Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 22, 1971 · Page 4
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, February 22, 1971
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EDITQ the SOVER1GN STATE of AFFAIRS 6 — KoMuth County Advance Monday, February 22, 1971 Abortion Change Killed The house of representatives killed any chance of a change in Iowa's abortion law which prohibits abortion except in cases where the prospective mother's life is in danger. The vote was fairly close on the intensely controversial issue. There are plans now to take the problem to the courts on the theory the law is unconstitutional. The idea is not only backed by those who favor a change in the abortion law but also by Governor Ray. Abortion is a highly controversial issue not only on moral grounds but also on religious grounds. Any consideration involves emotions which are difficult to restrain on both sides of the issue. Most people have strong feelings about abortion on both sides and a calm discussion almost always leads to heated controversy. RECENTLY A SIMILAR LAW was declared unconstitutional in Illinois. In an Iowa case recently the Iowa supreme court held the Iowa law was constitutional as far as the Iowa constitution is concerned. The new court case is to be taken to the federal courts. As far as the Iowa legislature is concerned any change is dead as far as this session is concerned. The representatives not only beat the proposal by the vote of 55-45 but also "nailed it down" which means it would take a two-thirds vote to consider it again. It is highly improbable such a vote could be had. Militant feminine interests have been promoting the change in the abortion laws and New York recently enacted a law providing for abortion without legal restrictions. The result has been a rush of abortion cases. MOST OF THE DEBATE centers on when life actually begins and the right of a woman to have complete control of her body even in pregnancy. The proposed Iowa law would have permitted abortion only in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This was a gesture to those who contended life started at conception. The concession did not attract enough votes. The issue is explosive in nature and feelings run deeply. Many women's groups are active in promoting a change and it is now expected the issue will be squarely placed before the federal courts. There is no desire on the part of those who favor abortion to accept the legislative action as final. (D.E.D.) Should Iowa Grow Recent reports by the census bureau indicate that Iowa with other midwestern states will lag in growth during the coming years with minimum growth in population. There are some observers who feel this is not a bad prospect for those who live in the state. Cited are the problems of the big megalopolis such as exists from Boston south to Washington. The population trend is toward further expansion of population in such areas with the problems of transportation, inner-city decay, a lowered property tax base, and expanding welfare costs. The problems of smog, crime in conjested areas, waste disposal, and sewage treatment are also jumping in the metropolitan areas and despite efforts are growing worse rather than better. The problem is not only that migration from the interior to the two coasts and Florida is growing but also the fact that where there are more people there are more births. There are those who feel that a lack of great growth in Iowa is not a condition to get alarmed about. In fact life in the state is much more tranquil and easy going than in the rush rush of the big cities. It is even better than in the suburbs of the cities because the problems of the cities soon become the problems of the suburbs. The fact of less pollution, no smog, and easy access to trade centers is cited. It is a good subject for discussion at least and while Iowa should grow to some extent maybe it would be better to also preserve a bit of the easier life rather than the city rat race where it's dog eat dog and the devil take the hindmost. Maybe? (D.E.D.) *">*-*• ** *.** r* Sacred Cow Threatened A proposal to repeal the constitutional requirement that car license fees and gasoline tax income be used only for roads has been filed in the legislature. In 1942 an amendment to the Iowa constitution was adopted which said: "All motor vehicle registration fees and all licenses and excise taxes on motor fuel, except cost of administration, shall be used exclusively for the construction, maintenance and supervision of the public highways exclusively within the state or for the payment of bonds . . . for the construction of such public highways and the payment of interest on such bonds." There was some movement in the 1930s to divert some of the gas and license fees to normal state expenses and this was resisted by the legislature and people, resulting in the adoption of the amendment. AT THE TIME the memory of the days when individual counties bonded to surface highways was still fresh. Such bonding resulted in some counties having good roads and adjacent counties having little or no surfacing. The state took over the road building chore on the primaries to get around the piecemeal construction, and there was a desire to keep the state administration's hands off road money Districting Headache Best bet now for the new congressional districts seems to be a plan which would dismember the present Fifth district with minor changes in other districts. The Fifth consists of only four counties - Polk with Des Moines, Webster with Fort Dodge, Boone, and Story with Ames. It borders on four of the present districts all of which must include more population to meet the one- man one-vote ideal. The present First and Second districts on the eastern border would have little change. The Third district would add Marshalltown to the district which includes Mason City and Waterloo. Webster City, with Fort Dodge, would be added to the present Sixth district which includes a large part of northwest Iowa including Sioux City. Boone and Story counties would be added to the present Seventh (to be called the Fifth) which includes Council Bluffs and most of southwest Iowa. Polk county would be added with some extreme so it would be spent for roads. There was quite a fuss politically when the legislature took $10 million from