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CHIT eimi - y JOE COWLEY Mail Tribune Editof To good many rural residents and farmers county government government is something vague which comes into focus once a year when taxes are due. It's seldom they receive a close look at the miraculou: inner machinery. Even less frequently do they take the time and effort to look. This latter point was obvious when only 40 people showed up for the public meeting at Shady Cove Thursday night on the home rule charter study. The charter charter study probably will move like everything else in thi: county. People will wait until the charter is formulated, then start screaming. Purpose of Thursday's meeting was to conduct a town meeting type of affair to give the farmers and rural residents residents of the Eagle Point area a chance to become acquainted with the committee members, to become familiar with the home rule charter study, to ask questions and to give the committee their ideas which could be incorporated into the charter. In other words, the committee was asking for a neighborly helping hand in make some tough decisions on how Jackson county government could be changed. The approximately 40 people who turned out seemed interested and made several suggestions which the committee carefully noted. The rest, which included a large percentage of Eagle Point area leaders, didn't bother to leave their warm stove: and TV sets. All meetings were well publicized on TV, radio and in the press. This is something vital to the entire county. But, apparently, Eagle Point area, which is noted for its community spirit, doesn't have much county spirit. Eagle Point area residents overflowed the district court room during the recent Eagle Point irrigating district trial. Perhaps similar methods should be used to awaken interest interest in the home rule charter and county government. Apparently, Apparently, residents of that area need somebody to keep jabbing at them to create a little action. To be successful, a county charter will require the interest and active participation of all of the county citizens and not just a few. Each of the home rule coommittee members has spent long hours studying piles of printed material on county government government and county charters. Several meetings on conferences conferences with county officials also were held. Then these people people spent many hours of discussion and study to fit this information together to form some tentative decisions on the basic government reorganization which many people agree is needed. Committee members asked for a helping hand from Eagle Point area residents and didn't get it. We hope they redeem themselves by attending the next in the series of meetings scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Southern Oregon college auditorium in Ashland. We have always had considerable respect for the farmers of the Eagle Point area since many of them are the agricultural agricultural and civic leaders of the county. They always seemed to have their feet planted firmly on the ground and plowed a straight furrow. We hope that furrow now hasn't become a rut. Now that the pear season is just about wound up, it's interesting interesting to note that the total estimated value of the pear crop in 1960 was $4,435,503 in the Rogue river basin, according according to the crop report and related data covering 1960 and issued by the bureau of reclamation. This figure is from reports from irrigation districts, baed on a check on packing packing house figures and statistics from shipping point inspectors, inspectors, and growers. Total value of harvested cropland and pasture under irrigation in the Rogue river basin in 1960 was $5,679,137. Total value of fruits for 1960 was set at $4,851,539. Peaches were valued at $330,945, prunes and plums $11,578, and other fruits $6,352. Total acreage of cereal crops harvested in irrigation rotation rotation was 384 acres. Total value was $15,364. This includes 271 acres of barley, 10 acres of corn, 51 acres of oats, four acres each of sorghums and rye, and 44 acres of wheat. Total Total acreage of forage crops was 11,281 with a total value of $450,848. During its report at the Rogue basin hearing in Grants Pass the Sams Valley-Beagle Valley-Beagle Valley-Beagle Water Development association suggested land irrigated in that area from the basin project would be used for specialty crops such as seed and vegetables. vegetables. Considering the harvest from all reclamation lands in 1960 vegetable crops constituted 22 per cent of the value of the harvest. And these high-value high-value high-value crops were produced on only 7.8 per cent of the irrigated cropland. The importance importance of vegetable crops has been growing-from growing-from growing-from 11.7 per cent of the total crop value in 1920 to 22.2 per cent in 1960. If local agriculture follows the national trend, this could be a significant figure. "Nursery and seed crops, which reclamation farms produce, produce, are the real foundation stones of the entire crop system," system," according to the annual report. "From these origins come the plants and seeds needed to produce crops which are resistant to pests and diseases. In 1960 these irrigated farm lands produced $9 million worth of nursery crops and $25 million worth of seeds. Most extensively grown were the legume and grass seeds for which there is a great demand demand throughout the country." in 4 Discussion continues on why food prices seem high. Of course, if the housewife would stop to analyze what comes I out 01 ner snopping oag, sne wouia una a perwmdge 01 grocery items wnicn me super-marKeis super-marKeis super-marKeis are sen nig mure u 1 these days. A Purdue university study indicated that almost j $1 out of every $5 was spent for non-food non-food non-food items by consumers . in the Indianapolis and Lafayette, Ind., areas. A USDA pamphlet released recently revealed that peo- peo- pie pay $7 5 billion a year more than in 1940 for the con- con- venience of having some of the work of food preparation 1 transferred from kitchen to factory. It states that three t .A.t tA In fnw a famil,, nf fnttr but could be prepared at home for $1.80 less. But, it would take the cook four hours to do her own preparation instead of using the pre-cooked pre-cooked pre-cooked meals. I I Along the same line, the University of Idaho puts out ; an interesting pamphlet. It points out there are exceptions ! to the rule that ready-to-serve ready-to-serve ready-to-serve ready-to-serve ready-to-serve food is more expensive. In I 1958, the USDA discovered that the difference in consumer ! price between 63 convex nee foods and the same foods in ; less processed form was less than 1 per cent. Or. on $100 j worth of groceries the average homemaker was adding only ; 61 cents to cover the cost of this built-in built-in built-in maid service. ! Foods included in the study were packaged frozen-ground frozen-ground frozen-ground beef patties, cut-up cut-up cut-up ready-to-fry ready-to-fry ready-to-fry ready-to-fry ready-to-fry chicken, frozen pre-cooked pre-cooked pre-cooked IS sausage, breaded ready-to-fry ready-to-fry ready-to-fry ready-to-fry ready-to-fry shrimp, instant coffee, frozen j french-fried french-fried french-fried potatoes, frozen chopped spinach, frozen orange j juice concentrates, cake, cooky, biscuit and pie crust mixes. "The only true way to know which is the better buy Is to compare the costs and quality of the homemade and I commercially packaged item," the pamphlet stated. News note The Mexican-bTacero Mexican-bTacero Mexican-bTacero may be excluded from a new California state law which provides disability insurance for farm workers. The state is supporting a proposed re-1 re-1 re-1 vision of the federal bracero law that would prevent the Mexican national from collecting benefits. The new Californialaw-provides Californialaw-provides Californialaw-provides farm workers will , fol-begin paving 1 per cent of their wages on Oct. 1. making i them eligible in Mav for insurance benefits up to a maximum of $70 a week if they are unable to work because of illness or iniurv. - The California employm.y director saidit would ever-Infusible to administer the law to include lcero. They O) not have social security numbers for one thing and it : would cost the state $90,000 a year to provide such num- num- bers for the 100,000 braceros who come to California jch 11 qI year.