The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 4, 1937 · Page 2
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 4, 1937
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pPPer DesMoines, AlgonA, Iowa, March 4.193t at th * Postoffice at under act of Congress of March 3,1879 Issued Weekly NtflONAL •iota Member Iowa ASSOCIATION •MEMO).* Assodatllm ,, „ SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSStTTR CO~ One Year, m Advance ......... £S? ^ ? * 0 l n , es and Kossuth' C 0u it- vance In combination, per year $250 SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSMMBJ KOSSUTH One Tear In advance ............ « 2fin * M °,!, n * 8 and K°*'uth 'County' Ad- combination, per year ............... ' ....... $4 oo ADVERTISING RATES Advertising, per. inch ............... ,5c ' pavable in advance, word a, "Let the people know the troth and the conn- By Is safe."—Abraham Lincoln. FOOLING THE PlflBLIC ON TAXATION lii the column headed "Other Editors" we carry several editorials regarding the sales tax; all agree that the tax as it now stands, and as the state legislature proposes to extend It, is basically wrong and unfair. * it has caused many an auto dealer in North Iowa to lose a sale because the customer could get his car $15 or fzo cheaper in Minnesota. These losses do not apply only to auto dealers. When the three-point Jaw went Into effect, sales tax collections were supposed to replace the property taxes. True, property taxes have been reduced through refunds each year—but not as much as the people were led to believe. However, the sales tax does have one or two commendable features. It collects a tax from everyone, and we believe that everyone—no matter how small his income—should pay a certain amount toward the support of the government. Before the sales tax, non-property owners—those with small incomes—paid little or nothing In the way of taxes. Secondly, the sales tax collected a small amount at a time—Is much easier to pay than a lump sum once or twice a year unless the Individual is wise enough to operate on a budget. These things, we believe, are the fact which must be weighed against each other by the legislators when it comes time to decide for or against continuance of the sales tax. In any case, unless we can be given definite proof that sales tax will totally displace property taxes, we can not give our approval to the proposal to make it a permanent part of the Iowa tax system. And as for the proposal to levy a 3 per cent sales tax—that's definitely out Taxes are far too high now. * * * New Supreme Court Plan Might Disappoint Eagle Grove Eagle: After all the underbrush is cut away from the president's supreme court proposals, we have this left: By insults, or through making it seem preferable to retire on full pay it is hoped that all judges over 70 will quit Then there would be no necessity to Increase the number of judges to 15. But assuming the judges over 70 refuse to resign, then the president would appoint six new judges whose decisions he would hope and expect to render for them. In advance. The six new judges, with the three or four so-called liberal judges now on the bench, would be supposed to write decisions hi accordance with presidential dictation. So why have a supreme court? Now let's turn this subject around and view it from another angle. Take the N. R. A. decision. That was unanmious against the N. R. A. The six new judges could not change that To reverse that decision would require ten new judges. Age seems to make no difference as regards decisions. In the six to three adverse A. know only too well what business. But not all taxpayers-Johnny Q. Public, If you please-Juiows what it Is doing to his taxation. Let us give you an example. You are a farmer, and own your own farm. You have been paying a total real estate property tax of $160. Of that $160, only about $20 goes tothe rnment; the rest is divided between your school district and county government If the sales tax did what it was intended to do, you would have your property reduced $20-it couldn t be reduced any more than that if the «Uf« rebated ALL of It That leaves your total Bronertv ?5 l ° $"? a<Jve ? e A ' *> decl8lon ' Jud «« Brw >tax at $140, even with all of thVstetrt sC£ rt t » ° i*!, 1 me ™**r on *•• bench ' voted in favor t,, n a»* „„ ..h.».