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Albert Lea Sunday Tribune (Newspaper) - March 25, 1979, Albert Lea, Minnesota Aught a thimm sunday Mardi is. 1979 Tribune opinions an assist to incumbents tha Minnesota Senate of must Hove a death wish. The majority leadership has had things its own Way tor so Long that it in t even Subtle about some of its most blatant Maneu vers. The latest Little item is a Bill sponsored by of sen. Steven Keefe of Minneapolis which would let statewide officeholders and legislators exceed Campaign spending limits even if they signed a pledge not to do so to collect Public Campaign funds. At the same time they would be released from signed pledges the incumbents would be allowed to keep Public funds while their opponents would not. Incumbents would then be Able to spend As much As they wanted. Keefe told reporters that his Bill was inspired by gov Al Quie s refusal of Public Campaign funds last year in his successful Campaign against gov. Rudy Perpich. Perpich decided to accept Public funds which limited him to a $600 too spending ceiling Quie unhampered by limits spent about $1 million twice Perpich s expenditures. Many legislative candidates used the same tactic which May have had something to do with the Independent Republican party s gains in the House of representatives and in other statewide offices. Both the House and the Senate Are up for election in 1980 and obviously the pal fears the erosion of its present 47-20 margin in the Senate. Hence the Keefe Bill which will make the reelection task of incumbent officeholders much easier. The Bill passed the Senate elections committee by a 5-3 party line vote last week. Even under the existing system incumbents have a tremendous advantage in any election. Any challenger has to spend substantial amounts of Money to gain the name recognition that the incumbent is Able to develop for free. The Del senators can do much More to assure their re election by acting responsibly and throwing out such disgusting pieces of legislation As the Keefe Bill. Berry s world Quot of god forbid our foreign enemies have their Way we would be pushed Back to Square one. A Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urging his followers in Post Shah Iran to vote for the creation of an islamic Republic. Quot and As they were going Down to the end of the Samuel sold to soul bid the servant pass on before us and he passed on but stand thou still a while that i May Shew thee the word of i Samuel 9 27 Here is the great need of our hour. Take time for his word and then share it with our world. Do you remember the sunday Tribune Quot a know son it was not too Many years ago when it was you who was after me not to Quot now. Let s see there must be another country we can Load up with sophisticated weaponry that needs our supervision Quot i 1s7i by it Quot let me put it this Way in a the United states and you re imported Oil a i m dependent on you a Netherlands Antilles Are tax Haven for foreign owners of . Farm land by Martha Angle and Robert Walters newspaper Enterprise Assn. Or an Jestad. Netherlands Antilles Nea a this Sun drenched Caribbean Island of Aruba is famed As a mid Winter vacation Retreat a but for an elite group of wealthy investors it has another far More lucrative attraction Martha Angle and Robert Walters Aruba Ami its nearby sister Island of Curacao have become Quot tax havens Quot for those who want to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in United states Farmland while evading virtually All taxes on the substantial profits they expect from the transactions. A Chain of islands situated less than 50 Miles off the coast of Venezuela at the Northern Edge of South America the Netherlands Antilles Are emerging As a major Factor in the year Long controversy Over foreign investment in americans farms Federal investigators far Albert Lea Minn. Published doily through Friday and sunday second class postage paid at Albert Leo Minnesota Send change of address notice to to 60 Albert Leo Minnesota 56007 the associated press s exclusively entitled to the use for republication of Oil local news in this newspaper As Well As All a news dispatches member newspaper Enterprise association and audit Bureau of circulation Earl k Nelson general manager James Dennis Gilgenbach. Advertising manager Bruce manager Loren Murray composing room Foreman Terry Jenson. Press room Foreman subscription rates by Carrier service p 0 to in Albert Lea City Lone one week is to including a Holiday week by Carrier service outside City Lone in Freeborn county and adjoining areas one week $1.10 including a Holiday week by mail within Freeborn and adorning counties oneyear $38. By mail Minnesota and Iowa outside trading zone one year $40. By mail All other zones $50 mail subscriptions not accepted from nearby communities where Tribune Carrier service is maintained. Mail subscriptions paid strictly in Advance your Carrier will be Happy to collect regularly on any Day you wish wednesday through saturday. Notice of your Tribune has not been delivered by 5 30 . Daily and 9 00 a m sunday please Coll your Carrier of you Are unable to reach your Carrier you May Call 373-1411 and ask for Tribune service service until 6 . And to 10 am sunday business office hours b of a m to 5 00 . Monday through Friday saturday 8 00 to 12 00 noon Borts How did they Ever figure it so that autos stall Only inbound in the mornings and outbound during the Homecoming Rush hour there a be More people flying if fewer had to stay on the ground trying to figure out the fare options before they bought tickets. Election preview men and journalists already have found numerous parcels of cropland in the United states that have been purchased by corporations chartered Here included in that category Are a Large Pecan operation in new Mexico. 