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READER COMMENT LETTER FROM SWEDEN Dear Friends in Algona, How strange It is to sit here and know that all of you are so far away, but still so close to my heart. Sitting here today, back in Sweden, thinking of you in Algona. To be a foreign exchange student in Algona is to live real happy in one long year. • If you had known how much I learned those 12 months, you would have done the same. To learn so much about a people and a country. A country so many people are looking up to. For me it's Iowa, but still Sweden is the country I love most and the most important country for me. . In a few years I'm back to visit in Algona and then I hope to see all my friends. But how could I thank all of you for helping me spend a year with you. THANK YOU is all I can say. I always hope to be one of you and that you'll remember me as much and as real as I always will remember you. Always, Sana Svedman Staffans Vag 21 Rotebro, Sweden - o - GOP CAMPAIGN FUNDS Burt, Iowa Oct. 19, 1966 Editor, Upper Des Moines: I read with interest your editorial about the Republican campaign fund. I am reminded of Feb. 4 issue of Congressional Record, pages 2095 to 2115, where is recorded Senators William (R) and Douglas (D) made an attempt to reduce the -giant oil subsidy. Senators Miller and Hickenlooper have always opposed Williams and Douglas on that issue. In 1962 one oil company had an income of 28 million and never paid a dime of tax. The 27 1/2% of this gross income exempted them and cancelled the entire tax. Those oil men could well afford to contribute in devious ways to those who' supported their exemption. These kind of contributions are never men- tioned.in"thp;papers, ."""•, However this legal leak of vast tax amounts has one effect- Uncle Sam is obliged to collect more from ordinary people, such as lowans. If you have never seen it, you will be astonished at the evidence reported in the Congressional Record as stated above. Sincerely, George W. Patterson - o - HE DIDN'T LIKE IT To the Editor: I am writing to take exception to your Oct. 20 editorial "Shooting The Works." Let's keep the record straight as to who is "shooting the works" in Iowa. Greigg has up three times as many billboards as Mayne. You state the Democrats are the "poor.,boys". How about the $1,000 President's Club? Check over the list of Big Business and see who supports the Democrats .... who gets the millions for political campaigns by labor? How many times have the glamour boys - Freeman, Humphrey, Kennedy and President Johnson appeared in Iowa in recent weeks to bolster their rubber stamp congressmen ? Only with this support can the wild spending for the Great Society be continued. TKe people of Iowa are led up with, the .half truths and untruths being fed to us by top government officials. You state there is no substitute for experience in a county office. How did the incumbents get this experience ? They gained it after taking office, and at taxpayer's expense. The 1966 Republican candidates at the county level are intelligent, efficient people who have held and are how holding positions of responsibility and have just as much experience as the incumbents had when they took office some 20 years ago. County offices were never intended to be lifetime jobs. I heartily agree with your closing that those who put in time and money in Iowa may be directing the course of Iowa's future. When we see Orval, Bobby and Lyndon campaigning in Iowa we shudder to think who will be directing the course of Iowa's future. C. R. Schoby Algona, Iowa An 8-lb. 15-oz. walleye pike was caught in Storm Lake this month by Glen Harrington, Storm Lake. The record fish measured 28-3/4 inches long. WASHINGTON Meny-Go-Rowid WASHINGTON - The chief, difficulties President Johnson' has faced in Manila this week are the facts the major Asian powers are not present and our allies who are attending are sharply divided. Japan is not present, though she is now rated as our strongest friend in Asia. Nevertheless, so many of the Japanese people are critical of the war in Viet Nam that the President could not even schedule a stop in Tokyo for fear of the type of mob violence that forced President Eisenhower to cancel his visit after the U-2 spy plane fiasco in 1960. India, with the second largest population not only in Asia but the world, is not there. Nor is Indonesia. Even if their govern- 1 ments were pro-Western, they would not dare participate for the same reason as Japan. Even our allies are not all enthusiastic supporters of U. S. policy. Premier Ky and his military government favor escalation of the war, and so do South Korea and Thailand. But the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand do not, partly because their people also are critical of the United States. Premier Ky, however, has given a little. U. S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge has finally pressured him into modifying his stand