Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 12, 1971 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Monday, April 12, 1971
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EDITQ PlTAT Kossuth County Adv. —^ M—•- ••—« ar—-..I.. — 6 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, April 12, 1971 The Galley Case The life sentence handed out in the case of Lt. William L. Galley Jr. brought forth perhaps one of the greatest outpourings of support for an accused person in the history of the country. There wasn't much feeling when the jury found him guilty of murdering some 22 South Vietnamese. It seemed apparent to the country that someone was guilty and the guilt should be assessed and a verdict given. The jury had two choices - one to condemn Galley to death and the other life imprisonment. The jury took the lesser of the two verdicts. This however did not meet with approval of many people who wanted an innocent verdict in the first place. THE SITUATION is complicated. Galley frankly told his story and one of the jurors said it was instrumental in convicting him. Galley took the position he was under orders and if a crime was committed it was the fault of those who ordered him to kill. Soldiers are expected to follow orders without question. There is considerable talk now about what is called "patently unlawful" orders. This is something new in military history law. A soldier who disobeys an order in the face of the enemy can be executed. In cases of what may be determined an "un- lawful" order who is to be the judge of whether it is unlawful or not? The individual soldier in the Galley case is being told he must judge whether an order is unlawful. And he is low man on the totem pole and it is not healthy to disobey an order and question an officer's judgment. GALLEY PROBABLY exceeded his orders as intended, but how was he to draw aline? This is the big question in the entire case - the point at which an individual can over-rule a direct order as he understands that order. The public believes Galley is being made the fall guy. People recognize he killed but the fault is with the entire system and war itself. They feel intense' sympathy with a man not overly intelligent being caught in an unfair situation. If Galley had dropped a bomb that wiped out the village and the people he would not be blamed. Bombing is impersonal. Galley was personal in his killing. There is a difference perhaps but not as far as the victims are concerned. It is probable that the heat of the case will die down with time and eventually the sentence on Galley will be reduced. But it can not happen until after other trials such as Capt. Medina and a colonel or two have to face. (D.E.D.) Wasted Money The legislature in contemplating more and more state aids seems to feel that too much money sent back by the state is actually wasted by the local government units. Much of the complaint is directed at the schools and not just the small school districts either. The larger districts seem as careless about state money as do the smaller schools. In fact some smaller schools are better at handling it than large because state aid is such a big factor in the small school economy. There is a great deal of talk about inefficient units such as schools, counties and cities and towns. There is a feeling the small counties in population as well as area do not use the tax money to best advantage. CITED OCCASIONALLY are Kossuth andpot- tawattamie counties, large in area, as being better operated because they are about twice the size of the smaller counties and seem to get along well with one set biicourify'/officials. However Pottawattamie does have a double county-seat with deputies located outside Council Bluffs. There are 453 school districts that will get No Strike Right A three-judge federal court in Washington, D.C., has ruled that the constitution does not give the right to strike, and that government workers can be barred from striking. The right to strike was given industrial workers by the National Labor Relations Act, but that does not include those who work in government agencies. The ruling covered a strike that was held by postal clerks. The federal court said the rule could be interpreted to apply also to municipal employes and all public employes including the postal people. The point of argument in the case brought against Postmaster General Blount contended that the right to strike is fundamental and protected by the constitution. It based the argument on the point that if private workers can strike and public workers are prohibited the latter are denied equal protection under the law. Minimum Wage A move in the U. S. house of representatives would make the minimum wage $2 per hour a boost from the present $1.60 for most workers. It would also include public workers for the first time and only a few small farm helpers and migrant workers would not be covered by the bill. One of the problems involved always in these minimum laws is the fact some just can't pay it. And industry, faced with too high a pay scale, goes to automation. As an example few buildings now have elevator operators. Itwascheaper to install automatics where a person pushed a button to get his floor. The marginal employes are hit hardest by the minimum laws. Many businesses keep marginal employes on the payroll now. When the $1.60 was first passed a lot lost their jobs, particularly the untrained, the elderly, the handicapped, and the young. These have been kept on in some ins- Hoffa Denied James R. Hoffa, former Teamster boss, was denied parole from his sentence of 13 years for tampering with a jury and mail fraud. Hoffa has served since March of 1967. The reason the denial at this time is particularly tough for Hoffa is that the Teamsters will state aid. Legislators are determined that some state control be maintained. The districts