Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 4, 1965 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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EDITQ^ bssuth County Adv. • • m —*•—.- a».-•• —-.—ZTw'; ,.. ,.,., «, —— THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 1965 Bingo legislature The space given by daily papers to the bingo debates in the legislature are probably all out of joint with the true facts. Quite often such publicity .gives the legislature a disreputable name thoroughly unjustified by the facts. Not so long ago there was a bill permitting the shooting of mourning doves introduced. The bill was never debated on the floor of either house, but publicity gimmicks led the slate to believe all that legislature did was argue about shooting the poor little doves. Then there was the big olco fight some years ago in which the manufacturers were finally permitted to sell the product colored instead of putting a bag of coloring in the package so the housewife could color it herself. BINGO IS A GAME much loved by many churches and organizations as means of raising money. It satisfies pretty well the normal person's urge to gamble and still doesn't have the taint of gambling by cards or on the horses. It is particularly loved by the old ladies' groups, hence the interest by the daily papers who find avid readers for that reason. The only problem involved is that the real gamblers once took over the relatively harmless game and converted it into big- time gambling by boosting the amount charged for a card and also boosting the winner's lake. THIS LED TO ABUSES, mainly along Iowa's eastern river cities where stakes of $10 to $100 a card were required and involved big money by those who played. There arc all kinds of games that invite or permit wagers. Bridge players have sessions of a tenth of a cent a point for the fun games — but getting bigger and bigger. Cribbage is reported to have been played at a dollar a game or more — with so much per point the winner is ahead. In fact most people like to take a bit of risk in hopes of winning. The trouble is keeping the stakes and the cost clown to where no one is hurt financially. That's the problem of the legislature. and in its wrangling with the "sin" problem of gambling it must draw a line between what is and what isn't sinful. This leads to publicity — and this legislature could well become known as the Bingo Legislature. Right to work problem Governor Hughes is reported to have woodshedded members of his party who voted out a repeal of the right to work law before the governor was ready for it. The governor wanted it at a time when it wouldn't raise passions too much. The bill would repeal all the right to work laws outright. This project is the darling of the unions who then would have a freer hand in forcing employes to join the union or get fired or prevented from getting a job. It is a ticklish political subject for it is pretty well established most lowans approve of the right to work laws. Even many democrats from out of the city influence take a dim view of repealing the law. GOVERNOR HUGHES is well aware of his obligation to the unions, but he is also aware the big segment of Iowa approves of the law. The governor is looking ahead two years when he probably will make the race for the senate, and he wants no upsetting of business by ill-conceived moves. The governor's plan is to sneak in a side door and legalize the union shop by indirect means. This proposal would let a man go to work without union membership — but he would have to join within 30 days or get fired. This delayed action has all of the effect of a union shop, but is politically smart Facts Some weeks ago this column predicted the present legislature wouldn't ,be much different than other recent ones despite the change in party control. There were great talks about working six days a week, passing bills, having no secrecy, and being pure and high minded. The legislature adjourns on Friday, just as always, no bills of any consequence have been passed, and now it is revealed a "secret" group is working on an apportionment plan! And the sub-committees are meeting secretly. The facts of legislative life are being revealed to some of the new starry-eyed members. Experience Experience is a valuable asset in anything but it is more so in politics where there is plenty of opposition to take advantage of a stumble. Such experience was needed by Sec. of Agriculture Owen in his hiring and firing of employes of his department. He not only made a sad mistake but at the same time became ungallant in his treatment of a lady. There are accepted ways of "changing of the guard" when one party takes over from the other. It is customary to disclaim illy bias because of political faith. Then the firings are conducted in a quiet manner wjth the person usually given a chance to resign. In the agriculture case Owen fired an employe of some 18 years standing with a college degree in his work, and substituted a good democrat without the same qualifications, good though the man otherwise might be. It was too crude to get by, and also it liled up the head of the Milk and Food division, an important post, which happened ie be filled by a woman of ability — and jpaore to the point — ethics. She objected strenuously and it hit the pipers. Then the ungallant part came. The woman had resigned in protest. Instead of letting the matter quietly drop a couple of men informed the lady she had five