Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 11, 1965 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 11, 1965
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Kossuth County Advance *JL K.-LLL *XMzs§-itr-r-tL THURSDAY, MARCH 11,1965 INDUSTRY WOULD SEEK PAv6ftA&LE LABOR CLiMATI Boost executive power One of the major changes in Iowa's government being fostered by some groups is the idea of a "cabinet" for Iowa instead of the present method of electing some stale officials. At present the secretary of slate, attorney general, treasurer, auditor, and secretary of agriculture are elected by popular vote on tickets similar to the election of the governor. Also proposed by some is the idea of having a combined ticket for governor ahd lieut-governor much as the president and Vice-president arc now elected. Thus the governor and lieut.-govcrnor would run as a team instead of separately. i WHETHER THIS would be good for the state is the big argument at present. Actually the officers do not have much to qo with policy except as members of the state executive council, which is hemmed in rather rigidly by law. There is no great over-riding reason for either appointment as now advocated, or by election as is being done at present. Actually the main advocates of the appointment of these officers come from 'the "big government" forces who believe the only good government is that managed through one man, the governor. If these officers were appointed by the governor he has control of them. OPPONENTS of the appointment plan believe election is best because it gives jhe people the right to pick and choose even these offices. To take these offices It just ain't so The rather excited rebuttal of democrats to the statements made by Senator -Rigler for his Algona visit last week would indicate Rigler touched a tender nerve among the majority party in the legislature. •••: Senator Rigler voiced the observation Lex JHawkins, democratic state chairman, Governor Hughes, and certain labor union leaders seem to be calling the shots in the legislature. This was rather violently objected to by Senator Coleman as assistant majority leader and other democrats. * HOWEVER IT HAS been noted that one democrat in the house of representatives' walked out of a caucus, exploding with charges of domination by Hawkins and'labor leaders. There have been other expressions of "woodshedding" and some muttering among democrats in both the house and senate. There is no question, the whip is being cracked by labor union leaders who seem to believe they own the democratic party. Passage by the House of the astonishing "right to loaf" bill a week ago is strong evidence of that control. The "right to loaf" bill would give benefits to anyone who quit his job whether it was the employer's fault or riot. It would penalize every employer in .the state at a time when Iowa is desperately endeavoring to get new industry. THE "NO SECRECY" pledge of the democrats is being kept only as far as it seems advisable. When the chips are down Turnabout • The appearance Robert Kennedy before an investigating committee had some of the element of the worm turning or of so-called poetic justice, Kennedy was accused of setting up a news story prejudical to Hoffa while Hoffa was under indictment and prosecution by Kennedy as attorney-general. Kennedy as a senator was in a good position to defend himself because he could demand a hearing under favorable circumstances. What the situation would be for an ordinary citizen so accused is something entirely different. As McCarthy demonstrated in the early 1950s a man can be damned by accusations he is not permitted to refute. It was interesting to see a former accuser on the opposite side of the investigating table for a change^-^even though Kennedy was innocent of the charge. Viet Nam The fiction this country was jiist "helping" in Viet Nam has now been dropped and this country's military forces are peing used in almost every phase of the fighting. The air raids in north Viet Nam and jn the northern portion of the southern half of that unhappy country are admittedly now being conducted by United States forces. The situation as far as this country {s concerned had become intolerable. Public opinion here was swinging rapidly toward pulling out entirely or getting intp |he fight and winning it. There we're some political mutterings that Goldwater's Idea of bombing of north Viet Nam was bjeing followed through Johnson crucified •him on that issue. The truth is this country was looking from election would deprive the volers of their present choice. There arc real problems in both instances. In the Case of election Usually the choice follows the head of the ticket This was amply demonstrated In the recent elcclion. The average volcr gives bill little consideration to the individuals as such. However in al leasl Iwo offices the choice should be made by someone other than the governor who might be personally intcrcslcd In the operation of the office from a political angle. Some advocates believe the attorney-general