Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on October 20, 1966 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 20, 1966
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Kossuth Cdunty Advance | xA'^^'Ji UL^i A JL JL THURSDAY, OCT. 20, Need bipartisan commission The United States supreme court has let stand b decision of the Iowa supreme court that legislative districts must be established in counties where there are more than one legislator to bs elected. ' The Iowa decision was appealed by the attorney - general. Iowa democrats have not looked with favor on sub-districting in Polk and other large-city counties. In Polk, for instance, the labor union vote which is democratic, elected 11 representatives and three state senators, all democrats, in the recent legislature. • . Now the next session of the legislature will have no district Polk and other multiple-representation districts in the state so that, a voter gets to Vote for only one representative and one senator. , THERE WASN'T ANY real question about the necessity of sub-districting if the .Uv S. supreme court's one-man one-vote principle was to be followed! V It was ridiculous to, have Polk .county >yoters chosing 11 representatives while other lowans voted for just one. While the democrats had the power however they made it possible for just that to happen. ,V The Iowa supreme court has retained jurisdiction in the case and waits for the 19i67 legislature to do the districting. If the legislature dossn't act it is possible the supreme court by retaining jurisdiction will do the districting. That is a spur to the legislature. ., AFTER THE NOVEMBER election v^hoever is successful in the race for governor should name a bipartsan commis- fion to come up with a plan for the legislature to consider. Members of the legisla- ture have about all they can do with the regular business of a session* ; While legislators are plenty jealous of their parogaitives they Could and should welcome soma help on the most ticklish job of setting up districts in the big C3uri- ties. 'By bipartisan is meant equal representation of both political parties on the commission. A commission composed of a majority of one party or the other would not be workable as far as the minority is concerned. It must be, equal in all respects requiring some give and take by both. If capable and reasonable men are chosen for the task it will result in a good Plan, IF THE LEGISLATURE is depended upon to do the job there are too many pitfalls to equitable representation. For instance the prime objective of each member of the legislature .would be to protect his own seat. All other considerations would be minor. -, • ', . This kind of maneuvering was plainly evident in all of the last 10 years of hassle- ing over apportionment. While it is true the legislators customarily take a dim view of commissions and study groups the legislature now will be under the gun of the supreme court. The legislature would be under stress to study the plan as a starter at least, and if the legislature fails to 1 do a good job the plan of the commission would be a good guide for'the supreme court. . The complexion of the 1965 legislature % did not give much hope for a reasonable resolving of most questions. Perhaps the 1967 legislature will be more capable. Educational television ' Establishment of an educational tele- viiion network for Iowa has been recommended by the state department of public instruction and the .board of regents. It will be presented to the next session of the legislature.;. • - '- ;;:; ; :..;'... : . ; " f •.••• ': The Iowa proposal is not like the system in adjoining states. The Iowa, proposal is for a complete communicatipn system involving co^r TV, FM .radio, ' : teletyipe, Cipmputer data, facsimile, slow-scan, elec- trowriting and slow-speed data services. . The adjoining states have only TV and do not have the complete network reaching all parts of the state equally, including Iowa's border areas. ' r . , CONTEMPLATED BY the idea is a betv ier education program for grade and high t'Chool students particularly in tiie smaller towns and school systems where facilities just can not be provided for all educational wants. ••'.. .' ....;,.. "-': : '^:.,'"r i ,.V, <V Throui-h the use of television and the other systems of communicatable projects »U sorts of complicated arid expensive programs can be brought to the smallest school. Many new items of. education could be provided for even the largest whools. Also through the use of the system experts in the lines of education presented oduld be brought who otherwise could not in person cover even a fraction of the .enrollment in Iowa schools. ONE ITEM SURE TO CAUSE some controversy is the cost. The estimate is j.