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10 — Kouuth County Advance SSi'SS:*!*;:!^ Monday, June 14, 1971 Register's "Trivia" The Des Molnes Register in a recent editorial advocated cutting out a requirement that cities and towns publish council proceedings including bills paid. The Register called the publication trivia. The Register does not publish such proceedings. The rate of payment is way too low to satisfy the Register's charges for such notices. The payment indeed would be trivia as far as income for the Register is concerned. The plea of the Register was on the grounds of expense. It seems strange for a newspaper that has consistently fought for the "public's right to know" to object on the grounds of the minor expense actually incurred in such publications. The Register said local newspapers should assign people to "cover the meetings who are knowledgable, who ask probing questions, and who are trained to separate the essential from the insignificant." it is doubted even the Register reporters could meet that requirement. The small town weekly and daily papers do not have the staff to cover all such events. One member of the house of representatives in fighting to retain the publication told of his experiences on a city council in which the mere fact an item must be published made council members think twice about some questionable expenditures. The Register editorial said: "Nowadays anyone who is interested in learning about a particular action can call on the telephone or hop in his car and personally visit a government office to examine the minutes of the proceedings." Oh come now! In the first place how is the "anyone" to know about a "particular action"? And if he does visit an office will he be given the run-around? Register reporters have often complained about not getting Information they wanted from government bureaus where they are directed from one person to another till they tire out. In spite of the Register's belief the city council proceedings, the board of supervisors proceedings and such similar publications are read out in the "trivia " country. (D.E.D.) Hoffa Paid Off? When Hoffa announced he was giving up on his fight to remain as head of the Teamsters Union it was believed he was about to retire to the sidelines. Perhaps he would retain a presidency of a local. However it was revealed later that Hoffa had made a good bargain for his retiring as head of the union. It is now reported he was guaranteed $100,000 a year for life and other benefits, one of the latter is that his wife, who is recovering from a serious illness, would retain her job with the Teamsters at $40,000 per year. And in addition Hoffa's son is to be named a general counsel for the international union at a salary of some $50,000 a year. All however must be approved at the July national convention at which Frank Fitzsimmons, Hoffa's interim replacement, is to be given the presidency of the Teamsters. One of those making the guarantee to Hoffa ifi Fitzsimmons. It would seem this would indicate the assurances to Hoffa had been approved for all practical purposes in advance. Hoffa has been refused parole from his term in prison which has at least a year to run before he can be eligible to apply for a parole again. There have been some hints Hoffa would be in a more favorable position to get a parole if he did not attempt to regain the Teamsters presidency. This has been denied but many believe the department of justice would not object to a parole if Hoffa got out of the union control. It would seem that Hoffa is now being paid off by the union and that in return he would permanently step aside in the future. For the average citizen the money and other guarantees would be considered quite generous to say the least. (D.E.D.) New Liquor Set-Up After next January 1 the Iowa liqour stores and commission will be headed by a one-man administrator instead of the present three- man commission. The new plan is said to be more efficient than the present plan and is expected to save the state about $2 million dollars a year. There is a good question whether multiple boards should be reduced to one-man operation. This is true particularly in state government, one man is much more liable to be influenced than three men. And politics can raise its ugly head in the appointment of the one man. A commission must have minority representation. A good many legislators viewed the new plan with reluctance even though It was advocated by the governor's blue ribbon economy committee. To set around this opposition a five-man part- time "advisory" board Is to be named. The duties of this board are a bit vague but the idea probably is to keep a check on the full- time administrator. Whether replacing the three- man board with a full-time adminstrator plus five advisors is more efficient and economical remains to be seen. The new law also modified the "dram shop" provisions in the present law. The present law permits unlimited compensation from a tavern owner that serves drinks to a person who is drunk and who gets in an accident or causes one. Persons injured by the drunk also can sue the tavern owner. The new law limits the amount of damages an injured person can get from the tavern owner to $50,000 for one person or $100,000 for more than one. Also the injured person must serve notice within six months after the injury. (D.E.D.) *i*i^^^ Prisoners Say No Only 13 of 570 Hanoi prisoners of war held by the south Vietnamese agreed to go home when the u. S. and south Vietnam agreed to release them. The 13 were taken to a point to make an exchange but the north Vietnamese didn't show up. The. prisoners were, interviewed by the Red Cross through Swiss representatives. They were interviewed individually so no pressure was put on. them, .it was a surprise when so many, didn't want to return to their homes. .The south Vietnamese made a big propaganda, point over the refusals but the United States .regretted it because the north Vietnamese might have returned some American prisoners if