Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on June 10, 1965 · Page 16
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
Issue Date:
Thursday, June 10, 1965
Page 16
Start Free Trial

i rvtM THURSDAY, JUNG 18, IMS "Horrible mistake" Domination of city legislators in the ; democratic controlled legislature was amply demonstrated almost from the day the j session was convened. ! The problem of representation. received scant treatment for other than the city areas, and the strange part was that some ' democrats from strictly rural areas went along with the domination of legislators i backed by union labor in the dties. The stubborn refusal to permit districting inside counties where more than one legislator is elected is an example of determination by union leaders to control elections inside the big counties. THE HOUSE KILLED a 1964 special ' session resolution for a constitutional a, mendment which permitted districting in-; side the counties. The labor dominated house members didn't even want permis- ' sive legislation! Thus the legislature next session and maybe for some sessions to come will be pretty much dominated by labor representatives ele.ct.ed at large in such counties as ' Polk, Wopdbury, Scott, Linn, and Black Hawk. And. they'will continue to be elected at large with the controlled labor .vote- plumping the ballot box full for those who I are "approved" by the labor bosses. THE SITUATION is reminiscent of 1 the time when the Farm Bureau held such ' a domination over the legislature and also refused to give up any of its strength. And the situation could probably result in what happened before — the courts will take a hand when the legislature refuses to give fair representation. The U. S. siiDremc court a week ago gave a strong hint that local slate courts should act prior to going to the federal courts, and a petition Is now on file in an Iowa state court to require districting under the "one man one vote" decision of the U. S supreme court. LABOR UNION BOSSES who complained bitterly in prior years about "fair representation" now show themselves to be no less unfair than others in the past, and that their tears in that time were of the crocodile variety. Governor Hughes, no lover of republicans, put it rather pointedly when he referred to the refusal of the house of representatives to pass the resolution and called it a "horrible mistake." In fact it might be observed the gov- er nor had a lot less trouble with the 1963 republican legislature than he did with the 1965 legislature dominated supposedly by democrats. The governor found that the word "democrat" covered a lot of selfishness too. And' maybe the governor could have observed this legislature was a "horrible mistake." That may be proved come the 1966 elections. Withholding vicious Passing of the withholding system of taxation for lowans will insure a double tax take next year which will result in a windfall of at least some $27,000,000 next year in taxes.. , . This windfall is counted upon by the * administration to permit the wholesale spending of the 1965 legislature without any but a hidden gouging of the taxpayer at present. However once a spending program is started it is almost impossible to stop, and the 1967 legislature will be faced with a spending program and no windfall to support it without additional taxes. WITHHOLDING IS a vicious tax system in which the tax is taken from a person before he even gets his money. Employers are required to do the bookkeeping for employes, deducting from their wages, and reporting to the government. And if the past is any example the state taxing body will develop a new form entirely different from the federal form to make it as difficult as possible for the employer. It's a fact of government red tape. And the self-employed who have no withholding have to guesstimate their income and pay in advance quarterly. THE TAX IS VICIOUS for one very good reason. When the money is taken out of a wage before the wage earner gets it he is not conscious of the tax. What he gets in his hand to take home is what he considers his pay. This was amply demonstrated in the pre-election gimmick of lowering the rates a year ago federally. A lot of wage earners found the withholding had not taken enough and they had to dig up more. This made them unhappy — but also demonstrated they pay a tax. The average wage earner is led to believe others are paying the tax if he doesn't know it. Th.e wage earner demands'''more' 1 pay to make up for the withholding deduction. This taxes the employer who has to pass it on in higher prices. And as a result the wage earner really pays hidden taxes in high prices for what he must buy. What is not really understood is that the taxes are really paid by the multitude. They are hidden in such gimmicks as the withholding system, excise taxes, sales taxes and the like, Horsing The horsing around of White and Me- Divitt while the former was "walking in space" demonstrated an American attitude different than that of the Russians. • • , They were making play of work — but doing the work, and their;banter was a refreshing difference from the slogan-happy reinarks of the Russian cosmonauts. pit kind of made a person feel good wnen 'Mrs. White observed happily her husband "was having a ball" up there. You just have to like people like that. Repercussions The legislature huffed and puffed for 145 official days, nearly a half again as long as prior legislatures, and the result is not clear as to what was done. In the first place it was composed largely of those who had no experience. Second the leadership was weak