the road fund a year or so ago. This could be done because the state general fund had paid in $10 million previously to bail out the highway commission. What the action did was take back that money considering it a loan. Licenses and gas tax income has boomed since the days of 1942 and there are those who say the state can not spend it wisely because there are not enough contractors to bid the work economically. This of course is debated by the contractors. The road fund has been a sacred cow for many years and the money was spent and roads built. However some now believe the income is too great and that some of the money should be allocated to other uses than roads. And some legislators believe it would be helpful for the state to have the legislature have a little more control of the commission's purse. The proposal will have a rough road to travel (D.E.D.) southern counties to the present Fourth which would also contain the cities of Newton, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa. This district it is believed would be predominately democratic with Neal Smith, (Dem.) Des Moines, as congressman. However this new Fourth would include the county of the present representative John Kyi, a republican, and he is unhappy with that situation. In matter of fact none of the seven representatives are very happy with the districting prospects. The legislature has the task of making the new districting and faces the problem of eliminating the job of one of them. Some of the republican politicians believe the new Fourth would have at least a chance of beating Smith and replacing him with a republican. This prospect however does not appeal to Kyi who would probably get the task of making the effort. In matter of fact no one is going to be perfectly happy. (D.E.D.) Trap Gun Compromise Efforts are being made to compromise the settlement given a man injured in the "trap gun" case recently ruled upon by the state supreme court. SEE... HAVE YOU READ IN THE SPORfS PAGES TAG PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES?" BOYD and WOOD NO I HAVENT... AND I WISH YOU WOULD STOP BUIIDIN6 1HEM up Tt> tim.6 HC(?B|g LIKE THEY WERE IMPORTANT. Alaskan Pipeline Far From Iowa... Or Is It? M«rry-Oo-Round SUPPRESSED RE PORT SAYS OIL PROPAGANDA GOT PIPELINE OK; ALASKA PIPE CALLED DANGER TO ECOLOGY, EASY WAR TARGET; SAID TO ENDANGER ESKIMOS, INDIANS, ANIMALS, OTHER LIFE By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - The Interior Department's approval of the controversial 800-mile Alaskan pipeline was based not on facts but on oil industry propaganda. So charge some of the department's top ecologists, whose views not only have been ignored but suppressed. They were firmly muzzled when Interior gave its blessing on January 13 to the construction of a hot-oil pipeline across Alaska's frozen wilderness. -OIL VS. ENVIRONMENT- The need for oil, states the official announcement, outweighed the risk to the environment. But the dissenting ecologists, in a secret 38-page report, contended that the oil interests were put ahead of the national interest. "The inevitable chronic^ damages and possible catastro-^1 phic damages to land and marine"' resources" have been all but ignored by the department in its haste to satisfy "the country's most favored and monopolistic industry," charges the critique. Interior's public handout, explaining its action, is loaded with "errors in fact, errors in judge- ment, serious material omission. It is more a propaganda piece in justification of the pipeline than an objective examination of its environmental consequences," contends the report. —THREAT TO WILDLIFE— The path of the enormous pipe, which will run from Alaska's North Slope to the Port of Valdez, allegedly threatens the life style of Eskimos, Indians, caribou, Canada geese, salmon, seals and other Alaskan wildlife. Quagmires, differential settlement, canal-like trench developments, soil slumps, drainage changes, thermo-karst terrain, roadside ice wedge melts, etc., ought to at least be acknowledged in the (Interior Department's) summary," asserts the report. MORE ECOLOGICAL DISASTERS? The dangers of oil spills, of valve failures that can't be mended for several days, of "severance in earthquake prone areas," have all been inadequately dealt with by Interior, the report adds. "Industry claims of a stable, controlled, monitored, safe pipeline may be questioned, especially in view of the ecologic disasters the industry has incurred elsewhere," it is also alleged. Interior has also dealt superficially, say the ecologists, with such basic problems as the air pollution that will be caused by on burning, pumping'Stations and electric stations and the amount of gravel and other materials that will have to be gouged out of the earth. —VULNERABLE PIPELINE— The pipeline's supporters have argued that the North Slope would give the U. S. a vital continent oil source in time of war. But the suppressed report demolishes this argument: "It is hard to imagine anything more vulnerable to bombing attacks, guerrilla blasting, or internal sabotage than an oil pipeline strung out over about 800 miles of wilderness in Alaska." Alternate oil and energy sour- WELL FOR YOUR INFORMATION! IT SAYS H6R9 THM Of TMEM /MA<6 4100,000°-° PER SEASON- ^••s SET YOUR AND THERE ON THAT FIELD AND OET TO WO*KJ READER COMMENT ces are cited in Venezuela, the Mideast, in America's own natural gas fields, shale oil lands and off-shore oil deposits. The report recommends "deferred construction of the pipeline until a master land use plan has been developed in northern Alaska. -'EXPLOSIVE' DOCUMENT— The document, prepared inside the Bureau of Land Management, is so explosive that officials have restricted its circulation even within the Interior Department. As it stands now, charge the ecologists, the Interior attitude is "what's good for the oil industry is good for the country." Footnote: Hearings on the pipeline are scheduled by the Interior Department later this month in Washington and Alaska. Since the department has kept the staff report from being made public, we have formally submitted our smuggled copy to new Interior Secretary Rogers Morton for consideration as part of the hearing record. — POLLUTERS' UNPUNISHED— The backbends done by the Nixon Administration to get out of prosecuting polluters under the 1899 Rivers