Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 26, 1971 · Page 6
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EDITQIiii AT Kossuth County Advance ' * <*& 6 — Konufh County Advance Monday, April 26, 1971 Tax Bill Starts The Ways and Means committee of the Iowa House of Representatives sent to the floor of the House for debate a "vehicle" for tax changes In this session. The committee did not recommend the bill. It is just out to have something to hang amendments on and change to suit the will of the House. One thing to be considered in reading about tax and for that matter other bills, is that the proposal must go through both the House and Senate. The debate first will be in the House and some headlines in the daily papers may indicate a final action. The action, however, is on parts of the bill and until it is passed in the same form by both Houses, it will not become law. What happens now is compromise. The two main issues are increasing the sales tax or increasing the inrome tax. Boosting the sales tax by one cent or boosting the income tax to "full rate" would each bring in about the same amount of money. DEBATE WILL BE on just who gets hurt by the tax. The governor has pushed for an income tax increase and he is joined by Democrats in this, oddly enough. Potent Republicans however are favoring the sales tax increase as the least offensive and most easily collected. It also brings in immediate income, whereas an income tax boost would not mean much until 1972 tax payment time. There is some pressure for a local income tax for schools where the cost per pupils is higher than a state average. It would hit most areas. There is also a new formula for distribution of state aids to schools also based on a per pupil cost. The formula is complicated and at this stage is impossible to see what the final result might be. SUPPORT OF ANY of the proposals is limited. Farm members want property tax relief, city members want aid to cities increased, both parties are split - some want sales, some want income - and there are some who want no tax increase at all. The latter may have the swing votes to control between the two major factions. They take the position the state aids have grown entirely out of proportion and the time has come to say to the tax-eaters that enough is enough and they have had enough. Debate is certain to be long and bitter. Readers of news reports should discount daily reports of a today's victory on a portion of a bill for it may be re versed the next day or even doom the bill to defeat. (D.E.D.) Ping Pong Diplomacy The reception accorded the U. S. ping pong team in China was cordial and was quite impressive to the Americans who made the trip. It was evident the visit was arranged and conducted on a planned scale or program to be most impressive in the news reports. It may be that the Chinese people are not as hardliners as are the rulers and this was somewhat in evidence. However, there is more to the move than just. having a ping pong tournament. Chinese leaders do not do anything just for the fun of it. And for years the Chinese leaders have pictured Americans as devils. SINCE THE VISIT to China President Nixon has relaxed some of the controls over Americans in visiting or trading with the Red Chinese. There is an evident desire to get the U.S. and China off the belligerent stance. There may be some American strategy in this as far as Russia is concerned. Russia really does not fear the United States. But China is a different matter. The U. S. 'move may well cause more commotion in Moscow than in Peking. It was also evident the Chinese rulers wanted a favorable reaction in this country and the media in reporting the visits were certainly favorable to the treatment the Americans received. In effect the Chinese were aiming above the Nixon administration in a publicity stunt to impress the U.S. public. This country has been moving a bit closer to the time when Red China will be admitted to the United Nations with or without this country's consent. About the only thing holding recognition back is saving face for Formosa. THE CHINESE NOW are assessing the impact of the visit and can be expected in the future to make some more moves of the same nature. China is probably trying to convince the world it has no designs on anyone and is just misunderstood. This comes at a time when the British and this country are moving out of the Far East and Russia is moving in. The visit is a move in the game of diplomacy in which the Chinese wish to get this country and pacified so Red China can get on with its design to dominate the Asian continent. Red China is worried about Japan. Getting this country out of the way would be a big plus for the Chinese rulers. (D.E.D.) Abolish J. P.s? The Iowa Senate has passed a bill which would abolish the justice of the peace system from the Iowa court plan. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives where its fate is a bit uncertain. Justices of the peace have been under fire lor years for the haphazard way some of them operate their courts. And there has been complaint that traffic offenders, particularly, are taken to J.p. courts which are "friendly" to the arresting officer. There is a general belief among the public that once a person is given a ticket by a patrolman or other officer that the person might just as well plead guilty and get it over with. Or they can put up a bail bond and then fail to appear, thus getting fined by remote control without actually pleading guilty. TO REPLACE the J.P. courts the Senate bill would have local magistrates who would be named by district court judges. They would take on the misdemeanors and minor civil cases, much as the J.P. courts have in the past. Critics of the J. P. system say the appointment plan would get better qualified people to take the magistrate's job and also remove the tendency