Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 15, 1965 · Page 20
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i.NViSTM6NT ALLQWAN€g REPEALED 8Y LEOI5UTUKE THURSDAY, APRIL IS, 1965 This tax going up The so-called "medicare" bill passed last week by the house of representatives in Washington may make most oldsters feel more comfortable about old age and its problems, but il also carries a pretty good price tag. Those avmroftehine the social soruritv benefit aee will be eroat.lv bfineflttod, but the youneor follow will find that he is paving the bill. Whether the plan is nctnarily sound was not oven discussed. When a young man roaches rntiroinnnt in the distant future he may find the money not there. The tax for thn measure show: n honl- thv iumtt in tho noxt f<nv ynars. While tho ;worker navs onlv half, the othor hnlf must be paid by the-omolovr — and both 1ml ws must be passed on to the consumer in higher prices. AT THE PRESENT time a worker covered by social security has 3.625 oer cent deducted from his nav before he even gets it. The emolover matches this — thus 7.25 per cent of the wngp. total for a business •must be paid in this tax. ; At this time the social security tax ao- plies only to the first $4800 in wages. Tlie maximum deduction from nay is thus $174. Next year the rate jumps to 4.35 per cent pnH flip rnoyjrwinvi pope \>\ "CfidflO 1 tV»U"3 a worker makinp the maximum would pav in $243.60 and his employer a like amount. In the bUl passed last week this percentage would eventually jump to 5:60 and rnflyiirnim in, ,«ft£<V) Tbo »«Mnl f.qv on i!T>'i<!. try nayroll would be 11.2 oer cent. The total deduction would then he $36960 which of course would be matched by the employer. noonle. mp.nning the heads of businesses, lawyers, and now under this bill the doctors, p to., now pay at the rate of 5.4 percent of their income up to $4800. Tlie tax for the self-employed would go up to a maximum of 7.8 per cent of a maximum $6600. The self-employed nav a much higher tax than those employed in industry. The reason behind this, other than the obvious political reason, is that their tax is not matched by an employer. THE CUTE PART of this whole scheme is that, the people do not know, and most do not give a hoot, what they are paying. The average person considers what he'gets in his hand to tnkc home as his pay. The mysteries of deduction and taxes are not his concern because the employer must do this for him. Tho droo in the amount collected on withholding last yoar is now causing a few chickens to come home to roost and many po/mip ,,,.„ rltrtnrborl J.o fltvl t)ip not" ra{r> did not hold back enough to pav their taxes. They have to dig into their pockets to pay the difference. THIS HAS CAUSED some howls of pain. And this demonstrates so vividly that making taxes easy to pay before a man gets his money makes him indifferent to spending by the government. If every person in this country would have to pay his tax in one «HP"> <h»»re w^nl'l bo a lot more concern for thrift and tax-saving in congress and our legislatures. The fact the democrats in Iowa so strongly advocate the withholding scheme for state taxes just means they want the privilege of state spending without the nnin of taxpayers being aware of wnat tax they are paying. All these things such as medicare cost money, and the money must come from the people — and mostly from those with modest incomes because thore are so manv of thorn. And like withholding and social securitv taxes thov have no idea wb*t thev are paying — and too few even think about it. Legislature bogging down There is cn.net talk in Des Moines among some of the maioritv party leaders that it may bv necessary to rncess the legislature in Mav and resume again next September or October. The "fact, is the, lopisMure has boen dragging its'heels and disc'issinp too long on too many ihconsequental matters, The real problems are being shunted aside for chaff that would he better killed before it ever reaches tlie floor for debate. , > The landslide last fall removed many of the old hands who knew how to niove required legislation, along and drop that which is inconsequentah. • THE 'DEMOCRATS now'in the maioritv have found thai their so-called iio secrecy has resulted in a lot of "junk" ron'ching the calendars in both houses. There is private regret the committees are 'not.al- lowed to do the necessary killing job in private. However there are now developing rather extensive "caucus" meetings away from the statehouse, according to reports. These meetings are extremely secret and have been developed to do the choosing of matters to go