Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on June 7, 1971 · Page 6
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, June 7, 1971
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EDITQ8 AT Kqssuth County Adv. 6 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, June 7, 1971 Apportionment As the time for adjourning the legislature approaches, one of the problems that has been bugging the members since the first day of the session is the apportionment or districting for the sessions beginning in 1972. This legislature is suffered to exist by virtue of the Supreme Court, which said the apportionment was not constitutional but allowed it to exist as de facto because time for apportioning a year ago was not enough. The apportionment almost has to be made in this first part of the session of this legislature. While the legislature meets next January and could possibly apportion then, the fact members would be up against a June primary would indicate they'd better know now where they stand in the new districting. Maps have been circulating since the early days of the session. There have been bitter things said by Democrats who feel Republicans will give them the short end in selecting areas for districts which would favor Republicans. Republicans properly retort thaf s just what the Democrats would do if they had a majority. Each member first views what happens to the area which he represents now. Many are unhappy because more territory must be added to meet the population requirement. Some find their bailiwick chopped up to be added to other districts. Work has been done. The computer at Iowa City has come up with various ideas based on figures. However, figures do not consider personalities and personality is the name of the game in districting because it is done by people. Few are going to be entirely happy. Some members must face another member of this legislature. In the meantime, compromises are being made and a final plan is now beginning to be shaped up. Looming in the background is the Supreme Court which will have the final say as to whether the new plan is constitutional. The legislators are well aware of the requirements though they are not sure how much of a deviation from perfect will be permitted on the one-man, one-vote idea. (D.E.D.) TV Commercials A U.S. Senate committee is looking into the kind of advertising prevalent on the television tube with particular attention to the non-prescription drugs advocated to cure just about anything. Some of them are downright obnoxious and portray what people might think is a doctor telling the virtues of the product. Some are silly and a few are offensive. Some seek to sell by scare tactics such as the one that starts out with the "heartbreak of some skin problem. Every pain pill is the final answer to pain and some have secret or almost secret stuff which none of the others has. The identity of some is given in the generic name which normally is a tongue twister and wholly unfamiliar to the listening public. The women's lib movement ought to get on to the advertisers of some products which picture a listless woman transformed into a sexy tigress by use of the product. Others feature a listless husband set on fire by a scent or something obtainable only by use of the product. One so-called pep pill is actually caffeine and sugar, even less than the ingredients obtained by a cup of coffee. Many years ago the Food and Drug laws stopped the advertising in newspapers and magazines of many of the old-time patent medicines: Old-time newspapers make good reading of the products that cured everything with testimonials given by people cured of everything from falling hair to cancer. Most of the old-time remedies contained a large amount of alcohol. While they didn't cure the ailment, they did make the person taking it happier for the moment. Today's products are something else. A reliable guide is needed. (D.E.D.) About Hoover There is" a real discussion among Washington people about J. Edgar Hoover. He is way past normal retirement age. He passed his 75th birthday some time ago and normal retirement for most employees is 65. However, Hoover is not in a "most employees'' category. He is a Washington institution. He tood over the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the mid-1920*3 when it was a weak and almost graft-ridden part of the Department of Justice. He was a young man then and dedicated himself to making the bureau into what it was supposed to be. In the process he developed it into a national institution combating crime similar to Scotland Yard in England and other famous investigative bureaus. Almost single-handed the bureau halted the booze gangs of the prohibition days. TheCapones learned to fear the FBI more than even a rival gang. If Hoover couldn't get them on normal criminal charges, he got them for income tax evasion. Since Hoover took over there has never been a breath of scandal about the bureau. His rules and requirements for agents attracted young, dedicated men and women and he backed them to the hilt when the agent turned over some political bigwig's private racket. The discontent about Hoover now is not about his personal integrity nor about the integrity of the FBI. He has been dictatorial. He always has been and he made it pay off in the way the bureau was run. He has stepped on some important toes lately and the toe- owners are not happy about it. He worked under ultra-liberal and ultraconservative attorneys-general and presidents since Coolidge. He is a remarkable man- but is his time running out because of age? (D.E.D.) Drunk Driving "Murder" A proposition argued^by the Methodist Conference in Des Moines June 4-7 would require that drunk drivers involved in a fatal accident be tried for murder. The presumption in that case would be that the driver who was