Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 5, 1971 · Page 8
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LDITQ FLLAX Kossuth 8 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, April 5, 1971 School Income Tax The Republican majority in the legislature has come up with a plan to pay some of the school costs by a local income tax to be levied in addition to the present property tax and state aids that might be allocated to the local school. While plans are not yet firmed up it is anticipated the local school income tax would be a percentage of the amount owed for the state income tax. Thus a person would figure his state tax as usual and then add a percentage as determined by the local school budget. This would be collected by the state and returned to the local school district where the taxpayer was a resident. It presents a few problems in which for instance where a taxpayer earned his income in more than one school district. A farmer, for instance, might have part of his farm in one district and the rest in another. The plan calls for a property tax levy ceiling. State aid would be added to the property tax income to raise a certain amount per pupil, now estimated at around $700. The local income tax for schools would have to pick up the tab for all over that $700. There are some ramifications that must be worked out. One is how the present withholding would be affected, should withholding, for instance, be based also on estimated school taxes? When would the money come back to the district - in one payment or many? How much would the administration cost? Should a ceiling be placed on an involuntary local income tax above which a local vote would be necessary? In city districts would people get a mailing address in a low-cost district to avoid the higher district cost? Reaction of the school people to the idea has not been heard as yet. Some fear local reaction halting benefits for teaching staff if a new tax is added. It is believed most teachers prefer a state-collected tax to avoid the wrath of local taxpayers of a local income tax plan. There is another thing bothering some people and that is tying taxes to income. When times are good much money is raised but when times are tough the tax would sag dangerously. That as a mater of fact is what caused the mess state finances are in today. Sales and incomes dropped in 1969 and 1970. Tax income dropped. Tying taxes to income and sales is not stable financing. That is the only recommendation for property taxes - the income is stable and can be collected. (D.E.D.) Dynamite Curbs A committee in the legislature has passed a bill to the floor for debate which would restrict the sale of dynamite and require an annual permit for a dealer and also a temporary permit for a person who wished to buy and use it. The proposal sets $60 for a seller's permit. This also applies to those who are using the explosive for commercial purposes. It would have to be renewed annually. For a person who merely wished to use a small amount for a specific purpose a temporary permit could be granted by the sheriff of the county or chief of police. Such would be good only for 10 days and would be restricted to controlled blasting or to use on stumps and rocks. The use must be specified in the application for the permit. Those holding annual licenses would have to keep records of sales, and keep local law enforcing officers advised of the places where dynamite is stored and the quantity. If any explosives were stolen, the permit holder" would have to advise local authorities immediately. The bill is designed to make It more difficult for criminals to get their hands on explosives. Recent bombings in Iowa and the nation have alarmed -people, and not so long ago a large amount of dynamite was stolen from an isolated warehouse near Des Moines. The bill is necessary and should be passed. Occasions for use of dynamite are not numerous. This makes it available for those occasions when it is required and permits authorities to know who has it and when use is legitimate. (D.E.D.) Aids Bring Controls The disadvantages of federal aids to the states is demonstrated "by situations in Nebraska and Indiana faced with loss of federal money unless they conform to the rules and regulations of the federal disbursing agencies. Nebraska would lose $15 million and Indiana $39 million in welfare aids. The state legislatures were scrambling desperately to beat a deadline and passed measures to conform. There is a great difference between states in considering the problems of welfare. But the conditions are set by Washington and in spite of any local considerations the Washington rules must be met. This sometimes results in inequities in the states but that is not the question- the question is who controls. As Iowa moves farther into the state aid situation in grants to schools, counties, cities, and so on, the state will control. Guidelines are set up by the agencies and must be followed to the letter. A case in point was the fuss a couple of years ago about librarians in schools .whether one was^needed in the local school or not. •> v , This leads to two groups handling the state aid money - one the all-powerful state board and the other the local board. This makes for high administration costs and a whirlwind of forms to be filled out and paper work to be shuffled. This situation is magnified if the federal