to the floor, and the wood- shedding of members into support for the party plans. This is not as satisfactory, but the democrats are stuck with the no secrecy rule (in public, that-is). Here it is the middle of April and 94 davs have passed. Normallv tho legislature winds un the first woek of May, or about the traditional "100 days." ' IT IS APPARENT the work that must be doi) p can not be done in the normal time\ The chaff that gets to the calendars now makes workfng unwieldy. The. lack of a sifting cdmm'ittgg''to xveo^-tt'oiit is n otic- able. Someone must do thnt job, no mat- f*r what name thev call it bv. and soon. To come back next fall would be an admission of incompetence. The democrats are facing the same sort of,probl Q m republicans had when the partv••majority was overwhelming. There develops within such a IIUPO majority two or more separate groups''which''in'fact become parties in themselves — usually divided rural vs. urban. And in the passage of some bills it is evident these groups are hardening into such a rural vs. urban split in the democratic party. For instance — out of 66 votes for the bill on permitting private school pupils to ride public busses there were 33 votes in the house from the big cities. And thore were 34 no votes by democrats in small communities. All this means winding up this session is not going to be easy. But to recess to : come back next fall would certainly be an ; admission of weakness. Name It is now out in the open-that the State College at Cedar Falls is smarting with an inferiority complex because it is not called a "university." Hence moves are now being made to have the name changed. For some odd reason professprs do not feel they get proper recognition in a college — they want to be in a university. Some years ago the college at Ames wrangled the legislature into changing its name to Iowa State University. Then the State University of Iowa, not to be outdone, got a change to just plain old. University of Iowa. Maybe a rose would smell as sweet by any other name, but not a professor who wants to be in a university. Such name monkey business has been properly termed "verbal inflation." Expenses About the only good thing that came out of the recent investigation of the department of agriculture is that the method of reporting expenses claims by state em- ployes should be revised. It is evident that everyone, or almost everyone, considered that the expense allowance was a part of the pay system. Sojpe, perhaps more than others, have been revealed to have claimed the maximum allowed as a right of office. Whefl it i§ shown a person reports $1 for breafcjpt. 12,50 for lunch, and $3.50 for dinqgr 4§y after day, it just means that's what his maximum allowance is. And to «p*o# out in even amounts in «»<* in- stance is true testimony that such is the case. And a $3.50 meal is pretty expensive — more than the average person would pay regularly if he had to pay out the sum himself. There is high probability the claim was made at the maximum allowable when the actual amount spent was much less than that claimed. The state does not pay well. Most em- ployes, and their politics makes no difference in this, consider their expense account as a sort of additional salary with it being perfectly proper to pocket the difference between what was actually spent and the amount they could have spent. Dennler was among those apparently using that system, but his case was not the worst nor were his claims excessive. Expense allowances are bothersome things at best. Whether a flat amount within which the person must live — or an accounting by receipt for each item — should be adopted is a question that needs to be answered. The present system is unsatisfactory because it forces people to sign a lie. Fury After the tornadoes and high water of the past few days maybe this Spring business isn't all it's cracked up to be at the moment. The death of more than 200 people from tornadoes in one day is appalling. The fury of the tornado and hurricane can not be imagined, and once experienced can not be forgotten. They are a part of the spring picture — the unpleasant part, and all \ve can do is hope when one approaches. Iowa renigs on tax allowance (M. B. crabf* In E«gl« Grave Ei0i«) One of the strangest actions of tlie present 61st General As* sembly which has played havoc with thousands of income tax payers and all income tax accountants and lawyers was their recent reoeal of the "investment credit" allowance that taxpayers have been able to take on money spent improving their farm or business operations. Strangest part of it is that the bill slid