The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1967 · Page 8
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don smith "WE'RE on flre I Get us out of here." When Navy Lt. Commander Roger Chaffee uttered those eight words, the first real tragedy of this country's space program went into the books. The first, that is, that claimed lives of Astronauts while on duty on a launch pad. The deaths of Chaffee, who was preparing for his first ride into space, and veterans Air Force Lt. Col. Gus Grissom and Air Force Lt. Col. Ed White, undoubtedly rank second only to the tragic death of President John Kennedy in the minds of all Americans. THE trio died within seconds as a 2,500 degree fire gutted the Apollo I spacecraft in which they were to be launched Feb. 21. Several days later, two Air Force men died in a similar tragedy during a test of a similar nature. A combination of oxygen and probably an electrical short circuit has been given preliminary blame for the deaths of the Astronauts. WE especially liked Grissom— however, met him just like most Americans, on TV. His narrow escape early in the space race from a submerging capsule caught our fancy and we followed his career closer than the rest. Another reason we liked him was his butch haircut — a trait that his sons apparently are carrying on, judging by photos snapped during memorial 'and funeral rites, showing his family. WHILE we think the expenditures being made to get man on the moon are exhorbitant, we don't want the quest to be halted — because it is probable that some day the earth will be controlled by someone based up there. The deaths rn.-i.de some persons wonder if God wants man to make such a trip. It's a pity the nation had to lose the trio — but if s also a crime that so many well-developed young men are breathing their last in Vietnam I - V- EFFORTS to give the taxpayers a break seem ridiculous when you consider some of the things that are going on. While just a drop in the bucket, a couple of expenditures by the good old State of Iowa prove the point. First off, they hired a guy from the east to take over a job in the state, giving him a raise from the $15,000 per year he had been getting to $23, 700 per year— but that wasn't enough. The state then paid $2,401 to move him to the job here, claiming •it was necessary to make such an offer to get a good man. The other incident was purchase of a $125 wig for the director of a statewide music program under the Department of Public Instruction. While the latter expenditure didn't come out of tax funds (but from a bequest), it still seems silly. Did the state ever buy you a pair of overalls so you could go about your job ? THIS is credited to George Ireland, Loyola of Chicago basketball coach -"I think officiating is overplayed — they are doing a good job in all parts of the country. We don't need an extra official, JUST TWO WHO GET OUT THERE AND WORK." SEE where Chevrolet turned in the best emergency braking stop among 77 passenger cars entered in the recent Union/ Pure Oil Performance Trials. A gold cup went to the company. The Imjiala that won the cup stopped in 165.8 feet from 65 miles per hour. KNOW how to make your home safer in winter? Make sure the chimney has an asbestos or metal liner in it; make sure the chimney has a new type vent cap equipped with screen to keep birds out; and have furnace system and chimneys checked on a regular basis. This public service message could save your life I A pessimist is a female who's afraid she won't be able to squeeze her car into a very small parking space, while an optimist is a male who thinks she won't try 1 NEW Year's Day hangover, tax forms from federal and state governments — and the annual hassle over daylight saving time practically always arrive on or near Jan. 1. We missed the hangover because it's tough to get one from two bottles of Pepsi, got the tax forms, although later than some - and sure enough, right on schedule, along came the first story on daylight saving time. The Iowa House of Representatives got a petition, asking that Iowa abandon it entirely. Reasons listed included the following: daylight time is a hardship on all school children, city and rural alike, as well as early risers and farmers. Wonder if they considered any of the advantages before preparing the petition. Like the overwhelming majority prefer daylight saving time. Way not grow up here in Iowa and go alonj with the more progressive states on daylight time. I'm an early riser myself (and while the federal law, daylight time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October might run too long in the fall), can't see what real difference it makes. You have to have lights on to shave, anyway I TRAINING a child is more or less a matter of pot luck. Notes Of Servicemei GRAFENWOHR, GERMANY Army Specialist Fourth Class Mark W. Bonnstetter, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Bonnstetter, Whittemore, is participating in a four- week field train- in exercise conducted by the 4th Armored Division in Grafenwohr, Germany. During the exercise, which is scheduled to end in the middle of February, he is taking part in weapons firing and tactical maneuvers as part of an Army program to maintain the combat proficiency of his unit. Spec. Bonnstetter is a member of Company B, 2nd Battalion of the division's 51st Infantry near Ulesheim, Germany. DA NANG, VIETNAM- Jan. 24 - Maine Coporal Ronald E. Burtis son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen F. Burtis of 1008 E. State St., Algona, has arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam as a member of the 1 1th Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Des Moinet-3 Electricity rogress Electricity is the core around which today's life is built. Electric power has been called the nervous system and the muscle of our society. National Electrical Week spotlights the countless ways electricity serves you today, and its potential for even greater benefits in the year ahead. • We are proud to be one of the more than 2,000 local publicly owned electric systems serving the people of the nation. • We join the industry and the nation in saluting the 120th anniversary of the birth of Thomas A. Edison on February 11. • We pledge to continue to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost, so you can use Electricity to Power Progress. Algona Municipal Utilities Motor Transport Battalion of the First Marine Division. The battalion came to Vietnam following weeks of intensive training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. While in Vietnam the llth Motor Transport Battalion will be providing vehicles ranging from the o^iarter-ton mighty mite jeep to multi-ton tractor-trailer trucks in support of the First Division. NEW RED CLOVER PROGRESS! 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