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EDITOR County Adv« 4 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, March 8, t97t Rap "Court Shopping" Three federal court judges took occasion to criticise the manner in which Iowa traffic violators are taken before a Justice of the Peace court that is favorable to the officers who make the arrests. Where a justice of the peace is not cooperative it is a well known fact that patrol and police take arrested persons to a justice who is prejudiced against the defendant. Many a person arrested for a supposed traffic violation realizes the futility of arguing the matter and to get it over with pays the fine and forgets it. THE FEDERAL JUDGES said: "We ourselves would have little difficulty if the determination was ours to make in finding the practice that has developed among peace officers and fee justices under the statutory scheme is so obviously unfair as to be worthy of appropriate action." The judges, however, said they had no control over the system but suggested the Iowa supreme <ourt take what ttte'v termed appropriate action. They also warned that the peace officers and justices should "^n no way misunderstand the significance of today's holding." In fairness to the justices of the peace it should be said that many of them do not want to act on criminal cases. They prefer only the civil suits. However under the law they are expected to take criminal cases but some avoid them. For many years the J. P. courts have been the subject of investigation, and many reforms have been suggested. The problem is getting the little minor cases disposed of quickly and without the formalities of a district court hidebound by traditions. SUGGESTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE that lawyers should be appointed as Justices of the peace but few if any lawyers would look with favor on such a set-up. And if lawyers were to take the jobs the result would probably be too similar to a district court with all the formal trappings that many lawyers indulge in. What is needed is a common man's court where he can go in without all the legal formalities, state his case, and get a case decided without the fuss and feathers. This was the original concept of the J.P. court and justices and peace officers should strive to return to that kind of a system. (D.E.D.) Nixon In Iowa With a minor exception the visit of President Nixon to Iowa was useful to both the president and the state. The exception was the noisy and infantile demonstrations which included the nasty words in signs. It was not indicative of Iowa people. It was strange to see some farm people involved with the hippies. Nixon was generous in his praise of the rural way of life and he seemed sincere in his statements. He boosted the proposed revenue sharing for rural development from a billion to $1.1 billion. He received his greatest applause in his speech when he stated that local people in states and communities knew better how to spend money from the federal government than did the bureaucrats in Washington. It was a part of his talk which advocated revenue sharing with the states with no strings attached. NIXON SAID ALSO that local governments £..could do a better job than the federal govern- Vment in everything but collecting taxes. Here the federal system was supreme, but in spending the money the federal government left much to be desired. He praised the work of legislatures, councils, and town governments for work at the grass roots level. State and local governments need relief from the mounting costs of local government and he plugged for his revenue sharing plan. He defended his proposal to put the duties of the present department of agriculture into several other cabinet posts saying it would have several cabinet members interested in agriculture rather than just one. ONE THING became pretty evident to those who heard the speech, and that is that the president proposes but it is the congress that disposes. It was evident particularly to legislators who in their work are similar to the congress in relationship to the governor. This, of course, was missed entirely by the demonstrators who blame a president, any president, for the sins of omission and commission by the law makers. Demonstrators are frustrated people who wish an easy solution to a complex problem. They seek a strong man to do their bidding. This idea leads to dictatorship. It makes the Hitlers. Nixon made it rather plain that he did not aspire to such a role. This was the real meaning of his talk, whether he meant it that way or not he affirmed the way of representative government in this country. (D.E.D.) Straining A Point It would seem the Iowa Civil Liberties Union strained a point in objecting to the university of Iowa's rule that freshmen and sophomores under 21 years old must live in dormitories. The union objected strenuously to an exemption for members of fraternities and sororities who would be permitted to live in chapter houses. This the union declares is discrimination because exemption could raise the rates in dormitories when the rooms are not all filled. It is admitted the cost in a dormitory is less than in a sorority or fraternity. Also the union raised the sex question in t regard to the universities at Ames and Cedar Falls. In these two institutions women under 21 are required to live in dormitories. But men are not so restricted. It is a well known fact dormitory living is frowned upon by the militant