Austin Herald Pot Pourri
4 AUSTIN (Minn.) HERALD Thursday, Jan. 15, '59 POT POURRI BY ALL odds, Rochester has had the most spectacular industrial growth of any Minnesota community during the past year, with acquisition of the IBM plant. jAnd it probably stands'in Minnesota as 1958's most-envied com munity. But the gravy train never runs without some bumps and jolts. And Rochester is no exception. | For sudden growth is not without I pains. To keep streets and other facil ities up to the city's growth, R> chester is floating some 3',4 million in bonds. Huge outlays arc also being made for schools to take care of the suddenly Increas ed enrollment. We have heard Rochester residents complain about the fast-rising costs of homes, and other inflationary factors inspired by growth. There has also been some complaint by Rochester busi ness men over loss of some of their best employes to the new industry. The population increase, we are told, have Increased prob lems of crime and delinquency. But the thing that surprised us most is that even though Rochester's employment gained 1,055 in 1058, she also had a very substan- ial increase in unemployment. Unemployment payments in 1958 were $657,000 as compared with $355,754 for 1957, an increase of 84.6 per cent. We mention these things not with the idea of questioning the benefits of growth and progress. They are as good as they have always been reputed. After Rochester has solved problems that come from growing pains, she will be a stronger and better community because of them. Obviously, Austin, and possibly most any community, would like to have a large new plant, such as IBM. The only reason we speak of some of the problems confronting Rochester is that there is a tendency to look toward the Clinic City with a feeling that, with acquisition of a fine new industry, it is sailing into the wild blue yonder without a care in the world. This isn't entirely so. All cities have their problems. It's the struggling and solving of problems that makes good communities. A NOTE from the Austin Retriever Club tells us that the organization will hold its annual banquet at the Elk's Club Saturday night. But it adds that no "retrievers" will be allowed at the banquet. No dogs, only the dogs' masters. But anyone, member or non-member, who is interested in dogs as pets or for hunting, is cordially invited. Persons interested in tickets or more information may contact Nobby Erickson or John Howley. SENATOR SOAPER says there is naturally a lot of confusion about outer space, since the only people who really understand it are about 10 years old and busy with school, Cub Scouts and piano lessons. FAMOUS QUOTE: All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke. TO RUN your car 10,000 miles this year, it will cost $1,078 for gas, oil, insurance, repairs and depreciation, according to the American Automobile Association. That calculaion is based on fairly new, lower-priced cars. BEFORE THE year is out, there will likely be another boost in gas taxes - A one-cent increase in the present three-cent federal gas tax, is being proposed. There is also discussion in Minnesota about adding another cent to the present five-cent gas tax. Since the total tax at present amounts to eight cents a gallon, an addition of two cents would increase the gasoline levy by about 20 per cent. Gasoline isn't as large a facloi in operating an auto, as are some other items. But it is the cos motorists talk most about, with miles per gallon the favorite sub I ject. Since foreign-made cars have . i i« >> i • i ' .. a reputation for high gas mileage any boost in the gas tax wouk cause increased problems foi American auto manufacturers. A HIGH school in Brooklyn de cided that even though he h a c never given medals to anyone the situation this time warranted E break in precedent. It gave a golc medal to one of its 15-year-olc students, Bobby Fischer. No one said he didn't deserve it. For Bobby had just won t h e United States chess championship for the second year in a row. Ami last year he won the right to compete with the world's chess greats in a competition to decide who will j challenge the present world chain- pion next year. He is one of many American youngsters in fields where brains reign supreme. HAPPINESS is defined as something the Constitution guarantees you the pursuit of. MORE RAPID RECOVERY DBS MOINES tfi - Children stricken with scarlet fever these days recover more rapidly now due to antibiotics, the State Health Department said Wednesday. As a result Uje isolation period at home has been cut from two weeks to ont week, the department said.!