-ome $15,000,000 to establish towers and facilities necessary. In some instances joint use of present towers could bs had. Land . and buildings cost is estimated jvt some eight million with the micrcwave distribution system etc. to absorb the bal- >;mce The proposal states this is a realistjk . figure and is hot pared down to get a start and then come up with needed additional ' ' Annual operating cost is estimated at some two million dollars, but this estimate if not supported by the two education groups because the annual cost would be dependent on what is offered and what the cost of the various projects would be. POLK COUNTY has an educational TV system in channel 11 in operation since ' 1 959. Since; it was established that county iiafli put in $i;30b,000 in its operation. In this area there arc some education programs over KGLO at Mason City'. The Des Moines project has 37 instruction courses broadcast to about 60,000 students, The station has 25 hours a week on education, and also broadcasts about 20 hours Qf general programming for home audiences of subjects of general interest. The proposal by the state department arid the board of regents should have careful study by lowans, The merits as well as demerits should be brought out fully. itical?) The proposed boost in social security benefits has all the earmarks of a political buy-the-vote deal, Both parties got in on the promise of goodies to the old people. The plain fact of the matter is the present administration has let inflation run until the social security dollar buys much less than even six months ago. To increase the number of dollars merely catches up— and in a way will add a straw to the infla- itonary trend. If the increase is accompanied by a 'jurb on inflation it will be worthwhile. However this administratipn shows no ptomach for halting inflation—in fact just the opposite. Rebuilding The more responsible Negro civil rights organizations have come to a parting of the ways with the more violent advocates who have shouted "black power." It was inevitable that the SNJCK and gimilar groups would go so far as to alienate Jhe while population to resistance. Election results in Alabama, Georgia, and other places showed a surging white backlash. The NAACP and other groups for a time were forced into grudging acceptance of the more violent groups by the fact their attitude attracted so many Negroes who did not think what consequences might be. Control of large groups of Negroes in instances as Watts was lost and the group became a mob. This of course is not confined to Negroes—for whites as we41 are with a mob psytdiology as witness violence recently ^ HjrJaa m fewjt, A tender nerve was toyehe4 in the I open housing that caused a 180-degree turnaround by former whites who either were sympathetic to the Negro cause or actively helped through money donations. This money dried up fast. Most Negro organizations are now in financial trouble. Not only have the whites quit giving but many Negroes who have risen in finance and industry felt the "black power" advocates were doing intense harm to the Negro cause, and quit their support. This is now a time for rebuilding and the responsible Negro organizations are well aware of the problem. They are also iiware they must solve it themselves. It isn't an easy, task. It has been evident for some time that Martin Luther King was having to devote more time to educating his own people than in trying to convince whites. Most racial barriers are down. The Negro must now be responsible and climb by his own efforts. Road tax Farmers will take a dim view of a recent proposal by the Iowa Good Roads association that the state keep three cents of the 7 cent agricultural gas tax refund. The farmer pays gas tax for fuel for Jus tractors and off-highway power use. He files for a refund because the gas is not used on the roads. This amounts to seven cents a gallon. The Good Roads group wants three cents of this sent back to the county in which it was collected for uss on farm to market §nd rural roads. Evidently the roads group ignores the a farmer pays nearly an 8 mUT prop- arty tax for roads which is not paid by town and city residents. - . Cites Qreigg farm voting record This move could be h '•••'' ' ' • • •' ••• "'• •• ' ' !> • • (M B Crabbe in Eaftlt • assist them (Paul Smith In Mock Rapids Reporter) the Farm Bureau recently .wrote a letter to all of its members in which the voting records of our congressman arid senators was summarized, the letter \vhioh went tf Farm Bureau members in Lyon county wan signed by the county president, Jake Kiimba and by the national policy committee chairman, Verlyn Bruris. We don't know whether we favor organizations taking stands oil candidates or not—but the fact is that labor groups for years have done so, and also big business interests have generally gotten into the picture. So if the Farm Bureau wants to have its say about candidates, arid wants to talk about voting records it seems that is the organization's business. In the letter sent out here it was said—"Farm Bureau members work hard to adopt policies that reflect the thinking of its members. All members are given an opportunity to participate." It also said "the national policy committee of the Lyon County Farm Bureau has the job of informing