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First Things First at Second " Modestly, so not too many will notice, we'd like to utter a few buz- zahs for Police Chief George Ford who hud the temerity to suggest, at Tuesday evening's meeting of City Council, tluit traffic just may not be moving quite as well as it should on Second Street. In our own quietly efficient way, we had confirmed some suspicions that all •was not well on Second Street, one block either side of Main. In a rather "teen bit of newspaper investigative work, we found traffic on North Second ^backing up to the Walnut Street inter, section at such low-key hours as 1:85 oh Tuesday afternoon; 10:15 a.m. on •Friday and 2:40 p.m. on Thursday. From this juncture, it was merely a matter of deduction, simple deductidn: old Second wasn't carrying its Share of the load. At fault of course is the left turn •privilege at Main and drivers who, when turning left, stay in the right hand lane, behind the pedestrian cross.' walk. Traffic must be clear all the way to Lutes Corner t6 enable a car to turn : left from this position. Chief Ford is leftist only to the extant that he believes in what some may gee as a basic Amrican freedom to turn ; left onto Main. Of course, our position always has been freedom last on this Issue and we have campaigned against this mobilized Chinese fire drill which takes place daily at Main and Second A; Chief Ford argues with some logic that many motorists want to turn left and that enforcement at the intersection would be a difficult thing. As a matter of fact, the city would have angry motorists on its hands during ; the breaking-in period. Our argument ii that the traffit problem has grown so acute that motor* ists must no longer be left to their own 'evices, but their routM, their turns, must be plotted, so M to wove the most traffic the best. In this, evidently, Chief Fdrd concurs. Tuesday night he told Council it may be necessary to designate one- way streets in downtown Blytheville. Further, he asked that he be authorized to proceed with traffic studies which would indicate the best way of dealing with the Second Street and other problems. There seemed to be a murmer of assent in the Council's chambers. Shortly, it may be hoped, the Chief will be able to offer recommendations on downtown traffic. Those Council members who are not attentive to this report should be sentenced to six round-trips on Second street at high noon (or low 5 p.m.). meditations— "I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."-John 8:26. * * * The Grand old Book of God still stands, and, this old earth, the more its leaves are turned over and pondered, the more it will sustain and illustrate the sacred Word.—James Dwight Dana, American geologist. FRIEND of ours has his doubts about equality under the law. He says no one seems to care if a banker writes a bad poem, but when a poet writes a bad check they put him in jail-Carlsbad (N.M.) Current-Argus. JACOBY ON BRIDGE "LOOKS UK.E A LONG, HOT SUMMER.* In eur column we have occasionally reviewed hands played by the late George Reith, one of the few older genration auction playrs who wag able to become at great at contract u in the earlier game. His oldest son, Rear Adm. George Reith, U.S.N. retired, writes us occasionally. Today he commend on our hand of April 90. When played some 30 years ago each declarer in a team match played at six spades. South started ace of hearts, ace of diamonds, king of diamonds and came to a halt when West trumped the king. One West led the queen of hearts, whereupon his opponnt made the rest of th tricks by means of a three- suit squeeze. The other West shifted to a club, broke up the squeeze and get the contract. Gorge points out that there is a way to make seven against that original heart lead. Of course, it does require knowledge of the location of all the cards but such an Interesting play is worth repeating the hand. South wins the heart lead and plays a spade to dummy's queen. Then he plays his ace and king of diamonds, ruffs a diamond with dummy's deuce of trumps, ruffs back to bis hand with a heart and runs off all his trumps. This play leads to the same squeeze that developed when West ruffed the diamond king and led a second heart. On the last trump lead West must hold on to the jack of hearts and can't keep his king of clubs guarded. Then the ten of hearts is thrown from dummy «o mat dummy retains the ace and jack of clubs. Now East NORTH V 107852 #AJT« II west 410 VKQJ98 .. • 10 *<3Jre«si + K109841 #QS SOUTH (D) 4.AK9875* VA «AK9« *3 Both vulnerable We*t North EM! Sooth 2* 3* Dble Pus 3* Pass 4* ?«« 4N.T. Past 54> Pass 04 Pass Pass Pass Opening IMd— V K must unguard his queen of clubs to hang on to a diamond. "Welcome aboard, Admiral." "~~ nO. BLYtMBVliZs COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. B. W. IIA1NES PUBLISHES! HARRY A. HAINKS Aislstant Publlshrr-Edltol PAUL D. HUMAN AdvertUlnl >|UI(M Sol; National AdfertUIni Representatln Wallace Wltmer Co. New fork. "Mcajo. Dttrolt. Atlanta. Memphlt Ucond-elail postaM paid at Blrtnevllle Ark. Member of the Associated Pnta SUBSCRIPTION RATES B; carrier In the city of Hlrtnt- Tllle or an; tuburban town when carrier serrlce !