Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 27, 1965 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 27, 1965
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Kossuth County Advance ' SUPREME COURT DECISION IS TOO HARSH AND DICTATORIAL THURSDAY, MAY 27,1*65 Concept of government One of the problems in politics was illustrated last \vock when Lex Hawkins, state democratic chairman, told a senator Off for voting his convictions instead of the party line. Hawkins said as loni* ns he was chairman this senator could have nothing from the party. In the first place a man elected to the legislature is to represent the state as I whole and his own district. He is not just a member of a party to do the party line in all things. If the Hawkins attitude is to prevail in politics then it is not necessary to have senators and representatives, merely elect a state chairman and let him do the legislating. TO REQUIRE an elected member of the legislature to go against his convictions seems a far cry indeed from the conception of representative government. There is such a thing of course as a political party with specific views on matters of government. In a general way a legislator can follow the pattern set out in the party platform. These arc general in *natUre usually and not tied to any specific item of legislation. However membership in a political party does not and should not demand such blind loyalty that a person must go against his sincere convictions. POLITICAL PARTIES change. Once upon a time the republican party was considered the party for the full dinner pail, the hope of the Negro and the average citizen. Since F. D. R., who welded minorities into a majority, the democratic party has that working man's label. But in both instances there wore wide variations in the beliefs of the individual members, and there still is. To label a republitfah as against the working man, for instance, just because he is a member of that party is over-simplification. To label a democrat as for the working mnn is jtist as much an error. In both instances the Opposite may be just as true. It is no secret the leadership of the democratic party consists of men with lots of money interested in business, PEOPLE JUST DO NOT fit labels. Each man does his own thinking if he is interested in what is going around about him. He forms his own opinion and it can be just as right for him as an opinion of a majority of other citizens with different outlooks on the scene. The statement by Mr. Hawkins illustrates the thinking of a by-gone day when a political boss called the turn and his puppets danced to his tune. A member of the legislature is acting for the entire state in his" vote—not just a portion of the population or not just his political party. His vote affects everyone. His is a larger duty to the state as a whole rather than the Hawkins idea of blind party loyalty. Usually the specific item of legislation such as irked Hawkins has had nothing to do with the election of his party's candidate. We elect a man to use his best judgment in representing us—not a parrot who echoes the views of a party chairman or a governor. We must expect him to vote his convictions. To do less violates the entire conception of representative government. Professional lawmakers The problem of annual sessions of the legislature' could eventually lead to devel- \ opment of professional lawmakers whose principal endeavor is that of making laws. That situation now exists in' 1 --the .national government where congress' is in session practically all' of the time. Con' gressmen get home usually only during campaigning time with the exception of flying visits to make - a speech now and * then. Coupled with the raise in pay to $4b per day the annual session in Iowa means a good income to a person if he can stretch out the session. He can count on plenty of free meals and drink from lobbyists. THE PRESENT SESSION is lasting i some 140 days if it ends this weekend. At ; the new rate of $40 per day the lawmakers would collect some $5,600 for such a" session. While it is said the annual session would result in shorter periods this is < speculative to say the least. In this session it took a month to really get under way, and the really important and controversial bills are only now coming to the cal• endars. It is extremely doubtful any annual session could be limited to say budget matters. The pressures for legislation are too great. The labor unions will be in at ' each session to get favorable legislation and other interests will do likewise. ONCE THE LEGISLATURE is in session it is a law unto itself. If the members so desired they could open the gates wide to all kinds of legislation. Everyone will have a pet bill they personally feel is vital to the state and will insist on it being considered. The concept of the American form of government with its citizen lawmakers will be lost in the state as it has been in the national scene. • • . :•„ . The power of lobbyists is increased when a congressman or legislator has a full tinie job with his livelihood at stake. He is h^ore amenable to 'pressure groups which can affect his election. He can not resist the highly organized minorities. His votes too often will be merely votes to maintain himself in office rather than the good of the state as a whole. IOWA SHOULD RETAIN its system of citizen lawmakers. They,are closer to the people and their experience in everyday living at home is much more valuable than that of a professional who must retain his post to make a living. Despite all the cries of disaster to the contrary the state can get along for a year and a half between sessions. In fact time makes for real experience with laws so succeeding legislatures can act with