drunk was a hazard that he was responsible for and which he accepted responsibility for when he took the wheel of a car. The burden of proof would be on the state in that instance to prove not only that the driver was drunk but also that his acts were the actual cause of the accident. The degree of drunkeness was not specified. Under Iowa law a blood count of .10 alcohol in the blood is deemed conclusive evidence of drunkeness. There are degrees of murder including first degree where pre-meditation or intent to kill is established, and second degree where the killing was an impulse of the moment. Then Committee Change As the result of the cutting of Iowa from seven to six Congressmen the state Central Committee of the two political parties will have to be reduced. The state Central Committee is made up of one man and one woman from each Congressional district, in recent years that has meant 14 members, one each from each district. However, with only six districts there can be only 12 members, one each, unless the legislature changes the law. There have been some suggestions that twelve members is too small a group to properly represent either party in the state as a whole. The twleve would be spread too thinly to there fs manslaughter in which the death was the result of an action which was not contemplated. (This is over-simplicatton and in some states there are other degrees). It may well be that a person who was drunk and who caused a fatal accident could be tried on a charge of manslaughter, and in some instances such charges have been brought. Persons who cause accidents while drunk are responsible for civil damages and the murder or manslaughter charges would be in addition to any verdict which might be given for actual monetary damages. A mandatory charge of murder for- drunk driving might not be accepted at the present time. To many it seems stretching a point when a more proper verdict to be sought would be under manslaughter. The requirement of intent for murder might be difficult to prove and enforce. (D.E.D.) The legislature has been discussing the situation quietly but so far nothing concrete seems to be developing. There have been some suggestions that two men and two women be named from each district, thus making a total of 24 members. Another angle would be to sub- district within the district, with two sub- districts to each Congressional district. The latter would guarantee a geographical distribtuion of members particularly for the area outside the big city centers. The rural people would probably be inclined to the latter plan. The state Central Committees are beginning the long drive to the election in 1972 at the jjresteol time. .-.u\ there dn : ion:;.- i^eiiit/brs LETTERS TO EDITOR I iff t t M«rry-Oo-Round General Arrested For Drunkeness WASHINGTON - A top Pentagon general and three high-ranking pals were dumped unceremoniously in jail the other day after being busted on public drunkenness charges outside a small-town Tenessee motel at 5:30 in the morning. The authorities charged that the four warriors not only were- in an advanced stage of inebriation but were still nipping when the police arrived. Although the brass hats protested their innocence vigorously, the police hauled them down to the county sheriffs office, booked them and put them in the pokey. The indignity of it! Here were Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown, director of the Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. James Hartinger, a bigwig in the North American Air Defense Command, plus a colonel and a captain, all locked up in the same cell. All four were charged with a violation of the Alcoa, Tenn. city ordinance forbidding public drunkenness and drinking in public. They remained behind bars for about two hours until the sheriff came to work and decided to release them without bail. Gen. Brown told us he had been in Alcoa to attend the graduation ceremony of an Air Force training school at nearby Taylor- McGhee Air Base. He acknowledged that two of his friends were drinking beer when the police arrived but denined that any of them were drunk. He said they had just about finished breakfast after several hours of sleep. The general said that their sobriety had been recognized by the deputy sheriff on duty at the jailhouse and that the deputy had executed an affidavit declaring the general and his companions were not drunk. General Brown further stated that the charges were fraudulent and that he expected to prove this in court. He added that the jail cell was large enough so that he and his friends were not uncomfortable. • '• '- PENTAGON PEEPHOLE- The word has come down from the highest Pentagon levels to find the culprits who have been leaking us information on some of the military's most secret (and most embarrassing) adventures. Investigators have been busy grilling suspects behind the doors of room 3E993 at the Pentagon. The gumshoes are most concerned about a series of columns we wrote which they believe were based on secret communications intended for the "eyes only" of such bigwigs as President Nixon's foreign policy sage, Henry Kissinger, and the Joint Chiefs' chairman, Adm. Thomas Moorer. The brass hats are particularly redfaced about our recent report that they have been intercepting South Vietnamese President Thieu's private communications, which are decoded by the National Security Agency and passed on to the White House and other agencies. The messages are identified by code name "Gout." The U.S. is able to pick them up because South Vietnam uses American-made code machines, and U.S. intelligence experts are familiar with their construction and wiring. The military brass also are upset over our discovery that Admiral Moorer received a "Flash" message after the abortive Son Tay prisoner rescue mission which said the North