• maintained Mt ye* week. 11.30 per month. B; mall within a radial el W miles, ti.au per rear 15,00 tor ill months, $3.00 tor three montBi, bT mill, outside 50 mile radius 111.00 per rear nivahie In adTanct. Man inscriptions »re not accepted In towni and. cities where Tot Courier News carrier lertlet U maintained. Mall luDienpUODj tn payable In adTanct. NOTE: Tne courier News assume! no responsibility tor photOKraplti manuscripts engrarlngs or mat* ielt wltb U for possible publlcatit-a. Strictly a Matter of Opinion • 9r Democrat-Argus -' Carnthersvule, Mo. "During the years between ^959 rod 1964, Pemiscot County lost T06 farms. According to a census report just released by the U. S. Department of Commerce's Bu- reau of the Census, value of Pemiscot farms is down from $30,035,017 in 1959 to $28,614,078 in 1964; value of all crops sold by couny farms dropped from $29,563,991 in 1959 to $28,233,21 in 164; and livestock value is down from «471,028 in 159 to Tom Dearmore in the Baxter Bulletin Mountain Home • Artwisans are realizing this month that they possibly need political insurance as much as auto insurance. The 21.2 per cent increase in 'auto liability insurance rates authorized last week by the state insurance commissioner was only the latest ol several shocks in Governor Faubus's Year of Tribulation, but for all •fee people who must pay the 'bills it was the most annoying. It followed by only a year an increase of 17.5 per cent. The fantastic aspect Is that ^Arkansas has a law prohibiting any notice to the public that insurance rate increases are being "sought. Applications for hikes ate considered secretly by the • state agency that is supposed to be'regulating the insurance business, and rate raises decided upon are announced to the people only after they have become effective. . . This system is set up under a law passed in 1959. It Is part of the massive Insurance Code which the legislature adopted post haste. We doubt that many of the legislators read even half of its 449 pags. The House Voted down a motion for a ehap: ter-by-chapter explanation. Ernest. Valachovic of the Arkansas Gazette quotes Rep. Marcus J. Howell of Phillips County :'as telling the House, "This bill is a lot like religion, you have : W take it on faith." Another "statesman yelled, "Don't understand it, pass it!" So they passed it. Faubus was firmly in control of the legislate then, but now, embarrassed by last week's mammoth -raise, he expresses outrage and .has called for a hearing. (He cannot legally nullify the increase.) Regarding the require- ;;ment that public disclosure of "rate increases be withheld until the raises are approved, he said .-that somebody "slipped this in" "the law and that it proved ; "bad faith" on the part of the "insurance industry. •; it is hard to understand how a specail interest provision as "flagrant as this could have •dipped put the governor's attention, and everyone else's in yn» state'capitol. An industry •<Jow't usually get such a con- cession without arousing debate. Some citizens are quite properly asking, where were to be looking out for the interests of tiie ordinary folks? The best answer: Just some more chickens, home to roost. That was a tempestous year, 1959. That was the wildest session of the legislature anyone can remember. The governor had more important things on his mind than analyzing any book-size Insurance law. The Little Rock high schools had been shut down, as a result of Faubus's handling of the integration crisis, and he was busy getting the legislature to approve a measure to make possible the elimination of all public schools In the state. The amendment he proposed would have repealed Article M o£ the state constitution, which provides that every child shall be entitled to a free public school education. (The people later voted it down.) He wag also engaged in getting the so-called "free electors" law passd, so that the state's presidential electors the following year would be able to cast Arkansas'? total vote for any presidential candidate they pleased, regardless of how ttie majority of the people voted. Among the many other bad laws passed at the best-forgotten session of '59 was one to require the labeling of blood by race. All that hysteria in which Faubus's political fortunes flourished has had many byproducts. One, perhaps, was the king-size insurance rate raise this spring. The people and their representatives were in the late bOs diverted from important matters by a lot of passion and hokum that bore nothing but sorry fruit, and who knows what may yet turn up that got "slipped in" back then. We don't know whether or not the higher insurance rates are justified. The driving public wrtainly is far from blameless. But we do know that the people need lawmakers who read and undntand lavs before passing them, and who are attuned to the interests of the people woo must cough up the money. I $380,786 in 1964. These figures in view of the fact that the national economy has been going up and up and up. We don't expect anything to happen over night, but but we think these figures indicate that residents of the county must turn their thoughts to a gradual change in our agricul- ural economy, and to seeking an increased industrial economy to balance our agriculture. In truth, we are doing these things right now. And we are making progress, even if most slowly. But these figures indicate that our present course is the correct one, and that we should make every effort to speed the change. Marked Tree Tribune ! ul !