Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 4, 1965 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 4, 1965
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Kossuth County Advance ^•r*'^jlr**'^^iifc^^^'^Jl**'^""" "*"^fc" 1 "1^ ' •* * .-ft « THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1965 BILMONB EBITOft CRITICAL 6P MASON €lfY PROMOTION An unfair proposal The extent to which labor unions are dominating the Iowa legislature was demonstrated last week by the passage of a bill to provide unemployment payments to a person who quits his job. The unemployment compensation fund comes entirely from employers. Not one cent is contributed by an employe — the boss pays it all. It is designed only to help those who through no fault of their own have lost their job. This can come from a depression, from loss of business by the employer, layoffs, or for other reasons not related to the job itself. THE LAW ITSELF is much one-sided in favor of the employe. In fact there have been instances where a married .woman became pregnant and had to quit work arid received benefits. How this could . bfe attributed to the fault of the employer is somewhat vague. Usually the board determining the benefits is heavily weighted in favor of the employe. The employer however does not have to pay the bulk of the tax if he has enough money on deposit with the commission, amounting to at least 10 per cent of the payroll for a year. However all employers do pay a federal tax for administration of the law. IN ALGONA THERE is a firm which has never had a claim filed against it for unemployment 'though the firm has been under the provisions of the law for many years. This firm has better than $4000 on deposit in the slate for payment of benefits if any should be made. This amounts to almost 20 per cent of Its annual payroll. This firm still must pay the federal tax but is exempt from the state tax as long as the amount on deposit is more than 10 per cent of its annual payroll. However if the total deposits of all employers in the state fund fall below a specified amount this firm would be taxed again even though it has had no claims. IF UNEMPLOYMENT benefits arc oaid to those who quit their jobs voluntarily it will mean a big hike in the amount of benefits paid. This will deplete the fund and could easily result in an employer being taxed to pay unemployment benefits to em- ployes of some other firm. This is wholly unfair to say the least. In some trades, such as the building industry, the work is seasonal, and employes of these firms when they are layed off get unemployment benefits. These firms pay the maximum, but often not as much as is drawn from the fund of their contributions. The money comes from contributions of other firms. And in addition the labor unions are demanding big hikes in the amount paid in benefits. In some instances it would seem to be better financially to not have a job than to work. The bill is so wholly unfair it is difficult to see how the legislators could pass it. However it is evident labor unions have such a strong hold on the democratic party the unions will get almost anything they want. Dragging their heels A real puzzle is the reluctance of ,the democrats in the legislature to come up with a plan for apportionment of the coming legislatures. This proposal was a major plank, and great promises of prompt action were made. ,. But nothing so far has come out with the administration's stamp of approval. There are vague references to a "committee" working on it but no names of the committee members. There is some talk about a computer and professors designing a bill. But when it comes right down to, facts there is an amazing lack of interest by the democrats in any proposal. v THE FEDERAL COURT has held thjs legislature is the last that can operate on its apportionment. Any idea this present; so- called "temporary" plan can be, heldv over until next'session is out, .,' >; f ; : > : , This legislature must dp the apportion- not only for the 1967 session but for a constitutional amendment. There is no dodging of the issue. ' , ' ' Yet here is half of the session over and a plan has not yet been, produced — in fact any mention of doing something is frowned on by the leadership of the 'democratic party. This is strange indeed compared to the democratic oratory of two and four years ago. ' ' . ' IT IS SUSPECTED now that the leadership is deliberately planning to wajt until near the close of the session before bringing out a bill. There arc two reasons for this — one that the fight over it will leave too many scars and lead to dissention on other matters in the democratic majority. However the other reason seems the most reasonable — that the leadership is in hopes of bringing it out late and ramming it through with its over-whelming majorities before the state has a chance to see what the proposal really is. Apportionment is one of the real big problems of the state, and it would seem the people are entitled to see what is proposed and to have a bit of a chance to study it and voice objections if they have any. INDICATING THE lack of enthusiasm of the democratic leadership for anything smacking of apportionment at this time is holding in committee of a constitutional amendment to permit sub-districting inside counties for multipule representation. . Now Polk county elects 11 representatives and three senators at large. Polk county as a whole is controlled vote-wise by labor union voters. This is to their liking because they might not be able to elect all under a districting plan. Why a Polk county voter should vote for 11 representatives and three senators is a mystery if that "one man one vote" theory is given more than lip service, The democrats have been dragging their heels on apportionment and it looks definitely like it is, deliberate