Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 25, 1965 · Page 16
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 25, 1965
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[-—«-•—•—• * • • • m i ^ LKo ssuth J?autity Advance A. ~^\fc. jtL ^ ^~ ^ JL ".x THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1965 Why voting is feared A famous French philosopher soon after the American revolution and the establishment of the United States said the U.S. idea of democracy would succeed until the great number of people who had nothing realized they could vote themselves funds from the public coffers. Once the so-called "have-nots" discover they can influence government by the electing of men who will in turn vole funds for them the ideal of democracy Will collapse to the greed of those who will not or can not work. There is a strong sign in this country now that loo many of our politicians arc in effect buying votes by promising to give more and more from the U. S. treasury in hand-outs. ONE OF THE big fights in the original framing of Ihe U. S. constitution was over voting rights. Many of those who worked on that document felt that only those owning property should have the right to vole. They believed only those with property had a slake in preserving their rights against those who would invade those property rights through Ihe power of Ihe vole. The power lo lax coupled with the power lo appropriate gives congress the power to invade property and money rights. And these rights are the only real difference between capitalism and com- .munism or socialism. WHILE THE RIGHT to vote is important there is a duty on volers lo casl an informed vote. The democratic theory is the people will study the issues and vote for the best for the country and the state. In recent years at least., the appeal of the politicians however has been to the selfishness of Ihe individual—an appeal frankly directed toward the selfish interest of groups of voters. In insuring the vote to Alabama and other southern Negroes, the new proposal does not in any way contain the clement, of having an informed vole. IN THE DEEP SOUTH the problem of intelligent voting is complicated by the fact loo few of Ihe Negroes have' been educated to the dulics of citizenship. Here is where the South has failed, and here is also the reason for the intense fear of the whites in the Soulh. If Ihe southern Negro were educated and not a "second-class" citizen because of lack of real education the situation now would be vastly different. As now developing the Negro vole for some lime will be a mass class vole, unreasoning and unreasonable, directly mostly by those who can shout the loudest and promise the most. The necessity for education In Ihe south for the Negro is most vital. The Negro vole can and probably will conlrol Ihe soulh. Whelher il be for good or selfish greed depends on educalion. Thai education will lake lime—and lime is running oul in this country because of political appeals based on raids on the treasury. Billboard ban passed The governor has now signed a bill •tanning billboards on interstate highways in the stale. It is now expected that this will mean added revenue to the state road building fund from federal funds. The federal government ups its ante to the state if billboards are banned. The outdoor advertising association this year took a neutral position on the •bill. In previous years it had opposed the ban, but this year neither approved nor disapproved. DURING THE DEBATE in the senate a proposal was made that those owning property along the interstate should be paid from the stale treasury for giving up such Tights as they might have to sell space for billboards. This was ridiculous, for billboard display depends a great deal on location. The determining of what lo allow would be a monumenlal lask, for properly closer lo towns or cities is more valuable for billboard advertising lhan lhat farther away. It is also ridiculous because there is no inherent right involved in the first place. The right of way was purchased by the state, and the state would have those rights already paid for. THE STATE WILL reinburse where there are presently boards, but to have a give-away to property owners who have no boards nor any prospect of any seems too far-fetched to even be considered. One of the reasons for the billboard ban is safety. It is confusing to come to important intersections and find a mass of advertising lighted signs, Hashing and not flashing. Traffic signs and signals are hidden in the mass of conflicting contesting attention getters. A case in point is highway 18 on the northeast edge of Algona, where the Northwestern railroad crosses the highway. The signs for the various places Ihere make il difficult to see the red flashing signals at the railroad intersection. DRIVING INTO ANY CITY a motorist is confronted with a mass of advertising signs which merely confuse Ihe person driving into strange territory. He has little time to differentiate between highway signs and advertising. In fact in some places the traffic stop and go signs are obliterated by the profusion of other signs with brighter lights to demand attention. In addition the signs detracl from Ihe beauly of Ihe landscape, and while Ihis is perhaps not a major consideration it is often an irritation. The regular interstate signs are ample to give notice of food, lodging and fuel without a competition between business outfits for most attention. Silly Recently a man was convicted in justice of the peace court on a charge of reckless driving and appealed lo the district court on the theory a court could not act on a Sunday. This was upheld by the district court and now