Senators Jack Miller and Bourke Hickenlooper and Congressman Stanley Greigg, of the wishes of members on national issues. We hope to persuade them to support and vote for legislation adopted by Farm Bureau Meme>brs." the letter then goas on to say "the voting record of our sfna- tors and congressman is as follows: Senator Hickenlooper Voted with the Farm Bureau on 12 out of 12 votes. Senator Miller voted with the Farm Bureau on 8 out of 12 votes. Congressmen Greigg voted with the Farm Bureau 0 out of 10 votes." It is then suggested "we hope you will review the voting records that are enclosed." Obviously the Farm Bureau doesn't think much of the voting record of Congressman Greigg. Problems didn't cliaiige much (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) This,age is certainly" faced with tremendous problems, no one in his rgiht mind would deny that. But sometimes we have a tendency to think that tihe problems of. the 'present are brand new, that the human race has never faced them before; perhaps, optimistically, we might even go so far as to think that if ( we solve them now they will remain solved forever. And then, in the midst of this type of thinking, we will run across comments from other years that show us that our "hew" problems are only the repitition of old ones, in new dress. We remember reading sometime ago about the invention of a __ dreadful new piece of war equipment which was, according to the reports, so frightful that it was expected to have the most horried of results. This frightful invention, it turned out, was the hot-air balloon, developed in the late 1700's. We have also read comments from dismayed parents, writing about, the .wayw.ard,, : unreason;, able, conduct" of the younger generation, only to find that thsse^comments came from,the ancient civilization of the past, three,or four thosands years ago. We ran across another com- ment on life the other day, from which we quote as follows: / "An age of; ferment and fever, of dissatisfaction with life and .. revolt against its conventions. The need to be different, to assume a role larger than life, if only for the sake of outraging and affronting public sentiment, had become ot paramount importance. It was a' time when young men went to the barricades in France, when Henri Munger was to salute the "gay life, but a terrible one" of his own Latin Quarter Bohemians, and all Europe seemed to be self-consciously bursting out of an existence suddenly too small and confining for the human soul. . . . Baudelaire was completing his cycle of poems 'intended to trace the history of the spiritual agitation of modern youth.' Edgar Allen Poe died in convulsions brought on by drugs and alcoholic excess with the fitting cry on his lips, 'Lord help my soul!' . . . ferment stemmed from dilettantes with modest but sufficient financial resources to afford them leisure for footer: ing manifestoes of revolt." ! 'llhese comments, as you can recognize from some of the names mentioned, are from another, era over a hundred years ago. Without the exact names they' might apply to our own age, our own problems. that probably is ho surprise to the candidate. He knows that his basic strength is in the labor groups of Sioux City. In the election two years ago, Greigg won by about 13,000 votes. Of that margin nearly 11,000 came from Woodbury county. It goes without saying that, the picture will be changed substantially this fall Votes outside of Sioux City will probably be much more heavily republican than was the case in 1964. Which brings the matter right down to Sioux City, this time there are two Sioux City men running. If Mayne can cut into the Greigg Sioux City vote to any sizeable extent, then the congressman is in serious trouble. What it all simmers down to is that Greigg probably has "made a lot of hay" with some groups— especially Sioux City's organized labor groups—but he hasn't made many friends in the Farm Bureau. But then, maybe he doesn't care. Legislation needed (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent.)';,:.-. ; • One piece of legislation that can. quite confidently be expected to draw the 61st Iowa General Assembly's consideration — and most likely obtain passage—pertains to the present distribution of revenue from the state gasoline taxes,. / Before the annual meeting of the League of Iowa Municipalities held last week at Des Moines, Gov. Harold Hughes told the town and city government delegates: "You need it, are entitled to it, and I personally support your bid to get it." the "it", was a larger share of the state road use tax, of which municipalities presently get 13 per cent, counties 40 per cent and the state primary road fund 47 per cent. As rural population has steadily dwindled and urban populations have grown; there has been more and move complaint by the cities over the short end of the split that conies their direction. , Take Wright county .for Charges politics involved (M. B. Cnbbo in Eagle Grove Eaglo) :. The sheriff of Shelby county (town of Harlan) is accusing