through both houses of the legislature, was signed by the Governor and placed on the statute books with very little if any publicity. We read the pa* pers carefully and did not know about it until we began to hear the local tax experts complaining about it. Lately however several farmers who got caught in the "squeeze" have also called our attention to it in what might be called "high dudgeon." In 1962 the federal congress passed the "investment credit" WIT BY IOWANS bill and the state of Iowa like most other states followed suit with a law of their own allow* ing investment credit on state income tax returns. Then, this winter, the Iowa legislature passed a bill rescinding this investment credit. It was so written that anyone who had taken investment credit in 1962 or '63 was to add this credit they had taken back on to their 1964 income tax return (providing extra money for Hughes and company to spend). In other words the law was made retroactive to the original starting time of the investment credit allowance. Another bad feature of it is that farmers are the most numerous beneficiaries of the credit allowance and farm income taxes have to be filed by February 15 of each year. The law rescinding the credit became law (without any notice or publicity) February 8 after probably 90% of all farmers had already filed their income tax returns. Now the state tax commission .is sending these persons who Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw ,lt In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "Card plaving is expensive, hut so is anv eame in which you hold hands". Oelwein Rotary club bulletin. "You look younger if you fool around ivith older people." Cherokee /tiling station. "We don't have much more luck controlling the weather than in predicting it." New Hampton hardware store. "/ wouldn't recognize muse!/ if I were what she thinks 1 am." Atlantic student. , "The greatest boost photography ever got was grandchildren." Orange City store., "7t's not enough to love flowers; you got to hate weeds to (jet the job done". Winterset dental waiting room. "I always figure that if I don't go to people's funerals, they won't come to mine". Outside Mason City church. . "Among the things a. mother tells her daughter these days is that some of the tricks she used as a girl may not work now, because boys are less silly". Muscatine library. "I almost wish my huspahd would take up some vices, so I could be known as an understanding wife."- Fort Dodge PTA officers meet. 4 'Tor the one forceful wife who makes her husband a success there are a dozen ge?itle, lowing ones laho make their husbands feel iike successes". Iowa Falls wife. "So live that when you le&Ve there will be a vacancy". TSU.nnte book. Revision of Right to work . . ' . v', ", • . law is not fooling people (Ed Grady in Maquoketa S«ntin«l) Comments the Dubuque, la., Telegraph-Herald. The new proposal to 'modify' the right to- work law has been.'Introduced in the Iowa senate. Earlier Governor Hughes had objected to a bill for 'outright repeal.' "If the governor can explain what difference there is between his 'modification' and 'outright appeal,' he ought to step forward, "The present law, on the books for 18 years, forbids an employer from making a contract which would require employees to join the union, usually after 30 days employment. "The 'modification' allows an employer to make such a contract. And yet this is described as something different from repeal! ''People keep saying that the present law is not now being observed anyway, so why keep it on the books? Labor leaders have objected to it more from a matter of 'principal' than from practicalities. 'The so-called law now gives a 'man the right to join or not to Join a union in order to hold a job. What it does practically is another point, but the question here is why the legislature do'esn't face the issue squarely and quit this double-talk. , We will either have a union shop or we don't have it. There is!no middle ground,, or 'modification,' as the governor pretends. A simple reading of the present law makes that perfectly clear. Is the idea to try to fool businessmen into thinking jtbat a 'modification' such as this will still retain the right- to-work law to some degree? If 50, 'it underrates their intelligence," A rose by any other name — '• if it's outright elimination of the Iowa right-to-work law that Mr. Hughes favors, it is a cinch that he would command much more admiration and respect —* and probably a deluge of partisan support — if he were to lay his cards on the table. A a ay on words does not become e governor. Only 50 percent