Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 25, 1966 · Page 17
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 25, 1966
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TMAT Kossuth County Adv. - tm '** aa aa m •»—•> .-——. *^ ^ Republicans are needed in congress Johnson stays quiet when THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 1966. Refunding the surplus Refunding to income taxpayers of some of the expected state surplus sounded pretty good until the details of how it is to be done are contemplated. William A. Murray has b'lilt his campaign for the republican nominat'on for governor on the tax refund idea, but got himself into cleeT) water last week in trying to spall out the mechanics. Mr. Murray wanted to refund to go to those now having state taxes withheld from their paycheck*. This would of course not include the salf-ernraloypd, the professional people, and farmers. These pay on "estimates" quarterly to the state. MR. MURRAY IS RIGHT when he says this is the simp-left way to do it without too much fuss for tihe state tax commission. However it do^s not benefit the thousands of taxpayers who pay o>n estimates. These neonle would take a dim view of being left out, of the rafund picture, and it certainly would be discrimination. But it would take a few million of dollars in expenses to hnve a ft.aff figure refunds on the'basis'of eiach individual's tox return. This would eat up quite a bit of that surplus money. . Mr. Murray seems to be pitching his appeal to the person on withholding to the exclusion of farmers, business and professional people. ROBERT K. BECK, Mr. Murray's opponent for the republican nomination seems to have the better solution. The surplus is there. It was created by a democratic legislature. It is too expensive to figure, a way to refund a part of it now so all taxpayers, not just one class of taxpayers, Would have equal benefit. Mr. Beck and Governor Hughes are closer to the proper solution o c the situation than Mr. Murray bscams the two former would use that extra money for one- shot expenditures thus avoid'ng a tax increase for the next legislature. The one-shot appropriations would be used for necessary new buildings at state institutions and similar instances under Mr. Beck's proposal. Governor Hughes has bscn coy as to exactly what he would propose. THE SURPLUS estimated for next June 30, the close of the state's fiscal year, is now put at $80 million. The chances are good that this will be exceeded and it will, be closer to $100 millions. The present administration's estimate for the surplus of June 30, 1966, was way below the actual surplus. Between now and next June there will be a legislative session. It will spend money, and it will have plenty to spend. Governors may propose, but it's the legislature that disposes. It is of course important to have a good proposal, but the real disposing is most important. That is why legislative candidates should get a close looking over for their kind of disposing. Strikes against public When it comes right down to the nub such strikes as the airline strike of the past six weeks is aimed directly at the public in the knowledge that public inconvenience will be the weapon to force the employer to give in. And the strike is also against the public in the long run because it's the public which will have to pay the bill for the increases won by the strikers. These increases in costs must be passed on — no matter what the labor leaders say. A strike in which the public is not much involved can be settled a lot faster and with much less fuss than one involving the public. In the "private" strike there isn't the hammer over the employer's head of public demanding resumption of service. HOWEVER THIS STRIKE has caused some thinking on the part of just plain old John Q. Citizen as to how far he is going to be pushed around for the benefit of a few. When the strikers off-handedly rejected the first settlement as announced by President Johnson the public reacted and put the union in the light of being the culprit. From a public relations standpoint the attitude of the strikers was contemptuous of both the president and the public. That fact sunk home and further strikes in endeavors affecting the public as a whole will get a bit closer scrutiny by the average person. IT IS UNFORTUNATE the congress happily shelved the bill which would have required strikers to go back to work and arbitrate the differences. Congress chickened out fearful of the wrath of the big labor bosses who dominate the democratic party in control of the congress. It was not a pretty picture. Congressmen fear the organized efforts of unions and feel the public will soon forget their little part in the drama. Congress has a double standard — one for kowtowing to labor and the other giving mere lip service to the general public. THIS STRIKE IS JUST the forerunner of others. Many contracts expire this fall and next spring. The old 3.2 wage increase formula used by the president prior to this fiasco is as dead as the dodo. Each union leader now expects to do as well or better than the leaders of this mechanics union. The pressure is on them from the membership to deliver and the demands following this settlement will be even more heavy as each leader tries to out-do the other. Every increase means a little boost in every selling price and the merry whirl of the inflation merry-go-round is given a push. CONGRESS PUT OFF the evil day when it will have to do something. It put the decision off for the very personal reason every member of the house of representatives is up for election this fall. It isn't a picture of statesmanship. It is as self-serving and seeking as a strike itself. And the congressmen are probably right in their cynical belief the public will soon forget the inconvenience and the issue-dodging by the congressmen. That's really the saddest part of the whole unhappy situation. nat A judge at Am°s rec°ntlv dismissed charges against