and the state auditor should be elected by the people, or at least named by the legislature as distinct from the governor. FRANkLY THE making of all these officers appointive would extend the power of the executive branch. The power of appointment (with which is associated the power of removal) gives the governor absolute control during the some 20 months the legislature is not in session during his term of office. How much power the cxcculivc should have is always a subjecl of debalc with strong adherants on both sides. But it would seem unwise to go too far with too complatc a control in one man. At least the offices of attorney-general and the state auditor should be elected by the people for both arc fundamental to prevent unlimited power which should always rest in the final analysis with the voters. the democrats go into caucus, which is secret, to get their strategy worked out and members brought into line. This caucus manner of legislating in secret is ripe for the charge of domination, for by its very nature it is a means of getting the party members united on projects. It would be naive indeed to believe Hawkins and Hughes would keep hands off in this realm of politics. And it would be more naive to believe the labor union leaders, who take credit (and with some justification) for the democratic victory not to press their claims where it would 'do them the most good—in the caucus. THERE ARE some democrats however who are chafing at the bit and harness and who might be encouraged in their rebellion against the power structure if the republican statement was allowed to stand. .And politically any legislator is leery of being charged with being controlled. However it would seem the spokesmen should show more than lip service to the ideal of each legislator making up his own mind on issues. The high ideals and great purpose heralded when the democrats took office have of necessity been dropped because of the t conditions under which legislators work, and democrats are no different than republicans on that. But to claim only the democrats are pure in heart in their maneuvering is the real fault in the situation. It just ain't so. < f pretty bad. When Viet Cqng forces openly •: shattered a U. S'.; base without being inter- i cepled it was evidence we had no hold whatsoever on the country or its population: In any situation such as this country finds itself in Viet Nam the support of thq local population is a must if the venture is to succeed. , For months it has been evident the Vie^ Namese couldn't seem to care less which side won. In fact the Viet Namese won't even warn U, S. troops of the approach of Viet Cong forces. And the Viet Cong has so infiltrated the southern population it is impossible to tell friend or foe, It is probable this country now wishes to make things so tough for the Viet Cong they will be willing to negotiate on even terms. There is great risk in this of starting a third world war, but China is far from ready and this country can move now. In the future we wouldn't be in such a position of ultimate strength. Subsidize \Vord has gone out in Washington for agencies of the government to stop enterprises iti competition with private industry. It is presumed this may also mean the stopping of printing of stamped envelopes by the government, one of the real big business enterprises of the postal department. This is a losing proposition. The envelopes are sold at lower cost than a private buyer can get them—the postage subsidizes those who use them. And then the postal department says it can't operate without a deficit! And this is just one of the business operations of the government. West Germany is extending its statute of limitations to provide in the future for possible prosecution of nazis accused of wartime crimes. Dispute over right t6 work law ^ %^J Private (Pat Gallagher In Belmtmd Ihdepertdertt) As with most things in this world of htihian beings, the dispute over right-to-work legislation does not involve strictly black-and-white arguments., for example, union bosses as an eri' tire class do not justify the libel committed against thetn by the accompanying cartoon — supplied to US by an association of industrialists. Neither should we believe the declarations of union leaders that the life's blood of union strength will be sucked awdy If right-to-work laws remain ott the books. In betwixt and between lies the areas of greatest truth; and it is up to our legislators to recognize the fact. At the same time that union forces are hard at it on the state level to get the Iowa right-to- work law rescinded, the AFL* CIO has launched an aggressive campaign aimed at inducing Congress to repeal the section of the Taft-IIartley law that gives states the privilege of legislating against compulsory unionism. tt is true that circumstances alter cases, and we honestly be" Hfeve that a right-to-work law can serve a relatively Useful pUr- pose in one sidle and pet-haps be of less benefit itt ariother. Since 20 states still have right- to-work laws, it is evident that they see Value in