The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 11, 1966 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, June 11, 1966
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Those Sweetest Words "You have everything herel" These words, the sweetest ever to fall on the collective and highly-sensitive ears of any industrial development committee anywhere, were heard by Blytheville Chamber of Commerce's Industrial Committee yesterday as they stood with a prospect on the Chamber's now-within-reach industrial park on East Highway 18. From his vantage point at the site, the prospect could look northeast and see the hangars of Blytheville's growing municipal airport. He could turn south and see a switch engine chugging along Frisco's tracks. He could turn east and see traffic moving over Interstate 55 and the commercial development at the 18-55 interchange. Arkansas-Missouri Power Company's lines were overhead and, out there a bit, was Arkansas-Louisiana Gas Com- pany's huge Industrial gas Hn« ("cheapest industrial natural gas rates in America"). The Mississippi River rolled along just six miles down the road. The Chamber has no idea whether or not this particular prospect will steer his industry to Blytheville. It is certain however he liked what he saw. One observer, whose knowledge of industrial development is considerably deeper than superficial, predicted that Blytheville's 151-acre industrial site will be completely occupied within "five or six years." These are some of the reasons the Chamber is enthusiastic about the site and why it is seeking to press toward meeting its goal to complete arrangements for purchase and development of the site. A Flattering Myth Although one of the old myths of public discernment is flattering as it can be to newspaper journalism, it is none the less false. That is the premise that if it isn't published in the newspaper it didn't happen. In answer to phone calls and letters, we feel constained to report that: 1. Walker Park pool is open; and 2. Eed Cross swimming classes will begin there next week. Although it is true that members of the Negro community here are among our most careful readers, it does not follow that they also are deaf and blind when it comes to knowing what is going on in such a large and public place as Walker Park. meditations— "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and acknowledge shall increase."—Daniel 12:4. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is doomsday.—Ralph Emerson, essayist. ^5> JACOBY ON BRIDGE otnv Here Is in unuffrt type of bridge problem. The game was duplicate and South had no trouble making exactly three no- trump (or a top score. It seemi that at every other table, North made the same spade overcall and for some reason or other South simply raised his partner In spades. Four spades would be a wrap- up with South as declarer but when East was on lead he opened the ten of diamonds and the defense collected three diamonds and one club with no trouble at all. South was Mike Thomas of Kansas City. Mike would be one of our top players '' his duties with National Steel allowed him to play a lot of bridge. Still he does mighty well when he gets to play. 75 Years Ago -In Blythevillt The fifth birthday of Patricia Jean Walters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Walters, was observed Saturday with an al fresco party for 30 guests at the Jay cee playground. Mr. and Mrs. Newell Brigliam of Columbus, Miss., have arrived to accompany their daughter, Lee, home. She has been spending the past two weeks with her grandmother, Mrs. W. C. Leggett. Mr. and Mrs. T. I. Seay and Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Ellis spent the weekend at Norfork Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Morris and grandson, Johnny Mister, spent the weekend in H e b e r Springs. notm u *KQ10>4 VAKS 4>»5« #»» 0» «A» VQUIfl $J»T6I «iot *10.TM MOTH • KT1 XuUVtat vulnerable fftet North But Berth It 1* FM 2* PaW 2«J F*« JN.T. tut Put Faa Opening le«d— V t North was Priscilla Thomas. Priscilla '.s learning bridge and, as both Jacobys can tell you, in the process of teaching a wife to play bridge the husband takes considerable control : i the bidding and tends to work the play around to his hand whenever possible. Mike's bidding "fas brilliant. He could count six spade tricks as a no - trump declarer. He had found out that his partner had something in hearts. He was looking at that king of diamonds and knew '.hat if he raised spades, East would lead through it. The result was as good as anyone can hope for. A top score is always a top score. So our problem is: Would Mike have bid the same way The really noteworthy feature of the hand is the remark by Priscilla as Mike played his sixth spade. She asked: "Would you have raised me with seven of my suit?" Strictly a Matter of Opinion «/ JL Daily Dunklin Democrat Kennett, Mo. What's the future of small towns and cities in the Boot- heel? That question, particularly as it relates to the Bootheel's neighbor to the south, Osceola, Arkansas, is discussed in considerable detail in a two-part series in this weekend's edition of Missouri Weekly. A staff writer for the National Observer, a publication of the Wall Street Journal, put Osceola and its citizens under a journalistic microscope and came up with some observations and conclusions that strike very close to home. And