The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 18, 1966 · Page 11
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 11

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 18, 1966
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Mftrry-60-Round By Drew P«anon WASHINGTON - The Joint Chiefs of Staff, who a year and a half ago told the President they could cut off North Vietnamese infiltration into South Viet Nam by bombings, have now advised him that only sealing the borders of South Viet Nam will halt the flow of troops and supplies southward. This would require doubling U, S. ground forces in South Viet Nam, which would mean higher draft calls and a further heavy drain on the economy-on materials already in short supply, on strained production facilities, on shipping, on manpower. And it also would mean further reduction or postponement of Great Society programs. The fact is that the Joint Chiefs' theory that bombing would stop men and supplies from moving southward has not worked out. The opposite has happened. The number of communist troops in South Viet Nam has doubled, and daily reports from the battle fronts prove they are getting the supplies they need. So the flow of both men and supplies has increased. The enemy is now estimated to have 282,000 troops in the south, while the U. S. has around 290,000. Six weeks ago a full North Vietnamese division of 10,000 men slipped across the demilitarized zone at the 17th parallel; other divisions are being massed for similar crossings. This is why the U. S. B- 52's suddenly began bombing this zone. The unfortunate fact is that the terrain of Viet Nam, the lack of roads and railroads, plus the inability of U. S. troops to distinguish which Vietnamese are friendly and which are not, combine to make it unlikely that even a half a million U. S. troops could seal the South Viet Nam borders effectively. As bitter experience has shown, the "peasants" behind the U. S. lines frequently turn out to be Viet Cong if not North Vietnamese regulars. .Thus.U. S. troops always have the danger q&ihe enemy, striking them from the rear. So the Joint Chiefs could be wrong again. Nevertheless the President may feel he has no alternative to following their advice; certainly nothing else is working too well. - o - - THREAT FROM RED CHINA- Although some Western experts feel that Red China Is too preoccupied • with her internal problems to intervene in Viet Nam openly, Soviet leaders don't agree. At least they are telling Western diplomats in Moscow that they fear Peking may finally act. If s for this reason, they explain, that the Kremlin has agreed to Chinese conditions for shipping Soviet supplies to Hanoi via land across China, rather than directly by sea. In this way Russia hopes it is taking pressure off the Chinese leaders to expand the war, by giving them clear evidence that Hanoi is receiving all the assistance it needs and that more aid from China is not required. - o - -DODD'S DOGGEDNESS- As this column has indicated before, Sen. Thomas Dodd of Connecticut is expert at arranging free transportation for himself and his family. We now have found he even does this for his dog, Beau. On November 11, 1963, the Senator arranged for United Aircraft to fly his dog to Connecticut. The plane waited thirty minutes while Dodd's staff struggled to put the dog in a cart. But company officials finally tired of waiting and took off. The Senator then shipped Beau by air express. It cost $6.24 for the dog's trip, another $15 to send his kennel along with him. Dodd used his American Airlines Credit card to charge the bills, and later sent the dog's bill to his Connecticut campaign expense fund for payment. - o- - DEMOCRATIC ELECTION FEARS- Agitation in this country against involvement in the war In Viet Nam has President Johnson worried, for several reasons. First, he knows that the unpopularity of the war may cost some Democratic seats in Congress anyway. Second, he fears the North Vietnamese would interpret Democratic losses as further evidence that the American people do not support the war, thus strengthening Hanoi's determination to keep on fighting until we give up and pull out. However, Democratic politicians all over the country are now telling LBJ there is another election issue, even more critical than the war - racial violence. They report that voters in big cities especially are concerned about the spread of riots and looting, and that nothing short of a dramatic crackdown on these disturbances will save the Democrats from a disastrous defeat in November. - o - - CABINET SQUABBLES President Johnson is definitely unahppy with two of his cabinet members — and at least one of them is virtually sure to exit. LBJ is sore at Secretary of Labor Wirtz for letting him stick his neck out in the airline strike with the White House "settlement," because Wirtz did not warn him that the rank-and-file machinists might not accept it. And he's even more peeved at Secretary of Commerce Connor for talking out of turn and out of line with White House policy. LBJ also has had some differences with Wirtz on antistrike legislation. These go back to January when the President, in his State of the Union message, called for legislation to curb strikes which harm the national interest. The proposal came as a shock to Wirtz, who hadn't been consulted. He later talked the