Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 11, 1966 · Page 16
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 11, 1966
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C Kossuth County Advance GE An real ordeal for traffic violators THURSDAY, AUO. 11, 1«M 'Slip, slide and duck* Secretary Freeman, in a closed meeting for democratic candidates for congress told them to "Slip, slide and duck any question of higher cqnsumer prices if you possibly can." He also advised them not to get •'caught in a debate over higher prices between farmers and housewives." He also told them to "take the farmer's side . . . housewives aren't nearly as well organized." This of course is plain and simple politics. Never admit a failure and always claim to have the solution to any problem — and blame all troubles on someone else. WHAT FREEMAN failed to point out for probably good and sufficient reason is that organized labor, with its continual spiraling of wages, is in great part responsible for the margin between what the farmer gets and what the housewife has to pay in the grocery store. Transportation and packaging are big costs. The truck and train unions have forced higher wages which naturally must be reflected in the costs of operation and passed on to the consumer. And each little item carries a profit figure Which adds up in tire total though not much per item. Housewives too are demanding more when they go to shop. They want items Attractively packaged, convenient, fresh, and often out of season. FREEMAN HIMSELF is practicing the "slip, slide and duck" in his presentation. He should point out these things but be- cause the democratic party is hag-ridden by big union labor bosses he does not dare to bring up these things because labor would object to being given a share of the blame for higher prices. The disparity between what the farmer gets and what the consumer pays reflects a multitude of little additional costs. While it is true the farmer does not get a fair return on his produce it is also true that he shouldn't be blamed for the added costs after he sells the produce. These are facts Freeman should have presented. Probably politics prevented him from saying these things — but in the meantime his failure to state the facts lets the farmer get the blame from the consumer. FREEMAN SHOULD have placed some of the blame on the fact housewives prefer to trade in attractive stores. They want air-conditioning, cello-wrapped products, expensive store fixtures, parking lots, and service. All these are little things but they do add to the cost of operation of a store. To avoid offending big labor and to an extent the housewives, Freeman advocates the "Slip, slide and duck." There is too much of this attitude in this administration. It is reflected not only in Freeman, but also the military in its avoiding of real discussion of the Viet Nam war. President Johnson is a prime example of the art. The American people can be trusted with the truth. There should not be any "slip, slide and duck" in the relationship of the administration and the people. Caution is necessary One of the objectives of Dr. Martin Luther King was obtained in the recent riots. His program calls for "peaceful marching" in which the Negroes now march into all-white neighborhoods to actually irritate the white majority. By this irritation King hopes to make things tough enough the whites will give in to the demands of the Negro, particularly in housing. In this King expects animosity. In fact in some instances a lack of opposition has resulted in the marchers looking a bit silly.' His strategy is to bring on resistance and perhaps even rioting in which the Negro stays passive and the whites take the initiative and also the blame. ,; KING CHOSE two ethnic white neighborhoods to start his Chicago campaign. The people in these areas are mostly second generation immigrants. They were in some measure also down-trodden in, the first generation, but by saving and work managed to develop a housing area in which they take intense pride. By working themselves up in the world they by the very nature of pride in their accomplishments tend to be very critical of those who have not reached such an accomplishment and who particularly resent the coming of the Negro into their areas. Thus the fuel and tinder were present for an intense reaction which is what King sought to get the headlines. By bringing Negroes into the area in cars, getting out and maching, he in fact dared the residents to do something about it. KING'S LEADERSHIP of the Negro movement has been under a bit of a cloud recently because those who advocate a more militant approach have been drifting away to the Deacons for Defense and the Black Muslims and similar organizations. King personally needed a headline and when he was hit on the head by a rock it did something to make a better image of him among the Negroes who, have become impatient at what they believe is too slow a progress. It placed him in the light of a champion willing to take personal danger. The sincerity of King and his leadership is not open to question. But by the same token he must maintain his leadership of a. large number of Negroes to be effective. HE IS TRAPPED into becoming more and more militant by the black power advocates in order to keep his position. And once started it is difficult to call a halt. The northern campaign is a new field, different from the South. Negroes in the north are a definite minority where they are a majority in many southern places. And the cry of "white power" is becoming the answer to "black power" with some sinister over-tones. At a time when caution is of utmost necessity King and his followers are being forced to throw caution to the wind — and a whirlwind may be the unhappy result. iir '-'h J* Weach mg The wedding of the president's daughter had all the hoop-la of the marriage of a princess, and as such had the women of the