Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 7, 1965 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 7, 1965
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y ^y^ynr i v**\'r\ T hUl ICfe^k ossuth Coun WORTHWHILE THOUGHT PRESENTED IN CAPSUL8 FORM THURSDAY, DEC. 31, Some quotable quotes for the year Juveniles are too cocky Consolidating offices There is a move among some of the new legislators to consider changing the system of county government. It is recognized a sizable saving could be had through consolidation of offices. This is more true in the smaller counties than it would be in the city roun- ties-M>r even in Kossulh which is a double size county. However even in Kossulh it is highly possible that sonic of the duties of the offices could be easily combined without undue stress on the employes. Often considered is the combining of the clerk of court and the recorder duties into one office. USUALLY THIS causes some commotion as far as the officials involved are concerned who are perhaps over-concerned with the problems of their offices. However the treasurer's office now has combined duties in not only collecting property taxes but also managing the collection of auto and truck licenses. A good case could be made on one ground for a separate car license division, but not on the ground of economy. Also the auditor's office has the drainage clerk and collects such items as a dog tax, etc. THERE IS a proposal now ready to be introduced in the next session of the legislature to increase salaries of county officers by $1200 in small counties up to $2400 in the larger counties such as Kossuth. Not the answer Considerable fuss was raised last week because of a letter by the Iowa Manufacturers Assn. regarding that group's position on legislation in the coming session of the general assembly. The association was concerned because of statements in the state democratic platform regarding the right to work, workman's compensation, and unemployment compensation laws in Iowa. Governor Hughes took exception to the letter saying the democratic party was not against industry and that he personally merely favored amending the right to work law. THE GOVERNOR did not go into detail on what amendment he favored for the right to work law. However judging from past positions of labor and the then democratic minority in the legislature the road seems clear. This road is the proposed law to make union membership compulsory—not at the time, of employment—but one month after a person gets a job in a plant with union agreements. All this really does is postpone the requirement for the 30 days. It actually is compulsory union membership by delayed action. It effectively reduces the right to work law to nothing. It would be better to repeal it entirely rather than sneak it in with a few days of grace. ANOTHER PROPOSAL which the 1 governor hasn't mentioned but some people favor is a requirement that a non-union If some of the offices could be combined this would not have the effect of Increasing the property tax load. Any increase in the present scale with the same number of officers involved would of necessity have to come from increased property tax for that is where the county gets its money to pay the courthouse salaries. This pica is made on the theory it will attract better people to the offices. Frankly this approach begs the question of what is wrong with calibre of the present officers? In fact the approach has the appearance of a slam on present officials not justified by the facts for most county officers are well equipped for their duties. THE LOAD ON property tax is now so heavy that there will be resistance to such a boost in the pay of the county officers mainly because it does come from property tax. The county officers association would be on sounder ground if the group would also favor the consolidation of offices so that the load on properly tax would not be increased. However perhaps that is too much to ask for because the officers who might be eliminated are members of the association and would take a personally dim view of eliminating themselves. But it is a fact of political life that the property tax load is a real stumbling block. (Ed Grady in Maqueketa Sentinel.) Quotable quotes . , . When God measures the si/e of a man, He puts the tape around his heart, not his head. God, give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands — tall men, sun- crowned, who live .above the fog in public duty and in private thinking. — Joseph H. Hot- land. I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. — Abraham Lincoln. Proscrastination is a waste of time. Proscrastinate literally means to "put off for tomorrow." Most of us know from personal experience that if we put off a task, we forget to do it or become so swamped with other details that we find difficulty in getting back to yesterday's chore. "By the streets of by and by, we arrive at the the house of never." — Albert J. Nlmeth, 0. F. M. Vengeance is not cured by another, vengeance, nor a wrong by another wrong; but each increaseth and aggregeth the other. — Geoffrey Chaucer. There is only one voice that can be heard — the voice of a man speaking to the man next door, the man with whom he works, the man with whom he plays and travels. That voice, and only that, can secure attention. Therefore, it is upon that voice that the winning of the war in our time and place depends. — Frank Sheed, Let there be no doubt in the mind of the man who has benefited from the common heritage but does not trouble to contribute to the common good that he is failing sadly in his duty. For he is not a tree beside the running waters bearing fruit in due season but rather a vicious whirlpool forever swallowing things but never throwing them up again. — Dante. To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws . . . to be lead by permanent ideals. That is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him and calm and unspoiled when the, world praises him. U is better to die with a moan of anguish on one's lips than to live at ease in sliken splendor at the sacrifice of principle. Next to the words " love" the words "to help" are the most beautiful in the English language. Pericles, a statesman of ancient Greece, said, "We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics minds his own business. We say he has no business here at all." Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. — Henry Van Dyke. There is no beauty in the world like that in the eyes of a little child — unless the deeper, more abiding, more complete, suffering-softened beauty in the eyes of a young mother who holds her firstborn in her arms. (Den Reid in West Dei Moine* ispress.) We've read some of the news from Darien, Conn., where a group of juveniles got into a drinking spree and 13 adults were punished in the courts. We've also read an article presumably written by one of the juveniles, under the subject of "Our Parents Let Us Down." Probably the parents were at fault. Still, for the time being we've h id about all we can stomach of this business of blaming everything on Pop and Mom. Last week in northern Iowa a juvenile who had iassed a cop after a traffic inddeltt Went Into the newspaper office ajid de» manded that his name &j M* out of the paper. To publish it, he contended, Would be a "vio< latlon of his rights." AH of a sudden, every trou* ble^maker under 18 has become a "sea lawyer," leaning heavily on- his status as a "juvenile." These kids do not seek to, avoid trouble, they just want to avoid punishment. Fortunately, they are in an extreme minority, We have millions upon millions, of real fine youngsters who don't get any publicity. Everyone taking sides in fuss over gun ownership man be required to pay dues to the union without the requirement of joining. A person could refuse to join—but under the law proposal he would have to pay anyway. There is some merit to .this on the theory the union does a service to the nonunion member in the union's agreements with industry. However the political aspect of the union rises in this case. A nonunion man wou\d be contributing willy nilly to the union, slush funds for political action. It is contended thereby the nonunion man's money, might be used to defeat a candidate the non-union man might favor. THE GOVERNOR is anxious not to put stumbling blocks in the path of more industry for Iowa. However he is under obligation to the unions for the unions are over-whelmingly democratic politically. He must satisfy the union leadership which demands payment for labor support. This dilemma may be avoided by labor unions being satisfied with less than they have demanded. However compulsory union shop membership within a 30-day grace period, is not the answer for industry. The grace period doesn't mean a thing and industry knows it. What the governor says is not important—what the legislature does is the answer. Labor unions are, not hamstrung in Iowa by the right to work law. Repeal is a fetish the leadership uses in its propaganda to members, (M. B. Crabba in Eagle Grove Eagle) It seems that everyone in the country is taking sides on the proposed restrictions to own firearms. The constitution expressly guarantees the right to bear arms. All types of laws to restrict the purchase and use of guns have been proposed in Congress. So far none of them have been able to obtain favorable attention. One of the most often advanced reasons for regulating the ownership and use of fire arms is stated as—"You license automobiles and restrict driving permits why not fire arms?" This reason seems to have a double meaning however as it is possible, for a person to retort—"Restricting drivers and licensing cars has not cut the fatalities • that come from the use of au- ~tos." In fact car "fatalities are on the increase even though young people, mental incompetents, alcoholics and people with physical infirmities are no long- something to improve the use er given driving permits. -' il -~ r: -~ -o«n,i. th» n tr. The proposed restriction that guns can not be used by youths under 18 years of age bothered this writer more than any of the other proposals. We had just read a story in one of the sporting magaizines about a man who recalled the days of his youth when he and his friend utilized every Saturday for a day of hunting. Massive land retirement in being considered for future Audit - • v The republicans on the state executive, council did the right thing in letting the. democrats go ahead, with an audit of the offices being turned over to that party. While it is unusual there is no reasonable objection to the audit to not only clear the retiring officers but give the new officers the responsibility cleanly. The cost was approved by the republican majority on the exewtive council, If the democrats had hoped for a political witch hunt the action of the republicans makes that a bit ridiculous if attempted. the senate committee was this pending . case. This excuse is now gone. Baker should be further questioned. •> I Billboards Baker There was a small item in the paper last week that the lawsuit brought by the Capitol Vending Co. against Bobby Baker had been settled out of court Np d^taUs were given. The filing of this lawsuit toppled the house of cards built by Bobby Baker and led to his resignation and the opening of the Pandora's box of his activities. The settlement of the suit has some interesting aspects. If allowed to go to court the entire matter involved would have COMS Wt into the open. Testimony could be obtained in this civil suit which would be rejected in court in a criminal preceding