Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 6, 1965 · Page 20
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 6, 1965
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FVTAT Kossuth County Advance 66V6RN6R HUSHES 6EIN6 PUT IN BAD MOT BY THURSDAY, MAY 6,1965 Commission bill killed The bill that would abolish the three- man tax commission and substitute a one- man eQjTunissioner is dead as far as this legislature-^ concerned. The bill is controversial in that there are merits on each side of the problem. Without a doubt the one*m.an deal would be more efficient. There would also be one-man responsibility, and perhaps a traineti man could be obtained to do the job better. However there are some potent objections 'that were evidently considered by the legislators. IN THE FIRST place a one-man rule can lead to a form of despotism with the problems of favoritism always possible present. With a three-man board there is of course a shared responsibility as far as the commission is concerned but there is also a sort of "watch dog" condition. With three men, one of whom must be of another political party, it seems certain there will be no shenanigans either from a financial or political standpoint. The collection of taxes is important, and it is imperative that the people have confidence the laws are being interpreted fairly and that, all citizens are treated alike. With; three men at the top there isn't much chance for favorite treatment of anyone. AS FOR BETTER and trained men to take a one-man post — that is open to some question. Under the bill the one-man commissioner would serve at the pleasure of the governor who appoints him. There would be no secure job tenure at all. With a new governor the old commissioner would be out and a good trained man would recognize that fact of political life before he took the job. It would be a handicap in getting a good man. Also with the one-man accountable to the governor the ugly head of partisan poll- tics is raised. The governor could demand favored treatment for his supporters and the one-man commissioner would be under extreme pressure to grant the governor's wishes. COMMISSIONERS arc now named for specified terms. They know they are in office for six years and have a chance to carry out some kind of a program. Of course they arc also aware at the end of the term, politics being what It is, their tour of duty will be ended. With the one-man commissioner serving at the "pleasure" of the governor this condition docs not exist, for the governor's "pleasure" sometimes is dictated by partisan politics. It is well the legislature let the present system continue. The efficiency and other favorable factors in the one-man commission do not outweigh the advantages of a three-man commission. Bloc voting danger The dangers of bloc voting in the proposed civil rights voting measure in congress are many and could lead to some of .the lowest forms of voting frauds. " It is a well known fact in such cities as. Chicago, New York, and others that ethnic groups usually vote as a bloc as dic- tated'by ward bosses. It is also known that registration is a strange thing in many cities where the names on tombstones are found to be registered and voting in elections. THERE MUST be some sort of guard against wholesale registration of people who are,subject to boss control. Senator John Williams has proposed the law include a section which would make it a federal crime to register falsely with a penalty of $10,000 or a jail term of five years for offenders. Without a doubt the Negroes in the south \vill become bloc voters. This was evident in the 1964 election when 94 per cent of the Negroes voted straight democratic, A,nd without any doubt a great many of the' Negroes in the poorer and less educated groups have little interest personally in voting except as it may advance them personally. THESE WILL LISTEN to the boss who promises them the most and will vote as the boss tells them. They are npt equipped to study the issues between the parties and the candidates, and for the most part they do not care. In many cases these people will be registered but they will not be the ones who cast the votes in their name. This situation now exists in the cities, and evidence was uncovered in many other places including Texas of vote frauds in the' 1960 election. Like many well-intended ideals the every man voting idea is subject to faults. The big fault is the assumption the vote cast will be an intelligent vote. This ideal is far from being attained even among those educated to^the'problems"of*deWOC-* racy who vote a blind loyalty to a political party. There are enough dangers in the bill to make it advisable to study it carefully before being stampeded into action by public sentiment. And the amendment by Senator Williams should certainly be adopted as a part of the measure. uestions 3 The problem of giving birth control Information and medical supplies to \yopv en on welfare raises good questions. Should the state participate in 'the contemplation of an illegal act for a worn- fin getting aid to dependent children when she is divorced or widowed? ,: There can be only one reason for bit|;h< troi devices. Should the state different e between a single/woman and a worn- who has a husband with both on welfare grants? Probably the answer is in the gray ground midway between, with the proposed compromise of giving birth control aid when asked as a way of recognizing facts, elected in 1964 is a democrat and they owe their election to the union labor-vote. . There was bitter comment in past years by union leaders against the Farm Bureau domination of the legislature. Now that the balance has shifted to the unions there is Uttle of that