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TSfAt Kqssuth County Advance THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1966 '• . " ; . - '" " ' 1 -',.'• '- •'•:..''. Federal spending camel in the tent Wealoi-litter-bugs Seek a better way There should be a better Way to determine conflicts over wages and hours than the strike method. The most recent exam- file of the "war" on the public in strike situations is the mechanics stoppages of a majority of planes. While it is probably true the main target of strikes is the employer the fact is the public is damaged more than the employer. Think for a second on the amount of money stranded travelers had to spend to ,get different transportation and feed and house themselves while waiting. While it is said the mechanics gave plenty of notice they were going to strike the 'fact is they did strike and tie up 'the nation's air traffic. THE LONG SUFFERING public one of these days is going to crack down on vun- ipns that call strikes which affect the public., Tlie transportation strike in New York City the first of the year was aimed directly, at inconveniencing the public which would influence the transit authority. National unions are getting too big and too powerful. And there is ample evidence many of them are run mostly for the benefit J6f r the leadership and only secondarily for -the -membership. The iron rule of Jimmy Hoffa in the Teamsters union is a good case in .point. There is little democracy in the Teamsters union. In 'fact it isn't -even given lip service. .UNIONS DEVELOPED in the days when 'business management -was as bad in its attitude toward the workers as the workers are now in their attitude toward management. There was ample justification for strikes against the abuses of that time, 'but in the main these strikes did not affect the public as intimately as do strikes/today. The interdependence of big businesses and the public welfare has come to a point where shutdown of a business can affect the public all over the country. THERE ARE MANY businesses which are today in fact a monopoly. The airlines are dominated by a few companies. The immense cost of establishing an airline makes competition only by big outfits. By striking five of these the mechanics shut down traffic. The railroads too are moving toward a monopolistic control. In the field of communications the telephone is a monopoly for all practical purposes. Newspapers have declined in number until only the largest Of cities has competition in dailies. Unions are monopolistic. The Teamsters union for instance could tie up'every movement of freight. THE JUSTICE department is always busy breaking up combinations of businesses under the anti-trust act. This is in the public interest because a monopoly combination could over-charge the public. However the matter of strikes one of these days is going to demand an anti-trust act to control irresponsible 'crippling strikes -which inconvenience the public. This will probably mean industry-wide forced settlements. The danger here of course is :the influence of votes. After all union members have more votes than management. But the public as a whole has more votes than any particular union. And one of these days these voters will get mad 'enough to -do something about the 'harassment 'they are taking. Who now is 'fair'? . The U. S. supreme court is being asked to review the decision by the Iowa supreme court requiring sub-districting in counties which have more than one member of the legislature in either house. , The state solicitor-general, Timothy McCarthy, let the real oat out of the bag when he said the party out of power in Iowa, meaning the republicans, "would theoretically benefit most by sub-districting." The reverse of this, of course, is that the party in power in Iowa, the democrats, would benefit mo>st from having members elected at large. ,; THUS IT IS plainly evident in this situation that the motivation on the part of the state administration is pure politics in its appeal to the U. S. supreme court. For many years the statehouse in Des Moines has rung to the impassioned pleas of the big city politicians to be "fair" in representation in the legislature. They fought the make-up of the legislature when it was dominated by "area" representation. This was proper, and then it was manifestly unfair to the city residents as a whole. And the legislature was forced by federal courts to come up with a more fair plan. THEN JOCKEYING began by the big city democrats to gain control of the entire city delegations in the legislature by bloc voting, shutting out a minority representation by the mere multitude of voters of one group. This benefitted the democrats supported mainly by big labor and the recent session saw every really big city legislator being elected as a democrat by big labor. This is what the democrats, "the ma- pdrity party" as Mr. McCarthy points out perhaps by accident, want to retain and deprive a sizable minority of fair representation. GONE NOW IS the cry of "fair" representation. The objective is simply power politics, taking control of a large number of legislative seats by bloc voting. The fact that a Des Moines voter gets ' 11 votes for representatives while a Kossuth voters gets one is ignored. It is not discussed by the democrats because it is manifestly unfair on its face. The administration is taking the matter to the supreme court on just one theory — that the democrat members of the supreme court will give a political decision. It is hoped by many people, perhaps unrealistically, that the U. S. supreme court will be fair in its determiniation. Some of the recent decisions do not lend much support to that hope. Rural road funds are in for a clobbering in the next session of the legislature. The cities are demanding a boost in the allocation of state funds. The cities are asking for at least 20 per cent of the road money. They now get 13 per cent. With the demand for more primary roads, the interstates, and the narrow highways, the result will be a cut in rural road funds. The story