*.!'il n Among other things, we live in the "age of the poll." These popular opinion surveys, which began as a tool of the public relations business are used now by segments of the components of our society ranging from big business to politician; and political organizations. They are claim ts cut across a cross section of our populace and thus give a true picture of general opinion but proving that they do in the cold light of logic might not be an easy thing to do. Polls can tend to make men elected to positions of leadership and responsibility followers instead of leaders. Keeping their ears to the ground trying to be attuned to the swiftly changing tides of mass public opinion keeps these men from standing tall and from bearing the weight of their responsibility with strength and from leading with vigor and the courage of their convictions. We do u b t seriously if we would ever have had a democratic republic such as we do, if the framers of the Constitution had waited for the poll re- a question in our mind if this union would have survived its great civil conflict if Abraham Lincoln had been concerned about popular public opinion. We feel a great concern at this moment in our history that the president of this nation will be so concerned with his ranking in popular opinion supposed to give a true reflec-| polls that he will put politics tion of the feeling reactions and thoughts of the people who make up our nation. We aren't sold on these polls and th'eir results. They lend themselves to gimmickery. before statesmanship in this egg shell business of world diplomacy or expedient action before responsiblity in domestic policy. In essence, what we see as Their opinion questions are too I the greatest danger in relying often worded to provide a de- too much on a public opinion sired answer for the buyers who I poll's results is that this will are paying for the poll. They turn popular opinion into a lever « IN« by NE*, Inc. * in affairs of government Instead of a balancing factor. Should this happen we will have created a threat to our economic, social and political stability greater than is posed by any foreign power or opposing ideology. Caruthersville Journal CaruthersviUe, Mo. On the count of three let us all hide our faces in shame, citizens of Caruthersville. Summer has once more come and there has not even been any serious discussion about a public swimming pool in our community. This topic nas and probably will cause more ill-will than any other in the city for no more than it involves. You could not count on all your fingers the number of times it has been brought before some public or civic group in the past four years only to be diplomatically squelched. Let us b< blunt about why there is no municipal swimming pool in Caruthersville. It is simply because it would have to be integrated and some of our people are not ready for feat. Well, they were not ready for the schools to be integrated but they have been. They were not ready to sit in the same restaurant with a Negro and eat but they might have to if they want to eat out. But integration is not t h c problem in this matter. The real need for a swimming pool is the big question. There is not a public swimming pool in Pemiscot County. Kids and adults who are not eligible to swim in the private pools must head for the Mississippi River or one of the bayous or possibly a drainage ditch. This creates a health and safety problem that should not exist. A swimming pool would bring untold hours of pleasure for residents of all ages during the hot months ahead. It would also afford many a Chance to learn to swim that will not get that opportunity otherwise. Why hide our faces again? Now is the time to do something about it. The city may not think it can afford a swimming pool at this time — and we know that there are a great number of projects underwhat which are eating away.at the tax money. But isn't there some civic group that will raise their head above the clouds and take on a really important task which would mean so much to the community? Caruthersville if a city of almost 10,000 people which is making progress at an amazing rate, yet in the field of recreation it has fallen fir behind the leaders. It is time that this be realized and steps taken to see that we have a whole community, well rounded in every way. Doily Dunklin Democrat Does the chairman of t h e Democratic State Committee in Missouri accept employment from just any firm without first determining the reliability o f the firm? Apparently he does, if only for a limited time. The chairman of the state committee, certainly one of the most important political figures in Missouri, several, months ago agreed to serve as one of the legal counsels for the now-discredited Presidential Investment Corporation. Delton Houtchens, a lawyer, accepted a one- month fee of $500, then learned about the difficulties of Presidential, then ended his employment. The fact is that the chairman of the Democratic State Committee served as an employe of made great inroads into the south. But it is slowly creeping in. Another reason is the mishandling of the entire "Great Society" program. It would appear that most of the benefits are going to government