for a reason not yet disclosed. Picture Walter Jenkins has admitted in those luke-warm questions to him that there was something to the charges of wheeling and dealing in an insurance deal. However it is also evident the questions put to Jenkins did not cover the situation to the satisfaction of those who wonder about other matters. The whitewash of the Baker investigation seems pretty complete. The republican members of the committtee were shut out. Jenkins replied to written questipns but dodged appearing in person. It isn't one of the prettier pictures of the way our government operates. I that he has not taken up very strongly the cult of the Muslims. The Muslims if they attracted more than the smattering they do now would be more hindrence to their cause than help. Force always generates an opposing force, and the Muslims have preached force — though not as strongly as the Malcolm X offshoot. The situation is not healthy. The followers of Malcolm X will seek revenge on .the Black Muslims, and if they get it the latter will seek revenge against the other camp. It is fortunate the responsible leaderships of the Negroes takes an opposite view from these two extremist groups, for only the Negro can correct that situation. Muslims Time Malcolm X, the Negro leader who was assassinated last week, was no hero except perhaps to his own flock. He advocated action against the best interest of his own group but also of the country as a whole. His opposition to the Black Muslims was based not on virtue but because the Black Muslims did not go far enough to suit him. There was perhaps also a leadership complex in his make-up. However his assassination was a bad mark against the entire move by the Negro for fair treatment. It showed there was a small segment of the Negro population involved in actions more for their personal benefit than for the benefit of the race. There's an element of the old time Tong wars of San Francisco in the situation, but without the leavening welfare work the Tongs did for the benefit of the Chinese. There are extremists in the Fegro community JU£t as there are extremists in communities among whites, north as well iff south. It is to tue credit of tto* Nep« Iowa will have "fast time" maybe this summer if the legislators can iron out some inconsistencies in the bill recently passed. Eastern Iowa cities wanted fast time to run longer — western Iowa cities wanted no fast time. In the end it was pressure from such urban areas as Des Moines, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids that prevailed. The final bill was the result of a compromise between the extreme views of those who wanted it and those who opposed it. As a compromise it didn't satisfy either side. The news from Viet Nan; is not encouraging to say the least. While air raids have had some success in slowing down the Viet Cong this alone is not the answer. The real answer is stability of the Viet Nam government. One coup after another stagnates any concerted effort. It also has the effect of miking the average eit&en suspicious of those in power at the moment. Routing of Interstate 35 discussed Opposes annual sessions (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) Except for an occasional story relating that the "09'ers" have not relinquished their battle to keep routing of Interstate 35 essentially along its .originally proposed path parallel to Highway 69, there's not been much in the news of late concerning "the Mason City Interstate". From the current lull, it is not to be assumed that the fighting is over. Not only have certain Belmond industrial concerns been keeping close track of develooments, due to the effect relocation would have on their business costs, but the local Chamber of Commerce has been participating in the effort to block rerouting of 135. In fact, the Chamber has pledged $200 in cash to hclo fight rerouting, if it appears that a successful legal maneuver could be undertaken. Selfish interest seems decidedly the wrong basis on which to settle the routing of a superhighway intended to serve the maximum number of neoole to the maximum extent. But if the Interstate 35 squabble is going to dwindle into a contest of loud shouting, there is no question in which chorus Belmond's voice belongs. We have a decided stake in the proceedings, over and above the convenience of our citizens and our neighbors in the matter of easy accessibility of the Interstate. The $200,000 road maintenance building at our east outskirts, which we ob- viously would lose if the route ts changed, would be an asset . of appreciable value. Belmond has remained relatively "quiet" out of deference to the Highway 69 businesses that would suffer an undeterminable loss of trade when Interstate 35 is completed and ready for use. But even these businesses realize that — regardless of the exact routing of the Interstate — thev are going to be unfavorably affected. What greater share of their present transient trade they might keep if the suoer-highway should pass 25 miles or so far^ ther to the east, compared to the amount that would be lost with 135 passing our doorsten, cannot be even roughly estimated. On the other hand, the. added expense to industrial users of the Interstate can be figured with pretty fair approximation, if a greater or lesser distance is involved. Likewise, an urban area such as comorised by Fort Dodge and Webster City need not guess what the added cost to its ordinary motorists might be if the distance to the highway should be increased by rerouting. This is a matter that at this juncture is keenlv concerning people in Fort Dodge (and, we presume, in Webster City, too). A little pencil work points no the fallacy on which Mason City's bid for preferential treatment is built. The aggregate population of Webster City and Fort Dodge is 36,919; that