is rather simple. The rural people no longer have the votes. are> not accompanied by more of the milk of human kindness, and his actions more beneficial to the union in the long run. There is arising in the country a distaste for the kind of ruthless leadership he has maintained. The Teamsters as a whole are not in good repute. As individuals they are like other people, but when formed in a group with the Hoffa kind of leadership they are a threat to the welfare of others. The convention just ended has caused some thinking that is not good for the future of the Teamsters. Hoffa Wonder As an example of naked power the recent 'convention of the Teamsters union has no equal. It was a Hoffa dominated convention. Any opposition was beaten down before it started. Ruthless is a weak word to describe what took place. ttoffa's salary was boosted from $75,000 to $100,000. The convention voted to pay some million or more dollars in attorney's fees incurred in the criminal trials in which Hoffa was convicted. Only one lone dissenter dared to speak out. It would be interesting to know what happens to 'him, but the chances of it getting publicity seem rather remote. A "yes" man was named as a "caretaker" vice-president in case Hoffa has to serve out his jail terms. Hoffa will thus retain control even if he is behind bars. 'To "give the devil his due" Hoffa has "the union. His tactics have been „..„„ „ T ...-,.- for the union members though t| times bis methods of getting results have left much to be desired. He has ruled with an iron hand but he has been entirely for '" union as well as himself. It is regrettable his admitted abilities The war on poverty seems to have relieved the poverty situation for some people anyway. It was revealed a "consultant" was given $8400 for 10 weeks of work in Iowa, plus $21 per day for expenses and some $700 or more for plane trips. The war has developed some "experts" and "professionals" who demand and get pretty high fees for their work. What they do seems clouded by bureaucracy. It is wondered how many of the really poor get any benefit from these programs which give such high rewards to the generals, colonels, and captains in the war. Somehow it does seem very appropriate to have a tunnel leading to nowhere in the nation's capital. Perhaps this will account for some absences by congressmen who get lost in it. With all the excitement about defects in cars it still remains the driver who causes most accidents. And drinking driving on the highway is disclosed now as a real culprit. There is no car "safe" from the driver. (C. P. Wood* in 5h*ldon Surf) The old parable of the camel that put its nose under the tent and gradually crept in until all the people were crowded out is a familiar one. It has ofen been used in describing the problems which a free society faces in seeking coexistence with a big and growing government. The federal government's spending, influence, and disposition to use its power to control the workings of the country increase at a rate that many people find alarming. Is there to be room in the tent 10 years or 20 years from now for states, counties and municipalities as meaningful political entities? Will there be room for independent business and Industry, and finally, for the self-determining and responsible individual citizen? Most people do not realize how great an impact federal spending has on the country. The total for the year ending June 30, 1966, will probably be over $163 billion. That is money that the government controls and pays out in one way or another. And it is far more than the $106 billion reported in the regular budget. In the four budget years ending in June, 1967, projected total spending is up $37 billion—about 27 per cent. At this rate, federal spending will go over the $200 billion mark in just two years. Following are examples of the manner in which total spending 'far outstrips budgetary pro- visions: the Post Office Department bugeted for only $765 million to cover its deficite, will spend $5.8 billion. The Commodity Credit Corporation, shown for $2.2 billion spending, will actually put out some $6 billion. Also, the .true size of federal activity in many areas, is not readily apparent since it is often broken up in the budget among several different .programs handled through different agencies. As an example, the regular budget shows $2:8 billion being spent on education. But all the federal programs in education and training call for a total outlay of $8.4 billion—an increase of more than 60 per cent in two years. Direct money payments and assistance go to increasing millions of Americans. Mahy thoughtful observers of the political scene feel the Implications of control inherent in such a situation to s be most ominous of all. By mid-1967, nearly 21 million people will bs receiving Social Security .pensions. Four and one half million veterans and survivors will :be receiving monthly checks. 'Hundreds -of thousands of students will be getting federal aid. Seven and one 'half million people will be drawing Welfare checks and 19 million aged people will be enrolled in the hospital insurance program. Federal money >is of increasing importance to states and municipalities facing both the increased -need and increased cost of facilities necessary for growing .populations. 'Govern- WIT BY lOWANS Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw It In The Paper" In McCall's Magazine. "We can know our men have reached Mars when we get word 'that their luggage has reached Venus." — Indianola contractor. "Until the transistor came along you knew that the small voice was your conscience." — New Market grocer. •'•-.-•., \. .,' "This young man promised her father that he would have her home by 11:30 ,p.m. or $4.85, .whichever came first."