Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 1, 1965 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 1, 1965
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nxAf K°ssuh THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 1965 FARMERS AND BUSINESSMEN MUST COMPUTE TAX BEFORE IMPROVING Impact of property tax is hurting This is revision? Both house and senate committees last week gave approval to the "labor union package" proposal on the "revision" of the . state's right-to-work and other labor laws. It is evident the so-called "revision" Is much worse than just repeal of the right- to-work law. The "package" contains the most one-sided labor proposal ever offered, and would hamstring industry in Iowa so even what we have would leave the state. :> For instance the federal laws do not apply to non-retail firms that do not sell more than $50,000 worth annually or retail stores under $500,000 annual gross sales. : The Iowa proposal does not exempt anyone. THESE LABOR restrictions would ap-' 1 ply to all the small home town stores and businesses, not just those in the big labor- 4 dominated cities. c The proposed "package" permits sec, ; ondary boycotts. What this means is that ^ a union could get into a strike situation 'i say with a meat packing firm. Under a sec;{ ondary boycott the union could picket a t grocery store that sold that company's pro- 1* duct even though the grocery was not even : remotely concerned with the dispute between strikers and the plant management. Federal law protects against such secondary boycotts in businesses covered by g federal law, but not all Iowa business pla- | ces would be protected because they are not now under federal law provisions. FEDERAL LAW prohibits firing of an :•< employe kicked out of a union except for non-payment of dues. Under the Iowa proposal there is no such protection. A member expelled from the union for any cause would have to be fired by the employer! It makes law subservient to what rules a union could make. The law sharply restricts the use of injunctions by hamstringing the power of the courts so a judge is powerless to act unless "property" is endangered. Courts would be prevented from acting to avoid endangering people. This is an evident desire by union bosses to be free to harrass or even do violence to a person who defies the union. How such a proposal ever got out of the committee seems evident. The committees arc dominated by those answerable to union labor. The majority of all committees is composed of democrats. IT MAY BE some of these things are so-called "trading stock." Some would be so obnoxious to Iowa sentiment this seems to be the only answer to why they are left in the proposal. By letting a few of these be defeated the power behind the bill hopes to permit face-saving by party members but 'at the same time get the real objective of the proposal adopted. If a substantial part of this proposal is ever enacted into law however it will be a sad day for the progress of the state of Iowa in getting industry — or even saving what we do have. And it would make possible harassment of even a small store or business in Algona. (Jackson Baty in Osage Pfes*) A farmer from the Little Cedar area walked into County As- scsor Ross Russell's office Monday afternoon and asked what his tax increase would be if he succeeded in purchasing one of those 3,500 bushel grain bins being sold by the federal government here in Mitchell county. When told that his tax increase would be somewhat more than $14, lie asked what reduction would be effective if he "ringed" the bin to 2,500 bushel capacity. The tax would drop $5 in that case. This illustrates a fact that many of us tend to overlook. Property taxes play such an important role in our farm economy that some farmers make every effort to determine taxes in advance whenever they make a new purchase. Creating an increased awareness of the burden of property taxation is a problem that is getting much attention from farm organizations these days. It is hard to do, even in such a rurally-dominated area as Mitchell county. Few of us, unless we are directly affected, stop to think of the impact of property taxes on the farmer IHd the businessman. . The Mitchell County Farm Bureau is trying hard to create this increased awareness. Last Weekend the organization placed ft new tractor with a five-bottom plow on the corner of Seventh and Main streets in Osage. A Sign on the tractor pointed out that farmers paid $166.92 property tax on new equipment like this in 1964. "Business and Farm Taxes Must Be Cut," the sign concluded. Some criticism has been directed against the Farm Bureau for using this particular example. And some of this criticism is warranted because the tax figure was a gross amount based on levies in one of the highest- taxed school districts in the county and no consideration was given to any portion of the $500 machinery exemption all farmers receive. But the basic point the Farm Bureau is trying to put across is .sound. Whether the taxes on that tractor and plow are in the $50 range, as they -would -be-in Stacyville township, in the $100- llO range, as they would be in an average school district, or in the $160 range, as they would be in the districts with the high- est levies, they are just too high. Farm personal property taxes in Iowa are the highest in the nation. And what is incredible is the fact that they are also in* creasing at the highest annual rate. Demands for more and more tax monies, at every level, will continue to be made, Many of these demands will be met. But property taxes as they are levied today are no longer fair taxes. They are regressive taxes, and they are especially regressive in areas such as Mitchell county. When a farmer takes a look at the taxes he will have to pay on a grain bin he's buying at an incredibly low price — and When a farmer knows he is going to have to pay $50, $75 or $100 annually if he buys a new tractor — what is the future of businesses dependent