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K68suth CoiUntyAdvarice i^JLXJul II •« JL J. 1 Elect ioh restores two party system THOHIOAV, NOV. H 1»44 ' Road problems complex * i f ,.<, ,. f ,»« One of the real scraps in 'the coming legislature will be over disposition of 'the road funds collected through gasoline" tax, oar licenses, etc. In the past the fund has been divided With the bulk going to primary. andfSecond- ary road purposes and the city and town streets getting 13 per cent of the amount collected. ' ; ' '^ ' ;" : ? •''"'*• " The League of Municipalities is fighting for what it calls the "fair 20 per cent," and the Farm Bureau, in its annual meeting last Week served notice the League would have a fight on, its hands in trying to cut the amount for secondary Broads. •"''' THE SIZE OF THE road problem can be estimated by the fact Kossuth county in the year ending in 1965 spent $1,443,169 on secondary roads according to the 1967 budget estimate. This was a big building year for the county. The estimate for the year of 1967 is $1,500,000. This is more than half of, the, county budget, exceeding, all other items In •• '" ' ••--••' ----. quire either the. road building be reduced or the local property tax increased to make up the" deficiency. With the present feeling that property taxes are now unfairly high it would seem difficult if not impossible to boost property tax for highways any further. IOWA HAS A REAL road problem. Because of the'intense cultivation, in Iowa the roads are more necessary than in some states with large forests or non-producing lands. With the exception of a small area in southern Iowa and''along the boundary rivers Iowa has a network of roads one mile ap'art crossing the state east-west and north- south. •<- The county estimated it would get $600,000 from property taxation. 'Hiis/is levied on rural property and is riot levied on city or town^ property. The/ cities arid' towns have a street levyJon- property. , "The budget estimated' the state would provide $750,000 ! from state 'funds on ( the * formula which split 'the state road fund ih- come into secondary, primary and city allocations, and probatoly federal matching funds in some instances. •- >'>' IN KOSSUTH 'any deduction in the funds from the state would be 'quickly felt in the 'amount of work done by theScoUn%x on the farm to market and local roads. The latter get no federal matching funds. One-half of all the proposed work in ths county on. the secondary systejm i| arir ticipated frohi funds bCheir than local *prfr perty taxation. Any material cut in this income from outside the county would re- . In the past these have been necessary to get prddUce from the farms to the market.' Small,farms of 160 to 240 acres have been served by a road, and recently iri northern Iowa 4hese ar&'surfaced Witti gravel or blacktop. • ,'..,. Howe!^er,.as the size of farms increases and the number' of farm plants of building?, etc., decreases there is some ground for saying the roads are over-built for the new situation. », But'those; same farm; plants are located so it would be difficult in miny instances to dispense with many roads, and still give farm to market service. ; IT IS JUST AS TRUE that the cross' hatch of f city streets causes a problem in the cities. With a street every 300 feet or sol considerable 'money is required for purely local service. • i -''™<>\ : '•; '•'} ' ;i ' : ' ; ',' '•;.'• " ''- : The City problem, with its numerous streets is no different than the farm prob- iemi'jfet^^^ss-ih^^h^ ':: 1 .,! 1 '^ Both sides hi''the controversy tend to depreciate the problem of the other and see its'own problem too closely. It is no help for the League and the Bureau to square off wilh a "they shall not pass" now- when neither has a real under- staiitting of the'entire'situation. '' (BI«Mftfl«ld Rtpubltean) J . * IP One of the heartening results of last Tuesday's election is that misgivings about a two-party fu* ture were definitely allayed. With the republican comeback from the 1964 disaster, the nation sees a return to a more normal balance thc, two great parties. . , The election also was a victory against racial and religious big* otry. The time is not too far back when it would have been a political miracle for a Negro to be elected to the United States Senate, , In Massachusetts , where white voters are in the ascendan- cy'by a ratio of ten to one, or more, Edward Brooke was chos- eu over.the former Democratic governor Endicott Peabody, arid becomes the'< first Negro elected to the Seriate since Reconstruction days. ' GEORGE ROMNEY, a Mormon, 'swept'the 1 state of Michigan for a second term.' In-Our own > Iowa, Jack Miller, a Catholic, won every one of Iowa's 99 counties. Down in Arkansas rabid Jim Johnson Idai toWinthrop came tile fittt . . .. _ nor:of that «tate Since the days immediately alter the Civil V{ar. The 19W election leave* the nation with a Congress not too lopsided politically a* has been true