of people in Iowa in producing group had claimed a credit, a letter telling them that they are in arrears on their state ificotne tax. it's a mess. The investment credit allow ance was originally granted by the federal congress in an effort to increase purchases of equipment and to encourage farmers and business men to improve their operations with new machinery and labor saving devices. It was good business and thousands of farmers and bust' ness men took advantage of it. Now the state of Iowa has re- nigged on the program and is asking for the money back that they once allowed; Because of the retroactive feature manv legal minds question the constitutionality of the repeal. But unless someone who has a orety good chunk of Investment credit which they are having to return decides to bring suit we will never know. But we do know that the legislature has messed up taxes to a considerable extent and made plenty of people "right mad.". ruling "(W. C. J^rrfein in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune) Attorney General Lawrence Scalise handed down a ruling the other .day on reaoportionment .that has caused the confusion we m-edicted in this oaper. Stop us if we're wrong, but we in- ternret his opinion to be that election of members of boards of supervisors must follow the supreme court r'llin? that all must be chosen on the basis of 'population. The attorney poneral acted on B request, of a Sio'ix City mem- hor of the Woo(1b'»rv co"nty . boTfl He contorted th"t all sij- nervisors shrvild h* elected at larp° mthe r t»nn bv supervisor- al district*'. 'The attorney genera) upheld this contention. T!i ; s would result in the eij- t're bo-H roniinp fr^tyi Sioux C'tv, which h?s 8° OQO ponula- tion ?s pp^inst 18.000 in the rountv o'>t<:'rt° of Sio'ix City. The res"lt is the «PWO as when the l°<?is]at"re gets through re. apportioning on the h^is of no'Mil'-t'on. The cities will dominate both houses. getting back to the Scalise holrlin?. other counties in Iowa, including Bu^na VisK would be in the same bo^t as Woodbnrv. In an interesting n°ws story in last week's Pilot-Tr'b'me, our reoort 0 r. H, Wayne Or n tt. figured that there are 13.268 living in cities and towns in Buena Vista countv and 7,921 in rural precincts. His conclusions, based upon the populations of the various five districts, would show two supervisors from Storm Lake and the other three from ontsjde of Storm Lake, elected at large. Just what, will come of the Scalise ruling as applied to Buena Vista county if it ever comes up is pretty hazy. We think we have a good board of supervisors. Attempts to chanee the set-up would result n much confusion. Just as prevails in Woodbury county. Our private belief is that selecting legislators based entirely on population is unjust and unfair. We dislike to see the principle carried on down into counties, Legislature generous Ch«. Davit in lowt Fill* Citiitn) Fortunately, few lowans of this day and age need to be "sp|d" on the importance of bringing new industry into the state and creating new job opportunities. The selling job needs to be done on the prospective industrialists. Figures recently issued by the Bureau of the Census again remind us of what is happening to Iowa in terms of population. For instance, 50.4 percent of the state's population could be classified as being in the "unproductive" years — either 19 years of age or under, or over 65. Some may irgue that P§r- song over 65 are still productive, and some are. But most of these persons do not contribute greatly to the state's economy. And it is that 19 and under age group &»t u lirg«iy still m school. Even more distressing is the fi'tf that Iowa is losing so many of its young adults in the 20 to 30 years of age bracket. A majority of the 230,000 persons who left Iowa from 1950 to J8§0 were of these ages. These figures don't paint a particularly rosy picture: 4 *~ Only 50 percent of the pop- yjatipn can be considered "prod!M$ye." This is the group that li wrrying most of the load. Tax relief will be largely a myth until this situation is corrected. — Iowa is investing thousands §04 thousands of dollars in the §4«Cition of every child, but Pf these ere moving else- tp e»rp a living, pay tax- and contribute to the economy- The only possible way to counter these unfortunate trends is It cr9tte mart job*- (Don Rtid in W«st Dt$ Moint* Exprtii) The city officials of Jowa are puzzled. With more urban repre* sentation in the legislature, they had expected to be "well taken care of," instead, the urban so- Ions have proved to be considerably more generous with the taxpayer's roqney than the city