Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 22, 1971 · Page 8
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Algona, Iowa
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Monday, March 22, 1971
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8 — Kossuth County Advance AJL Monday, March 22, 1971 County Adv QApp idvance \ "11 x jntV-lJL-- Student Voting Once again the problem of where a university student should vote is being raised in the Iowa legislature. Student voting in university towns has been a sore subject for many who are permanent residents of a college town. The coming of 18-year-old voting will accentuate the problem for college towns for a majority of students then will be of voting age. One of the problems faced by the college town is the fact the students vote in local elections when as a matter of fact they know little about the local problems and they will not be around to live with the results of an election. IT HAS BEEN ADMITTED, for instance, at Iowa City by some students that they seek to control the local election. The militants want to hamper any interference with their activist activities and vote for officials who will cater to their demands. Another worry for local permanent residents is the fact students tend to vote in blocs for such things as bond issues in which the town is saddled by a property tax debt and the voting students will be long gone when the bills come in. Too Expensive New hourly rates for work approved recently by Union leaders and contractors in DesMoines would boost wage scales so high that what building is not now underway may be held up. The new rates for labor range from $8.51 per hour for electricians to $6.45 for roofers. Brick layers would get $7.87 and plumbers $8.04. The boost on the average for most trades was $1.25 per hour. There is a slow down now in building. The number of new houses needed is triple the number planned, to say nothing of industrial and business remodeling and expansion. It's just getting too costly to build. It is, of course, true that in Iowa and particularly northern Iowa, the work season is limited by weather conditions. Few, of any of those who work in the building trades, have steady week-after-week full employment. There are many days when there simply isn't any work for various reasons. Fines By Mail A measure was introduced in the House of Representatives in Des Moines which would provide for paying minor traffic fines by mail. Now appearance is required and the amount of the fine is up to the justice or magistrate according to his temper at the moment. Under the proposal a person arrested for a traffic offense which is specified in the bill could mail in the fine. If the arresting officer didn't trust the person to do it, he could require the fine to be put in the mail in the presence of the arresting officer. The items specified as being given the mailing privilege includes speeding up to 10 miles per hour over the limit, $10; from 10 to 15 over the limit, $20; failure to yield right-of- way, $10; failure to signal, $10; failure to observe stop sign or signal, $20. In each case $2 for costs must be added. One advantage for the driving public is that if a fine could be made by mail the driver Tricia To Wed The less militant of the women in the country will be all in a dither probably over the coming wedding of Tricia Nixon. A lot of people felt let down when her sister and David Eisenhower had a quiet ceremony. It looks now like Tricia wants the works with a White House wedding with all the glamour stops out. It is interesting to note her prospective husband was once a member of Naders Raiders in investigating consumer frauds. He is termed a liberal in many ways and Tricia, by contrast, is considered about as liberal as her father. The latter, however, has come a long way from the ultra-conservatism of earlier years and maybe Tricia has made a similar trip. White House girls are the closest thing this country has to a royal family romance situation. Marriage of the Johnson daughter is a case in point, as were weddings back into The proposed bill would prohibit a student from voting in the college town if the student was claimed as an exemption by his parents on their income tax. This would indicate that such a student is not an emancipated person. COMMON LAW PRESUMES residency of children follows the parents when the child is not on his own. For tax purposes an exemption is granted when the parent pays half of his upkeep. Thus where a student is being supported by his parents it would be presumptive he is a resident of the place where his parents live. Some years ago the federal census counted students as residents of the town from which they came to a school. This was changed to count them in the college town. The reason the town wanted to count them as residents is purely financial - state aids are given on the basis of population. If students are counted, then the college town gets more aid. Now there is some thought that was a serious mistake. If 18-year-old voting is permitted, then the college town could be run politically by the students, a situation that has the college town residents frankly worried. (D.E.D.) And also even in big building projects, often one group of workmen has to be laid off because another group is behind on its work necessary before other workers can go ahead. Because of the high rates the trend now is to the pre-fabricated homes. These are built on assembly lines in units. One outfit can make a unit, ship it to the site, and in one day have the home ready to move in. Mass production of identical units is cheaper. And the units can be combined in different ways to suit a home buyer. The high rate for the building trades may force much more of this kind of building. The completed house is very well constructed in the ready-mades and appeal readily to those who want a home at a cost they can afford. Union labor may be pricing itself out of the market and while they get $8.00 an hour when they work, they do not get the hours to work. (D.E.D) would not have to "return to the scene of the crime" to get it over with. For drivers far from home after business hours this could be a boon indeed. Most drivers feel they have