bureaucrats and very little is filtering down to the people who actually need help. A decision affecting Lee County is a good example. U "Headstart" will help anyone, it will help the children of Lee County. Yet, all of a sudden, the money is gon« and the application *for "Head- start" in Lee County is denied. This comes after a very high official had said that the money was just lying there waiting for Lee County to claim it. We will wager that the money is not so short that the $20,000 per year bureaucrats will miss any pay checks. Pine Bluff Commerica/ Jefferson County Clerk Allen I are beyond us and Allen Shen- Sheppard says he can't agree jpard and the syntax of the Eng- with the attorney general's lat-jlish language. est rendition of the voter registration law. Welcome to the club. Mr. Sheppard, like many oh- ers, must have learned by now to expect things like this from Bruce Bennett, nybody who can believe that a drive-in movie is an industry, and that the public doesn't have to be told where the public money is, surely can believe that just be- company that has been the cause you reside somewhere subject of at least one grand doesn't mean that's your resi- jury and will undoubtedly receive attention from others. He was placed in this position, both knowingly and unknowingly, because of his profession. He was selected not because he practiced law in the small town of Clinton, locatd in western Missouri, but because he had influence at the state level. Someday Missouri Democrats, and Missouri Republican too, will demand something better. They will demand that the important office of state chairman not be used as a monetary plum for the party faithful. Both parties deserve state chairmen whose interests are private law practices. Morianno Courier Index Representative Gainings' recent poll of voters in this area reveals the startling fact that only 13.3 per cent favor the president's so-called "Great Society." In a conservative area such as Eastern Arkansas, one would have expected opposition to this ultra - liberal program, but few people could have expected the margin of opinion to be so great. The primary reason for this feeling is, of course, a heritage of standing on our own two feet. The ultra-liberalism (really socialism) that has infected he people of 'the north, has not dence. Not in any state where Bruce Bennett is attorney gen- Btythevflle (Art.) Courier News P«ge Four Saturday, June 18, 196( eral. THE RULrNG that a man doesn't have to reside in a place in order for it to be his place of residence is just another of the attorney general's attempts to make nonsense out of the poll- taxless voter registraion law, which General Bennett never has been wild about anyway. As usual, ol course, Bruce Bennett succeeded only in making nonsense out of Bruce Bennett. This latest ruling is a fitting match for some of Sweet Old Bruce's other opinions, which doesn't say much for this one. THREE SECTIONS of the voter registration law (Amendment 51) indicate that a man's place of residence is whaddya know his place of residence: The law requires a voter to sign an affadavit swearing that he has "continuously resided in Arkansas one year, in the county six months and in this precinct 30 days." Amendment 51 gives the registrar authority to make a mail check or a house-to-house canvass to determine if the voter qualifies to vote. And a voter is required to give a proper address to prove that he lives in the precinct in which he votes. 'Vhy all these precautions and safeguards and requirements if a man needn't reside in his place of residence? BENNETTIAN LAW is capable of mystical insights, or at least some interpretations that Why students of Zen should insist on traveling to the Orient is beyond us. They could just as well stop at Little Rock and study the Bennettian Law that emanates from the capital. Questions like What Is the Sound of One Hand Clapping? are a cinch compared to: When is a place of residence not a place of residence? (Answer: When Bruce Bennett is attorney geft- eral.) WHAT GENERAL BENNETT needs and has needed for some time, is a good lawyer like, for instance, Joe Purcell of Jerry Thomasson, who both happen to be running for attorney general this year. The state of Arkansas could use one, too. Then Guru Bennett could expound the mystic mysteries and the county clerk could register residents who reside in the county, and the residents of Detorit City could help decide elections in Detroit City and not in Conway County. Of course, then no one would be able to count on the attorney anymore, but that would be a small price to pay for intelligible law 75 Years Ago -In Blythcville Saturda. afternoon a four o'clock the weddii. of Miss Prances Shouse to Lt. John Broadus Lewis of Lake Village was solemnized befr gathering of friends. large Dr. and Mrs. ,. E. Utley, Mr. and Mrs. Mike 'ates, Mr. and Mrs. Toler Buchanan and Mr. and Mrs. John Caudill were hosts to 100 mebers of the Cotillion Club Saturday night at the Mirror Room of the Hotel Noble. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Denny 'Vilson and Mi and Mrs. "(arold tyle left yesterday on a southern vacation. While one, they wii visit New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss Mr. and Mrs. iV. L. Homer have as their housetjuest, Mis* Ann Allmon < Clarendon.