The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 21, 1966 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 21, 1966
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WASHINGTON - HEW officials won't admit it publicly, but they have been worried sick over the possibility that July 1 will roll around with not enough hospitals cooperating in the medicare program to handle the load of elderly people expected at that time. July 1 is the date the long-awaited medicare program goes into effect. Chief reason for hospital's failure to comply is the civil rights provisions of the law. There are two others: failure to meet sanitation standards and failure to have enough nurses. In Mississippi only 2.5 per cent of the hospitals have signed up for medical care, despite the inducement of federal subsidies. Reason: refusal to take Negro patients. In Texas, the President's home state, only 300 out of 700 hospitals have complied. In New Orleans, Atlanta and Birmingham the most important hospitals as of this date have not complied. To break the bottleneck, Dr. William H. Stewart, the Surgeon General, and his deputy, Dr. Leo J. Gehrig, last week left on an emergency trip to Southern states. Hitherto, Dr. Stewart and the Public Health Service have been quite complacent about the failure, of Southern hospitals to sign up, and it took a White House meeting last Thursday to put a firecracker under them.. - o- —LBJ CALLS IN DOCTORS-Southern hospitals, according to one HEW official, have adopted a policy of "why should we salaam to Washington? Lefs wait and see whether we can't get the medicare money without changing our no-Negro policy." President Johnson has scheduled a meeting June 15 with 200 doctors and hospital administrators for a complete review of the hospital situation two weeks before medicare goes into effect. The last thing he wants is a rush of elderly patients demanding attention on July 1 with no hospitals available to care for them. - o - —LYNDA ON HER OWN— Last week the President and Mrs. Johnson faced a problem which almost every parent faces- whether to try to exert authority over a child who is no longer a child. For the past two years, Lynda Bird, their eldest daughter, has had her heart set on going abroad. But two years ago her father was in the middle of a Presidential election and his family .wanted to be with him. Last year he was trying to sell the American people on seeing the United States rather than spending American dollars abroad. So Lynda went West, visited every major national park, shot the rapids of scenic rivers, climbed mountains and had her picture taken in various tourist spots in order to promote her father's program. This year she wants to go abroad. However, her father is still urging Americans to stay home, not to increase the drain on the dollar. .So the Johnson family question has been whether to exert Presidential authority over the eldest daughter. Lynda's father finally decided in the negative. Lynda is now 22 and on her own. She got almost an "A" average at the University of Texas. She had postponed her trip for two years. And she will stay with close friends such as Ambassador and Mrs. Angler Biddle Duke in Madrid. The trip will cause some public criticism at a time when LBJ*s Gallup poll rating is dropping, especially since actor George Hamilton, with his draft defer- •ment, is meeting Lynda in Europe. But Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have decided they'll have to take the criticism. Lynda is on her own. Note - George Hamilton's excuse for getting a deferment from his California draft board was support of his mother. His mother has four sons, lives in a house with 39 rooms. - o- --BRASS HAT PRIVILEGE— While Marines are fighting and dying in the Viet.Nam jungle, some of the brass hats at home seem more preoccupied with the privileges of rank. Lt. Gen. Victor Krulak, the Pacific Marine commander, recently commandeered a Marine transport plane, for example, to fly him from Pearl Harbor to the outlying island of Maul for a few days of golf and relaxation. He and his aide, Capt. Edward Townley, were the sole passengers. Unhappily, the plane was too big for the small resort air strip, and the left wing got snagged on the sugar cane alongside the runway, causing the plane to veer into the cane field. The general emerged unscathed, his golf clubs intact, but the plane's right engine and landing gear ripped off. Gen. Krulak doesn't have to worry about the repairs. The taxpayers will foot the repairs. Maj. Gen. Herman Nickerson, the Camp Lejeune, N. C. commandant, returned from a California inspection trip with three chukar game birds which he picked up on a side trip from Camp Pendleton to Bartow. Camp maintenance men complain that they were ordered to build a cage for the birds, complete with an electric fence, in the commandant's yard. He also directed them to build a small stable, they say, for his horse. The general, confronted with this evidence, insisted to this column that he and some friends did most of the work and that he paid a carpenter out of his own pocket to add the finishing touches. He acknowledged that he had obtained Defense Department approval to spend $25,000 of non-appropriated funds to build a larger corral and stable for the base, but claimed the horses are available to anyone on the base. It will be interesting to see if any enlisted men ride. - o - - JACKIE'S SNOOTY NEIGHBORS— The neighbors of Mrs. Jackie Kennedy in Somerset Hills, N. J. are not too happy about having the former First Lady living among them. In the first place, most of the exclusive set where Jackie weekends is Republican. Second, Jackie attracts photographers. Pleasant Valley, where Jackie has taken a house, is a closed community with a fence around it, and gate with a guard at night. At one time after Jackie arrived, the gate was locked to keep photographers out during the daytime, but this also kept out the garbage truck, and the residents of Pleasant Valley decided they would rather have photographers in than keep the garbage truck out. Photographers have been especially prevalent on weekends when Jackie comes out with her children to ride. So the leaders of Pleasant Valley decided that Jackie could not hunt on Saturdays. Shortly after this decision was made, a phone call came from Douglas Dillon, former Secretary of the Treasury in the Kennedy cabinet, stating that if Mrs. Kennedy could not ride on Saturday the hunt could not pass over his farm. Since Doug Dillon owns the best farm in the area for hunting purposes, the leaders of the hunt quickly countermanded their edict. Jackie, even with photographers, is now permitted to hunt on Saturday. - o - — FIRST NEGRO SENATOR— Democratic leaders in Massachusetts are greatly disturbed by a private poll which indicates that Republican Ed Brooke, the popular Negro attorney general of their state, will defeat either ex-Governor EndicottPeabodyor John Collins, mayor of Boston, regardless of which wins the Democratic primary for U. S. Senator. In the GOP primary, Brooke will win easily, perhaps without opposition. However, Peabody and Collins face a tough, head- to-head struggle, with Collins having a slight edge both in the Democratic party convention, which only endorses, and the Democratic primary in September, which makes the final selection. The race is for the vacated seat of retiring Sen. Leverett Saltonstall. In the gubernatorial race in Massachusetts, Eddie Mc-Cormack, nephew of the House Speaker, will be given a hard battle by Morris Donohue in the, party convention, to be held soon, but experts in the know expect him to win easily over Donohue in the Democratic primary later. • If so, McCormack will face Republican Gov. John Volpe, who is seeking another term, this time for four years. ROBIN A white robin was hatched recently in a bird shelter at the Chris Hepler home in Harris. It was the last of four eggs to hatch. weather forecast: Those who know Know / MINNEAPOLIS MOTOR HOTEL For Convenience ,.. For Luxury Accommodations I For Friendliness,,. For Budget Rates... 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