better information. Mistake * The legislature lias passed and the \ governor has signed a law permitting « trucks up to 55 feet long on Iowa's highways without regard to paving width. The • previous law restricted these trucks to ; roads over 18 feet wide. ' And trucks carrying autos and boats can go up to 60 feet on any highway. The , reason for this is clouded, for 60 feet is i too long for any high speed vehicle on ; th,e rbads. Main difficulty is not only the length ' but the turning area needed to negotiate j sharp curves. To get the rear of the truck around means the driver must hang the ' truck body over into the lane going the « ( other way. This law is a mistake. men grow beards merely to show they are old enough to grow a beard. One of the things that has marked some of the Negroes in the civil rights demonstrations is the wide spread habit of wearing a mustache, usually just a fine line to decorate the upper lip. In fact in some cases it seems like a "uniform" to have such a decoration. The full-beard type favored by wild- eyed college beatnicks seems merely an effort at self-expression—of being different than the rest of the people—of revolt against the custom of going clean-shaven. Sometimes this full-beard deal also means aii unstable personality, and girls in jeans and sloppy sweaters are of the same type. The N.A.A.C.P. is right in avoiding this type of demonstrator for it lowers the dignity of the effort and usually leads to violence on the part of misguided youngsters who will give the protest a bad image. i Beatnicks Postage Ih preparing for demonstrations and Other efforts in the civil rights campaign for this summer the N.A.A.C.P. has announced it wants no "girls in blue jeans gnd rio boys with beards." Too often in the past this sort of beat- nicif character has shown up in the dbmon- stratidns, apparently more for the excitement p*d the opportunity to protest against everything than any great concern for civil right?. JJost of these characters are of college age, and like most college students are oyt tb change the world to their image. Jn sojne instances the whole situation is § revolt of youth against customs of the times, and often without much rhyme or reason. As a sign of revolt the girls usually wear blue jeans or ape the men, and the A postal investigating board has advocated higher postage rates. This means for the average person, not the multitude of government agencies who send mail out for free. Some government mail says it is "paid for". This is not entirely true. The agency is assessed an amount in its appropriation for postage, usually only a fraction of what it would cost if the full rate is paid. As a recipient of a flood of such mail newspapers find all but a small bit merely puffs for the agency and its leadership, of little or no good. If the department is losing money let these postage-stealers pay their fair share or get out of the propaganda business. It should not be charged to first class mall. Let the junk and government agencies pay their full cost first. Middle ground on apportionment Brains?! (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) A resolution has bcdn filed In the Iowa Senate that would ask Congress to initiate action oh amending the U. S. Constitution to permit one house in the state legislatures to be based on other factors than solely that of population. It is backed up by a petition circulated by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation that bore 100,000 signatures. Iowa is not alone in finding strong sentiment in opposition to tile U. S. Supreme court ruling that population, and population alone, must govern the apportioning of state legislative districts under the Constitution as it stands. Twenty-two states have already passed resolutions of the -nature that is requested of the Iowa Senate. If Iowa and 11 other states join this group, it will be obligatory on Congress to call a Constitutional convention at which a proposed amendment of the type sought could be drawn up for consideration by the individual states. If 34 states petition for such an amendment, law t&iuirds that a Constitution' al cbttvcntibh be held. Of Cort> gressj. itself, could 1 draft the amteHdtncnt and submit it to a nsfefehdum Of the individual states;We frankly did not approve of the disproportionate influence the minority rural forties held over'Iowa government before redistflcting was made rteees- sary by the supreme Court ruu ing. But the pendulum swing in the opposite direction would, under existing circumstances, have-'the effect of replacing Farm Bureau influence (let's face it — that was the power factor under the old apportionment) with inordinate labor influence, under districting based solely upon population. The problems of rural Iowa are becoming increasingly complicated by the revolution in farming methods and the state's welfare depends importantly on Iowa agriculture having a strong enough voice to be heard. Domination of the legislature by the rural' areas wSs wrong) but stripping them of rdasdhable influence, as WOUld be achieved by basing both legislative HoUs- WIT BY IOWANS Complied by John w. of "I Saw It In The Paper" in McCall's Magazine. "You can't take it with you unless .you have made it last that long". — Winterset attorney. "Grandma always testily declared she was a simple one-wedding woman, but readily admitted Grandpa, helped her at it." — Je//erson Hotel lobby. "How much sun tan lotion) is neede'd depends on the size of the girl and the size of the bathing suit". — New Hampton drug store. , "This friend of mine is so-'rich he has an unlisted wife". — Maquoketa trucker. "A young fellow in love can, look through a girl's family album and see all the fat aunts and girl cousins and still not be warned". — Clarion,feed store. "There are days when not feeling like yourself is quite an improvement". —- Ogden machinist. "Not many things go on foreyer but a few do, such as the famous little brook and the jnfamous junk mail". — Dows farmer. "If it is really important .you talk about it a lot, or never utter a uiord". — 'George Garter, DCS . Moines. *' ii ~j i « i - r-i V*.'