upon the farm trade? And if the future of these businesses is black, what about the rest of the businesses in a farming community? It would seem only enlightened self-interest to press, as the Farm Bureau is doing, for increased tax awareness and to demand tax reform. Someone has to pay the bill, but the cost should be spread more fairly. Medicare not what it is said to be by advocates Industry chased One-man, 11 votes In passing the so-called permanent reapportionment plan for Iowa's legislature the state senate last week left the door open for continual bickering on whether multi-representative counties should be districted. Under the whip of the governor and the labor unions the democrats solidly supported the proposal which leaves the question of districts wide open. The issue was plain. Should labor unions in Polk and other big counties have the power to elect all the senators and representatives? The democrat answer was yes and it was signally strange democrat rural senators went along. POLK COUNTY is dominated by union labor democrats when the county votes as a unit. However there is a sizable republican vote in Polk. If the county were districted so each senator and each representative had a district then there would be some republicans or non-dominated democrats elected. Thus if the senate plan is adopted Polk county could continue to elect its 11 representatives and three senators (or whatever number they get under the new size of the legislature) at large and dominated by union labor. ' In the past union labor screamed loud and long about the domination of the Farm Bureau in rural areas, but in this situation the union leadership thinks its similar head-lock an excellent situation. It is evident the ethics of the situation when the Farm Bureau controlled had nothing to do with the then position of the union leaders. UNION DESIRES run contrary to the benefit of people in rural areas. In fact union domination hurts the people in these areas by its continual boosting of wages which results in inflation robbing people of the value of their hard-earned dollars on the farms and in the small towns. When rural areas had control of the legislature the union-dominated legislators gave short shift to helping the rufa 1~ areas." These rural senators should have been voting against this selfish deal to protect the best interests not only of the people they are supposed to represent but also the welfare of the state as a whole. There's a lot of loose talk by democrats about one-man one-vote but when it comes to the city politics that ideal is forgotten. Why a rural senator would vote to allow a Polk voter to vote for 11 representatives and three senators and limit the voters in his district to one each can not be justified, even by partisan politics. What these city bosses want is one- republican one vote, one-labor-union democrat 11 votes. Aghast (Ed Grady in Maquoketa Sentinel) The ironic feature an often overlooked or ignored facet of the Medicare plan under social security is that it isn't, by a long shot, what it is purported to be. Its enormous cost aside, the plane would very likely prove a bitter and frustrating disappointment to the elderly, the very people it is supposed to aid. Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee in Congress, is an authority on matters of this nature. In addition to heading the committee which has primary jurisdiction over legislation of the Medicare type, Rep. • Mills and the late U. S. Senator .Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma authored the Kerr-Mills elderly care bill enacted some years ago by Congress. The provisions embodied in Medicare legislation currently before Congress, says Mr. Mills, have been so horribly exaggerated that the benefits no longer are rightly diagrammed. Contrary to belief apparently popular among the aged, the bill does not cover such items as home visitations by physicians. Nor does it pay for visits to doctors' offices, surgical devices and drugs which many elderly persons require—nor does it defray the cost of private nursing services unless such a person leaves a hospital and goes to a hospital-affiliated nurs- ing home. Legislators of both major parties in recent weeks have reported a landslide of mail concerning the Medicare issue. Many of our representatives in Washington, on the strength of their correspondence, are much distressed. It has become apparent to them that there are many elderly folk who mistakenly believe that Medicare will be manna from heaven—that any and all expenses incidental to their hospitalization and medication will evaporate with Medicare. ^Nothing could be further removed from the truth of the matter, says Congressman Mills. "Unfortunately," he comments 'Medicare under Social Security' has become an all-embracing slogan which, in my opinion, has not advanced the cause of those who need it." It seems to us, then, that a goodly segment of the population has been led to believe Medicare will be, if the law of the land, a panacea. People evidently are not only confused . |• i. they're bewildered, befuddled and heading for a rude awakening. i Before buying a pig in a poke —and that is what Medicare in its< present form would be— both Houses of Congress would perform a singular service to the nation if" they 'were to deliberate long and hard lest they impose an added burden of from $1% billion to $3 billion annually to begin on the taxpayers ... and yet disappoint the elderly. Old time legislators were aghast at the report Governor Hughes attended a caucus of senate democrats in regard to the apportionment bill. In the old days the three branches were rather jealous of being independent. A. governor who so much as stuck his nose in either chamber was in deep trouble with members of his own party for seeming to be attempting to influence them. It seems the democrats however have the "strong man" or "big brother"' approach and do not trust the ordinary senator to know the score without being informed by the