among the legislators forcing Governor Hughes to assume leadership he did not want to have to exercise. It was dogged by campaign promises such as having no "evil sifting committee" thus permitting a rash of non-essential bills to be considered in late days when the legislators should have been winding up the session with must legislation on appropriations and taxes. The democrat majority was so large, particularly in the house, that it soon split into two groups, one rural minded as op* posed to the muitipule city representation. It boosted the so-called "sin" taxes such as on eigarets. It shied away from the 3-ceot sales tax. It boosted drivers license fe§s and added to the gas tax. it was saved by the withholding tax while ap- proprjatiog even more than the governor's get out of Des Moines. The repercussions have not yet set in. However knowledgable democrats are shaking their heads for fear of political reprisals next year when taxpayers find out what really happened when they make out their tax returns. : Sympathy ': Most people will have sympathy for 1 Attorney John Greer, of Spencer, who ran Into the state expense account buzz saw himself last week. Usually professional people are not accustomed to filing receipts in such matters on the theory they are above making false claims, Greer was the attorney for the democratic majority on the committee taking Dennler to task for alleged failure to account properly for his expense account figures. Mr. Greer got into what the supreme court has called a "political thicket" where the rules are entirely different than those of ordinary people which he was used to. Mr. Greer's honesty and ability are beyond question. But he was in a strange land where whether white is black or vice versa depends on the "who" and "how." War It boosted salaries of public officials light god Jeft, weMng legislators, tt pas- sod miesfsuree which will increase property texes f vesittaWy- It gave more to schools OR thf face, an4 a tokea 3.7 million additional for ag |a«4 tg» credits. It wrangled and fussed to the point Where Hughes last week practically ojrdf r- perty u> wind it u The United States is involved in a war in Viet Nam. No matter what it may be termed that's what it is. And American forces are doing the fighting and not this "advising" that has been advertised. It will get a lot worse before it gets better, and a lot of American lives will be lost. Whether it is worth it is the big question — and no one has an acceptable answer either way. Evidence continues to mount this country is muddling along without a clear idea of where it is going and what it is attempting to do. It is also clear if that war is t > be von it will have to be won by American forces. The South Vietnamese are not fighters nor do they seem to care much one way or another who rules them. It looks like we have been trapped into I sad situation. WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW IS BUSINESS OP PEOPLE, NOT BUREAUCRATS Managing news is basically wrong (J«ek$6n Bafy in Ot«ge Accusing the national admiti- istralion of "news management," "news control" and oth- or similar forms of dishonesty is a serious thing. Yet, beginning with the Eisenhower administration, these accusations have been heard with greater frequency. It is a shameful development in a nation founded upon freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of the individual to determine for himself what is right or wrong. The Johnson administration stands accused, with merit, of news management and of deliberate falsehoods. The administration has said, in effect, "we know what is best for the people to be told." The problem is not present solely at the national level. Here in Iowa, state legislators, pressed by misguided lawyers and members of the judiciary, have tried to draw a curtain over the WIT BY IOWANS people's right to know What goes on in juvenile courts. There is grave danger, on all levels of government, In that elected or appointed officials all too often succeed in determining, themselves, what the people shall know. This is a violation of one of representative democracy's most precious right. If the people cannot know the facts, they cannot judge for themselves, they^are 'prone to , let others do so. Mike Mansfield, Senate Democratic leader, Saturday praised the work of newspapers in printing the facts about South Viet Nam and the Dominican Republic. He said that the news reporting has "often been more accurate than the great flow of information which has come to Washington through official channels." "Management of news by government," he said, "can never ,be squared with our continuing and growing need for a fully informed and alert public. It can ^ Complied by John M. Henry of "I Saw If. In The Paper" In McCall's Magazine. "The pessimist's cup that is half empty is half full for the optimist". — Muscatine minister. "Two generations aqo, Jtnoo farmers got into town in some way on Saturday afternoon to buy things. Last generation they came in by car on evenings the stores stayed open. This generation zips in for the forenoon coffee break". — Denison druggist. "A moderate in politics is the fellow in favor of progress but who doesn't want things changed". — Fairfield editor. "As deflating a phrase as you hear these days is 'This is a recording"'. — JndianoZa square. "The smart woman takes with a grain of salt what is told to her, but spices it up with a grain of sugar before she re-tells it". — Manning church. "As time goes on it takes more effort to be as young as you ever were". — Eldora implement store. "You can measure your age by how