Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 22, 1965 · Page 16
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 22, 1965
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Kossuth County Advance •^'•"^"^'•B " •». '" B " — JB • iifc •' • ^^' < i Ji i > i • THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 1965 Remote control repeal There's an old saying a fellow can protect himself from his enemies but only heaven can protect him from his friends. Such is the case now for Governor Hughes and his friends in politics, the labor unions. The union leadership has been riding pretty hard on the governor who is reported to have blown his top in a meeting in Washington where pressure was put on by a national labor union leader. The pressure is for a repeal of the Iowa right-to-work law. Labor leaders view the huge democratic majority in the Iowa legislature as a legimate target to force repeal of the law. The union leaders with some justification say labor put the democrats in power. THE GOVERNOR. in . Waahin#ton jap- L parently made it plain that he wasn't going' to be pushed around, and the news story indicates labor backed down for the moment ; One of the statements the governor made is perhaps indicative of the politics in the situation, for he stated repeal of the right to work law would be '"devastating for the democrats" in Iowa. It is a cinch the governor will be running for U. S. senator against Jack Miller. He is certain labor will not vote republican so his problem is to keep in good with the republicans who favor the right to work law. HOWEVER THE governor has been pushing for labor legislation which in effect docs repeal the right to work law by remote control. He wants a worker required to join the union after 30 days on the job. In other words the right to work law applies only for the first 30 days a man works. This of course is not fooling industry in the least, for it gives the union complete power. Iowa is getting into a desperate situation. Industry is not rushing into the state. Iowa docs not have great resources with the exception of agricultural products that would attract industry. The only thing Iowa has had to "sell" to those who locate industry is the right to work law which protects employers against extreme demands by labor. The governor seems to be on a teeter totter endeavoring to avoid offending employers yet giving the labor leaders what they want. It's no secret Iowa industrial leaders are alarmed at the situation. lowans generally are in favor of right to work by a large majority. If it is "modified" to effect repeal by remote control no one is going to be fooled. Evidently the governor is beginning to understand this fact of political life. The real voting problem There is too great a concern for voting rights and too little for an intelligent vote. The drive in congress to allow everyone to vote is of course admirable, but the fact is a lot of people just don't know and care less about what they are voting for. In Iowa the legislature wrestled long and loud over the city registration problem. The legislature has bills to permit longer period of registration, and "floating registrars" who go to various locations to register voters. In discussing the bill a democrat from a-Mississippi river city said the two .democrats from that area would not have been elected \( there hadn't been a drive for registration. That would seem to be a pretty poor commentary on the voters in this county and perhaps also on the selections made. IF PEOPLE do not care enough about their voting rights to register but have to be herded into doing it the chances 'are these votes will be irresponsible votes. The people will have no desire to find out the issues and study them. In the case of the two democrats, in the eastern Iowa city it would seem their election came from people who normally don't give a hoot who wins. , . With the new congressional action about all that is necessary for voting is to be of human form and able to get to the polls. There is no requirement for an Dancing • The state senate recently passed a bill permitting taverns to have dance floors with a minimum of 200 square feet, Thatis about 10 feet by 20 feet, and rather a small space for many people to wiggle in. The law had been 500 square feet. Some taverns felt the need for more table space hence the plea for a smaller requirement for dancing space. Maybe it's all right—it is said that activity while drinking burns up the alco- hoW-which is also probably the reason for a dance floor in a tavern. should be experienced in life and in understanding and be able to contribute '.something to the good of the state as a 'whole. i . ;•'' i ••;• - When it becomes a job for the money : .that's in it the independence of the lawmaker is gone. Maybe it's old-fashioned in this day of the fast buck—but it's good government to have such a thing as pay in something else than pieces of silver. Time Honor The proposal to boost the pay of legislator from $30 to $40 per day raises some good questions as to the fundamental problem of governoient. In the first place government pay is not too good, but by the same token some' times the persons attracted to government jobs are those who have trouble in getting and holding jobs in competitive fields. Pay for those in permanent positions should be good enough to attract good workers but that should apply only to the administrative and executive posts. The idea of the legislature is that citizens go to Des Moines for about 100 days to enact laws for the good of the state. Their job is legislative, and the basis should be that of good citizenship. The pay for a legislator should be sufficient to at least pay his expenses. The honor of serving should be the rest of his pay- When the pay is so