no chance in most of the justice and police courts where the situation is stacked against them. They prefer to pay the assessed fine as a cost of living and get going. If arrested at night away from home they are actually assessed a "fine" above a local resident because they have to return to face a justice later. And many drivers feel there are ticket- happy patrolmen who stretch the situation knowing the driver stopped would not fight the case. It has been denied often there is a "quota" of tickets required of a patrolman - but motorists believe if a patrolman doesn't write enough tickets, that patrolman is called on the carpet. This suggestion would ease a touchy situation. (D.E.D.) history at the White House - even one president was married there. It is a cinch the magazL.is edited for women will be filled with all the details their reporters can obtain about the event. Even newspapers concerned with world problems will devote considerable space to the coming event. It will be a pleasant interlude between all the serious business of fighting or getting out of a war, the depressed economy, the Arab- Israeli confrontation, and the other unpleasant things dished up with the morning newspaper or told dolefully by newscasters. Invitations will be prized and those who do not rate viewing the ceremony may be enemies of the Nixons for evermore. Mothers of brides always have trouble holding the invitation list down. They can sympathize with the situation faced by Mrs. Nixon. (D.E.D.) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - even Iowa's capitol building. * * * Democrats haven't figured out yet how to get equal time with Nixon on legislatures, weddings, funerals and clam bakes. Frustrating. * * * * A dog's growl seems pretty personal whether he intends to bite or not. * * * * Brutal facts murder many a beautiful theory. * * * * One thing about the Middle East - it certainly is in tin 1 middle. orations and Medals to cut the puffery out of the citations that go with Navy awards. In a memo intended for Navy eyes only, he complained: "For too long, the citations accompanying decorations and other awards have been written in a far too flowery and artificial manner. I believe that any decoration that is justified is more meaningful if the act on which it is based is briefly described in simple, pure, easily understood English. Some of the citations I have recently seen have reached the point of strained word usage and artificially of expression that approached the ridiculous." "Hard Hats" - The hard-hat construction workers, who demonstrated against President Nixon in Des Moines, are more riled up than he may realize. His crackdown on construction costs, they feel, discriminates against the construction unions. Under Nixon's new edict, the government no longer needs to pay the prevailing union wages for federal construction. Union officials are talking about raiding a multi-million-dollar slush fund to defeat President Nixon in 1972. They are also 'discussing a march on Washington or a 30-day work stoppage as a protest. - o - WASHINGTON WHIRL "Nixon's Test" - Once again RIGHT OF PRIVACY THING OF THE PAST If You're Not In A Secret File You Don't Really Rate WASHINGTON - Senator Sam Ervin's investigation into government snooping has become increasingly alarming. His latest discovery is that the Department of Defense alone has accumulated 25 million life histories in the course of its security investigations. These are loaded with derogatory comments whispered into ears of eager gumshoes. The Civil Service Commission keeps in its files several more million dossiers on people who have filed for federal jobs. These files hold the darkest secrets of many persons who have, at some time in the past, committed improper or questionable acts. Even the Federal Housing Administration receives confidential reports on the marital stability of prospective home buyers. The purpose is to spot couples who are likely to get a divorce and may no longer keep up their house payments. For reasons that have never been explained, the State Department's Passport Office keeps a special record of passport applicants who have been married more than twice. The General Services Administration maintains a blacklist of businessmen who are considered poor risks. Of course, the FBI is constantly checking into the backgrounds ofpersons for one reason or another. It has in its files an estimated 180 million fingerprints, not to mention dossiers on tens of thousands of suspected communist security risks and crooks. It is no secret that the FBI keeps files on controversial figures suspected of nothing more incriminating than speaking .their own mind. The di^t that government gumshoes pick up on people is swept into dossiers which are freely exchanged between federal offices. When the State Department is asked to watch the movement of an overseas, traveler, for example, the charges against him are distributed to at least four offices. The traffic in unproven allegations is so promiscuous that a postal inspector familiar with it told us he quit in disugst. Not only are the dossiers widely circulated but M«rry-Qo-Round most of them carry a low security classification. This gives an alarming number of, govern r n^ent employees access to derogatory information about fellow citizens. Now the Defense Department has confessed, at Senator Ervin's hearings, that it keeps a master index of the 25 million people who have turned up in its security investigations. Ervin is also concerned about the increased use of social security numbers which could become the common key to link all the promiscuous, inaccurate and incomplete information about nearly all Americans. The day that the government approves the plan for a national data center could extinguish forever the right of privacy. The idea is to set up a complete master file on all Americans. All-knowing, never-forgetting electronic machines crammed with all the information ever divulged by or pried from private citizens could produce, at the press of a button, a person's life from cradle to grave. - o - - COSTA NOSTRA CONGLOMERATES - Senate investigators have discovered that the Cosa Nostra, in Wall Street fashion, has been pulling diverse businesses