world in ectascy. There's a lot of little girl left in every woman, and the little girl dream of being a princess and having a prince on a white horse still lives. It was a pleasant diversion in the unhappy world, and who can blame a person for a bit of day-dreaming what-might-have- been long long ago. Police , iwho want to live by stealing, robbery, murder and frauds. The cry of "police brutality" always arises when people get out of hand and have to be subdued. Recent mobs can not be controlled by a policeman saying "Naughty naughty." Force must be used and the rioters are asking for it. The general public should support the police more than they have in the past, It is not a pleasant job. It is not fun to arrest someone, to give a traffic ticket, or subdue a gunman in a tower. Let's quit this unthinking kicking around of those upon whom we depend. One of the unfortunate problems of the present times is the abuse of police and the law-enforcement agencies in general by the public and even the U. S. supreme court. Undoubtedly there have been abuses of citizens by police. And the police sometimes have had things to answer for. But it is upon the police that every citizen depends for his safety, for protection from the lawless, for security in his every day life. The supreme court recently dealt a body blow to police enforcement with its decree on questioning of prisoners. In fact if the decision is followed to its ultimate conclusion the liberty of the people is sea- ondary to the liberty of an accused person. There is too little consideration now for the welfare of the public as a whole. There are too many sob-sisters and do- gooders beating their beasts over the "unfortunate" who get caught. The police are for the protection of everyone. It is their job to see to it a person can walk the streets at night and be secure in his home. They are guardians for the huge majority of people. They must be against the small percentage of people Bad Everyone looks bad in the air line mechanics strike. The strikers looked pretty bad in rejecting a compromise that in fact was a give-in to their demands. The airlines look bad because they wanted to give in but were afraid of the administration cracking down if they boosted rates to make up the cost. And they are beholden to the various and sundry commissions under which they operate. The president looked bad in his premature announcement the strike was settled. And congress looks bad in its election-year effort to avoid action for which the union might blame candidates. And the general public looks bad in permitting this kind of political hi-jacking to go on. Banning of the Beatles is proper, but the deed is now being done for the wrong reason. Their religious belief is their own and is irrelevant, as the lawyers love to say. Ban them sure — but because they make awful sounds. (M. B. Crabb* in Eagle Grove Eagle.) Speaking to the Rotary Club recently Joe Rupp, high school drivers training instructor, offered his idea for a fitting punishment of traffic violators which we consider unique but not without merit. Rupp says traffic violators should be sentenced to spend a given number of hours attending driver education sessions rather than being fined and set free. He contends that a sum of money for a fine is becoming less and less deterent for the violators and he wants something to make them think about the violation and be less inclined to violate the laws again. A sentence like this would certainly make a violator think. Just imagine an instructor standing before the class and beginning the session something like this: "Today, class, we have three guests with us who were sent here by the traffic courts. Back there in the corner is Mr. Always tgnoreit. He is one of these gentlemen we see frequently, when we are practicing on gravel roads, who never stop for a stop sign at a gravel road intersection. He will be with us for several days because, unfortunately, the last time he did it a family in another car was on the intersecting road. In the opposite corner is Mr. N. A. Hurry, one of the drivers you are always asking me about — the guy who passes our driver training car when we are moving the speed limit. He will be with us just for today. "Back by the door is a young man known to most of you, Mr. Tire Squealer. He hasn't done anything special but a series of minor violations made the judge think a little time with us might help. He, too, will be with us only one day." Naturally as the introductions were made the students' heads would swivel and the gaze of 15 and 16 year olds can be very penetrating. Whether it had any effect or not on the violator's driving habits we would bet it would be an experience he would not soon forget. Perhaps this is not the answer to the problem of traffic violations but we consider it one of the better ones we have heard in some time. Although the sentences handed out by our courts are a punishment for a violation they have a purpose of much greater importance — to prevent the violator from misdeeds in the future. Putting him (or her) into an uncomfortable situation he would not want to repeat seems to hold a lot of promise. A fact we often forget is that a substantial percentage of those killed or injured in traffic accidents are the innocent victims of circumstance — they were in the right place at the wrong time, the same time as the law violator. Rupp also commented that you should never argue about the right-of-way. "You, could be right — dead right." Protection of Speck rights seem to be too extreme Public official is subject to stricter conduct rules Suffering heroes? (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail.) If Supreme Court Justice Douglas were a private citizen, what his wives think of him, what he thinks of his wives, and how many he had, just so they came one at a time, would be none of the public's concern. Nor would it be a matter of public concern to wonder