governor. mysterious telephone calls from or to Des Moines — not explained. And then he does not get the job. 1 'This whole affair has taken on the as- ;pect of a witch hunt with statements being •made not backed up by facts. It may be 'some "incidents" can be uncovered, but there is nothing in the record that would lead anyone to blacklist the man for life. If the democrats and the senate committee have anything concrete now is the time to get it out in the open. And let's be a bit honest for a change and admit if there is anything found that it was discovered AFTER he was fired for political reasons, Sour Closing Events last week in the Dennler firing incident makes the democratic party look ridiculous in an attempt to stir up some reason other than pure politics for letting him go. The action of an informal questioning Of Huda Felland at a Des Moines night spot left a sour taste for lowans who like to see gome measure of fair play even in politics. The questioning of her about her divorce to the point where she wept is in extremely poor taste. What in the name of just common decency could the fact she was divorced enter into the reason for the firing of Dennler? The way U was done made it seem the questipojatg was more for the purpose of Harassing the lady than in an attempt to get at the true facts in the case. TWs whole Dennler incident from the first seems incredibly stupid. Maybe there IB something that is grounds for his removal but in the weeks since it happened there has not been a shred of evidence presented. And when he had a job in Sioux City II £geffi£ yiadjcttye toat. $W effort to get employed should meet with some Legislators last week hung a disconcerting requirement to the bill which would boost county officers salaries. The legislature said the offices would have to remain open Saturday mornings to qualify for the raise. Three Kossuth offices have been closed Saturdays. The other offices are open Saturday mornings. This has been a bone of contention in the courthouse since it was started as a "summer" proposal last year. Legislators figured those closing on Saturdays had already boosted their pay for the time actually worked. At any rate the matter of closing should be determined so it will be the same over the state. Bills have been proposed in congress to require a health warning that habitual use of cigarete is harmful Perhaps it would be well to have the same requirement for liquor, and even such household items as aspirin, which taken too freely can cause death. Senator .Bobby Kennedy ran off from his duties in the senate to climb a mountain named after the late President Kennedy. This is perhaps in line with his cam- paigu he could do more for the state of New york. These good old days (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) To some folks there is nothing good now that wasn't better "in the old days", and nothing difficult or strenuous now that wasn't more difficult or more strenuous back in the vanished eras. Weather is a notable example of this tendency to compare: it's the time honored custom, when it blizzards, to discount the current effort by referring to an even worse affair of some period of time in the past. We don't know what blizzard the folks back in 1888 referred to for the inevitable comparison; in 1936 they naturally referred to the one of '88, however. If we may go literary in connection with this sort of thing we might mention that Thomas Mann compared this eternal reference to ever more distant pasts as "time coulisses." All this leads up to one remark we wish to make: this time quite a few of our co-residents in this snowbound northwest Iowa area feel that our today's presentation of the bliz- ' zard performance is bad enough to stand by itself, without comparison to something fierce in the past. If it's any consolation, perhaps we can feel we are taking part in the creation of a local legend; that some unfortunate beings, perhaps in the year 2,000, struggling in whatever will be the fashion to struggle with northwest Iowa snow in that era, will at the same time have to put up with a remark to the effect that "if you think this is bad, you should have seen the blizzard of 1965!" Proposals are bad (Chat. Davis in Iowa Falls Citizen) Back on the Iowa Senate and House calendars are identical bills -T Senate File 277 and House File 284 — which make their appearance at every session of the Legislature. To date, they have not met with success arid we trust that the legislators will not approve them this year, Essentially, the bills ire designed to prohibit "bait adver* Using" of eyeglasses. This is an admirable ambition. Some optical firms advertise glasses, lens arid frames, for a ridiculously low price ... a price which they have no intention of non* (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) If anyone has a desire to chase industry out of Iowa, the so-called package plan of union leaders to modify the state right- to-work law would probably do it. This is the proposal which has replaced earlier demands for repeal of the right-to-work law now on the books. It has the backing of Gov. Harold Hughes, who calls it "an honest attempt to reach a middle ground." Industrial leaders are taking a far different view of it. Even the Des Moines Register, which has supported consider- • able liberal legislation in the past, seems to be amazed at this proposal. It quotes industry attorneys as saying the proposed law; would have these effects: 1 1. Judges would be restricted and delayed in using injunctions to control violence resulting from strikes. 2. Secondary boycotts and sympathy strikes would become legal against Iowa firms operating only in. intrastate commerce (within Iowa and not in other states). Such '• tactics-^banned in interstate commerce under federal 'law—usually are aimed at third parties, such as companies that aren't directly involved in a labor grievance. 