Gov. Hughes and Attorney General Scalise of being "politically motivated" in their handling of the recant riots in Harlan. Well for goodness sakes—This is an election year and the Sheriff should be just as aware of the fact that the union rioters in Harlan have lots of votes while the company has only a few as are Gov. Hughes and his mouth- piece Scalise. That's one of the reasons the Demos are winning all of our elections lately, they count votes before they take action) no matter how justified the action may be! The latest rumor we picked up may be of interest politically. Sargent Shriver who heads the war on poverty is a relative of the Kennedys. It is suggested by the rumor that he may be messing up the "poverty war" to embarrass Pres. Johnson.—hmmh. Comment on scanty vote (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) The scanty vote in Iowa's primary election recently, in which only one out of six eligible voters took the trouble to go to the polls, has brought forth a good deal of comment, as might be expected. As has happened before, when the primary vote turn-out is unusually light, the tendency is to compare the present primary system with the old convention system of nominating candidates. Sometimes, in such cases, the temptation is strong to look with favor on the convention system. The convention system undoubtedly had some merits. For one thing, it probably generated more political consciousness and interest among a proportion of the population. There is also the appeal to the feeling for genuine democracy that is shown in a meeting of a group of people expressing their ideas and voting in this highly personal way. Offset this with the expenience that most people have had in similar meetings—that they are very frequently indeed dictated to by the "strong man" type; that domineering personalities have a field day at them; that experts in such matters as rules of order can make expression from the amateurs almost completely ineffective and it becomes apparent that the old-time bad reputetion of tjie conventions was probably well justified. Even vjtfo <me- sjxth of the eligible voters voting in g primary, the figure is undoubtedly much higher than the proportion of voters who would find it worthwhile to turn out for a convention. This dones not mean, of course, that one condones public apathy, such as expressed in the recent primary. But the system still remains and is always available for use by the general public on such occasions as it is drastically needed. When conditions become bad enough to affect enough people, they will turn out for a primary. And moreover, looked at from a purely practical, cold-blooded standpoint, there is something even a little appealing in the thought that the decisions in the primary are made by citizens who'are interested enough to get out and vote. One who does not think this.simple step is necessary enough to make the effort, has very effectively—and perhaps very justly—"disqualified" himself in that particular election. Ooops (Bill Maurtr in Laurens Sun) Since it's ZIP Code week, thought the PO Department might be interested to know that Mrs. Ruth trusty, at the Laurens Greenhouse, received a card in the mail the other day from Carroll, and it had the ZIP Code plainly emblazoned across the bottom, Lauren? and Iowa were written yery neatly and legjibly in the proper place and everything was in order. And ftamped across the top were these words: "Missfint to Great Britain." Seems there wfcs a slip in the ZIP. (Bill Mayrer in Laurent ion) Moscow Radio, in an Enelisl language broadcast, last palled President EJbee Jay's \ pending Jour of Southea« Asia "» PWawda stunt" with fee &mericar — know, they may have a (M. i. Cfabbt In Or** l«gl») . . . There is a movement afoot in Wright county which; if successful, could .badly undermine the welfare agencies and the poverty programs and we are all for it. the movement is still an idea but one which could get the taxpayer a lot bstter buy for hid money that goes into welfare if it'were carried through. The idea,* proposed by Glenn Nickellt is for a group oflooal people, a committee if you please, to act as a "clearing house" for all types of welfare or near-welfare cases. The committee would not do welfare work would, hot Seek federal funds, but would work on a person-to-person basis on the local level. These workers would not be concerned with the voluminous records and statistics collected by federal agencies. They would be concerned with seeking out the people in the communities in the county who need help and guide fihft P*™>rt n ^ n l let Lip to the proper agency to|et it Marty people 'in' *fe .Wx need some P kind of Mri* J^bu either do not want to *« «J » or do tiot know how WjJerMj ask for it^maybe don t even Size they are eligibly for t The greatest Qppearl in theidea mwW s be directed and , operated CALLY— by 'persons .hying in the community. who are d^"*, e *' posed to the problems and.not by a remotely located director who operates, because he must, with SUcs instead of individuals. There could be no bureaucratic federal control because that is done with money. . To be successful this idea would have to be carried '• out through patient, tedious worthy dedicated people who had Ine copperation of the peole in this county. •..'