officials had expected. As a result the city's share of the tax dollar will go up, right along with the school district's share, Wke the old lady who lived in the shoe, Iowa's mayors and councilmen feel like now they've got so much representation they don't know what to do with it! Still to be heard from, of course, is the legislative com- mJttee on ways and Means, upon which rests the burden of figuring out where the money if coming from. For many years, as with Mark Twain'! weather, everybody has talked about *'pr0p«rjy (ax &M" b»t no one ever does anything about it. The 61st General Assembly bt§ an excellent chance to be "differ^ ent" We hope it makes the most of thf opportunity. Did you have any idea you were so busy a day? I" Laka Mills Oraptilt) So you had an off day yesterday? Didn't do much? That's what you think, if you are an average, adult, physically, here is whit you did: ,; . ,/., Your heart, beat 103,669 times. Your blood travelled 168,000,000 miles. You inhaled 438 cubic feet of air.' . •" , ." ' ••: You generated 450 foot tons 6t energy, ¥oU drank 2.9 Ibs. ot liquid. You perspired 1.43 pints. You gave off 85,6 degrees F. heat, You turned 25 to 35 times in your sleep. You Spoke 4800 words. YoU moved 750 muscles. Your nails grew .00046 inches, Your hair grew .01714 inches. YdU exercised 7,000,00 brain cells, Want to take the day off tomorrow and rest? A I a 0 N A K OS 10 T N COUNTY A D V AN C t . Published by «h« Aitvone* fubluhing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, Offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algona, Iowa, tdlt ! dit< rt ond JB ubll * htf ' Dui " t E - D-wel - foonaoifio Editor, Julian Chrischilles, , APVANCI lUSICRirriOM RATI One Year'ln County and to neore«t post office outside of County »..—J5.00 .'•Six months in County pnd to nearest pott .office •_.. i _. .-.$3.50 •.. Year, outside C6unty,,ond to other than .nearest outside -P.O.s -..i$7.00 All .'rights to matter published in the 'Algona' KdssUth County .Advance are reserved, Including rwws/i f«ftur« n »dv(irtTsing or otnir, arid reproduction ki any manner-It prohibited except by: written' permission of the publishers of th«- ; Algona Kotiuth' Counfy> Advance In each Instance; All • manuscripts articles or pictures ore itMvbt : the "owner's .risk. •.-,,-• ••• ProfMtional AND Buslnpss Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lilies 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 V Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ov.r $102,000.000 worth of inpuranc* In fore*. A hem* Company. S«ft, Mcur*. Lola Scuff ham, Secy. . HERBST INSURANCE Investments For Auto, House,, Household Goods," and Many Other • Forms-, "-. " '• ':"• "Ph. 295.3733 T«d S. Htrbtt RICHARD A. MOEN Representing ,; FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop;' Insurance Service Business - Home • Car v Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDiT Sundct Insurance Agtncy 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS 4 GIELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types tf taeujriiiict Ph, 295.5529 & W-JIM ALGONA ;•.;.,;,;, Or, HAROLD W. ERICKION Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses, 9 East State Street Phone 296-2196 Hours 9:00 »,m to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons OR, C, M, O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Traimni Contact Ljenitt 108 So. Harlan, Algous Phone 299-3743 Dr, L, t, SNYDiR 113 East State a Pial 2W,2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons CIIWT KGfSUTH COUNTY Collectrit* Servicf INVESTORS Div«riifl«d Servtcn, 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. 28?rC877 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone , Res. , phone 29&237B 2»5-ai(W ;• Office Hours: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:20-12:00 / 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management MANAOKMtNT COMfANV M fft. LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 SoV 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 O. BOURNE, M. D. Physician 4 Surgeon 118 No, Moore at Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M, P. M, D, Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 296-2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTIR, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 Of AN F. KOOB, M, D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N, Podge, Algona Office phone 295-5490 PcnUste OR. J, B. HARRIS JR. Dentist m E State St. Phone 295-8334 DR. If ROY I. STROHMAN Dentist lift- ft Mm* ft KEVIN NASH, D.D.S. 133 B. Catt

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