government has a hand in it. Employment in Iowa has jumped in recent years because of the naming of new boards and commissions to do the state work. The cost of administration consumes too much of the money sent back to the local district. And boards and commissions have the habit of increasing their work force because it increases their influence and adds to the status of the head of the board or commission. It would be interesting to know how the work force in state government has increased in the last ten years. (D.E.D.) Four-Year Terms lowans will vote in 1972 on four-year terms for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer and attorney general. A constitutional amendment has been approved by the present legislature as well as the preceding legislature posing the question to the voters. If the idea is adopted then the state officials elected in 1974 will serve four-year terms instead of the present two years. Only state officer not affected is the secretary of agriculture. This office is not set up in the constitution but was established by law and can be changed at the will of the legislature. There was some opposition mainly by some Democrats who favored the cabinet-system approach. In this the governor and lieutenant governor would be elected on a team ticket and the other state officers would be appointed. This failed to get any real support in either Railpax Disappoints First reaction to the schedule of railpax passenger trains is frankly disappointment. It appears that the main purpose is to discontinue what few trains are left except for inter-city traffic. For instance, the Illinois Central train from Sioux City to Chicago leaves the rails when Railpax takes over in May. The train is still operating but it is a shadow of what it once was. There is no sleeper service and no food. There is jmly one coach most of the time. The nigtt hours are bad for most lowans. In order to get a train north lowans will have to go to Minneapolis or to southern Iowa to take the Burlington. Service on the Burlington is cut from two trains a day each way to just legislature. There was some talk also about changing the constitution to relieve the lieutenant governor from serving as presiding officer of the Senate and making him a kind of ceremonial assistant for the governor. The idea did not get much support. There is one advantage of the four-year term idea that is appealing to politicians. Not only will the term be longer but the election will be in "off years when there is not a presidential election. Many times state officers have gone down or up according to the popularity of the presidential candidate in the state. Under the "off" year plan, the state issues become the main issues rather than national issues. It will avoid the tail-wagging effect of a national election. (D.E.D.) one a day each way to Denver and then tri- weekly. There is a provision whereby a city or area could subsidize passenger trains' service say for a feeder line to the Railpax trains. But that is legally questionable and might cause complications. Instead of increasing service-Railpax actually cuts it. Anyone trying to get anywhere on a train is in trouble except a direct route to a certain city. Most people who ride trains have plenty of time. If they didn't, they would fly. Many take a train for the scenic value and a touch with the country. They prefer to see some- Mrs. Nixon Tried To Persuade Her Husband To Give Up Politics In '52 By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - Air Force rainmakers, operating secretly in the skies over the Ho Chi Minh trail network, have succeeded in turning the weather against the North Vietnamese. These strange weather war* riors seed the clouds during the monsoons in an attempt to concentrate more rainfalls upon the trails and wash them out. The hugh-hush project, known by the code name "Intermediary- Compatriot," was startedin!967 to hamper enemy logistics. Those who fly the rainmaking missions believe they have increased the precipitation over the jungle roadways during the wet seasons. Their monthly reports, stamped "Top Secret Specat" (Special Category), have claimed success in creating manmade cloudbursts over the trail complex. These assertedly have caused flooding conditions along the trails, making them impassable. The Ho Chi Minh trails will get their next monsoon bath from May to September. During this season, the South Vietnamese are expected to pull out of Laos and leave it to the rains to stop the flow of enemy supplies down the trails. Only those with top security clearance knew, until now, that nature would be assisted by the U.S. Air Force. An Air Force weathermaker, answering our questions guardedly, said the "Intermediary. Compatriot" project is more experimental than operational. The experts still aren't sure, he said, whether cloudbursts that occur after seeding would not have taken place anyway. However, the evidence is persuasive if not conclusive, he acknowledged, that it is possible not only to increase precipitation but to concentrate it upon a target area. In 1969, the Philippines' President Ferdinand Mar cos asked the U.S. to employ its latest weather modification techniques to relieve a drought in the islands. The Air Force sent its rainmakers to seed the clouds over the Philippines, and a substantial downpour followed. The only trouble with rain, as Jesus Christ pointed out in; His- sermon on the mount, is that it falls on the just and the unjust alike. The same cloudbursts that have flooded the Ho Chi Minh trails reportedly have also washed out some Laotian villages. This is the reason, presumably, that the Air Force has kept its weathermaking triumphs in Indochina so secret. - NIXON'S SECRET PLEDGE President Nixon withheld some intriguing information about his wife from the nine newswomen who talked to him about the First Lady on the eve of her 59th birthday. He didn't tell how hard Pat Nixon tried to persuade him to give up politics. 