since the election of 1964. This is good. It is lime for a breathing spell in legislation that •introduces too many changes in the fields of Civil-Rights, care for the aged, arid the other programs of the Great Society, no matter how desirable'and mi- man4 they may be"',/ 1 The governorships'Of .the 50 states will be about equally divided 'between the two parties. The 1964 election gave uneven control Of a number of state legislatures to the Democratic {party, Iowa being one such state/. Here in Iowa we will'have a Democratic governor arid State Senate, but a RepUblioari House of, Representatives 1 will provide a check on illadvised and wasteful legislation. The tax problems that lie ahead will be solved in ijf " "***" ***". f bi-partiMn agreement, ' which should b« beneficial to the IN IOWA the upset Democratic vMoVb* 19M hi* teett re* tifled with the defeat of the five 'Won in the Johnson landslide, two of thai f <rit *£ ekperlwiced, con< gressmen and Will add weight to the edurtclis of theft party. They are Ffed Sehwenfel of the First Dtstrict and our own Davis Countyman'John Kyi. The election can be classified as a Republican sweep, due to Republican success in key states such as Illinois and California but it was not a sweep of sufficient scope to'change the control of Congress. The Republicans had a net gain of three Senate seats, arid according to unofficial' results a gain of 47 seats in the House of > Representatives.. ' Those gains while significant, are not sufficient to change con- trc4 of either branch of'the Congress/but they do Indicate the 1 bility of J possibilit victory for 1988^ great , national the Republicans in Football ratiri&s for high .-,••..';>; ;:-W'.'!':•;••,.'.---j "y.v'-^'i'v.iip. ;•'• . ;; C7. school games ridiculous .• •-•.' •"" v & • ..... . • •••<;>••; i *- ••- i. 1 Reorganization maybe '-,v, ,.O '•+.». i-^-^J'rf- fc < - < flV*' '. - L One of the proposals to come before the 1967 legislature is a reorganization of the 127 agencies in state government into only 13: . • • . ,- Qn,the face of it this sounds.good, and. should add 5 up to quite a reduction lii the number of people employed by the state,. '•' However it seems the' reorganization does not contemplate too much of an elim- iniafflon of; boards, commissions,' arid wlu& have-you. It appears that there will be 13 agencies — butrthere Will be ati addi| tional 114 departments scattered 'among the 13 agencies. ,,"~ \ ^' , /' PROBABLY THE most difficult,thing to abolish is a government bureau, whether' it be state, federal or even local. -Those who ; work in it have a vested interest iri keeping it going, and without exception can find. more reasons for keeping-it than a person can shake a* stick at. ' Every head of a bureau or department seeks to enhance his own status by enlarging the office work and demanding more arid more help. Status is determined by the number of employes, and quite often persons doing business with agencies' are swamped by unnecessary paperwork whose in purpose'-is to* furnish a reason for ma" tf U ?>' V "' 1 V :'- *? iwsiness taxpayers are ftustrate4 byrbelrig'requirea to file identical'lnforma- ; i ' i ' i tion for federal and state agencies on completely different forms. The difference seems to be deliberate, even though the in- forcnatiOn is'identical and could .be easily obtained by'each if the forms were the same.'.,- . .;• -.'..'' . ' , ".'• '•'!'•• v '";'"• • '' r ""THE SITUATION is similar in counties where there was a proposal at one time to coirjbine the recorder and clerk of court offices, and tha treasurer or auditor offices or the assessor, etc. The result was instant uproar in the counties from the office hold: erj£>' i;:'--', -.-r.-r- •- "> j •'• --';,.;,>;•;•. . " It .was the samei when a county manager was proposed with departments Similar to the county offices now but under a sin- glchead. _;• •".;; '• •• »•• • •*"•* Reorganization of the state departments is an ideal arid'it could make for economy and efficiency in government if properly done without fear or favor. But from a practical political standpoint the legislature is going to have a time getting any department, no matter how small and inconsequential, to ever admit its work could be better done in another office. ','•••,.•.; ; '•> ] • " ' The "Little Hoover" commission plan wluch would have done the reorganization ~ PFWerly.has been gathering dust for a quar- ^ ter .of a century in Iowa a,nd is giyenionly f Up .^eryice occasionally by some 'member of the legislature. i . • (Pat Gallagher in Bihnond Independent) i, It's hard'to%inl£of any.'pursuits more completely futile than finding fault with athletic team ratings. Any such ratings.