youth who want to live their own lives in their own way no matter what. But it is also a fact that the dormitories at the universities have not been able to pay the bonds and interest issued to build them. It might be argued that if the universities let the dorms go empty it would be discrimination against all Iowa taxpayers who would be expected to pick up the tab for the dormitories. The institutions made the rules to keep the dormitories solvent. There is also a sucpicion that the freedom and lack of responsibility demanded by the students and supported by this union action will result in a poorer education. Many believe there is just too much permissiveness now. It might be well for the union to back away from this situation which to many seems nitpicking. (p.E.D.) School Tax Freeze Both houses of the legislature passed a bill to provide that property taxes for school purposes be frozen for one year -at the present level. Then the state would add $45 per pupil in new state aid to take up the proposed additional costs. It is expected that most schools would have no problem that was severe in cutting down increases to' meet the old tax base with the $45 additional. The legislature, however, has not as yet said where the $45 per pupil would come from. There were some amendments by the senate to the house bill but it was not expected there would be much opposition to them. The one-year freeze would not be the final say on school costs by any means. It is a stopgap measure and would permit the legislature to come up with a new method of school financing which would not be so heavily based Nude Is Lewd? The United States supreme court refused to have anything to do with an appeal from a case which started in Grinnell when a group of students disrobed to protest an appearance by a Playboy magazine editor's lecturie. The eight strippers were arrested and were fined after a court trial and the case was appealed to the Iowa supreme court which upheld on property taxes. This has to be fought out as yet and most anything suggested is certain to be controversial. The bill also provided that the schools would receive the same amount in state aid each has received for this year, sweetened by the $5 per pupil additional. There is mounting opposition to the continual boosts in school costs and many school boards have faced what amounted to almost open tax payer rebellion in recent years. Many feel the schools have been under financed in the past but in recent years they have gone hog wild in salary boosts and frills. The freeze is not the final answer. That comes later when the legislature struggles with the problem of getting more money from the state which is admittedly broke now. What results may depend on what state taxes are boosted and how much revenue is anticipated. (D.E.D.) the lower court's verdict. This then was appealed to the United States supreme court which refused to consider it on an 8 to 0 vote. Jie appeal was on the ground the disrobing was not lewd and that the civil liberties of dissent were violated by the Iowa court. Only one of the eight was from Iowa and BOTTOM OF THE BARREL there were five girls and three men in the act. There was no disturbance otherwise and the eight soon resumed their clothes. The Iowa supreme court in effect held that nudity is indecent when the exposure occurs in a context in which "firmly accepted norms or rules of public behavior ordecencyrequire that people remain covered or clothed." There isn't much question that the eight took off their clothes for the shock value and that the exposure was beyond the accepted norms or rules of public behavior. It just isn't a custom (outside a bathing beach maybe) for people to go around unclothed in Iowa. Frankly the incident was a bit on the juvenile side and this was probably recognized by the U.S. court. Maybe Lady GodiVa could get away with it but she did order nd one to look and only that famous character named Tom peeked. And it is reported he was punistied. Maybe the supreme court chickened out but it seems more reasonable the court felt it was a tempest in a teapot issue of no national concern which was well taken care of in Iowa. (D.E.D.) * * * The wisdom of Solomon is needed as arbitrator in the ISU vs SUI football dispute. Blowing up the men's room in the U. S. capitol can result in waking up some members to the crime wave. * * * It's reliably reported that some lowans in California long for the unrippling land they want to return to. The maxi is the Edsel of fashion. Hot pants the compact. VICE PRESIDENT DELUGED WITH UNSOLICITED GOLFING TIPS- WASHINGTON - President Nixon offered one of his personally autographed golf balls to Vice President Agnew the other day. Smiling slyly, the President admonished Agnew not to use it "because I don't want to be blamed in case you hit somebody." From the President on down, Agnew has been getting unsolicited golfing tips to help him keep his errant balls from bean- ing people. For instance, 14-year-oldSuzi Gorman of Wantagh, N.Y., quoting her mother who "has taken lessons," urged the Vice President to stop "hitting the ball." I'm sure many innocent bystanders would be grateful," she wrote sweetly. Evidently recalling that Agnew has also bopped his tennis partner with a tennis ball, Suzi added solicitously: "Please, be very careful when you pick up a golf club or tennis racket. Gee, can you imagine what might happen in you took up baseball?" A professional golfer, Ade Van Lier of