The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 12, 1967 · Page 13
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WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON - The year 1967 will not be an easy one for President Johnson or the rest of us. We are still in trouble In the Vietnam war, and our economic stability is threatened at home. At the moment the most urgent decision facing the President is what to do in Vietnam whether to escalate the bombing of North Vietnam sharply in an intensified effort to either bring military victory or force Hanoi to agree to truce talks. But the risks are obvious and have been stated many tirnos: Red China would be likely to intervene if Peking felt the U.S., action posed any threat to her own security; it would further alienate Russia; it also would further alienate world opinion as well as firing more opposition to the war in the U. S. But some advisers are urging the President to take the step anyway as the only way to speed the end of the fighting. - o - PLANE STATISTICS THE ODDS ARE the President will follow tills advice. The present bombing strategy clearly is not working, and U.S. air losses are high In relation to what is being achieved. Communist forces and supplies not only are still pouring southward, but the flow of men has Increased from 4,500 to 7,000 a month. In 10G5, our plane losses in the war were less than one per cent. But. this past year, after the Russians made Hanoi the second-best defended city in the world, next to Moscow, our losses of pilots and planes have doubled. This is why the Pentagon began censoring the loss. rate. We have lost more than 400 aircraft, each worth an average of $2.5 million dollars, not to mention the pilots. What the President appears most likely to do is to step up the air war sharply In one final effort to bring Hanoi to the truce table. If this doesn't work, he then may halt the bombings entirely. - o - BETTER RESULTS ON GROUND THE WAR ON THE ground in South Vietnam unquestionably is going better from the military viewpoint. The North Vietnamese regulars and the Viet Cong less and less are being able to inflict major damage, and the cost to them is high In most of their operations. If the bombing of North Vietnam should fail to bring peace talks and be halted, and if the ground war in South Vietnam continues to go "well," it is quite possible that 1967 could see the beginning of the end of the war anyway. There is some feeling that if we stop the bombing the war suddenly might begin to peter out - without any formal truce talks. Hanoi and the Viet Cong then could cease fighting without being humiliated either by defeat or negotiations. - o - — TAX BOOST DEFERRED -- Despite leaks to the press that President Johnson intends to ask Congress for a $5 billion boost in taxes, he hasn't made up his mind, and probably won't for at least another month. The President now fears any substantial tax increase would slide our economy into a recession. And government experts feel that the surge of inflation we experienced in 1966 is being brought under control and that a tax increase is not now required to halt it. But other considerations still could lead LBJ to make such a request - first to make the budget look better on paper, second to impress on rank - and file labor union members that restraint in their wage demands is both necessary and patriotic. Government economists figure that, with the economy already faltering, excessive labor demands could bring on a second surge o! inflation, and then we would be In real economic trouble. - o- --COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA- The most important basic foreign policy development to watch for this year will be Improve- DKEW PEARSON ment in U.S. - Soviet relations in spite of the war in Vietnam. One factor working for this is the threat of Red China, as real and serious to the Kremlin as it is to us; another is the need to halt the spread of nuclear weapons, in which Peking also is involved. President Johnson definitely is committed to this policy, and other American officials belatedly are coming around. The same thing is happening in Russia. Leonid Brezhnev was not sold on the Khrushchev policy of coexistence with the West when he took over. He came into power with the backing of the Red Army and Soviet defense industries. He immediately boosted the military budget, and now has constructed 300 new ICBM sites and has started an anti-missile defense system. Since he now figures Russia is secure, Brezhnev is believed to have become receptive to joint efforts with the U.S. in some areas: curtailment of military spending; preventing war between Israel and Arab states in the Middle r.ast; cooperation in