of Clear Lake and Mason City is 36,800 — by 1960 Obnoxious commercials are target of new organization (Ed Gradv in Maquoketa Sentinel) If ever there were established an organization to satisfy a universal human need, it will be the League Against Obnoxious TV Commercials. No, gentle reader, this is not a feeble attempt at being either facetious or humorous, for there has been founded just such an agency. It has its headquarters at 46 Npstrad.Avenue in Brentwoodl'New York.' From this address the league circulates periodically entertaining and sharply pointed newsletters. Recently the league issued a piece of literature in which there was featured a ballot. Recipients of the mailing were asked to nominate 10 candidates for "Seals of Obnoxiousness" and, at the same time, to commend the "Decent Few." Alas, though, a problem had arisen in connection with this project, the editors of a recent issue pointed out. It seems that, in an earlier opinion sampling, one of the nation's largest manufacturers and distributors of detergents had monopolized every obnoxious award conceivable with its complete stable of commercials on soaps and cleansers of sundry assortments. It was felt that this was hard, |y. fair to purveyors of commer- "ci'al obnoxiousness who very well might present impressive credentials or being a part of any representative list. Why, then, not the expansion 6f the Terrible Ten to the frightful Fourteen—or perhaps , the^Npxious Nineteen,? . !' The most laudatory''' of the league's nromotional activities, to us, is the form letter that may be sent soonsors of the obnoxious advertisements. Here is its phrasing: "I would like to notify you that I will not purchase any of your products due to the exceeding obnoxiousness of your television commercials. I ioin with other members of the League Against Obnoxious TV Commercials in urging that you consider that the public is not that stuoid and not that deaf." To this, we have a pretty well founded suspicion, most television viewers will chorus a spontaneous Amen. "Guest" law for accidents should not be repealed (Jackcon Baty in Osage Press) A battle is going on in the Iowa legislative halls between the insurance companies and the trial attorneys. This is the now- highly publicized battle over the repeal of the so-called Insurance "Guest Law." This law should not be repealed. The "guest statute" presently on the books prevents passengers who have voluntarily accepted a ride from suing the driver for damages in case of accident, unless proof of drunken driving or reckless driving can be offered. Repeat of the law, as proposed by House File 3, would double liability insurance rates in Mitchell county and elsewhere in Iowa. A $50,000-$ 100,000 bodily injury policy costs $16 here in Osage, Over the line in Minnesota, in Austin for example, the same policy costs $30. This is for the "male over 25" classification and all other classifications are similar. Opponents of repeal point out that dishonest collusion would probably result between the driver and his passenger. In other states it has been reported that drivers and passengers have gotten together to obtain a large settlement and then split the proceeds. And suppose you, as a husband, were driving and an accident injured your wife who rode with you as a passenger? The Democratic state platform calls for repeal of Uie law. So too do both Democratic and Republican state party This is incredible and unfortunate. The "guest law" does not, as proponents of repeal claim, encourage drivers to be careless. Nor is the "guest law" a factor in Iowa's climbing highway accident rate. A comparison again with Minnesota, which does not have the "guest law" is ample proof, In 1963 efforts to repeal the law failed. The same result should prevail in the current session. Doubling ojf the insurance rates and opening the flood gates for legal litigation would seem to be sufficient reasons. Hopeless? (C, P, Wood* in Sheldon Mail) We look with jaundiced eye on two more developments in the well-known American way of life. One involves the current announcement, presented as if it were another boon for mankind, that beer cans will now be made of non-rusting aluminum instead of tin. It has almost reached the point that one can haroUy get out of sight of an abandoned beer c-an now, the only guarantee that the civilized earth would not ultimately be completely covered by them being the hopefql fact that eventually they rust away into nothingness. Now, with the non-rusting feature of aluminum involved, we evidently must deny ourselves §veu that hope. population figures. It must be conceded that the summertime tourist population of Clear Lake would tip the scales in favor of the Mason City urban area. But that seems to be less of a point in Mason City's argument than that Interstate 33 should be swerved to provide Mason City with maximum accommodation. It is unofficially reported that the present intention of the Federal Bureau of Roads in' clines toward starting the routing of 135 in a northeasterly direction at the edge of Ames. Certainly it takes no engineer to giure out that the more the Interstate cuts diagonally across the landscape, the more costly it is going to be in terms of its effect on real estate values. There is no arguing down the truth of the fact that such metropolitan areas as Waterloo and Cedar Rapids were paid no tribute in Interstate routing when super-highways werp located in their vicinities. Nor is there any gainsaying the fact that a gain in convenience to Mason Citv- Clear Lake in location of 135 will represent a virtually balancing inconvenience to an equal urban area represented by Fort Dodge and Webster City. , Fort Dodge has viewed the originally .intended routing of Interstate 35 parallel with No. 69 as an acceptible compromise with Mason City. But a decision