good that it attracts the rabble rouser then legislation wiU suffer to the demands of selfish groups who can help that legislator re- hjg ga0d job, Legislating should be an honored po- ft should b£ regarded as a reward la itself. A man who runs for ifftce The legislature huffed and puffed and brought forth a law setting daylight time from Memorial Day to Labor day. This suited nobody much, but it was a compromise. The eastern Iowa cities take a dim view of such restrictions and now Muscatine has voted to go from April 25 to October 24. Other eastern cities are expected to do likewise. Council Bluffs and Sioux City wanted no daylight time, because Nebraska does not have it. So these two cities have to go on the Memorial day to Labor day schedule whether they like it or not. It seems the westerners got the bum ends of the deal. Breakers The legislature is wrestling with a law to prohibit the hiring of strike-breakers imported from firms which specialize in such things. They should be prohibited, but by the same token the importing of pickets and such by unions involved in a strike should also be prohibited. In a recent strike situation iu Iowa workers from plants in other places joined local pickets. Also leaders of l<aj>9r imported from other states. What is sauce for the goose be likewise for the gander. HERE'S A THAUGHTFUL AND PROVOKIN6 COMM8NTARY ON TODAY Vital principles are being flouted (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) Just as physical diseases often have serious side effects, in comparable manner we are now witnessing some peculiar arid dangerous accompaniments to America's current racial, social and political disturbances, Iowa has been the scene of a number of such incidents in recent days, perhaps not so serious in themselves as in the abstract but highly vital principles involved. We would like to point out, among these, the following: The Dcnnler Case. The citizens of Iowa are here being given an example of the "horrid web" that can be spun when misguided individuals really make a serious attempt at it. Mr. Detinlef was obviously fired because of basic political reasons, and as we all know, political reasons can be pretty base at times. Now that the deed is done— and exposed — desperate attempts have been made to find reasons to justify it; any reasons. These attempts, unfortunately, have gotten so out of hand that Dennler, in this comparatively minor matter, has been subjected to the same kind of tactics that once caused such a national furor when used by Senator McCarthy. The inconsistency of mankind is unfortunately revealed here WIT BY IOWANS Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw, It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. . understanding of the problems of government. AND IF ALMOST forcible registration is required the quality of the votes cast as far as understanding the issues is concerned goes down. It is all well and good and noble indeed to feel that every human being is just as good as another, but the facts are people are different. Some are concerned about government and its effects, and others are concerned only about themselves and what they can get for free. Most votes are based individually on selfishness—what it does "for me". Too few are based on what is good for the country or the community as a whole. IF A PERSON ISN'T i; concerned MM; enough about what happens in this country to take the slight trouble to register he shouldn't have to be chased down to get him to register. This not only applies to the uneducated but also to the educated too many of whom seem to take a delight in refusing to vote as somehow beneath their dignity. To a politician one vote is as good as another whether it is cast by a concerned person or a fellow who listens to the latest promise to determine his vote. It is time people in office should be interested in having their election by informed voters—not by those dredged up almost by force to register. The former would be something to be proud of—the latter to be apologetic about. "A precocious child is about the most boring person in the world, execpt the mother of one". — Overheard at Dubuque traffic light. "Yaw can interest almost any neighborhood in your . troubles if. you mix a woman in them". —"K. R.", Ot-. tumwa. "There's hardly anything that looks like it needed a woman as much as a party dress hanging in a closet". — "Marty Mouse", Cherokee. "Not many rose-colored glasses are bifocal". — Ben Baker, Burlington. "You can't tell me things wouldn't have been different if Eve had slapped the snake". — At Sioux City Airport. "A smile can hide a lot, but a giggle usually reveals something". — At SUI Theta Hodse. "About the only one who loves a liar is the woman he's lying to". — "Wanda of Waterloo". "Maybe love doesn't make the world go round any more, but it makes the trip, nice to remember". — At Council Bluffs Jr. High Party "These days the kids are taught punctuality by schools better than we were. They've got to get to school on time or they don't get a parking space". — Marshalltown Kiwanis meeting. "Back when I was a kid I thought I'd make footprints in the sands of time. Now, I'll settle for -kicking up a little dust". — One Iowa Banker to another. "You can size up a man pretty well by how much respect his wife pays while he is talking". — By my neighbor at Mason City dinner party. n . "I try to see myself as others see me, but it always makes me depressed". — Story'City school teacher. "The best looking motels we found on the trip were . the ones we passed, fifty miles back". — Decorah young matron blonde. "So I said to her, 'Well, if, we can't do it thei right way, lets do it your way'". — At Council Bluffs hotel. Who should run schools, the school board or teachers? (Paul Smith in Reck