President out of the idea, warning that it would cause trouble with the unions. Now, with Congress working on antistrike legislation Inspired by the President to handle the airline strike in talks with Sens. Wayne Morse of Oregon and Wirtz again ttas opposed him, and again has succeeded in preventing open White House support for the measure. The resultant bad publicity for the President has made him even more peeved at Wirtz. But on the other hand, Wirtz has been a loyal, hard-working assistant, and he'll probably survive. Secretary Connor, however, will not. LBJ figures he not only hasn't been any asset as head of Commerce, but actually has been a liability. One of Connor's big goofs some months ago was his state- ment down-grading the chance of a tax increase at a time the White House was emphasizing this possibility as a psychological weapon against price and wage increases. Then a few days ago, Connor spoke out against the administration's wage-price guidelines and so angered the President that he called a press conference next day to defend them. Some administration Insiders have described Connor's thinking as "confused." After the election in November, you can look for the President and Secretary Connor to reach an agreement - not on guidelines or taxation, b.ut on the date of Connor's resignation as Commerce chief. - o - - CONFLICTS OF INTEREST It has now been eight months since Congress reconvened, yet it has not to date enacted legislation to police its own elections and straighten out its conflicts of interest. During this period the Senate has been rocked by the Dodd investigation, President Johnson has proposed an election reform bill, and earlier the entire nation was concerned over the Bobby Baker investigation. Despite this, the Senate Rules Committee recently voted 5 to 4 to pigeonhole President Johnson's proposed election reforms. His proposal was aimed at: 1. Reforming the present system whereby candidates for public office have to pass the hat to finance their elections, then are beholden to their campaign contributors after elected. 2. Preventing conflicts of Interest by requiring every member of Congress to report all outside income, gifts, etc., worth more than $100. This had been dubbed the "Dodd Section" of the bill. Johnson's proposals were neither penetrating nor revolutionary. However, a majority of the Senate Rules Committee made it quite clear they did not want their cozy club spoiled by reforms. Significantly, this debate was held behind closed doors. No military security was Involved. No delicate -question of foreign policy was discussed. No problem of espionage arose. The only question was government honesty, a problem in which the public has a vital stake. Yet, aside from the final vote, public was .jjlSFI^owSF to* lsten to the proceedings or read the transcript. Days later, after this columm had spent almost a week asking questions of Senators to ascertain what went on in the closed-door deliberations, the transcript was published. Redwood Trees The redwood is a prolifically growing tree and rapidly reestablishes itself through stump sprouts — a regenerative process rare among the conifers — and through reseeding. Most of the redwood forests which were logged in the early days of this Century are re-established today. • • * rar WIN-A-HONDA CONTEST In Co-operation With No. la. Appliance • • • * • • + • • • • + * • * • 4 A; ! At HONDA "50" MARK 100 - GRAND PRIZE ADDITIONAL PRIZES GIVEN EACH WEEK! You'll receive 2 additional coupons with the pur* chase of any Wrangler garment. This includes girls' cut-off*, boys' slacks and jeans, shirts or jackets. ACE LIMIT: 6 to 96 The more often you're in — the more chances to win! •••••••• clip and deposit at Diamond's••?e»»e»e% DIAMOND'S FREE HONDA t! NAME ADDRESS Deposit this coupon in drawing box at DIAMOND'S * • • • * • • • • 4 » Miss Kohlhaas Of St. Joe Is Engaged church, St. Joe. Both are Garrigan high school graduates. ST. JOE Mr. and Mrs. Hubert O'Brien accompanied by the latter's sister, Valeria Thilges, Algona, drove to El Pasco, 111., where Miss Thtlges is visiting friends, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert O'Brien spent the weekend with relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Vic Kurka and family at Fiarfeild. St. Joseph's school is to be cleaned Thursday and Friday with leaders of the 12 parish groups in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert O'Brien, Mrs. Patricia Hackney, Debbie and Rhonda Sue Hackney were recent guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hejllk, Emmetsburg, in observance of the baptism of Craig Michael Hejlik by Rev Clarence Farrelly. MARIAN KOHLHAAS CT. JOE - Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kohlhaas announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Marian, to Joseph Rlngsdorf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Rlngsdorf of Burt. A September wedding Is planned to St. Joseph's Catholic EARL STOTT Republican Cindidit? For KOSSUTH COUNTY SUPERVISOR THIRD DISTRICT Your Vote and Support Will Be Appreciated Primary Election. September fi. l%r. Thursday, August 18, 1966 Algona, (la.) Upper Des Mo!fiM-11 NOW IN MINNEAPOLIS Nationally Famous HYATT icoqe Whert Old World Innkeepinf Hospitality it Revived I \i'J>iluoi; SDH CUT imjii.'incil. 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