if a man who, outside of the possibility of having had most extraordinarily bad luck, does not seem to be able to conduct his marital affairs on an accepted basis perhaps might have the same failing in other matters of judgment. However, Justice Douglas is not a private citizen, as we all know. He holds one of the most responsible positions in our government, is o>ne of the nine men who can, in fact, dictate policy, change basic governmental concepts, alter the entire nation's course. We think there are certain positions, certain professions,' which carry'along with''them riot'>' only the responsibility of doing' the job extremely well, but also j the duty of maintaining a private life at a moderate and dis- crete level. We think this responsibility should be acknowledged when the position is accepted, as one of the requirements in accepting the position. Such, people are the ones who, in many cases, set the standards of conduct for the entire population. That is a mighty big responsibility. We don't know if there is a connection between ability in one line and personal conduct or personal standards; perhaps there is not. But one whose judgment becomes suspect by his actions in one phase of life, is very likely to have his judgment in all other respects suspected also. In the case of as important a nation figure as Supreme Court Justice, particularly considering the mixed emotions the general public now has towards that body, the stakes are too high to allow much doubt. We think Justice Douglas is entitled to lead his life as he sees fit, but we also think that if that life 1 -is "one contrary,'in a major respect, to the accepted standards, then he should have the good grace to resign and keep his life private. Communists hands are full (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter.) Russia has indicated that it is about ready to send more fighting equipment and munitions to help the North Vietnamese. Red China says it is ready to send in men, supplies, and everything else needed to help the North Vietnamese turn back the horrible Yankees. In Poland the story is that thousands of "volunteers" want to go to North Vietnam to fight the aggressors. Hanoi leaders say they are prepared to fight for 20 years, if need be. There are even rumbles of atomic warfare if the American forces are not pulled out of Viet Nam and the Island of Formosa is not turned over to the Reds. All of which might mean that we are in for a great escalation of the war. However, we suspect that this is not the case. Rather we think that the pressures are finally beginning to tell in North. Viet Nam, and Ho, Giap and others who are directing the North Vietnamese effort, see cleanly that the end is approaching. The threats of their friends might conceivably put them in a stronger position at the conference table — so their friends rattle the sabers and talk real tough. Sure, we could be completely wrong — but we suspect that the reds around the world have their hands about as full as they want—with their domestic problems, with some rather spectacular failures their cause has suffered. Rights of public (C, P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) .While it is difficult to reconcile a feeling that personal liberty includes the right not to work along with as strong a feeling that the public interest should not be threatened, it nevertheless seems apparent that steps will have to eventually be taken to protect the public from crippling strikes. The current airline strike is a case in point. It could hardly be expected that the interests of employees and management should not from time to time come in serious conflict. However, that conflict should be a matter between those two parties. In a strike such as the one now in progress a third party, and a completely innocent one, is, willing or not, drawn into the difficulty. That third party, of course, is the travelling public. It is hard to imagine the extent of personal and business difficulties heaped on the public in a strike of this kind. These difficulties range in importance all the way from the unhappy disruption of one's vacation plans to complete interference with trips of dire necessity or the most serious emergency, with the resulting personal or 'financial loss, or heartbreak, that such matters might very well produce. There are certain categories of work and business upon which our modern way of life depends to too great an extent to let them be continually at the mercy of crippling strikes. Sneaky (Bill Maurer in Laurent Sun.) Darn these women. They're a sneaky lot. Take the Irish one for in*stance. When she's all upset about something, she calls the office and wants to "talk to him." That's the signal to those who answer that she's in one heck of a mood. If they're sneaky, they can rubberneck as the Irish one goes into a tirade on the phone. She of course thinks she's speaking only to my ears so her Irish alphabet gets a workout. And I can't say anything back. After all, you don't want the whole town talking about how you've cussed your wife out on the phone. So I try to be smooth about it. I get her shut off and then hurry home for an all-out tussle. But by that time she's got out the bull whip so I crawl back to my office for safety. One of these days I'm going to get foxy. I'll bite her. (Neil Maurer In Laurent Sun,) The case of Richard F. Speck, accused of slaying eight student nurses in their town house near Chicago's South Side Community Hospital, is unique in the annals of crime. In view of recent Supreme Court rulings, there has been considerable concern over his chances of obtaining a fair trial. Every effort is being made to protect his rights, and some legal experts have already expressed concern that the police may have given out- too much information before the suspect was arrested. The comment has been made that O. W. Wilson, Chicar go police superintendent, had "indicted, tried and