Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 14, 1965 · Page 18
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 14, 1965
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EDITd FlTAT Kossuth CountyAcfo THURSDAY, JAN. 14, IMS Apportionment problem One problem the new legislature faces is what to do about apportioning the legislature. The new attorney general has asked the three-judge federal court to give the present legislature time to consider a bill before clamping on the federal law. The present legislature is the result of a "temporary" plan passed by the special session following the defeat 'of the Shaff plan by a state-wide vole. It was not designed to be permanent although some legislators had such hopes. The fiederal courts arc now under supreme court direction to have popular representation in both houses of the legislature with no "area" representation as such. THE SO-CALLED permanent plan also adopted by the special session will not comply with the supreme court decision hence it will not be adopted by this legislature for a vote by the people. It had to be passed by two successive legislatures before such a vote. Thus this legislature is faced with the task of writing a completely new plan. There are however several plans introduced in past sessions which could be dusted off, revised and perhaps adopted. Big hurdle is the requirement of the supreme court that both houses must be based on population. There is a small "out" in the decision which might allow some area representation but that must not be the main consideration. IN THE MEANTIME there is a move to get the U. S. constitution amended to make area a factor in one house of a legislature. However that will take some time for adoption, if it is adopted, and it is doubtful the federal court will allow legislatures to drift 1 until such an amendment is adopted or rejected. There is considerable feeling that area must have some real effective representa- tion in at least one house of the legislature. This is particularly true in such slates as Illinois where the city of Chicago would dominate both houses and the rest of the state would be severely handicapped. ONE PROBLEM the Iowa legislature faces is the size of the two houses. There is some sentiment for reducing the number of members to say 33 in the senate and perhaps 99 in the house, or even fewer. By reducing the size of the house it means more people and more area must be included in each of the districts. This would mean the person elected from that district would be farther away from the on tire group of people in his district than in a smaller district. The smaller the district the closer he would be to his constituents. Also good men are loath to campaign in a big district — big in population or big in area, or both. The rigors of a campaign are real and good men will shy away, letting the office go to the rabble rouser with the biggest voice. THE RIDICULOUS situation in which Polk county voters voted for 11 members of the house and two senators at large must be eliminated. Such counties must be districted where a voter has only one legislator to vote for. Governor Hughes favors this districting even though the labor unions like the county-wide voting by which they can control election of all 11 representatives chosen at large. Even with the democratic control of both houses the apportionment problem is not going to be easily solved despite the statements of democrats when they were in the minority. Now they have the responsibility and their tune may be different. Legislative secrecy It will be interesting to see how far the democrats in Iowa's legislature go in their elimination of so-called secrecy in the legislature. It is one thing to have the votes announced after the committee meetings, and another thing to have the meetings completely open to everyone with the "heat" on each member. In the first place there will be at least 1100 bills introduced. There isn't enough time to give each bill a study and debate in both houses. There must be a weeding out of the inconsequential and special interest proposals. IN EACH CASE, however, each bill has its enthusiasts who hound legislators at times to get their pet proposals considered. It is not the regular lobbyists who abuse the legislators. They know better— they are there session after session and give and take as the occasion presents itself without badgering the legislators. However the fellow with a pet proposal is a fanatic on the subject and his treatment of legislators is to force them as much as possible. THIS MONKEY on the backs of legislators is the real reason for secrecy in 30£t instances — a means of protection a legislator against the unreasonableness of these fanatics. It is also probable democrats are no different from republicans in seeking the limelight and there are always a few who disrupt proceedings for publicity purposes when they have the chance. This is not to say all tilings should be secret by any means. However there, is an element of protection for legislators''whicft is amply justified in the preliminary steps in passing a bill. This "putting the finger' on a legislator is a favorite way of making him vote against his convictions. Too often the legislator will give in just to get some peace and quiet for a change. Those who have never been in the legislature have no conception of the lengths some people will go to promote their little project. It isn't pretty, but too often effective. THERE IS DEFINITELY a place for calm sober consideration of proposals away from the hubbub of lobbyists and reporters where a measure can be discussed freely and fully by the people who have the real responsibility and the duty of voting right as their conscience directs. In preliminary considerations the best interests of the state as a whole is served if the whooptedo is prevented. Debate in the legislature as a