criticism of bloc control by the unions who decried it so vehemently when another bloc was in power. jPtirnary Pistricting The democrats in control of the Iowa legislature seem determined to keep out of Cither the permanent or temporary plans f_pr apportioning the legislature any suggestion for districting inside counties with m,ore than one legislator. This of course is being dictated by the $ty legislators who feel correctly that running in a district they might not be elected. The city of Dos Moines, for example, |s controlled by labor union votes which (lajnjnate in an election at large. However ft the city were to be districted for the U representatives and three senators it's a pinch the labor union votes would not control, in all areas. The democratic party is beholden to the labor unions for the huge democratic mj|orities in the cities. Therefore the pro- posa,l to district will not get favorable at- The experiment oi' putting the primary election in September instead of in June as has been the law will make for an interesting situation next year. Usually candidates begin to bestir themselves i^ the winter before the election and the nomination papers have had to be on file \n the early spring. ' With the primary waiting until September there will be more time to "consider" and a. lot less ^ une to campaign after the primary election. There a.re advantages to bpth and disadvantages as well. At least it is going to be an interesting experiment next year, Control With all the holier than thou talk about democracy in an election campaign by the democrats and the one man one vote idea the answer, when it comes right to politics the labor unions want no of it when time for action comes. Thus a voter in Pes Moines gets to U votes for representatives and three for state senator. This is a far cry in- from the one man one vote theory supreme court has forced on the rest £ |t|te in the elections of legislators. It is no accident every city legislator The federal communications commission is going to take over control of cable a,n.d rnicrow^ve television broadcasting. Thus U will he necessary to obtain a license from the FCC to operate. Recently sucn * ca °l e TV proposal was turned down in Algona though it would have meant better reception from many stations. The FCC is taking control simply as a measure to control competition. Present stations, particularly the smaller ones, oppose the P$bJ^ deal because it gives viewers a better choice of stations. The local station loses its monopoly. The situations this country faces, in Viet Nanj a.n<( the Dominican republic are, dangerous. The reaction in the, tetter P%$e was most prosper because it wsuj dose to our shores a,nd would have ^nb>'i as a Castro type government, a 01^,9^ fur Russia and tntyble China. We are coinmijtedi in Viet Nam an4 we have the dragon by the tail and csn,T let go. The only comfort is these are small wars—if that is any comfort. Labor leaders are trying to dictate Trick y ""-••-.' g • CJ ' • •" "" ""••• ""•- -«'•*•••-•" •• -- i* n m~~j. , Ivj ri fVUUlH (Pat 0«ll«gh*f in B«lmond Independent) Republicans in the current legislature no doubt read with mixed emotions the story in last Friday's DCS Moines Register regarding Gov. Harold Hughes' stormy session with labor leaders in Washington over particulars of the labor legislation expected from the Gist General Assembly. There must have been some begrudging admiration for Hughes in his insistence upon a semblance of restraint In treatment of the doomed right- to-work law. there unquestionably must have been some amusement at Hughes' discovery that the nose of the camel he'd permitted to intrude in the Iowa Democratic tent is being determinedly followed by hump, haunch and tail. And there must have been deep dismay at clear indication that labor leaders regard that they've "bought and paid for" the privilege of dictating labor legislation in this state. It is noteworthy that when "Verne" Davis, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, and WIT BY IOWANS Jack Lewis, secretary-treasurer ef the federation, sought back' iflg to bring Oovernof Hughes to time they went directly to Alexander Barkih, national d.i* rector of the Committee on Political Education. ' 'COPE is the political arm of the AFL-CIO. and it is a com- mbnly known fact that this agency poured more money in* td the 1964 Iowa political cam* palgn than, in all probability, has ever been expended on a gubernatorial candidate's election in this state. It is also strongly suspected by Republicans serving in the current legislature that the General Assembly this year is being subjected to more influence from Washington, D. C., than has ever been ,the case before. The Democratic powers regard, with considerable justification, that their party has obtained a position 6f dominance in Iowa completely unprecedented in the state's history. Urbanization of the state, and particularly the well organized influence of labor, brought about this turn of events: and the Democratic' party is deter- Compllcd by John M. Henry of "I Sow It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "Since I had this heart attack of mine, my doctor says for me never to watch a garage attendant park my car". — Exira truck driver. . ' "I never judge a man by what his wife says ab.out him". — Muscatine attorney. "What is said at a person's, funeral is sort of the commercial between this life program and the next". — Read by Oskaloosa lecturer. "My aged Mom is one, of the pest persons: in the -world,'but she says she is not getting old gracefully; she is fighting every inch of-'-the way". — Fontanelle store. ''•'''.' "The worst thing about any cocktail party is the man who has just bought a new high-powered automobile with all the gadgets". — Coon Rapids church. "The ideal husband can decipher a grocery list, no matter what". — Odebolt teacher. "The locale of a man's pursuit of happiness varies, according to his marital status". 