Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 21, 1965 · Page 13
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 21, 1965
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Kossuth County Advance !arj^riJcsi~ -J~~ OPERATING COST IS TOO CLOSE fd THE TOTAL OF INCOME THURSDAY, JAN. 21, Heat on governor When there's a change in administration or the complexion of the legislature there is a so-called "honeymoon" period where the governor and the legislature see eye to eye. The time always comes, however, when they see eyeball to eyeball, and this legislature is not going lo be an exception de- soite all of the enthusiastic cooperation indicated during the Hughes two addresses lasl week. Hughes followed the Johnson pattern pretty much — with something promised to everyone and not a hint of what would have to happen lo pay for the program even if only fractionally adopted. THE GOVERNOR had success with Ihc 1963-4 legislature because of condilions al the time which forced the legislature into action on such hot subjects as reapportion- irient. It was well known he had a hostile group lo deal with and therefore escaped pressure lo gel action. The situation is now changed. The governor has a friendly group of his own party members in complete conlrol of Ihe legislature if he can hold his democrats in line. He now has the duty of leadership, not thai of gelling along with a legislature controlled by Ihe other party. His obligations are slronger than before and he will be held to the buzz saw of leadership by the remaining republicans as well as the state. HE NO LONGER has the excuse the legislature is controlled by Ihe olher party. Republican governors have found in Bliss for Burch Despite his claims to the contrary Goldwater is on his way out as leader of the republican party. The resignation of Dean Burch as national chairman punctuated Ihe fact Acceptance of Ray Bliss, of Ohio, points toward a' moderate position for the parly rather than the Goldwater position of conservatism which would have been assumed if Burch had stayed as national chairman. Bliss has no scars on him. He accepted Goldwater after Ihe convenlion and worked for him as a loyal republican, but he was not one of the arch conservatives who maneuvered the Goldwater nomination. THE PARTY IMAGE has become a worry for republicans. They feared the Goldwater ultra conservalive label would be pinned on Ihe parly through the coming elections to a point where the 1964 fiasco would hang like an albatross around the party's neck. If the party wants voters to forget the Goldwater leadership il was absolutely necessary Burch be replaced. Burch was named by Goldwater, and he was so tinged with the label that nothing he could do would remove the tainl lhat he might be a Goldwater stooge. The eleclion of Bliss marks a turning away from the ultra conservatism by the Churchill Few who listened to the impassioned speeches of Winston Churchill will ever forget the words he spoke in the dark days when England was nearly brought Jto its knees. '-. ' He breathed defiance in every word and his words were more effective than the sword of the Nazis. It was a privilege to have lived during bis time and to have heard him. Those who have come onto the world scene later can never know the impact the man had. Patrician, commoner, despot, aristocrat — or by whatever name he was called by opponents — he was still a man, and perhaps more than any other he saved the free world. Secrecy The so-called secrecy issue is far from hging resolved in the legislature despite the statements during the past week. Democrats in the senate left a good many questions unanswered on how the governor's appointments to state posts would be handled. The campaign statements indicated everything in the open — but democrats indicated party caucuses, secret of course, would determine many senate votes. And the state executive council met "in private" to discuss a proposal dealing with use of state cars! There is bound to be some secrecy in all matters in the legislature, and the democrats are no different than the republicans in a desire to thresh out matters among themselves. A free and open discussion can be had in a so-called secret meeting, whereas members would be loath to speak out when they are "on the record." There will be secrecy in many things -?- in hotel rooms, in the caucus rooms, and otherwise — where members can think out load without fear of being held to account later for legitimate questions which are the past that when the legislature is so over-whclmingly controlled by the governor's party that parly soon develops factions within the parly to the detriment of legislative action. Hughes will be expected to demand and get more from this Icgislalurc than was the case when it was assumed the 1963 republican legislature was against him politically. BECAUSE MORE will bo expected the heal will be on and the governor will be blamed by many in the legislaltire for pushing his program. Democrats from the small counties will not be anxious to go along on some of the programs obnoxious to the rural voter. Problems which will make severe headaches in sight now are the right to work law "revision," apportionment on population, the school bus transportation sizzlcr, and perhaps abolishing the death penally. There are others. Sometimes an unseen hornet's nesl is disturbed in the session which causes voter explosions all over Ihc slalc. Spending more money will mean more will have lo be raised by laxalion — and Ihe spending measures are pouring in. In Ihc pasl many spending agencies have blamed skin-flinl republicans for lack of money. They now are joyously expecting Ihe democrats lo up their appropriations. The governor come spring may long for the good old days of the session of 1963. party, II was