The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 24, 1966 · Page 6
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M«rry-Go-Round inillllllllllllHfllllHHIIIHmillllll By Drew Pearson One of the most interesting chapters in the unique life of Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, D-Conn., is his alleged investigation of insurance companies. Because he is a member of the Senate Anti-Monopoly Subcommittee and as a courtesy because he comes from Hartford, insurance capital of the world, the late Sen. Estes Kefauver put him in charge of the insurance probe. This was in 1962. Four years have passed and there has been no investigation. Discreet inquiries have been made by Senate -colleagues as to why; but Senatorial courtesy is such that a fellow Senator does not get too inquisitive. If one had been inquisitive, he would have found that, while supposedly investigating the insurance companies, Dodd had put his son, Jeremy, on the payroll of Aetna; ridden free on the Travelers Insurance Company's plane; sent his friends and clients to insurance companies for loans, then collected legal fees for paving the way; and accepted campaign contributions from insurance executives. Furthermore, after he took charge of the Senate insurance investigation Dodd virtually stopped paying his insurance pre_ miums. Most people have their insurance cancelled or are penalized if they miss a payment. Fidelity Mutual of Philadelphia, for instance, cancelled the important disability benefits of one of the authors when he was a few days late. In contrast, Dodd's insurance has remained in force though he failed to pay $1,033.06 in premiums in 1963; then he added another $977.60 to the debt in 1964. By November 1, 1965, his unpaid premiums amounted to $3,403.37. 'Not until this column started exposing his machinations did Dodd hastily phone the Charles H. McDonough Sons Agency of Hartford to make regular payments. "We have carried the Senator's premiums on our books," Merritt McDonough, one of the partners, admitted to this column. "We knew he was good for it. Why, we got a $40 check from him only a couple of days ago," McDonough also admitted that Dodd usually stays at the McDonough family home - which comes complete with a maid and butler - when he visits Hartford. The Senator has also spent several vacations in Florida at the expense of the McDonoughs. . - o - RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE Before Premier Kosygin left for Cairo, he had several private conferences with high-up Americans at which he discussed very frankly Russia's embarrassed role in Southeast Asia. This column has obtained a copy of the intelligence report summarizing Kosygin's views. It shows that Russia is extremely anxious to keep the Viet Nam war from exploding and would welcome a peace conference. Kosygin even said he understood the American predicament in Viet Nam. How- ever, Moscow is under too much pressure from militant communists to take any real initiative for peace. The Red Chinese, who want the war to continue, would immediately charge, once again, that Russia is the stooge of the imperialist Americans. "In several recent interviews off the record," reports the secret intelligence dispatch, "Kosygin said he understands that the United States cannot cease its efforts in Viet Nam 'by itself without 'the other people doing something reciprocally,' and that what is needed is some kind of international meeting. "The situation, he went on, is so complicated at the moment that such a meeting is impossible, but that the Soviet Union would do nothing to worsen the situation. He described his country's relations with the U. S. as good and said the USSR intends to continue its policy of no conflict with the U. S." The same secret dispatch, incidentally, reports: "Kosygin has been telling private visitors that he sees no possibility of his country and China reconciling their differences at the time." - o - MORE VISITORS NEEDED One high official, whose name must be deleted, recently completed a fact-finding tour of the Far East and informed President Johnson "One of the main impressions I came back with is that friendly governments and officials, as well as American residents abroad, need a great deal of repeate-d briefing and reassurance on U. S. policy with respect to Southeast Asia. "There is not so much doubt about our good intentions as there is questioning of our persistence in the face of domestic, political, and journalistic opposition, the importance of which is greatly exaggerated everywhere. "Judging by my reception, an almost constant flow of well- informed roving ambassadors from Washington would be welcome throughout the Far East and would be very useful in persuading people that the President and his advisors have a clear appreciation of the dangers in Southeast Asia and a robust determination to do something definite about them." Note: 'iheintelligencereports also tell a different story of free-world shipments to North Viet Nam than the Defense Department has