3. Unions, in effect, would have power to fire any worker simply by expelling him from membership. This is inherent in the union shop, which the bill seeks to legalize, but some industry leaders are apparently realizing it for the first time. Also, an employer would be forced to fire any worker who quit the union for any cause. We know of at least one fairly large industrial firm that will leave Iowa if this proposed legislation is passed, and there are undoubtedly others. Furthermore, such action would certainly discourage other industries from locating here. Union leaders apparently feel that this is the year to make big gains in the Iowa legislature, It will be a hollow victory, however, if it results in less employers to provide jobs for workers, Compulsion wrong But the wording of these Senate and House bill? is such that all price advertising of eyeglasses would be prohibited. Np price . . . high or low . . , could bje used. In other words, it is a neat little dodge to stifle competition. This is just another case of an industry wanting the government to give it a competitive advantage. And it is Ufceiy that n#ny of the persons who are backing this bill would be the first to cry "governnieiit inter* ference" if the legislation did not suit their own selfish interests. Just last; week an amendment to the House version of this bill w§s fi]ed which would extend the ban 0jj price advertising |o gasoline, fuel oil, groceries, dresses, suits and. photographs. Surely, this was, offered in jest, but it shows that there is really oo M te m tym *y«»f* ' ~- CUP* jt faun a foothold. (M, t, Crabbe in f»g|e Grove Eagle) Compulsory membership in any organization, including a union, is wrong in every sense of the word in our free society. It is just as sensible to say that the Eagle Grove Eagle can't operate in Eagle Grove unless we belong to the Chamber of Commerce. But one of the principle reasons the union leaders w§nt re* peal of the right to work Jaw and thus compulsory member' ship and automatic collection of dues is for the increased revenue it will give these leaders to use in political campaigns. If the legislature will Just tack on an amendment to the right to work law repeal that says that Rpjjf of the money collected to compulsory dues can be used for political purposes the repeal law will lose a great dwl of it5 appeal even to these union leaders. In proposed class legislation it is always good to took for th* politic*! reason behind the move. IftAJ *ft J ai miM aletiefr iem \wWt vt •jArnvQifi in Storm Lake Filet-Tribune) "Des Moines pdlitie seized about 200 magazines in a down town book store in Dei Moines and arrested two persons on charges of selling and possessing obscene literature," that's what we read in the Des Moines tribune the other night. The paper raised quite a hullabaloo about it. Seems the two officers had a search Warrant issued thru Judge Luther Glanton of the municipal court. Later Judge Glanton voided the "raid" as being unconstitutional and ordered the magazines returned to the newsstand. We judge, from reading a mote or less confusing editorial on the subject that The Tribune questions the right of policemen to seize filthy stuff seemingly because su6h things are Subject of "individual judgment." Apparently when police con* duct a raid on a store selling obscene literature, they incur the displeasure of city, paper editors. One might .think that' a policeman can't recognize smut when he sees it on sale at a news stand. Without going into the merits in this case, since we probably are not fully informed, bur "individual judgment" is that the police are entitled to credit. ALGONA KOSSUTM COUNTY A D V A NC I _ Published by the Aflvanee Publishing ' Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, ; 124 North Thorlngtori St., Algoho, Iowa. . •- Editor and publisher,'Duahe E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrischilles, Editor .Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. • ' NATIONAL EDITOR ADVANCI SUMCfttrriON HATE One Year in County and to neafest post of flee, outside of County ---- J5.00 Six months 'In' County and • to nearest post office ------ - --------- 12'52 Year outside County, and to other than 'nearest outside P.O.s - ---- --$7.00 All .rights to matter publlihed 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..Algoria Kossuth County Advance in each instance. 'All • manuscripts articles or pictures are sent at the owner's risk. Professional ANO Bush*** Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY •J. R. (Jim) v 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 Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 fed S. Herbst RICHARD A. MOEN .Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business - Home • Gar -Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Sundet Insurance Agency 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A GIELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types off Insurance Ph, 295.5529 or 295.3111 ALGONA Optometrists Or, HAROLD W. IRICKSON Byes 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. Hartan, Algont Phone 895,3748 Or, 1. I- INYPf i us &it st«te st, mi 295-8715 Closed Saturday Afternoon* Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU •r K055UTH COUNTY Gollectrite Service Fact bilt 295-3183 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.i 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. 29M677 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 CAMJON MAMAOtMlNT COMPANY »H M. 0**e* •1. Ml-lltl 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 6. BOURNE, M. D. Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2343 Residence Pn, 295.2277 DAN 1. BRAY, M, D, M. D, Clinic Bldf . 109 W, States*. Algona, Iowa Office Pn, 295-2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTIR, M, D, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Podge, Algona Office Phone 295-549Q Dentists DR, J, I, HARRIS JR, Dentist 622 E. State St. Dt LEROY I. STROHMAN Pentist US N. Moore St. KiVIN 123 & •MU1M 'iintt

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