engineered somewhat by mid-westerners, but it is also fairly certain that Nixon and Eisenhower had a hand in it. GOLDWATER IS through as a national leader of the parly. Thai leaves a glaring vacancy which musl be filled. At present the two towering figures in the party are Eisenhower and Nixon. It is pretty well known Eisenhower prefers the elder slates- man role. This leaves Nixon as perhaps Ihe only man who can bring warring factions in the party together. Rockefeller killed himself off politically. Romney just doesn't have the appeal outside Michigan where he has plenty of problems without worrying about the national scene. Scranton doesn't seem to have Ihe polilical savvy on Ihe national level. Lodge's offishness washed him up. So far none of the members of either the U. S. senate or house has sufficient stature to make a bid for leadership though the party record must be written by them. Whether Nixon is anxious to step in is not known. He wasn't involved in the Goldwater nomination either pro or con. He looked on much as did Eisenhower. But at present he seems the only man able to have a chance to get Ihe moderates and liberals in the party together with the conservatives. answered in private to their satisfaction. There is an element of fraud in the claims for elimination of secrecy. It will be used many many times in the coming weeks, and is still secrecy by whatever name it may be termed. Legislators musl have some degree of freedom in legitimate questioning that is not present when every word is scanned for some ulterior motive which isn'l al all present. Words spoken by a legislator have more impact than those of the citizen who does not have the responsibility. Liquor When is a party private and when is it a device to get around the state liquor laws? That is a question which will hound the legislature after a recent supreme court decision. As an example take an organization which is holding a party for members only and wishes to serve liquor. The party is held in a building where there is no state permit to serve liquor. The organization buys and serves the liquor itself. It thereby does not have to pay the 10 per cent drink tax or hold a permit to serve to all comers. The supreme court says this is all right as long as the people attending are actual members of the organization. Many view the decision as opening the door to the old-time key clubs. It would seem this interpretation is far-fetched, at least for the moment. The legislature should go slowly in revising the law until such time as abuses do occur. John T. Connor, the first major appointment of President Johnson, is finding the road pretty rough. He was named to be the new secretary of commerce. He is president of Merck & Co. He gives up a good job to take the appointment. To take his option before he lost the chance he bought shares in Merck at a favorable employe discount. The senate immediately got into aii uproar about a conflict of interest. Comparable farm income needed Gun ownership problem (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) No one cnn quarrel with the ambitions of President Johnson's "Great Society" in behalf of the American farmer. It recognizes that what is wanted FROM the farmer is "abundant supply". There appears to be no problem there. What is desired FOR the farmer is "comparable income"; and there lies the rub, just as it has ever since the mechanical revolution in farming . . . and, sporadically, from time to time before. Research conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture regarding farm income in 1962 revealed "average" cash receipts of $30,595 per farm and "average" production expenses of $23,880. In the estimates of net income from farming were included the value of home produced food (which seems logical) and the rental value of the farm dwelling. We're inclined to wonder a bit about the second factor; for a farm family must live SOMEWHERE, and it seems questionable to regard a farm home an income-producing, asset of the land — any more than the rental value of a businessman's home should be regarded as part of the income- pro-dueling potential of his business. Be that as it may, the USDA concedes that the average "net" figure of $7,864 arrived at'by subtracting average farm expenses from receipts is short of "comparable returns" from other types of endeavor. The USDA's National Agricultural Advisory commission, which was assigned to determine what the level of farm income should be to enable efficient producers to earn returns on their labor and investment comparable with returns realized on similar resources outside of agriculture, came up with the figure $9,503 per farm — out of those average receipts of $30,595. This was based on $5,008 for interest on the operator's capital at five per cent, and $4,495 for family labor at $2.39 per hour. The NAAC conceded that that is a "conservative estimate", bacause no separate allowance is made for management. In general industry, there would be considerable clamor if returns ,to management were looked upon as a negligible factor in the profit structure. So, even being rather niggardly in "forgetting" any proceeds for management and rather arbitrarily making the farmer's use of his own farm house equivalent to "rental income", the NAAC grants that income from farming in 1962 was 17 per cent lower than comparable returns from similar investment and effort outside of agriculture — even though farm income was being supported by government programs. One gathers that the "Great Society" hopefully contemplates that by some magic the picture can be brightened in the not too distant future, simultaneous with abandonment of price-support programs. Nevertheless, the NAAC did recommend that the general policy of support of income in agriculture be continued as