4 — Fairfield faculty member. "Well, they should be a happy i couple. She likes to improve-.things,-and she rnarried a lot of material". — Hampton, super-market lot. '?'y,f.~. ! .. .'; :... "Often the best way to straighten out a youngster is to bend him over". — Ames profi "I figure a guy can make quite a successful career doing the things more successful people would rather not". — Dubuque gardener. "The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once", — SUI faculty^'member. "It's the playthings they hrive around that separate the men from the boys". — Des Moines convention. "TV is being charged with changing the child from an irresistible force to an immovable object". — Atlantic garage waiting room. "A day can be made brighter by seeing someone a little plumper than you". — Fire /sland Lake picnic. Agency shop is not answer to right to work law repeal (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) There were reports early this week that attempts would be made in the Iowa legislature to a.tta.ch a §o-ca.Ued "agency §hop" amendment to the labor package bills now on the Senate and House calendars. This so-called "compromise" is expected to satisfy Iowa voters, who have shown overwhelming opposition to repeal or modification of the right-to-work law, In effect, the "agency shop" is a form of involuntary unionism which compels non-union workers to pay the equivalent of union dues or fees as a condition of contimied employment. In our opinion there is little difference between an "agency shop" contract and a "union shop" contract. Approval of such agreements in Jowa would have the effect of repealing the right-to-work law- U is interesting to note that a recent Iowa Poll indicates the existing law is favored by 73 per cen.t of the people—including 55 per cent of the state's union members. Apparently the average lowan believes every man should have the right to decide what organization he should join. To force a man to belong to any organization even though he does not become a member—is an infringement upon his pejsqnal freedom. Newspapers of Iqwa have an organization known as the IQWJ Press Association, y^e believe it is. a, good organization . . . we believe every newspaper should belong to it, and most of ttom 'to At ttw defend the right of every individual publisher to decide for himself, Any organization should be go^d enough to "sell" itself to prospective members without force.' Puzzled editor (Wintertet Mwlisonian) Why is it that legislators run fo^ 1 office on a platform of property tax relief, and then proceed to raise the salaries of most pubiic servants, (including their own) from the court house to the state house. It can't be done gentlemen, it just can't be done. We're not arguing the justification of such w|g§ hikes. We're just pointing out that you ca,n't pron^e onf thing, and do another. \l the legislature is really sin- cete in >is <ie§irfi to relieve the property tax, there is a simple solution.. 4u£t raise the sales tax frQnV two to three percent, and eaj>n)a,rk. the extra one percent fop state aid to local schools. ThJ| WP4JW *V# on Jy relieve the property owner, but also be the biga^t bo^t {o Iowa education in 100 years. Why our state lawoaakers refuse to face up tQ Uuj proWem, and its solution, we an't understand. Guess they would, rather p% ss the buck back to ttBfiW i°**l school board m§mMr§, ajjd let them sweat ou| the unending problems. That's mined tb keep its advantage if at ail possible. The Welfare of the state-of Iowa will b;e willingly sacrificed to the welfare, of the Democrat' ic party IN,Iowa, if the choice comes to that. At least, that'is the indication of the labor leg^s- lation that has been so' vigorously sought. There must be numerous union members who realize this, on sober reflection. For the power play involved in some aspects of the "labor package" being pushed through the General A& sembly stamps it as of much greater benefit to labor leadership than to the rank-ahd-file working man. Whether Governor Hughes will succeed in backing up the camel and making him know his place will be watched with concern by a great many lowans of both parties. Most lowans appreciate that our state's future progress rests extensively on maintaining a climate attractive to industry in these days when manpower demands of agriculture are rapidly dwindling. Permitting COPE to dictate what that climate shall be could be disastrous. Principle ignored (M. B. Crabbe in Eagle Grove Eagle) The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the "one man, one vote" principle must prevail in all state legislative bodies. Crazy as that idea is in democratic government . Iowa and most other states have been attempting to go along with the ruling by re-apportioning their legislatures to meet the condition. However something even stranger yet has emerged from Iowa's city and labor dominated legislature this year. The bill that has been finally accepted by the joint committee and placed on the calendar for passage violates that ruling in a new and different way. For instance residents of Polk ' county will elect at large five senators and eleven representatives. Which means that Polk county residents will have eleven votes in the next legislature to reoresent each of the Polk county voters. One man one vote—what happened to it here. To a lesser degree the same principle will be carried out in each of Iowa's most populous cities and counties. In Wright county we are more fortunate in that our