'Nor did he mention that tucked among her private papers is an extraordinary pledge that she made him sign after the bruising 1952 campaign. She got him to put in writing a promise that he would quit politics. But Pat Nixon soon learned that even a wife can't count on a political promise. He ran again for vice President in 1956, then for President in I960. Intimates say pat was "supremely happy" after her husband lost to John F. Kennedy and settled down to becoming a successful California lawyer. She wanted nothing more, they say, than a real home and a husband who worked regular hours. But Richard Nixon still hadn't gotten over the political bug. Despite Pat's strenuous objections, he ran for the governorship of California in 1962. His defeat was one of the lowest points of their lives. Once agan she persuaded him to give up public life. She encouraged him to move the family - lock, stock and law clients- to New York' City. The way to make sure he stayed out of politics, she reasoned, was to pull up his political roots and transplant them in Nelson Rockefeller's territory. - PAT'S STRATEGY She mistakenly concluded that her husband could never stage a political comeback in Rockefeller country, and she settled down again to the private life she had always wanted. It ended in 1968. As usual she • lT4T«'» Mftrry-GQ-Round THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE played the good soldier and campaigned for her husband. But her friends, noting that she was less active than in the past, suspected her heart wasn't in it. These friends agree emphatically with the President that Pat isn't the bland and brittle blonde 'she appears to be in pictures and that she has extraordinary stamina for a women who seems so thin and fragile. She wears long-sleeved gowns to cover her bony shoulders. And the White House physician, Dr. Walter Rkach, feeds her malts with eggs in a vain attempt to put some weight on her. But behind the skin and bones and frozen smile, she is a warm, gracioiis, sensitive woman to •' whom . children instinctively draw. She also maintains a healthy irreverence toward her famous husband. On more than one occasion, her friends say, she has taken him aside after a speech and deflated his ego with pinprick criticism. "That man will never get a swelled head as long as Pat is his wife," one intimate of the Nixons told us. Of all the recent First Ladies, say intimates, Mrs. Nixon is most like Bess Truman. Mrs. Truman was a homebody who shied away from publicity. But she was an artist at the tug-on- the-coat-sleeve and the under- the-table-kick when Harry Truman was feeling explosive. Pat Nixon, if more subtle, is equally effective. On one occasion, the Nixons were entertaining visitors, and RN was expounding mightly on world problems. ;: She passed quietly among the guests with a tray of hors d'oeuvrss. "Why don't you have some of these?" she asked sweetly. "They're much better than the baloney he's handing out." LETTERS TO EDITOR March 31, 1971 Algona Publishing Co. Ill E. Call Algona, Iowa 50511 Gentlemen: In reply to the letter of L.B. Liddy, Secretary of Agriculture, I feel I must in his words "tell it like it is." Sincerely, /S/Berl E. Priebe State Representative Recently I was critical of the fact a secrecy lid had been placed on all employees of the Secretary of Agriculture and his department. I stated on Feb. 8 that I really felt the Secretary of Agriculture of the state was wrong in putting a secrecy clamp on the workings of his office. I would hope all of the people of Iowa will demand more information from their elected officials, not less. Agriculture is our number one revenue producer in Iowa. I really feel this is using a very heavy hand. Mr. Liddy's letter now appears in the Kossuth County Advance under the title: "READER COMMENT Dear Sir: Recently in "Happenings on the Hill" Representative Berl Priebe accused me of putting secrecy on the working of my office. Actually the facts are that any press releases we make are made for noon each day and I took exception to being rxmted out of bed on three different occasions in one week, before as well as after midnight, by reporters wanting to converse "so a copyright could be lifted. "As a member of the Agriculture Committee if Rep. Priebe would drop into our office once in a while and find out what the Department is doing, he might be able to "tell it as it is" to the folks back home. Sincerely yours, L. B. Liddy Secretary of Agriculture" First, I would like to state that I have never been very critical of Mr. Liddy. However, I feel when an elected official has time to read the newsletters of all our Representatives and Senators, he is going to stay up until midnight so he won't be routed out of bed. In his words, therefore, I must tell it like it is. I would also suggest to Mr. Liddy