long as present circumstances exist — for which the farmer, for the time being, can bs duly thankful. It also urged that the voluntary wheat and feed grain programs be projected a minimum of five years so farmers can make better plans for cropland use. Some sense there, too. Health agencies come under Platitudes heavy government attack deluge (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) We have been increasingly alarmed by the attacks on all sections of the health professions. Doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, drug manufacturers, you name it if they have had anything to do with the public's health they are under heavy government attack. Doctors are faced with almost certain passage of medicare, which no one questions is the first step in government control of the medical profession. It will also effect hospitals as it dictates prices that can bs charged and nursing homes with the same threat. Likewise the pharmaceutical industry has been hounded and held up to ridicule for the prices charged for medicines that may actually cost only a fraction of the price charged. They fail to take into account that the discovering firm may have spent millions in the discovery and preparation of a drug that completely wipes out a former killing disease. These "miracles in the form of drugs" have been achieved at a vast cost in time and money. Out of every 2,500 to 3,500 compounds originally experimented with and synthesized only one may survive to reach us as a safe, effective prescription drug. U. S. drug manufacturers reinvest half of their profits in research and development. This is a government statistic. It is also different from the industries that make our planes and missiles, whose research is financed by the government. But the politicians tell us that everyone connected with the healing arts is charging too much for his services so there- for^ the government will step iff and'control' 'things arid set prices. It remains to be seen how long we will continue to be the healthiest nation on earth with the healing arts under federal control Automation doing away with the old time politicial boss? (Chas. Davis in Iowa Falls Citizen) We noted one great change this year in both the Republican and Democratic conventions — the complete absence of political bosses in both party power structures. If decisions are still made in "smoke-filled" rooms, they are not made by the big-city political bosses. These simply no longer exist. Chicago Democrat Jake Arvey is probably the closest thing to a "boss" remaining in either party, but his power seems palid by comparison to the political machines of the first half of the 20th century. With all due respect to various political reformers, it was automation, not ideals which banished "bossism." Big poltiical machines prospered because they gave work — because they put money in men's pockets. Automation changed this. We remember the days of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City. "Uncle Tom" put thousands of jobless men on public works projects. Parks, boulevards, public buildings were constructed with political patronage labor. And Pendergast just happened to own the ready-mix cement company which provided the materials for these projects. But where it used to require 100 men on a construction job, new equipment and techniques require perhaps one-fourth that number. That cuts into the potential of the political boss. He's practically disappeared. Of course the reformers helped. So did the federal income tax laws. But without automation, and mpdern machinery, we'd still have the big political machines. The bosses were outsmarted by the engineers and industrialists. Lighting of White House viewed with enthusiasm (C. P, Wood* in Sheldon Mfil) Current proposals to bathe the White House in Washington with artificial moonlight strike us as strangely appealing. Besides, making the residence of the President look real pretty, the floodlight idea opens up a flood of possibilities. For example, the lights used could be tinged with color, perhaps to reflect current happenings, or tell the public what is in store for them, along the lines of the "weather balls" in the cities that show red when the bad weather is coming, green when all appears well. This could also be adapted, for instance, to show the day- by-day financial trend — as the nation went farther into debt, the artificial moonlight could take on an increasingly red hue. Green could show the opposite, the color of healthy money. Or it could be keyed to political trends; if the extreme lib- erals take over, the red tinge could indicate you-know-what; blue, needless to say, would show the opposite reaction to the above, reminiscent of the old conservative laws of that peep purple could be used to sqw when the time comes to pay increased ta*es, reflecting the color Qf the taxpayer's face while the squeeze is. on, which coy|d then gradually fade out to 3 bloodless white. SQ true! (G. W- AMfWrd in La*. Mill* Qr»phi V ) A,t the church in Lafee Mills there is a reliable standby who can always be de- penjjed upon to work on church suppers. As she put away the last plate from one recently, she paraphrased, that good old hymn: '^Wben the rolls ar*> served up yonder, I'll he there." (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) We're not at all enthused abotit the current drive to clamp ddwii 6ft the ownership df gtins. Softie of the leaders Iti the con< gress think that crime can be cut by merely controlling ownership of gilrts. It won't work that Way. Experience in New York, where there is a very stringent gun law, is that the common citizens now have no chance to carry weapons—but the criminals go right ahead— because they have no intention of obeying any law anyhow. The height of the ridiculous was