Belmont, Mich., sug- gested that Agnew "take a hanky or small towel and place it under your left arm pit and keep it there until you hit the ball." "These errant shots," diagnosed James H. Alexander of Pine Bluff, Ark., "were caused by your club face, when you struck the ball, being pointed toward those whom the ball hit." "If you will stand a little closer to your ball when about to drive," suggested Percy C. Rogers of North Hampton, N.H., "shorten your backswing, keep your eye on the ball longer . . . you will not slice." Michael Cornett of Culver, Ind. advised the Vice President to "take your right hand a little to the left and grip it a little tighter and spread your feet a little wider." Paul Brandenberger of Danville, 111., thought Agnew could" improve his aim with "a bit of wrist action before your swing reaches the ball." Edward J. Kalzer of Peoria, 111., suggested the Vice President would do better if he would "relax your arms a bit and on the downswing do not try to 'kill' the ball." But confessed Kaizer: "I am a much better pianist and if you need advice on playing the piano, well . . ." ••• : j- - 0 - • . ! '». -CELEBRATED DUFFER — Spiro Agnew, if a trifle chagrined over his reputation as the w.orld's most celebrated duffer, has accepted the hundreds of tips with grateful embarrassment. - o - - PEACE CORPS RECORD The Peace Corps is 10 years old. What started out to be a shining ideal has accumulated a few bureaucratic barnacles. There have been mistakes, mismanagement, even some malfeasance. Inept administrators have wrecked some programs. The "peace pipe" project to bring American Indians into the Corps turned out to be a fiasco. Other eager, young recruits sometimes have displayed more idealism than practical ability. Yet in the anguish of Peace Corps girls on 48-hour nursing shifts in the Dominican Republic and the sweat of young men toiling in native villages from the Himalayas to the Andes, the world has caught a glimpse of America's best face. The Peace Corps story can best be told in the small incidents that will fill the files. Last August, for example, Ceylon shut down the Peace Corps' operations. Mrs. Lak- shimi deZoysa, a 35-year- old Ceylonese mother, lost her job as a translator. Her baby boy, Gayan, suffered from a rare heart ailment. She watched in agony as he began to die by moments. Need Copies of Something? (Not Larger Than 8'/2xl4 inches) NOW - A FULL, QUICK-PRINT COPYING SERVICE WHILE YOU WAIT .. . 15 C (Except Reproductions Prohibited By Law) ALGONA PUBLISHING CO. Our New Equipment Will Give You A Reproduced Copy Exactly As Your Original At A Cost Of Only A COPY Several American specialists offered to perform open heart surgery on the baby, but Mrs. deZoysa couldn't raise the foreign currency to fly to the U.S. As the baby slowly began to turn blue, she wrote to Peace Corps Director Joe Blatchford begging for help. Her former boss in Ceylon, Stanley Reynolds, joined in the appeal. - o - - RED TAPE STRANGLING But the dying baby was strangling on red tape. There were no Peace Corps funds for the fare. American planes are forbidden by law to give free passage except "in the national interest." The Corps ( appealed to the AFL-CIO whose gruff old presi- dent, George Meany, had co- opreated quietly on other projects. He wrote to Joseph Sisco, an Assistant Secretary of State, urging that the deZoysa baby's survival be declared "in the national interest." Since Mrs. deZoysa had been a Fulbright scholar in 1964, the Corps also contacted Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Will Fulbright, D-Ark., who cut the final strand of red tape. The State Department formally requested TWA and Delta to provide transportation. Subscribe to the official county newspapers. Only $6 per year, for both the Advance and Upper Des Moines . . . ........ Why Let Tension Moke You III ... and Rob You of Precious Sleep? Do everyday tension* build up to the point where you find It hard to do your work? 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Waller, Executive Editor Julian Chrlschilles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertising Mfr. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr. Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER L PER Association • Founded 1888 BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance Chiropractors ..",; '.'"•"}• 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 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 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 Phone 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons. Credit Services CREDIT IUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bill Reports 295-31.82 ^ A ig ona 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 2M> East State St. Box 460 ALGQNA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY UVi N. Dedf* Ph. JH-Iftl LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors >,i < , M.D. Physician It Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN I. BRAY, M.D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Phone 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUn«, M.D. Residence Phone 296-2335 MAN F. KOOi, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians * Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 296-2408 Dentists DR. J, I. HARRIS, JR. DentUt 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334. DR. LEROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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