The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 20, 1965 · Page 6
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 20, 1965
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Pictured above are the Orioles of the Novice league in girl's softball. The Orioles are coached by Rose Hutchinson and Dianna Muller. Front row, left to right - Ann Miler, Pat Thilges, Barbara Bell, Teresa Gettman and Virginia Cook. In the back row, left to right, are Jane Shey, Lynn Holtzbauer, Diane Nitchals, Cindy Kuhn and Liz Harmon. Merry-Go-Round IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHWIINmttNHW dIHIUHIIIIIIHIIII IIIIIIIHIIIII By Drew Pearson WASHINGTON - When the average citizen sits in the Senate gallery watching a debate or reads the record of that debate later, he can't always tell what's happening. This is because some things go on behind the scenes, also because Senators have a right to edit the Congressional record before it's printed. No Senate vote was more important to the public than that when a majority voted, in effect, not to let the government have the right to keep new drug patents developed with the total of $15 billion of taxpayer's money plowed into research each year on medicine, cancer cures, heart remedies, together with inventions for space and national defense. Every year, the taxpayers shell out $15 billion for research. But if a private company using this money comes up with a phenomenal cure for cancer, the Senate voted, in effect, then the taxpayers don't get the benefit of that cure without paying for it. The profit will go to one of the big drug companies. This leaves the public paying twice: once for the research; then for getting the benefits of the research. What the public also didn't know was that a White House assistant, Mike Manitos, put in telephone cali*s to key Senator surging them to vote against the taxpayers and for the drug companies. Manitos made the mistake of phoning Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas, who told his fellow Democrat, Sen. Russell Long of Louisiana, about the White House opposition. Long, the Democratic Whip, was the author of the amendment whereby patents for new medical discoveries would remain with the government. - o - —FOOLING THE PUBLIC— Leading the fight for the White House and the drug companies was Sen. John Pastore of Rhode Island, first Italian-American ever to serve in the Senate, Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the Democratic Leader, usually on the side of the White House, this time was against it and on the pro-public side. The issue was whether to table the Long amendment protecting the public on patents. When the roll was called, every Republican except Hiram Fong, the Chinese-American from Hawaii, voted with the drug companies. Long's amendment was side-tracked, in effect defeated. Immediately Pastore rose to explain his own motion to table. "If I were placed in the position of having to vote on the merits of the amendment, I should have voted in the affirmative," he said. "I am for the consumer. I voted for the natural gas bill; I voted to cut down the oil depletion allowance. I believe in protecting the rights of the consumer." Then he went on to explain that this was a matter of procedure, and he wanted the drug patents amendment to go to Sen. John McClellan of Arkansas, chairman of the Patents Committee, for study. Real fact, however, is that McClellan has been studying this patent question for four years, and his committee is considered the graveyard of any attempt to protect the public. The Senator from Arkansas was a consistent opponent of the lateEstes Kefauver of Tennessee in his battle to protect the public on medical patents. McClellan is still a blocker. - o - —THE ROLL CALL— Many Senators were nervous about siding with the big drug companies in this debate. But they can now alibi that they were voting for "further study." When you write your Senator as to why he voted for the drug companies, that's the reply you will receive. In addition to an almost unanimous Republican vote for the drug companies, the following Democrats also lined up against giving the taxpayers the benefit of the research they are paying for: Bayh, Ind.; Eastland, Miss.; Ervin and Jordan, N.C.; Fulbright and McClellan, Ark.; Hayden, Ariz.; Hill and Sparkman, Ala.; Holland, Fla.; Inouye, Hawaii; Jackson and Magnuson, Wash.; Kennedy, Mass.; Kennedy, N.Y.: Lausche, Ohio; McCarthy and Mondale, Minn.; Monroney, Okla.; Pastore and Pell, R.I.; Robertson, Va.; Russell, S.C.; Russell, Ga.; Stennis, Miss.; Symington, Mo.; Williams, N.J. - o - - STRANGE REVERSAL— Under orders from the White House, the Justice Department is doing an amazing switch on patents developed by government funds. On March 7,1963, Nick Katzenbach, then Deputy Attorney General, testified before the Senate Small Business Subcommittee on Monopolies, as follows: "The Department of Justice has frequently stated that when inventions are produced as a result of governmental expenditure, it is generally undesir- HOME LOANS Our modern mortgage plan saves yon time — worry — money. For one thing you don't have to worry trying to meet lamp payments. Here you make monthly rent- like payments, just as you'd pay rent. When you buy or build come here for a modern mortgage. STATE BANK 1 E. STATE STREET • ALGONA • Tdl 295-2487 able to permit the developing contractors to exclude others from the use of such inventions. "This is particularly true in cases where research itself is aimed at developing commercial products to promote public health, public safety or increased productivity. "But beyond these obvious examples, we believe that the government should generally retain title to inventions produced as a result of governmental contract, and rarely, if ever, should the government agree in advance of the time when the invention is known and produced, for title to be given to the contractor." —OUR DIRTY WATER-- Ironically, one important part of the Great Society program, cleaning up American waterways, got a boost when a Congressman was tragically killed in Fourth of July accident on a North Carolina throughway. Algona (la.) Upper Des Moinei Tuesday, July 20, 1965 He was Rep. T. Ashton Thompson, D-La., who had many fine qualities. In the opinion of the big chemical companies, however, one of his finest was his opposition to cleaning up water pollution. In Thompson's district are located giant OlinMathieson Chemical Company and Hercules Powder plants. Because of them, and the opposition of other chemical and paper mills, the Congressman, a key member of the House chemical and paper mills, the Congressman, a key member of the House Public Works Committee, had managed to sidetrack the water polution bill passed by the Senate on Jan. 29 and the bill passed by the House April 28. His tactics involved states rights. The Senate bill introduced by Sen. Ed Muskie, D-Me., gives the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare the power to set up standards for the quality of water in each watershed in the nation. In other words, the Secretary of HEW, Tony Celebrezze, would have the power to decree that the Susquehanna River or Lake Erie or the Hudson must be a certain per cent pure and that no more waste or sewage could be dumped into it beyond this standard. 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