a couple of vouths because of the recent supreme court ruling. The yonihs were und«r age and drinking beer. Officers asked the vouths their names and a^es and when told their ages the officers filed charges. The iudge held the telling of age was self incriminM'on. There was no lawyer present to tell the boys they didn't have to tell! This seiems to be splitting the gnat's hair pretty fine. The judge said if th« officers had filed birth certificates to show age the charge would have been upheld. It would seem the matter of age is a positive situation. Thev are or are not under age. The onlv real nuestion was whether they were drinking beer. Money The next session of the legislature will probably be ask^d to increase the legal limit on interest higher than the present 7 per c^nt too. The 7 ner cent anolifts to loans outside of what is known as the "small loan" field and includes mo> c tlv business or home loans. The "small loan" field can now charge up to a top of 3 per cent per month in some instances. These are customarily installment small loans. In recent months monpy has become "tight" — that, is thfl available snrmly in an^d savings and lo^n institutions is r than the demand for loans. * 1 pYrp«« cimnlv o f mon^v now is Hr^infd into hnnds navinp- higher in- into Fomo ^tot'^ as a he.dgfi against inflation, and into institutions in the west b»inp- which can pay a higher rate. It is estimated it takes 2 per cent of a loaning institution's income to pay overhead, salaries, etc. Thus banks and savings and loan institutions must get that margin on loans above what they have to pay depositors in interest to use the depositor's money. With interest on deposits now at 4 and 4Va per cent the loans being made must therefore be 6 to 6Va per cent to a borrower. Some western institutions are paying 5, 5V 2 and 5-V,. Iowa banks are also limited on the amount of interest they can pay depositors which is 4 per cent on normal savings deposits. This has resulted in the ridiculous situation of the state actually investing its surplus funds outside of Iowa because the state gets more interest outside Iowa than it can inside Iowa because of that legal limit. Over-stepped The federal judge in New York raised an interesting constitutional question when he ordered a congressional committee not to hold a hearing. His order was almost immediately canceled by a higher three- judge court temporarily. The three branches of government are supposed to be independent. The court is not supposed to be able to control congress, nor congress the courts, or either the executive branch, or vice versa in each case. The judge over-stepped his authority. He could declare a law unconstitutional after it was passed, but he should not be able to dictate to congress what that body could hear in the way of testimony to guide congress in making the law. (Paul Smith in Reek Rapidt Reporter) Aside from the personalities of the individuals who are running for national office this year, we bsJieve there is one over-riding reason why the people should elect a lot of republicans. v That reason is because cur form of government is "going to pot" unless we have a strong opposition party, who can and will, effectively offer alternates to the program of the dominant controlling political group. .. In 1964—for whatever reason you want to ascribe, our people sent a whole flock of new democrats to congress. By and large they have gone along with the president in every situation— whether they represented Jhe views of the people back home or not. In fact the number of republicans in the congress has baen so small that they have not b3cn able to offer con struct! ve opposition in case after case, where the administration was on the wrong track. Senator John J. Williams of Delaware, one republican who has been very effective in. fighting the overwhelming majority in congress, has this to say: "Never has there,been'a time when it is more important to have a strong and more effective minority party. "Not only is it important to elect more . republicans, but sine? we arfe a minority party it is' even more important that thc'-le already elected work harder and to stand up in opposition to some of the radical ideas of this Great Society. "It is time that we forget our disagreements and emphasize those points upon which-we can all agree. Certainly all republicans can agree on these important points: "1. Corrupt government is on the increase and unless it is checked by an alert • electorate and an independent congress it can undermine and destroy our American democracy. "2. The big lie is being used through massive public rsl.t'oas to deceive the public and the congress, to stifle opposition, and to try to gain quest'o.nablc support for their programs. "3. An overwhelming democrat majority in the congress makes it difficult and in many instances impossible for republicans and conscientious democrats to serve as a check on the arrogant actions of the executive branch. "4. Only a substantial increase in the republican strength in the house and senate will makei it possible for congress to exert itself as an independent check on the arrogance, mismanagement, and corruption now so prevalent in the nation's capital. "Yes, every American citizen should be willing to stand up and be counted for honest government, fiscal integrity, and the right of both congress and the people to know the truth." For the good of our country— we think it is very important that a lot of republicans be sent to congress this fall. There is no chance that the GOP will win control of either house—but with a stronger vo'ce in national affairs, we can expect much better performance from the administration and from the congressional majority. Don Reid mourns goose that Dorothy didn't cook (Dorothy Reed in West Des Moines Express) Sequal to last week's column). Well—I'm still married and the status is still quo, that is, our marriage is beautiful (?), chaotic (true), but never dull (too true). The loss of