Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on June 3, 1965 · Page 14
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THURSDAY, JUNt 3, 19AS Taxes are going up in these closing days of the session of the legislature all bets on individual items are off. Legislators at this stage have been badgered, threatened, bullied, pressured and just plain irritated to a point where they take no more. As a result calm consideration is not possible, and some legislation gets the axe or gets passed merely on how individuals feel at the moment. However there arc two things certain. There will be more money appropriated then ever before in the history of Iowa. And taxes will be boosted to make up the needed income. WHILE THERE has been a lot of talk about property tax relief nothing of great moment in that line has been apparent up to the first of this week. What happens now is problematical. It is extremely difficult to give property tax relief in reducing the present load. It is possible to give more money for local affairs such as schools, but as a rule this is merely added on top of the property tax already collected. Some legislatures have sent money back to schools on the theory property tax levies will be reduced. This of course has not happened without a command from the legislature. The money from the state is considered free money by the boards and school administrations. • "Better men"? ; This legislature has passed a resolution for an amendment to the Iowa constitution which would permit legislators to be paid expenses in addition to their salaries. This will have to be repassed by the next session in 1967 and then voted upon favorably by the people. This resolution if finally adopted by a vote would open wide a door to raids on the state treasury. Definition of expenses can be pretty broad as has been demonstrated at times in private and public business. THE PRESENT LEGISLATURE has made a salary grab for the next session of a 33 percent boost in pay from $30 per day i to $40 per day. The legislators j>ay their own expenses out of this 'and do' get mileage one time one way to their home town. The plea for more money and expenses is based on the laudable objective of getting "better men" to run for the office. The argument is that people will not run for such a low pay job. While it may be argued in the light of antics of the present legislature that "better men" are needed, still on the whole over the years Iowa has been blessed with pretty good legislators. AND FOR MANY YEARS they served at $10 per day. Some 20 years ago this Baker That enterprizing young man BObby Baker, who amassed va fortune as secretary to the U. S. "senate majority, got a mild slap on the wrist. • ""'It seems too certain that too many in high office in the senate and elsewhere dared not permit the expose of the whole sickening affair. While Chairman Jordan gets the main brunt of criticism the entire senate as well as the committee is tainted by the whitewash. Space The questions of space exploration, a trip to the moon, etc. can not be answered positively either for or against. It is the unknown. Unusually man's ventures in the then unknown have resulted in progress as defined for mankind. Normally the benefits of such exploration are not even remotely apparent when the project starts. This is true of the multitude of explorations into the fields of science now in progress. Such things as penicillin and the multitude of antibiotics were accidents ia exploration of other paths. Pure science for the pleasure of determining the makeup of matter is a goal Ql its own, but in the progress to that goal discoveries are made incident to the progress which in themselves have been worth the entire cost. Large concerns, such as the manufacturers of drugs, conduct ceaseless research. The same is true in the field of electronics. Mankind can never be satisfied with the status quo. The huge costs of space exploration are sometimes deplored as being useless with no benefit in sight other than the getting ioto space and back. However there are soj»e tangible benefits already in the weather observation aod the comcuuait^Uaas saial- TAXPAYERS USUALLY arc more or less content if taxes arc not raised. Hence if more money comes from the state there is no real incentive to cut the property tax. Tho state money is used in expanding salaries and other expenses. School people for instance have for years felt underpaid and under privileged. While salaries for school people have gone up rapidly and markedly in recent years the feeling is it still isn't enough. This of course is a normal human reaction. Few pcoolc if any would admit they are being paid sufficiently for their efforts. School and other public officials are no different from the rest of us in that. SO PROPERTY TAX relief is a good political battle cry but any one who expects property taxes to be lowered is going to be quite disappointed. Some measures already adopted will require more local taxes. The increases in salaries of county officers is one instance. Coupled with the officers salaries will be a general increase also in the pay of help in these offices. There are others. And when one group gets an increase other groups feel imposed upon and insist on boosts also. This week will determine the state spending and state taxes—and also may have a big effect on property taxes. was increased to $20 and later to $30, always on the plea of "better men". The truth of the matter is the higher the salary the more it entices those people into running merely