together into great conglomerates. The underworld bosses are using the same tactics to operate their legitimate businesses that they employ to control their illicit rackets. Extortion, bribery, hijackings and even murders are being introduced into the world of big business. The Senate sleuths, working in secret, are investigating Mafia infiltration into the transport, pharmaceutical, insurance and, other legitimate businesses. ij The investigation is directed by Senator Warren Magnuson, D-Wash., who has .obtained a $100,000 allotment from the Senate. He hired Don Gray, a Mafia expert, to put together a mob- wise staff. At first, Gray operated out of a secret cubbyhole in the Library of Congress. But iow he has moved to larger quar- :s in the new Senate office uuilding. *. Already, the staff has documented from available records how the Mafia got a stranglehold on New York's huge John F. Kennedy airport. Magnuson is also looking into conditions at New York City's LaGuardia, Chicago's O'Hare, Boston's Logan, Los Angeles International, Washington National and Newark airports where lax security could invite Mafia musclemen to move in. Magnuson's investigators have found early evidence of mob activity, too, in the maritime and trucking industries. Through its power at transportation terminals, the Mafia siphons off goods from interstate and foreign commerce. Hijackings and thefts have become rampant. Legitimate businessmen must jack up prices to cover the losses, then compete with cut-rate mob "fences." - o - - HEADLINES AND FOOTNOTES- "Navy Puffery" - Assistant Secretary James Hittle has ordered the Navy's Board of Dec- Piracy Finding time to do something depends on how bad we want to do it. * * * * * Folks who live within their income are causing this slowdown in business. * * * * A sharp tongue cuts its own throat. * * * * Lawrence Welk has the only happy show in television which is perhaps why the powers that be want to drop it. They love misery. * * * There's not much the matter with a person who can gtt a good laugh out of a mirror. The attitude of Ecuador in siezing tuna fishing boats some 200 miles out at sea and demanding "fines" smacks of piracy. The fact this country tolerates the situation demonstrates how far this country has come since the days when a president ordered the U. S. fleet to destroy pirates off the African coast. Of course the times have changed and the location of Ecuador is not Africa. The taking of the tuna boats is by a legitimate government as a government policy. The so-called "fines" are a bit like ransom rather than a charge for a willful violation of law. International law recognizes only a three-mile limit generally and a 12- mile or greater in some specific instances. The "fines" are not small, so far this year (hey have totaled *830,L'OJ ., MUII that can not be long ignored by this country. There are means by which the United States can retaliate, but the administration in the interests of good relations with all South American governments is not anxious to impose. The Organization of American States is considering the situation, There is a charge and counter-charge situation with maneuvering behind the scenes. This could make for a solution which would be acceptable to both sides even though this country would not formally recognize a 200-mile territorial limit. While Ecuador has been, the biggest offender as far as the tuna fishing industry is concerned other South American countries have taken tuna boats and assessed fines to get them released, of the 109 boats taken in the last 10 years 65 have been taken by Ecuador which evidently sees a bonanza income by bearding this country. (D.E.D.) Soviet naval vessels, including a nuclear submarine, have appeared in the Caribbean. The President believes the Kremlin is testing him to see how much intervention in the Caribbean he will tolerate. Last September he took the problem away from the State Department and put it under his personal control. He issued stern warning to the Kremlin to halt the construction of naval facilities in the Cuban port of Cienfuegos. The construction was halted immediately and hasn't been resumed. Since October, however, the Soviets have continued to send naval vessels into the area. As the next move, Russia is expected to send naval ships to Chile to pay a call on President Allende's new Marxist government. This would be used as a precedent for Soviet naval calls at other Latin-American ports. ^'Air Safety" - Amiable Richard Spears, a former aide to ex-Sen. George Murphy, R- Calif., is being eased into a top job at the National Transportation Safety Board. Spears left the defeated Murphy to become a $100- a-day consultant at the board, with strong White House backing. The board holds hearings, among other things, on whether faulty planes, weather, pilots or other factors caused air disasters. READ THE WANT ADSI 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 80511 Issued weekly Mondays R. B. Waller, Executive Editor Julian Chrischilles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertisinc MfT. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr. Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Association • Foundtd 1888 Insurance Chiropractors 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, sqcure. 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 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.ia. 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 2Vfe East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 121/2 N. Dodgt Ph. 213-2111 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. DONAiD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N.,Dodge Algona Phonfe 295-3743 DR. I. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports •295-3182 Algona LEON H. LAltib 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. SCHUTTW, M.D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. K001, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians t Surgeons 220 N, Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295.2406 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334. DR. LEROY I. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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