Rapids Reporter) Who runs our schools? That question comes up pretty nearly every year at some school in the area where disagreements have arisen between teachers and superintendent, superintendent and board—or teachers and board. This matter of authority has to be thresbed out every so often—and almost always the result is the same—the elected board of education is and must be the final authority. Teachers have been able to secure passage of some laws, with the purpose of securing public hearings where they have not been rehired—or have been fired—and occasionally other means are taken to try and circumvent the authority of the board. We can understand why "professional" people sometimes take a dim view of the authority to which they are subjected— but by and large we believe that school boards are made up of intelligent, trustworthy and sensible people. Almost always, we would say, where there is a disagreement between the board and an individual, the board is right. This is not always true—and there have been glaring examples of prejudice, unfairness and unscrupulous use of authority—but these cases are strictly in the minority. Professional employees of a district are frequently on the verge of trying to attack and question the authority of a board. Fortunately most of these incidents pass away when sound consideration is given to the problem. Boards are elected and clothed with rather extensive authority. They must have this authority if they are to carry out the responsibilities that are theirs under the law. One of the powers of the board is that of hiring and, firing teachers. Our observation has been that boards seldom exercise their authority and actually fire a teacher, even though that course might be best for the school. Without this final authority we question whether any district would operate very harmoniously. All society must have someone who can say "no" and then have the authority to make it stick, We think most teachers would agree with us in this position. We know that in Lyon county there are scores and scores of fine, well qualified and hard working teachers—and we think that 99 percent of them would agree with us when we say— boards of education should and must have complete authority to hire or not hire, or they can not do their jobs. Withholding wrong (Neil Mauer in Laurent Sun) Once again efforts are under way to have a state withholding tax law enacted, and it looks like there is sufficient support in this session of the Iowa legislature to get the job done. As we've mentioned mwe than once }n the past, we are very much opposed to any state withholding tax law, In our opinion, (he requirement to withhold federal income tax is an imposition upon, the employ' er—we do not believe any enu ployer should be forced to collect taxes from hip wopfeerc Most impoftini, kowever, U the fact thai people sJjquW know they aje paying taxes. They should count out U»« dollars themselves to realize what their governiMAl is aMttiUy costing them. Under a withholding system the average worker considers only his take-home pay as his true wages—he seldom realizes how much has been withheld. "Sugar coating" taxes is a fine thing for the people who want the state to spend and spencl and spend. The taxpayer wo*'t ho*} y b* ' how much he is in that some who were so deep- y concerned about the vicious tactics used by the Senator in his battle against communistic influences, do not recognize the same type of tactics when used in their own interest. The circumstances are not the same, of course, but the principle of the tactics involved is the same. And that is what is the true importance. Freedom of Speech. An avowed segregationist was invited to speak a few days ago at a small Iowa college. His remarks so enraged a member of the audience, a former college executive, that the latter violently interrupted the discussion, saying he did not have to put up with such cursed nonsense, etc. This is very true, one does not have to out up with cursed nonsense, and one is entitled to make up his own mind as to what nonsense is. But there is a democratic way in which to avoid putting up with it, and in this particular case, that way would be to leave the auditorium, not to shout the object of one's wrath. This educator very obviously felt that his views on the subject were the correct ones. However, the speaker on this occasion also obviously felt that HIS views were the correct ones. Neither would appear to have been in a proper position to judge the merits of the other. But the unpopular speaker had been invited to present his case, and should therefore have been permitted to do so. The "hall was hired" for him, and if the other man wished to make a public presentation of his views, probably would have been in better position if he had hired his own hall for the purpose. This wrathful educator, we believe, would be in the firing line to defend academic freedom, in other words, the freedom to teach and express what he happened to believe in. Why could he not, then, accord the same privilege to others? We are here treated to another example of inconsistency in action. Freedom of speech has no meaning at all if we permit it only to those we happen to agree with. A farm organization president. The head of one of the powerful farm organizations which operates in Iowa, recently was quoted as advocating a program in which payment under an agricultural program would be on the basis of "according to the individual's needs." W* would like to know how many of the members of this organization, the Farmers Union, are aware that this rather harmless appearing statement, happens to be one-half of a big- her one: "To each according to his needs; from each according to his abilities." This is one of the basic statements of Karl Marx, one