Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 31, 1971 · Page 6
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, May 31, 1971
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HTAT EDITGill County Advance 6 - Kowulh County Advance Monday, May 31, 1971 In Defense Of Legislators At this time of year when the legislature is publicly wrestling with the serious problems, there is a tendency on the part of some newspaper people and some observers to get a bit bitter about the so-called lack of progress. Unrecognized are the intense forces put to work on the legislators as the time comes for the big decisions on appropriations, taxes, and in this session reapportionment of the legislature itself. Also not taken into consideration in the snap judgment of the moment is the fact the legislators in committees have been working on the big problems that show up in bills near the close of the session. The work has not been dodged. There has been intense consideration of where appropriations can be cut. BUREAUS, COMMISSIONS and departments have made their pitches to the committees for funds. The state school system, the board of regents, and the area colleges have had to be heard and their demands considered. All have requests that seem more reasonable to some members than to other members. Each legislator has some interest at heart that vitally concerns people in his district, but means little or nothing to legislators in other districts. Each legislator must get his message across. Iowa Is a billion dollar operation. Appropriations for the biennium exceed a billion dollars. Taxes must be raised to pay that bill. And each member is extremely conscious of what a tax situation change will do to his area. City legislators want more money from the state, while rural and small town legislators feel their constituents are paying at least their fair share if not more than a fair share of the tax burden. Organizations such as the state educational association have a tantrum and censure the governor, lieutenant governor and all members because the association is balked at getting everything it asked for. Organizations rouse home folks to write letters for or against a proposal which are one-sided, Propaganda given the home folks does not always square up with the facts. Legislators are people who are doing their level best to take care of the needs of the state. They must look at all the angles of difficult situations and, right or wrong, come to a decision. They deserve a lot more credit than they get. They are often blamed for conditions they have no control over. And believe it or not-each legislator wants to do the very best job he can for the home folks and (not incidently either) for the state as a whole. He has to vote yes or no- he can't vote maybe. (D.E.D.) Politics Stirring With the primary election only a year away there is a stirring in the political camps as the hopefuls begin to test the situation in their areas. In the legislature the situation is bad because with reapportionment not yet accomplished no one can be sure where he will end up. But the congressional districts have been set. One Iowa congressman must go. In the central southern Iowa area two present congressmen are in the new district. They are Neal Smith, Polk county, and John Kyi, Bloomfield, in Davis county, on the Missouri border. THERE ARE STRONG RUMORS that John Culver, Cedar Rapids area, is going to try to defeat Senator Jack Miller, Sioux City. Culver is a Democrat and Miller a Republican. Recent sharp exchanges between the two men indicate more than a rumor. Then there is an under-current that suggests maybe the veteran H. R. Gross may be thinking of quitting. This, of course, will be denied until the troubled waters are calmed. Then maybe an heir-apparent will be brought forward. Gross himself indicates he intends to run again. If Culver takes on Miller then that Congressional post will be open. State senator Tom Riley, Cedar Rapids, ran against Culver once and lost but might be interested in a race with someone not so well-intrenched. There are suggestions, too, of some candidates from Dubuque if Culver quits. Former State Senator Frommelt and present State Senator John Walsh are said to be ambitious. The former is a Democrat and Walsh a Republican. REPRESENTATIVE SCHERLE, in southwest Iowa, in early spring was thought to be making plans to run for governor. He is a Republican and was critical of Governor Ray early this year. He has been quiet lately and is presumed to be looking for another term in Congress. Fred Schwengel, in southeast Iowa, and Wiley Mayne, in northwest Iowa, have signs that they are content to run again for Congress. Much depends on the political climate this fall. If the Vietnam war end is in sight and the economy moving upward, the Republicans will be hard to beat. If not, then the Democrats may have the edge. (D.E.D.) Wages By Congress Congress ended the railroad signalmen strike by prohibiting the strike for a few months and then giving the strikers a 13.5 percent pay boost. This wage increase was below that asked by the Union but did ease the situation for the present. It may be in this country that the negotiation process between Unions and management is breaking down. The Unions recently have been demanding much more than management feels the will to pay. Pay boosts of up to 50 percent have been demanded. In the cases where the national interest is concerned, Congress has had to step in and fix a new wage and prohibit the strike for a period of time. This has happened time after time in the railroad industry for a strike in the railroads