to the game from Washington's Andrews Air Force Base in a C-135 transport plane. He brought along members of his staff including Lt. Gen. Austin Russell, Lt. Gen. Russell Dougherty, Lt. Gen. Duward Crow, Lt. Gen. Otto Glasser, Lt. Gen. George Boylan, and Lt. Gen. Harvey Goldsworthy. An Air Force C-118 transport from the Air Force Academy also hauled Lt. Gen. Albert Clark and Brig. Gen. William Woodyard to New Orleans. Brig. Gen. Robin Olds flew in a smaller T-33 jet trainer from the Academy to the big game. From the Strategic Air Command, Gen. Bruce Holloway, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Gerald Johnson, also took a free ride to the game. They flew out of Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Not to be outdone, two Air National Guard generals, Brig. Gen. Charles W.Sweeney of Mas- s^chijsetts and Brig. ( G,en. Will- g iam McCall of the District -. of Coiumb)a flew to New Orleans for the game in Air Force planes. - o - GREAT HUGHES HUNT The Internal Revenue Service has now joined in the investigation of the Howard Hughes mystery. The federal bloodhounds don't really care where the eccentric billionaire is hiding. They just want to make sure, in the scramble over his fabulous fortune, that the federal taxes are paid. There is documentary evidence, for example, that aides who handled Hughes's mining purchases skinned him out of several million dollars. Robert Maheu, the deposed czar of Hughes's Nevada gambling empire, uncovered the embezzlement and reported it to him in a memo. But the scandal was hushed up. The tax agents are also investigating Maheu's high living. He has been staying in a $500,000 home with limousines, a private plane and a boat at his call. But the title to everything, it turns out, is in Howard Hughes's name. Maheu's personal holdings are startlingly modest. Maheu, meanwhile, has got private investigators searching high and low for the missing billionaire. Other private eyes, working for Maheu's rivals, are digging for dirt on Maheu. An added assortment of lawyers, lawmen and newsmen are engaged in the great Hughes hunt. The tax agents may get lost in the crowd. - o - - WASHINGTON EXPOSE FUEL SHORTAGE -Americans can expect nagging fuel shortages for at least five years. This will cause power shutdowns and brownouts. Result: house- holders almost certainly will have to pay higher electric bills for poorer service. Fuel experts point out to us that energy demands have been increasing 8 per cent faster than the population in recent years. Government agencies simply have failed to forecast and prepare for the rising needs. Coal, gas and oil companies have also held down production, our sources say, in order to push prices up. AGNEW'S WOES - Vice President Spiro Agnew is having; trouble topping himself. His audiences across the country now expect him to make scathing statements. When he tried to deliver a moderate speech, his audiences are disappointed. Newsmen also feel let down ii they don't get a sizzling quote or two out of him. The Vice President wrote a guest column, for example, for columnist Marianne Means. The editors were disappointed because it didn't snap, crackle and pop. NIXON'S HARREMAN - President Nixon has told his cabinet that David Kennedy, the outgoing Treasury Secretary, will be his Averell Harriman. As a roving ambassador with cabinet status, Kennedy won't confine his missions to monetary matters but will also function as a diplomatic trouble shooter. This was Harriman' s role in past Democratic Administrations. Kennedy, for example, will handle some of the assignments that have kept State Secretary Bill Rogers away from Washington too much. Kennedy's first mission: a hard look at our fiscal problems in the Far East. Letter to the Editor - BRAIL WRIGHT MESSAGE Little Falls, Minn. Jan. 11, 1971 Dear Friends: We have been reading about the bad storms in and around Algona. So far we have escaped any such storms and just last night had our first snowfall that amounted to much. We had about four inches last night with no wind so we have been lucky. We have had it down to 15 below zero a few times which is warm compared to this time last year. At this time last year we had two feet of snow and as low as 35 to 40 below zero. We could get this same weather yet but hope it will pass us up this year. We are very warm and comfortable in our mobile home and do not realize it being cold unless we look at the thermometer. One thing Little Falls could certainly use is a Fareway or Hood's as there is nothing here like any one of those stores. I am surprised at this as there is a lot of industry and good- sized payrolls. I do miss my morning coffee sessions with all my old friends at Dutch's - however, for the second time I had a longdistance call on Christmas Eve from Dutch and his sales force and friends wishing us a Merry Christmas. Best regards to all. Sincerely, W. Brail Wright (Editor's Note: Mr. Wright was, for many years until retirement, manager of the Graham Store in Algona. We're glad to hear from him), Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE 08 - Mond ' ys - ofllce and shop Issued weekly Mondays ™.-. !..„ S" Bl w f ller ' Executive Editor Julian Chrischilles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertising Mir. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Cliwtfied Ad UK Dorothy Muckey. Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant "Foreman ' OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Af JTA READY ON THE LEFT... [For And About Teenagers THE WEEK'S LETTER: "I like a lot of boys at school but none like me. I have a tendency to try to act funny so they will notice I am there. I try to remind myself I should quit acting funny. There is one boy I like a lot. He tried to pick a fight with my girlfriend's boyfriend and I called the boy a name. He called me a name, so now I know that he hates me. What can I do?" OUR REPLY: You have already said it yourself. You should stop trying to attract attention t6 yourself by being "funny." The truth probably is that people who hear you do not consider what you say to be funny at all. You are more likely considered a smart-aleck. If you want to be liked by boys, begin to act like a lady. To accomplish this, you must pay attention to your appearance and to your manner. Be femine, be friendly. Think beautiful, think happy. It works. If you hove a teenage problem you wont to discuss or an observation to mako, address your letter to FOR AND ABOUT 'TEENAGERS. COMMUNITY AND SUBURBAN PRESS SERVICE. FRANKFORT, KY. Insurance Chiropractors PER Found*! f MB Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. €95-3176 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $124,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A-home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham, 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 A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Phone 295-5529 or. 295-3811 Algona Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON 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 Phonfe 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed'Saturtiay Afternoons, Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bUt Reports 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.m. 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 12!/2 N. Dodjj. Ph. MS-aill LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors M *LVIN O. BOURNf, M.D. Physician It 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. SCHUTTit, M.D. Residence Phone 296-2335 DEAN F. KOOt, M.D. Residence Phone 296-5917 Physicians It Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona . Office Phone 286-2406 Dentists DR. J. I. HARMS, JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY |. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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