Vietnamese prison compound had not been occupied for three months. The Pentagon would also like to know how we learned that Air Force planes had been seeding the clouds over the Ho Chi Minn trail network to make the monsoon seasons even rainier. This novel means of flooding the enemy supply line is known as operation "Intermediary-Com- patriot." Suspects have also been questioned about our revelation that, long before the invasion of Laos, U.S. Special Forces and South Vietnamese Ranger teams had been making frequent forays into Laos in an operation known by the code name, "Prairie Fire." - o - - LAX SECURITY- Actually, the Pentagon should not be surprised that some secrets are getting out. For some of the highest officials have become extremely sloppy about security. Although he vigorously denied it, insiders say Paul Kearney, assistant to Joint Chiefs' Chairman Moorer, has sometimes phoned the Defense Intelligence Agency communications center on unsecured phoff* lines andhadj top-secret information read to him. Men on duty in the communications center have reminded him that he was using an unsecured line. But he has dismissed their warnings, say insiders, with such comments as, "We aren't worried about that." Also, admirals and generals receive telephone calls at home from the Defense Intelligence Agency when an important secret message has come in for them after hours. Rather than go to the Pentagon, the laxy brass frequently have the sensitive messages read to them. Another possible source of leaks is the haphazard way in which copies of top-secret messages are finally taken away to be burned. They are put in large, candy-striped bags which may remain in a communications center for weeks until they are filled. The most sensitive ones are kept in separate bags marked "eyes-only." Even these sometimes lie about in places where an unauthorized employee might stop and help himself to a handful of military secrets. Mid-Town Mayor we LAW'S- PERSOMAU OF THOSE GOT, now who under the new districting for Congress are in conflict, two being i n the same new district. Whether the legislature gets around to making a change seems doubtful for the present session. However, some action might be a necessity in the session next spring if the committees were to be enlarged. (D.E.D ) Hurricanes will stHi bear women's names, which seem appropriate, for wh en a woman Sets hor da*',.., ,,, ,, t .., u .., " eniWes a '-'- "~'* / At Washington University a co- educational fraternity is being established which makes old-time frate'raity men wonder about how they are initiated. ' * * * * * * * * LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Because of the tremendous response we received from members of your community, we were able to reach our goal of Betty Crocker coupons to establish the renal dialysis unit needed for the central Iowa area which Is located at MaryGreeley Memorial Hospital in Ames. This renal dialysis unit is being set up in cooperation with the kidney transplant and dialysis team at the University of Iowa. We want to express our appreciation and gratitude to everyone to who sent coupons to us for this project. Open house and tours of the unit will be held at Mary Greeley Memorial Hospital, Ames, from 10 to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m. June 11, 12, and 13. Anyone who would like to tour the unit is welcome to see it at this time. Additional equipment is needed for the unit and we are able to continue collecting Betty Crocker coupons in order to help with the cost of this equipment. If any of your readers would care to participate, they may send their Betty Crocker coupons (including expired coupons) to: Kidney Dialysis, % Mary Greeley Memorial Hospital, Ames, la. 50010. Again we want to thank each and every one of you who res- ponded to our need and also to those who would like to send coupons now for the additional equipment needed. Sincerely, Mrs. Duane Lorenz Mrs. Goorge Clemons Co-chairmen Betty Crocker coupon Project John Worley, Administrator Mary Greeley Memorial Hospital TOUCH OF 'OME ... At Long Beach, Calif., eight bright red phone booths imported from England add an authentic touch of '"ome" to the telephone system being installed on the former British luxury liner, Queen Mary. The booths formerly were owned by the British Post Office, which operates Great Britain's telephones. Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGOlfA KOSSUTH COUMTY ADVANCE ,11 £ ub . lis £ ed & the A1 8° na Publishing Co., Mondays, office and shop 111 East Call Street, Algona, Iowa 50511 Issued weekly Mondays T i. ™. „ R -' 0 ' Waller - Executive Editor Julian Chrischilles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertising Mgr. Tom Waller, City & Spprts Editor Gary Rich, Classifled Ad Mgr Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER PER 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 Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 T«d S. Herbst SUNOET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sunder U8 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS A 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. Chiropractors' * * * * »* "hit u man Us who DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgn Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bill 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 2Vt East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12i/ 2 N. Dodg. Ph. 295-2891 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 ^ _ Doctors MELVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 1'8 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, AUX Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 oo ons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists J •322 E. State St Phone 295-2334 Dentist

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