for the money that's in the job. Gone is the ideal of public service by a person who can afford to take time and who has made a respectable mark in the world. Many lowans have served in the legislature at a personal cost. They did not run for the office on the idea they were going to get paid what they were worth— they wanted to do something for the state which had been good to them. THE INCREASE in salaries from $10 to $30 has net in any way markedly increased the stature of men who have run for the office. In fact in too many instances in this session it-has been- demonsTrtted the reverse is true. When it becomes a money matter rather than an ideal of public service for Iowa legislators it will be the state that suffers. Money is a corruptor. Legislators will vote—not for the best for the state whether they are re-elected or not—but will vote to retain their good salaries. The "better men" who have no particular need for the money are not attracted by more money—they are attracted to such a position because of such honor it may have and from a sense of public service. lites such as beam television programs around the globe by satellites. Who can tell what space exploration will find? Who can tell what will be dis ; covered accidently in the process? Man must push ahead into ejvery field, and space is just one of many. Dennler The majority report on the firing of Dennler for political reasons was no more than absolutely necessary. As for clearing the sad mess it did nothing, which was expected. Neither the minority or majority reports did much but mouth political sentiments. However in this hassle the majority came out looking sheepish as well as a bit McCarthyish. The persecution of Dennler was not corrected. The majority object of clearing the secretary of agriculture didn't to the job- it intensified it. If Secretary Owen bad merely said he wanted democrats the whole sorry mess could have been prevented. The curse was left on Dennler. U wasn't a pretty moment in this session. Fight Anyone who claims the sorry spectacle in Maine was a "boxing exhibition" or had anything to do with the so-called "manly sport" is ridiculous. The whole boxing enterprise is hag- ridden with a false face of respectability that is now shredded. The so-called "sport" should be abolished and do away with the clowns and hangers on. Even a dope should be convinced by that Maine fiasco. It's time for daily newspaper sports departments tg take a suable look; at what they are promoting and drop the entire silly business. Unions don't need closed shop Long^nge (Pat Gallagher In tolmend Independent) When an Iowa legislator who happens to be a factory worker and a dues-paying member of a union last week spoke out in opposition to the proposed emasculation of the existing right-to-work law, it should have given imparital fellow lawmakers pause to think. As voting in the Senate last Friday turned out, SOMETHING did — for the upper house turned its back on Gov. Harold Hughes' emphasized wishes and quashed (31-27) the effort to legalize the union shop in Iowa. Debate on the proposal to legalize the "union shop" in Iowa had been the subject of much emotional rhetoric, both pro and con. We've heard the term "freedom" bandied about by both advocates and opponents of the House bill which, if passed by the Senate, would have required all workers in a union- ized'plant to belong to the union within 30 days. If they didn't they'd be job hunting. The only difference between the "union shop" and a "closed Shop" is the 30-day lag in required union membership under the former. Both achieve the same end — union membership by legal coercion. Rep. Charles Grassley, a New Hartford Republican, is a factory employee and a member of the International Association of Machinists. He brought up a point (noted in the adjoining Capitol News column) Which, to our notion, had received all too little emphasis as consideration was given to rescinding the right-to-work law. Declared this union member, who should know whereof he speaks, "We need the freedom to withdraw from union membership in order to keep our union leaders in line. What other effective weapon do we have?" In other words, capricious or outrightly self-serving union leaders would have a "captive membership" if privileges given union workers under the right-to-work law were withdrawn, And it is demonstrably iV J. -L MJ JL IOWANS Complied by John M of "I Saw It In .The Paper" In McCall's Magazine. "One of the most successful men I know went through life thinking people were better than they were". — Arthur Moran, Sioux City. "Probably nothing about a family changes faster than children's feet". — CJarindn clerk. "The stages of your development as a person goes- 1, whom you look like; 2, what you are; 3, who you are". — Emmetsburg pastor. "If you originated in Iowa, this summer is a good time to ao back and look at the place of your beginnings. The houses, old swimming pool, hills,. ' pastures and such will be smaller. And, too the . visit may change your size". — Greeley teacher. "Even a dark old cap and gown can't hide the sweetness of an Iowa girl graduate". — Red Oak commencement speaker. "We say a lot about the perfect products Iowa turns out, but the really 'super-perfect one is the product of the right father and the right mother". — Waverly dentist. "In your getting of great learning, try to learn not to bore others with it". — Waterloo airport cafe. "A lot of good things| get done because you'd really should be- . g room. —~ "Generally speaking,' peofctef\with