.'' 1 "" •" - • - ; "This girl could throw kisses with her eyes better than most women could the other way,; but the effect was sort of scatter-shot—so many men thought they were hit". — SUI sophomore. "The early bird doesnt get. the worm that turns". — SUI science professor. "A woman eventually reaches the age at which she is pleased if little Boy Scouts do not try to help her across the street". — Columbus Junction PTA. "Your most profitable hobby^is whatever interests your man most". — Marshfolltdum teacher. Consolidation is not always best answer to problem (Neil Maurar in Laurent Sun) Advocated by Gov. Harold Hughes as a forward step in "streamlining" state government is a bill which would merge the state printing board and the car dispatcher, both under the state executive council. The Hughes House of Representatives passed the bill by a large margin last week, and it now goes to the Senate. This one is a little hard to understand! As it now stands, the state printing board consists of the state auditor, secretary of state, attorney general and two newspaper publishers and practical printers appointed by the governor. The new board would eliminate the only two men who know anything about printing, and the proposed board would consist of the governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer and secretary of agriculture. In view of the fact that the executive council already seems to have too much to do, this proposal does not appear to be a "streamlining" of government. The council is already overloaded; this change would only add to the workload. there has been no explanation, either, as to what connection there is between the printing board and the car dispatcher. The printing bill of the state of Iowa runs into many thousands of dollars, and contracts for this work have been very well handled by the printing board over the years. Having bid on state jobs from time to time, we know that printing has been purchased at the lowest possible price. The three state officers on the board are well advised by the men who know printing from long experience. Printing contracts, of course, could be a great "political plum" if the governor and members of his council would care to handle them that way. Instead of getting the lowest possible price, the state of Iowa might end up paying far too much: while political friends reap the benefits, We hope there are no plans to hand out printing contracts in return for political favors. This proposed change in the printing board would certainly make it possible. es entirely on population, could festilt in gross discrimination AGAINST agriculture — and be t equally wrong. in a truly representative government one house — if so decided by a state's citizens — should represent all the elements of the state and should not be forced into drawing its membership chiefly from densely populated areas. There is a middle ground that would serve Iowa's interests best; and that would be created by injecting a geographic factor into the organization of one house in the legislature. Consequently, we believe that strong support should be given the proposal|,-before Congress (to which Iowa will, hopefully, before long be throwing its influence) to restore to the states their .traditional, authority to apportion legislatively on, a basis reflecting geographic as well as population factors. Otir : republican form of government is best served by a legislative apportionment that as- sUr.es all elements of the state and equitable voice in its government. Taxes will go up (M. B, Crabba in Eagle Grove Eagle) The legislative ways and means committee is beginning to grind out the tax revenue bills in anticipation of the end Of the 61st General Assembly. So watch for the tax increases. They are going to have to be numerous; The latest estimates on the increased needs for state government run in the neighborhood of $54 million dollars. And this may not be the final bill as appropriation bills are also being adopted, each one carrying an increased price tag. The only one passed by both houses and signed by the Governor as of the first of this week was the increase from 5c to 7c per gallon on gasoline. The same increase for cigarettes is being proposed. Serious consideration is also- being given to placing the sales tax on many, now tax free, services, such as doctor bills, hair cuts, motel and hotel bills and lawyers fees. Inheritance taxes and corporation taxes are also sure to be increased. Legislators do not like to increase taxes but each one of our solons has to balance the fact of raising taxes against his wishes or of refusing services that his electors demand. And generally the demand for increased state services wins the argument and taxes go up to meet the new costs. Several public opinion polls and general public opinion expressed indicates that most people favor a general sales tax increase. But for political reason this city and labor dominated legislature seems unwilling to consider this method. But the money for the increased expenses has to come from source and that source is th'e tax paying public. t Poverty! (Char. Davis in Iowa Falls CitUen) Just as with people, no town ever really appreciates how well off it is until some event shatters the little rosy cloud of prosperity, Sometimes, it takes a good, earthshaking fall to get back on the track; The city of Independence has been taking a hard look at itself in rel?ent months after losing two olF it* major industries within a year. First the Janesville Auto Transport Co. suspended its truck terminal there and then tlie Mieroswitcn Co. an- nounfced its .plans to close its Independence plant this summer, thereby taking away some 80 jobs. m reflection, Independence editor Reeves Hall says: •The tragedy lies in the fact that modern-day changes in industry irt'd ttife way of doing business, to stay in business are the real culprits in the loss of two fine industries. Independence has undoubtedly suffered in its! image as a growing and thriving county seat town when it lost two sucji blue chip companies; TUS Wan* 6 ties with geography to each case. There was nslbing ?