well they should, since Osceola, like the Bootheel, is located in the Mid-South, and has many of the geographical, economic and social characteristics of communities in this area. The similarity between Osceola and small cities in the Boot- heel does not «d there. For example, Osceola has been enjoying a population increase, although the county as a whole has sustained a large drop in nett, Maiden, Caruthersville, Hayti, Poplar Bluff, Sikeston and Dexter are most striking. Like Bootheel communities, Osceola has sought to secure new Industry. On the whole, the Northeast Arkansas community more successful than its Boot- heel counterparts. But despite this success, Osceola's growth Bootheel. With the similarities recognized, it is interesting to note that Osceola is now giving considerable attention to the development of a Mississippi River port, an asset that can be expected to give it a trump card in securing additional Industry. This emphasis on port * o—•— uuauj". LUIS ciu^uaaia uu yun has been at the expense of its facilities has been sadly neglect- neighboring villages and hamlets. This, too, sounds familiar, as Osceola's leaders begin to recognize the problems of area as well as local development. Life in Osceola, like life in the Bootheel, is far more pleasant than in the crowded, teeming urban areas. Smaller communities offer a more pleasant way of life, even if they are faulted in job opportunities. As one Osceola leader is quoted as saying, "There aren't enough jobs to keep the good people here," despite the luxury of a pleasant, often unhurried existence. Most civic leaders of Osceola, like most in the Boothell, recognize the importance el progress, meeting shifting challenges, working to open new job opportunities. Despite this recognition, there are still t h o s e .the past decade. The similarity, I who defend the status quo, just then, between Osceola and Ken- 1 as their counterpartd do in the Marked Tree Tribune We came across what struck I benefited commissioners us as a rather curious defense! TH, wa , , h(l _!.;„»,..for voting for the now contro- 3 ™ ™ ° bjectlon versial Act 148 of the 1965 General Assembly in the Jonesboro Sun last Friday. Act 148 created that retirement system for Quasi - Judicial Commissioners that has been much discussed in recent weeks since it was revealed commissioners with such brief terms of service were entitled under its 'provisions to not only generous pensions but to begin drawing a. portion of that money before •full retirement. Three Craighead County legislators paid for an advertisement in the Jonesboro paper to make a statement about their having voted for the act and call attention to several points -related to the act. They stated that they had been "Misinformed or rather uninformed" on the fact that the act had a provision that seemed tailored to the immediate benefit of two or three people. They point out, though, that "not one dime of state taxes" Is involved in that pension plan. We do not remember that it has ever been charged that state taxes were involved in the plan. One of the objections to It was not that taxes were involved but rather funds supplied by,the segments of private business to be regulated by the pension' ftat made the defense of these legislators seem so curious to us for they rest heavily on the fact that not one of the businesses that underwrite the pension plan objected these include insurance companies, public utilities and common carriers all of which are subject to regulation by the commissions for which the pension plan was established. We ars aware of the fact that It has become a practice across the years for segments of private enterprise subject to state regulation to bear most of the expenses involved in administrative costs of that regulation. Necessary as this may be, it Is a practice fraught with inherent danger to fair and Impartial administration of the law We see this misbegotten pension plan as just such a danger. One would think that the elected representatives of the people would be the first to see this. Taxes may not be involved here — but taxpayers money Is In a very vital way, for when the costs of a business increase the cost to the consumer or service recipient Is usually upped to meet that Increase. Allowed to stand as it is, that pension plan will eventually hit the taxpayers pocket one way or the other. ed in the Bootheel, although there are welcome stirrings in Caruthersville and New Madrid. But the major problem facing Osceola — and certainly the major problem facing the Boot- heel — is the development of not only one community located within a major cotton.producing county, but the development of the entire area itself. It is safe to say that Osceola, like the Bootheel can secure local progress without ever meeting the greater challenge of county - wide and region - wide development. This is the chilling thought experienced by so many civic leaders, chambers of commerce and civic clubs: progress at the local level does not automatically mean progress on the area level. Indeed, there are some instances in which progress at the local level will, in effect, impete progress elsewhere. This newspaper has pointed to the re-establishment of the Missouri Delta Development Comission as one method of securing region - wide develop- last week at the age of 98: He resigned his position