Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 10, 1971 · Page 6
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, May 10, 1971
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County Adv DApp idvance | ~T I x inX-Jl—* 6 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, May 10, 1971 A Big Mistake The censure measure voted by the state teachers association executive board is a mistake. It Is a bit childish and vindictive. It smacks of petulance because someone didn't get their way. And It is a monumental goof as far as public relations are concerned. The censure is directed at Governor Ray, Lt.-Gov. Jepsen and the legislature as a whole and says in part: "This action was taken because these elected leaders have failed to'exert positive leadership in developing the kind of educational program we feel parents and other concerned citizens expect the schools to provide." This is a bit of rhetoric that doesn't mean much except that the leaders and legislature did not knuckle under to demands from the teachers union. It seems the teachers executive board is not very well acquainted with what the public is thinking about the school situation despite its reference In the censure announcement. People are concerned about the schools, but not in the way the executive committee thinks. School costs have been skyrocketing in recent years. There was a time when teachers were not too well paid for their services but that time has long since been gone. A lot of people understand that the push for state spending for schools is to get the money monkey off the backs of the local school board so that the state can be blamed for school costs instead of having local property taxpayers questioning expenditures. Thus the local school board can more easily be pressured into costly school programs and expenditures as well as salary boosts. As is customary with the groups seeking funds from the state the executive committee does not suggest any way to raise the money to pay for Us program. That, most of the groups piously say, is the job of the legislators, and they shrug it off as of no concern to them just so the money is forthcoming. The announcement does nothing on the winning friends and influencing people favorably angle. In matter of fact it may "influence" in a way the spokesman did not contemplate. It comes at a time when legislators are battling for economy and have almost a taxpayer's revolt on their hands. Along this line perhaps Governor Ray made a proper statement when he said: "Press releases and pompous pronouncements don't solve problems. It is unfortunate the ISEA has chosen this way to dramatize its position.' The problem of course is raising the money for the frills and increased salaries. (D.E.D.) Demonstrations Fail? There is some doubt that the demonstrations against the war and other things the protesters don't like do much" to change the situation. In matter of fact when the demonstrations become violent the result is condemnation instead of support. To the average viewer the demonstrators seem to be mostly the young and the so-called "far out" people. They do not conform to the norms that the average person recognizes and thus have a strike against them to start with. Some of the slogans seem silly and even childish. It seems also that the demonstrators have to continually reinforce each other in their views and the result Is that viewers are repelled rather than attracted. While they are not made up entirely of the "lunatic fringe" some of them come close. The idea of disrupting those who want to and are working causes the workers to take a dim view of the demonstrators as loafers and hangers on to the welfare rolls. • v In some cases there is a deliberate intent to destroy property just for the thrill of destroying. There seems little reason for the tar gets of some of the destructive efforts, the demonstrators lashing out at what's available. A favorite target is a bank or some other symbol of the establishment. Another is the draft board offices. Some of this latter may be inspired by communists particularly, though many of the young are idealistic enough to think this accomplishes something. Most demonstrations are counter-productive and this is being recognized in some quarters. However the excited young, inspired perhaps by interests opposed to peaceful operation of the country, fail to see the folly of their .activities. And even the television people seem to be getting bored with the whole range of programs and demonstrations. Television made the demonstrations effective in the early days but now they are not news nor very interesting. There is not the confrontation that lent zent to televsion pictures. Politicians well know there is no satisfying demonstrators. They are one-minded and to give them everything they wanted would merely cause the demonstrators . to find something, vfl« ;•*>• "V 1 *•'<" .'J* 1 ;" vl iT" * •'••'. •• •«-• >M ^' else to .complain about;; ;, .••-''•'"^ ;;The pictures of the hippie element among the protestors does not lend any stature to the demonstration. Few people would associate the majority of demonstrators with the thoughtful people in this country. QD.E.D.) Four-day Week? Senator James Schaben, (Dem., Dunlap) recently suggested the legislature cut out the Friday session and work only four days a week. He says this would give legislators more time for their own business affairs at home. For several sessions the Friday work has been confined to the morning, with non-controversial bills only to be acted on. This is an established custom for the early part of the session. Also there is a tendency for legislators not to get in on Monday mornings. From a practical standpoint the legislature works from Monday afternoon to Thursday night on important legislation. The less important is taken care of Friday mornings. Senator Schaben is right In saying not much is done on Friday mornings, hut that is the fault of the legislature. The members could if they wanted