easy it is to avoid temptation". — Ames prof. n "Our cousins from out west were a day late getting here for their vacation. The darned highway commission in that, state is folding its 7-oad map a new way". — Prescott trucker. "When she hangs onto your every word, you're a bridegroom. When she listens, 'then does as she pleases, you're a father. And. when 'you have to slioiit-to be heard, you're a grandfather". — Oelwein Rotary meeting. "Here in Jowa, at some cormnittee meetings the only way you can get home for the 10 o'clock news, is to name a sub-committee". — Rock Rapids PTA. "You are beginning to mature when you discard as temptations what you used to grab as opportunities". — Des Moines dentist. Juveniles often criminals in spite of their ages (Neil Mauror in Laurent Sun) A young legislator from Des Moines, an attorney serving his first term in the Iowa House of Representatives, last week bitterly criticized newsmen who opposed a portion of the bill which revises state laws covering dependent, neglected and delinquent children. The measure would have imposed secrecy in handling juvenile delinquency and crime cases that was unjustified and dangerous. Anyone who helped to change this particular portion of it should be congratulated, not criticized. Protection of juveniles is of vital importance, but the public should not be denied information essential to combatting juvenile delinquency. This is not the opinion of newspaper people alone; it is also held by a majority of law enforcement officers and by many judges as well. J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has on several occasions pointed to the rising curve of juvenile delinquency and said that the time is past when they are to be thought of as "bad children" and it is time now to think of them as "young criminals." Hoover in 1959 said that ". . . when a felony is committed in a community, there is no reason for withholding the name of the youthful offender and he ought to be treated in the same manner as an adult." Hoover has had general support in this view from those who have found that society's "right to knowledge of those who prey on them, 16 or 60," outweighs any claim a court may make for anonymity. There are, of course, two extreme views of the question- there are those who would publish every name, and there are those who would publish none. Most newspapers take a position somewhere in between. A recent survey of 782 pa- pers in states where the practice is not forbidden, made by a University of Iowa researcher, revealed that only four per cent of the 782 exercised the right to name even when court permission was given:. The freshman legislator at Des Moines, whose outburst we mentioned above, apparently has a poor opinion of newspapers. It is refreshing to note that other legislators were quick to point out that they did not agree with him. We believe the matter of handling publicity on. juvenile crime can best be handled by the newspapers and judges, without any new restrictions from the legislature, Biggest tax in history (Noil Mauror in Lturtn* Sun) Whatever else may be accomplished, there are indications that the 61st General Assembly will come up with the biggest tax bill in Iowa history. Most of the major legislation to raise and spend money for the biennium starting July 1 is yet to be passed. But there have already been some increases. Both houses of the legislature have voted to increase the cost of the driver's license from $3 to $5. They have also voted to raise the six pent state gasoline tax to seven cents. Legislation already enacted will result in higher taxes for schools, cities and towns and counties. Governor Hughes Had recommended a record $254.7 million state budget, but it was reported early this week that legislative leaders had decided to go beyond this. In his budget message Hughes had suggested extending the sales tax to barber, beauty shop, laundry and dry cleaning services and hotel and motel room'rentals. The ways meajts cojounittee of the never be squared in other words, with the needs of a democratic society." t Judge J. Skelly Wright, of the U. S. Court of Appeals in Washington, has been harshly critical of recent efforts by lawyers and the judiciary to restrict press coverage of the police and courts. "In addition to being unconstitutional, external controls on the press are Wrong political' ly, socially and historically. "A healthy democracy requires fresh air and life. Public Officials, including judges, prosecutors and the police, function best In a goldfish bowl. To place attorneys' offices of this country off limits to the press, would in my judgment, be a massive disservice to the cause of criminal justice.". We need more and more af- firmative'laws and actions, more and more willingness to share facts with the people. Not more and more laws and actions designed to withhold or to distort these "facts. Granddaughter and Don (Don Raid -in The West Des Moines Express) Mother's Day got off to a good start at our place. Our little granddaughter was an overnight guest and bright and. early, as is her wont, she suggested I whomp up some breakfast. . Which I did.. She also announced that she was planning to get married. "When I am twenty-one," she added. I kept turning the bacon. "Have you picked but the lucky young man you are going to marry?" "I am going to marry you," she revealed.. "Well, this is very flattering. I suppose it is because I am young, handsome, good-looking and all that sort of thing?" She shook her head. "It is because you have money," she said. "Whenever we go to the toy store, you buy me anything I