25.000 acres of Georgia Farmland. 180 acres in Idaho and 650 acres of former family farms in Michigan. The most systematic recent analysis of farm ownership in the United states was conducted last year by the general accounting office Gao which dispatched Federal investigators to 25 counties in five states California. Oklahoma. Kansas Missouri and Georgia Gao officials found that less than i per cent of All agricultural land in those counties 44,716 acres was owned by foreign individuals or corporations but almost 27 per cent of that acreage was registered in the Netherlands Antilles. In California s san Joaquin Valley embracing the most productive agricultural land in America Gao investigators found three farms a of 5.100, 1,060 and 600 acres a owned by Netherlands Antilles corporations in adjoining Tulare county government officials found two similar purchases of 518 and 315 acres. In Fresno county Netherlands Antilles corporations were listed As the owners of two 160-acre farms and a third of 640 acres in Southwest Georgia 3,140 acres in Dougherty county and another 1,287 acres in adjacent Baker county were registered to in the Netherlands but Aruba s dirty Little secret according to government officials Here is that Many of the Quot foreign Quot investors actually Are american citizens who set up Dummy corporations to avoid paying United states taxes on their profits among the Netherlands Antilles inducements for such investment is a system of almost total corporate secrecy that rivals the virtually absolute privacy afforded to holders of numbered Swiss Bank accounts. The names of corporate investors Are never revealed to outsiders Quot we Don t want to know Quot says a knowledgeable govern ment official who requests that he also not be identified a these offshore corporations Are of great economic assistance to us because even though our tax is nominal they produce perhaps $50 million to $60 million in Revenue each year Quot officials Here estimate that there Are at least 400 such corporations registered on Aruba and another 4,000 on Curacao. Europeans frequently Are he principal investors but americans also Are heavily involved. They say Many of the corporations have been established to handle purely commercial transactions. But the primary Pur pose of others is to buy and sell agricultural land at a profit the result is that wealthy americans enjoy both anonymity and special tax exemptions while trading in United states cropland at prices Farmers no longer can afford untrained Marshland serves nature Well by Maude m. Koevenig too Seldom these Days do we Ever discover a scrap of undisturbed wild land a where the living natural world is concerned. Neglect and forgetfulness can often be the right course to pursue Quot Maude Koevenig firms in the Netherlands Antilles. Behind those corporate facades Are Well heeled investors from Europe Asia and latin America. Evidence already has surfaced of Swiss italian German dutch and French ownership. This applies to the few swamps and marshes left untrained. A swamp is a wet wooded area a Marsh is a wet treeless area. Eliminating the marshy shallows that Border lakes not Only diminishes lift at the Waters Edge but also the Quality of water in the Lake itself. In an article on fishing. Duane shod Cen writes in the Minnesota Volunteer Quot natural wetlands function As biological water filters Silt and sediments Settle in their shallow basins before the w Ater reaches lakes Quot nutrients Are also removed by the Lush vegetation in wetlands. Excessive nutrients especially phosphorous promote algae blooms turning Lake water a pea soup Green Quot. That is what we see in our Lake Here in summer marshes and swamp Are also extremely beneficial in flood times water gathers in their Quot reservoirs Quot where spongy heavy vegetation slows Abd holds excess rain and Snow melt where wetlands Are drained the water table is lowered in some Prairie regions of the United states it is said that the underground water table was lowered so feet during 30 years of drainage practices. Wildlife needs water just As much As we do. Roger tory Peterson reminds us that Quot a Good wet Marsh is a birder s dream of heaven More different kinds of Birds can be seen during a Day in a swamp than in any other Type of habitat Quot the botanist always finds its vegetation exciting the Hunter the trapper and the Fisherman would hate to see the marshes and swamps go for it would mean the end of much of their recreation Quot. When we were children there was a Lovely Marsh we called it a Slough along the Shell Rock River near our Home it was full of singing red winged blackbirds. Bitterns and rails All Rummer. There we found Sweet scented ferns in the bogs at a Bend of the River White water lilies bloomed their Long rubbery stems reaching far Down into the Black mud who could Ever forget How deliriously fragrant they were Thoreau said a we need the tonic of wildness to Wade sometimes in marshes where the Bittern and the Meadow Hen Lurk and hear the booming of the Jim Oliver local governmental