want no controls of course. There have been complaints too often 'state aid is devoted to unreasonable salary scales rather than helping run the school as such. Cities and towns are demanding, not asking, for more money and they have considerable clout politically. But they too want the money with no strings attached and legislators fear the blank check approach will result in more waste and will prolong questionable practices. TAX BILLS have been held up because of this scrapping among cities and towns, school districts, and counties. Demands exceed anticipated revenues from even an additional one cent sales tax, and legislators well know who will get the blame for raising taxes. The bows for city, town, school and county spending will be taken by the local officials and the curse is on the legislator. State aid is "easy" moriey. It does not have to be accounted for to local taxpayers. Thus it becomes something that can be spent for frills or excessive salary boosts. This the legislature believes wastes the money. (D.E.D.) In recent years there have been numerous strikes by firemen, policemen, teachers and other public employes. To avoid the law they have "sick-ins" where all call in sick. One such controversy had the effect of electing a president. Calvin Coolidge as governor clamped down on a policeman's strike saying they had no right to strike against the public. He made it stick and became vice-president under Harding succeeding on Harding's death and being elected a term on his own. Public employes have long been considered barred from striking in many states. It is considered unconscionable for firemen and policemen to strike to leave the public defenseless. The problem of course is what to do if they strike. It's impossible to put all in jail. Some satisfactory method must be had to arbitrate such disputes. (p.E.D.) tances but a new boost would eliminate their jobs. The minimum also has an effect all up the line. Those getting $2 now would feel they were entitled to more under the $2 minimum, and so forth all up the chain of pay scale. It isn't just the lowest paid employe that is affected - all feel entitled to a boost. Such a boost would increase inflation. It would work against those now who are unemployed and particularly against those veterans returning from Viet Nam who have a tough time finding a job. It would increase the cost of goods produced in many industries. And it would have a serious effect on overtime pay for work over 40 hours. Overtime pay would be at the rate of $3 an hour for the minimum. This is just not the time for such an action. (D.E.D.) have an election before he can come up for parole again. The union has been run by the vice-president who considered his job as caretaker until Hoffa could get out and resume the presidency of the union. Paroles from prison terms are supposed to CASUALTY ON THE HOME FRONT ^^^^^•^•^•M^OMi Senate Committee Says 'Buy From Consumer - Oriented Companies' WASHINGTON - The Senate Consumer Subcommittee, which, so often has scourged companies for cheating their customers, will hold hearings this year to praise such firms as Sears, Motorola, Giant Food, Whirlpool, and Quaker Oats. The reason for this turnabout; the committee has found these companies have actually joined the consumer revolution. —STRIKING BACK— In confidential written instructions to the staff, Chairman Frank Moss, D-Utah, points out: "We," have seen irresponsible behavior , and worse among several of ttfe largest corporations in this country ... but in our understandable zeal to strike back at this, we have not given sufficient credit to those companies which have displayed an uncommon sense of responsibility." He directed the staff to prepare hearings later in the year to "explore the positive voluntary achievement of these companies in meeting real consumer needs. To the extent that government action or inaction is a barrier to effective voluntary self-regulation, I want to know about that, too. "I think this series of hearings will serve to encourage other companies to follow these examples of responsible behavior rather than the pied piper call of the strident, man-the-barricades lobbyists." Moss excoriates some prominent companies and trade groups, however, in the same memo that he hails the good guys. —BAD COMPANIES HIT-He labels Ford and General Motors as irresponsible for "wildly exaggerating the cost of safety improvements." He castigates the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for "scurrying about peddling amendments to cut gaping holes in the fabric of consumer protection." He attacks the American Re- M«rry-Qo-Round niiittimi <s3 nwwiimmfmiwiiiiiiiiiiitiiiif By JACK ANDERSON tail Federation for fighting class action bills which would give consumers more power to sue in court when they are $ilked or Isold shoddy goods. T And he denounces the "obstructionist performance" of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association for "trying to lobby the heart out of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act." - PHONY ADVERTISING— Phony advertising, adds Moss, disillusions youth. Over-the- counter drug advertising, for instance, has "fertilized the social ground in which drug abuse takes' root." But in contrast, the confidential Moss memo praises Sears for constructive lobbying "not for the purpose of weakening legislation but to clarify industry's responsiblities." Giant Food is lauded for hiring consumer advocate Esther Peterson, knowing full well she "would demand substance and not lip service." The memo also outlines how Motorola has sent factory representatives around to buyers of its major products and has stood up for "warranty and independent consumer agency proposals." Moss singles out Bud Gray of Whirlpool, who "is dead serious about transforming the Better Business Bureau . . . from their traditional role as