whole is free and open as it should be, and there is plenty of room for those who oppose or propose to have i' thoir case stated publicly. I It's the badgering of legislators in the preliminary steps that is bad. Few good proposals can be buried — it's only the junk spscial interest deals that cause the problem. Baker There is some hanky panky going on in the Bobby Baker deal that is beginning to smell. Destruction of records by the staff of the investigating committee was pretty bad. It is said they were replaced. The whole attitude of that comuu'ttee begs the question — what's going on here? Were all the destroyed records replaced? Why is the committee so panicked? The country is losing confidence in the committee and also in the senate for permitting this kind of monkey business to go on. will affect production after a strike is settled. There is a real question whether such unions as the steel worker, teamsters, auto workers, etc. have too much power over the economy. These unions are not under the anti-trust law, but in effect they are as much a trust as the barons of early days were in their power over the economy of the nation. Because of abuses in the past by management the laws now are terrifically one- sided in favor of labor. The time is coming when some revision must be had. Everyone eventually is hurt by aj strike. Strikes Gold The fight for control pf the steel workers union bodes ill for that industry in the future. No matter which man wins he will be obligated to start a row with the manufacturers over wages and other considerations to justify his election. The manufacturers wisely last week won postponement of negotiations with the union until after the election in that union had been resolved. The chances are excellent there will be demands the steel companies can not give. This means a strike. A strike in the steel industry has a bad effect on all the economy. Even now the threat has caused stockpiling by users of steel which DeGaulle seems to have this country on a hook. He is demanding $150 millions in gold. If all countries demanded gold for their dollars we'd be broke in a hurry. On Jan. 5 the admitted debt of tliis country was $318 billion, an increase of nine billion in one year. In addition there are uncounted millions or billions of appropriations for future expenditures. Announced last week was the reduction of gold backing for U. S. currency to 25 per cent. This permits more currency in circulation which adds to inflation. Despite the rosy picture by the administration we are apt to be in deep financial trouble. PETERSON'S CHARGES AGAINST GROSS ELECTION ARE UNFOUNDED Vote fraud accusations resented End confusion on time (Jatkton Baty In Osage Press.) Shades of Bathhouse John Coughlin and Hindy-Dink Mc- Kcnna — Fond memories of Len Small, Curly Brooks and Bill Stratton — it looks like we might have had an interesting vote fraud case right here in Mitchell county and the third congressional district. We might have had. But we do not. Our third district congressman, sole Republican survivor of the Lyndon Johnson landslide in Iowa, was sworn in for his ninth term in the House of Representatives Monday. Stephen M. Peterson of Waterloo, the congressman's Democratic opponent, had served him with a 31-page "Notice of Contest of Election" December 28. The contest is being waged because Peterson, who lost by only 419 voles, apparently feels there were erroneously counted ballots, errors in procedure of handling absentee balloting and incorrect, tallying and counting of the votes. The House of Representatives Monday did not consider the matter. It will be considered by the House Administration Committee, which, as Neal Smith, senior Iowa Democratic representative says, is where it should be considered. Smith has not even been shown the election contect information but has been "informed that it is not just a routine complaint, and that there are substantial allegations relative to the election in the Third District. I am sure that the House Administration Committee will examine this matter thoroughly, and if it appears necessary, will send investigators to Iowa for a recount in one county or in .e\ : ' ery county." The allegations are npt' "substantial" in Mitchell county. The Democratic veteran says that he never was asked to bar the congressman and would not have clone so if he had been ask ad. The situation became even more interesting Saturday when James Heyer, editor and publisher of the Sumner Gazette, and Democratic chairman of Bremcr county, "disassociated" himself "with this attempt to throw suspicion on these people who worked at the polls election day." Peterson, Heyer says, is trying to use Bremer county election workers and county officials as "scapegoats" for his defeat. Bremer county, it is true, draws the lion's share of Peterson's criticism. There are 36 references to Bremer county (where the congressman's son committed a faux pas as county attorney). But we want to see Mitchell county get credit where credit is due, and let it be said here and now that there are 14 references to our county in the "Notice of Contest" and no other county outside of Bremer drew so much Peterson attention. Meyer's criticism of the Peterson action would appear to be well-founded, if Jim Heyer went through the Bremer county criticisms as well as we have analyzed those about Mitchell county. But when Heyer says that no one in the 3rd district has been "more interested in the defeat of our present congressman than myself" he knows not whereof he speaks. Heyer has -never been called "The 01' Swamp Owl" by the congressmen. Nor has Heyer ever been attacked by the congressman's use of direct mail. Where the Sumner newspaperman hits the jackopt, however, is in his statement "If the defeated candidate Peterson had displayed the same energy in his campaign as he has since the election in seeking a recount of