—Burlington bus driver. "People who live in glass houses should not throw parties." — SCI senior. "One danger of having kids next door is-that often they come, over- and repair ^.things.,that you-can't." — Clarinda artist. ' " ' ' ' v ! \" ,' ' ' • i "It would have helped a lot if. the pioneers had located cities closer to airports" — Fort Dodge clerk. "If you really want to know very much what your wife wants very much for her birthday, go peek at what sihe bought." — Waterloo PTA speaker. "You do?i't need help to j get into trouble, but usually you have it." — Dubuque teacher. "Often you can make him a good husband, by making him a good wife." — Mount Pleasant grocer. Kids antics recalls days of long ago for an editor (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) We read with interest and disgust the story about "scooping the loop" by young car drivers in Des Moines. When questioned by the reporter these young drivers said "There is nothing for us to do in Des Moines so we come up town and scoop the loop." That was in Des Moines, Iowa's largest city where they provide a zoo, many swimming pools, tennis, a baseball and soft ball league, municipal golf courses and just about every type of actvitiy for young people. We have also heard the same complaint "nothing to do" from young people in just about every city and town in the state. The story started us thinking about our own youth, a time in which none of these activities were provided. And that brought us to thinking about the Fourth of July which as we recall it now was one of the best times of our life. The 4th in those days was of course enlivened by the right to use fireworks, firecrackers and bombs of all types and sizes. Scraping the money together and acquiring the supply of proper noise makers was of course one of the important and exciting parts of the big event. There were four boys who lived in one block in the writer's hometown and being about the same age we were all good friends and buddies. It was a matter of pride as to which of us could wake up first on the 4th and start the celebration with a big bang. This led naturally to a plan by which we would all wake up at the same time on the morning of the 4th and start the day off with a cooperative bang that would rouse the whole neighborhood. One boy lived on the south, east corner of the block, another lived on the southwest corner, the next in the middle of the west side of the block and the writer in the middle of the north side. We contrived to gather balls .of cord ~that would reach from one house to the other over tops of the trees and telephone wires. When we went to bed on the night of the 3rd each boy tied this string or cord to his big toe and the first one to awaken was to yank the string and send the signal around the chain so that each of us would be up and out at the same time. This signal system worked even better than we expected. A mother of one of the boys had to walk past her son's bed on the way to the bathroom and she forgot about the string signal and walked into it, waking up her own son and the next one on the signal system and he in turn thinking it was time to get up sent the signal on. The re>- sult was that all four of us were gathered at the appointed spot about 3 a.m. As pre-arranged we set off the biggest blast heard in that town for many years. It woke the neighborhood all right and also aroused the ire of most of the residents. We were rather unpopular around there for several days until the local paper came out with a humorous write-up of the event. Then for a few days we enjoyed real notoriety. Times do change and one of the changes undoubtedly is that things which boys did in former years and got by with were considered "just boy tricks" which now would land them in Mayor's court or worse. However, the point we are trying to make is that no city or town owes the boys anything to do and that wen today there are plenty of things for young people to do if they are ogling to expend 3 Ittte thought and energy. Things that won't land them in trouble. ment contracts figure heavily in the thinking of much major busi< ness and industry. And so it is that individual citizens, local government, the states and all business and industry find themselves every day more involved with federal dollars and with the strings of control that are inevi* tably attached to them. In this development of great central power, our federal • system itself is at stake. In a recent article, David Lawrence ob* serves that: "There is every reason for the American .people to demand equality of opportunity for all states. It is disappointing to read that in the more prosperous states there are certain facilities and projects for the citizens which are not available in other states." But, : Mr. Lawrence expresses the fear that vast sums of money made available to communities to be Spent under the direction of local politicians may go awry and ". . . generate on a national scale the same kind of abuses of .power as we have witnessed in several cities governed by boss-ridden machines." .In coming years, all non-federal segments of the country will face a critical problem. When and how should they draw the line in accepting federel responsibility for and direction of their affairs? This is a problem for which there are no ready solutions, and it is one with-serious implications for the future of a free society in the United States. Supervisor districts (W. C. Jarnaqin in Storm Lake. Pilot-Tribune) Seems as tho the courts at Sioux City are having difficulty in going to trial on an action that would reapportion the board of supervisors. Couple of labor union officials filed the petitions some months ago in an effort to get more Sioux City representation on the Woodbury county board. They contended that the Supreme Court one-man-one-vote ruling should apply to supervisors as well as legislators. The other five come from the rural districts. The supervisors filed a request for more time. This was grantsd. The Farm Bureau got into the act as interveners. After seven months, the case still hasn't gone to trial. Last delay was on a motion from the supervisors to postpone the trial until it has time for more deliberating. Then the plaintiffs filed a motion that the trial proceed without further delay. That's where it stands as this is written. The case is of state-wide