to work on important and controversial legislation all day Friday. There are some complaints that members who duck out early Friday should not be entitled to the $15 per day expense money they draw in addition to their salary. And the situation is similar for those who amble in late Mondays. The legislature is now on annual salary but they do get $15 per day expense money while in session plus a round trip home each weekend mileage allowance. The late Monday and early Friday has been a custom honored by time. But it also contributes to the lack of accomplishment of the legislature which in effect only works at the job three days a week some weeks. It would be better if Senator Schaben would urge his fellow members to work through the day on Friday to get some of the work of the legislature out of the way. (D.E.D.) Full Time Legislature? / The ' 'citizens*' organization that found Iowa's legislature was sixth best (on its scale) in the nation has now suggested Iowa's legislature should be a full time job with an annual salary for each member of not less than $10,000. The organization however did not suggest the legislature be In session all the time but said the duties of legislators were Important during the Interim between sessions. The latter point Is often missed by those who consider the legislature, A legislator is "on call" during the time when sessions are not on to be a bird dog tor local Interests and to help out citizens who have business with state agencies. However this is not too big a task in most of the state, and certainly not enough to make a man serve full time. Peak periods of such demand la just before a session and just after the session closes, The organization recommended private offices for each legislator. This of course would mean at least one secretary as staff, it would be difficult to imagine an office just maintained by the legislator without help. The recommendations are in line with the "big government" idea in which all problems are solved by law and the individual Is lost in considering him as a member of this or that group. This leads to the dropping of the old idea that the less a government does the better it Is. The old idea was that government should do only what the individual could not do himself, and to keep the peace between Individuals. The Citizens Conference on State Legislatures is based at Kansas State University and some believe it is longer on theory than on practical lines. (D.E.D.) Break In Sight? Recent moves by the north Vietnamese combined with some Indicators from Red China seem to indicate that there could be a break in sight in the Viet Nam war. The negotiators at the Paris peace talks seemed to deviate just a hair from the positions taken previously. There was a bit more than a hint but it was not strong enough to cause any immediate hope In this country for a meaningful move toward the peace table. The ping pong diplomatic move by China was viewed as a change perhaps In support to the Hanoi government in its fight against the south Vietnamese, China as well as Russia has poured large sums Into north Vietnam for the war effort, and both countries would like to see the war over. Letter to the Editor Beloit, Wis. Dear Friends, While Mark was ill he anxiously awaited the Algona papers. It is almost a year since he had his first operation and has two more since and more surgery coming up. All told he spent 80 days in the hospital. At one time he was very seriously ill. His many friends kept wishing well and a good recovery. At present he drives the car daily out to the stables where our boys have one of the largest training stables. Del races in New YorK and surrounding territory and commutes home weekends by plane. Delbert races in Chicago area. Danny helps train and cares for the maintenance equipment of track. Yours truly, Mrs. Mark Insko MOST COMFORTABLE CONFUSED ABOUT INSURANCE ? We can help you with all your needs SHAKE, BUDDY Mtrry-Oo-ltound nnnnnmw mnuNiHinwiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiii •jr.. JACK ANDERSON Expose Leads To Commissary Probe ANDERSON EXPOSE LEADS TO JUSTICE PROBE OF ARMY FOOD; COMMISSARY WAS SUCKER FORROUND-CLOCKSNACKS, PIZZAS; SAYS, HUD IS HOUSING LOBBY. By Jack Anderson 'WASHINGTON - Our stories about mismanagement'and malfeasance in the Army's worldwide, $2.5 billion-a-year Commissary system has stimulated a Justice Department investigation. Government sleuths, in search of evidence to present to a grand jury, have poked around mainly Washirtgton. We suggest they also look into the garbage pits and sanitary fills of Europe. They will find that furtive commissary officials have tried to cover up their buying blunders by dumping unsold food into the garbage. They have disposed of truckloads of frozen goodies and pizza pies that had spoiled in commissary freezers. BAD BUY " An Army document in our possession, for example, tells about • how the Army bought enough ;. Round-the-Clock Apple Snack : to satisfy its commissary customers in Europe for three years and enough Round-the-Clock Berry Snack to last for five years. i. Yet these frozendelectableshave a freezer life of only six months. , The commissary officials, in •• the deepest of secrecy, trucked ' tens of thousands of apple and : ' berry snack to German sanitary fills, thereby enrichine the soil at 37 cents a serving. A three-year supply of pizza pies, which also became tainted after six months in commissary freezers, was converted similarly into German fertilizer. -TOO MUCH CORN- On another buying spree, commissary officials bought 95,000 : cahs of Del Monte white cream corn.'This was enough to last 30 months, 18 months longer than the cans should be kept on the shelves. To get rid of them, the commissaries reduced the price from 19 to 11 cents per can and sold them off at a loss. We have been unable to confirm reports that some cans were simply thrown away. We have traced some of these wild purchases back to Col. James McDowell, who then headed the