will go to the supreme court. If upheld it would mean a motorist arrested because he goofed on the speed limit on Sunday would have to lay over until Monday to pay his fine and get on his way. This seems silly indeed. It would involve undue punishment just because the offense occured on a Sunday instead of another day of the week. and approval of the measure on a second vole. The unions have been riding high in Ihis session. There is more restrictive legislation on business and industry than in the history of the state. Spine of it is just punitive—and some seeks to give unions power over the right of anyone to work without union membership and thereby domination. There are other signs the democrats are chafing under this yoke, and more revolts may be in the making. The "revision" which amounts to repeal of the right to work law is a case in point. If this is passed it would have an adverse effect on possible new industry for the state. Some responsible democrats see this, but too many are blinded by fear of union votes particularly among city legislators. Revolt? Space Union leaders are reported to be burning over rejection last week in the Iowa house of representatives of a "prevailing wage" bill on public projects. What the bill would require is payment of what is determined to be the prevailing wage in an area—mostly set by unions. Thus a public building say in Algona would be subject to a wage scale as determined in Fort Dodge, Mason City, Des Moines, etc. This would skyrocket the costs of buildings in the smaller communities, and would require more money for new schools and the like It was a revolt by democrats from the smaller communities in the state that foiled the effort of the unions to put the bill over in the Iowa house. Union leaders have felt this legislature was in fact "owned" by the unions because of the domination of the democratic party by big labor in the cities. A motion to reconsider the vote was filed and the measure thus will be up again. In the meantime it is evident the union leaders are wording with every thing they have to get a reversal of the vote The Russians put two men in orbit and one of them crawled out of the capsule and "floated" at 17,000 miles per hour alongside. The United States was scheduled to orbit a couple of men Tuesday, but they were not to get out of the capsule This may mark a breakthrough by the Russians on space flight through ability to join up crafts in space—but it also may mean the Russians are more inclined to take unnecessary risks than Americans. The time will come though when suph will become commonplace. It's difficult for the older generation to keep up with the times and to even contemplate what the future will hold in space. One problem raised by the marches and demonstrations in Alabama and other places is how far these can go. How far should the rights of others be interfered with to dramatize a condition? And there are signs of demonstrations to come for dramatizing most human ills, real or fancied. Are we developing influencing of government by mass meetings and parades? 9 ' SPORTING BLOOD SHOWN BY MANN1R IN WHICH TASK IS APPROACHID Problem of putting on overshoes Hughes has some regrets? (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mall) It lias frequently been observed thai, because of a cerlain amount of perversity in human nature, we often end up by disdaining or even disliking those to whom we arc indebted. That this same attitude may be expressed even towards the inanimate is pretty well shown in the degree of regard with which most folks we know look upon those very necessary, but very annoying, objects — their overshoes. Few things have yet been designed by the hand of man which can at once be so comforting and so dispiriting; so useful when the need arises; so awkward immediately that need is over. We are surprised that no one has written a learned treatise or a Doctor's Degree thesis on the subject. Take the mailer of pulling them on and taking them off. The stance used in connection wilh this process is varied. There are evidently several schools of thoughl on Ihe best approach to Ihe problem. The customary procedure is, of course, to first put on one's overcoat, preferably buttoned, to make the process of getting one's feet into the overshoes as awkward as possible. This is the sporting thing to do. From then on Ihere are several branches of thought. One type finds a convenient wall and leans against it while inserting his foot into the overshoe. Another uses the African Crane technique, standing upright on one fool, his olher leg crossed figure-four fashion while he goes through the process. A variation on this is the one- foot side-hop, basically the same as the above except that the 'subject hops sideways, thereby, he hopes, maintaining his balance while struggling with the stubborn footwear. We have so far ignored the basic type who finds a chair, a step, or even a collapsible cardboard carton to sit on while installing the overshoe. This is hardly cricket, however. Although the use of the collapsible carton does imply some degree of sporting blood. There is also the strong willed type who disdains oUlside support of any kind and bends over, purple in Ihe face, bound tight by his butloned up overcoat, and struggles with his extra footgear under exlreme high internal pressure. An almost intolerable variation on this Iheme is exemplified by the athletic individual who bends over, legs straighl as a posl, and puts his overshoes on with ease and grace. These are rare birds, indeed. We have yet to see one. Probably the best method is thai used by Ihe very young, who lie on Iheir backs, hold Iheir legs straight in the air, and put Iheir overshoes on that way. It is safe. They have no place to fall except up. Overshoes are sometimes called galoshes. The word "galosh" comes from the Latin "solea gallica" which means "Gaulish sandals." Unfortunately, the fancy name does not make them even a shade easier to put on. Labor dominated assembly Nomination coming up with some dandies P a P ers ^ JL /KI.:I u...