^ states snare re- o f it Judge Roberts, youngest member, only 61, voted against it The two western judges, Butler of Minnesota and Sutherland of Utah were against it But remember all nine judges were against the N. R. A. Hence It would take ten new judges to get the N. R. A. approval. The six new judges would validate the A. A. A. But the new soil conservation program semes to be working and the old A. A. A. is not wanted, not in Its former mechanical set-up. For the information of our readers we are reprinting a table from the Eagle of last January glvinff age* pf the judges, their home state, by whom appointed and Vote OR the A. A. A. FOR THE A. A. A. Name Age Home Politics Apptd. By Harlan F. Stone 64 N. York Rep. Hoover, 1925 L. D. Brandeis 86 Mass. Dem. Wilson, 1916 BenJ. CaKuoftf «* N. York Rep. Hoover, 1932 *? J*sf~**t, ~t£jL. funded or rebated. Now what happens to you under the three- 1)01111 .£?, Ptan ' * 1rst of *" the «"*«*« family pays $30 In sales tax per year. Perhaps you pay More. Secondly, If you are making anything at all the state income tax socks you neatly under the chin for anywhere from $10 on up. That makes above $140 and you are paying at least $183 per year In taxes, whereas before the three-point tax you were only paying $160, Yp« are being uken for an additional 425 at least, and THAT IS ASSUMING THAT ALL OF THE STATE'S SHARE SLJ 110 REAL TATE PROPERTY TAX IS REFUNDED, which is something to guess about Wo matter how you figure the thing, everyone is paying more taxes. Why? T&We Is only brie possible answer. The state government is spending more money—or why would it need more of an income? The entire matter Is serious. It is especially worth mentioning that two of the papers quoted under "Other Editors", the Fenton Reporter and The Ringsted Dispatch, as well as The Upper Des Moines, were out and out supporters of Roosevelt and his administration. They didn't say a whole lot about the state ticket, however. If the state administration wants to successfully alienate every paper in this state, it is following the right course. Federal taxation comes only directly through the federal income tax. Every other cent you pay in taxes goes to local or state government And that's the place where the big Increase is coming. And, the funny part of It is some of the legislators at Des Moines (from Polk county, particularly) have the Intestinal fortitude to get up and yell because they say merchants are making an excess from their sales tax collections. The merchants don't want a sales tax; the general public doesn't want a sales tax; but the state legislature seems to want a sales tax and a half dozen other forms of taxes, in preference to any effort at economy. As Andy or Amos would say, "Wese reguated." WHATS THE NAVY'S ANSWER? A few days ago a shell exploded prematurely In the maneuvers of a battleship off the California coast. Several were killed, and the battleship limped back into harbor. The mishap was an accident, which might happen any time that high explosives are being used. But what about the scorn of high naval officials who deny that airplanes can wipe out a fleet of battleships. What would happen if bombs dropped from far up landed a few times on the deck of a ship? Are we spending millions of dollars for the wrong kind of armament? Would one battleship be preferable to a few hundred airplalnes? The war scare has hit the United Slates so badly that even pacifists like oursilves have toned down on anti-armament sentiment. Now the question is, are we getting the most armament and defense for our money? AGAINST THE A. X A. Chas. E. Hughes 74 N. York Rep. W. Van Devan'r 77 Wyom. Rep. J. C. M'Reynolda 74 Tenn. Dem. Geo. Sutherland 74 Utah Rep. Pierce Butler 70 Minn. Rep. O. J. Roberts 61 Penn. Rep. Hoover, 1926 Taft, 1910 Wilson, 1914 Harding, 1922 Harding, 1922 Hoover, 1930 Weekly News Letter of the State Legislature Activity Assembly found the members en- Ringsted Dispatch: North Iowa merchants and business men, who have (or years realized they were losing trade to Minnesota because of the Iowa sales tax, are finally trying to do something about it. Steps were taken Tuesday evening at the Swea City meeting to try to get rid of the tax and if borderline business men stick together they will no doubt receive consideration from the statehouse at Des Moines. Probably the present excitement arose when one of the legislators last week introduced a bill which would raise the tax from the present two per cent to three per cent. While we approve of the steps now being taken to abolish the tax we believe action could just us well have been taken several months ago before the legislature voted to renew the tax for another two years. Fortunately they did not vote it in permanently as was considered for a time. While the tax has rnai,y redeeming features, such as collecting tax from many who pay no other taxes, it is without a question a tax that hits the poor man the hardest We