- But the positive :acme •''-. of such uselessness would be to be to indulge "in wit-picking "where Brad Wilson's Des Moines Register ratings of Iowa high school teams is involved. Brad moves in mysterious ways, his conclusions to achieve; and about, the most he accomplishes is to set monsters of the gridon to beating each other's brains out in order to rise in the ratings: 'It's strictly no fun for a mediore outfit to run up against one; of these rating-crazy gangs, because utter humiliation is the least- they can expect. At worst, they, can take a physical beating that produces .stretcher cases. All of 'Which will be interpreted in some quarters as sour grapes because our beloved Broncos couldn't win a glance , after they sWc^ed victory from a better-than-everage and sky- ' high; Forest City team iri seven minutes of about as fine football as you could want to see on a high 'school gridiron. At .that poirit, Brad decided that Bel- morid just doesn't meet the cali- ; bre of teams that warrants consideration as a rating outfit. Well confess some doubt as to how, the Beimond team might have faced against a number of the "big school" teams like Des Moines, for extmple, which could gain no better than No. 18 spot due to a couple of losses. But the listing that makes us say, "Oh! For pity sakes!" is that WF- No. 15 ' |lot awarded: Webster City; WhoSthe heck did Webster Qty playt v v'v.y"'T- v ; <,,Si.iy After §he Broncos had dealt Clarion ^rathfer decisive 21^ whipping,-the Cowboys, outplayed WebSter City but' neverthey less managed to wind up on the short end of a 13-7 score; Hum,-" boldt nipped Webster City 7-6 tp^rob;thfe Lynx of the. 'North -Central conference title, which they regard theirs by right of eminent domain and being about twice as big as the next largest school in that loop. V -,.,.';.'• Clarion tied, with Humboldt 20-20 (also Iowa Falls and Hampton, by differing scores) which suggests that if Webster City is rightly No." 15 the quality of Iowa high school football this fall . wasn't so much of a 'much. We don't know what sort of an. understanding exists between. Coach'IfarleyRolh'nger and Brad __•'>•' V " t ! W« ••- •- :•: \ * - ' \ ' . - • -• * '*''•- •*•!•-* j '• we Troubles of ,-'-.. * .. .' r '...' •: * - •.• (' • 1; surplus -• v '. -C P. Woods in " Sh.ldon Mail) uses . jjp: mail to the scribe and postag All AYebster City's foes are, by Wilson's standards, "big schools" — and)he's impressed: We'd delight: in "seeing the. likes . Of the '66 Buffalo Center or Lake Mills butting heads with a ma- - Iowa b&ys" Forest City, after the Indians found themselves as the season wore on, would have given most of 'em all they could handle. How can we 'prove it? We can't. Not a bit more than Brad Wilson can state a sound case for No. 15 Webster City — which only goes to emphasize the silliness of rating football teams. A wonderful crazy world Soak'em One of the proposals to get more men- ey for the state to spend is to eliminate the exemption of federal income taxes from Iowa collection. , r %; Now a taxpayer does not pay Iowa tax on the money he pays the federal govern ment in income tax. This would seem reasonable for otherwise he would pay fywa income tax on taxes paid the federal gov- eriwftent, a double bite. • 1; It is in line with the usual practice of soaking the rich. It may also have the'ef- feet of hampering Iowa's drive for more industry, ' ' - ' claim can be paid. The legislature last year tried to increase this percentage for lowans by limiting payment to boni fide residents of Iowa. By eliminating payment to non-Iowa owners the amount of money available would allow a larger percentage of the Iowa claims to be paid, The supreme court knocked out the law because it did not comply with the constitutional provision that all taxes be uniform over the state and all laws have equal application. This situation is going to require county auditors and the treasurers to re-figure on taxes for 1966 payable in 1967 and it is probable the work can not be done before January 1 when the taxes become due. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) Everything is speeded up in this .wpnderfully crazy world in whicbjwe are living, It used to take a couple of days to drive to Chicago; a 14 or-15 hour ride on the train—^and then came the airplane, You could.then figure four hours from Sioux Falls to your Chicago terminal. That of course is old stuff. Now it takes about one hour on a non-atop jet from Sioux Falls tp Chicago—-arid a little longer than that at each end, to get from home to the airport and from the airport to downtown Chicago. There is no reason to think that travel is going to slow down —or ever stay at its present speed. Soon, we are told, it will be not over a couple of hours from the east coast to Che west —and two or three hours from New York to London. If all the speed confuses you —as it does us—we suggest you take a good long walk up the Rock, river—or go over in the west end and walk along the Sioux. You'll find quite ^ bit of rej&xation in just leisurely going along. You'll find some pheasants flapping away in front of you, and you'll probably see a. deer or two. There'll be some rabbits—and if you move, quietly you may see some muskrate ofpossibly a beaver or two, : It just seems to us that what we need in this world is more time to walk along the edge of the river and see some of ^^ nature's beauty, rather than try to see how fast we can be shot through the sky to Chicago, New York, London, and where have you, --• ' ;•'! vim The '.