the whole group had returned to Hanoi. It is highly probable the prisoners were motivated'by several factors, one being the reception they might get from the Hanoi authorities. Hanoi does not take kindly to troops • ; ™^^ The Problem Of "Aids" who surrender. And Hanoi might take a dim view also of having them back because of pressure then to release some Americans. The Americans are held almost for hostage purposes. Hanoi representatives at the Paris peace talks said they would not take such a small number back and questioned whether the others were being held against their will anyway. It was a propaganda setback for Hanoi and some "face" was lost when the prisoners • refused to return. And loss of face is most important in the Asiatic world. The only answer Hanoi could give is to refuse on lofty grounds of intimidation. . The unfortunate part is that U. S. prisoners held by Hanoi may have to pay the price by being held longer. It was an idea that backfired and a plan this country could not control OD.E.D.) ' Schools, cities, counties, universities and what have you are looking to the state or the federal government to bail them out of their financial difficulties. In congress bills have been introduced which would send some $10 billion dollars to the universities to keep them financially sound on' their present operation. The universities do not want to change their ways and resent any effort by congress to control how the money is spent. In Iowa the local schools, the state univer- sities, and the cities and towns are badgering the legislature for more and more money and they too resist any attempt to say how that money should be spent. The drive is to get the money -without the local taxpayer being aware of where it comes from. The local spenders blame the state or federal government for raising taxes. This takes that monkey off the back of the local board or council, and the taxpayer takes his wrath out on his legislator for raising taxes. The truth is the local person paying state or federal taxes pays because the local boards Consider The Beam in Thine Own Eye ..«••»••«. rtT*"» • t • 11 •'« l • M«rry-Co-Round iiiiimntiiiH JACK ANDERSON Some Heroes Get Medals And Others Get Fired WASHINGTON - Deep in its bureaucracy, the Air Force has silenced another "Billy Mitchell" who dared to warn that microwave devices hurt service:men's eyes. For speaking out on a subject that the Air Force wanted hushed up, he quickly lost his research job. The original Billy Mitchell was a tough Army Air Corps officer who was court-martialed because he wouldn't stop telling his brassbound bosses that the U.S. needed to pay more attention to air power. Col. Alvin Burner, an Air Force scientist and physician, is totally unlike the wasp-tongued Mitchell. So mild is Burner that he begged us not to print this story. But his friends have given us the facts that the Air Force had hoped to hide: in 1968, Colonel Burner, then head of radiobiology at the Aerospace Medical Division, came to the inescapable conclusion that certain microwave emissions can cause serious eye trouble sometimes years after exposure. Burner already knew the chances he was taking. All three services expose hundreds of young servicemen daily to radar and other radiation waves. By exposing the danger, he could open the armed forces to hundreds of damage claims. - RISKED CAREER But the injured eyes of the young GIs haunted Burner, He decided to risk his career rath- . er than stay silent. In May, 1969, he presented a"paper to the 4th. Annual Symposium of the International Microwave Power Institute in Alberta, Canada. Few high-level officers have ever laid their careers more sacrifictally on the line. Burner wrote bluntly that, although radiation dangers have been suspected since 1890 and the military has been "increasingly aware" of the hazard since 1955, the Air Force has done next to nothing about it. A major study was left unfund- ed by the Air Force, he charged, even as the unpleasant evidence accumulated. "The critical organ for microwave damage appears to be the crystalline lens of the eye," he. said. "It is conceivable that a cataract may first become recognized several years after exposure . . .." Burner added ominously that although the eye was the main area of danger, microwaves might also cause heart, nerve, brain, blood and liver damage. He even took a swat at a sister service. ."The Navy," he wrote, "has realized for a long time that carrier deck crewmen who are exposed to relatively high intensity microwave fields during their watch show . . . hyperirritability, fatigue and lassitude." INVESTIGATION SUPPRESSED Burner recommended that the accepted levels of radiation set by the services be re-evaluated, which could mean discarding or changing millions of dollars worth of equipment. Finally, Burner wrote that exhaustive investigations were needed and that he "would like to investigate other such parameters as hematologic, endocrine and biochemical changes." Burner was never allowed to proceed. But August of 1969, he had been shifted from aerospace medicine to an administrative job in Washington. His new title sounded grand: chief of the medical division for the Air Force reserve. But the effect was to stifle the investigation and silence Burner. Meanwhile, his findings of two years ago are now accepted almost as writ. < . Burner's boss at the time of his trials was Maj. Gen. Charles Roadman, also a doctor, now retired from the Air Force. "There was no connection at all," between Burner's microwave work and his transfer, Roadman told us. "It was just time (for him) to go to Washington, nothing more." - WASHINGTON WHIRL MOTORBOAT POLLUTION The Environmental Protection Agency often protects the polluters rather than the environment. Conservationist Livingston Parmele tried to enlist the Agency in his fight to end motorboat pollution of lakes and streams. After all, the EPA's own studies show outboards spew up to 30 per cent of their fuel into the water. But EPA's Associate General Counsel, Robert Zener, wrote