foreign aid, such as sending wheat to India; blocking Chinese influence in Africa. Russian diplomats in Africa, for example, already have been talking with their American counterparts on how this may be done. There will be opposition to this policy both in the U.S. and Russia. But as Nlkita Khrushchev once told this column, "If our two countries can stand together, no other country in the world can start a war." It is the goal toward which U.S. and apparently Soviet policy are now working. — KENNEDY IMAGE-- Up to now, Jackie Kennedy has been the nearest thing to an American queen. Ever since her husband's assassination there lias been tremendous sympathy for her. She could do no wrong. Mrs. Kennedy has not engaged in charity work or politics as did Mrs. Roosevelt. She has enjoyed the pleasure spots of the world, ranging from Antigua to Acapulco to Spanish fiestas and Argentine ranches. She has skied at Sun Valley, attended all important theatre openings in New York, danced at discotheques, gone yachting in the Adriatic, even been photographed on Park Avenue in a mini-skirt. Yet there had been no criticism of Jackie Kennedy up to now. However, mail has been pouring in to editors all over the country, critical of Jackie for trying to censor history by her fight against the Manchester book on President Kennedy's assassination. Sen. Bobby Kennedy's role in this episode, on top of the charges by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover that Bobby as Attorney General encouraged wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping likewise has brought the first real criticism he has ever faced.. It appears that the Kennedy image created by the late President no longer will protect other members of the family with a special glamour. - o - HEPATITIS PROBLEM -- The facts have been hushed up, but the Army and Air Force were forced to stop innoculating most GIs in Vietnam for hepatitis last spring because of a gamma globulin shortage. Only the top brass, irreplaceable personnel and those directly exposed to hepatitis have been receiving shots. Navy doctors, however, flatly refused to limit the innoculations, even though Navy personnel living on warships are less exposed to the disease. The Navy's use of gamma globulin helped increase the shortage in the Army and Air Force. Hepatitis is a liver disease, and is prevalent throughout Asia. For a while it was sending almost as many combat troops to the hospital as Viet Cong bullets. It comes from human sewage used in the Orient for fertilizer which contaminates vegetables and fruit. Gamma globulin shots are given to prevent hepatitis in this country. There is disagreement, however, over the serum's effectiveness in preventing the milder Asian form of hepatitis. - o — THE MAIL GOT THROUGH- Next to the weather man, probably no American institution is subject to more wisecracks than the Post Office. It we are slow in paying our bills, we blame the Post Office. If a Christmas present is forgotten, we blame the Post Office. And if this column isn't published on sechedule, the Post Office gets the blame. So as the trashman carries out the wrapping paper from Christmas, he re is the mailman's box score for the Christmas season: Last year he handled 8,200,000,000 pieces of mail between Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. This was the largest volume of mail ever handled. Yet this year it looks as if he would handle at least 6 per cent more. Furthermore, all mail was delivered on time, except for special delivery, the day before Christmas. No overtime Christmas Day deliveries were necessary. This was accomplished by hiring 150,000 extra employees, and beginning to train them early, as of Nov. 1 instead of Dec. 1 as in past years. Postmaster General Larry O'Brien saw a red flag when second and third class mail was held up in Chicago early in the fall and he was determined to have no snafus at Christmas. So he began recruiting college Thursday, Jan. 12, 1967 Alflona (la.) Upper Des Moinss-3 students, housewives, and moonlighters to handle the big rush at Christmas. To make sure the mail moved efficiently he got a daily report from the 74 top post offices in the country, beginning the last week in October. There are 33,000 post offices in the USA, but the 74 biggest handle 60 per cent of all the mail. So with these reports he could tell by noon each day whether the weather, transportation or other problems were bogging down the mail in any one region. ISWEA-EAGLE == I By Mrs. Kenneth Brones g Mr. and Mrs. David Fitz and family of Sioux Falls, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Hurlburt and Mick were Christmas guests at the John L. Black home at Algona. Monday evening supper guests at the