them. Iowa, In increasing Heed of industry to provide employment for the many persons being squeezed out of agriculture, will benefit by maintaining the most attractive climate possible for the attraction of Industry. There is a good ba'sis for argiimeht that Idwa's labor force, by and large. Wbuld benefit correspondingly If the right-to-work law Is retained as an added attraction to industries seeking new locations. Union leaders, of course, are less concerned with general economic conditions than with obtaining maximum benefits for their own union members. In some areas where .Unions have become too powerful for their own good, this has worked to the disadvantage of labor by driving industry out-of-state and diminishing the labor demand. There is a distinct advantage Legislators lax in giving rural areas consideration (M. B. Crabbo in Eagle Grovt Eagle) The most significant fact that has come out of the legislative actions of the 61st General Assembly at the half way point is that the legislators are not giving the rural areas of Iowa any serious consideration in their needs or wishes. This has been demonstrated by several pieces of legislation but the most obvious demonstration was in passage of the daylight saving law which is to be adopted for the entire state. In considering this legislation and the action taken you must remember .that the bill, was passed by the Iowa Senate which has just been declared illegal by six members of the U. S. Supreme Court because it was "too rurally dominated." This "rurally dominated" Senate passed by a comfortable margin' 'and very little" 'debate or study a law making the dates for daylight time to be. the last week in April until Labor Day in September. The pleas of the "rural members" of the Senate not to start daylight saving until June 1 were ignored. The only argument remaining is whether Daylight time will be extended to October 15 instead of ending on Labor Day. The House which is "legal" according to these six Supreme Court justices because it is dominated by the. cities instead of the rural areas is expected-to extend the date to October. And while we are ( on the sub-"• ject this brings up another point that. this column has talked about for the past several years. That is the right of the U. S. Supreme Court to not only judge actions of the state but to also legislate for these states. Six members of the coUrtj with three of their brother justices dissenting, have not only declared the actions of the legislatures in 40 states illegal in their apportionment of the respective legislatures but have also told these states how they must apportion their legislatures. To us this is an invasion of the state's rights guaranteed by the U. S. constitution in both points of the Supreme Court's decision and three of their own justices have taken this same stand. We believe in government by law but in these instances we are faced with government by men, six of them. In addition one of the justices, Chief Justice Earl Warren, has done a complete reverse on his own publicly stated views when he was Governor of California. It just has ,to be that the states have the right to determine their own legislative apportionment just as they do the right to conduct elections. We get all worked up about comparably unimportant government decisions and sit quietly with very little protest while six men on the Supreme Court rob us of vital and constitutionally provided freedoms. Supreme Court flagrant in ruling on apportionment . (Pocahontas Democrat) i One of the most flagrant "take-overs" of local government is soon in the offing. It results from the U. S. Supreme Court's ruling by a 6-3 decision last June 15th that more than 40 states had to overhaul their state legislatures and tear up their state constitutions so that districts in BOTH houses will have equal numbers of voters. Iowa is already on a temporary re-apportionment basis. Most of us don't begin to appreciate fully the sweeping consequences of such action. Even when we stop to realize that states were apportioning their houses on something other than population since 1776—and the colonies were doing it from as early as 1700, some 87 years before we had a national constitution! Now the Supreme Court justices (6 of them at least) tell us that the Constitution didn't intend for the states to be able to do this. If the Supreme Court can ap- pprtion a state against the will of the people, then it can also dictate hpw the county, township and local school board will be run. For example, the "one person, one vote" philosophy makes our present Pocahontas county board of supervisors unconstitutional—for the members do not represent equal numbers of voters—they're selected on an "area" basis. Also unconstitutional is our County Conservation Board selected on the same basis as the supervisors. School districts which elect their boards accord, lug to "area" boundaries are also unconstitutional, according -to the June 15th ruling. We think our founding fathers were a good deal wiser than our present U. S. ; Supreme Court