Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on June 28, 1971 · Page 12
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 12

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, June 28, 1971
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DLLA_I EDITQ 2 - Kossuth County Advance Legislature Quits dvance I T P Monday, June 28, 1971 The legislature went home on an early Saturday morning after fighting through the night on appropriation bills. Hang-up bill was the appropriation for the Board of Regents. The state universities are in bad repute with the legislature and some of the scrap to give the universities funds seemed an attempt to punish the administration and teachers. The legislature was neither the greatest nor the worst. It was a bit above average and dealt with the problems about as well as any group of 150 people could. It was not a ho-hum session. There was plenty of fireworks at times. Some strong personalities headed some of the more important committees and their attitudes sometimes made news which was more surface than deep-seated. There was some in-fighting between members who expect to be candidates for higher office. Some members were disappointed about their new districts under the new apportionment for seats. A few will have to oppose another member if they seek reelection. One of the problems of this legislature which will extend into future legislatures is the fact of state aids. Once started there is no terminal and more and more state aid is demanded by the boards, commissions, councils, teachers and so forth. State money is easy money because the local board does not have to account for it to local taxpayers. One feature that will be interesting to watch is how under the new school aid bill a local board would seek a local income tax. it would have to be voted by the people in the district. People have been voting down bond issues and a local income tax proposal might face a decisive defeat. Most observers believe the local income tax proposal will be the last thing any local school board will seek. Appropriations for the biennium made Iowa a billion dollar state, it's a far cry from some ten years or so ago when only $250 million was appropriated. Most of the increase in recent years is caused by aids to the schools, state and local. New, also, is the area so-called "vocational" schools. Some of these now are getting away from vocational instruction to attempt to be general educational institutions with liberal arts courses. There are those who believe the area vocational schools will become the really big spenders for their size in the future. The legislature left a lot of work undone, but most of it could easily wait. There is only about six months until this same legislature comes back for the annual session next January. (D.E.D.) Iowa's New Taxes Iowa's new tax law which was coupled with a state aid proposal for schools will mean most lowans will pay more taxes than ever in the future. The income tax boost is retroactive to last January 1, hence the withholding estimates given employers last January will have to be revised by the employee or he'll face a big payment next January. The tax package was not without its political implications. Democrats voted against it in a bloc though Democrats have been calling for increases in income taxes before increases in sales or other taxes. The Democrats hope they make the new tax a campaign issue in 1972. One Democrat said the "fat cats and millionaires were not numerous enough to elect Republicans next year." it was a bit of rhetoric that is more noisy than with much basis in the problem of taxation. A "fat cat" to most people is someone who is making.a lot .more money..than..they are. For ^instance, a man making $6,000 a year feels a fat cat is one making $15,000. The $15,000 man thinks a fat cat is one making $30,000 per year; and the latter thinks a fat cat is one making $50,000 a year. And so on. The facts are there are few big income people in Iowa. If the state took every cent from people making over $50,000 a year, the amount raised would be insufficient to make much of a dent in the billion dollar biennial appropriations of the state. The facts are the taxes must be collected from many people because only the many could make up the amount of taxes the appropriations demand. There are thousands of people in the moderate - income brackets - few in the top. And those in the top brackets can find places to get income from investments which are exempt by federal law from state taxes. A new tax was placed on sales of used cars- but the tax on new cars was actually reduced. There is an increase in the tax on beer, on cigarettes, and in hunting and fishing licenses. The legislature will be back in session next January and if the nevrtax program isnotsuffici- ent a revision can be made. One possibility is an increase in the sales tax, but that is remote in an election years. (D.E.D.) War Papers Expose Publication by the New York Times and the Washington Post of secret papers from the Pentagon has raised some interesting and important questions. One that is getting the biggest play at the moment is the freedom of the press issue. The Nixon administration tried to protect the "classified" designation which would prohibit publication. The action was based on national security. The papers contained information which involved other governments which might be embarrassed by local publication and which might injure this country's relations in the future with these governments. There is also the question of the position the person who took the secret papers from the Pentagon finds himself, it could be he could be tried for treason. At least he stole the papers. Criminal action may be taken against him if his identity is finally established. At issue too is his reason for taking the papers and giving them to the press. President Johnson is made to look pretty bad in the first revelations. He stands accused of preparing to escalate the war while talking otherwise in his campaign for the presidency against Goldwater. Some of his advisers are also looking a bit two-faced with their public statements completely the reverse of their private actions on the war. Johnson may be the final fall guy. yet the fact the president is dependent on his advisers should mitigate the situation. The president is a lonely man. Few want to tell him bad news. Few fear to advise him against what they think he wants to do. Johnson was not known to be receptive to