as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when his powers began to fail not very noticeably. Voluntarily giving up a position of importance before one redally has to is something few men and fewer politicians are capable of. He entered the United States Senate when he was 70 years old and proceeded to spend the next 24 years — from 1937 to 1961 - there. He was the oldest member ever to serve in Congress. (And if memory serves, he still held his commission as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army af the time; he had recesived it in the Spanish - American War.) He accepted being labeled, another rare quality in politicians. Oftentimes the most predictable party-lining of that occupational group are the ones most likely to describe themselvess as un- predicatble non - conformists. Mr. Green called himself a Roosevelt New Dealer — "unless there's a stronger term." The way he dressed — Senator Green was given to rich fabrics and billowy, breastpocket handerchiefs. They complemented his generous nose, gen- erouser moustache and modest pince-nez. The way he, though the most partisan of Democrats, supported the Eisenhower Administration's foreign policy in the spirit ment. The difficulty with this O f bipartisan unity. And the way JUJPnPV hfturmrat* t*acta nnt ae IMMIIMMMIIIIIIM iiiNiiiMiiiiiiitniiriilrilrlMillilllllllllllllllllMlttl! agency, however, rests not as he never made much fuss about it. much with its limited its goals as with representation. Indeed, there is danger that MD- DC could fail not because of lack of purpose but because of inadequate enthusiasm and a built-in inadequacy of local participation. Small towns and cities throughout the nation now afind themselves struggling to keep alive not because they lack resources and certain advantages but because they lacked, two and three decades ago, the foresight to made deqeute preparation for a changing agricultural economy. It was this lack of planning in the 1940's and 1950's — this complete satisfaction with the status quo — that precipitated many of today's problems, both civic and agricultur- There are lessons to be learned from this detailed analysis of Osceola. Perhaps the greatest lesson of all, however, is the danger of inadequate planning for the future. From t h e outsider's view, this Inadequacy is all too evident in Osceola; we wonder if it isn't just as obvious in the Bootheel? Pine Bluff Commercial Things we liked about Theodore Francis Green, who died »iiiinii«!iiniii,« The way he partied — he was a superb dancer, particularly in his late 80s. He kept it up even when he began to get absentminded. At one gathering, his hostess caught him peeking into the little black memo book he carried with him. "Are you checking to see where you go next?" she asked, knowing his busy evening schedule. "Oh, no," he assured her. "I'm check ing to see where I am now." The way he felt about automobiles :He used to make the rounds of the parties in Washington attired in formal dress and traveling via trolley car. After thoroughly embarrassing his aides by hitching rides for campaign appearances (tie would arrive at the most fashionable places in the most dilapidated vehicles) the senator at last gave in to the importunities of his aides with the words: 'Oh, all right. Go out and buy me one of the things." He seldom used It and steadfastly re- ftisetf to (ftlve ft. Then Pie RSQ ft mounted on blocks in the carriage house behind his mansion, in the way one would lock up a dangerous weapon. He once said that if he were hit by an automobile, he would like 'to be carried into court on a stretcher and with my last breath make a dramatic plea for traffic safety." (He was inclined to talk the way he dressed.) '••Ililllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllffl^ BERRY'S WORLD And, finally, his explanation for remaining a life - long bachelor, an examination that is now widely recognized as the World's Second Place performance in that field (First Place Honors go, of course, to Frances Robert Schuman, the foreign minister after whom a forerunner of the Common Market, the Schuman Plan, is named. M. Schuman used to explain that he had remained a bachelor because he was looking for the perfect woman. "And you never found her?" people would ask. "Oh, no," he would reply. "I found her, but she was looking for the perfect man."). "I wait impatiently for each Leap Year" Senator Green would .explain. "When it arrives my hopes are high that somebody will speak for me. Then nothing happens, and hope begins to fade." Caruthersville Journal Caruthersville, Mo. The announcement this week that vegetable crops would be ieasible in Missouri's Delta area might have been encouraging to some but from our vantage point and the little Information that the other news media provided it certainly doesn't provide cause for the area residents to jump up and kick their heels together. The Economic Development Agency threw out several figures indicating increased profits for the farmers and the potential of the processing facilities. We hope to hear more about it but from the reports of the past week we would not encourage any extensive experimentation on the part of the farmers. For the seven county area, Hie EDA stated there would be an increased profit of $75,000 for the farmers — when you realize the value of crops run into millions of dollars, this is not much incentive for