on Viet Cong participation in peace talks. Ky has always said he would never negotiate with the Viet Cong, but he has now bowed to U. S. pressure andgrud- ' gingly agreed to permit Viet Cong representatives to come to any truce talks as part of a North Vietnamese delegation — when and if such talks can be arranged. He has even agreed to grant amnesty to Viet Cong who accept a negotiated settlement and are willing to return to peaceful life. This means that they would be permitted to run for . public office. All this'is'not only a triumph ; for Ambassador Lodge, but .it gives the President another card in trying to work out future policy in Asia. Johnson is also mindful that any further escalation now could reverse what appears to be the beginning of another thaw In our relations with Russia. - o - CONTROL WAR HAWKS Before he left Washington, both Vice President Humphrey and U.N. Ambassador Goldberg pleaded with him to keep the war hawks under control reminding him that tue last East- West thaw was spoiled by his sudden order to start bombing North Viet Nam. The first bombs fell the day after Soviet Premier Kosygin had arrived in Hanoi. When we later asked the Russians to use their influence to help end the war, they told us that was exactly Kosygin's purpose when he went to Hanoi, but that our bombing just after he arrived made it impossible for him to continue his persuasion. If we had held off the bombing even until several days after his departure, he might have been able to do some good. But we cut the ground from under him. This is why both Humphrey and Goldberg advised the President strongly against further escalation now -- at a time when Russia again is showing a willingness to talk with us about other problems and still would like the war in Viet Nam to end. - o — CRISIS IN NEAR EAST -- While the summit conference in Manila is trying to find a way out of one war, another dangerous clash is trying to find a way out of one war, another dangerous clash is threatening the Near East, On August 23 the Syrian chief of staff, General Swedani,made a speech before the Syrian Army stating: "It's claimed that BAATH (the ruling party in Syria) is a destructive force. It is indeed destructive towards the reactionaries and the myth called Israel. Therefore an all- embracing popular waroflibera- tion has been prepared. This threat, coupled with the fact that there have been 65 border incidents in the past year, makes the Syrian-Israeli crisis extremely dangerous. If Israel should retaliate, as DREW PEARSON some Israelis urge, Syria could probably be defeated in one day. The government is very weak. It's the only government in the Arab states which has a Communist in the cabinet. But if Israel should cross Syria's border in a counterattack, the entire Arab world would mobilize. And should war break out at this crossraods between Europe, Asia and Africa, it would spread immediately to all the Arab states and part of the Moslem world. It would be extremely dangerous. - o - — DRAFT CALLS ON INCREASE — President Johnson has held the draft calls to a bare minimum before the election, with the November draft call reduced by more than 6,000 men. The Pentagon has also disclosed that only 12,000 men will be drafted in December, the lowest total in almost two years. One reason is that the President doesn't like to take men away from their families during the Christmas holiday. However, after the first of the year you can look for tha draft call to rise sharply. At least 35,000 men will be called into service each month, beginning in January and continuing until June. And, for the first time, individual reservists and a few selected reserve units also are likely to be called up. - o — CONGRESSIONAL MAIL— The Congressional mailing rooms have been swamped the past two weeks with thousands of letters which members of Congress are mailing at the taxpayers' expense to voters back home. Congressmen are permitted free mailing as long as the material ' can', mss jis ...government, business. ^Sp^th'ey^ave .loaded, the mails 'witti. reports on the achievements of Congress. Each Congressman hopes the voters will get the idea that he contributed to those achievements. . Even Congressman Berry of South Dakota, a right-wing extremist who voted against almost all the bills that were passed, sent'home a report on what had been achieved, implying he was due some of the credit. - o - - - GOP CAMPAIGN FUNDS — From all over the United States money has been pouring into certain key states and Congressional districts to elect rightwing candidates to Congress and to high state positions. It's one of the most far-flung coordinated drives by .the far right in,recent history: As one illustration, Ronald Reagan, the actor, -candidate for governor of California, is reported, to be the recipient of $400,000 from outside the state. '••' The Republican Congressional Committee and the GOP Boosters club are supplementing this money and seem to be