population is about on the half way mark between the smallest and largest counties, We will have one vote representing us in the house of representatives cause the county is allocated one representative. But in the Senate we will only have a half vote because our Senator Ray Hagie also represents Franklin county. If the old apportionment of the legislature was unconstitutional tell me for goodness sakes how this new plan fits the one man one vote principle. Remember when? (G. W, Aaspaard in Lake Mills Graphic) Do you remember when— The girls wore big nuffs of hair over their ears? The boys called them cootie cages. Old-time wall-to-wall carpets were stretched and tacked down securely over a layer of straw? Horses' hoofs were truly "all tolled up" from wet snow packed in their shoes? Each home had an assortment of button hooks in convenient places, for buttoning high shoes? The radio stations read a succession of encouraging telegrams and other messages? "Coming in fine. Keep it up." Babies wore aired in two- wheeled sulkies which could face either forward or backward? Almost everv well-liked teacher was treated to an apple roll before the year was over? A hot flatiron wrapped in cloth or paper was put in the foot of the bed to keeo feet warm on cold winter nights?The sidewalks in spring were crowded with little girls jumping rope or bouincing balls? Cars were Put up on blocks for the winter? The big boys wore rubber bands cut from inner tubes to hold their pompadours down flat? One of the moral questions was whether boys should or should not play marbles 'for '? ? ' ifl SHvMCWl W>"| One o! the tricky processes Of argument is to coin i smooth phrase which has the Sound of an adage or an epigram, with' out the backing to sustain it, one of these'cropped up this week when Iowa Senate hiijor< ity leader Andrew tV6mmelt f in speaking of current labor legislation said: "Legislation represents compromise . . . and good legislation results from compromise." this Sounds very good/ but is it fl^eissHly ss./jusi beeaus§ It soUiiWgootif We' don't think so. .. Legislation may very tyell fe« suit from ebmpfomlse, «hd that there has been some good legis* tation so resulting is beyond ar* gument. the danger in the good legislation and compromise phrase is the implied idea that go hand in hand. Actually, there tias been a great deal of bum legislation that is the result of compromise, Morever, there are a great many matters that should not be sub* ject to compromise. Let us close this little essay by coining ah epigram to fit the occasion: Many a tidy phrase Conceals an untidy thought. A LOON A KOiSUTM COUNTY ADVANCt Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngfon Stu Algona, Iowa. : Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrischilles, Editor Emeritus, W; C. Dewei, ' ADVANCt SUHCRirnON RATI . One Year in County oftd to'Barest post office outside of County .—$5.00 Six'rrionths ; In County, and to nearest post office .--_..._ i .- -j3'50 Year outside County/ arid to other'than nearest outside P.O.s -----i»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 AlgOno.'Kossuth County'-Advance In each instance. All manuscripts articles or pictures" are sent at the owner's risk. .• ' Alg Professional AHA AND ill Id Bu.inwt Insurance Investments ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lhies of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All Lines o| Insurance 109 North Dodge Ph. 295.2735 INSURANCE BOHANNON SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Polioinsurance Ph. 295-5443 Home-—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbs* RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-ttop Insurance Service Business - Home - par - Life 295-5955 P,O7 Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Sun<M lnfur.a.nee 118 South'Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS * INSURANCE AGINCY All types of InWrffHfV Ph. 295.5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA Dr, HAROLD W, IRICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glass**' 9 East State Street Phone 29S-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Closed Saturday Afternoons DR, C, M, O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysl! »nd Visual Training 108 So, Harlan, Algoni Phone 295-3743 1 Dr, L, t. SNYDIR 113 East State St. Pial 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons CREDIT IVRIAU tf KOttUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fac$ bUt INVESTORS Diversified Services, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONA, IOWA "Chiropractors DR. pi D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. '- Fr|. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 - ' • ' • f -. • i . . - - - i W. L. CLEGG; D. C. Sawyer Building 9 East State St. Algona, love. Office Hours by Appointment Office Ph. 295-5677 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3304 Office Hours: Mon. thru Fri. — 8:80-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management MAH4MMIMY PANY N. D«4t* M. m-iiti 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 Ph,one 295-2353 Residence Ph, 295-2614 MELVIN C, BOURHE, M. D Physician & Surgeon 118 No, Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L, SHAY, M. 0, M. D. Clinic Bid* 109 W, State Si Algpna, Iowa, Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M, 3CHUTTER, M, D, Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F, KOOB, M. D, Residence phone 395-59^7 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-5490 Dentists PR. J, B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 895-2334 OR, If ROY |, STIOHMAN Dentist 118 N. Moore St. NAUi O.D,f, Call 295-5108

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