Maynard Hurlburt home were Mr. and Mrs. John L. Black and family, and Mr. and Mrs. David Fitz and family. Danny Anderson visited a college friend, Steve Schwandt, at his home at Cedar Rapids. The David Earps and family, Crystal Lake, and the Duane Jensens were Christmas dinner guests at the Maynard Jensen home. Christmas guests at the Tom Preston home were the Maynard Jensens, Roger Lindes and sons, Duane Jensens and family, Jim Prestons, John Kellys and family, Marvin Boever and Kenneth Anderson families of Estherville, David Earps and family, Ellen Bergan, St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. Nina Traub, EstherviUe. Monday supper guests at the Tom Preston home were her parents, the Sam Unks. The Walter O'Greens and Brian were Friday to Monday guests at the home of her sister, the Fordes Bergans, St. Paul, for Christmas. Christmas guests at the Francis Sullivan home were Mr. and Mrs. William Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Krumholtz, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Krumholz, all of Fairmont; Bernard and Tom Sullivan, Guckeen, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Schmidt, Lone Rock; Mr. and Mrs. James Jensen, Ames; and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Salic, also of Fairmont. A CLASSIFIED AD WILL GET FAST RESULTS BtmNCtt PERJOMALITIE5 AND VIKING OIL CO. GASOLINE AND FUEL OIL WE GIVE GOLD BOND or KING KORN STAMPS BULK DELIVERY SERVICE Station and Bulk Plant North Milwaukee Depot < > BUILDING MATERIALS OF ALL KINDS AND TYPES • For Remriellnf, Modernising • For Farm fc Home Building • For Ready-Mixed Concrete COWAN CORP. Phone. 295-5266 "HOMEBUILDING IS OUR SPECIALTY" We'll Appreciate a Chance to Estimate Without Obligation on any Town or Farm Construction. TIETZ CONSTRUCTION CO. PHONE 295-5577 ALGONA, IOWA < • * • < < >, < < < < PATILONIZf CARGILL INC. Buyers & Sellers of All Grains • Get our bldi on your grain beta* you sell. • Federal Licensee) ftorage Warehouse. Pale Kleingartner or Corwin C. Peer 419 S. Phillip* St. Ph. 295-2*41 ] BENWIBBEN Building Contractor All Types Building — Farm and Town 122 South Jfeckflct, Alqopa PHonp 295-2865 (Pleat* Call After 6:00 P.M.) MOREA < • < < Liquid JFoec/s 1 FOR TOP OAB4 IN LIVESTOCK Call JUgona 295-3548 MOB - QRO MDREA FEEDS* Ino. So. of Algona on Hy, 169 JOHN B. ISEBRAND BUILDER - CONTRACTOR TITONKA, IOWA PHONE 928-2312 We Welcome A Chance To Give You An Estimate On Residential, Farm or Commercial Building — No Obligation. CONTRACTING SINCE 1928 ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING moved last year to its new location at 214 East State St., with the result that folks can now inspect various types of heating, plumbing and auxiliary kitchen equipment right on our floor. The business, established in 1950, has enjoyed a consistent growth, and larger quarters were necessary. Air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sheet metal work, kitchen installations, dehumidifiers are all parts of the general service offered by Algona Plumbing & Heating, and they also operate an electric sewer-rooter service. Remodeling work as well as new installations are a firm specialty. And the covered van, pictured here, carried hundreds of tools and supplies, saving time and travel on a service call. Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Oakland, owners of the ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING, invite you to stop in, anytime. If it's a service call, the phone number is 295-5240. "WE HAVE A TRADE THAT SERVICE MADE" Your Banking Needs SAFE CONFIDENTIAL Serving and Growing with the Community * IOWA STATE BANK ALGONA'S HOME-OWNED BANK Moving, Storage« Crating We Move Household Goods Anywhere Fully Insured - New, Modern Storage Warehouse All Types Crating - Phone 295-2275 POST Moving & Storage "»••* DIAL 295-5240 ERNIE WILLIAMS Your John Deere Headquarters In Algona "The Quality Name In Farm Equipment" East of Algona on Highway 18 ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING Algona Cook & Heat with THERMOGAS The Preferred L.P. Gus BOTTLE AND BULK SALES GAS APPLIANCES THERMOGAS CO, of Algona Phone 295-2841 Algeria - w -r -w -w f -w -^r- -^ -^r" -^r^ ^IF ^ ^f ^ Algona Implement Co. FARM EQUIPMENT • FARM SERVICE MOTOR TRUCKS HOME APPLIANCES Phone 295-3501 1407 Commercial St. So. Phil!ip» St. ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING THE FINEST IN PLUMBING AND HEATING EQUIPMENT * Kohlcr, Rheem & Crane Fixtures • Rheem Hot Water heaters. » Pruner Water Softeners. • Electric Sewer-Rooter Service. PHONE 295-5240 IN ALGONA • Lux-Atre and American Standard Fur- naccs and Air Conditioning. 9 JNSJNKERATOR Garbage Disposal Uolts

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