concentrating on districts where liberal Democrats are running against right-wing Republicans. Here are some of the key races and the candidates involved: In Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Hamilton Fish, HI, the firebrand American Firster who served in Congress during World War n, has a son running in a hot race with Rep. Joseph Resnick, D-N.Y., who staged such a fight against the sugar lobby that the Sugar Law was revised. Young Fish seems to be a chip . off the old block with soms of his proposals, though he denies he is like his father. H5 favors emasculating farm spending. In Los Angeles, ultra-right- wing candidate Robert Cline has received $10,000 from the Republican Congressional Committee as against only $1,000 so far received from Democratic sources by Rep. James Gorman, an ex-Marine who helped put the latest civil rights bill through the House and is receiving a white backlash as a result. Cline seems to have unlimited funds for billboards, literature, and TV timo. Obviously he is tapping funds outside the generous $10,000 given him by the GOP com.TiUtee. Meanwhile he is lambasting Rep. Gorman as a "socialist" and a rubber stamp for LBJ, though the Congressman is a devout churchgoer and family man who has the sole care of his two children since Mrs.Cor- man died last May. - o - « NEW YORK RIGHT WINGER « In Buffalo, N.Y., the rightwing is backing ex-Congressman John Pillion, now making a frantic bid to recapture his old seat from young Rep. Richard McCarthy, first-term Democrat, who has chalked up a constructive record, among other things for cleaning up Lake Erie pollution. Pillion, during his many previous years in Congress, chalked up the following record: Predicted in 1953 that "four Soviet agents would sit in the U.S. Senate if Hawaii and Alaska were admitted to Union." Flew to the Antarctic looking for live communists under the treaty negotiated by President Eisenhower. Introduced a resolution to abolish the State Department. Failed to join ex-President Eisenhower and other Republicans in attending President Kennedy's funeral. Voted against the Peace Corps in 1961, - o- RUSH JOB ON SOCIAL SECURITY- There were two reasons for the pell-mell rush to increase social security benefits before Congress adjourns. The dominant reason was the rivalry of both political parties to get credit for the raise. The other reason was the irritation of the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., over being caught by surprise. President Johnson had failed to tell Mills, who is the most important tax writer on Capitol Hill, that he was going to make his Baltimore speech proposing an increase in social security. In a closed-door session of the Ways and Means Committee immediately after his speech, Mills remarked that if there was going to be an increase, it might as well be passed immediately. Within a few minutes he had conferred with Speaker John McCormack to arrange for a suspension of the rules on Monday (Oct. 17). He also reported to Thursday, October 27, 1966 Algona (Id.) Upper Des Mo!ri«f-$ his committee that the social security fund was completely solvent and could withstand an increase of 10 per cent. This means that the total withholding amount of $6>600 would be increased to $7,800. To Relocate Firm A move to a new location will be made in the near future by the Algona Monument Co., owned by Dean Kinsman. The new location is on U. S, 18 just east of Algona, just north of the Weidenhoff plant, which has been occupied by the Robinson Construction Co. November 30 is the date for relocation. Re-Elect Jack U. S. Senator STRONG-PROGRESSIVE-RESPONSIBLE A trusted friend of Iowa's senior citizens, Jack Miller has proposed an automatic increase in Social Security pensions to meet increased costs of living. (This was defeated last year because of opposition from the Administration's leaders, who prefer to tease older people with election- time promises). Jack Miller's Medicare plan would have avoided giving "free" benefits to those able to afford to pay for their own and would not have required millions of our elderly to pay the first $40 of a hospital bill and the first $50 of doctor bills, plus 20% thereafter. Jack Miller is a member of the Senate Committee on Problems of the Aging. He has been a leader in the fight against excessive spending by the Administration, which has caused worsening inflation which, for 1966, has been the equivalent of a 10',.'- sales tax on the people of Iowa! REPUBLICAN c Senior Ciliiem for Miller, Fred Gilbert, Chairman tien is a Clothes Dryer more than just a dryer? no ironing needed here no ironing needed here no Ironing needed here no Ironing needed here no ironing needed here When it's an ironer, too! This new gas clothes dryer has the tumble-dry action and the pressed free setting that permits you to forget about ironing — forever — when you're drying "permanent-press" clothes. 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