officials spend a lot of time talking about Revenue sharing tax increment financing Bona interest rates and a wide variety of other complicated subjects. Discussions of this sort Are always impressive to hear and it is Good that our elected officials have a working knowledge of such concepts however when it comes to gathering votes there is some question of How valuable that knowledge is to the incumbent seeking re election. A recent Issue of the new Republic carried an article on politics in Chicago. Ill the Story was a commentary on the primary election defeat of mayor Michael Bilandic a product of the democratic machine created by the late mayor Richard Daley the Story went into some detail on Why Jane Byrne a former Daley protege herself was Able to defeat the machine backed incumbent. Byrne who had been disenfranchised by Bilandic after Daley s death in 1976, did t claim much credit for the Victory. Quot i did t win the election Quot she said Quot Bilandic lost the new Republic said Quot she recognized that her under financed Campaign did no to attract votes As much As Bilan Dicks blunders chased voters to her Byrne s Campaign reported raising Only around $100,000. Most of it in Loans from her and her family. Bilandic raised More than one million dollars the most visible blunders came about after record Snow and record sub Zero temperatures immobilized the City the voters kept Daley in office for 21 years because of the City a reliable Basic services such As garbage pickups Street cleaning and Public transportation As Long As the streets were clean the Public let Daley do anything else he wanted to he was reelected in 1971 and 1975 by wide margins even after scores of aldermen policemen and even a former democratic governor were put behind bars Byrness commercials used Daley a voice from an old tape calling her a one of the most competent women i know and stressing her theme til get the City working a ton years ago nearly 200 teenagers jammed City Council Chambers to request a $4,500 annual funding for the Community Center and dug out a place for Quot structured social and recreational activities for Twenty years ago the District 241 school Board approved a request to extend 1959-50 teachers contracts from april i to to so that teachers might Quot reach a better understanding of the salary thirty years ago Egil Hovey a social studies instructor at Albert Lea High school was selected to attend the United nations educational scientific and cultural organization conference held in Cleveland Ohio. Forty years ago the Junior High school dramatics club was preparing for its presentation of the one act play Quot the pampered Campaign staffers precede candidates editor s note a it s Only the Spring of 1979. You say. Well Washington is talking presidential politics and a lot of people Are working at it. Here a a look at some of the key people behind the scenes. By Dave Goldberg a new features writer Washington a Early in 1979, Edward j Mahe is 1980�?Ts in politician a Man who. The insiders say Here just might get John con ally elected president. Eddie Mahe it pronounced my scarcely resembles a stereotype of a political operative he screw Cut favors Short sleeved timeless White shirts and slightly baggy Slacks More like a Middle level aerospace Engineer circa 1962, than a Habitude of smoke filled rooms forget that there Are Only a handful of declared presidential candidates. A year before the first primary there Are people All Over the country working full time toward the 1980 Campaign some for declared candidates some for about to declare candidates and some for those in the amorphous category of take sen. Edward Kennedy perpetual candidate in waiting. Sensitive antennae were stimulated when Carl Wagner a Young Well regarded pro with ties to the nations democrats was added to Kennedy a staff. That meant Kennedy was running for president rights a heaven forbid say the Kennedy people. What will Wagner do9 Well says a Kennedy aide hell keep in touch with the political situation in the states in organized labor in party constituencies. Others done to have to be so Subtle about it. Two of 1976�?Ts heavies Are Back at it John Sears who managed Ronald Reagan a Campaign is stage managing a strategy he Hopes will win Reagan enough big name party support to ensure him the nomination before the gop convention James a. Baker Iii a Houston lawyer who managed Gerald Fords 1976 Campaign is working for George Bush at the White House Hamilton Jordan thinks regularly about 1980 Evan Dobelle the former treasurer of the democratic National committee now can talk openly about 1980 he a been named a a coordinator of president Carters re election committee. And in California Tom Quinn thinks about Jerry Browne a chances. Despite personalities and styles As disparate As Eddie Mahers aerospace look from Evan Dobelle a state depart ment style grooming the professionals have certain things in common ifs basically a Middle aged Many a game. All the top operatives Are male and few full time front liners Are Over 50. Many a Sears Quinn Dobelle a Are not yet 40. Its also a game of reputations. Sears was 1976�?Ts Genius for bringing Reagan to the Brink of unseating an incumbent president. This year some Sayer a overrated since he botched it. Those same people Call Mahe a Genius perhaps because few have heard of him. Jordan was Brilliant in 1976 for concocting the strategy that made an unknown sex