___ (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) Iowa's current labor-influenced legislature is really coming up with some dandies! Bills that would have had trouble struggling through committee in past sessions are flowing onto the floor with the greatest of ease. This would appear to be the year thai Ihe laboring man is deslined to enjoy egg in his beer. One of the more starlling bills was one recommended in mid- February by a House sub-committee for passage, to Ihis effecl: "Public employees of this state and all political subdivisions, boards and commissions shall have the right to self organization, lo form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through repre- sentalives of their own chpos- ing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. "No public employee shall be discriminated against in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment because of his exercise of such rights. No public agency, person or group of persons, directly or indirectly, shall interfere, restrain or coerce public employees in the exercise of such rights." It is not difficult to imagine the righteous indignation that would forthwilh develop among "public employees of Ihis state and all political subdivisions" over pay and fringe benefils, should a bill of this nature become the law. Our conservative inclinations are offended when some persons who so assiduously pursue a spot on the public payroll no sooner land a job than they regard themselves underpaid and overworked. And it happens all the time. What turmoil would develop in governmental circles, should these malcontents be given an open invitation to take over the reins, is awful to contemplate. Another horrible example of "labor legislation" was the bill that will entitle a person to unemployment benefits even if he voluntarily quits his job without cause. Unemplovment pay is a legitimate safeguard to protect workers who lose their jobs through force of circumstance — depression, loss of business by the employer, layoffs, or other reasons not related to the job itself. But this new law will lend itself to flagrant misuse by the many persons who are happv enough to take "paid vacations" as often as their unemployment eligibility will permit. In addition, the labor unions are urging big increases in the size of benefits paid, to the point that it will be all the more tempting to "lay off" with regularity and live on the public's largesse. It would appear that the union forces are confident that, under the incumbent Democratic administration, their day has dawned. There is no question but what they have some legitimate goals to pursue; but an inordinate greediness while they are "in" could invite punitive revenge if a later time finds them "out". New chemical gives hope against Dutch elm disease (Paul Smith in Rock Rapids Reporter) We've had several tenlalive reporls on trees affected with Dutch Elm disease in this community—but none of them were proved out, when samples of Ihe bark were submitted to the laboratories at Iowa State University. Now word is getting around that a new chemical has been found which may prove to be the answer to the disease. This chemical is injected into the sap slream of the trees—and if Unsound (Neil M«wr*r in Laurent Swn) Two bills in the Iowa legislature would prohibit advertising of prices, one for optometrists and one for cosmetologists. In our opinion, the right lo advertise is a basic element of a free society based on private enterprise. The Jowa code already contains a stiff statute aimed at fraudulent or misleading advertising, so this is actually an attack on ALL advertising. One sure result would be higher prices for glasses, higher prices for permanenls and olher work in beauty shops. When those engaged in any profession or business can hide behind a law againsl advertising, Ihey are able lo effectively eliminate real competition which keeps prices "honest." Thi§ type of legislation is unfair and unsound. tests now underway prove successful, it may be able to stop the spread of the Dutch Elm disease and the annual loss of thousands and thousands of the majestic elms which are found all over our country. The new system of treatment is said to be much better than spraying—which was ineffective anyway — and which had a tendency to poison birds and had other unsatisfactory side effects. We hope that control measures are perfected before the Dutch Elm disease hits Rock Rapids. Foolishness (Pocahontas Democrat) We note that the Minnesota legislature is wrestling with a big problem. They want to pass a law prohibiting the driver of a car from using either of his arms for anything but driving. Tsk! Tsk! The "Old Goat" up Algona way says it seems the girls are trying to push the boys out the window on the left side of the car the way they ride the middle and a bit more of the front seat. He admits that the girls probably have to hold on to the boy to keep him from falling out. And here all along, we'd thought it was a set of Siamese twins driving those cars. Come to think of it, 'though, that'd be a lot of Siamese twins! We'd have to agree that it's just a lot of foolishness (Neil Maurer in Laurens Sun) It has been suggested by Secretary of State Gary L. Cameron that the Iowa legislature abolish nomination papers, and require a nomination