will all watch with interest the result of the action taken at the meeting of the north Iowa merchants at Swea City Tuesday night. • • * The Sales Tax Doeb Not Perform iU Purpose Businessmen of 20 north Iowa towns were scheduled to meet at Swea City Tuesday night to open a fight against the state's 2 per cent sales tax. And, since the present sales tax will either be renewed by the legislature thin spring or allowed to expire, the subject is worthy of lively discussion at this time. The tax does impost a severe penalty on merchants living along the northern and western boundaries of Iowa because many residents of the stale go into Minnesota and Nebraska to make their purchases, thus escaping payment of the tax The 2 per cent levy is especially severe on dtaltrs in the more expensive articles, such as automobiles. The difference in price, because of the sales tux. INKSLJNGERS ON A HOLIDAY: Last Saturday the Algona papers had the opportunity to play hosts to a batch of the boys from surrounding towns and villages, we include villages on account of Ward ' Barnes who Is from Eagle Grove. Ward, you know, Is something a never-say- die republican, but for all of that, his knowledge of the strip tease is remarkable. • • • With Ward was Larry Miller, a young man publishing the Belmond Independent. He came into this section from Missouri, and has been cracking out a swell paper at Belmond. He tells us that a local garage at Belmond is following through on the sales promotion of the Kent Motor here, using many of the ad ideas. * • • Early on the arriving list was Bill William* of the Garner Signal, whom we hadn't ueen since he spilled a chew of tobacco over his chin when he missed a putt on the Clear Lake Country Club course. Bill sat closer to a cuspidor in the court room; a good idea under the circumstances. • • • From Spencrr, that city which is clokmt to Heaven (according to Spencer publicity) of any place on earth, Paul Martin attended. Paul went to Spencer from Chicago, where he legged it around for the Tribune, Now he's editor of the News- Herald, • » • Karl Schwartz of Penton, and Ralph Anderson of Ringsted dropped in together. The boys publish papers only 6 miles apart, but believe it or not, seem to get along O. K. • * • The Jaqua Brothers, Franklin and Lawrence, of Humboldt represented their county. Couple of lads with a keen sense of humor and lots of ideas about what to do, and how and where to do it. « • • The boyw rrpresented three democratic pap*™, two independents, and four republican papers, unless they've changed sides since we last knew, and although their political viewpoints might differ they were certainly united on the points under discussion. Under discussion were some of the pending bills, and bills soon to pend at Des Moines . . . after studying one which would authorize the state department of health to collect by compulsion fees from every undertaker in the stale, to be turned over to the Iowa Funeral Directors' association, we wondered why it wouldn't be a swell idea to just have the state collect all dues tor all organizations. One could pay their press association dues. Rotary and Kiwanis, Masonic or K. of C. dues through the state, have them rebated back to the state organizations, and how nice it would be to get out of the organization's own expense of collecting them. But then, our Ltate IS generous along those lines. • « * SumniaritinK the expreitwd thoughts, the enttre jcroup, representing a pretty good cross-section of the weekly press in this state, and the average business man, wondered where it was all going to end. Bui then, as Phil Kohlhaas remarked, there was nothing lhat could prevent a member of the legislature from presenting a bill, and nearly everybody seemed U> be doing it. As Old Thomas Jefferson once said, maybe the besl government is the leasl government. Personally, we wonder why t.he eighth district press doesn't get together once in a while, jusl to learn each other's first names, it nothing rnore. grossed with big legislation— social security act permanency measures and homestead tax exemption fulfillment, for which the Senate passed up the usual spring recess and the House curtailed Its vacation. Meanwhile the legislative calendar* were heaped high with other legislation awaiting action. Three-Man Commission Governor Kraschel urged and the legislature responded to his request that the Assembly set up a permanent full-time commission to administer the affairs of unemployment under the social security ant The legislature voted a three-mem- >er Iowa Unemployment Commission appointed by the Governor on the basis of one each from the groups