been putting out . The Pentagon announced that only 21 free-world ships had delivered cargo to North Viet Nam during the last three months of 1965, and that only 16 had called at North Viet Nam ports during January, February and March of this year. Of these, 29 were British. The Defense Department, which repeatedly has been caught lying to the public , is still shading the truth. - o - GOVERNMENT SMOKERS Good-natured John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education. and Welfare, recently was put through the paces by a House Appropriations Subcommittee about the smoking habits of government workers. Commenting on a news article about lung, heart and cancer hazards, Rep. John Fogarty, D-R. L, inquired: "I have not seen any of your statements about smoking. Have you ever made a public statement about it?" Gardner replied that he had stated on a television program that the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicated there was a direct link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. He added that he himself had stopped smoking about 15 years ago. "What kind of a program do you have to get your department's employees to quit smoking?" asked Fogarty. "We have not treated the employees any differently from the public," kibitzed James F. Kelly, HEW comptroller. "We are really aiming at the American people generally," explained Gardner. "I would think that the Public Health Service or your department could set an example for the rest of the cpuntry," said Fogarty. "You have not done much about it." Algona, (la.) Upper De« Moine* TuAtday, May 24, 1966 - i ••* "•••••^••^••••^•••.•••••^^^^•••••^^^j^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ troops relatively idle. Since they are next door to Viet Nam, the United States would like to have them transferred to the South Vietnamese battlefront. Ambassador Bruce's suggestion, however, was not well received. Opposition to the Viet Nam war is so intense in Britian that the Labor government would have a revolt from its own members if British troops were used in Viet Nam. American diplomats abroad are doing their best to win friends for Premier Ky in South Viet Nam, but it's tough going. Ambassador Walworth Barbour in Tel Aviv has called upon Israeli foreign Minister Abba Eban to ask Isreal to recognize South Viet Nam. Since Premier Ky has publicly stated that Hitler is his hero, this is quite a request to make of a Jewish foreign minister. Furthermore; American policies in South Viet Nam are most unpopular all over Asia, whether Moslem or Jewish. Foreign Minister Eban is an old friend of the United States, served a long time in Washington as ambassador, but in polite language he told Ambassador Barbour "No." "No," agreed Gardner, "Iper- sonally have done very little about it. 1 have" ttOt given strong attention to it. 1 assure you that 1 will." "Don't you think if you and the President came out and made a real good strong statement, it would help?" asked Fogarty. "I do," agreed Gardner. "You better start with Dean Rusk," puckishly suggested Rep. Dan Flood, D-Pa. Rightly or wrongly, the Secretary of State is classified in Washington as a steady smoker. - o - RELUCTANT ALLIES It's being kept out of the British press, but U. S. Ambassador David K. E. Bruce in London has quietly sounded out the British about transferring some of their 50,000 troops, now defending Malaysia, to South Viet Nam.- Behind the Ambassador's discreet inquiry is the fact that President Sukarno of Indonesia is now stripped of his power; so military pressure on Malaysia has eased. This makes several thousand jungle - trained British I SCHULTZ BROS. TRANSPORTATION HEADQUARTERS - GAS FOR LESS ALGONA WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL THE STOCK CAR OWNERS LISTED BELOW, AND THEIR DRIVERS, THE BEST OF LUCK DURING THE SEASON, WHICH BEGINS AT KOSSUTH SPEEDWAY, ALGONA FAIRGROUNDS THIS FRIDAY EVENING^ CAR NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 31 34 35 38 43 46 47 54 55 56 65 66 71 77 78 88 90 99 OWNER W. D. SPECHT DON DOOCY GREG WHITE DAVID STONE JOHN McBRIDE BRYAN MURRILL • JERRY HEJNA FRANK MORRIS BUTCH HOUSEHOLDER DICK YEOMAN LEONARD HANSON DELANE POOCH DON HILBERT BERRY HOBBS MARV GANGSTEAD GARY ZWIEFEL TONY TRffiWEILER DON HAMMER LEROY COLLINS TISOR & ROBERTS MACK MILLS WILLIE KLUSS DAVE VAN EVERY CHUCK CRIMMINS LARRY SOWERS DICK BOYD LEONARD PESICKA JIM WOLFE MIKE WOLTZ IRWIN HILDMAN M. H. HONSBRUCH WAYNE MEYER GARY HILL LESTER FRffiDEN CAROL KNOWLES DARRELD BUNKOFSKE STEVE BARLOW ROY PELTZ DON MINARD CITY ALGONA BANCROFT SPENCER SPENCER POCAHONTAS MASON CITY VENTURA MASON CITY ALGONA ALGONA ALGONA ALGONA ALGONA ALTA BANCROFT WESLEY SPENCER ALGONA FT. DODGE MASON CITY RENWICK CLARION FT. DODGE FT. DODGE ALGONA HUMBOLDT ALGONA ALGONA BURT WESLEY ALGONA ALGONA CLARION WEST BEND HUMBOLDT ALGONA MASON CITY HUMBOLDT ALGONA DONT FORGET I FRIDAY, MAY 27 WARM-UPS - 8 P.M. RACES - 8;30 P.M. KOSSUTH SPEEDWAY B r< FAIRGROUNDS - ALOONA

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