min- to clear her desk and get out. This smacked of intolerance and politi- stupidity, as well as shewing a b& «£ because it can be used to fool the public into thinking the right to work laws have not been repealed — just "revised" as the governor puts it. THERE IS SOME TALK this makes a wide split in the democratic ranks. This has not been proven as yet and it is probable the governor will have his way in the end. Most legislators are well aware it was Johnson and Hughes that pulled them through the election, and thus they are more apt to go along. However if the governor cracks the whip too often he will find revolt, just as governors have found in the past. Legislators from the cities dominated by union labor voting will not take too kindly to having the ground cut out from under them by the governor. Governor Hughes is quite anxious to be known as favorable to business, and to the improvement of Iowa's image in the manufacturing world. Iowa must attract [industry or continue its decline in population "andIn- come. Outright repeal of the right to work law would reverse a present favorable image by big businessmen who locate factories. In pressuring the legislature and governor, Iowa union leaders are hurting their own chance to get more members by increasing the labor force. vindictiveness and callous disregard of the amenities of such situations. It is probable Sec. Owen has learned a good lesson — and perhaps others will learn from his mistake. Ridiculous A number of democrats are feeling their oats since their big wins in the recent elections, and in Iowa's legislature there was a move to limit the National Legion Commander to "non-political" subjects in his address to a joint session. Fortunately saner heads prevailed, but the attitude of some party members was not good for the party or themselves. It is ridiculous to assume anyone could make a talk to the legislature that did not have some element of politics to it. In a landslide such as last November's a lot of people are elected who normally wouldn't have a chance. 'Hie party went along with their nomination on that theory. Then once elected some of these people feel they have a mission to reform the world to their party image. Television There is a proposal before (he legislature to permit towns and cities to put up antenna systems for rebroadcasting of programs from stations too distant to be received on home antennas. , At present such systems depend on voluntary contributions because there is no way to prevent anyone, paid or not, from benefitting. With cable system there is — but the rebroadcasting such as the system for the Iowa Great Lakes anyone can get free. The town system would be supported by taxes, which would make it repulsive to many people satisfied with the present TV service. And owners of TV stations would take a dim view of having their exclusive service now infringed by a tax-supported competitive station. But in the Algona situation it would be nice also to have the ABC network available. OPPONENTS FAILING IN CUSTOMARY DECENT TREATMENT OP LOSER Treatment of Goldwater not right Medicare disappointment (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) As a member of the Republican party, wo have bad adequate experience with defeated presidential candidates. With this in mind, wo would like to express our oninion that Ihe current conduct of a er^at manv of the snokosnvn f nr the winning side in Hi" lust election seems to b" s n ttint; a nrsw standard for American politics. Wbethor the feelinu in fin oast has bncn sincere or not. at least it provided nn !>tmosnh n rc of bigh-mind"(lii"ss. T1i.it atmosphere was in the tradition of mapnaminily towards a defeated rival. Pcrhans (ho outward show did not always rol'lori IV inner thoupM. but at K'ast <i was a valuable fjosture towards nn a>> pcaranco of biy-mindednoss, nnd a sunporl to th" conront that 'n a democracy tlio voice of the pconlc can bo exnressnd with a reasonable amount of majesty, and that after that voice has sookcn. the exnression does not have to end with a bronx chcvr. The treatment accorded Gold- watcr bv many of the very vocal spokesmen of the winning party continues to carry the extreme ill-nature usually associated with the closing dnvs of a bitter campaign: an ill-nature which is customarily abandoned or at least decently covered uo after the campaign is over and the decision made. The liberal writers in the daily press and magazines continue their attacks, and the liberal cartoonists continue their unworthy work of attempting to grind the face of their defeated rival into the dust of public insult. There is supposed to be an attitude on the part of civilized man that parties mav d'saume but that rosnect can still b° held for the opinions and attitudes of a sincere rival even though one heartily disagress with those opinions and attitudes. The same peoole who profess to find so much to admire in a book of the nature of "Profiles In Conrsure" give adequate evidence that when they encounter a contemporary case of devotion to one's beliefs they fail to recognize it. Them has been a long history in the United States of high- minded and devoted men who have sacrificed immediate glory or temnorarv position for the sake of the things in which they believe. Ts it a reauirement for the admiration of such men thpt they be from the remote past? The basis for the great tests of personal courage in political life has been that the individual invlovcd goes contrary to what is the majority opinion of the hour. That is where the courage is involved. It does not require bravery to support the majority opinion. In the matter of politics or Driving with lights on is an excellent safety measure (W. C. Jarnactin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.) There will be general approval of an order issued by William Sueppel, state safety com- mis c 'oner. He has instructed all hichwav patrolmen to drive with their low beam lights on. It will be a reminder, he says, to othor drivers that Iowa's automobile traffic death rate has reached an astonishing and dis- atwointing high, over 800 in 1964. Other procedures looking . tow,? 