Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 3, 1971 · Page 6
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hDITQilk Kossuth County Adv, 6 — Kessuth County Advance Monday, May 3, 197T Tough Decisions Coming As the legislature begins its final weeks the tough decisions are still to be made. There are three which are vital, one is appropriations which in a way depends on another, the tax problem. And looming particularly with regard to the political fortunes of the individual members is the problem of reapportionment of the seats in the legislature. The present legislature apportionment has been declared unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court. However, the court permitted this legislature only to operate as a sort of de facto legislature because the time to apportion was too short for the 1970 elections. HOWEVER, THE COURT said plainly the apportionment would have to be done by this legislature in time for the 1972 election. The alternative probably would be apportionment by Supreme Court order which most legislators would view with alarm. The strict guidelines of one-man one-vote will have to be observed with each representative and each senatorial district being equal in population as determined by the 1970 census. This will require some crossing of county lines to make up districts. Fines By Mail The Iowa House of Representatives passed the bill allowing payment of some traffic fines by mail. The bill now goes to the Senate where there is some sentiment in favor of the idea. If passed, many expect the bill would do away with most of the complaints against Justices of the Peace now under fire in a court reform proposal which has not been considered by the House as yet. J.p. courts have abad reputation of sloppiness and varying fines. The bill recognizes what most people feel that once arrested and accused of a traffic violation the person arrested hasn't much of a chance and might just as well plead and get it over with. It does make fines uniform instead of on how the J.p. might feel at the moment.. Also it would permit a person arrested along way from home base to mail in the fine rather than have to go "back to the scene of the crime" to post bail or toappearfortrial. This requirement now of going back to the local court is a State Buying The House of Representatives passed a bill recently which would create,a new bureau to do all the buying of supplies for the state. This now goes to the Senate where its fate may be doubtful. The Representatives included the Highway Commission's and the Regents' purchasing in the law. Both have traditionally been exempt from any such control and both are expected to put up a real fight to get "included out" of the proposal. Attempts toward central buying have been made in the state for many years but up to now it has been only partially successful. Some years ago all printing was put under the state printing board when abuse was found in departments which had a small duplicator or printing press and printed propaganda favorable to the department. Also, much material not for state use was printed and the state furnished the paper and labor for the private interest. However, as Welfare Cost Jumps Welfare payments in Iowa have been showing an increase each year but in 1970 the cost jumped a bit more than the average over recent years. In 1970 there were 74,540 lowans receiving aid to dependent children which totaled $42,662,276. A year before there were 69,929 on the ADC rolls costing $36,740,903. During March there were 77,733 on ADC with the cost for that month alone $4,109,273. Spending on the money aid programs totaled $82 million in 1970, a 12 percent increase over 1969. The number of lowans on the rolls of assistance programs went from 102,140 in December and by March had grown to 104,000. Only one program was less in costs in 1970 and that was Medicaid which dropped from about $28 to $24 million. Medicaid aid is welfare and doesn't include Social Security insurance payments. Some of the Increases in the welfare programs 3®®^^ End The War Now? The march on Washington to demonstrate for ending the war now was impressive and mostly peaceful. Those who took part seemed idealists with only a few individuals seemed inclined to extremism. The problem, however, is not as easy as the marchers indicated. Ending the war now and bringing the troops home post-haste would turn the South Vietnamese over to their enemy without means to protect themselves. The Iowa Constitution prohibits crossing of county lines but that section has become ineffective because of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions. IN MATTER OF FACT county lines have been disregarded in the apportionment of the present legislature with several counties being divided particularly for representative districts. Of course, it is possible the state Supreme Court should rule all members be elected at large. This was done in one state and resulted in a mess and complete confusion for the voter. There have been committees working on plans for apportioning the seats and it may be when the final plan is presented it would get through without too much controversy. The decisions may be bitterly fought but a consensus is being sought before the bill gets to the floor of the House and Senate. In the meantime the tax and appropriation questions take the forefront as the legislature struggles to get its work done. There are predictions it cannot be completed by June, but no one expects a marathon like the 1967 legislature which finally quit in the early morning hours on July 3. (D.E.D.) bugbear irritating to most who are charged with a traffic offense, Most fines are set at $10 plus $2 costs under the proposal. These infractions costing $10 are failure to yield right-of-way; illegal turn; defective equipment; speeding under 10 miles per hour over limit; following too closely failure to dim or improper