convicted" Speck before he had even been apprehended. We agree that Speck's rights must be protected. But we also firmly believe that the rights of the public should be protected (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Sun.) We read a recent bulletin of the Civil Liberties Union and were again struck by a rather odd gap in the group's activities. We wholeheartedly agree that the lawful right of citizens must be protected, and, of course, the Civil Liberties Union is a strong force in that protection. The fact that the causes and individuals they defend are almost always unpopular ones is logical, because it is probably reasonably apparent that a popular individual or a popular cause is not likely to be in a position in, which he needs defending. We go along with all this. But what appears to be a gap to us is that in defending, 'rights' it seems to completely ignore 'duties.' In other words, an individual who finds himself in the clutches of the law, and whose 'rights' the union therefore strongly defends, is, unless he is the unhappy innocent victim of a complete miscarriage of justice, in that position because he has violated the law, and therefore the rights of someone else. Too often the assumption would appear to be that all these persons are innocent victims, being denied their rights by a brutal and bullying system, when there is no reason at all to assume anything except that all but a very small minority of them are in trouble because they originally violated someone else's rights. The Judge Paradise case in Sioux City is an. example; the Iowa Civil Liberties Union is paying court costs and filing fees for an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of the boys involved. If the civil rights of these boys have been violated, we agree that it is a fine thing that they be protected. However, these boys should not be made into suffering heroes. They were in trouble with the Judge through their own actions, which included the violation of the rights of others, in this case Judge Paradise himself. Along with protecting the civil rights of such people, it might be also a mighty fine idea to give them a little instruction and training in their duties as citizens which includes adherence to laws desgned to protect society from lawless individuals. as well. in this case eight girls had been murdered in one of the most brutal and uncalled-for crimes of recent years. There was no telling when the murderer might strike again, and certainly the law-abiding people of Chicago were entitled to protection. Police had evidence linking Speck with the crime, in their opinion, release of this information was necessary to help apprehend him. The presd, radio and television were used to help spread the news, and within a few hours the suspect was jailed. Restrictions could have made it possible for him to escape, perhaps to kill again. Laws or court rulings that restrict pretrial publicity, that prevent police from questioning suspects, are sure to allow a greater percentage of criminals to escape without punishment. How not to call hogs (Bill Maurer in Laurens Sun) Have been ailing the last week with a hobbled toe and I blame it on LBJ and the Great Society, with good reason. Was in bed demonstrating to the Irish one how to call hogs. Now I did it like the president did it—went "sooey"—and of course the results were the same, not a darn hog came grunting into the pad. Then she informed me that "sooey" was a term used to shoo the expensive little things away, and of course I told her I already knew that. I also informed her that at that same time you said "sooey" you were supposed to kick the varmjfes jn the side and then follow with the proper oath. I kicked to give emphasis and unfortunately—connected. With the chest of drawers. One very sore tqe resulted- So did a line of oaths that would send any pig hustling. A LOON A KOSSUTH COUNT.Y ADVANCI Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. 50511. Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrischilles. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER IN AFFILIATE MEMBfcR ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County —J5.00 Six months in County and to nearest post office -J,52 Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algqna Kossuth County Advance are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of the publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner s risk. »»»•»«»»««»»••«»•»«»««»»»»+»»«»+»»»*+»»««««•»•»«• BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL > DIRECTORY < 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 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 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 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing .FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business - Home - Car - Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Agency Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists Dr, HAROLD W, ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Ftt. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone 295-3878 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phona 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 Mlanaerement CARLSON farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12</2 N. Oodf* Ph. 295-2191 PR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYOER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact hilt Reports 295-3182 AJgona LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 eMBBMBMMBBa^B^B^BHB^B^B^B^a^a^B^B^a^a^B^B^B^B^BM * Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2401 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 OR. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore S*. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, D.D.S, 123 E. Call Algona PR. J. G. CLAPSADDti Dentist 112 N. Thorington 295-2244

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