interest. Many counties, among them Buena Vista, elect supervisors by districts rather than at large. After the Sioux City case is decided in lower court, it will be taken to the supreme court. So other counties must wait quite a spell before we'll know Where we stand. September primary (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) The principal reason for changing the Iowa primary election date was to make a shorter campaign. But it hasn't worked out that way. Under the new system the pre-primary campaign has been greatly lengthened, and individual candidates must carry the financial load. Once they are nominated they will have financial help from the party, but until that time they are theoretically "on their own." In the meantime they are run* ning against one another, instead of against the candidates of the opposing party. There may not be time after a September primary to heal the wounds which may result. We believe the Republican party made a wise move when it adopted a plank in the 1966 platform calling for a return to June primary elections. Seeks more bait (Bill Maurer in Laurent Sun) The head of the Federal Drug Administration speaking before one of the highTphglooting Congressional committees, said "mama's" perfume is dangerous and few people know it. J'nj one who does. After all, it was that sexy-smelling stuff the Irish one bathed in that attracted me. When we got married, she quit using it. Blast it. '(Pel Gallagher In Btlmond Independent) in this JaMly journal, we can't come right out and tell you what term was applied to the type of "detail" assigned in the Navy (and, we presume: the other services, top) <to the smart aletks and goof-offs as retribution for minor crimes.. If you Were assigned to that-kind-of detail, it might take the form of KP duly in the galley (kitchen); (hen again, it might call for "policing tip" the grounds — cleaning up litter :...'' If we ever became a justice of the .peace (a likelihood that appears exceedingly remote), we suspect we'd be inclined to short the school fund on fine money from time to time and assign an occasional culprit to you-know- what detail along our country roads. Disgusting contempt for society in general is demonstrated by the punks who carelessly fling beer cans over the countryside. It's expensive contempt, too; for the cost of gathering up those cans and other debris and repairing machinery damaged by the junk runs to hundreds of thousands of dollars in the state, annually. ,j This is an expense that could very well be saved..in part-by "making the punishment fit the crime" when one of these beer- can cowboys appears in JP court. They DO appear in court, from time to time, for the same disrespect that leads them to litter the scenery extends to their attitude tdward speed laws and Stop signs (and, frequently, noisy mufflers). Fines are "just money" and have very .''little effect on this tribe. But a few hours in the spring sunshine to clean up a mile of roadside ditch wouldn't be so funny. And goodness knows, the ditches could Stand it. . . A .1,0 « N A K 0 : i t, U T N CO U N T V A 0 V A M C I Published'by the Advance Publishing Co.,: Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngtpn St., Algona, l<5wo. ' 50511. ••.' Editor and publisher,., DUan* E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chnschilles. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER IAS* ADVANCE SUMCftlFTION RATE One Year In County and to nearest past office outside of'County .-.$5.00 Six"nfonths in County and to nearest post office -- $3.50 Year outside County, and to'other than nearest outside P.O.s $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited 'except bv written permission of the publishers ~o~f 'the" 'Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles -of -pictures are sent at the -owner's risk. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds— All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge '"> Ph/295-2735 " BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Horned-Automobile:—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ovtr $102.000,000 worth of 'insurant* in fore*. A horn* Compnny. Safe, ••cur*. LoU Scuffham, S*ey. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household . Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 T«d S. Htrb«t RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern on**top Insurance Service Business • Home - Car - Life 295-5055 P.O. Box 337 Sund*t Insurant* Aa*ncy Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS 4 OEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All TVP*» of Insurant* Ph. 195.5520 «r 295-9I11 ALGONA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 pm. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phon« 295-2378 ...... 295-3306 : Office Hours: Mon. - Tues. - Wed. - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30 - 12.00 Friday evening — 6;30 • 8:30 Farm Dr. HAROLD W, ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses, 9 East State Street Phone 295-2106 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons OK, DONALD J, KINGPIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses W So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 3r, t. L, SNYDiR 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CARLSON MANAGEMENT COMPANY ...j. v,,.v U'/a N. Oo4t« Pfc. 29S-U91 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEPICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Phvsician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D, M.D. Clinic Bide. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTIIl, M, 0, Residence Phone 295-2335 PEAN F, KOOB, M. 0, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge. AlBona Office Phone 295-24M Dentists CRIDIT BUREAU Collective Service Fact bjlt Reports DR. J, I, HARRIS JR, Dentist . 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 OR. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 395-3131 KEVIN NASH, D-D.S. ~ 123 E. Call 2J»?5W0 Algona Pi, J, Dentist

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