Parmele that the Federal Water Pollution Control Act exempts "discharges of oil from properly functioning vessel engines. That, Parmele, told us acidly, is exactly the point: no engine throwing off 30 per cent of its fuel can possibly be deemed "properly functioning." CAFF'S CONSPIRACY - Al Capp, the humorist and hardliner, is claiming his recent indictment in Wisconsin on dirty- want to spend and not be blamed for the tax. Some of. the blame goes to the taxpayer also who wants more services from his city or governing unit. He wants to eat cake and have someone else pay the bill. The local board wants the local taxpayer happy and goes .along and when the bill comes in complains to the state to take up the slack. . . This- kind of business in Iowa has resulted. in state appropriations going from- some $25.0 million less. than ten years ago to more than a. billion doUars now. state aids sound good- but few realize the tax must come from somewhere and only people pay taxes. in some instances this is an effort to shift local taxes on someone else, cities claim rural JlnSf g IT than their fair share of bene it Irom state taxes and rural districts SJ * Pr ? P6rty taxes are tot too high and their share is greater than the city districts. there is a° stopping. C ° ntinued and moi> e and more is for wMchT? T* The "Wttte for money board is ^t responsible Wonder what the state education group would say if the legislature and taxpayers censured it? ****** • When all those democrats joined Nixon in blasting the Mansfield European troop withdrawal idea it worried most politicians. Didn't seem kosher. ***•**• .These are days when legislators find'they have a tiger by the tail instead of a nice quiet pussycat. . . ***** Were there any Phi Beta Kappas among those "student" demonstrators at Iowa City? ***** Wonder if the weather fellows ever considered a plunging neckline as a cold front? ***** Government takes over— so trains stop running and postage goes up 33 percent for letters, ***** After the Belmont race could It be that horse's name could be changed from Cananero to cantanero? old-man charges is part of a plot by the radical left to "get" him. But Lawrence Derning, the district attorney who issued the warrant for capp's arrest, happens to be a former president of the Conservative Club (now a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom) at the University of Wisconsin. He worked for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and was a delegate for Richard Nixon at the Republican convention in 1968. Although Capp's conspiracy theory might seem hard to buy, William Buckley, the brilliant conservative commentator, was sufficiently impressed with it to telephone Derning personally to make sure he hadn't been taken in by the Bolsheviks. _,. • FA A REVERSAL -''.John Sax- mart, a dedicated air traffic controller, warned the Federal Aviation Administration. 18 months. ago of dangerous radar conditions over lower Virginia and upper North Carolina. The FAA did nothing, and six persons were killed last year In a crash caused by the very conditions Saxman had warned against. After we told the story, the FAA fired Saxman - allegedly because he was a "leader" of the air traffic controllers' "sick-In" for better working conditions. The charge that Saxman was a leader was transparent nonsense; he wasn't even an officer of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. The FAA refused, however, to reverse Itself, even In the face of Inquiries from Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and from House Commerce Chairman Harley Staggers, D-W. Va. Now, however, a hearing examiner has ruled favorably on Saxman's appeal and the >FAA has agreed to let him have his Job, LETTERS TO EDITOR LETTER TO THE EDITOR For the past few months we have been fortunate enough to have had a Meals on Wheels program operating in our community. This past week we had the opportunity of taking part in this community service, ttwasamost enjoyable experience. Each day we found the recipients anxiously awaiting their well balanced meal which is prepared at the hospital then de- livered by volunteers. The churches of the community alternate months for providing the "wheels". This is an excellent program and our hats are off to the people who put in many hours in organizing this worthwhile project, ft is most beneficial to both those who are furnishing the "wheels" and those who are enjoying the good meals. Jean Montag Marilyn McCall Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE Published by thte' 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' M«r. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr. Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL N6WSPARER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Allocation • Foundrt .7100 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 Tad S. Herbst Chiropractors SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. SuncUt 118 South Dodge^,,. Algona, Iawa" v Plj.one*2S95-2341 ' 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. •, 5 00 P M . Closed Thursday arid Saturdays afternoons 115 East Call St. Algona, la. DR. DONALD J KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgn Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. I. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. * Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Pact-Wit Reports 295-3182 S 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 ft 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 Firm MANAGEMENT COMPANY "I/* N. Dodg* Ph. 2(5-1111 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors MELVING. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 1'8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 JOHN M. SCHUTTER MB Residence Phon™'-28a8 P ' DEAN F. KOOB M D Residence Phone '295-5917 Physicians 4 Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, AlgonT Office Phone 29&408 522 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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