-'$80 million estimated surplus in the Iowa treasury^' the result Of overlapping tax collection due to' the new withholding sys- tein, (is bound to cause a great deal of discussion and trouble in the ; 1967 ^Legislature; ' The possibility of refundjng money, or any part of it, seems to have been ; very effectively disposed of in the recent ejection, Murray favored at least a partial refund, Hughes opposed it. , Suggestions have been made that the surplus could be used for capital improvements, building of new educational facilities at state institutions, for promotion of conservation or for property tax relief., or, we presume, any combination of these and other proposals that might be advanced/'!.''/"'", •>.; " '." One point that must be forgotten in the discussion is that tlus-nioriey may have been com- ^pallattMy easily acquired by the state) but it was not "easy" money as far as the taxpayers are concerned. In spite of the fact that the voters did not. appear to favor an put-right refund of moiicy, we would still be inclined to think that the bulk of the citizens would welcome the use of at least "a. very sizable slice of it for: tax relief, perhaps by us-; ing it for additional aid to schools, replacing other tax money iri the process. With such a huge sum Of money on hand it will be very natural for a great many individuals, groups, interests or state bodies to come up with ideas as to how it can be spent. It would not require much of a predictor to suggest that some of these ideas will be sound, some extremely wild: 1^ is our hope that the "sound" viewpoint will prevail and 'that the money will be used wisely and well and with some relief for the citizens' increasing tax burdens firmly in mind. Boycott is "Irish One 9 ' triumphs again (C. D. Ellin* in Garnor Loador) WA$ POLITIC^ BEHIND THE BfliyCOTS? There wa* more than met .the 1 eye in those supermarket boycotts that roysteriou»ly be. gaji to mushroom around the country just a few weeks before the elections, Noy^ B^-'-' ••'''•''• J •" While appearing to be a spon- taneoufi revolt against high food I»rt?«»i there is no question but that government officials and liberal D^mocrals were furiously fanniiig the flame* of credit Tlie Iowa supreme court h$s kjio<;ked out » law of the 1965 legislature which prohibited agricultural land tax credit to be given to non-residents of the state. The credit |s suppose^ to. pay tfte pror pejrty tax for schools on agricultural tend over 15 mills. Thus a farmer with a school tex of g5 m|lls would pay tfce first 15 aJi4 tbe sUte would pay the oOfer 10 $i§ appropriation miide by the 'lias always been Jes^ than, $fc f^i^gry to pay all sucti cost$ the allocated by the" legislature is 'prorated ^.cccwding to the claims, For this year the claims are expected Kossuth's Wayne Keith retired last week as the No. 2 man in the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, a post be has held since 1958,. Iff retired on his own motion. ..... What many people do not understand is that the vice-president in organization* such as the. Farm Bureau does a loj of the cliof«§ t^al djj n$t get the jwMcity but do ' '• " ' " (Bill Mavror in LaMft ni fun) Like 99 and 44/100 per cent of the lopal populace, tto© wee one was bugged the other day with one of those head bulging afflictions that cause you to snee?e 'and whee?e and spit and cough and hack and blow: Unable to sleep, she roused her little frame and charged into the quarters where the bulk flinger tries to sleep between periodic snorts and snores the Irish one let-off as she does s has been a gredit <» himself, county, and & the fa^nj It : was § panic. The bullfliaiger more . ...:. 800,000, Thfi legislatiure appropriated $15,- ftOO ; OiOO, hence only about one-tiiird of Maybe it would be a good tiling for the for a while. It'd be rugged, byt educational. Someone might reid a book! inciiM to sleep on anywty, and with her little «truci«re squeezing in, the steep? ing roam for the bullflinger was cut dpum. evw mm. W$JWffa trying to sleep there §nyw»y- with so littte room §M all those horrible sounds rolling from the Irish one, but with even less room and the wee one hacking in the ear at the same time it was next to impossible. . Though the mind was duJl, it was keen enough to f gure out tytgt it must be § lot more com^ forttble steeping alone in the lj|tte one's trundl^ bed than b^- ing a party of such a noiselejt as T was going on in 'the bedroom occupied by the three of us. So I leaped from the sack and n the dark groped for the door aad safety. But the Irish one's was working f fraction and sto' |>r She awoke the ne*t fresh as a «Jaisy. The bullfliog- ^vejinwat^ ^fependui.g, _ Wie to consolidate 1966 gains Caflt and Comme»t«tt!