of labor, employers and the public, no more than two to be of he same political party, and each o receive annual compensation of 4,500. The chief executive named the ollowing to this commission : For Labor— Walter F. Scholes, resident of the Central Labor as- i sembly, Council Bluffs. For Employers— Claude Stanley, former state senator. Corning. For the Public— Peter Kies, Dubuque county auditor, Dubuque. The organization bill for social security also provided that the commission may name a secretary or executive officer at a salary of not to exceed $2,400 a year. The Homestead Bin The Homestead Tax Exemption bill made rather slow progress in the House after an auspicious start and passage In the Senate. It was still under discussion in the lower house on Wednesday of this week, but was expected to pass the House In substantially the same form as it came from the Senate, providing for allocations of $2,000,000 a year for relief, $5,500,000 a year for the old age assistance fund, $500,000 a year for administration of the 3- point tax law, and the remainder for homestead tax credits, of approximately $10,000,000 a year— all from the revenues of the state income and retail sales taxes amounting to all of $19,000,000 a year. Relief Two Million The relief item of $2,000,000 a year furnished the chief stumbling block to early enactment of the bill. Governor Kraschel's insistence that it be included in the Homestead Tax Exemption bill introduced in the Senate by Senators A. J. Shaw of Pocahontaa and others finally resulted in its inclusion but the House attacked it vigorously, but unsuccessfully. A wparate bill amending the S-point tax law has been introduced continuing the kales tax Indefinitely. Sit-Down Strike .Meanwhile an Insurrection against collection of the state retail wiles tax by merchants started in northwestern Iowa notabily at Swea City where the merchants claim they no longer will be responsible to the state for the collection of the tax. Agitation against the retail tax it«elf continue* in quartern along with several amendment* to the kales ta* law to exempt low-priced necessaries of life kuch a* milk, bread, work clothing and shoe*. Sales Tax the Crux Without a retail sales tax, bringing in revenue of $11,000,000 a year, a homestead tax exemption would be impossible. In reality "home- (Legislative News Service IPA) I 461 are urban. The federal census Des Moinea, Iowa, March 1,1037— ot 19 &> reported that about M 7 per Mid-session In the Iowa General I cent of the families In the state ,.,_ .. own their own homes. Because o depression following It is believei that the number is now lower. Governor Kraschel is pledged to sign the Homestead Tax Exemption measure Jn substantially the form in which It passed the Senate. Add Two New Boards The Iowa state planning board and the Greater Iowa Commission desire permanency of existence and state funds to carry out their objectives, according to measures introduced In the legislature. In the case of the former only expense money is asked but the Greater .Iowa folks want a lump sum of $10,000 annually. They aim to promote Iowa- industrially and as a commonwealth. The sett-up ftor each remains virtually the same as It has been for the past several years. / The Iowa Monte Carlo If gambling machines arc permitted to operate in Iowa without serious police threat of retalliation, there is one member of the Iowa legislature who would like to see the state benefit financially because of the omission. He is Rep. John W. Moore, co-author with Rep. Thomas Stimpson of a bill to legalize gambling devices and machines offering jack pots to lucky winners. The taxes proposed by the bill are steep ranging from $75 to $500. For the more piker form of gambling with machines offering no jack pots and those of the pin ball variety smaller taxes are provided ranging from $5 to $78. Chain Store Tax Not so many months ago both the Iowa and the United State Supreme courts held part of the Iowa chain store tax unconstitutional and that referred to the tax on gross receipts. In an attempt to fill the gap in the chain store tax law left by the constitutional decisions. Senators Gillespie of Polk and Hill of Wright, and Representatives Stimpson of Jones, Hickenlooper of Linn, Johnson of Hancock and Love of Adalr, have introduced bills to add a second tax to the Iowa chain store tax law amounting to 5 per cent of the combined groas receipts in excess of the first S200.000 of said combined gross receipts of each person on all said business of each and all stores within the state under single or one ownership con- Bridal Shower For Portland Gir Portland: A miscellaneous Bridal shower was held Monday afternoon of this week for Mrs. Norm* Sanderson at the home of Mrs LeRoy Burger, Burt. The honore was formerly Hazel Dickmeyer o this vicinity. Mrs. Will Ringsdorf visited at the Roy Rinsgdorfs, Wednesday. Agatha Trenary is employed a the Clifford Holdings, Burt Mr. and Mrs. Ted Ringsdorf called Sunday evening at the Rosa Elvidge home. The Donald Ringsdorfs and Leo Braytons were Algona callers Saturday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clarke vls- ted Sunday at the parental Chas. Clarkes, of Britt Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Stewart were Sunday dinner guests at the Coll- cott and Hood home. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Godfredson and son spent Sunday at the Aired Godfredson home. The Wyott Stotts and Thomas 'renarys spent Sunday with the 'ernon Pedersens, of near Bode. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ringsdorf isited the Peter Godfredsons of ear Bancroft Monday afternoon. Mrs. R. S. McWhorter and three aughters were Saturday dinner guests at the Bert McCorkle home Algona. GASfOLIN AT 24 Tailoring points—one of Ihem overnight from yonr Skellytution—Skelly adds varying unonnu (np to 38jt) of Vlrgia to refinery nsollne. Try Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clayton and Mr. and Mrs. George Lannlng visited relatives at Emmetsburc Sunday. The Alfred Godfredsons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wincheli and Mrs. Ralph Roberta were all Algona callers on Saturday. Visitor* Sunday afternoon at the R. & McWhorter home were Mrs. Ray McCorkle, Mr*. Victor Lowe and two children, Mrs. Fred Martin and Mrs. Bert McCorkle. St. Benedict News Mrs. Ben Dorr spent Sunday at Belmond with relatives of Mr. Dorr. Mrs. Eugene CInk spent the week end with her sister at Mason City. Miss Bernadlne Becker of St Joe a visiting her cousin, Verna Eisch- n this week. Donations to the Red Cross from he St. Benedict community am- >uted to $52.50. Irene Fasbender has opened her eauty shop for Easter trade at the 'asbender store. Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Dennett of Maon City spent the week end at the d. A. Rahm home. Mr. and Mrs. M. N. Borman en- ertained a group of friends at their ome Sunday evening. Mrs. Henry Seller Is spending ome time with her daughter, Mrs. Martin Bleich at Titonka. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Youngwirth f Whittemore were Sunday visitors t the Richard Ferstl home west of town. Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Seller and family spent Sunday afternoon at the Martin Rahm and J. L. Raskopf home. Mr. and Mrs. Al Rosenmeyer spent Monday at Mason City where Al consulted Dr. O'Brien in regard to his eyes. ollne today. • © 1M6, Sltellr Oil Co. 614B OH£U SKIUY AROMAX GASOLINE » Ifgfai to the cleanest i known. Volatile. Stabilised. High octane. Speeds up start. Ing and pickup, add* extra mfleage hv avoiding waste la eold starts and warm-up. Only Skelly TaUor*Maketo fit the weather. Glre, Tailor-Msking a trial. Drive la where yon se« the Skelly Tailor. THE HtiMAN SIDE of Banking We're a friendly group, three officers and our 6 employees, ready to serve you when you step in our door. Our job is to run a sound bank for the people of Algona and surrounding territory. And that includes making good loans, taking care of other people's money, being efficient bookkeepers and a host of other duties that keep us mighty busy from morning until night. We want to do our job well. Is there any way we can be of service to YOU? IOWA STATE BANK ALGONA, IOWA R. H. Miller, Fre*^ .. . H* L. Ollmore, Cashier F. L, McMahon, A**t Cashier Member Federal-Deposit Insurance Corporation sttad tax exemption" er. The bill would is a misnom- not exempt F<UIM»UI> now we change i-uds. of Ult horntsteads but simply gives them refunds or credits against property tax to a certain amount, $2.500. The amount of property tax lifted would depend on the amount of money available from the income and retail sales taxes. The mechanics of the bill accomplish one definite aim—the end of tax refund* on commercial or rented property. Hometttead Denned A homestead under the bill cannot exceed a house and half an acre in town or a house and 40 acres Sn the country, both of which must be the domicile of the homestead claimant for nine months of the year. A state planning board survey of 50 counties estimates that it would require about {17,000,000 to replace entirely the property taxes on $2,500. The same survey estimated that there are 318,300 homesteads in the state and that their average valuation in about $1,659 each. It is