justices. We believe, as millions of other Americans obivously do, that the founding fathers in their wisdom .established the' U.S. house of representatives on a population basis and the U. S. Senate on an area basis for a reason, And that reason was to avoid "mob majority" rule. Minorities, too, needed representation, just as .they, dp today, ., Jf that, thinking, Js correct, then there is no lawful reason why state legislatures, county boards of supervisors and school districts can't be apportioned according to ; the will of their, own citizens. Then our Supreme Court has made an "uriconstitu* tional" ruling. Interesting (Bloomfield itpublietn) Shomehow or other nothing seems quite the same now that old Nikitg Khrushchev is off the world scene. He was always capable of creating some excitement and putting on a. £QPJ} s,hpw. 5 . One cannot predict 1$ n,ejyr the time of his regime how history will judge Nikita. Jtit it might, npt. treat him too badly. After all Russia achieved some significant progress under his guidance. And for all pf his bluster, he seemed to be 3 m^n who realized that war was dooms-day for everyone, ajvoj Ni- kitg was a man whp enjoyed life. He kept us somewhat off balance with his Ipud boasts, but he certainly made things interesting. Srtd their members, at Ifeast b T if Hot to individual UnittHi the general public — in preserving the privilege of choice in joining a union. We doubt that deserving loedls which ably represent their members and defend their welfare in responsible fashion ha've much trouble in obtaining 100 per cent membership or very close to it. While we're not misled to ofe- lieve that union leadership is fairly depicted in th<j cdrtobti, wfe do knovv that there is Sohie- times irresponsible labor leadership just as there are. example^ of irresponsible Industrial management. We believe that the labor legislation presently, in Iowa's code does a fair job of give-and-take between these interests — to the benefit of the state as A whole. Consequently, we hope that Congress will leave state privileges under the Taft-Hartley intact and that the General Assembly will let Iowa's right-to- work'law Continue to serve as a beacon to interested industries that woiild prefer to avoid a labor-dominated state as a plant site. Intrigiiihg battle (Chat. Davit in Iowa Palls Gtiien) One of the more intriguing battles in the Legislature is shaping up between the claimant attorneys of the state and the insurance, agents. It all centers about a bill to repeal the "guest" statute. The "guest" statute bars passengers in an automobile who have voluntarily accepted a ride from suing the driver for damages in the event of an accident. Exceptions would be in cases where the driver is drunk or is guilty of careless driving. The attorneys want to repeal the statute; the insurance agents are against repeal. The proponents argue that repeal of the statute will cause drivers to be more careful because of their liability for guests Or passengers. This contention is not borne out in states which do not have the "guest" statute. The insurance people have a far more powerful argument for leaving the law as it is. ^JNumberj one, .liability insurance rates will go Up. Once a driver's liability for his passengers is increased, his liability insurance must go up. For instance,. Minnesota does not have a "guest" statute arid a bodily injury liability policy covering $10,000 damages per individual and $20,000 per accident costs $23 in a small southern Minnesota town, The same policy costs ' $12 in a similar small town in north. Iowa. Other factors may be involved, but Iowa's "guest" statute makes the big difference. If driver liability increases, as it would without this law, it is dead certain that there will be more damage law suits. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that drivers and injured passengers could engage in collusion to get a larger settlement and split tlie "take." Driver liability insurance is a great thing. It has protected thousands of persons from financial ruin. But there has already been far too much abuse of liability insurance and repeal of the "guest" statute would just open the flood gates. Morale is higher ? (C. P, Woods in Sheldon Mail) We sometimes have the uncomfortable feeling, when reading the daily international news reports, that the enthusiasm and genera} morale pf the people in the communist countries, at least the ones that appear in the reports, is higher than that of their, counterparts in the dfemocracjes. If this is true, it is disturbing indeed, but it perhaps could be explained. Anyone who has even seen a small mob in action sees readily enough tliat basic, primitive ejnQtionsjB mjn apparently in- elude a wild kind of enthusiasm carried out in united group activity under a strong leader. The spirit of democracy is an acquired one, a refinement of feeling, an end achieved after long years f>f bitter experience with flfe,fYi}£ that accompany political igrio'rance and lust fpr power. Mfibs, whether they are led by small-time agitators, pr big-time