1 /*! cutting down "murder ' oh "the highway*s"*"have" been suggested. Those include a statewide driver training program, increasing the minimum driving age from 16 lo 18 and bearing down on drunken driving. It would be interesting to know if anyone has'ever discovered whether liquor by the drink was a factor in the in- creas" of traffic fatalities during the first year the law was in operation. We've never seen any Ftatistics on that point. Suenpel is asking that the Iowa legislature provide funds for increasing our highway patrolmen by at least 100, Along •with that provision, the appropriation should provide for an increase in salaries for this important branch of Iowa's safety program. More and adequate salaries would prove attractive in inducing capable persons to jpiu the, highway patrol. Besides, our hard working' highway patrolmen deserve more money anyway. It's hazardous to be a highway police officer. It's hard work, too. We go along with Commissioner Su- eppel in all his recommendations looking toward reducing our ghastly traffic toll. Socialism in Sweden shows weakness of the system (Chase McLaughlin in Humboldt Republican) One of tiie world's major experiments in socialized medicine occurs in Sweden. Even Britain's program pales in contrast. What has happened in Sweden could be an indication of possibilities here as similar measures are proposed. State aided health services have made medical attention available to almost everyone in Sweden. As a result, long lines of people wait for hospital beds. Some of them with non-emergency surgical problems have waited for six years. The state recently has opened another center, believed to be the largest in Europe, but the demand for beds grew even faster. There are a reported 4,000 persons on waiting lists, most of whom applied last year, with a few earlier than that. Thirty-four persons on waiting lists for surgery died before be- ing called. Twenty of those were suffering from cancer. Some died of that and others from other causes. Delayed treatment was not the sole cause of death but it was a contributing factor. The new center has a "halfway" house, a step between the doctor's office and hospital, where out-patients may be cared for. Minor operations and recovery rooms are available with all types of specialists. Under the national health plan, patients are reimbursed 75 per cent of the official fee for visiting a doctor. The state provides doctors with X-ray machines with the understanding that patients will be charged "reasonably low" fees for their use. The new center, according to a Reuters dispatch, will aid the situation. It by no means has pleased either the professional people or the patients, but both are stuck with it. Socialized medicine creates as many problems Where will medicare stop when once it is adopted ? With lu's love of life, pageantry, and showmanship it is a pity Winston Churchill couldn't have seen his ftwera] (Jackson Baty in Osage Press) Where's it going to stop? Remember the old radio saying. "Round and round we go, and where we stop, nobody knows." That's a good description of our social security system in this country. Item: Next year it is proposed that the rate increase will jump to 4.25 percent for both employers and employees. Item: It is also proposed that the pay base be hiked to $5,600 from the present $4,800. This means a tax of $238 instead of $174 for those who receive wages at the base level or beyond. Item: "Medicare," "Hospi'care" or whatever you like to call the Great Society's proposal, isn't even considered in the two earlier items. It's a safe wager that social security proposals are taxes that are small compared to what lies ahead. The "Medicare" proposal includes a low-cost insurance plan to cover doctors' bills and other medical costs. This would cover those people not poor enough to qualify for Kerr-Mills benefits nor eligible for social security participation. Another proposal calls for payment for diagnostic services performed by hospitals. The Advisory Council on Social Security has issued a report that calls for an eventual maximum pay base of $7,200 and a rate of 4.7 percent for both employer and employee. This will mean a $338 maximum deduction. The council also proposes a retirement benefit top of $279 per couple. yes, wfeere's tt going to stop? economics, who can say what is right and what is wrong as far as the future is concerned? We can express our opinions as to what is right or what is wrong at the present moment in regard to these two fields of human activity, but that is all. Both involve entirely too much of emotion, attitude and opinion of a temporary or expedient nature to be held in iron-clad form. In view of this, Goldwater may very well be proved at Some future time, if people are still interested, to have been right in his attitudes, or to