nice teeth laugh more than others". SUI faculty woman. "A family has attained* genuine status when it can, boast that Grandfather ioas a horsethief, not be ashamed of it". — SCI lecturer. "Among the things about which your dog and the neighboring dog disagree is whether you are perfect". — Knoxville filling station. Taxes go up but nothing for property tax relief (M. B, Crabb* in .Eagle Grove Eagle) Tax measures are beginning to roll out of the legislature everyday and all indications are that this 61st General Assembly is going to set a new record in passing tax laws as well as a new record for the number of days in session. The latest one is an out and out "gyp" for party purposes. That is the proposal to pull all lowans on the withholding system of state income taxes on January I, 1966 and at the same time collecting all of the 1965 state income taxes in 1966 as has been done previously. In other words we, all of us, will be paying two years of state income taxes in one year. It will take an estimated $27 million dollars out of normal business circulation and it will give Mr. Hughes' administration an extra $27 million to spend. He can pass that $27 million around to the groups he wishes to reach and really make "hay" in his next campaign. The only thing you can say for it is that this is not "class" legislation. It is not socking the rich to help the poor—it is socking everyone who pays state income taxes. This legislature has already passed a 2 cent per gallon increase in gas taxes. It is now proposing double collection of income taxes in one year and here are some of the other taxes it has ready to pass in one or both houses. Increase cigarette taxes from 5c to 8c a pack, increase inheritance taxes, extend the 2% sales tax to hotels and motels, beauty shops, la,undry and dry cleaning businesses, barber shops, admission charges to school, charitable and religious events, school lunches, 2% use t^x on newsprint that comes from out of the state and it all does. Gov. Hughes said in his an- nual budget message that he was not proposing any additional or new taxes and expected the increase in. the state's economy to pick up any increased costs that might arise. He apparently was merely passing the buck to the legislature or why is he so quiet now about the tax proposals that the legislature is putting on the books? There has not been a single word about property tax relief in any of the legislative sessions to date. And contrary-wise there have been a dozen laws passed that have added costs to local governing bodies which will have to be paid for by property taxes at the local level, And to top it all off the legisla- torsraised the pay of their members from $30 to $40 a day. Correct '• (W. C, Jarnagin in $form Like PiM-Tribwne) Barry Gold water is being extensively quoted because he is vigorously supporting his last fill's rival, L.B.J., for sending li,.§k marines into, the Domini' can Republic, Thj president is "just as right af the day is long," Barry was quoted in approving the administration's policy in dealing with the pominictn squabble. Barry would have been inconsistent had be not endorsed L,B,J.'s policies both in, Vitt Nam and Santo QeroingjQ. For the present is, following the tactics that QoJdtwater advocated during last fail's presidential fracas. Quoting further from Goldwa-ter, he saj4 in an interview at Phoeius: *Tfee president is doing tfci rigbi thing in Viet Naja, top. B«t I advocated all this during tfce caropiign. t woujd have oetB hangs*! bv ** ttHHBto- J was a 'trigger happy war rooog«r' for true that such leadership DOES exist in some unions. Where responsible leadership governs a union, .we doubt that the bludgeon of a "closed shop" or "union shop" would be need* ed to assure solid membership support from the workers. But if members are left only the choice of "like it, or get lost!" if their leadership fails or ceases to be responsive to membership sentiment, certainly little "freedom" is enjoyed by those members. We receive each week "The Teamster," official publication of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, of which boastful, officious "messages" from President James Hoffa are a regular feature. Whenever we look over the magazine, we are left thankful that our livelihood is not contingent upon implying approval of this man and the type of lieutenants with which he's surrounded himself — as would be the case if we held a "teamster" job in a closed or union shop state. Misses the gypsies success (toll Maurer In Laurent Sun) Even though the United States may have suffered a short-range blow to its image as a result of action in Santo Domingo, there are indications that this show of power should prove to be a long-range success. In oiir opinion, President Johnson faced the facts squarely and did what had to be'done. There have been some charges of "over-reaction" to the crisis, but the facts out of Santo' Do- mnigo show otherwise. Delay could have taken hundreds of American lives, and fflosl sufe- ly would have given .the Coin' munists the foothold they wefe after. Now we have given the Coifr munist world a clear signal that "small wars" are no different from large-scale aggression, and that neither Will be tolerated in our sphere of influence, President Johnson has let it be known that the United States will act, and act swiftly, to block this type of aggression>by>proxy. If the message gets through to the Communist leaders, it may be a deterring factor as far as further action is concerned. 