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MMT 14 Feb 61 pg 8 - MEDFORD the the the is the his 15- of B. L....
MEDFORD the the the is the his 15- of B. L. -CHIT -CHIT CHAT- CHAT- By JOE COWLEY . Mail Tribune arm Editor Well, you read it! The water supply forecast for the new irrigation season doesn't look too promising does it? That applies to the Rogue valley, state and nation. L The population pressure here and elsewhere makes this water shortage a major issue. Remember, it takes 20 to 30 gallons of water to wash your clothes or take a shower Industry needs 25 gallons of water to turn out a pound of paper, ua.uuu gallons cor a ton of steel. Some experts believe the additional water will come from eliminating or cutting pollution of streams and rivers, from better methods of re-using re-using re-using water and even from rain making. water-soluble National legislation has been proposed by Rep. Edith Green (Dem.-Ore.) (Dem.-Ore.) (Dem.-Ore.) This would expand pollution control activities activities and would include establishment of a federal water pollution laboratory in the Pacific Northwest. One of a series of such laboratories might be set up at Oregon State college. The Green bill would establish a pollution control ad ministration in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. It would increase present sewage treatment con struction grants from ?5 million to $125 million a year. Speaking of stream pollution, we have yet to hear from the state sanitation authority on the Bear Creek report re ferred to it last year. Perhaps the authority wishes to make its own investigation, which would be a good idea. The fruit industry was particularly critical of the report, saying it was too cursory. The report charged that spray chemicals were polluting the creek and waste water from canneries was poured into the creek without proper filtering. A bill affecting another type of pollution, air pollution, is before the state legislature. This is supposed to put teeth into existing state regulations. The pear growers here so far are ahead of schedule in replacing their open-burning open-burning open-burning orchard heaters with the newer types. It would be a kick in the teeth if growers suddenly were forced to replace all of their open type heaters. County Judge Earl Miller emphasized during his speech before the lumber industry Friday that the growers are replacing their heaters as rapidly as economically feasible. They should not be forced to do so if they can't afford it, he said. What with pear decline and other pressing problems, they can't, but they are still doing it. The fruit industry here Is also watching carefully the attempted unionizing of fruit and vegetable pickers in Cali fornia. Until Feb. 9 there was no violence. Both labor and growers were careful to avoid it. However, according according to reports, on Feb. 9 striking domestic workers invaded an Imperial valley labor camp for Mexicans and started a brawl that injured four persons and led to the arrest of 38 demonstrators. This was in the lettuce fields, The arrest part of this Is what interested us. The sheriff there said about 50 domestic workers invaded a Mexican National labor camp. A lettuce grower's son, a camp cook and two braceros were cut and bruised in the fight. The invaders overturned beds and scattered the Mexicans' belongings, belongings, the report stated. Apparently, the sheriff and his men acted quickly and efficiently to jail this group and halt any further violence. If the same thing were to occur at the labor camp out by the airport, could Sheriff Joe Walsh and his men do the same thing? Not with the present number of deputies. As efficient efficient as the deputies are, there are only enough to maintain minimum patrols in this county. Even the sheriff's reserves lack sufficient numbers. Hand ling labor riots involves special techniques requiring lots and lots of men. They must be trained so they know when not to use their guns. This is county budget time-the time-the time-the time when the countv budget committee reduces or adds personnel per departmental departmental requests. Local fruitgrowers may wish they had Lyn Newbry still on the county budget committee instead of in the state senate. Jf fruitgrowers feel they need possible future additional protection for their labor camp and orchards, orchards, they had better make their wants known soon. As the editor of the California Farmer wrote us. this is not the time to be complacent about the activities of the Agricultural Workers Organizing committee. If AWOC is able to got organized in California, it will be in Oregon next, lie wrote. And he didn t say it is unlikely. As for the Teamsters denying plans for a joint operation in Oregon. mey nave denied many, many things in the past, but that ' awn t make them untrue. It might be much more satis factory for both pickers and the fruit industry to have an open mass meeting. It would at least give the growers a propaganda advantage. , Incidentally, 526 braceros were requested removed from the camp at which the brawl occurred. Also federal labor officials ordered 600 braceros removed from 17 lettuce ranches which have been struck. Lettuce is a highly per ishable crop sold on a rapidly changing market. So this must have really hurt. This labor hassle threatens a large proportion of a $21 million lettuce crop, California observers report. and success head feet nose. crop cent. 150 England up suggests that on save to early ewes is the ewes gently. filled shavings. be experts ewe she letting and of Some hours relaxation. are early the they days be judge the about As away little. Not long ago, one of the big voices in the pear industry commented on the ever-critical ever-critical ever-critical picker problem and dissatis faction voiced by pickers and asked. Just what more can we do?" California farmers seem to be actively answering that question. They are considering improving both on and off farm housing, providing special educational opportunities for farm workers and their children and will try to provide voluntary medical and hospitalization insurance for their workers. Health, accident and life Insurance programs are planned. Some commodity groups are setting up new incentive incentive pay plans to regard the better workers. "If agriculture can eliminate the winos and bums that never have done a good day's work in their lives, if they can set up incentive pay systems that insure the maximum amount of work done with the minimum number of workers, workers, if they can provide a few extras for the health and comfort of all workers, then these workers will not cost as much in the long run as it costs to constantly hire and fire a bunch of misfits," according to an editorial in the California Farmer. And this from a publication which has militanlly supported the grower! where have we heard these words before? Timber is rapidly becoming an indispensable crop to this county. It pays 50 per cent of the costs of our county government and much of our local schools' costs. Now tile various lumber firms here are reported to be in serious economic straits. So, why not a scries of local clinics in which lumber manufacturers could pool their problems and possible solutions? We have heard it said that the county court doesn't rep resent the rural people enough. Tain't so. The piior ad ministration was so rural-minded rural-minded rural-minded that the only way it could be sold computers and liRc equipment was for the salesman lo compare it with the purchase of farm equipment. We don't know how you can compare office equipment with a comoinc, out It seems lo nave ocen euccuve. 1 1

Clipped from Medford Mail Tribune14 Feb 1961, TuePage 8

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon)14 Feb 1961, TuePage 8
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