- ibjplwtely nothing ^ $&i ^e eonmunity did or djji $m *»' ; w**^ 1 prompted the mg»igement'.s, decision to (W. C. Jarnagin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune) Some of the newspapers and other news media commentators are pointing out the developments in the administration's "war on poverty." Richard Wilson, head of the Des Moines Register's Washington Bureau, leans toward the LBJ administration. But he alleges in a recent article that "a swarm of federal locusts" is being projected upon the body politic by the "Great Society." Wilson says "a new breed of federal administrators will move over the nation setting standards, and pre-empting local and state functions," Here is a paraghaph from the article: It will be a Great Socdeity, a Great Society of new administrators, advisers and specialists probing into local and state practices, customs and institutions, setting standards, demanding conformity to federal plans, stemming pr releasing the new flood of cash that soon will be flowing out of Washington. That is just one of the meaningful quotations in the Wilson article. Fulton Lewis, Jr., in Human Events, details some of the salaries, that go with the war qsn poverty, jn one paragraph MW- is says that "Sargent Shriv^r will hire 54 full-tjjne aids at salaries ranging from $18,000 to $30,000." Some of the War on poverty directors, are paid $25,000 § year. (£, PYWo&di iti Sheldon Mill) To keep our comments on a truly international scale, we might also add that the French are not all they seem to be, either. And we don't meafi just DeGaulle. The story is as follows: We were treated the other day to a delicious new dish, through the courtesy of a friend. This was scrambled bfaitiS (calves brains prepared With scrambled eggs). We don't knew whether there was anything personal iri thU Of n&t. HOwgver, feeling that such a dish would probably not appeal- on a printed menu in this styNIi we looked up the matter in f reference book and found thai the word used by the French IS "cfflpyelle." J i This research led from braini tb ears, and we were presented With the Odd item of informi* tiort that the French have twelVl different recipes for preparing .calves ears for human consur* tion. . We just want to warn oulf 'American diplomats that a ra<He that has a dozen recipes fot cooking calves ears is plainly not to be trusted. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCt Published by the AdVonce PubliShlhQ Co., Mondays arid Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North fhorlngton St., Algona, Iowa. Editor and publisher, Duarte E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrlschilles,' 1 Editor Emeritus, W. C. De\*el. ADVANCE SUtSCRimON RATC ; One Year In County and to' nearest post office 1 outside of County ____ $5.00 Six months in County and to nearest post office ____ .. .. .. $3.50 Year outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s ______ $7.00 All rights to matter published In the Algona Kossuth County Advance ore 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 are sent at the owner's risk. Professional AND Business Insurance ALGONA 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 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 $102,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham; Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For. Auto j House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Tod S. Herbs* RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern one-stop Insurance Service Business • Home - Car. Life 295^5955 P.O. Box 337 HAROLD SUNDET Sundet Insurance Afoncy 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLIFS A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Pt». 2f 5.5529 or 2»5-J|11 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HAROLD W, ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2190 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. C. M. O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lensep 108 So. Harlan, AJgona Phong 8BM74S' Or, L, L, SNYDf R W E»st State S*. P&TttfrttlS Closed, Situ? day Afternoons Investments CiJWT BUREAU . ....... ff ._ KQ$f UTH COUNTY CoUectrite Scrvic* 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. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 W. LI CLEGG, D. C. Sawyer Building 9 East State St. ' Algona, Iowa 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 MAMAOTJMMT COMPAHV •a. its-mi 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 0. BOURNE, M, D Physician & Surgeoa 118 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M, D, M, D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W, State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOl, M. D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algona Dentists DR. J, B. HARRIS M, Dentist 622 E, State St Phone 89£23J4 DR. LERQY I. STROHMAN Dentist U« N. Moore St. " KEVIN NASH, D-P.S. ' I® !. Call 295-5108 AJgona

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