votes, he could well have defeated" the congressman. We cannot express our opinion on matters in the other 15 counties of the district. But we can do so with regard to Mitchell county. Based upon Mitchell county and Peterson's allegations about the county, it is obvious: First, that H. R. Gross was properly seatsd as our congressman subject to a determination by the House Administrative committee. Second, that Peterson's charges are wild and unfounded. Third, that county officials and poll workers morally have grounds to sue Peterson for libel. Fourth, that Mr Gross had nothing at all to do with the completely minor and irrelevant irregularities. Fifth, that if we in the third congressional district are to have .a candidate defeat Mr Gross for public office, he is going to be a candidate who campaigns hard in every county in the district. Before the election. Sixth, that the cause of politics and good government is hampered by mud-slinging, hip- shooting allegations and downright misstatements of fact such as made by the young Mr Peterson. Junior colleges ease load * on state school system (Chas. Pavis in Iowa Falls Citizen) Whatever the various issues to be settled by the next session of the legislature, f monev will be 'at-the cefiter oP moSt 6T the struggles. In most cases, there just won't be enough money to satisfy budget requests. Among those asking for more state funds will be Iowa's public junior colleges. Their pleas for vocational-technical school funds are certain to get attention, but they will also be asking for additional state aid for their routine operations. And while the state's four-year schools governed by the board of regents have often been somewhat scornful of more aid to the two-year community colleges, there is reason to believe that this attitude may change this year. The reason is simple. Iowa's junior colleges are relieving some of the load at the four-yaar schools. Without the junior colleges, SUI, 1SU and SCI would be completely adrift in handling freshmen and sophomore classes. For instance, there are 2.0,348 freshmen students in Iowa's colleges — public, private, four- year, two-year — this fall. And while the state's four-year schools enrolled 34.8 percent of this number, 24.3 percent are attending junior colleges. Without the junior colleges, freshman enrollment at the state schools would have increased by 57.5 percent. Call a halt to aid (Pawl Smith in Ro?k R*pid« Reporter) Efforts of the United Nations to get a cease fire in the bloody fighting in the Congo have been rebuffed. Folks in that ill-fated nation seem to want to fight — and many of their neighbors are doing all they can to provoke rebellion, bloodshed and confusion- Over in another part of the world the Viet Namese people can't quite make up their minds either, whether they want to support a national government and continue to receive millions of dollars every week in help from America—-or whether they want their country to go down into the whirlpool of complete anarchy. In neither area^-Africa nor Southeast Asia^-san this nation help any government, because the people themselves won't or can't make up ihejr minds as to who should govern. We have lost a substantial number of our men fighting in Viet Nam — and we've lost a number of missionaries, who Economy needed All told, there are 8,345 students — freshmen and sopho- mfores — in the junior colleges. Tfiis is roughly equal to the combined enrollments of Drake University and-Grinnell. $The four-year schools and the board of regents are now coming to the logical conclusion that good junior colleges are a complement to the state schools. Tljey are a much-needed safety valve. {Dramatic as this year's junior college i enrollment figures are, they are "puny" by comparison wijth those expected in a few short years. These words from a .recent bulletin of. the Iowa Junior College Association tell the story: "If the rate of increase remains the same in the next decade, Iowa public junior colleges will enroll 13,897 students in regular day school classes in Sept., 1972. Actually, there is every reason to expect a much larger number than that since each year a higher percentage of the age population graduates from high school and a higher percentage of high school graduates continue into college. This has been the basis for the increasing college enrollments of the past. "In addition to this, the wave of increase in school population is now in the 12th grade. There are one-third more 12th graders this year than there were last, and in 1965 they will be college- freshmen. The rising tide will continue into the future." were slaughtered in the Congo. Personally we are of the opinion that we should now call a halt to further aid in either area until some sort of stability is established and until the people make up their minds as to what' government they will support. Fullbright correct (M. B. Cr*t>b« in Eagle Grpve Etglt) \Ve notice that Senator Fullbright has notified the Johnson administration that he will not sponsor foreign aid as a package appropriation §s it has beep in the past. In other, words he wants to look at the various itepis in the total appropriation for foreign aid. The foreign aid program of the V- S. needs careful study itepi by item and nation by nation. We hope this decision by Senator Fyllbright nxean.5 that congress intends to give the foreign aid bill such a study. It is obvious even to the unin- for.jsgd that we h§ye been p&ur- ing billions into foreign ajjj rajt holes,. , _,_ (W. C. Jaffia§!n in Storm Lake Pilot-Triburte) Among the many issues that have been discussed in making out the program of the forthcoming session of the Iowa legislature is that of daylight savings time. Fast time provoked so much discussion when it was adopted informally in Iowa last summer that it is inevitable it will be overlooked when the lawmakers get going. It is charged that