to find a man guilty just to get a fee. Magistrates would have to be a lawyer or a person who passed a qualification test administered by the state Supreme Court. They would be paid a salary depending on population. A TRAFFIC COURT would be set up in the court clerk's office with minimum fees set by law. The clerk could accept the fine without going through the formality of trial and conviction. There are some dangers in the bill.' Many feel if a lawyer were in charge there would be a tendency to the red tape and delay of the present district court system. Many would prefer a more informal court where a person could go and tell his story and get it over with and not have the fuss and feathers of a trial as done in district court. Many fear the new system will work Into a sort of junior district court with people giving up before appearance much as in the present J. P. system, because of the rigamarole of red tape. (D.E.D.) Jepsen vs. Ray Iowa Republicans were thrown into a dither when it was announced that Martin Van Oosterhout would retire from his post as U.S. circuit court of appeals judge. Many Iowa Republicans view a probable fight next spring for the nomination for governor between Lt. Gov. Jepsen and Gov. Ray seeking a third term. Neither man seems willing to get out of the way of the other. Governor Ray, in speaking to a group of weekly newspapermen at a luncheon at the mansion, made it plain that he was not interested, at least for now, in being appointed as a federal judge. Under the suggestion it was believed that Federal District Judge Roy Stephenson would be moved up to the circuit bench and thus leave his position open for Ray. It is believed Ray would have no problem getting the appointment if he wanted it. Jepsen is not a lawyer so he could not be considered for the appointment to get him out of Ray's way. Ray is serving his second term. Governors by the very nature of the office and the decisions they must make, soon find they are making more enemies than friends. For instance, in making an appointment the governor makes one person happy and perhaps a half- dozen prominent people very unhappy. Iowa has not often granted three-year terms though Beardsley and Hughes did win third terms. But Loveless, Erbe and Hoegh didn't, the latter two being one-termers, Tills coming election poses a problem also because it is a national year where the national, issues can wag the local tail and elect or defeat on national Issues rather than state issues. Iowa Republicans are hopeful the two men can come to a decision to avoid a shattering primary fight. Both have followings and reconciliation after a primary could be difficult to say the least. (D.E.D.) O.K., America... Just Keep Your Eye On The Ball Reports Army's Commissary System Is Looters Paradise By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - The scandals we have uncovered in the Army's $1.1 billion commissary system were no surprise to the top brass, who a year ago received a 63-page report detailing how commissaries around the world had been looted by employees, customers, shippers and even friendly governments. The brass characteristically suppressed the report to prevent the taxpayers from finding out how their money had been squandered. When we asked about the Army Comptroller General's findings, one colonel implied the report didn't even exist. Our request for a copy was turned down brusquely by the Defense Department. - CROOKED CASHIERS Nevertheless, we have obtained an unauthorized copy, entitled "Worldwide Review of Army Commissaries," datedMarchlS, 1970. Page after page, it spells out a sordid story of mismanagement, waste and outright thievery. Here are the highlights: The study accuses "every cashier" in the Saigon commissary of punching up phony figures and pocketing the difference. Customers were allowed to run up a staggering credit of $2 million with no hope of collecting the delinquent accounts. The Bangkok commissary overstocked items, including 500,000 unneeded pounds of boneless beef, that were allowed to rot, were eaten by rats or were sold for a song. The losses, set at $5,256 in the first quarter of fiscal 1968, soared to a breathtaking $300,000 in one quarter of 1970. The Royal Thai government allegedly also pilfered, lost or broke $80,000 worth of goods. •••••••»••••* «T5 • • M«rry-Co-Rouitd iinnwwiiti -t - UNDER THE COUNTER . Throughout the commissary system, employees have been selling goods under the counter for their own profit. The report cites unidentified mess hall workers who would pick up huge cans of coffee at $11 apiece, sell five cans on the black market and deliver five to the mess hall. Some thieves were kept on the payroll after they had been discovered. Stealing from commissaries apparently has become a favorite sport. At Fort Dix, N. J., despite good warehouse security, $9,000 worth of coffee and $4,000 in canned hams disappeared in a single night. Some of the thievery occurred before the goods ever reached the commissaries. The auditors found 109 cases of meat were missing when a ship reached Inchon, Korea. - POOR ACCOUNTING In many commissaries, delinquent customers were given credit after they had paid with "an endless cycle of bad checks." The Army auditors also found the accounting so bad in commissaries that millions in petty pilferage hadn't been caught. The sorry accounting continues to this day. Totally untrained officials helped to run commissaries in Bangkok, Saigon and Seoul, also at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and Fort Richardson, Alaska. Their incompetence resulted in losses five times greater than found in well-managed commissaries. In Japan, two commissary annexes were renovated at a cost of $45,000 "although insufficient justification existed to continue operation of either store." - GET RUN- AROUND The Army auditors sometimes got the run-around from