want." "Well, you should never marry anyone for his money," I suggested. "After all, that is the difference between getting • courted and getting married. Many free-spenders turn into tightwads as soon as they get the little gal signed up for life." She shrugged off this practical suggestion. "You are also very loverble." "Loverble?" "Loverble," she said firmly. Apparently she has succumbed to the "My Fair Lady" influence on certain matters of terminology. "And you are fat," she giggled. I decided we had better get on with the breakfast. "You are overlooking one thing," I reminded her as I put the bacon on the table. "I am already married to Dorothy. She may not want to lose her husband." "Oh yes she will," Shayla said confidently, "She lets me have everything I want, almost," We ate our breakfast. Some young fellow who is fat, loverble and generous had better watch his step in about fifteen years. Interesting (W. C. J«rn.gin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.) It will be interesting when we settle down to analyzing the doings of the Iowa legislature to learn how many commissions have been established. Seems that about every new interprise requires a commission to administer it. These commissions afford end' less opportunities for soft jobs for the appointees and betoken political favoritism on the part of the appointer. In federal language, these groups are called "bureaucrats." Taxpayers look askgnce at their pronouncements and their commands. As we said earlier, we'd be interested to fcnow juit where Iowa stands in this respect as a result of this latest legislative session.. House has recommended, adoption of a bill to extend the sales tax further, to such things as admission to school athletic and entertainment events, instructional materials and school lunches. Every taxpayer should be prepared to hand out a bigger percentage of his income m A* future to help pay for state and local Secretary goofed (W. C, Jarnagin in Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.) Reports from California seem to indicate that efforts of the poWers-that-be to bar Mexicans from menial jobs in California have been overdone. We gather from newspaper accounts that Secretary of Labor Wirtz issued orders intended to confine labor in the fruit belt of the Golden State to Americans. Hence he barred Mexicans so that domestic laborers would have a better chaftce to take 6v< er the labor market. But Californians refuse to stoop to such menial tasks as picking strawberries, for in* stance. The result is that four million dollars worth of strawberries in orange county alone have been plowed under. "Thanks to bad weather and Secretary Wirtz the nation seems headed for a fruit shortage;" a dispatch from Los Angeles says. With the result that the American consuming public will face higher prices which always follow a short supply in fruits or vegetables. For vegetables fall into the same category as fruit when drudgery is involved.. ALGONA KOSSUTH .COUNTY A OVAMCf Published by the Advance Publishing Co., 'Mondays and Thursdays, offices and shop, 124 North Thorlngton St.. Algona, Iowa. Editor and publisher, Duane E. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrliehillw, Editor Emeritus, W. C. Dewel. ADVANCE SUBSCHimON KATE , 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, .and to other than nearest outside P.O.s ___ __-$7.00'j All rights to matter published In the Algona Kossuth Courity Advance are reserved, including news, , feature, advertising or other, ond , reproduc- 'j tion 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. > .". . , 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, House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Pll. 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 OEELAN* INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 2«5-5520 or 2f 5-3111 ALGONA Optometrists Dr. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 East State Street Phone 295-9196 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 Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Or, L, L. INYDIR 113 East State St. Piil 295^2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CM bit iURf AU if MQSIUTH COUNTY Collectrite Service Fact bjJt Report* 895-3112 Algous Investments INVESTORS Diversified Services, Inc. DONALD V. GANT Phone 295-2540 Box 375 ALGONAj IOWA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon. - Wed. - Fit 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 W. L. CLEGG, D. C. Sawyer Building 9 East State St. Algona, lowe Office Hours by Appointment Office Ph. 296VM77 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor 'i Office Phone Res. Phone. 295-2378 . 295-330f Office Hours: Mon. thru Fri, — 8:8042:00 1:00- 5:00 Saturday morning 8:30-12:00 Farm Management HINT ••II M« Bctfft M. MI-IHI LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management IB 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 6, BOURNE, M, D Physician & Surgeon 118 No, Moore Si Office Phone 295-2349 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN I, WAY, M. D. M. D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W, State St. Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M, 0. Residence Phone 295-2335 Df AN F. KOOt, M. D, Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians an( j Surgeoni 220 N, Podge, Algona Office Phone 295-5490 DR. J, I, HARRIS JJI, Dentist 622 £, State St. Phone 395-2334 PR. Lf ROY I. STRQHMAN Pentist 116 N. Moore % Phone 896-3181" Kf YIN NAfH, PJBJ, W I. Call

What members have found on this page

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free