experimenting. The processing and freezing plants would hire about 200 people.the study showed, but it makes no mention of how many people now employed by t h e gins, compresses and other: cotton related work would end I up unemployed. These are things that must also be considered before any steps are taken in changing the crop by area farmers. There are not many who realize the economic situation of Southeast Missouri who can deny the fact that some steps must be taken to strengthen it but they will have to be concrete steps and not those taken in a fog of uncertainty. Either the cotton market must be bolstered or a good substitute found. On the strength of what has been made public thus far we must remain loyal servants o f King Cotton, despite the fsct that industry Is growing and other crops are under study, cotton and soybeans remain the basis of our economy and their markets and be protected and expanded. The Arkansas Statesman Published by Governor Faubus Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kenneth S. Sulcer of Osceola waited more t h a n a year to speak out against Act 148 of 1985, the pension plan for members of the state's three quasi - judicial commissions. Now that he wants to leap from the office of Mississippi county St. Louis Globe-Democrat , « MM •> NCA. he, "ThJnss court/ be worse—it* you were 0 pensioner, yoi/rf Gov. Orval E. Faubus Is concluding an unprecedented term as governor of Arkansas and is not seeking re-election to that office. Orval Faubus' contributions to Arkansas are perfectly monumental. Be herculean efforts, he has roused it from a lethargic state, falling vastly behind the national growth pattern, to a progressive state which encourages new industries, new jobs and new opportunities for its people. Arkansas has progressed more relatively, with perhaps fewer natural advantages, than many of the larger states of the union. It owes, in large measure, its growth to the vision and practical idealism of Gov. Faubus. We hope that the governor will not now retire to the shadows and that he will not be lost to the public life of his state •IIIIIBIilll^ or nation. We hope, most especially, that he will seek the seat held by Sen. Fulbrignt which comes up for election hi 1968. If he does, we predict that he will be overwhelmingly elected and will serve many successful terms in the Senate. This would have the double advantage of bringing a topflight man to Washington and retiring from the national scene a disgracefully bad senator whose mental processes seem to have slipped a cog, to the extent that he now has a compulsion to downgrade h i s country and to give, by virtue of his high position, Inestimable aid and comfort to his country's enemies. As senator, Orval Faubus would be pro - American and pro-Arkansas. We predict that in this career, he will continue to live up to this high promise. representative to governor, the Act suddenly becomes one of the most controversial matters of all time. The Act passed the House 5422 and the Senate 284. Mr. Sulcer, one of the three Mississippi county representatives, was or governor he wants a special shown on the roll call as absent or not voting. Now that he is campaigning for governor he wants a special session called to repeal the Act. Apparently he is still absent and not voting. When he was reminded that the House chamber was undergoing a remodeling and won't be ready for a session until after July 1, Mr. Sulcer said both houses could use the Senate, because it won't take long. The Senate chamber also is undergoing remodeling and won't be finished until after the House. It would appear If the Act passed by the 1965 General Assembly is as bad as Mr. Sulcer claims, he would have spoken out during the time the bill was considered cr Immedattly after it was passed instead of waiting for many months. For the record, Mr. Sulcer says he was ill when the vote took place in the House last year. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii WRONG THESIS LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) A University of Wyoming psychology graduate student, Kent Anger of Kensington, Md., is doing his master's thesis on rats running mazes and their reactions to receiving awards. He obtained 48 white male rats to carry out his experiments — then found out too late that he was allergic to rats. Blytheville (Ark 1 Courier News Page Four Saturday, June 11, 1968 THE Bl.VTHtVntl COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. B. W. RAINES. PUBLISHES HARRY A. lUINRS mutant PublUhrr-Gdllot PAUL D. HUMAN Advertising Manage* Soh National Advertlstnt Representative Wallace Wltnwr Co. New tor*. —.Icago. Ditroit Atlanta. MemphU Second-class postage paltf at Blvttietllle Ark. Member of the Associated Pnu • SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier In the cltj of Blytht- vllle 01 anj suburban town whet* carrier service Is maintained 15* iief week. $1.50 per month. B; nail within • radlni of M mllti. J8.00 per year HM for t|» months. $3.09 for three montni, «y mall, outside so mile radlni $"•<* pw KM na»nle In advane*. Mall lubicrtptfons art not accepted In towni mad eltlei when The Courier News carrier semet if maintained Mall lubierlptloni are IB NOTE: m« courier imn uiunea no rcqranilhmt* far photo«rapha nunnscrlptt. enjrarlnr! or m«t« left with It for rmislhlt potUMtloB.

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