because of the Fifth amendment. The Fifth, amepdmeot was taken rath- ther freely by Baker aftd other figures uj the Bobby gaiter investigations by the senate committee. Jf this settlement is being used to cover up and bury the exposure of the Baker manipulations it is bad for the pftuntry. y the senate now permits this matter tfl &e the integrity of the senate is damaged. So far the senate investigation has left a great deal to be desired. The suspicion of eoTer-up will be enhanced if the matter is 4ropp£d. Dae excuse Baker used before The state association of billboard operator! has, decided, to quit objecting to the anti-billboard law on interstate highways. The, billboard, people have been successful in recent years in having such a proposal killed in committee in the legislature. If billboards are banned on interstates the state gets a,bout a million dollars more for road building from the federal gover^ ment. This would take care of some additional construction. Objection of course has been on purely selfish grounds as far as the owners of billboards are concerned. However the ban is not complete—boards can still be placed —but at some distance from the interstate. Gross Stephen M. Peterson, the young Cedar Rapids man who lost to H. R. Gross by some 400 votes is contesting the election of Gross. This of course is his right. However he has gone to rather unnecessarily extreme lengths to accuse a county attorney in Bremer county of election irregularities. Of course some such question must be raised to justify the contest. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the house of representatives to the contest. Gross has been a thorn in the side of many representatives who tried to get bjpQftdogglmg matters through tte house. Gross has been a good public servant, and a questioning man is badly needed in the congress. If he has won the votes he should be declared elected whether he is popular or not. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) The Johnson administration is giving serious consideration once'more to the problems of agriculture. According to a story out of Washington recently, a presidential. Qommission has recommended a massive land retirement program. If we are not mistaken this is (he same line that the Farm Bureau has been advocating for several years—but up to now there has been a decided lack of interest among administration leaders towards Farm Bureau reasoning. The program which has been recommended by the National Advisory Agricultural Commission weuld tafce a lot of sub- marginal land out of production under long time contracts—and enough more productive land would be taken put of production, under payment contracts, for shorter periods, to bring a balance of the supply with demand,. There are a lot of other suggestions in the program recommended, such as expanded food stamp plan distribuUpn of food, shipment of more food to hungry people abroad. Interesting indeed was the estimate that only about a half billion would be required to retire some 40 million acres of sub-marginal land Compared with C9sts of agricultural programs in recent years that is small indeed. Then on the other hand there was the report from Benton county of the Belle Plaine FFA chapter corn project, where the club members grew 150.3 bushels of corn per acre on their 3.5 acre plot. In other words agriculture is not producing up to its possibjli- Interstate route (Neil Maurer in Laurens Sun.) Proposed routing of Interstate 35 through north central Iowa has raised quite a scrap, and thus far no one knows where the super highway will eventually be built. Mason City's plea for an eastward shift gained some influence when the Federal Bureau of Public Roads announced that it would not approve the route proposed by Iowa State Highway Commission engineers. No reasons have been given, however, and it would seem that the Bureau's reasoning should be stbstantiated and made public. In our opinion, the arguments in favor of accommodating Mason City's 30,600 residents is not particularly strong. If this idea would be followed throughout the country, you would find interstate highways winding back and forth to reach metropolitan centers, wherever they may be. If Mason City must be accommodated, how about Fort Dodge, Webster City ... and Laurens? Evidence we've heard thus far indicates that the original location, parallel to Highway 69, was selected on the basis of sound engineering principles and within the stated purpose and intent of the interstate highway system. Any deviation from the original routing would disregard those principles. Engineers say construction costs would-be substantially increased by the proposed east alternate route. Annual maintenance costs for the state of Iowa would be materially affected, also, due to the 10 ad- ties—and a land retirement pro- optional miles of interstate gram must be flexible enough highway in the state. These to cope with substantially high- funds, as well as the additional er per acre yields, as soon as time and expenses involved for • - -— more hearings and investigations, could be much better put to use in completing the interstate system. Shifting the route eastward would he.lp Mason City. At the We recall our own youth when an older cousin took on the job of teaching the writer how to use a shot gun and to hunt rabbits, squirrels, ducks, crows and pigeons. Then at age 14 we were considered old enough and well trained enough to own our own first single shot 12 guage shot gun. We also had a friend who was nutty about hunting and those days of learning and going hunting with this friend provided some of the best times in our memory. We could go along with stopping the sale of fire arms by mail order and of refusing permits to mental incompetents. But the trouble with restrictions of this nature they seldom stop short of eventual abolition of the privilege. The proposal to limit the sale and, use of fire arms however has,every indication of being one, Sf the hot'legislative proposals in the upcoming Congress. So this writer lines up on the side of the people who want to do of the fire arm rather than to restrict its use. Notable strides have been matie in this latter program by gun clubs who take on the job as--a public service to teach young boys how to handle guns safely. More progress can be made in this field and undoubtedly will unless Congress is pressured into seriously restricting the sale and use of guns. VI. fcJXrfX •*%»» ** j .