Don's goose was not as traumatic an experience for him as I had feared—or for me. He came back from his Canadian fishing trip with a big carton of frown fish and with scarcely a "Hello" for me headed for the basement door to put the fish in the freezer compartment down there. I beat him to the door and spread-eagled myself in front of it, crying, "Oh, please do read my column before you go down there." "You cra/y or something:— why should I r°ad your column before I put these fish in the freezer? Do you want them to thaw?" "Well, just please read the column first—it will only-take-a 1 cotiole of minutes." "Dorothy, you know I never censor what you write. I'm not going to read anything before I out these fish in the freezer. After all the hard work I pu,t in for four diavs catching them I don't intend to lose them, (sob, sob)." I got out of the way and let him pass. After all, he's bigger than I am. But I went down to the basement ahead of him so that I could open the refrigerator door. I swung it wide and with, a flourish I opened the empty freezer comoartment. "MY GOOSE—IT'S GONE." He almost dropped the fish in his agony. "You've gotten rid of my goose!" "That's why I wanted you to read the column first. He lust moaned and muttered about his lost goose while he filled the comoartmemt with some rather too-fishy looking fish, and then dashed upstairs and made a grab for the column. I had thoughtfully cut it out for him so he wouldn't have to fumble through the paper for it. I watched his face as he read —he has a very expressive face, and when he gets mad he gets a dimple above each eyebrow. I was reallv watching the eyebrows. The dimples didn't aro- pear. but he wasn't smiling either—until he got to the last half of the column, where I explained how I happened to thaw out his beloved and cherished goose, and then it was a very weak smile. No conversation took place. 'About two hours later he "came In -'and • sat 'down on the" sofa, smiled sweetlv at me and said, "You know, I'm kind of glad .that goose is gone. I was top stubborn to throw it out, but the thought of cooking another, one was almost more than I could bear." . "Does this mean that you will not go goose hunting this fall and leave me all alone some more?" '.'Oh no, but I will just donate the geese I bring back to some charitable institution." So we now have an unusually large freezing compartment awfully full of fish — there wouldn't have been room for them if I hadn't thawed out the goose. Problems of tax relief (Paul Bunge in Osage Press) Iowa's growing state tax surplus and proposed tax revisions are keeping the candidates in campaign fuel these days. Property tax levels are rising throughout the state, to the tune of $50 million, according to the Iowa Taxoayers association. With that kind of a tax boost in store, the proposals for the surplus funds can sound very tempting. One problem with state tax relief is shown in school taxes which according to the Taxpayers association, have dropped or held the line despite the largest amount of state aid provided by the last legislative session. School tax increases will amount to $35 million of the $50 million property tax increase according to their estimates. All of this makes this writer wonder just how we can get property tax relief ... or if we ever will. There is no assurance, based on present experience, that any kind of tax revision aimed at property tax relief will produce that effect. We will hear more of tax revisions before this campaign is over, but we already have the results of a study made for the state by Dr. James A. Papke of Purdue university. Among his proposals would be a raise of the present corporate earnings tax, which is usually a popular way to increase taxes. Papke bases his recommnda- tions on the fact that present property and sales taxes take a bigger proportion from low income families than from high income families. He ignores, however, that federal income tax schedules are the other way around and more than offset this Firearms law effect in the state. Also ignored by many is the fact that a low Corporate earning tax rate can help lure more business and industry to our state. There is no corporate income tax in Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Missouri's corporate tax is the same as Iowa's. One of the best and surest ways for holding the line in tax levies is a growing tax base which is possible with industrial growth, Rioting is shocking (W. C. Jarn»qin in Storm Like Remitter) We folks in communities peopled with whites are shocked at the race rioting that is occurring in New York, Chicago, Watts—even in a college town like Lansing, Mich. These race riots used to be centered in Alabama and Mississippi. Now they have come north too. Mostly these violent brawls appear to be the outcome of "demonstration" marches. Such as parade of Negroes into a white settlement in Chicago. Or a white march into a Negro settlement, referred to in the paoers as a Negro ghetto. For instance, a proposed niarch into Cicero, 111., is a plain invitation for a riot. And what possible good could it do the lovers of civil rights? A situation is developing that can, only lead to more and more dangerous and unnecessary violence. So it appears to this writer which may be at entire variance with~ what YOU think. (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail.) The horrible shootings this week in Austin, Texas, have brought an understanding outcry for complete, strict control of firearms. But would this have prevented such crimes as the assassination of Kennedy, the multiple killings in Chicago, or this most recent mass tragedy? We doubt it. Even blanket prohibition of firearms, which we imagine would not even be considered anyway, would not prevent a determined; insane killer from obtaining weapons. Harsh controls would only make the obtaining of weapons difficult, not impossible, and would have more effect on harmless hunters and target shooters than the human