daylight savings time is supported by the cities and urban centers and disapproved in rural communities. If that is true, the cities and towtts will be in command when the forthcoming session get g»> ing because of re-appoftlortmerit based more or less oil popula^ tion with neither house based on area. An Associated Press poll of the forthcoming senate, and house showed a heavy majority in favor of the daylight sayings time schedule. But the time for it to start and end caused quite a b : .t of division. However, the Associated Press says that the most favorable date is to start Memorial Day and wind it up Labor Day. One thing lowans don't want is another hit-and-miss system , which is satisfactory to no one. (Ed Grady in Maquoketa Sentinel) Although we suggest that his lights-out-at-the-Wh i t e-H o u s e move resulted in something less than the proverbial drop in the economy bucket, PresideritMohn- ' son's more determined and sometimes successful efforts in other directions to put the brake on wild spending are laudatory. Too often we are told that there is a vast difference between government spending and private spending. What is meant by such a loose statement is simply that irresponsible, reckless, pointless government waste should be condoned. It should not, of course. In several notable respects, government spending does differ significantly from private finance. If you, as a citizen, were to spend more than your income or other tangible worth permits, your creditors would lose little time in initiating steps to rectify the situation. Perhaps your salary is garnished or possibly the finance company takes your new car. You might even lose your farm, or your home— or your shirt. Figuring prominently and irrevocably is a natural law of elementary economics, Responsible people recognize that there is a saturation point—a point, as it were, of no return. Even the irresponsible usually possess some vague awareness of this immutable fact. But as if to totally ignore the fundamentals, those who accumulate the public debt continue to mound the bills. Economists of a strange but certain persuasion make reassuring noises. Rarely is there any thought of fiscal caution in this extremely vital area. Nor is there any indication of prudent fear. This state wants arid lands reclaimed. This state wants a useless waterway. That state begs for a defense contract for its leading industry. The usual concessions are made. Back scratching compromises result. All the while the staggering federal debt balloons by literal leaps and bounds. And John Q. Taxpayer underwrites it ail, even to his children's children to the third and fourth generation -^ind well beyond. Attempts to either repeal or ignore basics in fiscal matters are, in the final analysis, utter, ly futile^-and inherently disastrous. There has yet to be devised any way, save one, for Uncle Sam to make money—and that is by running the printing presses overtime. Anything else in the U- S. Treasury's bank account originates in the pocket of the public. The alternative to consum- niate financial ruination is public fiscal sanity and responsibility. Let us sincerely hope that the President is about to set us on such a course. ALGONA KOSSUTH C.OUNTY ADVANCt Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. Editor and pub'isher, Duane E. Dewcl, Managing Editor, Julian Chriscmlles, Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. NATIONAL EDITOR! ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County $5.00 Six months in County and lo nearest post office $3,50 Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s $7.00 All rights to matter published in the Algona Kossuth .County Advance . are reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, and reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of the publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. -AM manuscripts articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. Alqona Professional AND Business Directory Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KO'.P 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. INVESTORS Diversified Servicts, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNQLD 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 HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst 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 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 CARUOM MANAOtMtNT COMPANY m-»f 1 RICKLEFS & GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tyoes of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HAROLD W. ERICKSON 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 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 CAROL L. PLQTT, M. P. 110 No. Moore Street Practice Limited to Surgery Office Hours by aupointment 295-5864 Office 295-5331 Residence MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St, Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 Pr. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CRIPIT BURiMJ Pf KOSSUTH C@UNTY Collectrite Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 Algona Credit Byreay Federation Algona Office division of Midwest Credit Cprporatien Now Offering The Midwest Credit §y$tejn (Immediate Electronic Credit Loss Recovery Service) • with Monthly and KiYlhJ NA$H, Quarterly Reports. 123 E. Call 295-51Q8 m-$944 Alf9A« Alpna * w frttttttttt**tttt***tftttttt*tttttttttiti*t**tt*«* PAN L. BRAY, M. P, M. P. Clinic Bldg, 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTiR, M, 0," Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOi, M, Q. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, AJgqni Office Phone 295-549Q Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS J*. Dentist 622 E, S&te SJ. Phone 395-2334 DR. LERQY |. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore fit Phose 285-3131

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