lights; violation of restricted license; failure to signal when passing or turning; crossing or parking on median of interstates or divided primary highways; following fire apparatus; failure to have car under control; violation of traffic signal. Fines costing $20 include speeding over 10 miles per hour over the limit; stopping on traveled portion of highway; violation of heighth, length or width. Fines of $15 apply to improper turning and failure to stay on own side of the highway. If time permits the Senate is expected to go along. (D.E.D.) time went on, the departments sneaked back the small presses and the idea collapsed in trying to find out what was really going on. The Highway Commission wants to control its own buying of everything contending its supplies are beyond the scope of competence for any other to buy for the commission. They contend they need special equipment with intricate bidding requirements. The Regents under pressure from the universities also claim special buying standards and requirements for which no one else is competent to buy. They cite particularly the College of Medicine and so forth. Doctors and professors would resent having some one else check their requests. Both have the "little kingdom" idea, it is certain the senate will be under extreme pressure to exempt these two units from centralized buying, in fact it may kill the bill entirely. (D.E.D.) is tied to the inflationary pressures on food and housing. But there is an increase in the number of people as well as the cost of the programs. This continuing swelling of the ranks of those who get some sort of public assistance is bothering those whose duty is to raise the money to fund the programs. While the federal government kicks in, still Iowa must have matching funds and conform to federal standards. Iowa has only about three million people to collect from for all the state needs. There are signs lowans are getting at least irritated by the spiraling cost of government. The big spending in Iowa, as in other states, is not in the mechanics of government itself. The big spending is in the various state aids from agricultural land tax credit, a small one, to the big welfare programs. The Iowa legislature has the unhappy task of getting the money. No matter which course the legislators take, the taxpayers too are going to be unhappy, to say the least. (D.E.D.) ;ii*:*;;;i!:;^^ The prospects for a blood bath in that unhappy country are good with the northerners taking revenge on southerners in wholesale lots, it would make the My Lai massacre look like a Sunday School picnic. It would be almost impossible to bring the troops home in a few weeks. <ft S L are not enou * h snl P s and Planes, with the troops heading home the North Vietnamese could exact a big toll as AUrry-Go-Round mnimniimniiuiiiiiiimiiiiiiH By jAcK AND --"••••••••••••• •.••••••«tt»»»«««.,»«,»,,.»,.., , t ,,, Jtt%ttt<i Russia's View Of U.S.-China Developments KREMLIN FEARS RED CHINA TRYING TO SPLIT U S SOVIET- DRUG COMMISSION MAY HAVE CONCLUSIONS BEFORE HEARINGS; SMALL ANTI-POLUmONGROUPSCARESBIGCOMPANIES SILLY. WASHINGTON - The Kremlin appears to be taken aback by the diplomatic ping Pong between Washington and Peking. Soviet diplomats have made anxious inquiries and expressed nervous alarm over the warming Chinese - American relations. There has even been a hint of panic in the private Soviet reactions. The Russians have contended that the Chinese overtures to the U.S. are really aimed against Moscow. Some Russians have gone so far as to suggest in their private conversations that China seeks to promote a war between Russia and the U. S which would destroy the two super powers. Then china would emerge from the ashes as the world's greatest power. - o - -A WEDGE STRATEGY- Some top Soviets apparently are convinced, for example, that Peking deliberately blocked Russian rail shipments across China to force the Soviets to ship their Vietnam supplies by sea in hopes their ships would be bombed by the U.S. The Chinese strategy, in their view, is to drive a wedge between Washington and Moscow, then to maneuver the two super powers into conflict. The Soviets suspect that, as part of this strategy, the Chinese are secretly conspiring with the U.S. The word got back to the Kremlin, for example, that Peking had insisted last year that Chinese-American talks in Warsaw be kept secret from Russia. As far back as last June, premier Chou En-lai told Polish diplomats that china hoped to resume contact with the U.S. All .this has made the Kremlin deeply suspicious of Chinese- American collusion. - o - - MARIJUANA STORY - The National Commission on Drug Abuse is about to swing into action with public hearings, but the man running the show is acting as if he's already hooked on his own preconceived ideas. The commission is supposed to produce an authoritative report based on a staff investigation, plus expert testimony from all sides. But the commission staff director, Michael Sonnenreich, has told at least two people that he could "write the report right now." Although he denies saying he could write the report now and insists his mind is open, there is disturbing evidence he already has his mind made up and is simply going through the motions. As staff director, Sonnenreich will have more to say than anyone about the report because the commission members are busy, distinguished men who have little time to devote to the matter. - o - -WON'T TESTIFY- When Sonnenreich was asked by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a small but responsible group, for permission to testify at the hearings in Washington next month, he summarily refused. He told Keith Stroup, the organization's head, that the commission was interested in facts, not emotional appeals. Besides, he said, the hearing schedules j,vere already complete, and there was no time available. - o - - WON'T HEAR CLARK- Stroup told him that