estimated that 111,800 having average valuation of $2,013, art- located in the country and 206,| oUO having an avt-rage value of $ll- trol. The only valid provision in the existing chain store tax law la the one relating to the tax on the number of store operated in a chain. Lot* of Bills Total bills introduced In the Assembly so far is now climbing toward the 600 mark. The deadline for filing bills will bring a final Influx of new measures, and the total will probably be up around the expected figure of 1,000. This will give the leglsature enough to keep it busy until approximately "Christmas, 1938." Weighty Decisions Particularly fitting and proper Is the custom in the legislature to open each day with prayer. Pastor friends of the legislators are given that responsibility, receiving the honorarium of $5 for their services in compensation for the expense involved in making the trip to Dea Moines. The crucial period is at hand. when the cry of "roll call" rings through the vaulted legislative chambers, and ecah legislator, with his senses hopefully attuned to the wishes of his constituency, puts himself on record in "black and white" on the measures that affect the destiny of Iowa's great commonwealth. DOAN NEWS The Wm. Martineks spent Saturday at Mason City. Mrs. Ruth Hanson will be hostess to the Ladies' Aid March 11. Mrs. Nola Hoover will assist. The Wm. Altwegg family and Jos. Goetz family were guests of Mrs. Ruth Sparks last Friday night. Ed Wolf was called to Bancroft last Friday to nee his mother, Mr*. Jake Wolf, who is very ill Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Martinek entertained the Weekly Wednesday five hundred club last week at six tables of cards. Aline Martinek spent Saturday night and Sunday with her parents, returning to Corwith Sunday evening where she teaches. Constitution and Baseball Algona Upper Des Molnea, Gentelmen: It seems that Washington, D. C.. the nation's capital, has had an unusually large number of senators and congressmen, who evidently have let their enthusiasm get away with them In trying to straighten out the depression over night, without taking time to look ahead and see what effect their act would have on us a free people; and like a group of small school children, they are covering up their poorly done home work by saying that, there were so many chores to do they had insufficient time to prepare their lessons. There never was a more liberal group of able men assembled for a common cause in all of the world's political history than the framers of our Constitution. These men were fresh from the bitter struggle waged against the tyrannical powers of Europe, having fresh in their minds the price that our army of the Revolution had to pay for freedom, they left the Supreme Court of the land unshackled so that no congress, no matter how radical, could encroach upon the freedom of our peoples. The Supreme Court did not create the Constitution; the Constitution created the Supreme Court as an insurance that the United States would forever remain a free country "created by the people for the people." It left plenty of opportunities for constructive government, but none for dentructive government. As long as the human race is on the face of the earth there will be some who will attempt to play the game of life according to their own rules adopted on the spur of the moment to fit their immediate needs so that they will win at the expense of their fellow man. We all have seen baseball games.' The game of life like every other game must have its umpires whose de- cisons are final. We all can visualize what would happen to the game of baseball if the hoots, and jeers of the spectators, and the hot temper of the players would influence the umpire's decision. None of us would want to witness such a game yet we are willing to sit idly back while a few attempt to "fix" the umpires of our great country, so that the political game can go on at the whim of congress without regards to our freedom or the perpetuation of the United States. FRANK M. BONDOR, LaJtewood, N. J. Fri.-Sat., March 5-6 Buck Jones in "Boss Eider of Gun Creek" AND SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION NATIONAL, CORN HUSKING CONTEST Ace Drummond, News and Comedy Sun.-Mon.-Tues., March 7-8-9 THE DANC/NG DIVINITY. in a// fier glory See tier dance,.. hear her sing "May I Have the Next Romance With You"... and fall "Head Over Heels in love" with her. OVCf* HEELS i* LO VC SONG HITS BY GORDON & REVEL, Diretted by Ronnie Hal* A ^PRODUCTION FOB QUICK RESULTO-USE THE WAJiT APS BOWL FOR BETTER HEALTH BARRY'S

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