weak-kneed apologist into a consumer watchdog." There is praise, too, for "pioneer adver- tising men like Fred Baker of Seattle and Victor Elting of the Quaker Oats company (who) have " . program of advertising self- regulation. "The companies which demonstrate a sense of responsibility," declares Moss, "should be rewarded by the consumer who, if he only knew, would invariably choose products of a company which is a good corporate citizen over the products of the company which would deprive him of basic consumer rights." - MRS. NIXON STORY— First Lady's Chamberpot Pat Nixon tells the story herself. Before she became First Lady, she drove with friends to an auction in Virginia hoping to find an antique tureen. A magnificent white porcelain porringer, hand- painted with flowers, was put up for bid. She began bidding against a friend in the back of the room, who had become separated .from her and was also trying to buy the antique for her. Unknowingly, they bid the price up before discovering they were rival bidders. Nevertheless, Mrs. Nixon carried off the precious antique, placed it on her dining room table and carefully filled it with flowers. Not long afterwards, she discovered it wasn't a tureen at all but a fancy, 19th-century chamberpot. —STRANGE MAILING- Rep. Don Riegle, R-Mich., a be granted "in the public interest." Hoffaissaid to be a model prisoner. But the parole board had information from the justice department on Hoffa's reputed connections with organized crime. What could happen now is an intense fight within the Teamsters union for control. The presidency is at stake and there are ambitious union leaders who would like to take over. With Hoffa not able to control his men because he is in prison there will be no real control until one comes out on top and succeeds to the Hoffa job. Hoffa is not being entirely counted out however for there are many obligated to him in many ways. But it would be strange for a union to re-elect a man who is serving time in a prison, it wouldn't set good with the country and the Teamsters are not in best repute as it is. The union election comes up in July. Battle lines are being drawn and maneuvering is under way. The pace will get frantic because time is short to form alliances, it could get rough. This may make for a plus for Hoffa's chancesfor the fight could tear the union apart This no one wants. (D.E.D.) You never see an art calendar in a doctor's office. * * * Bald-headed men are complacent because no one can get in their hair. * * * Most fathers demand their daughters marry better than their mother did. * * * Debt is a bet you can earn more tomorrow than you have to spend. * * * Today was the future yesterday and it got here pretty fast. * * * Doesn't it seem the doves are getting pretty hawkish in their dovishness? * * * Iowa gavel in House breaks and hits two women. Seems the speaker is Agnew-oriented. * * * * Sales gimmick of the year was calling shorts "hot pants." leader in the battle to reform the House, has been sending out appeals for funds in franked en-' velopes for four years. The last mailing— 150,000 colorful pamphlets distributed throughout his district at the taxpayers' expense—features the appeal on the back of a questionnaire. The Michigan liberal's office said the solicited funds are used to pay for a newsletter. They are kept separate from campaign funds and are open for public viewing, said a spokesman. —POISONING CHILDREN— To protect small children from dangerous pills, liquids and sprays, President Nixon signed a law on December 30 requiring special tops at less than a penny apiece for the containers. The law provides for a Technical Advisory Committee to set the standards. It has now been more than three months since the law was signed. Yetthel8-mancommittee hasn't even been appointed. To their credit, a few manufacturers have put ingenious tops on baby aspirins and other drugs without waiting for the turtle-slow government to act. But meanwhile, little children are continuing to be poisoned. TODAY'S WORLD LETTERS TO EDITOR Dear Sirs: On behalf of the Algona Community School, I wish to express our appreciation for your interest and assistance in publicizing the various parts of our adult education program. Through your efforts, interest, and cooperation, additional public attention was focused on the instructional programs which we had to offer. The enthusiasm and participation of the community this year has been very satisfying. We have had an enrollment of 508 in the general adult education program plus a membership of 125 in the Farmer's Evening School. Thank you very much for all of the assistance that you have provided to help us make this part of our school program successful. Sincerely, Frank Brusie Director Adult Education Algona Community School 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' 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 NNA PER Association • Founded 1888 Professional Directory Insurance Chiropractors 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 Scuftham, 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 Saturdays afternoons t. Algona, la. DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgn. Algona Phone 295-3743 D fo 113 East State St. Diai 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 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 ' 1 l h. East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12'/2 N. Dodf* Ph. 215-2111 LEON H. LAIRD 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 > ' M.O. Residence Phone 295-2335 T W=ANF.KpOB,M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians & Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona . Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists 622 E. State St Phone 295-2334 295-3182 Algone Dentist U6 N. Moore St Phone 295-3131

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