by the Federal Bureau of Roads to let Mason City call the turn would be vehemently fought. There should be • some lively public hearings on the Interstate 35 debate before a -final decision is rendered. . Disturbing business (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) President Johnson's drive to end the nation's balance of payments deficit may be necessary, but the oressure being put on business leaders is a bit disturbing. Everyone realizes that the value of the dollar must be protected. Apoarently there is a need to restrain orivate investment abroad, but it would seem that the campaign the president calls "voluntary" is actually accompanied with a degree of force. Perhaps this situation would not have developed if the government itself would have followed a different policy. Too much spending for foreign military and economic aid, too much easy credit to nations that have no plans for payment of loans— these are certainly contributing factors. As David Lawrence said recently: "One of the principal reasons why the United States has been experiencing a considerable outflow of gold is the foreign aid program. Although the president has asked for only $3.4 billion for the coming fiscal year for foreign aid, there is an estimated $6.5 billion in unexpended balances from previous years. So almost $10 billion would be available for spending in 1966 and later years. It is the presence of this unexpended balance which may be having a psychological effect on those who speculate in the gold market." It would appear that government, as well as business, needs to cut down on foreign spending. Tell them this (Jackson Baty in Otage Press) Seems as though there is a lot of fuss about our "balance of payments" problem. The "wheeler dealer" wants to trim foreign investments, cut the amount of duty-free imports American visitors to foreign lands bring home with them, and increase taxation on money Americans put to work overseas. Charles DeGaulle, as usual, is most helpful when he suggests we change our monetary system. DeGaulle, some people say, "owns" a, lot of American gold and there is some risk that he might take it away from Fort Knox. We may be simple, but it would appear the very best w§y we could, for years to come, solve our "balance of payments" problem would be to say to .Pe- Gaulle and others, "okay, we'll consider the gold you claim yojj own as part of the debt yojjr nation owes us." Maybe we c§o't ever collect tke money France, England, Russia and other nations owe us, but we certainly ought to be able to prevent any "raids" on our gold (Waterloo Courier) Before the towa General Assembly this week is the pefett' flial proposal to require annual sessions. We are opposed to this practice for two reasons: (1) Annual sessions would gradually result in legislation being enacted by professional politicians rather than the citizen- legislators which we now have. This is true because few men younger than retirement age could afford to spend several months each year in Des Moines and hope to hold a job at home or hope for advancement in that job. We imagine, for example, that school boards would take a dim view of. a teacher who wanted to receive part pay while being absent from the classroom each year to serve in the legii- lature. t t Those elected to the legisla* ture and serving at annual sessions would seek lafge salary increases. Irt the long run* they would seek salaries Which would enable them to devote full, time to legislative business. They would become professional politicians rather than citizertAegis- lators. (2) These annual sessions might be justified if evidence could be submitted of overwhelming need for passage of more new laws. We know of no such evidence. A L 0 0 N A KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVA N C I Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngton St.. Algona, Iowa. Cditor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlschilles, Editor Emeritus, W, C. D"W»I ADVANCf SUBSCRIPTION KATE One Year in County and to nearest post office outside of CoUnty $5.00 i 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 reproduc- ' fion' 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 the owner's risk. »•»•••»»«+»•»»•••+•»++++»»*+»»»*»»»»»»+»»»»»»»«+». Alg Professional OllQ Business Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE ' AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety ionds .•— 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. S»fe, secure. Lola Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbs* 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 >2341 RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Tvoei of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-381! 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, AJgona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L, L, SNYDER 113 East State St Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fact bitt Reports 395-3183 Algona Credit lureiM Ftdintitn Algoni Office division of Mldwiit Crao-it Corporation Now Offering The Midwest Credit System (Immediate Electronic Cmdjt Loss Recovery Service) with Monthly and Quarterly Reports. Fhoni ?9559o4 * 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 8:20-12:00 Farm Management MAMAWMINT COMPANY 1»H N. DW«t fft. Ml-Iltl 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 S; 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. SCHUTTIR, M, 0, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M, D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algoni Office Phone 295-549Q Dentists DR. J- §, HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-8384 DR. tf BOY I, STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone £95:3131 Kf YIN NA$H, D.JB.s; 123 E. Call rttftttttfr

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