of the most powerful influences in active socialism and communism. Loyalty Pledges and their like. The head of one of Iowa's state library offices a week or two ago was quoted as stating that Iowa's town library boards were delighted to sign a required statement that they would not permit racial discrimination in their libraries. This signed statement is necessary if a library is to receive federal funds for any purpose. Up to that moment we seriously doubt that any library board member anywhere in Iowa was entertaining any idea of practicing any kind of discrimination of this or any other nature. We naturally cannot speak for any other board members, but we know that as far as we are concerned this declaration was not signed with any degree of pleasure at all. In fact, it was considered by this writer to be nonsense in this particular case, and was signed mainly because there is so much such nonsense now required that it hardly seems worthwhile to make a major issue out of it. But this might well be a mistake, too. There is a principle involved here, also, another side effect of a more serious matter. And that is the serious matter of using force or threats to pro^ duce token or actual compliance to ideas. As a matter of principle, we C§n see little difference between forcing the members of a board to sign an anti-discrimination pledge under threat of losing federal aid, than forcing a government worker to, sign a pledge to support the Constitution. There is certainly nothing at all wyojig with agreeing to support the Constitution, but there has been a great deal of clamour against the required pledge, mostly by those with libewaj leanings. U tbro is 9 l*w on th« taafcs, why should any particular ind> viduii of group be required id make affidavit that he will not violate that particular law any more than any other? And why, on the other hand, if certain segments in our society find an enforced pledge in the one case to be a violation of their liberty, would they not consider the other enforced pledge equally distasteful? A good citizen is assumed not to harbor intent to deliberately break any law, and equally, a good citizen is assumed to show voluntary respect to the nation's great principles, its Constitution, its symbols. But enforced expressions ev- en of high minded actions lose Iny quality of Virtue by the very fact that they are enforced by threats, Our first lesson in this was during the Farm Holiday Uprising of some years back, when We observed a mob, armed with clubs and ropes, force the O'Brien county sheriff and his deputies to kneel on the court- hoUse lawn at Primghar and kiss the American Flag. What flood citizen would feel anything but pride in kissing the nation's flag — voluntarily? But what citizen would be expected to relish the performance! when he does it with a club poised at his back? ALOONAKOISUTN COUNTY A D V A N C I . Published by tha Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngton St., Algona, Iowa, Editor and publisher, Duane E. Oewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlschllles, Editor Emeritus, W, C. Dewel. ADVANCI SUMCRimON MATE One Year in County arid to nearest post office outside of County J5.00 Six months in County and to nearest post office $3.50 Year outside County, and to other than neatest 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, 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 ore sent at the owner's risk. »000»00«000000000000000»«+00»0000»»»0+»»0»»»0»+»»' Professional AND Business Insurance ALOONA 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 North Dodge Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Podge St Polio Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Ovor $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force, A homo Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham/Secy. , MEREST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forma Ph. 295-3733 Tod S. Herbs* RICHARD A. MOIN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-step Insurance Service Business • Home - Car • Life 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUN01T Sundet Insurance Agency 118 South Podge Phone 5-2341 RICKLBM * OEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY AH Typos of Insurance PH. 39S-SS29 or 2f 5-3111 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HAROLD W, BRICKfON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295,21* . HOW! fcOQ am. to 5:00 p.pi. Closed Saturday Afternooiui DR. C. M, O'CONNOR OotomatHlt . Visual Analyii* §94 Visual Training 109 So. Harlan, AJgona Phone 395-3W3 Dr. L. L. INYDIR U8 last State St, Pill 296-271? Closed Saturday Afternoon! CREDIT IURIAU of Investments INVESTORS Diversified Services, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA Chiropractors DR. P. 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. 295-507? DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Rei. Phone 295-2378 295-3304 Office Hours: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management CAMMM MAMAMMINT COMPANY •a. Mi-)i*i 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 G. BOURNE, M. D Physician & Surgeon 118 No, Moore 9t Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L, BRAY, M. D. M. P. Clinic Bldg, 109 W. State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M, SCHUTTER, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DfAN * KOOB, M. D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 224 N, Podge, Algona Office pfcone 295-5490 Dentists OR, J, |, HARRIS JR. Psntist 622 i, State St. PhftftS 895-2334 PR. LEROY i. STRQHMAN Dentist 116 N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131 Fact but Report* NA$H, p.o.s. 123 E. Call 295.51QI OMMMIMIMMI M i i i > M • MO*

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