would be intolerable for the country's economy to stand. It has happened also in the postal strike and in many other instances where either the threat of Congressional action or action itself has been taken. The Unions have become so powerful in many sensitive areas that the only recourse the public has is to Congress. Many strikes are actually aimed at making it so uncomfortable for the public that the employer has to give in. Recently, however, there are some signs the public is getting plenty tired of the arrogance of some Unions and this permits Congress to act without fear of repercussions from other than strikers. Unions are so big and so powerful they resemble the trusts of many years ago which were broken up by the Sherman anti-trust law. It may be the Unions will have to come under anti-trust laws. In the meantime it seems in issues affecting the general public that Congress is the only arbitrator with enough muscle to handle both Union and management. (D.E.D.) Covered Trucks The House of Representatives in Des Moines voted down a provision which would have required trucks hauling rubbish, trash, gravel and garbage to have the loads covered. Several members spoke of having dangerous situations when debris from trucks fell in front of their cars. Most people have had the experience of following a gravel or crushed stone load on a truck and getting their car peppered by material blown off the load. Several farmer members opposed the bill because it would have required their trucks to be covered when hauling corn and beans to elevators. Rural lowans are well aware of this situation on following such a load. And some motorists have wondered how much grain is lost to the farmer because it was scattered from his farm to the elevator. Some cities and towns now have ordinances Too Expensive? People at Denison where Midwestern College folded last year are now seeking to make that area a part of the Sioux city area vocational-technical area school system. Denison which require garbage and refuse trucks to be covered so that the garbage will not blow out. It is well known and plenty evident that some people hauling their own can be tracked by the stuff that blows off on the way to the dump. It may be the requirements of the proposal would be too strict and not practical for farmers. But there should eventually be some protection for motorists following at high speed on highways from junk blowing or rolling off a truck ahead of them. Some motorists are deathly afraid of loads of baled hay on flat bed trucks that sway and threaten to shuck off a bale at any minute. These are usually well-buttoned down but are still a threat. Maybe a new bill could be written to take care of the dangerous situations. (D.E.D.) people failed in an attempt to get the legislature to establish a new state university when Midwestern went under. The proposal was made to the State Board FOOT IN THE DOOR M«rry-Oo-Round JACK ANDERSON Hush Up Military Commissary Graft MILITARY COMMISSARY GRAFT COSTSVICTIMS$100MILLION A YEAR: CUSTOMERS AND TAXPAYERS SOAKED 10 TO 40% BECAUSE OF SYSTEM; PENTAGON, WARNED IN 1967 OF "GRATUITIES," HUSHED UP SCANDAL. WASHINGTON - The worldwide military commissary system, the third largest grocery chain in the world, has been plagued with scandal. The Pentagon has hushed up stories of conniving and corruption that are costing commissary customers and taxpayers more than $100 million a year. We have discovered the same sordid practices in military commissaries that the Senate has exposed in service clubs and PXs. We have unearthed evidence, for example, that food brokers have arranged wild weekends in Paris, Cannes and Nice for commissary managers - complete with credit cards, cars and drivers, posh hotel rooms and waiting playgirls. - o - - - ORCHIDS AND PERFUME To help commissary officers make a hit with the ladies, the food salesmen have also provided orchids, perfume and French champagne, Only the A&P and Safeway supermarket chains do a bigger business than does the $2.5 billion-a-year commissary system. For the food brokers who collect a 5 percent commission, therefore, the stakes are high enough that they can afford to provide wine and women for commissary colonels. The commissaries are supposed to offer GIs and their dependents quality food at cost. An increasing number of pampered civilians have also been granted commissary privileges. Despite the low prices, customers and taxpayers are being scalped from 10 to 40 percent on most items because of military red tape, mismanagement and corruption. - o - -SECRET REPORT The Defense Department has been aware of the scandals at least since 1967 when Col. John Sutherland, the Quartermaster Corps personnel support chief, submitted a classified report on the subject. He secretly alerted the Security and Investigation di- vision to a "gradual increase In the numtar of commissary personnel who accept, and in some instances actively solicit, gratuities in return for selecting a particular brand for stockage." Sutherland alleged that commissary officers, in return for bribes, put the bribepayers* goods on the shelves and left the honest salesmen's goods in the boxes. "These gratuities," he wrote, "are allegedly in the form of tickets, entertainment, samples delivered to the home, use of credit cards, organization memberships, cash, payment of bills, etc. . . . "One successful representative is alleged to have stated that the cost of gratuities and the time required to deliver them has reduced his net on commission to the degree that he is barely making a living." Sutherland asked the Army investigators to help