4» doing today. Now stout Cut*." (C. P. Weeds in Sheldon Mail) When we heard last week that three gypsy women had gone through this area—driving in a buggy—the item struck us with about as much amazement as an account in science fiction concerning visitors from the past. Where, we would have liked to know, had these three tra- vellers out of an ancient age been for the last thirty or forty years with their gypsy ways and their horse drawn vehicle? Gypsies always were quite an element of astonishment to the residents of a community such as this, to folks leading ostensibly well-organized, well-regulated, settled, even humdrum existences. Into our communities, at unpredicted times, would come these small invasions of folks from another world. The word would spread quickly; merchants would keep a wary eye out; householders would be sure to .^ee, 5 that screen doors were lock-1, edl'th'e innocents'and the gulli-' bles properly warned. When the gypsies finally appeared, they made their mysterious rounds of the town, suddenly appearing in stores by twos or threes, much to the alarm of the worried merchant, who would, if he could have followed his instinct, leaned his protective body over all his moveable merchandise at once, enclosing it in the protection of his arms. , We don't know what gypsies nowadays .wear, but .the last genuine ones we saw were still garbed in their bright, picturesque, voluminous clothes; voluminous, all the suspicious natives felt, because that made swifter and surer the concealment of pilfered articles. We have read accounts in our old files of gypsies making their annual visitations here, camping at the edge of town, with their herds of horses, the latter both for transportation and trading. We don't know if anyone local ever succeeded in getting the better end of a trade. The gypsies we first observed in our youth travelled in big old touring cars; we suppose that as time went on they probably progressed to old station wagons. We heard a few days ago about a caravan of them in northwest Io\ya traveling in mobile homes, which sounds pretty effete to us, for gypsies. These facts contribute to our interest in the trio which appeared in Sioux County last week, traveling in their long outmoded style, orthodox, conservative, reactionary gypsies if we ever heard of them. We <an't help but have a degree of respect for these scattered people, still living as best they can their ancient ways in these modern days. How have they escaped the regulations, both legal and con^ ventionjl, of life? Why haven't they, too, been entered on the iron-clad ta* rolls; why haven't they been numbered and indexed and cross-indexed, and neatly bound with quantities of red tape and filed away in some government bureau drawer? The last sight our informant hid of the little group last week they were sitting together in their buggy, ttdkjujg their slow slaw way deww the roi4t * wen - ty suny|@$ to th§ mile. Were they headed on, some &Us&t bu t vast tijj^ current feack && another age — or, (Rsturbing thought, for some postoffiee to pickup their Social Security ALGONA KOtSUtN COUNTY A 0 V A N C I Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Mondays and Thursday!, offices ond shop, 124 North Thorlngton St., Algona, Iowa, ',,'•.;' Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing-Editor, Julian Chrischillej, Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. . ADVANCI SUBSCRIPTION MATt One Year In County and to nearest post office outside of County —.•-$5.00 Six months In County and to nearest post office —; —$3.50 Year outside County, ond to other than nearest outside P.O.s --.j-.$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 ore sent at the' owner's risk.' ,"'• •"• Algona 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 hem* Company. .Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham. Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst 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 Agency 118 South Dodge Phone 5-2341 RICKLEFS A CEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Type* of Insurance Ph. 295-5529 or 295-3111 ALGONA Optometrists Or, HAROLD W, ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons OR, C, M, O'CONNOR Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact tenses 108 So. Harlan, Algoni Phone 295-3743 Or, I U. fNYDii 113 East state St. Pial 295,2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services Wf Bit IU1IAU if KOSSUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fart bUt Report* 395.3183 AJgeas •MMIMMMMMMMO' Investments 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. L. CLEGG, D. C. Sawyer Building 9 East State St. Algona, lovra Office Hours by Appointment Office Ph. 295.5877 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone RM. Phone 295-2378 2954304 Office Houfi: ; Mon. thru Fri. — 8:30-12:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management CAUSON MAMAWMINT COMPANY I«H M- •**•« m. m-ntt 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, BOURNI, M. P Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2349 Residence Ph, 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M, D, M. D. Clinic Bldf. 109 W. State SI, Algona, IQW» Office Ph, 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M, D. Residence Phone 295-2335 Of AN F, KOOB, M t 0, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algon* Office Phone 295.549Q Dentists OR, J, I, HAIRIf J& Dentist 622 1. State St. Phone 235-2134 Dentist U6 N. Mj>ore g Phong 295-3131 'filiiitti

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