fee instead. He contends that changes in communication, transportation and population have made the pres- enl law obsolete. Cameron doesn't want the fee to be prohibitive, but realizes thai Ihere musl be something to keep "frivolous candidates to a minimum." According to the Iowa Daily Press Association, he talks of a $500 filing fee for candidates for state office, and is sympathetic to refunding all or part of this fee if a candidate receives a certain percentage of the vote in the primary. He thinks this percentage might be 10 or 15 percent of the primary vote. The secretary of state, who took office Jan. 1, feels that gathering names on nomination petitions is a waste of time. He says it is virtually impossible for his office "to examine and authenticate" the thousands of petitions it receives each election. We are inclined to agree with Cameron as far as state or district offices are concerned. The petition still has some value for local or county candidates, where the individual may be known by a reasonable percentage of the voters, but is little more than an aggravation as far as stale candidates are concerned. Parly workers have the disagreeable job of circulating nomination papers for a number of candidates, and the same individuals sometimes sign nomination papers for two or three candidates seeking the same office. In our opinion the fee system would be a big improvement. Viet Nam problem (W. C. Jarnagin in Storm Lake Register) The white paper published by the state department at Washington was a document of 14,000 words. But actually it covered little that we didn't know already. Boiled down, it emphasized that the guerillas are receiving arms and men from North Viet Nam, Russia and China against Uncle Sam's effort to win a war that will never be won. Uncle Sam says, "we will never abandon friends who want to remain free." Which brings up a question as to whether South Viet Nam wishes to re. main free. Or, as a matter of fact, the people of Viet Nam are really in sympathy with our efforts in their behalf. We judge from newspaper accounts that the Viet Namese, or at least a large segment of the population, fail to understand what the war is all about. Continual overthrows of Viet Nam governments keep Uncle Sam guessing. In the meantime we are losing good American boys in a struggle which entails raids upon our encampments and violence that are disquieting, tp pyt it mildly. But all we can expect, seems to us, is for a government to arise over there that has responsible leaders. Or that some outfit emerges with whom we can negotiate a settlement To hope that North Viet Namese and communist guerillas infiltration will cease looks to us as wishful thinking. (Paul Smith in Rock Rapid* Reporter) In his franker moments we are sure that Governor Hughes would be the first to admit that his secretary of agriculture "goofed" when he fired an ek- perienced milk sanitarian and hired a LeMars man, without experience. The act went against everything the governor had said about retaining trained and skilled people in the state administration, and went back to the appointment of party adherents, regardless of their qualifications. The state's dairy industry may be hurt extensively by the act —particularly if the big outside markets who get Iowa bulk milk, decide that our testing and sanitation program has broken down. Somehow we can't imagine that Governor Hughes knew what was going on in the depart' ment of agriculture. His record and his statements are entirely contrary to what has happened in this instance. We hope that he has taken Secretary Owens into a back room and explained a few of Ihe facls of political life to him. This one will live to plague the governor and his fellow democrats for a long time to come. ALGONA KOSSUfH COUNTY ADVANCE Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St.. Algona, Iowa. Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrischilles, Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. ADVANCt 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, ond 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. »»»»*»•«•»»»+»»+»»»»«»++»+»+»»»»»»»»»»+»»»»+«++»+. Professional AND Business 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 $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A homo Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN Representing' FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business - Home - Car • Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Sundet Insurance Agency 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295.3111 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons PR, C, M, O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact tenses 108 So. Jfarlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L, I. SNYDER 113 East State St. Dial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services' CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fact feilt Reports 295-3182 Algona Credit Bureau Federation, Algona Office division of Midwtft Credit Corporation Now Offering The Midwest Credit System (Jmm,ed}ate Electrpnic Crecjit Loss Recovery Service) with. Monthly an<J Quarterly Reports. Phone 29f-$f*4 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 MANAMMINT COMPANY »H N. ewt* M. m-im LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management ia 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, SCHUTTf *, M, D, 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 DR. j. i. HARRIS Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. Lf ROY I. STROHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 NASH, 123 E. Call 295,5101 Algona

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