Georgia governor into president. Now Carters Down and word is that Jordan can to be very Good or head make him More popular. Most political operatives say they re in it for fun although some full time consultants have made politics into a lucrative International business. Most shy away from ideological identification although few jump from one party to another Many Are sports fans and View their profession As a game. A i can sympathize with the professional athlete a says Mahe a i can feel the challenges they must depending on How he does with Connally who a not exactly an Odds on favorite for the nomination Mahe May be the meteor of political 1980. In the Spring of 1976, when Ronald Reagan was closing in on president Ford in the Delegate count it was John Patrick Sears Iii. But Reagan lost the nomination and hard Core Reagan supporters blamed Sears this year Sears no ideological hard liner is even More pragmatic willing to sacrifice part of his base on the right for the Middle. Sears a new York lawyer in 1966, was drawn to politics by his firms senior partner. Richard Nixon he showed his acumen Early predicting within one Nixon s final Delegate count at the 1968 Republican convention Sears 38, went to the White House but developed a problem there he liked reporters talked to them and associated with them in off duty hours. Sub sequently. It was disclosed that he was one of the White House staffers whose phone was ordered tapped. Sears has a full head of Gray hair that makes him look older than his 38 years laughs easily and is a master at quiet persuasion Able in a two person conversation to convert those who hold widely divergent views. Jim Baker is a Princeton graduate from Houston and he mixes the two Well a Little like the prospective candidate he manages a George Bush a texan from Connecticut. Baker Isnit a pro in the sense that Sears or Mahe Are. He likes running for office As much As managing candidates a he was the Republican candidate for Texas attorney general last fall a and he got into behind the scenes politics by Accident and at the highest level. A full time lawyer and a Bona fide member of Houston a corporate Law establishment he accepted an offer in 1975 to become undersecretary of Commerce to Rogers Morton in Early 1976, Ford named Morton to head his Campaign committee and persuaded Baker to come along and handle the Delegate head count. Then Morton stepped Down and Baker at 46 and with no previous experience in National politics found himself running the general election Campaign of the president of the United states. Baker says he likes both running and managing. A i know a lot of people who manage campaigns done to like the actual campaigning but i like meeting people. I have no trouble with that. But i also like the nuts and bolts stuff. Most candidates done to want to know about there Are signs that Carter will have at least one major rival for the democratic nomination a California gov Jerry Brown if Brown has any Success Tom Quinn May become the next a a in politician Quinn. 34, has been Browne a political alter ego for a decade and was Given credit for engineering Browne selection As governor in 1974 Short curly haired and usually smiling. Quinn is chairman of the California air resources Board and has a Good reputation among environmentalists. Unofficially. He a one of Browne a chief political advisers with a special interest in his Bossy image Quinn is considered particularly Good at coming up with symbols that will reflect Browne a politics. He is thought to have had a lot of say in the Brown s decision to live in an apartment instead of the governors mansion and drive a Plymouth instead of a limousine. This is not to say that mayor o h Hagen and the boys have carte Blanche to pull All the shenanigans they want to As Lorig As they plow the Snow in Albert Lea during the Winter but it does prove the Point that the Basic local services should be taken care of before other More sophisticated issues Are addressed. The Point being that the average voter does t particularly notice his local government unless taxes increase drastically or if the pothole in the Street in front of his House Isnit promptly filled. A a of when we become too critical of our Home area sometimes its helpful to visit someplace else. Shirley Chase who lives on Hill Haven on Albert leads West Side sent a Long a copy of a letter to the editor that appeared in the Springfield mo., Leader press Shirley got the clipping from an aunt who lives in Springfield a City of 100,000 that has three pieces of Snow removal equipment. And this year according to Shirley Springfield had Snow covering the ground after Jan i with drifts three to four feet High the letter written by mrs. Alvira Hendrickson of Hartland said a was we stopped at relatives on our Way to California i thought i would bemoan the City of Springfield residential Snow packed streets. Does no to look As if the Snow is removed at All. We bumped Over Snow and holes till we about turned and went a a we re from Minnesota and our roads freeways Side roads and residential streets Are All slowed out and Snow hauled away even in Small towns. I Hope we never have to come Here in Winter again. Come up to Minnesota and see for a of the worst joke of the week the executive was asked a do you consider yourself a yes Man a Quot certainly not Quot he replied. A when the Boss says no i say

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