former Attorney General Ramsey Clark had indicated a willingness to testify on behalf of the reform group. Would the commission be willing tb'hearciark? No, said Sonnenreich. Stroup argued that Clark had been in charge of the Justice Department when the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs was established. Wouldn't he have a contribution to make? "I don't think Ramsey Clark has ^anything to add," Sonnen- reich replied, according to Stroup. Reached by us at his office, Sonnenreich insisted that the position held by Stroup and his group would be adequately covered by other witnesses. He stressed also that the schedule was full. He acknowledged that he told Stroup that neither a regular representative of his group nor Ramsey Clark, appearing on the group's behalf, could testify at the Washington hearings. - o - - WILL HE ARC LARK- By the next day, however, our inquiries had apparently given the commission the jitters, commission Chairman Ray Schafer, the former Pennsylvania governor, called Clark and told him"We would like to hear from you at any time." Apparently the full schedule wasn't so full after all. - o - - CORPORATE LITTER - A small anti-pollution organization in Washington is sponsoring a national contest for the best ideas on how to stop corporate pollution, and the idea seems to ability of the U.S. forces to protect themselves faded. President Nixon has reduced the troops in Vietnam to about half of the number when he took of ice. That pull-out is continuing. It is continuing systematically with protection for £L 28 S bein , g , taken out ^ Protection for those still remaining. It would be nice if this country could pull out. Too fast would admit the 45,000 dead died in vain. And pulling out without some sort of arrangement with North Vietnam coid leave the U.S. prisoners of war in North Vietnam deserted. The pull-out must be gradual, it i s being ac- 53 S? th °\ ma ^ e not as fast M some would ™< **«*«**»' not Those wide mobile homes on the road will seem larger than they are on the narrow roads * * * * Remember when an embarrassed child would hide behind his mother's skirts? * * * * A smart girl can tell the difference between love and spring fever, * * * * This is the time when hope springs eternal for the gardener. * * * * a woman says she * ave ne r husband years of her llfe< you wonder wheth er she's bragging or complaining. * .* * * If. he can't grow anything else, a gardener can still grow tired. B have thrown the nation's industrial establishment into a panic. The group, Environmental Action, is taking entries on "what tactics can be used by concerned citizens to stop corporations from polluting." Out at Procter & Gamble, the soap empire in Cincinnati, a private internal memorandum leaked to us shows that the contest has even got the company nervous about what might happen on Earth Day. - o - FEAR CONTEST "Although we still expect Earth Day to be a rather low-keyed affair," the memo warns, "trouble could be generated by the (contest) being sponsored by Environmental Action. "It is possible . . .that Procter and Gamble locations could be subjected to some harassment as a result of the contest." Similar noises were heard from the mighty U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, a building that looks for all the world like one of the great government buildings and is often treated like a branch of government. "YOUR BUSINESS MAY BE THE TARGET OF SABOTAGE," warned a Chamber notice sent to its members. The notice charged direly that the contest was to put together "a compendium of ideas which activists can use to disrupt your business- regardless of any ecological concerns." READER COMMENT Tllllllll FROM THE GOVERNOR Algona Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance, Algona, Iowa Congratulations to you and your staff for the honors the Algona Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance received at the recent Iowa Press Association annual meeting. You can take great pride in being a winner in the Iowa Better Newspaper competition; the quality of community journalism in Iowa ranks the highest in the nation. Best wishes for continued success. Sincerely, /s/ Robert D. Ray Governor Birthday Week Mrs. Hugh W. (Priscilla) Jones celebrated her 100th birthday April 1st all during that week, entertaining over 100 relatives and friends in her son's home in Charles City. She wore her wedding dress of 73 years for the special birthday dinner which was held in her honor on April 1st. SUBSCRIBE TO THE OFFICIAL COUNTY NEWSPAPERS. Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE 111 £ ub ! is £ e fl oY the Al 8° na 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 M« Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified AdI MB* Dorothy Muckey. Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Association • Founded 1889 Professional Directory Insurance 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. MEREST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tad 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. - R 00 P M Closed Thursday and Saturdays afternoons 115 East Call St. Algona, la. Chiropractors 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 form Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12'/a N. Dodge Ph. 2SS-2I91 IEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors MEIVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. DR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training ,1= x, C° nta ct Lenses 115 N. Dodgn Algona Phone 295-3743 W, No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DR. L. L. SNYDIR 113 Best State S™ DM 295-2715 CJosed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 295-3182 ^ A i gonp Physicians & Surgeons 3»N. Dodge, AlfSS' Office Phone 295-2408 522 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 "6 N. Moore St. 295-3131

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