purchasing board for the European commissary system. Far from being censured for his waste, however, he has now been given an even more important commissary job. He is now deputy to Maj. Gen. John McLaughlin, who runs the quartermaster center at Fort Lee, Va. My associate Les Whitten reached the extravagant colonel at Fort Lee and asked why he bought so much food that had to be plowed under. He snapped, "No comment," to all questions. . -ROCKINGHAM CHICKEN- Whitten also tried to question him about reports that he showed unusual favoritism for Rockingham Chicken. After certainRock- ingham products were declared unsanitary by government inspectors, the Pentagon gave European commissaries the option of buying other brands. McDowell accepted a Rocklng- ham proposal to continue stock- Ing its products in different packages which had not been found unsanitary. The end result, however, was that the goods were unpopular with military housewives. But the justice Department, if it really wants to get to the bottom of the commissary scandals, should investigate the Defense Supply Association. This is the military food lobby which has been dictating pentagon commissary policy. The Pentagon's top logistics officers, who have jurisdiction over the commissary system, hold honorary positions in the association. -HOUSING LOBBY- The Department of Housing and Urban Development, acting as a virtual lobbyist for the homebuilding Industry, is making a brazen, backstage attempt to weaken new safety regulations for home construction. The new regulations are the responsibility of the Labor Department under the 190 job safety law. The department recently proposed to make the new rules just as stiff for residential as for heavy construction. .. > This sent the National Association of Homebuilders into a dither. The association's howls fell on sympathetic ears at HUD and started a flood of memos which eventually came to the attention of Secretary George Romney. -ASKS EXEMPTION"I propose that you ask the Secretary of Labor to exempt from the proposed regulations all residential construction, including garden apartments," said a memo from Assistant Secretary Eugene Gulledge to Romney. Gulledge also proposed that the Labor Department be asked to "permit this department and affected industry groups" to get in on the drafting of a separate set of softer regulations for the homebuilders. Gulledge then talked the matter over with Romney who approved. The Labor Department was approached and Undersecretary Laurence Silberman allowed the homebuilders a four-month exemption from the new regulation so they could make their case. Silberman said he did not grant the temporary exemption because of the pressure from HUD, however, but because the homebuilders themselves convinced him they had not had an adequate voice in preparing the regulations. WHEN?' RE AD THE ALGONA NEWSPAPERS KNOWI . . . , AND YOU'LL However they want it over in favor of the Hanoi government. And there is no indication a settlement could include the present pro- west government in south Vietnam as it Is now constituted. The idea of a cease fire is not new and has been rejected by Hanoi previously. They bring it up now on a theory if this country would cease fire then so would Hanoi as far as this country's troops are concerned. However south Vietnam would not be Included in such a cease fire deal, It is only a one-way proposal. Private talks between negotiators at Paris were suggested but the terms were not satisfactory to this country according to press releases. However such talks could be held without publicity. The fact the Hanoi people did make a change in the manner if not the content of their previous statements is believed to indicate a break. But Washington is not inclined to take bait if that is what is offered. Something more concrete must be offered, (D.E.D.) Wonder if outdoor barbecuing could be classed as air pollution? * * * * * All the bad guys on televlon now seem to have hearts of gold. * * * * * Farmers seem as confused about what they want as the politicians. * * * * * You're really getting along .when the only fun in life is fattening. * * * * * Men - get set for a lot gooey stuff about that wedding coming up at the White House. • HOBS, Alaonai BOHANNON • INSURANCE SERVICE I 295-5443 •? Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50811 ALOONA KOSSUTH COUHTY ADVAKCE Published by the Algona Publishing Co., Mondays, office and shop 111 East Call Street, Algona, Iowa SOB11 Issued weekly Mondays Tniian rvirinchllles News Editor ' Denny Waller, Advertising' Mgt. Toll* Wallet*c"ty& Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr. Dorothy Muckey^ Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Auoclatlon • Founded 188B 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 Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST 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. - fi 00 P.M. Closed Thursday and Saturdays afternoons 115 East Call St. Algona, la. 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 2>/4 N. Dodg* Ph. 215-1111 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management Is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 DR. DONALD J. KINOFIILD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 118 N. Dodgn Algona Phnnn 295-3743 DR. I. I. SNYDIft 113 East State St. DU1 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CRJDIT BURIAL) KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fect-bilt Reports 295-3182 Algono Doctors MILVIN 0. BOURNI, M.D. Physician & Surgeon H8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 205-2277 JOHN M, SCHUTTIR. MjT Residence Phone 296-2936 DIAN F. KOOI, M.D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physiciani fc Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 205-2408 Dentists OR, J. IkHARRII, J|, Dentist 322 E. State St. Phone 296-2334 DR. LIROYI. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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