reached when the state arrested and prosecuted a young woman for carrying a knife. (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle Ever since President. Johnson gave his "Great Sociely" speech we have been interested in reading Ihe reoorts of reaction to it from both the liberal commen- lalors and Ihe conservalive opposition. Actually it all boils down to the fact that it was Ihe greatest oulpouring of olatiludes ever delivered by a U. S. President. He promised, not something but everything to everyone, ALMOST. Big business is going to get tax .reductions. Merchanls are going lo gel rid of Ihe excise taxes. Labor is going to gel a nalional law doing, away with right to work laws in the stales. Old folks are going lo gel medi- ' care lo nay Iheir hospital bills. Poor folks are going to get training for new jobs and good jobs from this Iraining. Young folks in Ihe job corps who find il hard lo find a job are going lo gel an education thai costs more than it does to go to Harvard Universily. The millions of federal employees are going lo gel pay raises. Small businesses are going lo gel easy loans lo expand iheir operalions. Lei's see did we forgel anyone—Oh Yes THE FARMER. This is whal he said about the farmers: "Our economy owes much to the efficiency of our farmers. We must continue to assure them the opportunity to earn a fair reward. I have instructed the Secrelary of Agri- cullure lo lead a major efforl lo find new approaches lo reduce the heavy cost of our farm programs and to direct more of our efforl lo Ihe small farmer who needs help Ihe most" Inside out cooking (G. W. Aasgiard in Lake Mills Graphic) Are you roasting from within? If not maybe you should be. Ever since some troglodyte first discovered that holding meat over the fire made it tastier, men have been roasting meat in about the same way. The only major advance is the use of an oven which directs heat at the roast from all sides. II is thus a matter of spme historic importance that at this point in the 2pth century there has emerged a device for cooking meat from the inside out as well as from, the outside in. It is a pin that looks a bit like a meat thermometer, but whereas the thermometer, merely records temperature the new gadget increases it. These devices, called "thermo pins," contain a chemical ordinarily used as a refrigerant. In this case, it is vaporized by oven heat, which H conducts to the cooler interior of the bird or rib roast There it condenses and starts the heat transfer cycle again. The pins have been available to institutional cooks for several years, and are said to reduce cooking time by up to 5,0 per cent. Now they are on Ihe consumer market This is not an ad for "thermo pins-" They just strike us as being a fascinating advance in the old campfire art of roasting meats. She had been attacked on sev< eral occasions and the police could not figure OUt who did it, so she started carrying a knife for protection. Wisely the grand jury to whom the case was sub* milled refused to irtdict, Clamping down on ittdiscfinV inate sales of firearms by mail may have merit.lt is undoubtedly all right to have guns registered—although the criminals will ignore lhat facet of the law also—but to go further, to deny the right of an American to own and use guns within reasonable limitations is ridiculous. We hope that members of the congress will not ba swayed into an effort to take this right away from our people. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCI Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. Editor and cubiisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Cnnschilles, Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dowel. NAT! O N A L EDITOR I_AL As(sbc< : 6 TI 5 N A F f I U A 1 E M £ M R E B ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of County $5.00 Six months in County and to 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 Ajgoria Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. Algona Professional AND Business Directory 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 $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure" "' Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 .Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business - Home - Car - Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Independent Agent 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS * GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists Or, HAROLD W. ERICKSON Byes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR, C. M. O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So, Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr, U, L, SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU »f KOSSUTH COUNTY CoHectrite Service Fact biit Reports 295-3182 Algona Credit Bureau Federation Algona Office division of Midwe«t Credit Corporation Now Offering The Midwest frfdjt S.y«tem (Immediate Electronic Credit Loss Recovery Service) with Monthly a^d Quarterly Reports. Phon* ?9$-5964 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 ChiropraCkOT 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 CABLSCN FMM MANAGk'MINT COMPANY M. Dod|« 29S-2IV) 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, PLOTT, M. D. 110 No. Moore Street I Practice Limited to Surgery Office Hours by appointment 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 DAN L. BRAY, M. D, M. D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295^2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTER, M. 0." Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona. Office Phone 295-5490 Dentists PR. J. 8. HARRIS JR, Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 OR, LERQY I. Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 123 E. Call

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