have been wrong in his attitudes. But whatever the future will show in this regard, he should now, at this exact time, be given the proper credit and respect owed to a man who has so decisively displayed the courage of his convictions. It is highly probable that Goldwater was well aware that he could not win the last election under current circumstances and on the platform on which he was running. The fact that he would not then, compromise with what he sincerely and truly believed to be wrong, is a matter, in our opinion, for which he is to be commended. And certainly, with the size of their victory, his opponents should now, at least, have the decency to accord him the honors usually accorded by civilized peoples to those who have fought a good fight. Or are we to have a changed standard? Don Reid's troubles (Don Reid in West Des Moines Express) Dorothy was starting supper so I sat down in the kitchen to brighten her humbrum day with the story of the day's adventures. All wives have a humdrum day, the way I understand it and are very appreciative of a husband who will give them a little time and thought instead of reading the sports page. Besides, the paper boy was late. Before I could get started, smoke began pouring from one of the.'front burners. "My goodness!" Dorothy exclaimed. "What has gotten into this burner? It is smoking like crazy." "Oh, THAT!" I told her. "I knew there was something I had forgotten to tell you." Groaning, she reached for the ventilator switch. "A funny thing happened on my way to the office," I explained. "I decided to fry an egg for my breakfast and when I broke it on the stove, the shell crumbled apart and spilled the egg out. What's worse, it slithered over on top of the electric burner. You will never guess what happened next." "Five will get you ten on THAT," Dorothy said. "But go on with your story." "Well, the egg just disappeared! It oozed down between the electric rings and when I tried to mop it up, there just wasn't anything left to mop!" She started to say something but I waved her down: "Let me proceed," I interrupted. "You do not seem to realize that this was a very unusual occurrence, somewhat on the order of Man Bites Dog. This stove has cooked thousands of eggs in its day but this is the first time it ever gobbled up one." A brief discussion followed. "Why in the world didn't you clean it up?" "I didn't have time," I answered truthfully. "Besides, I don't mind cooking an egg, cleaning up the stove is squaw work." With that I took her little hands in mine and none too soon, either. Except for my firm grasp, she would have belted me with the skillet. Fortunately, the stove has a good ventilator. In practically no time Dorothy was back in business. (M. B. Crabbc in Eagle Grove Eagle) A great many people who support Medicare are going to be terribly disappointed, at least in its beginning. Medicare is only for those persons 65 and over and it does not provide for any doctor or dental bills, even for the aged. Medicare is essentially a hospitalization plan. And even then its has lots of limitations which will make even that part of it disappointing. It will provide the entire bill only for 45 days (after the first 3 clays) and its maximum length of coverage is only 180 days with the patient;payiilg part of that. But it does propors to the cost from social security tax* es and everyone, even the young who will get no rewards will piy for it in their social security tax* es. So far a proposed bill has been outlined only by President John' son. Congress has the final say on what the provisions will be. But you can bet that in addition to furnishing some hospitalize tion for folks over 65 it will set up another government bureau which will take a large percentage of the income to maintain. Sukarno can go (C. P. WOQCJS in Sheldon Mail.) President Sukarno, of Indonesia, says "To H- with U. S. aid." Well, we're sending it about everywhere else, so we suppose we might as well send some there, too. It's probably fortunate he didn't give the same order on the Peace Corps. It might be a little awkward learning the quaint customs and working cheerfully alongside the natives in THAT place. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCt Published by the Aavanca Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa. _ Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chnschilles, Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. NATIONAL EDITORIAL AFFILIATE MFMRtR 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 Algona Kossuth County Advance in each instance. All manuscripts articles or pictures are sent at Ihe 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 AM Types 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 Dr. L, L, SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU Qf KOSSUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fact bilt Reports 295-3182 Algona Credit @urtay Federation Algona Office division of Midwest Credit Corporation Now Offering The Midwest Credit System (Immediate Electronic Credit Loss Recovery Service) with Monthly and Quarterly Reports. Phone 295-5964 Ala.onf 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 CARLSON MANAGEMENT COMPANY N. Dod|« MS-7M1 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 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, |. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-313J KEVIN NASH, 0 D-S. 123 E. Call 295-5108 Algona

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