.'•.':'.'.. v ..»..., r r> ~- t ;,^—^^^f^^.^it^^^y.-V^^ii^,'.;,-,."..;,..,-.-^^'. ^J . . count, the rural population war 7,308 and the number of people in the cities arid towns c-xme to 12,139. Last year,'Wright county re- reived in state road use tax allocations for use on secondary roads a total of $397,211. the city of Belmond received $22,670. On a per capita basis, each rural-dweller in the county received $53-plus from the road use tax fund, the per capita distribution to Belmond was $9r plus per person—or just over one-sixth as much as allotted per capita for rural road use. these funds are, by law, earmarked for road and street construction. For a good many years, the state allotments were spent to this end by neither Wright county nor the city of Belmond. .Happily, they have been spent—or held—for the intended purpdse by both the county and city in recent years.' . there is no argument on the part of the League of Municipalities that road construction in many counties calls 'for a larger slice of the road use tax pie than the rural-dwellers would receive on a strictly per capita distribution basis. On the other hand, the league points out that nearly 90 per cent of the road use tax is paid into the state's coffers by persons living in the cities and towns. While the apportionment to counties is fixed by their total populations, the funds are—by practicespent exclusively on the rural roads. This— disagreement over fair distribution wttll not be a political issue—certainly hot at the governorship level, at least—for Bill Murray, the GOP guberna* tonal candidate, is in complete agreement with Hughes that the cities and towns should get a larger portion. Consensus at the league convention was that 20 pier cent would be a fair figure to ask. Whether the boost will pome to that much can be only a matter of speculation at this point. But you can just about count on it that the legislature will see fit to dp some reapportioning; and it's highly unlikely that any will come off of the 47 per cent now going to primary roads. A I G 0 N A K 0 S S U T H COUNTY ADVAf^ei Published by. the Ad'vonce Publishing Co v Mondays and Thursdays, offices and -shop, 124 • North Thorlngton St., Algona t Iowa.- ..suau Editor ond publisher, -Duane E. Dewej, Managing Editor, .Julian .Chriscnill**. NATIONAL NEWSPAPJK U'i > ADVANCE SUISCRirTION RATI .7 , One Yea'f. in County and to nearest post office outside of County J5.TO Six months in County and to nearest post office -'--- i2-3x Year outside County, and. to other than nearest outside. P.O.I .-i.J7.op ••• Air rights to manor published ,ln the Algona Kossuth County Advance ore reserved, Including news, feature, advertising or other, ond jtproduc- v tion in any-manner Is prohibited except by written permission of tr» 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 ^7- All Lines of Insurance . 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176^ BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY ;y- All Lines of Insurance^ 109 North Dodge Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 29^5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of insurance, in force. A homo Comn»ny. Safe, mure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Anto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Reoresentinff FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business • Home •• Car • Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Sundet Insurance Aoencv Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEPS A OEILAN v INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvo«s of Insurance Pb. 29555W or W5-3I11 ALGONA Optometrists Dr, HAROLD W. IRICKSON Eyes Examined. Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2.1«0 Houn 9:00 am. to 5:00 p.nv Closed Saturday Afternoons OR. DONALD J, KINQFIELD ; Optpmctrtft •Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-8743 Dr. L. i. sNvpfi 113 East State St. Wai Closed, Saturday Credit Services Chiropractors DR. 0. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. r W. 9 a.m. - 5 p«t Phone 2954»ff DR. M. R. BALDWIN Office Phone Res. Phone; 295-2378 '295-3306 Office .HouriY Mon, • Tues. - Wrd. - Friday 8:30-5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30-12.00 Friday evening — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management CARUON M. MMM1 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors "•^^••i JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Office Phone 295,2353 Residence Ph, 295-J614 Office Phone Residence Ph. M.D, Clinic Bldt 109 W, States? Algona, Of flee Of AN F. KQOB fam Phone f Phyrtciaw and OR, J, B. HARRIS Dentist 622 E State St. Phone 295-2334 116 N. Moore St. ' Phone 295-3131

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