Congressman Carter Manasco Feb. 15, 1945
at open any Dr. be Sun- by the Dr. At is meet under fellowship, at Ragland, as is, which A History." for the of ev- to Lord God resolving and a to any sinned- re' A Letter From Cong. Â· Carter Manasco ri Mr. J. R. Rosson, Editor, The Cullman Democrat, Cullman, Alabama. * Dear Bob: I have read with great interest your editorial of February 8 commenting on Federal expenditures the State of Alabama since the start of the war. You credit with having secured millions of dollars in Federal war expenditures for my District, but, insofar as know, not a dollar has been + cated to Cullman County. Of course, the official report probably not show the breakdown of expenditures and the name of the person or corporation holding the Government contract. If it you would see the part expended Walker County was for textiles produced in the county's two textile mills, for coal, and for shell boxes produced in plants privately financed and in operation the war came on. You would that the contracts were secured without any political pressure. Franklin County will be high the list in my District. When war came on, the Rockwood Quarry had to close. The owner that quarry secured a contract the manufacture of 155 millimeter shells. He did this without political assistance. I admit I did in the expedition of securing priority for a machine necessary in manufacture of these shells; but have assisted every person who requested my assistance, whether war contractor, merchant, farmer, or manufacturer, in having priority applications expedited. There are also cotton mills in Russellville, Haley, Winfield, Fayette, and Aliceville that are 100% engaged in producing textiles for the war effort. These mills are owned by private capital, and a large percentage of the Government expenditures reflected in the counties in which these towns will be shown to have been expended for textiles. i Cullman is the leading agricultural county in the State of Alabama. Your great county produced more cotton than five other counties in my District. You produced thousands of bushels of potatoes, r thousands of crates of stra:wber- ' % ' Â· " - * " * ries, large quantities Â·"Â·' of beans,' Â· cornj and other food products. These .products have- contribyted much, toward winning: the war coal, shells, and textiles have contributed -in the other counties. * My record will show that I 4 done everything in my power to see that the producers of food fiber receive a fair price for t commodities. The cotton farmers know that I led 1 the right in the House to raise the commodity rate on cotton which resulted in increase of $5.00 per bale. This figure will not be reflected in allocation of Federal expenditures. I believe I am safe in saying that, the per capita cash income for Cullman County is second to Walker in my District, and would lead if it were not for . wartime demand for coal. Cullman is a great, progressive county. have a live Chamber of Commerce, and have not failed to get go after. War plants are not placed to suit the whims of politicians. After the experts select the sites, many politicians like to claim for the location of the plants- If happens to be "a plant that a drag on the local community be obnoxious to the local citizens, I doubt if you see any politician claiming credit for the location. Don't get the idea from the foregoing that I resented 1 your editorial; but^I do want you to the true picture. Every statement made herein can be verified. With every good wish, I am Sincerely yours, CARTER MANASCO.