commissary officials. They made appointment after appointment with an Army contract officer in Thailand, for example, to find out why a $250,000 storage contract went to a contractor who already owed $75,000 for failing to comply with an earlier contract. Each time the contract officer failed to show up. In some instances, generals loaded up commissary shelves with their own favorite foods. The choice delectables went un- purchased by the wives of servicemen with less luxurious tastes. Even the secret auditors' report, however, discreetly omitted the names of the offending generals. On the whole, commissary officers seem to have a cavalier attitude toward the taxpayers' funds. - WASHINGTON WHIRL Galley's Conversion - Intl- Teacher Merit Pay A proposal in the legislature to establish a statewide merit pay system for teachers has aroused the state teachers association in opposition to the bill. The group says it is not against merit pay as such but is against the state setting one up. The group prefers such a step be made locally. Legislators believe a local deal would be so dominated by teachers that it would be ineffective or even harmful in allocating pay to individual teachers. Under most teacher contracts there is an automatic annual increase on length of service. There is no pay according to skill. There is no way of rating a teacher on reaching the student. Emphasis is on length of service and number of hours of education. The state teachers associations and the local organizations both push for blanket increases each year without any kind of a survey of the individual teacher's ability. Many can testify from their own experience that some teachers ha * e j he ab "«y to get through to a student and others merely put knowledge before a class. The problem is a sticky one. In the first place who is to judge impartially and have such judgment accepted? Would it lead to educational politics by fawning teachers to get merit pay? Would merit pay merely be an extra payment above the present system thus increasing school costs? There doesn't seem much chance the proposal will get anywhere in this legislature but there are a great many who feel the present system of group pay increases is not the best answer to the teacher pay problem. It's something the teachers themselves should solve, but present climate is not very conducive to change. (D.E.D.) Was the Oscar "humanitarian" award to Sinatra because he quit singing? * * * * Reporters who are stickers for correct name spelling welcome the retirement of Judge van Oosterhout. * * * * Railpax is changing its name, it doesn't seem to want to have anything on the rails. mates tell us Lt. William Calley has turned to religion. He has held lengthy talks with several Army chaplains in an attempt to make his peace with God. These intimates say Calley has persuaded himself that God won't hold him responsible for carrying out what he believed to be military orders at My Lai. - COOPER - CHURCH Senators John Sherman Coooper, R-Ky., and Frank Church, D-Ida., whose celebrated resolution prohibits the U.S. from sending ground troops into Cambodia or Laos, are now in the final drafting stages of a new resolution. This would restrict U.S. military action in Indochina to fighting only when American troops were in imminent danger of attack. Church wants to send the resolution to the White House for the President signature. Cooper, however, feels this would put the President on the spot. Nixon would either have to kowtow to the Senate, argues Cooper, or appear to be against ending the war. - BLACK ARMY Col. Hassan Jeru-Ahmen, the glib promoter who has wangled $523,000 out of the federal government to subsidize a private black army, has been in league with the neo-Nazis. By Hassan's own admission, he accepted at least $l,000from neo-Nazi Willis Carto and used one of Carlo's henchmen, Doug Clee, as a fund raiser. In 1967, Hassan wrote a crude anti-Semitic tract and as late as 1970, his men distributed copies on the street. All this has so outraged Jason Sllverman of the Anti-Defamation League that he has written an angry salvo of letters to the Health, Education and Welfare Department objecting to the $523,000 grant. Hassan denies he is anti-Semitic. "The Jewish community has given me more help than anyone," he told us. WHO . . . READ THE ALGONA NEWSPAPERS AND YOUfM, KNOW! , TODAY'S WORLD PRESCRIPTIONS "It's hard to believe that the steady hand we hear about is the same one that wrote this." :m*S£*s^^^ 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 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 Aasociatfon • Foundtd 1883 Professional Directory 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 T*d S. H.rbit SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. SuncUt 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS I 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 115 East Call St. Algona, la. DR. DONALD J, KINOFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgn Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. 1. I. SNYDER 113 East State St.. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fect-bilt Reports Algonp 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 & DR. D N. JOHNSTON Chiropractors Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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 2& East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY HVi N. Dodg* Ph. 215-2111 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon H8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 J °HN I M. SCHUTTER, flu Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians & Surgeons 220 N, Dodge, Algona Office Phone 296-2406 Dentists 522 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. . STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. p hone 295-3131

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