and Harbors Act have benefited some of the Republican Party's most generous contributors. The forgotten law was revived last year by Rep. Henry Reuss, D-Wis., who demanded that the Justice Department move against 270 companies in his state alone. He charged they were dumping refuse into the waters without the required permit from the Army Engineers. Reuss seemed to be on solid ground because the law requires the Justice Department to "vigorously prosecute" anyone dumping ' 'foreign substance; and pollutants" into the nation's^riavigabj'e' waters. The Justice Department immediately responded, in the form of letters from the two U. S. attorneys in Wisconsin, that prompt criminal action was forthcoming against "a number" of the offending companies. The "number" has turned out to be two in one year, neigher of them companies whose officers are big GOP givers. Among those who continue to pollute with impunity are the 3M Co., • a t prairie du Chien that dumps such foul, acidic wastes into the local waterways that even the city manhole covers have been corroded by it. —3M CONTRIBUTION— It may be just a coincidence, but William McKnight, 3M's chairman contributed $50,000 to the Republican Party in 1968. Another unpunished polluter is the DuPont chemical company, whose TNT plant at Barksdale unloads reddish, chemically potent wash water into ecologically delicate Lake Superior. Four top DuPont officials, and the wife of the fifth, kicked a total of $6,000 into the GOP till during the 1970 campaign. Since 1960, DuPont exectives' contributions to the Republican cause have totaled at least $81,000. —OLIN CHEMICAL— A third polluter which has gotten off scot-free is the Olin chemical company which operates the Badger Army Ammunition Works at Baraboo. The plant dumps acid and other chemicals through 16 pipes into the Wisconsin River. It also dumps virtually untreated raw sewage into An appeal was taken to the supreme court on a verdict award of $30,000 to a prowler who entered a vacant farm building and was wounded by a blast from a shotgun rigged to go off when the building was entered. The jury made the award even though the wounded man pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge. The community believed the award to a person committing a crime was excessive while admitting the booby trap was inexcusable. One of the possible bars to a compromise was a statement by an attorney for the wounded man who was on a retainer fee basis in which he was entitled to some 35 percent of the verdict. This amounted to about $10,500 and the attorney indicated he wasn't inclined to compromise on that except as determined by other attorneys. For the average person the situation is a puzzle. The prowler was certainly at fault, but so was the man who set the trap gun to wound or perhaps even kill anyone who molested the place, it could have been tripped by a child for instance. Feelings are mixed and there seems to be plenty of blame for all concerned. Many feel the verdict of $20,000 actual and $10,000 exemplary damages was excessive for a law breaker. Paying the verdict would force the trap gun man to sell out his farm. Perhaps the best solution to a sad situation is for a compromise on the verdict. It is believed justice would be better served than the original situation. (D.E.D.) ***** Goodness gracious, what names these fashion designers have - - "hot pants" yet! ***** It's certainly tough to be a cigaret smoker these days of doctor's reports and taxes. ****** It would seem the Iowa abortion bill was aborted. the river. John Olin, honorary chairman and director of the company, gave the GOP $35,000 in 1968 and came through with $3,000 in 1970. His fellow director, Spencer Olin, gave $12,500 in 1968 and his wife gave $1,000 this past year. The Justice Department, of course, denies that the campaign contributions had anything to do with its lenience. But it cannot deny that it has ignored the Rivers and Harbors Act's mandate that it "vigorously prosecute" polluters without permits. SUBSCRIBE TO THE OFFICIAL COUNTY NEWSPAPERS. ONLY $6 PER YEAR FOR BOTH THE Dear Sir: NFO v members said, NFO has now proven its point. The recent hog lift was the largest single success NFO has ever experienced. Prices rose every day while the lift was on in spite of the largest previous week's run on record, which counted 27 per cent more hogs than a year ago. The purpose of the suspension was to put personnel back into organizational work and grain men back into grain work. However, there are still a few hogs being lifted out of surplus areas and the regular collection points are in full operation. It is now up to farmers, members say, we have proven cooperative efforts can be successful. The increase of $8 per head we put on hogs would take only ten hogs to pay for a producer membership, they pointed out. /s/ Paul Devine Corwith, Iowa NFO representative for Kossuth County 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 M«r Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor ' Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mer Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Association • Founded 1883 BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 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 & 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 Phone 295-3743 DR. L. I. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed-Satufday Afternoons. Credit Service* CREDIT BUREAU OP KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bill Reports 295-3182 ^ Algona Chiropractors 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 0. NORTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICES Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2V, East State St. Box. 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY H'/j N. DodjM Ph. 1*5-1111 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors G. BOURNE, M.D. rKysician & 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 M. SCHUTTtt, M.O. Residence Phone 295-2335 DIAN F. KOOi, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians & Surgeons 220N.Dod geiA j Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists D«. J. •. HAWIIS, «. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334. DR. LEROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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