killers. Even if all applicants for firearms were to be screened, who would do the screening? Whitman had been interviewed bv a psychiatrist and in spite of what would appear to be highly abnormal leanings was not reported to anyone, mainly be- 'cause his .associates, thought he. w*s " all right." Whitman, on the face of things, would have had no trouble getting a gun permit, even with stern controls. The gun itself is not murderous, that quality is in the man who handles it. A psychiatrist had the opportunity of recommending Whitman for treatment, and passed it up. It seems to us that such happenings indicate the true weak point in the whole situation. A general, stern law on firearms would be using a mighty big fly swatter to try to hit a few fatal bugs out of millions. Passenger trains (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter.) Every time the editor excesses the hope for more railroad passenger service — announce* ment it made that some other line is dropoing its trains in passenger service. Last week the New York Central announced the drooping of all existing, long distance passenger trains — including the famed Century which operated for so many years between New York and Chicago, Now the Central is running experiments with high speed shuttle trains — in an effort to get back the short haul passenger business which it has lost to the airlines. They have a lot of cities on their system not more than 200 miles apart — and providing service between these communities looks like a promising field for them to enter, We hope that the program works out. If they can run these railroad cars with jet engines at sustained speeds of over 100 miles an hour — they can lick the airlines on 200 mile hauls. The added transportation facility would be most welcome. Was really Happy! (Bill Maurer in Lauren* Sun) A Hollywood producer, making a film in Switzerland, advertised for a young man to drive a 'truck over a cliff. It wasn't long before he had gotten more than 150 young idiots who wanted to try out for the part. One applicant said he was prepared to take the risk—for $1,500—because his wife had just left him. Most fellas I know would be a little more reserved in their jubilation. (Nell Maurer in Laurent Sun) There is a great variety of opinions as to what Congress should or should not do about the airline strike. But no word from President Johnson. The man accustomed to ordering Congress around— the one man who should have an opinion if anyone has—is strangely quiet. The President's dramatic announcement of a strike settlement, followed by rejection of his suggestion by the machinists, seemed to be a signal for him to withdraw from the fracas. Sincn that time he has failed to exercise presidential power, has refused flatly to say where he stands on the issue. He tossed the ball to Congress without any re co mm end a ti on. His action nninot go unnoticed on Capitol Hill. Regardless of what Congress may do on the ;fy him issue, President Johnson's fail' ure to take a position either for or against this particular legis* lation will remove some of his power bafore he has an opportunity to use it again. Hopes it rains (Bill Maurer in Laurent Sun.) The 61st annual Iowa summer picnic is scheduled for the middle of next month. Only problem is, it's out in Long Beach, Calif. If they're going to have an Iowa picnic, why don't they come home to have it? Get out of that smelly smog, and come back home where it is really pleasant. I hope it rains. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCt Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona Iowa. 50 £LL P w ,.,,. Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Cnriscnllles. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER AS($} AFFILIATE MEMBER ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year In County and to nearest post office outside of County —J Six months in County and to nearest post office 5. 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 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 BOHANNOM INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ov*r $107.000000 worth of in«ur»nee in force. A home Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Ftt. 9 a.m. - 5 pin. Phone 295-S8W DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phon* 295-2378 295-3306 .;••• Office Hours: Mon. - Tues. - WM. - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30 - 12.00 Friday evening — 6:30 - 8:30 F^rra Lola Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY Auto, Hon««. Ho'«5fihold Goods, and Many Other Forrns Ph ^5-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHADD A. MOEN FEDERATED INSURANCE Mod°rn o"«-*»oo Insurance Service Fulness • Horn* • Car • Lite 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundftt Insurance Aa*nev e Insurance Service 11R South Dodge Algona. Towa Phone 5-2341 INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvn«*« of |n«'*r*ne* Ph. 295.SOO «r 295-3811 ALGONA Or. HAROLD W. PRICKSON Eves 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 PR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan. Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CARLSON F«rm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12</a N. Dodo Ph. 29S-2ltl LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 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. 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. SCHUTTER, M, P. Resirtonce Phone 295-2335 CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 Ajgona tttfntttttfitttttmtttttttttmtmMiiiiiiifit p M ' ' < Residence Phone 295-5917 Phvsicians and Surgeons 220 N. nodge. Algona Office Phone 295-2401 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS «. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 OR. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 KEVIN NASH, P.D.S. " 123 E. Call 295-510? Algona DR. J. G. CLAPSAPDlf ^ Dentist 112 N. Thorington 295-2244

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