dictators, have • enthusiasm carried to the ugliest extremes, and group "morale" expressed in mammoth, but entirely brutish, degree. (S«t City Sun) The superiority of private; enterprise operations over public ones 1 is graphically demdHstral. ed! ih the fifewi that the 1 . Belt Telephone system 1 was drlstifclll' ly^educiHg IdH^dislancfc rate* wHJie the Post office tyjttttt- meht was planning to increase postal rates again. The ,6611 system is a prime example of profittmBtiVa'ted pfl- vate initiative oh the nationwide scale. The Post Office is a goy- ernnieHt operation. Trie differ^ ence in resUlts is/staftlin 1 !. , It is estimated that dtiring the past 30 years the VoltiHl^ 8f daily phone calls has grown more than twite dS fast as mail Witis deliveries. Local phone rates have remained stable and .long* distance rates have dropped as touch a§ 9d percent. Postal rates ha've increased about 250 tier- cfeht. Mail deliveries a 1 lid Bther Se'rvices hive been ci.it whereas ptiorte services have been im* proved arid increased. The Post Office is losing ? 1,600 a taitiUte while Bell is paying twice that a'hlbUrtt to the government in tikei Phbrie Users pay another billidh in excise taxes atid Bell's ^ob.OOti stockholders tUrn in additional millions in levies on their dividends. QUeslib'ft: WHy 5S it tHal some people think governmeHt con* trol is better? A 100 N A K 0 IS U T M C,0 U NT Y A D V A N C I , ,. Published, by. the , Acsvonce .Publishing .Co., Mondays and Thursdays, fflcfes arid shop, 124 f^drth thdringtdh St.. Algbnd, Iowa. ..M... Editor , and. publisher, .Duane E. fiewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlschllles, ...M... or , an. puer, .u Edltpf, Emeritus,. ..W...C. fiewel. •_,>.! offl - .., . ,.., ADVANCI SjUHCRIFriON RATE Ohe year. In County and to nearest post office .outside of County ____ $5.00 Six months In County. and to -neareif. post, office -*i ____ t ________ $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, Includ.ing' 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 the owner's risk. Insurance ' • •* . ' Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY _ s _ ii; Surety Bonds— All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE ^ All Lines of nsurance 109 North Dodge Ph. 2953735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North tioclge St. Polio insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home — Autb'mbbile 1 — Farm .KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household . Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 fed S. Hertist RICHARD A. MOEN , . „ . Representing i FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern, one-stop , , ; Insurance, Seryice ,,.. Business - Home - Car • Life 295-5955 , P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Sundet Insurance Agency 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GJEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY » ii i- '•' . -'-I •'* :--•-•'•. irj ,AH TYPO* of Ins.urance. PH. 295-5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA' w*^*v 4.iu^^.j.»-, AJ jf'^t.jtt, y.nji^4 ^»j Dr. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, CQntiirt Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 iJast, State Streit Phone 295-2196 Hours 9;QQ, a-wi; to 5:p() p<nj, Closed Saturday Afternoons DR, C. M, O'CONNOR Op'tpmetrift f . Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 395-3743 Dr. L, L, SNYDiR 113 East state St. Pial 395-2715 Credit Services CREDIT IUMAU if KOSSUTH COUNTY cplie^rite Service Fact blU Reports Ajgooi Cridit •vrtitj Fi&rititn AJgona Office diyisipn of Midwfit Credit Corporation Now Offering Thf MJdwtff Crtdit fyitem INVESTORS Diversified Services, Inc. Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA ^^^^» " ' ii •'• i !!•••• n^^^^^m Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mori. - 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. 2355677 DR. M. R. BALDWIN . Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Moh. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:20-12:00 Farni Management ".: .-..". .'••< .-. . ••P,-3 •r,mv} CARLSON , .'"TV - • MANA«kMiNT COMPANY 1»H N. Drtfl* K. m-nti LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 , r. . .* < , . M Doctors ft' ,, ,>M e f f — i'.. ... ; „ .,. . r- •• 'r JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W\ State ( Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 Loss Recovery Service) with Monthly and Quarterly Reports, Phone W 5X4 Alfeoa t»»»tl»»fttt»»»»i»t< MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore Si Office Phone 205.2348 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, *, P, Residence Phone 395-3335 DEAN F, KOOB, M, D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 330 N. Dodge, Algoiia ^pffice^phone 295-5490 Dentists DR. J. B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 632 E. State S^. Phone 395-3334 DR. tiROY I, ITROHJIflAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 395-3i3i NASH y 1^3 E. Call AlgORa ittttittifttttf

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