opposition. He is at heart a fighter in spite of his Senate record as a compromiser. Kennedy was cautious after the Bay of pigs incident but Johnson felt that he was obligated by Kennedy to wind up the Vietnam war which Kennedy had started to escalate. It is perhaps sad that Johnson may have to take the brunt of the blame. The Vietnam war was not a one-man choice. It grew like Topsy and Johnson was in the grip of forces he could not control, and his information on which he acted was untrue. He may be one of the really tragic figures of this era in this battered old world (D.E.D.) Judges Censured The situation as regards two municipal court judges at Cedar Rapids leaves a lot to be desired from any angle. The two were censured by the Iowa Supreme court after an investigation. The Supreme Court does not have the power to remove a municipal judge from office, one of the judges was censured in 1966 but was reelected after that. There will be a regular judicial election this fall at which the two judges are up for re-election. One of the judges was accused of being intoxicated often, sometimes even appearing on the bench either under the influence of alcohol or recovering from it. The other was censured for the fact he did not give decisions. He took cases under "advisement" and then didn't render a decision, leaving the case up in the air for long periods of time. The judges are fairly well paid by most standards. They get $16,000 salary per year. This, however, is not large when compared to what most lawyers earn in private practice according to some observers. One judge was reported to have worked only about 24 hours a week except when on duty in criminal court. One of the serious problems in Iowa is the court system. There is a proposal in the legislature for a revision of the entire court system, it is controversial and was shunted aside at the session just ended and will be up in the session starting next January. One proposal includes elimination of the Justice of Peace courts and having inferior courts of some nature manned by attorneys. One fault with this idea is that capable attorneys wouldn't touch such a court job with a 10-foot pole. The pay is too small and the irritations too many. Some believe such a court would appeal only to an attorney who couldn't make it in regular practice and who would be a poor choice for a presiding and opinion-giving position. The situation in Cedar Rapids gives some strength to the latter conclusion. In the Cedar Rapids case the Supreme Court could merely censure, it had no power to remove the judges even though the Supreme court evidently found the situation extremely bad. (D.E.D.) Jepsen Moving Lieutenant Governor Roger Jepsen started moving immediately after the legislature ad- mourned on his campaign for governor. He made a trip to Washington to clear the decks Excuse Me, Comrade, But... Hanoi Would Like To See The Front Page If You're Through With It... /"""* * w "»" U. S. Helps Build All-White Hospital WASHINGTON - The govern-^ ment .• 'has agreed to put up* $750,000 to build a new hos- • pital so that three white Alabama doctors will not have to share a spacious, ultramodern hospital with black doctors. The costly project might mollify the whites but it would also leave the 25,000 people of Macon County, Ala., with a lot of empty hospital beds. The county is already served by John Andrew Hospital in Tuskegee, which was built with federal money just a few years ago. This highly rated hospital has 140 beds, about 50 of which are usually vacant. Moreover, it has an unused floor designed to ac- comodate an additional 60 beds. The county's eight black doctors, having helped initiate the construction of John Andrew, now control it. The idea of using a hospital run by blacks, however, apparently upset the three white doctors who have been sending their patients across town to the creaky, 32-bed Macon County Hospital. As this old facility became increasingly obsolete, the county hospital administration got the Health, Education, and Welfare Department to authorize a $750,000 grant to build a new 32-bed hospital on the same site. ; The total cost of the new hospital would be $1.5 million, or : around $50,000 for each of its 32 $ed& -.The cost rof -adding 60 new beds at John Andrew, which isn't .even crowded, would be only $300,000 or $5,000 a bed. To soothe the white doctors' sensibilities, it seems, not only are the nation's taxpayers asked to put up $750,000, but another $500,000 will be squeezed out of the county's hard-pressed citizens. - FALSE CLAIM But this isn't the end of the scandal. It also appears the county hospital falsified its application in order to help get approval for this extraordinary project. Under the law, hospital grants are supposed to have the approval of the local medical planning council or medical society. Not only has the Macon County Medical Society failed to approve 1 this project, but on four occasions since 1968, it has voted specifically against having more than one general hospital in the county. The man apparently responsible for getting the hospital approved is Clay Dean, a state Health Department official responsible for administering the federal program in Alabama. While we were unable to reach him for comment, it can be safely,, said that he knew full well the\ situation in Macon county when he put his signature on the application and sent it on to Washington, where it was rubber- stamped by oblivious HEW bureaucrats. For even the application, hoked up as it is, contains this candid statement about the county hospital; "The majority of hospital care provided for the white population of Macon County is accomplished at Macon County General Hospital." Although state officials claim there are both white and black doctors on the staff at each hospital, this is highly misleading. For, in practice, the black doctors use John Andrew and the white doctors use the county hospital virtually exclusively. Hospital administrator Wayne- Peloquin, asked-how-he couM* justify the new-hospital since it would cost 10 times more per bed than expanding John Andrew, retorted: "I'm not even trying to justify it. I'm just telling you we're going to do it." However, when we questioned McDonald Rimple, deputy director of the program in Washington, he had a different reaction. "It can be stopped," he said. "This does not represent good health facility planning." He promised a full investigation. Footnote: Two crusading Alabama lawyers, Morris Dees and Joseph Levin, are