if he checks with his secretary, he will find I have been down to his office at least four times and every time his secretary said that Mr. Liddy was not in his office or he had just stepped out for a little while for a cup of coffee. The first time I was asking if anything could be done concerning the sale of dairy cows whose milk had been condemned because of too high a degree of pesticides in the milk and then they were sold for human food. I never have heard anything about this. The last time we had an appointment for 12 : 30 on a bill, Mr. Liddy appeared at 1:35. His assistant was there. Now to tell it like it is as per Mr. Liddy's letter, I will. Why, in all the years Mr. Liddy - COMMENDATION Montezuma native, Navy Chief Machinist Mate Tony A. Gray, son of the Hubert Grays of Montezuma, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for rendering valuable first aid to an 85- year-old man who had just been hit while riding his bicycle. Gray is stationed in Anaheim, calif, on duty at the Navy Recruiting Station. The Anaheim police chief made the presentation to Gray. thing besides clouds. Railpax is an experiment. The present passenger network is torn apart to try short- hauls between a dozen or so pairs of cities, ft is frankly city-oriented. small city service, if any, is incidental. It may succeed for the city traveler if the trains are clean, service is good, schedules maintained and surly trainmen are eliminated. But the start does not look too promising. (D.E.D.) has been Secretary of Agriculture, hasn't he said anything about the way farmers have been abused under eminent domain? Why hasn't Mr. Liddy told the people of Iowa that property taxes were raised by 80 million dollars in the year 1970 and by a group which pays the most, which is the agricultural part of our society? There is an estimated further increase of 62 million for the year 1971 and again agriculture will pay most of the bill. Then the thing that really gripes me is the fact that the present Secretary of Agriculture did take one-half million dollars from the feed fund last summer; another tax on farmers. I went to the Comptroller and asked why either he or the Governor would dip into this fund and the statement of the Comptroller was this: "We didn't ask for it Mr. Liddy offered it to the General Fund." our Secretary of Agriculture is taxing people who use feed to help fund the deficit. No wonder he wants to issue all press releases. He doesn't want the farmers to know what he is doing. Last session, we in the Agriculture Committee were assured this money would not be touched when he wanted to use this to start an agriculture building. I firmly feel we need such a building even if we only put up a shell so we can get the testing equipment which the Federal Government will supply. There is no doubt that Iowa does have a lot of inferior fertilizer being sold now because we do not have the facilities to test fertilizer. I really feel the Secretary of Agriculture should truly represent agriculture and food consumers. Where was our Secretary of Agriculture's voice when the elevators couldn't get boxcars? Where is the voice of the Secretary of Agriculture on the use of pesticides and insecticides? I firmly believe he should voice an opinion on such major concerns of our people in Iowa. Yes, I am critical of our Secretary of Agriculture not allowing anyone but him to issue press releases. I submit to him I am sure the press releases he has released in the last two months will not have the members of the legislature standing at his door. What else is he trying to keep hidden from the people of Iowa?? Yes, Mr. Liddy, let's tell it like it is. Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 80511 ALOONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE Published by the Algona Publishing Co., Mondays, office and shop 111 East Call Street, Algona, Iowa 50811 Issued weekly Mondays R. B. Waller, Executive Editor Julian Chrischllles, 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 . Aisoclatlon • Founded f MB Insurance Chiropractors Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOIF, Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. «95-3176 INSURANCE BOHANNON 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. A4iome 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. KINGFIELO Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training • Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodge Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. D'ial 295-2715 Closed-Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CRIDIT IURIAU OP KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 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.ra. 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 2Ms East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12>/a N. Dodj* Ph. 215-tlll LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone. 295-3810 Doctors G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN 1. BRAY, M.D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Phone 295-2828 M. SCHUrTH, M.D, Residence Phone 295-2335 DiAN F, KOOi, M.D. Residence Phjone 295-5917 Physicians 4 Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 286-2406 Dentists Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 296-2384. »295-ai82 Algona 116 N. Moore St. Phone 298-3131

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