•.-—»—, agricultural prices improve. Medicare (W. C, Jarnagin in Storm Lake Register.) All signs point to the successful enactment of the original Kennedy medicare program when congress gets back on the ball. LBJ has let it be known this will be one of his major objectives as his administration takes over. The American Medical Association has renewed its attempts to defeat tl\js scheme, paid, for thru social security. And the cartoonists have started their efforts to belittle the doctors, just as they did, when Goldwater was brought out for president. The present social security law requires employers and em- ployes each to' pay a tax of 3.625% on the first $4,800 of the employe's earnings, or a total of 7V4% on the employe's salary. With no change in the law, increases in these ti* payments would come in 1966 and again in 1968, establishing an ultimate rate on the employe and the employer of 4.625% each. Just what will Medicare add to this burden, no one knows, for sure. But estimates place it iu the billions. This will be tough on the employer in gen^ eral and particularly upon the small business man. Moreover, it will cut 4own, the t$]j$-h£m£ pay of employes and not look good as it is now proposed* ALGONA KOSIUTM COUNTY A D V A N C...I Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thuridoyi, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algono, Iowa. Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Manoging Editor, Julian Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. NATIONAL tQ'IT] U< same time it would penalize all northwest Iowa. The Hughes assembly (M, B, Crabba in f agio Grove Eagle.) It is the custom to call each General Assembly of Iowa by the number of its convening. The upcoming General Assembly by this method will be known as the 61st General Assembly of Iowa. However we suggest that this session be labeled as the Harold Hughes General Assembly ipstead.. Never before in the state's history has a General Assembly been so dependent on the direction and control thai ojie man will have over it. For the first time in history the have we so many n,ew men to the Legislature in any one session. The recognized leader is Governor Hughes ajad what ever the legislature does will be to his credit or discredit. ANNIYfiSAgY - Mr. and, Mrs, J. Lswis Neal of Osceola wsrt &te4 ftft tfaeir TQtb, we4- ctog anniversary ***& an ^forma] open, house in December. ADVANCE SUMCftlPTION RAT! One Year in County and to nearest po«» office outside of County Six months In County and to nearest post office ---------^'•-•"-•Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s ... All rights to matter published In the Algona Kossuth County Advance . are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, ond reproduc-. tlon In any manner Is. prohibited except by written permission . of, the publishers of the Algona. Kossuth County Advance in ^ach instance. All manuscripts articles or pictures are sept at the owners risk. - ' Algona Professional AND Business 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 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business - Home - Car • Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Independent Agent 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HARQLP W. ERICK50N Eyes 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 DR. C. M, O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 INVESTORS Diversified Services, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors ; DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N: Moore Mon. - Wed. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 W. L. CLEGG, D. C. Sawyer Building 9 East State St. ; Algona, Iowa Office Hours by Appointment Office Ph. 295-5677 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: ' ^ Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00-5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management ' CABLSOM COMPANY »H M. BWf M. m-mi Dr. L, L. SNYDIR 113 East State St. Pial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors • t JOHN N. KENEFICK, M, D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 CAROL L, PLOTT, M. D. 110 No. Moore Street Practice Limited to Surgery Office Hours by appointment 295-5864 Office 295-5331 Residence MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. P. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 895-2277 DAN L BRAY, M, D, M. D Clinic Bldg, 109 W. State St. Algona, Ipwa Office Ph. 295-3828 KQISUTH COUNTY CoUectrite Sjryige Fact Wit Reports 295-3182 Credit IvrtiM Ftdtration Algona Office division of Mtidwtit Credit Corporation Now Offering The Midwest Credit System (Immediate Electronic Credit Loss Recovery J&ryjype) with Monthly Quarterly JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M. 0, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F, KOOI, M. 9, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians, and Surgeon* 220 N. Dodge, AlgQBg Office Phone 295-5490 Dentists DR. J. S, HARRIS Jfc Peutist 623 E. State fit, OR. LiiQY I. STRQHMAN Peuttst 116 N. Moors SI. Phone 395-3131 KIYIN NASH, B.eJT i?3 E. em

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