preparing a suit to halt the project. The suit will be filed on behalf of the county medical society and a number of other citizens. - BLANK SUBPOENAS Many U.S. attorneys serve subpoenas without getting court approval. They circumvent the legal requirement by keeping a stack of blank, pre-signed subpoenas on hand. Congressmen, meeting in secret, have now started to raise questions. They called Stephen Sachs, the former U.S. attorney in Balitmore, behind closed doors of the House Administration Committee. ' 'Was it customary," demanded Chairman Wayne Hays, D-Ohio, "in the court that you represented for you to have a stack of r with the Republican congressmen. No one committed himself but all knew Jepsen was seriously in the race. It is also assumed Governor Ray will seek a UUrd term and Ray himself has made it plain he is in the race for keeps. Moves a few months ago on a nomination for a federal judgeship were shrugged off by Ray. The post in Iowa is still open with stephenson advancing to the appeals court, but Ray has shown no inclination to want the job. p , Jepsen and Raycould be rough n/ P ± lcanparty> Both have good foUow- 1^1 are ^^ withl * party ranks - i^ifl some tearing of get into it hammer and tongs. ft*? party bigwigs aie tacliaed to i et him have It. He made a good race once and his name is perhaps better known and favorably than any other Democratic hopeful at the moment. Both parties are well aware the 1972 election is a national election with national issues taking precedence over state issues. What happens in the national campaign affects the state races, and a popular candidate for president can sweep state candidates in with him. And an unpopular candidate can take them down to defeat with him. (D.E.D.) Nothing cheap about Iowa when it can afford a billion-plus dollar biennial appropriation. * * * * Ever wonder where that "free" federal aid comes from? * * * * Why do they call shorts hot pants when lone pants are hotter? * * * * Seems on vacations the writing home of a letter is exhausting. * * * * Why is it so necessary that a politlcan have a oennlte opinion on every subject? blank, signed subpoenas on hand so you could fill in the name and serve them without a clerk, or the judge, or anybody else knowing about it?" "The short answer to that question, Mr. Chairman, is yes," said Sachs. But he went on to explain, in detail, that it was all strictly legal. "Suffice it to say," he wound up, "that the Congress does see the rules and the Congress at least tacitly approves the rules." "When the rules were written," agreed Rep. Bertram Podell, D-N.Y., "they were written so that the clerk may sign a subpoena in blank. It did not give you the right to go ahead and sign a hundred subpoenas and keep them on hand as it would a stack of potato chips when you wanted to dip into a barrel." - RED DOLLARS Intelligence reports say the Kremlin is delighted over the dollar crisis for an unpublicized reason. The Soviet Union is plagued, according to this report, with a black market in dollars. Russians secretly hoard and circulate dollar bills, because Russians have more confidence in the dollar than their own ruble. Millions of dollars re reported to be circulating inside Russia. The weaking of the dollar has shaken the confidence of these dollar traders. - NOISY FISH The Navy's supersecret Mark 4ft' torpedo is having trouble be- c4lise it won't shut up. The torpedo purrs loudly in the water if it gets even the slightest dent in handling. The purring upsets its sensitive tracking system so much that it can't find its target, older torpedoes, while less accurate and shorter-ranged, take more knocking around than the big new "fish." Family <u*' £?i e Covenn 8 material fits so tightly over prepackaged luncheon meats because air is drawn from the package during the packaging process. This is done to eliminate oxygen that might cause deterioration of the luncheon meat. Fresh beef and pork are not vacuum packed in the same fashion because, in the absence of air, such meats look daWc. Producers don't believe con- sutaers would buy meat that is a different shade from which they are accustomed. ITEM: Decorated bathroom fixtures, once custom-made, are increasingly popular. All major manufacturers but one produce them. Decorations on fixtures range from dainty rings of flowers to bold slashes of color. Designs are available on lavatory bowls, toilet seats, tubs, water tumblers, tissue holders and soap dishes. They are, of course, slightly higher than either white or solid colors. Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE in W&& ICt! fflSS, W. 11 ^! 08 - Monday8 ' offlce and shop Issued weekly Mondays T i. ™. , ,.,„ H> B> Wall «r, Executive Editor Julian ChrischUles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertising' MM. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant FoVemaif OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER PER Association • Foundtd UK Professional Directory Insurance • * * . < -'• •TStfi- 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. Herbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sund.t 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 RYES 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 DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgn Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. I. L. SNYDiR 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Servictt CREDIT BUREAU OF KpSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-Wit Reports 295-3182 SAlgom , CLEGG CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Algona, Iowa 124 N. Moore 295-5235 DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore - M"rtiday - 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 »/ 2 East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12i/ 2 N. Dodge Ph. 295-2891 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management GoorJ management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors MELVIN O. BOURNE, M-D Physician & Surgeon 1'8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 JORH N M. SCHUTTER7 AU Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F . KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians &'Surgeons ,820 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. J. B HARRIS, JR. Dentist 322 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 i i ~- i • DR. LEROYI. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. p hone 295-3131

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