« are exposing all kiflds of theories to explain the natiptt-iridV fttj publim .sweep in the, cfefteral Election NOV. '8. It doesn't seem nearly as important t6 this writ' er to worry this question, to death as 'it does fof the<pafty to settle down and organize and unite to 'keep the gains they made in '66 for thc 1968 dential campaign. " ; ' ; , After all," Winning one nation wide 'sweep in 34 yeart isn't any 'thing to lose your heads about It simply means that the Republican party's new look in candi* dates, philosophy and unity gives them a chance at the polls with the independent* voters. We hate to see this talk about a "siop Romhey move", by 'the Nixon forces and' "promote Re* gan" 'move . by the more ,'Conserv ative Republicans. ' v f V. . Wl»y? The obvious purpose: to lay the blame for the hi^i cost of food squarely on the White House and the big-spending Democratic Congress wore refponfli- ble for the inflationary winds sweeping the nation. If this is not the situation, why then; did Mr*. &*fter Peterson, White House assistant on consumer SlWrt . hurry tp; Penver, Cpto., wtwn • «|»e first on« ' broke out and embraced and supported Mrs. P*ul Wftst, org«iuz^r of fee boycott; »nd since has traveled around the cowatry giving moral su All the ttetttiblicafls gained in this electiOfS, is i chance \aUh<* polls if ;they have learned jthetf esson and that is that they must be united ftnd must be drgalilzed clear down to the ptediictrievei. They must also reorganize that the independent voter woh this election for them and ( usten to this voice iri all of their>ct;ohs and decisions. 'This nation-wide desire for a return to common sense on> the part of the independent voter was a great thing for the Republican party and wonderfulrfor the good of the country. And now that the Republican party Is identified as the leader, of this program lei's not kick Our favor in the teeth by a party fight or a return to either ( cohservative or liberal party label. » Let's conceritrate ori* the good will we have gained and organ- lie and unite-for another victory to'68. _ -r^^- _ ."^L "»™> '>, rattier • ^ j 4 nj ) have" refused to o«flee» t * U T N t d UMTt AOVAHC > I ' \ ' ! ,-„..,.»- _, ..„. A'civance Publishtr-, Co.. Mondays ond Thursday n and shop, 124 North ThorliW^., Si AfaoiM. Iowa. 50511 Editor and publlther,'Duon« E. Dewel, MbhooTng Editor, Julian ChrHeWIIM. NATIONAL NEWS! ALOONA Published by ADVANCI SOMCRirTION RATI On« Year In County tone) to rparest, po§t; of flf? outside of County ... $5.00 Six months In CountyTind to nearest. post bffiie -..—-. $3.50 Year outside County, qnd to other than nearest, outside P.Os *700- All rights to matter published • In the Algona 'kossuth" County Advance are reserved, •; including new», feature, odvertislna* or other, 1 and reproauc- are reserved, ^includlrtb news, feature, advertising'or other/ and reproduction in any manner js prohibited except by,< written permission of the publishers of the''Algona Kosiuth County Advance In'each instance. All, manuscripts, articles ^ ,pietut»i|* ore sent^ot^the,' owner't / risk. < -'.....Investments ALGONA INSURANCE Chiropractors 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. 295-2785 BOHANNON INSURANCE ' 6 North/Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth off insurance in fere*. A hem* Company. Safe; socuri. Lola Scuffham, Stcy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tod S. Horbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing >7 FEDERATED INSURANCE DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. • Frt. 9 a.m. - 5 i Phone 29M DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor. ' Office Phone Res. Phono 295-2378 295-3301 r Office Houri: r ' Mon. - Tues. - Wod.if Frida} Thursday and Saturday Farm i Management CARLSON MANAOIMIHT COMPANY N. Modem Insurance, Service Business - Home ^ Car - Uf« 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 LEON H. LAIRD Farrii Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors Sundof Insuranc^ Complete Insurance Service 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A OIELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Typos of Inturanc* Jf5-55Jt or **• P' Physician arid Surgeon ; 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MBLVIN 0. BOURNE, M, D. PhyMdan & Surgeon : 118 No Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. W,D, CUiOc BIdg. 109 W. T Si»te St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 Bast State fUwtt Phone 295-219f Hoyn 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday ' AftefnoMUl "' ,v v\';.;.- ji^VftA.-' .' ^'W^^J^^ Phone Dodge, Of floe Phone Visual Analy^s and Visual Training Contact DR. |, B. HARRIS B. 8tato St. Phone 295.2384 Pfil 295-2715 Cloeed 9»t«ixjf y Afternoon! L«OY I. STROHMA* Pepitist 8i 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295.8131 • ^MRIUS^* ^ ^HjJB^^W^T^y t[ KOMUTH COUNTY

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