him crack down on the bribery and, thereby, to bring about "lower prices for military families in commissary stores." - o - -FEAR PUBLIC SCANDAL The Sutherland report, plus fears of a public scandal, brought action. A task force was established to draft a plan for basing commissary purchases on what the average American housewife wants in her pantry. The task force began drawing up a list, of name brands and non-name brands plus special exceptions- such as extra spaghetti sauces for commissaries in Italy, that would offer customers high quality at low prices. The purpose of the central list was to eliminate the cut-throat selling and bribery by some 300 American food brokers in Europe. But the brokers called upon the Defense Supply Association to fight the plan. The association, headed by retired Lt. Gen. Andy McNamara, an ex-Quartermaster General, is made up of military suppliers and brokers - of Public Instruction which has .control of the area vocational-technical schools. There was some lack of enthusiasm for the proposal by some board members. These felt the board Is having enough difficulty in getting funds to run the present 15 area schools, The buildings left by Midwestern at Denison can be had for about $100,000. But it would cost nearly $200,000 to operate a first-year program and that kind of money is just not coming from the legislature beset by money problems and a possible deficit. There has been some real criticism of the area schools who seek to expand their original concept of technical and vocational education to now include liberal arts and sciences. The original idea was to train young people for the trades and services and for vocations. Many could not afford the four-year college and wished training in a trade at which they could earn a good living. When the area schools go into arts and sciences they interfere with the state's private colleges, some of which have been hurt by the area schools. No one can blame the Denison people for wanting to get that white elephant off their backs but by the same token other people do not want an expensive system forced on them either. It just seems Iowa is not in a financial position to afford an expansion at Denison at this time. (D.E.D.) That Iowa fireman who set fires himself just wanted .to keep busy probably. * * * * A fellow who has a $497,980 income tax claim against him should feel he is important to'his country. * * * * One legislator is reported to have 90 amendments filed to one bill. When he disagrees he really disagrees. * * * * One wonders at the qualifications of some of the judges at the Miss U.S.A. and Miss America contests. * * * * If dogs have to have a license, why is it a cat is exempt? * * * * Somehow at times it's a bit difficult to believe only the fit have survived. plus, incredibly, the military commissary buyers themselves. The lobbying by this formidable group, in the end, defeated the plan to save GI wives and the taxpayers more than $100 million a year. Footnote: We will report additional details of the Great commissary Scandal in a future column. - o- WASHINGTON WHIRL Despite the flurry of "protective measures" after the bombing of the Capitol, the old Capitol Hill complex remains a cluttered fire trap. There is no modern fire alarm system. Instead, alarms must be turned in by telephone. Sprinkler systems in garages often don't cover the area intended. Other rooms chocked with flammable material have no sprinklers at all. An inspection of attic space in House and Senate office buildings disclosed bales and stacks of old papers, clearly a fire hazard under the city's fire code. But Congress runs the city, not the other way around - and the city fire code doesn't apply to the buildings on Capitol Hill. - o - -BACK PATS The man who deserves most credit for pushing the 18-year- old vote through the Senate is 69-year-old Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W. Va, He has now followed up quietly by sending telegrams to most of the state governors or legislatures, urging them to ratify this constitutional amendment . . . Defense Secretary Mel Laird has shown quiet courage in standing up to the military cliques both in Saigon and the Pentagon .. . Bill Rogers, the embattled Secretary of State, is known around Washington as the most decent man in the cabinet . . . Ambassador Idar Rlmestead, out of the spotlight in Geneva, has been an effective spokesman for the U.S. in diplomatic circles. MOST COMFORTABLE SHOE -m rr- 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 50911 Issued weekly Mondays R. B. Waller, Executive Editor Julian Chrischilles, 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 JVJVAW* Association • Founded 1888 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.rbtt 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. 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 MANAOEMEN1 COMPANY 12>/j N. Dodge Ph. ais-ain LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So, Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors DR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgo Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. L. I. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports 295-3182 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 1 1 8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M.D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians & Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. J. B HARRIS, JR. Dentist 522 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY |. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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